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Mike Wallace believes he’s polished the rest of his game over the year and that the fruits of that labor will present themselves this season.

Wallace has been in the league since 2009 so it's certainly something to hear him say that he's finally polished the rest of his game in what will be his eighth NFL season. Wallace caught just 39 passes last year for the Vikings which was certainly a disappointment for anybody who drafted him after his 10 touchdown season for the Dolphins in 2014. Wallace will offer a downfield threat for the Ravens offense and Joe Flacco certainly has the arm to get him the ball so it will be interesting to see what kind of chemistry they develop as we head in to the 2016 season.
7 hours ago

Le'Veon Bell unlikely to play before Week 3 of the preseason as he looks to get his knee back to 100 percent.

This is not surprising, as most superstars in the NFL, especially running backs, usually don't play until week 3 of the preseason anyway. Coming off of a severe knee injury that cut his season short in 2015, Bell will look to bounce back and recreate some of that magic he had in 2014 in which he rushed for 1,361 yards, eight touchdowns, and caught 83 receptions for 854 yards and three receiving touchdowns.
23 hours ago

Calvin Johnson reiterated Saturday that he will stay retired.

It has to be difficult to understand the wear and tear a football player endures in the NFL. But Calvin Johnson contends his desire to be retired is not fueled by a lack of playoff appearances or wins or losses, he was beat up. Johnson hauled in 731 passes in his career for 11,619 yards with 83 touchdowns for Detroit. In a recent interview, he reiterated his desire to stay retired and while fans are hopeful for a return, Johnson contends he is satisfied in retirement.
1 day ago

NFL wants to talk to James Harrison about his name being mentioned in a PED report.

Harrison has been appearing all over social media for his vigorous work outs but his name was mentioned in the AL-Jazeera American report. Harrison was always a joy to watch and it would be a real shame if he was/is a PED user. Three Packers players were also suspected of usage and will be interview. Mike Neal, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, and Harrison will all be questioned regarding the report.
2 days ago

Gaining weight is the offseason work that Cleveland coaches want Rashard Higgins to accomplish.

Higgins was a monster in college. He played at Colorado State and in 2014, he lead the nation in both yards and receiving touchdowns. He was also a finalist for the Biletnikoff award, which is for the most outstanding receiver in college. But he's not in college anymore, the NFL is a different animal. He's 6'2 and only 190, he should probably be around 200-205 pounds.
2 days ago

Nick O'Leary is a long shot to make the Bills roster out of training camp.

O'Leary was a 6th round pick last season and barely saw the field. Charles Clay and Jim Dray (no rhyme intended), are basically locked in as the top two tight ends. This leaves O'Leary in a battle for the third TE spot with Chris Gragg and Blake Annen. Considering they are labeling O'Leary as the long shot, Gragg appears to have the third spot barring amazing play from O'Leary. Gragg played in a few games last season and had two notable games where he combined for 12 catches and 89 yards in his two key performances.
2 days ago

Tarvaris Jackson is free on $2,500 bond.

Jackson was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Jackson is 33 years old and basically just ended his NFL career. He threatened to kill a woman multiple times. Jackson hasn't started a game since 2011 and hopefully he learned his lesson. It would be extremely surprising to see Jackson on an NFL team again.
2 days ago

Paul Manziel, the father of Johnny Manziel, said his son is a "druggie that needs help."

I was not aware that Mr. Manziel moonlights as Captain Obvious. Johnny Manziel has seen his football career, and his life spiral down the tubes. At this point, he needs to get his life together, and not worry about football. Once he does that, and can prove his nose is clean, it is likely he would find a team, at least as a backup.
2 days ago

Tarvaris Jackson has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after reportedly pulling a gun on his wife Friday.

Not much to say on this one. Jackson was looking to compete for the backup job to Russell Wilson, but that looks like a long shot, as the Seahawks will likely cut him after this incident. By the looks of the charges, football appears to be the least of his worries.
2 days ago
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