Jags Sign Blackmon

Posted: 6th August 2012 by FFR Squad in Rookie Contracts
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The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms on a contract with their top draft pick, wide receiver Justin Blackmon on Monday.

The team announced the news through their Twitter feed and said Blackmon would officially sign the contract Tuesday.

The Jacksonville Times-Union reported that the No. 5 overall pick’s four-year deal is worth approximately $19.5 million.

Blackmon was the lone unsigned first-round pick from the 2012 NFL draft.

Andre Johnson Returns To Practice

Posted: 6th August 2012 by FFR Squad in Injury Updates
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“I thought he looked good. We put a play count on him,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said, according to the team’s Twitter feed. “It’s about getting him going again. … I thought he held up well.”

Johnson, who turned 31 in July, missed nine regular-season games last season with hamstring injuries and was sidelined from the first organized team activities in the spring after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Johnson said it was “a lot of fun” to return to the practice field Monday.

“I’m glad I’m able to be back out here. I’ll keep working,” he said, according to the team’s Twitter feed.

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After not being able to find an NFL team last year, Terrell Owens ended up playing for the IFL’s Allen Wranglers.  It didn’t work out very well and T.O. was eventually cut.  After last year there haven’t been many rumors of anyone being interested in giving him a shot in the NFL.

According to Seattle Times scribe Danny O’Neil, the Seattle Seahawks will have a look at the man who began his illustrious NFL career with the division rival 49ers. For those who’ve been following the Seahawks this offseason, it makes sense that they’d have a look at Owens, given that they’ve worked out (and signed) fellow veteran WRs Antonio Bryant and Braylon Edwards, releasing the former recently.

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“I’m full go for everything, so I won’t be missing anything,” Brian Urlacher declared during an appearance on ESPN 1000 Radio prior to training camp. “One hundred and ten percent, I’m good to go. The vet days that we get every once in a while, we’ll take those when we can, but other than that, I’m good to go.”

“There’s concern,” Smith acknowledged. “But I think I have a pretty good idea of what Brian can do. So if we don’t feel like he should go, we’ll hold him out some more. But we haven’t made that decision yet.”

While Urlacher is out expect Nick Roach to continue to receive reps with the starters at MLB. With Roach sliding over Geno Hayes and Blake Costanzo should see reps  opposite of Lance Briggs.

Kolb In Trouble?

Posted: 6th August 2012 by FFR Squad in Depth Charts, Position Battles
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“I don’t think it?s a character flaw that Kevin Kolb gets hurt,” Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com wrote after the contest. “Does it hurt when he’s not on the field? Of course. Dave McGinnis used to say ‘Availability is more important than ability,’ and in many ways, that’s true. If you can’t stay healthy, the rest doesn’t matter. But you’re never going to convince me Kolb is less of a person because he won’t ‘tough out’ an injury. Especially in a freaking preseason game. The first one, in fact. I would give tonight to John Skelton, obviously. But this isn’t over, no matter how much everyone wants it to be. We’ll see how Kolb reacts this week. Only a couple days of practice before the Chiefs game.”

Mike Sando:

“Player safety is a legitimate concern, but some hard NFL truths remain. Players cannot earn their peers’ respect from the sideline. They must prove they can play through injuries. Quarterbacks especially must do this if they’re going to win over a locker room. We saw Tarvaris Jackson do that last season in Seattle by playing through a torn pectoral muscle. We saw Sam Bradford do that for the St. Louis Rams, limping through a Monday night game at Seattle despite a high-ankle sprain that easily could have sidelined him. It’s impossible to know whether Kolb could have played through the toe injury that sidelined him last season. It would be irresponsible to suggest Kolb should have returned more quickly from the concussion that kept him off the field for the final three games. There was obviously no sense in Kolb gutting it out in a meaningless preseason game Sunday night, of course. We just know this: Kolb keeps getting hurt, and he hasn’t fared well enough when healthy.”

Adrian Peterson Injury Update

Posted: 6th August 2012 by FFR Squad in Injury Updates
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“Aside from a one-day setback following an allergic reaction, Peterson continued to demonstrate a fanatical determination to rejoin the team in time for its Week 1 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. During the first day of my visit, Peterson spent more than 30 minutes trying to beat prescribed times in a 50-yard dash. The next day, he ran stairs at Blakeslee Stadium. Although no one has an exact date in mind, the sense at camp is that Peterson’s off-field recovery is nearing its end. Soon it will be time to be activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and add football drills to his routine.”

Here is Adam Shefters take on the situation.

“Some things to keep in mind about Peterson: doctors have been blown away at how quickly he has recovered. Peterson feels like he’s ready to play now, but the Vikings are trying to slow him down to be as cautious as possible. My sense is he will be productive this season, though not quite like the Peterson of old. Most players who return after torn ACL’s are even better in their second season back, and that would figure to be the case with Peterson. But he is such a physical freak that it shouldn’t be such a surprise if he is better than people expect.”

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David Garrard is listed as the first-team quarterback on the Miami Dolphins‘ first depth chart.

Garrard is ahead of Matt Moore and first-round pick Ryan Tannehill as they try to win the starting job.

First-year coach Joe Philbin called the quarterback battle “a fluid situation” and said there was no guarantee Garrard would get the start in Friday’s preseason opener against Tampa Bay.

Cowboys Cut Saftey Pool

Posted: 6th August 2012 by FFR Squad in Depth Charts
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Safety Brodney Pool, who was signed during the offseason to help the Dallas Cowboys‘ struggling secondary, was released by the team Monday — just one week after he failed his conditioning test.

Rookie cornerback Isaac Madison also was released Monday. Wide receiver David Little and running back Javarris Williams signed contracts and should practice this week.

The Cowboys’ decision to cut Pool, who was entering his eighth NFL season, sends a significant message to the team.

He said he was disappointed, “but I will move on though.”

Pool said last week that he wasn’t “embarrassed, I was just disappointed,” after failing the initial conditioning test. “I had run the previous Friday and did pass it, but when I got here I didn’t pass it, so you live and you learn.”

Pool eventually passed his conditioning test but worked with the second-team defense while Barry Church got snaps with the first team.

“I can control what I can control and that’s going out there and making plays when I’m out there and that’s what I hope when I’m out there,” Pool said.

During offseason workouts, Pool received snaps with the first-team defense, but things changed after Pool failed the test.

Andy Reid’s Son Found Dead

Posted: 6th August 2012 by FFR Squad in News & Notes
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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his room at the club’s training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.

The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m., and that Garrett Reid was dead when a policeman arrived at the campus dormitory. A cause of death has not been determined.

Garrett Reid
Garrett Reid

“There were no suspicious activities,” Shupp said.

The family announced that services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Broomall, Pa.

The 29-year-old Reid struggled with drug abuse for years and was imprisoned for a 2007 high-speed car crash in which another driver was injured. Police found heroin, which Reid admitted to using, and more than 200 pills in his car. When he surrendered to begin serving his sentence in that case, prison guards found Reid had tried to smuggle prescription pills into jail.

Reid seemed to have rebounded from his problems in recent times and was assisting the Eagles’ strength coaches at camp in an unofficial capacity, a not-uncommon sort of role for NFL coaches’ sons. Many of the coaches and staff stay in the Lehigh dorms.

In the midst of his legal troubles in his early 20s, Reid said he “got a thrill” out of being a drug dealer in a lower-income neighborhood just a few miles from his parents’ suburban Villanova mansion.

“I liked being the rich kid in that area and having my own high-status life,” Reid told a probation officer, according to court testimony in November 2007. “I could go anywhere in the ‘hood. They all knew who I was. I enjoyed it. I liked being a drug dealer.”

Raiders sign WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Posted: 11th November 2011 by FFR Squad in News & Notes
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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP)—The Oakland Raiders signed wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a contract on Tuesday, reuniting him with his former quarterback Carson Palmer.

Palmer and Houshmandzadeh were teammates in Cincinnati for six seasons and both had their greatest NFL success when they were together.

Houshmandzadeh, 34, had been out of the league since playing with Baltimore last season but had been working out in Southern California with Palmer before the Raiders (4-3) acquired the quarterback last month.

Houshmandzadeh is also very familiar with Raiders coach Hue Jackson, who was the receivers coach in Cincinnati for three years during Houshmandzadeh’s tenure there.

Source: yahoosports.com

By: Roots