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Archives for: July 30, 2016

Texans extend GM Rick Smith through 2020

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It’s interesting that Foster would start on the sidelines after the running back insisted last week he was healthy. This seems like a more of a precautionary move for Miami. After all, Foster is a soon-to-be 30-year-old back coming off an Achilles injury, with a history of soft-tissue injuries.

It’s hard for a former No. 3 overall pick to be a forgotten man, but that’s what Dion Jordan has become in Miami. On Friday, he took a step back toward the field.

Jordan was conditionally reinstated by the NFL after being suspended for all of 2015, the league announced Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported the development. Jordan will undergo counseling and will be re-evaluated before the start of the season. He will be eligible to play in Week 1 if he meets the conditions set by the NFL.

Jordan had been suspended indefinitely since April 2015 without pay following multiple violations of the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Eifert says he’ll never play in Pro Bowl again if asked

Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) July 29, 2016
While the sentiment is understandable, Eifert, along with many of the NFL players in attendance, did a lot of good in Hawaii and will continue to do a lot of good during Pro Bowl week. As we noted in a piece from the Pro Bowl draft held at the Wheeler Army Airfield in Wahiawa, Hawaii, Eifert went around asking troops for their autographs in a lighthearted display of respect. Unfortunately, an awkward landing in the game soured the experience on the game as a whole.

Clearly, the Pro Bowl needs to be re-evaluated. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was open about his dissatisfaction with the current state of play and Giants quarterback Eli Manning was honest about the temptation for players to try and protect themselves in a game that doesn’t count. So hopefully this can be an agent of change, so that players like Eifert can continue to bring unique experiences to fans during a week of festivities without the worry of missing time.

While they wait, the Bengals are hoping to break in 2015 third-round pick Tyler Kroft, who caught 11 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown during his rookie season.

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Iowa State DB Nigel Tribune arrested for OWI

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In a statement, first-year Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said Tribune has been suspended indefinitely.

“We are aware of the charges filed against Nigel and we are in the process of gathering more information,” Campbell’s statement said. “Nigel has been suspended indefinitely from the football team under the student-athlete code of conduct policy.”

Tribune has seen significant action in each of his three seasons with the program. He was the only true freshman to play for the Cyclones in 2013, when he played in 10 games, starting seven, and totaled 30 tackles and an interception. In 2014, he started all 11 games at cornerback and had 64 tackles, three interceptions. He also had 13 pass breakups on the season – sixth-best in the country.

Tribune played in 11 games (eight starts) in 2015 and had 37 tackles, seven pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

The Cyclones open up the 2016 campaign at home against Northern Iowa on Sept. 3.

Colin Kaepernick is healthy just in time for his training-camp battle with Blaine Gabbert.

For the first time since undergoing three surgeries, reported Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Kaepernick received medical clearance from his Colorado doctor for full participation in practices.

Meanwhile, Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden will open camp on the PUP because of an ankle issue. Haden was limited to just five starts last season due to multiple injuries and concussion problems.

Gordon was at the complex Tuesday and met with coach Hue Jackson, executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown and other members of the franchise.

Franchise player Eric Berry won’t be the only Kansas City Chiefs defensive star missing from the start of training camp.

Coach Andy Reid told reporters Tuesday that he doesn’t expect outside linebacker Justin Houston to participate in camp.

Ware and West signing identical three-year, $4.2 million deals (worth a maximum of $8.2 million with salary escalators) suggests that the Chiefs have a succession plan in place at running back. Charles is scheduled to make $6 million this year in his comeback with two reconstructed knees where he turns 30 years old late in the season. The $6 million includes a $2 million bonus for reporting to training camp. Charles could be asked to take a pay cut where this $2 million bonus is converted into not-likely-to-be-earned incentives, which could be earned back by performance, to lower his $5,312,500 cap number.

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David Amerson’s success secret? No more video games

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David Amerson finished last season as one of the NFL’s most-improved cornerbacks. Deep-sixing the Xbox helped.

After signing a four-year, $38 million extension last week, the Raiders cover man explained how he went from getting cut by Washington last September to becoming a plug-and-play starter for Oakland.

“It wasn’t really rocket science, to be honest with you. Once I got here, I matured,” Amerson said Tuesday, per Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. “Instead of going home and playing video games all night and stuff like that, it was a much different approach. I was going home and I was in my playbook or watching the film or looking at my notes on whatever team we were playing that week. It was really just the little stuff. That’s what football is.”

Amerson acknowledged that he “matured” after the Raiders signed him, saying: “I came in the league and I was 21 years old. Not saying I’m much older now, but three years, I’m 24 now, I’ve learned a lot in three years. When I got here, I was in the right mindset. I was in the right mindset and the right maturity level and professionalism. I was taking that transition of becoming a professional. I think it worked out for the best.”

It certainly did for the Raiders, who used the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Amerson as a starter from Week 4 on and plan to do so again across from free-agent pickup Sean Smith. The Redskins, though, wish Amerson’s awakening came sooner after seeing so little from the player they used a second-round pick on in 2013.

That’s the risk in dumping developing talent, though. You never know when the light will go on — a maddening guessing game for general managers, with this round going to Oakland’s Reggie McKenzie.

The Star features two outdoor practice fields, a 12,000-seat indoor stadium that the city’s high school teams will use, a franchise hall of fame, and an entertainment area with shops, restaurants and a hotel.

A new day.. A new way..The Cowboys Way! Welcome to the Star! The new home of the @dallascowboys pic.twitter.com/sTf6ORjGBE
— Charlotte J Anderson (@CJonesAnderson) July 21, 2016

“I think The Star and our new facility out at The Star will be special,” Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It will be great for the players to have a facility like that to go in and out of the Ford Center and have times when you need to get out of the weather and get their jobs accomplished. Then, I think you’ll see it’s state of the art in every way in terms of the training room and the training table and nutrition. All the things we’re going to offer for our players to hopefully help them be champions.”

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