Another One Bites The Dust!

By LaDonna Williams

Who is starting? Who got cut? Get all of that and more in this blog. This is week 4 of preseason and this week means no starters are likely playing. NFL teams have trimmed their rosters down to 75 men on Tuesday. Then trimmed down to 53 on Saturday.

Around the League News

Broncos name QB Trevor Siemian as their starter.

Patriots Bryan Stork was traded to the Redskins last week. He has failed his physical, the trade has been called off.

Despite cut rumors 49ers QB Kaepernick making the team, he did make it. Blaine Gabbert was named the starter.

Browns trade punter Andy Lee to the Panthers for 2017 7th round pick and 2018 4th round pick.

Finally, Chargers and rookie Joey Bosa agree to 4-year, $25.8 million deal. That also comes with a $17 million signing bonus.

Cowboys to host ex-Browns QB Austin Davis on Wednesday. Cowboys decided not to sign the QB.

Dallas Cowboys receiving trade interest in RB Darren McFadden but they really want to keep him.

Philadelphia was named hosts of 2017 NFL Draft

NFL clears James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers in Al Jazeera PED probe due to inadequate evidence.

Panthers sign safety Stevie Brown

Rumors: Vikings considering Mark Sanchez as a replacement for Bridgewater.

Steelers reconstruct Antonio Brown’s contract, moves base salary from $6.25M to $10.25 this season.

After Mark Sanchez being cut from Denver, he was signed by the Cowboys.

A huge trade happened Saturday. Eagles QB Sam Bradford got traded the Vikings. In return the Eagles receive a first-round pick in 2017 and a fourth-round pick in 2018. Eagles named rookie QB Carson Wentz as their starter.

Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich suspended for 4 games for testing positive for banned substance.

Ravens and wide receiver Devin Hester agree to 1-year deal.

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory wins appeal of 10-game suspensions; remains out first 4 games. Update, after all the updates. The appeal is still pending.

Dolphins picked up wide receiver Justin Hunter off of waivers.

Titans picked up tight end Jace Amaro off of waivers.

Since Mark Sanchez was added to the roster. The team did cut Jameill Showers.

Ravens did cut Justin Forsett this weekend. There is a big chance he will get re-signed to the team.

Bears and Guard Josh Sitton agreed to a 3-year deal.
Roster Cuts

Patriots cut veteran defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.

Giants cut running back Andre Williams.

Seahawks cut corner back Brandon Browner.

Bears cut their kicker Robbie Gould.

Ravens cut running back Justin Forsett.

Bills cut corner back Sterling Moore and linebacker Manny Lawson.

Denver cut running back Ronnie Hillman and quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Rams cut defensive end Ian Seau.

Patriots cut wide receiver Keshawn Martin.

Browns cut outside linebacker Paul Kruger

Jets cut tight end Jace Amaro and corner back Dee Milliner

Titans cut running back Bishop Sankey and wide receiver Justin Hunter

Texans cut wide receiver Cecil Shorts

Cleveland cut QB Austin Davis

Patriots cut Bryan Stork

Panthers sign ex-Bucs safety Major Wright

Chargers waive QB Zach Mettenberger

Bengals released WR/KR Brandon Tate

Patriots cut veteran defensive tackle Terrance Knighton

If you want to see your teams full roster cut please click here.

Things That Make You Say Hmm!!

What a week for defensive lineman Frank Kearse. Patriots said they cut him, no he was actually placed on IR. Then he settled an injury settlement with the team and eventually got released. Then he got stabbed by his girlfriend. I hope she is an ex after this.

Sooo… the Redskins did what every team did this week. They cut some players. It isn’t known if the team didn’t ask for the playbooks back or former Washington linebacker Ejiro Ederaine didn’t comply. He threw his away in the trash. How did the team find out you ask? A listener of a radio station said they found them. Not good Redskins.

Everyone that knows what is happening with Kaepernick. There was a rookie linebacker for the Eagles named Myke Tavarres said he was going to sit with Kaepernick. Then he had a change of mind and stood. Guess what he got cut. Hey kid before you start making these decisions make sure you make the team first.

I wonder how many people realized Tom Brady took off the NFL sticker off his helmet?? Anyone? He did it the last two games he played in preseason. Should he be fined?

 

Injuries and injury updates

Last week’s update I mentioned Cardinals CB Mike Jenkins was carted off. Now they know he tore his ACL and will miss the season.

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Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater went down Tuesday during practice holding his knee. Later on during the day we found out Bridgewater suffered torn ACL and other structural damage. Shawn Hill is their starter now.

Chiefs OLB Justin to miss 6 games of this season after being put on PUP list.

Texans defensive end  JJ Watt activated, will play week 1.

Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro goes to the PUP list on Tuesday.

Question of The Day!

Well the word in the Cowboys camp Tony Romo will stay on the active roster. Why? For what? Some may say what if Dak doesn’t do well and the team needs Romo back. My opinion Romo several injuries all over. This is the second injury to his back. The two injuries are different. Why leave him there wasting a roster spot? For hope and a dream? Rush him back, instead of saying you need this 8-10 weeks to heal.What would you do with Romo?

The All-Preseason Week 3 Team

Week 3 of the Preseason is usually around the time when teams start to put in their starters for longer amounts of time. Of course, there is always risk involved with playing your starters in the preseason, as the Bengals and Ravens found out the hard way this week when the former lost 3 players to injury (although AJ Green is fine and Adam Jones actually was hurt during warmups) and the Ravens lost new signing and starting tight end Benjamin Watson for the season. I’m not here to talk about injuries and the depressing news, so let’s get right into the players of the week.

 

Quarterback: Jameis Winston – Buccaneers – (16/25 259 yards 2 TD’s)

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This could definitely be attributed greatly to his offensive line, who kept Jameis upright all game long, but Winston performed very well against the Browns. Aside the whopping stats, as 259 yards is pretty good for a preseason game, Winston dealt with pressure very well. If you watch his throws back, he was able to fire balls accurately and scramble out when the pocket was collapsing, that is the sign of a maturing quarterback.

 

Running Back 1: Ezekiel Elliott – Cowboys – (7 rushes for 48 yards)

 

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I know, I know. “But Kip, Ezekiel Elliott is so overrated”. Sure, Elliott might be a little overrated, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t be a very special player for years to come. He showed that against the Seahawks defense, and I don’t mean their second team. If you watched his runs, you would see that he went at Kam Chancellor, probably the league’s hardest hitting safety, multiple times, and even Kam seemed to have met a viable competitor. Anyone who can hang with Chancellor automatically gets the nod for my team of the week.

Running Back 2: George Atkinson III  – Raiders – (7 rushes 35 yards and 3 rec 40 yards)

Atkinson made my team in Week 1, and he’s back for more now. Atkinson showed the versatility needed to be a running back in today’s NFL by racking up 40 yards through the air. I was also considering another Raiders running back here, DeAndre Washington, but I thought that Atkinson was more versatile against the Titans. I wouldn’t be surprised to see either one of those backs to breakout this season.

Wide Receiver 1: Mike Evans – Buccaneers – (5 rec 115 yards 1 TD)

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Compared to my article on the All-Week 1 Preseason team, Week 3 features a lot more star players, like Mike Evans. Evans used all 6’5” of him as he high-pointed the ball over Jamar Taylor. He showed off his speed when he burned Justin Gilbert on a fly route. With all of the great receivers in today’s game, Evans was frequently forgotten, as he had a great year, but not a Top-10 quality year. He sure looks poised to bring himself into that conversation though.

Wide Receiver 2: Antonio Brown – Steelers – (4 rec 87 yards 1 TD)

When talking about the best receiver in the NFL, one name comes – “Antonio Brown” – up before you can even finish your sentence. See what I did there! Brown did his thing against the Saints, highlighting his day with a 57-yard touchdown. This man is not human, and if you didn’t realize that already, then I’m sure the 2016 season will change your mind.

Tight End: Kyle Rudolph – Vikings –  (3 rec 56 yards 1 TD)

Tight Ends often don’t put up huge number in the preseason, but Kyle Rudolph managed to surpass the 50 yard mark. Rudolph has been the definition of mediocre throughout his entire career, and that doesn’t look to change this season. Even though he coughed up the ball once, his overall game was still good enough cement him as the top tight end in Week 3.

 

Defensive Lineman 1: Jacquies Smith – Buccaneers – (4 tackles, 2 sacks)

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When looking at the stats sheet from last year, you would think that Jacquies Smith had a solid season. Seven sacks is a little above average for his position, but when you realize that he only got 15 tackles and four of his sacks came in the first two games, then the picture starts to become more clear. Smith is prone to a breakout game every once in a while, as he racked up three sacks New Orleans in Week 2 of last season, and against the Browns, he racked up two.

Defensive Lineman 2: Damon Harrison – Giants – (7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF)

Damon Harrison is still in the Big Apple, he just switched locker rooms. Playing for a Giants team that spent huge on defense in Free Agency, Harrison is expected to collapse the pocket on a regular basis, but he is used to playing in a 3-4 scheme, and switching to the Giants 4-3 defense was a problem that I thought that he couldn’t overcome. Playing NT in a 3-4 grants you no glamorous stats, while a DT in a 4-3 scheme can become a superstar. Harrison racked up some pretty glamorous stats in Week 3, and it didn’t go unnoticed.

Defensive Lineman 3: Justin Trattou – Vikings – (5 tackles 2 sacks 1 FF)

Trattou is looking to earn a spot on one of the best defensive lines in the league, and by posting the kind of numbers that he did against the Chargers, I wouldn’t be surprised if he produces decent backup numbers for the Vikings this year. Trattou has played five years in the league and has never recorded a sack in the regular season. Maybe this year is his time.

Linebacker 1: Dekoda Watson – Broncos – (4 tackles 2.5 sacks 2 TFL)

The Broncos can find good pass-rushers anywhere, and their latest could be 7th year journeyman Dekoda Watson. Watson will have a hard time finding any playing time with this front-seven, but if there’s any way to make a push at it, I’d start with racking up 2.5 sacks.

Linebacker 2: Brennan Scarlett – Texans – (6 tackles 2 sacks 1 FF)

The rookie out of Stanford showed off his pass-rushing ability by posting 2 sacks against the Arizona Cardinals offensive line. Most have probably never even heard of Scarlett, but after a good Week 3, that could change. I’m not saying he is going for double-digit sacks, or even see playing time for the Texans, but if he has a good Week 4 next week, then I’d start to consider him as a viable backup.

Linebacker 3: Vince Williams – Steelers – (8 tackles 1 FF)

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It’s been a while since a big-name player has appeared on this list, but that’s preseason folks! Players that you’ve never heard of trying to earn roster spots. Now, Williams isn’t on the bubble with the Steelers, after posting over 40 tackles in his only three seasons in the NFL, but just like any other player, he is pushing for some more playing time, and he was a tackle magnet against the Saints.

Cornerback 1: Anthony Brown – Dallas – (8 tackles 1 PD)

Picked in the sixth round by Dallas, Anthony Brown was nothing more than a backup who may not even make the final roster. To this day, he still is. Brown is still on the cusp, but showing his prowess against the run with 8 tackles certainly doesn’t hurt his case.

Cornerback 2: Kendall Fuller – Redskins – (3 tackles 1 INT 2 PDs)

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Kendall Fuller would have been a huge name in the NFL Draft last year, and he likely would’ve gone within the top 15 picks, but he played through knee issues a solid chunk of the season, and his play dropped off as a result. After sitting out for the rest of the season, Fuller’s name started to be forgotten. With 3 PD’s in Week 2 and 2 PD’s and an INT against the Bills, Fuller is putting his name back on the map as one of the best corners in the 2016 Draft Class.

Safety 1: Shamiel Gary – Dolphins – (7 tackles 1 FF)

Shamiel Gary is playing in his second season out of Oklahoma State, and while he may not be vying for a starting position, he showed his run-defense prowess against the Falcons.

Safety 2: Dexter McCoil – Chargers – (11 tackles 1 FF)

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At 6’4” and 220 lbs, McCoil is the definition of a tweener. You could put him at linebacker, but he’d be too small. At safety, he would be too big. McCoil didn‘t seem to care where he was put, as he racked up the most tackles of anyone in the Preseason thus far.

 

 

 

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Dropping Like Flies!

By LaDonna Williams

What a week this has been in the NFL. There has been some major injuries this week as well some very interesting news. Since injuries and suspensions effect your team. Let’s start with that this week.

Injuries, suspensions

Cowboys quarter back Tony Romo went down after the third play in the Thursday night preseason game. The team is saying he is fine, but for precautionary reasons he will not play in weeks 4 game. Update Romo got a MRI Saturday and it revealed he has a broken bone in his back. He will be out 6-10 weeks. Dak Prescott will be the Cowboys starter.

Patriots running back Dion Lewis will be out 8-10 weeks, after getting surgery on his knee.

Chargers defensive line man Damion Square four games for violation of the NFL substance abuse policy.

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a concussion Tuesday in practice. He has been ruled out for this week’s preseason game.

Chargers right guard D.J. Fluker got hurt at practice on Monday. He did get a MRI and the tests came back negative. How long he will be out is unknown at this time.

Texans rookie center Nick Martin expected to be out for the entire 2016 season after undergoing ankle surgery.

Falcons first round safety Keanu Neal out 3-4 weeks after minor knee surgery.

Bears  backup quarterback Connor Shaw carted off Saturday night vs the Chiefs. He has a broken leg.

Colts left guard Jack Mewhort out for the season with a knee injury. He believes he tore his ACL.

Ravens tight end Ben Watson out for the season after tearing Achilles tendon.

Bills tight end Chris Gragg suffered a torn ACL on Friday night vs the Redskins.

Giants tight end Matt LaCossee to undergo surgery on right knee, he maybe out the whole season.

Chargers running back Branden Oliver went down in the Sunday’s game vs Vikings. He had to be carted off the field. Update: he has torn his Achilles and will miss the season.

Bengals running back Cedric Peerman has a left forearm fracture. Left Sunday’s night game vs Jaguars.

Redskins rookie running back Keith Marshall suffered a sprained elbow vs the Bills Friday night.

Cardinals safety Mike Jenkins suffered a non-contact injury today during the game vs Texans. He had to be carted off the field.

Signing/extensions

Rams and wide receiver Tavon Austin agreed to a four-year, $40 million extension.

Falcons sign safety Dashon Goldson

Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny signs a two-year extension.

Colts and corner back Antonio Cromartie agree to a 1-year deal worth $13 million with $250k guaranteed, $50k available in incentives. He was signed due to Vontae Davis has to miss the first month due to ligament damage.

Since, Giants kicker Josh Brown is out for game one. The team signed former Texans kicker Randy Bullock.

Eric Berry reported to Chiefs and signed $10.8M franchise tender.Will join the team Monday.

Colts signed running back Steven Ridley

Things that make you go hmm?

Hmm when did Josh Norman become Josh Gordon? 


On Wednesday, the Chargers offered Joey Bosa the best deal. It consisted of

 

 

Well Bosa rejected this offer as well. Chargers have pulled the offer off the table. Bosa has come out to the media that the Chargers are manipulating the facts to the media.

Another week, another Josh Norman being himself, well this week he came out stating how he shut down Demaryius Thomas during the superbowl. Well that may be true, but who has the ring?


Buccaneers rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo, their second round pick, is doing horrible. How horrible? He looks like me out there kicking the ball. He is getting booed at practice. Yes, you read that right, at practice.

Other NFL News

Packers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers to meet with the NFL on August 24th and Steelers James Harrison on the 25th.   All three men met with the NFL and were not presented with any new evidence. All of them are expected to get their name cleared.

Free agent Devin Hester told TMZ  14 teams are interested in him.

Cowboys Orlando Scandrick likely to be out for the rest of the preseason.

Texans released defensive end Alex Carrington, after only being on the team for a week.

Suspended Jags wide receiver Justin Blackmon pleads guilty to DUI, given 1-year suspended sentence and probation

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski returned to the practice field this week.

Rumor has it, New England plans to cut veteran wide receiver Nate Washington.

Former Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey has announced his retirement.

The Hall of Fame lawsuit has been refiled in California after being dismissed in Ohio.

Suspended Jags wide receiver Justin Blackmon pleads guilty to DUI, given 1-year suspended sentence and probation.

Niners Colin Kaepernick is throwing again, but not a lot. He did play in this week’s preseason game.

Patriots trade C Bryan Stork to Redskins in exchange for conditional draft pick. Now he is thinking retirement. After retirement talks Stork did show up for practice on Friday.

Lions released veteran running back Steven Ridley

Browns traded linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the Patriots. In return the Browns get a fifth round pick.

Jets coach Todd Bowles stated that Geno Smith is still the teams number two quarterback.

Multiple teams have reached out to the Browns about a trade for Josh Gordon. The team has come out and stated they are not trading the wide receiver at this time.

49ers trade cornerback Kenneth Acker to the Chiefs for future draft picks.

NFL has already handed out $18,231 fines for roughing the passer during this preseason.

 

Question of The Week.

If you were a GM, would you give Karlos Williams a chance on your team?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around The NFL

By LaDonna Williams

Another week in the NFL. The pre-season just started this past weekend. Some teams look great, and some looked like the same ole team from last year. There have been a lot of injuries this past week. Let’s jump right into it.

Injuries Around the League

Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell has a torn ligament in his hand. He will be out for some time.

Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis will be out for 4-6 weeks after having surgery on his broken hand.

On Monday, Broncos defensive end Vance Walker has a torn ACL and will miss the 2016 season.

Bengals rookie defensive tackle Andrew Billings out indefinitely after having surgery on a torn meniscus.

New England RB Dion Lewis needs another surgery on his knee his time table to return is unknown.

On Friday, Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafor tore his bicep tendon, but instead of having surgery. He has decided to play with the injury.

Chargers tight end Jeff Cumberland suffers another torn Achilles.

Eagles rookie linebacker Joe Walker tore his ACL during the preseason game on Thursday.

Redskins running back Matt Jones suffered a slight separation in his  shoulder during Friday’s night game.

Other News Around the NFL

After the Pro Hall of Fame game was cancelled a class action lawsuit against the NFL was in the works. On Aug 18th, the NFL came out, besides the refund of the tickets to the game they will cover one night of hotel costs.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, linebacker Julius Peppers, Steelers linebacker James Harrison, and free-agent defensive lineman Mike Neal all must interview with the NFL because they were among those linked to PEDs in a report by Al-Jazeera last year. If they don’t go to have interviews by August 26th they will be suspended. This week Matthews, Peppers and Harrison have all decided to sit down and talk to the NFL.

Signings, Cuts and Suspensions

New York Giants Kicker Josh Brown suspended one game, because of a domestic violence issue that happened in 2015.

Bills DT Marcell Dareus suspended four games for violating substance abuse policy. Will return Oct. 3rd. He has also announced that he will be entering a rehab facility.

49ers sign QB Christian Ponder to one-year-deal after Thad Lewis tore his ACL Sunday and is out for the year. Colin Kaepernick currently has a dead arm and hasn’t thrown in six days.

Saints released corner back Keenan Lewis on Thursday, right before the preseason game.

Broncos sign veteran defensive tackle Henry Melton.

 

Things that make you go hmm?

On Aug 19th, Le’Veon Bell 4 game suspension was reduced to 3 games. Then he posted and deleted a video stating he was sorry and he hasn’t smoked weed since December 2014 after an arrest.

Bills have released running back Karlos Williams, who is currently suspended for the first 4 games for substance abuse violation. The suspension isn’t the reason he was cut. The reason the team gave, is because he is about 30 pounds’ overweight. Williams claims he is having pregnancy cravings because his girlfriend is pregnant.

Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis was out for Thursday night’s Eagles-Steelers game after suffering a concussion when a punt hit him in the head during pregame warmups. This is why the NFL created helmets.

Congratulations

This week some of the next year’s Hall of Fame finalists were named. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, former commissioner Paul Tagliabue and former Seahawks safety Kenny Easley.

Falcons Preseason Recap Week 2.

After winning their first preseason game 23-17 over the Washington Redskins. The Atlanta Falcons headed up north for their second game against the Cleveland Browns. Alot of fans were looking for tweaks and improvements in all facets of the game. So let’s get a recap of all the action.

Offense: The first team offense moved the ball alot better then they did last week. Matt Ryan looked more crisp on his passes and seemed more comfortable in the pocket then he was last week, so the panic button is not being pressed so hard now. Devonta Freeman ran the ball well and scored the first touchdown of the game. Julio Jones had one catch on one target and Mohamed Sanu had a decent game with 3 receptions for 45 yards. Matt Schaub continued his consistent play, going 8 for 12 for 78 yards while he continues to solidify his spot as the backup quarterback. Brandon Wilds continues to shine, carrying the ball 8 times for 49 yards including a 32 yard touchdown run. With Terron Ward battling injury, it will be an interesting battle for that third and final roster spot for running back if Wilds continues his solid play. Other key contributors for the Falcons offense was Quarterback Matt Simms (10-13 for 136 yards and a touchdown), Running Back Cyrus Gray (18 carries for 76 yards), and Wide Receiver Devin Lewis Fuller (4 receptions for 49 yards). 

Defense: After putting on a solid performance last week, the Falcons defense was ugly in the first few minutes. Sloppy tackling and lack discipline contributed to alot of penalties, and All-Pro Cornerback Desmond Truant was burned badly on a long pass against Terrelle Pryor. Even though the defense had 2 sacks, the lack of pass rush was evident, as Browns QB Robert Griffin III had time to look down field and make throws with either his arm or feet. Rookie Safety Keanu Neal made his debut and was up and down. Some plays he made were good and other times he didn’t look so great. Deion Jones while he made some plays, whiffed on a few tackles and rookie De’Vondre Campbell once again stood out, whether it was in coverage or making tackles. This defense has the speed and athleticism to be pretty good, but it will be some growing pains, so Falcon fans will have to be patient and stick it out. 

Special Teams: If Nick Rose is trying to get on as the backup to Matt Bryant, he is off to a shaky start, missing another kick from makeable distance. The big news is punter Matt Bosher suffering a chest injury in the contest. No one knows how bad it is so hopefully it’s nothing serious. 

Summary: Despite the miscues, the Falcons still won handily by a score of 24-13. They outgained the Browns 498-243 in total yards and had more first downs (31-12). The preseason is all about tweaks and the Falcons will continue to do so these next two games. If it’s anything that we saw last night, it’s a positive sign for Falcon Fans.

NFL Review 8/8-8/14

By LaDonna Williams

It’s a new week, that means it’s time for a new weekly review. This week’s NFL review there have been several severe injuries and a few that have been just a scare. There also have been, somewhat were they thinking moments.

Injuries

Lions, TE, Eric Ebron, hurt his lower leg in practice this past weekend. Different sources saying it was devastating, but others are saying it’s not as serious as it seems. Lions organization still hasn’t released a statement about his injury.

Buccaneers, DE, George Johnson, fractured his hip on Thursday at practice, he has been placed on the IR this past Saturday.

August 8, 2016

Dolphins, CB, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, tore his ACL in practice. He tore his other  ACL while playing at Oregon. Dolphins released him afterwards.

Bears, C, Hroniss Grasu, tore his ACL and he is out for the season

August 9, 2016

Patriots, DE, Rob Ninkovich, tore his triceps, return to be announced.

Patriots, WR, Julian Edelman, went down at practice today and needed help to get off the field. Later on sources stated the injury isn’t as bad as originally thought.

Giants, WR, Victor Cruz, left practice due to groin tightness. This isn’t good for Cruz because he just got off the injured reserved from last year’s injury. Can Cruz get 100% healthy this year?

Update on Stevie Johnson status as of  August 11th, he will be out for the rest of the year.

On Thursday, during the Eagles vs Tampa Bay game Carson Wentz suffered a hairline fracture in his ribs. He will miss a few weeks, the team thinks he will be back by week one. In the Steelers camp tight end Ladarius Green was sidelined not for an ankle injury, but for reoccurring headaches. At this point Steelers may want to look at another option at tight end.

On Saturday, Bills OLB IK Enemkpali tore his right ACL in the team’s preseason opener vs the Colts. He will be out the whole season.

Things that make you go hmm?

Eagles, OT, Lane Johnson facing 10-game suspension for PED violation. He is denying the report. He states what he took that triggered the violation isn’t on the NFL PED banned list.

On Aug 8th, RGIII was named starter by the Cleveland Browns. Was there another option?

Not really football related, but Tim Tebow has decided he wants to be a baseball player. Will he be a better baseball player than he was a quarterback? Good Luck Tim!

Did Jeff Fisher cut Deon Long for bringing a woman to his camp dorm room? The answer to that is YES! Long was cut July 31st but the reasons of why weren’t disclosed. It was until the Tuesday debut of Hard Knocks came on and it came out that evening.

Josh Norman is already causing issues with the Redskins. He decided (without notifying any of his coaches) to sign a deal with Fox to be a part of their NFL coverage. Yes, there are other players doing this, but I am pretty sure they spoke to their coaches before they signed the contract.

 Farewell

Wide receiver Lance Moore who just got signed by the Atlanta Falcons, announced his retirement. He has played in the NFL for 10 years.

Dallas Cowboys: Evaluation Game # 1

By Kim Dunning

Don’t get too excited Dallas fans, even if Dallas had a dominating first half against the Rams on Saturday night.  The team ended up blowing the lead only to lose a meaningless game 1 of the pre-season.

 The team itself seemed to gel during the first half of the game with the potential starters and backups playing. This isn’t in anyway a precursor to how the season for the Cowboys will be. Pre-season never is.

Tony Romo and Jason Witten sat this game out, as they should have, especially Romo with his injury history. Dez Bryant was expected to sit out, but he had a few moments of playing time, and thankfully he caught the ball for a touchdown.
All in all, the first half, Dallas looked poised and ready for the NFL season.  Here is my personal take-away from the game.

The Good

Dallas may have actually found a backup quarterback who can complement the Romo friendly team.  Dak Prescott working with the first team looked amazing.  He has picked up the playbook well enough to be serviceable.  Amazingly, Dallas may have the steal of the draft with Prescott. 

Dez Byrant looked pre-big contract Dez.  He was the playmaker that fans alike were hoping he would become.  The Prescott to Bryant touchdown pass was one that sent chills up longtime fans spines.  It looked right.

Lucky Whitehead made a spectacular kick return on the very first play of the drive.  I referenced Lucky in my last article saying he was definitely one to be keeping an eye on.  I’m glad my peers were accurate that he was and is currently a huge standout for the Cowboys this year.

The offense as a whole looked like a complete unit, even without Romo at the helm.  It really didn’t look like they had missed a beat.  This was a completely different look.  Even the play calling itself seemed to be creative and complement the players that were on the field at any given time.

The Bad

 When will Dallas learn the discipline that Garrett has been talking about for years?  It is still an issue even in the first pre-season game.  Drive killing penalties were still an issue and yes, it is the first meaningless pre-season game, but this has been something that has always been an Achilles heel for the Cowboys.

The bubble talent did not prove their worth in this game either.  They let a big lead slip away and ended up losing the game.  Again it is a meaningless game but still, if you are wanting to impress and make a team at least as a depth or practice squad player, you should definitely not let the lead slip away like that.

The Ugly 

The defense, the ugliest and yet most neglected by the Cowboys.  The suspensions of three of the four defensive lineman has really put Dallas in a bind defensively.  The players who are available to take the spots while they serve their time are a bunch of no names that we know cannot play all three downs.


Dallas’ best hope for a successful season will be to keep the defense off the field.  These guys still do not know how to tackle and take proper cuts.  One would think after so many seasons they would get it.  However, after watching the first game of their season, they haven’t learned from their mistakes.  Maybe by the end of the season they will know what it takes to play defense.

Again, this is just an evaluation of the talent and depth that Dallas needs to maintain a team throughout the 2016.  We all know pre-season games are meaningless.  Dallas has done well in pre-season only to end up in last place and they have done awful in pre-season and made the Super Bowl.

I stick firm by my 8-8 prediction, because defenses win championships and Dallas doesn’t have a defense.  Onto the next evaluation game that means nothing!