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?

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.

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.

Rookie Spotlight: De’Vondre Campbell

As Falcons training camp continues to grind on, many players are starting to make their presence known to the coaching staff and fans alike. While the veterans are pretty much penciled in as starters (Julio Jones, Matt Ryan), the rookies are trying to make a impression because this may be their only shot to make the team. Even though alot of praise has been heaped upon first round pick Keanu Neal. Another rookie who is making quite an impression is the Falcons fourth round pick out of the University of Minnesota, Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell.

Campbell, a two year starter at Minnesota, is a physical specimen (6’4″, 232 pounds)  and has the speed (4.58 40-time) to run sideline to sideline and downhill. Campbells attributes are exactly what Head Coach Dan Quinn wants in his defense. As a senior, Campbell had 92 tackles (6.5 tackles for losses) 4 sacks, and 3 passes defensed, earning him All Big 10 Honorable Mention.

Coaches and fans alike have been impressed with his play, whether it was covering a running back, wide receiver or rushing the passer, Campbell has been on full display in training camp. He is expected to compete with veteran linebackers Philip Wheeler and Sean Weatherspoon for the weakside linebacker spot, but if he continues to shine in training camp as he has been, there is no doubt he can become a Week 1 starter this season.

NFL Weekly Review of Aug 1st-7th.

By LaDonna Williams

What a week in the NFL pre-season this week. This blog will be a weekly round-up of what has happened in the NFL every week.  Let’s take a look at key injuries that happened within the past week.

  • On July 28th, Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant out for the season after tearing his pectoral muscle.
  • On Aug 1st, Chargers wide receiver Stevie Johnson tore his meniscus, his season is doubtful. We won’t know his timetable until he has surgery.
  • On Aug. 2nd, Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson season ended before it even started. He had surgery at the end of July, on his shoulder. He will be out for the rest of the year.
  • On Aug 3rd, Cowboys backup quarterback Kellen Moore broke his ankle and he is more than likely done for the season.
  • On Aug 4th, Bengals William Jackson tore his pectoral muscle his season is done, but Coach Marvin Lewis is hoping otherwise.
  • On Aug 5th, Redskins linebacker Steven Daniels tore his labrum (shoulder) he is out for the season. Ravens defensive end Bronson Kaufusi broke his ankle, done for the season.
  • On Aug 7th, Bills linebacker Reggie Ragland went down with an injury to his knee. The Bills haven’t released to the public the severity of the injury yet, but they already signed Brandon Spikes to the team. This injury doesn’t sound good for the rookie.

 

Things that make you go hmm?


What is going on in San Diego? The season starts in a month and they still haven’t signed their number 3 pick Joey Bosa. The talks between the two are at a stalemate. He is the last NFL draft pick to be signed in the NFL.

For the last few weeks there have been articles stating the Los Angeles Rams couldn’t find their running back Tre Mason. Family member were worried about his mental well-being. Over this weekend Mason was found at his mother’s house in Florida.

Key moves around the NFL

The Atlanta Falcons signed veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney. The Falcons needed this pickup, because the team as a whole had the lowest number of sacks (19) out of the whole league.  They also signed veteran wide receiver Lance Moore.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed quarterback Nick Foles to a one-year deal. Foles is reunited with Coach Andy Reid, who drafted him to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hall of Fame Weekend

This past weekend was the Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, Ohio. On Saturday, we all saw the 2016 class give their speeches and receiver their gold jackets. This year’s class included coach Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Kevin Greene, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel.

On Sunday, the Hall of Fame Game between Green Bay Packers Vs Colts was cancelled. The game was cancelled due to poor field conditions. What happened was someone painted the center of the field with the incorrect paint. Made the field feel hard and made it dangerous. The NFL cancelled the game, because they were afraid of player’s safety.

 Check out next week’s blog for this week’s updates on what is happening in the NFL.

 

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Jared “Abracadabra”deris Puts on a Magic Show in Practice on Saturday 

Green Bay fans where ecstatic a few years back, when Packers General Manager Ted Thompson dipped into the local talent pool and selected Wisconsin Badger alumni,  Jared Abbrederis in the 5th round of the 2014 draft.

After watching him consistently shred rival defenses in the Big Ten, the Packers faithful had high hopes for the young wide receiver as he prepared to trade in the “Red and White” for the “Green and Gold.”

Those hopes dimmed a bit after his rookie season was lost to injury, and Packers fan waited anxiously for him to get a chance in his second season. As expected, those hopes  flared up again momentarily his sophomore year until he was hurt again.

Just when it seemed hope was gone…

Fans started murmuring that Abby probably wouldn’t even make the roster, until ironically, another injury may just saved his chances to remain a Packer.

When Green Bay star, Jordy Nelson, tore an ACL, the Packers needed all the receivers they could get. All of a sudden Abbrederis’ future looked bright, until he managed only 9 receptions, for 111 yards all season.

Just when it seemed hope was gone, the Packers wide receiver group wore thin again due to injuries in the playoff game against the Cardinals, and Rodgers was forced to target Abby 12 times. Even though the young receiver was only able to snag 4 of those passes, each one of them went for a first down, and Abbrederis finally got some national attention. 

With Nelson coming back healthy this season, and the Packers drafting another receiver in the 2016 draft, it looked once again like Abbrederis was about to become the odd man out on a roster loaded with receiving talent.

Then training camp started and after watching a couple of others guys show off their stuff in the first few days, the third year pro decided it was his turn to steal the show.

During an 11 on 11 period, Rodgers hit Abbrederis with a slant pass that he snagged and finished off with a solid run.

There’s always something you can improve on.

When the practice moved to red-zone drills, an area the Packers offense struggled with last season, Abbrederis hauled in multiple touchdowns, including a spectacular catch to save a potentially bad throw from Rodgers.

When asked about his day, the receiver responded with his trademarked humility. 

“It was an OK day,” Abbrederis said. “I left one out there, so as a competitor, that’s what you think of. You don’t really think of all the good plays, but you think of what you can do more. There’s always something you can improve on.”

After the luck he’s had so far in his young career, that is the perfect mentality to have, for a guy who’s knows at this point he’s not even guaranteed a roster spot.

However, if he keeps putting in work, he will definitely win over the hearts of his coaching staff and quarterback the same way he did with his many fans years ago.

If that happens, defensive backs all over the league would be wise to take notice…

that the magic show is about to begin.