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Thursday, April 17, 2014

What would trading James mean?

The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday evening the San Francisco 49ers are shopping running back/returner LaMichael James. Let's look at what it means: Initial thoughts: There have been rumblings of James' unhappiness since last season. He has occasionally made cryptic remarks on Twitter and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager have had to often discuss his situation. At the combine in February, Baalke said James still had a place on the team.



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Draft Day Review

OK, how do you know you are a draftnik? This is not the start of a bad joke.   You know you are a draftnik when someone calls to offer to watch your children so you can see Draft Day the weekend it opens.  That is what happened when my parents saw the preview for Draft Day and quickly called and offered their babysitting abilities for my two kids.   After thinking about it for a few seconds, I quickly took them up on the offer and looked forward to seeing what a major motion picture about my beloved NFL draft might be like.

The movie starts with us being introduced to general manager, Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) and his girlfriend, Ali Parker (Jennifer Gardner), on draft day.   We see Sonny write something on a piece paper and it is pretty obvious that he is distracted as his girlfriend goes to leave and he is talking with a possible draft pick.   I did not realize that players called general managers on draft day, as I always thought it was a one way street until they get drafted.   We start to see the various signs of the pressure Sonny is under as he drives to the office on one of the biggest and most important days in the NFL.   He shows up with everyone still questioning what he’ll do with their top ten pick and then he gets a phone call from the team with the top pick and makes a fairly believable trade.   I say believable, as it is very similar to the trade the Redskins made with St. Louis to draft RG3.    After that trade is when the pressure is really turned up on Sonny from all parties, his head coach (Dennis Leary), his fans, his owner, his mother (played brilliantly by Ellen Burstyn).   We see Sonny Weaver, who is living in the shadow of his legendary father, meet the criteria of Rudyard Kipling’s “If” every step of the way.   For those who are not familiar with what I mean, Google it, but the poem starts like this, “if you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.”  As the movie plays out and without giving away too much plot, with the exception of one ridiculous trade that any hardcore fan would know could never happen, it was enjoyable to watch and I recommend it to any football fan and even some non-football fans, as my wife enjoyed it too.  

4-star TE Harris breaks down top 10 http://ift.tt/1ojDNvs

Four-star tight end Jackson Harris is down to 10 schools, he breaks down each of his finalists here.



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Samuda out 9-10 months after surgery

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Josh Samuda, who sustained a gruesome injury to his right ankle during the team's workout on Tuesday, had surgery in the Twin Cities to mend a broken fibula, dislocated ankle and deltoid ligament damage on Wednesday, according to a source close to the situation. He should get more information about his prognosis as the week draws to a close, the source said, but while the injury isn't thought to be career threatening, the initial expectation is Samuda will miss nine to 10 months.



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Report: 49ers “shopping” LaMichael James http://ift.tt/1pbqugV

The 49ers are reportedly willing to deal a recent second-round pick. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the 49ers are “shopping” reserve tailback LaMichael James. An Oregon product, the 24-year-old James has attempted just 39 regular season rushes since being drafted in 2012. He returned 23 punts and 12 kickoffs for the Niners…



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Rice signs with Seattle after visiting Jets

In what has to be the most unusual situation this year as far as a player signing goes for Seattle, wide receiver Sidney Rice visited the New York Jets Wednesday, but later signed a one-year deal to return to the Seahawks. Terms haven’t been announced, but the Seahawks obviously wanted Rice back bad enough to outbid the Jets. Rice sent out this Tweet Wednesday night: It appeared the Seahawks' chances of re-signing Rice was in jeopardy when he visited the Jets Wednesday.



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Big day for Daniel http://ift.tt/1ojDNvs

Jacob Daniel's nap was interrupted by a phone call. It was a coach from LSU with an unexpected offer for the Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North defensive tackle.



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Manning says Ball ready to be starter

When Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball arrives Monday morning for the start of the team’s offseason conditioning program, he can expect to carry the expectations of being a starter as he goes about his business. A task the guy who will hand him the ball in the coming season -- quarterback Peyton Manning -- says Ball is ready to handle. Manning said Wednesday morning, before he made an appearance as the keynote speaker at a fundraising breakfast for the Boy Scouts in Denver, he believes Ball has prepared himself for the job.



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Jets may want Rice more than Seattle

If the Seahawks hope to re-sign wide receiver Sidney Rice, they may have to outbid the New York Jets for him. Rice visited with the Jets on Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. Rice has a connection in the Jets organization with general manager John Idzik, who spent six years in Seattle as the vice president of football operations before taking the GM job with the Jets in January of 2013. Rice was released by the Seahawks on Feb. 28 for salary-cap reasons.



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Dwayne Bowe pays fine, resolves case stemming from pot arrest http://ift.tt/1j2Iy5D

Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe, who was arrested in November for marijuana possession, has paid a fine and pleaded guilty to amended charges to resolve the matter. Bowe pleaded guilty today to defective equipment and littering and paid $610 in fines. “Like others charged with speeding and possessing marijuana for the first time, Mr. Bowe pleaded…



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Fondal taking care of business http://ift.tt/1ojDNvs

New Iberia (La.) Westgate 2016 offensive lineman Taylor Fondal earned a spot on the Offensive Top Performers list at the Rivals Camp Series stop in New Orleans. He showed off his quick feet, a powerful punch, and intriguing athleticism, and it is that kind of play which has colleges keeping a close eye on him.



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Source: Sidney Rice visits Jets

Injury-plagued wide receiver Sidney Rice, cut by the Seattle Seahawks after the season, visited with the New York Jets on Wednesday, a league source confirmed. The Jets already have signed two receivers, Eric Decker and Jacoby Ford, but they still want to build depth. Rice, 27, was once regarded as a rising star, but he has missed 15 of the past 48 games due to knee injuries and concussions. In fact, he tore an ACL last October, causing him to miss the remainder of the season.



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RB-needy teams left to focus on the draft http://ift.tt/1r0VP1C

There has been much said about running backs having a tough go of it in free agency, and in case we had forgotten, we were reminded with Chris Johnson taking more than a week to find a new team. Johnson, who was PFT’s No. 34-ranked free agent, signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the…



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Busy day for Jets, with Sidney Rice visiting http://ift.tt/1eSTss4

On the same day the Jets added a home-run threat to their running game, they’re looking for more help for their passing attack. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former Seahawks wideout Sidney Rice is visiting with the Jets today. The Jets will want a look at his surgically repaired knee, as he was just…



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Dalton is a quarterback at a crossroads

CINCINNATI -- Andy Dalton is standing at a career crossroads. This could be a make or break year for him. OK, maybe "break" isn't quite the word to use here. For the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, it's more like this could wind up being a make or keep middling type of year. If he keeps playing like he has so far in his three-year career -- good, but occasionally bad in the regular season and overwhelmingly awful in the postseason -- then he'll continue being regarded as so-so quarterback who never really hit his stride, nor turned into an easily identifiable bust.



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Rivals250 DB Lewis talks Gators, Tigers, Aggies http://ift.tt/1ojDNvs

Rivals250 defensive back Xavier Lewis has a top five, but three schools are on the fast track for official visits.



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Police say Sharper’s DNA was found on clothing of one of his accusers http://ift.tt/1l94XzA

A Tempe, Arizona police department testified Wednesday that ex-NFL safety Darren Sharper’s DNA was found on the clothing of one of the two women accusing him of drugging and sexually assaulting them. The Associated Press reports that the testimony came at a hearing in Tempe on Wednesday that saw Sharper’s lawyers challenge the evidence authorities…



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