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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Brees: Thomas NFL's best all-purpose back

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- It’s still too early in New Orleans Saints training camp to judge exactly how they plan to split the workload among their deep running back corps. My best guess is that Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will split carries pretty evenly in base packages and early downs, while Pierre Thomas lines up more with the nickel offenses (sort of the old Darren Sproles role). That would make sense, since Thomas is both the best pass-catcher and the best pass-protector of all the Saints’ running backs.



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Texans owner Bob McNair waiting to gather all facts before judging potential Raiders-to-San Antonio move (ESPN)

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3 groups submit initial bids for Bills; top offer $1B-plus from Sabres owner Terry Pegula - reports (ESPN)

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Steelers' Jarvis Jones has a lot to prove

LATROBE, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Steelers right outside linebacker Jarvis Jones stuck with the Twitter handle SacManJones_29 despite notching just one quarterback takedown during a trying rookie season. That he still embraces the alias is as close as Jones will come to predicting a breakout season for himself, something the Steelers badly need from their 2013 first-round draft pick. “I’m going to do it my way,” Jones said. “Just keep quiet and work hard and produce on the field.



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Be warned: Quinn believes he can improve

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Forget for a moment the freakish athleticism. Put aside the elite speed. Don't acknowledge the explosive ability to transition from quickness to power. All of those things combine to form the pass rushing terror that is St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn. Now consider Quinn just turned 24 in May and members of his coaching staff still believe him to be something of a pass rushing neophyte. That thought is where a full night's rest for offensive coordinators and tackles goes to die.



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Players, not scheme, question for Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After a week of watching New York Giants training camp, it's clear the new offense is a smart, well-designed scheme. Ben McAdoo might be a first-time coordinator, but he has a plan and he's communicating it effectively, and the same goes for the new coaches he brought in and the ones he inherited. That Tom Coughlin oversees everything can only help matters, and if you want to be excited about the fresh, new ideas infusing the Giants offense in 2014, you're absolutely justified.



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Breaking down Kyle Rudolph's contract

MANKATO, Minn. -- The full details of Kyle Rudolph's five-year extension with the Minnesota Vikings are in, and if he plays well enough to earn all of the money in the deal, he'll be the sixth highest-paid tight end in the NFL. According to ESPN Stats & Information salary data, Rudolph can earn a total of $18.5 million guaranteed, if he stays on the roster through 2017; his contract paid him a signing bonus of $6.5 million, and is set to pay him base salaries of $4.



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Can Williams be consistent as starter?

OXNARD, Calif. -- Terrance Williams proved as a rookie that he had the talent to be an NFL playmaker as a part-time player. Can he be consistent as a starter in his second season with the Dallas Cowboys? That’s the challenge presented to Williams by receivers coach Derek Dooley. “When you look back at his first year, when he was playing about 35 snaps a game, he was really making some great plays,” Dooley said. “Then there were a bunch of games when he was kind of thrust in and had to play the whole game when Miles [Austin] was hurt and it was hard on him, being able to sustain that mentally and physically and emotionally.



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Bengals activate defensive tackle Geno Atkins (torn ACL) off PUP list (ESPN)

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Rookie center Bryan Stork sidelined

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are holding their sixth practice of training camp Wednesday morning, and rookie center Bryan Stork is not present. Stork, the fourth-round pick out of Florida State, is competing for a starting job with incumbent Ryan Wendell and veteran Dan Connolly. He appeared to suffer a lower-leg injury midway through Tuesday’s practice and walked off with members of the athletic training staff and did not return.



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Clowney's ability impresses teammates

HOUSTON -- Back when they played in college together, Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger saw a lot of his younger teammate Jadeveon Clowney. Reunited now with the Texans, Clowney's speed still catches Swearinger off guard sometimes. "You watch him on film and you'll be like 'Woo! Where did that come from?'" Swearinger said. "There will be some plays were he'll be a blur and you're like, 'Where did that come from?' That is something that he used to do all of the time at South Carolina and we're just ready for him to do it here and help this defense.



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David Wilson (neck burner) to sit out practices this week and game Sunday; to see spine specialist Mon. (ESPN)

from ESPN http://ift.tt/145JT2Z David Wilson (neck burner) to sit out practices this week and game Sunday; to see spine specialist Mon. (ESPN)

Bills' offensive line faces tough task

ESPN.com Buffalo Bills reporter Mike Rodak says Seantrel Henderson, Erik Pears and Cyrus Kouandjio have been in the spotlight as Buffalo’s offensive line tries to hold its own against the team's star-studded defensive line.



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MNF moments, No. 40: Deion in prime time

To celebrate the 45th season of "Monday Night Football," a panel of ESPN.com contributors has selected the 45 most memorable moments in MNF history. Follow along as we reveal one per day and count down the number of days to this season's MNF debut. No. 40: Cowboys 31, Giants 7 | Sept. 21, 1998 Deion Sanders almost single-handedly beat the New York Giants on a Monday night in September 1998, becoming the first player since 1966 to return a punt and an interception for touchdowns in the same game.



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Patrick Peterson worth Cards' investment

There are a few things in life worth paying for: shoes, pillows and haircuts. In football, a young, talented, charismatic lockdown cornerback might just be atop that list. The Arizona Cardinals showed Patrick Peterson how much they thought he was worth Tuesday night. Peterson tweeted that he and the Cardinals had agreed on a five-year contract extension, worth $70 million which includes $48 million guaranteed. Apparently, the future costs a lot.



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Cowboys rookie DE DeMarcus Lawrence (2nd-round pick) out 8-10 weeks with foot fracture - Source (ESPN)

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Patrick Peterson's deal nets him most guaranteed money of any CB, topping Joe Haden's $45.1M guaranteed (ESPN)

from ESPN http://ift.tt/XcSKUv Patrick Peterson's deal nets him most guaranteed money of any CB, topping Joe Haden's $45.1M guaranteed (ESPN)

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