Norv: Teddy was more decisive down stretch
Teddy Bridgewater | MIN
(July 7, 2015 8:19 AM EDT)
OC Norv Turner said Teddy Bridgewater was "much more decisive" during the final six games of last season.
Buoyed by the Charles Johnson for Cordarrelle Patterson switch, Bridgewater really settled in down the stretch of his rookie season. He posted a 10:6 TD-to-INT ratio, 68.9 completion percentage and 98.1 quarterback rating across the last six games with yardage that would extrapolate to 3,840 in 16 games. Now Bridgewater has a year of the Norv offense under his belt, a healthy Kyle Rudolph and a true lid-lifter in Mike Wallace.
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Demaryius Thomas wants Calvin Johnson money
Demaryius Thomas | DEN
(July 7, 2015 8:10 AM EDT)
Unsigned franchise player Demaryius Thomas reportedly wants Calvin Johnson money in his next contract.
Back in 2012, Johnson signed a massive eight-year, $150.5 million contract that included a $16 million signing bonus as part of $60 million guaranteed. It still stands as the benchmark for wideouts by a wide margin, status Thomas deserves after going over 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in three straight seasons while never missing a game. If a long-term deal doesn't get done by July 15, Thomas will play out the 2015 season on a $12.823 million franchise tender.
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Breshad Perriman: Drops are all mental
Breshad Perriman | BAL
(July 7, 2015 8:03 AM EDT)
Breshad Perriman said his dropped passes are "really all mental."
Perriman had an up-and-down first NFL offseason, flashing "playmaking skills and explosiveness along with a tendency to lose his concentration and drop passes." He dropped 8-of-54 catchable passes at Central Florida last year. Heightened focus should be a fixable issue and we still expect Perriman to beat out Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown. The Ravens will want their first-round pick to win the starting X job opposite Steve Smith.
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Packers have no plans to release Quarless
Andrew Quarless | GB
(July 6, 2015 9:39 PM EDT)
The Packers have no plans to release TE Andrew Quarless following his July 4 arrest.
Quarless allegedly fired a gun into the air twice during an early-Saturday morning altercation. He tried to flee and hide the weapon, but was arrested on a first-degree misdemeanor. The gun was registered to Quarless. The legal process will play itself out before the NFL steps in regarding a possible suspension.
Report: 'Concern' JPP could miss start of year
Jason Pierre-Paul | NYG
(July 6, 2015 6:25 PM EDT)
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) "could" miss training camp and the start of the season.
This is an extremely loose report, as the Giants are still "awaiting more medical info" after Pierre-Paul almost blew off his hand in a weekend fireworks incident. We'll continuously update this story with it being the only semi-headline-worthy news piece of the month. JPP's believed to have suffered nerve damage.
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Report: Dez Bryant deal appears to be close
Dez Bryant | DAL
(July 6, 2015 5:46 PM EDT)
CBS' Jason La Canfora confirms the Cowboys appear to be on the verge of a long-term deal with unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant.
Per La Canfora, talks should "continue evolving and possibly conclude by midweek." There's more than enough smoke to suggest the sides will come to an agreement before their July 15 deadline.
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Russell Wilson continues to talk baseball
Russell Wilson | SEA
(July 6, 2015 5:13 PM EDT)
Speaking to a church congregation on Sunday, Russell Wilson again refused to rule out the idea of playing baseball.
"Both" was Wilson's answer when asked which sport he preferred. "I believe if anybody could do it, I could," Wilson continued. "And I believe God’s put me — gave me the ability to do it. I’ve done it my whole life." Why Wilson keeps talking about his theoretical baseball career is anyone's guess, but it still stands to reason that he's trying to leverage the Seahawks in long-term talks. For as earnest and humble as Wilson presents himself, we doubt he actually has designs on becoming a two-sport athlete at the age of 26.
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Haynesworth admits he lost his 'passion'
Albert Haynesworth | FA
(July 6, 2015 4:17 PM EDT)
Ex-Titans and Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth admits he "(lost his) passion" for football when he signed his $100 million contract in 2009.
Haynesworth made the admission in a letter to his younger self on "If nothing else, listen to me on this, Albert: Do not leave the Tennessee Titans," Haynesworth wrote. "Your defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is a mastermind. No matter how much I tell you this, you’ll probably never realize it until your career is over, but it’s true. You’re like a system quarterback. You thrive in a very specific scheme." It's a humbling admission from a player who never formally retired, instead simply falling out of the league. Now 34, Haynesworth's last down came in 2011.
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Report: Giants pull long-term offer to JPP
Jason Pierre-Paul | NYG
(July 6, 2015 1:18 PM EDT)'s Ian Rapoport reports the Giants pulled a long-term offer to unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul after he injured his hand in a weekend fireworks accident.
Per Rapsheet, the G-Men "do not believe a long-term offer is in the best interest of those involved at this point." JPP is expected to be okay, but the extent of the damage remains unclear. He appears to be dealing with nerve damage and burns. Pierre-Paul's franchise tag will earn him a cool $14.8 million this season.
Jason Pierre-Paul still in hospital Monday
Jason Pierre-Paul | NYG
(July 6, 2015 11:32 AM EDT)
Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) remains in a Miami hospital as of Monday morning.
It's been roughly 36 hours since Pierre-Paul's fireworks accident and he remains under medical care. That's certainly not a good sign. Although JPP did not lose any fingers, the belief is he sustained nerve damage and burns.
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