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Packers move on from Seattle loss with offseason workouts (The Associated Press)
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Saturday, 25 April 2015
Mike Daniels has seen the film of the Packers' last game over and over again in the offseason. A stunning collapse in the NFC title game to Seattle can be hard to forget. On Monday came time to officially look ahead for Green Bay with the start of offseason workouts at Lambeau Field. Daniels has watched the Seattle tape.
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Report: Eagles plan to sign Tim Tebow as team's fourth QB on Monday (Shutdown Corner)
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Saturday, 25 April 2015
The Philadelphia Eagles brought in Tim Tebow for a workout in March but did not sign him. Now it appears they're ready to pull the trigger. Fox's Jay Glazer is reporting that the team will bring Tebow back to town, this time with pen and contract ready. Scoopage: The Eagles are plannng to bring in Tim Tebow and sign him tomorrow as they begin their offseason program FOX SPORTS has learned — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 19, 2015 The Eagles have been in mystery mode as far as their quarterbacks go. They have Sam Bradford (whom they acquired by trade a week before Tebow's first workout in Philly), old friend Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne currently on the roster but are reportedly prepared to add more at the position. Eagles looking for a fourth QB for their offseason program but it's Tebows best chance to get back in the league — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 19, 2015 Kinne is not locked into a spot (and likely would be cut for Tebow, we think), and Barkley has appeared to be a square peg in a round hole in Chip Kelly's offense. Heck, even Bradford shouldn't get too comfy with his newest team — with the Eagles not yet selling his jersey in team stores. So why are the Eagles signing Tebow now and not a month ago when they had roughly the same number of roster spots open? Glazer explains. Eagles spent time w Tebows qb coach Tom House and are convinced he's improved a lot. if he hasn't no harm no foul as they have roster spots — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 19, 2015 Tebow, who reportedly will sign a one-year deal with the Eagles, is currently employed by the SEC Network as an analyst but has a contract that allows him to chase his NFL dreams. Less than two weeks out from the draft, the Eagles have a chance to be one of the real wild cards in the NFL. Heck, no one can eliminate them from the Marcus Mariota sweepstakes — even with Bradford on board, and Tebow perhaps set to join. Kelly is capable of anything when it comes to his roster (and yes, it's his roster now), especially when it comes to the quarterbacks. Tebow has been laboring to get his next chance since being cut by the New England Patriots at the end of the 2013 training camp. He last took an NFL snap in Week 17 — Christmas Week — of the 2012 season as a member of the New York Jets, ending a long, frustrating season with that team as he watched Sanchez and Greg McElroy start games for a 6-10 team that totaled 14 touchdown passes all season. Meanwhile, Tebow toiled as a spare part who attempted a mere eight passes all season and rushed 32 times for 103 yards, mainly as a decoy and personal protector on the punt team. Kelly would be bringing Tebow in for more. Tebow's unique skills plus Kelly's wizardry? Consider us intrigued, even if Tebow's star has faded. He would have a chance to penetrate the pecking order at QB, but who will be above and below him on that depth chart? The next two weeks will be fascinating to watch play out, as will Tebow's chance — perhaps his final one — to make another NFL roster. Sanchez? Bradford? Tebow? Kelly? All in one place? The madness continues in Philly. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm Related Video:
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Tebow to sign contract with NFL's Philadelphia Eagles: media (AFP)
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Saturday, 25 April 2015
Tim Tebow, who hasn't played in the National Football League for more than two years, is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, US media reported on Sunday. Tebow would become one of five quarterbacks on the Eagles' roster, joining Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne. The 27-year-old Tebow worked out with the Eagles last month.
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Tebow in line for surprise return at Philadelphia (Reuters)
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Friday, 24 April 2015
(Reuters) - Tim Tebow is set to make a surprise return to the NFL after the quarterback agreed on a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the league reported on Sunday. Terms of the contract have yet to be revealed but the 27-year-old Tebow is expected to join a large group of quarterbacks vying for spots on the Philadelphia roster. Tebow has been employed as a television analyst since his last NFL game in 2012 but worked out with the Eagles last month and appears to have made a good impression.
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NFL-Tebow in line for surprise return at Philadelphia (Reuters)
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Friday, 24 April 2015
Tim Tebow is set to make a surprise return to the NFL after the quarterback agreed on a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the league reported on Sunday. Terms of the contract have yet to be revealed but the 27-year-old Tebow is expected to join a large group of quarterbacks vying for spots on the Philadelphia roster. Tebow has been employed as a television analyst since his last NFL game in 2012 but worked out with the Eagles last month and appears to have made a good impression.
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Redskins WR DeSean Jackson set to appear on BET reality show (The Associated Press)
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Friday, 24 April 2015
NEW YORK (AP) -- Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson is coming to reality TV.
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Charles discusses range of topics as Chiefs get to work (The Associated Press)
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Friday, 24 April 2015
As the Chiefs prepare to begin their offseason program Monday, most of the attention right now is on the upcoming NFL draft, even among some of the players. General manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid have no intention of asking their Pro Bowl running back whom he'd take with their first-round pick, No. 18 overall. He signed former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Paul Fanaika to provide some depth, then traded a fifth-round pick to the New Orleans Saints for former Pro Bowl offensive guard Ben Grubbs.
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Running backs not facing demise, but still devalued in draft (The Associated Press)
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Friday, 24 April 2015
The experience, potential and skills of Georgia's Todd Gurley and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon ought to entice a couple of teams to end the unprecedented two-year absence of running backs from the first round. Elite running backs haven't stopped being developed by college programs, as evidenced by the depth of this class that could produce about a dozen picks by the end of the third round. So why doesn't this position measure up anymore to some of the others when NFL teams rank their prospects? Maybe they didn't feel the running backs the last couple of years were first-round talent.
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Judge OKs 65-year deal over NFL concussions; could cost $1B (The Associated Press)
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement that is expected to cost the NFL $1 billion over 65 years to resolve thousands of concussion lawsuits.
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Judge OKs 65-year deal over NFL concussions; could cost $1B (The Associated Press)
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015
A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement that is expected to cost the NFL $1 billion over 65 years to resolve thousands of concussion lawsuits. NFL actuaries project about 6,000 of the league's nearly 20,000 retired players could someday develop Alzheimer's disease or moderate dementia over the life of the deal approved Wednesday by a federal judge in Philadelphia. Awards could reach $1 million to $5 million for those diagnosed in their 30s and 40s with Parkinson's disease or Lou Gehrig's disease, or for deaths involving chronic brain trauma. ''What matters now is time, and many retired players do not have much left,'' said plaintiff Kevin Turner, a former New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles running back who has Lou Gehrig's disease.
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Former Eagles and Steelers WR Looney dies at 98 (The Associated Press)
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Don Looney, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and also starred at TCU, has died. Looney died Sunday, according to an obituary posted by Greenwood Chapel, where services will be held Thursday. Looney was the last known survivor of the 1938 TCU team that won the national championship. After spending the next two seasons with the Steelers, he went into the military.
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2015 NFL schedule: League releases the full regular-season slate (Shutdown Corner)
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015
The long NFL offseason seems a little more palatable when there's a Week 1 opponent to look forward to. Each NFL team found out who it will start the 2015 regular season against, and the rest of the schedule too. [For a full look at the entire 2015 NFL regular-season schedule, click here.] The opening game of the season will be the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the defending champion New England Patriots on Thursday, Sept. 10 (a favorable break for the Patriots because the Steelers will be without All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell due to suspension). The first "Sunday Night Football" game of the season, on Sept. 13, will be the New York Giants traveling to face the Dallas Cowboys. As usual, the NFL has a doubleheader scheduled for "Monday Night Football" in Week 1. The Philadelphia Eagles, one of the most interesting teams this season after a flurry of offseason moves, play at the Atlanta Falcons in the first game. The San Francisco 49ers will host the late Monday night game against the Minnesota Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson ... if Peterson is still with the Vikings. The NFL decided to go with three NFC vs. NFC games on Thanksgiving for the second straight season. The Eagles kick it off at the Detroit Lions, the Carolina Panthers will play at the Dallas Cowboys, and the third Thanksgiving game will be the Chicago Bears at the Green Bay Packers . That will be the Packers' first home Thanksgiving game since playing the Hammond Pros in 1923. There will be rematches of each conference championship game from last season, and each rematch will be on "Sunday Night Football." On Sept. 20, the Green Bay Packers will host the Seattle Seahawks on NBC, which is one of the most interesting games on the entire regular-season schedule. The Patriots will play at the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 18 in a prime-time game. There was also a welcomed change for the Denver Broncos in this year's schedule. For years, a CBS conflict with the U.S. Open tennis tournament prevented the Broncos from opening the season at home in their usual late-afternoon slot. The U.S. Open is moving to ESPN this year. So the Broncos will open the regular season at home against the Baltimore Ravens in the late-afternoon time slot, in one of the best games of Week 1. The NFL's regular-season schedule release has become a big day on the sports calendar, in many ways overshadowing the NBA and NHL playoffs. The schedule release was covered with two hours of programming on ESPN's networks, and there was a three-hour schedule release show scheduled for NFL Network. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
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NFL draft positional rankings: Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota at QB? (Shutdown Corner)
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Leading up to the NFL draft on April 30-May 2, Shutdown Corner will examine each position, rank the top players at each spot and identify some sleepers, sliders and lesser-known gems. As was the case in the drafts of 2008 (Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco), 2005 (Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers) and 1998 (Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf), this year’s quarterback class is viewed roundly as a two-QB field heading into draft night. There’s Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, and there’s everyone else. Again, that’s the perception right now, and though history showed that Leaf was a far bigger bust than, say, Matt Hasselbeck, Brian Griese or Charlie Batch — other ’98 draft quarterbacks — we have little reason at this moment to expect much change. Could Winston or Mariota flame out in the NFL? Absolutely. And perhaps there is a Hasselbeck or a Griese in a group made up of Bryce Petty, Garrett Grayson, Brett Hundley and Sean Mannion. But as things stand right now, there’s a wide gap between Winston and Mariota and the remainder of the field. Winston and Mariota couldn’t be much different. Winston is a fiery, engaging and chaotic leader who fits the classic NFL pocket mold. Mariota is the new breed of quarterback, cutting his teeth in the college spread offense that’s starting to leak into the NFL, and his stoic personality is far different from his Florida State counterpart. Both could be quality NFL starters — they’re just nothing alike. We believe, based on conversations with multiple teams, that there could be as many as five quarterbacks taken in the first 50 selections. Winston and Mariota are top-10 picks, and they could go 1-2. Don’t be stunned if at least two out of three of the Petty-Grayson-Hundley group land in Round 2, perhaps with one even sneaking into the final few picks of Round 1. It’s not the most inspiring group of QB talent we’ve seen in recent years, but it does feature two very intriguing options at the top, plus a few smaller-school options later in the draft who might be worth cultivating.  Ranking Player School Height Weight Notable statistic Scouting skinny 1 Jameis Winston Florida State 6-3 231 Had a 40-10 TD-INT ratio in 2013; 25-18 in 2014 Rare competitor who must overcome maturity issues, INTs but has the goods to be great 2 Marcus Mariota Oregon   6-4 222 Passed for 10,796 yards (263.3 per game) and rushed for 2,237 yards (54.6 per game) in 41 college starts Athletic, poised, quiet spread passer who must adapt to NFL offenses but has unique skills 3 Bryce Petty Baylor 6-2 230 Set Cotton Bowl record with 550 yards passing vs. Michigan State Strong-armed, confident spread thrower who might take a little time to percolate 4 Garrett Grayson Colorado State 6-2 213 Threw for 310 more yards on 58 fewer attempts from 2013 to 2014 Dink-and-dunk, rhythm passer with size, arm limitations but has smarts to make it 5 Brett Hundley UCLA 6-3 226 Owns Bruins record for career TD passes (75) and three straight nine-win seasons Athletically blessed pocket passer who made limited improvement despite 40 college starts 6 Sean Mannion Oregon State 6-5 229 Fell from 37 TD passes to 15 as senior despite only one fewer start than in 2013 Statuesque pocket passer with funky delivery but has football IQ, toughness 7 Taylor Heinecke Old Dominion 6-1 211 School leader in pass yards, completion %, TD passes Small-framed, small-school rhythm passer who worked primarily out of shotgun 8 Bryan Bennett Southeast Louisiana 6-2 211 Passed for 4,058 yards, ran for 1,701 yards in two seasons at SELA Former Marcus Mariota backup has similar skills but needs major development 9 Brandon Bridge South Alabama 6-4 229 College pass completion percentage a mere 50.9% on 762 attempts Alcorn State transfer is raw as heck but has fascinating physical tools 10 Jerry Lovelocke Prairie View A&M 6-4 248 Large-framed, strong-armed shotgun passer who needs mechanics overhaul, NFL coaching Raw, big-framed developmental passer with good arm talent but long way to go SLEEPER Heinecke His gaudy passing totals at FCS Old Dominion fell off a bit last season, but some of that can be attributed to a right shoulder injury he suffered early in the season and played gamely through. Heinecke does not possess textbook size or arm strength, and he likely will have to spend time adjusting to playing under center after operating in a predominantly shotgun offense. But he has good football smarts, a quick release and nice touch on his throws and could be a nice project to groom for a team such as the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs or New England Patriots that ask their quarterbacks to get rid of the ball quickly out of spread formations. OVERRATED Hundley Hundley has almost everything you’re looking for, including size, athleticism, arm strength and character. But Hundley can be a frustrating player to watch, one who seldom made tangible gains in his game despite three years of starting for the Bruins. A lot of his production was inflated in their short-pass, yards-after-catch offense, and he struggled when forced to make full-field reads from under center. More than one scout has noted the comparisons to Jason Campbell, a college winner with traits who teased but never turned into a quality NFL starter. SMALL-SCHOOL WONDER Chris Bonner, Colorado State-Pueblo The mystery man from a seven-year old Division II program that has not produced much NFL talent has generated some scouting buzz. He’s 6-7 and 222 pounds and has worked from both the shotgun and from under center. Scouts are not wowed by his arm talent or athleticism, but there might be enough skill and intrigue to warrant a camp invite. Bonner’s toughness was on display this past season in leading his school to a D-II championship. COULD RISE IN DRAFT Grayson He doesn’t fit every system and has been nicked by scouts for his smallish build, injury history and slightly slow head clock, but Grayson also has a good foundation to work with. He’s comfortable throwing from the pocket, has great feel of pro-type routes and is notably tough, smart and committed. Grayson is said to be a lead-by-example type who might be worth developing, but his window — he’s already 24 — might be shorter than teams like. It wouldn’t be stunning to see him go in the top half of the second round, and he’ll be off the board by the end of the third. LATE-ROUND STEAL Bennett Although he was something of a hot mess at the Senior Bowl at times, Bennett still opened eyes — first by taking a red eye after receiving a late invitation to the game, nearly stepping off the plane and onto the practice field, and then in displaying some real arm strength and athleticism. The man who was beaten out by Mariota at Oregon transferred to Southeastern Louisana and shattered school records. He’d be an intriguing fit for a spread-based offense that can afford to develop his talent over two or three years. PLAYER WHO WILL GO UNDRAFTED BUT SHOULDN'T Bridge Remember Aaron Brooks? Bridge bears some similarity to the strong-armed, athletic and erratic quarterback who started 93 NFL games (and threw 92 interceptions) and could be worth a late gamble. Bridge’s accuracy is even more of a worry than that of Brooks, a 56-percent career passer, and he might be 2-3 years away from even contributing. But Bridge has some really intriguing talents for a patient team that might be willing to let him develop over multiple seasons. IDEAL FIT Mariota to Chargers We’ve said for weeks that the San Diego Chargers are looking big picture with the future of their franchise hanging in the balance and a move to Los Angeles perhaps in the offing. Mariota has some tremendous tangibles and intangibles and could handle being the quarterback who perhaps follows Philip Rivers for the Chargers. Mike McCoy is willing to work with different style quarterbacks and tailor his offense to their strengths, and offensive coordinator Frank Reich can help clean up Mariota’s footwork and teach him how to work through NFL progressions. This connection makes so much sense on so many levels. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
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Winning ways gain 76ers notice
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Monday, 17 March 2008
Philadelphia Inquirer - There are only 15 games left in the regular season, but the Sixers (33-34) are apparently beginning to captivate the Philadelphia sporting public. While much of the area sports fans' concerns still center on whether the Eagles will sign or trade for ...
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