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NFL Notes: Shaq Thompson, Giants, Packers, & Patriots

Shaq Thompson Washington’s Shaq Thompson made his case for playing linebacker in the NFL, despite the fact that some scouts believe he could be better suited as a running back. “I want to put it out there: I’m a linebacker. Outside linebacker. Strong side, that’s where I feel most comfortable. It’s basically like a strong safety,” Thompson told USA Today Sports. ...

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NFL Notes: SB 50 Odds, Broncos, Patriots, Raiders & Seahawks

Super Bowl 50 Odds The odds are already out for next year’s Super Bowl. Here’s a look at the top-five teams, via Pro Football Talk: Seahawks: 5-1 Patriots: 6-1 Packers: 6-1 Cowboys: 10-1 Colts: 12-1 Broncos: 12-1 Broncos According to Gil Brandt, QB Peyton Manning “will almost certainly” return to play next season. Alex Marvez reports that the Broncos have hired Fred ...

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NFL Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Giants, Lions, Patriots & Ravens

Buccaneers Despite some speculation that the Bucs could turn back to Mike Glennon as their starter, Josh McCown took the first turn through reps at quarterback on Wednesday. (Greg Auman) Falcons HC Mike Smith said that although WR Julio Jones didn’t take part in Wednesday’s walk through, he’s still optimistic that he will play this weekend. (Scott Brown) Giants Free agent to-be ...

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NFL Notes: Franchise Values, Patriots, Raiders, Ravens, Redskins

  NFL Franchise Values According to Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com, NFL franchise values grew at an annualized rate of 11.7 percent from 1991 to 2006 while under former commissioner Paul Tagliabue and just 3.5 percent annually since Roger Goodell took over in 2006. Silver admits that a decline in the rate of growth for NFL franchises was likely inevitable. However, Silver mentions that ...

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NFL Notes: Cowboys, Lions, Patriots, Rams, Steelers, & Titans

  Cowboys Seventh-round pick DE Ben Gardner will require shoulder surgery and is likely out for the season. (Todd Archer) Lions Former first-round pick DT Nick Fairley continued to work with the second unit on Wednesday. (Michael Rothstein) C.J. Mosley continues to see time with the first-team defense next to Ndamukong Suh. (Michael Rothstein) DE Ezekiel Ansah was able to practice again Wednesday, but on ...

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Patriots Sign First-Round Pick LB Dont’a Hightower

Pro Football Talk reports that the New England Patriots have finally reached an agreement with first-round pick LB Dont’a Hightower. This is hardly surprising as we’ve been waiting for the first domino to fall in regards to the remaining first-round picks that have yet to sign. Rookie have very little leverage now that the NFL has adopted the slotting system for ...

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Patriots Are Expected To Use Chandler Jones At Multiple Positions

According to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, first-round pick Chandler Jones should see time at both defensive end and outside linebacker next season. “He’s a perimeter player, a guy that lines up on the end of the line, whether you want to call him a linebacker or defensive end, but he’s an end-of-the-line player,’’ Belichick said, via the Boston Globe. “He’s got great ...

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Ravens “Loved” ILB Dont’a Hightower Before The Patriots Moved Up For Him

SI.com’s Peter King writes that the Baltimore Ravens “loved” Alabama ILB Dont’a Hightower and probably would have taken him had the Patriots not traded up to No. 25 overall for him. King adds that Baltimore was also targeting Wisconsin G Kevin Zeitler, but he too was taken just before they were on the clock. King sees Alabama  DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw as a logical option for them ...

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NFL Draft Notes: Rams, Steelers, 49ers, Browns, Cowboys,

Rams Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports reports that the St Louis Rams were actually prepared to take LSU DT Michael Brockers with the No. 6 all along. The fact that they were able to move down to No. 14 and still grab him while adding an addition second-round pick from the Cowboys, seems like a perfect scenario for them, considering where they had Brockers rated ...

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Sergio Kindle At Risk Of Losing His Roster Spot?

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun writes that LB Sergio Kindle is running the risk of being cut if he doesn’t preform up to the Ravens expectations for him during training camp. Kindle, who was drafted in 2010, missed the entire season after he fractured his skull in an accident that happened at his home in Texas.  Baltimore was hoping that he ...

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NFL Draft Rumors: Cowboys, Seahawks, Quinton Coples, Bengals, Packers, Jets, Patriots

  Seahawks Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider reports that Seattle Seahawks are hoping to trade down from the #12 overall pick and target Alabama ILB Donta Hightower later in the draft. Pauline adds that they would most likely turn their attention to Alabama S Mark Barron if Hightower isn’t available at that point. Should they take Barron, Pauline mentions that they would then ...

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NFL Draft Rumors: Melvin Ingram, Alshon Jeffery, Stephen Gilmore, Rams, Ryan Tannehill, Cardinals

Melvin Ingram Tony Pauline reports that South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram drew “rave reviews” from multiple sources and believes that he’ll be drafted in the “top 8 for sure.” NFL.com’s Mike Mayock echoes that by mentioning that he believes the only question left for Ingram is where he’s going to play in the NFL. “Melvin Ingram, for me, is a really fun puzzle ...

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Steelers Release LB James Farrior

Ralph Cindric reports that the Steelers have in fact released ILB James Farrior. Gerry Dulac tweeted last night that this could be a sign that they’ll be drafting Dont’a Hightower to replace him. Larry Foote is also rumored to be on the chopping block so we’ll have to see any comes of that this weekend. ————————————————————————————— The agent for Steelers LB James Farrior mentioned that ...

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2012 NFL Combine Winners/Losers – Linebackers

By Chance Bond Of the linebackers some surprised others disappointed….how did yours do? WINNERS Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College Luke Kuechly was thought to run closer to a 4.8 or 4.9. The Boston College tackling machine hushed the doubthers posting a 4.50 and 4.59 on two attempts. He also showcased his great explosion with a 10-3 broad jump and a 38-inch ...

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Claiborne, Richardson, Hightower & Kirkpatrick All Declare For The Draft

Four projected first-round picks have made the decision to leave school and enter the NFL Draft today. Morris Claiborne The Associated Press reports that LSU CB Morris Claiborne will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Claiborne is considered to be the best available corner in this years class and should end up being a top-ten pick barring an unforeseen change of events. ...

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