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Bills cut punter Brain Moorman
Bills saved 1.6 million by letting the life long Bill go.
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The Bills drafted Cals Bryan Anger in round 7 in the 2012 NFL draft.
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FULL RAIDERS OFFSEASON REVIEW
by DC Insider Rick Bennett



Here, we will take a look at the situation for the Raiders at each position headed into the 2012 preseason.

Quarterback:
Though new GM Reggie McKenzie briefly considered cutting incumbet starter Carson Palmer and his large salary loose, he was dissuaded by others in the organization. So, Palmer remains the unquestioned starter heading into the 2012 season. The team also signed Vince Young to a one year deal with no guaranteed money to compete with Terrelle Pryor for the backup job. Both are athletic QBs and the winner of the competition may have a shot of seeing some playing time this season should Palmer struggle. Since Young is signed to a veteran minimum deal, the Raiders may cut him if he loses the battle in training camp to Pryor. Pryor may meet a similar fate if he loses out since the new GM and coaching staff have no attachment to him. Bringing up the bottom of the depth chart is undrafted free agent Patrick Witt of Yale. He'll be a camp arm and likely practice squad candidate.

Running Back:
To the surprise of many, the team traded dynamic though oft-injured former starter Darren McFadden to the division rival Broncos for a first round pick. This freed them up to resign Michael Bush to be their starter. Bush is a big, bruising back who will carry the majority of the load for the Raiders in 2012. Behind him is slashing speedster Taiwan Jones who will be entering his 2nd year. He will provide the "lightning" to Bush's "thunder" in their two back attack. Also signed were veteran free agents Mewelde Moore and Ryan Grant. Moore excels as a shift 3rd down back, quite capable of pass blocking and catching passes out of the backfield. Grant follows former Packers executive Reggie McKenzie to Oakland where he will simply compete for a roster spot. Barring an injury to one of the above backs, he seems unlikely to make the roster, but his veteran savvy in training camp may be a boost to the younger players. The Raiders are set at fullback with Marcel Reese and Manase Tonga returning to the team.

Wide Receiver:
This was not a position the Raiders addressed much this offseason. There is a ton of untapped potential thanks to the massive amount of speed at the position. Darrius Heyward-Bay, Denarious Moore, Louis Murphy and Jacoby Ford with fill out the top 4 spots on the depth chart in one combination or another. Last year's 5th WR, Derrick Jones, will compete with undrafted rookie free agents Junior Hemingway of Michigan and LaRon Byrd of Miami for that fifth and final WR roster spot.

Tight End:
TE is another position where the Raiders didn't make many changes. The well-rounded Kevin Boss holds the starting job and will be backed up by some combination of Brandon Myers, David Ausberry and Richard Gordon. The team did sign undrafted free agent Anthony Miller out of Cal. The team figures to pare down to just 3 players at the position after camp.

Offensive Tackle:
At left tackle, the Raiders will have youngster Jared Veldheer return as the starter. New offensive coordinator Greg Knapp will install a ZBS, and Veldheer should be a nice fit thanks to his athleticism. The right tackle position will up for grabs between incumbent Joseph Barksdale, newly signed free agent Guy Whimper and 4th round draft pick Tony Bergstrom of Utah. Barksdale is a questionable fit in the ZBS, but will enter camp as the starter. Whimper will make for a great backup swing tackle with starting experience should he lose out on the job while Bergstrom will be developed for the future.

Interior O-line:
At guard, the Raiders return starters Stefan Wisniewski and Cooper Carlisle. Athletic backup Bruce Campbell and newly signed Jacob Bell will compete with Carlisle for the starting RG spot. At center, the Raiders made it their top priority to resign Samson Satele and succeeded. He will be backed up by 6th round draft pick William Vlachos of Alabama.

Defensive End:
This was the Raiders biggest area of need, with only Matt Shaughnessy on the roster as a potential starter. The Raiders began in free agency where they signed former Buc William Hayes. Hayes has previous starting experience and will be part of the rotation. When it came draft time, the Raiders used their top two picks on pass rushers, selecting Marshall's Vinny Curry in the first round and Arkansas' Jake Bequette in the third. Following the draft, the team also signed rookie free agent Taylor Thompson out of SMU. These three rookies will have a great chance of seeing considerable playing time in their first year.

Defensive Tackle:
Starters Richard Seymour and Tommie Kelly return to the team in those same roles for now. Former starting DE Lamarr Houston will kick inside to his natural DT position along with Desmond Bryant. The team also signed veteran free agents Jonathan Fanene and Marcus Thomas, who is experienced in new head coach Dennis Allen's system from their time in Denver. Seymour, thanks to his hefty bonus earlier in the offseason, is the only one guaranteed to have a starting job. The others will battle it out to find their spots in the rotation.

Linebacker:
The Raiders return all of their starters from 2010, WILL Aaron Curry, MIKE Rolando McClain and SAM Kamerion Wimbley. Their depth has been thoroughly bolstered however. Veteran free agent pickups Joe Mays, who played under Allen in Denver, and Geno Hayes from Tampa, will be the primary backups. The team also signed former Penn Stater Nate Stupar as an undrafted free agent. He stands a good chance of making the roster if he shows value on special teams.

Corner:
The Raiders have seen massive turnover at this position in each of the last two years. Former Texan Jason Allen was the Raiders biggest pickup at the position as he is coming off of a career year in 2011. He figures to be one of the starters while young incumbents DeMarcus Van Dyke, Chimdi Chekwa and Bryan McCann battle with veteran pick ups Kelly Jennings and Shawntae Spencer for the rest of the spots on the team. Also added was undrafted free agent Trevin Wade of Arizona. The Raiders have more quantity than quality at this position currently, but that should work itself out through training camp.

Safety:
The team lost former starter Tyvon Branch as a top level free agent, but does return their other starter at FS in Michael Huff. Huff was a potential trade/cut candidate, but he has stayed with the team. Marvin Mitchell inherits the starting SS job which he will battle Jerome Boyd, free agent signing Haruki Nakamura, and 5th round draft pick Duke Ihenacho for. The team also signed former Ball State safety Sean Baker as an UDFA. He has a chance of making the roster if he displays good special teams potential.

Specialists:
The Raiders return studs at both positions in Sebastian Janikowski and Shane Lechler. No additions were made or required.
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Patriots sign WR Childs in undrafted free agency


Greg Childs is reunited with Ryan Mallett in New England.

The New England Patriots have announced the signing of four undrafted free agents: WR Greg Childs (Arkansas), TE Cory Harkey (UCLA), OL Elvis Fisher (Missouri), and DE Manny Abreu (Rutgers.) Childs (6'3", 219) ran a 4.55 in Mobile during pre-draft workouts after a disappointing senior season at Arkansas; he suffered a knee injury which negatively impacted his play, but appears to have regained his speed. He was one of Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett's favorite targets in 2009 and 2010, with 13 touchdowns in that two-year span. The Razorbacks ran a pro-style spread offense in college, which should ease Childs' transition to the NFL.

Harkey is known as a proficient inline blocker and could work his way onto the 53-man roster if the Patriots decide they need a third tight end. Fisher was a four-year starter at left tackle for the Tigers but suffered a season-ending injury in 2011, while Abreu has played both defensive end and outside linebacker at Rutgers and possesses intriguing measurables (6'2", 260 pounds.)

Additionally, the club has re-signed QB Mike Hartline, DE Justin Trattou, LB Aaron Lavarias, and DB Malcolm Williams to the practice squad. All four players were members of the Patriots headed into the draft and passed through waivers unclaimed before being re-signed.

New England has additionally announced the release of SS Josh Barrett and FB Kyle Eckel.
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Green Bay Packers Offseason Recap


Packers say goodbye to three veterans.

Super Packers first move as Green Bay Packers general manager was to cut Chad Clifton, Donald Driver and AJ Hawk. The three players saved the Packers close to 15 million in cap space. Clifton who was set to earn close to 5 million this year has struggled with injury problems over the past few years and is nearing the end of his career. The Packers also released veteran linebacker AJ Hawk who failed to live up to his salary of 2011. Hawk was also set to earn around 5 million in 2012 which is part of the reason they decided to cut him, the other believed to be that he got outplayed by the two young inside linebackers Robert Francois and DJ Smith, who is set to become the starter. The final cut of they day, Donald Driver, scheduled to earn close to 4 million in 2012, saw his production drop last year. He struggled to make the impact expected of a man earning his money and the team wishes to look towards the future.


Packers franchise and then trade Finley.

With the most discussed move of their offseason, the Packers put the franchise tag on tight end Jermichael Finley and then later traded him to the Buffalo Bills. GM Super Packer had made it very clear of his interests from the get go so it was no suprise to see the talented yet underachieving receiver leave Green Bay. For the rights to Finley, Green Bay received Buffalo's second, fourth and fifth round pick in return for their second round pick and the tight end.


Gaither now a Packer.

With free-agency upon them, Green Bay wasted no time in signing and cutting players. The first two signings the Packers made sent out a clear motive, protecting Aaron Rodgers. The Packers had already declared their interest in resigning Scott Wells and thats exactly what they did when they signed him to a 4 year deal averaging in at around 5 million a year. They also announced they had resigned Jarret Bush to be the dime cornerback in Dom Capers defense.

They then surprisingly went the route they dont often ride on by bringing in three free agents Jared Gaither, Dennis Dixon and Visanthe Shiancoe. Gaither the left tackle made a great impression whilst at the Chargers. He went there mid-season and protected Philip Rivers from the moment he stepped on the field. The tackles deal, reported to be averaging 4 million a year will be set with the task of protecting Rodgers blind side. The Packers also signed former Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon on a 1 million a year deal and will be asked to be the back up behind Aaron Rodgers. With the final free agent signing of their day, Green Bay signed tight end Visanthe Shiancoe formerly of the Vikings. After trading away Jermichael Finley, the Packers felt as though they needed a tight end with starting experience that could come in a play in front of the young players they currently have at the position. Shiancoe was also signed to a deal averaging 1 million a year.

With the five signings out the way general manager Super Packer turned his attention to cuts, They announced the release of safety Charlie Peprah, outside linebacker Frank Zombo and tight end Tom Crabtree.


Packers grab pass rusher, Nick Perry, USC.

With the free agency out of the way for the moment the Packers were allowed to turn all eyes onto the NFL Draft. It was obvious the Packers would go into the draft looking to improve on their defensive unit, who ranked dead last in 2011, and improve it is exactly what they did.

In the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected USC defensive end, Nick Perry, after making a trade with the Tennessee Titans which allowed them to grab him with the 20th overall pick. Perry, an exciting young player will be lined up opposite Clay Matthews at outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense and will be responsible for producing sacks and creating them for others.

In the second round, with the pick they received from Buffalo, Green Bay drafted defensive tackle Kendall Reyes, Connecticut. Tackle was also a position of need for them after letting Cullen Jenkins walk in 2011 and seeing Mike Neal again plagued by injuries.

With the later picks in the draft the Packers added secondary help in the form Furman cornerback, Ryan Steed and safety Aaron Henry out of Wisconsin. Sandwiched between these two was Boise State defensive tackle, Billy Winn who will come in to add competition on the defensive line. Outside linebacker, Kyle Wilber was also added to create some healthy pass rushing competition.

Green Bay then turned their attention to offensive depth by bringing in centre David Molk from Michigan, LSU tight end, DeAngelo Peterson, SMU offensive guard, Josh LeRibeus and Tennessee running back, Tauren Poole. They then finished their draft by picking Chris Galippo, the inside linebacker who will join his college team mate Nick Perry.

It was then later noted that the Packers had signed one undrafted free agent by bringing in Danny Coale, wide receiver out of Virginia Tech.


Packers trim roster to 53.

With the 2012 NFL season nearly upon us the Packers have been busy trimming their roster down looking to find the best 53 men on their team. This isn't a pleasant time for anyone especially the players who realise their future could be in doubt.

The unlucky seven were as follows; QB Graham Harrell, RB Tauren Poole, TE Ryan Taylor, TE Andrew Quarless, OG Ray Dominguez, DT Lawrence Guy and OLB Kyle Wilber.
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Chargers revamp their team



RB: With stud runner Ryan Mathews at the helm, the Chargers drafted Oregon RB Lamichael James and signed former Seahawks RB Justin Forsett to battle for the #2 role as the 3rd down receiving back.

WR: Losing free agent WR Vincent Jackson, the team tried to replace him with a number of options including Texas A&M WR Jeff Fuller drafted in the 4th round and free agent flyers Mike Sims-Walker and Chaz Schilens. The hope is that Malcolm Floyd and Vincent Brown can continue to develop and fill the void.

TE: One priority was finding the replacement and the Chargers feel that acquired the best TE in the draft in Georgia's Orson Charles who can both catch passes and block for the team.

OL: Due to medical and salary reasons, LT Marcus McNeil was released and replaced with cheaper free agent Sam Baker from Atlanta. Late rounder Donald Stephenson or UDFA Joe Long are expected to back-up Baker. The team resigned Pro Bowler Nick Hardwick to stay at center and kept most of the consistency of their offensive line.

DL: As 2nd year player Corey Liuget develops into a starter, the team resigned Luis Castillo and drafted Trevor Guyton to rotate on the other side. At Nose Tackle, both Paul Soliai and Casey Hampton were signed to fill a massive void in the middle of the defense.

LB: There will be no excuse for no pass rush as the Chargers now have 1st round pick Melvin Ingram and free agent Kroy Bierman to rotate opposite of Shaun Phillips. With last ditch efforts by Antwan Barnes, Larry English, and Everette Brown to revitalize their careers, competition will be fierce. Inside, the team kept starters Donald Butler and Takeo Spikes but felt they got a steal in the 6th round with Arkansas State LB Demario Davis to compete with 2nd year player Jonas Mouton as the primary back-up.

Secondary - CB wasn't a huge need, but the team signed former Steeler William *** to compete with Marcus Gilchrist in the nickel spot. They are excited to bring in high upside UDFA Justin Bethel as a potential developmental player. Free Agent Roman Harper will join Eric Weddle as the starters allowing for a more physical presence as a whole.

Specialists: Not many changes, but Lamichael James is expected to take over primary return duties.
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Giants Sign 5 Undrafted Free Agents
Giants Add Solid Depth And Hope To Find Success Again With UDFAs

After finishing a solid draft bringing in Mohamed Sanu to be the 3rd WR, OT Bobby Massie to bolster the Offensive Line as well as depth at the Running Back, Corner Back, Tight End and Defensive Tackle positions with Chris Polk, Donnie Fletcher, James Hana and Markus Kuhn, the Giants have signed 5 Undrafted Free Agents. They brought in Center Garth Gerhart from Arizona State to compete with David Baas who had a disappointing season with the Giants in his first year with the team. They also brought in Defensive End Justin Francis from GM scottyboy's Alma Mater Rutgers University to add depth to one of the most talented Defensive lines in the NFL. They also signed Safety Eddie Pleasant out of Oregon to provide depth. In addition to those three were Wide Receiver Marcus Rivers from Buffalo who provides a 6foot5 frame to be a potential red zone threat and punter Micky Groody was signed to the practice squad in case of injury to Steve Weatherford.


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Cardinals fill out practice squad with relative unknowns




Jeremy Lane, CB, Northwestern State
Damon Harrison, NT, William Penn
Delano Johnson, OLB, Bowie State
Natiel Curry, C, Bethune-Cookman
Devon Ramsey, FB, North Carolina 
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Packers sign 8 players to practice squad


Newest addition to Packers practice squad.

The Green Bay Packers have announced the 8 players they have chosen to place on this years practice squad. The players are as follows:

QB Graham Harrell
RB Tauren Poole
WR Diondre Borel
TE Ryan Taylor
OG Ray Dominguez
DT Lawrence Guy
OLB Kyle Wilber
S Anthony Levine
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Patriots revamp practice squad


Florida quarterback John Brantley among newest UDFA signings.

The New England Patriots overhauled their practice squad today after a number of players made it through waivers unclaimed. QB Mike Hartline, OL Elvis Fisher, DE Manny Abreu, and LB Aaron Lavarias were released today in order to make room for QB John Brantley (Florida), WR Patrick Edwards (Houston), C Moe Petrus (Connecticut), and DB Jerrell Young (South Florida.) The Patriots' practice squad is as follows:

QB John Brantley
WR Patrick Edwards
TE Cory Harkey
OT Kyle Hix
C Moe Petrus
DE Justin Trattou
DB Malcolm Williams
DB Jerrell Young
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Raiders Release 11, Add 8 to Practice Squad


Patrick Witt released, signed to practice squad.

To get down to the 53 man regular season roster limit, the Oakland Raiders have announced the release of the following 11 players:

1.) QB Patrick Witt
2.) TE Richard Gordon
3.) TE Anthony Miller
4.) OG Zach Hurd
5.) WR Derrick Jones
6.) DE Brandon Thompson
7.) LB Nate Stupar
8.) CB Trevin Wade
9.) S Sean Baker
10.) WR Junior Hemingway
11.) DT Jonathan Fanene

And to fill out their practice squad, the Raiders brought back 8:

1.) QB Patrick Witt
2.) TE Anthony Miller
3.) WR Derrick Jones
4.) DE Brandon Thompson
5.) LB Nate Stupar
6.) CB Trevin Wade
7.) S Sean Baker
8.) WR Junior Hemingway

All but Jones are first year UDFAs.
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Houston Texans Off-Season Overview


The Houston Texans came into this offseason with three very key contributors due for free agency, namely Arian Foster, Mario Williams, and Chris Myers. In order to get some cap room to attempt bringing them back, the Texans started off by releasing three players in Matt Leinart, Kevin Walter, and Jacoby Jones. Jones had become hated amongst the Houston fanbase due to his miscues in the playoffs and simply had to be let go while Leinart was supplanted by Yates as the top backup and Walter simply wasn’t with the $3.5 million a year he was making. Those moves freed up around $10 million in cap room which gave them around $18 million to work with.


The first move the Texans made was to lock up Arian Foster long-term. Houston gave him a deal that made him the richest running back in NFL history.


During the first round of free agency, Houston focused its’ efforts trying to bring Chris Myers back but after spending so much on Arian Foster, the Redskins simply outbid them for his services. This was a huge blow for the Texans and left the front office scrambling. The Texans also lost backup tight end Joel Dreessen to the Buccaneers. The two positive things that came out of the first round was that they brought back kicker Neil Rackers, undoubtedly the best kicker they’ve had in their short existence, and they went out and acquired Santana Moss’ services to fill the number two wide receiver role. Moss was excited about the idea of playing with fellow ‘Da U’ alum Andre Johnson and the Texans front office considered him a significant upgrade to Jacoby Jones. In addition to losing Myers, the Texans also lost Mario Williams to the Broncos, and Jason Allen to the Raiders, and Matt Leinart to the Redskins although the Texans knew Williams was out of their price range and had no interest in bringing Allen back, and only were interested in Leinart on a veteran minimum deal.


During the second round of free agency, after losing Chris Myers, the Texans put a premium on bringing back guard Mike Brisiel. Fortunately, they were able to secure his services so they wouldn’t lose two starters from the interior of that line. In addition, the Texans were able to bring three guys back on veteran minimum deals, Tim Bulman, Jake Delhomme, and Kevin Walter while they lost out on bringing Tim Dobbins back as he took a better paying gig to go across state to Dallas. Bulman is a quality depth player along the defensive line, Delhomme was brought back to have a veteran backup and mentor, and Walter has been the number two WR for a few years and is very highly regarded around the clubhouse. In addition to these signings, for the second year in a row, the Texans acquired a free agent cornerback, using Wade Phillips to entice Terrance Newman from the Cowboys. Newman is no longer a number one corner but the Texans believe he can be a quality starter for a year or two while they figure out if one of their young corners can develop into a starting corner. In addition, former Texan Jacoby Jones joined the Colts following his release, exciting the fanbase as they can now sufficiently boo him when he returns next year.


In the draft, the Texans started out unhappy with the players available with the number 26 pick so they traded back with the Chiefs, acquiring their second and fourth round picks in this year’s draft and their 2013 second round pick. With the 44th pick, the Texans used their selection on wide receiver Stephen Hill from Georgia Tech. The Texans were considering Hill at 26 and were ecstatic when he fell to them at 44. Hill is a raw receiver but he’s got great speed and size and with Johnson, Moss, and Walter in place, Hill can learn the position and do what he does best, go deep. At pick 58, the Texans again weren’t in love with the players available and slid back five spots, to pick 63, picking up another fourth round pick from the Patriots. At 63, the Texans replaced Myers with Ben Jones from Georgia. Jones will compete with Antoine Caldwell for the starting center position. In the third round, the Texans selected Shea McClellin with the 90th selection. After losing Williams to free agency, the Texans were looking to shore up the depth at OLB and the front office had a second round grade on McClellin and felt he was too good to pass up on.


On the third day of the draft, the Texans opened up with three picks in the fourth round. With the first selection, 110 overall, the Texans selected Coryell Judie cornerback from Texas A&M. Judie is a guy the Texans had a second round grade on and is someone that they feel has the athleticism and ability to develop into a starter down the road. He also possesses solid kick return abilities. With the next pick in the fourth, pick 124, the Texans selected Isaiah Pead, the running back from Cincinnati. Once again, the value seemed just too good to pass up here and with third string running back Derrick Ward leaving via free agency, the Texans grabbed Pead to be a change of pace back and will compete with Judie to be the top return man. With the final selection in the fourth round, pick 129, the Texans again went with a value selection, taking Hebron Fangupo, the defensive lineman from Brigham Young. Fangupo has massive nose tackle size and also has experience playing defensive end. He is expected to provide depth at all three defensive line spots. With the 162nd pick in the fifth round, the Texans selected Shawn Loiseau from Merrimack. Loiseau replaces the departed Dobbins and should be a key contributor on special teams, something he excelled at in the East-West shrine game. In the sixth and seventh rounds, the Texans grabbed a couple more depth players with Desmond Wynn of Rutgers with the 194th pick and Andrew Szczerba from Penn State with the 231st pick. Wynn is a perfect fit as a developmental guard in the zone blocking scheme the Texans run and Szczerba is a quality two-way tight end that will compete for the backup tight end position vacated by Dreessen.


Following the draft, the Texans were unhappy that the value at tight end never seemed to match up well so they went out and signed Kellen Davis from the Bears. Davis spent last season as the starting tight end in Chicago and will compete with Szczerba and Garrett Graham for the two backup positions. In addition, the Texans signed eight undrafted free agents, running back Stephfon Green of Penn State, quarterback Alex Tanney of Monmouth, outside linebacker Sammy Brown of Houston, offensive tackle Dustin Waldron from Portland State, defensive lineman Matt Conrath of Virginia, safety Nick Sukay from Penn State, inside linebacker Caleb McSurdy from Montana, and cornerback Chaz Powell from Penn State. All of these players are expected to compete for backup jobs and many of them have value on special teams.

Following some intense roster battles, the Texans were forced to cut 14 players to get down to the NFL’s mandatory 53-man roster. The fourteen players released were quarterback Alex Tanney, running back Stephfon Green, tight end and seventh round pick Andrew Sczcerba, wide receiver Jeff Maehl, offensive tackle Dustin Waldron, offensive guards Thomas Austin and Andrew Gardner, defensive end Matt Conrath, outside linebacker Jesse Nading, inside linebacker Caleb McSurdy, cornerbacks Brice McClain and Chaz Powell, and safeties Nick Sukay and Quintin Demps. Tanney, Green, Sczcerba, Waldron, Conrath, McSurdy, Powell, and Sukay were re-signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers.
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Jaguars Offseason Recap

The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their busy offseason which included a very active three rounds of free agency, the draft, and undrafted free agency. The team is down to 53 players with an 8 man practice squad.

In the first round of free agency, the Jaguars gave K Josh Scobee the franchise tag and cut DE Aaron Kampman. Then they resigned DE Jeremy Mincey and S Dwight Lowery, two emerging players on their stout defense led by DC Mel Tucker. They then went on to sign QB Chris Redman, WR Brandon Lloyd, CB Aaron Ross, and ST ace Matt Slater.

“Special Teams is very important to us,” GM Unbiased said. “With Kassim Osgood, Montell Owens, and now Matt Slater, we now have 3 pro bowl special teamers.”

In the second round of free agency, the Jaguars added WR Jerome Simpson and C Jeff Saturday, and in turn, cut veteran Jaguar center Brad Meester.

In the early part of the draft, Unbiased received heavy negative backlash for drafting RB Trent Richardson with the 7th pick. Although that quieted down when it was revealed that the Jaguars had a trade worked out with the Cincinnati Bengals. Unbiased explained, “Both sides agreed to the trade before the draft, but the Bengals wanted to make sure Richardson was available with the Jaguars’ pick before the trade went through. They weren’t online so I made the pick they wanted in hopes that the commissioner would let the trade happen after the fact and we are fortunate that he did.”
With Richardson traded, they decided to add DB Dre Kirkpatrick, DE Whitney Mercilus, and OT Kelechi Osemele. In the 3rd and 4th rounds, they added playmakers Juron Criner and Chris Rainey. Then they used their stockpile of 6th and 7th rounders on the following: C Quentin Saulsberry, LB Jerry Franklin, CB Dwight Bentley, WR AJ Jenkins, DE Julian Miller, DT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, and LB Ryan Baker.

Unbiased added his thoughts on his haul after the draft. “We hit some important needs by added a few pass rushers, some playmakers on offense, some talented defensive backs, and beefing up the lines as well. We’re especially excited about getting Bentley in the 6th round.”

The Jaguars weren’t done there. In the final round of free agency, they added yet another pass rusher by signing Bears defensive end Israel Idonije. They also signed Colts safety Melvin Bullitt for depth. Unbiased said of the Idonije signing, “We had too much cap room to not go after him. Idonije will be the LE, Mincey will remain the RE, and Andre Carter will be the designated pass rusher. Throw in Whitney Mercilus and we feel that we have 4 starting caliber defensive ends.

In order to get the roster down to 53 players, they had to make some tough cuts, including players like WRs Jarett Dillard and Cecil Shorts, DE John Chick, and DB Rod Issac.

GM Unbiased says he is now ready for the 2012 season and the 2013 draft to come around.
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New Coaching Staff Overhauls Roster

With an entirely new coaching staff bringing in a new offensive and defensive scheme, the roster needed to be completely rebuilt. On the offensive side of the ball the prize free agent addition was QB Matt Flynn. Flynn will be rejoining his former OC Joe Philbin in Miami. Former Packers Donald Driver and Chad Clifton also were signed to add depth. OT Anthony Collins was brought in to compete at RT. Fernando Velasco was brought in for interior OL depth.

As the defense transitioned to a 4-3 from a 3-4, the front 7 was the focus in FA. On the defensive side of the ball FS Reggie Nelson was brought in to add a playmaker in the secondary. Nelson wasn't the only former Bengal joining new defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle in Miami. DL Pat Sims and Frostee Rucker were also brought in to compete for starting spots on the defensive line. Barrett Ruud and Frank Zombo were added to bring depth at the LB position.

In the draft both sides of the ball were addressed. With their first round pick Miami took DE Quinton Coples, who will likely start at DE. In the second round OG Brandon Washington was selected, who will compete for the starting RG spot. TE Ladarius Green was drafted in the third to bring a vertical threat to the TE position and will play some WR as well. In the fourth they added CB Jayron Hosley who will compete for the nickel job as a rookie. Miami traded for LB Audie Cole who will compete for the back up WLB and MLB jobs. In the 5th Miami drafted WR BJ Cunningham, who the staff sees developing into a #2 WR. They also drafted DT Jaye Howard in the 5th who will contribute at both DT and base end. With their last pick Miami drafted DE Jamie Blatnick who will likely be a back up DE.

After the draft Miami added QB Jacory Harris, RB Lennon Creer, FB Bruce Figgins, WR Travis Benjamin, OL Rokevious Watkins, DL Adewale Ojomo, LB Jabaree Tuani and S Delano Howell. All players will be on the practice squad in 2012.
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STEELERS CUT 6, ASSIGN 8 TO PRACTICE SQUAD


The Pittsburgh Steelers rounded out their 53 man roster tonight by releasing 6 players. The most notable was OL Doug Legursky. Legursky, who started in Super Bowl 46, has been a key back up and spot starter for the Steelers. According to sources, new OC Todd Haley and current GM Hines felt he wasn't a fit for the new offense. Other players cut were RBs John Clay and Terrance Ganaway, safeties DaMon Cromartie-Smith and Cyhl Quarles, and DE Al Woods.


The 8 man practice squad roster was announced. Here is the list:

Desmond Morrow CB
Derek Moye WR
Terrance Fredrick CB
Blake DeChristopher OL
Ishmaa’ily Kitchen NT
Myron Rolle S
Trevis Turner OT
Kade Weston DL
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Patriots hoard Hurd on practice squad, sign Austin


You better believe the Patriots were gonna sign this guy.

New England's practice squad just got a little bit Huskier, as they announced that they have herded Zach Hurd to town on a practice squad deal. The 6'7", 321 pound behemoth finished his rookie season as a member of the Oakland Raiders and was a decorated member of UConn's offensive line throughout his collegiate career, as a team captain and first-team All-Big East selection with 39 career starts and 52 career appearances.

New England also announced the signing of offensive linemen Thomas Austin, who appeared in three games last season for the Houston Texans but who spent time during the 2010 season with the Patriots. Austin is considered a swing reserve who can play both center and guard. The team agreed to a deal with linebacker Aaron Lavarias as well, who has been signed and cut numerous times as a member of the team's emergency list.

New England decided to release offensive lineman Kyle Hix, center Moe Petrus defensive end Justin Trattou in order to make room for Hurd, Austin, and Lavarias; Trattou is reportedly not pleased that his mullet was cut before he was. Trattou has now been released twice in the same week and is on pace to rival Ross Ventrone for the title of "most tortured fringe player." The Patriots look forward to signing and releasing him at least six more times.

New England's current practice squad is as follows:

QB John Brantley
WR Patrick Edwards
TE Cory Harkey
OL Thomas Austin
OL Zach Hurd
LB Aaron Lavarias
DB Malcolm Williams
DB Jerrell Young
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Packers excited for 2013 Season


Greg Jennings can't wait for new season to start

With the start of the 2013 NFL Season round the corner we have had a chance to speak to Greg Jennings about the team and his goals for the season. "We just wanna win the Superbowl" said a relaxed Jennings, who is desperate to win his second superbowl in 3 years with the Packers and make up for the divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants last season. Jennings had this to say on the game and the season as a whole. "Its never nice to lose like that, especially after the season we had. We worked hard to get homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, but we just fell short. It was dissapointing to go out at Lambeau in front of the fans, but we intend to make up for it this season."

Jennnigs is also looking to improve on his own numbers, however he realises its a team game and spreading around the ball is part of the game. "Obviously you want as much of the ball as you can get, i wouldn't be a football player if i didn't, but part of it is excepting that you can't get the ball all the time. Especially when you have such good receivers here for Aaron to chose from."

Going into the 2013 NFL Season the Packers are again one of the favourties to win the Superbowl. The offense looks set to continue the great form they carried through most of last year, by adding Jared Gaither to help protect Aaron Rodgers. The Packers also added tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to replace the departing Jermichael Finley and promoted Tori Gurley from the practice squad who looks set to become a big part of this offense for years to come. Jennings was very complimentry of the offseason additions made by GM Super Packer, "Its what you like to see, competition breeds success, so bringing 3 guys who can make an immediate impact is great."

Green Bay also made significant improvements to their defense by dratfing outside linebacker Nick Perry and defensive tackle Kendall Reyes. Perry looks set to start in the first game of the season and should bring a much needed pass rush opposite Clay Matthews. Getting pressure on the quarterback was one of the main issues last season so getting that sorted is a great sign.

So as the opening week of the season nears, expect a revitilised looking Packers team who look set to improve on their 2012 season of ups and downs.
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Cowboys Cut Five, Get to Final 53

The Dallas Cowboys have made their final roster cuts, trimming their roster to 53. With the signings of Jake Scott and Mike McGlynn, Kevin Kowalski and David Arkin were now expendable. Three draft picks in the defensive back field allowed the Cowboys to release Alan Ball and Danny McCray. Linebacker Sean Lissemore was the final cut.

Bryce Brown and Jarrrett Boykin were the only two UDFAs that made the final roster. However, Assistant GM JRDrylie said their may be some last minute changes.
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New York Giants Off-season recap:

The Giants were picked apart by losing some key role players, as often happens to Super Bowl champs as their players gain value on the market. The biggest names lost were Terrell Thomas, Aaron Ross and Mario Manningham. Via trade and cuts, the Giants also lost Osi Umenyiora and Brandon Jacobs, respectively, due to being tight on money. However, the Giants feel confident they filled these holes by making other moves to improve the team. McGee is an upgrade over Aaron Ross and they share similarities in being oft-injured, but it was a risk the Giants were more than willing to take. Him with top 5 corner Corey Webster, 2nd year man Prince Amukamara and the drafting of rookie Donnie Fletcher make the Giants feel comfortable with their CB situation.

To replace Manningham and Jacobs, the Giants drafted Rutgers star Mohammed Sanu and Washington runner Chris Polk to infuse some youth and more talent on the offense. The acquisition of Bobby Massie adds a run mauler on the line, and will let Diehl and Beatty battle out at LT while McKenzie tutors Massie on the right for a year.

The Giants upgraded the middle big time acquiring Jonathan Vilma. A saavy vet and leader, he steps in to this defense with tons of talent. While he's not what he used to be, he's an upgrade at MLB and makes that front 7 very scary.

With Vilma, Blackburn is now kicked outside where he and Kiwanuka will split time and Boley will start and will be in on running downs, while the youngster Williams is used on the outside on passing downs. With the departure of Osi, Kiwanuka is expected to see some time on the line as well, keeping up the scary pass rush of the Giants. The Giants 53 man roster looks like this:

QB: Eli Manning, Charlie Batch
RB: Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Polk, DJ Ware, Da'Rel Scott
FB: Henry Hynoski
WR: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Mohammed Sanu, Jerrell Jernigan, Devin Thomas
TE: Jake Ballard, Bear Pascoe, Mark Hanna, Travis Beckum
OT: David Diehl, Kareem McKenzie, Will Beatty, Bobby Massie
OG: Chris Snee, Mitch Petrus, Kevin Boothe
OC: David Baas, Jim Cordle

DE: Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka (joker role), David Tollefson, Justin Francis
DT: Chris Canty, Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin, Alex Silvestro, Markus Kuhn
OLB: Michael Boley, Chase Blackburn, Jacquian Williams, Clint Sintim
MLB: Jonathan Vilma, Mark Herzlich
CB: Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Terrance McGee, Donnie Fletcher, Bruce Johnson
S: Kenny Phillips, Antrel Rolle, Tyler Sash, Chad Jones
K: Lawrence Tynes
P: Steve Weatherford
LS: Zak DeOssie

With Ryan Perriloux, Case Keenum, Garth Gerhart, Marcus Rivers, Mickey Groody, Eddie Pleasant and Andre Brown on the Practice squad
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Bengals Offseason Recap



For years, the Bengals have been at the bottom of the AFC North with the Ravens and Steelers glaring down at them. They barely made the playoffs last season, but it didn't end up like they wanted it too. This offseason, they wanted to show people that they meant business, and it was clear. Their offseason started by getting Dwight Freeney, who will improve an already explosive pass rush. It wasn't surprising to see him leave the Colts after such a disappointing season. But they didn't stop there. They also ended up with Terrell Thomas, Evan Mathis, Ryan Diem, Mike Sellers, and Laurent Robinson. They easily had one of the better FA seasons in the league. Even though they did improve in some areas, they did have some key losses in Jerome Simpson, Reggie Nelson, and Pacman Jones.

It was soon draft time, and they were ready. They first traded up to get Trent Richardson, who will become their starting RB from day 1. Their 2nd round pick was cornerback Chase Minnifield. He will be their #4 CB, but with Thomas being injury prone, and Clements aging, he will definitely get plenty of playing time. They picked up safety Antonio Allen in the 3rd. He is an old school safety that plays great against the run. They had 2 picks in the 4th, and delivered on both. They drafted both linebacker Mychal Kendricks and tight end Michael Egnew. Kendricks will get some looks at both the middle and weakside LB spots. Tight end wasn't necessarily a huge need for them, but they lost Bo Scaife to free agency, and Egnew was the BPA at the time. The Bengals are expected to have one of the best tight end duos in the AFC with both Gresham and Egnew. With the rest of their picks, they picked up receiver T.J. Graham, defensive end Adrian Hamilton, and defensive tackle Tydreke Powell. Graham will fight with Andrew Hawkins for the slot receiver spot, and is expected to win it. Hamilton is going to be a developmental prospect for the Bengals. He came from a small school and played against lesser opponents, so he's going to need some time to adapt to the NFL game. Powell is going to have to battle with newly signed UDFA, Travian Robertson, for the back-up under tackle spot. Running back Michael Smith was also signed as an UDFA. He will start off on the practice squad.

QB: Andy Dalton, Bruce Gradkowski, Zac Robinson
RB: Trent Richardson, Bernard Scott, Brian Leonard
FB: Mike Sellers
WR1: A.J. Green, T.J. Graham, Andrew Hawkins
WR2: Laurent Robinson, Ryan Whalen
TE: Jermaine Gresham, Michael Egnew, Colin Cochart
LT: Andrew Whitworth, Anthony Collins
LG: Evan Mathis, Otis Hudson
C: Kyle Cook
RG: Clint Boling, Ryan Diem
RT: Andre Smith, Dennis Roland

LDE: Dwight Freeney, Robert Geathers
NT: Domata Peko, Nick Hayden
DT: Geno Atkins, Travian Robertson, Tydreke Powell
RDE: Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson
LOLB: Keith Rivers, Thomas Howard
MLB: Rey Maualuga, Mychal Kendricks
ROLB: Dontay Moch, Vincent Rey
CB1: Leon Hall, Nate Clements, Rico Murray
CB2: Terrell Thomas, Chase Minnifield
FS: Robert Sands, Jeromy Miles
SS: Taylor Mays, Antonio Allen

KR/PR: Brandon Tate
K: Mike Nugent
P: Kevin Huber
LS: Clark Harris

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RB Michael Smith
WR Armon Binns
WR Jordan Shipley
WR Vidal Hazelton
DE Adrian Hamilton
LB Roddrick Muckelroy
LB Dan Skuta
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Bills to 53 man roster, plus practice squad

QB : Ryan Fitzpatrick : Josh Johnson : Brock Osweiler
RB : Fred Jackson : C.J. Spiller : Tim Hightower
FB : Corey McIntyre
TE : Jermichael Finley : Scott Chandler : Lee Smith
WR : Stevie Johnson : Marcus Easley
WR : Donald Jones : Tommy Streeter
Slot : David Nelson : Roscoe Parrish
LT : Demetrius Bell : Chris Hairston
LG : Andy Levitre : Chad Rinehart
C : Eric Wood : Kraig Urbik
RG : Kraig Urbik : Chad Rinehart
RT : Erik Pears : Chris Hairston : Sam Young

RDE : Cliff Avril : Shawne Merriman : Arthur Moats
NT : Marcell Dareus : Torell Troup
UT : Kyle Williams : Spencer Johnson
LDE : Courtney Upshaw : Alex Carrington : Chris Kelsay
ROLB : Nick Barrnett : Keenan Robinson
MLB : Stephen Tulloch : Kirk Morrison
LOLB : Kelvin Sheppard : Tank Carder : Arthur Moats
CB : Drayton Florence : Trumaine Johnson
CB : Aaron Williams : Leodis McKelvin : Cedric Griffin
Nickel CB : Justin Rogers : Leodis McKelvin
FS : Jairus Byrd : George Wilson
SS : George Wilson : Da'Norris Searcy : Bryan Scott

K : Rian Lindell
P : Bryan Anger

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RB : Johnny White
WR : Lavon Brazill
WR : Naaman Roosevelt
OG : Michael Jasper
DE : Donte Pagie-Moss
DT : Kellen Heard
LB : Chris White
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OFFICIAL REPORT: BRENT GRIMES TO HOLD OUT


Grimes will not sign Atlanta's franchise tender until after training camp at the earliest.

As has been reported, Atlanta CB Brent Grimes will not be signing his franchise tender.

The Falcons applied the tag to the would-be free agent earlier in the offseason. Grimes was looking forward to hitting the free agent market before the application of the tag.

"We have no plans to sign the tag at this time,” Grimes’ agent, Ben Dogra, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. “We hope to be able to continue to discuss all the issues at the appropriate time.”

It is expected that Grimes will hold out through training camp and the preseason, signing just before the start of the regular season to ensure that he is paid the full amount for this season.

Missing training camp will likely affect Grimes' conditioning as it is difficult to simulate the intensity of an NFL workout away from official club practices. It will also hurt his ability to pick up new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's system.
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OFFICIAL REPORT: WES WELKER TO HOLD OUT


The Patriots will lose a large part of their offense until Welker decides to return.

To the surprise of few, Patriots WR Wes Welker, who received the franchise tag earlier this offseason, has announced that he will hold out seeking a long term deal.

Welker feels offended by the application of the tag and wants to finish his career as a Patriot, something that he feels is in jeopardy due to the tag.

And don't expect Welker to show up anytime soon. Welker's hold out is expected to be an ugly one. It is entirely possible he holds out deep into the regular season, signs the tender, and plays the remaining games.

As with Grimes mentioned previously, it is difficult to stay in NFL playing shape while away from the team. And though he is already experienced in new coordinator Josh McDaniel's scheme, a protracted holdout will likely damage the timing he has with QB Tom Brady, something that is very important to his style of play.
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OFFICIAL REPORT: KRIS DIELMAN RETIRES


The former pro bowl guard retires due to concussion issues.

The shakeup of the Charger's offensive line continues as guard Kris Dielman has announced his retirement today.

Dielman infamously suffered ugly after effects of a concussion last season, stumbling on the field and having seizure. Fearing for his health, Dielman will not return to football.

“Kris played the game the way it’s supposed to be played: with heart and passion,” Chargers President Dean Spanos said. “He’s a throwback … an old-school player. All he cares about is his family and playing football and today he’s making family his top priority, as it should be, and I respect him tremendously for that."

The Chargers already lost previous starters Marcus McNeil and Jared Gaither to free agency, so this move will further shake up their offensive line.
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OFFICIAL REPORT: FINES, SUSPENSIONS HANDED DOWN IN "BOUNTYGATE"


Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (pictured,) Saints head coach Sean Payton, Saints GM Mickey Loomis and Giants LB Jonathan Vilma will be punished.

As a result of the whole "Bountygate" investigation by the NFL which turned up evidence of "bounties" being paid to Saints defenders for injuring opposing players, the league has announced that they will fine and suspend many of the parties involved.

Most heavily penalized is current Rams, and former Saints and Redskins, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams who instituted the bounty policy in New Orleans. Williams will be suspended for the first 8 games of the 2012 season and fined $250,000.

In addition, due to his knowledge of the bounties being paid and not putting an end to it, Saints head coach Sean Payton will also be fined $250,000 and suspended for the first two games of the 2012 season.

Third, Saints GM Mickey Loomis has been fined $500,000 not only for the bounty system itself, but for lying to NFL investigators as well.

Finally, former Saint and current Giants LB Jonathan Vilma will be fined $100,000 and suspended for the first two games of the 2012 season for offering a $10,000 bounty during the 2009 playoffs to anyone who injured then-Vikings QB Brett Favre.
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Vikings make cuts to get down to 53

The Minnesota Vikings cut 11 players to get down to the league mandated 53. The following players were released: Caleb King, RB; Matt Asiata, FB; Stephen Burton, WR; Emmanuel Arcenaux, WR; Beau Reliford, TE; Derek Dennis, OG; Larry Dean, LB; Tyrone McKenzie, LB; Asher Allen, CB; Eric Frampton, S; and Andrew Sendejo, S.

The Vikings also named eight players to their practice squad today.:
WR Stephen Burton
TE Beau Reliford
OG Derek Dennis
RB Adonis Thomas
LB Chris Marve
DE Frank Alexander
CB Robert Golden
WR DaJon McKnight

Burton is the only non-2012 rookie on the practice squad. Reliford and Dennis were each drafter in the 7th round, and Thomas, Marve, Alexander, Golden, and McKnight were all signed as UDFA.

After the cuts, the Vikings roster looks like:
QB: Christian Ponder | Joe Webb | Shaun Hill
RB: Adrian Peterson | Toby Gerhart | Jordan Todman
FB: Ryan D'Imperio
WR1: Percy Harvin | Jarius Wright
WR2: Nick Toon | Michael Jenkins | Devin Aromashodu
TE: Kyle Rudolph | Mickey Shuler | Allen Reisner
LT: Reilly Reiff | DeMarcus Love
LG: Charlie Johnson |
C: John Sullivan |Brandon Fusco
RG: Kevin Zeitler | Joe Berger
RT: Phil Loadholt | Patrick Brown

RE: Jared Allen | Everson Griffen
UT: Kevin Williams | Christian Ballard
NT: Brandon Thompson | Remi Ayodele | Letroy Guion
LE: Brian Robison | D'Aundre Reed
SLB: Chad Greenway | Tyler Nielsen
MLB: James-Michael Johnson | Jasper Brinkley
WLB: Erin Henderson | Kenny Onatolu
LCB: Antoine Winfield | Casey Hayward | Marcus Sherels
SS: Husain Abdullah | Jamarca Sanford
FS: OJ Atogwe | Trenton Robinson | Mistral Raymond
RCB: Tracy Porter | Chris Cook | Brandon Burton

K: Ryan Longwell
P: Chris Kluwe
LS: Cullen Loeffler

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WR Stephen Burton
TE Beau Reliford
OG Derek Dennis
RB Adonis Thomas
LB Chris Marve
DE Frank Alexander
CB Robert Golden
WR DaJon McKnight
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