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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2015, 10:15:58 AM »
Wow, what a 24 hours, it's looking like Foles - Bradford deal was not what was reported, no first round picks traded.  Eagles actually gave up picks.
So, we might actually end up with Bradford as the starting quarterback?  If so we will have no offensive weapons this year...


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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2015, 10:19:06 AM »
Wow, what a 24 hours, it's looking like Foles - Bradford deal was not what was reported, no first round picks traded.  Eagles actually gave up picks.
So, we might actually end up with Bradford as the starting quarterback?  If so we will have no offensive weapons this year...
Yeah I'm not sure what's going on there in Philly ???


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2015, 10:50:18 AM »
Chip just had a press conference, really sounds like Bradford is our guy, mind boggling....


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2015, 10:55:44 AM »
Chip just had a press conference, really sounds like Bradford is our guy, mind boggling....
Yeah that doesn't make sense to me either..
Foles was a pretty solid QB, Bradford not so much :-\

This could really come back to bight coach Chiper if they piss the playoffs :o


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2015, 11:07:07 AM »
Chip just had a press conference, really sounds like Bradford is our guy, mind boggling....
Yeah that doesn't make sense to me either..
Foles was a pretty solid QB, Bradford not so much :-\

This could really come back to bight coach Chiper if they piss the playoffs :o

Foles got injured because he was constantly being pummeled due to poor protection, so, when Bradford's knee goes out again this year and Sanchez is back in things are really going to get ugly.


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2015, 11:26:54 AM »
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Chip Kelly 'offered a first-round pick' for Sam Bradford; no Mariota trade

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March 11, 2015 1:58 pm ET

The Chipster is off the rails, man. (USATSI)

If you thought Chip Kelly blew your mind yesterday by trading for Sam Bradford from the Rams (and giving up Nick Foles) then his press conference Wednesday took the top off things. Kelly stated emphatically the Eagles wouldn't be trading for Marcus Mariota and then dropped a bomb-level nugget on Bradford.

"I think that stuff's crazy," Kelly said of rumors he would trade up for Mariota. "We will never mortgage our future."

This isn't insane. Giving up what you need to move from 20 to the top five or top 10 would cost a TON of draft picks.

The real craziness from Kelly's presser? He says he was offered a first-round pick for Bradford. "This morning."

Does anyone believe this???

The Cleveland Browns do have two first-round picks and no quarterback. The Buffalo Bills only have Matt Cassel and could mortgage the future next year if they were so inclined.

It just doesn't make any sense because if a team was willing to cough up a first-round pick for Bradford, they could've just called the Rams before. He was on the trade market.

It feels like Chip is trying to point out how great Bradford is and pump up his new quarterback, but lobbing that out there unnecessarily is pretty crazy. Par for the course these days I suppose. 


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2015, 12:31:11 PM »
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Brian Hoyer is the latest Texans' journeyman QB: 4 things to know

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March 11, 2015 1:33 pm ET

Brian Hoyer might have considered himself the Browns' best quarterback option heading into the offseason, but the team felt differently. It's why, two days into free agency, Hoyer signed with another team in desperate need of a veteran quarterback, the Houston Texans.

Hoyer isn't the long-term answer in Houston -- the team re-signed Ryan Mallett, who has a history with coach Bill O'Brien from their days together in New England -- but he could serve as a bridge quarterback in the Alex Smith mold in Kansas City.

1. The money. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has the details:

Meanwhile, Mallett, who was traded to Houston before last season, also signed a back-up deal.

Looking strictly at the money, Hoyer is the front-runner heading into training camp, though we'd expect Mallett to be in the mix too. There's also second-year quarterback Tom Savage. (Twenty-four hours ago, the Texans had five quarterbacks on the roster, but Case Keenum was traded the Rams and Ryan Fitzgerald was shipped to the Jets.) Of course, the Texans have two other quarterbacks on the roster: Case Keenum and Tom Savage.

2. How he fits in Houston. Hoyer had a lot to do with the Browns' 7-4 start last season. But he was also terrible during the team's 0-5 record down the stretch (save the handful of quarters we were subjected to Johnny Manziel). According to Pro Football Focus, Hoyer ranked 21st in passer rating (83.3) among quarterbacks in Weeks 1-11, just ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andy Dalton. From Weeks 12-17, however, he ranked dead last (61.4), behind Blake Bortles and Josh McCown.

Brian Hoyer is the latest stopgap QB in Houston. (Getty Images) Brian Hoyer is the latest stopgap quarterback in Houston. (Getty Images)

So yeah, there are reasons for skepticism if you're a Texans fan used to seeing the likes of Matt Schaub and Fitzpatrick aimlessly winging the ball all over the yard.

The good news is that Hoyer is familiar with O'Brien's system from their time together in New England (though you could make that argument about Mallett, who didn't make his first start until Week 11 last season). He also graded well in PFF's deep-passing metric (7th) and on play-action passes (3rd). The bad news is that Hoyer, in addition to passer rating, performed poorly in accuracy percentage (29th) and performing under pressure (26th).

Put another way: Hoyer won't magically revitalize a below-average Texans' offense. But he makes fewer mistakes than Schaub or Fitzpatrick and, well, that's something.

3. Expectations (of a bridge quarterback). Of course, fans are looking for something more than a warm body to play the most important position on the field. It's a fair point, and leads to plenty of revisionist history about why O'Brien didn't consider Blake Bortles with the first-overall pick.

But Jadeveon Clowney, the defensive end Houston drafted No. 1, could go a long way in helping Hoyer. Any conversation about this defense starts with J.J. Watt, but if Clowney can get healthy (and avoid D.J. Swearinger's dog), they become a formidable unit capable of masking some of the offensive shortcomings. We've seen this in various iterations over the years; the 2000 Ravens' defense was so dominant that they got Trent Dilfer a Super Bowl ring. More recently, the 2004 Steelers' defense carried then-rookie Ben Roethlisberger, and the Seahawks' defenses have been absolutely dominant while Russell Wilson has grown into the position.

And then there's Alex Smith, who was traded from the 49ers to the Chiefs after the 2012 season and helped Kansas City to 11 wins and the playoffs in 2013, and a 9-7 record last season. He was an average NFL quarterback, according to Football Outsiders' metrics, but he also benefitted from a solid running game and a good defense. This could be the blueprint for Hoyer in Houston.

4. The rest of the market. It's slim pickings, but that's not unusual; quarterbacks are hard to come by, which is why we see teams desperate for them make suspect draft-day decisions. But with Hoyer headed for Houston the "biggest" free agents include the likes Michael Vick, Christian Ponder, Matt Moore and Colt McCoy.

 


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2015, 09:22:59 AM »
Rumors are flying that Demarco Murray is heading from the cowchips to the Eagles.
Now that would be an upgrade for us.


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #23 on: March 12, 2015, 11:53:50 AM »
Rumors are flying that Demarco Murray is heading from the cowchips to the Eagles.
Now that would be an upgrade for us.
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Eagles to give DeMarco Murray five-year, $42 million deal

March 12, 2015, 2:02 PM EDT
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DeMarco Murray was determined to get a big-time deal in free agency.

He just had to leave Dallas to get it.

According to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN (sharing is good), the Eagles are giving the league’s leading rusher a five-year deal worth $42 million, with $21 million guaranteed.

The structure will show how good of a deal it was, but it’s clear the Cowboys weren’t approaching those kind of numbers, as Murray hinted at a hometown discount.

So now he has a new hometown.


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2015, 01:23:18 PM »
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Bills add another QB in Tyrod Taylor

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At the start of the offseason the Bills made no secret that they would have to add two quarterbacks to the roster.

At the start of the offseason the Bills made no secret that they would have to add two quarterbacks to the roster. Just three days into free agency Buffalo has filled their quota. After acquiring veteran Matt Cassel in a trade with Minnesota the Bills signed free agent QB Tyrod Taylor.

Taylor arrived in Buffalo on Wednesday for a free agent visit and it didn’t take long for the two sides to reach an agreement.

“It came very fast,” Taylor told Buffalobills.com. “I didn’t know what to expect going into the free agent market. There was interest from a couple of different teams. I felt this was the best fit for me moving forward so I signed the papers today.”

Set to turn 26 in August, Taylor has not had a lot of time on the field in his NFL career, as he has served mainly as a third-string signal caller in Baltimore.

His greatest asset is his athletic ability, which is what made Taylor so attractive to the Bills. In fact head coach Rex Ryan has had his eye on the former sixth-round pick for some time.

“Tyrod Taylor is a guy that we just picked up that very few people know a whole lot about,” said Ryan in an interview with the FAN 590 Thursday. “I actually tried to trade for this player when I was with the Jets. If he’s not the fastest quarterback in the league he’s certainly up there with him. He’s got great run skills. I’m not going to say he’s Russell Wilson, but he’s got a little of that in him where he’s able to run zone reads and pull the ball down and be effective.”

“I was aware of it,” said Taylor of Ryan’s trade attempt a couple of years ago. “It was just a tight situation being in Baltimore. We didn’t carry many quarterbacks there. But I appreciate coach sticking with me and bringing me on board now and I’m ready to work.”

Taylor (6-1, 208) has attempted only five passes with the Ravens over the past two seasons, with no attempts in 2014. The lack of work however, has not done anything to discourage his plans to compete at the quarterback position for Buffalo.

“I’m just trying to make the room a better room,” Taylor said. “We’re all going to compete and we all going to push each other to be better. Hopefully we can make this team better as a unit. First things first you’ve got to compete and that has to happen each and every day. That’s the first thing I’m looking to do.”

The Virginia Tech product did have a decorated college career. A former ACC Player of the Year with the Hokies, Taylor set school records for career total offense (9,213 yards), career passing yards (7,017 yards), career rushing yards by a QB (2,196), career wins by a starting QB (34), career rushing TDs by a QB (23) and touchdown passes in a season (24). He had a 34-8 record as a starter.


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #25 on: March 13, 2015, 10:17:16 AM »
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Report: Saints reach an agreement with ex-Bills RB C.J. Spiller

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 1:00 PM ET

The Saints have reached an agreement with former Bills running back C.J. Spiller on Friday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. He met with the club Thursday before making his decision.

Spiller, 27, was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Bills. He was limited to only nine games last season due to a shoulder injury, rushing for 300 yards on 78 carries for Buffalo. Over his career, Spiller has 3,321 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. he rushed for a career-high 1,244 yards in 2012. Since that season, he has totaled 1,233 in 24 games from 2013-14.

He joins a crowded backfield that includes Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson.


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2015, 12:35:21 PM »
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Reports: Bills sign WR Percy Harvin to one-year deal

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 3:12 PM ET

Percy Harvin will stay put in the AFC East -- at least for one more season.

The Bills have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Harvin on Friday, reuniting Rex Ryan with the veteran wide receiver, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Alex Marvez of FOX Sports first reported the deal.

Harvin was cut by the Jets on Tuesday before travelling to Buffalo to meet with the former Jets coach. The Packers, Chargers, and Patriots were among other teams interested in his services this free agency period.

Harvin, 26, tallied 1,312 yards per scrimmage in 2011. He's totaled 1,475 yards per scrimmage from 2012-14. He racked up 483 receiving yards and a touchdown while playing for the Seahawks and Jets in 2014.


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #27 on: March 13, 2015, 01:36:35 PM »
And DeAngelo's gone to Pittsburgh :o
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Report: Steelers expected to sign RB DeAngelo Williams

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 3:17 PM ET

The Steelers are expected to sign running back DeAngelo Williams to their roster, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The only reason a deal hasn't been signed yet is because coach Mike Tomlin is attending Ohio State's pro day and hasn't been able to chat with Williams.

After nine seasons with the Panthers, Williams was cut early this offseason. With Carolina, he carried the ball 1,432 times for 6,846 yards and 46 touchdowns. His best years came in 2008 and 2009, the only times he ran for over 1,000 yards in a single season.

Williams ran for 1,515 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2008. Injuries limited Williams to 219 yards and zero touchdowns in 2014.


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #28 on: March 13, 2015, 07:16:05 PM »
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Saints trade Kenny Stills to Miami for Dannell Ellerbe and a third

March 13, 2015, 12:53 PM EDT
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The Saints are apparently willing to trade everyone.

But in the strangest turn, they’re sending one of the young and cheap ones in exchange for a guy many thought was already cut.

A league source tells PFT that the Saints are dealing wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Dolphins, in exchange for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick.

Ellerbe was reported to be cut by the Dolphins, but they never turned in the paperwork, so they could do such a deal.

The Saints have traded or cut high-earners, but Stills is interesting because he’s still working on a rookie deal which pays him just $585,000 this year and $675,000 next year.

Stills won’t turn 23 until next month, and gives the Dolphins a legitimate deep threat for their offense (16.5 yards per catch).

Ellerbe, on the other hand is 29 and expensive. He’s due $8.425 million, $6.45 million, and $6 million the next three seasons. It’s probably safe to assume there’s a restructuring in his future.


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Re: THE... OFFICIAL 2015 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2015, 12:10:52 PM »
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Tim Tebow: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent QB


Despite being left off regular-season rosters for the past two years, Tim Tebow planned to attend the inaugural veteran's scouting combine in an attempt to keep his dream alive. However, he is not on the list of participants.

Despite that, Tebow is reportedly working out for the Eagles.


Tebow Reportedly Working Out for Eagles
Monday, March 16

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Monday that Tebow is working out for the Eagles.

This comes on the heels of Tebow not being on the participants list for the upcoming veterans combine. The full list can be viewed at AZCentral.com.

On March 8, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reported Tebow had been working out with Tom House, the personal coach of New England Patriots star Tom Brady.

"He went from being a little inaccurate and didn’t throw a whole lot of spirals, to throwing very accurate and real good at spinning the ball,” House told Volin.


The veteran scouting combine will be held March 22 in Tempe, Arizona. A new event on the NFL calendar this year, the combine is an opportunity for veterans and other free agents to showcase their skills on a big stage and hopefully emerge as diamonds in the rough.

Tebow, 27, would have perhaps been the most recognizable face in the field. The former Heisman Trophy winner has not thrown a regular-season NFL pass since 2012 but remains one of football's most polarizing personalities. In three professional seasons, the former Florida Gator threw for 2,422 yards and 17 touchdowns against nine interceptions. He has completed just 47.9 percent of his passes, however, and has largely been written off as being too inaccurate to survive in the NFL.

He has worked with ESPN's college football television coverage since being released by the Patriots before the 2013 season.