Friday August 15th, 2014
– NFL Previews Friday Games –
- Look for QB-Philip Rivers to play the first half against the Legion of Boom defense of the Seahawks…Big opportunity for WR-Donnie Inman and Tevin Reese to lineup and show their stuff against Seattle secondary…Big question will be how San Diego defensive front handles Hawks RBs-Marshawn Lynch, Christine Michel, Roy Turbin after Bolts got hammered by Cowboys running game last weekend…Watch to see how much action Dwight Freeney-Brandon Flowers get coming off injury layoffs…Watch how RG-Chris Watt holds up coming off neck-shoulder woes…Is odd these two teams will play again in 2nd week of regular season…Seahawks OL having problems at RG-RT with injuries…Pete Carroll looking to replace departing DL-Red Bryant-Chris Cleamons and DBs Walter Thurmond-Brandon Browner.
- Teams practiced against each other this week…Fascinating matchup would have been Jeremy Maclin-vs-Darrelle Revis after Maclin dominated in joint workouts-but WR out with hamstring…WR-Riley Cooper also ailing…Patriots seem to be in flux in DL with trades for Jerel Worthy-GBay and Ben Bass-Dallas….Tom Brady praising his WR corps this week….Eagles need better outing from Nick Foles after interception marred game last week…Mark Sanchez coming off two good weeks of practice…now question where Matt Barkley fits into Eagles future at QB.
- QB-Drew Brees will not play after missing 8-workouts in West Virginia camp with oblique…big story has been emergence of young backup Ryan Griffin-Tulane-growing fast…Titans have had good 3-weeks in camp…Changing offense taking pressure off QB-Jake Locker-getting more run support and productivity…Interesting to watch OG-Taylor Lewan move inside from OT…Veteran Michael Oher would not give up RT slot and Mike Roos remains locked at LT.
- Oakland strong week of practice with Cowboys-very fiesty on defense…QB-Matt Schaub needs better than (3-7) outing last week…RB-now 3-way battle with Latavius Murray having had good first game and better week running the ball…Lions still searching for secondary answers….WR-Calvin Johnson fitted for special splint because of finger injuries.
- (20-19)….Chicago scores 2TDs final 7-minutes..Jimmy Clausen-QB-throws for 94Y off bench for Chicago…Jags QBs impressive..Chad Henne (130P)..Blake Bortels (160P) in defeat…
– NFL Notes –
- Sign FA-LB-Desmond Bishop-ex Green Bay starter-plagued by injuries…DE-John Abraham reports to camp 4W-late-refuses to disclose reasons for lateness.
- OT-Jake Matthews-lst round pick-gets schooled by DE-JJ Watt in joint workouts-Houston..DE-Osi Umenyiora loses starting job-will be pass rush specialist.
- NT-Tim Jernigan-Florida State-having strong camp-may be pushing way into starting lineup.
- Deny they are shopping RB-CJ Spiller for a defensive back in trade.
- QB-Cam Newton will start vs Chiefs..coming off ankle surgery offseason.
- QB-Jimmy Clausen may be about to claim backup QB role behind Jay Cutler.
- Move OG-Mike Pollack to starting OC-spot…QB-Matt Scott out with shoulder issues..QB-Jason Campbell-still out elbow..OT-Marsh Newhouse-calf injury.
- QB-Brian Hoyer will start Monday night game despite clamoring for Johnny Manziel to get snaps with lst unit.
- Sign-FA-DT-Zack Minter-Bears…FA-Asa Watson-TE-Dallas…CB-Moe Claiborne ailing against-minor shoulder separation.
- RB-CJ Anderson back in practice after minor concussion.
- QB-Kellen Moore continues to impress-went (11-13) throwing last week…RB-Theo Riddick to get more snaps.
- Coach Mike McCarthy not upset at near fight amongst coaches-Winston Moss-James Campen..’competitive spirit’
- QB woes continue…went a combined (2-13) passing vs Falcons in 11-on-11 drills…QB-Ryan Fitzpatrick (0-4).
- Disappointment over continued lackluster play RB-Trent Richardson and conditioning WR-Hakeem Nicks.
- QB-Blake Boertels-lst round pick-will play much of 2nd half.
- WR-Kyle Williams-49ers-biggest surprise in camp so far…fast-slick getting open.
- OT-Jason Fox-out with chest injury.
- QB-Christian Ponder falling down depth chart-may ask for trade.
- Release-TE-Ben Hartsock signed early in week.
- Move FB-Henry Hynoski to TE as pass catcher.
- Lose TE-Nick Kasa for year-tonr knee ligaments..already without starter David Ausberry-knee scope.
- Move Zac Ertz from TE to Slot WR..catches 7-passes vs Patriots in workouts
- QB-Ben Roethlisberger visibly upset ex-WR-Emmanuel Sanders criticized his leadership abilities…LS-Greg Warren-severe leg injury.
- LB-Mike Wilhoite may take starting job from Chris Borland…Wilhoite 7-solo tackles in camp…Borland has 1.
- WR-Ricardo Lockette-Ft Valley State…clocked at (3.93) 40-while covering kickoff last weekend in game.
- Signs-FA-LB-Larry English-Chargers
- Signs-FA-OC-Steve Vallos-Patriots
- Suspension likely for CB-Bash Breeland-arrested possession of marijuana on VCU campus.
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