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Old 09-14-2010, 04:54 PM   #2051
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From DenverPost.com by Klis
Roster moves
The Broncos reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Brandon Stokley and he was formally released off the team's injured reserve list today.
Defensive lineman Lionel Dotson was signed by the Miami Dolphins off the Broncos practice squad. The Broncos also released linebacker Worrell Williams from the practice squad - D.J. Williams' brother.
Defensive lineman Jeff Stehle, who was with the Broncos in training camp, and linebacker Titus Brown were signed to the practice squad.

Legwold contributed to this report.
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:04 PM   #2052
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Despite contract terms with more than one team, no Vincent Jackson trade

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Posted by Mike Florio on September 22, 2010 4:03 PM ET

The deadline for trading receiver Vincent Jackson has come and gone, and the player remains the property of the Chargers.

Agent Neil Schwartz tells us that he had worked out with more than one team an acceptable contract for Jackson, and that the deal did not get done.

Schwartz blames the lack of a deal on the Chargers' demands.

"Other General Managers felt that the Chargers were being totally unreasonable," Schwartz told us by phone.

"Archie Manning had it right about this organization," Schwartz said.

UPDATE: Schwartz's partner, Jonathan Feinsod, offered up a similar quote to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "Archie Manning had it right," Feinsod said. "They call [G.M. A.J. Smith] the Lord of No Rings for a reason."
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:05 PM   #2053
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"We had multiple offers and the Chargers squashed them all," Jonathan Feinsod, one of Jackson's agents, said.

The Minnesota Vikings were willing to give up a second-round draft choice and an additional conditional pick to the Chargers, a source said. Another source said Jackson had even worked out a financial package with the Vikings.
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:07 PM   #2054
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so the Chargers are just gonna let him sit and not trade him to what stick it to him?

hes gonna walk and they are not gonna get anything for him
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:27 PM   #2055
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Bucs' Tanard Jackson suspended for at least a year

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Posted by Michael David Smith on September 22, 2010 4:59 PM ET
Tanard Jackson started the first two games of the season at free safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But he won't play again this year.

Jackson has been suspended indefinitely for another violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. He'll be eligible to apply for reinstatement in a year.

It's the second suspension in as many years for Jackson, who was also suspended for the first four games of the 2009 season. At that time he vowed to make changes in his life.

"I'm definitely disappointed in myself," Jackson said in August of 2009, when the four-game suspension was announced. "I let my team down, obviously, and I've let a lot of people down. The fans - I'd like to apologize to them for the decisions I've made that got me into this situation. . . . I definitely have some off-the-field issues that I have to address for the well being of myself and for the well being of this football team."

In announcing the suspension today, Bucs GM Mark Dominik said, "Tanard is a talented young man whom we hope is able to use this year to put his troubles behind him and ultimately return a stronger man and player. It's up to Tanard whether the team and our fans eventually realize his considerable promise."

Other than that four-game suspension, Jackson has started every single game for the Buccaneers since they drafted him in 2007. He's obviously a talented player, and at age 25 he still has time to get his life together. Here's hoping he does.
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:30 PM   #2056
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Bruce Gradkowski will get the call for Raiders

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Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on September 22, 2010 2:53 PM ET

Tom Cable said Monday that choosing a starting quarterback for the Raiders was his decision and his decision alone. He's chosen Bruce Gradkowski.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network broke the news, and it can't be seen as a huge surprise. While Jason Campbell's benching was a stunning move at the time, it would have been just as surprising to go back to Campbell against the Cardinals this week.

Gradkowski led the Raiders offense on a comeback win against St. Louis, and moved the ball better than Campbell did in Campbell's six quarters at the helm.

Kevin Kolb can only dream of getting such a long opportunity to prove himself.
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Solid decision by Oakland.

I'm a little biased, but Gradkowski is an underrated QB.

Bruce Gradkowski is a little like Jeff Garcia (but straight).

Undersized, tough, fiery, and more athletic than he is given credit for.

Neither have a cannon for an arm, but they get the ball where it needs to be just fine.
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:40 PM   #2059
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Heard on NFLN that several teams have contacted Philly about Kolb
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Heard on NFLN that several teams have contacted Philly about Kolb
Yep....I've heard the Browns are very interested.

Tom Heckert, Cleveland's GM, was the Eagles' GM when the team selected Kolb in the second round of the 2007 draft.
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:57 PM   #2061
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If I were Philly, I would hang on to Kevin Kolb for the time being.

Teams will start game planning for Vick....he's only been kicking butt for 6 quarters of football.

Plus, he is one mistake away from being 86ed from the NFL for a long time.

The Eagles would be wise to hold on to both QBs through this year and then make a decision for the future.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:00 PM   #2062
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That said, I've enjoyed watching Michael Vick playing football again.

He's served his time and tarnished his name.
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Vick will get injured again soon enough.
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:07 PM   #2064
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Iggles would be very short sighted if they delt Kolb away. Right now, Reid is playing the guy who he thinks gives the team the best chance to win now. But as others have suggested, Vick is one incident away from being kicked out of the NFL, and one play away from being too banged up to play...
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I wonder how many firsts a team like TB or Buffalo would give for Vick right now.
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I wonder how many firsts a team like TB or Buffalo would give for Vick right now.
Right now....none.
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Probably true but he'd be their answer right now. No supporting talent, the flash factor to get fans, the dog fighting thing basically forgotten about...

But, the answer for Jax was Tebow and they passed...
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I wonder how many firsts a team like TB or Buffalo would give for Vick right now.
There is no team in the NFL that would give up a first round draft pick for Vick.
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I wonder what they are asking for Kolb? It would be a mistake to get rid of him after one and half games starting and really the only reason it was a half game was the concussion. Kinda strange circumstance to want to trade him
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I wonder how many firsts a team like TB or Buffalo would give for Vick right now.
Freeman is pretty solid for a second year guy.

But yeah, Buffalo's QBs are awful.
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I wonder how many firsts a team like TB or Buffalo would give for Vick right now.
BUF will most likely have the top overall pick in the draft, and can get their QBOTF. TB just spent a 1st on their QB.
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Ravens, Sergio Kindle agree to a contract

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Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on September 23, 2010 4:11 PM ET

Roughly two months after rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle fractured his skull, the Ravens' second round pick has agreed to a contract.

The team announced Thursday Kindle will arrive in Baltimore on Friday to officially sign. Then he'll be placed on injured reserve.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Kindle will sign a one-year contract, which is mandatory for teams to offer. Kindle was expected to seek a second medical opinion before accepting the one-year deal.
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Brett Favre may reach two huge milestones on Sunday:

He needs 275 yards passing to reach 70,000 career passing yards.

He is 2 TD passes away from reaching 500 career TD passes.

He would be the first player to reach either of those marks.
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Cutler using talent as well as tools Bears have provided
Jay Cutler QB playing with smarts and composure he hadn't displayed
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8:01 p.m. CDT, September 23, 2010

At 233 pounds, Jay Cutler is scrawny for an offensive lineman.

But he is becoming his own best pass protector in Mike Martz's offense. And that's a good thing because the Bears' linemen could use a little help.

How is Cutler becoming an honorary offensive lineman?

He is moving to avoid the pass rush.
Whether it's rolling out, stepping up in the pocket, dancing around to buy time or taking off and running, Cutler is using his feet to avoid sacks. His mobility is being utilized better this year, both as a defense mechanism and as an attack mechanism.

"It makes me nervous, but we do have to do it because it's a strength of his," Martz said. "He likes it. He's very good at it. It does put pressure on the defense when you have a quarterback as mobile as he is."

He's throwing the ball away.

He did it four times Sunday against the Cowboys, which may have been a career high. In the past, Cutler has been more prone to throw the ball at a defender than at a sideline cameraman.

The new philosophy has been drilled into him.

"When he's unclear about where the ball is supposed to go and things are not the way they are supposed to be, he has to get rid of the ball quickly," Martz said. "We'll line up and either punt it or get another down. Don't risk the turnover. Take a throwaway or sack. Not a turnover."

He is identifying unblocked pass rushers and responding accordingly.

Depending on which protection is called, Cutler sometimes is required to adjust if there are more pass rushers than blockers.

It happened Sunday. The Cowboys had a seven-man rush against a five-man protection late in the first quarter. There was no one to block Anthony Spencer off the right edge of the defense, so Cutler responded with a quick throw to Greg Olsen. Result: 39-yard touchdown.

He is hanging on to the ball.

Before this season, Cutler fumbled once every 56 dropbacks. This season he has one fumble in 69 dropbacks. And there were at least two more times when he wouldn't have been blamed for fumbling as he had to outwrestle defenders for the ball.

This is not happenstance.

Every day Cutler goes through a ball security drill in which defenders rush him in the pocket and try to get the ball out of his hands.

It's one of several drills Martz has instituted to help Cutler respond to the rush.

"(Quarterbacks coach) Shane Day works with him every day for 30 minutes," Martz said. "Ball security in the pocket, pocket mobility, protecting the ball, pulling it away from the rush, stepping up, moving and getting in a window, balance, footwork all the fundamentals, they drill that every single day. They are relentless with it."

Cutler never had responded well to pressure. It was a knock justifiably when he came out of Vanderbilt that he would throw the ball up for grabs when the heat was on. He has done a lot of foolish things with a defender in his grill. That's how he led the NFL in interceptions last year.

Now, Martz marvels at how Cutler is aware, calm and in control of his game.

And why shouldn't he be? Cutler shows up at 5:50 a.m. and even comes in on some days off, according to Martz. Cutler has the demeanor of a quarterback who has been coached well and is completely comfortable with his role.

Good coaching and experience appear to have intersected at the right time for the Bears. If Cutler had responded as poorly to pressure this year as he had in the past, the results could have been disastrous given the Bears' pass protection issues.

"Every quarterback matures a little bit," Cutler said.

Some even grow into offensive linemen.
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Cutler may have finally matured.
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Brett Favre may reach two huge milestones on Sunday:

He needs 275 yards passing to reach 70,000 career passing yards.

He is 2 TD passes away from reaching 500 career TD passes.

He would be the first player to reach either of those marks.
And he's only 12 interceptions away from 333.
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