NFL Supplemental Draft 2013: Meet This Year’s Eligible Draft Class
Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker each had over 1,000 yards receiving and at least 10 touchdown receptions in 2012. Now, the Broncos have given Manning another exciting weapon in the form of Wes Welker. Welker, known as one of the best slot targets in the NFL, will help spread the field so that Decker and Thomas can get space on vertical routes. He will also provide a sure-handed target for Manning to throw to on intermediate routes and when the pocket collapses. Denver took Wisconsin running back Montee Ball in the second round of the draft and also has a rejuvenated Knowshon Moreno in the backfield. Together, these two backs should provide enough balance to maintain the Broncos edge as the most talented offense in the NFL.
Hate the NFL’s blackout rule? So does John McCain
The stakes are certainly high. NFL games accounted for 31 out 32 of the most-watched TV broadcasts last fall, “more than double the amount of viewers for other prime-time programming on Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC,” Digital First Media said.Fox parent21st Century Fox ( FOXA) (formerly News Corp.), CBS ( CBS ) and Comcast’s ( CMCSA) NBC agreed to pay the NFL $28 billion for broadcast rights through 2022. Walt Disney’s ( DIS) ESPN has a separate $1.9 billion annual deal, and DirecTV ( DTV ) has a $1 billion agreement. The blackout rule has led some teams to come up with creative ways of bypassing it. Some, such as the Oakland Raiders , are reducing their stadium’s seating capacity to make it easier to sell out.The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying the fan-friendly approach to boosting attendance by allowing fans to bypass high concession prices and to bring in food from home . The NFL probably isn’t all that worried about McCain’s bill, because it’s part of the Television Consumer Freedom Act, which would forbid cable companies from bundling less popular channels with popular ones. Broadcasters fiercely oppose what some call a-la-carte pricing, and cable companies have claimed it would make their costs skyrocket.
3, while placing a gag order on the lawyers. Both sides agreed to comply. Many former players say they suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions, which they believe stem from on-field concussions. The league insists that safety has always been a top priority. Both sides have something to fear from a court ruling.
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Ross, WR, Purdue Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross was supposed to be a big part of the Boilermakers offense in his senior season, but as with all the players on this list, things didn’t go exactly as planned. The 5’11”, 186-pound Ross, who caught 100 passes for 959 yards and six touchdowns over three seasons in West Lafayette, was suspended from the team before the 2011 Little Caesar’s Bowl for academic reasons and then was finally booted from the team altogether in February of this year for violating team rules. Rob Rang of CBS Sports wrote that Ross “possesses good quickness to make defenders miss and above average hands,” but Rang also observed that without elite size or top-end speed, Ross may face an uphill battle garnering interest from NFL clubs. However, while Ross may not be the fastest of players, that isn’t to say that he has nothing to offer NFL teams. As the above highlight shows, Ross is a strong receiver, capable of breaking tackles and working over the middle of the field.
2014 NFL Draft: Kansas State Preview
/ AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File (CBS) BOSTON – Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who’s charged with murder, has been removed from this year’s versions of EA’s popular football video games, NCAA Football ’14 and Madden NFL 25, a spokesperson for the video game development company told CBSSports.com on Monday. PICTURES: Notable athletes involved in murder-related cases Although a photo of Hernandez is still depicted in one of the games, EA says it will be removed in a future revision. “Because NCAA Football 14 was finalized prior to our decision, Hernandez’s image still appears in the Nike Skills Trainer,” a spokesperson for EA Sports told the site. “The image of Hernandez will be removed via a Title Update in the near future.” READ: Timeline of Aaron Hernandez murder investigation Since the 23-year-old football star was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on June 26, he was released from the Patriots and dropped from endorsement deals with sports nutrition company Cytosport and athletic gear brand Puma. The Patriots also made the decision to pull all Hernandez jerseys and memorabilia from the Patriots ProShop on the day of his arrest. They later announced that the team would be offering a free jersey exchange to any fans looking to get rid of the embattled player’s jersey.
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Top Kansas State prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft *Indicates underclassman 1. OT Cornelius Lucas (6-8, 325, 5.39) Lucas, who committed out of high school to the Wildcats over hometown Tulane, redshirted in 2009 and saw very little playing time as a freshman and sophomore, admittedly because his heart wasn’t fully into it. But when the opportunity opened in 2012 to compete for a starting job, the light finally turned on for him, according to offensive coordinator Dana Dimel, and he rose to the occasion, earning the left tackle job and starting every game. Lucas earned All-Big 12 First Team honors by the coaches after his junior season and emerged as one of the top linemen in the conference and arguably their most attractive NFL prospect. He is a large human being with a naturally wide base and an engulfing wingspan to eat up rushers off the snap. Lucas works hard to gain correct positioning and win with angles, staying balanced and patient with good reaction quickness to trust his eyes and quickly adjust.