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But a slow start followed by a season-ending pectoral tear hurt his draft stock immensely, and he smartly decided to come back for his senior season. Jeffcoat is out to prove that he can stay healthy for an entire season, according to Tayler Gasper of Orangebloods.com, and I think he’ll use his outstanding balance and quickness to project as both a 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB. Bleacher Report’s own Dan Hope has a great scouting report on Jeffcoat, which you can read here . De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images De’Anthony Thomas is the most explosive player in college football, but what are his NFL prospects like? That is a question that will be answered this fall when Thomas takes over the feature-back role at Oregon. With Chip Kelly gone, some have to wonder whether the offense will be the same high-octane machine that it was during his tenure as head coach. Thomas’ size is his biggest question mark. At 5’9″, his height is less of an issue than his weight, which was listed at 176 pounds last season.
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As for the Colts, SB Nation reports that this team is “in good shape” heading into the 2013-14 season. They are led by rising star QB Andrew Luck who helped guide the team back to the playoffs last season with an overall record of 11-5. They went on to lose in the wild card game to the Baltimore Ravens 24-9, with the Ravens going on to win the Super Bowl. However, expectations will be high for this team to improve upon last season’s success. Among the few issues they may need to work on are seeing their younger wide receivers step up including Griff Whalen. Whalen may seem some playing time today, although Luck probably won’t be in to throw to him as much as a regular season game. Luck would love to play the whole game though as he told the media, “Absolutely. Love to play a lot, need to play a lot, need to keep getting better.” Today’s Colts vs.
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The 49ers lost receiver Michael Crabtree for most of the season with a torn Achilles. That’s a big blow, considering how much Colin Kaepernick relied on him last season. The Seahawks had the biggest offseason acquisition in receiver Percy Harvin, but a hip injury has sidelined the former Vikings star. The Seahawks will have to make do without him. And the Broncos lost center Dan Koppen for the season with a torn ACL. Although center isn’t a glamor position, he’s the first guy to touch the ball on every play and a vital traffic cop for the offensive line. All three teams have big hurdles to overcome.
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Former Seahawk Mike Tice had the only winning Pick Six ticket Thursday at Del Mar, worth $100,796.20. Well done! Vince Bruun (@vincebemerald) August 9, 2013 “I’m a horse guy. Belmont and Saratoga started, and throughout my football life, I’ve never been able to play them because I’ve always been in training camp,” Tice told ESPNChicago.com. Oh, and the winning horse in Race 4 was named Tebowing. This sure beats a previous way Tice found to earn some extra scratch.
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Spencer hopes to be ready by Week 1. Gus Ruelas, AP Broncos C Dan Koppen (67) won’t be snapping to Peyton Manning this year after suffering a torn ACL in camp. Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports As Texans S Ed Reed continues recovering from hip surgery, he can do little more than offer teammates like Andre Johnson, right, encouragement. Pat Sullivan, AP No more bike riding for Packers WR Jordy Nelson this summer. Coach Mike McCarthy announced Aug. 6 that knee surgery ended Nelson’s training camp, but the team hopes to have him back by Week 1. Morry Gash, AP But Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has far more to worry about than Nelson’s injury in light of the ACL tear suffered by LT Bryan Bulaga (75). Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon can only watch after requiring recent surgery on his groin. He won’t be playing much football this summer considering he’ll also start the season with a four-game suspension. Phil Sears, USA TODAY Sports Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been relegated to signing autographs at camp after offseason surgeries on his back and forearm. Stew Milne, USA TODAY Sports Joe Morgan (13) was trying to lock up the Saints’ No. 3 wideout job before tearing an ACL in an intrasquad scrimmage. Brian Blanco, AP June back surgery will keep Giants star DE Jason Pierre-Paul watching from the sideline for the foreseeable future. John Munson, The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports Jets WR Santonio Holmes didn’t get hurt in training camp, but he’s spent all his time in Cortland, N.Y., on the PUP list while rehabbing from a Lisfranc injury sustained last season. Richard Barnes, USA TODAY Sports WR Jeremy Maclin may have worn his Eagles uniform for the last time after tearing an ACL in camp. He is scheduled to be a free agent in 2014. Matt Smith, AP Eagles WR Arrelious Benn tore his left ACL on Aug. 6, a development that likely solidifies embattled teammate Riley Cooper’s roster spot. Howard Smith, USA TODAY Sports After tearing multiple knee ligaments last December, Steelers TE Heath Miller isn’t ready to go back into uniform. Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Chargers WR Danario Alexander, who’s had five surgeries on his left knee, tore his right ACL on Aug. 6. Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports Even though WR Michael Crabtree tore an Achilles’ tendon in May, the 49ers are hoping he can help lead them to another Super Bowl. But he won’t be appearing in training camp. Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports 49ers all-pro ILB Patrick Willis is dealing with a relatively minor wrist fracture in camp — not great but better than tearing an anterior cruciate ligament like CB Chris Culliver (29) did. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports The Seahawks had similar plans for WR Percy Harvin, but hip surgery now has his 2013 season very much in doubt. Ted S.
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Manuel, who made his debut in Week 1 of the preseason by going 16-of-21 for 107 yards and a touchdown while adding another 28 yards on the ground. Watch the youngsters on both sides carefully on Friday. They could have more of an impact on the upcoming season than most think. Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams David Welker/Getty Images A day after the Vikings and Bills do battle, the Packers will visit another team on the rise in the St. Louis Rams. The Packers are always worth watching thanks to a guy named Aaron Rodgers , but what is going on behind him in the backfield may be even more interesting in the preseason. Rookies Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin are currently engaged in a battle for the right to be named No. 1 on the depth chart. After Franklin recorded just 14 yards on six carries and Lacy sat out due to a hamstring issue in Week 1, things are about to get serious for both on Saturday. Neither have a firm grip on the starting role, and that is going to have to change. For St. Louis, the matchup with the Packers is an opportunity to show they belong.
2014 NFL Draft: Ohio State Preview
Linsley is strong, but not overpowering, and athletic, but not overly explosive he rarely stands out, but usually gets the job done. ILB Curtis Grant (6-2, 241, 4.59)* While Shazier receives most of the credit (and deservedly so), Grant is poised for a breakout season in 2013 and could emerge as one of the top linebackers in the Big Ten. A former five star high school recruit, his production hasn’t matched the hype yet, but the coaches have been pleased with his progress and he should start next to Shazier as the Buckeyes starting middle linebacker in the fall. FS CJ Barnett (6-0, 203, 4.52) After a promising sophomore season, Barnett struggled to take the next step in his development as a junior in 2012 and had a very average year on tape. He is a fast, aggressive downhill striker who isn’t shy about attacking the ballcarrier, totaling 140 tackles over his Ohio State career. Barnett shows good timing in coverage to make plays on the ball, but too often is a step late in coverage, losing sight of his man and giving up big plays.
He’s pretty sore this morning. The fact that he’s sorer than he was yesterday makes us decide to make sure there’s nothing else going on.” Minnesota fell to the Houston Texans 27-13 in Friday’s preseason opener. Floyd fell awkwardly while being blocked in the first half and left the game. He had a pass deflection and a tackle for loss. —The Chicago Bears placed cornerback Kelvin Hayden on injured reserve and signed long snapper Brandon Hartson to a three-year contract. Hayden is lost for the season because of a torn hamstring. He will undergo surgery to repair the damage, the team announced. The eight-year veteran had signed a one-year contract with the Bears during the offseason. Hayden was used primarily as the Bears’ nickel back last year.
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Luke McCown took the bulk of the snaps for New Orleans, completing 18-of-28 throws for 216 yards. He also tossed a pair of 2-yard third-quarter touchdowns to Parker, who had four catches for 43 yards and put the Saints ahead for good with his second score of the evening. Andy Reid made his coaching debut for the Chiefs after spending 14 largely successful seasons in Philadelphia, and looks to improve on the team’s abysmal 2-14 record in 2012. Alex Smith, who came over in an offseason trade with San Francisco, was excellent on his only drive. He went 7-for-8 and threw for 68 yards, including a 13-yard throw on 3rd-and-6 that set up a 1-yard TD run for Jamaal Charles. Final Score: Carolina 24, Chicago 17 Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Cam Newton threw a touchdown pass on Carolina’s second possession and the Panthers upended the Chicago Bears, 24-17, in the preseason opener for both teams. Cornerback Josh Norman had a pair of interceptions, one on Chicago’s first offensive play and the other a 60-yard return for a TD in the third quarter. Newton, who played the first three series, completed 3-of-6 passes for 16 yards. That included a 3-yard score to Brandon LaFell.
Brian Banks makes NFL debut; dream comes true with preseason play
After a decade away from the game, he was finally playing NFL football. Banks said, “I was amped up the entire time, all the way until they said the game was over. I’m still amped up, going around, shaking everyone’s hand.” Forget about the few tackles he made, Banks’ real story lies in what it took for him to get to the game. In 2002, Banks was a star high school player with a full ride to University of Southern California, but when a fellow student accused him of rape, Banks was tried and sentenced to five years in prison. Then, nine years later, his accuser — caught on a hidden camera — admitted it was all a lie. Banks said, “People see me as something I’m not.” In May of last year, Banks was exonerated. Banks has said of his release, “It was bittersweet, so I was so happy to hear those words, but I’m still left with that question of ‘why’.” This offseason he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons. Banks knows he has an uphill climb ahead of him.