Derek Carr getting wake-up call (literally) from Jon Gruden

Derek Carr getting wake-up call (literally) from Jon Gruden

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It was early in training camp when the famously early-rising Jon Gruden told Derek Carr he would come wake him up if an idea, or a play, popped into his head. At any hour. Sure, Carr was game. So long as Gruden knocked on the quarterback's hotel room door first, and Carr was not rousted awake by the Oakland Raiders coach looming over him in bed. “He always makes it uncomfortable for us,” Carr said of Gruden this offseason. “And now, playing a lot of football, it’s so uncomfortable in practice that when we get to the games, it’s going to be nice. ... He is trying to take it to another level of just making you uncomfortable, giving you the toughest looks. He wants you to throw the ball…
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Jarvis Landry: Rant on ‘Hard Knocks’ was meant for whole team

Jarvis Landry: Rant on ‘Hard Knocks’ was meant for whole team

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"It was directed to and throughout our whole team," Landry said. "I know that I said it in the receiver room, but it was directed to the whole team. I think that it is going to allow us to create a mindset and a culture. If we are going to change the culture, that is where it has to begin. We can’t be having favors or taking days off or stuff like that. We have to practice and put in the work to be great." Browns coach Hue Jackson said Sunday that he believed Landry's message was intended more for his fellow wide receivers rather than the entire team.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale "With Jarvis, I think he is coming at it from a different angle, in my opinion, with…
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Mike Tomlin keeps hopes up ahead of Le’Veon Bell deadline

Mike Tomlin keeps hopes up ahead of Le’Veon Bell deadline

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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is taking the optimistic approach to Le'Veon Bell's franchise tag negotiations. Appearing at the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation football camp over the weekend, Tomlin told WAVY Channel 10 that he would like the Steelers to sign Bell to a long-term contract before Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.nfl nike jerseys cheap china "Obviously, we want to get a deal done, he wants to get a deal done. Everybody has said that," said Tomlin, who returns to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia, every summer for the camp. "Now it's just about the negotiators getting into a room and doing what it is they need to do. I'm excited and hopeful. Hopefully we'll have some exciting news before Monday." Despite Tomlin's confidence, it will be challenging for the…
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James Washington a ‘workhorse’ for Steelers and family farm

James Washington a ‘workhorse’ for Steelers and family farm

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James Washington has an exercise for developing strong receiving hands that even Antonio Brown doesn't try on social media: changing the tires on a 6E Series John Deere tractor. Years of handling that clunky jack underneath multi-ton farm machinery always got Washington right for game days. "It teaches you to hold leverage, put your shoulder into it and shove it," said Washington, the Pittsburgh Steelers' second-round pick. "Flip the tire up and lean it against the tractor, then you kind of want to wiggle it on there."cheap nike nfl jerseys from china Before Washington learned to do it all on the field for Oklahoma State, he had to do it all in the fields of north Texas. As a teenager in Stamford, Texas, with a population of less than 3,000,…
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Hunter’s extension shows importance Vikings place on pass-rushers

Hunter’s extension shows importance Vikings place on pass-rushers

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Danielle Hunter was considered a raw prospect when he entered his name into the 2015 NFL draft after registering 4.5 sacks during the latter two seasons of his three-year career at LSU. His ceiling and upside appeared limitless, backed by his athleticism and motor, but how far he'd take his talents depended on the fit of the system he landed in and the coaching staff responsible for molding him. The summer ahead of Hunter's rookie season, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer invited 12-year NFL veteran Greg Ellis to take in a practice at training camp. Zimmer was curious to hear what Ellis, a defensive end who played for him in Dallas, thought of this new crop of young talent -- particularly Hunter, the team's third-round pick. At the nudging of…
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A Saints approach: Packers could copy New Orleans’ run plan

A Saints approach: Packers could copy New Orleans’ run plan

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You also might have seen a way the Green Bay Packers can meld their three potentially productive backs -- Ty Montgomery, Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones -- into something similar even with the return of Aaron Rodgers from the broken collarbone that ruined last season. The NFL always has been a copycat league, so don't be surprised if coach Mike McCarthy takes a page out of Payton's playbook. The Saints coach fielded the NFL's fifth-best rushing attack last season in large part because he blended veteran running back Mark Ingram with Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara. It wasn't just your standard starter and third-down/change-of-pace combination; the two were essentially interchangeable, which kept defenses honest no matter which one lined up behind Drew Brees.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap McCarthy…
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Austin Proehl has shot to follow NFL footsteps of father, Ricky

Austin Proehl has shot to follow NFL footsteps of father, Ricky

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And when Ricky -- who played for the Seattle Seahawks in 1995 and 1996, the Chicago Bears in 1997 and the St. Louis Rams beginning in 1998 -- signaled to his wife, Kelly, to keep Austin out of the dressing room after a lost game, the toddler protested. "He would get all upset," Ricky Proehl told ESPN last week. "He loved being in the locker room, loved being around it, even at 3 [or] 4 years old. From the time he could start walking, he loved just looking at the guys, the helmet, the pads. He was all about it."cheap nfl nike jerseys china More than two decades later, Austin Proehl is again trying to nudge his way into an NFL locker room -- this time as the second-to-last pick…
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Raiders’ Gareon Conley looking to emerge from ‘dark world’

Raiders’ Gareon Conley looking to emerge from ‘dark world’

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"It's been a dark world that he's been in, this young man," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said of Conley during minicamp. "He's had a terrible injury he had to rehab from, he's had to change coaches, learn a new system, and it's been a slow and steady process.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal "But, man, is he a good player. When he's feeling good, you can see why we picked him [in the first round]." Indeed, Conley's on-field skills were rarely questioned coming out of Ohio State. Pro Football Focus had him giving up a passer rating of just 14.0 when targeted during the Buckeyes' 2016 season, then the lowest such mark among college corners since PFF began tracking colleges in 2014. He was seen as a top-10 pick, a shutdown…
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Case Keenum breaks down ‘Minneapolis Miracle’ for Broncos fans

Case Keenum breaks down ‘Minneapolis Miracle’ for Broncos fans

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The "Minneapolis Miracle" almost never happened, former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum said earlier this week as he peeled back the curtain on one of the greatest recent moments in NFL postseason history. At an event for Denver Broncos season ticket holders, Keenum revealed he had planned to throw the ball to Adam Thielen but, upon going through his reads, Keenum saw the Vikings' Pro Bowl receiver was no longer an option. Instead, his throw to Stefon Diggs in the final seconds sealed a 29-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints and a trip to the NFC Championship game. Keenum, who signed a two-year, $36 million deal with Denver in March, allowed Broncos fans to get inside the mind of a quarterback and ran the play -- officially called "Gun Buffalo…
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Jamison Crowder, Alex Smith should form productive combination for Redskins

Jamison Crowder, Alex Smith should form productive combination for Redskins

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Rather, it was everything. And in one spring, Smith already seemed to develop a trust in his slot receiver. The Redskins have other targets who pleased Smith -- and he still hasn’t worked with tight end Jordan Reed. That won’t happen until some point in training camp as Reed recovers from toe surgeries. But Crowder is the most proven of the wide receivers, with three consecutive 60-plus catch seasons as he enters his fourth year. There’s a reason Smith smiles when asked about Crowder, a guy he clearly clicked with this spring. “Super talented,” Smith said. “Such great feel. Such great instincts. Such great vision.” It’s a mutual admiration, too.nfl jersey wholesale “He knows the game, he knows how to see defenses, see different coverages,” Crowder said. “By him having…
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