Worth the weight? Josh Norman has vested interest in training

Worth the weight? Josh Norman has vested interest in training

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As the pass reached its destination, Washington Redskins secondary coach Torrian Gray anticipated cornerback Josh Norman would make a play. Instead, he didn’t get high off the ground, leaving Gray a little puzzled. A day or two later, Norman looked more spry. He raced over from his side of the field toward the middle and jumped high. With an extended reach, he intercepted a pass. The difference could be owed to one thing: an 18-pound vest that Norman often wears underneath his pads during practice. Gray didn’t even know about it until he was asked about it -- and Norman was reluctant to discuss it. Why give away his secrets, after all?nfl nike jerseys cheap china He started using it in the spring and kept it on during almost every…
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Cleveland’s shot to join the ‘Biggest turnaround ever’ club

Cleveland’s shot to join the ‘Biggest turnaround ever’ club

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The Cleveland Browns are surely hoping to pull off a '99 Colts or an '08 Dolphins. Those are the only two teams since 1970 that have made a 10-win improvement from one year to the next. And while a 10-win jump from the hapless, zero-win 2017 campaign seems like a near impossibility, there is certainly some preseason buzz that this Browns team could at least win some games in 2018. And the "Hard Knocks" bump has barely even kicked in! To a degree, ESPN's Football Power Index is joining the party, giving Cleveland a 55 percent chance to win at least six games this season. From a historical standpoint, that's more realistic, given that 68 teams since the merger made a six-win improvement from one year to the next.cheap nfl…
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Vikings coach is on a mission to save special teams

Vikings coach is on a mission to save special teams

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Thoughts of scheme and strategy creeping their way into his subconscious are common for Priefer, the former naval helicopter pilot whose strict attention to detail has Minnesota atop the NFL with the most special-teams touchdowns (14) since his arrival in 2011. The questions he pondered spanned the spectrum: Will these safety measures lead to longer returns and fewer onside kicks? If you have a good return team, is your opponent more apt to try to kick touchbacks? If your kicker can put the ball high and short to the goal line with a 4.3-second hang time, how much easier is that to cover? If the returner you're facing is someone like Tyreek Hill, are you better served to try to kick it out of the end zone?cheap nike jerseys nfl…
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Once among 23 kids in a house, Redskins’ Kapri Bibbs chases dream

Once among 23 kids in a house, Redskins’ Kapri Bibbs chases dream

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The unwritten rule was basic, one that a household of 23 kids sharing two rooms and three beds had to adhere to when it came to sleeping arrangements: first come, first served. Kapri Bibbs knew if he wanted a spot on the bed, he had to be on it when it was time to sleep. And if he went to the bathroom at night, there was a good chance someone would grab the opening and he’d be back on the floor, one with no carpeting and more dirt than wood.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys “Sometimes you’re laying there with nine kids and a twin bed,” said Bibbs, a Washington Redskins running back. “We had people laying down like sardines. One person would lay their head down that way and the…
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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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