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Posted on: September 5, 2010 10:21 am
 

Hot Routes 9.5.10: The day after cut day ...

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

... Which means that the Sunday before the regular season begins should give us a nice respite before the craziness truly begins.

- Cleveland delivered some good news by activating DL Shaun Rogers off the Physically Unable to Play list. Rogers missed the final five games of last season with a leg injury, and he missed the entire Cleveland preseason.

- I feel compelled to bring you this news story, though, in reality, there’s isn’t too much news contained inside. Jets GM Mark Tannenbaum says the team is ready to play without CB Darrelle Revis. Of course, he’d feel a lot better if Revis was actually with his teammates.

- Giants rookie WR Victor Cruz, to whom you were introduced when he caught three TD passes against the Jets in the preseason, said he would cry if he made the team. He did, and he did.

- Wes Welker can play, but he knows he’s not going to be 100 percent when the Patriots open their season. He admits he doesn’t feel the same as last year.

- Jonathan Casillas was placed on the IR list for the Saints with a foot injury, meaning he’ll miss the entire season. You might remember him for recovering the onside kick to open the second half of last season’s Super Bowl.

- In a non-surprising move, the Chiefs shipped S Jarrad Page away from Kansas City in a trade with New England for a draft pick. Page and coach Todd Haley didn’t get along, and ultimately, Page got what he wanted – a ticket out of Missouri. The Kansas City Star’s Kent Babb has some thoughts on his Twitter page.

- Just for the record, Jarrad Page has no hard feelings for Kansas City, writing on his Twitter page, “Jus (sic) wanted to say to the kc fans that stood by me, this was never personal I love kc for giving me a great first 4yrs of my NFL career”

- An interesting story here about the Oakland Raiders Saturday saga with safeties Stevie Brown and Mike Mitchell. Sounds like somebody frigged something up.

- One more Raiders note. Rookie C Jared Veldheer, a 6-foot-8 behemoth, beat out returner starter Samson Satele for the right to snap the football to Jason Campbell.

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:03 am
 

Owen Daniels 'officially' returns to Texans

Posted by Will Brinson

The Texans and coach Gary Kubiak announced recently that Owen Daniels would be ready to play at the start of Houston's season .

In all the "WOOO DRAFTED HIM LATE IN FANTASY!" optimism, we forget that he had to actually take a physical. Good news again: he passed and started practicing on Monday.

I felt good," Daniels said. "I was gassed, that's for sure. It's a lot different than just running sprints and catching passes and sprinting up the field. We work on that play clock, that's good, in terms of simulating what it's going to be like in the game. My knee felt really good, but my lungs were hurting."

However, just because he's healthy doesn't mean he'll get any reps against the Bucs in Houston's last preseason game.

"We know what type of player he is," Kubiak said of the 2008 Pro Bowler. "We don't risk that. We get him healthy and get him ready to go. We've got a long way to go."

I like that move -- would anything be worse than Daniels, who's returning from a brutal ACL injury, getting hurt again ... before the season starts? I think not, and I would be that Kubiak agrees with me, which is why you'll apparently see him get 15-20 snaps during the Colts in Week 1. Which, um, isn't as awesome for fantasy as we thought.

But it doesn't make his return any less impressive.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 5:41 pm
 

Daniels cleared to play for Texans

Posted by Will Brinson

Used to be a time (I vaguely recall something about walking miles uphill in the snow) when a man tore an ACL, a man stayed down for more than a couple months. That time is no longer now -- following on heels of Wes Welker's absolutely amazing recovery , Owen Daniels is back as well.

So sayeth the Houston Texans' website , where we find out that Gary Kubiak got the good news from Dr. James Andrews while running practice.

"Owen's been cleared; totally healthy," Kubiak said on Wednesday. "I was out on the practice field during special teams and he called (head athletic trainer Geoff Kaplan) and we talked to Dr. Andrews, and boy, he's fired up. It's great for our team."

Indeed it is -- especially when you consider how nice a morale boost it has to be for a team that just lost rookie Ben Tate for the season.

Daniels, by the way, was on pace for an absolutely monster season in 2009, when he blew out his knee in the eighth game of the year: project his 519 yards, five TDs and 40 receptions across a full season, and you have the makings of a top five tight end season , pretty comfortably.

"He's a fine player," Kubiak said. "He's a good young man. He's what we stand for as a team, and for our players to see what he's been through and then to see how disappointing it was for him to have a setback and now he's still going to be there opening day, (that) just tells you a lot about what he's all about.

"No kid's worked harder to get back."

Welker might have an argument with that, but Daniels' recovery is still pretty darn impressive.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:49 am
 

Hot Routes: No Favre here whatsoever

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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-Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com has a nice breakdown of how well the 49ersfirst-team offense and first-team defense played in their 15-10 win vs. the Vikings on Sunday. Most impressive on defense was LB Patrick Willis, who had four tackle on just nine snaps played. Most impressive on offense was QB Alex Smith, who completed 5 of 6 passes and completed all three of his third-down attempts on San Francisco’s opening drive.

-The Minneapolis Star Tribune is already looking forward to Saturday’s third preseason game against Seattle. It’s because, like most every team when it heads into the third exhibition of the year, the starters likely will play into the third quarter.

-San Diego allowed disgruntled Vincent Jackson to speak with Seattle’s representatives, but Michael Lombardi of NFL.com thinks that might have been a bad idea.

-With Rams QB A.J. Feeley injured, don’t be surprised if No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford gets the start in the team’s third preseason game Thursday at New England. Feeley is thought to have a sprained thumb, but he underwent an MRI Sunday to better determine the damage.

-With Michael Matthews turning his ankle in practice Sunday, the Bills are down to just one tight end . That lucky man is Jonathan Stupar. Expect Buffalo to take a look at the free agent market.

-Apparently, New York Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson loves playing in the preseason. I mean, he absolutely LOVES it . Which is probably news to everybody in the NFL.

-With the return of Patriots WR Wes Welker and Seahawks RB Leon Washington from gruesome leg injuries, Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated discusses Gale Sayers’ shot knees and the pain tolerance the Bears legendary RB has. Pretty awesome/gruesome stuff there.

-Cowboys S Gerald Sensabaugh will miss the rest of the preseason and his status for Dallas’ season-opener is in question because of a subluxation in his shoulder.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 12:35 am
 

Recapping the 2010 BFL fantasy draft

You may have seen some of our tweets about 2010 BFL, a fantasy league full of famous bloggers (woo oxymorons), in which I'm repping CBSSports.com and this here blog.

For the draft, we traveled to New York City this past Thursday in order to all meet up and create fake teams. The trip seems pointless, until you realize that we drafted in the NFL headquarters. Yes, like where Roger Goodell works. Yes, it was spectacular. Yes, the winner of the league gets some Super Bowl action as well as a large charitable donation to the local charity of their choice. Yes, you will have to suffer occasional posts about how I'm doing (and you can read more about the league here .)

And yes, I'm quite confident I'm winning; after all, look how alert I was just moments before the draft began.



Of course, that didn't stop me from drafting a kick-A fantasy team. Or at least one that I think kicks some A. Before we get to that, though, let's talk about the participants, in draft order:
By the by, you can actually check out the P&G sponsored league , as it's public I belive. So if you care to see the draft results, here they are. If not, I'll tell you about them anyway.

First of all, I heart my team. A lot. I'm totally fine with taking Maurice Jones-Drew second overall, especially after seeing how the Vikings offensive line looked on Sunday. I really, really wanted DeAngelo Williams to fall to 23, but I'll deal with Beanie Wells. DeSean Jackson is a clear No. 1 wideout, so I'll absolutely take him in the third round. Wes Welker in the fourth? Yes, please.

Dwayne Bowe is primed to blow up this year (I like the Chiefs a lot, actually), so having him as a WR3 isn't something I'm unhappy about. Myself and two others waited to draft a quarterback and I think it paid off nicely with a combo of Matt Ryan in the sixth and Matt Cassel in the 11th.

Didn't particularly love my Jerome Harrison pick in the seventh -- although I ended up with Owen Daniels at tight end in the 10th, leaving Tony Gonzalez and Vernon Davis on the board at that point was just stupid. Kenny Britt I like as a solid backup wideout, especially paired with Julian Edelman on the bench; Edelman's insurance if Welker goes down again and Britt can fill in on the bye.

Marion Barber is still starting in Dallas last I checked, no? Okay, thought so. 9th round for him is silly. Levy hosed me on Dexter McCluster in the 12th and I panicked a touch and took Demaryius Thomas, but, again, I think he's a good backup, particularly since someone has to catch passes in Denver. Niners defense, as good as it is, in the next to last round is something I'm thrilled about, insofar as one can be thrilled about drafting a D. Same with Rob Bironas in the last round, I suppose.

It's not worth discussing any other teams. They're clearly inferior to mine. (I do like Bassett, Jerod and Zerkle's teams the best out of the other squads, though, I think. Except that Zerkle decided to draft a sampler platter of running backs for five rounds instead of wideouts.) But I certainly welcome your thoughts on the squad below.

Also, huge, huge tip of the cap to everyone involved at the NFL for making this happen: they couldn't have possibly been kinder to a fairly dangerous looking bunch, or more accommodating in terms of showing us around, peppering us with cool NFL stuff and letting us spin around in Goodell's desk chair until Sebek got sick and threw up.

Just kidding. That last one never happened. But the NFL rules for letting us swing up to the Big Apple and get our geek on in their offices.

So to does P&G -- for the purposes of FTC biz, they helped hook it up.

Posted on: August 20, 2010 12:21 am
 

Welker takes next step of comeback

W. Welker had two catches for 20 yards in an impressive return to the field (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

He didn’t officially start the game, and he didn’t make his way onto the field until the second play (well, officially, it was the first play, because the real first play was a penalty). But Patriots WR Wes Welker made his presence felt immediately.

He caught a six-yard pass, and then he made a nice catch on a pass thrown behind him for 14 yards and the first down. On the next play, Falcons DB Chris Owens blasted him on an incomplete screen attempt. But Welker got right up and was ready for the next play.

It’s just an awesome story. He had ACL surgery in February, and a little more than six months later, he was on the field and playing at a high level. Two catches, 20 yards, one good collision.

Amazing stuff from Welker.

And I was just about to post this when the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain Tweeted this. Just for some perspective: “I watched Texans TE Owen Daniels blow out a knee in the 8th game and he's not ready. I watched Wes Welker do the same in the 16th game.”

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:38 pm
 

Brady acknowledges Welker's contract wishes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady added a little fuel to a contract fire in New England – but the fire wasn’t his. In a radio interview with WEEI, Brady made mention of something many people already know: wide receiver Wes Welker is looking for a new deal.

“Every player on the team wants a contract and to be fairly compensated,” Brady said. “Wes doesn’t make a lot of money, but he’s one of (the) best receivers in the league. We all want to be compensated fairly, but we also understand we signed contracts.”

Brady clearly wasn’t criticizing the organization or campaigning for changes – he was merely stating the obvious. Brady himself is hoping for a new deal (he’s in the final year of his contract) but isn’t letting it be a distraction. Of course, by reprinting his words again and again, media outlets like this one do all they can to make things like this a distraction.

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 10:23 am
 

Brady: 'I'd love to be here my whole career'

Posted by Will Brinson

Tom Brady joins the Dennis and Callahan show on WEEI every Monday morning to talk Patriots football. Today, even though he's in the midst of an awkward contract situation, has a thumb injury and apparently can't get an appointment to have his haircut, he swung by. And things got interesting -- not in the sense that anything awkward was asked, but Brady was pretty darn quotable.

Brady confirmed the golf outing with Bob Kraft; he pointed out that he and Kraft hadn't spoken much in the last six or seven months and that with his wife out of town, he figured he'd take him up on the outing, since they hadn't spoken much in six or seven months. Then the topic turned to whether Brady could spend his entire career in New England.

"I’d love to be here my whole career," Brady responded. "I have goals and the team has goals and hopefully they’re down the same line. But you never know. Like I said, Joe Montana got traded, and Jerry Rice did, guys I loved watching out there that really were the best players to ever play at their positions. It’s hard to think if those guys are not playing for a team, wow, why should I ever be excluded from that?"

The WEEI guys followed up by asking whether or not Brady had a timeline on when he wanted to get a new deal done; the obvious thought process is "ASAP" considering that Brady managed to bang up his finger during the first preseason game of the year. Brady, however, played the typical role of team player.

"What I want, it doesn't matter," Brady pointed out. "I'm not going to be really attached to that, because it's not up to me. There are a lot of people involved. Every player on the team wants a contact to be fairly compensated. So does Logan [Mankins], so did Vince [Wilfork] last year. So do all the other guys ... so does Wes [Welker]. Wes doesn't make a lot of money, but he's one of the best receivers in the league. We all want to be compensated fairly, but we also understand we signed contracts so that's why we're here to show up and give our best."

Brady also discussed Peyton Manning's impending contract extension and whether or not it mattered to him how much Manning makes versus his contract -- they actually framed it with "who should make $1 more?" -- but Brady didn't bite.

"I know what he’s gonna make, he’s gonna make a lot and he deserves it," Brady said. "He’s one of best to ever play. You know, honestly, it’s not about that. When it’s all said and done, I’m not gonna sit and worry about who made more money. All these other quarterbacks in the league and what they make, I don’t care what they get. Whatever works for me and the team, that’s what it’ll be. I don’t really care who makes more."

Those are nice answers and the entire interview is pretty good. But also pretty typical of Brady, who's the consummate team player. Of course, if you presume that the two sides are in the midst of negotiations right now, it wouldn't exactly behoove Brady to come out and bash the team for taking their sweet time to ink him to an extension.

Don't be surprised if you see this deal happen soon.

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