Tag:Dhani Jones
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:26 pm
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Raiders sign Houshmandzadeh to join Palmer

HoushmandzadehPosted by Josh Katzowitz

It looks like Cincinnati West has added another member. After hiring former Bengals receivers coach Hue Jackson this past offseason and then signing Carson Palmer as the future starting quarterback a few weeks ago, Oakland has announced the team has added former Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Will Brinson wrote Monday that this was a distinct possibility, considering Jackson admitted to reporters that the team would work out Houshmandzadeh to see if he had anything left.

With Palmer in Cincinnati, Houshmandzadeh was one of the premier slot receivers in the game, becoming a consistent third-down pass-catcher who wasn’t afraid to make a reception across the middle of the field.

But after leaving the Bengals, Houshmandzadeh hasn’t been nearly as effective. He caught 79 passes for 911 yards in Seattle in 2009, but he created enough problems with the front office that the Seahawks excommunicated him from the team after one season. He played with the Ravens last year, but he was mostly irrelevant (30 catches, 398 yards), except for his complaining.

Like Palmer, though, he’s probably hoping the magical waters of Hue Jackson can revitalize a career that seemingly has stalled out by joining his former quarterback on the new Cincinnati West squad. Next up on the Raiders docket: sign former Bengals Rudi Johnson, Willie Anderson and Dhani Jones.

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Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Are the Bengals screwing with Jordan Palmer?

C. Palmer and J. Palmer both might not be playing in Cincinnati this year (US Presswire)Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Carson Palmer is retired for now. The Bengals are looking to start second-round draft pick QB Andy Dalton, and they’ve signed veteran Bruce Gradkowski to help mentor him. But the Bengals, according to WCPO’s Denny Janson are still trying to mess with the Palmer family.

On his Twitter account, Jensen writes, “Carson Palmer tells friend, #Bengals are toying with brother Jordan. Few reps etc. Expects him to be cut but too late to sign elsewhere.”

If that’s true, that wouldn’t be real nice of the organization, especially since Carson Palmer has been such a big part of the team and helped lead the squad to two AFC North titles (suffering a variety of injuries for a team that gave him a ton of money coming out of college).

Actually, that would be a real jerky thing for the club to do, especially if it’s maliciously trying to mess with Jordan’s career. On the flip side, the Bengals did sign Jordan three years ago after he had been released from the Redskins and his career was in jeopardy, even though it’s pretty clear he’ll never be a starting QB in the league (even a free agent named Dhani Jones thinks so!).

The question: would the management take out its frustration with Carson on Jordan? My opinion: I kind of doubt it. If the Bengals release Jordan Palmer -- who had designs on winning the starting job in June -- it would probably be because he simply hasn’t shown the team enough since 2008 to qualify for even a third-string QB position. I'd also like to think the Bengals have a little more class than meanly shoving out Jordan just to get back at Carson.

In other Bengals news, fans didn’t seem all that interested in watching Cincinnati’s training camp this year as it attracted just 1,330 cars to Georgetown, Ky., to watch the Bengals practice. That, writes the Cincinnati Enquirer, is the lowest total since the team began training at Georgetown College, about an hour south of Cincinnati.

Last year, although the team trained in Georgetown for just two weeks, the college parked 7,362 cars.

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:55 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We're about to have football for the first time in some four months. And once a new collective bargaining agreement is in place, things will move at a blistering pace, starting with free agency.

For quarterback Carson Palmer that means making a decision on his future even though he's still under contract with the Bengals. He threatened to retire earlier this offseason and hasn't shown signs of changing his mind. The problem: Cincy owner Mike Brown, known as much for his willfulness as his frugality, has no plans to trade Palmer. Which means that the two are at an impasse.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer spotted Palmer at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course driving range in advance of the American Century Championship celebrity event, and asked him about his current situation with the Bengals.

Palmer had no comment and told Reedy he is "laying low" until the lockout is resolved.

Part of us wonders if the four months away from the NFL grind (which is no doubt exacerbated by playing in Cincy where the circus is in town every day) has softened Palmer's stance on retirement. With the NFL season not yet officially underway there's no reason to announce now that he'll return to the Bengals, but he's just 31 years old. It's not like he's hobbled by injuries or old age, and presumably he's as competitive as he was when Cincinnati selected him first overall in the 2003 draft.

It's hard to imagine that any player in their prime would bench themselves for an entire season; plenty of them say it but very few actually go through with it.

For now, Palmer's in Tahoe participating in a celebrity golf tournament. And while we'll have to wait to see what happens in the coming days and weeks, this much is certain: Dhani Jones, under no circumstances, wants to see Carson's brother Jordan Palmer under center for the Bengals. Even though, you know, there's no guarantee Cincy will re-sign Jones who, according to one list (feel free to guess which one), is one of the ten best linebackers in the NFL.

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:30 am
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Mason says teams are just scared of Flacco

MasonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Say this for Ravens WR Derrick Mason: even if he’s prone to a little bit of hyperbole, he’s going to defend his teammates until the end.

Obviously, Mason heard that Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley said that Baltimore QB Joe Flacco could never lead the Ravens to the Super Bowl (because, naturally, they couldn’t get past Pittsburgh to do so) and then listened to Bengals LB Dhani Jones -- who has become somewhat mouthy lately as well -- saying, in effect, that Flacco is not good at his job when he’s pressured.

Well, Mason takes issue with the Flacco criticism. That’s apparently why he told the Carroll County Times that the reason Flacco has taken some crap this offseason is because everybody is frightened of him (Flacco’s awesome wedding pictures notwithstanding). 

“When you're good, people are scared of you," Mason told the paper. "Honestly, that's what I've seen. When people realize the potential that you have, they get very, very scared and then you see them scrambling to say bad things about the guy.

"Joe doesn't care. He really doesn't. For the Woodleys and the Dhani Jones and the rest of them, you see there aren't no head coaches or general managers and no smart players saying Joe can't play. The last thing you want to do is wake up a sleeping giant. Whether he says it or not, they've given him added fuel."

While you might not think of Flacco as one of the game’s elites -- he’s probably no better than a top-10 quarterback at this point -- he’s also improved in each of his three seasons in the league. His completion percentage continues to climb, his passing yardages and touchdowns continue to rise, and his interceptions continue to drop.

But the big question is this: could Flacco lead his team past the Steelers and into a possible Super Bowl? Because until then, he’s going to be ripe for criticism for defenders around the NFL. Even if they are "scared" of his potential.

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 3:49 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 7.05.11: Somebody wants Haynesworth



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Michael Clayton, the Bucs first-round pick in 2004, says his football career isn't over. In the last two seasons he caught 18 passes for 249 yards. After spending the first six years of his career in Tampa Bay, Clayton played with the Giants in 2010.
  • When Plaxico Burress was released from prison last month, the Eagles were considered one of the teams most likely to sign him. Now that the new-freedom smell has worn off, it sounds as if Burress is near the bottom of Philly's offseason to-do list.
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Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:00 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Dhani Jones: Jordan Palmer 'not the answer' at QB



Posted by Ryan Wilson

It is with some irony that Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones would suggest teammate Jordan Palmer "is not the answer -- absolutely not" at quarterback. After all, it was just last week that Brian Urlacher, another Jones offseason target, pointed out Jones wasn't in the best position to be leveling criticism.

"I think we were drafted in the same class, right? Is he a 2000 guy? I haven't heard anything about him since then,” Urlacher said. “I saw him on a TV show with a bow tie on though. So I know him better for how the way he dresses than what he does on a football field. Guys are going to talk. I've definitely had a lot worse things said publicly from guys, so I can live with it."

 (This also gives us a reason to bust out our Urlacher vs. Jones graphic, which is always good for a couple laughs.)

Jones, appearing on the Rich Eisen Podcast, said he "would question the decision, absolutely," should Palmer win the starting job. Of course, Jones will be a free agent as soon as the lockout ends, so it may not be his problem to worry about (although he says he'd like to re-sign with Cincinnati).

It's been a busy few days for (soon-to-be-former) Bengals players. Chad Ochocinco went NASCAR joyriding, but not before telling a radio station that he might have to "whup [Marvin Lewis'] ass." He also has plans to wrestle alligators.

As for who will be under center when the season begins, second-round pick Andy Dalton has to be the early favorite. Lewis said last month that Dalton could be the Week 1 starter. All we've heard about the Palmers is that Carson sold his house and Jordan referred to him as a "former teammate."

We don't think Jones has anything to worry about. At least in terms of the Bengals' QB depth chart.



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Posted on: June 30, 2011 6:42 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Dhani Jones to make more TV magic

D. Jones will host a game show on VH1 (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While the lockout continues, Bengals LB Dhani Jones just keeps on finding ways to work. And it wouldn’t surprise Bears LB Brian Urlacher that Jones has landed another TV gig.

The New York Post reports that Jones – who had his Travel Channel show “Dhani Tackles the Globe” canceled after two seasons – will host VH1’s game show “Tons of Cash” this year.

According to TVmole.com, the show will feature 14 contestants with financial problems who will get one ton of cash up front. The way to keep that money is literally to keep it in their possession while they travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas (I’m guessing they won’t be driving cars with the money in the trunk or something silly like that).

I’d expect Urlacher to check in with the show, considering this is what he said once he was told Jones failed to rank him in his top-10 linebackers list and said Urlacher could no longer get off a block.

"I think we were drafted in the same class, right? Is he a 2000 guy? I haven't heard anything about him since then,” Urlacher said. “I saw him on a TV show with a bow tie on though. So I know him better for how the way he dresses than what he does on a football field."

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Posted on: June 23, 2011 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Urlacher fires back at Dhani Jones

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A couple of weeks ago, Bengals LB Dhani Jones unveiled his top-10 list of the best linebackers in the NFL, and, somehow, he seemed to forget about Bears LB Brian Urlacher. That’s because Urlacher wasn’t on it, though Jones found it in his heart to rank himself No. 7.

UrlacherIn an interview with the NFL Network discussing his rankings, Jones said Urlacher simply couldn’t get off a block anymore.

Which leads us to an interview with Urlacher today on ESPN 1000 (via ESPN.com) in Chicago.

Basically, Urlacher said he didn’t really care what Jones thought but still managed to work in a couple of nice jabs.

"I think we were drafted in the same class, right? Is he a 2000 guy? I haven't heard anything about him since then,” Urlacher said. “I saw him on a TV show with a bow tie on though. So I know him better for how the way he dresses than what he does on a football field. Guys are going to talk. I've definitely had a lot worse things said publicly from guys, so I can live with it."

JonesLater, he was asked if he was pretty pumped to go to London when the Bears play the Buccaneers across the Atlantic.

"No, I'm not excited to go to London,” he said. “I don't understand why they do that. ... I am not excited to go to London, I will say that. I can't imagine many players would be, considering the travel involved and disruption to their weekly schedule.”

Now, what would happen if Jones and Urlacher were on the same flight to London? Chances are the two would throw down, and as a result, bow ties and fish and chips would be scattered everywhere across the airplane. Only then would Jones think about putting Urlacher back on his top-10 list.

Or if you'd like to see the Tale of the Tape in a visual scene, check out the work done by Eye on Football's Ryan Wilson.



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