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Posted on: November 6, 2010 10:38 pm
 

Hot Routes 11.06.10 interesting Randy Moss news

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit


According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, the Titans would not have claimed Randy Moss on waivers if not for the Kenny Britt injury.


Fitz calls trip to Minny a 'business trip'. (What else would it be? Oh, wait, he grew up in Minny, that’s right. Gotcha.)

Ravens might not see much Wildcat from Miami, but if they do, they've got 'a guy' who'll get them ready for it -- Curtis Steele, who ran the Wildcat in high school and at Memphis, which is totally the same as doing it in the NFL. 



The fellas at the Bills' blog Buffalo Rumblings are always on the lookout for quarterback prospects, and they make a good point: five of the best signal-calling prospects are on television Saturday (Andrew Luck, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Nick Foles and Ryan Mallett).



As everyone knows, if Bill Belichick even vaguely references Eric Mangini's team, he is taking a BIG-TIME CHEAP SHOT IN THE MEDIA at him. Like when he talks about the West Coast offense that the Browns are running.


No blackout for the Raiders this week! Not a joke. We repeat, No blackout for the Raiders this week!

Rex Ryan likes Vernon Gholston (and he also won’t try to convince us that the guy should have been the No. 6 overall pick).



In case you really don’t have a life, here’s our obligatory once-a-month link to a story about a long snapper. This one plays for the Rams.



Bucs LT Donald Penn believes he’s prepared to go up against Falcons speed-rushing demon John Abraham.



Don’t laugh: someone actually found a way to handout midseason awards for the 49ers.



When DeSean Jackson takes the field again (likely this Sunday vs. Atlanta), he’ll be wearing a bigger helmet (newer model).



Deon Grant shared with the Giants inside knowledge of his former Seahawks team. (Not sure how helpful he could be though, given that Seattle has a different coaching staff than it had when Grant played).


Have the Packers fixed their penalty woes?


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Posted on: November 6, 2010 6:57 pm
 

Week 9 injury report analysis Part III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bucs @ Falcons

The Bucs will once again be without starting offensive linemen Jeff Faine (quad) and Jeremy Trueblood (knee). Also missing is fullback Earnest Graham, which is noteworthy because his lead-blocking abilities fit perfectly in what has become a strict power run approach for this offense. Wideout Sammie Stroughter did not practice all week due to a foot injury. Thus, rookie Arrelious Benn has a chance to start carving out a true niche in this offense (Benn caught a 53-yard touchdown pass last week, but that’s basically been the extent of his contributions).

The Falcons likely will not have OLB Sean Weatherspoon; the first-round rookie has been out since Week 5 with a knee injury. Fullback Ovie Mughelli is questionable with a hamstring. That’s crucial because Atlanta’s best approach against this Tampa Bay D is to pound them between the tackles on the ground.

Saints @ Panthers

Does Drew Brees have a fractured knee and torn meniscus or not? The Saints are saying no – in fact, Brees is not even listed on the injury report. Running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas are both still out (Bush is technically listed as doubtful this week). Rookie CB Patrick Robinson is out with an ankle, though the Panthers do not have the aerial firepower to take advantage anyway. Besides, both Saints starting corners, Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer, who missed the Steeler game, are probable after practicing all week.

Carolina’s 28th-ranked rushing attack will once again be missing RT Jeff Otah (knee) and RB DeAngelo Williams (foot).

Giants @ Seahawks

No Shaun O’Hara for New York. Thus, Adam Koets, who has decent movement skills but lacks O’Hara’s nastiness and veteran shrewdness at the second level in the run game, will be the fulcrum of the offensive line. The Giants are coming off a bye, which explains why basically everyone else (save for OT Will Beatty and FB Madison Hedgecock) is healthy.

The Seahawks are starting Charlie Whitehurst in place of injured Matt Hasselbeck (concussion). Rookie receiver Golden Tate (ankle) is also out for Seattle. And, likely, so is rookie LT Russell Okung (ankle). Because Tyler Polumbus is questionable with a knee injury – and, frankly, because he does not begin to have quick enough feet to handle Osi Umenyiora – the Seahawks will likely turn to veteran Chester Pitts.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:16 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 3:21 pm
 

NFL Week 9 Podcast Preview

Posted by Andy Benoit

Will Brinson and I did our usual Friday routine, running through all the Week 9 action in the NFL. And don't worry, we went quickly through the boring games and only spent about 90 seconds talking about what a jerk Randy Moss is.

It was good stuff. Promise. Go ahead, have a listen.

Hit play below or Subscribe via iTunes.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download.

Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:32 pm
 

NFL hands out Player of Month awards for Oct.

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL has announced the Players of the Month for October. Here’s the rundown:

AFC Offensive Player: Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

For the month, completed 125 of 185 passes (67.6 percent) for an NFL-high (and NFL all-time record for month of October) 1,562 passing yards with eight touchdowns versus three interceptions. Had a 101.2 passer rating.

AFC Defensive Player: Michael Griffin, S, Titans

Led the AFC and ranked second in the NFL with four interceptions.

AFC Special Teams Player: Dan Carpenter, K, Dolphins

Led the NFL with 13 field goals for the month, including a pair of five field goal games. Ironically, Carpenter’s special teams coach, John Bonamego, was also canned during this month.

NFC Offensive Player: Roddy White, WR, Falcons

29 receptions for an NFC-best 489 yards and three touchdowns in October as the Falcons went 3-1.

NFC Defensive Player: Osi Umenyiora, DE, Giants

Led the NFL with seven sacks and six forced fumbles as the Giants posted a 4-0 record.

NFC Special Teams Player: Stefan Logan, KR/PR, Lions

Led the NFL with a 35.9-yard kick-return average and ranked third averaging 18.4 yards per punt return.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 1:28 pm
 

DeSean Jackson, Dunta Robinson both practicing

Posted by Will Brinson

DeSean Jackson and Dunta Robinson were both involved in one of the more memorable collisions in recent NFL history -- and one that sparked plenty of discussion about concussions (and some hefty fines for certain players).

After two weeks (one game missed due to injury, one bye each), it appears that both players are likely to return on Sunday.

Andy Reid stated Wednesday, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Enquirer, that Jackson has passed all of his concussion tests and that he will practice on Wednesday, though he's not yet guaranteed to play Sunday.

Robinson is in a similar boat -- he's back at practice and expects to play Sunday, barring some sort of setback.

"Yes. I'm ready to play," Robinson said Wednesday, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I just have make sure that I get this good week of practice in."

Both players are pretty critical to their team's success -- aside the fact that they're clearly stars on their respective rosters, Robinson's absence dramatically alters the makeup of the Falcons secondary, while DeSean's combination of skills as a receiver and returner are almost unrivaled by anyone else in the league.

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 11:03 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 11:06 am
 

Hot Routes 10.29.10 injured players returning

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Steven Jackson underwent finger surgery this week, but he says he is definitely going to play.


With Roberto Garza’s return to health, the Bears offensive line will once again be tweaked.


Donte’ Stallworth could return to the Ravens November 7th (as if the Ravens need another receiver). Stallworth has been out since the preseason with a foot injury.


Falcons veteran safety Erik Coleman is learning to cope as a backup.


Rex Ryan and Ray Lewis have settled any differences they may have had. They chatted at a banquet dinner on Saturday night.

Here’s one writer already making a case for John Fox to coach the Cowboys.


Here’s another saying it should be Jon Gruden.


Carson Palmer sat out practice for the Bengals on Thursday. He has a sore hip.


The sentiment around Cleveland is that the Browns need to stick with Colt McCoy at quarterback. (Oh, and that LeBron is still a jerk.)


Everyone is talking about how DE Derrick Harvey got benched in Jacksonville. Few headlines have actually mentioned who got promoted. For the record, the new starter is Jeremy Mincey.


Remember Mark Simoneau? He’s a Chief now.


With Charles Woodson and the Packers coming to town this Sunday, Rex Ryan can’t let the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year debate go.


Russ Grimm will be trying to beat his son’s team when the Bucs face the Cardinals this Sunday.

Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:42 pm
 

Vick doesn't know if he can 'take a hit yet'

Posted by Will Brinson

The bye week couldn't come at a better time for the Philadelphia Eagles -- DeSean Jackson is working his way back from a concussion and Michael Vick gets an extra week of healing on his ribs to get ready for the stretch run.

And if Jackson's status is indeed "up in the air," he's not the only Eagles star feeling a little tentative -- Vick said on Wednesday that he's not sure how he'll respond to getting popped by a defender.

"I don't know if I can take a hit yet, but I can throw the ball strong," Vick said. "I think I have some more time to heal and some more time to just get stronger, so I'll stay in the weight room and continue to do the things that helped me get to this point."

This might actually be good news for Philly -- Vick was incredibly effective in the pocket when he returned as a starter and while he was still dangerous running, his eagerness to get in the end zone cost him a few weeks when he got popped by a couple of Redskins.

Certainly no one wants him to be tentative while taking snaps, but if Vick isn't as willing to abandon the pass (or, if you prefer, "less willing to take off running"), he's got a better chance to stay healthy, without letting teams really avoid planning against him.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:00 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 2:01 am
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix Week 7

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL Approval Matrix. It's running late this week because we really wanted to include Wade Phillips Disembodied Head. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

Click to embiggen.

 
 
 
 
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