Tag:Roddy White
Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:05 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2010 3:24 pm
 

Nate Burleson fined $15K for uniform infraction

Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday during the Lions pregame introductions, Nate Burleson lifted up his uniform to reveal the slogan "What up doe" written on it and later, when scoring a touchdown, punted the ball into the stands.

As a result of those two actions, he's been fined $15,000 by the NFL, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk points out that $15K is a "pretty stiff price" for two actions that are relatively harmless -- "What up doe" just means "What's up?" in Detroit slang and punting a ball certainly isn't the worst celebration in the world.

On the other hand, Roddy White was fined $10,000 for his "Free Mike Vick" shirt move. In this instance the league probably isn't as concerned with the message of Burleson's shirt so much as it is stopping folks from delivering messages via that medium -- being lenient on Burleson just because the words on his shirt theoretically don't mean anything wrong gives other players way too much wiggle room.

And $5,000 for a celebration penalty is relatively reasonable -- Chad Ochocinco picked up the same tab for putting the ball, while Wes Welker got nailed for twice as much for making snow angels in the end zone.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 11:55 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 12:04 am
 

Falcons scare the tar out of sideline reporter

Posted by Will Brinson

There's nothing better than scaring the crap out of someone will a well placed joke/stunt/shenanigan. If that happens to be caught on film while the person is a sideline reporter and the person doing the scaring happens to be wearing a creepy serial killer mask, well, all the better.

In the video below Coy Wire and Roddy White conspire to freak out Niki Noto, Falcons sideline reporter by leaving the interview spot and then coming back in while wearing a terrifying mask. It's superb really.

Although as Chris Chase notes at Shutdown Corner , if this was the Jets we were talking about, it would not be nearly as funny. In fact, it would automatically require an investigation, possibly a censure, and certainly a late night phone call to Rex Ryan.


Category: NFL
Posted on: September 13, 2010 3:00 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2010 4:10 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.13.10: first Monday of the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

A lot of people are wondering why Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley got back in for a few plays after suffering concussions. Fair question.

Pat Yasinkas points out that the Saints have a chance to start 2-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history. They’ll have to beat the 49ers in order to do it.

The huge Week 1 television ratings pretty much confirm that anyone who doesn’t watch the NFL is a loser.A. Hawk (US Presswire)

We’ll join the Revis vs. Moss hype later this week, but here’s a little taste to let you know that, even with the Jets still yet to play, it’s already starting.

Roddy White caught a career-high 13 passes against the Steelers. Matt Ryan targeted him 23 times!

A.J. Hawk did not see the field Sunday against the Eagles because Green Bay spent the entire game in nickel defense. Brandon Chillar is the club’s nickel linebacker.

Here’s another reason to like star running back Ray Rice.

The Giants may want to consider lowering their ticket prices.

Marshall Yanda will start at right tackle for the Ravens Monday night. Jared Gaither and Oniel Cousins are both injured.

The Redskins might still be trying to figure out their offensive line personnel.

Vince Young says he “definitely wants the Heisman” and that he wouldn’t turn it down. But Young also said that Reggie Bush won it “fair and square”. (Of course, if Bush won it “fair and square”, no one would be talking about Young getting the Heisman.)

The Browns started fullback Peyton Hillis ahead of Jerome Harrison at tailback against the Bucs. Hmmm…


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Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:52 pm
 

V-Jax agent says they never demanded $50 million

Posted by Will Brinson

The biggest sticking point in the whole "where will Vincent Jackson play, if at all, this season?" situation is money. That's not surprising, because typically when NFL players aren't showing up to camp, that's why. Jackson appeared with Jason LaCanfora on an NFL Network interview last night and discussed his plans for the 2010 season, saying he would "absolutely" sit out the entire year .

The problem with Jackson's plans, in so far as everyone has understood it, is that he wants $50 million over five years and no one -- or, at least the Vikings and Seahawks, the only two teams who have supposedly inquired as to his price tag -- wants to pay it.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk did something smart Saturday morning, though: he called Neil Schwartz and asked him about the deets on Jackson's demands. Turns out there's a little more than meets the eye.

"There's no truth to the report that we asked for $50 million over five years and $30 million guaranteed," Schwartz told PFT by phone this morning. "We only talked concepts with the Seahawks, and I specifically mentioned players like [Cowboys receiver] Roy Williams, [Bills receiver] Lee Evans, [Falcons receiver] Roddy White, who we represent, [Dolphins receiver] Brandon Marshall, and [Cardinals receiver] Larry Fitzgerald. No numbers were mentioned."

Now, it's really impossible to know if Schwartz is 100 percent telling the truth; someone told the Vikings and Seahawks that Jackson wanted $10 million a year (which, yes, as we've previously established, is way too much for a guy with off-field issues and potential baggage to demand).

But, as Florio notes, it's entirely possible that it was the Chargers who told the Vikings and Seahawks that Jackson's camp was looking for such a big contract. The logic there is that a) Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune was the one reporting the number, and his sources clearly lie more closely with one side than the other, and b) Schwartz never got permission to speak with the Vikings -- for Minny to find out that Jackson was "too expensive" for them, the information would have most likely come from the Chargers.

The long and short of this is that as much as Jackson may say he's willing to be a Charger this year, there's enough tension/anger/etc between the two sides that things might be irreconcilable.

That's why we're getting numerous PR-looking statements and interviews and actions from both sides. What would be nice is to see a team -- the Rams, perhaps? -- step up, make the Chargers an offer and then hammer out some kind of deal with Jackson. Of course, the fact that whoever is looking to acquire the disgruntled wideout has to negotiate with multiple sides only makes this harder to sift through.

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 9:56 pm
 

Falcons lose Michael Jenkins for 4-6 weeks

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Jenkins (US Presswire)
Rest assured Falcons fans, your team will be just fine without wide receiver Michael Jenkins. Jenkins, a seventh-year veteran, suffered a shoulder injury during an intrasquad scrimmage Friday night. Fortunately, he is only expected to sit 4-6 weeks. That means he’ll likely miss just one or two regular season games.

"You are always concerned anytime any of your players goes down with an injury," said Falcons head coach Mike Smith, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  "One thing I am certain of is that Michael will work very hard with our athletic performance staff and our training staff to get back out on the field as soon as possible."

Though plagued by drops early in his career, Jenkins has evolved into one of the sounder possession receivers in the game. His terrific blocking and willingness to go over the middle make him an excellent fit in Mike Mularkey’s system. That said, the Falcons still have superstar receiver Roddy White and future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez. Plus, the Falcons utilize two tight-end formations with greater frequency than any team in football, so Jenkins’s absence could actually translate to more snaps for Justin Peelle and fullback Ovie Mughelli.

The depth chart suggests Harry Douglas should fill in for Jenkins. But Douglas is a speedy, diminutive slot weapon. A better replacement for the 6’4”, 215-pound Jenkins would be veteran Brian Finneran (6’5”, 206) or fifth-round rookie Kerry Meier (6’2”, 224). Whoever lines up outside is the Falcons will remain a power-oriented team with just enough aerial firepower to survive a few weeks being shorthanded.

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 10:15 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 10:17 pm
 

The latest with Vick

Quite a bit of Michael Vick news floating out there today. Now, here are a couple more links to narrow the focus of who was with Vick for his birthday party at a Virginia Beach restaurant.

  • The Hampton Roads Daily Press wrote that Redskins DB DeAngelo Hall said, though he was advertised beforehand to be in attendance, he actually wasn’t there. Falcons WR Roddy White was with Vick – Vick actually picked him up from the airport – but White said they had already left the party before the shooting.

    "We were already gone by the time that stuff started happening, so I don't know what's going to go on with that or whatever, but we didn't have anything to do with it," White told the paper.

  • The Philadelphia Inquire r takes a look at how the NFL and the Eagles might respond to this incident. Vick knew his team and his league weren’t going to have much tolerance if he ever got in trouble again. And for now, he doesn’t appear to be in legal trouble. But that doesn’t always translate into an acquittal from the league.

    As Jeff McLane writes, “Vick has managed to avoid anything that could be labeled as erroneous since (Roger) Goodell's warning. However, his judgment in regards to the location of his party, the number of invitees – up to 300 people, according to various reports – and his allegedly coming in contact with (Quanis) Phillips could come into question. Vick isn't supposed to associate with anyone from dog fighting circles, according to his probation.”

  • More on Hall from Jason Reid of the Washington Post . Reid interviewed Hall on the phone, and Hall said he was on vacation and that he didn’t give permission for anyone to use his likeness to promote the party.

    --Josh Katzowitz

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