Ryan Mallett traded to Houston Texans from Patriots

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    By Dan Hanzus
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  • Published: Aug. 31, 2014 at 02:10 p.m.
  • Updated: Aug. 31, 2014 at 03:17 p.m.
 Ryan Mallett is on the move.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news Sunday that the New England Patriots have traded Mallett to the Houston Texans, according to a source. The Patriots received a conditional 2016 seventh-round pick, per Rapoport.

The Dallas Cowboys were also in talks with the Patriots for Mallett, according to Rapoport. The Texans made room for Mallett by releasing Case Keenum, who started eight games (all losses) for the Texans last season.

The Patriots have been actively trying to move Mallett, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The former third-round pick has seen little action behind Tom Brady, attempting just four passes since 2011.

The Patriots hoped to use the preseason as a showcase for Mallett, even starting him in the team’s first preseason game. Mallett struggled, however, potentially hurting his trade value. He played just one series in New England’s preseason finale, another sign the team still had Mallett on the market.

Now he’ll attempt to get on the field with the Texans, who are coached by former Pats offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.

It’s a much better situation for Mallett, who no longer has to look up to a living legend on the depth chart. Ryan Fitzpatrick will open the season as Houston’s starter, with rookie Tom Savage also in the mix.

Don’t be surprised if Mallett eventually sees game action for a Texans team searching for a passer they can trust.

How Does Tebow Compare Statistically with Every 2013/2014 NFL (Playoff) Team?

 

Five simple charts provide rare clarity on Tim Tebow’s place in the NFL.  Using 2013 NFL regular season game data, Tebow’s performance is ranked against every NFL team, with an emphasis on playoff berths.

 

Why is a physicist writing about Tebow?  Well, this physicist is a sports fan, and a HUGE Tebow fan.  I’ve seen every snap he’s taken since he began college, and my family and I spent time with him a few years ago in Tampa.  The current state of the Tebow debate has frustrated me to no end.  I was happy enough waiting for somebody else to make the following case, but it never happened.  So reluctantly, I compiled and crunched the numbers as a physicist does.  The results were so obvious, that I felt obligated to write this article sharing these data that conflict so strongly with conventional wisdom; people don’t know what they think they know.

Tim Tebow, with an abysmally low completion %, made the playoffs; it happened. Hand-waving explanations ranging from Denver’s defense to divine intervention have been discussed. Most of these are anecdotal, subjective, and easily dismissed by anybody with a differing opinion (e.g. everyone with a television). There has been one outstanding analysis done by Cold Hard Football Facts using their Real QBR metric (see here and also here), but it requires readers to be fairly comfortable with numbers in order to fully appreciate the case being made. Instead, this article features five straightforward charts comparing Tebow’s average game performance to every team during the 2013 NFL season for a few simply understood statistics.  The strength of the relationship between these statistics and making the playoffs will be obvious to all but the very slowest of learners; remember that for all five charts, green bars are playoff teams and better performance is to the left…then see where Tebow ranks (he’s the blue bar).

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The first chart (Figure 1) shows team completion % for 2013. This inevitably comes to the forefront in every Tebow discussion, and is also often the last word. You’ll see that playoff teams generally have a better completion % (with some notable exceptions), and Tebow is completely to the right, with a ridiculously low value. If Figure 1 told the whole story, Denver’s 2011 playoff berth was nothing short of a miracle. This chart illustrates the lion’s share of the reasoning behind so many of the ubiquitous absolutely certain public declarations that Tebow has no business playing QB in the NFL. Figures 2 through 5 illustrate why completion % is an incomplete, superficial, and misleading measure.  This is the point in this story where readers who already know everything might want to stop reading.

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Figure 2 shows the passing yards per pass attempt (NOT per completion). This statistic clearly correlates with playoff berths, and correlates better than completion %.  When a player has simultaneously high passing yards per attempt AND low completion %, it tells you that he was taking more (inherently lower percentage) shots down the field than most other teams. Anybody who watched Tebow in Denver knows this. There’s little doubt that Tebow’s completion % would have been higher had he attempted a more usual number of short passes. One might also wonder if it matters. Regardless of how uncomfortable some readers may now feel, Tebow making the playoffs is no surprise when considering where he falls on this chart.

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Figure 3 shows interceptions per attempt; here Tebow excels. Again, teams that made the playoffs in 2013 had far better values than non-playoff teams. This is a far more fair comparison than simply counting interceptions because it doesn’t penalize teams that throw more often (“per attempt” does not benefit Tebow, and he still shines). Tebow was careful with the ball, and although it may have cost him some completions, it protected him from throwing interceptions. It’s worth noting here that many highlights used to illustrate Tebow’s passing inaccuracy, were actually intentionally (and legally) grounded. He was taught to “beach it” if he saw the defense approaching his target (you can watch John Fox talking about this here).

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Interceptions per completion (Figure 4) is a combination of how careful a QB is with the ball, QB accuracy, and decision-making. As with the other charts, playoff teams are noticeably better here than non-playoff teams. As before, Tebow’s performance here is playoff caliber.  A merely inaccurate QB would err in throwing closer to a defender as often as away from him, giving him no advantage on this chart.

The statistics discussed above all strongly coincide with the likelihood of a team’s making the playoffs, and yet completion % virtually guarantees that Tebow would be the last quarterback to ever make the playoffs; this not only differs from the other (more strongly correlating) metrics mentioned, but also with NFL playoff history. The mismatch between Tebow’s playoff berth and the traditional view of completion % is understandably bewildering. However, with a little thought, it becomes less so. Anybody who has watched Tebow play understands that he often runs when traditional QBs might throw a check-down pass. By keeping the ball and running instead of throwing a check-down, Tebow accomplishes two things. First, he extends plays, creating opportunities for longer passing routes to develop while simultaneously forcing defenses to choose between covering a pass and a run. Second, he isn’t attempting the high percentage throws that tend to inflate a non-running QB’s completion %. What if Tebow’s rushes were reasonably considered as completed check-downs? How would that alternative completion % rank? This is similar to the thinking used by the Cold Hard Football Facts Real QBR analysis.

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Figure 5 shows Tebow’s alternative completion % fitting in perfectly with most playoff caliber teams (>60%). If readers are questioning whether or not this treatment is legitimate, they should consider the following. If it is legitimate, history and statistics live in perfect, predictable harmony, where playoff expectations are met; there is no magic or mystery interfering with the NFL postseason. On the other hand, if it is not legitimate, readers must accept historical playoff anomalies, and justify these bizarre aberrations with unmistakable statistical cherry-picking. There is only one intellectually consistent option…that Tebow played well enough to bring a team into the playoffs.

The figures considered above reveal that Tebow has proven himself to be not only an NFL caliber QB, but very likely a playoff caliber NFL QB. He did so in his first 16 NFL starts, after the NFL lockout, without having previously practiced with the first team, in a new and predictable offense cobbled together mid-season, with inexperienced WRs among the league leaders in drops, on the second worst team from the prior year, led by the guy who coached the worst team the year before, and under media scrutiny typically reserved for celebrity murderers. On the other hand, and to be fair, Tony Sparano couldn’t find a way to use him effectively…so there’s that.

Remarkably, this playoff caliber performance IS THE MOST INEXPERIENCED AND RAW THAT TEBOW WILL EVER BE AT QB! He’s just spent an entire season outside of the NFL, working solely on his mechanics and footwork with Tom House (a guy who works with Tom Brady and Drew Brees). Even once detractor Trent Dilfer has been impressed by and has endorsed the new and improved Tebow (a playoff caliber NFL QB is now new and improved!). And yet, Tebow’s sitting at home while the teams who proudly (and comically) turned their noses up at the thought of signing him miss the playoffs, fire their coaches and GMs, and consider taking the college QB flavor-of-the-month with their well-deserved choice draft picks instead of on a position with less bust potential. Tebow is undeniably worthy to start at QB in the NFL, and many teams would instantly improve by signing him.  The real question is if the four horsemen of obstinance (i.e. groupthink, risk-aversion, pride, and cognitive dissonance) will prove too great a foe to reason; I pray for reason’s triumph.

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NFL Players By Position – Quarterback

 
A
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Anderson, Derek Carolina Panthers Oregon State
B
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Barkley, Matt Philadelphia Eagles USC
Blanchard, Matt Carolina Panthers Wis.-Whitewater
Bortles, Blake Jacksonville Jaguars Central Florida
Boyd, Tajh New York Jets Clemson
Bradford, Sam St. Louis Rams Oklahoma
Brady, Tom New England Patriots Michigan
Bray, Tyler Kansas City Chiefs Tennessee
Brees, Drew New Orleans Saints Purdue
Bridgewater, Teddy Minnesota Vikings Louisville
C
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Campbell, Jason Cincinnati Bengals Auburn
Carr, Derek Oakland Raiders Fresno State
Cassel, Matt Minnesota Vikings USC
Clausen, Jimmy Chicago Bears Notre Dame
Clemens, Kellen San Diego Chargers Oregon
Cousins, Kirk Washington Redskins Michigan State
Cutler, Jay Chicago Bears Vanderbilt
D
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Dalton, Andy Cincinnati Bengals Texas Christian
Daniel, Chase Kansas City Chiefs Missouri
Daniels, B.J. Seattle Seahawks South Florida
Davis, Austin St. Louis Rams Southern Mississippi
Davis, Dominique Tennessee Titans East Carolina
Dysert, Zac Denver Broncos Miami (Ohio)
F
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Fales, David Chicago Bears San Jose State
Fitzpatrick, Ryan Houston Texans Harvard
Flacco, Joe Baltimore Ravens Delaware
Flynn, Matt Green Bay Packers LSU
Foles, Nick Philadelphia Eagles Arizona
G
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Gabbert, Blaine San Francisco 49ers Missouri
Garoppolo, Jimmy New England Patriots Eastern Illinois
Gilbert, Garrett St. Louis Rams Southern Methodist
Glennon, Mike Tampa Bay Buccaneers North Carolina State
Gradkowski, Bruce Pittsburgh Steelers Toledo
Griffin, Robert Washington Redskins Baylor
Griffin, Ryan New Orleans Saints Tulane
Grossman, Rex Cleveland Browns Florida
H
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Harnish, Chandler Indianapolis Colts Northern Illinois
Hasselbeck, Matt Indianapolis Colts Boston College
Henne, Chad Jacksonville Jaguars Michigan
Hill, Shaun St. Louis Rams Maryland
Hoyer, Brian Cleveland Browns Michigan State
J
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Jackson, Tarvaris Seattle Seahawks Alabama State
Johnson, Josh San Francisco 49ers San Diego
Jones, Landry Pittsburgh Steelers Oklahoma
K
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Kaepernick, Colin San Francisco 49ers Nevada
Kafka, Mike Tampa Bay Buccaneers Northwestern
Kay, Brendon Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati
Keenum, Case Houston Texans Houston
Kinne, G.J. Philadelphia Eagles Tulsa
L
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Lobato, Seth Miami Dolphins Northern Colorado
Locker, Jake Tennessee Titans Washington
Luck, Andrew Indianapolis Colts Stanford
M
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Mallett, Ryan New England Patriots Arkansas
Manning, Eli New York Giants Mississippi
Manning, Peyton Denver Broncos Tennessee
Manuel, EJ Buffalo Bills Florida State
Manziel, Johnny Cleveland Browns Texas A&M
McCarron, AJ Cincinnati Bengals Alabama
McCown, Josh Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sam Houston State
McCown, Luke New Orleans Saints Louisiana Tech
McCoy, Colt Washington Redskins Texas
McGloin, Matt Oakland Raiders Penn State
Mettenberger, Zach Tennessee Titans LSU
Moore, Kellen Detroit Lions Boise State
Moore, Matt Miami Dolphins Oregon State
Murray, Aaron Kansas City Chiefs Georgia
N
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Nassib, Ryan New York Giants Syracuse
Newton, Cam Carolina Panthers Auburn
O
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Orlovsky, Dan Detroit Lions Connecticut
Orton, Kyle Buffalo Bills Purdue
Osweiler, Brock Denver Broncos Arizona State
P
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Painter, Curtis New York Giants Purdue
Palmer, Carson Arizona Cardinals USC
Ponder, Christian Minnesota Vikings Florida State
Pryor, Terrelle Seattle Seahawks Ohio State
R
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Renfree, Sean Atlanta Falcons Duke
Rivers, Philip San Diego Chargers North Carolina State
Rodgers, Aaron Green Bay Packers California
Roethlisberger, Ben Pittsburgh Steelers Miami (Ohio)
Romo, Tony Dallas Cowboys Eastern Illinois
Ryan, Matt Atlanta Falcons Boston College
S
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Sanchez, Mark Philadelphia Eagles USC
Savage, Tom Houston Texans Pittsburgh
Schaub, Matt Oakland Raiders Virginia
Shaw, Connor Cleveland Browns South Carolina
Simms, Matt New York Jets Tennessee
Smith, Alex Kansas City Chiefs Utah
Smith, Geno New York Jets West Virginia
Sorensen, Brad San Diego Chargers Southern Utah
Stafford, Matthew Detroit Lions Georgia
Stanton, Drew Arizona Cardinals Michigan State
T
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Tannehill, Ryan Miami Dolphins Texas A&M
Taylor, Tyrod Baltimore Ravens Virginia Tech
Thomas, Logan Arizona Cardinals Virginia Tech
Tolzien, Scott Green Bay Packers Wisconsin
Tuel, Jeff Buffalo Bills Washington State
V
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Vaughan, Dustin Dallas Cowboys West Texas A&M
Vick, Michael New York Jets Virginia Tech
W
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Webb, Joe Carolina Panthers Alabama-Birmingham
Weeden, Brandon Dallas Cowboys Oklahoma State
Wenning, Keith Baltimore Ravens Ball State
Whitehurst, Charlie Tennessee Titans Clemson
Wilson, Russell Seattle Seahawks Wisconsin
Y
NAME TEAM COLLEGE
Yates, T.J. Atlanta Falcons North Carolina

2014 NFL roster cuts tracker: Teams cut down to 53-man rosters

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As the regular season approaches, NFL teams have made their final decisions to get to the maximum number of 53 players.

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This is the most stressful time of the year for professional football players, as they await their fate on the NFL rosters they’re trying to crack.

 

As the preseason progresses, teams slowly trim down their personnel. Currently, NFL rosters are standing at a maximum of 75 players, but the final, major purge is coming.

With the regular season looming, NFL rosters must meet the maximum limit of 53 players by Saturday, August 30 at 4 p.m. ET. This will occur after all the teams complete their preseason schedule, which comes to a close on Thursday night. The last preseason game usually acts as a showcase for players on-the-bubble to make a final impression.

Other than simply cutting a player, though, there are a number of ways to trim the final roster down to 53 players. Teams can place players on injured reserve, the physically unable to perform list (PUP) or the 10-man practice squad without having them count against the 53-man roster.

We’ll be keeping track of roster cuts as they roll in over the coming hours. Be sure to check back often to see who has just missed the cut.

Arizona Cardinals

John Estes, G

Isaac Sopoaga, DT

Curtis Taylor, S

Marcus Benard, LB

Dan Bucknet, WR

Bryan McCann, CB

Jalen Parmele, RB

Zach Bauman, RB

Philip Blake, G

Jonathan Brown, LB

Dan Buckner, WR

Bruce Gaston, DT

Brittan Golden, WR

Andre Hardy, TE

Jimmy Legree, CB

Kelvin Palmer, OT

Anthony Steen, G

Adrian Tracy, LB

Christian Tupou, DT

Anthony Walters, S

Teddy Williams, CB

Atlanta Falcons

Pat Angerer, LB

Maurice Hagens, FB

Yawin Smallwood, LB

Josh Vaughan, RB

Pat McQuistan, OL

Nosa Eguae, DE

Jordan Mabin, CB

Freddie Martino, WR

Jacob Pedersen, TE

Adam Replogle, OL

Kimario McFadden, S

Ricardo Allen, DB

Jacques Smith, LB

Travian Robertson, DT

Donte Rumph, DL

Jeremy Ebert, WR

Geraldo Boldewijn, WR

Sean Baker, S

Harland Gunn, G

Terren Jones, T

Bernard Reedy, WR

Mickey Shuler, TE

Baltimore Ravens

Levi Brown, DT

Derrick Hopkins, DT

Nathan Overbay, TE

D.J. Roberts, LB

Reggie Stephens, C

Ryan Jensen, OL

A.Q. Shipley, OL

Phillip Supernaw, TE

Sammy Seamster, CB

Tramain Jacobs, CB

Fitz Toussaint, RB

A.J. Pataiali’i, DL

Keith Wenning, QB

John Simon, LB

Dominique Franks, CB

Derek Cox, CB

Parker Graham, OT

Jamie Meder, DT

 

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Buffalo Bills

Dominique Jones, TE

Evan Rodriguez, FB

Brian Moorman, P

Jordan Palmer, QB

Landon Cohen, DL

Kamaal McIlwain, CB

Sam Miller, CB

Naaman Roosevelt, WR

Jared Wheeler, C

Xavius Boyd, LB

Doug Legursky, OL

Jeff Tuel, QB

T.J. Graham, WR

Kenny Ladler, S

Jimmy Gaines, LB

Caleb Holley, WR

Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, DE

Bryan Johnson, DE

Antoine McClain, OL

Deon Broomfield, DB

Carolina Panthers

Andrew McDonald, OT

David Foucault, OT

James Dockery, CB

Casey Walker, DT

Chris Scott, G

Tavarres King, WR

Denicos Allen, LB

Carrington Byndom, CB

Derek Dennis, G

Adrius Glanton, LB

Robert Lester, S

Tom Nelson, S

Drake Nevis, DT

Darrin Reaves, RB

Micanor Regis, DT

D.J. Smith, LB

Josh Thomas, CB

Michael Zordich, FB

Kevin Hughes, T

Anderson Russell, S

Mike McNeill, TE

Chicago Bears

Armanti Edwards, WR

Jordan Lynch, RB

Jeron Mastrud, TE

Dennis Roland, OT

Rob Turner, G

Chris Williams, WR

Devekeyan Lattimore, LB

Eben Britton, OL

Taylor Boggs, C

Marcus Trice, DB

Kelvin Hayden, CB

Josh Bellamy, WR

Brandon Dunn, DT

Jerry Franklin, LB

Ryan Groy, OL

DeDe Lattimore, LB

Al Louis-Jean, CB

Dale Moss, WR

Lee Pegues, DT

Tracy Robertson, DT

C.J. Wilson, CB

M.D. Jennings, CB

Austen Lane, DE

Cincinnati Bengals

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB

Tyler Wilson, QB

Brandon Joiner, LB

LaKendrick Ross, DT

Devon Still, DT

Danieal Manning, S

Will Svitek, OL

Sam Montgomery, DE

Trevor Robinson, C

Nikita Whitlock, FB

James Wilder, RB

Dan France, OT

Orson Charles, TE

Cobi Hamilton, WR

David King, DT

Colin Lockett, WR

Onterio McCalebb, CB

Dontay Moch, DE

Victor Hampton, CB

Cleveland Browns

Dion Lewis, RB

Nate Burleson, WR

Chris Ogbonnaya, RB

Leon McFadden, CB

Garrett Gilkey, OL

Connor Shaw, QB

Willie Snead, WR

Reid Fragel, OL

Donald Hawkins, OL

Alex Parsons, OL

Abasi Salimu, OL

MarQueis Gray, TE

Emmanuel Ogbuehi, TE

Josh Aubrey, S

Calvin Barnett, DL

Justin Staples, DL

Jacobbi McDaniel, DT

Dallas Cowboys

Jamar Newsome, WR

Ryan Williams, RB

Uche Nwaneri, G

Asa Watson, TE

Dezmon Briscoe, WR

Terrance Mitchell, CB

Will Smith, LB

Jamar Newson, WR

LaRon Byrd, WR

Stephen Goodin, OL

Ronald Patrick, OL

Josh Aladenoye, OL

Dontavis Sapp, LB

Orie Lemon, LB

Keith Smith, LB

Ryan Smith, S

D.J. Adams, RB

Phillip Tanner, RB

Dartwan Bush, DL

Kenneth Boatwright, DL

Ronald Patrick, C

Casesar Rayford, DE

Zach Minter, DT

Denver Broncos

L.J. Fort, LB

Sione Fua, DT

Jordan Sullen, CB

Jerome Murphy, CB

Ryan Miller, OL

Cameron Morrah, TE

Jameson Konz, TE

Kevin Vickerson, DL

Duke Ihenacho, S

Shaq Barrett, LB

Zac Dysert, QB

John Boyett, S

Brian Sanford, DL

Kapri Bibbs, RB

Bennie Fowler, WR

Vinston Painter, G

Nathan Palmer, WR

Matt Paradis, C

Gerell Robinson, TE

Jordan Sullen, CB

Louis Young, CB

 

Detroit Lions

Kris Durham, WR

Michael Egnew, TE

Garrett Reynolds, G

Darryl Tapp, DE

Mikel Leshoure, RB

Chris Greenwood, CB

Rodney Austin, G

George Winn, RB

Emil Igwenagu, RB

Andrew Peacock, WR

Patrick Edwards, WR

Jordan Thompson, TE

Rodney Austin, OL

Michael Williams, OL

Darren Keyton, OL

Andre Fluellen, DT

Jimmy Saffler-McQueen, DT

Xavier Proctor, DT

Brandon Hepburn, LB

Julian Stanford, LB

Shamari Benton, LB

Mohammed Seisay, CB

Chris Greenwood, CB

Nate Ness, CB

Green Bay Packers

Michael Hill, CB

John Fullington, OL

Ryan White, CB

Jordan McCray, G

Myles White, WR

Chris Banjo, S

Jeremy Gallon, WR

Roy Finch, RB

Jake Doughty, LB

Alex Gillett, WR

Jumal Rolle, CB

Kevin Dorsey, WR

Garth Gerhart, C

Carlos Gray, DT

Adrian Hubbard, LB

Tanner Miller, S

Justin Perillo, TE

LaDarius Perkins, RB

Luther Robinson, DE

Jeremy Vujnovich, OT

Houston Texans

Jawanza Starling, S

Toben Opurum, RB

Quentin Groves, LB

Chris McAllister, LB

Brandon Harris, CB

Max Bullough, LB

Marcus Williams, CB

Julius Warmsley, DE

Keith Browner, DE

Chris Young, LB

Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR

Lacolton Bester, WR

Alex Kupper, G

James Ferentz, C

Anthony Denham, TE

Bronson Irwin, G

Matt Feiler, T

Ricardo Matthews, DL

Chris Boswell, K

Keith Browner, DE

Travis Labhart, WR

Toben Opurum, FB

Zach Potter, TE

Mike Farrell, OL

Indianapolis Colts

Kelvin Sheppard, LB

Chandler Harnish, QB

Gannon Conway, DE

David Fluellen, RB

Tyler Hoover, DE

Phillip Hunt, LB

Andrew Jackson, LB

Ryan Lankford, WR

Josh Lenz, WR

FN Lutz, C

Dewey McDonald, S

Nnamdi Obukwelu, DT

Sheldon Price, CB

Rob Ruggiero, LB

Weslye Saunders, TE

Erik Swoope, TE

Josh Walker, G

Brandon McKinney, DT

Matt Hall, OT

Delano Howell, S

Jacksonville Jaguars

Eric Kettani, FB

Stephen Morris, QB

Ricky Stanzi, QB

Mike Brewster, OL

Craig Loston, S

Kasey Redfern, K

D.J. Tialavea, TE

Marcus Whitfield, DE

Brandon Barden, TE

Chad Bumphis, WR

Cody Booth, OT

DeAndre Coleman, DL

Ricky Havili-Heimuli, DL

Drew Nowak, G

Gerald Rivers, DE

Tyler Shatley, OL

Sherrod Martin, S

Jamell Fleming, CB

Nate Stupar, LB

Kerry Taylor, WR

 

Kansas City Chiefs

J’Marcus Webb, OT

Jonathan Amaya, S

Malcolm Bronson, S

Jordan Campbell, FB

Dominique Hamilton, DL

Mark Harrison, WR

Ricky Henry, G

Alonzo Highsmith, LB

Nico Johnson, LB

Kyle Love, DT

Justin Rogers, CB

Kona Schwenke, DL

Ryan Succop, K

DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB

Devan Walker, LB

Charcandrick West, RB

Fred Williams, WR

Miami Dolphins

Kyle Miller, TE

Daniel Thomas, RB

Marcus Thigpen, WR

Kevin Fogg, CB

Matt Hazel, WR

David Arkin, G

Sam Brenner, OL

Isaako Aaitui, DT

Kevin Cone, WR

Evan Finkenburg, G

Jordan Kovacs, S

Seth Lobato, QB

Tevin Mims, DE

D’Aundre Reed, DE

Jake Rogers, K

Garrison Smith, DT

Andrew Wilson, LB

Evan Wilson, TE

Tony Hills, G

Minnesota Vikings

Fred Evans, DT

Kain Colter, WR

Joe Banyard, RB

Dominique Williams, RB

Donte Foster, WR

Allen Reisner, TE

Chase Ford, TE

Jeff Baca, OL

Zac Kerin, OL

Mike Remmers, OL

Chase Baker, DL

Isame Faciane, DL

Justin Trattou, DL

Mike Zimmer, LB

Kurt Coleman, S

Julian Posey, CB

Kendall James, CB

Chris Crocker, CB

Donte Foster, WR

Justin Jackson, LB

 

New England Patriots

Jon Halapio, OL

Jonas Gray, RB

Steve Maneri, TE

Jake Bequette, DE

Steve Beauharnais, LB

Jeremy Gallon, WR

Jerel Worthy, DE

Braxton Cave, C

Josh Boyce, WR

Danny Aiken, LS

Ja’Dared Davis, LB

Kanorris Davis, S

Roy Finch, RB

Shamiel Gary, S

Eathyn Manumaleuna, DL

Chris Martin, OL

Taylor McCuller, LB

L.T. Tuipulotu, DL

New Orleans Saints

Greg Jones, FB

Brandon Coleman, WR

Robert Meachem, WR

Champ Bailey, CB

Keyunta Dawson, LB

Shayne Graham, K

Thomas Welch, T

Matt Armstrong, C

Derrius Brooks, C

Brandon Coleman, CB

Todd Davis, LB

Derek Dimke, K

Terrence Frederick, CB

Charles Hawkins, WR

Nic Jacobs, TE

Marcel Jones, G

Seantavious Jones, WR

Tavon Rooks, OT

Derrick Strozier, RB

Lawrence Virgil, RB

Trevin Wade, CB

Pierre Warren, S

Jason Weaver, G

New York Giants

Curtis Painter, QB

Kellen Davis, TE

John Conner, FB

Israel Idonije, DL

Bennett Jackson, CB

Dan Fox, LB

Jamaal Johnson-Webb, OL

Adam Gress, OL

Kelcy Quarles, DT

Michael Cox, RB

Mark Asper, OT

Chandler Fenner, DB

Kendall Gaskins, RB

Thomas Gordon, DB

Terell Manning, LB

Jordan Stanton, DE

Julian Talley, WR

Rogers Gaines, OT

New York Jets

Stephen Hill, WR

Alex Green, RB

Tajh Boyd, QB

A.J. Edds, LB

Johnny Patrick, CB

Daryl Richardson, RB

Dimitri Patterson, CB

William Campbell, G

Troy Davis, LB

Brandon Dixon, CB

Tevita Finau, DL

Clyde Gates, WR

Kerry Hyder, DL

Garrett McIntyre, LB

Rontez Miles, S

Chris Pantale, TE

Brent Qvale, OT

Jeremy Reeves, CB

Caleb Schlauderaff, G

Matt Simms, QB

Zach Thompson, DE

Oakland Raiders

Jack Crawford, DE

Greg Little, WR

George Atkinson III, RB

Denico Autry, DE

Chance Casey, CB

Jack Cornell, T

Carlos Fields, LB

Bojay Filimoeatu, LB

Spencer Hadley, LB

Dan Kistler, T

Erle Ladson, T

Ricky Lumpkin, DT

Lamar Mady, G

Jake Murphy, TE

Seth Roberts, WR

Ryan Robinson, DE

Brandian Ross, S

Jarrod Shaw, OL

Scott Simonson, TE

Jeremy Stewart, RB

Giorgio Tavecchio, K

Karl Williams, FB

 

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Philadelphia Eagles

Josh Andrews, G

Henry Josey, RB

Quron Pratt, WR

Emmanuel Acho, LB

Roc Carmichael, CB

Alex Henery, K

Kenjon Barner, RB

Damaris Johnson, WR

Kevin Graf, OT

Keelan Johnson, S

Josh Kaddu, LB

Wade Keliikipi, DT

Will Murphy, WR

Ed Reynolds, S

Damion Square, DT

Matthew Tucker, RB

Ifeanyi Momah, WR

Henry Josey, RB

Quron Pratt, WR

G.J. Kinne, QB

Curtis Marsh, CB

Pittsburgh Steelers

Rob Blanchflower, TE

Bryce Davis, TE

David Paulson, TE

isaiah Green, DB

Dayonne Nunley, DB

Shaquille Richardson, DB

Ross Ventrone, DB

Josh Harris, RB

Stephen Houston, RB

Ethan Hemer, DL

Josh Mauro, DL

Roy Philon, DL

Nick Williams, DL

Chris Carter, LB

Howard Jones, LB

Dan Molls, LB

Brendon Kay, QB

Derek Moye, WR

Lanear Sampson, WR

Graham Pocic, OL

Will Simmons, OL

Guy Whimper, OL

San Diego Chargers

Brad Sorensen, QB

Crezdon Butler, CB

Joe Kruger, DL

Doug Worthington, DE

Tevin Reese, WR

Mike Flacco, TE

Vincent Brown, WR

Mike Harris, OT

Victor Aiyewa, LB

Chas Alecxih, DT

Torrence Allen, WR

Alden Darby, S

Greg Ducre, CB

Javontee Herndon, WR

Thomas Keiser, LB

Cordarro Law, LB

Adrian Phillips, S

Jeremiah Sirles, OT

Colton Underwood, LB

Craig Watts, G

Kenny Wiggins, OT

Khalil Wilkes, C

Tevin Reese, WR

Craig Watts, G

Doug Worthington, DL

San Francisco 49ers

Carter Bykowski, OT

Glenn Winston, RB

Kevin McDermott, LS

Kassim Osgood, WR

C.J. Spillman, S

Will Tukuafu, FB

Michael Philipp, OT

Al Netter, G

Ryan Seymour, OL

Adam Snyder, OL

Asante Cleveland, TE

Lance Lewis, WR

Darryl Morris, CB

Lawrence Okoye, DL

Mike Purcell, NT

Shayne Skov, LB

Alfonso Smith, RB

Chase Thomas, LB

Bubba Ventrone, S

L’Damian Washington, WR

Seattle Seahawks

Terrelle Pryor, QB

Eric Winston, OT

CB Phillip Adams

B.J. Daniels, QB

Demitrius Bronson, RB

Spencer Ware, RB

Kiero Small, FB

Bryan Walters, WR

Arceto Clark, WR

Chris Matthews, WR

Rashaun Allen, TE

Morrell Presley, TE

Nate Isles, G

Caylin Hayptmann, OL

Patrick Lewis, C

Andru Pulu, NT

Jimmy Staten, DL

D’Anthony Smith, DL

Korey Toomer, LB

Benson Mayowa, LB

Heath Farwell, LB

Horace Miller, LB

Akeem Auguste, DB

Terrance Parks, S

Steven Terrell, S

St. Louis Rams

Emory Blake, WR

Travis Bond, OG

Kuortnei Brown, DL

Christian Bryant, DB

Matt Conrath, DT

Avery Cunningham, S

Austin Franklin, WR

Aaron Hill, LB

Garrett Gilbert, QB

Deantre Harlan, DL

Sean Hooey, OL

Mitchell Van Dyk, OT

Greg Reid, CB

Etienne Sabino, LB

Michael Sam, DE

Brad Smelley, TE

Phillip Steward, LB

Justin Veltung, WR

Brandon Washington, OL

Lawrence Wilson, LB

Darren Woodard, CB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Marc Anthony, CB

Nate Askew, LB

Connor Barth, K

Larry English, LB

T.J. Fatinikun, DE

Anthony Gaitor, CB

Ka’lial Glaud, LB

Keith Lewis, CB

Lonnie Pryor, RB

Kip Edwards, CB

Edawn Cougman, OL

Jamon Meredith, OL

Andrew Miller, OL

Jeremiah Warren, OL

Jeff Demps, RB

Mike Kafka, QB

Matthew Masifilo, DT

Major Wright, S

Solomon Patton, WR

Brandon Magee, LB

Cameron Brate, TE

Tennessee Titans

Maikon Bonani, K

Moise Fokou, LB

Will Poehls, OT

Rico Richardson, WR

Winston Wright, CB

Jeff Adams, T

Ri’Shard Anderson, CB

Antonio Andrews, RB

Tommie Campbell, CB

Chase Coffman, TE

Brandon Copeland, LB

Dominique Davis, QB

Marcus Dixon, DE

Marc Mariani, WR

Justin McCray, G

Collin Mooney, FB

Eric Olsen, OT

Brian Robiskie, WR

Jason Schepler, TE

Washington

Richard Crawford, CB

Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith, S

Tevita Stevens, OL

Robert Thomas, DT

Robert Malone, P

Lee Doss, WR

Kevin Kowalski, OT

Chris Thompson, RB

Lache Seastrunk, RB

Phillip Thomas, DB

Zach Hocker, K

Chase Minnifield, CB

Nick Williams, WR

Everette Brown, LB

Evan Royster, RB

Maurice Hurt, OL

Rams cut Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted

 
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

The seventh-round pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn’t make a team stocked with pass-rushers.

Sam still has a chance to get picked up by another team or to make the Rams’ practice squad.

”There will be no challenge, no challenges whatsoever,” for whatever team picks up Sam, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said at a news conference.

”There’s no challenge with respect to Mike Sam,” Fisher said. ”He’s not about drawing attention to himself. He kept his head down and worked and you can’t ask anything more out of any player for that matter.”

On Twitter, roughly an hour after he was cut, Sam wrote ”The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues.”

He also thanked the Rams and city of St. Louis on Twitter, adding that he looks forward to a long and successful career.

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Earlier Saturday, he attended Missouri’s opener in Columbia, a 1 1/2-hour drive west on I-70 from Rams Park. He was introduced to the crowd in the end zone alongside defensive E.J. Gaines, a sixth-round pick who made the team.

Sam blew a kiss and waved to the crowd, then walked back to the sideline. He posed for a few pictures then started looking at his phone and headed for the locker room.

The Rams selected Sam, the SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri, with the 249th overall pick out of 256 overall. He kissed his boyfriend as a national television audience looked on, and arrived brimming with confidence and with a quick retort for anyone who contended he was in the NFL only because he came out.

Fisher was proud to have made the landmark pick, but he made clear from the start that he chose Sam because he thought he had the talent to make it.

The cameras followed, but the extra attention did not seem to faze Sam or his teammates. Veteran defensive end Chris Long noted rosters are always made up of players from different backgrounds. Players said Sam was part of their family.

Fisher called the draft pick a ”second historic moment” for a franchise that signed running back Kenny Washington in 1946 as the league’s first black player in the modern era, but he was most interested in describing Sam as a way to upgrade the Rams’ defense. So was general manager Les Snead, who referred to Sam after the draft as a ”designated pass rusher.” Sam also shed weight to be faster for special teams duty, reporting at 257 pounds.

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After the Rams’ first preseason game, a 26-24 loss to New Orleans, Fisher said Sam played ”pretty well” but also made his share of mistakes. Sam, who was credited with one tackle and one quarterback hit in the game, emerged with confidence.

”You know, I can play in this league,” Sam said. ”I can play in this league.”

Sam came out following his final season at Missouri, though he had told his teammates before it began. The Tigers went on to tie a school record with 12 wins. Sam had 11 1/2 sacks and the lightly-regarded Tigers won the SEC Eastern Division, a huge step forward after going 5-7 during the first season in their new conference.

”If you look at our season, it didn’t hurt us at all,” recalled cornerback E.J. Gaines, a fellow rookie and former Missouri teammate. ”If anything, it brought us closer.”

Sam was lightly regarded out of Hitchcock, Texas, a town of about 7,000 along the Gulf Coast about 40 miles southeast of Houston. His first two years at Missouri, Sam backed up Aldon Smith and Jacquies Smith, both of whom are in the NFL.

The Rams drafted Sam even though they didn’t need help at defensive end, where they have a pair of first-round picks as starters. The Rams were so well-stocked with picks, taking 11 players overall, they had leeway to take a shot. Fisher said Sam’s value as a player ”was off the charts.”

”I’m determined to be great,” Sam said at his introductory news conference, packed with reporters. ”I understand that right now you guys want to make a big deal of it.”

From the start, teammates seemed to like having Sam around. His energy was infectious and, if there were problems, they stayed behind closed doors. Publicly, Sam was just another late-round pick trying to make the Rams, which, like other NFL teams, held sensitivity training early in camp. The Oprah Winfrey Network put off a planned documentary on Sam, saying it would allow him to focus on his dream of making the team.

At one point, Sam’s Rams jersey was the No. 2 seller among rookies online, trailing only Cleveland’s Johnny Manziel, and Sam was among just 10 draftees selected by the NFL to be featured on commemorative coins. Sam headed to the ESPY Awards to pick up the Arthur Ashe Courage award. He got a hug from Hall of Famer Jim Brown on his way to the stage and fought back tears throughout his speech.

”Great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself,” he told the audience.

Quarterback Kyle Orton pulls fast one on Cowboys, agrees to deal with Bills

 
 
 
 Quarterback Kyle Orton must have really, really hated retirement because it didn’t last long.

He likely never wanted to retire, of course. But through his threats, he convinced the Dallas Cowboys he did. There was a standoff all offseason as Orton refused to show up to camp, but also refused to pay back the prorated part of his signing bonus if he retired, a little more than $3 million. The Cowboys gave up the fight and released him in July.

And voila, Orton was free to sign with any team. He did the veteran thing, skipped training camp and preseason, and has agreed to a one-year deal with a one-year player option with the Buffalo Bills to back up EJ Manuel, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reported.

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So Orton got to keep the $3 million he was going to have to pay back if he retired, got to escape Dallas – which, apparently was the goal, considering he was due a $3.25 million base salary from the Cowboys, which isn’t bad … and yes, feel free to make a joke about Orton rather playing for the Bills than the Cowboys – and landed a backup job behind a quarterback who has looked shaky all preseason. 

It’s probably fair to say Orton won’t be asked back for any reunions at Cowboys Stadium by owner Jerry Jones anytime soon.

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Tim Tebow does Steve Spurrier impression

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Tim Tebow crazy about Kenny Hill’s season debut

  • By Chase Goodbread
  • College Football 24/7 writer
  • Published: Aug. 30, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.

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SEC Network analyst Tim Tebow is a fan of new Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill.

For all that Kenny Hill did Thursday night to get Texas A&M fans behind his place as Johnny Manziel‘s replacement, he picked up yet another core of fans on Saturday morning: Tebow Nation. While much of the sentiment on the SEC Nation broadcast panel was cautionary about Hill’s spectacular debut — a school-record 511 yards in a 52-28 win at South Carolina — Tebow boarded the Hill train and put it in fifth gear.

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“This kid is ready to go. Kenny Hill was the 2012 Texas (high school) Player of the Year. He’s succeeded at every level, his dad was a major league player, and this kid can play,” Tebow said. “His first start, on the road, No. 9 team in the country, you throw for 511 yards. … Why Texas A&M has a chance to win every game they play in this year, is because Kenny Hill has poise. He has great decision-making and there isn’t a situation that is too big for him.”

To be sure, Texas A&M’s offense had the look of a well-oiled machine in the absence of Manziel, and did so against a ranked opponent on the road. But if there truly isn’t a situation too big for Kenny Hill, he’ll have to prove Tebow right in situations bigger than that one. Hill must travel to Alabama Oct. 18, where the opposing defense will be far more stout than the swiss cheese defense South Carolina played Thursday night. Hill must also travel to Auburn, where the Tigers’ explosive offense could potentially match him score for score. LSU will challenge the Aggies in College Station to end the regular season.

Regardless, Tebow’s most compelling remarks Saturday morning on the SEC Network’s two-hour preview show amounted to a stamp of approval for the Aggies’ answer to Manziel.

Or, as the case might be, pre-approval.

Tim Tebow Does His Best Steve Spurrier Impression While Telling Recruiting Story

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While setting the stage for the Texas A&M-South Carolina game on Thursday, SEC Network analyst Tim Tebow shared an interesting tidbit from his past.

The story itself was interesting, but it was Tebow’s impression of Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier that stole the show. Hopefully, he is able to show Spurrier his impression at some point during the season.

Tim Tebow NFL Comeback: Quarterback May Have Best Chance Yet To Return To The League

 
 

Tim Tebow NFL Comeback: Quarterback May Have Best Chance To Get Back Into The League

Tim Tebow has been dreaming about an NFL comeback ever since being cut from the New England Patriots before the start of the 2013 season, and now with a handful of quarterback vacancies it seems he may have his best chance yet.
 

Tebow failed to latch onto a team after being cut by the Patriots just before last season started. Despite staying in playing shape and waiting by the phone, Tebow never got a call even as other teams lost starting quarterbacks due to injury. Instead he saw 40-something Jon Kitna called into action by the Dallas Cowboys and a group of other re-treads including Matt Flynn shuffle around the league.

But this season Tim Tebow may have his best chance for an NFL return. In St. Louis, the season (and possibly career) ending injury to Sam Bradford has left an opening.

The team actually looked at Tebow last year after Bradford’s injury in October but decided against it. Many believe that Tebow could now step in, at least to serve in a backup or specialty role.

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The Rams are not the only team that could use Tebow’s services. The Buffalo Bills are having trouble finding a capable backup to starter E.J. Manuel, and just cut last year’s No. 2 Thad Lewis. Many pundits believed the Bills should have looked into signing Tebow last year, though the team ultimately decided against it.

But Buffalo could be a good fit for Tebow. The team has a strong receiving corps led by rookie Sammy Watkins, which could take off some of the pressure on the quarterback, and his hard-running style would mesh well with the last season’s No. 2 ranked rushing attack.

The Bills have already signed veteran Jordan Palmer from the Chicago Bears, but he is viewed more as a mentor to Manuel and a bit of a spy for the Bills’ Week 1 opponent, the Bears.

If the NFL comeback doesn’t happen, Tim Tebow still has plenty of football in his future. He is starting this fall as an analyst with the SEC Network, and the college football season is about to start.

 

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