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|Raiders sign S Deering (The SportsXchange)|
|The Oakland Raiders signed free agent safety Jeremy Deering, the team announced Monday. Deering was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in May before being waived later in the month.|
|Team Report - NEW YORK GIANTS (The SportsXchange)|
|Giants' Beason taking 'baby steps' in rehab|
|Team Report - NEW YORK JETS (The SportsXchange)|
|Ryan pumped for Jets season to start|
|McGloin buried on Raiders depth chart again (The Associated Press)|
|Not a lot has changed in the year since Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent. He's still buried on Oakland's depth chart, still spending most of his time in practice waiting for the occasional rep or two with the offense. ''Coming in here last year, I wouldn't get any reps actually,'' McGloin said. In terms of being prepared mentally, it kind of makes you feel more comfortable day in and day out.'' After starting six games during his rookie season and drawing high praise from coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Olson, the former Penn State walk-on didn't flinch when Oakland made a pair of offseason moves for quarterbacks and immediately penciled them in ahead of McGloin.|
|National Football League roundup (Reuters)|
|(The Sports Xchange) - New York Jets first-round safety Calvin Pryor sustained a concussion in practice, coach Rex Ryan confirmed on Sunday. Ryan said the rookie was injured in a special teams drill on Saturday while blocking on a kick return. "Pryor now will go through the protocol, so it is a concussion," Ryan said, according to the New York Daily News. "Apparently it was on a kick when we were doing a kick return drill and he was blocking and the returner kind of got knocked into him and kind of just hit him right. It's one of those things. ...|
|NFL roundup: Jets' Pryor has concussion (The SportsXchange)|
|New York Jets first-round safety Calvin Pryor sustained a concussion in practice, coach Rex Ryan confirmed Sunday.|
|Texans sign LBs Groves, Sidbury (The SportsXchange)|
|The Houston Texans signed outside linebackers Quentin Groves and Lawrence Sidbury on Sunday.|
|Shutdown Corner: Chicago Bears have offense, just need better D (Shutdown Corner)|
|Raiders have high hopes for rookie Khalil Mack (The Associated Press)|
|Khalil Mack is entering the NFL with much more fanfare than he began his college career. Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen likened Mack to Denver star Von Miller, who had 11 1/2 sacks as a rookie when Allen was defensive coordinator for the Broncos in 2011.|
|Cowboys' McClain back to football after court date (The Associated Press)|
|Rolando McClain says a phone call from Jerry Jones was the last bit of convincing the linebacker needed to come out of retirement. The former top 10 pick wasn't so much moved by what the flamboyant Dallas owner had to say. ''He called me from Turkey and I figured that had to be an expensive phone call,'' McClain said as he tried to keep a straight face. ''So, it was pretty serious with me from that point.'' McClain just turned 25, but he's already flamed out in Oakland just three years after the Raiders drafted him eighth overall and quit twice in Baltimore.|
|Milliner ready to prove himself as Jets' No. 1 CB (The Associated Press)|
|The pressure was on Dee Milliner in a big way last season. He was a first-round pick, the first cornerback drafted and projected to start right away for the New York Jets with lofty expectations from the team, fans and the media. I needed to put some good games under my belt, and I'm just trying to have it carry over to this year.'' The Jets badly need that to happen. With Antonio Cromartie gone after signing with Arizona, Milliner might have even more pressure on him in his second season.|
|Chiefs working on competition at cornerback (The Associated Press)|
|Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is serious about what he has said about competition at the cornerback position. Sean Smith, last year's starter at right cornerback, moved to the second team for the last four days of organized team activities. His status hasn't changed three days into training camp. Another factor for changes may have been the memory of blowing a 38-10 third-quarter lead en route to a 45-44 playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.|
|Pack signs Nelson to extension after 1st practice (The Associated Press)|
|Jordy Nelson had a secret on the way to the first practice of Packers training camp. ''That was a little bit different, and knowing no one knew (but) me the whole time I'm riding down there and on the field.'' Soon enough, Nelson told fellow receivers and the quarterbacks. Coach Mike McCarthy found out in the middle of practice. Right about the time that Nelson was making a pretty touchdown catch on a long corner pass from Aaron Rodgers, word filtered out on social media.|
|Walsh, Locke ready for outdoor Vikings home games (The Associated Press)|
|Blair Walsh and Jeff Locke started their friendship well in advance, as high school prospects some six years before they ever knew they'd become NFL teammates with the Minnesota Vikings. Their chemistry began at a Los Angeles-based kicking camp run by former UCLA star Chris Sailer.|
|Hayden out injured again for Raiders (The SportsXchange)|
|The first news of training camp has become old news in Oakland: cornerback DJ Hayden is not ready to play for the Raiders. Hayden, a first-round draft pick out of Houston in the 2013 draft, battled physical issues since he was the 12th overall selection despite coming off major trauma surgery to repair a torn blood vessel leading to his heart following a practice collision. Although ostensibly recovered from that life-threatening issue as well as a subsequent surgery to remove scar tissue that cost him his rookie training camp, the newest problem is a stress fracture in his right foot that required surgery. It left Hayden on the physically unable to perform list as camp opened at the Napa Valley Marriott.|
|Raiders brimming with optimism at start of camp (The Associated Press)|
|The start of training camp is a time for optimism all around the NFL - even for a team that has gone 11 straight seasons without a winning season. To change that recent past that includes back-to-back four-win seasons under general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen, the Raiders spent much of their offseason adding veteran players with a winning pedigree. While adding players in their 30s is not the usual path for a rebuilding team, the Raiders believe it can be a winning formula in Oakland where teaching players how to win was almost as needed as adding talent.|
|Team Report - DALLAS COWBOYS (The SportsXchange)|
|Garrett not in make-or-break situation|
|Team Report - OAKLAND RAIDERS (The SportsXchange)|
|Hayden out with injury again for Raiders|
|Injured G Carl Nicks, Bucs agree to part ways (The Associated Press)|
|Carl Nicks has abandoned his bid to get back on the field with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. General manager Jason Licht declined to discuss details of the split, calling Nicks a ''very prideful athlete'' who did everything he could to try to put his injuries behind him and rejoin the team. ''He wanted what we best for the Buccaneers. We were honest with Carl.'' Nicks didn't miss a game in four seasons with the New Orleans Saints, however a left toe injury two years ago and the recurrence of a MRSA infection in his left foot kept him off the field for most of his stay with the Bucs.|
|NFL roundup: Lynch a no-show at Seahawks' camp (The SportsXchange)|
|Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch officially started his contract holdout Friday by not attending the first day of training camp. General manager John Schneider addressed Lynch's absence on ESPN radio in Seattle but would not say if the team would restructure the final two years on his contract. ---Andre Johnson spent months away from the team, but when it came time for the Houston Texans to report to training camp, the All-Pro wide receiver was back in formation. The 33-year-old wide receiver requested a trade and said he would not report to training camp after skipping offseason workouts and minicamp.|
|Giants' Beason taking 'baby steps' in rehab (The SportsXchange)|
|Jon Beason admits he is taking "baby steps" in his recovery from the foot injury he suffered during the offseason program in June, but still hopes to be manning the middle linebacker spot when the New York Giants begin the regular season. Beason suffered a ligament tear and a small fracture to the sesamoid bone in his right foot, and began training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list. Beason has also spent significant time in the film room with Jameel McClain, his replacement in the middle of the Giants' defense. He signed with the Giants on March 15, and likely will slide outside once Beason is healthy.|
|Houston WR Andre Johnson reports to camp (The Associated Press)|
|Andre Johnson had some issues with the Houston Texans. He's looking to move past an offseason where he skipped workouts and a mandatory minicamp after wondering in May whether Houston was ''still the place for me.'' ''I love playing this game of football,'' Johnson said Friday.|
|Cowboys LB McClain sentenced to jail (The SportsXchange)|
|Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain was convicted of two misdemeanor charges from a 2013 incident in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., and was sentenced to 18 days in jail, according to Al.com. McClain's lawyer filed an appeal for a jury trial, which will allow McClain to return to the Cowboys' training camp. McClain was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he allegedly yelled "(Expletive) the police" at a crowded park. His lawyer disputes if it was McClain who actually is the one who said it.|
|Battered Bengals rejoin team in practice (The SportsXchange)|
|Three Cincinnati Bengals who sustained devastating season-ending injuries in 2013 were back on the field for the first practice of training camp Thursday, and a fourth may not be too far behind. Punter Kevin Huber's return from a broken jaw and fractured vertebrae -- the result of a vicious, illegal hit by the Pittsburgh Steelers' Terence Gavin in Week 16 -- was expected, and cornerback Leon Hall's recovery from a second torn Achilles' tendon in three years was predicted. But Clint Boling surprised everyone when he lined up at left guard for the first snap of 11-on-11 drills less than seven months after surgery to repair an ACL tear he sustained in his right knee Dec. 1 at the San Diego Chargers. "That was always the goal I had in the back of my head, to be ready for the start of training camp," said Boling, who has played in 33 games with 31 starts in three seasons in Cincinnati.|
|Mum is the official word on Jets' QB job (The SportsXchange)|
|For those keeping stats, after one day of training camp for the New York Jets, the tally is Geno Smith 1, Michael Vick 0. Of course, the Jets' quarterback competition is a competition in name only. Smith is expected to get 75 percent of the first-team reps in training camp, and the interception Vick threw Thursday was largely a result of the wrong route being run by rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders -- somebody Smith probably won't be throwing to a whole lot this summer. It is an open secret -- one some suspect may fester into an open sore as is often the case with the Jets -- that Smith merely needs to avoid face-planting over the next six weeks in order to open the season behind center when the team hosts the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 7.|
|Team Report - WASHINGTON REDSKINS (The SportsXchange)|
|RGIII excited Redskins coaches 'believe' in him|
|Punished Priefer: 'I went way below the bar' (The Associated Press)|
|The Minnesota Vikings could hardly hold training camp without some kind of controversy or sideshow. This version came with quite the twist: special teams coordinator Mike Priefer in the spotlight. As players unpacked their vehicles carrying necessities and diversions for the three-week stay at Minnesota State University, signing autographs for clamoring purple-clad fans in this annual rite of reporting day, the usual prominent figures stepped to a makeshift podium for questions from the media outside the team's temporary residence. This time, Priefer and long snapper Cullen Loeffler were among the interview subjects.|
|Giants RB Jennings remembers "fat kid" (The Associated Press)|
|Rashad Jennings never made fun of the fat kid with asthma who couldn't keep up with everyone else: Jennings was that kid. Now he's the likely starter at running back for the Giants, and he credits his difficult childhood for much of his success. ''I've had the opportunity to overcome so much, and that's really where my drive is from,'' Jennings said Thursday. ''At a point in my life, I did a 180,'' added Jennings, who runs a camp in Lynchburg, Virginia called, yes, Camp 180.|
|Batman fan Houston says if Raiders were comic book, there'd be violence (Shutdown Corner)|
|BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Defensive end Lamarr Houston feels like he left for greener pastures when he signed with the Chicago Bears after spending his first four years with the Oakland Raiders.
The 6-3, 300-pound edge setter was brought in for his ability to wreck blocking schemes, his physical strength and his toughness. Houston spoke to the media about the Bears' new-look defense, and he did some with some interesting superhero flare.
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Can you see the Batman earring on Lamarr Houston? #Bears pic.twitter.com/6dfjNbLCyS — Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) July 24, 2014
Well, can you? The picture was as big as I could make it (with one hand while the other held a digital recorder), but trust us: Houston had two small discs, one in each ear, brandishing the famed yellow-and-black Batman logo.
So is Houston trying to bring a dark edge to the defense?
"No," Houston told Shutdown Corner, laughing, "I am just a fan of comics, especially Marvel."
Oh. Makes sense.
Houston wears several different kinds of earrings, but he loves his Batman ones.
"They're my favorites," he said. "And it's my favorite comic, along with Thor. Had to break them out for the first day [of training camp]."
Several NFL players are fans of comics, and Houston said he talks to players from other teams about them. He's even trying to turn some of his new teammates onto them, and he thinks he might have a few new fans by the end of his first season in Chicago.
"They are turning a lot of comics into movies now, there are a ton now," he said. "They are taking cartoons and comics and making movies, and that's how a lot of [new] fans are coming on board. I'm OK with that, as long as you like the good ones."
So if they made a comic series based on the Raiders, what would it be like?
"Oh man," Houston said, laughing. "Whatever it would be, it would have a lot of violence."
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|Raiders CB Hayden to start camp on PUP (The Associated Press)|
|Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list because he has not recovered from surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot. Hayden originally rolled his ankle during the first week of organized team activities in late May. An MRI at the time showed no complications but one taken later at the end of minicamp in June showed the stress fracture. Coach Dennis Allen said Thursday that Hayden could miss up to the first four weeks of camp. He's a young player and he needs reps.'' It's just the latest setback for Hayden, who has struggled to stay on the field after being drafted 12th overall by Oakland in 2013.|