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A Pick Six of new passing combos (The Associated Press)
Six NFL teams have made significant alterations in their passing games. Denver, Indianapolis, Washington and Baltimore did so with proven wideouts. Tampa Bay and Houston chose new quarterbacks to combine with an established target. A Pick Six of new passing combinations: Denver: Eric Decker left Manning for Geno Smith and the Jets.
Team Report - NEW YORK JETS (The SportsXchange)
Ryan says secondary issues will be settled
Team Report - DETROIT LIONS (The SportsXchange)
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Team Report - GREEN BAY PACKERS (The SportsXchange)
Rodgers happy with Packers' preseason progress
NFL roundup: Browns pick Hoyer over Manziel (The SportsXchange)
Brian Hoyer was named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns for the regular-season opener Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh. First-year head coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday he needed more time to evaluate the competition between Hoyer, who started both of the Browns' preseason games, and rookie first-round pick Johnny Manziel. While Hoyer has only four career starts -- and went 3-0 with the Browns before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in 2013 -- his biggest advantages were experience and leadership. Manziel, drafted 22nd overall in May, played only two seasons at Texas A&M in an offense designed to win at that level.
NFL claims immunity in Oakland Raiderette cheerleader lawsuit (Shutdown Corner)
Cheerleaders across the NFL have begun filing suits against their teams and in some cases the NFL, charging an array of offenses including improper working conditions and below-minimum wage payment. Now the NFL has responded to a suit filed by two Oakland Raiderettes cheerleaders , and is declining responsibility for any claims. The NFL's reasoning follows provisions that prohibit players from bringing antitrust provisions against their teams. The NFL, its attorneys argued in an Alameda County Superior Court filing, is "immune from all state Labor Code provisions," and this is a matter between the team and the Raiderettes alone. "The NFL is not a party to, and has no authority to enforce the Raiderette Agreement," the NFL's attorneys wrote. "The NFL simply does not belong in this case." The NFL is not disputing the facts of the case. However, attorneys argued, the NFL cannot be subject to a variety of different state labor codes, since it operates in so many different states. Sports leagues present a "unique" entity, the attorneys contended, and to subject the NFL to a variety of differing and possibly contradictory state legislation would "disrupt and have a significant impact on the whole league fabric, not just on the state's one or two teams." Naturally, the plaintiffs' attorney termed that strategy a "legal absurdity" with "no logical limit." "If what they say is true, then no employee of any club team is afforded protections," said Drexel Bradshaw of San Francisco's Bradshaw & Associates, which is representing two of the cheerleaders bringing the suit . "That means anyone who is not a player - coaches, custodian, secretaries, groundskeepers, no one would be treated as a legitimate employee." "Every employee of the Raiders is entitled to all appropriate protections under California law," countered Debra Fischer, one of the NFL's attorneys, in an email to NBC Bay Area . "The assumption of the plaintiffs' lawyer is that if they cannot successfully sue the NFL, then non-player team employees don't have such protections. Of course they do, from the team. The team is their employer, not the NFL." There are two different suits involving Raiderettes, claiming that the cheerleaders worked in an environment where they needed to change in public and were subject to groping from inebriated fans. The cheerleaders were paid $125 a game, with no additional compensation. However, as of this season cheerleaders are paid $9 an hour, California's minimum wage, for all hours they work. ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or find him on Facebook or on Twitter. Follow @jaybusbee
Raiders FB Reece's injury not as bad as feared (The Associated Press)
Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece escaped a scare when an injury to his right foot was not as significant as initially feared and he expects to be at full strength when the season opens next month. Reece was a full participant at practice on Wednesday, two days after undergoing an MRI on the foot he injured during last week's preseason game against Detroit. Reece would not disclose the official diagnosis of the injury, calling it only a ''foot issue.'' Reece has missed just four games because of injury since becoming Oakland's regular fullback in 2010 and said he never wants to be off the field. ''It was a sigh of relief to know that it wasn't as serious as they thought initially,'' Reece said.
Raiders re-sign K Goessling (The SportsXchange)
The Oakland Raiders re-signed free agent kicker Kevin Goessling, the team announced Wednesday.
Cowboys, Patriots top Forbes NFL franchise value list; Bills, Rams on bottom (Shutdown Corner)
Want to buy an NFL franchise? Better liquidate grandma's AT&T stock. Forbes has come out with its annual list of the NFL's most valuable franchises , and there are some familiar names at the top. The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots top the list, coming in well above the exorbitant $2 billion that the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers were recently sold for. [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] The Cowboys, which Forbes estimates will generate a combined $8.6 million in revenue for the team over the next five years with its massive JerryWorld stadium and fans the world over, are tops at a whopping $3.2 billion. The Patriots check in at a still-impressive $2.6 billion — not bad for a franchise Robert Kraft bought back in 1994 for a measley $172 million. The average franchise now is valued at $1.43 billion, the highest figure in the past 17 years that Forbes started tracking NFL team finances. That average took a massive boost of 23 percent from one year ago, which was the biggest one-year increase percentage since 1999. With reports out that the for-sale Buffalo Bills are garnering offers well north of $1 billion, it might surprise you to find out that they came in 31st of the 32 teams at a value of $935 million. But if that same trend of value increase continues, the Bills' new owner likely can feel better about their purchase in the golden-egg-laying NFL. Bringing up the rear on the list: the St. Louis Rams, whose stadium issues loom as a concern, at $930 million. Oft mentioned as a possible Los Angeles candidate should Rams owner Stan Kroenke seek to move the team folliowing the expiration of the Edward Jones Dome, that value could skyrocket with the right stadium situation and league support — i.e. hosting a Super Bowl down the road. Here's the list in its entirety: Forbes rank NFL franchise Estimated value 1 Dallas Cowboys $3.2 billion 2 New England Patriots $2.6 billion 3 Washington Redskins $2.4 billion 4 New York Giants $2.1 billion 5 Houston Texans $1.85 billion 6 New York Jets $1.8 billion 7 Philadelphia Eagles $1.75 billion 8 Chicago Bears $1.7 billion 9 San Francisco 49ers $1.6 billion 10 Baltimore Ravens $1.5 billion 11 Denver Broncos $1.45 billion 12 Indianapolis Colts $1.4 billion 13 Green Bay Packers $1.38 billion 14 Pittsburgh Steelers $1.35 billion 15 Seattle Seahawks $1.33 billion 16 Miami Dolphins $1.3 billion 17 Carolina Panthers $1.25 billion 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers $1.23 billion 19 Tennessee Titans $1.16 billion 20 Minnesota Vikings $1.15 billion 21 Atlanta Falcons $1.13 billion 22 Cleveland Browns $1.12 billion 23 New Orleans Saints $1.11 billion 24 Kansas City Chiefs $1.1 billion 25 Arizona Cardinals $1 billion 26 San Diego Chargers $995 million 27 Cincinnati Bengals $990 million 28 Oakland Raiders $970 million 29 Jacksonville Jaguars $965 million 30 Detroit Lions $960 million 31 Buffalo Bills $935 million 32 St. Louis Rams $930 million     - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Broncos again class of AFC West (The Associated Press)
As good as any division a year ago, the AFC West is about to get tested.
Cowboys most valuable by Forbes at $3.2B (The SportsXchange)
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Forbes NFL Team Values list for the eighth consecutive season, rising in value by 39 percent to $3.2 billion.
Age no opponent for some of NFL's veteran stars (The Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) -- There's something stunning happening on Michael Vick's head.
Tuesday's Sports In Brief (The Associated Press)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- A ''substantial'' minority interest in the New York Islanders was sold, pending approval by the NHL board of governors, with a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor to become full owners in two years.
Pack rookie WR Adams hopes to help replace Jones (The Associated Press)
After seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers, James Jones signed as a free agent this offseason with the Oakland Raiders. Second-round draft pick Davante Adams sees an opportunity. ''Everybody was asking, 'Are you replacing James?''' Adams said when he first got to Green Bay after being drafted in May. ''But in a sense anytime someone leaves and they bring in a new guy, you're replacing'' him. ''I'm not trying to replace anybody, try to be anybody else,'' Adams said Wednesday.
NFL roundup: Browns not ready to name QB starter (The SportsXchange)
Coach Mike Pettine's goal was to name a starting quarterback entering this week's preseason game, the third for the Cleveland Browns and the typical dress rehearsal in which the first team plays into the second half. Frustrated by poor results and uneven performance by Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel, Pettine changed his mind Tuesday and will take more time to weigh the decision. However, Pettine didn't rule out naming a starter before Saturday's preseason game against the St. Louis Rams in Cleveland. ---Practice squads will expand from eight to 10 players, effective Aug. 30, as NFL rosters are set at 53 players and practice squads can then be established the next day.
Raiders still waiting for Hayden to get healthy (The Associated Press)
Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday the team will decide by next week whether cornerback DJ Hayden is healthy enough to start the season on the active roster or if he will go on the physically unable to perform list. Hayden is recovering from surgery in June on a stress fracture in his right foot and has been unable to practice this summer. If Hayden is placed on the PUP list he will not count against Oakland's 53-man roster to start the season. Hayden has spent more time on the sideline than the field since being picked 12th overall by the Raiders in the 2013 draft despite a near-fatal practice injury while in college at Houston.
Vegas: Broncos, Patriots most likely to make playoffs; Raiders, Jaguars least (Shutdown Corner)
Bovada has come out with its updated odds for NFL teams making the playoffs, and there are some familiar faces at the top of the list — and the bottom. Their two lowest-odds favorites to make the postseason in 2014 are the two teams that met in the 2013 AFC championship game: the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. Both teams have the same odds — they are minus-500 (bet $500 to win $100) on the money line and are set at 1:5 odds. And why not? Both teams have Super Bowl-caliber quarterbacks in Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, respectively, and defenses that improved their personnel in the offseason. Seems like easy money, albeit at steep odds. [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] (Just so we're clear, this is Monopoly money, right? The Shutdown Corner does not endorse real betting with actual legal tender. Nope. Not at all, not one bit.) And just below that pair are the two teams that were on the other side of the ledger, division foes and 2013 NFC championship combatants the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. The champion Seahawks are at minus-325 on the money line with 4:13 odds, and the 49ers — with the same odds numbers as the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts — are at minus-220 and 5:11. The other two teams with negative money lines and odds below 1:1 to make the playoffs are the New Orleans Saints (minus-200, 1:2) and the Philadelphia Eagles (minus-150, 2:3). (If you're, you know, interested in our free advice and whatnot, the San Diego Chargers at plus-180 and 9:5 certainly don't look too shabby. Neither do the New York Giants at plus-200 and 2:1. Again, if you're just like asking our opinion and aren't seeking any actual, um, wagering advice.) On the low end, Bovada really doesn't care for the chances of either the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Oakland Raiders to make the playoffs. If you're a huge Gus Bradley fan, your $100 bet would win you $800 if the Jags shocked the NFL and made the dance. And likewise, if Matt Schaub tickles your fancy, you can score a cool $700 on that $100 wager if the Raiders get into the tournament. (You also, of course, can bet on who won't make the postseason. For that side of the coin, may we suggest the Dallas Cowboys at minus-300 and 1:3?) - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Raiders CB Hayden (foot) could remain on PUP (The SportsXchange)
The injuries keep on coming for Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden, who appears headed to the regular season physically unable to perform list following foot surgery. Hayden was the 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft from Houston, where he overcame a life-threatening injury to return to the field and catch the eye of Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. Two standout defensive linemen, Sheldon Richardson of the New York Jets and Star Lotulelei (Carolina Panthers) were drafted with the two picks immediately following Hayden in 2013. If Hayden winds up on the PUP list as expected, he would miss at least the first six games, and Oakland's suspect secondary would be further taxed.
Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement to avert lawsuit (The Associated Press)
The Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe said Tuesday they reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe's claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage rights. Under the deal, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed sum of money to five gay rights-related charities over the next five years. He said he was convinced the Vikings and owners Zygi and Mark Wilf were committed to the cause, and committed to being leaders on this issue in the NFL. The Vikings said in a statement that the deal resolves all issues related to Kluwe's departure from the team and his accusations that a coach made anti-gay comments.
Vikings, Kluwe finalize settlement (The SportsXchange)
Former punter Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings reached a settlement that calls for the team to donate to multiple groups that support gay rights. "As Chris always stated, this is not about money but about changing the culture of professional sports that tolerates homophobia at any level," said Clayton Halunen, Kluwe's attorney, in a news release. "For Chris, this agreement with the Vikings is a big step forward in that direction." Kluwe will drop the threat of a lawsuit against the Vikings' organization.
Team Report - OAKLAND RAIDERS (The SportsXchange)
Raiders defense still in full retreat
Carr returns to practice for Raiders (The Associated Press)
Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr returned to practice three days after being knocked out of a preseason game with a concussion and sore ribs. Carr got hurt in the fourth quarter last Friday against Detroit when he was hit from behind by Larry Webster. Carr got up and immediately pointed at his ribs but later said the concussion was more of a concern. Just progressing as the week goes on.'' Carr played well before the injury and even got one drive with the starting offensive line and receivers after starter Matt Schaub left the game.
Lions WRs showing promise, even without Johnson (The Associated Press)
The Detroit Lions acquired Golden Tate to play alongside Calvin Johnson. To get out there with the best receiver in the league and one of the best to ever play the game is going to be super fun.'' Johnson hasn't played in Detroit's first two preseason games, but that seems likely to change this week against Jacksonville. In Johnson's absence, the Lions still looked impressive throwing the ball last week at Oakland, and Detroit has several receivers who are creating competition for playing time. Tate left Super Bowl champion Seattle to sign with the Lions after catching 64 passes last season.
Charles Woodson says it would be 'devastating' if Raiders left Oakland (NBC on Yahoo Sports)
There has been significant talk about the Raiders leaving Oakland in the near future. Owner Mark Davis had serious talks with the city of San Antonio – though that still seems like a longshot – and are routinely associated with a possible move to Los Angeles. Popular sports figures Magic Johnson and Marcus Allen have suggested the Raiders should move back to Los Angeles, where they played from 1982-1994. While Davis’ frustration with East Bay politicians is understandable considering the lack of tangible progress in building a new NFL stadium to replace the over-the-hill Coliseum, loyal Oakland Raiders fans would be hurt the most. Free safety Charles Woodson understands that. The Raiders No. 4 overall pick in the 1998 draft, back with the Silver and Black for a second stint, knows it would be hard on fans to have the Raiders leave the same town twice. “I think it’d be devastating,” Woodson said. “It’s happened once before and a lot of people are still bitter about that, and I think it would be doubling down on that bitterness if they were to leave again. I think it’d be tough for the City of Oakland.” -- Scott Bair,
Injuries, blown coverages hinder Raiders secondary (The Associated Press)
Oakland coach Dennis Allen is reserving judgment when it comes to his team's pass defense. Charles Woodson agrees it's still too early to panic, though the eight-time Pro Bowl defensive back clearly doesn't share the same optimistic view as Allen. The Raiders' first-team defense had several issues in their first two preseason games, giving up three touchdowns in four series while starting quarterbacks Matt Cassel of Minnesota and Matt Stafford of Detroit were on the field. Allen, a former secondary coach as an assistant with New Orleans, downplayed the problems.
Lions TE Ebron flashes big-play ability (The SportsXchange)
Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron flashed his big-play potential Friday in Detroit's 27-26 preseason loss to the Oakland Raiders with two catches for 36 yards, but he and quarterback Matthew Stafford said one of connections should have been a bigger play. On a 23-yard reception, Ebron had plenty of open space in front of him, but he fell to the ground trying to make the catch. "I gave him some grief about that," Stafford said, laughing. Ebron agreed with Stafford's assessment, saying, "I should have (scored)."
NFL roundup: Falcons LT Baker out for season (The SportsXchange)
Atlanta Falcons left tackle Sam Baker will miss the 2014 season after leaving Saturday night's preseason game against the Houston Texans with a torn patella tendon in his right knee. "Following his injury in the game, Sam underwent a number of tests and it was determined that he had suffered a torn patellar tendon and will miss the rest of the season," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said in a statement Sunday. Baker's injury is a big setback for the Falcons' offensive line. It could also hasten the move of No. 6 overall pick Jake Matthews to left tackle.
Raiders sign TE Auffray (The SportsXchange)
The Oakland Raiders signed free agent tight end Kyle Auffray, the team announced Sunday. Auffray was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in May 2013 before being waived later that summer. He signed with the New England Patriots in June and was waived later in the month, before being signed and waived by the Cleveland Browns this month.
Rodgers encouraged by Packers' preseason performance (The SportsXchange)
With a little more than five minutes elapsed on the game clock in the Saturday matinee at St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took great comfort that this preseason is already more encouraging than last year's. Rodgers alluded early last week to the disappointment of not putting one touchdown on the scoreboard while he was on the field for a scant six series in three exhibition outings in 2013. A week after head coach Mike McCarthy ensured his star quarterback would have another abbreviated preseason for game action by holding him out of the Aug. 9 loss at the Tennessee Titans, Rodgers ended the shutout streak in a hurry. A three-yard touchdown dart to an open Randall Cobb in the back of the end zone with Rodgers on the move outside the pocket completed an impressive 12-play, 86-yard drive in the first possession of Green Bay's eventual 21-7 win over the Rams.
Lions' DT Fairley good, but still on second team (The SportsXchange)
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Nick Fairley "played better" in Friday's exhibition loss to the Oakland Raiders, but it is clear the defensive tackle has to do more to get back in the good graces of the coaching staff. Fairley, a first-round pick in 2011, continued to practice with the second-team defense in practice Saturday, a demotion that began last Monday and led to C.J. Mosley starting in his place in a 27-26 loss Friday at the Coliseum. The Lions practiced Saturday afternoon after returning from the west coast in the morning, but the initial review did not put Fairley back with the starters. Fairley had only one tackle during his 15 snaps, and it came on a 3-yard run by Darren McFadden in which Fairley was pushed off the line.