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Gruden: Clock's Ticking For Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III has been put on notice by Jay Gruden that he needs to play better now that he's in the second half of his third NFL season.

"He's auditioned long enough," Gruden told NFL.com. "Clock's ticking. He's gotta play.

"We'll see. ... We want Robert to excel, we really do. But the last two games, it hasn't been very good, anywhere. We gotta play better around him. And the biggest thing for us as playcallers, and for him, we just have to come together and jell with plays he's comfortable with. That takes time. But we don't have a lot of time."

Via ESPN


Bills Will Play Jets At 7 PM EST On Monday In Detroit

The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets have moved their game to Ford Field in Detroit at 7 PM EST on Monday.

The game previously was scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, but the NFL announced earlier Thursday that it would be moved as another storm brought the area's paralyzing three-day snowfall total to at least six feet.

"Public safety resources in western New York must be fully available to deal with the recovery from the storm," the NFL said in a statement.

Via ESPN


Adrian Peterson Vows To Never Use Switch Again

Adrian Peterson expressed remorse in injuring his four-year-old son with a switch.

"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."

Peterson is under a suspension and his future with the Minnesota Vikings is unclear.

"I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there," Peterson said. "But if there's word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I've given everything I had in me."

Via Tom Pelissero/USA Today



Raiders' Fans Buy Ad Lobbying For Hue Jackson's Return

A group of Oakland Raiders' fans took out a quarter page ad in the Oakland Tribune calling for the franchise to bring back Hue Jackson next season as head coach.

“Ever since our Super Bowl loss in 2002, our beloved Raiders organization has been having unsuccessful, losing seasons,” the ad read. “In 2010, we hired Coach Hue Jackson as defensive coordinator, who came in to work alongside then Head Coach Tom Cable. He aided the franchise to bounce back from a 4-12 record to an 8-8 record. Hue Jackson was promoted to Head Coach. Our players were motivated and wanted to play for Coach Jackson, and there was a huge shift in culture within the Raiders locker room. That season, our team went 8-8, just missing the playoffs. This success was in spite of the 132-day NFL lockout, losing our starting quarterback Jason Campbell to injury, and then losing our running back Darren McFadden. In addtion, our legendary, trendsetting, trailblazing owner, Al Davis passed away. Mark Davis assumed ownership while grieving his loss and it was Hue Jackson’s loyalty to the franchise that saw him take on more responsibilities.

“Despite the firing of Coach Allen, our record as of print is 0-10 and 0-16 over two seasons! Our team was in a better position with Coach Hue Jackson. Raiders Nation let your voice be heard; hire Hue Jackson in 2015!”

Via Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk


Jay Gruden Apologizes For Calling Out Robert Griffin III

Jay Gruden said on Monday after Washington's latest loss that Robert Griffin III "needs to worry about himself and not everybody else."

Gruden walked the comments back on Wednesday.

"I think it was a mistake on my part," Gruden said. "After a loss like that, we're very disappointed in the way we played, and the question came up about how we played, and all that stuff from that. I just answered with the first thing that came to my mind, and sometimes the first thing that comes to your mind isn't the smartest thing. It wasn't the right thing to do on my part."

Via Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports


Bills-Jets Game Likely To Be Moved

This Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets could be moved elsewhere due to extreme snowfall that's hit Western New York.

The Bills "will be hard-pressed to get their stadium ready for their next home game," a source told ESPN. That next home game is Nov. 30, against the Browns.

Possible locations, according to sources, include Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. The Lions and Redskins are on the road this weekend; the Steelers have a bye. It's 215 miles from Buffalo to Pittsburgh, 256 miles from Buffalo to Detroit and 389 miles from Buffalo to FedEx Field in Washington.

Via Adam Schefter, Adam Caplan/ESPN


Aldon Smith Received Double-, Triple-Teams In First Game Back

Aldon Smith was double- and triple-teamed in his first week back in the San Francisco 49ers' lineup. The New York Giants would send two offensive linemen at him, or one lineman and a running back.

Aaron Lynch was beginning to receive double teams before Smith's return.

Justin Smith compared the return of Smith to the return of a No. 1 receiver in terms of how he can impact the game.

Via David Fucillo/Niners Nation


LeSean McCoy Insists He's 'The Same Player' As 2013

LeSean McCoy has just 729 yards after 10 games this season one year after having 932 after 10.

"I'm not even going to address 'am I the same player?'" McCoy said. "That's for you all to figure out."

McCoy then went on to answer the question.

"Are you crazy?" he said. "I am the same player. I'm not going to sit here and play that game, like, 'Am I the same player?'"

The Philadelphia Eagles don't have a serious deep threat and have also had injuries to their offensive line.

"Statistically there is [a drop-off], but I think we're a different team," Chip Kelly said.

Via ESPN


Adrian Peterson Appeals Suspension

Adrian Peterson has officially appealed his season-long suspension.

The argument is that the NFL did not act in a way consistent with the CBA's due process, per Ian Rapoport.

Peterson remains on the Commissioner's Exempt List during the appeal process. If the suspension is not overturned upon appeal the running back cannot be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015.

Via Kevin Patra/NFL.com


LeGarrette Blount Signs With Patriots On Two-Year Deal

LeGarrette Blount agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots for the veteran minimum plus incentives, according to a source.

Blount was released this week by the Pittsburgh Steelers after leaving the field before their game on Monday was over.

Blount rushed for nearly 800 yards in 2013 before signing a two-year, $3.85 million deal with the Steelers in March.

Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden are scheduled for free agency this offseason.

Via Mike Reiss/ESPN