Football Wiretap

Tom Brady: Josh Gordon 'Really Eager To Learn Everything'

Sep 21, 2018 10:16 PM

Tom Brady said Josh Gordon is "really eager to get in there and learn everything" through three practices, but acknowledged they have a long way to go to develop a rapport.

"Look, he's been here for a few days, so we're working at it everyday, and every day you try to make improvements," Brady said Friday.

Gordon is officially questionable for Sunday night's game at the Detroit Lions.

"It's up to the coaches to decide those things," Brady said. "You could limit the number of plays and try to do that, and I think we've done that plenty of times. That's any time you get new players, that's what you try to do."

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Tags: New England Patriots

Hue Jackson Doesn't Name Baker Mayfield Starter Going Forward

Sep 21, 2018 9:29 AM

Baker Mayfield made his NFL debut midway through Thursday night's game against the New York Jets and led the Cleveland Browns to their first victory since 2016.

Despite his impressive play, Hue Jackson wouldn't name him the team's starter going forward.

Jackson said that he needs to "watch the tape" before deciding on his starting quarterback for Week 4 in Oakland.

Tyrod Taylor left in the second quarter with what the team said was a concussion.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

Browns Deny Stealing 'Philly Special' Play From Eagles

Sep 21, 2018 9:25 AM

Hue Jackson says he didn't take Thursday's night successful two-point conversion play from the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Cleveland Browns momentarily tied their game with the New York Jets with a two-point conversion that resembled the "Philly Special" the Eagles used in Super Bowl LII and again in Week 1 of this season.

Baker Mayfield played the role of Nick Foles, catching a pass in the end zone.

"We did not steal that from them," Jackson said after Cleveland broke their losing streak. "Please. I know everybody wants to think that. We have had that in our back pocket for a while. Go check my tricks from before, and go check [offensive coordinator Todd Haley's] tricks from before. We all have them. It is just when you pull them out and use them. That is what that is."

Teams used the play before the Eagles, but they've become associated with the play since it was used on an international stage.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

Steelers Plan To 'Simplify' Defensive Game Plan

Sep 21, 2018 9:18 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to simplify their defensive game plan after giving up 42 points to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2.

The Steelers are 0-1-1 heading into Monday night's game against the red-hot Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Defensive coordinator Keith Butler admitted to trying to "do too much" with the Kansas City game plan, leading to breakdowns in communication.

"It's not an excuse, but I think simplifying the game plan, letting us line up and make plays, line up to what we see [will help]," Joe Haden said. "We have to do a lot of film study, study the receivers and see where they line up at. And since they throw with timing, we've got to get a feel for the concepts."

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Personal Award

Chiefs Talk Up New Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy

Sep 20, 2018 11:30 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have had the best offense in the NFL during the first two weeks of the season as they've shifted from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes at quarterback and Matt Nagy to Eric Bieniemy at offensive coordinator.

An NFL Films video captures Chiefs receivers talking about the new-but-not-new offense during Sunday’s win at Pittsburgh.

“It’s stupid there with the new guy,” Tyreek Hill says. “It’s stupid.”

“Much easier,” adds another receiver (apparently Chris Conley, but it’s impossible to know for certain whether it’s his voice). “I ain’t gotta think.”

“On me, I just go out there and play,” Hill replies. “Because I know if I’m not gonna be open, y’all are gonna be open.”

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, IQ

NFL Franchise Values Plateaued In 2018

Sep 20, 2018 10:14 AM

The value of NFL franchises has plateaued this year to an increase of just two percent on average. The average value is $2.57 billion.

This is the smallest increase since 2010 during the Great Recession.

The main reason for the drop in valuation is the dearth of people with enough liquid wealth to buy 30 percent of an NFL franchise.

The NFL has the strictest ownership requirements among the four major U.S. leagues. In a team sale, the general partner must own at least 30%, and the maximum amount of debt at the team level is $350 million. 

During the past 20 years NFL team values have climbed almost nine-fold, or at an 11.6% annual rate, versus just 4.5% for the S&P 500.

Corporate ownership is also not allowed in the NFL.

Mike Ozanian/Forbes

Tags: Legal

Browns Want To Get Duke Johnson More Involved

Sep 20, 2018 8:53 AM

Hue Jackson wants to get Duke Johnson more involved in the Cleveland Browns' offensive attack.

"Yeah, obviously, he's one of our better playmakers, and he has to touch the ball,'' said Jackson. "Duke is a tremendous player. We're glad he's here, and we've got to put him position to make an impact because he can."

Through two games, Johnson has three catches for 15 yards and eight carries for 20 yards.

"We'll have to wait and see," Johnson said. "I know I'm kind of part of the plan in a sense. So far, so good for me mentally, just trying to push through and affect this team in different ways. If I don't have the ball, make sure I'm pass protecting, blocking down the field, anything needed of me, special teams, whatever it is to try and help us win."

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

Browns Suspend Sideline Reporter For Yelling At Official

Sep 20, 2018 8:48 AM

The Cleveland Browns have suspended their sideline reporter on radio broadcasts for eight games after he yelled at an official during the team's loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Nathan Zegura, employed by the team as senior media broadcaster, will not work a game until Nov. 25.

He also has been suspended from co-hosting the team-produced Cleveland Browns Daily, a two-hour weekday show on ESPN 850 WKNR.

Zegura yelled at the official because he did not agree with a pass interference call against Browns cornerback T.J. Carrie in the end zone.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

Mike Tomlin Disciplined Antonio Brown For No-Show

Sep 20, 2018 8:37 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers disciplined Antonio Brown for missing work on Monday.

"He and I met yesterday for an extended period of time," Mike Tomlin said. "I'll leave the nature of that conversation between us. There was discipline involved for his missed meeting on Monday."

Brown was a no-show to team headquarters the same day he tweeted "Trade me let's find out" to a former Steelers public relations staffer who posted that Brown wouldn't be the same player without Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger said he has spoken to Brown and is not taking his actions personally.

"He's the best in the world," Roethlisberger said of Brown. "When you're the best in the world, you want to help participate, you want to win football games. We're all a little frustrated because we're not winning right now."

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

Aaron Rodgers Concerned Knee Will Get Worse Over Season

Sep 19, 2018 7:51 PM

Aaron Rodgers is concerned his injured left knee will get worse as the season progresses.

"Yeah, obviously that's a concern," Rodgers said Wednesday. "Hopefully it goes the other way though."

Rodgers suffered the injury in Week 1 and wore a large brace in Week 2.

Rodgers admitted that his knee "obviously it won't be 100 percent, so I'll just adjust accordingly to how I'm feeling and try to get through."

"It just depends on how the week goes with the rehab and the recovery," Rodgers said. "Obviously, I'd love to be better than I was last week as far as health-wise but there's some factors that are out of my control."

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Fantasy, Injury

Bengals Sign Thomas Rawls
Thomas Rawls is a running back who has played for the Seahawks and Jets.

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Eagles Sign Jordan Matthews
The Eagles have had depth issues at wide receiver, placing Mike Wallace on injured reserve this week.

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Pete Carroll Believes Russell Wilson Is 'Over-Trying A Little Bit'
Pete Carroll believes part of the problem for the Seahawks is that Russell Wilson is trying too hard.

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ESPN Admits Mistake In Not Showing Brian Urlacher's Halftime Ceremony
The Bears honored Brian Urlacher by presenting him with his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring during halftime of this week's Monday Night Football game against the Seahawks.

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Book Claims Tom Brady Considered 'Divorce' From Bill Belichick
Tom Brady felt trapped this past offseason and wasn't sure if he wanted to play for Bill Belichick anymore, according to a new book on the coach's life.


Agent: Antonio Brown Doesn't Want Trade From Steelers
Antonio Brown doesn't want to be traded by the Steelers and wasn't with the team on Monday because of a personal matter.

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Seahawks-Cowboys Has Highest Week 3 Ticket Price
The Seahawks are 0-2 but still have the highest ticket price for their home debut.

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DeSean Jackson On Ryan Fitzpatrick: 'You Can't Take The Hot Man Out'
DeSean Jackson isn't among those that believe the Buccaneers have a quarterback controversy.

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Tom Brady Not Ready To Place Expectations On Josh Gordon
The Patriots traded for Josh Gordon on Monday, but Tom Brady isn't going to place unrealistic expectations on his new receiver.

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Andy Reid Credits Alex Smith For Patrick Mahomes' Fast Success
Patrick Mahomes has been incredible for the Chiefs through two games and Andy Reid credits someone no longer on the team.

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Kevin Durant Jokes He'd Join Sean McVay, Rams 'Anytime'
A day after Kevin Durant joked on Instagram that he'd love to join the Rams, Sean McVay said he has a role in mind for the two-time NBA champion.

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Washington Signs Breshad Perriman
The Ravens waived Breshad Perriman before the start of the 2018 season.

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Patriots Acquire Josh Gordon For 5th Round Pick
The Browns made it known over the weekend that they were planning to release Josh Gordon if they couldn't trade him.

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Netflix Has No Plans To Pursue Live Sports Programming
The NFL has streaming rights deals with Amazon and Verizon.

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Eagles To Start Carson Wentz In Week 3
Carson Wentz will start for the Eagles in Week 3 as he returns from his knee injury.

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Antonio Brown To Fan: Trade Me If You Doubt My Production
Antonio Brown has consistently been one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL over the past few seasons.

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Marshal Yanda: Sleep Is My P.E.D.
Marshal Yanda, a six-time Pro Bowl guard, is still playing at a high level at the age of 34.

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Jaguars Lose LT Cam Robinson To Torn ACL
Cam Robinson was a second round pick in 2017 out of Alabama.


Denver's Phillip Lindsay Sets NFL Rookie Record
Phillip Lindsay set an NFL record on Sunday, becoming the first undrafted free agent ever with 100-plus scrimmage yards in each of his first two games.

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Steve Wilks Hints At Changes After Cardinals Shut Out
The Cardinals could be headed for changes after the team's 34-0 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

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