Football Wiretap

Patriots Acquire Josh Gordon For 5th Round Pick

Sep 17, 2018 3:25 PM

The New England Patriots have acquired Josh Gordon in a trade with the Cleveland Browns for a fifth round pick. If Gordon isn't active for 10 games, they will get a late round pick back from the Browns.

The Browns made it known over the weekend that they were planning to release Gordon if they couldn't trade him.

Gordon also had interest in the Cowboys and 49ers.

Gordon's strained hamstring is not serious and he's expected to play in Week 3 against the Lions.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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DeSean Jackson On Ryan Fitzpatrick: 'You Can't Take The Hot Man Out'

Sep 18, 2018 8:49 AM

DeSean Jackson isn't among those that believe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a quarterback controversy.

Jackson believes Ryan Fitzpatrick should be the team's quarterback going forward, even when Jameis Winston returns from suspension.

"He's been on fire right now," Jackson told the NFL Network. "With the way the team is rallying behind him and just playing lights-out football, you have to kind of honor it. You can't take the hot man out. You got the hot fire right now. It's like NBA Jam. We used to play NBA Jam -- whoever's got that hot fire shot, you got to keep shooting, man.

"It's not my decision but I'm sure [coach] Dirk [Koetter] and [offensive coordinator Todd] Monken and the guys that make those calls, they'll make sure they stay on fire until that fire is out."

The Buccaneers are 2-0 and Fitzpatrick currently leads the NFL in passing yards (819) and passer rating among starting quarterbacks (151.5), and ranks second in touchdown passes (eight) and third in completion percentage (78.7).

Austin Knoblauch/NFL

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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Tom Brady Not Ready To Place Expectations On Josh Gordon

Sep 18, 2018 8:44 AM

The New England Patriots traded for Josh Gordon on Monday, but Tom Brady isn't going to place unrealistic expectations on his new receiver.

"You know, I hate to make projections and expectations. That's not fair," Brady said. "I've never met Josh personally, just like I hadn't met some of the guys that have come in the last couple weeks. So we'll see how it goes this week and hopefully he can work hard, put the team first and end up helping us in any role that he can find for himself on the team."

Brady pointed out that it will take time to develop chemistry with Gordon.

"Any time you get someone in the middle of the season, there's obviously a lot of things that have happened that have got the team to a certain point that they weren't a part of," Brady said. "So you know, I'm not sure how many of those things matter, but you'd like to try to get up to speed as quickly as possible and it's really up to the individuals... You know all these things need to play themselves out. I'm not going to project anything. I'm just going to try to go be the positive, enthusiastic leader that I am and try to be a great quarterback and try to embrace whoever's on the team. And we've all got to play a lot better than we played yesterday and that's really where our focus should be."

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Andy Reid Credits Alex Smith For Patrick Mahomes' Fast Success

Sep 18, 2018 8:39 AM

Patrick Mahomes has been incredible for the Kansas City Chiefs through two games and Andy Reid credits someone no longer on the team.

"I will come back to last year and being in that room with Alex [Smith], having that opportunity to see how he worked," Reid said. "For a young guy, that's invaluable. Alex was not one who was going to hide anything or play games with him or anything like that. He kept it all out in the open and was secure enough, that wasn't a problem. He came into a good situation with Alex and I said that was priceless for him. There's no way he could repay Alex with having that experience. That was phenomenal."

Ready to turn to Mahomes this season, the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins. Smith then signed a big deal with his new team.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant Jokes He'd Join Sean McVay, Rams 'Anytime'

Sep 18, 2018 8:33 AM

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

"I bet he'd be pretty dangerous in the red zone on some of those jump balls," McVay said.

The Rams are 2-0 after a 34-0 beating of the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2.

"If he thinks about wanting to do that, we'll welcome him," McVay said of Durant. "He can come kick it with us anytime he wants."

Lindsey Thiry/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

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Washington Signs Breshad Perriman

Sep 17, 2018 5:14 PM

Washington has agreed to sign Breshad Perriman.

Perriman was a first round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2015.

The Ravens waived Perriman before the start of the 2018 season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Netflix Has No Plans To Pursue Live Sports Programming

Sep 17, 2018 1:13 PM

Netflix has not plans to pursue live sports broadcasting, which is something their rival Amazon has done.

“I think in terms of live sports there’s nothing we can do differently from a television broadcaster, so it doesn’t add additional value,” said Netflix VP of business development EMEA Maria Ferreras. “You can never say never, but there’s no plans to go into that.”

Netflix, however, will continue to look to pursue documentary programming in the sports category.

The NFL has streaming rights deals with Amazon and Verizon.

Robert Mitchell/Variety

Tags: Legal

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Eagles To Start Carson Wentz In Week 3

Sep 17, 2018 12:17 PM

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

Nick Foles started the first two weeks of the season.

“He’s going to be prepared mentally, now it’s a matter of the physical part taking over," said Doug Pederson. "In my mind, he’s cleared, he’s cleared. No need to hold back."

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Fantasy, Injury

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Antonio Brown To Fan: Trade Me If You Doubt My Production

Sep 17, 2018 12:02 PM

Antonio Brown responded to criticism from a fan on social media with a dare for the Pittsburgh Steelers to trade him if the fan wants to find out whether he can produce as he has with another team.

Brown has consistently been one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL over the past few seasons.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers

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Marshal Yanda: Sleep Is My P.E.D.

Sep 17, 2018 11:20 AM

Marshal Yanda, a six-time Pro Bowl guard, is still playing at a high level at the age of 34.

Yanda talked about extending his NFL career while trying to preserve his health for life after football.

“The first thing I learned is how far I had to come when I got to the NFL. I was a junior college transfer, so I was a raw player even as a senior at Iowa—then I was gone after two years there. In my first training camp with the Ravens I was so awful I thought they might cut me, even though I was a third-round pick. So my first, second, third, fourth year in the NFL, I kept attacking practice every day. Some players peak when they’re seniors in college, or their first or second year in the NFL. I was not peaking. I kept getting better as the years went by. I’ve achieved stuff I never knew I could—Pro Bowl, all-pro—but I didn’t think about that stuff. I took care of today. I took care of the weights. I took care of practice. I took care of watching film.

“I’ve learned how much I love this game. It’s just more important to me every year so I just continue to grind out every little thing that’s gonna make me better, whether that’s eating, sleeping, lifting, whatever I can do. A great meal for me has changed. I’m into quinoa now for my carbs. So I’ll eat quinoa, and my protein is chicken, and then I use a Vitamix blender and I blend up spinach and kale for my vegetables.

“Kale is ruthless. It is! I don’t like drinking it. I put a little hot sauce in there too, to try and give it some zing so you can drink it.

“I eat brown and white rice, a mixture. I bought a rice cooker a couple of years ago, and you can cook the quinoa in there too. Also, I drink a gallon of water every day.

“Sleep is huge. Sleep is my P.E.D., my performance-enhancing drug. I’m usually asleep by 9:30. Sleep experts say you want to stay on a schedule. You want to try to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time.

“For pain management and flexibility, I picked up yoga this offseason. I did it twice a week. For stretching and range of motion, like range of motion in my hips, it’s good. My hips are looser. In my stance, I just feel a little bit loose and a little more spring in my steps. With my shoulders too … stretching my shoulders is big now. We lift all these weights all the time and it’s always build and build and build and they get you to stretch, but usually I stretch after I lift and I’m fatigued from my lift, I don’t want to necessarily stretch like you should. I kind of go through it fast because I’m tired and I just want to get to the shower and relax. But now I literally spend an hour on stretching, deep stretches, and I definitely feel like I’ve gotten more range of motion and I feel better in my hips and my knees and my shoulders.

“I think about my health more as I get older. I’ve been fortunate—and I’m knocking on wood—I haven’t had any head or neck injuries, and no concussions. That’s pretty amazing. I still think the good of the game and what the game has given me, and how many experiences that the people I’ve gotten to meet, and the neat stuff that I’ve gotten to experience, and my entire family’s gotten to experience, will end up outweighing the stiffness and the soreness and stuff as I get older. The longer I’ve been in the game, I’m learning what I’m doing now is going to help me not only stay in football longer but help my health later in life.” 

Peter King/NBC Sports

Tags: Baltimore Ravens

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

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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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Vontae Davis Shocks Bills By Retiring At Halftime
Bills cornerback Vontae Davis abruptly retired at halftime of the team's 31-20 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

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Clay Matthews: Roughing Passer Flags 'Out Of Control'
Clay Matthews has been flagged twice for roughing-the-passer in the Packers' first two games.

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Josh Gordon Hopes To End Up With 49ers, Cowboys
Josh Gordon will be released or traded by the Browns.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Joey Bosa Could Be Out Until October
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Joe Mixon Out Two Weeks With Knee Procedure
Joe Mixon had 21 carries for 84 yards on 38 offensive snaps in Week 2.

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Devonta Freeman Ruled Out For Week 2
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Josh Sitton Out For Season With Torn Rotator Cuff
Josh Sitton tore his rotator cuff in Week 1.

Armando Salguero/Miami Herald

Le'Veon Bell Remains Leery About Heavy Workload
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Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Adrian Peterson Wants To Play Three, Four More Years
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John Keim/ESPN

Mychal Kendricks Signs One-Year Deal With Seahawks
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Leonard Fournette Doesn't Need To Practice In Order To Face Patriots
Leonard Fournette didn't practice on Wednesday as he continues to nurse a sore hamstring.

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Panthers Have Contingency Travel Plans Because Of Hurricane Florence
The Panthers are paying special attention to Hurricane Florence, which could alter their travel plans in the coming days.

Jourdan Rodrigue/Charlotte Observer

Drew Brees: Baker Mayfield 'Can Be A Lot Better Than Me'
Drew Brees is among those that feel Baker Mayfield has a very bright future in the NFL.

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Raiders Want Derek Carr, Amari Cooper To Spark Offense
The Raiders managed just 13 points in their Week 1 loss to the Rams, but Jon Gruden believes the offense can easily be sparked.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Rex Burkhead Placed In Concussion Protocol
Rex Burkhead played more snaps (37) than any Patriots running back in Week 1.

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Johnathan Hankins Signs One-Year Deal With Raiders
Johnathan Hankins had 44 tackles and two sacks while starting all 15 games that he appeared in for the Colts.

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Aaron Rodgers Has Knee Sprain, Skips Practice
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