October 2013 - Football Wiretap

J.J. Watt Ahead Of 2012 PFF Pace

Oct 31, 2013 1:38 PM

J.J. Watt set a Pro Football Focus grading record last season with a mark of +101.6.

The Houston Texans have struggled at times this season, but Watt is actually on pace for +101.7.

Watt's glamour numbers are down with 4.5 sacks and three passes defensed, but his overall production remains incredibly high.

Pete Damilatis/Pro Football Focus

Tags: Houston Texans, IQ, Stats

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Nearly Released, Crosby Wins NFC Special Teams Player Of The Month

Oct 31, 2013 1:27 PM

The Green Bay Packers very nearly gave up on Mason Crosby after making 63.6 percent of his field goals last season and then missing five of eight attempts during the team's annual Family Night scrimmage.

Crosby has made 17 of his 19 field goal attempts this season and was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month.

“I like exactly where he is now,” Packers special teams coach Shawn Slocum said recently. “He’s really striking the ball well. I think he’s got a lot of confidence. His volume of work has been really good.” 

Crosby battled for his job against two challengers and also accepted a $1.6 million pay cut with the opportunity to make it back through incentives.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Personal Award

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MLS Game Between Earthquakes, Sounders To Open Levi's Stadium

Oct 31, 2013 1:21 PM

The San Jose Earthquakes will play the first official event at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.

The Earthquakes of the MLS will play against the Seattle Sounders on Aug. 2.

Janie McCauley/AP

Tags: San Francisco 49ers

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Terrelle Pryor Would Be Perfect QB For Kelly's System

Oct 31, 2013 1:12 PM

When Terrelle Pryor was coming out of high school, he strongly considered committing to Oregon before eventually deciding upon Ohio State.

With Chip Kelly now head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Pryor appears to be the ideal quarterback for that offense.

"That offense is tailor-made for Terrelle," said Ray Reitz, who coached Pryor at Jeannette High School in western Pennsylvania. "He can run. He can throw. He's big and strong. He's the total package. I think he'd flourish in that offense."

"Chip was one of my favorites," Pryor said in a conference call. "I probably would have been with him if he was a little closer. It's pretty out there, Oregon was, and it wasn't a good distance for my family. That wasn't a good deal for me."

"There are two guys that I've had an opportunity to coach against - Cam Newton and Terrelle Pryor - that when you look at them, they kind of look like an NBA power forward, but they can run," said Pryor.

Mike Sielski/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, IQ

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Jay Ratliff Meets With Chiefs, Bears

Oct 31, 2013 1:08 PM

Nose tackle Jay Ratliff has met with the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears.

Ratliff was released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month with a failed physical tag due to a lingering hamstring injury.

The Miami Dolphins are also interested in Ratliff.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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NFLPA: Meriweather Contrite For Comments

Oct 31, 2013 1:03 PM

Brandon Meriweather was contrite for his comments to the media about injuring other players.

"I spoke to Brandon. He is passionate about the game, and I know he is sorry for what he said," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement. "He is concentrating on helping his team win the rest of the season. Brandon knows that all players have a responsibility to each other and to play within the rules of the game."

Meriweather was suspended for illegal hits against the Chicago Bears.

"I guess I just got to take people's knees out," Meriweather said. "That's the only way. I would hate to end a guy's career over a rule, but I guess it's better other people than me getting suspended for longer. You just have to go low now, man. You've got to end people's careers. You got to tear people's ACLs and mess up people's knees. You can't hit them high anymore."

NFL.com

Tags: Washington Redskins, Suspension

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Gronkowski Limited In Practice With Hamstring Injury

Oct 31, 2013 12:39 AM

Rob Gronkowski's debut this season was delayed because of offseason back and forearm surgeries and was limited on Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

Gronkowski has caught 10 balls for 141 yards in his first two games this season.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Injury

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Harvin Unlikely To Debut For Seahawks On Sunday

Oct 31, 2013 12:36 AM

Percy Harvin did not practice with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday and appears unlikely to play on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“He’s with the rehab guys,” Pete Carroll said of Harvin. “We’ll see how that goes, then see what [Thursday] brings. With the workload he’s endured to get back in shape, there’s going to be some stuff and he’s been a little bit sore.” 

Harvin had hip surgery on Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum.

Terry Blount/ESPN

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Injury

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Aldon Smith Out Of Rehab, Returns To 49ers' Facility

Oct 31, 2013 12:34 AM

Aldon Smith has left rehab and turned himself in in connection with a felony weapons charge.

Smith immediately posted $75,000 in bail after he was processed. Smith is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 12 in connection with the charge. He has an additional court date on Nov. 19 to face misdemeanor DUI and drug charges.

Smith has been on an "indefinite absence" from the San Francisco 49ers.

Jim Harbaugh met with Smith at the 49ers' facility on Wednesday.

"The best approach is the day-to-day approach," said Harbaugh. "And just focusing on having a good day today. Getting the most out of today and avoid the 'if this, if that, in a week, in two weeks, in a month' timetable type of talk."

The 49ers wouldn't give a return date for Smith.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Injury

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Jonathan Martin Leaves Dolphins After 'Emotional Breakdown'

Oct 31, 2013 12:29 AM

Jonathan Martin has left the Miami Dolphins following an "emotional breakdown," according to a teammate.

Jay Glazer reported that Martin was the victim of a prank at the cafeteria, becoming enraged enough to "smash his food tray on the ground."

Martin sought treatment at a local hospital and has since left to spend time with his family.

Martin began the season as the Dolphins' replacement for Jake Long at left tackle and was moved to right tackle after the team acquired Bryant McKinnie.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Injury

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Chiefs Were Never Close To Deal For Gonzalez
A low-round draft pick for Tony Gonzalez wouldn't have been worth it for the Falcons in leaving Matt Ryan without another reliable receiver.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Report: Roc Nation Meets With Brett Hundley's Reps
Brett Hundley is expected to be a first round pick.

Mike Huguenin/NFL.com

Chip Kelly Against Tanking Strategy For Eagles
Chip Kelly has heard suggestions that the Eagles could be better off losing games over the remainder of the season in an effort to have a higher draft pick.

Phil Sheridan/ESPN

Ravens Release Michael Huff, Marcus Spears
Michael Huff and Marcus Spears were offseason signings by Ozzie Newsome to fill holes in their defense.

RealGM Staff Report

Sidney Rice Out For Season With Torn ACL
Sidney Rice was third on the Seahawks with 15 catches for 231 yards.

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Patriots Acquire Isaac Sopoaga From Eagles
Isaac Sopoga signed with the Eagles in March on a three-year, $12 million deal.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

Snyder Meets With Goodell To Discuss Name
Daniel Snyder met with Roger Goodell to discuss the name of the Redskins.

NFL.com

Vikings Discussing Jared Allen Trade
A trade of Jared Allen would be difficult given his salary.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Buccaneers Reconsidering How They Use Revis
The Buccaneers will possibly use Darrelle Revis in more man-to-man coverage.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Kenny Britt Would Welcome Trade From Titans
Kenny Britt is open to a trade from the Titans and his value across the NFL is low.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Gonzalez Open To Trade, Falcons Uninterested
Tony Gonzalez is open to a trade from the Falcons, but the team has no interest in dealing him.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Cowboys Sign Everette Brown
Everette Brown was a 2009 second round pick out of Florida State by the Panthers.

Brandon George/Dallas Morning News

Julius Thomas' MRI Shows No High Ankle Sprain
Julius Thomas has scored eight touchdowns this season as one of Peyton Manning's favorite targets.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Beanie Wells Tore Achilles During Tryout For Ravens
Beanie Wells will remain unsigned for the entire 2013 season.

Aaron Wilson/Baltimore Sun

Cardinals Deny Talking Larry Fitzgerald Trade
The Cardinals are 4-4 behind a strong defense.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Bernard Scott Signs With Ravens
Bernard Scott fills the Ravens' vacant roster spot that was left after their trade of Bryant McKinnie to the Dolphins.

Ryan Mink/BaltimoreRavens.com

Schaub Has Torn Ligaments In Ankle
Matt Schaub has torn ligaments in his ankle that he will attempt to play through for the remainder of the season.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

50 Of 53 Packers Have Never Played For Any Other Team
The Packers are loaded with players drafted or signed as undrafted free agents.

Matt Williamson/ESPN

Griffin Has 22 Fumbles In 23 Career Games
Robert Griffin III now has 22 fumbles in 23 career games including the playoffs.

Dan Steinberg/DC Sports Blog

Mike Pouncey Served Subpoena Exiting Dolphins' Locker Room
Sources indicated that Mike Pouncey's subpoena has to do with an investigation centering on Aaron Hernandez's potential involvement in interstate gun trafficking.

Omar Kelly/South Florida Sun-Sentinel