April 2014 - Football Wiretap

Brian Hoyer Returns To Field Assuming He's Browns' Starting QB

Apr 30, 2014 2:58 PM

Brian Hoyer was back on the field with the Cleveland Browns for the first time since tearing a knee ligament in October.

"Until someone tells me otherwise," he said, "I feel like I'm the starter for this team."

Hoyer hurt his knee in his third start for the Browns.

Some six months later, Hoyer was active and assertive on the field, clearly acting like he belonged as the team's starter.

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Gronkowski Unsure If He'll Be Ready For Patriots' Opener

Apr 30, 2014 2:56 PM

Rob Gronkowski isn't sure if he will be ready for the start of the 2014 season as he recovers from a torn ACL.

"Oh man, that's too far away. I'm just improving every day right now," Gronkowski said Tuesday on the "Hill-Man Show" on WAAF-FM. "I'm working hard every day to put myself in the best situation so that I'm ready."

Gronkowski had surgery on Jan. 9, with the procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews. 

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Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Injury

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Jets To Give Geno Smith Most First-Team Reps In OTAs

Apr 30, 2014 2:54 PM

The New York Jets will give Geno Smith the most first-team reps at quarterback over Michael Vick.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg expects a harmonious competition.

"I think this thing will work beautifully," Mornhinweg said Tuesday, speaking to reporters for the first time since Vick signed last month. "I expect Geno to progress at a high rate with Mike's help. It's just that simple."

Smith said last week he expects to be the opening-day quarterback after an inconsistent rookie season.

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Jameis Winston Cited For Forgetting To Pay For Groceries

Apr 30, 2014 2:51 PM

Jameis Winston was issued a civil citation after sheriff's deputies say he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.

Leon County Sheriff's Maj. Michael Wood said Wednesday that the 20-year-old Winston ordered the food at the deli in a Tallahassee, Fla.,-area Publix on Tuesday night. After receiving the order, he left the store without paying.

Wood said Publix employees called deputies, who went to Winston's apartment.

Wood said Winston acknowledged not paying for the food, saying he forgot.

After consulting with Publix managers, deputies issued Winston a civil citation that will require him to complete at least 20 hours of community service. If he does that, no criminal charges will be filed.

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Gruden Doesn't Expect Many Read-Option Plays For Griffin

Apr 29, 2014 8:35 PM

Jay Gruden doesn't plan on using the read-option with much frequency for Robert Griffin III in the Washington Redskins' offense.

Gruden has acknowledged the quarterback’s capabilities and the success that the Redskins have had in the past running those schemes. But he has stressed the importance of developing a well-rounded attack tailored to the strengths of Griffin and his teammates.

“We’ll have sprinkles here and there,” Gruden said. “It’s not going to be a major part. I want to make sure that we have other things that we can do besides the read option, because it takes a toll. You have to practice it a lot to be very good at it. It kind of takes away from the defense’s ability a little bit, it takes away from other plays that you need to work on, your protection schemes, your running game, all that stuff. It just takes away from that. So we want to make sure that we work on the core running game that we have, the core drop-back passes we have. And then once we get going, we get those implemented, maybe sprinkle in some read option.”

Mike Jones/Washington Post

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GM Compares Johnny Manziel To Basketball Point Guard Stylistically

Apr 29, 2014 8:31 PM

Johnny Manziel was compared to a point guard in basketball by one NFL general manager.

“He sets the tempo. He makes everyone play fast,” said the GM.

Manziel will almost certainly be one of the top quarterbacks selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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Dolphins Exercise Fifth-Year Option On Mike Pouncey

Apr 29, 2014 4:31 PM

The Miami Dolphins have exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of Mike Pouncey.

Pouncey was a Pro Bowl center during the 2013 NFL season.

RealGM Staff Report

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Romo 'Feeling Good' Returning From Back Surgery

Apr 29, 2014 4:09 PM

Tony Romo continues to make progress in his return from back surgery.

"I'm feeling good," Romo told ESPN's Tim MacMahon during the Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs NBA playoff game on Monday night. 

When Romo underwent surgery there was immediate concern regarding his availability for the start of the offseason program. 

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Kevin Williams Work Outs For Seahawks

Apr 29, 2014 3:38 PM

Kevin Williams worked out for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.

Williams played 11 seasons for the Minnesota Vikings, recording 463 tackles and 60 sacks.

Williams played 746 snaps for Minnesota a season ago at defensive tackle, according to Pro Football Focus data.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Lurie: Eagles Released DeSeason Jackson As 'Football Decision'

Apr 29, 2014 11:18 AM

Chip Kelly has received the support of Philadelphia Eagles' owner Jeffrey Lurie in the decision to release DeSean Jackson.

The Eagles have denied the decision as being anything more than a "football decision."

"It was really a football decision," Lurie told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Chip and his people were incredibly clear that for us to get better we need to take a step back and reconfigure the wide receiver position. I think common to a lot of really smart coaches, he knows exactly what he wants at every position. And for Chip on offense, it just wasn't a good fit. It just was not a good fit with what he asks wide receivers to do."

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McCarron Told He'll Be Drafted Between 16-35
A.J. McCarron has been told by teams that his draft range is somewhere between 16 and 35.

Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Earl Thomas Becomes NFL's Highest Paid Safety With New Seahawks' Deal
Earl Thomas has agreed to a four-year, $40 million extension with the Seahawks.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Goodell To Address Donald Sterling's Comments During Spring Meeting
The Donald Sterling issue will come up as a reminder regarding the culture and responsibility, as well as the respect one should have for teams, players, fans and media.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Marqise Lee Meets With Lions
The Lions own the highest pick at No. 10 that Marqise Lee has met with.

Mike Huguenin/NFL.com

Falcons Unlikely To Remain At No. 6
The Falcons are considering the possibility of moving all the way up to No. 1 to draft Jadeveon Clowney.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Packers, 49ers, Falcons, Ravens, Bengals Have Most Original Picks
The Packers have an NFL-leading 33 players they drafted currently on their roster.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Rusty Smith Becomes 5th Giants' QB On Roster
Rusty Smith is now the fifth quarterback on the Giants' roster.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Browns To Audition Vince Young
Vince Young was a Pro Bowl selection in 2006 and 2009 with the Titans.

Mark Berman/Fox Houston

Peyton Manning Didn't Take A Single Coverage Sack In 2013
Peyton Manning led all quarterbacks in sack rate in 2013 at 2.66 percent.

Scott Kacsmar/Football Outsiders

Bill Belichick Completes Nashville Half Marathon
Bill Belichick finished his 13.1 miles in 2:36.46 for an average pace of 11:58.

Nick Schwartz/USA Today

Griffin Working On Rehabbing Knee, Building Bond With Teammates
Robert Griffin III is working on strengthening his right knee as well as increasing his bond with teammates.

John Keim/ESPN

Seahawks Hire Jeff Ireland As Draft Consultant
Jeff Ireland and the Seahawks will discuss a full-time position when the draft is over.

Alex Marvez/Fox Sports

Cowboys Re-Sign Anthony Spencer
Anthony Spencer had received the franchise tag in two straight offseasons, but played in just one game in 2013.

Rainer Sabin/Dallas Morning News

Lions Gauging Trade Value Of Ndamukong Suh
Teams believe the Lions are simply exploring their options if their contract talks with Ndamukong Suh fall apart completely.

Mike Freeman/Bleacher Report

Jones-Drew Disputes Notion NFL Now Devaluing Running Backs
Maurice Jones-Drew described his own free agent experience as "frustrating", but he doesn't believe that running backs have been devalued by the NFL in general.

Vic Tafur/San Francisco Chronicle

Harbaugh, Baalke Deny Being In Power Struggle
Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke talked about their relationship as head coach and general manager of the 49ers, which has been portrayed as strained.

Greg A. Bedard/Sports Illustrated

49ers Looking To Move Up For Mike Evans
Mike Evans is rated 4th in RealGM's Big Board of Wide Receivers.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Russell Wilson Files For Divorce
Russell Wilson and his wife Ashton were married in January 2012.

John Breech/CBS Sports

Bills Exercise Fifth-Year Option On Marcell Dareus
Marcell Dareus will receive a salary of $8.06 million in 2015 (fully guaranteed for injury) as a result of the Bills decision.

Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Scot McCloughan Leaves Position As Seahawks' Senior Personnel Exec
Scot McCloughan was general manager John Schneider's right-hand man.

Terry Blount/ESPN