Friday Round Up

Friday Round Up

This week’s Friday round-up makes it the second in the space of a week. And in the pre-season too, so don’t say we don’t spoil you. Grab a cuppa and a jammy dodger and let’s take a sedate stroll round the league.

Two things dominated last weeks (Monday) update, injuries and reckless speculation on what players will be making the starting line-ups. Silly season still dominates and new fans should be warned against reading too much into preseason games but with pads on and players on the field, things are starting to crystallise as September gets closer. 

AFC East


Jets

 Gary Myers at the New York Times says what we’re all probably think re: Sanchez/Smith. Meanwhile, ESPN break down tonight’s game between the Jets and the Lions.

 http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/myers-thrown-lions-jets-sanchez-borrowed-time-article-1.1422056

 http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/25143/w2w4-jets-at-lions?src=mobile

 

Dolphins

What to expect as Miami face off against Jacksonville, and they’re also keeping a close eye on left tackle Jonathan Martin’s progress.

http://www.thephinsider.com/2013/8/8/4604018/phinsider-tv-jacksonville-jaguars-preview

http://www.thephinsider.com/2013/8/7/4600226/the-jonathan-martin-experiment-a-weekly-look-at-the-dolphins-left

 

 

Patriots

Tim Tebow still doesn’t know what his role will be in the preseason opener but according to Bleacher Report it’s going to be significant (that Pat Patriot mascot’s costume is all yours Timbo), meanwhile ESPN run down what we’ve learned from the Patriots practices.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1732323-tim-tebow-will-be-x-factor-for-short-handed-new-england-patriots

http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots

 

Bills

Bills offensive coordinator Nathanial Hackett will be giving CJ Spiller a big role in the Bills offense. Looks like he might end the season weighing considerably less.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000227165/article/cj-spiller-to-run-for-buffalo-bills-until-he-throws-up

 

AFC North


Ravens

Positive news from Baltimore as the Ravens play tough in 44-16 win over the Bucs. “We’re a very different team than we were, so we were really anxious to get on the field and just see who we are, because we really don’t know in a lot of ways,” say s John Harbaugh.

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013080800/2013/PRE1/ravens@buccaneers#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Also, Ed Dickson out for a couple of weeks

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000226476/article/ravens-lose-ed-dickson-couple-weeks-to-slight-tear

But Joe Flacco is still confident, despite a loss of targets

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000227158/article/joe-flacco-baltimore-ravens-move-on-despite-injuries

 

Steelers

Looks like Plaxico Burress is done for the season and they’re also having injuries at Tight End.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000227700/article/plaxico-burress-tears-rotator-cuff-in-steelers-practice

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/73064/injuries-are-now-hitting-steelers-tight-ends

 

Browns

Weeden impresses in 27-19 win over the Rams

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013080802/2013/PRE1/rams@browns#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Possible injury issues for Trent Richardson.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000227264/article/trent-richardson-out-for-browns-game-against-rams

 

Bengals

Bengals back-up has great game in a 34-10 win over Falcons

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013080803/2013/PRE1/bengals@falcons#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Hard Knocks is back in Bengals camp

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000227153/article/hard-knocks-premiere-a-reminder-of-shows-power

 

 AFC South

 

Texans

Pat Kirwan at CBSS doesn’t see any reason for the Texans not to go all the way this season.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/pat-kirwan/23058500/no-reason-why-texans-cant-get-over-the-playoff-hump-this-season

 

Titans

Well done to Bernard Pollard who managed to last a whole 5 mins of the new season before making a personal foul. That has to be some sort of record.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/09/bernard-pollard-gets-personal-foul-5-minutes-into-the-preseason/

 

Colts

Is T. Y Hilton about to become an elite WR?

http://www.chatsports.com/indianapolis-colts/a/Colts-WR-TY-Hilton-Ready-to-Become-Elite-2-8283519

 

Jaguars

Looks like Blaine Gabbert has got over his ankle injury and will be starting in tonight’s preseason game. Also, 5 players to watch.

http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2013-08-08/story/gabbert-gets-first-shot-qb-jaguars-preseason-opener?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+jacksonville%2FksHE+%28Jacksonville+Jaguars+%2B+Jaguars+News+-+Jacksonville.com+and+The+Florida+Times-Union%29
AFC WEST

 

Broncos
San Francisco fall to Denver.

http://www.mercurynews.com/49ers/ci_23826510/san-francisco-49ers-fall-denver-broncos-10-6

 

Chiefs

Things to watch; head coaches, Eric Fisher, and battles at inside Linebacker and Wide Reciever
http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/08/4397488/five-things-to-watch-in-the-chiefs.html

 

Chargers
Predicting 2013 for the Chargers.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1721405-best-caseworst-case-preview-and-predictions-for-the-2013-san-diego-chargers

 

Raiders

The Raiders are up against the Cowboys tonight. Here’s what Raiders fans should be looking out for according to Bleacher Report.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1732674-what-to-watch-as-the-oakland-raiders-kick-off-their-preseason-schedule

NFC North

 

Packers

It’s not Greg Jennings fault, apparently he was ‘brainwashed’…

http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp13/story/_/id/9547994/greg-jennings-minnesota-vikings-was-brainwashed-green-bay-packers

 

And meanwhile there’s an all out brawl at Packers practice.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1730835-green-bay-packers-players-engage-in-all-out-brawl-in-camp

 

Bears

Nickelback out for season. No , Kelvin Hayden,  not the band. Sadly.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/9547221/kelvin-hayden-chicago-bears-season-torn-hamstring

 

Chairman rooting for Cutler

http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/9547870/chicago-bears-george-mccaskey-ok-joe-flacco-season-jay-cutler

 

Lions

Lions want to lift Detroit out of bankruptcy

http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp13/story/_/id/9550096/detroit-lions-hope-inspire-bankrupt-city-2013

 

Vikings

Zygi Wilf’s in trouble

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9550527/gov-mark-dayton-alarmed-minnesota-vikings-owner-zygi-wilf-legal-woes

 

NFC EAST

 

Eagles

Hold on to your hats folks, Chip Kelly’s picked his starting QB…  http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2013/8/8/4602368/michael-vick-to-start-philadelphia-eagles-preseason-opener-vs-new-england-patriots

 

Giants

Will this be Justin Tuck’s comeback season? Not if he’s still injured.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/tuck-health-issue-giants-article-1.1421956

 

Cowboys

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4712028/plenty-of-candidates-on-the-market-for-offensive-line By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

 

Redskins

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/for-washington-redskins-secondary-improvements-are-of-primary-importance/2013/08/07/94514bc6-ff7e-11e2-9711-3708310f6f4d_story.html

Meanwhile, “I just spazzed out”, says Redskins TE, FredDavis

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/09/fred-davis-wants-to-plan-his-spontaneity-better/

 

 

NFC SOUTH

 

Panthers

Where next for the Panthers offence?

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000227374/article/cam-newton-carolina-panthers-have-to-take-next-step-on-offense

 

Saints

Most likely to break out for the Saints this season?

http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/new_orleans_saints_player_most_likely_to_break_out_in_2013/14249114

 

Buccaneers

Well, it’s a start.
http://thepewterplank.com/2013/08/08/recap-buccaneers-ravens/
Falcons

Always look on the bright side, with Brian Banks. Good to see him on the field.
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/09/brian-banks-on-debut-it-was-out-of-control/
NFC WEST
Seahawks

Now now, let’s not get carried away.

http://www.fieldgulls.com/seahawks-game-analysis/2013/8/9/4604710/seahawks-chargers-preseason-31-10-christine-michael-tarvaris-jackson-mount-comeback-win-nail-biter
49’ers
Wideout changes for the 49ers.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/09/niners-commence-process-of-sorting-out-their-wideouts/

 

Chargers

Te-ooo. Teeee-ooo. No it’s not getting old. Unless you’re a Chargers fan.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/aug/08/manti-teo-matt-calkins/

 

Cardinals

http://www.revengeofthebirds.com/2013/8/9/4604888/8-10-arizona-cardinals-news-arians-wants-wins-hagans-joins-roster

 

Rams
Bradford’s looking sharp people

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1732541-5-players-off-to-best-starts-at-st-louis-rams-camp