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May 13, 2014

Browns have tough choice to make on Josh Gordon

SB Nation "The Cleveland Browns made headlines twice during the NFL Draft, but only once intended to do so. The NFL's 2013 leading receiver in yardage, Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns, is potentially facing a suspension of up to a full season for allegedly failing a third drug test, per Peter King of..." May 12

  • Source: Baltimore Ravens to try out WR Jerry Rice Jr.

    Fox Sports "The Ravens will host former UNLV wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. for a three-day tryout this weekend, a source told FOXSports.com. The son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice began his career at UCLA, where he was a walk-on in 2009 before transferring to UNLV last year. Rice Jr., who had..." May 12

  • ESPN.com "Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam says the Browns have told Johnny Manziel to start acting "like a backup quarterback." Haslam praised Manziel for being an "ultracompetitor" but reiterated that Brian Hoyer is the team's starting quarterback and Manziel will have to beat out the veteran in training..." May 12

  • SI.com "Assuming Gordon is found to have tested positive in the NFL’s substance-abuse program (which ESPN reported Friday), he’ll likely be banned for somewhere between eight and 16 games. Gordon, 23, has been disciplined twice previously for testing positive: once by coach Art Briles at Baylor, and once..." May 12

  • Dolphins fine, suspend safety Don Jones for tweets about St. Louis Rams linebacker Michael Sam

    Miami Herald "The Dolphins swiftly and publicly reprimanded Don Jones late Sunday for his Twitter remarks critical of Michael Sam, fining him and barring him from team activities until he undergoes sensitivity training. In a statement released by the team, Jones apologized for tweeting “omg” and “horrible”..." May 12

  • Michael Sam jerseys No.2 selling among all NFL rookies

    OutSports.com "Orders for Michael Sam's St. Louis Rams jerseys were the second-highest of any NFL rookie drafted this weekend. According to the NFL, the top-five rankings as of Monday morning include three quarterbacks, the No. 1 pick in the whole draft...and Michael Sam: 1. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland..." May 12

  • Vikings looking for a way to get rid of Adrian Peterson

    Fansided "The Minnesota Vikings have changed coaches this year, hiring Mike Zimmer to replace Leslie Frazier, and are also ready to move on from 2011 draft pick Christian Ponder after selecting Teddy Bridgewater. If Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman is correct, those might not be the only big changes taking..." May 12

  • Cowboys bring in 23 undrafted free agents as rookie mini-camp approaches

    Dallas Morning News "The Cowboys were busy during the last round of the NFL draft Saturday with five selections. But their work didn’t end with their final pick. After the draft, the Cowboys worked the phones in pursuit of the top players who weren’t selected. They agreed to terms with 23 undrafted rookie free..." May 12

  • Browns deny report Bridgewater was pick before changing to Manziel

    CBSSports.com "The Browns have denied a report that, after trading up to pick No. 22, they were prepared to take quarterback Teddy Bridgewater -- and even had his name on the draft card -- before changing that pick to Johnny Manziel with 10 seconds left on the clock because of owner Jimmy Haslam. “That is not..." May 12

  • Jaguars announce 17 UDFAs, including Stephen Morris

    Pro Football Talk "The Jaguars drafted a quarterback from Florida with the third pick in the draft. After the draft ended, they picked another quarterback from Florida. The process that began with Blake Bortles becoming the No. 3 pick ended with the Jags signing Miami quarterback Stephen Morris. The move..." May 12

  • NFL.com "New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Monday that 17 undrafted rookie free agents have agreed to terms with the team following the conclusion of the NFL Draft. Joining the Saints will be offensive linemen Matthew Armstrong and Micajah Reynolds, wide..." May 12

  • Fisher says Rams won’t hesitate to cut Michael Sam, if he doesn’t earn roster spot

    Pro Football Talk "The team that drafted Michael Sam had to be ready either to cut him if he’s not one of the best 53 players on the roster or to carry him on the roster if the team isn’t prepared for the scrutiny that would come from cutting him. In remarks to reporters after the Rams drafted Sam, coach Jeff..." May 12

  • Bears sign Heisman Trophy finalist QB Jordan Lynch to play RB

    CBSSports.com "Five months ago, former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch finished third in the Heisman race behind Jameis Winston and AJ McCarron, after throwing for 2,892 yards and 24 touchdowns, and running for another 1,920 yards and 23 touchdowns. By Sunday, Lynch, who went undrafted, signed with..." May 12

  • Browns must prepare for crush of attention Johnny Manziel will bring

    Akron Beacon Journal "Before rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel steps onto the field for his first NFL practice this weekend, coach Mike Pettine said the Browns will discuss how to handle him. Hopefully the Browns realize handling him and coaching him are entirely different things. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones..." May 12

  • Jerry Jones: It’s not just optimism, it’s a fact that we’re better

    Pro Football Talk "Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones has no doubts that his team is better right now than it was last season. Jones said after the NFL draft that it’s clear to him that the Cowboys’ roster is stronger than it was in 2013, when Dallas completed its third consecutive 8-8 season. “Yes,..." May 12

  • Nate Irving is the Denver Broncos' starting middle linebacker for now

    Denver Post "Nate Irving. Exhale, Nate. The Broncos have tried to pick up a starting middle linebacker. Oh, how they have tried. But free agent D'Qwell Jackson signed with the Colts and Jon Beason re-signed with the Giants. Then, in the draft, the Broncos were unable to trade up to the middle of the first..." May 12

  • Alabama's Hubbard to join Packers pending heart exam

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Alabama outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard, one of the best players not to be selected in the National Football League draft, blamed his snub on a minor heart abnormality for which he has been cleared. Hubbard flew to Green Bay Sunday afternoon after agreeing to terms on a free-agent contract..." May 12

  • Draft experts share responsibility for underclassmen who are undrafted

    Pro Football Talk "While it’s unlikely any of the so-called (even if they are only called that by themselves) draft experts will acknowledge that the draft process is a crapshoot, with so many of the guys about whom they’ve been gushing never doing anything of significance at the next level, at least one of them..." May 12

  • Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey thinks outside the box drafting small-school players

    Miami Herald "Baseball innovator Billy Beane is the dean of advanced analytics in pro sports. But the lesson of Moneyball was less about numbers-crunching and more about thinking differently and valuing the undervalued. So maybe the data-driven Dennis Hickey is on to something. Because the Dolphins general..." May 12

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