NFL NEWS AND RUMORS
June 27, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Sean Payton testified at Jimmy Graham hearing
Pro Football Talk "Things got a little awkward, to say the least, when Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently suggested that the team’s offense will be fine with or without tight end* Jimmy Graham. Things got a little more awkward at Graham’s grievance hearing. Per multiple sources, the case against Graham’s..." June 27
- Wes Welker: Patriots never had Jets playbook; 'not that I know of'
CBSSports.com "The Jets-Patriots rivalry got a little kick in the pants this offseason when new Browns coach Mike Pettine -- Rex Ryan's former defensive coordinator in New York -- made statements indicating he believed the Patriots, at some point, acquired the Jets playbook. Pettine said Rex gave the books..." June 27
- Ex-Colts TE Ben Utecht fears future with brain damage
Indianapolis Star "Former NFL tight end Ben Utecht told a Senate hearing Wednesday that he fears where his history of brain injuries will leave him in the future. Utecht said he started experiencing memory loss at age 29, after a football career in which he sustained five documented concussions and innumerable..." June 27
- Bridgewater using video games to study
ESPN.com "Once the Minnesota Vikings' minicamp concluded last week, it meant rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater wouldn't have a team to practice with until the start of training camp on July 25. But Bridgewater still has a method for studying the Vikings' offense. Bridgewater said last week he's..." June 27
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis participated in the 5 Star Athlete Management’s football camp hosted by Atlanta-based Super-Agent Todd France and several sponsors on Thursday at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. Davis, who recently laid out his case for a new contract as a quest columnist..." June 27
- McCown Lands A Brees Comparison At One Buc
JoeBucsFan.com "Don’t think starting quarterback Josh McCown is the pulse and absolute leader of the Buccaneers? Well, you Mike Glennon Mobsters (and you know who you are) might want to hear these words of a Tampa Bay linebacker. Plugging his New Jersey life skills and football youth camp recently on..." June 27
- Ravens trying to extend Pro Bowl kicker Justin Tucker's contract
Baltimore Sun "It’s been well-documented that the Ravens would like to sign wide receiver Torrey Smith, nose tackle Haloti Ngata and cornerback Jimmy Smith to contract extensions before the start of the 2014 season. Little has been said about Pro Bowl third-year kicker Justin Tucker’s contract, but the Ravens..." June 27
- Justin Bethel And The Quest To Be Best
NFL.com "The offseason was nearing its end and the Cardinals were in the middle of minicamp when Bruce Arians paid cornerback Justin Bethel an impressive compliment. “He can be our best,” said Arians, not flinching once considering he has Patrick Peterson in his locker room. And to that, not..." June 27
- Redskins sign WR Jerry Rice Jr.
CBSSports.com "Imagine what it'd be like for your dad to be one of the greatest receivers of all time and then you try to make the NFL in the exact same position with the exact same name. Welcome to the world of Jerry Rice Jr., who signed with the Redskins on Thursday. Rice, who played his college career at..." June 27
- Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on his coaches
ESPN.com "Aaron Rodgers has played for one head coach, Mike McCarthy, for all but his first NFL season. The way things are going for the Green Bay Packers, there's a good chance this quarterback-coach combination will remain intact for years to come. And that's something Rodgers says he's comfortable..." June 27
- How will the Buccaneers’ running back rotation sort itself out?
Pewter Report "The Buccaneers players are off until they have to report back to Tampa on July 23 to begin what many are hoping and expecting to be a rebound season from the 4-12 disaster of 2013. Excitement abounds with Lovie Smith now in place as the team’s head coach and an influx of new players that the..." June 27