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Tom Brady: My hands are on centers’ butts more than their wives

Tom Brady: My hands are on centers’ butts more than their wives

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

New England Patriots star quarterback and future NFL Hall of Famer, Tom Brady, was in a jovial mood at Wednesdays rain-soaked practice in Boston.

The 3-time Super Bowl Champion was asked by reporters to comment on the ongoing center competition between Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell. While Brady wouldn’t say who has the edge to be the starting snapper for the Pats this season, he did give everyone in attendance this beauty of a quote to remember:

“I’ve got confidence in those guys,” Brady said, via The Boston Herald. “I love both Dan and Wendy. I love those guys. They work so hard. The center-quarterback relationship is a pretty special one. I’ve got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives, so it’s a pretty unique trust and relationship you have.”

A pretty unique relationship indeed. Wendell normally plays center for the Patriots with Connolly lining up at right guard. Both men are likely to have spots on the Patriots starting offensive-line this season.

New England plays host to the Philadelphia Eagles this Friday night at 7:30pm ET in game #2 of their preseason schedule.

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Percy Harvin is reaching ‘New Gears’ at Seahawks camp

Percy Harvin is reaching ‘New Gears’ at Seahawks camp

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is one of the NFL’s most dynamic players.

He has incredible speed, power and athleticism to compliment his soft hands and play making ability.

The only knock on Harvin is that he has struggled to remain healthy during his 5 years in the NFL.

Entering this year’s training camp, Harvin was told by doctors not to participate in three consecutive days of practice so that he would stay healthy.

However, Percy recently told reporters that he’s been partaking in practice every day and feels great, his words:

“I was supposed to be sitting out every other practice,” he said. “But I’ve been going every day. Like I said, I’m feeling very good. I’m explosive. I’m coming out of my breaks with no problem at all. I’m feeling very confident and I’m ready to go.”

Harvin only played in one regular season game last season, and has missed a total of 22 games over the past 2 seasons.

That did not stop the former Florida Gator from having a standout performance in last year’s Super Bowl however, as #12 returned the games second half kickoff for a touchdown and had some key catches in Seattle’s route of the Broncos.

If this year’s training camp is any indication of what we can expect from Harvin this season, Seattle Seahawks fans should be in for a treat. Percy has already been named the Seahawks ‘Most Impressive Player’ in this year’s camp and says that he is reaching gears he didn’t even know he had:

“My body is feeling tremendously good,” he said. “I’ve actually reached some gears that I didn’t know I had. I’m feeling very, very fast right now.”

Seattle plays host to the San Diego Chargers this Friday night at 10pm ET in game #2 of their preseason schedule.

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Pettine: Browns to name starter prior to preseason game 3‏

Pettine: Browns to name starter prior to preseason game 3‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

The most watched NFL preseason game of all-time took place last Saturday, when Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns took on the Detroit Lions.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine was recently a guest on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, where he acknowledged that Manziel has been impressive and is slightly ahead of where the coaching staff expected him to be. His words:

“He’s been impressive. He’s probably slightly ahead of the learning curve where we figured he would’ve been,” Pettine said. “I think a big part of it for him is it’s essentially him getting the playbook and it has been for a while. And I think he’s finally starting to settle down with it.”

Manziel went 7 of 11 for 63 yards through the air and added 27 yards rushing on six attempts in last Saturday’s game against the Lions.

Johnny’s first NFL performance was good, but not enough to win him the team’s starting quarterback role.. At least not yet.

Pettine has said all along that Cleveland’s plan was to announce the squads starting QB prior to game 3 of the preseason, which means Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer are in a dead sprint for the job.

The Browns head coach said there will be four people in the organization involved in picking the starter, and that it is likely to be a fierce debate:

“I have two guys that know quarterback play really well in Kyle Shanahan and Dowell Loggains. And we’ll sit down, the three of us, probably include Ray Farmer as well so he can hear us debate it back and forth,” Pettine said. “It’s all going to come down to who can give us the best chance to win a football game. And we’re not going to feel pressure — I know there’s the external pressure of a lot of people want to see the rookie out there. We understand that. But we’re in the football business here and we have to make the decision we feel is best for the Cleveland Browns. I think it’s a good problem — I know it’s a good problem to have because we have two quarterbacks we feel are capable enough to make plays to win football games.”

The Cleveland Browns will meet the Washington Redskins this Monday Night at 8pm ET. The pressure will be on both Hoyer and Manziel to put in solid performances in their fight for the Browns #1 QB position.

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Manning: Broncos need to reestablish their identity in 2014‏

Manning: Broncos need to reestablish their identity in 2014‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

Denver Broncos quarterback and future NFL Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning, says his teams lopsided loss in last year’s Super Bowl to the Seahawks will provide “fuel” for his team this upcoming season.

His words:

You have to move forward. You have to kind of reestablish your identity as the 2014 team; 2013 was a good season in a lot of ways, there’s no question,” Manning said. “It did not end the way we wanted it to, but we have to build off that and try to take it a step further, try to finish. There’s no question, we kind of have to start over and reestablish the chemistry on this team with all the new players. That’s important.”

The Broncos made some big splashes in free agency this offseason, landing defensive stars DeMarcus Ware (Defensive End), T.J. Ward (Strong Safety) and Aqib Talib (Cornerback). Manning added that he was excited to see what the new talent his bosses acquired will do on the field this year.

The Denver Broncos host the San Francisco 49ers in preseason game #2 this Sunday at 4pm ET at Mile High Stadium.

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