Posted April 23, 2014

Teddy Bridgewater on draft stock: ‘Only worrying about the things that I can control’

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Teddy Bridgewater

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has seen his draft stock change rapidly since the season’ end. (Miami Herald/McClatchy-Tribune/Getty)

Not even a month ago, former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater appeared destined to be a top-five pick in the NFL Draft, possibly even higher.

But in the weeks since, Bridgewater has fallen considerably in many mock drafts, some pundits suggesting he could fall towards the bottom of the first round to the Cleveland Browns with the 26th overall pick. Continue Reading

Posted April 23, 2014

Dallas Cowboys reportedly showing interest in Johnny Manziel

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Dallas Cowboys showing interest in Johnny Manziel ahead of 2014 NFL draft

Could Johnny Manziel (top) be the heir to Tony Romo in Dallas? (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Could Johnny Manziel play for the Dallas Cowboys this season?

Seems a bit ludicrous a first, but there have been reports of Manziel (and other quarterbacks) falling in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. Add in the fact that the Cowboys (who pick 16th) are interested in the enigma that is Johnny Manziel, and the idea of the former Aggie and Texas native playing in Big D doesn’t seem so outlandish.

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Posted April 23, 2014

Ben Roethlisberger wants to play entire career for Pittsburgh Steelers

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Ben Roethlisberger wants to play entire career for Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger is the Steelers all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. (John Biever/SI)

While no contract extension is imminent between the Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it doesn’t seem to be of grave concern to either side as Big Ben wants to remain with the franchise for his entire career.

The 10-year veteran is under contract through 2015 –at a cap hit of $18.89 million in 2014 – and is coming off a year in which he had his second-highest totals in passing yards (4,261) and touchdown passes (28). Continue Reading

Posted April 23, 2014

Ex-coach defends Jadeveon Clowney’s work ethic, says DE ‘plays hard all the time’

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Jadeveon Clowney work ethic: Ex-coach defends South Carolina DE

Despite concerns about his work ethic, Jadeveon Clowney is considered the top DE in the draft. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

There’s no denying Jadeveon Clowney’s skills on the field, but what about his work ethic? Many have questioned it, including South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier who previously suggested Clowney’s overall drive was just “OK.”

Spurrier eventually backtracked (somewhat) from that remark, but questions have continued to linger about Clowney’s desire to to be great, including one anonymous scout who claimed Clowney was “spoiled” and “lazy.”

But that’s not something South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward is buying.
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Posted April 23, 2014

Eli Manning hopes to reinvent himself in 2014

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hopes to reinvent himself in 2014

Eli Manning was sacked a career-high 39 times in 2013 and threw 27 interceptions (Guillermo Hernandez Martinez for SI)

The New York Giants are coming off of a disappointing 7-9 season in 2013 and hoping they can begin to turn things around in the always exciting NFC East. One player who needs to lead that charge is quarterback Eli Manning, who is coming off a disastrous, turnover-filled year.

In 2013, Manning was intercepted 27 times, which was the most of his career and the most of any NFL quarterback in the past eight seasons.

Manning understands that he needs to improve, and he hopes that he will be able to do that this year by reinventing himself during the offseason. Continue Reading