Joe Thomas: Brian Hoyer is 'a lot like Tom Brady'

Hyperbole season continues to bake the NFL landscape as training camp creeps into Week 2. The glowing praise for Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has been ubiquitous throughout the start of camp. Left tackle Joe Thomas took those raves into the stratosphere Monday. "He's a lot like Tom Brady...

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Peyton Manning shows off dance moves at practice

We've known for a long time -- really, the whole time -- that Peyton Manning is a lovable square. This persona has helped make the quarterback both a hugely successful endorsement entity and a man uniformly respected by his peers. Manning is America's uncle, never more so than on Monday at Broncos t...

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What the Heck Happened to Jordan Gross?

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Strange scene at Panthers’ training camp Monday morning: A man who looked like Michael Phelps, maybe 6-4 and 235, watching Carolina’s fourth camp practice, wearing cargo shorts and a denim shirt, sunglasses and a goatee, not bothering anyone. But this man looked out of plac...

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Sports Illustrated, NFL Reporter
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Adam Schefter , ESPN, NFL Insider
49ers are signing former Cardinals RB Alfonso Smith to help make up for loss of Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James.
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Mike Reiss ,, Patriots Beat Reporter
Patriots top 5 CBs: Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Kyle Arrington (slot), Logan Ryan, Alfonzo Dennard. Good depth at that spot in 2014.
@MikeReiss | | 52m | Score: 230

Albert Breer , NFL Network, Reporter
4) Zach Ertz is as advertised. And the presence of he and Jordan Matthews in the slot illustrates the size Chip wants there.
@AlbertBreer | | 29m | Score: 165

Daryl Ruiter , 92.3 The Fan, Browns Reporter
WR Josh Gordon has typically been at the back of the line in WR individual drills; at the front of the line today #BrownsCamp14
@RuiterWrongFAN | | 53m | Score: 150

Albert Breer , NFL Network, Reporter
5) You may be surprised to hear it, but one player who has impressed coaches is Mark Sanchez. Will be interesting to see him in preseason.
@AlbertBreer | | 27m | Score: 130

Albert Breer , NFL Network, Reporter
1) Shurmur told me Job 1 for Nick Foles in camp is building chemistry with Sproles, Matthews and Huff. And Maclin, coming off the ACL, too.
@AlbertBreer | | 36m | Score: 95

Scott Petrak , Elyria Chronicle, Browns Beat Writer
Big fight at #Browns practice. RB Ben Tate throws ball at DL Rubin, 2 scrums break out, ton of guys go to ground.
@ScottPetrak | | 10m | Score: 90

Kevin Seifert , ESPN, NFC North Reporter
#Packers literally are consuming Green Bay. A commercial district is budding around monstrous Lambeau. Inside Slant:
@SeifertESPN | | 31m | Score: 65

Omar Kelly , South Florida Sun Sentinel, Sports Reporter
Brent Grimes just did his push ups for dropping the interception. That's commitment.
@OmarKelly | | 38m | Score: 55

Mike Reiss ,, Patriots Beat Reporter
In Sunday's practice cut short by rain/lightning, TE Michael Hoomanawanui had walked off field slowly with athletic training staff.
@MikeReiss | | 27m | Score: 50

Armando Salguero , Miami Herald, Sportswriter
Why the Dolphins haven't signed C Samson Satele is beyond me.
@ArmandoSalguero | | 1h | Score: 50

Daryl Ruiter , 92.3 The Fan, Browns Reporter
Ben Tate and Ahtyba Rubin; Martin Wallace and John Hughes your fight card today #BrownsCamp14
@RuiterWrongFAN | | 7m | Score: 45

Larry Holder , Times Picayune, Saints Beat Writer
Jahri Evans looking pretty darn good in one on one drills against Akiem Hicks. Galette is doing the same to Armstead.
@LarryHolder | | 20m | Score: 45

Albert Breer , NFL Network, Reporter
3) Buoyed with more depth at OLB and DB, the Eagles should be in a 3-4 on a more full-time basis in 2014. They ran a hybrid last year.
@AlbertBreer | | 32m | Score: 45

Mike Reiss ,, Patriots Beat Reporter
One factor to consider: Patriots will be without Brandon Browner for 1st four games due to suspension. Dennard/Ryan top options to fill void
@MikeReiss | | 52m | Score: 45

Mike Triplett , New Orleans Times, Saints Writer
#Saints Jairus Byrd, Robert Meachem and Tavon Rooks all back in pads, participating in walk-through. ... Grubbs, Stills, Jenkins still out.
@MikeTriplett | | 1h | Score: 45

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Who will win the NFC South: #Bucs #Falcons #Panthers or #Saints?
@nflnetwork | | 35m | Score: 42

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Benjamin Volin , Boston Globe, NFL Reporter
Update: Darrelle Revis is really good. Sneaks his hand in at the last minute and knocks a touchdown away from Kenbrell Thompkins
@BenVolin | | 1m | Score: 5

Cal Watkins ,, Cowboys Beat Writer
Cowboys want Bryant in slot more often
@espn_watkins | | 3m | Score: 5
1406644910 , Cowboys News and Updates
Cowboys want Bryant in slot more often
@espncowboysblog | | 3m | Score: 5

Jonathan Jones , Charlotte Observer, Panthers Beat Writer
Webbs pass to King batted away by Godfrey, who's Mutombo finger wag #pantherstc
@jjones9 | | 4m | Score: 15

Field Yates , ESPN Boston, Patroits Beat Reporter
New Seahawks OT Eric Winston has started 119 consecutive regular season games. 4th longest active streak (behind Eli, Rivers, D. Ferguson).
@FieldYates | | 5m | Score: 30

Jason La Canfora , CBS Sports, NFL Insider
My Browns report: Hoyer's in charge, Cameron might get paid, Gordon's about to depart and JFF's trying to fit in:
@JasonLaCanfora | | 5m | Score: 25

Larry Holder , Times Picayune, Saints Beat Writer
Seantavious Jones and Brandin Cooks with nice grabs in team. Fourth stringer QB Logan Kilgore has been pretty solid.
@LarryHolder | | 6m | Score: 35

Mike Triplett , New Orleans Times, Saints Writer
#Saints WR Brandin Cooks showing his speed down the field. Slid on turf and made a big divot when he tried to cut.
@MikeTriplett | | 6m | Score: 20

Nate Ulrich , The Akron Beacon Journal, Browns Beat Writer
Sidebar scuffle between DL John Hughes and OT Martin Wallace broke out momentarily after big melee. #Browns
@NateUlrichABJ | | 6m | Score: 5

Tom Reed , Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sportswriter
Sidebar scuffle breaks out between Martin Wallace and John Hughes.
@treed1919 | | 6m | Score: 10

Daryl Ruiter , 92.3 The Fan, Browns Reporter
Ben Tate and Ahtyba Rubin; Martin Wallace and John Hughes your fight card today #BrownsCamp14
@RuiterWrongFAN | | 7m | Score: 45

Nate Ulrich , The Akron Beacon Journal, Browns Beat Writer
#Browns had a pile of about 15-20 players pushing and shoving after Ben Tate rushed & was stripped during inside run drill.
@NateUlrichABJ | | 8m | Score: 5

Brian McIntyre , Yahoo Sports, NFL Writer
Since 2007, his 2nd yr in NFL, new Seahawks OT Eric Winston has played 99.2% of his team’s offensive snaps. 100% p/t in 4 of last 7 seasons
@brian_mcintyre | | 8m | Score: 5

Christopher Price ,, Patriots Beat Writer
Owner Robert Kraft strolls out to practice. #Patriots
@cpriceNFL | | 8m | Score: 15

Kevin Seifert , ESPN, NFC North Reporter
Some NFC North perspective. Lambeau Field is now 2.1 million square feet. Metrodome was 970,000.
@SeifertESPN | | 8m | Score: 20

Jonathan Jones , Charlotte Observer, Panthers Beat Writer
Good blitz pickup by DeAngelo on Davis. Ealy did slightly better against Bell there #pantherstc
@jjones9 | | 9m | Score: 20

Daryl Ruiter , 92.3 The Fan, Browns Reporter
2 scrums break out; Ben Tate stopped on a run the stripped; wasn't fond of that; secondary scuffle turned into a pile of pushing & shovi
@RuiterWrongFAN | | 9m | Score: 25
1406644599 , NFL News and Updates
New Seahawks OT Eric Winston struggled in ARZ last year (-21.1 grade), but did finish the season with his two best games of the year (+5.9)
@PFF | | 9m | Score: 20

Mike Triplett , New Orleans Times, Saints Writer
#Saints OLB Junior Galette gave Armstead all he could handle in 1 on 1 pass rush, too
@MikeTriplett | | 9m | Score: 5

Wes Hodkiewicz , G.B Press Gazette, Packers Beat Writer
Incredibly small sample size, but the #Packers are off to a good start with players staying on the field so far
@WesHod | | 10m | Score: 10

Jairus Byrd up and moving for the Saints

The Saints appear close to realizing some of their investment in Jairus Byrd. The free agent safety, who was sidelined by offseason back surgery, is on the field this morning in pads, according to Mike Triplett of Byrd also tweeted out he was “thankful for this day,” which seems like a...

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Julius Peppers is having a good time in Green Bay

Julius Peppers has always been good at sports in general, rushing the passer in particular. So if anything stands out about his arrival in Green Bay, it’s how much fun the 34-year-old Peppers is having. “You look at my last year. Was it one of my better years? Probably not, you know, statistical...

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Joe Thomas says Brian Hoyer is “a lot like Tom Brady”

The Browns are pretty clearly trying to send a message to Johnny Manzielto settle down and get to work. But sometimes in sending that message, they might be going overboard the other direction. Browns left tackle Joe Thomas was praising Manziel’s competition for the starting job, saying Brian Hoye...

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Steelers won’t rule out return from Brett Keisel, James Harrison

The Steelers have parted ways with several veteran players in the last couple of years as they’ve tried to get younger and more athletic, but they aren’t totally closing the door on the return of a couple of elder statesmen. Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert was asked Monday about bringing ...

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Justin Jones could be big surprise for Patriots

Ben Volin | On Football Steven Senne/Associated Press Justin Jones (right) gets physical with fellow tight end Michael Hoomanawanui during a training camp workout. The good news for Justin Jones is that the NFL doesn’t care about what happened in your past. All that matters is what you can do in t...

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Benjamin Volin
Boston Globe, NFL Reporter

Panthers G.M. on losing Gaffney: “It’s business”

Four times in recent memory, a team tried to stash a player on IR, only to have another team claim him off waivers before they could. Three times, the Patriots did the claiming. Twice now, they’ve done it to Dave Gettleman’s employer. The Panthers General Manager was philosophical about losing s...

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Ravens work out cornerback, Baltimore native Brandon Driver

The Ravens auditioned former San Jose State cornerback and Baltimore native Brandon Driver on Sunday. By all accounts, the workout went well for the cousin of former Maryland basketball star Juan Dixon. Although the Parkville graduate wasn't immediately signed to a contract, the Ravens told him to s...

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Aaron Wilson
Baltimore Sun, Ravens Beat Writer

Bruce Allen: RG3 was asked to do the impossible last year

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III was rushed into starting Week One last season after an offseason of rehabbing his surgically repaired knee left him unprepared to run the offense. That’s the word from team President Bruce Allen, who said on ESPN 950 that Griffin was unprepared last year t...

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Wake-up call: Patriots camp Day 6

Every day of the New England Patriots training camp, we'll have a wake-up call that previews the day ahead. 9:15 a.m. ET -- Bill Belichick news conference 9:45 a.m. ET -- Practice approx. 12 p.m. ET -- Player interviews This is the fifth overall practice of training camp, as players were off on Mond...

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Ravens fans cheer Ray Rice at open practice

Ravens running back Ray Rice may be loathed in most of America after an offseason that saw him face an assault charge for hitting his wife. But Rice is still beloved in Baltimore. The Ravens had an open practice at their home stadium on Monday night, and Rice heard loud cheers from the fans in atten...

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Richard Sherman: Seahawks have “tremendous leadership”

As with any Super Bowl winning team, it’s impossible to return every player the year after winning the championship. The Seattle Seahawks had to make a few salary cap related cuts and saw other players depart in free agency this offseason. Defensive end Red Bryant, fullback Michael Robinson and re...

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Another day, another fight at Eagles training camp

After a fight involving running back LeSean McCoy and defensive end Trent Cole on Sunday, another fight broke out in training camp for the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. According to Geoff Mosher of, a scuffle took place between receiver Jeremy Maclin and cornerback Bradley Fletcher du...

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Babin's contract: Good deal for Jets

The New York Jets had plenty of salary-cap space before signing Jason Babin, and they still have plenty of room now that he's on the team. They landed the free-agent pass-rusher with a relatively modest two-year, $3.2 million contract that includes no guaranteed money, according to ESPN Stats & Info...

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Rich Cimini
ESPNNewYork,com, Jets Beat Reporter

Andre Johnson strains right hamstring on Monday

Some would say that a player missing the offseason program exposes him to a greater injury risk when training camp opens. Those who would say that would point to Texans receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson, who skipped all of the 2014 offseason workout program due to concerns regarding the direction of t...

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Jim Harbaugh denies desire to be paid like Super Bowl-winning coach

It’s a given in league circles that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has yet to sign a new contract because he wants more money than the 49ers are willing to pay. Per multiple reports (which are accurate), Harbaugh wants to be paid like a Super Bowl-winning coach, and the 49ers aren’t ready to do that u...

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Inside the Oakland Raiders

Filed for print, plus extra post-practice notes . . . In the early days of Raiders training camp, the “wow’’ factor belongs to wide receiver Greg Little, based on raucous reviews from season-ticket holders attending practice. The Raiders kicked off training camp with an up-tempo, pass-happy pr...

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Jerry McDonald
Oakland Tribune, Raiders Beat Writer

49ers to sign ex-Cardinals RB Alfonso Smith

The 49ers will receive a reinforcement to their dwindling running backs corps in the form of Alfonso Smith, who spent the last three seasons with the division rival Arizona Cardinals. Smith, 27, carried the ball 18 times for 54 yards last season in Arizona and had a role on special teams. He had one...

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Matt Barrows
Sacramento Bee, 49ers Beat Writer