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Defenderdawg : 8/11/2017 7:35 am
Giants

Sommer Big Blue United: Carl Banks on the State of the 2017 Giants
http://www.bigblueunited.com/2017/08/carl-banks-state-2017-giants.html

Duggan NJ.com: Giants stock report: 5 rising, 5 falling entering preseason opener
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/08/giants_stock_report_5_rising_5_falling_entering_pr_1.html

Giants.com: Fact or Fiction: Defense vs. Offense at practice
http://giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Fact-or-Fiction-Defense-vs-Offense-at-practice/d25ff83b-f89f-4170-879a-952c16674949

Eisen Giants.com: Rookies primed for NFL debut in Preseason opener
http://giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Rookies-primed-for-NFL-debut-in-Preseason-opener/43806600-a6d7-49ba-9374-dceee384255e

Traina B/R: What to Watch for in New York Giants' Preseason Week 1 Matchup
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2725607-what-to-watch-for-in-new-york-giants-preseason-week-1-matchup

Raanan ESPN NY: Ereck Flowers and Giants' kickers among players, position battles to watch
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-giants/post/_/id/52945/ereck-flowers-and-the-giants-kickers-among-players-position-battles-to-watch

Salomone Giants.com: 10 things to watch for vs. Steelers
http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/10-things-to-watch-for-vs-Steelers/d3fe6f3a-4071-49b5-9f11-fdf326b1709b

Giants.com: 5 players to watch vs. Steelers
http://www.giants.com/photos/photos/5-players-to-watch-vs-Steelers/11678c3e-fe2a-407f-9ed0-641bc6d17f2b

Tasch NYDN: 5 Giants to keep an eye on in preseason opener vs. Steelers
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/5-giants-eye-preseason-opener-steelers-article-1.3401072

Rock Newsday: Five not-so-obvious Giants players to watch in Friday night’s preseason opener
http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/giants/five-not-so-obvious-giants-players-to-watch-in-friday-night-s-preseason-opener-1.13962711

Stapleton The Record: 5 things to watch for the Giants in preseason opener against the Steelers
http://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/giants/2017/08/10/5-things-watch-giants-preseason-opener-against-steelers/555043001/

Myers NYDN: 5 most intriguing questions as Giants, Jets gear up for preseason
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/5-intriguing-questions-giants-jets-gear-preseason-article-1.3400539

Duggan NJ.com: What does it mean when an NFL player is waived/injured?
https://articles.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2016/09/what_does_it_mean_when_an_nfl_player_is_waivedinju.amp

Coach

Giants.com: Ben McAdoo previews preseason opener with Bob Papa
http://www.giants.com/videos/videos/Ben-McAdoo-previews-preseason-opener-with-Bob-Papa/0cc41cff-d792-4b9f-a1ab-e47e8f6a8b69

QB

Glauber Newsday: Geno Smith’s next chance at redemption is upon us with Giants
http://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/bob-glauber/geno-smith-s-next-chance-at-redemption-is-upon-us-with-giants-1.13973689

Raanan ESPN NY: Why Geno Smith thinks he's a better QB heading into Giants debut
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-giants/post/_/id/52923/why-geno-smith-thinks-hes-a-better-quarterback-heading-into-giants-debut

RB

Schwartz NYP: The pressure is on Giants’ backfield to live up to early hype
http://nypost.com/2017/08/10/the-pressure-is-on-giants-backfield-to-live-up-to-early-hype/

Rock Newsday: Giants want to run ball early and often in preseason opener vs. Steelers
http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/giants/giants-want-to-run-ball-early-and-often-in-preseason-opener-vs-steelers-1.13962582

WR

Schwartz NYP: Giants’ underdog wideout gets a Geno Smith endorsement
http://nypost.com/2017/08/10/giants-underdog-wideout-gets-a-geno-smith-endorsement/

TE

Serby NYP: How Evan Engram’s mom scared him into going for greatness
http://nypost.com/2017/08/10/how-evan-engrams-mom-scared-him-into-going-for-greatness/

DT

Stapleton Asbury Park Press: Tomlinson's late-night study sessions starting to pay dividends
http://www.app.com/story/sports/nfl/giants/2017/08/10/giants-tomlinsons-late-night-study-sessions-starting-pay-dividends/104486142/

CB

Schwartz NYP: Giants give up on draft pick who just keeps getting hurt
http://nypost.com/2017/08/10/giants-give-up-on-draft-pick-who-just-keeps-getting-hurt/

Kratch NJ.com: Giants waive/injured DB Mykkele Thompson, add LB Jimmy Herman | What it means for roster depth
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/08/giants_waiveinjured_db_mykkele_thompson_2015_5th-r.html

NFL

Rosenthal NFL.com: What we learned from Thursday's preseason games
https://amp.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000828493/article/what-we-learned-from-thursdays-preseason-games?

Seifert ESPN: Why the NFL is finally hiring full-time officials
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/243738/why-the-nfl-is-finally-hiring-full-time-officials?ex_cid=InsiderTwitter_Seifert_WhyNFLHiringFullTimeOfficials

Stuart Football Perspective: Guest Post: Passing Volume vs. Passing Efficiency
http://www.footballperspective.com/guest-post-passing-volume-vs-passing-efficiency/

ATLANTA
AJC: Emotional meeting helped Falcons move past Super Bowl
http://www.myajc.com/sports/football/emotional-meeting-helped-falcons-move-past-super-bowl/mweLgaiO6Yr8prVgkhLItO/

McClure ESPN Atlanta: Falcons' Matt Ryan gets fast start he wanted in preseason opener
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/243879/falcons-matt-ryan-gets-fast-start-he-wanted-in-preseason-opener

Ledbetter AJC: Dimitroff pleased with post-Freeman deal situation
https://www.myajc.com/sports/football/dimitroff-pleased-with-post-freeman-deal-situation/8zcerfVot9RTGAubH8V47O/

BALTIMORE
Hensley ESPN Baltimore: Ryan Mallett struggles with short-handed Ravens offense in preseason opener
http://www.espn.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/91896/ryan-mallett-struggles-with-short-handed-ravens-offense-in-preseason-opener

Zrebiec Baltimore Sun: Jimmy Smith restructures contract, gives Ravens some much-needed salary cap space
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-ravens-jimmy-smith-restructure-20170810-story.html

Lee Baltimore Sun: Offensive tackle Austin Howard said he will practice with Ravens ‘as soon as possible’
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-austin-howard-to-practice-with-ravens-as-soon-as-possible-20170810-story.html

BUFFALO
Rodak ESPN Buffalo: Tyrod Taylor dodges injury in lackluster performance by Bills' starting offense
http://www.espn.com/blog/buffalo-bills/post/_/id/28480/tyrod-taylor-dodges-injury-in-lackluster-performance-by-bills-starting-offense

Graham Buffalo News: Insta-Graham: Jonathan Williams shines in Bills' preseason opener
http://buffalonews.com/2017/08/10/insta-graham-jonathan-williams-shines-bills-preseason-opener/

Dunne B/R: LeSean McCoy Says HE Is the NFL's Best Running Back. Whatcha Gonna Do About It?
https://syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/2726492-lesean-mccoy-best-running-back-2017-fantasy-football.html

CAROLINA
Person Charlotte Observer: No deep threat to replace Ted Ginn Jr.? Carolina Panthers turned one loose vs. Texans
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article166470172.html

Rodrigue Charlotte Observer: Why Panthers OT Matt Kalil’s solid debut will be followed by a rough day in film room
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article166483672.html

CHICAGO
Campbell Chicago Tribune: Mitch Trubisky impressive, Mike Glennon disappointing in Bears' exhibition opener loss
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-bears-broncos-spt-0811-20170810-story.html

Haugh Chicago Tribune: Mitch Trubisky's exhibition debut should lead to Bears QB competition
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-bears-haugh-mitch-trubisky-debut-spt-0811-20170810-column.html

Potash Chicago Sun Times: Not bad for openers: Bears' defense shines in Mitch Trubisky's shadow
http://chicago.suntimes.com/football/not-bad-for-openers-bears-defense-shines-in-mitch-trubiskys-shadow/

CLEVELAND
Labbe Cleveland Plain Dealer: 7 Browns players who could surprise this preseason
http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2017/08/7_browns_players_who_could_sur.html

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Hue Jackson to decide if Deshone Kizer will start vs. Giants: 'Let me see how I feel'
http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2017/08/hue_jackson_to_decide_if_desho.html

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Myles Garrett: 'I'm looking forward to sending a message through this 1st game'
https://articles.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2017/08/myles_garrett_im_looking_forwa.amp

DALLAS
George Dallas Morning News: Cowboys still in the dark on Ezekiel Elliott ruling, but expect decision to come to light soon
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2017/08/10/cowboys-still-dark-ezekiel-elliott-ruling-expect-decision-come-light-soon

Hill Fort Worth Star Telegram: Cowboys confident, “not thinking” about playing without Elliott
http://star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/article166616972.html

Davison Fort Worth Star Telegram: Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith on his balky back: I’m good
http://star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/article166601602.html

DENVER
Jhabalva Denver Post: Broncos’ new offense, QBs uninspiring in preseason opener
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/10/broncos-beat-bears-preseason-opener/

DETROIT
Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions observations: Big day for D against Indianapolis Colts
http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2017/08/10/lions-colts-joint-practice/556024001/

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions observations: Big day for D against Indianapolis Colts
http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2017/08/10/lions-colts-joint-practice/556024001/

GREEN BAY
Silverstein Mil JS: Packers' special teams hit their stride against Eagles
http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2017/08/10/packers-special-teams-hit-their-stride-against-eagles/556116001/

Dougherty Mil JS: Packers' top pick Kevin King takes lumps but flashes ability
http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/dougherty/2017/08/10/dougherty-packers-top-pick-kevin-king-takes-lumps-but-flashes-ability/556231001/

HOUSTON
Barshop ESPN Houston: Bill O'Brien says Deshaun Watson was '50-50' on knowing Texans' offense: 'There's a lot to build on'
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20305278/houston-texans-coach-bill-obrien-impressed-qb-deshaun-watson-poise-notes-there-lot-build-on

INDIANAPOLIS
Wells ESPN Indianapolis: Source: Colts C Ryan Kelly sidelined for time being by foot injury
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20307309/ryan-kelly-indianapolis-colts-foot-injury

Holder Indianapolis Star: Colts observations: D line performance influenced Langford decision
http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2017/08/10/colts-observations-d-line-performance-influenced-langford-decision/557071001/

JACKSONVILLE
O'Halloran Florida Times Union: Big plays propel Jaguars past New England in preseason opener
http://jacksonville.com/sports/jaguars/2017-08-10/big-plays-propel-jaguars-past-new-england-preseason-opener

Reid Florida Times Union: Leonard Fournette displays power running in successful preseason debut vs. Patriots
http://jacksonville.com/jaguars/sports/2017-08-10/leonard-fournette-displays-power-running-successful-preseason-debut-vs

KANSAS CITY
Paylor KC Star: Five reasons to watch the Chiefs’ preseason opener Friday
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article166528277.html

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Williams ESPN LA: Chargers' offense rolls in intense scrimmage vs. Rams
http://www.espn.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/78819/chargers-offense-rolls-in-intense-scrimmage-vs-rams

LOS ANGELES RAMS
Klein LA Times: Players can celebrate touchdowns, something the Rams had few of in 2016
http://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/la-sp-rams-training-camp-20170810-story.html

MIAMI
Beasley Miami Herald: No Cutler, but plenty to like from young Dolphins in preseason opener
http://amp.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article166626072.html

Cote Miami Herald: What did we learn? Dolphins QB Jay Cutler looks debonair on the sideline
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/greg-cote/article166625227.html

George Palm Beach Post: Rookie’s injury continues Dolphins’ misfortune
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/football/dave-george-rookie-injury-continues-dolphins-misfortune/Ye08vtW5RyF7pjgNU0yblM/amp.html

Salguero Miami Herald: Ryan Tannehill taking time to address torn ACL, wise move is to have reconstructive surgery
http://miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/armando-salguero/article166625052.html

MINNESOTA
Krammer Minn Star Tribune: Vikings reveal some warts in 17-10 preseason win over Bills
http://m.startribune.com/vikings-reveal-some-warts-in-17-10-preseason-win-over-bills/439773673/

Hartman Minn Star Tribune: Vikings rookie Cook gives hopeful hint of his potential
http://m.startribune.com/vikings-rookie-dalvin-cook-gives-hopeful-hint-of-his-potential/439773113/

NEW ENGLAND
Volin Boston Globe: There’s a reason Jimmy Garoppolo is still here
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2017/08/10/there-reason-jimmy-garoppolo-still-here/GJx0ao83Bsg6TsAVrGcUFJ/amp.html

Reiss ESPN Boston: Patriots backup QB spot in good hands with Jimmy Garoppolo
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4804669/jimmy-garoppolo-shows-patriots-backup-qb-spot-is-in-good-hands

Daniels Providence Journal: Jaguars 31, Patriots 24: Garoppolo shines in preseason loss
http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/20170810/jaguars-31-patriots-24-garoppolo-shines-in-preseason-loss

Kurkjian Boston Herald: Austin Carr grabs attention with stellar show for Patriots
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/2017/08/austin_carr_grabs_attention_with_stellar_show_for_patriots

Hewitt Boston Herald: Undrafted Adam Butler showing versatility, drive at Patriots camp
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/2017/08/undrafted_adam_butler_showing_versatility_drive_at_patriots_camp

NEW ORLEANS
Katzenstein Nola.com: Saints fall to Browns in preseason opener as deep passes prove costly
http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2017/08/saints_browns_preseason.html

Katzenstein Nola.com: Saints' Alvin Kamara wants more after flashing potential in preseason debut
http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2017/08/saints_alvin_kamara_preseason.html

Erickson NO Advocate: Saints' trio of young cornerbacks play key role in solid first-half performance by New Orleans' top defenders
http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_2ba89c76-7e39-11e7-9120-ef7c6567eed6.html

OAKLAND
Tafur SF Chronicle: Raiders’ Seth Roberts played entire season with a double hernia
http://sfgate.com/raiders/article/Raiders-Seth-Roberts-played-entire-season-with-11749303.php

Gehlken LV Review Journal: Raiders rookie OT David Sharpe shows some grit
https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/raiders-nfl/raiders-rookie-ot-david-sharpe-shows-some-grit/

Gonzalez ESPN Oakland: Derek Carr compares rookie Eddie Vanderdoes to Justin Tuck
http://www.espn.com/blog/oakland-raiders/post/_/id/18915/derek-carr-eddie-vanderdoes-reminds-me-of-justin-tuck

PHILADELPHIA
Berman Phil.com: Eagles' Carson Wentz, first-team defense shine in preseason loss to Packers
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/philadelphia-eagles-carson-wentz-green-bay-packers-preseason-opener-20170811.html

Mullin Phillyvoice: As Wentz dominates, Matthews reminds us why he's still the starter (and not Agholor)
http://www.phillyvoice.com/wentz-dominates-matthews-reminds-us-why-hes-still-starter-and-not-agholor/amp/

McLane Phil.com: Eagles rookie Derek Barnett impresses in his NFL preseason debut
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/philadelphia-eagles-rookie-derek-barnett-defensive-end-preseason-debut-20170811.html

Lombardo NJ.com: Eagles' Derek Barnett unveils new pass-rush technique, gets 2 sacks vs. Packers
http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2017/08/eagles_derek_barnett_unveils_new_pass-rush_techniq.html

Bowen Phil.com: Eagles' corners OK for starters, though Ron Brooks injures hamstring
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/philadelphia-eagles-cornerbacks-ron-brooks-jalen-mills-patrick-robinson-20170811.html

PITTSBURGH
Fittipaldo Pittsburgh Post Gazette: First auditions: 10 Steelers to watch in the preseason opener
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2017/08/10/2017-steelers-preseason-opener-giants-juju-smith-schuster-justin-hunter-t-j-watt-josh-dobbs/stories/201708100103

Adamski Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Steel Mill A.M.: Get to know Bart Houston, the Steelers' 'other' rookie QB
http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/12606622-74/steel-mill-am-get-to-know-bart-houston-the-steelers-other-rookie

Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Le'Veon Bell is hurting himself with training camp absence, Kevin Colbert says
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2017/08/09/leveon-bell-contract-status-pittsburgh-steelers-training-camp-holdout/stories/201708090130?pgpageversion=pgevoke

Zeise Pittsburgh Post Gazette: The Steelers face tough choices at wide receiver
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/zeise-is-right/2017/08/10/steelers-wide-receivers-antonio-brown-martavis-bryant-juju-smith-schuster-sammie-coates-darrius-heyward-bey/stories/201708100110?pgpageversion=pgevoke

Lolley Observer Reporter: Injuries at cornerback provide opportunities
http://www.observer-reporter.com/20170810/injuries_at_cornerback_provide_opportunities

SEATTLE
Kapadia ESPN Seattle: Caught up with Seahawks rookie RB Chris Carson yesterday. Name to watch in the preseason
http://www.espn.com/blog/seattle-seahawks/post/_/id/26243/seahawks-rb-chris-carson-gets-a-lesson-from-doug-baldwin

TENNESSEE
Pompei B/R: 'The Sky's the Limit': Marcus Mariota Is Ready for Superstardom
https://syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/2726316-the-skys-the-limit-marcus-mariota-is-ready-for-superstardom.html

WASHINGTON
Jones Washington Post: Redskins’ training camp optimism takes a hit with struggles against Ravens
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/football-insider/wp/2017/08/10/five-story-lines-to-follow-in-the-redskins-preseason-opener-against-the-ravens/

Keim ESPN Washington: After Redskins loss, Kirk Cousins says, 'We have a long ways to go'
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/243954/after-redskins-loss-kirk-cousins-says-we-have-a-long-ways-to-go

Keim ESPN Washington: As Kirk Cousins' confidence grows, his full personality emerges...comfy in system, success. It matters.
http://www.espn.com/blog/washington-redskins/post/_/id/32388/as-kirk-cousins-confidence-grows-his-full-personality-emerges

Jones Washington Post: Redskins’ Trent Murphy, Su’a Cravens suffer knee injuries, will undergo MRI exams
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/football-insider/wp/2017/08/11/trent-murphy-sua-cravens-suffered-knee-injuries-and-will-get-mri-exams-friday/?utm_term=.b2630279c129

Draft

Miller B/R: Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook: Don't Panic About the Rookie QBs Just Yet
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2726469-matt-millers-scouting-notebook-dont-panic-about-the-rookie-qbs-just-yet

History

King MMQB: LaDainian Tomlinson’s Hall of Fame Speech: The Message and the Meaning
https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/08/09/ladianian-tomlinson-discusses-his-hall-fame-speech

Troup PFJ: Eddie Meador & The 1966 Los Angeles Rams
http://nflfootballjournal.blogspot.com/2017/08/eddie-meador-66-rams.html?m=1
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