Bengals' Terrelle Pryor still dreams about winning it all
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Terrelle Pryor's chances of taking the Bengals to the Super Bowl and winning it are slim, but that won’t stop him from dreaming.

Pryor -- in his fourth year in the league -- dreams about winning the Super Bowl with quite some frequency, he just isn't sure what team he's doing it with.

“I don’t know the team. It’s always in black uniforms,” Pryor said. “I didn’t see any orange. No, it’s not the Raiders. But I believe it can happen because I can visualize it like that. I’m into visualization.”

Pryor hasn't played a down since the 2013 regular season, when he passed for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games.

Union: Goodell must back off hearing of Patriots QB Tom Brady
by Marty Gitlin |
(5/22/2015) NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith is growing impatient awaiting word from Roger Goodell on the request of the NFL commissioner to recuse himself as arbitrator of the appeal hearings ofPatriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The league suspended Brady for the first four games next season for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, claiming that he likely knew that game balls were being deflated for his benefit before the 2014 AFC title game.

Smith is claiming that neither Goodell nor the Wells Report, which investigated the incident, could legitimately claim impartiality. He added that the NFLPA will "advance the volume" of the request if they don't hear from Goodell by next week. Part of the union's press release reads as follows:

Given a process that has contained procedural violations of our collective bargaining agreement, the Commissioner's role as a central witness in the appeal hearing and his evident partiality with respect to the Wells report, the Commissioner must designate a neutral party to serve as arbitrator in this matter. The players also believe that the Commissioner's history of inconsistently issuing discipline against our players makes him ill-suited to hear this appeal in a fair-minded manner.

As for the Wells Report, Smith stated that "you can't really have credibility just because you slap the word independent on a piece of paper." He offered into evidence the findings in regard to NFL official Walt Anderson, who was a key figure in the investigation, citing one part of the report questions his memory and another credits it.

Shanahan: Struggles of Robert Griffin III unrelated to injury
by Marty Gitlin |
(5/22/2015) Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan does not believe injuries have prevented quarterback Robert Griffin III from maximizing his potential in the NFL. Rather, he feels it was the team not creating an offensive system that best fits his talents and his own belief that he could play a traditional role at that position.

Griffin sustained a serious knee injury in the 2012 playoffs. He then struggled in 2013 in an offense designed to transform him into a drop-back quarterback rather than one that took advantage of his mobility. He suffered another knee injury last year and did not perform well in the offense of new coach Jay Gruden.

"I don't think getting hurt has anything to do with it," Shanahan told 106.7 The Fan. "In college he didn't have a route tree, didn't have a playbook. That does take some time. ... If you take a quarterback like that you must run the kind of system that allows him to be successful. ... I really believe Robert thought he was more of a drop-back quarterback. He hasn't done things the NFL asks you to do. It does take some growing pains. You better really work on it inside and out."

Some have wondered why the Redskins went so hard after Griffin if they weren't willing to create an offense that maximizes his skill set.

Colts' Phillip Dorsett has impressed at team OTA's
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Rookie wide receiver Phillip Dorsett is not experiencing any rookie blues early on with the Colts, per

The first-round pick out of the University of Miami wrapped up an impressive week of organized team activities, leaving a good impression on his veteran teammates.

"It's definitely not too big for him," quarterback Andrew Luck said about the receiver. "He fits in very, very well."

Dorsett averaged more than 24 yards per catch during his last season as a Hurricane, a stat that if he maintains as a Colt will get him on the field despite a talented group of receivers.

"I feel like I'm getting it pretty well," he said. "I came from a pro-style offense with a lot of concepts in college. It's basically the same concepts just different names. There's a lot more verbiage and differently terminology. So it's something that you just have to learn and get used to it."

Report: Chargers expect to reach long-term deal with Philip Rivers
by Jason Butt |
(5/21/2015) A month ago rumors swirled about the Chargers possibly trading Philip Rivers

Now it appears Rivers won't be heading anywhere anytime soon. According to a report from, the Chargers are confident in reaching a long-term deal with Rivers. 

Rivers is entering the final year of his contract, in which he is due $15.75 million. 

A year ago, Rivers threw for 4,286 yards, 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. 

49ers rookie Mike Davis injured by Colin Kaepernick pass
by Shawn Krest |
(5/21/2015) 49ers rookie running back Mike Davis is the latest San Francisco player to suffer a hand injury trying to catch a pass from quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Randy Moss, Stevie Johnson and Bruce Ellington have all suffered various hand and finger injuries from Kaepernick's high-velocity passes. 

After a 49ers OTA, Davis tweeted, "Kaep owes me a new thumb." 

Report: Browns QB Johnny Manziel set for OTA participation
by Marty Gitlin |
(5/21/2015) Browns embattled quarterback Johnny Manziel is expected to participate fully in the team's OTA session Tuesday, per ESPN.

Manziel has had a far different offseason in 2015 than he did before his rookie year, which was marked by photos of him partying at various clubs. He checked into a rehab facility and has moved from downtown Cleveland to a quiet suburb. He has also earned praise from teammates who have claimed he seems far more dedicated to his craft.

The second-year quarterback appears set for now to compete for a backup role behind Josh McCown. His chief rival for that job is Connor Shaw, who outperformed her last year.

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater: I want to be like Brett Favre
by Marty Gitlin |
(5/21/2015) Vikings young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater apparently doesn't set the bar too low. When asked while accepting the 2014 Pepsi Rookie of the Year award who he would like to emulate, he replied that it would be future Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

"[He's] the guy," Bridgewater said via Pro Football Talk. "Besides the injuries and the hits and everything, he had a pretty successful career. He's a Hall of Famer for sure, multiple Super Bowls, and that's something I look forward to doing. Hopefully, I can win more Super Bowls."

Heady stuff for a guy merely heading into his second season and playing for a team that has never won a Super Bowl. But Bridgewater showed flashes last year, completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,919 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was particularly impressive down the stretch, hitting on 73 percent of his passes and averaging 273 yards in his last four games.

Saints' Drew Brees says young receivers keep him sharp
by Shawn Krest |
(5/21/2015) Saints quarterback Drew Brees is 36 years old, but the team's young stable of wide receivers helps keep him fresh. 

"That's good. That creates a sense of urgency. And I like that. Because it kind of takes me back to basics, too," Brees said, per the Times Picayune. "All of a sudden I have to communicate and verbalize a route or a concept or a thought process in regards to something, so it just reiterates it to me, hey, what were the origins of this route and how have we developed it over time and how has it evolved? How have we gotten to this point?"

Derek Carr's agent said Raiders QB won't need surgery
by Jason Butt |
(5/20/2015) Derek Carr's agent, Tim Younger, said the Raiders quarterback will not need surgery on his injured right ring finger, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

It was previously reported by ESPN that surgery was a potential option for Carr. 

“I don’t know where this idea came up that he’s going to be having surgery,” Younger said. “The situation, I don’t even want to call it an injury, is very minor, and we’re just being cautious.”

Carr has been held out of team activities to start the offseason. 

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