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Loser of Vick-Foles competition could be gone from Philly

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The loser of the Mike VickNick Foles quarterback competition might not simply be destined for the bench.  He might be headed on the first bus out of town.

That’s why Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com believes.  He shared his views during Monday’s edition of PFT Live.

We’ve long believed that if Vick doesn’t emerge as the starter, he could disappear from the roster.  But Foles could be out of a job, Mosher believes, if Vick wins the first-string position.

Under either scenario, rookie Matt Barkley would become the backup, with former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon serving as the scout-team/change-of-pace read-option option.

If Barkley wins the job (which Mosher thinks isn’t out of the question), Foles likely would remain in place, as the backup.  Vick would be gone.

What it all means for now is that, once the drama of the quarterback competition ends, even more drama could follow.

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Friday morning one-liners

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T Marquis Lucas has gone from being homeless to signing with the Bills as an undrafted free agent.

The Dolphins announced their training camp schedule as well as increased protection from the elements for fans that come to watch.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was doling out some dating advice.

What is Jets LB Erin Henderson’s outlook for the 2016 season?

Reminiscing about the Ravens’ first year in Baltimore.

The Bengals landed seven players in NFL Network’s Top 100 rankings.

Former Browns RB Earnest Byner shares his observations from the team’s offseason work.

On Shaun Suisham and other Steelers kickers.

DT Vince Wilfork is in for some ribbing from Texans players for posing nude for ESPN’s magazine.

A look at the Colts’ cap after signing QB Andrew Luck to an extension.

The Jaguars website offers up a preview of training camp.

Titans DT Jurrell Casey is getting married on Friday.

The Broncos have set their schedule for training camp.

Chiefs K Cairo Santos took a trip home to Brazil.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree called DE Khalil Mack the “definition of a beast.”

Breaking down the Chargers running backs.

Another suspension provides further evidence for those that believe the Cowboys fall short on judging character.

Looking ahead to the battle for playing time at tight end with the Giants.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz’s dog is playing the social media game.

Former Redskins TE Chris Cooley thinks the team is going to win 11 games this year.

Getting to know a bit about Bears rookie RB Jordan Howard.

Lions S Glover Quin is OK with outside expectations of the team being low.

Will the Packers keep three quarterbacks?

Where does the Vikings defensive line rank heading into the season?

Falcons DT Tyson Jackson’s recent training partners have included Demi Lovato.

Three questions about the Panthers wide receivers.

P Thomas Morstead is preparing for another year with the Saints.

DT Akeem Spence would like to sign an extension with the Buccaneers.

The Amazon series about the 2015 Cardinals season comes out on Friday.

Rams CB Coty Sensabaugh skipped a traditional wedding registry in favor of donations to support a charitable trip to the Dominican Republic with his wife.

The 49ers will hold a practice at Kezar Stadium in August.

Pondering whether the Seahawks should alter DL Michael Bennett’s contract.

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Stanley Wilson II puts a suit on, declares himself “happy to be alive”

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Former Lions cornerback Stanley Wilson II said Thursday he was “happy to be alive,” but that might have just been because he was wearing clothes.

According to Francesca Fontana of the Oregonian, Wilson was released from the hospital Wednesday and arraigned Thursday, facing felony burglary and misdemeanor trespassing charges. He was shot last week while trying to break into a Portland house, and when police found him, he was naked in a water fountain.

The 33-year-old Wilson was shot in the abdomen by the homeowner.

Unlike his burglary outfit, Wilson was wearing a dark gray suit to court Thursday. He posted $54,500 bond and was released. The judge ordered him to not go within 500 feet of the home he was breaking into, which seems like a moot judge’s order since the last time he went there he was shot and found naked. His next court appearance is July 15.

The former third-round pick out of Stanford is the son of former Bengals running back Stanley Wilson, who famously missed a Super Bowl after a cocaine binge the night before the game.

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Plummer regrets calling Jerry an “a–hole,” stands by the substance

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Former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer recently called Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a “billionaire a–hole” over Jones’s contention that a link between football and CTE has not been proven. With some time to think about it, Plummer softened that stance.

Plummer said on FOX Sports 910 Phoenix that he wishes he hadn’t expressed his thoughts about Jones quite so colorfully.

“I was in a passionate moment at that time . . . sometimes I might not think everything through clearly,” Plummer said. “It came out, I said it, I’ll own it, I’ll stand by it. I don’t know Jerry Jones personally enough to call him that, which is probably why I shouldn’t have used that word. But, for him to say those things about the absurdity of a link between CTE and brain trauma – it points to a guy who’s trying to protect his investment or is completely out of touch with reality.”

Plummer, who has been advocating for allowing players to use medical marijuana to deal with pain caused by football injuries, stands by that stance. He just wishes he had approached the matter differently.

“I probably didn’t do well by calling him what I did, but hey it’s what happened at that moment and people are talking about it which is a great thing,” Plummer said. “Ultimately we want to save the game, we don’t want to fight the NFL over this, we just want to help keep the game that we all love to watch, and I loved to play. Keep it alive.”

The NFL has so far been unwavering in its view that marijuana is a banned substance for players, whether used medicinally or recreationally. Plummer is going to keep fighting on that front, but he’ll probably stop calling owners a–holes.

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Duron Carter makes headlines with CFL post-touchdown antics

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There was a bunch of interest in wide receiver Duron Carter in early 2015 when Carter decided to leave the Canadian Football League for the NFL, but he never actually played in an NFL game.

Carter is back in the CFL, and he’s back in the headlines. After catching a touchdown pass Thursday night for the Montreal Alouettes, Carter took to the other team’s sideline to celebrate.

Before long, he bumped Ottawa Redblacks coach Rick Campbell near the Ottawa sideline, and Campbell ended up on the ground. It didn’t appear Carter reached out or really went out of his way to strike Campbell when Campbell confronted him, but Carter was on the wrong sideline.

The Twittersphere made sure Carter’s antics were viewed widely, and quickly. Several Redblacks players chased Carter down the sideline, and some made physical contact with him.

Thursday night CFL is apparently must-see TV.

Carter is the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter. After signing a three-year deal with the Colts in the winter of 2015, Duron Carter ended up getting cut at the end of the 2015 preseason and spent the whole season on the practice squad. The Colts didn’t offer him a futures contract after the season, and he went back to Montreal.

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C.J. Spillman convicted of sexual assault

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Former NFL cornerback C.J. Spillman was convicted of sexual assault on Thursday stemming from a 2014 incident at the Cowboys’ team hotel when Spillman played for Dallas.

According to Claire Z. Cardona of the Dallas Morning News, a jury found Spillman guilty in under two hours in a trial that began on Monday in Fort Worth, Tex.

The second degree felony sexual assault charge carries a sentence of between two and 20 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Friday.

Spillman was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Tex. on Sept. 20, 2014. Spillman wasn’t officially charged until June 30, 2015 and Spillman played the remainder of the 2014 season with the Cowboys while charges were pending.

Spillman admitted to having sex with the woman but claimed it was a consensual encounter. The jury disagreed.

He has not been on an NFL roster since the conclusion of the 2014 season.

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Mercilus plans to be healthy for start of camp

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 03: Whitney Mercilus #59 of the Houston Texans reacts after sacking Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter on January 3, 2016 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Getty Images

There’s still a little more than four weeks before the Texans open training camp, and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus says he’ll be ready to go when the Texans take the field.

Mercilus has been battling a hamstring injury, but he told the Houston Chronicle that with extra treatment and rehab, he plans to be on the field in late July.

I’m feeling good, starting to get healthy,” Mercilus said.

Mercilus said he plans to go to Los Angeles in early July to visit a specialist with whom he’s previously worked. The injury kept Mercilus on the sideline during the Texans’ spring on-field work.

The AFC’s Defensive Player of the Month last December, Mercilus has become a key part of what could be a very good Texans defense. He had a career-high 12 sacks last season and also recovered two fumbles.

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Maxx Williams fine waiting his turn in crowded tight end group

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Both by necessity and later because the Ravens were playing for the future, tight end Maxx Williams had a busy rookie season.

Heading into 2016, though, Williams sees a crowded tight end situation. Veteran Ben Watson was signed in March, and quarterback Joe Flacco is hoping one of his favorite targets, Dennis Pitta, will be able to return from injury. If everyone is healthy, Williams could find himself fighting for snaps, but he’s saying the right things about welcoming the chance to work with Watson and Pitta.

It really helps having the veterans here; it really gives me a chance to learn from them and see what made them successful,” Williams said, per the Ravens’ official website. “It’s nice seeing those guys practice every day so you can take what they have and build off that.”

Williams said the Ravens tight ends have asked themselves, “What’s wrong with having the best tight end group in the NFL? We’re going to work to make each other better and then figure it out going into the season.”

Williams played in 14 games last season, starting seven. That’s probably more game action than the Ravens anticipated Williams, a second-round pick in 2015, getting as a rookie.

He just turned 22 in April, but he set franchise rookie records last fall with 32 receptions for 268 yards. With Watson in the fold and Pitta and Crockett Gillmore trying to get healthy, Williams knows he may have to wait his turn but said he’s comfortable with his surroundings and confident in his abilities.

“It’s nice knowing what to expect every day,” he said. “Last year, I went into every day not knowing what was going to happen. This year there’s a lot of that stress off now that I’ve been through it. Now it’s really about football and focusing on your game to get better every day.”

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Jim Kelly says he and Rex Ryan are “all good”

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Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly said a few weeks ago that Rex Ryan has to make the playoffs or else he’ll get fired. Ryan didn’t exactly sound thrilled about that, although he wisely avoided getting into a war of words with the most popular player in franchise history.

Privately, Ryan and Kelly have communicated, and Kelly says there are no problems between the two of them.

“Yeah, we already texted,” Kelly said, via Sal Capaccio of WGR 550. “That’s all good.”

It might seem a little inelegant for a player of Kelly’s stature to talk about his former team’s coach getting fired, but Kelly was probably right: Ryan had better win this year, or else Kelly will be talking about a different Bills coach next year.

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NFL: “Credible evidence” needed for discipline, not investigation of possible PED violation

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The NFLPA sent a letter to the NFL this week demanding “sufficient credible evidence” from the league if they want to interview four players implicated as users of performance-enhancing drugs in a report by Al-Jazeera America last year.

The league responded to that letter on Thursday and they predictably took a different view of the matter. Lindsay Jones of USA Today reports that NFL senior vice president of labor affairs Adolpho Birch sent a letter to the union calling their stance regarding interviews with Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, Packers linebacker Julius Peppers and ex-Packers linebacker Mike Nealfundamentally at odds with the CBA” when it comes to the standard the league needs to meet to begin an investigation.

“While we readily agree that such evidence is required to support the imposition of discipline, nothing in the CBA or the policy imposes such a requirement before possible violations of the policy may be investigated,” Birch wrote. “Obviously, the standard that you advocate — that the league cannot undertake an investigation unless and until it has established the facts and claims to be investigated — would simply ensure that there would be no investigations at all.  For the same reason, we are under no obligation to disclose all evidence uncovered thus far as a condition to interviewing the players, which would clearly compromise the investigation.”

Birch added that active NFL players have an “obligation to cooperate with league investigations and may be disciplined for failing to do so.”

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told Jones that the NFLPA had not received the letter yet and therefore had no comment.

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Free agent tight end Cameron Clear gets suspended, too

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Cameron Clear #85 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs for a 30-yard game after a reception to set up a touchdown in the third quarter of the Chick-fil-A Bowl against the Duke Blue Devils at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Texas A&M won the game 52-48. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

Thursday was Suspension Day around the NFL, or at the least a day of bunch of them were announced.

Free agent tight end Cameron Clear also got a four-game suspension, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported. The reason Clear was suspended is unknown.

Clear was signed to a futures contract by the Colts last winter but was released in May.

Clear went undrafted in 2015 and signed with the Steelers after the draft. He finished his college career at Texas A&M as a teammate of former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who’s also a free agent and also got a four-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday.

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Report: Goodell made $32 million in 2015

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It hasn’t been hard to find negative opinions about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during 2015, but he’s still making out OK on the financial end of things.

Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal reports that a tax filing by the NFL shows that Goodell made $32 million in 2015. That’s a drop from $34.1 million the previous year and the fourth straight year that Goodell’s compensation has dropped, although $32 million is still a fair chunk of change to take home.

Unless the league reverses course on it’s decision to give up tax-exempt status for the league office, this will be the last year they have to disclose Goodell’s pay. They made the change last year, but Kaplan reports a “stub period between the end of the last filing and when they changed status” meant they had to make the filing one more time.

While we won’t know exactly how much Goodell will pull in for his services in 2016 and beyond, it’s a good bet that his pay will remain high as long as revenues remain high. While plenty of people have negative takes on the job Goodell’s done, bank accounts around the league remain the most significant bellwether.

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NFL upholds DeMarcus Lawrence’s four-game suspension

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The Cowboys got a double dose of bad news on Thursday.

In addition to announcing that linebacker Rolando McClain will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season because of another violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, they also passed along word that defensive end Demarcus Lawrence’s four-game suspension under the same policy has been upheld by the league.

Defensive end Randy Gregory rounds out the trio of Cowboys defenders who will open up the season serving suspensions, which should make it difficult for the Cowboys to realize any significant immediate improvement over last year’s lackluster performance on that side of the ball. Benson Mayowa, Charles Tapper, Ryan Russell and David Irving are among the options for the team at defensive end while Gregory and Lawrence are out of the picture.

After the Cowboys drafted running back Ezekiel Elliott in the first round, owner Jerry Jones said the team hoped his presence would lead to more possession on offense, fewer plays for the defense and, as a result, a better performance from that unit. It may have to if the Cowboys are going to improve on last year’s results.

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Rolando McClain suspended for 10 games

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The list of Cowboys defensive players serving a suspension to open the season has reportedly gotten longer.

Adam Schefter and Todd Archer of ESPN reported that linebacker Rolando McClain will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season on Thursday afternoon and the Cowboys passed along the same word a short time later. It’s a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, which was also the reason why McClain was suspended for the first four games of last season.

McClain re-signed with the Cowboys this offseason after making 80 tackles and an interception in 11 starts for the team after his suspension came to an end last year. McClain missed the voluntary portion of the team’s offseason program, which owner Jerry Jones said was so he could spend time with his kids although coach Jason Garrett seemed less sanguine about his absence.

With McClain out of the picture, the Cowboys will have to shuffle the deck at linebacker. Sean Lee will start with Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber’s experience starting last year likely putting them ahead of Andrew Gachkar, Damien Wilson and Keith Smith for the other two spots.

Defensive ends Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence will miss the first four games of the year serving suspensions of their own, leaving the Cowboys awfully short on defense come September.

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Trevone Boykin avoids jail time with plea deal in assault case

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Seahawks rookie quarterback Trevone Boykin will avoid jail time after pleading down from an assault charge, and will get to satisfy his probation while in Seattle.

That’s good news for the team, as he’s pretty much their No. 2 quarterback at this point.

According to Stephen Cohen of SeattlePI.com, Boykin pleaded no contest to charges of resisting arrest from the New Year’s Eve incident. He was initially charged with a misdemeanor count of assault after getting in a bar fight in San Antonio, which cost him a chance to finish his TCU career in the Alamo Bowl.

Boykin was given a year’s probation and fined $1,500 and court costs. The Bexar County Court judge will allow him to fulfill his 80 hours of community service and anger management course while he’s in Seattle this fall.

At the moment, the undrafted rookie is the backup to Russell Wilson, as Jake Heaps is the only other quarterback on the roster. There was a possibility that they might re-acquire Tarvaris Jackson, though that seems less likely after he threatened to kill his wife last week.

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Cardinals had Ameer Abdullah on the phone when Lions picked him

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During the second round of the 2015 NFL draft, the Cardinals were sitting at No. 55 and knew exactly who they wanted: Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah.

There was just one problem: The Lions wanted Abdullah, too. And the Lions picked 54th.

The new Amazon series All or Nothing reveals that. All or Nothing, which debuts Friday on Amazon Prime, documents the Cardinals’ 2015 season, including the draft — when the Cardinals were so close to taking Abdullah that they had him on the phone in their draft room, and coach Bruce Arians and General Manager Steve Keim were celebrating that they were about to add the player they wanted.

“We’ve been talking about this pick since the Combine,” Arians said. Keim added, “I liked him a lot.”

And then Abdullah gave the Cardinals some bad news: He had another call coming in, and it was from Detroit.

“Detroit’s calling him right now,” announced one dejected voice within the Cardinals’ draft room. “You’re kidding me!” said another.

The Lions took Abdullah with the 54th pick, so the Cardinals, no longer having the guy they wanted at 55, traded down. The Cardinals got a running back, David Johnson, in the third round.

As it turned out, Abdullah and Johnson were fairly similar players as rookies: Abdullah ran for 597 yards, added 183 receiving yards and 1,077 kickoff return yards. Johnson had 581 rushing yards, 457 receiving yards and 598 kickoff return yards. Johnson played well enough that losing out on Abdullah didn’t hurt in the long run, even if it hurt on draft day.

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