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#DeflateGate brings out the venom from readers

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In the six months since #DeflateGate first emerged, PFT has received countless emails from fans pushing various ideas and agendas and opinions and theories. None has been more persistent than one specific reader who routinely sends emails to multiple media outlets, arguing zealously against the Patriots and Tom Brady.

Her lengthy and consistent and hostile emails read like a native of Russia trying (and failing) to speak English. (Not that there’s anything wrong with being a native of Russia who is trying and failing to speak English.)

Here’s a portion of the message that arrived in the PFT mailbox tonight.

“Patriots tom brady is wrongdoing for deflategate. Text messages. I support to roger goodell. I hates Patriots robert kraft is a–hole and a–hole and stupid and dumb. Robert kraft is wrong and liar. Patriots qb tom brady is lie and liar and dumb and cheat. Tom brady is guilt. I against tom brady and Robert kraft. Patriots owners Robert kraft is fired and out of office and go to jail. . . .

“President Eric Winston is wrong and demaurice smith is wrong and fired and failed. Roger goodell is rigth. Ted wells is rigth. I like to roger goodell and ted wells. I not like tom brady and Robert kraft. I am never watch on tv for football. Roger goodell is winner. Nflpa are loses. Tom brady is loses. Robert kraft is loses.

“I did read from roger goodell said against tom brady is 4 games. Tom brady is look bad and devil. . . .

“Boston bruin is loses. Basketball in boston are loses. Red sox are most loses hahahahahahahahahahah. Tom brady is wrongdoing for deflategate. Tom brady is dumb.”

Actually, I’m the one who is dumb, because I make it easy for folks to send in emails via the “send scoop” button. If I keep making stupid decisions like that, I eventually will be wrong and fired and failed.

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Judge appointed by Bush 41 gets NFLPA case filed in Minnesota

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The lawsuit filed by the NFL on Tuesday against the NFLPA received a judge appointed by President Bill Clinton, a Democrat. The lawsuit filed by the NFLPA on Wednesday against the NFL received a judge appointed by President George H.W. Bush, a Republican.

Maybe the next race to the courthouse will be to see which side can dismiss its lawsuit first.

While in many cases an overly simplistic assessment, the political background of the judge becomes an important consideration in civil cases. Democratic judges are believed to be more philosophically aligned with labor and individuals; Republican judges are believed to be more philosophically aligned with management.

In New York, the case filed by the NFL landed with Judge Richard M. Berman. In Minnesota, the initials “RHK” applied to the document filed by the NFL suggest that the lawsuit has been assigned to Judge Richard H. Kyle.

Kyle could step aside or transfer the case to someone like Judge David Doty, who has a long history of handling NFL-related cases. Or Kyle could decide to handle the case on his own, and the political mindset that earned an appointment from Bush 41 could be good news for 345 Park Avenue.

Although the NFLPA privately recognizes that the NFL’s victory in the race to the courthouse could make the union’s filing in Minnesota moot, the NFLPA and Brady could be better off in New York, if Kyle stays true to the principles that made him attractive to President Bush — and if Berman stays true to the principles that made him attractive to President Clinton.

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Raiders name Beth Mowins preseason play-by-play announcer

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The Raiders announced today that veteran announcer Beth Mowins will call play-by-play for their preseason games this season.

Mowins will be a rarity in the NFL as a female in a broadcast booth. Although many women work NFL games as sideline reporters, the play-by-play and commentator duties are almost always handled by men. Mowins is eminently qualified for the Raiders job, having spent two decades calling games for ESPN, including many college football games. Her presence in the Raiders’ booth is a positive step.

Former Raiders Tim Brown and Matt Millen will join Mowins in the booth.

“Calling games for one of the premier franchises in the NFL is a real privilege, especially alongside a Hall of Famer and a four-time Super Bowl champion,” Mowins said in a statement released by the Raiders. “The Raiders have always taken pride in being innovative and we are excited to engage with Raider Nation in what promises to be an exciting buildup to the new season.”

Photo via Beth Mowins on Twitter.

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Dolphins donning throwbacks in December

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The 2015 Miami Dolphins may not be able to rediscover the glory of years past, but they’ll at least look like the teams that competed for (and won) championships.

The Dolphins will dust off their now-defunct uniforms for a Monday night visit from the Giants on December 14.

It’s wise for the Dolphins to break out the throwbacks in December, given that they’ll close the season with four home games only four Sundays apart, starting December 6 and ending January 3. With the blackout policy suspended, the Dolphins need to do whatever they can to entice fans to show up four times in five weeks to close the season.

The Dolphins introduced their current futuristic, helmetless Dolphin logo in 2013. The fact that the base color for the helmet remained white permits the old uniform to be resurrected by swapping out the decals, since the NFL now requires players to use one helmet for the entire year.

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Nothing happening between the Giants and Eli Manning, yet

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Recent comments from Giants co-owner John Mara suggested that an effort will be made to get quarterback Eli Manning signed soon. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, no such efforts have commenced.

It means that the outside chance of Manning getting a new deal by the start of camp is really no chance.

This doesn’t mean the Giants won’t soon start the process, but they haven’t started it yet. And it likely won’t be a simple negotiation, given the position Eli plays and its value to an NFL franchise.

There’s no reason to think a deal won’t get done, eventually. Manning has consistently said he wants to stay with the Giants, and the Giants would have a hard time getting quality play out of the quarterback position without him.

Still, the process of locking Eli up with what probably would be a retirement contract has no yet begun.

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Packers won’t put Aaron Rodgers on a training camp pitch count

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Aaron Rodgers has dealt with some injuries, and he is the MVP.

But that doesn’t mean the Packers are going to put their quarterback on any kind of pitch count in training camp.

Aaron is going to have to get exactly he needs,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconson.com. “That’s obviously the priority, and it’s not as much about Aaron, it’s about [his] connection with the other players. So that’s goal No. 1.”

The Packers do have three other quarterbacks in camp, and they’ll want to get new backup Scott Tolzien enough work to get him ready. But with fifth-rounder Brett Hundley and Matt Blanchard in camp, there will be a natural governor on the amount of reps Rodgers gets.

But the 31-year-old also believes in building timing with his receivers, which means he’s not going to want to give up too much work.

“It’s a conversation. There’s a point every year where the throwing might get a little too much and then we back off,” McCarthy said. “You always have to push to that point. The most important thing, he knows [that point] better than anybody.

“We’re not counting throws all the time and it’s not a concern as it will be when he’s later in his career. He’s still very physically fit and so I don’t feel like I need to protect him because of any type of elbow or shoulder issue, thing like that. But we just work through it, communicate and see where he’s at every day.”

Because of his importance to their fortunes, they’ll keep a close eye on him. But he’s also not so old that he’s unable to take a full workload either.

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Report: Jason Pierre-Paul to continue rehabbing on his own

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On Tuesday, Giants co-owner John Mara criticized defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul for not letting Giants officials visit him in the hospital after his July 4 fireworks injuries and said that he doesn’t think Pierre-Paul is “receiving very good advice right now” regarding his lack of communication with the team.

It doesn’t look like Pierre-Paul will be changing his course as a result of those comments, however. Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports that Pierre-Paul “isn’t likely” to be swayed by the feelings of the man who has been signing his checks the last few years. Per Graziano, Pierre-Paul will continue rehabbing on his own in South Florida.

Those checks are likely at the heart of Pierre-Paul’s desire to heal away from the team. If he signs his franchise tender, the Giants can put him on the non-football injury list and not pay him until he’s activated. The two sides could sign an agreement that guarantees Pierre-Paul his salary, but there’s no sign that’s on the table at this point and, of course, the Giants can still rescind the $14.8 million tag altogether.

If Pierre-Paul continues to stay away from the team, he’ll likely return when doctors tell him he’ll pass a physical that would eliminate the NFI possibility. There’s no timeline for that, although a source told Graziano that Pierre-Paul will be ready to play “sooner than a lot of people think.” Given the uncertainty surrounding his status, it’s hard to know when that might be and that’s probably not going to make Mara or anyone else with the Giants feel any better about the situation.

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Falcons sign DeMarcus Love

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The Falcons had Jake Long in for a visit this week, but he went on to meet with other teams and the Falcons have signed another free agent offensive tackle on Wednesday.

The team announced that DeMarcus Love is the newest member of the roster.

While adding Long would likely create increased competition for starting jobs in Atlanta, Love’s addition looks like a depth move. A sixth-round pick of the Vikings in 2011, Love has yet to play in a regular season game during his NFL career while making stops with the Jaguars, Giants, Saints and Broncos after parting ways with Minnesota.

With Lamar Holmes recovering from a broken foot, the Falcons have Jake Matthews at left tackle and Ryan Schraeder and Tyler Polumbus as possibilities at right tackle unless there are any other additions to the mix.

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Junior Galette cited for driving on suspended license

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Two weeks before he was cut by the Saints, Junior Galette was involved in yet another off-field issue.

Galette was cited for three misdemeanor traffic violations, including driving on a suspended and expired drivers license, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

There’s no indication that the traffic violations played a role in the Saints’ decision to cut him, which was motivated primarily by a domestic violence charge that was later dropped, and the emergence of a tape that appeared to show him hitting a man and a woman with a belt. But the traffic violations will add to a sense around the NFL that Galette is the kind of guy who just can’t stay out of trouble.

It’s that sense around the NFL that may make it hard for Galette to find a new team. Although he’s a very good player on the field, with back-to-back double-digit sack seasons, his frequent off-field issues may make him more trouble than he’s worth.

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Report: Cardinals will release Alfonzo Dennard

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Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard landed in Arizona after the Patriots cut him this offseason, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be making it to training camp with the team.

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that the Cardinals, who open camp in a couple of days, will release Dennard. Dennard joined the team in May, which wasn’t all that long ago but apparently it was enough time for Arizona to know he wasn’t the right fit for their secondary.

Dennard was a 2012 seventh-round pick of the Patriots and many thought he was a potential steal at that point in the draft because he was projected to go much higher before a pre-draft arrest hurt his stock. He played just 29 games for the Pats over three seasons, however, and the team dropped him this year despite losing Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner as free agents.

Dennard doesn’t turn 26 until September, so there’s a good chance he’ll find another team that wants to take a look at him this offseason. The Cardinals, meanwhile, will roll on with Patrick Peterson, Jerraud Powers, Justin Bethel and others at corner.

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Cowboys won’t negotiate with Jeremy Mincey, will fine him

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If Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey wants a new deal, he’s not going to get it by staying away.

And he’s actually going to lose money if that’s the route he takes.

Via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cowboys executive Stephen Jones said the team will fine Mincey for every day he’s not present, and they won’t negotiate as long as he’s not there.

Teams can fine players $30,000 per day for missing training camp.

Mincey’s scheduled to make $1.5 million in base salary this year, after signing a two-year deal with the Cowboys last offseason.

He has a history of erratic/costly behavior from his time with the Jaguars. They once signed him to a four-year, $20 million contract, but cut him after a series of missed meetings and other issues.

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Jake Long expected to visit Broncos next

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The Giants had Jake Long in for a second visit on Wednesday as they consider their options in the wake of left tackle Will Beatty’s torn pectoral, but the Giants aren’t the only team that lost a player at that spot to injury this offseason.

Not coincidentally, they also aren’t the only team kicking the tires on the former first overall draft pick. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that Long is planning to leave New Jersey on Wednesday night to visit with the Broncos.

The Broncos lost Ryan Clady to a torn ACL this spring and have Ryan Harris and rookie Ty Sambrailo on the roster as contenders for the spot.

Per Vacchiano, the door hasn’t been closed on the Giants signing Long but the tackle isn’t in a rush to pick a team while he considers his options. Long visited with the Falcons this week as well and other teams could also be interested in seeing how Long has responded after a second torn ACL before cementing their plans on the offensive line.

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Kevin White to start Bears camp on PUP list

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A shin injury suffered in offseason workouts has landed Bears first-round pick Kevin White on the physically unable to perform list as training camp gets underway.

General Manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday that the team wants to take it easy with White given how much time remains before the start of the season and that they want him to focus on building up his cardiovascular strength before letting him loose on the field. Pace also said that White isn’t thrilled by the decision.

“He’s fired up,” Pace said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “We kind have to put handcuffs on him.”

Quarterback David Fales also wound up on the PUP list because of an illness, but outside linebackers Willie Young and Lamarr Houston have both been cleared to practice after suffering a torn Achilles and ACL, respectively, last season.

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Gosder Cherilus plans to visit more teams after leaving Buffalo

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Former Colts tackle Gosder Cherilus visited the Bills today, but he’s apparently not in a hurry to get into a camp.

According to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, the veteran tackle’s visit went well, but “he will be taking visits to other teams.”

It will be interesting to see when those visits come, and whether he’s physically ready to take part in training camp for anyone in the immediate future.

He dealt with numerous injury issues last year, and a knee procedure kept him from participating in the Colts offseason program.

A number of teams are looking for tackle help, so if he’s well, there should be a market. The Giants and Falcons have checked out Jake Long, while the Panthers just signed a pair of tackles after Jonathan Martin’s retirement.

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Geno Smith “laughed” at poll calling him worst QB in league

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ESPN recently took their annual poll of NFL coaches and talent evaluators to determine a ranking of the league’s quarterbacks and the result at the bottom of the list was the same as it was in 2014.

Jets quarterback Geno Smith brings up the rear again after a 4-12 season that saw him briefly benched in favor of Michael Vick. Smith said he “laughed” when he saw the results of the “hilarious” poll, which was also a repeat from last year.

“It was hilarious last year, too,” Smith said, via the New York Post. “It doesn’t matter at this point. We’ve got to work on us as a team. That’s why I hate to talk about individual stuff because it’s a team game. No matter what they rate me, wherever we finish at the end of the year is most important.”

Smith’s not wrong about the poll not amounting to a hill of beans when it comes to what happens on the field, but it’s not like he was ranked out of thin air. Smith has completed 57.5 percent of his passes and turned the ball over 41 times over two years in the NFL, which is why coach Todd Bowles isn’t shy about talking about potentially pulling him from the lineup during the 2015 season. Should that happen, Smith won’t be ranked at all in a list of starting quarterbacks in 2016 and probably won’t be laughing about it either.

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