GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:36:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Antonio Brown Rolls Into Training Camp in Steelers-Inspired Rolls-Royce http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/antonio-brown-rolls-into-training-camp-in-steelers-inspired-rolls-royce/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/antonio-brown-rolls-into-training-camp-in-steelers-inspired-rolls-royce/#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:36:07 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28496 Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown rolled up to the start of training camp on Saturday in a custom team-inspired Rolls-Royce — valued at approximately $500,000. As you can see in the video posted below courtesy of ESPN’s Jeremy Ryan, the luxurious car features the Steelers’ logo on the driver […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown rolled up to the start of training camp on Saturday in a custom team-inspired Rolls-Royce — valued at approximately $500,000.

As you can see in the video posted below courtesy of ESPN’s Jeremy Ryan, the luxurious car features the Steelers’ logo on the driver and passenger-side mirrors, along with Brown’s signature.

Your Steelers-inspired Rolls, courtesy of Antonio Brown

A video posted by Jeremy Ryan Fowler (@jfowlerespn) on

Despite the emergence of Wheaton and Bryant, Brown finished last season as the NFL’s receiving leader in catches (129) and receiving yards (1,698) and tied for second with 13 touchdowns.

In fact, his 129-catch mark is the second-highest single-season total by any receiver in NFL history and his 1,698 receiving yards ranks sixth all-time behind Harrison, Hennigan, Bruce, Rice and Johnson.

The former 2010 draft steal and sixth round pick (No. 195 overall) out of Central Michigan signed a six-year, $43 million contract three years ago in July 2012.

Check out a series of interesting videos below related to Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

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New England Patriots: 5 Players With the Most To Prove in 2015 http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/new-england-patriots-5-players-with-the-most-to-prove-in-2015/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/new-england-patriots-5-players-with-the-most-to-prove-in-2015/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:10:00 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28464 The reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are about to head into training camp with plenty of questions and concerns after losing key players via free agency and league-imposed suspensions. Everyone on the team has something to prove, but a handful of players stand out heading into 2015. Contrary […]

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The reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are about to head into training camp with plenty of questions and concerns after losing key players via free agency and league-imposed suspensions.

Everyone on the team has something to prove, but a handful of players stand out heading into 2015.

Contrary to our other ongoing series on the breakout candidates for every team, this league-wide series includes rookies and established veterans — some of whom will assuredly make it to Canton within the next decade, but they have plenty to prove because they’re coming off injury and/or signed with a new team in the offseason.

Without further adieu, let’s take a look at five Patriots players that have the most to prove this season.

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New York Jets: 5 Players With the Most To Prove in 2015 http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/new-york-jets-5-players-with-the-most-to-prove-in-2015/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/new-york-jets-5-players-with-the-most-to-prove-in-2015/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 04:55:09 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28446 The New York Jets are coming off a disastrous 4-12 season, but the future is looking very bright under the direction of new head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan. In addition to their impressive draft haul — which included arguably the safest and best overall defensive prospect […]

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The New York Jets are coming off a disastrous 4-12 season, but the future is looking very bright under the direction of new head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan.

In addition to their impressive draft haul — which included arguably the safest and best overall defensive prospect in USC DL Leonard Williams, promising second-round deep threat WR Devin Smith and mid-round value picks in edge rusher Lorenzo Mauldin and developmental quarterback Bryce Petty — Bowles and Maccagnan did a masterful job of turning the team’s biggest weakness into its biggest strength during free agency by bringing Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie back to New York, along with newcomers Buster Skrine and versatile safety Marcus Gilchrist.

But with the way the other three AFC East teams have performed in the offseason, climbing out of the gutter of the division and trying to make a playoff run will be easier said than done.

Contrary to our other ongoing series on the breakout candidates for every team, this league-wide series includes rookies and established veterans — some of whom will assuredly make it to Canton within the next decade, but they have plenty to prove this year because they’re coming off injury and/or signed with a new team in the offseason.

Without further adieu, let’s take a look at five Jets players that have the most to prove in 2015.

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San Diego Chargers: 5 Players Poised To Break Out in 2015 http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/san-diego-chargers-5-players-poised-to-break-out-in-2015/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/san-diego-chargers-5-players-poised-to-break-out-in-2015/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:16:32 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28429 Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble. But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and make […]

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Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble.

But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and make a name for themselves with a breakout season.

Some of these guys were merely backups or barely even played the previous year (if they saw the field at all), while others were full-fledged starters who just haven’t quite reached their immense potential.

Here are five players poised to break out for the San Diego Chargers in 2015.

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Greg Hardy’s Suspension Reduced From 10 To Four Games http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/greg-hardys-suspension-reduced-from-10-to-four-games/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/greg-hardys-suspension-reduced-from-10-to-four-games/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:55:22 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28439 Dallas Cowboys star defensive end Greg Hardy’s 10-game suspension has been reduced to four games. Harold Henderson reduces Greg Hardy’s suspension to 4 games from 10 games, per @gregaiello. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 10, 2015 Hardy’s appeal was heard by independent arbitrator Harold Henderson, the same arbitrator who upheld […]

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Dallas Cowboys star defensive end Greg Hardy’s 10-game suspension has been reduced to four games.

Hardy’s appeal was heard by independent arbitrator Harold Henderson, the same arbitrator who upheld the NFL’s penalty against A.P.

Last summer, Hardy was found guilty of assaulting ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder and threatening to kill her.

He received a 60-day suspended sentence and 18 months probation on misdemeanor charges, which were ultimately dropped on appeal this past February after when Holder received a cash settlement from Hardy.

The Cowboys handed Hardy a one-year, $11.3 million contract in mid-March, but they protected themselves well financially by tying up $9.25 million of the deal in per-game roster bonuses and giving him no guaranteed money.

His reduced suspension is good news for the Cowboys’ defense, which is in need of a strengthened pass rush.

A former sixth round pick out of Ole Miss, Hardy plummeted down draft boards during the 2010 NFL Draft due to injury and character concerns. However, “The Kracken” has already established himself as one of the league’s best edge-rushers and sack artists. In fact, from 2011-13 alone, Hardy racked up 170 tackles with a whopping 30.0 sacks and four forced fumbles through 47 games (39 starts).

With Hardy, rookie Randy Gregory and a couple of other major breakout candidates along the defensive line (our league-wide breakout candidate series continues with the Cowboys next week), Dallas’ defense make significant strides in 2015.

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Former Raiders Star Quarterback Passes Away From Cancer http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/former-raiders-star-quarterback-passes-away-from-cancer/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/former-raiders-star-quarterback-passes-away-from-cancer/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 03:15:45 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28433 Former Oakland Raiders star quarterback, four-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion Kenny Stabler has passed away from colon caner at the age of 69. “He passed peacefully surrounded by the people he loved most, including his three daughters and longtime partner, as some of his favorite songs played in […]

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Former Oakland Raiders star quarterback, four-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion Kenny Stabler has passed away from colon caner at the age of 69.

“He passed peacefully surrounded by the people he loved most, including his three daughters and longtime partner, as some of his favorite songs played in the background,” the family said in a statement.

“He was a kind, generous and unselfish man, never turning down an autograph or an opportunity to help someone in need. A great quarterback, he was an even greater father to his three girls and grandfather to his three ‘grand snakes.’

“In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the XOXO Stabler Foundation to support research of colon cancer and sports-related head trauma. More information will be available on Facebook fan page and the XOXO Stabler Foundation.”

A 1968 second round draft pick out of Alabama, “The Snake” threw for 27,938 yards with a 59.8 completion rate and 194:222 touchdown-to-interception ratio during his 15-year NFL career with Oakland (1970-79), Houston (1980-81) and New Orleans (1982-84). Those numbers obviously wouldn’t look impressive in today’s prolific passing league, but Stabler was one of the most accurate passers of the 1970s and is widely regarded as one of the most renown and successful quarterbacks not to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“I’ve often said, if I had one drive to win a game to this day, and I had a quarterback to pick, I would pick Kenny,” John Madden said in a statement. “Snake was a lot cooler than I was. He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider. When you think about the Raiders you think about Ken Stabler. Kenny loved life. It is a sad day for all Raiders.”

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Green Bay Packers: 5 Players Poised To Break Out in 2015 http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/green-bay-packers-5-players-poised-to-break-out-in-2015/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/green-bay-packers-5-players-poised-to-break-out-in-2015/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 03:15:32 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28203 Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble. But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and make […]

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Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble.

But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and make a name for themselves with a breakout season.

Some of these guys were merely backups or barely even played the previous year (if they saw the field at all), while others were full-fledged starters who just haven’t quite reached their immense potential.

Here are five players poised to break out for the Green Bay Packers  in 2015.

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New York Jets: 5 Players Poised To Break Out in 2015 http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/new-york-jets-5-players-poised-to-break-out-in-2015/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/new-york-jets-5-players-poised-to-break-out-in-2015/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 22:25:31 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28266 Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble. But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and make […]

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Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble.

But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and make a name for themselves with a breakout season.

Some of these guys were merely backups or barely even played the previous year (if they saw the field at all), while others were full-fledged starters who just haven’t quite reached their immense potential.

Here are five players poised to break out for the New York Jets in 2015.

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Washington Redskins: 5 Players Poised To Break Out in 2015 http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/washington-redskins-5-players-poised-to-break-out-in-2015/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/washington-redskins-5-players-poised-to-break-out-in-2015/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:55:41 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28387 Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble. But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and make […]

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Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble.

But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and make a name for themselves with a breakout season.

Some of these guys were merely backups or barely even played the previous year (if they saw the field at all), while others were full-fledged starters who just haven’t quite reached their immense potential.

Here are five players poised to break out for the Washington Redskins in 2015.

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Donovan McNabb Arrested For Drunk Driving http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/donovan-mcnabb-arrested-for-drunk-driving/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/donovan-mcnabb-arrested-for-drunk-driving/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:49:32 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28409 For the second time in 18 months, former NFL star quarterback Donovan McNabb has been arrested for DUI in the state of Arizona. The Gilbert Police Department released a statement via Deadspin.com, which revealed McNabb “was impaired by alcohol and collided in a rear-end fashion with another vehicle which was […]

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For the second time in 18 months, former NFL star quarterback Donovan McNabb has been arrested for DUI in the state of Arizona. The Gilbert Police Department released a statement via Deadspin.com, which revealed McNabb “was impaired by alcohol and collided in a rear-end fashion with another vehicle which was stopped at a red traffic signal” around midnight on June 28.

This is just McNabb’s second known brush with the law. The six-time Pro Bowler was also arrested for drunk driving in Arizona back in January 2014 and spent one day in jail as part of a plea agreement.

Self-described as the most criticized quarterback in NFL history, McNabb is Philly’s all-time leader in career wins, passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass attempts and pass completions.

In 13 NFL seasons in Philadelphia (1999-2009), Washington (2010) and Minnesota (2011), he threw for 37,276 yards with a 59.0 completion rate, 234:117 TD-to-INT ratio and a 98-62 record as a starter.

Since hanging up his cleats, McNabb has served as an analyst for FOX Sports and NFL Network.

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