Tag:A.J. Green
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:59 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:31 am

Green, Peterson would take less money at No. 1

Posted by Will Brinson

NEW YORK -- Being the No. 1 overall draft pick entails a lot of expectations. It also entails a lot of cash and a pretty big signing bonus.

Interestingly, two of the top choices in play for Carolina at No. 1 -- A.J. Green and Patrick Peterson -- both said that they would take less money to be picked at the top of the draft.

"Oh yeah," Peterson told CBSSports.com. "Being No. 1 -- that means a lot. A cornerback's never done that before."

Green agreed, though he obviously wouldn't be the first wide receiver taken at the top of the draft.

"Oh, definitely," Green said while speaking before his workout at the Gatorade Sports Science Lab. "It doesn't matter. Whatever it takes."

It's a pretty fascinating question (and, um, why I asked it, right?), because being taken in the No. 1 slot of the NFL Draft means that you're in the history books forever, be it for better or for worse.

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There would be substantially more pressure on Green, as an offensive player, because his stats can't ever be chalked up to "they won't throw his way" or any of the rationales sometimes applied to the success of cornerbacks.

That's not knocking Peterson, who clearly understands the impact and importance that being taken No. 1 would involve; the scrutiny on him as the only cornerback taken with the first pick would most certainly be intense.

But, by all accounts, he seemed ready to deal with whatever comes with being the first guy off the board.

And while both guys, if they're taken first, will almost inevitably be compared to Cam Newton for the rest of their careers, it probably behooves the Panthers to consider whether or not they could pull off an even bigger discount by making an unorthodox choice at the top of the draft.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:58 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:46 am

Report: Panthers are down to four choices

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s either going to be QB Cam Newton, DT Marcell Dareus, CB Patrick Peterson and WR A.J. Green. One member of that quartet, according to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, will be the Panthers’ No. 1 pick Thursday night.*

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Like I wrote earlier this evening, Newton is the most likely to hear his name called first (his advisor Warren Moon thinks so anyway), but Green also could make sense, especially if Panthers WR Steve Smith keeps his locker cleaned out and doesn’t want to return to Carolina.

For the record: in their mock drafts, Rob Rang and Chad Reuter had the Panthers taking Newton, the Broncos taking Dareus at No. 2 and the Bengals grabbing Green at No. 4. Rang has Peterson going to the Browns at No. 6, and Reuter has him going to the 49ers at No. 7.

*Isn't a little hard to fathom that, less than 24 hours before the NFL draft, the Panthers STILL don't know who they're going to take and that they've ONLY narrowed it down to four players? That, for me, is rather hard to believe.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:56 am

Three spicy draft rumors for you

Posted by Andy Benoit

A person can go crazy trying to keep up with all the various draft rumors with the first round now less than 36 hours away. That said, here are three very credible NFL reporters who have gotten involved in the hoopla. We’ll pass along their tidbits:

*John McClain of the Houston Chronicle believes the Texans want to trade up to snag either Von Miller or Patrick Peterson.

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*Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports that the Falcons are trying to trade up to get either A.J. Green or Julio Jones. (King says it’s unlikely they’ll succeed.)

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network says the Steelers “will exhaust all possible scenarios to trade up” and get Mike Pouncey (which would obviously extend their current league-high for Pouncey’s on the roster from one to two).

Make what you want of this information. Or, just do the sane thing and wait a few hours for the first round of the draft to actually play out.

UPDATE 12:41 p.m. EST: Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls the idea of Mike Pouncey being a Steeler "a fantasy".

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Posted on: April 25, 2011 10:04 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:06 pm

Would Cardinals consider A.J. Green?

Posted by Andy Benoit

For the man many have described as the “safest” and “most NFL ready” player in the 2011 Draft, you sure don’t sA. Green (US Presswire) eem to hear much about A.J. Green. The Georgia wide receiver is projected by many to be selected No. 4 overall by the Bengals.

But pause and ask yourself, why is that the case? The Bengals have three young receivers in Jordan Shipley, Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson. True, Caldwell and Simpson have been inconsistent if not downright ineffective. But Bengals owner Mike Brown has never been big on admitting his mistakes. His tendency is to keep high draft picks who turn into bad players on the roster as long as possible.

What if Green falls past the Bengals (who badly need a defensive end, by the way) and gets scooped up by the Cardinals? Given the presence of Larry Fitzgerald and rise of Steve Breaston and Early Doucet in ’09 (not to mention the intriguing flashes of last year’s third-round rookie, Andre Roberts), the notion sounds ridiculous. But Sports Illustrated's Peter King floated the idea in his most recent Monday Morning Quarterback and backed it up with a little known nugget:

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For those who've asked about Larry Fitzgerald's frame of mind if Green's the guy, I don't think the Cards are worried. Fitzgerald won't be doubled as much with Green on the other side. And for those who've wondered why in the world the Cards would take another receiver with so many holes on the roster, remember this: As Dez Bryant free-falled last year, the Cardinals seriously considered trying to run up into the late-first round area to try to get him.

To be clear, this is NOT a prediction that Green will go to Arizona. The Cardinals have greater needs at quarterback and outside linebacker. But the chances of Green going to Arizona appear to at least be greater than zero.

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Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 7:47 pm

Hot Routes 4.25.11: Ocho top athlete on Twitter

Posted by Will Brinson

Got a link for the Hot Routes? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).
  • Per our friend Darren Rovell, Chad Ochocinco is the top athlete in social media. Ocho's obviously one of the most famous athletes in the world -- hell, he had his own reality show and, in possibly the single-most impressive display of popularity, is the Future Mrs. Brinson's favorite NFL player -- but it just goes to show how well he (and the gents at RockLive) have utilized the medium in order to boost his recognition.
Posted on: April 3, 2011 1:13 pm

Hot Routes 4.3.11: Freeney settles lawsuit

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Colts DE Dwight Freeney was recently hit by a $400,000 lawsuit by a landlord because he allegedly was behind 11 months on his rent for a Hollywood recording studio. But not to worry. A six-figure settlement has made everybody happy. Wait a minute, Freeney rents out a Hollywood recording studio?!?!
  • The wife of former Falcons lineman Shane Dronett, who committed suicide in 2009, reveals some startling information in an interview with CNN, including accounts of his paranoia and rage after he retired from the league in 2006. Not surprisingly, Dronett’s brain revealed he was suffering from CTE.
  • Jay Gruden is excited about the new challenge of being the Bengals offensive coordinator. But, the Tampa Tribune asks, is he a savior?
  • Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer says Panthers fans can forget about seeing Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert in a Carolina uniform next year (unless the Panthers trade down in the draft). But if Carolina stays with the No. 1 choice, fans might see Auburn QB Cam Newton, Georgia WR A.J. Green or LSU CB Patrick Peterson.
  • You remember those two massage therapists who sued the Jets for apparently blacklisting them after objecting to Brett Favre text messages? Well, the Jets say the therapists are overplaying their ties to the club, considering they worked a total of five days during a two-year period.

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Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:36 pm

It's not easy being A.J. Green

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It was a strange day at the University of Georgia’s Pro Day this afternoon.

With most of the NFL’s attention focused on the owners meetings in New Orleans, none of the head coaches or top executives were in attendance at the Athens, Ga., event (even the B-52s weren't there). Then, as Pro Football Talk points out, the personnel people who were there couldn’t even watch WR A.J. Green work out.

Since the Bulldogs had no draft-eligible quarterbacks to throw to Green, the coaching staff had to call in former Montana QB Justin Roper, who happens to be considered a pro. Which means the scouts couldn’t watch Green in person. They actually had to be moved indoors (because of the NFL lockout rules) so they could watch Green’s workout on monitors.

According to the Sporting News’ Russell Lande, many scouts opted not to stick around.

Green still will be the first WR off the board, and Rob Rang and Chad Reuter have him at No. 4 to the Bengals in their mock drafts. But still, a weird day for him – and for everybody who wanted to watch him.

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Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:30 pm

Hot Routes 3.21.11 workouts and lockouts

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Posted by Andy Benoit

  • The Panthers will be on hand for Georgia wideout A.J. Green’s pro day. Probably wise not to read too much into that. Green is impressive, but being drafted first overall?

  • Surly Chargers GM A.J. Smith wanted to be part of the labor negotiations, but his request was quickly denied by the NFL.

  • Jeff Blumb has resigned from his position of PR Director of the Packers. This comes just days after fellow Super Bowl XLV PR Director Dave Lockett of the Steelers resigned.

  • Tiki Barber is coming back to the NFL because he (ahem) loves the game. Many have speculated that the soon-to-be 36-year-old running back could join his twin brother Ronde in Tampa Bay.TBO.com says forget it.

  • Bears president Ted Phillips is very honest about the team’s sloppy grass field. He says, “frankly, it’s been part of our home-field advantage.”

  • Pat Yasinkas of ESPN wanted to clear things up and make it known that the Buccaneers, not taxpayers, paid for their own practice facility.
  • Everybody seems to be getting on Red Ryan for comparing himself to Babe Ruth. Physique-wise, he’s not far off.

  • The lockout could cost Robert Mathis $160,000 in workout bonuses. We’re guessing he won’t be the only one impacted in this way.

  • The Madden ’12 cover is being determined by a fan vote. (Bears fans are voting for Aaron Rodgers, Steelers fans are voting for Ray Rice….you get the idea.)

  • The Titans are working out Colin Kaepernick, who is Vince Young minus the drama.

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