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Posted on: June 24, 2011 8:00 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Browns WR Little got 93 parking tickets at UNC

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Somewhere Terrelle Pryor is no doubt wondering "Hey, wait a second, Greg Little had 93 parking tickets in college and people are focused on me? Really?"

As it turns out, yes, although that could be changing.  According to the News & Observer, Little received 93 parking tickets associated with five different vehicles while at North Carolina. UNC officials confirmed that Little and seven other players racked up 395 tickets worth $13,000 in fines from March 2007 to August 2010. 

No idea how you explain that away, although Little's time in Chapel Hill wasn't without controversy. He was suspended for the 2010 college season after accepting improper agent benefits. Mistakes as a 20-year-old don't necessarily portend a life of crime. But racking up more parking tickets than career college receptions (93 to 86) doesn't do much to change that perception.

As for how Little came to the Browns, it's an interesting story.

Cleveland had the sixth-overall pick heading into April's draft. The pre-draft scuttlebutt was that they would probably add one of the two game-changing wide receivers -- either AJ Green or Julio Jones. The Bengals ended up taking Green fourth overall and instead of settling on Jones, the Browns made a deal with the Falcons, who landed Jones in exchange for their 27th, 59th, and 124th selections in 2011, as well as their first- and fourth-rounders in 2012 NFL. That's a lot to give up for one player, but Atlanta thinks Jones could be the final piece to their Super Bowl puzzle.

Meanwhile, the Browns were praised for the move, even if they didn't land one of the two best wideouts in the draft. What they got instead were enough picks to add depth to a roster desperately in need of it. And they got their big-play wide receiver, too, drafting Little 59th overall.

You could make the argument that the difference between Jones and Little isn't worth what the Falcons gave up to get Jones. And in that sense, the Browns appear to have made out. Except that Jones, by all accounts, is a high-character guy. Little still has a long way to go, but has said he learned a lot from his 2010 suspension. 

"It was really tough for me, man," Little told the Cleveland Plain Dealer shortly after the Browns drafted him in late April. "I learned a tremendous amount about how to deal with success. I've grown from it. A lot of my morals and values have changed so much just from sitting out that year. I'm so hungry and ready to get back and play, it just baffles me sometimes."

A word of advice: maybe he should let someone else drive him to practice. Like, say, this guy.

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Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.21.11: ATL to outscore everybody?



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Wideout Roddy White says the Falcons are "[G]oing to outscore everybody … Green Bay’s got, what, four or five guys out there who can make plays? We’re going to be Green Bay South.”
  • You know the lockout has dragged on for far too long when the NFL Network will air two CFL games a week. If this doesn't motivate NFL owners and players, then we're in deep trouble.
  • For three months, we've only heard about the downside of a lockout. For older players like Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams, there's an upside, too -- namely, the length of the labor impasse likely means Williams won't get cut.
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Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:00 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.19.11: One way to end Jags blackouts



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is giving 225 kids the chance to attend football camp -- for free. There's no truth to the rumors that the Bengals will be in attendance, even though owner Mike Brown says "the price is right." (He didn't really say that, but it wouldn't be much of a stretch if he did.)
  • Add it to the list (via the StarTribune.com): "After months of getting rained on, pounded with packed snow and flattened by heavy equipment used to fix the roof, the Metrodome's artificial turf may have to be replaced before the Vikings resume play there in August, Dome officials said Friday." We're blaming Brett Favre.
  • Good news: Aqib Talib's attorney doesn't expect there to be a quick resolution to his client's felony firearm case. In fact, it could drag on beyond the 2011 season. Bad news: Talib will likely still face disciplinary action from the NFL, and you know Roger Goodell can't wait for the lockout to end so he can't get back to randomly handing out punishments.
  • It will probably take three or four years before we know if the Falcons were right to bet the metaphorical farm on Julio Jones, but early returns are encouraging. According to reports, Jones is "way ahead of his game" at informal workouts. It's not much, but it's something.
  • Titans owner Bud Adams parted ways with Jeff Fisher in January, but Fisher says he won't think about returning to the sidelines until after the 2011 season. Hopefully, he can make that $4 million buyout he received from Tennessee stretch for another six months.
  • More former Titans news: One-time Tennessee tight end Erron Kinney is a captain with the St. Andrews Fire Department in Charleston, S.C.
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Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.9.11: Tebow looks like he works out



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Remember: consider the source. According to the New York Post, Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith had "a very jovial dinner" Wednesday, lasting nearly two hours. 
  • Just so we're clear. Football Outsiders has had enough of the NFL propaganda machine. Upon hearing that Goodell recently told Bucs ticket-holders that one of the goals of the lockout is to lower ticket prices for fans, FO staged an impromptu lesson on the basics of supply and demand. 
  • Don't call me Pac-Man. Bengals cornerback Adam Jones, appearing on Denver's 102.3 The Ticket, talked about his journey from high-profile college player to high-round NFL pick, and all the pressures -- and off-field entanglements -- that come with the transition. And because we can't go 15 minutes without bringing it up, Jones relates his experiences to Terrelle Pryor, who could enter the NFL's supplemental draft (should there be one). 
  • Channeling Norman Einstein. Joe Thiesmann thinks players treated Jay Cutler "very, very wrongly" after the Bears QB left the NFC Championship game with a knee injury. Evidently, he didn't appear hurt enough
  • It's a start. It's been nearly two hours and Kenny Britt hasn't been arrested. 
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Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:20 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.24.11 Belichick's latest honor

Posted by Will Brinson and Andy Benoit



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  • Not to be outdone (or wait, actually, they were slightly outdone) were the Raiders, who had 34 players show up for their workouts in Georgia.

Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.16.11 Rejecting Hard Knocks?

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit



The Bucs have turned down an opportunity to be on HBO’s Hard Knocks, thus robbing viewers of a chance to potentially see Aqib Talib or LeGarrette Blount in a training camp fight.

Broncos cornerback Parrish Cox appeared in court Monday and pleaded not guilty in his sexual assault case. Trial is set for October.


Expect to see plenty of Cam Newton on TV in the very near future.


Thanks to deferred payments, DeMarcus Ware is the one NFL player who has received a check from his team during the lockout.


Roger Goodell bumped into Von Miller before the draft and went out of his way to say hello and be nice.


Julio Jones recently leant a helping hand to tornado victims in Alabama.


Former Cardinals linebacker Seth Joyner is hosting a high school football clinic this week. Unfortunately, it’s scheduled for May 21, which everyone knows is the Day of Reckoning.


Jon Beason has sued the man who sued him over an alleged punch in the face (Beason claims he never hit anybody). The trial is underway and filled with plenty of drama. If you’re into that sort of thing (and let’s admit, deep down, most of us are) then click here.


Jake Locker plans to work out with his new NFL teammates soon.


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Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.10.11: Using unsafe helmets



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • It’s interesting that a large percentage of players wear helmets that don’t do a very good job of reducing the risk of concussions. The players choose their own helmets, and many do so based on comfort and familiarity, NOT on the latest technology that will help reduce brain injuries. Which is a problem.
  • CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman has the astounding, yet somewhat predictable, news that players and coaches have been keeping in contact during the lockout. Check it out. Freeman’s reporting here is very strong.

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Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:02 pm
 

NFC South draft truths revealed

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Atlanta FalconsJ. Jones (US Presswire)

1st round, Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
We’re one playmaker away from being Super Bowl-bound. (And if you couldn’t figure for yourself that this was our reason, you might as well stop following pro football right now.)
 
5th round, Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
We wish Jerious Norwood could stay healthy, but we’ve been disappointed too many times.
 
Carolina Panthers


3rd round, Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida
Derek Landri and Nick Hayden played hard for us last year, and both were decent against the run, but we’re looking for a little more dynamite inside.
 
3rd round, Sione Fua, DT, Stanford
Again, more dynamite.
 
New Orleans Saints

1st round, Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Yeah, we didn’t hardly notice Alex Brown last year either.
 
1st round, Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
He may have been productive as a rookie, but we’re not buying into Chris Ivory (there’s a reason the guy was undrafted). Also, no way in hell we’re going to pay Reggie Bush a single dime more than he’s worth to us. If Bush is looking to roll major bank, he’d better call his realtor.
 
3rd round, Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville
We aren’t disappointed with Randall Gay per se, but we’re not exactly thrilled with him.
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1st round, Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
2nd round, Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
We’ve told you before: we rebuild our roster in bunches. Two years ago we stunk at defensive tackle and wide receiver. This past year, we stunk at defensive end. Problems solved (we hope).
 
3rd round, Mason Foster, OLB, Washington
We’ll move him to the middle and not re-sign Barrett Ruud. Why? Because the biggest secret in football is Ruud is iffy if not terrible. Why do you think we’re always finishing near the bottom of the league in run defense?

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