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Posted on: August 14, 2010 9:16 am
 

Hot Routes 8.14.10: Roster Bubbles and Mannings

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Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill is out a few weeks with a knee injury. Considering he could face further suspension from the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy, and considering he hasn't lived up to his big contract as of late, this injury basically solidifies his backup status.

Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley could be on the roster bubble in Denver. It's okay, though, whether he's on a team or not, we can still describe him as "scrappy" (i.e. "white").

Hard Knocks viewership is up 37 percent this year. Nearly ¼ homes with HBO in the New York area tuned in to Wednesday’s premier.

Dolphins cornerback Will Allen will miss the rest of the preseason after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Allen has been having problems with the knee he blew out last October.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post says, based on what he’s heard, Elvis Dumervil is expected to return from his torn pec sometime during the regular season.

Colts offensive coordinator Jim Christensen will be on the sideline during games, not up in the booth. Indy’s previous playcaller, Tom Moore, preferred the sideline as well.

Will Brinson apparently already posted this in yesterday's Hot Routes, but since port-a-potty is a super-hyphenated term we rarely get to use on this blog, I'm going with it again. So...Chiefs assistant coach Maurice Carthon used a port-a-potty for one of the running back drills. It was meant to develop hand-eye coordination. Click here if you can’t resist an explanation.

Colts say there’s no timetable for Manning’s contract talks.

Speaking of Mannings…if you’re interested in reading about what it’s like to be married to Eli, click here.


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Posted on: August 7, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: August 7, 2010 11:41 am
 

Charlie Johnson out, Anthony Gonzalez in

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A few interesting notes here from Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star .

Starting LT Charlie Johnson was carted off the field during Friday’s second practice, and though the severity of the injury isn’t yet know, coach Jim Caldwell is expected to address it after this morning’s scrimmage.

If Johnson is lost for significant time, that’ll be a big blow to Indianapolis. Especially because the OL has undergone such a renovation since last year, in part because the Colts have been so bad as a run-blocking unit. Johnson is a converted TE, but he’s made a pretty good transition to the offensive line while having to protect Peyton Manning’s blind side.

If Johnson can’t play, Tony Ugoh – who still struggles with his pass-blocking – could move from LG to LT. But then, who would play LG? Jeff Linkenbach and Chris Marinelli are supposedly behind Johnson at LT, but both are rookies. Overall, not a good scene if Johnson has to miss some time.

Also, Wilson writes about WR Anthony Gonzalez – who people seem to forget because of Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. But without Garcon participating in practice Friday, Gonzalez had a chance to shine.

As Wilson writes:

It's just practice, but he looks good. After one of the sideline catches, Manning gave Gonzo a pat after the receiver came back.
If this keeps up, I don't see how the Colts can keep him on the bench. But I still don't have a clue how Reggie Wayne, Garcon, Collie and Gonzo can all get their share of catches. We shall see.


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Posted on: August 2, 2010 1:31 pm
 

Colts could franchise Manning

Colts owner Jim Irsay has said Bill Polian and super agent Tom Condon are still discussing a new contract for Peyton Manning. Irsay still plans on making Manning the highest-paid player in the NFL.

The Colts had hoped to get a deal done this past offseason, but the uncertainties of the Collective Bargaining Agreement derailed that. Talking to reporters Monday, Irsay did not give any timetable for the current contract negotiations. But he did say the Colts would use the franchise tag if it comes to that. 

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:35 am
 

Tebow is (surprise, surprise) still beloved

T. Tebow has not signed his contract yet (Getty). While most of the U.S. population – excluding the state of Florida and the city of Denver, of course – suffers from a case of Tim Tebow-overload, the Broncos first-round QB pick already has inspired some of his teammates.

He hasn’t signed a contract yet and could hold out – not that it would damage his glorious image – but Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes that Tebow has made a good impression nonetheless.

"I sat down with him one day and I told him, 'I know they say you're not as talented, your arm's not as tremendous as his, but your work ethic reminds me so much of when I was with Peyton (Manning) in Indianapolis,’” LB Darrell Reid, who played for the Colts from 2005-08, told the paper. "I told him, 'I think you're going to do big things for us, and I can't wait to see you on the field.’”

When that occurs is anybody’s guess. No. 1, he’s not under contract. It’s unclear exactly when he’ll sign, though the team agreed to terms with second-round pick Zane Beadles on Tuesday night. It is clear, though, that Tebow won’t be happy to have to sit out practices because of negotiations. No. 2, he’ll still have to beat out starter Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn to win the right to get on the field as much as possible.

As coach Josh McDaniels told our own Will Brinson last week in “Five Questions (or more),”   Tebow will have a role in the offense, even if he’s not the starter.

Tebow isn’t immediately hurting for money either. On Tuesday, he signed an endorsement deal to be the face of Jockey underwear. So, he’s got that going for him.

From Klis’ story:

But once he settles in for training camp, Tebow will not be characterized by his new set of professional teammates as a "love him or hate him" type of guy. There is no animosity for a guy who has earned his place on a pedestal, but goes about his business like he's fighting for the 53rd spot on the roster.

"Whether it's working on his throwing motion or in the weight room or running, he's almost always the last guy out of the building," Reid said. "He's a very humble kid, and he's a proven winner who will do whatever it takes. That's why we love him."


The Broncos rookies and injured starters report to camp today. The veterans don’t arrive until Sunday. It’ll be hoped that Tebow is ready is to practice by the end of the weekend.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 6:40 pm
 

Eli Manning donates $1 million to Ole Miss

New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning and his wife Abby just donated $1,000,000 to a scholarship fund at their alma mater, the University of Mississippi.

The Mannings' donated to "Ole Miss Opportunity," a fund created this year to help curb the recently raised tuition costs at the school.
"Abby and I were drawn to this program of helping people who might not be able to attend college otherwise. To us, it was a way of truly helping a lot of people." Eli isn't the first Manning to attend Ole Miss, with his father and mother both graduating from the school; Peyton actually broke the mold by heading north to Tennessee for college.

The money donated by the Mannings won't create new scholarships, necessarily, though. It will, however, help students already receiving scholarships who were having trouble making ends meet thanks to the state's recent raising of tuition.

And, whether you like Eli or not, this is a very good thing and an excellent way for a professional athlete to help others and show school spirit at same time.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:31 am
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:42 am
 

Darrelle Revis' goal is to retire as a Jet

Darrelle Revis participated in a chat on NFLPlayers.com yesterday -- anticipation for said chat was fairly high considering Revis' current contract status with the Jets.

However, the Pro Bowl cornerback answered just 11 questions (which you can re-read here ), most of which resulted in pretty tame answers, especially since the word "holdout" wasn't mentioned once.

One reader did ask how Revis focuses on being "the best at his position" with the "distraction" of his contract situation:
Revis Island: My contract situation is different from me being the best. I believe that I'm the best. The only thing that I can control is how hard I work in the offseason. I'm a laid-back guy. I try and stay positive and make sure things in my life go that way. And Revis was also asked if his "goal" is "to retire as a Jet":
Revis Island: Haha, that's always been my goal. When they drafted me, I told them this is one of the biggest things they did, and I won't let them down. From the business side, they make the choices. They know my heart is with the Jets and the New York/New Jersey area. I'm here as long as I can be. If they give me the ability to have a choice, I'll stay here as a Jet. Both those things sound nice and aren't inflammatory in the least, but they do contain the underlying idea that Revis has no problem distinguishing "business" and "loyalty" (or whatever other word you want to use). Which is to say, if the Jets don't reward him with a new deal, there's a good chance he's going to hold out of training camp.

That's great news for HBO (who'll be filming 'Hard Knocks' and shouldn't be short on drama), but not so fantastic news for the Jets, who certainly want their top cornerback in camp on time.

Also worth noting from the chat: Peyton Manning qualifies as the toughest quarterback to prepare for and play against ("he'll tear you apart"), and Revis expects Mark Sanchez, who has apparently "matured a lot," to "have a big year."

Oh yeah, and Revis likes to play FIFA (and tweet about whipping his manager/bff ) more than Madden. So there's that.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 8:36 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 8:50 pm
 

Which NFL players make the most total money?

Sports Illustrated has published its list of the highest paid athletes in sports. Peyton Manning leads all NFL players with a salary of 15.8 million and endorsements of $15 million, totaling – can you guess? -- $30.8 million. Manning ranks ninth amongst all athletes.
P. Manning
In a sign that the NFL rookie salary system has truly spiraled out of control, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford ranks second in the NFL in total earnings. Stafford is hauling in just $750,000 in endorsements, but his rookie contract is paying him $26.9 million.

Third is Eli Manning, with $19.5 million salary (part of the contract extension he signed last August) and $7 million endorsements. Manning ranks 13th amongst all athletes, which is 30 spots higher than he ranked a year ago.

SI writes:

Our findings consisted solely of salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees. We consulted players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Our endorsement estimates for 2010 came from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents. Salary figures were based on current or most recently completed seasons (the upcoming 2010 season for the NFL).

Here’s the rest of the NFL’s top 10 (most of these players recently signed long-term contracts with rich bonuses).

4. Philip Rivers, $25.6 million salary, $250,000 endorsements, $25.85 million total

5. Terrell Suggs, $24.9 million, $75,000, $24.975 million total

6. Albert Haynesworth, $24.6 million salary, $150,000, $24.75 million total

7. Brett Favre, $17 million, $7 million, $24 million total

8. Darrius Heyward-Bey (yeah, seriously), $21.43 million, $150,000 endorsement, $21.505 million total

9. Jason Smith, $20.57 million, $75,000,$20.645 million total

10. Julius Peppers, $20 million, $75,000, $20.75 million total

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 3:16 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:40 pm
 

Position rankings: quarterbacks

Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit saved everyone's favorite position ranking debate for last.

Josh Katzowitz’s top five

5. Aaron Rodgers, Packers

4. Brett Favre, Vikings

3. Philip Rivers, ChargersP. Manning (US Presswire)

2. Drew Brees, Saints

1. Peyton Manning, Colts


This top five quarterbacking exercise is interesting. You basically can put the league’s starting quarterbacks into three categories. The top guys (about seven players), who you’d pick if (for some reason) you needed somebody to go 80 yards in 2 minutes in order to save your mortgage. The middle guys (maybe nine players) who used to be really good but now aren’t or who are young but could turn out to be really good. Then, the lower-end guys (the rest) who are interchangeable and probably wouldn’t lead your team to the top of the division. In that end, this exercise isn’t that difficult, because, basically, we’re picking from about seven quarterbacks.

That said, I’d be surprise if anyone argued against Peyton Manning as the top quarterbacks in the league – and maybe one of the best-five of all time. I could run through the stats, but you know they’re awesome. Perhaps most impressive about Manning, like Favre, is that he’s so durable. Part of that has to do with the performance of his offensive line – Manning was sacked 10 times last year – but he’s also tough, never missing a start in his career (that’s 192 straight games).

Brees had an incredible year last season, recording a QB rating of 109.6 and completing an NFL-record-tying 70.6 percent of his passes. I’d feel safer with Manning with the game on the line, but not much. Rivers and Rodgers passed for at least 4,200 yards, 28 touchdowns and less than 10 interceptions last season. And it’s tough to discount Favre, especially after how he performed last year in his 19th season. Yeah, he plays cowboy too often and throws atrocious interceptions in clutch moments, but for consistent greatness, he’s tough to beat.

Andy Benoit’s top five

5. Brett Favre, Vikings

4. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

3. Drew Brees, Saints

2. Tom Brady, Patriots

1. Peyton Manning, Colts

Josh, seven of the last nine Super Bowls have been won by quarterbacks who are NOT on your list. I can understand omitting Eli Manning – he ranks in the 10-12 range, not the 1-5 range. But I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger don’t show up.

The only explanation for a “healthy-minded” individual omitting Brady is that said “healthy-minded” individual thinks Brady isn’t the same after his ’08 knee injury. True, Brady had some trouble getting comfortable in the pocket during the first half of last year, but he still finished the season with nearly 4,400 yards and 28 touchdowns. The knee can’t be THAT grave a concern.

The argument against Big Ben, I’m assuming, is that he’s suspended for character issues, which calls his leadership into question. Whatever. The man is 28 and already owns two rings. Physically-speaking, Roethlisberger is the most gifted quarterback in the NFL.
 
Go ahead and retort these Brady-Roethlisberger arguments – I’m prepared to argue all day. (And if you’re prepared to say that Brady has weapons around him, I’m prepared to say that he won his three titles with Troy Brown and David Patten; if you’re ready to mention Roethlisberger’s sack numbers, I’m ready to remind you that his improvised plays have been a more than adequate tradeoff, and I’ll also ask, “If sacks are so bad, then what is Rodgers doing on your list?”)

A few other notes from your list…

**I agree with your analysis on Manning and Favre. Something I’d add is that no two quarterbacks transform average receivers into stars like these two. Favre made the careers of Robert Brooks and Antonio Freeman. He built fantastic chemistry with Donald Driver. Most recently, he’s helped Sidney Rice recognize his full potential. Manning did the same with youngsters Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie last year. Think either of those guys could register 100 yards in a playoff game if they had a typical quarterback throwing them the ball?

**You give credit to Manning’s offensive line. Don’t. All the credit goes to Manning. The Colts offensive line is, at best, average. Left tackle Charlie Johnson is a plodder and both guards are undersized. Manning’s awareness and pocket presence explain the low sack totals. It’s the same case with Brees and the Saints’ line, by the way. Left tackle Jermon Bushrod is awful, and you know how I feel about Jon Stinchcomb. But even with iffy tackles, Brees almost never takes sacks.

**Like you, I put Manning ahead of Brees. My reasoning is that Manning has been playing at the highest of levels for about eight years. Brees, only three or four. That said, I have trouble following your logic when you write, “I’d feel safer with Manning with the game on the line, but not much.” Wasn’t Brees’s Super Bowl title clinched by Manning’s late fourth quarter pick-six?

Josh’s rebuttal

So, you’re going to choose one play to illustrate that Manning isn’t clutch at the end of games? Well, what about the 2006 season AFC Championship game when he led the Colts back from an 18-point deficit, including that game-winning 80-yard TD drive, to beat Brady and the Patriots? Can we count that? Manning’s been clutch for longer than Brees in this league. That’s why I went with Manning as No. 1. Which you agree with, anyway.

When I mentioned there were seven quarterbacks who could have made the top seven, I obviously was also talking about Brady and Roethlisberger. I’ve seen Roethlisberger play numerous times live, and, to me, he’s simply a notch below the guys I’ve listed. I didn’t factor the recent legal issues or the suspension into my equation, but the leadership issues I did. It’s just the way he’s perceived by his teammates and the fact that they’ve questioned his character on a number of occasions. It’s not a good thing. I don’t mind him taking sacks because, I agree, he makes so many plays off his freelancing that it tends to balance out. But I point you to his 2008 stats: 59.9 percent completions; 3,301 yards, 17 touchdowns, 15 interceptions. Those are not elite numbers. Hell, Chad Pennington had better numbers than that in 2008.

And you know what? I don’t have a great argument for excluding Brady, other than he didn’t seem like the same player last year after the knee injury. Plus, Matt Cassel had a pretty good year in Brady’s place, so in my mind, that diminishes Brady just a tad.

But if I had a mulligan, I think I’d replace Rodgers with Brady at No. 5.

Andy’s final word

Can’t let you off that easy, Josh – especially since this is our last position rankings debate. Putting Brady at No. 5 is inadequate. He’s at least 2 or 3. I will say, though, your point about Cassel is not a bad one. The Patriots went 11-5 under him and were hot down the stretch (they got screwed out of a postseason berth by the NFL’s flawed playoffs rules that put the 8-8 Chargers in the tournament that year). During that ’08 season, an immensely respected NFL analyst privately told me that you could argue Brady is simply the greatest system quarterback of all time. This analyst wasn’t saying he believed this, he was merely explaining that the discussion was worth having. We’ll save that discussion for another time. For now, I’ll keep it simple by honoring a Three-Time Champ.

Roethlisberger’s ’08 numbers are poor. And, from afar, he doesn’t appear to be highly respected by teammates. I get that. But again, this is a multi-time World Champion we’re talking about. If we had more Super Bowl winners in the league, you could leave the guy off. But it’s hard to go with Rodgers or Rivers when those guys have yet to build rich playoff résumés.

Final follow up on Manning: I’m not saying he isn’t clutch. He is. I’m just anticipating all the comments we’ll get from people griping that Brees should be No. 1 based on recent history.


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--Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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