Tag:Hot Routes
Posted on: September 2, 2010 10:08 am
 

Hot Routes 9.02.10: And so it begins ...

Actually, "it" (meaning NFL football) will begin a week from today. But college football starts tonight and whether or not you love the college game is irrelevant: it's FOOTBALL. Real, live football and it will be quickly followed by the professional game.

It's like Christmas times eleventy billion. Anyway, follow us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) and feel free to suggest links you'd like to see here.
  • Since it's the start of football season (college anyway) and since Jay Cutler won't play tonight against the Browns , I nominate someone to come up with a delicious new drink called the "Todd Collins." Perhaps it could just be a "Tom Collins" with severely aged grapefruit juice?
  • No Dez Bryant on Thursday night, which means he'll make his debut in the regular season. Jerry Jones' excuse : 'he's got some conditioning work to do.'
  • Bob Glauber of Newsday discusses talked with ex-Giant Antonio Pierce, who "just [doesn't] see the energy" in the team this year. He also calls them "just another team" -- what's the deal with former Giants getting television jobs and ripping their old teammates these days?
Posted on: September 1, 2010 11:20 am
 

Hot Routes 9.1.10: September: also elite, I guess

Sorry these are so late (I know, I know, you've had more cups of coffee than Matt Leinart's had trade rumors this morning), but in the interest of NOT making them about Leinart, I tried to dig up some funkier links. Enjoy.

Also, if we do these every morning, you know, so feel free to follow us on twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) and send us links. Either there or via email .
  • John Clayton, whom I actually like quite a lot, has ranked the NFL quarterbacks before we start the season (in eight days - OMFG). He has 14 "elite" quarterbacks (yes, having FOURTEEN does destroy the meaning of the word), 8 members of the "Chad Pennington Division" and 11 in the "Hit/Miss Division." Now, Matt Ryan isn't elite (yet), Brett Favre isn't better than Aaron Rodgers and/or Philip Rivers (right now), and if Matt Moore has a 5 percent chance of being elite, how is he ranked one spot lower than Trent Edwards? There are LOTS of questions on this list.
  • Josh Wilson, the newest Raven after yesterday's trade from the Seahawks, says he "couldn't be happier." Duh -- he's a former  Terp so he's closer to home, and while Jim Harbaugh isn't as enthusiastic as Pete Carroll, his team certainly is better.
  • The Denver Post appears to be having some fun with their new toy, Tim Tebow, page/DEN">Broncos)&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_blank">using the phrase "rise to top backup" in a headline about the depth chart. Or maybe I'm reading too deeply into it -- let's just say that when he "resurrects the Broncos red zone efforts" then it's officially awkward.
  • LOOK OUT, DALLAS! Here comes Houston, who has sold page/HOU">Texans+Football)&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_blank">a record number of season tickets . Also, Gary Kubiak thinks that it's their time to win the AFC South .
  • Wade Phillips thinks Tony Romo is "ready." Well, that's good. Actually, I think he may means Romo is ready to "win this division, have a monster statistical year, take us to the Super Bowl and keep my job alive."
  • It's Clinton Portis' birthday today ! I actually didn't realize that until Jamie Mottram pointed out that he has the same bday as Portis which, considering Mottram is a Redskins' fan, is mildly awesome. My "athlete matchups" are Michael Vick, Chad Pennington and Derek Jeter. Lame. Who you got?
Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:38 pm
 

Hot Routes 8.30.10 decisions decisions decisions

Posted by Andy Benoit

One ESPN writer thinks Shanahan can’t be serious about McNabb sitting out Week 1.

The Lions plan on doing what most teams do when they get overwhelmingly insecure about their linebacking depth: sign Rocky Boiman.

It’s hard to picture the Bucs keeping Michael Clayton in 2010, though the underachieving veteran wideout is confident he’ll remain with the team. Clayton hasn’t played much this preseason, but Raheem Morris tends to sit his veterans in August more than most head coaches.

The Cardinals will apparently consider intangibles when making their quarterback decision – whatever that means.

The Panthers defense has performed well this preseason...does it matter?

How about the Panthers offense scoring zero touchdowns in 42 possessions so far this preseason...does that matter?

There is still plenty of competition for the kick return duties in Dallas.

Who else found themselves kind of wishing that we’d get at least one look at the gash in James Farrior’s head Sunday night? The Steelers linebacker did a good job covering it up (though it was impossible to hide all the excess blood).

New England’s young defensive backs are getting some help from the veterans.

The Broncos weren’t exactly thrilled with James Harrison’s hit on Kyle Orton.

And, even better, James Harrison doesn’t exactly care. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Harrison said of Orton, “"He was running his mouth and getting in the way of the train. And the train wasn't coming off the track. (Orton) was popping off down there the first time they were about to score. So you run your mouth, expect to get something. Everything's between the lines, so he got what he had coming."
 

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .



Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 12:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 8.27.10: we talkin' 'bout practice

Posted by Andy Benoit

Clinton Portis is getting props for his new dedication to practice. Funny what the sense of being in your twilight can do for your work ethic.

Dez Bryant is running routes for the first time since injuring his ankle.

Giants Pro Bowl center Shaun O’Hara is out two weeks due to soreness and swelling in left ankle/Achilles. Is this a chronic injury that could follow the 11th-year veteran all season?

Sam Bradford lit it up as the starter in St. Louis’s third preseason game. So that means he’ll be under center in Week 1, right? Probably, though don’t expect Steve Spagnuolo to confirm that just yet.

Something that stood out in the Packers-Colts game was the way Green Bay’s veteran offensive tackles, Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, handled Indy’s speed-rushing ends, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Very impressive.

Rhett Bomar could soon challenge Jim Sorgi for the No. 2 quarterback job in New York.

Hugh Jackson talked about the Raiders offense that he’s now in charge of.

Kudos to Marc Bulger for his charitable work to help service men and women.

The Bills aren’t revealing their quarterback rotation for Saturday’s game just yet, though we know that Trent Edwards is the starter. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm have been competing for the top backup job.

Jason Taylor talks about his frustrating time in Washington.


For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .

Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:26 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 9:27 am
 

Hot Routes 8.26.10: the lighter stuff

Posted by Will Brinson and Andy Benoit

Don’t expect any beef between Chester Taylor and Matt Forte. They’re competing for carries, but as Taylor points out, he’s been a backup to a big name runner before – twice, in fact (Adrian Peterson, Minnesota and Jamal Lewis, Baltimore).

Colt McCoy is expected to make Cleveland's final roster. The bigger news is that this is even news in the first place. Wasn’t McCoy a third-round pick?
 

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten received Pro Football Weekly's 12th annual Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award for his charity work. And right now, 99.9 percent of you are declining to click the link to this story. Think about that next time you’re griping about how the media only covers the athletes who et in trouble.

Cowboys kicker David Buehler (Buehler?...Buehler?...Buehler?...) is showing some consistency.

Lots of position battles in Houston, including Jacoby Jones pushing Kevin Walter hard for the No. 2 wide receiver job and Antoine Caldwell taking over for Mike Brisiel at right guard.

We’ll keep Will’s original description of this link: REALLY hot Colts fan.

How’s this for a “No, really?!” headline from the First Coast News: “Jags Want to End Blackout, Playoff Drought”

Nick Saban has been locking the doors on NFL teams visiting Alabama lately. The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the first teams he let back in. The New York Giants also got in.

Ryan Mathews threw out first pitch for the Padres. Looks like his nose bleeding issue is now a non-issue.


For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .

Posted on: August 22, 2010 10:08 am
Edited on: August 22, 2010 10:19 am
 

Hot Routes 8.22.10: Injuries and rookie hazing

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Got links for the Hot Routes? Follow us on Twitter or send an email to josh [dot] katzowitz [at] cbsinteractive [dot] com.

-In Baltimore’s win against the Redskins, Terrell Suggs – coming off, by his standards, an unimpressive year – had a good showing . He credits an offseason diet in which he came to training camp considerably lighter.

-Of course, Suggs’ explosion could also be credited to the fact that Redskins rookie LT Trent Williams, who was burned much of the night by Suggs, sustained an elbow contusion . He said the injury would not keep him out long.

-Seahawks RB Leon Washington, who suffered a season-ending injury last year while playing for the Jets, made his Seattle debut an impressive one, rushed for an 11-yard TD (overall, he carried the ball four times for 19 yards). Afterward, Washington declared that he felt healthy.

-Last night, we told you Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman was done for the preseason after fracturing the tip of his thumb. Freeman is just relieved it’s not a more serious injury . His backup, Josh Johnson, went 6 for 10 for 133 yards and a TD. Third-stringer Rudy Carpenter also performed well, completing 8 of 11 attempts for 79 yards and the game-winning score.

-According to Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette, the Dolphins exposed the Jaguars defense during Miami’s one-point win Saturday night. Miami and QB Chad Henne scored on four-straight possessions against Jacksonville’s No. 1 defense.

-In case you figured the injuries to A.J. Feeley’s thumb and elbow would catapult rookie Sam Bradford into the starting QB slot, you might have to rethink that theory . After the game, Feeley said he expects to be back for the team’s next preseason game. The X-rays on his thumb and elbow were negative.

-Neither Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw nor S Antrel Rolle started New York’s game Saturday night, because both were late to team meetings. “I've been around long enough to understand there are consequences, so I took it like a man,” Rolle said.

-And while we’re on the Giants, let’s talk for a second about RB Brandon Jacobs and his stiff neck that kept him from playing. According to Tom Coughlin, the injury came out of nowhere. Apparently, Jacobs hurt himself by doing shrugs while working out.

-If Ben Roethlisberger had his choice, he would have played the entire Steelers-Jets game. Alas, he was just happy to be back on the field.

-Speaking of Pittsburgh, Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette thinks the battle for the center spot is finished. Give the job to dominant rookie Maurkice Pouncey now, Bouchette writes.

-Brian Urlacher said the calf injury he sustained on the first series of the Bears game was not a big deal .

-The art of the rookie hazing is not dead in Tennessee. On Saturday, the Titans splashed all of safety Robert Johnson’s non-uniform clothes into the cold tub . Johnson’s cell phone was spared, but not his $160 pair of Jordan’s. The hazing was totally unexpected for Johnson, he said.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .


Posted on: August 21, 2010 9:30 am
 

Hot Routes 8.21.10: injuries galore

Posted by Andy Benoit

Got a link for Hot Routes? Tweet us ( @cbssportsnfl  ) or send an email to andy [dot] benoit [at] cbsinteractive [dot] com.

Atari Bigby, currently recovering from ankle surgery, could be headed for PUP. Doctors are saying the strong safety might need eight weeks to get healthy again.

Falcons fifth-round rookie receiver Kerry Meier is out for the season with a knee injury.

Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye needs wrist surgery and has been put on Injured Reserve.

Greg Toler and Trumaine McBride are in a hot competition for the Cardinals’ No. 2 corner job. This tells you that the second-year pro Toler hasn’t played up to expectations; the job was supposed to be his to begin with.

Donovan McNabb and Chris Cooley are building a strong rapport in Washington.

One more Redskins note: despite missing chunks of practice for…whatever ailment he seems to have this week…Albert Haynesworth would like to play Saturday against the Ravens.

Chris Johnson was so proud of his accomplishments in 2009 that he got some new tattoos to commemorate them. Click here to take a look.

The punter position has been a problem for Green Bay (the team tied for last in the NFL in net punting average in 2009). It could just be exaggerated optimism, but coaches think things are turning around.

With safety Louis Delmas’s status for Week 1 in question (groin injury), more and more people are calling on the Lions to acquire disgruntled Chiefs safety Jarrad Page.


For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS feed.

Posted on: August 20, 2010 9:35 am
 

Hot Routes 8.20.10: Positivity everywhere

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Got links for the Hot Routes? Follow us on Twitter or send an email to josh [dot] katzowitz [at] cbsinteractive [dot] com.

-Bills QB Brian Brohm, vying for that backup spot behind Trent Edwards, thinks his performance against the Colts on Thursday night went “pretty well.” Coach Chan Gailey counters that by saying Brohm was just OK.

-Despite the 13-point loss toe Bills, Indy Star columnist Bob Kravitz finds some reasons to be positive . Their names are QB Curtis Painter and KR Devin Moore.

-I didn’t watch much of the Patriots-Falcons game beyond looking for how Patriots WR Wes Welker would perform – he did quite well – but I did notice Falcons DE Kroy Biermann. So did coach Mike Smith .

-Something seems a little off about this picture . I actually have some friends who are field turf management guys (albeit for baseball). This would never happen under their watch.

-The Eagles say it’s a different training camp feel with Kevin Kolb as the starting QB instead of Donovan McNabb.

-Dolphins QB Pat White is quickly becoming an afterthought . And man, he was so good at West Virginia.

-Cowboys C Kyle Kosier, who suffered a sprained MCL, is hoping to get back by season opener.

-Joe Haden is pushing Eric Wright for a starting spot in the Cleveland secondary . Wright says he’s fine with the competition. It probably helps that he’s coming off the best season of his career.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .

 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com