13 August 2006

Vinny will appear in World Trade Center fundraising ads

NEW YORK (AP) _ Former New York Jets stars Vinny Testaverde and Wayne Chrebet will appear in fundraising ads for the proposed World Trade Center memorial honoring victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, the team and the WTC Memorial Foundation announced Friday.

Edgerrin James' cousin on same route to Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Javarris James has plenty of speed.

He uses it to dart through small holes in the line of scrimmage, dodge pursuing linebackers and blow past defensive backs. He rushed for 300 yards in one high school game and finished his prep career with 72 touchdowns, even though nearly every defense was loaded up with the singular goal of slowing him down.

Portis raises question: Is preseason too risky?

ALBANY, N.Y. -- You'd be hard-pressed to get LaVar Arrington to admit that the preseason is too long and rife with too many risks.
Even in light of the separated shoulder his ex-teammate Clinton Portis suffered Sunday in the Washington Redskins' preseason opener in Cincinnati, even in the aftermath of Portis' angry contention that he should have been out of that game well before calamity struck, Arrington had a hard time siding with Portis.

PADRES: Notes: Piazza rests injured forearm

Mike Piazza has a nice reminder on his right forearm of getting hit by a pitch on Monday night, but that's about it.

The Padres catcher wasn't in the starting lineup on Tuesday, the second game of the four-game series against the Giants at PETCO Park, taking an extra day to heal his forearm injury, which is being listed as a contusion.

McGahee again has bounce in his step

Willis McGahee was the ricochet we all remember from his college days Friday, harder to catch than a guy who owes you money. He fluttered. He dashed. He disappeared into the end zone.
Buffalo fans have waited three years to see the bouncy running back break a long, exciting gain and he finally did in the Bills' 44-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Looser, leaner McGahee prepared to improve on last year

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - It was a half-hour after practice and Willis McGahee was holding court with hundreds of fans packed against a rail a few feet above the sideline and yelling to get the running back's attention.
Men, women, children - the crowd in some places two and three deep - held footballs, posters, programs and jerseys to be autographed by the Buffalo Bills player.

McKinnie's hand injury improving

Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie continues to play with a club-like wrap on his injured left hand but plans to have it off by the Vikings' Sept. 11 opener at Washington.

10 players who are on the cusp of fantasy stardom - Kellen Winslow

Kellen Winslow Jr., TE, Browns: Vernon Davis is the recently hyped version today of what Winslow was projected to be a couple of years back. While Winslow does not have as much game experience as you would like from a shooting star, he does have a few things going for him.

It’s Najeh time

With Ahman Green hoping to play in next week’s preseason game, this is Najeh Davenport’s time to shine. He has been a big-time tease during his stay in Green Bay, flashing just enough skills during a couple games each season to show what he could be, but too often winding up on the sideline with an injury.
Beyond his running skills, Davenport must improve his blocking — he was responsible for one of the sacks last week — and show he can catch after dropping an easy dump-off pass last week.

Rookie update: CB Kelly Jennings

Kelly Jennings continued working exclusively with the second-team defense. That allowed CB Jordan Babineaux to get more work with the starting nickel defense. Jennings faces stiff competition for a starting job because CB Kelly Herndon is having a solid camp.

Moss misses another practice with quad injury

ALBANY, N.Y. - The chances that Sinorice Moss will have an impact on the New York Giants offense early this season are fading with each day the rookie receiver misses practice with a leg injury.

Wayne Hopes Slightly Lighter Means Being Slightly Better Again

Reggie Wayne wants to get better. Every season.
To Wayne, a wide receiver for the Colts, that may mean getting one more reception, one more yard, or one more touchdown than the season before.

BROCK SOLID: Fourth-string QB Brock Berlin worked extensively in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills, making some good – and bad – plays.

BROCK SOLID: Fourth-string QB Brock Berlin worked extensively in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills, making some good – and bad – plays. He connected with WR Jason Willis on a slant pattern in traffic, but two plays later telegraphed a pass intended for WR Jamall Broussard, which was intercepted by CB André Goodman. Berlin later hooked up on a deep ball with WR Fred Gibson, who beat CB Will Allen. On the next pass, Allen struck back, intercepting a pass intended for WR Frank Murphy.

Self-tutoring helped Vilma shorten learning curve

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- One of the NFL's best young middle linebackers the past two seasons, with a résumé that already includes a defensive rookie of the year award in 2004 and a trip to the Pro Bowl for 2005, Jonathan Vilma acknowledged Tuesday that he was shaken from his comfort zone in the offseason by the news that the New York Jets had hired Eric Mangini as their head coach.

Eric Winston's Journalln camp with the Texans and ready for the next step

To say the last couple months have been a whirlwind would be an understatement.
From the day I was drafted by the Houston Texans to now has been nothing but a fast paced ride that doesn't appear to be stopping anytime soon.

During May and June, over about a six week period, I participated in Organized Team Activities or what all the players call OTA's. It's essentially 19 practices in helmets that lead into camp. Our OTA's were combined with our mini camps, which are the exact same things, it's just some teams structure their schedule different than others.

Rocky's Road to Redskins Starter Won't Be Smooth

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - When Sean Taylor was the No. 5 overall pick in the draft two years ago, he was made to toil with the Washington Redskins (website - news) second-string and third-string units throughout training camp, even though his talent as an instant-impact player was obvious. He didn't make his NFL first start until the third week of the regular season.

Recent 'Cane past on McIntosh's side in D.C.

Washington Redskins rookie linebacker Roger McIntosh enters his first year in the National Football League with plenty of history in his favor. The second-round pick, who was signed to a four-year deal recently, attended the University of Miami, where he captained a terrific defensive unit. Much like past Miami Hurricanes linebackers, the 23-year-old has a chance to be a big-time playmaker at the pro level

If McGahee falters, so will Bills

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Willis McGahee: The best running back in the NFL, as he declared himself last October? A stretch, to say the least.
Willis McGahee: The most important running back in the NFL? Now that he just might be.

"In our division, and where we play, we have to run the ball," new Buffalo coach Dick Jauron said after the Bills' preseason opener Saturday night here against the Panthers. "We're going to run it."