ALAMEDA, Calif. — The return of defensive back Charles Woodson may have an impact on the Oakland Raiders that cannot be measured by statistics or even graded on game tapes.
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Raiders expect Woodson to make big impact (The SportsXchange)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Charles Woodson had gotten word that Oakland fans had mobilized through social media to hold a rally at his free-agent visit to the Raiders.
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Woodson overwhelmed by Raiders fans (The Associated Press)
When the Denver Broncos signed quarterback Peyton Manning in 2012 offseason, there were questions whether the young receivers could handle the pressure of playing with the future Hall of Famer.
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Update: Welker made it clear Tuesday that he does not expect to catch nearly as many balls with the Broncos as he became accustomed to with the Patriots, the Denver Post reports.
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Wes Welker: Expects Fewer Catches With Broncos (Rotowire.com)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — During this week’s OTAs, the Denver Broncos offense worked on pace.
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Manning keys pace of Broncos’ offense (The SportsXchange)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Prima donna wide receivers are all the rage in today’s air-it-out NFL, demanding passes and attention, preening for crowds and cameras.
Broncos have nice problem on their hands (The Associated Press)
Charles Woodson had gotten word that Oakland fans had mobilized through social media to hold a rally at his free-agent visit to the Raiders.
Charles Woodson overwhelmed by Oakland Raiders fans
The lack of interest in free agency helped push the 13-year veteran away from the game.
Bears LB Brian Urlacher’s retirement forced in part by blow to pride (Yahoo! Sports)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles during the team’s OTA practice on Tuesday and could miss the entire 2013 season, Mike Garafolo of the USA Today reports. The severity of the tear (complete or partial tear) is currently unknown and should be the determining factor for how much time Crabtree will miss. As noted by Garafolo, two players — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers — returned to the playing field in 2012 after suffering Achilles injuries during the OTAs. Lindsay Jones of the USA Today notes that, in 2011, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas returned to action seven months after tearing his Achilles . However, losing Crabtree for even part of the season would be a major blow to the 49ers as the 2009 first-round pick out of Texas Tech is coming off a breakout season. Crabtree established career-highs with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards with nine touchdowns and his involvement in the 49ers’ offense increased with the insertion of Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. Over the final seven starts, Crabtree was targeted on 10 or more passes four times as he caught 41 passes for 595 yards with five touchdowns during that stretch. Crabtree was targeted by Kaepernick on 28 passes in the 49ers’ three playoff games, resulting in 20 completions for 285 yards and three touchdowns.
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49ers WR Michael Crabtree could miss 2013 season after suffering a torn Achilles (Shutdown Corner)
COMMENTARY| The 2013 NFL season will be full of changes for the New England Patriots, who overhauled their wide receiver corps during the offseason, highlighted by free agent Danny Amendola replacing the departed Wes Welker. Although Amendola has yet to have an official pass thrown his way in Foxboro, he is already experiencing unfair comparisons to his predecessor.
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New England Patriots’ Danny Amendola Facing Unfair Comparisons to Wes Welker (Yahoo! Contributor Network)