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Source: Bears Ownership Met Monday To Discuss FutureGeneral manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman are under fire in a 5-9 season.
Bucs Hoping Michael Johnson Excels This SeasonThe Bucs took a gamble signing Michael Johnson to a huge contract, and this season, he has to be the guy.
Jake Locker Needs To Become A Leader for Tennessee Titans In 2014With Chris Johnson gone, the Tennessee Titans look to redesign their offense and that all starts with quarterback Jake Locker. After an injury plagued career, Locker has to stay healthy and become a leader on and off the field if the Titans want to win.
Second Year For Eddie Lacy Could Push Packers To NFL's Most Balanced OffenseGreen Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy had a spectacular year in 2013, but improvement by Lacy and a healthy Aaron Rodgers, the Packers may just end up being the NFL's most balanced offense in 2014.
Pittsburgh's Ryan Shazier Best Bet To Start As Steelers Rookie Since 2001The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted a rookie who made an immediate impact and started opening day was Kendrell Bell in 2001, but first-round draft pick Ryan Shazier has all the skills of an NFL starter and the backing of defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
The Sky Is The Limit For Chargers' Keenan Allen In 2014If before the 2013 season you would tell Bolt fans that Cal rookie Keenan Allen would become the "go-to" guy for much of last season, many may have scratched their head a time or two. When all was said and done last season, Allen emerged not only as the Chargers' top threat, but one of the top wide receiver stories around the NFL.
Eric Decker Plays Many Roles For The New York JetsThe Jets marquee offseason signing is more than just a number one receiver for Gang Green.
The Godzilla Of The NFL: Trent WilliamsIn December of 2011 the NFL formally announced the suspensions of two Redskins players, tight-end Fred Davis, and left-tackle Trent Williams. Both players received a four game suspension without pay, for testing positive for marijuana three times throughout the course of the season.
Richard Sherman Makes Things Go BOOM!He may be known for his trash-talking, but that doesn't mean Sherman isn't one of the most talented cornerbacks currently in the NFL. As this year's cover athlete for Madden 15, he's out to prove there no such thing as the "Madden Curse".
Champ Bailey Looks To Keep Career Going With New Orleans SaintsThe New Orleans Saints had a vastly improved defense in the NFL in 2013, but it never hurts to get a bit more veteran leadership and skill onto the roster. That's what they did by adding Champ Bailey during the offseason, and he is looking for a Super Bowl ring before his stories career ends.
Jacksonville Jaguars Place All Of Their Eggs In Basket Of Blake BortlesIt may be ugly at times in 2014, but Bortles will be unnerved and will benefit by going through any growing pains this fall as the Jaguars have much work to do before competing in the AFC South.
Sharrif Floyd Looks To Continue Vikings Tradition Of Good Defensive TacklesThe Minnesota Vikings have a long tradition of having very good defensive tackles. They drafted Sharrif Floyd in the first round of the 2013 draft in hopes that he can continue the trend. He learned a lot of from former teammate Kevin Williams and slimmed down in the offseason to reach his full potential. This season should be the beginning of the Floyd era in Minnesota.
Major NFL Rule Changes For 2014 SeasonThe biggest rule change of the 2014 NFL season won't require a single edit in the rule book. That's because, technically, it's not a change. The league has simply made aggressive play in the defensive backfield a "point of emphasis" Initiating contact five yards beyond the line of scrimmage and illegal hands to the face were always penalties, but now the NFL will be monitoring them more closely.
Fantasy Football Trends: Johnny Manziel's Influence On DraftsYou don't need to be a fantasy football guru to know you shouldn't draft a back-up quarterback. This is especially true if the back-up in question failed to beat out Brian Hoyer for the starting job.
Browns Hope Johnny Manziel Keeps Focus On Field Instead Of OffJohnny Manziel fell a lot further than anyone would have expected at the NFL Draft, but he landed right where the Cleveland Browns wanted him to fall. Now, the focus needs to stay on the field instead of off it, and Manziel could up bringing an excitement that the Browns have not seen in decades.
Stevie Johnson Returns Home To Round Out 49ers Receiving Core And Silence CriticsThe 49ers' acquisition of wide receiver Stevie Johnson is a win for both the team and player. San Francisco gets what they hope is the final missing piece to their passing game, while Johnson gets the chance to return home and not only play for a contender, but play in a market where his talents will not go un-noticed.
7 Reasons Why The NFL Preseason MattersNFL preseason games don't count in the standings. But they definitely matter. Here are 7 reasons why.
Charles Woodson Must Lead The Oakland Defense To New Heights In 2014Even though he will be 38 in October and well past his prime, safety Charles Woodson has the ability to lead the Oakland Raiders defense this season to a level the team hasn't seen in awhile.
Darrelle Revis Is The Key Component To New England's New-Look DefenseIt's been a long-time since the New England Patriots had a shutdown cornerback on their roster, and they finally have one in former New York Jets star Darrelle Revis.
Jeremy Maclin Must Embrace Becoming The No. 1 Receiver For The EaglesJeremy Maclin is not going to have to be Jerry Rice or Terrell Owens. He merely needs to be a receiver for Nick Foles, while the tight ends help chip in the rest of the production in the passing game.
Greg Olsen Gives The Carolina Panthers A Proven Receiving ThreatThe Carolina Panthers cut the face of the franchise, Steve Smith, and let the only other three wide receivers on the roster that caught a pass last season leave as free agents. Tight end Greg Olsen is the only proven receiver returning from last season’s squad. Olsen should be Cam Newton’s favorite target this season.
Fantasy Football: Draft Advice For A Competitive TeamIn-season roster management is key to winning your fantasy football league, but the draft goes a long way towards determining the champ. Value is the most important word when it comes to the draft. Here are a few tips to stay a few moves ahead of your competitors.
Fantasy Football: Top 10 NFL Kickers To DraftLet’s not kid ourselves: a kicker is not going to win you a fantasy title. But in a tight match-up, you’ll take all the points you can get. All of these players are last-round selections, but you might as well have a strategy for crafting your kicker rankings.
Can Colts WR Hakeem Nicks Regain Old Form In 2014 NFL Season?Hobbled by injuries, the Indianapolis Colts hope (wide receiver) Hakeem Nicks can contribute with the type of production that catapulted the New York Giants to a Super Bowl championship in 2012.
Keidel: Ben Roethlisberger Needs To Stay Focused Amid Emmanuel Sanders FeudSo it is with my jaded view of the world that I address the Ben Roethlisberger - Emmanuel Sanders feud. Sanders said that his new quarterback, Peyton Manning, is a much better leader than his old quarterback, Big Ben. And thus the verbal jousting began, feathers flexed, talons out.
Fantasy Football: Top 10 NFL Wide Receivers To DraftOne of last year's top fantasy receivers, Josh Gordon, is facing a season-long suspension, but there are still plenty of talented wideouts to choose from. These players are studs no matter the scoring system.
Darius Slay Key To Lions SecondaryThe Detroit Lions' struggles last season cost Jim Schwartz his job, and another disappointing season could do GM Martin Mayhew in. When Lions fans and NFL analysts discussed the team's issues and needs, the secondary came up more often that not.
Marlon Brown: The Receiver Everyone Should Be Talking AboutThe Ravens made huge strides to improve what turned out to be a putrid offense in 2013. But one of the few bright spots on the offensive side of the ball was Marlon Brown. An undrafted rookie from Georgia with a lot to prove, and loads of potential to do just that.
Fantasy Football: Top 10 NFL Running Backs To DraftQuarterbacks are breaking records left and right in the pass-happy NFL, but that makes high-caliber running backs all the more valuable. Many of last season's top performers appear on this list, but keep in mind there's usually a major bust or two, likely due to the heavy workload of the position causing a hangover effect.
Fantasy Football: Top 10 NFL Tight Ends To DraftIf you're not only ranking players, but also grouping them in tiers, tight ends are an interesting test case. Jimmy Graham is a one-man tier, with Gronkowski and Julius Thomas, both potential second-round picks, in the next group.

Chicago Bears

Bears Place Leonard Floyd On Injured ReserveFloyd sprained his PCL and MCL in the injury Sunday.
Alshon Jeffery On Leaving Bears For Eagles: 'Just A Better Decision'The Bears allowed Jeffery to walk into free agency, where he landed with the Eagles on a one-year deal.
Bears Missing 3 Key Defenders At Wednesday PracticeDanny Trevathan and Akiem Hicks joined Leonard Floyd in being sidelined.
Brian Urlacher Excited About Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky: 'I Love The Kid'Urlacher was named one of 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018.
Bears' Deiondre' Hall To Practice, Opening 21-Day Window For Return From IRHall had been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury late in the preseason.
Bears Great Brian Urlacher Named Semifinalist For Pro Football Hall Of Fame's 2018 ClassUrlacher is among 27 candidates who were named semifinalists for the 2018 class to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Emma: Alshon Jeffery Was Just What The Eagles Needed -- And What The Bears Are MissingThe Bears allowed Jeffery to walk into free agency, where the Eagles found a key target to transform their offense.
Bears Guard Josh Sitton Sees Growth In Rookie Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky“The nuances of the game, he just keeps learning and learning," Sitton says of Trubisky.
Bears TE Zach Miller Returns Home After 23 Days In HospitalMiller suffered the horrific leg injury attempting to catch a touchdown during the Bears' game in New Orleans three weeks ago.
Bears Explain Why Tarik Cohen, Adam Shaheen Were Sidelined On Final DriveBears coach John Fox prioritized veteran experience over young playmaking late in a loss Sunday.
Akiem Hicks On Bears' Loss: 'Wish I Could Put A Finger On Certain Things'"We didn’t want it to be that close," Hicks says. "We didn’t want to have to put it on the kicker’s leg."
John Fox: Bears Hopeful That Leonard Floyd Didn't Tear ACLThough he's not believed to have torn his ACL, Floyd is expected to miss an extended period of time.
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Pompei: Observations From Bears-LionsMitchell Trubisky is showing progress, while the Bears' defense is regressing.
Bears Sign Kicker Cairo Santos, Waive Connor BarthSantos has a career 84.8 percent field-goal percentage. 
Baffoe: Bears Coach John Fox Is Now Indicting HimselfSo many of the Bears' failures point toward coaching incompetency.
John Fox: Evaluating Bears' Kicking Game 'A Big Part Of Our Decision' For Week 12"Like everything, you’re always trying to improve," Fox told WBBM Newsradio. "Again, to change, you want to feel like you get better."
Gabriel: With Defense Showing Cracks, Bears Need To Ask More Of Mitchell TrubiskyAs it is, the Bears are still asking Trubisky to manage games rather than win them.
Emma: Bears Doomed Again By Their Own ShortcomingsThe Bears' 27-24 loss to the Lions dropped them to 8-18 in one-score games under John Fox.
Connor Barth's Miss Could Move Bears To Find New KickerBarth missed a 46-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the Bears' 27-24 loss to the Lions.
Bernstein: Bears' Loss Represents Them WellThere were so many familiar themes evident as the Bears dropped to 3-7 on Sunday.
Bears Fall 27-24 To Lions After Connor Barth Misses FG In Closing SecondsBarth's tying field-goal attempt from 46 yards out was way wide right.
Bears Linebacker Leonard Floyd Suffers Right Knee InjuryFloyd was carted off the field after what appeared to be a serious injury.
Bears Linebacker Danny Trevathan Inactive Against LionsThe Bears will also be without tight end Dion Sims, who's still dealing with an undisclosed illness.
Bears WR Cam Meredith Making Progress In Recovery From Torn ACL“I’m steadily making progress," Meredith says of his ACL rehab. "You got to take it one day at a time.”
Bears Announce Halas Hall Expansion ProjectThe Bears have partnered with HOK to design a 162,000-square-foot football operations addition.
Emma: With Backs Against The Wall, Bears' Best Fight Must Be RevealedThe final seven games of the Bears' season could have major ramifications for where this organization goes.
Bears' Danny Trevathan, Dion Sims Questionable Against Lions; Kyle Long Back To Full StrengthTrevathan and Sims didn't practice this week, and both are in line to miss Sunday's game.
Bears Hope To Get More Out Of Run Game Against LionsSixth in the NFL in rushing entering last week's game, the Bears managed just 55 yards on 17 carries against the Packers.
Bears Reserve QB Mark Sanchez Making Impact In Mentoring RoleThough Sanchez hasn't been active for a game, he embraces the chance to help the Bears how he can.

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