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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 Looking To Stack Wins, Climb Back Into ContentionThe Bears (2-4) returned to Halas Hall on Monday with high hopes after an important win in Baltimore.
Bears' Akiem Hicks Sees Different NFC North Without Aaron Rodgers: 'We Got To Go Take It'Rodgers may be lost for the season after suffering a broken collarbone Sunday.
Listen: Bears Fans React To Win Over Ravens On Spiegel & Parkins VoicemailCallers came up big with their emotional reactions during a Bears win with many twists and turns.
Pompei: Observations On Bears-RavensMitchell Trubisky is capable of making plays that many quarterbacks are not.
Howard Carries Bears To Victory In OT: 'We’ve Seen Him In That Mode Before'Bears running back Jordan Howard set up the game-winning field goal against the Ravens with a 53-yard run in overtime.
Gabriel: Bears Flip The Script, Hold On In A Game They Should Have WonChicago's 27-24 overtime win at Baltimore was its first road victory since December 2015.
Emma: Bears Were Opportunistic Enough In Wild WinThe Bears flirted with disaster but found a way to win in Baltimore, earning a 27-24 overtime victory over the Ravens.
Bernstein: Entertaining Bears Were Worth Our TimeChicago's overtime win at Baltimore on Sunday featured plenty of wackiness and unexpected heroes.
Jordan Howard Leads Bears Past Ravens In OT, 27-24Howard rushed for 167 yards, including a 53-yarder in overtime to set up the winning field goal.
Pernell McPhee Needs To Prove A Point With Bears DefenseMcPhee has been on a snap limit, but the Bears will need more from him with Willie Young out.
Bears Still Struggling To Generate TurnoversThe Bears have a minus-33 turnover ratio since John Fox became head coach in 2015.
Bears Guard Kyle Long Held Out Of Practice, Receiver Markus Wheaton Dealing With Groin InjuryLong was given a maintenance day ahead of Sunday's game, coach John Fox said.
Ditka Apologizes After Furor Over Saying 'No Oppression In The Last 100 Years'Ditka’s comments prompted a social media firestorm, with both current and former NFL players slamming him as out of touch.
Bears Sign Tanner Genty To Active Roster, Release Deonte ThompsonGentry could emerge into a role at receiver for fellow rookie Mitchell Trubisky.
Critics Slam Ditka For 'No Oppression In The Last 100 Years' Claim"It should outrage not only black people, it should outrage everyone," sports legal analyst Exavier Pope said.
Bears Place OLB Willie Young On Injured ReserveThe Bears now have nine players on injured reserve after losing Young to a triceps injury.
Pompei: Observations On Bears-VikingsMitchell Trubisky's debut was about what we should've expected.
Mike Ditka: 'No Oppression In The Last 100 Years That I Know Of'As protests against racial injustice continue in the NFL and the sports landscape, Ditka criticized players kneeling.
Gabriel: Bears' Mitchell Trubisky Flashes Franchise-Quarterback TalentsSave for a late, untimely interception, Trubisky was impressive in his Bears debut in a loss to the Vikings.
Bears' John Fox On Mitchell Trubisky's Debut: 'He Did Really Well'"He handled the offense," Fox said of Trubisky. "It wasn't too big for him."
Emma: Mitchell Trubisky's Debut Inspires Hope For BearsTrubisky took ownership for the Bears' 20-17 loss in his NFL debut, but perhaps there's glory waiting down the road.
Bears Execute Wild Trick Play To Perfection For 2-Point ConversionMitchell Trubisky and the Bears pulled off a crazy trick play to tie the Vikings in the fourth quarter of an eventual loss.
Mitchell Trubisky's Late Interception Costs Bears In 20-17 Loss To VikingsTrubisky was 12-of-25 for 128 yards with a touchdown and interception in his debut.
Bernstein: Cubs, Bears' Mitchell Trubisky Energize Memorable Chicago Sports DayOne Chicago team was defending its throne. The other started a long climb back toward the top Monday.
After Mitchell Trubisky's First Career Touchdown Pass, Bears Run Incredible 2-Point Conversion To Tie VikingsThe Vikings never saw this play coming.
Bears CB Marcus Cooper Out Vs. VikingsWith Cooper out, the Bears will start Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller at cornerback against the Vikings.
With Willie Young Injured, Bears Promote OLB Isaiah Irving To Active RosterYoung will reportedly miss the remainder of the season with a triceps tear.
Baffoe: One Hell Of A Chicago Sports MondayA Cubs playoff game and Mitchell Trubisky's debut with the Bears makes for a day for the ages.
Joniak: Keys To Bears-VikingsThe Bears need to mix in timely passes on first down against a stout Vikings defense that's third against the run.
Bears CB Marcus Cooper Questionable, OLB Willie Young Doubtful Vs. VikingsYoung's triceps injury occurred during the week of practice.

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