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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 vs. Bengals: Three Things To WatchOne thing Bears fans are hoping they can watch (and stomach) more easily this week: the defense in general and the secondary in particular.
'We're Still Grinding': Bears Work For A Better Record On Sunday"We’re still grinding to get better, to find our identity."
Chicago Bears Prep To Go Against The Cincinnati Bengals At Soldier Field On Sunday"We didn’t have outcome we wanted."
In Addition To Struggles On Defense, Bears' Offense Didn't Have Too Many Big Plays As They Lost Game OneThe Bears’ defense struggled to stop big plays as the team lost their season opener to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday – but the Bears’ offense also didn’t have too many big plays of their own.
Bears Vow To Do Better After Inconsistent Defense In Game One Against RamsWhat many believed would be the strength of this Bears team – the defense – proved inconsistent Sunday as the Bears lost Game One to the Los Angeles Rams.
Dalton Passes For 206 Yards, Fields Rushes For 3-Yard Score As Bears Lose Season Opener To RamsMatthew Stafford passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns in a dynamic debut with his new team, leading the Los Angeles Rams past Andy Dalton and the Chicago Bears for a victory on Sunday night.
Bears Vs. Rams: Three Things To WatchAndy Dalton is the starting quarterback. Just because Fields isn't starting doesn't mean he won't make it onto the field.
'It Starts At The Top': Bears Stress Defense Before Season Opener Against L.A. RamsThere’s been a lot of talk about the Bears defense trying to recapture that 2018 magic, with longtime assistant Sean Desai taking over for Chuck Pagano. Jaylon Johnson said it starts with the culture and he’s noticed a big change. 
Chicago Bears Prep For Sunday Season OpenerThe Chicago Bears were back to work Wednesday ahead of Sunday's season opener but without nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who is out with knee and ankle injuries. Jimmy Graham also got the day off to rest. But there is no rest when it comes to QB talk. 
As Bears Prep For Week One, Eddie Jackson Looks To Get Back To Form And Cole Kmet Schedules One-On-One Film Session With Coach NagyThe Bears visit the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night.
Bears' Tashaun Gipson Has High Hopes For Cornerback Jaylon Johnson This YearAndy Dalton and the Bears will open the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 12 against the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the Los Angeles Rams.
Bears Training Camp: Linebacker Alec Ogletree Signed For His Ninth YearBears linebacker Alec Ogletree didn't play in the Bears' final preseason game, but that doesn't mean he thought he'd clenched a spot on the 53-man roster. He said the team owed him nothing, but he now has more Bears days to come. 
Bears Training Camp: Roster Set; Fans Wonder When Justin Fields Will Start Regular Season GamesThe Chicago Bears' 53-man roster is set -- for now -- after a flurry of moves by General Manager Ryan Pace, including placing rook tackle Teven Jenkins on injured reserve. 
Wide Receivers Dazz Newsome, Ridley Riley Among Those Cut As Bears Finalize 53-Man RosterTuesday was cut day for the Bears’ final roster, and those not surviving the reckoning included wide receivers Dazz Newsome and Riley Ridley.
Bears Must Solidify 53-Man Roster By Tuesday; Andy Dalton Ready To Go For Week OneThe Bears are unofficially in prep mode for week one against the Los Angeles Rams.
Justin Fields Makes His First Start, Bears Beat Titans In Last Preseason GameNick Foles threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Jesper Horsted with 6:51 left, and the Chicago Bears held off the Tennessee Titans to wrap the preseason Saturday night.
Chicago Bears Prep For Final Preseason Game, Welcome Military Members, First Responders To Last Unofficial Open PracticeOn Thursday for the final unofficial open practice of training camp, the Bears welcomed about 1,000 members of the military and first reponsders to watch practice.
Bears Training Camp: Rodney Adams Fights To Join The Team After A Year On The Practice Squad"It’s really cool to see how much the city of Chicago, the Bears organization, the Bears fans show love to a family that they barely even know."
Justin Fields To Start At QB In Bears' Preseason Finale; Andy Dalton Still The Starter For Week 1Head coach Matt Nagy said Fields will play the first half Saturday night in Tennessee, and backup Nick Foles will play the second half.
Key Players Return To Offensive Line Ahead Of Bears' Last Preseason Game; Left Tackle A Competition Between Larry Borom, Jason PetersThe Bears are down to one preseason game to trim the roster and get prepared for the regular season.
Rodney Adams A Bright Spot In Bears' Not-So-Hot Preseason Game Against Bills, And He Was Celebrating Being A New Dad TooIn a mostly ugly preseason game number two for the Bears on Saturday, wide receiver Rodney Adams was again a bright spot.
Trubisky Shines As Bills Roll Past Bears With 41-15 WinGreeted by Chicago fans with a mix of both boos and cheers, Trubisky finished 20 of 28 for 221 yards with a touchdown and played the entire first half.
Soldier Field RediscoveredIt never hurts to get a little more acquainted with Solider Field before heading out to a Bears game or other event.
Justin Fields Back At Practice For Bears After Nursing Sore GroinRookie quarterback Justin Fields was back on the field and should be good to go Saturday for the Bears second preseason game.
Justin Fields Kept Out Of Bears Practice With Sore Groin, But Coach Matt Nagy Says Fields Is Still Expected To Play SaturdayTop quarterback pick Justin Fields was held out of practice for the Bears Wednesday, as was Cole Kmet.
Bears Rookie Offensive Tackle Teven Jenkins To Have Back Surgery
New Bears Defensive Coordinator Sean Desai Bringing The Juice"Everybody wants to be the guy so you see this guy making plays, it heightens the intensity up for the guy playing next to him."
Twitter Sounds Off After Former Bears QB Jay Cutler Is Dropped By Uber Eats After Tweets Objecting To Masks In SchoolsA controversial comment by former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has sent Twitter into a tailspin.
Bears Training Camp: Nagy Says Expect More Reps From Andy Dalton And The First TeamAs the Chicago Bears look ahead to preseason game number two, Head Coach Matt Nagy says to expect more reps for Andy Dalton and the first team. 
Andy Dalton Evaluates Some Struggles In Bears' Preseason Opener, Says Justin Fields 'Played Great'Saturday's Bears preseason opener was all about Justin Fields looking like he's ready to start right now. At least for now, Andy Dalton is still slated to start week one of the regular season.