Vikings | M. Johnson to receive blocking support
Fri, 22 Sep 2006 08:50:12 -0700
Don Seeholzer, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said the team will assist right tackle Marcus Johnson in Week 3 as he matches up against Chicago Bears DE Adewale Ogunleye. "There's some things that we can do to help him out, and we'll do that," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. The club will likely use a running back or tight end to stalemate Ogunleye and assist Johnson, who struggled versus Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers in Week 2.
Titans | Haynesworth leaves practice early
Fri, 22 Sep 2006 08:26:59 -0700
Teresa M. Walker, of the Associated Press, reports Tennessee Titans DT Albert Haynesworth (shoulder) left practice early Thursday, Sept. 21, with a shoulder burner.
Lions | Bullocks believes he's ready to produce
Fri, 22 Sep 2006 08:26:58 -0700
Chrissie Zavicar, of DetroitLions.com, reports Detroit Lions rookie S Daniel Bullocks, who will see significant playing time in place of injured S Kenoy Kennedy (foot) during Week 3, believes he has the physical tools to succeed at this level, but the mental aspect needs some maturation. "I feel like I'm right in the mix, it's just that the mental part of it you kind of have to work your way up in," said Bullocks. "Everybody's much smarter – they out-think you. That's the hard part to come in and try adapt to; [players] getting much smarter on the field, watching film and learning tendencies of the players. I've got to keep poised at the beginning of the game so I don't get too excited or overexcited – just be patient and let it come to me."
Bears | C. Harris looking to rebound after demotion
Fri, 22 Sep 2006 07:53:57 -0700
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears S Chris Harris was disappointed after being demoted in favor of rookie S Danieal Manning at the starting free safety position heading into Week 3. But Harris, a second-year pro, will continue to push to re-gain his starting role. "I'm disappointed and upset, but being upset isn't going to do anything about it," Harris said. "So I'll just keep going back to work and keep doing what I've been doing. I'll just have to go out there and get better; make sure I'm fundamentally sound with my techniques."
Jets | Rhodes displaying leadership skills
Fri, 22 Sep 2006 07:44:36 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets second-year S Kerry Rhodes has displayed strong leadership skills that have garnered the attention of first-year head coach Eric Mangini. "Kerry's really embracing the idea of being a core communicator," Mangini said. "There's his preparation during the week, his maturity." Rhodes is coming off his best game of his career during Week 2, in which he recorded a team-leading 11 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. "Coach told me I had the potential to be a good leader," Rhodes said, "so I've tried to put it out there on the field and see what I can do. It's working so far."