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Raiders tab rookie Derek Carr as starting QB (Yahoo Sports)

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season. Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be the starter for the foreseeable future ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow. ''We've seen signs of Derek Carr's development from the day he stepped on campus here to where he is at right now,'' Allen said. ''It's not an indictment on Matt Schaub at all,'' Allen said.


Gronk promises he will play Sunday; Dolphins ready (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - This Sept. 4, 2013, file photo shows New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski smiling as he talks to the media at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, and announced he will be playing in the New Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. ''I'm super excited,'' said Gronkowski, who didn't play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. Super pumped, super excited and just preparing for the game.'' The pronouncement came as a bit of a surprise in a locker room not known for players ''breaking news.'' ''Yeah, yeah, I'm just getting it out of the way there,'' Gronkowski said.


Welker returns to practice following concussion (Yahoo Sports)

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker and Virgil Green, left rear, watch play from the sideline against the Dallas Cowboys in the second half of a NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 28. 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Wes Welker celebrated Labor Day by practicing for the first time since sustaining a concussion on Aug. 23. Key backups Ronnie Hillman and Kayvon Webster were limited in the early portion of practice four days after falling ill during the Broncos' exhibition finale at Dallas.


Bills WR Watkins practices after hurting ribs (Yahoo Sports)

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) talks to medical staff during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins is still experiencing soreness after returning to practice for the first time since aggravating a rib injury last week. The first-round draft pick practiced fully Monday, and says he is preparing to play Sunday, when Buffalo opens the season at Chicago. Watkins declined to reveal the nature of the injury except to say follow-up tests showed it is something more than bruised ribs. He was initially hurt in the first quarter of a 19-16 preseason loss at Pittsburgh on Aug. 16.


Rams announce practice squad minus Sam (Yahoo Sports)

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams have signed 10 players to their practice squad. As expected, Michael Sam was not among them.

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NFL experts' picks for 2014: AFC reporters

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Sources: Watt, Texans agree to $100M deal

The Houston Texans and defensive end J.J. Watt have reached agreement on a new, six-year deal that could pay him $100 million, league sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Raiders start rookie Carr, not Schaub, at QB

The Oakland Raiders have named rookie Derek Carr their starting quarterback.

Rams finalize practice squad minus Sam

The St. Louis Rams announced their 10-man practice squad Monday afternoon and defensive end Michael Sam is not part of it.

2014 Post Combine Offensive Prospect Rankings:

NEW! 2014 Post Combine QB Rankings

  1. 1.Teddy Bridgewater- Louisville
  2. 2.Johnny Manziel- Texas A&M
  3. 3.Blake Bortles- UCF
  4. 4.Derek Carr- Fresno State
  5. 5.Jimmy Garoppolo- Eastern Illinois
  6. 6.A.J. McCarron- Alabama
  7. 7.Zach Mettenberger- LSU
  8. 8.Aaron Murray- Georgia
  9. 9.David Fales- San Jose State
  10. 10.Brett Smith- Wyoming

NEW! 2014 Post Combine RB Rankings

  1. 1.Tre Mason- Auburn
  2. 2.Carlos Hyde- Ohio State
  3. 3.Ka'Deem Carey- Arizona
  4. 4.Bishop Sankey- Washington
  5. 5.Jeremy Hill- LSU
  6. 6.Devonta Freeman- Florida St.
  7. 7.Lache Seastrunk- Baylor
  8. 8.Charles Sims- West Virginia
  9. 9.Andre Williams- Boston College
  10. 10.Terrance West- Towson

NEW! 2014 Post Combine WR Rankings

  1. 1.Sammy Watkins- Clemson
  2. 2.Mike Evans- Texas A&M
  3. 3.Marqise Lee- USC
  4. 4.Odell Beckham Jr.- LSU
  5. 5Brandin Cooks- Oregon St.
  6. 6.Kelvin Benjamin- Florida St.
  7. 7.Jordan Matthews- Vanderbilt
  8. 8.Allen Robinson- Penn State
  9. 9.Davante Adams- Fresno St.
  10. 10. Donte Moncrief- Ole Miss

NEW! 2014 Post Combine TE Rankings

  1. 1. Eric Ebron- North Carolina
  2. 2.Austin Seferian-Jenkins- UW
  3. 3.Jace Amaro- Texas Tech
  4. 4.Troy Niklas- Notre Dame
  5. 5.C.J. Fiedorowicz- Iowa
  6. 6.Arthur Lynch- Georgia
  7. 7.Marcel Jensen- Fresno St.
  8. 8.Rob Blanchflower- UMASS
  9. 9.Joe Don Duncan- Dixie St.
  10. 10.Crockett Gillmore- Colorado St.

NEW! 2014 Post Combine Tackle Rankings

  1. 1.Greg Robinson- Auburn
  2. 2.Jake Matthews- Texas A&M
  3. 3.Taylor Lewan- Michigan
  4. 4.Zack Martin- Notre Dame
  5. 5.Cyrus Kouandjio- Alabama
  6. 6.Antonio Richardson- Tennessee
  7. 7.Morgan Moses- Virginia
  8. 8.Jack Mewhort- Ohio St.
  9. 9.Billy Turner- North Dakota St.
  10. 10.Joel Bitonio- Nevada

NEW! 2014 Post Combine Guard Rankings

  1. 1.Xavier Su'a-Filo- UCLA
  2. 2.David Yankey    - Stanford
  3. 3.Gabe Jackson- Mississippi St.
  4. 4.Brandon Thomas- Clemson
  5. 5.Cyril Richardson- Baylor
  6. 6.Anthony Steen- Alabama
  7. 7.Dakota Dozier- Furman
  8. 8.Jon Halapio- Florida
  9. 9.Chris Watt- Notre Dame
  10. 10.Trai Turner- LSU

NEW! 2014 Post Combine Center Rankings

  1. 1. Marcus Martin- USC
  2. 2.Weston Richburg- Colorado St.
  3. 3.Travis Swanson- Arkansas
  4. 4.Bryan Stork- FSU
  5. 5.Tyler Larsen- Utah State
  6. 6.Gabe Ikard- Oklahoma
  7. 7.Matt Armstrong- Grand Valley St.
  8. 8.Corey Linsley    - Ohio St.
  9. 9.James Stone- Tennessee
  10. 10.Zac Kerin- Toledo
 

FINAL 2014 NFL Mock Draft Updated For: 5-8-2014

1.)Houston Texans(2-14): DE Jadeveon Clowney- South Carolina

 

Team Needs: QB, OL, S, OLB

 

Pick & Team Analysis: Jadeveon Clowney and JJ Watt together would be unstoppable and Texans fans are already creating a buzz and calling for it to happen. Not sure how well Clowney would fit in a 3-4 as a outside linebacker but he is certainly athletic enough to pull it off. 

Texans are a Veteran team so maybe they look to address the QB position via Free Agency (Michael Vick, Josh McCown, Josh Freeman or trade for Kirk Cousins or Ryan Mallett (A Recent Rumor That Makes A Lot Of Sense!) and drafting a QB later in the Draft would be the wiser move.

2.)fromSt. Louis Rams(3-13):

 

OT Greg Robinson- Auburn

 

Team Needs: QB, OL, LB, S, CB

 

Pick & Team Analysis: With Jake Long serious knee injury, Rams could really use Auburn Tackle Greg Robinson or Texas A&M Tackle Jake Matthews now! Rams will probably restructure Sam Bradford contract and bring him back, but also add a QB later as insurance. Robinson will likely be considered Top 2 Players in this entire Draft after more scouts study his film and see him work out, he is NASTY and he finishes Blocks.

3.)Jacksonville Jaguars(4-12):  DE/LB Khalil Mack- Buffalo

 

TEAM NEEDS: QB, DE, OL, WR, RB

 

Pick & Team Analysis: Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley is a defensive guy so the Jaguars could still go with the Best Defensive Player Available and try to find a QB later in the draft. Very similar to what the Seattle Seahawks did while Gus Bradley was the Defensive Coordinator their. They Drafted Bruce Irvin in the 1st Round of the 2012 NFL Draft and then was able to get Russell Wilson in the 3rd Round. Khalil Mack is a even better prospect than Bruce Irvin was coming out of West Virginia.

4.)Cleveland Browns(4-12):  WR Sammy Watkins- Clemson

 

Team Needs: QB, LB, RB, OL, WR

 

Pick & Team Analysis: On Offense they have one of the best Offensive Tackle (Joe Thomas) and Center (Alex Mack) in the NFL, as well as one of the best Receivers in the NFL in Pro Bowler Josh Gordon and a extremely athletic playmaking TE in Jordan Cameron. So this would be a great situation for a young QB like Derek Carr, Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles.

Maybe...Just Maybe New GM Ray Farmer go gets a Veteran QB to come in a compete with Brian Hoyer for the starting position next season and add yet another playmaker like Sammy Watkins at Receiver to go with Josh Gordon. With all those weapons it wouldn't really matter who was playing QB for the Browns. If they are not confident in Hoyer, then it is a great chance they can get David Carr with that 26th Pick they have from the Colts.

5.)Oakland Raiders(4-12):  QB Derek Carr- Fresno St.

 

Team Needs: WR, OL, DL, QB, S, CB

 

Pick & Team Analysis: Raiders would be taking a huge risk trading back and trying to draft Carr later, so they might have to "reach" for the guy the truly want with this pick. Raiders Owner Mark Davis is a HUGE FAN Derek Carr!

6.)Atlanta Falcons(4-12):  OT Jake Matthews- Texas A&M

 

Team Needs: DE, TE, RB, OL, DT

 

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7.)Tampa Bay Buccaneers(4-12):  QB Johnny Manziel- Texas A&M

 

Team Needs: DE, TE, QB, OLB, OL

 

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8.)Minnesota Vikings(5-10-1):  QB Blake Bortles- UCF

 

Team Needs: QB, DE, OL, LB, WR

 

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9.)Buffalo Bills(6-10):  OT Taylor Lewan- Michigan

 

Team Needs: OL, DE, OLB, S

 

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10.)Detroit Lions(7-9):  CB Justin Gilbert- Oklahoma St.

 

Team Needs: CB, LB, S, WR

 

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11.)Tennessee Titans(7-9):  DE/LB Anthony Barr- UCLA

 

Team Needs: OL, DE, CB, QB, S

 

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12.)New York Giants(7-9):  OZack Martin- Notre Dame

 

TEAM NEEDS:  DL, LB, WR, OL, CB Depth

 

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13.)St. Louis Rams(7-9):  DB Ha'Sean "Ha Ha" Clinton-Dix

 

Team Needs: OL, LB, S, CB, QB

 

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14.)Chicago Bears(8-8):  DT Aaron Donald- Pittsburgh

 

Team Needs: DT, LB, CB, S

 

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15.)Pittsburgh Steelers(8-8):  WR Mike Evans- Texas A&M

 

Team Needs: OT, WR, DL, CB, S

 

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16.)Dallas Cowboys(8-8):  S Calvin Pryor- Louisville

 

Team Needs: DL (DE and DT), S, CB

 

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2014 NFL Mock Draft Picks 17-32 Here:

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