Showing posts with label NFL. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NFL. Show all posts

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Reports: Joe Mixon Will Enter NFL Draft

Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon will forego the remainder of his college football career and declare for the NFL Draft, according to multiple reports.

According to Jake Trotter of ESPN, Mixon informed his teammates of his decision to turn pro.

Mixon finished his sophomore season with 1,274 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns and 538 yards and five receiving touchdowns.

WATCH >>> Joe Mixon - 2016 Highlights

College football underclassmen face a Jan. 16 deadline to apply for early draft eligibility.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Vikings Coach: Sam Bradford Has Earned the Right to Start in 2017

The Minnesota Vikings don't yet know whether Teddy Bridgewater will be their starting quarterback again. Their future, instead, could be with former Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford.

Coach Mike Zimmer said in his season-ending press conference that Bradford "has earned the right to be the starting quarterback" after a year during which he set a NFL single-season record with a 71.6 completion percentage. Bradford, who came to Minnesota in a trade Sept. 3 with the Philadelphia Eagles after Bridgewater dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL on Aug. 30, threw for a career-high 3,877 yards and passed for 20 touchdowns against five interceptions.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sam Bradford Sets NFL Record for Single-Season Completion Percentage

Former Sooner Sam Bradford may have been joined the Vikings ship late a little late, but he’s made his time in Minnesota count.

En route to a Vikings 38-10 win over the Bears Sunday, Bradford set the NFL record for single-season completion percentage, finishing his first season in purple at 71.6.

The previous record was held by Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who finished the 2011 season at 71.2. Bradford also set a franchise record for most completions in a season with 395. He surpassed Daunte Culpepper, who had 379 completions in 2004 and led the league and also topped Culpepper’s franchise-best completion percentage of 69.2 in 2004.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sam Bradford on Verge of Setting NFL Record

The Vikings’ dink-and-dunk attack might land Sam Bradford in the NFL record book.

The quarterback has completed 71.6 percent of his passes this season. That’s on pace to break the mark of 71.2 percent set by Drew Brees of New Orleans in 2011.

Yes, Bradford, who completed 65 percent of his throws last season for Philadelphia, is an accurate guy. But his run to the record book really started because Pat Shurmur took over for Norv Turner as offensive coordinator on Nov. 2 and went to a short passing game to limit pressure on Bradford behind a porous and injury-riddled offensive line.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Three Sooners Selected to Pro Bowl

The NFL released 2017 Pro Bowl selections Tuesday, and there's a few local representatives.

Former Oklahoma Sooners and current Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray was among AFC selections, after a successful first year with the Titans.

Former OU and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was among NFC selections, but more importantly, has Tampa in the playoff hunt. It would be McCoy's first NFL playoffs since Tampa drafted him in 2010.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Former Sooner Blake Bell Placed on IR

Former Sooner Blake Bell (shoulder) will miss the remainder of this season after being placed on injury reserve list, San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday.

Bell sustained a shoulder injury Sunday against the Falcons after catching one pass for 45 yards. With Bell's second season now over, he finishes with four receptions for 85 yards.

The 49ers drafted Bell with the 117th overall pick in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Adrian Peterson Expected to Play on Sunday After Tearing Meniscus

The Vikings activated former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson from injured reserve on Saturday, according to an official announcement from the club. Defensive tackle Toby Johnson was waived in a corresponding move.

The 10-year veteran could be a breath of fresh air for a rapidly-stalling Vikings offense. The team is currently 24th in points, 31st in total yards, and 32nd in rushing yards. Peterson had 50 yards on 31 carries through two games this season before placing him on injured reserve in late September. While their banged-up offensive line is a source of many woes, Peterson is one of the few players in football who can negate deficiencies up front.

WATCH >> Adrian Peterson "All Day" - Oklahoma Highlights

Peterson had surgery for a torn meniscus back on Sept. 22. (NFL.com)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Eli Manning Wants Sterling Shepard More Involved In Offense

Eli Manning didn’t throw any passes to Sterling Shepard on Sunday, but when he ran into the rookie receiver in the team’s facility on Tuesday he offered up something else.

An apology.

“I talked to him, I apologized for not getting him any catches,” Manning said. “We need to get him the ball, get him some catches. It’s just the way the day went on some things. But he’s done a good job all year and we have to do a good job of getting him involved in the offense.”

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Adrian Peterson 'Ahead of Schedule', Runs Sprints at Vikings Practice

Former Sooner Adrian Peterson has taken another step in his recovery from knee surgery.

The star running back, who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in late September, was spotted running short sprints while his Vikings teammates practiced at Winter Park this morning. Head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman watched closely before the two walked inside toward the locker room.

Tuesday was not the first day Peterson had resumed running, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Asked when Peterson was healthy enough to start running again, Zimmer said “I don’t know, I’m not in charge of the rehab.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Vikings Coach: 'No Idea' If Adrian Peterson Returns This Season

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday he has "no idea" if former Oklahoma and current Viking running back Adrian Peterson will return this season.

Peterson was placed on IR after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee in Week 2.

RELATED: How Adrian Peterson Ended Up At Oklahoma Instead Of Texas

Peterson is eligible to practice, but is unlikely to return until sometime in mid-December according to previous reports.

(H/T Chris Thomasson)

Sam Bradford Putting Up Solid Numbers As Vikings Quarterback

Playing in the constraints of a run-first offense, former Sooner Sam Bradford has done in eight games what he hasn’t done at any time in his career – have five individual games in which he had a passer rating of 100.0 or above.

In 2012 with the St. Louis Rams, he had four games with a passer rating of 100.0 or higher – but that came in 16 games in a season where he had a season-long passer rating of 82.6.

In 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles, Bradford had four games with a passer rating of 100.0, but that came in 14 starts in a year where he had a passer rating of 86.4.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Former Sooner Kenny Stills Supports Medical Marijuana Research

Former Sooner and current Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills said he supports the NFL Players Association’s decision to actively study the use of medical marijuana for pain as an alternative to opioids such as Oxycodone.

“I feel like that NFLPA knows what they’re doing,” Stills told the Palm Beach Post Thursday. “I’ve always felt that medical marijuana is a good substitute for the prescription drugs that we’re using. And so if the science and the doctors say the same thing, then I don’t see why it’s an issue. You’re starting to see in more states it’s become legal. And more states where it’s becoming legal for recreational use. So if it can help, I don’t see why not. There is always going to be some negativity or uproar about something. But if the players need it, then I’m all for it.”

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cleveland Browns Claim Former Sooner Gabe Ikard Off Waivers

The Cleveland Browns were busy on Monday, adding both a quarterback and an offensive lineman. They claimed Joe Callahan, who was waived by the Saints on Saturday and Gabe Ikard, who was waived by Buffalo.

Ikard, a center, was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He has appeared in six career games. The Browns acquired him during the 2015 season, but he was inactive for one game. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

RELATED: Gabe Ikard Named Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Former Oklahoma QB Landry Jones To Start For Steelers

Former Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones will get the start Sunday when the Steelers play the 5-1 New England Patriots at Heinz Field.

Ben Roethlisberger underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, and at his weekly press conference, Tomlin quickly ruled out a quick return for his franchise quarterback.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lane Johnson's 10-Game Suspension Upheld By NFL

The NFL on Tuesday upheld the 10-game suspension for former Sooner and current Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy for a second time.

"We're very disappointed that Lane Johnson has been suspended 10 games. His actions have affected the entire organization," Eagles vice president Howie Roseman said in a statement. "We are all working under a clearly-defined set of rules and regulations set forth by the NFL in the collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Philadelphia Trades Sam Bradford to Minnesota

The Minnesota Vikings acquired former Oklahoma and veteran QB Sam Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday morning.

The move comes just days after Vikings starter Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice, and it seemingly makes Chase Daniel the Eagles' starter – at least until rookie Carson Wentz is healthy (broken ribs) and ready to take over.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Sam Bradford Rescinds Trade Demand, Returns to Eagles

Former Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford has surrendered in his battle with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bradford’s agent, Tom Condon, told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN that Bradford has rescinded trade demand, will show up to offseason workouts, and is committed to fulfilling his contract with the Eagles. (ProFootballTalk)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Former Sooner Adrian Peterson Donating $100k to Texas Flood Victims

Former Oklahoma and current Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is donating more than $100,000 to relief efforts in his hometown of Palestine, Texas, after flash flooding destroyed dozens of houses and killed six people there over the weekend.

Peterson is partnering with the Salvation Army and will travel to Palestine on Thursday to survey the damage. He said he will make an initial donation of $100,000 and then match donations from there.