Buffalo native Phil McConkey was announced as a 2013 inductee into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Thursday. Although his playing career never ran through Buffalo, McConkey’s Western New York roots have made the Super Bowl champion a Bills fan for life.
“I’m still a Bills fan,” said McConkey. “I’m 56 years old and I watch all the games and my hand still shakes when I watch. It was my first love and your first love never leaves you.”
As the Washington Redskins prepare for training camp, there are dozens of undrafted free agents who have yet to sign with an NFL team. While head coach Mike Shanahan has emphasized his intentions of building a younger team, there are still some veteran players on the free-agent market who are looking to extend their careers. And the Redskins are looking for bargains.
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DeMarcus Ware’s recovery from surgery on his right shoulder earlier this off-season has been a slow process, and the Cowboys defensive end said Thursday he hasn’t been cleared to participate in the team’s veteran mini-camp that will be held next week.
“I’m not 100 percent,” he said. “But I’m good enough to play.”
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Earlier this week, we asked you which 2012 playoff teams you thought would not make it back to the playoffs in 2013, and the voting was pretty conclusive, at least for two teams: The Redskins (47%) and the Vikings (37%) were the popular favorites not to make it back to the postseason this year. The Packers (5%) and Seahawks (4%) also garnered some votes but paled in comparison to the leading vote-getters.
Which brings us to our question of the day: Which new teams do you expect to make the playoffs for the NFC this season?
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The last month of the season has not been kind to the Cowboys for roughly 10 years. In that time span, the team has been in position or contending for a playoff spot nearly every year and has been largely unsuccessful in keeping pace.
Plenty of that can be traced to mediocre results in the homestretch of the season – starting with the traditional Thanksgiving game, which the Cowboys have now played 45 times. The result of playing a game on Thanksgiving has usually been a good one, as the Cowboys are 28-16-1 after 45 renditions.
“Since we can’t go out there and press or can’t touch the receivers, we can work on our off coverage and just get better at it,” Fletcher said. “And then when we can get up there and press – and I know a lot of our corners like to press – then we can work on playing off. And so then we’ll have the option of pressing or playing off when it comes to game time.”
“It was very difficult for us as a team at first because we just felt like we had to do everything so fast,” Vick told WTXF-TV on Monday.
. “And it took for Chip to call us into the auditorium in a team meeting to say, ‘Listen, everybody relax and slow down.’
“You have to slow it down if you aren’t doing it right. You can’t be doing it at a fast pace and doing it wrong. Then it’s time to slow down and teach.”
Released by New England less than two weeks ago, Mattes, an undrafted rookie out of North Carolina State, was re-signed by the Patriots on Monday.
The 6-foot-6, 313-pounder was a four-year starter in college and was named second-team All-ACC as a senior.
His return to New England comes after the Patriots parted ways with veteran guard Tyronne Green last week.
“The main challenge for me was that it was a different way to prepare for offseason workouts [with an injury],” he explained. “When you’ve played the game, you get into a routine, you get used to doing things at a certain time of the year.
“It was a different process for me. I was chomping at the bit to back into the weight room, to get back on the field, cutting, running, things that I have always done. So I wasn’t comfortable not being able to do the things that I’ve always done.
“Once I was physically cleared—meaning that there were no restrictions—it was easy for me to get back out here, because it was something I’m used to. Coach said I didn’t have to, but it’s what I do.”
Carlos, 6-0 and 199 pounds, was briefly with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, but has no professional playing experience.
He played at Purdue University in 2009 and 2010, first as wide receiver and then as a running back. Carlos played in nine games each year. In his first season with the Boilermakers, he caught 21 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown. Carlos also returned five kickoffs for 134 yards, with a long runback of 34 yards.
In 2010, Carlos had 56 rushing attempts for 314 yards (5.6-yard avg.) and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 22 yards.
Prior to enrolling at Purdue, Carlos played at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. In 2008, he was named second team All-Northeast Football Conference after catching 26 passes for 459 yards (17.7-yard avg.) and four touchdowns while rushing for 166 yards on 23 carries (7.2-yard avg.).
Carlos attended Central High School in Bridgeport, Conn., where he was named first-team all-state as a senior.