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Teddy Bridgewater: It’s not time to panic yet, but it almost is


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October 27, 2021 - 6:44 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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After starting out 3-0, the Broncos have lost in each of the last four weeks to fall to 3-4.

The team had a long weekend after falling to the Browns last Thursday night. And with Washington coming to town this week, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater noted in his Wednesday press conference that the Broncos have to practice with a sense of urgency.

“It’s definitely a locker room that’s still together,” Bridgewater said, via Troy Renck of Denver7 KMGH. “And you can sense, there’s no panic — I said this to the guys yesterday, I’m like, man we’ve got to have a sense of urgency. It’s not time to panic, but it almost is because this thing can go in the wrong direction fast. But I think if we have that sense of urgency and we go out there with the right mindset, it starts in practice, though. We have to practice with the right mindset, we make this a competitive environment, we can turn this thing around.

“We’re sitting at 3-4. I think you look at it, we’ve played 10 games — three preseason games, seven regular-season games. We’re right at the halfway point and we’re not in a bad position. We’d like to be in a better position, but that’s on us. So all we can do is control what’s in front of us. We can’t go back and fix what happened in the past. If we have that right mindset like, hey, we have so many more opportunities, the past won’t even matter.”

Bridgewater started the year hot but has struggled in Denver’s last three losses. He’s thrown for 809 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions plus one lost fumble.

Denver will need to play clean football this weekend and moving forward to stay in the hunt in a competitive AFC West.

Ravens signing Cedric Ogbuehi to practice squad


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October 27, 2021 - 6:30 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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The Ravens are off this week, but they are making a move to shore up their depth at offensive tackle for when they return in Week Nine.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that they are signing Cedric Ogbuehi to their practice squad. The team intends to call Ogbuehi up to the active roster soon.

Alejandro Villanueva moved from right to left tackle after Ronnie Stanley‘s season-ending ankle injury. Patrick Mekari took over at right tackle, but suffered a high-ankle sprain in last Sunday’s loss to the Bengals.

Ogbuehi was released by the Seahawks this week. He started one game for them this season and four games during the 2020 season.

Stan Kroenke begins backing away from relocation indemnity agreement


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October 27, 2021 - 6:05 PM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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St. Louis may be moving closer to a potential expansion team, if it wants one.

Earlier this month, we outlined the factors that could result in the league throwing up its hands and accepting defeat in the Rams relocation litigation. One key ingredient to that specific outcome will be Rams owner Stan Kroenke successfully reneging on his promise to foot the full bill for the lawsuit and judgment, if any.

“Although . . . Kroenke has agreed to indemnify the rest of the league for whatever the verdict may be — and although the lawyers have told the other owners that the indemnity commitment is ironclad — there’s a concern that the eventual judgment in the case could be big enough to get Kroenke to try not to honor it,” we wrote on October 9.

As explained by Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com, NFL general counsel Jeff Pash informed the owners on Tuesday (after Kroenke was asked to leave the room) that Kroenke is challenging the indemnity agreement that he signed when receiving permission to move in 2016. Giants co-owner John Mara reportedly called Kroenke’s position “ridiculous,” explaining that the owners never would have voted to authorize the move from St. Louis to L.A. without the indemnity agreement.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has long supported Kroenke’s L.A. move (and whose Legends Hospitality has profited from the relocation), defended Kroenke. Jones blamed the league’s current legal peril on the fact that the sworn deposition given by an unidentified owner was “shaky.”

Kroenke reportedly blames the current legal issues on the competing proposal to build a Carson stadium for the Raiders and Chargers. The Carson proposal supposedly outlined the various ways that allowing the Rams to move to Inglewood would violate the terms of the league’s relocation policy. Kroenke believes that proposal provided a blueprint for the St. Louis suit.

Jones reportedly said that Kroenke may sue over the indemnification agreement. If Kroenke prevails, the league will be on the hook for the outcome of the St. Louis litigation. And that will raise the chances dramatically of the league offering St. Louis an expansion team as part of a settlement.

Tua Tagovailoa: I don’t not feel wanted by the Dolphins


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October 27, 2021 - 5:58 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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The last two weeks have featured a lot of chatter about the Dolphins potentially making a trade for quarterback Deshaun Watson and that’s left the team’s current quarterback to answer questions about how the chatter is affecting him.

Miami drafted Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth-overall pick in the 2020 draft, but a move for Watson would mean that he’d have to move elsewhere to continue being a starting quarterback. On Wednesday, Tagovailoa was asked if he feels like the Dolphins don’t want him to be their quarterback.

“I don’t not feel wanted,” Tagovailoa said, via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post.

Head coach Brian Flores has said repeatedly that Tagovailoa “is our quarterback” and Tagovailoa said on Wednesday that he has “the utmost confidence and trust” that he is the quarterback in Miami. He should have that feeling because he is indisputably the quarterback of the Dolphins right now. The future could be different, however, and speculation about Watson isn’t likely to go anywhere as long as the Dolphins are losing and Watson remains on the Texans.

Jalen Hurts: We have to stop beating ourselves


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October 27, 2021 - 5:53 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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Philadelphia had all kinds of trouble slowing down Las Vegas’ offense in Sunday’s 33-22 loss, allowing quarterback Derek Carr to complete 31 of his 34 passes.

It didn’t help that the Eagles finished with a pair of giveaways, including a critical fumble deep in their own territory that led to a Raiders field goal just before halftime.

Though the team is 2-5, quarterback Jalen Hurts said on Wednesday that he continues to feel like Philadelphia can easily get on track.

“I’ve said it all year and I believe it. We had a very productive team meeting today. And we’re right there,” Huts said in his press conference. “It’s all self-inflicted things that have stopped us. And, really, we’ve stopped ourselves in a lot of these situations. So we have to overcome that and stop beating ourselves.”

Hurts has been up and down in his first full season as a starter, completing 61 percent of his passes for 1,716 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also has 361 yards rushing and five rushing touchdowns this season.

But Philadelphia is just 18th in scoring and 21st in total yards in Nick Sirianni’s first year as head coach and offensive play-caller.

The Eagles play the Lions on the road in Week Eight and if those self-inflicted mistakes aren’t corrected, Detroit could very well come away with its first victory of the season.

Brandon Scherff returns to practice, Terry McLaurin sits out


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October 27, 2021 - 5:46 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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Washington welcomed right guard Brandon Scherff back to the practice field on Wednesday.

Scherff has missed the last three games with a knee injury and did not practice at all in the weeks leading up to those games, so this is a welcome first step back toward the lineup for the All-Pro. Scherff was a limited participant in the session.

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin was not on the field to welcome Scherff back, however. He’s been playing through a hamstring injury and also missed practice last Wednesday. McLaurin had seven catches for 122 yards and a touchdown in last Sunday’s loss to Green Bay.

Wide receivers Curtis Samuel (groin) and Dyami Brown (knee) remained out for Washington.

Antonio Brown remains out indefinitely with sprained ankle


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October 27, 2021 - 5:31 PM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown missed the Week Six romp over the Bears with an ankle injury. He’ll likely continue to miss time.

Via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, coach Bruce Arians told reporters that Browns is dealing with an ankle sprain, but that “it’s around his heel.” Arians added that, as characterized by Stroud, “there’s no way to know how long [Brown] will be out.”

Brown was present for practice on Wednesday, but he had a crutch.

The Bucs visit the Saints on Sunday, before a Week Nine bye. After that, they have games against Washington, the Giants, the Colts, and the Falcons before a Week 14 game against the Bills.

The Bucs have a deep and talented receiving corps, making Brown’s absence less of an issue that it otherwise would be. Still, they’re better off if they have him.

Joe Burrow: We’ve got bigger aspirations than 5-2


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October 27, 2021 - 5:07 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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The Bengals put the league on notice with their 41-17 victory over the Ravens on Sunday, but that win won’t mean much if Cincinnati doesn’t continue to play well.

That was the message from quarterback Joe Burrow, who spoke to reporters in his weekly press conference on Wednesday. Burrow has been at the forefront of Cincinnati’s resurgence this season, completing 69 percent of his passes for 1,956 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

But the quarterback knows the Bengals can’t get complacent just because they’ve defeated the Steelers and Ravens on the road this year.

“We’re in a place that we haven’t been in a while but we’re not satisfied with where we are,” Burrow said. “We’ve got to go out to practice every day, keep getting better, because other teams are going to keep getting better as well. We’ve got bigger aspirations than 5-2. So we’ve got to keep getting better every day, go out to practice, get through our reps, come back in and watch the film — just keep grinding.”

Burrow added that the Bengals have smart and mature players who feel the same way he does, which is part of the reason why he feels they’ll be able to maintain their success.

“It was a big win,” Burrow said. “But it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t go out there and win this week and win the week after that and continue to stack these wins and keep getting better and better.

“If we go 0-10 [the rest of the season], nobody’s going to care we beat Baltimore in Week Seven.”

Cincinnati should be able to start its last 10 games on a good note, facing the 1-5 Jets who will start backup quarterback Mike White on Sunday. But they’ll face the Browns in Week Nine for another big divisional matchup before their Week 10 bye.

Mark Davis believes the league should release a written report of the WFT investigation


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October 27, 2021 - 5:00 PM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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Pitched under the bus by selective leaks of emails that forced him to make an in-season coaching change, Raiders owner Mark Davis is breaking ranks.

Asked on Wednesday whether the NFL should release a written report of the Washington Football Team workplace misconduct investigation, Davis said (via Albert Breer of SI.com), “Probably. Yeah, I think so.”

Davis becomes the first owner to join the call of transparency. That will serve only to legitimize efforts by media, fans, and members of Congress to continue to pursue the information.

Davis also expressed concern over the timing of the decision to make an issue out of emails sent by former Raiders coach Jon Gruden before he returned to work for the team in early 2018. Davis said the the league had the emails for a “couple months” but failed to tell the team about them.

As PFT has reported, the league knew about the Gruden emails no later than June 2021. If the league had moved promptly to inform the Raiders (and if Davis would have instigated a coaching change without emails being leaked), Davis could have hired a coach before the starting of training camp.

The fact that the Raiders are 2-0 without Gruden doesn’t matter. The Raiders shouldn’t have been required to endure an in-season coaching change. Davis is right to be upset, and it’s courageous of him to take a position that will be unpopular with his business partners.

Jerry Jones is “very satisfied” with WFT investigation


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October 27, 2021 - 4:42 PM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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The NFL’s owners haven’t said very much about the investigation that the league is determined to keep secret. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones shared his two cents on Wednesday.

Via multiple reporters, Jones said he is “very satisfied” with the investigation.

Indeed he is. Beyond the fact that Jones likely feels a debt to Washington owner Daniel Snyder because, four years ago, Snyder was one of the only owners who sided with Jones in his fight against Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league’s decision to protect Snyder in turn protects all other owners who may find themselves accused of workplace misconduct by current or former employees.

The precedent created by the WFT investigation becomes an insurance policy for the other owners. It doesn’t mean that they have been or will be in hot water; it means that if/when the water starts to heat up, they won’t have to worry about information that would potentially cook their goose becoming public.

All owners should be “very satisfied” with the investigation. By giving Snyder a pass now, they’ve set themselves up for a pass later, if for some reason they ever need one.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Jones or any other owner is happy with the fact that supposedly secret emails were weaponized by someone who wanted to take out Raiders coach Jon Gruden. Not many (if any) questions have been asked about that specific wrinkle at the league meetings happening Tuesday and Wednesday in New York.