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News from Yahoo.com and Bengals.com
Chargers confident they will improve from last season
(The Sports Xchange) - A day after Tony Dungy was largely skewered for saying he would not have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam, the former NFL coach clarified his comments and provided context. "I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. "I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process. I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team.
A day after Tony Dungy was largely skewered for saying he would not have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam, the former NFL coach clarified his comments and provided context. Dungy issued a statement Tuesday in an attempt to explain what he called an "honest answer" to a question for a story that appeared Sunday in the Tampa Tribune. "I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. "I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process.
The Seattle Seahawks start the preseason right where they ended last season, as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings. In balloting by 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL, the top three teams in the AP Pro32 were the Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos. The Super Bowl champion Seahawks grabbed 11 first-place votes on Tuesday and had 383 points. ''The world champions are still intact and have the ability to repeat, but that's a long way off,'' said Pat Kirwan of SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com.
Offensive lineman Mike Pollak was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list by the Cincinnati Bengals with a knee injury. He will count against the team's roster limit and can be activated to practice as soon as he is cleared medically.
The Bengals expect cornerback Leon Hall to be ready for the start of training camp and defensive tackle Geno Atkins to join them for full workouts sometime later, bringing one of the NFL's top defenses closer to full strength. Hall and Atkins are two of Cincinnati's biggest questions heading into camp. Both are starters who mean a lot to a defense that ranked third in the NFL last season. They're among 13 players who haven't been cleared to fully participate in the Bengals' first practice Thursday.
Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel may be causing commotion selling jerseys, but The Sports Xchange isn't buying into his Cleveland Browns, picked to repeat in last place of the AFC North.
Kids say that darnedest things. Especially when they are upset. So by now you know there's this little video game known as Madden, and as the game has become more sophisticated and popular over the years, it quite clearly has taken on a life of its own. To the point where grown men get upset about being slighted by the game's creators, engineers and researchers for giving them low attribute scores. [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] Rookies especially can get a little miffed, as this video shows. Watch some of the top rookies' reactions as they are told their Madden NFL 15 ratings — which go up to 100 — for the first time. "If my speed is in the 90s, I might cry," said Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill. Funny. "It should be 100," Sammy Watkins says with a laugh. Bills fans pray he plays like 100. One of the funnier ones is from Johnny Manziel. It's less what he says, but how he says it, inflecting his voice at the end and making it sound like a less-confident question than a statement of belief. "I would say it would be anywhere from an 88 to a 92?" Manziel half says, half asks. Blake Bortles, who actually is EA Sports' highest-rated rookie quarterback this season (despite the fact that he might not even play if the Jacksonville Jaguars are to be believed), just wants to know what his punting score will be. The reveal portion of the video is amusing. A few guys are knocked down a few pegs after seeing their scores, which are too low for their liking. The only guy who appears cool with his score is Jadeveon Clowney, but be honest — have you ever seen this guy mad at anything before? Teddy Bridgewater believes the scoring system is flawed, and he should know. "I play so much Madden, I can rate myself," Bridgewater says. If every rookie did that there would be about 300 guys in the NFL with scores of 100. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
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