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Janoris makes history with two pick-sixes in win

Two weeks ago, the St. Louis Rams were reminded of why Janoris Jenkins carried a high risk in the draft. On Sunday, the rookie got back to reminding them why he brings a high reward. Jenkins became the first rookie since 1960 with a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns in the same game as the Rams beat the Cardinals, 31-17. Jenkins and fellow rookie Chris Givens were made inactive for the game against San Francisco on Nov. 11 for… Read More »

With Gronk out, Hernandez must recapture form

Regardless of the fact that tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his forearm on Sunday, everything still seems peachy for the Patriots, right? They’re 7-3, and they’ve pretty much wrapped up the AFC East division title already. But the Patriots and their fans aren’t exactly going to shoot their muskets off for a 10th division title in 12 years while a decade-long Super Bowl drought continues for the perennial contenders. Gronkowski — who had surgery on Monday — is only expected… Read More »

Bills’ bad blood for Spikes builds some more after hits

If you ask the Buffalo Bills, Brandon Spikes is a “punk” and a “headhunter.” He’s certainly proving himself to be a menace in the middle of the Patriots’ defense, especially against the Bills. In the fourth quarter of his team’s 37-31 win over their AFC East rivals, Spikes tracked down backpedaling QB Ryan Fitzpatrick before drilling him. Although the hit came just as the ball was being thrown, there was helmet-to-helmet contact and Spikes was flagged for roughing the passer.… Read More »

Tebow time is long overdue for the nose-diving Jets

During his first press conference as a New York Jet, Tim Tebow said the word “excited” 45 times with that signature smile that never seems to leave his face. Until now. Tebow, who only touched the ball once in a 30-9 home loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, was asked yet again about his lack of playing time after the game. “I’m a good competitor and I love playing the game,” he said. “I’m ready and willing whenever they call… Read More »

Vikings teammates say Harvin may be best in NFL

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder gave Percy Harvin the ultimate praise on Thursday. “He might be the best player in the NFL right now,” Ponder told the Chicago Tribune. And those words come from a former Seminole who has running back Adrian Peterson as a teammate. Harvin may not be the best player in the NFL this season. He may not win the MVP even though NFL.com and other publications have him in the mix. However the point is, it’s not… Read More »

Wright making major progress in 3rd year with Bears

Major Wright had his eyes on the Gators this past Saturday, but one player in particular caught his attention. The former Gator safety, now with the Chicago Bears, says Matt Elam is making a name for himself at the same position he played at UF from 2007-2009. “He’s doing great. You know, he’s a great player. I feel like he does some things that simulates me,” Wright said. “He hits hard. He goes after the ball. He’s a great player.”… Read More »

Nelson, Dunlap join former rivals to boost Bengals

Playing in Jacksonville on Sunday brought back memories for Bengals teammates Reggie Nelson and Carlos Dunlap. However, those recollections are a little different for the former Gators. While Nelson couldn’t help but reminisce on his three years as a Jaguar, Dunlap couldn’t help but recall one particular game as a freshman at UF in 2007. That’s because two of Dunlap’s current teammates won’t let him forget. Receiver A.J. Green and defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who was on the Georgia team… Read More »

Tebow denies trade rumor; impact Gators in NFL

Tim Tebow would love to get significant snaps this week against the same Steelers team he dramatically booted from the playoffs last season. More importantly, if he doesn’t start to see more of the field — at least more than his five carries last week — a source told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News that he’ll seek a trade out of the Big Apple. “I think he will be a good soldier,” the source said Wednesday. “At… Read More »

Demps set to debut against team that coveted him

Updated with how Jeff Demps fared Jeff Demps went through his first NFL practice Wednesday at One Buc Place in preparation for his debut Friday night. That proved to be a timely tease for Tampa Bay, which had pushed to get him in a Buccaneers jersey. Instead, he chose to join the Patriots, who held joint practices with the Bucs prior to their preseason game at 7:30 p.m. However, when it comes to Demps, this game won’t be about the… Read More »

Hit delivered to Rainey stokes concussion talk

Chris Rainey received what he called a “Welcome to the National Football League” type of hit on Sunday. There’s no doubt commissioner Roger Goodell has seen it, and he may have to look at it a second time. On just the third play from scrimmage in the Steelers’ preseason win over the Colts, the former Gator running back took the handoff on a reverse and showed what he’s equipped to do. He used his blazing speed to turn the corner… Read More »