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Reports: Goodell to hear Brady Appeal

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear the appeal of New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady. The news, which was announced Thursday, is in the wake of the current standing of Brady’s four-game suspension. The appeal was filed by the NFL Players Association. The suspension was based on Wells Reports, which concluded that it was “more probable than not” that Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” regarding the deflation of Patriots game balls used in the AFC Championship Game. If the appeal fails, Brady will be absent the first four games of the 2015 season. Their season opener is against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The significance of this is the Steelers finished at the top of their division last season. Brady’s absence would be felt. The Steelers also finished NO.2 in defense last season in the league.

Washington Redskins: Moss Still Passionate About Playing

Washington Redskins Receiver Santana Moss was not a major player last season, only catching 10 for 116 yards. This is a far cry from 2013 when he caught 42 for 452 yards. In fact, last season was different for Moss because has hasn’t seen a season like 2014 since he came into the league in 2001. Is he still a favorite target for the Redskins QBs? With names like Pierre Garcon (2014 top receiver), DeSean Jackson, and Jordan Reed, Moss will have a lot of convincing to do to get a spot on the 2015 roster. However, he feels he’s not ready to retire and hopes other teams will consider his talents in the Free Agency world. Keeping Moss would be insurance, nothing more. He was quoted as saying, “I’m going on my 15th year. Right now my agent is talking with some teams to see what’s going to be my best scenario. Right now I’m just chilling, just enjoying life, and enjoying this off time.” Moss not being re-signed would not affect the Redskins.

Tennessee Titans: Mariota Fitting In Well

Tennessee Titans head coach left the rookie mini-camp Friday impressed with his newly acquired QB Marcus Mariota. “He has a great understanding of the (playbook),” Whisenhunt said. “A lot of the concepts, those kind of things, he’s really working hard to try to pick up the base parts of our offense. It’s always different when you get on the field.” And while there’s questions about how Mariota will make the move from a high-paced Oregon offense to…well, a normal NFL Offense (sans Chip Kelly) will be interesting. It took a few games for the Kelly to adjust to the NFL as a head coach. But the drama is just getting started.

QB Zach Mettenberger is still around.

“I don’t (know) what the mind-set is, but at the end of the day, I can just control what I do and I’m extremely confident in myself, almost to a fault,” Mettenberger told ESPN’s Adam Caplan. “But people who know me know I’m not going down without a fight to the death.” However, it’s been reported out of the Titans camp Mariota would be the starter since his drafting.

Cleveland Browns: Cam Erving, the Long-term Plan

Cam Erving, the second of the Cleveland Browns first-round draft picks, is under contract. The team announced the news on Friday. His work during rookie minicamp this week involved logging snaps, but can play anywhere on the line. Reports suggest he’s the future of the Center position held by Alex Mack.

Baltimore Ravens Look to Plug up Last of the Leaks

Three out of the four teams in the AFC North were above .600, so having any area of weakness must be addressed. The Ravens response: At 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds, Breshad Perriman gives the Ravens fans another reason to watch along with the addition of rookie Maxx Williams. While Perriman does have a history of dropped balls, Ravens QB Joe Flacco doesn’t seem too concerned. “His hands look like they’re really good. He looks like he has big, strong hands,” Flacco said. “He snatches the ball out of the air.” The Ravens finished No.13th in passing last season. They finished at 10-6, a game behind the Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) last season.

NFL Offseason Workouts Announced

While you’re waiting for the NFL Preaseason to start, be sure to keep up with news from rookie minicamp by bookmarking the NFL 2015 Workout Schedule. The schedule provides dates to follow for breaking news and other information from your favorite NFL Team. Click the link to see when your favorite NFL Team is training: http://goo.gl/oCxplq

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