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Tyler Wilson may see some action against Jets and Mike Pollak is snapping the ball again. The NFL may revisit the blackout rules.

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Predicting one Surprise Player for Each NFL Team in 2014 - Sportsnaut.com

Tyler Eifert was poorly misused by former Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as a rookie last season. He is, without a doubt, a much better all-around tight end than Jermaine Gresham. Unfortunately, the 2013 first-round pick wasn’t used in a way that best fit his tremendous skillset and imposing build.

We can fully expect that to change in 2014 under new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who knows full well how to use his best assets. Even in a disappointing statistical campaign as a rookie, Eifert still put up 39 receptions for 445 yards and two scores. I wouldn't be surprised to see his reception total nearly double as a sophomore.

Marvin Lewis: Tyler Wilson ready to play in Bengals’ second preseason game | ProFootballTalk
It's uncommon for an NFL club to carry five quarterbacks in training camp, but circumstance has made Cincinnati an exception. With rookie A.J. McCarron (shoulder) and veteran Jason Campbell (elbow) ailing, the Bengals added a fifth passer late last week, signing ex-Titan Tyler Wilson as depth.

Cincinnati Bengals get Mike Pollak snapping again - ESPN
When the Cincinnati Bengals released longtime center Kyle Cook about the time free agency was starting this offseason, it appeared Mike Pollak was going to get a shot to replace Cook. Just as Cook was being let go, Pollak was being re-signed to a two-year deal. With no center with true starting experience on the roster, the Bengals figured to turn to Pollak. He was the elder statesman of the existing interior linemen, and had at least snapped a couple of times in garbage time.

Sanders stands by saying Peyton is a better leader than Ben | ProFootballTalk

Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders ruffled some feathers in Pittsburgh when he said last month that he thinks his new quarterback, Peyton Manning, is a better leader than his old quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.

FCC commissioner calls for end to NFL’s television blackout rules - NY Daily News

Ajit Pai called the NFL’s television blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns.

Michael Oher tired of the disrespecting doubters

When the Titans selected tackle Taylor Lewan with the 11th overall pick of the NFL Draft, it was natural to think they might want to insert him directly into the starting lineup. Some speculated Lewan might move from his natural left tackle to the right tackle spot, bumping Michael Oher out of a starting position in the process.

Zimmer says Bridgewater's confidence 'not shaken' | Access Vikings | StarTribune.com

Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Monday night had perhaps his shakiest practice of training camp, throwing three interceptions — two of which were his fault — and having another possible pick dropped by cornerback Derek Cox. Head coach Mike Zimmer wasn’t thrilled about one red-zone interception, but believe it or not, he is happy to see that Bridgewater is taking chances.

Steve Smith says he earned some extra cash by not getting into fights

Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith has always been known as competitive guy. Sometimes his emotions can get the best of him, which just might lead to a fight with someone. The Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers have been practicing together and Smith has everyone’s attention. Smith said that he earned some extra cash by not getting into any fights during the joint practices.

Photo: Radio Host Gets Cowboys 2015 Champs Tattoo | Robert Littal Presents BlackSportsOnline

And the most delusional fan of the year award goes to our friend Derek of "The Billy Madison Show" who seems to believe his Dallas Cowboys will be the 2015 Super Bowl Champions. The same Cowboys who have gone 8-8 the last three seasons and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2009. The same Cowboys who have won just one playoff game since 1997. The same Cowboys who had the third worst defense in NFL history and are now without Demarcus Ware, Sean Lee, and now Orlando Scandrick.

No progress in talks with Raiders, Oakland; no lease extension sought - Raiders Silver and Black Blog

There hasn’t been any progress in talks between the Oakland Raiders and the City of Oakland in recent weeks, according to multiple league and city sources. The Raiders were hoping for a renewed effort on the city’s part after Oakland signed a 10-year lease with the Oakland Athletics earlier this month.

Maine Governor: Rice's NFL Suspension Not Enough - ABC News

Gov. Paul LePage, outraged that National Football League player Ray Rice received only a two-game suspension for a domestic violence arrest, pledged to boycott the league and called on its commissioner to take the issue seriously. In a scathing letter sent to Roger Goodell on Tuesday, the outspoken Republican governor said the punishment given to the Baltimore Ravens running back sends the message that it's OK "for professional athletes to beat women, just for the sake of ratings."

Cleveland Browns helping Josh Gordon set up post-suspension support system and treatment if necessary | cleveland.com

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam spent the first 10 minutes or so of practice Wednesday chatting with receiver Josh Gordon, who's awaiting word on his indefinite drug ban by the NFL.