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The word "elite" used to describe NFL quarterbacks is meaningless. What do NFL scouts look for in the preseason? Adam Schefter loses connection.

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‘Elite’ is a meaningless word when used to evaluate NFL players | The Sports Daily
Elite. It’s one of the most loaded terms used regarding the National Football League. Most often used when discussing quarterbacks, the most prominent debate of “elite or not elite” in recent years has been centered around Baltimore Ravens passer Joe Flacco. The conversation began following the 2012 postseason, in which Flacco, in a contract year, led the Ravens to a Super Bowl championship, while putting forth a flawless performance in which he threw 11 touchdowns to zero interceptions.

What Do NFL Scouts Look For in the Preseason?
As WFNY did in evaluating the Browns’ 2015 draft class, we acquired some help. I spoke to an NFL scout who pulled back the curtain and revealed some of what goes on behind the scenes as teams try to figure out who will make the final rosters. Our conversation didn’t touch much on the current Browns roster, but rather the process that goes into roster decisions in general.

An error led to ESPN deactivating all of Adam Schefter's devices
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was faced with a tough situation on Friday – all of his devices (phones, laptop, etc) were deactivated as if he had been fired. Obviously, Schefter hasn’t been fired (because it would be huge news), but the entire situation was bizarre and probably quite unnerving for Schefter. Remember, we’re just a couple of weeks out from the beginning of the NFL season – Schefter needs to have access to all of his devices!

Bengals’ rookie Watson working to impress |
Bengals undrafted rookie free agent Terrell Watson said he enjoyed his first taste of success at the NFL level in the preseason opener last week.

Friday early hits: backup D-Line to get plenty of snaps
The roster of players available to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis for Monday’s game in Tampa (8 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5 and ESPN) became clearer as the club opened practice Friday morning.

Chiefs, Bengals, Panthers experimenting with Irish company to better monitor practices - Winnipeg Free Press
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The pod situated between Alex Smith's shoulder blades is about the size of a deck ... - NFL - Winnipeg Free Press.

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie CB Senquez Golson could miss season following shoulder surgery
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Senquez Golson, drafted in the second round to bolster much-needed cornerback depth, could be out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Bengals' Mix of Talent, Youth Pleases Coach - Cincinnati - Scout
The Bengals are seeking a fifth consecutive playoff appearance with a mix of veterans such as Adam Jones and young up-and-coming stars like fellow cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (above), to which coach Marvin Lewis gives two thumbs up.

NFL | Bengals: A.J. Hawk feels right at home on new team | The Columbus Dispatch
CINCINNATI — Football eventually grinds down most players either physically or mentally, and sometimes both. The game’s Darwinian nature makes longevity and graceful exits rare. NFL veterans tend to grit their teeth, not smile, which makes new Cincinnati Bengals linebacker A.J. Hawk a glimpse of blue sky in an otherwise overcast world. He’s greeting his 10th pro season with a grin.

Cincinnati Bengals: What We've Learned Through Week 2 of Preseason | Bleacher Report
Cincinnati Bengals news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Walkthrough: Bengals deleted scenes

Texans Lineman Explains Why He Drank His Own Pee, Is Pretty Cool
Jim Mudd, a producer for a local Houston sports radio show, recently took a trip to Texans training camp seeking an answer to a burning question: Did Texans center Ben Jones once drink his own pee?

Travis Kelce's Crackback Block Attempt Didn't Go So Well
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Report: Colts sweep for bugs in locker room when at Gillette Stadium | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this week, former Colts coach Tony Dungy said that Peyton Manning would refuse to discuss certain parts of the team's strategy in the visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium because of fears that the Patriots were eavesdropping on conversations through listening devices.

Michael Sam reconnecting with his roots after leaving CFL | Larry Brown Sports
Michael Sam is taking some time to reconnect with his roots after leaving the CFL last week. Sam announced last week that he was going to be leaving the Montreal Alouettes, a week after making his debut for the CFL team. Sam had previously taken a leave from the team before returning, but last week he decided to leave for good to protect his mental health.

Alex Smith throws touchdown pass to a wide receiver | ProFootballTalk
The Kansas City Chiefs went the entire 2014 regular season without a single touchdown pass being caught by a wide receiver. Starting quarterback Alex Smith went all of the 2014 season - preseason included - without hooking up with a wide receiver for a touchdown.

Dez Bryant slams Dallas columnist, calls him a 'sucky writer'
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant clearly didn’t appreciate a piece written by a columnist for The Dallas Morning News and made his unhappiness abundantly clear with a tweet on Friday morning in which he disparaged the writer’s abilities.

Rodney Harrison responds to Tony Dungy: Peyton Manning stinks in playoffs | Larry Brown Sports
Rodney Harrison has a very simple explanation for why his New England Patriots were able to defeat Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs multiple times, and it has nothing to do with illegally spying on the opposing team.