Chicago Bears DE Corey Wootton is indeed becoming the Coreysaurus

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Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton is starting to grow into the nickname he’s always had.

“They call me Coreysaurus, cuz of my height and long neck,” Wootton told me in an exclusive during his days at Northwestern. In 2012, the 6’8″ and lanky Corey Wootton started to play like that ferocious dinosaur nickname on the professional level.

In Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans, Wootton scored his first career touchdown off a blocked punt, which had been blocked by former Northwestern teammate Sherrick McManis.

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Plaxico Burress says he wants to join the Philadelphia Eagles

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Embattled NFL receiver Plaxico Burress appeared on 97.5 The Fanatic on Tuesday and stated, “nothing else would make me happier” than joining the Eagles. Burress said the Eagles had “a lot” of interest in him last year. Although the New York Jets obviously were more interested.

It appears the former Michigan State star would like to trade in last year’s green-and-white for green-and-silver. Burress made $3 million on a one-year-deal last season with the Jets. But don’t expect a ton of teams to be fawning over him at this point.

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Surprises from Week One in the NFL

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Stadiums, bars, and couches were packed all over the country as fans paid tribute to their fallen heroes from ten years ago and enjoyed the first Sunday during the professional football season. Besides wagering, the one thing that makes the NFL so appealing is that it is unpredictable. In baseball, it is obvious that the Red Sox and Yankees will perennially compete for the division crown. In the NFL, on any given Sunday…. Ok, enough with the Al Pacino flashback.

The Buffalo Bills took the Kansas City Chiefs out to the woodshed during week one. Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t put up big time yardage, but he did attain four touchdowns and spread the ball around with efficiency. Four receivers had more than sixty yards each in yardage. They were Stevie Johnson, David Nelson, and Scott Chandler. The thirty-four point victory on the road showed that good players don’t necessarily need to have name recognition from the masses.

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Full, Updated List of Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL

Former Ohio State Buckeyes playing in the National Football League this season will number 37 when your peruse the 53-man opening day rosters. The 2011 NFL season gets under way tonight when the Green Bay Packers hosts New Orleans in a game that will feature four former Buckeyes: A.J. Hawk and Ryan Pickett will suit up for the defending Super Bowl champions and Malcolm Jenkins and Will Smith are members of the Saints.

The list of Buckeyes in the NFL includes seven players off the 2010 team: Chimdi Chekwa (Oakland), Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh), Jermale Hines (St. Louis Rams), Jake McQuaide (St. Louis), Terrelle Pryor (Oakland), Brian Rolle (Philadelphia) and Dane Sanzenbacher (Chicago Bears).

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Chicago Bears Have Solid Tailback Depth; With or Without Chester Taylor

The free agent signing of Chester Taylor has been pretty much a huge mistake for the Chicago Bears. Actually, his production has been so disappointing in Chicago you’d almost assume he was a Jerry Angelo draft pick.

Taylor took the blame for the confusion, in the “am I cut” or “am I not cut?” soap opera this week at Halas Hall.

So that’s admirable of him. But still…Taylor did not play in last week’s preseason game at Tennessee. Instead, the Bears went with Kahlil Bell as the third running back behind Matt Forte and Marion Barber.

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Green Bay Packers 2011 Season Preview: Courtesy of SI

This week’s Sports Illustrated is the annual NFL preview issue, which hits newsstands tomorrow. They have six regional covers and Clay Matthews is on one of them.

 Excerpted is their Green Bay Packers preview article which highlights TE Jermichael Finley as a player who is poised to have a huge season coming off an injury in 2010. Finley tells SI’s Peter King, “All I’ve shown in my career is an appetizer. It’s time for the main course.”
SI has predicted that the Packers will win the NFC North with a record of 11-5 before losing in the NFC divisional playoffs.

New England Patriots Look Kinda Bad in 34-10 Loss to Detroit Lions

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Again, it’s preseason football and therefore scoreboards about as accurate and meaningful as compliments a stripper gives you, but losing 34-10 to the Detroit Lions wasn’t very promising for the New England Patriots because well, their starters got beaten kinda badly by Motown’s starters.

Chad Ochocinco did not have a good game. He dropped a pass, and had zero catches while being thrown to four times.

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Analyzing the Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart

The addition of Donovan McNabb and Michael Jenkins on the offensive side of the ball have been the two most notable positive amendments during the offseason. The most newsworthy departure is undoubtedly the exit by offensive lineman and consistent Pro Bowler Bryant McKinnie.

After taking a look at the depth chart on the team’s official site, it is puzzling to note that Joe Webb has taken a stronghold on the number two quarterback position. All the fans heard on draft day was how smart and crafty Christian Ponder was. It’s hard to fathom that we would be third at this time then if Cam Newton is starting in Carolina. The Auburn product couldn’t even name a play that he liked when prompted. I am shocked that there would be hyperbole surrounding a prospect on draft day!

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Detroit Lions 2011 Season: Game by Game Breakdown

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I am tired of tv pundits and radio talk show hosts throwing around win totals and predictions without going into detail before throwing out their opinions. Sometimes a reaction from the audience seems to be more important than giving an informed take on things. In my previous Lions blog, I went into the high hopes surrounding the Lions for this upcoming season.

What follows is a game by game synopsis of why I believe the team will achieve a minimum of nine wins this season. If I were to move or up or down from that number, I would say that they are actually closer to the total of ten than eight.

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Former Patriots, Saints, Seahawks FB Heath Evans Retires, Joins NFL Network

Veteran NFL fullback Heath Evans is done lacing ’em up on Sundays. This fall he’ll move to a more relaxing gig in the broadcast booth, joining the NFL Network as an in-studio analyst and reporter.

The 32-year-old Evans spent the last two seasons with the New Orleans Saints, including the 2009 Super Bowl championship season, after playing four years with the New England Patriots, which included the 2007 Super Bowl winning campaign.

So Evans got two rings during his career.

“I lived out part of my dream by playing 10 years in the NFL,” said Evans, who was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round (82nd overall) in 2001 after a stellar career at Auburn. “Now I’m excited to begin my second career staying connected to the game I love.”

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San Francisco 49ers trade Taylor Mays to Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns Re-sign Joe Thomas: 7 Years, $84 Million, $44 Million Guaranteed

The Cleveland Browns re-upped with Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas last night. He was given a seven-year, $84 million extension with roughly $44 million in guaranteed money. Thomas was to enter the final year of his rookie contract; which he signed after being taken with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. That followed a stellar career with the Wisconsin Badgers in which he was one of the Big Ten’s most dominating OL in history.

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