Horse Tracks - 6/29/10


London Calling -
For the fourth straight year two NFL teams will bring American football to London, England.

Inside the playbook: Rivers beats the Giants | National Football Post
Previously here at the NFP, we talked about the concepts and the techniques of the 2-Man coverage — a 2 Deep, man-under defense using trail technique (align inside, force outside release, play to the back hip of the receiver). We used the chalkboard and the TV tape of the Packers-Steelers matchup from last season when Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers hit WR Greg Jennings for an 83-yard TD pass.

The rookies go to school | National Football Post
Today, 254 rookies will travel to beautiful San Diego for a week at La Costa Resort and Spa. However, there will be no massages, golf or swimming. Instead, there will be classroom lectures on finances, sex education, conduct, and life skills backed by advice backed from former and existing NFL players.

Agent: Cromartie hip a non-issue | National Football Post
The agent for New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie said that Cromartie's hip injury isn't serious.

Casey Hampton's home burglarized | National Football Post
A burglar stole three flat screen televisions and jewelry from Pittsburgh Steelers massive nose guard Casey Hampton, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Return man Chris Davis fails physical, waived by Giants | National Football Post
The search for a replacement for return specialist Domenik Hixon continues for the New York Giants.

Rams have 8 of 11 draft picks signed | National Football Post
The St. Louis Rams got busy over the weekend and in the process they now have eight of their 11 draft picks under contract with a month to go until the start of training camp. That leaves four weeks to hammer out deals for quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick and Rodger Saffold, the second-round selection expected to compete for the starting job at right tackle. Also remaining unsigned at this point is tight end Fendi Onobun, a sixth-round draft pick from Arizona.

Browns sign Clifton Geathers | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns have signed sixth-round defensive lineman Clifton Geathers, the team announced.

Drew Brees believes Brett Favre will return | National Football Post
Count Drew Brees among those who believes that Brett Favre will be on the field –in uniform -- in the Superdome when the Saints and Vikings kick off the 2010 NFL season on Sept. 9.

Vikings will give Marko Mitchell a look | National Football Post
Marko Mitchell is a popular man. Now, he needs to show some staying power.

Lions sign Willie Young | National Football Post
The Detroit Lions have signed seventh-round defensive end Willie Young, according to a league source.

Vick voluntarily contacts, meets with police | National Football Post
Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting of Quanis Phillips outside Michael Vick’s birthday bash Thursday night in Virginia Beach, Va.

Byron Westbrook acquitted of DUI charge | National Football Post
Washington Redskins cornerback Byron Westbrook was acquitted of driving under the influence in Charles County, Md., according to the Washington Post.

Lewand said he hadn't had drink in year-plus, blew .20 | National Football Post
Either Tom Lewand held a massive amount of alcohol in his system for, oh, a year-and-a-half or the president of the Detroit Lions wasn’t exactly forthcoming with Roscommon County (Mich.) Sheriff’s deputies when he was pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving Friday.

Willie Colon expected to have surgery, go on IR | National Football Post
The worst-case scenario has unfolded for Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Willie Colon.

Spread offense has ability to help teams in pass protection
During a recent sit-down with two NFL offensive line coaches, I was taken by surprise. What caught my attention is the apparent shift in philosophy when it comes to using the spread formation to protect the quarterback in passing situations.

New York Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson predicts Super Bowl glory - ESPN New York
New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson is newly inked and ready for green and white glory.

Roger Goodell calls New York Giants rookie Chad Jones after accident - ESPN New York
The phone calls, text messages and e-mails have been pouring in. But Chad Jones got one phone call he won't soon forget.

NFL pairs up with Nickelodeon for cartoon series - ESPN
he league's players and coaches will lend their voices to a series of short cartoons for Nickelodeon's Nicktoons channel. The 22 episodes, which will each run 2 to 5 minutes, will air weekly during the NFL season from September to February.

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