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07 Apr 2017
by Rob Eves
"I really enjoyed the time I spent out there, I think it's really been beneficial… I feel really good as far as where I'm at mechanically, and how the ball's coming out and how it's spinning and all that. So I think it's been good. I was excited. I'm going to head back out next week for another two weeks or whatever and then I'll be back in (Jacksonville)."
"When people block field goals, those are the turning points in a lot of games. Most of the NFL games are decided by one point, unless you're playing the Jaguars or something, then it's decided by 50."
"It's important that we upgrade the play at quarterback."
"Read the stats, he wasn't very good last year."
-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, assessing the struggles of second-round rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo as the Bucs brought in former New York Jets kicker Nick Folk to compete for his job. (Tampa Bay Times)
"Hopefully, I can show (Aguayo) a few things, not too many, because I have a family to feed."
-- Folk, preparing for the upcoming camp competition with Aguayo. (NBC Sports)
"I don't necessarily believe in mermaids, but I believe in the theory that there could be mermaids… the world is 80 percent water or something ridiculous like that. We only discovered just a small part of that. Every single day we pull out different species out of the ocean and we find different forms of life in the ocean… So my whole thing is, who is to say they can't be an Ariel floating down in the water somewhere?"
-- Newly-acquired Miami Dolphins defensive end William Hayes, expanding on some of his crackpot theories which first came to light on the 2016 edition of HBO's "Hard Knocks" while he was with the Los Angeles Rams. (ESPN)
"Man, there is no telling. I'm definitely going to be excited and I'm definitely going to swag, but it's not going to be in a way that will cost us. In the future, if I do get an interception, I think the swag is inevitable."
"Much like my situation in San Francisco, the people that are doing the micromanaging… when it comes to building a ball team, what they know could not blow up a small balloon."
-- Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, speaking in support of his brother-in-law, former Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, who was recently fired after nine seasons with the Hoosiers. (Bleacher Report)
"He said he was a quarterback; I thought he was a college quarterback. I asked him what string he was. He said 'first string.' I asked him his favorite team. He said, 'I may be biased, but the Raiders because I play for them.' I looked at him and said, 'Wait'… and I asked him his name. He said 'Derek Carr.'
"See, tell them I still got it. Give me some money."
"We're not looking for a bunch of choir boys."
-- Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson, outlining the Titans' strategy in the upcoming NFL draft. (The Tennessean)
"Me and (Cooper) are going to have to have a little conversation to see if I can get it off of him. Might have to bribe him a little bit, throw him like five bucks or something. We'll see if I can get it off his back."
"NFL need to be worried 'bout a lot of other sh-t than worrying about a dude celebrating."
-- Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin, making a statement about the league's rules on illegal celebrations, one of the focal points of discussions at this year's NFL owner's meetings. (Bruce Irvin, Twitter)
"Raiders fans, we're open for business."
-- San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, inviting jaded Raiders fans to switch California allegiances as it was confirmed that the Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas in 2019. (Kevin Jones, KNBR)
"He's got ass and mass. We have a saying, ass and mass, kick ass."
"(My background) in video games has been very limited… because I hate to lose."
"When the big money came in, I was like, 'I need a retirement plan right now'… Teams can look at me like, 'OK, he's a business man. He's a smart guy. He knows what he's doing with his money.'"
"I'm not sure avocado ice cream is right for me, but if I could look like him and perform half as well, I guess I'd do it."
"I feel great… I look more sexier; you know what I'm saying?"
"This is going to be a new experience for me and I am really excited about it. I've been a coach for 30 years and I've been around football my entire life. I'm passionate about the game -- just like the fans are, and I've coached in the league for a long time, so that's the perspective I will bring to ESPN. I'm just going to show up and be myself and have fun with it."
-- Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan, looking forward to his new gig as ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown co-host. (ESPN)
-- King, celebrating Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's birthday in style.
With the @packers being owned by the people I think it's only right that the people pick my new jersey # 80, 84, 85 or 86? New # who dis?
I'll make a poll thingy majiggy and we can do it that way so it's exact
-- Newly signed Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, leaving it to the Cheeseheads to decide his new jersey number.
I know I just dumped you but I'm going to stay in our house for the next 2 years until my new gf is done building our new house. #Raiders
-- Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, providing a decent analogy for the Raiders' delayed move to Vegas.
Whoever sent us Peppers on a potato, much appreciated... pic.twitter.com/O7x286vMpX
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) March 16, 2017
-- The Carolina Panthers, thanking the mystery sender of a potato depicting signed defensive end Julius Peppers, about to begin his second stint with the team.
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