Reviewing Hard Knocks, episode 2

Teverly Lazenby
Raiders Reporter

By Teverly Lazenby // @TeverlyL

With the Oakland Raiders on HBO’s Hard Knocks this season, any and everything associated with the team and its players generates buzz amongst sports media. The mishaps reported between episode 1 and 2 have Raiders Fans excited for more.

This season Hard Knocks is the perfect hype leading up to the season opener on Monday, Sept. 9th against the Denver Broncos at the Black Hole in Oakland.

This week’s episode began with a team meeting, in which head coach Jon Gruden immediately captured the attention of his players (and the audience) by dropping a couple of F-bombs.  He also exclaimed that he wants ‘better execution and etiquette in practice’. He then hypes up the players by telling them to “Pick it up!” and stick their foot up somebodies [expletive].

In Gruden’s words “It’s time for us to wake up!”

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All around the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Today I take a look at the NFC North. The Matt Division.  (Three of the four head coaches are named Matt. The Vikings head coach is Mike, so we could just call it the M division. But I digress)

The good old Black and Blue Division.  Because honestly, these teams usually beat each other up.

And this year is looking like it could be more of the same.  Let’s go ahead and take a peek at the week that was, and what will be coming up for the division.

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The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold joint practice

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers started their second day of joint practices under dark and ominous skies. After several runs back and forth, indoor then out, fans and media were eventually sent indoor permanently due to lightning in the area. As both squads moved into their routine drills, several things stood out.

The Dolphins quarterback battle continued. Josh Rosen took the majority of the snaps with the first team, while Ryan Fitzpatrick worked the day with the second team. Both seemed to have their struggles as the Dolphins continue to try to fill in some serious holes on that offensive line.

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What’s happening in the NFC East

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North and NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

As I said last week, I’m going to be covering the NFC East.  And let me just start by saying when it comes to rivalries, the NFC East is the best.

The AFC North is close, but the NFC East takes the cake.  I have never seen four fan bases go so hard on each other all the time.  It’s the best thing next to the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry in my mind.

This week, I’m going to check out what’s going on with each team and what they’ve got coming up for their next preseason game!

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The Colts have confidence in Jacoby Brissett (And maybe you should, too)

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_PFG

Maybe it might feel like a repeat of the Indianapolis Colts 2017 Luck-less season, but believe it or not, the Colts have all the confidence needed in back up QB Jacoby Brissett.

And although those words are really hard to put together again, perhaps this might be a bit more encouraging… of course, that’s IF Brissett is needed past week one of the new season.

After the news from Colts’ GM Chris Ballard on Tuesday evening of yet another injury to 2018’s NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Andrew Luck will most likely miss the preseason due to a possible ankle injury. And of course as said before, flashbacks of the 2017 come to mind.

But in this case, this will not be a repeat of 2017.

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AFC North: preseason week one

 

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North & NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8  

It’s hard to believe Week 1 of the NFL Preseason is already in the books.

This season, I’ll be covering the AFC North:  Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

For the past few years, this division has easily been dominated by the Steelers and Ravens. This season may bring quite a few surprises!

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How the AFC West looked after the first week of preseason

 

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC West NFC West

 

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

We all understand that preseason games are rarely an indicator for a season’s success or failure. For half of the AFC West, they really hope that statement holds true. While Kansas City looked as dominant as many expected, no one expected the Raiders to roll over the Rams.

Of course, most teams were without their starters, and it was obvious that coaches were holding back as they should, but let’s not let that stop us from going over a few talking points about those first games.

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Dolphins post game review

 

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter; Sports Director

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Coach Brian Flores got his first win as a Head Coach.  The team managed to grind out a 34-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons. It’s only the first of four preseason match-ups, but the Dolphins got off to a great start.

In typical preseason fashion, many of the starters played one or two snaps or not even at all.

Dolphins projected starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took first-team snaps and finished his night after a couple of series. QB Josh Rosen went well into the 4th quarter finally giving way to 3rd string quarterback Jake Rudock.

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Let me reintrouduce myself

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North and NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

My dad used to always ask me if the Atlanta Braves had won when I was a teenager. Finally, I figured out who they were, and followed them. As I got older, I started paying attention more to sports. First baseball, then onto football.

Being born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michigan Football was a way of life. Ohio State is the enemy, and that’s just how it was. My love for college football grew and eventually expanded to the NFL.

I enjoyed watching the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl in ’98 and ’99. When I came back from college, I moved to downtown Detroit, right across from what would eventually be the Detroit Lions new home. I loved football, so I was all about the Detroit Lions.

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An inside look into Cheifs training camp

Araceli Villanueva
Kansas City Chiefs Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1

Over ten thousand of fans have made the trek to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri to watch and get up close to their favorite Kansas City Chiefs players.

From tailgating in the parking lots to various outdoor activities, training camp has all the makings of a traditional game without the high price of a game ticket and parking pass.

At 8:15 am every morning, the Chiefs walk down the hill in front of screaming fans to the field to start their day by running numerous drills with each rotation until 11 am.

Newcomers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, safety Juan Thornhill, and wide receiver Mecole Hardman have integrated well with the veterans; displaying strong performances – gearing up for their Arrowhead debut. But no one could ignore star quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ powerful arm.

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