Vick feels fine, cartilage being checked today

After taking a hit to the midsection from Kyle Love that Philly fans surely hated (see what I did there?), Eagles quarterback Mike Vick is, surprisingly, feeling fine. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Vick has no concerns about his ability to suit up and play on Week One against the Browns.  He…

Tuesday morning one-liners

Shawne Merriman’s departure from the Bills opens a door for Kyle Moore and Jarron Gilbert. The Dolphins cut FB Ryan Mahaffey after he slipped behind Jorvorskie Lane on the depth chart. Looking at Patriots RB Shane Vereen’s night as the team’s starting tailback. P T.J. Conley doesn’t expect the Jets to bring in competition for…

Ndamukong Suh wants to take down Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning

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Detroit lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh isn’t looking to clean up his reputation.  Instead he wants to take down more quarterbacks.

“I love hitting Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler. Ben Roethlisberger, I would like to go against him, because they say he’s one of the hardest to take down,” Suh said, via NFL.com. “I see that as a challenge, so I would love to take him down multiple times. Peyton Manning, oh, I would love that. I think Michael Vick, I did sack him, one of the most elusive quarterbacks to ever play the game. I took him down with one arm.”

Suh explained what a dirty player is.

“A dirty player is somebody who ultimately is trying to hurt somebody. There’s a huge difference,” Suh said. “There’s no gray in that. Like, you have no conscience, no nothing, no guilt. I don’t have that mean streak in me. I don’t play angry. It’s not anger.”

Titans owner Bud Adams on board with Locker decision

There was always a sense of inevitability about Jake Locker winning the Titans quarterback job, and here’s a good reason why — Bud Adams said so. The Titans owner said Monday, shortly after the news came out that coaches had decided to play Locker instead of Matt Hasselbeck, that he was on board with the [...]

Titans owner Bud Adams on board with Locker decision

There was always a sense of inevitability about Jake Locker winning the Titans quarterback job, and here’s a good reason why — Bud Adams said so. The Titans owner said Monday, shortly after the news came out that coaches had decided to play Locker instead of Matt Hasselbeck, that he was on board with the [...]

Luck of the Draw: A $1,500 Panini America Sketch Card & Four Other Crazy Sales

Anyone who watched Indianapolis Colts rookie Andrew Luck play during his decorated college career at Stanford can attest to the undeniable artistry he brings to the quarterback position. The accuracy. The precision. The ability to deliver one masterpiece after another.

All of that was on display once again last week during Luck’s first promising preseason performance. But if you really want to see a true artist at work, check out what Luck can do with a few Sharpies in his hand.

Last Sunday, just hours after Luck went 10-of-16 passing for 188 yards and two touchdowns during a 38-3 victory over St. Louis in his NFL debut, one of Luck’s original Panini America Sketch Cards from the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere sold on eBay for the staggering sum of $1,500.

This particular Luck masterpiece — fittingly an accurate and overwhelmingly impressive rendition of Lucas Oil Stadium — created quite a buzz when it was unveiled earlier this month at the 33rd National Sports Collectors Convention. It probably didn’t hurt his handiwork that Luck earned a degree in architecture design from Stanford.

But that insane four-figure closing price is but one example of the crazy money being spent on Luck’s best Panini America trading cards these days. Earlier this month, a 2012 Elite Football Passing the Torch card autographed by both Luck and Peyton Manning sold for $830.99. His 2012 Elite Football Hard Hats Autograph changed hands for $548.08; his 2012 Elite Football Turn of the Century Autograph card bearing the sequential number 12/99 — his jersey number — sold for $450; and one of his Prestigious Picks signed prime-piece jersey cards from 2012 Prestige Football sold for $425.

Collectively, those staggering sales represent a sure sign that collectors are anticipating a banner season from the 2012 NFL Draft Class and, in this case, Luck has everything to do with it.

Take a look.

$1,500
Panini America Andrew Luck Sketch back
$830.99
Luck PTT
$548.08
$450
$425
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Russell Wilson looks good again for the Seahawks

Two first half interceptions for the Broncos quarterback was the lead story coming out of Saturday night’s Broncos-Seahawks affair. Peyton Manning (and the job done by the Seahawks defense against him) wasn’t the only story, though. The Seahawks quarterbacks continued their competition and, for the second straight game, Russell Wilson put forth a strong performance.…

Peyton gets picked off in second drive of Denver debut

There’s a full house at Mile High tonight.  (As we pointed out on Twitter, that Jacob Tamme can really put asses in the seats.) So far, the man they all came to see hasn’t given them much to look at. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has completed two of three passes for 22 yards in two [...]

Saturday one-liners

The Jets are still thinking about the day that the defense had 99 problems and the ability to tackle Victor Cruz wasn’t one. Dolphins WR Roberto Wallace, despite starting on Friday night, lived up to his “Ankle Weights” nickname when trying to get separation. Bills WR Donald Jones may have gotten some separation from T.J.…

Gridiron Gab Links – AFC Evening Edition 8/17

Peyton Manning and the Broncos first team offense will play the entire first quarter and possibly one series into the second quarter against the Seahawks on Saturday. – Denver Post

The Steelers activated Rashard Mendenhall from the physically unable to perform list Friday, but a league source told Adam Schefter of ESPN that the running back is not expected to be ready for the team’s regular-season opener or possibly even in September. – ESPN

The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Friday that wide receiver Jordan Shipley has been placed on waivers. A third-round pick (No. 84 overall) out of Texas in 2010, Shipley had an impressive rookie season, but hadn’t done much since then. – NFL.com

Vince Young‘s attorney disputes his client owes a loan company nearly $1.7 million, and questions whether the Buffalo Bills quarterback was even aware a loan was taken out in his name. – CBSSports

Olympian Jeff Demps will sign a contract to play for the New England Patriots, according one of Demps agents, Nohemy Baltodano. Demps rushed for 2,470 career yards and 23 touchdowns with the Florida Gators but went undrafted in April when he chose to focus on his Olympic career. – NFL.com

Peyton Manning may get one series in the second quarter Saturday

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning might be tired of talking about getting hit, but his bosses are in no hurry to hasten the process. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Manning will only play the first quarter and “possibly” one series in the second when the Broncos play the Seahawks Saturday. Manning only played [...]

John Elway Says Broncos QB Manning Throws the Ball Better Than Ever

Broncos Executive VP of football operations John Elway said Peyton Manning is throwing the ball as well as ever and thinks the four-time MVP’s release has gotten even quicker, Jim Corbett of USA Today reports.

“He’s throwing the post route and everything well,” Elway said. “I went back and looked at film from 2010 and 2009 to get a comparison of Peyton, and he looks to me to be the same guy throwing now that he was then.

“The ball is coming out quicker all the time the more and more time he gets with the offense and getting to know all his receivers and tight ends. … That’s always been his style. He’s never been the Nolan Ryan of quarterbacks anyway. He’s always throwns the ball with great anticipation and touch.”

John Elway says Peyton Manning looks just as good as he did a few years ago

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Denver Broncos Executive VP of football operations John Elway told USA Today that quarterback Payton Manning looks just as good as he did a few years ago.

“He’s throwing the post route and everything well,” Elway said. “I went back and looked at film from 2010 and 2009 to get a comparison of Peyton, and he looks to me to be the same guy throwing now that he was then.

“The ball is coming out quicker all the time the more and more time he gets with the offense and getting to know all his receivers and tight ends. … That’s always been his style. He’s never been the Nolan Ryan of quarterbacks anyway. He’s always throws the ball with great anticipation and touch.”

I believe once Manning get’s into a nice groove with his new receivers during the regular season, he’ll be just fine.

Peyton Manning looking forward to end of questions about getting hit

There are two big questions swirling around Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning right now. The first has to do with the quality of his arm. John Elway gave his opinion on that, saying that he felt Manning’s arm is as good as it was with the Colts. Manning was asked about Elway’s assessment during a session…

Peyton Manning: I’m 36, my arm isn’t the same as when I was 22

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning acknowledges that he doesn’t have the arm strength he used to. But Manning says that’s because of age, not injury. Manning told Jim Rome on Rome that he can’t say how close he is to 100 percent recovered after having multiple neck surgeries and missing the entire season in 2011. But…