• Matt Ryan has to find his groove on road

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- As he reflected on last week's loss at Minnesota, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan admitted there were two throws he wanted back.  "We had an opportunity on a deep out route to Julio [Jones], I think, at the beginning of the fourth that I felt like was a play that I needed to make,'' Ryan said. ``That's one of those things, they came up. We didn't hit it. Felt like it was at a time when you would want to get it done.

  • Inside Slant: Evolution of 50-yard FGs

    Way back in 1996, when Adam Vinatieri entered the NFL, a practice session for kickers was a relative breeze. It included an attempt or two in the 20-yard range, a few in the 30's and 40's and -- if the coach was feeling frisky -- a moonshot from beyond 50 yards. This summer, on a day I visited with Vinatieri at the Indianapolis Colts' training camp, things were a bit different. "If I were to go back and look at all of my camp distances," Vinatieri said, "I bet I'd find only a couple that were in the 30's.

  • Doug Legursky center of attention for Chargers

    SAN DIEGO -- Three weeks ago, Doug Legursky wasn’t on quarterback Philip Rivers' radar. But fast forward to this week, and the 7-year veteran could be making his second start at center for the San Diego Chargers. "I feel completely confident with him," Rivers said. "Thank goodness he was there, and we were able to get him. If you would’ve told me Doug Legursky would have been the center three weeks ago, I would have said, 'How? He is not on our team.

  • Justin Forsett leads NFL in rushing average

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Running back Justin Forsett first caught the attention of Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh during an offseason workout in the spring. "When you first saw him come out here, it’s like, 'Whoa, he’s good.' He’s better than his reputation," Harbaugh said. "He’s underrated. You could see that right away. [He] had such a great feel for the offense. But I don’t know if I really could have guessed that he’d break tackles like he does.


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