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Browns’ Manziel Tops NFL Jersey Sales

With the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected quarterback JOHNNY MANZIEL. His jersey now finds itself topping the list of NFL player jerseys sold on NFLShop.com.

Flying high behind Manziel at No. 2 is Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON, who guided the Seahawks to the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship. The Seahawks dominated the charts with cornerback RICHARD SHERMAN (No. 5) and the distinctive 12TH FAN (No. 10) in the top 10, as well as running back MARSHAWN LYNCH (No. 11) and safety EARL THOMAS III (No. 20) in the top 20.

In addition to Manziel, jerseys of rookies MICHAEL SAM (No. 6) of St. Louis, TEDDY BRIDGEWATER (No. 13) of Minnesota, JADEVEON CLOWNEY (No. 16) of Houston and BLAKE BORTLES (No. 18) of Jacksonville all cracked the top 20.

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NFL Training Camps Open This Week; Bills, Ravens and 49ers Rookies First in Today

Back to work!

NFL clubs will begin their on-field preparations for Kickoff 2014 this week, starting today with the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers as their rookies report. Buffalo’s veterans will follow on Saturday, July 19, as the Bills become the first team to fully begin training camp. By Sunday, July 27, every NFL team will be in camp.

More and more, teams are training at their regular-season headquarters. This year, more than half the league (18 of 32, 56 percent) will be “staying home” for training camp. In 2000, only five of 31 (16 percent) teams stayed close to home.

The numbers may prove home-base popularity is a growing league-wide trend, but there are still teams employing the “old-time” philosophy of encamping away.

The Minnesota Vikings are one of the teams that “come together” away from home (Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, Minnesota).

“It’s a beautiful setup, the facilities are outstanding,” says Minnesota head coach MIKE ZIMMER of the Vikings’ training camp site in Mankato. “We’re excited to get going in Mankato.”

The NFL training camp longevity king? The Green Bay Packers, who return on July 25 for their 57th consecutive summer at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

New Orleans will conduct portions of their training camp away from the Saints’ training facility in Metairie, Louisiana for the first time since 2009. The Saints will hold training camp this year at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

“By splitting training camp between New Orleans and The Greenbrier, we will have a great opportunity to further enhance our training camp in 2014,” says Saints head coach SEAN PAYTON. “We all understand the importance of training camp and ultimately, that’s to get the team ready for the regular season. As far as the time we will spend at The Greenbrier, it offers a tremendous opportunity to our team in a more moderate summer climate.”

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NFL Training Camp Dates & Locations

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NFL Names Matt Birk Director of Football Development

Former Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens center MATT BIRK has been named director of football development, the National Football League announced today.

Birk, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, was a standout center for the Vikings and Ravens from 1998-2012, concluding his career by helping Baltimore to a victory in Super Bowl XLVII. He spent the 2013 season working as an NFL-NFLPA appeals officer.

In his new role, Birk will assist in developing the game at all levels of the sport, from players to coaches to front office personnel. He will also assist in the administration of NFL game day operations.

Birk will guide the continued evolution of the Scouting Combine and Regional Combines as well as the annual all-star games for aspiring NFL players, such as the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game.

“I’m very excited to begin this next chapter of my football career,” says Birk, who becomes the eighth former player to take a job at the NFL office, joining Merton Hanks, Dwight Hollier, Patrick Kerney, James Thrash, David Tyree, Troy Vincent and Charles Way. “It’s a real honor for me to be entrusted with developing the game in so many different ways.”

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Birk will play a leading role in the continuing evolution and emergence of the Career Development Symposium, oversee the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship program and NFL-NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy initiative.

“Matt’s experience as a terrific NFL player, a model citizen in his community and a reputation as a forward-thinking leader make him ideally suited for this role,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT. “There is no doubt he will continue to make a positive impact on our game and be a trusted advocate for those who play and coach at every level.”

Birk, who will also serve as a liaison for the Football Operations department on the international development of the game and assist in further strengthening the NFL High School Player Development program, will be based at NFL headquarters in New York.

A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in economics, Birk was the recipient of the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for his excellence on and off the field, including his commitment to emphasizing the importance of education through his H.I.K.E. Foundation (hope, inspiration, knowledge and education).

Birk and his wife, Adrianna, are the parents of six children.

 

Roster of Officials Finalized

THREE NEW REFEREES, 13 FIRST-YEAR NFL OFFICIALS AMONG 2014 CLASS

The NFL roster of game officials for the 2014 season will include 13 first-year NFL officials – and three new referees – among the group of 119, the league announced today.

First-year official BRAD ALLEN will join the NFL as a referee from the Atlantic Coast Conference, where he has been a referee for the past nine seasons and was regarded as one of the best in college football. Allen has refereed several major bowl games, including the 2012 Rose Bowl and 2014 Sugar Bowl. Allen replaces veteran referee MIKE CAREY, who will join CBS Sports as a rules analyst.

Veteran NFL officials RONALD TORBERT and CRAIG WROLSTAD are also new referees in 2014, replacing retired referees SCOTT GREEN and RON WINTER. Wrolstad has spent the past 11 seasons as a field judge while Torbert has worked the past four as a side judge.

The 13 first-year NFL officials are all graduates of the NFL Officiating Development program, which is designed to train top college football officials in all aspects of NFL officiating.

“Our first-year officials were all among the best in college football, including Brad Allen, one of our new referees,” said NFL Vice President of Officiating DEAN BLANDINO. “Brad was an outstanding referee for many years in the ACC and we are excited about having him on the field. Ron and Craig have proven to be outstanding NFL officials and they also are ready to assume the referee position.”

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Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Leads All High Schools with Four Players Selected in 2014 NFL Draft; 239 Schools Represented

With offseason workouts now underway, the 2014 NFL Draft class has experienced its first taste of NFL life.

And while the drafted rookies enter the NFL from a variety of different backgrounds, one thing they generally all have in common is an outstanding experience playing high school football.

A total of 239 high schools contributed to the 256 players selected in the seven rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8-10, USA Football announced today.

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida led all high schools with four players selected – LAMARCUS JOYNER (St. Louis, second round), DEZMEN SOUTHWARD (Atlanta, third round), BRANDON LINDER (Jacksonville, third round) and JAMES WHITE (New England, fourth round).

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Roster of Officials Confirmed

Two New Referees, 12 First-Year NFL Officials Among 2014 Class

The NFL roster of game officials for the 2014 season will include 12 first-year NFL officials – and two new referees – among the group of 119, the league announced today.

Veteran NFL officials RONALD TORBERT and CRAIG WROLSTAD have been promoted to referee, replacing retired referees SCOTT GREEN and RON WINTER.  Wrolstad has spent the past 11 seasons as a field judge while Torbert has worked the past four as a side judge.

The 12 first-year NFL officials are all graduates of the NFL Officiating Development program, which is designed to train top college football officials in all aspects of NFL officiating.  They will be on the field at team OTA sessions.

“The NFL is about constantly striving to improve performance, and that is certainly the case for our game officials,” said NFL Vice President of Officiating DEAN BLANDINO.  “Both Ron and Craig have proven to be outstanding NFL officials and they are ready to assume the increased responsibilities of the referee position.  Our 12 first-year officials were all among the best in college football.  We are excited about having them on the field.”

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2014 NFL Draft Round 1 Notes

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2014 NFL Draft Notes

– 79TH NFL DRAFT –

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, NEW YORK CITY

MAY 8-10, 2014

DATE START ROUNDS SELECTION TIME
Thursday, May 8 8:00 PM ET Round 1 10 Minutes  
         
Friday, May 9 7:00 PM ET Round 2 7 Minutes  
    Round 3 5 Minutes  
         
Saturday, May 10 12:00 PM ET Rounds 4-7 5 Minutes  

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NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: Thirty prospects will be in attendance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the 2014 NFL Draft.

That includes a 2014-best three players from Alabama: S HA HA CLINTON-DIX, T CYRUS KOUANDJIO and LB C.J. MOSLEY – and three players from Texas A&M: WR MIKE EVANS, QB JOHNNY MANZIEL and T JAKE MATTHEWS.

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2014 NFL Draft – All in the Family

Every year, many players join the National Football League from families rich in athletic tradition. Here is a sampling of draft prospects who had family members compete at either the collegiate or professional level in the world of sports.

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