Check out which team is giving T.O. a workout


Check out which team is giving T.O. a workout

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Still looking for wide receiver help, the Seattle Seahawks are bringing Terrell Owens in for a tryout. The Seahawks confirmed a report from KJR-AM in Seattle late Sunday night that Owens would be working out for the Seahawks on Monday. The team is off Monday before returning to practice Tuesday. Owens hasn't played in the NFL since the 2010 season with Cincinnati when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. The 38-year-old Owens didn't get any NFL offers to play last season after surgery on his left knee. He had 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing eight of 11 games for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. He was released and lost an ownership stake in the team in May.

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In addition to Flacco's return, five things to watch when Ravens host Lions

In addition to Flacco's return, five things to watch when Ravens host Lions

The return of Joe Flacco is the obvious storyline Saturday night (7 o’clock), when the Ravens host the Lions at M&T Bank Stadium. While the Ravens’ quarterback will be watched closely, here are five other questions to ask:

1. Will rookie pass rusher Matt Judon continue to shine?

Judon leads the Ravens with nine preseason tackles, along with two sacks. With Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and Za’Darius Smith not expected to play, the Ravens want to see Judon against the Lions’ starters.

“We need to put him in that position,” said defensive coordinator Dean Pees. “What better time? I don’t want to wait until Buffalo (Week 1) to find out.”

Judon led the nation in sacks last season (21) at Grand Valley State.  If he keeps getting to quarterbacks, the fifth-round pick will get playing time during the season.


2.  Is rookie Alex Smith ready to start Week 1 at left guard?

Nobody has said John Urschel has lost the job. But he has been out since the preseason opener (contusion) and Smith has looked solid. Another strong performance by Smith could sway the coaching staff is his direction.

3. Will we get a clue about the Ravens’ running back rotation?

How will carries be divided among Justin Forsett, Buck Allen Kenneth Dixon, and Terrance West? We still don’t know, but Week 1 is getting closer. Any back that looks good against the Lions will strengthen his case for getting more touches.

4. Can the Ravens’ run defense make a statement?

Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn’t like the Colts getting consistent yardage on the ground last week. The Ravens face Bills running back Le’Sean McCoy in Week 1. Another poor Ravens performance against the run would be a bad sign.

5.Will the Ravens avoid taking needless penalties?

If you think the Ravens are good enough make the playoffs if they are among the NFL leaders in penalties, think again. Avoiding pre-snap penalties and personal fouls will continue to be a preseason priority.


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Redskins' Cousins both lucky and unlucky vs. Bills

Redskins' Cousins both lucky and unlucky vs. Bills

After playing just seven snaps in the Redskins’ first two preseason games, Kirk Cousins played the entire first half against the Bills and, for the most part, everything went according to plan. But he did have some good luck and he had some bad luck during the 47 snaps that he played.

Some good fortune came before the opening kickoff. The Bills decided to rest five defensive starters as well as some key reserves. Playing Buffalo without the likes of cornerback Stephon Gilmore is an easier task than playing against the Bills at full strength.

The Redskins’ first possession ended with a combination of bad luck and a bad decision by Cousins. He dropped back, looked to his left and then decided to go back to Rashad Ross on the right sideline. Cousins threw late and backup cornerback Corey White made a nice interception on his back.

“If you look at the interception, it was the product of a defensive back making a good play on a tight throw, the ball bounces up in the air and it lands where it lands,” said Cousins. “I don’t know if that’s a product of anything, other than the fact that it’s the way it happened.”

Some drops also happened and those were bad luck for Cousins. When normally sure-handed pass catchers like Jordan Reed and Pierre Garçon drop passes that would have resulted in first downs it just may not be your day.

Jay Gruden mentioned the drops during his postgame press conference. He also talked about the penalties against the Redskins (13 accepted for 104 yards) making drives more difficult. But Cousins and the offense benefitted from some yellow flags at well. Two roughing the passer penalties kept drives alive and a defensive holding call negated what would have been a second Cousins interception.

The Washington offense finally got going thanks to some sloppy tackling (and good running). With the Redskins still scoreless in the second quarter, Cousins threw short passes to DeSean Jackson and Ryan Grant. They both made tacklers miss. Jackson took a pass in the flat and dodged some tackles for 39 yards into Bills territory. Two plays later Cousins threw to Ryan Grant on the left side. The defensive back missed the tackle and Grant ran in to complete the 38-yard touchdown play. On two throws that went a total of maybe 10 yards past the line of scrimmage Cousins got credited for 77 of his 188 passing yards.

The missed tackles were a theme for both teams last night. According to Pro Football Focus the two teams combined to miss a whopping 31 tackles. There were 137 snaps in the game so nearly one play in every four had a missed tackle.

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Bundy tries to get the Orioles a win against Yankees

Bundy tries to get the Orioles a win against Yankees

Today's Game:

Baltimore Orioles (70-58) vs. New York Yankees (66-61), Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, 1:05 p.m.  

Starting pitchers:

Dylan Bundy (7-4, 3.33) vs. Chad Green (2-3, 3.66)

Keys to the Game:

Can Bundy give the Orioles a long start following a 1 1/3 inning outing by Yovani Gallardo? 

How is Adam Jones? He left Friday night's game with a strained left hamstring.

News and Notes:

Bundy has won four of his last five starts. 

In his last two starts, Green has allowed one run on seven hits in 12 innings. 

The Orioles have eight starts of two innings or fewer, the most in baseball. 

The Orioles have allowed at least 10 runs in three of the past eight games. 

The Orioles are in third place in the AL East, trailing Toronto and Boston by two games.