August 2014

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday acquired New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and an undisclosed draft pick. A three-time captain with the Patriots, Mankins has earned six Pro Bowl berths and five All-Pro selections in his career. He also was selected to the New England Patriots All-2000s and 50th Anniversary teams. "Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a statement.
General manager John Elway wanted more of an edge on defense after Denver's shellacking in the Super Bowl, so he went out and signed free agents DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward. This trio of thumpers brought a new energy to the Broncos, who also got a big boost with the return of several starters who sat out that nightmare at the Meadowlands, notably Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr. The fervor wasn't limited to Denver's revamped defense, however, as the offense also showed off a new impetuosity. The Broncos' interior has nearly 1,000 pounds of muscle to open lanes for bruising running back Montee Ball and provide a better pocket of protection for Peyton Manning. Speaking of the five-time MVP, he's brawnier in Year 3 in Denver.
The ride Andy Reid took the Kansas City Chiefs on last season was fun while it lasted. The cash-strapped organization had to watch helplessly as three Pro Bowl players and several other key pieces departed in free agency, their big bounce-back seasons resulting in big-money deals elsewhere. Throw in the fact Kansas City is facing a much tougher schedule and is no longer going to sneak up on anybody, and the goal this season becomes simple: avoid a precipitous backslide. ''What happened in the past, you can't do anything about it,'' Pro Bowl pass rusher Tamba Hali said.
When word of Matt Prater's pending four-game suspension came down, Denver rookie kicker Mitch Ewald said, ''There's an opening there. It might be, it might be for somebody else.'' The rookie from Indiana saw Tuesday that he wasn't in the Broncos' plans. They released him after acquiring first-year kicker Brandon McManus from the New York Giants for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015. Ewald was unimpressive at Broncos camp, never quite finding a rhythm at altitude despite working alongside Prater, whom he studied while in college.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A pair of the splash plays wasn't enough for linebacker Vic So'oto to keep his job.
In need of a kicker with Matt Prater suspended for the first four games of the regular season, the Denver Broncos acquired Brandon McManus from the New York Giants on Tuesday. The Broncos sent a conditional seventh-round draft pick to the Giants for the rights to McManus, an undrafted free agent from Temple. The 23-year-old McManus failed to beat out Josh Brown for a job with the Giants but was impressive in the preseason, kicking field goals of 46 and 47 yards. The versatile McManus also can handle punting duties.
New York Giants left guard Geoff Schwartz has a dislocated right big toe and will be in a walking boot for a week to 10 days. The Giants announced on Tuesday that Schwartz was examined by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina, and that he will be evaluated weekly. ''Obviously you can't rush him back, but it sure would be good to get him back ASAP rather the other way around,'' coach Tom Coughlin said after getting the good news from the doctors. He is a big man.'' Schwartz, who signed a four-year, $16.8 million contract in the offseason, will begin rehabilitation after he gets out of the boot.
The New York Giants have traded first-year kicker Brandon McManus to the Denver Broncos for a conditional draft pick next year. The Giants announced the deal around 4 p.m. Tuesday, the time teams needed to reach the NFL's 75-man roster limit. Earlier in the day, the Giants had said that they were waiving McManus, who battled incumbent Josh Brown for the starting job.
The New York Giants placed safety Cooper Taylor and wide receiver Marcus Harris on injured reserve and waived 13 other players to get down to the mandated NFL limit of 75 players.
New York Giants left guard Geoff Schwartz is expected to be in a walking boot for approximately 7-10 days before beginning a rehab program for his dislocated right big toe. The timetable means Schwartz is likely to miss at least the Sept. 8 regular-season opener at the Detroit Lions, a big blow to the Giants' maligned offensive line. The team had also been without starting right guard Brandon Mosley for the past two weeks due to a back injury. Veteran journeyman Dallas Reynolds is listed as Schwartz's backup, with rookie Weston Richburg practicing with the first team Monday.

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