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Colts GM on Trent Richardson: He needs to produce

Trent Richardson ColtsRemember when the Indianapolis Colts traded a first-round pick for Trent Richardson? As of today, the Cleveland Browns look like geniuses. Richardson was a non-factor after arriving in Indy last season and has averaged just 2.4 yards per carry in two preseason games this year. He’s still not running with conviction, and people are taking notice.

One of those people is Colts general manager Ryan Grigson.

“Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability,” said Wednesday, via ESPN.com’s Mike Wells. “We’re all accountable here. I will say this, there are a lot of backs last year that wouldn’t have got [2.4] considering the amount of people he had in that box and the amount of bodies that were hitting him before he even seemed to get the ball sometimes. He’s such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he’s got to produce just like all these guys do on this final 53.”

Grigson was basically defending Richardson without defending him. The Colts offensive line has not been great, but Ahmad Bradshaw somehow averaged 4.5 yards per carry in three games with Indy before getting hurt last season. Head coach Chuck Pagano doesn’t seem overly concerned.

“I think everybody wants this guy to get going and that guy to get going, but there’s some tough sledding right now and we’re working at it,” Pagano said. “I think having the capability to do the other thing is going to open things up in the run game for us.”

Bradshaw is supposedly healthy and ready to go, yet the Colts have kept him out of preseason action. That should tell you all you need to know. We don’t expect Richardson to run away with the job, and neither do the Colts. Bradshaw will be their most valuable back if Richardson runs the way he did last year.

Robert Griffin III calls out doubters on Twitter

Robert Griffin knee braceAfter an impressive rookie season in which he earned the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, 2013 was not Robert Griffin III’s year.

Griffin hardly looked like the same quarterback from 2012 after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his right knee.

He had to answer questions about rushing back too soon after surgery. There was also Griffin’s less-than-ideal relationship with head coach Mike Shanahan and a perceived influence the quarterback had over Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

A disappointing season came to an end when Griffin was made inactive for the final three games of last season.

Heading into the upcoming season, Griffin has more than a few people questioning if he can be the same quarterback he was in 2012. Having doubters is nothing new for the former Heisman Trophy winner and Griffin took the opportunity to remind us of that via his Twitter account on Wednesday.

If the Washington Redskins are going to rebound from disastrous 2013 season, they’ll need better quarterback play than they received a year ago. The team gave up quite a bit to draft Robert Griffin III, but that doesn’t mean fans won’t call for Kirk Cousins if he struggles again.

Griffin is no stranger to having to prove himself and it looks like he knows he will have to do it once again in 2014.

Steelers RBs LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell arrested together for weed

LeGarrette Blount Le'Veon Bell

LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell are such good teammates they even get arrested together.

Blount, who was signed in the offseason by the Steelers, and Bell, who was a second-round pick of the team in 2013, were stopped after a cop on a motorcycle smelled weed coming from their car.

The officer found a 20-gram bag of marijuana in the car. Both players were charged with misdemeanor possession, while Bell was also charged with DUI.

Last week, Bell talked about his close relationship with Blount. The two were described as “virtually inseparable” during training camp.

“I’m a guy who likes being around that type of personality. I’m an emotional guy, too,” Bell told Pittsburgh reproter Dejan Kovasevic. “It’s kind of crazy, but from the first day he got here, we just kind of jelled. We’re kind of the same. We’re both outgoing. We both joke a lot. And he’s really emotional about the game, same way I am. I’m telling you, man, I’m glad he’s here.”

He omitted the part about them being smoking buddies, too.

Jim Kelly’s cancer is gone and he is pain free

Jim Kelly Buffalo

Jim Kelly, his family, friends and fans all received some great news on Wednesday: the former Buffalo Bills quarterback is said to be cancer free.

“The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly’s pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal. Further, on physical examination, there is no evidence of the cancer,” Dr. Peter Costantino, Executive Director of the New York Head and Neck Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, said in a statement Wednesday.

Kelly was evaluated Tuesday, three months after completing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for his recurring sinus cancer.

Kelly’s wife Jill issued this statement on Twitter earlier on Wednesday.

“We have come away from our checkup visit in NYC encouraged and hopeful. Preliminary scan results have necessitated the need for biopsies to be done in order to confirm what we hope to be true…that the cancer has been eradicated. We will not know the outcome until this procedure is completed. And so… We continue to PRAY, rejoice, live…wait and trust GOD who holds ALL things together. God, who is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End and every moment in between. In the midst of it all, I know He’s got this. Thank you for praying! Thank you for holding us up during this time. We are so grateful for you! #prayersforjk #kellytough”

Mike Carey avoided refereeing Redskins games because of team name

Mike-CareyThe Washington Redskins team name debate may have emerged as a hot topic over the last year, but there are plenty of people who have had a problem with the racist undertones associated with the nickname for years. Former NFL referee Mike Carey is one of them.

Carey, who recently retired after 19 seasons as an NFL ref and is now the rules analyst for CBS Sports, began quietly protesting the term Redskins back in 2006. It was then that Carey asked that the NFL not assign him to any Washington games for the preseason or regular season, and the league honored his request.

“I’ve called them Washington all my life,” Carey told Mike Wise of the Washington Post. “And I will continue to call them Washington. The league respectfully honored my request not to officiate Washington. It happened sometime after I refereed their playoff game in 2006, I think.”

Carey, the first African-American official to ever work a Super Bowl, was one of the most respected referees in the NFL. He said he kept his request private and never went to Roger Goodell to discuss the issue.

“It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me,” Carey explained. “I know that if a team had a derogatory name for African Americans, I would help those who helped extinguish that name. I have quite a few friends who are Native Americans. And even if I didn’t have Native American friends, the name of the team is disrespectful.”

Carey’s interesting revelation comes in the wake of two prominent NFL broadcasters saying they will avoid using the term Redskins this season. We’re guessing Mike Ditka would strongly disagree with Carey’s social stance.

Report: Johnny Manziel losing job more about behavior and less about football

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeThe Cleveland Browns named Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback over Johnny Manziel on Wednesday, and many are wondering why head coach Mike Pettine did not wait until the all-important third preseason game to make his decision. If Pettine was choosing a starter based solely on on-field performance, he probably would have.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Manziel has been slowly blowing his shot at the starting job since the Browns drafted him.

People love to chalk Manziel’s behavior up to the fact that he is a 21-year-old kid who is still learning. While that may be true, it doesn’t mean the Browns have overlooked his party-boy antics. Pettine even admitted that he spoke to Manziel about the photo that showed the former Texas A&M star rolling up a bill in front of a bathroom mirror.

By completing just 6-of-17 passes against the Washington Redskins on Monday night, Manziel probably made Pettine’s job easy. He made it even easier when he flipped off the Redskins sideline. Hoyer has completed 8-of-20 pass attempts and has a passer rating of 57.9 through two preseason games, so you really think this is about football? Manziel needs to prove he can grow up before Pettine will hand him the reins.

Brian Hoyer named Browns starting quarterback over Johnny Manziel

Johnny-ManzielThe Cleveland Browns announced on Wednesday morning that Brian Hoyer will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 of the regular season. Johnny Manziel has been named his backup — for now.

“(Hoyer) was the clear leader from the beginning,” coach Mike Pettine said in a press release, via Around the League. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.”

The knee-jerk reaction is that this is a no-win situation for Hoyer. Unless Hoyer plays consistently well (a difficult task for anyone at the NFL level), Manziel is going to get a shot at some point this season. Hoyer knows his margin for error will be incredibly tight, which could add pressure and affect his performance.

Why did Mike Pettine decide to name a starter before the third game of the preseason? For starters, there have been rumors that the Browns do not want Manziel’s first NFL start to come against a potentially tough defense like the Steelers on the road. Boomer Esiason believes Manziel would get his “ass kicked” in Pittsburgh and the Browns might agree.

[WATCHThe moment Johnny Manziel finds out ESPN captured his middle finger]

Beyond the difficulty of the matchup, you have to wonder if Manziel’s infamous middle finger had anything to do with Pettine’s decision. In addition to not looking that sharp on Monday night (6-of-17 passing), Manziel made a lapse in judgment that not only made him look bad but also may have indicated he is letting opponents get under his skin.

We’d be stunned if Hoyer starts even half of Cleveland’s games this season.

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