Mac's NFL Blog - 8/29/07

In today's NFL Blog: The name of the Brady offspring raises a few eyebrows, Asante Samuel will be a free man in 2008, Lance Briggs appears to be Roger Goodell's next headache, Reggie Williams still exists, and receivers continue to battle in Seattle.

The Patriots have agreed to not use the franchise tag on CB Asante Samuel again in 2008.

Actress Bridget Moynihan has released the full name of the son she and Patriots QB Tom Brady welcomed to the world last week. Let's just say that between the newborn's initials and Johnny Damon's 2-run homer last night, Boston's inferiority complex meter will be on the rise today.

Will Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs' admission that he lied to police force NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to become involved and provide the discipline the Chicago Bears aren't willing to do for themselves?

A decision from New York Giants DE Michael Strahan is coming soon.

The Tennessee Titans gave DT Corey Simon a 1-year deal with no signing bonus and incentives tied to playing time.

Rams CB Fakhir Brown says he's still waiting to hear from the NFL about his appeal of the 4-game suspension they handed down, but the NFL doesn't announce suspensions until the appeal process is over. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello put it another way: "There's nothing left to appeal".

Cleveland Browns center LeCharles Bentley will start 2007 on the PUP list.

Lions RB Kevin Jones sounds ready to go, but a final decision on whether or not he'll start the season on the PUP list will come on Thursday.

Chiefs WR/KR Eddie Drummond is happy to be in Kansas City.

Mark Curnutte of the Cincinnati Enquirer has a six-pack of facts after a trio of Bengals preseason games.

The installation of a new offense in Carolina is going to take some time.

49ers head coach Mike Nolan has named rookie right tackle Joe Staley the starter for the season opener.

Dallas Cowboys backup QB Brad Johnson has plenty left in his tank.

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio says that WR Reggie Williams has "responded well" to the challenge. (Is this an indicator that he's going to stick around or are they trying to increase his trade value?)

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward had surgery on his broken nose, but he could play in the preseason finale on Thursday.

The right side of the Minnesota Vikings line is still up for grabs.

The New Orleans Saints released three players on Tuesday.

The Buccaneers are very happy with rookie DE Gaines Adams, but are non-committal to how they'll use him.

Undrafted rookies often find a spot in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts.

Starters in Buffalo will make a cameo on Thursday night.

The Green Bay Packers are deep at cornerback.

Miami Dolphins CB Andre Goodman, who is coming off a pair of shoulder surgeries this offseason, is anxious to play.

The Arizona Cardinals are planning on building an indoor practice facility to offset the 100+ degree temperatures.

QB AJ Feeley will get the start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

The Baltimore Ravens will use WR Derrick Mason more in 2007, including as a slot receiver.

The Jets have inexperienced talent on the left side of the offensive line.

Matt Schaub
has won over his teammates in Houston.

After an injury cost him his starting job in New Orleans, guard Montrae Holland has won a starting job in Denver.

Four young Seattle Seahawks wide receivers are vying for one spot that may or may not exist.

After taking a scary hit to his left knee on August 18th, Washington Redskins QB Jason Campbell will start in the meaningless preseason finale.

The Oakland Raiders defense is telling the offense that if they give them just 17 points, the game is over.

The Falcons are looking at possibilities for their vacant #3 QB job.

San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle hopes to face his former teammate and current 49ers QB Alex Smith when the Chargers host San Francisco on Thursday. Top Stories