Pro Bowlers pull out the tricks, hints of competition
Pro Bowlers, practicing one last time Saturday before the schoolyard pickup all-star game, dropped hints they’ll use some trickery to get an edge on Sunday.
The Associated Press
HONOLULU — Pro Bowlers practicing one last time Saturday before the schoolyard pickup all-star game dropped hints they’ll use some trickery to get an edge on Sunday.
On one play, Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack streaked into the end zone at Aloha Stadium, not fast enough to catch a pass targeted his way.
Mack said the potential catch wasn’t meant for him. He describes it as a “last case scenario” for the team picked by NFL great Deion Sanders.
“It’s super top secret — I can’t talk about it,” Mack said.
Jerry Rice’s team finished practice by huddling up and shouting “Get money,” a reference to the five-figure pay bonus winners get.
“The worst pressure I’m getting is from the other team: ‘Hey, let’s take it easy on each other,’” Miami defensive end Cameron Wake told fans. “But they got another thing coming.”
Ray Anderson, the NFL’s outgoing executive vice president of football operations, said he hopes that up-tempo practices, talk and encouragement from Sanders, Rice and coaches will lead to a better game.
“Certainly there’s some competitive talking going back and forth,” he said.
• Miami Dolphins assistant general manager Brian Gaine has become the front-runner for their GM job after the team’s courtship of New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio apparently fizzled. Caserio, the director of player personnel in New England, was offered the position Saturday but turned down the Dolphins, according to multiple reports.
• Kicker Matt Prater missed practice all week with the flu and the Denver Broncos kept him away from the rest of the team so he didn’t get everyone else sick. Coach John Fox said Prater should be “fine for the game.”
• Jimmy Graham does not seem thrilled about the prospect of receiving the New Orleans Saints’ franchise tag. “I’m not keen on the franchise tag,” Graham told NFL.com. “That would be really unfortunate, but that is really all I have to say about that one.”