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Dalton asks for and given release from Cincinnati Bengals


Andy Dalton 2014 season By emeybee, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

The “Red Rifle” is gone!

After no offseason trade materialized and with the Bengals signing Joe Burrow with the #1 pick in last week’s NFL Draft, Dalton saw no need to hang around and tutor the QB that was replacing him. So on Thursday, the NFL veteran asked Bengals management for his release and it was granted. He would have become a free agent after the upcoming 2020 season anyway.

The move saves the Bengals $17.7 Million from the team’s salary cap. They can use that to help sign Green and RB Joe Mixon to long term deals.


Dalton, 9-year starting QB for the Cincinnati Bengals, came in and along with WR A.J. Green, made the team relevant and no longer a laughingstock in the NFL. The former TCU star along with the athletic Green, became a prolific quarterback/receiver combination, breaking NFL records for completions and yards for a rookie quarterback/receiver combination.

A former 2011 second-round draft pick by ex-head coach Marvin Lewis, made the Bengals a yearly threat in the always tough AFC North Division. He led Cincinnati to five NFL Playoff appearances, losing each time in the wild card game. But he had a winning record as the starting QB at 70-61-2 and held his own against the AFC North opponents, winning several memorable games on the road.

The 32-year-old from Katy, Texas, leaves the Queen City with several passing records especially with 204 touchdown passes. Dalton is one of ten quarterbacks in NFL history to have thrown for over 3,000 yards and one of six to throw at least 20 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons. Dalton is the only quarterback to lead the Bengals to five consecutive playoff berths, and one of five quarterbacks to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons. He is also the Bengals franchise record holder for passing yards in a season, passing touchdowns in a season, and career passing touchdowns.

The 6’2, 220-pounder had a memorable final home game last December at Paul Brown Stadium.

In Week 17 against the Cleveland Browns, Dalton threw for 190 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. In addition, he had eight carries for 10 yards and a touchdown during the 33–23 win. After the game, Dalton said that if it was his last game as a Bengal, “It was good to end it taking a knee.” Dalton appeared in 13 games in the 2019 season and recorded 3,494 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

Dalton, if he can stay healthy, still has some productive years in his arm. Where will he find a new home? The candidates include the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and maybe the New England Patriots. Dalton isn’t great, but he is reliable and can lead a team to a division championship. The knock on him is he could not win the big one, a playoff game.


Bengals franchise records

  • Completions: playoff game (29 on 2014-01-05 SDG), rookie season (300 in 2011)
  • Pass attempts: season (586 in 2013), playoff game (51 on 2014-01-05 SDG), rookie season (516 in 2011)
  • Passing yards: season (4,293 in 2013), rookie season (3,398 in 2011)
  • Passing TDs: season (33 in 2013), rookie season (20 in 2011)
  • Intercepted: playoffs (6), playoff season (3 in 2011), playoff game (3 on 2012-01-07 @HOU)
  • Passer rating: career (89.1)
  • Sacked: season (46 in 2012)
  • Pass yds/game: career (238.9)
  • 300+ yard passing games: season (6 in 2013), rookie season (2; with Carson Palmer)
  • 4,000+ passing yard seasons: career (2; with Carson Palmer)
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× Pro Bowl (201120142016)
  • 2× MWC Offensive Player of the Year (2009, 2010)
  • 2× First-team All-MWC (2009, 2010)
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Passing attempts: 4,449
Passing completions: 2,757
Percentage: 62.0
TDINT: 204–118
Passing yards: 31,594
Passer rating: 87.5
Rushing yards: 1,221
Rushing touchdowns: 22
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NFL offering eLearning opportunities to Rookies and College Student-Athletes



Designed to meet players where they are, both in their unique stage of development and in a mobile-first way

The National Football League, in conjunction with Game Plan, announced today a customized eLearning curriculum for NFL rookies and collegiate student-athletes across the country. Combining interactive workshops with innovative tools, the content is designed to provide personal and professional skill-building opportunities that will benefit players during and after their playing experience.

“Throughout history, football has adjusted to each generation’s communications and learning preferences,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “This platform meets student-athletes and NFL players on the device of their choice and delivers curriculum and resources to assist them as they transition through their athletic and professional journey.”

The Rookie Success Programming, administered to newly drafted and undrafted NFL rookies, is an onboarding platform that provides educational resources to aid in a successful transition to the NFL. In collaboration with each club, NFL Player Engagement staff will discuss available resources, programs and benefits, as well as player policies, financial education, social responsibility and working with the media.

Available to 130 Division I FBS college football programs across 10 conferences, the collegiate curriculum includes courses on maximizing campus resources, the football experience on and off the field, the importance of role models and mentorship, Combine preparation and the NFL scouting evaluation process. The courses are available and being administered to student-athletes by their institution’s football and academic athletic administrator.

All eLearning courses will be available through Game Plan’s app-based platform, which can be accessed by mobile device, tablet or desktop computer.

“We are so proud to work with the NFL to provide customized content for collegiate student-athletes and NFL rookies,” said Vin McCaffrey, CEO of Game Plan. “Their efforts directly align with our mission to guide athletes throughout their journey, and we are excited to deliver a new, cutting edge educational tool to engage with them.”

The eLearning courses, the latest enhancement to the NFL’s College Outreach Program, provide college football programs with a year-round curriculum for continued education and growth. To learn more about this initiative, visit NFL College Outreach eLearning Program.





NFL and Amazon renewal, expanding of streaming partnership

Thursday Night Football to be available on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch to more than 150 million paid Prime members worldwide, and in more than 200 countries and territories

Amazon Prime Video and Twitch secure rights to exclusively stream one additional regular season NFL game in 2020 to a global audience

The National Football League (NFL) and Amazon announced today they have reached a multi-year agreement to renew their exclusive partnership to deliver a live digital stream of Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light Platinum to a global audience across hundreds of compatible devices. Amazon Prime Video and Twitch will stream the 11 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by FOX, which will be available to more than 150 million paid Prime members worldwide, and in over 200 countries and territories on the Prime Video and Twitch sites and apps across connected living room devices, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. All Thursday Night Football games broadcast by FOX will also be distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes and are expected to be simulcast on NFL Network, continuing the league’s “Tri-Cast” model of broadcast (FOX), cable (NFL Network, FOX Deportes), and digital (Prime Video and Twitch) distribution.

Additionally, the NFL and Amazon announced an agreement to exclusively stream one regular season game globally on Prime Video and Twitch, which will be played on a Saturday in the second half of the 2020 NFL regular season. In keeping with the NFL’s long-standing commitment to make its games available on free, over-the-air television, the game will also be televised in the participating teams’ home markets.

“As our relationship has expanded, Amazon has become a trusted and valued partner of the NFL,” said Brian Rolapp, Chief Media and Business Officer for the NFL. “Extending this partnership around Thursday Night Football continues our critical mission of delivering NFL games to as many fans in as many ways as possible both in the United States and around the world.”

“We are thrilled to renew our Thursday Night Football deal with the NFL, and are excited to expand our relationship to include exclusive global streaming rights to an additional regular season game in 2020,” said Marie Donoghue, Vice President of Global Sports Video at Amazon. “We know Prime members and the Twitch community around the world love the NFL, and we remain committed to giving them the best and most customizable streaming experience possible, with a broad selection of premium content available at their fingertips.”

Thursday Night Football on Prime Video and Twitch will continue to provide members a unique viewing experience with interactive features like X-Ray and Next Gen Stats powered by AWS that bring fans closer to the game. On Prime Video, members can choose to watch the FOX broadcast, the FOX Deportes Spanish language coverage, and from multiple alternative audio options exclusive to Prime Video. The NFL and Amazon will continue to collaborate on additional NFL content and enhanced fan viewing experiences around Thursday Night Football.

In 2019, Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light Platinum delivered an average audience of 15.4 million viewers, including FOX, NFL Network, FOX Deportes, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital, Prime Video, Twitch, and Verizon Media mobile properties – up +4% versus the 2018 Thursday Night Football season average (14.9 million). Digital streaming across Prime Video, Twitch, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital and Verizon Media mobile properties in 2019 surpassed an average minute audience of over 1.0 million – up +43% versus the previous year (729K).

The NFL and Amazon first partnered to distribute Thursday Night Football during the 2017 season. This multi-year renewal continues a strong relationship between the NFL and Amazon which, in addition to Thursday Night Football, also features the Emmy-winning Amazon Original All or Nothing. Produced by NFL Films, season five of the sports documentary series premiered on Friday, February 7 with All or Nothing: The Philadelphia Eagles, available exclusively on Prime Video. Additionally, since 2017, the NFL has utilized Amazon Web Services as its official cloud and machine learning provider for the Next Gen Stats platform, which provides real-time location data, speed, and acceleration for every player during every play on every inch of the field.

The NFL is the most valuable content in all of sports and entertainment with 42 of television’s 50 most-watched programs of the calendar year in 2019. Thursday Night Football is a top-five show in all of television and the number two show in primetime.

About Thursday Night Football

Thursday Night Football started in 2006 with an eight-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network. By 2012, Thursday Night Football had grown to a 13-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network, where it remained through the 2013 season. For the 2014 and 2015 seasons, CBS partnered with NFL Network to present an expanded 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, NBC and CBS partnered with NFL Network to present Thursday Night Football with additional digital distribution via Twitter (2016 season) and Amazon (2017 season). In January 2018, it was announced FOX Sports would produce Thursday Night Football for the next five seasons with Amazon signing a two-year extension to their original deal.

For more information about Thursday Night Football, including ways to watch, visit:

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit and follow @AmazonNews.


PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Alex Riethmiller, NFL Communications; Oliver McIntosh, Amazon PR; COURTESY


Matt Kenseth comes out of retirement to drive #42 Chevy Camaro for Chip Ganassi Racing


CONCORD, N.C. (Apr. 27, 2020) – Chip Ganassi Racing announces today that when the NASCAR Cup Series returns to the track for the remainder of the 2020 season, Matt Kenseth will be behind the wheel of the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro. Kenseth, the former Cup Series Champion and two-time Daytona 500 Champion, most recently competed full-time at NASCAR’s highest level in 2017, where he finished seventh in the points and won the second to last race of the season at Phoenix Raceway.

Matt Kenseth at Watkns Glen International in 2018 photo By Zach Catanzareti, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


The Wisconsin native is a 39-time Cup Series winner and will join a talented group on the No. 42 team, which entered the 2020 season following a best-ever sixth place finish in the 2019 point standings, a fourth consecutive trip to the playoffs, and a playoff race win at Dover International Speedway. With a newly designed Chevrolet Camaro for the 2020 season, the No. 42 team started the year strong, with three top-10 finishes in the first four races.



  • Running Up Front – With 18 years of experience in the Cup Series, Kenseth has consistently run near the front, averaging 10 top-five and just over 18 top-10 finishes a year in his 18 full-time seasons behind the wheel. During his career, Kenseth posted at least one win in all but four seasons and made the playoffs in all but one season in which he was eligible, finishing his full-time career with eight consecutive appearances.


  • A Winning Attitude: Overall, the former Cup Champion, has 39 Cup wins including the Daytona 500 twice, the Coke 600, the Southern 500 and the All-Star race. He has 181 top-5s and has finished in the top-10 in points in 13 of his 18 seasons. When Kenseth scored his first Dayton 500 victory in 2009, he became only the fifth driver in NASCAR history to win a Cup Series Championship, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Daytona 500 — joining Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, David Pearson, and Richard Petty.


  • Return to Team Chevy: While this marks the first time Kenseth will race with Team Chevy in the Cup Series, he is no stranger to the manufacturer. Kenseth began his racing career in 1988 in a Camaro and made his debut in the NASCAR Southeast Series in 1994 behind the wheel of a Chevrolet, and continued racing Chevrolet’s in the Xfinity Series through the 2001 season.




  • Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “I have always said that when we have to fill a driver spot, that I owe it to our team, our partners and our fans to put the best available driver in the car. We are doing exactly that with Matt. Throughout my time in NASCAR, I have always admired the way Matt Kenseth raced. He has proven to be a consistent winner, strong competitor, and respectful driver, and I’m glad we are able to add another NASCAR champion to the team for the remainder of this season.”


  • Matt Kenseth, Driver No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro: “This was an unexpected opportunity for sure. I can’t say racing was even on my radar two weeks ago. After spending some time thinking about it and all the unique circumstances surrounding all of us right now, it just seemed the timing and the opportunity was perfect to come back. I know I have a lot of work ahead of me to get up to speed in a relatively short period of time, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m excited to work with Kurt again and to meet all my new CGR team members, and I’m really looking forward to getting back in a Chevrolet. In 1988, I started my career in a Camaro and I can’t wait to finally race a Chevy in the Cup Series. I also need to thank Chip and all his partners for this opportunity. Hopefully we will be on the track soon.”



About Chip Ganassi Racing:

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include three cars in the NTT IndyCar Series and two cars in the NASCAR Cup Series. Overall his teams have 19 championships and over 220 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, eight Rolex 24 At Daytonas, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.


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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Chip Ganassi Racing Media Contact, Davis Shaefer; COURTESY


NFL announces that Four International Players to be added to 2020 Rosters


Four teams will carry an additional overseas player on their practice squads in 2020 as part of the International Player Pathway program, the NFL announced today.

ISAAC ALARCON, a former Mexican college football national champion, will join the Dallas Cowboys. DAVID BADA, a former defensive end for the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League, will join the Washington Redskins. Australian MATT LEO, who played football for the Iowa State Cyclones, will join the Philadelphia Eagles and former Austrian U19 national team running back SANDRO PLATZGUMMER will join the New York Giants.

The four NFC East clubs will carry these overseas players on their roster until the end of training camp. At that time, the players are eligible for an international player practice squad exemption, granting the team an extra practice squad member that is ineligible to be activated during the 2020 season.

The NFC East was chosen to receive these players in a random draw.

After the NFL conducted an International Combine in Germany last October, the players received additional training and development alongside NFL players and draft hopefuls in Florida at IMG Academy this winter.

The International Player Pathway Program was instituted in 2017 and aims to provide international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills and ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster.

Three players that participated in the program in 2019 – Jakob Johnson (New England Patriots), Durval Queiroz Neto (Miami Dolphins) and Christian Wade (Buffalo Bills) – will return to their AFC East teams for the upcoming season.

The new players taking part in the 2020 International Player Pathway Program:

ISAAC ALARCON, Offensive Tackle, (Mexico) – Dallas Cowboys

Represented Mexico at the U19 World Championships facing Team USA, Canada and Japan. Attended ITESM Monterrey, where he saw action at both right and left tackle. While at the university, he won the 2019 national championship and was selected to the CONADEIP all-star team.​

DAVID BADA, Defensive End, (Germany) – Washington Redskins

Competed in the German Football League’s top division for the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns. Had previously played for the Ingolstadt Dukes, where he developed as a pass rusher.

MATT LEO, Defensive End, (Australia) – Philadelphia Eagles

Played rugby while growing up in Australia. Earned a scholarship to Arizona Western College, then transferred to Iowa State. Was redshirted for one year and finished his eligibility by playing for two years as a defensive end. In 2019, Leo played in all 13 game, posting 14 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and one sack. A liberal studies major, he was First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference in 2019.

SANDRO PLATZGUMMER, Running Back, (Austria) – New York Giants

Participated in youth football leagues while growing up in Austria. Represented Austria on their U19 team and competed on the senior team in the 2018 European Championships. In 2019, Platzgummer played running back for the Swarco Raiders Tirol of the Austrian Football League with nearly 1000 total yards and 15 total touchdowns.

The returning participants from the 2019 International Player Pathway Program:

JAKOB JOHNSON, Fullback, (Germany) – New England Patriots

Johnson made his NFL debut during the 2019 season in a Week 3 win against the New York Jets.  His first NFL start came the following week in Buffalo where he contributed as a lead blocker.  And in Week 5 he made his first career reception for five yards against the Washington Redskins. Originally assigned to the Patriots through the International Pathway Program, the Patriots elected to forgo that option and make him a regular member of their 10-man practice squad, which gave them the option of promoting him to their active roster.  Prior to the NFL, Johnson played for the Stuttgart Scorpions of the German Football League before moving to Jacksonville where he played one season of high school football in the United States.  He was then recruited by the University of Tennessee.

DURVAL QUEIROZ NETO, Defensive Tackle, (Brazil) – Miami Dolphins

Played domestically in Brazil for the past four seasons on the two best teams in Brazil. A judo champion prior to playing football, he is known for his tremendous athletic ability and a willingness to learn. Spent the 2019 season on the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad.

CHRISTIAN WADE, Running Back/Kick Returner, (England) – Buffalo Bills

Represented the English National Rugby Team at the U16, U18, U20 and senior levels. Was selected to the British and Irish Lions squad, the highest honor for a rugby player. His 82 Premiership Rugby tries (touchdowns) ranks third on the league’s all-time list.  A projected running back, he has outstanding athletic ability and a versatile skill set. Spent the 2019 season on the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad. Wade raised eyebrows during the 2019 preseason with two long runs, showcasing his superior speed.

Notable International Player Pathway Program Participants Currently on NFL Rosters:

JORDAN MAILATA, Tackle (Australia) – Philadelphia Eagles

The 2018 NFL Draft culminated an exciting time for Mailata, a past program participant.  The Samoan-born Australian former professional rugby league player for the South Sydney Rabbitohs was drafted in the seventh round by the Philadelphia Eagles (thereby making him ineligible for the International Player Pathway Program).  Converted to football full-time early in 2018, the 6-8, 350-pounder impressed NFL scouts at various workouts with his strength, footwork and athleticism.  He was the youngest players on the Eagles roster in 2018 and remains with the team.

EFE OBADA, Defensive End (UK) – Carolina Panthers

Obada become the first player from the NFL International Pathway program to make a 53-man roster in 2018.  He played his first regular season game in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals, earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his one-sack, one-interception performance. In 2019, Obada posted a career-best 24 tackles and played in all 16 of the Panthers’ games, including their 2019 International Series game in London, where he was named an honorary captain. Obada signed a one-year contract extension with the Panthers on January 6, 2020.  Obada was raised in London after arriving from the Netherlands at age 10.  He signed as a free agent for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 after playing only five games of amateur football with the London Warriors. He played in the preseason for the Cowboys and spent part of the 2015 season on the club’s practice squad. He has since had spells on the rosters of the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons before joining the Carolina Panthers practice squad as part of the 2017 International Player Pathway Program.



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