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Rookie EJ Manuel impressive in effort to be Bills starting QB; Buffalo beats Minnesota 20-16

EJ Manuel (courtesy Florida State)

Rookie EJ Manuel, a recent graduate from Florida State, continues to be impressive during the current NFL exhibition season as he led the Buffalo Bills to a 20-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The 23-year-old who is 6’5, 237 pounder is very close to being named the Bills starting quarterback over veteran Kevin Kolb who has struggled all of training camp.

Manuel, playing the first half was 10 of 12 passing for 92 yards and a touchdown at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Kolb, who has been booed constantly by Bills fans during camp, played the second half and was 10 of 17 for 66 yards and an interceptions.

Michael Vick named NFL Comeback Player of the Year

Michael Vick (file photo)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been selected as the 2010 Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.

In a nationwide panel of media members who cover the league regularly, Vick beat out Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams.

Vick missed two seasons while serving a federal sentence for dogfighting, then spent his first year back in the league as a seldom-used backup behind Donovan McNabb.

Vick then took advantage of McNabb’s trade to Washington and the concussion to Kevin Kolb in week two, to become the Eagles starter and led the team to the NFL East title.

compiled from NFL & Philadelphia Eagles news

Andy Reid changes mind; Vick will start for Eagles

Controversial quarterback Michael Vick will be the Philadelphia Eagles Number 1 signal-caller, according to head coach Andy Reid on Tuesday. The change-of-direction decision happened one day after Reid announced that Kevin Kolb would be regaining his job as Number 1 QB.

Vick is without a doubt, the best scrambling quarterback in NFL history, but he has demonstrated that he no longer has the run-first mentality like Kolb has.

QB Michael Vick (NFL)

Vick threw for 175 yards and one touchdown and ran for 103 yards in a 27-20 season-opening loss to Green Bay. He had 284 yards passing and two TD’s in a 35-32 win at Detroit on Sunday.

Kolb has missed the last six quarters because of a concussion, and Vick responded well in his place. Kolb has been cleared to play by the medical staff.

The start against the Lions was Vick’s first in nearly four years. He has completed 63.8 percent of his passes and has posted consecutive games with a passer rating above 100 for only the second time in his career.

compiled from staff , NFL & Philadelphia Eagles news

Terrell Owens getting comfortable with Bengals offense; Bengals win 22-9 over Eagles

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM NFL COVERAGE

This story contains audio from WR Terrell Owens and PK David Rayner of the Bengals

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Terrell Owens is starting show why the Bengals took a chance and signed him to a contract.

Owens caught a 43-yard pass along the right sideline, setting up the only touchdown by the Bengals starting offensive unit Friday night in a 22-9 preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Owens showed that at 36 he still has alot left in the tank.

He caught 3 passes for 67 yards, a 22.3 average. His old team, the Eagles had a tought time keeping up with him.

Owens caught a long perfectly thrown ball from Carson Palmer along the Eagles sideline, stretching over defensive back Joselio Hanson to pull it in going out of bounds at the 6-yard line. Running back Bernard Scott ran it in on the next play.

Terrell Owens (NFL)

Carson Palmer (NFL)

Cedric Peerman (NFL)

The Bengals are glad that they signed Owens. With their other free-agent wide receiver Antonio Bryant nursing a troublesome left knee, the team would be hurting right now. It was quarterback Carson Palmer who urged Bengals management to sign the outspoken receiver.

The Bengals second star of the game was Carson Palmer. He was 15 0f 23 for 169 yards with two interceptions.

The third star of the game was rookie running back Cedric Peerman out of Virginia. He ran 12 times for 47 yards and had two touchdowns with runs of  1 and 22 yards.

Donovan McNabb replacement, Kevin Kolb went 11 of 17 for 126 yards. But the Eagles offense only managed three David Akers field goals of 40, 25 and 48 yards. Penalties and non-execution hurt them in the red zone.

SOUNDS FROM THE BENGALS POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 359 David Rayner Bengals Kicker talks to the media (Part 1) (megasportsnews.com)

45 361 Terrell Owens Bengals talks to the media about 36 and still good (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* Friday was the 10th all-time preseason meeting between the Bengals and Eagles. It’s tied at 5-5, with the Bengals leading 4-1 in Cincinnati.

In regular season play, the Bengals lead 7-3-1, including 3-0-1 as the home team. In the last meeting at Paul Brown Stadium in 2008, the teams battled for five quarters to a 13-13 deadlock, the first NFL tie game since 2002, and there has not been a tie since.

* The Philadelphia game marked the second of three preseason games when Bengals WR Terrell Owens will face one of his former teams. The first was August 8 vs. Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, when Owens caught two passes for 18 yards in brief action.

Owens played for the Eagles in 2004 and 2005. On August 28, he’ll be in action at Buffalo, for whom he played last season.

* Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’ win total of 56 ranks him second in franchise history (regular season and postseason) behind Sam Wyche, who won 64 games during an eight-year coaching career (1984-1991). With nine wins in 2010, Lewis can pass Wyche into first place. In 2009, Lewis passed Paul Brown (55 wins) into second place.

* The Bengals have one more open practice for the public to watch. It’ll take place Sunday August 22 in Dayton, Ohio and a capacity crowd of 11,000 isexpected for the afternoon session at Welcome Stadium. the practice is free, but attendance will be limited to persons who have secured free passes in advance. That supply was exhausted on august 16.

* The Philadelphia Eagles have 31 new players on their team with 10 on the offensive side of the ball. They have just three players who were on the 2004 Super Bowl team, Quintin Mikell, David Akers and Jamaal Jackson.

* The 2010 season marks the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Eagles 1960 NFL Championship. The Eagles will be wearing their throwback uniforms in the regular season opener against Green Bay, who they beat in the championship game 50 years ago.

Surprisingly, Eagles trade McNabb to division rival Washington

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

As expected, Donovan McNabb was traded but who he was traded to was a surprise as well as shocking.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a pair of drafts picks Sunday night. The Eagles will receive a second-round pick (37th overall) in the 2010 NFL draft and either a third-or-fourth round pick next year.

Donovan McNabb (Redskins)

The trade is a daring move for new Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and might be signaling the end in Washington for incumbent QB Jason Campbell, the starter for the past 3 1/2 years. Shanahan recently signed free-agent Rex Grossman to be the backup and has also been scouting the college quarterbacks who will be in the draft. The Redskins have the number 4 overall pick in the draft.

Shanahan is hoping that the 33-year-old McNabb works out as well as the last trade between the two teams involving a big-name quarterback.  In 1964, the Eagles sent Sonny Jurgensen to the Redskins, where he played 11 years until he was 40 and became a Hall of Famer.  When asked about the trade, Jurgensen said “These people never learn.”

Trading McNabb to a division opponent could haunt Philadelphia for years, and the Eagles fans, who can be brutal, are definitely questioning the trade of the popular McNabb.

McNabb is in the last year of his contract and it has not been known if the two sides will talk extension or not.

McNabb threw for 3,553 yards and 22 touchdowns with 10 interceptions in 14 games last season, leading the Eagles to the playoffs. His passer rating of 92.9 was the third-highest of his career.

Donovan, a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback, led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl in 11 seasons in Philadelphia. His failure to lead the team to its first NFL championship since 1960 made him expendable.

The Syracuse alumnus, the number 2 overall pick in the 1999 draft, leaves the franchise as its leader in yards passing (32,873), completions (2,801), attempts (4,746), completion percentage (59.0) and touchdown passes (216). He also rushed for 3,249 yards and 28 TD’s.

With McNabb gone, Kevin Kolb will be the starter and Michael Vick will be the backup.