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Colts’ Adam Vinatieri Discusses Likely Final Game at Gillette Stadium

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Thursday Night likely marked the final time that Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who played close to a decade in New England, would ever play at Gillette Stadium as he is closing out his legendary career.

Vinatieri, 45, is still going strong, but took the time after the game to talk about how special playing in Gillette Stadium again was for him.

“This is a special place and it always will be,” Vinatieri said, during an appearance on WEEI. “It’s a special place and it’s got a lot of nostalgia for me, obviously. It’s a fun place to play. The fans are wild and crazy and it’s a hard place to win if you’re an opposing team. We just didn’t play well enough obviously. Walking off the field it was kind of a neat feeling. It was pretty cool [the ovation he received walking off the field], it really was, and I appreciate that. A lot of the fans were pointing up at the banners and stuff like that. It was pretty cool. It will always hold a special place in my heart for the 10 years I spent here with such a great team and organization and great fans.

“It was neat. I only heard one person say, ‘You suck’ then another guy said, ‘No you don’t Vini, we love you!’ In years past they were more brutal on me but lately they’re just nice to me so it’s good stuff.”

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Raiders Sign Jonathan Cooper

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The Oakland Raiders have signed veteran offensive lineman Jonathan cooper, according to NFL Network insider Jonathan Cooper.

Cooper, 29, is a former 1st round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals and has bounced around the league since flaming out in Arizona.

Cooper will likely provide solid depth to the Raiders’ offensive line, as well as some insurance in case Richie Incognito is suspended.

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Martavis Bryant Applies for Reinstatement

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Former NFL wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who last played for the Oakland Raiders, has formally applied for reinstatement into the NFL, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Bryant started 2 games for the Raiders last season, following his trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was suspended by the NFL shortly after.

Bryant has been suspended a handful for times by the NFL throughout his career, and it will be interesting to see if his application for reinstatement is granted.

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Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu Says Defense Has Challenge Ahead of Them

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Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu is confident in what his new team can do in 2019, but says that the defense as a challenge ahead of them.

Mathieu knows just how much the defense struggled, consistently getting lit up despite the immense production from the Chief’s offense thanks to the breakout play of quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Mathieu is hoping to provide a spark at the safety position, something that has been missing in recent seasons.

“I think we’ve got a great challenge ahead,” Mathieu said, according to Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star.

“I told our group, ‘This is going to be a tough hill to climb, especially where those guys were last year.’ They brought myself and Frank Clark in, and I think anytime you can bring two guys in that really have a chip on their shoulders, an edge, a certain personality, you can rub off on a lot of guys in a positive way. I think that’s why they brought me in, Kansas City, for one was to really kind of raise the tide of everybody around me, and so it’s going to be a fun season.”

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