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Julius Peppers gets another shot at Packers’ Aaron Rodgers – finally

Julius Peppers, who returned for a second stint with the Panthers as a free agent last spring, will face Aaron Rodgers from the other sideline for the first time since that afternoon in 2013 at Soldier Field. After missing eight weeks while on injured reserve as he healed from a broken collarbone, Rodgers will start against Carolina at Bank of America Stadium. (Charlotte Observer)

Audio: Ryan Switzer on UNC Football - “They’ll bounce back”

Ryan Switzer was a star in both the return and receiving game for four years at North Carolina. Now as a rookie for the Dallas Cowboys, Switzer joined The David Glenn Show to talk about life in the NFL, scoring his first touchdown, his friendly rivalry with Mack Hollins and how UNC football can shake off a challenging 2017 season. (ACC Sports Journal)

Packers Coach Mike McCarthy Remembers ‘Classic’ Julius Peppers Pregame Speech

On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers will square off against Julius Peppers and the Carolina Panthers. In three seasons with Green Bay, Peppers recorded 25 sacks. During free agency, he re-signed with Carolina, for which he spent his first nine NFL seasons. Packers coach Mike McCarthy told a great story about Peppers on Thursday. (Packer Report)

Ryan Switzer discusses 'ups and downs' of Cowboys rookie season

Ryan Switzer is frustrated. The Cowboys' fourth-round pick out of North Carolina has played all 13 games for 7-6 Dallas as a returner. He's even wowed his teammates at times, including an 83-yard punt-return touchdown in the Cowboys' 38-14 win over Washington. He wants more. "It's been some ups and downs," Switzer said. "You know, there's been some frustration." (Dallas Morning News)

Julius Peppers didn't get his ring but left strong impression on Packers

The last time Aaron Rodgers returned from a broken collarbone, Julius Peppers was on the other side of the line. It was the 2013 regular-season finale at Chicago, and the Green Bay Packers quarterback narrowly avoided Peppers to throw the game-winning touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the final minute. Four years later, Peppers will be there again. (

His mind clear, Eric Ebron has been one of NFL's top TEs since trade deadline

Since the trade deadline, Eric Ebron has been one of the best tight ends in the NFL. His 27 receptions are third in the league. His 289 yards in that span is No. 4 in the league, behind Walker, Kelce and Rob Gronkowski. Ebron has scored only once since the deadline, but with Detroit’s multiple offensive options, he ends up in a numbers crunch in the red zone. (

Julius Peppers making plays in Carolina — just like he did in Green Bay

Mike McCarthy sounded very much like a man who wished Julius Peppers was still playing for his team Sunday instead of against it. The Green Bay Packers coach waxed nostalgic about Peppers, a likely Pro Football Hall of Fame pass-rusher who spent three seasons with the Packers before the club chose not to re-sign him as a free agent. (

Cowboys' misuse of Ryan Switzer could cost them going forward

It's time the Cowboys discover what they have in Ryan Switzer. Already one of the best returners in the NFL, averaging 26 yards an attempt which was the second in the league heading into Week 14, including an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Redskins. The disconnect comes when assessing what Switzer is capable of doing for the offense. (247 Sports)

UNC alumnus Jesse Holley gives back with ‘Holley’s Helping Hands’

Many UNC fans will recall Jesse Holley from his time spent playing football and basketball for the Tar Heels in the early 2000s. Holley came from humble beginnings and they helped shape who he is today. From the moment that Holley arrived in the NFL, he had a calling. Many of the children that Holley targets with his charity have been affected by the loss of a parent. (Keeping It Heel)

T.J. Yates a stopgap specialist for Texans

T.J. Yates always will be part of Houston Texans history because of his contributions in 2011 and 2015 when he answered SOS calls from Gary Kubiak and Bill O'Brien and provided victories both times. Yates came close against the 49ers. When Tom Savage suffered a concussion, Yates came off the bench to play for the first time since December 2015. (Houston Chronicle)

Chase Rice Is Unapologetically Playing By His Own Rules On New Album

It’s been a crazy year for Chase Rice — he left his record label, signed with a new one and put out a new album, Lambs & Lions, in just a matter of months. It was worth it, though. “I wasn’t having fun,” Chase admitted. “Now, that’s changed. I’m able to put out the music I wanted. I took this album to [my new label] and I was like…this is my album. No negotiations.” (Hollywood Life)

Redshirt freshman QB Logan Byrd transferring from North Carolina

UNC redshirt freshman quarterback Logan Byrd has received his release and will transfer. Byrd announced his decision on Twitter. Byrd came to UNC in January 2016 from Veterans High School (Kathleen, Georgia). Byrd, who has three years of eligibility remaining. was anticipated to being behind junior Nathan Elliott and sophomore Chazz Surratt going into next spring. (

Mitch Trubisky's improved accuracy proves his dedication

In the win over the Bengals, Mitch Trubisky arguably played the best game of his young career. He completed 25 of his 32 passes for 271 yards with one touchdown. His dedication to his craft has not gone unnoticed by head coach John Fox. “I think his preparation,” Fox said Sunday afternoon. “I don’t like losing, and that’s a big motivator for me,’’ Trubisky said (247 Sports)

Lions TE Eric Ebron is making himself some money

The Detroit Lions have already picked up Eric Ebron's option for 2018, but that costs more than $8 million bones and is guaranteed for injury only. So unless Bob Quinn is hitting the eggnog a little hard, it seems inevitable that Ebron will be playing under a different deal next year. But Ebron's helped himself a lot by turning around his season since the trade deadline passed. (

Texans planning to start T.J. Yates this week

The Houston Texans are preparing to start their third quarterback of the season on Sunday. Texans coach Bill O’Brien said today that he’s expecting T.J. Yates to start in place of Tom Savage, who was injured in yesterday’s loss to the 49ers. Yates showed some promise in Sunday’s game, completing 14 of 26 passes for 175 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. (NBC Sports)

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