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Jets LB Quinton Coples is going to spend even more time attacking quarterbacks

I was a huge fan of Quinton Coples when he came out of North Carolina in 2012, but I didn't see how he would fit in well with Rex Ryan's 3-4 defense in New York. At 6'6, over 280 pounds and strong as a damn ox, he would've been a perfect left defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. This guy, a living, breathing example of the word behemoth, was going to make right tackles around the league miserable on Sundays in the fall. (SB Nation)

Bryn Renner signed to Ravens' practice squad

The Baltimore Ravens signed their No. 3 quarterback and a fan favorite on "Hard Knocks" this year to their practice squad on Sunday. Bryn Renner earned a spot on the practice squad after exceeding expectations in the preseason, and cornerback Charles James chose to join the Ravens over an offer to rejoin the Texans' practice squad. (ESPN.com)


You think Carolina may someday go out and just play football up to its full capabilities? Not that the Tar Heels are world beaters, clearly they are not, but the performance Thursday night considering the circumstances was totally depressing. (Chapelboro.com)

Bug Howard, not Pharoh Cooper, gets 2016 NFL Draft stock off to good start

Instead, early on it was North Carolina wideout Johnathan "Bug" Howard who provided the buzz, setting a new career-high in receiving yards by halftime and finishing with six receptions for a game-high 114 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort. Entering the game, scouts knew that at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Howard has the size and strength to post up cornerbacks. (CBS Sports)

Yates, Scott, Taylor waived as NFL teams trim rosters

Former Tar Heels T.J. Yates (quarterback, Atlanta Falcons), Tim Scott (defensive back, Dallas Cowboys), and Ryan Taylor (tight end, Kansas City Chiefs) were waived by their respective teams as NFL clubs trimmed their rosters to a league-mandated 53 players ahead of Saturday's 4pm deadline.

Shaun Draughn cut by Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns on Saturday took the next big step toward their 2015 season opener against the New York Jets by reducing the roster from 75 players to the NFL-mandated 53. The Browns terminated the contracts of two veterans: OL Eric Olsen and QB Thaddeus Lewis. Cleveland waived 20 others, including running back Shaun Draughn. (Cleveland Browns)

Kevin Reddick waived by Buffalo Bills

On Saturday, the Buffalo Bills cut defensive tackle Red Bryant, center Dalton Freeman, safety Jonathan Meeks and inside linebacker Kevin Reddick. With the moves, the Bills are now down to 51 players, not including defensive tackle Marcell Dareus who will miss Week 1 to suspension. (Buffalo News)

Bryn Renner waived by Baltimore Ravens

There were few surprises in the Baltimore Ravens’ 17 transactions, which came in comfortably ahead of the NFL’s 4 p.m. 53-man roster deadline. The decision to waive Bryn Renner leaves Matt Schaub as Joe Flacco’s only backup, the sixth straight season in which the Ravens will carry just two quarterbacks into the regular season. (Baltimore Sun)

Tennessee Titans release WR Hakeem Nicks

Hakeem Nicks' NFL career is quickly becoming a nomadic journey. Nicks has been released by the Tennessee Titans, the team announced on Saturday. The release comes less than five months after Nicks signed a one-year deal with the Titans that included a $100,000 roster bonus. (NFL.com)

UNC defense shows potential, even while relying on 4-2-5 instead of 4-3

The results were significantly different, even if the scheme wasn't. North Carolina displayed an improved defense in the debut for new coordinator Gene Chizik, who has replaced a 4-2-5 base alignment with a 4-3, but a go-ahead touchdown run early in the fourth quarter lifted South Carolina to a 17-13 victory in the Belk College Kickoff at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday night. (Fayetteville Observer)

The Good Bad & Ugly Report: South Carolina

A game like Thursday's disappointing UNC loss puts the optimism meter to a real test. On the one hand, there are so many good things to point to, particularly areas of such concern in 2014 that showed marked improvement in the season opener. On the other hand, this is as stinging of a loss as has occurred under Larry Fedora only because UNC lost the game for all the wrong reasons. (Tar Heel Blog)

Talking Points: Opportunity knocked, Heels not home

North Carolina's defense, the focal point of the offseason following an abysmal 2014 campaign and the addition of coordinator Gene Chizik, did enough to put the Tar Heels in position to beat South Carolina. In an ironic twist, North Carolina's critical mistakes on offense ended up being their road to ruin in a 17-13 loss to the Gamecocks. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Sammy Batten: Improved UNC defense undermined by offense

Well, that wasn't what I expected. It wasn't surprising that South Carolina defeated North Carolina, 17-13, in the Belk College Kickoff to open the 2015 football season at Bank of America Stadium. After all, the Gamecocks are part of the powerhouse Southeastern Conference where even the mediocre teams - and South Carolina appears to be among those this season - normally whip up on foes outside the league. (Fayetteville Observer)

Brandon Tate earns his roster spot in Bengals' preseason finale

Brandon Tate had his best game of the preseason Thursday night in Indianapolis and if there was anyone still questioning if he was making the Bengals' final roster, they got their answer. Tate caught four passes for 77 yards including a 48-yard beauty from A.J. McCarron. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Tate will again be a valuable member of this year's team. So there you have it. (Cincy Jungle)

Connor Barth released by Buccaneers

Connor Barth was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday as the team reduces its roster to the league minimum 53 by Saturday. It was the second time Barth has been released by a team during the preseason. The Wilmington native was let go by the Denver Broncos after the second preseason game. (WECT)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 35
Virginia: 14
Sat, Oct 22 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Nov 5, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Thu, Nov 10, 7:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. The Citadel
Sat, Nov 19, TBD Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Virginia Tech0
at Pittsburgh0
THU, OCT 27 7:00 PM ET
at Virginia0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
Boston College0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 29 12:30 PM ET
at Wake Forest0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Notre Dame0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 29 8:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(21) North Carolina4-16-2
(25) Virginia Tech3-15-2
Georgia Tech1-34-3

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Clemson4-07-0
(5) Louisville4-16-1
(12) Florida State2-25-2
Wake Forest2-25-2
NC State1-24-3
Boston College0-43-4

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