NFL

Preseason: Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions

NFL: Preseason-Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions

 

Week 3 of the NFL is upon us and that means the starters are playing well into the second quarter before they are replaced by rookies and other guys trying to make the team. The big story was Chad Henne and Blake Bortles battling it out at the quarterback position.

The photo above was 100% luck! I was editing photos and Reggie broke for a huge run and I grabbed my 70-200 and I was running along side of hime taking photos.

Overall it was a decent game.

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Preseason: New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals

NFL: Preseason-New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals

This past weekend was a long one for me, NASCAR at Michigan International Speedway Friday, Saturday morning drive to Cincinnati for the Jets at Bengals game then drive back to Michigan for the NASCAR Race on Sunday afternoon.

The store line for the New York Jets is Geno Smith vs Michael Vick for the starting quarterback position. Also everyone wanted to see how Andy Dalton handled his self after signing six year $116 million dollar contract. Personally I think I could live off that for the rest of my life! :)

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Johnny Manziel NFL Debut

NFL: Preseason-Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions

NFL game number two for me this year and everyone is still talking about Johnny Manziel. After battling it out with Brian Hoyer in training camp, he got to show what he has against the Detroit Lions. Manziel  7-for-11 for 63 yards with six rushes for 27 yards. He made the play (photo above) getting away from Van Noy look easy.

The game was very uneventful, lots of running by Johnny and lots of field goals by both teams as neither scored a touchdown.

Let’s get on with the photos.

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Preseason: New York Giants vs Buffalo Bills

NFL: Hall of Fame Game-New York Giants vs Buffalo Bills

 

The NFL is finally back! The New York Giants and Buffalo Bills had their first preseason game in Canton, Ohio. Preseason is  interesting as most of the veteran starters only play for a quarter, allowing for rookies and other guys trying to make the team get playing time.

Eli Manning and EJ Manuel only played for the first quarter but it was enough for the Giants to score their first touchdown.

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2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement

New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan kisses his bust during the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium.

The NFL is finally back! Every year the season kicks off in Canton, Ohio where a few former players are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s amazing to think about how many DI college football players there are, then each year only 224 are drafted into the NFL. There are only 287 inductees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which makes being inducted such a special honor.

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Cleveland Browns Scrimmage in Akron

NFL: Cleveland Browns-Training Camp

Before heading down to Canton for the Pro Football Hall of Fame festivities, I made a stop in Akron where the Cleveland Browns where having a family day scrimmage open to the fans. It was full go, hitting, tackling and touchdown celebrations.

Long lines wrapped around the stadium to get in and the stands where packed to see Johnny Manziel. I can’t wait until he scores his first NFL touchdown. I think the internet might break!

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp

NFL: Cleveland Browns-Training Camp

 

August is finally here, and that means one thing! Football season. With the NFL kicking off training camp last week, competition is among us. Players are battling for a starting spot and the heat is on in Cleveland. Rookie quarterback Jonny Manziel is battling with a Cleveland local Brian Hoyer for the starting spot.

My first preseason game is this weekend- Buffalo Bills vs New York Giants at Pro Football Hall of Fame. I have around 30 NFL games on the schedule this year, which is going to make for a fun season.

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Johnny Football in Cleveland

NFL: Cleveland Browns-OTA

Johnny Football is the only freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and the only player in NCAA history to have 5,000 total yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season and set the SEC record with 5,116 yards of total offense. NFL analysis projected him to be the first quarterback picked in the 2014 NFL draft, but he fell to the 22nd pick being drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

I personally like Manziel’s type of play, it’s something different the NFL hasn’t seen. With this being such a big story in the media I got the opportunity to spend 25 minutes at Browns OTA to knock off as many photos as I could to be used for articles over the next few months.

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AFC Divisional: Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots

NFL: Divisional Round-Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots

The NFL Playoff tour continued for me, this time I traveled to Foxborough, MA to cover the 2013 Divisional round between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots. I was pretty excited to cover this game after shooting the Chiefs vs Colts game the previous weekend. The only part I wasn’t looking forward to was the fact, it was going to rain the entire game. Usually when it rains is the only time, I use lens hoods for my cameras. When I went to the Olympics in London last summer, I left my lens hood for my Nikon 400mm in the hotel after frantically packing last second.

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AFC Wild Card: San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

NFL: AFC Wildcard Playoff-San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

 

After the amazing comeback by the Indianapolis Colts against the Kansas City Chiefs, I made the short 99 mile drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati. The whole week they were predicting crazy amounts of snow, which I was hoping was actually going to happen this time as I haven’t shot a game in the snow all year. Surprise!!! NO SNOW! Instead we got heavy rain for the second half of the game. Enough about the annoying weather on with the photos.

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Andrew Weber is a professional sports photographer based in Toledo, OH. He was a place kicker for The University of Toledo football team for four years. Andrew's primary focus is capturing important events on film. He was a staff photographer for the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune covering a wide variety of events ranging from high school athletics and late-breaking stories to local county fairs.

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