Pro Bowlers pull out tricks, hints of competition

By Oskar Garcia

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25 2014 4:00 p.m. MST

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11), of Team Rice, flips the football to New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80), also of Team Rice, during NFL football Pro Bowl practice Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Kapolei, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

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HONOLULU — Pro Bowlers practicing one last time before the schoolyard pickup all-star game are dropping hints that they'll use some trickery to get an edge.

Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack streaked into the end zone at Aloha Stadium on Saturday, not fast enough to catch a pass targeted his way.

Indianapolis long-snapper Matt Overton later busted out a behind-the-back snap — a spiraling line drive caught by St. Louis punter Johnny Hekker about 10 yards away, where a slot receiver might line up.

Mack says the potential catch wasn't meant for him. He describes it as a top-secret "last case scenario."

Ray Anderson, the NFL's outgoing executive vice-president of football operations, says he hopes that up-tempo practices and more competitive talk between the teams will lead to a better game Sunday.

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