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Blair Walsh: They taunted me first
I know your are. But what am I? Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh, spotted gesturing at former Minnesota teammates after nailing a pair of 52-yard field goals on Friday night, said after the game that he taunted...
Ravens try 304-pound rookie defensive lineman Patrick Ricard at fullback
Patrick Ricard is listed as a defensive end on the Ravens’ roster, but the 304-pound undrafted rookie’s best chance at a roster spot may come in the offensive backfield. The Ravens have given...
LeGarrette Blount brushes off preseason struggles
Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount has struggled this preseason. Which he says matters not at all. After carrying five times for 18 yards and losing a fumble on Thursday night against the Bills, Blount...
Seahawks confirm George Fant needs ACL surgery
The Seahawks need to find a new left tackle. George Fant, who was carted off the field during Friday night’s game against the Vikings, has to have ACL surgery, coach Pete Carroll said. “Really broken-...
Blair Walsh makes it a point to show Vikings he’s back
It wasn’t like the Vikings cut kicker Blair Walsh for no reason last season. They had, after all, trusted him enough to sign him to a four-year, $13 million extension before the season. But he went 12...
George Fant carted off for the Seahawks
The games that don’t count routinely result in injuries that do. For the Seahawks, left tackle George Fant has an injury that may keep him out for a while. A day after being named the Week One starter...
Kasen Williams makes a splash with the first team
Receiver Kasen Williams, a Washington native who played for the Huskies, is hoping to finally make an impact on the local NFL team. In his third season with the Seahawks and limited contributions in the...
As Michael Bennett sits, two teammates stand with hand on his shoulder
Like five nights ago, Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett sat for the national anthem before a game. Unlike five night ago, he had two teammates with him. Via Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune,...
Nathan Peterman doesn’t hear the calls for him to start
The Bills remain committed to Tyrod Taylor. Some members of the Bills mafia wish they weren’t. Backup Nathan Peterman was asked be reporters on Friday about whether he hears the calls for him to start...
Jordan Howard to miss preseason game with eye injury
Bears running back Jordan Howard won’t play in Saturday night’s preseason game at Arizona after suffering an eye injury in today’s practice. The Bears said Howard suffered a corneal...
Not everyone likes the new-old approach to football in Jacksonville
Lost in the sudden quarterback controversy in Jacksonville is the fact that there has been a sudden, in 2017, increase in the physicality and overall demands of training camp under coach Doug Marrone and...
Falcons signing veteran OL Austin Pasztor
The Falcons are signing veteran offensive lineman Austin Pasztor to a one-year deal, according to a tweet from Pasztor’s agent, Sunny Shah. Pasztor, 26, started 43 games and played in 15 others the...
Stephen Paea pushing for starting NT job with Cowboys
Stephen Paea was miscast in a 3-4 defense the past two seasons. He’s back at a familiar spot with the Cowboys, reunited with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and playing the nose in the Tampa 2. “...
A strike would create fantasy football havoc
When NFL players went on strike in 1987 and the league replaced them, fantasy football wasn’t really a thing yet. It now is, and a repeat of ’87 would create havoc for the millions with a...
Washington waives WR Kendal Thompson with injury settlement
Washington announced it has waived receiver Kendal Thompson with an injury settlement. Thompson, 25, signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent out of Utah in 2016. He was waived before the start of...
Stefon Diggs to wear Starbucks cleats tonight
If/when Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs ever leaves Minnesota, he could be destined for the place he’ll be playing tonight. With his team in Seattle for a game against the Seahawks, Diggs will be...
Bills make it clear, “all the confidence in the world” in Tyrod Taylor
It was a quick evaluation. Unless it wasn’t an evaluation at all. Via Mike Rodak of, Bills coach Sean McDermott said Friday afternoon that quarterback Tyrod Taylor would start next week...
Jags bringing in Patrick Murray as part of kicker workouts
Kicker Dan Carpenter will have some company as he tries to land a job with the Jaguars. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Friday that Carpenter will have a workout in Jacksonville and updated the report...
Dolphins will replace field at Hard Rock Stadium
At a venue that has undergone dramatic change over the past few years, the playing surface will be undergoing the most dramatic change possible. Via Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins will...
Rams signing LB Davis Tull
The Rams are signing linebacker Davis Tull, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Tull was a fifth-round pick of the Saints out of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2015. He spent his first season on injured...
Le’Veon Bell’s agent denies any agreement on terms with Steelers
According to a report from Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday, the Steelers felt they had agreed to terms with Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell‘s agent on a multi-year...
McCloughan: Jags should be patient with QBs they have
Former San Francisco and Washington G.M. Scot McCloughan made his first visit to PFT Live (as a non-G.M.) on Monday, and I had a project for him. I pretended to be Tom Coughlin (Scot even called five...
Joe Flacco still not ready to return
The Ravens already announced Joe Flacco wouldn’t play in the preseason, but they stated a week ago that they expect their starting quarterback to return to practice sometime in the next few weeks....
Julio Jones won’t play Sunday, Takk McKinley will
The Falcons will get their first look at this year’s first-round pick in game action when they face the Steelers on Sunday, but wide receiver Julio Jones won’t be joining Takk McKinley in the...
Cam Newton won’t play Saturday
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was never going to play this week anyway, but it’s apparently official now. Newton had his shoulder re-evaluated Friday and definitely will sit for Saturday’s...
Le’Veon Bell may be clearing a path to free agency in 2018
Since the deadline for signing Le'Veon Bell to a long-term deal expired one month and one day ago, the Steelers periodically have tried to make Bell look greedy and unreasonable, from leaking some (but...
Simms: Bortles “was not put on earth to throw the football”
Chris Simms officially joins PFT Live on Monday. He offered a preview of the candor he’ll be bringing to the show during a Friday morning phone call. The target was embattled Jaguars quarterback Blake...
Report: Le’Veon Bell rejected July offer after agent agreed to terms
After the July 17 deadline to sign players with franchise tags to multi-year deals passed, information about the Steelers’ final offer to Bell leaked out. The team reportedly offered Bell a five-year...
Jaguars set to work out Dan Carpenter
The Jaguars are looking for someone to lead their offense and they may also be in the market for a new kicker. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Jags will work out Dan Carpenter as a possible...
Blake Bortles’ contract may force Jaguars to go with Chad Henne
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says there’s now a competition at quarterback between incumbent starter Blake Bortles and veteran backup Chad Henne. But if the two are close enough to be in competition at...
Bears sign veteran linebacker Kelvin Sheppard
Kelvin Sheppard had been gauging his market lately, and now he has a new home. The Bears announced they had signed the veteran linebacker, and waived rookie linebacker Hendrick Ekpe to make room for him on...
Ravens sign Jeremy Zuttah
Center Jeremy Zuttah is back in Baltimore. The Ravens traded Zuttah to the 49ers earlier this year, but Zuttah was cut by the 49ers a little more than a week ago and speculation quickly started about a...
John Lynch regrets calling anthem protests “divisive”
John Lynch is following the footsteps of Hue Jackson, with those footsteps backpedaling from their first round of remarks about national anthem protests. With a chance to reflect and to see Malcolm Jenkins...
Giants swap in two healthy receivers for injured ones
The top of the Giants’ depth chart at wide receiver remains unchanged on Friday, but the bottom looks a little different. The team announced that they have signed wideouts Ed Eagan and Canaan Severin...
Cardinals drop a wide receiver, sign a linebacker
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said this week that he is not happy with the team’s wide receiver group and one member of it lost his job on Friday. The team announced that they have waived wide receiver...
The other McCaffrey is looking good in Green Bay
Packers wide receiver Max McCaffrey has often been known as the “other” McCaffrey, overshadowed by his father, longtime Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey, and his little brother, Panthers rookie...
Unable to get cleared to play, Zach Orr is retiring
Linebacker Zach Orr announced his retirement early in the offseason due to a neck condition, but reversed course in June and said he hoped to continue playing because he felt it might not be as bad as...
Doug Pederson: “Important” for Derek Barnett to get work with first team
Cornerback Ronald Darby wasn’t the only new addition to the Eagles defense to impress coach Doug Pederson in Thursday night’s game against the Bills. First-round pick Derek Barnett had his third...
Best of PFT: Lynch avoids national anthem talk
Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch gives an interesting answer when asked about sitting during the national anthem and Chris Simms explains why Blake Bortles time in the NFL is over.
Kaepernick makes plenty of sense for Jacksonville
Forget about last year’s anthem protests, which Colin Kaepernick has made clear through intermediaries he won’t repeat. Focus only on his skills, and how they would fit with a team that hopes...
Ron Rivera not happy with “terrible” day from his offense
Panthers coach Ron Rivera saw an entire season derailed by injuries in 2016, when the Panthers became a 6-10 non-factor. So just because a few key players were on the sidelines yesterday, he wanted to make...
How will the Ezekiel Elliott appeal hearing unfold?
With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell choosing Harold Henderson to handle the Ezekiel Elliott appeal hearing, the next question becomes this: What will the appeal hearing look like? The CBA doesn’t...
Jaguars don't need to panic with Blake Bortles
Former NFL GM Scot McCloughan discusses what the Jaguars should do with Blake Bortles, which team should sign Colin Kaepernick.
Cutler looks the part in first game with Dolphins
Jay Cutler made his debut with the Dolphins and made Chris Simms believe that he could be a nice fit for the Dolphins in 2017.
Buccaneers head coach not happy with Nick Folk
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter wasn't exactly thrilled with kicker Nick Folk after a disappointing performance against the Jaguars.
Don't worry if Kizer isn't ready for Week 1
DeShone Kizer might not get the chance to start Week 1, but it won't be long until the Browns bench Brock Osweiler for good.
Dolphins' Parker is new Jeffrey for Cutler
With Jay Cutler at the helm, DeVante Parker could be the Dolphins' version of Alshon Jeffrey.
Josh Gordon is gone and not coming back
There's a good chance the Browns and the rest of the NFL will never see Josh Gordon play again.
Report: Patriots fear Derek Rivers has season-ending knee injury
The Patriots may have lost a key young player, who was impressing in his early work. According to Field Yates and Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Patriots fear that rookie defensive end Derek Rivers suffered a...
Le'Veon Bell could benefit from skipping season
If Pittsburgh Steelers star Le'Veon Bell were to skip the season, he would stand to benefit in multiple ways.
Kaepernick a good option in fantasy if signed
Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Colin Kaepernick can still be a good fantasy option if he gets picked up by a team in the NFL but warns it could take the quarterback a while to adjust.
Draft strategy: Don't pick similar players
Rotoworld's Rich Hribar explains why fantasy owners need to think about balance when drafting players.
Avoid drafting Ezekiel Elliott early in fantasy
Rotoworld's Josh Norris explains why taking Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott early in the draft is a costly move for fantasy owners.
Pierre Garcon is a must-have in fantasy this year
Rotoworld's Jesse Pantuosco explains why Pierre Garcon is a must-have in fantasy due to the substantial amount of targets he'll have this season.
Dolphins' Cutler isn't a good option in fantasy
Jay Cutler might have a lot of options to throw to with the Miami Dolphins but Rotoworld's Josh Norris explains why he isn't a good option as a starting fantasy quarterback.
Avoid Jaguars' offense in fantasy due to Bortles
The Jacksonville Jaguars have plenty of talented skill players but the struggles of Blake Bortles could affect all of their value, according to Rotoworld's Josh Norris.
Raiders' Lynch dodges criticism for sitting anthem
Marshawn Lynch has stunningly been able to dodge criticism for sitting anthems throughout his career.
Jaguars' Blake Bortles has lost his confidence
Jacksonville Jaguars' Blake Bortles was missing open receivers in the team's preseason loss, a clear sign that he has lost all confidence according to Mike Florio.
Texans' Watson could unseat Savage against Pats
Houston Texans rookie Deshaun Watson could build on his momentum towards becoming a starter by having a strong performance against the Patriots.
Strike looks likely after current NFL labor deal
With players publicly discussing their unhappiness with the current labor agreement, Mike Florio explains why a work stoppage is likely coming to the NFL in four years.
Should the Jaguars look at Kaepernick or Orton?
Blake Bortles' time as the Jaguars' starter might be coming to an end and the team could look at outside options like Colin Kaepernick, Kyle Orton or even Tim Tebow.
C.J. Beathard will be No. 2 quarterback for 49ers on Saturday
The 49ers used Matt Barkley as their No. 2 quarterback in their first preseason game, but they’ll go in a different direction against the Broncos this weekend. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday...
Dirk Koetter: Nick Folk’s performance “not quite” what we’re looking for
The Buccaneers cut Roberto Aguayo after last Friday’s preseason opener, but coach Dirk Koetter didn’t get a respite from questions about miscues in the kicking game after facing the Jaguars on...
Friday morning one-liners
Penalties remain a problem for the Bills. Thursday night wasn’t a strong one for the Dolphins offensive line. LB Kyle Van Noy feels confident when the Patriots ask him to drop into pass coverage. Jets...
DeShone Kizer agrees with Joe Thomas that he may not be ready yet
DeShone Kizer‘s a rookie, but he’s already learned that Joe Thomas knows a thing or two about football. So when the veteran left tackle said that it looked like the Browns were grooming Brock...
Sober for seven months, Austin Seferian-Jenkins has never felt so good
Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for drunk driving once in college at Washington, and again last year while playing for the Buccaneers. That second arrest got him cut, and suspended for the first two...
Jay Cutler: DeVante Parker is a faster Alshon Jeffery
One of the frequent talking points around the Dolphins this offseason has been predictions of a breakout year for wide receiver DeVante Parker. Quarterback Jay Cutler hasn’t been a Dolphin for all...
McDermott is evaluating the quarterback position, unless he isn’t
Most of the attention regarding a possible quarterback change has landed on Jacksonville, given comments from coach Doug Marrone that clearly throw the gig up for grabs. But the Bills may have a slightly...
Byron Leftwich appreciates the chance to grow as a play-caller
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was willing to let quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich call plays in a couple of preseason games, primarily because he thinks Leftwich has the makings of an NFL head coach. But...
Ronald Darby “very impressive” in first Eagles outing
Cornerback Ronald Darby spent a lot of time this summer guarding Bills wide receivers in practice and he was back in that position on Thursday night. The big difference was that Darby was now wearing an...
John Harbaugh: Ryan Mallett “doing OK given the circumstances”
After a mediocre outing for Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett in the team’s first preseason game, coach John Harbaugh said that Mallett played “winning football” because the Ravens were up...
John Elway is fine with protests, within reason and with action
Broncos executive John Elway doesn’t mind his players exercising their right to protest, as long as they satisfy a few conditions. First, he wants to make sure their primary focus is on football. But...
Jay Cutler was glad to get first big hit out of the way
New Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler didn’t do much last night, but he was glad to get out there. Primarily, there was a sense of relief after he took his first big hit on his surgically repaired right...
Who should be Jacksonville’s Week One starter?
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone made it clear last night that he’s looking for a starter, and he didn’t rule out someone not currently on the roster being the guy. So who should be the guy? It’...
Chris Long on show of support for Malcolm Jenkins: “I just told Malcolm, ‘I’m here for you.'”
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has been raising a fist in the air during the national anthem since last season as a symbol of protest. Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills, Jenkins was joined in a show...
Bills receiver Rod Streater left game on cart with apparent foot injury
Bills head coach Sean McDermott had called Rod Streater one of the highlights of training camp this year in Buffalo. That made the abrupt conclusion to his night in Philadelphia that much more difficult to...
Doug Marrone: “I’m looking for someone that’s gonna lead this offense”
The Jaguars probably already regret picking up Blake Bortles‘ fifth-year option. After a sluggish night for the team, a blunt and pointed coach Doug Marrone took to the podium to provide a blunt and...
Gun charges dismissed against free agent linebacker Khaseem Greene
Linebacker Khaseem Greene was released by the Kansas City Chiefs in May after he was indicted on gun charges stemming from a shooting outside a nightclub in Elizabeth, N.J. According to Jessica Remo of NJ....
Scot McCloughan visits PFT Live on Friday
He recently has emerged as a compelling and informative presence on Twitter. On Friday, he’ll make a phone call to PFT Live. Former San Francisco and Washington G.M. Scot McCloughan will join the show...
Aqib Talib on tiff with Pierre Garςon: “I’ve been in real fights; that was nothing”
Aqib Talib and Pierre Garςon mixed it up during a joint practice between their teams. But apparently all’s well that ends well as the two posed for a photo with Von Miller after the practice ended. “...
Report: Danny Shelton to miss 3-6 weeks
Browns defensive lineman Danny Shelton is expected to miss 3-6 weeks, according to Field Yates of ESPN, putting his availability for the season opener in jeopardy. Shelton injured his knee in Wednesday...
Dak Prescott aims to throw better deep ball this season
It’s hard to criticize anything Dak Prescott did or didn’t do last season. He arguably had the best rookie season for a quarterback in NFL history, winning 13 games, completing 67.8 percent of...
Ryan Mallett struggles again for Ravens
Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett may benefit from some more grade inflation, since the Ravens happen to be ahead on the scoreboard when he was finished for the night. Starting in place of the rehabbing Joe...
Blake Bortles hears boo birds during brutal night in Jacksonville
The Blake Bortles era could be on the verge of ending, sooner than later. In a rare nationally-televised night game in Jacksonville, the Jaguars quarterback drew boos during a lackluster performance...
Sean Smith charged with felony assault
Suddenly, the possibility of losing his job in the Oakland starting lineup is the least of Sean Smith‘s concerns. Via A.J. Perez of USA Today, Smith has been charged with felony assault and felony...
Folk has extra point blocked
Nick Folk may not be Tampa’s [expletive] kicker for long. Five days after the team decided to dump Robert Aguayo and cast its lot with Folk, Folk is 0-1. The Buccaneers scored a touchdown on their...
Coughlin: Bortles needs consistency, production
As the Jaguars and Buccaneers prepared to square off in Week Two of the preseason, new Jacksonville executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin was interviewed by Lisa Salters of ESPN. He was asked...
Max Unger passes physical, activated off PUP
Saints center Max Unger will return to practice Friday. Unger passed his physical Thursday and was activated off the physically unable to perform list, according to the NFL’s transaction wire. Unger...
Jay Cutler plays two series in Dolphins debut
Jay Cutler’s debut with the Dolphins was very Jay Cutler. There were moments in which he looked extremely sharp. There were other moments of, well, not so much. Cutler started and played two series in...
Art Rooney hopes Le’Veon Bell shows up next week
With Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell exercising his right to not accept the franchise tender after the Steelers exercised their right to apply it, it remains to be seen when Bell will show up and...
Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long make a statement of unity during anthem
At a time when many around the nation are talking about a search for some sense of unity, a pair of football players gave us a picture of it Thursday night. As the national anthem played before the Eagles-...
De Smith: Lockout or strike in 2021 is “almost a virtual certainty”
Four seasons remain under the current labor deal, but the drums of labor war already are beating. “I think that the likelihood of either a strike or a lockout in 2021 is almost a virtual certainty,...
Adrian Peterson doesn’t know if he will play in preseason
Saints running back Adrian Peterson said last week he was “itching a little more” to play in the preseason this year. Apparently, he has scratched the itch, and it has gone away. Peterson said...
Steelers hope to sign Stephon Tuitt to extension before season opener
The Steelers are working to sign defensive end Stephon Tuitt to an extension before the start of the season, owner Art Rooney II said via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Tuitt enters the final...
Hue Jackson revisits national anthem comments, “would respect any individual decision”
Earlier this week, Browns coach Hue Jackson was one of many NFL players and coaches asked about players sitting during the playing of the national anthem before games and said that he “would hope that...
John Elway wants one of his QBs “to take the reins and take over”
John Elway continues to patiently wait for one his quarterbacks to win the starting job. “We’d like the decision made by itself,” the Broncos General Manager said Thursday, via Josh Dubow...
Marshawn Lynch: My body feels pretty good considering the layoff
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch had a session with reporters on Thursday that featured questions about a few topics, including Lynch’s decision to sit during the national anthem before last...
Quincy Enunwa will have surgery next week
Jets receiver Quincy Enunwa will undergo neck surgery next week, coach Todd Bowles said Thursday. A second medical opinion confirmed surgery was the best course of action for Enunwa, according to Bob...
Reuben Foster expected to play Saturday
49ers rookie linebacker Reuben Foster‘s mild AC joint sprain in his surgically repaired right shoulder isn’t expected to keep him from playing Saturday. “I expect him to,” coach Kyle Shanahan...
Seahawks announce three-year extension for Justin Britt
The Seahawks and center Justin Britt were said to be closing in on a three-year extension on Thursday and they got the final steps out of the way before the day was out. The Seahawks announced the extension...
Marshawn Lynch addresses media, says nothing about national anthem
When Colin Kaepernick sat out the national anthem last year, he spoke repeatedly about his reasons for doing so. Marshawn Lynch is taking a different approach. Lynch, the Raiders running back who sat out...
Chuck Pagano: We have a long way to go
The Colts had their final practice of training camp on Thursday, but not much will be changing for the team other than that they’ll no longer be staying in a hotel. The team didn’t go away for...
Cowboys begin second phase of camp next week at home training facility
The Cowboys held their final full practice in Oxnard, Calif., on Thursday morning. They head home Friday and begin training camp at The Star, their home facility in Frisco, Texas, next week. Despite having...
Cam Newton still “rusty,” may not play this week
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is doing a little more each day, as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. But Panthers coach Ron Rivera still isn’t prepared to declare the former MVP ready to...
49ers sign LB Shayne Skov
The 49ers announced they signed linebacker Shayne Skov to a one-year deal on Thursday.   Skov rejoins the 49ers after spending the previous three years in San Francisco. In his career, Skov has appeared in...
No way Aaron Donald skips the season
The report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter regarding the pessimism surrounding the Aaron Donald holdout includes a claim from an unnamed source that the Rams defensive tackle may sit out the entire season....
Thomas Rawls to sit with ankle injury this week
The Seahawks will get a longer look at running back Eddie Lacy during Friday’s game against the Vikings. Coach Pete Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, on Thursday that running back...
Former Patriots NT Lester Williams dies at 58
Former Patriots nose tackle Lester Williams died at his home in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday. He was 58. Williams played in 40 games for the Patriots from 1982-1985, including as a starter in Super Bowl...
Tony Dungy, Buccaneers contribute to have Tampa Confederate monument removed
Former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy helped raise money to have a Confederate monument removed from the front of the courthouse in Downtown Tampa, and the Buccaneers rose to the occasion after Dungy...
Jim Mora had a front-row seat for Takk McKinley’s draft-night excitement
Falcons pass rusher Takk McKinley dropped an “F” bomb on live TV after the team made him a first-round pick. To little surprised, it wasn’t his only utterance of the eff-dash-dash-dash...
Commissioner says Josh Gordon reinstatement “not under active consideration”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Browns season ticket holders that Josh Gordon‘s reinstatement “is not under active consideration,” according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain...
Report: Pessimism about how long Aaron Donald will hold out
Rams General Manager Les Snead was a guest on PFT Live Thursday and didn’t say much about where things stand in contract talks with defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who has not reported to work with the...
Josh Brown case may be relevant to Ezekiel Elliott appeal
As the six-game suspension for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was looming, MDS made an observation via Twitter that attracted plenty of attention: How does Elliott’s behavior compare to the conduct...
Report: Seahawks, Justin Britt closing in on extension
The Seahawks have had their share of issues with continuity on the offensive line in recent years, but they’ve reportedly found a blocker they want to keep around in center Justin Britt and they...
Best of PFT: Who will win Browns' quarterback job?
Joe Thomas believes the Cleveland Browns will start Brock Osweiler in Week 1 and that might be a good call to ease DeShone Kizer in.
Reuben Foster dealing with AC joint sprain
Before this year’s draft, there were concerns about linebacker Reuben Foster‘s shoulder that contributed to his slip from the top of the first round to the 31st pick. The 49ers traded up to make...
Von Miller has high praise for the 49ers’ offensive tackles
The 49ers have a lot of work to do on rebuilding from last year’s 2-14 season, but they’re set at the important position of offensive tackle. That’s the word from Broncos pass rusher Von...
Simms: Patriots' offense impossible to emulate
Chris Simms shares his experience playing as Tom Brady's backup in New England and when he expects the Patriots star to retire.
John Lynch: Joint practices “great opportunity” to explore trades
When teams hold joint practices during the summer, there’s often talk about the benefits that come from working against other players after spending weeks with the familiar faces on their own roster....
Alex Smith’s agent isn’t worried about him finding another home, eventually
The Chiefs are slowly nudging rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes up the line. But the agent for veteran starter Alex Smith said he’s not worried about the day when Mahomes reaches the front. Tom...
Patriots send Derek Rivers back home after Wednesday injury
Rookie Derek Rivers is one of the players in the mix for work at defensive end for the Patriots this season, but his chances of gaining playing time could be impacted by an injury. Rivers left Wednesday...
Will NFLPA sue NFL over allegation of victim-shaming?
The legal battle arising from the Ezekiel Elliott suspension could spawn other courtroom skirmishes. On Monday, the NFL made a stunning allegation against the NFL Players Association: “[W]e’ve...
Ryan Kelly needs foot surgery, will miss regular season time
The Colts haven’t made a definitive call on quarterback Andrew Luck‘s status for the first week of the regular season, but they know they won’t have center Ryan Kelly in the lineup. Colts...
Mike Tice finds something beneficial about Donald Penn’s holdout
The Raiders don’t have left tackle Donald Penn practicing with the team and there’s no sign that his decision to hold out in hopes of landing a new contract is coming to an end soon, which would...
Rams, Steelers taking very different approaches with high-profile holdouts
At a time when the Steelers repeatedly are squeezing running back Le'Veon Bell to show up for training camp, the Rams are applying a much different approach to defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Appearing...
Blake Bortles under pressure vs. Bucs in preseason
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles needs to change his recent momentum in the team's second preseason game vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or he could lose his starting job.
Jay Cutler set to make Dolphins' debut vs. Ravens
The Miami Dolphins will get a glimpse of Jay Culter in game action as he's set to make his preseason debut against the Baltimore Ravens.
Eagles, Bills meet just days after Matthews trade
The Eagles and Bills recently swapped WR Jordan Matthews and CB Ronald Darby and now they'll meet in the second week of preseason action.
Greg Olsen’s not sweating whether he’s next for extension
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis broke the seal on contract extensions this week, which would seem to be good news for teammate Greg Olsen. But after failed attempts to get a raise this summer which...
Trubisky should be groomed for role carefully
Bears rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky looked much better than starter Mike Glennon in Chicago's first preseason game, but Trubisky knows he still has a long way to go.
Aaron Rodgers deserves new deal from Packers
Aaron Rodgers wants to play into his 40s, which makes Mike Florio wonder why the Packers haven't given him a new contract to reflect his value.
Bill Belichick can't get over grudge against Jets
It's been almost 20 years since Bill Belichick resigned after a two-day stint as coach of the New York Jets but the New England Patriots won't let it go.
Cardinals receiving corps could be weakness for AZ
As Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer inch closer to retirement, the Arizona Cardinals receiving corps must perform at a higher level.
Momentum swinging toward DeShaun Watson
Don't be surprised that the moment that DeShaun Watson is ready to start for the Houston Texans, he will take Tom Savage's spot.
Falcons putting Chick-Fil-A in stadium is comical
Just because the Atlanta Falcons put a Chick-FIl-A in their new stadium does not mean that it will be open on Sundays.
Alexander: NFLPA didn't leak info in Elliott case
Lorenzo Alexander, Bills star and NFLPA executive committee member, insists that the players union had nothing to do with the recent reports emerging about Tiffany Thompson in the Ezekiel Elliott case.
Ravens' Woodhead has incredible value in 2017
Raymond Summerlin explains why the Baltimore Ravens' Danny Woodhead is an absolute steal for 2017 fantasy leagues.
Rams still like Tavon Austin’s potential, despite injuries
Tavon Austin hasn’t become the kind of player the Rams thought he would be when they traded up to take him with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. But the Rams still think he can be that...
Wait on quarterbacks in your fantasy draft
Jesse Pantuosco outlines why waiting on a quarterback is the way to go in fantasy leagues.
Michael Bennett’s cause would benefit more from a franchise quarterback
Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett believes that national anthem protests would benefit from the involvement of white players. There’s another group of players that would benefit the effort...
NFL franchise quarterbacks must join protest
If franchise quarterbacks publicly support anthem protests, mainstream NFL fans will finally be on board.
Kizer, Osweiler still battling for starting spot
The third preseason game could influence who starts for the Cleveland Browns at quarterback this season.
Deshaun Watson feels he can control the Texans offense
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said early this month that Deshaun Watson is “ahead of any rookie quarterback I’ve ever been around” and Watson’s been seeing time with the first team...
Who is leaking details of Elliott case?
Mike Florio issues an update on the Ezekiel Elliott case, including examining the independent arbitrator and why there have been so many leaks.
NFLPA’s Lorenzo Alexander calls NFL statement on Ezekiel Elliott “appalling”
Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, a member of the NFL Players Association’s executive committee, is not pleased with the NFL’s statement accusing the union of smearing Ezekiel Elliott‘s...
Jim Mora: I’m never going to stifle Josh Rosen’s opinions
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen recently found himself in some hot water when expressing opinions about the intersection of academics and athletics on college campuses, but his coach is OK with it. Jim Mora...
Rams enjoying Sammy Watkins’ speed and juice down the field
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins hasn’t been a member of the Rams long enough to have the entire offense down, but what he’s done in practice with the parts he has grasped has left him with plenty of...
Thursday morning one-liners
Philadelphia is just another business trip for Bills coach Sean McDermott now. The Dolphins took a look at some veteran LB depth. The Patriots got a chance to catch up with old friend Mike Vrabel during...
Bruce Arians on John Brown: If he can’t run long enough, we have to replace him
When Cardinals coach Bruce Arians gave a negative critique of his receiving corps this week, wide receiver John Brown‘s inactivity because of a quad injury was among the issues affecting the group....
Dolphins worked out Kelvin Sheppard Wednesday
Rey Maualuga had some company as the Dolphins kicked the tires on veteran linebackers in the wake of Raekwon McMillan‘s season-ending knee injury. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the...
Janoris Jenkins shrugs off being posterized by Odell Beckham Jr.
Though it was lost in the hype about Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s latest greatest catch of all time, there’s also the small matter that cornerback Janoris Jenkins had what would have...
Hue Jackson: Joe Thomas knows I make the QB decision
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas recently said he believes quarterback Brock Osweiler is being groomed to start the regular-season opener against the Steelers. Coach Hue Jackson, after announcing that Osweiler...
Mitch Trubisky not buying his own hype
The hype around Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky may reach Tim Tebow proportions, but Trubisky himself is shrugging it off. “I don’t know what hype you’re talking about,” Trubisky said when reporters asked...
Ty Montgomery injury opens door for Packers rookie
Packers running back Ty Montgomery is still getting used to being a running back. But at the moment, he’s sidelined by an unspecified leg injury, which is creating an opportunity for some other backs...
Michael Bennett: Protest for equality needs a few white faces
Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett has been the most outspoken of late, among the players protesting during the national anthem by sitting or raising a fist. And he’d like to have a little more...
Ben McAdoo wants to see more out of Paul Perkins
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo awarded the starting running back job to Paul Perkins in May. While Perkins may not be on the verge of losing that designation by any stretch, it’s clear McAdoo...
Raiders’ Justin Ellis hopeful trimmed weight boosts production
Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Justin Ellis was a force during the team’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals last week. The fourth-year pro out of Louisiana Tech recorded three tackles,...
Tom Cable hopeful to solidify starters on Seahawks offensive line sooner than later
After two years of serious flux in training camp searching for a starting offensive line, the Seattle Seahawks may be close to settling on a starting five. Assistant head coach and offensive line coach Tom...
NFL easing footwear restrictions, a little
The No Fun League gradually is becoming the Some Fun League. With players allowed to engage in a broader range of celebrations in 2017, they’ll also be permitted to wear a broader range of shoes. Sort...
49ers place Donavin Newsom on injured reserve
The 49ers announced Wednesday they placed linebacker Donavin Newsom on injured reserve and waived linebacker Jayson DiManche with an injury designation. Newsom collided with safety Chanceller James on Aug....
Tom Brady still not willing to give quarterbacks from other teams pointers
When the Patriots had joint practices two years ago with Washington, quarterback Robert Griffin III hoped to pick the brain of quarterback Tom Brady. Brady declined. With the Texans and Patriots spending a...
NFLPA “seething” over accusation of victim shaming
The NFL took the Ezekiel Elliott case to the proverbial next level on Wednesday by accusing the NFL Players Association of “spreading derogatory information to the media” about Tiffany Thompson...
Special edition PFT Live podcast breaks down the Elliott developments
With multiple developments in the Ezekiel Elliott case after Wednesday’s PFT Live concluded, today was an appropriate day to tape a special edition of the PFT Live podcast. So we did. And it’s...
John Lynch respects players’ reasons for standing during anthem but says it’s “divisive”
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the face of the national anthem protests last season. Two of his teammates, Eli Harold and Eric Reid, later joined him. While Seahawks defensive end Michael...
Seahawks sign LB Rodney Butler
In addition to adding cornerback Tramaine Brock, the Seahawks signed linebacker Rodney Butler on Wednesday. To make room, they waived receiver Jamel Johnson and waived safety Jordan Simone with an injury...
Kenny Golladay earns promotion to first team
Kenny Golladay‘s two-touchdown performance against the Colts earned him a promotion. On Wednesday, the rookie receiver worked exclusively with the first team in practice for the first time in training...
Jermichael Finley seeks education “on how to contribute to solving racial injustices”
After taking criticism from, among others, Martellus Bennett a day earlier, former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley tweeted he will seek to become part of the solution for solving racial injustices....
Julian Edelman credits Wes Welker for inventing his position
Patriots receiver Julian Edelman does many of the same things in New England’s offense that Wes Welker did from 2007 to 2012. And Edelman says that if not for Welker, Edelman may never have gotten the...
Frank Clark apologizes to Germain Ifedi for punch
Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark apologized to teammate Germain Ifedi for punching the offensive lineman in the face. “It was a heat of the moment thing,” Clark said, via Sheil Kapadia of ESPN...
DeMarco Murray expected to play Saturday
Titans running back DeMarco Murray expects to make his preseason debut Saturday. The Pro Bowler returned to practice Monday and worked against the Panthers in a joint practice with the Panthers on Wednesday...
Lucky Whitehead to undergo surgery on foot
Jets receiver Lucky Whitehead probably should consider going by something other than “Lucky” after the training camp he has had. Whitehead will undergo surgery on his broken foot, coach Todd...
Thomas Davis happy new deal won’t limit other Panthers moves
Linebacker Thomas Davis got what he wanted this week. The Panthers announced a one-year extension for Davis on Tuesday after an offseason that saw their decision to fire General Manager Dave Gettleman tied...
Ravens reportedly close to deal with Jeremy Zuttah
The Ravens are “close” to a deal to reunite with center Jeremy Zuttah, according to Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun. Per Preston, discussions have become “more intense” between the...
Steelers G.M.: Le’Veon Bell would be better off in camp
Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert has no idea when running back Le'Veon Bell is showing up. But whenever it happens to be, he expects Bell to have a big year. The running back hasn’t signed...
Brock Osweiler to start again on Monday night
The Browns may be excited to see how rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer looks under the bright lights against the Giants on Monday Night Football, but he won’t be the first quarterback in the game. For...
Tramaine Brock’s agent says 49ers lied about lack of interest in reunion
After former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock was cleared on domestic violence charges, a report emerged that the team had contacted Brock about a reunion. Coach Kyle Shanahan promptly denied it. Now that...
Marshon Lattimore returns to practice, could play Sunday
The Saints welcomed back first-round selection Marshon Lattimore, who sprained a knee July 31. Coach Sean Payton said the rookie cornerback’s chances of playing Sunday against the Chargers are “...
Joel Bitonio week-to-week with a knee injury
The Browns will be down a pair of starting offensive linemen when they play the Giants on Monday, but there are no injury concerns about left tackle Joe Thomas. Thomas won’t play because the team...
Rams started pursuit of Watkins when Bills didn’t exercise fifth-year option
The trade that brought receiver Sammy Watkins to the Rams was more than three months in the making. In an interview that will be included within Thursday’s PFT Live, Rams G.M. Les Snead explained how...
Kyle Long gets surgically repaired ankle re-examined
Bears guard Kyle Long was kicked out of the team’s practice on Monday for fighting with teammates and he wasn’t on the practice field at all on Wednesday. The reason had nothing to do with a...
Josh Doctson returns to individual drills
Washington receiver Josh Doctson participated in individual drills Wednesday as he works his way back from the hamstring he “slightly” pulled Aug. 6. “Doctson went out and did some...
Sean Payton on firing orthopedists: Everyone wants a high level of accountability
Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed on Wednesday that the team has dismissed a pair of orthopedists in the wake of cornerback Delvin Breaux finding out that he has a fractured fibula. Breaux went for a...
Rico Gathers out with a concussion
Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers has shown off the progress he’s made since trading in his basketball uniform for a football one in Dallas’ first two preseason games, but he probably won’t...
Derrick Henry says the NFL is “a little bit faster” than the SEC
Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette raised some eyebrows when he said after his first preseason game that NFL play is slower than he thought and “really easy” after playing in the SEC...
Death of Texas “Bathroom Bill” could pave way for 2018 NFL Draft
The death of a Texas “Bathroom Bill,” which targeted transgender people, puts North Texas back in line to host the 2018 NFL Draft. It marks the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom...
Titans altering schedule in light of eclipse
From fireworks damaging their stadium in July to a solar eclipse screwing up their practice in August, it’s been a weird couple of months for the Titans. Via Terry McCormick of, the...
Free agent corner Leodis McKelvin visiting the Rams
There was some interest from the Saints, who have other cornerback issues at the moment. So veteran cornerback Leodis McKelvin is moving on with a free agency tour. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL...
NFLPA accuses NFL of “stooping to new lows”
It’s been obvious all week that the Ezekiel Elliott case will become ugly and nasty and mean. An unexpected skirmish emerged on Wednesday when NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart (who previously served as...
Lions waive/injured Brandon Copeland, sign three players
The Lions cleared three roster spots on Tuesday and they filled them on Wednesday by signing three new players to their 90-man roster. They also opened up another one by waiving linebacker Brandon Copeland...
NFL’s attack on NFLPA raises several questions
The NFL has aggressively challenged the NFL Players Association with the contention that the union has been “spreading derogatory information to the media” about Tiffany Thompson, who has...
James Harrison on reduced role: I’m fine with whatever they ask
Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter said this week that Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt will be the team’s starters at the position and that the duo will “play until they’re tired”...
Falcons add a running back
Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is sidelined with a concussion at the moment and that injury may have led the team to make an addition to their backfield on Wednesday. Coach Dan Quinn announced that...
New Falcons stadium will have, essentially, a Chick-fil-A ghost store
Chick-fil-A conspicuously doesn’t operate on Sundays. The Falcons conspicuously play most of their games on Sundays. A Chick-fil-A store will be conspicuously closed for most games played at the new...
Jets sign Kenbrell Thompkins
The Jets’ receiving corps took another hit this week when Lucky Whitehead broke his foot and they made a move to shore up the unit on Wednesday. The team announced that they have signed Kenbrell...
NFL accuses NFLPA of shaming Ezekiel Elliott’s accuser
The NFL is firing back at what they consider victim-blaming in the case of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The league just put out a statement from executive vice president of communications Joe...
Elvis Dumervil: Rashard Robinson can be better than Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson
As a rookie last season, 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson started six games and recorded one interception. This year, teammate Elvis Dumervil thinks Robinson is going to take a big step forward. Dumervil,...
Harold Henderson isn’t a truly impartial arbitrator
Harold Henderson is an independent arbitrator. Unless he isn’t. It’s an issue that has come up in the past, and with Henderson now appointed to handle the Ezekiel Elliott appeal it will come up...