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Cam Newton throws more, may play this week
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton increased his workload in practice Monday, which could lead to his first work of the preseason. Via David Newton of, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said they need to see...
Cowboys dodged a bullet when Jerry Jones tried and failed to trade up for Paxton Lynch
The Broncos have named Trevor Siemian their starting quarterback, and that’s a major indictment of Paxton Lynch: A year after Denver chose Lynch in the first round of the NFL draft, he’s failed...
Seahawks waive/injured tackle Justin Senior
The Seahawks waived rookie offensive tackle Justin Senior with an injury designation on Monday to make room for the signing of Tyrus Thompson, the team announced Monday. Seattle will place Senior on its...
Jets will pick starting quarterback next Monday
The Jets play the Giants in their third preseason game of the summer next Saturday and that will be the final chance for the team’s quarterbacks to make their case for the starting job. Coach Todd...
Chiefs activate Parker Ehinger off PUP
The Chiefs have activated offensive guard Parker Ehinger off the physically unable to perform list, the team announced Monday. Ehinger, a fourth-round pick in 2016, played in five games and started four at...
Broncos cut Bernard Pierce
The Broncos thinned out their running back group by one on Monday. Mike Klis of KUSA reports that the team has dropped veteran Bernard Pierce from their 90-man roster. Pierce signed with the team in January...
Manti Te’o stars against his former team
Maybe all Saints linebacker Manti Te'o needed was extra motivation. Te’o looked like an All-Pro player in 36 snaps against his former team. “It looked like Manti might have played for the...
Trade from Eagles still motivates Byron Maxwell
The Dolphins are in Philadelphia for a couple of joint practices with the Eagles before they play on Thursday night and that means Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell got questions about the trade that sent...
Trevor Siemian starts the season as the starter in Denver
It didn’t quite go down to the wire, but it was close. An open competition for the starting quarterback job in Denver has ended, at least for now. PFT has confirmed that incumbent starter Trevor...
Jaguars players don’t think QB change would affect them much
The Jaguars went into training camp with Blake Bortles set to be the team’s starting quarterback, but two poor performances in preseason games and some shaky days of practice have opened the door for...
FOX adds Eric Dickerson
At a time when ESPN is shedding employees, FOX is rounding them up. Specifically, they’re hiring a small army of former NFL players. The latest arrival, via multiple reports, is Hall of Fame running...
Eclipse will soon start, which means it mercifully will soon end
Football coaches don’t care much about the eclipse. Pretty much everyone else does. Put me down for “don’t care,” which serves only to make the non-stop obsession on cable news and...
Best of PFT: Ravens, Cowboys need new backup QBs
The Cowboys and Ravens have seen their backup quarterbacks struggle, leading to questions on if either team will make a move to sign a player in that position.
Dolphins may not have Kraig Urbik for start of regular season
The Dolphins lost their projected left guard Ted Larsen to a torn biceps earlier this summer, which left Kraig Urbik as a likely starter on the offensive line for the start of the regular season. It looks...
Darron Lee cleared after personal conduct policy investigation
The Jets finally caught a break on something. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Jets linebacker Darron Lee has been cleared after the NFL investigated him for a possible violation of the...
Lions sign a tight end
The Lions added a tight end to the roster when they signed Andrew Price last week and they added another one on Monday. The team announced the signing of Scott Orndoff to the 90-man roster. Orndoff signed...
Kurt Warner in February: I’d “bang on table” for Anquan Boldin to Hall of Fame
After former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner made it to the Hall of Fame, we asked him to identify a former teammate for whom he’d bang on the table for a bronze bust. “It’s like picking your...
Dante Fowler charged with three misdemeanors due to July incident
Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler is set to play in his first regular season game of the year on September 10 and he has a court date set for the next day. Fowler was arrested in July after an incident in...
Ravens call off practice to visit Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery
The Ravens were supposed to have a practice on Monday, but the team will be taking a field trip instead. The Ravens announced in a statement from coach John Harbaugh that they are taking their players to...
Patriots perfect team to bet against
The New England Patriots may be the favorites to win the Super Bowl again but here's why they are a bad bet every week against the spread.
DeAndre Hopkins, Jadeveon Clowney remain out of practice for Texans
Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins‘ absence from the practice field continued on Monday. Hopkins has not practiced since the team’s preseason opener on August 9 due to a hand injury and...
Andy Reid makes it clear, Alex Smith is his starting quarterback
The Chiefs bumped rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes up to the second string last week, but that’s as far as he’s going. At least this year. Chiefs coach Andy Reid attempted to temporarily block...
De Smith hopes to extend his stay with union, too
Commissioner Roger Goodell is close to having job security beyond the finalization of the next labor deal. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith still has a hurdle or two before he can match that. His...
Titans activate Tajae Sharpe from PUP list
The Titans expect to have first-round pick Corey Davis back on the field soon and another wide receiver got cleared to practice with the team on Monday. The team announced that Tajae Sharpe has been...
Win your fantasy league with this draft strategy
Fantasy football draft strategies can be a dime a dozen, but get out in front of your league by drafting the best player available.
Anquan Boldin: Retirement wasn’t a decision I made all of a sudden
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin announced his retirement on Sunday in a statement saying that he feels “drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority” in his life. Boldin delved deeper...
Why you want Mark Ingram on your fantasy team
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is still a player you should target in fantasy drafts, even with the team's acquisition of Adrian Peterson.
Giants-Browns ratings could be impacted by presidential address
Thursday’s preseason game on ESPN didn’t attract a very big audience, possibly due to the lack of teams with a strong TV following. Monday’s preseason game on ESPN faces a different...
NFL makes deal to stream games, other content in China
The NFL would like to play a regular season game in China at some point in the near future and they will have a chance to build the audience for their product over the next three years. The league announced...
Mark Davis picks a winner in the “Fight for L.A.”
The Chargers and the Rams are fighting for L.A. Raiders owner Mark Davis thinks that’s cute. “You know, it’s kind of funny,” Davis said, via Vincent Bonsignore of the L.A. Daily News. “They’re talking...
Anquan Boldin should be in Hall of Fame
Anquan Boldin's NFL career came to an end and his former teammate Kurt Warner believes Boldin should join him one day in Canton.
Owners authorized six of them to do Goodell deal in May
Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal has had the scoop of the morning (so far), reporting that Commissioner Roger Goodell is close to signing a five-year extension. Others have followed suit, including...
Steelers' Conner not ready to unseat Bell yet
Steelers' James Conner highlighted how far he still needs to come in order for Pittsburgh to eventually move on from Le'Veon Bell.
Signs pointing toward Trevor Siemian as the favorite in Denver QB race
Broncos coach Vance Joseph hasn’t declared a winner in his quarterback competition, and he may not this week. But there are increasing signs that incumbent Trevor Siemian could hang onto the job after...
Can J.J. Watt be better than he was before injury?
Texans' J.J. Watt seems to be healthy after dealing with a back injury, and coach Bill O'Brien believes his star will return better than he was before the injury.
Raiders could place Smith on paid leave
The Oakland Raiders could place Sean Smith on paid leave while he waits for his felony charges.
Saints' Kamara forcing himself into rotation
Alvin Kamara has impressed the New Orleans Saints in his first preseason, forcing his way into the backfield rotation with Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram.
Cowboys could regress drastically without Elliott
The Dallas Cowboys could be facing a worst case scenario for this season without Ezekiel Elliott while the realistic best case for the New York Giants could be the Super Bowl.
Should Cowboys be concerned about backing up Dak?
The Dallas Cowboys may need to search for a new backup quarterback for Dak Prescott after Kellen Moore's struggles continued.
Bell missing everything that matters in preseason
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell reportedly plans to return to the team after Week 3 of the preseason.
Chargers aren’t exactly winning the “Fight for L.A.” yet
The Chargers will spend the first three seasons of their return to Los Angeles playing in a 27,000-seat soccer stadium (it was originally characterized as 30,000; apparently, they rounded up). The Chargers...
Chargers already losing fight for Los Angeles
The L.A. Chargers have had two straight weeks with low preseason attendance, which could mean their home-field advantage will suffer in the regular season.
Dak Prescott says his chemistry with Dez Bryant is better than last year
Last year, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott spent the offseason as a backup, and wide receiver Dez Bryant was recovering from an injury, and the two of them didn’t spent a lot of the offseason...
Nick Saban has no desire to watch solar eclipse
Alabama coach Nick Saban confessed his disinterest in watching the solar eclipse.
NFL won't reveal Roger Goodell's new salary
Due to NFL's change as an organization, the public will never know how much Roger Goodell will make in his reported new contract.
Blount could reunite with Pats if Eagles cut him
LeGarrette Blount hasn't looked good in the Philadelphia Eagles' preseason games and he could be set for another Patriots reunion if he gets cut.
Ravens, Cowboys need new backup quarterbacks
Considering the struggles of Cowboys' Kellen Moore and Ravens' Ryan Mallet, both teams need to consider recruiting backup quarterbacks.
Do Giants have enough leaders to win NFC East?
The New York Giants might be the most talented team in the NFC East but their lack of clear team leaders could hurt their chances of winning the division.
Broncos will go against Elway's wish for QB
The Denver Broncos appear set to announce Trevor Siemian as their starter, a move that will likely frustrate GM John Elway.
Boldin realized he couldn't keep up in NFL
Anquan Boldin might have realized that he could no longer keep up in the NFL at age 36 and decided to retire before being cut.
Alshon Jeffery doesn’t think he’s behind after shoulder injury
In Thursday’s game against the Bills, Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery ran an out route on a 3rd-and-12 play that wound up falling short of conversion after quarterback Carson Wentz completed a...
Jack Del Rio: Sean Smith was defending his sister, we’ll let him deal with legal issues
Raiders cornerback Sean Smith was arrested Thursday and charged with two felonies stemming from a July 4 incident that allegedly included Smith beating and stomping on his sister’s boyfriend’s...
Report: Roger Goodell close to contract extension through 2024
If labor unrest in the NFL’s future is a “virtual certainty,” we know who’s going to be presiding over it. According to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Daily, the league is close to...
Monday morning one-liners
Bills WR Jordan Matthews is confident about playing in Week One after returning to practice Sunday. Sorting through some fact and fiction about the Dolphins. The Patriots kept things simple on defense...
Sean McVay experiments with assistant calling plays
When you’ve been around the game as long as guys like Bruce Arians and Sean McVay, it’s good to delegate a little play-calling responsibility. Oh, wait, that’s only half right, since...
Dropped passes mar James Conner’s preseason debut
The Steelers remain without Le'Veon Bell for the time being, which leaves plenty of work for the team’s other running backs to do in practice and in the team’s preseason games. On Sunday...
Michael Bennett: It was “emotional” to get support from Justin Britt
When Michael Bennett said the national anthem protests of certain players would only gain traction if white players were with them, he couldn’t have known it would trigger a bit of a movement of its...
Alvin Kamara shines for the Saints, who have some other running backs
That running back the Saints added this offseason to complement Mark Ingram had a great night. Not Adrian Peterson, the other one. Via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Saints rookie Alvin...
Who wins the NFC East?
With the regular season approaching quickly, it’s time to eat the low-hanging fruit when it comes to fashioning the PFT Live question of the day. We’ll be asking which team will win each...
Bill O’Brien thinks J.J. Watt will be better than before
Texans defensive tackle J.J. Watt was, before missing 13 games with a back injury last season, the best defensive player in the NFL. So will Watt be as good a player this year as he was before? No....
Report: Le’Veon Bell showing up shortly after third preseason game
As if on cue with the regular season drawing near, we’re starting to hear about Le'Veon Bell‘s “love of football.” Granted, he doesn’t love it enough to show up to play in...
Corey Davis closing in on a return for Titans
Titans rookie receiver Corey Davis has been week-to-week with a hamstring injury. His return could be a week or two away. Coach Mike Mularkey said Sunday that Davis could play in the preseason finale...
Bills wish Anquan Boldin the best
Anquan Boldin played for several NFL teams. He retired on Sunday from the team with which he spent the least amount of time. “We respect Anquan’s decision to retire from the NFL,” Bills G....
Chargers OT Tyreek Burwell injures hand
Chargers offensive tackle Tyreek Burwell left in the first half of Sunday night’s game against the Saints. When he returned to the sideline, his right hand was heavily wrapped in a club. Burwell...
Takkarist McKinley has one QB hit in debut
The Falcons, who had 34 sacks last season, used the 26th overall pick on Takk McKinley to help their pass rush opposite Vic Beasley. In his preseason debut, McKinley showed he plans to do just that....
Anquan Boldin leaves Bills camp, says he’s retiring
The Bills were hoping they could get away with a wide receivers room lacking “divas” by virtue of having at least one veteran presence among them. But that guy walked out the door Sunday....
Bucs claim Marquis Lucas off waivers from Falcons
The Buccaneers claimed first-year offensive tackle Marquis Lucas off waivers from the Falcons as the team continues to churn the roster at that position. Tampa Bay waived rookie tackle Austin Albrecht, who...
Brandon Williams plays “really well” as he continues transition to CB
Brandon Williams has not played cornerback long, converting from running back his senior season at Texas A&M. The Cardinals made him a third-round choice last year, and he started three games last...
Javon Hargrave exits game with concussion
Steelers defensive tackle Javon Hargrave left Sunday’s game with a concussion, the team announced. Pittsburgh selected Hargrave in the third round of the 2016 draft out of South Carolina State. He...
Washington activates Jordan Reed off PUP
Washington activated Jordan Reed from the physically unable to perform list Sunday after he passed a physical. The Pro Bowl tight end missed training camp with an injury to his left big toe. Reed said last...
Seahawks signing OT Tyrus Thompson
Left tackles don’t grow on trees, which is why Pete Carroll used the words “broken-hearted” when announcing George Fant will miss the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Fant,...
Roberto Aguayo starts on wrong foot with Bears, missing 49-yard FG
Roberto Aguayo‘s stay in Chicago might prove shorter than he had hoped. The kicker started on the wrong foot with his new team, missing a 49-yarder at Arizona on Saturday night. “I just jumped on it...
Deshaun Watson: I did a decent job
Texans rookie Deshaun Watson only completed three of the 10 passes he attempted against the Patriots on Saturday night, but he ran for a touchdown and a couple of those passes went for big gains that set up...
Bengals cut veteran defensive tackle Brandon Thompson
Thirteen days before a mandated cut to 53 players, the Bengals have created three roster spots. The most significant move comes from the decision to terminate the contract of veteran defensive tackle...
Roethlisberger gets through camp with no interceptions
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had plenty of bags of ice during training camp. But he had no interceptions. “Didn’t throw an interception all camp, so that was good,”...
Sean McDermott on players protesting anthem: “The key word here is respect”
For NFL players whose roster spots are secure, using the national anthem as a vehicle for protesting or highlighting a cause entails little professional risk. For players on the bubble, it’s a...
Jordan Matthews gets in some work at Bills practice
Wide receiver Jordan Matthews‘ first practice with the Bills last weekend ended with a chip fracture in his sternum that put an indefinite delay on his second practice with the team. The delay ended...
Bills shuffle roster, bring in new faces at tight end and safety
The Bills made some changes to the roster on Sunday by signing a pair of players to the 90-man roster and dropping two others. The team announced the signings of tight end Rory Anderson and safety Adrian...
Demar Dotson expects to be over groin injury in time for season
Buccaneers right tackle Demar Dotson made an early exit from Thursday night’s preseason game against the Jaguars, but he doesn’t expect to be out of action for an extended period of time. Dotson...
Vikings add QB Mitch Leidner to roster
After Friday’s game against the Seahawks, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked about the play of backup quarterbacks Case Keenum and Taylor Heinicke. “We’ll have to continue to look,” Zimmer said...
Derek Barnett out of practice with lower body injury
The Eagles are talking about getting defensive end Derek Barnett more work with their first team, but he’ll need to get healthy before he can run with the first string. At the moment, Barnett is not...
Demaryius Thomas has “no idea” who quarterback will be, hopes for answer “soon”
The Broncos continue to wrestle with the identity of their starting quarterback, and their top receiver continues to wait, somewhat patiently, for an answer. “I have no idea,” Demaryius Thomas told...
Spring League to conduct tryouts in multiple cities this fall
Mac and Dennis (and Sweet Dee) could be getting another chance to make it in pro football. But they’ll have to leave Philadelphia to get there. The Spring League will launch a tryout circuit later...
Rob Gronkowski: “It was great” to get preseason action
The Patriots have long opted to save tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s game action for the regular season, but they went in a different direction on Saturday night in Houston. Gronkowski was in the lineup...
Cowboys growing concerned about Kellen Moore as No. 2 quarterback
The Dallas Cowboys are finally realizing that which many have known for months: Kellen Moore may not be the ideal understudy to Dak Prescott at quarterback. Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-...
Leonard Fournette, Marqise Lee expect to be back for Week One
The Jaguars offense can use all the help it can find right now and two injured players say they’ll be back to provide some by the first week of the regular season. Running back Leonard Fournette said...
Buccaneers add a pair of cornerbacks
The Buccaneers tweaked their roster this weekend with the addition of a pair of cornerbacks to the roster. They signed Vernon Harris on Saturday and followed that up by signing Mariel Cooper on Sunday. They...
Bengals think Shawn Williams can return this season
Bengals safety Shawn Williams was carted off the field early in Sunday night’s game after suffering a right elbow injury that was later diagnosed as a dislocation. That’s the same injury that...
Could Blount already be on the outs in Philly?
The last time LeGarrette Blount left the Patriots, he signed with a team in Pennsylvania. It didn’t go well, Blount was cut, he rejoined the Pats, and he won a Super Bowl. Blount has now left the Pats...
Schneider says Seahawks went “above and beyond” in vetting Tramaine Brock
With cornerback Tramaine Brock cleared on domestic violence charges (but still facing, in theory, discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy), the Seahawks quickly hired him. But not too quickly. Via Bob...
Jaguars add running back DuJuan Harris
After running back T.J. Yeldon suffered a hamstring injury on Thursday, the Jaguars have added some depth at the position. Veteran DuJuan Harris has signed with Jacksonville. Harris originally entered the...
Jets tell Josh McCown after game: “Don’t talk”
Dysfunctional organizations tend to be dysfunctional in multiple respects. And, yes, this one is about the New York Jets. After quarterback Josh McCown took fewer reps in the preseason game against the...
Sunday morning one-liners
The Bills are still working on their offensive timing. Will the Dolphins’ joint practices with the Eagles lead to on-field scuffles? Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t thrilled with his...
Kirk Cousins reiterates that he wants to stay in Washington
Kirk Cousins recently said he wants to never change teams. Which means, obviously, he wants to stay where he is. In an interview televised during Saturday’s broadcast of preseason action against Green...
Todd Bowles: Hackenberg didn’t have a chance due to our blocking
Christian Hackenberg got the start at quarterback for the Jets on Saturday night against the Lions and his first drive nearly ended with a turnover as Lions defensive end Cornelius Washington thundered in...
Chiefs wanted to see Kareem Hunt with the first team
The Chiefs gave running back Spencer Ware the first carry of their game against the Bengals on Saturday night, but that would be it for Ware in terms of touching the ball in the team’s second...
Carr and Mack: Hand on shoulder during anthem wasn’t a protest
As Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat again for the national anthem, quarterback Derek Carr stood with a hand on linebacker Khalil Mack. After the game, Carr made it clear that he and Mack weren’...
Jaylon Smith reflects on “long journey” after preseason debut
Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith took part in 12 plays against the Colts on Saturday night, which would be a relatively modest number of snaps under most circumstances. Smith’s circumstances were a bit...
Mitch Trubisky again outplays Mike Glennon
The Bears say they don’t have a quarterback controversy. From the looks of their first two preseason games, they should. Rookie Mitch Trubisky outplayed the anointed starter Mike Glennon again on...
Trevor Siemian might have won QB job
The starting quarterback job in Denver appears to be Trevor Siemian‘s to lose after Saturday night. It was as much about what Paxton Lynch didn’t do as it was about what Siemian did in the...
Sean Smith starts for Raiders
There was some uncertainty whether cornerback Sean Smith would play for the Raiders on Saturday night. He not only played but started as the Raiders opened in the nickel. Smith lined up opposite David...
Jerry Jones either says a lot . . . or nothing about Ezekiel Elliott
It’s not always easy to translate Jerry Jones. He answered — or didn’t answer — several questions about his suspended star running back with sometimes cryptic responses. The Cowboys...
Deshaun Watson ends on a high note
Texans rookie Deshaun Watson has plenty to learn about playing quarterback in the NFL, but he’s picked up something from George Costanza already. Watson left Saturday night’s game against the...
Marshawn Lynch sits again for national anthem
The national anthem started Saturday night, and Marshawn Lynch was not standing. The Raiders running back, who made his preseason debut in his hometown, sat by the Gatorade coolers with no one near him. He...
Tom Brady, Rex Burkhead hook up for touchdown in preseason debut
Tight end Rob Gronkowski spent a lot of time run blocking for Rex Burkhead in his first preseason action since 2012. Burkhead was making his first game appearance for the Patriots and the wasted no time...
Kirk Cousins gets on the board, but there’s still work to do
After the Redskins’ first preseason game, quarterback Kirk Cousins said that the offense had a long way to go thanks to a pair of three-and-outs while he was in the game. Cousins got more done on...
Von Miller, most of Broncos defense won’t play tonight
Broncos fans will watch with interest tonight to see how the team’s quarterbacks perform, but that’s about all they will have to see. Denver will play few defensive starters, the team announced...
Two TDs for Patrick Mahomes as No. 2 Chiefs QB
The Chiefs bumped Patrick Mahomes up to the No. 2 quarterback spot for Saturday’s game against the Bengals and the first-round pick had a good outing in relief of Alex Smith. Mahomes entered the game...
Christian Hackenberg starts; Jets offense flounders
The Jets gave quarterback Christian Hackenberg a start on Saturday night, but it didn’t result in an offensive explosion. It didn’t result in much of anything offensively, actually. Hackenberg...
Tom Savage moves Texans well in two series of work
Texans quarterback Tom Savage had his ups and downs in his first preseason outing of the year, but things were more consistent in Saturday night’s game against the Patriots. Savage played two...
Quincy Wilson leaves with knee injury
Colts rookie cornerback Quincy Wilson left in the first half with a knee injury, the team announced. Wilson had a pass breakup before he left. The injury is not believed to be serious, according to a source...
Rob Gronkowski sees preseason action for first time since 2012
Tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s streak of sitting out preseason games came to an end on Saturday night. Gronkowski had not played in an exhibition contest since the 2012 season, but the team opted to put...
Alex Smith sharp, Kareem Hunt active early for Chiefs
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith‘s agent Tom Condon said this week that he’s not worried about his client finding another home should the team decide to move on to first-round pick Patrick Mahomes...
Jaylon Smith makes NFL preseason debut with 12 snaps
Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith hadn’t played in 596 days, which explains why he was so excited for a preseason game. He played 12 defensive snaps against the Colts, getting his feet wet after a long...
TD pass wraps up Aaron Rodgers’ short night of good work
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked just fine in his first preseason appearance this summer. The Packers announced before the game that Rodgers would play one possession and he made the most of it....
Bengals lose Shawn Williams to elbow injury
The Bengals may need a new starting safety for at least a little while. Shawn Williams was taken off the field on a cart after a run by Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt in the first quarter of Saturday night...
Dak Prescott almost perfect in two series
Dak Prescott played only two series, but he was so good the Cowboys didn’t need to see anymore. The second-year quarterback completed 7-of-8 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Although he wasn...
Giants T Michael Bowie charged with domestic violence
Tackle Michael Bowie will not be traveling with the Giants to Cleveland for Monday night’s game against the Browns due to a domestic violence charge in Oklahoma. The Tulsa World reports that court...
Aaron Rodgers will start on Saturday night
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers saw his only action of last year’s preseason in the team’s third game, but they won’t wait as long to put him on the field this summer. Packers coach Mike...
Ezekiel Elliott not playing tonight
The Cowboys got to see what life is like without Ezekiel Elliott again Saturday night. The star running back, whom the league suspended for the first six games, stayed on the sideline without his helmet as...
Blake Bortles tuning out criticism as he tries to keep his job
Even though most people are openly wondering if Blake Bortles should remain the starting quarterback in Jacksonville (including, apparently, the Jaguars), Bortles isn’t worrying about it. Mostly,...
Elliott witnesses weren’t placed under oath
As the Ezekiel Elliott case heads toward an appeal hearing with unclear parameters or procedures, one specific procedure regarding the pre-disciplinary process is becoming more clear: Witnesses weren’...
Without Newton, Panthers offense still struggling
If Ron Rivera was upset at his “terrible” offense earlier this week, his reaction today ought to be special. Playing without quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers offense has flatlined in...
Bucs-Jags becomes lowest rated ESPN preseason game since 2005
While it’s too early to start wringing hands and/or gnashing teeth about TV ratings for 2017, ESPN’s debut broadcast did not fare well. At all. Via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Thursday...
Bengals waive Cedric Thompson with injury settlement
The Bengals announced they waived safety Cedric Thompson with an injury settlement on Saturday. He had signed with the Bengals on July 31 after safeties Derron Smith and George Iloka were injured. Smith and...
Saturday one-liners
When it comes to the anthem protests, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has opted to say nothing. Ravens TE Maxx Williams has been dubbed a “sneaky athlete” by coach John Harbaugh. Bengals LB Hardy...
Dolphins add Rey Maualuga
The Dolphins are adding some depth at linebacker. Rey Maualuga has agreed to terms with Miami, according to multiple reports. The Dolphins became interested in Maualuga after losing rookie Raekwon McMillan...
Calls for NFL boycott emerging from Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment
The crowdsourcing effort by teams like the Ravens to determine whether Colin Kaepernick should have a job now has another factor to consider: Fans who believe Kaepernick is being unfairly shunned may shun...
De Smith on Roger Goodell’s handling of changes to conduct policy: “He lied”
With still four years to go until potential labor strife, the relationship between the NFL and the NFL Players Association seems as strained as ever. In an interview with Bryant Gumbel that debuts Tuesday...
Ryan Shazier back on the Steelers’ practice field
Injuries have slowed Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier down at times in every one of his three NFL seasons, and they kept him out of the start of camp this season as well. But he’s finally good to go...
Best of PFT Live for the past week is available right now
Every week, the folks at NBC Sports Radio take 15 hours of PFT Live and reduce it to a two-hour “best of” show. In some weeks, it may be a challenge to find two hours worthy of a label other...
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...
Dungy steps up to help move Confederate statue
Tony Dungy explains his decision to get active in order to raise the funds to move a Confederate statue in Tampa.
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.
Rams' Donald loses leverage by skipping season
Aaron Donald has plenty of reason to hold out, but it makes no sense for the Los Angeles Rams star to skip the entire season.
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...