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Vikings fans’ donations to Thomas Morstead charity tops $100,000
The best trend of the NFL postseason has been the outpouring of support from fans to players’ charities, and Saints punter Thomas Morstead is giving back to Minnesota after Vikings fans gave to his...
Malik Jackson says the Jaguars are tired of being disrespected
Talk out of Pittsburgh last week focused not on whether the Steelers would beat the Jaguars, but on whether they would beat the Patriots after beating the Jaguars. Players on the Jaguars noticed that....
Adam Butler on Jalen Ramsey: Be humble or be humbled
Some Patriots players brushed off Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey telling fans at a pep rally that the Jaguars are going to win the Super Bowl as the musings of a confident player that weren’t a big...
Tashaun Gipson only Jaguars player out of practice today
The Jaguars are going to have a short injury report today, but it’s still a concern. The team announced that safety Tashaun Gipson was the only player not expected to practice today, his second...
Brandon Graham: We can prove we’re the best defensive front this week
When it came to both points and yards allowed this season, no team was stingier than the Vikings as they led the league in both categories. The Eagles weren’t far behind, however. They finished fourth...
Jarvis Landry won’t be taking a hometown discount to stay in Miami
Late in the season, the Dolphins seemed to decide that they plan to invest long-term in receiver Jarvis Landry, to go along with their long-term investment in receiver Kenny Stills. Next came, possibly, the...
Jay Ajayi still motivated by Dolphins trade
Even though he’s about to play in the NFC Championship Game, it’s clear that his days in Miami are still in the back of Jay Ajayi‘s mind. The Eagles running back admitted the October trade...
Whatever happened to Jim Schwartz as a Giants’ coaching candidate?
As the coaching carousel began to spin, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz emerged as an early favorite for the job. But then the Giants didn’t promptly request permission during the bye week...
Todd Haley didn't do enough for the Steelers
Todd Haley did a "decent" job as the Steelers' offensive coordinator, but he didn't do nearly enough, says Mike Florio.
Steratore of index-card fame to referee Super Bowl
Gene Steratore, who used an index card to determine a first down, will be the referee of Super Bowl LII.
Vikings aware of shoe selection against Eagles
The Minnesota Vikings will be hyper aware of what type of cleat they need to use in Philadelphia against the Eagles.
Patriots avoid giving Jags bulletin board material
Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty has said Blake Bortles is a winner, but is that really what he thinks? Mike Florio isn't convinced.
Thomas ready for life after NFL
It might be time for Joe Thomas to move on from the Cleveland Browns.
Ramsey sparked Butler to make negative comments
Adam Butler should anticipate a grumpy Bill Belichick after his comments about the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Titans want coach to maximize Mariota's talent
Mike Vrabel will be the first to interview for the Tennessee Titans head coaching job and he should be on his toes when it comes to offense.
Patriots have edge over potential opponents
If the New England Patriots get past the Jacksonville Jaguars, they will probably win the Super Bowl.
Jackson: Pittsburgh overlooked, motivated us
Malik Jackson details how the Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Patriots, his championship mentality, and the motivation the Jaguars took from the Steelers.
History between Coughlin, Belichick a major factor
While the Jacksonville Jaguars benefit from the Tom Coughlin-Bill Belichick relationship, the Patriots are a bit wary.
Patriots have no malicious intentions with Brady
The fact that the New England Patriots admitted that Tom Brady injured his hand shows that they're not up to something bad.
Vikings mindful of shoe selection in Philadelphia
In addition to watching tape of the Eagles offense and defense, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has shown his team clips of another thing to keep in mind when they get to Philadelphia for Sunday’s game....
Cliff Avril: First priority is life as husband and father
Cliff Avril raised a lot of hopes earlier this week, when he said during an interview with the NFL Network that he believed he would play football again, after the neck injury that ended this season and put...
Devin McCourty sees “a winner” in Blake Bortles
Patriots safety Devin McCourty has heard other players call Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles subpar and trash over the course of the 2017 season, but he had a different word to use when asked what he sees...
Browns need post-Joe Thomas plan “pretty soon down the line”
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas raised the possibility that his playing days are over in November, citing his health as the determining factor in whether he decides to play a 12th NFL season. Thomas tore his...
Thursday morning one-liners
Jon Bon Jovi reiterated that he wouldn’t have moved the Bills to Toronto. A look at how the Dolphins might deal with their own free agents. The Patriots know their first priority this week is run...
What’s next for Todd Haley?
On Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said a whole lot of nothing regarding the future of offensive coordinator Todd Haley. (Apparently, reporters didn’t ask for non-coachspeak.) On Wednesday, the...
Jaguars have options for covering Rob Gronkowski
For every opponent who plays against Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, there’s a weekly debate as to how to cover him. The Jaguars have a few options, but there’s one coach Doug Marrone prefers...
Report: Emmanuel Sanders investigated, not charged in sexual assault case
Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders was reportedly investigated for felony sexual assault in Texas but will not be charged. A grand jury examined the case as a second-degree felony, TMZ reports. The grand...
Titans interviews finally start today with Mike Vrabel
The Titans are finally going to get someone to come in and interview for their head coaching job. Not because it’s a bad job, but because no one can get there because of the snow that has blanketed...
Carl Banks confident in college teammate Pat Shurmur making it as Giants head coach
Former Giants linebacker Carl Banks only spent one year at Michigan State with Pat Shurmur as his teammate. However, the Giants Ring of Honor member is confident that Shurmur will be able to hold his own in...
Brian Gaine says he and Bill O’Brien are “philosophically aligned”
Tensions between Texans head coach Bill O’Brien and former General Manager Rick Smith had persisted for some time before Smith’s departure on a leave of absence earlier this month went into...
Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright “relieved” by Ken Norton Jr.’s return to coaching staff
The Seahawks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011. After a disappointing 9-7 campaign that had Seattle outside the postseason for just the second time in Pete Carroll’s eight years as...
Deion Sanders won’t be joining the Florida State coaching staff
Hall of Fame defensive back Deion Sanders won’t be trading in his NFL Network microphone for a coaching visor. Via Brett McMurphy, Sanders won’t be joining the Florida State coaching staff....
Mayfield, Jackson among top QBs in NFL draft
Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph and Louisville's Lamar Jackson highlight a group of QBs that NFL teams could draft in Round 1.
Dungy: Steelers defense needs to be able to take away No. 1 offensive threat
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin won’t be making any changes to his defensive coaching staff. That doesn’t mean the defense doesn’t need to make changes. Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy,...
Jaguars must limit damage done by Rob Gronkowski
The Jaguars will have to slow down Rob Gronkowski if they have any hope of upsetting the Patriots, and their secondary and pass rush will need to disturb Tom Brady.
Jackson, Fitzpatrick among top DBs in NFL draft
Iowa's Joshua Jackson, FSU's Derwin James, Ohio State's Denzel Ward, Colorado's Isaiah Oliver and Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick are among the top DBs in the NFL draft.
Eagles' front seven will be crucial vs. Vikings
The Eagles' front seven creates more pressure than any other unit in the NFL, so the Vikings' offensive line must find a way to protect Case Keenum to win in Philly.
Report: Tom Brady’s hand “should be OK”
Reports of a hand injury for Tom Brady had Patriots Nation in a tizzy earlier Wednesday. But it appears the blood pressure in New England has dropped significantly since. Mike Reiss of ESPN, quoting a...
Dolphins hire Eric Studesville to oversee run game
The Dolphins have hired Eric Studesville as running backs coach/run-game coordinator, Jeff Legwold of ESPN reports. The Broncos fired Studesville as assistant head coach/running backs coach after the season...
Report: Mason Rudolph’s foot injury will keep him out of Senior Bowl
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph will not play in the Senior Bowl because of a left foot sprain, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The injury does not require surgery and “is now stable,...
PFT PM has visits with Jon Gruden, Jeff Fisher
If you’ve never listened to the PFT PM podcast, you picked the right day to start. Wednesday’s edition includes a lot less from me, and a lot more from two significant guests: Raiders coach Jon...
Doug Marrone won’t lean on Tom Coughlin any more than usual
With the Jaguars facing the Patriots in the AFC title game and with Jacksonville executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin having a history of beating Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in fairly big...
Report: Steelers defensive staff expected to return
While the Steelers are making changes to their offensive staff, their defensive staff will return. Coach Mike Tomlin told his defensive coaches they were safe, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...
Mike Zimmer returns to championship game for first time since 1995
While the Patriots have 19 veterans who have known nothing but the AFC Championship Game in their careers, it doesn’t work that way for most players. That’s the message Vikings coach Mike Zimmer...
Brian Gaine’s to-do list includes long-term deal for Jadeveon Clowney
Brain Gaine hasn’t even settled into his new office in Houston and already he has a to-do list. Among the things the Texans’ new General Manager hopes to get done this offseason is a long-term...
Jets announce John Morton’s departure
The Jets announced offensive coordinator John Morton’s firing, which was reported earlier Wednesday. “We appreciate John’s contributions and wish him the best moving forward,” Jets coach Todd Bowles...
Cowboys hire Sanjay Lal as receivers coach
The Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s wide receivers coach, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. Lal replaces Derek Dooley, whose contract expired...
Steve Wilks interview with Titans postponed by snow
The weather is having a big impact on the Titans’ coaching search. Snow pushed back Steve Wilks’ scheduled interview with the Titans on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The team...
Richard Mann retires; will Hines Ward replace him?
As expected, Steelers receivers coach Richard Mann officially has retired, after 33 years of coaching — the last five in Pittsburgh. “I was thinking about it last year,” Mann said Wednesday, via...
Report: Teammate accidentally ran into Tom Brady’s throwing hand at practice
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was limited in practice today with a hand injury, which he apparently suffered on the practice field. Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports that Brady jammed his...
Bill Belichick heaps praise on the Jaguars, #asexpected
The Patriots will be hosting the Jaguars for a berth in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, and New England coach Bill Belichick had plenty of praise for the only other team from the AFC to still be playing. “[...
Report: Steelers will name Randy Fichtner as offensive coordinator
The Steelers have moved a step closer to naming Randy Fichtner as offensive coordinator. All that remains is final approval of his contract, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Fichtner has...
Patriots place Jonathan Jones on IR, sign Bernard Reedy
The Patriots made a change to their 53-man roster on Wednesday. Cornerback Jonathan Jones has been placed on injured reserve after suffering an injury in last Saturday’s victory over the Titans. Wide...