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NFL announces Bears-Packers for 2019 opener; Patriots will play on Sunday Night Football

NFL announces Bears-Packers for 2019 opener; Patriots will play on Sunday Night Football

The NFL was already reportedly "leaning toward" kicking off the 2019 season with the Bears hosting the Packers on the first Thursday night game, and on Monday at the Owners Meetings, they made it official. 

Instead of the defending Super Bowl champion hosting the first game of the season, the Patriots will play their home opener on Sunday Night Football. The opponent has not been announced yet. 

The Bears and the NFL are celebrating their 100-year anniversary, so the league is going with a celebration of their history for the first game. The Super Bowl champion has hosted the first game since 2004, excluding the Ravens in 2013.  

Fortunately for the Patriots, they've hosted their fair share of season openers over the last few years. 

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2019 NFL Draft Tracker: Live results of all 32 first-round picks

2019 NFL Draft Tracker: Live results of all 32 first-round picks

After many long months of scouting and preparation, the time has come for teams to make the first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Round 1 will take place Thursday night in Nashville, where the Arizona Cardinals will open the night with the No. 1 overall selection. 

Unlike previous years, the quarterback class isn't amazing, but that isn't likely to stop multiple teams from addressing this important position in the first round. This draft class is most deep and rich at talent on the defensive side of the ball. There are several defensive lineman and defensive backs who project to be very good NFL players, and we should here many of their names on the first night of the draft.

The New England Patriots will close out the first round at pick No. 32 as the reigning Super Bowl champions. The Patriots have traded out of the first round on several occasions during Bill Belichick's tenure, but there haven't been any recent reports suggesting New England is looking to move down from No. 32.

Here's the updated first-round draft order. We will add every pick to the right team as it happens, so be sure to follow this article throughout Thursday night. The action begins at 8 p.m. ET.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4. Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU
6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky
8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (via Denver): Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
12. Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
13. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
14. Atlanta Falcons: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
16. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, LB, Florida State
17. New York Giants (via Cleveland): Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C. State
19. Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
20. Denver Broncos (via Pittsburgh): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
21. Seattle Seahawks
22. Baltimore Ravens
23. Houston Texans
24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago)
25. Philadelphia Eagles
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas)
28. Los Angeles Chargers
29. Seattle Seahawks (via Kansas City)
30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans)
31. Los Angeles Rams
32. New England Patriots

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2019 NFL Draft rumors live blog: Latest first-round news, reports, buzz

2019 NFL Draft rumors live blog: Latest first-round news, reports, buzz

The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft will take place Thursday night in Nashville, and the rumor mill is in overdrive.

A lot of the trade rumors involve Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen. Rosen was the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft by Arizona and had a good-not-great rookie season. The Cardinals own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, and the top prospect is Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. If the Cardinals select the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, there's no need to keep Rosen on the roster going forward.

How many teams would trade for Rosen? One team linked to the UCLA product has been the New England Patriots, who have 12 picks (tied for the most) in this draft. The Patriots don't have a worthy successor to Tom Brady on their roster right now, so it wouldn't be shocking if they took a QB in this draft or made a trade.

Much of the other buzz includes teams that might trade up or down in Round 1. If Murray or another top prospect starts to slip, we might see some action later in the night. Many of the quarterbacks taken in the first round over the last few years were selected by teams that traded up for that particular player. The best recent case was the Kansas City Chiefs moving up to No. 10 in 2017 to take Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who just won the NFL MVP award.

Keep it right here throughout the night as we track all the notable trade rumors, reports and overall buzz from the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

9:26 p.m.: The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded up to the No. 10 pick in a deal with the Denver Broncos. Here are the details.

The Steelers used the pick to select Devin Bush.

8:34 p.m.: Notes on the Jets (No. 3 pick) and Josh Rosen.

8:08 p.m.: With Kyler Murray and Josh Rosen in the fold, the Cardinals now have a surplus at quarterback.

7:57 p.m.: The Oakland Raiders need a pass rusher, and Nick Bosa was one of the best in college football last season.

7:41 p.m.: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has been the projected No. 1 pick in just about every NFL mock draft. 

7:05 p.m.: Could the Texans be looking to trade one of their elite pass rushers?

6:22 p.m.: Here are some teams that could move up in the first round.

6:15 p.m.: Could a trade between AFC East rivals be brewing?

5:30 p.m.: Could the Giants wait and not pick a quarterback in the first round?

5 p.m.: The Patriots draft board reportedly is small.

4:33 p.m.: Sounds like the Cardinals have narrowed their options with the No. 1 pick down to three names.

4:23 p.m.: Could we see a little movement in Round 1? Here's the latest.

2:40 p.m.: Could the Patriots trade up for Iowa tight end Noah Fant? Here's what Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst said on a recent podcast.

"But I've been told the Patriots will seriously consider trading up for Fant. That's how much they like him."

2:10 p.m. ET: Let's start off with some rumors from earlier in the day.

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