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Simms' Top 40 QBs: No. 39, Kenny Pickett

Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett is the only rookie signal-caller inside of Chris Simms' Top 40 rankings based on his athleticism and mental acumen, but Pickett needs to improve his aggressiveness and big-play abilit...

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Todd Bowles: No handcuffs on offense, whatever we have to do to win
Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said recently that “everything should be status quo” on the team’s offense after the change in head coaches this offseason and it doesn...
Ja’Marr Chase: We have to roll with higher expectations this year
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NFL’s betting partners surely would like to have a Deshaun Watson decision, too
Beyond the Browns, their opponents, and their fans, there’s another key constituency that would like to know whether quarterback Deshaun Watson will miss any, some, or all of the games to be played in...
USFL expands game-day rosters by two, total rosters by five
Coincidentally (or not), the USFL has announced plans to squat on 50 more players one day after the XFL announced its broadcasting partnerships for the third iteration of the spring league in 2023. USFL...
Joe Burrow checked to Ja’Marr Chase’s go route on last play of Super Bowl LVI
On the Bengals’ last play of Super Bowl LVI, receiver Ja'Marr Chase was open. He was open enough streaking down the right sideline on fourth-and-1 that he likely would’ve had a touchdown if...
Jaylon Johnson: Bears should throw Kyler Gordon, Jaquan Brisker into the fire
The Bears have made a lot of changes since hiring head coach Matt Eberflus and General Manager Ryan Poles early this year, but cornerback Jaylon Johnson remains on hand as he moves toward his third NFL...
Giants adding Maurice Canady, Khalil Dorsey
After releasing cornerback James Bradberry, the Giants are adding a couple of cornerbacks with ties to defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale. According to multiple reports, the club is...
Bengals' 2021 season not just 'flash in the pan'
The Bengals are currently at +2000 to win Super Bowl LVII after securing the AFC title last season, prompting Mike Florio and Chris Simms to discuss why their 2021 run wasn't just a fluke.
How close is Brady to oversaturating his brand?
Mike Florio and Chris Simms take a close look at the state of Tom Brady's brand now that the QB has a future broadcasting deal and an upcoming comedy show on deck.
Brady to be involved with new comedy roasts show
Tom Brady's 2023 offseason itinerary will include working on a new show revolving around comedy roasts as an executive producer and the program's first roast subject.
How good is Tom Brady at blocking out the noise?
Tom Brady says he blocks out the noise from critics, but he's definitely listened to some of the noise at least some of the time.
Cardinals sign Trey McBride, two other picks
Tight end Trey McBride was the top Cardinals pick in this year’s draft and he’s now under contract in Arizona. The Cardinals announced that McBride was one of three picks to sign with the team...
Dolphins will have joint practices with Buccaneers
Mike McDaniel’s first summer as the Dolphins head coach will include joint practices with a pair of NFC teams. The Eagles announced that they’ll be working in Miami ahead of the third preseason...
With wins over Seahawks and Chargers, Russell Wilson would become fifth QB to beat every team
Four quarterbacks have beaten every NFL franchise. There can be a fifth member of the 32-team club in 2022. As noted by John Breech of, Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson needs victories over...
Ali Marpet says physical toll of football led him to retire at age 28
After seven years with the Buccaneers, guard Ali Marpet retired from the NFL this offseason at the age of just 28. He says his primary concern was taking care of his body. “The biggest reason for me was the...
Danielle Hunter is back from another injury and feeling “pretty good”
Edge rushers Danielle Hunter and Za'Darius Smith will give the Vikings one of the best pass-rushing duos in the NFL if they remain healthy. If. . . . Smith played only one regular-season game and the...
Lynn Bowden Jr. battling a hamstring injury
Dolphins receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. missed last season with a hamstring injury. He has another hamstring injury he is rehabbing now. “He does have an interesting skill set,” new coach Mike McDaniel said...
Danielle Hunter, Za’Darius Smith have become fast friends
Vikings edge rushers Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith became fast friends at the Pro Bowl in Orlando in January 2020. They became teammates in March when Smith signed with the Vikings. “The first time I...
Report: MRI confirms Tarik Cohen ruptured his Achilles
Tarik Cohen’s injury looked like a ruptured Achilles when it happened on a live stream. Unfortunately, for the free agent running back that’s exactly what it was. An MRI confirmed the injury,...
NIL funding from boosters cuts into the money they give to schools they support
Apart from the concern, as stated by Alabama coach Nick Saban, that the name, image, and likeness revolution affects parity of resources in college football, there’s another practical concern as it...
John Mara “not happy” Giants are hosting Monday night game on Rosh Hashanah
The Giants asked the NFL not to give them a home game in Week 3 of the 2022 season. League schedule-makers did not grant the request, with the Giants playing the Cowboys on Monday Night Football on Sept. 26...
Chargers claim Zack Bailey off waivers from Commanders
The Chargers claimed offensive guard Zack Bailey off waivers Tuesday, according to the NFL’s transactions report. The Commanders waived Bailey on Monday after claiming Drew Himmelman off waivers. The...
Chiefs sign tryout player Vitaliy Gurman
The Chiefs have added another tryout player from their rookie minicamp over the weekend. Toledo offensive tackle Vitaliy Gurman has joined the team’s 90-player roster, according to the NFL’s...
Bears sign Velus Jones
Wide receiver Velus Jones has signed his first NFL contract. The Bears announced Jones’ signing on Tuesday afternoon. The third-round pick agreed to a four-year deal with the NFC North club. Jones...
Joe Burrow: After last year, we know what it takes to win it all
The Bengals returned to the Super Bowl last season for the first time in 33 years. They don’t plan on waiting that long to get back there this time . . . and they plan on winning this time. The...
XFL to air on ESPN, ABC, FX in 2023
The XFL officially has its TV partner for the 2023 relaunch. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is a part owner and the public face of the new XFL, announced today that ESPN, ABC and FX — all...
Eagles claim Josh Hammond
There’s a new wide receiver on the 90-man roster in Philadelphia. The team announced that they have claimed Josh Hammond off of waivers. Hammond was dropped by the Jaguars on Monday when they signed...
Cowboys sign Sam Williams, Jalen Tolbert
The Cowboys are down to one unsigned draft pick. The team announced the signings of second-round pick Sam Williams and third-round wideout Jalen Tolbert on Tuesday. Fourth-round tight end Jake Ferguson is...
Steelers complete second G.M. interview with Omar Khan
The Steelers continued moving toward a General Manager hire on Tuesday. The team announced that they have completed a second interview with their vice president of football and business administration Omar...
Browns claim Luther Kirk, Reggie Robinson
A couple of defensive backs who were cut on Monday found new homes with the Browns on Tuesday. The Browns announced that they have claimed safety Luther Kirk and cornerback Reggie Robinson off of waivers....
Breer: NFL is 'wrapping up' Watson investigation
Albert Breer details the next steps in the NFL's investigation of Deshaun Watson and how this process will play out over the coming weeks.
How committed will Brady be to broadcasting?
Sometimes the biggest star athletes don't make the best broadcasters in the booth, and Albert Breer wonders if Tom Brady will measure every word and won't "let it rip" because he's so "image conscious."
Cardinals claim Jessie Lemonier off waivers
The Cardinals added a linebacker to their roster on Tuesday. Agent David Canter announced that his client Jessie Lemonier was claimed off of waivers by the NFC West club. Lemonier was waived by the Lions on...
Steelers scouting coordinator Brandon Hunt interviews for Bills assistant GM job
The Steelers may be losing a member of their front office to an AFC rival. Steelers pro scouting coordinator Brandon Hunt interviewed with Bills General Manager Brandon Beane for the Bills’ assistant...
Harris: 'Urgency has skyrocketed' due to trades
Ryan Harris joins Brother From Another to discuss how all of the NFL offseason trades have created an increased sense of urgency around the league.
Harris details Hamilton's fit in Ravens' defense
Ryan Harris joins Brother From Another to discuss rookie Kyle Hamilton falling into the lap of the Baltimore Ravens on draft night, and explains just how good Hamilton can be in Baltimore.
Jordan Fuller is on schedule with rehab on his ankle injury
Rams safety Jordan Fuller injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of the team’s Week 18 overtime loss to the 49ers. It required surgery and kept him out of the postseason. Fuller is working his way...
Testifying under oath, Deshaun Watson admits Ashley Solis cried at end of massage
Barring one or more settlements, Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson eventually will stand trial in 22 different cases with 22 different juries regarding claims made by 22 different massage therapists. Last...
Rams waive five recent UDFA signings
The Rams have made some roster moves on Tuesday, waiving several players they’d signed as undrafted free agents. Los Angeles announced tight end Roger Carter, defensive back T.J. Carter, linebacker...
Breer has issue with Belichick's 'horrible logic'
Albert Breer thinks the decisions Bill Belichick has made over the last six months have been based on "who's a flight risk and who's not because he's sick of having to replace people" on his staff in New...
Could Belichick call offensive plays for Patriots?
It's a critical season for Mac Jones, but the Patriots have lost numerous members of the offensive personnel, and Albert Breer is baffled that Bill Belichick hasn't brought anyone in to solely work with the...
Tyler Higbee: Getting a ring made missing the Super Bowl all better
Rams tight end Tyler Higbee has been a key piece of the team’s offense for years. But he was unable to play in Super Bowl LVI after suffering a knee injury during the NFC Championship Game. Higbee...
How AFC West buzzsaw may impact playoff picture
The AFC West is undeniably loaded with talent coming out of the offseason, and Albert Breer examines how the division may impact the playoff picture in the AFC.
Sony Michel is planning to “rock” No. 34 in Ricky Williams’ honor
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McDaniels building new culture for Raiders
Albert Breer sifts through a busy offseason in Las Vegas and shares how the building just feels different now, where nobody's worried about walking on eggshells and everyone enjoys coming to work every day.
Joe Burrow has shed his knee brace, feels “great”
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Steve Belichick: Josh Uche an important piece to the puzzle for us
The Patriots have a lot of unknowns on the defensive side of the ball after parting ways with a number of veterans this offseason and one of them is how linebacker Josh Uche will do with an uptick in...
USA Today writer Jori Epstein wins the Terez Paylor emerging writer award
USA Today reporter Jori Epstein won the 2022 Terez A. Paylor Emerging Writer Award, the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) announced Tuesday. Epstein has covered the NFL and the Cowboys for USA...
Tarik Cohen injured while live streaming workout
Free agent running back Tarik Cohen appeared to suffer a serious injury while working out today, with all of it live streamed on Cohen’s own Instagram account. The video shows Cohen doing an agility...
49ers sign Troy Fumagalli, waive Garrett Walston
San Francisco has elected to add a veteran offensive player who participated in their rookie minicamp over the weekend. The 49ers announced they’ve signed Troy Fumagalli and waived Garrett Walston on...
Phillip Lindsay agrees to deal with Colts
Running back Phillip Lindsay said in April that he was looking for the right fit before signing a contract for the 2022 season and he apparently found it in Indianapolis. Lindsay’s agent Mike...
Mike McDaniel: Raheem Mostert’s expectations are to play Week One
Though running back Raheem Mostert missed nearly all of the 2021 season with a knee injury, the Dolphins signed him to a one-year deal worth $3.25 million in March. Mostert worked with Dolphins head coach...
St. Louis lawsuit documents raise important questions for Stan Kroenke’s partners
In 2016, Rams owner Stan Kroenke stuck it to St. Louis by moving the team to Los Angeles. Now, Kroenke is hoping to stick it to his partners, by getting them to pay a big chunk of the $790 million bill...