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Report: Some “star” players consider sitting out until Kaepernick, Reid have jobs
As noted here last week, the adjustment to the national anthem policy should remove any impediment to the employment of quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid, since neither will be able to kneel...
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Julio Jones on OTA absence: I’m working on myself, no bad blood with the Falcons
Falcons receiver Julio Jones is skipping Organized Team Activities, but he doesn’t want anyone to read anything into that. Asked by TMZ about his contract situation, Jones downplayed any talk that he...
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Jabrill Peppers expecting better things in second season
The Browns made safety Jabrill Peppers a first-round pick last year in a bid to add a playmaker to the back end of their defense, but his impact was muted during his rookie season. Peppers had 57 tackles...
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Lions still figuring out backfield rotation, but LeGarrette Blount will have role
LeGarrette Blount is accustomed to sharing the backfield. So, if the Lions have a rotation with Blount, Kerryon Johnson, Theo Riddick and/or Ameer Abdullah, the veteran running back will fit right in....
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Teddy Bridgewater turning heads in Jets’ organized team activities
When the Jets drafted Sam Darnold with the third overall choice, it was presumed that Teddy Bridgewater was the odd man out. It seemed almost certain veteran Josh McCown would provide the bridge to Darnold...
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Join us for a Memorial Day edition of PFT Live
Bad news (or good news, depending on your perspective): There’s no PFT Live on NBCSN tomorrow. Good new (or bad news, depending on your perspective): The show will be heard on NBC Sports Radio. It...
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John DeFillippo has high praise for Stefon Diggs
The Vikings want to sign receiver Stefon Diggs to a new contract. The team’s new offensive coordinator possibly has given Diggs a little extra leverage at the bargaining table. John DeFillippo heaped...
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Tyler Eifert “methodically moving forward” after back surgery
Wide receiver John Ross is doing 11-on-11 work for the Bengals during OTAs, but another player the Bengals are hoping to see play a big role in their offense isn’t quite that far along yet. Tight end...
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John Ross makes much earlier debut in 11-on-11 drills this year
As Bengals receiver John Ross tries to turn the page on a disappointing rookie season, he’s already ahead in one key respect. As noted by Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Ross participated in...
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Julian Edelman’s presence help fills leadership void for Patriots
With quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski not participating in Patriots OTAs, the young players don’t have the benefit of the examples they set and the leadership they bring. To balance...
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Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs working to get to know Kirk Cousins
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins previously spoke about pre-offseason workout workouts with his new receivers. One of those receivers has spoken more recently about the effort to get to know the man who...
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New kickoff rule present plenty of opportunities for creativity, strategy
Even if the current change to the kickoff amounts to a half-measure toward the elimination of the kickoff altogether, teams will have to figure out how to implement the new formation in a way that enhances...
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Jon Gruden revels in ripping off the Chiefs
That close friendship between Andy Reid and Jon Gruden could be tested, sooner or later. Gruden, now the coach of the Raiders, recently did a victory lap regarding the team’s signing of former Chiefs...
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Tom Brady gets in a workout, in Monaco
Tom Brady can’t plead the fifth regarding his offseason whereabouts. He’s in Europe, hanging out at the Monaco Grand Prix. And he’s getting in a workout. Sort of. Red Bull Racing has...
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Packers refining offense rather than “starting from scratch”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said in April that it feels like his first offseason with the team rather than his 13th as the team has hired new coordinators on both sides of the ball. On offense, McCarthy...
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Sunday morning one-liners
Bills coach Sean McDermott paid a visit to patients a Buffalo children’s hospital recently. There’s a new baby on the way for Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill and his wife. LB Dont'a Hightower...
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Marcell Dareus doing well in his first offseason for the Jaguars
No one has ever doubted Marcell Dareus‘s talent for the defensive tackle position, but his effort has sometimes been lacking, he’s had off-field issues, and last year the Bills decided they...
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New York Congressman elaborates on his criticism of the Jets
In a Saturday morning tweet, New York Congressman Peter King criticized the Jets’ reluctance to fine players for protesting during the anthem, questioning whether CEO Christopher Johnson would provide...
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C.J. Anderson motivated to prove he still can “play this game at a high level”
C.J. Anderson has a chance to make $800,000 in incentives this season. He also has a chance to get a bigger deal next year with a big season. The Panthers get a 1,000-yard back for an $800,000 million base...
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Jason Verrett not yet cleared to practice fully
In the one season Jason Verrett played more than half the games, the Chargers cornerback earned Pro Bowl honors. But the other three seasons have ended in injury. He played six games his rookie season, four...
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James Conner hopes to make a jump in second season
Steelers running back James Conner, who overcame cancer while in college at Pitt, became a third-round draft pick and one of the most popular players in the NFL as a rookie. But his first season didn’...
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“Old, young guy” Robert Griffin III focuses on making the team in Baltimore
Six years ago, quarterback Robert Griffin III was a lock to start in Washington. Now, he’s merely trying to stay on the roster in Baltimore. He seems unfazed by the challenge. Describing himself as an...
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Players who don’t like anthem rule can take immediate action
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s decision by the NFL to alter the anthem policy in a way that managed to do more harm than good, the NFL Players Association wasn’t happy. The NFL’s players...
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Amid comeback attempt in CFL, Josh Freeman retires
Former first-round Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, who at only 30 is still younger than many of the NFL’s current starters, has retired amid a comeback attempt in Canada. “We would like to thank...
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Fired Giants equipment staffers “did not see this coming”
Less than two weeks after settling a four-year-old lawsuit arising from allegations of fraudulent memorabilia, the Giants fired three members of their equipment staff. Two of them were surprised. Via Ryan...
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Saturday one-liners
Former Dolphins WR Chris Chambers has been trying to help current WR DeVante Parker, but Parker is snubbing him. Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander thinks rookie first-round LB Tremaine Edmunds could be an All-Pro...
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Civil rights activists protest outside league office on Friday
Two days after the NFL changed its controversial anthem policy to require any player inclined to protest to retreat to the locker room, a group called the National Action Network gathered outside 345 Park...
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Le’Veon Bell has another rap song with not-so-hidden messages
In connection with the Fourth of July holiday nearly two years ago, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell unveiled his contractual demands with a rap song. “I’m at the top and if not I’m the closest, I’m...
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New York Congressman blasts the Jets over anthem stance
It’s official: The NFL’s new national anthem policy did not make things better. It made things worse. When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the league’s new anthem policy, he hoped...
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Landon Collins pushing to participate in Giants’ June minicamp
When Giants safety Landon Collins had to undergo a second surgery on his broken arm in April, there were concerns it could be a significant problem: Collins had already had surgery at the end of the 2017...
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Jets rookie Nathan Shepherd thanks Nate Burleson for believing in him
Jets rookie Nathan Shepherd took a long and winding road to the NFL. He grew up in Canada, played college football at Simon Fraser University, and had to quit school and do odd jobs when he couldn’t...
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Cliff Avril: Seahawks started questioning Pete Carroll after Super Bowl interception
Did one play call derail a potential Seahawks dynasty? It may have, according to former Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, who says that the team began to doubt coach Pete Carroll and his staff after...
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Adrian Peterson posting his workout videos, hoping teams notice
Free agent running back Adrian Peterson is in shape, and he wants NFL teams to know it. Peterson has been posting videos of himself doing grueling cardio workouts on the treadmill, jumping onto boxes with a...
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Dennis Green finally gets justice from the UFL
Nearly two years after his death, Dennis Green is getting paid for services rendered to a long-defunct football league. Via Dale Kasler of the Sacramento Bee, Green’s widow has settled a claim for...
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Two Steelers are happy with the new helmet rule
Over the past several years, Steelers players have developed a habit of complaining about the league’s efforts to make the game safer. When it comes to the new rule that prohibits lowering the helmet...
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Cassius Marsh: Garoppolo “would shred [New England’s] defense every day”
As the Patriots continue to work their way through the offseason program without starting quarterback Tom Brady, the guy who at one point seemed destined to replace him is working toward his first season as...
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Aaron Rodgers encouraged Thomas Dimitroff to get Matt Ryan deal done
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ran into Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff at the Minneapolis airport during Super Bowl week. Rodgers had a request of Dimitroff. “He just said to me, ‘...
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Will Lewis will serve as G.M. of Memphis AAF team
The Tennessee franchise of the Alliance of American Football has a city, a coach, and now a G.M. Via Meagan Nichols of the Memphis Business Journal, Will Lewis will serve as the team’s General Manager...
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Cody Kessler’s time in Cleveland prepared him for a second chance in Jacksonville
The Jaguars’ quarterbacks room has changed since last season. Blake Bortles remains, but Chad Henne is gone. Cody Kessler and rookie Tanner Lee now back up Bortles. The Browns traded Kessler to the...
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NFL, other leagues getting sued for blocking New Jersey gambling
The Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports gambling, allowing sports books in New Jersey and other states to open. But one major player in the New Jersey gambling world is suing the NFL and...
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Friday’s #PFTPM has a full hour with Mike Pereira
Few understand the NFL rulebook better than Mike Pereira. So at a time when the NFL rulebook will be changing like never before, it makes sense to talk to him. Talk to him I did on Friday, for a full hour....
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Eric Berry’s return provides a boost to the Chiefs
The Chiefs need a healthy Eric Berry. Kansas City is 38-16 since 2013 when it has Berry in the lineup and only 15-11 without him. The safety missed 15 games last season after tearing his Achilles in Week 1...
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CBS to promote AAF during Super Bowl
CBS will televise the next Super Bowl. Starting a week later, CBS will televise games of the Alliance of American Football. So, during the broadcast of the Super Bowl, CBS will promote the AAF. And the NFL...
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Jaguars sign second-round pick D.J. Chark
The Jaguars announced the signing of second-round pick D.J. Chark to his rookie contract Friday. “This is amazing,” Chark Jr. said, via quotes distributed by the team. “It is something you dream about your...
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Saints still hoping special teams coach Mike Westhoff returns
Special teams coach Mike Westhoff has yet to rejoin the Saints, while still recovering from surgery, Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports. Sean Payton said in March he hoped Westhoff would return...
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Ravens hope they have found “the guy” at receiver after years of looking
The Ravens have had only two players who played wideout make the Pro Bowl, and both Jermaine Lewis and Jacoby Jones doubled as elite returners, which got them to the all-star game. Neither ever had a 1,000-...
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Jon Gruden can even praise Christian Hackenberg
New Raiders coach Jon Gruden has never met a player he couldn’t praise. That even extends to Christian Hackenberg, who hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL. During a call with season-ticket holders,...
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DeShone Kizer learning by watching after last year’s trial by fire
Normally the move from starting quarterback to backup is one that represents a step backward for a player, but that might not be the case for DeShone Kizer. Kizer got thrown into the lineup by the Browns...
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Dak Prescott: I don’t know if any team in league necessarily needs a No. 1 WR
Dez Bryant produced three 1,000-yard seasons in his eight seasons in Dallas. He has caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns in his career. His departure leaves the Cowboys without a true No. 1...
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J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson helping each other through rehab
The Texans’ two most important players have spent more time together than with their families over the past six months. Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt have rehabbed together, worked out together and...
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Reuben Foster has marijuana charge dropped
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has put another legal issue behind him. The district attorney’s office in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has dropped a misdemeanor marijuana charge against Foster...
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Broncos sign third-rounder Isaac Yiadom
The Broncos are down to two unsigned players in their 2018 draft class. Mike Klis of KUSA reports that cornerback Isaac Yiadom has agreed to a deal with the team. Yiadom was a third-round pick last month...
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Artie Burns thinks new anthem policy bullies those who would protest
The NFL’s non-compromise compromise regarding the national anthem consisted of the owners deciding to tell any player who would be inclined to protest during the anthem to take it to the locker room....
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