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Dolphins still optimistic about having “some” fans in the stands
Although the NFL is still planning to open the season on time with fans in stadiums, the COVID-19 situation in some states is trending in the wrong direction. One of those states is Florida, and Miami...
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NFL’s proposed timeline has rookies reporting as early as July 19
Training camps open July 28, giving the league four weeks to strike a deal with the NFL Players Association for putting everyone back to work. Based on the league’s tentative timeline, however, the...
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NFLPA may want no preseason at all
The NFL has decided to cut the preseason in half. NFL Media reports that the NFL Players Association has yet to sign off on this. Which makes sense, because the NFLPA hasn’t signed off on anything,...
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Pandemic will likely push teams toward cashless transactions
The headline from Wednesday’s item from Daniel Kaplan of TheAthletic.com focused on the possibility that team’s will ask fans who attend games (if any attend games) to sign a waiver. But there...
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Trent Brown sees “special times” ahead for the Raiders
Right tackle Trent Brown was one of the Raiders’ free agent acquisitions during the 2019 offseason and the team went from 4-12 to 7-9 with the help of their new additions. Another offseason has come...
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Report: 49ers have discussed extensions with Raheem Mostert, Kendrick Bourne
The period between the end of offseason programs and the start of training camp is often a time for teams to work on contract extensions for their own players and a report indicates the 49ers are...
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Current NY guidelines preclude fans, and tailgating
If the season started today, the Bills would have to play in front of an empty stadium, with no tailgaters. (Also, a lot of people would be saying “Why is the season starting on July 2?”)...
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Penn State AD: Football in the spring “would be a last resort”
College football has plowed ahead of its professional brethren, with players returning to campuses — and many of them quickly catching COVID-19. So the decision-makers at that level are a bit ahead of the...
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Jonathan Taylor: “Different level of focus” needed to prepare for upcoming training camp
Coming into the NFL for your rookie season without any offseason on-field work with your team and a shortened preseason to prepare for the season presents numerous challenges for the newest crop of NFL...
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Name change necessary for RFK site to be option for new Washington stadium
If Dan Snyder wants a new stadium for his football team within the confines of the District of Columbia, he must first change the name of the team. According to Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, a name...
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Report: NFL firm on decision to move to two preseason games
As the NFL looks to trim the preseason in half, the NFLPA appears to want the number of preseason games to be cut even further. Denver Broncos player representative Brandon McManus said in a tweet Wednesday...
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Report: Jets “still talking” to Demaryius Thomas
The Jets acquired receiver Demaryius Thomas from the Patriots in early September. He could return for another season. The Jets are “still talking” with the free agent, Connor Hughes of...
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Shaq Thompson: Cam Newton “still has it”
The Panthers have a new quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, but their former quarterback is the talk of the NFL. Cam Newton signed a one-year deal with the Patriots on Sunday. At least one of Newton’s...
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87 investment firms ask Nike, FedEx, Pepsi to stop doing business with Washington franchise
As the NFL fails and refuses to pressure Washington owner Daniel Snyder to change the dictionary-defined slur that has been the team’s name for decades, NFL sponsors are being lobbied to do what the...
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Antonio Brown working out with Russell Wilson
A report in May out of Seattle indicated Russell Wilson wants the Seahawks to sign Antonio Brown. Now, it appears the two are working out together, which should only intensify the Brown-to-Seattle talk. The...
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Florio: Players should be able to opt out any time
Mike Florio takes a look at whether or not players will be allowed to opt out of the 2020 season, why they should be able to take their time to make that decision and what will happen if players do opt out.
NFL, teams considering gameday travel in 2020
Mike Florio discusses if the NFL will allow teams to travel on the same day as games if there is a 2020 season, and how it will impact teams and players around the league.
Florio questions if anyone will trade for Ngakoue
Yannick Ngakoue insists he still wants to be traded, but Mike Florio explains why the Jaguars DE isn't likely to get his way due to all the uncertainty regarding this season.
Florio: Jones should avoid uncertainty, sign tag
Mike Florio takes a look at the possibility of Chiefs DL Chris Jones sitting out the 2020 season and how uncertainty could lead to problems for Jones if he doesn't take the franchise tag.
Report: NFL may require fans to sign a COVID-19 waiver
The NFL wants fans to be able to attend games during a pandemic. The NFL doesn’t want to be responsible for what may happen to fans who attend games during a pandemic. Daniel Kaplan of TheAthletic.com...
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California restricts activities in 19 counties for at least three weeks
California has experienced a resurgence of the coronavirus, and so the state that houses three NFL teams is taking more aggressive measures to slow the spread. Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered a shutdown...
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Report: NFL to alter schedule to give every team one home preseason game
The NFL is set to announce that the first and fourth week of the preseason schedule has been scrapped, which doesn’t come as a great surprise given recent indications that things were moving in that...
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NFL cuts 2020 preseason in half
It’s been rumored and expected. It’s now official: The 2020 preseason will be trimmed from four games to two. Specifically, Week One and Week Four have been scrapped. The league is expected to...
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NFL will not have a supplemental draft this year
There will be no supplemental draft in 2020. Despite some talk that there could be an increase in players entering the supplemental draft because players who are uncertain about the status of the college...
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Jordan Love becomes sixth NFL first-round choice to sign
The Packers have their first-round choice under contract. The team announced quarterback Jordan Love has signed his rookie deal. The Packers also made official the signing of second-round choice A.J. Dillon...
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Report: Yannick Ngakoue still wants trade, has no plans to sign tag
The Jaguars want Yannick Ngakoue on their 2020 roster. The defensive end wants a trade. With two weeks until the deadline for franchise players to sign a long-term deal, that’s where the sides sit....
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Report: NHL restart to happen in Toronto and Edmonton
Rather than tempt fate by opening a sports league in the United States right now, the NHL is avoiding that problem altogether. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the two hub cities for the NHL playoffs are...
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Harrison Butker: A ton of kickers can kick a 65-yard field goal, just need a chance
Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker got some attention this offseason when he posted a video of himself kicking a 77-yard field goal on an empty practice field. In a game, however, Butker has never even come...
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A.J. Bouye: I didn’t know how to handle everything that went wrong in Jacksonville
Cornerback A.J. Bouye joined the flood of veteran players who have left the Jaguars since the team’s AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots in January 2018 when he was traded to the Broncos this...
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Packers sign AJ Dillon
The Packers got another rookie under contract, a guy who should create some interesting competition. Running back A.J. Dillon just tweeted out a photo of himself signing his rookie deal with the Packers....
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Largest video display in NFL is complete
SoFi Stadium announced on Wednesday that the largest videoboard in all of sports has been completed. It consists of 70,000 square feet and it stretches for more than 120 yards.  It weighs 2.2 million pounds...
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Garoppolo, Wentz lead top offensive stacks in 2020
The Rotoworld crew break down their best fantasy stacks for the upcoming season, including the 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle and the Eagles' Carson Wentz, Miles Sanders and Desean Jackson.
Drake could benefit if Cardinals offense improves
Hayden Winks, John Daigle and Josh Norris analyze how Kenyan Drake could greatly benefit if the Cardinals increase their offensive plays this season.
Randy Moss on Cam Newton: We’ll see how fun Patriots offense can be
Cam Newton isn’t the first big-name player to join the Patriots during Bill Belichick’s run with the organization and one of the other names on that list is looking forward to seeing the...
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Tony Dungy on Washington: “It’s not hard to change the name”
Washington coach Ron Rivera believes that now isn’t the time to discuss whether the team’s name should change. Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy believes that time already has come and gone; Dungy...
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Yes, Cam Newton will still celebrate like Cam Newton in New England
Playing for the Patriots typically means leaving a significant chunk of a person’s individuality at the door. Which has raised the question of whether Cam Newton will still be Cam Newton while playing...
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Giants Super Bowl ring heist masterminded by Patriots fan
In June of 2008, a jewelry store in Attleboro, Massachusetts, was burglarized, and millions of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen — including Super Bowl rings for the Giants, who had beaten the...
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Ivy League will announce its fall sports decision next Wednesday
The Ivy League has announced that an announcement is coming. “With return to campus protocols still being developed and introduced by Ive League institutions, the council of Ivy League presidents...
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Steven Sims wants to be another Steve Smith for Ron Rivera
When wide receiver Steven Sims heard that Ron Rivera was hired as Washington’s next head coach, he reached out to his agent for some information about the former Panthers head coach. Sims is listed at...
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Adam Silver won’t guarantee that NBA season will be concluded
The NFL has been waiting and waiting and waiting (and waiting) to see how other sports operate in a pandemic. Meanwhile, none of the other major American sports have returned to play. On Tuesday, NBA...
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NFLPA president: Every answer leads to “three more questions”
The NFL and NFLPA continue to talk about how to open camps safely, but one of the problems they’re having is that the targets keep moving. Trying to plan around a virus that’s spreading at...
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Can NFL pull it off in 2020? Bill Cowher says, “I don’t know”
NBC analyst Rodney Harrison expressed concern on Tuesday regarding the ability of the NFL to play a season in a pandemic. CBS analyst Bill Cowher has similar misgivings. “I mean, there’s so much...
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Bobby Bonilla Day has specific relevance to the NFL this year
After Cam Newton signed a contract with the Patriots that pays him a base salary of the veteran minimum, some pointed out that veteran journeyman Chase Daniel will make more this year than Newton and Saints...
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Two weeks left for tagged players to sign long-term deals
Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones suggested this week that he could sit out the 2020 season if he doesn’t come to an agreement with the team on a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline to do so...
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Kyler Murray: A lot of last year’s sacks were on me
Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has been working out with some of the team’s skill position players recently and the addition of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to that group has led to a lot of...
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Warren Moon worries about this year’s rookie quarterbacks
In a perfect world, rookie quarterbacks would have years to serve an apprenticeship before they’re asked to take over. Of course, that never really happens any more, and this year’s crop of...
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Pete Carroll: We killed it during the offseason
This NFL offseason was unlike any other, with players and coaches barred from team facilities during the pandemic, and all work done on video conference rather than on the field. But Seahawks coach Pete...
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Cam Newton already working out with Mohamed Sanu
The newest quarterback of the Patriots isn’t wasting any time in getting together with one of his future pass targets in New England. In an instagram video from The Sideline Hustle, Newton was shown...
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Chris Jones suggests he won’t play without a long-term deal with Chiefs
With the deadline for signing a long-term deal while on the franchise tag just over two weeks away, Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones may be trying to assert some leverage into negotiations....
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Report: No indication anybody else interested in Markus Golden
Linebacker Markus Golden has until July 22 to find a suitor or he will play 2020 under a one-year, $4.125 million deal with the Giants. The Giants placed the placed the unrestricted free agent tender on...
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Rod Woodson believes NFL head coaches don’t want Hall of Fame players on their staffs
Hall of Fame cornerback Rod Woodson has spent some time in the NFL as an assistant coach, including two stints with the Raiders. But it never really stuck for him. And Woodson has a theory for that. He...
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Converse to pay salary of WNBA player who chooses to sit out season
Washington Mystics star Natasha Cloud has decided to skip the 2020 WNBA season. Converse has decided to pay her salary. “There are a lot of factors that led to this decision, but the biggest one is...
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Josh Allen speaks of close friendship with Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold and Josh Allen were both Top 10 picks in the 2018 NFL draft, and although they both landed in the AFC East with Darnold as the starting quarterback of the Jets and Allen as the starting...
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