In Eagles' draft strategy, players must fit their system

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After the Eagles traded LeSean McCoy last month, owner Jeffrey Lurie said the team preferred a one-cut runner for its offensive scheme.

Every time an Eagles coach offered an evaluation of Riley Cooper last season, they praised the receiver for his blocking on the perimeter despite a decline in statistical production.

The Eagles bypassed more ...Read more

Running back Todd Gurley: Damaged goods or just plain good?

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The Dolphins have not used a first-round pick on a running back in a decade.

Who can blame them?

They might be shell-shocked from a long history of awful luck.

Seven times in 49 years, the Dolphins have taken a running back in the first round. Only two -- Hall of Famer Larry Csonka and Ronnie Brown -- amounted to anything.

As for the rest?

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NFL beat writers make their predictions for the draft

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Of everyone who covers the NFL, it's the beat writers -- those who follow a particular franchise on a daily basis -- who know their respective teams best.

With that in mind, here's one possible way the first round of Thursday's draft could unfold, with beat writers making the selections for the teams they cover, along with explanatory comments ...Read more

Will Mariota be worth a major investment?

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Whether a franchise with a top-six pick chooses Marcus Mariota or another organization further down the board like the Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers or St. Louis Rams trades up to select him, someone is expected to make a major investment in the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Oregon shortly after the ...Read more

Panthers exercise Luke Kuechly's option

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In a move that was bound to happen within the next two weeks, the Carolina Panthers exercised middle linebacker Luke Kuechly's fifth-year option of his rookie deal on Saturday.

Kuechly, entering his fourth year in the NFL, will be paid a guaranteed salary of $11.1 million in 2016 with the option.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman has ...Read more

Brad Biggs' NFL mock draft

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Chicago Tribune Bears/NFL columnist Brad Biggs forecasts the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday:.

1. Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Lovie Smith has seemingly been all-in on Winston for months, and he hit on a wide receiver for his quarterback last year with Mike Evans.

2. Titans: Marcus ...Read more

Panthers QB Newton grateful for health after last year's string of ailments

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Cam Newton received a text from Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion on Easter Sunday showing him what his ankle looked like on Easter of 2014.

Newton, now healthy as the Panthers finish their first week of voluntary offseason workouts, saw pictures of his ankle swollen, and he was still in a walking boot following surgery. The text ...Read more

Greg Hardy has verbal spat with Cowboys teammate Davon Coleman

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Dallas Cowboys backup defensive lineman Davon Coleman and defensive end Greg Hardy got into a heated argument following conditioning drills on Friday, but Coleman's agent said that the story has been blown "significantly out of proportion."

"My understanding is that Davon and Greg had a 'verbal discussion,' as it's been termed to me," Michael ...Read more

Florida Gators look to continue tradition of feeding NFL draft's first round

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators haven't won many games the last several seasons, but the school continues to operate as a first-round factory for the NFL draft.

The Gators have produced at least one first-round selection in seven of the last eight drafts, and their 11 first-round picks over the last decade is good for fourth nationally....Read more

Crabtree glad to be wanted by Raiders

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Michael Crabtree left the 49ers in free agency with the hope of landing a multi-year contract worth tens of millions of dollars.

Instead, the best catch he could make was a one-year, $3.2 million deal across the bay with the Raiders, with the possibility of making $5 million if he has the best year of his career.

Not exactly...Read more

A new design for potential L.A. stadium

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LOS ANGELES--Two months after unveiling plans and renderings for a stadium in Carson, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have completely overhauled their design for the $1.7-billion project.

The Chargers and Raiders presented their concept in New York this week to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Committee on Los Angeles ...Read more

NFLPA might sue over Greg Hardy suspension

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The NFL made a statement with its decision to suspend Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for the first 10 games of the 2015 season.

Now the National Football League Players Association plans to fight back.

Not only will the NFLPA appeal the 10-game suspension on Hardy's behalf, but it also considering filing suit against the league, per a...Read more

Browns GM Farmer says he didn't try to trade Manziel to Eagles

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BEREA, Ohio -- Browns general manager Ray Farmer voiced support for quarterback Johnny Manziel during a pre-draft news conference Thursday and insisted he didn't attempt to ship the former Heisman Trophy winner to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Two weeks ago,'s Jason Cole cited an unnamed source in the Browns' organization in a ...Read more

Bob St. Clair, Hall of Fame offensive lineman for 49ers, dies at 84

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Years before Bob St. Clair was crushing rival linemen as an offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers, his high school football coach gave the enthusiastic wanna-be a wallop of hard fact.

"He said, 'Bob, you're 5-6, you weigh 160 and you're 15 years old. My advice to you is to go home and grow a little."

"And dammit -- I did!" St. Clair ...Read more

VIDEO: Vikings receiver Johnson answers a mother's plea

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The feel-good story of this past weekend was the tale of Mackenzie Moretter. She's a Shakopee, Minn., girl who was surprised by nearly 300 guests showing up at her 10th birthday party after her mother, Jenny, sent out a plea on Facebook when it appeared none of the girls invited were going to come.

Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson was ...Read more

NFL concussion settlement receives federal judge's final OK

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The long-running litigation between the NFL and its retired players concluded Wednesday with a federal judge's final approval of a settlement that the league said would provide "prompt and substantial benefits" to many of those suffering from concussion-related illnesses.

In a 132-page opinion filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, Judge...Read more

Miami Dolphins reach deal with veteran WR Greg Jennings

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Greg Jennings will sign with the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Herald has confirmed, seemingly erasing the team's No. 1 need just a week shy of the draft.

The deal, first reported by Fox Sports, is for two years and $8 million, according to ESPN.

Jennings, who spent six seasons with Joe Philbin in Green Bay, visited the Dolphins weeks back and ...Read more

Lions safety Quin predicts team will open season 7-1

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When the NFL schedule came out, Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin put on his prognosticator hat, looked into his crystal ball and came out with a 7-1 record for the first half of the season.

While giving a very detailed breakdown of the first half of the season, Quin said the lone loss he sees before the Lions reach the bye is a road game ...Read more

Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy suspended 10 games

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The NFL came down harder than expected on Greg Hardy, suspending the Cowboys defensive end for 10 games without pay to start the 2015 season. A source said Hardy immediately will appeal.

The NFL announced the decision on Wednesday afternoon after a two-month investigation, saying the suspension is for "conduct detrimental to the league" ...Read more

Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy suspended 10 games

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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2015 regular season by the NFL for conduct detrimental to the league.

Hardy's suspension will begin on September 5, the day of final roster reductions for NFL teams. He may participate in all preseason activities, including the offseason workout program, ...Read more