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Woods wants to be for Rams what he was at USC: A No. 1 receiver

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LOS ANGELES--In a recent ceremony at his old high school, legendary status was bestowed upon Robert Woods.

Gardena Serra made the new Rams receiver the first recipient of "Serra Legend" recognition. In honor of his performance on the field, and the character he displays on and off it, a patch bearing Woods' name will adorn the jerseys of all ...Read more

Brandon Jacobs says Jim Harbaugh 'didn't know what he was doing'

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While most of the Michigan football players have raved about Jim Harbaugh, players in his past have had varying opinions.

Former San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs was among those who didn't respect him, when he played for him in the 2012 season.

That was the season Harbaugh led the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

Jacobs shared those ...Read more

Vikings coach Zimmer: 'One eye or two, it really doesn't matter. I'm going to be back.'

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Mike Zimmer, despite his ongoing eye issues that have him exiled from OTAs in Winter Park, Minn., vowed Friday that they won't prevent him from continuing his coaching career.

"I'll be back shortly. One eye or two, it really doesn't matter. I'm going to be back," the Vikings head coach said. "So we can put the retiring thing or whatever to bed ...Read more

Chip Kelly accepts analyst job with ESPN

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Chip Kelly, who won his 49ers coaching debut last season on ESPN, has found a new job with that network as a college football and NFL analyst.

Kelly won only one other game, presided over a franchise-record 13-game losing streak and ultimately got fired along with general manager Trent Baalke after finishing last season with a 2-14 record.

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Despite 'good visit' with Kaepernick, Seahawks may not be done in search for backup QB

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So what next for the Seahawks and their pursuit of a backup quarterback, and especially the man in that group who has drawn the most attention, Colin Kaepernick?

Apparently, at least a little bit of a waiting game.

While reports surfaced Thursday that Kaepernick had a good visit and told the team he wants to become a Seahawk, such as one from ...Read more

Dolphins TE Julius Thomas uses his football IQ to gain an edge

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DAVIE, Fla. -- If the Miami Dolphins get the Julius Thomas they think they're getting, he could be the best tight end they've had in years -- better than Charles Clay, Dion Sims, Jordan Cameron, Anthony Fasano, the brief and injury-shortened stay of Dustin Keller, and perhaps even Randy McMichael.

The reason for that thinking goes beyond Thomas...Read more

Raiders' Amari Cooper hopes to remedy second-half fades

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Amari Cooper knows what you're thinking, and he doesn't necessarily disagree.

One of only three receivers in NFL history to record at least 70 receptions and 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons (the others were Marques Colston and Odell Beckham Jr.), Cooper has nonetheless ended both the 2015 and the 2016 seasons ...Read more

Spencer Ware in unfamiliar but welcome position in Chiefs backfield

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For the first time since high school, Chiefs running back Spencer Ware returns as his team's leading rusher.

He's ready for all that comes with that.

"It's a lot of responsibility as far as showing leadership on the field," Ware said Wednesday following the Chiefs' organized team activities. "No pressure, though. I go out every day and work ...Read more

Vikings' Michael Floyd back in his comfort zone

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Back home in Minnesota and legally cleared to practice with the Vikings, wide receiver Michael Floyd spent the past two days of organized team activities playing catch-up.

On Wednesday, the first OTA open to media this spring, Floyd worked alongside rookies and other backups while Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Laquon Treadwell hogged the snaps...Read more

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott moving at faster, quicker pace

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FRISCO, Texas -- It will be several months before it is truly known if Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott can improve on what was the best season of any rookie quarterback in NFL history.

But it won't be because of a lack of effort, work ethic or desire.

In those areas, Prescott is already a better player and a better quarterback.

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Seahawks bring Colin Kaepernick, Austin Davis for visits Wednesday

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In their escalating search for a veteran backup quarterback, the Seahawks on Wednesday brought in Colin Kaepernick and Austin Davis for visits, the Seattle Times confirmed.

The visits, though, don't mean a signing is necessarily immediately in the offing. Indications instead are that the Seahawks will use the visits to gather information -- ...Read more

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch 'really soaking up the system' at OTAs

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- For much of Tuesday's OTA practice, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch stood off to the side of the action, talking with teammates and coaches.

Lynch wore his white No. 24 jersey over a long-sleeved black shirt and his dreadlocks spilled over his shoulders as he did not even carry a helmet.

The veteran running back, who ...Read more

Blindsided by trade, Osweiler determined to become Browns' starting QB

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BEREA, Ohio -- Brock Osweiler was in a trap as the brutal business of the NFL ambushed him.

The 6-foot-7, 240-pound quarterback was golfing March 9 in Arizona when he learned the Houston Texans had traded him the Browns.

"I was standing in a sand trap, and I got a phone call and here we come," Osweiler said Wednesday after the second practice ...Read more

Jim Caldwell: Lions concerned about Calvin Johnson's unhappiness

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Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday the entire organization, from owner Martha Ford on down, is concerned about comments Calvin Johnson made recently about his unhappiness with the way he was treated after he retired.

"I think all of us within the organization, top to bottom, Mrs. Ford down through Bob (Quinn) and the Ford children,...Read more

Cowboys' Elliott to miss workouts after getting injured in car accident

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be held out of some organized team activities after being injured in a car accident.

Elliott, the NFL's rookie of the year and a Pro Bowler last season, suffered a bump on his head while a passenger in a car involved in an accident earlier this week. No more details were ...Read more

Super Bowl in Los Angeles is delayed a year; Inglewood will host in 2022

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CHICAGO -- Call it the Super Bowl Reshuffle.

Five days after the Los Angeles Rams announced their Inglewood stadium would be finished in 2020, a year later than the original plan, NFL owners unanimously voted to push the Los Angeles Super Bowl back a year until February 2022.

Tampa, Fla., will host the 2021 game originally promised to L.A. -- ...Read more

Marshawn Lynch easing in to Raiders system at OTAs

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Marshawn Lynch spent most of his first public practice with the Raiders Tuesday engaging with teammates and coaches, flashing his ever-present smile and appearing to enjoy the concept of playing for his hometown team.

Lynch talked and laughed with left tackle Donald Penn and place kicker Sebastian Janikowski during warmups. ...Read more

Alex Smith clarifies comment about Chiefs being committed to him 'through this year'

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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith on Tuesday clarified something he said last week, about the team being committed to him for only this season.

Smith has two years left on his contract, but last month the Chiefs selected a quarterback, Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech, in the first round of the NFL draft for the first time since 1983.

Does Smith ...Read more

What was Calvin Johnson doing at the Raiders practice?

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- No, he's not coming out of retirement to join the Raiders.

Former Detroit Lions great Calvin Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, is merely serving as a guest of offensive coordinator Todd Downing for this week of the Raiders' organized team activities.

"He's obviously a big good-looking guy," Raiders coach Jack Del ...Read more

Ben Roethlisberger only committed to playing in 2017

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has three years and $46 million remaining on the five-year contract he signed in 2015, but he said Tuesday he did not give team president Art Rooney II a commitment beyond the 2017 season when he informed him last month that he would return for his 14th NFL season.

"I never commit to anyone more than one ...Read more

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