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Allen Robinson reports to Bears minicamp despite yearlong contract impasse, focusing on his game instead of the franchise tag

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CHICAGO — With less than one month to go before the deadline for the Chicago Bears and Allen Robinson to agree to a long-term contract, the wide receiver didn’t offer any indication Wednesday that progress has been made toward a deal.

If it stays that way, Robinson would have to play out the season on the $17.88 million franchise tag, which...Read more

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Scott Fowler: McCaffrey, Darnold won't say whether they got COVID vaccine, and that's disappointing

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Carolina Panthers Christian McCaffrey and Sam Darnold both declined to say whether they have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine yet Wednesday, and they also wouldn’t say if they ever planned to get it.

I’m not mad at them for dodging those questions.

I’m just disappointed.

McCaffrey is Carolina’s most talented player and the face of the ...Read more

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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson dazzles as mandatory minicamp winds down: 'Today was a good day'

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“What you see is what it is,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday, seemingly satisfied after the last practice of the team’s mandatory minicamp, because this is what coaches and teammates and reporters saw from Lamar Jackson in the quarterback’s final workout before training camp:

They saw Jackson throw his first pass of 11-on-11 ...Read more

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Gardner Minshew is the only QB to have won games for Jags in the last two years. Will it matter?

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The Jaguars haven't won many games in the past two seasons -- seven, to be exact.

Gardner Minshew was the quarterback in all seven of those victories.

He also was the starter in 13 losses, including his last seven. The Jags lost seven other games last season that were started by either Mike Glennon or Jake Luton and that combination, leading ...Read more

Chargers are among NFL's least vaccinated teams, but QB Justin Herbert got his

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LOS ANGELES — Quarterback Justin Herbert said Wednesday that he’d been vaccinated.

Over the next several weeks, the Chargers would love to have more teammates join him.

The Chargers are among the NFL’s least-vaccinated teams, said a source familiar with the information but not authorized to speak about it publicly. The situation could ...Read more

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Chip Scoggins: More than roster tweaks, Mike Zimmer blows up Vikings defense after terrible 2020

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The Vikings opened mandatory minicamp Tuesday with Danielle Hunter in attendance, along with a newly acquired defensive tackle, a boatload of new cornerbacks and presumably steak and lobster on Mike Zimmer's daily dinner plate.

The head coach is living in hog heaven this summer.

The gang is back together again, plus some new veterans to fill ...Read more

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How the Kansas City Chiefs plan to get Clyde Edwards-Helaire more involved this season

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The deep passes receive all the attention, and make no mistake, a Patrick Mahomes throw and Mecole Hardman tip-drill catch down the sideline will be the highlight from the second day of the Chiefs’ mandatory three-day minicamp.

But it’s not the accurate depiction of Wednesday’s practice in its entirety.

No, the Chiefs instead focused ...Read more

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Tua Tagovailoa rebounds from five-interception practice as Dolphins hope QB remains aggressive

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Brian Flores isn’t panicking after quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw five interceptions during a torrential downpour in a June practice. And the Miami Dolphins hope Tagovailoa won’t let one poor outing halt his progression this offseason ahead of his second NFL season.

During Wednesday’s practice, Tagovailoa did have some struggles during ...Read more

Vikings' Danielle Hunter says he feels 100% healthy, but needs to get in football shape

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Defensive end Danielle Hunter hasn't suited up for the Vikings since Jan. 11, 2020 in the playoff loss at San Francisco.

Watching the once-vaunted Vikings defense deteriorate piece by piece, starting with the herniated disc in his neck in August, was among the most difficult parts of his time away, Hunter said Wednesday during his first public ...Read more

Mastermind or mercenary? Matt Canada's journey from 'Just A Guy' to Steelers offensive coordinator.

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PITTSBURGH — Long before donning his signature straw hat, the one that makes him easy to spot on the field at Steelers practice, Matt Canada was 20 years old, hitting the books as a regular college student, toiling away in business school but still with a football itch to scratch.

As a two-year starting quarterback and double-figure ...Read more

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Months after coronavirus outbreak, here's where the Ravens stand with vaccinations

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Six months after the Ravens endured one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in sports, over half of the team is vaccinated, coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday, raising hopes that virus-related protocols can be eased by the start of the season.

In a virtual news conference after the first of two days of mandatory minicamp, Harbaugh declined to ...Read more

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Bears don't plan for Justin Fields to start season opener, as coach Matt Nagy reiterates, 'Andy Dalton is our starter'

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CHICAGO — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy has a plan for Justin Fields, and it does not include the rookie quarterback starting the season opener Sept. 12 against the Los Angeles Rams.

Nagy confirmed that to Chicago media Tuesday after the opening day of mandatory minicamp at Halas Hall when the coach was asked if Fields is unable to win the ...Read more

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Cam Newton supported the Patriots pick of Mac Jones. Can he beat out the rookie QB?

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the Patriots drafted Mac Jones with the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it spoke volumes about the team’s thoughts on its quarterback position. The Pats offense was abysmal in 2020.

The quarterback play from starter Cam Newton and backups Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer left much to be desired.

But the 31-...Read more

Odell Beckham Jr. returns to practice field for the Cleveland Browns

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BEREA, Ohio — The Browns welcomed Odell Beckham Jr. back to the practice field as they kicked off mandatory minicamp.

Beckham practiced Tuesday for the first time since the star wide receiver suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Oct. 25 at Cincinnati.

Beckham went through individual drills early in ...Read more

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Jamison Crowder on taking a pay cut to stay with the Jets: 'It's a business'

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After being Gang Green’s most productive receiver over the past two seasons, Jamison Crowder says he has no ill will towards the Jets after taking a pay cut.

“It’s a business,” Crowder said Tuesday after negotiating a deal to stay in the Big Apple but with a presumed big trim from his original $10 million base salary. ”You just got to...Read more

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Teddy Bridgewater says he probably should have 'shut it down' last year after injury

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It’s not a secret that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s play decreased toward the end of his one season with the Carolina Panthers.

Now Bridgewater is saying that he’s not sure he should have been playing in five of those games because of an injury.

Currently competing against Drew Lock for the starting job in Denver, Bridgewater spoke ...Read more

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Armando Salguero: Rough day for Dolphins, yes, but good teams and good QBs endure these to grow

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First came the clear message of discontent cornerback Xavien Howard sent the Miami Dolphins by holding out from the club’s opening mandatory minicamp practice. Then came a deluge that seemed to spring from the time of Noah, and soon the quarterbacks were also raining interceptions all over the field.

At least the frogs and locusts stayed away...Read more

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Omar Kelly: How many interceptions? Tagovailoa, Dolphins offense struggle in first minicamp session.

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DAVIE, Fla. — Growth isn’t always going to be pretty or comfortable.

Right now it’s obvious that Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is undergoing some growing pains.

If you view these minicamp practices, which began Tuesday, as a job interview for vacant positions on the Dolphins’ starting lineup, I’m not certain Tagovailoa’...Read more

Dozens of ex-Michigan football players, Anderson victims to demand action from school

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Dozens of former Michigan football players and other students who say they were sexually assaulted by Dr. Robert Anderson will hold a news conference outside Michigan Stadium on Wednesday morning to demand action from the school's leadership.

The former student-athletes and other students will be at the corner of S. Main Street and Pauline Blvd...Read more

Ron Cook: Le'Veon Bell's delusion is reaching new heights

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PITTSBURGH — Where is Tom Brady when Le'Veon Bell really needs him?

It is clear Bell needs plenty of help resurrecting his NFL career. His actions are begging for it. Bell's pal, Antonio Brown, needed similar help last season. Brady saved Brown in a variety of ways.

Brady convinced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to sign Brown despite Brown's ...Read more