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With firmer grasp on Steelers' defense, Minkah Fitzpatrick eyes even bigger impact

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There really isn't much Minkah Fitzpatrick can do for an encore, unless it's to sing the national anthem, provide the halftime entertainment and pass-protect for Ben Roethlisberger.

He had the greatest Pittsburgh debut since Mario Lemieux after the Steelers acquired him in a trade with the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 of the 2019 season, providing ...Read more

Dolphins can't play yet, so Hard Rock Stadium is opening a drive-in theater

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MIAMI -- Despite the fact that fans are aching to see Tua Tagovailoa throw a pass wearing the aqua and orange, the Miami Dolphins can't play football to entertain right now.

So instead, they're inviting you to the movies.

Coming soon to Hard Rock Stadium are The Outdoor Theaters, two new ways to watch films in a socially-distanced setting. The...Read more

Why switching Detroit Lions CB Jamal Agnew to WR this fall makes sense

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Jamal Agnew has done a little bit of everything in his NFL career.

He has been the Detroit Lions' regular kick and punt returner since he entered the league in 2017. He has seen time as a gadget running back and offensive weapon. He has played some as a backup cornerback and on special teams.

And when training camp opens this summer, the Lions...Read more

Ex-Chiefs coach Herm Edwards calls NFL incentive for minority hires 'bad for football'

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NFL owners last week tabled a proposal to reward teams that hire minority coaches by giving them a better third-round draft pick.

However, teams will be required to interview at least two minority candiate from outside their organization for a head coaching opening and at least one for an open defensive or special-teams coordinator job. One ...Read more

Eyeing breakout season, Ravens wide receiver Miles Boykin strives to make his mind as fast as his body

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BALTIMORE -- Miles Boykin has always trusted the speed of his body.

As a 6-foot-4, 220-pound NFL wide receiver who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, he won't encounter many athletes who put him to shame.

But as Boykin prepares for his second season with the Ravens, he's working to make sure his mind can keep up with his legs. He ...Read more

NFL analyst ranks Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa last among top-40 quarterbacks

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In a top-40 countdown of NFL quarterbacks, one analyst has ranked Miami Dolphins rookie Tua Tagovailoa dead last.

Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms has Tagovailoa, Miami's fifth pick in April's NFL draft, as his 40th-best quarterback heading into the 2020 season.

Simms credits Tagovailoa's talent and charisma, but is concerned about his ...Read more

Dolphins owner Steve Ross says NFL will 'definitely' play this season, 'planning to have fans in the stadium'

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The NFL will play this season, Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross said Tuesday morning, and fans being in stadiums are part of those plans for now.

"I think definitely there will be a football season this year," Ross said on CNBC. "The real question is will there be fans in the stadium? Right now, today, we're planning to have fans in the stadium....Read more

49ers will count on D.J. Jones to fill the hole left by Buckner's departure

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The 49ers won't replace DeForest Buckner with just one player along the defensive line in 2020. Buckner was too productive and durable to have a single replacement.

Buckner missed just one game the past four seasons while recording 28.5 sacks, earning a contract worth up to $84 million following a trade to the Indianapolis Colts. Arik Armstead ...Read more

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin favors incentives to fix NFL's 'broken' hiring system

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PITTSBURGH -- There are currently just four minority head coaches in the NFL. The Steelers' Mike Tomlin is one of them, and he'd like that number to grow.

Speaking Monday during a Facebook Live interview with Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, Tomlin backed a shelved NFL proposal that would have incentivized teams to hire minority ...Read more

From Zambia to the NFL: How family and football helped Ravens rookie John Daka find his way

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His mother had urged him to always have a backup plan, but John Daka was stuck. He'd told her he was going to play in the NFL one day, but now that dream seemed more impossible than inevitable, as far away as Zambia, the homeland he couldn't really remember.

What could he do? Transferring down a level for the 2018 season, from James Madison to ...Read more

No offseason practice means Eagles rookies will struggle to play key roles in team's plans this season

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Doug Pederson wasted little time bracing Eagles fans for the very real possibility that this year's rookie class might not be making much of a contribution to the team's NFL war effort.

"Personally, I feel we're going to have to lean on our veterans players," he said less than two hours after the Eagles had made the last of the their 10 draft ...Read more

Could Seahawks sign Antonio Brown? It's unlikely and maybe unadvised but not impossible.

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I once heard someone say that a man who has declared bankruptcy can be inherently trusted with money. It seems counterintuitive, but the argument goes that, at that point, he no longer has a safety net and will hence be reliable.

I don't know if that's true, but I can't help but apply that logic to former Steelers (and Raiders and Patriots, ...Read more

Super Bowl champ Patrick Mahomes addresses Texas Tech's class of 2020 … virtually

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Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes made a guest appearance during Texas Tech's virtual graduation ceremonies on Saturday.

Mahomes, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, told the future generation to "go out and win your Super Bowl" during a speech that lasted less than two minutes.

"I'm beyond excited that I get to share this ...Read more

Russell Wilson may want Seahawks to sign Antonio Brown, but a lot would have to happen first

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SEATTLE -- As any close observer of the Seahawks should know by now, the public stance of coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider is that the team will always research any player who becomes available if they think can help.

In September the Seahawks acknowledging that they were ready to try to make a run at receiver Antonio Brown...Read more

Inside the transformation of JuJu Smith-Schuster's 'revenge body'

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PITTSBURGH -- The garage in sunny Southern California is hot and steamy, but Corey Calliet likes it that way. He used to call his home gym "The Box" but now it's "The Laboratory," or just "The Lab," for short. If it starts to get a little too stuffy, he'll crack open one of the doors a bit, just to let in some fresh air, then shut it.

Because ...Read more

Ex-Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards works to pay tribute to veterans

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LOS ANGELES -- Donnie Edwards has spent his post-NFL career working with veterans and helping shine a light on their contributions.

Recently, in a world dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, he experienced something he described as a fitting reminder.

"My wife went to Costco and there's no meat," the former Chargers and UCLA linebacker said. "...Read more

Seahawks to sign RB Carlos Hyde to one-year contract

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SEATTLE -- The Seahawks' pursuit of a veteran running back to add depth at a position that last year was decimated by injuries ended Friday as the team agreed to a one-year deal with free agent Carlos Hyde, who gained 1,070 yards during a resurgent 2019 season with the Houston Texans.

The news of Hyde's signing was first reported by The NFL ...Read more

With Aldon Smith reinstated, what's the latest on Randy Gregory's return to Cowboys?

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Now that Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith's has been reinstated by the NFL from an indefinite suspension, the big question is when Randy Gregory will be given the green light to return to the team as well?

To date, Gregory has been suspended for 46 games as he has not played since 2018, but he has filed for reinstatement. An NFL source ...Read more

COVID-19 relief fundraiser lets Browns fans bid on scripting plays

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Coach Kevin Stefanski, legendary quarterback Bernie Kosar and the Browns are offering fans once-in-a-lifetime experiences as part of the organization's efforts to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.

The Browns announced Friday morning Stefanski and Kosar are participating in the "All In Challenge."

Through the challenge, which is powered by ...Read more

ESPN announces Tom Brady docuseries for 2021. Are we ready for another dance?

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So there's going to be another dance.

This time with a different GOAT.

With its massively successful Michael Jordan docuseries "The Last Dance" still fresh in everyone's minds, ESPN announced Thursday it will be giving Tom Brady similar treatment in 2021.

"The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady" will be a nine-episode series that "will include a ...Read more