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For Vikings rookie J.J. McCarthy, the team's summer break won't be a vacation

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings constructed J.J. McCarthy's first spring as an NFL quarterback to be a kind of workshop, where the 10th overall pick in the draft could practice some of the footwork adjustments the team is coaching him to make and try throws he might not attempt in a game without any repercussions.

Players are off for five weeks ...Read more

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Jets, coach Robert Saleh downplay Aaron Rodgers' absence from mandatory minicamp

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NEW YORK — Jets coach Robert Saleh made the surprise announcement on Tuesday morning that Aaron Rodgers was an unexcused absence for mandatory minicamp.

Saleh told reporters Rodgers had a “very important event” this week that conflicted with the Jets’ camp.

On Wednesday, Jets cornerback D.J. Reed was asked about Rodgers’ absence and ...Read more

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Panthers minicamp recap: Piñeiro dishes on offseason absence, Thompson on recovery

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Eddy Piñeiro doesn’t want to talk about his private relationship with the Carolina Panthers. He refuses to discuss his contract and won’t comment on whether he wants a new deal, despite entering a lame-duck situation this summer.

But the veteran kicker — who has been with Carolina since 2022 — will proudly acknowledge his current ...Read more

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Why QB Dak Prescott believes Dallas Cowboys can win with a so-called lesser roster

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Considering how the 2023 Dallas Cowboys season ended and what has transpired in the offseason — or rather what has not been done — would you believe that quarterback Dak Prescott not only thinks his team is a better place than it was a year ago, but that they can possibly go farther in playoffs than any team since their last Super Bowl title...Read more

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New Giants defensive coordinator Shane Bowen sounds alarm for players to step up: 'It ain't on us'

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First-year defensive coordinator Shane Bowen became the first New York Giants coach to publicly acknowledge the obvious on Wednesday:

The product on the field this spring wasn’t good enough, even after two forced turnovers by the backups in this final spring practice. And it won’t suffice in August or September.

“Bottom line: We need ...Read more

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KC Chiefs All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones delivers strong words, double birds

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Animated, funny, a little profane ... Chris Jones ran the gamut after the Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up day two of a three-day mandatory mini-camp taking place before training camp begins next month.

Perhaps Jones was making up for lost time Wednesday. He didn’t attend this offseason practice, training camp or even the team’s opener while ...Read more

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Sean Keeler: Why wait, Broncos? Sooner Bo Nix is named Sean Payton's QB 1, the better.

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DENVER — Jon Cooper goes so far back with Sean Payton, he remembers when the Denver Broncos coach was the second-smartest guy in the room.

“I watched him play football in high school (in Chicago), that’s how far back I go with Sean,” Cooper, associate general manager and senior draft analyst with the Ourlads scouting service, chuckled ...Read more

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Gerry Dulac: 3-year extension shows Steelers never plan to part with Mike Tomlin

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PITTSBURGH — The Steelers' decision to give Mike Tomlin another three-year contract extension is just another indication they have no intention of ever moving on from their head coach, no matter how many years he goes without a playoff victory or what the fans think.

It isn't even a matter for discussion anymore.

Or so it would appear.

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Jim Harbaugh can't stop giving salutes to QB Justin Herbert at Camp Pendleton

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LOS ANGELES — Despite everything he did at Oregon, despite 17,000 NFL passing yards and 114 touchdown tosses and all the records already set as a Charger, Justin Herbert has never stood out quite like this on a football field.

Wrapped in a golden jersey while everyone else is dressed in blue or white, Herbert literally has resembled a one-man...Read more

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Sean Keeler: Broncos should call Courtland Sutton's holdout bluff, then trade him

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DENVER — How much does Courtland Sutton miss Jerry Jeudy? Big No. 14 started Day 1 of minicamp by dropping the first ball thrown his way. He ended it by lobbying for a raise.

“I’ve come to understand what this business that we’re in is,” the Broncos’ pleasant-but-still-sort-of-disgruntled wide receiver said Tuesday following a two-...Read more

Seahawks coaching staff, DK Metcalf begin 'learning curve' at minicamp

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RENTON, Wash. — DK Metcalf isn’t running track meets this offseason like he did in 2021.

There are no apparent movies in which he has starring roles set to be released, as there was in 2022.

Instead, Metcalf said he has been enjoying an uneventful offseason.

“I’ve been chilling, working out,’’ Metcalf said Tuesday when he talked ...Read more

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Chiefs' B.J. Thompson released from hospital following medical emergency

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Kansas City Chiefs defensive end B.J. Thompson took a big step in his recovery from a frightful medical emergency that took place Thursday at the team’s practice facility.

During a team meeting, Thompson suffered a seizure that caused him to go into cardiac arrest. Chiefs trainers performed CPR and gave Thompson an AED shock. The Kansas City ...Read more

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Wide receiver Courtland Sutton, Broncos are at 'stalemate' in contract negotiations

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DENVER — Wide receiver Courtland Sutton said he and the Broncos have not found a middle ground in contract negotiations.

“We are at a stalemate in a sense,” Sutton said after the first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. “But I have confidence and faith that the right thing will be done.”

Sutton will be an unrestricted free agent ...Read more

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Mike Preston: Ravens observations on wisdom from former players, early minicamp standouts and more

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The Baltimore Ravens had an old-timers’ convention on the first of three mandatory minicamp practices Tuesday in Owings Mills.

It was great seeing some of the old guys again, including the old guard of offensive linemen Wally Williams, Ben Cavil, Jason Brown, Adam Terry, Herman Arive and Harry Swayne; defensive backs Kim Herring, Duane Starks...Read more

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Why Matthew Stafford holds the power in contract issue with Rams ahead of camp

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LOS ANGELES — The Rams were all smiles Tuesday as they completed offseason workouts on a beautiful final afternoon in Thousand Oaks.

Everyone connected with the organization appeared upbeat.

But make no mistake: A pall hangs over the Rams and their sunny disposition as they enter a break before reporting to training camp at Loyola Marymount ...Read more

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Dolphins sign second-round pick, OT Patrick Paul, to four-year deal

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The Miami Dolphins have six of the team’s seven draft picks under contract because of Tuesday’s signing of offensive tackle Patrick Paul.

Paul, a former Houston standout who spent four season as the Cougars starting left tackle, was taken in the second round with the 55th pick, and will likely spend his rookie season as Terron Armstead’s ...Read more

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Jets' Aaron Rodgers, Haason Reddick not in attendance for mandatory minicamp

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NEW YORK — The absence of Haason Reddick, a key player, from the Jets facility continues to be a significant development.

However, Aaron Rodgers’ unexpected inclusion on the absentee list for the mandatory minicamp added a surprising twist.

Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Tuesday that not only did Reddick not report for mandatory...Read more

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Tom Krasovic: Chris Olave hopes a version of 49ers offense lifts Saints in receiver's third NFL season

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SAN DIEGO — It may bode well for San Diego County's Chris Olave that an expert of the "Shanahan-West Coast offense" has joined him in New Orleans.

New Saints coordinator Klint Kubiak was born into a great opportunity to learn NFL football's inner details.

Gary Kubiak, Klint's dad, was an NFL quarterback and coach whose mentors included Hall ...Read more

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Jason Mackey: With Mike Tomlin's situation clear, the focus now shifts to Steelers' players

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PITTSBURGH — The Steelers' unusually busy offseason has made for great radio fodder and newspaper copy.

Overhauling the quarterbacks room by adding Russell Wilson and Justin Fields and sending a cantankerous Kenny Pickett across the state. Fixing a known shortcoming in the middle of the defense by signing ex-Raven Patrick Queen, reworking the...Read more

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Darren Waller retirement leaves Malik Nabers to rebuild Giants' top skill group

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NEW YORK — It would have been bigger news if Darren Waller had announced he was coming back.

The Giants’ tight end was expected to retire for months. All that was missing was his official announcement, which came Sunday.

“I’ve made the decision that I’ll be retiring from the NFL,” Waller, 31, said on his YouTube channel. “...Read more