Will Levis is riding the hype train. From out of nowhere, the Kentucky quarterback is a current hot commodity where next year’s NFL Draft is concerned. ESPN’s Todd McShay put Levis No. 8 in his way-too-early 2023 mock draft. CBS Sports upped the ante, christening the senior-to-be the No. 1 overall pick in a mock.
No. 1 overall? In 2023? ...Read more
The talent level has never been in question.
The blend of speed and athleticism is what motivated the Miami Dolphins to select Noah Igbinoghene as their final of three first-round picks, the 30th player selected in the 2020 NFL draft.
His work ethic is supposedly stellar. People who have worked with him have raved about it since his days at ...Read more
NEW YORK — Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney had a minor arthroscopic knee procedure, sources say, which is why he’s been in a red jersey on the side at spring OTA practices.
But he is expected to be fine and ready for training camp.
Toney, 23, was on his feet on the sidelines at Thursday’s open practice. He caught some balls off the ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — Here’s a fun little thought experiment that should let you know exactly where the expectations for Jalen Hurts should sit. Look at the Eagles roster and start subbing in quarterbacks other than Hurts. Each time, ask yourself: is this a Super Bowl contender? Don’t limit yourself to the obvious insta-winners like Tom Brady, ...Read more
BALTIMORE — After the trade that returned the Ravens’ wide receiver group to that oh-so-familiar offseason zone — more potential than production, more questions than answers — Eric DeCosta couldn’t resist a joke. The Ravens general manager had just traded Marquise “Hollywood” Brown for the first-round pick that became center Tyler ...Read more
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It was a typical sled drill that a linebacker has probably done 500 times in his career.
Wait for the coach to snap the ball to charge the sled, lift the makeshift offensive player in the air for a couple seconds before shedding it to whatever side the coach signals, then charging and tackling the pop-up dummy 5 yards in...Read more
PITTSBURGH — I'm hoping for Doug Whaley's sake that his take on Jack Ham didn't make it into his second interview for the Steelers' general manager job.
It might not have gone over well.
It made for great radio, though, on Whaley's weekly Wednesday appearance on The Fan Morning Show. Ears perked when the topic turned to whether Ham — a 6-...Read more
Panthers rookie cornerback Kalon Barnes impressed his teammates early in rookie minicamp.
“I went back last night and looked at his (40-yard dash) video and it is crazy,” Panthers rookie linebacker Brandon Smith said after Day 2 of camp. “It is crazy because it’s just like a smooth gradual glide. And that’s exactly how I’ve seen him...Read more
You can say this much for Ty Montgomery.
After two short months in New England, he’s already with the program.
During a conference call with reporters Thursday, the Patriots’ veteran running back/wide receiver declined to reveal which position he’ll be playing this season.
“I consider myself an employee of the New England Patriots,”...Read more
BALTIMORE — Ravens punter Sam Koch is retiring from the NFL after 16 seasons in Baltimore, the team announced Thursday.
Koch, who appeared in a franchise-record 256 regular-season games, including a team-record 239 consecutively from 2006 to 2020, holds several franchise records.
He holds team marks in punts (1,168), punt yardage (52,868), ...Read more
On Jan. 10, when the Wilf family made its largest set of changes in its 17 years owning the Vikings, it was linebacker Eric Kendricks who signaled how big of a shift was coming next.
Kendricks' remarks about the Vikings' culture — when the linebacker said, "I don't think a fear-based organization is the way to go" — grabbed headlines and ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles took a significant step toward shoring up their secondary Wednesday, agreeing to sign veteran cornerback James Bradberry to a one-year deal.
Bradberry, 28, was the New York Giants’ No. 1 cornerback last season, but the team released him for salary cap savings earlier this month. Bradberry’s contract is worth up ...Read more
ATLANTA — We don’t know what will become of Desmond Ridder’s career. After all, the list of third-round picks turned franchise quarterbacks is brief. But if he isn’t the Falcons’ answer, it won’t be because he doesn’t “get it.”
Third-round quarterbacks aren’t expected to be the solution. Otherwise, they would go the first ...Read more
SEATTLE — Sad is the word here.
That's the most apt description of the once-revered Seahawk's descent. Seeing Earl Thomas' name in the news these days doesn't spark joy or inspiration anymore. It almost always prompts the question, "What did he do this time?"
On Friday, the seven-time Pro Bowl safety was arrested in Texas for violating a ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — Sitting in the passenger seat of his mother’s car parked outside his college apartment, Haason Reddick told her he was ready to give up on a dream.
Early in his time as a Temple walk-on struggling to get on the field, Reddick was running out of patience. He had plenty of support, chiefly from his parents, but the Camden, N.J....Read more
Mike McDaniel’s style can’t, and shouldn’t be ignored.
The Miami Dolphins coach avoided the team-issued gear and wore spring’s hottest colors to the NFL combine, and accented that wardrobe with Burberry sneakers and a Louis Vuitton backpack hanging over his shoulder the entire week.
For the NFL owners meeting he wore crispy white linen...Read more
Since the day he joined the Chicago Bears a little more than two years ago, Jaylon Johnson has emphasized the biggest prerequisite for top-tier cornerbacks.
“Have a short memory,” he said again Tuesday.
So perhaps it was apropos that when Johnson was asked about making notable individual growth during a 2021 season full of failure by ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. — While lacking some star power, the first organized team activity of the Todd Bowles era featured a hearty ensemble nonetheless.
More than 70 players on the current 90-man roster attended Tuesday’s workout (staged in helmets and shorts) at AdventHealth Training Center, the first of 10 organized team activities before the three-...Read more
Back before they were herded together to approve the Rams’ relocation from St. Louis to Los Angeles in January 2016, some NFL owners hesitated.
Concerns were voiced during a league meeting held in December 2015 in Texas, according to notes included in evidence from the relocation lawsuit the Post-Dispatch acquired last week.
Mike Brown of ...Read more
Dallas mayor Eric Johnson caused a stir last week when he pushed for the idea of a second NFL in team to join the Dallas Cowboys in North Texas, preferably based in southern Dallas.
The possibility of that happening and earning the blessing of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is slim and none, with slim already out door.
But Johnson remains ...Read more
- Omar Kelly: Dolphins cornerback Noah Igbinoghene gets second chance to make a better impression
- John Clay: NFL Draft scouts suddenly love Will Levis. Now get ready for the backlash.
- Gabriel Burns: It's not hard to see why Falcons bet on Desmond Ridder
- Jonas Shaffer: What do the Ravens need at wide receiver? It depends on what they already have.
- Omar Kelly: Dolphins veterans need to create a healthy, selfless culture