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Jonas Shaffer: What do the Ravens need at wide receiver? It depends on what they already have.

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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

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins veterans need to create a healthy, selfless culture

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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

Joe Starkey: Would Jack Ham really be a backup in today's NFL?

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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

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Panthers rookie may be NFL's fastest player. He's more than a track guy playing football

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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

Patriots' Ty Montgomery keeps offensive role a mystery

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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

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Punter Sam Koch, the Ravens' longest-tenured player, announces retirement after 16 seasons

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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

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Eric Kendricks puts 'fear-based organization' in the past as he helps shape Vikings' changes

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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

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Eagles agree to sign cornerback James Bradberry, solidifying their secondary

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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

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Gabriel Burns: It's not hard to see why Falcons bet on Desmond Ridder

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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

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Matt Calkins: Questions surround ex-Seahawk Earl Thomas' personal life, NFL legacy after arrest

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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

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'Dreams come true': Eagles' Haason Reddick changed his career path with help of family and hometown ties

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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

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Omar Kelly: Mike McDaniel must make Dolphins offense in vogue

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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

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'A complete reset': Chicago Bears are challenging Jaylon Johnson to earn the trust of new coach Matt Eberflus

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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

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Tom Brady among handful of no-shows at Bucs' voluntary workout

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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

Ben Frederickson: Questions NFL owners should ask before helping Kroenke with his relocation settlement tab

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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 now wants more than 2nd NFL team to join Dallas Cowboys in North Texas

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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

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Mike McDaniel not opposed to Tyreek Hill-Jaylen Waddle race, announces Dolphins will have joint practices with Eagles

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — New Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel offered his thoughts on a number of offseason topics surrounding his team on Tuesday, the first day of organized team activities open to the media:

Possibly the hottest Dolphins offseason topic is the impending race between speedsters Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle that Hill ...Read more

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Editorial: Break up this abusive football cartel

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The outright duplicity that guided the words and actions of Rams owner Stan Kroenke and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, among others, were widely assumed but not proven beyond doubt in the public’s eye until the release of court documents behind the $790 settlement with St. Louis regional entities. The collusion among team...Read more

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The Dallas Cowboys lost talent in the offseason. But here's why McCarthy is confident

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Mike McCarthy is considered by some to be a dead man walking as coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

The front office did little to improve the team in the offseason, following last year’s 12-5 season that ended with a wildcard loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cowboys traded No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns and allowed ...Read more

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Joe Judge, Matt Patricia confirm offensive roles with the Patriots

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During a video conference with the media Monday, both Joe Judge and Matt Patricia acknowledged now having roles with the Patriots offense.

Judge, the former head coach of the New York Giants, and former special teams coach with the Patriots, confirmed reports he was working with the quarterbacks.

Patricia, meanwhile, who has primarily been a ...Read more