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Jets WR Mike Williams says he expects to be ready for Week 1 matchup vs. 49ers

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Mike Williams was absent from OTAs and mandatory minicamp this spring.

But the 29-year-old has been working hard to recover from an ACL tear he suffered during the third game of last season, when he played for the Los Angeles Chargers.

With the New York Jets’ Week 1 Monday Night Football matchup against the 49ers on Sept. 9, Williams is ...Read more

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Justin Herbert must adjust to Chargers' new philosophy that running is not passé

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LOS ANGELES — No quarterback in NFL history has attempted more passes per game than Justin Herbert.

His 39.1 mark over the last four seasons edges Andrew Luck, with Patrick Mahomes and Matthew Stafford next on the list.

Now, Herbert is playing for a head coach and offensive coordinator who, since their arrivals five months ago, have talked ...Read more

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Dolphins to sign DE Calais Campbell, acquiring one of NFL's and Miami's best

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The Miami Dolphins, seeking pass-rushing help on the defensive line, will get a noteworthy boost by signing defensive end Calais Campbell, bringing home a University of Miami Hurricane and one of the NFL’s most-respected players, the Sun Sentinel has confirmed.

NFL Network first reported the Campbell acquisition.

In the last three seasons, ...Read more

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Michael Cunningham: NFL lets Falcons off easy for violating tampering rules

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ATLANTA — The NFL let the Falcons off easy. That’s not because their anti-tampering policy violations are egregious. Quarterback Kirk Cousins already had agreed to sign with the Falcons for $100 million guaranteed, so what’s the harm in the two parties talking before it’s official? Prohibiting that is silly.

The Falcons got off easy ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Don't panic over Jalen Hurts' non-answers about Nick Sirianni's demotion with the Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA — I’ve spent the last 28 years in Philadelphia looking for reasons to be alarmed at the slightest hiccup or irregularity at press conferences. I’m good at it.

On Thursday, when Jalen Hurts paused, pondered and ultimately botched his answers to two powder-puff questions regarding how coach Nick Sirianni was handling the ...Read more

Seahawks reworked contract of Dre'Mont Jones. Here's what it means.

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Before heading into their summer break, the Seattle Seahawks took care of one last bit of contractual business this week, restructuring the contract of defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones to create $7.4 million in salary cap space for the 2024 season.

Jones signed a three-year contract worth $51.5 million in March, 2023 — the largest the ...Read more

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Graham Barton is at the head of a smart rookie class for Bucs

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Baker Mayfield was asked to assess how quick of a study Duke rookie center Graham Barton has been in picking up the Tampa Bay Bucs’ new offense.

“I guess Duke’s academic program is pretty good,” said Mayfield, grinning.

Well, yeah. Liam Coen’s offense may not be as complex as Microeconomic Policy Tools or United ...Read more

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Scott Fowler: Panthers' Bryce Young 'ain't no talker.' Is that OK if you want to be a great NFL QB?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers quarterback Bryce Young followed head coach Dave Canales and linebacker Shaq Thompson to the podium Wednesday for Carolina’s final press conference of minicamp. As always, when Young took his turn, I leaned forward and pushed my tape recorder closer.

Canales projects his voice and sounds at all times like he’s ...Read more

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Falcons get 'a slap on the wrist' from NFL in tampering case

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ATLANTA — The Falcons will forfeit a fifth-round pick in the 2025 NFL draft and were fined $300,000 for violating the league’s Anti-Tampering Policy following a three month-long investigation, the NFL announced Thursday.

“This penalty was a little light given the last time I remember tampering during the 48-hour free agency period was the...Read more

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Panthers say travel delay to Edmonton for Stanley Cup Final 'wasn't that big of a deal'

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The Florida Panthers already knew they had a nearly six-hour flight ahead of them Wednesday as they went from Sunrise to Edmonton for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

So an extended delay before that flight finally took off wasn’t that big of a deal for the Panthers.

South Florida’s continuous stream of rain on Wednesday — a second ...Read more

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NFL's tampering investigation of the Eagles' Saquon Barkley signing finds no violation

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PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles will not face discipline for potential tampering in the negotiation process before they signed free-agent running back Saquon Barkley.

In a statement issued Thursday morning, the NFL said it informed the Eagles that its investigation did not yield “sufficient evidence to support a finding that the anti-tampering ...Read more

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Jason Mackey: Steelers players say they love playing for Mike Tomlin. It's time for them to show it.

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PITTSBURGH — Assessing Mike Tomlin's latest contract extension at Steelers minicamp on Tuesday was a matter of perspective.

There was a group of players who approved of the move.

Then another that really thought it was the proper thing to do.

"Everyone in this locker room wanted it," Alex Highsmith said. "We all love him."

"Can't say ...Read more

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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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