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Safety Derwin James says Chargers' defense will be secondary to none

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LOS ANGELES -- Derwin James mentioned playmaking, versatility and experience when addressing the potential of the Los Angeles Chargers' secondary Wednesday.

Then, in trying to as simply as possible suggest what each defensive back will do in 2020, James added this:

"I feel like Des is gonna be Des and Casey's gonna be Casey and Chris gonna be ...Read more

Doug Pederson returns from coronavirus isolation in time for Eagles' first full practice of training camp

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Eagles coach Doug Pederson has tested negative for the coronavirus after 10 days away from the team, and has completed the league's requirements to return, a source close to the situation told The Inquirer on Wednesday.

The team is to take the field for its first full, non-walkthrough practice Wednesday.

Pederson, 52, tested positive twice and...Read more

With 32 days until the Bears' 1st game, Matt Nagy isn't sure what a best-case scenario would be for a Mitch Trubisky-Nick Foles decision

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Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles threw routes to wide receivers on air -- meaning no defenders to work around -- for the first time Wednesday in the Chicago Bears quarterback competition. The battle won't heat up until Monday, when the team holds its first practice in full pads.

Coach Matt Nagy praised the two passers as the clock ticks for a ...Read more

George Kittle casts doubt on report that 49ers extension is coming this week

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Tight end George Kittle's well-earned, much-anticipated contract extension is coming, reportedly as early as Friday, though he's not confirming so.

The 49ers will announce a six-year, $94.8 million pact Friday with the All-Pro tight end, Sports Illustrated's Grant Cohn reported Wednesday, adding that half of that money would be guaranteed.

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Cowboys create COVID-19 bubble by moving players into hotel for training camp

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The majority of the Dallas Cowboys players have checked into the Omni Hotel adjacent to the team's headquarters at The Star in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday morning in an attempt to form a bubble so they could shield themselves and their families from COVID-19 during training camp, a source said.

Rookies and free agents were already staying there ...Read more

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn reveals on 'Hard Knocks' he tested positive for coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn revealed on the first episode of "Hard Knocks" that he tested positive for the coronavirus.

The moment came Tuesday night during the opening scene of the first episode of the annual HBO series, which this year is featuring the Chargers and Los Angeles Rams.

"I can't promise you you're not ...Read more

Bears waive kicker Ramiz Ahmed — an indication Eddy Pineiro's job appears safe

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The Chicago Bears waived kicker Ramiz Ahmed, ending the prospect of a training camp kicking competition before full practices begin this week.

Incumbent Eddy Pineiro had an inside track on retaining his job. Tuesday's roster move strengthens Pineiro's grip and ends the possibility of an abbreviated sequel to last summer's kicking competition.

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First-round draft pick Javon Kinlaw impressing 49ers teammates in early going

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- You might not have heard much from Javon Kinlaw since the 49ers' returned to their facility earlier this month and began preparing for the upcoming season. But that doesn't mean the recent No. 14 pick in the draft is going unnoticed behind closed doors in Santa Clara.

"He's really hard working in the meeting room. He ...Read more

Raiders' Will Stanback returns to training camp amid unspeakable heartbreak

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A former Canadian League all-star who hopes to make a run at the Raiders roster returned to training camp Tuesday while dealing with the tragedy of losing both his parents, a team source confirmed.

Running back Will Stanback lost his father William on July 21 from bladder cancer. His mother, Patricia, passed away on July 30 from a heart attack,...Read more

'It's all new territory': Are NFL's 'obese' linemen at greater risk amid coronavirus pandemic?

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As a team physician for Tulane and co-director of the New Orleans school's Center for Sport, Dr. Gregory Stewart is never far from the ravages of the coronavirus. Louisiana has one of the nation's highest COVID-19 per-capita death rates, with over 4,100 total reported as of Sunday. All 64 parishes are considered hot spots for the virus.

The ...Read more

Could the Dolphins quarantine Fitzpatrick, Tagovailoa or Rosen? Flores has looked into it.

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Could the Miami Dolphins banish one of their three quarterbacks away from teammates, or the team facility altogether, to ensure the team will not be in a bind if the other quarterbacks come down with COVID-19?

It's been a topic floated around NFL teams since the start of training camps, which have tried to avoid the coronavirus with health and ...Read more

After rocky beginning, Panthers' Eli Apple is hoping for 'fresh start' with Carolina

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Panthers' cornerback Eli Apple turned 25 on Sunday, but even that didn't keep him from feeling like an elder on the Panthers' defense.

After selecting seven defensive players in the 2020 NFL draft, the Panthers have one of the youngest defenses in the NFL. Only six defensive players on the Panthers' roster have been in the league longer than ...Read more

Ravens tight end Mark Andrews says he never considered opting out of 2020 season

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Ravens tight end Mark Andrews said he never considered opting out of the 2020 season because of COVID-19, despite the fact that he has Type 1 diabetes.

"Opting out never really crossed my mind," Andrews said Monday on a Zoom call with local media members. "Obviously, I think safety is the most important thing, and seeing what the (NFL Players ...Read more

Dolphins' rebuilt offensive line has more questions than answers

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Successful offensive lines feed off chemistry, communication and cohesion.

That's why most NFL insiders expect the truncated NFL offseason, limited contact in training camp, and the lack of a preseason to present the greatest challenge to those units around the league.

It doesn't help that the Miami Dolphins embarked on a massive makeover ...Read more

How the Bears approached their 1st week of training camp with personal COVID-19 responsibility on their minds: 'One slip-up and it can spread like wildfire'

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Chicago Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan considered taking the NFL's opt-out offer this season.

Trevathan's fiancee -- his "backbone," he said -- has chronic asthma and allergies, and he also has two young children he worries about during the COVID-19 pandemic. He put "hard thought" into his decision.

"(Opting out) is going in your mind...Read more

Cameron Smith faces greatest challenge with heart condition found after COVID-19 test

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Cameron Smith was the sort of large lad who put the hurt on others.

Born at 11 pounds, 2 ounces, Smith was so imposing upon delivery that the doctor told his mother, Suzy Lakata Smith, to "check under his arms for hair. I think we have a man."

Smith continued to grow, pulverizing all comers in youth football and throughout his Granite Bay High...Read more

Ravens reportedly expected to sign Kenjon Barner, who could battle for returner jobs

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The Ravens are expected to sign free-agent running back and returner Kenjon Barner, according to the NFL Network.

Barner, 31, would be an immediate contender at the Ravens' unsettled kick and punt return positions. In 14 games last season for the Atlanta Falcons, he averaged 7.6 yards per punt return, scoring on a 78-yard return, and 23.9 yards...Read more

'This is my happy place.' Sammy Watkins fine with less money, output to stay in KC

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Part I: Sammy Watkins would like to be bigger component of the Chiefs' offense. He thought he would be when he signed a $48 million deal in 2018.

Part II: Sammy Watkins is happy in Kansas City. Wanted to come back this year. Even took less money to do it.

Both parts can be true.

Both are true, he emphasized Sunday, his first meeting with ...Read more

Dolphins sign former Colts receiver Chester Rogers

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The Miami Dolphins continued adding to their the receiver unit with Sunday's signing of a five-year veteran who has started 22 NFL games the past four seasons.

Chester Rogers, who signed a one-year deal, joins Ricardo Louis as the second receiver Miami signed this weekend to cushion the absences of Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns, two veterans ...Read more

There's so much more that Rams' Jalen Ramsey can do, and so much more money to make

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LOS ANGELES -- On a late-January evening in Miami Beach, Fla., two days before the Super Bowl, Jalen Ramsey owned the spotlight.

The Rams' star cornerback was not in an NFL stadium; he stood alone before a rapt audience in an upscale store on South Beach's trendy Lincoln Road. The shop had been converted into a dimly lit performance space and ...Read more