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Why 49ers' top pick Ricky Pearsall won't be an overnight success story

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Ricky Pearsall won the 49ers’ draft-day hearts with all the attributes you’d expect from a first-round wide receiver.

So now what? Rookie stardom? Growing pains? Stay tuned.

“Everybody wants it to happen overnight. But that’s not going to be the case,” said Leonard Hankerson, the 49ers’ wide receivers coach....Read more

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Bayron Matos brings infectious personality, strong desire to make Dolphins as Dominican-born undrafted rookie

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MIAMI GARDENS — Dominican-born undrafted rookie offensive lineman Bayron Matos had an interesting — but essential — first English phrase learned when he moved to the United States at 17 years old: “I’m hungry.”

“Every time somebody used to ask me something, I say, ‘I’m hungry,’ ” he explained at Miami Dolphins rookie ...Read more

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Harrison Butker addresses commencement backlash; 'a shocking level of hate'

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Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker has made his first public comments since his controversial commencement speech, claiming he has no regrets, despite people accusing him of sexism and homophobia.

Speaking at a gala in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, Butker told the audience that he’s received “a shocking level of hate,” since the ...Read more

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Travis Kelce won't judge Harrison Butker, even though kicker referenced Taylor Swift in speech

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Travis Kelce supports Harrison Butker and his right to express his views, even if the Kansas City Chiefs star tight end doesn't agree with his teammate's recent controversial comments during a speech at a private Catholic college's graduation.

During Friday's installment of the "New Heights" podcast, Kelce became the latest member of the Chiefs...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Why Jason Kelce will be the best NFL analyst since John Madden (and better than Tom Brady and Tony Romo)

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PHILADELPHIA — I can’t wait for Jason Kelce to start demolishing the NFL.

Passionate? He’s going to make John Madden sound uninterested. Clairvoyant? He’s going to make Romo-stradomus seem a step slow. Authentic? He’s going to make Tom Brady look like a poser.

Low bar, but still.

I’ve been covering the league for 34 years, and I ...Read more

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Raiders star Maxx Crosby gets $6M raise for 2024 after contract reworked

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LAS VEGAS — The face and leader of the Raiders just got a pay bump.

Maxx Crosby, coming off two seasons in which he’s logged 27 sacks, 179 tackles and 67 quarterback hits, was rewarded Thursday with a restructured contract and a $6 million raise for the 2024 season.

Crosby signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the Raiders in 2022 ...Read more

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Drew Lock's rough OTA practice reinforces Daniel Jones is Giants' QB1; Malik Nabers continues to impress

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NEW YORK — Thursday was a good reminder that Daniel Jones is the best quarterback on the Giants’ roster, regardless of Drew Lock’s signing as competition and the organization’s pursuit of Drake Maye in the NFL draft.

This was only one indoor OTA practice in May with Jones limited to 7-on-7 throws. But Lock had a rough day running the ...Read more

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C.J. Moore: Gambling suspension result of immaturity, 'thankful' to be back with Lions

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — C.J. Moore isn't making excuses. He's just happy he's getting another chance.

The Lions safety missed the 2023 season after being suspended a year for violating the league's gambling policy for betting on NFL action. Reinstated by the NFL in April, Moore reached an agreement to rejoin the Lions earlier this month.

"Super ...Read more

Patrick Mahomes calls Harrison Butker 'a great person.' Andy Reid says kicker 'has his opinions.'

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More than a week after making headlines with his controversial commencement address at Benedictine College, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker attended his team's first day of voluntary workouts.

Butker did not speak with reporters Wednesday, but quarterback Patrick Mahomes and coach Andy Reid did — and not surprisingly, they were ...Read more

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NFL win total best bets: Will 49ers have Super Bowl hangover?

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LAS VEGAS — Nobody wants to deal with a demanding schedule while nursing a hangover.

But that’s the challenge facing the 49ers, who must navigate a difficult NFL slate this season while trying to recover from their 25-22 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the first Super Bowl in Las Vegas.

The Westgate SuperBook was one of several ...Read more

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A slimmer Lamar Jackson is only now getting past the Ravens' AFC championship loss

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BALTIMORE — Of course the wound lingered. Of course the self-reproach carried deep into Lamar Jackson’s offseason.

He could practically taste the Super Bowl after the Ravens ran roughshod over the NFL’s best teams and brought the AFC championship game to their home field. Then, Jackson and the offense he led failed to perform up to snuff ...Read more

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Patrick Mahomes' physique goes viral again. He joked 'dad bod' is key to his success.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fat shaming would seem out of place in the NFL, but Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been hearing about it a lot this year.

NFL fans poked fun at Mahomes’ belly after the Chiefs won the AFC championship game, and he responded to some of that talk of his “dad bod.”

Mahomes’ physique again was a talking point ...Read more

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Patrick Mahomes: Chiefs working to get embattled Rashee Rice 'on the right path'

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs receiver Rashee Rice, following a tumultuous offseason, has been receiving encouragement from teammates.

And that includes quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Rice, who faces eight charges for his involvement in a Dallas car crash and a few weeks later was investigated by Dallas police for an alleged nightclub ...Read more

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Ravens WR Zay Flowers addresses investigation of alleged domestic violence incident for first time

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BALTIMORE — Ravens wide receiver Zay Flowers said Wednesday that he spent part of this offseason focused on trying to “be a better person.”

It was the first time that Flowers met with the media since a police investigation into an alleged domestic incident connected to the wide receiver took place earlier this year. Baltimore County ...Read more

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Mac Engel: Hey, Jerry, Stars and Mavericks are what 'all in' looks like

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FORT WORTH, Texas — It took less than 6 seconds after the Dallas Mavericks’ latest win for the internet to explode with a timeline that should, but won’t, bother the Dallas Cowboys.

The last time the four major sports franchises in our neighborhood made their “conference” finals:

Texas Rangers, 2023.

Dallas Stars, 2024.

Dallas ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: Change winds appear to be blowing through Tua's world, and contract talks with Dolphins seem to be a factor

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — We didn’t hear from Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Tuesday, the second day the Dolphins were on the field for organized team activities and the first day media was allowed to view the entire 90-minute session.

Tagovailoa missed Tuesday’s OTA because he was attending a charity golf tournament that ...Read more

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Jets QB Aaron Rodgers says he chose to return for 20th season over embarking on political career

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NEW YORK — This offseason, Aaron Rodgers was faced with a significant choice.

The four-time NFL MVP could have chosen to embark on a political career as the vice president alongside independent Robert Kennedy Jr., or return to the football field for a 20th season.

Yet, despite the allure of a new path in politics, Rodgers’ unwavering ...Read more

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Jets coach Robert Saleh hypes up Aaron Rodgers after OTA practice: 'He's doing everything'

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NEW YORK — Aaron Rodgers put on a dazzling display Tuesday during the second day of Jets OTAs.

Rodgers not only warmed up with his teammates but he also participated in the drills. The impressive performance comes after he missed all but four snaps last season after tearing his Achilles in the Jets’ season-opening victory against the Bills....Read more

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New backup QB Justin Fields 'competing every day' as he seeks rare second chance with Steelers

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PITTSBURGH — Strong second acts for first-round quarterbacks who flamed out with their original teams are hard to find throughout NFL history, but Justin Fields is hoping to buck the trend and reinvent himself with the Steelers.

The No. 11 overall pick of the 2021 draft, Fields was Chicago’s starter for three seasons before they traded him ...Read more

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Ray Lewis helped sell RB Derrick Henry on signing with Ravens: 'Old-school type of player'

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Ray Lewis hasn’t played football since 2012, but the Hall of Famer is still helping the Ravens on the field.

Lewis, who spent his entire 17-year career in Baltimore, helped recruit Derrick Henry this offseason before the longtime Tennessee Titans running back signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Ravens.

“I’ve been doing it for ...Read more