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Chicago Bears rookie Dazz Newsome already is showing the gift of gab: 'If they want to shut him up, they're going to have to knock him out'

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For a Virginian, by way of North Carolina, it didn’t take long for Dazz Newsome to learn Chicago’s language.

“How about every time I talk to somebody, they tell me their favorite food place before they end the conversation?” the Bears rookie receiver asked reporters during Saturday’s Zoom session.

Talk about reading the room.

The ...Read more

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Giants sign Kelvin Benjamin after tight end tryout: source

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The Giants are signing veteran Kelvin Benjamin after his tight end tryout at this weekend’s rookie minicamp, the Daily News first reported Sunday morning, according to a source.

Benjamin, 30, hasn’t played in the NFL since 2018. When he did play, he was a wide receiver, drafted in the 2014 first round by Dave Gettleman, then the Carolina ...Read more

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Mike Preston: No clear-cut favorite in AFC North, but Browns add some spice

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BALTIMORE — The Cleveland Browns have added some spice to the AFC North race.

The Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry still has a special place in the division, but a third team only makes it more exciting, especially when Cleveland fans despise the Steelers as much as those in Baltimore. Now, if only the Cincinnati Bengals would join the ...Read more

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Travis Etienne finding new role as receiver in Jaguars' rookie minicamp

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The words were "running back," and when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke them last month when announcing the Jaguars' second first-round draft pick, a swarm of question marks quickly began fluttering around the heads of many fans.

Why invest a first-round pick in a running back, even one with the multifaceted skills ...Read more

Rookie RB Najee Harris already putting on a show for the Steelers, both on and off the field

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PITTSBURGH — Assuming plans don't fall through and Ben Roethlisberger does take a few Steelers rookies to dinner Saturday night, one can only imagine the energy Najee Harris will bring to that occasion. If nothing else, the first-round pick came into rookie minicamp loose, and Saturday he put on display his wide-ranging, engaging personality, ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: The Eagles can win 12 games. No, seriously.

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PHILADELPHIA — Twelve wins. How can this be? The Eagles have a new coaching staff. Their best players are 30-somethings returning from injuries. They lack even one proven receiver. Quarterback? TBA. And ... Twelve wins? Really?

I say yes.

I am alone.

Our four-man squad of Eagles writers does not share my view. Three say the Eagles will go 7...Read more

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Mac Engel: Bills WR Cole Beasley runs wrong route with COVID-19 stance

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Cole Beasley made an NFL career out of his 5-foot-8 frame because he's never been afraid to go over the middle with his body, and now he's done so with his mouth.

The pride of Little Elm, Texas, and an SMU alum spoke for millions of Americans on Thursday with his "Twitter take" about the COVID-19 vaccinations, and in doing...Read more

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Giants receiver Kadarius Toney possibly banged up after doing drills with one bare foot at first practice

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Football is normally easy for wide receiver Kadarius Toney, but on Friday, the shoe was on the other foot — only one foot, to be exact.

Toney, the Giants’ first-round pick, did some drills with a bare right foot on day one of rookie minicamp in East Rutherford, N.J., because he said his cleats were “the wrong size.”

Then he appeared to...Read more

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Tom Brady expected to begin throwing next week

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady had “pretty serious knee surgery” shortly after winning Super Bowl 55 in his first season with the Bucs.

During a podcast on Hodinkee radio, the quarterback said it kept him from working on developing other parts of his game. He said he also was struggling to learn the playbook midway through the season while ...Read more

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Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa 'on a mission,' says trainer

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MIAMI — Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa didn’t participate in the Miami Dolphins’ rookie minicamp on Friday — high draft picks in their second season typically don’t — but he’s on a “mission” this offseason to improve.

That’s according to Nick Hicks, his South Florida-based trainer.

Appearing on the Miami on the Rockets podcast,...Read more

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Bucs' Antonio Brown sued on assault, battery complaints from moving truck incident

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TAMPA, Fla. — Bucs receiver Antonio Brown faces a civil lawsuit over allegations of assault and battery stemming from an altercation with a moving truck driver last year.

The suit, filed Wednesday in Broward County, is an extension of a previously settled criminal case involving the seven-time Pro Bowler, who helped Tampa Bay win Super Bowl ...Read more

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Ravens rookie guard Ben Cleveland is hungry for a starting job -- and the occasional squirrel, too

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BALTIMORE — In the span of only a few hours Thursday, Ben Cleveland suited up for his first practice as a Raven, had a former WWE champion ask whether they might be related, and explained how he used to crush roughly 4,000 cheesy calories before bed in high school.

Oh, and there was the squirrel stuff, too. Can’t forget about that.

“One ...Read more

Joe Starkey: This isn't Mike Tomlin's greatest challenge, but it's close

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PITTSBURGH — In the spring of 2007, ESPN commissioned me to write a profile of new Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. It ran May 14, precisely 14 years ago Friday.

I looked back on the piece this week to remind myself of the atmosphere surrounding Tomlin at the time.

It was pretty hot.

Sure, he'd inherited most of "Cowher's players," as people ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Jason Kelce indicates his retirement from the Eagles is a long way off

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PHILADELPHIA — Jason Kelce still wants to play. Maybe forever, by the sound of it.

The annual Kelce Retirement Watch appears to be in peril. Since the middle of the 2019 season, Kelce, then 31, has teased his retirement, citing the brutal wear and tear that 17 weeks of the low-speed, high-impact collisions inherent to the job of playing ...Read more

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Veteran receiver Kelvin Benjamin will try out for Giants: source

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NEW YORK — It’s not Tim Tebow signing with the Jaguars to play tight end, but it might not be far off.

Veteran wideout Kelvin Benjamin will try out for the Giants during this weekend’s rookie minicamp, a source confirmed Thursday night.

NFL teams are allowed to host up to five veteran players for tryouts at their post-draft rookie ...Read more

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Kansas City Chiefs acquire cornerback Mike Hughes in trade with Minnesota Vikings

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Chiefs general manager Brett Veach is still busy adding pieces to their offseaon roster.

Veach struck a trade Thursday to bolster the defensive back position group, sending a 2022 sixth-round draft pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for cornerback Mike Hughes and a 2022 seventh-round pick, a source familiar with the transaction confirmed...Read more

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Tom Krasovic: Eli Manning still vague about anti-Chargers stance, quips of do-over

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Though vindicated by his two Super Bowl victories with the New York Giants, it’s still not clear exactly what Eli Manning had against the San Diego Chargers when he asked them not to draft him first overall in 2004.

Manning, revisiting his anti-Chargers stance after the recent NFL Draft, spoke vaguely of his rationale with Fox Sports’ Trey ...Read more

Omar Kelly: Pros and cons about the Miami Dolphins' 2021 schedule

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It’s like an annual ritual for Miami Dolphins fans.

Even though we’ve known the opponents and most of the sites for the 2021 games for a few months, no matter when the NFL schedule comes out, Dolphins fans usually whine and complain about how the NFL schedule makers screwed their team.

The start is too hard.

The finish is too hard.

Too ...Read more

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Tom Brady's dad: 'We expect to beat the Patriots rather handily'

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TAMPA, Fla. — Perhaps it’s a good thing Tom Brady currently ranks as the world’s ninth-highest-paid athlete. Tom Brady Sr. just wrote a hefty verbal check his son must cash in early October.

Calling in — unannounced — Thursday morning on a Boston sports-radio station, the elder Brady predicted the Bucs would remain undefeated after ...Read more

Ron Cook: Steelers' next big project? Locking up T.J. Watt.

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PITTSBURGH — They asked Ben Roethlisberger to take a $5 million pay cut, gave Mike Tomlin a three-year contract extension, fired offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and line coach Shaun Sarrett, parted ways with Bud Dupree, Steven Nelson, Al Villanueva, Matt Feiler and James Conner, brought back JuJu Smith-Schuster, Vince Williams and Tyson ...Read more