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'The best years are ahead of me': Dallas Goedert is excited by new Eagles OC Kellen Moore

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PHILADELPHIA — Dallas Goedert is still in his 20s, but in a lot of ways he has become an elder in the NFL. The 2024 season will be his seventh with the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected him in the second round in the 2018 draft.

Goedert, 29, spent his first few seasons in Philadelphia as the heir apparent to Zach Ertz, who Goedert leaned on ...Read more

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Steelers defense should benefit from Patrick Queen-DeShon Elliott bromance that began in Baltimore

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PITTSBURGH — It was a run-of-the-mill session of individual drills during Pittsburgh Steelers OTAs when Patrick Queen caught a glimpse of DeShon Elliott out of the corner of his eye.

Elliott did something — maybe misplayed a pass, dropped a ball or simply ran too close to where the inside linebackers were working — and Queen let him hear ...Read more

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'He's what you want as the face of your franchise.' Get to know Bears rookie QB Caleb Williams.

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CHICAGO — Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet received a glimpse of Caleb Williams’ competitiveness during a recent trip to Topgolf.

Kmet, Williams and backup quarterback Brett Rypien were among a group that was at the facility until 1 a.m. The outing extended into the early morning hours because Williams was intent on catching Rypien in the ...Read more

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Eli Manning, Lawrence Taylor and other Giants greats swap stories at 'A Night with Legends' event celebrating 100th season

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NEW YORK — Back together with former Giants offensive linemen Chris Snee and Shaun O’Hara, Eli Manning had a simple question:

“What were y’all doing?”

Manning was referring to the miracle play in Super Bowl XLII in which he escaped the grasps of two Patriots pass rushers, unleashed a downfield desperation heave and watched David ...Read more

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Joe Starkey: Steelers must make 49ers an offer they can't refuse for Brandon Aiyuk

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PITTSBURGH — I'm probably going to be a fan of this Steelers offseason no matter what.

They blew up their road-to-nowhere quarterback situation and tried something radically different. That doesn't mean it'll work, but you have to respect the effort. They had what appears to be a second consecutive stellar draft. They executed a classic ...Read more

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Browns' Lonnie Phelps hit with DUI, waived by team after crashing SUV into Florida restaurant

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Police say Cleveland Browns defensive end Lonnie Phelps was blitzed when he crashed his SUV into a south Florida restaurant Wednesday night.

Video obtained by TMZ shows a semi-coherent Phelps becoming animated when police in Key West attempted to ascertain what happened outside Red Shoe Island Bistro shortly before 9 p.m.

Cops said they were ...Read more

Broncos hire former Stanford coach David Shaw as senior personnel executive in front office

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DENVER — The Broncos are bolstering their front office with a long-time college coach.

Denver general manager George Paton hired former Stanford head coach David Shaw to a senior position in the team’s personnel department, the team announced Thursday.

Shaw and the Broncos finalized the position Wednesday after keeping in touch about a ...Read more

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Patriots, RB Rhamondre Stevenson agree to 4-year, $36 million extension

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BOSTON — Last week, Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson said he felt close to receiving a contract extension.

That deal arrived Thursday.

Stevenson and the Patriots agreed to a 4-year, $36 million extension with $17 million guaranteed, a source confirmed to the Boston Herald. Stevenson will receive an $8 million signing bonus, per the ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins intent on turning up volume on tight end contribution

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MIAMI — The question was a simple one.

How can the NFL’s top ranked offense get better? What’s the next step in the evolution of Mike McDaniel’s offense?

“What did we learn from the season?” Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Frank Smith asked, summarizing Miami’s postseason discussions about an offense that set the NFL pace by...Read more

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John Romano: With all the money thrown at QBs, is Baker Mayfield still a bargain?

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. — All in all, you would rather have Patrick Mahomes.

Or Joe Burrow. Maybe Lamar Jackson, probably Josh Allen. As much as Baker Mayfield endeared himself to Tampa Bay last season, no one is suggesting the Bucs quarterback is among the very best in the NFL.

But how about when you consider contract value vs. onfield production? ...Read more

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Paul Zeise: Steelers' 'Hard Knocks' appearance won't change anyone's opinion on Mike Tomlin

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PITTSBURGH — It appears as if the NFL and NFL Films are going to drag the Pittsburgh Steelers kicking and screaming into the world of "Hard Knocks" this season. And in a new twist, it isn't just the Steelers (these shows have usually focused on just one team), as it is going to be a behind-the-scenes look at the whole AFC North.

That's ...Read more

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Broncos to sign DE Dondrea Tillman from UFL, source says

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After starring for the Birmingham Stallions in the United Football League, defensive end Dondrea Tillman will sign a three-year, $2.83 million deal with the Broncos, a source told The Denver Post.

The deal will be made official once Tillman passes his physical and gets released from his UFL contract, which is a procedural move.

Tillman will be...Read more

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'He totally revamped the position.' Get to know Bears rookie Tory Taylor.

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Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus found himself drawn into the show his rookie was performing at a June minicamp practice at Halas Hall.

Fourth-round pick Tory Taylor, the punter who became a fan favorite at Iowa, turned the special teams period into a must-watch event with his ball placement.

“He’s like a trick-shot guy,” Eberflus said....Read more

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Travis Kelce is completely unbothered by typo on the Chiefs' Super Bowl rings

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce made a sly nod to girlfriend Taylor Swift during the latest episode of the New Heights podcast.

It came as Kelce said he thoroughly enjoyed the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LVIII ring ceremony, which was held Thursday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

“It was (an) ... unbelievable night,” Kelce ...Read more

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When will Shaq Thompson retire? He has a guess. For now, he's happy, healthy with Panthers.

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It wasn’t all that long ago when Shaq Thompson found himself in the Carolina Panthers’ locker room without much reason to smile — weighed down by a boot on his right foot, unable to help carry his team as it limped to a 2-15 season.

Today?

His smile’s back.

You could see it on the field during the Panthers’ mandatory minicamp, when ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: The last legendary Miami Hurricane joins the Dolphins to anchor defense

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MIAMI — Calais Campbell is the last of a dying breed.

He’s the last true Miami Hurricane from the glory days when the Canes dominated college football, an era where opponents once cowered at the mention of The U.

He’s the only one left from that era in the early 2000’s because he has lasted 16 seasons in the NFL, and if we’re being ...Read more

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Four lingering questions about the Eagles defense before training camp

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Under the guidance of new coordinator Vic Fangio, the Philadelphia Eagles' overhauled defense began to come together during organized team activities and minicamp.

The scheme and its key contributors will continue to take shape when training camp commences in late July. In the meantime, here are four lingering questions about the Eagles defense...Read more

Steelers rookie DBs Ryan Watts, Beanie Bishop used spring to get up to speed at new positions

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PITTSBURGH — Beanie Bishop and Ryan Watts had very different experiences for their first weekends with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bishop, an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia, was there every step of the way for rookie minicamp last month and even won a 3-point shooting contest with his fellow newcomers at Petersen Events Center, the ...Read more

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Laken Tomlinson already bringing his leadership to Seahawks, offensive line

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RENTON, Wash. — The names and faces at the VMAC have changed, but the reputation remains, as Laken Tomlinson was pleased to discover. He hopes to bring his guidance to a new-look Seattle Seahawks offense as their projected starting left guard.

"I heard a lot about the culture here and it just goes to show that all those things I've heard over...Read more

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Bucs rookie Chris Braswell a package of ferocity, fleetness, faith

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. — He wore neither bling nor bold colors the night the Bucs drafted him. Instead, University of Alabama edge rusher Chris Braswell opted for a white robe, a Muslim symbol of positivity and purity.

On a night his name drew national attention, the attire might have been dismissed as a superficial gesture of faith, but Braswell ...Read more