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Ravens Q&A: Rookie safety Kyle Hamilton on Drake's latest album, his viral moment, handling NFL spotlight and more

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BALTIMORE — After the Ravens concluded practice Monday, a group of kids called for rookie safety Kyle Hamilton, asking him to sign their posters.

“I have to do some media stuff first,” Hamilton, a first-round draft pick in April, told them.

Wide receiver James Proche II, however, stepped in and said, “You have 30 seconds.” So, ...Read more

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Fantasy football 2022: Los Angeles Rams preview

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Knowledge is power and the greatest asset you can acquire in order to compete for a fantasy football championship.

Here's your 2022 preview of the Los Angeles Rams, the sixth of 32 team profiles during draft season:

— 2022 Fantasy MVP: Cooper Kupp, WR

Frankly, there's nowhere to go, but down for Kupp (ADP: 4) after he made video gamers ...Read more

Joe Starkey: Time for Steelers to end Mason Rudolph charade

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PITTSBURGH — We can stop pretending now.

At least I hope we can.

For all I know, Mike Tomlin will elevate Mason Rudolph back to the second team Wednesday. Maybe that's all part of "the plan" Tomlin and his assistants keep referencing. But to what end?

Rudolph was never going to be a viable contender for the starting quarterback job and ...Read more

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For Raiders' offensive line coach, process remains same

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As if the Raiders and new offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo needed any more uncertainty on a unit undergoing major renovations, they were dealt a bit more on Wednesday when rookie tackle Thayer Munford limped off the practice field.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Bricillo, who was still waiting on an update on Munford by the time ...Read more

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Karen Guregian: Patriots QB Mac Jones sounds at peace with new offense

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Listening to Mac Jones week-to-week for the past month, it’s like he’s been through the five stages of grief.

What was he mourning?

The old offense.

But after the Patriots’ second joint practice session against the Panthers on Wednesday, Jones appears to have hit the final stage.

After going through denial, anger,...Read more

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Panthers coach Matt Rhule admits taunting started latest brawl with Patriots

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Panthers head coach Matt Rhule didn’t see how Patriots receiver Kristian Wilkerson got hurt in Wednesday’s joint practice.

But Rhule knows a taunt when he sees one, and so he was critical of his backup safety Kenny Robinson for triggering another brawl with the Patriots by taunting the injured Wilkerson as he lay ...Read more

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Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford says he's 'right on track' despite tendinitis

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LOS ANGELES — A day after testing his arm with a heavy workload in an intrasquad scrimmage, quarterback Matthew Stafford said Wednesday he was "right on track" as the Rams prepare for their Sept. 8 opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Stafford, 34, is dealing with tendinitis in his right elbow. The defending Super Bowl champion Rams are ...Read more

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Tua Tagovailoa wants to play in Dolphins' preseason game vs. Raiders after five INTs in two practices

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — A strong stretch of practices the previous two weeks led Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel to give quarterback Tua Tagovailoa the preseason opener at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers off.

But five interceptions over two practices this week may have him go the other way ahead of Saturday night’s exhibition against the Las ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: What should we expect from the Niners in 2022? Trey Lance will tell us in Minnesota.

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There’s no need to play the Allen Iverson video. Yes, we are talking about practice.

Joint practice, in fact.

The 49ers are in Minnesota this week for two joint practices with the Vikings. A few hours from Trey Lance’s hometown of Marshall, the 49ers quarterback will have the biggest scimmages of his football life.

Niners coach Kyle ...Read more

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Star safety Derwin James Jr. agrees to four-year contract extension with Chargers

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LOS ANGELES — The Chargers resolved the biggest issue hanging over their training camp, agreeing to terms on a contract extension for star safety Derwin James Jr.

James will receive four years and up to $76.5 million — $42 million of which is guaranteed —making him the NFL's highest-paid at his position.

James has been with the Chargers...Read more

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Fantasy football 2022: Las Vegas Raiders preview

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Knowledge is power and the greatest asset you can acquire in order to compete for a fantasy football championship.

Here's your 2022 preview of the Las Vegas Raiders, the third of 32 team profiles during draft season:

— 2022 Fantasy MVP: Davante Adams, WR

Adams (ADP: 11) played seven games with Brett Hundley under center in 2017 while Aaron ...Read more

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Fantasy football 2022: Los Angeles Chargers preview

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Knowledge is power and the greatest asset you can acquire in order to compete for a fantasy football championship.

Here's your 2022 preview of the Los Angeles Chargers, the fourth of 32 team profiles during draft season:

— 2022 Fantasy MVP: Justin Herbert, QB

Last season, Herbert (ADP: 36) became the only quarterback in league history to ...Read more

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Fantasy football 2022: Arizona Cardinals preview

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Knowledge is power and the greatest asset you can acquire in order to compete for a fantasy football championship.

Here's your 2022 preview of the Arizona Cardinals, the fifth of 32 team profiles during draft season:

— 2022 Fantasy MVP: Kyler Murray, QB

Murray (ADP: 60) has finished as fantasy's QB7, QB2 and QB10 in his three seasons since ...Read more

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John Romano: So how would you feel about Tom Brady throwing the ball less?

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TAMPA, Fla. — You do not argue with success. Of course, you don’t.

But, as an exercise in curiosity, you might occasionally poke at it.

Take the Bucs’ offense, for instance. The 2021 version was the best in franchise history. The No. 2 scoring offense in the NFL, despite some late-season injuries and defections.

Case closed, right? ...Read more

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Fantasy football 2022: Kansas City Chiefs preview

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Knowledge is power and the greatest asset you can acquire in order to compete for a fantasy football championship.

Here's your 2022 preview of the Kansas City Chiefs, the second of 32 team profiles during draft season:

— 2022 Fantasy MVP: Travis Kelce, TE

The excellence of Kelce (ADP: 14) and the state of the tight end position in general ...Read more

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Mike Preston: Rookie WR Shemar Bridges starred in the Ravens' preseason win. He has bigger goals.

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BALTIMORE — Undrafted wide receiver Shemar Bridges generated some buzz Thursday night with his outstanding performance against the Tennessee Titans in the preseason opener, but it’s just part of his long journey to the NFL.

The 6-foot-4, 207-pound rookie out of Division II Fort Valley State finished with four catches for 62 yards, including...Read more

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Seahawks QB Drew Lock tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Thursday's preseason game vs. Bears

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RENTON, Wash. — Just when the Seahawks’ quarterback battle appeared to be entering a different stage, real life got in the way.

Roughly 90 minutes after coach Pete Carroll said that Drew Lock would start for the Seahawks in their preseason game Thursday against the Chicago Bears at Lumen Field as part of a long-held plan to assure he got a ...Read more

Steelers assistant GM Andy Weidl brings Super Bowl credentials, local ties to newly created role

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No matter where he went, Andy Weidl couldn't get away from Pittsburgh, couldn't get away from the Steelers. He carried what he learned 25 years ago as though it were a wrinkled family picture tucked in his wallet.

And it never really left his possession.

After beginning his NFL career as a two-year intern learning from Tom Donahoe and Hall of ...Read more

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Matthew Stafford 'threw the ball incredibly accurately' during Rams scrimmage

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LOS ANGELES — Short passes were crisp. Mid-range throws consistently on target. And long passes catchable.

By the time the Rams completed a 60-play intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday, quarterback Matthew Stafford appeared to have answered more of the lingering questions about the condition of his right elbow.

Stafford completed 23 of 34 passes,...Read more

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Panthers players ejected from joint practice with Patriots after fight breaks out

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Things got chippy at a joint practice between the Panthers and Patriots, resulting in multiple fights and several player ejections.

Panthers defensive players Kenny Robinson and Phil Hoskins were ejected for fighting after a team melee broke out between Carolina’s offense and New England’s defense.

It’s unclear what...Read more