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Scott Fowler: Julius Peppers was a media-shy Panthers star. It turns out he has a lot to say.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Julius Peppers, a fearsome pass-rushing defensive end, would be on the Carolina Panthers’ Mount Rushmore.

Fourth all-time in NFL sacks, Peppers is preparing for a big weekend. On Aug. 3, he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Peppers was elected in his first year of eligibility after 17 ...Read more

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Dylan Hernández: Now that Matthew Stafford deal is done, can Rams deal with the loss of Aaron Donald?

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Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay flashed his trademark smile when reporting Tuesday that quarterback Matthew Stafford was in camp, but this wasn't a celebratory moment.

This was more of a sigh of relief.

Stafford had the Rams by the you-know-what, and he knew it. The Rams also knew it, which is why they had no choice but to modify his ...Read more

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Joe Starkey: All eyes on one guy as Steelers camp opens. Does Russell Wilson have one more 'told you so' in him?

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PITTSBURGH — With players set to report Wednesday, I kept seeing "Steelers training camp storylines." It makes for wonderful reading, mind you, but let's be crystal clear here: There is one story, and his name is Russell Wilson.

Russell Wilson is the Steelers quarterback.

You might be used to that idea by now. I'm not sure I ever will be. If...Read more

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Sam McDowell: Chris Jones wants days off at Chiefs training camp. Why that shouldn't happen.

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — There’s a play that circulated through social media during the first few days of Chiefs training camp, so maybe it’s fitting that I’d like to talk about the player who threw it and the player who caught it.

But a different play.

And for a different reason.

Yes, quarterback Patrick Mahomes found rookie Xavier Worthy ...Read more

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Ed Graney: Davante Adams excited to be at Raiders camp, has no 'Receiver' regrets

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — Davante Adams says he’s in a good place now. That this is a fresh slate.

He’s happy to be back with his Raiders teammates at the beginning of training camp. He’s excited about the opportunity the coming season presents.

But for how long?

The last thing a team with a predicted win total of 6 1/2 needs is any ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Does Calais Campbell still have what it takes to anchor Miami's defensive line?

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Calais Campbell slowly got in his three-point stance for one of maybe 2,000-plus football practices he has participated in during his 17-year NFL career and labored to raise all 6-foot-8, 308 pound frame so much you would think he was moving in slow motion.

This was 20 minutes into the Miami Dolphins’ first training camp practice of the 2024 ...Read more

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Vikings' Addison: 'I own up to everything' after DUI arrest

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Minnesota Vikings receiver Jordan Addison vowed to learn from his second driving offense in the past calendar year and believes he deserves any punishment that might come down from the law, the league or his head coach.

Asked after Wednesday's first training camp practice if he's expecting a suspension from the NFL for his July 12 arrest for ...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Jim Harbaugh's Chargers camp debut is wacky, wonderful and like a rebirth

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LOS ANGELES — He strutted around the deep green football fields like a new father, shouting and gesturing and celebrating with cheers and compliments and a loudly blown whistle.

Then Jim Harbaugh explained.

His first official training camp practice as the Chargers coach was like ... childbirth?

Yeah, childbirth.

“Just like being born,”...Read more

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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson briefly returns to practice after missing time with illness before exiting again

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Just before 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, screams of joy and excitement echoed across the Ravens’ three practice fields in Owings Mills, Md. Lamar Jackson was back.

After being absent from the first three days of training camp with an illness, the star quarterback and the two-time NFL Most Valuable Player came jogging down the turf ramp leading ...Read more

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Jets QB Aaron Rodgers putting Egypt trip behind him, focusing on New Orleans and Super Bowl

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NEW YORK — Last month, Aaron Rodgers created quite a stir when he missed two days of Jets mandatory minicamp.

Rodgers missed the sessions due to a preplanned vacation to Egypt.

Finally, on Wednesday, the first day of training camp practices, Rodgers addressed his unexcused absence and how the Jets fined him more than $50,000 for being a no-...Read more

Trent Williams holding out of 49ers training camp over contract

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — There’s another 49er who’s dissatisfied with his contract situation.

While wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk is holding in, All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams is holding out.

“Contract-related,” Kyle Shanahan said after practice of Williams’ absence Wednesday. “John (Lynch) is speaking with his representatives, ...Read more

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Kyle Shanahan: Bill Belichick 'politely turned down' 49ers job this offseason

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The 49ers pursued a former New England Patriots legend this offseason for the second time in as many years.

Kyle Shanahan, who admitted before February’s Super Bowl that he and the Niners had tried to convince Tom Brady to join them rather than retiring, told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on Tuesday that he reached out to Bill Belichick about...Read more

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Eagles' Saquon Barkley comfortable in his first day at camp: 'It felt like we've been doing this for a long time'

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PHILADELPHIA — As Saquon Barkley trotted out of the NovaCare Complex and onto the practice field for his first training camp session as a Philadelphia Eagle on Tuesday, he maneuvered through a tunnel of cheering kids, their arms outstretched in search of high-fives.

The running back obliged, absorbing a bit of their childlike wonder while ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: Dolphins' Chris Grier enacting offseason of fiscal responsibility, especially with Tua

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier has had a good offseason personnel-wise. I applaud him for that.

But Grier has had a great offseason fiscally.

I’m darn near ready to give him a standing ovation from that standpoint.

Seriously.

If you’ve noticed, there’s been a common theme for the Dolphins this ...Read more

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Raiders announce surprise retirement of veteran receiver Michael Gallup

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Raiders announced the retirement of one player and put five players on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday, one day before they begin training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex.

Veteran wide receiver Michael Gallup, 28, is retiring after playing six NFL seasons, all with the Cowboys. The decision came as a...Read more

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Mike Vorel: How Ryan Grubb's history of helping QBs can help Seahawks and Geno Smith

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SEATTLE — Can Geno Smith be significantly better than he was last season?

That's one of several simmering questions surrounding the new-look Seahawks, who begin the first training camp of the Mike Macdonald era on Wednesday. It's also, of course, the training camp debut for former University of Washington offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb — ...Read more

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Ed Graney: Make no mistake -- Antonio Pierce is in charge as Raiders begin camp

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — He had a run-up of nine games as interim coach last season. A way to learn what it’s all about. What leading an NFL team entails. What buttons to push, what mentors to rely on for help and guidance.

But make no mistake now: Antonio Pierce is in charge.

You knew this as he addressed the media Tuesday, less than 24 hours...Read more

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Vikings sign left tackle Christian Darrisaw to new deal worth up to $113 million

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MINNEAPOLIS — The four-year, $180 million deal the Vikings gave Justin Jefferson earlier this summer ensured J.J. McCarthy would develop in Minnesota with his top receiving option. On Tuesday, the Vikings made sure McCarthy would have his left tackle for the rest of the decade, too.

The team announced it agreed to a four-year contract ...Read more

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Bears training camp report: Gervon Dexter got in 'marathon shape' for crucial opportunity; Montez Sweat facing a new challenge

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The Chicago Bears held their first training camp practice in front of fans Tuesday during an invitation-only community day at Halas Hall.

Players will take a day off Wednesday before returning for a set of three straight practices, including their first padded session on Friday.

Here’s a rundown from the practice and the news conferences ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Called out for 'folding' by veteran newcomer, Dolphins need for team toughness sits atop to-do list

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — No Miami Dolphins player has talked about his team quite like this at the so-bubbly start of any season.

Hurtful but helpful.

Cutting but candid.

Jordan Poyer was asked what he brings to his new Dolphins team after 12 years in Buffalo and the safety came in hard and direct.

“Playing against this team over the past ...Read more