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Chargers plan for every NFL draft scenario, but be prepared for surprises

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LOS ANGELES -- If the NFL draft was held in a vacuum -- no surprises, no trades up, no crazy reaches and no cascading falls -- the Los Angeles Chargers would know who they're taking with the No. 17 pick of the first round Thursday evening.

The evaluations are done. The grades are in.

But it absolutely, 100 percent doesn't work that way, and ...Read more

Reuben Foster's girlfriend says 49ers linebacker didn't injure her

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Reuben Foster's girlfriend initially lied to police and the 49ers linebacker did not injure her during a February incident at his home in Los Gatos, the girlfriend's attorney said Wednesday in a statement to The Sacramento Bee.

The attorney, Stephanie Rickard, said that the injuries, including a ruptured eardrum, that ...Read more

Unless Rams deal, they will be observers of NFL draft until Day 2, Round 3

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LOS ANGELES -- Though they are set at quarterback, and without a first-round pick in the NFL draft for the second year in a row, Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead, coach Sean McVay and the scouting and personnel staffs will still pay attention Thursday night when the three-day draft begins at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Snead ...Read more

Dolphins' Ross proposed 'march on Washington' by owners, players during secret meeting, report says

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Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross proposed a "march on Washington" by NFL players and owners at a secret meeting in October to discuss national anthem protests by players, according to the New York Times.

Ross' proposal was detailed by the New York Times on Wednesday in an article based on a tape of the clandestine three-hour meeting of 30 owners...Read more

Greg Cote's NFL mock draft 2018

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This is the NFL's 82nd draft, the Dolphins' 53rd and my 27th annual Official Miami Herald Mock Draft.

They ought to call these endeavors mock dafts, as silly and preposterous as they really are. Last year, for example, my first round featured eight bull's-eyes -- exact player to exact team, including Charles Harris to the Dolphins -- and if ...Read more

Source: Dez Bryant rejects Ravens offer, but still has no job

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FRISCO, Texas -- Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant remains unemployed almost two weeks after being released and it will likely stay that way until after this week's 2018 NFL draft, at least.

But it's by choice, not because of a lack of interest.

A league source confirmed a report that Bryant was offered a multi-year deal to join the ...Read more

Quarterback Lamar Jackson out to silence NFL doubters

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Last month, former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson made it clear he wasn't even going to entertain the thought.

At the NFL combine, he was repeatedly asked if there was any interest in playing wide receiver. His answer was quick and to the point.

"Whoever invites me at quarterback, that's where I'm going," Jackson...Read more

Josh Allen likes the expectations that go with being a top NFL draft prospect

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FRISCO, Texas -- Josh Allen wants the pressure of being the top overall pick in the NFL draft.

He would relish it and is hopeful the Cleveland Browns view him as the top quarterback in this year's class.

"I would love to have that pressure on my shoulders because I've always thrived in those situations," Allen said on Tuesday. "I feel like ...Read more

Penn State's Saquon Barkley awaits the NFL draft, ready to fulfill his dream

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As he was growing up, Saquon Barkley spent many an NFL Sunday watching games on television with his father, especially those featuring his favorite team, the New York Jets, and his favorite running back, Curtis Martin, whom he wanted to be like.

Now, Barkley waits as the countdown to Thursday night's NFL draft reaches the time when his name ...Read more

Chargers' Telesco keeps poker face

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LOS ANGELES--Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco opened his pre-draft news conference Monday afternoon with a plan.

He wanted to acknowledge the scouting department for the work it has done in the buildup to the 2018 NFL draft -- a massive project full of nights in hotels, mornings on planes and days after days drowning in ...Read more

Rams like what they got with first-rounder

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LOS ANGELES--With the NFL draft nearing, the Los Angeles Rams made two moves Tuesday with ramifications for star players selected in the first round in 2015.

The Rams exercised their fifth-year options on running back Todd Gurley, the reigning NFL offensive player of the year, and cornerback Marcus Peters, a Pro Bowl cornerback acquired in ...Read more

Eagles' Foles on White House visit: 'Whatever the team decides, I'm going to be with the team'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Foles said he will do whatever the organization decides when it comes to a White House visit.

"Whatever the team decides, I'm going to be with the team," Foles said. "I've always said that about this decision. I'm a part of the organization, so whatever the organization decides, I'll be with the organization."

Center Jason...Read more

Dolphins pick up fifth-year option on receiver DeVante Parker

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The Miami Dolphins have picked up the fifth-year option for wide receiver DeVante Parker, according to a source. It's a move that's mildly surprising considering Parker, the 2015 first-round pick, has been inconsistent over his previous three seasons.

Parker, who will earn about $9.3 million for the 2019 season, has 139 receptions for 1,908 ...Read more

Playing tennis has served Josh Rosen well as he prepares for life as an NFL quarterback

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Josh Rosen is all in for football, he's clear about that.

But there was a time not so long ago when tennis was his No. 1 sport. Back then, if Rosen had heard "Roger," he thought Federer, not Goodell.

Of course, it's Goodell -- the NFL commissioner -- who will be calling Rosen's name at or near the top of this year's draft as plenty of teams ...Read more

Eagles in contact with White House about potential visit

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The Eagles have been in contact with White House officials about a visit, a team spokesman said Monday. It is customary that Super Bowl-winning teams are honored by the president at the White House.

"We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field accomplishments, but also as ...Read more

49ers John Lynch: 'If Reuben hit this young lady, he won't be part of our organization'

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Reuben Foster's status with the 49ers remains in jeopardy, and general manager John Lynch finally outlined why he's still around despite three felony charges including a domestic-violence allegation.

"I do want to be very clear, abundantly clear, if these charges are proven true, if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, ...Read more

Saints decline offer sheet for WR Willie Snead, paving way for him to join Ravens

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The Ravens waited until the last possible day to execute an offer sheet for New Orleans Saints restricted-free-agent wide receiver Willie Snead. By holding off on a deal until Friday's deadline for restricted free agents to sign contract tenders, the Ravens bought themselves some time to explore other receiving options and left the Saints in a ...Read more

Raiders pick up fifth-year option on Amari Cooper; sign cornerback Daryl Worley

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Raiders locked up wide receiver Amari Cooper through the 2019 season by exercising his fifth-year option, the club announced Monday.

The move was expected, even given Cooper's falloff in terms of performance last season. Coach Jon Gruden is counting on making Cooper a key piece of the Raiders offense in 2018, with the ...Read more

Shunning Oakland? Raiders send message with plans for upcoming NFL draft

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It's a cringe-worthy bit of hokum, this idea the NFL has of allowing teams to announce their Day 3 draft choices (rounds 4-6) "from unique locations" and with special guests.

Nevertheless, 14 teams have signed up to play along during the upcoming draft, per an NFL news release issued Monday. That includes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whose special...Read more

Palmer aims to groom NFL prospects with regimen that goes far beyond play-calling.

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The NFL might be surprised to know that the two top quarterback prospects in this week's draft have been riffling through poker chips for much of the offseason.

OK, so that's not how it sounds.

USC's Sam Darnold and Wyoming's Josh Allen have been working with quarterback specialist Jordan Palmer, who uses poker chips to help players visualize ...Read more