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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

On the clock …

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With the NFL draft less than a week away, reporters who cover the teams on a daily basis take a crack at predicting how the first round will unfold in the Los Angeles Times' annual beat writers' mock. Each reporter makes a pick and gives a rationale for that selection:

1. CLEVELAND: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming (Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer...Read more

Rams hope they can find a 78 at 87 — their first pick in 2018 draft

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LOS ANGELES--It felt like something of a slight to Jackie Slater.

The offensive lineman from Jackson State had been led by some to believe he might be selected in the first round of the 1976 NFL draft.

But he was not selected until the third round, when the Rams chose him with the 86th pick.

"I was very excited about it," Slater said, "but I ...Read more

Bears have a golden opportunity to get defensive with the No. 8 pick

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CHICAGO -- Certainly Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks is in the minority in Chicago, a football-minded grinder in a football-crazed city with little to no interest in the upcoming NFL draft. Asked Tuesday afternoon whether he at least takes a glance at the ubiquitous prognostications of whom the Bears might select with the No. 8 pick, Hicks shook...Read more

Vikings LB Kentrell Brothers suspended 4 games for PEDs

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The NFL announced on Friday that Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers has been suspended for the first four games of the season for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Brothers, who can still play and practice in the preseason, is eligible to return to the active roster after the Vikings' Week 4 game against ...Read more

Dak Prescott, Jason Garrett, Coach K promote Cowboys' 2018 theme of 'respect'

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Remember when it was Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and coach Jason Garrett taking the buddy trips to Duke to visit legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski?

That happened in 2014 and 2015. In NFL terms, that was yesteryear.

Romo is now retired, and Dak Prescott has taken over as the starting quarterback and favorite pal of Garrett.

Fittingly, when ...Read more

Nick Foles, Eagles agree to reworked contract; includes signing bonus, option for 2019

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles and Nick Foles reached an agreement on a restructured contract that awards Super Bowl LII's most valuable player with a $2 million signing bonus and creates an option year for 2019, NFL sources said.

The NFL Network was first to report the revised deal.

Foles, 29, had only one year left on a two-year, $11 million ...Read more