Eagles to host Falcons in NFL season opener

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The defending-champion Eagles will host the Falcons in their season opener at 8:20 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, an NFL source said. The game will be broadcast locally on NBC10.

The NFL has had the reigning Super Bowl winner kick off the season at home on a Thursday or Wednesday since 2004. The Eagles, who will likely hand out Super Bowl LII rings ...Read more

Devin Hester and Matt Forte to sign 1-day contracts to retire as Bears

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Former Bears return man Devin Hester and running back Matt Forte will sign one-day contracts Monday at Halas Hall so they can retire as members of the Bears.

Hester was a four-time Pro Bowler over eight seasons with the Bears from 2006 to 2013. He set an NFL record with 20 return touchdowns in his 11-year career. Perhaps the most memorable ...Read more

Stoneman Douglas football team, Aaron Feis' family to announce Dolphins' NFL draft picks

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Stoneman Douglas will have a significant presence for the Miami Dolphins during the upcoming NFL draft.

The family of Parkland shooting victim and Eagles assistant coach Aaron Feis, along with 18 graduating seniors on the Douglas football team, will announce the Dolphins' draft picks during Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 28. The group will read ...Read more

Dolphins WR Danny Amendola getting acquainted with QB Ryan Tannehill

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Wide receiver Danny Amendola, nicknamed "Playoff Danny" because of his postseason exploits during his five years with the New England Patriots, won't be catching passes from Tom Brady, arguably the best quarterback of all time.

Instead, he'll be catching passes from Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

And that's just fine with the newly...Read more

Saquon Barkley to the NFC East? Cowboys' division foes could target big names in NFL draft

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The NFL draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is just over a week away, as rumors about who the Cowboys will select at pick No. 19 continue to swirl.

Some believe the front office will opt to take a versatile linebacker such as Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch, Alabama's Rashaan Evans, or even trade up for Georgia's Roquan Smith.

Others ...Read more

Invigorated Joe Flacco excited about Ravens' receivers as he looks to rebound from rough season

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BALTIMORE -- There were times last year where it was obvious that the season-long struggles of the offense and his inability to help fix it had taken a toll on Joe Flacco. Normally even-keeled, the Ravens veteran quarterback showed glimpses of frustration and appeared to be at a loss for how to reverse downward trends in his performance.

Three ...Read more

After shocking retirement, 49ers linebacker finds new quest

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Chris Borland remembers the good stuff about football, too.

The controversial former 49ers linebacker still savors the thrill of a game in New Orleans, when he pounced on a Drew Brees fumble late in the game to secure an overtime victory.

"That was probably the highlight of my rookie year," Borland said.

And by rookie year, of course, he ...Read more

Dolphins' Frank Gore is focused on being a contributor, not a mentor

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DAVIE, Fla. -- Frank Gore realizes he's wrapping up an accomplished 13-year career, one in which he silenced his critics and could land him in the Hall of Fame.

But the Miami Dolphins' newest tailback isn't interested in merely being Kenyan Drake's mentor. He wants to earn a significant role in the Dolphins' offense.

"I'm going to show this ...Read more

Stephen Jones: Dez Bryant release in everybody's best interest, baffled by 'Garrett Guys' claim

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Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones commented on the release of receiver Dez Bryant for the first time Tuesday.

Jones, speaking on 105.3 The Fan, said moving on from the team's all-time leader in touchdown receptions was in the best interest of Bryant and the Cowboys.

"I think it's always difficult because Dez was an amazing player for...Read more

Eagles QB Wentz says he still intends to play in Week 1

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PHILADELPHIA -- Carson Wentz said that he still expects to be ready to play when the Eagles open next season on Sept. 6. The Eagles quarterback, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in December, said in late January that his goal was to be ready for the opener. Almost three months later, nothing has changed.

"Yeah, that's still the goal," ...Read more

Jordan Howard coy about disappearing Bears photos on Instagram

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CHICAGO -- Bears running back Jordan Howard met with the media Tuesday at Halas Hall to discuss his impressions of new coach Matt Nagy and how he will fit into the offense this season.

But first things first.

What was up with Howard's Instagram account this offseason?

Howard's account started trade-rumor drama on social media in early April ...Read more

Ravens recruiter Eric Weddle makes his pitch to free-agent receiver Dez Bryant

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BALTIMORE -- Three Ravens players were asked Tuesday about the possibility of adding free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant, whom the team has interest in acquiring, sources have told The Baltimore Sun.

New wide receiver Michael Crabtree was rather dismissive of the hypothetical: "I don't talk about potential or nobody that's not on my team," he ...Read more

Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes hit high school fields to build rapport with star teammates

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For about nine months, Patrick Mahomes diligently went about his business as the Chiefs' backup quarterback, working to improve at his craft while not ruffling any feathers.

Teammates praised his gun-slinging mentality and practice performance, which turned out to be an indication of what he could do in prime-time. His lone appearance of the ...Read more

What Travis Kelce didn't see still hurt him during Chiefs' playoff collapse

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As the Chiefs were losing all of their 18-point lead to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC wild-card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium in January, at least Travis Kelce was spared the heartache of the collapse.

For the first time, Kelce revealed that he had no idea what was occurring during the second half of the game he was forced to depart just ...Read more

As offseason program begins, Cowboys weigh in on Dez Bryant's absence

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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys began their offseason program Monday with a noticeable void. Wide receiver Dez Bryant is no longer a member of the organization.

Defensive backs Byron Jones and Jeff Heath each spoke of how the Cowboys will miss Bryant's "passion" and "competitive spirit" in the locker room.

"Him being out here all the time,...Read more

Chiefs' Dee Ford says his leg went numb last year. But he feels 'excellent' now

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Dee Ford walked into the media room at the Chiefs practice facility Monday afternoon, in the midst of his first sentence before a question had even been issued.

"Today is the perfect day to talk to me," he said. "I'm spilling out everything."

It was light-hearted in nature, a comment not meant to be taken seriously. But on a day in which ...Read more

Lions coach Matt Patricia to new team: We're better than 9-7

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It's only been a week, and NFL rules have prevented him from doing much hands-on coaching, but Matt Patricia has made a favorable first impression on his players -- one of whom admits the new Detroit Lions coach wasn't quite what he expected.

"There's definitely a narrative that's written about the Patriots that you think they're just straight ...Read more

For Kirk Cousins, three Super Bowl MVPs with Vikings mean another $6 million

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Kirk Cousins began his first official day of work in the Vikings' new practice facility in Eagan on Monday, when players were allowed to join the team for offseason workouts.

Cousins has a $500,000 bonus in his contract tied to his participation in those workouts; he can make a lot more money based on what he does at the end of the season.

The...Read more

Vikings linebacker Kendricks signs contract extension, checking off one of team's top priorities

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On the day they welcomed players back into their building for the start of offseason workouts, the Vikings ushered one of their linebackers into a new tax bracket.

The team announced it signed Eric Kendricks to a contract extension, locking up the first of four significant players scheduled to hit free agency after the 2018 season. Kendricks' ...Read more

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is 'definitely ready for a big year'

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Ameer Abdullah spent two months this offseason living with his brother in California and training with a host of current and future NFL stars, including Odell Beckham Jr., Leonard Fournette and Saquon Barkley.

That Abdullah spent the winter working out with some of his most accomplished peers is significant, though perhaps not as significant as...Read more