Mastermind or mercenary? Matt Canada's journey from 'Just A Guy' to Steelers offensive coordinator.

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PITTSBURGH — Long before donning his signature straw hat, the one that makes him easy to spot on the field at Steelers practice, Matt Canada was 20 years old, hitting the books as a regular college student, toiling away in business school but still with a football itch to scratch.

As a two-year starting quarterback and double-figure ...Read more

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Months after coronavirus outbreak, here's where the Ravens stand with vaccinations

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Six months after the Ravens endured one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in sports, over half of the team is vaccinated, coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday, raising hopes that virus-related protocols can be eased by the start of the season.

In a virtual news conference after the first of two days of mandatory minicamp, Harbaugh declined to ...Read more

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Bears don't plan for Justin Fields to start season opener, as coach Matt Nagy reiterates, 'Andy Dalton is our starter'

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CHICAGO — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy has a plan for Justin Fields, and it does not include the rookie quarterback starting the season opener Sept. 12 against the Los Angeles Rams.

Nagy confirmed that to Chicago media Tuesday after the opening day of mandatory minicamp at Halas Hall when the coach was asked if Fields is unable to win the ...Read more

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Cam Newton supported the Patriots pick of Mac Jones. Can he beat out the rookie QB?

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the Patriots drafted Mac Jones with the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it spoke volumes about the team’s thoughts on its quarterback position. The Pats offense was abysmal in 2020.

The quarterback play from starter Cam Newton and backups Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer left much to be desired.

But the 31-...Read more

Odell Beckham Jr. returns to practice field for the Cleveland Browns

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BEREA, Ohio — The Browns welcomed Odell Beckham Jr. back to the practice field as they kicked off mandatory minicamp.

Beckham practiced Tuesday for the first time since the star wide receiver suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Oct. 25 at Cincinnati.

Beckham went through individual drills early in ...Read more

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Jamison Crowder on taking a pay cut to stay with the Jets: 'It's a business'

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After being Gang Green’s most productive receiver over the past two seasons, Jamison Crowder says he has no ill will towards the Jets after taking a pay cut.

“It’s a business,” Crowder said Tuesday after negotiating a deal to stay in the Big Apple but with a presumed big trim from his original $10 million base salary. ”You just got to...Read more

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Teddy Bridgewater says he probably should have 'shut it down' last year after injury

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It’s not a secret that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s play decreased toward the end of his one season with the Carolina Panthers.

Now Bridgewater is saying that he’s not sure he should have been playing in five of those games because of an injury.

Currently competing against Drew Lock for the starting job in Denver, Bridgewater spoke ...Read more

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Armando Salguero: Rough day for Dolphins, yes, but good teams and good QBs endure these to grow

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First came the clear message of discontent cornerback Xavien Howard sent the Miami Dolphins by holding out from the club’s opening mandatory minicamp practice. Then came a deluge that seemed to spring from the time of Noah, and soon the quarterbacks were also raining interceptions all over the field.

At least the frogs and locusts stayed away...Read more

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Omar Kelly: How many interceptions? Tagovailoa, Dolphins offense struggle in first minicamp session.

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DAVIE, Fla. — Growth isn’t always going to be pretty or comfortable.

Right now it’s obvious that Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is undergoing some growing pains.

If you view these minicamp practices, which began Tuesday, as a job interview for vacant positions on the Dolphins’ starting lineup, I’m not certain Tagovailoa’...Read more

Dozens of ex-Michigan football players, Anderson victims to demand action from school

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Dozens of former Michigan football players and other students who say they were sexually assaulted by Dr. Robert Anderson will hold a news conference outside Michigan Stadium on Wednesday morning to demand action from the school's leadership.

The former student-athletes and other students will be at the corner of S. Main Street and Pauline Blvd...Read more

Ron Cook: Le'Veon Bell's delusion is reaching new heights

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PITTSBURGH — Where is Tom Brady when Le'Veon Bell really needs him?

It is clear Bell needs plenty of help resurrecting his NFL career. His actions are begging for it. Bell's pal, Antonio Brown, needed similar help last season. Brady saved Brown in a variety of ways.

Brady convinced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to sign Brown despite Brown's ...Read more

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Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson reaches deal to return to Vikings

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The Vikings defensive line continued to be reshaped as free agent defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson reached a deal to return to Minnesota.

Richardson, 30, was released by the Browns in April to save salary cap space after Cleveland had signed defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. After playing for the Vikings on a one-year deal in 2018, Richardson ...Read more

Jamal Adams excused by Seahawks from minicamp for personal reasons

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SEATTLE — When the Seahawks hit the field for mandatory minicamp Tuesday afternoon, safety Jamal Adams was not there, a source confirmed to The Seattle Times.

But a source said the absence is for personal reasons and will be considered as excused by the team and not considered a holdout.

A report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler had earlier ...Read more

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Here's why the Green Bay Packers should trade Aaron Rodgers

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The Green Bay Packers should trade Aaron Rodgers.

President Mark Murphy should stop taking public digs at the “complicated fella” playing quarterback for his franchise — as Murphy did last Thursday at an event at Lambeau Field — and start focusing on the King’s ransom he might receive in a deal.

The Packers need to recognize how ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins will be leaning on ex-Patriots veteran Jason McCourty for leadership

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Throw an “uncle” or an “auntie” in the front of someone’s name and it is a sign of respect, an homage to wisdom and experience, especially when they’re actually not a relative.

Jason McCourty has been called “Uncle Mac” in NFL circles since 2017 because of what the 13-year veteran has brought to the three teams he’s previously...Read more

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Gene Frenette: Jaguars' 2021 success will depend on Trevor Lawrence avoiding pitfalls

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There’s no way to know in mid-June — even if the purported franchise savior was getting a normal workload during mandatory minicamp — whether Trevor Lawrence can cross maybe his most important NFL bridge.

It’s too early to gauge how well the Jaguars’ rookie quarterback adjusts to the degree of difficulty awaiting him. Things are ...Read more

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Clarence E. Hill Jr.: Dallas Cowboys won the offseason. So why is Mike McCarthy on the hot seat?

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Optimism certainly abounds for the 2021 season and Year 2 of the Mike McCarthy era at the Dallas Cowboys world headquarters at The Star in Frisco.

A team that has made the playoffs since 2018 and finished 6-10 in 2020 believes they have already won the offseason.

The biggest goals of securing Dak Prescott as their franchise quarterback and ...Read more

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LB Jarrad Davis' says his deal with the Jets is 'a rebirth' of his career

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Jarrad Davis’ one-year, $6 million deal with the Jets has breathed new life into his career.

After being a first-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2017, Davis’ time in the NFL has been disappointing. In four seasons he had 305 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and one interception. But by his last season, his playing time ...Read more

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Veteran NFL defender to try out with Panthers at a top position of need

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Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule has been consistent in wanting to bring in as many players as possible during the offseason program to find potential fits.

That trend is continuing with this week’s mandatory minicamp. Among the players the Panthers are trying out is veteran safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, per a source with knowledge of the ...Read more

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Here's why the Patriots should pay cornerback Stephon Gilmore

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – When each of the Patriots four quarterbacks dropped back, you could see it. It was clear as day and it shouldn’t be debatable.

The Patriots need Stephon Gilmore.

That was evident when Jalen Mills or Michael Jackson Sr. were lining up opposite of J.C. Jackson at outside cornerback. It was obvious when it came time for 1-...Read more