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Christian McCaffrey opens up about his body, Cam Newton, becoming face of the Panthers

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Through all the drawbacks the Carolina Panthers suffered since the start of 2019, from the 5-11 season and the firing of Ron Rivera to the retirement of Luke Kuechly and the release of Cam Newton, there was at least one bright spot.

Christian McCaffrey became the third player in NFL history to record 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving ...Read more

Aaron Donald says 'we won't be having any football' if players don't do their part

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LOS ANGELES -- Protocols to stave off the spread of the novel coronavirus are in place at the Los Angeles Rams' facility. Players get tested daily. They wear masks and practice social distancing.

Star defensive lineman Aaron Donald is getting accustomed to the new reality. But the six-time Pro Bowl player earns his living in tight quarters ...Read more

Report: Jon Gruden faked coronavirus to show Raiders it's serious

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Jon Gruden has long been known to play up the drama, but he set a new standard in a recent meeting with his Raiders players.

The team logged on for a video meeting last week expecting to see Gruden leading the call. Instead, NFL Network reports, they got special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, who had a somber message: Gruden had been hospitalized ...Read more

49ers' Raheem Mostert: Not opting out, vows to win Super Bowl

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Raheem Mostert is not opting out of the 49ers season, not that it was an easy decision for the starting running back, which he proclaimed himself to be Wednesday.

"It was a very long and tough discussion with my wife," Mostert said on a video conference with reporters. "She's back in Cleveland with the family, with my 13-month-old son as well ...Read more

The Panthers' expectation is for DJ Moore to dominate the NFL. Here's how he can.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When the Carolina Panthers drafted wide receiver D.J. Moore in 2018, Steve Smith, by then an analyst for NFL Network, made it clear that he was impressed with the selection.

He looked directly into the camera and said: "They have never been able to replace me ... until today."

It was a huge compliment from Smith, who ...Read more

Jack Del Rio can't hide his opinion of NFL players who opt out

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You'll have to read between the lines to see it, but former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has a strong opinion of NFL players who choose to opt out of the upcoming season due to coronavirus fears.

When asked what he thinks of the more than 50 players who've decided not to play because of COVID-19 fears, Washington's new defensive coordinator tried...Read more

Rams' Jalen Ramsey perturbed by repeated questions about impending contract extension

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LOS ANGELES -- An impending contract extension expected to make him the highest-paid player at his position in NFL history is not on Jalen Ramsey's mind.

The Los Angeles Rams' star cornerback made that clear Tuesday during a videoconference with reporters that included Ramsey walking out after fielding several questions about the subject -- and...Read more

Browns GM Andrew Berry: Odell Beckham Jr. 'focused on having a great year' amid COVID-19 concerns

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Odell Beckham Jr.'s well-documented concerns about playing football amid the COVID-19 pandemic have fueled headlines throughout the country and led some to speculate the Browns wide receiver might opt out of the 2020 season.

Yet Browns general manager Andrew Berry painted a picture Tuesday of Beckham using the early stages of training camp to ...Read more

If Doug Pederson isn't immune, how likely are Eagles players to contract coronavirus?

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PHILADELPHIA -- Doug Pederson wasn't interested in revealing how he was, or how he might have been, infected with the coronavirus.

"It's something that I don't necessarily want to comment on for myself or speculate on for anyone else," the Eagles coach said Monday during a virtual news conference, a day after he tested positive.

Pederson's ...Read more

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper excited about offense, addition of rookie CeeDee Lamb

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Receiver Amari Cooper became the first veteran player made available to the media Tuesday by the Dallas Cowboys since they reported to training camp amid the COVID-19 restrictions.

It was also the first time that Cooper has spoken publicly since signing a five-year, $100 million contract extension in March to remain with the team as he promised...Read more

Dolphins WR Allen Hurns opts out of 2020 season

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The Miami Dolphins will have at least one player who will not play during the 2020 NFL season due to coronavirus concerns.

Dolphins receiver Allen Hurns, a former University of Miami standout, announced Tuesday he will not play while his family awaits the birth of his son.

Hurns, who became the first Dolphins player or coach to opt out, will ...Read more

Coronavirus: Can Santa Clara's lack of nightlife protect 49ers?

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How do you protect young, vibrant athletes from carousing and potentially contracting COVID-19 that could infect teammates?

Silicon Valley's miro-nightlife might help.

"On a team like ours, we're uniquely constructed to deal with this, because obviously we're in Santa Clara," cornerback Richard Sherman said Tuesday on a media video conference....Read more

'No setbacks' for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger as he returns from elbow injury

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PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger said he has had no setbacks from his elbow surgery and is excited about not having pain in his right arm after any of his throwing sessions, including a heavy workout on Monday.

He also said he is in great shape physically and mentally and is as light as he's been in more than a dozen years.

"My arm feels ...Read more

Source: Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't plan to opt out despite expressing COVID-19 concerns

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Odell Beckham Jr. has not concealed his concerns about playing football amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Browns wide receiver discussed his trepidation last month in a roundtable discussion with New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley and again during an interview with the WSJ. Magazine, a Wall ...Read more

Joey Bosa indicates his rookie-year holdout helped him land massive Chargers deal

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LOS ANGELES -- A season after they failed so often to win close games, the Los Angeles Chargers scored a dramatic buzzer-beating victory before training camp opened.

Joey Bosa on Monday colorfully described the final moments before he and the team came together on a record-setting five-year, $135 million extension. The main color was bright ...Read more

Vikings keep Zimmer and Spielman together, for better or worse

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Asked on Monday to assess a working relationship now in its second decade, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer touched on long-familiar themes shared between himself and general manager Rick Spielman: their perfervid personalities, their Rust Belt upbringings as the sons of no-nonsense high school coaches.

"Most importantly, we really love football," ...Read more

49ers' Kyle Shanahan meets with George Kittle, hoping for deal soon

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George Kittle's well-earned raise is coming, the 49ers' brass asserted Monday.

Exactly when will the All-Pro tight end strike a contract extension? It did not happened before Monday's first team meeting of training camp, but Kittle did meet with head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch.

"I feel really good about this going ...Read more

After family member's COVID-19 scare, Panthers' Christian Miller opts out of NFL season

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Carolina Panthers edge rusher Christian Miller has elected to opt out of the 2020 NFL season.

After not seeing much playing time in his rookie season last year as an outside linebacker, Miller, 24, had an opportunity to start over during this year's training camp with a new coaching staff and revamped roster. He would have provided depth for ...Read more

Eagles coach Doug Pederson says he feels fine despite coronavirus, still believes in viability of NFL season

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Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he continues to feel good about the team's coronavirus precautions and the NFL's chances of playing a full season, in the wake of the Sunday announcement of his two positive tests.

"I feel very good about the safety of our building, the protocols that are in place," said Pederson, 52, who is quarantined at home ...Read more

Here is Josh Rosen's role in Dolphins' QB battle behind Tua Tagovailoa and Ryan Fitzpatrick

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It may seem like Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen is the odd man out once again.

With Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to be the Dolphins starter and rookie Tua Tagovailoa waiting in the wings, Rosen finds himself in a bit of an odd situation as training camp gets underway.

Rosen, the 10th pick in the 2018 draft, was brought to Miami in the 2019...Read more