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Michael Cunningham: Desmond Ridder may end up starting for Falcons, but better if it's not now

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — I was all in favor of the Falcons drafting quarterback Desmond Ridder in the third round. He won a lot of games as a four-year starter at Cincinnati. Ridder’s main weakness, passing accuracy, can be improved. His plus athletic ability at the position is valuable. Ridder is a high-floor guy with room to grow.

I also ...Read more

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As new Rams start to train, staff also starts new era in NFL diversity program

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LOS ANGELES — Reggie Scott knows the value of a pipeline program — two decades ago one started him on his way to becoming the Rams' vice president for sports medicine and performance.

Thomas Brown, the Rams' tight ends coach, is looking forward to another pipeline program producing similar results for coaches and front office executives.

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John Niyo: Aaron Glenn happy to be with Lions, even as he continues coaching climb

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — They were both nervous, albeit for slightly different reasons.

Back in early February, Aaron Glenn was waiting anxiously for the phone call of a lifetime, as one of two finalists for an NFL head-coaching job with the New Orleans Saints.

Dan Campbell was waiting on that same call, really. But beyond what it meant for his ...Read more

Bill Cowher believes Steelers will have 'seamless transition' with new GM Omar Khan

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PITTSBURGH — Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Cowher believes Steelers president Art Rooney II made a home run hire when he named Omar Khan as the new general manager.

Cowher coached the Steelers from 1992-2006 and worked alongside Khan for six of those years when he was cutting his teeth as a young executive. Khan's long tenure with the ...Read more

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Giants' Kayvon Thibodeaux sidelined, but coach Brian Daboll not concerned

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NEW YORK — Kayvon Thibodeaux’s work ethic has impressed Giants outside linebackers coach Drew Wilkins from the jump.

“He’s incredibly eager,” Wilkins said after Thursday’s sixth OTA practice. “He comes here, he gets his playbook. I’m out with my wife at the Comedy Cellar. You know how you gotta put your phone in the little bag? ...Read more

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KC Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes reacts to Texas shooting: 'As a father now, it's scary'

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ hometown of Whitehouse, Texas, is about 400 miles northeast of Uvalde — site of this week’s school shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers.

That wasn’t the only reason, though, that Mahomes said Tuesday’s events deeply affected him. “As a father now, it’s scary,” Mahomes...Read more

Joe Starkey: Omar Khan takes over at pivotal point in Steelers history

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PITTSBURGH — The entire football world seems enamored with the Steelers promoting Omar Khan to replace Kevin Colbert as their general manager.

This is the Steelers Way, after all, the Steelers doing Steelers things, the Steelers promoting from within, the Steelers again serving as an example to the rest of the league and proving that ...Read more

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Brad Biggs: If Bears pass rusher Robert Quinn wants out of town, a trade could be a win for all parties

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CHICAGO — Though Robert Quinn hasn’t been present for the voluntary portion of the Chicago Bears offseason program to this point, he’s still making an impact in the defensive line meeting room.

New line coach Travis Smith spent the last two seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders working alongside Rod Marinelli, who coached Quinn with the ...Read more

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Clarence E. Hill Jr.: Is the NFL finally serious about diversity? Show us by signing Colin Kaepernick.

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As Jay Z said so eloquently and obtusely a couple of years ago, the NFL is past kneeling.

The league is seemingly also past placating videos and on-field displays in trying to fix its decades-old problem with racism and diversity.

The NFL is now pulling out all the stops in trying to let everyone know that it is real serious this time. And ...Read more

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Tom Brady says he's done more this offseason, a year after MCL surgery

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TAMPA, Fla. — First things first. How are you feeling physically, Tom Brady?

It’s been a year since Bucs quarterback Tom Brady had surgery to repair the MCL tear in his left knee that he suffered during the 2019 season with the Patriots.

Brady, who retired and then unretired over the past few months, insists he’s been able to do a lot ...Read more

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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson absent from OTAs as he enters final year of rookie contract: 'It's up to him'

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BALTIMORE — Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, was absent for the second straight day of voluntary organized team activities on Wednesday.

When coach John Harbaugh was asked on Wednesday whether Jackson would attend OTAs, he said, “I’ll let Lamar speak for himself on this topic.”

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Colin Kaepernick scheduled to work out for Raiders: report

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Colin Kaepernick is going from being blackballed to working out for the silver and black.

Kaepernick, 34, a Black quarterback exiled from the NFL for his stance against police brutality and racial injustice, is scheduled to work out for the Las Vegas Raiders this week, according to ESPN.

The Seattle Seahawks hosted Kaepernick on a visit in ...Read more

Paul Zeise: Omar Khan and Andy Weidl will make a tremendous team in Steelers' front office

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PITTSBURGH — The Steelers conducted a national search for general manager and determined the best man for the job was already in their building. And they determined the best choice as his right-hand man is a former football star at Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) who once worked as a scout for the Steelers, as well.

I know, it is a miracle!

The best ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: NFL owners might finally be through with creepy Commanders owner Daniel Snyder

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PHILADELPHIA — The reactions to Daniel Snyder tell you all you need to know about the priorities of the NFL.

Hint: It’s the money.

Snyder is the worst owner in sports, and he doesn’t try to hide it. Now, though, the Football Billionaires Club is considering expulsion, but not for the reasons any decent person might think.

Snyder’s ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Tyreek Hill didn't come to Dolphins to retire, he's still pushing for greatness

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It doesn’t matter how many defenders you send Tyreek Hill’s way, or how much attention you give the Miami Dolphins’ new playmaker, blink at the wrong time and he’s gone.

We’ve seen him do it repeatedly during his first six years in the NFL, where he delivered six straight Pro Bowl seasons for the Kansas City ...Read more

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Mac Engel: Herschel Walker is one of America's greatest sports myths. Will it help him get elected?

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Of the many developments from ex-Dallas Cowboys, “Herschel Walker: U.S. Senator” was not on the Jeopardy board when his NFL playing career finished in 1997.

It’s one thing to be a campaigning political hopeful, and quite another to go full on “Marjorie Taylor Greene.”

Walker, 60, has made his choice.

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Steelers expected to hire Omar Khan as next general manager, sources say

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PITTSBURGH — Omar Khan, the Steelers' vice president of football and business administration who has been with the organization for 21 years, is expected to be named the team’s new general manager, replacing Kevin Colbert, multiple sources have told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Khan, 45, has served primarily as the Steelers’ lead contract...Read more

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All NFL teams are footing the bill for St. Louis' controversial lawsuit against Rams

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ATLANTA — The Rams and NFL paid $790 million last year to settle a lawsuit with St. Louis over the team's relocation to Los Angeles.

Now, the league is sorting how to cover that bill and already has spread some of that staggering expense between all 32 teams — meaning everyone is on the hook for at least several million. Owners discussed ...Read more

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Mark Kiszla: What quarterback Russell Wilson brings to Broncos is wild obsession for championship

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DENVER — Russell Wilson plays football with evangelical zeal. In the Book of Russ, sloth is a deadly sin. The sinners might be forgiven. But they also will be left behind by a quarterback who earnestly treats the pursuit of a championship like a crusade.

“You have to set the tone every day. There is no other option,” Wilson said Monday, ...Read more

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Jets QB Zach Wilson's mental growth evident at OTAs: 'It just clicks differently in year two,' says coach Robert Saleh

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NEW YORK — Zach Wilson’s mental growth was evident during the Jets’ second day of OTAs in Florham Park on Tuesday.

The Jets’ OTAs only competition drills featured 7-on-7. For the majority of Wilson’s reps, he showed slightly more decisiveness, which shows more command of the offense.

“He clearly has much better understanding,” ...Read more