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Marcus Hayes: Howie Roseman and the Eagles win the NFC East's NFL draft

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PHILADELPHIA — It's been well-documented that embattled general manager Howie Roseman slayed the 2021 NFL draft for the Eagles. What's gone unnoticed is how badly he bettered the rest of the NFC East.

When your division finishes a season as the worst in NFL history, every team enters the next season rebuilding. It's sort of a slow-build arms ...Read more

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2022 NFL mock draft: Way-too-early projections

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A completist is defined as "an obsessive, typically indiscriminate, collector or fan of something."

I feel seen.

I couldn't possibly leave you without a preview of college football's best players and next year's top draft prospects before I close the book on the 2020-2021 draft season.

Obviously, a way-too-early mock draft isn't about ...Read more

In Zach Wilson, the Jets are getting much more than a strong-armed QB

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NEW YORK — Zach Wilson earned his place as the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft based on his ability on the field.

The Jets’ new franchise quarterback wowed Jets brass with his strong arm, off-platform throws and exceptional athleticism. Wilson’s football personality also includes being a competitive workaholic. But when he wasn’t ...Read more

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Rob Oller: Tuf Borland better off being a football tortoise than track and field hare

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Speed is a deceptive and relative little rascal. Looking out the window of a commercial jet, land leisurely passes at 500 mph, slower it seems than a cheetah chasing down a gazelle in the Serengeti.

Or take Tuf Borland, the Ohio State linebacker who signed with Minnesota as a free agent after going undrafted last week. ...Read more

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As back-to-back draft picks, Najee Harris and Travis Etienne will always be tied together

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PITTSBURGH — Neither Le'Veon Bell nor Eddie Lacy are on an NFL team at the moment, but eight years after they were drafted, it's clear which running back had the better pro career. The one who went to the Steelers at 48th overall made two All-Pro first teams and two Pro Bowls, while the one chosen by the Packers 13 picks later in the second ...Read more

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Bucs agree to one-year deal with QB Blaine Gabbert

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Bucs have a developmental quarterback in Florida’s Kyle Trask, whom they took in the second round of last week’s NFL draft.

But if something were to happen to Tom Brady, Blaine Gabbert would be the next guy under center.

The Bucs and Gabbert on Wednesday agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract. It could be worth up to...Read more

Tom Krasovic: Chargers again cashed 'QB Draft Dividend'

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Many NFL draft experts say the Chargers in fact have found a long-term answer at left tackle with recent top selection Rashawn Slater, whom former scout Louis Riddick has as an All-Pro as soon as this year and former NFL tackle Geoff Schwartz rates "the most ready pass protector" of his draft class.

Slater's selection Thursday night seemed ...Read more

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The Kansas City Chiefs are adding a former Broncos safety to their defensive backfield

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The Chiefs bypassed the chance to amplify their defensive backfield in the NFL Draft.

So they did it days afterward.

The Chiefs signed free agent safety Will Parks to a one-year contract, a source told The Star.

Parks, 26, has played for the Broncos and Eagles. The Broncos drafted him in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent four ...Read more

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Dan Wiederer: Aaron Rodgers is as good as gone from Packers. Suddenly Bears might have best QB situation in NFC North.

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CHICAGO — Maybe the news didn’t fully compute Thursday afternoon. Aaron Rodgers discontent with management in Green Bay?

OK. Sure. Stuff happens.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. There’s also usually an extinguisher nearby.

But Aaron Rodgers fully committed to never taking another snap for the Packers?

Come on! ...Read more

Richard Sherman says he'd be open to a Seahawks return. But does Seattle have a spot for him?

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Richard Sherman reiterated Wednesday that he remains open to a reunion with the Seahawks.

“It’s always in the cards,’’ Sherman said during an appearance on the ESPN show First Take. “I spend my entire offseason in Seattle. It’s where I live. It’s where my family is. So it’s always in the cards.’’

That backed up what ...Read more

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Greg Cote: On one-year anniversary of Don Shula's death, aging former Dolphins face own mortality

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MIAMI — Miami Dolphins fans have spent this week in the afterglow of a successful NFL draft — one that has them daring to dream that happy days are here again (or at least getting close).

Chances are it did not occur to most Dolfans that it was one year ago this week when the architect of the franchise's happiest days passed away.

Don ...Read more

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Cowboys release Antwaun Woods after defensive-oriented draft

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Nose tackle Antwaun Woods was the first casualty of the Dallas Cowboys’ record-setting, defensive-oriented 2021 NFL draft.

The Cowboys released Woods on Wednesday after using eight of 11 picks on the defensive side of the ball, including the first six picks for the first time in franchise history.

According to sources, ...Read more

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Mac Engel: Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic replaces Tim Duncan as NBA's biggest crybaby

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Luka Doncic is at that stage of his NBA career where he needs a lecture from Dr. Rick, the spokesman for the Progressive commercials on becoming your parents.

“You got fouled. No one cares.”

Mr. Doncic, we get it ... he fouled you.

They all fouled you.

They will all foul you.

Arguing with a ref is as fruitful as fighting with your ...Read more

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Mike Preston: Ravens offensive line will take time to build, even with pieces in place

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Nearly 30 offensive tackles were picked in the NFL draft over the weekend, and the Ravens didn’t select one. Either they didn’t feel any were worthy, or they believe their offensive line is still going to be one of the best in 2021.

It’s probably a combination of both.

The Ravens were still searching for a starting right tackle before ...Read more

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Gene Frenette: Why Mac Jones is an ideal quarterback for Bill Belichick's Patriots

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It didn’t take Mac Jones long to get fully indoctrinated and buy into the Patriot Way. He’s a natural for it, honestly.

About 16 hours after the New England Patriots patiently waited for the Alabama quarterback and The Bolles School product to fall to them with the No. 15 overall pick in the NFL draft, Jones demonstrated in his introductory...Read more

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49ers' Shanahan, Garoppolo say the right things, but it's clear the clock is ticking

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Hypothetically, if rookie Trey Lance is the 49ers’ starting quarterback during the first two weeks of the upcoming regular season, it will be the first time he started games in consecutive weeks in 617 days.

If Lance sits during his entire rookie campaign and doesn’t start until Week 1 in 2022, it would be roughly ...Read more

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Howie Roseman indicates Eagles draft disagreement with Tom Donahoe was over defensive tackle, not corner

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Howie Roseman and senior football adviser Tom Donahoe were not at odds over the Giants’ nabbing cornerback Aaron Robinson ahead of the Eagles in the third round, in that much-discussed Friday night draft room video clip, the general manager said Tuesday in an interview with the WIP-FM 94.1 morning show.

Roseman indicated that Donahoe ...Read more

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Jets star Quinnen Williams breaks bone in foot, needs surgery and likely to miss 8-10 weeks

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After an offseason full of good news for the Jets, they’ve been hit with a minor speed bump.

Star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams broke a small bone in his foot. The third-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft will have surgery and will be out 8-10 weeks a source confirmed to the Daily News. He won’t be able to participate in OTAs or ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: On the anniversary of Don Shula's death, Dick Anderson misses his 1972 friends

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Dick Anderson sat down to write an e-mail to his 1972 Miami Dolphins teammates Tuesday morning about the one-year anniversary of Don Shula’s death when it hit him again how many of them are gone.

He didn’t need to count. The number is always with him.

“Sixteen,’' the Dolphins great said.

They were his friends, his teammates, his ...Read more

Just how fast is DK Metcalf? He will test himself against elite track athletes Sunday

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It’s no secret that Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf is one of the fastest players in the NFL.

But, is he really one of the fastest athletes in the country?

Metcalf is going to put that question to the test this weekend.

According to a report Monday from NBC Sports, Metcalf is entered in the 100-meter dash Sunday at the USATF (USA Track & Field...Read more