On the clock …

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With the NFL draft less than a week away, reporters who cover the teams on a daily basis take a crack at predicting how the first round will unfold in the Los Angeles Times' annual beat writers' mock. Each reporter makes a pick and gives a rationale for that selection:

1. CLEVELAND: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming (Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer...Read more

Rams hope they can find a 78 at 87 β€” their first pick in 2018 draft

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LOS ANGELES--It felt like something of a slight to Jackie Slater.

The offensive lineman from Jackson State had been led by some to believe he might be selected in the first round of the 1976 NFL draft.

But he was not selected until the third round, when the Rams chose him with the 86th pick.

"I was very excited about it," Slater said, "but I ...Read more

Bears have a golden opportunity to get defensive with the No. 8 pick

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CHICAGO -- Certainly Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks is in the minority in Chicago, a football-minded grinder in a football-crazed city with little to no interest in the upcoming NFL draft. Asked Tuesday afternoon whether he at least takes a glance at the ubiquitous prognostications of whom the Bears might select with the No. 8 pick, Hicks shook...Read more

Vikings LB Kentrell Brothers suspended 4 games for PEDs

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The NFL announced on Friday that Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers has been suspended for the first four games of the season for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Brothers, who can still play and practice in the preseason, is eligible to return to the active roster after the Vikings' Week 4 game against ...Read more

Dak Prescott, Jason Garrett, Coach K promote Cowboys' 2018 theme of 'respect'

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Remember when it was Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and coach Jason Garrett taking the buddy trips to Duke to visit legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski?

That happened in 2014 and 2015. In NFL terms, that was yesteryear.

Romo is now retired, and Dak Prescott has taken over as the starting quarterback and favorite pal of Garrett.

Fittingly, when ...Read more

Nick Foles, Eagles agree to reworked contract; includes signing bonus, option for 2019

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles and Nick Foles reached an agreement on a restructured contract that awards Super Bowl LII's most valuable player with a $2 million signing bonus and creates an option year for 2019, NFL sources said.

The NFL Network was first to report the revised deal.

Foles, 29, had only one year left on a two-year, $11 million ...Read more

Ravens agree to two-year deal with WR Willie Snead, await Saints' decision on whether they'll match

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BALTIMORE -- The Ravens have agreed to a deal with a receiver and it isn't Dez Bryant.

Continuing their makeover at the position, the Ravens have signed New Orleans Saints restricted free agent Willie Snead to an offer sheet, sources confirmed. The Saints now have five days to match the deal or they'll lose Snead, who had been in line to play ...Read more

Rams get prime-time spotlight in five games

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LOS ANGELES--A turnaround season in 2017 propelled the Los Angeles Rams into a contender. An offseason of star-player acquisitions made them the talk of the NFL.

Now the Rams and second-year coach Sean McVay are in the prime-time spotlight.

The NFL released its schedule Thursday, and the Rams are slated for five prime-time games.

They open ...Read more

What are the best non-Cowboys games in 2018?

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Everyone is undefeated and spirits are high.

Now it's time to take a peek at the best NFL games, not involving the Dallas Cowboys, for the 17-week regular season.

Week 1: Atlanta at Philadelphia

A matchup between the past two NFC champions? Carson Wentz or Nick Foles starting for the Eagles? Sign us up.

Honorable mention: LA Rams at Oakland....Read more

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