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Dylan Hernández: Vegas might, but don't you bet against Jim Harbaugh and the Chargers

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Las Vegas is an escape from reality — unless you're the Los Angeles Chargers.

As the Chargers entered training camp Tuesday energized by a potentially transformative offseason, Vegas sports books have delivered a sobering assessment of where they stand.

The over/under for Chargers wins this season is 8 1/2.

The modest expectations are more ...Read more

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Rams to open camp minus new Matthew Stafford deal and questions about quarterback room

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The Los Angeles Rams signed veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo knowing he would not be able to play the first two games this season. They stuck with Stetson Bennett despite his being away from the team his rookie season.

The Rams and coach Sean McVay, a master of anticipation, did not see one thing coming, however: starting quarterback Matthew...Read more

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Omar Kelly: No new contract, no team drills for Tua

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MIAMI — Don’t let anyone mislead you with their optimistic malarkey, nice guys finish last in this world, especially when it comes to business.

So just imagine how nice guys get treated in professional sports, where usually the fiercest, the strongest thrive.

Tua Tagovailoa is one of the nicest athletes — if not humans — I’ve come ...Read more

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Heartbroken Vikings will honor rookie Khyree Jackson all season

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The first full day of training camp for Minnesota Vikings rookies was supposed to be an early milestone in Khyree Jackson's career. On Monday, as General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and coach Kevin O'Connell discussed plans to honor the cornerback through the 2024 season, Jackson was there only in memory.

Jackson was killed along with two of his...Read more

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Brad Biggs: Caleb Williams has the Chicago Bears' 3 star wide receivers, but throwing to running backs can lead to wins

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On the first snap of 7-on-7 action Sunday morning, Caleb Williams dropped back, took a quick glance at his primary read and delivered the ball to running back D’Andre Swift, a check-down target, for a short and tidy gain.

It’s not a play that would have induced large applause if the Chicago Bears had a public crowd at their second training ...Read more

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Fashion provides now-healthy Ravens WR Rashod Bateman 'peace of mind' while he works for bigger role

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“The foot is healed, and it’s not a problem anymore, thank God," said Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman.

That wasn’t always the case for the enigmatic former first round draft pick, which perhaps explains why he has a LinkedIn page, titling himself “Creative at Without Lords.”

Under the “about” section, he lists:

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For Ravens, it's Super Bowl or bust despite changes to roster, coaching staff

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The fields are lush and green with freshly painted white lines marking each yard. Even the synthetic putting surface near the front door of the Ravens’ facility in Owings Mills got a makeover with new turf.

While quarterback Lamar Jackson was out sick for the first day of training camp on Sunday, hope and promise are still in full bloom for ...Read more

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Jets QB Aaron Rodgers downplays absence from mandatory minicamp last month

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NEW YORK — More than a month after he was absent from the mandatory minicamp, Aaron Rodgers finally cleared the air.

On the “Pardon My Take” podcast released Monday morning, Rodgers downplayed missing the team’s two days of mandatory minicamp practices last month.

“When I was playing in the NFC North, it used to be a real thing ...Read more

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Four key storylines as Eagles training camp nears: New schemes, new players, same structure?

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The Philadelphia Eagles report to training camp at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday and begin on-field workouts Wednesday.

An offseason that was longer than expected is finally over, and another season where the Eagles enter as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl is here. That offseason has brought both change — new coaches, players, ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins need to find veteran edge rushers to take pressure off rookies

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MIAMI — Shaquil Barrett did what was best for himself and his family by abruptly retiring.

His decision to leave the NFL after nine seasons less than a week before the start of training camp could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Miami Dolphins on three fronts because it creates a ton of cap space, opportunity for young players ...Read more

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Black-and-golden anniversary: 50 years ago, Steelers embarked on franchise-changing journey

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PITTSBURGH — The season began with what is considered the greatest draft class in NFL history and ended with the beginning of one of the greatest periods of dominance in league history.

In 1974, the Pittsburgh Steelers added to pieces already in place with a draft-day haul that included five future Hall of Famers and started in motion a six-...Read more

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Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, Xavier Worthy open full-squad camp with viral deep throw

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Look, it was only the first day of the Kansas City Chiefs’ full-squad training camp. It was one catch — in shorts and no pads — with the season opener still more than six weeks away.

That’s the rational, not-as-much-fun way to look at what happened on Missouri Western’s campus Sunday. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes rolled to his ...Read more

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Caleb Williams' checklist for his 1st Chicago Bears training camp? Maximize his ability and lean on the talent around him.

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Quarterback Caleb Williams and wide receiver Rome Odunze sat side by side in the media interview room Friday at Halas Hall, answering questions on the day Chicago Bears players reported to training camp.

Over the first 10 minutes of the session, Williams answered all but one of the questions, talking about his mindset entering camp and how to ...Read more

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Fire Nick? Hardly. Lurie thinks Sirianni is Andy Reid (lite) for the Eagles, NFL sources say.

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PHILADELPHIA — A few months ago, it seemed impossible that Nick Sirianni's job was not in peril. He'd led a Super Bowl favorite down a disastrous path, from 10-1 to 11-7 and a wild-card road playoff loss. His $255 million quarterback had regressed. Bill Belichick was on the market.

Whether Sirianni would oversee a fourth Eagles training camp ...Read more

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Pressure? Ravens DT Justin Madubuike says 'they haven't seen nothing yet.'

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Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Roquan Smith was fresh off trips to Paris, Barcelona and Germany because, in the words of Baltimore’s perhaps most curious mind, “why not?” Defensive lineman Justin Madubuike, meanwhile, chose to stick with a more familiar environment, opting for a gym in Atlanta, where he trained alongside outside ...Read more

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Shaq Barrett retires, leaving Dolphins in a bind at outside linebacker. A look at options.

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MIAMI — Shaquil Barrett, a two-time Pro Bowler who was expected to log significant playing time for the Miami Dolphins while their two starting outside linebackers recover from injuries, delivered stunning news on Saturday when he announced his retirement at age 31.

His exit - three days before the start of training camp - leaves Miami ...Read more

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Chicago Bears training camp report: The Caleb Williams-Keenan Allen connection begins

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The Chicago Bears opened their 2024 training camp with a light practice that was closed to the public Saturday at Halas Hall.

The Bears are still a week away from putting on pads, but coach Matt Eberflus said he could tell even in the early going that his players had studied and prepared during their month off. Their execution was on point.

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Brad Biggs: GM Ryan Poles played the long game in overhauling the Bears. Now they look poised for success.

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CHICAGO — One thing Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles tasked his staff with this summer was diving into “The Wisdom of the Bullfrog,” a book by retired Adm. William McRaven, a longtime Navy Seal.

Poles routinely seeks learning and growth opportunities and thought McRaven’s message — billed as “Leadership Made Simple (But Not ...Read more

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A round of golf with Jason Kelce and his fans -- and what it revealed about his growing fame

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STATELINE, Nev. — Four-year-old Harbor Spears perched on her father’s shoulders near the 15th green at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort, hoping to attract Jason Kelce’s attention among the crowd of spectators.

“Jason, I made you a bracelet!” she politely yelled in the former Eagles center’s direction.

Kelce eventually walked toward the ...Read more

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Sam McDowell: Why this Chiefs rookie -- not their first-round pick -- is most crucial to their plans

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Chiefs are back playing football again — the Super Bowl provides the prize of a condensed offseason — but as it does every year, training camp has opened with something resembling a senior skip day.

Or a few skip days.

It’s rookies and quarterbacks only for the initial week, along with those who are rehabbing ...Read more