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'Great' and 'dominant': Mike Tomlin has high expectations for Steelers' defense coming off down year

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In a rare moment of candor that might border on wishful hyperbole, Mike Tomlin used words to describe his Steelers defense that would not typically be commensurate with a unit that ranked 24th in the NFL last season.

Great. And dominant.

Largely, his players would agree, though there is a small matter of fixing the worst run defense in the ...Read more

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Broncos sale to Walton-Penner group expected to be finalized Tuesday during NFL meeting in Minneapolis

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More than six months after the Broncos were put up for sale, the team is expected to have new ownership in place on Tuesday afternoon.

A special league meeting will be held in Minneapolis, where Broncos president/CEO Joe Ellis will present the Walton-Penner ownership group to the other 31 NFL teams.

A “yes” vote by at least 24 teams will ...Read more

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Panthers 'not shopping' quarterback Sam Darnold, according to multiple league sources

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — As Sam Darnold walked off the practice fields at Wofford College on Monday, Carolina Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer pulled him aside for a quick conversation.

Unannounced to Darnold, a report surfaced early Monday that the Panthers may be actively shopping him as the team began to practice. Fitterer told Darnold ...Read more

Artie Burns struggled with Steelers, but Seahawks happy with what they've found

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RENTON, Wash. — Through all the understandable attention on the two rookie cornerbacks the Seahawks drafted in the spring and the revival of the career of former Huskies star Sidney Jones IV, Artie Burns just keeps hanging in.

When the Seahawks took the field for their ninth practice of training camp Sunday, Burns again lined up as a starter ...Read more

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49ers camp: Answering hefty questions about offensive line

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — No position group raises more questions this 49ers training camp than their offensive line.

Sure, quarterback Trey Lance draws the most hype, Deebo Samuel the most drama, and Jimmy Garoppolo the most bewildering existence, but offensive line is seen as this team’s weak link.

Is it?

“Our room has a bunch of athletes...Read more

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Ravens sign kicker Justin Tucker to 4-year contract extension through 2027: 'This is my home'

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The Ravens have signed All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker to a four-year extension, the team announced Monday.

Tucker’s deal, which extends his contract through 2027, will keep him as the NFL’s highest-paid kicker. The contract is worth $24 million, or $6 million annually, and includes $17.5 million guaranteed and an $11.5 million signing bonus, ...Read more

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Editorial: Deshaun Watson's sexual misconduct case has forced the NFL to change its ways

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The National Football League might actually be showing signs of positive change after years of shoulder-shrugging and looking the other way when players are caught engaging in lewd or abusive actions, drunken driving or other outrages. Until last week, when it came to holding the line for moral virtue against the NFL’s pursuit of money, ...Read more

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'Bigger than me': Vikings with African heritage part of growing wave in NFL

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Rookie linebacker Brian Asamoah's Ghanaian heritage is at the forefront of every step he takes during Vikings practices.

An outline of Africa is printed on his custom thigh pads, a symbol visible through his thin white practice pants that represents not only his Ghanaian-born parents and many family members there but also an increasing number ...Read more

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Exclusive: Jerry Jones not surprised owner misconduct included in Deshaun Watson appeal

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The NFL Players Association has included a detailed list of past misconduct by NFL owners as part of its reply brief to the league’s appeal in Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s discipline case, according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram sources.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who is one of the owners cited for alleged misconduct ...Read more

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Mac Engel: With Dak Prescott, there is no reason the Cowboys won't win the NFC East

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FORT WORTH, Texas — For the 25th consecutive training camp, Dallas Cowboys owner and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Jones has boldly proclaimed his team is in a better position to win this year than it was at the same time one year ago.

The consistency of his salesmanship, and optimism, remains unmatched.

Every August the Cowboys are ...Read more

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Clarence Hill's rankings of starting NFL quarterbacks, 1-32

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The Dallas Cowboys made Dak Prescott their franchise quarterback in 2021 with a four-year, $160 million deal.

Through the first six years of his career, Prescott has been the epitome of solid, reliable and consistent.

The Cowboys need him to be elite and to uplift the team.

“I feel like we have one of the best people at that position, and ...Read more

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Jonas Shaffer: Why Ravens QB Lamar Jackson's best throws of training camp could unlock his 2022 season

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BALTIMORE — Three preseason games, five weeks and hundreds of training camp throws still separate Lamar Jackson from Week 1, but it’s not hard to imagine what the Ravens quarterback will look like come Sept. 11.

Through a week and a half of training camp, Jackson has been more consistently accurate than he’s ever been over five summers in...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Will Dolphins owner Steve Ross own up to being a problem for his team?

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We got a voyeuristic view into how the Miami Dolphins operate in recent weeks — operate, at least, pending Brian Flores’ lawsuit — and how did you like it?

The good news is you can understand why the Dolphins haven’t won a playoff game in the 13 years of the Steve Ross Era. The bad news is you also understand why they might not win a ...Read more

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NFL's Demaryius Thomas died from seizure disorder: autopsy

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Former NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas died from “complications of seizure disorder,” according to an autopsy released Friday.

Thomas’ death in December 2021 at age 33 stunned NFL fans who watched the longtime Denver Broncos receiver for 10 years in the league. Thomas was 16 days shy of his 34th birthday.

A cousin suspected that ...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: Bond between Dick Vermeil and Andy Reid part of why Chiefs' Reid also destined for Canton

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Along the way to tripling his allotted 8-minute window to accept his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in Canton, Ohio, Dick Vermeil must have affectionately thanked 100 or more people by name.

And no moment was more right and poignant than the way Vermeil honored his wife, Carol, as Vermeil, the 85-...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: Three things I like -- and three things I don't -- from 49ers training camp

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Training camp is almost over.

Yes, it seemed like the 49ers just started, but with preseason games starting next Friday, training camp — the daily grind of practices — is nearing a conclusion.

Meanwhile, I have come to some conclusions a bit before the finish.

Here’s what I’ve liked — and haven’t liked — from Santa Clara:

Like:...Read more

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'I will forever be in debt': Former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil expresses gratitude during Hall of Fame acceptance speech

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Eagles coach Nick Sirianni sported a kelly green hat as a tribute to Dick Vermeil during a training camp practice on Saturday at the NovaCare Complex.

Later in the afternoon, roughly 400 miles away in Canton, Ohio, Vermeil was welcomed into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Vermeil’s coaching career spanned 15 seasons with three teams, including...Read more

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Matthew Stafford isn't too concerned about his 'abnormal' elbow soreness

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LOS ANGELES — It's hard to know what irritates Matthew Stafford more — soreness in his right elbow, or questions from reporters about it.

The Rams quarterback on Saturday attempted to put out the flames of concern that erupted this week when coach Sean McVay said the 14th-year pro was working through a condition that is "abnormal" for a ...Read more

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Pat Leonard's NFL notes: Will optics govern final Deshaun Watson ruling or will NFL get its unprecedented ban?

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NEW YORK — Roger Goodell’s appointee in the Deshaun Watson appeal, former N.J. attorney general Peter Harvey, could drop the hammer of an indefinite suspension plus a major fine on the Cleveland Browns quarterback this week.

Or Harvey could marginally increase Watson’s six-game suspension, handed down by neutral judge Susan Robinson, and ...Read more

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Teven Jenkins returns to Bears training camp after missing 7 practices

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CHICAGO — Chicago Bears offensive tackle Teven Jenkins returned to the field Saturday morning after missing seven practices with an undisclosed ailment.

Jenkins’ absence was a big topic of conversation around Halas Hall over the last week after NFL Network reported Monday the Bears were holding trade talks centered around the 2021 second-...Read more