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Laken Tomlinson already bringing his leadership to Seahawks, offensive line

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RENTON, Wash. — The names and faces at the VMAC have changed, but the reputation remains, as Laken Tomlinson was pleased to discover. He hopes to bring his guidance to a new-look Seattle Seahawks offense as their projected starting left guard.

"I heard a lot about the culture here and it just goes to show that all those things I've heard over...Read more

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Bucs rookie Chris Braswell a package of ferocity, fleetness, faith

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. — He wore neither bling nor bold colors the night the Bucs drafted him. Instead, University of Alabama edge rusher Chris Braswell opted for a white robe, a Muslim symbol of positivity and purity.

On a night his name drew national attention, the attire might have been dismissed as a superficial gesture of faith, but Braswell ...Read more

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'He thrives on those moments.' Get to know Bears rookie WR Rome Odunze.

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CHICAGO — For 52 minutes after making quarterback Caleb Williams the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles waited.

He waited with eagerness. He waited with anxiety. He waited for the opportunity to make his grandest draft dream come true. Specifically, Poles waited for Rome Odunze, the talented, intelligent and...Read more

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DeMario Douglas among 11 Patriots studs and duds from OTAs, minicamp

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The New England Patriots are officially off enjoying their summer vacation.

The team’s offseason workout program ended Wednesday with the final day of mandatory minicamp. That concludes nine weeks of offseason workouts with 11 practices during that time span. The Patriots originally were scheduled to hold 13 practices, but they canceled one ...Read more

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49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk to his ex-quarterback: 'They don't want me back'

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Brandon Aiyuk has issued another cryptic signal in his contract tug-of-war with the 49ers, five weeks before training camp begins, with or without him.

Aiyuk, who did not attend the team’s mandatory minicamp two weeks ago, posted a TikTok video Monday of his FaceTime chat with Jayden Daniels, a former Arizona State ...Read more

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Ravens returning to 'Hard Knocks' along with rest of AFC North

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BALTIMORE — The Ravens are returning to “Hard Knocks.”

HBO and the NFL announced Monday that Baltimore will be one of four teams featured on “Hard Knocks: In Season with the AFC North.” The series will debut on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 9 p.m., following the Ravens’ Week 13 game against the Philadelphia Eagles at M&T Bank Stadium and will ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Which Dolphins unit is the strength and where are there areas of concern?

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The Miami Dolphins have made progress as a franchise the past four seasons, producing four straight winning seasons and two straight playoff berths, and the team assembled a roster they hope can deliver the first playoff win in 24 years.

Miami wrapped up the offseason training program earlier this month and won’t return to the facility until...Read more

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With expectations low, Chargers have high hopes they'll answer big questions at camp

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Over the franchise's last 19 games, the Los Angeles Chargers have won five times.

This is a team that has beaten one opponent that finished with a winning record since Dec. 5, 2021, a stretch covering 40 games.

The over/under win total for the 2024 version of Chargers has been set at 8.5, which, in the NFL, is the exact expression of .500 or, ...Read more

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After mini (camp) previews, these are questions Rams must answer in training camp

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Optimism abounded, though it was tempered by uncertainty.

That is how the Rams entered their summer break.

Players emerged last week from voluntary offseason workouts without major injuries, star receiver Cooper Kupp appeared to regain his form, and coach Sean McVay and his staff were able to evaluate young players as they approached 2024 A.D....Read more

Steelers linebacker Elandon Roberts, a proud dad of 3, flips switch from football to fatherhood

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During Pittsburgh Steelers offseason workouts, Elandon Roberts knows every Sunday morning he'll be on that flight at 6:05 a.m. to Pittsburgh.

It's not exactly a Highway 20 ride back to the ranch, but it is back to business, back to work being one of the hardest hitters in the NFL and a defensive tone-setter for the Steelers. When he's home in ...Read more

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Chiefs defensive lineman arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, burglary in Alabama

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Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs was arrested Sunday by the Tuscaloosa County (Alabama) Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of domestic violence and burglary, according to online jail records.

Buggs’ bond, according to the log, was set at $5,000. When contacted Sunday afternoon, the Chiefs had no comment on Buggs’ situation.

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Five things we learned from Ravens OTAs and minicamp, including the irrelevance of Lamar Jackson's absences

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The Baltimore Ravens are done with their official offseason preparations. The next time we see them, they’ll be ramping up in earnest for the 2024 season.

That will mean fierce, physical competition for a few open jobs. It will mean talk about the last steps that must be taken to reach an elusive Super Bowl. It will mean unrelenting scrutiny ...Read more

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Jason Mackey: Najee Harris' offseason silence produces an unnecessary storyline for Steelers

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PITTSBURGH — This is not about a member of the media needing a quote. I've written about plenty of professional athletes without them ever saying a word and will continue to do so until I retire many decades from now.

It's also not about us being owed anything. If a professional athlete chooses not to participate with the whole player-...Read more

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Lions signing big-legged Michigan Panthers kicker Jake Bates

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions are adding more competition to one of the team's least stable spots on the roster in recent years, agreeing to terms with big-legged kicker Jake Bates, who recently concluded his breakout season with the UFL's Michigan Panthers.

The deal, which will be signed next week, was confirmed Saturday by his agent...Read more

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Troy Renck: Easy to see Broncos coach Sean Payton more comfortable in second season

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DENVER — Sean Payton hustled off the podium Wednesday afternoon to undergo a cataracts procedure on his right eye, six days after it was performed on his left.

It has been a busy offseason for the Broncos coach. He underwent charisma bypass surgery a few months ago.

In his second year in charge, Payton is noticeably more comfortable and ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Are Dolphins ruining relationship with Tua Tagovailoa by nickel and diming the quarterback?

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MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins’ decision makers claim they are ready and willing to propose to Tua Tagovailoa.

General manager Chris Grier has professed his loyalty to the 2024 Pro Bowler, laughing off the thought of even researching any of the top rated quarterbacks in the 2024 NFL draft.

Head coach Mike McDaniel’s heart flutters every time...Read more

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Chargers sign WR Praise Olatoke, a former sprinter at Ohio State

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The Chargers on Friday signed wide receiver Praise Olatoke, a former sprinter at Ohio State who is part of the NFL’s International Pathway Program. Olatoke, who was born in Nigeria and raised in Scotland, played club football while also competing on the Buckeyes’ track and field team.

Olatoke ran 10.27 seconds for 100 meters during the 2022...Read more

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Chris Perkins: A long overdue 'thank you' to the Dolphins for being good neighbors

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I always get a thrill out of seeing the Miami Dolphins in the community, being good neighbors.

OK, maybe I’m a bit of a softie.

But I like seeing the Dolphins help South Floridians.

And I like seeing people’s faces light up when they see these guys out of uniform and in-person.

The Dolphins do good work for our South Florida community.

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A few sacks shy of 100, Steelers' T.J. Watt 'living in the moment' as he inches closer to 30 years old

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PITTSBURGH — T.J. Watt is entering a milestone season.

He's 3 1/2 sacks shy of 100, a number only 42 players in the history of the NFL have reached. In the next two seasons, he has a chance to break into the top 20 sackers of all-time.

It's rarified air, in the company of Hall of Famers such as Lawrence Taylor, Rickey Jackson and Derrick ...Read more

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Mike Vorel: Lawyer Milloy earns Washington degree nearly 30 years later, keeps promise to mom

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SEATTLE — Last week, Washington football published a social-media post congratulating the program’s 18 spring or summer graduates. The group included 17 Huskies from this or last year’s team.

Plus: Lawyer Milloy.

Milloy, of course, starred in Seattle as a tackle-stacking safety from 1993 to 1995. The Tacoma product earned first-team All-...Read more