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Rams looking to throw money, and passes, in Robert Woods' direction

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LOS ANGELES - Since signing with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, Robert Woods and his production have ranked among some of the NFL's elite receivers.

But he has not been paid like one.

Based on comments Thursday from Woods and coach Sean McVay, that situation could change before the Rams play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln ...Read more

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Jaguars safety Josh Jones emerges from his 'dark place' to earn starting safety job

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Take football away from a football player, and you have what Jaguars safety Josh Jones describes as "a dark place."

He's seen the light in Jacksonville.

Jones, cast off by Green Bay and Dallas within a four-month span last year, got new life with the Jaguars in a system he said he has long admired and believes takes the best advantage of his ...Read more

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David Murphy: The Eagles might not be the team many envisioned, but there's a reason we shouldn't leave them for dead

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Frank Reich isn't walking through that door, and neither is Nick Foles, and maybe those are good things, because Reich just lost to a tanking team and Foles is on the bench behind Mitch Trubisky. When you look at the Eagles' Week 1 struggles in that light, it should be easier to entertain the possibility that the biggest thing that their loss to...Read more

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Fantasy football Week 2: Start and sit

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Week 1 of the NFL season offered much to dissect. Here's a recap of last week's games, followed by Week 2's best bets:

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WEEK 1 RECAP

Chiefs 34, Texans 20: The most interesting thing about rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire's debut - besides the 138 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown - was he didn't receive a single target (he's an exceptional...Read more

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Chiefs may need more from L'Jarius Sneed even after an interception in his NFL debut

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Text messages were flying among the Louisiana Tech football coaches and players last Thursday. One of theirs, L'Jarius Sneed, not only pulled a starting assignment in his NFL debut but landed the Chiefs' first interception.

"I was quiet though," Bulldogs secondary coach Jeff Burris said. "I was nervous, watching his first game."

Afterwards?

"...Read more

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Chargers center Mike Pouncey needs hip surgery and will miss season

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LOS ANGELES - The Chargers lost center Mike Pouncey for the season Thursday because of a hip problem he has been dealing with for years.

The team announced Pouncey would have surgery sometime this month.

"On top of being a Pro Bowl talent, he's the ultimate captain, teammate and competitor," general manager Tom Telesco said in a statement. "...Read more

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'Crushing:' UNC vs. Charlotte football game canceled due to coronavirus contact tracing

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In what was a "crushing" decision, the Charlotte 49ers game at 12th-ranked North Carolina on Saturday has been canceled due to a contact tracing quarantine on the 49ers' offensive line.

According to a statement released by the 49ers, several members of the offensive line are in quarantine following UNC Charlotte's COVID-19 contact tracing ...Read more

Jamison Crowder hamstring injury leaves status in doubt as NY Jets prepare for 49ers

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The New York Jets might be without their only proven wide receiver on Sunday, when they face one of the best defenses in the NFL.

Jamison Crowder injured his hamstring during Wednesday's practice and didn't practice Thursday. Jets coach Adam Gase said Crowder will be evaluated further, leaving his status in doubt for Sunday...Read more

NY Giants: How Saquon Barkley will handle criticism from Tiki Barber

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Saquon Barkley is taking the high road after getting called out by the greatest Giant to play his position.

Barkley was diplomatic on Thursday when asked about harsh comments by Tiki Barber earlier this week. Barber questioned his toughness and potential as an every down back after a poor performance to start the season.

The former Penn State ...Read more

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Bucs receiver Chris Godwin still out with concussion

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TAMPA, Fla. - The Bucs' plan was to surround Tom Brady with two Pro Bowl receivers. Two weeks into the season, that plan has become complicated.

Receiver Chris Godwin did not practice again Thursday and remains in concussion protocol, putting in doubt his status for Sunday's home opener against Carolina.

Godwin sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit...Read more

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Tom Brady on Bruce Arians' criticism: 'He's the coach, I'm a player'

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TAMPA, Fla. - Tom Brady kept his response short if not necessarily sweet Thursday when asked about his reaction the public critique he received from Bucs coach Bruce Arians about his performance in the 34-23 loss to the Saints.

"You know, he's the coach, so ... I'm a player. Just trying to win a game," Brady said tersely.

Arians was publicly ...Read more

Art Rooney II issues statement on Steelers' social justice initiatives and 'uncomfortable conversations'

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PITTSBURGH - Three days after offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva decided against wearing Antwon Rose II's name on the back of his helmet during the Steelers' opener against the Giants, Steelers president Art Rooney II issued a statement on the matter.

"As an organization, we respect the decisions of each player, coach and staff relating to ...Read more

Quieter game-day atmospheres create communication challenges for Lions, NFL teams

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During a typical season, NFL teams dedicate a portion of their week ahead of road games planning how to combat noise. They simulate it in practice, with sound systems blaring loud music, while devising hand signals and silent counts to counter the inability to clearly communicate verbally.

This year, one where the COVID-19 pandemic has locked ...Read more

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So how did Tua's first Dolphins game go? Rookie earns praise for being in tune and inquisitive on the sidelines.

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As Dolphins starter Ryan Fitzpatrick led only one scoring drive and threw three interceptions in Miami's season-opening loss to New England, rookie Tua Tagovailoa was on the Dolphins sideline observing and taking in as much as he could.

With his helmet fastened for most of the game, Tagovailoa listened intently to the play calls communicated to...Read more

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Chip Scoggins: Chris Streveler goes from Minnesota afterthought to NFL quarterback

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MINNEAPOLIS - Chris Streveler made his first college start at quarterback as a Gophers freshman in 2014 against San Jose State. He completed one pass. It netted 7 yards. That glorious moment came with 6 1/2 minutes left in the game.

The Gophers coaching staff showed so little faith in Streveler's passing ability as a dual-threat quarterback ...Read more

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A TV anchor asked for help paying for dog's surgery. Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst stepped up.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - It's been a few years since Hayden Hurst took the field for South Carolina football, but the tight end affectionately nicknamed "Garnet Thor" remains a popular figure among the Gamecock faithful.

And just a few days after Hurst made his debut with the Atlanta Falcons with a spectacular grab in Week 1 of the NFL season, he ...Read more

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Eagles coaches need to deliver a message to Carson Wentz: Holding the ball too long hurts the team

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A broken record.

It's the phrase Doug Pederson used when asked if Carson Wentz was amenable to correcting his tendency of holding the ball too long. The Eagles quarterback is in his fifth season, and yet there were multiple times in Sunday's loss when he unnecessarily tried to extend a play and it hurt his team.

He has often made the argument ...Read more

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Sam McDowell: Why teammates told Patrick Mahomes he had one of his best ever games in Chiefs opener

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Patrick Mahomes had the fourth-lowest yardage output of his career in the Chiefs' 34-20 season-opening win Thursday, and the reason that needs to be stated first is because of what came next.

As he assessed the performance with his backup quarterbacks afterward, they told him it was one of the best games he'd ever played.

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Matt Ryan: Falcons look to execute better in 'critical situations'

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ATLANTA - When the Falcons came up short on a few key plays in their Week 1 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, it reminded quarterback Matt Ryan of a quote he heard growing up about preparing for big moments.

"I think the mentality was right, I think it just comes down to execution," Ryan said of the Falcons' mindset heading into their season ...Read more

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Bucs coach Arians on Brady: 'Tom and I are fine'

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TAMPA, Fla. ? Tom Brady fans from the Berkshires to Bradenton were shocked ? a few were outraged ? when he was called out by Bucs head coach Bruce Arians for throwing two interceptions in the team's 34-23 loss at New Orleans Sunday.

They have wondered aloud if there is trouble in paradise brewing between Brady and Arians.

But on Wednesday, ...Read more