Why Mark Davis has Raiders in better shape in Vegas than Al Davis did in Oakland

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Has serenity arrived at dysfunction junction?

Things are going smoother for Mark Davis in Las Vegas than they ever did for his father Al Davis during the Raiders' second act in Oakland. For East Bay fans that are heartbroken over the Raiders leaving town a second time, it's a tough concept to swallow but impossible to refute.

Allegiant Stadium...Read more

Seahawks OL Duane Brown staying in the moment as he prepares for 13th NFL season

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Duane Brown is the second-oldest Seahawk at 34, entering his 13th NFL season in a career in which he has established himself as one of the best left tackles of his generation but also coming off a season in which injuries took their toll, and with a contract situation that puts him at risk of being a salary-cap casualty a year from now.

But if ...Read more

NFL, college football players turn to workouts at parks to stay in shape during coronavirus pandemic

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- There's no set day, time or place, and very little warning.

The texts get sent out to various NFL players interested in attending South Florida's commando workouts the night before with a location and time, and that gets circulated around by past, present and hopeful professional football players.

When morning arrives,...Read more

Pats' Jason McCourty preps body and mind for return to the field

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COVID-19 has kept NFL players away from the team, but it hasn't stopped Jason McCourty from showing up to Gillette Stadium.

There are no secret tunnels, and head coach Bill Belichick is not handing him a secret pass card or doing anything the NFL would investigate.

The veteran cornerback's off-season groin surgery requires rehabilitation, so ...Read more

Will Trubisky be able to handle pressure from Foles in Bears' QB competition? 'That'll be the big question,' Nagy says.

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CHICAGO -- The announcement came April 3 over a conference call with local media. Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy declared "an open competition" for the starting quarterback job. It was a significant development but hardly surprising. The Bears had put the writing on the wall in spray paint two weeks earlier when they...Read more

Here's the advice that Dwyane Wade gave Tua Tagovailoa about handling fame in Miami

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Dwyane Wade knows a little something about earning Miami's respect.

The three-time champion wasn't drafted to "save the franchise," but expectations certainly changed after the Heat's first title in 2006. Throw in the two that he won in the early 2010s and there's an argument that Tua Tagovailoa should strive to emulate Wade rather than Dan ...Read more

'In no rush': Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley refuses to put time table on contract negotiations in strange offseason

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BALTIMORE -- Ronnie Stanley knew the questions about his contract would come.

If the Ravens left tackle felt any discomfort with the topic, he did not show it Wednesday during a Zoom call with Baltimore media members. He parried the repeated probes as deftly as he might an oncoming pass rusher.

"We've been in talks for the last couple years ...Read more

Baker Mayfield foresees big seasons for Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry: 'It's their time now'

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield knows his top two receivers are rehabbing from offseason surgeries, but oozed optimism over what Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry will accomplish in 2020.

"They're ready to take over and it's their time now," Mayfield said during a Wednesday Zoom call with local media. "They know that, they know we only have...Read more

Detroit Lions reportedly received proposal about moving training camp to West Virginia

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If stay-at-home restrictions impact their ability to host a regular training camp, the Detroit Lions have another option.

Pro Football Talk reported Tuesday that the Lions are one of two teams to receive a proposal about moving training camp to The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, along with the Carolina Panthers.

The Lions declined comment...Read more

Rams' Jalen Ramsey on pace for big contract extension, and he knows it

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LOS ANGELES -- From the time he joined the Los Angeles Rams in the middle of last season -- at a cost of two first-round draft picks -- Jalen Ramsey surpassed expectations and continued to establish himself as perhaps the NFL's top cornerback.

Before the 2020 season begins, he is expected to become the league's highest-paid player at his ...Read more

With firmer grasp on Steelers' defense, Minkah Fitzpatrick eyes even bigger impact

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There really isn't much Minkah Fitzpatrick can do for an encore, unless it's to sing the national anthem, provide the halftime entertainment and pass-protect for Ben Roethlisberger.

He had the greatest Pittsburgh debut since Mario Lemieux after the Steelers acquired him in a trade with the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 of the 2019 season, providing ...Read more

Dolphins can't play yet, so Hard Rock Stadium is opening a drive-in theater

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MIAMI -- Despite the fact that fans are aching to see Tua Tagovailoa throw a pass wearing the aqua and orange, the Miami Dolphins can't play football to entertain right now.

So instead, they're inviting you to the movies.

Coming soon to Hard Rock Stadium are The Outdoor Theaters, two new ways to watch films in a socially-distanced setting. The...Read more

Why switching Detroit Lions CB Jamal Agnew to WR this fall makes sense

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Jamal Agnew has done a little bit of everything in his NFL career.

He has been the Detroit Lions' regular kick and punt returner since he entered the league in 2017. He has seen time as a gadget running back and offensive weapon. He has played some as a backup cornerback and on special teams.

And when training camp opens this summer, the Lions...Read more

Ex-Chiefs coach Herm Edwards calls NFL incentive for minority hires 'bad for football'

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NFL owners last week tabled a proposal to reward teams that hire minority coaches by giving them a better third-round draft pick.

However, teams will be required to interview at least two minority candiate from outside their organization for a head coaching opening and at least one for an open defensive or special-teams coordinator job. One ...Read more

Eyeing breakout season, Ravens wide receiver Miles Boykin strives to make his mind as fast as his body

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BALTIMORE -- Miles Boykin has always trusted the speed of his body.

As a 6-foot-4, 220-pound NFL wide receiver who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, he won't encounter many athletes who put him to shame.

But as Boykin prepares for his second season with the Ravens, he's working to make sure his mind can keep up with his legs. He ...Read more

NFL analyst ranks Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa last among top-40 quarterbacks

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In a top-40 countdown of NFL quarterbacks, one analyst has ranked Miami Dolphins rookie Tua Tagovailoa dead last.

Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms has Tagovailoa, Miami's fifth pick in April's NFL draft, as his 40th-best quarterback heading into the 2020 season.

Simms credits Tagovailoa's talent and charisma, but is concerned about his ...Read more

Dolphins owner Steve Ross says NFL will 'definitely' play this season, 'planning to have fans in the stadium'

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The NFL will play this season, Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross said Tuesday morning, and fans being in stadiums are part of those plans for now.

"I think definitely there will be a football season this year," Ross said on CNBC. "The real question is will there be fans in the stadium? Right now, today, we're planning to have fans in the stadium....Read more

49ers will count on D.J. Jones to fill the hole left by Buckner's departure

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The 49ers won't replace DeForest Buckner with just one player along the defensive line in 2020. Buckner was too productive and durable to have a single replacement.

Buckner missed just one game the past four seasons while recording 28.5 sacks, earning a contract worth up to $84 million following a trade to the Indianapolis Colts. Arik Armstead ...Read more

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin favors incentives to fix NFL's 'broken' hiring system

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PITTSBURGH -- There are currently just four minority head coaches in the NFL. The Steelers' Mike Tomlin is one of them, and he'd like that number to grow.

Speaking Monday during a Facebook Live interview with Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, Tomlin backed a shelved NFL proposal that would have incentivized teams to hire minority ...Read more

From Zambia to the NFL: How family and football helped Ravens rookie John Daka find his way

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His mother had urged him to always have a backup plan, but John Daka was stuck. He'd told her he was going to play in the NFL one day, but now that dream seemed more impossible than inevitable, as far away as Zambia, the homeland he couldn't really remember.

What could he do? Transferring down a level for the 2018 season, from James Madison to ...Read more