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Justin Herbert's pursuit of perfection rooted in being 'my best for these guys'

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LOS ANGELES — It is a routine that's anything but routine, Justin Herbert hanging around after most of his teammates have left the practice field to throw more passes.

A perfectionist chasing perfection.

"This guy's out here like an hour and a half after just throwing the same route over and over and over," wide receiver Keenan Allen said. "...Read more

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Leonard Levy, who helped bring the Bucs and Super Bowls to Tampa, dies

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TAMPA, Fla. — Leonard Levy, a local sports pioneer who was instrumental in bringing the Bucs and several Super Bowls to Tampa, died Thursday while in hospice care. He was 89.

Levy headed up Tampa Bay’s expansion committee in the early 1970s and was extremely instrumental in bringing the expansion Bucs to the area to begin play in 1976. In ...Read more

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Giants QB Daniel Jones reveals he had 'non-football related' neck procedure during the offseason

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Giants quarterback Daniel Jones revealed on Thursday that he underwent a “non-football related procedure” on his neck “early in the winter.”

Jones said the previously undisclosed surgery was “completely unrelated” to the “neck strain” that prematurely ended his 2021 NFL season after a Week 12 injury in Philadelphia.

A small ...Read more

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Back in Florida, CB Mackensie Alexander feels at home with Dolphins

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — As Mackensie Alexander absorbed the South Florida heat and humidity for a third training camp practice with the Miami Dolphins this week, he was reminded on Thursday of the hard work he had to endure both working with his parents in his youth and as a high school football standout in Immokalee in similar conditions.

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Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games, fined $5 million in NFL and union compromise

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson struck a deal with the NFL to play games in 2022. Then he insisted he was innocent coming off a staged in-house apology last week.

Watson has been suspended for 11 regular-season games and fined $5 million as part of an 11th-hour agreement struck Thursday between the league and NFL Players’ ...Read more

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Scott Fowler: Former Panthers, UNC safety debuts new role on ACC Network, sounds off on Cam Newton

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Tre Boston was always one of the most loquacious players in the Carolina Panthers locker room and, before that, with North Carolina. Now the former NFL and Tar Heel standout will get paid to talk on TV, as Boston becomes a co-host on the new, football-centric show “ACC PM” on ACC Network.

Only 30, Boston is barely out of the NFL after ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Deshaun Watson's punishment will go on well past when his increased NFL suspension ends

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The unholy mess Deshaun Watson made for himself now has an end date. We learned, in a settlement announced Thursday between the NFL and its players association, when Watson’s increased league suspension would be finished.

We still don’t know if his punishment will ever truly be over.

The settlement was a compromise that can’t truly ...Read more

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Coach Robert Saleh says Jets will 'do right' by QB Zach Wilson in terms of his return to action

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NEW YORK — On Tuesday afternoon, the Jets received good news as quarterback Zach Wilson’s knee surgery was considered a success.

Now Gang Green plays the waiting game.

The timeline for Wilson’s return from the meniscus tear he suffered in last Friday’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles has been listed as anywhere from ...Read more

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Saquon Barkley 'fed up' with criticisms that he's 'dancing' in Giants backfield

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NEW YORK — Saquon Barkley unloaded on critics of his running style Thursday after practice.

“I know … a thing that’s been said about me is he don’t know what he’s doing, he’s just dancing back there,” Barkley said. “I’m really kind of fed up with people who never played the position and try to speak on how I run the football...Read more

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Tom Brady's return date to Bucs still undecided

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Bucs still expect Tom Brady to return to the team sometime after Saturday’s preseason game against the Titans but there’s “no definitive” date for him to rejoin the club, coach Todd Bowles said Thursday.

Brady was excused from the team for undisclosed “personal reasons” last week but the Bucs admitted the ...Read more

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Ravens Q&A: Rookie safety Kyle Hamilton on Drake's latest album, his viral moment, handling NFL spotlight and more

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BALTIMORE — After the Ravens concluded practice Monday, a group of kids called for rookie safety Kyle Hamilton, asking him to sign their posters.

“I have to do some media stuff first,” Hamilton, a first-round draft pick in April, told them.

Wide receiver James Proche II, however, stepped in and said, “You have 30 seconds.” So, ...Read more

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Fantasy football 2022: Los Angeles Rams preview

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Knowledge is power and the greatest asset you can acquire in order to compete for a fantasy football championship.

Here's your 2022 preview of the Los Angeles Rams, the sixth of 32 team profiles during draft season:

— 2022 Fantasy MVP: Cooper Kupp, WR

Frankly, there's nowhere to go, but down for Kupp (ADP: 4) after he made video gamers ...Read more

Joe Starkey: Time for Steelers to end Mason Rudolph charade

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PITTSBURGH — We can stop pretending now.

At least I hope we can.

For all I know, Mike Tomlin will elevate Mason Rudolph back to the second team Wednesday. Maybe that's all part of "the plan" Tomlin and his assistants keep referencing. But to what end?

Rudolph was never going to be a viable contender for the starting quarterback job and ...Read more

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For Raiders' offensive line coach, process remains same

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As if the Raiders and new offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo needed any more uncertainty on a unit undergoing major renovations, they were dealt a bit more on Wednesday when rookie tackle Thayer Munford limped off the practice field.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Bricillo, who was still waiting on an update on Munford by the time ...Read more

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Karen Guregian: Patriots QB Mac Jones sounds at peace with new offense

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Listening to Mac Jones week-to-week for the past month, it’s like he’s been through the five stages of grief.

What was he mourning?

The old offense.

But after the Patriots’ second joint practice session against the Panthers on Wednesday, Jones appears to have hit the final stage.

After going through denial, anger,...Read more

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Panthers coach Matt Rhule admits taunting started latest brawl with Patriots

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Panthers head coach Matt Rhule didn’t see how Patriots receiver Kristian Wilkerson got hurt in Wednesday’s joint practice.

But Rhule knows a taunt when he sees one, and so he was critical of his backup safety Kenny Robinson for triggering another brawl with the Patriots by taunting the injured Wilkerson as he lay ...Read more

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Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford says he's 'right on track' despite tendinitis

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LOS ANGELES — A day after testing his arm with a heavy workload in an intrasquad scrimmage, quarterback Matthew Stafford said Wednesday he was "right on track" as the Rams prepare for their Sept. 8 opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Stafford, 34, is dealing with tendinitis in his right elbow. The defending Super Bowl champion Rams are ...Read more

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Tua Tagovailoa wants to play in Dolphins' preseason game vs. Raiders after five INTs in two practices

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — A strong stretch of practices the previous two weeks led Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel to give quarterback Tua Tagovailoa the preseason opener at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers off.

But five interceptions over two practices this week may have him go the other way ahead of Saturday night’s exhibition against the Las ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: What should we expect from the Niners in 2022? Trey Lance will tell us in Minnesota.

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There’s no need to play the Allen Iverson video. Yes, we are talking about practice.

Joint practice, in fact.

The 49ers are in Minnesota this week for two joint practices with the Vikings. A few hours from Trey Lance’s hometown of Marshall, the 49ers quarterback will have the biggest scimmages of his football life.

Niners coach Kyle ...Read more

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Star safety Derwin James Jr. agrees to four-year contract extension with Chargers

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LOS ANGELES — The Chargers resolved the biggest issue hanging over their training camp, agreeing to terms on a contract extension for star safety Derwin James Jr.

James will receive four years and up to $76.5 million — $42 million of which is guaranteed —making him the NFL's highest-paid at his position.

James has been with the Chargers...Read more