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Here's where Justin Herbert and Jordan Love fit into Dolphins' backup plan if Tua isn't their top pick

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For all the noise surrounding Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa before the 2020 NFL draft, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love have worked during the Senior Bowl this week to solidify their standing as first-round picks.

It may be a forgone conclusion that Burrow, the LSU standout and national champion, will be the No. 1 pick in April's draft.

But ...Read more

The Art of Teamwork: How 49ers' lethal pass rush can slow Patrick Mahomes

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Nick Bosa's first-quarter sack of Aaron Rodgers wasn't done on his own.

The 49ers rookie was able to bring the Packers quarterback to the ground in last week's NFC Championship on a third down because he had help on the inside. DeForest Buckner beat the left guard as Bosa was bull rushing standout left tackle David ...Read more

Police stop Browns running back Kareem Hunt for speeding, find marijuana in vehicle

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Rocky River (Ohio) police found marijuana in a car driven by Browns running back Kareem Hunt during a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon, according to an incident report obtained Friday morning by the Beacon Journal.

Hunt was not cited for the marijuana. He was sent on his way after being cited for speeding, going 77 mph in a 60-mph zone westbound ...Read more

Judge sets bonds totaling $110,000 for Antonio Brown

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- If millionaire former NFL player Antonio Brown can come up with $110,000 for his bond he can be released from the Broward County Jail.

The free agent wide receiver surrendered at the jail just before 10 p.m. Thursday. He was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Hollywood on three criminal charges.

Brown, who ended up spending ...Read more

Defaults top $32 million as some Falcons fans struggle with PSLs

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ATLANTA -- Falcons fans have defaulted on more than $32 million worth of personal seat licenses in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, including $7 million in defaults during the 2019 fiscal year, according to the most recent available data.

The figures show that buyers have walked away from thousands of seats, likely for reasons ranging from disappointing ...Read more

Cowboys talent chief Will McClay on 2020: 'We need our impact players to make impact plays'

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MOBILE, Ala. -- Despite having a roster that many inside and outside the organization believed would contend for a Super Bowl title, the Dallas Cowboys' vice president of player personnel Will McClay, the man tasked with assembling the talent, questioned whether the talent was up to the task.

"If we don't get to where we're going, that talent's...Read more

Is that a hotel room inside Hard Rock Stadium? For this fan, it's a Super Bowl sleepover.

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MIAMI -- The best seat at Super Bowl 54 isn't on the 50-yard line. It's not in the owner's box, either.

The best seat in the house belongs to Denise Ammon and three friends.

They won't have to worry about traffic, parking or anything else on Super Bowl Sunday. That's because they'll be waking up inside a suite at Hard Rock Stadium.

The ...Read more

Jimmy Garoppolo hears noise; teammates have his back amid criticism

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jimmy Garoppolo's approach is even-keeled.

His 49ers teammates say that's one of his best traits as a leader. There are no emotional swings or outbursts. It's why he can do something like bring the offense together on the sideline against the Green Bay Packers in November for a quick pep talk to get everyone refocused.

...Read more

Cops waiting for Antonio Brown to turn himself in

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Hollywood cops said Thursday they are waiting for former football star Antonio Brown to turn himself in after they issued a warrant for his arrest.

The warrant allows cops to take Brown into custody if they have contact with him, said agency spokesman Christian Lata. "It's not a warrant to go into his house and capture him," ...Read more

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson says breakthrough season was 'all right,' wants to approach game like Tom Brady

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Lamar Jackson is in Orlando, Fla., this week for the Pro Bowl only because the Ravens aren't in the Super Bowl.

The All-Pro quarterback is just a week and a half away from likely NFL Most Valuable Player honors, but he said the Ravens' season-ending loss to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC divisional round soured his record-breaking season.

"It...Read more

Detroit Lions' Hank Fraley was a 'grinder' as a player, ready to 'grind' as new OL coach

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DETROIT -- He knows his players and they know him. He'll teach the same techniques he has since he got in this business eight years ago. And the long hours he put in last year? Those won't be any different this fall, either.

The biggest change, Hank Fraley figures, now that he has been promoted from offensive line assistant to offensive line ...Read more

What makes 49ers, Chiefs top pass-rushers so tough to stop?

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley knows a good pass-rusher when he sees one, so when Staley talks shop, it's a good idea to listen closely.

According to the 13th-year starter, Super Bowl LIV will feature two of the best.

On the Kansas City Chiefs side, defensive end Frank Clark combines an impressive burst of ...Read more

How experience with Tom Brady influences Jimmy Garoppolo's Super Bowl preparation

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's hand might feel heavy when he throws his first Super Bowl pass next Sunday.

His fingers are already weighed down by two rings.

The 49ers' starter didn't take a snap for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI or Super Bowl LIII, but he watched the games from the ...Read more

Viking coach Mike Zimmer chooses Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Vikings' search for a new offensive coordinator ended with them giving play-calling duties to the man coach Mike Zimmer has called "the best thing that's ever happened to me" in Minnesota.

In a widely-expected move, the team is making assistant head coach Gary Kubiak its new offensive coordinator, according to an NFL source. ...Read more

Dolphins could face some challenges moving up from No. 5 in 2020 NFL draft

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Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier believes he has "more than enough" draft capital to make a move up from the No. 5 pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

But will Grier and the Dolphins find a willing party to make a move if necessary?

The Dolphins have three months until the draft begins April 23 in Las Vegas to decide whether trading up from ...Read more

49ers in trouble? Super Bowl LIV will be a Chiefs blowout, a handful of NFL insiders say

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Super Bowl LIV is more than a week away, and already the 49ers are in trouble.

So says Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, who canvassed NFL insiders to gauge which way the wind is blowing.

He has compiled a thoughtful, entertaining 10-point list that suggests the 49ers ought to batten down the hatches.

1. The Chiefs are unstoppable. Freeman: "...Read more

2020 NFL mock draft: Two-round projections

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Super Bowl LIV between San Francisco and Kansas City is all that remains of the 100th NFL season and the 2020 draft class is finally set.

The NFL released the official list of underclassmen who decided to leave college early for the pros on Tuesday.

There were 120 players who were either granted special eligibility or completed their degrees ...Read more

Why a clash with Patrick Mahomes is so fitting for the 49ers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- It's fitting the 49ers are playing Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl.

In a roundabout way, the only regular season game between San Francisco and the Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs led to their championship match up in Miami.

Mahomes, in September 2018, orchestrated five consecutive scoring drives to start the game as ...Read more

Cops issue arrest warrant for Antonio Brown after alleged battery

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Hollywood police issued a warrant for former NFL player Antonio Brown after an alleged battery and burglary at his home on Tuesday, which resulted in the arrest of his trainer, Glenn Holt.

Brown, 31, faces charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief less than $1,000, according ...Read more

Raiders drop Oakland for good — they're now the Las Vegas Raiders

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The Las Vegas Raiders were born Wednesday and the Oakland Raiders are history.

Raiders owner Mark Davis, joined by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak as well as some current Raiders players and alumni, made the change of the team name official in a ceremony at partially-built Allegiant Field.

"The Raiders were born in Oakland and played 13 seasons in L...Read more