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Packers RB Aaron Jones honors late father with 4 TDs in rout of Lions
Sep 21, 2021
Packers RB Aaron Jones recently dedicated the rest of his career to his father, who passed away during the offseason due to complications with COVID-19. In his first game at Lambeau Field without his father in attendance, Jones had a night to remember.
Texans QB Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) likely to miss multiple weeks, might land on IR
Sep 20, 2021
The Texans have looked like a different team than advertised with Tyrod Taylor on the field this season. They'll now be without him for a while. The veteran QB will likely miss multiple weeks of action because of his hamstring injury and could land on injured reserve, Tom Pelissero reports.
Jon Gruden: 'I felt like I died and woke up, and died again' in Raiders' wild win over Ravens
Sep 14, 2021
The Raiders thought they'd won. A touchdown was called, both benches emptied onto the field and fans started to exit. Then things really got crazy. Two turnovers later, Las Vegas claimed an overtime victory over Baltimore that neither team will soon forget.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott picks up where he left off in first game since ankle injury
Sep 10, 2021
Dak Prescott didn't throw for nearly a month of the preseason. He was on a pitch count when he finally resumed two weeks ago. There were no such limitations Thursday, as the Pro Bowl QB starred in the Cowboys' narrow loss to the Buccaneers in the NFL Kickoff Game.
Seahawks LT Duane Brown returns to practice, will play Week 1 vs. Colts
Sep 06, 2021
The Duane Brown saga seems to have come to an end. The Seahawks LT returned to practice Monday, ending a hold-in that began when training camp did. While Brown does not have the extension he sought, Ian Rapoport reports that his agent is in talks with Seattle regarding a contract adjustment.
Belichick on whether Cam Newton or Mac Jones will start Week 1: 'We still have a lot of decisions to make'
Aug 29, 2021
Following the Patriots' 22-20 win over the Giants on Sunday, coach Bill Belichick said he has yet to determine who'll be his starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Dolphins. Rookie Mac Jones' latest showing only made it a tougher call to go with incumbent Cam Newton.
Eagles' Jalen Hurts sent to hospital, 'going to be OK' after late scratch vs. Pats because of stomach illness
Aug 19, 2021
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts was ruled out shortly after Thursday's kickoff against the Patriots and sent to the hospital with an illness. HC Nick Sirianni said afterward that Hurts experienced pain in his abdomen and was sent to the hospital to get evaluated. "Everything's good," Sirianni said.
Colts HC Frank Reich: Mixed performances a 'best-case scenario' for QBs Jacob Eason, Sam Ehlinger
Aug 15, 2021
Frank Reich has a lot to look at and think about regarding his quarterback situation. Either Jacob Eason or Sam Ehlinger will likely start the Colts' season opener in four weeks. Both appeared in their first ever preseason game Sunday, and they offered reasons for encouragement and concern in the process.
Belichick: Mac Jones exhibits 'some good things, plenty of things' to improve on in preseason debut
Aug 12, 2021
The numbers won't tell the story. One preseason game won't either. But Mac Jones looked like he belonged in his preseason pro debut. Cam Newton didn't look much different than he did the last time he took an NFL field.
Colts QB Carson Wentz (foot) opting for rest, rehab over immediate surgery
Aug 01, 2021
Carson Wentz is holding off on surgery for now. The Colts QB plans to rest and rehab his foot injury over the next few days rather than undergo an immediate procedure, Ian Rapoport reports. This leaves the door open for Wentz to be available for Week 1.
Jerry Jones: Cowboys-Buccaneers in Kickoff Game is 'David against Goliath'
Jul 31, 2021
Jerry Jones knows how to buy and sell. He's done a fair share of both heading into the 2021 season, investing hundreds of millions to improve the Cowboys and marketing their Week 1 game against the Bucs as "David against Goliath."
Lamar Jackson eyes No. 1 jersey -- if the Ravens win the Super Bowl
Jul 27, 2021
A year ago, Lamar Jackson was the league's reigning MVP, an award voted on by media, and headed The Top 100 Players of 2020 list, an honor determined by his peers. In that same vein, he'd like his jersey number to reflect that position. But first, the Ravens QB feels he must earn it.
Aaron Rodgers plans to play for Green Bay Packers in 2021 season
Jul 26, 2021
It appears Aaron Rodgers' long summer of frustration with the Packers will end back where it started: with Rodgers under center for the green and gold. Rodgers has indicated to people close to him that he does plan to play for the Packers this season.
Rams QB Matthew Stafford: 'We're going to have a successful running game' despite Cam Akers' injury
Jul 26, 2021
The reverberations from Cam Akers' torn Achilles in Los Angeles' locker room are still being felt. Matthew Stafford, though, is most concerned with how Akers' season-ending injury affects the second-year back himself.
Bengals QB Joe Burrow healthy heading into training camp
Jul 25, 2021
The Bengals start training camp Tuesday, and so will Joe Burrow. The second-year QB was not included on the team's physically unable to perform and non-football injury lists heading into camp and will be on the field and healthy when workouts commence, Ian Rapoport reports.
Deshaun Watson reports to Texans training camp Sunday, still seeks trade
Jul 25, 2021
Deshaun Watson was among the Texans QBs to report to training camp Sunday, Ian Rapoport reports. The embattled star was present for testing to begin entry into camp, though his stance about the organization and desire to be traded remains unchanged.
NFC West training camp preview: Rams turn to Matthew Stafford; Nick Bosa ready to lift 49ers?
Jul 13, 2021
Will Matthew Stafford deliver for the Rams? Can a healthy Nick Bosa get the 49ers back on track? Adam Maya provides a training camp preview for the NFC West, with position battles and key players to watch across all four rosters.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers plans to 'figure things out in a couple weeks'
Jul 11, 2021
Deadlines force decisions, and Aaron Rodgers has a major one impending. Whether he will play for the Packers, or anyone, in 2021 has been the question of the offseason. The reigning league MVP finally intimated this weekend that he'll have an answer shortly.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers using offseason to 'work on my mental health'
Jul 05, 2021
Aaron Rodgers has had a lot to think about since he last took the field. In advance of a return to action -- he's competing in a Tuesday charity golf exhibition that includes Tom Brady -- the Packers' star QB talked at length about another important initiative of his this offseason: mental health.
Rams OT Andrew Whitworth: 'Nothing short of going to that Super Bowl and winning it is good enough'
Jul 02, 2021
It's Super Bowl or bust for the Rams. That's according to not only the public but the players themselves. Veteran OT Andrew Whitworth said during an appearance on Good Morning Football that not only must L.A. reach the championship game but also win it.
Tom Brady incredulous after a certain team passed on him in 2020: 'You're sticking with that (expletive)?'
Jun 26, 2021
Upon his first foray into free agency last year, Buccaneers QB Tom Brady couldn't believe being passed over by one team in particular. It was among a few revelations from Brady during an ironically candid appearance on HBO's The Shop, which aired Friday evening.
Steelers sign former Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner
Jun 24, 2021
The Steelers have replaced one Pro Bowl guard with another. Pittsburgh has agreed to a one-year deal with veteran free agent Trai Turner, Ian Rapoport reports. The move comes just hours after the team parted ways with longtime linchpin David DeCastro.
Browns OC Alex Van Pelt: Odell Beckham's return 'is only going to help us'
Jun 18, 2021
With Odell Beckham Jr. appearing close to a full return after lightly participating in minicamp this week, it's natural to wonder again how he fits into his team's offensive equation. Specifically, will he make the Browns better?
Aaron Rodgers, Packers dilemma expected to last until start of training camp
Jun 17, 2021
There have been no significant developments in the Aaron Rodgers saga for some time now. Thursday marked the end of Packers OTAs, which means the reigning MVP was MIA for the entirety of the team's offseason program. Ian Rapoport reports that a resolution, whatever it might be, likely won't be reached until late July.
Drew Brees lauds Justin Herbert: 'His physical tools are as good as anybody I've ever seen'
Jun 16, 2021
Retired star Drew Brees took in a Chargers practice Wednesday as part of his new analyst role with NBC. Brees noted afterward that it was just the third time he's encountered Justin Herbert. That was enough for him to draw at least one striking conclusion about the 23-year-old QB.
Raiders QB Derek Carr: 'I'd probably quit football if I had to play for somebody else'
Jun 15, 2021
The Raiders were the lone team to appear on the reported wish lists for both Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson amid their discontent with their respective franchises. Derek Carr, whose job would be claimed if Las Vegas traded for either of the NFC star QBs, declared Tuesday there's only one team he'll play for. It's the same one he's been with for his entire career.
Le'Veon Bell: 'I'll never play for Andy Reid again, I'd retire first'
Jun 12, 2021
Le'Veon Bell didn't play in the Chiefs' final two playoff games, this after maintaining a modest role upon his midseason arrival. Don't expect him to suit up for Kansas City in the future, either. The free-agent RB said he'd retire before playing for Andy Reid again.
Travis Kelce: 'The Browns and Chiefs are definitely neck and neck'
Jun 12, 2021
Travis Kelce is admittedly biased when it comes to Cleveland. It's where he's from and home to the teams he rooted for growing up. The Chiefs' All-Pro tight end is still intimately familiar with the Browns, though, and he believes they are a real challenger to K.C. for AFC supremacy.
Rams HC Sean McVay: Matthew Stafford will 'raise the level of play of everyone around him'
Jun 10, 2021
Matthew Stafford faces championship expectations for the first time in his long career. Rams HC Sean McVay believes that his new QB will respond to that pressure by making everyone around him better.
Kyler Murray still 'open' to playing baseball: 'If I ever had the opportunity ... I would definitely go for it'
Jun 10, 2021
It has been two years since Kyler Murray pledged his full commitment to playing football. He has since grown into one of the top young talents in the NFL and a franchise quarterback. With the passing of each season, the idea of him playing baseball seems more unlikely. Just not to Murray.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley to miss minicamp after undergoing foot surgery
Jun 09, 2021
More eyes than ever will be on Calvin Ridley. Just not this week. The Falcons' promising WR recently underwent minor foot surgery from Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Ian Rapoport reports. The procedure was characterized as "a little cleanup" that will keep Ridley out of minicamp but not training camp.
Falcons trade WR Julio Jones, future sixth-rounder to Titans for second- and fourth-round picks
Jun 06, 2021
Julio Jones gave the Atlanta Falcons a decade of dominance. They returned the favor by honoring his trade request. Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons have agreed to send their star wideout to the Titans, along with a 2023 sixth-round pick, in exchange for 2022 second-round and 2023 fourth-round picks.
Vikings agree to terms with former Chiefs CB Bashaud Breeland
Jun 04, 2021
The Vikings have been shopping for CBs from the free-agent bin all offseason. Their latest acquisition might prove to be a bargain. Minnesota has agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $4 million with Bashaud Breeland, Mike Garafolo reports.
Titans signing former world champion wrestler Adam Coon to play OL
Jun 04, 2021
The Titans have agreed to terms with wrestler Adam Coon, who missed out on qualifying for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Tom Pelissero reports. The 26-year-old, attempting to play football for the first time since he graduated high school in 2013, will work with Tennessee's OL.
Tyrod Taylor on role with Texans: 'It's a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to go out and lead'
Jun 03, 2021
Tyrod Taylor's tenure with the Texans isn't even three months old, yet his circumstances couldn't be more familiar. While relationships with the coaching staff were a big draw for the journeyman QB, a prime opportunity to play awaits Taylor amid uncertainty surrounding Deshaun Watson.
Buccaneers QBs coach Clyde Christensen: 'I don't think' Tom Brady was 100% last year
Jun 03, 2021
Tom Brady was undoubtedly the difference in the Buccaneers' Super Bowl march last season. And he wasn't even at his best. Buccaneers QBs coach Clyde Christensen says he doesn't think TB12 was 100% last year because of a nagging knee injury.
Falcons HC Arthur Smith: 'We'll see' if Julio Jones attends minicamp
Jun 02, 2021
Tuesday wasn't really a deadline for the Falcons to trade Julio Jones. It was more so the door opening wide. While a deal isn't considered imminent, as Ian Rapoport reported, a resolution on Jones' overall tenuous status with Atlanta might be forthcoming.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: 'The only record I have my eyes set on breaking' is going 20-0
May 31, 2021
No team has won more than the Chiefs since Patrick Mahomes became a starter. Only Tom Brady has won more individually. Fittingly, Mahomes' goal for 2021 is to accomplish something that neither Brady nor any one QB ever has: lead his team to a perfect season.
Packers TE Robert Tonyan ready to 'win a Super Bowl whenever' Aaron Rodgers returns
May 28, 2021
Aaron Rodgers' relationship with the Packers has been a dominant storyline throughout the offseason. It's a dynamic that has devolved over several years and manifests in its own ways with different members of the organization. While things might be rocky between the reigning MVP and Green Bay's front office, that doesn't appear to be the case with his teammates.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: 'I'm pretty much full-go' in OTAs
May 25, 2021
Dak Prescott isn't full-go quite yet. But he's feeling like it. The Cowboys QB was an active participant for the second straight day of organized team activities and said it was a "great day" as he continued working his way back from a devastating ankle injury.
Steelers DL Cam Heyward: Ben Roethlisberger criticism blown 'out of proportion'
May 25, 2021
Steelers DL Cameron Heyward has come to Ben Roethlisberger's defense throughout the offseason, placing the onus on the team's 2020 tailspin on both sides of the ball. On Tuesday, Heyward took further exception to the notion that Big Ben won't be good in 2021.
Jaylon Smith switches to No. 9, first Cowboys player to wear it since Tony Romo
May 25, 2021
Jaylon Smith has a big jersey to fill for the Cowboys. The veteran LB switched from No. 54 to No. 9, which he sported at Notre Dame and in high school while Tony Romo donned it in Dallas. No Cowboys player has been issued the number since the QB-turned-broadcaster retired in 2017.
Joe Burrow participates in Day 1 of Bengals OTAs
May 25, 2021
The Bengals began OTAs with full attendance. All eyes were on one player in particular. Joe Burrow participated in passing drills, marking his first on-field activity with the team since tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee last November.
Buccaneers officially re-sign WR Antonio Brown to one-year deal
May 25, 2021
Antonio Brown passed his physical and signed the agreement he reached with the team last month, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero report. The veteran wideout's one-year deal is worth up to $6.25 million, with $3.1 million fully guaranteed and a $2 million signing bonus.
Seahawks WR DK Metcalf: 'We got a lot of question marks filled during the offseason'
May 23, 2021
The Seahawks have generated headlines throughout the offseason. Wideout DK Metcalf addressed several of them during an appearance on the Victory The Podcast with Doug Ellin, Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon from "Entourage."
Patriots have had internal discussions about acquiring Falcons WR Julio Jones
May 22, 2021
The Falcons have been listening to trade offers on Julio Jones for some time. Count the Patriots among those kicking the tires on acquiring the perennial Pro Bowl wideout. New England has had internal discussions about Jones, Mike Giardi reports.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes ahead of rehab schedule, to participate in OTAs
May 21, 2021
Patrick Mahomes will be back on the practice field next week. The Chiefs QB remains ahead of schedule in his rehab from toe surgery this offseason and will be a limited participant in OTAs, James Palmer reports.
Bears HC Nagy: Andy Dalton will 'get the one reps' in OTAs after strong rookie camp from Justin Fields
May 16, 2021
Justin Fields has been making a great first impression at rookie minicamp. He still has some work to do to earn first-team repetitions. Bears HC Matt Nagy reiterated Sunday that Andy Dalton will be the team's No. 1 QB when organized team activities commence next week.
Giants sign WR-turned-TE Kelvin Benjamin, RB Corey Clement
May 16, 2021
Kelvin Benjamin's comeback story continues. The Giants signed the former first-round wide receiver to play tight end following a tryout at rookie minicamp this weekend. New York also added former Eagles RB Corey Clement to its roster.
Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy: 'No reason' to think Dak Prescott won't be cleared for training camp
May 15, 2021
The Cowboys will begin OTAs in less than two weeks. The past two weeks have Mike McCarthy expecting Dak Prescott to be an active participant in them. Moreover, McCarthy believes his QB will be full-go by training camp in July.
Steelers RB Najee Harris: 'I'm going to be utilized everywhere'
May 15, 2021
Najee Harris has always stood out on film. It's largely what made him the top recruit in the country and, four years later, the first RB selected in the draft. Just a couple days into rookie minicamp, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin can see exactly what has separated Harris from his peers.
Tom Brady on Buccaneers-Patriots: 'It's like when your high school friends meet your college friends'
May 13, 2021
Many of Tom Brady's closest NFL friends will be in the same building Oct. 3 as the Buccaneers take on the Patriots. The Sunday night matchup figures to be one of the most anticipated regular-season games in NFL history, but TB12 already seems to be bracing for an awkward reunion in Foxborough.
2021 NFL preseason schedule includes five national TV games
May 12, 2021
The NFL preseason is back in 2021, and there are several must-see matchups. With this year's move to 17 regular-season games, the preseason now consists of three games per team. The influx of five first-round QBs, seven first-time HCs and a one-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic should make this preseason as interesting as ever.
Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson: Starting job has 'got to be earned'
May 08, 2021
Zach Wilson is primed to be the Jets' starting QB after the organization traded Sam Darnold before the draft. The No. 2 overall pick understands the significance of the role, but it's not his primary focus as New York holds rookie minicamp this weekend.
Bears HC Matt Nagy: Everyone will know 'when it's the right time' to play Justin Fields
May 02, 2021
The Bears' aggressive trade for coveted QB prospect Justin Fields instantly cultivated a buzz unfamiliar to the franchise in years. Naturally, everyone wants to know when Fields will take the field. Matt Nagy shares that enthusiasm, but the question isn't one he's ready to answer.
49ers reveal 75th anniversary logo to be worn during draft, in season
Apr 26, 2021
The 49ers are celebrating their diamond anniversary in style. The team is commemorating 75 years of existence with a logo and patch that will be featured on 2021 draft jerseys, in-season uniforms, and game balls and coins for home games.
Myles Garrett a big believer in Jadeveon Clowney, Browns' revamped D: 'I think we'll be very scary'
Apr 22, 2021
After signing pass rushers Jadeveon Clowney and Takkarist McKinley, LB Anthony Walker and former Rams DBs John Johnson and Troy Hill, the Browns are easily better on paper. Myles Garrett believes they'll be much better come game time as well.
Presumptive No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence clarifies his drive: 'I love football as much or more than anyone'
Apr 17, 2021
Trevor Lawrence drew criticism this week in the aftermath of a Sports Illustrated cover story. On Saturday, he posted a thread on Twitter clarifying how he strongly he feels about football.