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Bakhtiari bemoans Green Bay’s constant close calls

On one hand, the Packers should be happy that they contend every year. On the other hand, they should be upset that they keep knocking on the door but can’t kick it in. Put left tackle David Bakhtiari in the second category. “It’s starting to piss me off a little bit,” Bakhtiari recently said, via…

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Vikings support Michael Floyd’s kombucha tea defense

When it comes to his effort to avoid jail for violating the terms of his house arrest, Vikings receiver Michael Floyd has an ally: His employer. According to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Vikings C.O.O. Kevin Warren sent a letter to the presiding judge supporting Floyd’s claim that he didn’t know kombucha…

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Colts may hit more in camp, despite being “scared to death” of injuries

After seeing his team miss too many tackles last season, Colts coach Chuck Pagano says he may work more on tackling in camp. Pagano said he’s still as concerned as ever about keeping players healthy for the regular season, but he also thinks there’s limited time to work on tackling, and training camp is the…

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Saturday one-liners

Seven more veteran Jets could be dumped after the 2017 season. Dolphins K Andrew Franks thinks he could “kill it from 65” without wind. The Patriots will have several public practices during training camp. Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander is holding a free youth football camp on Saturday in Oakland, California. It’s a make or break…

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Bill O’Brien: Clemson’s sophisticated offense helped Deshaun Watson

NFL coaches often say that college football offenses don’t really get quarterbacks ready to play at the next level. But Texans coach Bill O’Brien says that’s not the case with his rookie quarterback, Deshaun Watson. O’Brien says Watson ran an offense at Clemson that forced him to develop a mind for football at the highest…

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Broncos still haven’t re-sold stadium naming rights

The Denver Broncos continue to play in a stadium that may as well be known as Vandelay Industries Park. And there’s no indication that this odd dynamic will be ending any time soon. As noted by 9news.com in Denver, the high-priced latex salesmen from WME-IMG have yet to find a suitable buyer for the rights…

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Kerley wishes teams would ask him about Kaepernick

One of the biggest problems with the various leaks to the media of assumptions and narratives and opinions about Colin Kaepernick is that many of those who are whispering to willing reporters have done no real due diligence about the player. The latest example of a lack of homework comes from one of the men…

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Before football, Larry Ogunjobi was so obese his parents feared he’d die

Browns rookie defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi weighs in at 305 pounds — which is a whole lot less than he weighed when he first started playing football. Ogunjobi was a 350-pound teenager whose main interests were video games and junk food when his parents made him play football in a desperate attempt to get him…

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Derek Carr: I’ll give it to Marshawn on the 1-yard line, not throw it

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has brought up a painful memory for Seahawks fans. After signing his new contract on Friday, Carr said that he doesn’t think his status as the NFL’s highest-paid player forces him to try to win games himself. Instead, Carr said, he’ll be happy to hand off to Marshawn Lynch for a…

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Tavon Wilson seeks to throw out suits against him

Detroit Lions safety Tavon Wilson denies he punched a former girlfriend during an altercation last year, according to TMZ. Per TMZ, Alanda Jackson, the mother of Wilson’s 3-year-old, has filed suit against Wilson, alleging that he broke her nose during the melee. Jackson got into a verbal altercation with Wilson’s current girlfriend at a nightclub…

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Archie Manning: Adam Gase reached out to Peyton after Ryan Tannehill was injured

At a time when many are wondering whether recently-retired quarterbacks Tony Romo and Jay Cutler would return to the NFL if a starter gets injured during the upcoming season, it turns out that last year’s high-profile retiree had an opportunity to return, sort of. Via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Archie Manning said…

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Lakers G.M. compares Lonzo Ball to NFL’s best quarterbacks

Typically, new players who arrive in a given sport are compared to other great players from that same sport. For reasons neither obvious nor apparent, the General Manager of the L.A. Lakers has compared the team’s latest first-round draft pick to the two best quarterbacks in the NFL. “In press conferences, I don’t like a…

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Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott not resting on their laurels

Dak Prescott won 13 games and offensive rookie of the year honors. Ezekiel Elliott won the rushing title and earned six MVP votes as a rookie. Both were ranked among the top-14 players in the NFL Network’s poll of players. But don’t think for a second that Prescott and Elliott have spent the offseason resting…

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Derek Carr wanted to leave money for teammates

Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie now wants to sign some of quarterback Derek Carr’s teammates, and Carr wants to be sure McKenzie can. “The main thing that I could just remember was all along the way, I was like, ‘How do we keep my teammates?’” Carr said at Friday’s press conference regarding his new deal, via…

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Packers spend offseason working on defending the pass

The Packers concentrated on the passing game — and defending the pass — during 11-on-11 work during the offseason. Mike McCarthy had reasons for reducing the number of run calls. The Packers coach insists run calls in no-pads practices create unrealistic looks, leading to linemen and running backs developing bad habits. The emphasis on the…

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Andy Reid could move into the NFL’s Top 5 in coaching wins

Andy Reid isn’t usually named among the great coaches in NFL history, but perhaps he will be by the time he serves out his newly extended contract. The Chiefs and Reid have just agreed on a new five-year contract, and if the 59-year-old Reid coaches five more years at the 11-wins-a-year pace he’s been on…

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Prosecutors appeal decision to void Aaron Hernandez murder conviction

When Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison earlier this year, he was still appealing his conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd and that led a Massachusetts judge to void the conviction under the legal principle known as abatement ab initio. That principle holds that a conviction can’t be finalized until the appeals process has…

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Michael Bidwill has concerns about having NFL team based in UK

Cardinals President Michael Bidwill expresses doubt the NFL will have a team based in the UK in the near future. Bidwill, in London this week assessing facilities at Wembley and Twickenham ahead of the NFL’s games there this season, told Sky Sports News HQ that the league will “continue to study it, but I don’t…

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Derek Carr wants to splurge at Chick-fil-A

Derek Carr should seek a marketing deal with Chick-fil-A. He gave the fast-food restaurant a shoutout Friday during a press conference officially to announce his new deal with the Raiders, getting it plenty of free publicity. Carr’s five-year, $125 million deal makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history, prompting a question about where the…

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Federal appeals court seems to accept evidence of CTE in living patients

One of the most widely-accepted realities of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy has been undermined by one of the highest courts in the United States. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, one of various appellate courts that sit one step below the Supreme Court, has ruled in a case involving former NFL linebacker Jesse…

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Vikings hire new strength and conditioning coach

The Vikings were left with an open slot on their coaching staff earlier this month when strength and conditioning coach Brent Salazar left the team in order to work for the United States Tennis Association. They filled it on Friday. The team announced that Mark Uyeyama will be heading up the strength and conditioning department…

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Bronson Kaufusi ready to contribute after missing rookie season

The Ravens drafted defensive end Bronson Kaufusi in the third round last season, but they have yet to see him on the field. Kaufusi broke his left ankle early in training camp and missed all of last season rehabbing. “Injuries are always frustrating, but you also have to look for the silver lining in it,”…

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Maliek Collins wants to be next great DT in Rod Marinelli’s system

With Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in the same draft class, Maliek Collins got overshadowed and overlooked. But the defensive tackle quietly had a successful rookie season, which has defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli excited about Collins’ future. Collins’ 656 snaps — 61.9 percent of the defensive plays — were the most of any Cowboys defensive…

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With Derek Carr signed, Reggie McKenzie moving on to other extensions

At the start of a Friday press conference to discuss quarterback Derek Carr’s contract extension, General Manager Reggie McKenzie called it a “big day” for the organization. McKenzie also said that he’s now going to turn his attention toward more big days and big extensions in the future. Carr said during his opening remarks that…

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Raiders make Derek Carr’s five-year contract extension official

It’s official: Derek Carr will be the Raiders’ franchise quarterback through the remainder of their time in Oakland, and when they move to Las Vegas as well. The Raiders announced today that Carr has signed a five-year contract extension and is now under contract with the team through the 2022 season. They even posted the…

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Get ready to see Jamison Crowder in various roles

Washington’s plans for receiver Jamison Crowder don’t simply include making him a full-time starter. The team also intends to deploy him in multiple different ways. “I’ve said all along Jamison can play anywhere,” coach Jay Gruden recently said, via Mark Bullock of the Washington Post. “He can play outside, inside. He can play running back…

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Robert Kraft on Deflategate: “I don’t hold grudges but I never forget”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this week that his relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft “was never strained” despite the #Deflategate investigation. Kraft may not be reading off the same script. One of the commissioner’s 32 bosses told Claire Atkinson of the New York Post a slightly different version. “I don’t hold grudges but…

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CFL QB Bo Levi Mitchell hopes for NFL chance

It has been a while since the NFL has seen a quarterback make a successful jump from the Canadian Football League, but it certainly isn’t without precedent. Warren Moon, Jeff Garcia and Joe Theismann all starred in Canada before thriving in the U.S. and Doug Flutie did the same after returning from the CFL for…

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Drew Stanton thinks NFL has a QB development problem

Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton entered the league as a second-round pick of the Lions in 2007 and has spent the last decade serving as a backup in Detroit, Indianapolis and Arizona. Stanton has seen a lot of quarterbacks move through the league over that time and that experience has left him with strong views about…

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NFL’s OTT service could let it cut out the middleman

While Amazon may indeed become a key part of the NFL’s immediate future when it comes to the so-called OTT broadcasting of games, there’s another option that the league quietly is considering: Cutting out the middleman and streaming games directly to customers. As recently explained by John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal, the NFL has been…

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Koa Misi (neck) not a lock to play this year - Koa Misi (LB) Miami Dolphins

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins don't know when SLB Koa Misi (neck) will be cleared.

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Lucky Whitehead's roster spot in danger? - Lucky Whitehead (WR) Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Morning News considers KR Lucky Whitehead’s roster spot in danger.

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Brian Quick has rough time at OTAs - Brian Quick (WR) Washington Redskins

CSN MidAtlantic believes Brian Quick needs a strong training camp to make the final roster.

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Caldwell says Marvin Jones had 'good spring' - Marvin Jones (WR) Detroit Lions

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Marvin Jones had a strong offseason.

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Alvin Kamara gets OTA reps at receiver - Alvin Kamara (RB) New Orleans Saints

Saints third round RB Alvin Kamara saw reps at receiver during OTAs.

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Mario Addison expects to see more snaps - Mario Addison (DL) Carolina Panthers

Panthers DE Mario Addison expects more snaps this season.

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HC Gase messaged Peyton Manning about return - Adam Gase (C) Miami Dolphins

According to Archie Manning, Dolphins coach Adam Gase sent a text to Peyton Manning to gauge his interest in a comeback to football late last season.

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Lions S Wilson sued for alleged assault of ex - Tavon Wilson (DB) Detroit Lions

Lions S Tavon Wilson is being sued for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face.

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Karl Klug to miss start of training camp - Karl Klug (DL) Tennessee Titans

Titans DT Karl Klug (Achilles') is expected to miss the start of training camp.

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Jason Verrett hopes to be ready for camp - Jason Verrett (DB) Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers CB Jason Verrett (knee) is hoping to be ready for training camp.

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Antone Exum dealing with knee injury - Antone Exum (DB) Minnesota Vikings

Vikings S Antone Exum missed most of the offseason with a knee injury.

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Sharrif Floyd (knee) will open season on PUP - Sharrif Floyd (DL) Minnesota Vikings

Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) is expected to open the season on the reserve/PUP list.

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