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Marc Sessler

 

Marc Sessler is a writer for Around the NFL and the voice of reason on The Around the NFL Podcast. He likes football. He's been a contributor to NFL Media since 2010.


March

The courting of Ndamukong Suh is underway. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Thursday that the Oakland Raiders are planning to bring the free-agent defensive tackle in for a visit next week, per a source familiar with the team's plans. After... more

Quarterbacks Running backs Defensive linemen Receivers It's a beautiful time to go on the hunt for a wideout. For teams that failed to restock the position during last May's receiver-rich draft, this year's crop of free-agent talent is... more

After acknowledging in December that he "messed up" his rookie season, Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert vowed to "work a lot harder" to make good on his first-round draft pedigree. Last year's No. 8 overall pick has kept his word, recently flying to... more

Buffalo Bills fans have reason to remain skeptical about the team's master plan under center. After wading through last season with the milquetoast Kyle Orton, Wednesday's trade for veteran Matt Cassel hardly moves the needle. One of his former... more

Has Troy Polamalu's long and brilliant run with the Pittsburgh Steelers come to a close? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the organization believes the celebrated safety has played his last game for the Steelers, per a pair of team... more

Darnell Dockett might have a new team by nightfall. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the free-agent defensive tackle enjoyed a productive visit on Tuesday with the San Francisco 49ers. Rapoport was told that Dockett is expected to choose... more

The more we learn about wideout Andre Johnson's pending breakup †with the Houston Texans, the more it appears the team made an awkward mess of the split. Johnson told the Houston Chronicle on Monday that coach Bill O'Brien sat him down last week to say... more

Dez Bryant isn't the only wide receiver sticking around in Dallas. The Cowboys announced on Tuesday that Cole Beasley has been signed to a new four-year deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Beasley's pact is worth $13.6 million, with $7... more

Quarterbacks Running backs Defensive linemen Receivers Last year's list of free-agent running backs was a mild disaster . Not this time around. Headlined by DeMarco Murray -- this NFL's leading rusher -- the open market is littered with a... more

February

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones informed him that Bryant will be franchise-tagged by Monday's deadline. It is expected to be the non-exclusive tag. The story was first reported by FOX Sports Southwest .... more

Ten days away from the launch of free agency, Ray Rice remains "optimistic" that his NFL career will go on. In a wide-ranging interview with Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the former Ravens running back expressed hope that teams will pick up the... more

The San Francisco 49ers want to keep Stevie Johnson, but not at his current price tag. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that a pay cut looms for the veteran wideout scheduled to make $5.5 million next season, according to a pair of... more

The addition of Josh McCown in Cleveland is a clear indication that the Browns have yet to give up on Johnny Manziel. The dictionary definition of a "bridge quarterback," McCown was lauded by general manager Ray Farmer as a "great guy in the locker... more

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has come up with a plan to develop the next generation of NFL quarterbacks. Speaking Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Payton pushed the concept of virtual reality training for signal-callers, not... more

The Atlanta Falcons used Thursday and Friday to trim the roster of millions in cap space . Steven Jackson, Harry Douglas and Justin Blalock were all sent packing, but new coach Dan Quinn has different plans for free-agent linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.... more

The Cleveland Browns have unearthed yet another quarterback in their never-ending quest for stability under center. The team on Friday agreed to terms †with free-agent quarterback Josh McCown, who spent last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL... more

One day after U.S. District Judge David S. Doty overturned the suspension of Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back has weighed in on the matter. "I was pleased to learn about Judge Doty's decision," Peterson wrote in a press release after... more

The Falcons aren't finished churning the roster. After cutting running back Steven Jackson and wideout Harry Douglas, the team on Friday announced the release of veteran guard Justin Blalock. The move comes as little surprise. While Blalock, 31, was... more

The Atlanta Falcons continue to cut the fat ahead of next month's foray into free agency. One day after releasing veteran running back Steven Jackson, the team has cut wideout Harry Douglas, a source informed of the move told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Stocked with talent along their defensive line, the St. Louis Rams have parted ways with Kendall Langford. The Rams announced on Thursday that the defensive tackle has been released , saving the team $6 million in cap space. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Jaguars are bidding farewell to cornerback Will Blackmon. The team on Thursday released the nine-year veteran, opening up $920,000 in cap room for a front office primed to be active on the open market come March 10. Jacksonville is sitting on... more

The cuts just keep on coming. The Kansas City Chiefs announced that they have release tight end Anthony Fasano on Thursday. Chalk it up as a salary cap move after Fasano was on tap to make $2.8 million next season. He finishes his two-year run in... more

Fantasy footballheads have already been gifted with a pair of young running backs to froth over this offseason. After Atlanta's Devonta Freeman was billed by Falcons brass at the combine as a workhorse-in-waiting , Detroit's Theo Riddick is now being... more

Todd Herremans is on his way out of Philadelphia. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Eagles are releasing the veteran guard, the team's longest-tenured player, per a source informed of the move. Herremans, 32, has toiled for 10... more

Michael Oher isn't giving up on his NFL career. The free-agent offensive tackle recently visited †with the Carolina Panthers just weeks after he was waived with an injury designation by the Titans, per The Baltimore Sun. Oher was let go in Tennesseee... more

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien made Ryan Mallett one of our NFL Scouting Combine winners by gushing over the fourth-year quarterback as a "starter in this league" and telling reporters:†"I'd like to have him back." "I'd like to be back," Mallett... more

The Peyton Hillis era is over in Gotham. The New York Giants on Wednesday announced the release of the veteran running back after fewer than two seasons with the team. Hillis was brought on midway through the 2013 campaign after David Wilson suffered... more

Jettisoned Monday by the Indianapolis Colts, Ricky Jean Francois is already being sought for his next job. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the 3-4 defensive end will visit with the Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Atlanta Falcons. What's changing? What isn't? The Falcons have undergone a sweeping makeover since the end of the season,... more

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer has promised to find coach Mike Pettine a quarterback this offseason, but any pursuit of last year's starter, Brian Hoyer, will have to wait. Negotiations between the sides are on hold until Farmer and Hoyer... more

The Buccaneers struck out in free agency last offseason, but coach Lovie Smith says that won't prevent Tampa Bay from going back to the well come March. "We're building our team through the draft," Smith said this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, per... more

Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard landed on our radar in August when coach Marvin Lewis called the first-round selection the "the best rookie corner I've seen." Dennard then proceeded to tumble off our radar after playing just 61 snaps in his first... more

The Broncos won't hesitate to slap the franchise tag on wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, but the future of tight end Julius Thomas remains up in the air. Set to become a free agent next month, Thomas appears ready to part ways with the team after... more

When Ray Farmer was asked Thursday if the Browns would be willing to package their two first-round picks to move up for a quarterback in the NFL Draft, the Browns general manager told reporters that anything is possible. Quarterback guru George... more

Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson knows that Cincinnati needs much more from quarterback Andy Dalton to avoid another January collapse. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to showcase their... more

The Bills know that next month's start to free agency could mean the end of C.J. Spiller's run in Buffalo. General manager Doug Whaley told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that "there's going to be some work that has to be done"... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- A calmer, more comfortable Jim Tomsula broke a little news on Thursday. The new San Francisco 49ers coach told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine that the team has begun talking with both Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree about new... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer on Thursday apologized for his starring role in the texting scandal currently under investigation by the NFL. One day after coach Mike Pettine admitted that he "wasn't thrilled" with Farmer... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine revealed Wednesday that he recently sat down with quarterback Johnny Manziel. "I did go to visit him last week," Pettine told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I'll keep the details of that... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- It sure sounds like the Tennessee Titans are thinking about a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick. Both coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster acknowledged Wednesday the team will spend plenty of time with prospects... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jim Harbaugh said last week that he wasn't the driving force behind his exodus from San Francisco, saying: "I didn't leave the 49ers, I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me ." Niners general manager Trent Baalke on Wednesday wasn't in... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The courting of Josh McCown rages on. The free-agent quarterback met with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday morning, coach John Fox told reporters . Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to... more

The two-year long honeymoon for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and general manager David Caldwell is nearing its end. Team owner Shad Khan told reporters on Tuesday that another season of double-digit losses won't cut it in 2015. "We owe you better results... more

Muhammad Wilkerson said in December that he was "patiently waiting" for a new long-term deal from the New York Jets. The mammoth defensive end might not need to wait much longer. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and... more

It's widely known that the Browns came close to shopping Josh Gordon to the 49ers back in 2013, but San Francisco wasn't Cleveland's only potential trade partner that season. The former Browns front-office team of CEO Joe Banner and general manager... more

Former Jets general manager John Idzik is out the door, but his dealings in New York continue to draw criticism. This time from a former player. Two days after Gang Green declined Chris Johnson's contract option , the 29-year-old running back told The... more

How close did Adam Gase come to taking over as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers? NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that the former Broncos -- and current Bears -- play-caller likely would have landed the Niners job if he agreed to hire Jim... more

The Cleveland Browns are a lock to bring in competition at quarterback on the heels of Johnny Manziel's disastrous rookie campaign. "It's way too early to give up on Johnny," team owner Jimmy Haslam said last week, but coach Mike Pettine acknowledged... more

When asked after the season if running back Frank Gore might wind up playing elsewhere come September, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said point blank: "We sure hope not." Gore isn't so certain San Francisco's front office is behind him. "I know... more

Kareem Jackson isn't ready to walk away from the Houston Texans. Set to become a free agent next month, the 26-year-old cornerback said this week that he hopes to stay with the team that made him a first-round pick in 2010. "I'd love to be back... more

With free agency set to kick off in less than a month, let's take a look at six player-to-team fits that make plenty of sense: Mark Sanchez to the Bills The Bills cannot afford to march into September without a veteran to compete with the... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Houston Texans. What's changing? Last offseason marked a time of upheaval for the Texans. This year should be less rocky... more

The New Orleans Saints are bringing back Parys Haralson for another spin. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the outside linebacker has agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to a source who spoke with Haralson. The nine-year... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Oakland Raiders. What's changing? Former Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has taken over as head coach in... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have given up on Josh McCown, but he won't be out of work for long. Dropped into an ultra-hideous class of free-agent passers , the 35-year-old veteran has a chance to see meaningful snaps next season -- and even start for a... more

The St. Louis Rams aren't finished overhauling their offensive coaching roster. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that former Niners, Eagles and Bucs signal-caller Jeff Garcia will interview Thursday for the team's vacant quarterback coach... more

The Josh McCown experiment is one and done in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers on Wednesday released the veteran quarterback after just one up-and-down season with the team. McCown started 11 games in 2014, throwing 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions after... more

It's never too early to start thinking about next season. The NFL on Wednesday announced that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will kick off the 2015 preseason in the Hall of Fame Game. The game will unfold at Tom Benson Hall of Fame... more

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is standing by his embattled general manager. Haslam told a gathering of reporters on Wednesday that he fully supports Ray Farmer despite the league's investigation into reported allegations that the GM texted his... more

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill knows a good thing when he sees it. After watching coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim build Arizona into a playoff team, Bidwell said Wednesday that he plans to extend both their contracts. Combine on... more

The Denver Broncos want to know if Peyton Manning will return for one more season, but they're willing to wait for his answer. New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison shrugged off concerns Tuesday that he won't be able to build out his playbook... more

Kyle Shanahan refuses to toss Johnny Football under the bus. The new Falcons offensive coordinator on Tuesday spoke positively about the lone season he spent with Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. "Johnny's a great guy and I think he does... more

New Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan must be over the moon. After spending last season with a Browns squad devoid of a franchise quarterback, Shanahan has waltzed neatly into Atlanta and the open arms of premier signal-caller Matt Ryan. Dan... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Cleveland Browns. What's changing? The offseason started ugly for the Browns with Josh Gordon facing another yearlong... more

Are the Cleveland Browns preparing to draft a first-round quarterback for the second straight year? NFL Media's Albert Breer noted Tuesday that Browns general manager Ray Farmer has "shown a liking" for Oregon prospect Marcus Mariota . Combine on NFL... more

A flock of Seahawks has stamped their seal of approval on the hiring of new defensive coordinator Kris Richard. Taking over for the departed Dan Quinn, the team's former defensive backs coach "has the respect of the whole room being how he was the one... more

Jim Tomsula and his recently announced coaching staff are under plenty of pressure to show 49ers fans that they can pick up where Jim Harbaugh and Co. left off. It helps that new offensive play-caller Geep Chryst has the support of his players. "I've... more

After watching Todd Bowles†dash off for the Big Apple, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is doing his best to make sure that fellow cover man Antonio Cromartie doesn't follow suit. "I'm definitely trying to keep him here," Peterson said of... more

NFL Media's Gil Brandt on Monday offered up an intriguing nugget on Tom Brady's on-field heroics from Super Bowl XLIX: Tom Brady's 8.87 yds/comp in SB49 was 7th worst by a Super Bowl QB. All 6 below him lost. ‚?? Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 9,... more

The Oakland Raiders have a long way to go to match Seattle's pool of talent on defense, but new coordinator Ken Norton Jr. is sold on Khalil Mack. "I've been very, very impressed," †said Norton Jr., the former Seahawks assistant, per ESPN.com. "One... more

Adrian Peterson made his case for NFL reinstatement on Friday. The Minnesota Vikings running back was present in a Minneapolis courtroom as officials from the NFL and the NFL Players Association made their arguments in front of U.S. District Judge David... more

The Cleveland Browns are in the news for all the wrong reasons. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to showcase their skills at the combine (Feb. 17-23), only on NFL Network. SCHEDULE Just days... more

Super Bowl XLIX has offered up yet another bitter pill for Seattle to swallow. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that a pair of Seahawks defenders have drawn league-imposed fines for their part in a skirmish at the end of the team's 28-24... more

Charles Woodson didn't have to think hard about returning to the Oakland Raiders. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to showcase their skills at the combine (Feb. 17-23), only on NFL Network. SCHEDULE... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. Next up: Indianapolis Colts . What's changing? The Colts can feel good about the progress they made this season, but a 45-7 loss to the Patriots in the... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars don't want their young quarterback to stop using his feet. New offensive coordinator Greg Olson told The Florida Times-Union that Blake Bortles will be encouraged to extend plays on the ground as part of the team's revised... more

Less than two days after losing Super Bowl XLIX, Pete Carroll finally came to grips with Seattle's epic defeat on the big stage. The Seahawks coach admitted during his Thursday appearance on NBC's TODAY †show that he broke down crying in bed on Tuesday... more

Where do the Redskins stand with Robert Griffin III? The offseason will tell us much, but a recent letter from the franchise to its season ticket-holders left RGIII off a list of the team's key players. "Dear Premium Club Member," read the missive,... more

Before Shaun Alexander went on to become Seattle's career leader in rushing yardage, the former Seahawks running back starred at Alabama. Those school ties have him thinking about Trent Richardson, the one-time Crimson Tide whirlwind who has quieted to... more

Soon after Eric Ebron was picked 10th overall by the Detroit Lions last May, the newbie tight end turned heads by comparing himself to Jimmy Graham. By November, though, Ebron was a shoe-in on our list of the biggest rookie disappointments . "It is... more

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has escaped Super Bowl week fine free. The league told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Wednesday that Lynch fulfilled his duties in the lead-up to Sunday's 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots.... more

D'Qwell Jackson's offseason is off to a bad start. The Indianapolis Colts linebacker was arrested and charged with simple assault -- a misdemeanor -- on Tuesday night, according to Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia. A police report... more

Russell Wilson has shown unique resilience in the face of his game-ending interception in Super Bowl XLIX. After tweeting that he won't allow one play or one moment to define his young NFL career, the Seahawks quarterback stood up for his coaches by... more

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has absorbed plenty of criticism for what he insists was his decision to throw the ball on Seattle's final offensive play on Sunday. Had Russell Wilson not thrown a game-ending interception to cover man Malcolm Butler,... more

Dan Quinn is an early favorite to find success as a new NFL head coach because of the weapon-rich offense at his disposal in Atlanta. Along with franchise passer Matt Ryan, the Falcons' attack comes equipped with arguably the league's finest wideout in... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Patriots looked to be fading fast in Super Bowl XLIX, but New England climbed its way out of a 10-point hole behind the power of a playmaking defense and an offense that never panicked. Malcolm Butler's game-ending interception... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- I'll never shake the pained look on Tom Brady's face after his New England Patriots fell to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. I noted at the time that Brady "sat slumped at his locker, facing away from reporters -- away from... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The sun is shining down on Super Bowl XLIX. The league confirmed to Around The NFL on Sunday that the roof at University of Phoenix Stadium will be kept open for today's showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Baby watch is on hold for Richard Sherman. "I am playing today," the All-Pro Seahawks cornerback texted Peter King before Seattle's Super Bowl XLIX showdown with the New England Patriots. Sherman's girlfriend, Ashley Moss, is in... more

January

PHOENIX -- The first-ever Assistant Coach of the Year award has gone to a man who is no longer an assistant. Todd Bowles -- recently named as head coach of the New York Jets -- was announced as the league's top assistant at Saturday's NFL Honors... more

PHOENIX -- Jeff Fisher predicted as early as last spring that Aaron Donald would finish this season as the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Rams coach was dead on. Donald was announced as the top defensive rookie at Saturday's NFL Honors... more

PHOENIX -- Plenty have wondered if Patriots coach Bill Belichick will ultimately exit New England when his star passer, Tom Brady, hangs up the cleats. One of his former players, though, doesn't see that happening. "Everybody wants to say, 'Hey, man,... more

PHOENIX -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters Friday that multiple teams are interested in a potential move to Los Angeles. Relocation, though, is not something the league is pushing. "We want all of our franchises to stay in their current... more

PHOENIX -- Pete Carroll carried Friday's final coaching press conference, showing more personality than Bill Belichick and offering up the morning's only zinger. Asked about the possibility of Richard Sherman missing Super Bowl XLIX to attend the birth... more

PHOENIX -- Tucked away behind the scenes in Foxborough, the New England Patriots are slow cooking a secret weapon: Bill Belichick's son. The Super Bowl XLIXperience With the big game less than a week away, Around The NFL's Dan Hanzus brings you the... more

PHOENIX -- Richard Sherman might hold more than the Lombardi Trophy come Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks cornerback is on baby watch, with his girlfriend, Ashley Moss, expected to give birth to their son over the next week. Asked Thursday if he would... more

PHOENIX -- Joe Haden hasn't given up on Johnny Manziel. The Browns cornerback told Around the NFL on Wednesday that Cleveland's first-round passer can still emerge as the long-term solution under center. "I feel like he could be. He could be," Haden... more

PHOENIX -- Add Brandon LaFell to the growing list of players who found their rebirth in Foxborough. In four underwhelming campaigns with the Carolina Panthers, the wideout never piled up more than 50 catches or 700 yards in a season. In New England,... more

PHOENIX -- Jimmy Garoppolo has done well for himself this season. Instead of being thrown into the fire with a talent-poor team in search of itself, the rookie backup quarterback has spent his first NFL season learning the game through the lens of Tom... more

PHOENIX -- Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has a Richard Sherman-sized puzzle to solve in Super Bowl XLIX . The Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback is the anchor of a secondary that looms as a major headache for Tom Brady and friends, with... more

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The New England Patriots are gearing up for a mega-dose of Marshawn Lynch. Talking Monday about the hammer-dropping Seahawks runner, Patriots coach Bill Belichick called Lynch a "tremendous" talent and the "best back we've faced."... more

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Tom Brady's father believes his son's celebrated run with the New England Patriots "will end badly." That's because the star quarterback "wants to play till he's 70," according to Tom Brady Sr., or at least well into his 40s ,... more

The NFL's inquiry into whether the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game has taken a new turn. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported Monday that the league's investigation has zeroed in on a Patriots' locker-room... more

PHOENIX -- The Seahawks on Sunday will face an old friend in cornerback Brandon Browner. Now with the Patriots, Browner has paired all season with Darrelle Revis to form the AFC's nastiest secondary. His task in Super Bowl XLIX? Shutting down the team... more

PHOENIX -- Unless your name is Deion Sanders , good luck getting Marshawn Lynch to express himself during Super Bowl week. The Seattle Seahawks running back religiously avoided reporters during last year's build-up to the title tilt before drawing a... more

PHOENIX -- While Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane panned the play of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, his Seattle teammates know better. "(Lane is) entitled to his own opinion," said cornerback Richard Sherman on Sunday, "but I think (Gronkowski) is... more

Lynch vs. Blount WRs battle NE pass rush vs. Wilson Revis vs. Sherman Gronk vs. Kam Around The NFL will look at one compelling matchup or comparison each day leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. Today: Marshawn Lynch vs. LeGarrette Blount.... more

PHOENIX -- If one thing was made apparent during Seattle's first meet and greet with the media on Sunday, it's this: The questions over deflated footballs aren't going away anytime soon. Every Seahawks player available was asked about the league's... more

PHOENIX -- It didn't take long for Richard Sherman to make one point very clear in the lead-up to Super Bowl XLIX: He doesn't want to answer the cornerback question. Seattle's All-Pro cover man systematically shot down repeated inquiries on Sunday about... more

Set to square off against Seattle's top-ranked defense, Patriots wideout Julian Edelman knows New England's scrappy cast of receivers are in for their stiffest test of the year in Super Bowl XLIX. Just the third team in NFL history to lead the league in... more

The Patriots have a clean bill of health heading into Super Bowl XLIX. Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe reported Sunday that the team boasted†perfect attendance for New England's final practice of the season at Gillette Stadium. Coach Bill... more

Joe Lombardi went through the fire this season as Detroit's first-year play-caller. The Lions' offensive coordinator recently acknowledged that one of his bigger challenges was learning how to best use star wideout Calvin Johnson. While possessing one... more

The Colts are closing in on another tantalizing young wide receiver. The Indianapolis Star reported Sunday that the team remains a front runner to sign Duron Carter, the son of Hall of Fame wideout Cris Carter. The talented CFL standout reportedly... more

The NFL will use Sunday's Pro Bowl as a testing ground for speeding up instant replay. Troy Vincent, the league's football operations chief, said Saturday that officials will lean on Microsoft Surface tablets for video reviews in the annual all-star... more

Jimmy Graham plans to bring back the dunk for Sunday's Pro Bowl, but the fun might end there. The New Orleans Saints tight end acknowledged this week that he's still debating about offseason surgery on his nagging shoulder. "It's something we talked... more

With their options limited under center, the Cleveland Browns have reached out to Brian Hoyer about a contract extension. "We never got to the numbers part," Joe Linta, Hoyer's agent, told the Akron Beacon Journal on Saturday. "They called and said... more

On a day filled with pressing off-the-field questions for the Patriots, New England received some good news on the field. Center Bryan Stork returned to practice Thursday after missing Sunday's AFC Championship Game win over the Colts with a right... more

The 49ers turned to a familiar face to run their defense. San Francisco is hiring Eric Mangini as defensive coordinator, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, per a source informed of the team's plans. "The Mangenius" was the team's tight... more

Kyle Shanahan wasn't interested in coaching Johnny Manziel next season. John DeFilippo is. The new offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns told reporters on Thursday that he got to know Manziel in the lead-up to last May's draft and is "looking... more

An untoward display in Sunday's NFC Championship Game will hit Marshawn Lynch where it hurts: his wallet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported†Thursday, per a league source, that the Seattle Seahawks running back was fined $20,000 for his obscene... more

We asked on the latest podcast how new Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman would mesh with quarterback Joe Flacco. According to Baltimore's head coach, that won't be an issue. John Harbaugh told reporters that one of the big factors in... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't known for their front-office blunders, but the November release of LeGarrette Blount has drawn criticism in the lead-up to Super Bowl XLIX. Especially after the hard-charging running back was unstoppable on Sunday,... more

After plenty of friction with his last head coach , Bills general manager Doug Whaley is excited about Buffalo's new hire. Whaley told scribes at the Senior Bowl that he and Rex Ryan are "aligned" in their roster-building plans. It's a welcome... more

Coach Bill Belichick on Thursday acknowledged that he was "shocked" this week to learn of the NFL's investigation of overly deflated footballs allegedly used by the Patriots during the AFC title game . Addressing a swarm of reporters, Belichick... more

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman rose from relative obscurity to a household name in 2012 after getting in the grill of Tom Brady on the heels of Seattle's 24-23 win over the Patriots. "Brady sure looks like a man who turned the 12th Man against... more

Lovie Smith's teams don't drum up visions of an offensive juggernaut, but the Buccaneers coach hopes that will change with the hiring of play-caller Dirk Koetter. "Whenever a guy is able to put 59 points on you, on the other side, you have to be pretty... more

Greg Olson spent this past season calling plays for the Raiders and developing the performance of rookie quarterback Derek Carr. As†new offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars, can Olson do the same with first-round passer Blake Bortles? To... more

It didn't take long for Todd Bowles to field questions about New York's quarterback situation. The new coach of the Jets said little about Geno Smith, though, other than to call him "a great college quarterback." New general manager Mike Maccagnan... more

At long last, the Cleveland Browns have zeroed in on their new offensive coordinator. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, citing a team source, that the Browns are hiring Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as the team's new... more

It didn't take long for the Baltimore Ravens to unearth Gary Kubiak's replacement. The team announced †Tuesday that Marc Trestman has been hired as offensive coordinator after spending the past two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Bears, who fired... more

This year's Pro Bowl will feature a pair of new rule tweaks. Confirming a report from last month , the NFL announced Tuesday that the width of the goal posts will narrow from 18 feet to 14 feet for Sunday's all-star game , which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET... more

Andy Dalton is a Pro Bowler. The Bengals quarterback was added to the roster on Tuesday after Packers passer Aaron Rodgers bowed out due to injury, the NFL announced. Dalton -- a seventh alternate for the all-star game -- will join fellow Bengals A.J.... more

Dominic Raiola is done in Detroit. The Lions have told their longtime, rabble-rousing center that he won't be back †with the organization for his 15th NFL season, The Detroit Free Press reported this week. The team's longest-tenured player started a... more

Vic Fangio is heading to the Windy City. The Chicago Bears hired the former 49ers lieutenant to serve as John Fox's defensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday. Fangio also interviewed with the Washington Redskins. It's a strong hire for the... more

Questions abound as to whether an aging Peyton Manning will fit inside Gary Kubiak's play-action, boot-heavy offense. At least one Broncos running back, though, can't wait to get rolling with his new coach's scheme. "I have known about his system for... more

Eric Mangini's name continues to bubble up in Oakland. Weeks after the Raiders interviewed the 49ers aide for the head-coaching job that ultimately went to Jack Del Rio, the team is bringing Mangini back to discuss their vacancy at defensive... more

Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner grab all the headlines, but no Patriots cornerback was leaned on more heavily in Sunday's AFC title game win over the Colts than Kyle Arrington. After playing 40 percent of the snaps during the regular season,... more

Broncos fans can applaud the synergy between general manager John Elway and his new hand-picked coach , Gary Kubiak -- but what about the pairing of Kubiak and Peyton Manning? While Elway has landed the "like-minded" leader he promised to find, Kubiak... more

With the Broncos hammering out a deal to sign Gary Kubiak as their next head coach, Adam Gase is on his way out of Denver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team's offensive coordinator is expected to land a play-calling job with... more

On the same day the New York Jets were slapped with tampering charges for owner Woody Johnson's comments last month on Darrelle Revis, Gang Green fans watched their former hero blaze into Super Bowl XLIX with the New England Patriots. An uncomfortable... more

On the heels of New England's take-no-prisoners romp over the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's AFC title game, Patriots receiver Julian Edelman knew who to thank first: his quarterback. "Tom Brady is Tom Brady," Edelman said, per CSN New England. "He was... more

The Atlanta Falcons surely watched Sunday's NFC title game with all eyes glued on Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's NFL GameDay Morning that Seattle is expecting to lose Quinn to the Falcons, who have... more

Had Brandon Bostick stuck to his assignment, Green Bay might be Super Bowl bound. Instead, the Packers tight end goes down as one of the more notorious playoff goats in years after reaching for the ball on a Seahawks onside kick with 2:09 remaining in... more

For three-plus quarters, Russell Wilson just wasn't Russell Wilson. Then the magic poured forth. Schein: Better to be lucky and good Seattle punched its Super† Bowl ticket despite a flawed performance. Adam Schein says that effort won't cut it... more

All three Packers quarterbacks will be available for Sunday's NFC Championship Game . The team announced that both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien are active behind Aaron Rodgers, who will take on the Seattle Seahawks with the calf injury that has nagged... more

The Dolphins are holding on to their embattled defensive coordinator. Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reported Friday that Kevin Coyle will stay in the position for another season after coach Joe Philbin dismissed the idea of replacing him with Jim... more

Jack Del Rio's last gig came armed with a franchise quarterback who all but guaranteed success, but the new coach of the Oakland Raiders isn't asking Derek Carr to be Peyton Manning. "It starts with knowing that there's good leadership in place ... that... more

It didn't take long for John Fox to land on his feet. Fox was named the next head coach of the Chicago Bears on Friday, just days after he mutually parted ways with the Denver Broncos. Fox, who first interviewed with the Bears on Wednesday, receives a... more

The Indianapolis Colts march into Sunday with both starting cornerbacks on the injury report. Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Friday that Vontae Davis and Greg Toler are questionable for the team's AFC title game encounter with the New England... more

It's down to three for the Atlanta Falcons. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday, per Falcons sources, that the team's hunt for a new head coach has boiled down to a trio of options: Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Lions defensive... more

Is John Elway planning to hand the Broncos over to an old friend? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Denver's general manager will meet with Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak this Saturday about taking over as coach, per a source... more

Peyton Manning isn't the only one pondering his future. NFL Media's Alex Flanagan reported last month that 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith was prepared to hang it up after the team's Week 17 win over the Arizona Cardinals. General manager Trent... more

Whether or not Maurice Jones-Drew will be a Raider next season, he likes the hire of Jack Del Rio. "I'm happy that coach Del Rio got a second chance," MJD told CSN Bay Area. "He was a really good coach while I was with him in Jacksonville. With his... more

Adam Gase isn't finished with the Broncos just yet. The talented play-caller interviewed for Denver's vacant head-coaching position on Thursday, the team announced. Gase first spoke with general manager John Elway about the job on Wednesday after... more

If the Green Bay Packers hope to upset the Seattle Seahawks this weekend, they'll need Eddie Lacy at the top of his game. That wasn't the case on Thursday, with the second-year running back listed as a limited participant in practice with a knee issue.... more

Bill Callahan has a new gig inside the NFC East. The Redskins have hired the former Cowboys offensive coordinator to coach Washington's offensive line, the team announced Wednesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Callahan signed a three-year... more

The Cowboys weren't about to let Scott Linehan get away. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Dallas locked down the talented assistant on Wednesday night with a three-year deal that officially makes him the team's offensive coordinator.... more

The Jets under former coach Rex Ryan were a lion on defense and a lamb on offense. With NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reporting that Chan Gailey is expected to take over play-calling duties for new coach Todd Bowles, has Gang Green finally unearthed a... more

Colts-Patriots Packers-Seahawks The backstory We labeled the Packers a "pretender masquerading as a contender to the NFL throne" after Green Bay's ugly 36-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 NFL Kickoff. Aaron Rodgers and friends... more

The San Francisco 49ers had their man all along. Tucked away as a well-liked assistant under previous hires Mike Nolan, Mike Singletary and Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula on Wednesday was handed the head-coaching reins of the organization he's worked for... more

Where will they land? January 13, 2015

This year's coaching carousel remains an unpredictable beast. After we spent much of last week explaining why Rex Ryan was an ideal match for the Atlanta Falcons, the former Jets coach turned around and chose the Buffalo Bills. It's another reminder... more

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman made a stir two summers ago when he offered "a pregnant, seven-second pause" before agreeing that Cam Newton was the right quarterback for Carolina. Gettleman mustered up no such drama on Tuesday, telling... more

For a shot at their sixth Super Bowl appearance under Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots must to do something the Denver Broncos couldn't: neutralize Andrew Luck. Beyond his pristine arm talent -- he led the NFL with 40 touchdown strikes -- the... more

Green Bay is just one step away from Super Bowl XLIX. Powered by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his 316 yards through the air, the Packers overcame their first deficit at home since Week 2 to overtake the Dallas Cowboys 26-21 in Sunday's NFC Divisional... more

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall will play Sunday. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington originally told NFL GameDay Morning that Marshall -- listed as questionable with a foot sprain -- would be a game-time decision for Denver's AFC Divisional Round tilt... more

Dick LeBeau has left the Steel City, but could the defensive wizard wind up coaching elsewhere next season? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL GameDay Morning that LeBeau's resignation caught the Steelers by surprise, per sources involved... more

When the Dallas Cowboys visit the high-flying Green Bay Packers on Sunday , Troy Aikman believes the advantage under center goes to Dallas. The Hall of Fame passer told USA Today on Saturday that he would choose Tony Romo over Aaron Rodgers or any... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went all season long without their hand-picked offensive coordinator. That won't be the case in 2015. The team on Thursday announced that former Falcons play-caller Dirk Koetter has been hired to lead Lovie Smith's offense. NFL... more

Breathe easy, Green Bay. Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that quarterback Aaron Rodgers was back at practice on Thursday for the first time all week, per the team's official website. "Aaron practiced in the team periods. He looked good,"... more

Panthers-Seahawks Ravens-Patriots Cowboys-Packers Colts-Broncos The backstory Both the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys have ghosts to slay when they meet in Sunday's NFC Divisional Round bout at Lambeau Field -- a rematch of the... more

With their head-coaching search picking up steam , the Atlanta Falcons are making significant changes upstairs. The team on Wednesday announced a front-office restructuring that hands more responsibility to assistant general manager Scott Pioli -- and... more

Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was arrested in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on Wednesday on charges of speeding, reckless driving and driving under the influence, per the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office. Jennings, 31, was stopped for speeding after... more

A tweaked calf isn't going to keep Aaron Rodgers away from the Cowboys. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that his star quarterback simply sat out Wednesday's practice as part of a pre-planned day of treatment on the calf he first... more

Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged this week that Baltimore has studied the play of Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis for years. Now they have to throw at him. "We're going to have to make contested catches, contested throws, all those things ,"... more

Maurice Jones-Drew says the gas tank isn't empty yet.† The Oakland Raiders running back told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday that he hopes to return with the franchise for his 10th NFL season in 2015. "My body feels good and wish I played more,"... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking west for their next offensive coordinator. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team has requested permission to interview in-limbo 49ers play-caller Greg Roman for the role left open by the fired... more

Is the long reign of defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau drawing to an end in Pittsburgh? Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declined to say †on Tuesday if the 77-year-old play-caller would return in 2015. "Again, I haven't talked to Dick," Tomlin told... more

Set to hit free agency, veteran wideout Kenny Britt hopes to see his happy union with the St. Louis Rams continue. "I definitely want to come back here," Britt said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "This is a young team. It's a great young team.... more

For the Ravens to extend their NFL-leading five-game playoff win streak, Baltimore will need to make its share of plays on Saturday against perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. "He's a tremendously patient corner," Ravens coach John Harbaugh... more

The Bills are casting a wide net in search of Doug Marrone's replacement. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Buffalo has interviews slated this week with a rash of coaching candidates including Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, Browns... more

Mike Holmgren is closing the door on a coaching comeback. "That's it," the former Packers and Seahawks legend said Monday after telling Seattle's KJR-AM that the San Francisco 49ers were "not interested" in hiring him to replace the departed Jim... more

As it turns out, the Redskins are serious about upgrading their embattled front office. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team has reached out to respected personnel man Scot McCloughan about serving as a top executive, according... more

The Bengals on Sunday became the only team in NFL history to lose in the first round of the playoffs in four straight seasons. Despite a talented roster, Cincinnati's Groundhog Day-like meltdowns in January -- the latest coming with Sunday's 26-10 loss... more

After knocking the Steelers out of the postseason , Ravens pass rusher Terrell Suggs insists the Patriots better watch their backs. "Everybody knows the history with these two teams," Suggs told reporters Saturday night, per CSN New England. "We're... more

The Flag That Wasn't is destined to become the talk of Motown all offseason. With 8:18 left in the fourth quarter of Detroit's heartbreaking 24-20 playoff loss to the Cowboys, official Pete Morelli announced that Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens had... more

It's déjà vu all over again for Cincinnati. Four years. Four straight first-round playoff defeats for the star-crossed Bengals. Sunday's 26-10 wild-card loss to the Indianapolis Colts raises plenty of the same questions that have haunted... more

The Cincinnati Bengals will enter Sunday's wild-card fray with the Indianapolis Colts minus the services of Jermaine Gresham. The fifth-year tight end has been ruled out with the back injury he suffered in Week 17. Gresham was initially labeled as... more

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott died Sunday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer . He was 49. A memorable and original voice over the past two decades, Scott was known for his colorful catchphrases -- "Boo-Yah!" was a SportsCenter fixture -- while... more

Sunday's wild-card showdown between the Colts and Bengals featured a pair of play-callers drawing interest from coach-needy teams. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted on Sunday's†NFL Game Day Morning that Indianapolis offensive coordinator Pep... more

Doug Marrone won't coach the Buffalo Bills next season, and Bill Polian won't be joining the team's front office. Polian, the former Colts general manager, informed Bills owner Terry Pegula that he will remain at ESPN for 2015 and beyond, per NFL Media... more

Ravens-Steelers Cardinals-Panthers Lions-Cowboys Bengals-Colts The backstory Tony Romo manned the controls of a Dallas offense that wrecked this league during a perfect 4-0 December, but the Cowboys quarterback was quick to point out the... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have never won a road playoff game, but their chances improved on Thursday with the return of A.J. Green. The team's Pro Bowl wide receiver was back at practice ahead of Sunday's wild-card showdown with the Indianapolis Colts.... more

If Le'Veon Bell can't play in Saturday night's wild-card bout with the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh's bell cow says the Steelers will be just fine with undrafted rookie Josh Harris. "Josh is a very good player," Bell said Wednesday, per the Beaver... more

The Dallas Cowboys have leaned on their rugged offensive line to power through opponents all season. The league's second-finest rushing attack is in for its stiffest challenge yet, though, when the Lions -- armed with the best run-stuffing unit in the... more

After dishing out a whirlwind of points and yardage over the first three-quarters of the season, the Colts have withered up on offense over their past four games. "We've been underperforming in the month of December," tight end Dwayne Allen... more

December

The Cowboys have flipped their fortunes this season behind the power of a young and punishing offensive line. Standout left tackle Tyron Smith, second-year center Travis Frederick and rookie guard Zack Martin form the core. Named to the Pro Bowl, Martin... more

Will the Bengals face the Colts minus the services of A.J. Green? The Pro Bowl wideout continues to nurse the head injury he suffered in Sunday night's loss to Pittsburgh after taking a shot in the fourth quarter from Steelers safety Mike Mitchell.... more

The Bengals haven't won a playoff game in 23 seasons. No team in the NFL has suffered longer without success in January. To end that ugly trend, Cincinnati is tasked with returning to Indianapolis to face a Colts team that wiped them out 27-0 in Week 7.... more

The sixth-seeded Lions are tasked with mowing down three consecutive opponents on the road if they wish to reach Super Bowl XLIX. Wideout Golden Tate says that isn't happening at their current level of performance. "If we play the way we have the last... more

After learning to get by without Justin Blackmon, the Jacksonville Jaguars aren't relying on his return for 2015. "We hope for him, we pray for him, our thoughts are with him," general manager David Caldwell said Tuesday. "We hope he comes back because... more

The Broncos hope a first-round bye is just what the doctor ordered for Julius Thomas. After piling up 12 touchdowns over his first nine games of the year, Denver's play-making tight end has caught just three passes since spraining his ankle in Week 11.... more

Are the Raiders still on the hunt for a "superstar" head coach? Oakland's current list of candidates †hardly suggests the "rock star" that owner Mark Davis was supposedly desperate to unearth after firing Dennis Allen in September. Along with interim... more

Browns general manager Ray Farmer hasn't given up on Johnny Manziel, but he's heard enough sweet talk from his first-round passer. "I would tell you that the words don't mean anything. I'm not a big word guy. It's all about action," Farmer told... more

Nick Foles doesn't believe the Eagles need to go on a quarterback hunt this offseason. "I expect to be back here. I expect to be the quarterback ," Foles said Monday, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I love my teammates and I expect to be back out there,... more

Whether he was benched or benched himself †on Sunday, Mike Wallace left a bitter taste with the Miami Dolphins heading into this offseason. Fellow wideout Brandon Gibson told reporters that Wallace was frustrated with "not being involved as much as he... more

Is Mike Holmgren pondering a return to the sideline? With a†bevy of teams †searching for new coaches, the former Packers and Seahawks luminary says the phone has been ringing. "I've gotten a couple of inquiries," Holmgren told Seattle's KJR-AM on... more

The Chicago Bears have agitated the wrong nonagenarian. Ninety-one-year-old franchise matriarch Virginia McCaskey is stewing over the team's abysmal 5-11 season, according to her son and club chairman, George McCaskey. "She's been very supportive.... more

With Kyle Orton calling it quits , the Buffalo Bills now embark on another offseason littered with questions under center. "We'll leave all of our options open for acquiring a quarterback," general manager Doug Whaley said during Monday's... more

Will the Steelers face the Ravens on Saturday minus the services of running back Le'Veon Bell? "It's too early to tell, but it doesn't look good ," one source inside the organization told NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala. A Monday morning MRI on Bell's... more

Mike Pettine spent the majority of his Monday media session talking about a trio of highly touted Browns who failed to live up to their billing this season. After labeling Johnny Manziel's lost weekend†"unacceptable" and "disappointing," Cleveland's... more

Ndamukong Suh will pay a steep price for his fancy footwork in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Notable Suh discipline Date Offense League discipline Dec. 2014 Stepped on Aaron Rodgers' calf Suspended for wild-card game Nov. 2013... more

A promising season for Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace ended on an ugly note in Sunday's 37-24 loss to the New York Jets. After Wallace sat out the second half, multiple reports noted that Wallace had been benched by the coaching staff. NFL Media's... more

The Denver Broncos bounced back from Monday night's loss to the Bengals to capture the AFC's No. 2 seed with a 47-14 thrashing of the Oakland Raiders. Our takeaways: 1. Should we be concerned about Peyton Manning? Not yet. The Broncos' quarterback... more

It wasn't pretty, but the Baltimore Ravens (10-6) are playoff-bound after downing the Cleveland Browns (7-9) 20-10 on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. Stripped of his two starting tackles, quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens looked... more

Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount plowed through Buffalo for 189 yards and two touchdowns in last year's regular-season finale. Don't bank on that happening again on Sunday. Blount -- questionable with a shoulder issue -- is one of three banged-up... more

The Chiefs were dealt a potentially fatal blow on Friday with quarterback Alex Smith being ruled out for Sunday's AFC West showdown with the Chargers due to a lacerated spleen. The Bolts, meanwhile, have problems of their own. San Diego on Friday... more

Sunday's fisticuffs between the Rams and Giants will cost starters from both teams a pretty penny. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that five players have been fined for the fight that led to a sideline brawl and four ejections at the... more

Next season can't arrive quickly enough for Justin Gilbert. Cleveland's rookie cornerback has seen his teammates and coaches unleash a steady stream of criticism this week on the heels of his disappointing first-year debut. Linebacker Karlos Dansby on... more

Cleveland's season -- and Baltimore's -- now comes down to Connor Shaw. The Browns will start the rookie quarterback on Sunday against the Ravens, coach Mike Pettine announced. Cleveland agreed to a contract with the undrafted practice-squad arm out of... more

Julio Jones is back at practice with the Falcons. Atlanta's game-changing wideout returned to the field on Friday after missing the past two days with his nagging hip injury. The Falcons have listed their Pro Bowl pass-catcher as questionable for... more

OFFENSIVE ANALYSIS DEFENSIVE ANALYSIS BIGGEST SNUBS ROOKIE SELECTIONS AND SNUBS Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Between now and... more

Ben Tate is back on the street. The Vikings have released the veteran running back less than a month after claiming him off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, per the league's transaction wire.† Tate was cut free after amassing just 38 yards off 13... more

The Cleveland Browns still have one more game to play, but Johnny Manziel is already thinking about next season. Sidelined by a hamstring injury after just six uninspiring quarters as the team's starting quarterback, Manziel told reporters Tuesday that... more

If Jeremy Maclin has his way, he won't be switching zip codes in 2015. Betting on himself before this season with a one-year, $5.5 million deal, the Eagles wide receiver hopes his sensational season will prompt Philly to offer a long-term pact. "Yeah,... more

The Chargers began preparation for Sunday's showdown with the Chiefs minus two of their offensive centerpieces. Running back Ryan Mathews and wideout Keenan Allen both missed Tuesday's practice, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.... more

T.Y. Hilton is back in the mix for the Indianapolis Colts. The team's leading receiver returned to practice †on Tuesday after missing Sunday's ugly 42-7 loss to the Cowboys with a hamstring injury, according to Kevin Bowen of the team's official... more

The Browns quarterback room has tumbled into the abyss in the buildup to Week 17 . With Brian Hoyer nursing a shoulder injury and rookie Johnny Manziel ruled out with the tweaked hamstring he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Panthers, Cleveland dialed... more

Change is coming to Gotham. With Jets owner Woody Johnson calling together an advisory football council to serve as a sounding board for potential sweeping changes in Florham Park, at least one player believes change might help this 3-12 team.... more

The final Monday Night Football tilt of the year features a pair of teams with plenty to play for as they battle for postseason position. The Denver Broncos can clinch a first-round bye in the AFC with a win or a tie tonight against the Bengals at Paul... more

Johnny Manziel's rookie season in Cleveland is a wrap. Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters on Monday that the first-round quarterback has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Ravens with the "significant" hamstring injury he suffered in a... more

Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn't expect the calf injury he sustained on Sunday to keep him sidelined for long. "I'll be OK for next week," Rodgers said after Green Bay's 20-3 romp over the Buccaneers on Sunday, per ESPN Wisconsin. "(I)... more

Sunday was a day of celebration for Panthers fans, but Cam Newton believes the home crowd at Bank of America Stadium crossed the line. Carolina's quarterback called it "classless" for ticket holders to cheer when Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was... more

Instead of dropping a bomb on the struggling Raiders (3-12), the Bills (8-7) saw their playoff dreams wither up and die on Sunday in The Black Hole. Here's what we learned from Oakland's 26-24 †win over Buffalo: 1. What a letdown for the Bills. With an... more

Still alive for a playoff berth, the Panthers (6-8-1) saved their season Sunday with a gritty 17-13 victory at home over the Browns (7-8). Here's what we learned: 1. The six-win Panthers have a legitimate chance to win the NFC South. Carolina's... more

The Packers are playoff-bound after taking care of business on Sunday against the lifeless Buccaneers. Here's what we learned from Green Bay's 20-3†victory over Tampa Bay: Playoff Picture The NFL playoff picture is shaping up as teams head deeper... more

Johnny Manziel's Sunday ended early. The Cleveland Browns' rookie passer left Sunday's loss against the Panthers with a hamstring injury, the team announced . The rookie quarterback out of Texas A&M never returned after taking a massive shot from... more

Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss is about to pay for his outburst toward an official in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the New York Giants. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Moss was fined $22,050 for abusive and insulting language toward... more

Johnny Manziel doesn't want to relive his ghastly NFL debut, but you can. The latest from NFL Network's Sound FX †series offers an inside look the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback as he endures last Sunday's 30-0 trouncing at the hands of the... more

President Obama went out of his way on Friday to express his disappointment over the cancelled release of Sony's "The Interview." In addressing North Korea's chaos -inducing cyber-attack on the studio , the leader of the free world wove a convoluted... more

Anthony Barr's promising rookie season in Minnesota has come to a close. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Friday that the outside linebacker will undergo "very minor" knee surgery that will end his campaign after 12 encouraging starts. Barr... more

Rest easy, Broncos enthusiasts. Peyton Manning is back. Denver's star quarterback returned to the practice field on Friday after prematurely exiting Thursday's session for treatment on his right thigh. Mike Klis of The Denver Post noted that Manning... more

The Indianapolis Colts took to the practice field on Friday minus their top receiver. T.Y. Hilton missed his third straight practice with the hamstring injury he sustained in Sunday's win over the Houston Texans, per ESPN.com's Mike Wells. He was... more

Johnny Manziel's stink bomb of a debut has drawn criticism from every corner, but Browns play-caller Kyle Shanahan hasn't given up on his rookie quarterback. "Johnny is a real impressive guy," Shanahan told reporters Thursday, per The Plain Dealer .... more

Frank Gore knows the end might be near in San Francisco. Set to become a free agent this spring, the veteran 49ers running back is prepared to suit up elsewhere in 2015. "I've been here 10 years, and it could be last two games here this year," Gore... more

The Jaguars and Titans will†square off †Thursday night†with identical two-win records, but Jacksonville has accomplished something of great importance this season: Finding a quarterback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Blake... more

DeMarco Murray holds the keys to the Cowboy's offense. Will he suit up Sunday against the Colts? The NFL's leading rusher was in attendance for Thursday's practice just three days after undergoing hand surgery. Murray's activities mirrored his work... more

Peyton Manning wasn't long for Thursday's Broncos practice. Denver's star quarterback left the field early to receive treatment on his right thigh after stretching and going through the team's walk-through, per USA TODAY's Lindsay Jones. ESPN.com's... more

Like Drew Brees in New Orleans , Tom Brady plans to play into his 40s . Miami Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan doesn't envision that happening for the New England Patriots star quarterback. "He's asleep," Finnegan said of Brady, per The Palm... more

Along with Michigan, the Oakland Raiders are among the teams that "definitely have interest" in making a play for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Derek Carr, though, would be fine if the Silver and Black stuck with their current coach. The... more

The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars will both pursue their third win of the year on Thursday night at EverBank Field. Here's what to watch for: 1. This game does, in fact, have tangible meaning. The winner rises out of the AFC South basement... more

With Johnny Manziel's ugly debut against the Cincinnati Bengals drawing heat from all corners, the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback knows only he can slow the avalanche of criticism. "If you want to talk a big game and have all this hype around you,"... more

Not unlike Chicago's tortured fan base, coach Marc Trestman isn't thrilled with this year's version of the Bears. "I didn't sign up to be 5-9," Trestman said Wednesday, per Zach Zaidman of WSCR-AM. With his future in question, the second-year head... more

Browns fans weren't impressed with the debut of Johnny Manziel, and neither were two of the league's preeminent tape-watchers. Unpacking Cincinnati's 30-0 trouncing of Cleveland, NFL Media's Mike Mayock praised the Bengals for executing a "beautiful... more

Lorenzo Taliaferro's first NFL season is over. The Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday placed the rookie running back on injured reserve with the foot injury he suffered against the Dolphins in Week 14. Taliaferro looked solid in spot duty this season,... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are keeping Roy Miller around for the long haul. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the veteran defensive tackle on Tuesday†signed a four-year, $16.25 million contract extension with the team, per a source who has... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Between now and the end of the regular season, we'll chart the 2014 rookie class in an effort to predict which... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars hope to have Blake Bortles under center for Thursday night's heat-seeking encounter with the Tennessee Titans. "As far as I know, it's going to be Blake," Jaguars play-caller Jedd Fisch said Tuesday of his rookie quarterback,... more

"Tough. Just tough." That's how Johnny Manziel summed up the stinking egg he laid in Sunday's 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Cleveland's rookie quarterback looked lost from the first snap, leading the Browns (7-7) to five first downs and just... more

The Seahawks (10-4) remain alive in the race for the NFC West after knocking San Francisco (7-7) out of playoff contention with a convincing 17-7 †win over the 49ers on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Seattle owns a legitimate chance to win the NFC West... more

The Chiefs (8-6) snapped their ugly three-game losing streak with a convincing win over the hapless Raiders (2-12). Our takeaways from Kansas City's†31-13 †win: 1. The Chiefs are very much alive in the AFC playoff race after taking care of business at... more

The Bengals (9-4-1) look like playoff material after smothering rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and shredding Cleveland's defense for 244 yards on the ground in a†30-0 †romp over the Browns (7-7). Our takeaways: 1. Johnny Manziel's big debut was a... more

Sean Payton has shot down another of the many heat-seeking reports surrounding his 5-8 New Orleans Saints. Weeks after dismissing whispers †about his strained relationship with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and refuting speculation over signing Ray... more

We wondered on Sunday if Billy Cundiff's time with the Browns was over. Turns out the embattled kicker is getting another shot. After reportedly†trying out free agents Garrett Hartley, Zach Hocker and Nate Freese, coach Mike Pettine told reporters... more

Antonio Cromartie is a go for Thursday Night Football . The Cardinals cornerback took the field against the St. Louis Rams after being listed as questionable with an ankle injury. It's a dramatic turnaround after Arizona first believed Cromartie might... more

After looking over his shoulder all season, reality has struck Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer right in the kisser. Benched in favor of Johnny Manziel, Hoyer acknowledged Wednesday that his demotion "hurts," but both signal-callers swatted down whispers... more

Frank Gore said this week that he's struggled to find his rhythm in this year's San Francisco 49ers' offense. The running back isn't alone. Tight end Vernon Davis is on pace for the fewest catches of his career since 2008. Without a clear reason why,... more

Denard Robinson's promising season is over. The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Wednesday that the second-year running back is out for the year with the foot sprain he suffered against the Houston Texans on Sunday. It puts to bed an encouraging... more

The Chiefs began their work week without the services of Jamaal Charles. The All-Pro running back†sat out Wednesday's practice after coach Andy Reid acknowledged this week that Charles is battling knee and ankle soreness , according to ESPN.com's Adam... more

The never-ending carnival of drama continues in Washington. Redskins rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland and wideout Andre Roberts exchanged punches during the individual portion of Wednesday's practice, according to ESPN.com's John Keim. The fight... more

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a two-car accident Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team later announced that Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back and no further internal injuries. The team... more

The San Francisco 49ers under Jim Harbaugh have earned a reputation for pulverizing opponents with the run. But not this season. Coming off three straight 1,000-yard campaigns, workhorse back Frank Gore has struggled to move the ball on the ground for a... more

Brian Hoyer's quest for a long-term contract with the Cleveland Browns has all but washed away . With Johnny Manziel taking over the team's starting quarterback job , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL Network on Tuesday that the switch "almost... more

Joe Morgan is no longer a member of the New Orleans Saints. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the fourth-year wide receiver has been told he'll be waived , according to a source informed of the move. The move was later confirmed, via... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Between now and the end of the regular season, we'll chart the 2014 rookie class in an effort to predict which... more

Jay Gruden knows jobs are on the line over the final three games of the season, but the Washington Redskins coach doesn't know who his quarterback will be on Sunday . While a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Colt McCoy's sprained neck... more

Nobody can blame a New York Jets fan for bailing on this miserable season . It starts under center, where Gang Green still lacks any hint of a franchise passer. Michael Vick is no longer starting material, and everything we've seen from Geno Smith... more

It's clear the Seattle Seahawks weren't impressed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday . After cornerback Richard Sherman told reporters that the Legion of Boom "never felt threatened" by a Chip Kelly passing attack stripped of DeSean Jackson,... more

The Cleveland Browns have a major decision on their hands at quarterback, but coach Mike Pettine isn't ready to pick between struggling veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. "We're going to meet on that here in the coming hours," Pettine told... more

Our favorite play from Oakland's 24-13 stunner †over the 49ers on Sunday came courtesy of massive Raiders left tackle Donald Penn. After fulfilling "every big man's dream" by hauling in a three-yard scoring strike from rookie quarterback Derek Carr,... more

The Saints on Sunday were a disgrace on the field. So were their fans, according to Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. Davis told reporters after Carolina's 41-10 win that he was annoyed to see elements of the Superdome crowd cheer an apparent injury to... more

Cleveland's struggling offense hit a crisis point in Sunday's crushing 25-24 loss to the Colts -- and Jordan Cameron knows it. "We gotta watch the tape, but we suck ," the Browns tight end said after the game, per NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala. On an... more

Each week, the Around The NFL crew will choose the plays that defined Sunday's action: Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh knew that his offensive line was winning. He wasn't worried about criticism or playing it safe. So he called for a quarterback... more

Chip Kelly's Philadelphia offense ground to a halt against the Seahawks on Sunday, and Richard Sherman says he knows why. The All-Pro Seahawks cornerback told reporters after Seattle's 24-14 win that the Eagles' passing game desperately misses DeSean... more

The Arizona Cardinals will battle for the NFC West title minus the services of Andre Ellington. Coach Bruce Arians told reporters after Sunday's 17-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs that the running back will be placed on season-ending injured reserve... more

San Francisco's season is on the brink of extinction after the 49ers (7-6) imploded in a 24-13 †loss to the Oakland Raiders (2-11) on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Give the Raiders their due. Instead of folding the tent against their Bay Area rivals,... more

Powered by T.Y. Hilton's game-winning, one-yard touchdown catch with 32 seconds left, the Indianapolis Colts (9-4) fought off a feisty Cleveland defense to knock off the Browns (7-6) on Sunday 25-24 . Our takeaways: 1. Cleveland's defense held the... more

The Houston Texans (7-6) remain alive in the AFC playoff race after knocking off the hapless Jaguars (2-11) 27-13 †in Jacksonville. Our takeaways: 1. Texans Pro Bowl wideout Andre Johnson left the game early with a concussion after taking a crushing... more

Andre Johnson's Sunday finished prematurely. The Texans' Pro Bowl wideout was ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Jaguars due to a concussion, the team announced. Johnson left for Houston's locker room to be evaluated for a... more

Chiefs coach Andy Reid called tight end Travis Kelce's obscene gesture in Sunday's loss to the Broncos an "immature" display. The NFL doesn't disagree. #Chiefs TE Travis Kelce was fined $11,025 for his, um, ya know, when he kinda did that‚?¶ that... more

The Rams have locked up their promising young punter with a lucrative long-term deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Pro Bowler Johnny Hekker signed a six-year, $18 million extension on Friday, per a source who has seen the contract. The... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are parting ways with Jeff Tedford. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Friday that the team's offensive coordinator will not be part of the staff moving forward, per a source informed of the situation. The Bucs later... more

Predicting the AFC wild cards December 05, 2014

The Colts and Broncos can clinch playoff spots this weekend , but the rest of the AFC remains entirely up for grabs. Especially in the AFC North, where the Bengals (8-3-1) hold a temporary grasp over the division above the Ravens, Steelers and Browns... more

The Chiefs have a good plan for ending their two-game losing streak: Put it all in the hands of Jamaal Charles. Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson told reporters this week that the team's All-Pro running back will be featured heavily over the next four... more

With the Texans sitting on the outside looking in at the AFC playoff picture , Houston center Chris Myers knows the team basically needs to win out to avoid extinction. "As of right now, every single game is a playoff," Myers said, per the Houston... more

Lost in Brian Hoyer's troubles over the past two weeks : His shaky chemistry with a back-from-suspension Josh Gordon. The Cleveland quarterback has targeted Gordon more than any other Browns receiver, but we've seen more than a few moments of... more

Tommy Smith isn't taking Tennessee's embarrassing season sitting down. The Titans CEO expressed confidence on Wednesday in coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster, but made it crystal clear that Tennessee's players are anything but safe.... more

Cordarrelle Patterson's swoon into the abyss rages on in Minnesota. After the Vikings' second-year receiver played just three of 50 snaps in Sunday's win over the Panthers, Patterson has been benched. Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner told... more

When November's Rookie of the Month awards were handed out, nobody around here was surprised to see Chris Borland tabbed as November's winner . Coming off one of the more insane months by any NFL defender, the San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker... more

Aaron Dobson's season is over. The New England Patriots wide receiver was placed on injured reserve with the hamstring injury he sustained in Sunday's tight loss to the Green Bay Packers, the team announced. It's another setback for Dobson, who... more

Colts return man Josh Cribbs has big plans if he scores Sunday against his old team in Cleveland. "If I had the opportunity to score, I would jump in the Dawg Pound to hug those guys who helped create me and helped give me the strength and the... more

The Baltimore Ravens will finish the regular season without the services of Haloti Ngata. The Pro Bowl defensive lineman has been suspended by the NFL for the next four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the... more

Michael Vick insists that losing his job as starting quarterback of the New York Jets had nothing to do with his performance . "I don't look at it as me getting benched, first and foremost, to correct you," Vick said Wednesday, per ESPN New York's Rich... more

Aaron Rodgers was a king in the month of November and the league has rightfully crowned him as such. Named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month, the Packers quarterback guided Green Bay to a perfect 4-0 mark while completing 83 of 130 passes (63.85... more

Football fans across the land were brought to their knees by Odell Beckham's catch for the ages †against the Cowboys. His former college quarterback, though, says it was no big deal. "He's had better ,"†Titans rookie and one-time LSU teammate Zach... more

Obviously, rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was hoping for a different answer from Browns coach Mike Pettine. "Just being a competitor, there's a little bit of disappointment," Manziel said Wednesday after learning that veteran Brian Hoyer would get... more

The rebirth of Mark Sanchez in Philadelphia has been one of the season's better story lines. Exorcising the demons of his fall from grace with the Jets, the Eagles quarterback has resurfaced to play clean, productive football in Chip Kelly's... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Between now and the end of the regular season, we'll chart this year's rookie class in an effort to predict... more

The Tennessee Titans are crossing their fingers that Zach Mettenberger will return to the field as soon as Sunday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters on Monday that the rookie quarterback's shoulder injury is not believed to be serious , and he... more

Back-to-back ugly losses inside the AFC West have backed the Kansas City Chiefs into a corner. "We've stalled these last two weeks," coach Andy Reid said after Sunday night's 29-16 implosion against the Broncos, per The Kansas City Star. Ten days... more

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine faces a season-defining decision this week: Will he or won't he hand the offense over to rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel? Saying Sunday that "the door is definitely open for a change," †Pettine later told NFL... more

Each week, the Around The NFL crew will choose the plays that defined Sunday's action: Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers have a brutal schedule down the stretch, but Sunday's performance in Baltimore showed that they can beat quality opponents.... more

November

The tortured expression on Tom Brady's face said it all after New England's tight 26-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. "I just wish we won this one," said the Patriots quarterback. "I think we put a lot into this one. This was a great test... more

The St. Louis Rams (5-7) flexed their muscles on Sunday with a 52-0 hammering of the Oakland Raiders (1-11) at the Edward Jones Dome. Our takeaways: 1. The Rams looked like a white-hot juggernaut from the opening whistle. Getting plenty of help from... more

The Buffalo Bills (7-5) kept their playoff hopes alive with a gritty 26-10 win over the Cleveland Browns (7-5) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. It wasn't pretty, but the Bills leaned on their outstanding defense to earn their seventh win... more

Is it Johnny Football time for the Cleveland Browns? After watching quarterback Brian Hoyer throw his second interception in an eventual 26-10 loss to the Bills on Sunday, Browns coach Mike Pettine benched the veteran minutes into the fourth quarter in... more

A promising season for the Dallas Cowboys now sits at a crossroads. Crushed 33-10 by the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, the 'Boys have lost their first-place share of the NFC East and now face a precarious uphill battle for a playoff spot.... more

Deadlocked with Dallas atop the NFC East, Mark Sanchez and the Eagles (9-3) snatched away first place on Thanksgiving Day with a 33-10 stomping of the Cowboys (8-4) at AT&T Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. The Cowboys were worried about Philly's... more

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 390 yards and two touchdowns as Detroit enjoyed its finest offensive showing since Week 1 in Thursday's†34-17 win over the wandering Chicago Bears. Our takeaways: 1. Detroit's embattled offense got... more

Safety Donte Whitner shouldn't expect much love from Ralph Wilson Stadium when his Browns roll into Buffalo on Sunday . Bills running back Fred Jackson told reporters on Wednesday, per The Plain Dealer, that he has "no respect" for Whitner after the... more

Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron haven't played together in a game since last December. The Cleveland Browns hope to have both Pro Bowl pass-catchers on the field against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday , but Cameron's health remains iffy. After the... more

Asked to name the similarities he sees between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday provided one of his classic blowoffs, telling reporters: "They both wear No. 12." Belichick, of course, knows there's more to it than... more

The Arizona Cardinals are doing something about their troubled ground game. The team on Tuesday announced the signing of veteran running back Michael Bush. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals released fellow runner Kerwynn Williams. Bush, 30,... more

The Chicago Bears might not know until Thursday if a pair of key defenders will be on the field against the Detroit Lions. Coach Marc Trestman told reporters Tuesday that both linebacker Lance Briggs and rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller loom as game-time... more

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE While the NFC South feels destined to send a six-win team into the playoffs , the entry fee in the AFC will be far steeper . Nine wins might not be enough. Playoff Picture The NFL playoff picture is... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately shake up... more

The quarterback shuffle continues in Houston. With Ryan Mallett lost for the year, the Texans have agreed to terms with Buffalo Bills passer Thad Lewis pending a physical, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday.† Mallet suffered a season-ending... more

Ryan Mallett's season is over. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Monday that the Texans quarterback is out for the year after tearing his right pectoral muscle during warmups prior to Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, according... more

What a difference a week makes. Seven days after Ahmad Brooks benched himself against the Giants in a dispute over playing time, the 49ers outside linebacker returned to the field to see plenty of work in San Francisco's 17-13 victory over the... more

The Seahawks on Sunday got back to basics. In a smothering 19-3 win over Arizona, the Legion of Boom tightened the vice on Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton and never eased up, allowing their fewest points and yards (204) in a game all season.... more

After watching Tom Brady and the Patriots tack on a late touchdown in Sunday's 34-9 romp over Detroit, Lions center Dominic Raiola was in the mood for payback. Raiola acknowledged to reporters after the game that he attempted to cut-block Patriots... more

Ryan Mallett's run as Houston's starting quarterback is on hold. The Texans passer might have suffered a torn right pectoral muscle before†Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals during warmups, which would end his season, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Seattle Seahawks drew within two games of the Cardinals in the NFC West with a convincing 19-3 †win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Seattle (7-4) turned in a defensive masterpiece to save its season and gain ground inside... more

Billy Cundiff's game-winning 37-yard field goal capped a furious final drive for the Cleveland Browns, who escaped disaster with Sunday's 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Josh Gordon trotted out with the starters and... more

The Bills will eventually play the New York Jets, but that game won't happen in Buffalo. With the city buried under an outrageous four feet of snow, NFL spokesman Michael Signora announced Thursday that the league is preparing to relocate the contest.... more

With Dennis Allen jettisoned after an 0-4 start and Tony Sparano soaring out to a 1-10 abyss this season, Raiders fans are campaigning for a coach they can believe in: Hue Jackson. Fans of the one-win Silver and Black have taken out ad space in a... more

Reggie Bush is one step closer to suiting up for Detroit's showdown with the Patriots. The Lions running back returned to practice Thursday after saying that he's "on track to play " Sunday following his absence in last week's loss to the Cardinals... more

It's another snow day for the Buffalo Bills. Buried below an outrageous four feet of white stuff, the team on Thursday canceled practice for the second consecutive day in order to adhere to the region's driving ban. Slated to play the New York... more

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has spent the season throwing to a cast of wideouts clearly absent of a No. 1 threat. That changes Sunday in Atlanta with the return of Josh Gordon. Hoyer liked what he saw during Gordon's first practice... more

As we pointed out on the latest podcast , the ground game of the Oakland Raiders has dipped to historical lows . Their 63 yards per outing marks the worst rate since the 1946 Detroit Lions. Oakland's dead-on-arrival rushing attack has stunted the... more

With Buffalo buried below an outrageous four feet of snow, Sunday's Bills game with the Jets remains at the mercy of Mother Nature. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that both teams must know by Friday if kickoff will proceed as... more

Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant wasn't impressed with Ryan Mallett's NFL debut, but the Texans quarterback did more than enough to drop Cleveland out of first place in the AFC North in Sunday's 23-7 romp . With a chance to repeat the trick... more

The game-inside-the-game when Detroit visits New England on Sunday promises to be a fascination: Lions star wideout Calvin Johnson pitted against Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis. "He's a man amongst boys out there," Revis said this week, per... more

Giovani Bernard is back with the Bengals. The shifty running back returned to practice †on Wednesday after missing the past three games with the hip injury he suffered against the Ravens in Week 8, per ESPN.com's Coley Harvey. Bernard is expected... more

If Josh Gordon has his druthers, the wide receiver's return to the field Sunday will be anything but quiet. The Cleveland Browns star told NFL Media's Nate Burleson that he plans to "tear this league up "†over the next six weeks. "He told me:... more

Jeremy Maclin's claim that the Eagles couldn't have beaten the winless Raiders on Sunday wasn't even the grimmest anecdote to come out of Philly's 53-20 loss to Green Bay. Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham told reporters that Packers quarterback Aaron... more

After signing former Browns star Josh Cribbs, the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday ended the season of Ahmad Bradshaw. As expected, the team placed the veteran running back on season-ending injured reserve with the broken leg he suffered in Sunday... more

The Indianapolis Colts have nabbed another former Cleveland Brown. Josh Cribbs signed a contract with Indy on Tuesday, the team announced. Cribbs -- tied with Leon Washington with an NFL-record eight kickoff return touchdowns -- hasn't stepped on... more

The Cleveland Browns have found a fix for their three-headed backfield problem. The team on Tuesday waived veteran running back Ben Tate after just six starts over 10 games with the organization. It's a surprising tumble from grace for Tate, who... more

Notched atop the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys aren't about to abandon the ground-and-pound approach that helped them carve out their 7-3 record. With nearly 50 more carries and 300 more yards than the next best runner,... more

After watching his Eagles get clipped 53-20 by the Packers on Sunday, wideout Jeremy Maclin says Philly wasn't good enough to beat anyone. Not even the Raiders. "It's the National Football League, man," Maclin said after the loss, per CSN Bay... more

The battered defense of the Cleveland Browns is down another pair of playmakers. Coach Mike Pettine told reporters Monday that pass rusher Jabaal Sheard and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby will "both be out some time." Pettine said Dansby could... more

The Browns were soundly whipped on Sunday by the Texans, but not everyone in Cleveland was impressed with the debut of Houston quarterback Ryan Mallett. Asked if the first-time starter played well, Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant said... more

Denver's high-octane offense has dodged a bullet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Julius Thomas might not miss any time after suffering a sprained ankle in Sunday's upset loss to the St. Louis Rams, per a source informed of the... more

Josh Gordon has returned from the wilderness. The Browns wide receiver was reinstated Monday from his 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy . On hand at the team facility, Gordon has been cleared for normal... more

A waiting nation finally caught a glimpse of Houston's defense operating at full power in Sunday's 23-7 throttling of the Browns. Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney played in just his third game all season, lining up across from whirlwind J.J.... more

On a day that saw J.J. Watt catch a touchdown pass and control the line of scrimmage, Houston's defensive behemoth failed to impress Cleveland's punter. Spencer Lanning took issue with Watt after the defender was flagged for a pair of roughing the... more

Running back Ryan Mathews returned the lineup to help the Chargers snap a three-game losing streak with San Diego's 13-6 win over the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Here's what we learned: 1. It was far from pristine, but Philip Rivers and the... more

Ryan Mallett displayed poise in his first NFL start, throwing a pair of scores and lifting the Texans to 5-5 with Houston's†23-7 road win over the Cleveland Browns, who fall to 6-4 on the year. Here's what we learned: 1. The Texans promoted Ryan... more

More than a few of our hyped-up "Making the Leap" candidates have failed to do anything close. Montee Ball has landed with a thud ; Toby Gerhart has lost his starting backfield job to a former college quarterback; and our No. 1 choice, Vikings... more

Coming out of Sunday's disastrous loss to the Jets, Mike Tomlin's Steelers have suffered more road losses against teams with five or fewer wins than any squad in the league since 2007. Free safety Mike Mitchell hopes to end that trend Monday night... more

Retired pass-catcher Randy Moss said last week that the Seattle Seahawks reached out to him after shopping Percy Harvin to the Jets. Coach Pete Carroll said Moss is telling tales. "Thanks for asking that," Carroll said this week, per... more

Set to face Peyton Manning for the 20th time in his long coaching career, Jeff Fisher says the celebrated quarterback has never been better. "I think he's playing his best ball right now, " Fisher said this week, per ESPN's Jeff Legwold. "He's got great... more

Giovani Bernard remains sidelined for the Cincinnati Bengals. After the running back missed Wednesday's practice with the hip injury that kept him out of Thursday's loss to the Browns, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that Bernard will almost... more

Seattle's hot-and-cold passing game has taken another hit. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters Wednesday that tight end Zach Miller is headed to season-ending injured reserve with the ankle injury that has bothered him since late September.... more

Tony Romo has long reigned as one of the NFL's most polarizing performers. Arguably a top-10 quarterback for the last decade , the Cowboys passer is still seen by many as the player who can't tug Dallas into the Super Bowl. His boss says the critics... more

Percy Harvin's drama-fueled exit from Seattle has given way to a soft landing in the Big Apple. "I'm at peace," Harvin said Tuesday, per ESPN New York, adding: "I'm enjoying myself. My family is loving it. I'm loving the teammates. It's all been... more

The Cleveland Browns will serve as Ryan Mallett's guinea pig on Sunday . Scheduled to make his first NFL start for the Houston Texans,†Mallett†has the attention of Browns coach Mike Pettine, who didn't need to think†too hard about the quarterback's... more

Jimmy Graham says he was incorrectly flagged for pass interference in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the 49ers -- arguing that his contact with San Francisco cornerback Perrish Cox was "definitely not a push-off" -- but Dean Blandino disagrees. In a... more

The Santonio Holmes experiment is over in Chicago. The Bears on Tuesday announced that the veteran wide receiver has been waived †after nine games with the team that signed him as a free agent in August. Holmes saw work as a punt returner in... more

Four teams in the NFC own better records, but the Green Bay Packers are emerging as the conference's squad to beat . Aaron†Rodgers "We're getting to be an explosive offense , which is exciting," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday, per... more

Allen Robinson's rookie campaign is over. The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Tuesday that the first-year wide receiver will miss the remainder of the season because of a stress fracture in his foot. Robinson -- the team's second-round pick --... more

Ben Tate signed a two-year, $6.2 million deal with the Browns in March under the expectation of serving as Cleveland's clear-cut bell-cow this autumn. Schein: The chaotic AFC North Adam Schein studies each team's prospects in the jumbled AFC North,... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately... more

Adrian Peterson's case for reinstatement is†expected to be heard this week , but the NFLPA isn't wasting any time. On Monday, the union took action to hasten the Vikings running back's return to the field. "The NFLPA has filed an expedited, non-injury... more

Can the 3-6 Falcons squeak into the playoffs? Not likely, but membership in the awful NFC South has Atlanta sitting pretty despite its ugly play. Notched just one game behind the 4-5 Saints, the Falcons own a division-best 3-0 mark with one victory... more

As we noted on Sunday's podcast, Giants quarterback Eli Manning wasn't afraid to throw at Richard Sherman in Sunday's 38-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. That had everything to do with Odell Beckham Jr., New York's rookie wideout who piled up a... more

In lashing the Giants for 350 rushing yards in Sunday's 38-17 romp over New York, the Seahawks did more than set a franchise record: They got back to basics. Big Blue could do nothing to stop Marshawn Lynch from rumbling for 140 yards and a... more

The Seattle Seahawks leaned on their hard-charging ground game to wipe away the New York Giants in Sunday's 38-17 victory at CenturyLink Field. Our takeaways: 1. Marshawn Lynch ran with brute force for the second straight week. After carrying the... more

Julio Jones piled up 119 off eight catches as the Atlanta Falcons fended off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-17 †on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. Matt Ryan and the Falcons looked like an NFC powerhouse when they dropped a 56-14... more

Missed curfews did nothing to slow down the Cowboys in London as they walked over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Sunday's 31-17 †victory at Wembley Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. After he was shut out in the opening quarter, Dez Bryant needed just 15... more

Former New England Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel tweeted Saturday that his three Super Bowl rings have been stolen from his home in Bellaire, Texas: "To all the Houston area pawn shops: 3 super bowl rings are headed your way. Courtesy of the... more

On the heels of Andy Dalton's epic stinker against the Browns, the Bengals aren't giving up on their embattled franchise quarterback. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson on Friday accepted plenty of blame for a performance that saw Dalton tie a... more

Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith understands why Tennessee's fan base is hot under the collar. He feels their pain after watching the Titans tumble to a 2-6 mark following an offseason that saw the team hire a new coach in Ken Whisenhunt before... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are welcoming Joe Mays back into the fold. The team announced Saturday that the veteran linebacker has been activated off injured reserve-designated to return after missing all eight games this season to undergo wrist... more

The Giants will lean on rookie Andre Williams for at least one more week in New York's backfield. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported Saturday that Rashad Jennings is not traveling with the team to Seattle because of the knee... more

Bill Cowher says Ben Roethlisberger has never played better . Bruce Arians says the Steelers quarterback is long overdue to be seen as one of the game's great talents under center. As for Big Ben? He's giving all the credit for his two-game, 12-touchdown... more

Randy Moss hasn't caught a pass since Super Bowl XLVII, but the retired wide receiver hasn't entirely closed the door on playing again. Before telling ESPN this week that hanging up the cleats had "nothing to do with my physical ability," the... more

Set to make his first start in two years on Monday night against the Panthers, Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez has billed himself as a "better version" of the quarterback who fell from grace in Gotham after guiding the Jets to back-to-back AFC title... more

Browns general manager Ray Farmer told the masses this week that Cleveland wasn't planning to reboot its offense to center around Josh Gordon upon his return from a 10-game suspension. Talking with members of the Browns' offense this week, NFL Media... more

The Buffalo Bills aren't counting on Fred Jackson suiting up for Sunday's meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Doug Marrone told reporters Thursday that the veteran running back is "not ready" †for game action despite practicing all week.... more

The "Battle of Ohio" will unfold on NFL Network without the services of Giovani Bernard. The second-year running back is offically inactive for†Thursday Night Football †against the Cleveland Browns. Bernard was held out of practice all week due... more

Marshawn Lynch hasn't posted 100-plus yards on the ground since the season opener , but Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell found another way to use his featured back in Sunday's win over the Raiders. Lynch churned out a season-high 76... more

Mark Sanchez told scribes this week that he's become a "better version" of himself on the field. At least one of his Eagles teammates agrees. "The Mark Sanchez I knew when he got here was the quarterback that led (the Jets) to two straight AFC... more

Is the celebrated career of Lance Briggs drawing to a close? Four days before facing the Green Bay Packers, Chicago's seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker told reporters on Wednesday that he isn't certain he'll return for a 13th season with the Bears or... more

Don't forget: "Thursday Night Football" will be broadcast exclusively on NFL Network for the remainder of the season, continuing with this week's Browns-Bengals clash. The pregame show will begin at 6 p.m. ET. For the third week in a row , first... more

Fred Jackson†is deadly serious †about suiting up for Sunday's meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills running back returned to practice †on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a groin injury in Week 7 , per the team. The setback... more

Browns general manager Ray Farmer doesn't regret using a first-round pick on Johnny Manziel, telling reporters Tuesday that he still sees the quarterback as Cleveland's long-term answer at the position. "I want Johnny to play when Johnny's ready to... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately... more

The bye week has arrived at the perfect time for the Houston Texans. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that running back Arian Foster is unlikely to miss any time with the groin injury he suffered Sunday against the Eagles because of... more

Are the Browns eyeing Terrance West for lead running back duties down the stretch? Coach Mike Pettine hinted Sunday that Cleveland's third-round pick would continue to see a bulk of the carries after toting the ball a team-high 15 times for 48 yards in... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost four straight and 10 of their last 11. All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy would like to see more of the locker room agitated with those results. "I don't think anybody is upset enough with losing," McCoy said... more

Derek Carr has turned heads this season with his fearless play, but the rookie's strength has also been his weakness. The Raiders quarterback threw a pair of early picks against Seattle on Sunday that helped bury Oakland in a two-touchdown hole they... more

Robert Griffin III on Sunday flatly denied an ESPN report that the Redskins quarterback has "alienated himself "†from teammates. "In that locker room, we focus on what's going on in there and what's going on on that field, and we can't really worry... more

The Seattle Seahawks took advantage of three Oakland turnovers to hold off the feisty Raiders 30-24 †at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Marshawn Lynch piled up 143 total yards and two rushing touchdowns as the unquestioned... more

It wasn't pretty, but the Cleveland Browns are 5-3 after knocking off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22-17 †at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. No team is winning uglier than the Browns. Sitting at 5-3 for the first time in seven seasons,... more

October

The Buccaneers weren't kidding about dangling Mark Barron as trade bait. Tampa Bay announced that its starting safety has been shipped to the St. Louis Rams ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that... more

One of the finest defensive players of this era is hanging up the cleats. Despite lingering interest from a handful of teams, Champ Bailey has chosen to retire from the NFL to pursue other career opportunities, his agent, Jack Reale, told NFL Media... more

Aaron Rodgers wasn't the same after tweaking his hamstring during Sunday night's 44-23 loss to the Saints, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the injury won't be an issue going forward. "So far, so good I would say is how we're looking at it,"... more

If the Eagles are in the market for a safety, Chip Kelly isn't showing his hand. The coach on Monday shot down a report from Pro Football Talk that Philly is "looking to add a starting-caliber safety" ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately shake up... more

Vincent Jackson isn't the only Tampa Bay player netting calls from interested teams as Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline nears. Along with queries about the wide receiver, Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht is also being asked about running... more

The Cleveland Browns are resisting the urge to dial up an old friend to save the league's most abysmal punt-return unit. Josh Cribbs "has let everyone know he'd love to be called to rescue," per ESPN Cleveland, but coach Mike Pettine told reporters... more

Marshawn Lynch isn't going anywhere. That's the word from coach Pete Carroll, who on Monday shot down chatter over the Seahawks running back being shopped ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline . "I have nothing to say about that because... more

The Chicago Bears see Jay Cutler for what he is. "We're a 3-5 team and he's a 3-5 quarterback right now," general manager Phil Emery told reporters Monday, adding: "We still have some things we have to clean up." Facing the media on the heels of... more

It wasn't pretty, but the Cleveland Browns took care of business at home and moved to 4-3 on the year with Sunday's 23-13 win over the Oakland Raiders at FirstEnergy Stadium. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Browns avoided becoming the first... more

Even without star wideout A.J. Green, the Bengals scratched and clawed their way to the AFC North lead with a tight win over the rival Ravens. Here's what you need to know from Cincinnati's 27-24 victory over Baltimore at Paul Brown Stadium: 1. On... more

The Falcons hit London like a house on fire on Sunday morning, building a big lead before the Lions came roaring back. Here's what you need to know from Detroit's thrilling 22-21 win over Atlanta at Wembley Stadium: 1. This was a tale of two... more

The Miami Dolphins on Saturday made it official with Dion Jordan. The team announced that the defensive end has been activated in time for Sunday's in-state showdown with the Jacksonville Jaguars. To make room for Jordan on the 53-man roster,... more

The Detroit Lions announced Saturday from London that defensive tackle C.J. Mosley has been suspended two weeks for conduct detrimental to the team and a violation of team rules. No details were provided, but Mosley has been sent home ahead of... more

We're one step closer to knowing if Robert Griffin III will make his return to the field on Monday night . The Washington Redskins on Saturday listed the quarterback as questionable for the team's NFC East showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. Griffin was... more

In the middle of their lost season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a wise move toward tomorrow . The team announced on Saturday that star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy signed a seven-year extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that... more

The surging Dallas Cowboys are about to add another pass rusher to the mix. Coach Jason Garrett told reporters Saturday that second-round defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is†expected to be activated in time for the team's Week 9 meeting with the... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing for another Sunday without the services of A.J. Green. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Saturday that the team doesn't expect the Pro Bowl wide receiver to play against the Baltimore Ravens because of his... more

The Raiders appear to have hit a home run with this year's first-round pick, Khalil Mack. Now Oakland is hoping to see something special from last year's first-round selection. The team activated cornerback D.J. Hayden on Saturday, likely setting him... more

The San Diego Chargers suffered a pair of key injuries to their secondary in Thursday night's 35-21 loss to the Denver Broncos. At cornerback, rookie Jason Verrett is scheduled to see a specialist next week to check on the severity of his banged-up... more

The Arizona Cardinals have notched a 5-1 record despite a laundry list of banged-up starters on defense. They're hoping one those linchpins will be ready for Sunday's duel with the Eagles. Brooks: Potent offense vs. stingy D Can the Cardinals' stout... more

After listing Dri Archer this week among this year's cast of disappointing rookies , his role with the Steelers is about to shrink even more. Set to face the Colts on Sunday night , Pittsburgh has stripped Archer of his kick-returning duties in... more

The banged-up backfield of the New Orleans Saints will be without both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson for Sunday's critical battle with the Green Bay Packers. The team on Friday announced that Thomas will be sidelined by rib and shoulder... more

He wasn't healthy enough to suit up for Monday night's debacle against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Houston Texans rookie pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney "has a good shot to play on Sunday," according to his coach. Bill O'Brien said the top overall... more

Russell Wilson said Thursday that "no division" exists inside Seattle's locker room on the heels of shipping wideout Percy Harvin to the New York Jets. No playoffs for NFC West powers? Who's more likely to miss the postseason: Russell†Wilson 's... more

The Colts will march into Sunday minus the services of Reggie Wayne. Indianapolis might also be without running back Trent Richardson. Chuck Pagano told reporters on Friday that Wayne will miss the team's Week 8 meeting with the Steelers because of... more

Already down to their third quarterback of the season , the Tennessee Titans see one hopeful difference to cling to in rookie Zach Mettenberger: His rocket arm. "It's going to be a lot of adjustment because Zach has a really, really strong arm ," wide... more

Larry Fitzgerald has made a career of scorching the Eagles with dizzying numbers through the air, but the Cardinals wideout knows that might not be the case when the teams square off on Sunday . Brooks: Potent offense vs. stingy D Can the Cardinals'... more

The Cleveland Browns house three quality running backs each vying for a bigger piece of the pie. Ahead of Sunday's home tilt with the Raiders, play-caller Kyle Shanahan sees that as a positive. "If they want to be out there more, they need to separate... more

Vincent Jackson is flattered to be wanted. After NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Buccaneers "are getting a ton of calls "†on the wideout, Jackson on Thursday said he appreciates the interest but would rather help turn Tampa into... more

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Thursday shot down reports that he was called out directly by wide receiver Brandon Marshall after Chicago's ugly 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The Chicago Tribune among others noted that a voice... more

Cleveland's meltdown against the Jaguars raised plenty of pointed questions about this year's Browns squad. Harrison: Power Rankings, Week 8 Did the Broncos hold firm to their spot atop Elliot Harrison 's Power Rankings? Check out the NFL hierarchy.... more

Calvin Johnson isn't the only Lions weapon in question for Sunday's tilt in London. Running back Reggie Bush sat out Thursday's practice with an ankle injury after seeing limited work on Wednesday, the team announced .† It's a concerning... more

Rex Ryan hasn't allowed New York's 1-6 start to squelch his sense of humor. The New York Jets coach slipped into the team's media room on Wednesday to interrupt a conference call with rookie wideout Sammy Watkins, whose Buffalo Bills face Gang Green... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately... more

Bears coach Marc Trestman on Monday shot down the notion of a rift between quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Responding to reports that Marshall called out Cutler among other teammates in the locker room after Sunday's... more

We argued on Sunday night's podcast that Carolina Panthers All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly should not have been ejected for making contact with an official in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Ron Rivera agrees. The Panthers coach told... more

Jacksonville's galvanizing win over the Cleveland Browns didn't come without a cost. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley announced Monday that dependable middle linebacker Paul Posluszny is headed to injured reserve with the torn pectoral he suffered in... more

Brian Orakpo's season has come crashing to a close. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Washington Redskins pass-rusher is out for the rest of 2014 †with the pectoral injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Tennessee Titans,... more

Tony Sparano buried the ball weeks ago , but nothing has changed for the floating Oakland Raiders. At least not on the scoreboard, where the Silver and Black have dropped their 12th straight game dating back to last season. Sunday's 24-13 loss to... more

With a chance to notch a 4-2 record for the first time since 2001, Brian Hoyer and the Browns laid a massive egg on the sunlit grasses at EverBank Field. Cleveland couldn't block, couldn't run and couldn't stop the run against the previously winless... more

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall couldn't disguise his frustration in the seconds after Sunday's ugly†27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins. David Haugh and Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune both reported that a voice sounding like... more

The Buffalo Bills have lost both of their stars in the backfield. C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson were both knocked out of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with first-half injuries. After Jackson went down first for the Bills, Spiller went 52... more

Nestled atop the NFC West, Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals moved to 5-1 on Sunday with a 24-13 †win over the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Here's what you need to know: 1. Carson Palmer came out sizzling, completing 13 of his first 16... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars notched their first win of the year, dominating Cleveland's offense to down the Browns at home 24-6 †at EverBank Field. Here's what you need to know: 1. This season's better moments from Blake Bortles and the Jaguars told us... more

The Buffalo Bills notched their fourth win of the year with a 17-16 †clipping of the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Here's what you need to know: 1. Trailing 16-10, Kyle Orton drove Buffalo on a gutsy 15-play, 80-yard drive that saw him... more

The New York Jets haven't given up on their season just yet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Gang Green acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks via a trade. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported the deal .... more

There's hope in Houston that Jadeveon Clowney will finally return to the field on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Texans outside linebacker practiced Friday †for the first time in six weeks on the heels of September knee surgery to... more

Jimmy Graham looms as a game-time decision for the New Orleans Saints. The Pro Bowl tight end told reporters on Friday that he won't know until just before kickoff whether his banged-up shoulder is good to go Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The... more

For the Browns to improve on their 3-2 start, the formula must remain the same : Slam people with the ground game. Behind an overpowering offensive line, Cleveland's 146.4 rushing yards per outing trail only Dallas and Seattle heading into Sunday's... more

With his Cowboys riding a five-game win streak, Dallas owner Jerry Jones couldn't be more pleased with the work of starting quarterback Tony Romo. "I don't know that I can say that I've ever seen him play better," Jones told KRLD-FM on Friday, per... more

On Thursday's podcast, we pointed to the loss of running back Knowshon Moreno as a big dose of bad news for the Dolphins. Miami's rookie fill-in, Damien Williams, doesn't agree. "I won't say it's a big loss," the undrafted runner said of Moreno... more

Seattle's master plan for Percy Harvin didn't pay off in last Sunday's ugly loss at home to the Cowboys. Six touches netted minus-1 yard for the Seahawks wideout as Dallas swarmed Harvin at every chance . It continued a disturbing trend for the... more

The New York Jets scratched, clawed and outplayed their bitter rival until the final tick, but Rex Ryan's best wasn't good enough. Thursday night's 27-25 loss to the Patriots was Gang Green's finest outing of the season, an effort that saw the Jets go... more

It's a mystery to Bills fans why C.J. Spiller saw†just 12 of the team's 69 offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots. He's not the only Buffalo running back, though, who can't figure out why he isn't playing more. After trading a... more

On Wednesday's podcast , we dug into a Thursday Night Football tilt that pits the struggling New York Jets against a rival New England Patriots team now equipped with Darrelle Revis. It almost doesn't seem fair. After building his career in New... more

Fresh off their stunning loss to the Cowboys, the Seahawks are forced to comprehend just their second defeat at home since 2012. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett wasn't surprised to see Dallas play some of its best football at CenturyLink Field,... more

Brian Hoyer is making his case for a new long-term contract with the Browns even after Cleveland used a first-round draft pick last May on Johnny Manziel. In another universe, would Hoyer have wound up battling Blake Bortles for the job, had the... more

The Cleveland Browns have an interesting situation brewing under center. Five months after drafting a savior at quarterback in Johnny Manziel, it's Brian Hoyer who has taken command of a team that sits at a surprising 3-2. A free agent after the... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been a picture of inconsistency all season long. Flipping wins and losses weekly, the Black and Gold's Week 5 nail-biter over the winless Jaguars came sandwiched between a stunning home defeat to the hapless Bucs and... more

With Sunday's action in the books, here's our batch of takeaways from Game Rewind and the glorious All-22 footage: 1. Sunday's epic tie with Carolina was Mohamed Sanu's finest game as a pro. The Bengals wideout looks bigger and stronger this season,... more

Calvin Johnson hasn't given up on playing this weekend against the New Orleans Saints. The All-Pro Lions wideout told reporters on Wednesday that he's still battling pain in his injured ankle, but is†trying to get right for Sunday , according to Dave... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately shake up... more

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was quick to point fingers at kicker Mike Nugent in the wake of Sunday's wild tie against the Panthers. After Nugent floated a 36-yard field goal wide right as the clock expired in overtime, Jones told reporters it was... more

Pittsburgh has chewed up and spit out the Browns with machine-like regularity since Cleveland's star-crossed return to the NFL in 1999. That's partly what made Sunday such an unusual sight . While Ben Roethlisberger and his bevy of Steelers... more

Carson Palmer's return to the lineup helped spark the Arizona Cardinals to a hard-fought 30-20 victory over Kirk Cousins and the visiting Redskins at University of Phoenix Stadium. Here's what you need to know: 1. Our first look at Carson Palmer in... more

The Titans defense held off a late Jacksonville rally and backup passer Charlie Whitehurst did just enough to give Tennessee a 16-14 victory over the winless Jaguars. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Titans are going nowhere fast with Charlie... more

The Browns got the best of Ben Roethlisberger for just the second time ever with a decisive 31-10 win over the Steelers. Here's what you need to know: 1. Ben Roethlisberger rolled into Cleveland with an 18-1 career record against the long-wandering... more

The NFL's gaggle of fashion police have taken a swipe at Colin Kaepernick. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback told reporters Thursday that he's been fined $10,000 by the league for wearing unauthorized gear after last week's win over the Kansas City... more

Montgomery County prosecutors filed documents on Thursday to have Adrian Peterson arrested after the Vikings running back admitted to using drugs in violation of his bond conditions, according to court records obtained by NFL Media. Peterson is currently... more

Brandon Marshall hasn't missed a start this season despite the nagging ankle injury he suffered in the season opener . A lesser man would have missed plenty. The Chicago Bears wide receiver on Thursday acknowledged that he should have sat out the... more

Are you ready for another ride on the Charlie Whitehurst Express? Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reported that starting quarterback Jake Locker missed his second straight practice for the Titans on Thursday, a strong indicator that he won't be... more

Carolina's injury-riddled backfield is hoping to welcome Jonathan Stewart back into the mix Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.† So far, so good, as the Panthers running back returned to practice †Thursday after missing the past two games with a... more

On a pristine morning in Boca Raton, young tennis-playing Jessie Pegula became a Buffalo Bills fan. The daughter of Terry and Kim Pegula learned that her parents had purchased an NFL franchise with one simple text from daddy that read: "We own Bills."... more

It's anyone's guess who starts under center for the Cardinals this Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Coach Bruce Arians told reporters that third-string rookie quarterback Logan Thomas will take first-team reps in practice on Wednesday while... more

All signs point to Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno returning to the lineup on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. After participating in Monday's informal session, Moreno practiced again on Wednesday with a brace over the left elbow he... more

Adrian Peterson's trial date on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child has been tentatively set for Dec. 1 , lawyer Rusty Hardin said Wednesday, adding that he's asked for a "quick, speedy trial ." Hardin also said that Peterson "is... more

The Baltimore Ravens are down a man on their run-stuffing defensive line. Chris Canty is expected to miss another two to three weeks after undergoing successful wrist surgery to remove an infection, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reported... more

Fellow Around The NFL scribe Chris Wesseling has been touting Sammy Watkins as a leading Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate ever since the Buffalo Bills benched EJ Manuel. Kyle†Orton The switch to Kyle Orton at quarterback gives the team... more

Demaryius Thomas is back in a big way, something the Arizona Cardinals learned firsthand in Sunday's 41-20 defeat at the hands of the Broncos. Denver's top wide receiver put to rest questions over his quiet start to the season with eight catches for 226... more

The Fall League Meeting is underway in New York. The biggest headline of the morning was the expected confirmation of new ownership for the Buffalo Bills. The NFL announced that Terry and Kim Pegula were unanimously approved by the league's cast of... more

The timetable for the return of Robert Griffin III remains etched in soft pencil. Despite the Redskins quarterback jogging and throwing before Monday night's loss to the Seahawks, Washington coach Jay Gruden made it clear that RGIII won't be suiting... more

The Detroit Lions finally have themselves a reliable kicker. The team on Tuesday signed †former Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater after he beat out free agent Jay Feely for the job, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the... more

The Baltimore Ravens are turning over every rock for help in their injury-riddled secondary. The team worked out veteran free-agent cornerback Champ Bailey on Tuesday at team headquarters, but the former All-Pro didn't sign a contract, NFL Media Insider... more

Kyle Fuller's knack for generating turnovers has him in fine position for Defensive Rookie of the Year consideration, but the first-year Bears cover man has company. No rookie defender has played as well from wire to wire as Baltimore Ravens linebacker... more

Minutes after Monday night's loss to the Seahawks, Washington's locker room didn't exactly have the look of a 1-4 team coming off back-to-back defeats on national television . ESPN.com's John Keim noted after the tilt that the "Redskins' locker room... more

NaVorro Bowman is eligible to come off San Francisco's reserve/physically unable to perform list after Week 6 , but 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio confirmed Tuesday that the All-Pro linebacker's return from reconstructive knee surgery will come... more

While Lovie Smith has yet to name Mike Glennon as Tampa's long-term starter under center, the Bucs coach sounds pleased with the progress of his young quarterback. Smith on Monday specifically pointed to Glennon's fluid movement in the pocket and... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately shake up... more

Is Mike Holmgren a candidate to coach the Raiders? The former Packers and Seahawks coach told Seattle's KJR-AM on Monday that he visited the team's facility last week but "probably" will not be Oakland's next head coach. Holmgren shares ties to... more

Denver's high-octane offense is preparing for the loss of its so-called bell-cow back. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Broncos expect Montee Ball to miss time with a major groin injury suffered in Sunday's win over the Arizona... more

The Miami Dolphins have put Derrick Shelby on the shelf. The team announced Monday that the third-year defensive lineman has been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. The Broward County (Florida) Sheriff's Office confirmed to... more

Torrey Smith's off-kilter season continued Sunday with an ugly fourth-quarter drop that snuffed out Baltimore's late opportunity to tie the Colts. The Ravens receiver couldn't haul in a well-thrown Joe Flacco pass that floated over Smith's left shoulder... more

His numbers against the Jaguars on Sunday would have satisfied most quarterbacks, but not Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers. "I was a little disappointed in the way I played," Big Ben said after a 17-9 win over Jacksonville, per the the Pittsburgh... more

Minutes after pulling off the largest comeback in NFL history on the road , Browns coach Mike Pettine admitted he might not survive another wild finish. "I did tell them after the game they have to stop doing it," Pettine said of Sunday's 29-28 win... more

The Cleveland Browns orchestrated the season's wildest comeback in a†29-28 win over the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Our takeaways: 1. For the fourth game in a row, the Browns caused heart attacks all across the state of Ohio as quarterback Brian... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers kept pace in the AFC North with too-close-for-comfort 17-9 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Our takeaways: 1. Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau entered the game an outrageous 17-2 against rookie... more

Jake Locker is once again injured for the Tennessee Titans. The team's starting quarterback left the second quarter of Sunday's 29-28 loss †against the Cleveland Browns with a right thumb injury and remained out. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said after... more

DeMarco Murray's autumn romp has the Dallas Cowboys interested in keeping the soon-to-be free agent around deep into the future. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL GameDay Morning that the 'Boys have offered Murray a four-year contract that... more

The Bills are crossing their fingers that switching to Kyle Orton under center will light a fire under Buffalo's 22nd-ranked offense. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL GameDay Morning that Orton's decision to walk out on the Cowboys and sign... more

The Houston Texans will continue to wait on Jadeveon Clowney. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on NFL GameDay First that the No. 1 overall pick won't be on the field for Sunday's meeting with the Dallas Cowboys. Sources told Rapoport that the... more

Mike Pettine's Spidey-sense was right : Jake Locker is a go for Sunday . Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt on Thursday confirmed what Cleveland's coach predicted, saying that Tennessee's starting quarterback would be healthy enough to start against the Browns... more

Arian Foster's status for Sunday remains a riddle wrapped in mystery. The Texans running back told reporters Thursday that he plans to evaluate his tweaked hamstring before deciding if he can play against the Dallas Cowboys. "I'm just going to go... more

The Kansas City Chiefs will go without the services of Donnie Avery on Sunday -- and perhaps much longer. The team's No. 2 wide receiver is scheduled to undergo sports hernia surgery and won't be on the field for Sunday's road game against the San... more

The league on Thursday announced that former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones has been appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear and decide the appeal filed by the NFL Players Association on behalf of Ray Rice. A league press release... more

The Minnesota Vikings will be without their star rookie quarterback on Thursday night . Teddy Bridgewater is inactive against the Green Bay Packers, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, from a source informed of the situation. With... more

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sees what everyone else sees when he watches Blake Bortles unfurl passes for the Jacksonville Jaguars. "A young me ,"†Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, while confessing, "I don't move quite as well... more

Four weeks into the regular season and it's already over for the Tennessee Titans. That's what the Around The NFL Podcast decided on Wednesday when we "stuck a fork "†in the team that Dan Hanzus correctly noted has "zero identity and it's been that way... more

Team identities: NFC South October 02, 2014

NFC EAST NFC NORTH NFC SOUTH NFC WEST Four weeks of the season is enough time to get a read on what each team is known for. Around The NFL will look at the identity for all 32 teams after the first month of the season. Panthers'... more

The Oakland Raiders haven't ventured into the postseason since Rich Gannon guided them to Super Bowl XXXVII more than a decade ago. The former quarterback has watched his old team cycle through a laundry list of players and coaches since, looking... more

Is Justin Hunter being shopped by the Tennessee Titans? Plugged-in scribe Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean on Wednesday shot down chatter that the team wants to trade the second-year wide receiver to the Cleveland Browns. Calling it "just another... more

The Carolina Panthers are desperate for someone to suit up and carry the rock in their injury-riddled backfield. With DeAngelo Williams shifting from a walking boot to a cast over his sprained ankle, the veteran runner is all but officially out for... more

The Kansas City Chiefs can play with anyone when Jamaal Charles kicks it into high gear. New England learned that on Monday night as the Pro Bowl running back lashed the Patriots for 92 yards and a touchdown on the ground . Charles also caught three... more

Team identities: AFC North October 01, 2014

AFC EAST AFC NORTH AFC SOUTH AFC WEST Four weeks of the season is enough time to get a read on what each team is known for. Around The NFL will look at the identity for all 32 teams after the first month of the season. Hue Jackson... more

These are strange days for the New England Patriots. Coming off one of the team's ugliest losses in the Bill Belichick era, quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged that his struggling offense won't find an easy fix in time for Sunday night's showdown with... more

After leading the league in rushing last season, this year's Eagles have fizzled out on the ground behind a makeshift offensive line that will turn to its 10th different blocker when Lane Johnson returns to the field Sunday against the Rams. Back from... more

September

Minutes after Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told reporters that he'll be the one to pick Oakland's next head coach, team owner Mark Davis offered up the organization's first potential candidate. Davis told reporters Tuesday that he... more

Less than one day after firing Dennis Allen , Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie -- presiding over a winless football team -- reminded reporters on Tuesday: "We're here to win championships." In the meantime, the Raiders will attempt to... more

In a two-week span, the AFC East has seen its trio of young quarterbacks put through the grinder. While Buffalo's EJ Manuel has been benched in favor of a neck-bearded journeyman , both Miami's Ryan Tannehill and New York's Geno Smith have been publicly... more

After watching Tom Brady struggle mightily in Monday night's 41-14 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs, former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison says New England's star quarterback looks "scared to death" throwing the ball. "Tom Brady can still play,"... more

Michael Crabtree isn't buying what Primetime is selling. After NFL Media's Deion Sanders said on Sunday's NFL GameDay Final that 49ers players "really got some problems " with coach Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco's leading receiver took to Twitter on... more

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron acknowledged on Tuesday that his banged-up shoulder hasn't fully healed. Despite telling reporters, "I feel good. I feel healthy," Cameron admitted that his sprained AC joint is likely to be an issue all season, per... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately shake up... more

The Indianapolis Colts will enter the meat of their schedule without safety LaRon Landry. The league announced Monday that Landry has been suspended without pay for the next four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on... more

The Indianapolis Colts have parted ways with Da'Rick Rogers. Coach Chuck Pagano announced Monday that the team has released the second-year wide receiver for conduct detrimental to the team. Pagano told reporters that it would be "inappropriate... more

It's still early, but a trio of teams are coming off brutal Sunday losses. Is it time to panic in New Orleans, Carolina and Pittsburgh? Let's take a look: New Orleans Saints Sadly, the Saints were my Super Bowl pick . I fell hard for the promise of... more

With their injury-riddled backfield in disarray, the Carolina Panthers are searching for help. Coach Ron Rivera told reporters Monday that the team will look at a couple of free-agent runners who can quickly pick up the playbook and serve as an... more

Sheldon Richardson has something to say to the thousands of New York Jets fans -- piqued with the play of Geno Smith -- who broke out in chants of "We want Vick!" on Sunday. "Shut up," Richardson said after New York's 24-17 loss to the Lions, per... more

If you're looking for work, can we interest you in a backfield job down in sunny Carolina? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is "week to week" after suffering a sprained ankle in Sunday's 38-10... more

The New Orleans Saints aren't sugarcoating their putrid start to the season. "We have to be realistic right now with ourselves. Right now, we're not a very good football team," offensive tackle Zach Strief said after Sunday night's 38-17 debacle in... more

The Houston Texans rode the coattails of J.J. Watt for a 23-17 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at NRG Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. J.J. Watt already had six quarterback hurries and a pass defense before tearing out Buffalo's heart in the third... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL GameDay Morning on Sunday that 49ers players continue to have issues with coach Jim Harbaugh. Heading into San Francisco's critical Week 4 meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles, "the voices are getting louder and... more

The league is on the verge of making personal foul penalties reviewable for the first time in the game's history. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning that a proposal submitted last offseason by the Washington... more

Cincinnati defensive tackle Devon Still knows firsthand that NFL fans care about more than just wins and losses. The team announced Sunday that Bengals faithful -- and fans league-wide -- have placed orders for nearly 10,000 Still jerseys, a tribute to... more

The absence of Vernon Davis in the lineup last Sunday led to the 49ers to abandon the ground game in favor of a heavy dosage of four- and five-wideout looks in an ugly loss to the Arizona Cardinals. With their pass-catching tight end back on the... more

Steve Smith will be the center of attention when his new team -- the Ravens -- hosts his old team -- the Panthers -- on Sunday afternoon . With two 100-yard games over the first three weeks, Smith has become central to Baltimore's passing game, but... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday sent a letter to team owners and presidents outlining recent actions taken by the league to address incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault in the NFL. Calling the memo the first in a "series of... more

Two years removed from his role as play-caller of the Dallas defense, Rob Ryan has a pretty solid read on the Cowboys, who he'll face Sunday night. "They've had a change in coordinator," Ryan said, "like they do every year." BANG. Ryan's jab... more

Brandon Marshall is questionable for a third straight week . The Chicago Bears wide receiver did not participate in Friday's practice ahead of Sunday's NFC North showdown with the Green Bay Packers, the team announced. He looms as a potential... more

Jake Locker is officially questionable for Sunday. Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that his starting quarterback's progress in Friday's practice was an encouraging step forward after Locker sat out all week with a wrist injury. Two... more

The life of an NFL scout is not for the pampered. NFL Network's Finding Giants -- a four-part series premiering Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET and airing each Tuesday through October 21 -- brings fans behind the curtain for a close-up peek at the... more

Minnesota's Cordarrelle Patterson was one of the juiciest stories coming out of Week 1 after the freakishly athletic wideout tortured the Rams with three carries for 102 yards on the ground. In the two games since, the Adrian Peterson-free Vikings have... more

The Eli Manning jokes are losing their zing. The Giants quarterback put together his third straight positive outing in Thursday night's 45-14 frying of the Washington Redskins. After looking lost all summer in Ben McAdoo's new offense, Manning... more

Parity rules after three weeks September 25, 2014

Parity is the name of the game through three weeks of this early season. Year Teams with 1+ wins through three games 2012 30 2014 29 2005 28 5 tied 27 NFL Media Research noted Thursday that a whopping 29 of 32 teams have one or more wins over... more

As mentioned on Wednesday's podcast , we're not ready to panic over Green Bay's slow start on offense. All five Around The NFL scribes†picked the Packers to slay the Bears in Chicago, based largely on our collective belief that Aaron Rodgers and... more

Eagles coach Chip Kelly revealed Wednesday that he and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh have freely exchanged ideas †on the offensive side of the ball, but their teams -- set to play†Sunday -- couldn't look any different in the fourth quarter this season.... more

Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension is in a holding pattern. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, per two sources involved in the situation, that the running back's hearing is likely to be moved back until after former FBI... more

The embattled secondary of the New York Jets just can't catch a break. One week after Green Bay wideout Jordy Nelson fried Gang Green for 209 yards through the air, Chicago's duo of Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett piled up a combined 13 catches... more

Chip Kelly's fingerprints were all over the NFL long before he rescued the Philadelphia Eagles. While still operating as Oregon's head coach in 2012, Kelly met with Bill Belichick and the Patriots to help New England implement a lightning-paced offense... more

The season is over before it began for rookie Louis Nix. The Texans have placed the third-round defensive lineman on injured-reserve, the team announced Wednesday. Nix was inactive for the team's first three regular-season tilts. The former Notre... more

Matt Schaub remains stateside for the Oakland Raiders. A team official confirmed to CSN Bay Area that the backup quarterback is in the United States , while his teammates spend the week preparing in London for their Wembley Stadium tilt with the Miami... more

The unbeaten Arizona Cardinals have won two straight games without Carson Palmer at the wheel, but the team's starting quarterback says a mysterious nerve issue in his throwing shoulder is on the mend. Schein: Stick with Stanton, Cards! Drew†Stanton... more

Matt Ryan's sizzling early season for the Falcons was front and center last Thursday night as the veteran quarterback ripped through Tampa Bay's defense in a 56-14 cakewalk over the adrift Bucs. Ryan's handiwork in the win earned him the NFC Offensive... more

The Oakland Raiders need all the help they can get on offense. Maurice Jones-Drew says he's ready to provide it. The team's veteran running back told NFL Media's Terrell Davis on Wednesday that he'll be in the lineup Sunday against the Miami Dolphins... more

Matt Cassel's season is over; Teddy Bridgewater's has just begun. The Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday announced that Cassel has been†placed on injured reserve after sustaining "several fractured bones" in his foot during Sunday's 20-9 loss to the New... more

Morris Claiborne is back in the building. The disgruntled cornerback returned Wednesday to Dallas Cowboys headquarters after packing up his possessions and storming out on Tuesday after learning that he would be benched in favor of Orlando Scandrick.... more

Cornerback Ike Taylor says the broken forearm he suffered in Sunday night's win over the Carolina Panthers won't end his long run with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "Ike will be back," Taylor said of himself on Tuesday, per Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately shake up... more

The Baltimore Ravens on Monday released a statement responding to ESPN.com's "Outside the Lines" feature on the Ray Rice situation . Promising to be "open, candid and transparent with our fans, sponsors, ticket holders, and the general public," the... more

As Kevin Patra pointed out on†Sunday's podcast , the Raiders were unusually eager to visit Revis Island during Oakland's tight loss to the New England Patriots. Instead of being cowed by one of the game's top cornerbacks, rookie quarterback Derek Carr... more

Sunday's most absurd moment unraveled before a packed house at Ford Field. Couched inside an otherwise gritty Lions win over the Packers, Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch embarked on one of the more embarrassing attempts at celebration in franchise... more

As we noted in Sunday's late-night podcast , the 49ers were a different beast on offense in Week 3's disappointing loss to the still-undefeated Arizona Cardinals. Abandoning its typical run-heavy approach, San Francisco wheeled out a high percentage of... more

Sitting at 1-2 heading into their bye, the Cleveland Browns can't feel good about how Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Ravens wrapped up. Nursing a 21-20 lead with five minutes to go, the Browns failed on two consecutive possessions to eat up the clock.... more

The Broncos have seen two of the game's finest young passers up close and personal this season, but at least one Denver defender says there's no competition between Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. "Keep talking up Andrew Luck ,"†Broncos cornerback Chris... more

The Arizona Cardinals pulled out an edgy division win at home, topping the San Francisco 49ers 23-14 at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. After last week's ugly meltdown against the Bears, Colin Kaepernick was a clean 7-for-7... more

The Cincinnati Bengals had their way with the visiting Titans in Sunday's 33-7 win over Tennessee. Our takeaways: 1. This affair was never in question as Cincinnati's underrated defense squelched everything Jake Locker and the Titans attempted.... more

The Baltimore Ravens needed all 60 minutes to knock off the Browns in Sunday's†23-21 win over Cleveland. Our takeaways: 1. Joe Flacco came into the game with an outrageous 11-1 mark against Cleveland, but this isn't the Browns team he's used to... more

Joe Flacco has lost his most reliable pass-catcher. Veteran Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta exited the second quarter of Sunday's 23-21 win over†the Browns with an injured right hip, the same hip he fractured before last season . NFL Media Insider... more

A collection of 53 men pretending to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers invaded Atlanta on Thursday night. Their ruse was quickly exposed, as quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons left the visiting contingent in tatters during a 56-14 hammer-drop. Atlanta's... more

The locker room was probably the safest place for Josh McCown on Thursday night . The Buccaneers starting quarterback left Tampa Bay's loss against the Falcons late in the second quarter with a right thumb injury and never returned. The... more

The Minnesota Vikings are washing their hands of Jerome Simpson. The team on Thursday announced the release of the veteran wide receiver after learning that Simpson†faces charges of driving on a limited driver's license, possession of marijuana in a... more

Josh Gordon hasn't given up on his dream to peddle automobiles to civilians. While serving what is expected to be a†10-game suspension , the Cleveland Browns wide receiver will continue to work as the goodwill ambassador for the Sarchione Auto... more

Asked how the Vikings will move forward in a post-Adrian Peterson world, Minnesota play-caller Norv Turner talked Thursday about relying on the base of talent that remains. Let's take a look at who might play a larger role for the Vikings starting... more

Jonathan Dwyer's season is over. The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday that the fifth-year running back has been placed on the team's reserve/non-football illness list. Dwyer was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Phoenix police on allegations of... more

The Eagles rocked the NFL landscape in March when they released wide receiver DeSean Jackson on the heels of a career year in Philadelphia. Five months after making him a Washington Redskin, coach Jay Gruden -- preparing his team to face Philly on... more

Colin Kaepernick's choice of words in Sunday night's 28-20 loss to the Chicago Bears has cost the 49ers quarterback. Kaepernick told reporters on Wednesday that he was fined more than $11,000 for "inappropriate language," according to Janie... more

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Wednesday called Adrian Peterson's deactivation the "right decision" †for his embattled organization, but not everyone inside the building agrees. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn later told reporters that he was mystified by... more

Admitting that he "made a mistake" by not acting sooner, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told reporters Wednesday that deactivating Adrian Peterson was the "right decision" after the star running back was indicted Friday on a charge of reckless or... more

Redskins wideout DeSean Jackson looks like a go for Sunday's showdown with his former team. Jackson told Eagles running back LeSean McCoy on Monday that the sprained AC joint he sustained in Week 2 won't keep him from suiting up against... more

With two-thirds of the league throwing for more passing yardage per game than the New York Giants, it would help to have their wide receiver of tomorrow on the field today. That won't happen this week, though, with rookie Odell Beckham still... more

Ray Rice isn't going quietly into the night. The former Baltimore Ravens running back on Tuesday filed an appeal of his indefinite suspension. The NFL Players Association's lawyers will represent Rice in the appeal. The NFLPA released a statement... more

Debate continues to swirl around Adrian Peterson following his indictment Friday on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. While Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has called for the Vikings to suspend their All-Pro running back , not everyone... more

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith expressed optimism that Roddy White will be ready for Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after missing a second consecutive practice Tuesday. "It's not important for Roddy to practice," Smith said Tuesday... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't waiting around to make changes along their troubled offensive line. The team announced Tuesday that right tackle Cameron Bradfield -- filling in for injured starter Austin Pasztor -- has been waived on the heels of a... more

Support for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson doesn't extend to the governor's office. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton issued the following statement on Tuesday, one day after the Vikings announced that Peterson was expected to play this weekend... more

Say hello to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately... more

It's not too early to see that we've potentially missed the mark on a handful of our summertime "Making the Leap " candidates. Not so with Zach Ertz, the second-year Eagles tight end who already looms as a†major piece of the puzzle for Philadelphia's... more

Sunday wasn't pretty for Chad Henne and the Jaguars. Jacksonville's starting quarterback took a historical pounding against the Redskins, as Washington tied a franchise record with 10 sacks in a 41-10 cakewalk . Coach Gus Bradley told reporters Monday... more

With Baltimore opening its schedule against three straight opponents out of the rugged AFC North, John Harbaugh knows what he's up against. "We may be in the best division in football," the Ravens coach told reporters on Monday, six days before his... more

John Abraham is returning to work. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that the outside linebacker will rejoin the team after taking a leave last week to contemplate retirement. Abraham -- who suffered a concussion during... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport obtained the following statement from Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson: My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very... more

Jacksonville's already battered cast of pass-catchers is down another man. The Jaguars announced Monday that starting tight end Marcedes Lewis will miss six to eight weeks with a high ankle sprain suffered in Sunday's trouncing at the hands of the... more

The bad luck continues for the winless New Orleans Saints. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that running back Mark Ingram is expected to miss about a month after breaking his hand during Sunday's surprising 26-24 loss to the Cleveland... more

The Chiefs put up a grand fight, but Alex Smith and friends couldn't seal the deal against Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Denver's 24-17 †win over Kansas City. Our takeaways: 1. The Chiefs took Denver to the brink with an edgy final drive that... more

The Texans are 2-0 after making mincemeat of the Raiders in a contest that was never in question. Our takeaways from Houston's 30-14 †hammer-drop of Oakland: 1. Suggesting that he might be an ethereal being from another solar system, J.J. Watt drew... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are now 0-2. But the bigger concern is the status of their running back. All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles left for the locker room during the first quarter of Sunday's AFC West showdown with an ankle injury. Andy Reid said... more

The Washington Redskins overcame the loss of their starting quarterback and most dangerous offensive weapon to hammer the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-10 †for their first win of the season. Our takeaways: 1. Stephen King couldn't have authored a more... more

The Cleveland Browns shook up Drew Brees with a rough-and-tumble defense in Sunday's surprising 26-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Our takeaways: 1. Mike Pettine's defense flexed its muscles early and often against Drew Brees and the Saints.... more

Robert Griffin III's Sunday †was over before it really began. The Washington Redskins quarterback was carted off the field with an aircast on his left ankle after suffering a non-contact injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was officially ruled... more

With an eye toward Sunday's slate of games, let's highlight a few players and teams that caught our eye on Game Rewind: The Lazor Effect 1. As promised, Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace is far more active under new play-caller Bill Lazor. On... more

In a week flush with off-the-field distractions, the Baltimore Ravens still had a game to play. Coach John Harbaugh -- just days after facing the media to discuss the release of Ray Rice -- told reporters after Thursday night's convincing 26-6 win... more

Baltimore's 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night provided a brief reprieve from the drama surrounding Ray Rice and a more complete look at the Ravens' Gary Kubiak-led offense we were promised all offseason. Coming off a... more

While the Browns were open to playing Johnny Manziel †last week against the Steelers, the rookie quarterback doesn't appear to be in the plans for Sunday's meeting with the New Orleans Saints. "Probably not," †play-caller Kyle Shanahan said of Manziel... more

A long-term extension for Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is on hold in Cleveland. That's the word from Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer, who reported Thursday that the Pro Bowl pass-catcher†most likely will play out his rookie deal , which... more

The Baltimore Ravens must do something on Thursday night against the Steelers that the Cleveland Browns couldn't: Slow down Le'Veon Bell. Pittsburgh's second-year back piled up 197 yards from scrimmage against the Browns in Week 1 , the most for a... more

The deep defensive line of the St. Louis Rams has taken a major hit. Coach Jeff Fisher told reporters Wednesday that pass rusher Chris Long is set to undergo ankle surgery this week and will miss at least "a few" games. The team later announced... more

The Green Bay Packers hope to have Eddie Lacy on hand for Sunday's home-opener against the Jets. The team's starting running back sat out Wednesday's practice after suffering a concussion in last Thursday night's ugly loss to the Seattle... more

Figures released by the NFL on Wednesday reveal the world-champion Seattle Seahawks to be one of the league's youngest teams. They're also the lightest. Marshawn†Lynch A league press release listed Seattle's roster with an average weight of... more

The Cowboys' defense entered this season as a long-running punchline, but pass rusher Jeremy Mincey believes the jokes are over in Dallas. The veteran end was a firsthand witness at Sunday's 28-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but came away from... more

The season is over for Mike Jenkins. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Wednesday that their starting cornerback is headed to injured reserve with a pectoral injury, per the team's official website. To fill his roster spot, the Bucs signed... more

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Tuesday sent the following letter to team stakeholders regarding the release of Ray Rice: Dear Ravens Stakeholder: You deserve an explanation. What happened with the Ray Rice incident? How could it come to... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated Tuesday that the league didn't see footage of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator before Monday. "We had not seen any videotape of what occurred in the elevator," Goodell said, per Norah... more

The Philadelphia Eagles used a generous portion of Tuesday's workday to address the team's dumpster fire along the offensive line. Nick†Foles The team announced that Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis was placed on the injured reserve-designated to... more

With Jordan Cameron nursing a shoulder injury, the Cleveland Browns are feeling around for help at tight end. The team on Tuesday worked out veteran Kellen Davis, according to Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports. Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters... more

Say hello to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately shake... more

Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert endured a trial by fire in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Steelers. Pitted against Pittsburgh's Markus Wheaton, Gilbert allowed the second-year wideout to haul in six catches for 97 yards off seven targets,... more

Around the NFL spent many long summer weeks putting together this year's "Making the Leap" list , our collection of the top 25 players we see taking a major jump in 2014. With Sunday's action in the rear-view mirror, let's take a look at who helped --... more

LaMichael James is on his way out of San Francisco. Buried in the pecking order behind Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde, the third-year running back has requested and received his release from the 49ers on Monday, according to his agent. The team later... more

The Atlanta Falcons appear to have dodged a bullet along their offensive line. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that X-rays came up negative on the left ankle of rookie Jake Matthews. The team's first-round offensive tackle had further... more

The Browns know a thing or two about opening-day losses. Sunday's 30-27 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers established new frontiers in futility, as Cleveland set an NFL record by dropping its 10th consecutive season opener. The latest indignity... more

Public service announcement to trombone players everywhere: Stay clear of Panthers kicker Graham Gano. During halftime of Carolina's 20-14 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday, Gano shoved a Bethune-Cookman University trombone player out of the way to... more

The 49ers on Sunday didn't look like a team coming apart at the seams. Instead, San Francisco came out swinging in a convincing 28-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys that shifted the spotlight away from off-the-field questions about the future of coach Jim... more

Derek Anderson caught fire on Sunday, but the Carolina Panthers haven't forgotten about their franchise centerpiece. Coach Ron Rivera told reporters after the team's 20-14 season-opening win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he expects starting... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers fought off Cleveland's furious second-half rally to knock off the Browns 30-27 with a game-winning field goal as time expired. Our takeaways: NFL Replay Relive the Pittsburgh Steelers' 30-27 victory over the Cleveland... more

The Minnesota Vikings had little trouble disposing of the St. Louis Rams in a†34-6 rout in Sunday's season opener. Our takeaways: 1. The Vikings won behind a defense that looks more aggressive than anything we've seen in ages from Minnesota. After... more

The St. Louis Rams have lost another quarterback. The team announced during the third quarter that Shaun Hill injured his thigh and he did not return. Third-year passer Austin Davis played the rest of the game for the Rams. Hill was ineffective... more

Is trouble brewing in San Francisco? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL GameDay Morning on Sunday that 49ers sources believe coach Jim Harbaugh is already losing the locker room. "There is some serious doubts about whether Harbaugh is... more

When Mike McCarthy was asked to sum up Thursday night's 36-16 thumping at the hands of the Seahawks, the Packers coach didn't mince words. "We were not sharp," McCarthy said Friday of a Green Bay defense that allowed a whopping 207 yards on the ground.... more

With Sunday just around the corner, we're more than ready to ship a month's worth of preseason footage into deep hyperspace. So much about August football is misleading, but we do believe in what the preseason can show us about young players ready to... more

Football: It's finally here. Sunday's opening slate of games brings joy back to the people, but not all is well. Plenty of teams have been nipped by the injury bug, already forced to consider a next-man-up strategy for a handful of stars and fantasy... more

The Dolphins would be wise to prepare for Tom Brady on Sunday. One day after missing his first practice since the start of training camp, the Patriots quarterback returned to the field on a limited basis for Friday's session. New England later... more

When we broke down Sunday's slate of games on the latest podcast, nobody expressed much faith in the Cleveland Browns. Stripped of their juiciest weapon in Josh Gordon and coming out of a wayward preseason that saw rookie Johnny Manziel fail to win... more

The Cam Newton watch continues. After missing Wednesday's practice with rib soreness, the Carolina Panthers quarterback was limited during Thursday's session and didn't throw a pass during the portion of practice open to the media. Newton told... more

Sheldon Richardson doesn't lack for confidence. After boasting late last season that he was "most definitely" the best choice for Defensive Rookie of the Year -- an award he won -- the New York Jets defensive end expects a "dominant" second season... more

We now know why Jadeveon Clowney has hovered in the shadows since late August. The Texans rookie pass rusher told reporters on Thursday that he suffered a concussion during a joint practice session with the Denver Broncos two weeks ago, per John McClain... more

Drafting Russell Wilson changed everything for Pete Carroll's Seahawks, but the third-year quarterback very nearly wound up throwing passes for the Eagles. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah weaved a tale of intrigue on his newly minted Move the Sticks Podcast... more

Josh Gordon is back at work. The suspended All-Pro wide receiver won't catch passes this season for Cleveland, but he will sell cars to Browns fans, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Gordon is set to serve as the goodwill ambassador for the... more

Michael Sam's NFL journey isn't over yet. The Dallas Cowboys plan to bring the free-agent defensive end in for a physical on Wednesday, a team source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. If the rookie passes, Sam will be added to the team's practice... more

While the Pittsburgh Steelers hinted at team-imposed punishments for Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, only mindless chumps questioned their status for Week 1 . Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed as much Tuesday, telling reporters that his top two... more

Two days after defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges , San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told KNBR-AM on Tuesday that the organization would offer "no tolerance" for abuse. "I'll be very clear," Harbaugh said,... more

Malcom Floyd hasn't played all 16 games in a regular season since 2009, but the longtime San Diego Chargers wideout hopes to snap that streak starting Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals. Coming off last year's season-ending neck injury ,... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers still expect to see a dose of Johnny Manziel in Sunday's regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns. Despite veteran Brian Hoyer earning the start, Dick LeBeau's defensive charges are preparing for at least a few snaps... more

Jeff Tedford has long pointed to Week 1 as the launch point for a Buccaneers offense wrapped in mystery, but Tampa Bay might not have its play-caller on hand for Sunday's meeting with the Carolina Panthers. After Tedford, 52, was hospitalized last... more

Less than a week after six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins was shipped to the Buccaneers, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is still getting used to the newly minted void along New England's offensive line. "I haven't really spoken to anybody about it ,... more

By all accounts, Alex Smith came out on the winning side †of his new contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. The quarterback's four-year, $68 million deal comes equipped with $45 million in guarantees, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Coupled with... more

Jon Beason is back on the field with the New York Giants. One week ahead of the team's regular-season opener , the veteran linebacker returned to practice Monday after missing all of training camp with a foot injury. New York on Monday listed... more

The Tennessee Titans continue to hunt for difference-makers on defense. Quentin Groves is going to Nashville, having agreed to terms on a contract Monday, the team announced. Call it a homecoming of sorts, with Groves serving as a known commodity... more

It hasn't been an easy summer for EJ Manuel. The Bills starting quarterback struggled through five preseason games before watching Buffalo's front office lure in Kyle Orton with a lucrative two-year deal that will pay the veteran passer $5 million... more

Pro Football Focus graded last year's Falcons line as a bottom-10 run-blocking machine and the third-worst pass-protecting outfit in all of football. Atlanta was pushed around at the line of scrimmage from wire to wire, but the early returns on this... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers will feature plenty of new parts when the Cleveland Browns roll into town for Sunday's regular-season opener . On defense, rookie Stephon Tuitt is expected to see snaps at end in front of playmaking rookie linebacker Ryan... more

August

Michael Sam's NFL journey is temporarily on hold. Battista: Sam proves he belongs Judy Battista says although Michael Sam didn't make the Rams' 53-man roster, his effort should be considered a victory. READ The St. Louis Rams released the... more

Greg Little is searching for a new NFL home. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on Saturday. Around The NFL reports on each team's moves. READ The Oakland Raiders released the fourth-year wide receiver just three... more

It isn't easy making the NFL's most talent-packed roster. Just ask Eric Winston. The Seattle Seahawks released the veteran offensive tackle -- and NFLPA president -- on Saturday. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on... more

The San Diego Chargers are moving on without the services of Vincent Brown. The veteran wide receiver was waived/injured by the team†on Saturday as the Bolts whittled their roster down to the 53-man limit, the team announced. Roster cuts tracker NFL... more

Daniel Thomas is the odd man out in Miami's backfield . Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on Saturday. Around The NFL reports on each team's moves. READ The Dolphins on Saturday released the fourth-year running... more

Jerel Worthy's sojourn in New England didn't last long. The Patriots on Saturday released the former Packers defensive tackle †less than three weeks after offering a conditional late-round draft pick to Green Bay to acquire him. New England gave up... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are putting a bookend on the Jeff Demps Experiment. The team waived the former U.S. Olympic track star on Saturday. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on Saturday. Around The NFL reports on... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are busy slimming down their payroll to 53 active players, but one roster-hopeful who hasn't been waived is wide receiver Damaris Johnson. CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher reported Friday that Chip Kelly and friends are trying to... more

The Bengals put BenJarvus Green-Ellis on blast this offseason when they used a second-round pick to draft hammer-dropping running back Jeremy Hill out of LSU.† Cincinnati's crowded backfield had us wondering all summer if Law Firm would lose his... more

The Bills have dodged a bullet on the Sammy Watkins front. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Buffalo's first-round wide receiver came out of Thursday night's preseason loss to the Lions without a serious injury to his ribs, per a... more

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was a mixed bag †in Thursday night's preseason win over the Bears, but his peak plays against Chicago were enough to keep the rookie in the conversation for snaps against the Steelers in Week 1. "It's something... more

The Buffalo Bills rolled out their starting offense on Thursday night , only to stumble hard against a gaggle of Lions backups. The Browns employed a similar strategy against the Bears , but with better results. Quarterback Brian Hoyer and the first... more

Buffalo's decision to play its starters in Thursday night's meaningless preseason 23-0 loss †against the Lions has cost the Bills. Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins walked off to the locker room during Buffalo's second offensive drive after... more

ATLANTA FALCONS CAROLINA PANTHERS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Around The NFL's season preview wraps up in the NFC South. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in Two simple words: Lovie Smith.... more

ATLANTA FALCONS CAROLINA PANTHERS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Around The NFL's season preview wraps up in the NFC South. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in Anyone watching "Hard Knocks"... more

ATLANTA FALCONS CAROLINA PANTHERS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Around The NFL's season preview wraps up in the NFC South. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in Panthers general manager Dave... more

ATLANTA FALCONS CAROLINA PANTHERS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Around The NFL's season preview wraps up in the NFC South. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in On offense, the Saints have... more

The Cleveland Browns waited nearly four months for the NFL to drop its one-year suspension on wide receiver Josh Gordon. Battista: Browns drop the ball In the wake of Josh† Gordon's suspension, Judy Battista says Cleveland failed to properly... more

Nothing we've seen from the Cleveland Browns this summer suggests an offense capable of surviving the one-year suspension of Josh Gordon. Battista: Browns drop the ball In the wake of Josh† Gordon's suspension, Judy Battista says Cleveland failed... more

Josh Gordon's fate for 2014 has finally been decided. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news Wednesday that the NFL has suspended the Cleveland Browns wide receiver for one season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, according to a... more

The Kansas City Chiefs aren't finished adding bodies along their less-than-pristine offensive line. The team on Wednesday announced the signing of veteran guard Mike McGlynn, who made 30 starts for the Indianapolis Colts over the past two seasons. In a... more

We've spent all offseason banging the table for Zach Ertz. The Philadelphia Eagles tight end was an obvious choice for "Making the Leap" after surging down the stretch last season in a Chip Kelly-led offense that used the rookie all over the... more

It didn't take long for Derek Cox to find a new employer. The Ravens announced they signed †the veteran cornerback on Wednesday, two days after he was released by the Minnesota Vikings. The former Jaguars and Chargers defender is expected to play... more

The Arizona Cardinals continue to sniff around for former Pittsburgh Steelers. One week after attempting to lure defensive lineman Brett Keisel to the desert, the team will host pass rusher James Harrison on Wednesday, the player's agent told NFL Media... more

It's time to thank the men in the shadows. The Associated Press announced Wednesday that it will unveil a new award this season to recognize the NFL's top assistant coach. Serving as The AP's eighth annual NFL honor, The Assistant Coach of the Year... more

The Seattle Seahawks are paying the price for too much contact at practice. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team was fined $300,000 for violations of the collective bargaining agreement's offseason no-contact rules, per a... more

Glory of glories: We have a kicker trade! The Denver Broncos have swung a deal with the New York Giants to acquire the undrafted Brandon McManus, the team announced Tuesday. In a corresponding move, Denver waived kicker Mitch Ewald. McManus was... more

The Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday released a backup quarterback and shelved a "walking miracle" to start the season. The team announced that Caleb Hanie has been cut as Big D whittles its way down to the 75-man roster limit by Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET... more

Is Stephen Hill on his way out of Gotham? After ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the New York Jets attempted to shop the underwhelming receiver over the summer without any luck, coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday played dumb. "First I've heard of it,"... more

With Sam Bradford lost for the year , the St. Louis Rams remain a logical candidate to swing a trade for a new quarterback. After expressing "all the confidence in the world" in Shaun Hill as the team's Week 1 starter, coach Jeff Fisher on Sunday... more

It's a tough week for all 32 NFL teams. Clubs league-wide are busy trimming their rosters down to 75 players in time for Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. You can see the complete list of departed with our†roster cuts tracker , but Around The NFL will... more

Jay Feely's four-year run in Arizona is over. The Cardinals announced that they've released the veteran kicker in an effort to get their roster down to 75 players in time for Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. Feely, 38, loomed as a goner after pushing a... more

With Ryan Mallett still on the burner as a potential trade target for quarterback-needy teams, the New England Patriots are keeping their backup in bubble wrap. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that New England is expected to hold... more

It's come down to this for the ragtag offensive line of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the team is bringing in free-agent guard Richie Incognito for a Monday visit, per team sources. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington adds... more

One day after Bills coach Doug Marrone made it clear that he wasn't "satisfied with the backup quarterback" position, heads are rolling in Buffalo. The team on Monday released Dennis Dixon, the former Steelers and Ravens arm who earned surprise... more

It's only the preseason, but put your hands together for this year's collection of Tennessee Titans quarterbacks. Jake Locker's lofty 119.9 passer rating sits nestled between Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan, while rookie Zach Mettenberger's 504 yards... more

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher spoke with confidence Sunday about marching his team into the regular season with Shaun Hill at quarterback. That determination to press on, though, didn't come instantly, with Fisher first having to confront the... more

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine knows he needs more from his starting quarterback to survive life in the rough-and-tumble AFC North. Brian Hoyer has struggled to move the ball through the air while battling miscommunication with his receivers... more

The San Francisco 49ers struggled on offense †once again during Sunday's preseason win over the Chargers, churning out just 14 yards over their first three drives. Colin Kaepernick and the starters have generated a mere six points in August, but... more

Jeff Fisher wasn't hired to sit in his office and pout over the fate of his starting quarterback. After meeting with reporters to confirm that Sam Bradford will miss the season after tearing his ACL for a second straight year, the St. Louis Rams... more

Mike Pettine is preparing for life without Josh Gordon. The Cleveland Browns coach told reporters Sunday that the organization anticipates the All-Pro wide receiver to be suspended for at least part of the upcoming season, which contributed to... more

The New York Jets have yet another headache at the cornerback position . General manager John Idzik preempted a scheduled media conference call with coach Rex Ryan on Sunday to alert reporters to the mysterious status of Dimitri Patterson. The... more

After losing Sam Bradford for the final nine games of last season, the St. Louis Rams are bracing for another lost campaign by the team's starting quarterback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that a battery of tests confirmed that... more

The Buffalo Bills have seen enough from Alan Branch. The team on Sunday cut the veteran defensive tackle just one day after he was arrested for drunken driving in upstate New York. State police told The Associated Press that Branch was arrested... more

The New York Jets are hurting for game-changers at the wide receiver position, but that didn't help Jacoby Ford. The former Oakland Raiders pass-catcher was one of†six cuts on Sunday that trimmed New York's roster down to 75 players ahead of†Tuesday's... more

Knowshon Moreno's lost summer rendered Dolphins running back Lamar Miller as the widely seen shoo-in for Miami's lead backfield spot, but is the landscape shifting? Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was cryptic on the heels of Saturday night's 25-20... more

Sunday's two-game preseason slate †offers fans a peek at three of last year's playoff teams -- the 49ers, Chargers and Bengals -- and a fourth in the Cardinals, which missed out on the party despite winning 10 games. Will the good times last? Here's... more

Four preseason games have revealed a disturbing situation under center for the Buffalo Bills. From wildly inconsistent starter EJ Manuel on down, the team has suffered through some of the league's most erratic quarterback play. Armed with an otherwise... more

As human beings nationwide prepare for their fantasy drafts, the backfield of the St. Louis Rams remains a talking point. Second-year runner Zac Stacy is widely viewed as the opening-day starter, leaving plenty to wonder why Benny Cunningham got the nod... more

Matt Cassel has all but won the starting quarterback job in Minnesota, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer isn't ready to admit it. "No," Zimmer said, when asked if he was willing to officially hand Cassel the job after Saturday night's easy 30-12 preseason... more

The Denver Broncos opened last season without the services of Pro Bowl pass rusher Von Miller. This time around, they'll do it without their Pro Bowl kicker. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport was told Sunday that Matt Prater will be suspended four games... more

Their defense is a wide-open barn door, but the Dallas Cowboys have shown promise along their young offensive line. A bright spot during the team's first two preseason tilts, the front five struggled in Saturday night's 25-20 loss to the Miami... more

Peyton Manning had his fill of Texans safety D.J. Swearinger on Saturday night. The Broncos' All-Pro quarterback was flagged with a taunting penalty for racing 30 yards downfield to get in Swearinger's grill following a 29-yard touchdown dart to... more

On a problem-filled night for the Cleveland Browns, the most pressing issue was a doozy: Brian Hoyer doesn't resemble an NFL starter. Three days after "winning" the team's over-hyped quarterback competition, Hoyer "led" the starters to a mere 76... more

Sam Bradford's promising preseason has been short-circuited. The Rams' starting quarterback left Saturday night's 33-14 win †over the Cleveland Browns after injuring his left knee on a first-quarter incompletion. Bradford was wrapped up by Armonty... more

The St. Louis Rams faced the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night without rookie offensive lineman Greg Robinson in the starting lineup. The No. 2 overall pick saw action in the team's third preseason tilt, but not with the first team. Robinson was... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have clung tightly to the narrative of Chad Henne rolling unhindered into September as the team's season-long starting quarterback. Coach Gus Bradley confirmed as much after Friday night's 13-12 loss to Detroit, once... more

Tight end Michael Egnew's uninspiring run with the Miami Dolphins has come to an end. The team on Friday waived its former third-round pick after just two disappointing seasons in South Beach. Egnew failed miserably to emerge this summer in new... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have lost another key piece along their depth-challenged offensive line. The team on Friday announced that starting right tackle Donald Stephenson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season.... more

With any luck, Mike Pettine won't have to say another word about Cleveland's elongated quarterback derby. Speaking with reporters Wednesday after Brian Hoyer was†named the team's starter over Johnny Manziel, the Browns coach assured that his veteran... more

Sammy Watkins remains in flux for the Buffalo Bills. Doctors have yet to decide if the first-round wide receiver will be able to play in Saturday's preseason tilt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The No. 4 overall pick in May's draft exited... more

Tony Gonzalez says he's done with football, and we believe him. Mostly. The former Chiefs and Falcons tight end walked away from his celebrated, 17-year career after last season, seamlessly shifting into an NFL analyst gig for CBS Sports. Gonzalez,... more

Wednesday's announcement that Brian Hoyer will open the season at quarterback begs one obvious question: What about Johnny Manziel? What happens now to the first-round pick who sent waves of hope rippling through the streets of Cleveland all summer... more

At long last, the Cleveland Browns have made their decision under center. Brooks: Browns starting wrong QB Despite Mike†Pettine's decision, Bucky Brooks still believes Johnny†Manziel is a better option at quarterback than Brian†Hoyer.READ The... more

Beyond Monday night's wreckage under center for the Cleveland Browns, there was the curious case of Josh Gordon. Facing a potentially lengthy suspension, last year's league-leading wideout saw snaps into the fourth quarter of an underwhelming preseason... more

Colt Lyerla's odyssey with the Packers has been cut short. Green Bay waived/injured the undrafted rookie tight end Tuesday after the former Oregon star was diagnosed with a torn MCL and PCL in his right knee. ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky first reported... more

Texans owner Bob McNair recently said that Houston wouldn't shy away from franchise-tagging All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt if the sides can't hammer out a long-term pact before his rookie deal expires in 2016. "We want to take care of all of our... more

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS CLEVELAND BROWNS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Around The NFL 's season preview jumps to the AFC North. Change we can believe in Hue Jackson is one of the NFL's most underrated play-callers, able to... more

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS CLEVELAND BROWNS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Around The NFL 's season preview jumps to the AFC North. UPDATE: The Browns announced Wednesday that Brian Hoyer will be their Week 1 starting quarterback .... more

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS CLEVELAND BROWNS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Around The NFL 's season preview jumps to the AFC North. Change we can believe in The early returns on new play-caller Gary Kubiak are encouraging. Look for... more

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS CLEVELAND BROWNS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Around The NFL 's season preview jumps to the AFC North. Change we can believe in Once tabbed as "old and slow" by Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, Pittsburgh's... more

Tennessee's running back battle didn't skip a beat on Monday. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that Shonn Greene is fine after suffering a hyperextended knee in Friday night's preseason loss to the New Orleans Saints. Greene practiced... more

The Cleveland Browns are down a man in their deep secondary. Cornerback Buster Skrine underwent thumb surgery Monday and won't play again in the preseason, the team confirmed. Coach Mike Pettine said he expects the fourth-year cover man to return in... more

Teddy Bridgewater's late-game heroics against the Arizona Cardinals haven't altered the picture under center for the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Monday that veteran Matt Cassel will start the team's third preseason game... more

The Atlanta Falcons are ripping the training wheels off Jake Matthews. The team shifted the rookie offensive lineman from right tackle to left during Monday's practice, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It's the... more

The league's hottest quarterback duel resumes Monday night as Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer lead the Cleveland Browns into action against the Washington Redskins. Here's what we'll be watching in tonight's prime-time tilt: 1. We didn't learn much... more

Derek Carr's promising evening for the Raiders came to a screeching halt in the fourth quarter of Oakland's 27-26 preseason win over the Detroit Lions. Raiders coach Dennis Allen told reporters that the rookie passer came out of the game with a... more

The Raiders signed up for a season's worth of Matt Schaub. Now they have to live with it. Oakland's 33-year-old starting quarterback lasted four drives against a swarming Detroit pass rush before giving way to rookie Derek Carr in Friday night's 27-26... more

The second week of the preseason continues Saturday with eight games. Here's what to watch for: Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams (4 p.m. ET, NFL Network) Sam Bradford is a bona fide Q rating vacuum, but I'm watching to see how the Rams... more

Friday night brought a closer look at Jake Locker's role in Tennessee's newfangled offense. After throwing just two passes against the Packers last week, the Titans quarterback came out of the gate firing against the New Orleans Saints. Locker... more

The preseason is packed with cowed newbies and out-of-place first-year players, but C.J. Mosley has arrived as advertised for the Baltimore Ravens. "The best compliment that I can give him is he's been here for months, and it seems like he's been... more

We'll get our first look at Cleveland's other first-round draft pick when the Browns square off with the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil told reporters Friday that rookie Justin Gilbert is slated to see... more

In case you missed it, the NFL's finest blocking tight end is looking for work. Ben Hartsock is team-less: Scattered to the wind after the New England Patriots†released him on Thursday , just days after signing the 10-year veteran. Pro Football... more

The Philadelphia Eagles rolled into Thursday's practice without the services of Jeremy Maclin. One day after the wide receiver left Wednesday's session with a tweaked hamstring, Maclin watched his teammates in shorts and a baseball cap , according to... more

The Miami Dolphins' so-called backfield battle has failed to achieve liftoff this summer. With Knowshon Moreno just one week into practice following arthroscopic knee surgery, Lamar Miller remains the rock-solid bet to start Week 1 against the... more

The master plan in Jacksonville hasn't changed -- yet. The Jaguars remain committed to keeping quarterback Blake Bortles in bubble wrap all season long, but another strong show from the No. 3 overall pick against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night... more

Ben Hartsock's maiden voyage to New England was short one. The Patriots on Thursday announced the release of the 34-year-old tight end they signed just four days ago . The move comes one day after New England waived tight end Terrence Miller,... more

Coming out of the Hall of Fame Game, Cyrus Kouandjio was the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. The Bills second-round offensive tackle was a revolving door against Giants pass rusher Damontre Moore and roundly outplayed by seventh-rounder... more

C.J. Spiller has heard the whispers about a potential trade out of Buffalo, but his general manager has not. Doug Whaley on Wednesday shot down speculation that the Bills running back has been the consistent subject of a potential deal. "We have... more

Former Eagles passer Ron Jaworski is no stranger to from-the-wilderness thinking on NFL quarterbacks. We learned this last summer when the ESPN analyst announced that Colin Kaepernick "could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever," †right after... more

With the Eagles and Patriots embroiled in joint practice this week, New England's rebuilt defense is getting a taste of the wideout Philadelphia plans to lean on heavily come September: Jeremy Maclin. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted... more

The Titans are preparing for life without inside linebacker Colin McCarthy. After injuring his shoulder in Saturday's 20-16 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers, McCarthy underwent initial tests that suggested he'll require season-ending... more

With Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan expected to miss six to eight weeks with a left knee injury, Denver waves goodbye to its leading tackler from a season ago. In his absence, Brandon Marshall is slated to serve as the team's new weakside... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have their much-ballyhooed warhorse back. Running back Toby Gerhart returned to practice on Tuesday after missing more than a week of work with a hip flexor issue, per John Oehser of the team's official website. Offensive... more

The Tony Romo Show is back on the air. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM on Tuesday that the team's starting quarterback will see a few series on Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens, per Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News. Romo sat... more

The Denver Broncos are preparing for life without starting weakside linebacker Danny Trevathan. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Trevathan underwent an MRI on Tuesday after suffering a left knee injury at practice. The team expects the... more

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is under investigation by the Bellevue (Wash.) Police Department on an allegation of assault and personal property damage. The team weighed in Tuesday to downplay the news.† "While we maintain the utmost... more

Cardinals pass rusher John Abraham said last May that he wanted to top 20 sacks this season. Before that happens, he needs to make an appearance with the team. Drilling into their third week of training camp, the Cardinals expect Abraham to... more

What we thought would happen months ago, happened Tuesday. The Cleveland Brown have signed veteran passer Rex Grossman to pad out their quarterback room, according to the team. In a corresponding move, reserve signal-caller Tyler Thigpen has been... more

The Houston Texans have made a bevy of moves in the backfield. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that the team released running back Andre Brown, per a source informed of the move. Brown appeared headed for the chopping block... more

More than a few Miami Dolphins fans were peeved when the team passed up Brady Quinn in the 2007 draft in favor of wide receiver and return man Ted Ginn. Seven years later, the "Dolfans" have their man. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Monday... more

Judging by what we saw in their first preseason tilt , the Cleveland Browns need every ounce of production they can squeeze out of Jordan Cameron this season. The playmaking tight end is a candidate to lead the team in every receiving category... more

If the Cleveland Browns plan to make a switch under center, they aren't letting on to it. Coach Mike Pettine told reporters after a Monday practice that saw Brian Hoyer take first-team reps that Johnny Manziel remains the team's backup. "Nothing's... more

Our first look at Miami's new Bill Lazor-led offense featured crisp, clean play from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins starter was a perfect 6-of-6 passing with a touchdown pass in Friday's 16-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 10-play... more

The Miami Dolphins aren't done putting the finishing touches on their quarterback room. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the team will work out a trio of free-agent passers including Rex Grossman, John Skelton and Brady Quinn on Monday,... more

It was just one preseason tilt, but the offensive line of the Buccaneers has emerged as a screaming red light in Tampa Bay. Starting quarterback Josh McCown spent all four of his drives running for dear life in Friday night's loss to the... more

The injury-plagued Indianapolis Colts have been handed some positive news. Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Saturday that banged-up center Khaled Holmes will miss just two to three weeks with the sprained ankle he suffered in Thursday's 13-10... more

If the 49ers can't strike a new deal with holdout Alex Boone, would San Francisco be willing to trade him? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted Saturday that no progress has been made in negotiations between the club and its reliable right guard, per a... more

With Jason Campbell nursing a shoulder injury, the Cincinnati Bengals have added another quarterback. The team on Saturday announced the signing of free-agent passer Tyler Wilson, the former Raiders draft pick who was waived by the Tennessee Titans... more

One day after topping the Raiders in their preseason opener, the Minnesota Vikings have released a statement regarding an incident involving defensive tackle Linval Joseph. The team revealed that Joseph was an "innocent bystander to the shooting that... more

Jeff Tedford has kept his Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense wrapped in mystery all offseason. What we saw from the starting unit in Friday's 16-10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars told us little more than this: There's plenty of more work to do.... more

The Houston Texans waved goodbye to their coach and starting quarterback this offseason. They aren't about to follow suit with J.J. Watt. Keeping the former Defensive Player of the Year in Houston long-term is a top priority for team owner Bob... more

The New Orleans Saints already knew what Brandin Cooks was capable of . Now the Rams do, too. St. Louis served as the guinea pig on Friday night for the preseason debut of the NFC's most exciting rookie pass-catcher. Cooks didn't disappoint,... more

The so-called reunion between Gregg Williams and the New Orleans Saints never got off the ground on Friday night . The Rams defensive coordinator calmly shed his headset after the 26-24 Saints win and marched off into the tunnel toward the St. Louis... more

Raiders coach Dennis Allen spent the offseason trying to convince the world that Matt Schaub was every bit the equal of Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers in the AFC West. Sounds nice in March, but what we saw from Schaub on Friday night was... more

While quarterback battles commence in Minnesota and Cleveland , there's zero debate about the Week 1 starter in Chicago. Jay Cutler popped the cork on his 2014 campaign Friday night with a convincing performance for the Bears in a 34-28 preseason... more

The NFL preseason schedule launches this week. Here's what we're looking for in each of Saturday night's games: Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions (7:30 p.m. ET) The Browns have a first-year coach and a waterfall of new moving parts, but all... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have reason for hope at the quarterback position. Blake Bortles made his NFL debut on Friday night †as the Jags beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 16-10, tasked with doing what ineffective starter Chad Henne couldn't: move the ball.... more

Michael Sam has made his NFL debut for the St. Louis Rams. The rookie pass rusher entered the fray with 5:13 left in the first quarter of Friday night's 26-24 preseason loss against the New Orleans Saints. The seventh-round pick and the league's... more

The Carolina Panthers will open their preseason odyssey without the services of Charles Johnson -- and probably quarterback Cam Newton. Coach Ron Rivera told reporters Thursday that the team's second-leading sack-master from a season ago will sit... more

The Brandon Weeden jokes have come easily ever since he signed on with the Dallas Cowboys. After two shipwrecked seasons in Cleveland, the former first-round pick seemed beyond repair when Jerry Jones and company pulled him aboard -- but Weeden isn't... more

The Minnesota Vikings have seen enough from rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to thrust him into the fray against Oakland's first-team defense on Friday night. Johnny Manziel won't get the same starting treatment with the Cleveland Browns -- not... more

Stashed away on Arizona's preseason physically unable to perform list, safety Tyrann Mathieu hopes his return to the field is just around the corner. "I expect to be at practice (in) the next two to three weeks ," Mathieu said Wednesday, per Darren... more

The New Orleans Saints dominated the conversation when our podcast crew asked on Wednesday which NFL offense would finish the year as the league's most prolific. Drew Brees fronts an outfit that boasts a deep backfield, younger wideouts and a... more

Don't anticipate a heavy dose of the Cam Newton Experience against the Buffalo Bills on Friday night . Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters Thursday that no decision has been made on whether his starting quarterback will suit up for Carolina's... more

The NFL preseason schedule launches in earnest on Thursday night with six matchups around the league. Here's what we're looking for in each of the games on tap: Bengals at Chiefs (8 p.m. ET) It's telling how many NFL insiders believe the Bengals... more

The Vikings listed Matt Cassel as their starter on the team's first preseason depth chart, but Teddy Bridgewater has every opportunity to flip the script. Coach Mike Zimmer on Wednesday confirmed that the rookie signal-caller will work with the ones... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars will open the preseason without their much-ballyhooed bell-cow. Starting running back Toby Gerhart won't be on the field †for Friday 's "friendly" opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coach Gus Bradley announced... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have their hearts set on a makeover. Team president Don Smolenski announced Wednesday that the franchise has discussed switching back to the old kelly green uniforms it last wore during the 1995 campaign. "We have talked... more

Atlanta Falcons pass-catchers continue to dream of new frontiers. After Roddy White promised that he and Julio Jones would regain the title as the NFL's top wideout duo, Jones this week went a step farther. "There ain't no telling," Jones told... more

New England wideout Brandon LaFell's "inconsistent hands " were an issue last month, but quarterback Tom Brady has seen progress in the former Carolina Panther, who admitted in July that his head was "spinning " as a new member of The Patriot Way.... more

The Jordan Matthews buzz has built to a crescendo in Philadelphia, but the Eagles have issues at wide receiver if Jeremy Maclin can't mount a strong comeback off last year's devastating torn right ACL. The sixth-year pass-catcher has been limited... more

We now know why Jason Pinkston has been a no-show at training camp for the Cleveland Browns: The Browns officially announce Pitt OL Jason Pinkston has been waived. It appears the issue w/ his lungs is career ending. Sad. ‚?? Aditi Kinkhabwala... more

Arian Foster is set to embark on his sixth season with the Houston Texans, but he came closer than we knew to hanging up the cleats after last year's season-ending back surgery. "Any time an athlete goes through an injury like that -- a back, a neck,... more

The Seattle Seahawks have added a new body along the offensive line. The team†signed veteran guard Wade Smith on Monday, per FoxSports.com's Alex Marvez. Smith later confirmed that he's Seattle bound via Twitter: So thankful to be able to continue... more

The Dallas Cowboys expect to open their preseason voyage on Thursday without the services of starting quarterback Tony Romo. "We've talked about it a little bit, and we're going to be smart ," Romo told reporters on Sunday, per the Fort Worth... more

In his first-ever training camp snaps with Cleveland's first-team offense, Johnny Manziel didn't wait long to make a splash. The Browns rookie quarterback immediately unfurled a deep ball that sailed over the hands of Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden... more

The NFL made a splash during Sunday's Hall of Fame game by allowing coaches to use sideline tablets to study images of pre-snap and in-game play. The technological leap didn't come without its share of glitches. "I was told mine was going to work,... more

Josh Gordon is back at practice with the Cleveland Browns. With his "marathon" appeal session expected to wage on into Monday, the All-Pro wide receiver took to the field with his teammates in Berea, Ohio. Last season's league-leading wideout faces... more

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton believes newly added wideout Hakeem Nicks is still "working to get himself in game shape ," but there's no doubting the work ethic of veteran Reggie Wayne. Seemingly all systems go after last October's torn... more

Thursday's Browns practice opened without a trace of the team's brightest star: Josh Gordon. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that last year's league-leading wide receiver was not on hand as Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel slung passes to... more

On last week's Around The League Podcast , we debated whether or not Marcus Lattimore would make San Francisco's 53-man active roster to start the season. The second-year running back has yet to be cleared for on-field work, but coach Jim Harbaugh... more

This happened: We double dare you. RT @MoveTheSticks : Great day at @Jaguars camp. Anyone dare me to jump in their pool? ‚?? Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) August 1, 2014 Then this happened: Khanonball! NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah goes in the... more

Untethered to reality, space and time, the Dallas Cowboys are at it again. 'Boys season-ticket holders opened mailboxes this week to find their annual batch of preseason and regular-season vouchers packaged alongside a "sheet of playoff tickets,... more

We assumed that Brady Quinn's NFL career was a wrap upon learning that the former first-round pick was set to begin work as a college and NFL analyst with Fox Sports. Not so fast. The ex-Browns, Broncos and Chiefs passer told The Dan Patrick Show... more

Quarterbacks league-wide are telling Father Time to go pound salt. With Tom Brady wanting to play beyond his 40th birthday and Drew Brees talking about starting until he's 45 , veteran Michael Vick wants in on the action. "I want to play until... more

Wide receivers continue to drop like flies in Jacksonville. The Jaguars announced Friday that rookie pass-catcher Allen Robinson is out for an "extended period " with a hamstring injury suffered during training camp. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Only eight teams in the league ran the ball more frequently than the Patriots last season. New England's deep stable of backs saw Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden and Shane Vereen attack teams on the ground, with LeGarrette Blount surging down the stretch... more

When Chip Kelly was asked during the offseason how Philadelphia would account for the absence of DeSean Jackson, the Eagles coach surprised some with his answer, saying: "I think Zach (Ertz) can have a huge role ." Alter tabbing the second-year... more

The early word on Julio Jones should bring a smile to the faces of Falcons fans everywhere. Atlanta's elite wide receiver has been "spectacular" in camp, showing off his patented explosiveness and cutting ability on the heels of last season's major... more

Andre Roberts acknowledged in April that he joined the Washington Redskins with hopes of being the team's No. 2 wide receiver . Those plans were wiped away with the signing of DeSean Jackson, but Roberts is warming up to the idea of a timeshare in what... more

Philadelphia doesn't play Dallas until Thanksgiving afternoon , but Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has already sent a strongly worded message to the Cowboys: "I own Dallas," McCoy told a gaggle of Eagles fans on Thursday, per Philly.com's Jimmy... more

July

This time around, the jaw-dropping lateral ability of All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles appears to have cost the Kansas City Chiefs one of their own. Coach Andy Reid told reporters on Thursday that safety Sanders Commings has undergone surgery to... more

The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be inducted on Saturday. Each day this week, the Around the League crew will pick a player that we believe is also deserving of enshrinement. If induction into the Hall of Fame boils down to Super Bowl... more

We made the argument on this week's Around The League Podcast that the quarterback battle in Cleveland has barely begun. Mike Pettine backed our theory on Thursday, calling it a "knee-jerk reaction" to assume that Brian Hoyer has won the job... more

Safety Calvin Pryor is back in the lineup for the New York Jets. The team's first-round pick returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out all week with concussion symptoms, per multiple reports. Pryor sustained a head injury during Saturday's... more

Matt Schaub is a 33-year-old quarterback coming off a train wreck of a season, but the early returns out of Oakland are positive. The Raiders starter "has been extremely sharp" in padded practices this week, according to plugged-in beat writer Jerry... more

Alex Smith told NFL Network this month that he and the Kansas City Chiefs were engaged in a "continued, open conversation" about a contract extension, but the veteran passer is preparing for those talks to die down. "You're getting to the point... more

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall told the Around The League Podcast in January that his 2014 campaign would be "something you guys never seen before." As it turns out, Marshall was just getting started with the bold predictions. Asked... more

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair says he wouldn't shoot down the idea of an NFL team moving to San Antonio. He didn't exactly back it, either. One day after Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis acknowledged that he met with San Antonio city officials ,... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are welcoming back a big-bodied, war-daddy behemoth to the middle of their defense. The team on Wednesday announced that defensive tackle Geno Atkins has been activated from the physically unable to perform list on the heels... more

David Wilson's comeback with the New York Giants is on hold. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported Wednesday that the running back will miss practice for the remainder of the week and sit out Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Buffalo Bills after... more

The Dallas Cowboys held Tony Romo out of Tuesday's training camp practice , but the franchise is brimming with confidence over the quarterback's surgically repaired back. "He is 100 percent. He's 100 percent," team owner and general manager Jerry Jones... more

The Seahawks would love to get Marshawn Lynch into training camp, but the Super Bowl champions aren't about to ditch their proven team-building philosophy to make that happen. "Everybody loves Beast Mode. We love him and respect the guy," general... more

It didn't take long for Jerry Jones to weigh in on the meeting between Raiders owner Mark Davis and the city of San Antonio. "I thought it was somebody joking with me when they came out here about (the Raiders) going to San Antonio," the Cowboys... more

The Detroit Lions are prepared to test fate with Ndamukong Suh. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team wants its star defensive lineman to sign a deal that he's happy with, according to sources familiar with the team's... more

Why are the Oakland Raiders meeting with the city of San Antonio? According to a report Tuesday in the San Antonio Express-News, Raiders owner Mark Davis and "two top lieutenants" recently met with city officials to discuss a potential move . Davis on... more

NFL Media's Charley Casserly spent Tuesday embedded at Browns camp, where he emerged with a surprising prediction for the NFL's sexiest quarterback battle. Sharing his practice notes with Around The League , Casserly -- the former Redskins general... more

Drew Brees says he wants to play quarterback until he's 45 years old , a feat he might achieve if the Saints keep surrounding the veteran with fresh, young weapons. Rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks lit up training camp on Tuesday with the session's... more

Andre Reed wants nothing to do with rocker Jon Bon Jovi taking over the Buffalo Bills. Take a look at the best photos of Andre Reed during his time during and after the NFL. Set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, the former... more

We pointed to Miami's crowded backfield as one of the top position battles in the AFC, but it's Lamar Miller's job to lose. With Knowshon Moreno still healing from arthroscopic knee surgery, Miller has topped the depth chart all summer and looms as a... more

The San Francisco 49ers hold the distinction of being the rare team that's lost in the playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl champion three years in a row. The lack of a ring grates on the organization, but the team's string of success in the NFC is a... more

Bill Belichick just did the most Bill Belichickian thing ever. The New England Patriots on Monday claimed rookie running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers after the Carolina Panthers tried to sneak their sixth-round pick through waivers and onto injured... more

The John Brown hype train barrels on. After a springtime's worth of reports alerting us to Arizona's rookie receiver "blowing everyone away " and drawing "favorable " comparisons to Colts burner T.Y. Hilton, Brown is off to a hot start at training camp.... more

It's no secret: The Cleveland Browns have a gaping void to fill if Josh Gordon is shipped into the abyss come September. Losing last year's league-leading wide receiver to a potentially lengthy suspension would cripple Kyle Shanahan's passing game... more

Consider this post the third and final installment of what we'll call our Gang Green Braggart Trilogy . Part I: Geno Smith declares to the world that he's about to become a†top-five quarterback , despite what we witnessed last season. Part II: Dee... more

Score the second day of Browns camp in favor of Brian Hoyer. Absorbing all of Cleveland's first-team reps, the veteran quarterback outplayed rookie Johnny Manziel as the team continued to install Kyle Shanahan's offense. Hoyer "once again looked very... more

The Packers rewarded one of their most productive and underrated contributors with a four-year, $39 million extension for wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Will Green Bay do the same for Randall Cobb? Entering the final year of his rookie deal, the... more

The Cleveland Browns aren't willing to say much about the status of Jason Pinkston. The fourth-year guard hasn't been on hand for either of the team's two training camp practices, and it's unclear what's keeping him off the field. "Pinkston's... more

While Johnny Manziel toils with the second team †with Cleveland, one of his fellow rookie passers is already working with the starters. Vikings first-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is generating "huge optimism" in Minnesota, according to Fox... more

A pair of Jets rookies are battling injuries as New York mines its way through the early days of training camp. Coach Rex Ryan confirmed Sunday that hard-hitting safety Calvin Pryor is dealing with a concussion after sustaining a head injury during... more

No player on the Vikings is expected to make a bigger leap this season than Cordarrelle Patterson. The hyper-athletic wide receiver got off to a slow start at Minnesota's training camp, though, spending Friday and Saturday sidelined with a reportedly... more

Jay Gruden was hired by the Redskins to flip the switch on Robert Griffin III. The coach's early focus, though, has centered more heavily on the Redskins becoming a nastier team up front. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington is embedded at 'Skins camp and... more

Dee Milliner has inserted himself into the ongoing debate over the NFL's top cornerback. Looking past the likes of Richard Sherman and the iconic player whose shoes he's trying to fill in New York -- Darrelle Revis -- the Jets second-year cover man... more

Rob Gronkowski made it clear last week that he's still "not 100 percent " on the heels of last year's season-ending knee surgery, but Sunday marked new ground for New England's star tight end. Initially limited to individual drills at Patriots... more

Geno Smith isn't the least bit impressed with the talent evaluators who aren't the least bit impressed with him. Learning that a recent ESPN survey rated the New York Jets passer as the league's worst quarterback, Smith on Saturday promised that he... more

The Matt Schaub offseason hype train continues to barrel through the northern Californian countryside. Raiders coach Dennis Allen got it rolling in March by telling reporters that the team's new veteran passer was on par with Peyton Manning and Philip... more

When NFL Media's Albert Breer visited the Steelers in June, he was told by team sources that first-year running back Dri Archer had been "tagged internally as a miniature version of Jamaal Charles " in Todd Haley's offense. It's unclear how large a... more

The Oakland Raiders are parting ways with veteran linebacker Kevin Burnett. The team is released the nine-year veteran †with a failed physical designation after Burnett failed to receive medical clearance for training camp. Burnett sustained an... more

We have our first tangible look at Big Blue's backfield pecking order. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News tweeted out a Giants depth chart on Thursday that revealed Rashad Jennings as the No. 1 ball carrier ahead of David Wilson. It's not... more

Buccaneers pass rusher Da'Quan Bowers knows his young career in Tampa has been a disappointment. He promised Thursday the team would see a new man in 2014. "I owe it to this organization; I owe it to this team," Bowers said, per Roy Cummings of The... more

It didn't take long for the injury bug to bite the Baltimore Ravens. Coach John Harbaugh told reporters that veteran cornerback Aaron Ross suffered an Achilles tear while running his conditioning test during Thursday's training camp session. The team... more

The league has weighed in on the fate of Ray Rice. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Baltimore Ravens running back will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season under the NFL's personal conduct policy, per a... more

We pointed out on Wednesday's podcast that Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has repeatedly gone out of his way to talk up the play of rookie wide receiver John Brown. No young player in Arizona generated more hype this spring, but cornerback Justin... more

The start of training camp allows us to confirm a variety of stories we essentially confirmed months ago . That extends to Philly, where All-Pro blocker Evan Mathis has shown up for training camp despite his desire for a new deal that would pay him... more

At long last, training camp is here. With players around the league finally returning to work, more than a few notable names are set to begin the summer on the preseason physically unable to perform list. It's hardly a death sentence, as players... more

Time to put the kibosh on those Kyle Orton retirement plans. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters on Wednesday that the veteran backup quarterback has no intentions to call it quits and hopes to keep playing in 2014 -- just not for Dallas. The... more

Jamaal Charles didn't need to wait long for his payday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news Wednesday that the Kansas City Chiefs have struck a two-year extension with their All-Pro running back. Charles is on his way to attend training... more

The Buffalo Bills aren't the only NFL club with a backup quarterback duel on their hands. Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman told reporters Wednesday that the roster spot behind Jay Cutler is Jordan Palmer's to lose. "Right now, Jordan Palmer has... more

The Houston Texans have added a body along the offensive line. The agent for Tyson Clabo tweeted that the free-agent tackle agreed to a deal with the team on Wednesday. It's hardly an impact signing for the Texans, but we'll take it as a sign... more

The Cleveland Browns have struck a deal with cornerback Justin Gilbert. The team on Wednesday agreed to terms with the No. 8 overall pick in May's draft, a source involved in the negotiations told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The team later announced... more

Around The League's Training Camp Preview †series will identify three things to watch for the teams in each division this summer. Next up is the NFC East . Dallas Cowboys 1. With Sean Lee lost for the year, Dallas must patch up a gaping hole at... more

The Miami Dolphins are in danger of losing Mike Pouncey for longer than expected. Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that the Pro Bowl center's surgically repaired hip could cause Pouncey to miss four months instead of the... more

The Atlanta Falcons continue to beef up their cast of linebackers ahead of training camp. The team on Tuesday announced the signing of free-agent inside linebacker Pat Angerer. The deal is for one year, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per... more

Peyton Manning won't have at least one familiar face to throw to when the Broncos open training camp. The organization†announced on Tuesday that tight end Joel Dreessen has been cut with a released/failed physical designation, per the team's official... more

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said last month that New York signed linebacker Jameel McClain as an insurance policy in case Jon Beason went down to injury. That looked like a wise move after Beason suffered a sesamoid fracture in his... more

The†Chargers†have seen enough of linebacker Larry English. The team announced Tuesday that they've†released the veteran linebacker , waving farewell to their first-round selection from 2009. It's intriguing whenever a top pick is sent packing --... more

The Bills have shown tremendous confidence in starting quarterback EJ Manuel, but Buffalo's backup job is up for grabs between Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel. "We have a battle for the second-team quarterback," coach Doug Marrone said Monday. "We're trying... more

On the latest Around The League Podcast , we cited the New York Giants as one team we just can't figure out heading into the new season. Last year's incarnation was putrid -- beginning with the play of Eli Manning -- but there's early hope that... more

Mike Pettine told reporters on Monday that he'll name his starting quarterback by the third week of the preseason. The Cleveland Browns coach also told scribes that he's spoken to his newest passer -- Johnny Manziel -- about the rookie's string of... more

We're betting you had a better weekend than Zach Mettenberger. The Titans rookie passer was sucker-punched in the face at a Nashville saloon on Saturday, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reported Monday. The surprise encounter unfolded at the esteemed... more

He's No. 2 on the depth chart , but No. 1 at the cash register. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has yet to take a snap for the Cleveland Browns, but the former Texas A&M star already leads the league in jersey sales , per NFLShop.com. The passer's... more

Even after losing Johnathan Franklin for good , the Green Bay Packers believe they have the depth and versatility in the backfield to trample opponents on the ground. "It's the best it's ever looked," one NFL personnel man told the Milwaukee... more

Rex Ryan has a bone to pick with NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 . The New York Jets coach sees the exclusion of David Harris as a glaring oversight and another case of the reliable linebacker not receiving his due. "David Harris is the... more

Jadeveon Clowney will be on hand Monday when Houston's gaggle of rookies gather for Texans training camp. Whether he'll be ready for the team's first practice on July 26 is another story. The top overall pick in May's draft told reporters on Friday... more

The biggest question facing the Chicago Bears last summer was whether new coach Marc Trestman would come out of the season believing in Jay Cutler as his franchise quarterback. We got our answer when the team signed the passer to a seven-year,... more

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in May that he was "sure" the team would sign quarterback Alex Smith to a long-term contract. Two months later: crickets. So what gives? "Who knows," Smith told NFL Media's Steve Wyche on Thursday's NFL... more

Peel the bubble wrap off rookie safety Jimmie Ward. The first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers has been†cleared for the start of training camp on the heels of March surgery to repair the fifth metarsal bone in his right foot, according to Matt... more

If everyone can stay healthy, Denver's defense promises to be a tougher outfit than last year's incarnation. It starts in the front seven, where pass rusher Von Miller is set to return from January's season-ending ACL surgery across from free-agent... more

Agent Drew Rosenhaus plans to huddle with the Cleveland Browns next week to discuss the future of troubled All-Pro wideout Josh Gordon. "I'm sure I'll get together with the Browns at some point before training camp to talk to them some more about all of... more

The jolly old Rex Ryan we know and love has begun to creep back into the picture. The New York Jets coach has refrained from guaranteeing as much as a sunrise in recent seasons, but he sees enough in this year's Gang Green roster to predict a postseason... more

The Cleveland Browns continue to mull a long-term extension for pass rusher Jabaal Sheard. "What I can say is we've done some back and forth, so we've had some extensive negotiations ," agent Drew Rosenhaus told reporters Thursday at Joe Haden's charity... more

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The city of Los Angeles has been without an NFL team for almost two decades, but Commissioner Roger Goodell believes the door remains open for pro football to return to a town that once housed both the Raiders and Rams. "It... more

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The NFL and CBS are preparing to take Thursday Night Football to the next level. Commissioner Roger Goodell, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and CBS CEO Leslie Moonves gathered Thursday at The Beverly Hilton Hotel to share what... more

Marcus Lattimore's return to the field is on hold. The San Francisco 49ers running back will begin training camp later this month on the team's non-football injury list, according to Thursday's official transaction report. Lattimore said in... more

One decision you and I will never make: Choosing our presenters for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There is no shortage of highlights from Michael Strahan's career. Take a look back at some of the best shots of the defensive end. We... more

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green told NFL Network last week that he doesn't want anyone but Andy Dalton throwing him the ball in Cincinnati. Green is in favor of the team re-signing its young quarterback, and he expects that money to come soon.... more

With wide receiver Marqise Lee agreeing to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars, just three rookies from May's draft remain unsigned: Brandt: Jaguars ready to rise? After years of futility, the Jaguars are turning things around. Gil Brandt says... more

None of this summer's Making the Leap candidates generated more in-house squabbling than Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter. When Around The League scribes Chris Wesseling and Gregg Rosenthal debated Hunter's ceiling, Wesseling opined... more

On paper, the Seattle Seahawks appear every bit the equal of last year's Super Bowl juggernaut. Russell Wilson has come into full bloom under center, while offseason extensions for Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Michael Bennett promise to keep... more

Ten months removed from last September's season-ending neck injury , Malcom Floyd is all systems go for the Chargers. Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego labeled the 32-year-old wide receiver the MVP of the team's spring sessions after Floyd was the... more

Around The League's Training Camp Preview series will identify three things to watch for the teams in each division this summer. Baltimore Ravens 1. Only two defensive starters -- Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata -- remain from the team's Super... more

Coming out of a spring that saw Eagles rookie Jordan Matthews earn rave reviews as the team's top pass-catcher, expectations around Philly's second-round pick continue to climb. "You guys are seeing the same things we are," Eagles receivers coach... more

The clock is ticking on Jimmy Graham. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted Monday that the New Orleans Saints have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET to sign their All-Pro tight end to a long-term contract. If the sides don't hammer out a deal in time,... more

The Cleveland Browns have a new coach, a new quarterback -- and a new mascot. Browns VP of Marketing Kevin Griffin told Chris Fillar of WKRK-FM that the team will use a live bullmastiff †to lead the players onto the field come Sundays. The canine... more

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer says his surgically repaired knee won't hold him back when Cleveland launches training camp later this month. "Yeah, no doubt. No doubt," Hoyer told Daryl Ruiter of WKRK-FM, when asked if he was 100 percent. "I'm... more

The Green Bay Packers continue to mine for secondary help. Former Jets, Bills and Broncos safety Jim Leonhard confirmed Friday that he's chatted with the team about a possible new gig. "It would mean a lot, but we've had a lot of conversations... more

We've written a bunch about Pittsburgh's intriguing collection of running backs , but the Steelers have something cooking at the receiver position, too. Antonio Brown dialed in at No. 23 on NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 , second-year... more

EJ Manuel told NFL Total Access on Friday that he's "100 percent healthy" and fired up to lead the Bills in his second season as the team's starting quarterback. Running back C.J. Spiller is happy to have him. "E.J. is the guy to take us to... more

San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone skipped last month's three-day minicamp in hopes that his absence would help trigger a new contract from the team. With no deal in place, Boone's no-show status is set to bleed into training camp, too. NFL... more

Johnny Manziel has generated a hurricane of off-the-field attention this summer, but Browns wideout Andrew Hawkins says Cleveland's rookie quarterback didn't come across as a party boy at the team facility. "Johnny's all business, man," Hawkins... more

The Denver Broncos are five months removed from the February beatdown they absorbed at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Everything they've done since tells of the team's desire to get back to the mountaintop. "Guys know... more

Browns safety Donte Whitner isn't picking favorites in Cleveland's quarterback duel between Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. Why? Because either way, Whitner says coach Mike Pettine's team is going to pound the opposition with the ground game.... more

As Cleveland welcomes LeBron James home to the Cavaliers, the city's football team -- the Browns -- patiently awaits word on the fortunes of Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon. Already facing a potentially lengthy suspension for a positive drug... more

This time last year, Ron Jaworski wasn't buying what Chip Kelly was selling. Breaking down the film of Oregon's high-speed attack, the former pro quarterback and ESPN analyst went public to conclude,†"I just don't see NFL passing concepts in this... more

Jermichael Finley is determined to continue his career as a tight end for the Packers. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy has hinted at a reunion, too, but until that happens, the team hopes one of their many prospects at the position can develop into a... more

The Bills raised eyebrows in May when they orchestrated a swap with the Philadelphia Eagles for running back Bryce Brown. Seen initially as a dose of depth behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, Brown's name continues to surface as a player the team... more

Larry Fitzgerald says he never heard a peep from the Patriots. After rumors leaked in January that New England had "sent out feelers" exploring a trade for the All-Pro wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim quickly shot the... more

Richard Sherman ripped the scab off his feud with Michael Crabtree this week, reiterating †on Discovery Channel's American Muscle that he just doesn't "like the dude." Without citing Sherman by name, Crabtree later made it clear that he's tired of the... more

Tampa Bay's plans to overhaul the passing game with bigger and taller targets was an engine behind the drafting of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The Bucs' second-round pick was limited by a foot injury during Tampa's three-day rookie minicamp, but... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that four teams have shown interest in trading for disgruntled Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson. Juicy stuff, but we still view a swap as unlikely because of the weighty financials: A... more

While Andre Johnson's future with the Houston Texans is up in the air ,†inside linebacker Brian Cushing is doing all he can to get back in uniform. "I know I'll be ready," Cushing told the team's official website this week. "I know when it's... more

The Washington Redskins have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about this year's offense. Quarterback Robert Griffin III is another full offseason removed from knee surgery and is looking "extremely explosive," while the addition of DeSean Jackson... more

In an era when runners are paid like kickers and punters , NFL players still believe in the featured back. When the NFL Network unveiled its final wave of The Top 100 Players of 2014 , no fewer than three workhorses found their way into the top 10.... more

Andre Johnson wanted nothing to do with Houston's offseason program, but the All-Pro wide receiver expressed optimism on Wednesday that he'd be in uniform when the Texans open training camp later this month. "Hopefully. We'll see what happens," Johnson... more

The Washington Redskins hope their retooled offense will receive more support from a defense that resembled a fiery car wreck one season ago. Pass-rusher Ryan Kerrigan is taking it upon himself to turn around that troubled unit, which allowed a... more

As the Cleveland Browns prepare for life without Josh Gordon, his teammates are tussling with conflicting emotions of compassion and betrayal on the heels of the star receiver's latest off-the-field slip. That's the word from Bleacher Report's Mike... more

We always viewed Ndamukong Suh's absence from voluntary offseason workouts as a comprehensive non-story. The Lions pass-rusher confirmed in May that his decision to stay away had nothing to do with his contract. Besides, Suh's personal strength... more

The New England Patriots continue to hold out hope that Aaron Dobson will be ready for training camp later this month. Nick Underhill of MassLive.com cited a source on Tuesday to report that "there is now optimism" that the second-year wide receiver... more

Whether it's rookie Derek Carr or veteran Matt Schaub at quarterback for the Raiders come Week 1 , Oakland plans to lean heavily on its ground game. "We're gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again , until the defense stops us," offensive... more

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie used this offseason to infuse Oakland's locker room with a laundry list of veteran players. After enduring back-to-back four-win campaigns, special teamer Taiwan Jones believes this year's more experienced roster... more

Even before Josh Gordon's Saturday arrest on suspicion of DWI, the Cleveland Browns were busy preparing for life without their troubled star wide receiver. Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement Saturday that the team was "disappointed"... more

The Steelers have gained speed on both sides of the ball, but Pittsburgh hasn't abandoned its quest to blast people with the run. In an AFC North flush with talented young backs , Pittsburgh's stable of horses offers something for everyone: A... more

The offseason only grows colder for Josh Gordon. NFL Media's Albert Breer confirmed that the Cleveland Browns wide receiver was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina, per the Raleigh Police Department. Gordon was... more

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is running, cutting and ahead of schedule in his return from foot surgery, but Atlanta's list of the walking wounded has added another pass-catcher. The team announced Saturday that Drew Davis has been... more

Washington Redskins signal-caller Robert Griffin III is a strong candidate for Comeback Player of the Year , but to win that award he'll need to hit the field with the same speed and playmaking ability that set the league ablaze two autumns ago.... more

Mark your calendars for July 15. If the team and their prized pass-catcher don't hammer out a long-term contract by that deadline, Jimmy Graham has the option to either play out the year under his $7.053 million franchise tag or sit out the season.... more

Unlike the Cleveland Browns , Baltimore Ravens and plenty of other teams, the Minnesota Vikings have zero interest in a committee approach to their backfield. The presence of Adrian Peterson makes that a moot point, but the All-Pro went out of his... more

Packers coach Mike McCarthy anticipates Datone Jones making a "huge jump" this season and we project him to "Make the Leap," but nobody's expectations are higher than Green Bay's second-year pass rusher. "I won't be satisfied until I'm the best in... more

Kansas City's paper-thin offensive line has taken another hit. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that reserve blocker Rokevious Watkins has been suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Watkins was signed... more

The New Orleans Saints have used the past two offseasons to restock the shelf at wide receiver. We've already pegged first-round pick Brandin Cooks as a lead candidate to top all rookie pass-catchers in yardage this season. He's also an ideal... more

Tape-watchers are all over the map on Nick Foles. When Around The League's Chris Wesseling ranked the quarterbacks this week, he placed the Philadelphia Eagles starter in his "borderline franchise" category, noting that Foles' "numbers are more... more

After five seasons in St. Louis and another eight in Green Bay, 34-year-old free agent defensive tackle Ryan Pickett wants one more shot to suit up. "I can still play ball . Just turn on the tape," Pickett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week.... more

The Top 100 Players of 2014 countdown reached the top 20 on Wednesday with the unveiling of Nos. 11 through 20. They've done it again. Schein: Rodgers is NFL's best Aaron Rodgers' No. 11 ranking on the "Top 100" is an outrage and unworthy of the... more

ROSENTHAL'S TOP 10 HANZUS' TOP 10 SESSLER'S TOP 10 WESSELING'S TOP 10 PATRA'S TOP 10 We've reached the end of the yellow brick road on the NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 countdown. On Wednesday night, players 10 through 1... more

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu hopes to do more than watch from the sideline when training camp kicks off later this month. Seven months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL , the second-year safety said he's back in the... more

If we know anything about this year's Pittsburgh Steelers, it's this: Speed will set them apart from last year's incarnation. First-round pick Ryan Shazier hits the scene as the fastest linebacker to enter the NFL since Brian Urlacher, while... more

The Around The League gang has pegged Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter as one of our "Making the Leap" candidates , but he isn't the only Tennessee pass-catcher planning for a breakout year. "I've got to get better," †tight end Delanie Walker said,... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 8 on the list: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart. Why Gerhart is on the list We pegged running back Toby Gerhart as a "Making the Leap" candidate... more

The Arizona Cardinals are counting on at least one more monster campaign from John Abraham. With Daryl Washington suspended for at least a year and fellow inside linebacker Karlos Dansby out the door for Cleveland, the Cards have seen the heart of... more

Ben Tate didn't come to Cleveland to sit and watch. While the Browns are talking openly about a backfield by committee , the former Houston Texans runner said last month that his in-house competition is of little concern . Does Tate have what it... more

Atlanta's Julio Jones claimed last month that he and Roddy White form the top receiving tandem †in the NFL. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson doesn't disagree. "The best duo in the NFL, I'd probably have to say that's pretty accurate,"... more

June

The Cleveland Browns used last month's draft to grab their quarterback of tomorrow in Johnny Manziel. The team hopes to keep his competition around for the long haul, too. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Browns have staged... more

While the Cleveland Browns patiently await word on Josh Gordon's looming suspension, the team must ponder the reality of life -- or, at least, a season -- without their most dangerous pass-catcher. A ban for the wide receiver would instantly shift... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 10 on the list: Cleveland Browns pass rusher Jabaal Sheard. Why Sheard is on the list Having led his team in sacks in each of his first three NFL seasons, Jabaal... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 15 on the list: Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. Why Ertz is on the list As Coby Fleener's replacement at Stanford in 2012, Zach Ertz scattered Chip... more

Mike Pettine has penned another chapter to the†Playbook Anecdote Heard Round The World . One day after his comments to Greg Bedard of The MMQB caught fire and strangely united Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick , the Cleveland Browns coach went on record... more

Greg Robinson is viewed as one of the safest offensive linemen to arrive through the draft in many years, but the St. Louis Rams rookie is struggling with his switch from bookend to guard. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon... more

We're enthralled by Washington's offense, but the Redskins made our list of "Minicamp Losers" because of a defense that just lost Jason Hatcher to arthroscopic surgery. The team's big-money addition is slated to return by camp, but it's hardly a... more

Niners play-caller Greg Roman isn't giving away any secrets about San Francisco's new-look offense, but we do know one thing: Michael Crabtree is all the rage. Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reported Thursday that the sixth-year wide receiver... more

As teams league-wide break for summer, Mike Wallace must be feeling pretty good about himself. After all, we struggle to find a player bathing in more praise these days than the Dolphins wide receiver. Coach Joe Philbin capped Thursday's final... more

Eyebrows were raised last week when the Texans revealed that No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney had undergone sports hernia surgery. The surprise procedure wiped out the pass rusher's availability for this week's minicamp, but coach Bill O'Brien... more

The Dallas Cowboys have hinted for months that a fat, new contract will eventually be handed to Dez Bryant. Everyone from coach Jason Garrett to team vice president Stephen Jones has pointed to the star wide receiver as the type of player the... more

Kurt Warner is locked into history with the Arizona Cardinals. Team president Michael Bidwill announced Wednesday that the celebrated quarterback will be inducted into the organization's Ring of Honor. Warner will be honored at halftime of Arizona's... more

The San Francisco 49ers turned heads in March when they shipped a sixth-round pick to the Jaguars in exchange for Blaine Gabbert. One of the wildest quarterback busts of recent days, the former Jacksonville starter has been reduced to battling for... more

The San Francisco 49ers are hinting at a new-look offense come September. NFL Media's Alex Flanagan was on hand for Tuesday's mandatory minicamp practice, where play-caller Greg Roman spoke of change. "Starting with the beginning of the offseason,... more

Five years removed from his titanic 2,000-yard outburst, New York Jets running back Chris Johnson says he can reach those heights again in 2014. "I'd just retire and not play anymore if I didn't feel like I was still capable of being a 2,000-yard... more

After landing on our "Making the Leap" list last summer , Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller hopes to make good on those expectations one year later. The third-year back has spent the past three weeks as the starter in Bill Lazor's... more

While the New Orleans Saints toil away in organized team activities this week, the organization's star tight end is about to find out if he's actually a wide receiver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Jimmy Graham's long-awaited system... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 figures we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 18 on the list: Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and general manager David Caldwell . Why Bradley is on the list Plucked from Pete Carroll's coaching tree... more

The receiver-needy Cleveland Browns have no need for Earl Bennett. The team on Tuesday terminated the contract of the six-year veteran just one month after signing the former Bears pass-catcher to a one-year, $730,000 deal. The contract contained... more

Marshawn Lynch isn't the only player in the NFC West pondering life after football . After San Francisco 49ers cornerback Eric Wright failed to show for Tuesday's mandatory minicamp practice, coach Jim Harbaugh told the media that the 28-year-old... more

Someone has to start under center for the Houston Texans. Why not Ryan Fitzpatrick? Coach Bill O'Brien announced Tuesday that the veteran quarterback has won the team's No. 1 role. "He's a guy that earned the job," said O'Brien following Houston's... more

The Cleveland Browns have their quarterback of tomorrow under lock and key. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has already signed his deal with the Texans. Find out which other first-rounders have secured contracts.... more

On Monday's podcast , we thoroughly agitated a handful of NFL fan bases by announcing which teams already have no shot at making the Super Bowl this season. The Buffalo Bills were cited largely because of legitimate questions under center, where EJ... more

Chris Wesseling is banging the table to turn the Pittsburgh Steelers into our 2014 Team of Around the League . The team is a compelling choice because of increased speed on both sides of the ball, an enticing cast of rookies and one of the game's most... more

The Dallas Cowboys are down to Brandon Weeden under center. With Tony Romo recovering from back surgery and Kyle Orton still AWOL , the Cleveland Browns castoff is set to work exclusively with the first-team offense during this week's mandatory... more

Whether or not the Eagles pay an on-field price for cutting DeSean Jackson, Chip Kelly's decision to move on from the three-time Pro Bowl wideout sent a crystal clear message to his locker room. "The whole DeSean Jackson thing, that helped out, to... more

The Dallas Cowboys have their first-round draft pick under contract. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has already signed his deal with the Texans. Find out which other first-rounders have secured contracts. More...... more

When Brandon Flowers was sent packing by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, we figured the former Pro Bowl cornerback wouldn't be unemployed for long. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning... more

The New York Jets don't see Chris Johnson as a skill player creeping into the decline phase of his career. The former Titans star who once barreled his way to 2,000 yards in a single season no longer fit the plan in Tennessee, but Johnson's new position... more

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis isn't the only big name in the NFC West angling for a new deal . Schein: Indispensable offensive stars Some guys are just irreplaceable. Adam Schein spotlights offensive players who mean everything to their... more

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has taken pen to paper to explain why he's holding out. Less than a week after saying he'd attend the team's mandatory minicamp, Davis has reversed course, taking over Peter King's Monday Morning... more

The Texans are bracing for Andre Johnson to take his offseason disappearing act to the next level. Asked Friday if his All-Pro wide receiver planned to show up for next week's mandatory minicamp, coach Bill O'Brien acknowledged that Johnson's intentions... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have seen enough of Brandon Flowers. The cornerback confirmed Friday on Twitter that he's been released by the team that picked him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft: Just want to say thanks to the Hunt family for the... more

The Texans have four quarterbacks. They plan to keep three. That means someone's about to hit the breadline. Longtime Houston Chronicle beat writer John McClain predicts the odd man out †will be T.J. Yates. Despite winning the franchise's first... more

The first overall pick in last month's draft has gone under the knife. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has already signed his deal with the Texans. Find out which other first-rounders have secured contracts. More...... more

Prepare yourself for a dose of the old-school in Pittsburgh. After the Steelers sank to 27th in rushing last season, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the Black and Gold have made it a priority to slash opponents on the ground in 2014. The... more

The Cleveland Browns are sticking to their word at the quarterback position. Coach Mike Pettine told reporters Thursday that rookie Johnny Manziel will stare up at Brian Hoyer when training camp opens next month. "When we put the depth chart... more

In Pittsburgh, the Steelers are falling hard for †rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier. Roughly 2,500 miles west, in Oakland, pass rusher Khalil Mack is having a similar sway over his Raiders teammates. "He's going to have a lot of sacks late in the down,"... more

The New York Giants are holding their breath. Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reported Thursday that veteran linebacker Jon Beason was carted away during the team's offseason practice session. Coach Tom Coughlin later revealed that Beason injured the... more

Warren Sapp's consistent slam of the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense as an "old and slow" beast in decline no longer holds true. The drafting of Ryan Shazier gives coordinator Dick LeBeau a freakish new toy: the fastest linebacker to grace the league... more

With offseason practices in full swing, football fans from east to west are getting a first look at this year's class of rookies. Non-contact sessions don't tell us much, with running backs and shifty wideouts given the green light to flow through... more

It's no secret: The Carolina Panthers are hurting for help at wide receiver. With Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr. out the door, quarterback Cam Newton has heard the whispers about his stripped-down cast of wideouts. "Those guys have... more

With a whopping five quarterbacks on the roster, Terrelle Pryor is no lock to make the Seattle Seahawks. Acquired from the Oakland Raiders in April for a seventh-round draft pick, the athletic work-in-progress†"has not looked good," according to... more

The St. Louis Rams raised eyebrows last month when not one of their 11 draft picks was used on a wide receiver. Making the Leap in 2014 Around The League profiles 25 players (like Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes ) primed to enjoy breakout seasons.... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 23 on the list: Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael. Why Michael is on the list He almost wasn't on the list. Despite Michael's limited-but-juicy... more

Jabaal Sheard and the Cleveland Browns are busy†making long-term plans . The productive outside linebacker told reporters Tuesday that his camp has spoken with the team about a contract extension. "Hopefully it works out," †Sheard said, per the... more

When Around The League spoke with Bill Lazor on Monday, the Dolphins play-caller hinted that Miami's reimagined offense would employ a feverish tempo come September. Dolphins defenders are confirming as much. "I've never seen anything this fast,"... more

The Tennessee Titans aren't about to let Jurrell Casey go to market. NFL Media's Albert Breer recently noted that the team is engaged in early contract talks to lock up the disruptive nose tackle. Making the Leap in 2014 Around The League profiles... more

Darrell Bevell sent fantasy football types into a frenzy last week when the Seahawks offensive coordinator hinted at a committee approach to Seattle's backfield come September. Amid waves of praise for second-year runner Christine Michael, Bevell... more

After losing a dozen starts to injury over the past three campaigns, Jay Cutler is beefing up. Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman recently emphasized the work his quarterback has put in to squelch a four-season streak of missing at least one game due to... more

The Buffalo Bills haven't made the playoffs since Bill Clinton roamed the White House, but linebacker Brandon Spikes says change is coming to Upstate New York. "I think we're gonna shock the world this season," Spikes said Monday. "I'm all in."... more

The Cleveland Browns have been scoffed at for their heavy-handed insistence that Johnny Manziel is -- for now, at least -- nothing more than a backup quarterback. Meritocracy, after all, rarely applies to first-round signal-callers anymore, but NFL... more

If you're keeping score at home, go ahead and cross the Cleveland Browns off the list of Hard Knocks hopefuls. Coach Mike Pettine told reporters over the weekend that his team was approached by HBO before drafting Johnny Manziel, but rejected an offer... more

Say hello to Johnny Baseball. The San Diego Padres on Saturday used their 28th-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft to grab Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel: With the 837th pick of the 2014 #MLBDraft , the #Padres select SS @jmanziel2... more

As June creeps along, coaches and players around the league aren't far away from the brief summer break they're afforded before next month's training camp. If your name's James Harrison, though, there is no rest. Still hoping to catch on with a new... more

The Detroit Lions promise to be a fun watch under the direction of new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. The former Saints quarterbacks coach told reporters in February that Detroit's Matthew Stafford-led attack will offer a "lot of similarities"... more

Everyone from Mike Mayock to Around The League's Dan Hanzus pegged Johnny Manziel as a draft-day†possibility for the Dallas Cowboys. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 2 pick Greg Robinson has yet to sign with the Rams. Find out which... more

On a Texans team bursting at the seams †with backup quarterback types , Ryan Fitzpatrick holds the early lead to suit up as Houston's Week 1 starter. The team's official website on Friday called Fitzpatrick the "odds-on favorite" to win the job, while... more

Before drafting Johnny Manziel, the Browns were long whispered about as a potential suitor for New England Patriots passer Ryan Mallett. Had play-caller Norv Turner had his way last season in Cleveland, though, the team would have made a deal for... more

Thirty-three backs broke more runs of 20-plus yards than Giovani Bernard last season, but the Cincinnati Bengals runner plans to correct that statistic in Year 2. "If you're a running back, you always want to be able to have explosive runs ," Bernard... more

The Houston Texans have their man. Jadeveon Clowney on Friday signed his deal with the team that made him the first overall pick in last month's draft, NFL Media's Steve Wyche reported Friday, per a team source. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain,... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are running out of patience with Da'Quan Bowers. After losing his starting job last offseason because of poor conditioning, the defensive end is in peril of losing his roster spot for the very same reason, according to Roy... more

The San Francisco 49ers have quarterback Colin Kaepernick signed deep into the future , but will Jim Harbaugh stick around to coach him? That†question remains unanswered , according to ProFootballTalk. A source told the site that, while the 49ers... more

While the St. Louis Rams house the pieces on defense to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks, it's their own starting signal-caller who led Chris Wesseling to opine that, unless Sam Bradford emerges, St. Louis is "doomed to mediocrity in the NFL's most... more

Mike Wallace is the first to admit that he wasn't a fan of Mike Sherman's stuck-in-the-mud offense last season in Miami. "I didn't feel like I knew what was going on ," the Dolphins wide receiver recently said of a scheme that failed to make the most of... more

The Buffalo Bills spent last season flip-flopping through quarterbacks from beginning to end. EJ Manuel's injury-riddled rookie campaign propelled Thad Lewis and even Jeff Tuel into a scheme that failed to grow as play-caller Nathaniel Hackett had... more

An offseason of second chances under center rages on. Two months after the 49ers executed a trade with the Jaguars to acquire first-round flop Blaine Gabbert, the Chicago Bears are†adding a former crash-and-burn starter of their own. NFL Media... more

A flaky lawsuit accusing Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel of sexual harassment has been tossed out of court. "The complaint is stricken as immaterial, impertinent and scandalous ," U.S. District Court judge Steven Merryday wrote in a... more

Alshon Jeffery claims that he and Brandon Marshall form the finest duo of wide receivers in the NFL. Pierre Garcon would beg to differ. The Washington Redskins pass-catcher told NFL AM on Thursday that he and free-agent addition DeSean Jackson... more

After missing 24 games over the past three seasons, Danny Amendola knows that his durability is a talking point. He just doesn't want to be the one doing the talking. The New England Patriots wide receiver hung up on a local radio station... more

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has been willing to skip voluntary offseason workouts -- and his $200,000 bonus -- to pursue a new deal with the team that drafted him. Mandatory minicamp might be next. "I'm not sure at the moment,"... more

It's stunning to see people question the Colin Kaepernick deal. When San Francisco on Wednesday signed its starting quarterback to a six-year, $126 million extension , the 49ers wisely locked down the face of their franchise for years to come.... more

The New York Giants have yet another defensive back facing a league-imposed suspension. The team on Wednesday announced that third-year cornerback Jayron Hosley has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season without pay for violating... more

As it turns out, Marcell Dareus wasn't the only member of the Buffalo Bills involved in Friday's racing incident. Fellow defensive lineman Jerry Hughes confirmed to reporters after Wednesday's OTA session that he was behind the wheel of the black... more

Tuesday did not start swimmingly for Johnny Manziel. Taking snaps with Cleveland's first and second team during organized team activities, the rookie quarterback threw a trio of interceptions to Browns defenders. After flinging the ball to undrafted... more

No matter who winds up playing quarterback in Tampa Bay, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford plans to drive fantasy owners insane in the backfield come September. With Doug Martin, Mike James, Bobby Rainey and rookie Charles Sims at his... more

The San Francisco 49ers aren't the only NFC West power expecting to field a deeper, more dangerous cast of wide receivers this season. The reigning Super Bowl champion Seahawks used the draft to add lightning-quick Paul Richardson to a group that... more

The Dolphins struck gold last season when they†took a chance on a free-agent defensive back with an injury history in Brent Grimes. One year later, Miami hopes to hit pay dirt again with open-market addition Louis Delmas, the oft-injured former Lions... more

The Oakland Raiders have used this offseason to stock the shelves with competition at the receiver position. After adding free-agent wideout James Jones, general manager Reggie McKenzie went out and signed veteran Greg Little. Despite the veteran... more

May

HOLLYWOOD -- The Chicago Bears have found themselves a motivated understudy to Matt Forte. Rookie running back Ka'Deem Carey told Around The League on Friday that he expects to see plenty of carries out of the gate in Marc Trestman's offense.... more

The New York Giants will open this season without the services of Will Hill for the third consecutive year. The team on Friday announced that the third-year safety lost his appeal and has been suspended six games without pay for violating the... more

The Buffalo Bills have one of the NFL's deepest backfields , but their ability to scorch teams on the ground this season will boil down to a healthy C.J. Spiller. The dynamic runner was never the same after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 4, but... more

The New York Jets thought enough of Eric Decker's exploits in Denver to sign the former Broncos pass-catcher to a five-year, $36.25 million contract in March. On a roster that could see anyone from Stephen Hill to Jeremy Kerley play second fiddle at... more

Luke Joeckel doesn't spend much time pondering the broken ankle that ended his rookie season with the Jaguars just five games in. "It's done," Joeckel said Thursday, per The Florida Times-Union. "I'm trying to throw it out of my mind. I've just... more

Following a topsy-turvy half decade in the Big Apple, Mark Sanchez says he's "just entering the prime" of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. "I love being here. This is the best place I could have landed," the quarterback told reporters... more

As Jermichael Finley creeps closer to a potential on-field return, the former Green Bay Packers tight end continues to draw interest from potential suitors. Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, told "PFT Live" on Thursday that the rehabbing pass-catcher is... more

Jeremy Maclin is one step closer to a full recovery from last summer's devastating knee injury. Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters Thursday that the sixth-year wide receiver has been full go during Philadelphia's first week of organized team... more

A lack of depth and game-changing talent at the wide receiver position arguably cost the San Francisco 49ers a repeat trip to the Super Bowl last season. Coach Jim Harbaugh believes that won't be an issue come September, telling reporters Wednesday... more

When Around The League met with Seahawks general manager John Schneider at the NFL Annual Meeting in March, nothing brought a bigger smile to his face than talking about Christine Michael. The hard-charging second-year running back barely saw action... more

The Washington Redskins have their entire rookie class under contract. The team on Thursday announced the signing of third-round selection Morgan Moses, the hulking offensive tackle out of Virginia who has a shot to crack the starting lineup come... more

Putting his lightning-rod Vegas jaunt in the rear-view mirror , Johnny Manziel got down to business on Wednesday in Cleveland. After taking third-team reps with the offense last week, the Browns rookie quarterback hopscotched a yet-to-be-cleared... more

Around The League didn't pay much attention to Johnny Manziel's weekend junket to Las Vegas because it seemed, to us, like much ado about nothing. Mike Pettine agrees. The coach of the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday called the national fervor over... more

Johnny Manziel's high-octane voyage to Sin City hasn't kept the rookie from making progress on the field with the Browns. NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that the former Texas A&M quarterback opened Wednesday's organized team activities with... more

One month after casting doubt over his availability for the regular-season opener , Rob Gronkowski spoke hopefully about his return from the ACL and MCL tears he sustained in December. The New England Patriots tight end told reporters Wednesday that... more

The Houston Texans have plenty of signal-callers, but nothing resembling a starter. New coach Bill O'Brien told reporters on Tuesday that the team's quarterback competition remains "wide open" after the first day of OTAs, according to Brian T. Smith of... more

What are the Miami Dolphins doing with Dion Jordan? On the heels of his enigmatic rookie season, the second-year pass rusher resurfaced at the team's OTAs this week as a hulked-up behemoth. After clocking in at 248 pounds at the 2013 NFL Scouting... more

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks cited the Colts as owning the fifth-best collection of pass-catchers in the league. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton plans on using them. "We're going to be a score-first team," Hamilton said recently, per ESPN.com's Mike... more

The San Francisco 49ers ultimately added five players to their roster in exchange for dealing a quarterback they no longer wanted to the Chiefs. Now it's Kansas City's turn to decide if they want Alex Smith around for the long haul. Amid word... more

With Memorial Day weekend in the rearview mirror, the vast majority of NFL teams will get down to business this week. A whopping 21 squads launch organized team activities Tuesday with another four clubs -- the Browns, Buccaneers, Cardinals and... more

While Johnny Manziel junkets in Nevada , our proud gang of Around The League scribes is on lockdown here in Culver City, banging out NFL news from dawn to dusk. With 21 NFL teams set to dive into organized team activities on Tuesday, let's dump the... more

Thirty-two teams passed on him for five full rounds before the Washington Redskins took a chance on Lache Seastrunk. The rookie running back who teamed with Robert Griffin III at Baylor believes his new employer has uncovered a gem. "I feel I... more

Carson Palmer has watched Arizona's offense come into full bloom this spring under second-year coach Bruce Arians. The Cardinals starting quarterback told Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic that last offseason's ponderous install has given way to... more

Is Shonn Greene fighting for his roster spot with the Titans? Plugged-in beat writer Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean noted Monday that the veteran running back could find himself the odd man out even after the team parted ways with Chris Johnson.... more

Ace Sanders believes the Jacksonville Jaguars finally have themselves a legitimate cast of wide receivers. The second-year pass-catcher was thrilled to see the team use a pair of draft picks on Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee in an effort to offset the... more

The arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo came as little surprise to Tom Brady. The longtime Patriots signal-caller knew New England would eventually mine the draft for a potential heir apparent. "I felt like I had a pretty good idea we'd take a quarterback... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have Andy Dalton's understudy under contract. The team on Thursday announced the signing of rookie AJ McCarron, the former Alabama quarterback selected in the fifth round of this month's draft. First-round draft pick signing... more

Thirteen seasons into his celebrated NFL career, Drew Brees has no designs on fading away. With three years left on his mega-deal with the Saints, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback is aiming to compete for another half decade -- at least. "Do I... more

Marshawn Lynch just wasn't in the mood to meet the president. While the rest of his Seahawks teammates voyaged to the White House †on Wednesday to celebrate their Super Bowl win, Beast Mode just "didn't want to go," according to his mother.... more

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The Denver Broncos are less than four months away from their regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Chris Harris says he'll be ready. Debate: Best cornerback tandem? Which NFL team boasts the top CB duo heading into the 2014 campaign?... more

While plenty of his former teammates in Philadelphia back DeSean Jackson as a game-changing brother-in-arms , the wide receiver's March release from the Eagles raised its share of concerns over his character . In a recent interview with DJ Skee ,... more

The Browns weren't kidding around about shoving Johnny Manziel down the depth chart . NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Wednesday that Cleveland launched its offseason workout activities with veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer taking first-team snaps... more

The Bucs are back on the Mike Glennon Express. After months of lukewarm praise and hints that last year's rookie starter might be shopped , general manager Jason Licht now says Tampa's new regime became sold on Glennon as the long-term answer at... more

The New York Giants' decision to ignore the tight end position in this month's draft leaves the untested Adrien Robinson with a chance to compete for a starting role come September. Heady territory for a player with zero catches over his first two seasons... more

While Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro hopes to catch 100 passes in New York, and Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks believes he'll make an "immediate impact" in New Orleans, Cody Latimer has tempered his first-year expectations with the Denver... more

The New York Giants have struck a deal with their shiny new toy in the passing game. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with the Texans. Find out which first-round selections have already struck... more

Greg Hardy is back with the Carolina Panthers. The Charlotte Observer reported that the Pro Bowl defensive end returned to voluntary workouts with his teammates Monday, less than a week after he was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female and... more

The Chicago Bears are keeping Brandon Marshall around for the long haul. The Pro Bowl wide receiver on Monday signed a three-year, $30 million extension during a live taping of ABC's "The View." To our knowledge, it's the first time Jenny McCarthy... more

The Arrelious Benn Experiment is back on in Philly. The Eagles on Monday re-signed the 6-foot-2 wide receiver after cutting him on Friday . Guaranteed to be making less than the $1.1 million he was due under his former deal, the oft-injured Benn could... more

Kyle Orton remains hidden away. The Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback has yet to make an appearance at the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program, but coach Jason Garrett still expects the 31-year-old arm to resurface in due time. The team... more

One day after locking down second-round draft pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste, the New Orleans Saints on Sunday did the same with their first-round selection. General manager Mickey Loomis announced through the team's official website that rookie wide... more

Teams around the league are getting their first on-field look at the rookies they inherited in this month's draft. Naturally, the early word on these newbies -- to a man -- is overwhelmingly positive. Everyone's bigger, faster and far more daunting than... more

The Falcons are a strong bet to improve on their disastrous four-win campaign of last season for two reasons: One, they've added size and depth in the trenches to both sides of the ball. Two, wide receiver Julio Jones is back in the mix. At... more

Once gushed over by Broncos general manager John Elway as a Darren Sproles clone, Ronnie Hillman wasn't even active for Denver's Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks. The third-year back's four fumbles over two seasons have all but squelched the hype... more

"I'm sure Cam is not mad at me now," general manager Dave Gettleman said of his star quarterback after the Panthers used the No. 28 overall pick to grab wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in this month's draft. If Saturday's minicamp activity is any... more

While Brandin Cooks plans to make an "immediate impact" for the New Orleans Saints, fellow rookie wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. is just hoping to make it to training camp with the Baltimore Ravens. The son of Hall of Fame pass-catcher Jerry Rice has... more

In a division stocked with rookie talent at the receiver position -- Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin, for starters -- Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is glad Brandin Cooks is on his side. "I was like, 'Ooh. This guy opens your eyes,'" Ryan said of... more

The Michael Sam docuseries is on hold. The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Friday announced a postponement of the series set to chronicle the life of the St. Louis Rams rookie. "After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams,... more

Detroiturbex.com The following won't sit well with anyone who grew up watching Barry Sanders dance and dart his way through opponents at the once-proud Pontiac Silverdome. Home to the Detroit Lions from 1975 through 2001, the venue today... more

After casting predictions for this year's crop of rookie signal-callers and running backs , it's time to dig into the newbie wide receivers. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with the Texans.... more

Andre Johnson's standoff with the Houston Texans didn't prevent the team's new head coach from getting down to business Friday. After wrapping the squad's first rookie minicamp practice, Bill O'Brien declined to comment on his star wideout's displeasure... more

The way we see it, Tajh Boyd might never start a game for the New York Jets -- at least not at quarterback. With Geno Smith, Michael Vick and Matt Simms ahead of him, the rookie passer out of Clemson isn't a threat to take over under center, but might... more

The chaos swirling around Cleveland's ragtag collection of wide receivers wasn't enough to save Greg Little. The Browns on Friday announced the release of the drop-prone pass-catcher after just three seasons in Cleveland. The move comes one day... more

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Whether or not Derek Carr takes the field for the Raiders this season, Dennis Allen sees plenty to like in the rookie passer. Oakland's head coach told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday that the former Fresno State signal-caller impressed the team with... more

Now that he's a member of the Cincinnati Bengals , former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron admits the slings and arrows aimed his way during the pre-draft process took their toll. "It (stinks) that it hurt me like that, but at the same time, I feel like... more

Broncos second-round draft pick Cody Latimer couldn't have landed in a finer spot as a young wide receiver, but his first hurdle as a pro comes immediately. Mike Klis of The Denver Post reported Wednesday that the former Indiana University pass-catcher... more

Tampa Bay looks an awful lot like home to Josh McCown. After the Buccaneers used last week's draft to add 6-foot-5 Mike Evans at wideout along with the equally tall Austin Seferian-Jenkins at tight end, the team's starting quarterback acknowledged:... more

When the Vikings traded up into the first round to draft Teddy Bridgewater, they knew their quarterback of the future would spend his first two seasons in Minnesota playing outdoors at oft-frigid TCF Bank Stadium . Amid draftniks'†concerns over... more

The San Francisco 49ers spent all last season struggling with depth at the wide receiver position, but that shouldn't be a problem in 2014. Not after general manager Trent Baalke drafted the explosive Bruce Ellington and swung a trade with the... more

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says Cleveland isn't about to cut ties with Josh Gordon. "Josh is learning and growing and improving as a person," Haslam said Monday of the team's All-Pro receiver, per The Plain Dealer. "He's learning how to work hard. He's... more

No matter how Johnny Manziel ultimately wound up on Cleveland's card , Teddy Bridgewater insists he's just glad it wasn't his name called by the Browns at No. 22. "I actually told my agent that that's not the place where I wanted to be," Bridgewater... more

Pittsburgh's draft haul revived an aging Steelers defense with youth and speed, but the Black and Gold also added a human giant. Longtime beat writer Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes that mammoth Daniel McCullers , taken in the sixth... more

Patrick Peterson couldn't help but smile at the four-year, $56 million contract †extension that Seattle handed Richard Sherman last week. The Cardinals cornerback told reporters Monday that he's worth even more than what the Seahawks paid their... more

The Ravens are hoping an undrafted prospect with Hall of Fame bloodlines can help their offense. The son of Jerry Rice has been invited to try out for the club at its rookie minicamp starting Friday, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.... more

NEW YORK -- Three months ago, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam became one of America's most discussed sports figures after announcing that he planned to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. On Saturday, he was given that chance by the... more

NEW YORK -- Talked about for weeks as a team that might add a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Jets did exactly that. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from... more

NEW YORK -- With the departure of Josh McCown, the Bears were a logical bet to look for a young quarterback in this year's draft. Chicago waited six rounds to pull the trigger, but coach Marc Trestman has unearthed a new pupil to groom in San Jose State's... more

NEW YORK -- As contract talks with veteran Alex Smith creep along slowly, the Kansas City Chiefs have tapped the 2014 NFL Draft for a rookie quarterback. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch... more