Kevin Patra

Kevin Patra

Kevin Patra has been writing for since 2013 after a three-year run on the NFL Network newsdesk. He is more handsome than he appears.


The news regarding Johnny Manziel's benching continues to evolve. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL GameDay Morning that the team felt betrayed by Manziel's actions. Issue for Johnny Manziel pre-bye: #Browns wanted him to stay... more

As the losses pile up in Philadelphia and vultures circle in the form of anonymous sources , the future of Chip Kelly will be heavily questioned as we drive toward the end of the calendar year. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL... more

When the Denver Broncos announced Peyton Manning would be out two weeks , they attached the "at least" modifier. Expect more than two weeks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL GameDay Morning that Manning is at least three weeks... more

Matt Forte will return to the starting lineup on Thanksgiving night for the Chicago Bears after missing the past three games. However, he will not resume his workhorse role. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL GameDay Morning that... more

Josh Norman circled today's date when the NFL schedule came out during the offseason. No, not because he was anticipating cramming his face with stuffing or guzzling down gallons of gravy. Instead, Norman has been looking forward to his head-to-head... more

It doesn't sound good for Darrelle Revis' prospects of facing the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The New York Jets sent the cornerback home to rest Wednesday as he deals with concussion symptoms. "He just wasn't 100 percent still and the doctors won't let... more

The opening weeks of Marcus Mariota's career focused almost exclusively on the rookie becoming a pocket passer. Now the coaching staff would like to get his legs more involved. "We're tinkering a little more with his running ability," interim coach Mike... more

Like cranberry sauce or awkward family hugs, Mark Sanchez is becoming something of a Thanksgiving tradition. Sanchez started for the Philadelphia Eagles today versus the Detroit Lions. Sam Bradford (concussion, shoulder) sat for the second straight... more

Marshawn Lynch missed Sunday's Seahawks win . He could be out much longer. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that the belief is Lynch's abdomen injury is a sports hernia. Lynch met with noted specialist Dr. William Meyers in... more

The injury Patrick Peterson suffered covering A.J. Green during Sunday night's win over the Cincinnati Bengals shouldn't be a long-term issue for the Arizona Cardinals cornerback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Peterson is believed... more

Mike McCoy's calescent seat in San Diego reached scalding levels following an embarrassing 33-3 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The pitchforks are out and the guillotine is sharpened, waiting for the coach. Long-time, respected Chargers... more

Greg Hardy will face his former team, the Carolina Panthers, on Thanksgiving. If the Dallas Cowboys pass rusher has any latent emotions about the reunion, he wasn't revealing them Sunday. "Just a nameless, faceless opponent," Hardy said, via .... more

At first blush, the 8-2 Arizona Cardinals are a group of grizzled veterans all enjoying Pro Bowl seasons: Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, Chris Johnson, Calais Campbell and Patrick Peterson. Yet in Sunday night's thrilling 34-31 victory over the... more

Call it the Hoodie Game. Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones donned a hooded sweatshirt in Sunday's 30-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings -- an odd garment for an NFL game. The veteran's attire became a social media sensation as Jones put on his... more

If the fine folks of New York weren't aware of how good DeAndre Hopkins is, they got a first-hand lesson Sunday. The Houston Texans wideout torched Pro Bowl corner Darrelle Revis as part of a five-catch, 118-yard, two-touchdown day in the win over the... more

Tony Romo's return sparked the first win for the Dallas Cowboys since September. To hear Cowboys players talk, it seemed as though Jesus walked and woke their season from the dead, Lazarus-style. "Romo made a difference; he made a difference," defensive... more

On his 25th birthday, Brock Osweiler helped lead the Denver Broncos (8-2) to a 17-15 win over the Chicago Bears (4-6) in his first career start. Here is what you need to know: 1. Brock Osweiler ran Gary Kubiak's offense. There was nothing spectacular... more

Brock Osweiler won't have an important receiving target when he makes his first career start. Denver Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders will miss Sunday's contest versus the Chicago Bears, according to the team. Sanders tested his injured ankle on a... more

The New Orleans Saints fired coordinator Rob Ryan this week after watching one of the worst defenses in NFL make pedestrians look like superstars game after game this season. Speaking on NFL Network's GameDay Morning , Ryan admitted a change had to be... more

The Washington Redskins torched the New Orleans Saints last week, racking up 510 total yards of offense. It was the last game for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who was fired Monday. "They made my bye week turn into a bye-bye week," Ryan said Sunday... more

Mark Sanchez starts his first game of the 2015 season Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's GameDay First that Sanchez is expected to start Thanksgiving with Sam... more

The New England Patriots will be without linebacker Jamie Collins on Monday night against the Buffalo Bills. The Pats officially ruled out Collins with an undisclosed illness. It will be the linebacker's third missed game with the illness. NFL Media... more

Colin Kaepernick's wayward 2015 season came to a surprising end Saturday. The San Francisco 49ers announced they placed Kaepernick on injured reserve and promoted quarterback Dylan Thompson to the active roster. Kaepernick was listed on the team's... more

The Dallas Cowboys officially moved Tony Romo to the active roster Saturday. The procedural move was expected all week as Romo returned to the practice field after missing seven games due to a clavicle injury suffered in Week 2. Romo started Sunday's... more

Rex Ryan conceded this week that the New England Patriots would win the AFC East . His players, however, won't admit the division race is over. "No, man, it's never over," running back Boobie Dixon said Friday, via the Buffalo News . "We ain't got no... more

The NFL's desire to expand the International Series to Mexico City continues in earnest. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported this week in his NFL notebook that the league will send a contingent to Mexico City for further evaluations of Azteca Stadium --... more

Carolina Panthers rookie receiver Devin Funchess is on track to make his first career start Sunday versus the Washington Redskins. The Panthers listed starting receiver Corey Brown as doubtful to play Sunday with a shoulder injury, meaning in all... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman returns to Seattle for the first time since suffering a gruesome knee injury in the 2013 NFC Championship game. The shredded knee cost Bowman all of 2014 and will motivate him Sunday. "I just want to win,... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Darren McFadden (groin) RB; Jeremy Mincey (thigh) DE, Dallas Cowboys McFadden was limited on Thursday and Friday. The Cowboys... more

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Marshawn Lynch is listed as questionable on the Seattle Seahawks' injury report ahead of Sunday's tilt with the San Francisco 49ers. Lynch sat out practices this week while dealing with an abdomen injury. He was... more

The Eagles officially ruled out Sam Bradford for Sunday's tilt with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, paving the way for Mark Sanchez's first start of the season. The move was expected after Bradford suffered a concussion and shoulder injury in a Week 10 loss.... more

Add one more intriguing plot line to Thursday night's Tennessee Titans-Jacksonville Jaguars tilt -- shown exclusively on NFL Network. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported rookie running back David Cobb will make his debut for the Titans . Cobb was... more

Teddy Bridgewater hasn't stuffed the stat sheet in 2015 and classmates like Derek Carr have outplayed the Minnesota Vikings' quarterback. Yet, behind Adrian Peterson, Bridgewater has helped the Vikes scale to the top of the NFC North. Teddy has become a... more

All season Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano has insisted he would keep 32-year-old running back Frank Gore on a "pitch count. " With a 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck set to start under center the next few weeks, the Colts could ditch the snap... more

With Brock Osweiler taking over quarterbacking duties for Peyton Manning, the prevailing belief among analysts is that the Denver Broncos will finally be able to run a more traditional Gary Kubiak-style offense. However, with a first-time starter under... more

What is a catch? It's becoming eminently clear no one has a clue. On a weekly basis we as a nation deal with a mind-wrenching torture wheel trying to decipher whether a man snagged an oblong pigskin from mid air and completed an amorphous set of... more

While Peyton Manning's body and play appear to be crumbling, Charles Woodson keeps chugging along at age 39. Woodson, who had been briefly breathed as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate during his 18th season, won't rule out playing a 19th year at... more

Tony Romo is expected to start Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys after missing seven games because of a broken collarbone, sources close to the quarterback told NFL Media's Desmond Purnell on Monday. Romo is eligible to return this week, but coach Jason... more

With Peyton Manning battling plantar fasciitis it's time for the Denver Broncos to take a long look at Brock Osweiler. Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Monday that Osweiler will start Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Kubiak said Manning won't dress as he... more

Greg Hardy's tumultuous tenure in Dallas continues. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Cowboys defensive end was late to work last Thursday and missed meetings last week, per a team source. Hardy made it in time for practice and... more

For the second straight week, Tom Brady watched one of his top playmakers lost for a large swath of the season. Last week, shifty back Dion Lewis went down with an ACL injury. Sunday it was reliable Julian Edelman who left with a broken bone in his foot... more

The Seattle Seahawks dug a 19-0 hole Sunday night before storming back to take a fourth-quarter lead. They eventually lost that lead and the game , as Carson Palmer diced up the home team's defense . "We put out such a miserable first half of football,"... more

The plan for Ben Roethlisberger to get a few weeks rest after suffering a mid-foot sprain didn't last long. Backup Ben took the field after just two series, when starter Landry Jones suffered an ankle injury. Roethlisberger's injury, suffered in Week... more

The Green Bay Packers' offense has looked discombobulated, wayward and often times anemic in recent weeks. No more so than during Sunday's 18-16 loss to a Detroit Lions defense that entered the weekend ranked second-to-last in the NFL in scoring. "We... more

The Chicago Bears wiped out the St. Louis Rams 37-13 on the back of two 80-plus yard touchdown plays at the Edward Jones Dome. Here is what you need to know: 1. The Bears used two huge catch-and-run touchdowns in the first half to bury the St. Louis... more

In wake of the tragic events that took place in Paris over the weekend, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requested teams hold a moment of silence prior to Sunday's games. The moment of silence for the victims took place prior to the national anthems, with... more

Eddie Lacy got demoted during the week and is officially inactive Sunday. The Green Bay Packers' running back was questionable with a groin injury and won't see the field versus the Detroit Lions. Coach Mike McCarthy announced this week that James... more

Ben Roethlisberger won't start, but will suit up Sunday. Big Ben will be active against the Cleveland Browns. NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports Roethlisberger will back up Landry Jones against the Cleveland Browns. "In case we need him," one... more

The Dallas Cowboys reached reality show levels of drama during their six-game losing skid. "It's the Real Housewives of Valley Ranch," NFL Media analyst Shaun O'Hara quipped Sunday morning on NFL Network's GameDay First . From the decision to sign... more

In wake of the tragic events that took place in Paris over the weekend, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has requested teams hold a moment of silence prior to Sunday's games. The moment of silence to honor the victims will take place prior to the national... more

Week 10 Cheat Sheet November 13, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Ben Roethlisberger (foot) QB, Pittsburgh Steelers Big Ben was limited in practice Thursday and Friday. We don't question... more

Peyton Manning is back at Denver Broncos practice Thursday. The quarterback sat out Wednesday with what coach Gary Kubiak called a "really sore" foot injury. It wasn't a surprise to see Manning get some rest, as was the team's plan heading into the... more

"Why?" It is a question constantly asked by two distinct sets of humans: 1) adolescent children curious about how the world works; 2) beat reporters. Following his demotion from starter to backup, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was asked... more

The current version of the St. Louis Rams' offense breaks down as such: 1) Todd Gurley runs; 2) Get Tavon Austin the ball; 3) Deep heave down field from Nick Foles. Toss those three options into a can, spit one out and you're likely to have the Rams'... more

The Arizona Cardinals are 1-3 the past two seasons when facing the Seattle Seahawks, their opponent Sunday night . After pulling off a 17-10 victory in a bare-fisted brawl in Seattle late in 2013, Bruce Arians' squad dropped two games to their division... more

While the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to insist the door is "slightly ajar " for Ben Roethlisberger (foot sprain) to play Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns, the reality is that Landry Jones is set to take snaps. Jones has performed well in two relief... more

The 1972 Miami Dolphins famously celebrate each season when the final NFL unbeaten falls. With a record three 8-0 teams in 2015, that champagne might be on ice longer this year. Don Shula, the '72 Dolphins' head coach, actually went so far as to say... more

An unhappy Mike Zimmer scowled at the podium Sunday after watching his starting quarterback get bounced from the game following an illegal hit. The in-game reaction of the Vikings' coach was far more NSFW. Lucky for us, Zimmer was mic'd up for... more

With Eddie Lacy's struggles, the Green Bay Packers made a switch to their running back pecking order prior to Sunday's tilt with the Detroit Lions. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Wednesday he considers James Starks the team's No. 1 tailback, with... more

The Dallas Cowboys' losing skid hit six sans Tony Romo this week. The signal-caller is eligible to return in Week 11, which means the Cowboys must endure at at least one more game against a frisky Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad before their miracle-working... more

Cam Newton uncorked several huge passes Sunday as the Carolina Panthers sprinted out to a huge lead over the Green Bay Packers and held on late to remain one of three undefeated teams. The quarterback's bad interception late could have changed the... more

Malcom Floyd isn't giving up on his career yet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the San Diego Chargers' receiver, who tore his labrum Monday night, will rehab and attempt to play through the injury, per two sources... more

Wes Welker's concussion history became a concern again when he signed with the St. Louis Rams on Monday. On Tuesday, the receiver dismissed those worries. "Not at all," he said when asked if he was worried when he walks on the field, via the St. Louis... more

Ben Roethlisberger was carted off the field during a game for the second time this season on Sunday after suffering a mid-foot sprain during the Steelers' 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported at the time that the... more

Lamarcus Joyner's illegal hit that knocked Teddy Bridgewater from Sunday's game -- a 21-18 win for the Minnesota Vikings over the St. Louis Rams -- brought many guttural reactions. The most notable came from NBC studio analyst Rodney Harrison during... more

The San Francisco 49ers added another runner to their banged-up backfield. The Niners announced Tuesday they had signed free agent Travaris Cadet. Three teams had interest in the shifty back. Pierre Thomas was released in a corresponding move. It's... more

With Matt Forte on the sidelines with a knee injury, the door opened for Jeremy Langford. The rookie burst through. While he didn't technically start -- coach John Fox electing to give Ka'Deem Carey the veteran's start -- he carried the load for the... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' linebacking corps suffered another blow, this one season-altering. An MRI on Monday revealed that rookie Jordan Hicks tore his pectoral muscle in Sunday's victory over the Dallas Cowboys, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports,... more

The San Diego Chargers host the Chicago Bears on Monday night in a battle of two-win teams. While the season looks lost for both franchises, there are plenty of reasons to watch this tussle in Southern California -- aside from your fantasy football... more

Marcus Mariota heaved quite possibly the worst pass of his young NFL career Sunday -- a deep wobbler that should have been intercepted . Instead Saints defensive backs Keenan Lewis and Jairus Byrd collided going for the pick. The ball caromed to Delanie... more

Antonio Brown wasn't alone on a football field catching passes Sunday. It just felt like it at times. The Pittsburgh Steelers receiver caught 17 passes for 284 receiving yards on 23 targets in the 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders. All three of those... more

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano told his team "either put up or shut up" prior to Sunday's clash with the Denver Broncos. The Colts put up. Andrew Luck and the Colts' offense under Rob Chudzinski came to life, including an uber impressive... more

Rex Ryan spent six years coaching the New York Jets. Thursday night he will return to MetLife Stadium with his Buffalo Bills, but insists he hasn't thought about facing his former team. "I promise you, it's just another opponent right now," Ryan said... more

With his hand so heavily wrapped it looked like a bulky, grey mitten, Jason Pierre-Paul returned to the football field for the first time since a Fourth of July fireworks accident cost him a finger, parts of two others and the first half of the 2015... more

Marcus Mariota lobbed a beautiful throw-back touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano in overtime to earn Mike Mularkey his first win as the 2-6 Tennessee Titans' interim head coach, 34-28 , over the New Orleans Saints (4-5). 1. Marcus Mariota returned in a... more

Indianapolis Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton is set to play in†Sunday afternoon's tilt with the Denver Broncos. The Colts' receiver, who had been battling a sprained foot all week, was listed as active by the team. Hilton, the Colts' top pass-catcher has... more

The future of every coach and player in the Detroit Lions' facility is on notice after owner Martha Firestone Ford cleared out president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew this week. That includes the future of quarterback Matthew Stafford.... more

Jason Pierre-Paul is back. The New York Giants announced Sunday afternoon the pass rusher is active and will play against the Buccaneers. It was a move that has been expected this week after JPP returned to practice. The pass rusher missed eight games... more

The Tennessee Titans cut running back Terrance West on Saturday. The team announced the move just over two months after it traded a conditional 2016 draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for the tailback. West didn't play enough to meet conditions of the... more

Matt Forte will officially miss the Chicago Bears' clash with the San Diego Chargers on Monday night. The team ruled out the running back Saturday due to a right knee injury, coach John Fox announced. Forte left last week's contest after taking a big... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line was destroyed in Week 2 by the Dallas Cowboys' defensive line. Now the Eagles will try to ward off Rod Marinelli's unit sans their best blocker. The Eagles announced Saturday that left tackle Jason Peters was... more

The reason the Tennessee Titans canned Ken Whisenhunt this week after just 23 games seemed obvious: to protect their young quarterback, Marcus Mariota. Whisenhunt has a terrible track record with young signal-callers. Yet, the main motivation for the... more

Prior to the Philadelphia Eagles' bye last week, there were deep questions about the running back rotation, namely why DeMarco Murray garnered the majority of snaps when Ryan Mathews proved the more productive runner. Ahead of Sunday night's tilt with... more

Percy Harvin is out for season after the Bills placed the wideout on injured reserve on Saturday. Bills general manager Doug Whaley foreshadowed the move Friday, telling Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News that the receiver could be put on season-ending... more

Vernon Davis joined the Denver Broncos Monday and the team has fast-tracked the tight end through the playbook in advance of Sunday afternoon's tilt versus the Colts in Indianapolis. "It's a little nerve-wracking as a coach because you don't want to put... more

The Green Bay Packers' offense has sagged of late, scoring just 19.5 points per contest in the last four games, after averaging 32.0 to start the season. The reasons for the struggles are plentiful, but following last week's meager showing against the... more

Week 9 Cheat Sheet November 06, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted T.Y. Hilton (foot) WR, Indianapolis Colts The wideout didn't practice all week, but Chuck Pagano said Friday he liked how Hilton... more

With Jason Pierre-Paul practicing this week, the optimism surrounding a possible return Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has bubbled. Take, for example, Odell Beckham Jr.'s hyperbole (we assume): "A guy who has been through so much, I only... more

With the San Francisco 49ers moving to Blaine Gabbert for Sunday's tilt against the Atlanta Falcons, offensive coordinator Geep Chryst compared the signal-caller to a certain former Niners quarterback: Alex Smith. Smith, like Gabbert, was drafted at 21... more

Is Andrew Luck the reason Pep Hamilton was fired by the Indianapolis Colts? It's a deep question, with many facets and tangents. Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel went right to the source, asking Luck, "Do you think you got him fired? " "Part... more

Andrew Luck could be without his top receiving threat when he faces the NFL's No. 1 defense on Sunday. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported on NFL HQ Friday morning that wideout T.Y. Hilton will be a game-time decision Sunday ahead of the Colts' clash with... more

Johnny Manziel flashed moments of potential, especially in the first half, during Thursday night's 31-10 Browns loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Following the contest, Cleveland coach Mike Pettine was frugal with his praise of the second-year quarterback... more

Tyler Eifert's health is one big underlying reason the Cincinnati Bengals' offense has been a consistent juggernaut in 2015. Eifert, who caught three touchdown passes in Thursday night's 31-10 romp over instate rival Cleveland Browns, has been big in... more

Jason Pierre-Paul returned to the practice field Wednesday for the New York Giants in an effort to get him on the field Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "JPP is in outstanding physical condition so we feel good about accelerating him along,"... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula confirmed Wednesday that Colin Kaepernick has been benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert for this week's tilt versus the Atlanta Falcons. "I met with the quarterbacks on Monday and made the decision to go with Blaine... more

The Cincinnati Bengals will be without their starting right tackle Thursday night when they take on the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals ruled out Andre Smith due to a concussion. Eric Winston, a nine-year veteran, will likely get the start in place of... more

Sticking to their modus operandi, the Chicago Bears remain mum regarding the extent of Matt Forte's knee injury. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears will go into their game Monday night versus the San Diego Chargers with rookie running... more

After watching Sunday's record-setting touchdown-fest, it was clear that Drew Brees would earn the NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor for Week 8. The quarterback tied a single-game record with seven touchdown tosses, officially threw for 505 yards... more

With Steve Smith Sr. out for the season -- and perhaps his career -- the Baltimore Ravens have added a wide receiver. The Ravens signed wideout Joe Morgan, the team announced on Wednesday. They also placed Smith on injured reserve. Morgan appeared in... more

The Houston Texans have lost five games, earned just three wins, own a -31 point differential and have been embarrassingly blown out twice. They are also currently tied for the best record in the AFC South. "It's not necessarily where you want to be... more

We have our first flexed "Sunday Night Football" game of the season. The NFL announced Monday it has moved the Week 11 Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals matchup on Sunday, Nov. 22, to the 8:30 p.m. ET prime-time slot on NBC. The Kansas City... more

Khiry Robinson's season is over. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton announced Monday that the running back had surgery on a tibia fracture Sunday night. Robinson was carted from the field during the second quarter of Sunday's 52-49 win over the New... more

Rex Ryan plans to get his starting quarterback on the field this week. "We expect Tyrod Taylor to be back , 100 percent, and ready to play on Sunday," the Buffalo Bills coach said. Taylor returned to the practice field Monday following the team's bye... more

Richard Sherman traveled with Dez Bryant during Sunday's 13-12 Seahawks victory, holding the Dallas Cowboys' Pro Bowl receiver to two catches for 12 yards. Sherman was glued to Bryant, who played 50 of 61 snaps in his first game since suffering a broken... more

While some veterans don't want to be shipped out of town ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, others don't sound like they'd mind too much. San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has heard his name pop up in trade rumors. "It's a... more

The Denver Broncos' defense flummoxed Aaron Rodgers during Sunday night's 29-10 choke slam at Mile High. After being held to a meager 77 passing yards -- the lowest of his career in a game he's started and didn't leave due to injury -- Rodgers was at a... more

Kwon Alexander was an unstoppable force for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, compiling a whopping 11 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in the 23-20 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons. Alexander, a rookie, played the game despite losing his... more

With the NFL trade deadline one day away, the influx of names swirling in the rumor cyclone will increase. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Cleveland Browns have engaged in discussions about potentially trading left tackle Joe... more

Blair Walsh nailed a 36-yard field goal as time expired to power the Minnesota Vikings (5-2) to a 23-20 victory over the Chicago Bears (2-5) at Soldier Field. Here is what you need to know: 1. Teddy Bridgewater struggled mightily for most of the day,... more

Matt Forte left with a knee injury in the second half of Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Forte, 29, walked to the locker room in Chicago under his own power and did not return. After the game, Bears coach John Fox told reporters he didn't... more

Alex Smith led the Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) on a 38-point scoring streak to bury the Detroit Lions (1-7) in London en route to a 45-10 win. Here is what you need to know: 1. Alex Smith did his best Steve Young impersonation for the London crowd. The... more


The Hayne Plane hit major NFL turbulence. In a surprise move, the San Francisco 49ers announced Saturday they waived Jarryd Hayne and promoted running back Kendall Gaskins to the active roster from the practice squad. Hayne, a former National Rugby... more

The odds Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will see the field Sunday got a whole lot better. The team announced Saturday they have activated the tackling maven to the active roster from the PUP list. Burfict was cleared to practice this... more

As Tuesday's trade deadline approaches, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte's name keeps getting tossed around. Given the Bears are in rebuilding mode and Forte is set to hit free agency in 2016, he's a logical candidate to discuss moving -- however... more

Cam Newton is likely to be missing his Pro Bowl center Monday night when the Carolina Panthers take on the Indianapolis Colts. Ryan Kalil is officially listed as doubtful for the 'MNF' matchup with an ankle injury. Coach Ron Rivera said Kalil would be a... more

With the emergence of a rejuvenated Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington has been relegated to a minor role in the Arizona Cardinals' offense. Things could begin to change Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday there... more

Dez Bryant won't officially be active for the Dallas Cowboys until game time Sunday, but the optimism flowing from Valley Ranch is overwhelming. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told KRLD-FM on Friday that the team "feels really good"... more

Week 8 Cheat Sheet Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Dez Bryant (foot) WR, Dallas Cowboys The Cowboys are optimistic that, barring a setback, Bryant will return... more

The woebegone San Francisco 49ers offense will be without their top running threat Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Carlos Hyde was officially ruled out with a foot injury. After bursting out in Week 1 (168 yards, 6.5 yards per carry, 2 TDs), Hyde... more

Marcus Mariota will miss his second straight game for the Tennessee Titans. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Friday that the rookie made progress dealing with a knee injury, but the team will hold him out versus the Houston Texans. Mariota practiced on a... more

Amari Cooper can catch. Amari Cooper can run. Amari Cooper can leap. Amari Cooper can toe-tap the sideline. There isn't much the Oakland Raiders' rookie receiver can't do on a football field. Every aspect of his teeming skill set was on display in... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing to start Ben Roethlisberger in Sunday's pivotal division tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he has no reservations about Big Ben this week and the team is comfortable with where the... more

The Dallas Cowboys lost on Sunday, but Darren McFadden won a greater share of the carries moving forward. Owner Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM on Tuesday that the back has earned the right to start Sunday in Seattle, via the Dallas Morning News . "He should... more

With Arian Foster headed to injured reserve, the Houston Texans' running back situation is back to square one, but won't make any additions. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning that the Texans don't plan to bring in a running back... more

Todd Gurley is the must-see show in St. Louis. The Rams running back became the first rookie with 125-plus rushing yards in three straight games since Cadillac Williams in 2005. Gurley's 433 yards in his first three starts are the fourth-most since... more

It's another day and another complaint about headset issues. As the Baltimore Ravens tried to furiously come back against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday night , they had communication issues with the headsets on their... more

The Baltimore Ravens (1-5) travel to the desert in desperate need of victory. The Arizona Cardinals (4-2) are coming off a disappointing loss in Week 6 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. With both birds craving victory, here are five things to watch:... more

The Philadelphia Eagles got some good news Monday. Coach Chip Kelly said left tackle Jason Peters should be good to go when the team reconvenes next week following the Week 8 bye. Peters was carted off the field Sunday night with what looked like a... more

Kirk Cousins got his "You like that!" moment Sunday in the Washington Redskins' come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It wouldn't have been possible without Jordan Reed on the field. The athletic tight end was Cousins' most pivotal... more

For three years Andrew Luck propped up a flawed Indianapolis Colts team. Now that the quarterback is struggling, the ship is springing leaks that threaten to sink the season. "I'd say I'm frustrated up here," Luck said after Sunday's 27-21 loss to the... more

Stream, stream, stream. Yahoo and the NFL announced Monday morning that the first-ever livestream football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills Sunday in London attracted 15.2 million unique viewers and 33.6 million total views.... more

The Dallas Cowboys didn't get a last-minute shot to earn a tie and force overtime with the New York Giants on Sunday . After holding the Giants on three-straight runs to force a punt, Dallas should have had about 1:30 for Matt Cassel to try and engineer... more

Brandon Marshall's ponderous season continues. While the wide receiver has been spectacular for the most part in 2015, he's had a fair share of boneheaded mistakes and costly errors. During Sunday's 30-23 loss to the New England Patriots, Marshall... more

As the Indianapolis Colts' season spirals, the tension is reaching the upper levels of the organization. Following Sunday's 27-21 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer reported that Colts owner Jim Irsay and general... more

With more than nine minutes left in the third quarter Sunday night and the game already slipping away from the Philadelphia Eagles, Ryan Mathews planted his foot in the ground, cut through the line, dashed passed Luke Kuechly and galloped by the Carolina... more

The Washington Redskins stormed back from a 24-0 first-half deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-30 on a last-minute touchdown throw from Kirk Cousins to Jordan Reed. It marked the biggest deficit overcome in franchise history. Here is what you... more

Ryan Mallett's season continues to implode. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the quarterback missed the Houston Texans' charter flight to Miami and had to fly commercial to join the team, per a source informed of the situation. Mallett told... more

Teddy Bridgewater led the Minnesota Vikings (4-2) to 22 straight points to defeat the Detroit Lions (1-6) 28-19 at Ford Field. Here is what you need to know: 1. Stefon Diggs isn't leaving the Vikings' starting lineup. The rookie receiver dazzled again... more

Last Sunday we discussed potential NFL coaches like Chip Kelly and Sean Payton possibly diving into the college ranks . This week we flip the script. On NFL Network's GameDay Morning, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted three college coaches open to... more

Lately, London has been the place where struggling coaches go to get fired. Last season the Oakland Raiders fired Dennis Allen after a loss across the pond. This season, the Miami Dolphins clipped Joe Philbin after a lackluster game in London. With... more

With the NFL trade deadline just 10 days away -- Nov. 3 -- rumors will begin to swirl with more gusto over the next week. Speaking on NFL Network's GameDay First on Sunday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provided us three names to watch, but noted that... more

Arizona Cardinals dynamic receiver John Brown is officially listed as questionable for Monday night's tilt with the Baltimore Ravens due to a hamstring injury. Brown was limited in practice on Saturday after missing Friday's session with the injury.... more

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is active and will play against the Lions today in Detroit. AP had been listed as questionable with an illness. The Vikings' running back had been listed as probable to play with a finger injury. Peterson was limited... more

Ben Roethlisberger made the trip to Kansas City, but we have another sign he is likely to sit one more week. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Saturday that they have promoted Tyler Murphy from the practice. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

The Delvin Breaux phenomenon is captivating New Orleans. The cornerback's journey from local blue-chip talent, to suffering a devastating neck injury, to standout CFL player, to stud Saints cover man makes an exceptional story. The local outlets are... more

It's officially official: Dez Bryant is out for the Dallas Cowboys' matchup with the New York Giants. The receiver was downgraded from doubtful to out on Saturday. Bryant didn't travel with the Cowboys on Friday. He was listed as doubtful on the... more

The New England Patriots' receiver corps is getting some firepower back ahead of their division matchup with the New York Jets. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Patriots are activating Brandon LaFell off the PUP list on Saturday, per a... more

The New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley (right shin) was added to the injury report Saturday in advance of their contest with the New England Patriots. With his status in doubt, Gang Green will bring back a familiar face.† The Jets have signed former... more

Frank Gore is 32-years-old and has 2,531 carries on his legs. In order to keep the 11-year pro fresh as the season progresses, the Indianapolis Colts have employed a snap strategy to limit Gore's plays. Colts coach Chuck Pagano clarified on Friday that... more

If even a sliver of doubt that the San Diego Chargers would not apply for relocation to Los Angeles lived, it has been dashed. Mark Fabiani, point man for the Chargers' LA efforts, told The Mighty 1090 AM in San Diego that the team will indeed file the... more

The praise for Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has flowed wide and deep this season. Prior to the Raiders' matchup with San Diego on Sunday, Chargers coach Mike McCoy went so far as to compare the second-year player to his own signal-caller,... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Odell Beckham (hamstring) WR, New York Giants Beckham missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited on Friday. Tom... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are leaving the door open for Ben Roethlisberger to play Sunday versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Big Ben is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's tilt with an MCL sprain and bone bruise. Mike Vick was ruled out with a... more

Marcus Mariota will miss the Tennessee Titans' tilt with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Zach Mettenberger will get the start, coach Ken Whisenhunt announced Friday. Mariota missed the entire week of practice while dealing with a sprained MCL suffered in... more

Last season the Philadelphia Eagles thumped the Carolina Panthers and battered Cam Newton, sacking him nine(!) times and forcing three interceptions in a blowout win. The version of Newton that Chip Kelly's squad will face this week is a completely... more

The Dallas Cowboys' pass rush will finally be fully operational Sunday against the New York Giants after missing one or more pieces for the first five games of the 2015 season. Rookie pass rusher Randy Gregory is expected to make his return after... more

For the second straight season, the San Francisco 49ers got embarrassed on their home field by the Seattle Seahawks. Thursday night's 20-3 blowout was especially disheartening to coach Jim Tomsula. "That game today was not what we want," Tomsula said,... more

This time the big fourth-quarter lead was safe. After blowing leads in the final stanza the past two weeks, the Seattle Seahawks didn't let up their relentless pressure en route to a 20-3 blowout road win over the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks'... more

Marcus Mariota missed practice on Wednesday, but the Tennessee Titans' rookie is optimistic about his chances of playing on Sunday. "My knee has felt better every day. We'll see how it goes, and hopefully I'll be ready Sunday," he said, per the team's... more

Jeremy Maclin missed practice Wednesday due to a concussion, the Kansas City Chiefs†announced. Maclin exited the Chiefs' Week 6 loss versus the Vikings after suffering the blow in the fourth quarter. He did not return. The receiver needs to pass... more

Daniel Fells returned home this week after battling a life-threatening Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. In a world full of calloused causes and frozen feelings hardened by pervasive selfishness, this video of Fells' return... more

DeAndre Hopkins is finally getting the recognition to go with his ridiculous play this season. The Houston Texans' receiver took home the Offensive Player of the Week award for Week 6 after snagging 10 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns.... more

Landry Jones likely will get his first career start with Ben Roethlisberger still rehabbing a knee injury and Mike Vick battling a hamstring tweak. While Jones helped lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a win over the Arizona Cardinals in his first NFL... more

Entering the bye week, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson admitted the team is still searching for the answer to Jeremy Hill's early-season struggles. "He still doesn't play like I want him to play yet, I'll be the first to tell you... more

The world got to see Odell Beckham Jr. in primetime Monday night. Beckham played against the Eagles after the New York Giants announced before the game he would be active. Beckham had been dealing with a hamstring injury suffered in last week's win... more

A day later, Chuck Pagano has no remorse about the Indianapolis Colts' misbegotten fake punt call †in the loss to the New England Patriots. "No, not at all," Pagano said Monday when asked if he regretted the decision. "Not pleased obviously with the way... more

The Seattle Seahawks have flown into turbulent winds following Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers, which dropped them to 2-4 on the season. Since the NFL playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, just 14 of 168 teams to start 2-4 have made the... more

Landry Jones led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 25-13 come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Cardinals, but the question looming in the Iron City is whether Ben Roethlisberger will return in Week 7. "We're going to tape it and brace it and I'm going... more

DeAndre Hopkins' weekly display of acrobatic excitement traveled to Jacksonville on Sunday, where the wideout wowed and drove the Houston Texans to a 31-20 victory over the Jaguars. Hopkins earned 10 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns. The... more

Last season the Green Bay Packers' offense steamrolled opponents at Lambeau Field. In 2015, however, it's been more of a struggle. Sunday's 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers was the latest example of the Packers' seemingly herky-jerky offense not... more

There is no questioning that Dan Campbell exudes toughness and intensity . Following the Dolphins' 38-10 win over the Tennessee Titans, the first words out of owner Stephen Ross' mouth when giving the interim head coach the game ball was: "shows you a... more

There was no postgame hug between Thomas Davis and Jimmy Graham following the Carolina Panthers' 27-23 victory over the Seahawks in Seattle. Instead, the linebacker, who had predicted there would be no love lost between them, tossed some barbs Graham's... more

Matthew Stafford heaved a bomb to Calvin Johnson that set up the Lions' game-winning overtime field goal for Detroit's first win of the season. Here is what you need to know about the 37-34 Lions win over the Chicago Bears: 1. Matthew Stafford played... more

Our weekly national nightmare about what constitutes a catch continues. Prior to halftime during the Detroit Lions' 37-34 overtime win over the Chicago Bears at Ford Field, Golden Tate had a short pass knocked out of his hands as he crossed the goal... more

Mike Vick makes his third start in place of Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and could be in line for a fourth next week. Week 7 represents the early window in Big Ben's timetable for a return from an MCL sprain and a bone... more

The University of Southern California's head football coaching gig will be linked to several high-profile candidates. While the early rumors have centered on Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, two other current NFL coaches will also garner a look.... more

EJ Manuel will get the start for the Buffalo Bills Sunday versus the Cincinnati Bengals with Tyrod Taylor nursing an MCL injury. Could Manuel keep the gig if he plays well? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's GameDay First that the... more

Tom Brady spent all week downplaying Sunday night's revenge game with the Indianapolis Colts. His father, Tom Brady Sr., however, would like to see his son to run up the score. "The main thing I want is to see them win. As long as they have one point... more

Week 6 Cheat Sheet October 16, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Andrew Luck (right shoulder) QB, Indianapolis Colts Luck was full-go on Friday, which is a great sign he could suit up Sunday... more

Dez Bryant was back on the field for the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. The star receiver reported to practice for conditioning workouts while teammates went through a light, non-padded practice during their bye week, per the team's official website .... more

The Seattle Seahawks announced Thursday the team has suspended fullback Derrick Coleman indefinitely, pending further information. Coleman, 24, was booked into King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, Wash., at 1:20 a.m. on Thursday morning. He... more

The news for Julio Jones keeps improving as we press towards Thursday night's kickoff between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. A day after NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon reported that Jones would play through his hamstring injury, coach Dan... more

Dan Campbell makes his first appearance as an NFL head coach Sunday when the Miami Dolphins visit the Tennessee Titans. The former tight ends coach, named interim last week, is feeling a mixture of excitement and nausea. "I have to be careful, because... more

Last time we saw Chris Ivory, he was bludgeoning a Miami Dolphins defense to the tune of 166 yards on 29 carries in London. Ivory doesn't just run by people, but through them. His vicious running style is highly entertaining to witness, but can also... more

It's one thing to provide an opponent's players bulletin board material ahead of a battle. It's quite another to give an entire city a rallying cry. Whether it was his intention or not, Cameron Jerrell Newton fired what will be perceived as a shot... more

The New Orleans Saints' defense has allowed 409 yards per game this season, worst in the NFL. Rob Ryan's unit has struggled with every aspect from run defense to avoiding penalties. The defensive coordinator, however, insists he can feel a turnaround... more

Rex Ryan insists he's not yet counting out Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals. "I would not rule out Tyrod Taylor as starting this week," Ryan told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday morning . "Although I know it's widely... more

The 2015 season is all but lost for Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy. Coach Jim Caldwell announced Wednesday that Levy is headed to surgery to repair his injured hip . A decision will be made in two to three weeks on whether he will head to injured... more

Blake Bortles won't let a shoulder injury keep him off the football field. The Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback said Wednesday that his shoulder feels "fine" and he doesn't expect any limitations. Bortles added that he expects to practice and plans to... more

Ben Roethlisberger wants to play against Bruce Arians, his former play caller, and the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday . Whether Pittsburgh Steelers doctors and coach Mike Tomlin will allow the quarterback to play remains to be seen, but he took a... more

Josh McCown is your Week 5 AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Yes, that Josh McCown. The one Cleveland Browns fans spent all summer wringing their hands over. That Josh McCown put up 457 yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing score in the... more

Julio Jones will play Thursday , but his snaps will be tracked against the New Orleans Saints. NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon reported that Jones will play Thursday night, but the Atlanta Falcons will "monitor his pitch count," according to a team... more

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn remains optimistic about Julio Jones' availability Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. Quinn told reporters he anticipates Jones playing, despite the superstar receiver dealing with a nagging hamstring injury,... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers found the recipe for offensive success in 2015: ride Doug Martin. The diminutive bulldozer was spectacular in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. "They had eight men in the box. We're running it. They know... more

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is on his way back to the field after missing three games with a concussion. The first-team All-Pro linebacker is out of concussion protocol and returned to the practice field on Tuesday. NFL Media's Rand... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are 5-0 following Sunday's dramatic, Earth-aided , overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Bengals players, however, are downplaying the achievement. "It does not mean nothing," Carlos Dunlap said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer... more

The offseason of mayhem surrounding the New England Patriots, Tom Brady and deflated balls began following the AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The sides meet again this Sunday in Indianapolis. It feels like the entire Boston... more

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates returned from his four-game suspension in Monday night's 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He immediately fell back into his role as Philip Rivers' go-to target. Gates' presence was felt from the jump, as... more

Down three. Five seconds left. At the 1. Zero hesitations. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin went for the win, not the tie. Le'Veon Bell scored the dramatic 24-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers. "It was time to go to the mattresses," said... more

Denver Broncos pass rusher DeMarcus Ware was carted to the locker room Sunday after just 23 snaps due to a back injury. He'll miss more time. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Ware's injury has been described as a strain and he's expected... more

Blake Bortles suffered a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his shoulder during the Jacksonville Jaguars' 38-31 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, the team announced. The quarterback played through the injury. It was not immediately noted when the... more

The Indianapolis Colts' quarterback situation is looking much less dire than a week ago. While there is no official injury report until Wednesday, Chuck Pagano told reporters that both Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck were full participants in practice... more

Golden Tate is living through the most frustrating season of his professional career. Following the Detroit Lions' pathetically abhorrent 42-17 drubbing at Ford Field by the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the receiver vented those frustrations, leveling... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars tumbled to a disappointing 1-4 with a 38-31 loss †to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. A fiery Gus Bradley admitted his team's ship is sailing the wrong direction. "It doesn't feel like the bottom, but it does feel like... more

While the Kansas City Chiefs wait to confirm Jamaal Charles' knee injury is an ACL tear, as feared, the question becomes where to turn at the running back position. While many lay football fans will automatically assume Knile Davis will take over the... more

The Cincinnati Bengals became the first team since realignment to start 5-0 in the AFC North. Many things have factored into the Bengals' early season success: A multifaceted offense; an improved, swaggery Andy Dalton ; a studly defensive front; timely... more

It's a Monday after a 2015 Denver Broncos victory, which means we are still talking about a struggling Peyton Manning offense. The Broncos moved to 5-0 with a 16-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Like the previous four, the fifth win was earned by... more

Coach Lovie Smith got his first home win in Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers won a game of swings, outlasting the Jacksonville Jaguars 38-31 . Here is what we learned. 1. Doug Martin was fantastic. The diminutive back dominated Sunday's contest cracking off... more

The Chicago Bears, led by Jay Cutler, stormed back to earn an 18-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Here is what we learned: 1. Jay Cutler led a dink-and-dunk parade for most of the game, but in the fourth quarter, the Bears quarterback spread the... more

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left in the third quarter of Sunday's 18-17 loss to the Chicago Bears with what was feared to be a torn ACL, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the game. The initial diagnosis was made after preliminary... more

The Buffalo Bills will be without another offensive weapon. Sammy Watkins will not play against the Titans on Sunday because of a calf injury. Running backs LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams have already been ruled out for the Bills. Watkins exited... more

Following Monday night's missed illegal bat against Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright, the outcry for expanding instant replay is growing. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's GameDay First that momentum is building among... more

One of the biggest free agent catches of the offseason will see his first passes this season Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas (hand) made his debut following surgery to repair a torn tendon in his finger. Thomas had not taken a snap after... more

Bradley Fletcher was a healthy scratch in Week 3. Now the cornerback will be searching for a new job. The New England Patriots cut Fletcher on Saturday, in advance of their contest with the Dallas Cowboys. The Pats promoted safety and special teamer... more

Shareece Wright wanted out of San Francisco. He got his wish Saturday. The 49ers announced they released the cornerback and signed guard Andrew Tiller from the practice squad. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported early last week that Wright was... more

The Seattle Seahawks placed cornerback Tharold Simon on injured reserve and promoted running back Rod Smith from the practice squad, the team announced Saturday . Simon dislocated his toe prior to the season opener and played briefly in Week 2 before... more

Derek Wolfe's return from suspension bolsters the NFL's best defense even further. However, his activation to the roster cost veteran tight end/fullback James Casey his job. The team announced it released Casey on Saturday, while officially moving... more

It's officially official: Lance Dunbar's season is over. The Dallas Cowboys announced they placed the running back on the Injured Reserve list on Saturday, ending his season. Dunbar, 25, suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the Cowboys' Week 4 loss to the... more

Terrell Owens' "A Football Life" aired Friday night on NFL Network. While promoting the in-depth look at his life this week, T.O. hopped on Philadelphia radio. Of course, with the Eagles' current struggles the former receiver -- who helped carry Philly... more

T.J. Yeldon leads all rookie running backs with 259 rushing yards and has taken on the lead role in the Jacksonville Jaguars' backfield. Ahead of facing the rookie runner on Sunday , Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy made an interesting... more

With both LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams already ruled out, the Buffalo Bills' backfield is razor thin. Boobie Dixon is slated to get the start, but is still dealing with the aftereffects of a calf injury. In Rex Ryan's ground-and-pound offense the... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Marshawn Lynch (calf) RB -- OUT; Fred Jackson (ankle) RB, Seattle Seahawks With Lynch out, the Seahawks hope Jackson can go... more

For the first time since being traded to the Dallas Cowboys, Matt Cassel will be active. The quarterback told reporters he will be active for the Cowboys' contest versus the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Cowboys acquired Cassel from the Buffalo... more

The 2015 season is not shaping up the way C.J. Anderson envisioned it after being crowed the Denver Broncos' starting running back prior to the season. Gary Kubiak's offense has helped make stars out of lesser talented running backs, but Anderson can't... more

The San Francisco 49ers' offense is a trolley wreck. With Colin Kaepernick struggling in the passing game, defenses are loading up against Carlos Hyde and stuffing the run game, discombobulating the operation. Offensive coordinator Geep Chryst said... more

Mike Vick's first start as a Pittsburgh Steeler came on a short week, which led to some of the inconsistencies on offense. Now that the quarterback has gone through a full week's slate of practices, he's becoming more comfortable with the offense... more

Football is a young man's game. At least, except for Thursday night. In the age of the Millennial, it was four men over 32 years old that combined to score all the points for the Indianapolis Colts in their 27-20 win over the Houston Texans: Frank Gore,... more

Never underestimate the "Revenge Game" factor. Indianapolis Colts receiver Andre Johnson entered Thursday night's tilt with the Houston Texans -- the team for which he had played the past 12 years -- looking like a shell of himself. In the four weeks... more

Dion Lewis has taken off in his first season with the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick ensured the shifty back will be around for several more years. The Patriots signed Lewis to a contract extension through the 2017 season, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Aaron Rodgers stands alone atop the 2015-quarterback mountain. With apologies to first-ballot Hall of Famer Tom Brady, no one is currently within leagues of Rodgers' peak. The Green Bay Packers quarterback has been so skilled at every aspect of the... more

Fire up NFL GamePass , pop on any Cincinnati Bengals contest from this season and one of the first things that will jump off the screen is Andy Dalton slinging the ball deep. Through four games, the Red Rifle has been firing bullets. Many of them deep.... more

It was just one game, but Todd Gurley has the attention of opponents. The St. Louis Rams rookie running back galloped for 146 rushing yards -- 161 scrimmage yards -- in his first career start in Week 4. In just his second game back from ACL surgery,... more

Ryan Mallett got benched Sunday, but he'll retain the starting quarterback job. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien announced Monday that Mallet will keep the starting gig, despite the quarterback's poor performance in the team's 48-21 blowout loss to... more

The last winless team in the NFL will take the field Monday night when the Detroit Lions (0-3) battle the Seattle Seahawks (1-2) at CenturyLink Field. Here are five matchups to watch tonight: Thomas Rawls vs. Lions' front seven With Marshawn Lynch... more

Last week, Todd Gurley said he didn't get to show his explosiveness . On Sunday the rookie running back blew up. "He came out this week and he exploded," receiver Tavon Austin said of Gurley, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Gurley gobbled up 146... more

Reinforcements are on the way this week for several NFL teams. Four-game suspensions for a bevy of players ended following Sunday's contests. The Dallas Cowboys, who have been decimated by injuries, will get two defenders back on the field in pass... more

Matt Hasselbeck helped get the Indianapolis Colts to .500 with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday . Now the team plans to hand the reins back to Andrew Luck. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL HQ on Monday morning that Luck should be... more

Jay Cutler has been compared to a lot of things within the city of Chicago in his last seven years. Odds are Sunday marked the first time that comparison included the Christian savior. Following the Chicago Bears' 22-20 come-from-behind win over the... more

Sunday's slate of NFL games offered so many missed kicks it felt like the errant boots could have been their own Red Zone channel. While the prevailing notion was that we haven't seen a kicking week this poor in a long time, that's a bit overstating it.... more

Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin powered the St. Louis Rams over the Arizona Cardinals in a 24-22 win . Austin scored two touchdowns and the rookie running back carried the Rams in the second half, rushing for all but two of his 146 yards after the break.... more

Marshawn Lynch is officially out for Monday night against the Detroit Lions, the team told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Sunday. Heading into the weekend, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll initially said Lynch would be a game-time decision. It appears he... more

While kickers across the NFL struggling Sunday, Robbie Gould remains stellar. The Bears' kicker nailed a 50-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to give Chicago (1-3) a 22-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders (2-2). Here is what you need to know:... more

The 0-3 Chicago Bears plan to start Jay Cutler Sunday against the Oakland Raiders at Soldier Field. The quarterback's injured hamstring isn't 100 percent, but he is expected to return to the field after missing just one start, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Despite getting through his super secret throwing session Saturday , Andrew Luck will not play Sunday versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback was ruled inactive because of a shoulder injury. Matt Hasselbeck started at... more

With the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins kicking of the 2015 London series this week, there has been much discussion about the future of the international games . The plan for 2016 will include more than just London. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Eric Decker will play in London. The New York Jets' wide receiver is active and will play Sunday versus the Miami Dolphins. Decker missed last week's loss with a knee injury suffered in Week 2. Decker's presence on the field is huge for Jets... more

With offensive line injuries piling up, the San Diego Chargers thinned out their loaded backfield to compensate. The team announced it released running back Donald Brown in order to make room for guard Michael Ola. Brown signed a three-year, $10.5... more

Marshawn Lynch is officially questionable to play Monday night against the Detroit Lions. The Seattle Seahawks' running back is dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice on Thursday and Friday. Lynch left last week's win over the... more

The outlook for receiver Davante Adams got worse on Saturday. The Green Bay Packers announced Adams and safety Morgan Burnett were both downgraded to doubtful. Adams did not practice all week after exiting Monday night's game early with an ankle... more

After a disastrous performance in Thursday night's overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers made a move at kicker. The Steelers signed Chris Boswell, NFL Media's James Palmer reported, per a source. To make room on the roster,... more

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell missed his third practice of the week on Saturday as he nurses an ankle injury, the team's official website reported . Bell was officially declared out for Monday night's tussle with the Seattle Seahawks. It... more

Victor Cruz returned to the practice field for the first time in more than a month this week, but immediately suffered a setback with his injured calf and will miss another game. Speaking at a charity event Friday night, New York Giants coach Tom... more

Injury news for the Baltimore Ravens' receiving corps continues to trickle in. Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed on Saturday that wide receiver Steve Smith sustained small fractures in his back against the Steelers and will miss Baltimore's Week 5... more

Brandon Weeden has completed 29 of his first 33 passes in 2015. The quarterback's 87.9 completion percentage is tops of any quarterback to throw 30-plus passes. Those passes, however, have almost all been short. Weeden has thrown just two balls more... more

With a dearth of pass-catching talent on the roster, the Baltimore Ravens have looked to the trade market to secure a receiver. The Ravens acquired receiver Chris Givens from the St. Louis Rams, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports, per a source informed of... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted: Andrew Luck (right shoulder) QB, Indianapolis Colts Luck was limited all week at practice, but coach Chuck Pagano remains... more

Arian Foster Watch has begun in earnest this week. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday the running back practiced and will be a game-time decision †Sunday when his team faces the Atlanta Falcons . "Progression is well, I think from two... more

DeMarco Murray was back at practice Thursday, but wouldn't commit to playing Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles running back was listed as a full participant Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Murray missed last week's win over the New York Jets... more

Jared Allen spent all offseason explaining how moving to outside linebacker in the Chicago Bears' new 3-4 defense was rejuvenating and would keep him fresh. With all due respect to the four-time First-Team All-Pro pass rusher, we weren't buying it. It... more

Aaron Rodgers is grateful for the comparison to Michael Jordan in his prime, voiced by backup Scott Tolzien on Monday night , but believes he's not on that level. "Well, I appreciate the kind words," Rodgers said Wednesday, via . "I don't know... more

The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins are set to square off at FedEx Field at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Hurricane Joaquin might have a say in whether that game gets played as scheduled. NFL officials are tracking the hurricane, which is pressing... more


Victor Cruz's return to the practice field didn't last long. New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the wideout participated Wednesday on a limited basis for the first time since Aug. 17. However, Coughlin added after practice that Cruz felt his... more

Trailing by 10 points in the second half, deep in his own territory on fourth-and-10 with his team in desperate need of a spark, Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee took matters into his own hands. The punter took a slightly off-target snap and rumbled... more

Aaron Rodgers made it easy on those choosing the NFC Offensive Player of Week 3. The Green Bay Packers quarterback threw five touchdowns, to go along with 333 yards on 24-of-35 passing, in a 38-28 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. The... more

Jerry Jones watched Julio Jones carve up his defense on Sunday to the tune of†12 catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 20 targets . After seeing the Atlanta Falcons receiver dominate from every portion of the field, the Dallas Cowboys owner got an... more

Chris Johnson might not be CJ2K anymore, but he sure looks better than the rusted unicycle we saw the past couple seasons. Johnson carried 22 times for 110 yards, two touchdowns and caught one pass for 40 yards in the Arizona Cardinals' 47-7 rout of the... more

The 0-3 Baltimore Ravens desperately need a win over bitter rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football . With Ben Roethlisberger out and Michael Vick in, one might assume the Ravens are glad to see the backup -- just don't tell that to Joe... more

With injuries depleting their pass rush, the Carolina Panthers have acquired some much-needed aid. The Chicago Bears announced that they have traded pass rusher Jared Allen to the Panthers. Carolina will send a 2016 sixth-round pick to Chicago, Bears... more

Through three games, Julio Jones has stacked the most dominant start to a season of any receiver in NFL history. The Atlanta Falcons' wideout has terrorized secondaries at a record-setting place. Jones has the most receptions (34) by any player in the... more

Drew Brees missed the first meaningful game of his New Orleans tenure on Sunday with a shoulder injury, but following the Saints' 27-22 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the quarterback believes he will be able to play next weekend. "I don't know my... more

After much anticipation, No. 10 overall pick Todd Gurley played his first football game since blowing out an ACL on Nov. 15, 2014. The St. Louis Rams' running back entered the 12-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers early in the second quarter and took... more

A.J. Green dropped his first target Sunday. At the end of a frenetic 28-24 win , the Cincinnati Bengals receiver dropped the hammer on the Baltimore Ravens. Green compiled 10 receptions for 227 yard and the final two Bengals touchdowns to vault Cincy to... more

For the second straight year the Miami Dolphins opened the season 1-2. Sunday's 41-14 blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills at home was particularly disheartening following an offseason of optimism. Coach Joe Philbin took ownership of his team's lackluster... more

The Carolina Panthers moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2003 and banished the New Orleans Saints to 0-3 to start on the strength of a 300-yard passing day from Cam Newton in a 27-22 win. Here is what you need to know: 1) Greg Olsen can't be... more

The Minnesota Vikings (2-1) harassed Philip Rivers into two turnovers in a 31-14 home blowout win over the San Diego Chargers (1-2). Here is what you need to know: 1. The Vikings' defense obliterated the Chargers' offensive line and pummelled Philip... more

Jeremy Hill was benched last week following fumble issues. It's all the penalty he'll endure for the two miscues. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson told NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala the benching was punishment enough and he expects... more

Brandon Weeden! Luke McCown! It's Sunday Night Football in Week 4! Somewhere an NBC executive will not be happy reading NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport's latest report on Drew Brees. After reporting earlier in the week that Brees would miss games... more

The Indianapolis Colts' depressing 0-2 start to the 2015 season has magnified the rift between coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson. The coach's postgame comments Monday night regarding the poor play of the offensive line the last three... more

The Seattle Seahawks officially activated Kam Chancellor on their 53-man roster Saturday. The transaction was a formality after coach Pete Carroll said Friday he expected the strong safety to start after missing the first two games of the season in a... more

Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams are both officially listed as questionable with ankle injures for the Green Bay Packers in Monday night's tilt versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Both participated on a limited basis on Saturday. "I thought Eddie did some good... more

Eric Fisher is back in the starting lineup. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters on Saturday the No. 1 overall pick in 2013 will start at right tackle Monday night versus the Green Bay Packers. Fisher battled an ankle injury that... more

New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall is going to great lengths to provide evidence of the very large chip that resides on his shoulder. Speaking on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio on Friday, the 31-year-old wideout lamented that he's not considered... more

Despite all the indications, Jimmy Graham insists he isn't frustrated. "I've been reading the same thing," he said, via the Seattle Times . "It's a surprise to me. I'm not really sure where that came from." We can help there. First NFL Media's Mike... more

Given that we incessantly track when NFL players mess up, it's only fair to highlight when one spends his Friday night doing good deeds in the community. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton crashed a Halloween party Friday night and brought some... more

The length of Dez Bryant's recovery from a broken foot is a bit of contention, but the Dallas Cowboys are optimistic he'll only miss four games. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told KRLD-FM that it's "fair" to think that Bryant will be... more

Andrew Whitworth won't play out the final year of his five-year contract. The Cincinnati Bengals signed the left tackle to a one-year contract extension through 2016, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported, according to a team source. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Marshawn Lynch (calf) RB, Seattle Seahawks Beast Mode is battling a calf issue stemming from last week's loss and will be a game-time decision versus the Bears. UPDATE: NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Chicago Bears are officially Jimmy Clausen's team this week. Coach John Fox announced that quarterback Jay Cutler is out Sunday with a hamstring injury, giving Clausen the start against the Seattle Seahawks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

After leaving Kam Chancellor's status for this Sunday's home contest versus the Chicago Bears up in the air earlier in the week , Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday the safety looks ready to go. "He's looked like he's in just rare form," Carroll... more

Eddie Lacy is on the proper path to playing Monday night. The Green Bay Packers running back was limited in practice Friday after missing Thursday's practice with an ankle injury. "We'll see how things go," McCarthy said, via ESPN's Rob Demovsky .... more

Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller started his rookie season on fire with a league-leading three interceptions, two forced fumbles and 22 tackles in his first month on the job in 2014. The playmaking was enough to earn Defensive Rookie of The Month... more

Here's one to file under the "duh" drop-down on your Internet browser. Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on his play calling: "Not good enough, I guess," Lombardi said, via the Detroit Free Press . "We got to score more points."... more

One thing abundantly clear from the Jacksonville Jaguars' Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins: The Jags plan to work rookie running back T.J. Yeldon hard. The rookie carried the ball 25 times for 70 yards last Sunday. Bernard Pierce carried just three... more

After feeling as "low as a crippled cricket's ass" following Tony Romo's injury, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has risen to a more optimistic level. The Cowboys will be without Romo and Dez Bryant for weeks, but Jones believes his team can do more... more

Don't expect Arian Foster to return to the playing field this weekend. The Houston Texans running back said Thursday he plans to wait until he's 100 percent to hit the field, then said he's not yet 100 percent. "I'm going to make sure I'm 100 percent... more

The Baltimore Ravens finally got their first-round pick back on the practice field. Receiver Breshad Perriman returned after missing the past eight weeks with a knee injury. Perriman has done mostly individual drills while dealing with a PCL sprain.... more

Whether or not Chuck Pagano heaped blame for the Indianapolis Colts' loss †Sunday on Andrew Luck, the quarterback is shouldering the weight of another 0-2 start. "One hundred percent," Luck said Wednesday, via the Indy Star . "I have to improve. There... more

Drew Brees is "pretty confident " he'll play Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers. That conviction has Sean Payton flowing with optimism. During a conference call on Thursday with Charlotte media, Payton said there is a good chance Brees plays , based... more

If there is a point-after-try revolution on the way, the Pittsburgh Steelers are at the forefront. Ben Roethlisberger zipped two passes for two-point conversions following early touchdowns Sunday in the Steelers' 43-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers.... more

History suggests that any team falling to 0-3 this week can pack their Super Bowl aspirations into a tiny capsule and jettison it into the outer reaches of the cosmos where that container of despair will eventually be swallowed by an unforgiving black... more

Anyone who laughingly dismisses the Washington Redskins as having a chance to win the NFC East is stuck on offseason headlines and hasn't paid attestation to the field through two weeks. The Redskins have been one of the most physical teams in the NFL... more

Last week, Todd Gurley said he didn't know what he would tell St. Louis Rams coaches when asked if he was ready to play. This week, when asked the same question, the rookie running back was much more optimistic: "Yeah, I would (say I'm ready)." "I'm... more

Despite leading the Cleveland Browns to their first victory of the season and posting a two-touchdown, 133.9 passer rating in Week 2, Johnny Manziel is headed back to the bench in favor of Josh McCown. "Obviously I'm not going to sit here and say that I... more

Whether or not Drew Brees plays in a pivotal NFC South bout with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday remains to be seen after the veteran quarterback suffered a rotator cuff injury. While Brees is vocally optimistic about his chances, his offensive linemen... more

The length of Tony Romo's rehabilitation from a fractured left clavicle is the singular question sitting on the tips of every tongue in Cowboys land. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that tests determined Romo won't need surgery on his... more

Jimmy Graham's one-catch, 11-yard performance Sunday night in a loss in Green Bay isn't what anyone had in mind when Seattle acquired him this offseason in a blockbuster trade. Speaking on 710 ESPN radio Monday morning, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said... more

T.Y. Hilton will take the field as the Indianapolis Colts attempt to avoid an 0-2 start to the season. The wideout is active Monday night versus the New York Jets, the team announced before the game. Hilton was officially listed as questionable.... more

In the movie script of Derek Carr's football life, Sunday's 37-33 victory over the Baltimore Ravens could provide the emotional, uplifting scene where the down-on-his-luck quarterback -- coming off an injury -- turns the ball over at a key moment, only... more

SuperCam took flight Sunday afternoon in Charlotte and came down with a touchdown in the Carolina Panthers' 24-17 victory over the Houston Texans. Cam Newton has made some jaw-dropping runs in his career, but Sunday's touchdown to put the Panthers up... more

After two weeks, things aren't going swimmingly for Ndamukong Suh in South Beach. Despite adding the $114 million player this offseason, the Dolphins' defense somehow appears worse in 2015.† Sunday, Miami gave up 396 total yards in a 23-20 loss to the... more

Pervasive dejection consumed New Orleans following Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The feeling was embodied by Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose post-game demeanor reeked of disappointment and depression after the 26-19 loss , the team's... more

The cacophony of cries emanating from Philadelphia hit fever pitch levels following Sunday's disastrous 20-10 home loss to the rival Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles' offense was a pathetic amalgam of missed blocks, dropped passes, terrible throws and... more

Adrian Peterson plowed over the Detroit Lions' defense as the Vikings moved to 1-1 on the season in a 26-16 home win . Here is what you need to know: 1) Norv Turner's game plan was clear from the start, handing the ball to Adrian Peterson three... more

Johnny Manziel will start Week 2, but he's not playing for the future starting job. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Browns still consider Manziel as their backup and Josh McCown as their starter. McCown will retain the job when... more

The Houston Texans turned to Ryan Mallett as their starting quarterback this week after watching Brian Hoyer flounder for less than four quarters of the 2015 season. Mallett entered the game last week and sparked the Texans to two scoring drives,... more

LeSean McCoy is on the field as the Buffalo Bills attempt to knock off Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that McCoy is playing in Sunday's AFC East showdown, despite being listed as questionable and... more

The Chicago Bears will try to avoid an 0-2 start against the Arizona Cardinals without Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery will be inactive for Sunday's contest. The hope is that the receiver will return to full health next week. Jeffery was listed questionable... more

With Andre Ellington not making the trip to Chicago, the Arizona Cardinals made a roster move at running back. The team announced it promoted running back Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad in advance of Sunday's game against the Bears. Chris... more

T.Y. Hilton returned to the practice field Saturday and is officially questionable for Monday night's contest versus the New York Jets. Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he's optimistic that Hilton will play this week. "He looked good.... more

Alshon Jeffery's hamstring could keep him out this week versus the Arizona Cardinals. Jeffery is officially questionable with his latest injury, a week after being a game-time decision in the season opener. If Jeffery is unable to play, the Bears will... more

Tight end Jordan Reed is officially questionable to play versus the St. Louis Rams on Sunday with a quad injury. To hear Reed tell it, there is no question about the matter. "Yeah, I'm going to play," he said, via the Washington Post . "One hundred... more

The old man on the Ravens' block will continue to pull extra duty. While some my quiver at the notion of No. 1 receiver Steve Smith Sr. handling punt return duties, the wideout isn't worried about the added injury risk. "Football has a degree of... more

After sitting out the Week 1 shellacking, Mike Evans feels ready to return to the field, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to be cautious with their young, stud receiver. "Mike Evans has been able to do more and more each day, which is a good... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted. LeSean McCoy (hamstring) RB, Buffalo Bills Rex Ryan is cautiously optimistic about Shady playing Sunday, but hamstrings are... more

With Josh McCown still marred in concussion protocol, Johnny Manziel will get the start for the Cleveland Browns in Week 2. The team announced Friday that Manziel would make the start against Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. As NFL... more

Kam Chancellor's absence was noticeable on the field in the Seahawks 34-31 overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams, as his replacement, Dion Bailey, got burned for a game-tying touchdown. Echoing comments from NFL Media's Michael Robinson †last week,... more

The game that spawned a thousand headlines this week adds another one Friday morning. The lead up to the New England Patriots-Buffalo Bills showdown Sunday afternoon in Western New York has been filled with boisterous proclamations and entertaining... more

With the game on the line Thursday night, Peyton Manning ran the no-huddle, shotgun offense leading an 80-yard, game-tying touchdown drive in the Denver Broncos' eventual 31-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Scrapping the under-center snaps and... more

The Denver Broncos got the last laugh after a scoop-and-score fumble recovery led to a 31-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. After the win, Broncos linebacker Von Miller continued to rub it in, calling Chiefs tight end Travis... more

Thursday night Jamaal Charles took control of the contest, then he gave it away. The Kansas City Chiefs' running back fumbled the ball with 35 seconds to plays, leading to the Denver Broncos' game-winning score in a wild 31-24 contest. "It's one of... more

With Dez Bryant expected to miss at least a month -- likely longer -- due to a broken foot , the Dallas Cowboys are auditioning some stopgaps. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys plan to work out several wide receivers today... more

When the Pittsburgh Steelers traded for cornerback Brandon Boykin, it looked like a move to upgrade one of the weakest secondaries in the NFL. Then in Week 1, in a loss to the New England Patriots, the slot specialist rode the bench, seeing zero... more

With Andre Ellington likely sidelined this week after suffering a (Grade 1) PCL sprain, Chris Johnson will get new life in the Arizona Cardinals backfield. Prior to Ellington's injury with about 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Sunday's... more

Marcus Mariota's scintillating Week 1 performance has turned the spotlight on the Tennessee Titans, a franchise relegated to the basement and ignored the past several years. However, the man protecting Mariota's blindside, former first-round pick Taylor... more

Carlos Hyde slammed shut the questions about taking over the role shouldered by Frank Gore for the past decade. The second-year back displayed power, speed, elusiveness and a plethora of spin moves in Monday night's 20-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings.... more

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Cody Parkey missed a 44-yard field goal that could have given his team a one-point edge in Monday night's 26-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Parkey missed time this preseason with a groin injury, but said that wasn't the... more

The Minnesota Vikings resembled nothing that made them a trendy pick to make the playoff leap in 2015 as they bumbled and slunk their way to a 20-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Monday night. The Vikes looked discombobulated on offense and got gashed... more

Bill O'Brien might know who his starting quarterback will be next week, but he's not sharing. The Houston Texans coach declined to name a starter publicly until kickoff next Sunday when they visit the Carolina Panthers. "I'm not going to make a big... more

The Washington Redskins will be without their best deep threat for multiple games. DeSean Jackson suffered a pulled hamstring and is expected to miss three to four weeks, coach Jay Gruden confirmed Monday. Gruden added that he could be back sooner, but... more

Aldon Smith played Sunday for the Oakland Raiders despite participating in just one light practice after signing with the team Friday . He had little impact on the outcome. The pass rusher said after the 33-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, he isn't... more

Ndamukong Suh moved to South Beach but his reputation followed in his carry-on luggage. During the second quarter of the Miami Dolphins' 17-10 victory over the Washington Redskins, Suh tackled running back Alfred Morris. While getting up and returning... more

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton decided to punt the ball down five points with 1 minute and 58 seconds left in an eventual 31-19 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. With the ball at their own 7-yard-line and two timeouts, facing a fourth-and-6, Payton... more

A "miskick" highlighted the Seattle Seahawks' topsy-turvy opening week loss to the St. Louis Rams, but Marshawn Lynch getting stuffed short on fourth-and-1 in overtime was the exclamation point. The parallels between Sunday's situation and the... more

Jameis Winston's NFL debut did not go as planned. His first pro pass was intercepted and taken back for a touchdown and he struggled to move the offense behind a shaky offensive line. "Jameis didn't play well ," Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. "That's... more

Peyton Manning's first contest that counted in coach Gary Kubiak offense did not go swimmingly. Last time the Denver Broncos kicked off the season against the Baltimore Ravens, Manning put on a historic performance, throwing seven touchdowns. Sunday, he... more

The 2015 season didn't kick off how the Seattle Seahawks planned. To open overtime against the St. Louis Rams, Pete Carroll's team appeared to try a surprise onside kick. In actuality it was just one of the worst hit kicks in memory. "That's not what... more

Aaron Rodgers tossed three touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers pulled away from the Chicago Bears in a 31-23 win at Soldier Field. Here is what you need to know: 1. It's like James Jones never left Green Bay. The veteran receiver remained in... more

Jarvis Landry returned a punt for a 69-yard score to give the Miami Dolphins a lead they wouldn't relinquish in a 17-10 win over the Washington Redskins. Here's what you need to know: 1) It wasn't pretty for Ryan Tannehill, but he'll take the win with... more

EJ Manuel went from having a shot at the starting quarterback job to being inactive Week 1 for the Buffalo Bills versus the Indianapolis Colts. With Manuel out, Matt Cassel is officially the backup quarterback behind starter Tyrod Taylor. Taylor... more

Following Geno Smith's infamous broken-jaw incident on Aug. 7, the New York Jets took the temperature of potential quarterbacks available for trade. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that one inquiry made... more

The backup quarterback mystery in Washington is solved . NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Saturday that Colt McCoy will be listed as the Redskins' No. 2 quarterback tomorrow behind starter Kirk Cousins, per a team source. McCoy prepared for the... more

Dallas Cowboys ascending defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford got his big payday. The defensive tackle agreed to a new five-year extension Saturday, the team announced. Hard #WorkK pays off! Blessed to be part of the @DallasCowboys for the next 5... more

Aldon Smith will indeed make his debut for the Oakland Raiders when they open the season Sunday versus the Cincinnati Bengals. The pass rusher signed in Oakland on Friday.† NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Smith will play about 20 snaps, per... more

The Cleveland Browns added another running back to their 53-man roster. The team announced Saturday they signed Shaun Draughn off the practice squad. Prior to the roster move, the Browns were set to enter Sunday's tilt with the New York Jets with... more

Even with a first-time head coach, the championship expectations won't diminish in Atlanta. The Falcons hired Dan Quinn away from Seattle after Atlanta suffered back-to-back losing seasons in a weak NFC South. In a Q&A with the Atlanta... more

The St. Louis Rams will attempt to plow through the Seattle Seahawks' defense on Sunday with a depleted running back corps. Jeff Fisher ruled out No. 10 overall pick Todd Gurley last weekend. Meanwhile Tre Mason sat out of practice all week with a... more

The Sunday night showdown between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys should be full of offensive fireworks. The Cowboys' secondary is banged up and will need the front seven to provide pressure to ease their task covering Odell Beckham Jr. The... more

The Oakland Raiders won't reveal whether Aldon Smith will play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, just days after signing a deal with the Oakland Raiders, which can be worth up to $8 million with bonuses. Coach Jack Del Rio didn't sound worried... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Sunday's key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Alshon Jeffery (calf) WR; Eddie Royal (hip) WR; Marquess Wilson (hamstring) WR, Chicago Bears Coach John Fox was... more

Jonas Gray won't be sleeping through the Miami Dolphins' Week 1 tilt with the Washington Redskins. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the running back has been promoted from the practice squad to the active 53-man roster, per a team source.... more

The hype regarding Sunday's Tennessee Titans-Tampa Bay Buccaneers tussle will surround Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. As Mariota astutely pointed out this week , however, the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in the draft will not take the field at the... more

Robert Griffin III has finally been cleared to play. During an interview on WTOP Radio, Redskins team president Bruce Allen announced RGIII was cleared to play by doctors after missing the past several weeks with a concussion. "Robert has been cleared... more

The outside paranoia surrounding the New England Patriots got another boost Thursday night when it was reported during the 2015 NFL Kickoff that the Pittsburgh Steelers' headsets were playing the Pats' radio broadcast. Following the Patriots' 28-21 win,... more

Khalil Mack's improved pass-rushing skills this preseason -- as he moved to defensive end in his second year -- caught the eye of opponents. In anticipation of facing the Oakland Raiders' whirling dervish of terror and flame on Sunday, Cincinnati... more

Jay Gruden made an emphatic declaration Monday naming Kirk Cousins the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback for the entire 2015 season. "When it's all said and done, after all the film we've gone through, after all the offseason activity, all the... more

Could A.J. Green soon join the bevy of young superstar receivers with a new mega contract? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that talks between the Bengals and Green have ramped up significantly over the past few days, as the sides try to... more

Two years ago Peyton Manning opened up the NFL season by dropping a seven-touchdown mega bombs on the Baltimore Ravens. Fast-forward to this weekend, there are a multitude of questions hanging over the 39-year-old quarterback. Manning hasn't looked... more

Buffalo Bills linebacker IK Enemkpali has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday. Enemkpali punched New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith during a locker room altercation... more

No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston and No. 2 overall selection Marcus Mariota will share a football field on Sunday, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Tennessee Titans. The rookie quarterbacks spent this week downplaying the matchup. Winston... more

Somewhere Rex Ryan read the above headline and giggled with glee. The Buffalo Bills' loquacious coach has always been enamored with mobile quarterbacks because of their effect on defenses, which is why we always considered Tyrod Taylor to have a... more

While football fans -- and fantasy owners -- wring their hands over the Dallas Cowboys' running back job, Jason Garrett scoffs at the notion that it matters who starts Sunday night versus the New York Giants. "It doesn't matter," Garrett said... more

Arizona Cardinals tight end Ifeanyi Momah has a torn meniscus, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source informed of Momah's injury. Rapoport reported Momah will have surgery on Thursday and has been placed on IR . Momah, 25,... more

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC North. Change we can believe in Geno Atkins is back, baby! After being called a JAG by his defensive coordinator after last season, the defensive... more

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC North Change we can believe in History be damned. Pittsburgh's football legacy might be the Steel Curtain, Mean Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Mel... more

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC North Change we can believe in Ozzie Newsome is the shrewdest general manager in the NFL. So when he traded away Haloti Ngata in the offseason,... more

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC North. Change we can believe in The Browns added a terror to an already solid defensive front. Danny Shelton has all the makings of a dominant... more

Montee Ball's stay on the Denver Broncos' final 53-man roster didn't last 24 hours. The team announced it waived the running back Sunday, along with center Gino Gradkowski after they were awarded center James Ferentz and tight end Mitchell Henry off... more

Arian Foster's return should happen sooner rather than later. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Foster won't be placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list as initially expected, per two sources informed of the plans.... more

With the 2015 season looming, Geno Smith took another step toward returning. The New York Jets quarterback participated in positional drills Monday for the first time since suffering a broken jaw when he was punched by a teammate last month, the New... more

The loss of tight end Julius Thomas for up to a month will put more pressure on Jacksonville Jaguars second-year receiver Allen Robinson. Sans the pass-catching tight end, Blake Bortles said the biggest area he expects to see Robinson make a leap in... more

This Labor Day is vital for the New York Giants and Jason Pierre-Paul, as the sides will finally meet face-to-face. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer reported JPP is in New York and received a physical on his hand, which didn't... more

Todd Gurley won't play in Sunday's Week 1 opener, but the St. Louis Rams' running back is making strides. The first-round pick told the team's official website that he's shed the non-contact beanie he'd been wearing in practice. "I can do... more

Reunited and it feels so good! Veteran wide receiver James Jones signed with the Green Bay Packers on Monday, two days after he was cut by the New York Giants. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported James would be rejoining the Packers. The... more

The Cleveland Browns thinned out their backfield on Sunday. The Tennessee Titans acquired running back Terrance West from Cleveland in exchange for a conditional 2016 draft pick, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Browns... more

The Chicago Bears released starting right tackle Jordan Mills on Sunday after claiming guard Patrick Omameh off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thanks Chicago for the memories and all that you've done for me. #BearDown ‚?? Jordan Mills... more

The New York Jets placed cornerback Dee Milliner on the injured reserve/designated to return list with a wrist injury. The move to IR recall will knock out the former first-round pick for the first eight games of the season -- he will be eligible to... more

Tom Brady spoke to reporters Sunday for the first time since his four-game suspension was nullified . The New England Patriots quarterback said he isn't worried about the NFL's subsequent appeal of the decision. "That's their choice and I think that's... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers owned the No. 1 waiver claim position following Saturday's cuts and utilized it well, snatching up five players. The Bucs added defensive end Kourtnei Brown (cut by the Texans), linebacker Jeremiah George (Jaguars), quarterback... more

The Dallas Cowboys are adding another young running back to their stable. The Seattle Seahawks traded Christine Michael to the Cowboys in exchange for an undisclosed 2016 draft choice, Dallas announced Sunday. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported, per a... more

Robert Griffin III remained part of the Washington Redskins' organization beyond Saturday's cut deadline. On Sunday, coach Jay Gruden insisted the team didn't cut ties with RGIII because the quarterback still can play a role behind starter Kirk Cousins.... more

The uncertainty of the Baltimore Ravens' receiving corps mounts as the 2015 season approaches. First-round pick Breshad Perriman was drafted to provide a deep threat alongside Steve Smith Sr. Instead, the rookie has been on the sidelines with a knee... more

Lost in the bedlam of Saturday's cuts deadline was some subtextual good news for the New Orleans Saints. Safety Jairus Byrd was not placed on the team's reserve/physically unable to perform list. He's on the active roster and can return to the field at... more

Uncertainty turned to doubtful , which became official Saturday: Todd Gurley won't play Week 1. St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced the team's first-round pick would miss the opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The announcement comes as no... more

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Thursday following U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's ruling nullifying Tom Brady's four-game suspension . Kraft highlighted Brady's integrity throughout the process and looked forward to... more

The NFL appealed U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's ruling nullifying Tom Brady's four-game suspension. Commissioner Roger Goodell, in a statement released Thursday prior to the league's court filing, cited competitive fairness as a key component in... more

Following U.S. District Judge Richard Berman nullifying Tom Brady's four-game suspension Thursday morning, the NFL Players Association released a statement from executive director DeMaurice Smith calling for future cooperation between the league office... more

The Tennessee Titans could be one of the most improved teams in the NFL in 2015. There is zero questioning an offense led by Marcus Mariota will be immensely more entertaining than last year's edition in Nashville. One of the wild cards to the... more

Chip Kelly initially took issue with the NFL saying Terrell Suggs shouldn't have been flagged for his preseason Week 2 hit of Sam Bradford because it wasn't on a zone-read play. After viewing the NFL's weekly officiating video, Kelly relented that... more

Prior to naming Tyrod Taylor the Buffalo Bills' quarterback this week, Rex Ryan wanted to keep the decision in-house. The coach's reasoning was to keep their Week 1 opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, guessing and force them to spend time... more

The latest digital extra for NFL Network's Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and the 2014 New England Patriots special was released Wednesday. In our most recent peek, the Patriots' coach discusses his classic "On To Cincinnati" press conference. "I could... more

Add another tick mark to the tally of low-level trades this week as teams swap spare parts that don't fit their NFL hot rods. The Houston Texans shipped tight end Khari Lee to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2017, it was... more

The hits keep coming for the New Orleans Saints' defense and this week it's the secondary that is getting jammed. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that cornerback Keenan Lewis underwent hip surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss four to six... more

With Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension to start the 2015 season sapping some explosion from the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense, the team plans to ride a veteran at the No. 3 receiver spot. That man: Darrius Heyward-Bey "I knew it was coming," Ben... more

When Randall Cobb went down over the weekend with an AC joint sprain in his shoulder, Packer Nation collectively held its breath. While the sprain was minor, there was concern the wideout wouldn't be ready to face the Chicago Bears in Week 1. However,... more

Jerry Jones believes the Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden duo can perform behind the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line, but he's hedging on the height of those expectations. The owner told KRLD-FM on Tuesday he just wants a running game that opponents... more

Some Indianapolis Colts fans are not happy Reggie Wayne signed with the New England Patriots. "Anywhere but there!" some bellowed and moaned on social media following his one-year pact with the conference rival. There has been a lot said locally about... more

The Buffalo Bills' outward reaction to the release of running back Fred Jackson has been a collective hand-wringing over what has been labeled a difficult group decision. However, Jackson points the finger squarely at one man. "Doug Whaley was behind... more

Teams whittled down their rosters prior to Tuesday's deadline -- when each franchise must move from 90 to 75 players -- and some notable names were released. On Monday, the Indianapolis Colts released guard Donald Thomas, the team announced. The... more

Some in the NFL world might have been surprised that career backup Tyrod Taylor won the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback gig, but those in the locker room were not among them. "He's going to be tremendous for this team," Percy Harvin said, via the... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars offense sure could use a consistent deep threat. Marqise Lee was drafted in 2014 with the talent to be that field-stretching option opposite possession receiver Allen Robinson. Lee played just 13 games as a rookie, catching 37... more

Fred Jackson is on course to reunite with Beast Mode. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning that Jackson is flying to Seattle this morning to meet with the Seahawks and both sides expect a deal to get done, per two sources informed of... more


The Carolina Panthers added a new face to their depleted receiving corps. The team announced Monday that they traded for Seattle Seahawks receiver Kevin Norwood. The Seahawks initially planned to cut the 2014 fourth-round pick out of Alabama, before... more

Martavis Bryant's second-year leap will be put on hold to start the NFL season. The Pittsburgh Steelers receiver has been suspended four games†for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse†after his appeal was denied Monday, the team... more

After coach Jay Gruden announced Kirk Cousins as the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback for the entire 2015 season , the next logical question is: What does that mean for Robert Griffin III? Gruden said Monday the team has no plans to cut ties... more

Rex Ryan finally made a solid quarterback decision. The Buffalo Bills will head into Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts with Tyrod Taylor under center, the team announced Monday . Taylor was the most impressive of the three Bills in the quarterback... more

The Houston Texans acquired some offensive line depth in a trade with the Denver Broncos on Monday. The Broncos announced they shipped reserve offensive tackle Chris Clark to Houston in exchange for a 2016 pick. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers found a veteran kicker to help plug the hole caused by injuries. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Steelers acquired long-time Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee, per a source informed of the deal. The Steelers... more

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has swung another trade and Tim Wright is on the move again. The Buccaneers traded the tight end to the Lions, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. The trade was later confirmed by the Bucs. In... more

The Arizona Cardinals' offensive line has become a sweltering concern as the 2015 NFL season approaches. Injuries and a looming suspension to right tackle Bobby Massie has thrust a unit that was supposed to be improved into flux. During the first half... more

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden flashed Saturday night, leading Jerry Jones to label it "vintage McFadden ." Lest anyone think the veteran back's performance would land him the bulk of the carries entering the 2015 season, that's not the... more

The Oakland Raiders' starting offense put up 15 points on the Arizona Cardinals in a 30-23 loss Sunday night. Those 15 points came on five Sebastian Janikowski field goals. Six times in nine drives, the Raiders' first-teamers were in a position to... more

Brandon Bostick is once again searching for a new start to his career. The Minnesota Vikings announced they cut the tight end Sunday, along with 11 other players as they whittle their roster down prior to Tuesday's deadline. The Vikings grabbed... more

The Seattle Seahawks' offense hasn't clicked through three preseason games. While coach Pete Carroll isn't pleased with his struggling first-string unit, he assured fretting fans that the sky is not falling after Saturday's 16-15 victory over the San... more

The New York Jets received some good news Sunday. First-round pick Leonard Williams suffered a muscle strain in Saturday night's 28-18 win over the Giants, but there is no ligament damage, NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported. The injury won't keep the... more

Every week Odell Beckham Jr. or another receiver makes a ridiculous catch that seems to defy the laws of physics. The jaw-dropping plays from Beckham -- you know the one -- and his ilk are leading some to wonder if the gloves receivers and other... more

With Julio Jones signing a new five-year, $71.25 million contract extension †on Saturday, all eyes now turn to A.J. Green. The Cincinnati Bengals' wideout is next in line for a massive deal after Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Jones and T.Y. Hilton have... more

In two preseason appearances Peyton Manning doesn't yet look comfortable in the Denver Broncos' new offense. In Saturday night's 19-12 win over the San Francisco 49ers, Manning finished with 14-of-21 passing for 124 yards, an interception and couldn't... more

The St. Louis Rams could enter the 2015 season with a bit of a quagmire in their backfield. Saturday night starter Tre Mason exited the Rams' 24-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts with a mild hamstring sprain, coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Sunday. Mason... more

Sam Bradford has taken the field for only four series this preseason. All four have ended in touchdowns. Saturday night in a 39-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers, the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback looked especially dialed in during his three... more

Most NFL stars gladly grab pine during the preseason once their allotted snap count is reached. Coming off a missed season due to an ACL tear, San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman rejected his seat on the bench. Entering Saturday night's 19-12... more

Johnny Manziel's sore elbow will prevent him from being under center for the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. Browns coach Mike Pettine stated there is no structural damage to the quarterback's elbow, but said Thursday that Manziel will miss Saturday's... more

Baltimore Ravens first-round pick Breshad Perriman remains out with a knee injury. Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday there is "no timetable " for the receiver to return from a sprained PCL and admitted Perriman's injury is healing slower than the team... more

Some Hollywood actors are simply better at playing the villain than the hero. On the football field, Terrell Suggs embraces that role with open arms. "You're naturally the villain when you go into an opponent's stadium, anyway," Suggs said, via... more

Paper is a wonderful product. Just ask Michael Scott . On paper we can jot names of players down, analyze them on a flat surface and come to conclusions about a football team before a game is played. New Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh... more

Doug Martin looks like a rejuvenated version of the running back who took the NFL by storm in 2012. After two dismal seasons, he has Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to thank for ensuring yet another chance at the starting gig in Tampa Bay.... more

Jadeveon Clowney continues to make positive progress toward the 2015 season. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday the linebacker is on track to play in the season opener. "The knee is feeling decent. We'll keep inching him forward to get... more

The Bennett brothers are not shy about giving their opinions. Lately those sentiments have taken shots at quarterbacks. Michael Bennett recently ripped "mediocre" quarterbacks who get paid too much. Martellus Bennett pondered why signal-callers are... more

Terrell Suggs' hit on Sam Bradford this weekend kicked up dust regarding when a quarterback is protected and when he should be protected. A line has been drawn in the grass. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said it was a legal hit... more

Kam Chancellor's holdout reached it's 26th day on Tuesday and it has no appearance of ending anytime soon. Even as games that count rapidly approach, the safety's Seattle Seahawks teammates aren't miffed about the three-time Pro Bowler's stance on his... more

After agreeing to a deal to join the Denver Broncos, guard Evan Mathis pointed to the team's chances of winning a Super Bowl as the main factor in his decision. "The No. 1 priority in finding a new place to play was playing for a contender," Mathis... more

Jordy Nelson's season-ending injury sideswiped a Green Bay Packers offense set up for an explosive season. While much of the recent discussion has centered around which of the young wideout targets will step up to help fill the void , Randall Cobb said... more

Most NFL coaches entering training camp with a quarterback conundrum want the situation sorted out by the third preseason game to maximize the reps the battle winner gets with the starters in the dress rehearsal . Then there is Rex Ryan. The Buffalo... more

Ryan Mallett lost the Houston Texans' starting quarterback job to Brian Hoyer, but that doesn't mean we won't see him on the field this season. A dejected Mallett spoke to the media Tuesday morning and said he plans to stay ready if called upon.... more

With the addition of receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Kansas City Chiefs want to open up the offense. Alex Smith believes the veteran's presence, along with speed on the outside in Albert Wilson and De'Anthony Thomas can help improve the Chiefs' deep passing... more

Ronnie Hillman is movin' on up at Mile High. The Denver Broncos shifty running back has stood out during the first two preseason games, carrying 16 times for 120 yards, a whopping 7.5 average per carry. "He's moved himself up. He's had a really good... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers added some insurance at center with Maurkice Pouncey injured. Doug Legursky returns to The Steel City, the team announced Tuesday morning . The 29-year-old center started 17 games over four seasons in Pittsburgh from 2009-2010.... more

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Terrell Suggs' low hit on Sam Bradford was a legal play because it was deemed by the league to have taken place on a read option play. Chip Kelly begs to differ. The Philadelphia Eagles coach said... more

Sam Bradford didn't appreciate Terrell Suggs hitting him in the knee during the first quarter of Saturday's 40-17 Philadelphia Eagles win over the Baltimore Ravens. Suggs was flagged on the play, but NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told... more

Over the past three seasons, Peyton Manning has completed 1,245 passes for 14,863 yards with the Denver Broncos. The quarterback told The MMQB's Peter King he's done all that without having feeling in his fingertips on his right hand. "I can't feel... more

As the outside world packs rocket fuel into the Jarryd Hayne hype train, those within the San Francisco 49ers' organization insist on yanking the break. "I'm still a long way off from where I want to be," Hayne said after another impressive performance... more

The Houston Texans will roll with Brian Hoyer to start the season. Coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Monday that Hoyer has been named the starter to open the 2015 season, beating out Ryan Mallett. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported the news.... more

Marcus Mariota displays a bounty of positive traits on the football field. Perhaps the best attribute the Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback deploys is poise under duress. The unflappable rookie dealt not only with a fierce St. Louis Rams pass rush in... more

The Dallas Cowboys got sideswiped by the San Francisco 49ers in a 23-6 shellacking Sunday night. The loss left Jason Garrett sounding like he was rattling off a rejected Dr. Seuss manuscript. "It wasn't very good on offense . It wasn't very good on... more

NaVorro Bowman hit the field for the first time in 19 months with a bang. The linebacker played just three snaps in the San Francisco 49ers' 23-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night. On those three plays Bowman compiled three tackles, including... more

If Bill O'Brien declares a starting quarterback next week, it likely won't be based on Saturday night's performances. Neither Ryan Mallett nor Brian Hoyer impressed in the 14-10 loss to the Denver Broncos. In reality, both were downright awful.... more

The Atlanta Falcons deployed one of the most listless defensive pass rushes in the NFL the last several years. Enter coach Dan Quinn. "I love this system," defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux beamed Friday night, via the team's official website . "I... more

Cleveland Browns rookie running back Duke Johnson entered training camp with a chance to earn a large role in the offense. Instead, he's been mostly on the shelf with a hamstring injury, missing the team's first two preseason games. Johnson returned to... more

Marcus Smith will miss two to three weeks after he was carted off the field with a tweaked hamstring Thursday. The Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick in 2014 told reporters Friday he expects to be back on the field before the regular season starts,... more

After the Buffalo Bills' quarterback battle looked like it could have been locked down Thursday night, eyes will turn to the next big QB competition: the Houston Texans, who take on the Denver Broncos on Saturday. As of now, coach Bill O'Brien insists... more

It wasn't the plan for Devin Funchess to become the Carolina Panthers' de facto No. 1 wide receiver out of the gate his rookie year. Alas, injures can ruin even the best-laid plans. With Kelvin Benjamin tearing his ACL , the expectations for Funchess... more

Guess who's back, back again. Aaron's back, good luck trying to defend . After a serious calf injury left Aaron Rodgers hobbling down the stretch last season, the Green Bay Packers are ready to declare that "he's back ." "I'm back to playing the way I... more

Robert Griffin III took a brutal beating early in the Washington Redskins' 21-17 victory over the Detroit Lions. With veteran left tackle Trent Williams sitting out with soreness in his right foot, the Redskins' offensive line was overwhelmed by the... more

Marcell Dareus enters the final season of his rookie deal looking for a massive new contract from the Buffalo Bills. The defensive tackle thought not holding out of training camp might spur a deal, but the sides haven't moved any closer. It's making... more

Johnny Manziel made several splashy plays during the Cleveland Browns' lone touchdown drive in the 11-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night, which induced flutters of optimism about the maligned quarterback. "I'm still going out trying to play... more

Le'Veon Bell became the NFL's best dual-threat running back last season, putting up 1,361 yards rushing (second in the league) and 854 yards receiving (top at his position). Despite those numbers, the Pittsburgh Steelers' third-year back believes he... more

As the NFL regular season approaches with vigor, the one play Seattle Seahawks fans would rather forget will be replayed over and over and over and over again. Malcolm Butler's interception to seal the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory is the... more

On Tuesday running back Darren McFadden verbalized what we've all known for a while: The Dallas Cowboys will employ a running back by committee. "You know the competitor in me definitely wants to be the No. 1 guy that goes out there. But at the same... more

Chuck Pagano enters the final year of his contract as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts armed with what he calls the best team he's helmed. "Our roster is probably better right now than it's been at any point," Pagano said for the second time... more

While the football world effervesced watching Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah gash the New York Jets' defense last week, the rookie had a different take on his performance. "I think my first preseason game went OK, borderline good, but by no... more

The Carolina Panthers saw one of their star players, and another promising one, go down Wednesday morning. Kelvin Benjamin was carted from practice after suffering what appeared to be a left knee injury, according to reporters at the joint practice with... more

The Buffalo Bills announced the signings of defensive lineman Red Bryant and running back Cierre Wood on Wednesday. The moves address depth issues stemming from injuries at both positions. The top four Bills running backs are sidelined with injury,... more

To paraphrase The Everly Brothers : All Jameis has to do is dream. Dream, dream, dream. When asked Tuesday about his relationship with wide receiver Mike Evans, the rookie quarterback said he's got big aspirations for himself and the receiver. "I'm a... more

The Miami Dolphins activated rookie receiver DeVante Parker from the active/physically unable to perform list Wednesday morning. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the move is more procedural than anything and the timetable for a recovery... more

Chris Johnson's standing in the Arizona Cardinals' backfield will depend on his performance over the next three weeks . The running back said Tuesday he's not trying to prove anything. "I don't say (I have) something to prove to somebody, I say... more

Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams is hospitalized, coach Rex Ryan announced Monday. The rookie tailback "was in a lot of pain" when he woke up Monday, Ryan said. The extent of the injury is currently unknown. Williams led the Bills in... more

Monday marked a key day in Jadeveon Clowney's road to redemption. The Houston Texans brought the former No. 1 overall pick off the PUP list and eased him into practice Monday.† "I felt pretty good," Clowney told the media after practice. "Just happy... more

As if putting his John Hancock on a four-year, $83.25 million contract extension weren't indication enough that Philip Rivers is married to the Chargers whether in San Diego or Los Angeles, we got more proof Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Amid all the buzz about offensive playmakers and young studs following the first week of preseason action, one of the most impressive defensive units slid mostly under the radar. The Denver Broncos' front dominated the Seattle Seahawks' beleaguered... more

The Indianapolis Colts have talked up rookie receiver Phillip Dorsett since the moment he was drafted in the first round. On Sunday, we finally got to see what all the hype was about for ourselves. Dorsett didn't disappoint. With T.Y. Hilton and Donte... more

The first week of NFL preseason pollenates the air with optimism about the coming autumn months. If not checked, these spores can blossom into full-blown hype waves, with entire fan bases caught in the contagion. Take, for instance, former Rugby League... more

A locker room fight cost Geno Smith a broken jaw, along with a month of playing time and forced IK Enemkpali to change zip codes. Two practice scuffles on Sunday earned the entire New York Jets' team wind sprints. While no punches were reportedly... more

Sam Bradford is the Philadelphia Eagles' presumptive starting quarterback, but he won't see the field Sunday in the team's first preseason game. Coach Chip Kelly said Friday that Bradford won't play against the Indianapolis Colts on NFL Network Sunday... more

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz will miss the preseason, but could be ready when the games that count kick off. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Friday, Ertz is dealing with a core issue. "Zach has a core muscle injury and he's probably going to... more

The Ameer Abdullah hype train is ripping so rapidly down the tracks after Thursday night's performance it's about to careen out of control. New York Jets coach Todd Bowles added some gas to the burning optimism about the Detroit Lions' rookie running... more

When Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said this week the team has†discussed signing Ray Rice it felt like either a trial balloon to gauge public sentiment or a shot across the bow of his young running back group. It turns out it was probably a bit... more

La'el Collins is not your normal undrafted rookie. On Thursday night the Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman displayed why: Not sure who's watching but what a great block by @70LaelCollins #Cowboys ‚?? Deryk Gilmore... more

After giving up play calling this season, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy quipped during a halftime interview on Thursday night that he was "bored stiff." After the 22-11 win over the New England Patriots, the coach has some new game tape to watch.... more

The New York Jets played poorly Thursday versus the Detroit Lions in a 23-3 loss . (Deletes tired punchless pun.) With quarterback Geno Smith on the shelf following jaw surgery, Ryan Fitzpatrick played just one series. He led Gang Green's offense to a... more

Despite the 27-10 win over the Miami Dolphins, the first look at a Chicago Bears defense moving to a 3-4 defense with a bevy of 4-3 players was about what you'd expect: uninspiring. Most of the first-team defensive unit played only the first series or... more

The Arizona Cardinals' backfield has been a mess this offseason, but we got a smidgen of positive news Thursday. Coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington is "real close to being full speed " after dealing with a hamstring injury. Ellington is expected to... more

The Minnesota Vikings are a trendy team to take a step forward in 2015 and make a playoff run. But coach Mike Zimmer didn't like what he saw on Thursday. Zimmer stopped practice to make the team run and then reamed out his squad for what he called a... more

If you missed the first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" with the Houston Texans you might not be aware of a little squabble between receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall. During a scrimmage, Hall -- from the sidelines... more

Last year Arizona Cardinals receiver John Brown became an offseason sensation. The wideout nicknamed "Smoke," because of his speed, now has a tagalong this training camp in rookie J.J. Nelson, who coach Bruce Arians has come to call "Fire." "Wherever... more

Doug Martin will get his shot at becoming the next running back reclamation project. As Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling pointed out on a recent podcast , Martin has the chance to join the likes of Mark Ingram and Ryan Mathews as veteran tailbacks who... more

After one big-name receiver got a contract extension Thursday morning, it's on to the next one. Agent Drew Rosenhaus -- who just locked down T.Y. Hilton to a†five-year, $65 million contract extension †in Indy -- plans to travel to Jacksonville to meet... more

The Indianapolis Colts and T.Y. Hilton agreed to a contract extension Thursday morning, the team's official website announced. "I love being here. This is a dream come true," Hilton told reporters. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported it's a... more

Wednesday's settlement conference involving the NFL, NFL Players Association and Tom Brady concluded in New York after roughly 7.5 hours. The proceedings included one period open to the public, which was then followed by a session during which the... more

Cancer swiped the end of the 2014 season from Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, but it won't take away the start of the 2015 preseason. Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that Berry will play on Saturday night against the Arizona Cardinals in the... more

The Chicago Bears plan to get back to pounding the football on the ground under offensive coordinator Adam Gase. The biggest beneficiary will be Matt Forte, who is glad to be taking more handoffs a year after catching 102 passes. "When you run the... more

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas hasn't missed a regular-season snap through eight seasons. Oh, he's been injured, but that hasn't caused him to miss one play. On Tuesday, while brushing off what he considers a "minor" knee injury after... more

The Geno Smith incident in the New York Jets locker room has brought a lot of questions out of the woodwork. After discussing the situation and locker room dynamic Tuesday night on NFL Network, guest analyst Lance Briggs was asked if he ever wanted to... more

Jadeveon Clowney's return from microfracture surgery on his knee could come soon, but the Houston Texans won't push it. Coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that the team won't rush the linebacker back to the field if he's not physically ready. The target... more

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher doesn't expect rookie Todd Gurley to play during the preseason. The running back won't even go so far as to say he'll be ready for the season opener. "I don't know," Gurley told SiriusXM NFL radio hosts Gil Brandt... more

NFL owners met in Chicago on Tuesday to discuss possible relocation to Los Angeles. The outcome didn't sound good for Oakland. Executive vice president of NFL ventures and business operations Eric Grubman made a resounding statement regarding the city... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Tom Brady will meet in New York on Wednesday with Judge Richard Berman in an effort to resolve the legal dispute regarding the Patriots quarterback's four-game suspension. Speaking in Chicago on Tuesday, Goodell said... more

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton got in a scuffle at practice Monday with corner Josh Norman. The story blew up because generally quarterbacks remain above the fray during training camp fights. On Tuesday, the Panthers' quarterback poked fun... more

The effusive praise emanating from Tampa Bay about rookie quarterback Jameis Winston reached new heights over the weekend. Buccaneers center Evan Smith sent the plum of positivity into the stratosphere. Smith, who spent the beginning of his career with... more

Eric Ebron's progress in his sophomore NFL season remains a pivot point for the Detroit Lions' offense. Behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, Ebron's ability to become a playmaker for quarterback Matthew Stafford would completely open up offensive... more

Training camp and preseason are where new faces on new teams attempt to work out the kinks before the games start to count. The quarterback-receiver timing and relationship is a key aspects offenses work through in August. On the first day of San... more

It's 89 one last time. Steve Smith Sr. announced Monday he will retire at the end of the 2015 season. "I feel like this is the best place, if this is going to be the end, this will be the best place to end," the Baltimore Ravens receiver said.... more

Matt Cassel will get the first preseason crack at winning the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback job. Coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Cassel would start Friday when the Bills host the Carolina Panthers. The announcement signals Cassel is a smidgen... more

We have a trade! NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports that the Chicago Bears traded guard Ryan Groy to the New England Patriots, according to a source close to the situation. Groy, 24, appeared in four games as a rookie to close out 2014 at left guard. He... more

A small ownership contingent will meet in Chicago on Tuesday for a Special League Meeting on Los Angeles to discuss potential steps toward relocation to the area. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the meeting will include just principal owners,... more

Eric Mangini sits with the unenviable task of leading a San Francisco 49ers defense that has seen major pieces exit the building. The losses have been recounted many, many times this offseason, but the most recent exit is likely the one that stings the... more

The preseason is mainly for players battling for jobs and rookies. For the latter group, even those selected in the first round, early games allow them to get their feet wet against NFL competition. Sometimes it goes swimmingly. Sometimes they... more

Darren McFadden won't practice until after the team's first preseason game. There had been a chance the Dallas Cowboys running back would hit the field Saturday, but he remained on the sideline working with trainers while nursing a hamstring injury.... more

Eddie Royal is slated for a big role in the Chicago Bears' offense in 2015. The veteran receiver is scheduled to work mostly out of the slot, with Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson and rookie Kevin White --†when healthy -- on the outside. Offensive... more

We haven't heard from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell since he upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension , which jumpstarted a hastening legal process . On Friday, he spoke to the Canton Repository's Todd Parker from the Hall of Fame. Goodell was asked if... more

BREAKING! Football players are competitive. Even during an amicable training camp scrimmage tempers can flare. Our most recent example comes from the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported the teams had to be... more

One huge question mark hovering over the New York Giants' offense as we enter preseason concerns the state of the offensive line. After attempting to settle the position in the offseason, injures have re-jumbled the group. Tackle Ereck Flowers, right... more

LeSean McCoy scored just five touchdowns last year in Philadelphia, many times coming off the field in goal line situations. Could that change now that he's with Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills? With bigger backs Anthony Dixon and Fred Jackson on the... more

The goal of every coach is to get his best 11 players on the field. For Chip Kelly that will be tricky in 2015 with a loaded backfield. DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews should take up at least 80 percent of the tailback snaps this season, so Kelly must... more

Aldon Smith went from redemption story to released in the a blink of an eye Friday. After the San Francisco 49ers cut the talented pass rusher following yet another arrest , his former teammates echoed coach Jim Tomsula , saying they hope Smith takes... more

LeGarrette Blount suffered a knee injury in practice Friday that will keep him out a few weeks, at least. The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young reports that Blount suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee. It's unclear the severity of the sprain,... more

Johnny Manziel has a ways to go before snatching the starting gig away from Josh McCown, but Manziel has won over one large critic: Joe Thomas. "He's really proved to a lot of people that this is important to him and he's ready to be an NFL starting... more

Todd Gurley didn't start training camp on the PUP list , but don't expect to see him on the field during the preseason. Coach Jeff Fisher told Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network's Inside Training Camp on Thursday that the St. Louis Rams will bring along... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith ran into trouble again. Smith was arrested by Santa Clara police on Thursday night for a hit and run, DUI and vandalism, the department tweeted on Friday . Online records show the 25-year-old was booked on... more

The Minnesota Vikings are a trendy pick to shoot up the standings this season. And why not? It's a team that boasts a promising young quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, devastating running back, nice receiving weapons, a good young corps of defensive... more

With Rex Ryan boasting about how much the Buffalo Bills plan to run the ball in 2015 , his tight ends better get ready to block, a lot. So far, according to the coach, the group led by Charles Clay, Chris Gragg, rookie Nick O'Leary and Matthew Mulligan... more

Tracking quarterback interceptions during training camp is one of the most frivolous plots this time of year. Sure, it's neat that rookie Marcus Mariota has yet to throw a pick in six practices. It's also utterly meaningless without context. What type... more

Toby Gerhart's first chance as a featured NFL running back fell flat. The Jacksonville Jaguars' tailback was frank about 2014. "Last year sucked, bluntly," Gerhart said, via the team's official website . He's not exaggerating. Dealing with... more

Robert Griffin III is optimistic Year 2 in Jay Gruden's offense will be much different than his disappointing 2014 season. "Second year in it, I feel like you can go out there and you kind of know what to do, and I think that helps," Griffin said, via... more

One of the biggest mysteries entering the 2015 season is the health of Peyton Manning's throwing arm. The first review from Denver Broncos' training camp, via receiver Demaryius Thomas, is a positive one. "I know you're not going to believe this, but... more

DeSean Jackson doesn't think an NFL player can stop him . But a blocking sled can hold him back a few weeks. The Washington Redskins receiver suffered an injured right shoulder when he ran into a sled Thursday during practice. Redskins coach Jay... more

Chicago Bears coach John Fox attempted to downplay Kevin White's shin injury following Wednesday's practice. But according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the concern about the stud rookie receiver is very real. "He hasn't done any running on hard... more

Arian Foster's latest groin injury will cost him the beginning portion of the 2015 NFL season. The Houston Texans' running back has missed 11 games over the past two seasons due to injury, including a previous groin issue. The most recent setback... more

At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray was once asked to move to linebacker during college. Now in the NFL, the tailback tries to emulate other big backs, like Adrian Peterson and DeMarco Murray. "Size and speed," said... more

Darren McFadden has yet to see the field during Dallas Cowboys training camp. That could change this weekend. After doing some side work Wednesday, McFadden will test out his tweaked hamstring today and decide if he can practice on Saturday (the Cowboys... more

The NFL is morphing into a running back-by-committee league, with the average number of attempts per season for top-10 rushers falling from 338 in 2006 to 280 last year. Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, however, insists he prefers to ride one back if... more

Robert Mathis likely won't hit his goal of being back on the field by Week 1. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday he expects the linebacker to return from his Achilles tendon tear in "early October or late September." "It's hard to... more

The Seattle Seahawks' secondary got some good news Wednesday. Safety Earl Thomas officially passed his physical and is off the physically unable to perform list, the team annnounced . Thomas has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery on a... more

During his 10-year run with the San Francisco 49ers, Frank Gore was part of teams that went to a Super Bowl and three consecutive NFC Championship games. The running back told NFL Media's Nate Burleson on Tuesday that his new Indianapolis Colts team... more

The Terrelle Pryor comeback story has hit a snag. Or tweak, rather. The Cleveland Browns wide receiver tweaked his hamstring and sat out Wednesday's practice. According to coach Mike Pettine, it's "doubtful" Pryor will in Friday's scrimmage at Ohio... more

Detroit Lions players are tired of hearing how much worse off they will be with Ndamukong Suh no longer on the team. "I think some of (those concerns) are overblown," defensive end Jason Jones said, via . "I think so. I just think with the... more

Some analysts believed the Miami Dolphins snagging former Boise State running back Jay Ajayi in the fifth round could have been the steal of the 2015 NFL Draft. While that prediction could still come to fruition, the rookie has a long way to go before... more

Purgatory is supposed to be a temporary place of punishment. For NFL teams in quarterback purgatory, that temporary state can be interminably long and ultimately doom a franchise. This is where Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley admitted his... more

The importance of Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals' success in 2015 is not to be underestimated. To underscore that point, when Tyrann Mathieu accidentally knocked running back Kerwynn Williams into the quarterback during Monday's practice, the... more

The Indianapolis Colts are working diligently to lock down two cornerstones before training camp ends. No. Not Andrew Luck. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday on NFL Network's Inside Training Camp that the more immediate priorities for... more

The comparison was almost too easy. It was like Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter stole it from one of those cheap player-comparison generators used during television shows. When asked about Bucs second-year tight end Austin... more

Khalil Mack's sensational rookie season placed him in the upper echelon of 4-3 outside linebackers. The new Oakland Raiders coaching staff isn't pigeonholing their stud playmakers, however. Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports Mack has been working "a... more

The Dallas Cowboys' pass rush was a concern entering last season. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said it's probably the real reason the Cowboys bowed out of the playoffs. "At the end of the day, it's probably what cost us a chance to win a... more

Jimmy Graham isn't perceived as a good blocker. Whether perception is reality -- or whether recent injuries have sapped his ability to block -- we will find out now that he's in the Seattle Seahawks' run-first offense. "(In New Orleans) the last two... more

Cam Newton has been hit a lot in four NFL seasons. To be exact, the Carolina Panthers quarterback has been hit 587 times -- 270 more than any other signal-caller since 2011. Not that Newton is concerned. "Sacks, touches, hits, I'm fine," Newton told... more

Following the mandated four days without pads to start training camp, most NFL teams are finally hitting the thumping portion of practices. For the Arizona Cardinals, the pads went on Monday. Leave it to coach Bruce Arians to succinctly explain what... more

The start of training camp practices ignites position battles. With quarterback being the most vital job in all of sports, signal-caller battles remain the most intriguing. Two heated up Saturday in Buffalo and Houston. First we begin with the Bills... more

The Philadelphia Eagles traded cornerback Brandon Boykin to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the teams announced Saturday. The Eagles will receive a conditional fifth-round pick in 2016. The price is fairly cheap for a cornerback-needy Steelers squad. Boykin... more

The Washington Redskins quarterback situation receives all the buzz, but the offensive focus will shift in 2015. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's Total Access Saturday night that the Redskins plan to run the ball a lot more than... more

Marc Trestman led a pass-heavy offensive scheme during his two years with the Chicago Bears, but the new offensive coordinator of the Ravens insists he will stick with what Baltimore does best. "Ravens football starts with the running game, and that... more

Jameis Winston was officially named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback on Friday. The rookie said Saturday that he's ready to carry the Bucs. "One thing that I've learned is if you can play it don't matter what age you are, it doesn't... more

Jameis Winston's first training camp practice as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback is put on hold. The team announced that due to weather conditions, Saturday's open practice at One Buc Place has been cancelled. The Bucs might still... more

Hearing Eric Weddle discuss the 2015 San Diego Chargers training camp feels like listening to a senior talk about his last year of high school. The Chargers have a bevy of core veterans entering contract years, including Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates,... more

The football gods seem to have it out for Kyle Williams . The Denver Broncos receiver was carted off the field after sustaining an injury during special teams drills on Saturday. The team announced that Williams suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in... more

Joique Bell's health remains in question as the Detroit Lions report to training camp this weekend. Coach Jim Caldwell said Friday that there is no timetable for Bell's return from knee and Achilles procedures this offseason. "From a schematic... more


The Washington Redskins look to be without cornerback Bashaud Breeland. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Breeland suffered an injury to his MCL on Friday and will miss the rest of camp. Prior to sustaining the injury, the NFL announced the... more

Trent Richardson's latest fresh start kicked off poorly in Oakland. The Raiders running back begins training camp on the active/non-football injury list . No official word was given for the reason behind Richardson sitting out. Receiver Rod Streater... more

Kam Chancellor is officially holding out. NFL Media's Steve Wyche reported the Seattle Seahawks' safety was not in attendance as the team took the field for its first training camp workout on Friday. Chancellor wants more money , NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The least-shocking news of the day came out of Tampa Bay. Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith announced Friday that No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston will be the team's starting quarterback. "Jameis Winston is our starting quarterback. He'll be taking... more

At long last, the Seattle Seahawks have signed Russell Wilson to a contract extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the four-year contract extension is worth $87.6 million, per a source involved in the negotiations. The deal includes a $31... more

Matt Forte set an NFL record with 102 catches from the running back position last season. The Chicago Bears' tailback doesn't plan on duplicating that performance in 2015. "Catching 100 balls is not my goal as a running back," Forte said Thursday, per... more

The Buffalo Bills were so intent on wooing fullback Jerome Felton during free agency they dispatched a private plane to pick up their lead blocker. The fullback came boasting some Rex Ryan-like expectations.† Felton, entering his eighth NFL season,... more

Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy suffered a rib strain (left side) during practice Thursday, NFL Media's Desmond Purnell reported, per a team source. The pass rusher, however, was unconcerned about the injury. "I don't get hurt,'' Hardy proclaimed... more

Left tackle Taylor Lewan is ready to Make the Leap in Year 2 and he plans to drag the Tennessee Titans' entire line along for the ride. "As an offensive line, it starts with us," he said Thursday, via . "We have to be the foundation of this... more

The Dallas Cowboys gave Dez Bryant a five-year, $70 million contract, including $45 million in guarantees. The receiver said the big money won't change the way he plays or acts. "It's no pressure, man," Bryant said, via . "It's no pressure.... more

If even a sliver of doubt festered in the recesses of the minds of Tennessee Titans fans about whether Marcus Mariota would start Day 1, coach Ken Whisenhunt erased it Thursday. Asked about the Titans' quarterback pecking order, Whisenhunt replied:... more

The self-imposed deadline †looms for the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson to strike long-term contract agreement before training camp starts. Players report on Thursday and practices begin Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the two... more

Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association suffered a blow in their attempt to vacate the NFL's four-game suspension on the New England Patriots quarterback. According to a court document obtained by NFL Media's Albert Breer, U.S. District Judge Richard... more

The consternation about Kelvin Benjamin's hamstring can be put on hold as the Carolina Panthers report to training camp. The receiver told reporters Thursday morning that he is 100 percent †after dealing with injuries to each of his hamstrings this... more

Cordarrelle Patterson enters his make or break season with the Minnesota Vikings working with the second-team offense. Despite being pushed down the depth chart, coach Mike Zimmer offered a modicum of praise for the receiver. "I don't know that he's... more

Entering his 11th NFL season, Roddy White, like many aging veterans, needs a little medical maintenance from time to time. The Atlanta Falcons receiver -- who turns 34 in November -- told's Vaughn McClure he had his knee drained prior to... more

Jeremy Mincey didn't report to training camp in an effort to get a new deal, but the Dallas Cowboys don't plan to play ball. They are prepared to fine the veteran for missing time. "I think it is (disappointing), he is a player who is under contract and... more

The Washington Redskins announced a multi-year contract extension for outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan as the team kicked off training camp Wednesday. "To get to a moment like this where you get a chance to play out the rest of your NFL career with the... more

When the Seattle Seahawks report for training camp on Thursday, one of their key defensive players might not show. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that safety Kam Chancellor wants more money and has told Seattle that he's strongly considering a... more

The Stephen Hill reclamation project hit a legal bump. The Carolina Panthers wide receiver was issued a citation for a drug paraphernalia charge during a traffic stop in Concord, North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon. According to the Concord Police... more

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made a surprise media appearance Wednesday morning to underscore the team's disappointment in the NFL's decision to uphold Tom Brady's four-game suspension . "The decision handed down by the league yesterday is... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are rarely breathed in the same air as the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts when it comes to discussing the NFL's best offenses heading into 2015. Despite boasting the likes of A.J. Green, Jeremy Hill,... more

Amidst the swirling torrent of bad, frustrating news, we've received a good note.† With Cincinnati Bengals opening training camp this week, defensive tackle Devon Still can battle for his job with a clear mind. Still posted a picture on his†Instagram... more

Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe will miss the beginning of training camp and the start of the season is in doubt. Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters Tuesday that Poe underwent surgery on a herniated disc in his back on July 15. Poe... more

As the New England Patriots' training camp inches closer , we still await an announcement from the NFL regarding Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the NFL and NFL Players Association... more

Victor Cruz's health after a devastating patellar tendon tear last season is one of many storylines to follow as training camps open this week . New York Giants teammate Prince Amukamara recently worked out with Cruz and raved about the receiver's... more

In a surprising move, the Miami Dolphins have re-signed quarterback Josh Freeman after cutting him just four days ago , the team announced Tuesday. It's unclear at this time why Miami cut Freeman last week only to re-sign him one day before players... more

As we sit in July, the biggest impediment to the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl dreams is a weak secondary. Coach Mike Tomlin spent Monday's practice session conducting some hand-on teaching to his remade group. "We're going to build this but we're... more

Mike Wallace understands there is a target on his back after being cast off by the Miami Dolphins. "I definitely have something to prove," Wallace said Monday from Minnesota Vikings training camp, via 1500 ESPN . "Everyone knows why I'm here. I have a... more

The prevailing belief surrounding Amari Cooper is that he'll be the best wideout the Oakland Raiders selected since grabbing Tim Brown at No. 6 overall in 1988. The Hall of Famer has a similar glowing review of the rookie receiver. "This guy is just... more

When Brandon Browner signed with the New Orleans Saints this offseason NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that one big reason the team chased the corner was to add a dominant locker room leader . It seems the Saints weren't the only ones to admire... more

Jason Pierre-Paul's situation in New York remains murky after the pass-rusher had his right index finger amputated following a fireworks accident earlier this month. "I'm sorry to say, there's nothing new ," Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said Thursday,... more

The Jermaine Gresham tour continues. The veteran tight end, still rehabbing from herniated disc surgery, is visiting with the Green Bay Packers, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported. Gresham, 27, visited the Arizona Cardinals last week . In addition, he... more

For months we'd been told Earl Thomas was on a path to be back by Week 1. Now that optimism has shaved a bit. While he's making progress in his rehab from February shoulder surgery on a torn labrum, the Seattle Seahawks' star safety will not be ready... more

The New England Patriots cornerback news keeps spinning this offseason. The Pats reached a one-year agreement with corner Tarell Brown, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source involved in the deal. ESPN first reported the news . Brown... more

Kelvin Benjamin caused much consternation among Carolina Panthers fans this offseason after being limited by two separate hamstring injuries. Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday at a charity golf event that he's heard good reports on Benjamin's health and... more

Ultimately the Jacksonville Jaguars need Marqise Lee to blossom alongside Allen Robinson in 2015, but they won't push him to start training camp. The Jags held Lee out of minicamp due to a knee injury he sustained this offseason. The team plans to bring... more

Last month Sam Bradford said if he wasn't ready for 11-on-11 drills by the time training camp rolled around "something has gone horribly wrong." With 10 days to go before the Philadelphia Eagles hit the field on Aug. 2, it appears nothing has gone wrong... more

Playing alongside Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate is considered the team's No. 2 receiver. But don't tell Tate that. "I'll go back to when I signed my contract," Tate said, per the Detroit Free Press . "I was fully aware that if I'm playing with one of the... more

As we careen towards training camp the health of certain players will come into a clearer focus. According to Houston Texans team physician, Dr. Walt Lowe, there is reason for optimism about Jadeveon Clowney. Lowe recently told the pass... more

The grind begins today for rookies of three NFL teams. First-year players for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints are scheduled to report to training camp. Veterans don't report for the trio of squads until July 29 -- with... more

Dwight Freeney sits squarely on Marc Sessler's list of best remaining free agents . The 35-year-old Freeney hasn't sniffed much action on the open market after putting up 3.5 sacks in 16 games -- including nine starts -- with the San Diego Chargers in... more

Jim Tomsula is charged with keeping the San Francisco 49ers in contention in a deep NFC West despite massive overhauls within the organization. The biggest change could be considered the coach himself, who takes over for the departed Jim Harbaugh. CEO... more

More than six months since Dez Bryant's catch against the Green Bay Packers was ruled incomplete upon review, the topic still hasn't cooled for many Dallas Cowboys fans. #DezCaughtIt is still a popular hashtag on Twitter, even when the subject's not... more

The Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap " in 2015. This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status. The list... more

Deadlines spur action. The Chiefs and franchised-tagged outside linebacker Justin Houston nailed down a long-term deal before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, the team announced. Houston inked a six-year, $101 million deal that includes $52.5 million... more

Miami Dolphins rookie receiver DeVante Parker earned rave reviews during OTAs. That ended when he underwent foot surgery last month . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported at the time that Parker is likely to start training camp on the physically... more

When the Buffalo Bills' training camp opens on July 30, Tyrod Taylor will get a chance to earn a starting quarterback gig. With Rex Ryan's affinity for mobile quarterbacks, Taylor will be a sneaky pick to win the job over EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel, in... more

Today at 4 p.m. ET marks the deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign a long-term deal. None of the five players slapped with the tag this year have signed an extended deal. Four of the five haven't inked their tag tender and have stayed away from... more

Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has been placed on indefinite paid administrative leave stemming from an arrest for assault and battery , the team announced Tuesday. "Over the last few days our organization has continued to gather... more

Sometimes when the alpha dog leaves the room it allows others to grow. According to Dallas Cowboys coaches that is what has happened with Terrance Williams this offseason as Dez Bryant stayed away from workouts in an effort get a long-term deal.... more

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson took part in OTA's after blowing an Achilles and missing 15 games last season. Now the three-time Pro Bowler is aching to finally hit someone again. "I can't wait until training camp," Johnson said, per the... more

Each year in the aftermath of NFL Network's Top 100 Players list being completed, gripes begin to filter out from jilted competitors. Some complaints about the list -- voted on by the players -- are flimsy. Others are warranted. Our latest submission... more

Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was arrested for assault and battery early Sunday morning in Florida. Kromer and his son, Zachary, got into an altercation with his neighbor's son, a minor, in Inlet Beach, according to a Walton County... more

Despite falling just a half sack short of the NFL single-season record, Justin Houston remains one of the most overlooked stars in the NFL -- as evidenced by his No. 27 ranking in the 2015 Top 100 list . The Kansas City Chiefs franchise tagged the... more

Fast, elusive, speedster, swift, spry, fleet of foot, evasive, speedy, lissome, agile. None of the above adjectives have ever or will ever be used to describe Peyton Manning's running ability. The Denver Broncos' quarterback has utilized speed of mind... more

During the Rookie Symposium last month, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston told Around The NFL he planned to spend the time before training camp losing weight and diving into the playbook . According to veteran tight end Luke Stocker, the... more

The San Francisco 49ers have undergone the most stunning offseason in NFL history. From coaching changes to surprise retirements, the inhabitants of the Niners' facility look very different from when the team started training camp last year. Speaking at... more

Sen'Derrick Marks led the Jacksonville Jaguars with 8.5 sacks before tearing his ACL in the final game of 2014. Despite the short recovery period before the 2015 season, the defensive tackle is optimistic that he will be ready for the Jags' season... more

The Jeremy Hill offseason hype is rolling hard and fast. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson hopes the second-year running back jumps on the train and embraces the hype. "We can't run from it because they're going to say it," Jackson... more

Few in the football world understand the battle Jason Pierre-Paul has in front of him after having his right index finger amputated following a July 4 fireworks accident. One man who knows a thing or two about losing digits is Hall of Fame defensive... more

The next step for the Indianapolis Colts in Andrew Luck's fourth season is clear: Super Bowl. "I'd like to think that we can get better and improve on 2014," Luck told Neil Reynolds of . "That's the goal for every team when hope springs... more

Eli Manning hasn't spoken with injured teammate Jason Pierre-Paul, but the New York Giants quarterback knows how vital the pass rusher is to the team's success in 2015. "Obviously (Pierre-Paul) is an important player," Manning said Friday, via the... more

The Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015 . This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status. The list... more

Editor's note: On Wednesday Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed, according to a source informed of the situation. ESPN first reported the news. The New York Giants' athletic trainer sent to... more

Tyrone Crawford's offseason hype-wagon continues to kick up dust as it rolls through the summer desert. Gregg Rosenthal recently broke down the defensive tackle's play for our "Making the Leap" series. On this week's Around The NFL Podcast, Rosenthal... more

Before Buffalo Bills training camp beings in Rochester, N.Y., on July 30, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will get in one more quick competition. The 24-year-old was one of 623 athletes named to Team USA this week to compete in the 2015 Pan American... more

ROSENTHAL HANZUS SESSLER WESSELING PATRA ORR Wednesday night marks the end of our journey on the NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2015 countdown as players 10 through 1 will be revealed starting at 8 p.m. ET. We at Around The... more

The New York Giants hope to gain some medical clarity on Jason Pierre-Paul today. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reports that athletic trainer Ronnie Barnes will visit JPP at a Miami hospital. A team source told Jones they believe the pass rusher "is doing... more

When the Baltimore Ravens selected Breshad Perriman in the first round of the NFL Draft, it was presumed the rookie reciever would slot alongside Steve Smith as an immediate starter to fill Torrey Smith's former role as a deep threat. Through offseason... more

Despite a July 4 arrest , the Green Bay Packers aren't planning to cut tight end Andrew Quarless. ESPN's Rob Demovsky reported †Tuesday, citing two sources, that the Packers won't release Quarless after the 26-year-old was charged with misdemeanor... more

The New York Giants are withdrawing their $60 million long-term contract offer to Jason Pierre-Paul following the star pass rusher's fireworks incident over the weekend, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per three sources informed of the... more

Take solace, dear fan, sometimes NFL executives do have the same response as you when transactions happen. The latest evidence comes from NJ Advanced Media , who spoke with an anonymous NFL exec about the Philadelphia Eagles' trade for quarterback Sam... more

Count Tony Romo among those in the Dallas Cowboys organization not worried about Dez Bryant missing games. When asked about the wide receiver during a media session at his football camp back home in Wisconsin, the quarterback brushed aside any concerns.... more

A year ago around this time, Khiry Robinson was a candidate to make the leap in the New Orleans Saints' backfield. Now the 25-year-old power back is buried behind Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller. While he appears to be the odd man out of the rotation,... more

While praising his offensive line's potential , Oakland Raiders assistant coach Mike Tice took the time to discuss the running backs who will be jaunting through the holes his group plans to create. The Raiders imported Trent Richardson, Roy Helu and... more

The Minnesota Vikings' cornerback depth took a hit heading into training camp. Corner Josh Robinson suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle prior to last month's minicamp,'s Ben Goessling reported Saturday , via a league source. Robinson... more

A positive offseason for Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless took a sideways turn early Saturday morning. The 26-year-old was arrested at 5:35 a.m. on Saturday and charged with misdemeanor discharging a firearm in public, Miami Beach PD... more

Dwayne Bowe traded one receiver-needy team for another when he signed with the Cleveland Browns this offseason. The wideout said he plans to fill the No. 1 role vacated by the suspended Josh Gordon. "When Josh was here he was the touchdown man and I'm... more

The New York Jets starting quarterback gig is Geno Smith's to lose, but the third-year signal-caller isn't fretting about the expectations. "I don't feel any pressure," he said this week at his local youth football camp, via the team's official website... more

Ronde Barber spent his 16-year NFL career in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backfield trying to stop quarterbacks. Now the three-time All-Pro cornerback believes his former team got a stud in Jameis Winston. "He gives you the spectacular, but he... more

Prior to the July Fourth holiday, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was on hand to celebrate the dedication of an accessible "smart home" for Sgt. Adam Keys, a severely wounded veteran. Johnson attended the ceremony on Wednesday, a year after donating... more

NFL Network continued "The Top 100 Players 2015" countdown on Wednesday, revealing players 20 through 11 on the list. Our five takeaways from the latest episode: 1. We've reached the cornerbacks' episode of the Top 100 . A lot of chirping between this... more

The recent history of the Detroit Lions is a sad tale, overflowing with bitter losses and miserable season stacked upon miserable season. The Lions haven't won a playoff game since 1991 -- that was pre-birth for the team's 2015 draft picks. Detroit last... more

The Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015 . This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status. The list... more

The Philadelphia Eagles dumped DeSean Jackson last offseason, which resulted in a swirl of rumors regarding the reason Chip Kelly cut a star receiver . On Tuesday's debut episode of his new reality TV show, "DeSean Jackson Home Team" on BET, the current... more

Amari Cooper possesses the natural talents that could help transform the Raiders' passing offense from a smorgasbord of faulty short threats and singles hitters to one with a playmaker boasting the ability to hit a home run at any moment. Second-year... more


Joique Bell missed the Detroit Lions' offseason program after knee and Achilles surgeries. The time sitting on the sidelines caused coaches to ponder what sort of shape the starting running back will be in when he eventually returns. For his part, the... more

With Adrian Peterson back in the fold, Jerick McKinnon understands he'll take a backseat in 2015. But even with Peterson driving the car, the second-year back is confident he can have a productive season. "If I had a fantasy team and could take myself,... more

It would surprise no one if Marshawn Lynch ever just up and left the NFL. The running back told Conan O'Brien during Monday night's show he considered retiring before the Seattle Seahawks showed him the money. "I mean, you know, in this game, you... more

The Carolina Panthers' revamped receiving corps has been one of the most-discussed units in the NFL this offseason, with praise emanating from nearly every corner of the franchise. Pairing mammoth receivers Kelvin Benjamin and rookie Devin Funchess... more

After being cut by three teams in a calendar year, Terrelle Pryor realized making an NFL roster would be near impossible if he insisted on working only as a quarterback. Prior to being swooped up by the Cleveland Browns, Pryor relented and planned to... more

Mike Evans helped make the 2014 rookie receiver class one of the best in NFL history. Along with Odell Beckham Jr., Sammy Watkins, Kelvin Benjamin, John Brown, Martavis Bryant, Jordan Matthews and others, the young group boasts a potent combo of... more

After seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders, Darren McFadden changed cities for the first time in his NFL career. Apparently, the move to Dallas rejuvenated the running back. "It's great to be in Dallas," McFadden said Saturday at a football camp at... more

As we wade deeper into the quiet period of the calendar for players and coaches, Russell Wilson's contract situation hovers as one of the most interesting topics for offseason fodder. The blow-by-blow accounts of the complex contract negotiation... more

BEREA, OHIO -- The NFL Rookie Symposium is set to wrap up this weekend. The event marks the end of offseason work for rookies. Now they head into the down time before the real battle for jobs begins next month in training camp. The entire conference had... more

BEREA, Ohio -- You read the headline correctly. You clicked. Most likely your motives are to agree or to mock. That's fine. When asked during Friday's Play 60 event at the NFL's Rookie Symposium what his expectations are for this season, New York... more

BEREA, Ohio -- Jameis Winston took a moment away from playfully goofing off with middle schoolers during Friday's Play 60 event at the Rookie Symposium to speak to the media. After answering a bevvy of social media and character-related questions, the... more

AURORA, Ohio -- During Randy Gregory's draft visit, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli showed the rookie film of Simeon Rice to display the type of pass-rusher Gregory could be at the NFL level. As the offseason has progressed, the old... more

Entering the NFL draft, a lot of questions surrounded what type of player Vic Beasley would be as a rookie. Some viewed him as merely a situational pass-rusher during his first season with the Atlanta Falcons, as he grows into the game. But Beasley told... more

Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015 . This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status.† Next on the list... more

Of all the young receivers ready to take a big leap in 2015, Denver Broncos' Cody Latimer remains the biggest mystery. Rarely seeing the field last season, the 6-foot-2 Latimer caught just two passes. While he might not "Make the Leap " into stardom... more

Todd Gurley's rehab from an ACL tear is progressing to the point where the St. Louis Rams running back is eyeing next month's training camp for his return to the field. "That is definitely a goal that I'm shooting for," Gurley told NFL Media's Tiffany... more

After being slapped with the franchise tag, Jason Pierre-Paul sat out during offseason workouts waiting for a long-term deal from the New York Giants. For any Big Blue fan worrying that the defensive end is sitting around gaining weight, the defensive... more

BEREA, Ohio -- Indianapolis Colts receiver Phillip Dorsett garnered rave reviews during OTAs and minicamp . After completing offseason work, the rookie told Around The NFL on Tuesday that he doesn't know what role he will play this season alongside T.Y.... more

BEREA, Ohio -- The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted running back T.J. Yeldon to be the workhorse tailback they'd been missing. The songs from OTAs and minicamp have praised the rookie's ability both in the run and passing game. However, Yeldon told Around... more

AURORA, OHIO -- Shane Ray oozes confidence. Despite a rocky beginning to his football career, in which the pass-rusher was cited for marijuana possession, saw his draft stock tumble and dealt with a toe injury that forced him to miss most of the Denver... more

Since his release by the Philadelphia Eagles, the play and fit of Evan Mathis has provided heated offseason discussion. Pro Football Focus graded Mathis as its top guard three out of the past four seasons. Others see the 33-year-old as an aging vet who... more

Antonio Brown is the alpha dog in the Pittsburgh Steelers' receiving corps. Martavis Bryant is making the leap to full-time No. 2 in his second season. With both players gobbling up snaps on the outside, it leaves one position open for third-year wideout... more

The lengths the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to go to ensure Jameis Winston's success have reached the virtual. Following the Dallas Cowboys' lead , the Bucs plans to purchase a virtual reality system to aid the quarterback's development, FOX Sports... more

We've reached the end of minicamp, which marks the start of NFL downtime, until we hit next month's training camp and the grind of the 2015 season. Before the NFL teams broke minicamp, many players were likely asked to assess their squad and how this... more

Russell Wilson's contract negations with the Seattle Seahawks continue to unravel in a kinked sort of fashion. The complexity of the situation -- Wilson being a third-round pick and woefully underpaid, only part of the issue -- makes it difficult to get... more

Yet another team has cut Terrelle Pryor. The Cincinnati Bengals announced Thursday they released the quarterback a little more than a month after signing him. The move solidifies AJ McCarron as the backup behind Andy Dalton. McCarron has been the rave... more

The offensive line experiment continues during Chicago Bears minicamp. Kyle Long took snaps at left tackle on Wednesday, per the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs . The two-time Pro Bowl guard lined up at right tackle to being minicamp on Tuesday -- an... more

"The Blind Side," depicting the extraordinary journey of offensive tackle Michael Oher became a popular film and won Sandra Bullock an Academy Award for her portrayal of the football player's adoptive mother. While the movie, based on a best-selling... more

The Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver corps has been the focal point of offseason discussions due to their lack of production last year and perceived question marks in 2015. With every chat, however, should come a caveat: The most dynamic pass-catcher on... more

Sam Bradford continues to make strides on the field and the Philadelphia Eagles would like to make progress in keeping him in town past this season. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports the Eagles have had preliminary contract talks with Bradford. The... more

Julio Jones wants a new contract, but he won't skip work to get one. "I'm not going to hold out for anything," the Atlanta Falcons' wide receiver said Wednesday, via's Vaughn McClure . "My teammates need me. I'm being selfish if I'm not here... more

The public back-and-forth between Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys regarding contract negations for the receiver continues. A day after Jason Garrett said he's not concerned with the contract dispute ,†Bryant stated his stance on Twitter. "Everybody... more

Former Denver Broncos guard John Moffitt will attempt to make a return after battling drug issues. Moffitt abruptly retired in 2013 , saying he was "ready to live a different kind of life." FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported on Wednesday that after... more

With Kyle Shanahan running the Atlanta Falcons' offense, much of the discussion has centered on the running back competition or the dynamic potential of a healthy Julio Jones-Matt Ryan combo. However, the crux of the offense will come down to line play,... more

The New York Giants sat with a gaping hole at safety this offseason. The void is currently being filled by rookies Landon Collins, Mykkele Thompson and Bennett Jackson (a converted corner), alongside third-year pro Cooper Taylor (coming off injury that... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to force Jameis Winston to earn his stripes. The No. 1 overall pick took snaps with the second-team offense as the Bucs opened mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. The rookie is playing along. "As soon as I earn it,''... more

We've tracked Eric Weddle's contract situation from its genesis this offseason, and this week the safety is trying to turn the page. But not without taking a final shot. With the San Diego Chargers not planning to discuss a new contract for the safety... more

With Brandon Marshall shipped to the New York Jets this offseason, the role of the Chicago Bears' No. 1 wide receiver falls on the shoulders of Alshon Jeffery. "I don't see why (Jeffery can't be the No. 1)," quarterback Jay Cutler said Tuesday, per... more

The Eagles' release of guard Evan Mathis last week led to a stir as Philly opened mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. Following Chip Kelly's statement that Mathis requested his release multiple times †-- which Mathis denied , saying he'd only asked once... more

Offseason workouts are nearing their end, but first 25 teams will take the field this week for minicamp workouts. Minicamps mark the first time this offseason that attendance is mandatory and players can be fined for skipping. Per the Collective... more

The Green Bay Packers will continue the seemingly endless search for tight end production in 2015. Jermichael Finley provided sometimes maddening potential and earned three seasons above the 650-yard plateau -- with eight touchdowns in 2011 -- during... more

The Tennessee Titans have thinned out their backfield ahead of minicamp. The Titans released running back Shonn Greene on Tuesday morning, the team announced. The running back reported to the team after previously skipping voluntary offseason... more

There is no question the Indianapolis Colts' offense will score points by the boatload in 2015. The bigger question from now until January is how the defense has been upgraded. One of the key additions on D is veteran outside linebacker Trent Cole.... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have earned four consecutive trips to the playoffs and four consecutive first-round losses. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth believes the Bengals need to find some attitude if they are to finally end their 24-season playoff victory... more

Montee Ball believes he and C.J. Anderson are the Denver Broncos' 1A and 1B running backs . As the Broncos' offseason work wraps up this week, Anderson's standing in the top spot remains solid heading to training camp in July. "We're right where... more

Martellus Bennett is back at Halas Hall. The Chicago Bears tight end reported to the team facility for a physical ahead of Tuesday's on-field minicamp session, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. The Chicago Tribune first reported the news .... more

RexMania has overtaken Western New York. The Buffalo Bills announced it set a franchise record for seasons ticket sales for 2015 with more than 57,500 sold so far. The previous record in the team's 55-year history had been 57,132, set in 1992, when the... more

Mandatory minicamp kicks off this week for 25 NFL teams, but not every big-name player will be in attendance. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and New... more

The comparison was obvious from the moment Ryan Tannehill inked his new contract. The quarterback became the second young signal-caller that Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum signed to a large deal before his... more

Evan Mathis got his wish when he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles late last week. Now we wait to see if he gets the contract he wanted after bristling about playing for the $5.5 million he was set to earn from Philly. Mathis' agent, Drew... more

From the moment Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced he would hand off play-calling duties, many believed that Aaron Rodgers should just be allowed to call the plays. After all -- the thinking goes -- Peyton Manning seems to call his own... more

Adrian Peterson missed nearly the entirety of the 2014 season, which to some might dash his chance to possibly break Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record. However, the Minnesota Vikings running back believes the all-time mark of 18,355 yards is still... more

Demar Dotson won't skip minicamp after all. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting right tackle decided to change gears and report to mandatory camp next week, reported on Friday . Per the report, Dotson had a "change of heart" after... more

The health of Jadeveon Clowney hovers over the Houston Texans defense like a dense fog. If the former No. 1 overall pick is healthy after last year's microfracture surgery on his right knee, the Texans will boast an uber scary defensive front with... more

Kelvin Benjamin returned to the practice field Thursday after nursing a hamstring injury this fall. The Panthers, rightfully so, are being cautions with Benjamin, as hamstrings are fickle injuries with a tendency to flare up if not fully healed.... more

Jimmy Graham can catch. But can Jimmy block? Moving to the Seattle Seahawks' run-first offense, Graham's ability to block has become the focal point of questions posed to the tight end. Those questions germinated from new teammate, Michael Bennett,... more

Uncertainty behind Tom Brady's lingering four-game suspension has caused concern outside the Patriots' locker room. Inside, the team insists the threat of missing the future Hall of Fame quarterback doesn't affect the way they work. "It hasn't changed... more

Does Porsche make roller coasters too? During New York Jets mandatory minicamp this week, Geno Smith displayed that he is still working through the ups and downs of being a starting NFL quarterback. "He makes some good throws, he makes some bad... more

The Cincinnati Bengals announced the signing of first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi on Thursday. NEWS: #Bengals sign 1st Round draft pick (21st overall) Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M #LetsRoar ‚?? Cincinnati Bengals... more

Certainly, the producers of HBO's Hard Knocks hope to portray a heated quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett when camera crews descend on Houston Texans training camp later this summer.† However, Texans coach Bill O'Brien might dash... more

The New England Patriots' roster turnover continues this offseason.† The newest member to be jettisoned from Foxboro is Tim Wright. The Pats released the tight end on Thursday, the team announced. New England also announced that quarterback Garrett... more

When the Indianapolis Colts drafted Phillip Dorsett in the first round last month, many viewed the receiver as potential insurance in case T.Y. Hilton left via free agency next offseason. The Colts have a lot of mouths to feed, with Andrew Luck's... more

The reasons for Super Bowl expectations in Green Bay are plentiful and harvested from fertile logic. One argument is that the Packers -- who are in the midst of a mostly unnoticed, mini youth movement -- boast several young players poised to make a... more

Robert Mathis and Jim Irsay continue to twirl in their dance of dueling optimism and caution with regards to the linebacker's health. Irsay said in March that the veteran could be out until November, to which Mathis stated at the time he'd be "clicking... more

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is charged with installing a new offense to new players. Teaching a grizzled vet like Peyton Manning new tricks has its advantages , but one place Dennison admitted some difficulty is in installing an... more

Peyton Manning's fire for football found new kindling this offseason. The Denver Broncos' 39-year-old quarterback said following Wednesday's mandatory minicamp practice that learning the new scheme has "stimulated" his focus. "I've talked to some... more

The Chicago Bears tinkered with Kyle Long at right tackle during Wednesday's OTAs. In what could eventually fuel improved pass protection, Long took reps on the outside after earning Pro Bowl bids in his first two seasons at right guard. Incumbent... more

Muhammad Wilkerson won't sit ouf of minicamp in an effort to get a new deal, but his defensive line teammate, Sheldon Richardson, is putting on a heck of a PR campaign on his behalf. "He's worth that penny," Richardson told the New York Daily News .... more

After the Cincinnati Bengals' season ended with another playoff loss, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther called out defensive lineman Geno Atkins. As a refresher, here is one of Guenther's quotes from January : "This year, he was just... more

The Green Bay Packers boast the best player on the planet, have been to the playoffs the past six seasons and won the NFC North each of the past four years. Yet they haven't reached the Super Bowl since the 2010 season. Aaron Rodgers, the 2014 NFL MVP,... more

Former San Francisco 49ers Chris Borland and Anthony Davis walked away from the NFL due to concussion concerns. Niners safety Eric Reid admitted to the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday that he considered giving up his playing career after suffering... more

Last week Antonio Cromartie suggested Richard Sherman couldn't be considered the best corner in the NFL because the Seattle Seahawks' defensive back doesn't trail the opponent's best receiver. On Tuesday Sherman provided his rebuttal: "That was... more

James Jones hasn't seen much activity on the open market since being cut by the Oakland Raiders last month. The veteran receiver hopes that changes. "I'm not retiring . I still want to play. If you need a WR, come get me," Jones told ESPN's Josina... more

There will be no holdout this year for the New York Jets. Muhammad Wilkerson showed up to the first day of Gang Green's minicamp on Tuesday. The defensive lineman has pushed for a new contract since last year and has stayed away from the facility... more

David Quessenberry continues to work out with his team, attend meetings and train to return to the football field. The offensive lineman, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 364 days ago, isn't cleared for action on the football field just yet.... more

Six NFL teams open minicamp Tuesday, which marks the beginning of the end to their pre-training camp workouts. The teams include: Arizona Cardinals Denver Broncos Indianapolis Colts New York Jets Oakland Raiders San Francisco 49ers... more

Carson Palmer will be full-go when the Arizona Cardinals open minicamp Tuesday. "I'm ready. I'm excited. I'm 100 percent. I'm cleared," Palmer told ESPN's Josh Weinfuss on Monday . "I can do everything. I've tested out. Gotten stronger every week, every... more

The Seattle Seahawks continue to try to sort out potential contract extensions on their stacked roster. While Russell Wilson's new deal slowly comes along, the Seahawks have turned their attention to an extension for Bobby Wagner. NFL Media Insider... more

Tracy Porter has found a new home in the Windy City. The Chicago Bears announced Monday they had signed the cornerback to a one-year contract. Porter has played seven seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and... more

New Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach Cory Undlin narrowed his offseason focus to one key point: eliminating the big, extra yardage plays. "We are out of the X-play business," Undlin said last week, via CSN Philly's Reuben Frank . "We're not doing... more

The moment Seattle acquired Jimmy Graham, it was easy to understand how the tight end could fill the biggest void in the Seahawks' offense. During OTAs Graham has reportedly been unstoppable and gives Russell Wilson a pass-catcher he can target even... more

Yes, offseason tropes can become overbearing, redundant notes of minutia that will mean diddly when games actually start to matter. Yet in early June, these seemingly ever-present storylines can also offer us the opportunity to discuss a player or team... more

Anthony Davis' surprising announcement on Friday that he will step away from San Francisco for the next year or so cast another cloud over the 49ers. As Around The NFL colleague Chris Wesseling pointed out , the players the Niners lost this offseason... more

The Atlanta Falcons boast plenty of offensive talent for new coordinator Kyle Shanahan to play with. The trio of Julio Jones, Roddy White and Matt Ryan can put up yards with ease and the potential has newcomer Leonard Hankerson squawking about the... more

A year ago the New York Giants were installing a new offense under coordinator Ben McAdoo while Eli Manning dealt with ankle surgery, limiting his offseason reps. After struggling to start the season, Big Blue caught a groove. Thanks in large part... more

In nine seasons, Alex Smith has never shown a proclivity to push the ball down the field. The Kansas City Chiefs would like to change that slightly in 2015. "We've got to sort of retrain, rethink just a little bit," offensive coordinator Doug Pederson... more

NFL players skip voluntary OTAs for a plethora of reasons, each individual to the circumstance. Tampa Bay Buccaneers right tackle Demar Dotson's motives are apparently monetary. The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman reports that the 29-year-old blocker has... more

DeVante Parker had been the story of Miami Dolphins OTAs for his ability to snatch footballs out of the air. Now the rookie receiver is making news for a more concerning reason. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Parker had undergone... more

If there were any questions that Adrian Peterson would show up to Minnesota Vikings OTA in any condition other than cut and ready to roll, those concerns were quickly dashed. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner gushed about the running back who returned... more

Jameis Winston remains the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' presumptive starting quarterback, but coach Lovie Smith will make the No. 1 overall pick earn the gig. On Thursday, Winston worked with the No. 2 offense while Mike Glennon lined up with the first... more

Beware the red rubber ball. Earlier this week, San Diego Chargers rookie Denzel Perryman was scolded for taking part in a game of dodgeball while injured . It seemed like an innocent enough activity, even for a player with a tweaked hamstring.... more

The New Orleans Saints' top defensive player in 2014 suffered a pectoral injury. Linebacker Junior Galette injured his pectoral muscle recently and is evaluating his options whether to undergo surgery, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer, per a source... more

Dennis Pitta returned to the practice field Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens twitter feed proclaimed with an accompanying video displaying the evidence. Pitta, rehabbing from a surgically repaired right hip for the second time, was able to run routes... more

During last month's Spring League Meeting, NFL executive Eric Grubman, the man in charge of handling potential relocation to Los Angeles, indicated that another meeting would be necessary to discuss the situation. We now know when that added owners... more

Jared Allen famously never wanted to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Now that the Chicago Bears pass rusher is forced into playing the position under new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio -- after Allen's poor 2014 season and an unmovable... more

Devin Gardner entered the NFL Draft as a wide receiver after playing quarterback full-time the past two seasons at Michigan. After going undrafted and having a cup of tea with the New England Patriots, Gardner landed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.... more

Sound the trope alarm! Our most recent player to discuss how he changed his health habits this offseason (a traditional narrative from OTAs) is none other than Around The NFL favorite, John Brown. Last year at this time, the Arizona Cardinals' speedy... more

Like many young players entering the NFL today, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota played soccer as a youth. The Hawaiian native credited the sport with helping develop the athleticism, fundamentals and intelligence that have aided his path to... more

Rex Ryan doubled down on his prediction that the Buffalo Bills would end their playoff drought in 2015. "I think we'll be in it this year," Ryan said,†via . "So we'll see." Ryan made a similar comment at his introductory press conference... more

De'Anthony Thomas made the move from the running back room to the wide receiver room this offseason. After spending his rookie season working with the Kansas City Chiefs' tailbacks in practice and meeting rooms, Thomas has spent his time this offseason... more

By every metric, Eric Ebron didn't have a spectacular rookie season. The 2014 first-round pick admitted as much this offseason and Detroit Lions coaches have discussed it at length. Still, some fans and media members have already labeled the tight... more

Cam Newton became the latest $100 million quarterback on Tuesday. The highest-paid player in the Carolina Panthers' 21-year history is also one of the most dynamic athletes in the NFL. His combination of size, speed and power makes him a monster for... more

Russell Wilson's contract could be the next of the new-wave quarterbacks to fall. Or not. The Seattle Seahawks signal-caller said Tuesday he is prepared to play 2015 under his current deal if the sides can't come to a long-term agreement. "Yeah, I'm... more

Richard Sherman opted for rest over surgery on his injured left elbow, damaged when hyperextended toward the end of the NFC title game. The rehab seems to be doing the trick, as the All-Pro corner has been a full participant in OTAs. "It's doing a lot... more

Much like Bill Murray's character Bob Wiley , Derek Carr is baby-stepping his way to success . The Oakland Raiders quarterback threw a few short passes during Tuesday's OTAs before heading back to the sidelines during passing drills. It's the... more


St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has plans to build an 80,000-seat stadium in Inglewood, California. Those plans took another step forward. The grandstands at the former Hollywood Park were imploded Sunday morning at 6 a.m. P.T., at the site of the... more

During his rookie campaign Jeremy Hill slowly took over as the main ball carrier in the Cincinnati Bengals' backfield. Hill's rookie campaign ended with 222 carries for 1,124 yards -- 5.1 yards per carry average -- and nine touchdowns. In his... more

Josh McCown is set as the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback. The lack of a battle with Johnny Manziel was assured when coach Mike Pettine signaled that McCown was clearly in the pole position early this month. The veteran is glad he doesn't... more

The question seemed fair enough: Has Joe Flacco grown from a quarterback who was bolstered by a running game and defense early in his career to one who will now raise up the young offense talent on the Baltimore Ravens' roster, as great quarterbacks do?... more

Following Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's no-nonsense comments about Adrian Peterson, some wondered whether the relationship between the two took a hit. Zimmer said last week that Peterson "can play for us, or he cannot play ," which could have be... more

Coaches never stop coaching. Teaching becomes so ingrained in his or her character that even if after leaving professional or collegiate sports, the coaching doesn't stop. It just changes audiences. It is with that in mind that we find ex-Green Bay... more

Joique Bell ran the ball 223 times in 2014, but technically was not the Detroit Lions' starting tailback. That distinction went to the now-departed Reggie Bush. With Bush gone, Bell is the presumed starter. At least presumed by everyone but Bell. "I... more

The NFL announced Friday that St. Louis Rams running back Trey Watts has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Watts, 24, saw just 14 snaps in the... more

Byron Maxwell traveled from Seattle to Philadelphia and doesn't see much difference between the two, at least within the football facilities. "It's pretty much the same culture as in Seattle, I'm telling you," the new Eagles cornerback told The MMQB's... more

The Arizona Cardinals' coaching staff continues to heap praise on third-round running back David Johnson. This week, running backs coach Stump Mitchell made an interesting comparison about the rookie runner. "He reminds me a lot of Matt Forte,"... more

Clay Matthews didn't initially love being bumped to inside linebacker last season. Even his brother, Casey, didn't believe Clay liked the move . But heading into 2015 the Green Bay Packers linebacker is embracing playing inside. "I think anytime... more

The Baltimore Ravens' trade of Haloti Ngata to the Detroit Lions for two mid-round draft picks surprised some, including the man who will help replace him: Timmy Jernigan. The second-year player was part of the reason -- along with third-year player... more

Dez Bryant is back at the Cowboys' facility. The team's official website noted that Bryant showed up to Valley Ranch for Cowboys' OTAs on Thursday. Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Bryant participated in individual... more

The NFL's new extra-point rule has spawned much recent debate. Many, like Chip Kelly, believe it won't change a lot in terms of kicks converted or teams trying for two points. However, certain teams playing outdoors in cold-weather cities might... more

LeSean McCoy created a stir earlier this month by saying that Chip Kelly got rid of the Philadelphia Eagles' "good black players ." Kelly addressed the issue and dismissed the validity of McCoy's statement when speaking to reporters during Thursday's... more

Mike Wallace's best attribute on a football field is speed. In Wallace's first four NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he averaged 17.5 yards per catch and compiled 32 touchdowns. Those numbers got him P-A-I-D in free agency. Unfortunately for... more

Jamaal Charles enters his eighth season knowing that he's close to fighting for his football life. Charles will turn 29 in December, inching him closer to the dreaded 30-year-old mark that seems to doom running backs. The Kansas City Chiefs back,... more

The Indianapolis Colts selected Bjoern Werner No. 24 overall in 2013 to bolster their pass rush. In two seasons he has 6.5 sacks, combined. The 24-year-old German-born outside linebacker said injuries have sidetracked his career thus far. "It's... more

Before we get to witness the Houston Texans' intriguing quarterback battle on Hard Knocks this summer , the signal-callers have some work to do to ramp up the competition. The road to the starting gig began Wednesday at OTAs -- after Tuesday's session... more

The Chicago Bears have taken heat in recent days regarding the signing of Ray McDonald, who was released this week after another domestic violence allegation. On Wednesday, Bears chairman George McCaskey addressed the situation and was asked whether he... more

The Indianapolis Colts announced the signing of first-round pick Phillip Dorsett on Wednesday. The 5-foot-10 speedy receiver adds another tantalizing element for Andrew Luck and the Colts' "Greatest 'Shoe on Earth " offense. Early reports out of Indy... more

Geno Smith won't be handed the New York Jets' starting quarterback gig, but it's his job to lose. Despite offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's pronouncement last week that "right now, Geno is the starter ," coach Todd Bowles clarified that there will be... more

The Washington Redskins are parting with two veterans. The team announced Wednesday that it has cut cornerback Tracy Porter and guard Chris Chester. Porter signed a two-year $6 million deal in Washington last season, but appeared in just three... more

The future of the Jacksonville Jaguars rests on the shoulders of Blake Bortles. To help ensure his success, the Jags plan to focus more on the ground game in 2015. "There is a heavier emphasis in run game even in our individual (drills) using the... more

The Seattle Seahawks lost the Super Bowl on the most excruciating play possible . The failure has the team working even harder to make up for the loss, according to safety Kam Chancellor. "Oh yeah, I told a lot of people, it feels like this offseason,... more

The selection of first-round offensive tackle Brandon Scherff indicated a desire to return to a power-heavy offense for the Washington Redskins. After starting his career in an outside zone-heavy system, Alfred Morris enters his second season in a... more

The Miami Dolphins overhauled their wide receiving corps over the winter months, adding youth and speed in spots slower veterans once occupied. First-round pick DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings joined slot-wonder Jarvis Landry. The group... more

The Buffalo Bills' quarterback battle began in earnest with the start of organized team activities on Tuesday. Coach Rex Ryan said all four quarterbacks got equal reps, with Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel working with the starters and Tyrod Taylor and Jeff... more

Vontaze Burfict's recovery from microfracture knee surgery might not be going as swimmingly as the optimistic overtones on display back in February. As the Bengals opened OTAs Tuesday, Burfict worked on the side. "Vontaze will be in rehab all... more

Four big-name Seahawks were not with the team when Seattle opened OTAs Tuesday. Only one of the absences was contract related. Danny O'Neil of 710 ESPN Radio reported Tuesday that Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham and Cliff Avril all missed the first day of... more

Arik Armstead is set to play a major role in a reworked San Francisco 49ers defensive front. The No. 17 overall pick is a 6-foot-7 stud athlete with high upside, but during the draft process some scouts and evaluators questioned his consistency. With... more

A treacherous Memorial Day storm battered the Houston area late Monday and the resulting flooding will delay the start of the Houston Texans' workweek. The Texans cancelled Tuesday's opening of OTAs, per†the team's official website . ESPN's Tania... more

Melvin Ingram missed 19 games the past two seasons due to injury. In a crucial year for the former first-round pick, the San Diego Chargers' outside linebacker decided to drop weight. Ingram told U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken that he lost 20 pounds... more

May and June mark a time period on the NFL calendar when players not volunteering to go into their offices makes national news . One of the highest-profile names to routinely skip voluntary OTAs has been Ndamukong Suh -- whose missed offseason workouts... more

The New Orleans Saints signed offensive lineman Andrus Peat to a four-year contract, their first pick of the 2015 NFL draft. The No. 13 overall pick out of Stanford is a massive blocker, standing 6-foot-7 and 313 pounds. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The Indianapolis Colts stockpiled offensive weapons for Andrew Luck this offseason. General manager Ryan Grigson added Andre Johnson, Frank Gore and rookie speedster Phillip Dorsett to an arsenal that already featured T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Dwayne... more

Last offseason Drew Brees boasted that he hoped to play until he was 45 years old . The New Orleans Saints quarterback -- now 36 -- admitted he might have been getting ahead of himself on that one. "45 is a long way away," Brees said Wednesday on... more

Teddy Bridgewater's stellar rookie season earned him the 2014 Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award and ramped up the expectations for the 2015 season. During an interview to commemorate winning the award, which was voted on by fans, Bridgewater was asked... more

Derek Carr missed offseason team activities with an injury , but his agent is downplaying the situation. Tim Younger called reports that Carr might need surgery on his right ring finger a "nonstory" and said the Oakland Raiders quarterback is being... more

Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will reportedly miss at least a portion of OTAs due to injury. CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir reported Wednesday that Kerrigan underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, per sources. It's unclear how long... more

The New York Giants' offensive line woes continue. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Giants left tackle Will Beatty suffered a torn pectoral injury lifting weights on Tuesday, per a source who has spoken to the player. Beatty underwent... more

The Indianapolis Colts host the New England Patriots in Week 6 of the 2015 season. Following the Deflategate scandal , which occurred in the aftermath of the AFC Championship game between the two teams, many eyeballs will be on the matchup. "The Patriot... more

Randy Gregory officially signed his four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, the team announced on Wednesday. It's official! Second-round pick @RandyGregory_4 has signed with the Cowboys. Welcome to #CowboysNation ‚??... more

Landon Collins thought he was a surefire first-round pick. Then a few weeks before selection day, the notion that the defender was a "box safety" with little range began to spread, widely. Collins believes that not only did that cause him to fall into... more

NFL owners approved the Competition Committee's proposal on extra points for the 2015 season. The NFL announced the extra point will now be kicked from the 15-yard line with two-point conversions remaining at the 2-yard line. The new rule also gives the... more

The Oakland Raiders began OTAs Tuesday without their starting quarterback. Derek Carr did not participate in practice due to an unspecified injury. "Time missed in May is better than time missed in September," coach Jack Del Rio said Tuesday, via... more

EJ Manuel's future in Buffalo appears up in the air †as the Bills' offseason quarterback competition begins to ramp up. Manuel has been the subject of rumors that he won't make the team's roster if he doesn't show progress. Offensive coordinator Greg... more

Alfred Morris is the Washington Redskins' starting running back. No one disputes that fact. Rookie Matt Jones, however, plans to push the incumbent. "We will compete," Jones said during rookie minicamp over the weekend, via the Washington Times . "I... more

Garrett Grayson said he was like a "deer in headlights " when meeting Drew Brees. The New Orleans Saints' Pro Bowl quarterback in return has been "impressed" with the rookie signal-caller. "It's always a process for a young quarterback coming into an... more

The health of Jadeveon Clowney weighs heavily on the minds of most Houston Texans fanatics. One young fan in particular is persistent in his goal to get daily updates on the second-year player. This 10-year-old inquisitor named Michael happens to be the... more

The Dallas Cowboys took heat locally and nationally when they signed defensive end Greg Hardy, who is currently appealing a 10-game suspension for domestic violence issues. The pass-rusher told WFAA-TV he is motivated to reward owner Jerry Jones for... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have navigated their way to the playoffs for four consecutive seasons, and for four consecutive seasons, Marvin Lewis' team has exited the first weekend. The sense of urgency in the Queen City is becoming palpable. "It's now... more

Odell Beckham Jr. sits as the brightest young star in America's most popular sport and the current cover boy of Madden 16 is using his platform to establish his belief that NFL players deserve a pay bump. "I think that we should make more money,... more

Dominique Easley's return from a season-ending knee injury will be one of the many subplots to the New England Patriots' offseason. As Bill Belichick goes into full-fledged remodel mode on defense, Easley will be one of the cogs in a defensive tackle... more

During the New Orleans Saints' rookie minicamp over the weekend, coach Sean Payton gushed about offensive lineman Andrus Peat, envisioning the first-year player eventually taking over at right tackle . The question is whether that vision will come to... more

Jason Witten knows firsthand the ramifications of domestic violence . The Dallas Cowboys tight end has dedicated himself to helping families affected by domestic violence and counseling against it with his SCORE Foundation . Witten's personal experience... more

It's a new week in May, which means the New England Patriots cut another cornerback. The Patriots announced Monday they released Chimdi Chekwa. Exactly a week ago the Patriots released cornerback Kyle Arrington. The previous week they released... more

Robert Kraft believes Tom Brady is innocent of any wrongdoing in the Deflategate scandal. Nevertheless, the New England Patriots' owner faces the possibility of opening up the season with second-year signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo for up to four games,... more

Following the release of the Ted Wells Report, Robert Kraft released a statement disputing the findings of the 243-page document. Now, after the NFL handed down a stiff penalty last week, the New England Patriots owner is talking and remains fervent in... more

When is a quarterback battle not really a competition? Six NFL squads conducted rookie minicamps over the weekend (49ers, Chargers, Chiefs, Redskins, Saints, Titans) with the most interesting battle pitting Tennessee Titans rookie Marcus Mariota versus... more

Orlando Scandrick is set to join Dallas Cowboys teammates for voluntary workouts for the first time this offseason. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Sunday that Scandrick will report to Valley Ranch on Monday, a sign of progress toward a new deal.... more

The future has been on the minds of many who wear a Dallas Cowboys jersey. With Tony Romo turning 35 last month, he's coming down the stretch on the back nine of his career and the Super Bowl aspirations are becoming urgent. That was the reason Romo... more

The so-called Deflategate scandal embroiling the New England Patriots has often been compared and contrasted with the New Orleans Saints' similarly suffixed Bountygate situation from 2012. Saints coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for the entire 2012... more

While the outside world buzzes about the penalties handed down to the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, the quarterback is going about his work. Despite the media firestorm, Brady hasn't missed a single voluntary workout since the Patriots began their... more

The New Orleans Saints might have drafted their eventual successor to Drew Brees when they snagged Garrett Grayson in the third round of the NFL draft earlier this month. First, however, the rookie will have to get past being star-struck by his... more

While enjoying an Atlanta Hawks playoff game from courtside seats rooting for his hometown NBA team last week, Bruce Irvin was quoted by a website as saying he wanted to play for the Falcons next year. As it does these days, Irvin's quotes made their... more

Broncos Chiefs Chargers Raiders Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . ¬Ľ We aren't buying stock in the "Trent Richardson... more

Broncos Chiefs Chargers Raiders Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . ¬Ľ Jeremy Maclin will provide Alex Smith with a... more

Broncos Chiefs Chargers Raiders Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . ¬Ľ Melvin Gordon will step in as an immediate starter... more

Broncos Chiefs Chargers Raiders Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . ¬Ľ It's a new world for the Broncos' offense under Gary... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear the appeal of Tom Brady's four-game suspension, the league confirmed to NFL Media's Albert Breer on Thursday. The NFL Players Association's appeal of Brady's suspension was officially filed earlier Thursday and the... more

The good ol' days. Lately it seems like that is all Oakland Raiders fans have to hang their hats on. Raider Nation has witnessed 12 consecutive non-winning seasons, including four or fewer wins the past three seasons. During their heyday the inverse... more

When the Seattle Seahawks traded for tight end Jimmy Graham, it marked a bold move that imported a huge red-zone target who would help strengthen one of their biggest weaknesses. "He can be an offense completely amongst himself. His ability to be a big... more

Once again, Jerry Jones won't rule out the Dallas Cowboys signing another veteran running during the summer months, but he reaffirmed his belief in the current stable of backs. The Cowboys owner believes that the totality of the running game, despite... more

The Detroit Lions signed second-round running back Ameer Abdullah to his rookie contract Wednesday. The former Nebraska tailback is expected to battle for a share of the load in the Lions' backfield with starter Joique Bell and jitterbug Theo Riddick.... more

Rex Ryan loves him some Terminator. The Buffalo Bills announced they signed fullback John Conner, nicknamed The Terminator. Conner was Ryan's "hand-picked" fullback in 2010 while the coach was with the New York Jets. Ryan famously gushed over the... more

Now that we've passed May 12, there is a chance we could see more action on the veteran free agent market. As NFL director of communications Randall Liu pointed out Wednesday , any unrestricted free agent who did not receive a tender from an old club on... more

Dante Fowler Jr.'s season-ending ACL tear made big headlines over the weekend. Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman suffered a similar injury with less attention. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, however, wishes he could have appropriated the injury from a... more

To many Arizona Cardinals players, coach Bruce Arians is known as the "cool uncle," thanks to his swag style and personality . To one player trying to make the roster this summer, though, Arians quite literally is an uncle. Free agent receiver Trevor... more

Victor Cruz hit the next phase in his rehab from a devastating patellar tendon tear suffered last season. The New York Giants receiver is now able to cut. "We got (to cutting)," Cruz said Tuesday night via . "We started running some intermediate... more

As Dick LeBeau sets sail toward the season with a new team for the first time in a decade, the defensive guru hopes the Tennessee Titans shut down all quarterbacks in 2015 save one: Marcus Mariota. LeBeau understands that it's an entire team effort to... more

The Washington Redskins officially inked offensive tackle Brandon Scherff to his rookie contract on Tuesday. Scherff was a surprise pick by the Redskins early in the first round of the NFL Draft. Washington general manager Scot McCloughan made Scherff... more

The Houston Texans' quarterback battle will come under the microscope as the spring bleeds into summer and we press toward the start of the 2015 season. Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett will split first-team practice reps when OTAs begin later this month,... more

The annual offseason discussion about how Jay Cutler will improve this year took on an interesting label over the weekend. As Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase talked offensive philosophies with his new quarterback -- Cutler has ran through four... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' coaching staff continues to talk up Jameis Winston during the opening stages of offseason work. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter praised the rookie quarterback, citing Winston's recall and football intelligence during the... more

How the outside world views Tom Brady following the quarterback's four-game suspension doesn't change how teammates within the New England Patriots' locker room will view him. The first Patriot to publicly voice support for Brady was veteran safety... more

Over the course of his coaching career John Fox has utilized running back by committee approaches to success. Along with offensive coordinator Adam Gase, the past two years in Denver a dual-threat approach led to C.J. Anderson (179 carries) and Ronnie... more

D.J. Swearinger's time with the Houston Texans has expired. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team informed the safety he'll no longer be a member of the Texans, according to a source informed of the situation. Several media... more

Less than a week after being reinstated by the NFL, tight end Fred Davis found a landing spot. Davis signed with the New England Patriots on Monday, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is for one year. Davis was... more

Blake Sims won't follow the road of some big-school college signal-callers and insist on being a quarterback and a quarterback only. After spending the weekend with the Green Bay Packers as a minicamp arm, the former Alabama starter will travel to... more

It's only May and the Jacksonville Jaguars took a big loss Friday when No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler suffered a season-ending ACL tear . Despite losing what could have been his top pass rusher on a team devoid of quarterback hurriers, Jags coach Gus... more

The man in charge of the New York Giants' defense is a familiar face. Steve Spagnuolo's return after his gallop around the NFL following his Super Bowl run with Big Blue from 2007 to 2008 has brought with it hope that the 29th-ranked defense can turn it... more

Rookie minicamps opened this weekend, putting players together on the field for the first time in the 2015 season. The principal events provided the latest example that an NFL player's job is unlike any us plebeians pursue. Regardless of how many... more

Terrelle Pryor earned another shot at an NFL quarterback gig. The Cincinnati Bengals announced Sunday they signed the signal-caller to a contract after his tryout during rookie mini-camp. Pryor will battle backups AJ McCarron and Josh Johnson for a... more

Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Demaryius Thomas represent a plurality in any ranking of the top receivers in the NFL. Each member of the quartet also carries a contract predicament. Jones and Green enter the final years of their rookie deals... more

Prior to the draft, Andrew Whitworth dared the Cincinnati Bengals to draft his replacement . Marvin Lewis followed by drafting offensive tackles in the first two rounds. The miffed veteran left tackle then griped about his contract situation and lack of... more

The New York Giants are poised to drop a whole heaping of expectations onto the shoulders of rookie safety Landon Collins. Big Blue traded up seven spots to swipe the safety atop the second round of the draft to fill a yawning hole in their secondary.... more

Andre Ellington wasn't threatened when the Arizona Cardinals selected running back David Johnson in the third round. On the contrary, Ellington was delighted to have aid in the backfield. "I don't see why not," Ellington said when asked if he would be... more

Perusing the Chicago Bears' roster, it seems clear that defensive coordinator Vic Fangio lacks clear options at outside linebacker in his 3-4 defense. Most holdovers from the last regime are natural 4-3 defensive ends now slotted at linebacker out of... more

The Oakland Raiders officially inked the wide receiver who could transform their pass-catching corps. As evidenced by the photo below, Amari Cooper signed his rookie contract on Thursday. The Oakland Raiders have signed WR Amari Cooper, the Raiders... more

The New York Jets inked three rookies on Thursday, with quarterback Bryce Petty as the headliner. We have signed LB Lorenzo Mauldin, QB Bryce Petty & DL Deon Simon- ‚?? New York Jets (@nyjets) May 7,... more

The offseason of retirements continues. Nine-year veteran Kamerion Wimbley announced Thursday that he will hang up his cleats for good. The 31-year-old outside linebacker spent the past three seasons with the Tennessee Titans after being drafted by... more

When Dwayne Harris got poached by the New York Giants for a head-scratching contract, it left a gaping hole in the Dallas Cowboys' return game. Discussing the topic during a conference call with season-ticket holders on Wednesday, executive vice... more

With a great young quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, the NFL's best running back in Adrian Peterson and a solid stable of pass-catchers in Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson, Kyle Rudolph, Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright, the Minnesota Vikings' offense... more

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell insisted this offseason the Lions planned to run the ball better in 2015. The team's draft displayed that Caldwell wasn't bluffing. The Lions' used a first-round pick on guard Laken Tomlinson -- after trading for veteran... more

The prevailing assumption from the outside world is that Sam Bradford will be the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback when the season opens. Mark Sanchez, however, isn't ready to concede the gig. The quarterback told CSN Philly he still... more

The Tampa Bay version of Lovie Smith is adamant that his offense runs fast. Last offseason, Smith made it clear that his year sabbatical allowed him to reform his view of how offenses are dictated. His handpicked coordinator Jeff Tedford would run the... more

Chip Kelly tried to move up to draft Marcus Mariota, but the price tag was too rich. After watching Nick Foles plateau last season, the Eagles swapped him for Sam Bradford before going after Mariota. Kelly acknowledged that with the importance of the... more

Receiver is known to be the position of divas in the NFL. From Keyshawn Johnson to Terrell Owens and the multitude who have come before and after. However, Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick Nelson Agholor rings a different tune. "I think I... more

The Dallas Cowboys famously didn't draft a running back in a deep 2015 NFL Draft at the position after losing DeMarco Murray. Instead the team will enter the NFL season with a depth chart of runners starting with Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, Lance... more

During the pre-draft process, many wondered how the skills of Marcus Mariota would translate from the spread offense he worked in at Oregon into a pro system. After selecting the†quarterback†with the No. 2 overall pick , the Tennessee Titans have been... more

The Dallas Cowboys officially declined to pick up the fifth-year option on cornerback Morris Claiborne's contract. Back in January owner Jerry Jones said he was open to exercising the fifth year of the deal, which would have paid the No. 6 overall... more

With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, teams will now turn their attention to extension for veteran players, especially those entering the final year of their contracts. One of the biggest names to keep an eye on as we progress towards the season is... more

Jameis Winston's time as a multi-sport athlete will come to an end due to contractual decree. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wrote a clause into the No. 1 overall pick's contract prohibiting him from playing professional baseball during the duration of his... more

Charles Haley is the go-to example when discussing the Dallas Cowboys' propensity to give talented but troubled players a chance in the NFL. The Haley example was again conjured when the Cowboys selected Randy Gregory in the second round of this year's... more

Running backs returned to the first-round of the NFL draft this past weekend, but one former first-round tailback is getting some less-than thrilling news. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not pick up the fifth-year option for running back Doug Martin, per... more

Chip Kelly doesn't agree with Mark Sanchez's assessment of the Tim Tebow signing. After the Philadelphia Eagles added Tebow last month, Sanchez essentially called Tebow a camp arm the team needed while Sam Bradford healed from ACL surgery. During an... more

When Jerry Jones said the Dallas Cowboys didn't view running back as an urgent need during his pre-draft press conference, the owner wasn't tossing out a major smokescreen. Twenty-two running backs were selected in the three-day NFL Draft, zero by the... more

Jay Ajayi's slide finally came to a halt when the Miami Dolphins sccoped up the running back in the fifth round (No. 149) of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Boise State tailback tumbled down draft boards amidst concerns about knee issues. Ajayi had knee surgery... more

The Carolina Panthers sorely needed to add an offensive tackle and moved up to the top of the fourth round Saturday to secure a blocker. Carolina sent three picks to the Oakland Raiders to move up and select offensive tackle Daryl Williams from... more

The St. Louis Rams added a young signal-caller to their depth chart, nabbing Sean Mannion in the third round (No. 89) of the 2015 NFL Draft. A four-year starter at Oregon State, Mannion guided a pro-style offense, totaling 13,600 yards through the air... more

CHICAGO -- The New Orleans Saints might have identified Drew Brees' eventual successor. With the No. 75 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Saints selected Garrett Grayson. The 6-foot-2 Grayson started the past two seasons at Colorado State.... more

CHICAGO -- Buffalo's first pick of the draft had Rex Ryan's fingerprints all over it as the Bills selected athletic cornerback Ronald Darby with the No. 50 pick Friday night. The Florida State product has the kind of man-cover upside that Ryan loves to... more

With the first round of the NFL draft over and Adrian Peterson still in Minnesota, the running back's agent, Ben Dogra, is swiftly changing gears. After months of insisting that it was best for Peterson to be traded from the Vikings, Dogra told USA... more

CHICAGO -- If Shane Ray translates the passion and fire he displayed during his media sessions Thursday night onto the field, the Denver Broncos will be plenty happy with their first-round pick. For the second consecutive day in Chicago , Ray faced the... more

The Tennessee Titans snagged quarterback Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 overall pick Thursday and expect the rookie to start right out of the gate. Giving the gig to the first-year signal-caller sends Zach Mettenberger back to the bench after the Titans... more

The biggest curveball early in the first round of Thursday's NFL draft came when the St. Louis Rams selected Todd Gurley . The move has the potential to be a game-changer for the Rams' offense, which took a player many consider the best running back to... more


CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears snagged another big-play receiver to pair with Alshon Jeffery when they tabbed Kevin White with the No. 7 pick in Thursday's first round. The hometown fans populating the draft in the Windy City gave rousing approval of the... more

Martellus Bennett is on the trading block, but that doesn't mean he's on his way out of Chicago. Bears coach John Fox was asked Thursday morning if he expects the tight end to be on the roster after the NFL draft. "Yeah," Fox responded, per the... more

The intrigue surrounding the top of the first round looms large as we creep toward Thursday night's NFL Draft, but there could also be some shuffling at the back end of Round 1. The Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3 are a wild card -- as general manager... more

Few discussions about Marcus Mariota end in complete agreement about the quarterbacks' future in the NFL. Those disagreements don't just happen on social media, internet comment sections or at a local beverage location, they are happening within team... more

The Washington Redskins sit at what could prove to be a pivot point of Thursday's first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Selecting No. 5 overall, new general manager Scot McCloughan could be a seller for a team looking to jump up to nab a player. NFL... more

Montee Ball's injury ravaged, disappointing 2014 season saw not one, but two other running backs blow by him on the depth chart. As the Denver Broncos enter offseason workouts, Ball sits behind and C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman -- intriguing Juwan... more

Chip Kelly called Fletcher Cox the Philadelphia Eagles'†MVP last season . Entering Thursday night's NFL Draft, that MVP defensive end could become a trade chip. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that Cox is one of three veteran players other teams have... more

CHICAGO -- Leonard Williams couldn't help smiling at the question from a reporter: Dante Fowler Jr. says he's the best defensive player in the draft, how about you? "I respect his confidence," Williams said Wednesday following a "Play 60" event in... more

CHICAGO -- Shane Ray didn't hide from the questions. Days after his citation for marijuana possession , the former Missouri defensive end stood tall in front of a cavalcade of reporters following a "Play 60" event as a lead-up to Thursday's NFL Draft.... more

As far as Darrelle Revis is concerned, he's like a fine wine: getting better with age. The cornerback returned to the New York Jets, for whom he starred for his first six professional seasons before spending a year in Tampa and swinging through New... more

Matt Forte wants everyone to know that his absence from this week's voluntary minicamp is not due to any perceived contract slight. The Chicago Bears running back enters the final year of a $30.4 million contract he signed in 2012. Forte skipped the... more

The Minnesota Vikings have no intention of trading Adrian Peterson . The Dallas Cowboys have no intention of trading for a veteran. Those facts won't stop the running back from dreaming about one day playing in Dallas. While attending the Dallas... more

Starting over isn't new for Jay Cutler. The 10th year pro has been through five offensive coordinators in his seven years with the Chicago Bears. "Is it five?" Cutler asked when reminded by reporters Tuesday, via the Chicago Tribune . "That can't be... more

Evaluating the needs of the Dallas Cowboys entering the NFL Draft -- two days away -- running back sticks out as a seemingly obvious desire for a team that lost its load-carrier, DeMarco Murray. However, owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday it's not a... more

The 2014 NFL Draft produced one of the most dynamic wide receivers classes in league history. It was a class that might rival the best ever. As college Chris Wesseling broke down, last year's talented gang went more than 15 deep . Carolina Panthers... more

Cordarrelle Patterson didn't make a leap in his second season. Instead he crashed to earth in a disappointing 2014 that saw him lose his starting gig. The 24-year-old receiver understands he's embarking on a pivotal season with the Minnesota Vikings.... more

Fans love the NFL draft. The intrigue and the promise of hope are the reason it's been built into a spectacle with a buildup that stretches for three months. While rookies enjoy their day in the sunshine, in the background sits another aspect of the... more

It's not just the outside world that believes Adrian Peterson will remain in Minnesota . Players within the Vikings' locker room trust the running back will be wearing purple in 2015. "We expect Adrian to be here," Teddy Bridgewater said Monday, per... more

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Friday he is finishing up the paperwork to pick up the fifth-year option on offensive tackle Riley Reiff. The No. 23 overall pick in 2012 started 31 games over the past two season. The fifth-year option... more

Stephen Tulloch's 2014 season ended in one embarrassing celebration. The Detroit Lions linebacker blew out his knee celebrating a Week 3 sack of Aaron Rodgers by mimicking the quarterback's "Discount Double Check" celebration . The 30-year-old middle... more

John Brown burst onto the scene with fire during his rookie campaign. The Arizona Cardinals' speedster posted 48 receptions for 696 yards and five touchdowns, with several of those scores being of the big-play variety. However, his production waned late... more

During his first week working out with the Oakland Raiders, Michael Crabtree admitted Thursday it "feels a little funny" to be playing for the team across The Bay. The former San Francisco 49ers receiver is appreciative of the chance to show that his... more

The Denver Broncos slapped Demaryius Thomas with the franchise tag. The receiver has yet to sign the tag and wants a new deal consummate with his production as one of the top receivers in the NFL. Like other players tabbed with the tag -- Dez Bryant,... more

Victor Cruz continues to rehab from a devastating patellar tendon tear suffered six months ago. New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese was cautious Thursday when discussing the receiver, but said Cruz is tentatively on schedule to return by Week 1.... more

Philadelphia Eagles new vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz became the first of the team's brass to discuss the Tim Tebow signing, when he spoke to the media on Thursday. Marynowitz said that after working out the quarterback this offseason... more

Eric Weddle skipped the start of the San Diego Chargers' offseason workouts, saying he felt "highly disrespected " by the organization and its refusal to address his contract. On Wednesday, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco called Weddle a "major... more

Larry Fitzgerald hasn't put up a 1,000-yard year since 2011 and his last 90-catch campaign came five seasons ago. His dip in production to 63 catches for 784 yards in 2014 led some to question whether the 31-year-old wideout has many years left.... more

The San Diego Chargers continue to remain staunch in their stance that Philip Rivers will remain their quarterback. "There really is no update," general manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday. "It's the same thing I've said for the last four months,... more

One version of the Super Bowl "curse" involves how difficult it becomes for teams to repeat as champions -- often referred to as the Super Bowl hangover. The last team to cure that hangover happens to be the one stepping to the plate: The New England... more

Orlando Scandrick is currently skipping the beginning of the Dallas Cowboys workouts. While these workouts are voluntary, Scandrick's absence is related to his contract situation, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week . The corner is... more

The new Oakland Raiders coaching staff disagrees with the old coaching staff on which position best suits Taiwan Jones. The team's official website noted on Tuesday that the 26-year-old will move back to running back. Jones was drafted as a running... more

The dot connecting between the Dallas Cowboys and a trade for Adrian Peterson has always made sense from a theoretical standpoint. However, that's just what it's been, dot connecting. The Cowboys have a hole at running back with DeMarco Murray's... more

John Elway played his entire professional career with the Denver Broncos, then moved to the front office. As such he has never experienced competing against a former team in the NFL. But the Broncos executive vice president told the team's official... more

The New England Patriots lost the starting cornerback duo of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner this offseason. Devin McCourty, who did re-sign, knows that replacing them will be difficult right out of the gate. "I'd be lying if I came out here and told... more

For the second straight season we have a full slate of Thursday Night Football games shown on NFL Network, with eight on CBS. This year we couple those fourteen contests with two Saturday games in Week 15 and 16, exclusively on NFLN. Once again... more

T.Y. Hilton understands the lineage of Indianapolis Colts receivers and accepts that with Reggie Wayne gone , the torch of leader and teacher falls to him. "Absolutely, I don't really have a choice," Hilton told the team's official website Monday. "I'm... more

Before Nate Solder helped the New England Patriots hoist another Lombardi Trophy, before he rumbled for a playoff touchdown , before he started a game or even partook in workouts in 2014, he took a physical. Luckily for Solder, that physical in April... more

Part of the problem with the Detroit Lions' offense last year came down to the struggles and injuries of the offensive line. Entering the 2015 season, guard Larry Warford believes things will be different. "We have to be more aggressive," Warford said... more

DeAndre Hopkins has zero interest in getting into any discussion about former Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson. Hopkins twice replied "no comment" to overtures about Johnson's absence as the team opened up offseason workouts Monday. Hopkins made it... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have 11 days until Commissioner Roger Goodell announces they are on the clock to commence the 2015 NFL Draft. Bucs general manager Jason Licht said Monday if his team was forced to make a decision today, they know whom they'd... more

Johnny Manziel is back at the Cleveland Browns' facility. As expected, the quarterback is present for the Browns voluntary conditioning, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per a team source. On Friday, Manziel released a statement... more

Coming off his first All-Pro season, Antonio Brown is easily one of the top receivers in the entire NFL. The Steelers wideout now wants to be compensated as such. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Brown won't report to voluntary... more

Voluntary workouts for 25 NFL teams began Monday . The key word in the above sentence is†voluntary . As such, many NFL players will decide to skip the offseason workouts at team facilities -- which are restricted to strength and condition and physical... more

San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone has flipped his narrative regarding Jim Harbaugh. Boone vehemently attacked all those who attacked his former coach during the season. More recently the guard told Andrea Kremer, in an interview that will air... more

Tom Brady is eager to get his 16th NFL season underway. The New England Patriots quarterback was reportedly the first player through the team's doors this morning when offseason workouts officially began. Monday marks the beginning of a road for 25 NFL... more

The positivity pouring from Tennessee about Zach Mettenberger's potential continues to flow. The latest comes from Titans veteran tight end Delanie Walker, who praised the young signal-caller for organizing practice sessions and believes the team's... more

Tim Tebow's workout with the Philadelphia Eagles last month will lead to another chance for the quarterback. The Eagles officially announced †Tebow will join a quarterback room that includes Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne.... more

Five-time Pro Bowl and 2009 All-Pro safety Adrian Wilson is expected to hang up his football cleats. The Arizona Cardinals announced on Sunday they will hold a press conference on Monday involving president Michael Bidwill, general manager Steve Keim... more

Denver Broncos receiver Cody Latimer spent most of his rookie season on the sidelines. The 6-foot-2 wideout caught just two passes for 23 yards on 37 offensive snaps. Latimer admitted he struggled keeping up with Peyton Manning's pace of play. "It... more

Offseason workouts for many teams are set to begin on Monday. Don't expect Adrian Peterson to take part in the Minnesota Vikings' activities. When Peterson was reinstated from the Commissioner's exempt list on Thursday , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue is coming off a solid rookie campaign in which he earned 528 yards on 169 carries and three starts in place of an injured Arian Foster. The 23-year-old running back is amping up his offseason workouts thanks to... more

Danny Woodhead suffered a gruesome season-ending injury to his fibula and right ankle in Week 3 last year that required surgery. The San Diego Chargers running back told the team's site he's healthy and ready for offseason workouts to start Monday. "I... more

Denard Robinson currently sits atop the Jacksonville Jaguars' running back depth chart. While the shifty back seems like an obvious candidate to get his gig swiped by an incoming rookie , Robinson doesn't see it that way. "I think I should be a No. 1... more

A year ago at this time, Jimmy Garoppolo became one of several draft-darling quarterbacks, with many prognosticators touting the relative unknown as an early-round pick after his time at Eastern Illinois. The Patriots swiped Garoppolo in the second... more

Never underestimate the pride of a professional athlete. Never. Our latest example of this mantra comes to us via Tony Romo. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback is a well-known fan of golf. As far as NFL players go, he's one of the better golfers around.... more

For his career, six-year pro Andrew Quarless has a total of 85 receptions for 909 yards and six touchdowns. Those numbers are essentially what tight end Martellus Bennett compiled in 2014. In 11 starts for the Green Bay Packers last year, Quarless... more

Prior to the 2014 season, the world looked at the San Diego Chargers' tight end group and declared that an aging Antonio Gates would give way to a younger, athletic Ladarius Green. Per usual, the world was wrong. Instead of stepping aside, Gates... more

Paul Posluszny was on pace to be the Jacksonville Jaguars' leading tackler for the fourth consecutive season before the middle linebacker suffered a season-ending pectoral muscle injury after just seven games in 2014. Ahead of next week's start of... more

DeMarcus Ware is coming off a 10-sack season in 2014. However, just three of those sacks came after Week 8 and the Denver Broncos' pass rush was utterly punchless in their playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.† The pass rusher admitted he fell off --... more

Even as we stretch into mid-April, it's obvious that it will take more than a couple of months of offseason training for Green Bay Packers players to get over their monumental collapse to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. Speaking... more

Two days after the Detroit Lions contested the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offer sheet for restricted free agent George Johnson, the two sides agreed to a trade. The Lions announced Wednesday that the team shipped Johnson and a seventh-round pick (No. 231... more

It didn't take long for Rex Ryan to fire back at Jace Amaro. The New York Jets tight end, who played under Ryan as a rookie, said a little more than a week ago that Gang Green wasn't held "accountable" and had several instances of tardiness †last... more

The Greg Jennings tour presses on.† The veteran wide receiver plans to visit with the the New Orleans Saints, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, per a source informed of Jennings' plans. The Saints are in the market to add pieces to... more

Jamaal Charles is coming off his third consecutive Pro Bowl season, compiling 1,033 rushing yards and another 5.0 yards per carry year. The Kansas City Chiefs running back missed just one game in 2014, but the 28-year-old Charles called it the most... more

The majority of the American conscious will remember the Indianapolis Colts' 24-13 playoff victory over the Denver Broncos as a game in which an injured Peyton Manning looked as mortal as ever and spawned debate and discussion about the quarterback's... more

Mike Pouncey was emotional during a press conference Monday announcing his†five-year contract extension with the Miami Dolphins, choking up multiple times when discussing past mistakes and promising a brighter future. "I always had faith that I'd be a... more

The top of the Baltimore Ravens' current wide receivers depth chart includes Steve Smith Sr., Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro and Kamar Aiken. With Torrey Smith leaving for San Francisco, it would seem the Ravens are in the market for a receiver early... more

The KUUUUUUUUUUHN calls aren't done in Green Bay just yet. Fullback John Kuhn re-signed with the Packers on a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum $870,000, agent Kevin Gold told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday. Kuhn will turn 33 in... more

Sean Richardson is staying in Green Bay. The Packers matched the offer sheet the restricted free agent safety signed with the Oakland Raiders, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per a source. The contract is a one-year, $2.55 million... more

"You come at the king, you best not miss." The lesson verbalized by character Omar Little in the HBO series The Wire has been translated and heeded by AFC East foes in 2015. New England's reign over the division has been complete and ironfisted for... more

The San Francisco 49ers' defense has seen as much high-profile turnover this offseason as any NFL team. The stunning retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland continue to cause startled reaction from teammates "It was definitely a surprise,"... more

The Detroit Lions are searching for a running game. The team ranked 28th in rushing in 2014, earning just 88.9 yards per game. They then cut Reggie Bush in the offseason, just a year removed from a 1,006-yard rushing and 506-yard receiving season.... more

The Green Bay Packers gutted their ineffectual inside linebackers corps this offseason, first cutting Brad Jones, then long-time stalwart A.J. Hawk. The moves leave Sam Barrington atop the depth chart as he enters his third season. The 24-year-old... more

In December 2010, the Metrodome -- the former home of the Minnesota Vikings -- collapsed for the fifth time. You remember, right? If not, here is one of the greatest pieces of stadium video in the history of stadiums or video: Not to fear, patrons... more

Kendall Hunter didn't even make it out of the second day of training camp in 2014 after suffering a torn ACL that cost him the entire year. Yet, when quarterback Colin Kaepernick assessed the San Francisco 49ers' running back committee after the... more

Five months after an ACL tear wrecked a certain Pro Bowl season, Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Branden Albert is on his feet and in a boxing ring working his way back into shape. Video proof from the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley : Albert said he has... more

New Cleveland Browns tight end Rob Housler would rather you not judge him on last season's output. With the Arizona Cardinals in 2014 he compiled just nine receptions on 18 targets for 129 yards in 15 games, including seven starts. That followed a 2013... more

The NFL suspended New York Giants linebacker Victor Butler for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday. A fourth-round pick by the... more

The New Orleans Saints have added veteran linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer. The†31-year-old veteran†signed a one-year contract, the team announced Friday . The eight-year pro had played his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys. Spencer had... more

Troy Polamalu was a central character in the Pittsburgh Steelers' second Super Bowl run, winning Lombardi Trophies in the 2005 and 2008 seasons, to go along with four from the immortal 1970's squads. With Polamalu's retirement on Thursday, it's... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Friday morning what the world found out late Thursday night : safety Troy Polamalu is retiring from the NFL. "Since we drafted him in 2003, Troy Polamalu has been an outstanding player and person," said Steelers... more

In just two NFL seasons, Buffalo Bills receiver Robert Woods has already played with four different quarterbacks. With the additions of Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor, QB No. 5 could come as soon as the start of the 2015 season. Woods told WGR-AM on... more

The market for Hakeem Nicks hasn't exactly been scorching this offseason after the 27-year-old receiver snagged 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns in one season with the Indianapolis Colts. After beginning his career with the New York Giants... more

Le'Veon Bell is staring at the possibility of missing the first three games of the 2015 NFL season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is facing a three-game suspension and a fine of an additional... more

If there is any question about the Denver Broncos' faith in Peyton Manning to come back fully healthy from his thigh injury, no one in the team's organization sounds concerned. The latest to express his faith in Manning was star pass rusher Von Miller,... more

Colin Kaepernick continues to be the lightning rod during an offseason of uncertainty for the San Francisco 49ers. From the quarterback trying to improve his pocket presence by working with Kurt Warner , to questions about how the offense will or will... more

The Miami Dolphins visited with the one they let get away. Wes Welker met with the Dolphins on Wednesday, his first known visit of the offseason, the team announced. However, he left Miami without a deal, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.† The... more

The updates on Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry and his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma continue to provide an upbeat message. The latest note comes from Berry's brother, Evan, a sophomore defensive back for the Tennessee Volunteers. "He's doing... more

The "Rob Housler Watch " continues. Hopefully it's not keeping you up at night in anticipation of the tight end's landing spot. Up next on the 27-year-old pass-catcher's itinerary is a trip to Cleveland to meet with the Browns on Wednesday, NFL Media... more

The relationship between Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Robert Griffin III appears to be one built on rocky terrain. In an interview Tuesday, RGIII said in reality the two have a singular goal. "We both want to win," Griffin said,... more

After sitting out all of 2014, Josh Freeman is back in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins. The quarterback's comeback inspiration: Kurt Warner. "I haven't found anybody with the same exact situation, but I'll tell you, last week I was out in Arizona... more

For the first time in his NFL career, Darren McFadden will wear a different logo. After seven seasons in Oakland, the running back told NFL Network's NFL AM on Friday that he's ready to show the Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL that he's better... more

Given that Drew Brees' first social media interaction following the Jimmy Graham trade was a picture of his son wearing the tight end's jersey, it's not surprising his first public comments on the topic were of surprise. "I think it shocked all of us,"... more

With owner Stan Kroenke planning to build a football stadium in California, speculation that the St. Louis Rams will once again become the Los Angeles Rams isn't going away anytime soon. Rams coach Jeff Fisher has heard all the rumors and prefers to try... more

The Chicago Bears are swapping centers. The team released long-time center Roberto Garza and signed Will Montgomery to a one-year contract, the Bears announced Thursday. Garza, 36, spent the past 10 seasons of his 14-year pro career with the Bears,... more

We've reached the "Rob Housler Watch" portion of free agency. Get excited, people! The former Arizona Cardinals tight end is visiting with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source informed of Housler's... more

When seasons fall apart in the most depressive, devastating fashion, some coaches shred the film, believing that reliving the experience isn't worth the cost of possibly being captured forever in that moment of despair. Not Mike McCarthy and the Green... more

The Detroit Lions made zero free agent splashes this offseason. The plan to improve the offense in coordinator Joe Lombardi's second season lies in part in the improvement of 2014 first-round pick Eric Ebron. After his disappointing first season,... more

The San Francisco 49ers are leaving no stone unturned to replenish their linebacking corps. Philip Wheeler was in the Bay Area Monday to meet with the Niners, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. The Miami Dolphins cut the... more

Robert Mathis is still not yet to the running portion of his rehab from an Achilles tear. Even though he's not to that important stage of the process, the Indianapolis Colts pass-rusher told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday night that he plans to be ready... more

Chip Kelly blew away the outside world when he traded running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. However, safety Malcolm Jenkins told NFL Network's NFL AM on Wednesday that it didn't shock most players inside the... more

The Dallas Cowboys hung on to one of their best defenders from 2014. Rolando McClain and the Cowboys have reached a one-year contract worth $3 million in base salary and another $1 million in playtime incentives, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported... more

The Detroit Lions lost one of the best defensive players in the NFL when Ndamukong Suh defected to Miami. Yet, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin expects no drop off from the No. 2 overall defense. "We plan to be better this year," Austin told... more

That Tony Romo wanted DeMarco Murray back in Dallas is not a new revelation . How far would he have gone to keep his running back wearing a star? "DeMarco ended up asking me, he was like 'Why don't you take a pay cut,' " Romo told KRLD-FM, via the... more


The Indianapolis Colts continue to stockpile weapons for their receiving corps. The team announced Tuesday it signed wide receiver Vincent Brown. The pass-catcher appeared in seven games in 2014 with the Oakland Raiders and caught 12 passes for 118... more

The news was straightforward: The Jacksonville Jaguars waived fullback Bradie Ewing. Your two responses to this report are likely: 1) Who is Bradie Ewing? and/or 2) Why are you telling me this low-level information? (Hopefully asked with at least a... more

Mike Tannenbaum has been so busy since joining the Dolphins he can joke about not knowing what the weather is like in Miami. "When I started, free agency was right around the corner, so it hasn't exactly been quiet," Tannenbaum told the Boston Globe's... more

Stevan Ridley will make his first free-agent visit in South Beach. The former New England Patriots running back will meet with the Miami Dolphins, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, according to a source informed of the player's plans.... more

During his 2013 campaign, Tyrann Mathieu thrust his name into the discussion for Defensive Rookie of the Year. After shredding his knee to end that season, the Honey Badger didn't have the 2014 he'd planned and admitted he was never fully healthy. "It's... more

Chip Kelly is adding another wideout to his receiving corps. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the wide receiver has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.3 million in base salary with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a source... more

The Seattle Seahawks continue to search for a replacement for center Max Unger. Chris Myers will visit Seattle on Monday,†NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Myers is a two-time Pro Bowl center who spent the past seven seasons with the Houston... more

The Atlanta Falcons have been punished for pumping in crowd noise to their stadium. The NFL fined the Falcons $350,000 and the franchise will forfeit their fifth-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, the league announced Monday. President Rich McKay... more

Hakeem Nicks is finally getting a look-see on the open market. The receiver told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Monday that he is visiting the San Francisco 49ers. Nicks, who checked in at No. 76 on our Top 101 free agents list when the month started,... more

Jadeveon Clowney continues his arduous recovery from knee surgery. The Houston Texans pass-rusher told reporters on Saturday that he is "very encouraged " by the rehab process†and he hasn't had any setbacks. "Man, I'm just having fun. I'm just glad to... more

The San Francisco 49ers continue the search to replenish their depleted linebacking corps. Veteran Lance Briggs has a visit scheduled with the Niners on Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday.† The 34-year-old spent his first 12... more

During the NFL Annual Meeting this week teams authorized the league to research the use of fixed cameras and stadium video in replay systems -- an addition Bill Belichick stomped hard for. That study will begin posthaste. NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

Tom Brady attempted to send every Patriots fan into cardiac arrest Saturday morning. The quarterback posted a 41-second video on his Facebook page in which he dove feet-first off a rock cliff into the water, well below. Patriots fans proceeded to lose... more

One of the most intriguing offseason battles to watch this summer will take place in the Denver Broncos' backfield, which is stocked with young runners C.J. Anderson, Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman. "Who's going to be the bell cow, who's going to play... more

One focus former-MVP quarterback Kurt Warner and his group of signal-callers has attempted to instill in flame-throwing Colin Kaepernick during offseason workouts is better use of touch on passes. The current NFL Media analyst stumbled upon a perfect... more

The Indianapolis Colts are not expected to work out a contract extension with coach Chuck Pagano prior to the start of the 2015 season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday . On Friday, Pagano released a statement that suggests he's... more

Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower's status is in question for the start of the 2015 season. Hightower is expected to be sidelined six to seven months following offseason surgery on his right shoulder, the Boston Herald reported.† NFL Media Insider... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are hanging on to Darrius Heyward-Bey. The team announced Thursday it signed the wideout to a one-year contract. Heyward-Bey spent last season with the Steelers, starting one game and catching just three passes for 33 yards on... more

No franchise wants to head into the NFL draft with its team needs laid bare for all to see. When the Philadelphia Eagles signed Ryan Mathews in free agency, many draft analysts turned back to the San Diego Chargers and declared them a likely landing... more

A day after Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan wouldn't rule out drafting a quarterback with the No. 5 overall pick, coach Jay Gruden reiterated there would be no hesitation to snag a signal-caller if there was consensus in the draft... more

We might have identified the man who will be the Detroit Lions' proverbial offseason hype bunny: Eric Ebron. As Around The NFL partially covered in Wednesday's version of What We Learned at the NFL Annual Meeting , coach Jim Caldwell said he sees big... more

Tom Coughlin defended the New York Giants giving special teams ace Dwayne Harris a head-turning $7 million guaranteed contract on Wednesday. The coach pointed not only to Harris' unique ability to both return kicks and play gunner on special teams, but... more

The Chicago Bears are all in on Jay Cutler. They have no other choice. In the days leading up to the deadline for $10 million of the quarterback's 2016 money becoming guaranteed, the Bears' brass met with Cutler sans the player's agent . NFL Media... more

When the Pittsburgh Steelers signed running back DeAngelo Williams, it was viewed mostly as a depth signing of a low-priced veteran. After watching the running game wither without Le'Veon Bell in the playoffs last season, Williams' addition might be... more

While the NFL continues to waltz with Los Angeles as a franchise destination, it appears that Toronto hasn't been completely crossed off the list of potential landing spots in the future. With new Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula keeping the team in... more

The Dallas Cowboys placed the franchise tag on receiver Dez Bryant to ensure he wouldn't hit the open market while a long-term deal could be worked out. Jerry Jones doesn't sound in a hurry to get that multi-year deal done. "It's not imperative for him... more

Eric Berry's battle with Hodgkin lymphoma is going well, according to Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey. "Well, anybody who knows Eric Berry knows that if there's a challenge presented to him, he will attack it with a vengeance," Dorsey... more

Ray McDonald will join defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in Chicago. The Bears have agreed to terms with the defensive end on a one-year contract, the team announced. From an on-field perspective, the re-union between McDonald and his former... more

The Chicago Bears continue to revamp their defense in coordinator Vic Fangio's mold. The Bears announced that they have signed defensive end Jarvis Jenkins to a one-year contract. Moving to Fangio's 3-4 defense, the Bears are in desperate need of... more

The Dallas Cowboys suffered a blow watching the NFL's leading rusher defect to their division rival this month. Making his first comments since DeMarco Murray signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett acknowledged that the... more

Martin Mayhew chose to spin watching one of the NFL's best defensive players -- and the heart of his team -- walk out the door in free agency as a good thing. The Detroit Lions' general manager told reporters Monday at the NFL Annual Meeting that he's... more

Sean Payton understands Drew Brees' pain in losing a target like Jimmy Graham. Speaking for the first time since the New Orleans Saints shipped the tight end to Seattle for center Max Unger and a first-round pick, Payton told NBC Sports on Monday he... more

Johnny Football should be back to the playing field soon. Johnny Manziel is expected to participate in the Cleveland Browns' workouts on April 20 after he completes more than two months of treatment, coach Mike Pettine confirmed Tuesday .†ESPN's Jeremy... more

The NFL has suspended the long-standing local blackout policy for the 2015 season, the league announced Monday. NFL clubs have approved suspension of local blackout policy for 2015 pre- and regular seasons. There were 0 BOs last reg-season. ‚?? Greg... more

With the Saints revamping seemingly their entire team this offseason, speculation ran rampant that New Orleans could trade quarterback Drew Brees and move into full rebuilding-mode. General manager Mickey Loomis emphatically shot down those rumors... more

A byproduct of Rex Ryan moving west but remaining in the AFC East is that he will still have to deal with Bill Belichick twice a year. Speaking with NFL Media's Judy Battista in a sit-down at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix -- which will air Monday on... more

The Miami Dolphins still don't know what to do with Dion Jordan. "That's one (decision) we're going to keep talking through," Dolphins vice president Mike Tannenbaum said at the NFL Annual Meeting of possibly moving Jordan permanently to linebacker, per... more

Ben Roethlisberger got his contract extension . Philip Rivers appears intent on playing out the last season of his deal. Eli Manning sits as the final pillar in the quarterback triumvirate of the 2004 NFL Draft. Like Rivers' situation, Manning's... more

Hard Knocks might be on the verge of delving deep into the Cleveland Browns' Factory of Sadness. The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci -- who previously worked for the Browns' official team website --†reported Sunday that Cleveland is the front-runner †to be... more

The Denver Broncos lost a cavalcade of starters in free agency. The list of key losses includes tight end Julius Thomas, defensive lineman Terrance Knighton, guard Orlando Franklin, safety Rahim Moore, linebacker Nate Irving, receiver Wes Welker,... more

Marvin Lewis enters his 13th season running the Cincinnati Bengals as the second-longest tenured coach in the NFL. He'll also enter 2015 without a new contract extension. In an interview from the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix on Sunday, owner Mike Brown... more

The Miami Dolphins will bring back safety Louis Delmas, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday, per a team source. Delmas' agent later announced the signing on Twitter. Delmas, who turns 28 in April, played last season in South Beach on a one-year... more

The Indianapolis Colts will add run-stuffing depth to their linebacker corps. The team announced Friday it agreed to terms with former Denver Broncos inside linebacker Nate Irving. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Irving will sign a three-year... more

Travis Kelce became a revelation in 2014 and a cult figure for many Kansas City Chiefs fans. The tight end -- referred to by admirers as "Zeus" for his Greek-god-like physique and ability -- snagged 67 passes for 862 yards and five touchdown catches,... more

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman continues to state †that he wants Adrian Peterson back in 2015. But let's say, for the sake of argument, that a team blows him out of the water with a trade offer. Where will the Vikes turn then in the... more

For the most part, the New York Giants have been bystanders during the first week and a half of free agency. This was by design. To hear John Mara, Big Blue's co-owner, tell it, the team peeked at what it would cost to bring in new talent and determined... more

The tangled webs in the Adrian Peterson saga continue to be woven. Tuesday night we were told that the Minnesota Vikings wouldn't release Peterson . On Wednesday we had Larry Fitzgerald calling it a potential "game-changer" if the Cardinals could trade... more

It's tight end Thursday for the Atlanta Falcons as they continue the search for Tony Gonzalez's replacement. The Falcons announced they have signed a pair of veteran tight ends: Jacob Tamme and Tony Moeaki. Tamme, 30, had 86 receptions over a... more

Now that we've ventured past the immediate deluge of free agent signings, the second phase will become more deliberate. Veterans can check out the facilities, meet coaches and take physicals as they work toward new contracts. Many players will visit... more

It has been a good week for Devon Still and his family. The defensive tackle re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, his agent announced on Thursday. Congrats to Devon Still on signing his contract with the Bengals. It has truly been a special week for... more

While the Pittsburgh Steelers added DeAngelo Williams this offseason as a backup to Le'Veon Bell , offensive coordinator Todd Haley would also like to get running back Dri Archer more involved in the offense. "The important thing is that we do have a... more

The New Orleans Saints pacified an unhappy Keenan Lewis by re-working the corner's contract. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Lewis had his deal re-done to add more guaranteed money. The move also gave the Saints a bit more... more

Joe Banner, a Philadelphia Eagles executive from 1995 to 2012, sits and watches from afar as Chip Kelly essentially dismantles the team he in part helped build for years. Many fans in Philly are beside themselves about the Eagles' moves to jettison... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' offense exploded last season once rookie Martavis Bryant entered the lineup in Week 7. The 6-foot-4 rookie receiver brought a size/speed element to Ben Roethlisberger's offense that perfectly complemented superstar Antonio... more

The Baltimore Ravens announced they have released Bernard Pierce after the running back was arrested early Wednesday morning on a DUI charge. Pierce's 2014 Ford Mustang was stopped just before 2 a.m. for speeding at Dulaney Valley Road and I-695 in... more

Kenrick Ellis is switching locker rooms at MetLife Stadium. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the former New York Jets defensive lineman will sign a one-year contract with the Giants. NFL Media's Albert Breer adds the deal is worth $1.65... more

The New England Patriots have replaced Darrelle Revis with Bradley Fletcher. The cornerback will sign with the Pats on a one-year deal after visiting the team on Tuesday his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. ESPN first... more

The New York Jets added a super trio of cornerbacks this offseason in Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine, thrusting the future of former first-round pick Dee Milliner into question. After beginning last season atop Gang Green's depth... more

Greg Hardy could be on the verge of signing with the Dallas Cowboys.† The defensive end visited Valley Ranch on Tuesday, the team's official website reported . The Cowboys used Tuesday to get to know Hardy, and the defensive end spent the night in... more

The Washington Redskins will keep their quarterback triumvirate in place for at least one more go-around. The team is re-singing free agent signal-caller Colt McCoy to an one-year contract, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

Stevie Johnson will remain on the West Coast. The wide receiver will move south after agreeing to a deal with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Chargers will pay Johnson $10.5 million... more

Outside of some Saints fans and a few footballheads, defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker was a relatively unknown commodity among laymen when free agency started a week ago. Walker had amassed just 306 snaps and 19 tackles in 2014 and had just nine total... more

Andre Johnson won't just be catching passes from Andrew Luck, he'll be mentoring the quarterback's young risers. At 33 years old, the new Indianapolis Colts receiver has nearly a decade on the team's stable of young studs, T.Y. Hilton (25 years old),... more

In an unsurprising move the Oakland Raiders announced they have released quarterback Matt Schaub. The Raiders traded a sixth-round pick for Schaub last offseason, but the 33-year-old lost the starting job to Derek Carr before the season even started.... more

The Cleveland Browns upgraded their defense in the second phase of free agency. Mike Pettine's squad added veteran defensive lineman Randy Starks and cornerback Tramon Williams on Monday, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports it's a... more

The Carolina Panthers added more youth to the secondary on Monday, announcing they signed safety Kurt Coleman to a two-year contract. The 26-year-old spent four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before joining the Kansas City Chiefs last season. In... more

Reggie Bush is headed back to the West Coast. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday the running back reached an agreement with the San Francisco 49ers.†ESPN first reported †the deal. The best is yet to come #49ers ‚?? Reggie Bush... more

Another safety is off the free-agent market. Ron Parker will sign a contract to remain with the Chiefs, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source informed of the situation. The deal is for five years and can max out at $30 million. The Kansas... more

Despite two disappointing seasons to start his career, Geno Smith seems to have the support of new Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall. "He has a drive and a passion that a lot of people don't see," Marshall told reporters Friday, per the New York Daily... more

After 12 seasons with the Houston Texans, Andre Johnson will practice in a new city and pull on a different jersey on game day for the first time in his NFL career. Following his signing with the Indianapolis Colts this week, the seven-time Pro Bowl... more

With the Saints' roster re-tooling shifting focus from the aerial attack to the ground game, newly added running back C.J. Spiller said he would have been a "fool" not to consider hooking up with Sean Payton.† "I've been following this offense very... more

The St. Louis Rams will hang on to free-agent receiver Kenny Britt. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the receiver is staying with the Rams on a two-year, $9.125 million deal worth up to $14 million, per a source informed of the... more

The New Orleans Saints continue to churn their roster. Earlier this week NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Saints were open to trading nearly anyone on their roster. He wasn't kidding. Following the Jimmy Graham blockbuster with the... more

The Dallas Cowboys have added a veteran running back in the wake of losing DeMarco Murray. Jerry Jones' squad agreed to a two-year deal with Darren McFadden on Friday worth up to $5.85 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. ("Up to"... more

Jordan Cameron spurned the Cleveland Browns for the Miami Dolphins †on Thursday evening. The tight end then told the Dolphins' official team website that the chance to play with Ryan Tannehill played a role in swaying him to South Beach. "He's young... more

Like most of the football world, Jimmy Graham was shocked he was traded from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday , just a year after inking the richest contract ever for a tight end. Speaking with reporters on a conference call Thursday the new Seahawk... more

The Tennessee Titans added firepower to their pass rush Friday morning. The team agreed to terms on deals with outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Morgan's deal earns him $30 million over four... more

When discussing the blockbuster trade of Jimmy Graham this week, New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis cited a desire to upgrade the defense. One of the biggest needs on that defense resides at the corner position. With the market... more

Justin Forsett got his wish. The running back will remain in Baltimore. The Ravens announced Thursday that Forsett agreed to a three-year deal to remain the team's lead back. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports the deal is worth about $9 million. The... more

The Patriots re-did receiver Danny Amendola's contract to lower his salary cap hit and keep him in New England. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the 29-year-old was given a new three-year contract worth $12.75 million that can max out at $15... more

Lovie Smith continues to collect his former Bears players. The Buccaneers have finalized a deal to bring in defensive tackle Henry Melton on a one-year deal that can be worth $5 million. The base is $3.75 million, with $1.25 million coming in... more

Shane Vereen traded his Patriots jersey for a Giants one, Boston for New York and owner Robert Kraft for John Mara. As far as the running back is concerned the move was a "step up." "It's just a decision for my family," Vereen told the Giants' official... more

The New England Patriots are taking the money from losing out on Darrelle Revis and using it to upgrade their front seven. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the team signed versatile linebacker Jabaal Sheard to a two-year contract... more

General manager Ryan Pace announced publicly Wednesday what had become abundantly clear as free agency opened: Jay Cutler will be the Chicago Bears starting quarterback. "We went through the process of thoroughly evaluating the roster and we're moving... more

The worst-kept secret in South Beach became official on Wednesday. Ndamukong Suh is officially signing his contract with the Miami Dolphins, the team announced on Wednesday. The deal will make him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. NFL... more

Jeremy Maclin officially reunites with Andy Reid and returns to Missouri. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the 26-year-old's contract with the Kansas City Chiefs is for five years and $55 million dollars. The former University of Missouri... more

Cortland Finnegan has considered retirement in the past. Now he's making it official. The 31-year-old cornerback announced on Wednesday he will walk away from the NFL on Instagram in a perfectly Finneganian fashion: "Spent 9 years doing something I... more

One twist that played out on Tuesday's epic first day of free agency was Frank Gore getting cold feet over the weekend on a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles before agreeing to sign with the Indianapolis Colts . Former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy... more

The New York Jets are dominating a corner of the market. A day after landing cornerback Darrelle Revis, Gang Green is poised to reunite the cornerback with running mate Antonio Cromartie. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Jets are the... more

The Miami Dolphins' payroll slashing rolls on. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the team will cut defensive tackle Randy Starks. The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero first reported the news of Starks' impending release. The move... more

Less than a year after a trade brought him to San Francisco, Stevie Johnson will be released. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Niners will release Johnson today pending wideout Torrey Smith passing his physical and signing his... more

For the third consecutive offseason, the Indianapolis Colts are attempting to fix a defense that has lacked a backbone versus quality competition. Indianapolis has agreed to terms with former Philadelphia pass-rusher Trent Cole and former Rams defensive... more

Jake Locker is walking away from the NFL. Despite being the top quarterback remaining on Around The NFL's Top 101 list, the signal-caller with a career of injuries will retire. "I am retiring from football after much reflection and discussion with my... more

The New York Jets finally corralled a free agent cornerback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Gang Green is locking down Buster Skrine, per a source. ESPN first reported the news. The 5-foot-9 corner had a heat-seeking market after... more