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Kevin Patra

Kevin Patra


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


March

During the NFL Scouting Combine, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman noted he'd been speaking to the coaching staff about the type of running back they wanted to bring in . At the time Spielman's words suggested an end to Adrian Peterson'... more

Kiko Alonso got rewarded for a bounce-back 2016 season. The Dolphins announced they have given the linebacker a three-year contract extension, keeping Alonso under contract in Miami through 2020. The extension is worth $25 million, including $18.5... more

It turns out Cam Newton will undergo surgery after all. The Carolina Panthers quarterback will have surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff suffered against the San Diego Chargers in Week 14, Max Henson of the team's official we... more

New Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard continues to add solid depth in his rebuild of the Colts' roster. Ballard's latest acquisition is wide receiver Kamar Aiken, who signed a one-year deal with Indy on Tuesday, his representation announc... more

Eddie Lacy's weight has been a topic of conversation the past several seasons. The new Seattle Seahawks running back was listed at 235 pounds last season, but one report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn on Tuesday stated Lacy weigh... more

The New Orleans Saints are making a push to acquire Malcolm Butler. Brett Martel of The Associated Press reports that the New England Patriots corner will visit the Saints on Thursday, according to coach Sean Payton. The Pats placed a first-roun... more

Injuries struck Julius Thomas almost immediately after he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015. Now that he's moved to Miami, the new Dolphins tight end believes those troubles are behind him. "I don't really have any handicaps, anything th... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are replacing beef on their defensive line. Defensive tackle Bennie Logan is signing a one-year contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday , according to a source involved in the move. The deal is for $8 milli... more

Le'Veon Bell underwent surgery after all. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Pittsburgh Steelers' running back had surgery Monday to fix a core muscle injury, according to a source informed of the procedure. The normal timeline for recov... more

Devonta Freeman is not trying to get out of Atlanta and understands a new contract will take time. The Falcons running back told ESPN's Vaughn McClure he won't ask for a trade. "This is coming out of my mouth: I definitely know I'm going to be... more

Dont'a Hightower remains the biggest fish in the free-agent pond, but don't expect the linebacker to change area codes. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Hightower visited the New York Jets this weekend, spent time with the Tenn... more

Terrelle Pryor found a new home. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the receiver signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins for $8 million. The 6-foot-4 receiver couldn't find the long-term, big-money contract, so, much like fellow... more

Tight end Jordan Cameron announced his retirement Friday after six NFL seasons. The 28-year-old suffered several concussions that derailed a once-promising career. "I started thinking about concussions too much," Cameron told ESPN about his reaso... more

Charles Johnson proved he has recruiting skills for Carolina . Julius Peppers is headed back to where his career started, signing a deal with the Panthers, his agent announced on Friday. Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is worth $... more

Kirk Cousins signed his franchise tag. Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney, announced the news Friday morning via Twitter. The Washington Redskins slapped the exclusive-rights franchise tender on the quarterback, worth $23.94 million. The exclusive na... more

It's happening. Smokin' Jay Cutler hasn't been free 24 hours and he's already heavily linked to the New York Jets. (Tabloid headline writers short-circuit their electronic device drooling.) After being released by the Chicago Bears on Thursday,... more

The Philadelphia Eagles snagged the biggest receiver in the free-agency pond. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports Alshon Jeffery is signing with the Eagles on a one-year contract for $14 million. Philadelphia later officially announced the mov... more

The Detroit Lions are parting ways with DeAndre Levy. Detroit released its star linebacker on Thursday, the team announced shortly after the start of the new league year. At last week's NFL Scouting Combine, Lions general manager Bob Quinn said h... more

The Jay Cutler era in Chicago is over. The Bears released the enigmatic quarterback following the start of the league year on Thursday. Chicago attempted to trade Cutler, to no avail. "I appreciate Jay's professionalism throughout the process and... more

The Denver Broncos made upgrading the offensive line a priority this offseason. At the opening of free agency they will add a key piece. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Thursday the Broncos are set to sign ex-Cowboys guard Ronald Leary to a... more

Torrey Smith quickly found a home. Days after being cut by the San Francisco 49ers, the receiver landed a three-year deal, worth $15 million to head to Philadelphia, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. The Eagles later confirmed the... more

Connor Barwin's stint with the Philadelphia Eagles is over. The team released the veteran defensive end on Thursday morning, hours before the start of NFL free agency. The move saves Philly $7.75 million in salary-cap space, per OverTheCap.com.... more

The Los Angeles Rams found a solution to their left tackle problem. The Rams have the framework for a deal in place with veteran Andrew Whitworth, the offensive tackle's agent announced on Thursday morning. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport report... more

The Green Bay Packers did what the Green Bay Packers do: locked up one of their own key free agents. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Packers have signed the pass rusher to a five-year deal worth $60 million, per a source informed of th... more

Brandon Marshall is perfectly fine playing second-fiddle to Odell Beckham Jr. in New York. Speaking on NFL Network's Good Morning Football on Thursday, the new Giants receiver said while he still believes he's "elite," he has always liked having... more

Brandon LaFell won't be changing addresses in 2017. The impending free-agent receiver has signed a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Thursday. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the contract is worth up to $10... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are importing aid to their secondary. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that, barring a change of heart, safety Barry Church is expected to land with the Jags on a four-year contract worth more than $6 million per se... more

The Miami Dolphins paid a sizable price to hang onto one of their own pass rushers. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Miami is bringing back Andre Branch on a three-year, $27 million contract. The $9 million-per-year average... more

The Arizona Cardinals are taking care of business with one of their defensive standouts. The Cardinals finalized a five-year contract extension with Chandler Jones on Friday, the team announced. The deal pays out $82.5 million with $53 million in... more

Charles Johnson re-upped with the Carolina Panthers on a team-friendly deal . Now he will start recruiting another pass-rushing buddy. The veteran defensive end said he hopes to convince Julius Peppers to return to Carolina to finish out his career... more

Jermaine Gresham isn't leaving the desert. The Arizona Cardinals announced Tuesday that they reached an agreement on a four-year contract with the impending free-agent tight end. Cardinals announced the four-year deal for TE Jermaine Gresham. Sou... more

The San Francisco 49ers are retooling their roster by jettisoning one big free-agent acquisition after two seasons. The 49ers announced Tuesday they have released with receiver Torrey Smith. NFL Network analyst Steve Smith Sr. first reported the... more

Much like a middle school dance, NFL teams and potential free agents are lined up on opposite sides of the proverbial dimly lit gym. Both sides can now start making eyes at one another and begin pairing off for when the dancing begins. The two-day... more

It's not a good year to need offensive tackles. Many teams need offensive tackles. The toxic potion of scarcity will allow the few solid veterans heading to the open market to hit the jackpot. When it comes to the right tackle market it appears... more

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson wasted little time signing his franchise tag. Good Morning Football's Peter Schrager reported Monday that the corner signed his $16.7 million tender. The Rams and Johnson have until July 15 to strike... more

The Buffalo Bills released five players ahead of free agency. The team announced it cut kicker Dan Carpenter, corner Nickell Robey-Coleman, safety Phillip Thomas, tight end Gerald Christian and long snapper Garrison Sanborn. The moves save the Bi... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars cut ties with another 2015 free-agent signee. The team announced Monday they released cornerback Davon House ahead of Thursday's free agent period. The Jaguars signed the former Green Bay Packers corner to a four-year, $2... more

Chad Greenway is ending his 11-year NFL career. The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that the linebacker would announce his retirement at a press conference on Tuesday. The news conference will take place at noon ET. Greenway played his entire... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers locked down a pass rusher ahead of free agency. Defensive end William Gholston signed a five-year contract extension with the team Monday, the Buccaneers announced. The deal is worth $27.5 million in base value and includes... more

Julius Peppers won't hang up his cleats. The veteran pass rusher was unsure if he'd retire following the Green Bay Packers playoff exit. Time has clarified his decision to play a 16th season. Peppers' agent, Carl Carey, told ESPN the 37-year-old... more

The Atlanta Falcons have been clear that signing corner Desmond Trufant to a long-term contract is an offseason priority. Over the weekend during the NFL Scouting Combine, progress seems to have taken place. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Lamar Miller wanted to be a workhorse back when he left Miami for Houston last offseason. He got his wish, toting the ball 93 times in the first four games of 2016. In hindsight, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said earlier this week from... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chuck Pagano won the battle with Ryan Grigson. Now, he must win the war. Pagano managed to keep his job this season while Grigson was canned by owner Jim Irsay. If the Colts continue to falter, as they have the past two years, Pagan... more

John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan take over a 2-14 roster that has arguably the worst assembled talent in the NFL. The first-time GM isn't fretting. On Friday, Lynch told NFL Network's Good Morning Football that his staff doesn't have the stench of tha... more

Alshon Jeffery made the bold prediction in January that the Bears would win the Super Bowl next season. Perhaps he should have just said "I" will win a Super Bowl. The impending free agent receiver told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Thursday he's loo... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ron Rivera wants the Carolina Panthers offense to be a different version of itself in 2017. Speaking Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine, Rivera reiterated that he wanted quarterback Cam Newton to run less and limit the pounding of... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Los Angeles Rams are paying a hefty price to continue dating Trumaine Johnson, but an engagement ring doesn't sound like it's coming soon. The team used the franchise tag on him again, keeping him in L.A. at roughly $16.7 millio... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jack Del Rio, fresh off signing a new contract with the Oakland Raiders, was asked Thursday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine what he learned from the 2016 season. "Don't lose your quarterback," he said laughing. The Raiders... more

Darrelle Revis' stint with the New York Jets came to an end because his play fell off a cliff, not due to his recent arrest. Jets coach Todd Bowles told beat reporters Thursday morning that Revis' arrest had nothing to do with the decision to relea... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jamaal Charles needs a new home. The Philadelphia Eagles want to add depth to the running back position. Given the tailback's familiarity with Doug Pederson, the match makes almost too much sense. The Eagles coach said Wednesday fro... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eddie Lacy said the Packers have been "very vocal " about bringing him back. On Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy put a voice to that sentiment. "We'd love to have Eddie back," McCarthy said. "Ed... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings haven't closed the door on the Adrian Peterson-era, but it's barely ajar. After the team announced Tuesday they would not pick up the running back's $18 million option, general manager Rick Spielman reiterated... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't have to make a decision on Doug Martin yet, so they won't. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, Bucs general manager Jason Licht and coach Dirk Koetter passed on making any decision about... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Vance Joseph is standing up for his offense. The new Denver Broncos coach said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that last season's offense led by young quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch was better than the national... more

February

The Pittsburgh Steelers ensured Le'Veon Bell isn't hitting the free-agent market. The team placed the exclusive franchise tag on the dual-threat running back on Monday, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The exclusive tag means he cannot negotia... more

Dwight Freeney isn't ready to hang up his cleats yet. The 37-year-old pass rusher wants to play a 16th season in 2017, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported Monday . Freeney said after the Super Bowl loss, he was unsure about whether he would contin... more

Rob Gronkowski wants to see teammate and fellow tight end Martellus Bennett get paid. "I'm hoping that he breaks the bank," Gronkowski said over the weekend, via ESPN.com . "Whenever you see a tight end break the bank, it's good for the industry; i... more

Adrian Peterson's future in Minnesota is up in the air, but All Day's dad would like the running back to remain with the Vikings. "Finishing your career in one place (has value)," Nelson Peterson said, via ESPN.com . "I look at how Arizona treated... more

There isn't a lot about Ezekiel Elliott's game with which to complain. The Dallas Cowboys' running back has the size, speed, power combination of a three-down workhorse, his blocking is impeccable and he can be dynamic in the passing game. A few Ha... more

Last year, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry thought he'd sign a long-term deal. Instead, he played on the franchise tag. With the deadline for teams to use the tag approaching on Wednesday, Berry isn't holding his breath that he'll get the chan... more

The Chicago Bears won't play tag with Alshon Jeffery this year. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning the Bears aren't expected to franchise tag the wide receiver, per sources. Jeffery played under the tag in 2016, earning $14.... more

Josh Doctson is showing progress after missing almost the entire 2016 season due to an Achilles tendon injury. The Washington Redskins wide receiver posted videos of himself doing football drills on his Snapchat page, via the Washington Post's Mast... more

Rob Gronkowski underwent season-ending back surgery in December but says he'll be ready for the New England Patriots' title defense. The tight end told ESPN's Cari Champion he will "no doubt" be good to go for the 2017 season. Gronk's December... more

"What is dead may never die..." The Kansas City Chiefs announced Friday they signed running back C.J. Spiller. K.C. marks the fourth team for Spiller in the past five months. He did next to nothing for any of the previous three. After making t... more

The San Francisco 49ers owned one of the worst rosters in the NFL en route to a 2-14 season, in which they beat only the Los Angeles Rams twice. New general manager John Lynch doesn't see a team that is as bad as that record might indicate. "We'v... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released a one-time free-agent catch. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Bucs are cutting corner Alterraun Verner on Thursday. The team later confirmed the move. The 28-year-old cornerback signed a four-ye... more

The Minnesota Vikings still don't have a timeline for Teddy Bridgewater's potential return. On Thursday, general manager Rick Spielman declined to say with 100 percent certainty the quarterback will ever play again. "Everybody's hoping," Spielman... more

Carson Wentz's blindside blocker won't change in 2017. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that despite speculation the Philadelphia Eagles could move on from Jason Peters, he will be back with Philly in 2017. Peters is set to make... more

Mike Zimmer identified the crux of the Minnesota Vikings offensive problem in 2016: No running game. "We've got to run the football better than we did. I think that was part of the problem we had way too many negative-yardage runs," Zimmer said of... more

The New York Giants jettisoned running back Rashad Jennings early last week, ending his three-year run with the team. On NFL Network's Good Morning Football on Thursday, Jennings was asked if he could see the writing on the wall in the Big Apple.... more

During Super Bowl LI week, Le'Veon Bell said he was hoping to avoid groin surgery. It appears the Pittsburgh Steelers' running back accomplished that goal. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Bell is not expected to undergo sur... more

The Buffalo Bills' decision on Tyrod Taylor's future sits less than three weeks away. The Bills brass will have to choose whether to pick up the $27 million option bonus by March 11 or cut ties with the quarterback. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Philip Rivers spoke at the San Diego Hall of Champions dinner Tuesday night for the first time as the quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers. At the dinner to honor teammate Nick Hardwick, an emotional Rivers said he was disappointed he couldn't b... more

The Carolina Panthers' offseason rebuild began Tuesday. The team announced it released fullback Mike Tolbert. The bowling-ball runner spent the last five seasons with the Panthers after four years with the San Diego Chargers. "I feel very fortuna... more

The Minnesota Vikings acquired Sam Bradford eight days before the 2016 season started. After sitting in Week 1 win, the 29-year-old started the final 15 games of the season. Bradford set career highs in yards (3,877), completions (395), threw 20 TDs... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars' offseason remake is in full-swing. The Jags notified Jared Odrick on Monday he will be released, the defensive lineman's agent, David Canter, announced on Twitter . The team confirmed the cut shortly after. Odrick signed... more

The Miami Dolphins are in the process of trading offensive tackle Branden Albert to the Jacksonville Jaguars. At this stage, however, tight end Julius Thomas won't be part of an initial deal. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that th... more

We've hit the portion of the NFL calendar in which players are prepping for free agency. Exhibit A: receiver Pierre Garcon. #YallHiring ? https://t.co/i1LKC8mfyk â?? Pierre Garçon (@PierreGarcon) February 20, 2017 The 30-year-old wideout sp... more

Darren McFadden heads into free agency next month after missing most of the 2016 season. The running back told SiriusXM NFL Radio recently he believes the Dallas Cowboys might want to bring him back. "I kinda get the feel that they wouldn't mind... more

After his last general manager didn't get along with coach Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay wants everyone to know everything is hunky-dory to start this offseason. Irsay tweeted Sunday that GM Chris Ballard and Pagano are "clicking... more

The Miami Dolphins will hand their left tackle job to 2016 first-round pick Laremy Tunsil. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Thursday that the Dolphins are finished with veteran Branden Albert and will look to trade the tackle before releasing h... more

New England Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI on Thursday and was sentenced to jail, according to court documents obtained by NFL.com. Floyd originally faced seven charges stemming from his December 12 drunken drivi... more

New Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn played six years in the NFL as a running back and carved out his coaching career by building ground-and-pound attacks. Now taking over his new team, Lynn likes his new sledgehammer, Melvin Gordon. "I've... more

Michael Thomas is a stud. The New Orleans Saints receiver spent his rookie season slicing up defensive backs to the tune of 92 receptions, 1,137 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Those are all Saints franchise rookie records and the second-most... more

Derek Carr didn't get to finish out his MVP-caliber season after snapping his leg. Yet the quarterback's drastic improvement the past two seasons led to an offseason change at coordinator. With Todd Downing's work as QB coach earning him buzz aroun... more

The Tennessee Titans won't rush Marcus Mariota back to the practice field anytime soon. Speaking on WGFX-FM in Nashville on Wednesday, coach Mike Mularkey said the team is being "very cautious" with the star quarterback, who is recovering from a br... more

Ex-Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White believes he could have saved his former team from Kyle Shanahan's questionable play-calling that played a role in their 25-point collapse to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. "I'm glad I wasn't a par... more

Welcome to tagging season. Wednesday marks the first day NFL teams can designate the franchise or transition tag on players. The two-week window for teams to designate tags runs until March 1 at 4 p.m. EST . NFL Network's Gregg Rosenthal broke do... more

Arizona Cardinals receiver John Brown's sickle cell issue hampered his 2016 campaign, often keeping him off the practice field and limiting his snaps. On Tuesday, team president Michael Bidwill told KMVP-AM in Phoenix he believes the speedy receive... more

Tyler Lockett suffered a gruesome leg injury in Week 16, but the Seattle Seahawks receiver believes he'll come back even stronger in 2017. "Folks ask me about the surgery, and the surgery wasn't hard at all," Lockett told KIRO-AM's Gee Scott in a p... more

Jordan Reed would like a chance to run back the Washington Redskins' 2016 offense. The explosive tight end told SiriusXM NFL Radio the Redskins should prioritize bringing back their key components this offseason. Quarterback Kirk Cousins and receiv... more

Most general managers and coaches sit squarely in a vortex of meaningless words, spewing non-answers and droning on about nothingness. Their children, however, can speak the truth. Speaking with NFL Network's Michael Silver on Thursday after his... more

Janoris Jenkins shut down Dez Bryant in 2016. In two matchups, the man known as "Jackrabbit" helped hold the Cowboys' receiver to two catches for 18 total yards. Jenkins added a strip of Bryant on his only catch of the second meeting. Speaking last... more

A year ago, many New York Jets fans panicked at the thought of losing Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now, his two-year run with Gang Green will end with little more than head shakes. Fitzpatrick's contract voids Friday -- five days after the Super Bowl -- per t... more

On Thursday, Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey characterized contract talks with Eric Berry's representatives as "very positive conversations." The All-Pro safety's agent would like to toss some cold water on that optimism. Respondin... more

DeSean Jackson is set to become one of the biggest-name receivers to hit the free-agent market next month. While it's been reported that the Redskins plan to let Jackson walk, the speedy wideout would prefer to remain in D.C. "I do want to still be... more

Kyle Shanahan officially took over as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, but during his introductory news conference Thursday he was peppered with questions about the Atlanta Falcons' Super Bowl LI loss. The ex-Falcons offensive coordinator sai... more

Blair Walsh could once again have the opportunity to win games for Seattle. The Seahawks announced Thursday they signed the ex-Minnesota Vikings kicker. Walsh missed four field goals and four extra points in 2016 before being cut in mid-November.... more

The Arizona Cardinals will have the band back together for another tour in 2017. Quarterback Carson Palmer confirmed Thursday he would return for his 15th NFL season. Once Larry Fitzgerald announced last week that he would return next season, it... more

Will Jamaal Charles be with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017? The question was posed to general manager John Dorsey in his end-of-year press briefing. "He's working like the dickens to get himself ready for '17. We'll see what happens in March, but... more

The Indianapolis Colts began their offseason makeover under new general manager Chris Ballard on Thursday. The team announced it released linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. "D'Qwell is a consummate professional," coach Chuck Pagano said in a statement.... more

John Lynch's first big front office hire as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers was vice president of player personnel Adam Peters. The ex-Denver Broncos director of college scouting is highly regarded throughout the NFL. The hire of Peters... more

Welcome to the offseason. You know it's officially post-Super Bowl for the NFL not just because the proliferation of mock drafts escalated exponentially, but thanks to injured players sharing videos of their rehab processes on social media. The f... more

Now that we've hit the offseason, the biggest question of the coming spring will begin to ramp up: What will the Dallas Cowboys do with Tony Romo? During his weekly radio spot on KRLD-AM in Dallas, owner Jerry Jones said he still doesn't know how t... more

With the Super Bowl in the rear-view mirror, the remaining offensive coordinator dominoes are quickly falling. After the Atlanta Falcons tabbed Steve Sarkisian for their OC role Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams named ex-Falcons quarterbacks coach Matt... more

The Philadelphia Eagles began their offseason purge. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Eagles released corner Leodis McKelvin, per a source informed of the decision. The team later confirmed the move. McKelvin signed a two-year, $6... more

Kyle Shanahan plans to run the San Francisco 49ers' offense himself. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Shanahan plans to coordinate the 49ers' offense. The Niners intend to hire quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello and run-gam... more

The Green Bay Packers released cornerback Sam Shields on Wednesday, the team announced. The seven-year pro had one year remaining on his contract, signed in 2014. Shields, 29, suffered a concussion in Week 1. Coach Mike McCarthy said in his posts... more

The first big question for new San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan to answer, as they attempt to re-establish a winning culture in the Bay Area, will be about the quarterback position. "We've already discussed it but we're goi... more

The New England Patriots are set to hit the offseason with more key players heading towards free agency than any other NFL team. The "Patriot Way" dictates not all will return in 2017, as other teams pilfer productive players by outbidding Bill... more

Tom Brady is getting pressure to hang up his jersey for good. No, not the pressure from other players who want a chance to win a Super Bowl. Instead, TB12 is getting leaned on by his own wife, Gisele Bundchen, to retire. "If it was up to my wife, s... more

The next seven months will offer a cornucopia of football news. The NFL Scouting Combine and free agency will fill your social media feeds. Prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft will be debated about, incessantly picked over with a three-pronged fork an... more

HOUSTON -- The Atlanta Falcons squandered a 25-point lead to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. After holding the Pats to three first-half points, Dan Quinn's defense surrendered 31 in the second half and overtime. Rookie... more

HOUSTON -- Matt Ryan danced out of the pocket, gliding right as he released an arching pass toward Julio Jones. The superstar receiver acrobatically snatched the ball over defensive back Eric Rowe and tiptoed the sideline. It could have been the... more

HOUSTON -- The explosive offenses of the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will play Super Bowl LI on an indoor track. The NFL announced the retractable roof at NRG Stadium will remain closed. It's currently mostly cloudy and 75 degrees in... more

HOUSTON -- If you didn't know Joey Bosa would win the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award at NFL Honors on Saturday night, you weren't paying attention this season. The game-wrecking defensive end compiled 10.5 sacks in just 12 games played. Bosa's... more

HOUSTON -- The NFL's effort to strive for a safer game continued Saturday with the league's second annual "1st and Future " event at the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute (TMCx). "We think technology is our friend," Commissioner Roger Goode... more

Eric Berry wants to stay in Kansas City . The Chiefs want Eric Berry to stay in Kansas City . But the All-Pro safety doesn't want to play on the franchise tag again. Speaking Thursday on NFL Network's Super Bowl Live , Berry definitively rejected t... more

The Carolina Panthers aren't about to let Kawann Short hit the open market. Coach Ron Rivera told ESPN on Thursday the Panthers will "probably have to tag" the free agent to be. The decision to tag Short won't come as a surprise. The 2015 All-Pr... more

The first surprise injury of Super Bowl week is nothing for New England Patriots fans to fret over. Defensive tackle Alan Branch was added to the injury report Wednesday, listed as "limited" with a toe injury. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport rep... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn't visited Gillette Stadium since the NFL punished Tom Brady for Deflategate. While many -- especially those in the Boston-area -- believe Goodell is dodging New England, the commissioner said Wednesday he's not avo... more

Julio Jones isn't worried about his lingering toe issue bothering him in Super Bowl LI. The Atlanta Falcons receiver was limited on Monday but said Wednesday he's feeling better. "We're going to ramp up practice. We're not going to make (practice... more

Le'Veon Bell missed most of the Pittsburgh Steelers' loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game due to a groin injury. The running back told NFL Network's Good Morning Football on Wednesday he's still in the process of determining... more

Sometimes there are simple answers to simple questions. During Wednesday's media session, Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones was asked a plain question: Do you think anyone in the NFL can cover you one-on-one? The All-Pro receiver offered a... more

Kyle Van Noy went from perennial doormat to consistent champion with an October trade from the Detroit Lions to the New England Patriots. While Van Noy was emotional after the Lions gave up on him, now that he's at the Super Bowl, the linebacker is... more

January

Matt Millen made the leap from the broadcast booth to Detroit Lions' front office executive 16 years ago. The results were a flaming disaster, culminating in the only 0-16 season in NFL history. With the San Francisco 49ers announcing John Lynch is... more

The San Francisco 49ers are attempting to take a different path to turn around their crumbling franchise. After announcing former 15-year NFL safety and FOX analyst John Lynch would become the next GM, CEO Jed York discussed the seemingly left-fiel... more

To steal a line from Herm Edwards: You play to win the game . Even in a meaningless Pro Bowl game, the competitive spirit of some players can't be squashed. Kirk Cousins threw a late interception off the hands of tight end Jimmy Graham, as the NF... more

The New York Jets found their new offensive coordinator. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Gang Green will hire John Morton as their new OC, per a source informed of the team's thinking. ESPN first reported the news. Chan Ga... more

Trumaine Johnson played 2016 under the franchise tag. Now the Los Angeles Rams are stuck with another quandary in the secondary: How much do you pay the No. 1 corner in a mediocre secondary? In a Q&A with Gary Klein of the L.A. Times , Rams GM Les... more

As if you needed another example that we no longer live in your grandfather's NFL, a Dallas Cowboys star is defending a New York Giants star. Dez Bryant stood up for the criticism Odell Beckham Jr. received the past year. "Whenever something does... more

Melvin Gordon understands San Diego fans are hurt by the Chargers' move to Los Angeles, but hopes time can heal those wounds. "I don't think we're going to lose everyone in San Diego," Gordon told ESPN's James Walker on Friday . "I really don't thi... more

Earlier this month, Pete Carroll said Richard Sherman played through a "legit" MCL injury this season. However, the corner was never listed on the Seahawks' injury report with knee troubles. The lack of reporting on the injury could land Seattle in... more

LeSean McCoy approves the Buffalo Bills' decision to hire Sean McDermott as their new head coach. Appearing on NFL Network's Good Morning Football , the star running back noted that he'd spent two years with McDermott in Philadelphia (where the coa... more

Entering Super Bowl week, plenty of attention will be thrust on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons' unstoppable offense. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan thinks it's ridiculous that some are discounting the Patriots' No. 1 scoring defense. "That... more

Tyreek Hill saw his usage surge at the end of the 2016 season. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid wants it to take another leap in 2017. "He was averaging 35 plays a game (in 2016)," Reid told SiriusXM NFL Radio's Kirk Morrison and Alex Marvez on... more

Offseason injury news came early for the Buffalo Bills. The team announced on Thursday that backup offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio suffered a non-football injury to his hip after falling at his home. The 6-foot-7, 322-pound, 23-year-old underwent... more

Jadeveon Clowney underwent another knee surgery. The Houston Texans pass-rusher had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after the season, NFL Network's James Palmer reported Thursday. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain first reported the news... more

The Green Bay Packers are making a change to the coaching staff. Coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that associate head coach/offense Tom Clements will "move on to some other interests." Clements' contract is expiring. Clements spent the past 11... more

The Dallas Cowboys' magical season ran into the sublime play of Aaron Rodgers two weeks ago. After assessing the disappointing situation, Dez Bryant is already moving on from the playoff failure. "You can't do anything about it," Bryant said from t... more

Eric Berry doesn't want to leave Kansas City. The free-agent-to-be said he hopes to remain a Chief in 2017 and beyond. "I hope so," Berry said, via the Kansas City Star . "I think my agent had a conversation yesterday ... It's early." The Chief... more

A potential move to safety for Darrelle Revis seems like a logical transition and one the cornerback willingly discussed during his woeful 2016 campaign. New York Jets new defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, officially hired a week ago, has no... more

Let's get our Julio Jones and Alex Mack injury updates out of the way for the week. Both the receiver and center will rest this week, coach Dan Quinn told WCGZ-FM in Atlanta on Wednesday. "We're going to rest two players this week, that's Alex Ma... more

Neither Drew Brees nor the New Orleans Saints are currently worried about the quarterback's contract situation. Speaking at Senior Bowl practice on Tuesday, general manager Mickey Loomis dismissed any concerns about Brees' contract, which expires a... more

For as much as we in the fantasy football generation focus on the glitzy positions, football still comes down to blocking and tackling. Lose in the trenches, and you'll lose your season. The Minnesota Vikings re-learned that lesson in 2016. On pa... more

Jerry Jones is now leading the charge for silencing talks about Tony Romo. Speaking to reporters while attending Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Alabama, on Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys owner shut down discussions about his high-priced backup... more

While Tom Brady, Drew Brees and many other aging quarterbacks insist they'll play several more years, Ben Roethlisberger is taking a different route when discussing his future. The 34-year-old spoke cryptically about retirement when asked by 93.7 T... more

Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman offered a mea culpa for his explanation earlier this month regarding his trade of Eric Rowe to the New England Patriots. After the previous reasoning that the trade was made in part because Philly didn't plan on... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' young defenders led to the surge down the stretch of the season. Those same youngsters got torched by Tom Brady Sunday in Foxborough. When Ben Roethlisberger pondered after the game that the stage might have "too big " for... more

In their biggest game of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to play most of the contest against the New England Patriots without one of their offensive stars. Running back Le'Veon Bell injured his left groin late in the first quarter... more

The Green Bay Packers got ran out of the building Sunday by the Atlanta Falcons, 44-21 . Despite the game shining a spotlight on a woeful, banged-up Packers defensive backfield and running game struggles, Aaron Rodgers said after the loss that the... more

Mason Crosby's record streak of 23-straight made field goals in the playoffs is over. The Green Bay Packers' kicker missed wide right on a 41-yard attempt in the first quarter of the NFC Championship game versus the Atlanta Falcons. The miss was... more

Regardless of how the final few weeks unfold, the New England Patriots will have a Jimmy G question to grapple with in the offseason. Jimmy Garoppolo is set to enter the final year of his rookie contract, making it the ideal time for Bill Belichick... more

The Washington Redskins stayed in-house to hire their new defensive coordinator. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Sunday that the Redskins will promote outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator, per... more

Official injury reports ahead of Sunday's Championship games: Green Bay Packers : QUESTIONABLE: RB Christine Michael (back), WR Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness), WR Davante Adams (ankle), WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring), S Morgan Burnett (quadricep),... more

A bug is going around the Green Bay Packers' locker room ahead of Sunday's NFC Championship tilt versus the Atlanta Falcons. Aaron Rodgers said Friday he's under the weather. Jordy Nelson missed practice Friday also due to illness. "Rest, fluids,... more

Julio Jones will indeed be ready to rock Sunday at the Georgia Dome versus the Green Bay Packers. Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Friday that Jones looked good in his return to practice and will have no limitations on Sunday. Jones was limited... more

The Green Bay Packers will continue to hold out hope their banged-up receiver corps will get as healthy as possible heading into Sunday's NFC Championship versus the Atlanta Falcons. Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Jordy Nelson (ribs), Davant... more

The NFL locked down two of the four London games scheduled in 2017. Both games to be staged at Wembley Stadium were confirmed by NFL Vice President of Football Communications Michael Signora on Friday : The Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jagua... more

The Buffalo Bills hired Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator on Thursday. The immediate question upon the news: What does this mean for Tyrod Taylor? NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday on Good Morning Football that it could be good... more

While the Pittsburgh Steelers' three "Bs" on offense swallow all the tv attention, it's been the defense that has been the catalyst for the current nine-game win streak. Over the past nine games Pittsburgh has allowed 16.6 points per game, 287.4 ya... more

Andrew Luck underwent surgery after all. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Thursday morning that his quarterback is recovering from successful surgery to repair a lingering issue in his right shoulder from 2015. Irsay added that Luck would be... more

Did Joe Flacco's rehab from a 2015 knee injury cause his up-and-down 2016 season? "The recovery from what everybody else says that they are not back completely, did that mess with his mind? Did that mess with his timing, his accuracy?" Owner Steve... more

Marcus Mariota is on the mend three weeks after having a metal plate implanted on his broken fibula. Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey told 102.5 The Game in Nashville on Wednesday that his starting quarterback was "doing great." "I spoke wit... more

Anthony Lynn's hire comes with some question marks about his pedigree as a first-time coach, but more than one player is pumped about the Los Angeles Chargers' new man in charge . "They say he is a running backs guru, so obviously I'm fired up!" be... more

Aaron Rodgers dropped one of the most ridiculous dimes you'll ever see to thwart the Dallas Cowboys' comeback Sunday. After safety Jeff Heath sacked the Green Bay Packers quarterback and an incomplete pass made it third-and-20 with 12 seconds remai... more

Midway through Championship Week, the Green Bay Packers are dealing with an ailing receiver corps. Davante Adams missed practice, while Jordy Nelson was a limited participant on Wednesday. Coach Mike McCarthy said during his pre-practice presser th... more

The Houston Texans will not hire a new offensive coordinator after parting ways with George Godsey, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, per sources informed of the team's thinking. Coach Bill O'Brien, who took over the play-calling... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers face the daunting task of traveling to Foxborough on Sunday to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for the right to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LI. "It's the championship game. You've got one game to get to th... more

Mike Vrabel is fast becoming a hot name in coaching circles. The Houston Texans made sure their linebackers coach wouldn't leave the building. The Texans will promote Vrabel to defensive coordinator, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednes... more

Sean McVay is no longer Kirk Cousins' coach, but he's becoming the quarterback's best cheerleader -- and tangentially a spokesman for leverage in future contract negotiations. The Los Angeles Rams' new coach gushed about his former quarterback, say... more

The Seattle Seahawks' offensive line proved to the team's weak link as they bowed out of the playoffs Saturday . The assumption heading into the offseason was coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider would look to upgrade the blocking gr... more

Jason Witten finished his 14th NFL season with Sunday's 34-31 Divisional Round loss to the Green Bay Packers. Despite coming off the least-productive regular season since his rookie campaign, Witten hasn't contemplated hanging up his cleats. "I ha... more

Mason Crosby nailed two field goals over 50 yards in the final 98 seconds of Sunday's playoff tilt to give the Green Bay Packers the 34-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Crosby actually banged home three 50-plus yard attempts in that span, also hitt... more

After a last-second loss, every decision by the losing coach is open to being critiqued. The Dallas Cowboys' decision to spike the ball with 47 seconds remaining on the clock turned out to be a game-changer in the Green Bay Packers' 34-31 win . Not... more

Following Sunday night's win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers implored each other to keep a low profile on social media ahead of the AFC Championship Game. The pleas were ironically caught and spread during Antonio Brown's Faceb... more

It wasn't pretty, but the New England Patriots found the gas pedal in the second half to race past the Houston Texans 34-16 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. The Patriots advanced to their sixth straight AFC Championship Game, setting an NFL re... more

Facing the NFL's most prolific offense in the Georgia Dome, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks needed to keep pace with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and a cadre of Atlanta Falcons weapons. They failed. After a clinical opening drive to take a 7-0 lead, Atla... more

The Los Angeles Rams believe they've hired the next Jon Gruden. While introducing Sean McVay on Friday, Rams COO Kevin Demoff gushed about his new coach's excitement, intelligence and maturity. "... There are times when I close my eyes you hear J... more

Philip Rivers has mixed emotions about the Chargers move to Los Angeles. "I'm a little bit numb about it all. It hasn't really settled in," the quarterback told KLSD-AM in San Diego on Friday, a day after the Chargers announced they would move to L... more

The Carolina Panthers officially promoted Steve Wilks. The team announced Friday that the Carolina native will be the team's defensive coordinator, taking over for Sean McDermott, who became the Buffalo Bills' head coach this week. "We are not go... more

Steelers-Chiefs Texans-Patriots Seahawks-Falcons Packers-Cowboys Background The Cowboys are back in the playoff for the first time since 2014 -- before #DezCaughtIt was a thing. Dallas rolled through the 2016 regular season, plowi... more

The Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys will meet in the postseason for the first time since the 2014 playoffs. It was a simpler time then. Back then no one had ever heard of #DezCaughtIt. There weren't incessant, circular arguments on the validit... more

After years in limbo, the Chargers are moving to Los Angeles. Players and staff were hit with the news late Wednesday, and the move became official on Thursday. Speaking with NFL Network's Alex Flanagan, guard Orlando Franklin, who has been in San... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are back in Tom Coughlin's hands. Owner Shad Khan spoke glowingly about Thursday morning about his new executive vice president of football operations, noting that Coughlin will have power to "oversee" the entire roster.... more

The Seattle Seahawks aren't just worried about MVP candidate Matt Ryan and All-Pro receiver Julio Jones slinging it around the Georgia Dome on Saturday. Atlanta also boasts a potentially devastating backfield combination of Devonta Freeman and Tevin... more

The Week 6 meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys pitted the then-No. 1 ranked rushing defense versus Ezekiel Elliott. The rookie running back proved that ranking hallow, built by facing teams with piddling rushing attacks. Zeke gas... more

The Dallas Cowboys' defense faces the unenviable task of attempting to slow a white-hot Aaron Rodgers. Dallas stymied Rodgers early in a 30-16 Week 6 trouncing, but that was a different Green Bay Packers team and a different quarterback. Don't expe... more

Ezekiel Elliott had an eventful Wednesday morning on his way to work. The Dallas Cowboys rookie running back was involved in a minor, two-car crash at 7:05 a.m. CST in Frisco, Texas, Frisco Police Dept. spokesman Benito Valdez confirmed to NFL.com.... more

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons moved the ball against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 when the Legion of Boom still had All-Pro safety Earl Thomas in the lineup. In Saturday's playoff tilt, Seattle won't have Thomas to help slow Julio Jones & Co.... more

Any list of potential 2017 salary cap casualties is likely to include Philadelphia Eagles pass rusher Connor Barwin. The 30-year-old has two years remaining on a six-year, $36 million contract signed in 2013. Barwin is set to count $8.35 million ag... more

Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore missed just one play after getting obliterated by a hit by Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree in the first half of Sunday's lopsided 30-12 loss . The NFL has initiated a review of the concussion protocol after the... more

One day in the not-so-distant future, Matthew Stafford could become the highest-paid player in the NFL. The Detroit Lions quarterback enters the offseason with one year left on a five-year, $76.5 million contract signed in 2013. Stafford said Monda... more

No one is giving the Houston Texans much chance to win in Foxborough this week . Despite the perception that the New England Patriots will once again blow out Brock Osweiler and the Texans, Tom Brady knows he won't have a cakewalk against Romeo... more

The Miami Dolphins' season crashed and burned Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The 30-12 pasting at the hands of the Steelers crushed Dolphins fans, but for a team that started 1-4 -- and was a missed Cleveland Browns field goal from 0-5 -- it's... more

Last year, Randall Cobb watched the end of the Green Bay Packers' playoff loss in an Arizona hospital after being forced from the game. He almost spent this season's playoff game sidelined as well. Cobb missed the previous two contests with an ankl... more

Odell Beckham Jr. is the key to the New York Giants' offense. Without the superstar receiver, Big Blue would be sitting at home instead of facing the Packers in Green Bay Sunday afternoon. No one player can guard OBJ. The best a defense can do is g... more

Le'Veon Bell doesn't want to leave Pittsburgh . The Steelers aren't planning to let him go. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning that the Steelers will franchise tag Bell. The tag should be more than $12 millio... more

Doug Baldwin's official stat line in Saturday night's shellacking of the Detroit Lions: 11 receptions on 12 targets for 104 yards and a TD. In reality, he had only 11 targets. The touchdown catch he swiped from teammate Jermaine Kearse. "I feel... more

Connor Cook looked like a rookie quarterback making his first career start after getting few practices reps all season in the Oakland Raiders' 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday. Cook appeared rattled by pressure, was off-target on many... more

Hopefully you aren't a fish sandwich enthusiast living in Pittsburgh this weekend. Primanti Bros., the iconic Pittsburgh chain famous for its sandwiches piled with French fries and coleslaw on top of different proteins, will not offer fish as a cho... more

Matt McGloin won't start, but he should be available versus the Houston Texans if another injury strikes the Oakland Raiders quarterback position. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday morning that McGloin is expected to be the backup... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the postseason on a seven-game win streak, but it's the Week 6 shellacking at the hands of the Miami Dolphins that still sticks in their craw. In the 30-15 loss, the Steelers' defense allowed Jay Ajayi to romp around t... more

The Oakland Raiders will start their first playoff game since 2002 with a third-string quarterback and backup left tackle. The Raiders ruled out starting left tackle Donald Penn for Saturday's showdown with the Houston Texans due to a knee injury.... more

Ryan Tannehill took a positive step forward on Friday. The Miami Dolphins quarterback returned to practice as a limited participant for the first time since sustaining a knee injury on Dec. 11. Coach Adam Gase told reporters that Tannehill "did s... more

As of this posting on Friday, the weather in Green Bay is -3 degrees. Yum. The temperature is supposed to get up to 7 degrees today. For Sunday's playoff tilt between the Packers and New York Giants, temperatures are estimated to be a balmy 14 de... more

Dolphins-Steelers Raiders-Texans Lions-Seahawks Giants-Packers The Backstory The Dolphins' Week 6 30-15 blasting of the Steelers in Miami signaled the breakout game for running back Jay Ajayi. The bulldozer plowed his way throu... more

Jay Ajayi is tired of hearing about the Pittsburgh Steelers' triplets, Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. The Miami Dolphins running back wants you to know his offense has playmakers, too. "We hear a lot of talk about the other tea... more

Steve Smith Sr. officially ended his NFL career, filing his paperwork on Friday. The letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell was classic Smith. The Ravens receiver noted he "will no longer be antagonizing defensive backs ." It's official my letter t... more

Tyrod Taylor is undergoing surgery. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Taylor is having surgery to fix a core muscle issue, per a source informed of the situation. The recovery period is estimated for six weeks. The Bills lat... more

Ryan Tannehill will not play Sunday versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. It comes as no surprise, but the Miami Dolphins quarterback won't be medically cleared to participate Sunday in the wild-card matchup, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

With Steve Smith Sr. striding into retirement, the door is open for a No. 1 receiver to step into the spotlight in Baltimore. Ravens coach John Harbaugh hopes 23-year-old Breshad Perriman can morph into a go-to target entering his third season. "... more

The Seattle Seahawks' offensive struggles in 2016 have been two-fold: An inability to run the ball and a hobbled Russell Wilson for much of the season. Heading into Saturday night's playoff tilt versus the Detroit Lions, the quarterback believes hi... more

The Los Angeles Rams went 4-12 in 2016, including losing seven straight and 11 of their final 12 games after a 3-1 start that placed them tenuously atop the NFC West for a fleeting moment. After jettisoning coach Jeff Fisher, the Rams are looking t... more

The Buffalo Bills haven't found an answer to the franchise quarterback question since Jim Kelly retired two decades ago. According to the team icon, they are no closer to discovering one.  Kelly doesn't believe Tyrod Taylor has shown enough to take... more

San Francisco 49ers owner and CEO Jed York faced a feisty Bay Area media Monday after firing coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke . With the Niners set to hire their fourth coach in four years, York was asked what makes him qualified t... more

Gary Kubiak retired Monday, sending John Elway into prep mode for another coaching search ahead of an offseason of uncertainty. One area the Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations is not concerned about this season is his... more

With Matt McGloin injured , the Oakland Raiders are adding a quarterback. The Raiders have signed Garrett Gilbert to the practice squad, per Gilbert's agent Leigh Steinberg . If McGloin's shoulder injury doesn't improve, Gilbert could be elevated... more

Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak announced his retirement from coaching Monday, citing his health as the main factor in the decision. "As I told our team last night, this is an extremely difficult decision to step down as head coach. I love to work... more

The Washington Redskins entered Sunday with a win-and-in scenario on their plate. Instead of destroying a New York Giants squad with nothing to play for, the Redskins laid an egg in one of its worst games of the season. Washington got down double d... more

The San Francisco 49ers are set to enter 2017 with their fourth head coach in four seasons after firing Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke. The full-house cleaning comes as owner Jed York decided to sweep all the remnants of the previous r... more

The Denver Broncos (9-7) jumped out to an early lead and clamped down on the Oakland Raiders (12-4) backup quarterbacks in a 24-6 win to end the season. Here is what you need to know: 1. Oakland's loss coupled with a Kansas City Chiefs win sinks... more

The Oakland Raiders lost another quarterback to injury. Backup Matt McGloin exited Sunday's tilt versus the Denver Broncos in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. He did not return as the Raiders fell to Denver 24-6. NFL Network Insider Ian... more

The New York Jets won't make another systemic organizational shift. A team official announced Sunday that both coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan would be back for the 2017 season. The announcement came following the 30-10 win... more

Zach Ertz exploded for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the season finale as the Philadelphia Eagles (7-9) bested the Dallas Cowboys (13-3) 27-13 . Here is what you need to know. 1. Tony Romo looked great in his first regular-season action in more... more

In his first regular-season action in more than a year, Tony Romo ripped passes and diced up the Philadelphia Eagles secondary for a touchdown on his only drive of the year. Romo took over for Dak Prescott in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to... more

December

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Green Bay Packers: WR Randall Cobb (ankle), LB Jayrone Elliott (hand), CB Damarious Randall (shoulder), LB Joe Thomas (back), C... more

Melvin Gordon wants to play, but he'll have to wait until the 2017 season kicks off. Despite the San Diego Chargers' running back practicing Thursday while wearing a full knee brace, the team ruled him out for Sunday's season finale against the Chi... more

Travis Kelce has always been good with the ball in his hands. Now, the premier run-after-catch tight end in the NFL has upgraded his game. Last week against Denver, Kelce set the Chiefs' record for receiving yards in a game by a tight end with 160.... more

Le'Veon Bell doesn't want to leave Pittsburgh. In the final year of his rookie deal, the running back has no designs on looking for a new home. "Obviously, I want to be a Pittsburgh Steeler so obviously we're going to try to do everything it take... more

Marvin Lewis isn't going anywhere. "I'll be back in 2017 ," the Bengals coach told SiriusXM NFL Radio, silencing rumors he might retire. Lewis is closing out his first losing season since 2010 and will miss the playoffs for the first time in five... more

Cameron Wake had never made the playoffs. The 34-year-old had never even had a winning season in seven previous years with the Miami Dolphins. Yet, Wake isn't celebrating a 10-5 record that secured his first postseason action. "There were games tha... more

The Denver Broncos will employ a two-quarterback system Sunday versus the Oakland Raiders. Coach Gary Kubiak said Trevor Siemian would start the season finale, but Paxton Lynch will also get playing time. "I want him to get the Kansas City taste... more

Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's drug policy. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running back announced the suspension in a statement on Wednesday. Martin said he plans to enter a treatment facility. NFL Network Insider Ia... more

One more time for 89. Steve Smith told reporters that Sunday's tilt versus the Cincinnati Bengals will probably be his last NFL game. The Baltimore Ravens receiver said he's "89 percent sure" what he's going to do after the season. Smith said his... more

If Matt McGloin leads the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl, don't expect Derek Carr to take back the reins in Houston. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Carr is considered an extreme long shot to return for Super Bowl LI.... more

The Miami Dolphins lost another starting safety to a season-ending injury. The team announced Wednesday it placed Isa Abdul-Quddus on injured reserve after he suffered a neck injury in Saturday's win over the Buffalo Bills. Abdul-Quddus started 1... more

To rest or not to rest, that is the question. Locked into the No. 5 seed in the NFC, the New York Giants have little but rivalry and pride to play for Sunday against the Washington Redskins. In those situations, many teams rest key starters. It... more

Julio Jones didn't push his injured toe in Saturday's game versus the Panthers. The Atlanta Falcons didn't need him to, handling Carolina 33-16. The receiver was mindful of bigger games coming up on the schedule. "I was good throughout the whole ga... more

The San Francisco 49ers lost another starter for the remainder of the regular season. Running back Carlos Hyde suffered a serious MCL sprain that will knock him out of the Week 17 tilt versus the Seattle Seahawks, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame a double-digit deficit, a blown fourth-quarter lead, two interceptions, missed tackles, two kickoffs out of bounds and a stagnant first-half offense to beat the Baltimore Ravens 31-27 and take the AFC North title.... more

The 2016 Kansas City Chiefs and the story of the Big Man TD. When Andy Reid gets a chance to take it to an AFC West rival, he does it with an exclamation point. Early in the season in a double-digit win over the Oakland Raiders, Reid called for a... more

With the AFC North title on the line, Antonio Brown reached the ball across the end zone with 0:09 remaining on the game clock, giving the Pittsburgh Steelers a 31-27 victory over rival Baltimore Ravens in what was THE game of the season. The win... more

The Detroit Lions will host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night in Week 17 with the NFC North title on the line. The NFL announced Sunday the Packers-Lions tilt would be flexed to the final primetime slot of the regular season on January 1. The... more

Minnesota Vikings defensive backs went rogue in Saturday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Coach Mike Zimmer planned for corner Xavier Rhodes to shadow Jordy Nelson the entire game. Instead, Vikings corners decided to each play their side of the fi... more

The Cleveland Browns avoided the ignominy of becoming the second team in NFL history to go 0-16. The 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers was the best Christmas present Browns fans could ask for. "You don't want to say it was our Super Bowl b... more

Doug Marrone to the rescue. With the interim coach at the helm, the Jaguars (3-12) earned their first win in Jacksonville in more than a year, pounding the Tennessee Titans (8-7) 38-17. Here is what you need to know: 1. A brutal day turned tragic... more

Marcus Mariota suffered a fractured fibula in the third quarter of Saturday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Mike Mularkey told reporters. He is out for the remainder of the season and will undergo surgery in the coming days .  The Tenness... more

After missing just one game, Michael Floyd will be back on the field. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Patriots are expected to use Floyd as a reserve receiver today versus the New York Jets, per a source informed of the situation.... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Miami Dolphins: CB Byron Maxwell (ankle), LB Jelani Jenkins (knee) -- DOUBTFUL; LB Kiko Alonso (hamstring/hand), CB Bobby McCain... more

In the Bills' Week 7 loss to the Miami Dolphins, running back Jay Ajayi torched Rex Ryan's defense for 214 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. It was Ajayi's second straight 200-yard game. "It was real tough to watch, but you've got to give that... more

The gloves Davante Adams wore in Sunday's win over the Bears won't be up for grabs on the NFL Auction website . "I shredded those things since they didn't do their job," Adams said, via ESPN.com . "That's what it was. It wasn't me; it was the glove... more

The last time the Carolina Panthers faced the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan's crew destroyed defensive coordinator Sean McDermott's unit for 571 yards. In that Week 4 matchup, Julio Jones clowned a young Panthers secondary for 300 receiving yards and... more

Randy Gregory is out of the frying pan and into the fire. The Dallas Cowboys pass rusher was reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday after being suspended for the first 14 games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse polic... more

The Sean Mannion Show, coming soon to Los Angeles. The Rams' third-string quarterback might get a promotion before the end of the year. Case Keenum has been the backup since rookie Jared Goff was promoted to starter, but interim head coach John F... more

Derek Carr's injured pinky didn't keep the Oakland Raiders out of the playoffs and hasn't hindered his passing ability, but it's become a problem in the red zone. Since dislocating his pinky finger, Carr has taken snaps exclusively from the shotgu... more

The Washington Redskins entered Monday night controlling their path to the playoffs. They laid an egg. "We were flat out-coached," coach Jay Gruden said after the 26-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers, via ESPN.com . "There's no question about that.... more

Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Monday that Tom Savage will be the team's starting quarterback for Saturday's Week 16 battle against the Bengals. "Feel like Tom Savage gives us the best chance to win," O'Brien said. "... There's a lot for... more

Doug Marrone is back in the big chair. The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Monday that Marrone, the assistant head coach-offense/offensive line coach, would take over as the interim head coach. The Jags (2-12) fired Gus Bradley (14-48 career record... more

Jerry Jones wanted the league to fine Ezekiel Elliott for leaping into a Salvation Army Red Kettle . Zeke was flagged for the celebration. The attention for the Salvation Army was worth the penalty for the owner. "I think the Salvation Army shoul... more

Andy Reid admitted after Sunday's loss that his timeout in an attempt to ice Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop "backfired." According to Succop the timeout made the difference. After coming up short on an attempt that didn't count, the ex-Chiefs... more

Aaron Rodgers' heroics once again won the day for the Green Bay Packers in a 30-27 victory, but it was Ty Montgomery's running that will leave a lasting impression. The converted receiver dominated for long stretches Sunday, gashing the Chicago Bea... more

The Ravens avoided a disastrous collapse that would have crippled their playoff chances when Carson Wentz's two-point try to Jordan Matthews fell incomplete, sealing Baltimore's 27-26 win . It should have never come down to that. Leading by 10 po... more

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair backed Brock Osweiler as long as he could. The high-priced quarterback's ineptitude finally led to a quarterback change, with coach Bill O'Brien yanking Osweiler in favor of third-year pro Tom Savage, who led Houston... more

Aaron Rodgers dropped a bomb to Jordy Nelson with time ticking down in the fourth quarter to set up the Green Bay Packers' (8-6) game-winning field goal in a 30-27 victory over the Chicago Bears (3-11): Here is what you need to know: 1. Rodgers'... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Green Bay Packers: QB Aaron Rodgers (calf), WR Randall Cobb (ankle), LB Kyler Fackrell (hamstring), LB Blake Martinez (knee), RB... more

Never doubt Adrian Peterson's ability to bounce back quicker than normal humans. The Minnesota Vikings running back told Dash Radio on Friday that he intends to play this week against the Indianapolis Colts. "Being out there confirmed I'm ready t... more

DeMarco Murray is back on the NFL map in a big way in 2016 after a dreadful 2015, but the Tennessee Titans running back doesn't want his rejuvenation to be considered a comeback. Murray won Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 as the NFL's leading... more

The least-discussed turnaround of the 2016 NFL season is taking place in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers' surge towards the postseason has taken a backseat to other storylines partially because it's been spurred not by the star quarterback but a lock-dow... more

The Arizona Cardinals might be in the midst of a disappointing season, but David Johnson put his stamp on 2016 as the engine that moves Bruce Arians' offense. The powering runner ranks third in the NFL with 1,085 rushing yards and leads running bac... more

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions haven't played a game outdoors since a Week 4 loss to the Chicago Bears, the worst game of the quarterback's year.  Sunday the Lions head to New Jersey for their first game outside since Oct. 2. Stafford will... more

Marcus Mariota grew up in Hawaii, played his college football in Oregon and is currently employed professionally by a team residing in Nashville, Tennessee. None of those places are known for having tundra. The Titans quarterback admitted that Sund... more

Aaron Rodgers might take a few days off of practice to rest his injured calf, but he won't be missing the Green Bay Packers' rivalry game versus the Chicago Bears. "It'll be about pain management on Sunday, but the good thing is I'll be out there,... more

The Miami Dolphins' running game has sputtered since Thanksgiving. Jay Ajayi has gained less than 80 yards per game in each of his past five contests, with fewer than 3.0 yards per carry in two of the last three games. Dolphins coach Adam Gase sa... more

Aaron Rodgers will miss practice time while nursing a calf injury. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said his quarterback will be with the rehab group on Wednesday and probably Thursday. Rodgers sat out the end of the Packers' blowout win ove... more

Andrew Luck is back on the injury report. The Indianapolis Colts' quarterback didn't practice Wednesday due to shoulder and elbow injuries. Last week, Luck was limited in each practice with a shoulder injury but was not on the final injury report... more

As expected, Julio Jones sat out practice on Wednesday. Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn noted that the All-Pro receiver's injury was a toe sprain, not turf toe, which is a positive in terms of recovery time. Jones missed last week's pounding of the... more

Adrian Peterson is officially back at practice for the Minnesota Vikings. The team announced Wednesday the running back was designated for return from injured reserve and will suit up for practice. Teams have one return designation per year and mus... more

The New York Giants have the fruitcake of NFL offenses -- it's far from great, only a select few enjoy it, but it somehow gets the job done. Eli Manning's play has been particularly abhorrent of late. Manning has thrown for 194 yards, 195 yards and... more

Michael Floyd's 2016 got exponentially worse. The Arizona Cardinals receiver was arrested on drunken driving charges early Monday morning, police confirmed to NFL.com. Coach Bruce Arians said Monday he's gathering as much info as he can on Floyd'... more

A.J. Green will take a step towards returning to game action. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Monday he expects the Pro Bowl receiver to practice on Wednesday. Lewis called Green's outlook "partly sunny," per the Cincinnati Enquirer . Green has m... more

With three games remaining in the 2016 season, several NFL teams are turning toward evaluating for next year. Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Miami Dolphins dropped the Arizona Cardinals to 5-7-1 and all but wiped out any chance of squeaking into the... more

Jadeveon Clowney busted his status as an invisible former No. 1 overall pick. The pass-rusher came through with the first season-altering play of his career on Sunday, bowling over a feeble block attempt from tight end Dwayne Allen for a strip-sack o... more

The Seattle Seahawks got walloped on the road in a 38-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Despite turning the ball over six times and allowing Aaron Rodgers to toss the pigskin all over the yard, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks aren't panicking. Ins... more

Could Tyrod Taylor lose his starting job before the New Years Eve Ball drops? The Buffalo Bills lost their seventh game of the season, in a snow-filled 27-20 thumping at the hands of Le'Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a game that was... more

The Los Angeles Rams' anemic offense continued its season-long Pop Warner-level standard in Sunday's 42-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, turning the ball over five times and totaling just 312 yards. "We looked like a middle school offense out there... more

Matthew Stafford suffered a hand injury that could affect the rest of his 2016 season. The Detroit Lions quarterback badly dislocated the middle finger on his throwing hand Sunday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of... more

Chris Harris Jr. avoided a major injury after taking a low blow from Titans receiver Harry Douglas in Denver's 13-10 loss to Tennessee. After the hit, Harris' teammate Aqib Talib went after Douglas, starting a brouhaha . Following the game, Harris... more

The Miami Dolphins' playoff hopes took a serious hit Sunday. The Dolphins believe quarterback Ryan Tannehill tore his ACL during the third quarter of Sunday's 26-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals and will miss the remainder of the season, two... more

Every Detroit Lions fan might suffer a heart attack before the 2016 season ends. Matthew Stafford's rushing touchdown with 3:17 remaining provided the Lions (9-4) an eighth four-quarter comeback win of the season, most in NFL history since at least 1... more

Week 14 Cheat Sheet December 09, 2016

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Atlanta Falcons: WR Julio Jones (toe), T Jake Matthews (knee), S Robenson Therezie (ankle) Jones will be a game-time decision... more

The 2016 Carolina Panthers fell from the highest rung in the NFC, crashing straight through the floor into the cellar of their division. This season was supposed to prop up Cam Newton and the Panthers as a contender with staying power. Instead, at... more

Will Larry Fitzgerald retire after 2016? Will he give us one more sensational season in 2017? When Fitzgerald will walk away is a mystery, but the All-Pro receiver gave us the parameters for the rest of his career: Before he catches Tony Gonzalez a... more

In anticipation of Sunday afternoon's clash with the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson must be listening to Dean Martin's "Let it Snow" on repeat. Wilson, who played one season at the University of Wisconsi... more

If a little of London is good, more must be better. The NFL announced Friday the league expanded the 2017 London series to four games. "We continue to be incredibly excited by the passion and love for the NFL shown by our millions of UK fans," N... more

Trevor Siemian took the next step in his return to game-action. As planned, the Denver Broncos quarterback practiced in limited fashion Thursday. The Broncos held a walkthrough on Wednesday in which Siemian participated. Thursday he took snaps as h... more

Is there any chance the Oakland Raiders equipment manager packed ice skates instead of spikes? According to NFL Network's Courtney Fallon, early on Thursday there was a layer of ice under the tarp covering Arrowhead Stadium ahead of tonight's tilt... more

The Atlanta Falcons locked down corner Robert Alford. The team announced the defensive back signed a four-year contract. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is worth $38 million, with $21 million guaranteed, per a source informed of t... more

After a 10-minute news conference, Tyrod Taylor had had enough. The Buffalo Bills quarterback walked away from the podium Wednesday with a dismissive "I'm done talking" after persistent questions about his recent play. The Bills own the NFL's No.... more

On the face of it, it seems odd to suggest an eight-year starting quarterback with a 5,000-yard season and bevy of other passing records could "break out." Yet there are few other words that would as deftly describe Matthew Stafford's 2016 season.... more

Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler knows Sunday's tilt versus the Indianapolis Colts could determine which team makes the playoffs and which team sits on a couch all January. "This game Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis, this is the biggest... more

The Kansas City Chiefs will get their No. 1 receiver back on the field for Thursday's pivotal tilt versus the Oakland Raiders. Jeremy Maclin was a full participant in practice again Wednesday and was not listed on the Chiefs' injury report. The... more

At 6-6, two games back in the NFC North, the next few weeks will be pivotal for the Minnesota Vikings and star running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson has been running on the side during practice. He said Wednesday he feels good and can make cuts.... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' defensive deterioration has occurred for the second straight season. After a blistering start to the season and holding the high-flying Atlanta Falcons to 15 points in Week 10, Jim Schwartz's defense has gotten torched. Phi... more

If you are a key member of the Minnesota Vikings, keep your head on a swivel. You could be the next man to go down. Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith was the latest to suffer an injury that could wipe out the rest of his season. Chris Tomasson of th... more

All season Ben Roethlisberger has searched for a second fiddle to Antonio Brown. First, it looked like Eli Rogers might be the guy. Then Sammie Coates flashed. Still, none could be that consistent downfield complement to Brown the Pittsburgh Steele... more

Trevor Siemian took his first step in returning to the field. The Denver Broncos quarterback was out of his walking boot this weekend, coach Gary Kubiak told reporters Monday. Kubiak hopes the starting quarterback can return this week after missi... more

Through the snow and the cold, Jordy Nelson put on a show Sunday. If you needed proof that Nelson has returned to dominant form following last year's ACL tear, check out Sunday's game. Nelson repeatedly beat tight coverage on short throws before a... more

Mike Zimmer is back. The Minnesota Vikings' coach has returned to his coaching duties on Monday. Zimmer missed last week's game against the Dallas Cowboys after undergoing surgery to repair a detached retina. The Vikings announced Zimmer is expec... more

Wake up, America! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are streaking towards the playoffs. Jameis Winston, Mike Evans and the offense might get all the attention, but the Bucs' four-game win streak is all about the defensive turnaround. Since Week 10, the... more

Eric Berry wore the hero cape in Sunday's victory over the Atlanta Falcons, but his epic two-point interception for the win doesn't take place without some intestinal fortitude from his head coach. The Chiefs held a 20-16 lead on the first posses... more

There is no bigger disappointment in the NFL than Blake Bortles. The big-armed quarterback was supposed to lead the Jacksonville Jaguars' long-awaited turnaround. Instead, he's led them down a spiraling drain into another flushed season. In Sunda... more

Odell Beckham Jr. ranted about Sunday's officiating crew following the New York Giants' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The receiver was visibly frustrated at several points during the contest for not getting calls. After the game, OBJ noted that... more

Matthew Stafford kept the fourth-quarter heroics in his back pocket on Sunday as the Detroit Lions did not trail in the fourth quarter for the first time this season. Detroit (8-4) outplayed New Orleans (5-7) wire-to-wire in an impressive 28-13 road... more

The Oakland Raiders aren't counting on Aldon Smith's return this season. The pass rusher continues to wait to hear about his potential reinstatement after a one-year suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. NFL... more

Despite staring at another losing record this season, Jeff Fisher isn't going anywhere. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on GameDay Morning the Los Angeles Rams signed the head coach to a two-year extension through 2018. Per Rapo... more

Week 13 Cheat Sheet December 02, 2016

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Green Bay Packers: QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring), LB Clay Matthews (shoulder), LB Blake Martinez (knee), LB Jake Ryan (ankle)... more

Aaron Rodgers is officially listed as questionable due to the hamstring injury he suffered in Monday's win. The Green Bay quarterback was a limited participant all week, but should play Sunday versus the Houston Texans, barring an unforeseen setbac... more

If not for a blocked extra point two weeks ago, the Denver Broncos could be in the midst of a three-game losing streak, staring up at the playoffs behind a flock of AFC squads. As it is, last week's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs underscored the need... more

The Dallas Cowboys' winning streak continued Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings, but a Jason Witten franchise-record streak ended. The tight end did not catch a pass for the first time in 130 games. The last time Witten went without a cat... more

The New England Patriots were dealt a dose of brutal news Thursday: Rob Gronkowski's back injury was worse than originally thought. The tight end will undergo back surgery on Friday for a herniated disc and be out at least several weeks, NFL Networ... more

Jay Cutler's season is officially over. The Chicago Bears quarterback will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder on Saturday and will be placed on injured reserve, coach John Fox announced Thursday. The news comes as no... more

Davante Adams spent 2015 living out a nightmare. His horror show came in the form of running in quick sand and dropping seemingly everything tossed his way. The Green Bay Packers receiver awoke from the torment in 2016. With ankle troubles behind h... more

Jeff Fisher knows your bits. The Los Angeles Rams' coach has heard the "7-9 bull----" jokes the social-media herd churns out with euphoric delight at his team's expense. Now that the Rams (4-7) would be lucky to get to that mediocre mark, Fisher wa... more

Jason Pierre-Paul's sack streak in the past fortnight sets the New York Giants pass rusher as the likely choice for Comeback Player of the Year. After eight average games last season while wearing a club, JPP is finally used to playing with his man... more

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson benched receiver Nelson Agholor for Monday's loss to the Green Bay Packers so the young player could clear his head. Agholor said Wednesday he has learned a lesson from the demotion. "Some of the things that... more

November

Derek Carr is not discussing the pinky finger he dislocated in two places on Sunday. The Oakland Raiders quarterback, with his hands in the pocket of his hoodie during Wednesday's news conference, repeatedly replied "It's great, thanks for asking... more

Trevor Siemian is dealing with another injury. The Denver Broncos quarterback did not practice Wednesday due to a sprained foot, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told reporters. Kubiak added Siemian is wearing a protective boot and that he is day-to-day.... more

Logan Thomas will get a shot to carve out an NFL career thanks to a position switch. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Virginia Tech product was originally drafted as a quarterback by the Arizona Cardinals in 2014. He's now a tight end. The willingness to... more

The Indianapolis Colts (5-6) sit a game back in the AFC South with five to play. Colts players know to bypass the Tennessee Titans (6-6) and division-leading Houston Texans (6-5) they need a win streak. "We understand that we have to run the table,... more

With its offense stuck in the mud, the Kansas City Chiefs turned to rookie Tyreek Hill. The boogie-hopping playmaker answered the bell, scoring three touchdowns to propel the Chiefs to the 30-27 overtime win over the Denver Broncos. Hill's first... more

Mike Evans got the best of Richard Sherman early before the Seattle Seahawks defense clamped down in the second half. Evans snagged two first-half touchdowns, including beating Sherman for his second score. The Seahawks' corner lobbied for offensiv... more

Khalil Mack is on the warpath. The Oakland Raiders' destructive edge rusher dominated the Carolina Panthers offensive line in Sunday's 35-32 win. "He's in a class of his own," Derek Carr said, via CSN Bay Area . "I'm not saying he's better than... more

Sean Payton brushed aside questions about whether Sunday's 49-21 shellacking of the Los Angeles Rams meant more coming against his former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams. Saints players weren't fooled. They saw Payton fist-pumping with extra... more

Chalk up another win up for John Harbaugh's situational football acumen. With the Baltimore Ravens clinging to a seven-point lead with 11 seconds to play, the Ravens wound down the rest of the clock on a game-ending safety by punter Sam Koch to sea... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner got emotional after a first-half interception. Verner's father passed away Friday. Sunday he picked off Russell Wilson. A parade of Bucs teammates came to congratulate the clearly emotional corner.... more

Gregg Williams returned to the Superdome on Sunday and the New Orleans Saints (5-6) took it to their former defensive coordinator, racking up 555 total yards in a 49-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams (4-7). Here is what you need to know: 1. Drew B... more

The Rams' patience has worn out for left tackle Greg Robinson. The No. 2 overall pick of the 2014 draft was a healthy scratch Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints. Rodger Saffold started in Robinson's place on Jared Goff's blindside. The benchin... more

Sammy Watkins could return to the playing field for the first time since Week 2. Watkins is listed as questionable after coming off injured reserve because of a foot injury. Rex Ryan was bullish on Watkins' availability, saying he thinks the rece... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted New England Patriots: QB Tom Brady (knee), TE Rob Gronkowski (chest), TE Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder), WR Julian Edelman... more

The Minnesota Vikings attempted to papercut the Detroit Lions to death on Thanksgiving. In the end, the tiny gashes ended up as mere flesh wounds. Sam Bradford completed 31 of 37 passes, but compiled just 224 yards passing and earned a season-low... more

Anyone questioning Jordan Reed's toughness the next time the Washington Redskins tight end is hurt should keep their lip zipped. Reed exited Thursday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys with what coach Jay Gruden described Friday as a Grade 3 AC joint... more

Sam Bradford will be without his top target on Thanksgiving. The Minnesota Vikings announced Thursday that wide receiver Stefon Diggs will not play against the Detroit Lions. Diggs was initially listed as questionable by the team Wednesday. Diggs... more

Rob Gronkowski's status Sunday against the New York Jets remains up in the air, but the Patriots tight end was back at practice on Wednesday. TE Rob Gronkowski is present for the start of practice, while Tom Brady is not. pic.twitter.com/6ffgFX33i1... more

Karlos Williams will have more time off. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers running back is being suspended 10 games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, per a source informed of the situation. The... more

Andrew Luck will miss Thursday's tilt versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Indianapolis Colts officially declared the quarterback out on Thanksgiving due to a concussion. Luck suffered the concussion during the fourth quarter of Sunday's victory... more

In a week that saw NFL kickers miss a historic 12 extra points, the most maligned kicker of the year had a perfect week. Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. The second-round pick went 4-of-4 on field goa... more

That noise you hear is Green Bay Packers fans smashing anything they can get their hands on during the team's four-game losing skid. The calls for firing general manager Ted Thompson, coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers have be... more

Bruce Arians is expected to be back on the sidelines Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals travel to face the Atlanta Falcons. The coach returned to work Tuesday after being admitted to the hospital on Monday . NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

Jay Cutler is expected to miss the rest of the season. The Bears quarterback is believed to have a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday. Cutler is undergoing a second opinion in h... more

The New England Patriots recent streak of failed mid-round rookie receivers is long and cringe-worthy: Aaron Dobson (2nd round, 2013), Josh Boyce (4th round, 2013), Taylor Price (3rd round, 2010), Brandon Tate (3rd round, 2009), Chad Jackson (2nd r... more

Nelson Agholor continues to struggle with basic functions of his job. In Sunday's loss alone, the former first-round pick couldn't get lined up correctly -- as his receivers coach screamed from the sideline -- causing a penalty that wiped away a sc... more

The Cincinnati Bengals received a modicum of positive news on Monday. A.J. Green suffered a hamstring strain Sunday, but will not require surgery. He will probably be out a few weeks, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. Green... more

The Carolina Panthers are unsure when Luke Kuechly will return from a concussion suffered in Thursday's victory over the New Orleans Saints. Coach Ron Rivera told reporters Monday there is no timetable for the defensive leader's return to game-act... more

The Philadelphia Eagles lost two running backs in an injury-filled defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. On Monday, head coach Doug Pederson said that Ryan Mathews is day-to-day with a knee injury and Darren Sproles will be held from... more

Thomas Rawls didn't expect to play a ton of snaps in his first game back from a leg injury. Then injuries struck. Starter C.J. Prosise went down with a shoulder injury and backup Troymaine Pope hurt his ankle. Rawls was the only healthy, active run... more

Sometimes to make the playoffs, a flawed team must pull out a game it had no business winning. For 88 percent of Sunday's contest against Los Angeles, the Dolphins' offense could do nothing. Then with 6:38 left the light turned on. Ryan Tannehill... more

Vine King of the East, Kirk Cousins, created a new catch phrase. Last year we had "You Like that! " Last week we got a cribbed "Oooohweeee ." Now we received "How you like me now?!" Unlike the previous two, this one was directed to his general... more

The Cardiac Detroit Lions are going to wear out the defibrillator before Christmas. Jim Caldwell's cats overcame their sixth fourth-quarter deficit to remain atop the NFC North at 6-4 with a 26-19 win over the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) at F... more

With the Chargers stadium ballot measure failing earlier this month, the team now must decide whether or not to continue to seek options to remain in San Diego or exercise the option of joining the Rams in Los Angeles. The deadline for a decision t... more

The New England Patriots own the top tight end tandem in the NFL and want to keep it that way beyond 2016. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots are making Martellus Bennett an offseason priority and want to lock him up for the futu... more

Tony Romo's heartfelt speech this week struck a chord as the veteran conceded the starting quarterback duties to Dak Prescott. The speech was intended to help streamline the process and banish some of the "what if" questions for the Cowboys, ther... more

Week 11 Cheat Sheet November 18, 2016

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Dallas Cowboys: QB Tony Romo (back), WR Dez Bryant (back), T Chaz Green (foot, back), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), T Tyron Smith... more

C.J. Prosise has one game in his young career with more than five carries. Still, the Seattle Seahawks' rookie running back helped make Christine Michael expendable with his 17-carry, seven-reception, 153-yard performance against the Patriots and is... more

The Los Angeles Rams waited months to hand over the keys of the offense to Jared Goff. The team insists it won't add a restrictor plate to an already low-gear offense when the rookie gets behind the wheel. "It's the same amount of plays, the same... more

For the second straight week, the New Orleans Saints' attempt to leap into the NFC Playoff Picture were foiled by a blocked kick . Days after a blocked point after try caused controversy in a heartbreaking loss , Saints kicker Wil Lutz had a field... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their fourth straight game Sunday, falling to 4-5 on the year and out of control in the AFC North division race. Speaking on NFL Network's Up to the Minute Live  on Thursday, Art Rooney II, president and co-owner of the... more

Dak Prescott has performed so well he's relegated a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback to a backup role. Ahead of Sunday's clash with the Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees declared it the end of Prescott's rookie season. "I do... more

Percy Harvin saw just 21 snaps in his debut two weeks ago. Following the Buffalo Bills' bye week, the receiver believes he'll get a full slate of reps Sunday versus the Cincinnati Bengals. "From what I'm hearing, I think I'm gonna be full go," Harv... more

After allowing most of the talent to walk out the door and trading away many of their other assets to stockpile rookies and draft picks for the future, it became clear the Cleveland Browns weren't playing for 2016. At 0-10, the Browns are deep into... more

If anyone has the authority to talk about Tony Romo's future in Dallas, it's his BFF, Jason Witten. The tight end wasn't in the mood to speculate on whether Romo has thrown his last pass in a Cowboys jersey. Witten certainly doesn't believe the... more

The Green Bay Packers run game is about to get an awakening. The Packers claimed running back Christine Michael off waivers, the team announced. The Seattle Seahawks surprisingly cut Michael on Tuesday after the 26-year-old tailback started seve... more

The Detroit Lions got a major piece of their defense back on the practice field this week. Linebacker DeAndre Levy is practicing Wednesday for the first time since Week 1. Levy missed eight games due to quad and knee injuries. The Lions have been... more

The Green Bay Packers have faltered the past month, going 1-3 to fall a game behind in the NFC North race. Despite the team's struggles, Washington Redskins corner Josh Norman doesn't see the powers of Aaron Rodgers diminishing. "That is pretty m... more

The Denver Broncos' offensive line makes a sieve look impenetrable. The Broncos blockers allowed six sacks Sunday to a New Orleans Saints defense that isn't exactly the 1984 Bears . Those six sacks earned were more than a third of the Saints' 17 to... more

The Chicago Bears will be without their top offensive player for the next four games. The team announced on Monday that Alshon Jeffery has been suspended without pay for the team's next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhanci... more

The NFL spared the world from being forced to watch the spiraling New York Jets in prime time. On Monday the league announced that the Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos game for Week 12 would be flexed into Sunday Night Football on Nov. 27. New... more

The Seattle Seahawks plan to have Thomas Rawls back in the lineup this week. Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Radio on Monday that Rawls will practice to play against the Philadelphia Eagles. "Thomas is ready to go," Carroll said, via ESPN.com's Sheil... more

The Tennessee Titans entered Sunday's tilt with the Green Bay Packers knowing it was a fork-in-the-road game. Lose and it's the 'same old Titans.' Win and perhaps the playoffs are a possibility. Mike Mularkey's team proceeded to pound the Green Bay... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers kept swinging for two-point tries and missing. Mike Tomlin's team failed on four two-point attempts in Sunday's 35-30 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Chasing the points early changed the complexion of the game late, forcing bot... more

The cliché is "when it rains it pours." The Jacksonville Jaguars are sitting in the middle of a monsoon. Blake Bortles' nightmare season continued in an agonizing 24-21 loss to the Houston Texans. The quarterback tossed an early pick-six to put hi... more

The Denver Broncos provided the world with one of the most exhilarating endings of the 2016 season Sunday when rookie Justin Simmons leaped into the backfield to block the potential winning extra point. Will Parks scooped up the ball and scampered fo... more

The Atlanta Falcons headed into Sunday's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles boasting the NFL's No. 1 offense. In a 24-15 loss to Philly, the Falcons were held below 20 points and fewer than 350 total yards for the first time this season. Eagles... more

The Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 17-0 deficit to beat the Carolina Panthers 20-17, in Charlotte, on a Cairo Santos last-second field goal. The 37-yard game-winning field goal was set up by an incredible strip by Chiefs corner Marcus Peters. The st... more

The Tennessee Titans exotic smashmouthed Green Bay early, pummeling the slumping Packers, 47-25 , in Nashville. Here is what you need to know: 1. Marcus Mariota tossed four touchdowns for the sixth time in 22 career games, picking apart the Packer... more

The Tennessee Titans played most of their 47-25 victory over the Green Bay Packers without their starting left tackle. Taylor Lewan was ejected in the first quarter for making contact with an official. The ejection came after Packers defensive... more

Despite a sputtering offense, don't expect Trevor Siemian to lose his starting gig in Denver just yet. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that no quarterback change is imminent, per sources informed of Broncos coach Gary Kubiak's thin... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Dallas Cowboys: QB Tony Romo (back), WR Dez Bryant (knee), DE Ryan Davis (hamstring), T Chaz Green (foot, back), DE Demarcus Lawr... more

The Minnesota Vikings won't make a kicker swap yet, but working out some options this week seems to have concocted the intended desire. We posited Monday that the workouts could be a motivational tool to try and snap Blair Walsh out of his mental f... more

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots face off Sunday night for the first time since Super Bowl XLIX. The last meeting ended after Russell Wilson threw an interception from the 1-yard line with 20 seconds remaining. The decision to throw at... more

Tony Romo continues to edge closer toward a potential return for the Dallas Cowboys. Romo was a full participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday for the Cowboys. Before his first full practice session Wednesday since suffering a preseason back... more

Justin Houston is in line to make his season debut after undergoing offseason knee surgery. The Kansas City Chiefs' Pro Bowl linebacker said he expects to make an immediate impression on the field Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers. "I expect wh... more

In each of the Philadelphia Eagles' four losses this season the offense had the ball with the chance to tie or take the lead late in the fourth quarter. Each time they came up short. "We, all around here, are kind of sick to our stomach where we're... more

The New Orleans Saints' ground game found new life the past two weeks behind Tim Hightower and Mark Ingram. The duo combined for 67 carries for 352 yards in wins over the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. The Saints have gone three straight... more

Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL in carries per game at 22.1, played 399 total snaps this season, fourth-most among running backs, leads the NFL in rushing (891 yards) and is the only player averaging more than 100 yards per game on the ground (111.4).... more

The Baltimore Ravens take on the winless Cleveland Browns tonight, exclusively on NFL Network. It's a guaranteed win for Baltimore, right? Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs isn't taking anything for granted. The world-class pass rusher remembers 2007... more

Doug Martin returned to practice for the first time since injuring his hamstring in Week 2. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter told reporters that Martin was limited in Wednesday's practice session, but he wouldn't speculate on whether Martin would be availab... more

On Wednesday New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the letter he wrote to President-elect Donald Trump ahead of Tuesday's election. Belichick did not deny writing the note and said it was personal, not political in nature. "I've rece... more

Dez Bryant insists he's not worried about not receiving targets from Dak Prescott. The Dallas Cowboys' receiver was targeted four times and had one catch for 19 yards. Bryant missed three games due to injury, and his production has been up and down... more

After another woeful day, the Minnesota Vikings are pulling kicker Blair Walsh's rope tighter. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Monday that the Vikings are working out kickers this week. According to multiple reports , kickers Kai Forbath and R... more

The New York Jets benched defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson for the first quarter of Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo confirmed via sources informed of the situation that the defensive linem... more

Blocking 300-pound defensive linemen like Jurrell Casey is tough enough. Now consider holding off massive bull rushers with one eye. That is apparently what San Diego Chargers guard D.J. Fluker did Sunday versus the Tennessee Titans. NFL Network... more

A week after being benched for fumbling, Mark Ingram proved he doesn't belong sitting on pine. "I definitely wanted to bounce back and show what I'm really capable of doing and not letting fumbles define me," Ingram said after Sunday's 41-23 victor... more

Following the Dallas Cowboys' latest romp, Jerry Jones didn't rule out Tony Romo being active in Week 10. "Unlike last week, I wouldn't speculate," Jones said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . "I don't know. But he will do more. And he's really d... more

With 23 seconds left Sunday in Minnesota the lead was written: Over the course of 16 games good teams pull out victories they had no business winning. The sentence was supposed to define a Vikings team earning a win despite an array of mistakes and... more

Cardiac Jim Caldwell's Detroit Lions pulled out another late-game victory with a walk-off, overtime flip into the end zone from receiver Golden Tate for the 22-16 victory over the sputtering Minnesota Vikings. Detroit moved to 5-4, creating chaos in... more

Ben Roethlisberger is officially active and has started Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. In a move that should have surprised no one, Big Ben is playing two weeks after undergoing surgery on the meniscus in his left knee. Roethlisberge... more

Cody Kessler returns to the starting lineup with a chance to keep the gig beyond the 2016 season. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Kessler will get an extended audition and a chance to prove he deserves to retain the starting job, acco... more

Tony Romo returned to practice, but don't expect to see the veteran suiting up for a game soon. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL  GameDay Morning First  that Romo remains in the beginning stages of his return and has yet to f... more

The Kansas City Chiefs hope Jamaal Charles won't be on the shelf the rest of the season. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that while the running back's surgery to trim his meniscus landed him injured reserve, the procedure could allow Char... more

Week 9 Cheat Sheet November 04, 2016

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Pittsburgh Steelers: QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) It would be a stunner if Big Ben sits. UPDATE :... more

The Cleveland Browns will go back to a rookie quarterback. Coach Hue Jackson announced Cody Kessler would start Sunday versus the Dallas Cowboys. Jackson cited the evaluation of the first-year quarterback as his reason for starting Kessler over... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter makes one questionable coaching decision in almost every game. In Thursday night's 43-28 loss to the Falcons, the "wait, what did he just do?" moment was a doozy. In the second quarter, with his team trailing... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have cut ties with Josh Huff. The team announced Thursday they've released the receiver who was arrested earlier this week . "First, I want to apologize to Mr. Lurie and his family, my coaches and teammates, and all Eagles... more

Sheldon Richardson is no fool. The New York Jets defensive lineman knows there are three dominant players on Gang Green's defense that play the same position. In the long run, Richardson understands he'll likely have to move on. "Big business, br... more

The New Orleans Saints' defense could be getting a huge addition. Coach Sean Payton said Thursday he expects first-round defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins to return this week. "Just making sure he's 100 percent and game ready," Payton said when as... more

Norv Turner's surprising resignation thrust the Minnesota Vikings into odd territory: a playoff contender swapping out offensive coordinator. Jim Caldwell has a little experience in that area. In December 2012, Caldwell took over the Ravens offens... more

The Philadelphia Eagles stood pat at the trade deadline, deciding not to add a receiver to their disappointing convocation of pass catchers. The current group of wideouts, led by Jordan Matthews, is one of the least-efficient groups in the NFL. Onl... more

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram said it "sucked" to be benched after his first-quarter fumble last week. But he understands why Sean Payton banished him to the coldness of the seat on the sideline. "If you fumble, you can't play," he sa... more

The Atlanta Falcons' backfield will once again be without Tevin Coleman. The dynamic running back was ruled out of Thursday night's tilt with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, along with defensive end Dwight Freeney (quad) and tight end Jacob Tamme (should... more

Nick Foles is once again a starting NFL quarterback. The Kansas City Chiefs announced Wednesday that Foles would start Sunday versus the Jacksonville Jaguars in place of Alex Smith. Smith left the Week 8 win over the Indianapolis Colts after taki... more

Jamie Collins went from the perennial power New England Patriots, sitting at 7-1 atop the AFC, to the NFL's doormat in the winless Cleveland Browns. In his first media session with Cleveland reporters, Collins said he was surprised by the trade for... more

Last year, Julio Jones was the Atlanta Falcons' offense. Shut down the massive wide receiver with double and triple teams, you stymie Matt Ryan. That's not the case in 2016. The Falcons' offense currently functions as the most diverse operation i... more

October

The hurting Arizona Cardinals secondary took another loss. The team announced Tyrann Mathieu would miss three to six weeks with a shoulder injury. Mathieu suffered a shoulder subluxation mid-game against the Panthers on Sunday, NFL Network Inside... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are scraping the bottom of the barrel for running back help. The Bucs will re-sign Mike James, per multiple reports, ahead of Thursday's matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, airing exclusively on NFL Network. Jacquizz Rodger... more

If you are a big fan of QB Wins as a decisive statistic, Brock Osweiler is your type of quarterback. The Houston Texans passer moved to 5-3 on the year with Sunday's victory over the hapless, injured Detroit Lions. In 15 career starts, Osweiler is... more

A careening New York Jets season took its steepest nosedive in Sunday's sad first half. Todd Bowles' team trailed the winless Cleveland Browns 20-7 at halftime. Then the second half started. The Jets righted the ship, cruising on a 24-0 run to wipe... more

Rob Gronkowski caught the 69th touchdown pass of his career, setting a New England Patriots record for a tight end. Then he took a bow. "The bow, just bowing," Gronkowski said after the win over the Buffalo Bills. "You know, just bowing and it was... more

First-year players aren't the only ones who go through growing pains. First-time coaches also have a learning process. Philadelphia Eagles rookie coach Doug Pederson made a series of questionable decisions that helped lead to Sunday night's 29-23... more

The Oakland Raiders beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in thrilling fashion in overtime despite setting the all-time NFL record for most penalties in a game. Jack Del Rio's team committed 23 penalties for 200 yards -- not including penalties that were... more

A testy Cam Newton said he plans to talk to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about hits he's been taking. "It's really taking the fun out of the game for me honestly," Newton said after the Panthers' 30-20 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. "Because... more

Jamaal Charles is getting his knee checked out again. Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said the running back would see Dr. James Andrews this week. Charles suffered a setback in his knee last week and missed Sunday's 30-14 win over the... more

The Houston Texans stiff-armed another Matthew Stafford comeback bid, downing the Detroit Lions (4-4), 20-13 . Houston moved to 5-3 -- 5-0 at home -- to stay atop the AFC South. Here is what you need to know: 1. The Texans jumped out to a 14-0 lea... more

The Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints are headed to London in 2017. The Dolphins will face the Saints next season in one of the matchups to be played in London, a league source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The Dolphins also announced... more

Week 8 Cheat Sheet October 28, 2016

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Washington Redskins: TE Jordan Reed (concussion), CB Josh Norman (concussion, wrist),WR Jamison Crowder (groin), WR DeSean Jackso... more

C.J. Anderson's season appears to be all but over. A day after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus, the Broncos placed the running back on injured reserve, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Friday.... more

Matt Jones won't play in London. Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced Friday the running back would sit versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Jones missed practice all week with a knee injury. In addition to Jones, cornerback Josh Norman and t... more

Things are going to get weird in New Orleans ahead of Halloween. No, we're not talking about on the streets of the French Quarter, rather in the Superdome on Sunday afternoon. Drew Brees' ex-BFF, Jimmy Graham, returns to town but will be wearing... more

Carson Palmer's struggles throwing down the field this season have led to a different offense in Arizona than we're used to seeing under coach Bruce Arians. The Cardinals quarterback is completing just 49.5 percent of his passes of 10-plus air yard... more

Russell Wilson continues to play through injuries. After suffering through ankle and knee injuries, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback is now dealing with a right pectoral injury. Wilson downplayed the latest body damage Thursday, saying it's not "cr... more

Thursday night embodied the Mike Mularkey fantasy. The Tennessee Titans totaled 494 yards of offense in the 36-22 thrashing of the Jacksonville Jaguars, most since 2009. Of the nearly 500 yards, 214 came on the ground with DeMarco Murray gobbling... more

Tony Romo returned to practice. For the first time since injuring his back in the preseason, the Dallas Cowboys' veteran quarterback was listed as limited on the team's injury report. The initial plan after Romo hurt his back was for the vet... more

Jordan Reed and Josh Norman will make the trip to London. Coach Jay Gruden told reporters Thursday that both star players, dealing with concussions, were cleared for travel. The Redskins head across the pond tonight. Gruden added that Reed and No... more

When the Buffalo Bills faced off against the New England Patriots in Foxboro in Week 4, a pre-game brouhaha broke out between the players . A few Bills felt disrespected when quarterback Jacoby Brissett and receiver Malcolm Mitchell jogged near the... more

The last time Julio Jones faced the Green Bay Packers, in 2014, he set an Atlanta Falcons record with 259 receiving yards. He's already broken that mark this year with his 300-yard performance in Week 4. The NFL's leading receiver (830 yards) faces... more

Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott lead their teams onto the same field for the first time Sunday night in what many hope is the start of a long, robust rivalry. When prompted by a reporter comparing the two rookie quarterbacks to the Tom Brady-Peyton... more

C.J. Spiller's stint in Seattle didn't last long. The Seahawks released the running back Wednesday. Seattle re-signed fullback Will Tukuafu to take the vacant roster spot. With rookie C.J. Prosise now fully healthy and available for pass-catching... more

In Cam Newton's Week 6 return from a concussion, the quarterback rushed just one time, scampering to the pylon for a two-yard touchdown. Newton wasn't in the mood to talk following the team's loss to the Saints . After the bye week, the defending M... more

Josh McCown is on track to return from a collarbone injury that kept him out the past five weeks. The Cleveland Browns quarterback was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. McCown told reporters he was "moving in the right direction" to be... more

Golden Tate got benched in Week 4 -- despite coach Jim Caldwell not wanting to characterize it as such. How a player responds to getting yanked tells a lot about his character. Tate said he did some soul-searching after the terrible loss to the Chi... more

The New England Patriots could be adding another dynamic dimension to its already potent offense. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that running back Dion Lewis is expected to return to practice this week, per a source. The elus... more

The GenoCoaster broke again. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that based on an initial MRI, Geno Smith tore his ACL, per sources with direct knowledge of the situation. Smith will have a second opinion on Tuesday. It's another bru... more

Allen Robinson knows his season has been a disappointment so far. Robinson has yet to earn more than 72 receiving yards in any single game in 2016. He cratered Sunday with two receptions for nine yards in a 33-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders. "I'... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense got plowed over by LeGarrette Blount in Sunday's 27-16 loss to the New England Patriots. The Pats' bruising back churned out 127 yards on 24 carries (5.3 YPC) and two rushing touchdowns. "He's a big guy, he's a go... more

Most coaches punt on fourth-and-1 from their own 45-yard-line in overtime. Dan Quinn had a gut feeling his team would convert in that situation Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. His gut was wrong. Devonta Freeman got stuffed by Denzel Perryman... more

Mike Zimmer's blunt honesty makes him a good coach. If players don't want to hear the truth, they won't last long under Zimmer. After Sunday's 21-10 beatdown in Philadelphia, the Vikings head coach took his team to task. "It was embarrassing in... more

Andrew Luck still hasn't lost to the Tennessee Titans (3-4) in his career. The Indianapolis Colts' quarterback led a fourth-quarter drive to take the lead. Indy (3-4) added a defensive score to secure a 34-23 victory in Nashville. Here is what you n... more

Adam Vinatieri nailed a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter of the Colts' 34-26 victory over the Titans, setting an NFL record with 43 consecutive makes. The 21-year pro tied and passed former Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt (42 straight) on Sund... more

We finally got to see what exotic smashmouth looks like. On the Tennessee Titans' opening drive, Mike Mularkey pulled out the ol' pass to an offensive lineman. Left tackle Taylor Lewan reported as an eligible receiver, plucked a Marcus Mariota pa... more

The Buffalo Bills will have their starting running back on the field Sunday versus the Miami Dolphins. LeSean McCoy is active for game after being considered a game-time decision due to a hamstring injury. The Bills were optimistic heading into Sun... more

Robbie Gould anticipates keeping the kicking job with the New York Giants beyond this week in London. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Gould wouldn't have signed with the Giants without knowing it'll likely be for the season (i... more

The Houston Texans placed corner Kevin Johnson on injured reserve Saturday. The 2015 first-round draft goes on the shelf with a broken foot, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports. The team later confirmed the news. The earliest Johnson coul... more

Denver Broncos left tackle Russell Okung is on pace to play Monday night versus the Houston Texans. Okung participated in practice on a limited basis Friday and Saturday and is officially listed as questionable. He'll have to pass the final stages... more

Matt Forte's production dwindled during the New York Jets' four-game losing streak. After opening the year with more than 100 scrimmage yards and 29.5 touches per game in the first two contests, Forte earned fewer than 65 scrimmage yards and 14.3... more

The Indianapolis Colts sit at 2-4 in the cellar of the AFC South. Most view the Colts season as a dismal disappointment, but owner Jim Irsay decided to make a different interpretation. "We could be 6-0 right now if the ball bounced our way," Irsay... more

Landry Jones' one complete game last season did not go particularly well. The backup completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 209 yards a touchdown, two interceptions, a 7.2 yard per attempt average and 60.8 passer rating in a loss to the Kansas City... more

Week 7 Cheat Sheet October 21, 2016

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Buffalo Bills: RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring), TE Charles Clay (ankle), RB Jerome Felton (back), T Cordy Glenn (ankle), C Patrick Le... more

Doug Martin's return is on hiatus. Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter told reporters Wednesday that the running back suffered a setback on his injured hamstring last week. There is no timetable for Martin's return, via the team's official webs... more

All aboard! The GenoCoaster is set to reopen in New York. The New York Jets named Geno Smith their starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Ravens, coach Todd Bowles announced Wednesday. "Geno's our starter. Ryan's the No. 2," Bowles sa... more

Ben Roethlisberger will miss Sunday's tilt versus the New England Patriots. How many other games he'll miss is anyone's best guess. Steelers president and co-owner Art Rooney II told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport at the Fall League Meeting on... more

LeSean McCoy left practice early with a hamstring injury. Bills coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday the running back's hamstring was tight and will be checked by the medical staff. Ryan said he wasn't immediately sure of the severity of the injury. "... more

Despite a four-game spiral that has Jets fans clawing at their eyes, New York won't make any changes in leadership. Owner Woody Johnson told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport at the NFL Fall League Meeting in Houston on Wednesday that changes weren'... more

The Dallas Cowboys won't rock the boat after their bye. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday Dak Prescott will start Week 8 versus the Philadelphia Eagles, per a source informed of the situation. Dak Prescott told NFL Network's Jan... more

The Green Bay Packers' injury-riddled, struggling secondary won't be getting one of its veterans back anytime soon. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday that corner Sam Shields is headed to injured reserve due to a concussion. The team la... more

Could the Denver Broncos backfield turn into a timeshare? Upon returning to the team facility on Monday, coach Gary Kubiak said he wants to get rookie Devontae Booker more touches. "We've got to give Book some opportunities, he's doing some good... more

The Indianapolis Colts blew a 14-point lead to fall into the cellar of the AFC South. Those facts won't get coach Chuck Pagano to skew negative. "I'm encouraged," Pagano said Monday, via the Indianapolis Star . "You guys probably think I'm crazy, b... more

Green Bay acquired running back depth. The Packers traded for Kansas City Chiefs reserve running back Knile Davis, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, per a source informed of the swap. The Chiefs will receive a conditional late-roun... more

The Carolina Panthers' defense is a mess. The defensive front isn't getting pressure and the backend is a young group going through harrowing growing pains. The secondary lapses are part of what happens when you rescind the franchise tag on your to... more

When Frank Gore signed up with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015, the franchise was coming off back-to-back division titles and three straight playoff appearances. It was supposed to be a team primed to take a step forward. Instead, coach Chuck Pagano... more

Ezekiel Elliott is on pace to smash the rookie rushing record. The Cowboys running back is on pace for 365 carries, 13 TDs and 1,875 rushing yards, which would break Eric Dickerson's mark of 1,808, set in 1983. Dez Bryant said Sunday he believes... more

Vontaze Burfict is embroiled in another hit controversy. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the NFL is reviewing Burfict's hit on Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett from the fourth quarter of Sunday's 35-17 New England victory... more

Jay Ajayi still doesn't have a 100-yard rushing day. The Miami Dolphins back skipped over the singular century mark, right for the 200-plus target. Ajayi scampered all over a battered Pittsburgh Steelers defense for 204 yards on 25 carries. Befor... more

Rex Ryan's football fantasy played out Sunday, with the Buffalo Bills stampeding over the San Francisco 49ers in a blowout 45-16 victory . The Bills rushed the 44 times for 312 yards. Tyrod Taylor threw for just 179 yards through the air but earned... more

The best place to get quotes after a big Washington Redskins victory appears to be in the hallway heading towards the home team's locker room. Last season, that path at FexEx Field produced Kirk Cousins famous "You like that!?!" moment. Sunday a... more

Aaron Rodgers needs a stiff drink after the 30-16 butt kicking he received at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys. "Have a glass of scotch and chill out a little bit [and] watch the film," Rodgers said Sunday of his plan after the loss, via ESPN.com .... more

For the second straight week the Detroit Lions closed a win with a game-sealing interception. Safety Rafael Bush picked off Case Keenum to close a 31-28 win for Detroit (3-3). Jeff Fisher's Los Angeles Rams fell to 3-3 . Here is what you need to kno... more

Could the Dallas Cowboys push back Tony Romo's timetable to return? Shortly after Romo hurt his back during preseason play, the Cowboys planned for the quarterback to return after the Week 7 bye. With Dak Prescott's superb play, questions about Rom... more

Tom Brady returns to Gillette Stadium for the first time this season Sunday when the New England Patriots host the Cincinnati Bengals. Brady knocked the "rust" off last week in Cleveland, but the local fans are pumped to see their leader back in pe... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Carolina Panthers: QB Cam Newton (concussion), WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring), DE Charles Johnson... more

The Detroit Lions' backfield injuries continue to mount. The team announced Theo Riddick would miss Sunday's tilt against the Los Angeles Rams due to an ankle injury. Riddick missed practice all week. Rookie power back Dwayne Washington is liste... more

Jadeveon Clowney is finally healthy and wrecking backfields. The former No. 1 overall pick leads the NFL with eight tackles for loss through five weeks, has six quarterback hits and two sacks. "It's a great feeling to be healthy and feeling good,... more

Are the Detroit Lions better off without Calvin Johnson? Megatron was a seminal talent. A wide receiver with size and speed to beat any corner, any double team, any triple team. We're talking about a guy who did this , and this , and this , and had... more

Joe DeCamillis took over coaching duties for four whirlwind days ahead of Thursday's game with the San Diego Chargers. The jolting loss left the temporary head man fuming. "I just wish we could have got a win for the city, got a win for the... more

Mike McCarthy has had it with you fretting over his offense. After being asked back-to-back questions on Wednesday about the Packers' offensive inconsistency, McCarthy retorted: "You know, we had 400 yards of offense, so I don't know why the hell... more

The Indianapolis Colts' offensive line is one the most maligned groups in the NFL for good reason. They have given up an NFL-high 20 sacks, 42 quarterback hits and have opened few holes for a ground game that has gone 55 games without a 100-yard rush... more

Joe Flacco stood at the podium Wednesday, two days after his offensive coordinator got canned, and in a muted tone, did what quarterback's do: took responsibility. "I'm the guy. If there is a guy to look at, it's the quarterback," Flacco said, via... more

Everyone from Jerry Jones to Brett Favre , to your building's janitor has weighed in on whether Tony Romo should take over for Dak Prescott when the veteran is healthy following the team's Week 7 bye. The rookie quarterback won't campaign to keep t... more

Two weeks after being cut by the Baltimore Ravens, Justin Forsett has found a home. The running back tweeted that he's signing with the Detroit Lions. The team later confirmed the move. Let's Eat!!! #OnePride pic.twitter.com/sfLotgtejy â?? Ju... more

Clipboard Jesus didn't last long in Cleveland. The Browns announced Tuesday they cut Charlie Whitehurst with an injury settlement. The team elevated rookie quarterback Kevin Hogan from the practice squad. Whitehurst spent less than a month in... more

Every Carolina Panthers fan probably had the same reaction while watching Monday night's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: How on God's green earth is Jacquizz Rodgers gashing our defense? The Bucs ran six straight times with their third-string ru... more

Lane Johnson did not win the appeal of his 10-game suspension. Johnson's attorney released a statement Tuesday stating the suspension was upheld for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. "We are disappointed with Arbitrato... more

Dez Bryant could return this week, but the Dallas Cowboys will play it cautiously. "We'll have to see how he works this week. We won't take any chances there," owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, via the Dallas Morning News . Jones a... more

Brian Hoyer's back-to-back-to-back 300-yard games put him in the driver seat to keep the Chicago Bears' quarterback gig even when Jay Cutler returns healthy. The Cutler predicament has become the talking point around Chicago, even as the team falls... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense took another hit ahead of Monday night's tussle with the Carolina Panthers. The Bucs announced they have placed running back Charles Sims on injured reserve with a knee injury. The team promoted rookie tailback Rus... more

Dak Prescott has been impressive through five games, but he might not be the best rookie in his own backfield. Running back Ezekiel Elliott has mowed over defenders, blown past would-be tacklers and plowed through defenses like a brush hog going th... more

Kyle Shanahan didn't test the "No Fly Zone" much on Sunday. Instead, the Atlanta Falcons picked on Denver Broncos linebackers with their superb running backs. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman combined for 167 receiving yards. Coleman was particula... more

Paxton Lynch made his first career start in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons and looked every bit a rookie. Lynch held the ball too long, displayed poor footwork, was unproductive when not in shotgun and overwhelmed behind a shaky offensive lin... more

The Houston Texans received a lambasting at the hands of the undefeated Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, losing 31-13 . Houston fell to 3-2 and haven't beaten a team with a winning record (Bears, Chiefs, Titans are a combined 5-9). In their two matchup... more

The San Diego Chargers punchline isn't even funny anymore. It's just sad. Week after week, Mike McCoy's team finds a new way to lose.Sunday in Oakland the Chargers built an eight-point second-half lead, lost it in a blink of an eye, battled back an... more

Dak Prescott continues to lead the Dallas Cowboys to wins. The rookie signal-caller displays poise in the pocket, pinpoint accuracy, an understanding of where to go with the football and composure in all circumstances in a four-game win streak that... more

Rejoice, the Rams scored a touchdown in Los Angeles. After kicking only field goals in their first home game of the season, the Rams finally punched in a touchdown in L.A. Todd Gurley's plunge Sunday against the Bills marked the first Rams TD at... more

Tom Brady's quest for perfection knows no bounds. Coming off a four-game suspension, the Patriots quarterback went 28-of-40 passing for 406 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.7 passer rating in New England's 33-13 victory over... more

Darius Slay forced two turnovers in the final three minutes as the Detroit Lions (2-3) pulled off a 24-23 come-from-behind win over the Philadelphia Eagles (3-1). Here is what you need to know: 1. Big Play Slay lived up to his moniker Sunday. Dar... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Denver Broncos: QB Trevor Siemian (left shoulder), TE Virgil Green (calf), T Donald Stephenson (calf) Paxton Lynch will make h... more

Sam Bradford will likely be without his top receiving target Sunday against the Houston Texans. The Minnesota Vikings listed Stefon Diggs as doubtful with a groin injury. Diggs didn't practice all week. Diggs started the season in monster fashion... more

The Dallas Cowboys have been working out practice squad quarterback Jameill Showers on special teams and at a strong safety, sources with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. In addition, he will switch jerseys to No. 28.... more

After his second ACL tear at the University of Miami, Frank Gore almost ditched football. Instead, 12 NFL seasons later, the running back is poised to pass Jim Brown in the record books. With 20 yards on Sunday versus the Chicago Bears, Gore will p... more

The Arizona Cardinals were a lost bird Thursday night with Drew Stanton at quarterback. The Cards punted on their first six possessions with just one of those drives lasting more than five plays. In eight first-half drives, Arizona punted seven tim... more

The NFL is planning for the possibility that this week's games at Miami and Carolina will not be played as scheduled due to Hurricane Matthew. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with league officials Thursday to formulate contingency plans for the... more

Cam Newton remains in concussion protocol. Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera provided no further information on the starting quarterback Thursday, noting the team likely will have a decision on Newton by the end of the week. Newton suffered a... more

Brock Osweiler's start in Houston has been a mixed bag of mediocrity. The Texans highly-paid quarterback displays a big arm but has thrown six interceptions to just five touchdowns. Coach Bill O'Brien said he's not pestered by the picks. "Am I... more

The Carolina Panthers' whitewash loss to the Atlanta Falcons snapped a streak of 35 straight games (including playoffs) with 100-plus rush yards. It had been the longest streak by any NFL team since the late 70s-era Steelers (37). Coach Ron Rivera... more

The 1-3 Arizona Cardinals are desperate for a win but will need to earn it without Carson Palmer. The team announced the starting quarterback will not play Thursday night versus the San Francisco 49ers. Drew Stanton will make his first start of t... more

Kevin White's NFL career can't get off the ground. The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday they placed the former first-round pick on injured reserve after suffering a fractured left fibula and a high ankle sprain in the team's Week 4 win over the De... more

The hottest question in Indianapolis this week is a familiar one: Who is at fault for the Colts' struggles? The Indy Blame Game stretches back more than a year. The finger pointing hasn't stopped, despite owner Jim Irsay surprisingly bringing both... more

Atlanta's offensive statistics are soaring off the charts to open the season. The Falcons lead the NFL in points per game (38.0), total yards per game (478.8), passing YPG (354.3) and yards per play (7.5). Atlanta earned 1,915 yards through four ga... more

Last week Odell Beckham Jr.'s current coach called him out. This week his former coach agreed the receiver is becoming a distraction. Ex-New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin told CBS Sports Network's We Need To Talk  on Tuesday that he'd like to... more

Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian remains day-to-day with a shoulder injury, but won't lose the starting gig if healthy. "Trevor is our starting quarterback," coach Gary Kubiak said Monday, via The Denver Post . "Hopefully he's going to be... more

Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman have combined to make up the most dynamic backfield in the NFL through four weeks of the 2016 season. Could the Atlanta Falcons be without one of those key cogs when they travel to Denver to face the undefeated Sup... more

Tom Brady is back. The New England Patriots quarterback returned from a four-game suspension Monday stemming from Deflategate. #free â?? Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) October 3, 2016 "He's our leader and it's going to be great to have him out... more

Golden Tate's season of struggles sunk to new depths Sunday in a loss to the previously winless Chicago Bears. The Lions' supposed 1B receiver entering the season caught one pass for one yard on four targets before adding a late-game two-point... more

Through a quarter of the season, the Oakland Raiders have lived up to the offseason hype. Sunday's 28-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens pushed Jack Del Rio's squad to 3-1, with all three victories coming on the road. It marks the team's first... more

The San Diego Chargers' ability to conjure up new and impressive way to lose football games is becoming quite a show. Sunday's edition of "How To Lose A Game in 10 Ways" included two fumbles inside their own 31-yard-line on back-to-back drives with... more

A would-be comeback sputtered down the stretch as the Indianapolis Colts fell 30-27 to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars in London. The come-from-behind victory could have been Andrew Luck's third of the season. Instead, his team fell to... more

Brandon Marshall spent all offseason stumping for Ryan Fitzpatrick's return. The receiver isn't abandoning his quarterback despite nine interceptions in two weeks. "I am going down with the ship with Ryan Fitzpatrick ," Marshall said when asked if... more

The Chicago Bears (1-3) snapped a six-game home losing streak in a 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions (1-3) at Soldier Field. Here is what you need to know: 1. Credit Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for befuddling Matthew Stafford despite... more

Tony Romo is on pace to return after the Cowboys' Week 7 bye. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL  GameDay Morning that Romo will ramp up his rehab this week with increased conditioning and throwing. Thursday marks the six-week point... more

Jacoby Brissett is making his second career start Sunday as the New England Patriots host the Buffalo Bills. Brissett is the starter despite dealing with a thumb injury, Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is officially inactive for the game.... more

When asked about Ryan Fitzpatrick's six-interception performance against the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets coach Todd Bowles said this week the quarterback "can't play worse." Sunday Fitzpatrick faces an even better secondary in the Seattle... more

September
Week 4 Cheat Sheet September 30, 2016

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted New England Patriots: QB Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder), QB Jacoby Brissett (right thumb), TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring), T Mar... more

Eric Decker won't play this week, and his status could be up in the air moving forward. New York Jets coach Todd Bowles said Friday that Decker has a partial tear in his rotator cuff and will be week-to-week. Bowles added it's too soon to tell if D... more

Following a dismal performance in front of a national TV audience last Thursday in a shutout loss to the New England Patriots, Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler received trainloads of criticism. From his tendency to stick on his first read... more

Stats can be misleading in football. They are especially deceptive when it comes to interior defensive linemen. Disruption is production. A pocket caved in by a defensive tackle can discombobulate even the best quarterback, forcing missed throws an... more

Jameis Winston has been boom or bust in 2016. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers would like to mitigate those swings by utilizing the running game. "In the last two games, we've thrown too much," coach Dirk Koetter said Wednesday, via the Tampa Bay Times . "... more

Le'Veon Bell's return from a three-game suspension provides a playmaking boost to a Pittsburgh Steelers offense that has seen a talent drain due to suspensions, injury and ineffectiveness. Martavis Bryant's yearlong suspension sapped playmaking opp... more

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict returns from a three-game suspension tonight versus the Miami Dolphins, which airs exclusively on NFL Network. Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday morning, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he's no... more

The New York Jets have struggled to punch the ball in the end zone in 2016. Through three games Gang Green has scored touchdowns on just 6 of 16 red-zone possessions. Speaking at a charity event this week, receiver Brandon Marshall said the Jets ha... more

Kyle Fuller hasn't played for the Bears in 2016, now he'll be out at least eight more weeks. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Fuller is heading to injured reserve. The team later confirmed the move. The corner could be a candi... more

Le'Veon Bell won't be eased into the rotation after returning from suspension. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the running back would return to his workhorse role after missing the first three games of the 2016 season. "His level of... more

Dez Bryant was supposed to have gotten an MRI on Monday. It did not happen. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that the star receiver didn't get an MRI and "maybe" will get one later today. Jones expects Bryant to play this wee... more

New Dolphins coach Adam Gase sent his first big message: Perform or take a seat. "I'm over discussing any of this stuff with players," Gase said, via the Miami Herald . "We're either going to start getting the job done, or we're going to make chang... more

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is headed to New York. The tight end was claimed by the Jets after being waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, the Jets announced Monday. New York waived linebacker Julian Stanford to make room for Seferian-Jenkins.... more

Dez Bryant's knee bent awkwardly in the first quarter of Sunday night's 31-17 victory over the Chicago Bears, causing the star receiver to limp toward the sideline in what has become an all too familiar sight in Dallas. After working out the knee,... more

Odell Beckham got the best of Josh Norman in the Giants' 29-27 loss to the Redskins, but his antics received negative attention from teammates and the television audience. TV cameras showed a frustrated Beckham throwing a tantrum on the sideline t... more

Let's take a short trip back in time. We're going back to Monday Night Football in Week 1 when the entire nation was laughing at the Rams. Los Angeles just got shut out by a not-very-good San Francisco 49ers squad and employed a quarterback, Case Ke... more

Carson Wentz deserved the headlines this morning -- and he's getting plenty in Philadelphia -- but the Eagles' defense earned equal praise. For as surprising as it might have been to watch a rookie QB slice through the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense... more

After two weeks of mostly being held in check, T.Y. Hilton promised he'd make plays in Week 3. The Indianapolis Colts' receiver made the two biggest plays in a 26-22 come-from-behind victory over the San Diego Chargers. Hilton got wide open and... more

Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed six interceptions in one of the worst outings ever for a professional quarterback. Coach Todd Bowles was understandably in an ornery mood following the 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs but wasn't putting the poor play on... more

After his defense held Blaine Gabbert to a minuscule 119 passing yards Sunday, Seattle Seahawks pass rusher Michael Bennett was "very surprised" the 49ers didn't make a quarterback change. "I think Kaepernick gives the team a better chance of winni... more

Aaron Rodgers tossed four first-half touchdowns, and the Green Bay Packers (2-1) held on for a 34-27 home victory over the Detroit Lions (1-2). Here is what you need to know: 1. The Aaron Rodgers-Jordy Nelson connection looked like its 2014 form... more

The fallout from the Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Josh Norman matchup last season helped spur a new rule that will cause a player to be ejected after two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. After Round 1 between Beckham and Norman got out of hand, expect R... more

Week 3 Cheat Sheet September 23, 2016

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Buffalo Bills: WR Sammy Watkins (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), CB Ronald Darby (hamstring), WR Greg Salas (groin) Watkins has... more

It's not looking good for Sammy Watkins' availability Sunday versus the Arizona Cardinals. The Buffalo Bills' No. 1 receiver missed the media portion of Friday's walkthrough, per the team's official website . The team later announced Watkins is... more

Carson Wentz played fantastic in his first two NFL starts. The rookie quarterback confidently made checks at the line of scrimmage, displayed a strong arm, soft touch, athletic scrambling ability, pinpoint accuracy both from the pocket and on the mov... more

The Oakland Raiders' defense has been bad through two weeks. Historically bad. In Week 1, Ken Norton Jr.'s defense gave up 507 yards to Drew Brees' New Orleans Saints. In Week 2, that D gave up 528 yards to Julio Jones' Atlanta Falcons. With the... more

By nearly every account from the Green Bay Packers' locker room during Wednesday's media availability, Aaron Rodgers was edgy and at least slightly irritated. Part of the irritation seemed to stem from his play. "I didn't play as well as I wanted... more

Adrian Peterson has undergone surgery on his injured knee. The Minnesota Vikings' star running back underwent "successful" surgery to repair his torn meniscus on Thursday, the team confirmed. Peterson is expected to be out several months, but there... more

The grinding aspect of the Denver Broncos' offense is a sore spot among some players, despite the 2-0 start to the season. After Sunday's victory over the Indianapolis Colts, receiver Demaryius Thomas told NFL Network's Michael Silver that the Bron... more

Todd Gurley needs help. The Los Angeles running back has rammed against brick walls in the first two games of the season. Gurley has compiled just 98 yards on 36 carries, for a measly 2.7 yards per carry. On many plays, Gurley has to shed tackler... more

The Minnesota Vikings keep taking hit after hit. The most telling statement that Mike Zimmer's squad has repeatedly been punched with devastating injury blows: Placing former first-round pick, left tackle Matt Kalil, on injured reserve didn't even... more

Ahead of Week 3, Joey Bosa is finally in pads for a San Diego Chargers practice. The No. 3 overall pick has not practiced since Aug. 30 due to a hamstring injury. Bosa missed training camp and all of the preseason in a protracted holdout over his... more

Julian Edelman: Backup quarterback. That's a thing that could happen in an NFL game. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday the New England Patriots have done extensive preparation over the past few days to get the wide receiver read... more

The Detroit Lions' starting running back is headed to injured reserve. The team announced it placed Ameer Abdullah on IR after he underwent surgery for a foot injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. Abdullah will miss at leas... more

Kirk Cousins' erratic start to the 2016 season has the Washington Redskins in a 0-2 hole, losing both games at home. The quarterback seems to be overthinking every play and panicking in the pocket, which leads to off-target throws, forced passes in... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is expected to miss about three weeks with a hamstring injury, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported following the results of his MRI. The pinball runner exited Sunday's blowout loss to the Arizona... more

The Seattle Seahawks were once again penalized for violating NFL-NFL Players Association rules that prohibit excessive contact in all offseason workouts. On Monday the NFL announced the team will be fined $400,000 and will forfeit its first week of... more

DeAngelo Williams continues to carry the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive water through two games. The 33-year-old running back gobbled up 94 yards on 32 carries Sunday afternoon as the Steelers knocked off the division rival Cincinnati Bengals. It w... more

Yes, Andre Johnson is still alive. In fact, the once and future Hall of Fame receiver is still catching game-winning touchdowns. The 35-year-old Johnson had just one catch in 16 total snaps in Sunday's 16-15 road victory over the Detroit Lions.... more

Ezekiel Elliott set a career high with 83 rushing yards on 21 carries, including an impressive 21-yard tote and a TD plunge. Two fumbles overshadowed Elliott's workhorse game. The first came on a strip in Washington territory (a brilliant play by... more

Through two NFL Sundays, Aaron Rodgers and Case Keenum have something in common: They are the only QBs who have failed to gain 300-plus yards of total offense. Sunday night's 17-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings was a reoccurring nightmare for Rodg... more

In Sunday's 27-23 loss, Kirk Cousins snapped a nine-game regular season streak of completing 65-plus percent of his passes, going 28-of-46 passing (60.1 percent). The Washington Redskins quarterback missed passes, lacked poise in the pocket, consist... more

Kirk Cousins threw an interception in the end zone with the Redskins leading by three and driving for points. The pick led to an Alfred Morris touchdown against his former squad to give the Dallas Cowboys the go-ahead score in a 27-23 victory. Washin... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals spent most of this week tempering expectations ahead of Sunday's division tussle. Despite the lukewarm words, the emotional heat will amp up at kickoff. The bad blood is real between these rust-belt... more

Investigations conducted by the NFL and NFL Players Association regarding the handling of Cam Newton following a late helmet-to-helmet hit in the season opener could be wrapped up this week. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL ... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches ... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Kansas City Chiefs: RB Jamaal Charles (knee) -- DOUBTFUL Charles has been working with the scout team in practice while he... more

Los Angeles has locked up one of its starting interior defenders. The Rams signed defensive tackle Michael Brockers to a three-year extension, the team announced Thursday. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport adds the deal is worth $33.125 million in n... more

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory has been released from the hospital after two days, the team announced Tuesday. Ivory released the following statement Thursday: "I returned to the stadium this morning to rejoin my coaches and teamma... more

The San Diego Chargers could have used a fresh body to chase the quarterback Sunday as the defense collapsed in the fourth quarter against Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs. Sadly, we'll never know if first-round pick Joey Bosa could have chang... more

Martellus Bennett hasn't been on a team that finished with a winning record in three seasons. In his previous eight seasons, he's suffered a 62-66 record, finishing over .500 three times, earning more than nine wins once. Bennett hasn't experienced... more

Kirk Cousins did not play like a $19 million quarterback in Week 1. The Washington Redskins passer was hesitant and off target in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played like a young quarterback unsure, unconfident and easily confused. Despi... more

Adjectives that describe Case Keenum's play in Monday's season-opening shutout loss to the San Francisco 49ers: Atrocious, lousy, awful, eye-gouging, dreadful, horrible, terrible, rotten, unwatchable, abhorrent, painful, agonizing, tormenting,... more

Dez Bryant caught just one pass on five targets for eight yards in the Dallas Cowboys' opening-week loss to the New York Giants. While Cowboys fans might be freaking out over the lack of production from their star receiver, rookie quarterback Dak Pre... more

You didn't expect Russell Wilson to miss Sunday's game, did you? After suffering a nasty ankle injury in the Seattle Seahawks' Week 1 win, the quarterback is on pace to play in Los Angeles. Wilson was a full participant in practice on Wednesday,... more

Mike Zimmer continues to play coy about his starting quarterback. As he did last week, the Minnesota Vikings coach said we would have to wait until game day to learn who will be calling the shots under center versus the Green Bay Packers. "You'll... more

The Baltimore Ravens' rushing attack had its wings clipped in Week 1 by the Buffalo Bills. John Harbaugh's team dressed just two backs for the opener. Neither did much of anything. Justin Forsett started and earned 41 yards on 10 carries (4.1 YPC... more

On Sunday the Rams will play their first game in Los Angeles since Dec. 24, 1994. On game day it will have been 7,939 days since the Rams last hosted a regular season NFL contest in L.A. It was supposed to be a joyous moment for local fans that wa... more

The addition of corner Sean Smith opposite David Amerson was supposed so solidify the Oakland Raiders' secondary. In Week 1, that plan failed miserably The eight-year pro was a leaky disaster. He couldn't cover any of the Saints top receivers. Bran... more

J.J. Watt started the Houston Texans' first game of the season, but it wasn't a performance we are used to seeing from the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. After a herd of offseason surgeries, including back surgery in July, it wasn't a sho... more

When a team loses by two points in the final minute, every player and coach spends the next day foraging through the 'what ifs' and 'shoulda, woulda, coulda' scenarios. In the Miami Dolphins' 12-10 loss in Seattle to the Seahawks, the biggest toe s... more

The Denver Broncos took shot after shot on Cam Newton last Thursday, several of which landed squarely on the quarterback's helmet. Despite the repeated hits to the head, linebacker Brandon Marshall insists the Broncos aren't a malicious defense.... more

The Green Bay Packers didn't want to pay Josh Sitton, but they ponied up the dough to lock down their starting left tackle. The team announced Tuesday that they signed David Bakhtiari. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported it is a four-year... more

Miracle man Russell Wilson spun another come-from-behind victory out of would-be disaster , tossing a game-winning touchdown over the Miami Dolphins in the final minute. The 12-10 win was like many we've seen from Seattle in Wilson's tenure, but this... more

With a short week before Thursday's tilt with the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins was sent to get X-rays. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Watkins is playing with pain in his surgically repaired foot, had X-rays an... more

The Buffalo Bills are making a swap at fullback. The team confirmed they've cut Glenn Gronkowski and re-signed Jerome Felton. Gronk, the younger brother of Patriots star tight end Rob, as well as Dan Gronkowski and Chris Gronkowski, signed with t... more

The optimism germinating in Jacksonville the past nine months wasn't allowed to bloom fully Sunday. The Jaguars entered 2016 with designs on taking the step forward from downtrodden underdog to legitimate contender. Instead, Aaron Rodgers and the G... more

It's been a long time coming for Mike Wallace. Once a consistent deep threat who took the top off defenses regularly with the Pittsburgh Steelers to start his career, the receiver had become an afterthought. Then he found the Baltimore Ravens and J... more

Scoring 35 points should be enough to win an NFL football game. Taking the lead with 37 seconds remaining should be enough to lock down a victory. Should. Unless you employ the Indianapolis Colts' defense. Chuck Pagano's defense gave up 448 tot... more

It had been 721 days since Victor Cruz salsa danced on an NFL field. 721 excruciating days of pain, rehab, setback, therapy, patience and persistence. Then, with Sunday's 20-19 win over rival Dallas Cowboys on the line, Cruz popped open in the en... more

A.J. Green didn't just annex Revis Island, he sunk it. The Bengals receiver torched the entire New York Jets secondary, going for 180 yards on 12 catches including torching Darrelle Revis on a 54-yard touchdown as Cincinnati eked out a 23-22 win.... more

Texans rookie receiver Will Fuller overcame a big drop to shred the Chicago Bears secondary in the second half as Houston pulled away for a 23-14 victory to open the season. Here is what you need to know: 1. The Texans employed Lamar Miller as th... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have to wait to deploy their new look backfield. The team announced running back Chris Ivory will be inactive in Sunday's opener versus the Green Bay Packers. They later added that Ivory is doing well and would be rele... more

When Larry Fitzgerald signed a one-year contract extension last month, the assumption was that the receiver would ride out the next two years with Carson Palmer. The end might come sooner. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that... more

Dak Prescott makes his NFL debut Sunday afternoon in Dallas in a Cowboys all-rookie backfield with Ezekiel Elliott. The No. 4 overall pick cemented his status as the Cowboys' workhorse while the fourth-round quarterback takes over after the most rece... more

Carson Wentz is set to make his NFL debut when the Philadelphia Eagles kick off against the Cleveland Browns at 1 p.m. ET. Despite the fact that the rookie quarterback played just 39 snaps before suffering a rib injury that sidelined him the rest o... more

Doug Baldwin promised the Seattle Seahawks would plan a demonstration of "unity" during the national anthem before Sunday's season opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 11. On Saturday, Baldwin revealed the team's plan to stand and interlock... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without another offensive weapon Monday night against the Washington Redskins. The team announced Saturday that No. 2 receiver Markus Wheaton will miss Week 1 with a shoulder injury. Wheaton didn't participate in... more

The Robert Griffin III reclamation project officially launches Sunday in Philadelphia. RGIII begins the season in Cleveland after three years of injury, poor play and benchings in Washington. With the Browns in full-on rebuild mode -- shedding play... more

Todd Gurley enters the 2016 season the same way he ended 2015: the focal point of the Rams' offense. NFL defenses know Gurley is option one, two, three, five and seven in Los Angeles' game plan. With Case Keenum under center and a gaggle of unimpre... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars' defense is one of the most overhauled units in the NFL, going beyond four new starters, Malik Jackson, Dante Fowler Jr., Tashaun Gipson and Jalen Ramsey. The additions of Myles Jack, Sheldon Day, Yannick Ngakoue and Prince... more

Week 1 Cheat Sheet September 09, 2016

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted New England Patriots: TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring), G Jonathan Cooper (foot), T Nate Solder (hamstring) -- ALL OUT; WR Chris Hog... more

Tom Brady will not be the only key contributor out for the New England Patriots' season opener versus the Arizona Cardinals. The Patriots announced Friday that tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play Sunday night, along with offensive linemen Jonath... more

Jay Ajayi won't be playing against the Seahawks. According to the official Week 1 injury report, the Dolphins running back is a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Specific details surrounding Ajayi's situation are sca... more

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer won't name a starting quarterback for Week 1 versus the Tennessee Titans until Sunday, giving more time for Sam Bradford to try and prepare. By leaving the door open for Bradford, Zimmer is effectively saying he'... more

For years and years, Revis Island has been a destination few receivers found luxurious. That locale contained only a shackled shed of frustration stalked by one deadly shark named Darrelle. The New York Jets open the season Sunday against the Cinci... more

Dak Prescott dazzled in the preseason, but the New York Giants defense plans to let the quarterback know the regular season is a different beast. "He's a rookie so we have to treat him as a rookie," linebacker Keenan Robinson said, via NJ.com . "Th... more

Cam Newton got battered during Thursday night's season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos. The Carolina Panthers' quarterback took several hits to the helmet during the course of the contest, yet only one was flagged as a penalty. The flagged hi... more

Cortland Finnegan didn't last long in New Orleans. The Saints cut the veteran cornerback Tuesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. Pro Football Talk first reported the news. The 32-year-old signed with the Saints less th... more

Tony Romo won't be placed on injured reserve to start the season. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed Romo likely would stay on the 53-man roster to start the season. Dallas could have placed the quarterback on IR with the plan to utilize th... more

Pete Carroll continues to insist Thomas Rawls will be the Seattle Seahawks' starting running back when he's fully healthy, but it might not happen out of the gate. "He's ready in the next couple weeks to get back in where he can start a game, take... more

The Miami Dolphins head into a Week 1 tilt with the Seattle Seahawks with plenty of questions on offense under new head coach Adam Gase. But fear of the Legion of Boom will not be one of the issues. Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry said the Dolphi... more

After eight years of going steady with the Green Bay Packers, Josh Sitton got dumped. He immediately started going with his neighbor. After inking a three-year, $21.75 million deal with rival Chicago Bears, Sitton insisted it wasn't about getting b... more

The Chicago Bears swiftly replaced their Pro Bowl kicker. The Bears signed Connor Barth on Monday, the team announced Monday. The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs first reported the expected signing . The Bears announced cutting Robbie Gould on Sunda... more

Justin Forsett's departure from the Baltimore Ravens didn't last long. The running back was cut Saturday , but re-signed with the Ravens on Monday, the team announced. Re-signing the running back has been alluded to since Forsett was released. Th... more

J.J. Watt took another step forward in his preparation for Week 1. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year returned to the practice field for the first time in months Monday morning. This was an expected development after the Texans announced S... more

With Josh Sitton's surprising release, a new left guard will start in front of Aaron Rodgers when the Green Bay Packers open the season Sunday versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coach Mike McCarthy announced Monday fourth-year pro Lane Taylor would g... more

Carson Wentz will start Week 1 for the Philadelphia Eagles. Coach Doug Pederson announced the rookie will make the start Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns. "We obviously made this decision. And I spent the weekend with my offensive staff ..."... more

The New England Patriots stashed the top running back selected in the 2014 draft on their practice squad. The Pats signed Bishop Sankey to their practice squad Sunday after the tailback cleared waivers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.... more

When Teddy Bridgewater slumped to the turf Tuesday with a horrific knee injury, the course of the Minnesota Vikings' future was altered. The myriad of ways it was transformed won't truly be known for years. In the meantime, we can get some insight... more

The last time the Carolina Panthers left a football field, Cam Newton's head hung following a loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, which seemingly wiped away a year's worth of fun in one swoop. On Thursday the Panthers will undoubtedly revi... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense has suffered a massive blow. The team announced Sunday it placed linebacker Bud Dupree on the reserve/injured list to start the season. He missed all of the preseason. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported tha... more

Tom Brady's four-game suspension officially began Saturday. The New England Patriots quarterback will return Week 5 versus the Cleveland Browns. Jimmy Garoppolo will hold the fort until Brady's return. Patriots players are already lamenting Brady's... more

The Miami Dolphins claimed Justin Hunter on Sunday during the NFL's waiver process. The 6-foot-4 enigmatic receiver was waived by the Titans over the weekend after three seasons. Hunter caught 68 passes for 1,116 yards and eight touchdowns in his t... more

NFL teams slashed their rosters to 53 players on Saturday, cutting around 700 men. To call those rosters "finalized" in any fashion is categorically untrue. The cold truth of NFL life for players 48 through 53 on every roster is that their job is o... more

While NFL teams were in the midst of cutting players Saturday, the Chicago Bears extended the contract of guard Kyle Long. Long signed a four-year contract extension, the team announced . NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the extension is w... more

Justin Gilbert's disappointing run in Cleveland is at an end. The Browns traded the former first-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday, the Browns announced. The Browns got a sixth-round pick in 2018 in return for Gilbert. ESPN first... more

Howie Roseman changes lanes like a swashbuckling motorist raging down the turnpike. The Philadelphia Eagles' executive vice president of football operations skirted from the left lane all the way to the right while speeding at 90 mph on Saturday,... more

J.J. Watt could be in uniform when the Houston Texans open the season Sept. 11 versus the Chicago Bears. Coach Bill O'Brien told reporters that the three-time Defensive Player of the Year is pointing in the right direction for Week 1. "We are hea... more

The Kansas City Chiefs might be without Jamaal Charles to open the season against the San Diego Chargers. Coach Andy Reid told reporters Friday that the running back could sit out Week 1, but didn't rule Charles out. "I think Jamaal is going to n... more

NFL teams have until Saturday at 4 p.m. ET to reduce their roster to 53 players, meaning about 700 men will lose jobs over the next day. Many general managers and coaches will have tough decisions to make, cutting quality players because there's to... more

The Derrick Henry hype train seems far too sparsely filled at the moment. Get on board, people. For the fourth preseason game, the rookie running back flashed his bruising potential, galloping over the Miami Dolphins for 62 yards and a touchdown on... more

Barkevious Mingo has been with the New England Patriots for just a week, but he impressed the team's coaching staff in his first game action. In Thursday night's preseason finale -- the only true test the former first-round pick would have to show... more

Heading into the 2016 campaign, Around The NFL is taking a closer look at each division over the course of this week. Which storylines -- and players -- will define the coming months within each of the league's eight sectors? Check out the AFC South... more

August

The New England Patriots will be without their most dangerous backfield weapon to open the season. Running back Dion Lewis and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer will begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, the Patriots announced... more

Ladarius Green will continue to sit out. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday they placed the tight end on the physically unable to perform list to start the season. The move doesn't come as a surprise. Green hasn't participated in workouts... more

The Kansas City Chiefs will start the season without Justin Houston. The linebacker was placed on the physically unable to perform list, the team announced Tuesday. Houston will miss at least the first six games of the season. The 27-year-old pas... more

The Chicago Bears' best defensive player from 2015 might not be available to start the 2016 season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that linebacker Pernell McPhee faces the real prospect of starting the season on the physically unable to pe... more

Eric Ebron suffered what looked like a serious leg injury more than three weeks ago. Since then, the Lions' tight end has been sidelined with a right ankle injury, itching to return. "I need to get my ass out there on that field," Ebron said Monday... more

While most teams sit their starters for the final preseason game, the New Orleans Saints will roll with their top players for a spell Thursday night versus the Baltimore Ravens. Coach Sean Payton said Tuesday that he plans to play his starters for... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are hoping to pare down their overcrowded quarterback room ahead of final cuts. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's Good Morning Football  on Tuesday that the Chiefs have made teams aware that Aaron Murra... more

The Dallas Cowboys will open the regular season with a dual rookie combination in the backfield. No. 4 overall pick running back Ezekiel Elliott was already primed for a big role. Tony Romo's broken back thrust fourth-round quarterback Dak Prescott i... more

The Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns swapped punters. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Panthers acquired veteran Andy Lee from the Browns, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. The team later confirmed the deal. In... more

Heading into the 2016 campaign, Around The NFL is taking a closer look at each division over the course of this week. Which storylines -- and players -- will define the coming months within each of the league's eight sectors? Check out the NFC North... more

Trevor Siemian, a former seventh-round pick, will start at quarterback for the defending Super Bowl champions when the season opens. The Denver Broncos announced Monday that Siemian will be the starter in the Super Bowl rematch with the Carolina... more

Jordan Matthews is on track for Week 1. The Philadelphia Eagles' No. 1 receiver has insisted he'll be back by the regular season opener, despite sitting out all of preseason due to a knee injury. On Monday, Matthews will return to the practice fi... more

The Bryan Stork-saga has yet another twist. Let's break this down chronologically: »  Last week, the New England Patriots informed the center he would be cut. »  Before the move became official, the Washington Redskins jumped in and traded th... more

The Dallas Cowboys will search for a backup quarterback after Tony Romo's recent back injury . That search won't likely reignite talks with the Cleveland Browns regarding backup Josh McCown. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that based... more

San Diego Chargers running back Branden Oliver was taken off the field on a cart late in the first half of Sunday's preseason tilt with the Minnesota Vikings. The Chargers announced it was an Achilles injury for Oliver and he won't return to the ga... more

Eric Berry is officially back. The Kansas City safety reported Sunday and signed his franchise tender, the team announced . Berry will practice with the Chiefs on Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported on Friday that Berry would retu... more

The San Francisco 49ers added depth to their receiving corps. The 49ers acquired receiver Jeremy Kerley from the Detroit Lions in exchange for reserve offensive lineman Brandon Thomas, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Kerley accumulated 1... more

Stevan Ridley will get another chance to make an NFL roster in 2016. The Indianapolis Colts announced Sunday they signed the former Patriots and Jets running back. Ridley was cut by the Detroit Lions last week after he failed to beat out Zach Zen... more

John Harbaugh is not a fan of preseason football. After watching veteran tight end Benjamin Watson tear his Achilles and rookie running back Kenneth Dixon exit with an injury in a meaningless game, the Baltimore Ravens' coach lamented the length of... more

Kevin White has been nearly nonexistent through three preseason games. The Chicago Bears receiver has just one catch in each of the three contests. The trio of snatches has gone for a grand total of 12 yards, with a long of six. That's not exactly... more

Andrew Luck was supposed to play into the third quarter Saturday night versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Instead, coach Chuck Pagano yanked the starting quarterback at halftime. When asked after the 33-23 loss how much the struggles of the offensive... more

Josh Gordon doesn't want to be traded by the Cleveland Browns. The team says it has no plans to trade the receiver. Sashi Brown, the Browns' executive vice president of football operations, rejected a report from earlier this week that the team i... more

Eric Berry's return to the Kansas City Chiefs is coming soon. The Pro Bowl safety has been staying away from the team after the sides couldn't agree on a long-term contract extension last month. Berry was slapped with the franchise tag, but hasn't... more

Dan Quinn's defense was greater than the sum of its parts in 2015. After the Atlanta Falcons added speed at linebacker and safety, the unit is poised improve in Quinn's second season. It appears, however, that getting pressure on the quarterback wi... more

Ezekiel Elliott's preseason debut flashed everything the Dallas Cowboys thought the former Ohio State product could be: Fast, elusive, decisive, powerful, agile, speed to the edge, good hands and the ability to block. Perhaps the most evident aspec... more

Colin Kaepernick is on pace to finally take part in a preseason contest. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has practiced fully this week and is expected to play in Friday's tilt with the Green Bay Packers, barring a setback. Coach Chip Kelly ha... more

Matthew Stafford is at his best running a fast-paced offense that allows him to read and react on the fly. Last season, the Detroit Lions' quarterback played the best ball of his career after offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter took over midseason... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round corner Vernon Hargreaves is climbing up the depth chart. The rookie defensive back made two splashy interceptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars -- he flashed his uber athleticism on t... more

DeMarco Murray looks spryer than the rusty, turn-of-the-century ice truck we saw running last season in Philadelphia. The one-time Offensive Player of the Year is quicker to the hole, more decisive and has a better second gear in space. Murray coul... more

Stevan Ridley's struggles to return from a 2014 ACL tear continue. The Detroit Lions released the running back Thursday, the team announced. NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Ridley is visiting the Colts on Friday, according to a source with knowl... more

The contract dispute between the San Diego Chargers and Joey Bosa continues with no end in sight. The Chargers now believe their first-round pick will not play a full 16-game slate in 2016. The team issued a statement Wednesday regarding negotiatio... more

Kevin White has just two receptions for a grand total of nine yards in two preseason games. Despite the nondescript start to training camp, fellow Bears receivers aren't fretting over the lack of production over a few snaps. "He's taking coaching... more

Nick Fairley's talent has never been a question. Motor, consistency and drive have been the stumbling blocks of a career left wanting. After four seasons in Detroit, Fairley is with his second new team in two years. Signed by the New Orleans Saints... more

Four NFL players have agreed to meet NFL investigators regarding performance-enhancing drug allegations stemming from a December report by Al Jazeera America. Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, Pittsburgh Steelers lineb... more

A day after Gary Kubiak named him the starter for the Denver Broncos' third preseason tilt, quarterback Trevor Siemian did not throw at practice. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that Siemian did not throw Tuesday because of a sore shoulde... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to turn over every rock to improve their secondary. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers are hosting veteran cornerback Keenan Lewis on Tuesday. It's the first visit for Lewis since he was cut by the... more

An integral part of the New England Patriots' pass rush is dealing with a knee injury. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports defensive end Jabaal Sheard has been dealing with a sprained MCL. Sheard suffered the injury in the team's first presea... more

The buzz surrounding Arian Foster during the beginning practices of Miami Dolphins training camp indicated the team believed he could be the lead running back in 2016. Yet, Jay Ajayi was named atop the depth chart, Foster sat the first preseason ga... more

Lost in his famous "The Bears are who we thought they were" rant, the late, great Dennis Green passed on one coach's thoughts on the third game of the NFL preseason. "...We played them in preseason, who the hell takes the third game of the preseaso... more

Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 draft, struggled early in the Los Angeles Rams' second preseason game, entering the contest after Case Keenum led two touchdown drives against the Kansas City Chiefs. Goff's first pass might have been... more

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is seeking help. In a statement issued by the team Saturday, the 26-year-old said he will enter a rehab facility. "After careful consideration of recent events within my life, I have made the decision... more

Michael Thomas has yet to play a meaningful NFL game. Heck, the rookie has only played in one meaningless preseason game. Yet the New Orleans Saints stud has garnered approximately 45,000 hype posts. The internet ogling over the rookie is not witho... more

The Tennessee Titans quit the Dorial Green-Beckham experiment, with coach Mike Mularkey noting that it "never clicked in " for the talented receiver. Traded to the Eagles for a backup offensive lineman, DGB said Thursday night that he's "not necessar... more

The backup quarterback situation for teams like the Dallas Cowboys has led to years of handwringing. Even ardent Pittsburgh fans will admit the Steelers haven't exactly done a stellar job finding the occasional sub for Ben Roethlisberger. Thursday... more

It's bombs away by the shores of Lake Erie. For the second straight week, Robert Griffin III connected on a beautifully thrown deep pass to Terrelle Pryor. This time it was a picture-perfect 50-yard hurl for a touchdown. Pryor's conversion from... more

Here's a new one. Philadelphia Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis suffered a concussion during warmups prior to Thursday night's preseason tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers and will not play, the team announced. NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported th... more

Aaron Rodgers is going to get his top target back on the practice field. Jordy Nelson passed his physical and came off the physically unable to perform list Wednesday, per the NFL's transaction wire. The Green Bay Packers receiver started on the... more

The Steve Smith Sr. return tour is starting soon. The Baltimore Ravens receiver passed a physical Wednesday and will return to the practice field "soon ," per the team. The Baltimore Sun reported Smith could practice as early as Monday . Smith bl... more

The Denver Broncos' quarterback battle continues to be the most interesting preseason competition in the NFL. Gary Kubiak won't even name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game versus the San Francisco 49ers. With Mark Sanchez startin... more

As expected, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott returned to the practice field Tuesday. NFL Media's Jane Slater reported that the rookie is participating in individual drills after dealing with a hamstring tweak. Video evidence of Elliot... more

When will Breshad Perriman's career ever get off the ground? The response to that question is accompanied by an amorphous storm cloud of uncertainty. "I wish I did (have an update)," Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday, per the team... more

The rib injury for Carson Wentz was worse than originally believed. The Philadelphia Eagles announced Saturday afternoon the quarterback suffered a hairline fracture in his ribs during Thursday's preseason game versus Tampa Bay. Earlier in the da... more

A rough offseason turned worse for Packers receiver Jeff Janis. Already on the roster bubble thanks to some shaky practices and inconsistent rapport with Aaron Rodgers, Janis suffered a fracture to at least one bone in his right hand during Wednesd... more

The Sammie Coates training camp buzz quieted after a rough preseason opener Friday night. The Pittsburgh Steelers receiver earned high praise during offseason workouts as the top candidate to earn a major role and the snaps made available by Martav... more

Three years ago, Terrelle Pryor started nine games as a quarterback. In 2014 he sat out the entire season. Now he's a starting wide receiver and looking the part. It's quite spectacular for a player to make such a drastic in-career position switch... more

For Colin Kaepernick to impress the San Francisco 49ers' coaching staff this preseason, he'll have to overcome shoulder soreness. Coach Chip Kelly told reporters Friday the quarterback is dealing with "arm fatigue." Kaepernick will be limited in... more

After an offseason of back-and-forth on Tyrod Taylor's contract, the Buffalo Bills locked down their starting quarterback. The Bills announced an extension for the sixth-year pro on Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the deal is for $9... more

For many veteran players, preseason games are meaningless necessities.  So while fans are ecstatic about the return of football, not everyone enjoys these preparation games. "To me, the preseason is the most over-analyzed 10 plays or whatever it... more

At first blush, the Twitter handle of New Orleans Saints rookie receiver Michael Thomas seems audacious: @CantGuardMike . But each day he seems to back up the claim. Thomas received rave reviews for his play during training camp practices, specific... more

All offseason we've been hearing the ceaseless praise for the Baltimore Ravens' backfield. The impressive performances in padless practices carried over to the first preseason game. "Our backs were dynamic," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday... more

The first preseason game didn't provide any more clarity on the Denver Broncos starting quarterback position. As Around The NFL's Gregg Rosenthal noted in his analysis of the QB battle , Mark Sanchez had an up-and-down night and Trevor Siemian look... more

The ol' "point of emphasis" got Cam Newton on Thursday night. Late in the first quarter of the first preseason game, Carolina Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein picked off a bobbled catch attempt by Ravens receiver Darren Waller and sprinted 95 yards w... more

Miami Dolphins new coach Adam Gase will run the offense that best suits his personnel, despite the catcalls for more deep throws. When asked about an offense that throughout training camp has been a series of mostly dump-offs, screens, and... more

The Tennessee Titans won a combined five games over the past two seasons. The franchise has owned the No. 2 and No. 1 overall picks in the past two drafts, respectively. Nashville natives haven't seen their team win the division since 2008. With a... more

One year ago today the headline scrolled across the TV screen in a seemingly mocking fashion: New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks after being punched in the jaw by a teammate. It couldn't be real, could it? A starting NFL quarterba... more

Jimmy Graham returned to the practice field Wednesday. The Seattle Seahawks tight end began training camp on the physically unable to perform list after suffering a season-ending patellar tendon injury in Week 12. More Jimmy Graham.... more

Life is a wacky, unpredictable amalgam of cause and effect. Take, for instance, Buffalo Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin. The speedster spent his offseason prepping for the Olympic long jump trials in early July. Throughout the offseason, coach Re... more

Austin Seferian-Jenkins got kicked out of practice by Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter in June. The tight end then went on an immature social media barrage. ASJ lost his starting gig to Cameron Brate and is currently running with the second... more

While Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian sit atop the Denver Broncos depth chart as co-No. 1 quarterbacks, only one can start Thursday's preseason opener against the Chicago Bears. Sanchez gets the nod to open the preseason, the team announced Tuesda... more

Julian Edelman left Tuesday's practice after suffering another leg injury, but the New England Patriots got some positive news a short time later Tests showed that Edelman did not suffer a setback in his return from foot surgery, two people informe... more

By many accounts, the Tennessee Titans have improved immensely this offseason, bolstering their offensive line, running game and improving a solid defensive front. The biggest influence on whether those improvements will lead to actual wins is if Mar... more

With his football career sidelined, Tim Tebow will try his luck on the diamond. Agents for the ex-NFL quarterback told ESPN that Tebow has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles to "hone" his hitting and outfield work in a sport he hasn't played... more

The 54th NFL Hall of Fame class was inducted Saturday night, pushing the total of enshrined football greats to 303. The busts of Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Eddie Debartolo Jr., Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel, Orlando Pace, Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison... more

Brett Favre has two words to describe the way he played football: All heart. The fiery gunslinger spent the first 22-plus minutes of his Hall of Fame induction speech in an emotional ringer, thanking his entire family, from his wife, Deanna, to his... more

Additional aid is arriving for a reshuffled Seattle Seahawks offensive line. The team announced it signed veteran guard Jahri Evans on Saturday and he joined the team on the practice field Sunday. The soon-to-be 33-year-old blocker earned six Pr... more

Could the Buffalo Bills be without their top two 2016 draft picks when the season opens? Second-round linebacker Reggie Ragland went down during Friday's practice with a non-contact knee injury while chasing down running back Reggie Bush. The Bil... more

At Alabama, Derrick Henry was the load that wore teams down. In the second half of games, the 247-pound freight train ground down defenders, smashed through tacklers and gobbled up yards. Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey has seen Henry -- now a... more

When Detroit Lions new general manager Bob Quinn decided to keep Jim Caldwell and his staff in place for another season, it was assumed the coach was on a tight leash. If the Lions suffered another disappointing season, it's presumed Quinn will wip... more

Ronald Leary hasn't been shy about his desire to get a starting job back. The veteran guard skipped Cowboys offseason workouts after being replaced in the starting lineup by La'el Collins last season. Leary, who started 31 games in 2013 and 2014... more

The Dallas Cowboys are in the market for a backup quarterback. When you have coach Jason Garrett taking snaps at age 50 in training camp, you know it's bleak. However, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Dallas isn't rushing to... more

Mike McCarthy relinquished play-calling duties to start last season. After a rocky stretch for the offense, which lacked continuity, the Green Bay Packers head coach took back the job. While he doesn't regret the decision, he won't be surrendering th... more

Alshon Jeffery's quest to prove he's worth a huge long-term deal is starting with a strain. Chicago Bears coach John Fox told reporters Thursday his No. 1 receiver is dealing with a mild hamstring  injury. Jeffery left Wednesday's practice with t... more

Perusing the names that compose the New York Giants' backfield, it seems like a group destined for committee work. Rashad Jennings is a career complement. Andre Williams has never found a niche in two seasons and could be cut. Shane Vereen is the m... more

The Miami Dolphins continue to install Adam Gase's offense without one of their most important receiving weapons. Second-year pro DeVante Parker will miss another day of work after tweaking his hamstring earlier in the week, the Miami Herald report... more

Leon Hall will join the New York Giants. Hall has signed a deal with the Giants that brings the veteran cornerback to the Big Apple, the team announced Thursday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported it's a one-year deal that pays out up to $2... more

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will miss some workouts during training camp due to a hamstring injury. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday the No. 4 overall pick will "miss some time" with a sore right hamstring, per... more

The NFC Champions saw a starting corner return to the practice field Wednesday. Bene' Benwikere is off the physically unable to perform list and at the Carolina Panthers' padded practice, the team's official website reported. Receiver Tobais Palmer... more

Savvy veterans know how to lie in wait, then pounce on a potential job opening when their market becomes robust. With the injury to Cincinnati Bengals first-round rookie William Jackson, suddenly the market for Leon Hall is heating up. The free... more

With wide receiver Stevie Johnson set to undergo surgery on a torn meniscus , the San Diego Chargers tested out three potential replacements Tuesday. They settled on James Jones. The Chargers signed the long-time Green Bay Packers wideout to a... more

The Cincinnati Bengals' first-round pick, William Jackson, will miss the start of the season due to injury. NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported on Tuesday that Jackson tore his pectoral muscle, per a source informed of the injury. The timeline for... more

With Jay Ajayi sidelined for a few practices due to a bone bruise in his knee , Arian Foster is clearly the Miami Dolphins' top back the next several training camp workouts. To hear coach Adam Gase tell it, Foster could remain as the team's No. 1 bac... more

The Minnesota Vikings won the NFC North in 2015. Will that year be viewed as a stepping-stone season that ultimately ends in a Super Bowl appearance or an aberration buttressed by disappointment? Your answer to that question likely depends on your... more

DeAndre Hopkins' holdout lasted just one day after the receiver reported to Houston Texans camp on Sunday. Hopkins reiterated yesterday that he still believes he deserves to get paid more than the paltry $1 million base salary he's set to earn in 2... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't had a single player record double-digit sacks since 2010, six seasons ago, when LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison both topped 10 quarterback takedowns. Linebackers coach Joey Porter believes both Jarvis Jones and Bud... more

July

No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa did not report with his teammates on Friday and missed the team's first on-field work in training camp. On Saturday, San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy voiced his displeasure with the contract stalemate. "He definitely... more

The Kansas City Chiefs want former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher around for the long haul. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports they signed the offensive tackle to a four year, $48 million extension, with $40 million guaranteed. He's now under... more

DeAndre Hopkins is staging a holdout. The Houston Texans receiver is unhappy with his current contract and did not report to training camp, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. Hopkins can be fined $40,000 for each day missed. ESPN fir... more

The Atlanta Falcons' offense is primed for a major campaign in 2016. Atlanta returns one of the top receivers in the NFL in Julio Jones, added wideout Mohamed Sanu, has a potent backfield with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, an underrated offens... more

Ben Roethlisberger is not happy about Martavis Bryant's year-long suspension. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is not only upset about missing the dynamic wide receiver on the field, but disappointed about Bryant not being completely honest abou... more

Jake Long will not join the Baltimore Ravens. Despite agreeing to terms on a contract earlier this week, Long declined to sign an injury waiver with the Ravens and thus will remain a free agent, the offensive tackle told ESPN's Adam Schefter in a... more

Darius Slay wanted to get paid like a top-seven cornerback . He got paid Friday. The Detroit Lions announced Slay's contract extension on Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Slay signed a four-year deal with the Lions worth $48 million,... more

Arian Foster signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins last week, but he won't be on the field for the start of training camp. The Dolphins announced Friday morning that Foster was one of five players who will begin workouts on the physically... more

Let's get one thing straight: Even if Jimmy Garoppolo throws for 2,000 yards, 20 touchdowns with a perfect passer rating in his four starts, Tom Brady will be under center Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. Bill Belichick said as much on Wednesda... more

The Mike Wallace nightmare is over. The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver is back on the field Friday after passing his conditioning test, the Baltimore Sun reported . Video evidence of Wallace hitting the practice field: Rise and grind. â??ï¸... more

Darren Sproles isn't going anywhere. The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday they agreed to a one-year contract extension that will keep the running back in town through 2017. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the added year is worth... more

With the Ryan Fitzpatrick saga over in New York, Jets coach Todd Bowles stated the obvious in regards to the team's starting quarterback position. "It's his job," Bowles said. It was one of the least-surprising pronouncements of the summer, but... more

The Baltimore Ravens backfield enters training camp as a jumble of questions. Presumptive starter Justin Forsett is coming off a season-ending broken arm. Buck Allen had fumbling problems last year. Lorenzo Taliaferro hasn't proven to be a consiste... more

Alshon Jeffery enters Chicago Bears training camp playing under the franchise tag, which many players despise. The one-year pact means the 26-year-old wideout will play out the season without the security of a long-term contract. Bears general mana... more

Finally. It's the word every New York Jets fan exhaled after hearing that the six-month standoff between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Gang Green ended in a compromised one year, $12 million deal. Fitzpatrick returning to the Jets just made too much sense... more

Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak continues to insist all three quarterback have a shot at the starting gig, but Mark Sanchez will get the first snaps. Kubiak said Wednesday that Sanchez will start with the first-team unit when training camp opens o... more

A day before veterans were set to report for training camp, the Los Angeles Rams rid themselves of disgruntled quarterback Nick Foles. The team announced Wednesday that it has released Foles. NFL Media's Mike Garafolo and NFL Media Insider Ian Rapo... more

The Denver Broncos will keep two veterans on the sidelines to start training camp. Aqib Talib said last week he felt "great" and planned to be ready for camp . Alas, the Broncos will keep the corner off the field at least for the start of workouts.... more

Many NFL players enter training camp this week with just one final season on their contract. In reality, the lack of guaranteed deals means just about every player is constantly battling to prove he's worth hanging onto for another year. Arizona... more

Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak might have "kind of let" players know that Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback, according to defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, but that doesn't mean Paxton Lynch isn't using training camp to push himself... more

In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series , we spotlight emerging players to keep an eye on in 2016. Whether rising from no-namer to quality starter or vaulting from standout to superstar, each of these individuals is poised to break through in th... more

One of Jameis Winston's offseason goals was to get in shape. By all accounts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback hit the target. Winston's father told ESPN that the quarterback has lost 20 pounds. The 22-year-old's trainer, Tim Grover, posted a... more

With Von Miller's contract odyssey finally over, the Denver Broncos can get back to focusing on repeating as the NFL's top defense. The Broncos might have lost starters Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan and other backups on defense, but safety T.J. Wa... more

Last season, Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar seemed to have finally carved out a role as a pass-catching weapon out of the backfield. In the first three weeks, Dunbar compiled 21 receptions for 215 yards -- including 10 catches for 100 yards... more

In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series , we spotlight emerging players to keep an eye on in 2016. Whether rising from no-namer to quality starter or jumping from standout to superstar, each of these individuals is poised to break through in the... more

When healthy, Arian Foster provides a quick, one-cut rushing attack that can devastate defenses. Unfortunately, Foster hasn't stayed healthy in years. After signing with the Miami Dolphins on Monday , Foster hinted at what his biggest role would be... more

Six weeks after being shot in the leg , Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib is walking with a slight limp, but plans to be ready for training camp later this month. At teammate T.J. Ward's charity golf tournament on Monday, Talib told The Denver P... more

Jimmy Clausen is back on the NFL radar. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Washington Redskins worked out Clausen. Clausen started three games in 2015, one with the Chicago Bears and two with the Baltimore Ravens. He owns a 5... more

The NFL continues to search for new methods for making extra point and field goal attempts more difficult -- and thereby more exciting for viewers. One method might be to reduce the space between the field goal uprights. It's something the league t... more

With their backfield facing a plethora of questions following off-field incidents this offseason, the Buffalo Bills are looking to add a veteran. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Bills have targeted Reggie Bush to fill the void duri... more

The Denver Broncos hit June with the goal of inking three key players to long-term contracts, if possible. Two down. One to go. With Von Miller getting his massive pay day a month after John Elway locked down underrated linebacker Brandon Marshall... more

The New England Patriots will be represented in the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro. The USA Rugby Men's Sevens team announced Monday that safety Nate Ebner was one of 12 athletes to make the Olympic squad. Ebner becomes the only active NF... more

The San Francisco 49ers' defense took a hit Friday. The team announced that linebacker Aaron Lynch is suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Lynch is eligible to re... more

Justin Tucker's discontent with the Baltimore Ravens didn't last long. A day after his agent said the kicker was "disillusioned with the process " and wouldn't sign a long-term deal if a contract wasn't struck by Friday, the sides found common grou... more

Karlos Williams has more time off to get back in shape. The Buffalo Bills running back was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the team announced Friday. Williams... more

The deadline for franchise tagged players to sign long-term contracts sits one day away. Those tagged players not inked to a multi-year contract by July 15 at 4 p.m. ET will have to play under the one-year tender -- or choose to sit out the year wi... more

Year after year after year pundits have predicted Frank Gore's production would soon fall off a cliff. The 33-year-old running back hears the critics following his first sub-1,000-yard season since playing just 11 games in 2010. His 3.7 yards per c... more

DeAngelo Hall is looking forward to the full-time move to safety after spending 12 seasons mostly playing corner. Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry began tinkering with Hall at safety last season, but the move will become permanen... more

The year was 2010. The Minnesota Vikings were coming off a 12-4 season and one wayward interception from a Super Bowl appearance. Brett Favre, after one season wearing purple, planned to retire, again. It's August. Training camp has started. Jared... more

Could Anquan Boldin become the New Orleans Saints' newest possession receiver? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the Saints are the favorites to sign the free-agent receiver and are making the strongest push, per a source informed of... more

The NFL careers of Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre will be forever linked. Rodgers' ascendance to MVP immediately followed Favre hauling the Packers back into relevance after a decade of mediocrity. When they write the documentary about the 30 years... more

The heat between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals has risen to the nth degree over the last several years. With both franchises continually battling for playoff spots, their two AFC North contests each season have become heavily... more

With the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals denying Tom Brady's petition to rehear his suspension case , the New England Patriots are a step closer to starting Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback to open the season. The Pats kick off the season Sept.... more

The New York Giants' offense sits as a relative unknown as we press towards training camp. Of course, Odell Beckham Jr. returns, as does iron man Eli Manning. But few other aspects of the offense offer reliable, tangible optimism that Big Blue will... more

Braxton Miller's role with the Houston Texans appears somewhat amorphous heading into his rookie campaign. The team's plans for "multidimensional " duty means he could play in the slot, on the outside or even see time in the backfield on gadget pla... more

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman compiled a combined 1,634 yards rushing and receiving in 2015, more than 27 percent of the team's total yards for the year. He also added 14 of the Falcons' 38 touchdowns. Despite being the team's second... more

Tyrod Taylor's contract situation will likely hang over the Buffalo Bills' 2016 season, but the quarterback isn't fretting over getting paid. "The contract situation will play out. My mindset is to go out there and win games," Taylor told ESPN this... more

The Dallas Cowboys could reunite with a familiar linebacker. NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Monday that the Cowboys are talking to Justin Durant about a return, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Durant started 12 games in... more

As we press closer to the start of fantasy football drafts, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley has some advice regarding where you should select him. "Oh, No. 1 overall, for sure," Gurley said on NFL Network's NFL Total Access on Friday. "I... more

Sammy Watkins took a step forward in his return from offseason foot surgery. The Buffalo Bills' receiver posted a video on Instagram of himself running, with the caption: "back on top soon." While running straight ahead is a far cry from the cut... more

Throughout his nine NFL seasons, Calvin Johnson was always a quiet character. The soft-spoken Megatron has been just as mum on his reasons for retiring from the gridiron at 30. After the Detroit Lions announced in March that the six-time Pro Bowl... more

In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series, we spotlight emerging players to keep an eye on in 2016. Whether rising from no-namer to quality starter or vaulting from standout to superstar, each of these individuals is poised to break through in the... more

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly underwent a biopsy surgery Thursday after scans came back inconclusive . Jill Kelly, his wife, relayed on Instagram that the preliminary results from the biopsy showed no signs of cancer. A big thu... more

The hype surrounding Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is palpable and warranted heading into his third NFL campaign. Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree called Carr a "gunslinger" in the mold of Hall of Famer Brett Favre last month. Speaking... more

Roddy White continues to recount his final season with the Atlanta Falcons. After 11 seasons in Atlanta, White was cut earlier this offseason after putting up just 506 yards on 43 catches with just one touchdown -- his lowest totals since 2006. The... more

The New York Giants spent a shipload of cash this offseason in an effort to rebuild a limp defense and mask the faults of four straight playoff-less seasons. Eli Manning was asked Wednesday at a football camp at Kean University in New Jersey if he... more

The New Orleans Saints' desperation for defensive end aid has led them to pluck Darryl Tapp off the July free-agent scrapheap ahead of training camp. The team announced the signing Wednesday . To make room for the veteran pass rusher, New Orleans w... more

Roman Harper has spent the past decade in the NFC South. The two-time Pro Bowl safety played his first eight years with the New Orleans Saints before a two-season stint with the Carolina Panthers. Now that the 33-year-old re-signed with the Saints... more

The Stephen Tulloch saga in Detroit has finally come to an end. The Lions announced Tuesday they released the middle linebacker. The move had been expected since February , but the team had remained mum on the status of Tulloch throughout offseas... more

Some Atlanta Falcons fans were not thrilled when the team made safety Keanu Neal a first-round pick at No. 17. But the rookie has impressed the coaching staff during offseason workouts. "I'll tell you what, I've been very impressed with (Neal),"... more

Drew Stanton ranks near the top of any list of backup NFL quarterbacks. The veteran proved his worth in 2014 when he relieved Carson Palmer and won five of eight starts before suffering his own injury. A league-wide dearth at the quarterback positi... more

Since Aqib Talib exited the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound nearly a month ago , details of the case and investigation have been few and far between. On Friday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport obtained the full report on the incident that t... more

Detroit Lions rookie Miles Killebrew doesn't have a starting gig, but he does have a beer celebrating his name. Fort Street Brewery in Lincoln Park, Michigan, announced it created a "Killebrew IPA ," named after the Lions safety. "I guess it was... more

Buster Skrine understands playing opposite Darrelle Revis will likely incite quarterbacks to target his side of the field more often. "Bring it on," the New York Jets corner told NJ.com during minicamp . Skrine took the majority of his snaps in t... more

June

Jason Pierre-Paul will celebrate an infamous anniversary this July 4th, one year after he damaged his right hand in a fireworks accident. The New York Giants' pass rusher is hoping his mistake can be a lesson for others this Independence Day. JPP... more

Buddy Ryan won't get to see his sons Rex and Rob attempt to lay waste the the rest of the AFC East in 2016. After the legendary defensive coach passed away, Rex admitted this season means a lot for the Buffalo Bills and his own family's legacy. "Th... more

Andrew Luck's new $140 million contract made him the highest-paid player in NFL history. Despite the huge money up front ($47 million fully guaranteed at signing) owner Jim Irsay admitted it remains a team-friendly deal. "We definitely feel that w... more

Based solely on physical attributes, Dorial Green-Beckham should be the Tennessee Titans' go-to receiver. The 6-foot-5 wideout owns a Megatron-like size, speed, physicality combination. However, during offseason workouts this spring, DGB fell behin... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers released kicker Shaun Suisham after another injury setback, the team announced Friday. "Unfortunately Shaun incurred a setback in his recovery from knee surgery that won't allow him to compete in a timely manner," said Steel... more

Andrew Luck missed nine games last season and ended the year on injured reserve. Indy's quarterback, however, admitted he was playing poorly even before the injuries derailed his season. "Injuries aside, I was not playing very good football -- befo... more

The Ryan Fitzpatrick -saga continues to unfold painfully slowly in New York this offseason. Seemingly every Jets player is incessantly asked questions about how much they want the quarterback to return for a second season. During a one-on-one inter... more

It's that time of year when the hype of young players rolls out with ferocity. Here at Around The NFL we have our Making the Leap list, which looks forward to potential breakout young guns. NFL players have their own checklist of teammates they... more

Matt Ryan is hoping a narcissistic tool can help him improve in his second year in Kyle Shanahan's system. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback believes sloppy footwork was the main cause of his mistakes last season, so Ryan is using a mirror to help im... more

Last season, not only was DeMarco Murray coming off 392 carries with the Dallas Cowboys, but the running back didn't fit Chip Kelly's system in Philadelphia. Murray was a square peg not even NASA could engineer a solution to fit into a round hole.... more

Von Miller and the Denver Broncos have until July 15 to strike a long-term deal. Until then, we wait. Speaking Wednesday at his charity football camp, Miller didn't feel like discussing his contract situation. "I just think, where we're at righ... more

It's the middle of June. NFL players are on their own until training camp starts at the end of July. During this down period players take on a myriad of different activities, sports or causes. Some are more entertaining than others. Exhibit A : O... more

Cam Newton said this offseason he "hasn't peaked" as a football player. That growth must come not only on the field, but in increased maturity off it. The Carolina Panthers quarterback was denounced by many following his handling of a post-Super B... more

Thomas Dimitroff enters his ninth NFL season as the general manager of the Atlanta Falcons having missed the playoffs in three straight seasons. After the Falcons handed some of Dimitroff's power over to assistant GM Scott Pioli last year, Dimitrof... more

Adrian Peterson is a workout warrior who seems to remind us each year he can play well into his 30s. For a running back, stiff-arming Father Time becomes a yearly battle after crossing that 30-year-old mark. Peterson believes he'll lose the mental... more

As Marquise Goodwin prepares to compete for a chance at an Olympic dream, the Buffalo Bills receiver is keenly aware of his position as a two-sport athlete. Goodwin recently told The MMQB's Emily Kaplan he understand the predicament he could be in... more

Joe Flacco's recovery from an ACL tear is one of the least-talked about major injuries this offseason. Perhaps it's because he's not a running quarterback, so we take it for granted that he'll be the same when he returns. Perhaps it's because there... more

In any other receiving corps, Jamison Crowder would be getting hyped up as a potential bust-out star. The slot receiver used his rapport with Kirk Cousins to post a stellar rookie season with 59 receptions (a franchise rookie record) for 604 yards.... more

The Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA championship victory Sunday night wiped away 52-years of sports pain and failure in Northeast Ohio. Battling back from a 3-1 series deficit to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy, LeBron James and Co. also provided hope for t... more

The Chicago Bears buffered Jay Cutler last season, installing an offense that got the ball out of the quarterback's hands quickly in order to mitigate some of the bonehead decisions that have plagued his career. The Bears are saddled with Cutler fo... more

Bud Dupree started seven of the Pittsburgh Steelers' final eight games last season -- including two in the playoffs -- but his production slipped down the stretch. The rookie outside linebacker earned four sacks in his first eight games, but had ze... more

Vince Wilfork enters his 13th NFL season, his second with the Houston Texans, and the big man has no designs on hanging up the cleats soon. Turning 35 in November, the nose tackle believes he's got some good seasons left in him. Wilfork told the Ho... more

Earlier this month, Sammy Watkins wasn't sure about his recovery timetable following foot surgery and didn't know if he'd be ready for training camp. Now, the Buffalo Bills' star wide receiver has more clarity on his rehab. "For training camp, I... more

Muhammad Wilkerson remains miffed he can't get a long-term deal with the New York Jets. On Friday at his annual charity bowling event, Wilkerson wouldn't say whether he would report to training camp next month if he doesn't have a long-term contra... more

The Texans upgrades at receiver have been a hot topic in Houston the summer. Rick Smith added first-round pick Will Fuller and third-round wild card Braxton Miller. Both offer intriguing elements of speed and open-field elusiveness to complement st... more

Coby Fleener was a favored target of quarterback Drew Brees during the New Orleans Saints minicamp this week and the quarterback expects his new tight end to get open often in 2016. "We watched a lot of film on him last year, just because we played... more

Two teams have given up on Logan Thomas, but the big-armed, raw quarterback will get a third chance. The New York Giants claimed Thomas off waivers a day after the Miami Dolphins cut the 24-year-old passer, according to the NFL's official transacti... more

Cam Newton won the NFL MVP award in 2015 on the back of a masterful season in which he seemed unstoppable at times, both with his arm and feet. Exhibit R: Despite the MVP season, Newton believes he still has a lot of room to grow. "I haven't... more

Outside the Los Angeles Rams' organization, the expectation is that Jared Goff will start from the get-go. I expect him to start Week 1. Rams fans expect him to start Week 1. You, maybe, expect him to start Week 1. Goff (hopefully) expects to start W... more

Cameron Brate has developed into a favorite target of Jameis Winston and is on pace to win the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting tight end gig this season. After going undrafted out of Harvard in 2014, Brate bounced on and off the Bucs' roster his fir... more

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expects both running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Jimmy Graham, two key pieces to the Seattle's offense in 2016, to be ready for Week 1. "I absolutely think that," Carroll said, via the team's official website . "They... more

Michael Oher has gone from unwanted to locked down in one season. The left tackle signed a three-year extension with the Carolina Panthers worth $21.6 million in new money, averaging $7.2 million per year and $9.5 million in guarantees, NFL Media... more

Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett make up the most dominant tight end duo in the NFL. In terms of pure pass-catching the tandem is leaps and bounds better than the rest of the league. Despite normally being the alpha dog during his career, Benne... more

Jalen Ramsey ran on the field late last week , just two weeks after undergoing surgery on his meniscus. The video was a prelude to the rookie returning later this summer for Jacksonville Jaguars training camp. On Wednesday, Ramsey said he's already... more

The New York Jets have balked at paying Muhammad Wilkerson huge money for two seasons, despite the team's consistent public statements claiming a desire to get a deal done. The second-team All-Pro defensive lineman is getting fed up with the all-ta... more

The Buffalo Bills are keeping LeSean McCoy on the sidelines during minicamp this week and will continue to monitor the running back's snaps throughout training camp and preseason. Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday the rest of th... more

Several defensive linemen got big money contracts the past few months: Malik Jackson (6 years, $88.5 million) in Jacksonville; Olivier Vernon (5 years, $85 million) in New York; and Fletcher Cox (6 years, $102.6 million) in Philadelphia most recently... more

Reshad Jones' holdout lasted one day. The safety showed up to Miami Dolphins minicamp Wednesday after skipping Tuesday's opening session, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The MMQB first reported the news. Jones told the Miami Herald that... more

Marshall Mathers once provided his personal list of top rappers in the game, circa 2002. I got a list, here's the order of my list that it's in. It goes Reggie, Jay-Z, 2Pac, and Biggie, Andre from OutKast, Jada, Kurupt, Nas, and then me -- Till I... more

Ex-NBA player Nate Robinson tried out for the Seahawks , but don't expect a signing anytime soon, if ever. Coach Pete Carroll said the 32-year-old, three-time NBA slam dunk champion, will remain on the team's radar, but the interest appears limited... more

Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher isn't wasting time getting Jared Goff acclimated to an NFL offense. The No. 1 overall pick took first-team reps during multiple 11-on-11 periods during Tuesday's OTAs. The rookie quarterback said grasping the spee... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Around the NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The AFC South is below. Jacksonville Jaguars » ... more

While the wait for Von Miller's massive extension drags on, the Denver Broncos locked down another key piece of the defense. The Broncos announced Tuesday they signed linebacker Brandon Marshall  to a four-year contract extension. NFL Media Insid... more

Austin Seferian-Jenkins spoke for the first time since getting kicked off the field by coach Dirk Koetter last week. The third-year pro told reporters Tuesday during the opening session of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' mandatory minicamp that he was... more

Darren McFadden's quest to fend off rookie Ezekiel Elliott for a sizable role in the Dallas Cowboys' backfield has taken a hit. McFadden injured his elbow in an accident at home and will be out a "couple months" after undergoing surgery Tuesday, c... more

The Tennessee Titans' backfield has been boasted as a "thunder and thunder" duo of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. Dexter McCluster wants to add some pizazz to the combination. Jim Wyatt of the team's official website noted that McCluster can ad... more

One byproduct of Russell Wilson's explosive passing offense during the second half of last season was rookie Tyler Lockett bursting onto the scene. Always a dangerous return man in both the kick and punt game, Lockett proved he could provide a dyna... more

Jalen Ramsey's rehabilitation took a positive stride forward Friday. The Jacksonville Jaguars tweeted out a video of the No. 5 overall pick running on the field. Heading into the weekend like... Oh and by the way, that's @JalenRamsey on the fiel... more

Count Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly among those who believes it's a make-or-break season for Rex Ryan. The Hall of Fame quarterback told "The Jim Rome Show" that he thinks the Bills must make the playoffs for the coach to retain his job. "I thin... more

No one will confuse Theo Riddick for Todd Gurley. The Detroit Lions' scat back led the NFL with 80 receptions out of the backfield in 2015, earning 697 yards receiving, averaging 8.7 yards per catch. A between-the-tackles runner the 25-year-old is... more

Carlos Hyde wasn't a threat out of the backfield in his first two NFL seasons, catching just 23 passes. Under Chip Kelly that could change for the San Francisco 49ers' lead back. "He's got really, really good hands," Kelly said, via the team's... more

Contract talks with Von Miller hit a roadblock this week , so the Denver Broncos are focusing on locking down two other key players. John Elway noted last week that contract talks with receiver Emmanuel Sanders and linebacker Brandon Marshall are... more

Josh Norman didn't want to leave the comfort of the Carolina Panthers, but after the team moved on, the corner is enjoying his new digs. The All-Pro corner likes that defensive coordinator Joe Barry's defense in Washington allows him the liberty to... more

The Los Angeles Rams locked up No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. The quarterback signed his four-year contract Thursday, the team announced. As with all first-round contracts under this collective bargaining agreement, the deal comes with a fifth-year... more

Austin Seferian-Jenkins' offseason of redemption isn't going swimmingly. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end was sent off of the practice field Thursday. Coach Dirk Koetter told reporters ASJ was sent home because he "didn't know what he was doing... more

Cam Newton is ditching the dab. The Carolina Panthers quarterback told WFNZ Radio on Thursday morning he will bust out a new touchdown celebration in 2016. "I have to put that aside," Newton said of the dab, via BlackandBlueReview.com . "I have t... more

Ryan Shazier is wicked fast. The Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker displayed his speed Wednesday, besting wide receivers Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates in a 40-yard dash. Proof: There it is #Linebackers pic.twitter.com/fqvH19YwU... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered 2015 with the goal of scoring 30 points per game . They fell a little short, scoring 26.4 a contest. A few factors caused Pittsburgh to fall short, most notably Ben Roethlisberger missing games due to injury. Also... more

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay believes the team can come to terms with a new contract for Andrew Luck before training camp. "I'm still hopeful that before training camp we can get something done and I think both sides feel the sooner the bette... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have locked up another integral weapon. The team reached agreement on a three-year, $15.5 million contract extension with running back Giovani Bernard, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, per a source involved... more

A cornerstone of the Carolina Panthers' franchise-building philosophy is to bulk up on pass rushers and not pay heavily in the secondary. Dave Gettleman's plan has worked brilliantly. With one of the fastest, deep front-sevens in the NFL, the Panth... more

When the Carolina Panthers drafted receiver Devin Funchess in 2015, the plan was to surround Cam Newton with a series of mammoth targets. Almost immediately that plan was dented with Kelvin Benjamin sustaining a season-ending ACL injury. Funchess t... more

Rueben Randle was a source of frustration for the New York Giants -- and fans -- during his four seasons in the Big Apple. Now with a fresh start in Philadelphia, the wide receiver is happy to move on. "Unfortunate situation. Things happen, you've... more

The San Francisco 49ers open up minicamp this week, but Colin Kaepernick won't be fully cleared for practices. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that Kaepernick won't be cleared to participate in team workouts this week, per a sourc... more

Fletcher Cox returned to the Philadelphia Eagles' training facility this week in advance of mandatory minicamp, which opens Tuesday. Cox skipped voluntary organized team activities this offseason while seeking a long-term contract extension. The... more

Detroit Lions first-round pick Taylor Decker is getting tossed into the fire. Decker has spent the majority of offseason workouts at left tackle, with incumbent Riley Reiff moving to the right side. While some teams protect rookie offensive linem... more

If you are a Kansas City Chiefs fan -- or happened to be rooting for them to knock off the New England Patriots -- you were probably screaming at the television screen last January, watching Alex Smith take precious seconds off the clock while down t... more

The optimism surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars' improved defense hinges largely on 2015 first-round pick Dante Fowler, who missed his entire rookie season after an ACL injury last May. Fowler has participated in every OTA session this offseason... more

The Seattle Seahawks lost their grip on claiming the top secondary in the NFL -- swiped by the Denver Broncos in 2015. Despite the dip, Richard Sherman doesn't believe the Seahawks lost a step. "We're hitting our prime, that's what I'd say," Sherma... more

Marshawn Lynch won't return to the NFL. After cryptically tweeting a picturing of cleats hanging from a telephone wire during the Super Bowl, indicating his retirement, there has been rampant speculation about whether the notoriously fickle runnin... more

DeSean Jackson is back at Washington Redskins workouts. The receiver returned for the third week of organized team activities after skipping the first two weeks. Ready to work. pic.twitter.com/QvFnnj6tvo â?? Washington Redskins (@Redskins) Jun... more

Jay Ajayi is keenly aware of the offseason questions about his ability to handle a heavy workload. The Miami Dolphins unsuccessfully chased C.J. Anderson and Chris Johnson in free agency and added third-round pick Kenyan Drake in the draft. What Aj... more

The next step in the NFL's offseason program begins this week for seven squads. The Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers each open veteran minicam... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are one of seven teams to open mandatory minicamp this week. The difference in the minicamp from other workouts taking place this spring is the "mandatory" aspect, meaning player are subject to fines for missing sessions.... more

Marcus Mariota stands poised to make a leap forward in his second season, dragging a perennially poor Tennessee Titans squad up the standings. The Titans' brass spent the offseason bulking up to aid the quarterback in his development, but much of... more

Drew Brees' contract situation continues to hover over the New Orleans Saints as the quarterback enters the final year of his deal. In the locker room, however, the players aren't fretting about how much their leader gets paid. "Nobody deserves t... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are poised to employs one of the more explosive offenses in the NFL, they plan to also deploy a faster paced attack. Jags offensive coordinator Greg Olson said this week he plans on putting Blake Bortles in the no-huddle mo... more

The Washington Redskins boast one of the deepest pass-catching corps in the entire NFL. General manager Scot McCloughan added first-round pick Josh Doctson to complement DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, while locking up Kirk Cousins' security blan... more

Early offseason work has surely put a smile on Clay Matthews' face. The linebacker moved back to the outside after spending much of the past two years lost inside. Coach Mike McCarthy said Matthews has spent the "majority" of his snaps at outside... more

Perhaps Matt Forte got the chorus of those loathsome Bon Jovi DirecTV commercials  stuck in his head. Perhaps he's been jamming to Twenty One Pilots' latest album . Whatever the cause, the 30-year-old running back said one reason he chose to sign w... more

Tony Romo missed all but four games in 2015 after fracturing his collarbone multiple times. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback doesn't believe the injury will linger. "I understand where I'm at in my career. I also understand that -- I was hurt and ban... more

For a young receiver, earning the trust of a future Hall of Fame quarterback is vital. Saints rookie Michael Thomas already gained more than a modicum of confidence from Drew Brees. "His improvement over these six practices has been awesome," Brees... more

Organized team activities is an odd time for NFL players. Every success or failure comes with the caveat of practices being conducted in shorts, sans pads. Outside of the pads and time restraints during OTAs, teams aren't allowed to run certain typ... more

The initial reaction to hearing that the Atlanta Falcons will move Vic Beasley to strongside (SAM) linebacker is one of surprise that Dan Quinn's team would drop its best pass rusher into coverage any more times than necessary. Falcons assistant co... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should garner popularity as a team that could rise to playoff contention in the NFC. Linebacker Lavonte David has even higher goals for the defense. "I think we can be the best defense ever, to be honest. I'm going to go ou... more

Colin Kaepernick continues to show up to workouts for the San Francisco 49ers, despite not being able to practice after undergoing multiple surgeries. Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said Thursday the team is waiting for the quarterback to get... more

Welcome to Tropepalooza, a months long carnival of bloviation, hallow jubilees and trivial tributes. It's a time when everything in the football world seems bright, shiny and filled with rainbow roads reaching across the horizon. Through the endles... more

Sam Bradford went from trying to force his way out of Philadelphia to setting up a summer getaway for teammates. The Eagles' current No. 1 quarterback is helping plan a throwing session for skill-position players during the July dead-period before... more

Rob Ryan blasted the New Orleans Saints and his former boss Sean Payton last week, saying he was effectively neutered and forced to run a defense he didn't agree with. Payton responded that Ryan's claims were "silly." Former Saints defensive linem... more

When you get so used to standing on the mountain top, the view seems just slightly off from one cliff lower. The Seattle Seahawks' defense led the NFL in points per game allowed for the fourth straight season (17.3), finished first in rush yards pe... more

Sam Bradford wasn't the only quarterback peeved his team traded up to draft a signal-caller of the future. NFL Media's Steve Wyche reported Wednesday that Los Angeles quarterback Nick Foles has not participated in team-run workouts since the Rams... more

Sammy Watkins is taking it slow in his return from foot surgery. The Buffalo Bills' top receiver suffered a broken bone in his foot and had a screw inserted in April. The plan was for Watkins to be ready for training camp, but the wideout said Wedn... more

Jeff Fisher's master offensive plan is coalescing in Los Angeles. Two years ago, Fisher drafted the top rookie running back, Todd Gurley, who is expected to power the Rams' offense. This season, the coach snagged his preferred quarterback of the fu... more

After a decade in the NFL, defensive end Stephen Bowen is calling it quits. The Washington Redskins announced Wednesday that Bowen is retiring. The former Cowboys, Redskins and Jets defensive end played 128 games, compiling 176 tackles, 12.5 sacks... more

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Kelvin Benjamin is back. The Carolina Panthers' No. 1 receiver participated in on-field workouts for the first time since tearing his ACL during last year's training camp in August. Proof: Welcome back, KB13 ð??? #KeepPounding... more

Detroit Lions starting running back Ameer Abdullah could miss all of offseason workouts. Lions coach Jim Caldwell confirmed to reporters that Abdullah had shoulder surgery shortly after the end of the regular season. "He is recovering nicely,"... more

DeMarco Murray won NFL Offensive Player of the Year for the Dallas Cowboys after toting the rock 392 times for 1,845 yards (4.7 yards per carry average) in 2014. Murray was a bulldozing freight train, carrying 45 times for more than 10 yards and 15 t... more

(Dear reader, please brace yourself for some wicked spin and classic coach speak. Thank you. ) The Dallas Cowboys selected Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft. The presumption from the moment his name was called has been th... more

The 2015 offseason MVP award went to Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams, who garnered oodles of praise from Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy. After flashing in offseason practices and the preseason, Adams was expected to explode, especia... more

Keyshawn Johnson isn't taking credit for the New Orleans Saints drafting his nephew, Michael Thomas, in the second round, but the former Pro Bowl receiver dropped some info to head coach Sean Payton before the draft. Johnson even went so far as to... more

Arian Foster remains one of the biggest names still hanging on the free-agent market after being cut by the Houston Texans. The 29-year-old running back will probably be available for a little while longer as he rehabs from an Achilles injury. "I... more

Terrelle Pryor used to be a quarterback, but hasn't attempted an NFL pass since 2013. Entering his second campaign with the Cleveland Browns as a receiver, Pryor believes he's grown so much this offseason his transformation is complete. "I don't ev... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are taking Dwight Freeney for a test drive. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Freeney will work out with the Bengals on Wednesday, per a team source. ESPN's Coley Harvey first reported the news . In add... more

The last NFL game took place 108 days ago. Most players finished their season well before that date. In the three-plus months since, while the outside world has been fretting over free agency and draft prospects, veteran players under contract have... more

When the Denver Broncos announced last week that Mark Sanchez underwent surgery on his non-throwing hand, the team indicated the quarterback was expected to miss the start of organized team activities . The quarterback then insisted he wanted to... more

Much of the offseason focus for the Indianapolis Colts has been on Andrew Luck, but there is another player vital to the offense's success in 2016: T.Y. Hilton. In 2015, the receiver broached the 1,000-yard barrier for the third straight season, bu... more

The Florida heat can wilt even the strongest people over time, so the Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to try and avoid it as much as possible. New coach Dirk Koetter moved OTAs to earlier in the morning and will likely keep the two-hour practices at 10:3... more

The Arizona Cardinals hope Tom Brady is granted another chance to fight his four-game suspension. The New England Patriots quarterback would miss the season's opener on Sunday Night Football against he Cards if the suspension is upheld. On Monday,... more

Tyler Eifert's Pro Bowl injury continues to linger. The Cincinnati Bengals tight end left the Pro Bowl in a walking boot, but downplayed any long-term effects, saying at the time , "I'll be good." Months later the ankle still hasn't responded... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars got some positive news Tuesday. The team announced first-round rookie Jalen Ramsey underwent surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee on Tuesday and is expected to return by training camp. Ramsey got a second opin... more

Tyrann Mathieu isn't positive he'll be fully healthy for the start of the 2016 season , but he hopes to get paid before then. The Arizona Cardinals and the defensive back are deep in negotiations on a long-term deal , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Bills general manager Doug Whaley shares Sammy Watkins' optimism about this season. The wide receiver underwent surgery on a broken foot earlier this spring , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported. Watkins tweeted after the news broke... more

Optimism is teeming from Jacksonville this offseason, unless you are Luke Joeckel. The former No. 2 overall pick in 2013 took snaps at both left tackle and left guard at the start of OTAs. With the Jaguars signing former Steelers left tackle Kelvin... more

Jimbo Fisher isn't comprehending the heat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are taking for trading up in the second round to draft former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo. When told by the Tampa Bay Times that some Bucs fans are unhappy with the move an... more

After selecting four receivers in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns cut ties with a veteran. The Browns released wideout Brian Hartline on Monday, the team announced. The move shouldn't be a surprise . The 29-year-old receiver struggled to... more

The Tennessee Titans traded up to draft Jack Conklin. Now the No. 8 overall pick is under contract. The team agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Michigan State offensive tackle. As with all first-round picks, the deal comes with a... more

The Buffalo Bills will open organized team activities Monday without their top corner. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Stephon Gilmore is staying away from OTAs as the two sides negotiate a long-term extension, according to two sources invo... more

There is nothing quite like a teammate setting wild expectations. With optimism about the 2016 Oakland Raiders booming in the Bay Area, many are beefing up their projections regarding a rise in the AFC West. Khalil Mack recently boasted the Raiders... more

Jacksonville Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey will get a second opinion on his torn meniscus this week, to determine the complete severity of the knee injury. General manager Dave Caldwell told Peter King of The MMQB this weekend that he's confident the... more

The Chicago Bears let Matt Forte walk in free agency, showing no desire to re-sign the 30-year-old running back. What's left behind is a committee composed of a bevy of question marks. Jeremy Langford showed promised as a rookie, but there are majo... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are testing out a smart dummy. A Mobile Virtual Player, a remote controlled robotic dummy, was introduced during Steelers workouts. The mobile dummies, developed at Dartmouth College, could aid in tackling development withou... more

Jalen Ramsey's knee injury could cast a cloud over the optimism that had been shining bright in Jacksonville this offseason. Depending on the results of a second opinion on his meniscus tear, the rookie could be back by the start of training camp.... more

Not everyone in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' building was a fan of Jameis Winston coming out of college. Even head coach Dirk Koetter said he initially preferred Marcus Mariota to Winston. After spending time around Winston those opinions quickly change... more

For the second straight year, the Jacksonville Jaguars' first-round pick has suffered an injury in May. Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey suffered a small meniscus tear to his right knee during the second phase of on-field workouts, the team announce... more

The Atlanta Falcons are transitioning Vic Beasley from his role as a LEO pass rusher last season to SAM (strongside) linebacker. "It's off to a great start," Beasley said of the change, via the team's official website . "I just know that it's a new... more

On Monday the Denver Broncos announced Mark Sanchez underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament on his non-throwing thumb. The injury was expected to keep Sanchez out of the start of next week's OTAs . Not so fast, says Sanchez. The quarterback s... more

Back at the NFL owners meetings in March, Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan promised to build a roster that can allow a quarterback to "be average and still be good ." McCloughan put his money where his mouth was, using his first-... more

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett might want to regurgitate at the thought of Sam Bradford trying to force a trade, but the quarterback's teammates aren't so perturbed. "If I'm cool with it, then everybody should be cool with it," No.... more

Tight ends play a critical role in Gary Kubiak's offense. From blocking in the run game, to pass catching on the bootleg, to being primary receivers in the red area, the Denver Broncos offense will rely on tight ends producing regularly. Entering 2... more

With Colin Kaepernick getting only mental reps during OTAs, Chip Kelly reiterated there is no timetable to choose a starting quarterback. A full-fledged QB battle between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert hasn't even commenced. When it does, Gabbert i... more

Andrew Luck participated fully in Indianapolis Colts OTAs on Tuesday. The quarterback said he had "no limitations" on the field. After missing nine games in 2015 due to injury, Luck now believes it's his duty to remain as healthy as possible, for... more

Most NFL players wouldn't dump on another player for trying to get paid or traded, especially a player on a different team. Most players aren't Michael Bennett. The Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman -- who continues to fight for a new contract bet... more

Darren Sproles and Fletcher Cox are both staying away from Eagles OTAs. While Cox wants a new long-term deal, Sproles is sorting through another issue. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Eagles received calls of trade interest in the m... more

The Cincinnati Bengals let veteran safety Reggie Nelson walk in free agency this season because the team trusted Shawn Williams to step into the full-time starting role. The Bengals showed their faith in dollars Tuesday. The team announced they s... more

The game clock read 1:36 left in the fourth quarter after Vontaze Burfict intercepted Landry Jones, giving the Cincinnati Bengals the ball with a one-point lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card matchup this past January. After Burfict'... more

The Denver Broncos will not have their presumptive starting quarterback in the huddle when OTAs open next week. The team announced Monday that Mark Sanchez underwent surgery over the weekend to repair a torn ligament in the thumb on his non-throwi... more

A pay cut isn't the only issue New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola is dealing with this offseason. The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reported Monday that Amendola is recovering from knee and ankle surgeries he underwent earlier this offseason... more

Brandon Boykin didn't last long on the Carolina Panthers' roster. The team announced Monday it cut ties with the cornerback after signing him to a one-year, $840,000 deal in March. Boykin started just one game in Pittsburgh last season after seve... more

Tom Coughlin couldn't find the ideal landing spot to continue his coaching career in 2016 after partying ways with the New York Giants -- mutual or otherwise. The soon-to-be 70-year-old man isn't giving up that he will get another chance in the near... more

Tyrann Mathieu suffered a season-ending ACL injury in December that could put the start of his season in peril, but nothing has changed about the Arizona Cardinals' desire to lock down the safety long term. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

Perhaps outside of Jacksonville, no team did more to sweepingly overhaul a weak defense this offseason than the Oakland Raiders. General manager Reggie McKenzie added Bruce Irvin to his front seven along with Sean Smith, Reggie Nelson and first-round... more

Connor Cook's plummet to the fourth round of the NFL draft might have cost the quarterback a shot at a starting gig in 2016, but the rookie passer is in position to bounce Matt McGloin for the backup gig to Derek Carr in Oakland. Raiders coach Jack... more

The Hayne Plane is leaving the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers announced Sunday running back Jarryd Hayne has retired from the NFL to and will pursue playing rugby in the Olympics. It's a semi-surprising move after Hayne insisted this offseason he w... more

The Tennessee Titans bulked up the offensive line and backfield this offseason in anticipation of their smashmouth approach in 2016. The Titans hope the additions of tackle Jack Conklin, and running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry will aid M... more

It took 13 years, but Larry Fitzgerald fulfilled the promise he made to his dying mother. The Arizona Cardinals' receiver graduated from the University of Phoenix on Saturday. He majored in communications. Fitzgerald, 32, attended the University... more

Kevin White has yet to play one single, solitary NFL snap, but that didn't stop new receivers coach Curtis Johnson from heaping some weighty comparisons on the wideout. "Kevin White was one of the better receivers I've seen coming out (of college),... more

Russell Wilson gave the commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin on Saturday. Amid the advice on life, overcoming obstacle and perseverance, Wilson tossed in a bit of self-deprecation. The Seattle Seahawks' quarterback mentioned the most... more

The offseason focus in San Francisco sits mostly on the quarterback situation, yet there are a boatload of other puzzles needing to be put together under new coach Chip Kelly. On Friday, Kelly discussed many aspects of team with KNBR-AM, including... more

The most controversial 2016 draft pick inked his contract Thursday. Christian Hackenberg signed his four-year rookie deal with the New York Jets, the team announced. All inked up! We've signed draft picks QB Christian Hackenberg & WR Charone... more

With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Around the NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The AFC South is below. Houston Texans Texans Projected Starters Offense QB: Brock Oswieler R... more

Michael Bennett still wants a pay raise. The Seattle Seahawks pass rusher is currently sitting out voluntary workouts in hopes the team will re-do his contract. General manager John Schneider told Pro Football Talk on Wednesday he doesn't get the... more

Melvin Gordon underwent microfracture surgery on his knee this offseason , leading to another round of questions about the running back's future after a disappointing rookie campaign. General manager Tom Telesco offered more clarity on the subject... more

The deadline for franchise tagged players to get long-term deals is July 15. Until we creep closer to that date, don't expect many new contracts to be handed out. We've kept close tabs on Von Miller's contract situation in Denver, but several other... more

NFC North NFC South NFC East NFC West With the NFL draft in the rearview mirror, Around The NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The NFC South is below. Carolina Panthers » Th... more

Andrew Luck seemed to skate through the first three years of his NFL career. Last season, the turnovers and hits caught up with the quarterback. Luck threw 12 interceptions to just 15 touchdowns in 2015 and missed nine games due to injury. New... more

No Buffalo Bills player will ever wear No. 78 again. Team president Russ Brandon announced Wednesday morning that Bills Hall of Fame pass rusher Bruce Smith will have his number retired this coming season. While there are 30 members of the Bills... more

Tony Romo is suffering no ill-effects from offseason surgery to his collarbone. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback was given a timetable of six-to-eight weeks after going under the knife on March 8 to shave down the clavicle and help alleviate stress.... more

With hybrid players becoming all the rage thanks to the success of Deone Bucannon and Mark Barron, several teams drafted rookies who could see playing time at multiple defensive spots -- for example, Su'a Cravens for the Redskins or Miles Killebrew... more

The New York Giants have searched for a second fiddle to Odell Beckham Jr. since Victor Cruz suffered a devastating knee injury in 2014. Big Blue hopes second-round pick Sterling Shepard can finally plug that spot. Eli Manning is impressed after so... more

The son of Derrick Thomas , arguably the greatest Kansas City Chiefs player in history, got a tryout with his late father's team. Running back Donnell Alexander was one of several tryout players who participated in the Chiefs' three-day rookie mini... more

Running back Derrick Henry signed his rookie contract on the first day in the Tennessee Titans building, the team announced . Henry's four-year deal is worth $5.4 million with $3.3 million fully guaranteed, a source who has seen the contract told N... more

The Washington Redskins inked first-round receiver Josh Doctson on Monday. The No. 22 overall pick was one of six draftees to sign with the Redskins. Safety Su'a Cravens, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis , quarterback Nate Sudfeld, linebacker Steven... more

The Detroit Lions' defense fell off last season after morphing into one of the best units in the NFL in 2014. The loss of Ndamukong Suh in free agency played a big part, but linebacker DeAndre Levy playing just 17 snaps all year was a massive a rea... more

The Minnesota Vikings were a missed chip-shot field goal from winning a playoff game over NFC powerhouse Seattle Seahawks. Adrian Peterson believes in 2016 the Vikes can not only win that playoff game, but much, much more. "We are going to have a... more

Word on the street was that Sam Bradford would return to work this week or next. The quarterback accelerated the timetable to Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Bradford officially returned to the Eagles facility Monday morning, per... more

Aside from shooting an endless stream of commercials that are sure to run all football season, what has Peyton Manning been doing with himself since announcing his retirement?  We know he's not planning on working in television and likely won't fi... more

The Seattle Seahawks continue to shuffle their offensive line in an attempt to plug the sieve. In the midst of rookie minicamp, offensive line coach Tom Cable told 710 ESPN the team moved 2014 second-round pick Justin Britt to center. Britt start... more

Sam Bradford skipped the start of voluntary workouts as he attempted to manufacture a trade out of Philadelphia. The quarterback's teammates believe that standoff is soon ending. Right tackle Lane Johnson told 97.5 The Fanatic on Sunday that he's... more

Russell Wilson currently sits as the only quarterback on the Seattle Seahawks' roster to throw an NFL pass. With Tarvaris Jackson still unsigned, the current depth chart sits with rookie Trevone Boykin , Jake Heaps. Vernon Adams is also at rookie... more

Even during rookie minicamp, Dez Bryant is around. The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver stopped by the rookie camp this weekend, to introduce himself to the newcomers and watch them work. Bryant has also been rehabbing this offseason. The wideout... more

It's only rookie minicamp, but Jared Goff is well on his way to locking down the Los Angeles Rams' starting gig. The No. 1 overall pick has the best odds to start under center from day one , with only afterthoughts Case Keenum and Nick Foles to bea... more

With the NFL draft in the rearview mirror, Around The NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The NFC South is below. Carolina Panthers Panthers Projected Starters Offense QB Cam Newton R... more

Jaylon Smith could miss all of 2016 after tearing his ACL and LCL, but the Dallas Cowboys won't give up on him having an effect on the field during his rookie campaign. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was adamant Thursday the team won't place the linebac... more

In 2015, Jordan Reed set a Washington Redskins record with 952 receiving yards by a tight end. On Thursday, he got paid. The Redskins have signed Reed to a five-year, $50 million contract extension, a source close to the player told NFL Media's Jef... more

If it wasn't clear before the NFL draft that Matt Jones would be the Washington Redskins' workhorse back, it is now. Washington didn't select a running back early in the draft, waiting to snag speedster Keith Marshall in the seventh round. Jones... more

Last season, as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, Hue Jackson entered the year with the most highly touted running back duo in Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. While Hill on balance was a disappointment in his second season (3.6... more

No one seems worried about Von Miller eventually getting a massive, and potentially record-setting, long-term contract. Whenever broached on the subject, general manager John Elway exudes confidence a deal will get done in time. Likewise, Miller... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars stole the show  at the 2016 NFL Draft, leaving analysts from coast to coast bellowing praises for the team's picks. The haul of Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack gave the Jags two of the top five talents in the entire draft. Addi... more

Keanu Neal agreed to a contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday and became the first 2016 first-round pick to ink his deal on Thursday, the team announced . Taken No. 17 overall last Thursday, the 20-year-old Florida product boasts NFL size a... more

With the current wage scale, rookies are the best commodity in the NFL. Sure, the draft is about adding for the future, but it's also about finding that perfect fit to immediately boost an NFL team into the stratosphere. A first-year player who can... more

Some Dallas Cowboys fans love the Ezekiel Elliott selection, believing he can have a Emmitt Smith-type influence on the offense. Others scowled that the front office would eschew adding to a weak defense, especially with two defensive ends facing... more

Never shop hungry. Going to the grocery store starving might be the silliest mistake that Middle Americans commonly make. It's a rookie blunder that, unfortunately, many non-rookies make on a daily basis. When you shop hungry, it messes with your... more

Colin Kaepernick remains on the San Francisco 49ers' roster and a trade appears dim, at best. Barring the Niners outright cutting him, Kaepernick seems destined to spend 2016 in the Bay Area, which means a quarterback battle with Blaine Gabbert. In... more

Injuries in the NFL aren't surprising, they're a seemingly daily occurrence in a physically demanding sport. Injuries in the offseason, however, can strike a bizarre note. FOX Sports reports that Oakland Raiders tight end Clive Walford suffered a... more

New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese took heat for what many analysts viewed as a "reach" when he selected corner Eli Apple No. 10 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. On Monday, Reese blasted those critics during an interview with Mike Francesa o... more

Don't expect to see Peyton Manning on your TV screen this fall, unless you like sitting through the same commercial 10,000 times. The New York Daily News reports , per "network" sources, Manning has no interest in pursing a TV gig for the upcoming... more

Alfred Morris was one of many veteran players aversely affected by the selection of a high draft pick. When the fifth-year back signed with the Dallas Cowboys it was assimed he'd get snaps spelling an often-injured Darren McFadden. Now, he's been... more

Last week, John Elway's search for quarterback competition shifted from veterans to a first-round rookie. After drafting Paxton Lynch on Thursday, Elway signaled the end of the Colin Kaepernick hunt and let Brian Hoyer know that they wouldn't require... more

No Seattle Seahawks player will wear Marshawn Lynch's No. 24 in 2016. General manager John Schneider confirmed Monday the team wouldn't be giving out that jersey number.  "One of my last conversations with Marshawn was that nobody was going to we... more

Kirk Cousins sounds content taking 2016 to prove to the Washington Redskins he deserves a big-money, long-term contract. Last month, Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan said he told Cousins the team would take care of him if the quarterback pu... more

James Harrison will play another NFL season. The soon-to-be 38-year-old pass rusher confirmed Monday he would return for his 14th season, with an "I'm Back" picture on Instagram. I'll be 38 on Wednesday and I'm feeling just like a fine wine. Gett... more

Our annual fifth-year option tracker is live! Feel the excitement, internet. The rookie wage scale, created in 2011, requires all first-year players to sign four-year deals. Teams then have the option to exercise a fifth-year option for all first-r... more

Out of all the non-injured players selected in last weekend's NFL draft, the biggest wild card might be quarterback Cardale Jones. Jones has a massive arm, athleticism and NFL size. There are also major question marks about his accuracy and decisio... more

After rescinding the franchise tag on Josh Norman, Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said optimistically that "sometimes the answer is on your roster " in regards to filling out a position of need. And sometimes you must draft to fin... more

When the Cleveland Browns drafted Cody Kessler in the third round on Friday night , our initial thought was that it ensured Robert Griffin III's place atop the depth chart. Sashi Brown disagrees with the assumption that Kessler doesn't pose a threa... more

The NFL draft is over and Sam Bradford remains on the Philadelphia Eagles' roster. A trade request is still live, however, and Bradford has skipped the start of offseason workouts. With coach Doug Pederson installing a new offense, the starting... more

Most times in Jerry Jones' life, the Dallas Cowboys owner gets what he wants. Not so during the 2016 NFL Draft. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday night that the Cowboys tried to trade back into the first round to select quarterback... more

With the Tennessee Titans laser-focused on adding an offensive tackle in the NFL draft, most assumed the team would attempt to bump incumbent left tackle Taylor Lewan to the right side. If Laremy Tunsil had been the pick, that was almost sure to ha... more

April

After moving up in the first round to draft Paxton Lynch on Thursday, general manager John Elway immediately slammed the door on a Colin Kaepernick trade. On Friday, he also told Brian Hoyer the Broncos wouldn't be needing his services. Mike Klis o... more

The Cleveland Browns stunned most football experts Friday night by eschewing more highly thought of quarterbacks to select Cody Kessler in the third round. It's been easy to skewer the Browns for their millennium-long search for a quarterback. This... more

The best moment of the 2016 NFL Draft came Friday night, when the Dallas Cowboys selected Jaylon Smith with the No. 34 overall pick. The Notre Dame linebacker fell from the top of the first round after suffering a knee injury during the Fiesta Bowl... more

With Tom Brady's four-game suspension recently reinstated , New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft reiterated his support for the future Hall of Fame quarterback at a draft party Friday night at Gillette Stadium. "He's a young man who is an except... more

After passing on a quarterback in the first two rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns finally tapped a future signal-caller in the third round. The Browns selected quarterback Cody Kessler with the No. 93 overall pick Friday night.... more

The Miami Dolphins might have been "comfortable " with their running back depth chart, but they were almost certain to add one in the draft. The 'Fins did so in the third round Friday night. Miami tapped Kenyan Drake out of Alabama with the No. 73... more

We have a Day 2 kicker selection in the 2016 NFL Draft! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded back up into the second round to select Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo. The Bucs traded a third-round pick (No. 74) and a fourth rounder (106) to Kansas... more

New Orleans added more firepower for Drew Brees. The Saints tapped Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas No. 47 overall on Friday night. Thomas possesses size and speed combo with upside that coaches seek in early round receivers. The nephew of... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to beef up their defense in the second round of the NFL Draft. A day after snapping up corner Vernon Hargreaves, Tampa added defensive end Noah Spence with the No. 39 overall pick. Spence, 6-foot-2 and 249 pound... more

The Cleveland Browns stayed put atop Friday's second round to snag defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah No. 32 overall. Born in Nigeria, Ogbah, standing 6-foot-4 and 273-pounds, will add much-needed pass rushing off the edge for the Browns and power again... more

Now that the Los Angeles Rams drafted their franchise quarterback in Jared Goff, the team is open to dangling two veterans in trades. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Friday the Rams are not only fielding trade offers for Nick Foles, bu... more

Jerry Jones wanted to get a backup quarterback and successor for Tony Romo on Thursday night, but couldn't close the deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Dallas Cowboys tried to trade back into the first round to draft Paxton Lynch , b... more

The Arizona Cardinals entered the offseason knowing they needed to address the defensive line. Steve Keim added another big piece Thursday night. The Cards grabbed talented but troubled defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche with the No. 29 overall pic... more

The Minnesota Vikings added a big-play weapon for Teddy Bridgewater, selecting Laquon Treadwell with the No. 23 overall pick in Thursday night's first round. Treadwell became the first Ole Miss wide receiver drafted in the first round in the commo... more

Rex Ryan's love of Clemson spilled over into draft night. The Buffalo Bills selected pass rusher Shaq Lawson with the No. 19 overall pick in Thursday's first round. The edge rusher is Ryan's type of player: an active worker with an aggressive mot... more

Quarterbacks. Quarterbacks are the lifeblood of the NFL. If a team owns a franchise passer, the limits are boundless. If a team has squat under center, the search becomes all-consuming. With so many teams constantly spinning on the quarterback... more

Peyton Manning is a well-known letter writer, often penning notes to retiring teammates, opponents, those battling life-threatening illnesses or people inspiring him in any fashion. In a tribute to Manning's retirement, Gatorade filmed a commercial... more

One of the pivot points of Thursday's NFL draft will come when the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock at No. 4. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could go several ways: corner Jalen Ramsey , defensive end Joey Bosa or running back Ezekiel Elliott . The... more

CHICAGO -- Two weeks ago, Laremy Tunsil seemed poised to be the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL Draft. Now, there is a chance he's not the first offensive tackle off the board. The Ole Miss product said Wednesday at an NFL Play 60 Clinic in Chi... more

CHICAGO -- Jalen Ramsey doesn't know what team will call his name during Thursday night's NFL Draft. He does know exactly what position he wants to play at the next level. "Corner," Ramsey replied with no hesitation when Around The NFL asked what... more

CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback room entered a precarious position after Sam Bradford requested a trade earlier this week, following the team's trade up to the No. 2 pick to select a signal-caller. Carson Wentz is the presumptive s... more

"Is Joe Flacco elite?!?" The debate regarding the Baltimore Ravens quarterback has raged in vast corners of the internet and flamed many bar discussions for years. Now the question has some polling data. In the thick of the political season, poll... more

The Chargers are making a big push to keep the team in San Diego. On Saturday, the team held a rally to help gather signatures for their downtown stadium project. Among those in attendance were Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and ex-Chargers run... more

When the New York Jets traded for left tackle Ryan Clady there were concerns about the lineman returning to form after missing all of 2015 due to an ACL tear. General manager Mike Maccagnan said Friday that Clady is healthy and ready to start in 20... more

After losing Lamar Miller, the Miami Dolphins' current running back depth chart consists of Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams, Jahwan Edwards, Daniel Thomas and Isaiah Pead. According to GM Chris Grier, he's content if that's the group that enters the 2016... more

Victor Cruz hasn't played a football game since October 2014, but the New York Giants' receiver believes he's ready to return during training camp later this summer. "I'm feeling great. Workouts have been going amazing. Each day, it gets better and... more

We have more fifth-year option fun! The Atlanta Falcons exercised their fifth-year option on cornerback Desmond Trufant for the 2017 season, the team announced Friday. It's a no-brainer move for the Falcons to ensure one of the NFL's best young... more

The New York Jets' staring contest with Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to press on. Speaking Friday, general manager Mike Maccagnan said the team is intent on bringing back the signal-caller. "Our focus has always been Ryan," he said, per the team's... more

Rob Gronkowski generated a mini-stir last month when he tweeted about his contract. The New England Patriots picked up the option on the tight end's deal, which means he's under contract through 2019. At his current rate over the next four years,... more

The NFL and CFL announced Friday the creation of a joint officiating development program . In its statement, the NFL announced that beginning this summer, a group of officials will have the chance to work as part of CFL crews during preseason and... more

The Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns each received massive hauls for trading away the top two picks in next week's NFL draft so their counterparts, Rams and Eagles, respectively, could draft an unproven quarterback. If teams are willing to giv... more

A Denver Broncos trade for Colin Kaepernick seemed poised to take place a month ago. Now the prospect sits in a catatonic state. Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said Thursday that trade talks with the San Francisco 49ers are "dormant."... more

Dave Gettleman's decision to rescind the franchise tag on Josh Norman will have a trickle-down effect on the rest of the Carolina Panthers' offseason and could leak into the 2016 season. An already substantial hole at corner becomes crater-sized... more

Of all the 2015 first-round picks who played as a rookie, Melvin Gordon experienced by far the worst year. The San Diego Chargers running back even admits he was awful. "It was terrible. I was terrible." Gordon said of his rookie season, via the te... more

The Denver Broncos' defense lost Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan to free agency this offseason, wiping away two key playmakers on a Super Bowl champion. Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. told reporters that any talk about those losses affecting the Bronc... more

In a day of twists, the Carolina Panthers provided the most unexpected turn. In a shocking move, the team rescinded the non-exclusive franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman on Wednesday. Norman immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent. "... more

The Dallas Cowboys suffered another big blow to an already depleted defensive front. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the team and Demarcus Lawrence were notified that the defensive end faces a four-game suspension for anothe... more

"You're never going to get it. You know what you are, Romo? You're a ball in high grass. ... Lost." -- Bill Parcells to Tony Romo, 2003 . Tony Romo finally maneuvered the tall weeds, developing from undrafted rookie into the Dallas Cowboys' starti... more

The Philadelphia Eagles shipped a boatload of draft picks to acquire the No. 2 overall pick from the Browns, with the assumption they will select a quarterback. Eagles executive vice president Howie Roseman said that will not change the starting g... more

The Buffalo Bills conducted their due diligence on quarterbacks leading up to next week's NFL Draft, but it won't change the depth chart. General manager Doug Whaley said Wednesday that Tyrod Taylor is entrenched as the starter. "Tyrod's our star... more

Matthew Stafford finished the 2015 season afire. In the final eight games of the year, Detroit's quarterback posted a completion rate just over 70 percent, threw for 2,179 yards with a 7.4 yards per attempt average, and 19 touchdowns to just two... more

After Kurt Warner retired following the 2009 season, Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals went through quarterbacking hell. The Cards trotted out the likes of John Skelton, Derek Anderson, Max Hall, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Lindley, heck, even Brian... more

With the majority of teams beginning voluntary offseason workouts, we are inundated with updates on players coming off injuries. Most players returning from season-ending injuries are running or lightly working out after being on the shelf for mont... more

After a two-year journey that took him to New England and New Orleans, Brandon Browner is back in Seattle. The cornerback feels like a child on the first day of school. "I still feel like this is my first year," Browner said Monday, via the team's... more

The Denver Broncos will open up offseason workouts Monday without Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. Miller will not attend the Broncos' offseason program Monday because he has yet to sign his franchise tender and is still competing on "Dancing With The St... more

Most of the focus this offseason in Houston has been squarely on Brock Osweiler. The quarterback is not the only offseason question mark for the Texans. The health of left tackle Duane Brown will go a long way in determining Osweiler's success in 2... more

Tony Romo continues to make progress from offseason surgery on his problematic collarbone. The Dallas Cowboys' quarterback said Saturday he's been able to throw without restriction. "I can throw fully," he said, via the team's official website .... more

Saturday we celebrated the sweet 16 anniversary of the move that altered the course of NFL history. On April 16, 2000, day two of the NFL Draft, Bill Belichick -- now 64 years old -- spent his 48th birthday in the New England Patriots' war room, si... more

When the Chicago Bears open up offseason workouts on Monday, Kevin White will finally be able to fully participate. The receiver sat on the sideline his entire rookie season after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin. After we... more

The stunning trade between the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans took the NFL by storm Thursday, leaving many onlookers slack-jawed. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones -- no stranger to making big, bold draft trades -- was of dual mind on the ma... more

When John Elway won his first Super Bowl Trophy as a quarterback, he followed it up with another, giving the Denver Broncos consecutive titles in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII. Now, Elway is trying to duplicate the feat as an executive. Only one tea... more

Traditionally, NFL teams that play in London are given a bye the following week, to ensure players will be able to recover after a long flight across the Atlantic. The 2016 Indianapolis Colts will be the first team to not take a post-Europe bye.  ... more

Vontaze Burfict is enemy No. 1 in Pittsburgh. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker was suspended three games for an illegal hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown -- which knocked the wideout out of Pittsburgh's playoff loss the following week. Burfic... more

The New York Giants spent enough money in free agency to sustain the GDP of a small country. Now general manager Jerry Reese must hit on his high draft picks. Giants co-owner John Mara noted Wednesday the importance of bookending a productive free... more

The Rams are moving to Los Angeles, a city of beautiful faces. To woo aloof L.A. fans, the team needed a face of the franchise at quarterback to sell. Case Keenum was not going to work, no matter how hard coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les S... more

With offseason workouts already underway, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got a visit from rap mogul and entrepreneur Jay-Z on Wednesday. The hip-hop artist stopped by to meet quarterback Jameis Winston. The second-year signal-caller gave Jay-Z customized... more

Two huge pieces of the Seattle Seahawks' offense remain question marks for the start of the season. Tight end Jimmy Graham tore his patellar tendon on Nov. 29. Running back Thomas Rawls broke his ankle on Dec. 13. In an interview with KJR-AM in... more

Top to bottom, the San Francisco 49ers own one of the worst rosters in the NFL. Following a disastrous one season under Jim Tomsula, the Niners could be in for more pain as Chip Kelly retools. Many have already termed the 2016 season a "rebuilding"... more

The Washington Redskins added aid in the secondary. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports corner Greg Toler agreed to a one-year deal with the Redskins. The team later confirmed the signing. A physical corner, Toler struggled the past three seas... more

Quick, with only your memory to guide you, did Mike Evans play better in Year 1 or Year 2? Based solely on stats, Evans bumped his catches and yards, earning 74 receptions and 1,206 yards in 2015 (versus 68 and 1,051 as a rookie). However, his... more

With all the focus on Cam Newton's post-Super Bowl pouting and Cam Newton's non-dive attempt on his fumble, most ignored the nightmare day Carolina Panthers right tackle Mike Remmers experienced during Super Bowl 50. After weeks of not watching the... more

Kirk Cousins will make more than $19 million in 2016 after starting just one full NFL season. Some criticism fluttered about when the Washington Redskins slapped the tag on Cousins, paying him a boatload with so few starts, but general manager Scot... more

Dennis Pitta isn't walking away from his NFL career yet. The Baltimore Ravens tight end has decided to make an attempt at a return after twice dislocating and fracturing his hip, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, per a source close t... more

Thanks to a young, explosive offense that is growing by leaps and bounds and several key defensive acquisitions this offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars are morphing into a trendy pick to rise in the AFC South. While the attention is good for the... more

Much of the discussion this offseason regarding the New York Giants' receiving corps has surrounded the massive need for a No. 2 wideout to pair with Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham has earned 2,755 yards and 25 touchdowns in just 27 games to begin his... more

Darlings of national television stations, the NFC East produced some of the sloppiest games of 2015. The quartet ranked squarely at the bottom of Around The NFL's offseason power rankings in 2016, in part because the division lacks potential for a... more

The New York Jets moved swiftly to fill the massive hole at left tackle created by the retirement of longtime cornerstone D'Brickashaw Ferguson. The Jets have worked a trade with the Denver Broncos for offensive tackle Ryan Clady. New York will s... more

It's been 80 days since we wrote that receiver Josh Gordon applied for reinstatement to the NFL. We're still without any resolution on Gordon's future. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that the receiver's situation is "status quo," accor... more

On Friday, we learned the surprising news that D'Brickashaw Ferguson was retiring. On Saturday, the New York Jets' stalwart left tackle for the past decade said goodbye, thanking former teammates , coaches, owner Woody Johnson, fans and many other... more

Blake Bortles said this week on NFL Network that Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are the best pass-catching duo in the NFL . Hurns isn't disagreeing with his quarterback. "We are the No. 1 duo in the league," the receiver told Mike DiRocco of ESPN... more

Trent Richardson will get another chance. The former No. 3 overall pick told the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrbiec on Thursday that he expects to sign with the Baltimore Ravens in time to start offseason workouts on April 18. "I can't wait," Richardso... more

NFL owners tabled discussions about instant replay expansion at last month's NFL Annual Meeting and will pick the up again next month at another owner's session. In the interim, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh won't stop stumping for expanded... more

After a decade without missing a game, New York Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson is hanging up his cleats. Ferguson, 32, is retiring after 10 seasons in the league, the veteran left tackle announced via Twitter on Saturday . ESPN's Rich Cim... more

Tyrod Taylor's agent, Adisa Bakari, isn't afraid to publicly stomp for his client. While the Buffalo Bills have insisted they don't want to negotiate with their quarterback through the media, that seems to be what happened Thursday. After Bills G... more

The announcement in January that Calvin Johnson was considering retirement hit many outside the Detroit Lions' locker room like a manifested anvil in a Looney Tunes film. Some within the locker room, like quarterback Matthew Stafford, said at the t... more

Justin Houston is making progress from offseason surgery on his ACL and LCL. The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker underwent surgery in February to "fix" an ALC that the team said wasn't torn, but not functioning properly . The recovery period is six... more

The Buffalo Bills continue to turn over every rock to find a franchise quarterback. General manager Doug Whaley has already met with some of the draft's top signal-callers . The meetings cast a shroud over Tyrod Taylor, who impressed last season wi... more

The San Francisco 49ers have spent the offseason being ground in the rumor mill, with Colin Kaepernick trade buzz this offseason's topic de jour. Earlier this week, after Colin Kaepernick reported to Niners offseason workouts, NFL Media analysts... more

The Victor Cruz rehabilitation project nears its 18-month anniversary. The New York Giants receiver hasn't played since tearing his patellar tendon on Oct. 12, 2014. In 2015, he injured his left calf and missed the entire season. He still wasn't ev... more

Thomas Rawls said he plans to "be ready for camp" after having his rookie season cut short by an ankle injury. Last week, the Seattle Seahawks running back said he had yet to start running  -- an ominous omission for his offseason workout availabil... more

The Denver Broncos beefed up their defensive line by swiping a former Houston Texans starter. The team announced Wednesday it agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Jared Crick. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is for $4 million. ... more

Andrew Luck experienced an injury-plagued 2015 season, with a lacerated kidney wiping out the final seven games of his season. Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano recently told NFL Media's Judy Battista  that some of the hits Luck takes -- like t... more

The Houston Texans might not have met with Brock Osweiler before signing him to a big-money contract, but the quarterback isn't taking that same chance with his teammates before offseason workouts start. With the Texans not reporting for their offs... more

The Miami Dolphins were a mess in every facet in 2015. The offense was inconsistent, the defense was a major disappointment and the coaching staffs were overwhelmed. While the offense and quarterback Ryan Tannehill have gotten the majority of the... more

Darlings of national television stations, the NFC East produced some of the sloppiest games of 2015. The quartet ranked squarely at the bottom of Around The NFL's offseason power rankings in 2016, in part because the division lacks potential for a... more

J.J. Watt has been the most dominant defensive player in the league for the balance of his five-year career. Could that half-decade represent the majority of his career? Watt noted on KILT-AM on Wednesday morning that his retirement could happen so... more

While the world continues to buzz about a potential resolution to the Colin Kaepernick situation, little is being said about a 10-win quarterback who remains on the open market. It's been mostly quiet regarding Ryan Fitzpatrick for weeks. Usually a... more

Karlos Dansby has seen his share of bad teams and down seasons in 12 years since being drafted in 2004 by the Arizona Cardinals. There were the back-to-back five-win seasons with Dennis Green early in his career in the desert or the six-win season in... more

Colin Kaepernick requested a trade and has gone so far in his quest to get out of San Francisco that he's met several times with Denver Broncos general manager John Elway. The sides couldn't come to an agreement before the quarterback was scheduled... more

With three teams that could tunnel deep into the 2016 playoffs in the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, the AFC North ranked No. 1 in Around The NFL's division power rankings . It's impressive that the strength of the trio... more

Once again the Cincinnati Bengals are going through an offensive overhaul with long-time quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese taking over the reins. Zampese, who had been the Bengals' QB coach since 2003, marks the third different offensive coordinator f... more

The NFL is coming to Twitter. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday morning that Thursday Night Football will be streamed live on Twitter for 10 games in 2016. This fall Thursday Night Football will be streamed live @twitter so fans... more

Two years ago, it seemed inevitable the NFL would expand the playoffs . Then last offseason, the issue was tabled . At last month's Annual League Meeting, playoff expansion wasn't even one of the talking points. That doesn't mean the door is closed... more

With the path to the draft the only remaining road between us and summer football doldrums, trope season is officially in full swing. A main byproduct of trope season are updates on weight losses and gains of NFL players. Some stories are interesting... more

This week Around The NFL ranked the AFC North the top division in the NFL. Part of the reasoning stems from our belief in the resurgence of the Baltimore Ravens after John Harbaugh's team was blown off course during an injury-riddled season. A hug... more

As Colin Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary became guaranteed this week, the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback was reportedly meeting with a potential trade partner. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Kaepernick met with Denver Broncos general ma... more

Another son of an NFL head coach earned a promotion this offseason. The Kansas City Chiefs announced Friday  Britt Reid, the son of Andy Reid, was promoted to defensive line coach, after serving as assistant line coach to long-time line coach Tommy... more

The Bruce Carter free agency tour is coming to an end in New York. The ex-Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker is signing a one-year deal with the New York Jets on Saturday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source.... more

For NFL teams, finding a starting quarterback is vital for success. Finding a quality backup is necessary insurance. And drafting quarterbacks with upside is just smart business. With a market shortage on quality quarterbacks, landing a player with... more

The Arizona Cardinals sit in an enviable position, with three running backs who, when healthy, could be starting. Combining second-year stud David Johnson, the return of Chris Johnson and a healthy Andre Ellington create a stable rotation for coach... more

The Detroit Lions added a power runner to their backfield. Stevan Ridley announced Friday on Instagram  he's heading to Detroit. "...To the Organization and city of NEW YORK I truly thank you for all the love," the former Jets running back wrote.... more

For the second straight offseason Patrick Chung is being rewarded for his play. This time he gets one year added to his contract. The Patriots signed the safety to a one-year contract extension, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, keepi... more

One of the most mind-twisting truths about the 2015 season that will be lost in the annals of history and in the minds of football is rookie Thomas Rawls outplaying Marshawn Lynch. Despite participating in just 13 games, the rookie running back ave... more

While Thomas Davis rightfully garnered all the attention for playing in Super Bowl 50 with screws in his arm after a fracture, it's no less impressive that fellow Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly played the entire playoff stretch with a torn labrum i... more

March

The Miami Dolphins have been scraping the barrel for some running back help. They finally dug out a prospect. Isaiah Pead signed with the Dolphins on Thursday, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added that the Dolphins also brought... more

Not all deadlines spur action. As anticipated, the San Francisco 49ers opted not to cut Colin Kaepernick ahead of Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, meaning the quarterback's $11.9 million salary is fully guaranteed for 2016. Thursday marked the deadl... more

J.J. Watt won his third NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2015 and vaulted to a level of play only Lawrence Taylor can discuss with authority . As it turns out, Watt's season was even more badass when you consider the injuries he went throu... more

Brandon Carr remains a member of the Dallas Cowboys, nearly a month after he was expected to be cut. The cornerback plans to keep that spot on the roster. "I do, unless you guys know something I don't know," Carr said Wednesday at a charity event... more

Tony Romo announced Thursday that Tony Romo's surgery has "healed up nicely" and Tony Romo is looking forward to a "full" offseason of workouts, per Tony Romo's twitter account . The Dallas Cowboys' quarterback underwent surgery on his clavicle on... more

Almost no one expects Josh McCown to remain on the Cleveland Browns for the remainder of 2016. With the Robert Griffin III reclamation project underway, McCown sits squarely on the trade block and will likely be cut if no team is willing to part wi... more

With three teams that could tunnel deep into the 2016 playoffs in the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, the AFC North ranked No. 1 in Around The NFL's division power rankings . It's impressive that the strength of the trio... more

After losing two receivers in free agency, Cincinnati landed a wideout with a 70-plus catch season under his belt. The Bengals announced Thursday they signed receiver Brandon LaFell. LaFell was released last month by the New England Patriots afte... more

Walter Thurmond sits as one of the top remaining free agents. The defensive back could have a home already if he wanted. Thurmond, 28, has turned down offers of $4 million-plus per year as he ponders retirement, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

In the first days of free agency, many big-name, high-priced players flew off the board, creating splashy headlines. Often it's signings that flew under the radar -- propping up niche corners of the internet -- that can have the biggest influence on... more

Anquan Boldin is finally seeing some action. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Boldin visited with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, per a source informed of his plans. It's the veteran receiver's first free-agent visit. The Washingt... more

Colin Kaepernick has sat in the center of the rumor cycle for weeks. But he won't be jettisoned anytime soon. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday night on NFL Network's Total Access that the San Francisco 49ers won't cut the quarterback... more

Blair Walsh's missed chip-shot field goal cost the Minnesota Vikings a playoff victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The miss was so devastating, even first-grade students felt bad for the kicker . Last week during the NFL Annual Meeting, Vikings coac... more

After jettisoning Joique Bell this offseason, the Detroit Lions have been in the market to add a between-the-tackles veteran running back. On Tuesday, they took Stevan Ridley for a test drive, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The run... more

The New Orleans Saints have added much-needed beef to their defensive line. Nick Fairley signed a one-year deal with the Saints on Monday, the team announced. New Orleans officially announced the signing later that day. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapopo... more

The first stage of the Robert Griffin III reclamation project is over after the ex-Washington Redskins quarterback landed with the Cleveland Browns. That was the easy leg of this journey. Now the hard part begins. As Around The NFL's Chris Wesse... more

If Marcus Mariota is to take the second-year leap into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks he'll need help from his receiving corps. The Tennessee Titans added Rishard Matthews this offseason. Kendall Wright has been a solid slot receiver with ru... more

When the Washington Redskins didn't attempt to bring back Alfred Morris this season, the message was clear: It's Matt Jones' backfield. Coach Jay Gruden said this week the team has confidence the second-year runner can shoulder the load. "Matt pl... more

When news dropped in January that Calvin Johnson was considering retirement, it hit many like a bombshell. Not Matthew Stafford though. The Detroit Lions quarterback, speaking at a coaching clinic for his alma mater Georgia on Friday , said he coul... more

The Tennessee Titans continue to stockpile veteran defensive assets. The Titans announced Friday they've struck a deal with ex-Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson. New chapter, same grind. I'M COMING HOME!! #TITANUP #GODWINS... more