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Raiders QB Derek Carr aims to unite people, will not just stick to sports
Jun 03, 2020
Raiders QB Derek Carr expands on the sentiments behind his heartfelt response to the death of George Floyd: "I felt in my heart this was the right moment to speak up, to not care so much about politics but instead speak truth."
Chasing greatness, Cardinals' Chandler Jones focusing on flaws
May 28, 2020
Chandler Jones isn't satisfied being one of the most prolific pass rushers in the NFL. The Cardinals' star defender talks to Jim Trotter about zeroing in on the holes in his game as he strives to reach an even higher plane.
Justin Herbert's online learning? Pep Hamilton's QB crash course
May 13, 2020
Hired in April, Pep Hamilton has one of the most important jobs on the Chargers' coaching staff: developing Justin Herbert. Jim Trotter chronicles ongoing efforts to bring the No. 6 overall pick up to NFL speed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three NFL general managers who should be on hot seat in 2020
Apr 02, 2020
With roster reconstruction in full swing and the 2020 NFL Draft right around the corner, which NFL decision-makers are under the most pressure to get it right? Jim Trotter spotlights three general managers who should be on the hot seat in 2020.
Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald joins Phoenix Suns ownership group
Jan 22, 2020
A week after signing a one-year extension with the Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald joined the Phoenix Suns ownership group. Fitzgerald tells Jim Trotter why now was the perfect time to purchase a minority stake in the NBA franchise.
49ers' epic win over Saints about family as much as football
Dec 08, 2019
The San Francisco 49ers outlasted the New Orleans Saints in an instant classic that gives the Niners a clear path toward the NFC's No. 1 seed. But the win had an even deeper, personal meaning for the franchise, Jim Trotter writes.
Fading Panthers hand Ron Rivera a fate he didn't deserve
Dec 03, 2019
The writing was on the wall for Ron Rivera as the Panthers fell into another second-half tailspin this season, but Jim Trotter says Carolina's all-time winningest coach deserved a better fate than the one he received Tuesday.
Dennis Allen's star rising again with Saints' defensive turnaround
Nov 07, 2019
With Dennis Allen helping lead a massive turnaround for the Saints defense in the past few years, it might not be long before he gets a second chance as a head coach. Allen tells Jim Trotter what he learned from his first opportunity in the role, and how it informs what he's looking for in his next one.
Kirk Cousins, Stefon Diggs shine as Vikings dominate Eagles
Oct 13, 2019
The Vikings continued their offensive fireworks Sunday, with Kirk Cousins and Stefon Diggs connecting on three scoring strikes. Has the much-maligned unit finally found its balance? Jim Trotter was on hand to capture Minnesota's resounding win.
Saints' defense advances objective of 'going from good to great'
Sep 29, 2019
Facing the high-powered Cowboys without Drew Brees, the Saints played complementary football and got contributions from everyone. Jim Trotter examines how New Orleans did it, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel oozing confidence at Panthers camp
Aug 12, 2019
After investing significant capital on the receiver position during the past two drafts, are the Carolina Panthers' pass catchers ready to break out? D.J. Moore think so, telling Jim Trotter the Panthers' offense is going to be "scary."
Dwayne Haskins has all the tools, but Redskins in no hurry
Aug 06, 2019
Selected with the No. 15 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Dwayne Haskins is Washington's future at quarterback -- but is he the present? Jim Trotter reports from Redskins training camp that the team is in no hurry to start the rookie.
Rob Gronkowski mum on NFL future after huge Super Bowl LIII
Feb 03, 2019
Rob Gronkowski added another epic Super Bowl performance to his Hall of Fame career, helping the Patriots defeat the Rams in Super Bowl LIII. Jim Trotter writes that he hopes this isn't the last we see of Gronk in the NFL.
Brian Flores' career as coach marked by personal approach
Jan 31, 2019
Who is Brian Flores, the man expected to be named the Dolphins' next head coach? Jim Trotter examines the current Patriots assistant, whose approach is as much about life off the field as it is about production on the field.
Saints crushed after controversial no-call helps end playoff run
Jan 20, 2019
A controversial no-call in the NFC Championship Game played a huge part in an outcome that saw the Rams move on to Super Bowl LIII and the Saints devastated. Jim Trotter explores the event and reactions of all those involved.
Kirk Cousins passes huge test vs. Packers, but challenges await
Nov 25, 2018
Sunday night brought a crucial victory for the Vikings' playoff hopes -- and the biggest win in Kirk Cousins' early tenure in Minnesota. But, as Jim Trotter writes, the next challenge for the high-paid QB is just a game away.
Five big questions for rest of season: No. 1 seed for Patriots?
Nov 07, 2018
Will the road to Super Bowl LIII go through Kansas City or New England? Is this the year Philip Rivers finally returns to the playoffs and shines on the big stage? Jim Trotter explores five of the biggest questions for the final eight weeks of the regular season.
Saints' Benjamin Watson, Demario Davis fight for voting rights
Oct 31, 2018
New Orleans Saints players Demario Davis and Benjamin Watson helped push a voting bill across the finish line after it had stalled in committee for a handful of years. Jim Trotter chronicles the profound impact on former felons.
Saints-Vikings rematch: Stefon Diggs talks 'Minneapolis Miracle'
Oct 24, 2018
With Saints-Vikings on tap Sunday night, the "Minneapolis Miracle" is top of mind once again. So, what was it like to make that unforgettable play? Jim Trotter talked to Stefon Diggs about the moment -- and the aftermath.
Patrick Mahomes proves mettle in Chiefs' tight loss to Patriots
Oct 14, 2018
In the first five weeks of the season, Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes dropped jaws, delighted fans and terrorized offenses. But Jim Trotter marveled at another side of the Chiefs wunderkind in Sunday's tight loss to the Patriots.
Baker Mayfield exemplifies newfound poise of Cleveland Browns
Oct 07, 2018
Jim Trotter says the Browns displayed resolve and purpose on Sunday -- particularly No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield, who refused to bow to history or a Baltimore defense that was No. 2 overall and fourth against the pass.
Chargers playmaker Mike Williams seeks (and flashes) greatness
Aug 22, 2018
Mike Williams, the No. 7 overall pick in 2017 NFL Draft, certainly didn't enjoy his rookie campaign. But Jim Trotter says the Chargers receiver is healthy (and highlight-heavy) in the build-up to what could be a breakout sophomore season.
Gene Upshaw's selfless legacy thrives in cancer center's mission
Jul 09, 2018
During his Hall of Fame career in the NFL and his role as executive director of the NFLPA, Gene Upshaw embraced the same selfless qualities that have been emulated by the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.