Wednesday, August 07, 2019

NAPA, Calif. - The Raiders continue to worry about things they can control, and it was clear Tuesday they have no control over Antonio Brown. Brown wasn't at practice, and any rehabilitation on his blistered feet is being done out of sight. Brown, whose Instagram photo (since deleted) is the only clue as to why he's not practicing, has been quiet on social media. After the Raiders had a less ... Read more

DETROIT - Matthew Stafford was in middle school when Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl, a promising young quarterback who hoped to play in the NFL one day. He emulated all manner of quarterbacks then, watching intently for something he could mimic in his own game. Things haven't changed much in the last 20 years. Stafford is living his dream now, but he's still watching and studying other ... Read more

BEREA, Ohio - Odell Beckham Jr.'s longtime wide receivers coach Adam Henry is pleased with the transition the superstar is making in his first training camp with the Browns. Beckham is learning all three receiver positions with his new team and getting on the same page with quarterback Baker Mayfield. After sitting out Monday's practice with an illness, Beckham returned to action Tuesday and ... Read more

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Do you have an extra $40 million in the bank? If so, maybe you can live like Tom Brady. On Tuesday, the home for Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen was put up on the open market for a whopping $39.5 million. Built in 2015, this property in the Chestnut Hill area of Massachusetts comes with 5.24 acres of land and a guesthouse equipped with a yoga studio. The listing had ... Read more

The ad is posted to NFL Craigslist. Extra kicker available. Age: 25. Strong leg. Highly confident. Has the versatility to punt as well. For more information, contact Eric DeCosta at Ravens headquarters. Best offers only. You can bet the Bears are fully aware of Kaare Vedvik. You can bet general manager Ryan Pace is doing his research. You can bet the curiosity will spike Thursday night when ... Read more

They practiced for 2.5 hours in the blazing sun, then ran a half-dozen or so sprints up the Detroit Lions' conditioning hill, and when they were all finished, the New England Patriots gathered around their fearless leader Monday and serenaded him with a rollicking version of "Happy Birthday." Tom Brady turned 42 years old over the weekend, and as he returns to the state where he plied his ... Read more

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy issued some veteran days for the first time Tuesday, letting a handful of players skip a light practice. Read more

NEW YORK - Joe Douglas evidently is on a mission to upgrade the Jets' offensive line. A few days after the new general manager coaxed former Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil out of retirement, he traded for Ravens guard Alex Lewis, according to sources. The Jets gave Baltimore a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick for the talented but injury-prone lineman. Lewis, a 2016 fourth-round pick, started 10 ... Read more

J.J. Watt, Wisconsin native and childhood Packers fan, was in Green Bay for a Texans-Packers joint practice that he ultimately sat out. Players from both teams rode bikes with local kids to practice, a longtime Packers tradition. And Watt's enormous body ruined the bike he borrowed from a young Packers fan. Watt replaced the bike for the child, and found a new one for himself, saying "that ... Read more

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Bears coach Matt Nagy issued some veteran days for the first time Tuesday, letting a handful of players skip a light practice. What stood out most was one player who didn't rest: Kyle Long. The veteran right guard stood around enough in the previous two training camps to last a career. While the focus is on the swing-tackle position and what the team will do if ... Read more

Monday, August 05, 2019

OXNARD, Calif. - Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Sunday nothing is occurring with contract talks between his three big stars: Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott, who is holding out of camp. The Cowboys have held talks with Prescott and Elliott but haven't finalized any deals. Cooper's agent is waiting for the contract extension of Atlanta wide receiver Julio ... Read more

NAPA, Calif. - The Raiders hit the midway point of of the Napa portion of training camp Sunday and it was more of the same regarding wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brown was not present during practice or the "family day" activities that followed while media was present. A source confirmed Brown had seen a specialist regarding his blistered feet, which were displayed briefly in a since-deleted ... Read more

DENVER - The Giants don't have any players with 15 home runs, any starting pitchers with a sub-3.50 ERA or any everyday starters who made the All-Star team. Despite all of their perceived shortcomings, the Giants are still in the playoff hunt. With 51 games remaining, manager Bruce Bochy's club sits 2.5 games behind the Phillies and Nationals for the second National League Wild Card berth. ... Read more

OXNARD, Calif. - Travis Frederick put on pads in recent days for the first time in nearly a year. It felt strange. Not for the reason you'd think. This spring, when the equipment staff was preparing for organized team activities, the group was unable to find the Pro Bowl center's shoulder pads. They were lost. What Frederick is using in this camp rubs him a bit, much like a new pair of shoes ... Read more

PHILADELPHIA - He'll be fine. That's my initial reaction whenever somebody starts wringing their hands about Carson Wentz's ability to stay healthy. Not that the concerns are not legitimate - keeping the quarterback healthy is the No. 1 key for every NFL team, and the Eagles have failed at it for two straight seasons. The more talented the player, the more important the key. As a criticism, it ... Read more

Thursday, August 01, 2019

RENTON, Wash. - When he first showed up in Seahawks camp in 2016, a third-round pick out of Notre Dame, the dominant C.J. Prosise story line was his dazzling potential. And he flashed it, tantalizingly, in his first NFL start, rushing for 66 yards and catching seven passes for 87 more yards in an upset win over the Patriots. The next week, against the Eagles, Prosise ripped off a 72-yard ... Read more

MINNEAPOLIS - From the moment he arrived in Minnesota 12 years ago, former Vikings star Adrian Peterson was special. At times he made whichever National Football League team lined up to stop him look like the junior varsity. Peterson was paid like he was special, too. No NFL running back has made more for his play, reaching the neighborhood of $100 million. That's what makes his apparent ... Read more

PHILADELPHIA - One day when Zach Ertz was at Stanford - when he was just a promising young tight end and a management science and engineering major, before he was what he is now, which is the best tight end the Eagles have ever had - the football team's new strength and conditioning intern delivered a speech to all the Cardinal's players. This was no ordinary intern. This was Steve Wisniewski: ... Read more

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - For years, one of the final rituals of Steve Spagnuolo's offseason was a family trip around the Fourth of July to Avalon, N.J., known locally as "downtheshore" from where he met his wife, Maria, in Philadelphia. That last respite heralded the imminent arrival of football, part of a seasonal rhythm that had become hardwired into Spagnuolo after 36 years of coaching and ... Read more

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. - Lori Barber was talking about her son the Buccaneer. "Peyton never crawled as a baby," she said. "Not once. He just started walking. He went right to it." Sunday, after practice at Bucs training camp, Peyton Barber stood near his mom, signing autographs and posing for photos. Barber heads into the season as the team's first option at running back, the Bucs having avoided him ... Read more

OXNARD, Calif. - How much does veteran linebacker Sean Lee love playing football? How is he savoring each special moment in what is now a 10th season that wasn't always promised for him to remain with the Dallas Cowboys? Let's us count the ways, starting with what will one day be a legendary story and a possible TedTalk on team building regarding the Cowboys' chartered flight to Los Angeles ... Read more

Cowboys training camp is underway in Oxnard. Ezekiel Elliott is still not present. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones briefly addressed the situation on Sunday night. "You don't have to have a rushing champion to win a Super Bowl," Jones said in a one-on-one interview with CBS 11 Sports. Jones has previous experience in this department. In the 1992 season, Emmitt Smith became the first-ever rushing ... Read more

RENTON, Wash. - Ladies and gentlemen, Will Dissly has an urgent message to share: He's ready to ball. Dissly had a breakout performance in his Seahawks debut during the 2018 opener at Denver, when the rookie tight end out of Washington caught three passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. He had another breakout performance when he was cast in a brief Seahawks-themed remake of "Anchorman" earlier ... Read more

With all the attention on ESPN host Dan Le Batard last week, an unannounced absence on the radio and TV by outspoken host Stephen A. Smith went a bit under the radar. Smith returned to First Take Monday morning to once again tangle with NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin, who co-hosted Monday's show in place of Max Kellerman. But it wasn't the heated argument about the holdout of Dallas Cowboys ... Read more

Monday, July 29, 2019

NEW YORK - Corey Ballentine knows "life's not gonna wait on me" if he dwells on the past. "I think, personally, it's time for me to be strong now," the Giants' rookie corner said Sunday. But Ballentine thinks about losing his best friend Dwane Simmons "every day," and he plans to honor him by living out their shared NFL dream. "I feel like I'm kind of doing it for both of us," Ballentine, 23, ... Read more

Zach Ertz had a fun summer, spending 3 { weeks in France cheering on his wife Julie and the rest of the U.S. women's soccer team in the World Cup. But it wasn't all play and no work for the Eagles' Pro Bowl tight end. While NFL players technically are off for the six weeks between the conclusion of spring workouts and the start of training camps in July, it's important that they continue to ... Read more

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - At no point in the previous 17 summers the Bears spent at Olivet Nazarene University preparing for the season was wide receiver depth considered a team strength. Not even the most optimistic member of the personnel department could proclaim it a position of exceptional depth. Sure, the Bears have had some good starting pairs - the combination of Alshon Jeffery and Brandon ... Read more

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Following months of silence amid various investigations and what was effectively a suspension by the Chiefs, Tyreek Hill's first interview since his reinstatement was a weighty occasion as everyone involved seeks to move forward. For virtually the entire 8-plus minute interview Sunday at Chiefs training camp, Hill conveyed much of what you could realistically hope to see and ... Read more

COSTA MESA, Calif. - On a trip to Africa this summer - a journey that required nearly 20 hours in the air - Anthony Lynn did what coaches do whenever they have time. He worried about his team. Lynn dissected the Los Angeles Chargers' roster over and over, checking to see where improvement was needed. Coming home, he found himself worrying a little less. "I was like, man, we got all we need," ... Read more

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - What Eric Reid will do on the sideline before each Carolina Panthers game this season won't change. What will change, he hopes, is how well he plays when the music stops and the hitting starts. Reid, 27, is one of the NFL's most polarizing players because he kneels every week during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and social injustice in America. Reid plans ... Read more

Sunday, July 28, 2019

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Elliott Fry's 60-yard field goal cleared the crossbar at Bears practice Saturday morning, and suddenly all was well in the team's kicking competition. The smattering of boos and groans from earlier in Fry's kicking session? They transformed into to one loud cheer. After Fry missed his first attempt from 33 yards, he made nine consecutive tries between 35 and 60, restoring ... Read more

DAVIE, Fla. - The image of Laremy Tunsil taking a bong hit from a gas mask that surfaced on draft night in 2016 didn't just tank his draft stock, and make the Ole Miss offensive lineman infamous. The leaked video, and failed extortion attempt also raised questions about Tunsil's maturity, which continues to linger as he begins his fourth season with the Miami Dolphins, who selected him 13th ... Read more

PHILADELPHIA - Former longtime Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick will sign with the Eagles Saturday night, a source close to the situation said, in the wake of the foot injury suffered by corner Cre'Von LeBlanc in Thursday's first practice of training camp. LeBlanc suffered some sort of sprain to his left foot Thursday, his 26th birthday, a source with knowledge of the situation said ... Read more

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette has showed effort, displayed breakaway speed and has been a dependable pass-catching threat out of the backfield after the first three days of training camp. During the start of Saturday's practice, Fournette even volunteered to join the offensive linemen in one of their footwork drills. But coach Doug Marrone doesn't want to put too ... Read more

Saturday, July 27, 2019

DALLAS - For a half century, the Dallas Cowboys' rivalries have shifted between Green Bay, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and New England when it comes to the business of collecting Lombardi Trophies. Even while stalled at five, the Cowboys rank behind only the Patriots and the Steelers in Super Bowl wins. Their rival in the sports business world is another matter. If you examine Forbes' list of ... Read more

Lynell Hamilton, former SDSU and NFL running back, dealt with hard knocks in football. He's still in the business of hard truths. A company he co-founded, Fast Play Athletics, matches former professional players with current athletes to further their development. Clients includes many high school athletes in San Diego County. Establishing a football player's baseline in the 40-yard dash can be ... Read more

Start Josh Rosen. Sit Ryan Fitzpatrick. There. That's not so hard to say, is it? It's got to be the Miami Dolphins' working plan this season, too, even after a first day of training camp where Rosen mostly struggled and Fitzpatrick mostly starred. Since this franchise started down the road to tomorrow this odd offseason, let's go fully down it. Go with a 22-year-old Rosen instead of the ... Read more

LOS ANGELES - The emotional aftermath from their Super Bowl defeat is behind them. So say Rams coaches, players and executives. But as the Rams ready for the first workout of training camp Saturday at UC Irvine, the offense's disappointing performance in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots lingers. Can third-year coach Sean McVay and his star-studded team bounce back, avoid the slide that ... Read more

Thursday, July 25, 2019

If Earl Thomas and Pete Carroll cross paths and chat before the Seahawks host the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 20 at CenturyLink Field, it may well be the first time the two will have spoken since the night last September when Thomas broke his leg in a game at Arizona. In a wide-ranging interview that aired on ESPN on Wednesday afternoon, the now-former Seahawks safety Thomas said he never talked ... Read more

PHILADELPHIA - Doug Pederson has been described, at various points in his career, as an amiable chap, the sort you could imagine having an after-work beer with even if he were your boss. But the Eagles coach has increasingly taken on the opposite persona in his dealings with the local media. So when he was recently asked if his agreeable disposition was one of the key factors in the Eagles' ... Read more

FRISCO, Texas - Let Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett tell it and star running back Ezekiel Elliott will be on the team charter when it departs for training camp in Oxnard, Calif., on Thursday. Garrett said he hasn't heard anything from Elliott or anyone else about the running back considering holding out of camp due to a contract dispute. "Yeah, we anticipate that. I've heard nothing ... Read more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Summer vacation is over. The Patriots are back to work. Players, coaches and staff members were at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday in preparation for the start of Thursday's training camp. This kick starts the unofficial start of the 2019 season. On Wednesday, Bill Belichick met with the media to talk about the state of the Patriots. "Always good to get going this time of ... Read more

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

NAPA, Calif. - The lights and camera phase of the Raiders' 2019 season are underway, courtesy of the HBO Series "Hard Knocks." In terms of action, we'll get our first peek at the new-look Raiders Friday during their first training camp practice on the grounds of Redwood Middle School behind the Napa Valley Marriott. Rookies and selected veterans report Tuesday, with the full squad arriving ... Read more

BALTIMORE - M&T Bank Stadium will showcase Saturday the finished product of a three-year, $120 million renovation project aimed at improving the fan experience. The latest phase included adding more escalators and elevators as well as "Corner Notch" suite and party areas built into the open notches of the upper bowl with video boards above the suites. In addition, upgrades were made to the ... Read more

Monday, July 22, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS - The sandy shores of Hilton Head don't attract many NFL coaches with preciously short summers. But the Caribbean or Europe never fit Tony Sparano, a man loyal to family routines. Sparano needed Jeanette, his wife of 34 years, and their three children - Tony Jr., Andy and daughter Ryan Leigh - with him during the few days away from football, even after the kids had families of ... Read more

CHICAGO - Bears Chairman George McCaskey said Sunday evening that Chicago native and Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper is likely to be the headliner at the Sept. 5 concert in Grant Park that will precede the NFL's season-opening game between the Packers and the Bears at Soldier Field. The Bears and Packers will kick off at 7:20 p.m. that night. But the buzz around the city promises ... Read more

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Melvin Gordon's holdout with the Chargers is a reminder that in three years tops, the Giants will need to decide whether to pay serious money to a running back, too. Not that they don't already. Drafting Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall last spring put Big Blue on the hook in 2019 for the NFL's sixth highest average annual RB contract value ($7.7 million), the eighth-highest RB salary cap hit for ... Read more

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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