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Report: Mayfield 'definitely' in mix for Browns at No. 1 overall

The Cleveland Browns have yet to give an indication of what they plan to do with the top overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday, but most people believe they have narrowed their decision down to Sam Darnold and Josh Allen. It may be more complicated than that.ESPN’s Adam Schefter spoke with an NFL executive on Tuesday morning who insisted the Browns are “definitely” still considering Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said recently that his...

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Beckham expected to attend Giants voluntary minicamp

As one of seven teams that are heading into the 2018 season with a new head coach, the New York Giants are permitted to hold a three-day minicamp leading up to the NFL Draft. That will give Pat Shurmur a chance to become more familiar with his players — including Odell Beckham Jr.According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, Beckham is expected to attend the voluntary minicamp. That’s obviously another good sign for the Giants, as Beckham also showed up for the start of the team’s voluntary...


Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY Sports

Top 40 NFL draft prospect rankings: Who's best overall in 2018 class?

Quarterbacks dominate the NFL draft conversation, but USA TODAY Sports' ranking of the best available players in the 2018 class features two non-passers at the top.



Martin Rogers, USA TODAY Sports

Colin Kaepernick still has a chance with Seattle Seahawks, says coach Pete Carroll

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said quarterback Colin Kaepernick still has a chance at landing a roster spot, despite his political activism.


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Whitney Mercilus cleared to return from injury

Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus has been cleared to return to the field from his pectoral injury, the player tells the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain. The pass-rushing linebacker had missed just two games in his first five seasons before suffering a torn pectoral muscle in the fifth game of the 2017 season vs. Kansas City. The injury forced him to miss the rest of the season.“I got cleared about a month ago and I’m ready to rock and roll,” he said. “Despite the pec, having a...

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Cardinals to exercise fifth-year option on D.J. Humphries

The Cardinals are expected to exercise the fifth-year option in left tackle D.J. Humphries‘ contract, AZ Central’s Kent Somers writes. Taken with the 24th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Humphries will be owed $9.625M in 2019 with Arizona exercising the option.The move isn’t a surprising one, as the Cardinals have been impressed with Humphries’ progress at the position after picking it up in 2017. Though he shows solid potential, he has had trouble staying on the field.He was inactive...

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Report: Julio Jones 'isn't going anywhere' despite social media scare

On Monday, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones sent fans into a frenzy when he scrubbed his Twitter account, making it private and unfollowing the Falcons.Not surprisingly, Falcons fans feared the worst, thinking either Jones was not happy with the team or that he would be getting traded. Not so, reports Benjamin Allbright, who notes Jones is “happy” playing for Atlanta and wants to finish out his career with the Falcons. Really, this isn’t all that surprising. If anything, it...

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Julio Jones sends Twitter into a frenzy after making big changes on his account

It’s pretty crazy how influential athletes like Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones can be. With a simple action on Monday — Jones made his Twitter account private and removed any affiliation with the Falcons (unfollowed the team, etc.), except for his profile picture — he sent Falcons fans and NFL watchers everywhere into a panic.Jones also changed his background image to show himself, from behind, staring out into the sun on a beach somewhere. Needless to say, many people really...


Josh Peter, USA TODAY Sports

Here's advice from 4 busts to this year's class of top quarterbacks

Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield have no idea what they are in for after being selected in the NFL draft Thursday.



Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY Sports

Why Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is the most intriguing player in the NFL Draft

Lamar Jackson is the most intriguing player in the NFL Draft because his out-of-the-box style might transform an offense and screw up a defense


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Gronk issues statement about horse named after him missing Kentucky Derby

Recently, Rob Gronkowski acquired a stake in the racehorse named after him, Gronkowski. Unfortunately for both of them, Gronkowski will be held out of the highly anticipated Kentucky Derby due to an illness.On Monday, Gronk issued a statement, expressing his support for the move and highlighting that, above all, the horse’s health is the most important thing. In the meantime, Gronkowski has made it clear he’s in no rush to get back to the football field for New England Patriots OTAs....

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David Irving's girlfriend retracts domestic violence accusations

On Monday, news broke that Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving was being investigated by the Frisco Police Department over claims that he assaulted his girlfriend.The accusations leveled against him were significant, including allegedly choking her (more on that here). Just hours later, Irving’s girlfriend has retracted her accusations, claiming she was just upset and that Irving never put his hands on her. There’s a bit more to this story, too. Earlier on Monday, Irving’s own...

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David Irving: Ex hacked Twitter account after he caught her cheating

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving is being investigated for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, and it appears as though many of the accusations against him originated on social media.On Monday morning, a series of tweets popped up on Irving’s Twitter account that said things like, “David irving going to jail say good by to his football career,” according to Mac Engel of the Star-Telegram. Someone — presumably Irving — later deleted the tweets and wrote “profile...


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John Lynch: Reuben Foster 'will not be a part' of 49ers if he did hit woman

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was previouslycharged with three felonies, including domestic violence.



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Police investigating Cowboys' David Irving on domestic violence allegations

Frisco police are investigating allegations of multiple domestic violence incidents by Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving.


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Report: Cowboys DT David Irving being investigated for assaulting girlfriend

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving is reportedly being investigated by the Frisco Police Department for serious allegations, including assault.Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas reported Monday that the police department confirmed “it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving.” He noted that there have been no arrests made and that Irving is being investigated for “Assault-bodily injury. Unlawful restraint, and assault-impeding breath and...

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15 riskiest NFL draft prospects this year

Risk is something teams have to weigh during every single NFL draft pick, every single year. There’s always some uncertainty associated with making these selections, which have the potential to alter lives, and franchises.Obviously some players bring more risk to the table than others, for various reasons. Some have red flags due to injuries, others for off-field issues, and some are just very inexperienced.For the purposes of this list, we’ll be focusing on the top-15 riskiest NFL draft...

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Tom Brady’s agent says he'll play in 2018

Tom Brady reportedly hasn’t told the Patriots that he’ll play for them in 2018, but his agent says there’s no real uncertainty. Don Yee expects Brady to return to the field, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com writes. “Tom’s intentions have not changed,” Yee said Monday. “He’s consistently said he’ll play beyond this contract and into his mid-40s, or until he feels he isn’t playing at a championship level. I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he’s...

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Horse named after Rob Gronkowski may miss Kentucky Derby

A horse named after Rob Gronkowski set to compete in the Kentucky Derby may end up missing the race.Gronkowski, named after the New England Patriots’ tight end, had qualified to start the Kentucky Derby. However, an unspecified issue has put the colt’s participation in jeopardy.“We’ve had a minor setback and we will know where we are in the next 24 hours,” trainer Jeremy Noseda said on Monday, via Jon Lees of Racing Post.Owing to the popularity of his namesake, Gronkowski had...

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Report: Top talent Josh Sweat removed from some NFL draft boards due to injury concerns

One of the more intriguing NFL draft prospects this year is pass rusher Josh Sweat out of Florida State, who absolutely blew up the combine earlier this year.There have already been some serious questions about how he’ll do at the NFL level due to his lack of production in college — he had just 14.5 sacks in 35 games. For this reason alone, we identified Sweat as one of the riskiest prospects this year.However, new information has now come out that could potentially cause Sweat to drop...

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