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How Eagles stumbled into opportunity to win Super Bowl with Carson Wentz

One sequence unfolding differently would have made the Eagles’ recently completed contract negotiations with quarterback Carson Wentz more difficult. Instead, Philadelphia has stumbled into a great opportunity. Let's review. In December 2017, Wentz suffered torn knee ligaments against the Los Angeles Rams. If he had remained healthy, he easily would have been in position to eclipse Seattle QB Russell Wilson’s record $35 million-per-year extension. A back injury ended Wentz 2018 season...

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NY Jets' first female coach on surviving rape and seeking to inspire

It was only after she debuted as a Jets coaching intern, during training camp in 2017, that she realized her true calling as a motivational speaker.

       

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Vinny Papale, son of 'Invincible' main character, seeks his own pro opportunity in XFL

Vinny Papale, whose father Vince was the inspiration for the 2006 movie "Invincible," says he'd love to play in the XFL after a group tryout Saturday.

       

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Johnny Manziel to the XFL? Commissioner Oliver Luck says 'that remains to be seen'

The XFL is holding workouts, but Johnny Manziel, who has bounced from the NFL to CFL to AAF, was not invited to workouts in Dallas or Houston.

       

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Aaron Rodgers has yet to put his stamp on Packers' new offense

Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers will have to find common ground during the Packers' offensive transition and there could be rough patches.

       

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Haden expects contract talks with Steelers to begin next month

No extension discussions have begun between Joe Haden and the Steelers, but that seems to be where this is headed. After a pre-draft report indicated a Haden re-up could be in the cards this year, the veteran cornerback said he wants to re-sign with the Steelers. Haden expects conversations to take place when or around the time the Steelers report for training camp July 25, with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac also anticipating extension talks at that point. Haden struggled with...

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Rodgers resisting to lack of pre-snap adjustments in new Packers offense

Tasked with adjusting to a new offense for the first time in his tenure as an NFL starter, Aaron Rodgers showed a bit of resistance to Matt LaFleur‘s new attack this week. At least, the Packers‘ future Hall of Fame quarterback does not want to be limited at the line of scrimmage. The first-year head coach’s system does not feature the same kind of pre-snap flexibility Rodgers previously enjoyed. “I don’t think you want me to turn off 11 years. There’s stuff that not many people...

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Report: Rams had 'preliminary discussions' for Jared Goff extension timeline

We heard earlier this month that the Rams are eyeing a 2020 extension for quarterback Jared Goff, who is entering his fourth year in the league. Goff has thrived under the tutelage of head coach Sean McVay, who recently threw his full support behind his signal-caller, and it seems like only a matter of time before Goff lands a nine-figure contract. So, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk asks, why wait? Goff, a two-time Pro Bowler who led his team to the Super Bowl last season, is not...

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A.J. Green: Bengals can make it back to playoffs in 2019

The Cincinnati Bengals have finished with sub-.500 records and missed the playoffs the past three seasons, but A.J. Green thinks that trend is about to change. Speaking with Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website, Green agreed with Joe Mixon’s declaration that the Bengals will be in the playoffs this coming season. “I think so. We are. If everyone stays healthy, the sky’s the limit for this offense,” Green said after practice. “Last year, we were averaging (28) points a game...

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Texans dealing with CB injuries, may turn to free agent market

The Texans are still looking for a general manager, they have no clarity on the Jadeveon Clowney situation and they have some worrisome injury news concerning their cornerbacks. Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, new cornerbacks Bradley Roby and Lonnie Johnson Jr. are both dealing with ailments that have largely kept them off the field over the past couple of months. Roby, who signed a one-year, $10M contract with Houston in March, struggled as a full-time player for the Broncos in...

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David Johnson: Kyler Murray 'scary' good, will be 'dominant' as a rookie

The early word out coming out of the Arizona Cardinals' offseason workouts is that rookie quarterback Kyler Murray is better than advertised. Speaking about his new quarterback on Mad Dog Sports Radio, running back David Johnson said that Murray is going to be “scary” for opposing defenses to face right out of the gate as a rookie. He also said that he expects Murray to be “dominant” right away, noting people have been too fixated on Murray’s scrambling abilities and not focused...

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Nick Caserio reportedly prepared to leave Patriots as soon as he can

The tug of war that the Patriots and Texans engaged in over the past week or so ended with Houston in the mud and New England holding the prize: director of player personnel Nick Caserio. There are a number of theories as to why the Texans agreed to stop their pursuit of Caserio, but we learned on Friday that Caserio may have language in his contract with the Patriots that specifically forbids him from interviewing with any other team. Indeed, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com believes that theory...

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Giants will keep only two quarterbacks on their roster?

Most of the attention on the Giants’ quarterbacks room this offseason has been focused upon Daniel Jones, the No. 6 overall pick in April’s draft, and Eli Manning, the 38-year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP. But as Paul Schwartz of the New York Post writes, the battle to be Big Blue’s third QB is expected to become quite heated once training camp opens next month. Jones was able to quiet some of the negative chatter surrounding him with an impressive spring, and Schwartz says that if...

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Chargers tackle Russell Okung uncertain for training camp

Whatever Russell Okung is dealing with, it’s fair to say that it’s not too minor. Word surfaced earlier this week that the Chargers left tackle is dealing with a mysterious injury, and we still don’t know what it is yet. That being said it’s safe to assume it’s something significant, as Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports the Chargers don’t know if he’ll be ready for training camp next month (Twitter link). The Chargers have had some tough injury luck in recent years, so...

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Telvin Smith announces Jaguars fined him for missing minicamp

Star Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith said earlier this offseason that he planned to sit out the entire 2019 campaign. Apparently that didn’t sit well with the Jags. Smith was fined by the team in excess of $88,000 for missing mandatory minicamp. Smith made the announcement on his own Instagram account (via Locked on Jaguars). Signed to a four-year, $45 million deal back in October 2017, Smith was set to earn a base salary of $9.75 million this coming season. The former...

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Karl Joseph wants 'to be a Raider for life'

Given Jon Gruden‘s moves involving several other Reggie McKenzie-era high draft picks and the Raiders‘ decisions this spring, it would appear Karl Joseph is not in the team’s long-term plans. The Raiders, who benched Joseph to start last season, did not pick up his fifth-year option and proceeded to sign Lamarcus Joyner before drafting Johnathan Abram in the first round. Nevertheless, Joseph is not planning (at least publicly) for a 2020 free agency foray, via Scott Bair of NBC...

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Raiders' special teams competitions are heating up

The Raiders have Daniel Carlson locked in as their starting kicker, but the coaching staff has some tough decisions to make elsewhere on special teams. As Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal writes, the organization currently has competitions at both punter and long snapper. The punter competition is between Johnny Townsend and rookie A.J. Cole. The 24-year-old Townsend is the incumbent after appearing in all 16 games for the Raiders in 2018. However, the Florida product...

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Behind-the-scenes intrigue abounds in Patriots-Texans dispute

It has been a tumultuous few days for the Patriots and Texans as the two sides negotiate regarding the availability of Pats executive Nick Caserio. In an attempt to diffuse any lingering tension between the two organizations, Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement last night (via Twitter): “The Houston Texans and New England Patriots have always had a great working relationship. We appreciate the way (Texans owner) Cal McNair has handled this situation.” To review, McNair said...

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Colts wrap up 2019 draft class, sign third-round LB Bobby Okereke

The Colts have wrapped up their draft class. The team announced that it signed third-round linebacker Bobby Okereke. Indy selected the Stanford product with the 89th pick of the draft. The 6-foot-1, 239-pound linebacker had a standout collegiate career, compiling 240 tackles, 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 51 games. He earned an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention nod in both 2017 and 2018, and he served as one of the team’s captains during his senior campaign. We learned some...

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Todd Gurley: My knee is a 'small' problem

One of the biggest stories of this NFL offseason has been the drama surrounding Todd Gurley‘s knee. Gurley clearly wasn’t right down the stretch last season, and C.J. Anderson ended up taking the bulk of the Rams’ running back snaps during their Super Bowl run.  Gurley’s health has been clouded in secrecy, with conflicting reports emerging seemingly every week. We’ve heard everything from Gurley having arthritis in his knee and it being degenerative, to him being just fine....

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