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Patrick Peterson again will travel with opponents’ top WR

Steve Wilks’ defense took Patrick Peterson out of his comfort zone last season. Used to traveling with the opponents’ best receiver, the cornerback saw more zone coverage. Quarterbacks still avoided Peterson, who had five passes defensed and two interceptions, but got better matchups with Peterson not shadowing the feature receiver. New defensive coordinator Vance Joseph [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:43:48 +0000

NFL to allow previously banned players to attend Combine

In the NFL, Fridays are for settling. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the league has sent a memo to all 32 teams saying that three players who were previously banned from attending the NFL Scouting Combine to show up after all. Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson, Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:42:36 +0000

Local officials “cautiously optimistic” for Raiders return to Oakland

Since the Raiders don’t seem to have many reasonable options, it appears that reasonable minds have been able to set aside differences. According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders continue to talk about playing one more year in Oakland, and Coliseum Authority executive director Scott McKibben expressed hope that a deal could [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:15:28 +0000

NFL’s settlement avoids disclosure of emails, texts, testimony

The NFL, which has rarely met a P.R. crisis it hasn’t bungled, has made a wise and prudent move in settling the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion grievances. The buying of peace carries with it not only the avoidance of a potentially massive judgment and the embarrassment and stress of a full-blown hearing during [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:11:43 +0000

Dolphins sign Tank Carradine

The Dolphins have made a couple of additions to their defense. The team announced on Friday that they have signed defensive lineman Tank Carradine and cornerback Jomal Wiltz to their 90-man roster. Carradine was released by the Raiders in October after playing one game with the team and worked out for a few teams during [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:02:35 +0000

NFLPA pleased with settlement, hopes for a job for Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid resolved their collusion grievances against the NFL on Friday. The National Football League Players Association, which had helped fight the players’ case, released a statement applauding the settlement. The NFLPA also added it hopes Kaepernick gets “his opportunity” to return to the NFL. Kaepernick has not played since 2016. Reid, [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:34:22 +0000

Antonio Brown uses Twitter as a weapon against Ben Roethlisberger

It may not have escalated quickly, but it definitely has escalated. Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, whose primary beef in Pittsburgh seems to be directed at quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, has weaponized Brown’s Twitter account. Although Brown has said nothing about Roethlisberger on the official @AB84 account (yet), Brown has used the “like” button in a way [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:33:13 +0000

Report: Antonio Brown will meet with Art Rooney after all

Steelers owner Art Rooney II went to Florida to meet with Antonio Brown, who didn’t want any part of it. Until he did. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Steelers-for-now wide receiver has decided to meet with the guy who has signed his checks for years, reversing his earlier posture. Every suggestion [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:21:46 +0000

Will the Steelers play hardball with Antonio Brown?

Earlier this week, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said that the Steelers should take whatever they can get for Antonio Brown, even if it’s only a conditional seventh-round pick in 2020. But what if the Steelers, unsatisfied with trade offers they receive for the star receiver, opt to go the other way? The Steelers [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:14:53 +0000

Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid resolve grievances with NFL

The collusion grievances filed by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid against the NFL have been resolved. Attorney Mark Geragos and the NFL released a joint statement announcing the development on Friday afternoon. Due to a confidentiality agreement, there’s no word on the terms of a settlement that comes after several months of discussions between the [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:13:14 +0000

Lions release Glover Quin

Glover Quin said at the end of the 2018 season that he would spend time this offseason thinking about whether he’ll play in 2019 and that he wasn’t sure whether he’d play for someone other than the Lions. As it turns out, Quin will have to answer both of those questions. The Lions announced on [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:59:29 +0000

Cardinals O-Line coach says people will “be surprised” how much we run the ball

The Cardinals’ decision to hire Kliff Kingsbury as their head coach has led to a lot of discussion about what their offense is going to look like in 2019. Given Kingsbury’s work on the college level, much of that discussion has centered on how he will move the pass-heavy concepts of the Air Raid system [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:43:37 +0000

New Dolphins defensive coordinator wants to be “multiple”

When he was in high school, Patrick Graham wanted to grow up to work for the CIA. Then he went to work for the Patriots (some days, the jokes, they write themselves). But the new Dolphins defensive coordinator wasn’t tipping his hand on what the Dolphins were specifically looking for as they build, a nod [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:20:21 +0000

Kyle Van Noy “couldn’t believe” Rams didn’t try anything different

The Rams’ offense gave the Patriots’ defense a big advantage in Super Bowl LIII by running exactly what New England was expecting. That’s the word from Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who said on Pardon My Take that he was shocked by the way the Rams did everything the Patriots had prepared for, and never [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:57:07 +0000

Report: Antonio Brown has no plans to meet with Art Rooney II

Wide receiver Antonio Brown sent a farewell message to Pittsburgh this week and he has asked for a trade, but he remains a member of the Steelers and the team’s owner reportedly wants to have a meeting with the wideout to discuss next steps. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Art Rooney II is [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:27:31 +0000

Ron Rivera: We’ve got to protect Cam Newton and put playmakers around him

The Panthers are hopeful that quarterback Cam Newton‘s health will be better during the 2019 season and head coach Ron Rivera said on ESPN Friday that the team thinks Newton will be ready for camp after having shoulder surgery. Rivera also talked about the need to bolster the offensive line in hopes of keeping Newton [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:12:25 +0000

Will there be a significant market for Nick Foles?

The Eagles seem to be intent on applying the franchise tag to quarterback Nick Foles, not to keep him but to trade him. Specifically, to trade him to a team other than the Giants or Washington. Given the decision of the Denver Broncos to trade for Joe Flacco in lieu of pursuing Foles, an important [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:55:17 +0000

Chad O’Shea on QB: Still in the evaluation process

Dolphins offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea didn’t land in Miami until after the Patriots won the Super Bowl, so he’s spent the last two weeks catching up on his new team. O’Shea said he had some familiarity with the Dolphins personnel because they faced them twice a year while he was with New England, but his [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:21:16 +0000

Pre-AAF, Bill Polian kept his Colin Kaepernick opinions to himself

When on the same day the AAF says that it discussed a potential football contract with Colin Kaepernick and an unnamed source claims that Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to play for the upstart league, it requires a ball made neither of crystal nor Magic 8 to realize that someone from the AAF leaked [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:46:40 +0000

Brandon Marshall: I love Denver, just sorry I was injured two of last three years

The Broncos will not be picking up linebacker Brandon Marshall‘s option for the 2019 season, which leaves him set to become a free agent when the new league year starts on March 13. That doesn’t rule out a return at a salary less than the $7 million in salary and bonuses he was set to [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:14:56 +0000

Saints hire another special teams coach

The Saints have thrown a lot of resources at their special teams issues in recent years, and they added more help Friday. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Saints are hiring Penn State assistant Phil Galiano as their assistant special teams coach. He joins new special teams coach Darren Rizzi, who was in some degree [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:04:37 +0000

Falcons won’t tender Brian Poole

Add another name to the list of potential free-agent cornerbacks. Per a league source, the Falcons have informed cornerback Brian Poole that he will not receive a restricted free agency tender. As a result, he’ll be free to sign with any team as of March 13. Undrafted out of Florida in 2016, Poole has appeared [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:44:41 +0000

Broncos plan to let linebacker Brandon Marshall hit free agency

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall will become a free agent. The Broncos told Marshall they are not planning to pick up his option and will let him become a free agent on March 13, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Marshall would have made $7 million in Denver this year under his current contract. The 29-year-old Marshall [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:37:04 +0000

Lions work out Mike Gillislee

The Lions found themselves a good running back in last year’s draft when they selected Kerryon Johnson, but they’re lacking depth at the position. They may have identified a player who can rectify that situation. Free agent running back Mike Gillislee worked out for the Lions yesterday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. A 2013 [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:30:27 +0000

On this day 23 years ago, the Browns/Ravens fired Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick has now won six Super Bowls as the Patriots’ head coach. But 23 years ago today, he was in a very different place. It was on February 15, 1996, that Belichick was fired by Art Modell, the owner of the franchise that Belichick had coached as the Cleveland Browns but was about to [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:56:00 +0000

Super Bowl fans bought seven times more beer than hot dogs

Maybe if the Patriots and Rams had scored a few more points, they could have prevented a few more hangovers. According to Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, stadium officials in Atlanta said fans at Super Bowl LIII purchased 117,400 beers during the game, along with 16,300 hot dogs. Considering the announced attendance of 70,081, [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:50:59 +0000

Josh Dobbs looks to continue growing as a QB this offseason

Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs got his first regular season playing time during the 2018 season and the results were a mixed bag. He was called on in the fourth quarter of a November game against the Ravens when Ben Roethlisberger had to come out after a hit. The Steelers were backed up in their own [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:24:57 +0000

Jimmy Johnson’s not sure about Kyler Murray, but loves Tua Tagovailoa

Jimmy Johnson had his chance to rebuild the Dolphins, and it didn’t go nearly as well as his Dallas reclamation project. But as the former coach looks at his second pro team now, he’s having a hard time being optimistic about their chances for short-term success. The Fox analyst talked to Barry Jackson of the [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:51:26 +0000

Greg Roman wants Ravens offense “to fight with both hands”

Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman has had success building running games in his past stops, but the passing attacks haven’t been quite as successful. Given the reliance on the run game down the stretch last season, that’s something that might be a cause for concern for some in Baltimore as Roman redefines the team’s scheme [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:47:53 +0000

Bengals struggling to find right coordinator fit

Officially, Zac Taylor has been the Bengals head coach for nearly two weeks. Unofficially, it’s been a month since they decided he was their guy to replace Marvin Lewis. And Taylor is exactly as close to hiring a defensive coordinator as he was when he was just another assistant who knew Sean McVay. Fletcher Page [more]

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:14:35 +0000

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