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  • Projecting Every NFL Team's Starting Lineup for 2021

    Bleacher Report "The NFL draft has come and gone, and for the most part, the rosters for the league's 32 teams are set for the 2021 season. However, there's a long way to go between now and the season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 9. There..." May 16

  • The Best Player Who Could Be Cut from Every NFL Roster in 2021 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "NFL teams are dealing with bloated rosters after taking in plenty of new players via free agency and the draft. Organizations have also been coming to terms with undrafted rookie free agents, loading up their cupboards to prepare for training camp and the preseason. Many of these..." May 15

  • Masks no longer required for fully vaccinated players, staff at NFL facilities

    The Score "The NFL has updated its COVID-19 protocols after the CDC said Thursday it's safe for those who are fully vaccinated to not wear masks in most indoor and outdoor settings. As a result, fully vaccinated players and staff are no longer required to wear masks anywhere at team..." May 14

  • 7 NFL Trades That Should Happen Before Next Season

    Bleacher Report "With the 2021 NFL draft in the rearview, teams are looking to the free-agent and trade markets to round out rosters before training camp. Some quality free agents remain—like Richard Sherman, Justin Houston and Trai Turner—but trade activity can also pick up late in the..." May 14

  • 5 NFL rookies who may disappoint in 2021

    Sportsnaut "NFL rookies faced challenges like we haven’t seen before for young players in the 2021 season, with COVID-19 wiping out rookie minicamps and preseason games. Things will be back to normal this fall and that’s great news for the 2021 NFL Draft class. There are a lot of..." May 14

  • Five NFL veterans on chopping block after draft

    CBS Sports "With every draft class comes a wave of rookies who are primed to unseat veterans and ultimately lead to their roster demise. With the rookie wage scale in place for a decade now, the cost of young, springy players makes it alluring for teams to utilize them as contributors over pricey,..." May 14

  • 5 key teams who benefited most from 2021 NFL schedule

    Sportsnaut "Now that the NFL schedule is out for the 2021 season, we can better assess which key teams got a more favorable draw than most. Looking at the raw strength of schedule numbers based on the 2020 campaign can be useful, yet it can’t be the only metric relied upon. Fresh..." May 14

  • Bengals Sign 6 UDFAs

    Pro Football Rumors "The Bengals have signed six undrafted free agents, per a club announcement: CB Antonio Phillips (Ball State) RB Pooka Williams (Kansas) P Drue Chrisman (Ohio State) LB Darius..." May 14

  • Target to temporarily pause sales of popular sports, Pokémon cards due to safety concerns

    ESPN "Retail store Target released a statement this week stating it will temporarily pause sales of NFL, NBA, MLB and Pokémon cards out of caution for its employees and customers. The increase in demand for trading cards has caused issues for the retailer in its stores that range..." May 14

  • 2021 NFL schedule: 10 teams don't have a scheduled day, time for Week 15 and here's what that means

    CBS Sports "While the 2021 NFL schedule has been finalized and every team knows the week they are playing each opponent, 10 teams don't know the exact date of the game they will play. This schedule anomaly occurs in Week 15 of the season, the first of three weeks the NFL will have Saturday..." May 14

  • Bengals schedule brings pressure-packed quirks and an advantageous order

    The Athletic "The table is set for 2021 and a critical juncture in the Zac Taylor era and the second act of Joe Burrow’s career. Here’s the full schedule along with best, worst from Jay Morrison. The schedule unveiled the anonymity with which the team is still viewed..." May 13

  • 2021 NFL schedule: Three Bengals games for fans to circle "Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals, Week 13, Dec. 5, 1 p.m. ET (FOX) The 2020 season began with a bang -- and a cramp -- for the Bengals, who nearly scored an upset win over the Chargers in Week 1 behind the efforts of rookie quarterback Joe Burrow?. His..." May 13

  • NFL Backups Who Could Earn Starting Jobs Before 2021 Season

    Bleacher Report "For young players who intend to take a significant leap early in their careers, the work starts in the NFL offseason.  Although several teams will choose not to participate in OTAs, many players will work out independently before mandatory minicamp in June...." May 13

  • 3 best landing spots for free-agent linebacker K.J. Wright

    Sportsnaut "The 2021 NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror with NFL minicamp approaching and linebacker K.J. Wright remains a free agent. While there are plenty of veterans available on the open market, Wright me be one of the first scooped up before training camp. After an outstanding season with..." May 13

  • Senior Bowl to be played at later date in 2022

    Saturday Down South "The Senior Bowl is moving to February in 2022. The leading postseason/pre-draft all-star game is moving to the first Saturday in February (Feb. 5) due to the change in the NFL’s schedule. NFL teams are playing a 17th regular-season game starting in 2021. " May 13

  • Best NFL game from each of the 18 weeks

    CBS Sports "The NFL released its full schedule for the 2021 season. More and more teams are announcing that they'll have fans in the stands this year, which will make things dramatically different -- and more enjoyable -- than they were a year ago. But it's not just the fans in the stadiums that..." May 13

  • Answering the 2021 NFL draft's biggest questions: Experts debate favorite picks, top rookie classes, QBs, more

    ESPN "You've read our 2021 NFL draft grades, along with the best picks for all 32 teams, biggest Day 3 steals and the lingering questions that every team has headed into the offseason. Now it's time for our panel of NFL experts to weigh in on what they liked and..." May 13

  • Top 10 games of 2021 NFL schedule

    USA Today "The NFL draft is less than two weeks removed from its completion. The first real action won't begin for nearly four more months. And yet, it's somehow already time to look ahead to next season. On Wednesday, the NFL released its full-regular season schedule for 2021, the first..." May 12

  • NFL releases 2021 regular-season schedule

    Sportsnet "The NFL has released its 2021 regular-season schedule, set to start on Sept. 9 with the Super Bowl champs Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Dallas Cowboys.   " May 12

  • Here Are All the Things NFL Stars Are Doing in Chiefs' Tailgate Picture

    The Big Lead "The full schedule for the 2021 NFL season will be officially released tonight, but enough information has leaked that we already have a pretty good idea of what every team will be facing starting in September. It's also the time of year where each organization's social teams get to..." May 12

  • 3 NFL coaches on the hot seat entering the 2021 season

    Clutch Points "The 2021 NFL season is still a ways away, but with free agency and the NFL Draft done, the focus has shifted to the upcoming season. As is the case each and every season, there are quite a few head coaches who could be on the hot seat entering this year. Last season, there were quite..." May 12

  • 4 NFL Teams That Blew the 2021 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The NFL offseason isn't a land of improvement for every team.  While free agency and the draft tend to create optimism for even the most embattled fanbases, reality quickly returns alongside the sweltering heat of summer and training camps.  Some..." May 12

  • Steven Nelson Has Interest From Texans, Bears, Eagles, Bengals, Bills

    Pro Football Rumors "One of the top free agents left on the market is cornerback Steven Nelson. The Steelers released Nelson back on March 23rd, and he’s remained unsigned ever since. Read More- May 12

  • Cardinals Give Jordan Hicks Permission To Seek Trade

    AZ Cardinals "The schedule comes out Wednesday afternoon, but the biggest Cardinals' news of the day may end up being about the team's linebacker situation. 3 best..." May 12

  • Rising NFL Stars to Keep an Eye On in 2021

    Bleacher Report "The next wave of superstars is about to take the NFL by storm.  Last year, young players such as Josh Allen, Calvin Ridley and Jaire Alexander cemented themselves as standouts at their respective positions. In 2021, a handful of players heading into their..." May 12

  • NFL reportedly had interest in Colin Kaepernick in 2020

    Sportsnaut "Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016 season, but that didn’t stop teams from inquiring about his availability as recently as last year. ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that she’d spoken with a head coach who said Kaepernick was..." May 11

  • Ranking the 11 Most Boneheaded Moves of the 2021 NFL Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The NFL offseason is a time for hope. As teams add fresh faces in free agency, via trades and in the draft, it's easy to believe every team can be a playoff contender. The Washington Football Team went from three wins in 2019 to a division title in 2020, providing an..." May 11

  • NFL veterans who immensely benefited from the draft

    CBS Sports "Aaron Rodgers stole the show at the 2021 NFL Draft -- and the Green Bay Packers quarterback didn't even change teams. Rodgers wanting to get out of Green Bay changed the landscape of the draft, along with the plans of several teams in the 24 hours leading up to the No. 1..." May 11

  • 3 best landing spots for free-agent pass-rusher Shaquem Griffin

    Sportsnaut "After three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Shaquem Griffin is generating interest from multiple teams on the free-agent market. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on the buzz surrounding Griffin, who’s converting from linebacker to a pure pass-rusher and..." May 11

  • No NFL game in Mexico City during 2021 season due to COVID-19?

    Yardbarker "Back in March, reports emerged the NFL was hopeful it could resume international series games at venues such as Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and Estadio Azteca in Mexico City this coming fall after the league canceled such contests last year due to the COVID-19..." May 11

  • Aaron Rodgers Already Trying to Recruit Players to Join Him on New Team

    The Big Lead "Tensions are high between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers right now. There has been no sign of anything resembling reconciliation between the two sides since draft night, when Adam Schefter broke the news of Rodgers' displeasure with the..." May 11

  • NFL Sophomores Who Could Avoid the Bust Label in 2021

    Bleacher Report "In the same way a false start isn't necessarily the end of an offense's drive, a stumble out of the gates for an NFL rookie doesn't guarantee permanent bust status. While first-round picks all share elite physical traits and upside, factors such as college..." May 11

  • Jaguars, Falcons set to host games in London when new NFL 2021 schedule is revealed

    The Athletic "The NFL, sources said, will be back in London this fall for two regular-season games, a development the league will disclose on Wednesday when the full season schedule is revealed.  The league at the Super Bowl made its preference clear that it wished to return to London, where..." May 11

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster: I'd rather play with Big Ben than other options during free agency

    The Score "Playing one more year with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was key for wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster when he decided to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason. Though Smith-Schuster could've joined Patrick Mahomes on the..." May 11

  • 2021 NFL All-Paid Team: Patrick Mahomes, DeAndre Hopkins, Joey Bosa top the marquee "The 2021 NFL All-Paid Team is a collection of the highest-paid players in the league at each position. It's essentially an All-Pro team, but the pocketbook supersedes pedigree and production for the day. Average per year (APY) is the most accepted measure of comparison for player..." May 11

  • NFL social media teams go ‘crazy’ for schedule release day, and those viral videos have a purpose

    The Athletic "Welcome to the Super Bowl of NFL social media. On Wednesday, around 8 p.m. ET, the league will release its 2021 season schedule. Simultaneously, team social media directors will publish content promoting those schedules, a process that in recent years has become ultra-competitive and,..." May 11

  • Trey Hopkins: My knee is doing well after ACL surgery

    Cincinnati "Left knee rehabilitation is on the daily agenda at the Cincinnati Bengals facility. Quarterback Joe Burrow is approaching 23 weeks post left knee reconstructive surgery, and simultaneously, the team’s starting center is nearing his own left knee rehab..." May 10

  • Four Landing Spots For Free Agent WR Dede Westbrook

    The Big Lead "The NFL free agent pool is growing more shallow by the day as teams embark upon the second wave of signings now that new free-agent deals won't impact the compensatory pick formula for next season. Dede Westbrook is currently unemployed but shouldn't be for long. The former..." May 10

  • Chargers To Sign Christian Covington

    Bolts From The Blue "The Chargers weren’t done adding players in free agency after all. On Monday morning, former Texans beat writer Aaron Wilson reported that former Bengals and Texans defensive tackle Christian Covington is signing with the Chargers. Covington started 14 games..." May 10

  • Surprise teams favorites for Deshaun Watson trade

    Sportsnaut "Deshaun Watson is unlikely to ever suit up for the Houston Texans again. As the Pro Bowl quarterback deals with the legal turmoil from nearly two dozen civil suits for sexual misconduct, his NFL future hangs in the balance. Watson demanded a trade in January, wanting to..." May 10

  • Bengals, Vikings have had conversations with Dede Westbrook

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Josina Anderson, the Vikings and Bengals have had preliminary conversations with former Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook. Anderson says some players from the Chiefs have also reached out to Westbrook to recruit him to Kansas..." May 10

  • Multiple teams have expressed interest in Shaquem Griffin

    247 Sports "Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin remains a free agent during a time where NFL teams typically revisit the pool of veterans still available. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, that’s what’s happening with Griffin. “Multiple..." May 10

  • Strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams: Which teams have the hardest, easiest schedule for 2021?

    Sporting News "Right on schedule, it's the 2021 NFL schedule. Not too long after the conclusion of the 2021 NFL Draft, the league is releasing its slate of games for all 32 NFL squads for this upcoming year. But who has the easiest path to success? Who has the hardest? While we..." May 10

  • How the data age will transform scouting and the NFL draft

    The Score "During last month's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Nick Caserio shared a story about how predictive analytics changed the way the New England Patriots scouted a particular position. "I don't want to mention the position," Caserio said. "But there was a view..." May 08

  • Surprise NFL Free Agents Who Could Go Unsigned Heading into Training Camps

    Bleacher Report "Noteworthy NFL free agents seem to slip through the fingers of the open market and have extended stays well into training camp more often than not these days. The best example is Jadeveon Clowney. Last year, one of the league's better edge defenders didn't sign with the..." May 08

  • Brandon Beane: Not knowing if stadiums will be full affects planning for 2022 salary cap

    Yahoo! Sports "The salary cap has declined in 2021 because NFL revenues were down in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bill General Manager Brandon Beane says uncertainty about whether stadiums will be full in 2021 affects his team’s planning for 2022 and beyond. Beane said on..." May 08

  • Projecting Every 2021 1st-Round NFL Draft Pick's Year 1 Impact

    Bleacher Report "Most NFL teams expect immediate production out of first-round picks. While that's the plan, reality plays out differently for some rookies. To make an impact during the 2021 season, rookies need a chance to start or play a prominent role on one side of the ball. They would also..." May 08

  • Tom Brady tells players to remain united against voluntary offseason workouts

    The Score "Tom Brady lent his voice to the NFLPA's fight against voluntary offseason workouts. On an NFLPA conference call Friday, the seven-time Super Bowl champion implored players to stand united in their stance against attending voluntary workouts, NFL Network's Tom..." May 07

  • NFL to permanently move schedule releases to May?

    Yardbarker "The NFL was forced to delay its release of the 2020 regular-season schedule to last May because of difficulties linked with the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's full schedule will be unveiled next Wednesday, and it appears football fans will have a new annual tradition to anticipate..." May 07

  • NFL informs teams they can hold training camp off-site again "The continued vaccination effort has the United States looking as if it might be turning a corner in the COVID-19 pandemic, but the NFL is remaining as cautious as possible during its offseason. In a Friday memo obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the league informed clubs it..." May 07