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  • Sam Darnold Mourns Death Of Former USC Teammate Chris Brown

    TMZ "NFL star Sam Darnold was crushed to learn his former USC teammate Chris Brown died over the weekend ... saying Monday the 24-year-old O-lineman was the "greatest dude EVER." Brown passed away Sunday, according to Trojans football head coach Clay..." April 19

  • NFL uniform rankings 2021: Where do Bengals new look fall?

    USA Today "A full quarter of the NFL's teams heavily modified or at least tweaked their uniforms in 2020. This year, not so much, though the Cincinnati Bengals unveiled a much-needed streamlining Monday. Their helmet (thankfully) remains unaltered, but gone are the shoulder..." April 19

  • Panthers place Jordan Mack on retired list

    MSN.com "The Panthers placed linebacker Jordan Mack on the reserve/retired list Monday. Mack is moving on to the post-football phase of his life, his agent, Adam Seifer, told Joe Person of TheAthletic.com. Mack opted out of the 2020 season after signing with the team as an undrafted free..." April 19

  • Teddy Bridgewater Would Be a Perfect Fit With Broncos

    The Big Lead "Teddy Bridgewater appears to be the odd man out in Carolina after the Panthers traded for Sam Darnold and picked up his fifth-year option, all but guaranteeing he would be first in line for a shot at the starting spot under center. Bridgewater was fine in 2020 in his first full year..." April 19

  • 5 of the worst NFL free agent deals this offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "NFL free agency has come and gone, with most of the attention turning to the draft. To say there were a few surprise signings would be an understatement. In fact, most of the signings came as a surprise because there were far more multi-year deals handed out than the one-year deals so many..." April 19

  • Sam Darnold, Christian McCaffrey working out together

    247 Sports "Two of the most-prolific football players to have recently come out of the state of California, Sam Darnold and Christian McCaffrey, are now teammates together in the NFL on the Carolina Panthers. And the process of the two becoming acclimated with one another on the field began..." April 19

  • 5 NFL teams that could emerge as contenders with a strong draft

    The Score "The defending Super Bowl champions are an example of how a strong draft class can solidify a team's contending status. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered last year's draft with Tom Brady in tow, but they needed someone to protect him on the right side of their offensive line...." April 19

  • How have teams fared in the NFL Draft in the final year of their quarterback’s rookie window?

    The Athletic "For most new general managers in the National Football League, the organization’s primary goal is simple: find a franchise quarterback by any means necessary. Some teams opt to go through a trade or free agency, but many GMs yearn to find “their guy” in the draft and build a..." April 19

  • NFL's 5 Most Likely Players to Hold Out of the 2021 Season

    Bleacher Report "In another sign of a return to normalcy for the NFL, holdouts could again be a part of the summer storylines.  Granted, holdouts don't have as much teeth as in past years thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement. That still didn't stop mini-holdouts..." April 19

  • A simple compromise could solve the offseason workout problem

    Pro Football Talk "The unexpected fight between the NFL and the NFL Players Association over offseason workouts has little to do with COVID-19, the front-line reason given by the NFLPA for not wanting to attend. Despite the trumped-up basis for the boycott, there are still issues that need to be resolved between..." April 18

  • NFL intends to not discipline players for offseason 'high-risk COVID conduct'

    NFL.com "The NFLPA informed players Saturday night that the NFL doesn't intend to discipline players for "high-risk COVID conduct" during the offseason, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per an informed source. Pelissero added that activities such as going to bars and..." April 18

  • Which Available NFL Free Agent Players Can Still Be Key Contributors?

    Bleacher Report "One month into free agency, NFL teams are still active on the open market. In the last few days, the Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks signed edge-rushers Jadeveon Clowney and Aldon Smith, respectively. Although draft talk continues to heat up, front offices..." April 18

  • NFL Players with the Most to Prove Ahead of 2022 Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "We're in the midst of the 2021 NFL offseason, and the start of 2022 free agency is a long way away. However, it's not too early to look ahead at the players likely to be available. You can bet teams are eyeing potential 2022 free-agent targets, while players are anticipating..." April 17

  • The push for NFL players to skip OTAs is about more than COVID-19

    The Score "With more than a dozen teams now opting out of offseason workouts to some extent, and the NFL Players Association recommending that players skip any in-person activities until training camp, it's important to stress exactly what is going on here, and what it all..." April 17

  • Mike Sando’s first impressions on the Seahawks, Patriots and 3 more teams with interesting opening numbers

    The Athletic "Team expectations for the 2021 NFL season will shift again after the draft, but with BetMGM releasing projected win totals Friday, it’s a great opportunity for evaluating where teams stand right now. Five teams’ win totals stood out to me as inviting additional..." April 17

  • Rule change to expand role of replay official expected to pass for 2021 season

    CBS Sports "The "Sky Judge" may not be making its way into the NFL in 2021, but the league may be taking strides in that direction. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Baltimore Ravens have withdrawn their proposal to add an eighth official to oversee the game on..." April 16

  • NFL Teams That Should Not Try to Select Their Future QB in the 2021 Draft

    Bleacher Report "Not every team should try to find its long-term quarterback answer in the 2021 NFL draft.  Sometimes, the cost just isn't worth it for teams that don't sit in the top five of an upcoming draft that projects to have four or five first-round signal-callers. Last..." April 16

  • 2021 NFL Draft: Here's an insider's look at how the top 10 picks could play out

    CBS Sports "With the draft roughly two weeks away, and teams locked down in meetings to finalize evaluations and set their boards, I figured I'd take my first shot at figuring out the top 10. Obviously much could change between now and when these picks are made, and as always, my one-and-only..." April 16

  • 5 most underrated, huge-upside 2021 NFL Draft prospects

    Sportsnaut "The 2021 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and with so much discussion revolving around the players expected to go early, such as presumptive No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence, it’s worth digging deeper into some underrated prospects who should probably go off the board earlier than..." April 16

  • What really goes on in an NFL Draft room?

    The Athletic "NFL draft rooms are like the Batcave. All of Batman’s archrivals and closet friends wanted two things: to learn Batman’s real identity and to visit the Batcave, a sacred place where few got in and even fewer knew what happened inside. When it comes to NFL draft rooms, many want in..." April 16

  • NFL games could be played in Germany, Canada in 2022?

    Sportsnaut "The National Football League is growing rapidly and with new TV deals signed, the game will be growing even more in the next decade. Now, as the league looks to grow its brand globally, the NFL could be targeting regular-season games in Canada and Germany very soon. Due to the..." April 16

  • Jets, Patriots, Panthers Showed Interest In RB Chris Carson

    Yardbarker "Before he re-signed with the Seahawks, running back Chris Carson had interest from a number of teams. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes that the Jets, Patriots and Panthers were among the teams that reached out to the veteran. We previously heard that the..." April 16

  • Under-the-radar NFL Draft prospects whose pro days are moving them up team boards

    The Athletic "It’s never shocking to hear that one of the top prospects in the NFL Draft happened to be a fantastic athlete when it came to the pre-draft testing circuit. Myles Garrett and Khalil Mack were two of the best athletes we’ve seen go through the combine process, and it’s been..." April 16

  • Carolina Panthers could still pursue Deshaun Watson trade

    Sportsnaut "When Deshaun Watson requested a trade, the Carolina Panthers immediately got involved with the hope of landing a new face for the franchise. Everything changed in March when the first of 22 sexual assault allegations emerged against the Pro Bowl quarterback. As more women..." April 15

  • NFL Announces Sportsbook Partnerships with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings, FanDuel

    Bleacher Report "The NFL is getting in on the sports betting action, announcing a multiyear agreement with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings and FanDuel on Thursday. The three sportsbooks are now official sports betting partners of the league. In the immediate aftermath, fans..." April 15

  • 2021 NFL Schedule Reportedly Will Be Released After Draft

    Bleacher Report "As expected, the 2021 NFL regular-season schedule will reportedly be released after the draft, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal reported last month that the NFL was "targeting the second week of May" to publish the..." April 15

  • The crazy Sam Darnold trade haul the New York Jets turned down from 49ers

    Clutch Points "The San Francisco 49ers ultimately gave themselves the opportunity to select a new franchise quarterback by trading up for the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Before moving up the board, however, the 49ers reportedly expressed interest in former New..." April 15

  • NFLPA still not satisfied with NFL's plan for offseason workouts

    USA Today "Although the NFL has announced plans of staging an entirely virtual Phase 1 of the offseason program before progressing to a hybrid format that will feature online meetings and on-field drill work in Phases 2 and 3, NFL Players Association leaders will continue to push for no..." April 15

  • Ex-Jets center Ryan Kalil: Adam Gase 'didn't give Sam [Darnold] a lot of room to grow'

    Yardbarker "Former Jets center Ryan Kalil said that Adam Gase may have hindered Sam Darnold's development as a young quarterback. Kalil, who was a two-time All-Pro during his dozen years with the Carolina Panthers before heading to the Jets, said that the system Gase implemented did not allow Darnold..." April 15

  • Why wide receivers are taking over the NFL draft

    ESPN "In the 2020 NFL draft, teams selected a record 13 wide receivers in the first two rounds, from No. 12 pick Henry Ruggs III to No. 59 Denzel Mims. Each of the 13 gained at least 220 yards through the air last season, and eight had at least 500. Minnesota's Justin..." April 15

  • Julian Edelman might be inducted into the Hall of Fame one day, but not ahead of these five receivers

    CBS Sports "This is not another article championing Julian Edelman's case for the Hall of Fame. If you want a deep dive on the recently retired Edelman's career, I'd advise you to check out this article that ranks Edelman's regular and postseason achievements against..." April 15

  • In memo, NFL outlines rules for offseason program, with only minicamp being mandatory

    ESPN "The NFL on Wednesday sent a memo to teams outlining rules for its offseason programs -- rules the league has decided to impose after failing to reach agreement with its players' union on some key aspects. The parts of the offseason program that are voluntary under the CBA --..." April 14

  • Potential Landing Spots for Teddy Bridgewater

    Bleacher Report "Now that Sam Darnold is a member of the Carolina Panthers, the natural question is where 2020 Panthers starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will play football in 2021.  Multiple teams are interested in the 28-year-old, according to NFL Network's Ian..." April 14

  • Throw Those Justin Fields Takes on the Ground Because He's Not Going to Be Part of Your System

    The Big Lead "One truism that's become even more true as the sports and entertainment landscape has stretched toward infinity in recent years is how there's a paralysis by analysis. The forest tends to get lost for the trees as there's a reward system in place for anyone willing to say something..." April 14

  • 5 teams who desperately need to nail 2021 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "As the 2021 NFL Draft closes in, there are certain teams more under the microscope than others, and facing the most pressure to emerge with a strong rookie class. Whether it’s general managers or coaches on the hot seat, a recently shaky track record of picks or a lackluster..." April 14

  • Panthers OC Joe Brady will be at Justin Fields Pro Day Wednesday

    USA Today "Sam Darnold may be the Panthers’ projected starting quarterback for 2021. The team hasn’t ruled out drafting another one, though. Today, Carolina is sending two important offensive personnel to watch Ohio State QB Justin Fields throw at his second Pro Day. According..." April 14

  • With the 30th overall pick in the NFL Draft … what exactly are you getting?

    The Athletic "We introduce the NFL’s 30th overall draft choice: Reggie James Davis. RJD is a 6-foot-1 University of Virginia cornerback who eventually should become a starter, although he’s more likely to flop than become a Pro Bowler. He projects to be just good enough to..." April 14

  • 2021 NFL Draft: Ideal fits for top 5 wide receivers

    Sportsnaut "While quarterbacks have been the talk of the 2021 NFL Draft, one can easily conclude that the wide receiver position is just as stacked. Projections conclude that at least four pass-catchers at this position will go in Round 1. The group is headed by record-breaking former LSU..." April 13

  • Taking a look at the top 10 NFL draft picks, with 16 days to go

    Pro Football Talk "The 2021 draft is coming. Our one, and only one, mock draft is coming. Eventually. For now, let’s take a look at how the first 10 picks may go, based on things we’re hearing and various reports and rumors and other information making the rounds only 16 days from the launch..." April 13

  • 5 under-the-radar NFL deals that could shape the betting market

    The Score "When it comes to the NFL offseason, the splashy moves draw all of the headlines. Matthew Stafford heading to the Rams had a clear effect on the market; so did Carson Wentz to the Colts, the 49ers' trade for the No. 3 pick, and the retirements..." April 13

  • Sam Darnold reminds teams they need to look out for players' mental health

    CBS Sports "Sam Darnold met with the media as a member of the Carolina Panthers and the former New York Jets quarterback made comments on how his ending with his old team went down. Darnold said he had a difficult time and said that the way the Jets handled things was driving him..." April 13

  • The 7 Most Plausible 2021 NFL Draft-Day Trades

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 NFL draft is still roughly two weeks away, and we've already seen the trade market impact the selection process. The San Francisco 49ers traded with the Miami Dolphins to acquire the No. 3 overall pick. Miami moved down to No. 12 in that deal, then traded back..." April 13

  • NFL Gave A Really Vague Answer To Fans Possibly Being Required To Get Vaccinated To Attend Games

    Total Pro Sports "As of right now, the NFL is expecting fans to return to stadiums in the thousands, with some teams anticipating full capacity in stadiums later this year. As vaccinations continue to be distributed throughout the country, many questions have come up as to if some places will require..." April 13

  • COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for NFL team employees

    Sportsnaut "The NFL released a memo on Tuesday that stated all Tier 1 and 2 team employees must receive COVID-19 vaccinations to receive full access to facilities and to interact with players. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported the news of what is in essence an NFL COVID-19 vaccine..." April 13

  • Sam Darnold hasn’t spoken with Teddy Bridgewater since the trade to Carolina

    Pro Football Talk "Head coach Matt Rhule didn’t name Sam Darnold the Panthers’ starting quarterback during his press availability on Monday. But it’s common knowledge that Carolina acquired Darnold last week to replace Teddy Bridgewater as the team’s QB..." April 13

  • 5 NFL Draft surprises we could see later in April

    Sportsnaut "The 2021 NFL Draft is going to be full of surprises once it kicks off later in April. After trading up to the third pick, the San Francisco 49ers are a true wild card. Which quarterback are they going to take? Could a potential Jimmy Garoppolo blockbuster trade be in the cards? As for..." April 13

  • Draft Needs: Every NFC team's biggest area of concern

    The Score "NFC East Dallas Cowboys Biggest need: Cornerback The Cowboys have a major hole opposite Trevon Diggs and ideally would land a rookie capable of stepping into that starting role from Day 1. But the..." April 13

  • Patriots among teams high on Mac Jones, 3 best potential fits

    Sportsnaut "There’s been a lot of talk about the San Francisco 49ers taking Alabama quarterback Mac Jones No. 3 overall after they pulled off a blockbuster trade up the board last month. With that said, we have absolutely no idea what San Francisco is thinking right now...." April 13

  • 2021 NFL Draft: Five undervalued offensive linemen who teams should target on Day 3

    CBS Sports "After many years in the 2010s of mostly disappointing, uninspiring offensive line draft classes, the NFL is being treated with a fine collection of blockers for a second-consecutive draft in 2021. And not just the top-tier prospects.  Similar to the 2020 class with names..." April 13

  • Gerald McCoy burning for chance re-establish himself: 'I just need that 1 team'

    Tampa Bay Times "Gerald McCoy isn’t done playing football. Yet here we are in April, with the first and second wave of free agency having come and gone, and McCoy is a man without a helmet. He is in San Diego, rehabbing from a painful tear to his quadriceps tendon, and waiting to play..." April 13