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  • Jakobi Meyers wants to take mental leap for 2020 season

    247 Sports "Entering his second season with the New England Patriots after making the team as an undrafted free agent last year, former North Carolina State wide receiver Jakobi Meyers is looking to take a big leap forward this year in the Patriots’ offense.  Of course, the..." June 03

  • Latest On NFL Training Camp Schedule

    Pro Football Rumors "Most NFL teams should have the option of opening their facilities to players and coaches by the end of the week, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com (Twitter links). While there may be exceptions, the majority of teams should receive clearance to restart operations, although some clubs..." June 03

  • From Zooms to Locker Rooms, NFL Players Can Talk Race and Racism with Respect

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, one of the true leaders in the NFL, and respected by almost everyone in it, was asked a simple question: Will the horrifying killing of George Floyd change the racial dynamics inside locker rooms? Will there be more conversations on..." June 03

  • NFL still planning to have full slate of preseason games

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL has been determined to maintain as much normalcy as possible with its offseason schedule, and fans may be disappointed to hear that the plan is to follow that approach even with preseason games. In a Zoom call with reporters on Wednesday, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean..." June 03

  • Ranking NFL's 7 Most Likely Quarterbacks to Lose Their Job in 2020

    Bleacher Report "The constant turnover at the NFL's quarterback position doesn't figure to slow in 2020.  Painting in broad strokes, teams seem to have less patience with the most important position in sports. The Arizona Cardinals quickly dumping Josh Rosen for Kyler Murray seemed..." June 03

  • NFL owners ‘watching their spending’ due to fears of revenue hit from 2020 season

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 NFL season is just a few months away. Before the schedule kicks off, though, the league is bracing for difficult discussions around the NFL salary cap with team owners bracing themselves for a staggering hit to NFL revenue. While the upcoming NFL season is..." June 03

  • NFL coaches speak out against racism and injustice

    The Score "Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule wants athletes to use their voices to support social change, he said Wednesday as he addressed racism and the protests across the United States after George Floyd was killed in police custody last week. "I want to have a team full of..." June 03

  • NFL reportedly considering asking players to take salary cuts if revenue drops due to coronavirus

    CBS Sports "NFL revenues could take a serious hit in 2020 if fans aren't allowed to attend games, and if that happens, it would have some dramatic financial ramifications around the league. The biggest consequence of having zero fans in attendance is that the salary cap for 2021 would likely..." June 03

  • Bruce Arians on Tom Brady's instant impact on Buccaneers: 'When he talks, they listen'

    The Spun "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the move of the NFL offseason when they signed free agent quarterback Tom Brady. Tampa Bay is expected to be in the thick of things in the NFC this season as a result. Of course, Brady’s on-field exploits are well-documented, but his impact on a..." June 03

  • NFL is ordered to produce key documents in lingering concussion litigation

    Yahoo! Sports "The concussion class action against the NFL was settled nearly seven years ago. The NFL’s effort to get insurance coverage for the concussion cases continues to this day, however. Despite settlements with multiple insurance companies, a fight continues with 10 of them. And, as..." June 03

  • Draft-pick compensation, not reward, remains in play for Rooney Rule

    Pro Football Talk "When the NFL tabled potential changes to the Rooney Rule involving draft picks, comments from the Commissioner implied that, moving forward, draft picks would be used a compensation for losing minority assistants to promotions with other teams, and not as a reward for hiring a..." June 03

  • NFL players not expected to return to team facilities until training camp

    ESPN "NFL players are not expected to return to their team facilities until training camp, sources told ESPN. Most teams already have reopened their facilities on a limited basis for essential employees amid the coronavirus pandemic, but healthy players still are not allowed to..." June 03

  • NFL teams participating in #BlackoutTuesday is too little, too late

    USA Today "It was #BlackoutTuesday and NFL teams were determined not to miss it. The New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers were among the teams tweeting the stark black screen with the symbolic hashtag attached. The 49ers turned their Twitter avatar black. They and the..." June 03

  • Inside the competition that has potential to be Giants crushing weakness

    New York Post "At some point — most likely, at the very end of July or early in August — the Giants will assemble and hit the field. When they do, someone has to line up at center and snap the ball to Daniel Jones. The identity of that player is one of the unknown elements to a summer..." June 03

  • Three moves Patriots can still make to be Super Bowl contenders in 2020

    CBS Sports "For the past two decades, the New England Patriots were one of, if not the first team you talked about when speaking on potential Super Bowl contenders for the upcoming season. Now, that conversation has changed following Tom Brady's decision to leave..." June 03

  • Chris Simms says Jarrett Stidham reminds him ‘a little of Tony Romo’

    Boston "NFL analyst Chris Simms placed Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham at No. 35 in his latest quarterback rankings, but used an intriguing comparison when talking about his ceiling: Tony Romo. “First off, I loved [Stidham] coming out of college,” Simms said on a recent..." June 02

  • Latest Buzz Suggests NFL is at Risk of Repeating MLB's Huge Mistake in Revenue Talks With Players

    12 Up "While the NFL and its players' union haven't made any hard and fast decisions about how (or if) the season will be played this year, rumors are circulating that the league is considering a move sure to generate controversy. Per reports from NFL Media, the owners seek to cut..." June 02

  • Patriots, Kraft Family Release Statement On George Floyd Killing, Systemic Racism

    NESN "On Tuesday, the Kraft family released a statement through the New England Patriots on the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police and the ensuing protests that have been held throughout the United States: STATEMENT FROM THE KRAFT FAMILY “Over the last several..." June 02

  • NFL has little leverage to secure salary givebacks

    Pro Football Talk "Sometimes it pays, literally, to have an in-house media conglomerate. The NFL used its NFL-owned media outlet to float a trial balloon on Tuesday regarding the possibility that players could give back some salary in 2020, in order to “save some jobs” both this..." June 02

  • NFL says camps only at team facilities due to coronavirus

    ESPN "The NFL has decided that teams must hold training camps this summer at their main practice facilities because of the coronavirus pandemic, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. The NFL plans to announce that plan, along with a tentative start to camps in late July. A source told..." June 02

  • Only half of NFL team owners have spoken up. Why are so many staying silent?

    Yahoo! Sports "The time for words is over. But as we’re seeing from a significant number of NFL teams, even empty words are a bridge too far. As of this writing, 16 teams had posted at minimum a statement, either under the franchise logo or with the owner’s name attached, to..." June 02

  • NFL Analyst Suggests 5 Teams That Should Trade For QB Dak Prescott

    The Spun "Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have yet to work out a longterm extension. The former Mississippi State star is currently slated to play the 2020 NFL season under the franchise tag. This is leading some to speculate about Prescott’s future in Dallas. Is it possible the..." June 02

  • NFL floats possibility of asking players’ union for salary givebacks

    Pro Football Talk "If NFL games have to be played in empty stadiums this season, league revenues will decline, and the players’ share of the league revenues will also decline, which will result in lowering next year’s salary cap. But the league is apparently planning to float the idea to players that..." June 02

  • NFL season won't start without salary cap agreement between players, league

    Sportsnaut "The NFL is still planning to forge ahead with the 2020 regular season starting on Sept. 10 between the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. Whether this is a likelihood amid the ongoing pandemic remains to be seen. A lot of it will depend on how the United..." June 02

  • Patriots Irresponsible Financial Decisions Could Finally Bite Them in 2020

    12 Up "Over the past 20 years, the Patriots have been the class of the NFL, winning six Super Bowls in that time span. However, after a disappointing finish in 2019, and a underwhelming offseason, it seems like some poor contracts are catching up with New England. After not..." June 02

  • Bills safety explains why Tom Brady leaving the Patriots, AFC East is 'bittersweet'

    CBS Sports "You'd think that every team not named the New England Patriots in the AFC East would be doing backflips now that Tom Brady has left the organization after 20 years of dominance and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the free agency. While that largely is..." June 02

  • Patriots’ Jason and Devin McCourty urge NFL players to speak out on George Floyd’s death

    Mass Live "Instead of discussing football on the latest edition of their “Double Coverage” podcast, Patriots defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty used their platform to discuss George Floyd’s death and the racial injustices that have caused protests across America..." June 02

  • Rob Gronkowski Loses WWE 24/7 Title To R-Truth on 'Raw'

    SI "Rob Gronkowski lost his WWE 24/7 title to R-Truth on Monday's Raw. The Buccaneers tight end suffered a brutal defeat as he was attacked by R-Truth as he attempted to film a TikTok. R-Truth snuck up on Gronkowski before pinning him to the ground to reclaim..." June 02

  • Bill Belichick still leans on Nick Saban, Chip Kelly as scouting confidants for Patriots

    CBS Sports "Bill Belichick may have lost a 20-year companion in quarterback Tom Brady this offseason, but he's still got some of his most trusted front-office confidants on speed dial. As The Athletic's Jeff Howe reported Monday, the longtime New England Patriots coach still counts Nick..." June 02

  • What if NFL players return to kneeling at games in 2020 season?

    Yahoo! Sports "Nearly four years ago Colin Kaepernick began sitting and later kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said in 2016...." June 01

  • Where are the vast majority of NFL head coaches on the current unrest?

    Pro Football Talk "At this critical moment in American history, only three NFL head coaches have made public statements in their own names (and only their own names) about the situation. Three. Of 32. Even though the vast majority if the league’s players are minorities. Beyond..." June 01

  • Revealing stance on Cam Newton’s talks with Patriots

    Clutch Points "Longtime Carolina Panthers quarterback and former league MVP Cam Newton still does not have his next NFL home as the month of June is now upon us. With the Panthers previously releasing the oft-injured Newton earlier this offseason, the former No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick has..." June 01

  • Jason Whitlock Out at Fox Sports

    The Wrap "After four years, Jason Whitlock is out at Fox Sports 1 as co-host of “Speak for Yourself.” Whitlock was not on the air on Monday and had been removed from the channel guide. Whitlock’s contract expired over the weekend. " June 01

  • Undrafted rookies seeking NFL tryouts face uncertain futures

    NFL.com "Ju'an Williams' phone hasn't rung. In any other year, the former University of New Haven wide receiver might already have earned an NFL contract and would be preparing to compete for a roster spot this summer. Instead, he's just preparing for a phone call that might..." June 01

  • Top five most explosive NFL offenses in 2020

    Sportsnaut "As NFL coaches with young quarterbacks dream up schemes to confound opposing defenses, fans are the biggest beneficiaries. Big plays. Touchdowns galore. Electric playmakers. The age of explosive NFL offenses is here, and the 2020 season is loaded with potential for even..." June 01

  • Here are the 5 best remaining NFL free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "June is here and NFL free agency was already a few months ago, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any good players available to NFL teams looking for late offseason upgrades. Multiple Pro Bowlers are still available as free agents, whether they were cut for cap reasons or simply..." June 01

  • The NFL’s Post-June 1 Cuts, Explained

    Pro Football Rumors "NFL teams will often use contract bonuses as a way to spread out a cap hit that might otherwise be exorbitant. For example, if a player’s four-year deal includes a $8MM signing bonus, that money can be paid immediately but spread out over four years for cap purposes. This way, the..." June 01

  • Advertisers face tough decisions on buying NFL commercial time

    Pro Football Talk "As a season of uncertainty approaches, advertisers are being leery about the prospect of buying commercial time on NFL broadcasts. Anthony Crupi of Sports Business Journal takes a close look at the situation, which is requiring decisions to be made despite so many variables that..." June 01

  • Patriots great Dante Scarnecchia thriving in retirement

    ESPN "Happy in retirement: Instead of leading a virtual meeting with his offensive linemen, the greatest assistant coach in Patriots history, Dante Scarnecchia, is learning new-age math techniques while helping his two grandchildren with schoolwork. And he couldn't be..." June 01

  • EA Sports Delays First Look at Madden NFL 2021 to Help 'Drive Change'

    The Big Lead "EA Sports has decided to delay a first look at Madden NFL 2021 that was planned for Monday. The company elected to hold off in the wake of the protests around the country over the killing of George Floyd. EA released a statement explaining the decision and saying the company would..." May 31

  • Does Bill Belichick or Tom Brady have more to lose from divorce?

    Larry Brown Sports "Whether they expected their relationship to end this offseason or not, both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are almost certainly looking forward to the opportunity to prove that they can win without the other. But can they? That will be one of the best storylines to track throughout the 2020 NFL..." May 31

  • Every NFL Team's Biggest Scapegoat of the Last Decade

    Bleacher Report "If the NFL is the ultimate team sport and football games are never won or lost on a single play, then no one player or coach should ever bear the brunt of a fanbase's ire after a defeat. If only things were that simple. It's often difficult for sports fans to take a..." May 31

  • Players Coalition pleads for police to be 'courageous,' accountable

    The Score "The NFL's Players Coalition is calling on law enforcement to be more accountable following the recent deaths of George Floyd and other African-Americans. "To the many, many good law enforcement officers, we need you now more than ever," the group wrote Saturday in a..." May 31

  • 3 potential breakout players for the New England Patriots in the 2020 season

    Clutch Points "The New England Patriots are entering an unfathomable era in their franchise’s history following Tom Brady’s decision to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. Upon Brady’s exit, the Patriots are going to look quite a bit different despite..." May 30

  • Cam Newton and Patriots talked early in free agency

    Clutch Points "Since his surprising release, there has been much speculation that Cam Newton could sign with the New England Patriots. There have been multiple reports that have diffused those rumors. However, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Newton and New England talked early in..." May 30

  • Kyle Van Noy says ex-Patriots want new identity with Dolphins

    Larry Brown Sports "Four former members of the New England Patriots have joined the Miami Dolphins this offseason, where former New England assistant Brian Flores serves as head coach. According to one of those players, however, they’re not focusing on emulating the New England dynasty. Kyle Van..." May 30

  • Roger Goodell Releases Statement On The Murder Of George Floyd, Nationwide Protests

    Sportsnaut "Players around the NFL have stepped up to provide a voice in the aftermath of the senseless murder of George Floyd by a now-former Minneapolis police officer on Tuesday. While a certain owner has spoken up, the NFL remained quiet until Saturday afternoon. Commissioner Roger..." May 30

  • Patriots' Devin McCourty and wife Michelle reveal loss of stillborn daughter

    USA Today "New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty took to Instagram on Saturday to share the news that his wife Michelle's pregnancy had ended in a stillbirth. According to the couple, Mia McCourty no longer had a heartbeat at 31 weeks and two days. She was born with the..." May 30

  • Seven classic Super Bowls coming to NBCSN, NBC this week

    Pro Football Talk "As we wait for live sports to return, why not enjoy some of the best live sports from days gone by? You’ll get to do that this week on NBCSN and NBC, with seven classic Super Bowls re-aired from Monday through Sunday. All were originally televised by NBC. It starts..." May 30

  • Here’s How ‘Married’ NFL Writer Thinks Patriots Are To Jarrett Stidham

    NESN "Barring an unforeseen change, it appears the Patriots are going to enter the 2020 season with the starting quarterback job as Jarrett Stidham’s to lose. New England’s soon-to-be second-year quarterback and Brian Hoyer are the two signal-callers on the depth chart, not..." May 30