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LA Rams' offensive line counting on boost from continuity

If NFL teams are unable to hold offseason workouts amid the coronavirus pandemic, Andrew Whitworth and Austin Blythe believe continuity will be a valuable commodity this fall. Whitworth and Blythe are both returning to their starting jobs on the line after re-signing with the Rams as free agents. Whitworth has been Los Angeles' starting left tackle for each of coach Sean McVay's three seasons, while Blythe has started at all three interior spots on the line over the past two years.

New Eagles cornerback Darius Slay wants the pressure on him

New Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay welcomes the opportunity to cover the opponent's best receiver. "I love the challenge," Slay said in a conference call Thursday. The Eagles traded a third-round pick (No. 85 overall) and a fifth-round pick (No. 166) to the Lions to get Slay two weeks ago.

Which teams need the most help at wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft?
Which teams need the most help at wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft?

NFL Network's Steve Mariucci and Daniel Jeremiah explore which teams need the most help at wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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NFL Network's Mike Garafolo examines concerns over player health during COVID-19 pandemic

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo examines concerns over player health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remotely speaking, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn has views on draft
Remotely speaking, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn has views on draft

Coach Anthony Lynn and the Chargers staff have been conducting pre-draft interviews remotely, often meeting prospects face-to-face but doing so from great distances.

Eli Apple not signing with Raiders after all
Eli Apple not signing with Raiders after all

More than two weeks after reports surfaced that free agent cornerback Eli Apple was signing with the Raiders, it turns out that no deal was reached. Apple and the Raiders were unable to finalize the agreement, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. It's unclear what the issue was that prevented a deal from getting done. This [more]

Dante Fowler aiming for Michael Strahan
Dante Fowler aiming for Michael Strahan's sack record

Falcons defensive end Dante Fowler had a career-high 11.5 sacks last season, but he's aiming at doubling that. Fowler told reporters today that his goal is to get at least 23 sacks, breaking Michael Strahan's record of 22.5, set in 2001. That would be a tall order. Fowler, the third overall pick in the 2015 [more]

It
It's Brett Favre night on Football Week in America

Football Week in America continues on Thursday night with a pair of games involving Brett Favre, both directly and indirectly. Up first, Favre's second game at Lambeau Field as a member of the Vikings. The 2010 Sunday night contest saw the Packers settle the score after losing to Favre in 2009. Then comes a game [more]

Titans running back Derrick Henry signs franchise tender
Titans running back Derrick Henry signs franchise tender

Titans running back Derrick Henry has signed a franchise tender that puts him under contract for the 2020 season as Tennessee works toward reaching a long-term deal with the 2019 NFL rushing leader. Team officials announced Thursday that Henry had signed the tender.

Giants LB Fackrell looking to show 2019 stats weren
Giants LB Fackrell looking to show 2019 stats weren't him

The New York Giants are giving free-agent linebacker Kyler Fackrell a chance to show that his 2019 season wasn't as bad as the numbers suggest. It's a one-year shot for Fackrell to prove his 10 1/2 sack season in 2018 with the Green Bay Packers wasn't a fluke. It will cost the Giants, too.

Jordan Hicks thinks Cardinals in "eerily similar" situation to pre-SB Eagles
Jordan Hicks thinks Cardinals in "eerily similar" situation to pre-SB Eagles

Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks feels like there might be some deja vu in the air. Hicks was a member of the Eagles when they went 7-9 with a first-year head coach and a rookie quarterback during the 2016 season. He was also a member of last year's 5-10-1 Cardinals with rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury [more]

Nick Saban favors extra teaching time, not longer fall camp

Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn't believe extending preseason camp for college football teams around the country is necessarily the best way to get them ready for the season. "If you look at statistics historically on concussions, injuries … the most concentrated time that you practice and not play is in fall camp," Saban said on a conference call with reporters.

'Prime' time? TE Ebron eager to start over with Steelers

Eric Ebron isn't worried about Ben Roethlisberger's surgically repaired right elbow. The same goes for Ebron's balky ankle, which the newly signed Pittsburgh Steelers tight end said had "a whole lot of mess" in it before getting cleaned up in December. While Ebron acknowledged he wouldn't quite be ready to go if the season started this week, he quickly pointed out that it doesn't.

NFL rumors: Buccaneers signing Blaine Gabbert to be Tom Brady
NFL rumors: Buccaneers signing Blaine Gabbert to be Tom Brady's backup

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found Tom Brady's backup quarterback.

Who were Tom Brady
Who were Tom Brady's all-time favorite Patriots targets? What the numbers say

Tom Brady made stars out of many Patriots pass-catchers over the years. But who were his all-time favorite targets? Here's what the stats tell us.

Report: Jaguars asking for first-rounder and more for Yannick Ngakoue
Report: Jaguars asking for first-rounder and more for Yannick Ngakoue

Yannick Ngakoue has made it clear he wants out of Jacksonville. The Jaguars are looking to trade him. Multiple teams are interested in him. Yet, a report from two weeks ago indicated there was no movement on a deal. The reason? It's going to be expensive in compensation both in a new deal for the [more]

Packers sign former Colts wide receiver Devin Funchess
Packers sign former Colts wide receiver Devin Funchess

The Green Bay Packers have signed wide receiver Devin Funchess as he tries to bounce back from an injury-shortened 2019 season. Funchess played for the Indianapolis Colts last year but went on injured reserve after breaking his collarbone in a season-opening 30-24 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The 25-year-old Funchess spent his first four NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers, who selected him out of Michigan in the second round of the 2015 draft.

Darius Slay on following top WR: I want the game on me
Darius Slay on following top WR: I want the game on me

Cornerback Darius Slay made a move from the Lions to the Eagles in a trade last month and he's just starting to get a handle on how his new team will be using him in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's scheme. On a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Slay was asked if the plan was [more]

Saints bring back cornerback P.J. Williams
Saints bring back cornerback P.J. Williams

The Saints brought back some more secondary depth Thursday. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Saints have agreed to a new one-year deal with cornerback P.J. Williams. He'll make a guaranteed $2 million. He was on the receiving end of a non-pass interference in the playoffs, as Kyle Rudolph him away before catching [more]

Chiefs' Reid plotting Super Bowl defense from his basement

Andy Reid is like most people these days. The Kansas City Chiefs coach is hunkered down in his basement, trying to avoid going out in public as he works from a makeshift office consisting of a computer, an iPad and an old side table.

Former Sun Devil Gus Farwell inspires his Barcelona community - and many more online - with nightly balcony opera
Former Sun Devil Gus Farwell inspires his Barcelona community - and many more online - with nightly balcony opera

Pac-12 Networks' Ashley Adamson learns how former ASU quarterback Gus Farwell is providing hope during uncharted times from his balcony in Barcelona. Farwell, a member 1996 Sun Devil football program, belts out opera to his neighbors and later posts the clips on social media. They've caught the attention of hundreds around the globe going through similar experiences.

Jordan Devey re-signs with Raiders
Jordan Devey re-signs with Raiders

Jordan Devey's first season with the Raiders came to an early end, but he'll be back for the team's first season in Las Vegas. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the Raiders are re-signing Devey. There's no word on the terms of the deal. Devey started the first two games of the season at [more]

Lions sign Darryl Roberts
Lions sign Darryl Roberts

The Lions added another cornerback to their roster on Thursday. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the team has signed former Jets corner Darryl Roberts. It's a one-year deal and no financial terms have been announced. Roberts was released by the Jets after the new league year started last month. He started 10 games [more]

Former ASU quarterback Gus Farwell
Former ASU quarterback Gus Farwell's balcony singing travels much farther than his Barcelona community

Pac-12 Networks' Ashley Adamson learns how former ASU quarterback Gus Farwell has united his Barcelona community during the global pandemic by singing from his balcony. The clips on social media have traveled much far and wide online, showing a sign of hope during the chaos. See the whole interview during "Pac-12 Playlist" on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network.

Cowboys make Aldon Smith deal official
Cowboys make Aldon Smith deal official

The Cowboys are clearly embracing their willingness to offer second chances, even for guys who have had more than two. The team made official last night's deal with pass-rusher Aldon Smith, who hasn't played since 2015. While there are no quotes from owner Jerry Jones in the story on the team's official website, it does [more]

Derrick Henry signs franchise tender
Derrick Henry signs franchise tender

The Titans will have Derrick Henry for at least another year. Henry signed his franchise tender today, according to ESPN. That means Henry is guaranteed a base salary of $10.2 million this season. Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said yesterday that he's optimistic about a long-term deal, and the sides could still reach such a [more]

The U. in FCS college football
The U. in FCS college football

(Stats Perform) - Sports Illustrated recently published a story that analyzed data from the 2010s to identify which FBS programs can brand themselves as the modern "U" at different positions.

Bills GM sees Patriots as the team to beat, even without Tom Brady
Bills GM sees Patriots as the team to beat, even without Tom Brady

The Bills aren't counting on the Patriots to take a step backward in the AFC East just because Tom Brady is gone. Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said he thought his team would still have to face Brady twice this season, but the news that Brady is now a Buccaneer didn't change his opinion that [more]

Thor
Thor's Interior OL Rankings

Thor Nystrom ranks the top interior offensive linemen ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. (Getty Images)

Player workouts don
Player workouts don't mesh with stay at home orders, social distancing guidelines

NFL teams will have little or no offseason workouts in 2020. Which means that players will be working out on their own. Which means that some players won't be content to, for example, grind away at a home gym. Players will want to get onto a football field, and they will want to work out [more]

Michael Brockers: I feel great, it worked out the way it was supposed to
Michael Brockers: I feel great, it worked out the way it was supposed to

Defensive lineman Michael Brockers is back with the Rams on a new three-year deal, but it looked like he was going to be joining the Ravens early in free agency. Brockers said on former Rams teammate Chris Long's podcast that there was "definitely a bidding war" for his services and that he chose the Ravens [more]

Gary Klein relives the epic 2006 Rose Bowl game between USC and Texas
Gary Klein relives the epic 2006 Rose Bowl game between USC and Texas

L.A. Times Rams beat reporter Gary Klein recalls covering the 2005 BCS national championship game between USC and Texas, which is considered one of the greatest games ever played.

Survey of athletic directors reveals virus outbreak concerns
Survey of athletic directors reveals virus outbreak concerns

Highlights from a survey of more than 100 athletic directors by LEAD1, an association of ADs from Bowl Subdivision schools, and Teamworks:

Top 5 moments in Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers rivarly history
Top 5 moments in Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers rivarly history

The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears have a long and storied rivalry, and these are the top 5 moments.

Now a coach, Wes Welker reflects on playing for Bill Belichick
Now a coach, Wes Welker reflects on playing for Bill Belichick

San Francisco wide receivers coach Wes Welker spent six seasons playing for Bill Belichick in New England. The two didn't always see eye to eye, and now that Welker is coaching, he thinks about how his own approach is different than Belichick's. Asked on WEEI if leaving New England was a relief because Belichick could [more]

Survey: Athletic directors bracing for financial crisis
Survey: Athletic directors bracing for financial crisis

Athletic directors at the nation's biggest schools are bracing for a potential financial crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a survey conducted by LEAD1, an association of athletic directors from 130 major college football schools, 63% expect a worst-case scenario in which their revenues decrease by at least 20% during the 2020-21 school year. LEAD1 and TeamWorks, a company that created an app designed to help keep teams and athletic departments connected, released the survey of more than 100 ADs from schools in Division I's Football Bowl Subdivision.

NFL Rumors: Why Colts signed Philip Rivers over Tom Brady in free agency
NFL Rumors: Why Colts signed Philip Rivers over Tom Brady in free agency

You'd think Tom Brady would be at the top of the quarterback pecking order, but the Colts reportedly had two reasons for rolling with Philip Rivers.

Tennessee State to face Mississippi State in 2021

(Stats Perform) - Tennessee State will close out its 2021 regular season with a first-time matchup against Mississippi State, the school announced Thursday.

Jared Allen won
Jared Allen won't be glued to TV during 2020 NFL Draft

At a time when many people are exhausting the supply of content of their streaming services (or if you're old your VHS collection), former NFL defensive end Jared Allen isn't jonesing to watch the NFL Draft three weeks from tonight. In fact, the former Chiefs and Vikings star (who finished up with the Bears and [more]

Sean Payton: Tom Brady makes the NFC South stronger
Sean Payton: Tom Brady makes the NFC South stronger

The Saints have won the NFC South three years in a row, but coach Sean Payton isn't taking anything for granted now that Tom Brady is in the division. Payton said Brady's presence in Tampa Bay makes the Buccaneers a real threat in the division. "It was a great signing by Tampa, and this division [more]

Aldon Smith says he
Aldon Smith says he's made "exponential strides" and is thankful for chance with Cowboys

Assuming he will ultimately be reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell, Aldon Smith will have a chance to resume his football career with the Dallas Cowboys after signing a one-year deal with the team on Wednesday. Smith expressed his gratitude for the opportunity in a posting to his instagram account on Wednesday night. "Life is good. [more]

AP source: Cowboys sign DE Aldon Smith, suspended since 2015
AP source: Cowboys sign DE Aldon Smith, suspended since 2015

The Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance on another suspended defensive end, signing Aldon Smith to a contract while his playing status in the NFL is uncertain. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Smith signed Wednesday with Dallas. Smith hasn't played in the NFL since 2015, when he was suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse policy while with the Oakland Raiders.

Browns to unveil new uniforms this month
Browns to unveil new uniforms this month

Cleveland Browns Executive Vice President JW Johnson announced Wednesday night that the team's new uniforms would be released later this month. The team announced new uniforms would be coming for the 2020 season just over a year ago. The current iteration of uniforms that debuted in 2015 received a lukewarm response and are being retired [more]

Why Aldon Smith not labeling self as
Why Aldon Smith not labeling self as 'victim' is great sign of growth

The important part is that Smith sets himself up for the many, many years after his playing days are over.

Can college football be played in 2020? Power Five commissioners seek a suitable plan
Can college football be played in 2020? Power Five commissioners seek a suitable plan

The college football season could be in jeopardy because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Power Five conferences know they need to plan for many scenarios.

Bears spoiling Packers
Bears spoiling Packers' Brett Favre celebration was only highlight of John Fox era

NBC Sports Network will on Thursday night replay the Bears' upset win over the Packers on Thanksgiving in 2015.

Official: Graduate Transfer QB Anthony Brown chooses the Oregon Ducks
Official: Graduate Transfer QB Anthony Brown chooses the Oregon Ducks

It's a wrap!

Former All-Pro LB Aldon Smith reportedly signs with Cowboys after four-year absence from NFL
Former All-Pro LB Aldon Smith reportedly signs with Cowboys after four-year absence from NFL

Aldon Smith is making a return to the NFL after a four-year absence by reportedly signing a deal with Washington's division rival.

NFL rumors: Aldon Smith, Cowboys agree to terms as ex-49er, Raider returns
NFL rumors: Aldon Smith, Cowboys agree to terms as ex-49er, Raider returns

After totaling 44.0 sacks over his first 50 career games, Aldon Smith hasn't played an NFL snap since 2015.

Seahawks add another pass rusher, bring back Benson Mayowa

The Seattle Seahawks are reuniting with another former pass rusher after agreeing to terms on a deal with defensive end Benson Mayowa. NFL Network reported its a one-year deal. Mayowa is the second former Seahawks pass rusher being brought back for another opportunity.


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