- 2020-04-02 23:11:31Z
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 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.
NFL Network's Steve Mariucci and Daniel Jeremiah explore which teams need the most help at wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo examines concerns over player health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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]
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]
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 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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found Tom Brady's backup quarterback.
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.
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]
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.
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]
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]
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.
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'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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
(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.
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 Nystrom ranks the top interior offensive linemen ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. (Getty Images)
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]
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]
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.
Highlights from a survey of more than 100 athletic directors by LEAD1, an association of ADs from Bowl Subdivision schools, and Teamworks:
The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears have a long and storied rivalry, and these are the top 5 moments.
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]
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.
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.
(Stats Perform) - Tennessee State will close out its 2021 regular season with a first-time matchup against Mississippi State, the school announced Thursday.
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
The important part is that Smith sets himself up for the many, many years after his playing days are over.
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.
NBC Sports Network will on Thursday night replay the Bears' upset win over the Packers on Thanksgiving in 2015.
It's a wrap!
Aldon Smith is making a return to the NFL after a four-year absence by reportedly signing a deal with Washington's division rival.
After totaling 44.0 sacks over his first 50 career games, Aldon Smith hasn't played an NFL snap since 2015.
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.