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ESPN adds Kirk Herbstreit to NFL draft coverage
ESPN adds Kirk Herbstreit to NFL draft coverage

As the NFL draft continues to grow into an even bigger television property, ESPN is adding its top college football analyst to the mix. Kirk Herbstreit will join host Trey Wingo and analysts Mel Kiper and Louis Riddick as ESPN's primary broadcast team for the draft. Herbstreit is filling the spot previously

How Good Will Penn State and Trace McSorley Be Without Saquon Barkley?
How Good Will Penn State and Trace McSorley Be Without Saquon Barkley?

A Texas A&M assistant coach learned this week that the Internet never forgets, and that prompted an excellent question… From @FSU_Noles_05: What do you think about a bunch of coaches jumping in the fray when Tim Brewster got called out by past tweets? Regardless of profession, anyone who posts something

How Are Players Selected for the NFL Scouting Combine? Jeff Foster Takes Us Inside the Process
How Are Players Selected for the NFL Scouting Combine? Jeff Foster Takes Us Inside the Process

Understand this: The NFL's National Scouting Combine is a mammoth event. Over 300 NFL prospects fly into Indianapolis about two months before the NFL draft to undergo medical testing, sit down for interviews with all 32 teams and participate in on-field workouts. It's also a symposium for sports tech

NFL Notebook: Buccaneers release RB Martin

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday released veteran running back Doug Martin. Martin, 29, spent six seasons with the Buccaneers but struggled in 2017, rushing for 407 yards on 2.9 yards per carry in 11 games. In the final weeks of the regular season, Martin was benched in favor of running back Peyton

'Around The NFL': Blockbuster NFL trades we'd love to see this offseason

The "Around the NFL" podcast team share some NFL trades that they would like to see this offseason.

"Lamar Jackson should play WR" take sparks internal ESPN disagreement
"Lamar Jackson should play WR" take sparks internal ESPN disagreement

On Monday, ESPN analyst Bill Polian reiterated his belief that former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson should switch to receiver at the next level. Many disagreed, including another ESPN analyst. Said Damien Woody, "[People] already want Lamar Jackson to switch positions?! We've seen plenty of bum

Breaking Down Peter King
Breaking Down Peter King's NFL Draft QB Destinations From the Prospects' Perspective

In this week's Monday Morning Quarterback column, The MMQB's Peter King took some educated guesses as to where each of the quarterbacks available during the 2018 NFL offseason might land. Among that group were nine of the top QB prospects in late April's draft, from the current leading contenders for

After a Season of Awakening for the NFL, What Can We Expect in 2018?
After a Season of Awakening for the NFL, What Can We Expect in 2018?

As Colin Kaepernick remained without a job in the NFL-but stuck to his pledge of donating $1 million to charities during the 2017 season-the rest of the league had to reckon with what the unemployed quarterback had started. There was kneeling and other creative forms of protest during the national anthem

Vikings make hire of Todd Downing as senior offensive assistant official
Vikings make hire of Todd Downing as senior offensive assistant official

The Minnesota Vikings officially announced the addition of former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing to their coaching staff on Monday. Downing is joining the staff as a senior offensive assistant under head coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, It's a return home

Inside the program training NFL players for life after football
Inside the program training NFL players for life after football

Jordan Howard of the Chicago Bears and Josh Dobbs of the Pittsburgh Steelers discuss their "externships" with Fanatics that gives them skills for life after their sports careers.

NFL notebook: Carruth apologizes for murder, wants custody of son

Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth, convicted in 2001 for conspiracy in the 1999 murder of the woman pregnant with his child, has penned a letter to the woman's mother in which he accepted responsibility for the crime and expressed his desire for custody of his son. The 15-page letter

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NBA's all-star game fails to outdraw NFL's

The NFL's Pro Bowl stinks. But as long as it continues to draw an audience (and churn a profit), the NFL will continue to stage it. It definitely draws an audience, and surely churns a profit. This year's game, played on a Sunday afternoon, generated a rating of 5.9. That's more than 15 percent higher

NFL: Patriots knew Butler would be benched, says McCourty
NFL: Patriots knew Butler would be benched, says McCourty

Devin McCourty has sympathised with Malcolm Butler after the cornerback's Super Bowl benching, insisting the team knew it would happen.

Fordham
Fordham's Edmonds anxious to seize moment at NFL combine

As he prepares for his next challenge - an NFL career - Edmonds feels there was a positive gained from his senior season gone awry. Fordham went 4-7 after winning 28 games over his first three seasons. "I think it's made me a stronger man," Edmonds said.

Vikings hire ex-Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing

The Minnesota Vikings have hired Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant, bringing him back to his hometown team after serving last year as offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Downing will begin his 18th season in the NFL, the first five of which were with the Vikings as an intern, systems

DirecTV raises price for NFL Sunday Ticket
DirecTV raises price for NFL Sunday Ticket

Being a hard-core NFL fan is getting more expensive. DirecTV is raising prices on its NFL Sunday Ticket package, which is the only way to watch every NFL game. The retail price will reach an all-time high of $293.94 in 2018, with the package that includes Red Zone Channel increasing to $395.95. Many

The Offseason of Quarterback Movement: Early Guesses on Who Goes Where in Free Agency, Draft
The Offseason of Quarterback Movement: Early Guesses on Who Goes Where in Free Agency, Draft

Free agency is 24 years old. Since the dawn of it, I don't remember a year (because there hasn't been one) with the same combined level of depth at quarterback in the free market and in the draft.It's amazing, really. We could see four quarterbacks (Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield

Favre fears that "tomorrow I may not remember who I am"
Favre fears that "tomorrow I may not remember who I am"

Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre played most of his career at a time when the NFL had yet to wake up to the long-term problems associated with head injuries. Which puts Favre among the thousands of former NFL players who may develop cognitive issues later in life. And Favre is keenly aware of what

Two weeks later, no indication on what Gronkowski will do
Two weeks later, no indication on what Gronkowski will do

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski gave everyone a surprise after the Super Bowl by responding to a question about a rumor of retirement by saying, "I don't know how you heard about that." The fact that there's a "that" means that there's something to the it that became a that. Two weeks later, there'

Saturday one-liners
Saturday one-liners

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been contemplating retirement for a while. Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander took the South Park High School football team to see Black Panther on Friday. Despite tweaks to the uniform for 2018, the Dolphins will continue to wear their popular throwbacks twice per year. Who will

Another P.R. exec leaves NFL
Another P.R. exec leaves NFL

The person ultimately in charge of the P.R. function at 345 Park Avenue soon will be leaving. Joe Lockhart's top lieutenant already is gone. Brian Stelter of CNN reports that NFL senior Vice President of Communications Natalie Ravitz finished her time with the league on Friday. Ravitz apparently confirmed

Amazon, YouTube, Twitter, Verizon bidding on streaming Thursday nights
Amazon, YouTube, Twitter, Verizon bidding on streaming Thursday nights

The NFL now knows who its TV partner will be for the next five years of Thursday Night Football after agreeing to a deal with FOX worth more than $3 billion. But the league will make a little more money when it finds a streaming partner. Four giants in the space - Amazon, YouTube, Twitter [more]

NFL notebook: ESPN, Fox pursuing Manning as analyst

Both ESPN and Fox are reportedly pursuing Peyton Manning to be their prime-time game analyst this season. ESPN's "Monday Night Football" is still looking to replace Jon Gruden after he left the booth to return to the sidelines as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Fox has not announced

Black History Month: Art Shell broke barriers as the first African American head coach in the NFL
Black History Month: Art Shell broke barriers as the first African American head coach in the NFL

Former NFL football player and Oakland Raiders head coach Art Shell did a lot for the black community when he became the first African American head coach in the NFL.

Panthers reinstate Hurney as interim GM

The Carolina Panthers reinstated interim general manager Marty Hurney from paid administrative leave on Friday after the NFL cleared him in an investigation of a harassment complaint made against Hurney by his ex-wife. According to the team, the NFL found no evidence of a violation of the personal conduct

Oakland Raiders linebacker James Cowser teaches NFL players how to say
Oakland Raiders linebacker James Cowser teaches NFL players how to say 'Happy New Year' in Chinese in honor of Chinese New Year

Oakland Raiders linebacker James Cowser teaches Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown how to say Happy New Year in Chinese in honor of Chinese New Year.

NFL Stars At All-Star Weekend
NFL Stars At All-Star Weekend

NFL Players Todd Gurley, Von Miller, Melvin Ingram and Marvin Jones Jr. join GameTime to discuss All-Star Weekend and draw comparisons between football and basketball.

Hurney reinstated as Panthers interim GM after investigation
Hurney reinstated as Panthers interim GM after investigation

The Panthers have reinstated interim general manager Marty Hurney after an NFL investigation found no wrongdoing into charges of harassment by his ex-wife.

Duke promotes co-defensive coordinators; Goethie to lead LBs

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke has promoted assistants Ben Albert and Matt Guerrieri to co-defensive coordinator positions and added Lanier Goethie as an assistant coach.

Greg Hardy continues his MMA career tonight
Greg Hardy continues his MMA career tonight

More than two years after he last played in the NFL, Greg Hardy continues to pursue a career as a mixed martial arts fights. He also continues to hold out hope for returning to the NFL. Via Mark Francescutti of the Dallas Morning News, Hardy said that he's "damn ready at all times" to return [more]

Notre Dame
Notre Dame's Vacated 2012 May Not Officially Exist, but Its Oddities Endure

Vacating wins is a funny business. I don't want to get too graphic, but I've always likened it to vomiting: Your stomach is empty, yes, but you still ate lunch. Similarly, the results are wiped from the record books, but we all saw the games.Love Notre Dame or hate it-and there's not much of an in-between

These Religious Leaders Are Fed Up With GOP
These Religious Leaders Are Fed Up With GOP's Thoughts And Prayers

It's now common for political leaders to offer their "thoughts and prayers" online after a mass shooting.

FBI Says It Failed To Act After Receiving Tip About Suspected Florida Shooter
FBI Says It Failed To Act After Receiving Tip About Suspected Florida Shooter

The FBI said Friday that it did not follow protocol after a caller submitted a tip about the Florida shooting suspect earlier this year.

NFL Thursday Night Digital Rights: Amazon, YouTube, Twitter, Verizon Again at Bidding Table
NFL Thursday Night Digital Rights: Amazon, YouTube, Twitter, Verizon Again at Bidding Table

The usual tech suspects are looking to snag the NFL's digital-streaming rights for "Thursday Night Football" for upcoming seasons, with Amazon, Google's YouTube, Verizon and Twitter each on the short list of bidders, sources confirmed. The NFL is looking to cut a streaming deal for as long as five years

One NFL Call We Can Celebrate
One NFL Call We Can Celebrate

Kelvin Benjamin caught it at the 3-yard line and absorbed two hits before spinning and falling backward into the end zone. He popped up, dropped the ball and immediately went into the celebratory dance he dubbed the "Pause on 'Em." Teammate Devin Funchess had seen the signature routine before and couldn

Diary of an NFL hopeful:
Diary of an NFL hopeful: 'I don't feel like an outsider watching the Six Nations. I'm just chasing a different dream now'

Diary of an NFL hopeful: 'I don't feel like an outsider watching the Six Nations. I'm just chasing a different dream now'

Diary of an NFL hopeful:
Diary of an NFL hopeful: 'I don't feel like an outsider watching the Six Nations. I'm just chasing a different dream now'

Week four was a de-load week, so our gym work was slightly less intense because we joined the 12 players at IMG who are getting ready to enter the draft for a mock combine. Being able to measure up against premium college athletes who are about to see whether they get picked up in the early rounds -

Is AJ McCarron this year
Is AJ McCarron this year's Case Keenum, or this year's Mike Glennon?

AJ McCarron is going to be the toughest quarterback to figure out in this year's free agent class. McCarron, who found out yesterday that he won a grievance with the Bengals and will be an unrestricted free agent next month, has shown enough promise that there might be teams that think he can be a [more

What are NFL Draft prospects doing before the combine?
What are NFL Draft prospects doing before the combine?

The "NFL Total Access" crew talks about what NFL Draft prospects are doing heading into the combine.

Florida shooting: Nikolas Cruz, teenager charged with 17 murders, was trained by white supremacist group
Florida shooting: Nikolas Cruz, teenager charged with 17 murders, was trained by white supremacist group

The teenage gunman charged with unleashing one of America's worst school shootings had been trained by a white supremacist paramilitary group, and may have chosen Valentine's Day to strike after the end of a relationship with a girlfriend. Nikolas Cruz, 19, described by fellow pupils as a "weird and racist" gun-obsessed loner, has been charged with murdering 17 people at his former school in Parkland, an affluent suburb north of Miami, Florida. According to one of the group's leaders, Cruz trained with Republic of Florida, which campaigns for a "white ethno-state". Jordan Jereb said Cruz had probably relied on his training to carry out the attack, but had not been told to do so by anybody...

NFL teams to get more access to data that tracks players on every play
NFL teams to get more access to data that tracks players on every play

Every NFL player wears sensors on his shoulder pads in every game, and those sensors track every move a player makes, resulting in a treasure trove of data: Which player runs the fastest? Which player slows down as the game goes on? Which cornerback sticks the closest to the wide receiver he's covering

Report: Eagles want two first-rounders for Foles

Teams coveting Nick Foles via offseason trade might want to read the warning label from the Philadelphia Eagles. According to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Philadelphia is unlikely to trade Foles unless a team offers two first-round picks. Foles, who became the Eagles' starter in December

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NFL's "old man club" is dwindling

Todd Archer of ESPN came up with a great stat: From 2000-03, 1,023 players were selected in the NFL draft. Of those draft picks, only Tom Brady, Terrell Suggs and Jason Witten remain under contract for 2018. That, of course, will change soon. Drew Brees (second round, 2001) will return next season. Julius

NFL: Marty Hurney review is ongoing
NFL: Marty Hurney review is ongoing

The Panthers currently don't have a General Manager. Unless they hire an external candidate to replace Marty Hurney permanently, the Panthers won't have a General Manager until Hurney returns from administrative leave. That won't happen until the NFL's investigation of Hurney, sparked by vague allegations

Coach: Fitzgerald says he
Coach: Fitzgerald says he'll be back for 2018 season

PHOENIX (AP) - New Arizona coach Steve Wilks says Cardinals standout wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has told him he'll return for a 15th NFL season.

Another Down Year Could Put Michigan in a Dangerous Hole
Another Down Year Could Put Michigan in a Dangerous Hole

Michigan's 2018 recruiting class is, judging by the simplest measures available, a letdown. On National Signing Day, the Wolverines watched their top-ranked offensive line target, Berkeley (Fla.) Prep five-star Nicholas Petit-Frere, sign with rival Ohio State even after they practiced at his high school

NFL Franchise Tag Watch: Le
NFL Franchise Tag Watch: Le'Veon Bell, Sammy Watkins Among Players Likely To Be Tagged

The franchise tag is a wonderful subplot to the NFL offseason. Teams use it as leverage against players in long-term contract negotiations then act surprised when the valued employee doesn't want to risk his long-term security by playing under an expensive one-year deal. In turn, players almost always

As FOX televises the draft, ESPN continues to lose control of the event it built
As FOX televises the draft, ESPN continues to lose control of the event it built

When ESPN first approached the NFL about televising the draft, Commissioner Pete Rozelle was taken aback: Who would want to watch that? As it turned out, the answer was: Millions of football fans. With ESPN's help, the NFL draft has become a huge annual event and the centerpiece of the NFL offseason.

Wednesday's Sports In Brief

Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says he is making a football comeback. Manziel announced Wednesday that he'll participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress

'Around the NFL': Sleeper Studs

The "Around The NFL" crew examines the players in line for big paydays their new employers may eventually regret

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