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AFC South roster reset: Quarterback storylines define division's offseason
Apr 08, 2021
Quarterback storylines have defined this offseason in the AFC South. Adam Maya assesses where the division's four teams stand heading into the 2021 NFL Draft, highlighting top additions, crucial losses, draft priorities and more.
Saints QB Jameis Winston ready for a rebrand: 'Game manager is not a bad' label
Mar 29, 2021
As Jameis Winston prepares for a second season with the Saints, and an open QB battle with Taysom Hill, the former Bucs starter is trying to transform his style of play. The first player in NFL history to throw 30 TDs and 30 INTs in the same season wants to be a game manager.
Lions GM Brad Holmes: We're 'absolutely not' out of draft's QB market
Mar 09, 2021
The Lions trade for Jared Goff gave the impression they were settled at QB for the at least the next few years. But on the latest episode of the Huddle & Flow podcast, new GM Brad Holmes rejected the notion he's out of the QB market for the upcoming draft.
Saints create $13.4M in cap room with restructured deals for stars Demario Davis and Cameron Jordan
Mar 06, 2021
The Saints entered the offseason with the worst salary cap situation in football. They put another dent in their debt Saturday, restructuring the contracts of LB Demario Davis and DE Cameron Jordan to create $13,443,750 of cap room, Ian Rapoport reports.
Thomas Davis to sign one-day deal with Panthers before retiring
Mar 03, 2021
Thomas Davis is officially calling it a career. The former All-Pro linebacker announced on Instagram he is following through with his plans to retire after 16 seasons. But first, he will spend another day with the Panthers.
J.J. Watt: 'The one thing I want for Deshaun Watson is for him to be happy'
Mar 02, 2021
While Deshaun Watson has not publicly specified exactly what he wants at this juncture, J.J. Watt knows what he wants for his friend. It's no different than what departing for Arizona provided him -- and, perhaps not coincidentally, former Texan DeAndre Hopkins -- happiness.
Giants OT Nate Solder intends to play this year following 2020 opt-out
Feb 26, 2021
Nate Solder has made a decision about his future. The Giants will have to make one about it, too. After opting out of the 2020 season because of family concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the veteran tackle told ESPN that he intends to play this year.
Jets DT Quinnen Williams: 'I'd be disappointed' if traded by New York
Feb 25, 2021
The offseason isn't even a month old, and the Jets are set to look dramatically different next season because of their new coaching staff alone. More change could be coming at several positions. Whatever the final roster proves to be, DT Quinnen Williams wants to be on it.
Lions OC Anthony Lynn: T.J. Hockenson's 'ceiling is even higher' after Pro Bowl season
Feb 20, 2021
After registering a modest rookie season, TE T.J. Hockenson produced this past season like everyone expected upon the Lions drafting him No. 8 overall in 2019. New Lions OC Anthony Lynn believes it's just the beginning.
Sherman: Terry McLaurin would 'be special' alongside a solid No. 2 WR
Feb 20, 2021
Terry McLaurin has been a revelation since breaking into the league two years ago, producing at a high level despite constant turnover at the QB position in Washington. 49ers CB Richard Sherman believes McLaurin would be even better if he just had a solid running mate at WR.
Trevor Lawrence to undergo labrum surgery Tuesday on non-throwing shoulder
Feb 13, 2021
Trevor Lawrence isn't wasting any time preparing for the start of his pro career. Four days after throwing at his personal pro day, the presumptive top pick of the 2021 NFL Draft will undergo labrum surgery Tuesday on his non-throwing shoulder, Ian Rapoport reports.
Titans RB Derrick Henry named NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year
Feb 06, 2021
Titans running back Derrick Henry produced the eighth-ever 2,000-yard campaign, and the fifth-highest total. It all added up to Henry being voted 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, as announced during Saturday's NFL Honors ceremony.
Jamal Adams: Jets QB Sam Darnold will regain confidence 'wherever he lands'
Feb 06, 2021
With Trevor Lawrence likely no longer in play, the Jets' course of action with Sam Darnold has become more intriguing. Will they keep him? Will they trade him? Will they draft another QB in the first round? Former teammate Jamal Adams said all the speculation hasn't been easy on Darnold.
NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith: Virtual offseason, protocols produced 'smarter way of playing football'
Feb 04, 2021
With just one game left on this season's docket, the focus will soon be on protocols for the 2021 league year as the pandemic continues. Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith both addressed that topic during Thursday's annual Super Bowl press conference.
J.J. Watt seeks clarity on future with Texans heading into final year of contract
Jan 30, 2021
The Texans are at a crossroads with not only the face of their franchise -- but with their former one. While Houston has been adamant about keeping Deshaun Watson, Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo report the club is undecided about J.J. Watt.
Washington HC Ron Rivera cancer-free after season-long bout
Jan 28, 2021
Ron Rivera just earned his biggest victory of the season: He is cancer-free. Rivera's daughter, Courtney, broke the great news Thursday on Twitter. The Washington Football Team head coach was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer in August.
Tom Brady: I wouldn't trade anything for 20 'magical' years with Patriots
Jan 28, 2021
Having grown up a diehard 49ers fan and then seeing favorite player Joe Montana finish his career elsewhere, Tom Brady was asked if he were a Patriots fan today, how would he feel seeing himself in the Super Bowl with Tampa Bay? Brady didn't answer the question directly. But his appreciation for his former team and town is apparent.
Chargers hire Saints QBs coach Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator
Jan 25, 2021
Perhaps the biggest voice in Justin Herbert's ear moving forward has been decided. Joe Lombardi, who's spent the past five seasons coaching quarterbacks for the Saints, has agreed to terms with the Chargers to be their offensive coordinator, Ian Rapoport reports.
Aaron Rodgers on game-clinching DPI against Packers: 'That was a bad call'
Jan 24, 2021
Matt LaFleur's decision to kick a late field goal Sunday with the Packers trailing by eight points was one he immediately came to regret. But it didn't punch the Buccaneers' ticket to the Super Bowl. A pass interference call on Green Bay cornerback Kevin King did moments later.
Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask on lack of minority HC hires: It's up to each owner 'to do the right thing'
Jan 22, 2021
Despite several initiatives and incentives to hire minority candidates, only the Jets with Robert Saleh chose that course. Moreover, only the Texans vacancy remains. Count Amy Trask, the league's first and still only female to serve as a team CEO, among those who are dissatisfied with a continuing trend.
HOF finalist Calvin Johnson: 'It will feel like a slight' to not be selected first ballot
Jan 18, 2021
Lions legend Calvin Johnson was named a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist earlier this month. The biggest question is whether he will be enshrined this year. Megatron discussed his candidacy with NFL Network's Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter on the latest episode of the Huddle & Flow podcast.
Stefanski on Browns' missed opportunities vs. Chiefs: 'It stings when you don't get the job done'
Jan 17, 2021
The Browns just completed their longest season since the franchise was reinstated to the NFL. But in the aftermath of a narrow loss Sunday, coach Kevin Stefanski couldn't help but dwell a bit on what he and his team didn't do in what proved to be a winnable game against the Chiefs.
Josh Allen or Lamar Jackson? Re-ranking the 2018 QB draft class
Jan 16, 2021
The 2018 quarterback class was one of the most debated in recent memory. Those discussions rage on this weekend as three of the five first-rounders are in action. It's a slate that fittingly doesn't involve the first three to come off the board.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott making great progress with ankle rehab
Jan 16, 2021
In the three months since Dak Prescott's horrific, season-ending ankle injury, Cowboys leadership has maintained he is still their future. The star QB has been attacking rehab to ensure that future is bright. And he's making great progress, Ian Rapoport reports.
Steelers optimistic Ben Roethlisberger will return in 2021
Jan 16, 2021
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was in vintage form for the better part of three months before showing his age in the stretch run. So was last week's wild-card loss the last we'll see of the future Hall of Famer? Probably not, Mike Garafolo reports.
Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) game-time decision vs. Packers
Jan 16, 2021
The knee injury Cooper Kupp suffered on Super Wild Card Weekend is still hampering him heading into the Divisional Round. The Rams wide receiver is a game-time decision to play Saturday versus the Packers, Tom Pelissero reports.
NFC Divisional Round playoff preview: Buccaneers at Saints
Jan 15, 2021
The Divisional Round concludes with an NFC South showdown between a pair of future Hall of Fame QBs looking to make another run at a ring, as Tom Brady and the No. 5 seed Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit Drew Brees and the No. 2 seed New Orleans Saints.
Texans owner Cal McNair in contact with Deshaun Watson, wants QB involved in hiring head coach
Jan 15, 2021
After upsetting DeShaun Watson, Texans owner Cal McNair has vowed to go about things differently as he decides on who will be the team's next head coach. That is, he's going to do what he told Watson he'd do before hiring a general manager: involve him.
Dolphins OC candidates include Chargers' Pep Hamilton, Clemson's Tony Elliott
Jan 14, 2021
The Dolphins might be settled at quarterback. They're far from it as it pertains to offensive coordinator. HC Brian Flores and GM Chris Grier are conducting a wide-ranging search for their next one, Ian Rapoport reports.
Rams OT Andrew Whitworth intends to return for 2021 season
Jan 12, 2021
Andrew Whitworth told NFL Network's Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter on the latest episode of the Huddle & Flow podcast that he plans to play next season. The Rams LT said the bigger decision for him this offseason will be whether he wants to continue his journey with another team, should the Rams choose to cut ties.
Bills expected to discuss massive extension with QB Josh Allen in offseason
Jan 09, 2021
The Bills are expected to approach Josh Allen's representation about a massive contract extension in the offseason that could make him one of the highest paid QBs, if not the highest, in the league, Ian Rapoport reports.
Browns acting HC Mike Priefer: 'I'm going to try to be an extension of Kevin' Stefanski
Jan 07, 2021
There isn't a lot of public intel on the Browns' acting head coach this week, Mike Priefer. He's been coaching in the NFL since 2002, but exclusively on special teams. The lifelong assistant is suddenly the most interesting figure of Super Wild Card Weekend.
Brady diffuses 'I want Tom' remark; Chase Young doubles down on wanting to face 'the G.O.A.T'
Jan 06, 2021
Chase Young is only a rookie, but after watching Tom Brady his whole life, he's probably been yearning for a showdown with the G.O.A.T. for years. He reiterated as much Wednesday, while Brady took a more diplomatic approach regarding Saturday's playoff game between the Buccaneers and Washington.
Tony Dungy on NFL's lack of minority head coaches: Owners 'need to be looking for leaders'
Jan 05, 2021
Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, the first Black coach to win a Super Bowl, said on the latest episode of the Huddle & Flow podcast that the lack of minority coaches is partly a product of owners overlooking an essential trait in candidates -- leadership.
Browns HC Kevin Stefanski, two coaches, two players test positive for COVID-19
Jan 05, 2021
As the Browns prepare for their first playoff game in 18 years, they'll do so without coach Kevin Stefanski, two additional members of the coaching staff and two players after they all tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Tuesday.
Rams HC Sean McVay: 'Not sure' if Jared Goff will play next week vs. Seahawks
Jan 03, 2021
The prevailing belief when Jared Goff broke and dislocated his thumb was that he'd likely be available for Wild Card Weekend. On Sunday, Rams HC Sean McVay expressed uncertainty about his starting QB's availability.
Buccaneers place LBs Devin White and Shaquil Barrett on reserve/COVID-19 list
Jan 01, 2021
The Buccaneers are playing for the NFC's top wild-card spot this weekend. They'll be doing so without arguably their top two defensive players, as LBs Devin White and Shaquil Barrett were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
A.J. Green unsure about future with Bengals: 'If this is my last game, I had an unbelievable 10 years here'
Dec 31, 2020
Bengals WR A.J. Green's impending status as an unrestricted free agent prompted inquiries about whether Sunday's game against Baltimore will be his last with the team. The veteran was understandably vague.
Washington LB Thomas Davis plans to retire after this season
Dec 29, 2020
Thomas Davis' career is coming to a close. Whether that will be as soon as this weekend depends on the Washington Football Team. The veteran linebacker said via an Instagram post that Week 17 will be his final regular-season game.
Less optimism surrounding Washington QB Alex Smith's availability vs. Panthers
Dec 26, 2020
Alex Smith's latest comeback has hit a snag. The Washington QB's calf felt a bit sore Saturday, leaving less optimism that he'll be able to start against the Panthers on Sunday, Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo report.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer: 'This is a bad defense, worst one I've ever had'
Dec 26, 2020
Mike Zimmer knows good defense. He's been coaching it in the NFL for the past 27 years. His latest, however, is the primary reason Minnesota was eliminated from playoff contention Friday night with a 52-33 loss to the Saints.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara ties NFL record with 6 rushing TDs
Dec 25, 2020
Alvin Kamara was selected to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl earlier this week. The Saints star gave his team an even bigger present, tying an NFL record with six rushing touchdowns in a 52-33 win over the Vikings on Christmas Day.
Michael Vick: Tua Tagovailoa acing top rookie test for contending Dolphins
Dec 24, 2020
The time will eventually come for Tua Tagovailoa to be the primary reason his team wins games. But for the past two months, the rookie has been passing a critical test in the eyes of famous fellow southpaw Michael Vick: Tagovailoa isn't turning the ball over.
49ers TE George Kittle (foot) to play Saturday vs. Cardinals
Dec 24, 2020
The postseason is no longer in play, but the 49ers aren't giving up on what's left of their season. That particularly applies to their All-Pro tight end. George Kittle will play Saturday versus the Cardinals, per coach Kyle Shanahan.
Giants optimistic about return of QB Daniel Jones, OC Jason Garrett versus Ravens
Dec 24, 2020
Two of the Giants' most important offensive pieces are on track to return this weekend. Coach Joe Judge said he plans on having OC Jason Garrett versus the Ravens and he's optimistic QB Daniel Jones will start as well.
Jalen Hurts replaces Carson Wentz in loss to Packers; Pederson won't commit to starter for Week 14
Dec 06, 2020
The Eagles made a quarterback change Sunday. Time will tell if it's for good. With Philadelphia trailing big in the third quarter, rookie Jalen Hurts replaced Carson Wentz and closed out a 30-16 loss to the Packers.
Vic Fangio 'disappointed' in Broncos QBs for not following COVID rules
Nov 29, 2020
Broncos coach Vic Fangio came away from Sunday's blowout loss to the Saints greatly disappointed -- not in the players who took the field, especially not makeshift QB Kendall Hinton. His displeasure was aimed toward four Broncos whose day job it is to man the most important position in sports.
Nate Burleson shares inspiring speech from Lions' Thanksgiving rout over Packers in 2013
Nov 26, 2020
Former NFL wide receiver Nate Burleson got to play in three Thanksgiving games, the last of which was one of the best of his 11-year career. His numbers on the day: one target, no receptions, and one unforgettable pregame speech.
Alabama coach Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19, will not coach Iron Bowl vs. Auburn
Nov 25, 2020
Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19 and will not coach Alabama in the Iron Bowl versus Auburn. It's the second positive test in six weeks for the 69-year-old Saban, but the school has ruled out a false positive this time around because of "very mild symptoms." OC Steve Sarkisian will coach in Saban's absence.
John Harbaugh, Mike Vrabel exchange words after Titans gather at Ravens logo
Nov 22, 2020
The action started early between the Ravens and Titans on Sunday. After Tennessee held a pregame meeting on the Ravens' midfield logo at M&T Bank Stadium, John Harbaugh confronted Titans DB Malcolm Butler and had a spirited chat with fellow coach Mike Vrabel.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford (thumb) questionable vs. Panthers
Nov 20, 2020
Two days before the Lions take on the Panthers, quarterback Matthew Stafford continues to trend in the right direction. Detroit's QB1 was again a limited participant in practice Friday and is officially listed as questionable for Week 11.
Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins on Hail Mary TD: 'They were in position. It was just a better catch'
Nov 15, 2020
Cardinals All-Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins demonstrated why he has maybe the best hands in the NFL as he outjumped a trio of Bills DBs and managed to come down with a game-winning, 43-yard touchdown. And he wasn't particularly surprised afterward.