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Jul 17

Jimmy Garoppolo Takes Charge, Richard Sherman Steps In: 10 Thoughts on the 49ers

In the second half of last season, McVay used three wide receivers and one back nearly 90 percent of the time. He often aligned those receivers tight to the formation, where they were threats to run-block and had enough field around them to go left or right after the snap. That two-way go, mixed with …

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Jul 14

Logan Ryan doing boxing work with Eddie George to prepare for season

It’s not unusual to hear about current NFL players training with former players as they get ready for a season, but Titans cornerback Logan Ryan’s choice of workouts with one of the franchise’s past stars is a bit off the standard path. The Titans knocked a team out of the playoffs for the first time …

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Jul 12

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield plays with a gigantic chip on his shoulder.

So Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd probably should’ve known Mayfield wasn’t going to take criticism sitting down during an interview Thursday. Especially when it was half-baked, lazy criticism made in bad faith. Mayfield, 23, hasn’t always been a squeaky clean player between the lines. He apologized for planting an Oklahoma flag in the middle of the …

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Jul 10

Houston’s 2017 season would have looked different, but Deshaun Watson could have always been its future.

The 2017 NFL season was marked by chaos. Injuries. Feuds between players and coaches. Feuds between owners. Feuds between owners and Roger Goodell. Trump. But there was still joy to be found in the NFL in between those pockets of turbulence. One of last season’s bright spots was just how much of a delight Tony …

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Jul 06

Alan Busenitz (2-0), the sixth reliever for Minnesota, pitched 1 2/3 innings for the victory.

The Twins were one out from winning in the ninth inning, but closer Fernando Rodney walked pinch-hitter Daniel Palka, a former Twins farmhand, on four pitches to force in a run. Rodney quickly retired the first two hitters, but Yolmer Sanchez singled to start the rally. Rodney hit Tim Anderson with a pitch, and Tilson …

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Jul 05

While Jordan’s offensive value has been something of a given, his defense has fluctuated throughout his career, and last year it saw a downturn in that regard.

Whether by trade or as a free agent, there has been a growing sense over the past week that Jordan was headed to Dallas three years after spurning an agreement with the Mavericks to re-sign with the LA Clippers in the summer of 2015. The most interesting news, then, is the one-year duration of this …

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Jul 03

Star John Tavares tells Islanders he’s leaving

The day New York Islanders fans hoped would never come has arrived. Franchise center John Tavares has told the Isles that he will be signing with another team, according to multiple reports. The Athletic was first to report the news. The basketball-first arena has had ice issues and sightline problems for hockey, however, and the …

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Jun 27

Aaron Donald named PFF’s No. 1 player in the NFL for 2018

Aaron Donald named PFF’s No. 1 player in the NFL for 2018 More Aaron Donald put together one of the most impressive seasons by an interior defender in NFL history last year, and that’s not an exaggeration. Consider this: He missed all of OTAs, all of training camp and the first week of the season. …

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Jun 25

Modest N.J. home of longtime Giants GM now listed for under $500K

The home of former New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese went on the market in mid-April for $549,999, but after another slashing of the listing price, the Morris County home is now listed for under $500,000. Reese bought the home with his wife, Gwen, for $257,500 in 1999, right in the middle of his …

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Jun 22

Report: Baker Mayfield not ready to compete with Tyrod Taylor

A year after the Browns thrust then-rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer into a Week One starting role, the Browns appear intent to do the opposite, keeping quarterback Baker Mayfield on ice for as long as possible. If that’s the plan, Mayfield is making it easier to implement. Here’s an assessment of the competition, if there is …

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