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Charles Leno Jr. has two reasons to celebrate after Bears beat Packers

For Chicago Bears offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr., the 24-17 victory against the Green Bay Packers was only the first of what he hoped would be two reasons to celebrate Sunday.

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Charles Leno Jr. has two reasons to celebrate after Bears beat Packers

For Chicago Bears offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr., the 24-17 victory against the Green Bay Packers was only the first of what he hoped would be two reasons to celebrate Sunday.

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Colts continue to show they’re ‘not backing down’ from anyone

A week ago, the Indianapolis Colts snapped the Houston Texans’ winning streak at nine. On Sunday, they ended the Dallas Cowboys’ winning streak at five.

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Colts continue to show they’re ‘not backing down’ from anyone

A week ago, the Indianapolis Colts snapped the Houston Texans’ winning streak at nine. On Sunday, they ended the Dallas Cowboys’ winning streak at five.

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Cam Heyward on Steelers beating Patriots: ‘It took everybody on our team to get this W’

The Pittsburgh Steelers realized they were in no position to take anything for granted when they faced the New England Patriots Sunday at Heinz Field.

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Cam Heyward on Steelers beating Patriots: ‘It took everybody on our team to get this W’

The Pittsburgh Steelers realized they were in no position to take anything for granted when they faced the New England Patriots Sunday at Heinz Field.

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Nick Chubb thinks Browns’ ‘energy has shifted into a better place’

Nick Chubb realizes that it doesn’t simply happen, that there’s much more to Cleveland Browns being in the unlikely position of finding themselves in the postseason hunt after an in-season coaching change and with a rookie at quarterback than simply stepping onto the field each week.

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Nick Chubb thinks Browns’ ‘energy has shifted into a better place’

Nick Chubb realizes that it doesn’t simply happen, that there’s much more to Cleveland Browns being in the unlikely position of finding themselves in the postseason hunt after an in-season coaching change and with a rookie at quarterback than simply stepping onto the field each week.

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Mike Williams fully expected Chargers to go for two in beating Chiefs

Before the Los Angeles Chargers’ offense took the field with 2:37 left on the clock and the Kansas City Chiefs holding a 28-21 lead at Arrowhead Stadium Thursday night, Mike Williams turned to fellow receiver Travis Benjamin and made a prediction. It came true.

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Mike Williams fully expected Chargers to go for two in beating Chiefs

Before the Los Angeles Chargers’ offense took the field with 2:37 left on the clock and the Kansas City Chiefs holding a 28-21 lead at Arrowhead Stadium Thursday night, Mike Williams turned to fellow receiver Travis Benjamin and made a prediction. It came true.

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Myles Garrett talks Browns’ surprising surge into playoff hunt

Myles Garrett knows that the key to the Cleveland Browns’ surprising surge into the playoff hunt is the way their defense and offense have worked so well together.

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Myles Garrett talks Browns’ surprising surge into playoff hunt

Myles Garrett knows that the key to the Cleveland Browns’ surprising surge into the playoff hunt is the way their defense and offense have worked so well together.

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Shaquill Griffin: Russell Wilson speech helped spark Seahawks’ win streak

The Seattle Seahawks are on yet another second-half-of-the-season run.

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Shaquill Griffin: Russell Wilson speech helped spark Seahawks’ win streak

The Seattle Seahawks are on yet another second-half-of-the-season run.

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George Kittle: 49ers ‘don’t have a lost season’

Don’t tell Niners tight end George Kittle, who caught seven passes for 210 yards and a touchdown against Denver Sunday, that his team’s season has been rendered meaningless.

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George Kittle: 49ers ‘don’t have a lost season’

Don’t tell Niners tight end George Kittle, who caught seven passes for 210 yards and a touchdown against Denver Sunday, that his team’s season has been rendered meaningless.

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Bradley Sowell says Bears ‘on track to changing culture’ after win vs. Rams

When thinking about scoring weapons on the Chicago Bears, Bradley Sowell isn’t the first name that likely comes to mind. That’s because he plays offensive tackle.

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Bradley Sowell says Bears ‘on track to changing culture’ after win vs. Rams

When thinking about scoring weapons on the Chicago Bears, Bradley Sowell isn’t the first name that likely comes to mind. That’s because he plays offensive tackle.

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Chiefs’ Justin Houston on beating Ravens in OT: ‘Felt like this was playoff game’

After being pushed to the brink in their 27-24 overtime victory Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t help put feel a great deal of respect for the Baltimore Ravens.

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Chiefs’ Justin Houston on beating Ravens in OT: ‘Felt like this was playoff game’

After being pushed to the brink in their 27-24 overtime victory Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t help put feel a great deal of respect for the Baltimore Ravens.

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Titans’ Derrick Henry on his NFL record 99-yard TD run

Before the play, Derrick Henry had plenty of encouragement from his Tennessee Titans. The running back wasn’t thinking about a modest gain. Neither were those surrounding him.

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Titans’ Derrick Henry on his NFL record 99-yard TD run

Before the play, Derrick Henry had plenty of encouragement from his Tennessee Titans. The running back wasn’t thinking about a modest gain. Neither were those surrounding him.

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Josh Rosen: Cardinals ‘still fighting like hell to win every game we can’

The Arizona Cardinals are 3-9 and looking to make the best of what has been a disappointing season. No one is more determined to get the most out of their final four games than quarterback Josh Rosen.

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Josh Rosen: Cardinals ‘still fighting like hell to win every game we can’

The Arizona Cardinals are 3-9 and looking to make the best of what has been a disappointing season. No one is more determined to get the most out of their final four games than quarterback Josh Rosen.

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Ron Rivera on Panthers’ coaching changes: ‘I just feel strongly about who we can become’

In the aftermath of the shakeup of the Carolina Panthers’ defensive coaching staff, coach Ron Rivera has had to make some adjustments.

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Ron Rivera on Panthers’ coaching changes: ‘I just feel strongly about who we can become’

In the aftermath of the shakeup of the Carolina Panthers’ defensive coaching staff, coach Ron Rivera has had to make some adjustments.

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Brandin Cooks feels ‘blessed’ as he reaches milestone with Rams

With 62 yards reception yards in helping the Rams beat the Lions Sunday, wide receiver Brandin Cooks became the first player in NFL history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards with three different teams.

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Brandin Cooks feels ‘blessed’ as he reaches milestone with Rams

With 62 yards reception yards in helping the Rams beat the Lions Sunday, wide receiver Brandin Cooks became the first player in NFL history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards with three different teams.

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Brady Quinn: Packers’ firing of Mike McCarthy ‘maybe biggest surprise of 2018’

Ex-NFL quarterback and SiriusXM NFL Radio co-host Brady Quinn thinks the Packers’ decision to fire coach Mike McCarthy was something he never would have anticipated.

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Brady Quinn: Packers’ firing of Mike McCarthy ‘maybe biggest surprise of 2018’

Ex-NFL quarterback and SiriusXM NFL Radio co-host Brady Quinn thinks the Packers’ decision to fire coach Mike McCarthy was something he never would have anticipated.

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Jaylon Smith says Cowboys’ defense ‘prepared for every scenario’ in win vs. Saints

The New Orleans Saints’ offense isn’t simply loaded with high-powered, explosive talent. It also beats opponents with creative scheming.

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Jaylon Smith says Cowboys’ defense ‘prepared for every scenario’ in win vs. Saints

The New Orleans Saints’ offense isn’t simply loaded with high-powered, explosive talent. It also beats opponents with creative scheming.

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Vikings’ Kirk Cousins on developing ‘rapport’ with receivers Adam Thielen & Stefon Diggs

In his first season as quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins has managed to find instant chemistry with wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

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Vikings’ Kirk Cousins on developing ‘rapport’ with receivers Adam Thielen & Stefon Diggs

In his first season as quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins has managed to find instant chemistry with wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

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Ravens’ C.J. Mosley on rookie Lamar Jackson’s versatility as passer & runner

Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley has a good understanding of the challenges opposing defenses face when they go against rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson.

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Ravens’ C.J. Mosley on rookie Lamar Jackson’s versatility as passer & runner

Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley has a good understanding of the challenges opposing defenses face when they go against rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson.

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Texans’ Demaryius Thomas talks chemistry with Deshaun Watson

Add time and practice and the result, at least in the case of the Houston Texans’ Demaryius Thomas, is the development of better chemistry between a receiver and his quarterback.

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Texans’ Demaryius Thomas talks chemistry with Deshaun Watson

Add time and practice and the result, at least in the case of the Houston Texans’ Demaryius Thomas, is the development of better chemistry between a receiver and his quarterback.

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Colts’ Eric Ebron on win vs. Dolphins & his chemistry with Andrew Luck

Eric Ebron doesn’t see a whole lot of magic behind the fact he has 11 touchdown receptions in his first 11 games as a member of the Indianapolis Colts this season, which is as many as he had in four seasons with the Detroit Lions.

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Colts’ Eric Ebron on win vs. Dolphins & his chemistry with Andrew Luck

Eric Ebron doesn’t see a whole lot of magic behind the fact he has 11 touchdown receptions in his first 11 games as a member of the Indianapolis Colts this season, which is as many as he had in four seasons with the Detroit Lions.

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Chargers’ Joey Bosa on his sack that sparked rally in win over Cardinals

The original plan was to ease Joey Bosa back into the Los Angeles Chargers’ lineup, limiting his appearances to third downs. That went out the window last week, when the defensive end returned from injury and wound up playing 31 snaps against the Denver Broncos.

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Chargers’ Joey Bosa on his sack that sparked rally in win over Cardinals

The original plan was to ease Joey Bosa back into the Los Angeles Chargers’ lineup, limiting his appearances to third downs. That went out the window last week, when the defensive end returned from injury and wound up playing 31 snaps against the Denver Broncos.

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Browns’ David Njoku on facing ex-head coach Hue Jackson: ‘I didn’t even see him’

Perhaps all that you needed to know about how the Cleveland Browns treated facing their former head coach, Hue Jackson, was this reaction from tight end David Njoku while appearing on The Sunday Drive.

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Browns’ David Njoku on facing ex-head coach Hue Jackson: ‘I didn’t even see him’

Perhaps all that you needed to know about how the Cleveland Browns treated facing their former head coach, Hue Jackson, was this reaction from tight end David Njoku while appearing on The Sunday Drive.

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Saints’ Cam Jordan: Drew Brees’ ‘efficiency just unmatched right now’

Cam Jordan can’t help but marvel at what he has the pleasure of watching in each practice with the New Orleans Saints. And as a defensive end, he takes even greater pleasure in the fact the quarterback on the other side of the ball, Drew Brees, is his teammate.

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Saints’ Cam Jordan: Drew Brees’ ‘efficiency just unmatched right now’

Cam Jordan can’t help but marvel at what he has the pleasure of watching in each practice with the New Orleans Saints. And as a defensive end, he takes even greater pleasure in the fact the quarterback on the other side of the ball, Drew Brees, is his teammate.

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Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner on Pete Carroll’s ability to connect with young players

According to linebacker Bobby Wagner, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s high-energy approach is as robust as ever, and younger players are connecting with it.

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Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner on Pete Carroll’s ability to connect with young players

According to linebacker Bobby Wagner, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s high-energy approach is as robust as ever, and younger players are connecting with it.

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8 specials to hear this holiday weekend on SiriusXM!

Driving and shopping during a holiday weekend can be stressful. Thankfully, SiriusXM is serving up great music, hilarious comedy, and live NFL games to help you relax while waiting in traffic jams or huge Black Friday lines.

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8 specials to hear this holiday weekend on SiriusXM!

Driving and shopping during a holiday weekend can be stressful. Thankfully, SiriusXM is serving up great music, hilarious comedy, and live NFL games to help you relax while waiting in traffic jams or huge Black Friday lines.

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Get ready for football’s home stretch with live action & analysis on SiriusXM!

Now that Thanksgiving is here, the weather may be getting colder, but football at all levels is starting to heat up.

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Get ready for football’s home stretch with live action & analysis on SiriusXM!

Now that Thanksgiving is here, the weather may be getting colder, but football at all levels is starting to heat up.

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Gerald Everett on his standout performance in Rams-Chiefs thriller

On a night when seemingly every Ram was scoring touchdowns, there was one member of their offense who actually managed to separate himself from his teammates — Gerald Everett.

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Gerald Everett on his standout performance in Rams-Chiefs thriller

On a night when seemingly every Ram was scoring touchdowns, there was one member of their offense who actually managed to separate himself from his teammates — Gerald Everett.

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Bears’ Anthony Miller on coach Matt Nagy’s key play call in win vs. Vikings

On Sunday night, coach Matt Nagy dialed it up: a throw from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to wide receiver Anthony Miller.

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Bears’ Anthony Miller on coach Matt Nagy’s key play call in win vs. Vikings

On Sunday night, coach Matt Nagy dialed it up: a throw from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to wide receiver Anthony Miller.

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Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence on pressuring Matt Ryan in win over Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons can score, and, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence knew, if the Cowboys’ defense did its job, it would be up to their offensive teammates to do the rest.

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Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence on pressuring Matt Ryan in win over Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons can score, and, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence knew, if the Cowboys’ defense did its job, it would be up to their offensive teammates to do the rest.

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Steelers’ T.J. Watt recalls 2018 Jaguars playoff loss in preparation for rematch

The loss still stings. But it wasn’t just that the Pittsburgh Steelers came up just short in their 45-42 divisional-round playoff defeat against the Jacksonville Jaguars last January. It was the way their season abruptly ended.

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Steelers’ T.J. Watt recalls 2018 Jaguars playoff loss in preparation for rematch

The loss still stings. But it wasn’t just that the Pittsburgh Steelers came up just short in their 45-42 divisional-round playoff defeat against the Jacksonville Jaguars last January. It was the way their season abruptly ended.

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Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett says staying ‘poised’ key to outlasting Packers

So far, the Seahawks haven’t been consistent in finishing the job when they’ve had a chance for victory. But they did just that in their 27-24 victory vs. the Packers that put them in solid position for a playoff run.

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Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett says staying ‘poised’ key to outlasting Packers

So far, the Seahawks haven’t been consistent in finishing the job when they’ve had a chance for victory. But they did just that in their 27-24 victory vs. the Packers that put them in solid position for a playoff run.

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Coach Mike Vrabel on Titans having fewest penalties in NFL & difficulty of officiating

The Tennessee Titans’ 41 penalties through nine games are the fewest in the NFL this season. That isn’t by accident.

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Coach Mike Vrabel on Titans having fewest penalties in NFL & difficulty of officiating

The Tennessee Titans’ 41 penalties through nine games are the fewest in the NFL this season. That isn’t by accident.

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Rams OT Andrew Whitworth has ‘really hit it off’ with coach Sean McVay

Andrew Whitworth enjoyed the 11 seasons he spent with the Bengals. However, his past two seasons with the Rams have been special — and not only because of the success the team has enjoyed during that time.

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Rams OT Andrew Whitworth has ‘really hit it off’ with coach Sean McVay

Andrew Whitworth enjoyed the 11 seasons he spent with the Bengals. However, his past two seasons with the Rams have been special — and not only because of the success the team has enjoyed during that time.

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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix ‘so excited’ about being traded to Redskins

It has only been two weeks, but safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix already is feeling right at home as a member of the Washington Redskins.

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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix ‘so excited’ about being traded to Redskins

It has only been two weeks, but safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix already is feeling right at home as a member of the Washington Redskins.

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Ex-Steeler Gradkowski praises Pittsburgh for not overreacting to Bell’s holdout

Bruce Gradkowski fully expects Le’Veon Bell’s holdout to continue through Tuesday’s 4pm deadline to sign a tender or forfeit playing for the rest of the season.

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Ex-Steeler Gradkowski praises Pittsburgh for not overreacting to Bell’s holdout

Bruce Gradkowski fully expects Le’Veon Bell’s holdout to continue through Tuesday’s 4pm deadline to sign a tender or forfeit playing for the rest of the season.

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Titans confused Patriots by mixing up defense in upset win, Logan Ryan says

According to cornerback Logan Ryan, the Tennessee Titans managed to turn the tables on the Patriots en route to their 34-10 upset victory Sunday.

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Titans confused Patriots by mixing up defense in upset win, Logan Ryan says

According to cornerback Logan Ryan, the Tennessee Titans managed to turn the tables on the Patriots en route to their 34-10 upset victory Sunday.

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Cowboys’ Vander Esch calls win over Eagles ‘big momentum booster’

Rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch knows there’s no way to minimize how important Sunday night’s 27-20 victory over the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles was for the Dallas Cowboys.

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Cowboys’ Vander Esch calls win over Eagles ‘big momentum booster’

Rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch knows there’s no way to minimize how important Sunday night’s 27-20 victory over the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles was for the Dallas Cowboys.

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Cardinals coach Steve Wilks looks to limit Chiefs’ possessions

As the Cardinals will see, beating the Chiefs requires an offense that holds the ball as long as possible to minimize the number of chances Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the team’s offense have to score.

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Cardinals coach Steve Wilks looks to limit Chiefs’ possessions

As the Cardinals will see, beating the Chiefs requires an offense that holds the ball as long as possible to minimize the number of chances Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the team’s offense have to score.

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Chargers coach Anthony Lynn on keeping team focused during winning streak

It can happen easily. Five wins in a row. Six victories in the last seven games. Of course, the 6-2 Los Angeles Chargers run the risk of becoming a bit full of themselves, especially entering a game against the 1-7 Oakland Raiders.

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Chargers coach Anthony Lynn on keeping team focused during winning streak

It can happen easily. Five wins in a row. Six victories in the last seven games. Of course, the 6-2 Los Angeles Chargers run the risk of becoming a bit full of themselves, especially entering a game against the 1-7 Oakland Raiders.

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Zach Strief thinks Dez Bryant will ‘fit in well’ with Saints

Zach Strief doesn’t know Dez Bryant, but he does know his former team, the New Orleans Saints. Based on that, Strief, who spent 12 seasons as an offensive tackle for the Saints, believes the team’s signing of Bryant to bolster their receiving corps makes sense.

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Zach Strief thinks Dez Bryant will ‘fit in well’ with Saints

Zach Strief doesn’t know Dez Bryant, but he does know his former team, the New Orleans Saints. Based on that, Strief, who spent 12 seasons as an offensive tackle for the Saints, believes the team’s signing of Bryant to bolster their receiving corps makes sense.

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Vikings’ Mike Zimmer predicts high NFL scoring will ‘come back down’

Mike Zimmer’s coaching roots are in defense, but he doesn’t believe the NFL will sustain its high-scoring ways this season.

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Vikings’ Mike Zimmer predicts high NFL scoring will ‘come back down’

Mike Zimmer’s coaching roots are in defense, but he doesn’t believe the NFL will sustain its high-scoring ways this season.

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Celebration on Cowboys’ star gave Titans ‘momentum to continue to keep fighting’

The Dallas Cowboys didn’t appreciate it, of course. For the Tennessee Titans, however, Kevin Byard’s celebration on the star in the middle of the field at AT&T Stadium after his end-zone interception Monday night did plenty to motivate his teammates on the way to their 28-14 victory against the Cowboys.

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Celebration on Cowboys’ star gave Titans ‘momentum to continue to keep fighting’

The Dallas Cowboys didn’t appreciate it, of course. For the Tennessee Titans, however, Kevin Byard’s celebration on the star in the middle of the field at AT&T Stadium after his end-zone interception Monday night did plenty to motivate his teammates on the way to their 28-14 victory against the Cowboys.

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Vikings’ Sheldon Richardson talks defense’s 10-sack effort vs. Lions

When a defense generates 10 sacks in a game, it’s fair to assume that it saw something it could exploit in the opponent’s pass protection. But, for the Vikings’ defense vs. the Lions, that wasn’t completely true.

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Vikings’ Sheldon Richardson talks defense’s 10-sack effort vs. Lions

When a defense generates 10 sacks in a game, it’s fair to assume that it saw something it could exploit in the opponent’s pass protection. But, for the Vikings’ defense vs. the Lions, that wasn’t completely true.

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49ers teammates ‘pretty confident’ in Nick Mullens before big game vs. Raiders

Nick Mullens might not have been a name most fans recognized before his eye-opening performance vs. the Raiders, but his teammates believed the former third-string QB would handle himself well in his first NFL start.

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49ers teammates ‘pretty confident’ in Nick Mullens before big game vs. Raiders

Nick Mullens might not have been a name most fans recognized before his eye-opening performance vs. the Raiders, but his teammates believed the former third-string QB would handle himself well in his first NFL start.

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Cowboys executive on center Travis Frederick’s recovery from rare disease

Stephen Jones provided an encouraging update on Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick, who was diagnosed in August with Gullain-Barre syndrome and who has been on the team’s reserve/non-football illness list since October.

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Cowboys executive on center Travis Frederick’s recovery from rare disease

Stephen Jones provided an encouraging update on Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick, who was diagnosed in August with Gullain-Barre syndrome and who has been on the team’s reserve/non-football illness list since October.

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Jonathan Allen expects Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to make immediate impact on Redskins’ defense

‘I know he’s going to be a guy who’s going to come in and contribute Day One,” Allen said.

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Jonathan Allen expects Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to make immediate impact on Redskins’ defense

‘I know he’s going to be a guy who’s going to come in and contribute Day One,” Allen said.

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Brady Quinn on how Texans will use Demaryius Thomas vs. Broncos

Former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn said he expects Texans coach Bill O’Brien to find simple, but effective ways, to allow newly acquired wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to make an impact when he goes against his former team Sunday at Denver.

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Brady Quinn on how Texans will use Demaryius Thomas vs. Broncos

Former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn said he expects Texans coach Bill O’Brien to find simple, but effective ways, to allow newly acquired wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to make an impact when he goes against his former team Sunday at Denver.

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Mike Adams ‘kind of surprised’ Panthers won’t face Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston

Safety Mike Adams was surprised to learn that he and the rest of the Carolina Panthers won’t be facing quarterback James Winston when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.

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Mike Adams ‘kind of surprised’ Panthers won’t face Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston

Safety Mike Adams was surprised to learn that he and the rest of the Carolina Panthers won’t be facing quarterback James Winston when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.

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Saints’ P.J. Williams says win over Vikings fueled by last year’s playoffs loss

The circumstances might have been drastically different, with last January’s clash between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings a divisional-round playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium and Sunday night’s rematch on the same field for the eighth game of the regular season. Still, Saints players who were part of the postseason matchup had vivid memories — more like nightmares — about how it ended: with the Vikings connecting on a 61-yard, last-ditch touchdown pass on the game’s final play to win, 29-24.

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Saints’ P.J. Williams says win over Vikings fueled by last year’s playoffs loss

The circumstances might have been drastically different, with last January’s clash between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings a divisional-round playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium and Sunday night’s rematch on the same field for the eighth game of the regular season. Still, Saints players who were part of the postseason matchup had vivid memories — more like nightmares — about how it ended: with the Vikings connecting on a 61-yard, last-ditch touchdown pass on the game’s final play to win, 29-24.

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Colts coach Frank Reich: Center Ryan Kelly ‘playing at Pro Bowl level’

Colts coach Frank Reich believes that a member of his offensive line deserving of far more attention than he has received is center Ryan Kelly.

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Colts coach Frank Reich: Center Ryan Kelly ‘playing at Pro Bowl level’

Colts coach Frank Reich believes that a member of his offensive line deserving of far more attention than he has received is center Ryan Kelly.

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Buccaneers’ Jason Pierre-Paul on being versatile: ‘I’m everywhere’ on the D-line

Jason Pierre-Paul is a highly versatile defensive lineman, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take full advantage of him. From that standpoint, nothing has changed since Mark Duffner recently replaced Mike Smith as the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator.

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Buccaneers’ Jason Pierre-Paul on being versatile: ‘I’m everywhere’ on the D-line

Jason Pierre-Paul is a highly versatile defensive lineman, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take full advantage of him. From that standpoint, nothing has changed since Mark Duffner recently replaced Mike Smith as the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator.

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Rams’ Jared Goff on coach Sean McVay’s creativity & his play-action game

Opposing defenses have been giving it their best shot. So far, though, nothing has worked in their efforts to even slow down, let alone stop, the Los Angeles Rams’ high-flying offense.

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Rams’ Jared Goff on coach Sean McVay’s creativity & his play-action game

Opposing defenses have been giving it their best shot. So far, though, nothing has worked in their efforts to even slow down, let alone stop, the Los Angeles Rams’ high-flying offense.

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Buccaneers’ Lavonte David says new defensive coordinator is a ‘great motivator’

If you ask Lavonte David, it was hardly a coincidence the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense responded well to having Mark Duffner as its coordinator for the first time in last Sunday’s 26-23 overtime victory against the Cleveland Browns.

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Buccaneers’ Lavonte David says new defensive coordinator is a ‘great motivator’

If you ask Lavonte David, it was hardly a coincidence the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense responded well to having Mark Duffner as its coordinator for the first time in last Sunday’s 26-23 overtime victory against the Cleveland Browns.

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Saints’ Ben Watson thrilled to be ‘part of history’ after catching Drew Brees’ 500th TD pass

Ben Watson’s catch of a 1-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees Sunday was vital to the New Orleans Saints’ 24-23 victory against the Baltimore Ravens. It also was part of an NFL milestone, because it was Brees’ 500th career TD throw. Watson was grateful that he was target for such an unforgettable moment.

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Saints’ Ben Watson thrilled to be ‘part of history’ after catching Drew Brees’ 500th TD pass

Ben Watson’s catch of a 1-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees Sunday was vital to the New Orleans Saints’ 24-23 victory against the Baltimore Ravens. It also was part of an NFL milestone, because it was Brees’ 500th career TD throw. Watson was grateful that he was target for such an unforgettable moment.

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Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay doesn’t think about ‘getting more playing time’ than Royce Freeman

Phillip Lindsay wound up being the main ball carrier for the Denver Broncos in their 45-10 blowout of the Arizona Cardinals Thursday night, but it doesn’t change how the running back views his role on the team.

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Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay doesn’t think about ‘getting more playing time’ than Royce Freeman

Phillip Lindsay wound up being the main ball carrier for the Denver Broncos in their 45-10 blowout of the Arizona Cardinals Thursday night, but it doesn’t change how the running back views his role on the team.

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Falcons’ Austin Hooper: Red-zone offense improvement began in offseason

The Atlanta Falcons have a far better red-zone offense than a year ago. That isn’t happening by accident, according to tight end Austin Hooper, who has been one of the Falcons’ most impactful pass catchers with nine receptions in each of the past two weeks.

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Falcons’ Austin Hooper: Red-zone offense improvement began in offseason

The Atlanta Falcons have a far better red-zone offense than a year ago. That isn’t happening by accident, according to tight end Austin Hooper, who has been one of the Falcons’ most impactful pass catchers with nine receptions in each of the past two weeks.

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Ron Rivera: Panthers 1st-round pick D.J. Moore must understand ‘sometimes discretion’s the better part of valor’

Rookie receiver D.J. Moore lost two fumbles in the Carolina Panthers’ 23-17 defeat against the Washington Redskins Sunday. What the Panthers’ first-round draft pick gained, however, is a valuable lesson about knowing when to surrender at certain times.

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Ron Rivera: Panthers 1st-round pick D.J. Moore must understand ‘sometimes discretion’s the better part of valor’

Rookie receiver D.J. Moore lost two fumbles in the Carolina Panthers’ 23-17 defeat against the Washington Redskins Sunday. What the Panthers’ first-round draft pick gained, however, is a valuable lesson about knowing when to surrender at certain times.

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Cliff Avril: Seahawks’ Paul Allen ‘was a different type of owner’

Paul Allen’s life, personally and professionally, will be defined by so much that goes well beyond his owning an NFL team. Yet, during his time at the top of the Seattle Seahawks organization, Allen made an indelible mark on everyone involved with the team.

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Cliff Avril: Seahawks’ Paul Allen ‘was a different type of owner’

Paul Allen’s life, personally and professionally, will be defined by so much that goes well beyond his owning an NFL team. Yet, during his time at the top of the Seattle Seahawks organization, Allen made an indelible mark on everyone involved with the team.

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Rams’ Robert Woods on teammate Todd Gurley: ‘He’s a beast back there’

The Rams’ offense vs. the Denver Broncos was highly productive, with Todd Gurley running for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Jared Goff throwing for 201 yards — 109 of them on seven catches by Robert Woods.

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Rams’ Robert Woods on teammate Todd Gurley: ‘He’s a beast back there’

The Rams’ offense vs. the Denver Broncos was highly productive, with Todd Gurley running for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Jared Goff throwing for 201 yards — 109 of them on seven catches by Robert Woods.

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Cowboys’ Cole Beasley on routing Jaguars: ‘We took a big step forward’

In Sunday’s 40-7 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cole Beasley demonstrated just how effective Cowboy pass-catchers could be with his nine receptions for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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Cowboys’ Cole Beasley on routing Jaguars: ‘We took a big step forward’

In Sunday’s 40-7 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cole Beasley demonstrated just how effective Cowboy pass-catchers could be with his nine receptions for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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Bengals’ Jessie Bates III wants fans to get loud during Steelers game

“I hope the fans show out because I feel like the fans are doing a really good job and we feed off their energy,” Bates told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Late Hits.

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Bengals’ Jessie Bates III wants fans to get loud during Steelers game

“I hope the fans show out because I feel like the fans are doing a really good job and we feed off their energy,” Bates told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Late Hits.

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Titans’ Jurrell Casey on Ravens game: We need to pressure Joe Flacco

The Tennessee Titans’ defensive game plan for Sunday’s clash with the Baltimore Ravens isn’t complicated. At least, not as far as Titans tackle Jurrell Casey is concerned.

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Titans’ Jurrell Casey on Ravens game: We need to pressure Joe Flacco

The Tennessee Titans’ defensive game plan for Sunday’s clash with the Baltimore Ravens isn’t complicated. At least, not as far as Titans tackle Jurrell Casey is concerned.

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Christian Kirk on fast career start with Cardinals: ‘I just wanted to be an impact player for this team’

The Arizona Cardinals wish their record was much better than 1-4, but they must be pleased with the results of their offseason search for a No. 2 wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals made Christian Kirk, a former Texas A&M standout, their second-round draft pick to fill that role and his performance so far has been impressive.

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Christian Kirk on fast career start with Cardinals: ‘I just wanted to be an impact player for this team’

The Arizona Cardinals wish their record was much better than 1-4, but they must be pleased with the results of their offseason search for a No. 2 wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals made Christian Kirk, a former Texas A&M standout, their second-round draft pick to fill that role and his performance so far has been impressive.

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Former Chargers C Nick Hardwick: Alex Spanos ‘very tough in business’

Former Chargers center Nick Hardwick saw Alex Spanos, the team’s late owner, as someone who approached the business of football the way he expected his players to approach the game on the field.

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Former Chargers C Nick Hardwick: Alex Spanos ‘very tough in business’

Former Chargers center Nick Hardwick saw Alex Spanos, the team’s late owner, as someone who approached the business of football the way he expected his players to approach the game on the field.

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Ndamukong Suh ‘having a blast’ as Rams remain undefeated

Ndamukong Suh is known for being a nasty presence in the middle of a defense. But the defensive tackle can’t help but often wear a smile these days as his current club, the Los Angeles Rams, is off to a 5-0 start.

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Ndamukong Suh ‘having a blast’ as Rams remain undefeated

Ndamukong Suh is known for being a nasty presence in the middle of a defense. But the defensive tackle can’t help but often wear a smile these days as his current club, the Los Angeles Rams, is off to a 5-0 start.

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Ex-Patriot Troy Brown says Tom Brady looks ‘like he’s getting younger’

Troy Brown became an early entry on the long list of current and former New England Patriots receivers to catch a touchdown pass from Tom Brady. That number reached 71 Thursday night.

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Ex-Patriot Troy Brown says Tom Brady looks ‘like he’s getting younger’

Troy Brown became an early entry on the long list of current and former New England Patriots receivers to catch a touchdown pass from Tom Brady. That number reached 71 Thursday night.

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Todd Gurley on Rams’ offense: ‘We’re just going out there and dominating’

Running back Todd Gurley believes his team simply has too many offensive weapons for opponents to stop.

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Todd Gurley on Rams’ offense: ‘We’re just going out there and dominating’

Running back Todd Gurley believes his team simply has too many offensive weapons for opponents to stop.

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Texans coach Bill O’Brien says J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson ‘playing at a high level’

In their comeback from serious injuries, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and quarterback Deshaun Watson are doing much more than simply rounding into form. Both are progressing in ways that are highly encouraging to their coach, Bill O’Brien.

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Texans coach Bill O’Brien says J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson ‘playing at a high level’

In their comeback from serious injuries, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and quarterback Deshaun Watson are doing much more than simply rounding into form. Both are progressing in ways that are highly encouraging to their coach, Bill O’Brien.

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Seahawks’ Shaquill Griffin says he’s ready to step up after losing Earl Thomas

The Seattle Seahawks received a major blow with the season-ending broken leg suffered by veteran safety Earl Thomas. Now, it’s time for the Seahawks to turn to younger members of their secondary to pick up the slack.

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Seahawks’ Shaquill Griffin says he’s ready to step up after losing Earl Thomas

The Seattle Seahawks received a major blow with the season-ending broken leg suffered by veteran safety Earl Thomas. Now, it’s time for the Seahawks to turn to younger members of their secondary to pick up the slack.

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Chiefs’ Justin Houston on Patrick Mahomes: ‘He’s still got more to show’

As incredible as Patrick Mahomes’ start to the 2018 season has been, there’s reason to believe it can be even better. At least, that’s what Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston believes after watching Mahomes lead the Chiefs to a 27-23 comeback victory against the Denver Broncos Monday night.

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Chiefs’ Justin Houston on Patrick Mahomes: ‘He’s still got more to show’

As incredible as Patrick Mahomes’ start to the 2018 season has been, there’s reason to believe it can be even better. At least, that’s what Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston believes after watching Mahomes lead the Chiefs to a 27-23 comeback victory against the Denver Broncos Monday night.

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A.J. Green: Bengals ‘didn’t blink’ to beat Falcons in final seconds

A.J. Green and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals’ offense kept their cool when they trailed the Atlanta Falcons by five points in the final seconds Sunday.

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A.J. Green: Bengals ‘didn’t blink’ to beat Falcons in final seconds

A.J. Green and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals’ offense kept their cool when they trailed the Atlanta Falcons by five points in the final seconds Sunday.

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Robert Woods on Rams’ motion-heavy, fast-paced offense: ‘I think it makes us very dangerous’

What has done as much as anything to help keep the Los Angeles Rams’ offensive dominance rolling is the scheme of coach Sean McVay, who has the offense doing plenty of moving before the snap and operating at a fast pace.

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Robert Woods on Rams’ motion-heavy, fast-paced offense: ‘I think it makes us very dangerous’

What has done as much as anything to help keep the Los Angeles Rams’ offensive dominance rolling is the scheme of coach Sean McVay, who has the offense doing plenty of moving before the snap and operating at a fast pace.

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Cam Jordan: ‘I don’t know if there’s a higher-level-playing division’ than the NFC South

Three of the four teams in the NFC South are 2-1, making it the division with the most clubs with winning records. That doesn’t surprise New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan, whose team is among the clubs in the division with winning marks. He saw the NFC South as presenting every bit as much strength in 2017, with a pair of 11-5 teams (the Saints and Carolina Panthers) and a 10-6 club (the Atlanta Falcons).

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Cam Jordan: ‘I don’t know if there’s a higher-level-playing division’ than the NFC South

Three of the four teams in the NFC South are 2-1, making it the division with the most clubs with winning records. That doesn’t surprise New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan, whose team is among the clubs in the division with winning marks. He saw the NFC South as presenting every bit as much strength in 2017, with a pair of 11-5 teams (the Saints and Carolina Panthers) and a 10-6 club (the Atlanta Falcons).

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Pete Carroll: Josh Rosen start means Seahawks must have ‘real wide-open plan’ for Cardinals

The Seattle Seahawks know that they’ll be seeing rookie quarterback Josh Rosen make his first NFL start when they face the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. Beyond that, it will be a whole lot of guesswork.

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Pete Carroll: Josh Rosen start means Seahawks must have ‘real wide-open plan’ for Cardinals

The Seattle Seahawks know that they’ll be seeing rookie quarterback Josh Rosen make his first NFL start when they face the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. Beyond that, it will be a whole lot of guesswork.

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Dean Blandino: NFL should go back to ‘old standard’ for roughing the passer

Dean Blandino thinks the NFL has made it too complicated for officials to determine what is or isn’t a roughing-the-passer penalty. The league’s former head of officiating, now a rules analyst for Fox Sports, said language that was previously in place should be restored because it is what most of the 17 referees the NFL employees understand best.

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Dean Blandino: NFL should go back to ‘old standard’ for roughing the passer

Dean Blandino thinks the NFL has made it too complicated for officials to determine what is or isn’t a roughing-the-passer penalty. The league’s former head of officiating, now a rules analyst for Fox Sports, said language that was previously in place should be restored because it is what most of the 17 referees the NFL employees understand best.

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Tyler Lockett: ‘Perfect play in a perfect coverage’ led to big TD to help Seahawks beat Cowboys

Tyler Lockette had to run the route properly and make the catch and run to the end zone. And Russell Wilson had to do his part in delivering the throw on time and on target. But it also was the decision to dial up the pass that resulted in Lockette’s 52-yard touchdown to help the Seattle Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys, 24-13, Sunday that impressed the veteran receiver so much.

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Tyler Lockett: ‘Perfect play in a perfect coverage’ led to big TD to help Seahawks beat Cowboys

Tyler Lockette had to run the route properly and make the catch and run to the end zone. And Russell Wilson had to do his part in delivering the throw on time and on target. But it also was the decision to dial up the pass that resulted in Lockette’s 52-yard touchdown to help the Seattle Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys, 24-13, Sunday that impressed the veteran receiver so much.

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Eagles’ Jason Kelce ‘really, really happy’ for Carson Wentz

For Jason Kelce, having those familiar hands under his butt Sunday meant all was right with the world. Not that the Philadelphia Eagles center had any problem with Nick Foles as the team’s quarterback. But Carson Wentz’s return to his starting spot after suffering a torn ACL late last season was something to celebrate, along with the Eagles’ 20-16 victory against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Eagles’ Jason Kelce ‘really, really happy’ for Carson Wentz

For Jason Kelce, having those familiar hands under his butt Sunday meant all was right with the world. Not that the Philadelphia Eagles center had any problem with Nick Foles as the team’s quarterback. But Carson Wentz’s return to his starting spot after suffering a torn ACL late last season was something to celebrate, along with the Eagles’ 20-16 victory against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Cardinals’ coach Steve Wilks on Josh Rosen: ‘I think the guy is progressing’

Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks isn’t saying when rookie quarterback Josh Rosen will be a starter. But what Wilks will say is that Rosen is showing some good things in the work he does in practice, including getting some repetitions with the starters.

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Cardinals’ coach Steve Wilks on Josh Rosen: ‘I think the guy is progressing’

Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks isn’t saying when rookie quarterback Josh Rosen will be a starter. But what Wilks will say is that Rosen is showing some good things in the work he does in practice, including getting some repetitions with the starters.

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Ex-Steelers backup QB Bruce Gradkowski on Antonio Brown: ‘The guy works harder than anyone I’ve been around’

Not only does Bruce Gradkowski recognize Antonio Brown’s considerable talent, he also sees his ability to mean so much more to the team than just putting up big numbers. And that’s why Gradkowski thinks Brown should recognize that he should be the last player to not show up at the facility the Monday after a game, as Brown did this week following the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Ex-Steelers backup QB Bruce Gradkowski on Antonio Brown: ‘The guy works harder than anyone I’ve been around’

Not only does Bruce Gradkowski recognize Antonio Brown’s considerable talent, he also sees his ability to mean so much more to the team than just putting up big numbers. And that’s why Gradkowski thinks Brown should recognize that he should be the last player to not show up at the facility the Monday after a game, as Brown did this week following the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Ron Rivera: Panthers ‘can’t fall asleep’ on Bengals’ Andy Dalton

The Carolina Panthers expect an enormous challenge Sunday when they face the Cincinnati Bengals. Not only do the Bengals bring a 2-0 record into the game against the 1-1 Panthers, but they also bring an offense that has the talent and scheme to give any opposing defense fits.

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Ron Rivera: Panthers ‘can’t fall asleep’ on Bengals’ Andy Dalton

The Carolina Panthers expect an enormous challenge Sunday when they face the Cincinnati Bengals. Not only do the Bengals bring a 2-0 record into the game against the 1-1 Panthers, but they also bring an offense that has the talent and scheme to give any opposing defense fits.

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Falcons’ Dan Quinn: Players, officials face ‘learning curve’ when it comes to roughing-the-passer penalty

What’s the reaction when a play like the one for which Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was penalized shows up on the screen? “There’s definitely some eye-rolling that goes on, other than (from) the quarterbacks, obviously,” Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn told Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on Movin’ The Chains.

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Falcons’ Dan Quinn: Players, officials face ‘learning curve’ when it comes to roughing-the-passer penalty

What’s the reaction when a play like the one for which Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was penalized shows up on the screen? “There’s definitely some eye-rolling that goes on, other than (from) the quarterbacks, obviously,” Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn told Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on Movin’ The Chains.

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Taylor Gabriel: Bears show they’re ‘changing the culture’

Beating the Seattle Seahawks, 24-17, at Soldier Field Monday night for their first victory of the season carried a larger impact beyond the won-loss column for the Chicago Bears. As far as wide receiver Taylor Gabriel was concerned, it was an ideal time and place to showcase the new and improved Bears under first-year coach Matt Nagy.

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Taylor Gabriel: Bears show they’re ‘changing the culture’

Beating the Seattle Seahawks, 24-17, at Soldier Field Monday night for their first victory of the season carried a larger impact beyond the won-loss column for the Chicago Bears. As far as wide receiver Taylor Gabriel was concerned, it was an ideal time and place to showcase the new and improved Bears under first-year coach Matt Nagy.

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Dante Fowler: ‘Definitely a confidence boost’ for Jaguars to beat Patriots

Dante Fowler is realistic about the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 31-20 victory against the New England Patriots Sunday. Although it was a rematch of the teams in the 2017 AFC Championship Game, the winner did not advance to the Super Bowl.

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Dante Fowler: ‘Definitely a confidence boost’ for Jaguars to beat Patriots

Dante Fowler is realistic about the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 31-20 victory against the New England Patriots Sunday. Although it was a rematch of the teams in the 2017 AFC Championship Game, the winner did not advance to the Super Bowl.

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Dion Lewis on Titans’ task vs. Texans: ‘We’ve just got to hit our keys this week and we’ll be successful’

Dion Lewis knows that after the Tennessee Titans’ season-opening loss at Miami, the path to improvement only gets more difficult. That’s because the highly versatile running back and his Titans’ teammates know that they’ll be facing a solid defense when the Houston Texans visit Nashville.

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Dion Lewis on Titans’ task vs. Texans: ‘We’ve just got to hit our keys this week and we’ll be successful’

Dion Lewis knows that after the Tennessee Titans’ season-opening loss at Miami, the path to improvement only gets more difficult. That’s because the highly versatile running back and his Titans’ teammates know that they’ll be facing a solid defense when the Houston Texans visit Nashville.

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Chris Thompson: Adrian Peterson keeps Redskins’ running backs ‘positive all the time’

Chris Thompson can’t deny being awestruck when he suddenly found himself a teammate of a childhood hero after Adrian Peterson joined the Washington Redskins. Now that they’re part of the same offensive backfield, they are using their respective skills to complement each other in an effort to help the Redskins succeed.

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Chris Thompson: Adrian Peterson keeps Redskins’ running backs ‘positive all the time’

Chris Thompson can’t deny being awestruck when he suddenly found himself a teammate of a childhood hero after Adrian Peterson joined the Washington Redskins. Now that they’re part of the same offensive backfield, they are using their respective skills to complement each other in an effort to help the Redskins succeed.

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Chris Godwin: Ryan Fitzpatrick ‘does a great job’ allowing Bucs’ playmakers a chance to make a play

It isn’t only 13-plus years of experience that Ryan Fitzpatrick has going for him in his role as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting quarterback. It’s also the ability to deliver difference-making plays, as he did in throwing for 417 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bucs to their stunning 48-40 victory in last Sunday’s season-opener against the New Orleans Saints.

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Chris Godwin: Ryan Fitzpatrick ‘does a great job’ allowing Bucs’ playmakers a chance to make a play

It isn’t only 13-plus years of experience that Ryan Fitzpatrick has going for him in his role as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting quarterback. It’s also the ability to deliver difference-making plays, as he did in throwing for 417 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bucs to their stunning 48-40 victory in last Sunday’s season-opener against the New Orleans Saints.

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Randall Cobb on winning TD for Packers: ‘You better not get caught’

Aaron Rodgers is touted as the hero for the Green Bay Packers’ remarkable comeback victory against the Chicago Bears Sunday night, and no one would dispute that. After leaving the field in the second quarter with a knee injury, Rodgers not only returned in the third quarter but even while clearly hobbling he still managed to lead the Packers from a 20-0 deficit to a 24-23 victory. He threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns. But it was his final scoring throw, a 75-yard connection with Randall Cobb, that decided the outcome. And Cobb’s role in the play can’t be overlooked.

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Randall Cobb on winning TD for Packers: ‘You better not get caught’

Aaron Rodgers is touted as the hero for the Green Bay Packers’ remarkable comeback victory against the Chicago Bears Sunday night, and no one would dispute that. After leaving the field in the second quarter with a knee injury, Rodgers not only returned in the third quarter but even while clearly hobbling he still managed to lead the Packers from a 20-0 deficit to a 24-23 victory. He threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns. But it was his final scoring throw, a 75-yard connection with Randall Cobb, that decided the outcome. And Cobb’s role in the play can’t be overlooked.

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Vance Joseph on Broncos’ close win: ‘Our standard has to be higher’

Don’t get Vance Joseph wrong. He’s thrilled that his Denver Broncos opened the season with a victory. It’s just that the Broncos’ coach knew, based on what the stat sheet reflected, his team could have done better than just get by the Seattle Seahawks, 27-24.

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Vance Joseph on Broncos’ close win: ‘Our standard has to be higher’

Don’t get Vance Joseph wrong. He’s thrilled that his Denver Broncos opened the season with a victory. It’s just that the Broncos’ coach knew, based on what the stat sheet reflected, his team could have done better than just get by the Seattle Seahawks, 27-24.

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Joe Schobert: Browns’ tie ‘leaves a pretty disappointing taste in our mouths’

On some level, the Cleveland Browns had to view Sunday’s 21-21 season-opening tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a plus. After all, the Browns were 0-16 last year and 1-15 in 2016. Avoiding a loss out of the gate had to be viewed as progress, right?

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Joe Schobert: Browns’ tie ‘leaves a pretty disappointing taste in our mouths’

On some level, the Cleveland Browns had to view Sunday’s 21-21 season-opening tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a plus. After all, the Browns were 0-16 last year and 1-15 in 2016. Avoiding a loss out of the gate had to be viewed as progress, right?

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DeSean Jackson on Buccaneers’ game plan: ‘I don’t want to spill the beans, but we’re going to be taking some shots’

The biggest disappointment for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season was their 5-11 finish. On top of that, however, there was the frustration players such as wide receiver DeSean Jackson felt over the inability to consistently make the game-changing big plays he and the rest of the Bucs’ passing game were capable of producing.

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DeSean Jackson on Buccaneers’ game plan: ‘I don’t want to spill the beans, but we’re going to be taking some shots’

The biggest disappointment for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season was their 5-11 finish. On top of that, however, there was the frustration players such as wide receiver DeSean Jackson felt over the inability to consistently make the game-changing big plays he and the rest of the Bucs’ passing game were capable of producing.

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Chris Long on Eagles’ opening win: ‘If not for our red-zone defense, that game’s a lot different’

The Philadelphia Eagles successfully began the defense of their Super Bowl championship in large measure because their defense came up big in Thursday night’s 18-12 victory against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Chris Long on Eagles’ opening win: ‘If not for our red-zone defense, that game’s a lot different’

The Philadelphia Eagles successfully began the defense of their Super Bowl championship in large measure because their defense came up big in Thursday night’s 18-12 victory against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Christian Kirksey on reason for Browns’ excitement: ‘You can see the competitive attitude’

Christian Kirksey has started 32 consecutive games at linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. The team only won one of them. So why is Kirksey so enthusiastic about the 2018 season, which the Browns open Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers?

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Christian Kirksey on reason for Browns’ excitement: ‘You can see the competitive attitude’

Christian Kirksey has started 32 consecutive games at linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. The team only won one of them. So why is Kirksey so enthusiastic about the 2018 season, which the Browns open Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers?

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Quandre Diggs: New Lions deal ‘doesn’t matter … I’m always going to have that chip on my shoulder’

After signing a contract extension with the Detroit Lions that makes him one of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL, Quandre Diggs wanted to make one thing clear. He will not be seeing himself any differently than he did before signing the three-year deal reportedly worth up to $20.4 million.

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Quandre Diggs: New Lions deal ‘doesn’t matter … I’m always going to have that chip on my shoulder’

After signing a contract extension with the Detroit Lions that makes him one of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL, Quandre Diggs wanted to make one thing clear. He will not be seeing himself any differently than he did before signing the three-year deal reportedly worth up to $20.4 million.

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Rob Ninkovich on Tom Brady: ‘He’s still got a lot left in the tank’

Now that he’s 41 years old, Tom Brady is seen as entering overtime of a career in which he has established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Some people thought he should, and even expected he would, have walked away after another MVP and Super Bowl season last year.

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Rob Ninkovich on Tom Brady: ‘He’s still got a lot left in the tank’

Now that he’s 41 years old, Tom Brady is seen as entering overtime of a career in which he has established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Some people thought he should, and even expected he would, have walked away after another MVP and Super Bowl season last year.

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Wesley Woodyard: ‘When your coach is a linebacker, you’ve got to come to work prepared to work’

Wesley Woodyard is entering his 11th season as an NFL linebacker, his fifth with the Tennessee Titans. For Woodyard, however, the preparation has felt noticeably different.

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Wesley Woodyard: ‘When your coach is a linebacker, you’ve got to come to work prepared to work’

Wesley Woodyard is entering his 11th season as an NFL linebacker, his fifth with the Tennessee Titans. For Woodyard, however, the preparation has felt noticeably different.

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Mark Dominik: Aaron Donald deal with Rams ‘where I thought it would be’

Former NFL General Manager Mark Dominik wasn’t the least bit surprised by the monster, six-year, $135-million contract the Los Angeles Rams gave defensive tackle Aaron Donald Friday. While co-hosting on the SiriusXM Blitz, Dominik said he saw the annual average of $22.5 million as being right what he thought it would be.

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Mark Dominik: Aaron Donald deal with Rams ‘where I thought it would be’

Former NFL General Manager Mark Dominik wasn’t the least bit surprised by the monster, six-year, $135-million contract the Los Angeles Rams gave defensive tackle Aaron Donald Friday. While co-hosting on the SiriusXM Blitz, Dominik said he saw the annual average of $22.5 million as being right what he thought it would be.

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Tyler Lockett: Seahawks show ‘trust and faith’ in him with contract extension

Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson are still friends even if they’re no longer teammates. But when they were teammates for the Seattle Seahawks, the receivers had an understanding that one of them would likely remain while the other went elsewhere. In March, Richardson signed a free-agent deal with the Washington Redskins. On Wednesday, Lockett, who has doubled as a highly effective returner, signed a three-year, $31.8 million contract extension with the Seahawks.

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Tyler Lockett: Seahawks show ‘trust and faith’ in him with contract extension

Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson are still friends even if they’re no longer teammates. But when they were teammates for the Seattle Seahawks, the receivers had an understanding that one of them would likely remain while the other went elsewhere. In March, Richardson signed a free-agent deal with the Washington Redskins. On Wednesday, Lockett, who has doubled as a highly effective returner, signed a three-year, $31.8 million contract extension with the Seahawks.

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Mark Tauscher: Aaron Rodgers’ record deal doesn’t guarantee he’ll be with Packers beyond four years

Former offensive tackle Mark Tauscher, who was Aaron Rodgers’ teammate for the last six of his 11 seasons with the Packers (2000-2010), has seen this movie before. He was a rookie with the Packers when Rodgers’ predecessor, Brett Favre, signed a long-term deal that presumably would keep him in Green Bay forever. Then he watched him play for two other teams before retiring.

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Mark Tauscher: Aaron Rodgers’ record deal doesn’t guarantee he’ll be with Packers beyond four years

Former offensive tackle Mark Tauscher, who was Aaron Rodgers’ teammate for the last six of his 11 seasons with the Packers (2000-2010), has seen this movie before. He was a rookie with the Packers when Rodgers’ predecessor, Brett Favre, signed a long-term deal that presumably would keep him in Green Bay forever. Then he watched him play for two other teams before retiring.

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Jonathan Hankins: ‘I believe I’ll be with a team pretty soon’

Free-agent defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins isn’t sweating the fact he remains unemployed with the start of the NFL regular season just around the corner. Hankins is confident he will wind up with a team for which he expects to be a good fit in the near future.

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Jonathan Hankins: ‘I believe I’ll be with a team pretty soon’

Free-agent defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins isn’t sweating the fact he remains unemployed with the start of the NFL regular season just around the corner. Hankins is confident he will wind up with a team for which he expects to be a good fit in the near future.

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Rich McKay on enforcement of lowering-helmet rule: ‘No question there’s going to be a little bit of growing pains’

It won’t happen overnight. The NFL knew that from the very beginning when it put in its new rule banning the lowering of helmet before contact. Everyone involved in the game is going to face challenges dealing with it, something that has already been seen during the preseason. But Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, chairman of the league’s Competition Committee, believes the coaching, the playing and officiating will all find their way to a level of efficiency that should make controversy surrounding the rule dissipate in time.

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Rich McKay on enforcement of lowering-helmet rule: ‘No question there’s going to be a little bit of growing pains’

It won’t happen overnight. The NFL knew that from the very beginning when it put in its new rule banning the lowering of helmet before contact. Everyone involved in the game is going to face challenges dealing with it, something that has already been seen during the preseason. But Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, chairman of the league’s Competition Committee, believes the coaching, the playing and officiating will all find their way to a level of efficiency that should make controversy surrounding the rule dissipate in time.

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T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Bengals’ John Ross: ‘I look for him to have a pretty good year’

Among those who had to have been pleased to see Cincinnati receiver John Ross on the other end of a 57-yard touchdown bomb in Sunday’s preseason game against Buffalo was someone who himself once caught passes for the Bengals. But T.J. Houshmandzadeh wasn’t merely happy for a member for the team on which he spent eight of his 11 NFL seasons. His reaction was more along the lines of a teacher seeing a student apply what he learned.

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T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Bengals’ John Ross: ‘I look for him to have a pretty good year’

Among those who had to have been pleased to see Cincinnati receiver John Ross on the other end of a 57-yard touchdown bomb in Sunday’s preseason game against Buffalo was someone who himself once caught passes for the Bengals. But T.J. Houshmandzadeh wasn’t merely happy for a member for the team on which he spent eight of his 11 NFL seasons. His reaction was more along the lines of a teacher seeing a student apply what he learned.

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Gil Brandt on learning of HOF contributor candidacy: ‘I almost drove off the highway’

If Gil Brandt isn’t talking about football on SiriusXM NFL Radio or writing about it for NFL.com, he’s busy researching it one way or another. And it was while he was driving home from the facility of the Dallas Cowboys, with whom he built an iconic career as a player-personnel chief, that Brandt received a phone call Thursday informing him that he had been chosen as a contributor candidate — along with Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen — for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Gil Brandt on learning of HOF contributor candidacy: ‘I almost drove off the highway’

If Gil Brandt isn’t talking about football on SiriusXM NFL Radio or writing about it for NFL.com, he’s busy researching it one way or another. And it was while he was driving home from the facility of the Dallas Cowboys, with whom he built an iconic career as a player-personnel chief, that Brandt received a phone call Thursday informing him that he had been chosen as a contributor candidate — along with Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen — for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Bills’ quarterbacks have ‘all worked well together’ in competition

Josh Allen’s start in Sunday’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals — the third and typically the tune-up for the regular season — seems to strongly indicate that he will keep the job for the Sept. 9 opener at Baltimore. But along the way, the Bills have had something that General Manager Brandon Beane said has been exceptional: three QBs who have been cohesive in Allen, Nathan Peterman and AJ McCarron.

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Bills’ quarterbacks have ‘all worked well together’ in competition

Josh Allen’s start in Sunday’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals — the third and typically the tune-up for the regular season — seems to strongly indicate that he will keep the job for the Sept. 9 opener at Baltimore. But along the way, the Bills have had something that General Manager Brandon Beane said has been exceptional: three QBs who have been cohesive in Allen, Nathan Peterman and AJ McCarron.

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Junior Galette: ‘I got tape of me beating the best of the best’

This week, the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks kicked the tires on free-agent defensive end Junior Galette. The Oakland Raiders did so last March. Galette, who previously turned down an offer from the Rams because he opted to take care of his sick mother, is still searching.

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Junior Galette: ‘I got tape of me beating the best of the best’

This week, the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks kicked the tires on free-agent defensive end Junior Galette. The Oakland Raiders did so last March. Galette, who previously turned down an offer from the Rams because he opted to take care of his sick mother, is still searching.

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Clinton Portis: Signing of Adrian Peterson ‘perfect for the Washington Redskins’

Clinton Portis isn’t troubled by the fact Adrian Peterson is 33 years old. Portis, a former standout running back for the Washington Redskins, believes Peterson can still make a significant contribution to his former team.

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Clinton Portis: Signing of Adrian Peterson ‘perfect for the Washington Redskins’

Clinton Portis isn’t troubled by the fact Adrian Peterson is 33 years old. Portis, a former standout running back for the Washington Redskins, believes Peterson can still make a significant contribution to his former team.

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Mike Pereira doesn’t see helmet rule being ‘that much of an issue once the regular season starts’

Coaches, players, fans and media are weighing in largely with a dim view of both the all-encompassing nature of the NFL’s new rule that prohibits all players from lowering their head upon making contact and the aggressive manner in which it is being enforced. Even with all of the controversy, however, former league vice president of officiating Mike Pereira doesn’t believe it will be a problem once the regular season begins.

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Mike Pereira doesn’t see helmet rule being ‘that much of an issue once the regular season starts’

Coaches, players, fans and media are weighing in largely with a dim view of both the all-encompassing nature of the NFL’s new rule that prohibits all players from lowering their head upon making contact and the aggressive manner in which it is being enforced. Even with all of the controversy, however, former league vice president of officiating Mike Pereira doesn’t believe it will be a problem once the regular season begins.

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Blake Bortles ‘just tweaking things’ as Jaguars’ QB prepares for the season

Before last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback had to do a major overhaul of his mechanics. The repairs paid off in helping Bortles lead the Jaguars all the way to the AFC Championship Game. Through the offseason and during the Jaguars’ training camp this summer, Bortles has been able to concentrate more on smaller, but no less important, details to sharpen his play even further. He and the Jaguars are hoping for an even larger pay off this season.

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Blake Bortles ‘just tweaking things’ as Jaguars’ QB prepares for the season

Before last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback had to do a major overhaul of his mechanics. The repairs paid off in helping Bortles lead the Jaguars all the way to the AFC Championship Game. Through the offseason and during the Jaguars’ training camp this summer, Bortles has been able to concentrate more on smaller, but no less important, details to sharpen his play even further. He and the Jaguars are hoping for an even larger pay off this season.

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Jon Gruden: ‘Raiders will get the title of the most reps in training camp this year’

As Jon Gruden wrapped up the first training camp since his return to head-coaching after nine years away from the sidelines, he’s certain of one thing. The practice hours logged by his Oakland Raiders are second to none in the NFL. Now, he hopes that will translate well once they begin playing games that count.

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Jon Gruden: ‘Raiders will get the title of the most reps in training camp this year’

As Jon Gruden wrapped up the first training camp since his return to head-coaching after nine years away from the sidelines, he’s certain of one thing. The practice hours logged by his Oakland Raiders are second to none in the NFL. Now, he hopes that will translate well once they begin playing games that count.

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LeGarrette Blount: Matt Patricia will make sure Lions are ‘one of the best-conditioned teams in the NFL’

Although LeGarrette Blount worked on the offensive side of the ball, he managed to form a bond with then-defensive coordinator Matt Patricia on the New England Patriots from 2014 to 2016. It’s a relationship that has carried over to this year, with the two reuniting on the Detroit Lions — Patricia as head coach and Blount as a veteran running back with an uncanny knack for helping his teams win Super Bowls.

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LeGarrette Blount: Matt Patricia will make sure Lions are ‘one of the best-conditioned teams in the NFL’

Although LeGarrette Blount worked on the offensive side of the ball, he managed to form a bond with then-defensive coordinator Matt Patricia on the New England Patriots from 2014 to 2016. It’s a relationship that has carried over to this year, with the two reuniting on the Detroit Lions — Patricia as head coach and Blount as a veteran running back with an uncanny knack for helping his teams win Super Bowls.

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Tyreek Hill on Patrick Mahomes as Chiefs’ QB: ‘There’s going to be a whole lot of big plays this year’

Tyreek Hill has more than one reason to be excited about entering his third season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Tyreek Hill on Patrick Mahomes as Chiefs’ QB: ‘There’s going to be a whole lot of big plays this year’

Tyreek Hill has more than one reason to be excited about entering his third season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Ryan Tannehill: ‘Different feeling coming into this camp’ with Dolphins

This is no ordinary training camp for Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

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Ryan Tannehill: ‘Different feeling coming into this camp’ with Dolphins

This is no ordinary training camp for Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

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Vance Joseph: Broncos look to unleash ‘defense full of pass-rushers’

A year ago, the Denver Broncos’ defense improved an area of weakness, but it wasn’t strong in the place that is supposed to be its greatest strength: rushing the passer.

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Vance Joseph: Broncos look to unleash ‘defense full of pass-rushers’

A year ago, the Denver Broncos’ defense improved an area of weakness, but it wasn’t strong in the place that is supposed to be its greatest strength: rushing the passer.

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Matt Ryan: Falcons’ offense ‘way ahead of where we were last year’

With an eventual offseason behind him, Matt Ryan has been focused on a training camp that has allowed him and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons’ offense to thrive on being in the same offense for the second year in a row.

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Matt Ryan: Falcons’ offense ‘way ahead of where we were last year’

With an eventual offseason behind him, Matt Ryan has been focused on a training camp that has allowed him and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons’ offense to thrive on being in the same offense for the second year in a row.

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A.J. Green on Bengals: ‘We know that what we’ve got here is something great’

Most prognosticators aren’t expecting a whole lot from the Cincinnati Bengals this season. You don’t hear them mentioned as a popular pick to win the AFC North or even reach the playoffs as a wild-card. But Bengals standout receiver A.J. Green thinks the rest of the NFL is in for a big surprise.

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A.J. Green on Bengals: ‘We know that what we’ve got here is something great’

Most prognosticators aren’t expecting a whole lot from the Cincinnati Bengals this season. You don’t hear them mentioned as a popular pick to win the AFC North or even reach the playoffs as a wild-card. But Bengals standout receiver A.J. Green thinks the rest of the NFL is in for a big surprise.

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Luke Kuechly: Panthers’ D won’t ‘miss a beat’ with Dontari Poe replacing Star Lotulelei

The Carolina Panthers’ defense appeared to take two major hits in the offseason with the free-agent departure of defensive tackle Star Lotulelei to the Buffalo Bills and the four-game suspension of outside linebacker Thomas Davis for PEDs. Luke Kuechly doesn’t quite see it that way.

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Luke Kuechly: Panthers’ D won’t ‘miss a beat’ with Dontari Poe replacing Star Lotulelei

The Carolina Panthers’ defense appeared to take two major hits in the offseason with the free-agent departure of defensive tackle Star Lotulelei to the Buffalo Bills and the four-game suspension of outside linebacker Thomas Davis for PEDs. Luke Kuechly doesn’t quite see it that way.

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Alex Smith on facing Josh Norman in Redskins practice: ‘If you slip up at all, he’s going to make you pay’

Day after day, practice after practice, they make each other better. Alex Smith, the new Washington Redskins’ quarterback who is known for his precision, realizes he has to be at the very top of his game every time he faces cornerback Josh Norman.

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Alex Smith on facing Josh Norman in Redskins practice: ‘If you slip up at all, he’s going to make you pay’

Day after day, practice after practice, they make each other better. Alex Smith, the new Washington Redskins’ quarterback who is known for his precision, realizes he has to be at the very top of his game every time he faces cornerback Josh Norman.

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Mike Zimmer says ‘accuracy’ part of what attracted Vikings to Kirk Cousins

So what was it? What part of Kirk Cousins’ game was the most attractive to the Minnesota Vikings when they decided to sign him to a three-year, $84-million contract? Mike Zimmer, the Vikings’ coach, was as enamored by what Cousins didn’t do then what he did do. And what he did a good job of avoiding was mistakes with his throws.

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Mike Zimmer says ‘accuracy’ part of what attracted Vikings to Kirk Cousins

So what was it? What part of Kirk Cousins’ game was the most attractive to the Minnesota Vikings when they decided to sign him to a three-year, $84-million contract? Mike Zimmer, the Vikings’ coach, was as enamored by what Cousins didn’t do then what he did do. And what he did a good job of avoiding was mistakes with his throws.

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Josh Allen on QB education with Bills: ‘Ultimately, it’s through trial and tribulation’

For Josh Allen, virtually every moment at the Buffalo Bills’ training camp has felt like being in a classroom. Whether he’s on the field or sitting in a meeting, the rookie quarterback finds himself learning something new all the time. And much of that learning comes from making mistakes.

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Josh Allen on QB education with Bills: ‘Ultimately, it’s through trial and tribulation’

For Josh Allen, virtually every moment at the Buffalo Bills’ training camp has felt like being in a classroom. Whether he’s on the field or sitting in a meeting, the rookie quarterback finds himself learning something new all the time. And much of that learning comes from making mistakes.

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Philip Rivers on Chargers’ second year in L.A.: ‘There’s a lot more comfort’

There were so many unknowns and a great deal of trepidation throughout the Chargers’ organization before the team’s move from San Diego to Los Angeles last year. The biggest immediate change was training camp, which went from the club’s former headquarters in San Diego to Costa Mesa, Calif. Adjusting to that was a big deal and set the tone for an entire year of adjustment.

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Philip Rivers on Chargers’ second year in L.A.: ‘There’s a lot more comfort’

There were so many unknowns and a great deal of trepidation throughout the Chargers’ organization before the team’s move from San Diego to Los Angeles last year. The biggest immediate change was training camp, which went from the club’s former headquarters in San Diego to Costa Mesa, Calif. Adjusting to that was a big deal and set the tone for an entire year of adjustment.

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Todd Bowles on Jets’ QB battle: ‘We’ll go by practice every day’

Todd Bowles has a matter-of-fact perspective on the New York Jets’ quarterback situation. He sees himself and the Jets’ other coaches evaluating the competitors daily before picking a starter from Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and recently signed first-round draft pick Sam Darnold. “They’re battling it out and we just monitor it and we’ll go by practice every day and see what happens at the end of the preseason,” Bowles told Bruce Murray and Erik Coleman at the Jets’ training camp in Florham Park, N.J., Sunday, a day before Darnold agreed to a deal and report to camp.

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Todd Bowles on Jets’ QB battle: ‘We’ll go by practice every day’

Todd Bowles has a matter-of-fact perspective on the New York Jets’ quarterback situation. He sees himself and the Jets’ other coaches evaluating the competitors daily before picking a starter from Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and recently signed first-round draft pick Sam Darnold. “They’re battling it out and we just monitor it and we’ll go by practice every day and see what happens at the end of the preseason,” Bowles told Bruce Murray and Erik Coleman at the Jets’ training camp in Florham Park, N.J., Sunday, a day before Darnold agreed to a deal and report to camp.

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Akiem Hicks: Bears aim to meet ‘super-high expectation’ for defense

After ranking 10th in the NFL last season, the Chicago Bears’ defense has established a fairly lofty standard for itself. Akiem Hicks, a defensive end for the Bears the past two years, believes the unit not only can play up to that level again this season, but also show improvement.

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Akiem Hicks: Bears aim to meet ‘super-high expectation’ for defense

After ranking 10th in the NFL last season, the Chicago Bears’ defense has established a fairly lofty standard for itself. Akiem Hicks, a defensive end for the Bears the past two years, believes the unit not only can play up to that level again this season, but also show improvement.

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Jason Garrett: Cowboys QB Dak Prescott ‘continues to get better in all aspects of the game’

Dak Prescott performed better as a rookie in 2016 than he did last year. But that doesn’t have Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett worried about his quarterback’s ability to find that form again.

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Jason Garrett: Cowboys QB Dak Prescott ‘continues to get better in all aspects of the game’

Dak Prescott performed better as a rookie in 2016 than he did last year. But that doesn’t have Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett worried about his quarterback’s ability to find that form again.

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49ers FB Kyle Juszczyk can see NFL moving towards non-contact practices

Kyle Juszczyk had embarked on his NFL career a few years before the Ivy League, in which he played while at Harvard, decided to ban contact in practices. The move was ne as a safety measure to help reduce head trauma suffered by players. With training camps opening around the league, it is something Juszczyk can see becoming a part of the way he and others prepare for games at the professional level.

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49ers FB Kyle Juszczyk can see NFL moving towards non-contact practices

Kyle Juszczyk had embarked on his NFL career a few years before the Ivy League, in which he played while at Harvard, decided to ban contact in practices. The move was ne as a safety measure to help reduce head trauma suffered by players. With training camps opening around the league, it is something Juszczyk can see becoming a part of the way he and others prepare for games at the professional level.

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Tom Coughlin on Jaguars QB Blake Bortles: ‘I like the way he responds to adversity’

Tom Coughlin has no doubt the Jacksonville Jaguars have the right man at quarterback in Blake Bortles. Bortles proved plenty of his doubters wrong with his strong showing in the playoffs last January, nearly guiding the Jaguars to the Super Bowl. Coughlin, the Jaguars’ executive vice president of football operations, sees that and plenty of other reasons that Bortles can allow the Jags to remain a contender.

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Tom Coughlin on Jaguars QB Blake Bortles: ‘I like the way he responds to adversity’

Tom Coughlin has no doubt the Jacksonville Jaguars have the right man at quarterback in Blake Bortles. Bortles proved plenty of his doubters wrong with his strong showing in the playoffs last January, nearly guiding the Jaguars to the Super Bowl. Coughlin, the Jaguars’ executive vice president of football operations, sees that and plenty of other reasons that Bortles can allow the Jags to remain a contender.

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Ben Watson on Saints teammate Drew Brees: ‘I would call him almost a visionary’

Ben Watson is beginning his second stint with the New Orleans Saints, so he is more than familiar with his iconic teammate, Drew Brees. But Brees, who is entering his 18th NFL season, never ceases to amaze Watson, who is in his 15th year in the league.

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Ben Watson on Saints teammate Drew Brees: ‘I would call him almost a visionary’

Ben Watson is beginning his second stint with the New Orleans Saints, so he is more than familiar with his iconic teammate, Drew Brees. But Brees, who is entering his 18th NFL season, never ceases to amaze Watson, who is in his 15th year in the league.

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Former Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown on Tony Sparano: ‘You knew that he had your back’

Sunday’s passing of Tony Sparano brought tributes for the long-time NFL coach from all over the league. Former running back Ronnie Brown, who played for the Miami Dolphins when Sparano was their head coach, thought one of Sparano’s greatest qualities was how he connected with players beyond preparing them for and guiding them through games.

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Former Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown on Tony Sparano: ‘You knew that he had your back’

Sunday’s passing of Tony Sparano brought tributes for the long-time NFL coach from all over the league. Former running back Ronnie Brown, who played for the Miami Dolphins when Sparano was their head coach, thought one of Sparano’s greatest qualities was how he connected with players beyond preparing them for and guiding them through games.

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Adam Thielen: Kirk Cousins ‘a great addition’ to Vikings’ locker room

Adam Thielen remembers being on the wrong side of Kirk Cousins’ surgical-like dismantling of a defense. Cousins was playing for the Washington Redskins, and all Thielen and his Minnesota Vikings’ teammates could do was watch helplessly as Cousins went to … Continued

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Adam Thielen: Kirk Cousins ‘a great addition’ to Vikings’ locker room

Adam Thielen remembers being on the wrong side of Kirk Cousins’ surgical-like dismantling of a defense. Cousins was playing for the Washington Redskins, and all Thielen and his Minnesota Vikings’ teammates could do was watch helplessly as Cousins went to … Continued

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Blake Bortles: Jacksonville has ‘a totally different type of feel’ for Jaguars

Blake Bortles can sense it. The Jacksonville Jaguars have captured the imagination of their fans in Jacksonville.

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Blake Bortles: Jacksonville has ‘a totally different type of feel’ for Jaguars

Blake Bortles can sense it. The Jacksonville Jaguars have captured the imagination of their fans in Jacksonville.

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Ramon Foster on Steelers: ‘It would be a shame if we’re not in Atlanta playing for the Super Bowl’

Ramon Foster, who is entering his 10th season as an offensive guard, understands that the contract dispute between Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers could lead to Bell moving on in free agency in 2019. But Foster knows that Bell will be his teammate this season and, along with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and other difference-makers on offense, the veteran lineman believes there is enough talent for the team to go the distance THIS SEASON.

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Ramon Foster on Steelers: ‘It would be a shame if we’re not in Atlanta playing for the Super Bowl’

Ramon Foster, who is entering his 10th season as an offensive guard, understands that the contract dispute between Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers could lead to Bell moving on in free agency in 2019. But Foster knows that Bell will be his teammate this season and, along with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and other difference-makers on offense, the veteran lineman believes there is enough talent for the team to go the distance THIS SEASON.

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Chris Long relishing chance to help Eagles repeat as Super Bowl champs

Chris Long’s main regret about not playing for the New England Patriots last season was failing to have the chance to help them win back-to-back Super Bowls. It stung, even though, as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, the veteran defensive end was able to not only win a second Super Bowl in a row but also do so at the Patriots’ expense.

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Chris Long relishing chance to help Eagles repeat as Super Bowl champs

Chris Long’s main regret about not playing for the New England Patriots last season was failing to have the chance to help them win back-to-back Super Bowls. It stung, even though, as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, the veteran defensive end was able to not only win a second Super Bowl in a row but also do so at the Patriots’ expense.

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Tim Brown on Terrell Owens: ‘I have nothing but big-brother love for him, but I know he doesn’t want my love’

Tim Brown would like to see Terrell Owens show up for the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Aug. 4. Even if that isn’t going to happen, Brown would like to have a heart-to-heart conversation with his fellow Hall of Fame receiver just to let Owens know he cares and has his best interests in mind. However, Brown knows that he is one of the last people Owens would listen to.

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Tim Brown on Terrell Owens: ‘I have nothing but big-brother love for him, but I know he doesn’t want my love’

Tim Brown would like to see Terrell Owens show up for the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Aug. 4. Even if that isn’t going to happen, Brown would like to have a heart-to-heart conversation with his fellow Hall of Fame receiver just to let Owens know he cares and has his best interests in mind. However, Brown knows that he is one of the last people Owens would listen to.

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Case Keenum: Vikings’ NFC title game loss ‘left a fire in my belly’ to win Super Bowl with Broncos

Looking back, Case Keenum doesn’t see much reason for the Minnesota Vikings to feel any sort of shame over their 38-7 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. It also continues to serve as motivation for the quarterback to take the next step with his new team, the Denver Broncos.

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Case Keenum: Vikings’ NFC title game loss ‘left a fire in my belly’ to win Super Bowl with Broncos

Looking back, Case Keenum doesn’t see much reason for the Minnesota Vikings to feel any sort of shame over their 38-7 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. It also continues to serve as motivation for the quarterback to take the next step with his new team, the Denver Broncos.

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Panthers’ OC Norv Turner on Cam Newton: ‘We’re going to work hard to eliminate peaks and valleys’

Consistency. It’s what every coach wants from every player in the NFL. And it’s what new Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner is determined to get from his quarterback, Cam Newton.

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Panthers’ OC Norv Turner on Cam Newton: ‘We’re going to work hard to eliminate peaks and valleys’

Consistency. It’s what every coach wants from every player in the NFL. And it’s what new Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner is determined to get from his quarterback, Cam Newton.

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Connor Barwin has drawn interest from ‘a number of teams’

Connor Barwin has spent nine seasons in the NFL as a linebacker and defensive end. He fully expects to play a 10th. The free agent said “a number of teams” have expressed interest in signing him. He believes he’ll have a deal in place within a couple weeks, likely right before most of the league’s training camps open.

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Connor Barwin has drawn interest from ‘a number of teams’

Connor Barwin has spent nine seasons in the NFL as a linebacker and defensive end. He fully expects to play a 10th. The free agent said “a number of teams” have expressed interest in signing him. He believes he’ll have a deal in place within a couple weeks, likely right before most of the league’s training camps open.

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Eli Manning on Giants’ decision not draft QB: ‘I want to prove them right’

Eli Manning fully understands what the New York Giants’ decision not to select a quarterback with the second overall pick of last April’s NFL Draft means. The Giants determined that going with running back Saquon Barkley instead of Manning’s replacement was the better option, because they have faith the two-time Super Bowl MVP can still lead them to another Super Bowl crown.

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Eli Manning on Giants’ decision not draft QB: ‘I want to prove them right’

Eli Manning fully understands what the New York Giants’ decision not to select a quarterback with the second overall pick of last April’s NFL Draft means. The Giants determined that going with running back Saquon Barkley instead of Manning’s replacement was the better option, because they have faith the two-time Super Bowl MVP can still lead them to another Super Bowl crown.

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Ravens’ TE Hayden Hurst on Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson: ‘They trust me to go make a play’

Baltimore Ravens rookie tight end Hayden Hurst felt he did some immediate bonding on quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson during offseason practices. Among the qualities Hurst liked best about Flacco and Jackson is that they “both rely on the … Continued

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Ravens’ TE Hayden Hurst on Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson: ‘They trust me to go make a play’

Baltimore Ravens rookie tight end Hayden Hurst felt he did some immediate bonding on quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson during offseason practices. Among the qualities Hurst liked best about Flacco and Jackson is that they “both rely on the … Continued

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Bucs’ Cameron Brate calls Jameis Winston ‘a great teammate’

Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension stemming from an incident with a female Uber driver that the NFL ruled was in violation of its personal-conduct policy hasn’t changed the way at least one of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates looks at him. Tight end Cameron Brate calls Winston a friend and continues to view the quarterback as the type of person with whom he is happy to spend time away from the game.

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Bucs’ Cameron Brate calls Jameis Winston ‘a great teammate’

Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension stemming from an incident with a female Uber driver that the NFL ruled was in violation of its personal-conduct policy hasn’t changed the way at least one of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates looks at him. Tight end Cameron Brate calls Winston a friend and continues to view the quarterback as the type of person with whom he is happy to spend time away from the game.

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Bills’ Lorenzo Alexander: Guaranteed contracts ‘something players are always going to fight for’

Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung tweeted this week about the NFLPA needing to make guaranteed contracts for players a priority when it negotiates a new collective bargaining agreement for the one that expires in 2020. Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, a member of the NFLPA’s executive committee, concurs and says it is something that the union will continue to seek.

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Bills’ Lorenzo Alexander: Guaranteed contracts ‘something players are always going to fight for’

Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung tweeted this week about the NFLPA needing to make guaranteed contracts for players a priority when it negotiates a new collective bargaining agreement for the one that expires in 2020. Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, a member of the NFLPA’s executive committee, concurs and says it is something that the union will continue to seek.

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LaDainian Tomlinson on Giants’ Saquan Barkley: ‘I’m honored that people do compare him to me’

Usually, it’s the other way around. It’s the rookie, who has yet to play a down in the NFL, saying how flattered he is to be compared with a Hall of Famer. But it was LaDainian Tomlinson, the former running back with a bronze bust in Canton, expressing his appreciation to the many observers who think New York Giants rookie Saquon Barkley looks like a young LT.

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LaDainian Tomlinson on Giants’ Saquan Barkley: ‘I’m honored that people do compare him to me’

Usually, it’s the other way around. It’s the rookie, who has yet to play a down in the NFL, saying how flattered he is to be compared with a Hall of Famer. But it was LaDainian Tomlinson, the former running back with a bronze bust in Canton, expressing his appreciation to the many observers who think New York Giants rookie Saquon Barkley looks like a young LT.

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Cliff Avril: Kam Chancellor ‘making the right decision’ to retire

Cliff Avril probably played his final down in the NFL. The former member of the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions is relieved that one of his former Seahawk teammates, Kam Chancellor, is apparently following the same road.

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Cliff Avril: Kam Chancellor ‘making the right decision’ to retire

Cliff Avril probably played his final down in the NFL. The former member of the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions is relieved that one of his former Seahawk teammates, Kam Chancellor, is apparently following the same road.

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John Johnson: Rams ready to handle high expectations

Thanks to the guidance of coach Sean McVay, safety John Johnson is convinced the Los Angeles Rams won’t become caught up in all of the hype of soaring expectations after last season’s 11-5 finish.

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John Johnson: Rams ready to handle high expectations

Thanks to the guidance of coach Sean McVay, safety John Johnson is convinced the Los Angeles Rams won’t become caught up in all of the hype of soaring expectations after last season’s 11-5 finish.

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Mark Dominik: Buccaneers are ‘not going to cut Jameis Winston’

Now that the NFL has suspended Jameis Winston for three games for violating its personal conduct policy, some pundits have said, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are poised to cut their franchise quarterback. Don’t believe that for a second, according to former Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik.

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Mark Dominik: Buccaneers are ‘not going to cut Jameis Winston’

Now that the NFL has suspended Jameis Winston for three games for violating its personal conduct policy, some pundits have said, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are poised to cut their franchise quarterback. Don’t believe that for a second, according to former Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik.

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Devin Funchess on Panthers’ WR competition: ‘Camp is going to tell the tale’

Wide receiver was an area the Carolina Panthers set out to upgrade during the offseason. Based on what Devin Funchess could see through organized team activity and mandatory minicamp practices, the competition should be intense.

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Devin Funchess on Panthers’ WR competition: ‘Camp is going to tell the tale’

Wide receiver was an area the Carolina Panthers set out to upgrade during the offseason. Based on what Devin Funchess could see through organized team activity and mandatory minicamp practices, the competition should be intense.

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Myles Jack: Jaguars’ AFC title game loss to Patriots ‘definitely a motivating factor’

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t having any problems tuning out the proverbial noise that they’re expected to be a strong postseason contender this year. Although it has been a long time since any such discussion surrounded the team during the offseason, the players need only have to consider one fact before feeling even the slightest temptation to become full of themselves.

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Myles Jack: Jaguars’ AFC title game loss to Patriots ‘definitely a motivating factor’

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t having any problems tuning out the proverbial noise that they’re expected to be a strong postseason contender this year. Although it has been a long time since any such discussion surrounded the team during the offseason, the players need only have to consider one fact before feeling even the slightest temptation to become full of themselves.

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Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles prepares to return this season as backup QB

Nick Foles knows better than most how quickly life can change.

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Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles prepares to return this season as backup QB

Nick Foles knows better than most how quickly life can change.

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Broncos’ Chris Harris Jr.: Bradley Chubb ‘looks like a young Khalil Mack’

Chris Harris Jr., sees plenty of reason for excitement in the 2018 Denver Broncos. The standout cornerback expects improvement resulting from the additions of multiple newcomers, beginning with the Broncos’ first-round draft pick, defensive end Bradley Chubb from North Carolina State.

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Broncos’ Chris Harris Jr.: Bradley Chubb ‘looks like a young Khalil Mack’

Chris Harris Jr., sees plenty of reason for excitement in the 2018 Denver Broncos. The standout cornerback expects improvement resulting from the additions of multiple newcomers, beginning with the Broncos’ first-round draft pick, defensive end Bradley Chubb from North Carolina State.

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Vikings’ DC ‘really excited’ to have DT Sheldon Richardson

This offseason, the Vikings set out to not only take better advantage of those single-blocking matchups in the middle but also try to pull some of the additional blockers away from Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter. That was the thinking behind signing free-agent defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

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Vikings’ DC ‘really excited’ to have DT Sheldon Richardson

This offseason, the Vikings set out to not only take better advantage of those single-blocking matchups in the middle but also try to pull some of the additional blockers away from Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter. That was the thinking behind signing free-agent defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

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With ‘more time’ to work on his body, free agent Karlos Dansby expects heavy steriods testing if he returns

Karlos Dansby calls his time away from football this offseason a “blessing,” because it has given the free-agent linebacker plenty of time to do what he loves best. One is spending more time with his children. Otherwise, Dansby has been making sure his 36-year-old body will be in top condition whenever he gets the call to sign with a team.

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With ‘more time’ to work on his body, free agent Karlos Dansby expects heavy steriods testing if he returns

Karlos Dansby calls his time away from football this offseason a “blessing,” because it has given the free-agent linebacker plenty of time to do what he loves best. One is spending more time with his children. Otherwise, Dansby has been making sure his 36-year-old body will be in top condition whenever he gets the call to sign with a team.

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Tre Boston on ‘soft’ NFL safety market: ‘It’s hard to see this foolishness go around for this long’

Tre Boston rattles off his accomplishments: Top five in the NFL with five interceptions last season, first on the Los Angeles Chargers in that category, second in tackles. And yet, there he is, still a free agent.

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Tre Boston on ‘soft’ NFL safety market: ‘It’s hard to see this foolishness go around for this long’

Tre Boston rattles off his accomplishments: Top five in the NFL with five interceptions last season, first on the Los Angeles Chargers in that category, second in tackles. And yet, there he is, still a free agent.

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T.J. Ward: ‘I don’t know what’s going on’ with NFL free-agent market

T.J. Ward is one of multiple NFL veteran safeties who remain unemployed in what he describes as a “strange offseason.”

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T.J. Ward: ‘I don’t know what’s going on’ with NFL free-agent market

T.J. Ward is one of multiple NFL veteran safeties who remain unemployed in what he describes as a “strange offseason.”

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