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Calls for NFL boycott emerging from Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment

The crowdsourcing effort by teams like the Ravens to determine whether Colin Kaepernick should have a job now has another factor to consider: Fans who believe Kaepernick is being unfairly shunned may shun pro football. In addition to online petitions that have lingered for the past few weeks, the Atlanta NAACP announced on Friday a [more]

Ryan Shazier back on the Steelers’ practice field

Injuries have slowed Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier down at times in every one of his three NFL seasons, and they kept him out of the start of camp this season as well. But he’s finally good to go for the Steelers after having to sit out most of this summer. Shazier, who has missed the [more]

Ravens try 304-pound rookie defensive lineman Patrick Ricard at fullback

Patrick Ricard is listed as a defensive end on the Ravens’ roster, but the 304-pound undrafted rookie’s best chance at a roster spot may come in the offensive backfield. The Ravens have given Ricard some playing time at fullback in the preseason, and the early returns are positive. Ricard says he’ll play wherever he has [more]

Nathan Peterman doesn’t hear the calls for him to start

The Bills remain committed to Tyrod Taylor. Some members of the Bills mafia wish they weren’t. Backup Nathan Peterman was asked be reporters on Friday about whether he hears the calls for him to start from Bills fans. “I love Bills Mafia and all that, but I don’t,” Peterman said. “I kind of just focus [more]

Not everyone likes the new-old approach to football in Jacksonville

Lost in the sudden quarterback controversy in Jacksonville is the fact that there has been a sudden, in 2017, increase in the physicality and overall demands of training camp under coach Doug Marrone and executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin. Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com paints a positive picture of the new approach, which includes [more]

Bills make it clear, “all the confidence in the world” in Tyrod Taylor

It was a quick evaluation. Unless it wasn’t an evaluation at all. Via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, Bills coach Sean McDermott said Friday afternoon that quarterback Tyrod Taylor would start next week’s preseason game against the Ravens. He also added that he has “all the confidence in the world” in Taylor. It didn’t necessarily sound [more]

Jags bringing in Patrick Murray as part of kicker workouts

Kicker Dan Carpenter will have some company as he tries to land a job with the Jaguars. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Friday that Carpenter will have a workout in Jacksonville and updated the report later in the day to note that Patrick Murray will also be getting a look. Murray appeared in [more]

Dolphins will replace field at Hard Rock Stadium

At a venue that has undergone dramatic change over the past few years, the playing surface will be undergoing the most dramatic change possible. Via Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins will replace the entire field at Hard Rock Stadium in advance of regular-season openers from both the Dolphins and the University [more]

Le’Veon Bell’s agent denies any agreement on terms with Steelers

According to a report from Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday, the Steelers felt they had agreed to terms with Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell‘s agent on a multi-year contract ahead of the July 17 deadline to sign a multi-year deal only to see Bell reject the deal shortly before the deadline passed. [more]

McCloughan: Jags should be patient with QBs they have

Former San Francisco and Washington G.M. Scot McCloughan made his first visit to PFT Live (as a non-G.M.) on Monday, and I had a project for him. I pretended to be Tom Coughlin (Scot even called five minutes early), and I asked him to pretend to be G.M. Dave Caldwell. We then tried to identify [more]

Joe Flacco still not ready to return

The Ravens already announced Joe Flacco wouldn’t play in the preseason, but they stated a week ago that they expect their starting quarterback to return to practice sometime in the next few weeks. That won’t happen in the next week, according to coach John Harbaugh. “We have a time frame on that,” Harbaugh said, via [more]

Le’Veon Bell may be clearing a path to free agency in 2018

Since the deadline for signing Le'Veon Bell to a long-term deal expired one month and one day ago, the Steelers periodically have tried to make Bell look greedy and unreasonable, from leaking some (but not enough) details about their last, best offer to periodically calling him out for not accepting the one-year franchise tender and [more]

Simms: Bortles “was not put on earth to throw the football”

Chris Simms officially joins PFT Live on Monday. He offered a preview of the candor he’ll be bringing to the show during a Friday morning phone call. The target was embattled Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. “The man was not put on earth to throw the football,” Simms said. “He is something that I would call [more]

Report: Le’Veon Bell rejected July offer after agent agreed to terms

After the July 17 deadline to sign players with franchise tags to multi-year deals passed, information about the Steelers’ final offer to Bell leaked out. The team reportedly offered Bell a five-year deal with an annual average above the $12.1 million he’s set to make this season with some $30 million paid out over the [more]

Jaguars set to work out Dan Carpenter

The Jaguars are looking for someone to lead their offense and they may also be in the market for a new kicker. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Jags will work out Dan Carpenter as a possible competitor for the job currently held by Jason Myers. Myers missed a field goal and an [more]

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