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Blake Bortles tuning out criticism as he tries to keep his job

Even though most people are openly wondering if Blake Bortles should remain the starting quarterback in Jacksonville (including, apparently, the Jaguars), Bortles isn’t worrying about it. Mostly, because he’s not aware of it. Via John Reid of the Florida Times-Union, Bortles said he’s gone into radio silence as he tries to focus on keeping the [more]

Without Newton, Panthers offense still struggling

If Ron Rivera was upset at his “terrible” offense earlier this week, his reaction today ought to be special. Playing without quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers offense has flatlined in Tennessee, allowing the Titans to take a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. The Panthers’ offense turned the ball over twice on the first play [more]

Bucs-Jags becomes lowest rated ESPN preseason game since 2005

While it’s too early to start wringing hands and/or gnashing teeth about TV ratings for 2017, ESPN’s debut broadcast did not fare well. At all. Via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Thursday’s games between the Buccaneers and the Jaguars generated  a 1.6 rating. Based on numbers from Sports Media Watch, that’s the lowest [more]

Bengals waive Cedric Thompson with injury settlement

The Bengals announced they waived safety Cedric Thompson with an injury settlement on Saturday. He had signed with the Bengals on July 31 after safeties Derron Smith and George Iloka were injured. Smith and Iloka have returned to practice since. During his four seasons at the University of Minnesota, Thompson made 205 tackles, five interceptions [more]

Dolphins add Rey Maualuga

The Dolphins are adding some depth at linebacker. Rey Maualuga has agreed to terms with Miami, according to multiple reports. The Dolphins became interested in Maualuga after losing rookie Raekwon McMillan for the season to a torn ACL. Maualuga and Mike Hull will compete for the starting middle linebacker spot. Maualuga previously played for Dolphins [more]

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]

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