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New York Congressman elaborates on his criticism of the Jets

In a Saturday morning tweet, New York Congressman Peter King criticized the Jets’ reluctance to fine players for protesting during the anthem, questioning whether CEO Christopher Johnson would provide the same cover for players who display “Nazi salutes or spew racism” under the guise of free speech. Later in the day, King elaborated on his [more]

C.J. Anderson motivated to prove he still can “play this game at a high level”

C.J. Anderson has a chance to make $800,000 in incentives this season. He also has a chance to get a bigger deal next year with a big season. The Panthers get a 1,000-yard back for an $800,000 million base salary and one who is motivated. It’s a win-win. “I should be in my prime,” Anderson [more]

Jason Verrett not yet cleared to practice fully

In the one season Jason Verrett played more than half the games, the Chargers cornerback earned Pro Bowl honors. But the other three seasons have ended in injury. He played six games his rookie season, four games in 2016 and only one game last season. Verrett is not yet cleared to fully participate in organized [more]

James Conner hopes to make a jump in second season

Steelers running back James Conner, who overcame cancer while in college at Pitt, became a third-round draft pick and one of the most popular players in the NFL as a rookie. But his first season didn’t result in much production, with only 144 rushing yards in 14 appearances. This season, Conner hopes to do a [more]

“Old, young guy” Robert Griffin III focuses on making the team in Baltimore

Six years ago, quarterback Robert Griffin III was a lock to start in Washington. Now, he’s merely trying to stay on the roster in Baltimore. He seems unfazed by the challenge. Describing himself as an “old, young guy” of 28, Griffin took some of the second-team reps on Thursday, along with rookie Lamar Jackson. But, [more]

Players who don’t like anthem rule can take immediate action

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s decision by the NFL to alter the anthem policy in a way that managed to do more harm than good, the NFL Players Association wasn’t happy. The NFL’s players can do something about that in a way that is far more immediate and tangible than pursuing legal remedies over the [more]

Le’Veon Bell has another rap song with not-so-hidden messages

In connection with the Fourth of July holiday nearly two years ago, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell unveiled his contractual demands with a rap song. “I’m at the top and if not I’m the closest, I’m a need 15 a year and they know this,” Bell said in the tune called Focus. As he closes [more]

New York Congressman blasts the Jets over anthem stance

It’s official: The NFL’s new national anthem policy did not make things better. It made things worse. When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the league’s new anthem policy, he hoped to placate those on the right, who have insisted that players should stand, while not alienating those on the left by allowing players to remain [more]

Jets rookie Nathan Shepherd thanks Nate Burleson for believing in him

Jets rookie Nathan Shepherd took a long and winding road to the NFL. He grew up in Canada, played college football at Simon Fraser University, and had to quit school and do odd jobs when he couldn’t afford the tuition. Eventually he found his way to Fort Hays State in Kansas, where he played so [more]

Cliff Avril: Seahawks started questioning Pete Carroll after Super Bowl interception

Did one play call derail a potential Seahawks dynasty? It may have, according to former Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, who says that the team began to doubt coach Pete Carroll and his staff after losing Super Bowl XLIX. Avril said on Dave Dameshek’s podcast that “a lot of guys got turned off” to Carroll [more]

Two Steelers are happy with the new helmet rule

Over the past several years, Steelers players have developed a habit of complaining about the league’s efforts to make the game safer. When it comes to the new rule that prohibits lowering the helmet to initiate contact, a pair of Steelers players welcome the change. Offensive lineman Ramon Foster (pictured) likes the new rule, in [more]

Cassius Marsh: Garoppolo “would shred [New England’s] defense every day”

As the Patriots continue to work their way through the offseason program without starting quarterback Tom Brady, the guy who at one point seemed destined to replace him is working toward his first season as a full-time starter. And all indications are that Jimmy Garoppolo will become a true franchise quarterback for the 49ers. Take [more]

Will Lewis will serve as G.M. of Memphis AAF team

The Tennessee franchise of the Alliance of American Football has a city, a coach, and now a G.M. Via Meagan Nichols of the Memphis Business Journal, Will Lewis will serve as the team’s General Manager. The former NFL and USFL defensive back has 20 years of experience as a coach, scout, and executive. Most recently, [more]

Cody Kessler’s time in Cleveland prepared him for a second chance in Jacksonville

The Jaguars’ quarterbacks room has changed since last season. Blake Bortles remains, but Chad Henne is gone. Cody Kessler and rookie Tanner Lee now back up Bortles. The Browns traded Kessler to the Jaguars on March 28, and while ready for the move, Kessler believes his time in Cleveland will help him in Jacksonville. “The [more]

Eric Berry’s return provides a boost to the Chiefs

The Chiefs need a healthy Eric Berry. Kansas City is 38-16 since 2013 when it has Berry in the lineup and only 15-11 without him. The safety missed 15 games last season after tearing his Achilles in Week 1 against the Patriots. “It’s great to have him out here [for OTAs],” Chiefs coach Andy Reid [more]

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