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NFL holding inaugural General Manager Forum this week

The NFL is hosting an inaugural General Manager Forum this week in an attempt to improve the number of minorities in front office positions, Rob Maaddi of The Associated Press reports. The league named the virtual forum after Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens’ former General Manager. “I think it’s critical, and I’m glad [more]

Trent Brown working out in New England during time off, hoping for repeat of 2018

Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown has always had the physical tools to be an elite NFL lineman, but he hasn’t always put it all together. His best season, however, came in 2018 when he was with the Patriots for a year, and now he’s back with the Patriots and planning to run it back. Although [more]

Brandon Bolden changes to No. 25, to honor his grandfather, Frank Pitts

Patriots running back Brandon Bolden, who has racked up two Super Bowl rings during his time in New England, has a family member who previously won one of them. When Bolden returns to the NFL in 2021 after opting out in 2020, he’ll be honoring that family member. Bolden’s grandfather, Frank Pitts, spent 11 years [more]

Rusty Hardin: NFL has yet to interview Deshaun Watson

More than three months ago, the off-field controversy involving Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson first emerged. In less than half that time, the Texans will report for training camp. Before then, the NFL will have to decide whether to place Watson on paid leave, given the 22 lawsuits pending against him, alleging misconduct during massage sessions. [more]

Chargers want Justin Herbert to be a coach on the field

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert had a fantastic rookie season and Drew Brees made it clear recently that he has all the physical tools necessary to be a star in the NFL for a long time. As Brees knows, however, physical tools are not the entire story. Quarterbacks have to master the mental game as well [more]

John Harbaugh: It’s been a pleasure watching Alejandro Villanueva, Kevin Zeitler

Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta said in February that the team wanted to improve its pass protection this offseason and the ensuing months saw the team make several moves on the offensive line. They signed right guard Kevin Zeitler after he was released by the Giants while watching Matt Skura and D.J. Fluker leave as [more]

Travis Kelce hesitated to get the vaccine, now encourages everyone to get it

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce initially wasn’t sure he would get the COVID-19 vaccine. But he decided to get fully vaccinated so that he could feel safe around his family, and the experience went so well that he’s now encouraging everyone to get on board. “I love being around family, [so] it was just kind [more]

Diontae Johnson uses tennis ball machine to work on drops

Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson led the league in drops last season. To kick his drops habit, Johnson worked with tennis balls. Via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Johnson purchased a tennis ball machine and practiced catching the tiny, fuzzy spheres shot therefrom. “It’s a smaller target so you have to really focus on the [more]

Julian Edelman reminds Tom Brady of his humble Madden roots

Tom Brady will appear on the cover of the Madden game fo the second time in his career. The news prompted former teammate Julian Edelman to remind TB12 of a time when he was simply QB No. 12. Via Boston.com, Edelman tweeted an image of Brady’s initial Madden rating. Beneath Drew Bledsoe (86), John Friesz [more]

Patrick Mahomes doesn’t want to play without Tyrann Mathieu as a teammate

Patrick Mahomes is under contract to the Chiefs through the 2031 season. He’d like to see Tyrann Mathieu play for the Chiefs that long as well. After Mathieu said this week that he never wants to play for another team, Mahomes said he wants Mathieu to be in Kansas City as long as Mahomes himself [more]

Alex Van Pelt “definitely” notices a level of confidence from Baker Mayfield

In 2019, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had the wrong coaching staff. In 2020, he had the right one. Mayfield consistently improved throughout the 2020 season, fulfilling his potential as a franchise quarterback while flourishing under first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski. Mayfield seems to be ready to build on last year’s progress. “He was impressive,” offensive [more]

Robert Saleh: Zach Wilson is wired the way you want all players to be wired

Jets coach Robert Saleh is seeing everything he wants to see from rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. Saleh said that Wilson’s offseason work has shown the competitiveness and desire to get better that are the hallmarks of great players. “Zach loves ball, that’s one thing I’ve learned,” Saleh said, via ESPN. “He’s unflappable in the sense [more]

Reports: Bills plan new stadium in Orchard Park

The Bills are planning a new outdoor stadium in Orchard Park, New York, according to multiple reports. Thad Brown of WROC reports the new stadium, which will have a partial covering for fans, will take 3-5 years from start to finish. The Bills could open their new facility as early as 2025, but 2026 or [more]

P.J. Hall arrested on misdemeanor assault charge

Free agent defensive tackle P.J. Hall was arrested on charges of assault and interference with public duties, Sarah Barshop of ESPN reports. The misdemeanor charge was filed June 13, according to Aaron Wilson of Sports Talk 790, and Hall posted $1,000 bond. Hall has a court appearance scheduled July 16. Hall caused “bodily injury . [more]

Jets offensive coordinator: We have thrown a lot at Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson became an NFL quarterback only 50 days ago when the Jets drafted him No. 2 overall. He’s had a handful of offseason practices since. As the ol’ NFL saying goes: You don’t know what you don’t know because you don’t know. “It’s hard to say exactly how you did,” Wilson said, via Dennis [more]

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