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Saquon Barkley leads the way in rookie skill-position Madden 19 ratings

Rookies typically enter the league with relatively low Madden ratings. Of this year’s class, the second overall pick leads the way. Via NFL.com, Giants running back Saquon Barkley received an 82 in the game, the highest rating for any first year player. (But check the update below.) Next comes Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Bears [more]

Chicago Blitz used a wide net, but a six-time Pro Bowler slipped through it

My summer reading list has been greatly enhanced by a book that officially debuts in September. It’s the latest from Jeff Pearlman, dubbed Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise And Crazier Demise Of The USFL. It’s the perfect companion for the annual sliver of slow time in the NFL, allowing me to be consistently [more]

Tom Heckert leaves Broncos to focus on his health

Longtime NFL executive Tom Heckert has left the Broncos to focus on his health, Mike Klis of Denver’s 9News reports. The senior personnel advisor’s contract expired, leaving Gary Kubiak alone in that role. “I’m going to take some time off and not work anywhere for a little while,’’ Heckert told Klis. “The Broncos have been [more]

Emmanuel Sanders has “something to prove” to Broncos or someone else

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is signed through the 2019 season, but he knows he isn’t certain to be in Denver that long. There’s no more guaranteed money on Sanders’ contract, which led to some discussion early in the offseason about the team possibly moving on without him. They didn’t go that route, but did [more]

Tim Tebow named to Eastern League all-star game

It’s not exactly like the Heisman Trophy, but Tim Tebow has another honor to put on the mantel. According to Ethan Sears of the New York Post, the former NFL quarterback was named to the Eastern League All-Star Game, the top accomplishment of his baseball career so far. The 30-year-old Tebow is hitting .261 for [more]

Chris Harris: Bradley Chubb looks like a young Khalil Mack

Before he was picked in the first round by the Broncos, Bradley Chubb said that his goal as a football player was to put Von Miller and Khalil Mack into one package. Chubb hasn’t played a snap in the league yet, but one of his teammates believes he’s well on his way to realizing at [more]

Seven players get 99 ratings in Madden 19

The Madden 19 quarterback ratings that recently emerged were either subsequently revised or incorrect. The video game franchise officially has unveiled its players with overall ratings of 99, and the list includes not one but two quarterbacks: Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. The previously-leaked ratings had only Rodgers at 99, and Brady at 97. The [more]

Annabel Bowlen, wife of Broncos owner, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s also

Four years after Broncos owner Pat Bowlen announced he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, his wife is delivering the same news. According to Mike Klis of KUSA, Annabel Bowlen issued a statement saying that she to has been diagnosed with the progressive brain disease. “I recently learned that I’ve joined my husband Pat and the millions [more]

Von Miller feels he has at least 10 good years in him

Von Miller spent most of last offseason in San Francisco, working with Frank Matrisciano, whose nickname is “Hell’s Trainer.” He returned with 6 percent body fat. The Broncos linebacker has trainers across the country — everywhere he travels — plus chefs who prepare his meals, including at home, and recovery specialists. He began hiring “gurus” [more]

Tom Brady repeats as No. 1 player in NFL Network’s Top 100

The NFL Network built up the final 10 spots of its top 100 with a two-hour show that lacked any drama. That’s because the top choice was predictable . . . and the same as last year. Tom Brady, of course, repeated at No. 1 in the NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2018 after [more]

Which coach will be fired first?

The four-week stretch from the middle of June to the middle of July gives NFL coaches a rare opportunity to get away from it all. To relax, to unwind. To not worry. For some coaches, good luck with the last part. History has proven time and again that as many of one in four NFL [more]

Royce Freeman pushing Devontae Booker to be Broncos’ lead back

The Broncos’ leading rusher from last season, C.J. Anderson, is now in Carolina. Which leaves an opening for the lead role in Denver this year. Devontae Booker, who was second on the team in rushing last season, is the presumed favorite. But rookie third-round draft pick Royce Freeman is making a case for himself. Broncos [more]

Jabar Gaffney denies vandalizing Lito Sheppard’s car

Former NFL players Jabar Gaffney and Lito Sheppard played together in high school and at the University of Florida, but any friendship that may have existed between the two men has soured over the years. Sheppard was at dinner at a restaurant in Jacksonville Beach, Florida last week and left to find that his car [more]

Peyton Manning prepared for Drew Brees to breaks his passing records

Peyton Manning owns NFL records for passing yards and passing touchdowns. He knows he won’t hold either for much longer. Drew Brees trails Manning by only 1,495 yards and by 51 touchdowns. “He’s just been the ultimate pro, taking care of himself, being in great shape,” Manning said Friday, via video from the Times-Picayune. “It’s [more]

Will Tom Brady hold off Aaron Rodgers atop NFL Network’s Top 100?

Six players who made NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2017 remain on the list for 2018. The network will announce the order of the final 10 on Monday night at 8 ET, but Tom Brady stands a good chance to stay atop the list. Only Aaron Rodgers should stand a chance to unseat him. [more]

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