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Rams, Patriots both receive two third-round compensatory picks

The NFL awarded compensatory draft picks Friday, and the Patriots and Rams both received two third-round picks. The Super Bowl teams will have extra picks to reload this offseason. The Patriots’ third-round choices are No. 97 overall and 101 overall. The Rams’ third-round choices are No. 98 and 99 overall. In all, 15 teams received [more]

Trent Richardson recharged in AAF, wants to make NFL comeback

Running back Trent Richardson is one of the early success stories of the AAF, with three touchdowns in two weeks to lead his Birmingham team to an undefeated start. But for Richardson himself, his own journey has been so long and troubled that he had to find motivation beyond football. After some early success he [more]

Howard Mudd “pretty stoked” to be back with Colts

The Colts made changes to their offensive line coaching staff early this offseason. Offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and his assistant Bobby Johnson are gone with Chris Strausser and Klayton Adams in their places. The Colts supplemented those two by bringing former line coach Howard Mudd out of retirement as a senior offensive assistant. On [more]

Colts guard Quenton Nelson wasn’t happy with his technique last season

Quenton Nelson was the sixth overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft and was named a first-team All-Pro in his rookie season with the Indianapolis Colts. Despite the success and accolades, Nelson was displeased with an area of his game last season. According to Zak Keefer or the Indianapolis Star, new Colts senior assistant Howard [more]

PFT’s Free Agent Top 100

The following are PFT’s top 100 free agents for the start of the 2019 league year. The rankings include prospective unrestricted and restricted free agents, as well as released players. The list will be updated as events warrant, with signings, tags and re-signings denoted when announced and/or reported. 1. Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. 2. [more]

Trent Richardson scores game-winning TD in second AAF game

Trent Richardson couldn’t cut it in the NFL, but he’s making some waves in the AAF. Richardson’s Birmingham Iron played in their second Alliance of American Football game today, and they beat Salt Lake 12-9 on the strength of Richardson’s game-winning touchdown run with 4:40 left in the fourth quarter. Birmingham is now 2-0; Richardson [more]

Matt Slauson passed on chance to join Colts staff

Matt Slauson announced his retirement from the NFL last week and said he was “excited for what the next chapter holds” in his life. For now, that chapter will not include a job as a football coach. Slauson said, via Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio, that he was offered an “incredible opportunity” to join [more]

Jim Irsay attempts to define what it means to be the greatest team ever

If you can’t beat ’em, redefine what it means to lose to ’em. Financially, all NFL teams win. Bigly. Competitively, the Patriots have cracked the code on how to consistently kick everyone else’s asses, and that drives everyone else crazy. So what do these other teams do? They’ve tried, on multiple occasions, to replace “they’re [more]

Colts cut Brad Kaaya

The Colts waived quarterback Brad Kaaya on Friday, via multiple reports. Kaaya, 23, spent the entire offseason with the team last year and was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 25. He briefly was on the team’s 53-player roster late in 2017, though he did not play. The Lions made Kaaya a sixth-round pick in [more]

Howard Mudd returning to Colts staff

The Colts are reaching into their past to fill out head coach Frank Reich’s coaching staff for the 2019 season. The Colts announced that Howard Mudd is returning to the team. Mudd was the team’s offensive line coach from 1998 to 2009 and returned from a brief retirement to coach the Eagles in 2011 and [more]

Matt Slauson announces his retirement

Colts guard Matt Slauson announced his retirement on social media Wednesday. “It has been 10 amazing years,” Slauson wrote on Instagram. “Four organizations, and countless friendships. What an amazing dream this has all been. Thanks to all my teammates who have gone into battle with me, the group of coaches that have made me better [more]

Robert Mathis thinks “sky’s the limit” for Colts D

Part of the reason the Colts were able to escape a 1-5 start and make the playoffs was the rapid improvement of their defense from terrible to decidedly un-terrible. And that huge step has former pass-rusher and current assistant coach Robert Mathis excited about what comes next. Mathis told Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star [more]

Darius Leonard wants to get 10 times better

Colts linebacker Darius Leonard was in Atlanta for Super Bowl weekend in order to pick up the defensive rookie of the year award he earned by leading the league in tackles during his first NFL campaign. Leonard also had seven sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions as he made an impact all over the [more]

Final 2019 NFL Draft order is settled

OK, football season’s over, what do we do next? Oh yeah, football season. With the Patriots winning Super Bowl LIII last night, they locked up the 32nd and final spot in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Rams will own the 31st overall pick. It’s that time of year (the Scouting Combine is later this month). [more]

Darius Leonard takes defensive rookie of the year

Colts linebacker Darius Leonard wasn’t taken in the first round of the 2018 draft, but he’d likely hear his name called a lot earlier if that were to be redone after getting a look at last year’s rookie class in action. Leonard played a major role in lifting the Colts defense back to being a [more]

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