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Phillip Adams’ brain will be studied for CTE

Earlier this week, former NFL defensive back Phillip Adams shot and killed five people before killing himself. Adams’ father said that “football messed him up.” Scientists will take a closer look at that specific question. Via the Associated Press, the brain of Phillip Adams will be tested for Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy, a degenerative condition that [more]

Raiders sign Karl Joseph

Safety Karl Joseph is officially back with the Raiders. Joseph spent four years with the team before leaving for Cleveland as a free agent last year. Joseph was back for a visit with the team this week, however, and they announced his signing on Friday afternoon. The Raiders picked Joseph in the first round of [more]

Report: Phillip Adams shootings were sparked by decision to stop medication

It remains unknown why former NFL defensive back Phillip Adams shot and killed a prominent South Carolina doctor, his wife, two grandchildren, and another person. A new report supplies a potential motive. South Carolina U.S. Representative Ralph Norman tells Alex Giles of WBTV that Dr. Robert Lesslie had been treating Adams, and that Dr. Lesslie [more]

Brandon Staley wants Chargers offense to use variety of personnel groupings

While he’s spent his time in the NFL on defense, one of Chargers head coach Brandon Staley’s most important jobs is to further develop young quarterback Justin Herbert. To that end, the club signed center Corey Linsley, who Staley said should help give Los Angeles a “winning edge.” But the team’s larger offensive philosophy will [more]

Karl Joseph visiting Raiders

The Raiders drafted safety Karl Joseph with the 14th overall choice in 2016, and he spent four seasons with the club. Joseph, 27, played for Cleveland last season. But could Joseph be returning to the place he started his pro career? Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports Joseph is in Las Vegas visiting with the [more]

Phillip Adams’ father says: “I think football messed him up”

Former NFL defensive back Phillip Adams obviously suffered from severe and untreated mental illness. That’s the only way to explain his decision to take five lives and then his own on Wednesday. His father blamed the situation on Adams’ football career. “I can say he’s a good kid,” Alonzo Adams told WCNC-TV. “I think the [more]

Former NFL player Phillip Adams kills five, then himself

Philip Adams, a former NFL defensive back who played for the 49ers, Patriots, Seahawks, Raiders, Jets, and Falcons, shot and killed five people on Wednesday and then committed suicide. Via the Associated Press, Adams killed Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife Barbara, two of their young grandchildren (Adah and Noah), and James Lewis. A sixth person [more]

Teddy Bridgewater betting odds emerge

We asked for it, we got it. Now go bet it. The folks at PointsBet, at our request during PFT Live, put together odds for the next destination of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The Panthers are the favorite at +150, followed by the Broncos at +250, the Texans at +350, the Steelers at +600, the Raiders [more]

Jon Gruden: Kenyan Drake is a threat to make a big play

The Raiders have raised eyebrows with several of their offseason moves over the last month, including signing running back Kenyan Drake to a two-year deal worth up to $14.5 million with $11 million guaranteed. Drake was Arizona’s leading rusher in 2020, taking 239 carries for 955 yards and 10 touchdowns. But it’s Josh Jacobs‘ presence [more]

Texans withdraw qualifying offer to P.J. Hall

The Texans terminated their qualifying offer to defensive lineman P.J. Hall, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The team offered Hall an original-round tender worth $2.183 million on March 16. The Raiders originally made Hall a second-round choice. Las Vegas traded Hall to the Vikings last August, but Minnesota waived him with a failed [more]

Nevin Lawson suspended two games

Raiders cornerback Nevin Lawson will be serving a suspension to open a season for the second year in a row. According to multiple reports, Lawson has been suspended two games for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He was suspended for the opening game last year for using his helmet as a weapon [more]

Kolton Miller was “surprised” to receive extension after third season

Kolton Miller is one of the first members of the 2018 draft class to receive a contract extension, officially inking the deal that comes with a reported $42.6 million guaranteed on Friday. Miller just became eligible for a new contract following the conclusion of the 2020 season, as he’d finished his third year. He admitted [more]

Martavis Bryant signs with Indoor Football League

Receiver Martavis Bryant has signed with the Massachusetts Pirates of the Indoor Football League. Bryant last played in the NFL in 2018. He signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in January. “I’m excited to get into pads again and grateful to the Mass. Pirates for giving me this opportunity, and allowing [more]

Karl Joseph visits with Steelers

Free agent safety Karl Joseph met with the Steelers in Pittsburgh, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Joseph appeared in 14 games with the Browns last season, starting eight. He saw action on 660 defensive snaps and 106 on special teams. Joseph totaled 67 tackles, two tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, an interception [more]

Johnathan Abram: Raiders defense will make strides in 2021

The Raiders have made some significant changes to their defense heading into 2021, starting with hiring coordinator Gus Bradley. Since head coach Jon Gruden’s return in 2018, the team’s defense has been its weakest point — finishing 32nd, 24th, and 30th in points allowed. But adding Bradley and signing players like Yannick Ngakoue and Quinton [more]

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