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Dave Canales says Baker Mayfield, Kyle Trask competition is partially about “respect”

In any quarterback competition, the ultimate goal ideally is to identify the best option and get him ready to play. In Tampa, another factor apparently has crept into the analysis.Respect. As in showing it to former second-round pick Kyle Trask. And in giving newcomer Baker Mayfield a chance to earn it.Offensive coordinator Dave Canales used [more]

Greg Hardy gets knocked out, again

Maybe Greg Hardy should stick to his current day job.Hardy, who was knocked out earlier this year in his bare-knuckled fighting debut, was knocked out again on Friday night in a Team Combat League boxing match.He was knocked down twice before the fight was called.Hardy now has a 2-1 record in the Team Combat League, [more]

Falcons expect Kyle Pitts to be ready for season opener

Falcons coach Arthur Smith said Friday that he expects “everybody” to be ready for the season. That includes tight end Kyle Pitts, who continues his rehab from surgery on the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.Smith repeated several times that the Falcons are going to be “smart” with Pitts’ return.He declined to elaborate on [more]

Hayden Hurst will run routes in OTAs on Friday as he returns from groin surgery

Hayden Hurst is working his way back from offseason groin surgery, preventing him from doing much with his new team so far. He will take another step Friday when he returns to running routes, Panthers coach Frank Reich said Thursday.Receiver DJ Chark Jr., who is recovering from foot/ankle surgery, will have a similar participation level.“We’ll [more]

Frank Reich: We’ll experiment with some Deebo Samuel stuff with Laviska Shenault

Whenever the Panthers insert first overall pick Bryce Young into the lineup as their starting quarterback, his chances of success will be boosted by having a strong supporting cast around him.Something similar to the supporting cast that helped Brock Purdy quarterback the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game last year would be ideal. Wide receiver [more]

Offshore sports book has Tom Brady as the favorite to play QB for Raiders, if Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t

Various offshore sports books will from time to time post creative and intriguing odds, mainly to attract attention and business away from the legal sports books that can be utilized in most states where sports wagering is legal.Usually, we ignore such odds. Sometimes, we make exceptions.One of the major offshore sports books has posted odds regarding [more]

Andy Dalton on Bryce Young: You can tell really early on, he’s got it

The Panthers have put a strong support system around rookie quarterback Bryce Young, including veteran signal-caller Andy Dalton.After spending 2022 with the Saints, Dalton, 35, is in tow to help ease Young’s transition to the league as a mentor — a role he’s embracing. Dalton noted to reporters during his Monday press conference that Young will [more]

Saints and Commanders flipped from “no” to “yes,” delivering Thursday night flexing

At the end of the day, the Saints and Commanders made the difference.Along with the Panthers and the Broncos.With New Orleans and Washington flipping from “no” to “yes” and with Carolina and Denver moving from “abstain” to “yes,” the league office get the 24 “yes” votes it needed to activate late-season Thursday night flexing.It’s unclear [more]

Charlotte recently hosted NFL officials with eye toward hosting the draft

Detroit will host the 2024 draft. Green Bay hopes to learn soon whether it will host the draft in 2025.After that, it’s open season. And Charlotte is open for business.Joe Bruno of WSOC-TV reports that, earlier this month, a group of NFL officials visited Charlotte for the purposes of assessing whether it can host a [more]

Bryce Young picked up “a lot of gems, a lot of nuggets” from meeting with Tom Brady

Over the weekend, Panthers quarterback Bryce Young was part of a group of rookie quarterbacks who met with Tom Brady, Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin, and Travis Scott for a lunch meeting.The quarterbacks were all in Los Angeles for the NFLPA rookie premiere event. But this was a separate outing.Young was asked about the lunch in [more]

Matt Corral: I don’t want to be traded

On the night that the Panthers drafted quarterback Bryce Young first overall, 2022 third-round pick Matt Corral made a post on social media that said you’re in the “wrong place” if you’re “not appreciated” before closing with “don’t stay in a place where no one sees your value.”The timing suggested that Corral would prefer to [more]

Frank Reich: Bryce Young’s command was “10 out of 10” on first day of OTAs

OTAs have gotten going on Monday with No. 1 pick Bryce Young taking the majority of first-team snaps at the Panthers’ first spring practice.Head coach Frank Reich was complimentary of all three quarterbacks on the roster in his post-practice press conference, saying Young, Andy Dalton, and Matt Corral displayed strong decision-making and ball placement. But [more]

Bryce Young gets majority of first-team reps in first OTA practice

Veteran Andy Dalton got the first reps with the first-team offense in Monday’s OTA practice. Rookie Bryce Young ended up getting more of them.Via Joseph Person of, the first overall pick in the draft got the majority of the snaps with the first-team offense during his first full-squad offseason practice.It’s not unexpected. Coach Frank [more]

Christian McCaffrey: Comments about trade to 49ers are “nothing against” Panthers

49ers running back Christian McCaffrey recently said the trade that sent him from Carolina to San Francisco was “the best thing that ever happened to me.” On Friday, he clarified his remarks, given their obvious implication.Via, McCaffrey said during an appearance on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football that his happiness about joining the 49ers is [more]

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