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20 teams start OTAs today

The offseason program is a three-phase process. And Phase Three is the most important of all of them.That’s when Organized Team Activities happen, a fancy, verbose phrase for “practice.” They’re now commonly known as OTAs, still one syllable more than just saying “practice.”Twenty teams start OTAs on Monday, based on the calendar the NFL released [more]

Darnell Mooney plans to “ball out” and dominate in return from ankle injury

Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney wasn’t able to build on his breakout 2021 season last year.Mooney had 81 catches for 1,055 yards in 2021, but was limited to 40 catches for 493 yards in 12 games before fracturing his ankle. Mooney had surgery to repair the injury and said in a conversation with Amon-Ra and [more]

Report: Mitch Trubisky agrees to two-year extension with Steelers

Steelers General Manager Omar Khan broke the news earlier this afternoon that the team was nearing an extension with backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky.Ian Rapoport of NFL Media now reports that the two-year deal is done, putting Trubisky under contract with the team through 2025 and lowering his 2023 cap number. Trubisky was scheduled count $10.625 [more]

Bears were shocked Roschon Johnson was available in the fourth round

NFL teams try their best to gather intelligence about where the other 31 teams are likely to draft certain players, but the Bears were way off in their assessment of where running back Roschon Johnson would go.Bears General Manager Ryan Poles told Cynthia Ferlund of NFL Media that his team ran 53 different simulations of [more]

Bears sign three more draft picks, including Darnell Wright

The Bears signed three of 2023 draft picks on Monday, announcing first-round tackle Darnell Wright, third-round defensive tackle Zacch Pickens and fourth-round receiver Tyler Scott now are under contract.The Bears have seven of their 10 draft picks signed. Fifth-round linebacker Noah Sewell, fifth-round cornerback Terell Smith, seventh-round defensive tackle Travis Bell and seventh-round safety Kendall [more]

Ravens sign Sam Mustipher

Center Sam Mustipher is returning home.The Owings Mills native, who grew up near the Under Armour Performance Center, signed with the Ravens on Monday. The team announced the transaction.Mustipher recently worked out for the Ravens.The Ravens lost backup center Trystan Colon, who signed with the Jets as a free agent. Patrick Mekari can play all [more]

Bears-Colts will hold joint practices before their preseason game in Indianapolis

The Bears and Colts will hold joint practices before their preseason game in Indianapolis, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.The teams will practice at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana, where the Colts hold training camp.The practices will precede the Colts’ Aug. 19 preseason game with the Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium.The teams [more]

Eddie George to join Bears staff for two weeks as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship

Former Titans running back Eddie George will be joining the Bears coaching staff for the next couple of weeks.The Bears announced on Monday that George will be joining the team for the next two weeks as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. George is currently the head coach at Tennessee State and he’s [more]

Multiple short weeks could create various competitive issues in the NFC

Before the schedule was released, we explored whether the league’s new ability to schedule teams for two short-week, Sunday-to-Thursday games would become an indirect parity tool, making things harder for some of the best teams and, in turn, easier for some of the bad teams.It didn’t really happen that way. The best teams from 2022 [more]

Many teams that opposed Thursday flexing got two short-week games

The technical term would be, possibly, “f–k around and find out.”Commissioner Roger Goodell wanted to incorporate late-season flexing into the Thursday night package. He fell two votes short, for now. As a more-than-acceptable consolation prize, Goodell got the ability to assign teams to a maximum of two short-week, Sunday-to-Thursday games.This season, seven teams will play [more]

Chicago Bears schedule and results 2023: Dates, times, TV, opponents for Weeks 1-18

It was a rebuilding year for the 3-14 Chicago Bears, who received the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. After completing a blockbuster trade with the Carolina Panthers to trade back to 9th overall, the Bears traded again with the Philadelphia Eagles to select OT Darnell Wright from Tennessee. With growing pressure on [more]

Sunday Night Football: Cowboys will be featured three times in 2023

The full 2023 NFL schedule has been released and this year, NBC’s slate includes 17 Sundays, two Thursdays, and a Saturday.The annual kickoff game will be televised on the network, with the Lions visiting Kansas City to play the defending champion Chiefs. Then the Cowboys will visit the Giants to begin the season’s Sunday Night [more]

On Amazon, Steelers, Bears, Saints get two Sunday-Thursday turnarounds each

The Commissioner wanted late-season Thursday night flexing. He instead got the ability to schedule teams twice for Sunday to Thursday turnarounds.In the first season of this new power, the league used it only three times — against the Steelers, the Bears, and the Saints.Each will play twice on Thursday after playing on Sunday. The Jets also [more]

Sam Mustipher visited Ravens

The Ravens hosted free agent interior offensive lineman Sam Mustipher on a visit late last week, Jeff Zrebiec of reports.The Ravens have a need for a backup center with guard versatility after losing Trystan Colon to the Jets earlier this offseason. Patrick Mekari, the team’s swing tackle, has center experience.But the Ravens likely want [more]

Bears OL coach Chris Morgan: Darnell Wright knows what he’s doing, game is kind of slow for him

Bears offensive line coach Chris Morgan got to know tackle Darnell Wright well before the team made him the ninth overall pick in this year’s draft.Morgan put Wright through a pre-draft workout in early April that Wright said “kicked my ass” because Morgan “just wanted to see if I’d quit.” Wright didn’t quit and the [more]

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