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Offseason examination: Spotlight on Cousins

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Offseason examination: ATL back to physical roots

With their offseason moves and bringing in Dirk Koetter, the Atlanta Falcons want to return to their roots of physical football.


Offseason examination: Spotlight on Cousins

The Vikings brought back some key pieces this offseason, but a lack of depth may keep Minnesota from bouncing back after a disappointing 2018 campaign.

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Donovan McNabb: I’m a Hall of Famer, better numbers than Troy Aikman
Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has never even been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he believes he should already have a bust in Canton. “I am a Hall of Famer. My numbers...
Report: Gerald McCoy drawing interest from 10 teams, offers reaching $11 million a year
Being released in May hasn’t seemingly limited the market for former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, McCoy has drawn interest from...
49ers fear broken collarbone for Jimmie Ward
The 49ers may have lost an important player on their defense today. San Francisco safety Jimmie Ward was hurt diving for a ball at Organized Team Activities, and the 49ers fear he broke his collarbone, NFL...
Browns sign Sione Takitaki to wrap up draft class
The Browns have all seven of this year’s draft class under contract. Linebacker Sione Takitaki was the last unsigned pick, but the team announced on Friday that the third-round pick has agreed to his...
Buccaneers cut a guy to make room for Ndamukong Suh
The Buccaneers will have a big addition to the roster soon. They needed to make a somewhat smaller move to make room for it. The Buccaneers announced they were waiving cornerback David Rivers. He was...
XFL hopes to buy some AAF equipment
Vince McMahon apparently doesn’t believe in curses. As the XFL begins to compile equipment for its debut in 2020, the league has gone bargain shopping. Via the San Antonio Express-News, the XFL hopes...
Adam Gase is right: For the fans, winning is all that matters
Jets coach Adam Gase navigated his way through a hostile press conference on Thursday, countering an at-times withering cross examination from reporters in the world’s top media market. And at one...
Offseason examination: Cam's health is key for CAR
After a 7-9 season in 2018, the Panthers are looking for a return to the playoffs in 2019, but their success hinges on the health of Cam Newton.
Multiple key Falcons defenders skipping OTAs
There are several Falcons defensive players who are not participating in OTAs, which could start to become a problem as the offseason rolls on.
Who ya got: Dak Prescott or Jared Goff?
Which quarterback would you be more willing to sink big money into, Dak Prescott or Jared Goff? Mike Florio and Chris Simms are on the same page.
McNabb not close to Hall of Famer, Florio says
Donovan McNabb insists he belongs in the Hall of Fame, but Mike Florio and Chris Simms explain why he's wrong.
Aaron Rodgers fails at beer chugging
Packers lineman David Bakhtiari took it to his quarterback during a beer-chugging contest at Game 5 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals.
Top 10 rookies that are banged up ahead of season
Josh Allen, NIck Bosa, Quinnen Williams are all a little banged up now ahead of the regular season, but who else makes the list?
Michael Thomas willing to be patient for payday
Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is going to get paid. Perhaps soon. Certainly a lot. But the idea of not going through OTAs didn’t occur to Thomas, who has a valid claim as one of the league...
Offseason examination: Titans need consistency
The Titans were just one win away from reaching the postseason last year, but now they're entering the 2019 season with plenty of question marks.
Will 40-yard dash tournament actually happen?
Rumors are flying that a 40-yard dash tournament featuring NFL players will take place before training camp begins, but Mike Florio is skeptical.
Adam Gase is right coach to save Jets
The Jets have had a wild offseason and now it's up to Adam Gase to get his team to just worry about winning football games instead of focusing on front office drama.
How Patrick Mahomes can improve in 2019
Even though Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes won the NFL MVP award in his first season, he's pushing himself to be even better in his second season.
Washington counting on Smith to mentor QBs
Alex Smith is trying to contribute in some way while he's out with an injury and can do that by mentoring other quarterbacks.
Eric Weddle: I’m here to push John Johnson to the next level
When safety Eric Weddle signed with the Rams following his release by the Ravens earlier this year, he called it a “dream scenario” to return to Southern California after growing up and starting...
How will Suh fare in Tampa Bay?
Ndamukong Suh is heading to Tampa Bay and it has the potential to be volatile if the Bucs don't win early.
Le’Veon Bell to Adam Gase: Let’s get it coach
Le'Veon Bell was among the topics of conversation at Jets head coach Adam Gase’s press conference on Thursday and Bell was paying attention to what Gase had to say. Gase was asked about reports...
Devonta Freeman: Feels good to have fun on the field again
The 2018 season wasn’t an enjoyable one for Falcons running back Devonta Freeman. Freeman hurt his knee in the opener, missed three games and then suffered a season-ending groin injury in his return...
Dom Capers looking forward to second go-round in Jacksonville
Dom Capers has been here before. Literally. The longtime defensive coach has returned to the Jaguars this season as a senior defensive assistant, bringing his wealth of experience to a team with a solid...
Sam Darnold will “forever be grateful” to Mike Maccagnan
Jets quarterback Sam Darnold met with the media on Thursday for the first time since Mike Maccagnan was fired as the team’s General Manager and shared his thoughts about the departure of the man who...
John DeFilippo: Leonard Fournette needs to be big part of this offense
Leonard Fournette is coming off of a rough 2018 season. After crossing the 1,000-yard mark as a rookie, injuries and a suspension limited him to eight games and he only averaged 3.3 yards per carry when he...
James Washington appreciates Ben Roethlisberger’s leadership
Not only are the Steelers claiming that their new chemistry is better than ever, they’re circling back and saying some of last year’s issues were actually good for them. After former wideout...
Carson Wentz taking a longer view as he comes back from injury
Carson Wentz hasn’t been able to finish either of the last two seasons because of injuries, and he watched his backup lead his team to a Super Bowl title during one of them. So it stands to reason...
Corey Ballentine participates in OTAs
Corey Ballentine, the Giants rookie who was shot and injured just hours after he was drafted, is making good progress in his recovery. Ballentine was on the field for position drills during Thursday’s...
Drew Brees trying to adapt to new options at center
Only once in the last four seasons has Drew Brees had to take snaps from a center other than Max Unger. Unger started 67 of 68 regular season and postseason games for the Saints over that span with Tim...
A Hail Mary exemption from replay review could make for strange late-game scenarios
With the NFL initially going too far to fix the problem created by Rams-Saints and now trying to carve up the blanket inclusion of all forms of pass interference within the scope of replay review, the...
Jimmie Ward to undergo surgery Friday but will return for camp
49ers safety Jimmie Ward will undergo surgery for his broken collarbone Friday, NFL Media reports. Ward will miss eight weeks, so the 49ers should see his return for training camp. But Ward should have no...
David Irving wants credit for NFL’s marijuana study
A few days after the NFL suspended David Irving indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, the free agent defensive tackle posted a video on social media of him smoking marijuana and...
Egg cracking is coming
Call it Revenge of the Kurt. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has been on the receiving end of some sharp criticism in these parts in recent months, apparently is a good sport. He’s also...
Tom Brady again skipping OTAs
Tom Brady is skipping the Patriots’ voluntary offseason program for a second consecutive year, Ryan Hannable of NESN reports. Brady was among 14 players who were not on the field for the team’s...
Julian Edelman’s new contract worth much less than originally reported
You know the drill by now. Initial reports on the value of a contract often are exaggerated (since they usually come from the player’s agent). Patriots receiver Julian Edelman‘s new deal vaguely...
Vic Beasley, Deion Jones, Grady Jarrett skipping Falcons’ OTAs
Some of the Falcons’ best defensive players are choosing to stay away from Organized Team Activities. Among those not in attendance are defensive end Vic Beasley, linebacker Deion Jones and defensive...
Cowboys’ contract talks with Dak Prescott “moving along satisfactorily”
Dak Prescott revealed Wednesday that the Cowboys and his agent have exchanged contract proposals. The Cowboys quarterback, though, wouldn’t put a time frame for getting a deal done. Cowboys owner...
Panthers have inquired about Gerald McCoy
The Panthers have inquired about free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports. McCoy has not scheduled a visit to Charlotte. He will visit the Browns on...
Lamar Jackson: I need to focus on everything
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is learning a new offense, getting to know new teammates and working to improve his ability as a passer, so there’s a lot for him to keep tabs on as the team moves...
Jerry Jones: Zeke’s Vegas incident has not impacted status with team
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones already dismissed any concern over Ezekiel Elliott‘s incident in Las Vegas over the weekend. Owner Jerry Jones echoed the same thought about the running...
Patriots sign Gunner Olszewski
The Patriots signed receiver Gunner Olszewski, according to the league’s official transactions. Olszewski went undrafted out of Bemidji State. He earned a tryout during the Patriots’ rookie...
Washington signs Adam Bisnowaty
Washington announced it signed offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty on Thursday. The team waived offensive tackle Chidi Okeke in a corresponding move. Bisnowaty, 25, has played one career regular-season game,...
Nick Bosa out a few weeks with Grade 1 hamstring strain
It looks like 49ers first-round pick Nick Bosa‘s next on-field work with the 49ers is going to come at training camp. The team announced on Thursday that Bosa suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain when...
Alex Smith attends OTAs to support teammates
Washington quarterback Alex Smith attended the team’s organized team activities Thursday. The team’s official Twitter account posted two photos of Smith, including one of him casually throwing a...
Chargers claim Andrew Vollert off of waivers
Tight end Andrew Vollert landed with a new team a day after being waived by the Bengals. The Chargers announced that they have claimed Vollert and added him to their 90-man roster. Vollert signed with the...
Raiders’ new stadium is nearly halfway finished
It’s due to open in roughly 15 months. And it’s currently nearly halfway to completion. Via Richard N. Velotta of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders’ new stadium is “nearly...
Julian Edelman “not going anywhere” after signing extension
On his 33rd birthday, receiver Julian Edelman signed a two-year extension worth up to $18 million, including an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million in guaranteed money. It means remaining in New...
Jamie Collins was surprised to hear from Patriots
Thursday was a day for returning members of the Patriots to meet with the media as tight end Benjamin Watson and linebacker Jamie Collins both spoke to reporters as the OTA period continued in New England....
California Senate passes bill that would allow college athletes to earn money
As the NCAA prepares to take baby steps toward letting college athletes earn money from their names, likenesses, and images, California may force the organization’s legs. Via Melody Gutierrez of the...
Bucs, Ndamukong Suh agree to one-year, $9.25 million contract
The Buccaneers and Ndamukong Suh have come to a deal. Suh and the Bucs have finalized a one-year, $9.25 million contract with another $750,000 in incentives, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Even if Suh...
Dak Prescott gets mention in Post Malone hit song
Dak Prescott has a favorite song and for a good reason. Post Malone’s single “Wow,” released in December, mentions the Cowboys quarterback. “Always goin’ for it, never punt...
Ravens reportedly on Gerald McCoy’s short list, Browns visit set
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy may be headed for the AFC North. Word of the Browns interest in his services predated his release in Tampa and the Bengals were identified as another interested party on...