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NFL sweetens the pot for draft invitees, a little

As the Ultimate Reality Show’s ultimate offseason reality show prepares to have the largest in-person and television audiences ever, the NFL is sweetening the pot for the players who are invited to attend. Sort of. Gil Brandt of announces that the player’s high school coach will be part of the entourage who attends the [more]

ESPN adds Kirk Herbstreit to NFL draft coverage

As the NFL draft continues to grow into an even bigger television property, ESPN is adding its top college football analyst to the mix. Kirk Herbstreit will join host Trey Wingo and analysts Mel Kiper and Louis Riddick as ESPN’s primary broadcast team for the draft. Herbstreit is filling the spot previously held by Jon [more]

Eagles’ quarterback situation can quickly get messy in 2018

When Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he believes the team would have won the Super Bowl with Carson Wentz at quarterback, some viewed it as a slap at Nick Foles. It’s not; it’s a fairly obvious opinion based on how well the Eagles were playing with Wentz under center. But the reality for the Eagles [more]

Davis Webb hoping to convince new Giants bosses they don’t need a QB

If the Giants want to find the heir to quarterback Eli Manning, they have a perfect opportunity with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. But the new administration also inherited a project, and Davis Webb is doing everything he can to sell himself to General Manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat [more]

Who else will discuss contract parameters with Brees at Scouting Combine?

It’s not really news that the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees (more accurately, his agent) will discuss the parameters of a new contract at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. With all teams and all agents in town for multiple days, it’s a given that discussions will be had, especially when one franchise is facing the [more]

Alex Van Pelt on Andy Dalton: He can be elite

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t happy to see quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt leave the Packers this offseason and Van Pelt said it was “nice of him to acknowledge that” during an interview with the Bengals website this week. Van Pelt was being interviewed because he is now the quarterbacks coach for the Bengals, where he’ll be [more]

Vontae Davis “heading home to reflect” after free agent tour

Cornerback Vontae Davis went from one end of the country to the other over the last week in a search for a new team, but it sounds like he’s done with his visits for the time being. Davis visited with the Bills, Browns, 49ers and Raiders in rather quick succession and wrote on Twitter on [more]

Thursday morning one-liners

The Bills will be hanging onto assistant college scouting director Lake Dawson. The Dolphins could have a QB fall into their lap at 11. Patriots WR Julian Edelman posted a workout video. The Jets could be leaning toward keeping WR Jermaine Kearse. Some potential free agent fits for the Ravens. The Bengals will be in [more]

John DeFilippo: Vikings in middle of QB process right now

The Vikings have a new offensive coordinator in John DeFilippo and the chances are good that he’ll be working with a new quarterback after spending last season on the Eagles coaching staff. The big question is whether that quarterback will also be new to the Vikings. Case Keenum and Sam Bradford are definitely free agents [more]

Buckner wants to recreate Buccaneers line legacy

New Buccaneers defensive line coach Brentson Buckner saw firsthand what the Buccaneers could do with a good offensive line. When the NFC South was formed in 2002, the Panthers line he played with alongside Julius Peppers, Kris Jenkins and Mike Rucker formed an immediate rivalry with the Bucs, which featured Hall of Famer Warren Sapp [more]

Shoulder injury gives Alshon Jeffery’s contract new perspective

With a month left in the regular season, Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery swapped another shot at free agency for a four-year extension. The news that he’ll miss up to six months with a previously-undisclosed shoulder injury suffered at training camp in July provides a fresh perspective for Jeffery’s new deal. If Jeffery had, as many [more]

Doug Pederson: If Carson Wentz were healthy, he would’ve been Super Bowl MVP

Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles played so well in the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl that some have suggested the Eagles actually caught a break when Carson Wentz got hurt. Eagles coach Doug Pederson doesn’t buy it. Pederson told Rich Eisen that if Wentz had stayed healthy, the Eagles would have won the Super [more]

Buccaneers cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah cleared to return from fractured patella

After fracturing his patella twice in the last 18 months, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah has been cleared to return to football, per Jenna Laine of Adjei-Barimah has appeared in 23 games with eight starts for Tampa Bay after signing out of Bowling Green as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He was [more]

Report: Saints to discuss new Drew Brees contract at Combine

The New Orleans Saints and representatives for quarterback Drew Brees intend to discuss parameters on a new contract at next week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Brees has made it clear he has no intention of leaving the Saints despite his contract being set to void with the [more]

Jon Gruden says Raiders have been hampered by lack of continuity

Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, Hue Jackson, Dennis Allen, Tony Sparano and Jack Del Rio. That’s nine different head coaches for the Oakland Raiders in the 17 years between Jon Gruden’s two stints as head coach of the Silver and Black. In an interview with KNBR on Wednesday, Gruden said [more]

Colts seek “athletic, speed players” for switch to 4-3 defense

The Cowboys switched from the 3-4 to the 4-3 in 2013 in an effort to add speed to their defense. Matt Eberflus coached the Cowboys’ linebackers then. Now, he is the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis and switching the Colts from a 3-4 to a 4-3. “We have to make that switch with the personnel first, [more]

Polian explains his Lamar Jackson-should-move-to-receiver take

When Kramer found himself driving a public bus after knocking out the man who had hijacked it, Kramer explained that he kept making all the stops because the passengers kept ringing the bell. As former NFL G.M. and ESPN analyst Bill Polian keeps ringing the bell on Lamar Jackson, we have no choice but to keep [more]

Chad Kelly working out with Phil Simms

Overlooked and largely forgotten in the Denver Broncos’ quarterback conundrum is last year’s Mr. Irrelevant, the nephew of the incredibly relevant Jim Kelly. Now healthy after a season lost to pre-existing injuries, former Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly is preparing for his chance to compete. Jim Kelly has posted a video of Chad working out under [more]

Jon Gruden: Raiders offense has to play better

The Raiders ranked 16th in passing, 25th in rushing, tied for 17th in total offense and 23rd in scoring offense. Derek Carr‘s passer rating of 86.4 ranked 19th. No one has to ask, “Is that good?” The team’s offensive numbers go a long way in explaining why the Raiders slipped to 6-10 and have a [more]

Amos Jones says Jabrill Peppers could become “really special returner”

Jabrill Peppers admitted near the end of the season he was “frustrated” at not making more of an impact as a returner. He hopes to do more in his second season, and new Browns special teams coach Amos Jones expects that to happen. “The biggest thing with him... is taking that first [more]

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