The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week.
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  • Zac Stacy happy to be “competing again” after injuries during time in NFL
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    Zac Stacy happy to be “competing again” after injuries during time in NFL

    The Alliance of American Football is affording a lot of players with opportunities to play professional football and for some it represents a second bite at the apple after their time in the NFL came to an end. Running back Zac Stacy is on that list. Stacy was a 2013 fifth-round pick by the Rams and ran for 973 yards during his rookie season, but saw his playing time dip in 2014 and he broke his ankle after a 2015 trade to the Jets. Stacy cited that injury as a reason why he was walking away from football, but he decided to try again with the Memphis Express in the AAF after over three years on the shelf. That's looked like a good decision through two weeks. The Express are 0-2, but Stacy has

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    Iowa's T.J. Hockenson could be highest-drafted tight end in years

    Don't count out Iowa's T.J. Hockenson possibly joining that rare TE air this April. Only a redshirt sophomore, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Hockenson's stock has soared over the past several months because of his two-way game as a feisty blocker with receiving chops following a 49-catch, 760-yard, six-TD season for the Hawkeyes. Entering last season, fellow Iowa TE Noah Fant was the one getting all the attention nationally — and for good reason. Fant might not have had quite the season some expected, but he improved his 2017 totals with 39 catches for 518 yards, and he had more TDs (seven) than Hockenson.

  • What drew Howard Mudd to rejoin the Colts?
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    What drew Howard Mudd to rejoin the Colts?

    At the age of 77 years old, most people are thinking about spending time with their families, playing golf or doing hobbies that interest them. But for Howard Mudd, he saw an opportunity to get back into the game with the Indianapolis Colts. Meeting with the media for the first time since being hired as the senior offensive assistant, Mudd discussed what drew him back to the Colts. “Chris (Strausser) – my friend, Frank (Reich), the Colts and how well they had done. I know Frank very well from having worked with him. Frank Reich can make a pretty compelling argument and he can convince you of a lot. It was just exciting. When we first started talking, we were talking about pass protections and

  • Report: Chiefs plan to use franchise tag on Dee Ford
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    Report: Chiefs plan to use franchise tag on Dee Ford

    The Chiefs are expected to apply the franchise tag to outside linebacker Dee Ford, Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star reports. The window to tag players opened Tuesday and closes March 5. The Chiefs will ensure Ford remains in Kansas City, which was expected given Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach's comment earlier this month that “we're excited to bring him back.” The linebacker tag is estimated at $15.78 million on a one-year deal. Ford, 27, would find a lot of interest on the open market after making 13 sacks and forcing seven fumbles in 2018. The Chiefs are converting to a 4-3 after hiring Steve Spagnuolo as their defensive coordinator but see Ford as a big part of the transition. The

  • Expectations high for Thomas and company at defensive end
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    Expectations high for Thomas and company at defensive end

    Over the last two seasons, no tandem of bookends in college football were more dominant than Clemson's Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant. The two combined for 67.5 tackles for loss and 37.5 sacks as they terrorized opposing quarterbacks and running backs in the backfield. Ferrell became the first Clemson player since 1982, and just the second all-time, to be named a First-Team Associated Press All-American two straight years. Bryant was a First-Team All-American in 2017 and was an All-ACC performer in each of the last two seasons. “The bar has been set,” defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall said. “Cle and Austin, they have set the bar really high. They set the example on how to prepare. How to practice

  • First openly gay player Michael Sam says NFL gave him 'a raw deal' · PinkNews

    First openly gay player Michael Sam says NFL gave him 'a raw deal' · PinkNews

    Football player Michael Sam said he did not feel supported by the NFL after he made history as the first openly gay athlete to be drafted by a team in 2014. Sam reflected on his brief career as a professional NFL player—which came to a premature end in 2015 after he quit the sport citing mental health issues—while speaking at the University of New Mexico on Tuesday (February 12). The 29-year-old said that to overcome those mental health issues, he had to do a lot of forgiveness—himself, family members who hurt him and who still do not accept who he is, and also the NFL, reported the Albuquerque Journal. “The NFL gave me a raw deal. It was tough to forgive them.” — Michael Sam “The NFL gave me

  • Jaguars president Mark Lamping insists team is committed to Jacksonville long term
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    Jaguars president Mark Lamping insists team is committed to Jacksonville long term

    Mark Lamping, president of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has reiterated that the team is going to remain in North Florida for the long term. For years, there have been rumors linking the Jaguars to London or other North American cities, but nothing has come close to reality yet. However, Jacksonville does play a game in the NFL's London series annually with owner Shahid Khan also behind Fulham F.C. in England. Nate Monroe of the Florida Times-Union sat down with Lamping last Thursday and discussed future development plans, as well as the Lot J bid for JEA's headquarters. In that meeting, Lamping said, “We haven't shied away from saying this market has issues.” “We're going to have to be creative.”

  • Bucs sign former Cardinals running back Andre Ellington
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    Bucs sign former Cardinals running back Andre Ellington

    The Bucs could have a new third-down back next season. The team announced the signing of former Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, an indication that the team may be ready to move on from veteran Jacquizz Rodgers, who will be a free agent. Ellington played five seasons under Arians in Arizona, where he was a sixth-round pick in 2013. That was Arians' first year as the Cardinals head coach, and over the next five years, Ellington appeared in 65 games (18 starts) and rushed for 1,750 yards and 10 touchdowns on 413 carries. He also was a productive receiver, catching 145 passes for 1,296 yards and three scores. Ellington, 30, did not play last season. He was released in November 2017 and finished

  • Michigan lands All-MAC graduate transfer from Central Michigan
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    Michigan lands All-MAC graduate transfer from Central Michigan

    As a Detroit native, Mike Danna has probably spent his entire life hoping and wishing and believing he could play at Michigan. While playing at Warren De La Salle Collegiate High School, he probably thought it. Throughout the recruiting process, when Michigan didn't offer him and he signed at Central Michigan, he probably thought it. Now he'll get a chance to prove it. Danna on Tuesday announced he was leaving CMU to spend his final college season with the big boys in Ann Arbor. The 6-foot-2, 257-pound defensive end won the Herb Deromedi Award as CMU's most valuable player after collecting 66 tackles, a team-high 15 TFLs and 9.5 sacks. He was named a First Team All-MAC honoree and a Pro Football

  • Signee who left Oklahoma for military will instead transfer to another school
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    Signee who left Oklahoma for military will instead transfer to another school

    Never mind, I guess. Earlier this month, Derek Green, a member of Oklahoma's 2019 recruiting class, revealed that he would be pursuing a career in the military instead of a career in college football. “I don't want to waste anybody's time,” Green said at the time, “because Oklahoma has a great group of guys on that defense that's there and coming in and I want them to be successful and they can spend more time developing them while I try to serve my country.” Green also confirmed at the time that he would be placing his name into the NCAA transfer database, although “that's just in case I want to go back to it later, but as of right now I'm going to serve my country.” Fast-forward a few days,

  • Jalen Hurts sees Heisman odds shorten since transfer to Oklahoma
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    Jalen Hurts sees Heisman odds shorten since transfer to Oklahoma

    I guess that's what happens when the school to which you moved has produced back-to-back Heisman winners at the position you play, eh? In mid-January, as he was in the midst of transferring from Alabama, Jalen Hurts was listed by as a 9/1 shot to stake his claim as the winner of the 2019 Heisman Trophy.  Very shortly thereafter, Hurts' move to Oklahoma was confirmed; a month later, in the latest odds released by the same online sportsbook, Hurts now sits at 13/2 to win this year's version of the most storied trophy in college sports. As was the case a month ago, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the way-too-early 2019 Heisman favorite at 7/2, although those odds have lengthened

  • Report: Denver "likely" to let Matt Paradis hit the open market
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    Report: Denver "likely" to let Matt Paradis hit the open market

    Mike Klis from 9News dropped a quick update on the Paradis contract situation in his mailbag Monday night. “The Broncos recently contacted his (Paradis) agent and they will talk again at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis next week. But it seems likely Paradis, the Broncos' four-year starting center who is coming off a fractured fibula, is going to reach the free-agent market. And history shows that once a player hits the market, the chances of returning to his team diminish considerably.” Benjamin Allbright also spoke to the Paradis situation today (starting around the 3:00 mark) on Orange & Blue 760's 1st & 10 at 10. Allbright stated that Denver had offered Paradis a contract all the way back

  • Jaguars name Capers senior defensive assistant

    Jaguars name Capers senior defensive assistant

    Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered University of Florida for 13 seasons for and Florida Times-Union Graduate of Jacksonville University Multiple APSE award winner Follow on Twitter JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired veteran defensive coordinator Dom Capers as a senior defensive assistant. Capers, 68, will work on all aspects of the defense, which will be in its fourth season under coordinator Todd Wash. Capers spent the 2018 season with the Jaguars as an unpaid consultant after spending the previous nine seasons as the Packers' defensive coordinator. "Dom Capers is one of the most respected defensive coaches in the game today, and he has been for many

  • Biggest early challenge for every 'new' Georgia coach
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    Biggest early challenge for every 'new' Georgia coach

    Four coaches on Georgia's staff this year will be taking on new roles, as James Coley and Dan Lanning were both promoted to be offensive and defensive coordinator, respectively. Meanwhile Todd Hartley was brought in to coach tight ends and Charlton Warren will coach defensive backs. With Georgia football entering 2019 as one of the best teams in the country, each of these “new” coaches will face some challenges in year one. If Coley, Hartley, Lanning and Warren are able to navigate them, Georgia has a chance to win the national title. Below, we take a look at the biggest challenge each coach faces in his respective “new” role: Offensive coordinator James Coley For the second season in a row,

  • Michael Thomas makes his best sales pitch for Teddy Bridgewater
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    Michael Thomas makes his best sales pitch for Teddy Bridgewater

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas isn't shy about voicing his opinions, and that extends to the future of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater will become an unrestricted free agent on March 13, but Thomas is adamant in his hopes of playing with the quarterback for years to come. He spoke with Larry Holder of the Athletic on the issue: “We want him here. I know I want him here. We're building this culture in this locker room that he fits right into what we're doing.” Thomas clearly has no illusions concerning Bridgewater's fit in the locker room. “For (Bridgewater), starting in the right system with the right coaches and supporting staff helps any quarterback,” the 2018 AP