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Barry Sanders says he experienced 'health scare' related to his heart

Barry Sanders says he experienced 'health scare' related to his heart

The Associated Press  |  Updated June 21 - 4:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders says he "experienced a health scare" involving his heart last weekend. The former Detroit Lions great posted a statement on social media about the incident, saying it "served as a reminder of the importance of staying vigilant about our physical well-being." The Lions issued their own social media post urging Sanders to get well. Sanders, who turns 56 next month, was a six-time All-Pro while starring for the Lions from 1989-98 before his sudden retirement.
The 49ers sign 1st-round pick Ricky Pearsall to a 4-year contract

The 49ers sign 1st-round pick Ricky Pearsall to a 4-year contract

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 20 - 5:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

The San Francisco 49ers have signed first-round pick Ricky Pearsall to a four-year contract worth a fully guaranteed $12.5 million. The deal means all eight players from San Francisco's draft class are now under contract well before the start of training camp. The Niners took Pearsall 31st overall in April. He had 65 catches for 965 yards and four touchdowns last season at Florida and gives San Francisco a possible option as a slot receiver.
Packers claim former Michigan kicker James Turner off waivers from Detroit Lions

Packers claim former Michigan kicker James Turner off waivers from Detroit Lions

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 20 - 5:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Green Bay Packers have claimed James Turner off waivers from the Detroit Lions and once again have a three-man competition for the kicking job. Turner kicked for Michigan's national championship team last year after spending four seasons at Louisville. Green Bay added Turner one day after releasing former Georgia kicker Jack Podlesny. The other two kickers on the Packers' roster are incumbent Anders Carlson and former Minnesota Viking Greg Joseph. The Lions released Turner on Tuesday after signing kicker Jake Bates from the United Football League's Michigan Panthers.
Browns release Lonnie Phelps following his DUI arrest in Florida after crashing into restaurant

Browns release Lonnie Phelps following his DUI arrest in Florida after crashing into restaurant

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 20 - 2:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Cleveland Browns have cut defensive end Lonnie Phelps following his arrest on drunken driving charges after he crashed his SUV into a Florida restaurant. The team did not address Phelps' legal trouble in its news release but mentioned he spent all of 2023 on the practice squad. Phelps was charged with DUI and damaging property after authorities say he drove into an outdoor lounge area at Red Shoe Island Bistro in Key West on Wednesday night. According to a police report obtained by cleveland.com, he refused to take a breath test. The report also says Phelps refused to cooperate with officers on the scene.
Patriots and running back Rhamondre Stevenson agree to 4-year, $36 million extension, AP source says

Patriots and running back Rhamondre Stevenson agree to 4-year, $36 million extension, AP source says

Kyle Hightower, Associated Press  |  Posted June 20 - 2:26 p.m.  |  Save Story

Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson, one of the most dependable members of New England's offense the past three seasons, has agreed to a four-year contract extension, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The new deal is worth a maximum of $36 million, and includes $17 million in guarantees, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. Stevenson is heading into the final season of his rookie contract. The new pact makes Stevenson one of the NFL's top seven highest-paid running backs by guaranteed money.
Broncos hire former Stanford coach David Shaw to assist them with scouting and roster evaluation

Broncos hire former Stanford coach David Shaw to assist them with scouting and roster evaluation

Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press  |  Posted June 20 - 1:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Denver Broncos have hired former Stanford football coach David Shaw as a senior personnel executive. Shaw has been aiming to return to the NFL since stepping down as coach of the Cardinal in 2022 following an 11-year run that included three Pac-12 titles. He interviewed for the Broncos' head coaching vacancy in 2023 and was a candidate for the Titans' and Chargers' jobs this year. Shaw will help evaluate college and pro players and assist general manager George Paton in roster evaluation. The position is mostly remote so Shaw will work out of his home in the Bay Area.
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence insists $275M contract extension won't create any added pressure

Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence insists $275M contract extension won't create any added pressure

Mark Long, Associated Press  |  Posted June 20 - 10:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

Trevor Lawrence insists his new contract, which makes him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in NFL history, won't create any added pressure. Lawrence signed the five-year, $275 million contract extension a week after agreeing to the deal. It includes $142 million fully guaranteed and a $37.5 million signing bonus. He says "being a starting quarterback in this league is a big responsibility" and adds that it "doesn't really change what I expect of myself and what the team expects of me." Lawrence is now the sixth NFL quarterback making more than $50 million a year, and he's the youngest on the list.
Packers release Jack Podlesny as they reduce their kicking competition to 2 candidates

Packers release Jack Podlesny as they reduce their kicking competition to 2 candidates

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 19 - 2:51 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Green Bay Packers have released Jack Podlesny to narrow their kicking competition to two players. Podlesny's exit leaves incumbent Anders Carlson and former Minnesota Viking Greg Joseph as the only two kickers on Green Bay's roster. The Packers had signed Podlesny on Jan. 24. Podlesny made 82.4% of his field-goal attempts during his college career at Georgia. He signed with the Minnesota Vikings in May 2023 but was released during training camp.
Washington Commanders settle lawsuit with Virginia on ticket deposits

Washington Commanders settle lawsuit with Virginia on ticket deposits

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted June 18 - 6:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Washington Commanders have settled the final lawsuit they were facing over their handling of season-ticket deposits under previous ownership. The $1.3 million settlement with Virginia includes returning $600,000 to fans. It follows the team settling similar suits with Maryland and the District of Columbia. Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares said the state's investigation found the team unlawfully retained security deposits for years after they should have been returned to consumers. Dan Snyder was the owner at the time. A group led by Josh Harris bought the Commanders last year.
Lions sign Jake Bates, United Football League kicker who hit 3 FGs of at least 60 yards this season

Lions sign Jake Bates, United Football League kicker who hit 3 FGs of at least 60 yards this season

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 18 - 11:58 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Detroit Lions have signed all-United Football League kicker Jake Bates, who made three field goals from at least 60 yards for the Michigan Panthers this past season. Detroit added depth at a position with veteran Michael Badgley. Undrafted rookie James Turner was released. Turner kicked for Michigan's national championship team last season after transferring from Louisville.
Bears sign receiver and return specialist DeAndre Carter to 1-year deal

Bears sign receiver and return specialist DeAndre Carter to 1-year deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 18 - 11:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Chicago Bears have signed veteran receiver and return specialist DeAndre Carter to a one-year contract. The 31-year-old Carter has 108 receptions for 1,259 yards and six touchdowns over six seasons with Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, Washington, the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders. He has averaged 9.8 yards on punt returns, and 22.4 yards with one touchdown on kickoff returns. Carter could be Chicago's punt returner, with Dante Pettis and Tyler Scott also options. Trent Taylor signed with San Francisco after averaging 8.2 yards per return for the Bears last season. On kickoff returns, Carter figures to be behind Velus Jones Jr. to start training camp.
NFL running backs in new places could struggle to match the production they had with original teams

NFL running backs in new places could struggle to match the production they had with original teams

Steve Megargee, Associated Press  |  Posted June 18 - 9:24 a.m.  |  Save Story

Saquon Barkley was one of several notable running backs to switch teams for the first time during the offseason when the former New York Giant signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Recent history suggests Barkley and the other running backs who switched teams could struggle to match the production they had with their original franchises. Sportradar says LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray and Christian McCaffrey are the only players since 2010 who have rushed for at least 1,200 yards with multiple teams. McCaffrey last year became just the fourth running back to earn All-Pro honors with multiple teams.
Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins signs 1-year franchise tender

Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins signs 1-year franchise tender

Mitch Stacy, Associated Press  |  Posted June 17 - 3:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

and the Bengals will have at least one more season with Ja'Marr Chase and Higgins as one the NFL's top wideout duos, with a healthy Joe Burrow throwing to them.
AFC North to be featured on in-season 'Hard Knocks,' close look at Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Steelers

AFC North to be featured on in-season 'Hard Knocks,' close look at Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Steelers

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted June 17 - 11:06 a.m.  |  Save Story

all finished with winning records. "Hard Knocks: In Season with the AFC North" will debut on Dec. 3 and run through the rest of the regular season and playoffs. The popular series will feature the Chicago Bears' training camp this summer.
Chiefs defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs arrested on charge of domestic violence/burglary in Alabama

Chiefs defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs arrested on charge of domestic violence/burglary in Alabama

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted June 16 - 2:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

Chiefs defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs was arrested for the second time in a month on a charge of domestic violence/burglary in Alabama and released on a $5,000 bond Sunday, according to records from the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office. There were no other details about the arrest. The Chiefs were aware of the case but declined to comment. The 27-year-old Buggs turned himself in May 30 after he was charged with two misdemeanor counts of second-degree animal cruelty. The Chiefs signed him this past offseason after three seasons with the Steelers and the past two with the Lions.
Katie Ledecky heading to her fourth Olympics, wins 400 freestyle at US swimming trials

Katie Ledecky heading to her fourth Olympics, wins 400 freestyle at US swimming trials

Paul Newberry, Associated Press  |  Updated June 15 - 8:46 p.m.  |  Save Story

more than any female swimmer in Olympic history.
From a national title at Michigan to coaching together in LA, a special Father's Day for the Minters

From a national title at Michigan to coaching together in LA, a special Father's Day for the Minters

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Updated June 15 - 2:48 p.m.  |  Save Story

Father's Day is always a special time for Rick and Jesse Minter. Sunday, though, might be extra rewarding. The Minters are on the same staff for the sixth time in their coaching careers, but this is the first time they have worked together in the NFL. Jesse Minter is the Los Angeles Chargers' defensive coordinator, and Rick, his father, is a senior defensive analyst. They were also part of Jim Harbaugh's University of Michigan staff that won the national championship in January.
Katie Ledecky off to a strong start at US Olympic swimming trials, leads prelims of 400 free

Katie Ledecky off to a strong start at US Olympic swimming trials, leads prelims of 400 free

Paul Newberry, Associated Press  |  Updated June 15 - 11:40 a.m.  |  Save Story

more than any female swimmer in the history of the sport. She'll be looking to add to that haul in Paris.
U.S. Olympic trials feels like Super Bowl of swimming at home of NFL Colts

U.S. Olympic trials feels like Super Bowl of swimming at home of NFL Colts

Paul Newberry, Associated Press  |  Updated June 14 - 4:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

a temporary pool inside the massive domed stadium that is home to the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.
Jayden Daniels signs his rookie contract with the Washington Commanders

Jayden Daniels signs his rookie contract with the Washington Commanders

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 14 - 2:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jayden Daniels has signed his rookie contract with the Washington Commanders. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback out of LSU was the second pick in the NFL draft. As a result, the contract is worth $37.75 million for four years with a $24.3 million signing bonus and a fifth-year team option. Coach Dan Quinn has not named Daniels as the Commanders' starting QB, instead saying training camp will be an open competition with veteran Marcus Mariota. But Daniels figures to win that competition and become Washington's eighth Week 1 starter at the position in as many seasons.
Safety Tony Jefferson comes out of retirement to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers

Safety Tony Jefferson comes out of retirement to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 14 - 1:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

Veteran safety Tony Jefferson has come out of retirement to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers. The team announced his signing Friday a day after their minicamp concluded. The 32-year-old Jefferson had a tryout during the minicamp. Jefferson has previously played for Arizona, Baltimore, San Francisco and the New York Giants. He has played in 113 regular-season games over his 10-year career and started 67 with 9 1/2 sacks, four interceptions, 24 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Rookie Keon Coleman playfully embraces Buffalo while showing a serious side to filling receiver role

Rookie Keon Coleman playfully embraces Buffalo while showing a serious side to filling receiver role

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Updated June 14 - 12:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

Don't be fooled by Keon Coleman's out-going and engaging personality. Whether it's sharing shopping tips or nibbling on cookies, the Buffalo Bills rookie receiver out of Florida State is locked in on football. The 21-year-old is aware of the buzz he's created since being drafted with the 33rd pick overall. He's most focused on filling a role at a retooled receiver position with Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis gone. Coleman has made an encouraging impression during spring practices in using his lean 6-foot-4 frame and muscular arms to snatch balls thrown over his head and behind him.
DL Calais Campbell signing with Dolphins for 17th NFL season, AP source says

DL Calais Campbell signing with Dolphins for 17th NFL season, AP source says

Alanis Thames, Associated Press  |  Updated June 13 - 8:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

Calais Campbell has agreed to join the Miami Dolphins for his 17th NFL season, a person with knowledge of the signing told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signing. The six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman will join his fifth NFL team and add experience and depth to a Dolphins group looking for a third-straight playoff berth. The signing was first reported by NFL Network. Campbell had 6 1/2 sacks and 17 quarterback hits in 17 games with Atlanta last season. He has 105 1/2 career sacks.
Tom Brady enshrined into Patriots Hall of Fame during star-studded night

Tom Brady enshrined into Patriots Hall of Fame during star-studded night

Kyle Hightower, Associated Press  |  Updated June 13 - 8:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tom Brady brought the New England Patriots endless memories and six Super Bowl trophies during his two-decade run with the team. The Patriots made sure his induction into the franchise's Hall of Fame was a celebration unlike it had ever thrown before. Dozens of Brady's former teammates and coaches, spanning multiple eras of Patriots history joined thousands of fans and celebrities including Jay-Z and Bon Jovi to salute Brady as the 35th person to be enshrined into the team's hall. The night included video tributes from some of Brady's competitors, as well as cameos from Boston celebrities such as Red Sox legend David Ortiz and actor Matt Damon.
QB Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars agree to a 5-year, $275M contract extension, AP source says

QB Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars agree to a 5-year, $275M contract extension, AP source says

Mark Long, Associated Press  |  Updated June 13 - 6:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

A person familiar with the negotiations says Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to a five-year, $275 million contract extension that makes him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in NFL history. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side had announced the contract publicly. The person says Lawrence's deal averages $55 million and ties him with Cincinnati's Joe Burrow for the most ever. Lawrence's extension includes $142 million fully guaranteed and a $37.5 million signing bonus. Lawrence is now the sixth QB making more than $50 million a year.
Raiders end minicamp with questions at quarterback, offensive line and cornerback

Raiders end minicamp with questions at quarterback, offensive line and cornerback

Mark Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted June 13 - 5:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Las Vegas Raiders ended minicamp after Thursday's final practice was scheduled. They face significant questions at quarterback, offensive line and cornerback. Those questions will be addressed when the Raiders open training camp July 23 in Costa Mesa, California. Expectations are modest at best for the Raiders next season. But there was a big buy-in with players with many remaining in Las Vegas to work out. They will try to improve on the team's 8-9 record from last season.
Chargers QB Herbert takes in stride another offseason of learning a new offense and playbook

Chargers QB Herbert takes in stride another offseason of learning a new offense and playbook

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted June 13 - 4:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

Justin Herbert having to learn a new playbook and working with a different offensive coordinator in college and the NFL has become a familiar routine. Herbert, along with many Los Angeles Chargers fans, are hoping that the new regime of coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman will be around for awhile. Roman is the fourth offensive coordinator Herbert has worked with since he was the sixth overall pick in the 2020 draft. Harbaugh is the sixth head coach Herbert has had in college and the pros.
Alvin Kamara's departure, Juwan Johnson's injury prognosis, mark the end of Saints minicamp

Alvin Kamara's departure, Juwan Johnson's injury prognosis, mark the end of Saints minicamp

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted June 13 - 4:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

It's unclear whether New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara or top receiving tight end Juwan Johnson will take part in the opening of training camp late next month. Kamara abruptly left Saints headquarters before the club's final minicamp practice on Thursday and his agent told NFL Network his departure was contract related. Kamara has two seasons left on the five-year, $75 million contract he signed in 2020. But none of his $22.4 million in salary the deal calls for in 2025 is guaranteed. After practice coach Dennis Allen said Johnson has a foot injury and indicated that the timeline for the tight end's recovery is unclear. Johnson had 876 yards and 11 touchdowns receiving during his past two seasons combined.
Former Browns QB Bernie Kosar suing media company over his firing as pregame radio host

Former Browns QB Bernie Kosar suing media company over his firing as pregame radio host

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted June 13 - 3:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has sued a digital media company over his firing as a pregame radio host for placing a bet on a sportsbook app last year. According to court documents, Kosar is seeking $850,000 in damages from BIGPLAY, a company he worked with and its CEO Kendall Myles. In the lawsuit, Kosar alleges the company breached its contract. He also claims Myles "verbally assaulted" him. Kosar made a $19,000 ceremonial bet on the Browns beating the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. He alleges Myles told him at a charity event that he had to place the wager as part of his contract. Soon after, the Browns removed him from broadcasts citing the NFL's rules prohibiting employees from betting on games.
Jets sign defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley after he had a tryout in minicamp

Jets sign defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley after he had a tryout in minicamp

The Associated Press  |  Updated June 13 - 2:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

The New York Jets signed defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley after he had a tryout with the team during its two-day minicamp. McKinley was the 26th overall pick by Atlanta in 2017 and has 20 career sacks, but hasn't played in a regular-season game since 2022. He adds depth to a Jets defensive line that includes Quinnen Williams, Haason Reddick, Javon Kinlaw, Solomon Thomas, Leki Fotu, Micheal Clemons and Will McDonald. He last played in four games for the Los Angeles Rams in 2022 and spent most of last season on Dallas' practice squad.
Atlanta Falcons forfeit fifth-round pick, fined for tampering with Kirk Cousins

Atlanta Falcons forfeit fifth-round pick, fined for tampering with Kirk Cousins

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Updated June 13 - 1:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Atlanta Falcons were stripped of a fifth-round pick in next year's draft on Thursday for violating the NFL's anti-tampering rules prior to signing quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Falcons and Cousins agreed on a four-year, $180 million contract with $100 million guaranteed shortly after the league's 52-hour legal tampering window opened. It's normal for teams and players to reach agreements quickly and there were other players who agreed to deals even before Cousins. But Cousins' comments at his introductory news conference raised questions that led to the NFL's investigation.
QB-receiver tandem of Baker Mayfield and Sterling Shepard are excited to be reunited with Bucs

QB-receiver tandem of Baker Mayfield and Sterling Shepard are excited to be reunited with Bucs

Fred Goodall, Associated Press  |  Posted June 13 - 12:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

Baker Mayfield jumpstarted his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, the quarterback is hoping to help a former college teammate do the same. Sterling Shepard, the ex-New York Giants receiver who played with the No. 1 overall pick from the 2018 draft at Oklahoma, was contemplating retirement before signing a one-year contract providing an opportunity for a fresh start with the Bucs. The Bucs signed the veteran receiver on the eve of mandatory minicamp, and Mayfield thinks he's a good fit for a talented group of receivers led by Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
NFL players union could propose trading spring practices for longer training camp

NFL players union could propose trading spring practices for longer training camp

Josh Dubow, Associated Press  |  Posted June 13 - 10:58 a.m.  |  Save Story

NFL teams wrapped up their mandatory minicamps this week leading into about a month-long break before the start of a grueling season that could approach seven months for the teams that make the Super Bowl. The timeline of spring practice followed by a break and then training camp has been a familiar one for years. The NFLPA is contemplating proposing a major upheaval to this schedule, replacing spring practices with a longer training camp. It's a plan that has not been met with wide acceptance, with several players and coaches decrying the elimination of OTAs and minicamps in May and June.
Historically Black Coconut Grove in Miami nurtured young athletes. Now that legacy is under threat

Historically Black Coconut Grove in Miami nurtured young athletes. Now that legacy is under threat

Alanis Thames, Associated Press  |  Updated June 13 - 5:55 a.m.  |  Save Story

Historically Black West Coconut Grove is a majority Black neighborhood hidden among some of the most affluent areas in Miami that once boomed with sports and economics. It nurtured the early careers of Olympic gold medalists and football stars like NFL receiver Amari Cooper and former pro running back Frank Gore. Today, few remnants of that proud Black heritage exist. Years of economic neglect followed by recent gentrification have wiped out much of the neighborhood's cultural backbone. Now, this once-thriving community is at risk of extinction.
Saints saw their secondary as a strength even before Marshon Lattimore returned to practice

Saints saw their secondary as a strength even before Marshon Lattimore returned to practice

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted June 12 - 5:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore's return to practice during minicamp is further bolstering a secondary that coaches already viewed as one of New Orleans' strengths. Injuries limited Lattimore to 17 games during the past two seasons combined and helped fuel trade speculation about the club's highest-paid defender. But Lattimore says he's not seeking a trade and intends to prove he's the "No. 1" cornerback in the NFL. New Orleans' defensive backfield also includes veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu and fourth-year cornerback Paulson Adebo. They tied for the team lead with four interceptions each last season. Versatile defensive back Alontae Taylor is entering his third season. And the Saints are eagerly awaiting the debut of 2024 second-round draft choice Kool-Aid McKinstry.
Roquan Smith is confident the Ravens' defense can still thrive after offseason departures

Roquan Smith is confident the Ravens' defense can still thrive after offseason departures

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Posted June 12 - 5:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two-time MVP Lamar Jackson is hard to match in terms of popularity, but Baltimore linebacker Roquan Smith is certainly capable of sharing the role of face of the franchise. He's now entering his second full season with the Ravens. And his presence may be the biggest reason Baltimore's defense could remain elite this year despite some significant losses in free agency. The Ravens acquired Smith in a midseason trade in 2022. He was so good for the rest of that season that he was voted team MVP by local media. He also earned All-Pro honors each of the past two years.
Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels says he is not a star yet

Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels says he is not a star yet

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 12 - 4:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jayden Daniels is taking a humble approach to the start of his NFL career. The Washington Commanders rookie quarterback has received plenty of praise from teammates and coaches since being taken second overall in the draft and beginning offseason workouts. The Heisman Trophy winner out of LSU at minicamp Wednesday said he is not a star QB yet. Barring injury, Daniels is expected to be Washington's eighth Week 1 starter at the position in as many years. He is already the face of the franchise under new ownership and with a new regime in charge.
Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka not focused on role in play-calling

Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka not focused on role in play-calling

Tom Canavan, Associated Press  |  Posted June 12 - 3:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

The New York Giants have made a lot of changes heading into the 2024 season, but the one they're saying little about is their offensive play-calling. Coordinator Mike Kafka handled the job in coach Brian Daboll's first two seasons in New York. That may change. Daboll has done the job during the OTAs and the minicamp that ended Wednesday. The Giants had the NFL's 29th-ranked offense last season and an offensive line that allowed a team-record 85 sacks. Daboll called the plays in Buffalo before coming to the Giants.
Packers' Anders Carlson follows brother's advice as he tries to bounce back from tough rookie season

Packers' Anders Carlson follows brother's advice as he tries to bounce back from tough rookie season

Steve Megargee, Associated Press  |  Posted June 12 - 2:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Green Bay Packers kicker Anders Carlson hopes to follow his older brother's example by having a productive NFL career despite struggling as a rookie. The Packers selected Carlson out of Auburn in the sixth round of the 2023 draft to replace Mason Crosby. Carlson responded with an inconsistent rookie season that included missing a 41-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of a playoff loss at San Francisco. He's battling to keep his job after the Packers signed former Minnesota Vikings kicker Greg Joseph and Jack Podlesny. Daniel Carlson got cut his rookie season before developing into an All-Pro kicker.
On edge: Browns star Myles Garrett unsatisfied by personal success, driven to take team to NFL title

On edge: Browns star Myles Garrett unsatisfied by personal success, driven to take team to NFL title

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted June 12 - 2:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

Myles Garrett wants more. Cleveland's star end was named the NFL's top defensive player last season, but came away unfulfilled after the Browns were ousted in the first round of the playoffs. The 28-year-old Garrett says he is motivated by last year's loss and believes he can take his game to another level while pushing the Browns toward a Super Bowl. Garrett finished with 14 sacks last season for Cleveland's top-ranked defense. However, he was a non-factor in the wild-card game against the Houston Texans, who pounded the Browns 45-14.
Jets wide receiver Mike Williams expects to return from his knee injury for the start of the season

Jets wide receiver Mike Williams expects to return from his knee injury for the start of the season

Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted June 12 - 2:16 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mike Williams has been showing up at the New York Jets' facility and pushing through his latest round of rehabilitation with one goal in mind. The veteran wide receiver wants to put the torn ACL that cut short his season last year with the Los Angeles Chargers far behind him and catch passes on the field again. Williams says he expects to be ready for the start of the season and wants to get back to himself. He signed a one-year deal with the Jets in March that could be worth as much as $15 million with incentives. Williams tore the ACL in his left knee in Week 3 last season against Minnesota.
Jets coach Robert Saleh says there's 'no issue' with Aaron Rodgers' minicamp absence

Jets coach Robert Saleh says there's 'no issue' with Aaron Rodgers' minicamp absence

Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted June 12 - 1:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

Aaron Rodgers' absence is no big deal as far as Robert Saleh and the New York Jets are concerned. The quarterback not being present for the team's two-day minicamp made headlines when Saleh announced Tuesday neither Rodgers nor edge rusher Haason Reddick would attend and both were unexcused absences that were subject to fines. Saleh said Rodgers was away for a previous commitment that "is very important to him" and something he told the team about ahead of time. Saleh said there's no issue with Rodgers and more is being made of the situation outside the facility.
1 of 12 full-time female NFL coaches, Jill Costanza is an asset for the Lions and Dan Campbell

1 of 12 full-time female NFL coaches, Jill Costanza is an asset for the Lions and Dan Campbell

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Posted June 12 - 11:41 a.m.  |  Save Story

Jill Costanza's interest in studying ACL injuries and passion for learning new ways to improve performance led the former high school basketball coach and PE teacher on a journey from college sports to the Army to the Air Force to the NFL. Now, she's an asset for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. Costanza is in her fourth season with the Detroit Lions, serving as director of sports science and assistant strength and conditioning coach. She was one of 12 full-time female coaches last year in a league that has seen a 141% increase of women in football roles over the past four years.
Jets' Hall says 49ers' McCaffrey is 'the standard' for running backs and he aims to reach that level

Jets' Hall says 49ers' McCaffrey is 'the standard' for running backs and he aims to reach that level

Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted June 12 - 4:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Breece Hall sees where Christian McCaffrey is at in his NFL career and ponders the possibilities. The New York Jets running back is entering his third season as one of the league's top players at his position. But his ultimate goal is being as consistently productive and dominant as McCaffrey, the San Francisco 49ers' do-at-all backfield star. Hall says McCaffrey is a top-10 player in the NFL and calls him "the standard" for running backs. The 23-year-old Hall bounced back from a torn ACL in 2022 and says he has potential to trend toward having the type of impact McCaffrey has had.
Chargers' trip to Camp Pendleton carries extra meaning for Fox, Gilman and Harbaugh

Chargers' trip to Camp Pendleton carries extra meaning for Fox, Gilman and Harbaugh

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 7:39 p.m.  |  Save Story

Marine 2nd Lt. Jawaun Stanley has closely followed Los Angeles Chargers safety Alohi Gilman's career. Stanley watched his former roommate prepare for the upcoming season on Tuesday when the Chargers' first day of minicamp included an afternoon walkthrough at Camp Pendleton in front of 5,000 people. Gilman wasn't the only Chargers player who took extra meaning from the practice. Defensive lineman Morgan Fox, has been the Chargers' recipient of the Salute to Service Award twice. He has three generations of family members who have served in the military and also devotes time to the Wounded Warriors project. Quarterback Justin Herbert and safety Derwin James signed plenty of autographs, but the most popular Charger was coach Jim Harbaugh.
Saints' Kamara explains choice to skip voluntary team work, praises new offense at minicamp

Saints' Kamara explains choice to skip voluntary team work, praises new offense at minicamp

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 6:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Saints running back Alvin Kamara rejects the premise that his absence from voluntary practices this offseason indicates a lack of commitment to learning New Orleans' new offense. Kamara practiced for the first time this offseason when mandatory minicamp opened. He had skipped nine voluntary practices spread over the previous three weeks. The seven-year veteran opted instead to work out with his personal trainer in Miami and credits his usual offseason routine for his NFL success. Kamara says he's encouraged by the Saints' efforts to transition toward the type of offensive scheme that has worked well for defending NFC champion San Francisco. That's where new coordinator Klint Kubiak was a top assistant last season under Kyle Shanahan.
DK Metcalf excited for Seahawks future with Mike Macdonald, thankful for time with Pete Carroll

DK Metcalf excited for Seahawks future with Mike Macdonald, thankful for time with Pete Carroll

Tim Booth, Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 5:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

DK Metcalf was present for the start of the Seattle Seahawks minicamp after spending the majority of the offseason program away from the team. He was around for a few of the offseason workouts but was mostly on his own. Metcalf says he's excited about the direction of the team under new coach Mike Macdonald and what Seattle's offense can look like under offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb. Metcalf was also thankful for the time he had under Pete Carroll, who was let go after last season. Carroll was the only head coach Metcalf had in the NFL. Metcalf says Carroll was largely responsible for his success in the NFL so far.
Gable Steveson banks on himself in career switch: From wrestling champ to NFL bid with the Bills

Gable Steveson banks on himself in career switch: From wrestling champ to NFL bid with the Bills

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 5:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson is banking on himself in attempting to make a career switch from wrestling to playing defensive line for the Buffalo Bills. The 24-year-old who has never played a football down in his life calls it a "unicorn situation" and an attempt at doing the impossible two weeks after signing with the Bills. Steveson earned the opportunity after the Bills invited him for a tryout last month, shortly after he was released by the WWE's development brand NXT. One big factor working in Steveson's favor is Bills coach Sean McDermott, a two-time high school national wrestling champion.
Aaron Rodgers and Haason Reddick are not attending Jets' mandatory minicamp

Aaron Rodgers and Haason Reddick are not attending Jets' mandatory minicamp

Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press  |  Updated June 11 - 5:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers and edge rusher Haason Reddick are not participating in the team's mandatory minicamp. Both players are subject to roughly $50,000 in fines for the unexcused absences. Coach Robert Saleh says Rodgers' absence is related to an event "that is very important to him." Meanwhile, Reddick appears to be sitting out because of a contract issue. Saleh said Rodgers was at the facility Monday for a physical and team photo shoots, but then left to attend the undisclosed event, which the quarterback told the coach about well in advance. Reddick didn't attend any of the team's voluntary workouts after being acquired from Philadelphia in March.
After 8 modest years in Thousand Oaks, the Los Angeles Rams leave their 'temporary' training home

After 8 modest years in Thousand Oaks, the Los Angeles Rams leave their 'temporary' training home

Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 5:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Los Angeles Rams are moving out of Thousand Oaks and into Woodland Hills. They're still going to be training in temporary buildings, though. The Rams have spent the past eight years training in modest facilities on the campus of Cal Lutheran University. They're moving this summer to a site where their permanent training complex will be built eventually. Coach Sean McVay has never complained about the modest circumstances in which he's spent the past seven years building a consistent winner. The only thing he doesn't like about Thousand Oaks is the wind that has affected practices over the years.
Bills linebacker Matt Milano cleared to resume practicing for 1st time since leg injury last season

Bills linebacker Matt Milano cleared to resume practicing for 1st time since leg injury last season

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Updated June 11 - 4:57 p.m.  |  Save Story

Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano has been cleared to resume practicing, with coach Sean McDermott saying the seven-year starter is projected to be a full-go once training camp opens next month. McDermott said Milano was being eased back into action and would be a limited participant in practice as the Bills opened a three-day mandatory minicamp. The 29-year-old Milano has been sidelined since sustaining a severe injury to his right leg in Week 5 last season. Buffalo opened mandatory camp minus several injured regulars, including rookie running back Ray Davis, and linebacker Nick Morrow, a veteran offseason free agent addition. McDermott did not reveal the nature of their injuries.
The Titans wrap offseason program with rookie left tackle JC Latham last off field

The Titans wrap offseason program with rookie left tackle JC Latham last off field

Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 4:51 p.m.  |  Save Story

JC Latham stopped with a quick question for his position coach after running on his own to wrap up the Tennessee Titans' final session of their offseason program Tuesday. Veteran coach Bill Callahan said he couldn't ask much more of the Titans' first-round draft pick out of Alabama. Callahan said the rookie is the type of player coaches yearn to have in their meeting rooms as great examples for others. The Titans essentially wrapped up Tuesday with a lightly attended session after the team's mandatory three-day minicamp last week. Head coach Brian Callahan said a team-bonding event is planned for Wednesday. That's it until training camp in late July.
Ravens' Hamilton not in uniform at minicamp because of elbow issues, expected back for training camp

Ravens' Hamilton not in uniform at minicamp because of elbow issues, expected back for training camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 4:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Baltimore Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton was not in uniform for the start of minicamp because of elbow issues. Hamilton was at practice but stood to the side during drills. Coach John Harbaugh says the All-Pro safety should be back for training camp, which is still several weeks away. Harbaugh says Hamilton had some "loose bodies" in his elbow removed. Hamilton became one of the stars of Baltimore's defense last season. He had 10 tackles for loss. That's the most by a defensive back in team history.
Courtland Sutton shows up for minicamp but still wants a new contract after 10-touchdown season

Courtland Sutton shows up for minicamp but still wants a new contract after 10-touchdown season

Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 4:16 p.m.  |  Save Story

Wide receiver Courtland Sutton made a cameo appearance at the Denver Broncos' mandatory minicamp. He said afterward he was thrilled to be around his teammates and he reiterated that he's hoping for a new contract to get completed before training camp starts next month. Sutton wants a bump in the $13 million salary he's due in 2024 after catching a career-best 10 touchdowns in 2023. The Broncos haven't met those demands and so Sutton says the sides are at a stalemate. Sutton said he hopes the Broncos budge because he wants to finish his career in Denver.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce says he wants to keep playing football 'until the wheels come off'

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce says he wants to keep playing football 'until the wheels come off'

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 3:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said Tuesday that he wants to keep playing football "until the wheels come off" after the first day of the team's mandatory three-day minicamp. The 34-year-old Kelce signed a new two-year, $34.25 million deal in April that ties him to the club through the 2025 season. Kansas City has won two straight Super Bowls and will try to become the first team in NFL history to win three straight this upcoming season. Kelce is already its career leader with 11,328 yards receiving. He needs 10 receptions to reach 917 and pass Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez for that record, and three touchdown catches would give him 77, dropping Gonzalez to No. 2 on that franchise list.
While rookie WR Malik Nabers impresses, QB Daniel Jones expects to be ready for training camp

While rookie WR Malik Nabers impresses, QB Daniel Jones expects to be ready for training camp

Tom Canavan, Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 3:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Giants held the first day of their two-day mandatory training camp Tuesday at their team headquarters in New Jersey. Over the past month, first-round draft pick Malik Nabers has wowed teammates and coaches at organized team activities with his speed, explosiveness, hands, playmaking and touchdown catches. The biggest question is who's going to be throwing him the ball. The Giants hope it is Daniel Jones, who is rehabbing after ACL surgery in November.
Packers' Jordan Love confident about finalizing contract negotiations before start of training camp

Packers' Jordan Love confident about finalizing contract negotiations before start of training camp

Steve Megargee, Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 3:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jordan Love says he's optimistic that he and the Green Bay Packers can agree on a long-term deal before the start of training camp next month. Love signed a one-year extension last May that included $13.5 million in guaranteed money with another $9 million in incentives. Love has been eligible to sign a new extension since May 3, the one-year anniversary of that most recent deal. Love boosted his stock as a first-year starter last season by completing 64.2% percent of his passes for 4,159 yards with 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while helping the Packers advance to the NFC divisional playoffs.
Browns top WR Amari Cooper absent from team's minicamp as he enters final season of contract

Browns top WR Amari Cooper absent from team's minicamp as he enters final season of contract

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Updated June 11 - 2:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

Browns No. 1 wide receiver Amari Cooper did not report to the team's minicamp in a presumed contract dispute. Cooper is entering his final year under contract with Cleveland, which acquired him in a 2022 trade from Dallas. The soon-to-be 30-year-old is one of the team's top players and leaders. Coach Kevin Stefanski would not confirm Cooper is seeking a long-term extension but said the team has had dialogue with the wideout's representatives. Cooper has eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving in his two seasons with the Browns. Quarterback Deshaun Watson said Cooper has the full support of the players.
Bengals QB Joe Burrow not rushing rehab of his surgically repaired wrist

Bengals QB Joe Burrow not rushing rehab of his surgically repaired wrist

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 1:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has dealt with multiple injuries in his first four years in the NFL, so he's learned plenty about what it takes to come back from them. And he knows not to rush the rehab process. That's why he's taking it slow this summer with his surgically repaired right wrist. Burrow is throwing during the team's mandatory minicamp, but he knows the goal is to be healed and ready by the opening of training camp in late July. After pushing through the difficult spots while rehabbing in the past, Burrow says he's being more patient and methodical this time.
Things didn't work out for Arthur Smith in Atlanta. He's eager to hit the reset button in Pittsburgh

Things didn't work out for Arthur Smith in Atlanta. He's eager to hit the reset button in Pittsburgh

Will Graves, Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 1:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

New Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Arthur Smith says he jumped at the chance to get back in the NFL after being fired by Atlanta. The Falcons dismissed Smith as head coach in January following a third straight 7-10 season. Smith took a short break with his wife after his firing but says he never planned to take a sabbatical. He is eager to get to work with the Steelers, who are looking to revive an offense that's finished in the bottom 10 in yards per game for each of the past five seasons.