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Titans agree to deal with Falcons for Julio Jones

Titans agree to deal with Falcons for Julio Jones

Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press  |  Updated Jun 6th - 3:49pm

The Tennessee Titans had been talking to the Atlanta Falcons about seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones for nearly three weeks.
NFL quarterback, former BYU star Taysom Hill answers 7 Questions with EastIdahoNews.com

NFL quarterback, former BYU star Taysom Hill answers 7 Questions with EastIdahoNews.com

Emmy Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 7:52pm

Today I'm speaking with NFL quarterback Taysom Hill. He plays for the New Orleans Saints, was raised in Pocatello and attended BYU in Provo. Taysom and his wife, Emily, have a little boy named Beau.
USFL plans to relaunch in 2022, four decades after initial birth

USFL plans to relaunch in 2022, four decades after initial birth

Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 7:33am

The USFL is relaunching in 2022, four decades after the spring football league's short-lived run that featured such stars as Reggie White, Herschel Walker, Steve Young, Jim Kelly and future president Donald Trump.
Lawrence says Tebow is "a guy you want to be around"

Lawrence says Tebow is "a guy you want to be around"

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 8:58am

Trevor Lawrence is excited to have Tim Tebow as a teammate.
NFL dropping mask requirement for fully vaccinated players, staff at team facilities

NFL dropping mask requirement for fully vaccinated players, staff at team facilities

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 14th - 3:03pm

Off with the masks in the NFL. Or at least, fully vaccinated individuals won't be required to wear them at team facilities, in conjunction with new CDC guidelines.
Packers' LaFleur on Aaron Rodgers: 'We want him back in the worst way'

Packers' LaFleur on Aaron Rodgers: 'We want him back in the worst way'

Steve Megargee, Associated Press  |  Updated May 14th - 2:12pm

Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur reiterated his hope that he'd get to continue working with Aaron Rodgers this season while offering no news on the quarterback's status.
Taysom Hill vs. Zach Wilson, and 5 takeaways from the NFL's 2021 schedule release

Taysom Hill vs. Zach Wilson, and 5 takeaways from the NFL's 2021 schedule release

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 12th - 6:50pm

Few leagues do the offseason quite like the NFL, which made the annual schedule release day ahead of the 2021 season feel like a holiday to sports fans around the country.
Zach Wilson vs. Sam Darnold, and 4 other games to circle for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season

Zach Wilson vs. Sam Darnold, and 4 other games to circle for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 12th - 3:38pm

The rest of the 2021 NFL schedule will be released at 6 p.m. MT. But here are five games local high school and college football fans should keep an eye on during Week 1, though.
Penei Sewell to miss Lions' rookie minicamp after positive COVID-19 test

Penei Sewell to miss Lions' rookie minicamp after positive COVID-19 test

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 12th - 3:04pm

The No. 7 overall draft pick from Desert Hills by way of Oregon won't report to Lions' rookie mini-camp after a positive test for COVID-19.
NFL to resume international schedule with two London games

NFL to resume international schedule with two London games

Reuters  |  Posted May 12th - 8:45am

The NFL said on Wednesday it will resume its international initiative with two games in London during the 2021 season after cancelling all games outside the United States last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harvey Langi returning to the New England Patriots, a move that means more than football

Harvey Langi returning to the New England Patriots, a move that means more than football

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 11th - 11:42am

Langi, who has spent the past two seasons with the Jets, returns to the Patriots after a horrific traffic accident that left him and his wife Cassidy in the hospital.
Wilson making quick connections in 1st week as new Jets QB

Wilson making quick connections in 1st week as new Jets QB

Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted May 8th - 12:59pm

Zach Wilson has been busy working the phones in his first week-plus as the newest quarterback of the New York Jets.
1 day into rookie minicamp, Zach Wilson already making an impression on his New York Jets teammates

1 day into rookie minicamp, Zach Wilson already making an impression on his New York Jets teammates

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 8th - 10:51am

It's only been a week, but former BYU star and New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is already back to work, with the Jets opening rookie minicamp Friday in New Jersey.
Brett Favre doesn't expect Aaron Rodgers to play for Packers again

Brett Favre doesn't expect Aaron Rodgers to play for Packers again

Reuters  |  Posted May 5th - 5:27pm

Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre believes the reported schism between Aaron Rodgers and the franchise is real, and big enough that it is a long shot Rodgers will ever suit up for the legendary franchise again.
Broncos release No. 3 QB Jeff Driskel, sign tight end

Broncos release No. 3 QB Jeff Driskel, sign tight end

Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press  |  Posted May 3rd - 7:03pm

The Denver Broncos released quarterback Jeff Driskel on Monday when they signed veteran tight end Eric Saubert.
Amazon to take over "Thursday Night Football" package in '22

Amazon to take over "Thursday Night Football" package in '22

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted May 3rd - 12:14pm

Amazon Prime Video will become the exclusive home of the NFL's "Thursday Night Football" package a year earlier than originally anticipated.
The Spring League finds 'secret sauce' to survival

The Spring League finds 'secret sauce' to survival

Steve Keating, Reuters  |  Posted May 3rd - 11:58am

The Alliance of American Football (AAF) lasted eight weeks, an XFL reboot ceased operation after just five, but The Spring League (TSL) — a league that does not pay players — will kick off a fifth season this week with a new media rights deal with FOX.
After the draft: Here's how Zach Wilson, Brady Christensen and Penei Sewell were welcomed to new NFL teams

After the draft: Here's how Zach Wilson, Brady Christensen and Penei Sewell were welcomed to new NFL teams

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 3rd - 8:04am

Here are three stories from three of those high school products who heard their names called by the New York Jets, Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions that you may have missed over the weekend.
Where every Utah product landed from the 2021 NFL draft, including BYU's best haul since 2002

Where every Utah product landed from the 2021 NFL draft, including BYU's best haul since 2002

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 2nd - 5:29pm

The Cougars had a banner year on the field in 2020, and it led to a banner draft, with the most selections in the top-seven rounds since 2002.
BYU's Dax Milne goes from walk-on to NFL draft 7th-round pick with Washington

BYU's Dax Milne goes from walk-on to NFL draft 7th-round pick with Washington

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 1st - 8:05pm

Is there a better story in sports than BYU wide receiver Dax Milne, the former Bingham High standout who was selected Saturday in the 2021 NFL Draft?
BYU's Khyiris Tonga, Chris Wilcox head to Bears, Bucs as 7th-round draft picks

BYU's Khyiris Tonga, Chris Wilcox head to Bears, Bucs as 7th-round draft picks

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 1st - 8:00pm

Tonga is the third BYU player drafted in 2021, joining first-round quarterback Zach Wilson and third-round offensive tackle Brady Christensen.
SEC dominates NFL draft the way it manhandles college teams

SEC dominates NFL draft the way it manhandles college teams

Barry Wilner, Associated Press  |  Updated May 1st - 5:20pm

As the NFL celebrated the conclusion of an in-person draft on the shores of Lake Erie that went swimmingly one year after a virtual event caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, several facts emerged.
Why the Cowboys drafting Brighton's Simi Fehoko was always written in the stars

Why the Cowboys drafting Brighton's Simi Fehoko was always written in the stars

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 1st - 4:12pm

The 6-foot-4, 227-pound receiver from Cottonwood Heights averaged 18.5 yards per reception in three years at Stanford, the third-best mark in Cardinal history.
Bingham grad Jay Tufele drafted with 1st pick in the 4th round by Jacksonville Jaguars

Bingham grad Jay Tufele drafted with 1st pick in the 4th round by Jacksonville Jaguars

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 1st - 11:41am

Tufele, 21, was a two-year starter at USC before opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns — concerns that included his sister's extreme sickness from the virus during the fall.
Best of the Rest: 7 Utah products who could hear their names on Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft

Best of the Rest: 7 Utah products who could hear their names on Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 1st - 7:34am

Through two days of the NFL draft, the state of Utah has watched three of its native sons — Utah high school football products — selected in primetime.
BYU OT Brady Christensen, a Bountiful High product, emerges as 3rd-round pick by Carolina Panthers

BYU OT Brady Christensen, a Bountiful High product, emerges as 3rd-round pick by Carolina Panthers

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 30th - 9:53pm

Christensen is the second draft pick from BYU this year, joining starting quarterback Zach Wilson after his No. 2 overall selection by the New York Jets, and the third pick from the state of Utah, alongside Desert Hills tackle Penei Sewell.
SEC still most coveted conference, 3 more QBs taken as NFL draft passes Day 2

SEC still most coveted conference, 3 more QBs taken as NFL draft passes Day 2

Barry Wilner, Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 30th - 9:52pm

Not much changed on the second night of the NFL draft. Do the letters SEC and QB seem familiar?
Whether 'Zach's Fifth Avenue' or 'Wall Street Wilson,' former BYU QB takes confident game to Big Apple

Whether 'Zach's Fifth Avenue' or 'Wall Street Wilson,' former BYU QB takes confident game to Big Apple

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 30th - 9:52am

Wilson's career is just beginning, even if he will be celebrated — certainly, for now — as the next great quarterback to wear the Mean Green, the second time in four years the Jets have selected a quarterback with a top-five pick.
Packers GM: 'We are not going to trade Aaron Rodgers'

Packers GM: 'We are not going to trade Aaron Rodgers'

Steve Megargee, Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 29th - 11:37pm

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says he can't envision any scenario in which he would deal quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
'Dream come true': NY Jets make Zach Wilson top draft pick in BYU history at No. 2 overall

'Dream come true': NY Jets make Zach Wilson top draft pick in BYU history at No. 2 overall

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 29th - 10:37pm

With the No. 2 pick in the draft, the New York Jets expectedly made Wilson's dreams come true — and with it, a bit of history.
NFL draft: No suspense as 3 QBs dominate early picks

NFL draft: No suspense as 3 QBs dominate early picks

Barry Wilner, Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 29th - 10:33pm

The themes for the 2021 NFL draft were many, starting with the quarterbacks.
'Nothing but a dream come true': Desert Hills alum Penei Sewell makes history as No. 7 pick by Detroit Lions

'Nothing but a dream come true': Desert Hills alum Penei Sewell makes history as No. 7 pick by Detroit Lions

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 29th - 10:28pm

The 6-foot-6, 325-pound offensive tackle heard his name called over the podium by Goodell on Thursday night, when he was selected as the No. 7 draft pick by the Detroit Lions in Cleveland, Ohio.
Utah State's Jordan Love in headlines as drama around Aaron Rodgers, Packers plays out before NFL draft

Utah State's Jordan Love in headlines as drama around Aaron Rodgers, Packers plays out before NFL draft

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 29th - 9:27pm

This probably wasn't how former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love hoped to see his name trend on Twitter.
NFL draft could see record run of quarterbacks taken

NFL draft could see record run of quarterbacks taken

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 29th - 1:04pm

Quarterbacks are expected to go 1-2-3 in tonight's NFL draft, for just the third time in the common draft era that started in 1967. Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and BYU's Zach Wilson are expected to be the top two picks, to Jacksonville and the New York Jets. With the third pick, San Francisco is likely to choose among Alabama's Mac Jones, Ohio State's Justin Fields and Trey Lance of North Dakota State. A record could be set with four QBs going in the top four if Atlanta drafts the successor to Matt Ryan or trades down to a quarterback-needy team.
Who are Brady Christensen, Jay Tufele & Simi Fehoko? Examining Utah's Day 2 prospects in the 2021 NFL draft

Who are Brady Christensen, Jay Tufele & Simi Fehoko? Examining Utah's Day 2 prospects in the 2021 NFL draft

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 29th - 11:22am

Three Utah high school football products could hear their names called on Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland. But who are BYU's Brady Christensen, USC's Jay Tufele and Stanford's Simi Fehoko?
Are the New York Jets really a 'QB graveyard'? These 2 BYU greats like Zach Wilson's odds in Big Apple

Are the New York Jets really a 'QB graveyard'? These 2 BYU greats like Zach Wilson's odds in Big Apple

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 28th - 6:26pm

With one day left until BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (presumably) is drafted second overall by the New York Jets, former BYU greats John Beck and Steve Young think the Corner Canyon product can find success with the Gang Green.
Who are Zach Wilson and Penei Sewell? 2 Utah products expected to be first-round picks in NFL draft

Who are Zach Wilson and Penei Sewell? 2 Utah products expected to be first-round picks in NFL draft

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 28th - 9:04am

Each day leading up to the draft, KSL.com will take a look at the Utah products projected in the latest selections, starting with a pair of projected top-10 picks in Corner Canyon's Zach Wilson and Desert Hills' Penei Sewell.
Hello, Cleveland: NFL takes 'blended' draft back on road

Hello, Cleveland: NFL takes 'blended' draft back on road

Tom Withers , Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 27th - 2:39pm

All those boos aimed at Commissioner Roger Goodell that have become an NFL draft tradition will be slightly muted this year.
Patrick Kinahan: Wilson's struggles at BYU pave way for potential NFL success

Patrick Kinahan: Wilson's struggles at BYU pave way for potential NFL success

Patrick Kinahan, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Apr 27th - 10:13am

An uneven sophomore season that included three turnovers in a bowl loss and a thumb injury that caused him to miss several games were exactly the struggles Zach Wilson needed to progress in his football career.
Unorthodox offseason means unusual, unpredictable NFL draft

Unorthodox offseason means unusual, unpredictable NFL draft

Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 12:04pm

About the only certainty in the confounding 2021 NFL draft is Trevor Lawrence going to the Jaguars with the first overall pick.
NFL and Clubhouse partner on 2021 NFL draft programming lineup

NFL and Clubhouse partner on 2021 NFL draft programming lineup

Reuters  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:31am

Audio-chat app Clubhouse and the National Football League (NFL) are teaming up to produce an exclusive lineup of programming throughout the week of the 2021 NFL Draft, the social media app said in a statement on Sunday.
Kids' cellphone startup Gabb grabs $14M in new funding, counts Taysom Hill among investors

Kids' cellphone startup Gabb grabs $14M in new funding, counts Taysom Hill among investors

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Apr 21st - 8:27pm

Kids' cellphone startup Gabb just snagged $14 million in new funding and counts former BYU and current New Orleans Saints football star Taysom Hill among its new investors.
As Zach Wilson accepts NFL draft invite, younger brother Micah commits to BYU

As Zach Wilson accepts NFL draft invite, younger brother Micah commits to BYU

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 21st - 4:55pm

Former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson will be on-site at the NFL Draft in Cleveland, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter a day after younger brother Micah committed to the Cougars.
Super League collapses after the 6 English clubs withdraw

Super League collapses after the 6 English clubs withdraw

Rob Harris, Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 20th - 6:22pm

The Super League collapsed before a ball was kicked in the European breakaway competition after being abandoned by the six English clubs, leaving the Spanish and Italian participants stranded.
Steelers sign coach Mike Tomlin to 3-year contract extension

Steelers sign coach Mike Tomlin to 3-year contract extension

Will Graves, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 20th - 7:50am

Mike Tomlin wants to be part of the post-Ben Roethlisberger era in Pittsburgh.
NFL offseason programs begin with mixed player involvement

NFL offseason programs begin with mixed player involvement

The Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 19th - 3:18pm

With groups of players from 20 NFL teams saying they will skip in-person attendance, voluntary offseason programs began Monday across the league.
Former Utah QB Alex Smith announces his retirement from the NFL

Former Utah QB Alex Smith announces his retirement from the NFL

Josh Furlong, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 19th - 11:02am

After more than a decade in the NFL, former Utah quarterback Alex Smith has called it a career.
Former Chiefs coach Britt Reid charged with DWI in crash that left girl injured

Former Chiefs coach Britt Reid charged with DWI in crash that left girl injured

Rory Carroll, Reuters  |  Updated Apr 12th - 6:52pm

Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid was charged on Monday with driving while intoxicated during a February crash near Arrowhead Stadium that left a 5-year-old girl severely injured, the prosecutor's office in Jackson County, Missouri, said.
Patrick Kinahan: 2nd choice again will work well for BYU's Wilson

Patrick Kinahan: 2nd choice again will work well for BYU's Wilson

Patrick Kinahan, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Apr 6th - 10:14am

An unheralded quarterback who could not get a scholarship from his favorite college team will likely be the second player selected in this month's NFL draft.
Jets send Sam Darnold to Carolina, paving way to draft BYU's Zach Wilson at No. 2 overall

Jets send Sam Darnold to Carolina, paving way to draft BYU's Zach Wilson at No. 2 overall

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 5th - 4:03pm

Broadway Zach, come on down.
Bearing down: Baylor routs Houston 78-59 to reach title game

Bearing down: Baylor routs Houston 78-59 to reach title game

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 3rd - 9:32pm

Nearly two decades ago, Scott Drew decided to leave his comfort zone at tiny Valparaiso for the scandal-plagued basketball program at Baylor, explaining to his father that there was nowhere for the Bears to go but up.
How former BYU players like Aleva Hifo, Micah Simon benefit from coming back to Cougars' pro day

How former BYU players like Aleva Hifo, Micah Simon benefit from coming back to Cougars' pro day

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 30th - 9:29pm

In addition to a dozen recently departed players, such as likely NFL draft picks Zach Wilson, Brady Christensen and Matt Bushman, BYU added several players who graduated last year to showcase themselves in front of scouts and personnel from 31 NFL teams.
NFL owners approve 17-game regular season, 3 preseason games

NFL owners approve 17-game regular season, 3 preseason games

Barry Wilner, Associated Press  |  Updated Mar 30th - 3:15pm

The NFL is increasing the regular season to 17 games and planning to have full stadiums for those games.
Former BYU wide receiver Micah Simon signs reported 3-year deal with Carolina Panthers

Former BYU wide receiver Micah Simon signs reported 3-year deal with Carolina Panthers

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 30th - 9:26am

BYU's pro day wasn't only a benefit for the Cougars' departing seniors and early NFL entrants like Zach Wilson and Brady Christensen.
With blockbuster trade, 49ers go all-in on rookie QB

With blockbuster trade, 49ers go all-in on rookie QB

Josh Dubow, Associated Press  |  Updated Mar 29th - 8:37pm

For San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, the biggest risk wasn't trading three first-round picks for the No. 3 selection where he could take a shot on the franchise quarterback of the future.
Howard Schnellenberger, 87, Miami, Louisville coach, dies

Howard Schnellenberger, 87, Miami, Louisville coach, dies

Steven Wine, Associated Press  |  Updated Mar 27th - 12:42pm

Howard Schnellenberger was a pipe smoker with a push-broom mustache and gruff baritone, and he paired his grandiloquent manner with grandiose visions for football at Miami, Louisville and Florida Atlantic that caused snickers.
Zach Wilson had the spotlight, but this offensive tackle may have had the best BYU Pro Day

Zach Wilson had the spotlight, but this offensive tackle may have had the best BYU Pro Day

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 26th - 9:27pm

All eyes at BYU's Pro Day were on Zach Wilson, but offensive tackle Brady Christensen was having perhaps the biggest stock-rising day on Friday.
Watch: Every 'ridiculous' throw made by Zach Wilson during BYU's Pro Day

Watch: Every 'ridiculous' throw made by Zach Wilson during BYU's Pro Day

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Mar 26th - 5:44pm

But between those who were in attendance and others watching online via BYUtv, the NFL Network and cut-ins from ESPN, one thing was clear: Zach Wilson is very good.
49ers trade up to acquire No. 3 pick from Dolphins

49ers trade up to acquire No. 3 pick from Dolphins

Josh Dubow, Associated Press  |  Updated Mar 26th - 2:15pm

The San Francisco 49ers have made a big move to grab their quarterback of the future by trading up with Miami to acquire the No. 3 pick in next month's draft.