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DeVonta Smith on weight questions: 'We're not weightlifting. We're not bodybuilders'

DeVonta Smith on weight questions: 'We're not weightlifting. We're not bodybuilders'

won the Heisman Trophy, put up 1,856 yards receiving with 23 TDs, and torched Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship to the tune of 215 yards and three TDs.Despite the prolific resume, all seemingly anyone wants to talk about regarding the dynamite wide receiver ahead of Thursday's 2021 NFL Draft is his weight, which reportedly came in at 166 pounds at the medical checkup in Indianapolis earlier this month.Joining NFL Network's Good Morning Football on Tuesday, Smith rejected the idea that he's too light to dominate in the NFL as he did in college. "We play...

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Panthers to wait until after draft to decide on Sam Darnold's fifth-year option

Panthers to wait until after draft to decide on Sam Darnold's fifth-year option

When the Carolina Panthers for , the presumption was he'd get more than a one-year look-see. The Panthers have the right to pick up the fifth-year option on the quarterback.It's not a decision they must make until the May 3 deadline, and exercising the option would guarantee Darnold's $18.858 million salary for 2022.Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer said Friday that the decision wouldn't come down until after the draft next week."We have a strong plan in place,'' Fitterer said, adding the team will discuss the option post-draft.The holdup is simple: The Panthers want to see if a...

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Robert Woods: Rams offense 'looking loaded once again' with Stafford, Jackson additions

Robert Woods: Rams offense 'looking loaded once again' with Stafford, Jackson additions

The Los Angeles Rams offense slipped the last couple of seasons under Sean McVay, particularly the passing game in 2020.Without a deep threat and a quarterback who struggled off-script, the Rams offense finished 22nd in drive success rate last season and 22nd in points scored. After two years of sea-changing success in McVay's first two seasons, the Rams have struggled to live up to those expectations.To reverse that trend, the Rams imported two key veterans: quarterback  and wideout .Stafford was the high-profile addition, with L.A. to shed 's contract.Joining NFL Network's Good...

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Byron Jones: Dolphins 'expect a big jump' from QB Tua Tagovailoa

Byron Jones: Dolphins 'expect a big jump' from QB Tua Tagovailoa

With the FitzMagic backstop gone from Miami, the Dolphins are now clearly 's team in 2021.After an up-and-down rookie campaign, outside questions swirled around Tua this offseason, with critics wondering if the Fins could quickly move on from the young signal-caller. We've heard no such concerns from those inside Miami's building. From coach Brian Flores to GM Chris Grier to teammates -- both current and former -- every answer about Tagovailoa has been positive.With  in Washington this offseason, and  as the new backup, the Dolphins are set to ride the Tua wave.Star corner  joined...

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Frank Reich: Colts planned to draft franchise QB before Carson Wentz 'fell into our laps'

Frank Reich: Colts planned to draft franchise QB before Carson Wentz 'fell into our laps'

Since abruptly retired before the 2019 season, the Indianapolis Colts have searched for a long-term answer at quarterback.First, got a shot. Then, Indy imported veteran . Now, they've landed . Had Wentz not become available, where would the Colts have turned?Coach Frank Reich told that the plan was to look for a way to pluck a long-term solution from the 2021 NFL Draft."There's no doubt [GM] Chris [Ballard] and I talked about that, and Mr. [Jim] Irsay, the three of us have talked about that together," Reich said. "That's what you shoot for. So that's the vision. When Andrew retired, we...

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Zac Taylor: Joe Burrow 'on pace' amid knee rehab; aims for chemistry on Bengals offensive line

Zac Taylor: Joe Burrow 'on pace' amid knee rehab; aims for chemistry on Bengals offensive line

The Cincinnati Bengals' offensive stars are on the mend as we head toward the NFL's new league year., Bengals coach Zac Taylor said quarterback is on track in rehab and sounded optimistic the signal-caller would be ready to go for the start of the season."I know that he's on pace to do all the things that we were hoping he'd do," Taylor said Wednesday of Burrow's rehab, .It's been 14 weeks since Burrow underwent surgery on his torn left ACL, which took place Dec 2. While no clips of the QB running have surfaced, all indications are that the QB is on pace in rehab.The Bengals and Burrow have...

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Panthers GM Scott Fitterer plans to be 'patient' in free agency

Panthers GM Scott Fitterer plans to be 'patient' in free agency

The Carolina Panthers created some salary cap space by of  and . The room doesn't mean the Panthers plan to go on a spending spree early in free agency.New general manager Scott Fitterer suggested Wednesday that the club would likely be on the hunt for bargains when the market opens rather than chasing shiny, high-priced additions."We'll talk to a lot of agents starting on Monday and see where the market is," Fitterer said, . "However, I think this might be one of those years where if you just wait and are patient, you might be able to get quite a few players in that middle class who...

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Rams' Michael Brockers hopes Seahawks trade Russell Wilson: 'You cross your fingers a little bit'

Rams' Michael Brockers hopes Seahawks trade Russell Wilson: 'You cross your fingers a little bit'

As trade rumors spiral into a twister, fans of many teams outside Seattle clamor for the star QB to join their clubs. Players from rivals have their view on the buzz, wishing they might not have to face one of the NFL's top signal-callers twice a year.Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman  joined NFL Network's Good Morning Football on Monday and said he hopes the Seahawks trade Wilson out of the NFC West."You cross your fingers a little bit," he said. "You hope whatever you hear is true, and he's out of here, so you don't have to chase him around twice a year. For the most part, he's a...

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Bills owner Kim Pegula: 2020 set the 'floor' for Buffalo, 'the bar is much higher' in 2021

Bills owner Kim Pegula: 2020 set the 'floor' for Buffalo, 'the bar is much higher' in 2021

The Buffalo Bills won their first AFC East title since 1995, cruising to a 13-3 record and winning their first postseason game in 25 years. Sean McDermott's club got ousted in the AFC Championship game, falling 38-24 to the Kansas City Chiefs.Bills owner Kim Pegula, joining NFL Network's Good Morning Football to celebrate International Women's Day, said her team's goal is to use the accomplishments as a jumping board."I do know that this year the 2020 team really set the floor for us," Pegula said. "That's not the bar, what happened this year. The bar is much higher. The floor was set with...

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Falcons receiving trade calls on star WR Julio Jones

Falcons receiving trade calls on star WR Julio Jones

At separate times this offseason, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has expressed his expectation that in 2021 but also said he if his new brass wanted to trade the star receiver.It appears the Falcons are at least toying with the idea of trading the seven-time Pro Bowler.NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Atlanta has received calls from teams inquiring about possible trades for Jones, per sources informed of the situation.Any trade for Jones would not be executed before June 1 due to salary cap reasons -- after June 1, the Falcons could split up Jones' massive cap hit between...

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