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GM Joe Douglas: 'Fair' to say Jets will draft QB at No. 2; might have kept Sam Darnold if picking later

GM Joe Douglas: 'Fair' to say Jets will draft QB at No. 2; might have kept Sam Darnold if picking later

Joe Douglas played his hand close to the chest all offseason -- until Monday.The Jets kicked the week off by finally making a decision on , for a trio of draft picks. The deal meant New York no longer had to be vague when speaking publicly, because the writing was no longer on the wall, but etched in stone.New York is going quarterback at No. 2."I think that's a fair assessment to say," the Jets' general manager said Tuesday. "I think based on the decision we made yesterday, you can kind of see the direction we're heading."By all accounts, the Jets are likely taking BYU passer Zach Wilson...

Apr 6
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Robert Kraft admits Patriots need to get quarterback 'solidified'

Robert Kraft admits Patriots need to get quarterback 'solidified'

The Patriots are running it back with , at least as of now, but that doesn't mean New England isn't still smarting from 's departure and subsequent Super Bowl triumph.While Brady celebrated his latest title with a watercraft parade and a boat-to-boat tossing of the most prized trophy in football, Robert Kraft's Patriots sat at home, attempting to determine how they'd proceed in 2021. What followed was a flurry of free-agency spending, filling multiple holes across New England's roster -- except quarterback.In that slot returns Newton on another one-year deal that will pay him more than he...

Mar 31
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Leonard Fournette chose Bucs reunion over 'more money' elsewhere: 'This team kind of humbled me'

Leonard Fournette chose Bucs reunion over 'more money' elsewhere: 'This team kind of humbled me'

is one of the 22 Super Bowl starters back with the Buccaneers in 2021 as they attempt to go for two straight titles, but it wasn't as simple as returning to the team that he helped win a ring.Fournette learned plenty in 2020 -- the value of a job in the NFL, his importance (or lack thereof) to his current team, and the importance of seizing opportunities when they arise -- and that gave him a new perspective. When it came time to make a decision on what he'd do for 2021, less money with a team he understood () and loved ended up being the best option."It was a difficult process. I knew what...

Mar 31
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Lions' Campbell to make sure Duce Staley is 'primed and ready' to become a head coach

Lions' Campbell to make sure Duce Staley is 'primed and ready' to become a head coach

Dan Campbell's staff is notable for its composition, which is largely of former NFL players, and it might end up producing a future head coach if the new one has his way.Campbell spoke with reporters Tuesday and was asked about the potential of assistant Duce Staley, a longtime assistant in Philadelphia who has garnered attention and momentum as a head coach candidate in the not-so-distant future, buoyed by his dual title of assistant head coach and running backs coach."I told him, 'You're not going to be a token assistant head coach,'" Campbell said of Staley. "I'm going to use him. We had...

Mar 3
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Washington expected to part ways with QB Alex Smith

Washington expected to part ways with QB Alex Smith

Alex Smith's incredible comeback proved to be his last hurrah in the nation's capital.Washington is expected to part ways with the veteran quarterback in the coming days, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Kim Jones reported Monday, per informed sources.Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury in 2018 and underwent 17 operations to initially repair and later save his leg from amputation, missing all of 2019 before overcoming all realistic expectations to make his return in 2020. Smith posted a 5-1 record as a starter this season, helping lead Washington to an unlikely playoff...

Mar 1
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Kendall Hinton's QB cameo 'still unreal' to him, but hopes it helps him stick in NFL

Kendall Hinton's QB cameo 'still unreal' to him, but hopes it helps him stick in NFL

 carved out a place in the quirky, unexpected hall of NFL history in 2020 when he played emergency quarterback for an entire game due to COVID-19's impact on the Broncos.Hinton was, in a word, dreadful, but was also placed in an unwinnable situation as a practice squad receiver haphazardly converted to starting quarterback. He completed 1 of his 9 attempts for 13 yards and threw two interceptions, finishing with a passer rating of zero in Denver's Week 12 loss to New Orleans.Looking back, Hinton still can't believe what happened."To be honest with you, we're three or four months out from...

Feb 25
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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson receiving trade interest from more than 10 teams

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson receiving trade interest from more than 10 teams

's unhappiness has not gone unnoticed around the NFL.More than 10 teams have called the Seahawks to inquire about Wilson's availability, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, in the days and weeks following about his desire for the Seahawks to improve in multiple areas entering 2021. detailing a rift between Wilson and the Seattle coaching staff only takes this topic further.It seems Wilson's displeasure with the Seahawks begins with their resistance to making things conducive for his success as a passer. After starting the season hot with Wilson leading the charge, a shift...

Feb 25
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2020 NFL rookie report card: Ranking each team's class, 1 to 32

2020 NFL rookie report card: Ranking each team's class, 1 to 32

Super Bowl LV's in the books, bringing an unprecedented NFL season to a close. So, how did the new guys perform in this uniquely challenging 269-game slate?Over the past couple weeks, NFL.com rolled out featuring grades for each team's rookie class, with Gennaro Filice and Nick Shook sharing the evaluation duties. Upon completion of this series, Filice and Shook had a meeting of the minds to officially rank every group, from 1 to 32. Here's the pecking order:Rank1Indianapolis ColtsRound 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Notable Undrafted Free AgentFILICE: Halfway through his rookie campaign,...

Feb 17
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Alex Smith feels he has 'a lot of room for growth' on field after 2020 comeback

Alex Smith feels he has 'a lot of room for growth' on field after 2020 comeback

's future, once as uncertain as they come, ended up including a return to the football field in 2020.It wasn't merely a ceremonial return, though, which made it that much sweeter for Smith -- a man who needed support for daily function after nearly losing his leg -- and drove him to work even harder once he was out there."I had no idea how my leg and body would respond to the combination of being out for two years and the injury and the limb salvage and all that stuff; I've got to wear a brace to do anything," Smith explained . "I had no idea how I would respond to that. It's one thing to...

Feb 17
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Kevin Colbert: Steelers prefer draft prospects who didn't opt out of 2020 season

Kevin Colbert: Steelers prefer draft prospects who didn't opt out of 2020 season

The 2020 season brought a new landscape to the football world at every level of the sport. At least one NFL franchise isn't exactly keen on giving potential prospects the benefit of the doubt.Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert spoke with reporters Monday, just three days before the opening round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and he reiterated a stance he and Pittsburgh's front office had taken nearly a year ago. Despite the logic behind giving college prospects a chance to opt out of the 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Steelers will prefer a player who participated."As I...

Apr 26
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