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Matt LaFleur: I know firsthand how Tom Brady can lead his team to a comeback - ProFootballTalk

Matt LaFleur: I know firsthand how Tom Brady can lead his team to a comeback - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesEveryone knows how good can be in late-game, comeback situations.But Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has experienced it firsthand.The Patriots coming back from down 28-3 against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI is something LaFleur and Atlanta fans would probably like to forget. LaFleur was then the Falcons’ quarterbacks coach.But as LaFleur and the Packers get ready to face Brady and the Buccaneers this Sunday, LaFleur knows how important it is to stay aggressive against the QB.“We are fully aware of just how dangerous and how explosive...

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Buccaneers activate Kevin Minter off COVID-19 list - ProFootballTalk

Buccaneers activate Kevin Minter off COVID-19 list - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesTampa Bay has restored some of its depth at linebacker, activating off the reserve/COVID-19 list.Minter went on the list on Jan. 11, missing the Buccaneers’ victory over the Saints last week. Minter usually contributes on special teams, but started the Week 17 matchup with Atlanta and the wild-card win over Washington while linebacker was on the COVID-19 list.The Buccaneers now have all players off the COVID-19 list as they prepare for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Packers.

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Aaron Rodgers: My future is a beautiful mystery - ProFootballTalk

Aaron Rodgers: My future is a beautiful mystery - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesBuccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that he doesn’t want anyone on the team thinking about the Super Bowl because “you’ll get your ass beat and you’ll be on Monday” if you do.Packers quarterback has a similar view when it comes to looking beyond this Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Rodgers was asked on Wednesday if he’s thought about the possibility that his fifth trip to the game will be his final one.Rodgers said that he’s “staying in the present” and isn’t going to think about what the future might hold.“I hope , but I...

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Bruce Arians: Too early to tell if Antonio Brown can play - ProFootballTalk

Bruce Arians: Too early to tell if Antonio Brown can play - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesBuccaneers wide receiver avoided a major knee injury, but the team doesn’t know if he’ll be able to play in Green Bay this Sunday.The passed on the good news from tests on Brown’s knee also said that he’d be considered day-to-day heading into the game. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians confirmed that was the case on Wednesday and said that it was too early to tell if he’ll be able to play.Brown was not spotted by reporters during the open portion of Wednesday’s practice, although they noted it was essentially a walkthrough with more...

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Brad Holmes says Lions will retool, not rebuild - ProFootballTalk

Brad Holmes says Lions will retool, not rebuild - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesBrad Holmes was hired as the Lions’ new General Manager this month and organizations rarely make changes in that role when things have been going well.The Lions are no exception. They went 14-33-1 over the last three seasons and the lack of success under former G.M. would seem to leave Holmes with a lot of work to do in order to push the team in the right direction.Holmes didn’t focus on long-term plans at his introductory press conference, however. Holmes said his “approach is to make sure that we can put the most competitive team...

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Salary cap could be in the range of $180 million - ProFootballTalk

Salary cap could be in the range of $180 million - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesEvery December, the NFL gives the 32 teams an idea regarding the expected salary cap for the coming league year. This year, that didn’t happen.It didn’t happen because the pandemic has caused revenue to crater, by dramatically reducing attendance at games. The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed in July that the cap for 2021 will go no lower than $175 million.That would be a $23.2 million drop, per team, in comparison to 2020.There has been talk that the cap won’t drop that low, and that it possibly could remain in the range of $195...

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George Paton: I've watched enough to know Drew Lock is talented, can develop - ProFootballTalk

George Paton: I've watched enough to know Drew Lock is talented, can develop - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe Broncos have a new General Manager, and George Paton will make a number of important personnel decisions in the coming months and years.None may loom larger than what the team will ultimately do at quarterback. just completed his second year, and feels he can be .In his introductory press conference on Tuesday, Paton didn’t endorse Lock as the Broncos’ quarterback of the present and future, saying he hasn’t studied the tape enough yet. But he has seen enough to at least know a little about Denver’s current QB.“I liked Drew coming out...

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Tom Brady closing in on 12,000 yards, 80 touchdowns in postseason career - ProFootballTalk

Tom Brady closing in on 12,000 yards, 80 touchdowns in postseason career - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesBuccaneers quarterback has rewritten the , and in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game he may reach another couple of impressive and unprecedented milestones.Brady only has to pass for 32 yards on Sunday to reach 12,000 yards in the postseason in his career. That’s easily the best in NFL history; Peyton Manning threw for 7,339 yards in the postseason, and no one else even has 6,000 postseason passing yards.Brady also needs three touchdown passes to reach 80 in the postseason career. That’s also by far the most in NFL history; Joe Montana is in...

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Bruce Arians: Antoine Winfield Jr., not Chase Young, should be rookie of the year - ProFootballTalk

Bruce Arians: Antoine Winfield Jr., not Chase Young, should be rookie of the year - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesWashington defensive end Chase Young is widely regarded as the for the 2020 NFL season. But Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians does not agree with that selection.Arians said after the Buccaneers beat the Saints that , the Bucs’ second-round defensive back, is a more worthy choice. Arians even took a little shot at Young, who finished the season with 7.5 sacks, saying Winfield’s contributions went far beyond Young’s.“Can’t say enough about him,” Arians said of Winfield. “To me, he’s the defensive rookie of the year. Seven and a half sacks isn’t...

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Antonio Brown getting MRI on knee - ProFootballTalk

Antonio Brown getting MRI on knee - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesBuccaneers wide receiver only played 29 snaps in Sunday’s win over the Saints and his ability to play any snaps in the NFC Championship Game will depend on how a visit with doctors goes on Monday.Head coach Bruce Arians told reporters that Brown is having an MRI on his knee. Arians expects to have an update on his condition later in the day.Brown caught one pass for 10 yards in the 30-20 victory in New Orleans. and each made big catches in the second half while Brown was on the sideline for the Bucs.Brown played in two AFC title games...

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For the Bucs, dealing with the cold will be "mental" - ProFootballTalk

For the Bucs, dealing with the cold will be "mental" - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesIt took the Buccaneers 27 years and 22 tries before winning the franchise’s first game when the temperature at kickoff was below 40 degrees.On Sunday in Green Bay for the first-ever Bay of Pigs NFC Championship, the high will be 31 and the low will be 19. The forecast also calls for snow.So how will the Bucs handle playing in the Lambeau Field elements?“It’s just a matter of staying warm on the sideline,” coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Monday. “Every time I’ve played in Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Cleveland [or] Buffalo, nobody was cold...

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Antonio Brown injury could open door for Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson - ProFootballTalk

Antonio Brown injury could open door for Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youUSA TODAY SportsBuccaneers receiver exited Sunday’s playoff game with an injury. At last word, Brown .In his absence, a couple of other receivers stepped up: , who saw his playing time plummet after Brown joined the team, and rookie (pictured). Both players had key catches in the fourth-quarter drive that resulted in the Buccaneers taking a 23-20 lead. Johnson made an athletic, lunging catch of a low-and-outside pass on third and 11, securing a first down. Three plays later, Miller caught a 29-yard pass on third and five.“[Tom Brady] sees those guys...

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Robby Anderson: At times with the Jets, I felt like I was losing my love for football - ProFootballTalk

Robby Anderson: At times with the Jets, I felt like I was losing my love for football - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAfter spending his first four seasons with the Jets, signed a two-year contract with the Panthers last offseason. He looked completely worth the $12 million guaranteed price tag in 2020.Anderson led the team with 95 receptions, finishing second with 1,096 yards receiving. It was the first time in his career reaching 1,000 yards.The wide receiver recently called signing with the Panthers “one of the best decisions I made” in part because of how playing with the Jets made him feel.“I just felt like a sense of peace being [with the...

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Report: Brian Daboll staying in Buffalo in 2021 - ProFootballTalk

Report: Brian Daboll staying in Buffalo in 2021 - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesBills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll looked like he might become the head coach of the Chargers before Los Angeles hired Brandon Staley for the job on Sunday.Daboll also interviewed with the Jets, who hired Robert Saleh.Only two jobs remain open, and neither the Texans nor the Eagles appear to have Daboll high on their list of candidates. So Daboll, despite his connections with Texans General Manager Nick Caserio and executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby, in his current role for 2021, Aaron Wilson of the...

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Devin White sets the tone for Tampa Bay's defense - ProFootballTalk

Devin White sets the tone for Tampa Bay's defense - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAs football has pivoted sharply toward health and safety in recent years, it can be jarring to see someone approach the game with the rough-and-tumble mindset that permeated the sport for decades.Buccaneers linebacker embodies that rough-and-tumble mindset.He’s physical, within the rules. He’s sudden, he strong, he’s violent, he’s athletically skilled.“I think the number one thing is [defensive coordinator] Todd Bowles said, ‘We’re going to be feisty, we’re going to challenge those guys’ and he’s going to take us over them,” White told...

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Bradie Tennell, Karen Chen named to figure skating world team - OlympicTalk | NBC Sports

Bradie Tennell, Karen Chen named to figure skating world team - OlympicTalk | NBC Sports

Bradie Tennell and Karen Chen will represent the United States in the women’s competition at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships, scheduled for March 22-28 in Stockholm.Three men, three ice dance teams and two pairs’ teams will be named by U.S. Figure Skating on Sunday.Tennell and Chen head to Stockholm with the goal of earning the U.S. the maximum three women’s spots for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. They can do that if their placements combine to equal 13 or lower.FIGURE SKATING NATIONALS: |Chen, 21, faced the same pressure four years ago and delivered. She was fourth at the...

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Jared Goff: There are no moral victories, especially in the playoffs

Jared Goff: There are no moral victories, especially in the playoffs

For a quarterback just a few weeks removed from surgery to repair a broken thumb, quarterback Jared Goff played relatively well on Saturday.He finished 21-of-27 passing for 174 yards with a touchdown, though he was sacked four times.Goff also didn’t commit a giveaway for the second consecutive week. The Rams had a turnover in each of their 2020 regular-season games.But all of that was likely little consolation after losing to the Packers 32-18 on Saturday.“My job is to ,” Goff said following the loss, via Jourdan Rodrigue of TheAthletic.com. “I thought I did some good things out there, but...

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Deshaun Watson "just wants out" of the Texans - ProFootballTalk

Deshaun Watson "just wants out" of the Texans - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesLast month, SI.com at the uncanny rise of Jack Easterby in Houston. Now, SI.com has a new article that sifts through the aftermath of a failed season and the intense dysfunction the team’s various moves have created.amounts to a treasure trove of news and nuggets, and we’ll spend much of the day — and possibly much of the weekend — presenting different angles from the story in quickly digestible chunks.First up: It’s clear that quarterback has migrated past the point of no return when it comes to his relationship with the team.“He just...

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Jack Easterby’s literal Hail Mary play has worked, so far

Jack Easterby’s literal Hail Mary play has worked, so far

Two weeks ago, Texans owner Cal McNair seemed to be ready to neuter at best and ostracize at worst Jack Easterby, the team’s executive V.P. of football operations. Then Easterby made a Hail Mary play, perhaps literally, to get McNair to change his mind. touches on a rumor that has been making the rounds since the Texans went off the Korn Ferry board and hired Nick Caserio to become the team’s new General Manager. Easterby, as the rumor goes, persuaded McNair to pray with Easterby for wisdom in deciding on the new G.M. — fully aware that the new G.M. could end up freezing out or firing...

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Bruce Arians plans no extra "risk it" on Sunday - ProFootballTalk

Bruce Arians plans no extra "risk it" on Sunday - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesBuccaneers coach Bruce Arians likes to say, “No risk it, no biscuit.” On Sunday, when he tries to beat the Saints for the first time as head coach in Tampa Bay, there will be no extra “risk it.”Asked by reporters on Friday whether he’ll coach more aggressively on Sunday night in New Orleans, Arians said, “I don’t think so. You’ll take calculated risks all the time — this game wouldn’t be any different on how it’s going, whether you go for it, kick field goals or whatever you do. All those decisions I think will just be normal.”That’s...

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Report: Dan Campbell the favorite to become Lions head coach - ProFootballTalk

Report: Dan Campbell the favorite to become Lions head coach - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youUSA Today SportsIt looks like one more head coaching vacancy is off the board.Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell to become the next Lions head coach, according to a report from NFL media’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.Campbell interviewed with the Lions on Monday. He’s not able to have a second interview with Detroit, which hired Brad Holmes to be its G.M. , until the Saints’ season is over.A former tight end in the league from 1999-2009, Campbell has been with the Saints since 2016. Before that, he was the Dolphins tight...

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Tom Brady: Drew Brees is a lot younger than me - ProFootballTalk

Tom Brady: Drew Brees is a lot younger than me - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youUSA TodayThe first time took on , Brees threw for 293 yards for Purdue, but Brady threw for 250 yards and Michigan won 38-12. That was in 1999, when Brees was a junior and Brady was a senior. And Brady still recognizes that he’s the elder quarterback.When Brady’s Buccaneers play Brees’ Saints on Sunday, their combined age of 85 will make them the playing against each other in NFL history. But Brady turned 43 in August, while Brees turns 42 today.“He’s a lot younger than me. He’s 18 months younger than me — 18 months ago, I felt a lot better,” Brady...

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Buccaneers place Alex Cappa on IR, sign Earl Watford - ProFootballTalk

Buccaneers place Alex Cappa on IR, sign Earl Watford - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe Buccaneers have made a pair of roster moves on Friday, placing right guard on injured reserve and signing offensive lineman .Cappa during last week’s victory over Washington and is out for the rest of the postseason. Head coach Bruce Arians said earlier this week will start in Cappa’s place.Watford was with the Buccaneers last year and provides depth along the offensive line. He appeared in 15 games in 2019 with four starts. He was most recently with the Patriots, who released him from their practice squad on Dec. 29.

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Tom Brady: Bucs have come a long way since last time we played Saints - ProFootballTalk

Tom Brady: Bucs have come a long way since last time we played Saints - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe last time the Buccaneers faced the Saints, New Orleans won a 38-3 blowout. When they play again on Sunday, says, it’s going to be a different Buccaneers team.“I think we’ve certainly ,” Brady said, via the team’s website. “I think we’re just going to keep improving. The more we’re together, the more we’re talking about football, the more we’re trying to be on the same page, the better it is.”Brady knows the Saints will be a tough opponent.“We’ve got a big test this weekend [against] one of the great teams in the NFL, consistently...

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Before the season, Urban Meyer ranked Trevor Lawrence ahead of Justin Fields - ProFootballTalk

Before the season, Urban Meyer ranked Trevor Lawrence ahead of Justin Fields - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesFormer Ohio State coach Urban Meyer the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and that has raised a question: With Meyer at the helm, would the Jaguars surprise everyone by passing on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, and go with Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields instead?That remains to be seen, but Meyer has previously stated he considers Lawrence a better quarterback than Fields. Prior to this college football season, Meyer was working for FOX Sports, and when asked to rank...

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