Darren Sproles' advice to Chiefs rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire: 'My hometown, be ready'
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wide receiver Tyreek Hill admits he didn’t know much about running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire when the Chiefs used a first-round draft pick on the LSU star last month.So, what was Hill’s initial reaction after doing some quick research on his new teammate?“I looked at his highlights and I was like, ‘Dang, this dude is short, but he’s good, he’s cold,’ ” Hill said during a recent video call. “I think he’s definitely going to be like a Darren Sproles-type back … (a) scatback who can catch the ball out of the backfield, get those scrimmage yards when you need them.”That the 5-f...
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No surprise as Carlos Hyde will count $2.75 million against Seahawks' salary cap
SEATTLE — There was no real surprise when the contract details finally came in for Carlos Hyde, a free-agent running back the Seahawks agreed to sign to a one-year deal last week.Hyde’s signing became official this week, and the contract calls for him to make a base salary of $1.5 million with bonuses of $1.25 million (including $31,250 for every game for which he is on the active roster in 2020) that give it a salary-cap hit of $2.75 million.Other incentives of $1.25 million mean he could make up to $4 million, which was the number initially leaked last week when the agreement was confirmed.B...
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Dolphins coach Brian Flores addresses death of George Floyd, encourages powerful to speak out
Last year Brian Flores became the first current NFL coach to publicly support Colin Kaepernick and other players who knelt before football games to create awareness to social justice issues, which include the police brutality that has plagued communities of color for decades.This week the Miami Dolphins coach provided ESPN an exclusive statement addressing racial issues and the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, three black Americans who died in 2020 at the hands of white police officers or vigilantes attempting to patrol their community.“I’ve had the privilege of being ...
Sam Mellinger: How Mahomes can do more than become the NFL's richest man, with many rooting for him
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The most anticipated contract negotiation in NFL history is underway, in some form. Hard to know exactly where things stand. Parties on either side aren’t talking about it, not even privately.There is too much at stake. We are left with only a few certainties.First, Patrick Mahomes will be the highest-paid player in NFL history.Second, his next contract has the power to change such negotiations in the league forever.“We’re all watching,” said one NFL agent.“If anybody ever had leverage in the history of the world, it’s your quarterback,” said another.“He can do whatever he w...
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Gadget guy or legitimate NFL quarterback? A look at what Jalen Hurts can do for the Eagles.
PHILADELPHIA — The question before the jury today is what, or rather, who is Jalen Hurts?Is he Lamar Jackson? Or is he Taysom Hill? Is he, as Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has suggested, a promising young quarterback with a unique skill set brought into the world-famous NovaCare Quarterback Factory to develop into a capable heartbeat-away backup to oft-injured Carson Wentz?Or is he simply a Hill-like “gadget” guy the Eagles envision using as an occasional weapon in their overhauled offense?In his draft-night statements after taking Hurts in the second round last month, Roseman insisted ...
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Tom Krasovic: Free ride to Chargers puts extra heat on Rams coach McVay
Partnering with the Chargers on a stadium isn’t going well for the Rams, who must bear all cost overruns, now estimated at $2.5 billion, and saw the Chargers undercut them on ticket prices. The strain puts more stress on the Rams to win games.In other words, can coach Sean McVay come to the rescue once again?The Rams had no winning seasons in the 13 years before McVay, as a rookie head coach, led the 2017 team to the NFC West title. A year later he became the NFL’s youngest head coach, at 33, to reach a Super Bowl.McVay’s challenge this time is harder, believe it or not.While the Rams aren’t w...
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Robert Kraft sees NFL playing this fall
Patriots owner Robert Kraft thinks the NFL season will start on schedule.“We’re preparing to hopefully play football this fall,” Kraft said on Tuesday appearance on Fox News’ show “Hannity.”According to Kraft, whose team will be starting its first season since 2000 without future Hall of Famer Tom Brady in the lineup, kicking off the season this fall is still in reach. The Patriots regular season home opener would be a Sept. 13 date with the Miami Dolphins.“We’re working hand in hand with our union,” Kraft said. “We believe we’re developing protocols that will allow us in a safe way, looking o...
New York Daily News
Carolina Panthers sign veteran cornerback Eli Apple to one-year deal
The Panthers have signed cornerback Eli Apple to a one-year deal.The move fills a major need for the team in the defensive backfield. Prior to the signing, Carolina only had one cornerback with three-plus years of experience going into this upcoming season. While Apple won’t turn 25 until August, he has spent the last four seasons in the league and playing in 55 regular season games and three postseason games during that time.Adding a veteran cornerback was the team’s top area that it was looking to address. General manager Marty Hurney said Wednesday on WFNZ that the Panthers were looking to ...
The Charlotte Observer
Will Bobby McCain's injury history keep him from being successful at free safety for Dolphins?
Miami Dolphins defensive back Bobby McCain has always had a scrappy, underdog reputation — one which matches his physical style of play in the team’s secondary.That style and mentality were a driving force behind McCain’s move from nickel cornerback to free safety last season, but the two shoulder injuries he suffered in the nine games he played in 2019 should make the franchise reconsider whether that’s the right spot for the 5-foot-11, 190-pound defensive back.Safeties are typically bigger, which allows them to handle the physicality that comes with the position. But the emergence of spread ...
Mike McCarthy has full confidence Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott will be ready to go
Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy has a lot on his plate in trying to get his new team ready for the season virtually while adhering to coronavirus protocols with his family from their home in Green Bay, Wis.He doesn’t know when he will see his players in person for the first time as NFL facilities remain closed due to COVID-19.He doesn’t know where the Cowboys are going to hold training camp as they are planning for both Frisco and Oxnard, Calif.But what McCarthy is not concerning himself with is quarterback Dak Prescott and his protracted contract negotiations with the Cowboys.Prescott has ...
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