Brad Biggs: So long as Bears receiver Allen Robinson remains without a deal, he'll likely continue to gain more leverage
CHICAGO — Leverage is the name of the game in contract negotiations, and the deeper this season goes the more Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson will have as he seeks a multi-year extension that will make him one of the highest-paid wide receivers in the league.The risk for Robinson, of course, is remaining healthy and productive enough to be paid commensurate to the top players at his position. The former is most significant because as long as Robinson is on the field he’s the preferred target of quarterback Mitch Trubisky.Where this thing is headed is anyone’s best guess. Chairman Ge...
Mike Sielski: The Eagles won't have a real home-field advantage against the Rams, and it doesn't matter anyway
PHILADELPHIA — When the Eagles drafted Nate Gerry in 2017, their home stadium became his home stadium — Lincoln Financial Field, seating capacity: 69,176. Sounds like a big crowd. Not to Gerry. He had played linebacker and safety for four years at Nebraska, and Memorial Stadium in Lincoln holds 90,000 people. Not to mention that Gerry had starred at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, S.D., which claims a “national record” 42 state championships and has an enrollment of more than 1,800 students. So it’s a fair bet that Washington got a good turnout for home games. Maybe not quite what a thu...
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Omar Kelly: Dolphins social-impact group makes sure team backs up their video with action
DAVIE, Fla. — Last week, the Miami Dolphins players unveiled a moving video that called out the NFL and some of its fans for their hypocrisy on social justice over the years.The video announced the team’s decision to stay inside the locker room all season during the playing of the national anthem before football games, and the message created a social media stir.Creating the 2-minute, 17-second message of players speaking from their heart in a collectively written poem was just the starting point of the team’s plans to shake things up.After calling for less talk and more action when it comes t...
Injured Cowboys LT Tyron Smith will be a game-time decision Sunday
FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys don’t sound optimistic about Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.Smith suffered a neck injury going through individual drills and didn’t practice on Thursday or Friday.Owner Jerry Jones called Smith a game-time decision for Sunday, while coach Mike McCarthy said they are still gathering information on Smith and will know more on Saturday.“As far as the plan, you’re always working different scenarios,” McCarthy said. “We’ll continue to do that today and tomorrow. We’ll see how Tyron is tomorrow. That wi...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Lions' Matthew Stafford pens powerful essay on why he won't 'stick to football'
DETROIT — Matthew Stafford penned a powerful essay for The Players’ Tribune website Friday in which he detailed racist behavior he experienced while with some of his teammates this spring and urged everyone to continue fighting against racial injustice.Stafford said his proudest day as a Detroit Lion came in August when the team called off practice to demonstrate against the Jacob Blake shooting.Blake was shot at least seven times by Kenosha, Wis., police, and the Lions’ protest sparked other demonstrations across the sports world, with some games in the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball bein...
Detroit Free Press
Carson Wentz vs. Jared Goff: 5 years later, who is the better quarterback?
PHILADELPHIA — Five year ago, the Eagles boldly traded up to the second spot in the 2016 draft. As everyone was well aware at the time, the apple of their eye was a deer hunter from North Dakota by the name of Carson Wentz.The Eagles were 99.9% certain that the team with the first pick in the draft, the Los Angeles Rams, was going to take the Cali kid, Jared Goff.But what if the Rams had thrown them a curve at the last minute? What if general manager Les Snead and then-head coach Jeff Fisher had decided Wentz was the guy they wanted, not Goff?The Eagles insisted back then that they went into d...
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How does a PA announcer address an empty stadium? The new Bears voice will try to 'make it feel pretty normal for those watching on TV.'
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears’ new public address announcer has no public to address.Tim Sinclair still will be there with a microphone, his voice booming across an empty Soldier Field during Sunday’s game between the Bears and New York Giants.If you hear “Touch! Down! Bears!” in the background while watching the game on TV, that’s him.“It’s to create a game-day atmosphere for the players, so they feel as at home as much as possible, and then the rest is a TV show and trying to make it feel pretty normal for those watching on TV,” said Sinclair, 42, looking ahead to his debut as the in-stadium v...
David Murphy: The Eagles might not be the team many envisioned, but there's a reason we shouldn't leave them for dead
Frank Reich isn’t walking through that door, and neither is Nick Foles, and maybe those are good things, because Reich just lost to a tanking team and Foles is on the bench behind Mitch Trubisky. When you look at the Eagles’ Week 1 struggles in that light, it should be easier to entertain the possibility that the biggest thing that their loss to Washington exposed was a lack of perspective on the part of the rest of us. I mean that in the most sympathetic sense. For those born and raised on Philadelphia sports, short memories are a survival mechanism. But find somebody who isn’t from here and,...
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Fantasy football Week 2: Start and sit
Week 1 of the NFL season offered much to dissect. Here’s a recap of last week’s games, followed by Week 2’s best bets:———WEEK 1 RECAPChiefs 34, Texans 20: The most interesting thing about rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s debut — besides the 138 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown — was he didn’t receive a single target (he’s an exceptional receiver). Kansas City’s offense didn’t need another playmaker.Cardinals 24, 49ers 20: The only quarterbacks I have ranked above Kyler Murray (321 total yards, two total touchdowns against a good Niners defense) going forward are Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Ja...
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Chiefs may need more from L'Jarius Sneed even after an interception in his NFL debut
Text messages were flying among the Louisiana Tech football coaches and players last Thursday. One of theirs, L’Jarius Sneed, not only pulled a starting assignment in his NFL debut but landed the Chiefs’ first interception.“I was quiet though,” Bulldogs secondary coach Jeff Burris said. “I was nervous, watching his first game.”Afterwards?“So gratifying, the whole night,” Burris said. “To see him jog out there with the first unit. That was a surreal moment.”Sneed made the most of his opportunity in last Thursday’s 34-20 triumph over the Houston Texans with three tackles and two pass breakups be...
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