Cowboys’ road slate starts with Tom Brady, who’s already talkin’ trash
FORT WORTH, Texas — What started as a grand, although challenging beginning of the 2021 season, featuring the return of quarterback Dak Prescott and on the road against the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, might now feature some additional motivation for the Dallas Cowboys. Credit seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady for adding a little spice to the much-anticipated game, which kicks off the NFL season in prime time on Thursday, Sept. 9, on NBC, and some sizzle to the NFL’s official 2021 schedule announcement on Wednesday. Brady used his Instagram story to ex...
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Mark Bradley: The Falcons’ 2021 schedule doesn’t look all that daunting
A schedule never looks real until it’s a full-blown schedule – the games in chronological order, sites included – because then we can flip through an autumn’s worth of football and slap a W or an L on every entry. Then comes the fun part: We count the W’s and L’s and say, in an orotund voice, “Looks like 9-8 to me.” Or maybe 7-10. This is the NFL, which means there’s not much difference between fabulous and forlorn. The 2020 Falcons were awful, right? They lost their first five games. They lost their final five games. They finished 4-12. They fired their head coach in October. Come January, th...
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Teddy Bridgewater has advice for Joe Brady on how the Panthers’ offense can get better
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In his first public comments since the Carolina Panthers traded him last month, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater offered some advice for the Panthers. “For Joe Brady’s growth, I think that organization will have to practice different things in different ways,” Bridgewater said on the All Things Covered podcast. “Like one of the things we didn’t do much of when I was there, we didn’t practice two-minute, really. We didn’t practice red zone.” The comments drew surprise from the podcast’s hosts Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden, who said their teams had an entire practice day de...
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Running back Kerryon Johnson says getting waived by Lions was ‘scary,’ and he’s out to validate the Eagles’ faith in him
PHILADELPHIA — Kerryon Johnson’s time on the waiver wire was short-lived, but he says it was enough to provide a spark. The 23-year-old running back was waived by the Detroit Lions on Thursday and got claimed by the Eagles the following day. He was a second-round pick out of Auburn in 2018, but knee injuries hampered him in his first two seasons. He played all 16 games last season, albeit in a limited role. Johnson, who had his introductory Eagles news conference Tuesday, said his first time in the NFL’s version of limbo was a sobering experience. “It was a little weird. I’ve seen it happen to...
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Lori Borgman: What to say when a duck dies
Our wilderness wing of the family acquired four ducklings in an effort to expand their menagerie, which to date consists of a mouser cat built like an NFL linebacker, an extremely energetic black lab that in mellow moods doubles as a pillow for the little ones and a lop-eared rabbit given free range as it is litter box-trained. Theoretically, the rabbit is trained. I don't argue with theory; I just watch where I step. A flurry of activity made way for ducklings. First came building a duck house, a simple wooden structure surrounded by aging black hickory trees nestled near the edge of the pond...
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Former Mizzou Tigers tight end Sean Culkin among three released by Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs’ roster will remain fluid through the remaining months of the offseason, and Monday presented a reminder of that. The Chiefs released tight end Sean Culkin and offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann as vested veterans, and waived quarterback Jordan Ta’amu. Culkin, who played his college football at Missouri (2013-16), entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers. He joined the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad in 2020 before signing a reserve/future deal with the Chiefs in February. Witzmann spent time on the Chiefs’ practice squad last season and signed his ...
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Mark Zeigler: How fast are football players? DK Metcalf is about to find out.
SAN DIEGO — You've no doubt seen the video from last October. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Budda Baker intercepts a pass on the goal line and heads toward the opposite end zone, nothing but green artificial turf in front of him. Seattle Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf, a good 10 yards behind, takes off after him. Catches him at the 8-yard line. The next day, after the NFL gloated about Metcalf's "wheels," the USA Track and Field federation playfully tweeted that "NFL players are welcome to test their speed against real speed at the Olympic Trials." To which Metcalf replied: "See you there." "Ther...
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Eagles claim former Lions running back Kerryon Johnson off waivers
DETROIT — It didn't take long for Kerryon Johnson to find a new home. The running back, waived by the Detroit Lions on Thursday, was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Eagles. Johnson, a second-round pick in 2018, appeared in 34 games during this three seasons with the Lions, rushing for 1,225 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns. After suffering knee injuries his first two seasons, the Lions drafted D'Andre Swift in 2020, pushing Johnson into a third-down role where he thrived as one of the best pass-protecting backs in the league. Johnson became expendable this offseason aft...
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Nick Saban still isn't over Dolphins doctors failing Drew Brees on a physical
MIAMI — Alabama head coach Nick Saban has won seven national championships and restored the Crimson Tide into an annual national powerhouse program upon his arrival in 2007. It came after a two-season stint in the NFL as the Miami Dolphins head coach. But had the franchise signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, who was injured at the time, as a free agent in 2006, Saban's return to college might not have happened. Back in 2015, Saban discussed that with ESPN's "Outside the Lines," saying, "If we had had Drew Brees, I might still be in Miami," according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. ...
Mike Sielski: Aaron Rodgers once explained why Jalen Hurts will face so much pressure this season with the Eagles
PHILADELPHIA — Back in November 2016, back when Jalen Hurts was 18 years old and the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Alabama in more than three decades, back when nobody had to monitor Jeopardy! each night for tells and insights into what the NFL's most valuable player might be thinking, Aaron Rodgers said some interesting things, as he often does. They were so interesting, in fact, that they're relevant now, to Hurts and the Eagles, in ways that, quite obviously, no one could have foreseen then. On a conference call with some media members here before an Eagles-Packers game, R...
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