Stafford endures ‘tough times’ after wife’s tumor surgery

Football 05/21/19, 16:46

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is juggling his job on the field and his role as a husband and father as his wife, Kelly, recovers from surgery to remove a brain tumor."There's been some long days and some tough times," Stafford said Tuesday after joining his teammates for a voluntary ...

Buccaneers moving on from 6-time Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy

Football 05/21/19, 14:17

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving on from Gerald McCoy.The team released the six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, describing the move as a mutual agreement after nine seasons.McCoy, the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, was due to make $13 million next season, but none of it was ...

Manning not worried about having Jones waiting in the wings

Football 05/20/19, 17:13

Eli Manning hasn't been looking over his shoulder since the New York Giants took heir apparent Daniel Jones with the sixth pick overall in the NFL draft.The 38-year-old Manning is always focused on what he can control and right now that's being the Giants' quarterback in 2019.There seems to be ...

Bucs’ 1st-round pick changes numbers, hits practice field

Sports 05/10/19, 17:29

One of Devin White's first orders of business as the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft was selecting a new jersey number with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The 2018 Butkus Award winner as the nation's top college linebacker wore No. 40 at LSU and was hoping to continue wearing it ...

Cardinals’ Murray makes impression in first NFL practice

Sports 05/10/19, 16:46

The Arizona Cardinals' rookies took the practice field for the first time on Friday, and all eyes were on quarterback Kyler Murray.Murray, the top overall pick in last month's NFL draft, sported a white tie-on headband as he threw over the outstretched arms of coach Kliff Kingsbury and looped on-target ...

Cardinals sign top pick Murray to four-year deal

Sports 05/09/19, 20:21

The Arizona Cardinals have signed Kyler Murray in time for their rookie minicamp.Arizona signed the No. 1 overall draft pick to a four-year contract Thursday worth about $35 million with a team option for a fifth. It includes a signing bonus of more than $23 million.The Cardinals also signed five ...

Browns rookie cornerback Williams looks the part

Football 05/03/19, 17:44

With a bright smile, easygoing nature and similar facial expressions, rookie cornerback Greedy Williams looks like a young Chris Rock.He's a dead ringer for the comedian."I tell people, that's my father," Williams joked.Cleveland Browns' Greedy Williams runs through a drill during an NFL football rookie minicamp Friday, May 3, 2019, ...

Vikings rookie long snapper has Air Force duty to fulfill

Sports 05/03/19, 17:05

Long snappers are the afterthoughts of the NFL draft. Players from the service academies, on track to join the military and not pro sports, are largely ignored.Still, here was Austin Cutting, a seventh-round pick out of the Air Force Academy, sharpening his specialist skills in rookie minicamp on Friday with ...

NFL draft draws record numbers in Nashville and on TV

Sports 04/29/19, 07:04

The NFL draft drew record numbers both on site and on television.The league said Monday that more than 600,000 attended over the three days in Nashville, easily eclipsing the 250,000 that came to watch two years ago in Philadelphia.Nielsen reports that the draft on ESPN, ABC and NFL Network averaged ...

Shooting kills college football player, injures Giants’ pick

Sports 04/28/19, 17:48

Washburn University's joy over one of its own going to the pros quickly shifted to grief this weekend after a shooting killed a current Washburn football player and wounded the former member of the team who was drafted by the New York Giants just hours earlier. Police in Topeka, Kansas, where ...

With high picks, 49ers add talent, depth in draft

Football 04/27/19, 21:13

Looking to add talent, depth and competition at several positions, the San Francisco 49ers felt they met all three objectives with their eight selections in the NFL draft.With high picks in every round each of the first two days, the 49ers obtained prospects that could make a difference on both ...

Packers use draft to improve versatility on defense

Football 04/27/19, 21:05

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst insisted he went into the NFL draft prepared to go for the best available player with each of Green Bay's eight picks.He thinks that plan worked out well for its biggest need: Defense."I feel really good right now" about the defense, said Gutekunst on Saturday ...

Chargers able to address defensive tackle, linebacker needs

Football 04/27/19, 20:46

Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco knew that he needed to add depth at defensive tackle and linebacker during the NFL draft. The Chargers accomplished that as four of their seven selections addressed those two areas.Defensive tackles bookended the Chargers selections. They took Notre Dame's Jerry Tillery in the ...

Bucs bolster defense in hopes of helping Winston

Football 04/27/19, 20:37

For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFL draft was all about trying to give Jameis Winston a better chance to succeed.That not only means surrounding the fifth-year quarterback with playmakers on offense but rebuilding a defense that's been one of the worst in the league since Winston entered the league ...

Browns bolster defense in second NFL draft under GM Dorsey

Football 04/27/19, 20:03

Freddie Kitchens emerged from the Browns' draft room looking like a wide-eyed rookie.Things had been moving pretty quickly for Cleveland's first-year coach, who seemed a little dazed after spending three whirlwind days observing general manager John Dorsey and his staff relentlessly work the phones with other NFL front-office executives while ...

Eagles draft all about offense

Football 04/27/19, 19:36

Scoring more points matters most to the Philadelphia Eagles.The Eagles took offensive players with four of their five picks in the NFL draft, passing up needs on defense to select the best players available to help them improve an offense that ranked 18th in scoring last year.They got their only ...

Jaguars gamble on Murray State linebacker Quincy Williams

Football 04/27/19, 19:04

Quincy Williams didn't get an invite to the NFL combine. He didn't have a pro day at Murray State. He didn't even think he would get drafted, at least not in the third round.He ended up being Jacksonville's biggest, maybe boldest, reach in the NFL draft.The Jaguars chose the 5-fooot-10, ...

Bills show glimmers of luster under McDermott, Beane

Football 04/27/19, 18:48

Though exhausted after completing the second day of the NFL draft, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane had enough playfulness in him to compliment coach Sean McDermott on his natty, plum-colored, pinstriped suit."There's a sheen to it," Beane said with a laugh.McDermott responded with a roll of his eyes and ...

Redskins find long-term QB prospect, immediate help in draft

Football 04/27/19, 18:15

Dwayne Haskins learned patience from waiting behind J.T. Barrett at Ohio State that he could need to lean on before he becomes the Redskins' franchise quarterback. Selecting Haskins 15th overall gives Washington what it hopes to be a long-term solution at football's most important position. Trading back up into the first ...

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