Arizona’s David Johnson expecting big things in new offense

Football 05/30/19, 01:25

Arizona running back David Johnson believes it could be a grand year.Two grand, even.Johnson came close to having 1,000 yards rushing and receiving once before and believes he can do it under new coach Kliff Kingsbury's high-octane offense."I definitely hope that a thousand/thousand is reachable and that's always going to ...

Bears’ Trubisky facing high expectations after playoff year

Football 05/29/19, 20:13

Dave Ragone recalled the look in Mitchell Trubisky's eyes during the final drive of the Chicago Bears' season.The then-defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles had just grabbed a 16-15 lead in the final minute of the wild-card game at Soldier Field. Chicago's season ended with Cody Parkey's field-goal attempt ricocheting ...

Wife of Jaguars QB Nick Foles announces miscarriage

Football 05/29/19, 19:52

The wife of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles announced on Instagram that she had a miscarriage and said getting over the "traumatic loss" will take time.Tori Foles says she was about 15 weeks pregnant with the couple's second child when she went into sudden labor Sunday morning and "knew something ...

Update: Belichick the flag bearer for Game 2 in Boston

Football 05/29/19, 19:03

The Latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins (all times Eastern):8 p.m.New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the surprise pregame flag bearer prior to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.Fans arrive for Game 2 of the NHL ...

After uncertainty, K.J. Wright happy to still be in Seattle

Football 05/29/19, 18:14

At this time a year ago, K.J. Wright was entering a contract year with no certainty he would stay with the only team he'd ever played for.Then he got hurt during preseason. And needed surgery. And had a setback, and got to the point of resigning himself to the idea ...

Harris returns to Broncos, ready to prove his worth

Football 05/29/19, 17:32

Chris Harris Jr. finally feels appreciated — financially."Oh yeah, definitely more satisfied for what I do on the field. I definitely get more respect around the league for what I've done and I mean, that's what it's about," Harris said Wednesday following his first workout with the Denver Broncos this ...

Chad Kelly may be getting final NFL chance in Indianapolis

Football 05/29/19, 17:27

Chad Kelly insists a few months away from football helped put life in perspective.He read the Bible while living in his parents' basement. He recommitted himself to the game. And now he believes he can avoid any more trouble off the field.The once-promising young quarterback thinks his latest humbling experience ...

Vikings hire ex-NFL vet Kaeding as part-time kicking coach

Football 05/29/19, 16:46

The Minnesota Vikings have hired nine-year NFL veteran Nate Kaeding as a part-time kicking coach.Kaeding, a two-time Pro Bowl pick with the San Diego Chargers, has begun working with Vikings specialists this spring. He's been at the practice facility a couple of times per week, with electronic communication between visits. ...

Intensity of ‘crazy’ Gase, Williams trickles to Jets players

Football 05/29/19, 16:19

The tempo at New York Jets practice is in midseason form.So is the intensity on the field, with guys flying around from sideline to sideline. The volume of the coaches is up, too.It's still only May, but there's a noticeable — and audible — buzz around the new-look Jets."That's one ...

Life after Le’Veon: Steelers RB trio ready to forge own path

Football 05/29/19, 16:18

The same words kept popping up as James Conner, Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell Jr. talked. Words such as "we" and "us" and "relationships" and "my guys."No personal agendas. No campaigning for more touches or playing time. No talk about contracts or specific roles. The Pittsburgh Steelers running backs just ...

OBJ will ride into Cleveland with customized orange Rolls

Football 05/29/19, 14:57

Odell Beckham Jr.'s got a new team and a new ride.The star wide receiver has purchased a tricked-out, orange Rolls Royce complete with a pop-up hood ornament that features a miniaturized model of him in a Browns uniform making one of the one-handed catches he became known for while with ...

Coach Flores says Dolphins are heading in right direction

Football 05/29/19, 14:47

Brian Flores loves fullbacks as a coach because he hated them as a linebacker.That small but illuminating revelation came Wednesday, helping a bit to answer the biggest question around the Miami Dolphins these days: What is the new coach like?Fans and players won't really know until Flores and the Dolphins ...

Bills’ Murphy feels refreshed 2 years after knee injury

Football 05/29/19, 13:09

Trent Murphy acknowledges he was fooling himself for scoffing at how long doctors and friends projected it would take to recuperate from a severe left knee injury.Though the Buffalo Bills defensive end learned he doesn't possess super-human healing powers, Murphy says the challenges and setbacks he experienced attempting to cut ...

Ex-NFL player pleads not guilty in Vegas child death case

Football 05/29/19, 12:20

A former pro football player pleaded not guilty to murder and child endangerment charges in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter at his Las Vegas apartment.Former NFL and Canadian Football League running back Cierre Wood's attorney, Thomas Ericsson, didn't immediately respond Wednesday to messages about their Tuesday court appearance.Wood's ...

Gruden challenges Antonio Brown during Raiders offseason

Sports 05/29/19, 02:27

Antonio Brown's credentials were well established long before he arrived in Oakland as the Raiders new No. 1 receiver.Brown posted six straight 100-catch seasons for the Steelers with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and was the NFL's most prolific receiver before he forced his way out of Pittsburgh to join the Raiders ...

Rams CB Marcus Peters not worried about new contract

Football 05/28/19, 21:40

Marcus Peters is focused on what is happening in Miami, and the Los Angeles Rams defensive back insists it has nothing to do with the contract the Dolphins gave to cornerback Xavien Howard earlier this month.Howard agreed to a five-year deal that includes $46 million guaranteed and could be worth ...

Vandy pitcher says picking baseball over football was easy

Sports 05/28/19, 16:07

When Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker takes the mound with his 6-foot-4 and 255-pound frame, the imposing freshman looms so large that it feels like Rocker's almost halfway to the plate when he releases his 98-mph fastball."He's playing the wrong sport," Vanderbilt catcher Ty Duvall quipped.Baseball is not the wrong sport, ...

Longtime Broncos trainer to present Bowlen at Hall of Fame

Sports 05/28/19, 15:25

Before Alzheimer's forced him to step down several years ago, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen began his day the same way every day: grabbing two sticks of Big Red gum from the equipment room and then stopping by the training room for updates from head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos."Our conversations ...

Marv Lewis joins football staff at Arizona State as adviser

Football 05/28/19, 14:33

Former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is joining Arizona State coach Herm Edwards' staff as a special adviser.The school announced the hiring on Tuesday. Lewis spent 16 seasons coaching the Bengals and is the franchise's all-time wins leader with 131. He led Cincinnati to seven playoff appearances, including five straight ...

Bounce-back Boz? Steelers’ Boswell aims past bumpy kicks

Football 05/28/19, 13:08

Chris Boswell doesn't do panic.So rather than blow up his offseason routine following a nightmarish 2018 in which the Pittsburgh Steelers kicker struggled to find the form that made him a Pro Bowler in 2017 — a mini-meltdown that contributed to his team's failure to reach the playoffs for the ...

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