Month: October 2021

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NFL trade rumors: Colts receiving calls, ‘could be active in the coming weeks’

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The Colts could make multiple moves before the start of the regular season.

Indianapolis has been receiving trade calls, according to a report from NFL Network, and the team “could be active in the coming weeks.”

The Colts have depth at cornerback, wide receiver and on the offensive line, the report notes, but is currently not shopping any particular player.

The Colts have multiple pass-catching options behind leading wideout T.Y. Hilton and tight end Eric Ebron. They also have Jacoby Brissett, a top backup quarterback, but they’ve said previously they’re not looking to deal him.

“Jacoby has too much value to us, not only as our backup quarterback, who I think you can absolutely win with and I think he’s a starter in the league, but also to the locker room,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said in mid-January (via the New York Daily News). “He is well-respected throughout the locker room by both sides of the ball — offensively and defensively.

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Dolphins owner Stephen Ross steps down from NFL's social justice coalition

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Stephen Ross is no longer part of the NFL's social justice committee.

The Dolphins owner, who is a founding member of the group, stepped down following the backlash for hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump at Ross' home earlier this month.

"Stephen made the decision last week and informed the NFL and members of the working committee that he was going to step aside from the group and continue to focus his efforts on RISE," a Dolphins spokesman said, via the Miami Herald, referring to the nonprofit Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality. "He believes in and is still fully committed to the work that has been done by the group and will always be a passionate supporter and tireless advocate for social justice causes, the fight for equal rights and education."

The move comes after former NFL defensive end Chris Long, who also is a member of the coalition, told Sports Illustrated that the group addressed Ross' support of Trump, which eventually prompted Ross to make the decision.

”We’ve worked with a number of owners who lean conservative and have even supported Trump in the past. However (and I have no idea why I’m explaining this because you’ll never concede the point)," Long tweeted.

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Baker Mayfield channeled his inner Deion Sanders by snubbing Chargers in NFL Draft process

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Baker Mayfield is a confident person, something he made apparent in his NFL Draf夜网论坛t process.

In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, the Browns quarterback revealed how he essentially snubbed the Chargers ahead of the draft. Since they had the No. 17 pick of the first round, Mayfield — who became the top pick of the draft — didn't make much of their interest in him.

Via GQ: 

Though he figured he wouldn't go first, Mayfield was confident that he'd be selected quite high. So certain in fact that when teams with late draft picks sent him playbooks to review, he politely declined to study the material. “They hated it,” he recalls of a meeting with the San Diego Chargers. “They're like, ‘Are you serious?’ I go, ‘Yeah, you guys have the 17th pick.’”

MORE: 2019 NFL Predictions with Cowboys winning it all

This type of attitude just shows off Mayfield's personality, albeit to an extreme.

It's confident. It's daring. It's honest.

Also, if the story sounds familiar, it might be because you heard a similar story from Deion Sanders, the No. 5 overall pick of the 1989 NFL Draft. His story comes from the 1989 NFL Combine:

“I was in the Giants room … they sat me down and gave me a thick book — thicker than a phone book.

I said ‘What is this?’

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The best, worst XFL 2020 team names and logos, ranked

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The new XFL now has team names and logos to go with the eight cities that will be part of the league's reboot in 2020. The team names and logos were made official during Wednesday's nationally televised afternoon press conference.

New York and Los Angeles are back without the Hitmen and Xtreme, their original XFL nicknames. This time around, the other six cities — Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington — are brand-new, and five of them host NFL teams.

MORE: A complete guide to the XFL's 2020 reboot

Before you invest in new XFL gear, here's ranking what we think of the newly revealed names and logos, from best to worst.

1. Los Angeles Wildcats

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Northwestern, Villanova, Kentucky, Arizona, Davidson, Weber State and Kansas State shouldn't mind letting LA also use this generic, yet classic, nickname. It sounds like a perfect moniker for a team in "Any Given Sunday."

Plus, we like the unintended homage to an underrated Hollywood football movie, "Wildcats." If only they would let G[......]

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Some Andrew Luck reaction ‘frustrating,’ recently retired Doug Baldwin says

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Former Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin expressed empathy for Andrew Luck, calling the criticism his former Stanford teammate is facing "frustrating to watch."

Luck, the first overall pick out of the 2012 draft, announced his retirement Saturday after seven season with the league. The decision came after he missed nine games in 2015 and the entire 2017 season with various injuries. ESPN reported that Luck made the decision partly because he's "mentally worn down."

"It's a point in life that I think everybody reaches, whether you're in sports, entertainment or at a desk job or at a factory," Baldwin told ESPN. "You come to a point where you have to make a decision that is best for your life long-term, and as difficult as that is for people who have been in a realm that has put them on a pedestal, this false affirmation, this false validation that you are a better human being than other people because you catch touchdowns or because you throw touchdowns, it's hard to pull yourself out of that."

Luck, who turns 30 next month, said it was "the hardest decision" of his life, while explaining: "I haven't been able to live the life I want to live. It's taken the joy out of this game ... the only way forward for me is to remove myself from fo[......]

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Texans have a 'good situation' at running back despite Lamar Miller's injury, Bill O'Brien says

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Bill O'Brien thinks the Texans still have a strong group of running backs. 

Houston starter Lamar Miller suffered a torn ACL, a season-ending injury, in the team's 34-0 preseason loss to the Cowboys. But, the team might not add another player in the backfield as O'Brien said he believes there are some solid internal options to replace Miller, including Duke Johnson — who was acquired in a trade with the Browns earlier this month. 

“I think as you look at our running back situation right now, we have a good situation," O'Brien told reporters this week. "I think adding Duke Johnson was a good move. He’s been good in the meeting room, in practice, professional attitude."

O'Brien, however, said the Texans would undoubtedly miss Miller, despite his confidence in his backfield.

“Tough loss," O'Brien said. "Obviously, a guy that we are going to miss in the meeting room, we’re going to miss o夜网论坛n the practice field and obviously, we’re going to miss him on the game field.”

Johnson, meanwhile, has rushed for 1,286 yards and scored 13 total touchdowns over his four-year career. He has also caught 235 passes for 2,170 yards. Yet, the 25-year-old was relegated to a backup role after the Browns signed Kareem Hunt this offseason and he was[......]

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Carli Lloyd celebrates USWNT goal with NFL-centric ‘Fly, Eagles, Fly'; Could it be a hint?

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Carli Lloyd scored a goal in the 52nd minute of the USWNT's friendly against Portugal at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, but it was her celebration that got everyone talking. 

The two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist celebrated her goal by paying homage to the hometown Eagles with an NFL-centric "Fly, Eagles, Fly" celebration. 

She gave her teammates a hug, and then turned to the crowd and put both hands in the air in the shape of a field goal to say "it's good," similar to the signal football officials use to call a successful field goal attempt. 

But the real question is: could her celebration be a hint at what she intends to do in the future? 

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Jerick McKinnon injury update: 49ers running back (knee) will be placed on IR, report says

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Jerick McKinnon's surgically repaired knee has made it difficult for him to be fully engaged in practice, and it has now effectively ended his season before it even began.

According to the NFL Network, the 49ers' running back was placed on the injured reserve after suffering continued setbacks during his recovery.

McKinnon will miss his second consecutive season due to injury.

The team's general manager John Lynch recently revealed McKinnon had difficulties getting fully healthy after the procedure.

"(Tuesday), we brought him out, and it's a real bummer because he keeps getting to the final step. And the final step is actually playing NFL football, particularly at his position where you've got to make hard cuts, you've got to put your foot in the ground," Lynch said (via 49erswebzone.com). "We did it a month ago, and we got to that step, and he kind of regressed. And I would say yesterday, we had a similar situation. So we're trying to get to really what's the root cause of the problems that he's having."

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Colin Kaepernick posts video of himself training with Odell Beckham Jr.

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Former 49ers quarter夜网论坛back Colin Kaepernick is still without a team after becoming a free agent in 2017, but that's not stopping him from training. 

In Kaepernick's most recent post, he shared footage of himself working out with Odell Beckham Jr. and throwing deep balls to the Browns star receiver. 

"From putting in work predraft, to staying ready against the odds! Love to my Brother @obj," Kaepernick tweeted Wednesday. 

The video opens with a graphic that reads, "Denied work for 917 days," marking the last time he played in the NFL in December 2016. He released a similar video last month, sending a message to teams that he's "still ready."

He settled his collusion case against the NFL and its ownership in February. In the grievance, Kaepernick, who was the first player to kneel during the national anthem to protest social and racial inequality, accused NFL owners of colluding to keep him out of the game. 

Kaepernick inspired other players to join his protests, including his then-49ers teammate Eric Reid, who also filed a similar grievance against the NFL. Reid was without a team for some time, but signed with th[......]

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Steelers' James Conner optimistic about drama-free season: 'We don't need no attention'

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It's a new season for the Steelers, and they're ready to capitalize on it.

Speaking Wednesday on "Good Morning Football," third-year running back James Conner sounded optimistic about a potentially drama-free season after Pittsburgh plummeted into turmoil and tabloids in 2018.

"We got a great vibe," Conner said. "We don't need no attention. We don't need nothing. We just going to go out there and play."

Without naming names, Conner highlighted the importance of team building and working together as one unit.

"We're gonna try to be the most physical team on the field every game," Conner added. "Play for one another. Just play disciplined football. That's gonna take care of itself. We got talent over here. We're gonna put it all together and play for one another and we'll see what happens."

The Le’Veon Bell saga finally ended in March as the star rusher signed with the Jets, but not before Antonio Brown was shipped off to Oakland. The disgruntled receiver found a way to overshadow the Bell-dominated headlines through his apparent discon[......]

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