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‘Sticker shock’: 49ers rookies warned about Bay Area housing cost

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The day after Trey Lance became the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, he arrived at the San Francisco 49ers‘ facility for his first in-person meeting with coach Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan had about 15 minutes to chat with Lance and his family, who......

Eagles’ DeVonta Smith: Jalen Hurts, himself are best young QB/WR tandem

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PHILADELPHIA — There are some intriguing young quarterback and wide receiver combinations in the NFL right now: Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase in Cincinnati. Tua Tagovailoa and Jaylen Waddle down in Miami. And there’s a case to be made for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts and reigning Heisman Trophy winner......

Patriots’ Cam Newton, Mac Jones have contrasting styles, so how does it all fit?

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts/notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. QB contrast: Sixteen years ago, coach Bill Belichick said something that highlights one of the more fascinating topics surrounding his current Patriots team. How can two quarterbacks with such contrasting styles of play — Cam Newton and......

Panthers’ Sam Darnold shows artistic side (sorta) with new team profile pic

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sam Darnold might or might not become a great quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, but he made it clear during an impromptu drawing session on Thursday that he shouldn’t quit his day job to become an artist. At least not a serious one. Darnold’s drawing of the......

‘Little bit of mayhem’: What the Broncos got in RB Javonte Williams

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In the months leading up to the NFL draft, an AFC running backs coach called watching video of North Carolina’s Javonte Williams‘ a “little bit of mayhem.” He would watch the running back score one touchdown after another, with defenders scattered in his wake like loose change......

Washington’s plan: Build its roster until right long-term QB arrives

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ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera noticed when the Kansas City Chiefs made their big move four years ago. He paid attention to the aggressive trades the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams made this offseason. Those teams had their rosters ready; they just needed a......

Whom does Patriots top pick Mac Jones study most? Starts with Tom Brady

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts/notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. Mac’s models: Just as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ Tom Brady has leaned heavily on personal quarterback coaches Tom Martinez and Tom House over his career, Patriots first-round draft pick Mac Jones has done the same. Joe Dickinson,......

Skeptic to believer: Steve Young bullish on Zach Wilson, New York Jets

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Steve Young doesn’t think the New York Jets are a quarterback graveyard anymore, which is why he believes former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson can flourish in Gotham. “Look, I mean, if you asked me a year ago the bottom five places for a quarterback in the......

Teddy Bridgewater a win for Broncos’ depth chart, wallet and draft

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Give Denver Broncos general manager George Paton some credit for doing exactly what he said he was going to do. He said he would add “competition” at quarterback. He said he would do it in the draft or in the “trade market.” And he said he would......

Would Philadelphia Eagles trade up for Justin Fields in 2021 NFL draft?

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PHILADELPHIA — You just know the Philadelphia Eagles are going to make a splash in the 2021 NFL draft. They’re the Eagles. It’s what they do, especially with general manager Howie Roseman behind the wheel. Since Roseman first took charge of personnel in 2010, Philadelphia has made 33 draft-day trades,......

Second-round jinx? Draft success has eluded Dallas Cowboys too often

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FRISCO, Texas — Trevon Diggs was confident entering his rookie season with the Dallas Cowboys. Nothing that happened in 2020 changed the cornerback’s mind. “I feel like the sky is the limit,” Diggs said late last season before finishing with team highs in interceptions (three) and pass deflections (14). “I’m......

Why the 49ers’ move up to No. 3 to draft a QB carries risk

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — If history is any indication, the San Francisco 49ers‘ move up in the NFL draft to take a quarterback with the No. 3 pick isn’t going to work out. Armed with a loaded roster they believe can get them back to contention next season, Niners coach......

New York Jets’ QB decision: ‘Holy cow’ throws and the nonexistent debate

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — For months, Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields were perceived as the top two quarterback prospects in the 2021 NFL draft (April 29-May 1, on ESPN and the ESPN app). The New York Jets were trending toward Lawrence until they won a game — and another —......

From Austin Powers to ‘The Longest Yard’: Reliving Ravens’ epic 1996 NFL draft

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The reminders of Ozzie Newsome’s decisions from 25 years ago are featured prominently in the Baltimore Ravens’ landscape. Every game day, fans pass by a towering 9-foot-tall Ray Lewis statue that stands outside M&T Bank Stadium. When walking inside the lobby of the Ravens’ team facility,......

Jets QB drama: Sam Darnold would ’embrace’ competition from rookie

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets: 1. Darnold vs. Wilson? Former Jets quarterback Josh McCown couldn’t help but laugh at how the narrative surrounding Sam Darnold has changed. Noting the fickle nature of the NFL, McCown told ESPN this week, “Three years......

Dolphins’ deals make Giants look silly for standing pat in 2018 NFL draft

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — If New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman needed a reminder of his past indiscretions, Friday’s action around the NFL should have done the trick. Let’s begin with this disclaimer (one that I’ve repeated countless times over the past three years): This has almost nothing to......

Plenty of potential suitors if (when?) Jets opt to trade Sam Darnold

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets: 1. Days numbered? Sam Darnold‘s chances of returning in 2021 seemed to improve with the hiring of coach Robert Saleh, who spoke of the quarterback in glowing terms (privately to friends as well). Now, 46 days......

Cam Newton’s contract shows Patriots are not promising him starting job

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: Cam fallout: Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the Patriots’ one-year agreement with Cam Newton on Friday: Follow the money — The specifics of the contract speak volumes about the Patriots’ thinking. As ESPN......

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