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Around the NFL: Saints signing Vereen

The Saints are taking a host of running back prospects to training camp, and toss Shane Vereen onto that pile. They’re signing him to a free-agent contract today. I like the way he might fit into that offense.  more »

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Around the NFL: Dallas pass rush

The NFL conditionally reinstated Randy Gregory from suspension yesterday. You're probably familiar with the name, as he's a former second-round pick out of Nebraska who had 16.5 sacks in just 23 college games. But you may also be wondering what the fuss is, considering his nondescript NFL career (just 1 sack in 14 career games).   more »

Trivia: July 18, 2018

The supplemental draft occurred last week. All-time, who are the only four players selected in the supplemental draft who later went over 1,000 receiving yards in at least one NFL season? answer »

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Around the NFL: Cooks signs extension

The Rams are paying Brandin Cooks. Per published reports, he’s signed a five-year extension worth $80 million. But will he even be the most productive receiver on that roster?   more »

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Around the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald

We tend to dismiss players as they get older. Sometimes, years too early. That might be the case with Larry Fitzgerald. Although many thought he'd retire a year ago, or this season, he's not only coming back for 2018, but says he's open to playing even longer than that.   more »

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Trivia: July 17, 2018

New England had two first-round picks and used them both on players from Georgia – Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel. What was the last other franchise to use two first-round picks on players from the same school? Looking for a team from 2005, selecting a cornerback and a forgettable quarterback from an SEC school. answer »

Viva Murillo!: The Peterson Problem

Injuries are a part of professional football. For the rest of us, they also become a part of getting older. I can go from "probable" to "doubtful" for an afternoon event just by sleeping wrong the night before. And I'll need a couple days to recover. As you might have guessed, I'm not an athlete (unless you count Ms. Pac Man as an athletic game, which nobody does). We expect the pros to be more durable and bounce back quicker. And they certainly do, most of the time. But maybe we expect a little too much, and that can have an impact on drafts and auctions.   more »

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Around the NFL: Steelers, Bell remain deadlocked

LeVeon Bell and the Steelers weren’t able to agree on a long-term contract. He’ll have to play under the one-year franchise tender this season, and his agent says he believes it will be his last year in Pittsburgh.   more »

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Around the NFL: DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray retired late last week. There was immediately speculation that he'll sign on with some team once a starter gets hurt in the preseason, which I guess is possible. But unlike say Marshawn Lynch, who was under contract with Seattle when he retired a couple of years ago, Murray was a free agent -- no reason to retire if he actually still wants to play football. Good chance, I think, that he's done.   more »

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Trivia: July 16, 2018

The Cardinals had a No. 1 overall pick start at quarterback last year (Carson Palmer) and now likely will have another No. 1 overall pick (Sam Bradford) start at least some of their games. What team in this century can top that, with two No. 1 overall pick quarterbacks starting in the same season? answer »

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Around the NFL: Cameron Meredith

Cameron Meredith is a player to watch at training camp. Is he healthy? And does he have any chance of becoming the No. 2 receiver for New Orleans?  more »

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Factoid: Struggling Joe Flacco

The Ravens traded up to select Lamar Jackson in the first round back in April. According to reports he's been getting some work at preseason activities, mixing in with the first-team offense. Maybe they'll have a package of plays that takes advantage of his mobility. Or maybe they'll make a quarterback switch early in the season.   more »

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Trivia: July 15, 2018

Among the 25 quarterbacks who’ve thrown for the most yards in NFL history, who are the only two who weren’t drafted? answer »

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Scheduletron: Strength of schedule

There are teams with easy schedules and team with hard schedules. But looking at the numbers, I notice there are a large number of teams whose schedules project to be both easy and hard at different points of the season.   more »

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Factoid: Mitchell Trubisky, Part 2

I ran an item on Mitchell Trubisky the other day, showing the increase/decrease in passing yards from Year 1 to Year 2 for quarterbacks selected in the top 10. It was a response to a Kyle Long interview that Trubisky is looking more comfortable in his second year. Call this the John Evans revision.   more »

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