MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 27: T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts is chased by Kelvin Sheppard #52 of the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter of the game at Sun Life Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Eight takeaways from NFL OTAs

The 2016 NFL season is fast approaching and organized team activities are in full swing. Thirty-one teams held OTA sessions this week. The Rams begin theirs on May 31. These practices aren’t in pads, so there’s only so much that can be taken from them. But it’s the first time the rookies and veterans are […]

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on from the sideline in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Pro Football Focus gives Seahawks, Panthers worst offseason grade

Pro Football Focus gave both the Seahawks and Panthers a C-minus for their offseason moves, the lowest grade of any team. The Raiders and Jaguars, meanwhile, are at the head of the class. Both received an A in PFF’s series on offseason grades that was completed Thursday. The departure of All-Pro Josh Norman is the […]

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Laquon Treadwell #1 of the Mississippi Rebels celebrates scoring a 14-yard touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the fourth quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Eight rookies to watch during OTAs

Organized team activities, commonly known as OTAs, begin in earnest this week in the NFL. Each team is allowed 10 OTA sessions. The Cardinals, Browns, Colts, Eagles and 49ers began their OTAs last week and 26 teams begin theirs this week. The Rams start their OTAs on May 31. Rookies have had their orientation at rookie […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 02:   Josh Norman #24 of the Carolina Panthers runs off the field after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 29-26 in overtime at Bank of America Stadium on November 2, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Josh Norman: ‘Redskins just got to me first’

The Washington Redskins didn’t do anything out of the ordinary to sign cornerback Josh Norman once the All-Pro defender suddenly became an unrestricted free agent last month. Sometimes, being first is all it takes. Norman helped explain how he picked the Redskins—who gave him $75 million over five years—to Emily Kaplan of MMQB. “In D.C. […]

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Deshaun Watson the early favorite to be top pick in 2017 NFL draft

The 2016 NFL draft has been over for less than 72 hours, but a clear favorite has already emerged for the top pick in the 2017 draft. That player is Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. A quick search for 2017 mock drafts has Watson dominating the top spot, often going to the Cleveland Browns at No. […]

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Eric Fisher (R) of Central Michigan Chippewas stands on stage with NFL COmmissioner Roger Goodell after Fisher was picked #1 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NFL’s 2016 fifth-year option tracker

The deadline for NFL teams to use the fifth-year option on 2013 first-round picks was late on Monday night. Here is a look at the 32 players from the first round who had their option picked up or declined: 1. OT Eric Fisher, Kansas City Chiefs: Option picked up 2. OT Luke Joeckel, Jacksonville Jaguars: […]

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 22:   Linebacker Myles Jack #30 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates after the Bruins stopped the USC Trojans on fourth down on the five yard line to take over on downs on the final play of the first quarter at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Six NFL teams that improved their roster most during the draft

Every team theoretically improves during the NFL draft. The league’s present and future is built on all 32 teams using the draft to build up rosters and find the next generation of stars. But not all improvement is made equal. Here are six teams that improved the most during the 2016 NFL draft: Jacksonville Jaguars […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 02:   Josh Norman #24 of the Carolina Panthers runs off the field after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 29-26 in overtime at Bank of America Stadium on November 2, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Josh Norman has ‘nothing but love’ for Panthers

New Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman harbors no hard feelings against the Carolina Panthers, calling his franchise tag drama with the club “a business decision.” “Did I want to stay in Carolina? I did,” Norman said in the Players Tribune. “One day you’re the hero, the next day they’re throwing sticks and stones. That’s the business. […]

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Jalen Ramsey #8 of the Florida State Seminoles heads off the field against the Houston Cougars during the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Ten best rookie-on-rookie matchups to watch in 2016 NFL season

The 2016 NFL draft saw 253 players selected over a three-day span, providing the league with an influx of new talent and the next generation of stars. At various points in next year’s regular season, the best of these first-year players will run into another high pick from the draft class—providing intriguing clashes of young […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  (L-R) Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #29 overall by the Arizona Cardinalsduring the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Best, worst from 2016 NFL draft

The 2016 NFL draft is in the books. All those mock drafts are a thing of the past. The names of the 253 players drafted are set in stone. Now all that’s left is years and years of Monday morning quarterbacking, starting with this breakdown of the best and worst developments of the draft. Best Robert […]

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Watch: Cam Newton grants Make-a-Wish to young Panthers fan

Cam Newton was able to lift a young fan’s spirits earlier this month with a little help from Make-a-Wish and the Lokai bracelet company. The Carolina Panthers quarterback spent a weekend with 11-year-old Noah, who’s currently battling a life-threatening pulmonary condition. Newton surprised Noah at a local bowling alley and they later attended a Charlotte […]

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  Karl Joseph #8 of the West Virginia Mountaineers pumps up the crowd against the Baylor Bears during the game on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Five first-round reaches in 2016 NFL draft

Just as sure as Roger Goodell will hear some boos when he takes the podium, there will be reaches in the first round of the NFL draft. The following five players were drafted too early. They’re listed in the order in which they were taken. Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia The Bears traded from No. 11 […]

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Roger Goodell booed announcing first pick of 2016 NFL Draft

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell probably expected to be booed before announcing the first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s become a tradition for Goodell to be booed by fans, whether he’s in New York or Chicago. And sure enough, the boo birds were out in full force at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Goodell […]

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