NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

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He swore off milkshakes years ago, one of many changes he’s made as he’s discovered his new motivation: be a starter at age 40. How consulting with the Patriots legend it helping Aaron Rodgers get there. Plus, looking for a Super Bowl hangover in Foxboro, how the Vikings are building an offense for Kirk Cousins, and how Matt Patricia is bringing a taste of the Patriots to Detroit, but trying not to be Bill Belichick. Plus, why a Julio Jones deal got done, why Sam Darnold’s deal should already be done, why Dalvin Cook is in for a big year and much more. Continue Reading by Albert Breer 

Sam Shields who is now 30 years old sat out last season after he was released from the Green Bay Packers in February 2017 following his fourth known concussion. Shields recent comeback continued Sunday when the Los Angeles Rams cornerback practiced in full pads for the first time since a concussion sidelined him in 2016.

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan. The team did not disclose specific terms Friday, but multiple reports say it’s a five-year deal worth $80 million with $50 million guaranteed.

Ramon Foster, Pittsburgh Steelers guard will miss four to five weeks after being carted off during practice. Foster had a bone bruise and a stretch of the MCL but that there was no ligament tear, he will not need to undergo surgery.

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Baker Mayfield is having a great camp thus far for the  Cleveland Browns . “Baker Mayfield has been everything I thought a quarterback should be for our organization thus far,” coach Hue Jackson said Sunday after an impressive day of practice from the first overall pick in the draft. “He’s doing the things that we want him to do the way we want him to do it, and he’s exceeding those things. Because he’s putting in the time. He doesn’t have a pride or arrogance any kind of way.”

Other Browns news, Jarvis Landry isn’t shying away from the challenge of finally making the Browns a winner. We spent a day with him as he met fans, shopped for a new home and embraced what it means to be a Cleveland sports star.

There is frustration among Philadelphia Eagles players, according to team members, and created further confusion for some about what is expected of them. A presentation this week by NFL referees to players on the new helmet rule has brought up questions. Under the new rule, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially fined or ejected for lowering his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.

As teams open training camp, NFL Nation reporters from ESPN.com assess which rookie has the best chance to crack the starting lineup for each team. Continue Reading.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck he said he had not experienced any pain in his shoulder. Soreness, tiredness, for sure, and stresses on my arm that are different then having pain.

It’s like a school session for Luck. He’s familiar with receiver T.Y. Hilton and tight end Jack Doyle, but he’s learning new coach Frank Reich’s offense along with new key skill position players like receiver Ryan Grant and tight end Eric Ebron.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady cut his news conference short when asked whether he had a reaction to those who have linked his personal trainer Alex Guerrero to Julian Edelman‘s four-game suspension.

Detroit Lions are having upgraded physicality in practice under head coach Matt Patricia.  The first-year Lions head coach is change the culture of a team that hasn’t won a division title since 1993, which is different from former head coach Jim Caldwell, who rarely had live tackling during practices.

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Clay Matthews said he’ll show everyone the picture of what his nose looked like after he took a line drive off the face in a charity softball game last month. He will have to play with a visor on his helmet facemask this season after he underwent reconstructive surgery.

Justin Houston the Kansas City Chiefs top pass rusher played 15 games last season, he admitted he wasn’t at full strength.  But Houston’s participated throughout Kansas City’s offseason program this year and will be counted on to supply consistent edge pressure. These knee problems have limited Houston since he signed that six-year, $101MM contract at the 2015 franchise tag deadline. He has not recorded double-digit sacks in a season since his NFL record-threatening 22 in 2014.

Austin Roberts suffered a torn ACL and will miss the season for the Los Angeles Chargers.  Roberts was one of Josh Rosen‘s options at UCLA the past two seasons.

The All-Pro DB Richard Sherman, starting fresh with the San Francisco 49ers after seven stellar seasons in Seattle, summoned the best at his position to study film and share trade secrets. Plus, unexpected fan reaction to a week of really bad NFL news, a shot at a preseason power ranking and more with training camps on the horizon. Continue Reading, by Robert Klemko

The Denver Broncos drafted two running backs and have two young holdovers in Devontae Booker and De’Angelo Henderson, but rookie Phillip Lindsay is turning heads early in camp.

Jon Gruden having yet to speak with his top player Khalil Mack is certainly interesting. Mack remains a Raiders holdout, while he and the team are not making progress on an contract extension.

Other Raiders news Kolton Miller has a legitimate chance to win Oakland’s starting left tackle job, with Donald Penn on the mend for now.

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Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs does not want to leave Minnesota. He deserves top receiver money  on the open market next year but would prefer his second contract come from the Vikings. Diggs and Anthony Barr represent the final two steps in Minnesota’s years-long effort to fortify a core, one that stands to be in its primes throughout Kirk Cousins‘ contract.

Buffalo Bills GM Brandon’s Beane traded up and land Josh Allen making two deals with the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to move the Bills into that No. 7 slot. Beane said it could come down to how he looks in the Bills’ first preseason game to see where Allen fit in to the plans this season.

 

 

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