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Vontaze Burfict aims for bigger haul in 2016

Vontaze Burfict aims for bigger haul in 2016

ESPN.com Updated 12 minutes ago
CINCINNATI -- Vontaze Burfict has barely begun his second professional contract, but he wants the Cincinnati Bengals to know that he already has deal No. 3 on his mind. When he signed his new three-year contract extension worth about $20 million Wednesd…
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  • Browns get some needed positives

    Browns get some needed positives

    ESPN.com 28 minutes ago
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns needed it. The quarterbacks needed it. The offense needed it. Doesn’t matter who it was against, where it was and how it happened. This Browns offense and these quarterbacks finally got some positive things done i…
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  • Margus Hunt's focus on finishing pays off

    Margus Hunt's focus on finishing pays off

    ESPN.com 52 minutes ago
    CINCINNATI -- Marvin Lewis' expectations for Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt were simple Thursday night. The coach just wanted Hunt to dominate. And that's exactly what he did. With a battered and bruised Colts offensive line opposite him, …
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  • Panthers Blank Steelers 10-0 in Preseason Finale

    Panthers Blank Steelers 10-0 in Preseason Finale

    nytimes.com ESPN.com 3 hours ago
    Fozzy Whittaker ran for a 2-yard touchdown, Graham Gano added a short field goal and the Carolina Panthers beat the listless Pittsburgh Steelers 10-0 in the preseason finale Thursday night.
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  • Johnny Manziel not ready yet, but too good for Browns to sit fo…

    Johnny Manziel not ready yet, but too good for Browns to sit for long

    yahoo.com ESPN.com 3 hours ago
    Johnny Manziel's second series in his fourth preseason game was the most Manziel of drives ever. After a first-play sack and fumble after coming on in relief of starter Brian Hoyer in which Manziel held the ball too low and carelessly, the madness and m…
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  • Observation Deck: Cincinnati Bengals

    Observation Deck: Cincinnati Bengals

    ESPN.com 3 hours ago
    CINCINNATI -- In their final preseason game last year, the Cincinnati Bengals were forced to look on as promising outside linebacker Emmanuel Lamur was loaded onto a cart, sidelined before the end of the first quarter with a season-ending shoulder injur…
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  • Bengals Beat Colts 35-7 in Game Devoid of Starters

    Bengals Beat Colts 35-7 in Game Devoid of Starters

    nytimes.com 3 hours ago
    Andy Dalton practiced some drop kicks in shorts before the game, the most activity he got all night.
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  • Brian Hoyer ends his preseason with a touchdown drive

    Brian Hoyer ends his preseason with a touchdown drive

    profootballtalk.com 4 hours ago
    Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer spent most of the preseason competing to become the starting quarterback in Cleveland and may have prolonged the process with mediocre play in the team’s early preseason games, but he ended the summer on a good note. Hoyer…
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  • Bills' Sammy Watkins re-injures rib vs. Lions, ruled out of gam…

    Bills' Sammy Watkins re-injures rib vs. Lions, ruled out of game

    yahoo.com 5 hours ago
    The Buffalo Bills decided they wanted to get injured wide receiver Sammy Watkins some repetitions in a meaningless preseason game. It appears to be a bad decision. Watkins suffered a bruised rib injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago, sat …
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  • How much has the domestic violence policy really changed?  (Pos…

    How much has the domestic violence policy really changed? (Possibly a lot.)

    profootballtalk.com 5 hours ago
    The NFL received a much-deserved round of national applause for finally admitting that which pretty much everyone knew: The league got it wrong when suspending Ravens running back Ray Rice for only two games for committing domestic violence against his …
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  • Hawkins to start at WR opposite Austin

    Hawkins to start at WR opposite Austin

    ESPN.com 6 hours ago
    The Cleveland Browns announced prior to Thursday night's preseason finale that Andrew Hawkins will start at the receiver spot vacated by the suspension of Josh Gordon. Hawkins joins Miles Austin in the starting lineup. When Hawkins was signed, it was pr…
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  • League isn’t saying whether Ray Rice would be a second-time off…

    League isn’t saying whether Ray Rice would be a second-time offender

    profootballtalk.com 8 hours ago
    With the NFL introducing a new domestic violence policy that includes the possibility of a lifetime ban for a second offense, an obvious question arises regarding Ravens running back Ray Rice. Does Rice’s first offense, which was handled so badly that t…
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  • Browns coach watching several positions

    Browns coach watching several positions

    ESPN.com 10 hours ago
    BEREA, Ohio -- Mike Pettine listed several positions he will be watching with great interest during the preseason finale against Chicago. Pettine’s philosophy on building a roster is not to lock himself into numbers at each position, but to go in with a…
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  • Bengals rookie Jeremy Hill not fully 'turnt'

    Bengals rookie Jeremy Hill not fully 'turnt'

    ESPN.com 11 hours ago
    CINCINNATI -- The world still has yet to see the best of Jeremy Hill. At least, that's what the Cincinnati Bengals running back believes. About a half hour after the Bengals held on to beat the Cardinals in Sunday night's preseason contest that saw Hill…
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  • Browns won’t let Josh Gordon play in CFL

    Browns won’t let Josh Gordon play in CFL

    The question of whether the CFL would welcome suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon is complicated, convoluted, and ultimately irrelevant. As Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer said during Thursday’s PFT Live, the Browns won’t give Gordon perm…
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  • W2W4: Baltimore Ravens

    W2W4: Baltimore Ravens

    ESPN.com 13 hours ago
    The Baltimore Ravens (3-0) and New Orleans Saints (3-0) face off in the preseason finale Thursday night (8 ET) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 1. Wide receiver battle. The Ravens have four players (Michael Campanaro, Kamar Aiken, Deonte Thompson and Jer…
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  • PFT Live: Browns talk with Mary Kay Cabot, PFT Planet calls and…

    PFT Live: Browns talk with Mary Kay Cabot, PFT Planet calls and tweets

    profootballtalk.com 14 hours ago
    The NFL officially suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for the 2014 season on Wednesday, leaving the Browns without their top wide receiver after a long wait to find out the details of Gordon’s ban. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wi…
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  • Another drug bust at house of former Steeler, but no chicken

    Another drug bust at house of former Steeler, but no chicken

    profootballtalk.com 17 hours ago
    Pennsylvania police have raided another home owned by former Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend in a drug bust. Thankfully, no chickens were involved this time. According to Liz Navratil of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Townsend owns a home in Ross wher…
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  • Ravens' Suggs, Ngata slip in #NFLRank

    Ravens' Suggs, Ngata slip in #NFLRank

    ESPN.com 17 hours ago
    In what has been a trend for Baltimore Ravens players, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and linebacker Terrell Suggs dropped this year in ESPN's defensive player rankings. Ngata plummeted 13 spots, going from No. 9 last year to No. 22 this year. The fall i…
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  • Video - Ravens Edge Saints 00:38

    Ravens Edge Saints

    Aug 28
    The Ravens beat the Saints 22-13 to end the preseason undefeated.
  • Video - Panthers Blank Steelers 00:24

    Panthers Blank Steelers

    Aug 28
    Fozzy Whittaker scored the lone touchdown in the Panthers' 10-0 win over the Steelers.
  • Video - Special Teams Propel Bengals 00:55

    Special Teams Propel Bengals

    Aug 28
    The Bengals scored two touchdowns on special teams in a 35-7 win over the Colts.
  • Video - 'CFB 24/7' season preview: Rookie predictions 09:02

    'CFB 24/7' season preview: Rookie predictions

    Aug 28
    Dave Dameshek, Daniel Jeremiah, Matt "Money" Smith and Akbar Gbajabiamila debate which defensive rookies could have better seasons than Jadeveon Clowney and rank the quarterbacks picked in the last two NFL Drafts.

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