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Jairus Byrd on schedule in recovery from back surgery

Jairus Byrd on schedule in recovery from back surgery

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated 16 hours ago
The Saints went through OTAs and minicamp without safety Jairus Byrd after their biggest free agent acquisition had back surgery in May. The word at the time was that Byrd could have played through any injury, but that he decided to get it taken care of…
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  • Tony Dungy: I wouldn’t have taken Michael Sam

    Tony Dungy: I wouldn’t have taken Michael Sam

    Former Colts and Buccaneers head coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy says that if he were still an NFL head coach, he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay player in league history when the Rams selected him in May. “I …
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  • Five questions for reporting Falcons rookies

    Five questions for reporting Falcons rookies

    ESPN.com 21 hours ago
    The Atlanta Falcons are set to begin training camp on Friday, and the process begins with the rookies scheduled to report Tuesday. First-round draft pick Jake Matthews should have no problem making the adjustment. Here are five questions for some of the…
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  • Rob Ryan Saunters Around Airport With Three Pizzas And Plush An…

    Rob Ryan Saunters Around Airport With Three Pizzas And Plush Animal

    deadspin.com Jul 18 (4 days ago)
    Few people are having a better NFL offseason than Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. So far, we've seen the more unkempt Ryan brother at Mardi Gras , St. Patrick's Day , and the city's Greek Festival . Our latest documentation shows him in a more su…
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  • Cam Newton catching up with his receivers before camp

    Cam Newton catching up with his receivers before camp

    profootballtalk.com Jul 18 (4 days ago)
    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was unveiled Friday morning as a cologne spokesman. The more important work this week was making sure his offense didn’t stink. Since his offseason ankle surgery kept him out of OTAs and minicamp, Newton is catching up by…
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  • Saints' Cooks on fast track to rookie of year

    Saints' Cooks on fast track to rookie of year

    ESPN.com Jul 18 (4 days ago)
    New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson was trying to be a voice of reason when describing the potential of rookie receiver Brandin Cooks. Watson said there are too many variables when it comes to making any kind of NFL Rookie of the Year predictio…
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  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers' projected roster

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers' projected roster

    ESPN.com Jul 18 (4 days ago)
    Examining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster: QUARTERBACKS (2) Josh McCown Mike Glennon McCown is the present and Glennon the future. The third quarterback can be on the practice squad. RUNNING BACKS (6) Doug Martin Mike James Bobby Rainey Charles Sims Jo…
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  • Carolina Panthers' projected roster

    Carolina Panthers' projected roster

    ESPN.com Jul 18 (4 days ago)
    Examining the Carolina Panthers' roster: Quarterbacks (2) Cam Newton Derek Anderson Joe Webb was signed to simulate the things Newton did while the franchise quarterback recovered from offseason ankle surgery. Newton is healthy and general manager Dave …
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  • Atlanta Falcons' projected roster

    Atlanta Falcons' projected roster

    ESPN.com Jul 18 (4 days ago)
    Examining the Atlanta Falcons' roster: QUARTERBACKS (2) Matt Ryan T.J. Yates The Falcons are counting on Ryan to play like an elite quarterback with a full complement of receivers and better protection. They feel like they upgraded the backup quarterbac…
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  • Fact or fiction: Coaching and special teams

    Fact or fiction: Coaching and special teams

    ESPN.com Jul 18 (4 days ago)
    Let’s conclude our fact-or-fiction series with coaching and special teams. 1. The arrival of coach Lovie Smith makes the Buccaneers an instant playoff team. Our take: Fiction. Justify it: There's little doubt Smith will be better than predecessor Greg S…
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  • Father knows best: Jake Matthews ready

    Father knows best: Jake Matthews ready

    ESPN.com Jul 18 (4 days ago)
    One NFL personnel man said he was concerned with Jake Matthews' strength prior to the draft. At least one team that drafted in the top 10 this year ranked Zack Martin -- the 16th overall pick of the Dallas Cowboys -- ahead of the Atlanta Falcons' rookie…
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  • Graham gets a real $10 million a year

    Graham gets a real $10 million a year

    profootballtalk.com Jul 17 (5 days ago)
    When Jimmy Graham and the Saints initially announced that they had agreed on a new contract, we wanted to see what the real numbers were, as the headline numbers in NFL contracts are often inflated. Now we’ve seen the real numbers. So we’ll pass them on…
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  • New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson jokes that history…

    New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson jokes that history shows Carolina Panthers are nothing to worry about in 2014

    nola.com profootballtalk.com Jul 17 (5 days ago)
    New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, an aspiring television commentator in his post-football life, did his homework before an appearance Wednesday night on NFL Network's Total Access. Watson knew that since the NFC South was created in 2002, no…
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  • Lions sign offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds

    Lions sign offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds

    profootballtalk.com Jul 17 (5 days ago)
    At a time when rosters are swollen to 90 and 32 teams are about to go to camp, the key for unsigned veterans is getting in somewhere. Former Falcons offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds has done just that, signing with the Lions today, according to his ag…
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  • Camp preview: New Orleans Saints

    Camp preview: New Orleans Saints

    ESPN.com Jul 17 (5 days ago)
    NFL Nation's Mike Triplett examines the three biggest issues facing the New Orleans Saints heading into training camp. Offensive line: After ranking among the NFL’s elite units for half a decade, the Saints’ offensive line has suddenly become one of the…
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  • Camp preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Camp preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    ESPN.com Jul 17 (5 days ago)
    NFL Nation's Pat Yasinskas examines the three biggest issues facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading into training camp. Josh McCown needs to play like he did last season: McCown’s been a backup most of his career. But he played the best football of his…
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  • NFL monitoring Greg Hardy case

    NFL monitoring Greg Hardy case

    profootballtalk.com Jul 16 (6 days ago)
    With a judge finding Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy guilty on Tuesday of assault on a female and communicating threats, Hardy would seem to be in line for punishment from the NFL under the personal-conduct policy. That may not be the case. Hardy’s si…
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  • Dwight Lowery looking forward to facing Golden Tate

    Dwight Lowery looking forward to facing Golden Tate

    profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Jul 16 (6 days ago)
    The Falcons and Lions don’t have a long history of animosity to use as a selling point for their October matchup in London, but something that happened last season during a Seahawks-Jaguars game may help ratchet things up a little bit. Safety Dwight Low…
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  • Video - My Wish - Cam Newton 06:58

    My Wish - Cam Newton

    Jul 21
    6 year-old George Gring of Texas, who has battled lymphoma, gets drafted to his favorite team to play with his favorite QB.
  • Video - Which rookie will make the biggest impact? 03:39

    Which rookie will make the biggest impact?

    Jul 21
    Can Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans produce enough to be a legitimate sidekick to wideout Vincent Jackson? The "NFL Total Access" crew decides which rookie from the 2014 class will help their team the most in the coming season.
  • Video - Cam's Game-Face Tutorial 00:25

    Cam's Game-Face Tutorial

    Jul 19
    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton shows 6-year-old George Gring, who has battled lymphoma, how to make the perfect game face.
  • Video - Behind the scenes: Wembley Stadium's Media Day 02:11

    Behind the scenes: Wembley Stadium's Media Day

    Jul 18
    A group of NFL players visits Wembley Stadium in London and spends time with U.K.-based fans while reflecting on what it's like to play one of their games abroad.

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