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Lovie Smith praises his players for choosing to show up for vol…

Lovie Smith praises his players for choosing to show up for voluntary work

profootballtalk.com Updated 14 hours ago
NFL rules prohibit coaches from chastising players who choose not to show up for voluntary work. But the rules say nothing about praising those who do. On the first day of a voluntary minicamp, two weeks after the offseason program launched, new Buccane…
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  • Adaptable Saints more balanced than ever

    Adaptable Saints more balanced than ever

    ESPN.com 8 minutes ago
    The New Orleans Saints are evolving. At their core, they haven't changed much since head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees arrived in 2006. The Saints are still led by a dynamic passing offense that toys with opponents inside the Mercedes-Ben…
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  • Coach defends Clowney's work ethic

    Coach defends Clowney's work ethic

    ESPN.com 8 minutes ago
    When Jadeveon Clowney sits down with a member of the Atlanta Falcons' front office or coaching staff during his Wednesday visit, the question about his desire is bound to come up. Critics continue to offer harsh assessments of the South Carolina defensi…
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  • Bucs not short on running backs

    Bucs not short on running backs

    ESPN.com 8 minutes ago
    TAMPA, Fla. -- As a new head coach, Tampa Bay’s Lovie Smith still is getting to know his players. But it’s obvious he already has developed a comfort level with his running backs. “I went in there the other day and I asked them if there was a requiremen…
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  • Will bigger, stronger equal better Falcons?

    Will bigger, stronger equal better Falcons?

    ESPN.com 2 hours ago
    Seeing new defensive end Tyson Jackson toss 120 dumbbells around like trash bags Tuesday was a positive sign for an Atlanta Falcons team desperately in need of some heavy lifting. Yet such strength means nothing if the Falcons fail to use it to their ad…
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  • Bailey not motivated by doubters, just wins

    Bailey not motivated by doubters, just wins

    ESPN.com 14 hours ago
    AVONDALE, La. -- Champ Bailey met with the New Orleans media for the first time on Tuesday. Naturally, one of the first questions for the Saints' new 35-year-old cornerback was how much football he has left in him. “We'll see,” Bailey said. “I still got…
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  • Mark Ingram doesn’t know if Saints will exercise 2015 option

    Mark Ingram doesn’t know if Saints will exercise 2015 option

    profootballtalk.com 15 hours ago
    The Saints had two first-round picks in 2011, leaving them with a pair of decisions to make about fifth-year contract options for the 2015 season. They’ve already exercised defensive end Cam Jordan’s option, guaranteeing that he’ll be on the team for at…
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  • Matt Ryan: We don’t need Levine Toilolo to be Tony Gonzalez

    Matt Ryan: We don’t need Levine Toilolo to be Tony Gonzalez

    profootballtalk.com 17 hours ago
    The Falcons started their offseason workouts this week and got to work without one of their key offensive players from recent years. Tight end Tony Gonzalez averaged 81.8 catches, 837.4 yards and 7 touchdowns over his five seasons with the Falcons, but …
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  • Panthers still have key leaders

    Panthers still have key leaders

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton's movement might be hampered by a walking boot to protect his left ankle, but his signature smile is as smooth as ever. The quarterback for the Carolina Panthers said all the right things on Tuesday about offseason moves th…
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  • NFL Draft Needs: Plenty of quality receivers available; no excu…

    NFL Draft Needs: Plenty of quality receivers available; no excuses, Panthers

    yahoo.com 18 hours ago
    Before the NFL draft on May 8-10, we'll be looking at all the key prospects and also breaking them down by position. In our "Draft Needs" series we will also examine which teams will be in the market at each position, looking to fill their rem…
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  • Carl Nicks aiming for training camp

    Carl Nicks aiming for training camp

    TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are about to begin the first minicamp practice under new coach Lovie Smith. But All-Pro guard Carl Nicks will not be taking part in the drills. Although the team previously had expressed optimism that Nicks would …
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  • Falcons WR Jones (foot) limited in workouts

    Falcons WR Jones (foot) limited in workouts

    Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said Julio Jones' participation in offseason workouts will be limited as the team continues to monitor the wide receiver's status coming off foot surgery.
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  • Minicamp questions for the Bucs

    Minicamp questions for the Bucs

    ESPN.com Apr 22 (yesterday)
    As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers begin a three-day minicamp Tuesday, let's explore some of the biggest questions facing the team. Is there really a competition at quarterback? Not in minicamp, where most of the time is spent installing the offense. Josh McCo…
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  • Today’s PFT on NBCSN looks at the Panthers’ draft needs

    Today’s PFT on NBCSN looks at the Panthers’ draft needs

    profootballtalk.com Apr 21 (yesterday)
    Today’s Pro Football Talk on NBCSN covers only 30 minutes. The topics include the Panthers’ draft needs. Annnnnd I think we’re gonna need a bigger show. The segment on the Panthers also will include our recent interview with Panthers coach Ron Rivera, w…
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  • Source: Saints pick up Jordan's 2015 option

    Source: Saints pick up Jordan's 2015 option

    ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Apr 21 (yesterday)
    The New Orleans Saints exercised their fifth-year option on Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan, a league source told ESPN. The one-year option is worth $6.969 million.
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  • Falcons set to begin offseason workouts

    Falcons set to begin offseason workouts

    ESPN.com Apr 21 (2 days ago)
    Most of the attention this week involving the Atlanta Falcons is sure to revolve around the list of pre-draft visitors, which includes defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, outside linebacker Khalil Mack, and offensive tackle Jake Matthews. But there is anoth…
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  • Josh McCown sees young QBs as “nice kids,” ready to be a mentor

    Josh McCown sees young QBs as “nice kids,” ready to be a mentor

    profootballtalk.com Apr 20 (3 days ago)
    Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown was brought in to be the starter, but he knows it may just be a matter of time before he’s replaced by a younger player, perhaps one the Bucs draft next month. And McCown is fine with that. The Buccaneers have brought …
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  • OTAs start of renovation of Carolina WRs

    OTAs start of renovation of Carolina WRs

    ESPN.com Apr 20 (3 days ago)
    The $87 million renovation of Bank of America Stadium continues, but a more significant reconstruction begins Monday deep in the bowels of the place the Carolina Panthers call home. Yes, the offseason workout program is here. It's not mandatory, but the…
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  • Mike Tice’s Midnight Hawk the 4-5 favorite in $500,000 Illinois…

    Mike Tice’s Midnight Hawk the 4-5 favorite in $500,000 Illinois Derby

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19 (4 days ago)
    Midnight Hawk, a three-year-old colt co-owned by Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice, is the heavy favorite to capture Saturday’s $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero. Midnight Hawk has been installed as the 4-5 favorite on the …
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  • Video - Inside the New Orleans Saints draft room 03:06

    Inside the New Orleans Saints draft room

    Apr 22
    Daniel Jeremiah and Brian Baldinger discuss who the New Orleans Saints could target in the draft, including a couple of players who thrived on the West Coast.
  • Video - Jadeveon Clowney To Visit Falcons 00:35

    Jadeveon Clowney To Visit Falcons

    Apr 22
    Adam Schefter says the Falcons would love to make Jadeveon Clowney's visit to Atlanta a permanent one, but thinks it will be too costly to trade up to the top spot to select him.
  • Video - DE Jordan Retained By Saints For 2015 02:11

    DE Jordan Retained By Saints For 2015

    Apr 21
    Mark Brunell discusses the productivity that led to the Saints retaining DE Cameron Jordan.
  • Video - Inside the Panthers draft room 03:46

    Inside the Panthers draft room

    Apr 21
    Go inside the Carolina Panthers' draft room with Daniel Jeremiah and Brian Baldinger as they discuss what the team must address in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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