Chargers sign Joey Bosa to four-year contract

Chargers sign Joey Bosa to four-year contract

Joey Bosa — at long last — is under contract. The Chargers announced Monday that they finally have signed the elusive first-round defensive end to a four-year contract. One player to watch from each team Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, left tackle. Baltimore must keep Joe Flacco upright this season, which puts plenty of pressure on his rookie blind-side protector to shine right away. While we’re on the subject of Flacco assistance … Can Mike Wallace finally give the Ravens the…

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Jimmy Garoppolo struggles, Tom Brady delivers highlight in Patriots’ win

Jimmy Garoppolo struggles, Tom Brady delivers highlight in Patriots’ win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo took a step back in Friday‚Äôs 19-17 preseason win against the Carolina Panthers, and Tom Brady was rusty in his preseason debut but delivered one of the few offensive highlights of the night — a 33-yard touchdown to receiver Chris Hogan in the second quarter. It marked the first time Brady came off the bench since 2001 when he replaced Drew Bledsoe in the second game of the regular season. Bill…

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Jets’ Christian Hackenberg stands alone among rookie QBs …

Jets’ Christian Hackenberg stands alone among rookie QBs …

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Of the 15 quarterbacks drafted in April, only one hasn’t appeared in a preseason game: Christian Hackenberg, the fourth quarterback selected. The New York Jets are taking a slow and steady approach with Hackenberg, and there’s nothing wrong with that. While it’s unusual that he hasn’t taken a single snap in a game — none of his fellow rookies have played fewer than 15 snaps — it confirms what we suspected when they chose him in…

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49ers quarterback Thad Lewis out for season after suffering ACL tear

49ers quarterback Thad Lewis out for season after suffering ACL tear

Lewis played the most snaps of any 49ers offensive players before departing. He finished 12-of-21 for 97 yards and rushed four times for 10 yards. Before the injury, Lewis was considered to be in competition for a potential third quarterback spot on the roster against rookie Jeff Driskel. Lewis got the first chance to replace Gabbert on Sunday because Kaepernick has been unable to throw for the past few days because of tightness in his arm and shoulder. Although he…

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Fantasy football draft guide 2016

Fantasy football draft guide 2016

We also have a full rundown of rookie rankings. We break down the top 20 overall rookies, and then break down the top five rookies at the four major positions. Running backs and wide receivers lead the way, with Ezekiel Elliott as close to a unanimous No. 1 rookie as you’re going to get. It is not surprising quarterbacks do not make our top 20. One or two might emerge, but fantasy football value will take some time. Finally, we…

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Ranking under-25 talent of all 32 NFL teams

Ranking under-25 talent of all 32 NFL teams

Then you go back to that offense, starting with the line. It should be noted that Luke Joeckel has not lived up to his draft status yet, and probably will never, but right guard A.J. Cann had a solid season, ranking eighth in snaps per blown block. Then there are the skill players. Despite the 35 touchdown passes, Blake Bortles was hardly efficient, ranking 25th in DVOA. He makes a lot of mistakes, and he smashed an NFL record with…

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Jay Cutler has Jay Cutler-like reaction to Bennett barbs

Jay Cutler has Jay Cutler-like reaction to Bennett barbs

Cutler wasn’t biting. “I could say something clever and smart,” he replied, “but I’ll just pass.” This isn’t the most popular sentiment, but Jay Cutler gets a bad rap. OK, so he kind of has a punchable face, but he seems pretty chill on his wife’s Instagram and he’s far from the worst quarterback in football. Let’s channel all this undue hatred toward ISIS. Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans Yes, Osweiler did technically win a Super Bowl with the Broncos, but…

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Fantasy Football Mailbag: More NFL Draft fun

Fantasy Football Mailbag: More NFL Draft fun

The Ravens previously violated rules “concerning the intensity and tempo of drills” in 2010. They forfeited the final week of their OTAs (organized team activities) as punishment. However, that violation and punishment was under the previous (2006) CBA. Under the current CBA, the Seahawks have twice been fined for excessive contact during offseason practices. The last time they were found in violation was in 2014, when they were fined $300,000. They also were ordered to forfeit practice time. In 2012,…

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ICE IN HIS VEINS: ADDISON RUSSELL STUNNING CUBS WITH CALM DEMEANOR

ICE IN HIS VEINS: ADDISON RUSSELL STUNNING CUBS WITH CALM DEMEANOR

Russell followed that up with a two-run shot into the teeth of the wind Saturday. The Pirates outfielders took a combined one step on the two homers – no doubters. That power potential is something Maddon has been talking up since spring training, continually pointing to Russell’s strong hands and youth (players don’t typically hit their power peak until 26-27 years of age). Russell said he feels more confident this year at the plate and is working to get pitches…

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