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Bugel, Thomas win PFWA’s assistant coach award

Joe Bugel and Emmitt Thomas are winners of the 2018 Paul ”Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award given by the Professional Football Writers of America for work as an NFL assistant coach. Bugel spent 27 of his 32 NFL seasons as an assistant coach and is best known for building Washington’s famous Hogs

The Dream (All-NFL 25-and-Under) Team

The NFL is in a golden era in terms of young talent. Nearly every team has a young player that figures to be the face of the franchise. Right now, players like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and JJ Watt are widely recognized as the face of the shield. However, fans

Johnny Manziel sits in Tiger-Cats’ opening loss

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Johnny Manziel never made it off the sideline in Hamilton’s regular-season opener, looking on as starter Jeremiah Masoli played in the Tiger-Cats’ 28-14 loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday night. Manziel is making a comeback with the Canadian Football League team after being released by the Cleveland

Report: Raiders wide receiver Bryant could face another suspension

Martavis Bryant is facing a potential one-year suspension just six weeks into his fresh start with the Oakland Raiders.According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Bryant could be facing a third suspension for substance-abuse violations.Acquired by the Raiders for a third-round pick during the 2018 NFL Draft, Bryant is in all

After tryout, Cardinals sign WR Little to 1-year contract

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed wide receiver Greg Little to a one-year contract after he participated in this week’s minicamp on a tryout basis. Little hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2014. He was a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns out of North Carolina in 2011.

Pleased with Chiefs’ work, Reid closes minicamp early

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes II finally had a disagreement. After calling off the final day of a mandatory three-day minicamp because of temperatures that were expected to hit triple digits, Reid breezed through the typical wrap-up questions from reporters. He was eventually asked how

Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack holds out of minicamp

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Khalil Mack is holding out from the mandatory minicamp for the Oakland Raiders.Mack stayed away from the first day of the three-day minicamp on Tuesday. He is subject to a fine of about $80,000 if he doesn't show up at all this week.Mack is entering the

Texans’ Deshaun Watson working his way back from ACL injury

HOUSTON (AP) — During the Texans’ nine-week offseason program, Deshaun Watson had a set of goals in mind. The second-year quarterback out of Clemson, who is recovering from tearing his right ACL during practice last season, said he met and surpassed them by the end of the team’s final veteran minicamp

Matt Patricia adjusts to being scrutinized leading the Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Matt Patricia worked in relative obscurity in New England. The burly man with a bushy beard, baseball cap on backward, with a pencil above his right ear was noticed only occasionally while coordinating the Patriots‘ defense. As a first-year NFL head coach with the Detroit Lions, his every

Earl Thomas says he’s skipping Seahawks mandatory minicamp

Earl Thomas is putting the pressure on the Seattle Seahawks for a new contract, saying he will not participate in any team activities until his contract situation is resolved. That includes the upcoming mandatory minicamp. The three-time All-Pro safety posted a lengthy statement on social media Sunday, saying he wants ”certainty in

Icon to eyesore: Storied Akron Rubber Bowl awaits demolition

AKRON, Ohio (AP) Billy Graham saved souls there. Karl Wallenda once walked on a tightrope above the gridiron. The Rolling Stones performed there in 1972, getting fans so worked up that a couple dozen got arrested. And there was football. Lots of football. In the end, the Akron Rubber Bowl’s splendid

Cardinals’ Moubarak Djeri takes long journey in NFL quest

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The journey from the tiny African nation of Togo to the Cologne Crocodiles of the German Football League to the Arizona Cardinals is a very long one. Now, still learning English, Moubarak Djeri is trying to navigate the tough and often complicated world of the NFL and prove

Witten retirement leaves Cowboys with unproven replacements

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — When Geoff Swaim glances around the film room at his fellow tight ends with the Dallas Cowboys, he doesn’t see Jason Witten anymore. As for what’s showing on the screen, Swaim can’t help but see familiar No. 82 because the franchise leader in games was on the

Raiders install new defense while Mack stays away

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Paul Guenther is installing a new defense for the Oakland Raiders with the most important part of the unit missing.Star pass rusher Khalil Mack remains away from the Raiders in a contract dispute this offseason while Guenther works on rebuilding a defense that has been one

Cousins targeting Rudolph ‘like throwing into a mattress’

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) This offseason in Minnesota for Kirk Cousins has been shaped by get-to-know-them moments, whether new coaches, plays or teammates with the Vikings. Kyle Rudolph has made a sharp first impression. ”Boy, he’s a friendly target,” Cousins said one sunny afternoon last month after completing a pass to his strong-handed

Former 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark dead at 61

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Dwight Clark will forever be remembered for one iconic moment, his leap in the back of the end zone to make a fingertip grab of a game-winning touchdown that launched the San Francisco 49ers dynasty and is one of the most indelible images in NFL history. Clark,

List of 2018 Dallas Cowboys Draft Picks

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Saints’ Anzalone hopes shoulder fix unleashes his potential

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone hopes he’s done seeing promising seasons snuffed out prematurely by his troublesome right shoulder. ”It was fixed really well this time,” Anzalone asserted after New Orleans’ offseason practice on Thursday. ”My shoulder dislocated, but it was fixed differently.” If ”differently” means better, Anzalone’s return could