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Jags’ Sparano returns to Minnesota weeks after dad’s death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tony Sparano Jr. directed drill after drill Tuesday, clapping his hands and offering positive feedback to players. He smiled. He laughed. He joked with Jacksonville’s offensive linemen during breaks. His emotions might be totally different the rest of the week. The son of longtime NFL coach Tony Sparano

Raiders rookies provide needed inside rush

NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst wasted little time providing the inside pass rush that Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden wanted when he used two draft picks on the defensive tackles.Hall delivered on his first snap as a pro, bringing down Detroit's Matt Cassel in the exhibition

Eagles Sign QB Christian Hackenberg

The Philadelphia Eagles signed quarterback Christian Hackenberg, the team announced Sunday.Hackenberg has been a free agent since clearing waivers after being released by the Oakland Raiders in May.The Raiders had traded for Hackenberg, acquiring him from the New York Jets.The 23-year-old Hackenberg was a second round draft pick by the

Grandma frowns on Browns DE’s potty month at training camp

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns defensive end Carl Nassib needs to work on more than his pass rushing skills in training camp. His grandma wants him to clean up his language. Nassib became a breakout star of the first episode this season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series, which is documenting Cleveland’s training

Cousins shines as Vikings beat Broncos 42-28

DENVER (AP) — Kirk Cousins was perfect in his first game for Minnesota on Saturday night, completing all four of his passes, including a 1-yard touchdown strike to Stefon Diggs in the Vikings’ 42-28 exhibition victory over the Denver Broncos. Case Keenum wasn’t nearly as sharp in his Denver debut. He completed

Raiders’ Mack faces $814K fine as holdout lingers

Defensive end Khalil Mack will not report to the Oakland Raiders before Friday's preseason opener against the Detroit Lions, triggering a $814,000 fine, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.The fine schedule is dictated by the league's collective bargaining agreement.Raiders' officials consistently said they plans to re-sign Mack to a long-term deal

Raiders beat Lions 16-10 in Gruden’s return to sideline

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Coach Jon Gruden was a winner in his return to the sideline for Oakland when the Raiders got a touchdown pass from Connor Cook in a 16-10 victory over the Detroit Lions on Friday night. Gruden was welcomed back warmly to the Coliseum for his first game

Report: Raiders seeking pay cut for LT Penn

The Oakland Raiders are seeking a pay cut or contract restructure with left tackle Donald Penn, less than a year after signing him to an extension, according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal report.Per the Review-Journal's Michael Gehlken, the team would like to convert the $3 million of non-guaranteed money in

Prescott throws for TD before 49ers rally past Cowboys 24-21

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Dak Prescott made the most of his brief appearance in the preseason opener for Dallas by throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass to rookie Michael Gallup before the San Francisco 49ers rallied with two late touchdowns to beat the Cowboys 24-21 Thursday night. Nick Mullens threw a

Ex-Raider Jones: WR Bryant ‘not picking up playbook’

Newly acquired Oakland Raiders wideout Martavis Bryant is struggling to pick up Jon Gruden's playbook, according to former Raiders wideout and current NFL Network analyst James Jones.Jones said he heard as much from offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who held the same position when Jones played in Oakland in 2014."I just

Hall of Famer Favre visits Clemson, speaks to players

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson got another five-star quarterback on campus — Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Favre spent Wednesday visiting the Tigers, speaking with players and watching practice. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he and Favre had recently become friendly and when Swinney asked Favre to visit, the one-time

Kaime & Grubes love dinosaurs just like Myles Garrett | The Dose

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Rookie could be Key to unlocking Raiders pass rush

NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- As he squares off against first-round draft pick Kolton Miller almost daily in training camp, Oakland Raiders rookie defensive end Arden Key rarely uses the same move twice.On one play, Key takes a jab-step inside then spins around to Miller's outside shoulder and speeds past the

Saints’ Onyemata no longer an international curiosity

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata is no longer an intriguing international prospect with unknown potential. The native Nigerian, who learned American-style football as a college student in Canada, is entering his third NFL season as an established starter upon whom the Saints are increasingly comfortable relying to

Saints waive receiver Coleman, lineman Fullington

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says the club has waived receiver Brandon Coleman and offensive lineman John Fullington. Both players have been sidelined recently with injuries. Coleman started training camp on the team’s physically unable to perform list. Payton, who discussed the moves after a practice at

Raiders rookie Mo Hurst still motivated by draft snub

NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- More than three months after the NFL draft, Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Maurice Hurst is still a little bitter about how things played out.Projected to be a sure first-rounder after his final season at Michigan, Hurst wasn't selected until the fifth round amid questions about his

Rams find Brandin Cooks can provide more than big plays

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay turned up the volume on his first-unit offense, blasting the usual training camp soundtrack of rap music even louder as they went through a series of unscripted situational drills Saturday. It wasn’t enough to silence the starters, as wide receiver Brandin

Charles Woodson, Peyton Manning stop by Raiders camp

NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- Charles Woodson took a break from overseeing his winery in the Napa Valley to visit the Oakland Raiders training camp Thursday. Peyton Manning was there, too, while in the midst of a speaking tour.The two future Hall-of-Famers were all over the place, chatting with players and

After Fitz, receivers a big question mark for Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have one of the best wide receivers to play the game but, beyond Larry Fitzgerald, the position is a major question mark for the team under first-year coach Steve Wilks. The names of those competing for playing time and/or just a spot on the 53-man

NFL notebook: Patriots release injured WR Matthews

The New England Patriots announced they released wide receiver Jordan Matthews with an injury settlement on Wednesday, less than four months after signing him.ESPN's Field Yates reported earlier Wednesday that the team would place Matthews on injured reserve, after earlier reports said the team was releasing Matthews. He is free

Ravens and Bears show off D, Baltimore wins 17-16

CANTON, Ohio (AP) The goals were to let the backups play and learn, and to be inspired. Missions accomplished. The Ravens and Bears honored their great linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher with some defense to make them proud in the Hall of Fame game that opened the NFL’s preseason Thursday night.