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In the NFL, it’s tough to get a lead. It’s tough to win games. If you’ve earned a lead at halftime, you absolutely must figure out how to hold onto it. You cannot be blowing halftime and fourth quarter leads at the highest rates in the NFL.

On first downs, the Chargers ran the ball 5% more often in 2020 than 2019. They shifted from a 52% first down pass rate in 2019 to 47% in 2020. While that may seem small, it’s substantial. The 2019 Chargers, at 52%, were the eighth most pass-heavy team on first downs. The 2020 Chargers, at 47%, dropped to the eighth most run-heavy team.NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Face Coverings

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Whitney Mercilus does have experience playing as a down lineman, but that was in college 10 years ago. Former 2020 third-rounder Jonathan Greenard has similar experience, too, and it wasn't that long ago for him. Jacob Martin also came from the Seattle Seahawks, where he played in a 4-3 defense. Houston also brought in Jordan Jenkins to come off the edge as well.

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However, this will only be his third year and he has a year with a club option left on his rookie contract. Negotiations may happen, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if a deal doesn’t come down until the 2023 offseason.NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Team Face Coverings

It doesn’t mean that he will. But the folks who make their living in part by knowing what’s truly going on behind the scenes have become sufficiently spooked by whatever they’re hearing to not allow bettors to load up on bets based on odds crafted under the assumption that Rodgers will show up and play for the Packers.NFL Tennessee Titans Team Face Coverings
A pitcher like Britton, even when he’s right, will allow a seeing-eye single here and there. It was the type of hit he could grudgingly accept, but it did thicken the tension in the inning. In the Yankees bullpen, Justin Wilson sprung into action.Los Angeles Dodgers Face Masks

Less than 30 minutes later, Rogers was placed on the 10-day injured list with right arm soreness. The medical tests revealed a pronator teres strain, which means he has a forearm injury near his elbow. Hinch doesn't expect the 26-year-old to return for two or three weeks.Cincinnati Reds Face Masks

"I really look forward to pitching here the next couple of years and help this organization achieve what they set out to do, and that's win another championship," he said.

Machado was acquired by the Dodgers in exchange for five prospects -- outfielder Yusniel Diaz, pitchers Dean Kremer and Zach Pop, third baseman Rylan Bannon, and infielder Breyvic Valera.Milwaukee Brewers Face Masks

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“Today’s vote by the City Council marks a milestone in our mission to keep the A’s rooted in Oakland and build a world-class waterfront ballpark district that will benefit the community for generations to come.

After their thrilling victory over the Dodgers and becoming the first team in MLB to reach 60 wins, the Giants find themselves two games up on their chief rivals.Atlanta Braves Face Masks

The MLB trade deadline is a week away, which means that teams need to determine whether they are buying or selling — quickly. For the Tampa Bay Rays, they are obvious buyers at the deadline, as they sit right behind the Boston Red Sox for first-place in the AL East. The Minnesota Twins, on the other hand, sit in fourth in the AL Central, and are nowhere near contenders. So, both sides agreed to make a deal.

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After losing Butler to Miami in free agency this offseason, Barmore could take on the role Butler handled over the last several seasons as an interior rusher and give it some added juice. In four years in New England, Butler played over 1,000 more snaps as a pass rusher (1,472) than he did as a run defender (489).NFC Teams Face Masks

Knapp was an NFL coach for 23 years, and coached seven teams during that span. He coached the San Francisco 49ers, Falcons, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans and Atalanta Falcons.

Jets general manager Joe Douglas has overseen a pair of masterful offseasons of assembling young talent on both sides of the ball, this spring getting the opportunity to drop No. 3 overall pick Zach Wilson behind center of an offense that now features wide receiver Corey Davis, former second-round receiver Denzel Mims, speedster Elijah Moore, an offensive tackle with “Hall of Fame” upside; Mekhi Becton, and first-round guard Alijah Vera-Tucker.Indianapolis Colts Face Masks

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“Do we dare think we could have one of those on this team? That would have that kind of leadership role? We may have it. It might be your quarterback.”

They have high hopes for him in 2020 and he and Wilson both have versatile roles. Murphy is their slot cornerback but will also play outside this season.San Francisco 49ers Face Masks

The Baltimore Ravens improved their team overall during the 2021 offseason. While the losses the team sustained at the edge defender position do sting a bit, Baltimore brought in multiple reinforcements on the offensive side of the ball including at wide receiver and on the offensive line.Denver Broncos Face Masks

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NFL Insider Ian Rapoport says the situation is “essentially exactly the same as it was in March and April”. If that’s the case, Rodgers is probably still unhappy and it’s doubtful he’ll be wearing green and gold any time soon.
Saban left the Dolphins in 2006 and won six national championships while making Alabama an elite global sports institution. Miami has made two playoff appearances since Saban left, losing both times in the Wild Card round by double-digit deficits.

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Now it falls in the coaching staff’s hands to put them in the best position to succeed and the players themselves to ensure that they can stay go through the entire season injury-free.NFL Cleveland Browns Team Face Coverings

None of it means he can’t come back, as we learned multiple times from his predecessor with the Packers. But as the Packers prepare to go to camp, there’s now a very good reason to think that Rodgers won’t be there, not because he’s holding out or taking more time to think things over but because he’s had enough football for one lifetime.
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"From all-time greats like Peyton Manning to young players just starting their careers, Greg was a trusted confidant and the very definition of a 'quarterback whisperer.' More importantly, the connections and friendships he forged with players, coaches and staff - as well as their families - were genuine and special.NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Team Face Coverings

On Tuesday afternoon, it was reported by NFL insider Ian Rapoport that the Chiefs and Okafor have indeed agreed to a one-year deal. After spending the previous two campaigns with the reigning AFC champions, Okafor is ready for year No. 3 with the team.

The Baltimore Ravens took a chance on tight end Nick Boyle during the 2015 NFL draft, selecting him in the fifth round out of the University of Delaware. Boyle has gone on to become one of the best blocking tight ends in the league, while also improving his receiving skills to be a threat in that area of the game.NFL Baltimore Ravens Team Face Coverings

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If the Saints lose Marcus Williams next offseason, Marcus Maye is a great replacement option for them. He and the Jets failed to reach a long-term extension, and New York lowballed him by nearly 20 percent. Maye might not want to even entertain any other offers the Jets might bring to him with that kind of offer. That potentially soured relationship could be an opportunity for New Orleans to grab Maye.NFL Miami Dolphins Team Face Coverings
Wilson continues to hold the No. 1 position in the NFC West. He is a top-five quarterback in the league and in the middle of what surely will be a Hall of Fame career. He and the Seahawks struggled offensively late in the year but he still passed for more than 4,200 yards and had 40 touchdown passes. He also still makes plays with his legs as well.NFL New Orleans Saints Team Face Coverings

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"We feel a lot of buildup, including 'Hard Knocks,' is a good thing to get people fired up about reconnecting and rolling."NFL New England Patriots Team Face Coverings

Officially, Clarke is 13th on the Eagles’ sack list, but he is 10th thanks to this new research.
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The Bills already had one of the best rosters in the AFC, so this offseason was about keeping their core pieces in free agency which they did successfully. They did upgrade at wide receiver with the signing of Emmanuel Sanders over John Brown, and they added speedster running back Matt Breida to their committee of running backs. The defense kept its key pieces and selected defensive end in rounds one and two of the draft with Gregory Rousseau and Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. At the very worst they should be able to equal last year's performance on defense. The Bills are primed for a run at the Super Bowl.NFL Baltimore Ravens Team Face Coverings

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Now with the 2021 training camp about to begin and the Cowboys well below the COVID-19 vaccination threshold rate that would allow loosened restrictions for players and staff, the Hall of Famer is upset that the current crop of players are negligently throwing away a chance to gain an early edge.

More than that, Saban ripped the doctor who conducted the physical, which seemingly implies that leaving the NFL for Alabama was not supposed to be the plan and is something he’s still sore about.NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Face Coverings

Ward and the 49ers certainly have reason to not fear the Rams, as San Francisco has won its last four meetings with LA.
Last year, Curl played both safety positions for Washington and even played a little bit of nickel, too. His natural instincts, tackling and ball-hawking skills made him an instant fan favorite. Regardless of what his role is this fall, Curl is ready and prepared for it.

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He played in just seven games last season because of a nagging knee injury that landed him on injured reserve twice, and he failed to record a sack for the first time in his career. The Chargers opted not to re-sign him after his four-year, $64 million deal expired following the 2020 season.Washington Football Team Face Masks

The Jets locked down one of their two first-round picks from the 2021 NFL draft on Tuesday, as offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker signed his rookie contract.

The engine of the defense, Buckner will be reprising his role as the menacing three-technique on the inside of the defensive line coming off of his first All-Pro nod in 2020. Buckner proved to be well worth the first-round pick and subsequent contract extension the Colts gave when they made the deal to acquire him during the 2020 offseason. His role is set as the most important player on the defensive side of the ball, and the Colts are hoping he can continue his dominance against interior offensive linemen.Houston Texans Face Masks

In what could be a historic, and likely controversial, move, the Minnesota Vikings have removed offensive line coach Rick Dennison from his position after he refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine.Buffalo Bills Face Masks

One of the Chargers’ priorities this offseason was to get the pieces up front to put quarterback Justin Herbert in the most optimal position to succeed.Cincinnati Bengals Face Masks

Curiosity didn’t really kill the cat, it simply neglected it while we all went on a deep dive to figure out the answer to some random question we have.

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The Jets came to agreements with fifth-round cornerback Jason Pinnock, sixth-round cornerback Brandin Echols, and sixth-round defensive tackle Jonathan Marshall.San Francisco 49ers Face Masks

Former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch proved once again he’s a gift to the sports world with his Kraken Expansion Draft pick.

The Chargers had 114 third downs in the first half of games last year, the third most of any team in the NFL. Their 95 third down passes in the first half were the most of any team.Philadelphia Eagles Face Masks

Knapp has been coaching in the NFL since 1997. With much of his work focused on developing quarterbacks, the 58-year-old has made stops with the 49ers, Falcons, Raiders, Seahawks, Texans and Broncos. With Peyton Manning playing beneath him, Knapp won a Super Bowl in 2015 as Denver’s quarterbacks coach. He held the same position with the Falcons over the past three seasons.Denver Broncos Face Masks
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How Washington matches up: Wes Schweitzer and Ereck Flowers are slated to battle for the gig at left guard, and between those two, Rivera likely expects fairly quality play week in and week out. Cleveland Browns Face Masks

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OXNARD, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys open 2021 NFL training camp Wednesday at River Ridge Residence Inn. Here's a closer look at a few storylines:

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Jalen Hurts’ success may also be determined by Sanders’ production in both the rushing and receiving games.
Dalton: OVER. It’s usually best to fade a number this high, and it’s worth noting KC has played into February each of the last two seasons. But the Chiefs have arguably the league’s best quarterback and coach, with a rebuilt offensive line and nine games in Arrowhead this season. While some may anecdotally worry about a “Super Bowl hangover,” I’d argue the ugly loss will result in a motivated Mahomes, who played through a serious foot injury down the stretch. I’ll bet on Kansas City winning at least 13 games.Buffalo Bills Face Masks

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Lost: LB Alex Anzalone, FB Mike Burton, WR Bennie Fowler, CB Justin Hardee, DE Trey Hendrickson, DT Sheldon RankinsDenver Broncos Face Masks

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On Wednesday the 49ers announced a five-year, $95 million contract extension with $40.5 million guaranteed for 25-year-old linebacker Fred Warner, considered by many to be the best or among the best young defenders in the NFL.

Bringing things full circle with a heavy pour of irony is the fact that Miami’s latest hope is quarterback Tua Tagovailoa — the Heisman-winner who made a name for himself by winning a national championship with Nick Saban as part of his Alabama dynasty.NFC Teams Face Masks

Both players are entering their fifth years in Buffalo as both have gone on to sign contract extensions as well.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Greg Knapp, Jets assistant coach, dies after bicycling accident

If the Raiders can get solid play from Andre James (or Nick Martin) at center, this offensive line has a chance to be much better than expected. The tackles are young, but they complement each other well. We know how good Richie Incognito can be if healthy and Denzelle Good played the best football of his career in 2020.NFL Face Coverings Sales
Gallup’s numbers in 2020 shouldn’t lead anyone astray. Yes, he ended up with 59 receptions for 843 yards and five touchdowns. However, those numbers have to be put into context. Gallup was on pace for 1,100 yards in the first four games with a healthy Dak Prescott, and the fact that he finished just 157 yards shy of 1,000 playing with three replacement-level-or-worse quarterbacks is a testament to how talented he is.

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The sack totals of the past few years might not match the top tier DE’s, but Lawrence’s work as both a high-level pressure create and run stopper makes him one of the elite defensive lineman in the league. For the Cowboys, Lawrence has easily been their best defensive player and a leader for the last handful of seasons.NFL Washington Redskins (Football Team) Team Face Coverings

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Cornerback Shaq Griffin should give a secondary that allowed the fifth-most passing yards in the league a major boost. Malcolm Brown produced 27 total pressures the past two seasons and finished 2020 with a 77.1 run-stopping grade from Pro Football Focus.

As of now, the talks between the All-Pro receiver and organization are done, and Hopkins’ deal is likely to blame.NFL Minnesota Vikings Team Face Coverings

Grugier-Hill will give the Texans a significant boost in speed on their defensive front, which played a role in Houston's appalling defense last season. Since 2016, he has entrenched himself as one of the NFL's fastest linebackers, and playing in Lovie Smith's 4-3 defense will help maximize his talent. His quickness makes him a reliable pass rusher who can get after the opposing team's quarterback, and drop back in coverage to disrupt their passing game. In 2020, Grugier-Hill recorded 28 tackles (21 solo hits), a sack, and one fumble recovery in 15 games with the 10-6 Dolphins.NFL Los Angeles Rams Team Face Coverings
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The Court of Appeals for Texas has ordered the dismissal of a fraud lawsuit brought by Astros ticketholders against the team. “Claims based on how a sports team plays the game,” the court wrote in a July 15 memorandum opinion, “are not cognizable.”

For years and years, the safety position has been one of constant turnover and underwhelming play for the Washington Football Team. The names Laron Landry, Adam Archuleta, Reed Doughty and Brandon Merriweather come to mind for many Burgundy and Gold fans when thinking about overall disappointing play on the backend of the secondary over the past two decades.NFL Dallas Cowboys Team Face Coverings
New York Mets manager Luis Rojas speaks after finding out he was suspended for two games for 'excessive arguing' following his ejection on Sunday afternoon. Rojas said he will always stick up for his guys when he can and doubles down on his opinion that the ball Walker tried to toss into the dugout was foul.
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The Suns started the Finals off strong, winning Games 1 and 2 at home by double digits. The "Suns in four" chants look like they might come to fruition, but the Bucks responded with a convincing victory of their own in Game 3. Milwaukee then won thrilling nail-biters in Games 4 and 5 to take a 3-2 edge in the series. Cleveland Indians Face Masks

Cueto has one hit and now has walked three times this season. He's not necessarily an on-base machine, but there's a good chance he'll reach base again over the final two months of the season. So should fans expect more stolen bases?Cincinnati Reds Face Masks

Whether or not the Home Run Horse had anything to do with Alonso’s powerful performance on Friday is up for debate, but what’s undeniable is how hot Alonso has been at the plate over the last month or so, as his home run total has more than double from 10 on June 20th to the 21 long balls he has now.Washington Nationals Face Masks

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Cleveland will remain the Indians for the remainder of the 2021 season, but will come out with new merchandise and the new rebrand next season.

When the gunshots started to echo all around Nationals Park, San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. quickly thought about the team’s family members and friends in the seats.Tampa Bay Rays Face Masks

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"If you're not one of them teams [above the threshold], are you really thinking about winning a championship? You see what I'm saying," Irvin said, via "OK, so now if you're not getting vaccinated and you got all these other teams that are getting vaccinated ..."

From Yahoo's Scott Pianowski: "Keenan Allen might appear to be a rock-solid pick, coming off four straight Pro Bowls and reasonably priced in the third round. But it’s important to reconcile what Allen is, and what Allen is not.NFC Teams Face Masks

On first downs, the Chargers ran the ball 5% more often in 2020 than 2019. They shifted from a 52% first down pass rate in 2019 to 47% in 2020. While that may seem small, it’s substantial. The 2019 Chargers, at 52%, were the eighth most pass-heavy team on first downs. The 2020 Chargers, at 47%, dropped to the eighth most run-heavy team.

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“I know what I provide to a team,” Wright said. “I know that I can go into a training camp, pick up the playbook nice and easy, nice and fast, go out there and perform at any position they want me at. And so I’m excited, man. Whatever opportunity does present itself, I’m just going to go in there and attack it and just have fun playing in Year 11.”
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Anzalone comes from New Orleans with Glenn and head coach Dan Campbell. He understands the role and has proven himself reliably unspectacular in coverage throughout his career. He’s better against receiving-oriented TEs than he is running backs. Anzalone isn’t a thumper vs. the run in the box either, and that leaves the door open for reps from competitors.Tampa Bay Buccaneers Face Masks

But as it turns out, the Packers haven’t been in the wrong as badly as it has appeared.Houston Texans Face Masks

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The Cowboys’ offense should return to be one of the best, if not the best in 2021 with Prescott and the healthy offensive line back in the fold. The weapons that Dallas has built together in recent years will have a chance to put it all together with everyone taking advantage of a full offseason.NFL Face Coverings Sales