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NFL-National Football League roundup
(Sun, 24 May 2015 15:47:59 PDT)
Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II feels the NFL will be holding games in Mexico and Germany within the next five years. Rooney, one of the members of the NFL's International Committee, is optimistic the league will stage games in two more countries. "If I had to put a timetable on it, I would be disappointed if we don't have games in those two countries within the next five years," Rooney told the team's website.

Jets' McDougle returns to field after missing last season (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 20 May 2015 23:32:21 PDT)
Dexter McDougle took a few speedy steps toward making good on a promise he made to himself - and New York Jets fans - nearly a year ago. ''I'm blessed to be out there getting reps again,'' McDougle said after practice Wednesday. Three days after making his NFL debut in the Jets' preseason opener against Indianapolis, McDougle was participating in a 1-on-1 drill on Aug. 10 with wide receiver Stephen Hill when he went down in a heap after getting a cleat caught in the grass.

Four cities invited to bid on 2019 Super Bowl, Los Angeles in mix for 2020 (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 20 May 2015 10:46:23 PDT)
The locations for the next three Super Bowls are already set in stone (Santa Clara, Calif., Houston, and Minneapolis), but there are a number of cities in the running to host the big game in 2019 and 2020. According to the Miami Herald , Miami, along with New Orleans, Atlanta and Tampa were all invited by the NFL to bid on Super Bowls LIII and LIV. Additionally, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Los Angeles “will be considered a potential host city” in 2020 (Super Bowl LIV), as long as “the market has at least one NFL team by then.” A Super Bowl hasn’t been played in Southern California since 2003, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Los Angeles has hosted seven Super Bowls – five at the Rose Bowl and two at the Coliseum. The league won’t make its decision until next May for the 2019 game. The city that wins that bid is taken out of the running for the following Super Bowl, narrowing the field by one.  Of the available cities, Miami and New Orleans have each hosted the big game 10 times, while Tampa and Atlanta have hosted four and two times, respectively. The newly built Sun Life Stadium (Miami) and the new Atlanta Falcons stadium, slated to open in 2017, make those two cities attractive options. Of course, the NFL’s familiarity with New Orleans and Tampa make them comfortable choices as well, but the emergence of Los Angeles – the country’s second-biggest media market – could raise the intrigue level when the votes are finally tallied next May.  - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

NFL Transactions Tracker (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 19 May 2015 22:38:00 PDT)
Nick Mensio keeps track of every offseason transaction for all 32 teams.

NFL turning to South for 2019, 2020 Super Bowls (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 19 May 2015 21:21:36 PDT)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The NFL will turn to the South for its host cities for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls.

Seahawks' Carroll: LB Irvin's Atlanta comment misinterpreted (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 16 May 2015 18:41:04 PDT)
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin's recent declaration that he would be playing in Atlanta in 2016 doesn't mean what everyone thinks it does, according to coach Pete Carroll's interpretation of those remarks. Speaking with reporters prior to his induction into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Carroll said Irvin was not announcing a move to the Falcons next season. Irvin told BlackSportsOnline.com, ''I'm going to be in Atlanta next season,'' at an Atlanta Hawks playoff game. ''I'm really glad you asked me that, because he didn't say that,'' Carroll said.

Falcons sign former Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 14 May 2015 16:20:07 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have added a possible new starter to their offensive line by signing former Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus.

Falcons' Blank says failure to admit mistakes hurt Patriots (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 14 May 2015 12:37:26 PDT)
Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Thursday there is a ''general feeling'' that the Patriots' failure to acknowledge mistakes added to the punishment they received for deflating footballs. Blank stressed while at a community improvement event that he has no direct knowledge of the Patriots' case. The Patriots were hit with more severe punishments than the penalties the Falcons received on March 30 for pumping fake noise into games. Blank said it was only natural that he compared the teams' penalties this week when the NFL took action on the Patriots.

Falcons sign third-round pick RB Tevin Coleman (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 12 May 2015 15:47:01 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have signed running back Tevin Coleman, the team's third-round draft pick from Indiana.

Why NFL's punishment of Tom Brady and Patriots is a warning for all franchises (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 11 May 2015 18:01:59 PDT)
The unprecedented deflate-gate sanctions against the Patriots should have other NFL owners worried.

Tom Brady allowed the new NFL Way to smack Patriot Way in stunning fashion (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 11 May 2015 17:18:00 PDT)
Roger Goodell will get the bulk of the wrath from Pats backers, but Troy Vincent's role here shouldn't be diminished. He sent a loud signal that the league has embraced a new moral code.

Falcons sign 3 undrafted rookies, waive 3 others (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 11 May 2015 15:05:27 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have signed undrafted free agent Sam Meredith, a defensive end from San Diego State.

Silva: Dynasty Rookie Rankings (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 11 May 2015 13:34:00 PDT)
See where Melvin Gordon lands as Evan Silva unveils his post-draft Dynasty Rookie Rankings.

Cowboys' Randy Gregory project features plan to bulk him up and mentorship from a Hall of Famer (Yahoo Sports)
(Sun, 10 May 2015 21:57:33 PDT)
Dallas has already surrounded the rookie with an intriguing axis of guidance. Also, his locker this past weekend was situated next to Dez Bryant's.

Falcons pick up pace under Dan Quinn (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 09 May 2015 14:28:37 PDT)
Justin Hardy doesn't know yet where he will fit in with the Atlanta Falcons. New Falcons head coach Dan Quinn wants to pick up the pace. Hardy is not known for his speed, yet that's not why the rookie wide receiver had hard time keeping up Saturday in the second day of the Falcons' rookie mini-camp. It was warm and humid at the Falcons' headquarters outside of Atlanta, and Hardy - a fourth-round draft choice out of East Carolina who set an NCAA career record with 387 career receptions - and other players were made to work at a brisk pace.

Gurley dresses for Rams rookie minicamp (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 08 May 2015 15:56:26 PDT)
As a fan of running back Steven Jackson, Todd Gurley passed on the opportunity to wear No. 39 with the St. Louis Rams. ''There's not too many numbers available,'' Gurley said about how he made his decision. SJ had multiple 1,000-yard seasons with the Rams and that's pretty cool.'' The 6-foot-1, 222-pound Gurley did not do any running on the first day of the two-day minicamp. Gurley is rehabbing an injured left knee.

Falcons coach Quinn impressed with Vic Beasley's quickness (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 08 May 2015 15:26:47 PDT)
New Falcons coach Dan Quinn isn't surprised how Vic Beasley stands out among the team's rookie class. After watching his first rookie minicamp with Atlanta on Friday, Quinn was impressed with Beasley's quick first step against the run and the pass. Beasley, a former Clemson standout and the eighth overall pick of the NFL draft, will play defensive end and outside linebacker in Quinn's 4-3 scheme.

Team Brady balks at NFL 'Deflategate' probe, awaits sanctions
(Thu, 07 May 2015 18:27:31 PDT)
By Ted Siefer SALEM, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The team behind Tom Brady ran defense for the star quarterback on Thursday after a report found he likely knew footballs were deflated to the New England Patriots' advantage in a scandal that could lead to a multigame suspension and a tainted legacy. As Brady's agent issued a stinging rebuke of the findings, the National Football League clammed up the day after releasing the 243-page "Deflategate" report, refusing to give a timetable or range on possible sanctions against Brady or the Patriots. Meanwhile, Brady said, "No, absolutely not," when asked if "Deflategate" tainted the team's 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. The four-time Super Bowl winner and three-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player was muted in his remarks Thursday night in a previously scheduled speech at Salem State University north of Boston.

Deflate-gate: Don't expect harsh punishment for Brady, Patriots (Yahoo Sports)
(Wed, 06 May 2015 15:12:04 PDT)
While the Wells Report implicates Tom Brady in the ball deflation controversy, it doesn't provide a smoking gun. And that puts NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a tough spot.

Raiders to cut ties with James Jones, Miles Burris (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 04 May 2015 17:24:49 PDT)
The Oakland Raiders are planning to release two starters from last year's team, cutting ties with receiver James Jones and linebacker Miles Burris. Jones told CSN California that general manager Reggie McKenzie told him he was going to be cut and Burris announced on his Twitter account Monday that he was going to be released as well. Oakland used its first-round pick on receiver Amari Cooper and then drafted linebackers Ben Heeney of Kansas and Neiron Bell of Florida in the fifth round. Oakland already cut quarterback Matt Schaub, running back Maurice Jones-Drew and defensive linemen Antonio Smith and LaMarr Woodley.

Falcons sign former Titans fullback Collin Mooney (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 04 May 2015 13:13:25 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have signed fullback Collin Mooney, who started four games for the Tennessee Titans in 2013.

NFL draft in review: The highs and lows from the seven-round affair (Shutdown Corner)
(Sun, 03 May 2015 12:09:42 PDT)
The NFL draft is (finally) over. From the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafting Jameis Winston (and the dumb Social Media Outrage that followed the crab legs photo) to the Arizona Cardinals taking Mr. Irrelevant , it was a wild three days. What moments won the three days? Let's check it out. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] Most touching moment This one was easy. It was Jim Kelly, whose battle against cancer was followed closely by all NFL fans, taking the stage to a great standing ovation that obviously surprised and touched him. The moment that'll make us laugh every time we hear it Every time the NFL Network or ESPN played a highlights montage that included commissioner Roger Goodell trying to pronounce Marcus Mariota's name, it was a classic. " Mariato"? C'mon commish, this wasn't exactly cornerback If o Ekpre-Olomu in the seventh round.  Stealing the show It's kind of fun that we have Ickey Woods back in our lives. WOOOOOO! Most extra special moment for one player Every player hopefully enjoyed the special moment when they were drafted, but it had to be really cool for Eddie Goldman. Legendary Bears linebacker Dick Butkus was announcing the Chicago Bears' second-round pick when he read the card and exclaimed, "I like this," before announcing the pick was Goldman, the Florida State defensive tackle. That's a heck of a way to start a pro career. Goldman said later that Butkus is one of his father's favorite players. "But him to say that ‘and I like this,' it's so subtle and so small but coming from him it kind of made my heart drop a little bit because he's NFL royalty right there," Goldman told the Bears' site. Most surprising reaction from a player When a player gets drafted, a few minutes later he has a teleconference with that team's local media. The questions are typically the same. Inevitably, the player is asked if he had any clue that team would pick him. It's usually either, yes because they met with me and I hit it off with the coach, or no because I hadn't talked to them at all. Nobody says what New York Giants fifth-round pick, Texas safety Mykkele Thompson, said about being drafted. "It was a surprise for me," Thompson said,   according to ESPN.com . "I don't even know how to explain it right now. After the numbers I put up this year, I thought free agency was going to be the main goal, probably." That's different. The "awwwwww" moment The NFL let fans at each of the 32 team sites announce picks in Rounds 4-7, because the draft needed to be a little longer I guess. It did have one fun moment, when a couple who was just married got to announce the New York Giants' pick. And wouldn't you know it? The player was the appropriately named Bobby Hart, a Florida State offensive lineman. Most GIF-able moment Ah yes, there was one more highlight from the fans announcing picks, when some excited Buccaneers fans gave everyone the easiest GIF of the draft. tfw you're a Bucs fan and your team drafts Kaelin Clay: http://t.co/QJXifxPHpi pic.twitter.com/z38qIqnVbr — SB Nation (@SBNation) May 2, 2015 Most extreme high and low Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had one of the biggest moments of his life on Saturday when he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. But it followed an incredibly tough situation on Friday night when his childhood house that was hosting a draft party was significantly damaged by a fire . It's hard to imagine experiencing all those emotions in a 24-hour stretch.   Pick that most teams could regret not making I'm not the biggest Brett Hundley fan, but the UCLA quarterback does have talent. And there are many teams who are pretty desperate at quarterback. If the Green Bay Packers saw the value in trading up to draft him in the fifth round, why didn't some other teams that don't have an MVP at quarterback? (And the "he couldn't develop slowly with a worse team" argument holds no water; teams have free will and can choose to develop a fifth-round pick at any rate they want.) Pick that a team might regret Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory is talented, and there's a reason a top-10 type talent slipped to No. 60. The Dallas Cowboys already have a pretty wild locker room, so I'm not sure of the fit here. Hopefully the issues that forced Gregory to slip so far will be behind him. A big draft drop like that can be a wake-up call. But I think, even at the value of a late second-round pick, it was risky. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Draft 2015: NFC Draft Grades (Rotoworld)
(Sat, 02 May 2015 20:21:00 PDT)
Evan Silva assigns a grade to every NFC team's rookie class following the 2015 NFL draft.

No bluffing: Cowboys stick with defense as draft closes (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 02 May 2015 19:13:57 PDT)
Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones wasn't bluffing when he said getting a running back wouldn't be a top priority in the draft, even though the Cowboys lost NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray in free agency. The Cowboys kept the focus on defense on the final day of the draft Saturday, taking linebackers Damien Wilson of Minnesota and Mark Nzeocha of Wyoming in the fourth and seventh rounds. Defensive end Ryan Russell of Purdue was picked in the fifth.

Coach Quinn believes 1st NFL draft with Falcons a success (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 02 May 2015 17:32:49 PDT)
General manager Thomas Dimitroff and new coach Dan Quinn say the Atlanta Falcons got exactly what they were looking for on the last day of the NFL draft. ''We feel like we pulled off some more players who are going to be really nice contributors to this team.'' Entering the first round on Thursday, the team sorely needed a talented pass rusher to develop into an elite player, and Clemson's Vic Beasley, the No. 8 overall pick, fits the mold Quinn wants. LSU cornerback Jalen Collins will push right-side cornerback Robert Alford for playing time, and Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, drafted in the fifth round Saturday, beefs up the interior depth. Atlanta drafted three offensive players, but Quinn's primary focus is to make the defense - one of the NFL's worst over the last two years - faster, stronger and more versatile.

New Falcons defensive tackle Jarrett escapes house fire (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 02 May 2015 16:58:26 PDT)
New Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had a major scare while he waited for his name to be called in the NFL draft Friday night. Jarrett, picked by Atlanta in the fifth round Saturday, said he and about 40 family members and close friends were at his mother's house in Conyers, Georgia, about 23 miles east of downtown Atlanta, when it caught fire in the early evening. ''We were just watching the draft and smelled something a little funny,'' Jarrett said ''We went in the kitchen. There was nothing going on in there, then some people came running downstairs, and the fire had already started on the wall.'' Jarrett said he was ''100 percent certain'' that nobody was injured.

Falcons pick San Jose State cornerback King in 7th round (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 02 May 2015 15:31:34 PDT)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have selected San Jose State cornerback Akeem King in the seventh round of the NFL draft.

Falcons pick offensive lineman Jake Rodgers in 7th round (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 02 May 2015 14:59:08 PDT)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have chosen Eastern Washington offensive lineman Jake Rodgers in the seventh round of the NFL draft.

Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett's house burns down before he's drafted (Shutdown Corner)
(Sat, 02 May 2015 12:40:07 PDT)
Before Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett experienced one of the biggest moments of his life, he and his family had to deal with the pain of seeing their house destroyed in a fire. Jarrett's family's house in Conyers, Ga., was significantly damaged by a fire on Friday night during a draft party for Jarrett. On Saturday, the Atlanta Falcons took him in the fifth round. About 50 people were at the draft party, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . Nobody was injured. Jarrett and his draft party moved to a family member's house on Saturday. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] After drafting Jarrett and hearing about the house, Falcons owner Arthur Blank ordered the staff to get Jarrett and his family some clothes, ESPN.com said . NFL Network said that all of Jarrett's trophies and football memorabilia burned in the fire. The house belonged to his mother; Jarrett's father is former Falcons linebacker Jessie Tuggle. Yesterday: DT Grady Jarrett's possessions were destroyed in a fire.Today: He was drafted. By his dad's old team. pic.twitter.com/HFgF2AwNjt — NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 2, 2015 Fox Sports said about half of the house burned. The report said the family thinks an electrical fire was the cause. "It was an unexplainable feeling," Jarrett told Fox Sports. "It was hopelessness. It was disbelief. At that point I wasn't thinking about the draft. There's no feeling that describes watching a house burn. The important thing was everyone got out safe. We lost some things that we can't get back, but for the most part it's just material things and as a family we're just happy to be safe." - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

2015 NFL Draft Tracker (Rotoworld)
(Sat, 02 May 2015 08:30:00 PDT)
Follow along for up-to-the-minute NFL Draft picks from the Bucs at No. 1 to the Cardinals Mr. Irrelevant selection at No. 256.

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