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With Broncos, Patriots flawed, no clear favorite in AFC (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:08:30 PDT)
No clear-cut favorite in the AFC. With the regular season about to kick off, it's anybody's guess who'll be the conference's representative at the Super Bowl in Houston in February. The defending champion Denver Broncos will try to become the first team to repeat since New England in 2004-05.

Falcons sign former Redskins S Dashon Goldson (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:18:59 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons signed veteran free-agent safety Dashon Goldson on Sunday.

Vikings host Chargers in new stadium debut (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:09:31 PDT)
The Vikings will take the field in their gleaming new stadium for the first time, showing off the $1.1 billion venue to their fans - and the Chargers, whose 15-year quest to replace aged Qualcomm Stadium has yielded only uncertainty about the franchise's future in San Diego. An attempt to move to Los Angeles last winter was blocked by the Rams and the NFL. The Vikings were once a candidate to move, but they're not going anywhere now with light-filled, ship-shaped U.S. Bank Stadium now towering over the east edge of downtown Minneapolis where the Metrodome once stood.

NFL-National Football League roundup
(Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:25:45 PDT)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo appears fine after he left the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night due to back tightness. On Dallas' third offensive play, Romo scrambled from the pocket, then went into a slide near the line of scrimmage. Romo did not have any X-rays, but he spent the second half of the game in the locker room.

Falcons rookie safety Neal to have minor knee surgery (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:11:14 PDT)
Atlanta Falcons rookie strong safety Keanu Neal, the team's first-round pick and a projected starter, will miss the beginning of the season with a knee injury. Neal will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday and is expected to miss three to four weeks, according to the Falcons. Coach Dan Quinn said he is encouraged Neal avoided a more serious injury that could have kept him out longer.

Arian Foster helps lead Dolphins over Falcons 17-6 (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:33:35 PDT)
Running back Arian Foster had a 2-yard touchdown run in the Miami Dolphins' 17-6 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. Foster, who joined the Dolphins during the offseason and is coming off an Achilles injury, had his most extensive playing time with his new team in the third preseason game that was played at Orlando's Camping World Stadium. ''It's just a testament to the work we have been putting in, it is doing the work every single day,'' Foster said.

Tom Coughlin, John Mara together on NFL's competition committee? It appears so (Shutdown Corner)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:22:53 PDT)
Tom Coughlin’s resignation from the New York Giants was an awkward affair. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the out-of-work Coughlin joins two other prominent newcomers to the influential committee. Along with John Elway and Bruce Arians, former NYG HC Tom Coughlin also has been added to NFL's competition committee, per source.

Bruce Arians: 'Bad coaches' benefit from in-game video experiment (Shutdown Corner)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:21:04 PDT)
The NFL has been adding in-game technology for its coaches slowly, from speakers in quarterbacks’ and linebackers’ helmets to tablets on the sideline. It makes sense that the next step is allowing them to view video in game. Teams have been allowed to use video in one game this preseason.

RGIII getting more comfortable running Browns' offense (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:44:24 PDT)
Robert Griffin III doesn't want to get ahead of himself. The Cleveland Browns quarterback reiterated Wednesday that while he's getting increasingly more comfortable running his new team's offense, the transition is far from complete. ''It's just about being consistent every day,'' the fifth-year pro said after the Browns shared practice fields with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a second day.

Early-Season Schedule Strength (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:17:00 PDT)
Warren Sharp examines early-season Strength of Schedule in Run and Pass Defense for every NFL team.

A look at Thursday night's preseason matchups (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:28:44 PDT)
No NFL games have been played in the Citrus Bowl in nearly two decades. The City of Orlando and Orange County put $207 million into updating the aging stadium in hopes of being able to lure NFL action back to Orlando.

Is Devin Hester ready for a return? His workout videos look encouraging (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:19:10 PDT)
Devin Hester was cut by the Atlanta Falcons this offseason, and some wondered whether it might be the end of his career. Devin Hester might be nearing a return to the NFL (AP). Hester, 33, has been recovering from toe surgery in January and hopes to play an 11th season in the NFL.

Falcons to hold out Ward, Ishmael against Dolphins (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:01:29 PDT)
Running back Terron Ward and safety Kemal Ishmael will miss their second straight preseason game when the Atlanta Falcons play the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. Ward's injury has changed the competition for a backup spot at running back. Ward (ankle) and Ishmael (shoulder) ran on the side in Tuesday's practice.

Veteran PK Graham returns to Falcons as more than 'camp leg' (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:27:29 PDT)
After kicking for 10 teams in the past 15 seasons - and a few more teams in preseason camps - Shayne Graham knew to be prepared for another call. This time, it was a rarity - a call back from the Atlanta team he kicked for last season. Graham joined the Falcons on Saturday and will kick for the team in Thursday night's preseason game against Miami in Orlando.

When will rookie quarterbacks first see the field this season? (Shutdown Corner)
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:11:23 PDT)
Jared Goff might be grounded with the Los Angeles Rams for a bit (AP). Prior to a fourth-quarter drive on Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs, the early returns from Goff had been slightly cringe-worthy. Case Keenum is what he is, but he’s the best option for the Rams right now, and head coach Jeff Fisher is going old school with the approach to Goff.

Greg Cosell's QB Study: The plan to turn around Robert Griffin (Shutdown Corner)
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:37:13 PDT)
In Hue Jackson’s first year as Cleveland Browns head coach, one of his priorities was to come up with a plan to get the most out of quarterback Robert Griffin III. Jackson was dealing with a quarterback who had a track record, when he was with the Washington Redskins, of staying in the pocket too long, waiting too long to see the throw and taking too many hits.

32 Bold Calls for 2016 (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:01:00 PDT)
Rich Hribar dishes out hot fantasy takes for all 32 NFL teams this season.

Falcons bring back veteran kicker Shayne Graham (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:51:07 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons are re-signing veteran kicker Shayne Graham, who played five games with the team in 2015.

Falcons believe punter Bosher's chest injury not serious (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:53:12 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn says punter Matt Bosher avoided a serious injury to his chest when he was knocked out of Thursday night's preseason win over the Cleveland Browns.

Thursday's Sports In Brief (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 19 Aug 2016 01:35:28 PDT)
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Usain Bolt and Ryan Lochte commanded the Olympic spotlight for drastically different reasons.

KICKING OFF: Romo set to make preseason debut at home (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 19 Aug 2016 01:12:18 PDT)
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo will make his preseason debut at home against Miami a week after his top option, receiver Dez Bryant, made a surprise appearance and scored a touchdown in the first game in Los Angeles since 1994. Romo should be joined for a brief appearance by tight end Jason Witten, but rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott will wait another week for his first pro outing. It will be Round 2 for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and crew after gaining 8 yards on seven snaps in an exhibition opener more notable for three Miami takeaways in the second quarter of a 27-10 win over the New York Giants.

Griffin throws 2 TD passes in Browns' 24-13 loss to Falcons (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:45:10 PDT)
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Robert Griffin III gave the Cleveland Browns some hope with a strong home debut.

NFL Preseason Blitz: With RG3, the Browns could be ... fun? (Shutdown Corner)
(Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:11:33 PDT)
Every year preseason games produce many results that seem important at the time, and never bear fruit in the regular season. Griffin made a couple nice throws in the Cleveland Browns’ first preseason game. In Cleveland’s second preseason game, he looked really good.

Stars from FSU's last title team on display for Bucs, Jags (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:48:23 PDT)
In case it wasn't clear three years ago, it's obvious now: Florida State essentially played with an NFL team en route to the 2013 national championship. Nineteen of the team's 24 starters, including punter and place-kicker, are currently on NFL rosters. Five of those 19, including Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston and Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey, spent the past two days sharing the same practice field.

KICKING OFF: Freeney expected to make debut with Falcons (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:47:51 PDT)
The Falcons' latest hope for boosting their pass rush, defensive end Dwight Freeney, is expected to make his Atlanta debut against the Browns after reaching a deal on Aug. 2. The Falcons, last in the NFL with 19 sacks last season, have ranked no higher than 28th since 2012. No Falcons player had more than four sacks.

Bucs' Smith gets warm reception in return to Jacksonville (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:27:46 PDT)
Daryl Smith strolled around Jacksonville's practice fields Wednesday without a helmet or shoulder pads. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker spent most of the joint practice with the Jaguars chatting and laughing with former teammates and coaches. ''I think he had so many tackles on those fields that his tackle card had been punched,'' Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said.

Why a 47-year-old Miami Dolphins coach wore pads, helmet in practice (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:49:29 PDT)
For one Miami Dolphins assistant coach, it meant suiting up in full pads to get his point across. Shawn Jefferson, the Dolphins’ wide receivers coach, played 13 years in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, and has spent the past few years coaching receivers in the league. According to the Palm Beach Post, Jefferson was trying to teach a blocking technique called “push cracking” — so he grabbed a helmet and pads and went to work alongside the players he’s coaching up.

Jaguars, other NFL teams doing away with scissors lifts (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:07:33 PDT)
Mike Perkins has spent countless hours filming Jacksonville Jaguars practices from a scissor lift about 50 feet in the air. Strong wind, sideways rain, nearby lightning, Perkins has experienced all of it. Now, the Jags are one of at least 10 NFL teams that have partially or completely eliminated scissor lifts and switched to mobile ''mast cams,'' which have high-definition cameras atop high-reaching poles and are controlled remotely from the ground.

Freeney, Neal set to make preseason debuts for Falcons (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:40:14 PDT)
Veteran Dwight Freeney and rookie Keanu Neal, newcomers who carry big expectations on Atlanta's defense, are expected to make their preseason debuts against Cleveland on Thursday night. Neal, the team's first-round draft pick from Florida, is projected as the starting strong safety. The Falcons hope Freeney, 36, can boost the team's long-suffering pass rush.

Bills to cut injured IK Enemkpali, sign linebacker Biermann (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:48:23 PDT)
The Buffalo Bills are running out of backups to their backups at linebacker. IK Enemkpali sustained a season-ending right knee injury, and he will be released after being placed on the waived/injured list on Monday. The move freed up a roster spot for the Bills signing Kroy Biermann to address their already-thin pass-rushing depth.

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