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NFL informs teams there will be no supplemental draft this year

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The NFL informed its clubs on Wednesday that it will not conduct a supplemental draft in 2020, a source told ESPN's Dianna Russini.Each team was informed by email, the source said.Since its inception in 1977, the only other time there wasn't a supplemental draft was in 2008, when there were no applicants. There have been many other years in which all clubs passed on making any selections, most recently in both 2016 and 2017.The NFL supplemental draft is available for players whose eligibility situations changed after the January declaration deadline for the regular draft.In the supplemental draft, teams submit bids
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NFL shortens preseason to just two weeks as league continues to plot its 2020 strategy

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The NFL has shortened its 2020 preseason to two games, a source said, part of a larger acclimatization plan for players after an unprecedented virtual offseason program during the coronavirus pandemic.In essence, the league canceled Weeks 1 and 4 of its original preseason schedule. It had previously canceled its Aug. 8 Hall of Fame game. Most players will still report to training camp on July 28, but the first preseason games won't be played until Aug. 20-24. The second week of preseason games is scheduled for Aug. 27-31. Some re-shuffling of the original preseason schedule for Weeks 2 and 3
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When it comes to winning, Cam Newton and the Patriot Way are a perfect fit

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We're about to find out if Cam Newton can handle the Patriot Way, the vaunted and storied and universally glorified method of running a professional football team in the 21st century. But prepare yourself: In the months before it happens, there will be content to consume.We'll breathlessly debate the pressures that await Newton: the steely gaze of Bill Belichick; the swirling fumes of the Tom Brady legend; the expectations brought upon by two decades of reliance on the entire spectrum of strategies and tactics -- the legal, the sorta legal and the definitely illegal.The Patriot Way allegedly demands the individual
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Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher tested positive for the coronavirus

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Former Steelers head coach and Hall of Famer Bill Cowher says he can be added to the list of sports figures who have battled the coronavirus.Cowher told The Athletic that he and his wife, singer Veronica Stigeler -- known by the stage name Queen V -- weren't tested for the virus when they were affected with symptoms in March but that they did test positive for antibodies a month later.Cowher and Stigeler first realized something was wrong when they lost their sense of smell and taste after returning from a trip to Honolulu, a last-minute change from their originally planned
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Will limited offseason reduce fireworks of Lamar Jackson and Ravens? – Baltimore Ravens Blog

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Baltimore Ravens coordinator Greg Roman said he thinks about tweaking the NFL’s highest-scoring offense once a minute every day.Unfortunately for Roman, he’s hasn't been able to see any of his ideas play out with reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson running and throwing passes around the field.The coronavirus pandemic caused the NFL to shut down team facilities for months and cancel all organized training activities this spring. The Ravens lost out on 13 practices that could have been used to add, or at least try out, wrinkles to an attack that will have a bull’s-eye on its back after averaging 33.2
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Football Oversight Committee finalizes proposed preseason model

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Share After several weeks of discussion and feedback, the Division I Football Oversight Committee on Thursday finalized its recommendation for summer athletic activities and preseason practice for the upcoming 2020 season. The model will be acted on by the Division I Council next Wednesday. It assumes COVID-19 local and state health policies are considered at the institutional level. “This is the culmination of a significant amount of collaboration in our effort to find the best solution for Division I football institutions,” said Shane Lyons, chair of the committee and director of athletics at West Virginia. “Our student-athletes, conference commissioners, coaches
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Make-or-break year for Josh Allen? A progress report on the Bills QB, and what’s ahead in 2020

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This week, I'm going to check in with progress reports for quarterbacks from the 2018 NFL draft. Five quarterbacks were drafted in the first round that year, and I'll take detailed looks at Lamar Jackson (Tuesday), Josh Allen (Wednesday), Baker Mayfield (Thursday) and Sam Darnold (Friday). Sorry, Josh Rosen; I'll get to you another time.Five months ago, Josh Allen delivered the most Josh Allen performance of his career in an overtime playoff loss to the Texans. In his first playoff start, he produced evidence supporting every single possible opinion you can hold about him after his second pro season. Allen
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Franchise-tagged Chris Jones tweets perhaps he ‘won’t play’ for Chiefs in 2020

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Chris Jones is hinting at the possibility of holding out as the wait for a deal continues between the Kansas City Chiefs and their franchise-tagged defensive lineman.Jones, replying to an NFL Network video regarding his contract situation, tweeted Tuesday night that not playing in 2020 was an option, bringing up running back Le'Veon Bell's 2018 holdout with the Pittsburgh Steelers.Or I won't play. @LeVeonBell told me about this— Chris Jones (@StoneColdJones) July 1, 2020 The Chiefs used the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jones in March. They still have until July 15 to reach a long-term contract, but Jones has yet
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Texans’ Kenny Stills reveals elaborate Black Lives Matter tattoo – Houston Texans Blog

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Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills posted an Instagram photo of his new tattoo, done earlier in the month, that features a sign reading “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”The tattoo includes images from the Black Lives Matter and civil rights movements on his right leg, and also shows signs that read “WE PROTEST SCHOOL SEGREGATION” and “SAY THEIR NAMES.” Since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem during the 2016 season, Stills has been vocal in his support of the fight against police brutality and racial injustice. Stills also has taken a knee during the national
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Judges question legality of search warrants in Robert Kraft massage parlor sex case

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Robert Kraft's solicitation of prostitution case was back in court Tuesday, with the primary piece of evidence against the New England Patriots' owner, police video surveillance, at stake.Florida prosecutors are trying to salvage the evidence after a state circuit court judge ruled last year that Jupiter, Florida, police improperly received and executed search warrants. Without that video evidence, legal experts have said the misdemeanor case against Kraft and 24 other defendants could fall apart.A three-judge panel of the Florida State Fourth District Court of Appeal heard arguments via a Zoom conference call and may render a verdict as early as
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