Baker Mayfield impresses Carolina Panthers OC Ben McAdoo, once one of QB’s biggest critics

Baker Mayfield impresses Carolina Panthers OC Ben McAdoo, once one of QB’s biggest critics

SPARTANBURG, SC — Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo wasn’t as critical of quarterback Baker Mayfield on Tuesday as he was in 2018, when he raised concerns about height , hand size and style of play of the Heisman Trophy winner ahead of the NFL Draft. . Mayfield seems to have won over one of … Read more

Roquan Smith asks for a trade from the Chicago Bears

Roquan Smith asks for a trade from the Chicago Bears

CHICAGO — Bears linebacker Roquan Smith said in a written statement that he requested a trade after contract negotiations between him and the organization reached an impasse. Smith wrote a statement which was posted on social media by NFL Network tuesday. ESPN confirmed the validity of these messages. The 25-year-old linebacker wrote that “the new … Read more

Mike Kafka ready to take the opportunity to call the Giants

Mike Kafka ready to take the opportunity to call the Giants

Mike Kafka might be wise to add whipped cream and sprinkles to the typically vanilla preseason game plan. Like most teams, the Giants won’t want to give too much away to future eagle-eyed opponents Thursday against the New England Patriots. But Kafka, a first-time offensive coordinator, is simultaneously trying to impress head coach Brian Daboll … Read more

‘I feel better,’ Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow starts throwing passes in training camp

‘I feel better,’ Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow starts throwing passes in training camp

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has offered the biggest sign of his progress to date since his appendectomy two weeks ago. He picked up a ball and started throwing it. With the majority of the team participating in special teams drills in practice Monday, Burrow made an impromptu visit from the light with … Read more

Mekhi Becton of the New York Jets having undergone an MRI on a surgically repaired knee; optimistic coach Robert Saleh

Mekhi Becton of the New York Jets having undergone an MRI on a surgically repaired knee;  optimistic coach Robert Saleh

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — New York Jets right tackle Mekhi Becton undergoes an MRI on his surgically repaired right knee after limping off the practice field Monday in apparent pain. The injury doesn’t appear serious, according to the Jets, but any lost time is potentially significant as Becton has battled weight and conditioning issues. “At … Read more

Baltimore Ravens sign K Justin Tucker to four-year NFL extension

Baltimore Ravens sign K Justin Tucker to four-year NFL extension

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Justin Tucker has signed a four-year extension with the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced Monday, with a source saying it’s worth $24 million and continues to make Tucker the highest-paid kicker of the NFL. Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, will average $6 million per season, the source said, … Read more

NFL asks on-field officials to focus on illegal contact fouls during 2022 season

NFL asks on-field officials to focus on illegal contact fouls during 2022 season

The NFL has instructed its on-field officials to pay close attention to illegal contact fouls during the 2022 season, a league spokesperson confirmed Monday. Demand could cause these flags to rise following a sharp drop in the 2021 season. Illegal contact refers to prohibited contact by a defender when the quarterback still has the ball … Read more

Chicago Bears wide receiver N’Keal Harry’s ankle injury is serious, source says

Chicago Bears wide receiver N’Keal Harry’s ankle injury is serious, source says

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears wide receiver N’Keal Harry suffered what appeared to be a serious ankle injury during training camp practice on Saturday, a source told Jeremy Fowler from ESPN. Harry, 24, fell during the first team drill game when a screen pass went his way. The wide receiver appeared to have a … Read more