Raiders great Fred Biletnikoff shows Peyton Manning the magic of Stickum

NAPA, Calif. — Talk about a sticky situation, or a serious case of déjà vu. For Fred Biletnikoff, it was the 1970s all over again when the Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame receiver broke out an old friend for a newer friend, then lathered gobs of Stickum on Peyton Manning’s hands and forearms to show the former quarterback what it was like to play with the stuff for Manning’s ESPN+ series Peyton’s Places to commemorate the NFL’s 100th anniversary. “I don’t know what he expected,” Biletnikoff said later, laughing. “He…

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QB Johnson signs with Lions, his 13th NFL team

The Detroit Lions have signed veteran quarterback Josh Johnson to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Matthew Stafford. This is the latest stop for the 33-year-old, who last started three games for the Washington Redskins last year, completing 52 of 91 passes for 590 yards, 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. A fifth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2008 draft, he’s bounced around from team-to-team and league-to-league throughout his pro football career. The Lions mark the 13th NFL team for Johnson, who also played for the Sacramento…

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Antonio Brown could quit over his helmet? Let us explain

6:00 PM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown is threatening to leave football forever, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter, because his helmet of choice is prohibited for use in the NFL. Yes, that’s a real sentence about a real thing that’s happening right now. Let’s dive in. This can’t be real. Oh, but it is. Brown participated in a two-hour conference call on Friday, Schefter reported, as part of a grievance…

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Rookie QB Stidham shines in first Pats audition

Ever since they surprisingly traded Jimmy Garoppolo in the middle of the 2017 season, the New England Patriots have been searching for their next possible quarterback of the future. Rookie Jarrett Stidham made a strong first impression in Thursday’s preseason opener that it could be him. Entering the Patriots’ 31-3 victory over the Detroit Lions midway through the second quarter and playing the rest of the way, Stidham showed poise and command in finishing 14-of-24 for 179 yards with one touchdown. The fourth-round pick from Auburn delivered two beautiful long…

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Saints like Alvin Kamara’s ‘pitch count,’ even with Mark Ingram gone – New Orleans Saints Blog

METAIRIE, La. — Sean Payton’s funniest moment of training camp came when he was asked if this will be the year when the New Orleans Saints “unleash” running back Alvin Kamara. “You didn’t just ask that question. You didn’t just ask that question,” Payton responded incredulously. “Yeah, we’re gonna unleash Alvin this year. He’s gonna be a new weapon.” Payton then acknowledged that he understood the question. Because, well, it’s the same one that pretty much every fantasy football owner across the globe has, too. Now that Mark Ingram is…

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Kaepernick tweets he’s ‘still ready’ for NFL return

Colin Kaepernick has made another statement that he is continuing to pursue an NFL job despite not having played in the league since 2016. In a video posted to Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, Kaepernick is shown working out in a gym, saying he has been doing so for the past three years and that he is “still ready.” 5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready. pic.twitter.com/AGczejA1rM — Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 7, 2019 The video starts with a counter saying he has been “denied work for…

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Cowboys DE Quinn out with fractured left hand

OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn‘s preseason is over before it could really begin. Quinn fractured his left hand during one-on-one pass rush drills during Tuesday’s practice but executive vice president Stephen Jones said he expected the pass-rusher to be ready for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the New York Giants. “The relief is he’s going to be back and he’s going to be fine,” Jones said. “He’ll be able to get his work in and do what he needs to play the Giants. I don’t…

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Predicting the NFL teams likeliest to decline

The NFL moves and shifts faster than you think. Since the league went to its current standings and schedule format back in 2002, an average of six teams have made repeat trips to the playoffs each season, meaning half of the playoffs turn over from season to season. Just five of the 12 teams that made it to the playoffs in 2017 made it back to the postseason in 2018, and even that was up from four the previous season. Is the NFL just total chaos outside of the Patriots…

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Watt joins in GB tradition, but breaks kid’s bike

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Before the Texans and Packers held a joint practice on Monday, J.J. Watt finally got to participate in the Green Bay tradition of players riding a kid’s bike to practice, something he said was “a dream he had as a kid.” And then he broke the bike. “The bike that I was using was not equipped for a 290-pound man, and the seat broke off,” the Houston defensive end said. “We have purchased a new bike for the boy. So, I apologize for that.” • What…

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Prescott on missing Elliott — ‘Business is business’

OXNARD, Calif. — Ezekiel Elliott missed his 10th day of the Dallas Cowboys‘ training camp on Sunday, but it’s not like the running back is out of sight, out of mind. Quarterback Dak Prescott said he has talked with Elliott since camp started. Running backs coach Gary Brown has done the same. Prescott, however, said he would not ask Elliott to report because the Cowboys need him. “Friendship is friendship and business is business,” Prescott said. “You don’t cross those.” At the start of camp, Elliott went to Cabo San…

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