Good hands Cam – QB sets 1-handed catch mark

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has bragged for years he has the best hands in the NFL regardless of position, and now he has a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records to back up his claim. Newton in July caught 51 one-handed passes in 60 seconds from YouTube star MrBeast, otherwise known as Jimmy Donaldson of Greenville, North Carolina. That broke the Guinness record of 48 shared by Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry and former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn. The stunt happened at Carolina’s…

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Clowney says OT Brown sold him on Seattle

11:11 PM ET Brady HendersonESPN RENTON, Wash. — The deal that brought Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks came down to the wire, according to coach Pete Carroll, and had been on general manager John Schneider’s radar for several months before it was completed over the weekend. In between, an important phone call from Duane Brown helped make it happen. Brown selling Clowney on the city and the team helped the Seahawks land the Pro Bowl pass-rusher, capping off an eventful six months in which he was franchise-tagged by the…

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Rodgers on GB’s offense — ‘A lot of room to grow’

GREEN BAY, Wis. — It might take some time before anyone, including Aaron Rodgers, knows exactly what the Green Bay Packers‘ offense will look like this season under first-year coach head Matt LaFleur. But Rodgers said it has nothing to do with his skipping all the preseason games. However, with the Thursday night NFL opener at the Chicago Bears as the first test, Rodgers sounded like a quarterback trying to downplay expectations. “I think everybody needs to understand this is going to be the first iteration of our offense, and…

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Raiders claim QB Kizer off waivers from Packers

The Oakland Raiders claimed quarterback DeShone Kizer off waivers from the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Kizer was among the Packers’ cuts on Saturday as the team trimmed down its roster to 53 players. The Raiders already have three quarterbacks on their roster, so it’s likely the team will part ways with Mike Glennon or Nathan Peterman, the current backups behind starter Derek Carr. Kizer was waived Saturday less two years after he started 15 games for the Cleveland Browns as a rookie. The Packers traded former first-round pick Damarious…

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Barnwell — Bill O’Brien wants the Patriot Way. His trades go against it

With a rare opportunity to shape his team’s personnel in his image as a first-time head coach, Bill O’Brien went all-in and rebuilt the core of the Texans on Saturday afternoon. By trading away Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks for peanuts and using the money saved to acquire the duo of Kenny Stills and Laremy Tunsil from the Dolphins, O’Brien has addressed his team’s biggest weakness in dealing from his team’s most obvious strength. In terms of pro personnel, the Texans probably have about as much talent now as they…

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No distractions — An NFL veteran opens up on his sexuality

Ryan Russell is a three-year NFL veteran. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 after a successful college career at Purdue. He played one season with the Cowboys and two for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He started seven games for the Bucs in 2017. This is his story, in his own words. IN EARLY AUGUST, I met with an NFL team that was interested in signing me as a free agent for the upcoming season. This was a big moment for me because, other than the love for…

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Offensive holding up 71% in preseason

12:00 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 Flags for offensive holding in the NFL increased by 71% during the 2019 preseason compared to the same time period last year, the result of a yearlong point of emphasis that largely went unnoticed this summer. According to guidance issued in July, offensive holding will be “more strictly enforced this season, particularly on the backside of the run play or line of scrimmage.” Referees who briefed media…

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Browns’ Hunt out Thu. after sports hernia surgery

CLEVELAND — Browns running back Kareem Hunt will spend part of his NFL suspension rehabbing after surgery. Hunt, who will serve an eight-game ban for two physical off-field altercations in 2018 while he played for Kansas City, had a sports hernia operation Thursday — hours before the Browns played Detroit in their exhibition finale. Hunt had been expected to play in what would have been his last game until his ban ends in November. The Browns said the 24-year-old is expected to be fully recovered by the time he’s eligible…

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Texans extend Scarlett; OLB filling in for Clowney

HOUSTON — The Texans signed outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday, putting him under contract with Houston through 2020. Terms were not disclosed, but the Houston Chronicle reported the deal is worth $3.75 million. Scarlett is scheduled to make $2.025 million in base salary this season after signing his restricted free-agent tender. With Jadeveon Clowney yet to sign his franchise tender, Scarlett has been starting at his outside linebacker spot in training camp. Whitney Mercilus starts at the other outside linebacker spot. Scarlett,…

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Capt. Andrew Luck bids farewell on Twitter

Much like his NFL counterpart, Capt. Andrew Luck has said farewell. In a letter posted to SI.com on Wednesday, the Twitter parody account wrote an open address to the Indianapolis Colts, saying, “life on the family farm is just as I remembered,” and reminiscing on his days with his fellow soldiers. Dearest friends – A heartfelt thank you. And a fond farewell. – Andrew https://t.co/vReoCytpJw — Capt. Andrew Luck (@CaptAndrewLuck) August 28, 2019 “Oh, the times we had out on our campaigns through the years. I feel as though I…

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