This offseason, several NFL players found new homes that could lead to major improvements in their games. Odell Beckham Jr. moved from Eli Manning’s aging passing game to Baker Mayfield’s deep ball extravaganza in Cleveland. Trey Flowers left New England’s rotation-heavy defense to reunite with his former defensive coordinator in Detroit. Nick Foles will get the opportunity to make 16 starts behind center for the first time in his career now that he’s a Jaguar. Then there’s the flip side. Plenty of players benefitted from staying home, watching the supporting casts around them improve. For instance, Jacksonville’s group of wideouts upgraded from Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler sailing passes over their heads to working with a Super Bowl MVP. Mayfield gets an All-Pro wideout to fling passes at indiscriminately, knowing there’s a non-negligible chance Beckham will catch it no matter where it goes. The entire Lions defensive front will get some … [Read more...] about 6 NFL players on the verge of their best season yet
No sporting event this year was as visibly jarring as heavyweight boxer Andy Ruiz getting a TKO against Anthony Joshua. Joshua looked like he was in peak physical condition while Ruiz confidently rocked the dad bod. Their contrasting physiques suggested that Joshua should’ve been the clear favorite, but Ruiz was the superior athlete in the ring. That got me thinking: which current or former NFL players didn’t look like an elite athlete, but played like one? Here are seven NFL players from the past two decades who were surprisingly athletic on the gridiron. Vince Wilfork has a pretty impressive athletic background, including holding a shotput record at the University of Miami. That helped him have a great NFL career that included five trips to the Pro Bowl and a memorable appearance on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s “The Body Issue.” As a nose tackle, Wilfork didn’t get too many opportunities to show off that athleticism. Most of his time in the … [Read more...] about 7 surprisingly athletic NFL players from the past 20 years
2019 is the year of the first-timer. The St. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup. The Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title. And, not long after the NFL’s regular season comes to an end, the Cleveland Browns will win their first Super Bowl. Or the Houston Texans. Or the Los Angeles Chargers. Or maybe the Minnesota Vikings. There are a dozen NFL franchises without a banner to hang in their stadiums or a Lombardi Trophy to host in their fanciest meeting rooms. If the current Big 4 sports trend holds, one of them will be hosting a parade in their honor come February 2020. Here they are, sorted by their chances to finally win the big one next winter. Probably not The Cardinals are breaking in a rookie head coach and a rookie first-round quarterback for the second straight year, somehow. If they win six games this season they’ll: a) improve on last season’s record by 100 percent, and The Bengals will be better if they can coax full seasons from Andy Dalton and … [Read more...] about Which NFL team can finally win its first Super Bowl this season?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Peyton Manning, the former quarterback with a record five NFL MVPs among the string of awards and honors to his credit, calls his decision to attend the University of Tennessee one of the best he's ever made. That makes being inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night along with a handful of fellow Volunteers and David Cutcliffe, his former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, even more memorable. "It's very special," Manning said. "I was proud to have played at the University of Tennessee for four years and you go into the NFL, you kind of carry your alma mater with you and have wonderful support from friends, teammates, coaches throughout my career. ... So to be honored and have a chance to reflect on my time in college and all the relationships and memories, it's been very special."Manning was being inducted along with a group including Cutcliffe, now the head coach at Duke; Kara Lawson, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist who played … [Read more...] about Peyton Manning adds another honor in TN Sports Hall of Fame
COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Anthony Lynn has a busy stretch ahead before the Los Angeles Chargers report to camp on July 24. While many in the NFL try to relax in the five weeks between minicamp and training camp, Lynn plans on getting his family foundation off the ground as well as open a new school in Africa. "With the Africa trip and everything it seems like I have a lot going on, but when I'm not coaching football, I am passionate about other things," Lynn said.Lynn and his wife, Stacey, launched the Lynn Family Foundation two months ago. Their first significant fundraising event will be a golf tournament in Dallas on June 24.A couple days later, Lynn will be heading to Tanzania to open a school for students in kindergarten through seventh grade. The goal is to eventually educate kids through 12th grade. Lynn's foundation has partnered with Common Threadz to build the school."There was a certain place in Tanzania where they didn't have schools and teenagers were going into the … [Read more...] about Chargers coach Lynn has busy break ahead before camp starts