Mike Jones USA TODAY Published 2:09 AM EDT Sep 28, 2018 LOS ANGELES — Jared Goff threw the perfect pass, hitting wide receiver Cooper Kupp in stride for a 70-yard second-quarter touchdown that gave his Los Angeles Rams their first lead of Thursday night’s 38-31 shootout victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The usually stoic young quarterback couldn’t contain himself. All week long, he had prepared for that throw. He and his coaches anticipated the Vikings defense giving them the look they wanted, and the Rams planned to exploit the mismatch. Sure enough, it happened. Linebacker Anthony Barr lined up opposite Kupp, so Goff and his wideout burned Barr badly. As the quarterback jogged back to the side line, a wide grin on his fresh face, he spotted his head coach and play-caller, Sean McVay, who also erupted in jubilation. Goff kept running to his coach. He pointed to the sky. McVay knew what that signal meant, took a few quick steps toward his quarterback and the … [Read more...] about LA Rams: Jared Goff, Sean McVay leading legit Super Bowl contender
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Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks was released by the NFL team Wednesday night, hours after he was charged by federal prosecutors in Philadelphia with insider trading. Kendricks, who signed a one-year contract with the Browns in June after winning a Super Bowl title last season with the Eagles, allegedly used tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals, federal prosecutors said. The 27-year-old issued a statement earlier in the day admitting his guilt and apologizing. He expressed regret and accepted "full responsibility" for his actions. However, the Browns decided after learning more about the case that they couldn't go forward with Kendricks, who was going to start for the team. The Browns issued a statement after traveling to Detroit for Thursday night's exhibition finale against the Lions. Kendricks did not make the trip. "Prior to signing Mychal, we were informed that there was a financial situation that he had … [Read more...] about Cleveland Browns drop linebacker Mychal Kendricks after he admits he engaged in insider trading
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 6:06 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 Few NFL players have garnered more preseason attention than quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. After seeing him play last week, I opined the New York Jets should start Bridgewater in September, potentially boosting his trade value while sparing rookie Sam Darnold what sets up as a brutal September schedule. However with Bridgewater close to recapturing the form that made him a first-round pick of the Vikings in 2014 and a Pro Bowler the following year, perhaps the bigger question is, where could he end up in 2019? As open as the Jets might be to the possibility of a deal in the next few weeks, no team has yet suffered the kind of catastrophic injury that would necessitate a major move. (Ironically, it's been nearly two years since Minnesota had to hastily acquire Sam Bradford from Philadelphia after Bridgewater himself shockingly went down in practice to a gruesome knee injury.) More: J.J. Watt amazes his Texans … [Read more...] about Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater’s 10 likeliest NFL landing spots in 2019
Jim Reineking USA TODAY Published 1:17 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 The second week of the NFL preseason is here, and once again rookie quarterbacks will be under the microscope. THURSDAY (All times Eastern.) Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. This will have to suffice for a Super Bowl LII rematch, as Philadelphia and New England won't meet in the regular season. After missing last week's preseason opener, Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is expected to play Thursday. Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers, 8 p.m. Aaron Rodgers likely will see his only snaps of the preseason when the Steelers visit Lambeau Field. Pittsburgh, however, will sit Ben Roethlisberger. New York Jets at Washington Redskins, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Rookie QB Sam Darnold looked impressive in his preseason debut and has been rolling with the first string this week. A huge opportunity awaits for Darnold to stake his claim on the Week 1 starting spot. More: Jalen Ramsey: Josh Allen is 'trash' … [Read more...] about NFL preseason Week 2 viewer’s guide: Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen square off in Cleveland
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 12:12 p.m. UTC Jul 19, 2018 It's time to dig into those playbooks and hit the ice baths. NFL training camps begin opening this week as veterans for the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears officially report for duty. Summer vacation ends for the league's other 30 teams next week. It won't be long after that until injuries begin to mount, holdouts potentially simmer and flare and other manners of controversy surface. But based on what I know (or think I know) as we embark on the NFL's 99th season, here's my annual prediction of how the season will unfold with record projections for each team based on picking all 256 games, plus a playoff forecast. NFC EAST Philadelphia Eagles (11-5): Underdogs no longer, the champs may be in for a rocky start based on a rough early schedule (particularly October, which includes a Thursday night road game and trip to London) that coincides with Carson Wentz's presumed re-entry from December's ACL tear. Dallas … [Read more...] about 2018 NFL record projections: Will Patriots falter on road to Super Bowl LIII?