Nagy excited to impart Alex Smith’s wisdom on new QB

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Matt Nagy made a name for himself as an offensive coordinator under Andy Reid in Kansas City, which meant devising different ways to take advantage of a short-to-intermediate passing game.

Nagy became quite the schemer by his final season in Kansas City, accentuating his team’s strengths and gameplanning away from its weaknesses. Much of that relied on the skills of quarterback Alex Smith. Now in Chicago, Nagy’s offense will instead rely on Mitchell Trubisky. Continue reading

Jameis Winston vows to show value of DeSean Jackson

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DeSean Jackson has weighed in on what his quarterback needs to do for their Tampa Bay Buccaneersto be better in 2018.

Jameis Winston is aiming to be himself, but an improved version — and to prove Jackson’s true value in the process.

Winston took to Twitter to respond to a Tampa Bay Times story questioning what the team will do with Jackson. Continue reading

Cowboys sign former Jets DE Kony Ealy

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It took more than seven months, but Kony Ealy is a Dallas Cowboy.

The defensive end signed with the Cowboys, the team announced.

Ealy spent the 2017 season with the New York Jets, who claimed him off waivers after the New England Patriots cut him loose in late August. New England had acquired the former second-round pick from the Carolina Panthers in an offseason trade in 2017, but coach Bill Belichick told reporters upon Ealy’s release the pairing just “didn’t work out.” Continue reading

NFC West Roster Reset: Los Angeles Rams clearly going for it all

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Our Roster Reset series takes a division-by-division look at where things stand across the league heading into the 2018 NFL DraftNick Shook examines the current makeup of the NFC West below.

Many a song has been written about the passage of time, and the fleeting nature of success. The NFC West could inspire a similar musical creation.

We’d become accustomed to the Seahawks being the guardians of the NFC West crown, with annual challenges coming from the Cardinals, while the Rams and Niners lingered on the outskirts of true contention. Then 2017 (and Jimmy Garoppolo) arrived and flipped that on its head. Continue reading

Rams acquire Brandin Cooks in trade with Patriots

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Les Snead isn’t finished wheeling and dealing.

The Los Angeles Rams have acquired receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick in a trade with the New England Patriotsthe team announced via its official site. The Rams are sending their first-round pick in the upcoming draft (No. 23 selection) and a sixth-round pick to the Patriots, according to the announcement. Continue reading

Browns hosting Baker Mayfield; Josh Allen visiting Jets

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We’re less than a month away from the draft, which means dinner expenses are about to get pricey.

In a draft class stocked with quarterback talent, two of the the presumed top four signal-callers are hitting the road for meetings with teams picking in the top three. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield is flying to Cleveland for a two-day visit with the Browns beginning Monday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Continue reading

Cam Jordan laments Suh’s choice, tips QB preference

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Free agency 2018 included some murmurs involving the New Orleans Saints.

Would Drew Brees leave? Did Ndamukong Suh want to leave South Beach for the Big Easy?

In the end, neither happened — but the Saints aren’t hurting. Fresh off an 11-5 season, stocked with young talent and returning to the field with Brees under a new contract, they’re ready to roll. And yet, one Saint wishes his franchise would have landed the big fish out of Miami. Continue reading