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The Blitz | Boston Herald

Source: Tom Brady, many Patriots starters expected to play vs. Texans

HOUSTON -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and many key starters are expected to make their preseason debuts tomorrow night against the Texans, according to a source.Last week's inactive list against the Jaguars doubled as a "who's who" of Patriots contributors, so this will mark the first opportunity to watch Brady in action alongside the prominent members of the reigning Super Bowl champions. Coincidentally, the game will be held in Houston where the Patriots won Super Bowl LI in February.

Newsday

Justin Pugh eager to win a Super Bowl with Giants

Justin Pugh is entering his fifth season with the Giants.

CSN MidAtlantic

Ravens sign Jeremy Zuttah

Center Jeremy Zuttah is back in Baltimore. The Ravens traded Zuttah to the 49ers earlier this year, but Zuttah was cut by the 49ers a little more than a week ago and speculation quickly started about a return to Baltimore. Zuttah, who went to the Pro Bowl last year, visited the Colts as well, but [more]

San Francisco Chronicle

49ers linebacker Elvis Dumervil chasing QBs at 33

After Elvis Dumervil signed with the 49ers in June, he looked at general manager John Lynch and congratulated him. “I said, ‘Listen, you just got the steal of this free agency,’” Dumervil recalled. “‘Without a doubt.’” Dumervil, 33, clearly doesn’t harbor any, but there are doubts surrounding him this summer. The outside linebacker enters his 12th season with 99 sacks (third among active players), five Pro Bowl berths … and a recent history that suggests the quarterback menace is now being manhandled by Father Time. ...

Dallas Cowboys Blog | Dallas Morning News

Expected to start in Cowboys preseason game, Jaylon Smith's clear-eye view includes light at end of the tunnel

OXNARD, Calif. - So many naysayers thought Saturday would never come for linebacker Jaylon Smith. Even some within the Cowboys organization questioned whether it was even possible.But after 596 days - and a lifetime of determination - Smith will play in a game for the first time since he suffered a devastating left knee injury in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.Smith will not only play in the Cowboys' 6 p.m. preseason game against the Colts at AT&T Stadium but is also expected to start with linebacker Sean Lee not likely to play as he recovers from a strained hamstring."The feeling is going to be...

San Francisco Chronicle

Raiders most popular bet to win Super Bowl

Everybody is putting their money on the Raiders. More bets have been placed on the Raiders to win the Super Bowl than on any other team at sportsbooks in Las Vegas. After opening at 20-1, Oakland has been bet down to 6-1. The Raiders have attracted nearly twice as many bets to win the Super Bowl as any other team at William Hill's 108 Nevada sportsbooks, ESPN reported. Oakland is also No. 1 in Super Bowl bets at Caesars Palace, Station Casinos, South Point, Westgate Las Vegas and CG Technology sportsbooks. The Patriots are still the consensus...

The Falcons Wire | USA Today

Falcons win Super Bowl in 'Madden 18' season simulation

A lot of people think the Atlanta Falcons can’t possibly get back to the Super Bowl this year after suffering such a rough defeat (...)

The Republican

Former New England Patriots DT, Lester Williams, 'key' to 1986 Super Bowl defense, passes away at 58

Williams, who played the first four of his six NFL seasons in New England, passed away on Wednesday at his home in Birmingham, Alabama.

FOX Sports

Patriots: Former nose tackle Lester Williams dies at 58

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots say former nose tackle Lester Williams, who started in the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance during the 1985 season, has died. He was 58.

News-Herald

Josh Gordon's return 'not under active consideration,' Goodell says

BEREA >> Josh Gordon's return to the Browns from an NFL suspension remains uncertain.The former Pro Bowl wide receiver hasn't played in the regular season since 2014. He was due to return from a four-game suspension at the start of last season before being banned indefinitely last year for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

Dallas Cowboys Blog | Dallas Morning News

Jason Witten 'honored' to have Collegiate Man of the Year award in his name for 'years to come'

OXNARD, Calif. - Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said he's honored to have an award in his name that will recognize a college football player each year for exhibiting exceptional leadership, character, courage, integrity and sportsmanship on and off the field.The inaugural Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year - presented by Albertsons and Tom Thumb - will be awarded for the first time at the conclusion of the 2017 college football season.The 10-time Pro Bowl tight end was named the 2012 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, and this award is similar to that at the collegiate level. The winner...

San Diego Union-Tribune

Gates deserves a lift like Gwynn got

Antonio Gates has never played in a Super Bowl. And that bothers many San Diegans. They saw that most opponents had no defender who could guard Gates. But tight ends not as good as Gates went to the Super Bowl every year.Happily for the Padres and local baseball fans, Tony Gwynn spent his 20-year...

Houston Chronicle

Cord cutter's guide to the NFL preseason in Houston

The NFL preseason is here and this is the first true NFL action since the Super Bowl last season. We've had bits of excitement like the combine, the NFL Draft, or even the start of training camps, but the beginning of the preseason helps us know it's football time once again.

Green Bay Press-Gazette

Ex-Packers Antonio Freeman, Santana Dotson to appear on Clubhouse Live

Freeman and Dotson were teammates on the Packers 1996 Super Bowl title squad.       

Houston Chronicle

Mike Vrabel says he doesn't need to put stamp on Texans defense

Mike Vrabel, who won three Super Bowl rings playing outside linebacker at New England, coached the Texans' linebackers the last three seasons under defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

Houston Chronicle

Tom Brady on Texans' Deshaun Watson: 'He has a great future'

The four-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player shares the opinion of many in NFL circles, opining Wednesday that talented Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson has a bright future ahead of him.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cam Heyward, 28, is the wily vet in a youthful Steelers front seven

It wasn’t all that long ago that Cameron Heyward was the young rookie at Steelers training camp. Six years ago on these grounds at Saint Vincent College, Heyward was the Steelers’ first-round draft pick a few months after they lost Super Bowl XLV to the Packers.

Houston Chronicle

Texans taking cautious approach with DeAndre Hopkins

As star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins continues to watch from the sidelines, the Texans are maintaining a cautious approach with the one-time Pro Bowl selection.

FOX Sports

Browns' Thomas doesn't want team to rush rookie QB Kizer

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas hopes the team doesn't rush rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer.

CSN Bay Area

Tice: Raiders OL must function well without Penn, 'That's the reality right now'

NAPA Donald Penn wont step foot in the Napa Valley Marriott this year. Unless something truly shocking happens, the Raiders break training camp Thursday afternoon without seeing the Pro Bowl left tackle on the practice field.Penn wants a new contract, one worth more than the $5.8 million base salary he was scheduled to make under his current deal. Penn has outperformed that pact, and is willing to wait for a new one.Its been 20 days with no movement.

The Republican

Bill Belichick breaks down all-time great defenses, including 2001 Patriots, for ESPN in rare video from 2006

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick broke down some all-time great defenses, including his 2001 Super Bowl champion defense, in a rare video with ESPN in 2006.

Land of 10

Ohio State freshmen Jeff Okudah, Isaiah Pryor lead talented, young defensive backs

When Ohio State got back to work on the football field weeks after being trounced by Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, the Buckeyes did so with five of their six defensive back signees in the Class of 2017 on the roster. After losing three defensive backs in the first round of the NFL draft — […] The post Ohio State freshmen Jeff Okudah, Isaiah Pryor lead talented, young defensive backs appeared first on Land of 10.

The Republican

Tom Brady opens up, describes challenge of Patriots' Super Bowl run during mother's cancer battle

Brady said his mother is "doing really well" and that she "some tests back that were really positive and she's on the road to recovery."

Belichick's genius on display with Brady comments

If the New England Patriots think they're destined to return to the Super Bowl, Bill Belichick will quickly put an end to that thinking.

FOX Sports

Cowherd explains why Matt Ryan and the Falcons could face issues rebounding from Super Bowl loss

Colin Cowherd discusses why people are expecting too much from Matt Ryan this year and how it could affect the Falcons chances of having a successful season.

Denver Post

Mark Schlereth joins Fox Sports’ 2017 NFL gameday broadcast team

Fox Sports announced Tuesday that former Broncos offensive lineman and three-time Super Bowl champ Mark Schlereth will a part of one of the network's seven 2017 NFL gameday broadcast teams.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Dolphins end injury-filled training camp with walk-through practice

Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi is out of the concussion protocol. And he’s feeling good. The latter can’t be said for Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase, however. He isn’t feeling too good about his team’s overall health, which continues to take serious injury hits.That’s why Gase down-shifted Tuesday’s...

The Blitz | Boston Herald

Tom Brady: 'Unfair' to compare Patriots to 'magical' years gone by

Tom Brady has been on five Super Bowl-winning teams and another that nearly went undefeated, but he's not interested in comparing any of them to the team he's currently on, no matter what kind of hype it's receiving.The Patriots quarterback appeared on WEEI's Kirk & Callahan show Tuesday morning as part of the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon and explained that placing expectations on a team -- especially in the middle of training camp -- can be a "setup."

News-Herald

Cody Parker battling rookie draft pick for job as Browns kicker

BEREA >> Kicker Cody Parkey thought he had shown the Browns he could handle anything during a topsy-turvy 2016 season.Through the highs, lows, makes and misses, he was steady.And then draft day arrived.After missing three field goals in his debut last season, Parkey, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie for Philadelphia in 2014 only to be waived two years later, rebounded and converted 20 of 22 attempts.

Brett Favre throwing shade at Aaron Rodgers with comments

Brett Favre questioned Aaron Rodgers' legacy in Green Bay after just one Super Bowl, taking a shot at the Packers and his successor at quarterback.

PLAY LIKE A RAVEN | The Handoff

The Ravens roll out the purple carpet for young players at the Play Like a Raven clinic. With help from Super Bowl Champions Jarett Johnson and Adalius Thomas, not to mention a swoop-in from mascot Poe, it was a day to remember. #LetsPlayFootball http://w