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Reggie Cobb, former NFL back and Volunteer star, dies at 50

Apr. 20, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Former NFL running back and University of Tennessee star Reggie Cobb has died at 50. His death was announced Saturday by the San Francisco 49ers. He scouted for the team for the last 10 years, as well as for other clubs before them. Details of his death were not disclosed. Cobb...

Falcons give second chance to Hageman following 2017 release

Apr. 19, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons signed Ra'Shede Hageman to a one-year deal on Friday, giving a second chance to the defensive tackle the team released in 2017 after he was charged with domestic violence. Hageman, 28, was a second-round pick from Minnesota in 2014. He started a combined 16...

Lions may look to bolster pass-catching options in draft

Apr. 18, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions were the laughingstock of the league when they drafted wide receivers in the first round three straight years from 2003 to 2005, and none of them panned out for the franchise. Detroit drafted tight ends in the first round twice over the past decade and ended up...

With O-line still in flux, Vikings have clear need in draft

Apr. 18, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will be constructing a new front five yet again this year. Perhaps this will be the spring they can finally plant a couple of seeds for stability. The Vikings have consistently fielded one of the NFL's best defenses since coach Mike Zimmer took over in 2014. In the...

Redskins sign Ioannidis to multiyear extension

Apr. 18, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins have signed defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis to a multiyear contract extension. The team announced the deal Thursday. Ioannidis started nine games last season and finished third on the Redskins with a career-high 7½ sacks. Ioannidis, 25, has become a regular...

Champion Patriots open vs. Steelers; 5 international games

Apr. 18, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's 100th season will begin with its most classic rivalry and feature the Super Bowl champion Patriots hosting Pittsburgh in the first Sunday night game. As previously announced, NFL 100 will kick off with Green Bay at Chicago for the 199th meeting of a series that began in 1921. That...

Bears have a different view of the draft this year

Apr. 18, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have a different view of the draft this year. A worst-to-first jump last season left them staring down at the rest of the NFC North, and loaded with one of the league's best defenses and banking on a more creative offense led by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to...

Barkley focusing on getting better, not Beckham trade, draft

Apr. 18, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — With a week to go before the NFL draft, Saquon Barkley hasn't gotten a lot of calls from the top prospects wanting to know what to expect next week. A few former Penn State teammates have reached out to the New York Giants running back, and the only message the NFL Offensive...

After tough season, Falcons facing greater urgency in draft

Apr. 18, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons spent the past couple of drafts filling in the pieces on a team with championship aspirations. This time around, they're coming off a hugely disappointing season that turned up the heat on coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. The Falcons have...

Arians takes crack at turning around struggling Buccaneers

Apr. 18, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New regime, same old mission for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bruce Arians is the latest coach taking a stab at making the Bucs relevant again. The former Arizona Cardinals coach came out of retirement in January to replace Dirk Koetter, who was fired after another losing season extended...