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Backups will continue QB battle in Lions preseason opener

Aug. 10, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff is expected to play briefly in the preseason opener before Tim Boyle and David Blough get a chance to compete to be the team’s backup and perhaps seal a spot on the roster. This offseason, the Lions made it a point to...

Rodolfo Castro's on-field phone flub a relatable moment

Aug. 10, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The moment was hilarious because it was so relatable. Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro and third-base coach Mike Rabelo stood and stared, mortified, at a smartphone that had mistakenly made its way onto a Major League Baseball field on Tuesday night. Even...

14 HBCU medical students chosen for NFL diversity initiative

Aug. 10, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There will be 14 students from Historically Black College and University medical schools working for the first time on the staffs of NFL clubs this season. The students are coming from the four HBCU medical schools in the country and will be working with eight...

Goal-setting Pitts eager to build on brilliant rookie season

Aug. 10, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Kyle Pitts likes to set goals. He's not much for talking about what's on the list — “that's confidential,” he quipped — but one thing is definitely on his mind after a brilliant rookie season. Getting to end zone more often. ...

Heralded 2021 QB class looks for more success in year 2

Aug. 10, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The performance didn't come close to matching the hype for the 2021 quarterback class. With QBs going 1-2-3 for third time ever in the common draft era and five going off the board in the first round for the fourth time, expectations were high for Trevor...

Panthers to attack with McCaffrey, not worry about injuries

Aug. 10, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers aren’t planning to change their approach with Christian McCaffrey, even though the star running back has missed 23 of the last 33 regular-season games due to injuries. It’s full speed ahead when it comes to McCaffrey this season. ...

Smith expected to start at QB when Seahawks open preseason

Aug. 09, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Geno Smith is expected to get the start at quarterback when the Seattle Seahawks open the preseason this weekend against Pittsburgh, coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday. Smith has been the leader in the competition with Drew Lock to be Seattle’s starting QB...

Sean McVay reveals he has contract extension with LA Rams

Aug. 09, 2022 19:53 PM EDT

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Coach Sean McVay says he has finalized his contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams. McVay and the Rams didn't reveal the terms of the long-expected deal, but the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl reaffirmed his long-term commitment to Los Angeles after...

Saints' Hill: Return to utility role 'makes perfect sense'

Aug. 09, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Taysom Hill is giving the New Orleans Saints' new coaching regime the benefit of the doubt. The former BYU quarterback doesn't deny his disappointment over no longer being on the QB track with his NFL club. But Hill says he sees the wisdom in the Saints'...

Browns' Jakeem Grant suffers Achilles injury in practice

Aug. 09, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jakeem Grant Sr.'s first season with the Cleveland Browns changed in an instant. It might be over. The speedy wide receiver and return specialist likely tore his left Achilles tendon on Tuesday, a tough personal blow and another setback for Cleveland's return...