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Jets' revamped offensive line bonds with jokes, playbooks

Aug. 15, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The big guys up front on the New York Jets' offensive line got close while being far apart. Group texts. Silly memes. Funny jokes. Serious Zoom conversations. They all helped keep the lines of communication open during a few months of social-distanced bonding for a revamped unit...

Green Bay Packers' Kenny Clark stretches during NFL football training camp Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Packers sign DT Kenny Clark to four-year contract extension

Aug. 15, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay’s Kenny Clark says he has always wanted to prove the value of nose tackles as complete players. Now the Packers have given him a contract that showcases that. The Packers announced Saturday they had signed the 24-year-old Clark to a contract extension without...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, Atlanta Falcons offensive guard Chris Lindstrom (63) sits on the bench during the first half an NFL preseason football game against the New York Jets  in Atlanta.  After being limited by a foot injury to only five games in his rookie season,  Lindstrom is being counted on to be a fixture at right guard and provide better protection for quarterback Matt Ryan in 2020.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Lindstrom: Falcons' O-line must 'do better' to protect Ryan

Aug. 15, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Lindstrom had to spend far too much of his rookie season imagining how he would prepare for a game. The Atlanta Falcons' right guard is more than ready for a full season of reality. Lindstrom, the No. 14 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft by Atlanta, broke his right foot in the...

Denver Broncos tight end Nick Vannett, left, greets offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur at the team's NFL football training camp Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Training camps have a different feel in this age of COVID-19

Aug. 15, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP) — From the antimicrobial mist the Denver Broncos strolled through on their way to the practice fields to the hand-held whistles for masked-up coaches, NFL training camps have a very different look and feel this year. No fans. No Gatorade buckets. No joint practices. The league is...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after beating the Green Bay Packers 37-20 in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Kittle has agreed to a five-year extension with the San Francisco 49ers that reportedly is the richest contract ever at the position. A person familiar with the deal says the sides agreed Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, on the deal to keep Kittle off the market next offseason. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

George Kittle signs $75M, 5-year extension with 49ers

Aug. 14, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — All-Pro tight end George Kittle has signed his five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers that is the richest contract ever at the position. Kittle officially signed the deal Friday, a day after agreeing to the contract that keeps him locked up in San Francisco...

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) prepares for a pass play during the NFL football team's practice Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Eagan, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Cook at Vikings camp, but no deal yet: 'Where I want to be'

Aug. 14, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings conducted their first official practice of the season Friday, and Dalvin Cook was a full participant. The NFL's latest running back contract conundrum appears to be on track for resolution without a public clash between team and player. “The Vikings and my...

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) talks with offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) and guard Joel Bitonio (75) during practice at the NFL football team's training facility Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Browns' Mayfield admits he was 'lost' in chaotic 2019 season

Aug. 14, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield knew he needed to drop some weight, and maybe a little of the attitude. If there was anything the Browns' self-assured quarterback learned during a chaotic, losing 2019 season in Cleveland it was that he had to change. “I would say I lost myself not having that...

An exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Mass., shown Tuesday, June 23, 2020, features images of Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant. Bryant was among nine people, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, killed in a helicopter crash in January of 2020, in California. The museum is scheduled to reopen in the beginning of July 2020 after a renovation.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Latest: Alabama veterans preach caution to teammates

Aug. 14, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Alabama running back Najee Harris is hoping he and his teammates can deal with 12 weeks “of just really trying to be safe.” The Crimson Tide star and other veterans have preached caution to teammates while also...

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) warms up during an NFL training camp football practice Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at The Houston Methodist Training Center in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Watson poised to lead Texans offense with Hopkins in Arizona

Aug. 14, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — With DeAndre Hopkins dealt to Arizona during the offseason, Deshaun Watson is the undisputed star of the Texans’ offense. The quarterback will be leading a team intent on atoning for last year’s playoff collapse against Kansas City. But rather than seeing that responsibility...

Arizona Cardinals' Chandler Jones runs a pass-rushing drill during an NFL football workout Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Cardinals' Jones has single-season sack record in sights

Aug. 14, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's Chandler Jones was a great player on a mediocre defense one season ago, finishing with a career-high 19 sacks and solidifying his reputation as one of the NFL's premier pass rushers. Now that the Cardinals linebacker has a little help, he's got Michael Strahan's...