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Lions defense a work in progress, has nowhere to go but up

Aug. 04, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Defensively, the Detroit Lions have nowhere to go but up as head coach Dan Campbell prepares for his first season. Last year's squad finished last in the NFL in both points (519) and yards (6,716) allowed, the worst marks in the franchise’s...

K-State athletic director replaces Texas AD on CFP committee

Aug. 04, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor has been added to the College Football Playoff selection committee, replacing Texas AD Chris Del Conte. CFP’s announcement Wednesday comes less than a week after Texas and Oklahoma announced they would be...

Calvin Johnson aims to change game with cannabis business

Aug. 04, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

WEBBERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Calvin Johnson is simply in awe that he will soon join Jim Brown and Gale Sayers as Pro Football Hall of Famers inducted at 35 years old or younger. “That’s football royalty, man," Johnson said in an interview with The Associated Press....

Winless Hunter-Reay has options outside Andretti for 2022

Aug. 04, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay had to leave his favorite Miami Dolphins jersey behind and try on a new one from the Tennessee Titans once his buddy Ryan Tannehill was traded. Maybe Hunter-Reay can ask the Titans quarterback about the benefits of switching...

Panthers use sign at practice to cut down on mental mistakes

Aug. 04, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — When Will Grier fumbled an exchange from center Matt Paradis in practice Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers backup quarterback knew what was coming next. A few moments later, Grier and Paradis found themselves running toward the sideline to tap a...

Jets sign QB Josh Johnson to give them experienced backup

Aug. 04, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets signed well-traveled veteran quarterback Josh Johnson, giving them an experienced backup behind rookie Zach Wilson. Linebacker Brendon White, an undrafted free agent from Rutgers, was waived Wednesday to make room for Johnson....

DoorDash to the NFL: How 2 Washington players made ends meet

Aug. 04, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Sammis Reyes got in his car, put on podcasts and tried to learn something while he was driving. Sam Cosmi borrowed his sister's car to make the most out of the mileage. The destination was a stranger's front step. Long before...

AAC's Aresco: Did not plot with ESPN to poach other leagues

Aug. 04, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco vehemently denied that his league has ever “plotted” with ESPN to undermine another conference by poaching its schools. Aresco addressed conference realignment Wednesday during the AAC’s virtual football media...

Lack of experience at QB an unusual situation for Ohio State

Aug. 04, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Third-year Ohio State coach Ryan Day on Wednesday opened a preseason camp for the first time without a good idea of who's going to start at quarterback. “If I did, I'd probably sleep a little better right now, but I don't,” Day said at Big Ten...

Hall-bound Hutchinson helped raise the profile of NFL guards

Aug. 04, 2021 03:23 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The realization he could make a living in the NFL didn't actually dawn on Steve Hutchinson until his final year at Michigan, when he learned his status as a widely projected first-round draft pick. As soon as the Seattle Seahawks made good on that...