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On prove-it deal, Richardson giving Vikings plenty of value

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had just secured their new quarterback with the splash move of the NFL’s offseason. Coach Mike Zimmer was busy working on addressing another area that needed an upgrade. The same day Kirk Cousins was introduced with his $84 million fully guaranteed contract, Zimmer was watching video of some of the top defensive tackle ...

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Chargers RB Ekeler prepared to seize starting spotlight

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — When Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn says that Austin Ekeler is pound for pound the strongest player on the team, he isn’t just dealing in hyperboles. “It’s not an opinion, that’s a fact. We go through the offseason program with the weights and percentages. We were very surprised how strong he was. I mean, ...

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Rams TE Everett eager for more after now-famous TD catch

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Gerald Everett isn’t the first name mentioned when fans discuss the Los Angeles Rams‘ offensive skill players. The backup tight end probably wasn’t the eighth or ninth name mentioned, either — at least not before last week. Everett realizes plenty of people will know his name going forward after the second-year pro with the unique ...

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7th-round pick Cunningham now Cardinals O-line starter

TEMPE, Ariz. — The overall struggles of the Arizona Cardinals have cleared the way for opportunities for the youngest players on the roster. Add Korey Cunningham to the list of 2018 draftees who are playing big roles for the team. As a seventh-round draft pick, Cunningham overcame big odds to rise to a starting spot on the offensive line. Cunningham ...

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Rivers’ record-setting day impresses Brady

Philip Rivers awed Tom Brady with a record-setting display of precision and accuracy. Rivers earned high praise from the only quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles after he tied the NFL mark for consecutive completions and broke records for the most to start a game and the highest completion percentage during the Los Angeles Chargers‘ 45-10 rout over Arizona ...

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Jets place left guard James Carpenter on season-ending IR

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets placed left guard James Carpenter on the injured reserve list Wednesday with a shoulder injury, ending the season for one of the team’s most reliable players. Carpenter had started in 58 straight games since signing with the Jets as a free agent in 2015 until missing New York’s 27-13 loss to ...

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Chargers QB Philip Rivers named AFC Offensive Player of the Week (again)

Philip Rivers is pretty good at this quarterback thing! The Los Angeles Chargers veteran was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week … the 10th such accolade of his career … on Wednesday. Rivers’ record-breaking performance on Sunday vs. the Cardinals included an NFL single-game record of 25 straight completions. He finished the day with a 96.6 completion percentage after ...

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Mayfield doesn’t regret actions, says not ‘cookie-cutter’ QB

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield won’t back down, won’t change. Not for Hue Jackson or TV commentators or critics or anyone. Don’t bother telling Cleveland’s rookie quarterback how he should act, what he should say or how he should feel. He’s not listening. “I’m not a cookie-cutter quarterback,” Mayfield said. “Never have been, never will be.” Dismissing some condemnation ...

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Behind Jackson and Edwards, Ravens mounting run to playoffs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — With rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson likely to make a third straight start Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens‘ offensive linemen are gearing up for another delightful afternoon of plowing straight ahead as part of the team’s suddenly formidable running game. Joe Flacco didn’t practice Wednesday and is still waiting to get medical clearance following a hip injury ...

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Not that simple: Titans focus on trying to win a game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Titans‘ playoff hopes are slim at best after losing five of their last seven games. So Tennessee’s focus for December is simple. And desperate. “Try to find a way to win a game. Put our full focus on the Jets,” first-year head coach Mike Vrabel said Tuesday. The Titans (5-6) had a chance to stay ...

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