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Through all gimmicks, NFL remains downfield passer league

By Mark Kaboly
There always will be so-called experts trying to change the blueprint for a successful NFL quarterback. Such as those who think the next wave will be the run-first, quick-throwing version coming from college spread offenses. The likely reality for the foreseeable ...

Point after touchdowns are extra special in NFL this season

By Ralph N. Paulk
So often, the NFL is rigid and inflexible. But every now and then, it pulls the trigger on a seemingly inevitable change. Finally, after years of resistance, the owners ceded to the competition committee in approving a significant alteration of the ...

Name of game is content for in-game experience at NFL stadiums

By Rob Rossi
Heated seats. Virtual-reality replays downloaded to Google Glass. No field goals, punts or kickoffs. There are a lot of ways the NFL experience could change during ...

Winning, job security don’t go together in today’s NFL

By Ralph N. Paulk
In past years, it wasn’t hard to decipher a coaching trend in the NFL. There’s been a fascination with college coaches, including Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly (Oregon) and former San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh (Stanford). Harbaugh has come full circle by ...

NFL going back to the future with Los Angeles

By Rob Rossi
Los Angeles doesn’t long for the NFL. But commissioner Roger Goodell had made no secret he has hungry eyes for the City of Angels. His plan ...

Steelers reporter Mark Kaboly’s NFL playoff picks

By Mark Kaboly
When the salary cap was introduced in the NFL in 1994, its main purpose was to control operating costs. It was supposed to produce parity, as well. Based on Super Bowl outcomes, that appears to have occurred. In the past 21 ...

Previewing the NFL’s American Football Conference

By Mark Kaboly
Previewing the American Football Conference: AFC EAST It has been quite an interesting offseason for the Patriots, but that likely won’t matter. ...

Previewing the NFL’s National Football Conference

By Mark Kaboly
Previewing the National Football Conference: NFC EAST Did anybody have a busier offseason than the Eagles and Chip Kelly? Not often do you see a 10-win team part ways with its starting QB (Nick Foles), RB (LeSean ...

Jeannette native Pryor’s fate hangs in balance

By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Terrelle Pryor doesn’t want a handout. If he’s going to make the Browns’ roster as a wide receiver, Pryor, the former Jeannette and ...

NFL notebook: Redskins’ Griffin speaks, but not about being supplanted as starting QB

Wire Reports
Robert Griffin III made his first public comments since losing his job to Kirk Cousins but didn’t address the Redskins’ starting quarterback situation. Griffin spoke at a team awards luncheon attended by roughly 500 guests Wednesday in Washington. He was honored ...

NFL notebook: Jaguars TE Thomas to have surgery, miss 3 games

By The Associated Press
Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is expected to miss the first three games of the regular season after having hand surgery. The team said Tuesday Thomas will have surgery Wednesday to repair ligament damage in his right hand. The decision came ...

Goodell, Brady await judge’s ‘Deflategate’ ruling

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union ...

Starkey: The kick returner and the grizzly bear

By Joe Starkey
Our story begins in June 2008 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., where a sportswriter named Jonathan Bombulie presented a peculiar but compelling question to ...

NFL notebook: Bills cut RB Jackson, name Taylor starting QB

Wire Reports
Bills safety Aaron Williams had tears welling in his eyes and wore his emotions on his back upon learning the team had cut Fred Jackson. Rather than wear his blue No. 23 jersey for practice, Williams hit the field wearing Jackson’s ...

NFL notebook: Redskins torn over QB Griffin’s fate

Wire Reports
ESPN reported Redskins coaches and front-office officials want to get rid of oft-injured quarterback Robert Griffin III but are at odds with ownership, which wants ...

NFL notebook: Falcons make Jones league’s richest WR

Wire Reports
The Falcons agreed to a five-year contract extension with Julio Jones on Saturday that is expected to rank with recent deals paid to other top wide receivers. The deal, announced by the team before Saturday night’s preseason game at ...