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Aaron Rodgers may not have audible freedom he had with Mike McCarthy under Matt LaFleur’s new system

Monday, June 17th, 2019

However now, after the Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy and replaced him with Matt LaFleur this offseason, Rodgers is having to start over in a new system for the first time in a long time. And one of the biggest challenges in the new offense, LaFleur said, is Rodgers' ability to call and change plays at the line of scrimmage. That's not necessarily something built into the offensive scheme LaFleur is bringing to Green Bay.

Josh McCown announces retirement after 17 years: ‘It’s been one heck of a journey’

Monday, June 17th, 2019

A few days shy of his 40th birthday, quarterback Josh McCown announced he is retiring on Monday in an essay for the Players' Tribune. A third-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2002 who appeared in games for seven NFL franchises and signed contracts with 10, McCown said he embraces the “journeyman” label. Not long after, ESPN announced that McCown is joining the network as a studio analyst.

Longtime Packers athletic trainer Pepper Burruss retiring

Monday, June 17th, 2019

The last couple of years have brought generational change to the Packers organization. It's continuing now, with longtime head athletic trainer Pepper Burruss retiring — ending an NFL career that began three years before coach Matt LaFleur was born. Burruss has been with the Packers the last 26 years, after spending the first 16 years with the Jets.

Five NFL players who could become stars in 2019

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Every year there are players who excel in limited snaps before ultimately being handed a larger role and workload for their teams. Case in point: When Joey Porter was a star and the sack leader for the Miami Dolphins back in 2009, coming off a 17.5-sack season, we at PFF were clamoring for his backup –- a former undrafted pass-rusher who had not long before been playing in Canada -– to get more snaps because he was generating pressure at a far greater rate than Porter. Cameron Wake ultimately went on to be one of the best pass rushers of the past decade and looked it from Day 1 if you were seeing beyond the box score numbers. Levi Wallace, CB, Buffalo Bills: If there's a player with the backstory to rival Wake's, it's Wallace.

WATCH: NFL Films special on Julian Edelman and his dad will make your Fathers Day

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

WATCH: NFL Films special on Julian Edelman and his dad will make your Fathers Day originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com It's Fathers Day, and for most of us who love sports, we've mostly developed that interest through our dad's, and Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is no different. NFL Films posted a great special on Edelman and his dad Frank and the journey they each went on for the former Kent State quarterback to become the second leading receiver in NFL Playoff history and a three-time Super Bowl champion. "I discovered football through my father," Julian said.

What’s in a nickname? NFL has had great ones in its history

Friday, June 14th, 2019

''Aints'' - Refers to the struggles of the woeful New Orleans Saints in the 1980 season when they were the first team to finish 1-15 in a season. ''Steel Curtain'' - A Pittsburgh twist on the Cold War phrase ''Iron Curtain'' for the Steelers' stellar defense of the 1970s, which paved the way for four Super Bowls in a six-season span. The Seahawks' strong defensive teams of the past decade helped win Super Bowl 48 and nearly repeated the next year.

What’s in a nickname? NFL has had great ones in its history

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Team Nicknames "Aints" — Refers to the struggles of the woeful New Orleans Saints in the 1980 season when they were the first team to finish 1-15 in a season. Fans registered their disgust by wearing paper bags over their heads at the games. But the name also refers in general to the team's struggles for most of its first 30 years.

NFL notebook: Chiefs TE Kelce eager to return

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce expects to be 100 percent at the start of training camp next month. Kelce said he'll be recovered from offseason ankle surgery when the Chiefs take the field at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. "I'm ready to go," Kelce said.

Jets’ Gregg Williams establishing intense culture on defense

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Gregg Williams is the furthest thing from warm and fuzzy. Williams has helped build stingy defenses all around the NFL for nearly 30 years with a mix of fiery passion, intimidating intensity and undeniable self-confidence. ''My secrets get out,'' the 60-year-old Williams said in his first news conference since being hired by coach Adam Gase in January.

Emmanuel Sanders: Nobody can match how Antonio Brown works

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders says the hardest-working player in the NFL is now a rival in the AFC West. Sanders said on 104.3 in Denver that his old Steelers teammate Antonio Brown, who was traded to the Raiders this offseason, is the single hardest-working player he's been around. Sanders admitted that even he can't match how hard Brown pushes himself.