Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

Falcons open camp with questions about hiring of Durkin

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Looking for a positive vibe after a disappointing season, the Atlanta Falcons instead faced scrutiny Monday over a coaching decision that would normally attract scant attention. Shortly after taking the field for their first practice, the Falcons announced former Maryland coach DJ Durkin will serve as a guest coach during training camp. This is first official coaching job for Durkin since he was fired by the Terrapins last season amid allegations that a toxic culture within his program led to the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair.

NFL suspends Seahawks’ Jarran Reed six games

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed had a big season in 2018, but he'll miss the start of 2019. Reed has been suspended six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, Ian Rapoport reports. In April of 2017 a woman told police that Reed assaulted her.

Vikings Training Camp Capsule

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-7-1) OPEN CAMP: July 26, Eagan, Minnesota LAST YEAR: Stumbled underneath weight of Super Bowl goal they carried with expensive new QB Kirk Cousins into 2018, following trip to NFC championship game previous year. Won just one of seven games against teams that made playoffs, including home loss in finale to rival Bears to miss postseason for third time in five years under coach Mike Zimmer. Fell from 10th in NFL in scoring to 19th, with kicking trouble partly to blame.

Packers Training Camp Capsule

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

GREEN BAY PACKERS (6-9-1) OPEN CAMP: July 25, Green Bay, Wisconsin. LAST YEAR: Packers' 2018 campaign was defined by friction between star quarterback and embattled coach. Mike McCarthy was fired after loss to lowly Arizona dropped Green Bay to 4-7-1.

Bears Training Camp Capsule

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

CHICAGO BEARS (12-5) OPEN CAMP: July 26, Bourbonnais, Illinois LAST YEAR: In his first year, coach Matt Nagy took Bears to playoffs for first time since 2010 with NFC North title. Linebacker Khalil Mack, safety Eddie Jackson and lineman Akiem Hicks led NFL's top scoring defense. Nagy's creative play calling contributed, but offense ranked only 21st.

Lions Training Camp Capsule

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

DETROIT LIONS (6-10) OPEN CAMP: July 24, Allen Park, Michigan LAST YEAR: First-year coach Matt Patricia lost seven of last 10 games, saddling franchise with double digits in losses for first time since 2012. Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson provided desperately needed production, but he and WR Marvin Jones had season-ending knee injuries to hurt offense that never recovered from trading receiver Golden Tate. Detroit made move that worked out during season, acquiring run-stuffing defensive tackle Damon ''Snacks'' Harrison.

Seahawks Training Camp Capsule

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (10-7) OPEN CAMP: July 25, Renton, Washington LAST YEAR: Seattle's roster overhaul was successful as Seahawks returned to playoffs after one-year absence. With Russell Wilson playing as efficiently as any point in career and commitment to ground game, Seahawks went 10-6 and earned wild-card spot. Seattle lost to Dallas in opening round of playoffs, but it was still highly successful campaign that again proved general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll are two of better executives in NFL.

Redskins Training Camp Capsule

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (7-9) OPEN CAMP: July 25, Richmond, Virginia LAST YEAR: Almost everything went right for Redskins on way to 6-3 record. Then injuries derailed their season. Alex Smith broke his right leg in gruesome fashion, leading to steady decline in QB play as attrition battered rest of roster.

Eagles Training Camp Capsule

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-8) OPEN CAMP: July 24, Philadelphia. LAST YEAR: Defending Super Bowl champions lost three-fourths of starting secondary, top two running backs and quarterback Carson Wentz to injuries, but led by Nick Foles earned wild-card berth and won playoff game in Chicago before barely falling short in New Orleans. IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: WR DeSean Jackson and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, RBs Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders, DT Malik Jackson, LB Zach Brown, Ss Andrew Sendejo and Blake Countess, T Andre Dillard, QB Cody Kessler.

Cowboys Training Camp Capsule

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Dynamic young pair got big boost from midseason trade for WR Amari Cooper. Dallas went 7-1 in second half to surge to NFC East title, won wild-card game against Seattle, lost to LA Rams in divisional round. Defense found two emerging star LBs in Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to go with pass-rushing standout DeMarcus Lawrence, who just signed big contract.