Joe Burrow is already telling the Bengals what he wants, starting with A.J. Green

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    We still don't know whether Joe Burrow wants to play for the Bengals in the NFL, but we know he wants to play with A.J. Green in the NFL. (Of course he does.)

    According to NBC Sports' Peter King, the LSU quarterback most assume will be Cincinnati's pick with the first overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft "made it clear (at the Combine) he wants the team to sign" Green, the 31-year-old wide receiver who is scheduled to become a free agent this month. King did not specify exactly how Burrow delivered this message, but the Monday report noted the 23-year-old passer met with the Bengals in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

    The young QB's desire to play with the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver is natural, and chances are Burrow will get his wish, at least for the short term. ESPN reported Sunday the Bengals "currently plan to franchise tag" Green, which would keep him in Cincinnati for at least one more season.

    The question in terms of Burrow's potential satisfaction with the Bengals, though, is rooted deeper than his having a 6-4 veteran receiver at his disposal.

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    Yes, Burrow said publicly at the Combine he would "show up" if drafted by Cincinnati, but he has done nothing definitive to deflate rumors of his hoping to play elsewhere — chatter he created himse[......]

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    The hit that started Tom Brady era with Patriots: What if Mo Lewis never injured Drew Bledsoe?

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    It was any other hit.

    Concussions happen, injuries happen. That's the nature of football.

    But when Jets linebacker Mo Lewis drilled Drew Bledsoe along the sideline in 2001, it wasn't just the end of the Bledsoe era in New England — it was the birth of a dynasty that would last two decades.

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    It was the fourth quarter of a fairly nondescript Week 2 game, when incumbent quarterback Drew Bledsoe scrambled for a first down and was knocked for a loop by the Jets' linebacker. He was diagnosed with a lung injury that would sideline him for a month.

    The Jets would go on to win the game 10-3 — but they would lose the two-decade war that followed.

    It wasn't as much about Bledsoe as it was the QB2 on the depth chart. Enter Tom Brady, the Patriots' sixth-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. Brady would finish the game for the injured Bledsoe, going 5-for-10 passing for 46 yards in the loss. What happened next, no one could have predicted. 

    Brady finished the season as Patriots starter, leading New England to the Playoffs as head coach Bill Belichick hitched his wagon to the second-year[......]

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    Can Andy Dalton lead Cowboys to the playoffs? History with Bengals is good news — until he gets there

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    The Cowboys will turn to Andy Dalton at quarterback for the rest of the 2020 season.  

    Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture and a dislocation of his right ankle in Week 5. Dalton finished 9 of 11 passing for 111 yards in a 37-34 victory against the Giants. The Cowboys improved to 2-3 as a result, and Dalton now is tasked with leading a potential run through the NFC East into the postseason for the Cowboys.  

    Is Dalton the right quarterback for the job? Let's take a closer look:  

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    Andy Dalton playoff stats: How many games has he won?

    Dalton has postseason experience. The Bengals made five straight playoff appearances from 2011-15. Dalton was 0-4 with one TD and six interceptions in four playoff starts.   

    A look at those starts:  

    Houston 31, Cincinnati 10 (Jan. 7, 2012): Dalton passed for 257 yards, but threw three interceptions in a blowout loss to Houston.  

    Houston 19, Cincinnati 13 (Jan. 5, 2013): The Bengals and Texans met in a playoff rematch, and Dalton hit just 14 of 30 passes for 127 yards and an interception.  

    San Diego 27, Cincinnati 10 (Jan. 5, 2[......]

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    Browns playoff picture: How Cleveland can clinch AFC wild-card spot in Week 17

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    The Cleveland Browns still control their own destiny toward making the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2002. All they need is a win over Mason Rudolph and the Steelers.

    Pittsburgh made it easier by choosing to rest Ben Roethlisberger and instead using Rudolph as its starting quarterback. It'll be the first time Rudolph faces the Browns since the helmet incident with Myles Garrett, so that'll add some drama. But this is really about Cleveland's postseason chase, with the Browns' loss to the Jets 夜网论坛in Week 16 delaying what still can be a glorious return to the playoffs for Cleveland.

    Baker Mayfield should have his main receivers back at his disposal after Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge all were forced to sit out against New York due to COVID-19 contact tracing. The Browns should try to establish the run game with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, but how Mayfield performs on play-action passes could be the final determiner of a playoff spot.

    Here are the various ways the Brow[......]

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    Kareem Hunt's second chance with Browns shouldn't make Chiefs reunion 'personal'

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    It's true that the Chiefs cut Kareem Hunt, and he'll play for the Browns against his former team in their NFL divisional playoff matchup. That has created a redemption story narrative among Hunt, his teammates past and present, and some in the media before Sunday's game.

    "I kept telling the guys, I got a feeling we're gonna see them in the playoffs," Hunt said Thursday. "I knew they were gonna make it to the playoffs, that's a terrific program over there. I just kept telling them early in the season, we got to make it to the playoffs, we've got to make a run and I've got a feeling we're gonna see the Chiefs."

    Kansas City released Hunt in 2018 when video emerged of him appearing to kick and shove a woman. Kansas City said it knew about the incident but that Hunt hadn't been fully truthful about what had occurred. Hunt's subsequent release was the correct choice for the Chiefs given the circumstances Hunt himself created.

    Hunt apparently doesn't see it that way. In an Instagram Live video Sunday after the Browns beat P[......]

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    NFL mock draft 2021: 49ers, Eagles' trades with Dolphins cause shakeup; Cowboys, Broncos benefit

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    Raiders receive backlash for 'I can breathe' tweet; owner Mark Davis says team won't delete post

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    The Raiders on Tuesday received backlash for a tone-deaf tweet following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

    Chauvin, who was seen on video kneeling on George Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, was convicted Tuesday on three charges in connection to the latter's May 25, 2020 death: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Those convictions carry max sentences of 40, 20 and 10 years, respectively.

    The verdict prompted statements from several professional leagues and teams, many of which stated their continued support to end systemic racism and racial injustice. The Raiders tweeted a graphic with a single phrase: "I can breathe."

    The one-word statement was viewed by many as a flippant, tone-deaf reversal of Floyd's cry of "I can't breathe," which footage shows he uttered more than 20 times during the nearly 10 minutes Chauvin knelt on his neck.

    Others pointed out similarities to black-and-white T-shirts worn by supporters of the New York Police Department in December 2014; roughly 100 such supporters wore the shirts, which read, "I can breathe, thanks to[......]

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    Does Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf actually have a shot to qualify for Olympics?

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    When the Seahawks selected DK Metcalf in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, they knew they were getting a big-bodied, athletic player. The 6-4, 228 pounder with virtually no body fat put on a historic performance at the 2019 NFL Combine and won over the hearts of many as they drooled over his athletic potential.

    Two years into his career, it's safe to say that Metcalf has lived up to that. In two seasons, he has averaged 70.5 catches, 1,101.5 receiving yards and 8.5 touchdowns per season for 夜网论坛Seattle and has become one of the favorite targets of Russell Wilson. Metcalf should continue to be a great football player for a long time, but he has also set his sights on another athletic goal that he could look to accomplish this offseason.

    Yahoo Sports' Jeff Eisenberg reports that Metcalf is hoping to qualify for the Olympics. USA Track and Field had extended an invite to Metcalf and all other NFL players to "test their real speed" at the Olympic trials in 2021. It seems that Metcalf took that message seriously and is going to take a shot at qualifying.

    "DK’s agent told us that he really wants to try to make the Olympics and asked what steps he needs to take," USA Track and Field’s Adam Schmenk told Eisenberg. "We wal[......]

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    Four reasons why Patriots cutting Cam Newton shouldn't surprise anyone

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    Cam Newton's Patriots career is finished after the team's surprise release of the one-time NFL MVP quarterback on Tuesday. He likely will not start for another team in his career, and it's also questionable whether he will resurface as a backup.

    Newton went from competing for the job with rookie first-round pick Mac Jones to Bill Belichick and New England not wanting him even as a No. 2 to support Jones. Beyond the initial shock of the unorthodox big-name final cut, there were several good reasons for the Patriots to take Newton off the regular-season roster.

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    1. Cam Newton missed a key part of training camp

    Right in the middle of preseason games and an intense joint camp practice with the Eagles, Newton was unavailable tied to COVID-19 testing snafu. That wasn't Newton's fault, but unfortunately for him, opportunity knocked louder for Jones and the rookie took full advantage in showing more impressive first-team play.

    The Patriots also know Newton missed action tied to the pandemic last season and isn't fully vaccinated, which raises more availab[......]

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    Ask Melo your trade rumors: Anthony expects Knicks to consult with him

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    Not only does Carmelo Anthony believe he won't be traded, he also believes any trades by the New York Knicks will go through him first. 

    Anthony expects to be consulted about any possibilites the Knicks are considering before the 3 p.m. Thursday deadline, according to CBS New York. 

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    “I’m pretty sure they would bring it to me,’’ Anthony said prior to the Knicks’ game in Memphis Tuesday. “They would keep me up to date on what’s going on. As far as making decisions, that’s their job. I’m pretty sure they will keep me informed. What’s about to happen and what’s going to happen.”

    The Knicks' shining star is on the front office personnel's good side after announcing he would "without a doubt" take a pay cut to help the Knicks improve their roster. It's a bold move for a player who's typically characterized as selfish, but even his wife believes he'll stay in New York.  

    So far, Anthony doesn't have any insider details on any moves taking place. 

    “It’s Tuesday, and I haven’t heard a夜网论坛nything as far as trades,’’ Anthony said. “As far as today, nothing’s happening. I haven’t heard anything. We’re planning on moving forward.’’

    The rumor mill has the Knicks (20-32) shopping Raymond Felton and looking at the Raptors' Kyle Lowry and Hawks' Jeff Teague.

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