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Drew Brees might not have to dodge defensive linemen and free blitzers any time soon, but Sean Payton would rather he steered clear of rattlesnakes too.
Veteran quarterback Brees recently agreed a new two-year deal to return to the Saints, who have suffered playoff heartache in three successive seasons under Payton. However, the quarterback-and-head-coach duo appear primed for another run at a Super Bowl next season having delivered the franchise's first Lombardi Trophy a decade ago.
Yet given the importance of Brees - the NFL's all-time leader for passing yardage, pass completions and touchdowns thrown, Saints fans would rather he avoided any potential dangers this offseason. The 41-year-old recently uploaded a picture of a rattlesnake onto his Instagram account alongside the caption: "The baby rattlesnakes were out today... Saw them on the late afternoon walk with the dogs."
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The baby rattlesnakes were out today… Saw them on the late afternoon walk with the dogs.
A post shared by Drew Brees (@drewbrees) on Mar 29, 2020 at 7:50pm PDT
At a time when people all over the world are being encouraged to remain at home and limit their social interactions, the thought of Brees having a close encounter with a snake prompted his head coach to off[......]
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Like many others, I've wondered in recent days how the coronavirus pandemic could change us in the long term. Not just how it might affect sports leagues or the economy or government structure, but also what it might mean for the workforce, schools and how we behave and think as people.
Two things before I go on:
1) I'm not an expert on human behavior. These are just feelings based on my convictions, conversations and observations. But I think you might relate.
2) We don't know how long this will last, so it's possible it'll be over before it produces any lasting social effects. But I'm operating under the assumption that our current "normal" will last for at least a few more months, which, given the scope and intensity of the changes we've already endured, sure seems long enough to make us rethink a few things.
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Now, on to my theories on how the COVID-19 era could change us. I've framed them as "maybes."
Maybe we'll be more patient
With no firm date for when our lives will return to normal, with all our social activities and usual desires for traditional fun, we'[......]
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With the Colts announcing that they had multiple members of their organization test positive for COVID-19 and closing down their facility on Friday, there's a chance Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff against the Bengals in Indianapolis will be postponed.
Should there be any risk involved with playing that game as scheduled once the test results are vetted (UPDATE: The team reopened its facility later Friday after subsequent tests came back negative), the NFL would catch another rescheduling break, thanks to Cleveland.
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The Colts will have a bye in Week 7. The Bengals are off in Week 9. But the fact that the Browns, whom the Colts just played in Week 5, also have a scheduled bye in Week 9 helps the league immensely.
That's because the Bengals are scheduled to host the Browns in Week 7. So the simple solution would be moving Bengals at Colts back a week to Week 7, when the Browns also would take an earlier bye, and holding the Bengals' home rematch with[......]
NFL Raiders v Buccaneers Raiders Buccaneers American Football
Tampa Bay has emerged as one of the new favorites to win the NFC and travels to the Black Hole to face a Raiders team coming off one of the bigger upsets of the season.
It was always a safe bet to pencil Tom Brady into the AFC Championship Game with New England, and the same appears to be so in the NFC with his new Buccaneers squad. While Brady may no longer be the lead force of a championship-winning team, the Buccaneers defense is quickly emerging as one of the best to carry the load. Tampa's defense ranks second in interceptions (8) and fourth in percentage of drives ending in a touchdown (28.6%). In a throwback to Brady's Patriots' days Rob Gronkowski caught his first touchdown pass last week since the 2018 season.
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Las Vegas (3-2) has had two week to let its shocking win over Kansas City marinate. In that game Derek Carr out-dueled Patrick Mahomes, throwing for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Carr has had a resurgent 2020 season and leads[......]
NFL Giants v Browns Giants Browns American Football
Daniel Jones and the Giants continue their march to … mediocrity on Sunday night against the playoff-seeking Browns.
"Mediocrity" might be a harsh word to use, but barring a miracle, the Giants are going to finish at or around .500 this season, even if the NFC East is still within grasp. The Giants had a golden opportunity for a statement game vs. the Cardinals on Sunday, but instead fell 26-7 and to 5-8 overall on the season.
Things don't get any easier for the Giants, either. With Jones still battling a hamstring injury, the 31st-ranked scoring offense in the NFL is going up against Myles Garrett and a defense that just let nearly 50 points on national TV. (Yikes.)
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The Browns are coming off a heartbreaking 47-42 loss to the Ravens on Monday night. Baltimore took a 45-42 lead with just two seconds left on the clock in regulation, notching a safety as time expired and the Browns lateraling on the ensuing kick return.
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The Eagle has landed … on the unemployment line.
The Eagles and Doug Pederson ended their estranged marriage on Jan. 11, with the Eagles announcing that they have parted ways with the Super Bowl-winning coach.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 11, 2021
Pederson and the Eagles, coming off a disappointing 4-11-1 season, have regressed since winning Super Bowl 52 just three years ago, with Carson Wentz's struggles at the forefront. In Week 17 of the 2020 regular season, Pederson inexplicably turned to third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter of their matchup with the Washington Football Team, benching Jalen Hurts and cratering the team's chances of winning. The move, which many questioned and labeled as actively tanking, ruffled many feathers across the league and painted a bullseye on Pederson's back.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie decided to pull the trigger on Pederson, leaving the seventh head-coaching vacancy in the NFL so far this offseason.
Here's what we know about the final days of Pederson's tenure in Philadelphia.
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With "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" ending, there's certainly (unfortunately) room for another family to take the American TV spotlight.
NFL America's borderline unhealthy obsession with any and all things Manning Family landed Hall of Famer Peyton a show on ESPN+, and now his less charismatic and less entertaining brother is getting his own show, too.
"Eli's Places," hosted by, Eli (duh), is set to premier on ESPN+ this coming fall.
I am looking forward to the next College Football Season and going back to school to tell College’s Football’s story on Eli’s Places. Next fall on ESPN+. pic.twitter.com/qm5DdlGLG2
— Eli Manning (@EliManning) March 8, 2021
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In Eli's words, the show is focused on visiting the "most iconic places" and speaking with the "greatest stars" in college football.
"Peyton's Places" (a play on 1960s drama series "Peyton Place") is a well-received docuseries hosted by Peyton on ESPN+, in which he interviews and discusses football's cultural impact on the country. "Eli's Places" figures to be more of the same, but with a college football slant instead.
While the younger Manning brother hasn't been able to showcase his entertainment chops quite l[......]
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Former Alabama running back Najee Harris enjoyed a large gathering to celebrate his first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday.
That's because Harris, who went 24th overall to the Steelers, hosted it at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, a homeless shelter in Richmond, Calif. It's where he, his parents and four siblings lived for several years before he became one of the top college football prospects in the country.
Harris wasn't there just to enjoy the draft party in his honor, either. He brought a donation of food for the current residents as the program's most notable success story.
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Whatever team drafts Alabama's Najee Harris is getting a special person. Today he threw a draft party for kids at the homeless shelter where he lived for several years growing up. He told me it was emotional the first time he went back to visit. @kron4news #NFLDraft #RollTide pic.twitter.com/JadBIFh4pd
— Kylen Mills (@KylenMills) April 30, 2021
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