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Ex-NFL player detained over post showing gun, his high school 

Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who has struggled with mental health issues after a 2013 bullying scandal that shook the NFL, was taken into Los Angeles police custody Friday after a threatening Instagram post on his account mentioned his former high school and two former NFL teammates. Martin was being questioned by investigators after the post showed a shotgun and referred...



Contract talks in works, Bryant wants to keep kicking as long as he’s ‘significant’

Contract talks in works, Bryant wants to keep kicking as long as he’s ‘significant’

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is pleased that the franchise wants to retain his services and is hopeful that a deal can be worked out before he becomes a free agent on March 14.  “They’ve started,” Bryant told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday during a post-career business seminar. “They’ve been talking on and off for a couple of weeks now. So, I’ll...
Falcons work out offensive lineman Gottschalk

Falcons work out offensive lineman Gottschalk

The Falcons will work out free agent center/guard Ben Gottschalk Thursday. Gottschalk has spent time with three NFL teams, the Chiefs, 49ers and, most recently, the Buccaneers on a second stint. He has appeared in two NFL games, including one start, in 2016. Gottschalk, 6-foot-5, 293 pounds, played collegiately at SMU. He was an undrafted free agent in 2014.
LEADOFF: Look at how dirty Mercedes-Benz Stadium has gotten

LEADOFF: Look at how dirty Mercedes-Benz Stadium has gotten

Suddenly, the glitzy new Mercedes-Benz Stadium looks downright dirty.  The dirt – some 4,000 tons of it – was hauled into the stadium in 250 truckloads Wednesday and dumped onto plywood that now protects the artificial-turf field.  Workers are in the process of creating the surface for a Monster Jam trucks event that will be held in the $1.5 billion-plus stadium Saturday...
Kiper Tweetcap: Wynn could start for Falcons 

Kiper Tweetcap: Wynn could start for Falcons 

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. held a conference call with the national media on Wednesday. He believes that former Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn could be an immediate starter for the Falcons, who hold the 26th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Here are some tweets from the call:  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="...
Falcons open contract talks with Matt Bryant  

Falcons open contract talks with Matt Bryant  

The Falcons have opened contact discussions with kicker Matt Bryant, who could become an unrestricted free agent on March 14.  “We have talked and more talks are scheduled,” Bryant’s agent Jordan Woy wrote in an e-mail to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “Nothing yet, but both sides are working on it.” Bryant, who will turn 43 on May 29, became the...
Cover 9@9: The Falcons’ salary cap casualty candidates

Cover 9@9: The Falcons’ salary cap casualty candidates

1. Salary cap moves. It’s salary-cap casualty season around the NFL. The Falcons and other teams have had ample time to review what happened during the 2017 season and have made some initial assessments for 2018. In year’s past, the Falcons have been ruthless during this portion of the offseason.  In 2013, running back Micheal Turner, sackmaster John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson...
NFL’s 2012 running back draft class was not good 

NFL’s 2012 running back draft class was not good 

Most NFL general managers will tell you that one must wait to evaluate the true value of a draft class. Some three to four years down the road, a clearer picture comes into focus. This brings us to the class of running backs drafted in 2012. Of the top 10 backs selected, including Falcons fullback Bradie Ewing, only two of them rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season. Doug Martin is the latest...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons eager to descend on Indianapolis 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons eager to descend on Indianapolis 

In the 44th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles, we discuss who’s on the Falcons’ radar screen as they are prepared to work the NFL scouting combine Tuesday through Monday, March 5. Ohio State center Billy Price, the Remington Award winner and two-time All-American, could come in an play guard for a few seasons before eventually sliding over to center to replace Alex Mack down the road...
The Falcons roster: Should they stay or go? 

The Falcons roster: Should they stay or go? 

Two yards away. The Falcons were just two yards away from advancing to their second consecutive NFC championship this season. After finishing 11-7 overall, it was just the third time in franchise history that teams posted back-to-back 10-win seasons. After the past two seasons, they join coach Mike Smith’s teams from 2010-12 that did it three straight years. “We are positioned well for...
Early mock drafts: Massive Vita Vea headed to Falcons

Early mock drafts: Massive Vita Vea headed to Falcons

Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea, who’s 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds, is a popular pick for the Falcons in some pre-combine mock drafts. At this juncture in the offseason, Vea makes sense because the Falcons may not be able to re-sign defensive tackle Dontari Poe. Poe played last season on an incentive-laden $8 million contract. His market value is at $10 million to $12 million a year, according...
10 key offseason dates for Atlanta Falcons

10 key offseason dates for Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have a number offseason priorities, among them singing quarterback Matt Ryan to a team-friendly long-term deal. Here are 10 key dates to know about as the team heads into the 2018 offseason. The NFL Scouting Combine takes place in Indianapolis. Head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff will be among the Falcons officials present evaluating potential draft picks...
Falcons hire Parmalee as running backs coach, two other assistants  

Falcons hire Parmalee as running backs coach, two other assistants  

The Falcons hired former NFL running back Bernie Parmalee as their running backs coach on Wednesday. Parmalee replaces Keith Carter, who left to become the Titans running backs coach earlier this offseason. The team also hired Mayur Chaudhari as a special teams assistant and Chad Walker as an offensive assistant.  “We are excited to be able to add Mayur, Bernie, and Chad to our coaching...
Cover 9@9: Ryan set to become NFL’s first $30 million dollar a year man 

Cover 9@9: Ryan set to become NFL’s first $30 million dollar a year man 

1. $30 million man. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is in line to become the NFL’s first $30 million a year man.  “It’s quite possible,” Joel Corry, CBS Sports NFL business analyst told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. “Kirk Cousins might beat him to it, if he’s an unrestricted free agent.” The five-year $137.5 million deal that unproven...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: A look at the Falcons’ offseason issues 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: A look at the Falcons’ offseason issues 

Falcons owner Arthur Blank  stops by the 43rd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast to discuss Matt Ryan’s contract extension and how it needs to be respectful to Ryan, his family and the future of the football team. We also lay out the key dates for the rest of the offseason and discuss some of the other key moves and dates.  Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles”...
What Minnesota’s Super Bowl stats portend for Atlanta

What Minnesota’s Super Bowl stats portend for Atlanta

Numbers released by the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee provide a pretty good measure of what Atlanta can expect when the big game comes here next year.  The Minnesota committee said Super Bowl Live, the 10-day outdoor festival that preceded the Feb. 4 game in Minneapolis, drew total attendance of 1.055 million people. That included 235,000 on the peak day, the eve of the game. The committee...
Ex-Falcon coach Jerry Glanville returns to coaching at 76 

Ex-Falcon coach Jerry Glanville returns to coaching at 76 

Former Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville is coming out of retirement at age 76 to coach defense with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, according to 3downnation.com. Glanville, who used to leave tickets for Elvis Pressley, is set to join June Jones’ staff.  The colorful Glanville coached the Falcons from 1990-93. He was also the defensive backs coach from 1977-78...
With Super Bowl looming, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has work to finish

With Super Bowl looming, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has work to finish

Before the Super Bowl is played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium early next year, stadium officials aim to have the retractable roof in operating order, the sound system functioning better and a new green space open on the former Georgia Dome site.  There’s a lot of work to be done in the meantime.  The $1.5 billion-plus stadium opened almost six months ago after more than three years of construction...
25 players with Ga. connections invited to NFL scouting combine 

25 players with Ga. connections invited to NFL scouting combine 

Several players with Georgia connections have been invited to the NFL scouting combine. The testing event for future NFL players will be held Feb. 27 through March 5 in Indianapolis. Here’s a list of players with high school ties to the state:  > Jordan Akins, Central Florida, tight end (Locust Grove) > Orlando Brown, Oklahoma, tackle (Peachtree Ridge) > Bradley...
Ten Bulldogs invited to NFL scouting combine 

Ten Bulldogs invited to NFL scouting combine 

The NFL released its list of 326 invitees to the scouting combine on Tuesday.  The testing event for future NFL players will be held Feb. 27 through March 5 in Indianapolis. Ten players from the University of Georgia were invited along with one player from Georgia State and one from West Georgia. The list of Georgia players include: defensive lineman John Atkins, linebacker Lorenzo Carter, linebacker...
Falcons lose running backs coach to Titans 

Falcons lose running backs coach to Titans 

Keith Carter, who spent last season as the Falcons’ running backs coach, joined the coaching staff of the Titans, according to his new team. Carter, who replaced Bobby Turner last season, will join former Falcons quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur, who was recently named the Titans’ offensive coordinator. Carter, who has five years of NFL coaching experience, was the Falcons’ assistant...
Driver who killed Edwin Jackson was twice deported undocumented immigrant

Driver who killed Edwin Jackson was twice deported undocumented immigrant

The suspected drunk driver that killed Edwin Jackson, the Indianapolis Colts linebacker who played at Westlake High and Georgia Southern, and his ride-share driver was an undocumented immigrant who had been twice deported, according to police. The men were killed early Sunday morning in Indianapolis. Police identified the driver as Manuel Orrego-Savala. He gave police the alias of Alex Cabrera...
LEADOFF: Atlanta’s Super Bowl gets a second logo from NFL

LEADOFF: Atlanta’s Super Bowl gets a second logo from NFL

Super Bowl LIII, which will be played in Atlanta next year, now has two logos.  The first, which was unveiled in September by the Atlanta host committee, is a red-and-gray logo that prominently features the city’s name and a representation of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium retractable roof.  The second, unveiled Monday by the NFL, is a deep blue and light gray logo that features the...
Falcons' odds to win Super Bowl LIII released

Falcons' odds to win Super Bowl LIII released

Super Bowl LIII ball that was handed off to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday Feb. 5, 2018 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) The Falcons' odds to win Super Bowl LIII, which will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019, have been placed at 18/1 by Las Vegas book Bovada.lv. The Patriots have the best odds...
Atlanta takes Super Bowl LII hand-off from NFL 

Atlanta takes Super Bowl LII hand-off from NFL 

They haven’t swept up all of the confetti here, but Atlanta is on the clock for Super Bowl LIII. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made the official hand-off of the ceremonial football to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at the Mall of America on Monday following Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. “We’ve known it’s coming and we’ve been planning and preparing, but it really...
How Super Bowl fared in TV ratings locally, nationally

How Super Bowl fared in TV ratings locally, nationally

Almost eight million fewer viewers across the country watched the Super Bowl on television Sunday than watched the game a year earlier, according to Nielsen data released Monday. NBC’s telecast of the Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots averaged 103.4 million viewers, down 7.1 percent from 111.3 million for the Patriots’ win over the Falcons last year...
Super Bowl LII sets several offensive records

Super Bowl LII sets several offensive records

There were several records set in the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. Here’s a list of the Super Bowl records set: Most combined total yards – 1,151 yards Most total yards by a team – New England, 613 yards Most combined yards passing – 874 yards Most passing yards by a team – New England, 500 yards Most yards passing by a player...
Six reasons why the Eagles won Super Bowl LII 

Six reasons why the Eagles won Super Bowl LII 

Here are six reasons why the Eagles won Super Bowl LII, a 41-33 victory over the Patriots on Sunday before a crowd of 67,612 on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium: 1. Nick Foles was unflappable:  The Eagles quarterback was spectacular as he completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns.  Foles took over after Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury on Dec. 10 against...
What Doug Pederson have to say after Super Bowl win

What Doug Pederson have to say after Super Bowl win

Here’s what Eagles coach Doug Pederson had to say after the 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII: On his current emotions after winning the Super Bowl: “It hasn’t really sunk in, but I’m so excited for that locker room. For Mr. (Jeffrey) Lurie to give me the opportunity to coach this team, and then everything that we’ve been through this season, to get to...
What Bill Belichick had to say after Patriots Super Bowl loss 

What Bill Belichick had to say after Patriots Super Bowl loss 

Here’s what New England coach Bill Belichick had to say after the 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII: Opening statement: “I’m really proud of the way our team competed tonight. I’m proud of the way our players and coaches competed for 60 minutes. It just wasn’t quite enough. We weren’t able to perform at our best. Obviously, we didn’t do a good enough...
What the Patriots had to say after Super Bowl LII loss 

What the Patriots had to say after Super Bowl LII loss 

Here’s what the Patriots had to say after their 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday:  Tom Brady, quarterback On losing receiver Brandin Cooks: “He’s one of our best players. Any time you lose a great player, it’s tough. Frustrating to lose him. He was very disappointed, but that’s football.” On if he’ll return next season: “I expect...
What the Eagles had to say after winning Super Bowl LII

What the Eagles had to say after winning Super Bowl LII

Here’s what the Eagles had to say after their 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII:  Nick Foles, quarterback On winning the Super Bowl: “I am speechless. All glory to God first and foremost. I wouldn’t be here without Him. To be a part of this organization, to be in this moment is something you dream about as a kid. To be right here with the confetti flying with...
Nick Foles, Eagles stun Tom Brady, Patriots, as worm finally turns

Nick Foles, Eagles stun Tom Brady, Patriots, as worm finally turns

This was for those who’ve been waiting on the football gods for the equalizer. Those who believed that while the New England Patriots were great, they too often skated between every line of the rule book. Those who believed they should have lost to Seattle a few years ago when the Seahawks inexplicably bypassed handing off to Marshawn Lynch for a gimme touchdown run from the 1-yard line. Those...
Foles out-guns Brady 41-33 in Super Bowl LII shootout

Foles out-guns Brady 41-33 in Super Bowl LII shootout

Nick Foles, the backup quarterback who nearly retired after the 2014 season, is now a Super Bowl champion. Foles was spectacular as he completed 28 of 43 passes for 373  yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles prevailed 41-33 over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII before a crowd of 67,612 on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.  “The biggest thing that helped me is that I didn’t have to...
Super Bowl LII inactives: Eagles vs. Patriots 

Super Bowl LII inactives: Eagles vs. Patriots 

The inactives for Super Bowl LII have been released.  Eagles – tackle Will Beatty, wide receiver Marcus Johnson, cornerback Sidney Jones, defensive end Steven Means, defensive tackle Elijah Qualls, running back Wendell Smallwood and defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao.  Patriots – running back Mike Gillislee, defensive tackle Alan Branch, linebacker David Harris, offensive lineman...
Photos: Scene before Super Bowl LII

Photos: Scene before Super Bowl LII

The Eagles and Patriots have arrived as fans brave the cold weather in advance of Super Bowl LII.

Former Westlake star Edwin Jackson killed by suspected drunk driver 

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, a former standout football player and wrestler at Westlake High and Georgia Southern, was killed by a suspected drunk driver early Sunday morning. The accident occurred on I-70 in Indianapolis. Jackson, 26, was an inside linebacker and spent all of this season on injured reserve. The Colts issued a statement on Jackson’s death. It read: “We...
Teams have arrived at U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII

Teams have arrived at U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead arrives before the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York) Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson arrives with his team before the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)  ...
Tom Brady is NFL MVP; Todd Gurley also honored

Tom Brady is NFL MVP; Todd Gurley also honored

MINNEAPOLIS —  For the third time, Tom Brady is the NFL's Most Valuable Player. Now he goes for his sixth Super Bowl title, and perhaps with it a fifth MVP trophy for the NFL championship. Brady added The Associated Press 2017 NFL MVP award Saturday night at NFL Honors to his wins in 2007 and 2010. The New England Patriots quarterback was joined as an honoree by three Los Angeles Rams:...
Ray Lewis among eight entering Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ray Lewis among eight entering Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher terrorized opposing offenses from the middle of the field. Randy Moss and Terrell Owens did the same to defenses on the outside. The two hard-hitting linebackers and two big-play receivers highlighted an eight-person class voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Safety Brian Dawkins also received at least 80 percent support from the 47 Hall of Fame voters...
Photos: The scene at the Super Bowl

Photos: The scene at the Super Bowl

The scene at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, Minnesota a day before the Patriots and Eagles meet on the field.
Watch: Will Eagles get last laugh with dog masks in Super Bowl

Watch: Will Eagles get last laugh with dog masks in Super Bowl

The Philadelphia Eagles are underdogs again Sunday in the Super Bowl. It's a role they have embraced so much that some players have taken to wearing latex dogs masks on the field right after winning their first two playoff games. It started when they beat the Falcons, who were 2 1/2-point favorites, on Jan. 13. Watch the video above to see the look that has become very popular in Philadelphia among...
5 Bulldogs projected to go early in 2018 NFL Draft

5 Bulldogs projected to go early in 2018 NFL Draft

Isaiah McKenzie was the lone Georgia Bulldogs player selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he stayed on the board until the fifth round, going to the Denver Broncos with the 172nd pick. But whereas UGA’s 2017 draft class was one of the weakest in program history, the 2018 Class figures to be one of the strongest. According to one mock draft, five or more Bulldogs could be drafted this...
Read: Tom Brady reflects on Super Bowl loss in new Instagram post

Read: Tom Brady reflects on Super Bowl loss in new Instagram post

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke out for the first time Friday in the wake of his team’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles defeated the Patriots in Minneapolis on Sunday, 41-33. "It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had,” he wrote in an Instagram post. "There are many emotions when you come...
Blank looking for Falcons-friendly Matt Ryan deal 

Blank looking for Falcons-friendly Matt Ryan deal 

Quarterback-starved NFL teams are making bizarre moves that could affect the Falcons’ negotiations for a contract extension with quarterback Matt Ryan. However, Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he did not pay much attention to the trade of Alex Smith from the Chiefs to the Redskins and the impending Kirk Cousins free-agent financial bonanza.  “I don’t care about the other quarterbacks&rsquo...
Alvin Kamara named NFL rookie of the year 

Alvin Kamara named NFL rookie of the year 

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, who played at Norcross High and was the AJC high school player of the year in 2012, was named the NFL rookie of the year Friday.  Kamara, who was drafted in the third round after playing at Alabama and Tennessee, led all rookies with 14 touchdowns and ranked second with 1,554 yards from scrimmage.  Kamara joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale...
Fearless Pederson making all the right moves for the Eagles 

Fearless Pederson making all the right moves for the Eagles 

Doug Pederson was a journeyman backup quarterback for 10 years in the NFL. He was an affable fellow with a few highlights as a signal-caller, but nothing that foreshadowed his quick rise in the coaching ranks. Pederson is set to lead the Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) against the New England Patriots (15-3) in the Super Bowl at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the swanky U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.  ...
QB corner: Tom Brady and Nick Foles

QB corner: Tom Brady and Nick Foles

Here’s what Tom Brady had to say:  Brady on injuries: “Football is no fun when you are hurting. The injuries that I dealt with over the seasons, that’s not fun because I was hurting. I went to practice, and it hurt. For me, understanding what I need to do to feel good has been so important for me to continue my career.” Brady on his longevity: “The window...
3 key matchups: Eagles vs. Patriots 

3 key matchups: Eagles vs. Patriots 

Eagles SS Malcolm Jenkins vs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: The Eagles will keep a safety over the top of Gronkowski at all times. That main job will fall to Jenkins and Rodney McLeod will help at times. But when the Patriots flex Gronkowski out to the wide receiver position, a linebacker could find himself in one-on-one against the massive tight end. Gronkowski was knocked out of the AFC title game...
On the hot seat: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles 

On the hot seat: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles 

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who is 4-1 as a starter this season, will be on the hot seat in the Super Bowl at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Foles took over after Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Rams on Dec. 10.   He guided the Eagles to victories over the Falcons (15-10) in the divisional round and the Vikings (38-7) in the NFC Championship...
Brady’s place in football history is secured 

Brady’s place in football history is secured 

Tom Brady is from the Bay Area in California. He grew up idolizing Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers. He went to a store-opening as a youth and got Roger Craig and Tom Rathman’s autographs. But on the brink of his sixth Super Bowl victory and eighth appearance, Brady likely has already done enough to surpass Montana as the greatest quarterback of the NFL’s modern era and perhaps...
What did the Patriots do to irk Arthur Blank? Listen to this

What did the Patriots do to irk Arthur Blank? Listen to this

New England (yawn) and Philadelphia (meh) face off in a Super Bowl that feels as cold as the forecast in Minneapolis. AJC sports columnist Jeff Schultz is in Minneapolis for the game and had a chance to visit with the players and coaches from both teams. Schultz and WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein discuss if anyone is interested in this game outside of Boston and Philadelphia and who walks...
Falcons’ McKinley has ‘clean up’ surgery 

Falcons’ McKinley has ‘clean up’ surgery 

Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley had surgery that was described as a “clean up” by a person familiar with the procedure. McKinley took to Twitter to ask for prayers.  McKinley appeared to suffer a left arm injury in the 15-10 loss to the Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs. After the injury, he returned to the game.  McKinley had offseason shoulder surgery...
Scarnecchia gave up beach lifestyle to return to coaching 

Scarnecchia gave up beach lifestyle to return to coaching 

New England offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia was having a good time in retirement after the 2013 season.  “I had my own shop in the back of my house,” Scarnecchia said. “I was building furniture. I was playing golf. We had a house in Rhode Island, so I was at the beach all of the time surfing, paddle boarding, body surfing and playing with my grand kids.” After...
Mason still keeps up with Georgia Tech football 

Mason still keeps up with Georgia Tech football 

New England guard Shaq Mason is getting ready to make his second Super Bowl start on Sunday.  He still follows the Yellow Jackets. “I follow Tech nonstop,” Mason said. “I’m hoping those guys will get it going. This year, they were good and things kind of tailed off. But there are in every game. I still love watching them.” Mason was a dynamic run blocker in college...
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski: ‘I’m cleared’  

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski: ‘I’m cleared’  

New England tight end Rob Gronkowski was cleared from the league’s concussion protocol on Thursday. Gronkowski was by quarterback Tom Brady’s side for much of the workout on Wednesday. He was listed as limited as he worked his way through the concussion protocol.  “We red-jerseyed him today so he’s working his way back,” New England coach Bill Belichick said. ...
Cox hopes to tap into his ‘Super powers’ against Patriots 

Cox hopes to tap into his ‘Super powers’ against Patriots 

Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox sported a wrestling mask that had he contended had “super powers.” A reporter from Mexico gave him the mask.  “We just have to be our selves,” said Cox, who’s not getting too worked about facing the quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. “We can’t focus on one guy. We have to focus on their whole offense...
Brady endorses pending Lions head coach Patricia 

Brady endorses pending Lions head coach Patricia 

New England quarterback Tom Brady is fond of the Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who’s set to be named the Detroit Lions head coach after Super Bowl LII.  “I’ve known Matt for a long time,” Brady said. “He first started as an offensive coach when Charlie (Weis) was here. He was an offensive assistant. He did a great job and moved over to defense. He...
Foles looking forward to Favre’s pre-game speech 

Foles looking forward to Favre’s pre-game speech 

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is looking forward to Hall of Famer Brett Favre’s speech to the team on Saturday.  “He’s one of the greatest to ever play the game,” Foles said. “His style and the way he played the game, he was a true gunslinger. He had a rocket arm and could throw it from any which angle. Off his back foot, he could just throw it any where...
Mason, Andrews formed bond in middle of Patriots’ line 

Mason, Andrews formed bond in middle of Patriots’ line 

Back in March 2015, Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, fresh off a brief retirement, attended Georgia Tech’s Pro Day. He was off to the side working with Shaq Mason snapping the ball as a center. The Patriots went on to draft Mason, as a center, in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 2015 NFL draft. In his third season, Mason, who’s since moved to guard, along with center...
Eagles plan to follow pass-rush blueprint against Patriots

Eagles plan to follow pass-rush blueprint against Patriots

In two Super Bowl losses against the New York Giants, New England quarterback Tom Brady was harassed by a relentless pass rush. In a 17-14 New York win in February 2008, Brady was sacked five times and hit nine times. In a 21-17 New York win in February 2012, Brady was sacked twice and hit eight times.  The Eagles, with a pass rush led by defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and defensive end Brandon...
Mills goes over final play that doomed the Falcons 

Mills goes over final play that doomed the Falcons 

Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was in coverage against Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones on the fourth-and-goal play from the 2-yard line in the NFC divisional playoff game. The pass was incomplete and the Eagles went on to upset the Falcons 15-10 on Jan. 13. The Eagles advanced to the NFC title game and pummeled Minnesota 38-7 to advance to Super Bowl LII. They will play the Patriots on Sunday for...
Brett Favre to deliver Super Bowl pre-game speech to Eagles 

Brett Favre to deliver Super Bowl pre-game speech to Eagles 

Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre will speak to the Eagles at their team meeting on Saturday before Super Bowl LII, Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson confirmed on Wednesday. Pederson was Favre’s backup in Green Bay for eight seasons and invited him to speak to the team when he found out that he’d be in town for another engagement. The Eagles play the Patriots on Sunday for the NFL championship...
Local connections: Five players on Super Bowl LII rosters

Local connections: Five players on Super Bowl LII rosters

Five players with local ties are part of the rosters for the Eagles and Patriots teams that will compete in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. Here’s a look at the players and their roles: Patriots Position: Center College: Georgia High School: Wesleyan School Notable: Signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 8, 2015. … Started all 14 games he appeared this season, missing a game for...
Watch: The faces and places at the Super Bowl Tuesday

Watch: The faces and places at the Super Bowl Tuesday

It’s really cold at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, Minnesota. That’s obvious from seeing the players as they met with the media Tuesday. Several players broke out their warmest headgear, even as they chatted inside. The temperature outside hovered around 25 degrees. The New England Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. It’s an indoor stadium and...
Nick Foles: From brink of retirement to Super Bowl

Nick Foles: From brink of retirement to Super Bowl

Down and out, Nick Foles was on the brink of retirement. Yet after some soul-searching over a fly-fishing and camping trip with his brother-in-law, the quarterback decided not to hang up his cleats. Good move. Now, nearly two seasons later and an unlikely twist of fate, Foles is set to lead the Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) against the New England Patriots (15-3) on Sunday in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank...
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