1. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Is This Draft Prospect NFL's Next 'Beast Mode'?

    1. "Marshawn Gordon" If there was one thing I heard repeatedly from scouts I trust while covering the NFL Scouting Combine, it was this: The player who isn't a quarterback who ...

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  2. Charismatic Jameis Winston Erasing Doubts in NFL Combine Interviews

    INDIANAPOLIS — Before the 40s and the jumping and the throwing, Jameis Winston went through interviews with a number of teams. The results were, well, allow me to let one team's personnel man who was in the room with Winston explain...

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  3. How the 40-Yard Dash Became a Phenomenon at the NFL Combine

    INDIANAPOLIS — The convention center. On the carpet. Crouch and burst, crouch and burst. People walked by. They looked. Some pointed. USC receiver Nelson Agholor didn't seem to care...

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  4. Civil Case Against FSU Will Hang over Jameis Winston

    INDIANAPOLIS — Jameis Winston's legal worries are not over. Not yet. Not by a long shot. No, Winston will not go to jail...

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  5. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: NFL's Year of Hell Will Reverberate at Draft

    1. Domestic abusers being taken off draft boards? Former Michigan player Frank Clark will be one of the true test cases for this alleged new NFL . The reason? He's a talented player...

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  6. Manziel Teammate: 'Think About...If We Had Drafted Teddy Bridgewater'

    It was a few days after Johnny Manziel had imploded like a dying star against the Cincinnati Bengals , completing 10 passes for 80 yards and throwing two picks—one of the worst first starts for a quarterback in recent NFL history...

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  7. 10-Point Stance: Peterson, Rice, Incognito Returns Would Show NFL Hasn't Changed

    1. Same old NFL Everyone in football has always believed that Adrian Peterson will be back in the NFL...

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  8. A Richie Incognito Return Is the Last Thing the NFL Needs Right Now

    Before the Ray Rice video , the Greg Hardy conviction , the Jonathan Dwyer assault charges and Adrian Peterson 's child abuse case —before everything that made this ...

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  9. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Can Anything Derail NFL's Popularity?

    1. How long can the staggering popularity last? The number: 114 million. That's how many people watched the Super Bowl. Read it again: 114 million . The population of the United States is 320 million ...

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  10. Tom Brady Cements His Legacy as Greatest Quarterback of All Time

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — It all swirled around Tom Brady this week. Questions not just about what he was as a player, but about what he was as a human being...

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  11. Aaron Rodgers' Toughness Makes Him the No-Doubt-About-It MVP

    PHOENIX — The first NFL Most Valuable Player was Jim Brown in 1957. He won it as a rookie. Brown obliterated people. When he got the ball, it was Hulk-smash time. A bunch of 5'7" dudes weighing 155 pounds trying to tackle Brown was almost comical...

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  12. Seahawks Receivers Use Perceived Disrespect to Their Advantage

    PHOENIX — Patriots defensive back Brandon Browner remembers the battles he would have with Doug Baldwin in Seahawks practice. They were not pretty. "It got heated a couple of times," Browner remembered...

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  13. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Player Conduct Under Microscope at Super Bowl

    PHOENIX — 1. Don't be that guy What a player doesn't want to be is this guy . The night before Super Bowl XXIII, Stanley Wilson would make history. And not the good kind...

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  14. Scenes from Media Day: Deflategate Just Adds to the Circus

    PHOENIX — The first noticeable difference with this Super Bowl media day from the approximately 20 others that I've covered was the abundance of potty jokes. And ball jokes...

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  15. Revis and Sherman Take Their Feud to the Field for Super Bowl XLIX

    PHOENIX — It was one of the few Twitter beefs that was actually interesting. Some two years ago, an up-and-coming star on the Seattle Seahawks named Richard Sherman kept comparing ...

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  16. Is the NFL Going to Let Brady and Belichick Play It for a Fool?

    There has never been a series of press conferences more full of nonsense than what we saw in New England Thursday. Bill Belichick : I don't know what you're talking about. I would never...

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  17. Cheating Scandals Will Forever Tarnish the Brady-Belichick Legacy

    It's time to stop with the excuses. Stop with looking the other way. Just stop. Stop defending Tom Brady and Bill Belichick . I've defended their Spygate shenanigans as minor cheating...

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  18. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: The Super Bowl Everyone Will Love Hating

    1. The Haterade Super Bowl People will watch because they hate. They hate the New England Patriots because they think they are cheaters . They hate the Seattle Seahawks because they think they're brash and cocky...

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  19. Did the Patriots Cheat Against the Colts? Deflategate Explained

    Here we go again. Another year, another Patriots controversy. This one—Deflategate—however, doesn't feel real. I'll explain below in your handy guide to deflation and balls jokes...

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  20. Russell Wilson Goes from Horrid to Hero as Seahawks Unite to Reach Super Bowl

    SEATTLE — A nightmare day for a quarterback, followed by two perfect throws. Two gorgeous throws to history. Two gorgeous throws to a Super Bowl...

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  21. The Belichick-Brady Legacy Is Defined by Wins, Not Tapes or Tucks

    This is a story about greatness, the eternal kind, and the story begins with the dumbest question of all time. The question comes in various forms and levels of nastiness. It's always asked with aggression or cockiness...

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  22. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Will Knighton's Weight Keep Him from Greatness?

    1. A $300,000 Pot Roast Terrance Knighton is one of the nicest guys in football. As the Denver Broncos start to rebuild after a disastrous loss in the divisional round, there's a chance they want him to be a part of that rebuilding process...

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  23. Vintage Tom Brady vs. Ravens: That's Why Opponents Hate, and Respect, Pats QB

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Some Baltimore Ravens players have never had high regard for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Grudging respect, yes. OK dude , yes. Fine player , sure...

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  24. Don't Bet Against Joe Flacco in the Playoffs

    The man who is destroying quarterbacks, obliterating Hall of Famers and up-and-comers alike, looks like a bus driver...

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  25. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Cowboys Are Worst-Case Scenario for Packers

    1. The only team that can win in Green Bay Green Bay will likely beat Dallas in the divisional round this weekend, but drawing the Cowboys was the Packers' worst nightmare. There is only one team that can beat the Packers at Lambeau ...

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