1. Out to Prove He's the GOAT: J.J. Watt Is Back with 'A Brand-New Fire'

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Nearly a year ago, the scalpel sliced into his back. For two months, J.J. Watt couldn't run, couldn't lift, couldn't even think about getting into a three-point stance...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 16 days ago 146,731 reads 0 comments

  2. The Next Deion? Jalen Ramsey Has the Tools and Swagger to Be the NFL's Top CB

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jalen Ramsey wears sunglasses. His favorites are a pair of Louis Vuittons, but he isn't exclusive with them. He has about a half-dozen pairs he wears frequently and others he'll mix in on occasion...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 21 days ago 101,533 reads 0 comments

  3. How Terrelle Pryor Went from a Failed QB to a WR with 'Scary' Upside

    RICHMOND, Va.—"You are the quarterback," the midget league football coach told him, "because you are our best player and you need to have the ball in your hands on every play...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 month ago 203,299 reads 0 comments

  4. Preparing to Be a Pat: Brandin Cooks Determined Not to Waste Shot at Greatness

    He gets off the jam and gets deep, tracking the football and taking it away from new teammate Stephon Gilmore for a big play...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 month ago 514,860 reads 0 comments

  5. 'The Sky's the Limit': Marcus Mariota Is Ready for Superstardom

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chugging tallboy cans of working-class beer, holding a catfish overhead and removing their shirts, the five starting offensive linemen of the Tennessee Titans ...

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  6. What a Journey, Man: Josh McCown's Wild Ride Through the NFL Rolodex

    Josh McCown's teams have lost 65 percent of the games they've played with him on the roster. He has stood on the sidelines for the playoffs once in 14 seasons as an NFL quarterback...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 month ago 191,666 reads 0 comments

  7. Jordan Howard Isn't Taking His Foot off the Gas After Monster Rookie Season

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Defenders converge on Jordan Howard , and the whistle blows. But Howard doesn't ease up. Doesn't head back to the huddle...

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  8. Draft-Night Darling Takk McKinley Is 'Having Fun and Living the Dream'

    RICHMOND, Calif. — Shortly after signing a contract with the Atlanta Falcons worth $10.22 million over four years, Takk McKinley did what a lot of people would do. His money dance...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 2 months ago 115,115 reads 0 comments

  9. Prepare for AP 2.0: 'He Is Still Going to Be in That Upper 1 Percent'

    METAIRIE, La. — It was late April, time for Adrian Peterson to make a decision about his future. He was back home in Houston after a free-agent visit to New Orleans...

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  10. 'My Turn': T.J. Watt Ready to Show the NFL He's Not Just J.J.'s Little Brother

    The instruction is to run a simple "fives drill"—move five yards in four different directions, and then finish with a sprint. But as J.J. Watt , Derek Watt and T.J. Watt line up and banter, it is apparent this will not be a drill...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 5 months ago 243,601 reads 0 comments

  11. How Dan Quinn Turned the Falcons from a Team into a Brotherhood

    Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan scrambles right, pump-fakes, then takes off, running 14 yards and falling into the end zone for a touchdown...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 8 months ago 22,290 reads 0 comments

  12. How Matt Ryan Turned His Career Around—and Turned the Falcons into Contenders

    ATLANTA — The story begins with boos. Deep-throated, vicious boos, reverberating off the walls and hanging in the stale air at the Georgia Dome on January 3, 2016...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 8 months ago 70,952 reads 42 comments

  13. In Better Shape Than Ever at Age 39: Here's How Tom Brady Does It

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It is almost happy hour on Friday of the 18th week of the NFL season. After practicing earlier in the day, Patriots players are free to enjoy a weekend off...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 8 months ago 866,616 reads 185 comments

  14. Inside Kirk Cousins' Season of Uncertainty

    ASHBURN , Va. — The moment turned into internet gold. The Washington Redskins had just defeated the Green Bay Packers 42-24 on November 20, and Kirk Cousins, the quarterback ...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 9 months ago 275,882 reads 87 comments

  15. The Secret to Justin Tucker's Success Is...Singing?

    OWINGS MILLS, Maryland — When Justin Tucker was in eighth grade, he discovered the joy of watching a football sail through the uprights. The way it made him feel was a little like the way he felt when he made music...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 9 months ago 262,498 reads 58 comments

  16. Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi Can Take a Hit and Keep Going—and Not Just on the Field

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — This is how Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi began his game against the Jets last Sunday. First carry: Gets hit in the backfield, loses two yards, fumbles the football and recovers it himself...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 10 months ago 131,237 reads 51 comments

  17. Why No One—Not Even the Cowboys—Saw Dak Prescott Coming

    FRISCO, Texas — On the Cowboys ' draft board last spring was a magnetic card. Printed in big, bold letters: PRESCOTT, DAK . Underneath the name, in smaller type: Mississippi State...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 11 months ago 339,599 reads 425 comments

  18. The Tales of Adam Vinatieri, the NFL's Forrest Gump

    Someday, Adam Vinatieri may tell this story to a perfect stranger while sitting on a bench waiting for a bus, eating from a box of chocolates as a white feather floats in the breeze...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 11 months ago 45,907 reads 43 comments

  19. How Sammie Coates Went from Rookie Bust to the Latest Steelers WR Success Story

    PITTSBURGH — The cameras were going to love this kid, with his long torso and the dreadlocks flapping out of his helmet...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 11 months ago 112,331 reads 61 comments

  20. How the NFL Cheats: Ball Tampering

    Whether you call it breaking the rules, bending the rules or just getting creative with the rules, cheating has always been a part of the NFL and always will be...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 12 months ago 67,087 reads 65 comments

  21. How the NFL Cheats: Spy Games

    Whether you call it breaking the rules, bending the rules or just getting creative with the rules, cheating has always been a part of the NFL and always will be...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 12 months ago 155,696 reads 109 comments

  22. The Redemption of Josh McDaniels: Failure Taught Pats OC How to Pick His Spots

    On the morning of Dec. 6, 2010, a plane touched down at Akron-Canton Airport. Thom McDaniels turned on his phone as the plane slowed, and it rang immediately. It was his son Josh...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 12 months ago 131,273 reads 94 comments

  23. How the NFL Cheats: Under the Pile

    Whether you call it breaking the rules, bending the rules or just getting creative with the rules, cheating has always been a part of the NFL and always will be...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 12 months ago 63,991 reads 43 comments

  24. How the NFL Cheats: Home-Field Advantage

    Whether you call it breaking the rules, bending the rules or just getting creative with the rules, cheating has always been a part of the NFL and always will be...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 year ago 138,456 reads 113 comments

  25. How the NFL Cheats: Foreign Substances

    Whether you call it breaking the rules, bending the rules or just getting creative with the rules, cheating has always been a part of the NFL and always will be...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 year ago 101,636 reads 111 comments