1. The Sauce and Swag of Alvin Kamara: From Alabama Afterthought to Saints Star

    The city the Saints call home is known for unexpected gifts. A piece of butterscotch hard candy with the purchase of a loaf of bread. A 13th donut. A set of beads tossed from a balcony...

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  2. Marshon Lattimore: From Draft-Day Fall to Saints Savior and the Next Revis

    METAIRIE, Louisiana — For a long time, Marshon Lattimore's beard grew only in patches. It was scraggly and sorry, close-cropped out of necessity. Something has happened in the past year, though...

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  3. Where Did Human Joystick and Bears Difference-Maker Tarik Cohen Come From?

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — See Tarik Cohen in practice; understand the concept of kinetic energy. He darts and dashes, a rabbit on Red Bull. During warm-ups, a backflip, just to stretch the back...

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  4. Will the Jameis Winston Roller Coaster Ever Slow Down?

    TAMPA, Fla. — The story could be about his whimsical pregame rhymes. Or about the "pee corner" outside his childhood home. It could be built on the wisdom he gleaned from Dr...

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  5. Kareem Hunt's Journey from Broke Draft Afterthought to Rookie Fantasy Stud

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kareem Hunt smiles when he talks. He smiles when he listens. His eyes smile, and his cheeks smile...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 2 months ago 184,519 reads 0 comments

  6. From GoT to GOAT: Joey Bosa's Impending Stardom Has No Limits

    COSTA MESA, California — Picture Joey Bosa as a Dothraki warrior—shirtless, hair pulled back in a tight bun, leather wraps around his forearms, straps around his chest...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 3 months ago 288,512 reads 0 comments

  7. 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...

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  8. 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...

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  9. 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...

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  10. 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...

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  11. '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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  12. 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...

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  13. 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...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 5 months ago 47,571 reads 0 comments

  14. 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 5 months ago 115,202 reads 0 comments

  15. 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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  16. '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 8 months ago 243,643 reads 0 comments

  17. 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...

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  18. 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 11 months ago 70,965 reads 42 comments

  19. 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 11 months ago 869,173 reads 185 comments

  20. 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 12 months ago 275,892 reads 87 comments

  21. 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 12 months ago 262,512 reads 58 comments

  22. 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 1 year ago 131,248 reads 51 comments

  23. 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 1 year ago 339,654 reads 425 comments

  24. 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 1 year ago 45,936 reads 43 comments

  25. 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 1 year ago 112,337 reads 61 comments