1. 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...

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  2. 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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  3. '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 3 months ago 243,363 reads 0 comments

  4. 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 6 months ago 22,120 reads 0 comments

  5. 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 6 months ago 70,915 reads 42 comments

  6. 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 6 months ago 831,544 reads 185 comments

  7. 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 7 months ago 275,852 reads 87 comments

  8. 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 7 months ago 262,401 reads 58 comments

  9. 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 8 months ago 131,193 reads 51 comments

  10. 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 9 months ago 339,155 reads 425 comments

  11. 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 9 months ago 45,781 reads 43 comments

  12. 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 9 months ago 112,226 reads 61 comments

  13. 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 10 months ago 67,073 reads 65 comments

  14. 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 10 months ago 155,629 reads 109 comments

  15. 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 10 months ago 131,105 reads 94 comments

  16. 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 10 months ago 63,930 reads 43 comments

  17. 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 10 months ago 138,275 reads 113 comments

  18. 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 11 months ago 101,565 reads 111 comments

  19. Erik Kramer Put a Bullet Through His Head. This Is What Happened Next...

    The Erik Kramer story should be a tragedy. Former NFL quarterback is gripped by depression. He packs a pistol, checks into a hotel room, lies down on the bed and then the calm Southern California night is pierced by a gunshot...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 11 months ago 355,307 reads 48 comments

  20. Can't Quit Football: For Steve Smith Sr., Comeback Is 'Life and Death'

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The training center has a warehouse feel, with exposed ductwork and cinder block walls. Box fans are blowing on a midsummer's day, but the thick air does not seem to move...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 12 months ago 100,978 reads 74 comments

  21. Inside Jon Gruden's 'Maniacal' Obsession with Football

    TAMPA, Fla. — At this hour, a beautiful Florida sunrise is still a promise. The birds have not yet begun to sing...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 year ago 627,919 reads 111 comments

  22. How NFL Teams Really Make Their Draft Picks

    Jerry Jones was infatuated with Johnny Manziel , the rock-and-rolling, Heisman-winning quarterback out of Texas A&M. Thought he'd be the perfect fit for the Cowboys...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 year ago 121,339 reads 60 comments

  23. Not Just Another Gronk: Rob's Little Bro Glenn on a Different Path to the NFL

    Somewhere at sea in February, Rob Gronkowski was gyrating, bopping and grooving. The bass was turned up so high, the dolphins must have felt it. The man known as Gronk was shirtless, wearing shades, a Zubaz bandana and a ball cap that read "HYPE...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about over 1 year ago 486,831 reads 46 comments

  24. Inside Eric Weddle's Free-Agency Chess Match

    Eric Weddle became an unrestricted free agent last week after nine years as a member of the Chargers . On Monday, he signed with the Ravens . Weddle granted Bleacher Report exclusive access to his free-agent experience...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about over 1 year ago 163,623 reads 228 comments

  25. The Dream Team That Wasn't: A Cautionary Tale for Free Agency

    In the summer heat on a sprawling campus built into the side of a mountain about halfway between Philadelphia and New York, quarterback Vince Young, wearing a green visor and a red ...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about over 1 year ago 147,889 reads 95 comments