July 26, 2022 at 7:34 p.m. EDT

The Biggest Cowboys Takeaways

Before answering the questions, there were a few things that Jerry Jones wanted to cover.

“I haven’t spoken to you all in a long time,” he said. “I have some stuff stored here.”

The Cowboys owner and general manager used the first nine minutes of the team’s annual press conference to start training camp to share his thoughts on three topics, including coaching job security- Chief Mike McCarthy.

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Jon Machota·

Writer, Cowboys


The Cowboys’ biggest takeaways: Jerry Jones on Mike McCarthy, Super Bowl drought and more

July 26, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. EDT

Bucs add Jones to bolster Brady’s elite receiver depth

To understand why signing seven-time Pro Bowler Julio Jones makes sense, you have to go back to January.

Prior to the playoffs, the Bucs had had a ridiculous streak of bad luck at receiver – Antonio Brown ran away midgame, Chris Godwin was lost to a torn ACL, then backups Cyril Grayson and Breshad Perriman also been injured.

In the playoff loss to the Rams, Brady had six targets for Scotty Miller, who had caught five passes the entire regular season. In two playoff games, Brady had 19 passes targeted for receivers not named Evans, and they had just 96 receiving yards and no touchdowns from those passes.

So adding Jones means adding an extra layer of injury insulation, even though they’re already paying three other receivers at least $10 million a year.

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Greg Auman

Greg Auman·

Personal Editor, Buccaneers


Bucs add Julio Jones to bolster Tom Brady’s elite receiver depth

July 26, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. EDT

The artist formerly known as Darius

The joy was gone.

Shaquille Leonard (whom you knew as Darius; more on that later) was suffering – physically with an ankle injury that dogged him all season, suffering mentally as family members at home in Carolina South were dealing with their own health issues, not to mention the loss of a cousin.

“I wasn’t in the right mental space to hold everyone accountable,” Leonard said after the Colts’ inglorious 2021 season wrap-up. “I felt like I let the team down in that regard in the last two games… When you feel like you have to keep a shadow over your personal life because of your football, it eats at you. I fell in love with the game. I didn’t enjoy it anymore.

AthleticismBob Kravitz has the latest on Leonard’s rehab and name change.

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Bob Kravitz

Bob Kravitz·

Senior Writer, Indiana


Shaquille Leonard, Colts insist on patience with Pro-Bowl LB rehab, return

July 26, 2022 at 5:50 p.m. EDT

The development of Justin Fields is finally a priority

Is this camp different for Justin Fields? Absolutely, and Athleticism‘s Adam Jahns explains why.

Fields’ development will no longer happen behind the scenes as the Bears intended. This will be center stage.

That’s all.

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Adam Jahn

Adam Jahn·

Senior Editor, Bears


Justin Fields development is finally everything during Bears training camp

July 26, 2022 at 5:12 p.m. EDT

No changes to QB depth chart for Steelers

Regarding the Steelers quarterback battle, Tomlin said, “We’re not going to micromanage or overdo it. It’s not going to be about every slam and every throw.”

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Marc Kaboly

Marc Kaboly·

Senior Writer, Steelers

July 26, 2022 at 5:07 p.m. EDT

Minkah Fitzpatrick will miss a camp

Minkah Fitzpatrick will open training camp on the non-football injury list after injuring his wrist on vacation, but it’s not considered serious.

Marc Kaboly

Marc Kaboly·

Senior Writer, Steelers

July 26, 2022 at 4:44 p.m. EDT

Bucs sign Julio Jones to one-year deal: Source

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign wide receiver Julio Jones, source confirms to Athleticism Tuesday.

The Titans released Jones in March after spending one season with the franchise.

Jones caught 31 passes for 434 yards and a touchdown in his 10 games for Tennessee, which struggled with injuries throughout the season. He joined the Titans via trade with the Falcons before the start of the 2021 season.

Tennessee sent Atlanta two draft picks, including a 2022 second-round selection, in exchange for the WR last June.

Read more about Jones’ signing below.

Greg Auman

Greg Auman·

Personal Editor, Buccaneers


Buccaneers sign Julio Jones to one-year deal: Source

July 26, 2022 at 4:15 p.m. EDT

The Browns’ latest moves

Zac Jackson

Zac Jackson·

Personal Editor, Browns

July 26, 2022 at 3:54 p.m. EDT

Falcons and Lindstrom have not discussed an extension

The Falcons have not discussed a potential contract extension with RG Chris Lindstrom, he said Tuesday.

“I really don’t think about it,” he said. “I love the Falcons. I wish I was here forever.” Lindstrom, who did not sack last season, is entering the fourth year of a five-year contract.

His salary will climb to $13.2 million (from $4.7) next season because Atlanta has chosen its option.

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Josh Kendal

Josh Kendal·

Personal Editor, Falcons

July 26, 2022 at 3:52 p.m. EDT

Kingsbury said he was not involved in the ‘independent study’ clause of Kyler Murray’s contract

Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday he was not involved in the “independent study” clause of Kyler Murray’s contract. Kingsbury joked that his role in the negotiation process was limited to “praying and pleading”.

Doug Haller

Doug Haller

July 26, 2022 at 3:50 p.m. EDT

Seahawks release RB Chris Carson

The Seattle Seahawks are releasing running back Chris Carson, the team announced Tuesday.

Carson, 27, underwent neck surgery in November which ended his 2021 season. He only played four games last year due to the injury.

Learn more about Carson below.

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NFL athletic staff

NFL athletic staff


Seahawks RB Chris Carson retires after five seasons

July 26, 2022 at 3:34 p.m. EDT

Cordarrelle Patterson on Atlanta: ‘I found myself again’

Josh Kendal

Josh Kendal·

Personal Editor, Falcons

July 26, 2022 at 3:25 p.m. EDT

Commanders put Chase Young, others on PUP list

Ben Standig

Ben Standig·

Writer, Washington Football Team

July 26, 2022 at 3:24 p.m. EDT

Chris Lindstrom doesn’t expect Kaleb McGary to sulk

Josh Kendal

Josh Kendal·

Personal Editor, Falcons

July 26, 2022 at 3:21 p.m. EDT

Giants add to the list of PUPs

Three players have been placed on the active/physically unable to play (PUP) list:

  • Sterling Shepard wide receiver (Achilles tendon)
  • Center Nick Gates (leg) and tackle Matt Peart (knee)

Additionally, linebacker Azeez Ojulari has been placed on the reserve/non-football (NFI) injured list with a hamstring injury.

Dan Dugan

Dan Dugan·

Personal Editor, Giants