Raiders’ defensive tackles key to allowing edge rushers to thrive – NFL Nation

HENDERSON, Nev. — Johnathan Hankins and Bilal Nichols both came off the PUP list last week, and no, that rumble you heard emanating from near the Las Vegas Raiders‘ compound was not the latest monsoon rolling through Sin City. It was a sigh of relief. The Raiders getting their two…

Trey Lance won’t have to be savior for loaded San Francisco 49ers – NFL Nation

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — For most quarterbacks selected in the top three of the NFL draft, the immediate expectation is for them to take downtrodden franchises and elevate them to the league’s loftiest heights. More often than not, it doesn’t work. It’s why, at the time the San Francisco 49ers…

Raiders running backs the ‘heartbeat’ of the new regime’s offense – NFL Nation

“The happiest person in the building should be Josh Jacobs. I know that.” — Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on the team’s offensive system under new coach Josh McDaniels HENDERSON, Nev. — Josh McDaniels landed in Las Vegas with the reputation of an elite playcaller, one who leans heavily…

Mac Jones, Patriots express confidence in ‘new offense’ despite growing pains – NFL Nation

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. Challenging change: One of the reasons Bill Belichick has traditionally promoted from within on his coaching staff is valuing continuity, and players not having to learn a new system with every change. Offensively, that resulted…

New York Giants likely to buck norm, make safety Xavier McKinney defensive playcaller – NFL Nation

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It was the final play of the third practice of training camp for the New York Giants. Coach Brian Daboll called upon quarterback Daniel Jones and safety Xavier McKinney to take the roles of offensive and defensive coordinator. Jones called the offensive plays; McKinney the defense….

Tyquan Thornton shows signs he could end Patriots’ early-round WR woes – NFL Nation

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. Thornton’s fit: Given the most recent chapter of the Patriots’ shaky history selecting receivers early in the draft — when they whiffed on N’Keal Harry at the end of the 2019 first round — the…

With Chris Carson gone, can Rashaad Penny ‘take off’ as Seahawks’ RB1? – NFL Nation

6:00 AM ET Brady HendersonESPN RENTON, Wash. — For the first time in his NFL career, running back Rashaad Penny began training camp as the Seattle Seahawks‘ projected starter. It didn’t happen as a rookie in 2018, when Chris Carson returned from his broken leg and reclaimed the job, even…

Bill Belichick, Patriots leaders: Bill Russell’s impact felt throughout organization – NFL Nation

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When Bill Belichick was in his second season as New England Patriots coach in 2001, Bill Russell — the Boston Celtics great who won 11 NBA championships — visited the team. Russell’s death on Sunday at age 88 had Belichick reflecting on that visit, and current Patriots…

New England Patriots WR DeVante Parker solidifying role with big plays, contested grabs – NFL Nation

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. Parker’s place: The red zone was a primary emphasis through the first four days of training camp, and it quickly became clear that veteran receiver DeVante Parker is a big part of the Patriots’ plans….

Derwin James staying engaged with Chargers during his ‘hold-in’ – NFL Nation

6:00 AM ET Lindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball COSTA MESA, Calif. — Derwin James Jr. stood alongside pass-rushers Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack on the sideline when the Los Angeles…