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Drew Brees’ sons ‘crush’ interview,’ join Sean Payton’s Pro Bowl staff – New Orleans Saints Blog

METAIRIE, La. — Drew Brees‘ 11th Pro Bowl appearance will be a family affair. Brees’ three sons were officially “hired” by Sean Payton as ball boys for the NFC team, which will be coached by the New Orleans Saints‘ staff. Brees said that since the New Orleans-area schools were cancelled because of freezing weather conditions Thursday, he had his boys Baylen, Bowen and Callen write letters to Payton to apply for the job. Then Payton “interviewed” them at the Saints facility before sealing the deal with Sour Patch Kids. Baylen,…

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Jimmy Garoppolo trade will haunt Patriots if Tom Brady isn’t right – New England Patriots Blog

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — At 4:13 p.m. Thursday, the New England Patriots tweeted news that jolted their loyal worshipers more than a double shot of espresso in their Dunkin’ Donuts coffee: Quarterback Tom Brady, with an ailing right hand, didn’t participate in practice. Three days before the AFC Championship Game, mind you. The Patriots have a mini-crisis, and they’ll have no one to blame but themselves if this turns into the worst-case scenario — if Brady struggles and the defending Super Bowl champions lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. If…

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First-grade class in Jacksonville send game plan to Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Everybody, it seems, has a theory on how the Jacksonville Jaguars can beat the New England Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship. Including some Jacksonville first-graders. A folder filled with notes, messages, and encouragement from the entire first grade at The Bolles School was delivered to Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone on Thursday, who brought the folder with him to his news conference. The folder’s cover included a drawing of a quarterback Blake Bortles, another player, and the following message: “Dear Jags, Want to beat the Patriots? Here’s…

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New England Patriots’ Adam Butler says Jacksonville Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey better be able to back up Super Bowl guarantee

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots won’t say if Jalen Ramsey‘s Super Bowl guarantee is on their bulletin board, but it’s definitely on their minds as they prepare for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. “If you’re going to make a statement like that, you better be able to back it up,” Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler said Wednesday. Ramsey, star cornerback of the Jacksonville Jaguars, made headlines with his pep-rally boast last Sunday at EverBank Field, telling a large crowd that “we are going to the Super Bowl, and we…

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NFL Insiders predict – Best 2018 team fit for Le’Veon Bell of Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell said last week that he’s prepared to sit out a season, or even retire, if he is hit with the franchise tag for the second consecutive year. The 25-year-old Bell played on a $12.1 million franchise tag in 2017, and that number is projected to increase to around $14.5 million for next season. From the wild-card round through Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, ESPN.com has the playoffs covered. • Schedule, coverage, more »• Resetting the NFL playoff bracket » Last July, Bell turned down…

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Pittsburgh Steelers part ways with offensive coordinator Todd Haley

In the wake of their playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, according to ESPN and multiple reports. Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley (left) talks to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports On Tuesday afternoon, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was vague when discussing the future of his staff, including Haley, whose contract was up. Tomlin acknowledged some members of his staff might not be in Pittsburgh next season. Haley’s offenses had been among the NFL’s best during most of…

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Jeremy Lane of Seattle Seahawks admitted to marijuana use before driving, according to arrest report

8:29 PM ET Brady HendersonESPN Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane registered a blood-alcohol-content level well under the legal limit but admitted to having smoked marijuana before he was pulled over early Sunday morning, leading to his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a Washington State Patrol incident report. Lane was pulled over on Mercer Island just east of Seattle after his 2006 Dodge Charger was clocked traveling 80 mph in a 60 mph zone, according to the report, which was obtained by ESPN. The arresting patrolman…

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New York Jets lower season-ticket prices

The New York Jets are lowering season-ticket prices, with the lowest prices being lower than those when the Jets first moved into MetLife Stadium in 2010. On Tuesday, season-ticket holders were given the 2018 prices, which were down by a weighted average of 11 percent compared with last season. The cheapest tickets in the upper deck will be $45 a game, while tickets in the mezzanine will cost $95 per game. The bigger news for Jets fans is that those mezzanine tickets, previously available only with a $2,500 to $4,000…

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Arizona Cardinals may lose coaching candidate, gain competition – Arizona Cardinals Blog

TEMPE, Ariz. — As more head-coaching vacancies reportedly are filled, the Arizona Cardinals’ pool of candidates continues to shrink. It’s firing-and-hiring season, and we’re tracking all the moves.• Everything to know about current, potential openings »• Candidates our analysts would hire » At the same time, however, another team — the Tennessee Titans — entered the race to hire a new coach on Monday, giving the Cardinals a bit of competition as searches hit a critical phase. On Monday, the NFL Network reported that Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur…

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Minnesota Vikings players still in shock after stunning last-second victory over New Orleans Saints

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Adam Thielen was drained mentally, physically and emotionally. Being on the field for one of the greatest plays in Minnesota Vikings history and seeing the replay hundreds of times of Case Keenum‘s 61-yard pass to Stefon Diggs for the first walk-off touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL postseason game, the receiver needed more than just a moment to process what he had witnessed. Not even 24 hours after the catch that catapulted the Vikings into the NFC Championship Game at the last possible second,…

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