The Denver Broncos are planning several ways to honor team owner Pat Bowlen who died at age 75 last week. One way they won’t pay tribute, however, is by renaming their stadium in his honor. Team president Joe Ellis says Bowlen wouldn’t have wanted that and the team is instead focusing on this week’s public tribute, a helmet decal and two memorials during the upcoming football season.
Quarterback Josh McCown has announced he is retiring from playing football after an NFL career that spanned 16 NFL seasons and included stints with 10 teams. McCown, who turns 40 on July 4, writes in a piece for The Players’ Tribune that he will be helping coach his two sons – also quarterbacks – in high school this year. He finished with 17,707 career yards passing, 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions, with a 60.2 completion percentage and 79.7 quarterback rating.
Anthony Lynn has a busy stretch ahead before the Los Angeles Chargers report to camp on July 24. He plans to start raising money for his family foundation and open a new school in Africa. Lynn and his wife, Stacey, launched the Lynn Family Foundation two months ago. He’ll be traveling to Tanzania later this month to open a school for students in kindergarten through seventh grade.
“Let’s talk kickers,” gushed Pete Carroll, beginning his final press briefing of the Seahawks offseason on Thursday with unabashed enthusiasm over a mundane topic.
The Minnesota Vikings have been adjusting to yet another system this spring, with Kevin Stefanski their fourth offensive coordinator in five seasons. What actually helps is that the veteran players have become accustomed to such change, making the transition a bit smoother. The biggest challenge is learning new terminology, not necessarily new plays. New adviser Gary Kubiak has a significant role in the rollout, as the Vikings try to better maximize the strengths of quarterback Kirk Cousins.
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Pat Bowlen, the longtime Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar TV deals, has died just under two months before his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was 75. Bowlen bought the team in 1984 and was both hands-on and behind-the-scenes in building a successful franchise while serving on 15 NFL committees, including the powerful broadcast committee. He had Alzheimer’s for several years.
Saints running back Alvin Kamara says the offseason is a time when he experiments with training methods and nutrition to improve as an athlete. Kamara says he also has continued studying football in hopes of adding new wrinkles to his already dynamic game as a runner and receiver. Kamara says he wants to understand football the way record-setting quarterback Drew Brees does. Brees says Kamara is an inquisitive person and phenomenal athlete who probably could even take snaps at quarterback.
The Tennessee Titans wrapped up their three-day mandatory minicamp not on a football field but with a field trip to hit golf balls. Their last football play? Dean Pees caught a ball punted off a Jugs machine before being swarmed by Titans defenders celebrating with the 69-year-old coordinator the day before. Coach Mike Vrabel says the trip was the result of evaluating where the Titans are at the end of their offseason program and a last attempt to keep everyone healthy for training camp.
Shaquem Griffin will begin his second training camp with Seattle in a different position. Griffin has moved from weak side linebacker to the strong side, where he will play closer to the line of scrimmage. He’ll be playing the same position he did in college while trying to make a bigger impact for the Seahawks.
Gregg Williams has helped build stingy defenses all around the NFL for nearly 30 years with a mix of fiery passion, intimidating intensity and undeniable self-confidence. It has rubbed some the wrong way, but Williams has made a long, successful career of never, ever being Mr. Nice Guy. Williams is now establishing an aggressive culture with his New York Jets defense.
It’s been a year since Lamar Jackson arrived at his first NFL minicamp, fully understanding that his stature as a former Heisman Trophy winner and first-round draft pick didn’t guarantee a lick of playing time with the Baltimore Ravens during the regular season. Jackson began the year as a backup, displaced Joe Flacco as the starter in November and now is considered to be the team’s quarterback ‘for the long term,’ according to coach John Harbaugh.
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II has agreed to a four-year contract extension. Moore says he was “speechless” following the Colts’ final offseason workout. Moore could have become a restricted free agent in March. Instead, general manager Chris Ballard kept another defensive starter on the roster.
Dak Prescott has clicked quickly with new Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Jon Kitna. The former NFL starter has appealed to Prescott’s desire to build on his first playoff victory. Prescott noticed Kitna’s attention to detail, particularly with footwork. Kitna has plenty of background with the Cowboys. He started nine games in 2010 when Tony Romo was injured. Prescott took the job for good when Romo got hurt again six years later.
Bradley McDougald’s versatility has proven to be one of his most valuable assets since joining the Seattle Seahawks before the 2017 season. But he does have a preference on where he would like to play in Seattle’s defense. He wants to be the strong safety.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is focused on staying upbeat despite the challenges and questions he faces entering his second season. But Allen says to not let his ‘awe-shucks’ demeanor fool anyone. The first-round draft pick tells The Associated Press he’s driven to succeed with a family-adopted motto of “adjust, persevere and overcome.”
Jimmy Garoppolo’s backups have taken center stage during the 49ers’ minicamp. The 49ers coaching staff allowed Garoppolo to participate in seven-on-seven passing drills but not 11-on-11 team drills. So backup quarterbacks C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens split time with the starters during those drills.
Some key Falcons defensive starters are returning from injuries. Linebacker Deion Jones is one of them. He says those players have a “chip on our shoulders.” The defense will try to recapture momentum that was lost in 2018 due to the wave of injuries.
Christian McCaffrey says he would welcome another huge statistical season if it translates into more wins for his Carolina Panthers. McCaffrey enjoyed a breakout season in 2018, flirting with prospect of joining Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk as the only players in the NFL history with 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 receiving in the same season. He finished with 1,098 yards on the ground and 867 yards through the air, and was easily the bright spot in an otherwise forgettable 7-9 season.
Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk says nobody with the Tennessee Titans will ever wear Eddie George’s No. 27 nor the No. 9 of the late Steve McNair again. Strunk announced that the franchise will retire both numbers Sept. 15 at their home opener against the Indianapolis Colts. George and McNair helped the franchise through its difficult relocation from Houston to Tennessee and major contributors during its lone Super Bowl berth.
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