Blake Bortles: I can be the best

With all the attention surrounding high-profile quarterbacks Johnny Manziel of Texas A & M and Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, it’s unheralded Blake Bortles of Central Florida who could very well be the first quarterback taken in this year’s draft.

In fact, he could be the first player taken, period.

Bortles’ stock has climbed in recent weeks, to the point where he will be a major...

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NFL standing PAT on extra-point tries

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The competition committee is not expected to recommend a change on extra points, even though the overwhelming majority of PAT kicks are made.

There has also been no discussion of a system in which touchdowns would automatically count for seven points, but a team could opt to take six points and go for a two-point conversion. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had recently floated that idea....

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Seattle Seahawks have draft-day magic

Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (53) reacts

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The Seahawks have been one of the best teams at finding gems in the lower rounds of the draft in recent years. Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith was a seventh-round linebacker and cornerback Richard Sherman a fifth-rounder that year. Safety Kam Chancellor was a fifth-rounder in 2010.

"The coaches have buy-in to that player, so if it's a Kam Chancellor or Richard Sherman, however they feel they...

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Cardinals' Bruce Arians tries new tricks with older WRs

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald reacts to

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Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who has one of the greatest offensive minds you'll come across, is a master at helping his players achieve maximum effectiveness. Case in point: When he has a big-time receiver approaching age 30, he'll change things up by lining him up in different spots.

Why 30?

"Because guys lose a step at age 30," he said. "It's just natural. As hard as they...

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Is time right to expand NFL playoffs?

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer scrambles against the

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The time might be right for adding two more playoff teams in the NFL.

Though the league has toyed with the idea in recent years but never acted on it, there appears to be increasing momentum for adding two more playoff teams.

NFL president Mark Murphy, a member of the league's influential competition committee, said his group discussed adding one wild-card team for each conference. The...

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2014 NFL draft order

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The NFL season is over, which means one thing: it's NFL draft time.

The order for picks 1-20 is decided by regular-season standings. The order for the final 12 picks will be decided by the playoffs--picks 21-24 go to wild-card round losers, picks 25-28 to divisional round losers, picks 29 and 30 to conference championship losers, the 31st pick to the Super Bowl loser and the 32nd pick to the...

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NFL Combine schedule 2014

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The NFL Combine is back at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for 2014. Below is the full schedule of events:

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Tight ends/offensive linemen/special teams report and undergo medical pre-exam and X-rays, have orientation, interview with teams

Thursday, Feb. 20

Tight ends/offensive linemen/special teams undergo measurements and medical exams, meet with media,...

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Richie Incognito back on Twitter

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) looks on

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A day after being slammed in a report by New York attorney Ted Wells, who investigated the alleged bullying scandal with the Dolphins, guard Richie Incognito pulled the plug on his Twitter account. This after responding to several critical remarks posted by some of his followers. 

But Incognito is back on Twitter, expressing a desire to continue playing. If he does return to the NFL,...

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Michael Sam scouting report

Missouri senior defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to

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Missouri defensive end Michael Sam made waves on Sunday night when he announced that he’s gay. Since then, there’s been a whirlwind of scrutiny, mostly relating to whether or not the NFL is ready for a gay player.

Before any of that happens, though, Sam needs to be drafted. He had a very productive career with the Tigers, capping it off in 2013 by racking up 11 1/2 sacks, winning SEC Defensive...

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Kelly Ripa salutes Michael Strahan for Hall of Fame honor

"LIVE with Kelly and Michael," co-host Kelly Ripa

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Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan's co-host on "Live with Kelly and Michael," broke out the balloons, the confetti, T-shirts and a whole bunch of other treats to salute Strahan's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend.

Watch the video embedded below.

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