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No ‘secret formula’ to stop Gronk, but here’s a start for Jaguars

ESPN - New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is a nightmare matchup for any NFL defense. With a monster frame and underrated route running skills, he can simply post up defenders at the point of attack or beat guys off the jump to create some separation. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said on Wednesday that “there is no secret formula” to stopping Gronk, but I...
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Nassar surrounded by adults who enabled his predatory behavior

ESPN - EDITOR’S NOTE: This story contains strong language and mature subject matter. JANE REMEMBERS THE linoleum floor in the bathroom of Larry Nassar’s apartment. She remembers feeling strange as he walked in and handed her gymnastics magazines to read as she lay fully naked in his bath tub. She was 12 or 13; she can’t recall exactly. Nassar, no older...
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With Carson Wentz out, Eagles use underdog status as fuel

ESPN – PHILADELPHIA — It took some time for the shock of the Carson Wentz injury to subside, coach Doug Pederson acknowledged. One minute the Philadelphia Eagles had a potential MVP who looked invincible as he shook off defenders and muscled through would-be tackles to make the big play. The next he was on a cart, an air cast around his left leg,...
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How Case Keenum became the improbable face of a faceless contender

ESPN – EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The man in the ski cap and hoodie was staring through a window at the new purple banner announcing the Minnesota Vikings‘ division crown. From behind, as he stood in a cafeteria, this average-size Joe could have passed for a food-service worker or a fan who had won a contest for a tour of...
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Can Jon Gruden revive the Raiders again? Answering questions on his return

ESPN – The football gods called Jon Gruden back. After nearly a decade at ESPN calling games on Monday Night Football, Gruden is making his return to football and to the Oakland Raiders. The 54-year-old coach rejoins the organization nearly 17 years to the day after his last game in charge of the team, which came in the infamous “Tuck Rule” game. To...
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For Kraft, Brady and Belichick, is this the beginning of the end?

ESPN - THE PROBLEM WITH living your life under the spotlight is that the camera captures only the public eruption, not the months of silent anger. On Dec. 3, when the New England Patriots played the Buffalo Bills, Tom Brady walked to the sideline after throwing late and behind receiver Brandin Cooks on third down, ending a first-quarter drive. Brady was...
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How is the NFL concussion protocol supposed to work?

ESPN – The NFL’s concussion protocol, authored and administered jointly with the NFL Players Association, has come under fire in 2017. The most recent criticism came this week, when Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage returned to Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers after suffering a hit to the headso severe that he displayed apparent signs of what’s known as the “fencing response,” a classic indication...
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The big questions (and answers) after Carson Wentz’s injury

ESPN – The universe apparently doesn’t want anybody to make it through this 2017 NFL season unscathed. Just as fans were getting excited to welcome Aaron Rodgers back into the fold for what should be a frantic end to the NFC wild-card race, preliminary reports suggest that the league has lost arguably its leading MVP candidate. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz left Sunday’s game against the Rams...
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Would the NFL really eject for targeting? Here’s what we know

ESPN – The NFL will consider a college-style targeting rule for next season. I know, I know. But please, do me a favor before you blow a gasket. Slow down. Take a breath. Consider a few important points. First: A targeting rule would run up against a swarm of long-held and deeply felt NFL philosophies, from the way the league uses...
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Seahawks’ complete win over Eagles shows they can still beat anyone

ESPN – SEATTLE — Informed last week that the Seahawks were in a rare position as six-point home underdogs to the 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles, winners of nine straight games and owners of the NFL’s best record, Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright offered a warning. “Don’t sleep on us, man,” Wright said. “This team is really good. We’re still talented. We can be the best of...
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