Julio Jones isn’t the best Falcons player ever not yet

That makes that 2011 draft-day deal the best in franchise history. Which is saying a lot, considering which trade it beat out, which player it surpassed and the controversy over that player that will last forever. No, Julio Jones isn’t the best Falcons player ever not yet, at least. Nor will he reach the levels…

Packers-Cowboys was a wake-up call: Never take good kickers for granted

The big lesson from the Packerswin over the Cowboys Sunday night, even with Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott and Jason Garrett and Mike McCarthy doing what they did to win and lose this game: Never, ever take kickers for granted. At least if you have one you can trust. Bills: Sean McDermott. Kudos for Buffalo…

Generated a franchise single-season record 415.8 yards per game.

And while Shanahan is being honored based upon regular-season votes, the Falcons didn’t slow down during the playoffs, either. Atlanta lit up Seattle (36 points) and Green Bay (44) en route to the club’s first Super Bowl appearance in 18 seasons. While the unit fields a blue-chip wide receiver in Julio Jones, who burned Carolina…

Ryan Grigson is gone, but not because Peyton Manning is in

Ryan Grigson is no longer with the Colts, but Peyton Manning won’t be stepping in anytime soon. After announcing the firing of Grigson as the general manager, Colts owner Jim Irsay said Saturday that Manning is not in the mix for the general manager position. There had been reports that Irsay wanted Manning, who spent…

it’s not hard to see why Spielman could laugh at the first question being about something other than Peterson.

To Harbaugh, it means teams like the Ravens have to do their due diligence away from the one-time mass gathering. “We respect the NFL’s priorities, what they’re trying to accomplish and the statement that’s being made with that policy,” he said. “And also, our job is to turn over every stone on every player, and…

NFL Combine records: Top 40 times, bench press reps, more

Nothing projects a football player’s ability to perform at the highest professional level quite like a cone-to-cone sprint in his underwear. Enter the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where 330 of the country’s best college football players converge for their first encounters with NFL franchises ahead of the draft. Whether and how much the…

Aikman cemented the Cowboys’ resurrection with an emphatic win over the AFC’s Bills in Super Bowl 27.

This wasn’t the peak of the Packers’ dynasty under Vince Lombardi, but it was by far the better of their first two Super Bowl teams. Such offensive greats as Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung were starting to fade; Taylor never played again for the Pack after rushing for 56 yards and a touchdown in the…

Byron Maxwell says Dolphins’ secondary can be like Legion of Boom

Byron Maxwell thinks his team could be on the verge of something great. Despite being unraveled by the Steelers in the wild-card round of the playoffs, the Dolphins cornerback believes Miami’s secondary will come back stronger next season and could even replicate the Legion of Boom he was once a part of in Seattle. The…

Julian Edelman compares Jimmy Garoppolo to Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers

Regardless where Jimmy Garoppolo ends up in 2017, his teammate knows he’ll be just fine. During a Tuesday appearance on NFL Network’s Total Access, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman said he believes the backup quarterback’s mentality is as strong as some of the greatest signal callers to ever play the game and compared his assertiveness…