MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 27: T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts is chased by Kelvin Sheppard #52 of the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter of the game at Sun Life Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Eight takeaways from NFL OTAs

The 2016 NFL season is fast approaching and organized team activities are in full swing. Thirty-one teams held OTA sessions this week. The Rams begin theirs on May 31. These practices aren’t in pads, so there’s only so much that can be taken from them. But it’s the first time the rookies and veterans are […]

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Laquon Treadwell #1 of the Mississippi Rebels celebrates scoring a 14-yard touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the fourth quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Eight rookies to watch during OTAs

Organized team activities, commonly known as OTAs, begin in earnest this week in the NFL. Each team is allowed 10 OTA sessions. The Cardinals, Browns, Colts, Eagles and 49ers began their OTAs last week and 26 teams begin theirs this week. The Rams start their OTAs on May 31. Rookies have had their orientation at rookie […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 03:  Anquan Boldin #81 of the San Francisco 49ers jogs into the endzone on a 33-yard touchdown catch against the St. Louis Rams during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

49ers haven’t closed the door on bringing back Anquan Boldin

The San Francisco 49ers haven’t ruled out the return of veteran receiver Anquan Boldin, who is still without a team as a free agent. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, both the 49ers and Boldin are sorting through their options, but general manager Trent Baalke said the “door isn’t closed” on the 35-year-old receiver […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Garrett Celek #88 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after a catch against the Minnesota Vikings during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 14, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

49ers TE Garrett Celek gushes about Chip Kelly’s offense

Garrett Celek likes what he sees so far under the Chip Kelly regime in San Francisco. Kelly is installing the same up-tempo offense he used in Philadelphia, one that uses hand signals instead of words so that the offense can run plays at a faster pace. Celek, a tight end who caught 19 passes in […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 18: Jarryd Hayne #38 of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field after the 49ers beat the Baltimore Ravens at Levi's Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

49ers expect big things from Jarryd Hayne in 2016

We haven’t seen the last of Jarryd Hayne, 49ers executive Paraag Marathe told the San Jose Mercury News. “I think you’ll see a jump from him,” said Marathe, who despite being in charge of the team’s analytics department pointed to an intangible reason for his belief in the former Australian rugby player. “Willpower” and “desire” were among […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 1: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers passes against the St. Louis Rams in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 1, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Report: Colin Kaepernick is throwing ‘a bit’

The 49ers lost out in the sweepstakes to trade up for Jared Goff or Carson Wentz in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft. So perhaps it’s good news that Colin Kaepernick is throwing “a bit” according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Kaepernick, who had his non-throwing shoulder, throwing thumb and knee […]

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Deshaun Watson the early favorite to be top pick in 2017 NFL draft

The 2016 NFL draft has been over for less than 72 hours, but a clear favorite has already emerged for the top pick in the 2017 draft. That player is Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. A quick search for 2017 mock drafts has Watson dominating the top spot, often going to the Cleveland Browns at No. […]

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Eric Fisher (R) of Central Michigan Chippewas stands on stage with NFL COmmissioner Roger Goodell after Fisher was picked #1 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NFL’s 2016 fifth-year option tracker

The deadline for NFL teams to use the fifth-year option on 2013 first-round picks was late on Monday night. Here is a look at the 32 players from the first round who had their option picked up or declined: 1. OT Eric Fisher, Kansas City Chiefs: Option picked up 2. OT Luke Joeckel, Jacksonville Jaguars: […]

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 22:   Linebacker Myles Jack #30 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates after the Bruins stopped the USC Trojans on fourth down on the five yard line to take over on downs on the final play of the first quarter at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Six NFL teams that improved their roster most during the draft

Every team theoretically improves during the NFL draft. The league’s present and future is built on all 32 teams using the draft to build up rosters and find the next generation of stars. But not all improvement is made equal. Here are six teams that improved the most during the 2016 NFL draft: Jacksonville Jaguars […]

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Jalen Ramsey #8 of the Florida State Seminoles heads off the field against the Houston Cougars during the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Ten best rookie-on-rookie matchups to watch in 2016 NFL season

The 2016 NFL draft saw 253 players selected over a three-day span, providing the league with an influx of new talent and the next generation of stars. At various points in next year’s regular season, the best of these first-year players will run into another high pick from the draft class—providing intriguing clashes of young […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  (L-R) Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #29 overall by the Arizona Cardinalsduring the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Best, worst from 2016 NFL draft

The 2016 NFL draft is in the books. All those mock drafts are a thing of the past. The names of the 253 players drafted are set in stone. Now all that’s left is years and years of Monday morning quarterbacking, starting with this breakdown of the best and worst developments of the draft. Best Robert […]

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  Karl Joseph #8 of the West Virginia Mountaineers pumps up the crowd against the Baylor Bears during the game on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Five first-round reaches in 2016 NFL draft

Just as sure as Roger Goodell will hear some boos when he takes the podium, there will be reaches in the first round of the NFL draft. The following five players were drafted too early. They’re listed in the order in which they were taken. Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia The Bears traded from No. 11 […]

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Roger Goodell booed announcing first pick of 2016 NFL Draft

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell probably expected to be booed before announcing the first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s become a tradition for Goodell to be booed by fans, whether he’s in New York or Chicago. And sure enough, the boo birds were out in full force at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Goodell […]

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