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  • Vikings give Kyle Rudolph 5-year extension

    July 27, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kyle Rudolph hasn't put up the biggest numbers over the first three years of his career, which is due as much to the Minnesota Vikings' revolving door at quarterback as anything else.The Vikings have known all along what they have in Rudolph, a big, field-stretching tight end who can be a difference-maker in the right offense with the right quarterback. So now they're paying him like one.

  • McGloin buried on Raiders depth chart again

    July 27, 2014

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Not a lot has changed in the year since Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.He's still buried on Oakland's depth chart, still spending most of his time in practice waiting for the occasional rep or two with the offense.

  • Chargers WR Allen considered quitting as rookie

    July 27, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Keenan Allen really did think about quitting last summer.''It was just a thought,'' the San Diego Chargers' top wide receiver said. ''But it was tough.''Allen was referring to his initial training camp, when the third-round pick from California could do little right. He heard often from coach Mike McCoy, and it was mostly for what Allen wasn't doing.

  • Lawrence Okoye preparing for the NFL

    July 27, 2014

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Lawrence Okoye speaks as if he is hoping to win a contest for the Oxford University debate team. That very well may be next on his list of things to accomplish.The rugby player turned track and field athlete turned football player has been accepted to the prestigious English educational institution, where he intends to study law, and has a spot reserved until 2017.

  • Trufant, Alford step into Atlanta leadership roles

    July 27, 2014

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons need new leadership on defense, and coach Mike Smith says second-year cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford fit the job description perfectly.''Those two guys we're counting on,'' Smith said Sunday night. ''They've got to continue to grow from where they were last year.''

  • Wheaton eyeing chance after tough rookie year

    July 27, 2014

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) - Markus Wheaton realizes the pressure is there, but he doesn't mind.The Pittsburgh Steelers' second-year wide receiver figures to be the best shot to replace departed starter Emmanuel Sanders, so Wheaton is OK with the early elevated expectations despite a bumpy rookie year in which he struggled to stay healthy.

  • Titans G Levitre (appendix) to start working out

    July 27, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Titans guard Andy Levitre says he hopes to start exercising Monday on a bicycle, with running a couple days away, as he recovers from appendix surgery.Levitre had surgery Thursday, the day before Tennessee reported to training camp.

  • Quarterback Johnny Manziel's day at Browns camp

    July 27, 2014

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) - A look at Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel's day at training camp.SEEING JOHNNY: Fans simply can't get enough of Johnny Football. The crowd along the sideline cheered after the rookie completed his first few passes of the day, and after practice, he approached fans waiting for an autograph accompanied by a ''John-ny! John-ny!'' chant.

  • Browns LB Mingo hoping bigger is better in Year 2

    July 27, 2014

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo is banking on bigger being better after a rookie year that started fast and then sort of fizzled.He's been bulking up this offseason, ready to fit in with the faster and stronger of the NFL.As the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Mingo made an instant impact for the Browns, flying all over the field and registering a sack in each of his first three games. But just as quickly, he disappeared from the stat sheet, recording only two more sacks the rest of the season.

  • Rams rebuilding job leans heavily on kids

    July 27, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Rams players are assigned parking spots outside the training facility based on seniority, and the roster is so heavy on youth, quarterback Sam Bradford is close to the front of the line.At age 26, the first overall pick in 2010 is a grizzled veteran on this team.

  • Kearse has gone from undrafted to lock for Seattle

    July 27, 2014

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Jermaine Kearse sat quietly at the podium for 15 minutes while to his left sat Kobe Bryant and Richard Sherman, and on his right was Grammy winning hip-hop artist Macklemore, all answering questions.Not once was Kearse asked a question during his appearance at the recent charity event, even if the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver was the only one to have scored a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

  • Panthers sign RB Whittaker, S Nelson

    July 27, 2014

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - The Panthers announced they have signed running back Fozzy Whittaker and safety Tom Nelson.Whittaker, 25, has spent time with Arizona, San Diego and Cleveland and run for 79 yards and two touchdowns during his career. He also has return experience.

  • Caldwell has a chance to win right away with Lions

    July 27, 2014

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions are beginning training camp under another new coach - but for once, there's no long rebuilding project ahead.''If I felt that we didn't have the talent here, I'd tell you,'' said Jim Caldwell, who was hired in January to replace Jim Schwartz. ''We have a talented group. It's our job to get those guys in position to win and win consistently.''