Cam Newton’s surgically repaired shoulder and the arrival of a pair of dynamic rookie playmakers have dominated the headlines in Carolina, shifting less pressing concerns into the background. FIRST LOOK AT 2017 SEASON▹ Talib: We had SB hangover in ’16▹ Biggest AFC camp battles | NFC ▹ Rookie QBs with best chance to start▹ Top 15 RB-WR tandems in SB era▹ Coughlin, Marrone changing Jags culture▹ 13 notable players who could get cut▹ Fan guides for all 32 NFL teams▹ Young Breakout Players▸ CBs | LBs | RBs | QBs OKLAHOMA DRILL INTERVIEWS▹ Incognito on suspension, lifestyle changes MAKING THE LEAP▹ Falcons defense▹ Chargers offense▹ Steelers defense▹ Jaguars defense One of those forgotten storylines is former Defensive Player of the[…]

Aaron Donald does not yet have a new contract, but the defensive tackle is no longer staying away from the Los Angeles Rams’ facility. NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reported Tuesday that Donald reported for mandatory minicamp, according to a team spokesman. Donald has stayed away from voluntary offseason workouts before this week. NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz, who is in attendance at Rams practice, reported Donald is doing individual work off to the side. Donald is set to earn just $1.8 million in 2017 under his rookie contract. The Rams exercised the fifth-year team option to keep him in L.A. in 2018. Both sides hope a deal is done well before then, and it might very well depend on what happens[…]

It’s not unusual for restaurant chains to offer "(Insert Popular Product Here) For Life" in the service of fun publicity and the goodwill of the region’s sports fans. You might recall — OK, you definitely don’t — Nashville eateries offering Peyton Manning free pancakes and MoonPies for the rest of his career if he signed with the Titans in 2012. Spoiler alert: Peyton didn’t bite. Fast forward to the present. Jimmy’s Seafood, a Baltimore-based restaurant, offered free-agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin free crab cakes for the length of his contract if he signed with the Ravens. When Maclin didn’t immediately respond, Jimmy’s doubled down and made a lifetime offer. A few days later, Maclin signed a two-year deal with the[…]

Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook came to the NFL after rewriting almost every significant rushing record at Florida State set by retired legend Warrick Dunn. Does he have his eye on some other iconic records at the next level — perhaps the franchise marks set by Adrian Peterson? "It wouldn’t be fair for me to say that about Adrian Peterson because of the things he’s done for the organization," Cook said on Good Morning Football on Wednesday. "I just have to come in and be the rookie that I am, come in, work my tail off and earn my spot no matter what spot that is … all the accolades for myself and my team will add up on its own."[…]

"Still D.R.E." is an all-time banger from Dr. Dre that kicked off a huge career resurgence for the West Coast legend and reminded the world that Snoop Dogg was still a Randy Moss-like force. "D.R.E.", though not as popular as subsequent Dre singles, remains a must include for any old school hip-hop mix from the era. At the heart of the 1999 single, released somewhat confusingly, on Dre’s comeback record 2001 — is a looping piano riff that serves as the backbone of the entire song. It still sounds great today, and apparently we’re not the only ones with healthy appreciation for a classic. Why, it’s Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller! Play us a song, fella! Still… Still waters[…]

Most times NFL players ask for a contract extension and don’t receive it. Not so for Jason Peters, who publicly requested an extension on Tuesday. Wednesday he got it. The Philadelphia Eagles announced they signed the Pro Bowl offensive tackle to a one-year extension that will keep him in Philly through the 2019 season. FIRST LOOK AT 2017 SEASON▹ Talib: We had SB hangover in ’16▹ Biggest AFC camp battles | NFC ▹ Rookie QBs with best chance to start▹ Top 15 RB-WR tandems in SB era▹ Coughlin, Marrone changing Jags culture▹ 13 notable players who could get cut▹ Fan guides for all 32 NFL teams▹ Young Breakout Players▸ CBs | LBs | RBs | QBs OKLAHOMA DRILL INTERVIEWS▹ Incognito[…]

Michael Oher is at the Carolina Panthers’ mandatory minicamp. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Oher, who has been dealing with a medical issue, reported to the facility on Tuesday, according to a source. Oher was scheduled to meet with doctors, according to the team. Per reporters on site, the offensive tackle wasn’t seen at the early portion of practice. Oher participated in just three games in 2016 as he dealt with concussion issues. The 31-year-old skipped all of the voluntary work this offseason. He also was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge following an incident in Nashville in April. Whether Oher is cleared to participate on the field in 2017 remains to be seen. The Panthers signed Matt[…]

Mitchell Trubisky is set to enter the 2017 season as the backup to Mike Glennon. The question among Chicago Bears fans is how long before the No. 2 overall pick sees game action. With Trubisky getting just 13 starts at North Carolina, he needs as many live reps as possible. During Tuesday’s minicamp, coach John Fox was asked if he would consider a "Trubisky package" to ensure the first-round pick got some experience this season. Fox decided to conjure up his time with Tim Tebow in Denver. FIRST LOOK AT 2017 SEASON▹ Talib: We had SB hangover in ’16▹ Biggest AFC camp battles | NFC ▹ Rookie QBs with best chance to start▹ Top 15 RB-WR tandems in SB era▹[…]

The Tennessee Titans finally unleashed their first-round receiver, Corey Davis. The 6-foot-3 playmaker was held back during organized team activies after he underwent an operation on his ankle in January and missed most of the pre-draft work. Davis finally partook fully in Tuesday’s minicamp and said he’s "100 percent." "It feels real good," Davis said, per the team’s official website. "Today is the first day they let me do everything. They have sort of been cautious with me. So it felt good to go out there and do everything, and compete with my team and get better." Per Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website, Davis made several impressive plays during the workout. "We’ve been the ones that have monitored[…]

The Patriots recently restructured Rob Gronkowski’s contract to keep the All-Pro tight end happy with a chance to earn a serious pay hike this season. Might the Panthers consider a similar raise for their own star tight end? After earning a Pro Bowl nod in each of the past three seasons, Greg Olsen is seeking a new deal in line with the NFL’s best at the position, reports Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer. The $22.5 million extension signed in March of 2015 makes Olsen the league’s seventh-highest paid tight end at $7.5 million annually. FIRST LOOK AT 2017 SEASON▹ Talib: We had SB hangover in ’16▹ Biggest AFC camp battles | NFC ▹ Rookie QBs with best chance to[…]