ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys takes the field before the Cowboys take on the New York Jets at AT&T Stadium on December 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Dez Bryant wants to hang with spelling bee co-champ

Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion Nihar Janga gained quite a bit of fame Thursday night. Jahar is such a star that Dez Bryant is just hoping to meet the 11-year-old. Janga and Jairam Harthwar finished in a tie and shared the title. When Harthwar went to high-five him, Janga left him hanging and instead threw up Bryant’s […]

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 […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State holds up a jersey after being picked #4 overall by the Dallas Cowboys during 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)

Ezekiel Elliott will have to ‘earn’ Cowboys starting RB job

The Cowboys are spewing the company line that No. 4 overall draft pick Ezekiel Elliott has to “earn” the starting job at running back. Elliott is practicing on the second team behind Darren McFadden at organized team activities, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He’ll also have to “compete” with Alfred Morris on the depth […]

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 […]

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 7:  Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown run against the Minnesota Golden Gophers with teammate Marcus Baugh #85 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Minnesota 28-14.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Cardale Jones wants Ezekiel Elliott to pay debt

Ezekiel Elliott just signed his rookie contract with the Dallas Cowboys and got paid big. The deal is reportedly worth $24.9 million, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com, and includes a signing bonus of $16.3 million. We’ve all seen when athletes get rewarded with big contracts, their friends come calling. Everyone wants a piece of […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Draftee Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State arrives to the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)

Ezekiel Elliott getting official Cowboys crop tops

The Dallas Cowboys are all-in on Ezekiel Elliott’s crop tops fashion statement. According to Newy Scruggs of NBCDFW.com, who spoke with Cowboys Merchandising Limited president Bill Priakos, the Cowboys will make sure to capitalize on the rookie running back’s sense of style by offering their own crop top: He also told me Elliott’s jersey sales […]

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Linebacker Jaylon Smith #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walks off the field after an injury during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cowboys still hope Jaylon Smith can play ‘at some point’ in 2016

The Dallas Cowboys are still holding out hope that second-round linebacker Jaylon Smith can play at some point during the 2016 season. According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones—who hasn’t ruled out Smith returning to play in 2016—does not plan on placing Smith on season-ending injured reserve. The Cowboys will […]

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 […]

SOUTH BEND, IN - AUGUST 30:  Jaylon Smith #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish moves to tackle Darik Dillard #32 of the Rice Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on August 30, 2014 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Rice 48-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cowboys are ‘ready to take the pain for the gain’ on Jaylon Smith

The Dallas Cowboys are prepared to play the waiting game on Jaylon Smith, the vastly talented linebacker who fell to Dallas at No. 34 overall after he shredded his right knee in his final collegiate game. According to ESPN, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said his team is “ready to take the pain for the gain on […]

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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