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Florida State RB Dalvin Cook entices Vikes to ‘take a swing’

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After sitting out of the first round, the Minnesota Vikings didn’t want to wait any longer. Dalvin Cook was still available, the kind of dynamic running back Minnesota drafted 10 years ago and just recently let go. The Vikings traded up seven spots to the 41st overall pick Friday night and snagged Cook, the Florida State star whose stellar college career came with off-the-field questions. They sent one of their fourth-round selections to Cincinnati to move ahead in the second…

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Buccaneers may have rediscovered running game with Jacquizz Rodgers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have found a complementary running back for Doug Martin once their No. 1 back returns from a hamstring injury. Jacquizz Rodgers finished with a career-best 101 rushing yards on 30 carries — 32 yards and 17 carries more than he had in the Buccaneers’ previous three games combined — as Tampa Bay defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-14 on Monday night. The Bucs (2-3), who came into the game ranked 28th in the league in rushing,…

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Kelvin Benjamin makes his return to the NFL

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The NFL returns Thursday night with a rematch of Super Bowl 50 as the Carolina Panthers head to Denver to take on the Broncos. Players are pleased training camp and the exhibition season are over, but none more than Kelvin Benjamin. The former Florida State standout has not played in a regular-season game in nearly 20 months, but that will end tonight. Benjamin missed all of last season after tearing his ACL during training camp. Panthers’ fans can savor the…

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Super Bowl rematch: Panthers-Broncos opens season

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Super Bowl rematch. Minus Peyton Manning, of course. The NFL season will begin the way the last one ended, with the Denver Broncos playing the Carolina Panthers. Denver beat Carolina 24-10 in February in the Super Bowl, Manning’s final game. The rematch will be on Thursday night, Sept. 8 in Denver. “We’re glad that it’s out,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said. “We knew who we were going to play and now we know when we’re…

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Wade Phillips finally kicked in the door

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It was quite a weekend for Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. On Sunday, his team won the Super Bowl primarily because of the players he coaches. The night before, he was selected as the NFL’s best assistant coach. Those watching Denver’s 24-10 bludgeoning of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday saw a defensive unit assembled before Phillips arrived exactly one year ago (Feb. 9, 2015). In the span of 12 months, a good Denver defense became an excellent defense. Phillips…

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Super Busts: The best teams to not win the Super Bowl

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They had the stars, the swagger and the sparkling record to prove it. Then, poof, it was gone. No Super Bowl ring, no parade, no trip to the White House. Nothing but a long offseason — or a lifetime in some cases — of what might have been. Cam Newton and the rest of his “Dabbin’” dancing, selfie-with-the-clock-still-running Carolina Panthers will try to avoid the same fate the 2007 Patriots or the 1968 Colt, teams whose seemingly inevitable coronation instead…

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Panthers defensive backs are proud of their thievery

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#Panthers Thieves Avenue sign keeps getting upgrades. #CLT #NFL pic.twitter.com/vanofbTT1x — Ron Clements (@Ron_Clements) January 20, 2016 Harper had the gray tops made and distributed them to his teammates on Wednesday. There’s a graphic rendering of a group photo showing the DBs. The words “Thievery Travels” are above that in all capital letters, and the Twitter-ready “#ThievesAve” in script writing is below. Carolina led the NFL with 39 takeaways during the regular season, including 24 interceptions. The team tacked on…

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