Titans LB Bud Dupree says confidence is 'at a different level now' heading into Year 2 in Tennessee

Outside linebacker Bud Dupree’s confidence is at an all-time high heading into his second year as a Titan, and he’s ready to take his gameplay up a notch. “My confidence is at a different level (now). And that’s what it takes to play the game — having confidence can help take things to a different level,” Dupree said after minicamp this week, via the team’s website. Dupree arrived in Tennessee

NFL roundup: Latest league news from Friday, June 17

The Green Bay Packers are making a move in their quarterback room. Green Bay is waiving backup QB Kurt Benkert, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Friday afternoon. The team later announced the release. Benkert’s departure is likely good news for quarterback Danny Etling, whose shot at solidifying a roster spot with the Packers has been bettered. Green Bay’s QB room now consists of Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love and Etling. Benkert,

Davis Mills has 'a lot to prove' as Texans' full-time starting quarterback

Davis Mills struggled out of the gate during his rookie season before turning it around to author a nice stretch run that gave the Houston Texans faith he could be their starter for 2021. “I think experience is a big factor in how my game progressed through the last season,” Mills said, per the team’s official website. “These reps I’ve gotten in this offseason are extremely valuable, and I’m excited

‘It makes a player very mortal’: How an NFL defender thinks

When life’s getting you down, when it all seems too hard and you need a boost of serotonin, what do you reach for? The yoga mat? Almond Magnums? Re-runs of Seinfeld? Los Angeles Rams safety Nick Scott whips out his phone and watches a replay of his thundering shot on San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel in NFC Championship match from last season’s NFL playoffs. Recommended: McIlroy insists hot

Bears wear jerseys at minicamp to honor Piccolo

Covered the 49ers, Raiders and Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News. She joined ESPN in 2017. LAKE FOREST, Ill. — On the final day of mandatory minicamp, all 90 Chicago Bears players wore No. 41 jerseys at practice to honor Brian Piccolo, who died 52 years ago Thursday from cancer. Piccolo, who played for the Bears from 1966 to ’69, was 26 years old at the time of his

Saints introduce new black helmet to be worn for at least one game in 2022

The demise of the one-shell rule has opened the door for NFL teams to reintroduce period-accurate throwback uniforms. It’s also led at least a couple of franchises to debut alternate helmets. New Orleans joined Washington in this regard on Thursday, announcing the team will wear an alternate black helmet at some point in the 2022 season. Longtime star Cameron Jordan modeled the helmet in a photoshoot for the team: CAMMMMMM

Anthony Walker encouraged by Browns' relationship-building efforts after 'standoffish' 2021

The tailspin that was the story of the 2021 Cleveland Browns was about more than just Baker Mayfield’s injuries. Those ailments did play a large role, though, in the on-field performance. So did the internal division in the team’s locker room, according to one veteran who first joined the team in 2021 and sees a better situation developing in 2022. “Last year it was a little standoffish and this is

Kyler Murray, Marquise Brown rekindling college connection in Arizona

Kyler Murray and Marquise Brown gobbled up yards by the heapful in their final year together at Oklahoma in 2018, with the wideout generating 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games. Now they’re reunited in Year 4 of their NFL careers after the Arizona Cardinals traded for the receiver during the first round of the 2022 draft. “It’s going to be a good relationship there. The way they work

At Title IX event at Gillette Stadium, trailblazing women share experiences pushing for equality

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When Billie Jean King took on Bobby Riggs in their infamous “battle of the sexes” tennis match, there was plenty to consider. The $100,000 prize. The TV audience, which was estimated to number 90 million. The chance to strike a major blow in the fight for equality between men and women in sports. But she was also thinking about a significant gain that had already been won

Steelers make Fitzpatrick richest safety in history

Previously covered the Kansas City Chiefs for the Kansas City Star and Oklahoma University for the Oklahoman. PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick is starting his summer vacation with a nice payday after securing a deal to become the NFL’s highest-paid safety. The Pittsburgh Steelers and their star safety agreed to a four-year extension that will pay Fitzpatrick more than $18.4 million per year, WME Sports, Fitzpatrick’s agency, confirmed to ESPN’s Adam