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Floyd Reese, the General Manager of the Tennessee Titans’ Super Bowl squad, died at the age of 73.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —
— Floyd Reese, the general manager who put together the Titans’ lone Super Bowl roster, passed away on Saturday.
His demise was revealed to the squad by his family.
According to a social media post from ESPN 102.5 The Game, where Reese worked until mid-December, Reese battled cancer and was with his family when he died.
Reese spent 21 years with the Oilers-Titans as a coach and administrator, and he is the franchise’s all-time winningest general manager.
“As general manager, he constructed a club that saw continuous success and guided our franchise through the best and worst of times,” controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said.
“His excellent eye for talent led him to some of our team’s top players in history, which led to some of our greatest accomplishments,” said Reese, who will be enshrined into the team’s Ring of Honor this season.
Eddie George was the Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year in 1996, followed by Jevon Kearse in 1999, and Vince Young in 2006.
Steve McNair, a co-NFL MVP in 2003, was elevated to No. 1 by him.
Being general manager of the Houston Oilers at the time, he selected the No. 3 overall choice in his second draft.
McNair and George, the 14th overall pick in 1996, were described by Reese as “important building stones.”
His wife, Sally, as well as his children and grandchildren, survive him.

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10 takeaways from the Bengals’ win over the Buccaneers, according to Dehner Jr.

TAMPA, Fla. — Returning on the road and playing real football games was a rewarding experience.
Cincinnati accomplished one of three steps toward being ready for the season opener against Minnesota by defeating the Super Bowl champions 19-14.
Even though the starters didn’t play much and Joe Burrow didn’t play at all in the opener, there was still plenty to watch and learn from.
This was the night for you if you were drafted in 2020 or 2021 and had no NFL experience.
The rookies provided a slew of reasons to cheer.
Here are some of the things I noticed in Tampa that stuck out in the context of the season.1.

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The Super Bowl champions rest their starters and lose 19-14 to the Bengals.

TAMPA, Fla. AP National Sports By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer
(AP) — Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 19-14 to the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL preseason opener.
The Bengals’ Chris Evans scored on a 1-yard run to cap a long drive, while kickers Evan McPherson and Austin Seibert combined for four second-half field goals.
Cincinnati didn’t have quarterback Joe Burrow on the field, but neither did Brady or the rest of Tampa Bay’s regulars.
Brady had six snaps and completed one throw for nine yards.
He’d also been fired before.

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Coach Bruce Arians of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has confirmed that Tom Brady will play in the preseason.

Tom Brady will participate in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said everyone will play in the preseason opener against the Bengals, including star quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady, 44, will see some play, if not a lot, at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, according to Arians.
Brady guided the Buccaneers to a 31-9 victory over Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV in February of his first season in Florida.
The Buccaneers won their second Super Bowl as a franchise.
It was Brady’s sixth game in a row, which set a new record.
Arians defied the practice of keeping starting quarterbacks on the sidelines during the preseason to avoid injury, revealing that he doesn’t have a fixed number of plays in mind for Brady.
“We’ll just have to wait and see,” Arians remarked.
“Normally, it’s a drive or two.”
Manning teases Brady in Hall of Fame speech Five-time league MVP Peyton Manning headlined the Class of 2021 as part of the five-member modern-era group of former players to join the NFL Hall of Fame, along with Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson, Alan Faneca, and John Lynch.
Manning, a two-time Super Bowl champion, was the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win two Super Bowls with two separate teams: Indianapolis in 2006 and Denver in 2015.
Manning’s longtime friend and adversary Tom Brady was in attendance, prompting Manning to remark, “By the time Tom Brady is inducted in the first year of his eligibility in the year 2035, he’ll barely have time to post his acceptance speech on his Instagram account,” referring to the Hall’s mandated speech guidelines of eight minutes per person this weekend.
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Coach Bruce Arians of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has confirmed that Tom Brady will play in the preseason.

Tom Brady will participate in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said everyone will play in the preseason opener against the Bengals, including star quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady, 44, will see some play, if not a lot, at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, according to Arians.
Brady guided the Buccaneers to a 31-9 victory over Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV in February of his first season in Florida.
The Buccaneers won their second Super Bowl as a franchise.
It was Brady’s sixth game in a row, which set a new record.
Arians defied the practice of keeping starting quarterbacks on the sidelines during the preseason to avoid injury, revealing that he doesn’t have a fixed number of plays in mind for Brady.
“We’ll just have to wait and see,” Arians remarked.
“Normally, it’s a drive or two.”
Manning teases Brady in Hall of Fame speech Five-time league MVP Peyton Manning headlined the Class of 2021 as part of the five-member modern-era group of former players to join the NFL Hall of Fame, along with Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson, Alan Faneca, and John Lynch.
Manning, a two-time Super Bowl champion, was the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win two Super Bowls with two separate teams: Indianapolis in 2006 and Denver in 2015.
Manning’s longtime friend and adversary Tom Brady was in attendance, prompting Manning to remark, “By the time Tom Brady is inducted in the first year of his eligibility in the year 2035, he’ll barely have time to post his acceptance speech on his Instagram account,” referring to the Hall’s mandated speech guidelines of eight minutes per person this weekend.
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Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is unlikely to participate in the preseason, according to his coach.

Aaron Rodgers isn’t expected to play until Week 1.
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur revealed on Tuesday that the reigning NFL MVP will “most likely not” participate in the preseason, implying that backup Jordan Love will start against the Houston Texans on Saturday night.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE FOXNEWS.COM SPORTS COVERAGE Love, who was selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Utah State, is eager to step under center and demonstrate his skill set for the Packers, who traded up in the draft to select him last year.
Love told NFL.com last week, “I’m really excited.”
Rodgers last appeared in a preseason game was in 2018.
Rodgers only appeared in one series of seven offensive plays, according to ESPN.
In 2015, he was the last player to appear in more than three preseason games in a single season.
Last season, Love did not appear in any regular-season games.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FOX NEWS APP Since the NFL canceled all preseason games, Love didn’t play in any of them.
“It’s almost like I’ve been training for this first preseason game for a year,” Love continued.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and playing baseball.”

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Aaron Rodgers has arrived at the Green Bay Packers’ training camp.

On Tuesday, Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers veterans reported to Lambeau Field for the first day of training camp, signifying the apparent end of a months-long stalemate between player and team.
Many sites claimed on Monday that the sides were close to agreeing on a contract that would guarantee the quarterback’s presence in Green Bay in 2021.
Rodgers’ deal would be changed without a loss of revenue for this year, giving the Packers extra cap room, and his situation would be revisited following the 2021 season, according to ESPN.
Rodgers skipped optional organized team activities and a forced minicamp earlier this summer, extending an chilly offseason that erupted on the first day of the NFL Draft in April with reports of a possible trade.
The Packers’ general manager, Brian Gutekunst, has been adamant about not trading Rodgers, and he reinforced that position Monday during the team’s annual shareholders meeting.
“We have been working relentlessly with Aaron and his representatives to resolve the problems he raised this summer, and we remain hopeful for a favorable conclusion,” Gutekunst said. President Mark Murphy, who admitted in June that the matter had “split our fan base,” similarly talked favorably Monday about bringing Rodgers back, though he didn’t know if he would report Tuesday.
Teams must fine players $50,000 per day for unexcused absences from camp under the new collective bargaining agreement.
Teams can’t get such sanctions rescinded afterwards.
Murphy stated, “We want him back.”
“We’ve made a commitment to him through 2021 and beyond.”
“We have been very clear were not gonna sell him,” Murphy told reporters later Monday. Rodgers, 37, has declined to say whether he sought a trade, but he remarked on ESPN in May that his stance toward the Packers is “just kind of about a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the game happen.”
In 2020, the Packers finished 13-3 and won the NFC North, but they were defeated in the NFC Championship Game by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers went on to win the Super Bowl, thanks to Tom Brady.

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As training camps get underway, the Super Bowl contenders and pretenders are ranked.

The work done throughout the offseason is finished.
The rosters are mostly determined.
So, who is the most prepared for training camp?
Welcome back to The Athletics NFL Power Rankings. For this edition, we gathered 31 of our NFL reporters and editors last week and asked them to rate each team’s odds of winning the Super Bowl based on their current roster and coaching staff.
That obviously provides room for interpretation, with a focus on what transpired in 2020 and this offseason, as well as projections for the future.The pithy commentary comes from me, Lindsay Jones, one of The Athletics’ national NFL correspondents.
If your team is too weak or if I was too harsh, you can express your displeasure in the comments section.
But what about the sequence?
Our employees had a say.1
Kansas City Chiefs 2020 regular-season/playoff record: 14-2, Super Bowl defeat to Buccaneers The last time we saw the Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes was on the run for his life, and his offense was unproductive in a level we hadn’t seen before in the Mahomes era.
To be sure, Kansas City had a poor Super Bowl day, but we shouldn’t let that overshadow how good the Chiefs can still be in 2021.
It all starts with Mahomes, but Kansas City still boasts one of the top skill-position groups in the league, anchored by tight end Travis Kelce and wide Tyreek Hill.

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In a pre-training camp video, Tom Brady’s amazing accuracy is on full show.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by Tom Brady, appear to be primed for another Super Bowl run.
Brady demonstrated his precision in a video on Sunday.
Prior to the start of training camp, he shared a video of himself playing catch with a JUGS machine.
GO TO FOXNEWS.COM FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE. “Training camp begins this week.”
He tweeted, “I’m looking forward to having some actual receivers again.”
Brady and the Buccaneers paid a visit to the White House earlier this week to commemorate the team’s second Super Bowl championship.
After defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, the team brought back all of its starters, a feat that had never been accomplished in the NFL until Tampa Bay.
The 43-year-old is in his 22nd NFL season and is coming off MCL surgery after playing the full 2020 season with a damaged ligament.
Brady threw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns in 2020.
He led the Buccaneers to a wild-card berth in the playoffs and won each of their postseason games on the road before defeating the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.
TOM BRADY OF THE BUCS COMPARES HIMSELF TO WAYNE GRETZKY AND MICHAEL JORDAN AFTER THE TEAM PASSED ON HIM: ‘A NO-BRAINER’ Alex Guerrero, Brady’s personal trainer, stated last week that fans can expect to see Brady on the field for at least another two years.
Guerrero noted on Tuesday’s episode of “The Adam Schefter Podcast” that the goal was always to assist Brady prepare to play for at least 45 minutes, which means he’ll be with the Bucs until the 2022 season.
“I believe the greatest achievement I will have is if we live to be 45 years old, because that was his dream.”
“To say, ‘Hey, we actually accomplished it,’ will probably be the proudest moment for me,” Guerrero added.
“I know that I want to keep my vow to him by assisting him in achieving his goal.”
It’s not a problem if his goal shifts.
If he says, ‘Well, I guess I’ll call it a day,’ that’s fantastic.
It’s no problem.
“I will wholeheartedly back that,” Guerrero said, adding that Brady could also want to continue pushing the envelope.
GET THE FOX NEWS APP HERE “I started thinking about this year two years ago.”
I make an effort to keep his body three years ahead of where we’ll be.
‘What if he feels so fantastic at 45 that he wants to play until he’s 46?’ I’m not just thinking about next year.
I’m not sure, so I’d better make a plan!
I’d best start thinking about how I’ll get his physique ready for 46 or 47.
Paulina Dedaj from Fox News contributed to this article.

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If unvaccinated NFL players break the Covid restrictions, they will be fined $14,000.

The league has announced that unvaccinated NFL players would be fined $14,650 each time they violate Covid-19 guidelines.
In a recent profile in the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians stated that he would fine a player “$14,000 on the spot every time he isn’t wearing a mask or is breaking a procedure.”
The coach emphasized to ESPN in a text message that it was league rules, putting to rest initial concerns that Mr Arians was imposing his own rules for the club.
The NFL later verified this.
Those who do not wear adequate PPE, such as masks, in situations where they are required to do so will face fines.
There are also restrictions on attending crowded indoor events and the types of venues where players can congregate for social or team-related activities.
Players who have not been vaccinated will be tested on a daily basis.
Mr. Arians stated that the Buccaneers, who won the Super Bowl, will be close to 85% fully vaccinated by the end of training before the start of the new season.
In the 2020 season, the team had the fewest game cancellations due to the coronavirus.
Only three players were forced to miss games after catching the virus or being in close proximity to someone who tested positive.
Several of the team’s players are immune to the vaccine.
In a tweet on Thursday, running back Leonard Fournette wrote, “Vaccine I can’t do it,” while newcomer Antonio Hamilton labeled the vaccines “experiments” and said, “If they get rid of me for sharing information with the uneducated, then so be it!” Mr Arians said doctors and vaccine specialists have not been brought in to answer the team as a whole, but they have been made accessible to address player concerns.
He further stated that if athletes still refuse to obtain the vaccine, they must adhere to the Covid guidelines and limits from the previous year.
After a visit to the White House on Tuesday to celebrate their Super Bowl victory, the Buccaneers began their pre-season workouts on Sunday.
They earned their Super Bowl rings on Thursday.
If an infection among unvaccinated players causes an unresolvable interruption in the regular-season schedule, the NFL threatened forfeits and the loss of game checks on Thursday.
According to an agreement with the NFL Players Association, the league encourages but does not require players to get immunized.