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Inside the crowded running back rivalry at Virginia Tech, including Devin Taylor’s departure and more takeaways

THE CITY OF BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA
— With ten scholarship running backs on the roster, Virginia Tech has one of the largest running back rooms in the country right now.
While having a single-position place eat up nearly 12% of the team’s scholarships isn’t ideal for roster management, Hokies running backs coach Adam Lechtenberg is unconcerned.
“They work in a competitive setting, and they know that if they have a poor day, someone else will have a wonderful day.”
And we’re all about competitiveness, and our groups are all about competition.” The Hokies are in an unique position at running back, looking to replace Khalil Herbert, who set a single-season school record with 1,182 rushing yards and a 7.7 yards per carry, becoming only the second 1,000-yard rusher since 2012 and the first of the Justin Fuente era.
“You’re going to stick with that guy if he gets the ball and makes a bunch of plays.”
Yet, you must make them all ready to play and then let them figure it out based on their output.

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On the Bills, Josh Allen’s contract, a pass-happy attitude, and ten takeaways

NEW YORK’S ORCHARD PARK
— Before head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane arrived in Buffalo, the Bills had gone 17 seasons without entering the NFL playoffs. In McDermott and Beane’s four years in charge, the Bills have made the playoffs three times.
The Bills finished 13-3 last season and proceeded to the AFC Championship game before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs. There’s reason to believe the team is now well-positioned for long-term success.
Beane has the most MTMS (Moves That Make Sense) in the NFL.
McDermott has demonstrated a willingness to change with his team.
The Bills’ foundation appears to be stable, despite the fact that things in the NFL may change quickly.
During a visit to the Bills’ training camp and meetings with McDermott and Beane earlier this month, the franchise signed Allen to a new $258 million contract that will keep him under contract until 2028.
Check out our 2021 Playbook 1 deep dive for more information.
When it comes to rebuilding, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution.
But, the Bills’ plan when Beane and McDermott took over may be used as a model in the modern NFL: identify core players, move on from others, and establish a healthy cap situation. Take a chance on a rookie quarterback. Put that quarterback in a position to succeed by putting together a solid supporting cast.”It was protect him, number one,” Beane told The Athletic.
“Then there’s weapons.”

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The most important takeaways from the second episode of ‘Hard Knocks’ on the Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys were featured in the second episode of this season’s “Hard Knocks,” which aired Tuesday night.
The most of it was taped in Oxnard, Calif., near the end of training camp, including a workout with the Los Angeles Rams and then last Friday’s preseason game against Phoenix. The hour-long show featured several of the key players as well as defensive line coach Aden Durde and second-year edge rusher Azur Kamara. I didn’t think it was as amusing as the first episode, but
These are my top five takeaways from the second of five NFL Films and HBO series episodes.1
Mike McCarthy’s remarksIt’s always fascinating to hear what the coaches have to say behind the scenes.
The episode began with the Cowboys’ head coach addressing the entire team before their second preseason game against the Cardinals.
McCarthy has made a point of emphasizing the importance of play style since being appointed last year.
“I want you guys to get on the edge tonight,” he stated during his speech.
“We have to push ourselves to the limit.”
Tonight, our football team’s personality must take a step forward.
You’re all new this year, with 40% of you being new from the previous year.
Last year, we faced this team.
Make certain you slap it in their face tonight.
The intensity of the football game is all that matters to me tonight.
Let’s slam the door on these people.” “We’re a well-liked team.”

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The merits of Kevin Stefanski, Andrew Berry’s vision, and 10 Browns takeaways

BEREA, Ohio — A banner with the NFL emblem and the words “World Champions” hangs in the Cleveland Browns’ indoor practice bubble.
Four years are listed below: 1950, 1954, 1955, and 1964.It serves as a reminder of how long it’s been — not that their fans need one.But last season brought hope, and it could be true this time.
During a visit to their training camp and meetings with head coach Kevin Stefanski and general manager Andrew Berry, the Browns have (so far) brought competency, stability, and relevancy to the franchise.
Check out our in-depth analysis for more information.

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The most important takeaways from the first episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” about the Dallas Cowboys

“Hard Knocks” premiered its new season with a bang, and the first episode did not disappoint.
The first of five episodes in the NFL Films and HBO series 1 featured multiple highlights from the Cowboys’ first two weeks of training camp in Oxnard, Calif., to their preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Canton, Ohio, last Thursday night.Here are the five biggest takeaways from the first of five episodes in the NFL Films and HBO series 1.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy told reporters after the first camp practice that Dak Prescott was given too much work.

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The most important takeaways from the first episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” about the Dallas Cowboys

“Hard Knocks” premiered its new season with a bang, and the first episode did not disappoint.
The first of five episodes in the NFL Films and HBO series 1 featured multiple highlights from the Cowboys’ first two weeks of training camp in Oxnard, Calif., to their preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Canton, Ohio, last Thursday night.Here are the five biggest takeaways from the first of five episodes in the NFL Films and HBO series 1.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy told reporters after the first camp practice that Dak Prescott was given too much work.