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Floyd Reese’s fingerprints are all over the Titans and Nashville, and they’re better for it.

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— John Robinson sat in a Raymond James Stadium suite Saturday night, watching his Tennessee Titans beat the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-3, and, like most Titans fans, he probably walked away loving Caleb Farley’s performance, disliking parts of the reserve offensive line’s play, and wondering if Sam Ficken would be his kicker.
After a long fight with cancer, he died on Saturday at the age of 73.
Robinson said he received numerous texts on Saturday from fans across the league expressing their admiration for Reese, the best general manager in Titans/Oilers history.
“I think probably the best way I could sum it up would be, when I took the job here in Tennessee, (then-president and CEO) Steve Underwood called me in his office,” Robinson told The Athletic on Saturday.
“‘Hi, I just wanted to share something with you,’ Steve remarked.
Floyd Reese and I last spoke on the day we let him leave as GM (in 2006).
That is, until last week, when he contacted me on your behalf and gave me a call.
He thinks highly of you, and considering the last chat I had with him, I believe it says a lot about him that he would pick up the phone and vouch for you like that.

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How is Dax Hollifield progressing? What is the potential of Jaden Payoute? What’s a good trap game to watch? Mailbag at Virginia Tech

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— With only two and a half weeks until Virginia Tech takes the field versus North Carolina, let’s address some mailbag questions to pass the time.Andy, what can we expect from Dax Hollifield’s growth this year, especially without Rayshard Ashby on his flank?
Dax has always been a good player, but can he be said to have lived up to his blue-chip status?
Do you believe he has what it takes to make it to the NFL?
Hollifield’s biggest strength is that he rarely plays the position for which he was recruited.

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Rod Woodson, whose rugged, athletic performance was ‘before his time,’ is ranked No. 26 on the NFL 100.

The Athletics’ initiative to select the 100 greatest players in football history is known as the NFL 100.
We’ll reveal new members of the list every day until the season starts, starting with the No.
In September, one player will be proclaimed champion.
8.When you think of Rod Woodson, you think of a Hall of Fame defensive back who was both quick and athletic.
If you’re a Steelers fan, you might want to include one of the rare instances the team got it wrong when it came to letting a player go early because it’s still a touchy subject.No one considers Woodson to be the best defensive back in league history, right up there with Deion Sanders, but maybe they should.

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Dak Prescott says he’s not interested in setting an NFL record.

Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys made a great start to the 2020 season before suffering a season-ending injury.
He was having a monster year, throwing for 1,856 yards, nine touchdowns, and four interceptions, with a quarterback rating of 99.4.
Then, in a game against the New York Giants, he was hurt.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE FOXNEWS.COM SPORTS COVERAGE He still signed a new contract this summer, but he now claims he doesn’t intend to set an NFL passing yardage record in 2021.
“To be honest with you, I don’t want to pass for 6,000 yards,” Prescott stated, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.
“It indicates we’re not going to run the ball.”
That suggests we’re probably not doing what we should be doing to be a balanced, winning team.
Certainly, having those numbers and breaking or setting that record or whatever it is would be fantastic.
But it’s not anything I’ve considered.
“Like I previously stated, I want to be the top offense in the league, and I believe the best way for us to do that is if I’m not throwing as many yards, our run game is working, we’re playing complementary football, and we’re winning a lot of games.”
“I believe if thats the case, then ideally I won’t be playing as many fourth quarters trying to come back and perform the two-minute drills we were doing in the first five games that gave me a lot of those numbers,” Prescott said. In five seasons as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, Prescott is 47-27 with 17,634 yards and 106 touchdowns.
Prescott was on pace to throw for 6,760 yards in 16 games if he hadn’t been hurt last season, which would translate to 7,183 yards in the NFL’s new 17-game seasons.
Prescott has a good reason for not wanting to exceed Peyton Manning’s record of 5,477 yards passing for Denver in 2013.
Even so, it would be amazing if he did.

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Charles Barkley, a Hall of Famer, believes the Covid vaccination should be MANDATORY in all professional sports leagues.

All professional sports clubs should require players to be vaccinated if they want to play, according to NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.
TNT basketball, a 58-year-old ferocious 58-year-old, was open in his criticism of individuals who refuse to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
‘Can you image if one of these unvaccinated people infects one of these athletes’ children, wives, girlfriends, mothers and fathers, and they die as a result of some pointless conspiracy nonsense?
He told CNBC, “I believe that would be horrible.”
All professional sports leagues, according to NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, 58, should make it essential for players to obtain the vaccine in order to participate. Barkley compared playing in a professional sports league to working in a corporate environment.
‘There’s s*** you can’t do at work and s*** you have to do at work,’ he explained.
Therefore, every business has regulations, and I believe one of them should get that males must be vaccinated.’ Up to 80% of NFL players, 90% of NBA players, and 85% of MLB players have had at least one shot.
Barkley stated, “Yes, I’m vaccinated,” when a surge in Covid cases erupted across the United States owing to the Delta version.
During a video conference with reporters in March, Golden State Warriors guard Kent Bazemore responded “no sir” to the vaccine, adding, “Everyone should be inoculated.”
‘The only individuals who aren’t vaccinated are jerks,’ he continued.
However, not all professional sportsmen in the United States agree with him, with numerous athletes publicly declaring their unwillingness to be vaccinated.
‘I don’t really see myself getting it any time soon, unless I’m forced to somehow,’ Golden State Warriors shooting guard Andrew Wiggins answered. Wiggins’ teammate Kent Bazemore said ‘no sir’ in a video conference with reporters in March when asked if he would get vaccinated.
Hector Neris, the closer for the Philadelphia Phillies in Major League Baseball, has joined a growing list of anti-vax pro athletes.
‘I don’t want to receive the shot,’ he remarked before the Mets’ series opening in April.
‘I think it’s a personal decision,’ Phillies manager Joe Girardi said of Neris.
So whatever the player decides, I will support him no matter what.’ MLB’s Phillies’ closer Hector Neris has joined the band of anti-vax pro athletes, and the team’s manager Joe Giradi said, “whatever the player decides, I will support him no matter what.”
All Tier 1 employees, including coaches, front-office executives, equipment managers, and scouts, are required to be vaccinated under the NFL’s requirements.
According to NFL restrictions, anti-vaxxers Rick Dennison, an assistant coach for the Minnesota Vikings, and Cole Papovich, a co-offensive line coach for the New England Patriots, will both be out next season.
DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, deleted a tweet earlier this month in which he indicated he would ‘doubt’ his future in the league if not taking the vaccine could affect his team’s chances this season.
His tweet came on the heels of an NFL memo stating that if a game is canceled due to an epidemic among unvaccinated players and cannot be rescheduled within the season’s 18-month window, a forfeit will be issued.
The memo further said that if a forfeit happens, both teams’ game checks will be forfeited.
Hopkins then posted, ‘Freedom?’ after deleting the first message.
‘After an NFL letter said that if a forfeit occurred due to an outbreak among unvaccinated players, both teams will lose their game checks, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals was loud about his anti-vax views on Twitter.

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Kliff Kingsbury of the Cardinals starts his third training camp with lessons learned from the 2020 tailspin.

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Kliff Kingsbury, coach of the Arizona Cardinals, enters his third training camp with lessons gained from a meltdown in the second half of the 2020 season.
After the sting of ending 3-6 and one game short of the playoffs last year had worn off, Kingsbury began the laborious process of self-scouting.
What he discovered was a succession of decisions that he would have made differently if he could go back in time.
Some of the issues were logistical.
Some of it was due to practice.
All of this led Kingsbury to believe that if some decisions had been made differently, “we might have certainly done better and had a better finish.”
“But you’re going to look back every year and have certain things you wish you could have done better,” Kingsbury explained.
“But, I believe we had a chance to clinch a playoff berth toward the conclusion of the season and were unable to do so.”
“Now I’ve got to figure out a way to end the season stronger.” 2021 NFL Training Camp
Read more >> * Whole 2021 schedule | Depth charts >> * Trades | Injuries | More NFL >> One such decision will be to give the club the entire Thanksgiving week off during its bye week.
Arizona has been “terrible” during its bye weeks the past two seasons, according to Kingsbury, both of which have resulted in defeats.
Last season, Arizona was defeated 34-31 by the Miami Dolphins, kicking off a five-game losing streak.
Following their bye week in 2019, the Cardinals were defeated 34-7 by the Los Angeles Rams.
With his moves this year, Kingsbury intends to reverse Arizona’s fortunes.
Kingsbury, on the other hand, may have his job cut out for him.
Kyler Murray, the Cardinals’ quarterback, believed in April that the team had to stop taking the little things for granted, which he said was one of the causes for the team’s second-half collapse last season.
“Those organizations that are used to winning do everything correctly,” Murray said. “I don’t think we’re there yet.”
“And I believe that’s exactly what we need to start doing: doing everything properly, the little things right.”
Murray was frustrated by the late-season loss, saying, “The little things matter in the great scheme of things.”
“It’s strange for me not to go to the playoffs,” he remarked.
“I understand it’s the NFL, and I haven’t been there yet, but simply playing beyond the regular season is…
It’s simply that it’s different for me because I’ve always played beyond the regular season in any sport.
“I have no intention of becoming accustomed to that.”
So, it’s definitely upsetting.” For Murray, losing games the Cardinals shouldn’t have last season was a sign of “inconsistency,” which he attributed to “not doing everything correctly on and off the field.”
“Therefore, once that happens, I believe you should reflect on what you could have done differently and how you can improve moving forward.”

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Coach Eugene Chung, who has accused the NFL of discrimination, claims that the league is “a little deceptive” about his case.

Eugene Chung, a former NFL offensive lineman and assistant coach, termed the NFL’s statement on its investigation into his claims that he was told during a job interview that he “wasn’t the proper minority” “a little deceptive.” Chung, who is Asian American, claimed he had had one brief, “almost cursory” interaction with the NFL back in May, and that “every single” coach and personnel executive he has reached out to has been “a little misleading.”
Despite a request from Chung’s representatives, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has so far declined to meet with him, he said.
“I’ve only had one discussion with them.”
I’d love to collaborate with them, but when it’s reported that I’ll be working with them and I’ve just had one very brief talk with them, I think it’s a little misleading,” Chung remarked.
In early July, the NFL issued a comment stating that it was “unable to authenticate the precise statement that was made, or by whom, or under what circumstances, any such statement was made.”
“But, we want to take this opportunity to reaffirm the NFL’s and each NFL club’s commitment to ensuring proper interview processes and developing diverse, inclusive, and courteous workforces on and off the field.”
We appreciate the opportunity to speak with Chung about how we can better develop employment possibilities through the League.” Chung has not identified the coach who allegedly made those claimed statements or the group that interviewed him.
“I’m not looking to expose anyone.”
“I believe that is immaterial and irrelevant to the current situation,” Chung stated.
Rather, he said he’s focused on resolving the matter so that other minorities aren’t subjected to the same prejudices, and he believes a chat with Goodell can help in that regard.
Chung, who had previously worked as an assistant offensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, is currently unemployed.

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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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Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys provokes Twitter jokes by responding to a vaccine question with “That’s HIPAA.”

Dak Prescott, the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, dodged a question about whether he had taken the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.
As a result of his remark, he received a slew of amusing Twitter replies.
Prescott told reporters that it wasn’t “exactly essential” whether he was on the field or not.
When asked if he is vaccinated, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott answered, “I don’t necessarily think that’s exactly relevant.”
HIPAA, I believe.” pic.twitter.com/EKYI1t4A5S — Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 23, 2021
Patients are protected against health care practitioners releasing personal information without their knowledge or agreement under the statute.
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What information is protected, according to the Department of Health and Human Services? Information that your doctors, nurses, and other health care providers enter into your medical record Discussions your doctor has with nurses and others about your care or treatment Information about you in your health insurer’s computer system Billing information about you at your clinic The majority of other health information about you
MORE: New restrictions will have a huge impact on teams with the lowest and highest immunization rates His response didn’t save him from the ensuing Twitter jokes: “My wife just asked me if I played well on the golf course today,” he said.
I informed her that her query was in violation of my HIPAA rights.
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) July 24, 2021 For the record, asking me to choose all squares with traffic lights is a HIPAA violation — Pablo S.
Torre (@PabloTorre) July 23, 2021 Adding a splash of HIPAA to the conversation like parsley on an excellent chef’s plate https://t.co/vPypd0NHeM — Desus Nice (@desusnice) July 23, 2021 It’s a HIPAA violation to ask me how much hot tub water I’ve unintentionally drank — Julius Caesar (@Jiddy7) July 24, 2021 Asking me whether Pep
Prescott’s refusal to reveal personal information was likewise well-received.
On the eve of training camps, vaccinations are a hot topic in the NFL.
The league informed clubs on Thursday that if a game is postponed due to a COVID-19 epidemic among unvaccinated players and the game cannot be rescheduled, the team with the outbreak would forfeit the game and neither team will be compensated.
DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, later stated on social media that he did not want the vaccine and that he had “maybe 9 more years in me,” referring to his football career.

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Tom Brady and the champion Buccaneers pay a visit to Vice President Joe Biden at the White House.

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, President Joe Biden welcomed Tom Brady and the Super Bowl-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the White House for the first time since 2017.
Brady had not been to the White House since 2005, when he was a member of the New England Patriots.
Bush was the president at the time.
Brady has won the Super Bowl in four separate administrations, but the Patriots did not visit Barack Obama in 2015 or Donald Trump in 2017.
After winning in 2019, the Patriots decided not to attend as a team.
Brady was in the front row, escorting Biden, coach Bruce Arians, and owner Bryan Glazer into the event, which included jokes about Brady’s age and the election, as well as a push from the president for players to receive coronavirus vaccines if they hadn’t previously.
Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl winner, put on a hilarious skit, equating the Bucs’ playoff run to Biden’s presidential victory.
“Not many people believe we could have won, and I believe about 40% of people still don’t believe we won,” Brady added, grinning.
“In Chicago, we had a game where I forgot what down it was.”
After 21 years of playing, I lost track of one and was dubbed “Sleepy Tom.”
Why do they treat me like this?
The traditional gift of a No. 1 was given to Biden.
The number 46 jersey was chosen since Tampa Bay is entering its 46th season as a club, according to Glazer.
On Tuesday morning, players Donovan Smith and Bradley Pinion from the team’s social justice committee met with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss voting rights.
Biden turned to dozens of players behind him and said, “If you don’t have a shot, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one, get one
When asked if the Buccaneers supplied information on which team members were vaccinated, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “You’re saving lives, and you’re helping us get back to our lives and our loved ones.”
As of Friday, ten NFL teams had surpassed the barrier of vaccinating 85% of their traveling party, however it remained unclear whether Tampa Bay was one of them.
When Brady approached the stage, Arians told Biden that he wished the House and Senate would work with the president to achieve the country’s “one goal,” as his Buccaneers achieved last season.
Biden singled out receiver Chris Godwin, a Pennsylvania native who grew up in Delaware, as someone he communicated with before the Super Bowl.
He compared himself to Brady, the oldest quarterback, and Arians, the oldest coach to win it all, as the oldest person to become president.
“You won’t hear me make any jokes about that,” Biden remarked.
“As far as I’m concerned, being the oldest guy to reach the summit isn’t a bad thing.” —— More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP–NFL