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Preseason for Florida college football in 2021: Everything you need to know about practice, news, recruiting, and the schedule.

The reigning SEC East champions are constructing a new football complex and facing a rebuild after losing a slew of offensive talent to the NFL Draft.
Dan Mullen, who recently signed a new contract deal, has 19 SEC wins in three years, tied for third in the conference behind Alabama and Georgia with LSU.
Mullen will need to hone his play-calling skills this fall if the Gators are to win their first SEC championship since 2008.
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Ronnie Lott was driven by the murmurs of prior NFL greats when he was ranked No. 19 — ‘He was a destroyer.’

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.
On Wednesday, September 1st, one player will be crowned.
8.”Get off my grass!” grumpy old men have been yelling since after WWII, when suburban lawns began to sprout across the American landscape.
In the late 1970s, a teen Ronnie Lott received the treatment in a posh Los Angeles neighborhood, and as tough as he was, it sent shivers down his spine.
That’s because the message wasn’t delivered by a doddery old man with a pair of pruning shears.
Lott had just begun off at USC,”I must have been 18 or 19,” he said. He and roommate Marcus Allen had heard about a massive party Brown was hosting in Beverly Hills and decided to see if they could get in.
Lott recalls queuing outside with a swarm of would-be partygoers expecting to bask in the radiance of Brown, who had been out of football for more than a decade and had lately appeared in films alongside Raquel Welch and Jacqueline Bisset.
Lott felt a strong tap on his shoulder at that point.
“Hey!” he said as he looked up and saw Brown.
Get out of my lawn!
During a phone conversation with The Athletic, Lott recalled two events.
Lott took in the man’s pure magnificence — the big hands, the boulder-like shoulders — and realized the amount of work he’d have to put in to become an NFL legend in his own right.

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The Falcons are the first NFL club to have all of their players vaccinated.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP National Sports)
(AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have become the first NFL team to have completed COVID-19 immunizations for all of its players.
The Falcons had more than 90% of its players vaccinated when training camp began, and they verified on Monday that they had attained 100%.
The Falcons were the first team in the NFL to attain 100%.
Atlanta becomes the first team in the league to allow all of its players to eat and train together without wearing masks around the facility.

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Kyle Trask, a rookie quarterback, receives a significant recommendation from Tom Brady.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected quarterback Kyle Trask with a second-round pick, providing him the opportunity to train with Tom Brady.
Brady likes what he’s seen thus far.
Brady commended Trask’s performance thus far in training camp, praising the rookie’s work ethic and implying that it would be critical to his growth as an NFL quarterback.
“From the moment Kyles arrived, he did an outstanding job.”
Brady told Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, “He’s a tremendously hard worker.”
“Kyles comes in early, stays late, and helps the younger players.”
All of the qualities you’re looking for in a young player.
If you want to stay in this work for a long time, you need to make it a top priority in your life.
Whether you’re one year in, two years in, three years in, or five years in, you truly don’t know what you don’t know.
“As someone who has been in the game for 22 years, what I understood at five years in is quite different from what I knew at ten, and very different from what I know now,” Trask says.
It remains to be seen whether he will succeed Brady, but so far, he has received high praise from all the appropriate quarters.

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Kyle Trask, a rookie quarterback, receives a significant recommendation from Tom Brady.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected quarterback Kyle Trask with a second-round pick, providing him the opportunity to train with Tom Brady.
Brady likes what he’s seen thus far.
Brady commended Trask’s performance thus far in training camp, praising the rookie’s work ethic and implying that it would be critical to his growth as an NFL quarterback.
“From the moment Kyles arrived, he did an outstanding job.”
Brady told Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, “He’s a tremendously hard worker.”
“Kyles comes in early, stays late, and helps the younger players.”
All of the qualities you’re looking for in a young player.
If you want to stay in this work for a long time, you need to make it a top priority in your life.
Whether you’re one year in, two years in, three years in, or five years in, you truly don’t know what you don’t know.
“As someone who has been in the game for 22 years, what I understood at five years in is quite different from what I knew at ten, and very different from what I know now,” Trask says.
It remains to be seen whether he will succeed Brady, but so far, he has received high praise from all the appropriate quarters.

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Carson Wentz, who is allegedly ahead of schedule due to Quenton Nelson’s injury, might start for the Colts in Week 1.

While Nelson has established himself as an exceptional talent at his position and is capable of overcoming any bumps and bruises accrued over the course of a 17-game season, the same cannot be said for Wentz.
During his stint with the Philadelphia Eagles, Wentz’s lengthy injury history cost him a lot of playing time.
After a catastrophic 2020 campaign in which he forced his way out of Philadelphia, Wentz will be eager to shed his injury-prone reputation and show he can thrive in a reunion with Reich.
The Colts have one of the best-built organizations in the league, so Wentz’s return is unlikely to be a disaster.
They must, however, be patient and keep in mind the long-term vision, not only for the coming years, but also for the 2021 season as a whole.
With an extra game on the schedule, Wentz will have his work cut out for him if he wants to play the entire season.
If Ehlinger or Eason can step in for a week or two and help the club play winning football while relying on Jonathan Taylor’s rushing assault and a strong Colts defense, it may buy Wentz some time to recover.
It’s also worth noting that Wentz’s injury is tied to a preexisting sickness, whereas Nelson’s isn’t.
All the more reason to be extra cautious if at all possible.
Additionally, the AFC South is one of the poorest divisions in the league, so as long as Wentz doesn’t miss more than two games and continues to perform at the level he did under Reich’s tutelage with the Eagles, Indy may still be in contention for the playoffs and the division title.

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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.

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Xavien Howard, a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, has requested a trade after only two seasons on a five-year, $75 million contract.

Xavien Howard: Miami Dolphins CB demands trade two seasons into five-year, $75 million contract Xavien Howard racked up $67,000 in fines after missing minicamp last month Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard requested a trade only hours after arriving to training camp on Tuesday.
Howard issued a post on social media in May 2019, saying he signed a five-year, $75.25 million (PS54.3 million) deal “that I’ll admit I didn’t totally understand” at the time.
“I didn’t grumble for two seasons on that agreement,” Howard added, “but everyone knows I completely surpassed that deal.”
“The footage backs up my claim that I’m one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL.”
“We wanted to work things out with the Dolphins, and offered solutions to the table – like guaranteeing more money – that we felt were win-wins for both sides,” Howard said, adding, “I’m the second-highest paid cornerback on my own club, and it’s not even close.” Howard said he never requested for a new deal, adding, “We wanted to work things out with the Dolphins, and presented solutions to the table – like guaranteeing more money – that we felt
“But, the Dolphins turned down all we offered.”
The Dolphins don’t seem to value or respect me.
“I can take a business-first approach just like they can.”
That’s why I’d like to make it plain that I’m not satisfied and have asked for a transfer.” Howard racked up $93,000 in fines after missing Miami’s mandated minicamp last month.
In 2021, the two-time Pro Bowler will earn a basic salary of $12.075 million (PS8.7 million).
Byron Jones, on the other hand, will earn more this season – $14 million (PS10 million) – after signing a five-year, $82.5 million (PS59.5 million) contract in March 2020.
In a video uploaded by the Dolphins earlier on Tuesday, Howard was seen fist-bumping wide receiver Jakeem Grant.
When asked about Howard’s comeback, Dolphins coach Brian Flores was evasive.
“We’re looking forward to working with X and all of the other players here,” he said.
Howard, 28, led the NFL with 10 interceptions and 20 passes defensed last season, adding 51 tackles and one forced fumble in 16 games.
Since being drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by Miami, he has 191 tackles, 22 interceptions, and two forced fumbles in 56 career games (55 starts).

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According to reports, Aaron Rodgers completed offseason training before the start of Packers camp.

Despite the fact that his future with the Packers is uncertain, Aaron Rodgers is preparing for the 2021 NFL season.
According to ESPN, the great quarterback concluded his summer conditioning regimen on Saturday, which is an annual component of his preparation for the upcoming season.
He concluded his duties while unsure if he would continue to be absent from the team.
The news broke on the same day that Rodgers and Packers wide receiver Davante Adams shared a photo of Bulls superstars Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen on their Instagram stories.
Right now, Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams are sharing the same Instagram story.
MORE: Cowboys’ Dak Prescott prompts Twitter jokes with vaccine response pic.twitter.com/hDLE02V7fk — Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) July 24, 2021 MORE: Green Bay Packers’ Dak Prescott sparks Twitter jokes with vaccine response The Instagram photos spurred speculation that the two could return to Green Bay for one final season together, as it referred to “The Final Dance,” an ESPN documentary about Jordan and Pippen’s
Rodgers is now in shape for the season, whether he returns to the Packers or finds another team.
According to ESPN, his offseason program with Proactive Sports Performance lasted six to seven weeks and included work on the field, in the weight room, on a yoga mat, and on sand dunes.
According to ESPN, a spokesman from the training group stated that Rodgers is “working and ready” to play football.
The latest developments in the Aaron Rodgers-Green Bay Packers saga come just days after it was revealed that Rodgers turned down a contract extension from the Packers that would have made him the highest-paid player in the league.
MORE: Aaron Rodgers rift timeline: How the Packers’ schism grew Rodgers has been absent from all team workouts this offseason and has yet to say if he will return to training camp, which begins on Wednesday.