Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota take field for Buccaneers-Titans joint practices

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota will be on the same practice field for a couple days, though their football careers will be forever linked. They practiced on the same field Wednesday for one period as Winston’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked out with Mariota’s Tennessee Titans. There wasn’t time for any chit chat between them. “I just know he’s a great guy, and I just love seeing him out here competing,” Winston said. NFL fans know more than that. They are both quarterbacks. They are both Heisman…

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Jags’ Sparano returns to Minnesota weeks after dad’s death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tony Sparano Jr. directed drill after drill Tuesday, clapping his hands and offering positive feedback to players. He smiled. He laughed. He joked with Jacksonville’s offensive linemen during breaks. His emotions might be totally different the rest of the week. The son of longtime NFL coach Tony Sparano will return to Minnesota a little more than three weeks after his father’s death and step onto the same practice fields his dad roamed the last three years. It won’t be easy for the younger Sparano, an assistant…

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Paxton Lynch demoted, Chad Kelly promoted in Denver

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Quarterback Paxton Lynch inched closer to full-blown bust status Monday when he was demoted to third string after Chad Kelly’s solid debut in the Denver Broncos‘ exhibition opener. Lynch, whom the Broncos moved up to draft in the first round in 2016 out of Memphis, was beaten out by seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian each of the last two summers and now has fallen behind another seventh-rounder in Kelly. With Case Keenum’s signing this spring, Lynch was relegated to vying for backup status. After a string of middling…

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Grandma frowns on Browns DE’s potty month at training camp

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns defensive end Carl Nassib needs to work on more than his pass rushing skills in training camp. His grandma wants him to clean up his language. Nassib became a breakout star of the first episode this season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series, which is documenting Cleveland’s training camp this summer. In last week’s premiere, Nassib, who has earned a reputation for being outspoken during his three seasons with the Browns, delivered a profanity-laced speech on financial advice to his fellow defensive linemen. During a few…

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Cousins shines as Vikings beat Broncos 42-28

DENVER (AP) — Kirk Cousins was perfect in his first game for Minnesota on Saturday night, completing all four of his passes, including a 1-yard touchdown strike to Stefon Diggs in the Vikings’ 42-28 exhibition victory over the Denver Broncos. Case Keenum wasn’t nearly as sharp in his Denver debut. He completed just 1 of 4 passes for 5 yards spanning two drives that went nowhere, lamenting after getting taken out that he wanted another possession. Cousins was the crown jewel of this year’s free-agent class of quarterbacks, signing an…

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Helmet penalty flags fly in Jets’ win over Falcons

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — No one was safe from the NFL’s new helmet rule during Friday night’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets. Every facet of the game was affected: defense, offense and special teams. A penalty showed up in each. “I’m anxious to go back and look at those,” Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said. The rule first struck specials teams in the opening quarter, well before the Jets closed out the Falcons 17-0 at MetLife Stadium. After the Jets scored their first touchdown, Atlanta running…

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Thursday’s Sports in Brief | FOX Sports

PRO FOOTBALL Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games. In Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder. Jenkins had stopped his demonstration last December. Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the anthem and walked toward the bench while it played. It appeared all the Steelers stood. “Everybody is waiting for what the league is going to do,” Jenkins said. “We…

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