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Leonard Williams could be next great defensive lineman

The strength, dexterity and versatility of USC's star pass-rusher makes him the surest thing in this year's NFL draft.

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Hardy probe: NFL gets access to Holder photos

The NFL will get to look at seven photographs that were submitted into evidence from Greg Hardy's domestic violence case as a part of its investigation into whether the former Panthers defensive end violated the league's personal conduct policy.

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Bengals troll rival Browns with logo prank

As part of a prank to commemorate April Fools' Day and to troll their in-state rival Browns, the Bengals tweeted they would have a "fresh new look for the 2015 season." The news had the Buckeye State buzzing, and may add some fun fuel to the rivalry.

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FBO: Cooper tops WR projections

Football Outsiders' Nathan Forster projects the top 13 wide receiver prospects for the 2015 NFL draft using the Playmaker Score model. Alabama's Amari Cooper comes in at No. 1, but several surprises make the rankings.


Gruden plays hardball with Winston

Jameis Winston on how playing baseball and pitching has helped him on the football field: "Situation football can win you a game or lose you a game."


Bradley testifies at Hernandez trail

Alexander Bradley, Aaron Hernandez's former friend, said he saw Hernandez handle a firearm at a Florida hotel room in 2013, which could prove to be a damaging testimony in the ongoing case.


Numbers on Tony Romo's restructuring

$16M of his original $17M is turned into a signing bonus to reduce his cap figure from an NFL-high $27.77M to $14.97M (12th among QBs), sources told ESPN's Todd Archer. He will make a $1M base salary for the second straight year.

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Tony Romo: I'll restructure my contract

The Cowboys QB told Mike & Mike this morning: "I'll probably do the restructure here shortly. As far as the pay cut, I mean, I don't think that's a big deal if they ever come ask me for that." Romo's pre-restructed deal has the highest salary cap hit in the NFL for the 2015 season.

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Winston a lock for No. 1 ?

Todd McShay on First Draft podcast: "The only way Jameis Winston is not the first pick is if ... information gets gathered from his past that has not yet been found. Or if Jameis does something off the field that makes Tampa Bay reconsider."

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How Ray Rice impacts Greg Hardy decision

Mark Schlereth on NFL Live: "As far as the league is concerned, they are leaving no stone unturned. And I appreciate that they learned from their past transgressions as far as throwing down penalties ... and not doing their due diligence. So to me, this is a step in the right direction."


Ravens trade center for 2016 pick

The Ravens traded center Gino Gradkowski to the Broncos for Denver's fourth-round pick in 2016. The Broncos will also receive the Ravens' fifth-round pick in 2016.

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Duke Johnson on shaving 40 time from 4.59 to 4.47: “I knew I could do better. I know I trained too hard to run what I ran at the combine."

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Lattimore: RB Mike Davis 'special'

Former Gamecocks RB Marcus Lattimore on Mike Davis, ESPN's 10th-rated RB in this year's draft: "He's quick, he's fast and he's very explosive. [He] has a lot of power and can fit in any offense. ... He's the perfect ideal back that you want."


Cowboys 'protecting themselves'

ESPN's Mark Dominik: "The best thing you can do as an organization is you can protect yourself, and that's the way they did it with obviously Greg Hardy [and Rolando McClain] ... You can walk away whenever you need to, and that's a critical, important part to these contracts."


Bengals keep versatile Tate

Cincinnati re-signed backup wide receiver and returner Brandon Tate today. The 27-year-old caught just 17 passes last season but ranked in the top 30 in both kick and punt return yards.

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Who is ... Aaron Rodgers?

The Packers QB will be a participant on an edition of Celebrity Jeopardy in May, along with TV personality Kevin O'Leary and retired astronaut Mark Kelly. We guess Rodgers will ace any questions about football, cheese or Olivia Munn.

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Patriots free-agent RB Stevan Ridley is visiting NY Jets today, per source. He already has visited Dolphins.

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Schaub: "I know what I can do as a player and what I'm capable of. It's just about finding that right opportunity to display those things."

Gruden's QB camp: Jameis Winston

The QB explains to Jon Gruden how his baseball background helps him on the football field: "Baseball, on that mound, you gotta be relentless. As a quarterback, you have to be relentless. That's how you get guys to follow you."


Falcons plan to bring refs to practice

Coach Dan Quinn is looking to cut down on defensive penalties by having officials at practice regularly. It's uncommon to have referees in practice during the regular season, but Quinn said, "If we're practicing, we're going to have an official there."

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Jets' draft classes disappearing

After former first-round pick Kyle Wilson signed with the Saints today, the Jets have no players remaining from their 2008 to 2010 drafts. Of the 13 players picked in that time period, only one, Matt Slauson, is a full-time starter in the league.

Patriots got jokes

The Patriots stars are just full of April Fool's Day humor today -- as WR Julian Edelman showed on his Twitter account, saying he's "taking my talents to Fenway." The Red Sox responded: "Ok with us!"

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