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N.F.L.’s Big Running Back Deals Will Lead to Sour Grapes – The New York Times

The Saints and the Vikings became the latest teams to invest in the run, signing Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook to five-year deals. They are likely to experience buyer’s remorse sooner rather than later.

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No one really denies that Cook, Kamara and the others are useful players who help their teams win. But the college ranks produce dozens of burly, speedy, determined and affordable rushers in every draft class, while the rigors of plunging into the teeth of N.F.L. defenses quickly wear down all but the rarest backs.
The difference in marginal value between a 26-year-old All-Pro with 1,000 professional carries on his odometer and the typical midround rookie doesnt come close to the costs: roughly…

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Ravens’ Lamar Jackson downplays matchup vs. Chiefs — ‘It’s just like any other game’ – ESPN

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on Thursday downplayed Monday’s game against the Chiefs, which is a showdown of the two hottest teams in the league and the past two NFL MVPs.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens can send a message to the rest of the NFL by beating Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.
On Thursday, Jackson’s statement was this: “It’s just like any other game.”
During his 10-minute media session with reporters, Jackson downplayed Monday’s game, which is a showdown of the two hottest teams in the league and the past two NFL MVPs.
In fact, this will mark the first matc…

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Injury-riddled Jets set to play anyone with a ‘pulse,’ coach Adam Gase quips – ESPN

The reeling Jets will be without their top three wide receivers and top running back when they face the Colts on Sunday.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Wide receiver Jamison Crowder is expected to miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury, the latest setback for the injury-riddled New York Jets.
The reeling Jets (0-2) will be without their top three wide receivers and top running back when they face the Indianapolis Colts (1-1) on Sunday. Two starting offensive linemen also are unlikely to play.
Discussing potential injury replacements, coach Adam Gase said “whoever has a pulse right now” needs to be ready to…

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Patriots’ Robert Kraft cleared of charge in massage parlor sex case – Fox News

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft got a soliciting sex charge against him dropped Thursday.

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft got a soliciting sex charge against him dropped on Thursday.
Florida prosecutors decided not to go through with charges after a court barred the release of a video in the case.
FLORIDA DECISION LIKELY CLEARS PATS OWNER OF SOLICITING SEX
Last month, the Florida 4th District Court of Appeal found that Jupiter police violated the rights of Kraft and nearly two dozen other men when they secretly installed video cameras inside massage rooms at the Orchids of…

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