Jaguars plans to rest Foles, others against his former team
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Nick Foles won't get to play against his former team in the preseason.
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday he plans to sit most of his starters,...
Jaguars Preview Capsule
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (12-7)
New faces: LG Andrew Norwell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB D.J. Hayden, DL Taven Bryan, WRs Donte Moncrief and DJ Chark.
Key losses: LB Paul Posluszny, CB Aaron Colvin, TE Marcedes Lewis, WRs Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns.
Panthers Preview Capsule
CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-6)
New faces: RB C.J. Anderson, WR Torrey Smith, WR Jarius Wright, WR D.J. Moore, TE Ian Thomas, OL Jeremiah Sirles, DT Dontari Poe, CB Donte Jackson, S Da'Norris Searcy, QB Taylor Heinicke.
Key losses: RB Jonathan Stewart, OG Andrew Norwell, TE Ed Dickson, DE Charles Johnson, DT Star Lotulelei, CB Daryl Worley, S Kurt Coleman, QB Derek Anderson.
Jaguars’ Bortles solid in exhibition opener against Saints
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles was poised in the pocket and nearly perfect in one series of work, a significant improvement from the way his preseason started a year ago.
Bortles completed 6 of 9 passes for 53 yards and scored on a short bootleg in Jacksonville's 24-20 loss to New Orleans in the exhibition opener for both teams Thursday night.
Panthers lose another offensive lineman to injury
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers offensive lineman Amini Silatolu has a torn meniscus in his left knee and will undergo surgery Friday.
The team isn't saying how much time Silatolu is expected to miss. He will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, according to trainer Ryan Vermillion.
BC-FBN--Panthers Training Camp Capsule
CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-6)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina
LAST YEAR: Panthers enjoyed bounce-back season after failing to reach playoffs in 2017. Carolina lost three times to New Orleans, including wild-card playoffs. No deep threat, lengthy injury to TE Greg Olsen and poor pass protection doomed offense. Defense remained one of NFL's best behind high MLB Luke Kuechly.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Zack Martin rejoined the Dallas Cowboys for mandatory minicamp Tuesday with the two-time All-Pro closing in on a contract that's expected to make him the highest-paid guard in the NFL.
Martin skipped all nine voluntary offseason practices while negotiations that started about a year ago kept dragging. But he was on the field after the club and his representatives got close on a deal over the weekend.
New York Giants reportedly set to make Nate Solder NFL’s highest-paid left tackle
The New York Giants struck out on their first attempt to get blocking help inside but appear to have been undaunted in their quest to help their offensive line in free agency.
According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the Giants are prepared to make New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the deal was four years and $60 million.
Promises turn into paydays as NFL business year begins
All those promises worth millions upon millions to free agents turned into paydays Wednesday when the NFL's business year began.
Of course, teams needed to clear salary cap space or rejigger their ledgers to make it work, and they'll still be doing so for months.
While the likes of Drew Brees, Malcolm Butler and Andrew Norwell cashed in bigtime, having reached agreements in the past two days before everything became official, some value entered the marketplace.
The bully is building.
The AFC South champion Jacksonville Jaguars, on the heels of one of their best seasons in franchise history, are signing Andrew Norwell, the prize of the interior free-agent OL market.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will open free agency by adding two offensive pieces and re-signing another.
The Jaguars are poised to sign All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell and speedy receiver Donte Moncrief in free agency Thursday, according to two people familiar with negotiations. The people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because NFL teams are prohibited from announcing signings until free agency officially begins Wednesday afternoon.
NFL writer Mark Craig plays general manager for this years free-agent crop:
Four to add:
2017 team: Panthers
Background: Young and durable, the 6-6, 325-pound left guard gave up no sacks, no QB hits and made first-team All-Pro in 2017.
Why: Fortifying the offensive line is, to me, the first key to turning a franchise around in a year. The Vikings and Rams would concur, eh? Norwell is the best lineman available and could become the highest-paid guard ever.
Carolina Panthers free agency capsule
CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-6)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: Gs Andrew Norwell and Amini Silatolu; DEs Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson; DT Star Lotulelei; QB Derek Anderson; TE Ed Dickson, Ss Jairus Byrd and Kurt Coleman; CB Teddy Williams; LB Andrew Gachkar; WR Brenton Bersin; RB Jonathan Stewart.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TE Scott Simonson; G David Yankey; WR Kaelin Clay; CB LaDarius Gunter.
Stewart runs for 3 TDs, Panthers beat Vikings 31-24
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jonathan Stewart seems determined that nobody is going to write the epitaph on his NFL career just yet.
The Panthers 30-year-old running back and all-time leading rusher has played 129 games in his NFL career, but had never run for more than two touchdowns in a game.
That ended Sunday when Stewart matched his entire 2017 scoring production with TD runs of 60, 1 and 1 yards in Carolina's 31-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings.