Bears select Georgia’s Riley Ridley in Round 4 of draft
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears added to a crowded wide receiver group in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday by selecting Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley with the 126th...
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87. CHICAGO (12-5)
LAST SEASON: Bears made huge jump in first season under coach Matt Nagy, winning NFC North at 12-4 after four straight last-place finishes. Season ended with playoff loss...
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (14-5)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: K Stephen Gostkowski, P Ryan Allen, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Chris Hogan, WR Phillip Dorsett, LT Trent Brown, RT LaAdrian Waddle, DE...
Chargers sign Nick Rose to handle kickoffs against Patriots
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have signed kicker Nick Rose ahead of Sunday's AFC playoff game against New England.
Rose is expected to handle kickoffs for the divisional-round game. Michael Badgley has made 20 of 22 field goals during the regular season and playoffs but only 15 percent of his kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks (9 of 60), a league low. Rose had a 71 percent touchback rate (32 of 47) in 10 games with the Redskins and Chargers last season.
Cowboys’ Crawford released from hospital after neck injury
Initial reports were encouraging after Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford suffered a scary injury in Dallas' NFC East-clinching 27-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Crawford injured his neck on the second play of the game. His neck was stabilized on a stretcher with his facemask removed, and the seventh-year player was moving his arms and legs before he was taken off the field.
Patriots’ Patterson has become revelation out of backfield
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — To be a productive member of the New England Patriots, it's usually best to approach the game plan each week with adaptive eyes.
No one has learned that lesson more this season than receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
When he was traded by Oakland to the Patriots in March, Patterson arrived in New England hoping to land a place on Tom Brady's receiving corps following an offseason shake-up that saw the departures of both Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola.
Patriots have short turnaround with Rodgers, Packers next
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots are accustomed to making adjustments.
That was certainly their philosophy during their matchup with the Bills on Monday night.
Down to just two healthy running backs on the roster with leading rusher and rookie Sony Michel inactive with a knee injury, New England started receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the backfield in a move done more out of necessity than by design.
Special teams issues doom Bears against Patriots
CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Kwiatkoski and DeAndre Houston-Carson combined for a big play for the Chicago Bears on a kickoff in the first quarter against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Chicago's (not very) special teams got progressively worse from there.
The Bears managed very little resistance on Cordarrelle Patterson's 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Kyle Van Noy scored off a blocked punt in the second half of the Patriots' 38-31 victory.
Dorsett thinks Pats are OK at wide receiver
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Phillip Dorsett has a message for anyone who thinks the New England Patriots don't have enough talent at wide receiver with Julian Edelman suspended for the first four games of the season.
"I think we're ready to go," Dorsett said Thursday as his team gets ready for Sunday's opener against the Houston Texans.
"We've got a lot of guys, a lot of playmakers, not just in the receiving room, but in the running back room, the tight ends room.
The Vikings head into Thursdays first round of the NFL draft with the No. 30 overall pick. They have selected at No. 30 three times before in franchise history: 1962 (WR Bill Miller, Miami, third round), 1980 (CB Willie Teal, LSU, second round) and 1985 (CB Issiac Holt, Alcorn State, second round).
In recent drafts using a late first-round pick, the Vikings grabbed Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson at No. 29 in 2013 and Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater at No. 32 in 2014.
Someone take Cordarrelle Patterson and Jeremy Hill to Vegas. They're riding a lucky streak.
Not lucky like Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, mind you, with $86 million in guaranteed money. But fortunate in the Patriot Way.
Every year, the New England Patriots keep the wheel rolling. They hold a firm grip on QB Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, and watch the rest of the roster churn, letting established talent walk away and replacing it with cheaper alternatives.
Raiders sign backup QB Josh Johnson
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent quarterback Josh Johnson to compete for the backup position.
The team on Monday also officially announced the signing of cornerback Shareece Wright, who said last week he agreed to join the Raiders, and the details of a trade agreed to over the weekend that sent kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson to New England.
AP source: Raiders trade returner Patterson to Patriots
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders are trading star kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots.
A person familiar with the deal said Sunday that the deal will become official after Patterson passes a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Pardon My Take first reported the trade.
NFL Network reported that Oakland will receive a fifth-round pick in the deal and send one of its six sixth-round picks to New England.
Raiders beat Broncos 21-14 in fight-filled game
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With one starting receiver ejected, a second hurt and Oakland's once 21-point lead down to seven, Derek Carr dropped back to pass with a chance to seal a victory with a third-down conversion.
Raiders CB Amerson to miss 4th straight with foot injury
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson will miss his fourth straight game with a foot injury.
The Raiders on Friday ruled Amerson out for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.
Right tackle Marshall Newhouse is expected to start this week after missing last week's game with hip and quadriceps injuries.
Lynch helps fuel Raiders’ offense in 45-20 win over Jets
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch provided the early touchdown, the dance moves and the inspiration for the crowd in celebratory home opener in Oakland.
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OAKLAND RAIDERS (12-5)
New faces: RB Marshawn Lynch, TE Jared Cook, OL Marshall Newhouse, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, QB EJ Manuel, defensive assistant John Pagano, rookies CB Gareon Conley, S Obi Melifonwu, DT Eddie Vanderdoes, LB Marquel Lee, DT Treyvon Hester.
Key losses: RB Latavius Murray, LB Malcolm Smith, LB Perry Riley, DT Dan Williams, OL Austin Howard, OL Menelik Watson, RB Taiwan Jones, OC Bill Musgrave.
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OAKLAND RAIDERS (12-5)
OPEN CAMP: July 29, Napa Valley Marriott, Napa, California
Isaac Fruechte is heading into his third year as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. The former Caledonia High School, Rochester Community and Technical College and University of Minnesota wide receiver spent the last two years on the Vikings' practice squad, though he was promoted to the team's active roster in last year's season finale.
Patterson hops to show Raiders he’s more than a returner
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Cordarrelle Patterson's skills as a kick returner are unquestioned after four seasons in the NFL with two first-team All-Pro selections, the second highest-return average since World War II, and five momentum-changing touchdowns.
When the Oakland Raiders told him they wanted to get more out of him as a big-play wide receiver, he jumped at the chance to sign a two-year deal as a free agent.
Raiders sign All-Pro kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed All-Pro kickoff returner and speedy receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to a free-agent contract Monday.
Patterson is a former first-round pick by Minnesota in 2013, who has excelled as a returner but struggled for consistency as a receiver during his career.
He caught only 132 passes in four seasons with the Vikings, but has been a first-team All-Pro twice and a second-team pick once as a returner in his four-year career.
What to look for as free agency begins in the NFL
On first look, it's tempting to ask "Is that all there is?" on the NFL free agency front.
A deeper investigation reveals some talent being available at most positions. As for studs, game changers and franchise players, well, there simply isn't much now that the Steelers won't be letting prize running back Le'Veon Bell slip away.
Vikings DT Linval Joseph to sub for Rams’ Donald in Pro Bowl
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph has been picked as an injury replacement on the NFC Pro Bowl team, for Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams.
This will be the first Pro Bowl for Joseph in his seven-year career. He's the first Vikings defensive tackle to be selected since Kevin Williams in 2010. The announcement was made on Thursday.
Vikings WR Diggs, CB Terence Newman inactive against Lions
DETROIT (AP) — Minnesota Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs is inactive for Thursday's game against the Detroit Lions.
Diggs was questionable on the team's injury report Wednesday with a knee injury, and losing him in a matchup of first-place teams is a blow for Minnesota. Cordarrelle Patterson is expected to start in Diggs' place.
Vikings cornerback Terence Newman is out with a neck injury and is expected to be replaced by Trae Waynes.
Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy is inactive with a knee injury.
Offense still an issue for Vikings after victory
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings put up 30 points on the Arizona Cardinals to finally snap a four-game losing streak that had soured their season.
On paper, that should be reason to celebrate for an offense that has struggled this season to sustain drives, open holes in the running game and put the ball in the end zone. But one of those touchdowns came on a 100-yard interception return by Xavier Rhodes, and another came on a 104-yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson.
The Way We See It: The demise of the Cardinals is one of 2016′s biggest surprises
The Bengals And Cardinals Appear To Be Toast
With six weeks remaining in the 2016 NFL season, the Cardinals can still make it to 10-5-1, which would almost certainly get them into the playoffs, and the Bengals could finish 9-6-1, which would normally give them a good shot at January football as well.
Stunned Cardinals dig deeper hole with 30-24 loss to Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carson Palmer, still in full pads and uniform, sat motionless in front of his cubicle deep inside Minnesota's stadium long after another disheartening defeat.
The Arizona Cardinals, coming off an NFC runner-up finish with all kinds of star power on both sides of the ball, have stunned themselves with their underperformance in this steadily spoiling season.
Streak stopper: Return TDs spark Vikings, 30-24 over Cards
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings returned, literally, to their winning way.
Xavier Rhodes took back one of his two interceptions 100 yards for a touchdown and Cordarrelle Patterson returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards for a score in Minnesota's 30-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, helping the Vikings stop their four-game losing streak.
Cordarrelle Patterson’s career revival continues vs. Cards
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Out of the doghouse and into the end zone, Cordarrelle Patterson's career renaissance kicked into overdrive on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Patterson returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown to put the Vikings in control of the game, and also had four catches for 53 yards in Minnesota's 30-24 victory that snapped a four-game losing streak.
Bears’ Long, Sitton out for Vikings game because of injuries
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears are holding star right guard Kyle Long and left guard Josh Sitton out of their game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Long, a three-time Pro Bowl lineman, was listed as doubtful after exiting last week's loss to Green Bay because of a strained triceps. Sitton missed his second consecutive game because of an ankle injury. Ted Larsen started at right guard and Eric Kush at left guard on Monday night.
Vikings rule McKinnon, Sendejo out for Monday vs. Bears
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have ruled running back Jerick McKinnon and strong safety Andrew Sendejo out of their game at Chicago because of sprained ankles.
Neither McKinnon nor Sendejo has practiced at all after getting hurt last week at Philadelphia. The Vikings also ruled defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) and backup guard Zac Kerin (hand) out for the game Monday against the Bears.
Vikings RB McKinnon out of boot, still not practicing
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon is out of the walking boot that was protecting his injured ankle earlier this week. But he was still not able to practice Friday as the team prepares for its game at Chicago on Monday night.
Punt returner Marcus Sherels (wrist), kick returner and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (concussion), safety Andrew Sendejo (ankle) and guard Zac Kerin (hand) also did not practice on Friday.
Long returns: Patterson has had best performances vs. Pack
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers will be wise to treat Cordarrelle Patterson carefully this weekend.
He has had their attention since his very first play against Minnesota's biggest rival.
Patterson set an NFL record that can never be topped as a rookie for the Vikings on Oct. 27, 2013, when he caught the opening kickoff at the Metrodome and returned it 109 yards for a touchdown.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have taken a cautious start to the season with running back Adrian Peterson, because of a hamstring pull he suffered prior to training camp while working out.
Peterson has been held out of full-team drills, doing some conditioning work on the side with head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman.
"He can do things. He just can't turn it all the way. So we're just being careful," coach Mike Zimmer said.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings will start the 2016 season with a revamped offensive line and a first-round pick breaking in at receiver, but the most important changes for offense might be required of 64-year-old coach headed for retirement and a 25-year-old player headed for ignominy.
The offensive line is guaranteed to be better. The receivers should be, too. The most fascinating dynamic on the weaker side of the ball for the Vikings will be the relationship or lack thereof...