Witt Jr., Lynch win national prep athletes of year
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) — Bobby Witt Jr. realized a childhood dream, getting selected No. 2 overall by the Kansas City Royals in the major league baseball draft.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Peyton Manning, the former quarterback with a record five NFL MVPs among the string of awards and honors to his credit, calls his decision to attend the University of...
Peyton Manning drops by Broncos practice
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning hasn't strayed too far from football in retirement, serving as a volunteer coach at his kid's youth games, hosting a show celebrating the NFL's 100th season...
Elway bolsters his offense for a change, including QB
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — After entering the offseason scrambling again at quarterback, John Elway emerged from draft weekend set for the present and maybe the future at a position that's been his...
NEW YORK (AP) — Just as he had the true touch when he threw passes, set records and won two Super Bowls, Peyton Manning has the right approach when looking at some of the NFL's greatest...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five-time NFL most valuable player and two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Peyton Manning headlines the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame's latest induction...
Jets sign QB Trevor Siemian as Sam Darnold’s backup
NEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Siemian has joined the Jets to be Sam Darnold's backup.
The veteran quarterback signed a one-year deal Wednesday with New York , which was in the market for an...
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Colts’ Luck hopes healthy offseason leads to better results
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck spent three offseasons fighting his way back from injuries. Now he can reap the reward.
After returning to the field, making it back to the playoffs, regaining his Pro Bowl form and collecting The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award, a healthy Luck now intends to take a rare and well-deserved break from football.
Will experience _ and lack of it _ be Super Bowl difference?
ATLANTA (AP) — The idea that experience pays off in the most-pressurized situations sports offer is nothing new. Does it apply to the Super Bowl in general, and this one specifically?
Recent history will tell us not really. The Super Bowl thing was something novel for virtually all of the Eagles last year, and they knocked off the perennial contender and frequent AFC champion Patriots.
Brees named 2018 LSWA Headliner of the Year
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Sports Writers Association's 2018 Headliner of the Year award goes to Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
Rivers, Chargers look to end dominance by Brady, Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady typically shrugs off any mention of records or milestones he sets.
But even he had to chuckle at the one he and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will mark when they meet in Sunday's divisional playoffs.
Brady, who will be 41 years and 163 days old, and Rivers, at 37 years and 36 days old, will combine to be the oldest pair of quarterbacks to face each other in an NFL playoff game, breaking the mark Brady held with Peyton Manning.
Jets interview former Dolphins coach Adam Gase
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets have interviewed former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase for their head coaching vacancy.
Gase is the second known meeting New York has had as it looks for a replacement for Todd Bowles , who was fired last Sunday night after he went 24-40 in four seasons.
The Jets spoke with Gase on Friday after interviewing Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy in Kansas City on Wednesday.
Chiefs atop AFC playoff puzzle for 1st time since 1997
For the first time in a decade, the top seed in the AFC playoffs goes to a team not led by Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.
The Kansas City Chiefs earned the No. 1 seed for the first time since 1997 after switching from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes , the sensational second-year star who reminds so many of Brett Favre.
Saints earn NFC’s top seed for first time since 2009
Half of the NFC playoff field is back from last year, including the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles , who wobbled and hobbled into the postseason party as the sixth and final seed after a season-long slog.
Broncos careen into another offseason of uncertainty
DENVER (AP) — In early August, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was so impressed by Denver's revamped offense directed by new quarterback Case Keenum that he declared the Broncos would score more points in 2018 than they had in five years.
Thirty a game, 480 total, something the Broncos hadn't done since 2014 when they tallied 482 on the heels of the Peyton Manning-fueled, record-breaking 606-point season.
Chargers, Broncos reverse roles in season finale
DENVER (AP) — Philip Rivers feels Von Miller's pain.
Three years ago, it was Rivers leading the Chargers into the finale of a failed season, playing for pride and facing a talent-laden Broncos team that was jockeying for playoff position.
The Chargers put a scare into the Broncos that day before Peyton Manning returned after halftime to rescue Denver and catapult the franchise on a joyous journey that would end in a rain of confetti and the Lombardi Trophy in his hand.
Browns’ Mayfield racking up awards, leading Browns revival
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield's reaping rewards for his stellar rookie season.
Cleveland's cocky and charismatic quarterback was voted winner of the Joe Thomas Award — player of the year — on Wednesday by the local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America. In addition, Mayfield, whose play has sparked the biggest one-season turnaround in club history, was selected AFC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing three touchdown passes in a win over Cincinnati.
Chiefs’ Mahomes picked by AP writers as top QB in 2018
Patrick Mahomes has dazzled NFL audiences with no-look passes, left-handed throws and stellar performances in just his first full season as a starter.
The dynamic Mahomes has the Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) leading the AFC and he's already earning top honors.
Broncos sign veteran CB Jamar Taylor with Chris Harris out
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have signed veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor to add depth to their defensive backfield with star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. out with chip fracture in his lower right leg.
Taylor is a six-year pro from Boise State who has appeared in 74 career games and made 41 career starts with the Arizona Cardinals (2018), Cleveland Browns (2016-17) and Miami Dolphins (2013-15).
Belichick wins 250th with Pats in 24-10 victory over Vikes
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots have thrived in the final month of the season since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's arrival.
They're hoping their 24-10 victory over the Vikings is the start of another memorable December.
Tom Brady passed for 311 yards and a touchdown, Bill Belichick earned his 250th victory, including playoffs, as Patriots coach in Sunday's victory over Minnesota.
Including his 37 regular-season and postseason wins with the Browns, Belichick has 287 wins overall.
Mahomes throws 4 TDs to lead Chiefs past Raiders 40-33
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs still had plenty of firepower on offense even without star running back Kareem Hunt.
Mahomes threw four touchdown passes Sunday to join Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only QBs to reach the 40 TD mark through 12 games, sending the Chiefs to a 40-33 victory over the Oakland Raiders in the first game since releasing Hunt.
Keenum says he’s embracing the pressure of playing in Denver
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Case Keenum is off to a rocky start in the shadows of John Elway, Peyton Manning and the Rocky Mountains, which he and his wife, Kimberly, visited during the Broncos' much-needed bye week.
"It's pretty. I've been looking at them for the last six months," Keenum said. "So, it was fun to go up there and enjoy that. It was good to get away."
Mahomes, Rosen to face off when Chiefs welcome Cardinals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Patrick Mahomes Reunion Tour rolls on Sunday when the young, record-setting quarterback leads the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs against the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium.
Last week, Mahomes shredded the Cleveland Browns while outplaying their rookie quarterback, Baker Mayfield. The two met when Mahomes was being recruited to Texas Tech and Mayfield helped to serve as his host, and their relationship continued even when Mayfield transferred to Oklahoma.
Brees makes exclusive 500 club, beats Ravens for first time
BALTIMORE (AP) — So, Drew Brees finally beat the Baltimore Ravens. Years from now, the remarkable New Orleans quarterback will hopefully recall the comeback he engineered and 500th career touchdown pass — and not the unusual fashion in which the Saints won the game.
By virtue of the first missed conversion in Justin Tucker's seven-year career, the Saints pulled out a 24-23 victory Sunday.
Manning teams up with Bryant for NFL version of ‘Detail’
Peyton Manning will be doing analysis of NFL games this season after all.
ESPN and Kobe Bryant's Granity Studios announced Wednesday that Manning will be part of a football edition of the "Detail" franchise. The eight-episode series will be on the ESPN+ streaming service and debuts on Thursday.
Bryant said during a phone interview with The Associated Press that he started discussions with Manning once "Detail" premiered last April.
Brees, Brady make history while rookie QBs make mark
While Drew Brees and Tom Brady continue making history, the rookie quarterbacks are making their mark.
Brees broke Peyton Manning's record for career passing yards on Monday night and Brady became the third quarterback to throw 500 touchdown passes last Thursday night. Brady is 40 TD passes away from passing Manning for first on the career list. He also is one win away from becoming the first quarterback with 200 regular-season wins.
Brees makes history in style, Saints thrash Redskins 43-19
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Before Drew Brees could blow kisses to the adoring Superdome crowd, before he could embrace his wife and children on the sideline, the Saints' 39-year-old quarterback had to shred one of the NFL's top pass defenses with ruthless efficiency.
Going the distance: Brees breaks NFL mark for yards passing
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees became the NFL's all-time leader in yards passing — and he did it with a certain panache and precision that made the 39-year-old quarterback look far from finished.
Brees eclipsed Peyton Manning's previous record of 71,940 yards with a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tre'Quan Smith during the second quarter of a 43-19 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
Brees’ form suggests he’ll shatter all-time yardage record
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees has sought to squash any notion that he's preoccupied by his impending career yards milestone.
"For me, this isn't a time for reflection," Brees said when asked about the likelihood of surpassing Peyton Manning's all-time mark of 71,940 yards on Monday night, when New Orleans hosts Washington.
Saints QB Brees says he’s focused on Redskins, not record
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on the cusp of making NFL history.
So what else is new?
"Just another day in the life of being a teammate of Drew Brees," said Saints running back Mark Ingram.
"He breaks records every year — always something he's breaking, always something he's accomplishing, always some milestone he's setting. That's special just to know that no one in the game has done what you've done."
Jaguars’ stingy D ready for high-flying Chiefs offense
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone has seen enough in five games of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to compare him to some of the best to ever play the position.
Or more accurately, an amalgamation of the best to ever play it.
Think the arm strength of Brett Favre and the accuracy of Tom Brady. The poise of Aaron Rodgers, the gritty gamesmanship of Ben Roethlisberger and the intelligence of Peyton Manning.
Luck, Colts hope to turn around recent fortunes vs. Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Beginning in the early 2000s and lasting for more than a decade, the matchups between Peyton Manning's Colts and Tom Brady's Patriots were must-watch matchups.
From their three AFC championship games, to the six regular-season MVP awards Brady and Manning captured during that span, quarterback play was the centerpiece of the rivalry.
Brees showing why he belongs among all-time elite QBs
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Drew Brees smiles widely and his eyes wander back to a time when he was a kid out of Purdue seeking his place in pro football.
He was marveling at the statistics posted by the likes of Dan Marino, Joe Montana and John Elway, Hall of Famers all. And he wondered "How long do you have to play in the league to have a chance at that?"
Mahomes already chasing Manning and Brady
Patrick Mahomes is already chasing Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Mahomes tossed six touchdown passes at Pittsburgh after throwing four in the opener at the Chargers. His 10 TDs are the most in NFL history by a quarterback in his team's first two games of a season. Manning has the most through three games with 12 in 2013 for Denver and Brady is second with 11 in 2011.
Broncos rally past Raiders 20-19 on McManus winner
DENVER (AP) — Case Keenum already has this fourth-quarter comeback thing down pat.
Nail-biters are almost a prerequisite for a quarterback in Denver, where John Elway set the standard with 31 fourth-quarter comebacks and Peyton Manning added 11 of his league-best 43 while wearing navy and orange.
Keenum, the architect of the "Minnesota Miracle" in the playoffs last year, followed his comeback win in his Denver debut by leading the Broncos to a 20-19 come-from-behind win against Oakland on Sunday.
Drew Brees says Baker Mayfield ‘can be a lot better than me’
CLEVELAND (AP) — Drew Brees sees a lot of himself in Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield.
And then some.
"I think he can be a lot better than me," the New Orleans Saints star said Wednesday.
Broncos’ O-line revamp shows good early returns
DENVER (AP) — Revamping the offensive line has become an annual rite of spring in Denver.
Broncos find rhythm, chemistry with Keenum under center
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — For the first time since 2014, the Denver Broncos spent their summer without a job-share arrangement at quarterback, something they expect to give them a big boost Sunday when they open against the Seattle Seahawks with Case Keenum under center .
NFL 2018: Turn-back-the-clock time in AFC West
DENVER (AP) — It's like old times in the AFC West.
Jon Gruden glowering on the sideline. Philip Rivers surrounded by co-stars. An air-it-out quarterback in Kansas City. Von Miller sauntering around Denver again thanks to the arrival of a new pass rush partner in Bradley Chubb.
Manning donates $1 million for endowment at his alma mater
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Retired quarterback Peyton Manning has donated $1 million to the University of Tennessee to establish the John Haas Student Experiential Learning Endowment.
The donation honors John Haas, a longtime director and associate professor in Tennessee's College of Communication and Information's School of Communication Studies. Haas was Manning's college adviser and one of his professors.
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen one step from Hall of Fame
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Pat Bowlen's nomination for the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a jolt of good news for a franchise that's had little to cheer in the 30 months since winning Super Bowl 50.
Peyton Manning retired. Gary Kubiak resigned. Paxton Lynch flopped.
The Broncos have lost 18 times over the last two seasons and went 5-11 in coach Vance Joseph's first year in 2017.
Elway may be calling around for backup QB but no Kaepernick
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway might find himself in the market for a veteran backup quarterback soon, yet there's one man who won't be getting a call: Colin Kaepernick .
"Colin had his chance to be here," Elway said Thursday when asked if the former San Francisco 49ers QB would be an option if he decides Case Keenum's backup isn't already on Denver's roster.
Bears LB Trevathan returns to field where he started career
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The memories came rushing back as Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan set foot on the practice field where he spent the first part of his career.
A momentary stroll down memory lane of his time with the Broncos: Like when the young player intercepted a pass from Peyton Manning and infuriated the retired QB.
Charles Woodson, Peyton Manning stop by Raiders camp
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Charles Woodson took a break from overseeing his winery in the Napa Valley to visit the Oakland Raiders training camp Thursday. Peyton Manning was there, too, while in the midst of a speaking tour.
The two future Hall-of-Famers were all over the place, chatting with players and coaches and going over techniques as the Raiders went through their 2 1/2-hour workout.