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Connor Downs has studied and worked in the game of football for over two decades. He is an avid sports fan and uses this passion to fuel his writing. His experience coaching with multiple teams at multiple levels has developed his keen eye for the game that aids his work with different media outlets. Follow him on all socials (@Coach_CDowns) to stay up to date.

Philadelphia Eagles and playmaker Devonta Smith agreed to a $75 million contract extension before the 2024 season. What insights can we gather from the mega-deal for this 25-year-old receiver? https://twitter.com/Eagles/status/1779879847986098193 What signs does this show for the Eagles and Smith moving forward? Philadelphia Eagles Strike Early The Eagles and Smith reached a deal one year ahead of schedule. Smith is due $15 million this year, as his fifth-year option was picked up. Both sides agreed to a four-year, $90.59M extension, keeping him in Philadelphia through the 2028 season. Smith’s fifth-year option, worth $15.59 million, was picked up, and then an additional…

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DeForest Buckner and the Indianapolis Colts agree to 2-year massive extension. According to Adam Schefter with ESPN, the Colts signed DeForest to a two-year extension worth $46 million. He’ll be with the team through the 2026 season. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/1779849670056894893?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1779849670056894893%7Ctwgr%5E088dd04b78cf3a1a253756fa74887fa6e30bd584%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgridironheroics.com%2Fdeforest-buckner-extend-indianapolis-colts%2F Buckner even gave some foreshadowing before the big day. https://twitter.com/DeForestBuckner/status/1779660141861724539 Media Reactions to Indianapolis Colts Elite DT Buckner now becomes the fifth highest paid interior defensive lineman in the NFL. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/1779842860004589655 Buckner isn’t a common name, but is elite at his position. There was a while where he and Kansas City Chiefs DT Chris Jones were the top two at their position. https://twitter.com/HolderStephen/status/1779862547442675825 Buckner has…

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The New York Jets start voluntary workouts today. Aaron Rodgers was all smiles as he entered the building. New York Jets Offseason In his 20th season as an NFL veteran, Aaron Rodgers was surprisingly one of the first to arrive at the Jets’ voluntary offseason workouts. Veterans of his stature rarely participate in voluntary workouts. His arrival also may shock Jets fans as Rodgers is only seven months removed from a significant Achilles injury. Rodgers was publicly trying to participate towards the end of last season, and has been adamant about his optimistic progress in his injury rehab. Rodgers has…

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Kansas City Chiefs star receiver Rashee Rice has turned himself in. According to Dallas Fox News, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice has turned himself in to police after an arrest warrant was issued for him for his role in a multi-car crash last month. According to online records, Rice turned himself in to the Glenn Heights Police Department on Thursday and was taken to the DeSoto jail. Rice has already posted bail, according to Josina Anderson. https://twitter.com/JosinaAnderson/status/1778604351973363962 Recap of Rice’s Incident According to the Dallas Morning News, “A vehicle believed to be registered or leased to Rice was…

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The 2024 NFL Draft is quickly approaching. The popular names are being discussed ad nauseam, so let’s highlight later-round names that could play key roles on an NFL roster. Quarterback Michael Pratt – Tulane Pratt was a proven starter that helped bring Tulane atop of the non-Power five colleges the past two seasons. NFL.com says “(Pratt is) highly experienced and a respected team leader, Pratt has shown consistent improvement from season to season. Pratt has done a nice job of making safe decisions instead of reckless ones and throws with touch over all three levels. He struggles to throw with…

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Former Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers running back O.J. Simpson lost his battle with cancer on April 10th. Earlier this year, His children and grandchildren surrounded him. It was released that O.J. Simpson was battling prostate cancer. Simpson reportedly was undergoing chemotherapy treatments in Las Vegas. He denied on social media a rumor that he is in hospice care. Not much news was released on Simpson’s health status following the post. Simpson’s family released on social media that O.J. lost his battle with prostate cancer. https://twitter.com/TheRealOJ32/status/1778430029350707380 https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/1778433908247306612 O.J. Simpson Career The first selection of the 1969 AFL–the AFL’s Buffalo Bills held…

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The Minnesota Vikings have raised eyebrows by scheduling a “private meeting” with former LSU quarterback and top-three prospect Jayden Daniels. According to Ian Rapoport, the Vikings have scheduled a private meeting with one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2024 NFL Draft. Jayden has been the focus of quarterback draft talk after Caleb Williams. Caleb is the projected number one overall pick, so more conversation surrounds Daniels and which team will grab the 2023 Heisman trophy winner. The only problem is Jayden will not fall to the Vikings’ first pick in the first round, which is 11th overall. So,…

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Cleveland Browns star offensive player Nick Chubb suffered a significant knee injury in Week 2 of the 2023 season, ending his season immediately and throwing his NFL future into doubt. The Browns and Chubb have decided to rework the last year of his contract, which should benefit both sides. Running back Nick Chubb has been the face of the franchise since the Browns drafted him in 2018. In his six-year career, he has over 6,500 rush yards and 48 touchdowns. His 2023 campaign was cut short by a devastating knee injury he suffered in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.…

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Seattle Seahawks are starting a new chapter in their franchise with head coach Mike Macdonald taking over for the legendary Pete Carroll. Quarterback Geno Smith is looking to prove himself with a new regime. Geno Smith is entering his 11th season in the NFL. His career has seen many ups and downs, but he has found a home in Seattle over the past few seasons. Seattle gave Geno a chance to succeed after they traded their Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Russell Wilson, to the Denver Broncos. Many quarterbacks in Smith’s position would feel comfortable after two Pro Bowls, becoming the 2022…

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The Jacksonville Jaguars lock up one of their elite franchise players for the next five years by extending Josh Allen. Defensive end Josh Allen, not quarterback Josh Allen, has been a staple on the Jaguars defense for the last five years. Throughout Allen’s first five seasons he has totaled 45 sacks and 251 total tackles. He was rewarded this morning with a contract extension fit for an elite defender. Jacksonville Jaguars extend Allen Allen was initially franchise tagged heading into the 2024 season. Word around NFL media is that a deal was one of the main goals for the Jaguars…

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