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  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: How new Chargers coach Brandon Staley is building team culture virtually; Plus, why the Panthers traded for Sam Darnold, rule proposals on the table this week, Justin Fields’s second pro day and more.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: 20 QB decisions shaping this NFL offseason, Draft like no other; More.
  • Bucky Brooks ( Scout’s Notebook: Panthers’ gamble on Sam Darnold makes sense; Kyle Pitts is the 2021 NFL draft’s best player.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) How long will Bill Belichick coach?
  • Conor Orr (SI) The 10 most interesting people of the 2021 NFL draft.
  • Doug Farrar and Mark Schofield (TouchdownWire) Top prospects in the 2021 NFL draft class.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) The top 11 interior defensive linemen in the 2021 draft class.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) 10 NFL draft prospects who could have better careers as pros.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL Draft’s unlikeliest prospect: LSU’s Zach Von Rosenberg, 30 and already a millionaire, draws buzz as punter.
  • Bryan DeArdo (CBS Sports) 2021 Mock Draft: Expect the unexpected.” Pats pick Michigan EDGE Kwity Paye at 15.
  • Joe Rivera (Sporting News) Mock Drafts 2021: Compare Mel Kiper, Daniel Jeremiah, Todd McShay & other experts.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) NFLPA tells NFL it will urge players not to show up for any in-person offseason work.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFLPA will have a hard time getting veterans to skip offseason workouts.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) No decision yet on reversal of one-helmet rule.
  • Chris Cwik (Yahoo! Sports) NFL officiating video reverses crucial call that may have knocked Bills out of playoffs.


  • Sarah Barshop (ESPN) Rusty Hardin: Deshaun Watson never engaged in acts with plaintiffs that weren’t ‘mutually desired.’
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) Deshaun Watson’s attorney wins court battle to reveal identity of accusers.
  • Alex Reimer says longtime Texans reporter Aaron Wilson was fired from the Houston Chronicle for defending Deshaun Watson last month on “The Greg Hill Show” suggesting the women suing him were part of a “money grab” and likening them to terrorists. /’Eesh.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) There’s no hiding from the words of Phillip Adams’ father: ‘I think the football messed him up.’
  • Trevor Hass notes Boston University will study the brain of former NFL player Phillip Adams, who killed 5 people and himself, to identify whether he had CTE.