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2016 NFL Preseason Week-by-Week Schedule

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2016 NFL Preseason Week-by-Week Schedule

Hall of Fame Game - Aug. 7
Green Bay vs. Indianapolis (ESPN)

Cancelled due to poor field conditions

Photo - WR Odell Beckham Jr. - Giants

Thursday, August 11
Washington Redskins (0-0) at Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons (0-0)
Georgia Dome - 7:00p ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (0-0)
Lincoln Financial Field - 7:00p ET

Carolina Panthers (0-0) at Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens (0-0)
M&T Bank Stadium - 7:30p ET

New Orleans Saints (0-0) at New England Patriots (0-0)
Gillette Stadium - 7:30p ET

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0) at New York Jets (0-0)
MetLife Stadium - 7:30p ET

Denver Broncos (0-0) at Chicago Bears (0-0)
Soldier Field - 8:00p ET

Friday, August 12
Miami Dolphins (0-0) at New York Giants (0-0)
MetLife Stadium - 7:00p ET

Detroit Lions (0-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0)
Heinz Field - 7:00p ET

Minnesota Vikings (0-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-0)
Paul Brown Stadium - 7:30p ET

Cleveland Browns (0-0) at Green Bay Packers (0-0)
Lambeau Field - 8:00p ET

Oakland Raiders (0-0) at Arizona Cardinals (0-0)
University of Phoenix Stadium - 10:00p ET

Saturday, August 13
Seattle Seahawks (0-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-0)
Arrowhead Stadium - 4:30p ET

Indianapolis Colts (0-0) at Buffalo Bills (0-0)
Ralph Wilson Stadium - 7:00p ET

Dallas Cowboys (0-0) at Los Angeles Rams (0-0)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - 8:00p ET ESPN
San Diego Chargers (0-0) at Tennessee Titans (0-0)
Nissan Stadium - 8:00p ET

Sunday, August 14
Houston Texans (0-0) at San Francisco 49ers (0-0)
Levi's Stadium - 7:00p ET

For Complete NFL Preseason Schedule Go to Next Page

NFL Training Camps Dates

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NFL Training camps:
When, where and key dates for all 32 teams

NFL Training Camps are open
Though all teams can report for camp 15 days before their preseason opener, each team manages open practices and some early workouts differently. Below is a list of every team’s first full practice; teams that leave their home facilities for camp, in addition to key training camp dates.

Photo - Safety Eric Berry - Chiefs

NFC
Arizona Cardinals

First practice: July 29
Key dates: Joint practice at Chargers Aug. 16

Atlanta Falcons
First practice: July 28
Key dates: Aug. 5 “Friday Night Lights” practice at Grayson HS in Loganville, Ga.

Carolina Panthers
at Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.
First practice: July 28

Chicago Bears
at Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.
First practice: July 28, Key dates: Aug. 6 practice at Soldier Field
Aug. 15-16 joint practices at the Patriots

Dallas Cowboys
at Oxnard, Ca., First practice: July 30

Detroit Lions
first practice: July 29.
Key dates: Aug. 9-10 joint practices at the Steelers

Green Bay Packers
at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.
First practice: July 26, Key dates: July 31, Family Night at Lambeau Field

Los Angeles Rams
Key Dates, first practice July 30.

Minnesota Vikings
at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Min.
Key dates: Joint practices vs. Bengals in Cincinnati Aug. 10-11

New Orleans Saints
at The Greenbrier, White Sulfur Springs, W.V.
First practice: July 28, Key dates: Joint practices at the Patriots Aug. 9-10 and at the Texans Aug. 18-19

New York Giants
First practice: July 29

Philadelphia Eagles
First practice: July 28
Key dates: Open practices at Lincoln Financial Field on July 31 and Aug. 14

San Francisco 49ers
First practice: July 31
Key dates: The 49ers will host the Texans for a joint practice Aug. 12, visit Denver for joint practices Aug. 17-18.

Seattle Seahawks
First practice: July 30

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
First practice: July 30
Key dates: Joint practices at the Jaguars (Aug. 17-18) and vs. the Browns (Aug. 23-24)

Washington Redskins
at Bon Secours Training Center, Richmond, Va.
First practice: July 28

NFL Draft 2016 - TE Hunter Henry's Yearbook Scouting Report

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TE Hunter Henry - 2016 Scouting Report -
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook - #1 Tight End Prospect with Rookie Impact Talent
Draft Insiders' Yearbook - over 300 In-depth Scouting Reports

1. Hunter Henry #84 - 6-5, 250 - Arkansas - Speed 4.65 - Hindu Theory: Heath Miller
Big athletic three-year starter developed quickly, earning SEC conference honors the past two seasons. Tall and well-built with good speed and exceptional hands. Growth potential and good footwork to develop into a strong inline performer. Mobile pass catcher with soft reliable hands and the length to extend and make the difficult catch consistently. He has the ability to get into his routes easily and make key receptions. Natural ability to catch the ball whether lining up inline or as H-back. Good speed with the ability to make big plays after the catch. Displays the blocking skills to become a complete NFL tight end and early starter. Separates well in routes with the speed to give offense a fine target in the seam. Displays soft hands and ability to adjust and catch outside the frame. Quick on the snap to get into routes and find openings in coverage. Fights off defenders well at LOS and gets into his routes with a good understanding of coverage and the ability to adjust to the scheme. Separates in man situations and retains his speed out of his breaks. As a blocker, he has ability to seal defenders on the outside with sound leverage and good hand use and base to get consistent movement. At POA, displays good functional strength and technique to effectively compete as inline performer. Good use of his long reach and hands to control opponent and direct. Fine field speed with the power to break tackles and the burst to break plays. Gets a strong push at the LOS to earn immediate time in two TE sets. Sustains his blocks well with the ability to get movement, seal and finish.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 13 games and caught 51 passes for 739 yards and 3 TDs while earning first team All-American and SEC. Earned John Mackey award as nation’s best tight end. As a sophomore, he started 10 of 13 games and made 37 catches for 513 yards for a 13.9 average and 2 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 116 catches for 1,661 yards and 9 TDs. He has the potential to be a better pro than collegian. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 250 lbs. and 6’5” with 3 3’4” arms and 9 ¼” hands. He did 13 reps only. At his pro day, he ran a 4.68 sprint time with 21 reps, 31.5” VL, 9’5” BJ, 4.41 shuttle and a 7.16 three cone drill. He looked strong in the positional drills. He is similar to Heath Miller and Todd Heap in size, mobility and skill set.
The Skinny: Well-rounded blue-collar prospect who is capable of paying huge dividends as an early starter. Contributor in a number of roles especially as a receiver from any position. Top H-back. Eventually a complete performer with Pro Bowl skill set. Fast rising early round addition with the talent to be a rookie weapon. Top 40 prospect with well-developed skill set with upside to start early and become a Pro Bowl type player once he settles into an offense. Possible late first round selection and complete prospect with impact talent.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL Draft 2016 Invitation List – Ohio St. Buckeyes' Head Pro Prospect Group

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NFL Draft 2016 Invitation List – Ohio St. Heads Pro Prospect Invites

The NFL office released the list of 25 players that have been invited to this month’s draft. Heading the list are a record 5 former Ohio State players including DE Joey Bosa, RB Zeke Elliott, LB Darron Lee, CB Eli Apple and OT Taylor Decker.

Photo - LB Darron Lee - Ohio St

Ohio State ties NFL Draft Invite Record

The NFL has released the list of 25 players that have been invited to this month’s NFL Draft 2016.
The 25-member invite list includes a record tying five Ohio St. Buckeyes: Eli Apple, Joey Bosa, Taylor Decker, Ezekiel Elliott and Darron Lee. All five Buckeyes’ received first round grades from Frank Coyle of DraftInsiders.com. The Buckeyes could set several NFL Draft records this month with as many as 11 prospects possible in the Top 100 overall selections, possibly 8 chosen in the Top 50 picks, including the expected five going in the first round.

Over 300 In-depth Scouting Reports - Draft Insiders’ 2016 Yearbook - Available Now
By Frank Coyle and Staff at draftinsiders.com

The Ohio State football program holds or is near the top of a handful of NFL Draft records, including most draft picks in one year (first with 14 in 2004), all-time first-round picks (second with 69) and all-time draft picks (third with 416), and now the school tied the all-time record with five players invited to the NFL Draft, set for April 28-30 in Chicago at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre. Alabama also had five invites to the NFL Draft, in 2012.

The five Ohio State Buckeyes pro prospects who were invited by the NFL to attend the draft are DE Joey Bosa, RB Ezekiel Elliott, LT Taylor Decker, CB Eli Apple and LB Darron Lee.

The three-day event will feature Round 1 at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Rounds 2-3 will be held on April 29 with Rounds 4-7 on April 30. The NFL Network will broadcast live all seven rounds.

NFL Draft 2016 - Invitation List
Listed Alphabetically

CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
WR Josh Doctson, Texas Christian
DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
QB Jared Goff, California
CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
LB Myles Jack, UCLA
DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
S Keanu Neal, Florida
DT Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
DT A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama
OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
WR Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi
OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi
QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL Draft 2016 - Compensatory Draft Selections

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2016 NFL Draft - Compensatory Draft Selections

The NFL awarded 13 teams a total of 33 compensatory draft selections, which are granted under league rules to teams that lose more or better compensatory free agents than they acquire in the previous year. Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors, developed by the NFL Management Council. This year, compensatory picks fall between Rounds 3-6.

Photo - Safety Karl Joseph - West Virginia

The New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49es received the most compensatory picks this year, with 4 each. Beginning in 2017, clubs will be permitted to trade compensatory picks.

The 2016 NFL Draft will be held April 28-30 in Chicago. There will be 255 total draft selections over 7 rounds. There were two forfeited picks – Patriots in the 1st round and the Chiefs in the 3rd round.

Here is a look at this year's 33 compensatory choices, with the round and overall pick number for each selection:

NFL Draft - Compensatory Draft Selections

3rd Round (4)
Detroit Lions: (95)
New England Patriots: (96)
Seattle Seahawks: (97)
Denver Broncos: (98)

4th Round (9)
Green Bay Packers: (131) & (137)
Baltimore Ravens: (132) & (134)
Dallas Cowboys: (135)
Denver Broncos: (136)
San Francisco 49ers: (133)
Cleveland Browns: (138)
Buffalo Bills: (139)

5th Round (6)
Arizona Cardinals: (170)
Seattle Seahawks: (171)
Cleveland Browns: (172) & (173)
San Francisco 49ers: (174)
San Diego Chargers: (175)

6th Round (14)
New England Patriots: (208), (214) & (221)
Baltimore Ravens: (209)
Detroit Lions: (210)
San Francisco 49ers: (211) & (213)
Dallas Cowboys: (212), (216) & (217)
Seattle Seahawks: (215)
Buffalo Bills: (218)
Denver Broncos: (219)
Pittsburgh Steelers: (220)

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL Free Agency 2016 – Franchise Tags

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NFL Free Agency – Franchise Tags and Positional Salary Numbers

The deadline for teams to designate their franchise tag players was today.
List of the players who will not hit free agency next week. Free Agency opens Tuesday March 9th.

Photo - Safety Eric Berry - Kansas City Chiefs

Franchise Tags
Exclusive

Von Miller - OLB Denver Broncos - Super Bowl MVP was given the exclusive franchise tag. The exclusive tag is the first for a non-quarterback since 2007. No teams can talk to Miller and he gets a higher salary.

Franchise Tags
Non-Exclusive

Kirk Cousins – QB Washington Redskins - The Redskins used their non-exclusive franchise tag on him and are willing to pay the $19.953 million tag price for one year. The Redskins want to see Cousins if the real deal before giving him a long-term deal.
Alshon Jeffery – WR Chicago Bears – Highly productive over his short career. Bears hope to get a longterm deal through the spring. Jeffery could play for $14.599 million that was his franchise tender offer.
Cordy Glenn – OT Buffalo Bills – Ranked in the league’s top 10 left tackles and just entering his prime. Bills had to keep him to protect any young starting QB.
Muhammad Wilkerson – DL New York Jets – One of the top five free agents available this offseason. Recovering from a broken leg. Dominant defender.
Josh Norman - CB Carolina Panthers - The Panthers had to keep their best secondary defender. Ranks in top two corners along with Derrelle Revis.
Eric Berry - S Kansas City Chiefs – Talented young vet continues to make a great comeback from cancer. Looking to work out a long-term deal.
Trumaine Johnson - CB Los Angeles Rams - Rams faced a tough decision with both Trumaine and vet Janoris Jenkins up for free agency. Their hoping to get his signature on a long term agreement.
Justin Tucker – PK Baltimore Ravens - One of the best kickers in the league. Gets $4.572 million on a one year deal if they fail to get a long-term deal done.

Transitional Tag
Olivier Vernon – DE Miami Dolphins
- The Dolphins chose to place the transition tag on this emerging defender. They owe him $12.7 million in 2016, but he can sign with another teams. The Dolphins can match any offer sheet if he signs elsewhere. Could command a huge contract deal on the open market.

Franchise Tag Salary Numbers for each position
Transition tags numbers - second figure

Quarterback: $19.953 million ($17.696 million)
Running Back: $11.789 million ($9.647 million)
Wide Receiver: $14.599 million ($12.268 million)
Tight End: $9.118 million ($7.713 million)
Offensive Line: $13.706 million ($11.902 million)

Defensive End: $15.701 million ($12.734 million)
Defensive Tackle: $13.615 million ($10.875 million)
Linebacker: $14.129 million ($11.925 million)
Cornerback: $13.952 million ($11.913 million)
Safety: $10.806 million ($9.116 million)
Kicker/Punter: $4.572 million ($4.123 million)

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL Awards - Cam Newton MVP & JJ Watt DPY

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NFL 2015-16 Award Winners

Cam Newton Wins MVP
JJ Watt Takes 3rd Defensive Player of Year Award

Photo - Eric Berry - Chiefs

The Broncos win Super Bowl L in a defensive battle, but the 2015 season was Cam Newton’s time to shine. That continued Saturday night at NFL Honors when he won the MVP with 48 of 50 possible votes.

Newton and J.J. Watt winning big awards was not a surprise during the award show. Watt had a message for all the people that doubted him along the way.

"I was a 2-star recruit coming out, and now I have 3 DPOY awards. So... screw all of you guys for doubting me," Watt said.

Cam Newton wins AP Offensive Player of the Year

Hall of Fame Inductees
Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Ken Stabler, Tony Dungy and Dick Stanfel were announced as the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

Comeback Player of the Year Eric Berry provided the most resonant moment of the night talking about the times he "felt like I couldn't do it anymore" during his battle with cancer. He thanked his mom for being there for him during "lonely nights" and you could see how much the award meant to him. The night wrapped up with Anquan Boldin winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year, a worthy choice for one of the league's class acts of the last decade.

Here is the full list of 2016 NFL Award Winners:

AP Most Valuable Player: Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
NFL Rookie of the Year: Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Players of the Year: Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals; Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marcus Peters, CB, Kansas City Chiefs

AP Offensive Player of the Year Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

AP Comeback Player of the Year: Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs
Service Award: Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Clutch Performer of the Year: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

AP Coach of the Year: Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Wade Phillips, Denver Broncos

Art Rooney Award: Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders
Don Shula HS Coach of the Year: Michael Burnett, Tuscarora (Virginia) High School
"Greatness on the Road" Award: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016:
Brett Favre, QB; Kevin Greene, LB; Marvin Harrison, WR; Orlando Pace, OL; Tony Dungy, coach; Ken Stabler, QB; Dick Stanfel, OL; Eddie DeBartolo, owner

Deacon Jones Award: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year: Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Performance Play of the Year: Aaron Rodgers' stunning Hail Mary vs. Lions
NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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