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Eli out Jones Jones to start Week 3

Eli Manning

Eli Manning

The long and distinguished reign of Eli Manning as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback is seemingly over. Let the Daniel Jones era begin.  Coach Pat Shurmur announced Tuesday that the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft is replacing the two-time Super Bowl MVP as the Giants’ quarterback, beginning Sunday at Tampa Bay.

“Eli and I spoke this morning,” Shurmur said. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday.”

In two games, Eli Manning completed 56 of 89 passes for 5...

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Browns have big expectations for upcoming season

Browns

Browns

The upstart Browns will kick off training camp Thursday with expectations not seen in Cleveland in decades.  General manager John Dorsey and head coach Freddie Kitchens are embracing the enormous expectations.

“I want everybody to understand this: Our goal here with the Cleveland Browns, as long as I’m here, will always be to win the Super Bowl,” Kitchens said Wednesday, when asked if the expectations might be too much for a franchise with the longest playoff drought in the NFL. “Just know and make it a given that that’s what I believe to my core, is to win the Super Bowl.”

Two years ago, when the Browns went 0-16, such a goal not only would’ve been unthinkable, but now are a popular choice to with the AFC North.

My job is to get (Kitchens) as many good football players...

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Elliott still missing from Cowboys camp

Elliott

Elliott

Quarterback Dak Prescott said he would not ask Elliott to report because the Cowboys need him.

“Friendship is friendship and business is business,” Prescott said. “You don’t cross those.”

Prescott  said he has talked with Elliott since camp started.

“Obviously we miss the player that he is, but I know that he’s getting better,” Prescott said. “I know that he’s working on his game. He’s in shape. He’s going to make sure that he comes back and when he’s back on this team he’s a better player than before camp or before the spring. He’s a good friend. Obviously want him out here, but that’s business.”

Running backs coach Gary Brown has also talked to Elliott.

“I’m sure it’s killing him a lot [not being at camp],” Brown said. “At the end of the day he’s a ballplayer...

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Shanahan makes appearance at Broncos practice

Shanahan

Shanahan

The Denver Broncos rolled out the welcome mat Saturday for the coach with the most wins  in franchise history, as Mike Shanahan attended his first Broncos practice since he was fired as head coach in 2008.

Shanahan, who was 146-91 (including playoffs) in 14 seasons as Broncos coach and a two-time Super Bowl winner, was fired by then-owner Pat Bowlen after the team’s 8-8 finish in 2008. Shanahan had attended several team functions through the years, including games, a ceremony to honor the Super Bowl winners and the dedication of the team’s field house, but this was the first time he had been at the team’s practice field since he was the coach.

Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway and offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello also had hands in arranging...

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Jadeveon Clowney playing on franchise tag

Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney

Last year, the Houston Texans had two of the top pass-rushers in the NFL in J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. By not reaching a long-term extension by the franchise tag deadline on Monday, the Texans risk losing Clowney — the first overall pick in the 2014 draft — at the end of the season instead of building around the core talent they have right now.

The Texans placed the non-exclusive franchise tag, which is worth $15.967 million for the 2019 season, on Jadeveon Clowney in March and the outside linebacker/defensive end did not attend any of the Texans’ spring workouts, including the mandatory veterans minicamp.

While the Texans could of course still sign Clowney to a new contract after the 2019 season — or tag him for the second year in a row — they likely wouldn’t match...

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