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Goodell: Union Goal to "Eliminate Discipline"

Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

Wentz Can't Succeed Soon Enough

Marcus Hayes, Philadelphia Daily News

Elliott Another Cowboys Playmaker

Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk

As the NFL continues to bask in the glow of a narrow, 2-1 appeals court victory in the #Deflategate imbroglio, Commissioner Roger Goodell is now defending his handling of quar...(full article)

The Internet -- one of the few things bigger than the NFL -- hijacked the NFL Draft on Thursday night, turning a celebration of the game into a real-time soap opera invol...(full article)

IT SUITS the Legend of Carson Wentz that he finished his career a bone-tough winner. It suits King Howie that he will have at least one bone-tough winner in his stable of quarterba...(full article)

Weird night, wasn’t it? Myles Jack, undrafted. The two first-round-lock Alabama defensive tackles, Jarran Reed and A'Shawn Robinson, undrafted. Keanu Neal and Joshua Garnett (who...(full article)

Jerry Jones likes flashy playmakers, and the Cowboys may have just added the best one in the draft. Dallas drafted Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliottwith the fourth overa...(full article)

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