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Weekend Notes
The Strength of Birds
The Strength of Birds
The Cardinals shook up their strength and conditioning staff in the offseason, bringing in a mad scientist and an Olympic gold medalist hurdler to recondition the team. Plus, Johnny Manziel, San Francisco suspension chatter and more
By Greg A. Bedard
Muscle and Medicine
If You Give a Mouse a Concussion . . .
If You Give a Mouse a Concussion . . .
Using a novel technique to peer through the skulls of living mice, researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland are observing concussed brains in real time, transforming ideas of what happens at the molecular level and pointing the way to possible treatment for mild brain trauma
By Robert Klemko
Deep Dive
Crash Landing for New Jet
Crash Landing for New Jet
After two weeks on the market, ex-Titan Chris Johnson has a new team: the Jets. What can New York expect from the running back with six straight 1,000-yard seasons? Definitely not the superstar CJ2K had been in Tennessee
By Andy Benoit
Open Field
They Complete Us
They Complete Us
Football movies may not always get the action right, but the best offer a realistic glimpse into a fascinating world—or let us live out a fantasy. These are The MMQB staff’s favorites. Yours? Let us know in the comments section
Business of Football
‘Draft Day’ Reality Checks
‘Draft Day’ Reality Checks
The Kevin Costner movie had unprecedented access to capture the inner workings of the NFL draft and how front office executives go about their business. I lived that life for a decade—here’s what Hollywood got right and wrong
By Andrew Brandt
Open Field
How the Salary Cap Got Caught Up in a Love Story
How the NFL Salary Cap Got Caught Up in a Love Story
Jennifer Garner sought out Megan Rogers—the Browns’ money manager—to prepare for her role in Draft Day. But her on-screen relationship with the leading man has left some women sports executives unable to suspend disbelief
By Emily Kaplan
Film Room
The NFL’s Next Big Thing Isn’t Really Big at All
The Next Big Thing Isn't Really Big at All
But Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins has the strength to outmuscle linebackers and the speed to leave cornerbacks in his dust. Can this potential top five pick break the mold, or will he just end up breaking a general manager’s heart?
By Greg A. Bedard
On Further Review
‘You’ve Got to Take One’
‘You’ve Got to Take One’
That's the advice of Mike Holmgren—Super Bowl-winning coach and a former team architect—to the QB-needy teams considering drafting a passer in May. Will the Texans, Jags, Browns, Bucs and Vikings listen? Plus, reader mail
By Peter King
Monday Morning Quarterback
The Draft Games Begin
The Draft Games Begin
It’s a rite of April. Draft chatter is at full buzz and no one knows what’s the truth and what’s just spin. Let’s cut through all that with five things to know as May 8 draws near. Plus, NFL Media’s new leader, 10 things and my journey to England
By Peter King
Weekend Notes
Baltimore Bounce-Back?
Baltimore Bounce-Back?
A disappointing, 8-8 defense of their Super Bowl title in the rearview, the Ravens entered the offseason on a mission: Improve the disastrous offense. A look at the progress, plus notes on Alex Mack, the 2015 QB draft class and more
By Greg A. Bedard