Jenny<br />Vrentas
•staff writer•

Jenny
Vrentas

Going Long
The Rex Effect
The Rex Effect
After a turbulent final act with the Jets, Rex Ryan is starting fresh in Buffalo, infusing the franchise with qualities that have been in short supply since the Bills’ Super Bowl heydey: personality, excitement and optimism. Brash? He’s OK with that, too
By Jenny Vrentas
The Prospects
The Throwback
The Throwback
He’s the grandson of golfing royalty, so you might assume there’s a softness to Nick O'Leary’s game. You'd be wrong. Grit, toughness and reliability allowed him to step out of his grandfather's shadow during a prolific collegiate career
By Jenny Vrentas
Talking Football
‘I’m the Type of Guy Who Likes to Stand Out’
‘I’m the Type of Guy Who Likes to Stand Out’
Florida pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr. wore a gold watch during his combine workout. Just wait until you see him on draft night
By Jenny Vrentas
Talking Football
Julius Thomas: Memories of March Madness
Julius Thomas: Memories of March Madness
The latest converted hoopster to ascend to stardom as an NFL tight end, Julius Thomas looks back on his two trips to the NCAA tournament, sizes up new quarterback Blake Bortles and responds to criticism from a Hall of Famer
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Talking Football
Nick Foles: Ram Tough
Nick Foles: Ram Tough
Blindsided by a trade to St. Louis, the former Eagles quarterback is already embracing his new team, his new coach and a new offensive system. Does he have what it takes to be a franchise QB without Chip Kelly’s innovation?
By Jenny Vrentas
Talking Football
‘It’s Overdue to See Teams Working This Way’
‘It’s Overdue to See Teams Working This Way’
Former Browns and Eagles president Joe Banner assesses the flurry of roster-overhauling moves made by Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly, points out the importance of Kelly's sports science work and addresses his own NFL future
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The Prospects
The Legend of Brandon Scherff
The Legend of Brandon Scherff
He was once just your typical rebound-grabbing, tape-measure home-run-mashing, serve-and-volleying, trombone-playing 270-pound high school quarterback. Then Brandon Scherff kept growing until he was the NFL draft's best—and nastiest—offensive line prospect
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Talking Football
Scott Mitchell: The Weight of Expectations
Scott Mitchell: The Weight of Expectations
Before he went on ‘The Biggest Loser’ and dropped 124 pounds, he was a big winner in the early days of NFL free agency. The 12-year vet retraces his journey from backing up an all-time great in Miami to battling the pressure as a high-priced starter in Detroit to facing his greatest challenge in retirement—on national TV
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Talking Football
The Man in Charge of the Future of Football
The Man in Charge of the Future of Football
Former lineman Roman Oben, now the NFL's director of youth football, on growing the game amid health and safety concerns, answering critics regarding the sport's controversial past and why he decided to let his two sons play
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Talking Football
Atlanta’s New Attitude
Atlanta’s New Attitude
New Falcons head coach Dan Quinn describes what it was like going from losing the Super Bowl to his dream job in a 24-hour span, explains his coaching style and details what kind of player Atlanta will target with the No. 8 pick in the draft
By Jenny Vrentas