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Punting on Politics

Donald Trump has publicly courted Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger for endorsements to validate his tough-guy persona, but athletes are being advised to steer clear of the political arena with these two candidates

Marquise Goodwin Is Making the Jump

The Bills wide receiver and two-sport athlete is readying for the Rio Games. Like many Olympians, he has sacrificed countless hours for a chance at a gold medal. But unlike other Olympians, he might be sacrificing something else: an NFL career

A Final Cram Before Summer

Guest columnist Emily Kaplan covers Jay Cutler’s defining season to come, the no-growth HGH investigation, the weird off-field predicaments of rookie QBs, a marijuana crusade, Rex Ryan’s bluster and bicycle, and the mom who just might overshadow all the Father’s Day tributes

Offensive Linemen: A Character Study

The Dolphins took a chance when they stopped Laremy Tunsil’s draft-night free fall. And they should feel good about the risk—recent data shows offensive linemen usually stay out of trouble, and understanding the position they play shows why

How Quarterbacks Are Made

The MMQB examined the youth football careers and family backgrounds of the 15 QBs taken in this year’s NFL draft (a record number), and found several key life experiences that appear to be predictors of success. Often, the men who play the position aren’t natural born leaders

Why Early Retirements Aren’t a Threat to Football

The sport will survive because the pool of players is so enormous. For every A.J. Tarpley, D’Brickashaw Ferguson or Chris Borland, there are hundreds in line willing to put their bodies at risk for NFL glory and money

The A.J. Tarpley Effect

After explaining his rationale for retiring at 23, the ex-Bills linebacker discusses his final play, head trauma and players walking away. Plus reader mailbag questions on Will Smith’s death, Von Miller and more

The Blitz Is Back! (Maybe)

Some NFL trends—more passing, more shotgun, and a blurring line between 3-4 and 4-3 defenses—become ensconced in the game. Others fade away, like the Wildcat or the read-option. Here are five emerging trends to watch coming out of the 2015 season

The (Andrew) Luck Factor in Super Bowl 50

If not for his decision to stay at Stanford in 2011, the Super Bowl’s Golden Anniversary would likely feature QBs other than Cam Newton and Peyton Manning ... plus, a look at front offices in late January

Is Tyrod Taylor The Guy?

He is the Buffalo Bills’ 15th starting quarterback since Jim Kelly took his final NFL snap 19 years ago. With every game he plays and every throw he makes, Western New York wonders if the search for their next franchise QB might finally be over, or if it will be time to turn the page again

Dancing the Shady Bounce

LeSean McCoy studies game tape the same way he runs the ball: You’re never quite sure what he’s going to do next. Our film guru says he’s the NFL’s most dynamic runner since Barry Sanders