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How Mike Brown voted at the owners meetings for rule changes, Adam Jones plans to prove critics wrong, again and the Rams are in the middle of transitioning to a new city, but are they taking care of their brightest star?

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How Lions WR Marvin Jones ended up at California
New Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones went from Southern California to Northern California for college, from Etiwanda High School in the Inland Empire to the University of California, Berkeley. The man who helped bring him to Cal, then-receivers coach Kevin Daft, still watches Jones’ games on NFL Rewind and occasionally texts him to say hello.

Bengals vote for sportsmanship, safety
Bengals president Mike Brown and two other owners that had teams involved in chippy games late last season were part of the majority that on Wednesday approved a one-year experiment that would automatically eject a player who gets two types of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the same game.

Mike Brown on Lewis' future, McCarron, Burfict, NFL in London
Reclining on a pastel blue sofa in the sitting area of his room near top of the Boca Raton Resort and Club, Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown spoke at length about many of the topics that have surrounded the league, and his team, over the last year.

Master of anticipation Adam Jones plans to keep proving critics wrong
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones knows what his naysayers have next and uses it as motivation to keep thriving on the field.

Quick hits: Zim eyes former Bengals
After the Vikings signed former Bengals right tackle Andre Smith and 49ers guard Alex Boone in free agency, head coach Mike Zimmer texted running back Adrian Peterson and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, "No more excuses."

Mike Tomlin, Gio Bernard talk big hits
Within 45 minutes of the National Football League stating that it will reinterpret the rule regarding hits with the crown of the helmet, specifically because Giovani Bernard was laid out on the Paul Brown Stadium turf in early January because of one, the Cincinnati Bengals running back indicated where his mindset was on the play with a short message: glad to see I made somebody's highlight tape lol.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter considers Marvin Lewis a role model and friend
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter has had several coaching role models in his life. One, of course, was his father Jim, who was a football coach for 35 years, mostly at the high school level. Another is Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis, who was a teammate at Idaho State in the late 1970s and an assistant coach there under Jim Koetter for two seasons.

Report: Bengals close to deal with WR to replace Jones, Sanu
According to a report from ProFootballTalk.com citing an NFL source, the Bengals are close to signing a deal with free agent wide receiver Brandon LaFell, who would compete to replace Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, who were lost by the Bengals in free agency to other teams.

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Todd McShay's tier rankings for 2016 NFL draft
Joey Bosa and DeForest Buckner both rank among the elites in the 2016 draft. Todd McShay's entire breakdown covers all prospects in this year's class who have at least a third-round grade.

Montana State tackle John Weidenaar impresses at Pro Day workout, to visit Bengals
A stalwart at left offensive tackle for four seasons at Montana State, John Weidenaar had an impressive Pro Day workout before 12 NFL teams in Bozeman. The All-Big Sky Conference and All-American blocker ran the 40-yard dash in 5.14 seconds at 6-7 3/8, 302 pounds.

How long it's been since each college football team's last first-round NFL Draft picks
College football is one of America's least balanced sports. The landscape has clear haves and have-nots, with national championships reserved for a select few recruiting powers. All but two Power 5 schools have had first-round picks since 2005. Iowa State hasn't had one since 1973.

No, seriously, you guys, Aaron Rodgers saw a UFO once
Aaron Rodgers recently went on Pete Holmes’ podcast, "You Made It Weird," and the quarterback and comedian covered a lot of ground in their two-hour conversation. They got real deep with it: Subjects of discussion ranged from religion, to reincarnation, to the meaning of life.

SI Media Podcast: Featuring ESPN analyst Hubie Brown
Welcome to episode No. 47 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch. In this podcast, which is published weekly, Deitsch interviews members of the sports media about their work and interesting people about the sports media. This week’s podcast guest is ESPN NBA analyst Hubie Brown, who has worked in NBA broadcasting for more than three decades.

Soccer Player Quits Team After Learning Teammate Was Sleeping With His Wife
The man pictured above is Christian Keller, very recently the captain of Danish first-division club Randers. He and his fellow Horses had to bid adieu to one of their teammates today, after Jonas Borring announced that certain personal events had led him to decide to leave the club. What instigated Borring’s hasty mid-season exit? His discovery that captain Keller was shtupping his wife.

ACL surgery could be about to change in a big way
Technological advancements in sports science continue to amaze and change the way athletic injuries have been treated over the years. We may be inching closer and closer to what many are calling a potentially groundbreaking advancement in how ACL injuries are treated.

Colts agree to terms with Patrick Robinson
The Colts announced Wednesday night that they have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Patrick Robinson. Not long after the team made the announcement, Robinson released a statement in which he said he never agreed to a contract with another team and never gave his former agent, Kevin Conner, permission to agree to a deal with another team. Robinson visited the Cowboys last weekend and multiple reports following that visit said the Cowboys expected to sign Robinson before he left the building.

LA Rams Will Be Featured on 2016 HBO 'Hard Knocks'
The Los Angeles Rams' return to the City of Angels will receive even more attention after they were selected to appear on next season's edition of Hard Knocks on HBO. Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times first reported the news, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced it a press conference Wednesday:

Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Rams' Incompetence Will Cost Todd Gurley
The Rams' grand return to Los Angeles next year will feature one of the worst quarterback situations in football: the law firm of Keenum and Foles. That's Case Foles and Nick Keenum. Sorry, my bad. Case Keenum and Nick Foles.  The only teams that might be worse are a Ryan Fitzpatrick-less Jets and the Browns. But even if the Rams' QB situation isn't the worst, it is the most worrisome. Because of the effect it could have on Todd Gurley. What will this do to one of the more promising players in football?