NFL Training Camp Notes: Thomas gets paid, Green likely to miss opener

We are yet another day closer to the NFL season, and the news keeps rolling in.

  • We’ll start with a big payday as the Saints and star wideout Michael Thomas agreed to a five-year, $100 million extension that will keep him in New Orleans until 2024, per Adam Schefter. Whether Drew Brees will still be throwing the three-year vet the ball then remains to be seen, but for now, rest assured at least that that connection remains intact for the upcoming regular season.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Enter The Crucible

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, we look at which of the league’s 32 offensive lines are trending up and down.

Entering Week 11 of the NFL season, a number of teams — including the Colts, Packers, Titans and Chargers — have entered the crucible. Their chances of salvaging the season hinge entirely on stellar performance going forward, with little room for error. The same holds true for many fantasy teams, with playoff standings close to being determined. Without further ado, let’s check in on which offensive lines are rising and falling around the league. . . and what that means for the playoffs, in fantasy and NFL realms.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Sam Signs His Darnold Contract

– Sam Darnold went ahead an signed his rookie contract ending his holdout and promptly reported to camp. The deal is worth $30.2 million that includes a $20 million signing bonus and is fully guaranteed, a nice payday for most. This is a clear indication that he’ll likely take over at some point this season but there’s still a strong possibility that Josh McCown is under center Week 1.

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