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Jarrett Bell

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Past articles by Jarrett:

Opinion: Lamar Jackson is still make-or-break gamble at quarterback for the Ravens

Lamar Jackson showed plenty of promise for the Ravens as a rookie, but the QB will have to make significant strides as the starter in his second year. → Read More

Opinion: Lamar Jackson is still make-or-break gamble at QB for Ravens

Lamar Jackson showed plenty of promise for the Ravens as a rookie, but the QB will have to make significant strides as the starter in his second year. → Read More

Michigan football's Chase Winovich curbing bold comments with New England Patriots

At Michigan, Chase Winovich was known for lots of brash talk. But now as a rookie with the Patriots, the DE is making sure not to step out of line. → Read More

Is NFL on the verge of allowing marijuana for pain management?

An agreement between NFL and the NFLPA to further study pain management could signal the league has an open mind on allowing marijuana as pain remedy. → Read More

Opinion: NFL players aren't cyborgs; more big names are released due to their broken bodies

Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor were released with "injury designations," more proof that NFL players are human and peak performance has a shelf life. → Read More

Opinion: Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins keeps his cool, tunes out talk of slide in NFL draft

The former Ohio State QB could drive himself silly if he took to heart everything that has been declared, projected, suspected and dissected about him → Read More

Opinion: Russell Wilson's new Seahawks contract shows Kyler Murray making right call with NFL

Russell Wilson's monster extension with the Seahawks showed that Kyler Murray wasn't out of his mind to turn down baseball money to play QB. → Read More

Opinion: As John Wooten exits, Fritz Pollard Alliance at critical juncture on NFL diversity

With the NFL facing diversity questions, the Fritz Pollard Alliance is in search of a new executive director after John Wooten retired from the role. → Read More

Opinion: Football needs another successful league to survive, for the good of the game

USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell writes that the NFL's product would be bolstered, not threatened, by a developmental pipeline beyond colleges. → Read More

Opinion: Ahead of NFL draft, don't buy into the hype of players' pro days

Pro days can provide prospects a platform to shine as fans gush, but don't let the setup drastically alter the outlook on anyone in the NFL draft. → Read More

Meet New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson, who might just be the most powerful woman in the NFL

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson has had an interesting few months. But she hasn't let that deter her from making an impact. → Read More

Amid legal charges, Patriots' Robert Kraft was 'awkward' presence at NFL owners' meetings

Though he attended the NFL owners meetings despite facing charges of soliciting prostitution, Robert Kraft didn't discuss his case with fellows owners → Read More

Opinion: NFL coaches helped owners come to their senses on adding pass interference to replay

When NFL coaches spoke up, their message to owners was clear: Another mistake like the one in the NFC title game can't happen again. → Read More

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has no problem with QB Ben Roethlisberger's leadership

Amid heavy criticism from ex-teammates Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger received some support from Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. → Read More

Opinion: NFL should be ashamed if it doesn't address missed call vs. Saints, fix replay rules

If the NFL doesn't make changes to its replay system, another missed pass interference call, like in the NFC Championship Game could be on deck. → Read More

Opinion: Robert Kraft's case is yet another morality check for NFL owners, Roger Goodell

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is still planning to attend NFL meetings while facing charges and is yet another morality check for beleaguered league. → Read More

Opinion: Ex-Cowboys DT David Irving's case is wrong example to fuel debate on NFL marijuana policy

Former Cowboys DT David Irving's actions likely won't do much to advance the conversation regarding the NFL's policy on marijuana. → Read More

Opinion: Elite NFL safeties have never been worth as much as they are now

With the NFL salary cap rising at least $10 million for a seventh consecutive year, the value of elite safeties has never been higher in free agency. → Read More

Opinion: Even without a record contract, Le’Veon Bell’s gamble was not a run for lost yardage

Le'Veon Bell might not have gotten the payout he envisioned, but the new Jets RB still might have made a wise decision by sitting last year out. → Read More

Opinion: Odell Beckham Jr. trade gives Browns the offseason championship. But can they win on field?

With NFL’s new league year set to commence at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the Browns have come out of the gate like gangbusters, winning the offseason. → Read More