Month: April 2018

Texans optimistic about signing Jadeveon Clowney Jersey to extension

There was a report in late March that the Texans and linebacker Jadeveon Clowney were making progress on talks about a contract extension, but they haven’t reached the finish line yet.
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General Manager Brian Gaine was asked about the status of those discussions during a Friday press conference.

I won’t discuss our negotiations publicly, but I’m optimistic that something can be done. 鈥he guy’s a disruptive player. He plays the run well. So we’re doing our best to fortify our nucleus of players, and we’d like him to be a part of it. Gaine said, via

I don’t want to sit here and say this is how we see players because, as I mentioned earlier, everybody is trying to figure out what the other team is trying to do, Maccagnan said. From a competitive standpoint, there’s lots of things we look at from a quarterback from the physical standpoint, from an intangibles standpoint.
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Maccagnan’s press conference was not as entertaining as was that of his counterpart with the Giants, Dave Gettleman. He did agree with Gettleman on one thing: He hopes the player he picks at No. 3 winds up in the Hall of Fame some day.

We’ll have an empty chair for him, and we’ll be thinking about him for sure, Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said, via Joel Erickson of the New Orleans Advocate. We miss him.
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New Saints owner Gayle Benson is expected in the war room for at least part of the draft. Her NBA team, the Pelicans, begins the next round of the playoffs Saturday in Oakland.

She’s been there with Tom; I’m sure she’ll be there again, Saints head coach Sean Payton said. The conflict would only be the Pelicans’ success, but she’s been at every draft that I’ve been here since ’06. She’ll have her spot, two down from me to the right, and we’ll make sure it’s ready for her.

All along, the Jets have seemed Brett Connolly Jersey his likeliest landing spot, though that was presuming USC’s Sam Darnold would go to Cleveland at No. 1. The Browns passing on Darnold would shake up just about every mock draft.

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Report: Teddy Bridgewater Jersey not guaranteed a roster spot

In just over 24 hours from now, the Jets likely have a new franchise quarterback. So what does that mean for the four quarterbacks currently on the team’s roster?
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Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty become trade/release candidates, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports. But Teddy Bridgewater isn’t guaranteed a roster spot at least until he shows he’s healthy despite signing a one-year deal that included $500,000 guaranteed with the Jets last month.

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But, as he said Thursday Austin Jackson Jersey night, bring it on. Music to the ears of Jets fans everywhere.The NFL Draft had 32 special moments for rookies and an incredible one for a veteran.

Youth Ronnie Stanley Jersey Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who suffered a severe final spinal chord injury in a Week 13 game against the Bengals, walked onto the stage to announce his team’s pick at No. 28.

Shazier walked with the assistance of his fiancee, Michelle Rodriguez, to the podium to tell the crowd that the Steelers had selected safety Terrell Edmunds out of out Virginia Tech.

Shazier had shown signs of progress during an appearance at a Penguins game and on social media, but this is the first time he has been seen walking publicly.

Evans should be able to play alongside Woodyard as an inside linebacker when the Titans run a 3-4 front.

The Ravens had previously moved back from the 16th overall pick in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. Tennessee sent the 25th pick and 125th pick in the fourth round to Baltimore in order to move up three spots in the order. The Ravens also sent pick No. 215, a sixth-round compensatory ‘ to the Titans in the deal.

Sanchez played for a defensive-minded coach [Rex Ryan], Johnson said. When you’re playing for a defensive-minded coach, you’re never going to develop as a quarterback. With Leinart and Mark Sanchez, the system failed them more than they failed the system.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay theorized that perhaps the USC quarterbacks have been too highly regarded because the top talent around them possibly masked some of their shortcomings.

Shane Ray expects Broncos to exercise the 2019 option on his contract

Although Broncos General Manager John Elway said the team has not decided whether to exercise its 2019 option on Shane Ray‘s contract, Ray expects Denver to pick it up.

“I’m not concerned,” the linebacker said, via Vicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. “I love being a Bronco. John’s got a lot of things to deal with, and whether or not he picks up my option, it doesn’t say anything about what I’m going to be for this team, my role for this team. I’m just excited. I wouldn’t look into too much. I think that it’s going to get picked up. I think that I’m going to be here, and I’m just looking forward to this opportunity.”

“We are shooting ourselves in the foot coming out to slow starts and allowing guys to get open 3s and allowing guys to get those shots and layups,” Wizards guard Bradley Beal said. “They have a great team, have a lot of size, a lot of versatility. Defensively, they are switching, guys can guard pretty much every position, and they play well together. Got to respect what Coach Casey is doing. We’ve got to slow them down.”

DeRozan is likely to be the engine that determines whether the Raptors’ locomotive can be slowed. If the Game 2 model is truly Playoff DeRozan — if the Raptors’ 2-guard can now shoot from distance, read defenses instantly and attack with guile — then it might be time to retake the measurements on the Raptors’ ceiling.

Moreno was one of 14 running backs selected in the first round from 2008 to 2012. The Georgia product had just one 1,000-yard rushing season in five years in Denver before injuries led to his retirement. While not a bust, Moreno hardly provided first-round draft value. Nor did Felix Jones in Dallas (2008), Donald Brown in Indianapolis (2009), Jahvid Best in Detroit (2010), Trent Richardson in Cleveland (2012), and the list goes on. Those misses resonated, and NFL teams began shying away from taking backs early in the draft.

In both 2013 and 2014, no running backs went off the board until the second round or later.

Now, as Denver looks to replace C.J. Anderson in the backfield, attitudes have shifted. The recent success of players such as Todd Gurley (Rams) and Leonard Forunette (Jaguars), as well as a bevy of backs chosen in later rounds who have had huge impacts, such as Kareem Hunt of the Chiefs a year ago, makes it intriguing for Broncos fans in more than one way. One, Denver needs a top-flight back. Secondly, there is just such a back in this year’s draft, Penn State’s SaQuon Barkley, whom Denver might be able to get at No. 5.seahawks_054

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Joe Flacco Jersey plans to work out with receivers before camp

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has never been one to organize offsite workouts with his receivers, something other quarterbacks have commonly done.
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The 33-year-old Flacco’s physical condition helps make him available, after he missed training camp last year with back problems, and the team never really came together. The Ravens have missed the postseason three straight years and four of their last five, so it’s time for things to change. They made a concerted effort to shake things up, adding the free agent duo (and perhaps more help is on the way).

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With John, a couple of years ago when he really came on the radar, you got to see just what he can do, game breaking with his speed and all that. I Blake Coleman Jersey almost hate to bring up his speed just because I really do think he’s a really good wide receiver. After talking with our quarterbacks coach, James [Urban], and a couple of guys around the building, they really, really believe he’s the real deal. I’m excited about him. The same thing throwing with him. You can see what he has and I’m excited about it.
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Of course, this is a big offseason for Flacco for other reasons. The Ravens have been sniffing around some potential draft picks at the position, and a run of lackluster performances could have them thinking about making changes in the future.

One possibility if the team goes in that direction with the ninth overall selection is Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith. Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Smith is visiting with the team at their Santa Clara headquarters on Tuesday.

Smith had 137 tackles, 14 tackles for losses and 6.5 sacks during his final season at Georgia and projects as the kind of playmaker that would help the 49ers defense whether Foster is back with the team later this year or not.

He got a little frustrated because he couldn’t get the pitcher out, Martinez said.

The expressive Gonzalez made sure his displeasure wasn’t misinterpreted, however. He had a quick talk with the plate umpire before taking the mound in the fifth, telling the ump any adverse reactions weren’t personally directed at him.

That was on me, Gonzalez said.

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The new five-year contract given to Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks pays out, on average, $10 million per year. In the first year, however, Kendricks will get a lot more than that.
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Elite Womens Darwin Barney Jersey Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kendricks will receive $15 million in the first year of the new deal. Through the second year, the total payout will be $22.5 million. He gets $31.5 million over three, $40.5 million over four, and the full $50 million over five.

Of that amount, $25 million is guaranteed. It’s still unclear how much is fully guaranteed at signing, but a source says the signing bonus is $10.5 million.

Center J.T. Miller of the Lightning had to leave the ice late in the second period after sustaining a facial cut. He returned for the third period. … Devils captain Andy Greene had assists on goals by Noesen and Lovejoy. … Killorn and Johnson each skated in their 50th career playoff game. … C Cory Conacher replaced the injured Ryan Callahan (upper body) in the Lightning lineup. … Devils F Michael Grabner, who was acquired from the Rangers in February, was a healthy scratch after playing in the first two games. Mirco Mueller also sat as New Jersey dressed six defensemen instead of seven used in Game 2.

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That dynamic brings up a separate yet related issue — the steering of girls to softball rather than baseball. The conventional wisdom is that baseball is for boys and men, and softball is for girls and women, Emma Span wrote in the New York Times in 2014. But women have been playing baseball since long before they had the right to vote. Similar to the assumption that women tennis players can’t complete five sets, the assumption that women and girls can’t throw a hardball overhand is rooted in antiquated notions of the delicate nature of women’s bodies. Women and girls like Serena Williams and Mo’ne Davis continue to disprove this.

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Wade made a halfhearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way.
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Wade was up, the Sixers were down and suddenly, a series.

The Heat had to have this one — a brooding Joel Embiid is angling for a comeback.

Wade turned in a vintage performance, scoring 28 points to end the 76ers’ 17-game winning streak and lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadelphia on Monday night and even the first-round playoff series.

You need Joel Embiid, Sixers coach Brett Brown said.

Embiid went on Instagram after the game and wrote, sick and tired of being babied.
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Joel is a superstar. Of course we’re missing him offensively, defensively, Sixers forward Dario Saric said. He’s a guy who wants to play all the time. I can’t wait for Joel to come back and help us because we’re a better team with him.

Even without Embiid, the Sixers trimmed the lead to two points late in the fourth.

Philly fans were going wild and suddenly the home-court edge that had made the Sixers unbeatable for a month seemed like it would perk the team back up for one more notch on the winning streak.

Earlier this month, UNINTERRUPTED sent a letter to the University of Alabama, citing concerns over copyright infringement, trademark rights and intellectual property after Alabama’s football team released a trailer on Twitter for Shop Talk showing Nick Saban and Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones — who played college ball for the Crimson Tide coach — in a barbershop setting.

The lawsuit is seeking an injunction that would cease the production of future episodes of The Shop, as well as serious monetary compensation, according to TMZ Sports. Adventure Enterprises is also suing James’ business partner, Maverick Carter, the CEO of UNINTERRUPTED, according to TMZ Sports.

However, Manning was the only potential difference-maker in the eyes of executives from Fox and ESPN.

Manning first turned down ESPN before further considering Fox. If Manning had gone to Fox, it Womens Scott Tolzien Jersey is unclear who his partner would have been. Since Fox’s lead play-by-play man, Joe Buck, is tied up with a busy fall schedule, the network looked into borrowing NBC’s Mike Tirico, sources said. Manning has a strong relationship with Tirico, but NBC had privately expressed reluctance to let Tirico, the new face of its sports division, work for another network.

He may be a 6-foot-5 former defensive end, but Michael Strahan says that the first time he came to New York he was “scared to death.”

The Texas native says on the syndicated show “In Depth With Graham Bensinger,” which airs this weekend, “I remember being in the car — the taxis are driving crazy, the horns, there are people everywhere. And I thought Houston was fast.”

The “GMA” host, whose first NFL gig was with the Giants in the early ’90s, said that on his first visit, “I just went to my hotel room, stayed in my room until they sent someone to pick me up and take me where I needed to go.”

The Reds are 2-12 (or worse) for the first time since 1931. Their minus-49 run differential is the worst in the majors, and their minus-47 through their first 14 games is the worst in franchise history. At this pace, the Reds will pick in the top five of the MLB draft in four consecutive years (2016 to 2019). — Woolums

As terrible as the Marlins are, can they afford to give Lewis Brinson a full season’s worth of patience if he fails to make any progress? His .316 OPS through Sunday is worst in the NL, he has yet to register an extra-base hit, his well-hit average of .049 suggests he isn’t even making hard contact, and he’s whiffing more than 30 percent of the time. — Kahrl

Jefferson injured his shoulder during the Gators’ spring game on Saturday.

Jefferson arrived at Florida as a five-star prospect and the nation’s No. 2 defensive end in the 2015 class. He considered leaving early for the NFL after last season but opted to return to the Gators for his senior year.

In three seasons at Florida, Jefferson has registered 28.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. He led the Gators in both categories last year (13.5 TFLs, 4.5 sacks).

With Florida utilizing a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, Jefferson had lined up as the Gators’ edge rusher this spring.

If Jefferson’s injury sidelines him for the early part of the 2018 season, the Gators likely will turn to junior defensive linemen Jabari Zuniga and Jachai Polite, who have combined for 25.5 TFLs and 13 sacks over the past two seasons, to help out on the outside. Junior Antonneous Clayton and redshirt freshman Zachary Carter also could get reps at Jefferson’s position.

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Dak Prescott Jersey: Dez Bryant’s release ‘not my decision’

Dez Bryant was irked Friday night following his release for, among other things, not being named captain during his nine-year tenure in Dallas.
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The former Cowboys receiver told NFL Network’s Jane Slater regarding the Garrett Guys who he claims are to blame partially for his release, Little do they know is, you know, they can wear that ‘C’ all they want to, but in that locker room … they know who they communicate with. Everybody knows where the real love is at. I’m not throwing anybody under the bus, but that’s the difference between me and them.
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Anthony Averett, Alabama (5-11, 183): In his聽two years as a starter, he established himself as a solid if unspectacular cover corner. His game depends more on sticking with a receiver throughout the route than making a play on the ball, and he will need to fill out his frame.聽Projected: Round 2

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M.J. Stewart, North Carolina (5-11, 200): His 41 career pass breakups set a UNC record, tying him with Wisconsin’s Nick Nelson for most in this draft class. Stewart might be a candidate to move to safety given his lack of lack of explosiveness, but teams will find a way to utilize his savvy route recognition and tenacious style.聽Projected: Round 3-4

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year also skipped all of last year’s voluntary workouts, was a no-show for mandatory minicamp drills, and then held out from training camp.

Rams general manager Les Snead told the Times the team and Donald have a timeline for working out an extension.

The goal is still the same. Make Aaron Donald a Ram for a long, long time, Snead said.
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Bill Bates Authentic Jersey Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has exchanged text messages with Dez Bryant since the wide receiver’s release from the franchise on Friday.
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It’s sad news. That’s a brother to me, Prescott said from a women’s clinic he was hosting at Episcopal Parish School in Dallas. Put the football stuff behind you, and what he meant to me as a person, what Womens Tony Snell Jersey he meant to me as a brother, it’s tough to see him go. It shows you it’s a business. All it does is motivate me and puts all this in perspective. Just got to go to work.

Game Youth Casey Cizikas Jersey After taking a pay cut three times to remain with the Patriots, wide receiver Danny Amendola told ESPN’s Mike Reiss on Friday that he signed with the Miami Dolphins this offseason after realizing Bill Belichick’s contract offer wouldn’t come close.

I mean, I’m sure he’s hearing stuff, and I’m sure he’s getting it from a lot of different ways, so I mean, I’m not going to finger-point at anybody, Prescott said. I’m not going to get upset for who he’s pointing at or who he thinks did this. So I mean, as I said, it’s a business, and it’s part of it.

Here’s what I think. (I think there’s a chance some of you may not care what I think.) Unless and until the Giants and Beckham reach an agreement on a long-term deal, a trade can still happen.

Beckham showed up this week for offseason workouts. The time is right to work something out. If it doesn’t happen before OTAs or training camp, Beckham could boycott.

Bailey spoke to the television station despite her jaw being wired shut. She said Boykin dragged her to the bathroom to try to clean her up after the incident, and that he later drove her to the hospital. But when hospital staff questioned her, he left the hospital and didn’t return.

His first suggestion was to say that I fell. Then he suggested that I got beat up by a girl, or jumped. Then he suggested that I fell again, she said. He’s saying basically since we’ve already been in a case we don’t need nothing else. And of course his football career is on the line. That’s his main goal, just ‘my football career is on the line.

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Kicker Sebastian Janikowski will fly to Seattle on Tuesday to meet with the Seahawks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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I mean, everybody is [nervous], I think, in those situations,” he said. You want everything to go smooth, and sometimes it doesn’t. But it was OK.”

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Making Watson’s involvement in the offseason program more important is that O’Brien plans to implement a new offense, one that is even better suited to Watson’s skills. Given the speed with which he picked up last year’s offense after he was abruptly thrust into the starting role, any advance preparation should serve only to make him better than he was as a rookie 鈥?and as a rookie he was beyond great.

McVay was on ESPN Los Angeles to discuss the deal that brought Cooks to Los Angeles as the newest weapon on offense and said he’s always been a fan of the wideout’s ability.

On Thursday’s PFT Live, we tried to make sense of the Ravens’ decision to sign quarterback Robert Griffin III. Is he a normal backup quarterback, whose job it will be support the starter and play only if absolutely necessary? Is it to be a potential alternative to the starter?