Month: April 2018

Arizona believed to no longer be looking to trade up

For a while, the Cardinals were looking to trade up from No. 15, presumably to get a quarterback. With the draft three hours away, the current thinking is that the Cardinals won’t be making a move.
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Of course, that is always subject to change. Once a pick is on the clock, there’s a tendency to cut through the crap and get to the bottom line. That can happen, and it possibly will happen for the Cardinals, based on who slides and who doesn’t.

For now, however, the thinking is that the Cardinals are standing pat. There’s also a chance that by doing so, they’ll get a quarterback anyway with the pick that they earned via an 8-8 record.

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Marquel Lee Mens Jersey The Dolphins are bolstering their defense with their first-round draft pick.

With the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Miami selected Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.
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There was talk that the Dolphins were hoping one of the top four quarterbacks would fall to them, and that they might even trade up for a quarterback. But when four quarterbacks went in the Top 10, the Dolphins went with defense instead..

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Shad Khan: I’m buying Wembley to keep the Jaguars stable in both London and Jacksonville

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Jaguars owner Shad Khan has confirmed he is buying Wembley Stadium, England’s premier soccer field and the home of many NFL international games. But he’s positioning the move not as an attempt to take the Jaguars to London, but as an attempt to strengthen the franchise.
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The Jaguars have played regular season home games at Wembley Stadium in each of the past five NFL seasons and will continue to do so at least through the 2020 season, Khan said in a statement. The games the Jaguars play at Wembley are essential to the financial stability of the Jaguars in Jacksonville, which is one of the smallest markets in the NFL. If my ownership interests were to include Wembley Stadium, it would protect the Jaguars’ position in London at a time when other NFL teams are understandably becoming more interested in this great city. And the stronger the Jaguars are in London, the more stable and promising the Jaguars’ future Carey Price Authentic Jersey will be in Jacksonville.

As far as the idea the Giants must get a QB at No. 2 because they could pick up a suitable running back in later rounds, Irvin said this one is different.

I hear people say, ‘You can get a quarterback and you [can] find a pretty good running back in the other rounds,’ Irvin said. Pretty good ain’t Saquon Barkley.The most familiar face Kareem Martin saw upon arriving to the Giants is the one that mattered most.

While nearly every player at the team’s minicamp is first learning the new offensive and defensive systems, the 26-year-old linebacker is well ahead of his teammates, having spent each of his first four seasons playing under new Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher.

Jenkins was suspended for a game last year, after he failed to report to the first practice after the bye week. He was unapologetic when reinstated, which seems to underscore the level of respect for then-coach Ben McAdoo which he (and apparently others) had.

I learned a lot. Just facing adversity. Whether it’s me not showing up to practice or us losing, everybody not on the same page, he said. Just ready to kick off and pile energy all year.
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NFL Draft 2018: Could anything lead Giants back to Bradley Chubb or Quenton Nelson?

As much as Giants general manager Dave Gettleman likes — err, loves – being the man of great mystery in the 2018 NFL Draft, most insiders believe he will be choosing between two players when the No. 2 pick is put on the clock.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold or Penn State running back Saquon Barkley ?

“It’s my sixth year now. I had Manu for my first few years, Tim (Duncan), Kawhi a little bit. Even in the summers I go see Kawhi in San Diego and work with him so it’s not like I’m only working with bigs or guards,” Udoka says.

The summer league is when NBA assistants get the opportunity to take the reins of a team and show what they can do. Coaching the Spurs summer league team in 2013 and 2014, Udoka gained further appreciation for the job.

“You definitely learn from all experiences,” he says. “I’d done some clinics before that and coached some Adidas Nations in the summer so that stuff always helps keep you sharp.

“Assistant is one thing but to be a head coach is a whole different mindset, so I love to do those things. Not only do you get to implement your own stuff but you get to use your own voice a little bit more.”

A wild scene was the story of the second quarter. Philadelphia’s Dario Saric was driving from the right wing and had his dribble knocked away by Justise Winslow, and four players wound up on the floor as they went for the loose ball. Josh Richardson took the worst of it, getting slammed into by Embiid. Richardson stayed down for more than a minute, eventually getting helped to his feet and to the Miami locker room.

Hardly anyone noticed.

All eyes were on the other end, where Dragic was shoved to the floor by Robert Covington. James Johnson — a black belt and MMA fighter — took exception and went toward Covington, so Simmons came in for a few words.

It wound up taking two referees, two Heat coaches and a few players to get everyone separated.

As for the possibility of coaching his fatherland Nigeria, the country he played for in several AfroBasket tournaments, Udoka says: “I talked to them last year and they wanted me to do something with the men’s team, but they had a made a change with the federation and it was three weeks before the tournament and I had summer plans mapped out.

Forte spent eight of his 10 seasons in Chicago.

James Harrison to Canton will be a very hard sell
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With linebacker James Harrison retiring after 16 NFL seasons, a listener posed this question to the PFT PM podcast on Monday: Is Harrison a Hall of Famer.

On the surface, it’s an intriguing question. The 2008 NFL defensive player of the year and the winner of two Super Bowls with the Steelers, Harrison played at a very high level. The problem, however, is that Harrison didn’t play at a high level nearly long enough.

He racked up 16 sacks in 2008. For the rest of his career, Harrison had 68.5 sacks. It’s a total of 84.5 career sacks, putting him at 52nd on the all-time list, behind the likes of Osi Umenyiora, Justin Smith, Leonard Little, Trent Cole, Trevor Pryce, Robert Porcher, Mario Williams, Joey Porter, and plenty more.
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Rockies: Chad Bettis (2-0, 2.04 ERA) gave up one run and three hits over seven innings last Thursday against Washington. Bettis is 0-2 with a 6.26 ERA in six appearances against the Pirates.

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According to, via CFT, Saban would have preferred moving the kickoff to the 40 yard line. Instead, the powers-that-be left the kickoff point at the 35, allowing the receiving team to make a fair catch inside the 25, while still getting the ball at the 25.

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Brandon Beane: Draft can be success if we don’t take a QB

Bills General Manager Brandon Beane knows that his quarterback decisions will be a big part of how his job performance is rated in the years to come.
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At a press conference on Monday, Beane called getting a franchise quarterback one of the main jobs for any NFL General Manager and the lack of one in Buffalo has led many to predict that Beane will move to select a quarterback in the first round. The Bills moved up to the No. 12 spot in a trade with the Bengals and have five other picks in the first three rounds to use as capital for a move that could push them even higher in the order.

Bucks: Have been outscored 42-13 in second-chance points through two games. … Shot 62 percent in the first half (23 of 37).
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Celtics: At age 21, Brown is the youngest player in Celtics history to score 30 or more points in a playoff game. … Boston went 13 of 31 from the 3-point line.

I had a chip on my shoulder since I got drafted. I had a chip on my shoulder since forever. It’s all carry over. This year I got the opportunity to start in the playoffs. That chip on my should is gonna remain, no matter how deep we go. — Rozier

The Dolphins become an obvious candidate to sign Anderson, who’ll instantly become a free agent when officially released.

Asked if he specifically questioned Beckham Irving Fryar Authentic Jersey if there were drugs in the hotel room, Shurmur said, That’s private between Odell and myself, but we talked about the video.
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As for the trade talk affecting Beckham, Shurmur said: I’m not worried about it. I really believe that Odell is a professional, he wants to be great and he understands the importance of the offseason. He’s a competitive guy. Again, we had already started communication before all that information kind of got out there and was talked about a great deal. He’s a professional, and I’m glad he’s here today.

The Odell Mania was triggered two weeks ago, when co-owner John Mara, responding to the seven-second video, stated he was tired of having to answer questions about Beckham’s behavior, adding that no player, not even Beckham, was untouchable. That opened the door for wild trade speculation and did prompt the Rams and a few other teams to inquire about the price tag. Mara later made it clear Beckham was not on the trading block.

Victor Oladipo: Under-the-radar Pacers have been good all season

Last summer, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared, unsolicited, that Indiana could’ve done better than it did in the trade that sent Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a package that included Victor Oladipo.
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The remark was likely motivated by the fact that the Cavs believed they had a George-for-Kevin Love swap in place before the Pacers pulled off their surprise trade with the Thunder.

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I just told myself to stay calm and not worry about it, said Martinez (2-1), who described his changeup as nasty and said he could move it to both sides of the plate.

He was great, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. He had electric stuff. He had great execution when he needed it. He was smooth and had a good plan.

The Reds scored 10 runs in the series while being swept in four games at home by St. Louis for the first time since July 8-10, 1949.

The Reds haven’t enjoyed a lead in 32 innings, going back to the fourth inning on Thursday. They are 2-13 overall this season for the first time since the 1931 Reds won two of their first 19 games.

Bud Norris allowed Adam Duvall’s ninth-inning leadoff homer and the Reds got a runner to second with nobody out. Norris struck out Alex Blandino and Phillip Ervin and got Billy Hamilton to line out to clinch his third save.
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Tony Romo settled down after a nervous start, only to come undone on the back nine in his PGA Tour debut.

The former Cowboys quarterback played a four-hole stretch in a 5 over on the back nine that led to a 5-over 77 in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. He was 14 shots behind Brice Garnett, who had a 63 to lead by one shot.

“Over 18 holes and 72, your flaws start to show at some point,” Romo said. “I really hit some good shots close and I had a chance to be under par pretty easily. Then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that’s golf.”

Romo, who now works as an NFL analyst for CBS Sports, received a sponsor’s exemption to the tournament, which has one of the weaker fields of the year because it is held opposite the World Golf Championships event in Texas. He is playing as an amateur.

“I had it going for a little bit,” Romo said. “I had it close.”

Garnett was 10 shots better than his opening round at Punta Cana last year, when it was a Tour event. He shot 73-67 and missed the cut.

“I think last year I just kind of approached the golf course wrong,” Garnett said of the generous fairways on the resort course. “To me, this is a second shot golf course. Everybody’s in play off the tee and it comes down to a putting competition.”

Jonathan Byrd was in a large group at 66, while former Puerto Rico Open winner George McNeill was among those at 67.

“Marshawn’s personality is so big and he’s such a — he’s one of those dudes, he’s really like Nina Simone: He’s just misunderstood,” Bennett said, per For the Win. “People misunderstand him all the time. He’s such a great guy when it comes to doing community [work]. He’s such a great teammate. He shows up to everybody’s thing. He plays hard. When he practices, he practices hard. So when he left, you could feel it.”

Bennett, 32, added it was Lynch’s “swag” that made Seattle differ from the other 31 teams in the league.

“You don’t want a whole bunch of Russell Wilsons. You gotta have three or four Marshawn Lynches on your team,” Bennett said. “At any moment, you never know what they’re going to do. Whether they’re going to come to work or dropkick the coach. You know, Latrell Sprewell. You just never know. You can’t have a whole bunch of nice people on a sports team. You need one good guy that does everything right, you know, prays and does all the stuff then goes, ‘Yeah! Let’s go play!’ Then you need some thugs.”jets_043

Very few prospects offer as much upside as UTSA’s Marcus Davenport.

At 6’6, 264 pounds, Davenport is considered a physically gifted prospect, yet his game lacks polish. Even so, his current makeup is a far cry from the 198-pound high school recruit most collegiate programs snubbed.聽
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The notion that #Tommy is fomenting Foxborough friction would have been inconceivable a year ago. Now, Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston connects the dots in Drew Doughty Authentic Jersey a way that suggests Brady resides at the center of the storm that keeps gathering around Belichick and his grumpy old man ways.

Curran identifies scattered Patriots who revolted in the past, from Adalius Thomas to Randy Moss to Wes Welker to Logan Mankins. This time, it’s very different.

The pushback now is being led by Brady, Curran writes. And it’s not about one thing, it’s about everything. It’s about the culture. A culture we’ve all celebrated for nearly two decades as being the reason the Patriots from 2001 through 2019 will be the standard by which all American sports dynasties are measured.
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Shonka has been at this for a long while, as a former college head coach, scout for National Football Scouting, the Eagles, Redskins and Chiefs and currently as Ourlads’ Scouting Services general manager and national scout. He likes Mayfield best of all the quarterback prospects, followed by Rosen, Darnold, Mason Rudolph, Allen and Lamar Jackson, assigning first-round grades to all of them. It is not as if Shonka believes all these players will be busts, but, other than Mayfield and possibly Rosen, he does not see what all the fuss is about and certainly does not salivate over this class.

Absolutely not,” Shonka said. Quantity doesn’t make quality. So tired of hearing this is a great quarterback group, like this is the Class of ’83 or something.”

Shonka thinks the Giants should take running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick, as Barkley is his highest-graded player, and could also see the logic in taking defensive end Bradley Chubb or even guard Quenton Nelson. The Jets at No. 3 getting Mayfield? Shonka is bullish on that.

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Reid would bring character to a Bengals franchise that’s so often lacked it.

Let’s be fair to the Bengals. It’s possible they eventually sign Reid.
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Still, the fact the owner of the Bengals, of all teams, grilled Reid about his protests while for decades having a cadre of terrible people on the roster is another sign that some teams and owners don’t get it.
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Teams protect guys like Jones while condemning men like Reid.

It’s also not just all owners. At the owners meeting last month, coach Marvin Lewis said the Bengals were just about football.
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We are about playing football, he told reporters. [Players who] have other agendas, this is not the place to be. On Sunday for us and throughout the week in the building, it’s about football. That’s how I’ve approached it. Whatever happens from the league standpoint we will go along with, but that is what our guys know. And they handle Womens Teez Tabor Jersey that for me. I don’t have to have a voice. They understand what I am about, anything beyond that gets in the way of us doing what we want to do and that’s winning football games.

He reiterated that desire on Twitter:

Bryant made his reasoning crystal-clear later, per NFL Network’s Dan Hellie: Being in the division is a huge possibility it’s something that I want. It’s personal. I’m tired of being the scapegoat, and I’m going to keep proving that on and off the field.

After signing a聽five-year, $70 million deal聽in 2015, he was due $12.5 million in 2018 and carried a cap hit of $16.5 million. While many will point to the money as the reason behind his release, the three-time Pro Bowler feels it was more than that:

The Cowboys took Bryant in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, and he had spent his entire career in Dallas. He hauled in 531 catches for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns in his eight seasons with the team. He had a three-year stretch from 2012-14 in which he was one of the best wideouts in the league, hauling in at least 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns in each campaign.

New Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia is arguably football’s smartest man.

Patricia earned an aeronautical engineering degree from聽Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute聽before entering the coaching ranks.
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Grizzlies: MarShon Brooks, who averaged nearly 24 points over his first five games with the team since joining last month fresh from the Chinese league, missed 12 of 16 shots against tough defense from Butler and finished with 14 points.

Just going out there playing Brenton Bersin Womens Jersey hard, making them work for everything, Brooks said.
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Timberwolves: Backup center Cole Aldrich, who has logged just 49 minutes all season, was honored before the game with the Flip Saunders Legacy Award for community service in honor of the team’s late executive and coach. Aldrich had an assist in the final minute.

This achievement alone should be enough to keep him as the team’s head coach for the next decade or more.聽

General manager Ryan Pace & Co. declined Fuller’s fifth-year option before last season, which was defensible given his status at the time. Fuller had been ineffective for the vast majority of his brief career, and he had missed the entirety of the previous season because of a knee injury that had defensive coordinator Vic Fangio questioning Fuller’s desire to play. Given that any complications with the knee injury might have caused Fuller’s fifth-year option for 2018 to guarantee if he couldn’t pass a physical, you can understand why the Bears declined the option.

Previous reports indicated that the Giants were seeking a pair of first-rounders in a trade. They lost one potential suitor when the Rams acquired wideout Brandin Cooks, and the Patriots reportedly won’t pursue the receiver. Vacchiano hints that the 49ers could be a team to watch, as the organization could theoretically want a top wideout for Jimmy Garoppolo.