He signed and is under team control but is pursuing football as a career

He signed and is under team control but is pursuing football as a career. Not that it happen, but if Manziel has a change of heart and decides to give baseball a shot, he’ll finally get a to set foot on the campus James Neal Jersey of the University of Oregon. Remember, before he ended up College Station, he committed to play football for Chip ‘s Ducks. The Padres short- team the Northwest League plays on the Oregon campus, a long fly ball from Autzen Stadium. It’s unlikely that Manziel’s baseball career ever go too far beyond throwing a few ceremonial first pitches, but he’s far from the first NFL player to be taken the Draft. recent years, quarterbacks Russell and Colin Kaepernick have both had their names called the Draft. was first drafted by the Orioles 2007, then again by the Rockies ’10. He was then claimed by the Rangers the Rule 5 Draft this past winter, and he spent time visiting with Rangers players this spring after helping lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl title February. Among the other NFL players selected the Draft recent years are: quarterbacks Tom, Vick, Matt Cassel and Locker ; and wide receivers Tate and Decker. Locker was the highest drafted of any of those players, being taken the 10th round by the Halos 2009, three years after they had selected him the 40th round. This isn’t exactly a new trend either, as Marek Mazanec Jersey legendary quarterbacks Dan Marino and Elway were both drafted by Major League Baseball teams. fact, both Marino and Elway were taken by the Royals the 1979 Draft. Elway was drafted again two years later, this time the second round by the Yankees. Though Manziel figures to follow the lead of those quarterbacks and stick to the gridiron, the Padres have at least given him the option to consider making Baseball his next trademark. We want to be respectful of his football career and what the Browns are trying to do and also be realistic, Byrnes said. But just case, I guess we’ll how that lines up.

Menu Riley Sheahan scored with 3 remaining the third period to give the Detroit Red a 2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on night for their fifth straight win. Tatar also scored and Petr Mrazek made 30 saves to help Detroit end a four-game losing streak to Anaheim. After Sheahan forced a turnover inside the Ducks’ zone by tying up Getzlaf at the blue line, Larkin collected the loose puck and got it back to Sheahan. He unleashed a blistering wrist shot past Gibson. Corey scored for the Ducks, and Gibson stopped 22 shots. Anaheim did not earn a point for only the second time its last nine games. The Ducks pulled Gibson for an extra attacker with 1 remaining. Shea had a good look on goal, but his shot sailed over Mrazek’s right shoulder. After several Detroit clearances, Sami Vatanen couldn’t get a final desperation shot off time. Detroit took the lead just 16 seconds, with Tatar’s pass redirecting off Hampus Lindholm’s stick at the top of the crease. It was the second own goal a week for Anaheim, with the only goal allowed a 4 win over Winnipeg last also inadvertently careening off a Ducks’ stick. Anaheim seemed out of sorts after falling behind early, with Kesler and Vatanen taking unnecessary penalties. Nate Thompson had a short-handed breakaway on the second Red ‘ power play but sent his shot off the crossbar and out of play. The Ducks’ first official shot on goal didn’t come until exactly halfway through the period. The second was much more effective. took Getzlaf’s pass and put a backhand top shelf to tie the game.

It was ‘s 16th goal of the and third the last four games. Anaheim nearly took the lead seconds later on a 3-on-2 rush off the ensuing faceoff but Horcuff whiffed on the shot. The Red could have gone ahead 2 if not for a bizarre sequence on a shot by Sheahan. Television replays showed Sheahan’s shot went before hitting off the camera inside the goal and going through the top of the netting. However, the shot was not ruled a goal real-time and a video review did not overrule the initial call. Anaheim’s best chance to take the lead the second period came on a shot by the opening minutes that hit the inside of the post, while Gibson denied Gustav Nyquist the closing 90 seconds. With a noticeable and vocal contingent of Red fans attendance, the game took on an atmosphere recalling the fierce playoff battles between the two teams before Detroit joined the Eastern Conference 2014. NOTES: Detroit scratched C Joakim Andersson and D Jakub Kindl. Kindl, a first-round pick 2005, cleared waivers…. Anaheim scratched D Korbinian Holzer and F Maroon…. Detroit continues its six-game trip Monday night at Los Angeles…. Anaheim returns to action Wednesday night at home against Ottawa.

The Pistons are not just a pick-and-roll offense

Defenses have not been forced to render such payment, they get to sag inside and the interior workspaces for both Drummond and are closed for business. The Pistons are not just a pick-and-roll offense, or a 3-point Walter Thurmond Jersey offense, or offense with a pleasantly multi-dimensional isolation player, or with the best offensive rebounder years. It is all of those things together, and if the Pistons move the ball, they find opportunities to exploit them all.

They have done intermittently, which they got away with when they were defending better, before the last three , when they were very fortunate to find one offensive explosion and salvage a win. Players stand around because they aren’t getting opportunities, they ‘t expect opportunities. Then, they look to make the most of the ones they get, and before you know it, they’ve played three seconds of —- and the offensive flow is disrupted. It isn’t just.

It’s and Caldwell-Pope and . It’s Drummond still not quite adapting naturally to double-teams the post. It’s a holistic issue. It’s Will Blackmon Jersey also addressable with practice repetitions and video study, both of which the Pistons need a bad way. Yes, it is safe to assume isolation basketball and pick and roll are not synonymous. They are not. Help defenders offer opportunities for players not involved the pick-and-roll action when such a play works effectively. These things are curable.

The Pistons, on a whole, have been a little better defensively and a little worse offensively than they might have projected. They are decent position to address the latter, and how it affects the former, with a 5 record and two-thirds of their longest road trip of the completed. Q: A: To what degree it turns out to be problematic, it’s a good problem to have, and not much like the jumbo dynamic. ultimately split time at the forward spots. eventually figures to become a starter, though with as much as the Pistons rely on ‘ scoring with both units, and their mandate to make injury adjustments, the time frame on it is highly variable. When that happens — that is, when the Pistons are better off with at 30-ish minutes per game and shifting positions, rather than getting that extra 10 minutes from one of their other power forwards — the change happen.

Three Eagles players raise fists during national anthem

CHICAGO — Three members of the Philadelphia Eagles — safety Malcolm Jenkins, cornerback Ron Brooks and defensive end Steven Means — stood side by side, each with one arm raised in the air during the national anthem prior to the Monday Night Football game between the Eagles and Bears.

Jenkins told the media this week that he planned to make a statement to further the conversation about social injustice as Colin Kaepernick and others around the league have done in recent weeks.

“I’ve got to do a better job,” Carroll said. “We got to make sure we’re toeing the line … we still didn’t quite meet the standards the (NFL) wants.”

The rule restricting excessive on-field physical contact during OTAs was put in place to enhance player safety by limiting contact during offseason workouts as well as an attempt to prevent teams from gaining a competitive advantage during summer months.

Seattle was previously fined $300,000 in 2014 and docked OTA sessions in 2012 for violating the non-contact rules. Carroll said the team’s previous violations probably led to more severe penalties being issued Monday.

The NFL also noted in its announcement that any additional violations by the club will likely result in “significantly higher fines, the cancellation of future OTA days, minicamp days, preseason or regular season practices, as well as the forfeiture of higher-round or multiple draft selections.”

For a team that consistently finds diamonds in the rough late in the draft, the forfeiture of a fifth-round pick will sting Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

Bill Belichick on Barkevious Mingo: ‘I’ve been impressed with him’

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New England Patriots linebacker Barkevious Mingo made a strong first impression in his first game with the team, totaling six tackles and two quarterback hits in Thursday’s preseason finale against the New York Giants.

But behind the scenes, he already had won over Bill Belichick because of his intelligence and work ethic.

“He lived in the facility last week,” Belichick said.

During his pregame interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Belichick was complimentary of Mingo’s versatility and physical traits.

“It’s good to work with him. I think he’ll help us. He’s long, has good length, he’s fast, he picks up things quickly, asks a lot of good questions. You don’t have to keep going over the same information with him. Once you give it to him, he has it and then you go on to something else. He has good retention, good instincts, and I think he understands football.

“He’s played a lot of different positions — linebacker, defensive end, off-the-ball linebacker, on-the-ball linebacker, he’s played a number of spots in the kicking game. I think he’s capable of having some versatility and helping us in different roles. We’ll see how all that turns out, but I’d say I’ve been impressed with him personally — his intelligence, his communication, just being alert on everything.”

On Tuesday, the City Attorney’s Office said it declined to pursue charges because of “conflicting and inconsistent information.” It also said Elliott was cooperative in the investigation and offered affidavits and photographs to support his case.

“I feel like there has been some damages done,” Elliott said of his reputation, “but the past is the past. I’m focused on now.”

Elliott, the fourth player taken in the NFL draft, said he wanted to focus on Week 1 opponent the New York Giants.

Elliott remains under review by the NFL. A player does not need to be formally charged with a crime to be punished under the league’s personal conduct policy.

Last month, Elliott found himself in the news for another reason. He visited a legal marijuana dispensary in Seattle before the team’s preseason game against the Seahawks, and afterward, owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett criticized the rookie’s decision.

The Dallas Morning News, meanwhile, obtained court documents that revealed an exchange of texts messages between Elliott and the former girlfriend regarding whether he thought he might fail a drug test.

Fantasy football auction targets that will cost you less than $5

These undervalued players will help you gain an edge on the competition during your fantasy football auction this season.

According to the latest ESPN lLive auction results, each player can be had for less than $5.00.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor: $3.00

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah: $4.00

Abdullah is another player likely headed for a big step forward in his second season. Like Yeldon, Abdullah was effective (4.2 yards per carry), but Detroit’s lead back couldn’t rack up touchdowns (three total) and was overshadowed by Theo Riddick in the passing game.

Riddick will remain heavily involved this year, but Joique Bell is gone and replacement Zach Zenner averaged a miserable 2.5 YPC on 19 preseason carries. Don’t be surprised if Abdullah easily eclipses 200 carries this season.

Ravens RB Terrance West: $0.00

Here’s how Kaepernick and Gabbert compare at the end of the preseason:

Gabbert: Because of the injury issues Kaepernick has dealt with, Gabbert has taken the vast majority of the first-team reps in Kelly’s offense since he arrived in January. Gabbert handled most of the snaps during the offseason program as Kaepernick recovered from knee, shoulder and thumb injuries. He did the same during training camp after the aforementioned shoulder tightness prevented Kaepernick from throwing in the first two preseason games and about a week and a half of practice. Gabbert played 43 snaps in his three preseason appearances. It’s probably overstating it to say Gabbert has a complete grasp of Kelly’s offense, but he’s certainly had more chances to execute it than Kaepernick.

Kaepernick: After returning from the shoulder tightness that kept him out of the first two preseason games and joint practices with the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos, Kaepernick split reps with the first team in practice with Gabbert. Kelly made it a point to try to get Kaepernick as many game reps as Gabbert and was successful as Kaepernick ended up playing 45 snaps in his two preseason appearances. It’s worth noting that those reps aren’t all created equal, though. Kaepernick played with and against starters for just 13 of those snaps against Green Bay. The 32 reps he got Thursday in San Diego came with the Niners’ backups on offense and San Diego’s defensive reserves.

Joey Bosa ends ugly stalemate with Chargers, signs four-year deal

The ugly stalemate between the San Diego Chargers and and Joey Bosa has finally come to an end. The Chargers announced on Monday that they’ve signed their third-overall pick to a four-year deal that will include a team option for a fifth year.
The signing ends a 31-day holdout that got testy last week after the Chargers publicly shamed Bosa during negotiations, claiming that he had turned down one of the best offers ever given to a rookie in San Diego.

“Anquan said it this morning [that Kaepernick had the right to do it], and I was kind of mad that he said it, because I was like, ‘God, if Anquan says it, I’ve got to go with it,’ because Anquan was such a leader, and he’s a smart guy. He gets it,” Boone said, via ESPN.com. “But at the same time, I was upset with his choice to do that and kind of disrespect the flag.”

Boldin, who played for the 49ers from 2013-15, said that he has no issue with the fact that Kaepernick was protesting the national anthem because living in America gives them that right.

Although the Chargers ended up selecting Manning, he never played for San Diego because he was traded to the Giants on draft day.
Anyway, when the Chargers took negotiations public last week, it ended up making both sides look bad. Many Chargers fans thought Bosa was being greedy because he was going to get the entire $17 million signing bonus in his contract whether it was paid out in 2016 or 2017.

On the other hand, many fans thought the Chargers were just being cheapskates due to the team’s long history of dealing with rookie holdouts.

It was clear in the preseason that Lynch owns by far the most talent of any Broncos quarterback, he just needs seasoning. Lynch has a huge arm — one of the strongest in the entire NFL — and unique athleticism. He can be a difference maker in Kubiaks offense in time. If Siemian stumbles, will Kubiak have confidence Lynch’s talent will outweigh his inexperience?

Lynch is the future in Denver. We’ve thought all offseason the first-round pick could play at some point this year, the question will be how early will he get a shot?

James Koh – DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: Contract year. I’m not sure we need more analysis but if you do here you go: Washington’s backfield has been decimated by injuries meaning this will encourage coach Jay Gruden to throw even more than they did last year, which was not a little. If he’s healthy, D-Jax will see 110-plus targets and blow away his Round 8 to 10 value.

Matt Franciscovich – Jared Cook, TE, Green Bay Packers: You can pick up Cook, who presents top-five upside at his position, in the last round of your draft so you should probably do that in all of your leagues. Rodgers finally has the speedy tight end he’s been lacking for years and Green Bay’s No. 3 receiver competition is irrelevant due to Cook’s presence. I’m calling 10-plus touchdowns for the former Ram.

Brandon Marshall’s first impression of Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: Uh, oh

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A year later, the truth comes out.

Reflecting on the 2015 offseason, New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall admitted he didn’t think much of Ryan Fitzpatrick when they first started practicing together. We all know how the season turned out — they became a highly productive tandem — but there were some rough moments in the beginning.

“From all of us who know Keanu, you know he’s going to put a thousand percent into all the rehab to get ready,” Quinn said Friday. “We know kind of what he stands for and the toughness, so I’d expect the shorter-term [amount of time being out] with him. He’s kind of just built that way.”

This is the second injury this preseason for Neal, who also missed the preseason opener against Washington with a “trunk” injury.

The Falcons already were down one strong safety with Neal’s backup, Kemal Ishmael, sidelined with a shoulder injury. Quinn said Ishmael is expected to return to practice in a limited role Sunday. The other players in Atlanta’s strong safety rotation are Damian Parms and rookie Sharrod Neasman.

Quinn also said Friday that the Falcons will potentially sign a veteran free-agent safety but that the team is not considering bringing back William Moore, who was released earlier this year.

Moore, who told ESPN earlier Friday that he would “absolutely” come back to the Falcons, didn’t fit well in Quinn’s scheme last season.

Neal is expected to have a significant impact on the defense upon his return. He is known for his hard-hitting style, and coaches say he’s already mature beyond his years.

Surprise player who impressed: Safety Kelcie McCray. To say it’s a surprise is probably a stretch because McCray has been playing well all summer. But he showed up in a big way vs. Dallas, finishing with seven tackles and a pass breakup. McCray will enter the season as the top backup at both safety spots.

When it was starters vs. starters, the Seahawks looked…: Sharp. As mentioned above, the offense scored four times (two touchdowns, two field goals) on six possessions.

Former Raiders QB Todd Marinovich found naked, booked for drugs

Former USC Trojans and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich was found naked with marijuana and possibly methamphetamine in a residential area of Irvine, California.

In 2000, he attempted to revive his career with the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League, but he was arrested on suspicion of heroin possession and cut eight months later.

Ebron was not spotted doing much during the limited viewing period of individual drills at the team’s practice facility, but it is another step in the right direction for the tight end. He was spotted jogging to the Jugs machine and then catching passes on it last week.

The No. 10 pick in the 2014 draft was carted off the field during that mock game, frustration clear on his face. He hasn’t spoken to the media since the injury, declining multiple requests for comment. A source told ESPN Insider Adam Caplan on Tuesday morning that Ebron will play Week 1 against Indianapolis.

His return to practice Tuesday would be another strong indicator of that.

Ebron is slated to be Detroit’s top tight end this fall. He had been having a strong camp leading up to the injury. Now entering his third season, he called this year a “make it or break it” year for him. He caught 47 passes for 537 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games last season.

The Lions need him back at tight end as Brandon Pettigrew (ACL) remains on the PUP list and Tim Wright (ACL) is out for the season on injured reserve.

The 47-year-old Marinovich was cited for trespassing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, Hallinan told the Orange County Register on Monday.

Hallinan said Marinovich, an Irvine resident, was in a backyard of a home and had been seen naked on a neighborhood jogging path.

“He was carrying the items in a brown bag,” Hallinan said.

Marinovich’s problems with drugs have been well documented since rising to stardom as a freshman USC quarterback in the 1989 season, culminating with a Trojans victory in the Rose Bowl over Michigan.

NFL players should fight ‘Al-Jazeera suspensions’ like crazy

Brady will serve a four-game suspension to start this season because the NFL determined he was “more likely than not” involved in a scheme to deflate footballs in the 2014 AFC Championship Game. The league’s final report, of course, carried not a shred of direct and verified evidence that Brady was involved — or even that the balls themselves were artificially deflated. It focused heavily on Brady’s refusal to provide his mobile phone, even though he said he provided all the information the league requested from it.

Hargrove, meanwhile, essentially lost his career in 2012 when the NFL pinned much of its Bountygate investigation on him telling his New Orleans Saints teammates to “pay me my money” after a hit on then-Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Hargrove adamantly denied saying it, and the NFL concluded he was not being truthful in his deposition. Later, an NFL Films video confirmed Hargrove’s account. The NFL quietly acknowledged it.

The point, of course, is that Peppers, Matthews, Neal and Harrison have been smart in approaching the latest investigation with extreme caution. One wrong move, or one perceived to be uncooperative by the league, and they’ll forever be stained by NFL discipline.

The NFL already has a PEDs policy, to which all four players have been subject. The policy’s testing procedure should be the source of any allegation. Unless one or more of them have tested positive, they are innocent under the terms of the agreed NFL-NFLPA policy. The policy does allow for discipline if violations are found through “sufficient credible documented evidence,” but unless the NFL has uncovered something more than Al-Jazeera did from a now-discredited source, it’s difficult to imagine what that might be.

In this case, the NFL is asking the players to step outside the policy and answer to the allegation anyway. Ask Brady and Hargrove, both of whom denied their respective accusations from the start, how that worked out for them.

In truth, this really isn’t about PEDs. Again, the NFL has a policy for that. This is another maneuver in the now-ubiquitous power struggle between the league and its players. The NFL is emboldened by its legal victory over Brady and is using the same broad authority — as written in Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement — to compel participation in an otherwise out-of-policy investigation.

If you celebrated Brady’s discipline, surely you realized that your team could be next. You did realize that, right?

At the moment, it’s difficult to imagine the limits of the league’s power. Even in a union environment, with a legal CBA in place, we might finally have reached the moment when players are subject to discipline whenever they don’t do what the NFL asks of them. If you thought the relationship between the two sides was icy and too litigious already, wait until you see what’s next.

The NFL is begging the NFLPA to fight back over the Al Jazeera case.

The NFL said if Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Green Bay Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and free-agent defensive lineman Mike Neal — the four active players publicly accused in an Al Jazeera America report last year for performance-enhancing drug use — don’t interview with the league by August 25, the NFL will suspend them indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the league. That’s according to multiple reports, including Pro Football Talk, which published the NFL’s letter to the union outlining the many times they have been stonewalled on their interview requests.

Now it gets interesting.

The NFLPA seems to have long ago understood this is how the situation would play out, from the moment it sent the NFL an affidavit on Harrison’s behalf, in which Harrison said he has never taken any PEDs and his affidavit would be his only statement to the NFL on the matter. The other players also sent affidavits, via the NFLPA. The NFL rejected them.

The implied message with that seemed to be the players would not let NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have his way in this case. This wouldn’t be like the Tom Brady/deflate-gate fiasco. Goodell has to feel emboldened by the court rulings in his favor in the Brady and Adrian Peterson cases. The union has to feel like it needs something to rally around if it ever wants to battle back over the broad powers Goodell has under Article 46 of the collective-bargaining agreement.

Angry fans at the Hall of Fame Game felt misled as they bought souvenirs, food

Before announcing to the fans that there would be no game, Baker was on the field talking to NFL Network about how things had gotten to this point.

“It was a difficult decision to make, but we will have a refund policy in the next several days that all of our fans here can turn to on our website,” he said. “But in some respects, it was an easy, ethical decision. I had a son that played in the league for seven years himself (former Falcons offensive lineman Sam Baker), and if he was on a field like this today I’d want someone to make the same decision.”

Fair enough, but there’s still the issue of keeping fans in the dark — while they spent money on concessions and souvenirs because they were expecting to watch a football game.

Later, Colts owner Jim Irsay made it clear that having a game canceled because of poor field conditions is unacceptable:
“This shouldn’t happen. It’s not difficult,” he told reporters. “Obviously, everyone out there says, ‘You’re a $12 billion league. How can you have a field not ready to go?’ Well, the Hall of Fame is sort of separate and gets run a little different from the league. … We’ll have to get it right so it never happens again. … Yes, we’re upset. … We have to make it right to our fans and also get to the bottom of exactly who got this paint job done and why was there incompetence.”

No one disputes the incompetence, but ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert calls out Irsay for trying to pass the buck.
“While technically accurate, Irsay’s explanation was weak and a cop-out of the worst kind,” Seifert writes. “Surely it won’t register with most fans who don’t care about the corporate distinction between the NFL and the independent Pro Football Hall of Fame. This was an NFL preseason game to be played by two NFL teams, Irsay’s Colts and the Green Bay Packers, between players employed by the NFL and to be televised via the NFL’s contract with ESPN. The league must own this preseason game as it does all others.”
Whether they will is another matter.

In the meantime, we’ll keep an eye on the NFL Operations Twitter feed for updates.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jabrill Peppers may be on the field for up to 100 plays a game this season for Michigan.

On defense, Peppers will move closer to the line at times as a linebacker and he’ll be a defensive back on some snaps. He will play in the slot, in the backfield and might even take some snaps on offense.

And when the Wolverines need a boost on special teams, they will lean on Peppers to return punts and kickoffs.

Peppers is game for all of it.

”Whatever we got to do to win,” he said Sunday, a day before the team’s first practice.

If someone asks what position Peppers plays, what would he say?

”I just say, ‘I’m an athlete,”’ he said.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Peppers won’t be the only three-way player on the team, expecting cornerback Jourdan Lewis to spend some time on offense along with his usual duties on special teams.

”I don’t know why they haven’t been letting Jourdan play both plays,” Peppers said. ”Jourdan is one of the craziest athletes I’ve ever seen. … I hope they give him a shot.”

With Peppers, the Wolverines will attempt to find the right balance between taking advantage of his versatile talent and not wearing him out.