Gruden on LB Johnson: We love stealing from Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs parted ways with longtime linebacker Derrick Johnson, opting to get younger on defense. That opened the door for the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders to swoop in and sign the linebacker.
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Speaking on a Raiders ‘ season ticket holders conference call earlier this week, coach Jon Frank Gore Womens Jersey Gruden was asked if Oakland had done enough to shore up the middle of its defense. Gruden proceeded to gush about his new 35-year-old linebacker.

Brees showed in 2017 that he can still air it out with the best of NFL quarterbacks, pacing a Saints passing game that finished fifth in passing and anchoring the league’s second-best offense.

Whether the Saints can replicate last season’s success between the passing game and a ground attack without Ingram remains to be seen. But Brees fully understands what the offense brings to the table when it is firing on all cylinders.

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Dallas Cowboys teammate Dak Prescott has total faith that Elliott will make good on those goals now that the will-he-or-won’t-he-play narrative is no longer chasing him this year.

The emotional roller-coaster he was going through last year — ‘Was he playing?’ ‘Was he not playing?’ — and then to have the game taken away from him for the time he did, it takes a toll, Prescott said this week, per ESPN’s Todd Archer.

I think it’s just typical of the NFL,聽Kerr told reporters. They’re just playing off their fanbase, and they’re just basically trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people. It’s idiotic, but that’s how the NFL has handled their business. And I’m proud to be in a league that understands patriotism in America is about free speech and about peacefully protesting. I think our leaders in the NBA understand that when an NFL player is kneeling, they were kneeling to protest police brutality, to protest racial inequality. They weren’t disrespecting the flag or the military, but our president decided to make it about that, and the NFL followed suit and pandered to their fanbase by creating this hysteria.

Fifth grade, Mayfield said. In Texas I guess that’s kind of late. I don’t know.

Steve Wilks on QBs: Sam Bradford is Cardinals starter, but Josh Rosen can still win it

The Cardinals have had to find a new starting quarterback since Carson Palmer retired in January, and coach Steve Wilks addressed the issue on Friday.

Arizona signed veteran quarterback Sam Bradford to a one-year deal in March, but the Cardinals also selected Josh Rosen in the first round of last month’s draft.

Sillah says he’s “looking to commit sometime before the season.”

However, he currently has no visits planed, either officially or unofficially, and is a couple weeks away from cutting down his list.

His most recent trek took place at the University of Virginia towards the beginning of April, as he’s tied up throughout the spring with lacrosse.

But what will his decision come down to once he gets to fully vet his options?

The NFL had already cut way back on the old way, where practically the entire kickoff team would line up on the same side for an onside kick. With 5×5 formations being the rule, it would seem very hard to get a recovery on an onside kick. Kickoff teams won’t get much of a running start under the new rule proposals, either.

The NFL is proposing the kickoff team won’t be able to line up more than 1 yard from the restraining line (which is the line it can’t cross before the ball is kicked, or be called for offsides), which is the 35-yard line for most kickoffs. The current rule is they can line up 5 yards behind it, for a running start. If players are lining up at the 34-yard line, that will be eliminated. Also, another new proposal states that at least two players must be lined up outside the yard marker on the field, and two players between the inbounds line and the yard-line number. That spreads the field a bit more.

Kickoff return teams will look different too The kickoff return team will face changes as well. At least eight players must be in a 15-yard setup zone before the kickoff. That means most of the kickoff return team will be bunched up closer to midfield.

Capitals rough up Lightning to force Game 7 in East final

Facing elimination at home, the Washington Capitals looked determined to hit everything that moved in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.
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The goal was to finish checks on Tampa Bay Lightning players as much as possible, though at one point Devante Smith-Pelly decked Dan Girardi and took teammate Jay Beagle down with him.
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I apologized to him, Smith-Pelly said. I said sorry. He didn’t seem to care.

Sorry, not sorry.

It’s desperation, really, Orpik said. You try to empty the tank as much as you can. That’s probably one area where we have an edge is the size and physical play.

That edge was noticeable in Game 6 when Washington fired up an already-raucous crowd well before Oshie’s power-play goal 15:12 into the second period. While Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was again on top of his game in stopping 31 of 33 shots, Orpik said the Capitals wanted to give back to fans for their energy and did so by laying out Lightning players.

From Wilson’s big hit on Paquette on his first shift through the time Smith-Pelly scored with 9:58 left, the physical play took a toll on the Lightning, who didn’t have the energy left to muster a late comeback. Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said simply the Capitals executed their game plan and the Lightning didn’t respond.

That said, I don’t think that’s going to happen. I’m going to go back to something Lightning coach Jon Cooper said about home-ice advantage in the playoffs: It really doesn’t become a factor until Game 7. I think the Lightning find their level and eek out a win in Game 7 to advance to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.

Youth Cameron Heyward Jersey Emily Kaplan, international NHL reporter: The Lightning’s top line is the X factor for me, specifically Nikita Kucherov. It feels like there’s something off with the 100-point scorer lately — Jon Cooper even moved his stud winger off the first line for some of Game 6. Kucherov and Steven Stamkos recorded only one shot each in Game 6; neither looked on. (I will note, Kucherov did ring one off the post at the end of the second period.) After blazing Clayton Kershaw Authentic Jersey through the start of the playoffs with five goals in his first five games, Kucherov has scored just once in the Lightning’s last seven. And a player known for his physicality hasn’t recorded a hit in five straight contests.

Vegas, L.A. to become cornerstones of new Super Bowl rotation

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What happens in Vegas really will stay in Vegas.
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Although the NFL’s newest city somewhat surprisingly won’t receive either of the two Super Bowls that owners are expected to award this week (LVII and LVIII will go to Arizona and New Orleans, respectively), Las Vegas is expected to get one of the next Super Bowls awarded after that.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the new Raiders stadium in Las Vegas likely will be hosting Super Bowl LIX or LX (those may or may not be the right Roman numerals for numbers 59 and 60). Whenever the Super Bowl makes its way to Nevada, it’s expected to instantly become one of the cornerstones of the new Super Bowl Kyle Seager Womens Jersey rotation.

The absence of a formal bidding process will make it much easier for the league to engineer a preferred rotation of the game, as long as the cities in the rotation accept the invitation to host it. And surely they will, because if/when a city otherwise in the rotation declines, the opportunity to do it again may not return any time soon.

For Vegas and L.A., the opportunities will be consistent.

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Kolton Miller was the first tackle the Raiders selected and is seen as a good bet to wind up as the starter on the right side of the line as a rookie. Parker may not have the same path to early playing time, but it remains to be seen how things play out this summer.

Foster, 31, played for McNair’s team from 2009-15 after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee, and led the league in rushing yards in 2010.

As well as his music, Foster hosts a popular podcast called Now what? With Arian Foster聽in which he tackles a broad range of issues, including social justice and contemporary culture. He has talked聽of inviting McNair onto the show, but it is unlikely they would see eye to eye. McNair has subsequently claimed that his聽October statement 鈥?we can’t have the inmates running the prison 鈥?was actually directed at league executives, not players.

The Cowboys released Bryant in April after eight years with the team.

Bryant has struggled in recent seasons, with no 1,000-yard receiving campaigns since 2014.
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The 29-year-old missed time due to injury in both 2015 and 2016 before finishing 2017 with 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns as the No. 1 option for quarterback聽DakPrescott in the passing game.

Although Bryant has dropped off in comparison to a three-year stretch from 2012 to 2014 that saw him average 1,312 yards and 13.7 touchdowns per season, Witten thinks the Cowboys’ all-time Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey leader in touchdown catches still has plenty left in the tank:

Lewis appeared in 15 contests and started seven in 2017. Assuming he locks down a starting position for Week 1, expect him to improve on 10 pass breakups and record multiple interceptions.

The Denver Broncos released running back C.J. Anderson after his best season with the team. He rushed for 1,007 yards, though it took him five years to reach that mark.

By default, running back Devontae Booker steps into the starting role, but the front office also selected Royce Freeman in the third round of the draft. The two will split carries, but the third-year tailback will likely see the field on all three downs due to his skill set as a pass protector.聽

Game Mens Earl Mitchell Jersey In the previous year, we saw two rookies go to the New Orleans Saints and become prime-time players. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore and running back Alvin Kamara earned Defensive and Offensive Rookie of the Year honors for their 2017 performances.

Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard became an All-Pro聽in his second campaign. Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence had a good 2015 term but put together a 14-sack breakthrough in 2017.

As we go into the early stages of the offseason, who’s on the radar for a breakout year? Which rookies will contend for yearly awards? Are there veterans poised to show out in contract years?

Let’s cycle through every team with a projection on the player ready to take their career to a new level.

It’s going to be hard for Price to have as much immediate success as Ragnow, though. For starters, Cincinnati’s line was one of the worst in the league last year鈥攊t allowed 40 sacks and helped the team average just 85.4 yards per game on the ground. Aside from Glenn, Price isn’t going to have high-level talent supporting him.

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Three guards among seven undrafted additions to Panthers

The Panthers didn’t draft any offensive linemen this year, which helps explain why their group of undrafted free agent signings includes three guards.

Taylor Hearn of Clemson, Brendan Mahon of Penn State and Kyle Bosch of West Virginia will all join Carolina at next week’s rookie minicamp in what they hope is the first step toward making the 53-man roster later this year. All three were starters for multiple seasons in college and will compete for roles on an unsettled interior offensive line.

Brian Allen is a short, stout center with three years of starting experience for the Spartans. He has adequate quickness and can out-leverage his defenders. Top defensive tackles will put Allen between two slices of bread and munch on him if he tries to block them one-on-one. Positioning-and-technique centers like Allen often stick in the NFL for years because coaches trust them as spot starters, but Allen has limited upside. The Rams are adding depth along an aging offensive line, which is fine. Nothing will matter if the Suicide Squad they assembled on defense makes the team erupt in a giant Michael Bay-movie mushroom cloud.

Meanwhile, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is working to persuade Witten to stay with the Cowboys. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also indicated that he’d like to keep Witten around. It’s possible that Jones could offer to boost Witten’s salary to compete with his television offers.

Witten, who will turn 36 next week, started all 16 games last year but saw his production decline: His 63 catches, 560 yards and 8.9 yards per catch average were all his lowest since becoming the Cowboys’ starting tight end in 2004. But despite that decline in production, the Cowboys are hoping to get Witten back.

It is really important. We’ve got to eliminate any sense of unconscious bias in our decision-making. England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who has won 145 caps across all formats, said there are still barriers. Growing up in inner-city Birmingham, I fully understand some of the challenges and barriers for young south Asian cricketers, he said. I see many of those challenges now when I help my dad coach at his cricket academy. Lord Patel of Bradford, an independent ECB director, said he grew up playing cricket in Bradford in the 1960s and had first-hand experience of the benefits of the sport. The passion south Asian communities in the UK have for cricket remains high — but over 50 years later, there is still so much untapped potential, he said.

Why Yankees’ Brandon Drury ‘a hundred percent’ isn’t worrying Miguel Andujar is stealing his job

Yankees VP of baseball operations Tim Naehring was in the stands Monday night at Arm & Hammer Park watching Brandon Drury have a pretty decent showing playing third base in a rehab game for the Trenton Thunder.
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Earlier, the Brian Cashman right-hand man was on the field watching Drury take batting practice and then in manager Jay Bell’s office, presumably for an update.

From the mouth of Yankees GM Brian Cashman in a WFAN radio interview Monday afternoon, Drury will be off the disabled list sooner rather than later, and that’s a little surprising even though his 1-for-3 showing against Reading with a bloop single, walk and two strikeouts a few hours later was a continuation of on-field success that he’s had in 11 rehab games since April 25, the first eight with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and then three in three days with the Double-A Thunder.

Buffalo Bills Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo: Get the local product — who went for 1,356 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2017 — to pair up with Josh Allen. 11. Oakland Raiders Bryce Love, RB, Stanford: Why would running backs just stop going in the first round? Oakland has Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin, but those guys aren’t spring chickens. Love can FLY and is a major home run threat. Tough as nails too.
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The Titans certainly wouldn’t mind adding some more pass-rush help. 17. Carolina Panthers Mark Gilbert, CB, Duke: The Panthers could Jayson Werth Authentic Jersey go in a bunch of different directions here, but shoring up the secondary would be a smart move. Gilbert’s a Fayetteville, NC, native, so they’d keep him close to home.

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James, a 2013 sixth-round pick of the Buccaneers who also has played for the Lions, may be done playing in the NFL, as he was mostly a fringe player. But he hopes to help his fellow football players by speaking out and urging the NFL to consider giving players more options to deal with pain.
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Isaiah Wynn among four Patriots linemen who won’t take part in OTAs

We learned this week that Patriots guard Joe Thuney will have foot surgery that will keep him from taking part in organized team activities this offseason and he won’t be the only offensive lineman on the sideline for OTAs.
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Once Wynn is healthy, Scarnecchia said the team will give him a chance to replace Nate Solder. He said the team felt Wynn was smart, tough and athletic enough to play the position in college and will take a look to see if that translates to the professional level.

Some of those that doubt the Giants will be able to bounce all J.T. Miller Authentic Jersey the way back from a 3-13 2017 season point to Manning’s recent play as a reason they don’t believe in the team. The Giants made it very clear throughout the offseason that they are not in that camp and confirmed it in the draft when they went with running back Saquon Barkley second overall.

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In his own statement, Patricia strongly asserts his innocence.

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Jones figures to defer some passing-down work to Charles Sims and carries to Peyton Barber, but 250 touches during his rookie campaign is certainly attainable. Jones won’t turn 21 until August and is the youngest running back in this year’s loaded class. Because of his size limitations, which cap his ceiling slightly, Jones is best viewed as a back-end RB2 in 2018.

New England traded for Jason McCourty this offseason, adding him to a team that already had Devin McCourty, and they already had Jacob Hollister, who was on the Patriots鈥?regular-season roster last year, and his twin brother Cody Hollister, who was on the Patriots鈥?practice squad last year.

Barring injury, the Griffins and McCourtys are sure to make their respective rosters, which will make them the first pairs of twins to be teammates in an NFL regular season game since Gene and Tom Golsen played for the Louisville Colonels in 1926, according to ESPN.

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Montgomery said Gordon will serve as a “big brother” to Callaway.

“Josh always had his big brother looking out for him, and now he can be that mentor and be that guy, and that’s what he needs,” Montgomery said.

The change came not long after the NFL offered a clumsy defense to its continuation. To the league’s credit, the right decision was made.

And while the rule in part helps the teams by giving them access to early-round picks (like Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward, who otherwise would have been prevented from joining the Browns), it also gives late-round picks and undrafted players a way to participate in offseason workouts, allowing them to avoid falling woefully behind in the effort to compete fair and square for a roster spot.

There was some talk at the time that McDaniels had been convinced to stay by getting more insight into running a team from Bill Belichick that could set him up to be the next head coach in New England. McDaniels said that wasn’t the case in March and reiterated that on Friday, saying that his role is the same and that there are no guarantees about what comes next.

McDaniels also said he’s content with his decision and that he still looks forward to another chance to run a team.

“You know, there’s a lot that goes into those things. It can be very complicated,” McDaniels said, via the Providence Journal. “I’ll say this, I’ve stated again and again that I definitely want to be a head coach again. At the same time, I love being here. This is where my kids were born and raised. We’ve made a pretty special life here and that’s not an easy thing to leave. There’s a lot to consider. Certainly, leaving here, I don’t take lightly, ever. I would never take that lightly. It was a difficult process and I’ve very happy with the decision that we made and grateful to be here and continue working towards the 2018 season.”