Patriots drafting Danny Etling ‘effectively ends’ Johnny Manziel exploration

For a while there, it sure looked like the New England Patriots might have some real interest in bringing in Johnny Manziel to see what the former first-rounder can do. Well, it appears that window has closed, at least for the present time.
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ESPN’s Mike Reiss wrote on Sunday that, A trickle-down effect of the Patriots drafting LSU’s Danny Etling in the seventh round is that I believe it effectively ends the team’s exploration into Johnny Manziel.

That makes sense. Etling is no prize, but he’s a guy the Patriots can develop without any fanfare behind the scenes for as long as Tom Brady continues to play.

It is going to take time for Jackson to adjust too. He needs to work on his mechanics and is likely at least a year away from being ready to lead an NFL franchise. Fortunately, Jackson landed with a team that won’t need to rush him into the starting role.
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In a couple of years, Jackson may be the best signal-caller from this draft class. As a rookie, though, he’s going to give occasional flashes of what he can become and not much more.

The conflict is now people are treating him differently than who he knows he really is. And so he has to be able to distinguish the difference between [the two and tell himself], ‘This is who people think I am and want to treat me this way because I am the first pick, I am a Heisman Trophy winner, but I, as Baker Mayfield, have to remember that I’m a twice walk-on, and I have to keep that Mark Giordano Womens Jersey edge about me, or this game and the entertainment value around this game will eat a player up and spit him out.

There’s a lot to like about Darnold. He has prototypical size (6’3, 221 lbs). He’s athletic. He moves well in the pocket. And he has the arm talent to make all the throws. He passed for 4,143 yards last season with 26 touchdowns.

Authentic Womens Kyle Emanuel Jersey The issue is he has a turnover problem. He had 13 interceptions and 11 fumbles (eight lost) in 2017. He doesn’t sense pressure in the pocket well and has an elongated release that leads to a lot of loose balls.

Washington makes Trey Quinn this year’s Mr. Irrelevant

Washington had the honor of making the final pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, and added some depth at wide receiver.

With the 256th overall pick, Washington chose Southern Methodist wide receiver Trey Quinn.

The Lions claimed they did a standard employee background check on Patricia and the incident was not uncovered. Lions owner Rod Wood said he was unaware of the charge until the newspaper contacted the team for comment.

The Ravens, who dealt up to get him with the final pick of the first round, were no exception.

Baltimore, in fact, did plenty of work in that regard, and it was that planning that led to a real milestone in the vetting process, which set the stage for what happened on that Thursday night in Texas.

Jones opened up about hisbiggest regret, which is that he wasn’t able to build a championship team while Romo and Witten were still playing.

There’s no doubt that the personal feeling I have about what Tony Romo and Jason Witten brought to the Cowboys during their career, I don’t think I’ve had a moment in the day that at some time I don’t reflect back on those good years and what they contributed, Jones said, per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.

And I’ve said this: From my standpoint, I can’t help but say, ‘Boy, I really dropped the ball not doing enough to get them in a Super Bowl. That will be and is my biggest regret about my time with the Cowboys.

Jones certainly gambled on more than one occasion trying to win a title with those guys. But all too often, the decisions that were made ended up being ill advised, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The team’s offense was absolutely loaded for a while, especially when DeMarco Murray was teamed up with Romo, Witten and Dez Bryant. But in the end Dallas was never able to get past divisional round.sabres_073

Yankees’ Brett Gardner gets blunt about rough start

Only a聽masochist would truly nitpick the Yankees, who have won 16 of 17 games and sit tied with the Red Sox atop the American League East.
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I’m not happy with how things have been going for me the last couple of weeks, the veteran leadoff man said before Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

He’s walking in 13.3 percent of his at-bats, well above the league average of 8.9 percent, according to Fangraphs.

But it also appears Gardner has had trouble lifting the ball. He’s hit 51.6 percent of his balls on the ground so far this year, much higher than his 44.5 percent average of last year, when he popped a career-high 21 home runs and post ed a.778 OPS.

According to MLB.com’s Statcast, Gardner hasn’t hit a single ball on the sweetspot of the bat this season, though his 85.3-mph exit velocity isn’t far off his career average.

They have history of running the ball and using backs in certain ways. I think with the power in my game with a little bit of quickness to break tackles and the leadership I can bring, with the football IQ on top that I can bring to Carolina hopefully puts them over the hump.

Anderson has a point on Carolina’s commitment to the running game, of course.

The Panthers Carmelo Anthony Jersey finished the 2017 season ranked fourth in rushing, averaging 131.4 yards per game. Carolina’s ground attack has also proven consistently good during the Cam Newton era, ranking 10th in 2016 (113.4 yards per game), second in 2015 (142.6) and seventh in 2014 (127.2).

The Lions hired Patricia聽as the 27th head coach in team history on Feb. 5, a day after the New England Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

Patricia spent 14 seasons with the Patriots, the only other NFL team he’s worked for, and was the team’s defensive coordinator the last six seasons.

The Lions interviewed five other candidates during the search process, but focused their efforts on landing Patricia from the start.

Victor Cruz isn’t giving up yet

There’s a fairly common dynamic in pro football that arises when a veteran player wants to keep playing but no one wants him to play for their team. Like Bruce Willis in the final scene of The Sixth Sense (1999 says, Spoiler alert), the player often is the last one to realize his career is dead.
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Only 31, Cruz’s career became derailed when he tore a patellar tendon during the 2014 season. He missed all of 2015 due to a calf injury, played 15 games with 12 starts for the Giants in 2016, and did not play in a regular-season game last year.

I had a lot of quality guys that were able to help me out a lot when I was a kid, coming into this game [at] 21, 22 years old, just trying to find my way, Campbell told Mike Kaye of First Coast News. I think it’s everybody’s duty 鈥?if you play this game long enough 鈥?it’s your duty to pass down the knowledge you’ve learned to keep the game strong.

Campbell, 31, is entering his 11th NFL season, his second with Jacksonville after signing a four-year, $60 million deal last offseason.

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I always look forward to teaching all the rookies, but it’s nice Authentic Samaje Perine Jersey to have a guy who plays my position, who I can give a lot of my information to, Campbell said.
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Campbell said he gives a lot of advice.

Simms expects the Giants to be a lot better this year than they were last year. Of course, it’s hard to be much worse than the Giants were last season.

Heading into the season, the Yankees were concerned about their infield, sans shortstop, knowing they had reinforcements along the way. Veterans Brandon Drury, Neil Walker and Adam Lind were brought in. How quickly Boone turned to the rookies was something to monitor. With Greg Bird on the shelf, Boone called upon Tyler Austin to share first base with Walker, then an injury to Brandon Drury instigated the recall of Miguel Andujar.

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Defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman was placed on the Comissioner鈥檚 Exempt List last September due to a domestic violence incident and remained out of the league all year after the Falcons released him a couple of days later.
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The commission, in addition to Rice and Robinson, also includes NBA Hall of Famer Grant Hill, former coaches John Thompson III and Mike Montgomery, school presidents, athletic directors and USA Basketball chairman Martin Dempsey.

It was tasked to focus on three areas: the relationship of the NCAA with apparel companies, grassroots basketball and agents; the NCAA’s relationship with the NBA and the one-and-done rule; and the relationship between schools and the NCAA.

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The Saints are one of 10 teams with less than $7 million in available cap space, per NFLPA records.

Fleener had 72 catches for 926 yards and five touchdowns in 27 games for the Saints over the last two years.

Cousins will be a free agent this summer. Zach Lowe examines how New Orleans’ postseason success changes the calculus for re-signing the injured All-Star center.

Oklahoma City doesn’t have a ton of options beyond playing better. Outside its starting five, Billy Donovan — and by the way, do we have any idea yet what Donovan stands for as an NBA coach? — trusts only Raymond Felton, Patrick Patterson, Jerami Grant, and Alex Abrines. Only Grant has really impacted the series. He has been better than Anthony, frankly.

Sabathia takes Sheffield under wing

The Mets will designate Harvey for assignment after he refused to accept a minor-league assignment, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters Friday.

Earlier Friday, a source with knowledge of the Yankees’ personnel decisions said, Don’t bet on it, when asked if a Yankees-Harvey union could be imminent.

The next stop for Witten and his diamond-encrusted football will likely be the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 11-time Pro Bowler ranks fourth all-time in career receptions, and no one will be shocked if Witten is becomes a first-ballot Hall of Famer in five years.

The Cowboys trust Dak Prescott to both push the ball downfield and show touch on shorter, safer throws. But the QB needs some of that burden eased with either a young wideout who can run well after the catch or a big-bodied No. 1 who can replace Bryant.

Ridley and Moore are excellent options for the former type of receiver. Ridley might not have ideal top-end speed, but he’s good at creating separation both on the perimeter and in the middle, and he can catch everything. Moore can take over games with volume and can take any play to the house.

Gettleman also proved he has no fear of drafting running backs in the top 10 when he picked Christian McCaffrey at No. 8 overall with the Panthers last year before he was fired as GM. McCaffrey had 1,086 combined rushing and receiving yards as a rookie.

Barkley is extra valuable and appealing as a back who can stay on the field in passing downs; he had 54 receptions for 632 yards last season. Over his three years at Penn State, he amassed 3,843 rushing yards, 1,195 receiving yards and 51 combined touchdowns. He can do for Manning and the Giants as much or more than what Gurley did for Goff and the Rams last season (2,093 combined yards, 19 touchdowns) in helping Los Angeles to a division title.

Although Elvis isn’t in our current plans, Lynch said in a statement, we would never close the door on a potential return in the future.

Last year, Dumervil, 34, had 6.5 sacks on a team that didn’t have another player manage more than three sacks. The 49ers had the sixth-fewest sacks (30) in the NFL and don’t have a player on their current roster with more than 10 career sacks.
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Dorsey explains when he knew Baker Mayfield was Browns’ guy, why he kept it a secret

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On Wednesday, during an appearance on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, Browns general manager John Dorsey explained when he knew Mayfield was his guy and why he kept the pick a secret from his own staff and his wife.

The indictment says Gatto and others concealed payments to Preston’s mother by transferring money to an AAU team controlled by the unidentified Adidas consultant. Sources told ESPN that Gassnola is the consultant, who is referred to as CC-3 in the indictment. Among the noted payments, prosecutors say the consultant delivered $30,000 to the player’s mother at a hotel room in New York on Oct. 31, 2016, and another $20,000 in cash at a hotel room in Las Vegas on Jan. 19, 2017. The consultant also wired $15,000 to his mother on June 14, 2017.

In August 2017, the indictment alleges, De Sousa’s legal guardian informed the consultant that the player had received illicit payments to attend a school sponsored by one of Adidas’ rivals. The guardian told the consultant that the student-athlete was more interested in attending Kansas, but would need to repay payments from the rival apparel company in order to do so.

Kids buzzed past him during their off time at a nifty players’ lounge to stand in line for pictures with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster… and his French bulldog, Boujee.

Even former Alabama All-American safety and projected top-10 NFL draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick, who traded his signature curled locks for a fresh fade, was more recognizable than Chubb.

I come out here and no one knows me. That’s like the perfect thing, the former NC State All-American defensive end told ESPN at the competition. It keeps me working hard. I want to keep proving people wrong, no matter what I do. Playing football, everybody doubted me from high school to now.
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Limited Womens Joe Pavelski Jersey The lack of attention from the sport’s rising stars didn’t really bother Chubb, but he does sense a trend. As names like Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen and their dazzling arms buried Chubb in draft talk, he was prepared to hear several names before his on draft night, which was proved right as he went No. 5 to the Denver Broncos. And he is convinced the teams who passed on him have made a mistake.

Detroit Lions’ 2018 UDFA tracker

Now that the draft is complete, the Detroit Lions have begun to reach out to undrafted players to flesh out the roster. Below is a list of prospects who have reportedly agreed with the team.
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Please note, there is often some fluidity to these announcements because the agreements won’t be formalized for a few days.

Bottom Line: Penny may not be the human highlight reel for the Seahawks that he was for the Aztecs, but he’s a high-effort runner coaches are going to want to give carries to.

Still, this selection is鈥nscrutable. Many experts assumed the Seahawks would seek reinforcements for what’s left of the Legion of Boom, but they drafted heavily in the secondary last year. Offensive line is always a sinkhole, but the Seahawks decided years ago that they were going to pretend not to notice. Penny feels like a luxury for a team that entered the draft with just one pick among the top 100 and is clearly doing some renovations, if not a rebuild. And there may be better running backs on the board. Sorry, Penny: Don’t take this grade personally. It’s not you, it’s them.

Jones had tremendous success early in his tenure, drafting the triplets and winning three Super Bowls in four seasons during the 1990s. But in the 21 seasons since the franchise’s last title, his approach to roster-building specifically at the NFL Draft, have yielded just three playoff wins.
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In the past few drafts, though, Jones, along with his son Stephen (vice president Authentic Malcolm Smith Jersey and the director of player personnel) and has hit on some big draft picks including quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, as well as three pro-bowl linemen ( guard Zach Martin, left tackle Tyron Smith and center Travs Frederick).

Bleacher Report profiled Marcus Davenport earlier in April. The short version: athletic marvel and late bloomer; obliterated blockers at the mid-major level; looked lost at the start of Senior Bowl practices but caused sacks and turnovers in the game; mild-mannered Silent Storm personality off the field.

One thing to point out about Davenport’s level of competition is that UTSA plays in Conference USA, which may not be the conference it was 15 years ago, but it ain’t the Division VI East Prairie Nowhere Conference, either. The offensive linemen Davenport tossed around like bags of flour were FBS athletes. So the ramp-up to NFL competition won’t be as extreme as it’s made out to be, though he’s still fundamentally very raw.

Teddy Bridgewater roster spot with Jets in jeopardy

Teddy Bridgewater’s roster spot with the New York Jets is in jeopardy following the team’s selection of Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.
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Ravens (from Eagles) 鈥斅燣amar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Newsome’s swan song will be one to remember as he trades back into Round 1 for the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner. Jackson passed for 3,000 yards and rushed for 1,500 each of the past two seasons, the only player in college football history to post such historic numbers. And, make no mistake, he did this from a pro-style offense coached by Bobby Petrino. Still, Jackson will have to work on his mechanics, one reason he was a 57% passer in college. He should have time to develop as Flacco winds down and may find an important tutor in Baltimore’s newly signed backup, 2012 offensive rookie of the year Robert Griffin III. A draft bookended by Heisman winners becomes the first since 1999 with five quarterbacks taken in the first round.

Browns 鈥?Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan: Maybe it’s not optimal to bring a Wolverine to Ohio, but Cleveland did take Jabrill Peppers last year. Hurst would be another nice addition to this blossoming defense, a gap-shooting interior presence who can capitalize on the attention Myles Garrett commands off the edge.

Giants 鈥?Will Hernandez, G, Texas El-Paso: Here’s a beloved hog molly for GM Dave Gettleman. New York now has Saquon Barkley to ignite a dormant ground game, but a lack of talent in the backfield wasn’t the only reason for those struggles. Hernandez is a mauler who will blast open lanes for Barkley and also take good care of Eli Manning.

Browns (from Texans) 鈥?Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon: A 6-5, 309-pounder to take over for departed Joe Thomas as well as becoming the new man on Baker Mayfield’s blind side. Cleveland’s line is solid elsewhere, a good situation for Crosby, who could expect help from tight ends and chipping backs as he acclimates.

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White Sox place OF Avisail Garcia on 10-day DL with hamstring strain

The Chicago White Sox have placed outfielder Avisail Garcia on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring.

Garcia was hurt Monday night while running out a grounder in the second inning of a 10-4 victory over Seattle. He attempted to pull up a few steps short of first base and then fell. He was assisted off the field and left the game.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria says the injury is considered “mild to moderate” and will be reassessed in a few days.

“Everybody’s been very down to earth. There’s a humility there. There’s a formula there for success, and I sit in the team meetings and I see the organization,” Cousins said.

“I see the attention to detail and I see the professionalism, and it’s just no surprise why there was success last year.”

Watkins appeared in 12 regular-season games for the Irish last season. He recorded 28 tackles, broke up eight passes and had one interception. He was not a starter for the Irish but could start at another school.

“You want to bring the safety down in the box and play an eight-man front, we have a quarterback that can recognize that and create some matchups on the outside that are one-on-one,” Gruden said. “This man has made a living going down the field, getting the football. It’s a great day for us. We have a lot to prove and we’re anxious to prove it.”

After sitting out in 2016, Bryant had 50 catches for 603 yards and three touchdowns last season. Bryant, 26, has one year left on his contract and said he learned from his suspension.

“Just a reality check and just seeing all the people who were there for me, who was really there and who wasn’t,” Bryant said. “I stayed close to my family, and I have a son that’s about to be born, so I just stayed focused on my family and just working out and taking care of myself and being the best Martavis Bryant I can be. I wasn’t able to play football, so I tried to stay away from it and just focus on my family and myself.
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