Seahawks making less excuses for keeping players on their draft board

After a strong run of drafts from 2010-2012 that helped build the Seahawks into a Super Bowl champion in 2013, Seattle has been far less effective in finding top-tier talent in the NFL Draft over the last several seasons. With the team undergoing significant changes to their roster and coaching staff this offseason, the way they handled the draft process has been overhauled as well.
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Cunningham retired in 1985 and was named to the Steelers’ 75th Anniversary team in 2007.

It’s draft week. The draft is coming. Eventually. Inevitably. Hopefully.

Darnold has been a popular prediction to be the first player off the board on Thursday night even before the Browns were set for the No. 1 spot in the order, but Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that the Browns have cooled on the former USC starter in recent days. Per Cabot, the sense is that the choice is narrowing to Baker Mayfield or Josh Allen.
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It’s not the first time that we’ve heard talk about either of those quarterbacks going first overall, although any talk at this point in the process has to be looked at with the thought Mark Scheifele Youth jersey of drumming up interest in a trade with a team that’s targeted either player for their own offense. If that’s the case, it apparently hasn’t worked thus far.

Browns General Manager John Dorsey told Steve Wyche of NFL Media that the team has yet to field any legit trade offers at this point. There’s time for that to change and the identity of the top pick may remain shrouded until things get going on Thursday night.
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The fact that the charges were all misdemeanors helps Fowler avoid the baseline punishment of a six-game suspension; however, Fowler previously was arrested for assault against a police officer/EMT and resisting arrest without violence. Since the original focus of the Personal Conduct Policy was to address repeat offenders, Fowler’s status as a repeat offender could become a problem, when it’s time for the NFL to render a decision.

Bengals take Ohio State center Billy Price at 21

Guice undoubtedly has first-round talent, with some draft experts listing him as the No. 2 running back prospect behind Saquon Barkley.The Giants were not going to go into the season without upgrading their kicking game, and now they won’t have to. They acquired punter Riley Dixon in a trade Friday with the Broncos, sending a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick to Denver.
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Beckham set foot on a field on Thursday, participating in individual drills. Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com has posted video of Beckham wearing a helmet and running a pass route with another player covering him.

It’s not high intensity, it’s not full speed. But it’s Beckham wearing a helmet and catching a football after setting foot on a field.

The real question is whether he’ll show up and participate when it’s time to have team drills during OTAs and whether he’ll participate in training camp without getting a new contract.

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Green played 12 NFL seasons, including eight with the Packers. He remains Green Bay’s career rushing leader with 8,322 yards. Green also played with Houston and Seattle.
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The Giants had two seventh-round picks in 2019, gaining an extra one in a trade with the Rams for linebacker Alec Ogletree.

Brad Wing handled the punting duties the past three seasons, but he struggled in 2017 and was released March 10, leaving only Austin Rehkow of Idaho on the roster at punter. Wing’s Drew Stafford Authentic Jersey net average of 37.5 yards was the lowest in the league in 2017.

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Dolphins to pick up DeVante Parker’s fifth-year option

The Dolphins are among the teams with decisions to make about 2019 options for their 2015 first-round picks before May 3 and they’ve made their call.
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According to multiple reports, the Dolphins have decided to exercise their option on wide receiver DeVante Parker’s contract. The option, which is guaranteed against injury only, will come with a salary somewhere north of $9 million.

Yes, he would say, later in his life. It does make you wonder. Josh Allen’s draft day started in a panic.
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It ended in contrition, relief and a newfound determination to prove he’s a changed man.

As racially insensitive tweets surfaced overnight Wednesday into Thursday from Allen when he was in high school, questions began to rise about the quarterback.

The Colts held their first minicamp of the Frank Reich era this week and one change from past years was a higher tempo at practice.

Reich explained that he wants the team to practice fast and then the game slows down because players are used to the required pace. There Rourke Chartier Jersey is one exception to Reich’s need for speed, however.

It was after his visit with the Giants that Barkley sensed he might be spending a whole heck of a lot more time at the New Jersey facility.

Leaving there, I just felt like that’s home, Barkley said. That’s the place where I wanted to be. If I had to pick, that would be the place that I would pick. Walking into that facility and you see the four Super Bowl rings just hanging in a trophy case, that right there just shows you the mindset and the standard of that place.

Mason Rudolph: He’s big, he’s not quick. I like him. I don’t think he’ll be a first-rounder. Can move a little bit in the pocket and he throws the long ball very well. Not an overpowering arm by no means. But he’s gonna be a good, solid prospect.One of the most talented receivers on the draft board has dug himself into a deeper hole.

Former Florida receiver Antonio Callaway failed a drug test at the NFL combine after testing positive for marijuana, ESPN reported.

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The city and the team definitely appreciated what Wade did Monday night.

“The first game is the only one that matters from a one-game-at-a-time approach,” he said. “Obviously, they’ve had our number the last few years. We’ve lost eight in a row against them. So it’s exciting to start at home against them with a division game.”

Rivers has been particularly snake-bitten by the Chiefs. He has thrown 30 career interceptions versus K.C., most against any opponent, including a whopping six in two tilts last season. Luckily he will no longer have to face Marcus Peters twice a year.

The changes on the Kansas City defense could be the biggest beneficiary for Rivers, who has struggled mightily against the division foe. With the Chiefs trading away Peters and saying goodbye to the likes of Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, Rivers will be facing a revamped defense still attempting to gel.

Division games are always important. The level of significance gets magnified when it opens the season, and you’ve lost eight straight times to that opponent.

“I feel like my experience was what I needed. I feel like it made me appreciate, it made the city of Miami appreciate everything.”

Philadelphia led Game 2 by as many as nine points in the first quarter. But then Wade checked in, and he single-handedly turned around the game in the first half, outscoring the Sixers by himself 21-20 over the final 15 minutes of the half.

When Philadelphia made a 21-7 run in the fourth quarter to close to within two points with 4:29 left in the contest, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra brought Wade back in. From there, Wade immediately went into closer mode:

The Philadelphia Eagles and backup quarterback Nick Foles have agreed to a revised contract for the 2018 season that includes a mutual option for 2019, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Friday, per two sources informed of the agreement between the sides.
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Buccaneers picking up fifth-year option on Jameis Winston

The Buccaneers are convinced that Jameis Winston is still their future, so they’re going to pay him accordingly next year. For now.
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According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers are picking up the fifth-year option on quarterback Jameis Winston’s contract.

The option will pay Winston $20.922 million in 2019, and is guaranteed for injury.

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Eli Manning on Thursday held his annual workout at Duke University 鈥?where his college coach at Ole Miss, David Cutcliffe, is the head coach. Manning was joined by teammates Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram, Roger Lewis, Rhett Ellison and Wayne Gallman.

Although workouts are voluntary at this time of year, every player on the Chiefs’ roster attended on the first day.

Heat: Goran Dragic scored 20 points and James Johnson had 18.

76ers: Philly native and Hollywood star Kevin Hart rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell and sat courtside a few seats down from Allen Iverson.

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Ilyasova got the start at center for the first time in Embiid’s absence over Amir Johnson.

The 76ers held a moment of silence for Hall of Famer Hal Greer. Greer died Saturday after a brief illness. He was 81. He’s the 76ers’ career leader in points, field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played.

He was a graceful man. He was class. He was a gentleman, Brown said.

Ryan Leaf sees bust potential in Baker Mayfield

Twenty years after Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf became the first and second overall picks in the draft, one player is largely silent 鈥?and the other keeps on talking. But the one who many would say should be talking isn’t, and the one who many would say shouldn’t be talking is.
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Authentic Mens Alterraun Verner Jersey My first reaction to these comments were this: Why do we care what Ryan Leaf has to say about anything? Collectively, the media keeps giving a platform and a voice to a guy who did absolutely nothing in the NFL, simply because he turned his life around and because he’s willing to speak on radio and TV. But then I realized that one major positive factor comes from seeing and hearing Leaf in the weeks preceding the draft: It serves as a reminder that, despite all of glowing assessments of draft-eligible players aimed consciously or not at stoking the fire of plausible hope for fans of every team, there will be busts. Plenty of busts. Colossal busts. But the draft experts rarely mention that there will be busts, because they can’t answer the next logical question, Who will they be?

Leaf, unlike most of the people who are talking about the incoming draft class, is willing to try to answer that question. Though his method may be far less than scientific, his views merit consideration. Last year, for example, Leaf flagged Deshaun Watson as the most impressive of the incoming quarterbacks, and Leaf was right.

Despite Leaf’s lack of significant playing experience (he started 21 career games), he knows a thing or two about quarterbacks booming or busting because he busted unlike any other. And his most recent comments about Mayfield weren’t the first time Leaf spoke about the 2017 Heisman winner.

Arians retired from the Cardinals after five seasons as the team’s head coach. He was named coach of the year twice, both as head coach of the Cardinals and in 2012, when he served as interim head coach of the Colts, while former coach Chuck Pagano battled leukemia.

If Arians applies the same candor to broadcasting that he used when coaching, things could get very interesting in the booth 鈥?and during production meetings with coaches and players that Arians possibly will be criticizing in unvarnished fashion.
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Most of the outfield was cordoned off, and tarpaulins and buckets on both the infield and outfield were being used to catch leaks and drips.

Batting practice was also called off, but players from both teams played catch Womens Marcus Maye Jersey on the areas of the field that were still accessible.

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Former NFL quarterback Jim Kelly was recovering Wednesday night in a New York City hospital after undergoing nearly 12 hours of surgery for oral cancer.
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We successfully removed Mr. Kelly’s cancer from his upper jaw and lymph nodes from his neck, Dr. Mark Urken, the operating surgeon, said in a statement to the Buffalo News. We then reconstructed his upper jaw. Mr. Kelly is resting comfortably post-operatively.

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Asked what he looks for when evaluating a college quarterback, he said, Obviously, leadership, accuracy, toughness, intelligence.

Who does that sound like?
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Mayfield completed 70.5 percent of his passes, the highest percentage in the nation, for the Sooners on his way to the Heisman Trophy last season, is universally praised for his leadership skills and is viewed as a very smart quarterback who showed tenacity walking on at both Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

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You see it on the field, Bowles said. There’s not too much you’re going to get out of him at the combine in 15 minutes. You’ve got to ask all type of football questions. We’ll do our due diligence going forward. You see the player and you see the play and you know the guy can play football, and he’s a competitor.

Flyers’ Sean Couturier injured in practice collision with Radko Gudas

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier had to be helped off the ice at the team’s practice Tuesday after a collision with a teammate..

Couturier was skating in on goal when his right leg was hit by defenseman Radko Gudas, who was moving backward and didn’t see Couturier.

Then Hayward bolted in free agency, leaving a huge void in the Jazz’s offense. The blow of that bad news subsided a little bit with Mitchell’s dominant performance in the Utah Summer League on the day Hayward announced his decision. By the time the Jazz summer team left Las Vegas, expectations for Mitchell had increased dramatically.

Herring: I have a feeling Anthony Davis will go off in this series against the Blazers, regardless of whether the Pelicans find a way to pull off the upset in Round 1. His versatility will present enormous challenges for Jusuf Nurkic, who prefers to drop into the paint but won’t always be able to do that because of Davis’ shooting ability. AD averaged 31.5 points, 11 boards and three blocks per game in his first playoff showing against the Warriors three years ago, and it’s conceivable that he could do just as much damage here.

Spears: Russell Westbrook will be trying to embarrass the Utah Jazz the entire series. The Thunder have had their struggles all season, and they’ve been disrespected with the ups and downs of their Big Three. Westbrook will try to impose his will on the up-and-coming Jazz and take the spotlight from heralded Donovan Mitchell.

He was booked into the Scottsdale City Jail and later released on a criminal citation.

In a statement Tuesday, Coyotes officials said they are aware of the incident and still gathering information.

Panik, who had 22 goals and 22 assists for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2016-17 season, was traded to Arizona in January after getting six goals and 10 assists in 37 games for Chicago.

The bad news for the Twins is they have not played since Thursday. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, the White Sox’s and Twins’ three straight postponements are the most consecutive since the Mariners and Indians had four straight in April 2007. The good news for the Twins is they went 3-1 in the four games they played last week, including a series win against the Astros in which they limited Houston to 11 runs in three games. — Woolums
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Kevin Kiermaier needs thumb surgery, could miss 2-3 months

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Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has a torn ligament in his right thumb that requires surgery and could force him to miss two to three months.
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The Rays placed the defensive whiz on the 10-day disabled list Monday, a day after he was injured sliding headfirst into second base during a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Kiermaier said he will have surgery Friday.
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I kind of expected it, he said. Hearing those words that I’ll be out for months at a time is really hard to take right now.

Talking about Joffrey Lupul Youth jersey from a footwork standpoint, a football fundamentals standpoint, I think he has everything that an organization is looking at and looking for, Pennington said. His ability to stand in the pocket and make throws under duress and take hits is impressive as well. I think organizations are trying to figure out who is he outside of the physical ability. Does he have the ability to lead the team? Does he have the ability to mix with his teammates and become one of the guys and be that rock the organization can lean upon?

There’s two people that carry records in a football organization, that’s the head coach and the quarterback. Nobody else does. That takes on a huge responsibility, being able to handle that correctly. If you can do that and you put the right infrastructure around him, I think he can be successful, for sure.

Positional strengths matter a great deal in team vs. team matchups, in which an advantage can prove pivotal. Strengths are also luxuries in team construction, allowing resources to be allocated elsewhere — or a surplus traded from — to fill in weaker areas. Certain strengths also mean more in the postseason, when the game changes due to a heightened urgency and extra days off. To understand which teams might have competitive advantages in 2018, we have to go beyond WAR totals. Which teams have the strongest strengths to warp games in their favor in 2018?

The Daily Signal’s Daniel Davis finds it astounding and inappropriate that Sen. Cory Booker repeatedly questioned Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo about his views on gay sex and same-sex marriage.

The Broncos made Decker a third-round pick in 2010. He spent four years in Denver before signing with the Jets in free agency.

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In four seasons in Denver, Decker made 222 receptions for 3,070 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Over the 2016 Thanksgiving break, Jamie returned to Detroit for a family visit. During that visit, he and his father went to Joe Louis Arena to see the Red Wings play the Montreal Canadiens. While at the game, they took a photo with legendary hockey announcer Bob Cole.

That visit would prove significant for two reasons: It was the last time Ken and Lisa would see their son alive. It also would prove to be valuable evidence that Jamie had been caught in The Florida Shuffle.
But new Raiders coach Jon Gruden apparently didn’t like King.

Veteran Raiders reporters Bill Williamson and Vic Tafur both reported that Gruden was the one who made the call to send King packing, and that Gruden had personality issues with King.

Hue Jackson loves a deep running game, and Barkley could join Johnson as another asset for a suddenly loaded passing game with Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry and David Njoku. But Barkley still would represent a big-time luxury pick for a team trying to reconstruct itself after a winless season. It also is not in new GM John Dorsey’s DNA to take a running back so high.

The Giants’ lone free-agency addition of aging former Panthers power back Jonathan Stewart indicates they are still searching for an every-down feature back, given both Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen were unsigned. Barkley would be a home-run pick should the Giants stay put at No. 2, but the top QBs throw a spanner in the works.

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The sooner the coaches and everyone else knows the specific contours and limits of this rule, the better. With the offseason program opening soon, coaches will need to be ready to teach the players as much as the coaches possibly can.