Those guys have more sub-package value at the moment.

The NFL were the only ones who didn’t see this coming, he says. Everyone knows that when Schakowsky gets hold of an issue, she has the tenacity of a bulldog.She never lets go.
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Let me tell ya, there are those moments,Durbin says now. The public is used to political figures and lawyers dancing around issues. But there come those moments in congressional history when the truth prevails.

His 78.8 passer rating was near the bottom of the league, and the Jaguars’ offense averaged less than 20 points after scoring 23.5 points per game in the year prior.

The best way to fix that? Put the guy behind all of the Patriots’ moves in charge of the Texans’ front office. Bill Belichick is someone who would probably rather die than retire, so this way, he can scale back his responsibilities while also working closely with coaching disciple Bill O’Brien. It’s a solution that works for everyone (except the Patriots).

Conventional wisdom would say, since Eagles have a bolstered pass rush and solid safeties in Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins, that Schwartz doesn’t need to play it so safe by going with his most experienced cornerbacks. Those would be holdover Ron Brooks and two newcomers, former Colt Patrick Robinson and former Jaguar Dwayne Gratz.
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Those guys have more sub-package value at the moment. Second-year seventh-rounder Jalen Mills, their top youngster, carries much more upside for the outside. While the team waits for rookie second-rounder Sidney Jones to be available from his unfortunate pre-draft torn Achilles’, don’t be surprised if rookie third-rounder Rasul Douglas gets the other starting nod, standing out with his size (6-2, 209 pounds) in man coverage.

The Eagles’ youth could serve up more big pass plays and struggle with top wideouts at times, but in turn, their pressure will allow them to gamble and make big plays on the ball, too.

Terrelle Pryor instructs agents to work out contract with Browns

oming off a 1,000-yard season in his first full year as a wide receiver, Terrelle Pryor would be attractive to several NFL teams as he looks for a new NFL contract.

But Pryor says he loves the Browns, and he’s reportedly told his agents to work out a deal with the team.

Pryor told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he wants to be part of the rebuilding process in Cleveland under coach Hue Jackson. The Browns finished 1-15 last season.

“I know this is an important month,” Pryor said. “But I do love being with the Browns and like I said before, this thing isn’t about joining a different team because a different team’s good.

And the New York Giants’ current backfield — and salary-cap — situation hasn’t gone unnoticed by the potential free-agent-to-be.

His latest pitch was a tweet late Wednesday, in which he noted “interesting moves” by the Giants.

Before you think Peterson was just following NFL roster moves (or maybe is a Victor Cruz fan), you should remember that he recently said on ESPN that the Giants are a team he has “thought about” playing for next season.

“I believe that I can be one of the best,” Smith said. “I’ve shown that in glimpses. What I’ve been searching for is consistency, and I think that consistency will lead me to be that great player that I always see myself being.”

While claiming he can be “one of the best” is bold, it’s a good sign because a quarterback needs that kind of confidence. And Smith is right when he says he needs consistency, because he hasn’t had that during his tenure in New York.

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The list of legendary acts that have given the Super Bowl halftime their best shots is a long and prestigious one. Think of the best entertainers of all time — chances are they’ve performed at the big game.

For many performers, it’s the biggest worldwide audience of their careers. A mistake can be crushing. A jaw-dropping, flawless performance can leave a lasting impression on the entertainment world for years to come.

But I don’t feel comfortable playing under the franchise tag this year.

Berry, 28, played 2016 under the $10.8 million franchise tag. He recorded 77 tackles with four interceptions, two touchdowns and nine passes deflected while playing all 16 games.

The franchise tag number for his position would be roughly $13 million next season, but Berry wants long-term security — like most people would.

Both sides are working hard on a getting a deal done to avoid a messy holdout.

The Steelers have never been big players in free agency, and even with additional cap room, that probably won’t change this year. The Steelers generally max out in the $5 million range in free agency, which, depending on position, means second- and third-tier players.

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Pittsburgh then will hope those players, along with its draft picks, will be enough to make the leap to the Super Bowl.

Harper swings a bat with controlled brutality

Intimidation: So, you just chucked a baseball at someone and left a big bruise. The recipient of that bruise is pissed off and comes charging at you. Who would you less want to see?

Machado is a listed 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds. Harper is also 6-3, but carries a significant weight advantage at 230 pounds. Do you even lift, Machabro?

Harper swings a bat with controlled brutality. But he also has a sensitive side.

Machado famously models himself after Alex Rodriguez, whose closest acts of violence on a baseball field were slapping a ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove and getting punked by Jason Varitek after being hit with an Arroyo pitch earlier that season.

For every baseball aficionado who can easily name all members of the 600 Home Run Club, there are legions more who forget about Thome’s offensive prowess.

Oh, yeah. Jim Thome. Duh.

Game Youth David Perron Jersey This is probably because, for many years, Thome wasn’t even the best player on his team. His early big years with the Indians were often overshadowed by players with bigger numbers (Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez) and/or by those with more swagger or attitude (Belle, Ramirez, David Justice). So Thome’s contributions, while noticed and appreciated by Cleveland’s fans, quickly evaporated from the minds of many other fans.
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But contribute he did, even if he never quite got the timing right.

Sheldon Richardson can’t stop taking shots at former Jets teammate Brandon Marshall

They already own the team, so why not make the GM a member of the community, too? Packers fans love their team, and you’d better believe that if given the reins, they’d find a way to be successful. Of course, a lot of the decisions would also probably be crowdsourced.

Sheldon Richardson was never shy about making his disgust for Brandon Marshall public when the two were teammates. Now that Marshall is no longer a Jet, he’s still taking shots at the mercurial wide receiver.

Richardson, who once told Marshall “he should be embarrassed” after New York suffered a 41-3 loss at the hands of the Patriots, ripped the wideout again Tuesday. When asked what has changed in the locker room between this season and last, the big defensive lineman made a not-so-veiled jab at his former teammate.

“I enjoy being here,” Richardson said, via Connor Hughes of NJ.com. “Locker room is a whole lot easier to get along with now.”

When reporters prodded him on why, the lineman took the bait.

“Let’s just say there are 15 reasons why it’s better.”

Marshall has worn No. 15 with three of his four franchises he’s played with, including the Jets.
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Tom Brady plays as Seahawks and Packers in ‘Madden,’ because his son keeps picking Patriots

It was announced on Friday that Tom Brady will be on the cover of Madden NFL 18: G.O.A.T Edition, which is either great or worrisome, depending on whether you believe in the Madden Curse (Brady does not.) In the wake of this news, Brady revealed a bit about his history with the Madden franchise that isn’t just as a playable character in the game.
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In an interview with ESPN, Brady revealed he used to work out at Electronic Arts’ gym, since they were located in his hometown, and he had a family friend that worked there. He also revealed that whenever he plays Madden with his son Jack, most times he has to face the video game version of Tom Brady and the Patriots:

J.J. Watt missed almost all of the 2016 season after undergoing a second back surgery to repair a herniated disc. Texans fans should be happy to know that Watt’s back is just fine. Watt even felt good enough to win the home run derby associated with his annual charity softball game.

No, I feel fantastic, Watt said about his recovery, via the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson. I’ve done more core work in the past eight months than I think just about anybody in the world. My core is about as tight and locked in as it can get at the moment. So, I’m feeling all right swinging the bat.

Watt not only won the home run derby, but he also homered to help the defense beat the offense with a final score of 9-3.

Watt hosts this softball game every year to benefit his foundation, which provides opportunities for middle school children to get involved in athletics.
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He’s clearly healthy enough to dominate on the softball field. Watt has also been medically cleared to play football, and that’s good news for the Texans.

Is Marshawn Lynch a better option than all available RBs in free agency?

The Raiders’ reported interest in retired running back Marshawn Lynch is both surprising and, well, not so surprising.

Lynch, who turns 31 in April, hasn’t played a down of pro football since the 2015 season. His multiple retirement confirmations over the last year kept him off the free agency radar for most until Friday, when ESPN reported Oakland is strongly considering either trading for the back who remains on the Seahawks’ reserve/retired list or signing him as a potential free agent.

The comeback decision ultimately is Lynch’s to make. Still in shape and indeed tempted to play again, Lynch reportedly has not asked for his release from Seattle, which technically still has him under contract.

Authentic Kids Paul Molitor Jersey Regardless, the Raiders’ interest in Lynch alone begs a couple questions: Why Beast Mode? Why not any of the available free-agent running backs who, you know, are not retired?
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Kirk Cousins will play this year in Washington under the franchise tag, but it seems like he’s doing it because he has to, not that he wants to. The Redskins are a mess and fired general manager Scot McCloughan on Thursday. This is after the team saw its top two receivers leave as DeSean Jackson signed with the Buccaneers and Pierre Garcon left for San Francisco.

The Redskins also lost defensive lineman Chris Baker, who is joining Jackson in Tampa. The Redskins already had plenty of holes to fill and now things are worse as the team seems rudderless.

NFL Draft 2017: Vikings trade up to get FSU’s Dalvin Cook

Many expected Dalvin Cook to go in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Vikings saw him available early in the second round and traded up to get him. Cook was selected with 41st overall pick Friday night and will team up with former Raiders running back Latavius Murray in the Vikings backfield.

The 5-10, 201-pound Cook impressed at the NFL Combine, but slid in the draft because of multiple off-field incidents. Cook told NFL teams he is no longer running with the same crowd he did in college.

On the field, Cook runs with power and speed, catches the ball well, is a solid blocker and got better each of his three seasons in Tallahassee.

Cook ran for 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns last season and finished his three-year career at Florida State with 4,464 yards and 46 scores. He also caught 79 passes for 935 yards and two touchdowns as a Seminole.

Cook’s innate ability to catch the ball is one aspect of his game that might separate him from other backs. Longtime wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan, who retired in January after 25 years in the NFL, told Omnisport that Cook reminds him of Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell.

“The guy’s got the whole package,” Sullivan, who was most recently with the Jaguars from 2012-16, said of Cook. “He’s a great receiver out of the backfield, smart, instinctive. If you put him outside, he can catch.

“He’s a lot like Bell. When you put the guy outside, he’s not just a guy taking up space; he can make something happen as a receiver.”

Like Bell, Cook was a first-team All-American in his final season of college and also has some off-field issues. The Vikings now hope Cook can be as productive as Bell and that they got a steal by getting the draft’s most complete back with the 41st pick.

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Perhaps the bats can perk up at Coors Field starting Monday night

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Cecil Travis, serving in World War II: Poor Cecil Travis. Over his first nine seasons, the Washington Senators shortstop hit .327, peaking at .359 at age 27 in 1941. Then he lost most of the next four years serving in World War II, famously suffering frostbitten feet in the European Theatre. More damaging to his career, he later admitted, he also lost his timing as a hitter. He played just 226 more games in the majors after the war ended, hitting .241 with -3.3 Wins Above Average, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Bradley McDougald Authentic Jersey Chicago managed just three hits and three unintentional walks and struck out 13 times over the final 9 1/3 innings, though. Thanks to a short bench and a long game, three Cubs starting pitchers had to pinch-hit in extra frames. Each one struck out, including Kyle Hendricks to end the contest at 2:14 a.m. ET, six hours and five minutes after first pitch.

All of that is to say the offense isn’t the juggernaut it was last year. It’s not all bad, though. The Cubs are third in the National League with a .333 on-base percentage, fifth with 154 runs and eighth with 36 home runs.

Perhaps the bats can perk up at Coors Field starting Monday night, about 18 1/2 hours after the end of Sunday’s game.

The one constant in the whole deal was the pitch limits: Friedrich, Chacin and everyone else had them, and Rockies hurlers averaged 76.3 pitches per start over the 97 games of the experiment. The maximum pitch count by a starter in that period was 97, by Jeff Francis. The minimum was 53, by Drew Pomeranz.

That range makes the Rockies’ experiment relevant to today’s game.

Miguel Cabrera motivated to win this year for Tigers, Venezuela

Miguel Cabrera has yet to win a World Series with the Detroit Tigers, and he wants that to change this year.

Game Mens Laremy Tunsil Jersey After the recent loss of beloved Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, Cabrera is ready to honor the man who brought him into the team from the Marlins and signed him to a massive contract.

We come into spring training a little sad, Cabrera told reporters Saturday, via MLB.com. But at the same time, we come in like we need to keep going and need this for him. He always dreamed about a World Series champion. We never gave him the chance. We have extra motivation, so we need to be here and do extra and try to be our best this season.

Carew is still undergoing regular testing to make sure his body doesn’t reject his new heart, but the 71-year-old baseball Hall of Famer is embracing life.

It’s been a long journey, Carew said, but everything just came out right, the way everybody wanted it.

The seven-time AL batting champion and first-ballot Hall of Famer has been hailed for his Heart of 29 campaign, which raised funds for the American Heart Association and spread awareness of heart disease.

That 29, of course, is the number Carew wore throughout his 19-year career with the Twins and Angels. In a strange twist, 29 is also the age of the heart donor who gave Carew new life.

They found me a 29-year-old heart, Carew joked. You never know, it could be time for a comeback.

Rhonda Carew said she wants to meet the man’s family.

I desperately want to meet them, she said. Rod hasn’t focused on it, but I have. I think it would be really a neat thing for the donor’s family to have the ability to listen to their son’s heartbeat again.
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