Eagles reportedly pick up WR Nelson Agholor’s fifth-year option; 49ers keep Arik Armstead

The Eagles and 49ers both decided to pick up the fifth-year option of their 2015 NFL Draft first-round picks Monday.
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Elite Kids Cliff Avril Jersey The Cowboys were overdue in shaking things up around Prescott. The lumps he took in 2017 were a good prompt for Jerry Jones and Co. to execute what the team owner has dubbed a Dak-friendly offseason.

Prescott last season got caught looking in the direction of Bryant and Witten too often, only exacerbating the QB’s struggles. Although the initial adjustment of not having them around throughout the summer will be tough, Prescott eventually can get back to spreading the ball around efficiently depending on the situation; the kind of play that made him an Ken Crawley Womens Jersey immediate NFL success a couple seasons ago.

Although there is some rationale to Roethlisberger’s initial emotions, the Steelers made the right move for the better of both the team’s future and its Hall of Fame quarterback’s present.

Rudolph will help the Steelers win immediately, and Roethlisberger with his words proved why. Rudolph might not be of help on the field as long as Big Ben is healthy and active, but the rookie’s presence already has lit an extra fire under Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh now hopes the veteran’s big words in May will turn into bigger actions come September.
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The situation should sound familiar. In 2013, a 36-year-old Tom Brady struggled through one of his shakiest seasons as the Patriots’ starter as they fell short of the Super Bowl. New England then drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After a shaky start to the 2014 season, Brady was rejuvenated all the way through a victory in the Super Bowl for his then-elusive fourth ring.

Goodell: Congress should enact uniform gambling standards for states

Last week’s Supreme Court decision opening the door for states to sanction sports betting has been met with much speculation about how it will impact all sports in the United States.

We have spent considerable time planning for the potential of broadly legalized sports gambling and are prepared to address these changes in a thoughtful and comprehensive way, including substantial education and compliance trainings for our clubs, players, employees and partners. These efforts include supporting commonsense legislation that protects our players, coaches and fans and maintains public confidence in our games. We are asking Congress to enact uniform standards for states that choose to legalize sports betting that include, at a minimum, four core principles:

Only the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers registered more quarterback sacks than the Giants’ 27 in 2017, and former defensive end Justin Tuck has a simple suggestion to improve in that pivotal category this season.

They need more pass rushers, Tuck said last week during the BTIG charity day in New York. When I was playing, we had a big assortment of guys that could fit that mold,. But, I really like Lorenzo Carter, their third-round pick. He’s a guy that kind of fits the mold that can get after the passer. I know that was a weakness for their defense last year, but I know this new staff is trying to address that. We can always use more pass rushers.

The Giants hope that Carter can provide a spark rushing the passer off the edge. Standing 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Carter logged 21.5 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks in four seasons as a starter at Georgia after being a five-star recruit out of high school. ravens_017

Adam Vinatieri thinks kickoff changes will be for the better

The NFL will be voting on proposed changes to kickoffs at next week’s league meetings and the league’s longest-tenured kicker shared some of his thoughts about the alterations.
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Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri was a guest on The Rich Eisen Show on Thursday and said that he’s for any rule change that makes the game safer. That’s the intent of the proposed rule changes, which eliminate running starts for the coverage team and wedge blocks as well as limiting the area where blockers on the return team can initiate contact.

Barkley is going to be a storyline throughout the 2018 season. Unlike the rookie quarterbacks, he won’t be graded on a learning experience curve. Critics (of the decision to select Barkley second overall, not necessarily Barkley himself) will be quick with the bust label after a bad game or two. So the best thing Barkley can do is avoid those bad games.

So Barkley gets a reprieve from most of the summer hurdles other rookies face. Then he must scale the highest wall on the obstacle course. Every rookie’s path through the offseason is different. But none of them are ever easy.

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I had a good feeling it was between Josh Allen and I, Mayfield said. I’m not really sure why. I had a dream about it and it was all just sort of coming into focus. I didn’t try to stress about it too much because it would have just driven me crazy, having anxiety about where I could have ended up.

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Rockets: The Rockets were outrebounded 49-41. … Houston scored just 19 first-quarter points, its fifth straight period failing to score more than 24 before scoring 34 in the second. … After saying the pressure was on the Warriors, D’Antoni cracked pregame, That really worked out well, didn’t it?

It’s always much nicer when the kids get along.

A slimmed-down Leonard Fournette seen at Jaguars’ OTAs
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Michael DiRocco of ESPN posted a picture of Fournette looking like he has lost some weight. Authentic Marcus Cannon Jersey Fournette weighed in at 240 pounds at last year’s Scouting Combine and 228 pounds at LSU’s Pro Day.

Although Fournette topped 1,000 yards as a rookie, he didn’t have a great season. His 3.9 yards per carry was below the league average, as was his first down rate, gaining first downs on just 17 percent of his carries. Fournette missed three games and the Jaguars went 3-0 in those games and averaged more rushing yards in the games he missed than in the games he played.

First off, apologies to the Milwaukee Brewers. They beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 with three home runs off Zack Greinke and Corey Knebel recorded his first save since March 30. They’re in first place in the NL Central and deserve credit for sitting 10 games over .500 even though their lineup has been extremely mediocre. The bullpen, however, has not, and it’s only strengthened if Knebel resumes the closer role, freeing up Josh Hader for those multi-inning stints as needed.

I think people took some things that I said into a context that I was going to be mean or rude or whatever, and that was not it at all, Roethlisberger said. If you listen to the whole conversation, it was said in jest and laughing and having fun.

Marcel Dionne Limited Jersey I’ve never been the type to just be rude or mean to other quarterbacks. You can ask [Landry] Jones. I’ve had a lot of quarterbacks through here who were younger than me that I’ve tried to help any way that I can, so I’ll continue to do that.

Of course, it’s easy to claim out-of-context now, but immediately after the Steelers chose Rudolph in the third round, Roethlisberger openly wondered why they didn’t take a player who could provide a more immediate benefit (especially after trading wide receiver Martavis Bryant). The rookie initially said he didn’t expect Roethlisberger to mentor him, and has tried to play nice.

Roethlisberger was also very complimentary of Rudolph while offering tips.

Flores to stay the course running Patriots’ defense

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was named coach of the Detroit Lions on Feb. 5, one day before offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on a deal to become coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
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Patricia and McDaniels, though, weren’t the only members of Bill Belichick’s staff to attract the attention of the seven NFL teams seeking new coaches following the 2017 season.

The Arizona Cardinals interviewed linebackers coach Brian Flores 鈥?twice, no less 鈥?for their vacancy. And although they didn’t offer him the job, they were thoroughly impressed with the poise, polish and brainpower of the 37-year-old Brooklyn native.

Bill O’Brien orchestrated the offense for two seasons as the quarterbacks coach before being bestowed with the coordinator title in 2011. He’s now in his fifth season as coach of the Houston Texans.

That means in order for Jackson to get a start, either the Ravens have to be definitively eliminated from the playoff picture prior to the final week of the season, Flacco needs to play so poorly that he simply cannot be on the field anymore, or they need to have their playoff slot wrapped up prior to the final week of the year and he gets a courtesy start, Patrick Mahomes-style. The former scenario seems somewhat unlikely.

Those moves started the pendulum swinging from the height of Thompson conservatism in the direction of Wolf assertiveness. But unknown to us all is whether Gutekunst will allow it to advance further or just settle right in the middle.
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Here’s one way to tell which direction Gutekunst is headed: Will he continue to pursue roster improvement or just leave well enough alone?

When Thompson was in charge, player acquisition was pretty much over once the draft concluded. There are examples of him adding a veteran here or Bo Horvat Youth jersey there, but he never wanted to create an environment where the focus wasn’t on the development of players in their first, second or third years.

Any time you add a veteran, even a low-cost option, you’re slowing down the clock on a younger player’s advancement since coaches are more likely to favor a more reliable older player. Coaches think about winning this week and, given their freedom, will act accordingly.

The Best Player Who Could Be Cut from Every NFL Roster This Offseason

The offseason is an exciting time for NFL fans because free agency and the draft bring new faces and fresh talent to their favorite teams. While fans see the new additions as signs of hope, however, some veterans undoubtedly see them as competition.

The Atlanta Falcons brought in veteran cornerback Justin Bethel this offseason to provide depth in their secondary. Bethel, who appeared in all 16 games in each of the past six seasons with the Cardinals, has been named to three Pro Bowls as a special teams player and made 14 starts over the past three seasons.

Because most of the participants are either undrafted free agents or rookie tryout invitees looking for a big break, there is desperation to impress coaches. They also are not afforded the same payment luxuries if injured as the draft picks.

Former Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said once it became his policy to hold draft picks out of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills in rookie minicamp after second-round pick Brian Price suffered a gruesome hamstring injury that limited him to five games and sidetracked his career.

The Los Angeles Chargers already restructured the contract of defensive tackle Corey Liuget, who will be suspended for the first four games of 2018. This means his starting spot is likely safe upon his return.

Things aren’t quite as certain for fellow starter Brandon Mebane.

The longtime veteran is 33 years old, which puts him on the back end of his career. He’s also part of the defensive line that allowed an NFL-high 4.9 yards per carry last season.

It makes some sense for the Chargers to want to keep Mebane, especially with Liuget out for the first month. However, Los Angeles does have young defensive linemen like Darius Philon and rookie third-round pick Justin Jones.colts_070

Rogers: Four thoughts on the Lions’ NFL Draft haul

Nico Siragusa Womens Jersey The 2018 NFL draft is in the books and the Detroit Lions came away with six shiny new rookies. After taking a little time to process what the team accomplished the past three days, here are four thoughts on the Lions’ haul.
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That return on investment in 2015 was brutal, with only Ameer Abdullah and Diggs remaining on the roster. As one Twitter follower suggested, 2018 could almost be viewed as a do-over for the shortcomings from three years ago.

And please don’t assume that because the 2015 strategy failed that it reflects on the potential of the 2018 class in any way. These prospects will carve out their own stories over the next several seasons.
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Disappointed that the Titans’ season ended. Disappointed that the Titans finished 23rd in passing offense last season. Disappointed that no wide receiver had more than 800 yards. Disappointed that injuries put a major damper on his rookie season, as he finished with 34 catches, 375 yards and no touchdowns in 11 regular-season games.

So, predictably, wide receiver was regarded by many as one of the Titans’ needs this offseason because of 2017’s lackluster production, but Titans general manager Jon Robinson virtually ignored the position. Why? Because he’s betting big on Davis becoming a reliable No. 1 receiver in 2018 Womens Trevor Siemian Jersey and leading the way for substantial progress from the rest of the Titans’ understated and developing receiver group.

I like that position group — I really do, Robinson said.

Houston Texans Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan: Gary saw a five-sack spike in 2017, and if he makes similar gains in 2018, this won’t be high enough for him when the actual draft rolls around. 27. Kansas City Chiefs Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia: The Chiefs have been shifting around their cornerback room in recent months and could stand to invest in the position through the draft.

Steelers change Ryan Shazier’s contract to pay him most of his salary upfront

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will not play this season as Allen Iverson Jersey he continues to recover from a serious spinal injury, but the Steelers are making sure Shazier is well cared for.
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The Steelers have changed Shazier’s contract to pay him most of this year’s salary in advance, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

The Indians have taken note that Bauer no longer treats every base hit by an opponent as a personal affront. He has shown a willingness to engage along the dugout rail and to patiently answer questions during in-game interviews while teammates pelt him with sunflower seeds. And when someone else is being interviewed, he joins in on the pelting.

He’s made some adjustments along the way, and we’ve tried to, too, and I think it’s working pretty good, Indians manager Terry Francona said. I don’t think we ever try to mold people into being something they’re not. As long as they show up, they work hard, they’re good citizens and good teammates, we kind of let them be who they are.
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Last year’s No. 10 pick, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, received a four-year, $16.4 million deal.

The good news for Rosen is that, because the Cardinals traded up to No. 10 to get him, his option year in 2022 will be the transition tag for quarterbacks in 2021. One pick lower, and the fifth-year salary would have been much lower.

The Cardinals signed veterans Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon in March. It remains to be seen whether Rosen will have a chance to be the Week One starter.

The overriding theme is Bauer’s desire to press every conceivable advantage. When he arrived in Cleveland by trade from Arizona in late 2012 and extolled the benefits of playing long-toss from a distance of 420 feet or wearing headphones during his bullpen side sessions, it was easy to brand him as an iconoclast or an odd duck. As baseball becomes increasingly more enthralled with analytics and innovative training methods, he looks like a guy who was ahead of the curve.
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No one in the Cleveland clubhouse will ever question Bauer’s competitiveness. It was on display during the 2016 American League Championship Series, when he sliced his finger in a drone accident and bled all over the Rogers Centre mound in an abbreviated start against the Blue Jays. During a lengthy and insightful interview with SportsTimeOhio and MLB.com earlier this month, Bauer shared his early desire to win — get this — eight career Cy Young Awards.

Ravens waive Robertson Daniel

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The Ravens placed defensive back Robertson Daniel on waivers Thursday. Baltimore is making space to sign undrafted free agents.
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Daniel, 26, played one game with the Ravens in 2016. It stands as his only NFL regular-season appearance. He spent part of last season on the team鈥檚 practice squad.

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In the documents obtained by Outside the Lines, Mitnick also wrote that he was misled about a key component of any cash advance: whether a borrower has to surrender his legal right to all or part of any eventual settlement payout. Such language is termed an assignment clause, and its precise definition is at the heart of whether Esquire operates any differently than the funders that Brody has prevented from working with players.

In the November court filing defending his work with Esquire, Seeger insisted that its agreements were loans secured by the monetary Authentic Tug McGraw Jersey awards, as opposed to ‘assignments’ of portions of those awards. Mitnick wrote to Brody that he assisted Esquire at Mr. Seeger’s suggestion while never being advised that any eventual funding Agreement would contain an ‘Assignment’ clause.

He met with the Cowboys yesterday, and has also visited the Dolphins and 49ers since being released by Washington.

The 29-year-old McClain bounced around a bit early in his career. The former second-rounder of the Panthers also played a couple of years with the Texans before blossoming with the Cowboys.

The Falcons need some help up front after losing Dontari Poe in free agency, and admitted after the draft they were still looking.

Drafting Jackson also puts Joe Flacco on notice, although moving on from their middling quarterback will still cost the Ravens a pretty penny. While the Flacco guaranteed money spigot turns off after the 2018 season, Baltimore would still have to account for $16 million in dead money if they cut Flacco next year. It’s likely they’ll designate Flacco as a post-June 1 release, which would free up $17.5 million in 2019 but push $8 million in dead money onto the 2020 cap.

Kurt Warner adds more details regarding his potential comeback

Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner turns 47 next month. And he recently made clear his potential interest in returning to play, more than eight years after he retired.

“I was actually ready to, for this coming season, I actually talked to a coach and my wife said, ‘Go for it, I think it would be great,’” Warner recently said during a St. Louis Cardinals broadcast. “So I actually talked to a coach about possibly doing it if they needed someone, but then they went out and signed somebody. I don’t think they thought I was serious. So I think we’re completely done now.”

Beyond shouting down the reaction to the news that Warner was actually planning to come out of retirement on the wrong side of 45 as the product of a “REALLY slow news day,” Warner added more details on Twitter in the aftermath of the splash the story created.

If Warner can cap the progression from rejected Iowa recruit to NFL camp arm to grocery bagger to AFL star to NFL Europe to out-of-nowhere league and Super Bowl MVP to discarded veteran in St. Louis to placeholder for Eli Manning to late-career star in Arizona to retirement to TV to Canton to a return to the game in the short shadows of 50, the script will write itself.

“I like the group that we have and don’t see at this time [adding a veteran], but I reserve the right to change my mind,” Jones said. “At this time, I don’t see adding an additional veteran player to our group. I like the opportunity, the freshness of the group. I like the opportunity of the competition. We’re familiar. We’ve got new guys as far as our group is concerned in there. The makeup of that creates an atmosphere that I think could enhance how we play tight end.”

Geoff Swaim has made nine catches for 94 yards and no touchdowns in 28 career games. Blake Jarwin didn’t catch a pass in his only career game, and Rico Gathers has never played a down in two years spent converting from basketball. The Cowboys drafted Dalton Schultz in the fourth round, and they signed San Diego State’s David Wells as an undrafted rookie free agent.

“We’re excited about the group,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “You know, we feel good about those young guys. Obviously, Wit has been such a big part of what we’ve done here for a long time. As we all know, he played so much.

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