Kirk Cousins finally feeling the love in Minnesota but knows he must take loaded Vikings to next level

Back in March, during the Minnesota Vikings’ courtship of Kirk Cousins, the quarterback allowed himself a rare moment of vulnerability with one of his prospective teammates, tight end Kyle Rudolph.

In six seasons with the Washington Redskins — the last three as a highly productive starter — Cousins always maintained a strong front. He kept his head down and worked in the shadows. When in the spotlight, poise, professionalism and a positive demeanor were his calling cards.

Excitement is now building within the organization and across the Twin Cities, where Cousins’s No. 8 jersey hangs everywhere from sporting goods stores and malls to airport gift shops.

That divisiveness might not have been created by President Donald Trump, but he was certainly willing to stoke the flames for political advantage. When the NFL tried to appease him with their recent change, it backfired terribly, leaving the teams to clean up their own mess. But McCaskey denied that Trump influenced the policy.

What the President was doing or not doing, or thinking or not thinking, or saying and not thinking didn’t really impact our support of this, he said.

(Sure, and the Eagles just decided they’d rather practice an extra day this week.)

That’s the opening line, courtesy of Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. Matt Patricia is in danger of losing his players.

Several paragraphs in, Monarrez uses a quote from rookie running back Kerryon Johnson that apparently was intended to reflect resentment with the tactic. These are true professionals, Johnson said. These are grown men, 30, 35, 25.

MLB trade rumors: Will Giants deal Madison Bumgarner after he returns from DL?

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is set to make his 2018 debut next week, according to NBC Sports Bay Area.
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And with the knowledge that, while he’s just 26, he has 1,310 NFL carries and 1,635 NFL touches (in regular season and postseason) on his legs. And with the knowledge that the highest-paid back currently on a long-term deal is making $8.25 million per. And with the knowledge that Ryan Miller Authentic Jersey Rams star Todd Gurley could do a deal between now and the start of free agency. And 鈥?well, you get the picture. This is complicated, more so than it was last year, which will make any sort of agreement a challenge for both sides.

You won’t always see it with guys who are competing for the same spot (like, say, AJ McCarron and Josh Allen will be this summer), but it does happen with guys who aren’t teammates. And so it’s cool to see what Von Miller is doing at his position, in putting together the pass-rusher summit last year, and reprising it this year. Miller told the Denver media that this year’s event will be in Branson, Mo., and that he hopes to bring new teammate Bradley Chubb along for the ride.
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According to their legal representation, led by lawyer Mark Geragos, the influence of President Donald Trump is at the core of their case against the NFL.

They were clearly colluding because they were intimidated by the president,Geragos said in an interview with CBS’ Amy Dash. The only reason 鈥?and the owners will admit this 鈥?that they haven’t signed him is because of Trump, and they’ve colluded because of Trump.

To prove collusion, Geragos’ team will seek to show that Trump improperly impacted NFL owners’ decisions regarding Kaepernick, and that owners then advised one another not to sign the quarterback.

Why does Trump’s opinion of Kaepernick matter?

Ray Nitschke Womens Jersey In a vacuum, Trump’s thoughts on Kaepernick wouldn’t have any bearing on the NFL. A few years ago, he was an advocate for Tim Tebow getting another chance in the league to no avail.

But as president, Trump’s thoughts carry more weight 鈥?particularly, when there’s a base behind him that can impact the league’s favorability and ratings. Trump has made no effort to hide his thoughts on Kaepernick and other players who kneeled, once saying at a rally that he wished an NFL owner would get that son of a bitch off the fieldif a player protested during the national anthem.

Clay Matthews injury update: Packers LB to have surgery this week

Clay Matthews isn’t in the clear yet.

The Packers linebacker is expected to undergo surgery this week to repair a broken nose suffered Saturday, coach Mike McCarthy announced Monday.

Matthews was hit in the face by a line drive while pitching in a Packers charity softball game over the weekend. He fell to the ground after he was hit by the ball off Lucas Patrick’s bat and walked off the field holding his face in his glove before being taken to a nearby emergency room.

For many people, Namath will always be 25 years old with his right index pointed to the sky, jogging off the Orange Bowl field as the Super Bowl III MVP, his famous guarantee realized. Others will remember Namath in Hanes’ Beautymist pantyhose or in a fur coat on the sideline. For some, it will be throwing a football to Bobby Brady on The Brady Bunch. Still others it will not be an image, but that voice — that syrupy mix of Beaver Falls, Tuscaloossa and New York that is one of a kind.

You mention 75, Namath said. that’s the third quarter ending and the fourth quarter starting.

OL Garett Bolles plans to play this upcoming season between 300 and 305 pounds. Just so I can anchor when I get those bull rushes and things like that, Bolles said. Feel more comfortable there. Feel more explosive and powerful there. Bolles was in the vicinity of 290-295 in his rookie season.

It feels good that it’s over with, Jackson said. It’s over and done with. The page is turned, and you can see it’s not just me, it’s our organization. They are the reason why I do what I do, and our players and our fans. I know our fans have been very disappointed. I get it. But that page is closed. Hopefully they’ll give us a chance to earn back their respect, their trust, their affection for our football team and this city, because we plan on doing something special.

Namath says he feels great both physically and mentally. He now lives in South Florida, though he returns to New York often. The knees that cut short his football brilliance were replaced in 1992 and he has not had problems since. When he speaks, he is sharp. He recalls names and stories from 50 years ago with ease. Sometimes he forgets where he placed his keys or feels aches and pains, but Namath sees no reason to complain.

Pat Bowlen’s daughter seeks to take over as Broncos’ controlling owner

Beth Bowlen Wallace, the daughter of longtime Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, wants to take over as the team’s controlling owner. She has requested the team’s current leadership appoint her to that role.
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Authentic Youth Nick Shore Jersey Pat did not designate Beth as a trustee or appoint her to a leadership position, nor did he instruct the trustees to specifically mentor her. He made it clear that his children were not automatically entitled to a role with the team and that they would have to earn that opportunity through their accomplishments, qualifications and character.

As trustees honoring the clear wishes of Pat, we have thoroughly evaluated whether Beth is capable of succeeding her father as controlling owner. We have determined that she is not capable or qualified at this time.

I gotta get back, said Shazier, who has been recovering from a spinal stabilization surgery in December. Since I’ve been in college, I really wanted to go to the Hall of Fame. I still want to go to the Hall of Fame. All my goals are like making me want to go to the Hall of Fame.

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Shazier told Nix that he tries to get at least 12 tackles, a pick, a forced fumble and a touchdown every game and is doing rehab for his injury at least two hours per day, five times a week to get back to that point.

Despite limited mobility after his surgery, Shazier made appearances at Heinz Field, visited teammates at practice in January, and stood up at a Penguins game to show his progress from an injury that slowed his lower-body movement.

The Patriots ultimately released him in November, and he was picked up by the 49ers on waivers.

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Marsh, 25, was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 NFL draft but didn’t see much playing time, registering three sacks in his first three seasons with the team. The Seahawks then traded him to the Patriots for a fifth- and seventh-round pick in September.

The White House announced the news first Thursday, through deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters:
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In April, the Eagles said there were ongoing discussions with the White House on the logistics of a trip and the team said it was considering the invitation.

We have been in contact with White House representatives and are currently discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington, the Eagles said in a statement. We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field accomplishments, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country.

However, he had ankle surgery near the end of spring training, sitting him out for 6 to 8 weeks. Bird started his rehabilitation assignment on Monday at Double-A Trenton, so he should be back within a few weeks if everything goes well. Austin has hit for a low.241 average entering yesterday, but he has six homers, 19 RBI, and a solid.993 fielding percentage, showing his fielding skills can complement Bird’s power once he returns.

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.

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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The Jaguars are on the field for Organized Team Activities, and Leonard Fournette is looking to be in good shape.
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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.

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.

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