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May 19

Kurt Warner clarifies what he meant when he said he wanted to play again in 2018

Yes, Kurt Warner said this week that he had a conversation about playing in the NFL again.

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 said Monday during an appearance in the St. Louis Cardinals’ broadcast booth. 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.

Turns out, at least according to Warner, this was more a case of him thinking out loud than making firm plans to come out of retirement eight years after playing in his last NFL game.

While he amassed staggering numbers — Witten’s 1,152 catches rank fourth in NFL history — that will surely send him to the Hall of Fame, Dallas only won two playoff games during his career and never even reached the NFC title game.

So how to put his sterling career in context?

That same weekend Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman, a third-round pick, suffered the same injury as Fowler. His contract remained unchanged.

By playing hardball in negotiations with an injured player, a team — and its rich owner — risks public outcry and potential future distrust and retribution from agents and draft picks.

One year ago, first-round pick Jabrill Peppers, an East Orange native, sat out the first day of Browns minicamp because he did not have a contract.

It led to immediate conjecture that Peppers might be avoiding drug testing because players without signed contracts or rookie participation agreements are not subject to random screenings.

Peppers signed his participation agreement to be on the field for Day 2 of minicamp, but his contract wasn’t finalized until late July, with the threat of a holdout.

Peppers was the first draft pick without a contract to not sign the rookie participation agreement in time for minicamp since Shawne Merriman refused to do so in 2005, according to Pro Football Talk. colts_086

May 18

Who Will Be Patriots’ Odd Man Out In Crowded Running Back Stable?

The New England Patriots’ running back stable is more crowded than a Cape Cod supermarket on July 3.
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The Patriots already rostered Rex Burkhead, James White, Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill prior to the 2018 NFL Draft. Then they selected Sony Michel in the first round and reportedly picked up Ralph Webb as an undrafted free agent.

You better be. There’s always room for improvement with our club or with our process, trying to be as efficient as we can, trying to tighten up game plans, all those type of things, making sure our staff, our guys are all in a great frame of mind, Boone said before Wednesday’s game. Yeah, absolutely. That’s the urgency in the day I talk about all the time. We want to make sure we’re buttoned up and prepared as well as we can be each and everyday. And personally I feel like there’s a long way to go in that regard.

We’ll never change the name, he said then. It’s that simple. NEVER 鈥?you can use caps.

That original online story was a sneak peek at a profile published hours later of Amanda Blackhorse, one of the Native American petitioners who sought to strip the team of its federal trademark registrations on the basis that Redskins disparages Native Americans.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s appeals board canceled the team’s registrations in 2014 and a district court judge upheld the ruling in 2015. But the Supreme Court ruled in a separate case almost a year ago that David Ortiz Womens Jersey the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act is unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds.

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This year the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated the decisions that had canceled the team’s registrations, an inevitable outcome once the Supreme Court had tossed the disparagement clause. The appeals court ruling ended a case with roots going back more than 25 years, but it left standing the earlier decisions that the name disparages.
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May 16

Todd Bowles can’t say if Teddy Bridgewater will do everything at OTAs

Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan described quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as healthy this week, but there are different levels of health and it seems that Bridgewater isn’t at the top end of that spectrum.
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In the absence of players being able to benefit beyond a scholarship, expect third parties such as agents to fill the influence void.

Rather than wait for the NBA and National Basketball Players Association to agree upon policy to protect the NCAA, the NCAA could just protect itself and allow its players to return to college.

If this is really about the player, why put up a stop sign for those who wish to continue as students? This is good policy, but it should not be limited to the team the player left.

If a team or coach does not want the player back, he should be able to play immediately at another school. Anything short of signing a pro contract should allow the player to maintain his eligibility to play anywhere in college, not just at the program he left.

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Man, I’m one of those guys: Until you get hit in the mouth, I don’t know what you’ve got yet, Beachum said, via NJ.com. And he ain’t been hit in the mouth by an NFL defensive lineman. So when that time comes, we’ll see.
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Beachum will play a role in determining just how often defensive linemen are hitting Darnold in the mouth and the Jets will want that to be a rare occurrence even if Darnold shows the kind of resiliency that Beachum is hoping to see.

So the enterprise with powers that be who sell players for billions of dollars while paying themselves first (and limiting athletes to expenses only) is moral, and anything in contradiction to that is immoral? This moral pronouncement is not only questionable, it is laughable. To state that college basketball is to be played by student-athletes and not paid professionals is like saying college itself is for unpaid students and not paid professionals in a chosen field.

May 14

Seventh-round QB Alex McGough Jersey making positive impression with Seahawks

Alex McGough became just the second quarterback drafted by the Seahawks under head coach Pete Carroll and John Schneider since they took over the front office operations in Seattle in 2010. And just like Russell Wilson managed to do in his rookie mini-camp showing in 2012, McGough turned heads over the weekend with the Seahawks.
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The surprise of the day was Alex, Carroll said on Friday. I thought Alex did a very nice job. He showed really good arm strength. We know that he鈥檚 very mobile. 鈥?He got chased a lot last year on film so we know that he can move around and make things happen. But he had really good arm strength and he threw the ball really accurately today for his first time out. Get him under center was a little change for him but he had an impressive first day so we鈥檙e pleased to see that.

McGough will compete with Austin Davis and Stephen Morris for the backup job to Wilson.

Petty was the odd man out after the Jets took Sam Darnold with the third overall pick. They still have too many, and some guys who have done far less than Petty.
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He started seven games over two seasons with the Jets, with a 57.7 rating that can鈥檛 be all his fault.

In Miami, he joins Brock Osweiler and David Fales, which means they鈥檙e putting all their faith in Ryan Tannehill coming back from his knee injury and returning to form.

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Rodgers has two years left on Adrian Dantley Jersey his current contract, at a total payout of $42 million (including workout and per-game roster bonuses). His challenge will be to get the Packers to disregard or downplay those numbers and to negotiate a deal from scratch. This will make a short-term deal like Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins鈥?three-year, $84 million deal less practical, since it would give the team only one more year of certainty. And so the structure will more likely resemble the six-year, $169.25 million deal (with a real guarantee of $100 million) signed by Ryan.

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May 12

Report: Saints don’t plan to sign veteran running back

Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season and the team is short on experienced depth behind Alvin Kamara, but they are reportedly not in the market for a veteran running back right now.

“I don’t know that there’s been a rate we discussed,” Payton said regarding last week’s safety summit. “I think clearly we discussed making it safer. I think to the league’s credit having the group on hand that we did with the former players, special teams coaches, other head coaches to really have dialogue and discussion on improving our game and trying to improve the safety of a play like that. I think they did a great job and came back with some really significant changes that I think the fans will be excited still about. And yet I think we’ll see a dip in this number [of concussions].”

According to Robert Snell of the Detroit News, Patricia was indicted for sexual assault in 1996.

Both Patricia, then 21, and Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute teammate and fraternity brother Greg Dietrich, then 22, were charged by a grand jury with one count of aggravated sexual assault. They allegedly burst into the hotel room of a 21-year-old woman while on spring break at South Padre Island, Texas and “took turns violently sexual assaulting her.”

The case eventually was dismissed in January 1997, because the alleged victim did “not feel she can face the pressures or stress of a trial.”

One of the lawyers who represented Patricia at the time claims that the assault didn’t occur.

“In my opinion, it was a fabrication,” Jeff Wilson told Snell. “I’m telling you it was a ‘he said, she said.’ I don’t know what type of problems the girl was having; I don’t know why she made that allegation. We vehemently denied that he was doing anything wrong or did anything wrong.”
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May 09

White House replaces lawyer Ty Cobb with Clinton impeachment attorney Emmet Flood

White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who served as the administration’s point person in dealing with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, is stepping down and will be replaced by veteran white-collar defense attorney Emmet Flood, according to senior administration officials.
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Indianapolis spent the bulk of its draft upgrading the offensive line and the defense. T.Y. Hilton is still a star receiver, but otherwise, the depth chart is bare, hence the reason Colts signed Ryan Grant to a prove-it deal. Running back remains a hodgepodge of names.聽

The Colts might not give up 56 sacks again this year, and Luck might see the field. But the defense is still bad, and years of rebuilding done wrong aren’t things he can prop up on his own.聽

Freeman played his first four NFL seasons with the Colts and played in 13 games over the last two years with the Bears. He had 110 tackles and four passes defended in 2016.

Freeman suffered a torn pectoral muscle and a concussion in the season opener against the Falcons in 2017 and didn’t play in another game for the Bears.

In October, he was suspended 10 games for violating the NFL policy against performance-enhancing drugs. It was his second violation in two seasons. He served a four-game suspension for his first violation in 2016.

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Second-round tight end聽Dallas Goedert is intriguing at 6’5 and 256 pounds because he can work all three levels of the field with a big catch radius. But with Zach Ertz in front of him on the depth chart, chances are going to be limited.聽聽

May 07

This year’s NFL draft represents one of the deepest quarterback classes in recent memory.

As many as six passers could hear their names called in the first round as franchises search for saviors. A secondary wave of passers could come off the board in Day 2, with some teams potentially looking to replace aging starters.
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The Miami Dolphins (No. 11), Buffalo Bills (Nos. 12 and 22) and Arizona Cardinals (No. 15) have all called Elway about potentially trading up, according to KUSA-TV’s Mike Klis. The Broncos’ decision to trade down or stay put will likely depend on who goes off the board before Denver goes on the clock.

There’s so many mock drafts out there I haven’t been able to keep up with them. Darnold will simply wait until he hears his John Elway Youth jersey name announced at the draft, which takes place Thursday through Saturday in Arlington, Texas. NFLDraftScout. com senior analyst Rob Rang lists Darnold first in his most recent Big Board. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb round out the top five. Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen is ranked 10th by Rang while quarterback Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma is 14th and quarterback Lamar Jackson of Louisville is 15th. Both Rang and his NFLDraftScout. com

But for the Lions’ Bob Quinn, there’s just not enough at the moment. And surely he can sense that, as he braces for next week’s big moment with a new contract extension in hand and a new coaching staff in place.
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Kevin Hogan Kids Jersey Quinn might not be feeling quite the same heat as some of his peers. He’s coming off consecutive winning seasons in his first two years in Detroit. And at his annual pre-draft press conference Thursday the Lions’ GM said he’s comfortable enough with his roster right now that I don’t think I’m in a position to reach for any position of so-called ‘need.’

Still, it’s not a reach to suggest he needs to use that first-round selection 鈥?the Lions own the 20th overall pick at the moment 鈥?on a player who can make opposing quarterbacks feel a little more uncomfortable.

Whether that’s an edge rusher like Harold Landry (Boston College) or Marcus Davenport (Texas-San Antonio) or a player like Lorenzo Carter (Georgia), or a wrecking ball inside like Da’Ron Payne (Alabama) 鈥?three of those four have direct ties to new assistant coaches on Matt Patricia’s staff, by the way 鈥?it feels like there’s an essential fit to be found up front.

The Lions have other needs, to be sure. And when Quinn says he’s eyeing a handful of players at No. 20, it’s possible one is an offensive guard or a safety or a linebacker that can drop in coverage.

May 04

Hurts vs. Tagovailoa: Opposing coaches break it down

It’s a question that will resonate throughout the college football world all offseason: Who will be Alabama’s starting quarterback in the fall?
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Usually, when a defending national champion returns a quarterback who’s 26-2 as a starter, it’s an open-and-shut case who will man the backfield. But it’s anything but that simple at Alabama, where incumbent Jalen Hurts has to hold off sophomore Tua Tagovailoa, who came off the bench in the second half of the national championship game against Georgia to rally the Crimson Tide to their fourth title in seven years.

The Falcons’ immediate concern, from a financial standpoint, is signing quarterback Matt Ryan to a contract extension. The 2016 NFL MVP has one year and $19.25 million left on his current contract.

Gray found himself in a one-out, two-on jam in the fourth. After Franchy Cordero struck out, Chase Headley flied out to end the threat.

That was really good to see, manager Bud Black said. He bent, but he didn’t break.

I’m athletic, Archer said. From the team perspective, it wouldn’t be smart for Womens Mike Remmers Jersey me to do something silly and get hurt. But I train to be an athlete. I saw the dude take off. It was a close play.
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While Snell’s WHIP will remain at risk until he gets ahead in a greater number of counts, his improvements greatly enhance his odds of finishing with a K/9 rate over 9.00, with his strikeout rate perhaps approaching the 30 percent levels he routinely displayed in the minors. He’s on pace for 236 strikeouts (albeit in an unsustainable 37 starts) and might well be destined for 200-plus K’s, considering the Rays should be willing to let him approach 33 starts and 200 innings pitched after throwing 173 1/3 frames between the majors and minors in 2017.

It’s mostly chasing one category, but considering it’s the one you want first and foremost, Snell’s a pitcher to keep around for the long haul in the hopes he only continues to polish his control in the coming weeks.

There was just a lot of blood, said Matheny of Wednesday’s incident in the batting cage, and that drew everybody’s concern.

Pham was just happy he was able to return to the lineup so quickly.
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It could have been worse, Pham said. I’m just extremely lucky.

May 04

NFL Draft 2018: Browns beat writer presents evidence that Baker Mayfield will go No. 1

As speculation runs rampant that the Browns will draft Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick, many fans and draft observers are asking the question: How did this happen?

The Browns have long been tied to a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick, but former USC quarterback Sam Darnold and Wyoming QB Josh Allen were believed to be the most likely prospects.

Yet for those reading between the lines, the Browns have been high on Mayfield for quite some time. Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com wrote a commentary Thursday entitled, “Why I believe Baker Mayfield is the Browns’ pick at 1 tonight.” Cabot dug back through her notes from recent months and found some surprisingly frank praise from Browns execs about Mayfield.

McCoughan made similar comments on a radio show last October, playing up Mayfield’s similarities to Favre.

“He reminds me of a shorter version of Brett Favre,” McCloughan said. “Tough guy. He can throw it. And he’s very confident, and he’s not afraid whatsoever, whatsoever. He’s a battler. … this guy has talent.”

Pat Shurmur: Odell Beckham Jr will “absolutely” be part of team in 2018. They have talked often. OBJ not ready physically to take part in minicamp but is at #NYG.

The Giants possess the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. New York could trade out of the spot as other teams seek one of the top-ranked quarterbacks, but it might make sense to stay put and select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley to further bolster the offense.

The game was paused briefly in the sixth when home plate umpire Todd Tichenor was hit below the belt by a pitch from Scherzer. Brandon Crawford swung under the pitch and catcher Pedro Severino missed the ball before it hit Tichenor.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman and 2B Howie Kendrick were held out of the starting lineup. Kendrick singled and scored as a pinch hitter in the eighth.

Giants: Mac Williamson was a late scratch because of neck stiffness, one day after stumbling over the bullpen pitching mound and crashing into a low fence while chasing a foul ball. … RHP Chris Stratton was placed on the paternity list. … RHP Roberto Gomez was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.
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May 02

Why ‘good cop’ Ime Udoka should be a NBA head coach

With the NBA regular season in the rear-view mirror, the start of the off-season coaching carousel is set to pick up speed, and former Nigeria small forward Ime Udoka, now coaching with the San Antonio Spurs, should be considered for a top job.
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Cornerback is a position where the Jets have short-term answers but need to look for some long-term solutions. They signed Trumaine Johnson to a monster, five-year, $72.5 million contract in March, so he will be around for at least three years. But other than Johnson, everyone is on a short-term deal. The Khris Davis Jersey Jets clearly are not taking a cornerback in the first round, but maybe they go there in the third round (they don’t have a second-round pick). Stanford’s Quenton Meeks, Alabama’s Anthony Averett and Florida’s Duke Dawson all project as third-round picks. If they wait until the later rounds, Tulane’s Parry Nickerson is a possibility.

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Strong edge rusher who’s also played with his hand in the dirt. Has explosion and became known as a strip-sack specialist. His quickness creates penetration and can be disruptive to opposing running game.
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This means that, despite the presence or absence of nefarious intent, someone failed to spot and to scrub the offensive messages before the offensive messages hit the fan. Which arguably isn’t a good look for CAA, the mega-agency that represents Allen.
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To its credit, CAA instantly mobilized to clean up the mess. Resisting the temptation to let Allen speak publicly about the situation was important, because the risk of an untrained, inexperienced public speaker making things worse likely outweighs the likelihood that things will be better. To tell Allen’s story, CAA apparently hand-picked CAA-client Stephen A. Smith to be the media member who received a late-night phone call from Allen aimed at apologizing for and explaining the tweets.

Smith, who claimed I don’t have any idea why he picked up the phone and called me at two o’clock in the morning, passed along the things Allen said in a concise and persuasive way. At one point, Smith said they (presumably, Allen’s agents) sent Smith a clip from Modern Family supporting Allen’s view that he wasn’t speaking in his own voice but making a reference to the TV show.