Monthly Archives: April 2018

Pat Shurmur says Odell Beckham Jersey absolutely will be with the Giants in 2018

Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. remains with the Giants, and remain with the Giants he will, for at least another year.
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Via Kim Jones of NFL Media, coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday the Beckham absolutely will be part of the team in 2018.

Shurmur added that he and Beckham have talked often, and that Beckham physically isn’t ready to participate in the team’s voluntary minicamp after last year’s season-ending leg injury.

Matt Robinson: Teammates and reporters (yours truly) responded to his charisma and moxie, but hiding a thumb injury suffered during off-the-field horseplay from the head coach (Walt Michaels) is the quickest way to lose the job you took from Todd as a ninth-round draft choice, especially when you lack arm talent. In three seasons as a Jet, he threw 15 TD passes and 26 INTs.

Limited Kids Billy Turner Jersey Ken O’Brien: Tall, smart and California cool, his biggest crime was he was not Dan Marino, drafted three spots later in the first round of the 1983 draft. He had his moments, but was eventually beaten to a pulp behind a sad-sack offensive line. In 10 seasons as a Jet, he threw 124 TDs and 95 INTs.

The All or Nothing series featuring the Dallas Cowboys debuts on Friday. When it does, plenty of football Edwin Encarnacion Womens Jersey fans will be in for a surprise, given the casual and persistent extent to which seemingly goody-two-shoes head coach Jason Garrett dabbles in the F word.

When a question from PFT’s Charean Williams regarding Garrett’s decision to consistently and constantly work blue came up during a pre-draft press conference featuring Garrett, owner Jerry Jones, and COO Stephen Jones, Jerry Jones brought down the house by interjecting: What the f鈥搆 are y’all gettin’ to?

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Eagles strike new deal with Nick Foles Jersey

One of the questions heading into the offseason was whether the Eagles would consider trading quarterback Nick Foles, but no one hit the high price tag the team said it would take to move the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
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While a trade didn’t materialize, a revised contract with the Eagles has come to fruition. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the team has reached a new deal with Foles that includes a mutual option for the 2019 season.
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When practice finished, Webb stayed behind with backup center Ethan Cooper to work on extra snaps. When Webb went back home, he likely studied the new offensive system with wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who lives in the same building.

I’m fortunate to have him with me, Shepard said. I go over the plays with him every night. He’s a guy that studies really hard. 鈥?He’s been in here the whole offseason, so I try to surround myself with guys like that and just work tremendously hard. That’s all you can ask from a guy in his position.

He knows the new offense, I wouldn’t say like the back of his hand, but he knows it pretty well.

Youth Morgan Cox Jersey If hand size is important, the finger points to quarterback Josh Allen, who has the hand size to hold onto the ball. It also points away from quarterback Sam Darnold, who had 21 fumbles in 24 starts at USC.

Of course, Dorsey’s comments about hand size may have simply been aimed at getting everyone to think that Allen is the guy, when in reality he isn’t.

Regardless of which quarterback it is, most believe the Browns will indeed pick a quarterback with the first overall pick. Allen, Darnold, Baker Mayfield, who knows? But Dorsey may have inadvertently dropped a significant clue on Thursday.

Ownership could push for the immediate impact player (Barkley, Chubb, Nelson) as part of a win-now thrust with the 37-year-old Manning. Lest we forget, co-owner John Mara was quick to reverse himself late last season, completely disavowing the We need to see Davis Webb play rhetoric when the Manning benching went sour. Matt Bryant Jersey Mara and Steve Tisch, more than the front office, might factor into the awkwardness of having Manning sharing a locker room with his anointed successor. Webb’s presence is a factor here but not a determining factor.

Cowboys plan to pick up Byron Jones’ fifth-year option

The team is expected to pick up the fifth-year option for the cornerback, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The move should give him a $6.17 million salary for 2019, one that is guaranteed for injury, Rapoport added.

The deadline to officially employ the fifth-year option is May 2.

Dallas selected Jones in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft . Last week, Jones revealed that he’s returning to cornerback after playing the past two years at safety.

Sunday, in noting the anniversary of the first televised NCAA Tournament final, I didn’t give the year. It was 1946. As the late Roberto de Vicenzo said after losing a tie for the 1968 Masters by signing a miscalculated scorecard — 50th anniversary on April 14 — “What a stupid I am!”

In the last week of spring training, reader Ron Perri noted he felt as if MLB is in midseason form: minor leaguer J.P. Feyereisen, pitching for the Yankees, allowed four hits, one walk and three earned runs — and was credited with the save.

Answer: Dr. James Naismith, credited with the invention of basketball, went 55-60 as Kansas coach, 1898-1907. Today? He’d be fired by 1901.

He’ll probably want to forget that he went hitless in his major-league debut, a 5-1  Yankees win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. The Yankees took the four-game series, 3-1. 

All eyes were on Torres, the Yankees’ most highly touted prospect in years, as he played his first games in pinstripes. They’ll stay that way, considering manager Aaron Boone said he expected the 21-year-old’s promotion from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to be longterm.

Torres, batting eighth, went 0-for-4, striking out in his first at-bat before grounding into a double play, popping out with runners on second base and third base and then flying out to right field. He made a couple smooth plays at second, including a sixth-inning double play that forced him to make a long, strong throw to Didi Gregorius at second base.

Most of all, he looked comfortable throughout.

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Andy Reid Jersey expects Spencer Ware to be ready for training camp, but you never know

Chiefs coach Andy Reid expects running back Spencer Ware to return for training camp. Unless he doesn’t.
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Ware missed all of last season after tearing the PCL and the LCL in his right knee during a preseason game. Reid said he expected Ware back, but added you never know, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

The injury-ravaged Celtics, playing without All-Stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, have seen young players like Brown succeed early in the postseason.

I think [Brown has] stepped up to the challenge, Celtics guard Shane Larkin said. We lost our guy on the wing that was supposed to be the guy that took us to the next level. Gordon coming in, you never knew what JB’s role was supposed to be. As soon as he went down, I think that first game [Brown] came out and he had 25 points and he stepped up to the challenge early.
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All year, he’s grown each and every game, making passes. Not just scoring the ball, but defensively, offensively, his overall game is understanding what coach wants, and I think he can be one of the best players in this league.

Anderson, undrafted out of Cal, signed a four-year offer sheet with the Dolphins as a restricted free agent in 2016. The Broncos matched, honoring the first two years before cutting Anderson loose, with $4.5 million in salary due this year and $4.5 million in salary due next year.

The Broncos had hoped to trade Anderson, but they could find no takers.
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Denver moves forward with Devontae Booker as the top option, with the possibility that another running back could be added via the draft.

Bucks: Antetokounmpo has now scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive Glover Quin Authentic Jersey games against the Celtics. … Outscored the Celtics 58-44 in the paint.

Celtics: Improved to 23-20 in postseason overtime games. Except for Horford, who entered the Sunday’s game with 91 career playoff starts, Boston’s other four starters (Tatum, Aron Baynes, Brown, Rozier) had combined to play only one playoff game between them. That lone start belonged to Baynes.

Tatum brought the crowd to its feet early in the first quarter when he took an outlet pass from Horford and went in for fast-break dunk over the outstretched arm of Antetokounmpo .

Is Tom Brady Jersey leading a revolt against Bill Belichick?

On the 18th anniversary of Bill Belichick’s decision to make Tom Brady a Patriot, is Brady actively trying to unmake the Patriots?
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The notion that #Tommy is fomenting Foxborough friction would have been inconceivable a year ago. Now, Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston connects the dots in a way that suggests Brady resides at the center of the storm that keeps gathering around Belichick and his grumpy old man ways.

Curran identifies scattered Patriots who revolted in the past, from Adalius Thomas to Randy Moss to Wes Welker to Logan Mankins. This time, it’s very different.

Really, how many times can a guy give everything he has to keep scaling a mountain Buffalo Bills Jersey he already has scaled, especially when there’s no clear evidence that all work and no play is the secret to making it to the summit? The Eagles, a far more fun-loving and loose group than the Patriots, won the Super Bowl this year by beating the Patriots, thanks in part to Belichick choosing to send a message to the locker room in a way that kept one of his best defensive players on the bench for four hours.
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It’s one thing to process a pair of losses to the Giants that felt like divinely-intervened flukes. It’s quite another to lose the Super Bowl to a team with a head coach who doesn’t expect his players to be robots, thanks in large part to a specific effort by Belichick to remind his robots that they should remain robotic by removing the battery from Malcolm Butler.

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Posluszny played 145 career regular-season games, making 1,381 tackles, 15 interceptions and 16 sacks.

I promise you, as soon as I met [Poz], I knew I had a guy I could trust, and who I could depend on 鈥?and I love him, said linebacker Telvin Smith, who introduced Posluszny. I’ve never met a better man than [Poz]. I’ve never had a better teammate than you. I promise I won’t let you down. I love you. I appreciate you. And forever, you have a place as my brother.

Giants: 3B Evan Longoria was scratched from the lineup and could miss the next two games after aggravating a left ankle injury that bothered him during spring training. He was replaced in the lineup by Pablo Sandoval.

Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Jersey on sixth foul: ‘I grabbed the ball’

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo does not believe that he earned the sixth foul that forced him out of Sunday’s 113-107 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
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Antetokounmpo made marginal contact with Rozier prior to getting his hands on the ball. A jump ball would be the correct decision, the league wrote Monday in its Last Two Minute Report, which analyzes the calls and non-calls made in the last two minutes of games within three points at any time in the fourth quarter or an overtime period.

Antetokounmpo, who finished with 35 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals, found himself in a similar situation moments earlier, when he was the beneficiary of a different kind of call. With a minute remaining in Womens Tyler Bozak Jersey the game, Bucks swingman Khris Middleton missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game. Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum grabbed the rebound as Antetokounmpo came over his back to tie him up for a jump ball. Celtics players and coaches howled for a foul call as the sellout crowd of 18,264 at TD Garden voiced its collective displeasure.

Elite Kids Weston Richburg Jersey That’s just how the game was being played, James said after totaling 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 44 minutes. Guys had great looks and they just didn’t go down…. There was two on the ball at times. I was assisting and guys just couldn’t make shots to start the game, so it was just how the game was going on.

Lue said James was in good spirits after their talk Monday.

He felt good, Lue said. His body felt good. I know he played 40-some minutes, but he said his body felt good. He’s in a good place. (James) just said, ‘We got to be more aggressive offensively, me being aggressive.’ That’s about it.

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We’re looking at it but I’m not going to talk about it, Lue said.

Johnny Manziel’s well-documented plummet to rock bottom has become the NFL cautionary tale.

Hopeful to start a new chapter, whether in the NFL or the CFL, the Heisman Trophy winner realizes had it not been for mom, Michelle, the book of Manziel might have been closed for good.

“I got so low to the point where I questioned what I was doing and if my life was probably really worth living to a point anymore and got really down and really had to sit and reflect and look on what I was doing every day,” Manziel, 25, said Wednesday in an interview with ESPN.

Cut from the Cleveland Browns in 2016 after two seasons, the former first-round pick spiraled out of control. He struggled with substance abuse and was charged with domestic violence in a case that he settled with ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley.

“I have a great family. I was always raised the right way. I knew the difference from right and wrong, but for whatever reason, I just liked to choose wrong,” Manziel said. “And I got in that rut.

“It’s nice to wake up with a smile on your face and not be down and out.”

Woody Johnson calls into the war room during a fish-and-chips snack with the queen to tell GM Mike Maccagnan: “Listen, I don’t care if this guy eats with his hands, this is Backpage Broadway Baker, touchdown maker. … Is it too late to raise ticket prices?” Maccagnan, asked about Christian Hackenberg, says: “Christian is making progress. At the end of the day, knowing what he knows now about being an understudy, he can be a patience coach for Baker.” (Eye rolls behind Maccagnan). Blame Brian Costello if this isn’t the pick.

The scrutiny surrounding Kapler stems in large part from a California-based, new-age persona that spells “culture clash” with hard-core Philly. Personality profiles inevitably make reference to Kapler’s six-pack abs, fondness for Norah Jones music and scented candles, and the lifestyle tips he once dispensed through his personal blog. Kapler is more inclined to quote Simon Bolivar than Sparky Anderson, and his pledge to take a more “holistic” approach to managing is a radical departure for a city accustomed to the managerial stylings of Dallas Green, Larry Bowa, Jim Fregosi and the master of fractured syntax, Charlie Manuel.

But it’s more complicated than that. The world sees Kapler as the embodiment of the clinical and analytically obsessed modern manager. He sees himself as a baseball rat who’s in the trenches daily with the “collection of men” in the clubhouse, as he likes to call them.
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Report: Falcons not pursuing Dez Bryant Jersey

Dez Bryant shook up the already active NFL offseason last week after the Dallas Cowboys elected to release the star wide receiver they originally drafted in the first round eight years ago.
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With that news, the speculation machine has turned out a number of rumors, both credible and incredible, about where Bryant will next suit up and play in the 2018 season.

He doesn’t think Bradley Chubb will be available here (nor do I), but he also views Quenton Nelson as a long-time great guard who could anchor his offensive line for years. 3. He hasn’t given up on Paxton Lynch, and though there’s a quarterback he likes a lot here (my guess is Mayfield or Darnold), having Case Keenum in the house for two years makes the drafting of a quarterback in this draft a lower priority. And if Elway picks one, Lynch would be the Rocky Mountain version of Christian Hackenburg鈥攍iving on borrowed time. 4.
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Bryant’s preference might not line up with New York’s. While Bryant could slide into the Brandon Marshall role alongside OBJ and Shepard, new general manager Dave Gettleman seems to be a man who would prefer to avoid the drama that comes along with Dez. The Giants also might not want to pay Bryant’s asking price. Would Bryant take less money so he could face the Cowboys twice a year?
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Bryant ran down a list with Fisher of what he thought of other teams — including dismissing a Green Bay connection as too much history and how playing in L.A. could be fun.

Bryant might have pegged the Giants as his No. 1 choice. He might Andre Dawson Jersey need to settle for a backup plan.

The Bears can sit back and watch the QB tumult playing out in the seven picks before theirs, a personnel maelstrom that is already both intriguing and entertaining. They did meet with Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson at the Combine but don’t appear to have had targeted any quarterback for a private session as they did last year with Trubisky and Watson in particular.

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The Dallas Cowboys聽reportedly released wide receiver Dez Bryant on Friday.
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Todd Archer reported Friday that the Cowboys planned to part ways with Bryant barring a change of heart following a meeting between the wideout and team owner Jerry Jones. NFL Network’s聽Ian Rapoport later reported Bryant had been released and noted the meeting was short.

Jon Machota of the聽Dallas Morning News passed along video of Bryant leaving the facility:
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Even while Jones acknowledged he wanted Bryant to remain with the team, he also said he needed to have a conversation with the receiver about his contract, per Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram.

It seems the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement, so the three-time Pro Bowler will enter free agency.

There should be a sizable market for Bryant, who, even with his recent struggles, is still a game-changing Authentic Mike Palmateer Jersey player in the red zone. A short-term contract to rebuild his reputation could certainly be possible.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys might need to take a receiver early in the draft so they won’t have to rely upon Hurns and Cole Beasley as the top options in the passing game.聽 聽

According to The MMQB’s聽Albert Breer, Denver will explore trading down聽if none of its target signal-callers are still on the board by the time the team goes on the clock.

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It’s not clear which signal-caller(s) the team views as a potential franchise quarterback. However, it’s possible four passers could be taken with the first four picks, especially if draft-day trades occur. That could put Elway in an interesting spot.聽

The Broncos’ depth chart features Keenum, Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly. While Denver would look at adding a quarterback at No. 5 if it likes an available player, missing out on its guy could lead to a deal that lands the team multiple picks.

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky Jersey will be asked to do more than he did in 12 starts during his rookie season.

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With Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen also on board in the backfield, the Bears have the pieces in place to make a big jump offensively if Trubisky proves to be as good a fit as he believes he is at this point in the process.
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Youth Seth Joyner Jersey He has a lot left in the tank. It’s what he gets out of it, that’s the thing, Norman said on FOX Sports 1, via the Dallas Morning News. I mean he can be whatever he wants to be. I’m not here to down the man, I’m not gonna down him. He plays the game at the highest level. 鈥?You didn’t do something last year that obviously gave you this output, so you’re doing something different this year to give you a better one.

I don’t go into meetings and express views like that, McNair said. I never said that. He has no problem saying things that are not true.

McNair also denied talk that he would keep the Texans from signing players who kneeled for the national anthem. McNair says he does think, however, that politics should be kept off the football field. McNair’s own comments, however, may make the players who disagree with him decide they need to make their statements more strongly.

We came together for that reason, Carmelo Anthony said. Thinking about the bigger picture. We had some bumps and bruises along the way, but we know what we have to do, what to expect, the level of focus that we have to have closing the regular season out going into the postseason. And tonight, we showed that. Our level of focus tonight was incredible. The past two or three days, even in practice, we had incredible days, and when you have days like that, it trickles down to the actual games.

The Rockets are one of the most dangerous teams in the league when it comes to getting to the free throw line. But in a rare event, they were shut out from getting to the line in the fourth quarter by the Thunder. Meanwhile, Sharrif Floyd Jersey OKC outscored the Rockets by 13 points from the line in what was ultimately a six-point win.

Having those players on hand will help new head coach Matt Nagy as he installs the team’s new offensive system, but the overall success of the unit will hinge on a returning player.