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Saquon Barkley grabs lunch with parents at the Ainsworth

Projected top NFL pick Saquon Barkley who could go to the Giants as a No. 2 overall draft choice was spotted with his parents, Roc Nation Sports agent Kim Miale and p.r. whiz Ron Berkowitz at the Ainsworth last week to catch some March Madness action over lunch.
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So, anytime you shorten that time period to make it a catch, Blandino said, you’re now going to shorten the time that the receiver is protected. So that is another challenge, because obviously you’re dealing with player safety.

The NFL isn’t going to do anything that can even be perceived as a risk to safety.

So in reality, the idea of eliminating the time element is a nonstarter.
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Then how about if the NFL just removes the catch rule from replay? After all, two of the three plays in question — Bryant’s and James’ — were reversed by replay from catches to incompletions.

That would solve just about everything, according to Daopoulos. In his view, a catch rule needs to have subjective interpretation, something that is fundamentally impossible if it is subject to replay.

If you’re talking quarterback and what else is important, it’s fixing the offensive line. That doesn’t necessarily mean at two you take one, but he better fix the offensive line. I know he knows that. And you’d love to have Saquon Barkley back there, so I think it’s kind of like quarterback are we banging the table for anybody there at the end of April? But if we’re not banging the table, it’s probably got to be Barkley.

According to Pro Football Focus, McDonald scored an overall grade of 48.9, but was stout in rushing the passer with a 74.7 overall grade. Before 2016, however, McDonald only finished under a 71.0 PFF grade once and that was during his rookie season. If he can find a way to fit into the Broncos scheme and improve his run stopping abilities, he could find a role in the rotation.

McDonald has finished with five or more sacks in three of the last five seasons, so his value to the Broncos is clearly with generating an interior pass rush on opposing quarterbacks. This has been an ongoing problem for the Broncos since Malik Jackson’s departure in 2016.

Mike Francesa is Womens Roberto Luongo Jersey yelling. He sounds like he is back on the radio, roaring, and about to give his producer the wave at any moment to cut off the spot.

But this is just a phone call with a reporter. It goes on for nearly 20 feisty, but entertaining, minutes.

The goal of the call was to confirm information that we had been told about Francesa’s future plans. Francesa declared that no one knows what his next move will be.

You don’t know anything I’m doing, Francesa told The Post.

Kids Patrice Bergeron Jersey Francesa might be a little unclear on what is next as well.

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We’ve seen Marcus Peters traded to the Rams and Alec Ogletree shipped to the Giants.

Michael Bennett was sent to the Eagles, and we’re expecting the beginning of the end for the Legion of Boom, with Richard Sherman’s release.

Each of those moves are like dominoes, great big, hard-hitting dominoes, that will have ripple effects on how the free agent market and the draft unfold this year.

Washington had three choices with Kirk Cousins this year: tag him for a third season, let him walk, or lock him up with a long-term deal. As predicted, they let him walk. But instead of bungling their QB situation any further, they opted to make a trade for Smith.

Of those 108, Wilson is 101st in targets per routes run, 94th in receptions per routes run, and 98th in receiving yards per route run.

After the quarterback landscape began to take shape on Tuesday with three ex-Vikings quarterbacks finding jobs elsewhere in Case Keenum and Denver, Sam Bradford and Arizona, and Teddy Bridgewater and the New York Jets, Cousins and McCartney decided against any other visits.

“We had intentions to potentially consider a second visit and, as I said, on that Tuesday, it was a mad scramble for every team to fill that quarterback slot,” McCartney said.

“It wasn’t necessary at that point.” McCartney said Minnesota was “not even close” to the best offer Cousins received, but he would not reveal which team chose to offer Cousins more money.

“It’s not easy doing business,” he said.

New England was 30th in the league against the run, and while Branch had been impressive in previous seasons, he had fallen so far out of favor that the Pats scratched him for Super Bowl LII in favor of keeping Malcolm Butler inexplicably active.

New England will probably decline Shelton’s fifth-year option, given that run-stuffing defensive linemen just aren’t making eight-figure salaries often in free agency; but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Pats offer Shelton a contract extension if he starts his career in Foxborough well.

The return isn’t much for the Browns.

Cleveland sends a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft to the Patriots, although it’s unclear whether it’ll be the pick the Browns acquired from the Packers on Frida y or the fifth-rounder the Browns picked up from the Chiefs for another former first-round pick, Cam Erving.

In return, Cleveland will get a 2019 third-rounder, but given the Patriots’ nearly unprecedented run of success, it seems extremely likely that pick will fall into the 90s next year. patriots_005

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Thanks to the miracle of modern baseball projection systems, we already know precisely how the 2018 season will play out.

Because of that, even though we’re three weeks away from Opening Day, we might as well dive into trade deadline coverage as teams, already consigned to their 2018 fates, begin positioning themselves for next year.
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Limited Dwight King Jersey If you believe that opening paragraph… well, you shouldn’t. Nevertheless, while a few impact free agents continue to dangle in limbo, at this point we have a pretty solid handle on each team’s baseline of expectation for the coming season. And yes, we can start to Womens Yovani Gallardo Jersey look ahead and muse about the in-season trade market.

The young star who could break out at this position is:

Jorge Alfaro of the Phillies will be the team’s starter and he boasts the power to be a top-5 option at the position, though there are obvious concerns about that someone drawing less than one walk per week can hit .250. Still, the power is real. If the Rockies would give Tom Murphy another chance — and they still might — I would pick him as well. After all, one year ago today everyone loved Murphy. What changed? — Eric Karabell

He pitched in one postseason game for the Yankees, coming on in relief and throwing two shutout innings against the Indians in the ALDS.

The former Cardinals starter joins a rotation that includes Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada and J.A. Happ. He will be in a fight for the fifth spot in the rotation with Joe Biagini, who posted a 5.34 ERA in 44 games (18 starts) for Toronto in 2017.

Every single coach does it, and there’s people in the organization who look at different things that maybe take a lot of time to analyze, while coaches are working on something else.More and more, coaches are getting into the act directly, though.

Youth Omer Asik Jersey Doug Pederson, head coach of the Super Bowl champs in Philadelphia, made waves with some of his aggressive game theory last season, culminating in a pair of crucial fourth-down calls against New England in the Super Bowl,It helps when you have the Eagles’ dominant defense, obviously.

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The target should be an outside receiver with good speed to stretch the field at times and allow Shepard to keep doing his work in the slot.

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But Bradford could be attractive to a team looking for a veteran starter to bridge the gap until one of this year’s first-round quarterbacks are ready to play 锟斤拷 shades of Bradford’s Eagles experience in 2016 after Carson Wentz was drafted and before Bradford was traded to the Vikings.

Zimmer loves Bridgewater 锟斤拷 great kid, great competitor, a winner 锟斤拷 and if Cousins-to-Minnesota doesn’t materialize, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Vikings sign Keenum as the starter and also bring back Bridgewater on a one-year deal (again with a lower base salary and big incentives) and let him compete with Keenum. Minnesota then could see whether Bridgewater’s rebuilt knee will hold up.

The Colts’ Donte Moncrief is intriguing, especially because he can be had on the cheaper side after a down season. Because of Beckham and Shapard, and the fact that the Giants will need to invest heavily to lock up the former soon, this will be more of a flyer position in free agency.
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Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen are free agents, leaving Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins as the team’s top two backs. The Giants are looking for a workhorse and are a strong bet to take Penn State’s Saquon Barkley at No. 2.

But it doesn’t hurt for the team to think about adding a complementary pass-catching back, in essence to replace Vereen. The top free-agency option in that vein is the Vikings’ Jerick McKinnon, who starred for Shurmur last season, but he is a long shot. It’s Coty Sensabaugh Jersey more likely the team targets someone such as the Patriots’ Rex Burkhead or the Dolphins’ Damien Williams.

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College football’s best defensive back the last two years was Minkah Fitzpatrick.

The Chiefs will have more cap space once the Alex Smith trade becomes official, but there’s still not much room to work with in Kansas City. They didn’t franchise Dontari Poe a year ago and likely won’t tag nose tackle Bennie Logan this year, either.
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Antonio Gates will probably draw the headlines, but safety Tre Boston is the free agent the Chargers will have to really open up the pocketbooks for to keep in L.A. The franchise tag would be overkill to make sure he stays, though. An extension shouldn’t be that difficult or as expensive as the tag.

How was Shazier injured? Shazier went to the ground clutching his back after tackling Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone on Cincinnati’s first possession of the game. It looked like a normal, everyday kind of tackle until Shazier didn’t get up.

Shazier was immobilized on a backboard, carted off the field, and taken directly to a Cincinnati hospital. He was transported back to Pittsburgh and underwent spinal stabilization surgery. The Steelers placed him on injured reserve.

Last year, just seven players received the tag: Chandler Jones, Kawann Short, Melvin Ingram, Trumaine Johnson, Jason Pierre-Paul, Le’Veon Bell, and Kirk Cousins. This year, there were six: J.J. Jansen Youth jersey Bell again, Ezekiel Ansah, Lamarcus Joyner, Jarvis Landry, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Kyle Fuller (who received the transition tag).

Before the deadline, we tried to predict if and how each team would use its franchise tag. We nailed a couple and missed on a few more. These were our 2018 franchise tag predictions for all 32 teams:

The Steelers went on to win that game, beating the Bengals 23-20. They won four of their last five, locking up the second seed in the AFC. He wasn’t on the field, but they didn’t do it without Shazier.

Matthew Stafford Limited Jersey When you see him, you know how much he loves football and wants to be out there for us, linebacker Anthony Chickillo said, through the team’s website. You just want to go hard for him. You just want to win for him.

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NBA trade rumors: Trail Blazers among teams interested in DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan has been one of the hottest names ahead of next month’s NBA trade deadline, and the Trail Blazers are the latest team to show some interest.

Portland, winner of three straight, has jumped to sixth in the Western Conference standings. The Clippers are still in postseason position (eighth in the standings) but have struggled to consistently find their form.

Since the beginning of the Damian Lillard-C.J. McCollum era, the Trail Blazers have lacked physicality in the post. Despite their explosive backcourt, the Trail Blazers have been unable to find much playoff success.

Despite fingers being pointed at Love throughout his time in Cleveland, Love has brushed off his shoulders and kept moving. He did it once again Tuesday afternoon in responding to questions about Monday’s meeting.

Lost in all of this drama is Love’s production this season, which earned him a spot as an All-Star reserve. He is scoring 18.4 points and grabbing 9.4 rebounds per game while shooting over 50.5 percent from 2-point range and 39.9 percent from beyond the arc on 5.5 attempts. He is a reliable shooter outside and creates scoring opportunities on post-ups. And when his touches dropped after Isaiah Thomas joined the team full-time, he didn’t say one negative word.

Westbrook thought it was “outrageous” George was not voted an All-Star when four players from one team were selected, i.e. Durant and his Warriors teammates. His postgame comments also included a thinly-veiled shot at Damian Lillard.

“Unbelievable, I think it’s just outrageous in my opinion,” Westbrook told reporters of George’s All-Star snub after Tuesday’s win over the Nets. “I don’t know who else made the team but four people from one team, you got guys complaining about getting snubbed until they get it, you got guys that are talking all the time but the guys that deserve it should be in.

“I just don’t understand, it doesn’t make any sense, the guy is leading the league in steals, competes every night, is top-two in his position, it doesn’t make any sense regardless of anything else. There are certain ‘All-Stars’ in this league, everyone is not an All-Star. Just because you get voted in doesn’t make you an All-Star. I think its outrageous but it is what it is.”giants_155

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NBA stars, personalities react on Twitter to Kristaps Porzingis’ ACL tear

The Knicks announced Tuesday that All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis suffered an ACL tear during the team’s home loss to the Bucks.
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Porzingis was attempting a dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo when he landed awkwardly on his left leg, causing the injury that will most likely end his season.

Porzingis is the fourth player to suffer a long-term injury since being chosen to LeBron James’ All-Star roster (DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love and John Wall are the others). Prior to his injury, Porzingis was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game, while shooting 43.9 percent from the field.

Cory Littleton Game Jersey Beyond that? It’s hard to see the Authentic Thomas Rawls Jersey Hawks having much that can be moved. There has been surprisingly little interest in Dennis Schroder, who is only 24, works well in the pick-and-roll and is averaging 19.3 points and 6.4 assists. But Schroder has been a poor 3-point shooter (28.0 percent this year), and there is doubt among league executives that he can be a leader on a playoff team. He is owed $46.5 million over the next three seasons.

Go for Myles. This should have been a breakout season for third-year big man Myles Turner, but instead, he’s just been so-so, putting up pretty much the same numbers he did last season. The Pacers have been a nice story, thanks to the impact of Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, but Indiana’s ability to sustain this success in the short and long terms will require that Turner develops into the kind of all-around threat he’s shown he can be at times.

Love was the brunt of much of the vitriol from teammates before the deadline as he was called out for leaving a game against the Thunder with an illness and then missing practice the next day.

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Knicks guard Trey Burke (7.4 ppg entering the night) poured in 26 points off the bench (12-of-22 shooting) in a 120-113 win over the Magic.

Nets forward DeMarre Carroll hit only 2 of 12 shots from the field (0 for 5 from 3-point territory) and finished with six points in a 111-96 loss to the Hornets. Carroll has played very well lately, though, with double-doubles in three of his last four games heading into Thursday.

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Shaquem Griffin dominates bench press at NFL Combine with one hand

Shaquem Griffin only has one hand, but he still put up an impressive number in the bench press at the 2018 NFL Combine.
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The former UCF linebacker wore a prosthetic arm during the drill since he does not have his left hand. Griffin was born with amniotic Calais Campbell Jersey band syndrome, which caused his fingers to not fully develop. As a child, this was painful for him and at age four he attempted to self-amputate his fingers to alleviate the pain. His parents then scheduled an amputation the next day.

Speaking of NFL GMs, one general manager told an NFL Network reporter that he’d be impressed if Griffin only did five bench reps. Well, that quote apparently made Griffin feel some type of way so he was on a mission to do a lot more, as he told NFL Network after his performance.

After his set on the bench press, he received tons of praise on social media from regular football fans to players themselves.

The bench press is not all he’ll have to improve as things got worse Friday.

His 5.85-second time in the 40-yard dash was the fifth-slowest by any player at the combine since 2003. None of the players who posted slower times over that span was drafted. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock called his time historically bad.
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It got worse from there. Brown then had a broad jump of just 6 feet, 10 inches, a vertical leap of 19 1/2 inches and was being yelled at by NFL coaches, who thought he was loafing during drills. His jumps were the worst among all offensive linemen and would be the worst of any player ever drafted.

Brown was a unanimous All-American last season while helping Oklahoma win the Big 12 and claim a berth in the College Football Playoff. Brown, the son of late NFL player Orlando Brown, knows his performance will be held against him. He was defended by former teammate Baker Mayfield.

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He isn’t solid anymore, is often injured, is recently coming off a 10-game PED suspension and is going into his 10th season at age 31.

There’s no upside to keeping him for Romeo Crennel.
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This has been a disastrous 5-year, $48 million-deal for Washington since 2016. Reed simply can’t stay healthy with a variety of injuries in his supposed prime (age 27). When he has played of late, he has looked more pedestrian than dangerous athletic pass-catcher. The Redskins’ smart move is to cut ties, but they might try to force it with Alex Smith given some solid existing cap room.

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So where will Lynch spend that money? Major upgrades need to be made on each side of the ball. The first step will be reconfiguring a passing defense Jack Butler Womens Jersey that has to face Russell Wilson and Jared Goff four times each season. Last year’s Niners ranked 25th or lower in the NFL in the following categories:

Kiper: Barkley was the biggest story of the day — he was phenomenal. But UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Miller was the second-biggest story of the day. He had the best workout of any of the offensive linemen, showing supreme athleticism for a guy in a 6-9, 309-pound frame. I had Miller in the first round of my latest Mock Draft, and he showed why on Friday.

Bowen: Ravens. The Ravens lacked efficiency in the passing game last season, and Flacco’s third-down numbers were dismal. Making a move to trade for Landry gives the Ravens a middle-of-the-field target out of the slot on high-percentage throws. Think of short-to-intermediate routes in which Flacco can work the ball between the numbers and move the sticks. That’s where Landry can excel.

Next up: Kirk Cousins is the top free agent on the market, but the teams who seem to be interested in breaking the bank to sign him are dwindling. Where will he sign, and how much guaranteed money will he get?
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The mighty Monmouth Hawks scoff at Penn State’s Super Bowl graphic

Once upon a time, Patriots receiver Chris Hogan played lacrosse at Penn State. He was pretty great at it, too, spending four years as a starting midfielder.

In 2010, Hogan — who still had college eligibility to try another sport — spent the year playing football at Monmouth, an FCS school in New Jersey.

Penn State’s football program is aware that Hogan never played for it. The Nittany Lions were careful with their wording in this tweet claiming Hogan as an alum:

Kessel capped a fast-paced flurry of scoring early in the second period, scoring two goals in 2 minutes, 14 seconds for his third two-goal game of the season.

After Teravainen pulled the Hurricanes to 2-1, Kessel blasted a feed from Guentzel past Ward at 6:11. Kessel then effectively put the game out of reach by stuffing the puck past Ward for his 26th goal of the season, with a brief official review confirming that the puck completely crossed the red line.

LW Carl Hagelin thought he had a goal for Pittsburgh early in the third, but it was erased when an official review determined the puck was kicked into the net. … Hornqvist returned after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. … Carolina D Jaccob Slavin became the fifth player in franchise history to play in 200 consecutive games.

Overnight TV ratings are not the final number. They measure 56 national television markets, representing more than two-thirds of the country’s potential audience, and give networks an early indication of what the final ratings will be. The complete numbers should be available later on Monday.

It is also worth noting the live stream number that will factor in. The NFL broadcaster streams the Super Bowl on their respective live stream tool. If you watched the NBC Sports stream, you were one of 2.02 million such viewers, according to Sports Business Journal reporter John Ourand. NBC is calling this the most live-streamed Super Bowl ever, with a peak of 3.1 million concurrent streams.

It made sense for Belichick to defer in this game. The Eagles are starting a backup quarterback in Nick Foles, and New England benefitted, in theory, from putting him on the field immediately. There’s some ugly history behind these toss wins, though:

The Patriots have never won a Super Bowl when winning the coin toss. This is just the third time the Patriots have won a coin toss in 10 Super Bowl appearances (also won toss in Super Bowl XXXI and XLVI)