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Seattle Seahawks

Marcedes Lewis, Packers Agree to Contract; TE Spent 12 Seasons with Jaguars

The Green Bay Packers and free-agent tight end Marcedes Lewis agreed to terms on a contract Thursday.聽
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Throwing three interceptions in an early OTA practice isn’t the start we had pinned down for Mayfield, but he’ll beat out Stanton, who has a career passer rating of 66.3.

John Schmeelk of Giants.com made note of running back Saquon Barkley’s pass protection on the first day of OTAs: In simulated blitz pickup scenarios, it looked like Saquon Barkley was in the right place at the right time. If he continues that, I would expect him to be a fixture on third down. There has been a steady rotation at running back throughout OTAs so far.

In 2018, there is more value in pass-catching running backs than ever. If the second overall pick can refine his pass-protection ability, then there should be no reason why Barkley would lose footing in a steady rotation.

That’s a different tune than the one Cleveland is striking with No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. The Browns have adamantly stated and restated that Tyrod Taylor will be the starting quarterback to open the season.

The Jets have McCown, Teddy Authentic Jose Cruz Jr. Jersey Bridgewater and Darnold all fighting for the starting spot, with Bridgewater’s roster spot in jeopardy should he finish third in that battle.

In previous generations, quarterbacks have been given ample time to adjust to the NFL. Super Bowl winners such as Terry Bradshaw and Peyton Manning struggled early in their careers, but based on Bowles’ comments, Darnold could have a chance to prove himself as a rookie.

When you talk about that it’s about earning the respect of the veterans in the locker room, the guys who have been here and doing it for a while, Mayfield said. You can’t talk about it and earn their respect. You have to go to work, you have to put your time in, you have to learn the playbook and when you get your opportunity you have to show you’re there for a reason. That’s how I deal with the veterans, the rookies and everyone else right now.

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Reuben Foster’s ex-girlfriend testifies she wanted ‘to f— up his career’

Testimony in the domestic assault case against 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster began Thursday in San Jose.

Foster’s accuser, ex-girlfriend Elissa Ennis, took the stand first in the case. She said she claimed Foster assaulted her after he tried to break up with her but she was the one who attacked him.

“I was threatening Reuben. … that I was going to f— up his career,” she said, via the Mercury News.

However, Ennis recanted later and said she sustained those injuries after she got in a fight with another woman.

Foster was in court during the testimony Thursday, but didn’t take the stand himself. California Superior Court Judge Nona Klippen said the testimony will continue May 23, when she will determine if the case will reach a trial.

Foster has been suspended from 49ers team activities due to the ongoing investigation.

All parties are grateful to have the matter, which began in 2014, concluded and are now focused on football, the fans and the future. The statement from the Giants cannot be found on their website currently.

A settlement is always interesting. Many will likely speculate about the Giants admitting something by settling the case, especially with fairly minimal legal costs coming, relative to a case that’s been going on since 2014.

The Warriors’ five starters all scored in double figures, the first time they’ve done so this postseason.

Trevor Ariza and Green received a double-technical with 6:49 to play when Ariza shoved Green as they traded words.

Both potent offenses were slow getting rolling as the teams played strong defense.

Harden and Paul began 3 for 14 with Paul missing six shots before getting his first basket on goaltending against Andre Iguodala 2:39 before halftime.
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Sports leagues slash the price of money for nothing, as NFL remains silent

Major League Baseball, the NBA, and the PGA want states that adopt gambling to cough up one percent of the action in exchange for, well, nothing. But the sports leagues are willing to take a lot less in exchange for, well, nothing.
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Via Patrick Anderson of the Providence Journal, the trio of leagues has slashed their request from 1.0 percent to 0.25 percent in Rhode Island.

The NFL has yet to make a move for any type of integrity fee, but the league’s constant references to the integrity of the game (even with one of the teams already slated to move to Las Vegas) seems to be the precursor to making a play not in statehouses but in Congress to get a fee aimed at giving them the money, ostensibly, to ensure that the games will have something they already should.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that there have been no negotiations about a new contract with OTAs starting this week. Thomas is in the final year of his current contract and has a base salary of $8.5 million.

But truth doesn’t matter. What matters is loading up those who oppose Kaepernick with ammunition for countering arguments rooted in facts. Facts like Monday morning’s PFT item regarding the evidence being harvested in Kaepernick’s collusion grievance. Evidence which shows that multiple teams viewed Kaepernick as a starter in 2017 and still regard him that way today.

By late July, when the Womens Preston Brown Jersey Ravens needed a quarterback and considered (for a moment) the possibility of signing Kaepernick, the truth finally surfaced. It’s not all about football. In fact, it’s about anything but football.

This group has a lot of fortitude. They just do, Trotz said. We just keep taking whatever challenge is thrown at us and build off it. This group doesn’t waver. It has a spirit about it, a strong spirit. Going into Game 7, I don’t think I would want another — and I’ve been doing this for a while — I don’t think there’s a team I’ve ever had that I’d want to go into a Game 7 with.

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Roger Goodell wants Congress to create uniform betting standards

Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL is prepared for expanded legalized sports betting in the United States and wants Congress to be involved.
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However, unlike Major League Baseball and the NBA, the NFL is not interested in receiving a direct cut of action through a fee, league sources told ESPN’s Don Van Natta. The league instead is more focused on data and video rights as a potential monetization opportunity, sources said.

These efforts include supporting commonsense legislation that protects our players, coaches and fans and maintains public confidence in our games, Goodell said in the statement. We are asking Congress to enact uniform standards for the states that choose to legalized sports betting that include, at a minimum, four core principles:

There must be substantial consumer protections; 2. Sports leagues can protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it; 3. Fans will have access to official, reliable league data; and 4. Law enforcement will have the resources, monitoring and enforcement tools necessary to protect our fans and penalize bad actors here and abroad.

Jones echoed Manziel’s comments and reiterated that Masoli remains the Tiger-Cats’ starter as of Saturday.

Game Womens Denis Malgin Jersey Let me tell you something right now: He has got his work ahead of him to beat out Jeremiah, Jones said of Manziel. Now, I am a firm believer, even when I was in the NFL, I wanted three quarterbacks that had started and played in the NFL. You can’t have too many quarterbacks because you’re one play away.

Manziel has dealt with several off-field issues. In 2016, a domestic assault charge against Manziel in Dallas was dismissed after he took an anger management course and participated in the NFL’s substance abuse program. In a recent interview, he said he’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking. The CFL has a policy about violence against women.

The league said in a statement that in December it began a process to determine if Manziel could join the league. Manziel had to meet certain conditions, including an assessment by an independent expert on domestic violence, a review by legal Justise Winslow Youth jersey counsel and a discussion with commissioner Randy Ambrosie. The league said it informed Manziel and the Tiger-Cats it would approve his signing. He must, however, continue to meet the specified conditions to maintain his eligibility.
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Patriots have made more trades than picks thus far

The Patriots traded out of the fourth round, getting the Lions’ third-round pick in 2019. That’s six trades New England has made, drafting only three players thus far.
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The Patriots took Georgia tackle Isaiah Wynn and Georgia running back Sony Michel in the first round and Florida cornerback Duke Dawson in the second.

I’m not going to be back for OTAs probably, Elflein said, via the Pioneer Press. We’re just not rushing it. I’m just trying to get myself back in shape and get strong and be ready to go.

Left guard Nick Easton is also coming off ankle surgery and the team is looking for a starter at right guard (or right tackle if they move Mike Remmers inside on a permanent basis), so there will be chances to look at a variety of Derek Anderson Womens Jersey players on the interior as the offseason plays out in Minnesota.

Instead of fixing the problems, the team chose to just avoid them altogether. I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done. Andrew Luck, the 2012 No. 1 overall pick who missed all of last season following shoulder surgery, is now expected to return to the field during training camp. If this sounds familiar it should; a year ago, the expectation was that Luck would be ready to go by training camp. Instead, he didn’t take a snap at all in 2018.
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Malone had trained locally at Plex with veteran trainer Danny Arnold and Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews.

Malone Jr., was a four-star recruit from Ruston, La., and a two-year starter.

He missed six games last season with a knee injury, starting the first six games at left tackle.

The Supreme Court’s decision today reaffirms the decision to collaborate with the other sports unions on the issues of player safety, integrity of our games and privacy and publicity rights, an NFLPA statement said. Our union will monitor developments closely and address the implications of this decision with the NFL, state legislators and other relevant stakeholders.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kahlil McKenzie commences the Chiefs-Raiders trash talk

And so the athleticism that second-rounder Brian O’Neill showed at rookie minicamp was encouraging to a staff looking for some competition in camp at those positions come summer.

“Well, that’s fine. He can [take over someday],” Roethlisberger said to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “But I plan on playing for three to five more years, depending on how the line goes and staying healthy, if I can stay healthy. If he’s going to be their guy, that’s great, but in my perfect world it’s not going to be for a while.”

The only time Roethlisberger didn’t play last year was when he rested in Week 17, but he missed time due to injuries in the previous two seasons. That underscores the need for a capable backup in Pittsburgh, which is a role the Steelers will be hoping Rudolph can fill in the immediate future while questions about what’s next remain on the back burner.

When it did, suffice it to say, the staff was excited to get to work on modernizing the scheme in a way that, they hope, will benefit both Flacco and Jackson.

What will that look like in 2018?

The Arkansas offensive lineman became a hot name as the draft approached and was the first center selected.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn said after the draft he fielded several trade offers for the 20th pick but felt he couldn’t pass on a chance to add a rock like Ragnow to the middle of the offensive line.

Everything we’re about is kind of what he is, Quinn said, via MLive.com. So at that point in time, it was a real easy pick. He was a guy we kind of had our eyes on for a while, and it kind of worked out that way.

The Lions have invested heavily in their offensive line the past half-decade, including 2016 first-round left tackle Taylor Decker, 2016 third-round pick Graham Glasgow, and free-agent signees Ricky Wagner and T.J. Lang. Detroit previously used a first-round pick in 2015 on guard Laken Tomlinson, and third-round picks in 2014 and 2013 on Larry Warford and Travis Swanson, respectively, though none remain on the team.

Ragnow projects as a Day 1 starter; the question is whether he will line up at center or guard. sabres_075

Seattle Seahawks

Mason Rudolph on Roethlisberger: I’d say same thing if I were him

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said last week that he was surprised that the team took quarterback Mason Rudolph in the third round of the draft because he thought they could use players who can help the team now more than one who will be on the sideline if all goes according to plan.
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That came after Roethlisberger said that he plans to play for 3-5 more years, which would eat up most or all of Rudolph’s rookie contract if he was in Pittsburgh for all those years. Rudolph said on NFL Network that he wouldn’t expect to hear anything else from the longtime Steelers starter.

If Hurns can stay on the field (injuries have cost him 11 games over the past two years), it wouldn’t surprise me if he duplicated the 69-838-6 line that Dez posted last season. To give you an idea of how he’s being valued, Hurns went 120th (WR50) in a recent draft conducted at ESPN’s annual rankings summit. I wouldn’t stake my reputation on him, but I do think Hurns could be a value pick late in drafts.聽

Look to New England, where the fullback remains an integral part of the team’s scheme. In 2012, the team signed James Develin, a former undrafted free agent, and he’s been on the field more than 250 snaps four of the past five seasons, missing the fifth year due to injury.

Jobs and roles will be sorted out on the field throughout the course of the offseason, but the addition of new talent can be indicative of certain veterans who suddenly face a steeper uphill climb to retain their spots.

Telvin Smith Jersey It starts in the running back room, where things are crowded, following the signing of LeGarrette Blount in free agency and selection of Kerryon Johnson in the second round of the draft.

After the draft, general manager Bob Quinn said he had no trade talks about any of the veterans on his roster, which is a little surprising given Ameer Abdullah is entering the final year of his contract. Despite his disappointing 2017 season, you’d think he’s shown enough in bursts to generate interest.

There’s value in holding on to insurance policies, in case of training camp and preseason injuries, but at some point, the Lions are going to need to trim the fat. Blount has played zero special-teams snaps the past three years, it’s been two seasons for Theo Riddick and Abdullah was on the field for 11 last year, likely all kickoff returns. Something has to give, because Tion Green and Zach Zenner can contribute Avery Williamson Jersey in other ways.

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Falcons still looking for defensive line help

The Falcons just gave out a monster contract to quarterback Matt Ryan, and know they have some more players in line for extensions.
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But they also have some immediate needs, and they don’t plan to ignore them.
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During an interview on 92.9 The Game, Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said he was still hopeful to be able to add some depth to his defensive line in free agency.

For Aaron Judge, it was about curiosity: Shortly after he was first called up in 2016, the Yankees slugger walked into a silent locker room the day after a win and asked incumbent DJ CC Sabathia why there wasn’t any music playing. Just like that, Judge took over the job. For the record, he wouldn’t trade it for the world.

I take pride in it, says Judge, who’s Latrell Sprewell Youth jersey in the extreme minority when it comes to major league maestros: Instead of relying on apps such as Pandora and Spotify to serenade his New York teammates pregame, the reigning American League Rookie of the Year prefers to go old-school and make actual mixes. Like most DJs, he aims for a mellower vibe prior to batting practice (Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Drake), then pumps it up afterward when it’s time to get ready for the game (50 Cent, Eminem, Travis Scott). Regardless of which mix DJ Judge deploys, he feels like it makes a difference on the diamond.

If you can put a positive vibe in the clubhouse, it’ll translate to the field. Having a little bit of fun in the clubhouse will keep guys loose and playing their best.

The Saints had available spots on their roster and did not need to waive a player to clear space for Bouldin’s addition.
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Before Steve Smith, Carruth left the blackest of marks on No. 89 in Carolina. He didn’t do much on the field in two-plus season. The real tragedy was death of his pregnant girlfriend, whom he was found guilty of conspiring to kill.

The Bears have had some legendary backs (Gale Sayers, Walter Payton), but then there are Enis and Rashaan Salaam (No. 21, 1995). Enis was slowed by a holdout and knee injury right away, and he rushed for 1,497 yards in three NFL seasons.

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Former Ravens first-rounder Matt Elam trying out for Saints

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The Saints are going to kick the tires on a former first-rounder in their rookie minicamp.
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John Elway turned into Captain Obvious in saying the Broncos are listening to all offers to trade down. If they stay put, they will land the player who can help the organization best. Ward keeps sliding up the board to make him the best available player here, and Denver could use his services after splitting up with Aqib Talib.

Chris Ballard stays in state for Frank Reich’s and Andrew Luck’s offense, giving them the draft’s most dominant offensive lineman. Indianapolis needs an athletic guard with Marcus Foligno Youth jersey some mauling ability to help keep improving its run-blocking. Nelson is also a smooth pass protector and will make a big difference from Day 1.

The Bucs have a mild affinity for Seminoles players, but besides that, they’ve been missing a true playmaker at safety. James can stuff the stat sheet, filling a key void in coverage in the middle of the field while also providing an extra linebacker against the run.

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The decision will be made at league meetings in Atlanta later this month.

Dave Gettleman will explore every trade option, given both the Browns and 49ers were able to move this pick in the past two drafts. But if he’s looking for his gold-jacket type player who also fills a big need, he should have the Giants run to the podium for Barkley, a special all-around back.

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Lions’ Akeem Spence reportedly takes pay cut

There’s a strong chance Washington’s Vita Vea, the consensus top defensive tackle prospect, will be gone before then. But the Cowboys are bound to have their pick of Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne, Florida’s Taven Bryan and Michigan’s Maurice Hurst, all highly rated players who fit their scheme with Irving. Payne has the best pro-readiness and pedigree of those three.

I never wanted this day to come. But it does come for all of us, Witten said, via USA Today. There’s an old saying in football the circus doesn’t stay in town forever. The older you get, the more you realize there’s a deeper meaning. It’s better to leave 3 hours too soon than a minute too late….

It’s time to pass the torch to the next generation. Witten said he decided to take the ESPN job because it was too good to pass up. It’s a unique opportunity to join a really good team with a group of guys who have the same passion, Witten said. That’s John Madden’s chair. Jon Gruden’s chair.

But if Gettleman is not a Webb fan or feels there is a better potential heir to Eli’s throne among the draft’s second tier of quarterbacks, there should be several good prospects available in the second or third rounds. That list could include Washington State’s Luke Falk, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph and perhaps Louisville’s Lamar Jackson if he is not a first-rounder. Let’s not forget many great quarterbacks have come out of rounds other than the first. Think Drew Brees and Derek Carr in the second, Joe Montana and Russell Wilson in the third and a guy named Brady in the sixth.

Jets coach Todd Bowles was non-committal at Friday’s rookie minicamp about the number of quarterbacks the Jets will carry both into training camp and the start of the season.

Currently, the quarterback room holds four: incumbent starter, but 38-year-old Josh McCown, free agent signee Teddy Bridgewater, 2016 second-round pick Christian Hackenberg and rookie Sam Darnold, viewed as the potential franchise quarterback the organization has been in search of for decades after selecting the former USC star with the third overall pick last week. tigers_006-115x115