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Clay Matthews takes line drive to face in charity softball game

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews appears to have a broken nose after what could have been a nasty blow to the head at a charity softball game.

Video of the incident shows Matthews pitching and having a line drive come right back at him, drilling him in the face and knocking him down. Matthews quickly got back up but walked off the field, covering his face.

That followed a particularly brutal stretch that came after the best month of Gregorius’ career.

Gregorius hit.060, or 4-for-67, in his previous 16 games the worst slump of his life. In April, he earned American League Player of the Month honors, hitting.327 with 10 homers and 30 RBI with a 1.156 OPS.

I was nearly crying in the locker room after we would lose games and a lot of guys would come by and say, ‘Come on, man, you’re in the pros now. We don’t do that in the pros. Just make sure you pick up that check on Tuesday.’ I was blown away with this, man. I was like, ‘Man, this is the NFL?’ It was the hardest year for me, to get through that year with all that losing, Irvin said.

After Irvin’s rookie year, new Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hired Jimmy Johnson as head coach. Irvin had previously played for Johnson at Miami, and he immediately called Johnson to tell him about the players who didn’t care enough. Johnson didn’t tolerate it.

When Jerry bought the team and we heard Jimmy was coming in, I went home and called Coach Johnson. And you know how, as brothers we have this thing, ‘I don’t snitch’? Man, I was snitching, Irvin said. ‘Hey, man, this dude’s gotta go. He’s gotta go. He’s not about winning.’ And it took Coach about the first few months, first year, but boy, he started getting rid of everybody. And we got people in like the people we had at Miami that wanted to win.

Every NFL Team’s Biggest Mistake So Far This Offseason

Brett Gardner Jersey Every NFL Team’s Biggest Mistake So Far This Offseason More Drafting Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward doesn’t feel like a mistake for the Browns, who needed help at cornerback. They took the best one available at No. 4 overall and should now have a complete secondary. But聽not drafting edge-rusher Bradley Chubb at that spot聽does聽feel like a mistake. Every draft pick comes with opportunity cost, and that opportunity cost is amplified early in the draft. Any analysis of who the Browns took at No. 4 has to come with a breakdown of who the team passed on. In this case, it’s a potential Pro Bowl edge-rusher.
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Here’s what isn’t fair: Looking at anything Davis did or didn’t do last season and projecting him as a disappointment. As it is with Mariota and a lot of players in this violent sport, durability is always a concern, but the receiver Jon Robinson drafted to be a centerpiece could be glimpsed in 2017 鈥?shrouded as he was by a problematic hamstring and problem-filled offense.

The 6-foot-3, 209-pound Davis was not a burner at Western Michigan and was never going to be a burner in the NFL. That doesn’t mean he can’t be great. Change of speed, change of direction, precise routes, physicality, hands 鈥?these are his tools. Once the hammy finally cooled down on Davis late in the season and he got more reps, he started to look like an NFL player.

If Miller scores eight or more, he would join the ranks of Odell Beckham, Jr. (12), Mike Evans (12), Kelvin Benjamin (9), Michael Thomas (9), Jordan Matthews (8), Martavis Bryant (8) and Sterling Sheppard (8) as rookies to score that many touchdowns since 2015. The Bears added several capable Authentic Sherrick McManis Jersey weapons at receiver and tight end this offseason and targets in the red zone will be at a premium. Allen Robinson will be the primary read and should lead the team in touchdowns, making it hard to fathom eight or more scores from Miller. That said, anything is possible, and when a player has as much confidence in himself as Miller, production usually follows.

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Agholor is coming off a career year with 62 receptions for 768 yards and eight touchdowns, easily eclipsing his previous highs of 36 catches for 365 yards and 2 TDs. The Eagles rewarded Agholor by picking up his fifth-year option, which will be worth $9.4 million in 2019.

Agholor, who turned 25 years old last week, said there’s plenty more to come.聽

Jon Gruden’s football obsession disrupted Chris Simms’ honeymoon

Tuesday’s PFT Live included a discussion about Jon Gruden’s return to coaching, and the transition he’ll need to make in his first year back after nearly a decade away from the sideline. And Gruden’s biggest adjustment will come from the reduced access to players during the offseason, and reduced practice time in the offseason and preseason.

That’s likely why Gruden is streamlining his playbook, and simplifying his play calls. To illustrate the complexity, Chris Simms ratted off one of Gruden’s play calls on the air. It actually was the most authoritative and forceful Simms has been during his first year on the show.

I think he’s a very unpretentious guy, Walsh said. He’s real. That’s the way he is normally. He’s a decent guy. He looks you in the eye. He cares about the person he’s meeting. That’s not just a passing fancy for him. If he takes the time to stop and meet you, he really meets you.

Namath stayed out of the public eye for a while in the mid 2000s. After the embarrassing episode on ESPN with Suzy Kolber in 2003, he got treatment for alcohol and has not had a drink since.

Now, though, he is back in the spotlight and trying to shine it on the causes close to his heart.

Namath sees his 75th as another step in his journey. The man who navigated 16 fourth-quarter comebacks for the Jets believes he is still in the game. The old quarterback is planning on seeing 100.

And while he said his son is still submerged in rehab after last year’s spinal injury, he’s encouraged by the progress he has made so far and the support he’s gotten from others.

Vernon Shazier told Jeremy Fowler of that Ryan is even driving a car to rehab appointments, though he often gets rides, including to the Steelers facility.

While there, the veteran linebacker is acting as a mentor and an inspiration, which his father refers to as: Finding a way to lead other than making tackles.

He’s been at Steelers OTAs, watching from a golf cart and helping young players as he can. He’s also stayed connected, helping with a football camp along with teamamte Jesse James.

He’s always around. He’s in meetings, I see him working in the training room, working in the weight room, James said. Just taking it one day at a time, doing his thing, helping the team as much as he can. . . .

Ryan Shazier’s anticipated return will have to wait until 2019 at the earliest.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert on Wednesday revealed the injured linebacker won’t play in 2018 but there will be some sort of designation for him so he can still remain a part of the team.
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Ryan Shazier won’t play in 2018. He knows that. We know that, Colbert told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine.

In the article, an unnamed AFC general manager said that any team that signs Kaepernick would attract the Twitter hate of Trump. Trump told the crowd, There was an article today, it’s reported, that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up Womens Zack Martin Jersey because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Can you believe that? It stands to reason that Kaepernick’s attorneys would ask Kraft about whether he and the President spoke about Kaepernick on their flight. To be clear, Kraft and Trump talking about Kaepernick, even in a negative light, would not prove collusion.

Another small logistics hurdle is that the visit on June 5 conflicts with a week of organized team activities (OTAs). Philadelphia has a finite amount of offseason practices and has OTAs scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of that week.
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It’s unclear for now if the Eagles will scrap the Tuesday practice altogether, but the trip to Washington is a short one from Philadelphia, and the team could move the practice to another day.
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The Patriots’ visit in 2017 happened in April and didn’t interfere with OTAs.

Super Bowl champions have visited the White House annually for more than three decades. Jimmy Carter first invited the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1980 and it became an annual tradition during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

Each NFL Team’s Best Offseason Acquisition

The 2018 NFL draft is complete, and the Womens Tremaine Edmunds Jersey bulk of free agency is over, save for a few veterans still on the market. All of the headlining moves of the offseason are done.聽
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The feeling of getting the spit smacked out of your mouth.

The Angels drubbed the Yankees, 11-4, in a rare Saturday night game at Yankee Stadium.

The old warts were there for the Yankees, who have lost three of their last four games and fell two games behind in the American League East to the Red Sox, who beat the Braves on Saturday.

Starting pitcher Sonny Gray continued his season-long trend of being terrible right after looking good. The bullpen — expected to be among the league’s best — got smacked around.

First baseman Greg Bird, making his season debut, went hitless. The Yankees hit three home runs — including back-to-back shots from Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge to lead off the game, and a second-inning two-run blast from Austin Romine. Romine’s home run whacked the foul pole and was the high point for the Yankees, were went ahead 4-1.

From there, it was just about all bad.

Following Morosi’s report, studio analysts Eric Karros and Frank Thomas weighed in on the Machado trade rumors.

Karros thinks the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves could be interested, if they can stay in playoff contention.

It’s no defense of Roethlisberger’s comments, but Steelers’ D needed more help

If everything had gone according to plan, Ben Roethlisberger would be delighted today, and an army of journalists would not be picking through his most recent radio interview like they’d been handed an original copy of Macbeth.
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The answer: not really. The Steelers are much improved at safety, which they accomplished simply by cutting Mike Mitchell. They also signed former Packers regular Morgan Burnett and drafted Terrell Edmunds in the first round. But they still appear woefully short of talent at inside linebacker, and it’s hard Brett Favre Jersey to imagine the defense concocting a Super Bowl-level performance as a result.
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Replacing Shazier obviously was a priority, but the only addition at that position was journeyman Jon Bostic, who started last season for one of the league’s worst defenses (Indianapolis) and has been traded twice in his career, once for a sixth-round pick and once for a seventh.

The Steelers had the No. 28 overall pick in the draft, and any hope they had to gain a starting-quality inside linebacker began to erode as Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch became more popular among the league’s personnel people.

The Cardinals issued a statement saying they knew of the arrest.

We spoke with Christian about it at length and also looked into it independently,the team said. Our understanding is that the process will be resolved in the near future but while it remains an active legal matter, we won’t comment further.

Although the Cardinals knew about it, the arrest had not previously been reported. There were no reports of Kirk having other off-field problems before the draft.

Mens Bradley Pinion Jersey To be fair, when Johnny Manziel said on NFL draft night that he was going to wreck this league,he didn’t say which league. Manziel is back in football. The former Cleveland Browns ‘ first-round pick who last played in the NFL in 2015, signed with the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, he said on Twitter. He said it’s for what looks like two years.He said he missed playing football, and that’s why he signed.

Panthers announce sale agreement with David Tepper, reportedly for $2.2B

The Panthers will have a new owner sooner than later.

Steelers minority owner David Tepper has finalized a deal to purchase the team, the Panthers announced early Wednesday.

In order for Tepper to take ownership of the Panthers, he must sell his stake with the Steelers. But since he is already approved by the NFL as a part owner, the process for him to take over should be smooth.

The team was put up for sale in December after Richardson was accused of workplace harassment and racism.

Richardson agreed to step aside, and one reason he honed in on Tepper is because Tepper reportedly wants to keep the Panthers in Charlotte and his approval as team owner will materialize much faster than other candidates.

Because the injury occurred so early in the season, Rapoport explained, Johnson was able to train even harder than normal. The fourth-year dual-purpose threat has renewed his goal of joining former 49ers star Roger Craig and Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk as the only players in history to gain at least 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season.

He’s off to a promising start in spring practices, making a strong first impression on Wilks.

He looked outstanding today, Wilks told reporters Tuesday. It’s good to have him back out there. Just flying around and the things that he’s doing right now is pretty exciting.

Operating behind a solid offensive line in 2016, Johnson fell 121 receiving yards shy of the 1,000/1,000 club. After injuries ravaged the blocking unit last season, Wilks now believes his revamped front line is the strength of the team.

Lou Lamoriello takes over ‘full authority’ of Islanders’ hockey operations

Lou Lamoriello is taking over the New York Islanders.
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Those judgments will be his to make. The Islanders said Lamoriello will have full authority over all hockey matters with the organization.

We are committed to giving Lou every resource and the full support of the entire organization as we pursue our program to compete at the highest level, co-owner Scott Malkin said.

This move undoubtedly takes power away from Snow, who has four years left on his contract originally signed by previous owner Charles Wang. Lamoriello’s hiring was first reported by The Athletic, which said Snow’s deal has a steep buyout.

James bullied his way to 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Pat Edwards Jersey Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home before their adoring fans.

Pushed by a raucous crowd that wasn’t so confident a few days ago, the Cavs held off Boston’s comeback in the fourth quarter and squared a tight series that is now a best-of-three.

Game Tanoh Kpassagnon Jersey Cleveland is trying to become the 20th team — out of 300 — to overcome a 2-0 deficit and James, who has already orchestrated two such rallies and is seeking his eighth straight finals, is a step closer to a third.

To do it again the Cavs will have to win in Boston, where the Celtics are 9-0 this postseason.

We know it’s going to be a hostile environment, James said. We know their fans are going to be very energetic. But we have to just have our same mindset we had when we came home for these two games. If our minds are there, we put ourselves in a position to be victorious.

Sanchez lifts White Sox over Orioles 3-2

Once Kevin Gausman was out of the game, the Chicago White Sox put together another winning rally.
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Yolmer Sanchez capped Chicago’s three-run eighth with a tiebreaking RBI single, Authentic George Fant Jersey lifting the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
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Welington Castillo also had an RBI single and Yoan Moncada added a sacrifice fly as last-place Chicago won for the fourth time in six games. Bruce Rondon (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Nate Jones got three outs for his fourth save.

Richard Bleier then came in to face Moncada, who tied it at 2 with a fly ball to right. Sanchez then hit a line-drive single to right to score pinch-runner Trayce Thompson.

The Orioles scored both of their runs in the second.

Jonathan Schoop led off with a single and Pedro Alvarez walked with one out to put runners on first and second. Trumbo then drove in Schoop with a double down the left-field line, and Jace Peterson added a run-scoring groundout.

Insiders predict: The most improved team in 2018 More NFL Insiders Our panel of ESPN NFL Insiders is breaking down what all the offseason action means for the 2018 season, starting with teams that helped themselves the most through free agency and the draft. Which team improved the most this offseason? Matt Bowen, NFL writer: Los Angeles Rams. The arrow is pointing up for the Bears and Browns after productive offseasons, but I’m looking at the Rams due to the proven, veteran talent they brought in via trades and free agency. Cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib have the playmaking skills to find the ball in the secondary. Go get it. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh bolsters the interior of the front line next to All-Pro Aaron Donald. And wide Continue Reading

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He certainly looks like an NFL quarterback.

The problem with Allen is he played a low level of competition at Wyoming and didn’t thrive against it. He was inaccurate (56.3 percent completion rate) and is unpolished. If Buffalo rushes Allen onto the field, the team is likely to get several rookie mistakes and interceptions.

At least one member of a rival team is already looking forward to seeing Allen.

I’ve known Dave Gettleman for 17 years, Diehl said. For seven straight years, I’d have a cup of coffee at the facility each morning with him, and Dave’s a straight shooter. You don’t Roger Maris Jersey always like that as a football player, because sometimes the truth hurts. But, he’s a tried and true New York Giant and all he wants to do is get that team back to a championship level.

The Bills signed AJ McCarron in free agency, and if they’re smart, they’ll let him run with the starting job for as long as possible. Allen isn’t ready to be an NFL starter, and fans shouldn’t expect him to be one for much of his rookie season.

The Chicago Bears defense should be on the rise in 2018. It has a solid defensive front with pieces like Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman. Chicago re-signed starting cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller in the offseason. With the eighth overall pick, the team added former Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith.

Smith is going to be the glue at the second level, connecting Chicago’s two defensive strengths. He is a smart, rangy linebacker who can make plays from sideline to sideline. He has the speed (4.51) to chase down ball-carriers and to hang with most backs and tight ends in coverage.
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