Month: June 2018

DT Corey Peters They have long liked what Peters brings, which is why he got a contract extension last season.

DT Robert Nkemdiche The Cards want him to earn the starting job. Edgar Martinez Authentic Jersey He should be in there ahead of Olsen Pierre. When he’s healthy, he always looks good in practice. He needs consistency, and he needs to show it in games.
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DE Benson Mayowa Markus Golden plans on this being his spot, and I certainly wouldn’t rule it out. But coming off an ACL tear and not knowing exactly where Golden will be at the start of camp I’m hedging bets here with the lone healthy DE on the roster with experience. Golden will want to push to be there opening day. The Cardinals will be smart with him, though.

As I walk in the front door of the hotel, he’s there, clad in a black-and-white striped tank top and gray adidas shorts, ready to roll.

In college we were always told if we’re on time, we’re late, so it was always five minutes early, Edmonds said. It ingrained itself in my head and that’s what I always do.

The rookies can take a shuttle to the Cardinals’ practice facility if they don’t have transportation, but Edmonds strides over to a white Lexus IS. It sure beats his old car, a 2002 two-door Honda Civic. He agrees it’s a nice perk of getting drafted.

The most notable was Norman, who started as a fifth-round rookie before evolving into a Pro Bowler – albeit with some ups and downs. Dwight Howard Jersey But Wilks – who played defensive back in college at Appalachian State – has a personality-driven style to go with his football teaching.

It’s kind of cool how he breaks it down, Norman said.

Penny was signed after his tryout, made the practice squad as a rookie and the active roster last year. Seals-Jones was kept on after rookie camp and made the active roster when the season rolled around. He had 12 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns over the final seven games of the season.

Guys like Penny, Seals-Jones, and ex-Cardinals Tony Jefferson, a safety, and Jaron Brown, a wide receiver, are among the better-known undrafted success stories of recent years. Coach Steve Wilks said finding contributors among that group is huge.

It’s majorly important, because you’re talking about salary cap, you’re talking about different things in regards to that, Wilks said. We also talking about this all the time: you have to build the back end of your roster. Everybody’s not going to get a first- or second-rounder at your position. So it’s about developing players.

Justin Britt: New ‘Hawks staff bringing back swagger

While the defensive overhaul in Seattle received most of the attention this offseason, the Seahawks offense has undergone change as well.
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The main changes came on the sidelines where Brian Schottenheimer takes over as offensive coordinator and new offensive line coach Mike Solari looks to improve a perennially disappointing group. On the field, Seattle used its first-round pick on running back Rashaad Penny, an addition that signals a return to the run-first mentality.

The Seahawks lost receiver Paul Richardson and tight end Jimmy Graham in free agency. Their main pass-catching addition was taking a flyer on an aging Brandon Marshall. The loss of passing weapons coupled with the addition of Penny to a potentially deep backfield — if everyone stays healthy — signifies the Seahawks attempting to get back to their Beast Mode-days.

All the noise out of camp this season indicates a big role for Penny out of the gate. Taking the pressure off Wilson, with an improved offensive line and running game, was the key heading into 2018. Britt believes Seattle is on the way to accomplishing that goal.

Just getting down to the core of things and digging deep into the David Johnson Jersey attitude of who we are and what we’re about, and Schotty and Solari coming in, and kind of re-introducing us to our old attitude and what we got away from is all we need, he said.

The Lions, like the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans, have deep ties to the Patriots, where several of their key decision makers got their start in the NFL.

General manager Bob Quinn spent 16 seasons in a variety of roles with the Patriots, and has consummated six trades with his old team in just over two years in his current job. First-year Lions coach Matt Patricia has a known soft spot for Gronkowski, and spent the last six seasons as Patriots defensive coordinator.

It’s unclear how deep the trade talks went, or what the compensation would have been, but the Patriots ultimately decided against trading their All-Pro tight end, who was a no-show for most of the offseason program.

Gronkowski, at 6-6 and 265 pounds, is one of the most unique players in the NFL, and a game-changer when healthy.

He caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns last season, has five Jermon Bushrod Jersey seasons of double-digit touchdowns in his eight-year career, and at 29 now appears to be in line for a new contract in New England.

Could humidors be the solution to MLB’s home run ‘problem’?

What’s wrong with the ball? Nobody seems to know. After Major League Baseball put together a committee to investigate the juiced balls that seemed to plague the sport, that committee reported Wednesday that it had no idea as to why the ball seemed juiced.

There is supporting evidence that the aerodynamic properties of the baseballs have changed, both from laboratory measurements and from analysis of StatCast/Trackman trajectories, both for pitched and batted balls, the committee’s report said.

Still, MLB has a means of treating the symptom without addressing the cause. The Rockies and (recently) the Diamondbacks have taken to storing their balls in a humidor, a climate-controlled room specially designed to control the humidity at which the baseballs are stored, and the committee recommends that MLB carefully monitor the humidity levels.

According to MLB’s study, humidity affects the baseball’s coefficient of restitution (COR), a factor in determining the springiness of the baseball, significantly. In extreme cases, says the study, . . . flight distance can increase by 56 feet with a dramatic decrease in humidity. Such an effect is unlikely to present itself in the real world, but in terms of marginal results, changes in humidity can result in more balls that might have been flyouts going yard.

The whole thing still doesn’t make much sense. How did Canseco muff this so badly? He tracked it the whole way, he reached up to catch it, then just had it bop right off the top of his head and over the fence. It does look like he realized at the last second that the wall was imminent and turned his head slightly to look, which led to the big bonk.

Most outfielders know to keep an arm outstretched as a feeler when they sense the wall is close, but apparently Canseco just misjudged everything about the play. I’ve never researched it, but I’m guessing his fine in kangaroo court was probably in excess of $1,000.

Anyway, the head-assisted home run isn’t one of those all-time-great baseball events, but it also kinda is. And it’s never going away. But Canseco seems OK with that.

To be honest with you, that first inning I had the sun right in my face, I don’t know what it was, Estrada said. There was a little opening at the top part of the stadium. I had no idea where the ball was going. It was really hard to see. Once that went away, I started making better pitches. Just elevated a lot. A lot of fastballs today up in the zone. That’s a really good lineup over there. I’ve struggled against them. Good to give the guys some innings and keep them in the game, but just came up short.

Seferian-Jenkins: I can be best run-blocking, pass-catching TE

The Jaguars signed tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a two-year contract as a free agent this offseason and Seferian-Jenkins is confident that the team will be happy with that choice.
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I missed the first two games of that season, and it hurt to not be out there with my team. But he just taught me to be patient, ‘let God handle everything, and you’ll be back soon.’ He kept me motivated and he definitely kept a great spirit for myself.

His shoulder popped out so I took him to the doctor, and the doctor told him that he’s not gonna play this year, George said. Man, if you could see the way he looked — just like glass, he cracked, And he cried all the way home. We were telling him, ‘Look, this is not life and death. You can Laurent Brossoit Authentic Jersey get yourself back together, and you can get back out there.’

George was such a talented running back at Kentucky that the Giants made him the 19th pick in the 1985 draft. But a devastating hip injury suffered in a July 26 training camp scrimmage before the start of the Giants’ Super Bowl XXI season denied him a chance to make any kind of impact during a pain-wracked career that ended in 1991 as a Patriot.

This was the reason why George convinced Jamal and his coaches at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas, that it is better safety than sorry.

There is always room for improvement, [but] I obviously believe I can go out and play right now, Lynch said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post. But that’s not my job right now. Case is the guy, and I’m doing everything I can to make the team better and make myself better. I’m obviously confident in my abilities and what I can do. I’m hanging my hat on that, and I’ll be ready.

Lynch will have to beat out Jason Kidd Womens Jersey Chad Kelly to keep the backup job. He wasn’t able to unseat Trevor Siemian the past two training camps. But Kelly spent his rookie season on injured reserve so Lynch has the edge in experience, even though Lynch has started only four career games.

Until last week, Lynch had not talked publicly about the Broncos’ acquisition of Keenum. Lynch, 24, said he is excited to learn from Keenum, who started for the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game last season.

NFLPA hires multiple law firms to explore new anthem policy

Three weeks ago, the NFL changed its anthem policy without input from or discussion with the NFL Players Association. And the NFLPA is preparing for a potential legal fight over the change.
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Other forms of litigation are possible, including an action based on both the U.S. and various state constitutions premised on First Amendment rights to freedom of expression.

However it plays out, the NFL’s effort to placate the President and his base backfired badly, and it has put the NFL in line for a fight with the union that the NFL possibly will lose.

I’ve always said the easiest contracts to agree upon are those negotiated when the market is well defined. That’s Jari Kurri Jersey now the case for the Packers and their two-time league MVP.

Matt Ryan’s recent signing of a five-year extension for $150 million ($100 million guaranteed) with the Falcons surpassed the fully guaranteed three-year, $28 million-per-season contract Kirk Cousins got from the Vikings in free agency. Ryan’s total compensation over the next six years is $170 million ($28.33 million per year).

Rodgers is under contract for $42 million in salary and bonuses over the next two years, so he’s likely to come in around $32 million per year on his extension. He will then take the top spot in the salary scale, at least in terms of guaranteed money and, probably, in average salary … unless Tom Brady decides to no longer give the Patriots their usual discount in a possible extension.

Rodgers is under contract for the next two seasons (and then Green Bay could franchise tag him), so the team has leverage. But the smartest move for the Packers would be putting this deal behind them and John Johnson Jersey making their strong-armed, athletic QB happy financially and personally.

MLB trade rumors: Hal Steinbrenner says Yankees have money to trade for…

The Yankees have the money to add an arm before the trade deadline, but there’s a different cost they might not be willing to pay.
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At the Owners Meetings in Manhattan on Wednesday, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner told reporters there’s cash in the budget to acquire pitching. The club also has an abundance of young talent it could include to sweeten deals, but Steinbrenner is hesitant to part with it, he said.

But the Yankees have plenty of prospect depth. They were willing to talk about dealing outfielder Clint Frazier last offseason. Pitcher Chance Adams, shortstop Tyler Wade and pitcher Domingo Acevedo also seem like potential trade candidates among a slew of them.

Following federal approval of AT&T’s merger with Time Warner, Comcast submitted a $65 billion bid on Wednesday for 21st Century Fox, putting it in competition with Disney, who made a $52 billion offer for the same assets. However the door remains open for Damon Harrison Womens Jersey Disney to make another offer in an attempt to match or outbid Comcast.

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It’s possible, if the proposed Disney- Fox merger goes through as outlined.

If not for Cooper, they probably wouldn’t have the league’s reigning sack leader on their roster. 

So instead let’s go with the decision to let Calais Campbell walk as a free agent in 2017. The Jacksonville Jaguars paid the defensive end handsomely (four years, $60 million), but a mediocre Cards defense sure could have used him alongside Jones last season. The Arizona D surrendered 30-plus points six times, while Campbell put together a first-team All-Pro season. 

Despite that, the Yankees amazingly haven’t had a losing streak beyond two games yet.

We’ve had timely hits… big hits, Stanton said. Guys step up. (But) we haven’t all clicked at the same time. Once that happens and we’re on all cylinders, there’s more room to get better.

If they get better, we could be looking at a new single-season record for wins. As of now, the Yankees already are on pace for 113 wins. The 2001 Mariners and 1916 Cubs share the record with 116, while the ’98 Yankees are next with 114.

We’ll find out in the coming months if the Yankees can make a run at 117.

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.

Carson Wentz started 7-on-7 work this week

Most of the questions Eagles coach Doug Pederson faced at a Wednesday press conference had to do with the scrapped plans for a White House visit this week, but there was one football matter that found its way into the session with reporters.
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Pederson was asked about reports that quarterback Carson Wentz’s progress in rehabbing his torn ACL had progressed to the point that he could do team work during practice. Pederson confirmed that Wentz began doing 7-on-7 work at this week’s set of OTAs and that he’s expected to do more of it at next week’s minicamp as well.

A bad contract now could turn into a great one by season’s end. The reality is that all decisions in free agency and the draft are gambles. If Robinson’s knee becomes Niles Paul Youth Jersey bothersome during the season or Smith has trouble adjusting Indianapolis Colts Jersey to NFL speed, all of the moves praised in May and June will be criticized in November and December. This offseason feels a little different, however. Ryan Pace made calculated decisions with an obvious plan in mind. He signed and drafted specific players for that plan, and in t-shirt and shorts season, those decisions look like good ones. Receiving a B- from his colleagues isn’t something to brag about, but it certainly could be worse for Pace and the Bears.

Mets ready to deal Cabrera?

DeGrom has been lights out for the Mets this season. He leads the National League with a 1.49 ERA. DeGrom is third in the NL with 98 strikeouts. His WAR is 3.7. The only NL pitcher with a better number is Phillies ace Aaron Nola (3.8).

DeGrom is slated to return to the mound Friday, when he squares off against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanka in the first game of the three-game Subway Series at Citi Field.

Most players dodged questions about whether they had planned to attend the White House visit before it was cancelled and stated that they had no idea how the widely reported attendance numbers (80 individuals on the original list; one SUV-load of players and Swoop the mascot at the end) were arrived at. But that doesn’t mean the players had nothing to say.

Players affirmed that the Eagles remain united, despite the political fracas. We were 100 percent unified going into this week, defensive end Chris Long quipped. So I think it’s mathematically impossible for us to be any more unified.

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. arrested on burglary charge, report says

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested on a burglary charge in California, according to multiple reports.
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Winslow, the sixth-overall pick by the Browns in the 2004 NFL draft, was allegedly seen entering a residential home in Encinitas, Calif. and was confronted by a neighbor. The neighbor knew the man was not the owner of the home, but said he did not know who the intruder was.

With Zappos or Amazon Earl Thomas III Jersey Prime, you can order a pair of shoes and if they don’t fit, you can send them back for free, he says. Or you can order multiple sizes and keep the one that fits and send back the one that doesn’t. That hurts us a bit. He’s responded to that by branching out into new niche markets the company now makes custom Brannock Devices for bicycle shoes, ski boots, hockey skates, and so on. Here, he says, look at this, showing me the layout for an enormous Adidas-branded Brannock Device that goes up to size 25. It’s intended for basketball players.

The company doesn’t do much marketing outreach and has a confoundingly low public profile, even in its hometown (seriously, shouldn’t there be a 12-foot-tall Brannock Device emblazoned with Welcome to Syracuse right at the city limits?), so it had never occurred to Follett to partner with the Chiefs on a promotion. But when the team approached him, he was open to it.

Matt Bowen, NFL writer: I would extend Thomas. He’s still a blue-chip talent and a key to the Seahawks’ core defensive system. Given his range, ball skills and high-level awareness as a deep-middle player, Thomas’ salary should be on par with the highest-paid safeties in the league.

The account in question posted a video last week of a man walking along with an inspirational message.

For the rest of your life you’re going to have people telling you what you can and cannot do, the account said. Nobody can determine what you do but yourself, and what I’ve realized through my life is my attitude controls everything. I was told I would never walk again, I would live the Mark Messier Jersey rest of my life in a wheelchair. And I’m here standing in front of you today.

Harrison was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012 during a physical with the Eagles. He eventually had surgery, but a blood clot left him a quadriplegic and he initially couldn’t eat or talk.

He would not expand on how his recovery has been going since the surgery, telling ESPN, When I get to that point, I will call you.

Every NFL Team’s Biggest Mistake So Far This Offseason

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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