Steve Smith on NFL Draft pick D.J. Moore: Panthers haven’t replaced me ‘until today’

The Panthers took Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore with the 24th pick in the NFL Draft, which is a match made in heaven, because former Panthers receiver Steve Smith had been singing his praises all night. He said that Moore had a Ph.D. in route running, he called Moore his spirit animal, he said whoever drafted him would have instant grits all day long, but when Moore went to Carolina, Smith gave his greatest endorsement yet:
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Jackson wasn’t pliable. He had talent and banked his process on that. Very much like how he handled himself in college, when he very easily could have been switched to another position. That didn’t happen in high school. It didn’t happen in college. And Womens Cornellius Carradine Jersey in a somewhat obstinate entry into the league (by NFL standards), it didn’t happen at the highest level, either. It certainly isn’t an approach that’s advisable to most draft picks, who either don’t have the talent to dictate terms or the constitution to follow through. But it turns out Jackson isn’t like most other NFL draft picks. He’s a first-round quarterback who walked across that stage聽Thursday聽night his own way, just like every previous step he took to get there.
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NFL Draft 2018: Could Lamar Jackson end Patriots’ first-round QB drought?

The Patriots are doing their due diligence on scouting quarterback Lamar Jackson.

And even if Eli Manning is never charged with wire fraud, Ezekiel Elliott was never charged with a crime, either. Which underscores one of the major problems that the NFL created for itself when establishing an in-house operation that investigates, prosecutes, and convicts under a vague, shadowy, confusing process that seems to be guided more by P.R. than by notions of fairness and justice.

While the NFL’s no comment doesn’t mean the NFL isn’t investigating the situation, the NFL typically isn’t bashful about acknowledging when a Personal Conduct Policy investigation has been launched. In this case, no comment could instead mean something like, Oh crap we’ve created a monster that could force us into taking action against someone we don’t really want to take action against.

While he praised other top quarterbacks in the draft, including Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Namath said he “wouldn’t want to play” against Mayfield.

“I haven’t met them, but I’ve watched them and the most outrageous, so to speak, that I’ve seen has been Mayfield,” Namath said.

Namath told ESPN that he saw Mayfield play multiple times in college as well as at the NFL Scouting Combine. He said he doesn’t think that the 6-foot-1 Mayfield’s size will be an issue.

“I don’t know how tall he is,” Namath said. “I still don’t know big he is. Size can be a major asset, yes, size can be an asset in today’s game. But Drew Brees, his size was questioned many times and he’s one of the greatest players who’s ever played.”

The Jets traded up in mid-March to acquire the third pick and they are expected to draft a quarterback. Mayfield, however, may not be available at that slot, as ESPN reports that the Browns are considering taking him with the top pick.

The Colts fired Grigson in January 2017.

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I had to really learn that dynamic on the fly from those around me that had been with the prior regime, Grigson said. It was just kind of foreign to me even from the get-go. There were so many things to learn. A lot of that was done through trial and error.

He’s a great player, so I can see why, Garrett said on NFL Network when asked about Jackson’s comment about Chubb. At the end of the day, you’ve got to show it on the next level. I hope that he does. He performed well during the season, and he had a good combine. But I think more people need to go back and look at the tape of me and Emmanuel [Ogbah] when we got to be on the field together and how much havoc we caused for our short time together and how much we can do knowing that we will be together for the whole year and the damage we can cause.

The Browns didn’t privately work out Chubb or fly him to Berea for a pre-draft visit. They did, however, interview him at the combine.

Chubb, who had 10 sacks each of his last two seasons at North Carolina State and averaged 22 tackles for a loss, doesn’t know where he will go Thursday night. No one else does either.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t work too hard to dissuade anyone of that notion during a Tuesday press conference, but did suggest that the addition of a receiver could come at any point in the process. Jones stressed that the team wouldn’t be counting on any rookie to take Bryant’s spot in the lineup and that any receiver they do add will be looked as a contributor in the years to come.
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I think we recognize that we’ve got a hole to fill with Dez. We actually, in general, know right now and have known that we probably won’t have what we call a pure X receiver to take the place of Dez, Jones said. We know we won’t have that because even if we draft one that is an X receiver he’s not going to be, as a rookie, he’s not going to come in here and give us that type of performance. You’ve got Pierre Turgeon Jersey to assume that. And so, we certainly know that we’ve got a chance to pick a player, but not necessarily in the first round or even the second round, that will have the opportunity to be in the mix that gives that player a better chance to be playing next year and use a chance to have somebody who has some special skills, speed that can help us out.

If the Cowboys do draft a wideout, then, he’ll join Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson, Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams in what’s shaping up as the it takes a village approach to the wide receiver position in Dallas.

Report: Chuck Pagano will serve as NFL consultant

Chuck Pagano will return to the NFL this season, but he won’t be on the sideline.
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Pagano will take the fall off from coaching, instead working for the league as a consultant during the 2018 season, Troy Renck of Denver7 reports.

It seemed like a natural fit for him, Markman said of Herbstreit. We don’t need three guys on the same topic. I’d rather see these guys stay in their lane that they are experts in. 鈥?This is the best set we’ve put together in terms of everyone having a specific expertise.

The NFL Network’s coverage will include Stanford coach David Shaw and have FOX lead analyst Troy Aikman as part of its outside set. Aikman’s lone responsibility will be breaking down the five quarterbacks expected to go in the first round.

Kids Travis Shaw Jersey And, regardless of which team picks Darnold 鈥?the Browns, Giants or Jets are his most likely landing spots 鈥?he’ll immediately be faced with this sobering question: Can he finally be the one USC quarterback who becomes a star in the NFL after an uncanny succession of predecessors who failed to do so?

It’ll be an unfair question for Darnold to answer because he’s his own person, his own player. He’s not Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez or any Jarome Iginla Womens Jersey of the other highly touted quarterbacks from his school who struggled with the transition to the NFL.

But, until Darnold excels, it’s a dubious label that will never be far from his side when he’s judged by the unforgiving outside world.

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He’ll become the fourth USC quarterback in the past 15 years to be drafted in the first round, joining Carson Palmer (No. 1 overall to the Bengals in 2003), Leinart (No. 10 to the Cardinals in 2006) and Sanchez (No. 5 to the Jets in 2009).

Colts remain high on Jacoby Brissett, have turned down trades

Early in the offseason, the Colts turned down two trade offers for quarterback Jacoby Brissett. And although they insist Andrew Luck will be healthy and ready to start this season, LaRoy Reynolds Youth jersey they remain committed to keeping Brissett on the roster as well.
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Colts G.M. Chris Ballard heaped praise on Brissett and said he’s the perfect backup to Luck, meaning the Colts would have to be bowled over with an offer before they’d be willing to part with Brissett.

At Florida’s pro day last month, Callaway said every NFL team he spoke to at the scouting combine in Indianapolis and since wanted to know about the same thing: His past.

They already know I’m a good athlete. Just know I’m not a bad person, said Callaway, who appeared out of shape and was working with his second agent in less than six months. Somebody’s just got to believe in me.

Callaway also said the recent birth of his first child, a daughter, changed him.

Gronkowski still could be traded, in theory. And now that he has declared a commitment to playing in 2018, maybe it will be easier to pull it off.
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Of course, Gronkowski may change his mind about playing if he suddenly ends up in a new city. Then again, if another team is willing to give him a raise over the $8 million he’s due to make in 2018, maybe he’ll be even more inclined to play, in 2018 and beyond.

Since that conversation, Flowers’ actions indicate he does not buy into the plan. Messages left with Flowers’ agent (and father), Everald Flowers, were not returned.

If nothing transpires, perhaps the Giants stick with Flowers and wait to see if he shows up for the mandatory minicamp June 12-14. The longer he stays away, the more he loses touch with the team and the new regime.Davis Webb can’t prove much, sporting shorts and no pads.
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There were a lot of injuries to star players, like Aaron Rodgers, and these people are TV draws. Also, a lot of marquee teams that draw the biggest numbers just didn’t have good seasons 鈥?the Cowboys, the Giants, the Packers.

The day after the Yankees were 8-5 losers on Friday night, Judge was the ignitor.

On Saturday, the Lghtning had no issues setting up in the offensive zone and rotating the puck for long possessions. The Devils — namely goalie  Cory Schneider — kept the puck out of the net. But the Lightning’s play at even strength forced the Devils’ goalie and PK into those tough situations.

The Yankees were paying close attention all month as Gleyber Torres, one of baseball’s best prospects, followed a lackluster spring training by looking big-league ready playing Triple-A ball.

They’ve watched Torres rake pretty much since Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s season began, and as usual, see him be an elite defender playing all over the infield … shortstop, second base and third.

Most notably, left-hander starter Jordan Montgomery came up big in a one-run, six-inning outing and rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar was 2-for-4 with a bases-clearing double in the sixth.

With the game scoreless in the third inning, Brett Gardner worked a two-out walk before Judge received a green light on a 3-0 pitch and crushed a big-time mistake from Stroman, middle-in, 93-mph fastball that had hit-me written all over it.

Down 2-0, the Jays got a run back in the fifth, but Montgomery limited the damage and the Yankees maintained the lead.

“He’s getting better and better at laying off some pitches that they want him to chase and I think it’s a result of him getting a little more comfortable and him being a really talented hitter.”

Hyun-Jin Ryu (L), 8 percent, Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres: If Ryu were assured of a full season’s worth of starts, he’d be a much more popular hurler. His history is pitching well between injuries, hence the widespread availability. The Padres don’t pose much of a threat, ranking in the bottom third with regard to runs scored. With Robbie Erlin likely returning for the Padres, Ryu should get plenty of run support.steelers_053

Spring League player (not that one) gets an NFL gig

Spring League season may not have fueled #ComebackSZN for Johnny Manziel the way he’d hoped, but it definitely has helped another guy who hoped to parlay the two-game spring slate into another shot at the NFL.
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The Cardinals have signed tight end Beau Sandland. As noted by the Spring League, he’s the first 2018 NFL signing from the developmental league.
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At the start of the season, you asked how was progress going to be measured. I [said] it was never going to be measured with wins and losses. That’s not something myself was looking at or ownership was saying, Marks said. At some point, that’s going to change. Whether it’s this coming year, or a year in the future, where we [say] … ‘Now we’ve got to start winning games.’

A lot will be determined by the roster, when the roster tweaks a bit more and the current guys we know we’re moving ahead [with] will develop and seize their opportunity. We already know we have an ownership group that’s ready to fork out the big money for when that timing is right. But we don’t want to skip any steps along this rebuild. If we skip steps and think we can do it right now or we could’ve done it a year ago, that’s when franchises end up digging themselves into a hole.
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He finally found a home in Seattle in 2016 when the Seahawks claimed him off waivers. He played three games in 2016.

His contract, signed by Rodgers in 2013, runs through 2019. After that, the Packers could easily tag him twice. After that, he’d be 38.

Does Rodgers deserve to be north of $30 million per year right now? Given contracts given to less quarterbacks, absolutely. Is there anything Rodgers can do to force the issue short of retiring prematurely? Nope.

As it stands, Derrick Henry Authentic Jersey he’ll get $20.3 million this year (assuming sufficient participation in the offseason program), $20.5 million next year (again, assuming sufficient participation in the offseason program), at least $25.32 million in 2020 under the tag, and at least $30.38 million in 2021 under the tag. That’s a four-year, year-to-year proposition for the Packers, at a total cost of $96.5 million. It equates to an average of $24.125 million. So why would the Packers voluntarily jack that number up to an average of $30 million or more per year, with all four years (or at least three) fully guaranteed?

Saints talked to Reuben Foster’s girlfriend during draft

Things worked out for the Saints because the guy they picked at the end of the first round turned out to be a good player. But as importantly for them, things worked out because they didn’t get a chance to take linebacker Reuben Foster.
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So while the Saints can breathe a sigh of relief for avoiding that problem, Payton couldn’t get away from the human issues.

It’s tragic, and it’s sad, Payton said. I just feel awful when those things happen.

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Garafolo notes that the Seahawks’ talks with Kaepernick are in a holding pattern, and that bringing Davis back doesn’t rule out the possibility of bringing the former 49ers starter in.

But their ambivalence about even working him out last week after they asked him if he planned to continue kneeling during the national anthem suggests the Seahawks are not prepared to make a deal anytime soon.

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Rickard Rakell scored a power-play goal but the Ducks once again looked a step slow against the speedier Sharks. Anaheim has scored three goals all series, including just one at even strength.

Ahead of the Spring League, Manziel participated in San Diego State University’s pro day and one at his alma mater in College Station, Texas, with the New England Patriots in attendance. With less than two weeks to go until the draft, some evaluators believe he’s better than a lot of guys that will get drafted [this month].

No matter where Manziel’s future in football lies, he’s just happy to be back on the field.
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Boston coach Brad Stevens loves the postseason because it offers a chance to bust narratives.

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Elite Corey Grant Jersey Al Horford had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Boston overcame Khris Middleton’s long 3 that beat the fourth-quarter buzzer, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 113-107 in overtime Sunday to open the playoffs.

After a muted start, things opened for Antetokounmpo. But he said he must do a better job the defensive end against Horford going forward.

He knows what he’s doing down there, Antetokounmpo said. Hopefully in Game 2 I won’t play on my heels and I’ll play more on my toes and be able to defend without fouling.

Part of the reason the Bucks were in bad spots is because they were hampered by turnovers. They committed 20, leading to 27 Boston points.

That’s not getting shot up, Middleton said. We feel like if we get a shot up, we’ll be good.

An acrobatic, spinning layup by Tatum gave Boston a 108-105 lead in overtime.

It was 108-106 when Horford snared a rebound and got it ahead to Rozier, who was fouled. He made two free throws to put the Celtics in front 110-106 with 18.8 remaining.

Antetokounmpo made one of two foul shots with 14.8 seconds left, but he fouled out of the game while going for the rebound on his miss.

New York also has received permission to talk to former head coach Mike Woodson, who’s now serving as an assistant for the LA Clippers, league sources told ESPN. Woodson, who was fired by the Knicks in 2014 after two-plus seasons at the helm, isn’t considered to be in the top tier of initial candidates.

The Knicks are searching for a coach to replace Jeff Hornacek, who was fired Thursday morning.

Knicks president Steve Mills — a former teammate of Blatt’s at Princeton — and general manager Scott Perry are conducting the search, which will include interviews with candidates beyond Fizdale, Jackson, Stackhouse, Blatt and Woodson, league sources said.

Woodson was 54-28 with the Knicks in 2012-13, leading them to the franchise’s only postseason series victory over the past 18 years. The Knicks went 37-45 the following season, resulting in Woodson’s departure.

Richard Panik arrested after refusing to leave entrance of bar

Authorities say Arizona Coyotes forward Richard Panik was arrested for trespassing after refusing to leave the entrance of a bar.

Scottsdale police say Panik, 27, was arrested at the Bevvy the night of April 8, the day after the Coyotes’ season ended.

Police say Panik appeared to be intoxicated during his contact with officers.

Even with Logan Forsythe joining Justin Turner to place half of the starting infield on the DL, on Sunday the Dodgers finally enjoyed their first 2017 Dodgers-style win. Clayton Kershaw dominated with 12 K’s to notch his first win of the season, while Chris Taylor hit his third homer in a week to help power the offense. Is more of that on tap? — Kahrl

Toronto’s lineup took a hit when Josh Donaldson went on the DL with shoulder inflammation on Friday. It did not immediately hamper the Blue Jays, however, as they went out and scored eight runs against Cleveland that day. It marked their sixth game of the season scoring at least seven runs. Marcus Stroman has struggled some to start the year, as his control has wavered. Stroman walked a career-high 7.4 percent of batters faced last season; he is at 13.9 percent through three starts in 2018. — McCarthy

After tumbling to the ice, Couturier threw his stick against the boards in anger. He was assisted off the ice.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said the team will update Couturier’s condition on Wednesday.

The Flyers trail the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in their best-of-seven first-round series. They play again Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Couturier leads the team in postseason scoring with a goal and two assists.

“So it’s pretty glamorous when he’s watching tape and Johnnie’s pounding him on literally like five feet,” Snyder jokes. “Spoken like a true coach, right?”

THIS ROLE ISN’T what the Jazz had in mind for Mitchell when they traded up to draft him out of Louisville, where he averaged 15.6 points per game as a sophomore last season.

Utah’s front office identified Mitchell as a prospect who could contribute immediately because of his athleticism and intangibles and who had potential to develop into a primary scoring option over the years.