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State constitutions could force the NFL to allow protests in some stadiums

The U.S. Constitution’s right to free speech, as codified in the First Amendment, protects American citizens against governmental limits on expression. It doesn’t affect the ability of private entities to control what employees say or do.

And for me, I feel like this is the time to do that, Jenkins said. And so, that message can’t continue to be ignored. And that’s what I think has been happening up until this point. So we just have to continue to stay on topic and continue to push the issues — and not this narrative of who’s right and who’s wrong, but what are the reasons why players are even so passionate about this.

He’s not backing down [and will] be more aggressive, linebacker Dont’a Hightower told Reiss. You could see it. I think this was probably our best practice we’ve had and we want to continue to build on that.

The defensive apparently will be more aggressive because Flores is aggressive.

Before resigning amid the team’s cheerleading scandal, former Washington executive Dennis Greene had been demoted.

Says Lions special-teams coordinator Joe Marciano of P Sam Martin: He’s hitting five-ohs out the wazoo. (That’s good, right?)

Although she could not name the second source then, Al Jazeera now contends that this second source was the Mannings’ lawyers.

PFT contacted Manning’s long-time agent, Tom Condon, for comment earlier on Friday, but Condon did not respond. A Manning representative has subsequently supplied this statement to The Hollywood Reporter: Al Jazeera’s self-serving claim that Peyton Manning’s attorneys ‘confirmed’ Al Jazeera’s allegations about Peyton Manning is absolutely false. In fact, information was provided to Al Jazeera that confirmed the Al Jazeera allegations about Peyton Manning were unfounded. In addition, the sole source for Al Jazeera’s allegations has publicly recanted them. Moreover, the NFL conducted an extensive investigation of the claims raised in Al Jazeera’s programs and found no evidence to support them. This is a desperate move by Al Jazeera to distract the courts from its own wrongdoing.

Jay Ajayi ‘excited to get into that lead role’ for Eagles

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Running back Jay Ajayi went from a featured role with the Miami Dolphins to a committee in Philadelphia after being traded in late October of the 2017 season.
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Ajayi joined LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement as part of a three-headed backfield, and the trio helped the Eagles win a Super Bowl title.

If there’s one bright spot, it’s the addition of Gallup, who amassed 176 receptions for 2,690 yards and 21 touchdowns in two seasons at Colorado State. His five-catch, 81-yard game against Alabama last season was especially instructive.

Still, Gallup most likely projects as a WR2 from a talent perspective in his first season, and that goes back to the fundamental issue with Dallas’ 2018 passing offense鈥攃an a bunch of WR2s and WR3s combine in the right schemes to eliminate the need for a top guy?

4. Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley take the Meadowlands. Grace and power. Lightning and thunder. Mr. Outside and Mr. Inside. The guy getting held back by Eli Manning and the guy getting held back by the Giants offensive line (and also by Eli Manning).

3. The Aaron Rodgers revenge tour. We’re talking about his vengeance on the NFC, not the Packers front office.
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2. The inevitable Patriots disrespected underdogsnarrative: Can’t wait to hear that their transformation into a bunch of prickly egomaniacs who can barely tolerate one another is actually the media’s fault.

1. Andrew Luck’s first throw since the 2016 season. Waiting for it last year was so nice, why not wait twice?

The players are actually preparing for a brewing Authentic Milan Lucic Jersey fight. What will that fight be for? Themselves. What few people know鈥攁nd I didn’t until this week鈥攊s that players actually come close to breaking even on their union dues.

Jerry Richardson is being forced to sell the team, amid an NFL probe into allegations of front office sexual harassment.

Speed: The Indiana game, the first play he takes the kickoff back, just kinda outran everyone.

Quickness: He catches the ball with one hand, next step makes a little quick juke move, makes the guy miss, accelerates down the field, makes another guy miss with one step.

Leadership: He was our leader and our best player, and he was always the one wanting to do extra work. If someone going through an auxiliary rep or a conditioning rep didn’t do it the right way, he was holding them accountable, making them go back and do it again. You got guys seeing him doing that, then that means that the rest of the team must be doing that too.

McSorley was asked what he would tell Manning about who and what he is inheriting.

Just to play in an NFL game would mean the world to him. He’s not trying to be his uncle — those shoes are way too big to fill, he said — but wants to create his own niche.

I want to go out there and make a team, make a name for myself, add to his legacy, and add overall to the Seau last name, he said. In my head, if I can tell myself in my heart, my soul, I did the best I could, that’s all that matters.

Will Simpson — who’s been in cruise control all week, shooting 66-63-68 in the first three rounds to lead Danny Lee (12-under) by seven shots and a group of players including Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Jimmy Walker and Charl Schwartzel (all 9-under) by 10 shots — keep pushing for a larger lead, or will he play prevent defense and try not to bogey?

The psychology of holding a big lead is one that few golfers have solved.

If you were to ask me, could somebody get to 19-under, I would have said that would be really tough, and the conditions have to be just right, Simpson said. I mean, 12-under is in second. I would have taken that and run with it through three days.

Josh Doctson feels his confidence rising

An Achilles injury made Washington wide receiver Josh Doctson’s rookie season an almost total washout and his work in 2017 looked a lot like what you’d expect from a player getting his first extended taste of professional life.
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Doctson is working with a new quarterback in Alex Smith and Keim points out a few examples of Smith throwing balls to Doctson while covered in hopes of having him outfight the coverage for the ball. That suggests the confidence in Doctson isn’t just internal and could lead to the kind of role Doctson was ticketed for when he went 22nd overall in 2016.

Instead of prospecting for undrafted rookie finds, the Packers are filling some holes with veteran free agents, with recent signings of tight end Marcedes Lewis and tackle Byron Bell representing a new direction.

Gutekunst said after the draft he wasn’t finished adding to the roster, and that’s music to coach Mike McCarthy’s ears.
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I think it goes back to Brian’s comments, and just the conversations we had, McCarthy said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Prince Fielder Jersey Player acquisition is a 12-month process, and there’s definitely a pool of players that come available at this time of year.

Briean Boddy-Calhoun”>Authentic Kids”>Briean Boddy-Calhoun Jersey Any of those three would have been great, but imagine Sanders playing with Brett Favre instead of as a rival Lion who shared MVP honors with him in ’97. Green Bay could have used a stud runner to go with Favre, and it could have changed its destiny into more of a dynasty. It also was pretty bad in 1981 when the Packers took quarterback Rich Campbell No. 6 overall. That came two spots ahead of the 49ers taking Hall of Fame, game-changing defensive back Ronnie Lott.

He’ll compete with Allen, an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas, to be the third quarterback.聽

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While the terms of the settlement reached by Manning, the Giants and lead plaintiff Eric Inselberg earlier this month are confidential, it appears as if a separation agreement with the Skibas was not included. The lawsuit originally was filed in 2014.
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A Giants spokesperson declined comment on the timing and reasons for the equipment room shakeup other than to confirm personnel changes have been made. The Skiba brothers did not immediately return messages left by NJ Advance Media, and Krovatin declined further comment.
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Inselberg, a memorabilia collector who sued for purchasing Manning memorabilia he claimed was misrepresented as game-used, built a case that was set to go to jury trial on May 14 in Bergen County Superior Court partially on the strength of two communications involving the Skibas.

The first is an email from Manning to Joe Skiba on April 27, 2010 asking for 2 helmets that can pass as game used. Skiba was accused of allegedly faking helmets for Steiner sports, but Manning vehemently denied wrongdoing.

In other words, had they taken the stand in a trial, the Skibas likely would have contended the comment was misconstrued as an out-of-context indication of alleged misrepresentation of memorabilia on the part of themselves, the Giants and/or Manning.

Fitzpatrick might be 35 years old, but he threw seven touchdown passes and helped the Bucs win two of his three starts last season. He can play in a pinch and help a team win games in the short term.聽

The up and down nature of the Chargers has made Rivers one of the most underappreciated quarterbacks in the game. He’ll take chances down the field, but Donald Trump Authentic Jersey he’s also accurate, tough in the pocket and an ultimate competitor.聽

Rivers’ 96.0 passer rating in 2017 was his highest since 2013. He cut down on his interceptions and increased his completion percentage, all while throwing 28 touchdown passes and averaging 7.9 yards per attempt. Rivers is good for those numbers almost every season.

Reuben Foster reportedly threw ex-girlfriend’s dog during argument

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested on charges relating to domestic violence in February and a new report about the incident has come to light.
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According to previously unreported police reports detailed by the Sacramento Bee, Foster was accused of throwing his then-girlfriend’s dog across a room during an argument. The dog was not injured, she told police.

Of course, we’re on Exhibit 29. The Browns’ first-round quarterback plan hasn’t worked since 1999. Tim Couch (1999) took too many hits too soon. The timing never worked with Brady Quinn (2007) and was never going to work with Brandon Weeden (2012). Then there’s Manziel (2014), a disaster that spilled into the decision-making process at quarterback over the last two seasons.

That keeps the transaction on track to be approved at the owners meeting in Atlanta next week.

Tepper didn’t lodge the high bid in the process, but he did have the biggest stack of cash, and the blessing of a group of owners who had already invited him into their club. And with Richardson still being investigated for workplace misconduct after Joe Greene Youth jersey last year’s reports of sexual and racial harassment, that gave the league a bit of leverage to nudge the process in a certain direction.

There were reports that other bids were in the $2.5 billion range, while Tepper’s was in the $2.1 billion to $2.2 billion range.

Game Kids Hampus Lindholm Jersey Lawyers were still going through the final points of the sale yesterday in Charlotte, and no speed bumps are expected in the deal.

I don’t really worry about it, he said. I was worried in Kentucky because I didn’t how that track was going to be when it gets that much water or the slop. I was more worried about the break, the first jump between horses…. We still have to get around there (at Pimlico).

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Who is the X factor for Capitals-Lightning Game 7? Which team will win?

The Washington Capitals bested the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-0, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, setting up Game 7 in Tampa on Wednesday night.
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You’ve got to wear them down, Smith-Pelly said. Every game, if guys are going to be playing 25, 30 minutes, it’s tough when you’re getting hit every single shift. We’ve been on the body all game and all series. If it shows up in Game 7 where guys are starting to get tired, then it was all worth it.

Game 7 is Wednesday night at Tampa Bay. The winner faces the Vegas Golden Knights, who are in the Stanley Cup Final in their first season.

Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson and Brooks Orpik led the charge in the grueling Game 6, throwing their bodies around all night like human wrecking balls. Orpik separated Cedric Paquette from the puck twice on one shift, Ovechkin leveled rookie Yanni Gourde and Wilson was his usual self, dishing out a handful of crushing body checks.

Authentic Womens Thon Maker Jersey The Capitals outhit the Lightning 39-19 and outshot them 34-24, bruising and battering them all over the ice.
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Lamoriello, 75, was most recently the general manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs after resigning from the Devils in July 2015. It was announced April 30 that he would move to a senior adviser role with the Leafs, making way for 32-year-old assistant general manager Kyle Dubas to take over the team.

As soon as that happened, there was speculation that Lamoriello would move to the Islanders in Calle Jarnkrok Authentic Jersey some capacity. His son, Chris, is an assistant general manager with the team, having previously been a senior VP of hockey operations for the Devils. This swift move from organization to organization was expected, too; it took Lamoriello less than three months to leave the Devils after they hired Ray Shero as general manager and kicked the veteran executive upstairs. Sportsnet reported May 11 that talks were underway between Lamoriello and the Islanders.

Snow reportedly has a contract from previous owner Charles Wang with a considerable financial compensation trigger if he is removed from his job, which made removing him financially disadvantageous in previous seasons. But this season saw a significant uptick in criticism for the executive, as Snow Must Go! appeared in chants during Islanders home games and on billboards purchased by fans around Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Beyond the makeup of the front office, the biggest question mark surrounding Lamoriello’s takeover of the Islanders is what it means for star center John Tavares, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Looking at the most unlikely Super Bowl participants of all time

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Inspired by the Vegas Golden Knights making it to the Stanley Cup Final in their first year of existence, Monday’s PFT Live included a draft based on what the Knights have accomplished: An unlikely berth in their sport’s championship game.
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So which were the most unlikely Super Bowl participants in NFL history? Chris Simms and yours truly went back and forth, selecting some of the great teams from the past that had no business being in the game with the Roman numerals.

Foster believes modern players have to find a balance between fighting for social justice and being pushed to the forefront of the discussion on topics that they may not be comfortable with.

When you bring (politics) into the sports world the real problem is 鈥?I don’t think the majority of players have time or care to research these issues to the point where they can articulate their thoughts against anybody who opposes their position, Foster said. It brings a huge problem into play when you bring in the fact that athletes and entertainers are representatives of their communities. You kind of become the torchbearer for an entire community when that’s not what you went to school for, that’s not what you’ve been studying for your whole life.

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President Donald Trump made indirect reference to the phenomenon of protests during the anthem as 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. visited Authentic Justin Anderson Jersey the White House.

At every NASCAR race you will see thousands of patriotic Americans, from the grandstands to the pit stalls, proudly waving our flag, President Trump said, via One thing I know about NASCAR and I will tell you, they do indeed stand for the playing of the national anthem . . . . Somebody said, ‘Maybe you shouldn’t say that. It’s going to be controversial.’ I said, ‘That’s OK. NASCAR isn’t going to mind it at all.’

While the President stopped short of referencing the NFL expressly, the remarks serve as a reminder that the issue remains on simmer, with the potential of exploding as the 2018 season approaches 鈥?especially with the midterm elections only two months later. Thus, as Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports recently explained, some NFL owners will try this week to come up with a solution that ends the protests once and for all.

Why David Diehl believes Giants will be ‘incredibly competitive’ in 2018

It isn’t unprecedented in the NFL for teams to go from worst place to the postseason, and two-time Super Bowl winner David Diehl believes the Giants 聽have the pieces in place for a dramatic turnaround from a disastrous 3-13 campaign in 2017.
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You’re going to be looking at a completely different offense, Diehl told NJ Advance Media Monday at the fourth annual聽Clara Maas Medical Center Golf tournament, which Diehl hosts at Montclair Golf Club. Now you have Saquon Barkley, to Will Hernandez, to Nate Solder, and now coming back with a healthy Odell Beckham Jr., you’re looking at a dangerous offense that can do a lot of things.

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Of all of the first-round quarterbacks, Rosen should have the best chance of starting in Week 1.

This is why the Arizona Cardinals traded up to get Rosen at No. 10, even after signing both Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon in free agency. Bradford will be the starter heading into training camp, but Rosen should immediately challenge him.

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The Raiders should find a home for Miller somewhere on their line as a rookie.

Tremaine聽Edmunds is a raw prospect, but he’ll be able to have a big impact as a rookie because of his athletic gifts. Calling his combination of size and speed rare would be an understatement because you don’t see many defenders run a 4.54-second 40 at 6’5 and 253 pounds.

Think of Edmunds as a Rob Gronkowski who wants to hit people.

Seven NFL trades that make sense after the draft, including Emmanuel Sanders to Cowboys

Seven NFL trades that make sense after the draft, including Emmanuel Sanders to Cowboys More Welcome to the true NFL offseason. The first part — February to May — didn’t really count, not with free agency and the draft occupying so much of our time. The real offseason — the actually boring portion — begins immediately when the draft ends, which it did on April 28, and concludes when the preseason begins, which will happen on Aug. But maybe this offseason will be different. To this point, it’s certainly been different.

Dixon showed some promise as a rookie, too, as he averaged 4.3 yards per carry and caught 30 passes. However, Ravens haven’t seen much of him since. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy and missed the rest of the year with a torn meniscus.

During Dixon’s absence, Alex Collins established himself as Baltimore’s go-to back, rushing for 973 yards and 4.6 yards per carry. Heading into this year, Dixon thus will be battling for a backup role behind Collins and the versatile Javorius Allen (591 rushing yards, 46 receptions in 2017).

On Thursday morning, Brian McCarthy, the league’s vice president of communications said in a statement the NFLwill review the matter with the club to understand the allegations and what the club has learned.

Lions owner, front office ‘continue to support’ coach Matt Patricia despite 1996 sexual assault allegation

Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford, team president Rod Wood and general manager Bob Quinn released a joint statement late Wednesday expressing support for head coach Matt Patricia after a sexual assault charge against him from 22 years ago resurfaced in a Detroit News story.

Patricia, in an accompanying statement, denied the accusation, made by a woman while Patricia was a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on spring break in South Padre Island, Texas, in 1996.