Browse Month: June 2018

Blake Bortles is feeling more comfortable this year

The 2017 season in Jacksonville featured a new coach, a new offense, and almost a new quarterback. But Blake Bortles rallied after a preseason benching, and he’s now ready to take his game to a new level in 2018.
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Realistically, the Giants would seem to have more leverage: They have him under contract for $8.459 million this year, and they could franchise him in 2019 and 2020. And given that they’re coming off a 3-13 season and in a rebuilding mode with a new coach and new general manager, they don’t need to feel like they have to satisfy Beckham right now. (Aaron Donald, who went one spot after Beckham in the 2014 NFL draft, may have a better chance of convincing his team to give him a new deal because the Jacquizz Rodgers Jersey Rams are Super Bowl contenders this year and want all their best players on the field.)

My skin was being torn because of the movements, Rosa said at a Friday press conference. I stand here today to try to make sure no other girl or woman has to endure this same humiliation.

The Texans previously have called the lawsuits filed by former cheerleaders frivolous (that’s the favorite term of anyone who has been sued), and the team is trying to get the cases dismissed in lieu of arbitration. Which means that the Texans likely required the cheerleaders to sign paperwork, on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, to submit any legal claims to arbitration, Jamal Crawford Jersey a far more favorable forum than allowing a jury of neutral citizens to determine whether a team violated employee legal rights.

It’s hard to say right now who will be that No. 2, coach Steve Wilks said during offseason work.

Butler is hoping previous success against the Cardinals will carry over as he joins them. In 2014, Butler hauled in a 55-yard pass against the Cardinals while with the Raiders. Last season he played a pivotal role in the Cowboys’ 28-17 win at University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 3, catching two passes for 90 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown to break a fourth quarter tie.
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As free agency beckoned, Butler reached out to then-Cardinals safety Tyvon Branch to remind him of that dominance, imploring the team to sign him.

No one wants to be a backup, Butler said. Some guys know, ‘OK, I’m not better than the guys in front of me,’ and that’s what you have to accept, but I’ve always been a player where I felt like I could have been on the field more. Especially when I was given opportunities, I made my plays. It just was hard. We had a lot of players in Dallas, and there weren’t enough balls to go around. That was the situation there. I’m a grown man. We have free agency. It came in (1992), I think, so now I had the opportunity to choose what’s best for my family and me, and that’s what I did.

The rookies remain through the end of next week, continuing their Derek Ryan Jersey assimilation into the NFL. It’s been an all-consuming experience since the week after the draft, and they hope the fruits of that labor will become apparent in training camp. So the work continues.

To understand what it’s like to be a rookie at this time of year – before the glitz and glamour of the regular season – shadowed running back Chase Edmonds on Thursday morning through the fourth-round pick’s regular routine:

Discussions about a Bradley Roby Jersey new deal have been reportedly ongoing.

Johnson, a third-round pick in 2015, had a monster season in 2016, gaining more than 1,200 yards rushing and another 800 receiving before suffering a serious knee injury in the season finale. Johnson returned to health to start 2017, but suffered a broken wrist in the regular-season opener and missed the remainder of the season.

Rosen won’t be pressed into action, either, because the Arizona Cardinals have other options they prefer.

After all, the organization signed Sam Bradford to a one-year, $20 million deal this offseason and Gale Sayers Authentic Jersey added Mike Glennon as well. 
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But neither of those experienced signal-callers enters their current situation with ringing endorsements which creates a greater opportunity for the rookie to start sooner rather than later. Bradford only played two games last season due to a chronic knee issue, while Glennon failed to move the Chicago Bears offense. 

Their previous histories place a little more emphasis on Rosen’s acquisition, since he was viewed as the most prepared to play at the next level coming out of college.

What seems the most likely to me is the Browns want Tyrod to start out of the gate because J.J. Jansen Jersey he gives them the highest floor in terms of winning games now. Hue Jackson needs to win games, because he’s won only one of them in his tenure with the Browns, and winning games is important for being a football coach. If he doesn’t win some games early in 2018, his job is far from safe. It wouldn’t be surprising if Hue was telling people Tyrod had the job locked up and/or Mayfield wasn’t ready.

On Thursday, Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, while talking about the quick strides Ward has made, revealed that a veteran player asked Williams to play Ward more frequently because that player believes the defense is better when Ward is on the field.

When a veteran comes to me and says, ‘Hey coach, we’re better when Denzel is out there,’ Williams said, per the Browns’ website. ‘So really? Now you’re taking ownership of him? Oh really? Now you’re mentoring him? We’ll see. I will give him a couple of reps out there, and we will see.’ After that, when you give that kid the opportunity and that he fits in the room, as opposed to just anointing him because we drafted him. He hasn’t played in this league.

MLB Draft 2018: Brady Singer has the tools to make immediate impact in 2018 MLB season

As the 2018 MLB Draft quickly approaches, it’s time to take an in-depth look at some of the top prospects in this year’s class.

Up next is Brady Singer, a flame-throwing right handed pitcher from the University of Florida who could be in the big leagues sooner rather than later.

After being the second-highest drafted player not to sign in 2015 (56th overall by the Blue Jays), Brady Singer arrived at the University of Florida surrounded by lofty expectations and had many people wondering if the then 19-year-old should have opted for the likely seven-figure signing bonus and turned pro.

Three years later, as he stands poised to be taken within the first few picks of the 2018 draft, it appears that Singer made the right decision.

Along with advanced stuff on the mound, Singer also has outstanding command and can locate all three pitches, regardless of count. In his career at Florida, he’s struck out 259 batters in 257.2 innings pitched, while walking only 67, good for nearly a 4:1 K/BB ratio. Scouts also love Singer’s athletic frame and even though he’s put on upward of 20 pounds in college, they believe a little added muscle could turn his already nasty arsenal even nastier.

I think everybody knows if you give one warning after one guy then you’re asking for trouble out of the blue,” Mattingly said after the game, which the Giants won 6-3 to even the three-game series.

I’m sure Rodriguez didn’t mean to hit Brinson and Straily didn’t mean to hit Buster, he added. If they thought there was going to be something going on they should have given both teams warnings before the game. If they thought it was intentional on their part, [Rodriguez] should have been out of the game.

Longtime Giants TV commentator Mike Krukow said on Tuesday that television microphones picked up Mattingly telling Posey, who had homered in the first inning, You’re next, as he was leaving the field in San Francisco.

Sure enough, Posey was hit by a pitch that was high and inside in the bottom half of the second. Giants manager Bruce Bochy then stormed the field in a rage and started giving the umpires an earful. Straily and Mattingly were ejected.

Whether it was intentional by Straily, Posey said: I don’t know. It sure seemed that way.

On Wednesday, Krukow said he was wrong about Mattingly telling Posey You’re next and said he would apologize to the Marlins manager.

The tensions go back to last week, when the teams played in Miami. Straily threw a pitch that broke Giants third baseman Evan Longoria’s finger.

Observations from Lions’ final open OTA practice

Allen Park — Here are some notes and observations from the Aleksander Barkov Jersey Detroit Lions’ OTA practice on Monday, the final session open to the media before training camp next month.
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As far as my mentality, getting better every day, there’s something I can definitely get better at guarding Golden Tate every day, Agnew said. He doesn’t say anything, but he shows me something I can get better at in my game every day. Like I said, I come out here with my lunch pail packed every day, knowing I have to guard Golden. I know it’s going to be a long day.

Shoot, it’s football. We run. You know what Amara Darboh Jersey I’m saying? Jones said. Nobody is complaining. Everybody is just going out here working hard and we’re having fun doing it

So, whoever’s grandma wrote that story, I don’t know.

You’ve got to wait three years, former Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd told Sporting News last week, and then begin to look back.

Here at Team SN MLB, we decided to go back a full decade and look at the results of the 2008 draft, with the idea of providing an idea of how one specific draft played out, in terms of talent produced for each franchise. Editor Tom Gatto did the team-by-team breakdowns from Baseball-Reference, and I owe him lunch or something.

Behind Peters, Talib and Robey-Coleman are few viable fill-in options, but former Packer Sam Shields brings another veteran presence to the depth chart. Throwing downfield against the Rams and their revamped secondary will be difficult. The new defensive backs give Phillips endless blitzing scenarios to generate an improved pass rush by committee.

Astros’ Carlos Correa day-to-day after clean MRI

The Astros received good news regarding shortstop Carlos Correa Thursday, when the MRI on his right side came back clean, according to The Athletic.
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Correa, 23, left Wednesday’s game with discomfort in his side, and will be held of the lineup Thursday against the Rangers. However, it appears Correa avoided a long-term injury.

Marwin Gonzalez will start at shortstop while hitting sixth against Rangers starter Cole Hamels.

Cory James (cut) and NaVorro Bowman (not re-signed) are gone. The Raiders replaced them first with their top free-agent addition in former Lion Tahir Whitehead and then with former Chief Derrick Johnson. To aid in the Womens Vinny Curry Jersey transition to Guenther’s scheme, Oakland also added former Bengal and Viking Emmanuel Lamur.

As Gomez notes, there are three grades of a UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) injury, and Ohtani suffered a Grade 2 sprain. The injury occurred last week, and Ohtani was placed on the disabled list as he recovers.

The Angels are holding out hope that [Tommy John surgery] won’t be the case, but everything I’m hearing is that the reality is, he probably will need Tommy John surgery. They’re trying to hold out, because they’re in the middle of the season, they’re kind Authentic Steve Grogan Jersey of competitive right now, he is their best pitcher, but it doesn’t look good at this point, Gomez said.

Gomez also pointed out, the longer the Angels wait now to see if Ohtani absolutely needs the surgery, the longer his road to recovery will be.

Angels GM Billy Epler, however, said Gomez’s report was innaccurate.

NFL-only field going in at London soccer stadium

In the most tangible piece of evidence yet that the NFL wants to keep playing games in London, the league has paid for an NFL-only field to be on the grounds of the new soccer stadium for Tottenham Hotspur.
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New pictures of the stadium, which is still being built, show the FieldTurf field that the NFL will play on. The stadium will be able to switch between that field for NFL games and a grass field for soccer games.

Former Don Bosco Prep and Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova was recently named PC’s new offensive coordinator. He got the job thanks in part to his friend, former PC quarterback Chris Maldonado.

Maldonado played for current Michigan assistant Chris Partridge in high school, but his late brother, Willie Maldonado, played for Whitehead during his first stint leading the Paladins. When Willie died in a car accident in 2006, Whitehead connected with Chris, one of his first phone calls after he was re-hired in May.

When he got hired, he reached out to Chris, because it Deryk Engelland Youth Jersey was last minute, and he asked if he knew any guys that wanted to coach, Nova told NJ Advance Media this past weekend at former Rutgers fullback Mike Burton’s youth camp. Chris said I was the first name that came to mind, and Whitehead said, ‘You think he would do it because he’s a Bosco guy?’

After the video surfaced, there were rumblings that McCoy was unhappy with being coached that hard (his face in the video may have played into that perception), but to ask the man himself, he was actually more than fine with it.

This is the NFL, man, McCoy said. What am I, not supposed to get coached? That’s what he’s paid to do. He’s been given an assignment and he’s going to do his assignment to the best of his ability. That doesn’t phase me. I’m a 30-year old man with five kids. (I have four and my wife is pregnant.) Like, come on, man. I’ve been buying my own meals Jason Garrison Jersey since I was in college. You think a grown man yelling at me phases me? He’s coaching! Hear the message, not the tone.

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.

The untold story of why Gary and Barbara Rodkin donated $15M to Rutgers

At some point in the coming months, Hobbs figures to announce the completion of the R Big Ten Build plan he kickstarted shortly after taking over as Joel Armia Jersey Rutgers AD. The fundraising goal is currently about $5 million shy of its $100 million goal.
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There are a lot of folks who are considering Authentic Joe Greene Jersey significant gifts,Hobbs said. If the ($100 million goal) is hit in June, that’s great. If it (hits) in August or September, it doesn’t matter because it’s not the end of what we need to do. But we’re getting really close. People are excited about that. We put out a number and (to) hit it relatively quickly, it’s another win for Rutgers.

Now the Eagles join the company of the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors as title winners with better things to do than share the stage with Trump. And that list will undoubtedly grow with many future champions likely boasting a significant number of African-American players.

Sure, it’s a shame, as former Eagles receiver Torrey Smith expressed on Twitter in summarizing the flip as a cowardly actby Trump. Players who embraced the idea of being honored at the White House suddenly lost that opportunity. They’ll have to settle for having a place in history, at the intersection of sports, politics, polarization and activism.

Too bad there’s no such silver lining for the NFL.

Trump’s political punt underscored just why it was such a bad idea for NFL owners to pass that new, murky national anthem policy, as if it would squash the criticism coming from the President. Players now will be allowed to remain in the locker room for the anthem, but those who are on the sideline are required to stand and show respect, lest their teams be subjected to a fine.

Here’s to hoping they know better now.

Clearly, there’s an issue between the Falcons and Julio Jones

Receiver Julio Jones tried to downplay it when confronted last month with a TMZ camera, but it’s Dejounte Murray Authentic Jersey now obvious that he has a problem with what he’s making from the Falcons.
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And, yes, this is all very much unlike Jones. But Jones has been working out with Terrell Owens, and the team (per a league source) has already wondered whether T.O. is influencing Jones to take a stand. Also, as Jones begins making significant investments with his football money (including the purchase of KIA and Mazda dealerships in Alabama), he’s moving in circles with people who make much more money than he does playing football.

So if he’s going to make a big financial play on the field (which could better fund the financial plays he’s making off the field), now is the time to do it — especially with his 30th birthday looming.

Thus, although the shirtless driveway situps may never happen, Jones has entered a new phase of his career. And it’s going to get very delicate and/or very expensive for the Falcons.

While he vows to play again, Hal won’t start the season on the field with the Texans.

The Texans will have only five healthy safeties at their minicamp this week, with Mathieu, Justin Reid, Kurtis Drummond, Treston Decoud and Ibraheim Campbell getting reps there. Corey Moore continues to rehab an injury that will keep him out until training camp.

Kenny Vaccaro, Tre Boston and Eric Reid — the older brother of Texans’ rookie Justin — remain available on the free agent market.

The Texans also could consider playing cornerback Kareem Jackson (pictured) more at safety, according to John McClain of the Stephen Curry Jersey Houston Chronicle. Houston has nine cornerbacks on its roster.

Jackson has played safety in practice and in games, with his versatility an asset for defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

The best-case scenario for the Texans would be for Justin Reid, a third-round pick out of Stanford, to win the starting job in training camp.

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (8-3) gave up three runs and five hits over six innings, walking three and striking out five.

We went 1-for-26 with men in scoring position the whole series, Boston manager Alex Cora said. That’s the story of the whole series. We had our chances, we didn’t take advantage of it and we lost the series.

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