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Lamar Jackson hopes to begin a long and accomplished NFL career beginning Thursday night at the draft, but he may have his biggest feat already wrapped up.
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The Louisville quarterback had a pair of pre-draft visits with the Patriots, including a trip to their facility, where he met with the typically stern head coach. Having seen him on TV, Jackson thought it’d be a serious talk.

This could be where the Ravens grab their tight end, and Wisconsin’s Troy Fumagalli is popular pick in late-round mocks. Another receiver wouldn’t be a bad addition, with Daurice Fountain (Northern Iowa), Javon Wims (Georgia) and Trey Quinn (SMU) surrounding Baltimore’s Day 3 picks.

Elite Kids Hampus Lindholm Jersey Even with all of the holes in the team, the Ravens’ planning for life after Flacco should begin now. They can’t wait for another draft full of great QB prospects or hope a talented free agent falls in their lap. The pieces around Flacco could reach a higher ceiling if the QB is put under a little pressure. A young backup would provide that.

The Falcons became the latest team Wednesday to pick up the fifth-year option on their 2015 first-round draft pick, Vic Beasley. That means the young pass rusher isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, now under contract in Atlanta through the 2019 season.

The move comes with zero surprise and no suspense.

Take a quarterback at No. 1, then go to No. 4 and take another quarterback, Smith suggested. And see if you can grab two more picks. Say Buffallo with No. 12 and 22. Or New England, which has two picks. ‘Go ahead and call me. Hines Ward Womens Jersey I got what you need,’ said Smith.

Of course, the Browns probably would have been destroyed if they tried it. But I like Smith’s out-of-the-box thinking. Imagine if he becomes an NFL GM?

Smith had another great moment when he saluted the Panthers for taking Maryland WR DJ Moore at No. 24. They have never been able to replace me until today. D.J. Moore will be at that organization for a longtime, he said.

Eagles give QB Nick Foles raise after Super Bowl 52 win, report says

Nick Foles helped the Eagles win Super Bowl 52 and now he is getting a raise.

According to NFL.com, the Eagles have restructured Foles’ contract as a way to thank him for leading the team to a Super Bowl victory.

The Eagles and QB Nick Foles reached agreement on a revised contract for the 2018 season today, sources say. The deal includes a mutual option for the 2019 season, so Foles still has the chance to hit free agency next spring. Team wanted to reward the Super Bowl MVP.

The report added as well that this does not mean the team is worried about Wentz’s availability. It is merely to reward Foles for his performance and solidify the quarterback spot to start the year.

Foles’ deal was about hooking him up after his performance in the postseason. It is not a reflection of the team’s feeling on Wentz’s recovery. They remain confident he’s working his way back.

Toughest tests: The Saints were able to go 7-1 at home last year on their way to an 11-5 overall mark. It will be tough to duplicate that Superdome success with the Falcons, Panthers, Rams, Eagles and Steelers bringing their best to New Orleans. The good news: It would be a lot harder to face those teams outside of the Big Easy.

Biggest breaks: Outside of the division games and the Vikings matchup, the Saints have a favorable away slate and should finish better than .500 on the road. With Minnesota and Dallas on the schedule, that leaves only three games in which there might be weather concerns. Then again, with New Orleans’ improved running game and defense, it’s an undaunted team built for all seasons.

If Cincinnati can find a way to make that record 4-2 or better, then it will be in the AFC wild-card hunt. If it’s less than .500, the Bengals might be looking to change directions once and for all. Record prediction: 8-8

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10 days later, no clear destination for Dez Bryant Jersey

In the 10 days Antonio Gates Jersey since receiver Dez Bryant became available to any team that may want him, Bryant has received no serious sniffs. The Ravens reportedly were interested, but that was before Baltimore signed Saints receiver Willie Snead to an offer sheet, which the Saints won’t be matching.
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No other team has been linked to Bryant, despite his effort to generate linkage. He wants to stay in the NFC East, and he has said he’d like to play for the Giants. Apart from cutting Brandon Marshall (which undoubtedly would have happened without Bryant being available), there’s no reason to think the Giants want Dez.

In episode six, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan seems to be convinced that Dez can still get it done, given this directive given to quarterback Dak Prescott.

One thing about Dez is when he’s got a guy on him he’s still open, right? Linehan says. As long as you give him a chance. He’s not gonna let the guy freaking take it down. He’ll be up there and get that ball.

I think what we’re doing is really calling upon our special teams coaches, our head coaches and our management and ownership to see if there’s some creative ways to do some things that we can do with that play to make is safer to make it where we don’t have to do away with it, which is where I would hope we would end up, said Jones, a member of the league’s competition committee.

Packers president Mark Murphy, also a member of the competition committee, has said the kickoff is headed toward elimination without a reduction in injuries on the play.

Although the NFL has moved touchbacks to the 25-yard line, it did little to mitigate the safety risk last season.

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Dwight Freeney to retire after 16 NFL seasons

After 16 seasons in the NFL, Dwight Freeney is ready to call it a career.
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Freeney, the 11th overall pick of the 2002 draft, had 107 1/2 sacks while in Indianapolis. He finished with three first team All-Pro selections as a Colt and was a member of the team that defeated the Bears in Super Bowl 41.

Judge and Giancarlo Stanton each had a sacrifice fly. Gleyber Torres got two hits and scored twice.

Yankees: Gray took a fifth-inning line drive off the back of his pitching arm, near his shoulder. But he seemed OK and lasted four more batters before getting pulled. … 3B Brandon Drury (severe migraines) had two singles and scored twice in a rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-0, 3.80 ERA) pitches Thursday afternoon as New York goes for a four-game sweep on Judge’s 26th birthday. Montgomery, unbeaten in his last nine starts, was tagged for six earned runs and seven hits over six innings in a loss at Minnesota last year. Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (1-1, 4.29) is 1-4 with a 9.31 ERA in six career starts against the Yankees.

Every team that plays a Monday night road game will either play at home the following Sunday or have its bye week.

They’ve got a lot of guys that can do damage in a hurry, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Everything is kind of magnified when you’re not swinging the bats more on your side, too. You just can’t hold them down and you can’t score. It’s been a bad combination.

Eduardo Escobar had three hits, a walk and an RBI. Brian Dozier went 0 for 4 after getting hits in Minnesota’s first 17 games — 24 in a row dating to last season.
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As an offensive unit, pressing a little bit too much, Dozier said. You’re trying to explode in one kind of swing.

As the Yankees add new players, Gregorius comes up with additional emojis for his tweets that follow wins. Torres is Baby bottle, Giancarlo Stanton is Volcano and Tyler Austin is Police car. Luis Severino Womens Alfred Morris Jersey has grown from Baby last season to Child.

Who secretly taped Jeffrey Lurie’s comments about the President?

Monday’s item in the New York Times regarding the Brad Wing Jersey Eagles’ negotiations with the White House regarding the traditional visit by the Super Bowl champions buried the story’s most interesting fact: Someone secretly taped Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie during last October’s ownership meeting regarding the anthem issue and provided the recording to the Times.
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Many of us have no interest in supporting President Trump, Lurie said. Yes, there are some. There are some players who do, too. But this is not where you brandish a group of people because they own assets in a sport we love, supporting what many of us perceive as, you know, one f鈥搆ing disastrous presidency. Don’t quote me.

And then he would tell the story of the 1965 NFL draft, which was actually held Nov. 28, 1964. The Giants were the worst team in the league that year, would finish 2-10-2, and for their efforts they had the first pick. It was also the first time the Giants’ draft-day strategy would impact not only them, but the Jets 鈥?much the same way it went down Thursday night at the 2018 draft.

For a football standpoint, Rodgers has given Rosen one specific piece if advice: Practice uncomfortable situations.

He’s big on in-practice creating havoc in situations where there isn’t necessarily any to be there, Rosen said. Take it to the next step. Mess with yourself. Throw off platform. Make it game-like. Make everything game-like and treat every rep as if you are on the final drive [in] the Super Bowl.
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It’s useful advice from Rodgers, and the fact that Rosen has that pipeline to one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history can’t hurt Rosen’s transition to life in the NFL.

There’s just that feeling you get by watching a quarterback move the offense. Now, there’s not going to be a lot of that type of competitive stuff going on, but you can tell by the way a guy runs a huddle, the way he gets the offense lined up, the way he drops back and throws, the way he hands the ball off. Just all the things that a quarterback would do. And I think this is hopefully the first of many days of him developing within our system.If Jim Mora could pick a team for his former quarterback Josh Rosen to end up with Thursday night in the NFL draft, that team would be wearing green and white.

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Was Boone as stunned as everyone else seemed to be?

The Yankees challenged and fans watched on the big center field scoreboard, most sure the call would take maybe five seconds to be overturned by replay officials watching in an office in New York.

Instead, umpires waited and waited until they returned with the shocking verdict that Barrett’s call had been upheld.

But Boone saw some positives from the 21-year-old Torres’ first time playing in pinstripes.

Boone said that the at-bats Torres, who started at second base and hit eighth, got better throughout the game and that he “really settled in” and “got better at controlling the (strike) zone.”

He was announced Friday as a limited partner in the Bucks ownership group during the team’s playoff game against the Celtics at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Rodgers was introduced during the game, where he was seated courtside with girlfriend Danica Patrick and Bucks co-owner Wes Edens.

According to the Bucks, Rodgers is the only active NFL player to have an ownership stake in an NBA team.

“I have proudly called Wisconsin my home for the past 13 years, and I am thankful for the friendships and the opportunities I have been given to live and play here,” Rodgers in a statement released by the Bucks. “I am excited and honored to deepen my connection to the region by joining Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan, Mike Fascitelli and the ownership group of the Milwaukee Bucks. As a huge fan of the NBA and the sport of basketball, this is a dream come true for me, and I look forward to furthering my affinity for Wisconsin sports as a minority owner in a team I love and support.”

Rodgers, a native of Chico, California, splits his time between Green Bay and Southern California.
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Washington re-signs Tony Bergstrom

Washington announced it has re-signed offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom.
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Teheran stranded a runner in scoring position in the third, fourth and sixth innings with a strikeout each.
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He improved to 9-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 career starts and one relief appearance against Philadelphia.

Atlanta seems in no hurry for OF Ronald Acuna to make his debut. Acuna, rated the No. 2 overall prospect by MLB.com , is hitting .152 with no homers and no RBI in 33 at-bats at Triple-A Gwinnett. Manager Brian Snitker said he likes what the team has gotten from LF Preston Tucker, who began the night hitting .300 with three homers and 12 RBI, so the 20-year-old Acuna may not get called up during this seven-game homestand.

If the Chargers draft a quarterback, it won’t hurt Rivers’ feelings.

I look around at places, some guys that have had far more success than I have had, and they’re drafting quarterbacks, Rivers said, via the team website. So, it’s inevitable. It’s going to happen at some point. It’s happened at other places, we all know where they are. And those guys are either still sitting, or they’ve been traded. . . . You know at some point we are going to draft a guy, and I don’t see that as any negative. I think Tom [Telesco], John [Spanos] and coach [Anthony] Lynn, these guys know my desire to continue going and hopefully play at a high level for a handful of more years. But at the same time, shoot, as an organization you’ve got to prepare for down the road. If the right guy [is there that] they see fits, at some point they’re going to have to make that decision.

Rivers has started every game since 2006, and the Chargers have no reason to believe he won’t do the same again this season.

Philip, he’s still playing like a young man, Lynn said. This is going to be his squad. If we bring in another quarterback, it’s definitely a guy we feel like can sit for a couple of years and play behind Philip and learn, and maybe be the future.

The Chargers currently have Cardale Jones and Geno Smith behind Rivers.

Belt’s check-swing ruins Corbin’s no-no, Dbacks 1-hit Giants

Patrick Corbin had hitters chasing sliders in the dirt and made up a 65 mph pitch on the fly. Arizona’s defense had a pair of spectacular plays behind him, the kind that end up in the highlight reel when history is made.
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A buzz filled Chase Field as the left-hander inched closer to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ third no-hitter.

One check swing ended Corbin’s bid. No history, but one awfully dominant performance.

Corbin lost his no-hit bid on a checked-swing infield single with two outs in the eighth inning but finished a one-hitter to lift the Diamondbacks over the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on Tuesday night.

It was really great stuff from him all night, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. It was a Jake Lamb Jersey fun night to be a baseball fan, a special night.

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The Diamondbacks struck when the San Francisco right-hander exited.

Tony Watson (1-1) walked Jarrod Dyson with one out in the eighth and Corbin moved him over with a sacrifice bunt. David Peralta then lined a single up the middle to score Dyson for the game’s only run.

Cahill pitched seven scoreless innings in his season debut, Jed Lowrie marked his 34th birthday with a go-ahead home run in a five-run first inning and the the A’s beat the Chicago White Sox 10-2 Tuesday night on the 50th anniversary of the A’s first game at the Coliseum.

I was just kind of mixing everything in there, Cahill said. The curveball was kind of erratic early, and then later I was able to throw it for a strike. We started mixing in a little slider-cutter there at the end. We just kind of used a little bit of everything.
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Stephen Piscotty and Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs apiece, and Mark Canha added three hits and two RBI. Oakland extended its winning streak to three with its first series win this season.

Cardinals haven’t shut door on Tyvon Branch’s return

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Keim added the Cardinals are monitoring the situation with Branch’s rehab.

Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union takes a closer look at the NFL’s conundrum when making its schedule, fueled by the size of the team’s market (42nd), the team’s recent history of struggles, and the fact that the Jaguars are a team that wins without a high-powered offense.

They’ll host both the Patriots and Steelers, postseason rematches that should attract serious consideration for Sunday, Monday, or Thursday night placement. Road games against the Cowboys (hello, Thanksgiving?), Chiefs, and Giants (with Tom Coughlin returning to New York) also should draw interest. And a home game against the Eagles in London could end up getting early-morning treatment on a Sunday, pulling it from the scrum of 1:00 p.m. ET games.
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Although Stanton struck out twice in Monday night’s 12-1 win over the Marlins — he was the only player in New York’s starting lineup who didn’t have a hit in the game — he launched a long foul ball in his first at-bat of the game that would have been a massive homer had it stayed fair. The third-deck shot had Yankees fans audibly gawking.

That was the last time he impressed spectators during the brief two-game series against his old teammates.

Stanton understands why he’s hearing boos at home, but added that it’s been very simple to block them out.

I have no problem with the Steelers family, Harrison told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I have no problem with the Rooneys. They made a business decision that was best for their organization. I made a business decision that was best for me and family at the time. We went our separate ways. Fans get mad because they’re stuck with a team, one team, that’s their team. At the end of the day, it’s a business. Yes, you have loyalties to teams, but when it comes down to Adam Butler Jersey it, it’s a job, and when your job fires you, you need to find another job. 鈥?There were a lot of things said, and I think a lot of guys said things because, hey, they were hurt, and when you’re hurt, you say things you may not normally say.

There was supposed to be another frontrunner in the race for Kirk Cousins, and they might’ve had as good a shot as anyone.

49ers general manager John Lynch reflected Thursday on what the team originally had in mind for its quarterback of the future, which had little to do with Jimmy Garoppolo, now the NFL’s second richest man. First-year coach Kyle Shanahan, who knew Cousins from his time with the Redskins, was apparently all-in on the 2018 free agent, even after the 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a trade with the Patriots last season.

“We made the [Garoppolo] trade, but then there were some days when Kyle Shanahan was, like, in mourning, because I think everybody knows his master plan was to have Kirk Cousins come in eventually,” Lynch said on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo.” “I was proud of Kyle, because I think he knew that this was the right thing for our franchise. And he didn’t hesitate.

Cousins one-upped him when he agreed to terms with the Vikings last week on a deal that will pay him $28 million each year, with all $84 million guaranteed.

No matter, the 49ers are content with the guy who blew them away.

“We saw a guy who made everybody around him better, and I think that’s the mark of a great leader. That’s the mark of a great quarterback,” Lynch said. “There’s not a huge sample size, so there’s a lot of faith involved in our decision, absolutely. But we’re excited for his future.”

The Jets contingent includes general manager Mike Maccagnan, head coach Todd Bowles, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and VP of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger.

The Jets hold the No. 3 pick in next month’s draft after trading up with the Colts. They signed veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater in free agency, but are still looking for a long-term answer at the position.

New Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson was asked if he and Morris Claiborne can form the best cornerback tandem in football.

“Why not?” Johnson said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. “I’m going to hold him accountable, and I know he’s going to hold me accountable. I just can’t wait to go out there and compete with the guys.”

The Jets signed Johnson to a five-year, $72.5 million contract with $34 million fully guaranteed at signing. But he is not worried about living up to that deal.

“No pressure at all,” he said. “I know what I can do. I know what I can bring to the game. I’ve been confident all my life. I love winning, and I can’t wait to get started with this defense.”
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