Month: May 2018

Grading Jets’ 2018 NFL Draft picks

Anderson’s next court date is July 19 in Broward County — a procedural hearing. O’Donnell does not expect that case to go to trial. He said the matter likely will be resolved July 19 or even before that, as was the case for Anderson’s May 2017聽felony charge聽in Miami.
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Anderson last season was the Jets’ top receiver — 63 catches, 941 yards, and seven touchdowns.
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The Oakland Raiders grabbed former UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Miller with the 15th pick of the draft. His level of impact is going to depend a lot on where the Raiders decide to play him early on.

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The Eagles selected him as the No. 43 overall pick with a known injury. It’s an indicator that he’s going to play a major role on the back end. His ball-tracking skills will allow him to force turnovers in coverage as a standout defender.

We’ll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game. Check the scoreboard above and click on the stats link.

Stephen Curry certainly feels back to his spot-on self with the swagger that goes with those dazzling drives and way-back 3-pointers. Curry returned from nearly Womens Thomas Vanek Jersey six months sidelined with a sprained left knee to play the final four games of a five-game semifinal series against New Orleans. The two-time MVP scored 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting in his most minutes yet since the March 23 injury — 37 — in the Game 5 clincher last Tuesday night. His minutes have increased each game he plays and he was 32 for 67 with 15 3s in the Pelicans series.

While the spotlight for Houston in this series is certainly MVP front-runner James Harden and fellow point guard Chris Paul, the Rockets insist that center Clint Capela is just as important to their success.

Thomas has previously expressed interest in playing for the Cowboys.

According to general manager John Schneider, Thomas isn’t likely to stage a long-term holdout over his contract.

My sense is that he wants to be here, Schneider said during an appearance with 710 ESPN Seattle. I haven’t got that sense from his agents at all.

The Buccaneers offensive line was not good in 2017. As a unit, it allowed 40 sacks and produced the league’s 27th-ranked run game last season (90.6 yards per game). One of the starting members of that unit, guard J.R. Sweezy, could be a cap casualty this offseason.

The reason for this is fairly simple. Sweezy is set to earn more than $7 million this season and may not even have a legitimate shot at starting.

The Buccaneers have Ali Marpet, Evan Smith and rookie third-round pick Alex Cappa at guard. Sweezy ended last season with a foot injury and may be unable to compete with these three early in the offseason.

If Pamphile doesn’t win the starting job, Tennessee could decide to part ways before the start of the season. While Pamphile would be a solid depth player, the Titans could save $1 million by releasing him. Su’a-Filo, who has a salary of just $880,000, would be a more cost-efficient backup. Releasing Spain would save the team nothing, as his $1.9 million salary is fully guaranteed.

It could be starter or bust for Pamphile with the Titans this season. Considering he was a starter on a Buccaneers line that was bad in both the rushing and passing games, that could be a bad proposition. Pamphile has enough talent to make a roster in 2018, but it may not be Tennessee’s.

As is the case with many players on this list, Washington Redskins defensive tackle Evander Ziggy Hood’s future could be determined by the number of players at his position the team decides to keep.

The drafting of former Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne pushes Hood down the pecking order. He’s a lock to make the roster. Defensive linemen Jonathan Allen, a first-round pick in 2017, and Stacy McGee, who signed a five-year, $25 million deal last offseason, likely are as well.colts_091

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Joe Girardi still wishes he was managing the Yankees

At least Joe Girardi is honest.
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Girardi said he love to still be coaching the Yankees and that he’s pulling for them to keep winning, which they did, 3-2, over the Red Sox on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees have won 16 of 17 games and they tied the Red Sox atop the American League East.
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Earlier in the day, Girardi, the 53-year-old who managed the Yankees 10 seasons, attended BTIG Charity Day in Manhattan.

The Relative Athletic Score (RAS) system was developed by Kent Lee Platte in 2012 to provide fans with a contextualized score on a 0-10 scale, making Alonzo Mourning Jersey it easier to understand how athletic draft prospects are when compared to their position dating back to 1987.

Authentic Youth Thomas Rawls Jersey On Tuesday evening, the Mets completed a deal with the Cincinnati Reds to ship Harvey to baseball’s worst team. In return: former All-Star Devin Mesoraco.

Here’s what you need to know about the deal.

Harvey will get a chance to pitch: The Reds came into play on May 8 with baseball’s worst record, sitting at 8-27 and on pace to win only 37 games. As a rebuilding effort drags along, the Reds need stop gaps. Harvey represents that. He’ll likely be inserted into the rotation and pitch every fifth day. If he succeeds, there’s a chance Harvey is rerouted into a pennant race this summer.

Hip issues curtailed Mesoraco budding career: In 2014, Mesoraco looked like the next great slugging catcher. The right-handed hitter crushed 25 home runs and posted a.534 slugging percentage while making the National League All-Star team. Then hip issues arrived, forcing a short-lived position change to the outfield. Since the start of 2015, Mesoraco has hit a total of seven home runs.

Orleans Darkwa had surgery to remove plate in leg

Free agent running back Orleans Darkwa had a plate inserted in his leg after fracturing it during the 2016 season, but it won’t be there when he next takes the field.
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Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Darkwa had surgery to remove the plate on Wednesday. Per the report, the injury has fully healed and doctors recommended removing the plate in hopes that it helps with Darkwa’s explosiveness.

Darkwa visited the Patriots early in free agency and Rapoport reports there’s been other interest in his services from teams encouraged by the decision to remove the plate. Darkwa’s expected to need a month to heal, which may mean any suitors wait until just before training camp to renew discussions about a contract.

It’s fine to have the NCAA, NBA and USA Basketball collaborate to run camps and academies as an alternative to current market offerings. But trying to squeeze out competitive camps with anti-competitive practices is not the answer, and it opens up the NCAA to more claims of antitrust violations.

Coaches need to see players to evaluate them, and players need to be seen by coaches to be evaluated. The NCAA should endeavor to present a better product, not to improperly influence competitors in the industry.

By the way, does it occur to anyone that Nike is the exclusive apparel provider to both the NBA and USA Basketball?

What did I ramble about for that long on a fairly slow day? There’s only one way to find out.
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And it may be the only edition of #PFTPM that gets posted for the next few days. I’m heading Eric Weems Jersey to New York to take care of a little NBC business (hopefully I’m not getting fired) and it’s possible that there won’t be time for the afternoon podcast.

Hopefully, you’ll have time to listen to Friday’s edition. You have all weekend to do it, but why wait?

During spring training, Cora said he expected 20/20 seasons from four players: Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Eduardo Nunez and Xander Bogaerts. If asked to guess the players without knowing, Betts and Benintendi would have been no-brainers. Expecting 20 homers from Nunez is a stretch so guessing Jackie Bradley Jr. would have been justifiable.

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Looking at the NFL鈥檚 top dragon slayer moments

Inspired by the ability of the Washington Capitals to finally slip past the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL playoffs, ending the effort of the Pens to become the first three-time Stanley Cup champions since the early 1980s, Wednesday鈥檚 PFT Live took a look at some of the top dragon slayer moments in NFL history.
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We did it in the format of a draft. I clearly won, Stats disagreed, but unlike a real judge I鈥檓 not require to show him deference or respect or really anything.
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The Bengals will explore other interior offensive line prospects, but Ragnow is emerging as the next guy to grab once Nelson is gone. Cincinnati has a growing void at center as tackle became less pressing after the trade for Cordy Glenn. Ragnow can be a long-time anchor who can help both the passing and running games.

Womens Taco Charlton Jersey Once the Bills get their quarterback, they can be a little more flexible. Based on the wide receivers flying off the board, defensive line makes sense over offensive line here. Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott got Star Lotulelei from the Panthers, and now they need their version of Kawaan Short. Hurst can be that kind of disruptive force.

Earlier Thursday, the Lions agreed to restructure Spence鈥檚 contract. It dropped his base salary from $3.15 million to $2.575 million, with some incentives added back in to allow him to recoup some of the money. It cleared $500,000 in cap space.

The Lions signed Spence to a three-year, $10.5 million deal last offseason to add some heft to the middle of their line.

In his only season in Detroit, Spence played 16 games, starting 11. He made 39 tackles and three sacks.

The Dolphins released defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in the offseason, so Spence will add depth at the position.

George was too cavalier on Ingles — granting him too much space, assuming he could close in time. He couldn’t.

The Thunder are good — way better than this. Let’s hope they show it Mark Recchi Youth jersey in Game 5.

TCU defensive tackle Joseph Noteboom, Delaware defensive tackle Bilal Nichols, Sam Houston State defensive tackle PJ Hall and South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard.

It isn’t wise to talk trash when you’re being outplayed and trailing in a playoff series. But Bledsoe backed up his talk in Game 3, outperforming Rozier and helping lead the Bucks to a dominant 116-92 win. With the Bucks winning Game 4 and extending this series to at least six games, here’s hoping this isn’t the last we hear of this (one-sided) beef.

Drake has been known to get into it with Toronto Raptors opponents while sitting in his courtside seats, including former NBA star and ESPN analyst Paul Pierce while he was with the Washington Wizards during the 2015 postseason. After the Wizards pulled off an upset and swept the series, Pierce took to social media to roast Drake. So there’s history here.

Three players who are quietly coveted as middle-to-late Day 2 picks: The first two could go as early as the middle of the second round, with all four expected to be drafted in the third.

Here are “My Guys” for 2018, the players I have vouched for as prospects on whom I’d stake my reputation: Western Kentucky’s Mike White, Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta, N.C. State’s Jaylen Samuels, Memphis’ Genard Avery and Boston College’s Isaac Yiadom.

Schoenfield: It’s still too early to change from original predictions for now: Nationals take the East and the Cardinals and Diamondbacks win the wild cards. The Mets have played well, no doubt, but Matt Harvey has already been pushed to the bullpen, and let’s see if the other starters can stay healthy before we declare them playoff-bound.

Miller: Oh, 94 or so. [Checks Rick Porcello’s numbers so far.] Oh, 97 or so. I wouldn’t say it’s a team that looks radically better than it did a month ago, and they’re probably not one of the superteams, but Porcello’s bounce back and Price’s revival make them a very interesting October threat.

“It was a dark time, I feel like,” Lawson said. “Just tried to tune people out, and I think it affected basketball and confidence. I didn’t play the same.”

Lawson said he “completed everything [the court] wanted me to do,” from probation to community service and classes with John Lucas, but the damage to his NBA reputation had been done.

“Everybody was like, ‘Oh he has a problem,'” Lawson said. “I have heard that. I don’t know, actually, what people think about me in other locker rooms. Because, I mean, maybe [they think] I am a problem around the team. I’m not. I am probably one of the chillest guys ever.”orioles_055

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Ballard: Quenton Nelson’easiest pick’ I’ve ever made

Over the past 40 years, per NFL Research, fewer than a handful of guards have been selected as high as the Colts chose Quenton Nelson at No. 6 overall.
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Inside NFL war rooms and front offices, the interior of the offensive line simply doesn’t stack up to premium positions such as quarterback, edge rusher, left tackle and cornerback.
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Nelson is the exception, earning pre-draft praise as a once-in-a-generation guard prospect.

He’s as good of a college guard as I’ve ever graded, another veteran decision-maker told I think you think of Zack Martin, and I think this guy might be even a little bit better than Zack. He comes into the league certainly as a top-five guard as soon as he’s drafted, and then maybe the best guard in the league by the first year.

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With Brandon leading the charge, the $11 million threshold was reached, and the team remained right where it had been since Wilson founded the franchise in 1960. From then on, Brandon rose through the ranks and served in a variety of roles, essentially running the franchise the final years of Wilson’s life. His titles included president, general manager, and CEO.

Once the new lease was completed, and stadium renovations were complete, Brandon’s next coup was to increase the Bills’ visibility in training camp. They had been spending their summers in the sleepy town of Fredonia at the state college there, but Brandon recognized an opportunity to increase marketing opportunities by moving the camp to his alma mater at Fisher.

He and former Fisher president, the late Katherine Keogh, hammered out the agreement, and the Bills have been training in Pittsford in front of large crowds ever since 2000, and are contracted to remain there through at least 2021.聽

Brandon also played a key role in the most recent stadium lease renegotiation which was completed in 2012 and ties the Bills at what is now called New Era Field through 2023.

When Wilson passed away in 2014, it was Brandon who conducted the search for a new owner, and it turned out to be the Pegula’s, who paid an astonishing $1.4 billion, well above the $1.1 billion offer put forth by future President Donald Trump. Brandon was lauded for the price he was able to negotiate the Wilson estate.

The draft can be funny, Shaquill said.

And the wait can be excruciating. Shaquem joked that the one time he walked away from the phone, the phone rang with the news they were waiting for.
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In the end, the timing was just right. And the result was so perfect that it warranted the ultimate curtain call.

Griffin was in attendance for the first day of the draft on Thursday, but he was watching the draft with his family when the Seahawks called. While Shaquem was in the bathroom, Shaquill rushed to tell him that Seattle was reaching out.

The two later returned to AT&T Stadium to take the stage at the draft.
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Griffin had a breakout performance at the NFL scouting combine in February, as his 4.38-second 40-yard dash was the best of any linebacker since 2003 and tied for ninth best of any player in attendance. He also posted 20 bench press reps of 225 pounds while using a prosthetic device.

First, the consistent increase of the annual salary cap allows teams to take more calculated risks with established players without enduring multiyear hits in their depth charts. Second, the current CBA rules preventing preseason training at an extensive level naturally have evaluators and coaches looking for players who’ve already shown their abilities at the NFL level.

In a recent article by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Rams vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff discussed how difficult it is to take a college player and turn him into a productive NFL asset with limited practice and meeting time. That’s a complaint you hear all around the league these days, and it certainly informed Snead’s all-in approach in James van Riemsdyk Womens Jersey free agency.

So, the executives and coaches who are able to identify the prospects who best fit their schemes and need the lowest transition time will be very much ahead of the game. That’s where the draft is now especially important鈥攁s a competitive advantage to organizations who can beat the system with schematic matching.

In that spirit, this mock draft focuses on players and teams who seem to be tactical and organizational fits in the long term鈥攔ather than on immediate needs or best-player-available philosophy鈥攚ith the occasional surprise pick thrown in, because you never know what NFL teams are going to do when they’re on the clock. That’s a truism that will remain as long as there’s an NFL.

Amazon renews Thursday Night Football streaming deal for two more years

The National Football League renewed its pact with Amazon for two more years to deliver the league’s Thursday Night Football games package to the ecommerce giant’s 100 million Prime video members worldwide.
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Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Under the pact, Amazon Prime will stream the 11 TNF games broadcast by Fox on TV for each of the 2018 and 2019 seasons, available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories. In the U.S., the games will also be simulcast on NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on Fox Deportes.

Amazon acquired the Thursday Night Football global digital rights in 2017, after Twitter had those the year prior. Last year, Prime Video’s live-streaming of NFL Thursday Night Football games drew more than 18 million total viewers over the 11 games. Amazon was widely reported to have paid $50 million for the 2017 TNF package, but sources have said that number is inflated.

Bad: McGlinchey doesn’t fit the left tackle prototype. Top edge-rushers are going to win against him.

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So the 49ers get a sturdy pass protector. It’s not a bad pick. But there is still a ton of work to be done.

Allen came under fire earlier Thursday after inappropriate and racially insensitive tweets he made while in high school emerged. The social media posts, which no longer appear on Allen’s page, contained racial slurs and offensive language, according to Yahoo! Sports. Allen told reporters after his selection that those tweets had been deleted a few months, or even a year ago.

Allen confirmed that after the tweets surfaced a couple of teams reached out to him and his agency to make sure they were real and to have him explain his actions. Allen didn’t speak directly with any of the clubs — his agents handled that. That is, except for one team, the one that ended up drafting Authentic Marc-Edouard Vlasic Jersey him.

They just basically wanted an explanation of everything and I gave it to them, Allen said of the Bills. I owned up to my mistakes. They trusted me. They trusted my judgment. I think they did their due diligence, talked to my coaches, my teammates. There had never been an problem with me and my teammates. I love those guys, and I guarantee they said good things about me.

Former NFL player Greg Hardy to make pro MMA debut on UFC TV series

Controversial former NFL player Greg Hardy will make his debut as a pro MMA fighter June 12 in Las Vegas.

MMA Today reports Hardy will fight Brandon Sayles (5-1) in the first episode of the UFC’s upcoming season of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.”

“It seems like that sixth inning’s been biting us in the rear as of late,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “We’re swinging the bats. We just can’t get the big hit with people on base.”

Reyes Moronta (1-0) retired six batters for his first career win. Sam Dyson pitched one inning and Hunter Strickland worked the ninth for his fifth save.

The Giants got a run off Roark in the first but left the bases loaded when Evan Longoria struck out looking to end the inning. Belt homered on a 3-2 pitch from Roark in the second to make it 3-0.

Washington tied it on Taylor’s three-run homer off starter Ty Blach in the third. Ryan Zimmerman walked and Moises Sierra singled before Taylor’s deep drive into the right-field stands.

Roark went into the game 6-0 in seven career games against San Francisco but couldn’t find a rhythm this time. He allowed four runs on six hits, walked two and hit a batter and threw a pair of wild pitches.

Shazier is still rehabbing from a serious spinal injury suffered in a Dec. 4 game against the Bengals that required spinal stabilization surgery and left him in a wheelchair. Still, the setback hasn’t stopped the two-time Pro Bowl player from attending various sporting events, including the Penguins’ first-round Stanley Cup playoff games at PPG Paints Arena.

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The 25-year-old won’t play in 2018, but will remain a part of the team next season with the hope of eventually making a comeback from the injury.

The Steelers selected Terrell Edmunds, a safety out of Virginia Tech. His brother Tremaine, a linebacker who also played at Virginia Tech, was selected by the Bills earlier with the No. 16 overall pick.

“It’s a blessing for my family, it’s a blessing for my city, it’s a blessing for my school,” Terrell said on ESPN. “I’m thankful for everyone supporting us along the way.

The other two? They went by the nicknames “The Mick” and “Joltin’ Joe.” Move over, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio. Make room for “El Papa.”

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