Month: June 2018

Breaking down new-look Titans: How do Dion Lewis, Malcolm Butler fit?

For a team that just ended a nine-year playoff drought, the Titans have made a lot of changes for 2018, all the way down to their new uniforms.
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A 9-7 record and a playoff victory were not enough to save head coach Mike Mularkey. Enter his replacement, Mike Vrabel, with Matt LaFleur succeeding Terry Robiskie as offensive coordinator and Dean Pees taking the reins of the 3-4 defense from Dick LeBeau.

But even with a winning record, Tennessee limped to an AFC wild-card berth. That prompted general manager Jon Robinson to upgrade the veteran talent at key spots and draft more for immediate impact.

Tennessee’s coaching staff in recent years David Krejci Youth Jersey had lacked creativity with its play-calling for Mariota. At his best, he protected the ball in the red zone; at worst, he was hesitant in taking his shots. LaFleur will do a better job of turning Mariota into a confident-but-still-careful gunslinger. Mariota now has more playmakers around him, too.

Just a few days later, Norman and Davis landed in San Antonio late at night and went to a 24-hour Walmart, where they spent several hours — and $10,000 of their own money — buying food and supplies.

Put yourself in somebody else’s shoes, Norman told USA Today. They’ve got nothing, come here seeking asylum, know nothing of where they’re going Captain Munnerlyn Jersey to, other than that it’s gotta be better than where they were. Then you get to this place, and they treat you like less than a dog. We’ve lost our touch as a humanity.

I saw what was going on with these families on the news just like everyone else & instead of thinking about it, & making comments. God moved me so much In away at 2a.m I decided to take action!

Cardinals rookie Will Holden has played this season but not at left tackle.

In the past few weeks, Cardinals rookies Budda Baker and Ricky Seals-Jones have capitalized on an uptick in playing time.
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Fifth-round pick Will Holden would love to be the next youngster with a chance to shine.

Left tackle Jared Veldheer (elbow) missed his second straight practice on Thursday, putting his availability for Sunday’s matchup with the Titans in question. While offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said he would anticipate Jared, being the competitor he is, being out there, Holden is ready to go if needed.

It’s definitely been a rookie season, for sure, Holden said. A lot of ups and a lot of downs. You come in and you’re hot on football, football, Womens Darren Fells Jersey football, but it’s a Derek Sanderson Jersey longer season than college, so you get burnt out a little bit. You’ve just got to find that second thing to keep you motivated to get you through, so you can pick it up and finish the season strong.

The one thing I always noticed with him, (Larry) didn’t care who you were, Garver said. What he wanted to know was, can you help him get better? He was always open really from the beginning. It’s a testament who he is as a football player and as a person.

Garver helped guide Fitzgerald through the bumpy transition Fitzgerald had to Arians’ offense. Fitzgerald lauded Garver’s maturity and intelligence and football knowledge, saying Garver really has no weaknesses as a coach.

I’m just glad he got an opportunity, Fitzgerald said. He should have had an opportunity years back. The guy, he’s just that good. I respect the hell out of him.

So while his teammates work on punt plays or kickoff coverage, Johnson usually is getting one-on-one lessons with running backs coach Kirby Wilson, as Johnson tries to build on a game that made him an MVP candidate two years ago.

Rutgers’ Pat Hobbs: New facility is ‘about momentum’

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You won’t have to drive to Atlantic City to bet on sports, if this place gets built

Gamblers in South Jersey won’t have to leave their end of the state or even travel to Atlantic City to make a sports bet, if lawmakers’ plans come to fruition.

The new ruling with respect to sports betting, where the sports betting is going to be permitted, is very specific when it Cameron Wake Jersey applies to a former racetrack, said Erin Gill, chief of staff to Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn. It’s not everywhere on that property. It’s not the entire racetrack property. So, the OTB site wouldn’t qualify.

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Burzichelli admits the new law inked this week by Gov. Phil Murphy is at times confusing. But he said the inclusion of Cherry Hill and the former Atlantic City Race Course was also always intended.

I have two years on my contract. I’m not going to be one to sit here and worry about my contract, said Roethlisberger. That’s not my job. My job is to play football. I’ll let my representation, the Steelers worry about all that stuff. To me, it’s all about going out and playing now. I think there are a lot more, maybe a lot more important people who need to get their deals done now. For me to do it two years out, if it doesn’t make sense for the team, I’m not going to sit here and worry about it.

A year after contemplating retirement, Roethlisberger now sounds like a player who’s willing to take fewer dollars on his next deal in hopes of increasing his chances for another Super Bowl victory.

It’s important, too, to Paul Postma Authentic Jersey understand as quarterback of this team, sometimes you almost have to leave a little bit of money behind for other guys, Roethlisberger said. That’s not my job, that’s not my thing to worry about. That’s why I have agents.

Mets reward manager Mickey Callaway’s calm approach to maddening stretch

Mets fans are hopping mad (or just feeling fatalistic, as they do) about the team’s most recent failures and injuries. First-year manager Mickey Callaway is intent on gently lifting his players off the rock bottom he says they’ve hit rather than pounding them deeper into the ground.

They watched in frustration as the Braves’ Johan Camargo hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth off rookie Gerson Bautista.

Including the win Wednesday, New York is 16-25 in its last 41 games after an 11-1 start. No wonder Callaway told reporters he hasn’t been able to sleep for a week or longer.

This week he decided to deliver a gentle wakeup call to his club rather than get in the players’ faces.

Bieber (2-0) allowed four hits and walked one in his third major league start. He jokingly dedicated the performance to shortstop Francisco Lindor, who sang along with the pregame music selected by staff ace Corey Kluber.

I was laughing because Frankie was near the mound, singing along, making fun of me, the 23-year-old said Bieber said with a smile. I thought it was him who picked it because he was enjoying it so much, but I found out it was one of the starting five.

Being able to laugh something off early kind of helps, but you still have a job to do, to go out and be serious and try to execute a game plan.

Bieber became the third Indians pitcher with six or more strikeouts in his first three big league appearances, joining Herb Score (eight in 1955) and Luis Tiant (three in 1964). His ERA is a tidy 2.45 through 18 1/3 innings.

Yonder Alonso hit a seventh-inning grand slam, and Edwin Encarnacion and Lindor also went deep for the Indians, who lead second-place Detroit by six games in the AL Central. Encarnacion finished with two hits and three RBI.

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Tom Brady to Oprah, on Bill Belichick: I love him

Oprah Winfrey didn’t get Tom Brady to jump up and down on the couch or anything, and she didn’t get many more headlines out of the Patriots quarterback during their interview on the OWN network yesterday.
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Winfrey also asked about his training methods, and while she didn’t mention lightning rod/guru Alex Guerrero by name, she asked about Brady’s habit of working out apart from the team.

No, I wouldn’t say that. I do some of my own techniques differently than the rest of the team, he said. The team I would say, like most teams, are very systematic in their approach, he said. What I’ve learned, I guess, is different than some of the things that are systematic, but work for me. So, it’s nothing I don’t talk about with my coach and owner. And what I want to do is be the best player I can be and hopefully you can support that.

That doesn’t exactly reveal much that hasn’t already been suggested, and if anything, Chris Terry Jersey shows how programmed Brady has become when discussing the subject.

I want to give them a full day to recover, Gruden said. I Greg McKegg Authentic Jersey kind of have been doing a little research here and I think we practice in the morning, we are off the field around noon and they get a nice lunch…. So, I think to give that full time for recovery, so they can drink a lot of fluids and take care of their bodies is important.

Most of their practices (9 of 15) will happen at 9:45 a.m. (which also helps keep them out of the heat and humidity), and those practices started at 3 p.m. last season.

Of course, there’s more than heat on Gruden’s mind. His team lost 309 player-games to injury, the sixth-highest total in the league. So anything he can do to reverse last year’s bad luck in the area, he’ll try.

Harrison is even more eager to see new middle linebacker Alec Ogletree in live action. The 2013 first-round pick played five seasons with the Rams before being traded to the Giants in March.

Falcons have good reason to fear T.O. and Julio Jones friendship

Almost every parent has a child with a friend that the parent would prefer the child avoid. For the Falcons, they’d apparently prefer that Julio Jones steer clear of T.O.
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But Jones could do a lot worse than spend time with a 44-year-old Hall of Famer who continues to be in excellent shape. A guy who returned prematurely from a broken leg to be the best player on the field in Super Bowl XXXIX. A guy who, despite his flaws (and we all have them), always gave everything he had.

Remember 2005, when he tried to get the Eagles to cut or trade him by being such a disruptive force? He still averaged more than 100 receiving yards in Kenny Stills Womens Jersey each of the seven games he played.

If Jones does indeed holdout, the Falcons will need help at the receiver position. With T.O. recently running a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, maybe they should call Owens.

Kershaw’s average fastball velocity Thursday was at its lowest ever, and it was his worst start by 1.4 mph. Kershaw’s previous low came in a 2012 start when he was pitching through the flu, so if we wipe that off the board. Thursday night was Kershaw’s worst start in terms of fastball velocity by 2.6 mph a gap large enough to span Kershaw’s average fastball velocity from his previous worst non-flu game (91.7 mph) to his 232nd worst game (94.3 mph). Kershaw has pitched in exactly 300 games, so that span accounts for 78 percent of Kershaw’s games pitched.

That stat alone should be enough to set off sirens in the Dodgers’ front office. Kershaw’s velocity declined steadily through 2017, but Thursday’s start was beyond what anyone could have expected. And it wasn’t just back tightness; Kershaw said his back tightened up in the middle of his start, but his pitch velocity was down from the start. The chart below shows his pitch velocity on Devin Hester Jersey all pitches during Thursday’s start.

Wentz ending his offseason practices on a high note has to be encouraging for the Eagles’ coaches.

When the Joe Flacco Authentic Jersey offseason began back in April, Wentz was still not cleared for team drills and was just beginning to run as he continued to recover from the ACL injury that cost him a chance to play in Super Bowl LII.
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Throughout the last month, however, Wentz has made significant progress. Not only has he taken part in team drills, but he has shown almost no sign of injury other than the brace that he wears on his injured left leg.

I feel good. Obviously I would love to be out there going full, but this is just part of the rehab, Wentz said earlier in the week. Just trying to stay the course, and I feel confident with where I am at.

For Spain fan Jon DeOliveira and his girlfriend Melissa Novo, of Somerset, the 3-3 tie between the Iberian neighbors was the best way to start the tournament. Novo is a Portugal fan and she claims if Spain had won Jon would be sleeping on the couch tonight! They look forward to the rest of the tournament and cheering for both teams.

Seven months since tearing his ACL, Watson is participating in everything but 11-on-11 team drills, which puts him on track to be ready for training camp in about six weeks.

I’m not really surprised, he said of how well his rehabilitation has gone. I kind of knew where Luke Kuechly Jersey I was going to be because I put the time in the work in every morning. I’ve just been grinding. I’m right where I need to be and where I want to be.

The knee injury wiped out Watson’s surging rookie season. The Clemson product threw for 1,699 yards and 19 TDs in just seven appearances.

With Texans coach Bill O’Brien revamping the offense to tailor it to Watson, having the quarterback ready for training camp would be a big boon.

Free agent DL Ra’Shede Hageman arrested for DWI

Free agent defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman has been arrested for the second straight year.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Hageman was arrested on a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired early on Saturday morning. Hennepin County jail records show he was released 90 minutes after being brought in without having to post bail.

When four different running backs can’t even get a yard in scoring range, your offensive line might be more of an issue than your backfield.

While Vita Vea tested well at the combine, he played in a lineman-read-heavy scheme in college that told him to get out of his stance once an offensive lineman moved, not when the ball was snapped. This slow-reading technique that had him keep his eyes on the lineman at the start of the play led to quality run stopping but not early penetration, which is what you would want to see from not only a first-round defensive lineman but also any top-100 defensive lineman with an athletic profile.

I don’t agree with that. I appreciate them, Manning said after the team’s first minicamp practice. They are close friends of mine and we won a few championships together. I appreciate their loyalty and support but I wouldn’t necessarily agree with their comments.

Truth is, what Shaun O’Hara and Justin Tuck said over the weekend is hardly controversial. The Giants have exactly zero playoff wins to show for the six seasons since Manning won his second Super Bowl MVP trophy. He went from a 31-year-old with half of his career in front of him to a 37-year-old wondering if the team would draft his successor.

What has to happen for Trump to be subpoenaed? Due to the nature of the rules in collective bargaining grievances, reeling in sworn testimony from the political sector will create at least one additional hurdle for Kaepernick’s camp.

The quarterback’s legal team first must notify the system arbitrator of the need for targeted depositions beyond the boundaries of the agreement between the NFL and the player’s union.

That would entail presenting a detailed argument to the system arbitrator overseeing the grievance, spelling out the relevance and impact that testimony from Trump or others could have on the grievance.

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Raiders happy to see healthy Gareon Conley on the field

Gareon Conley, who played only two games last season, needs all the work he can get. The cornerback, whom the Raiders made the 24th overall selection last year, appears to be a full participant at the team’s organized team activities, Matt Schneidman of Bay Area News Group reports.
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He’s doing good. Most importantly, he’s out there, Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said Tuesday. He’s really understanding the little details of everything, the press techniques that we’re teaching. We have a lot of different coverages in now, so he’s done a really good job for us.

When I saw the story on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes turning down endorsement deals last week, I immediately thought of the best story I heard about the second-year phenom over the last few months. It’s one that meshes Kyle Singler Authentic Jersey right in with the idea that he’d say no to a local car dealership or two. Over the course of the season last year, Mahomes would look to get extra work in after practice, since his reps became sparse when the real games began. But he’d never ask the front-line guys, like Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce or Albert Wilson to go with him.

Brissett, the former Patriots backup, threw for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in 16 games last season for the Colts. He had a passer rating Daniel Kilgore Womens Jersey of 81.7. The Bengals beat Brissett and the Colts in Week 8 of the 2017 season, a close 24-23 contest in which Brissett threw 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. We’ll have to wait and see whether it will be Luck or Brissett who the Bengals face in the season opener on September 9, but if you ask Vinatieri it will be a rusty Luck who hasn’t played in a regular season game since January 1, 2017.

That the governor placed the bet is a demonstration of how much sports betting will be accepted in the mainstream: Politicians aren’t treating sports betting as a vice that they’d rather stay away from, but are instead celebrating sports betting as an activity that ordinary Americans can enjoy — and that will be good for business and for tax revenues in the states that legalize it.

By the time the NFL season kicks off, several states should have legal sports gambling in place, and that should be good for the business of the NFL, as people who have money riding on games are sure to watch with great interest. The NFL hasn’t felt the impact of widespread legal gambling yet, but it soon will.

Ravens lose final two OTAs, face fines for violating NFL rules

The Ravens are facing some penalties from the NFL after violating the league’s collective bargaining agreement for a violation of an offseason workout rule, the league announced Wednesday.
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The Baltimore Ravens will forfeit two Organized Team Activity (OTA) days (June 7 and 8), and both the club and head coach John Harbaugh have been fined under the Collective Bargaining Agreement for a violation of the offseason workout rules.

The Ravens have been penalized in the past for similar infractions. Baltimore lost three OTA days in 2016 and Harbaugh was fined $500,000.

Johnson rushed for 348 yards and four touchdowns last year. He also hauled in 74 receptions for 693 yards and three more scores.

Through three NFL seasons, Johnson has amassed 2,826 yards from scrimmage and Dave Robinson Jersey 10 touchdowns.

Meanwhile, our old friend Diane Firstman pointed this out: Davis had entered his at-bats with 109 runners on base … and driven in 11 of them. Things haven’t turned around over the past two days. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on Wednesday and 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Earl Mitchell Authentic Jersey Thursday’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays. He’s still at nine runs scored in 55 games and is hitting .152/.232/.232. His OPS is barely better than Mike Trout’s on-base percentage.

I wasn’t the only one thinking of Davis. On Wednesday night, ESPN Insider contributor Dan Szymborski fired off a series of Davis-related tweets, including this one:

It’s pretty frightening to be on an on-pace-for the worst season of all-time by a large margin when you’re nearing mid-June. Chris Davis’s on-pace-for in fWAR would rank him 81892 out of 81892 player-seasons since 1901. By NEARLY A FULL WIN.