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Rams pick up fifth-year option on Todd Gurley, Marcus Peters Jersey

The Rams made some of the biggest splashes during the offseason, wheeling and dealing a number of major trades.
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In one of their moves, the Rams acquired cornerback Marcus Peters from the Chiefs. The controversial defensive back was selected 18th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, and has racked up 151 tackles with 19 interceptions in three seasons.

The Giants weren’t concerned about taking a running back with such a high pick. Gettleman values the position, especially with a team that doubled down on its veteran quarterback this offseason.

You know what I say about that. I think it’s a crock, Gettleman said of the notion that running backs have been devalued. At the end of the day, a great player is a great player. [Former Giants general manager] Ernie [Accorsi] and I have talked about it a lot. He’s a touchdown maker. He’s a threat to take it to the house every time he gets his hand on the ball. Like I said, a lot of that is nonsense. I think it’s someone who had this idea and got into the analytics of it and did all these running backs and went through whatever. Hey, [Giants running back] Jonathan Stewart is in his 10th year and he’s hardly lost it.

The Titans still made the playoffs last season despite Mariota’s struggles. Big offseason additions have helped bolster Tennessee’s roster, giving Mariota a great chance to bounce back in 2018.

With so many teams needing quarterbacks, the Titans opted to retain the one they had previous success with. If Mariota returns to his 2016 form, he could still blossom into one of the elite NFL signal callers.

We knew who our opponents would be, and that we would play seven games against teams that were in Nelson Cruz Jersey the playoffs last year, including two against the Super Bowl champions, so we knew it is going to be a challenging schedule, said Pat Shurmur, preparing for his first season as Giants coach. I don’t see anything remarkable about the schedule, but it is very challenging.

Jared Veldheer Jersey As usual, no Sunday night game has been scheduled for the last day of the season, Dec. 30. That will be chosen after the Week 16 games conclude.

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Bruce Arians, who retired this offseason as head coach of the Cardinals, says his old team should draft Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
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Arians told the Arizona Republic that if Jackson is available with the 15th overall pick, the Cardinals should take him.

There is nowhere to go but up for the Browns, who have just one win in the past two seasons and haven’t won more than seven games in a single year since 2007. You have to go all the way back to 2002 for the last time Cleveland reached the postseason.

Dorsey, the former Chiefs executive, came aboard early last December, eying this year’s draft 鈥?with two first-round picks in the top four and three second-round picks 鈥?as a chance to replenish the mostly barren talent pool. The Browns went defense at the top of last year’s draft, taking Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, who produced 31 tackles and seven sacks in a standout Jeremy Hellickson Jersey rookie season.

After the retirement of Carson Palmer (who coupled with Drew Stanton won just enough games to keep them from easily finding replacements), the Cards went out and signed Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon. That’s practically begging for help, to the extent that waiting until 15th and seeing what’s left might not be practical.
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It’s overdone, Simms said. The offense he plays in is not what I would call quarterback-friendly. It’s a lot of down-field throws against obvious passing situations.

Sam Darnold: He has a big motion, but he still gets rid of the football quick when he needs to. He’s got an old-school throwing style. 鈥?A lot of guys threw that way, they just kinda grabbed the ball and threw it like a baseball, and that’s kinda what he does.

I think he’s very good on the run, has very good feet 鈥?his first move to escape find the open gap to run into so you can buy time to throw it, it’s very good. He’s got a tremendous personality with his teammates. People are gonna like him and want to follow him, that’s a big deal. I think he’s a really good short thrower of the football.

What don’t I like about him? I don’t think he stands in the pocket as well as he probably should, even in college. Is there a huge gap between Josh Allen and Sam Darnold? No.

Shaun Smith’s pre-game routine included two blunts

Shaun Smith’s nine-year NFL career ended with the last of his two stints with the Chiefs.

Smith, a defensive tackle, had played for the Saints, Bengals and Browns before he joined the Chiefs for the 2010 season. It was his best as a pro as he played in all 16 games for the only time and had one of his four career sacks.

The next season Smith played for the Titans, then returned to the Chiefs in 2012 when he appeared in eight games.

All told, Smith appeared in 24 games with the Chiefs. Apparently, he also smoked marijuana before each game.

What if the in-bounding player steps on the line? Or holds the ball too long? Those are what, dead-ball turnovers?

The endings have become long enough. No more timeouts without the ball.

While we’re at it, it must be tough for network media relations personnel, given how much transparent nonsense they’re ordered to disseminate.

“I think wherever you play Roquan Smith, you’re going to be happy,” Ballard said when asked which linebacker spot best suited the Georgia All-American. “Same with Edmunds. They’re both unique talents.”

The sort of talents this defense needs, and needs badly.

And still, so much of the this draft will be determined by the fate of the top-end quarterbacks. Ballard is genuinely fascinated by it. And he knows the ripples of those selections will have a huge impact on what options are staring at the Colts come Thursday night. Thus the homework assignment for his scouts.

“I don’t think anybody knows right now, other than (Cleveland GM John) Dorsey,” Ballard said, referring to the Browns’ top overall selection. “I think it just all depends on – it’s fascinating. Those first couple of hours are going to be fascinating, just to see how the quarterbacks peel off.”

Report: Aaron Rodgers Jersey frustrated with being frozen out of personnel decisions

When Gantt interpreted the tea leaves last week to suggest that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers believes the team has thrown a little fermunda cheese in his coffee, some thought we were gratuitously exaggerating the situation. It’s becoming clear that we weren’t.
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Lillard finished with 17 points for the Blazers, who were hurt in the third quarter when starters Jusuf Nurkic (left leg) and Evan Turner (right toe) left the game.

The third-seeded Blazers, in the playoffs for the fifth straight year, dropped the first game against the Pelicans 97-95, becoming the highest seed to Dion Dawkins Authentic Jersey lose at the start of the opening round.

Davis had 35 points and Rondo had 17 assists to tie the franchise record. Lillard and McCollum combined to shoot just 13 for 41 in the opener.
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Lillard said he expected more out of himself.

Garrett, who has an affinity for profanity that could make Rex Ryan (maybe not him) blush, continued the verbal onslaught.

We’ve established an identity in this league of being the most physical offensive line, the most physical running game, Garrett said. It was soft as hell. The foundation of this program is the word fight. I don’t care who we play, when we play, where we play. We’re up 100, we’re down 100. We’re gonna f鈥搆ing fight. We’re gonna fight, we’re gonna fight, we’re gonna fight, we’re gonna f鈥搃ng fight.

The show doesn’t tiptoe around the fact that running back Ezekiel Elliott quit on a pair of turnovers during the Broncos game. And while the second episode opens with owner/G.M. Jerry Jones making excuses for Elliott based on the stress he’s dealing with due to a looming six-game suspension, running backs coach Gary Brown pulled no punches in a separate coaches meeting.

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Broncos claim C.J. Smith Jersey off waivers

The Broncos claimed cornerback C.J. Smith off waivers from the Browns on Friday.
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Smith, 24, signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of North Dakota State in 2016. He was on and off Philadelphia’s practice squad the past two seasons.

Yes, there’s a HUGE difference between employees making a complaint about workplace safety and football players protesting during the national anthem. But here’s the common thread: The federal government gave American workers the right to make safety complaints with OSHA, and the NFL gave players the right to protest during the national anthem.

This entire issue exists because the NFL deliberately or accidentally used should instead of must when writing the anthem policy nearly a decade ago, because the league confirmed that standing isn’t mandatory in August 2016 after Kaepernick was spotted sitting during the anthem, and because the league reiterated to the NFLPA in 2017 that players have the right to protest.

The right to protest given, confirmed, and reiterated by the NFL becomes hollow and meaningless if teams can cut or not sign players who have protested or who will potentially protest in the future. Posing questions to players about their intention to protest becomes direct evidence of an intent to discriminate against players based on the exercise of a right given by the NFL, confirmed by the NFL, and reiterated by the NFL.

Those changes, caused by things like the rookie salary rules and teams beginning to see less value in moving all the way up to the top picks in the draft, have resulted in a new consensus Authentic Steven Matz Jersey about what constitutes a fair trade of draft picks.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been around long enough to see the changes in the chart, but he says those changes have now spread around the league thoroughly enough that every team is more or less on the same page.

James Harrison Elite Jersey One of the problems with the draft chart, if we all have our own draft charts, which is fine, sometimes it’s hard to make a trade because, ‘Well, my draft chart says this. Well, your draft chart says that,’ whereas if we all use the same chart, we all agree on basic value, Belichick said. Then it’s a lot easier to get what we call, I’d say, a fair trade, which I’d say over the last few years the majority of the trades that we’ve studied have been within a few percentage points one way or the other of being the correct value for the trade.

When new Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher Jersey sees Olivier Vernon, he envisions Chandler Jones.

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It is a sight and a projection everyone involved with the Giants wants to embrace and make happen.
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Chandler Jones in New England was a 4-3 defensive end, came to this scheme, Bettcher said Wednesday in his first public comments since he was hired by Pat Shurmur. There’s gonna be some new things you have to learn, some nuances, but it’s still playing football, rushing off the edge.

This will be an adjustment for Vernon, who will no longer go to work and head into the defensive-line meeting room.

You’re excited to work with a guy like him, said Bill McGovern, who returns as the linebackers coach. We’re looking to get him on the field and kind of let his talents kind of take over.

Randall Telfer Jersey Vernon will be asked to stand in a two-point stance on the edge of the line of scrimmage, which he did only on occasion in Miami with the Dolphins. At 6-foot-2 and 262 pounds, Vernon was never a physically imposing defensive end, relying on power and quickness rather than brute Demetri Goodson Authentic Jersey size and force. He had 8.5 sacks in 2016, his first year with the Giants after signing a five-year, $85 million deal, and only 6.5 sacks in 12 games last season, battling through injuries and missing four games on a 3-13 team.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman continues to remake the team’s roster. Pierre-Paul, 29, was the longest-tenured defensive player on the Giants and the last defensive player remaining from the team’s 2011 Super Bowl team.

We appreciate everything Jason has done for the Giants, Gettleman told the team’s website. He was a fine player for us, and he helped our franchise win Super Bowl XLVI. We wish him well in the future.

The 2010 first-round pick had 58.5 sacks during his eight seasons, including 16.5 in that 2011 championship season.

Pierre-Paul will be best remembered, though, for the fireworks accident on July 4, 2015, that cost him part of his right hand and his subsequent return from the injury. The Giants signed him to a four-year, $62 million in March 2017.

Could Odell Beckham Jr. really be on his way out?

Giants co-owner John Mara said Sunday there were no “untouchables,” and the star wide receiver, entering the final year of his rookie deal, seemed to answer Monday when the NFL Network reported Beckham would “not set foot on a field without a new contract extension” from the Giants or any other team.

With the background set for a potential standoff between the two sides, here’s a look at where Beckham could land if the Giants decide they should trade him:

Oakland Raiders: For an organization that hasn’t shied away from taking on players with potential off-the-field distractions, the Raiders could be a good fit. During his time as an ESPN analyst, new head coach Jon Gruden didn’t hold back from criticizing Beckham for his performance and even suggested benching him at one point in 2016. Perhaps he’s the coach who could get Beckham to sustain his potential.

Bill Belichick now has two first- and second-round picks in the upcoming draft after trading Brandin Cooks to the Rams on Tuesday. The Patriots’ offseason started with the free-agency defections of Danny Amendola (Dolphins), Malcolm Butler (Titans) and Nate Solder (Giants), among others. Rumors are rampant that there is friction between him and Rob Gronkowski and the star tight end might be traded, as well.

But for now, the focus moves to what the Patriots will do with those picks, and there are several options. The juiciest — but most unlikely — is the Patriots trading those two first-rounders for Odell Beckham Jr., meeting the ransom the Giants reportedly want for the mercurial receiver.

But ESPN’s Adam Schefter poured cold water on that scenario Wednesday morning.

“It’s a mirror image,’’ Judge said, digging deep into the hitting philosophy. “So for me in my first at-bat, if I notice they are coming hard-in and maybe working more changeups, he can see that and make some plans so when he goes up there he won’t be surprised when he sees some fastballs in and some changeups away. Or same thing for me.’’jets_111

Robert Kraft says there is no issue with Tom Brady Jersey current contract

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Tom Brady may be one of the most decorated quarterbacks of all time, but don’t expect him to be fussy about getting a huge contract extension.
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Alan Page Jersey I hope he plays, Kraft said. He’s at a different point in his life. He talked about it. It’s interesting to see that Tom vs. Time and see where he’s at, his kids growing up. But that is something for he and his family to decide what is right for him.

Me personally, I’d like to see him play as long as he can. I don’t think anyone would have believed 10 Authentic Matt Moulson Jersey years ago that he would have played this year, gone to the Super Bowl and been MVP of the league at 40 years old. It’s just unbelievable. It speaks to the way he takes care of himself, the way he trains, how much film he watches, one of the hardest working guys. He is driven to excel. I think as long as he feels he is like that, he’ll keep playing. We’re so lucky to have him in our system.

They also signed Josh Gordon to his one-year exclusive rights free agent contract on Monday, the first day of the Browns’ offseason program. Gordon, who participated in the program Monday and has been back in Cleveland for a few weeks, will make only $790,000 this year, the minimum for a veteran with only two accrued seasons.

Gordon, 27, would be in the midst of his lucrative second contract by now if he hadn’t been suspended for 54 of the last 96 games for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

The Carolina Panthers made an abrupt change when they traded starting cornerback Daryl Worley for veteran wide receiver Torrey Smith. The front office saw value in adding a vertical threat opposite Devin Funchess yet weakened the cornerback corps.聽

Patriots met with Johnny Manziel Jersey before and after A&M’s Pro Day

The Patriots met with Johnny Manziel before and after his throwing session Tuesday, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.
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The former Heisman Trophy winner worked out during Texas A&M’s Pro Day. All 32 teams were in attendance. Manziel worked out in front of scouts from 13 teams at the University of San Diego’s Pro Day last week.

That would allow for ejections in cases like Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans shoving Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski jumping on Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White. In those cases, Evans and Gronkowski got 15-yard penalties, but not ejections.

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Belichick added that it doesn’t change the Patriots’ scouting process, but it might increase the level of work the team puts in on certain players compared to past years.

Overall, he said the Patriots have 98 to 99 percent of their information as they await this weekend’s medical recheck for some prospects.

Another point Belichick stressed was how the draft is one part of the overall puzzle. The Patriots currently have 72 players on their roster and enter the draft with eight selections. That leaves them 10 other spots to fill with undrafted free agents or other free agents.

The preseason schedule was released and I noticed on that schedule there were no games in May or June or July. Preseason games in August, so it doesn’t look like the regular season is going to start until September this year, he said with a dose of sarcasm. So that’s four months of team-building. There will Pascal Siakam Authentic Jersey be other player acquisitions and deletions, I’m sure, after the draft — as there always are with our team and every other team in the league.

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Tavarres King Jersey signs with Vikings

The Vikings added another wide receiver to the roster on Thursday.
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The team announced that Tavarres King has agreed to a contract with the team. The Vikings also signed Kendall Wright as a free agent last week.

King bounced around the league after the Broncos picked him in the fifth round of the 2013 draft and made his first regular season appearances with the Buccaneers in 2015. King found a more frequent role with the Giants over the last two seasons, appearing in 15 games and catching 20 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. He also had three catches for 73 yards and a touchdown in a playoff loss to the Packers after the 2016 season.

He gets a call yesterday, and he drops everything else. [Darnold said], ‘Yes, I’ll be there for you, man,’ and gets on Brooks Robinson Jersey an airplane, lands in L.A. this morning, comes over at like 6:30 in the morning and throws for Ronald Jones. I mean, it’s crazy. And everyone’s like, ‘What, Sam?’ No one expected him to be here, and he’s here because he said, ‘Hey, man, my teammate called. He needed me.’ So he came. That’s unbelievable.

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Second, Carroll is the NFL’s oldest head coach and turns 67 years old in September. But he’s yet to consider retirement.聽

People talking about retirement, the head coach tweeted, I ain’t old enough to think about retiring!
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Retirement may be a graceful way to bow out after the 2018 campaign since the Seahawks are no longer the NFC West’s best team. They’re now much closer to being the division’s worst squad.聽