Is Eagles’ Doug Pederson trying to reduce expectations for Carson Wentz?

The Eagles opened their rookie minicamp on Friday, but before his new players took the field, head coach Doug Pederson pumped the brakes on the comeback of starting quarterback Carson Wentz.

He’s not cleared, Pederson said. He’s not cleared to do anything.

Aaron Judge, who had crushed a three-run homer in the fifth, walked with the bases loaded in a full count against reliever Lou Trevino, scoring Andujar. That cut Oakland’s lead to 6-5.

But Gregorius, who won AL Player of the Month, remember, extended hit hitless streak to an astonishing 28 at-bats with a fly to right field too shallow to score Austin Romine from third base.

Then Giancarlo Stanton popped out to shallow center and the threat was dead.

Judge’s three-run blast in the fifth also gave the Yankees a bit of hope. Miguel Andujar reached via error to start the frame and Brett Gardner eventually walked. Then Judge cracked shot off A’s starter Kendall Graveman to the seats in right-center field, a no-doubter for his 10th homer of the season, tying him for the team lead with Gregorius.

Top prospect Gleyber Torres put the Yankees on the scoreboard with a solo shot in third inning, the third of his career.

Speaking recently on the NFL Network, Wentz said he plans on playing in Week 1, when the Eagles open their season at home against the Atlanta Falcons.

Gray, even with his personal catcher Austin Romine behind the plate, got thrashed. The right-hander, facing the team that traded him in July for the first time, gave up five runs, two home runs and walked a trio. His nine hits allowed were a season-high.

Gregorius went 0-for-4 and came up small in a huge moment.

David Robertson coughed up a three-run double to Marcus Semien to put the game out of reach for the Yankees and send fans out early to the parking lot.

Maybe the home run. Maybe the big inning, he said. I mean, that’s the golden question here, isn’t it.

But Pedrique was excited for his own team, too. colts_003

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Matt Jones will join the Super Bowl champions.
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NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the running back is signing with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.

The Miami Dolphins claimed quarterback Bryce Petty a day after he was waived by the New York Jets. With Miami’s move Friday, Petty joins veterans Brock Osweiler and David Fales in the competition for the Chris Baker Authentic Jersey backup job behind Ryan Tannehill.

Petty spent three seasons with New York after being selected in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. He played in 10 games for the Jets, throwing for 1,353 yards and four touchdowns with 10 interceptions, and went 1-6 as a starter.

… The Panthers announced that defensive backs coach Curtis Fuller resigned following an investigation into complaints of inappropriate conduct.

… The Bills hired Dan Morgan to take over as their player personnel director.

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The most intriguing case will be Jadeveon Clowney. The Texans list him as a defensive end聽鈥?he’d surely seek that tag figure next year if his contract expires聽鈥?but Clowney frequently toggles to outside linebacker in a hybrid front. He only has 20 sacks in four seasons, but the 6-5, 270-pounder’s unique combination of skills聽鈥?he can rush the passer, set an edge and stop the run聽鈥?and potential to further improve could allow him to approach Miller money at a time when the salary cap continues to substantially expand.

He has vigorously challenged the test results through the arbitration process. The arbitrator’s Opinion is due on or before Wednesday, May 16. Upon having the opportunity to review the arbitrator’s opinion, we will explore what further options are needed.

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Most reasonable people, given a choice between more money and less money, or good weather or bad weather, will choose the thing that offers more comfort.
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In some quarters, that is construed as a pejorative.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, former Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro is apparently somehow soft because he preferred a warm-weather destination in free agency.

Catanzaro grew up in South Carolina, and spent his first three years playing in Arizona. Where it’s, you know, warm. This offseason, he signed with the Buccaneers, where he gets to enjoy pleasant weather and the absence of state income taxes. And also, not playing for the Jets.

Some commentators have said it was clear from the start that the commission would not address paying college athletes, as that was not its charge. However, Rice stated after the Chad Henne Womens Jersey recommendations were released that the commission could have addressed the issue if it had chosen to do so.

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The O’Bannon case provided the legal parameters necessary to make an informed judgment. Even if the commission were to recommend allowing NIL rights, that would not carry the day in pending litigation any more than my recommendation on a radio show would.

Oakland was the best opportunity. Jon Gruden was a big pull, Johnson said, via the San Jose Mercury News. Me coming here and visiting and talking to the coaching staff, it just went off well. Oakland had the best plan for me at my age that I’m at now.

Limited Youth Luc Robitaille Jersey Johnson didn’t disclose specifics of the plan the Raiders pitched to him, but he did say that he likes defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s scheme because it is built for linebackers to make plays. In addition to Johnson, the Raiders brought in Tahir Whitehead, Emmanuel Lamur and Kyle Wilbur to make those plays and the coming months will determine how often each of them is on the field to make them.

There is already a group dedicated to examining rules involving transfers. Apparently that is not a deterrent to the commission rendering its judgment as it was in the case of name, image and likeness.

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The Chiefs selected Nunez-Roches in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of Southern Miss.
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Perry signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on January 1, 2018. He has played in 17 career games with one start, making 17 tackles and nine special teams stops in his time with Indianapolis (2017) and the Chargers (2016).

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I liked all of Reid’s tape, and he has really good range in coverage. With a really good combination of instincts, speed and athleticism, he’s your classic single-high free safety. Miller’s knee injuries might factor into him falling a bit on Day 2, but he’s one of the better route runners in this class. He loves doing the dirty work, and has really good instincts. He had 238 catches the past three seasons, so the production is there. Leonard is a small-school guy who showed up at the Senior Bowl and had a great week. He’s a perfect fit for today’s NFL, as a guy with average size (6-2, 234), but with 34.5-inch arms and who can run a 4.7. He dominated his level of competition and is a really good athlete.

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Kiper: LSU’s D.J. Chark, who ran a 4.34 40 and had a 40-inch vertical jump at the combine. His tape is inconsistent overall, but he can run past most defensive backs. Expect him to be picked at the top of Round 2.

Kiper: My top-ranked wide receiver is Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, who is advanced as a route runner and is already 23. He can be a Week 1 starter, and his game (and size) reminds me some of Hall of Fame wideout Marvin Harrison.

Russell is in the conversation for biggest NFL Draft bust of all time primarily thanks to the hype he generated as a rare size-strength combo at quarterback.

Thanks in part to a training camp holdout that carried into the season, he started only one game during his rookie year with the Raiders. The team dumped him in 2010 after 25 starts in three seasons (a record of 7-18), and Russell never again saw the field in the NFL.

Leinart, a Heisman Trophy winner, was supposed to take over for Kurt Warner when the veteran QB was finished in Arizona. That remained the plan until 2010, when Leinart lost the job to Derek Anderson and was released. Leinard did start 17 games throughout his Cardinals tenure but managed just seven wins and 10 losses.

The Chargers’ defense is pushing to be the best in the NFL with this steal. Gus Bradley is quietly assembling Legion of Boom South in the secondary with James’ playmaking adding to Casey Hayward, Jason Verrett, Trevor Williams and Jahleel Addae behind Sacksonville West.

While some regression is likely coming, what he’s done so far is looking to be legit. His 7.0 K/BB ratio ranks 10th in the league and his 22.4 percent hard-contact rate is fifth. Not only that, but his 2.57 ERA is supported by a 2.29 FIP and 3.15 xFIP. The Braves rank fifth in runs scored and just added phenom Ronald Acuna to their lineup, so this isn’t exactly a favorable matchup. That said, with the way Pivetta is pitching I’m not sure it matters.

Chris Stratton (R), 28 percent, San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: Stratton has been one of this season’s more pleasant surprises. He has yet to allow more than three runs in any start this season. In fact, he’s been particularly sharp over his last three outings, allowing just three runs on 10 hits with 17 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings. The lack of “strikeout stuff” limits the upside, but he’s a solid floor play against the Dodgers. He gets to pitch in one of the game’s most pitcher-friendly parks, and his effectiveness against lefties this season (.140/.231/.193) sets him up well against a Dodgers lineup that’s anchored by lefty swingers Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger.canucks_661

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John Elway Jersey: Broncos not giving up on Paxton Lynch

Now that Denver’s draft has come and gone without a marquee quarterback addition, general manager John Elway insists former first-round pick Paxton Lynch has a new lease on life Womens Scott Laughton Jersey with the Broncos.
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Lynch has managed an anemic 76.7 passer rating on 128 career attempts, showing a disturbing penchant for taking sacks and failing to move the chains. Even if Elway’s offensive line merits an ample portion of the blame, we now know that sack totals tell us as much about the quarterback as the blocking. Lynch has simply looked lost under center in five NFL appearances.

After reviewing Lynch’s game film early this offseason, the Broncos’ brass aggressively recruited Keenum, handing over $25 million in guaranteed money.

Elway can’t be blamed for maintaining a public display of faith in a first-round draft bust, but his actions speak louder than his words.

Heck, there were even questions about whether Brady was still committed to playing. Basically, the Patriots quickly pivoted from football’s biggest powerhouse to football’s biggest soap opera. There still remains a good amount of mystery around what’s happening in Foxborough, but it’s pretty clear not everything is totally hunky dory.聽 The latest hint comes from Brady, who sat down alongside Jim Gray for an interview at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday. Gray asked Brady if he felt fully appreciated by the Patriots at this point, and Brady’s answer (or lack thereof) probably doesn’t restore a ton of confidence within the New England faithful. The quarterback responded emphatically, I plead the fifth.
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What the clip in question doesn’t show is that Brady follow-up to that statement, in which he answers the question with a little more detail and addresses its complexity. Man, that is a tough question, said Brady after pausing to think about his answer. I think everybody in general wants to be more appreciated more at work, in their professional life. But there’s a lot of people that appreciate me way more than I ever thought was possible.

What does Ryan Shazier Jersey mean to the Steelers?

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The 25-year-old Shazier means so much more to the Steelers than that, as was seen in the way his teammates reacted immediately after his injury. They had a hard time holding back tears in the immediate aftermath and for the rest of the game.

What’s Shazier’s prognosis?

Shazier started rehab days after undergoing surgery. He’s still very much a part of the Steelers, even if he never takes the field again.

Yes, I do, Vernon Shazier said. I Shalieve. Shazier and his family consistently use that play on Shazier’s last name and the word believe when talking about his injury.

The injury was terrifying, and it’s difficult to even think about whether Shazier can or will play football in the future. What matters now is just Shazier’s continued recovery.

He was Authentic D.J. Augustin Jersey my biggest fan, my biggest supporter, a great dad and my best friend. So, obviously this is tough and he’s meant the world to me. He’s the reason who I am today, him and my mom. I’m very grateful for the time on this earth that I had with him and I know that he’s watching down and he’s very proud of me.

On the field, the 6-foot-5, 312-pounder plays with a mean streak that could quickly endear him to those Lions fans who didn’t know his name a day ago. He’s the type of player who takes pleasure in driving his blocking assignments into the ground.

To be an offensive lineman you don’t get much of the glory, Ragnow said. You don’t get much of anything else. You’ve got to love football. I love that part of the game. It’s just kind of been what drew me to the game. I’ve always been the bigger kid. I was the double-striper, when I was little I wasn’t able to touch the ball. So, that’s what you kind of really have to fall in love with and that’s what I’ve always been in love with.

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General Manager John Dorsey has upgraded the cornerback position this off-season by signing free agents TJ Carrie, Terrance Mitchell and EJ Gaines.
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The team has also been linked to cornerbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft including likely first or second selections Josh Jackson (Iowa), Denzel Ward (Ohio State) and Isaiah Oliver (Colorado). As a result, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that, if the Browns take a cornerback early in the draft, they will explore a potential trade of veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor.

Carroll also disputed a story from Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop that Bennett would bring books to meetings because he was so bored with the coach’s message.

Mike never brought a book to a meeting, I’ll tell you that, the Seahawks coach said.

The years of winning big masked any underlying current of destruction that eventually helped rip apart the Seahawks as we knew them. As Seattle moved in a different direction, the talkative players who helped define their run didn’t hold back. Neither will Carroll in defending his program.

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Not when he has the man he wanted all along, the top-rated player 鈥?as so many declare after making their picks 鈥?on his draft board. And one who’s all on-board about the concept of winning ASAP.

Yeah, winning now, Barkley said. That’s what you play the game for:聽to win championships. On my visits to the Giants, I walk in and you see the Super Bowl trophies in the trophy case. That’s what you strive for. You know the expectation when you walk in.

They were 3-13 last year. A lot of injuries. But that’s football.

Texans GM ‘optimistic’ about Jadeveon Clowney contract extension

Jadeveon Clowney has turned into the defensive monster the Texans expected when they drafted him No. 1 overall in 2014.

That’s going to cost the Texans dearly as they try to sign the pass rusher to a long-term extension, with many speculating Clowney’s next contract will make him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL.

Yet Texans general manager Brian Gaine said Friday he’s confident the two sides will come to an agreement.

Goaltending. A battle of the two best goalies in the postseason thus far. Marc-Andre Fleury was spectacular in Vegas’ sweep of the Kings, with 127 saves on 130 shots. Martin Jones has become the wallpaper for the Sharks; he’s always there, but if you notice him, it’s because someone tore through him. Jones was sturdy in Round 1, with 128 saves on 132 shots. His career save percentage is now .931 in the playoffs. Advantage: Even.

Special teams. The Sharks had a middling power play in the regular season (20.6 percent) but were hitting the bull’s-eye against the Ducks (30.0 percent). It was the opposite story for the Golden Knights, who were 11th in the league at 21.4 percent in the regular season but just 1-for-12 against the Kings, the NHL’s best penalty kill. Bad news: The Sharks were second best on the PK in the regular season, at 84.8 percent. Vegas was 12th on the kill (81.4). Advantage: Sharks.

The combined overnight TV rating for Round 1 coverage across ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports and NFL Network Thursday night was 8.4, just behind the combined 8.7 for the first round of the 2014 draft, when Jadeveon Clowney went No. 1 to the Texans and “Johnny Football” plummeted to the Browns at No. 22.

But it’s significantly higher than the 6.7, 6.3 and 6.5 combined ratings on ESPN/NFL Network the past three years, according to Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily.

Round 1 drew a combined 11.2 million viewers, according to John Ourand of SBJ. That’s up 22% from last year. It was the highest since the 12.4 million average viewers for the Manziel Draft in 2014.

But Mayfield also garnered negative attention in recent years for his on-field antics, which included making an inappropriate gesture toward Kansas’ sideline and planting Oklahoma’s flag on Ohio State’s logo at the 50-yard line after the Sooners’ victory over the Buckeyes.

Mayfield also was arrested last year in Arkansas on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest. He reached a plea deal last June and paid fines for several of the charges.dolphins_082

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Jeff Garcia Jersey no longer listed as Buccaneers’ draft pick presenter

A strange story emerged yesterday when longtime NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia said he would announce the Buccaneers’ third-round draft pick, then said he could care less about the draft. Now the story may get stranger, as the NFL has excluded Garcia’s name from a list of former players announcing draft picks.
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This morning the NFL distributed a list of former NFL players who will announce Round 2 and Round 3 picks for their former teams. Every team has a player listed for its picks in both rounds, with the exception of the Buccaneers’ third-round pick, which Garcia said he was calling. Instead of naming Garcia, the NFL’s official list says To Be Confirmed.

As for the accidental slights from reporters, Middleton is trying to take it all in stride — if only his friends would let him.

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With the way Middleton has played in this series, his game and his presence aren’t going to live in anonymity much longer.

It’s another example of Rosen’s candor and honesty. But it’s also a possible hint that, when he’s inevitably asked about the same thing over and over and over again within the confines of his NFL career, he may decide that enough is enough and respond the same way.

Much of it depends on the market he plays in, along with the number of people covering the team. Regardless, there won’t be many situations in which he’s been under a microscope for so long and made to Pat Edwards Jersey wait and wait and wait some more to find out what the next step in his football career will be. It was clear based on his #PFTPM/PFT Live interview that he is ready to move forward and find out where he’ll be playing.

And they’re probably not happy about it.

The Giants are holding the three-day voluntary minicamp allowed for teams that changed head coaches in the offseason and a couple of the team’s veteran players have not volunteered to take part in the workouts.