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.

That’s not the first time it’s happened, Middleton said of being mistaken for somebody else. But at this time in the year, when we’ve already played two games, you would think he would know who certain players — who all the players — are, actually. He would do his research and homework on it.
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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.

Cowboys TE Jason Witten Jersey to retire, reportedly join ‘Monday Night Football’

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Monday Night Football has found its lead analyst, and the Cowboys are now in the market for a tight end.
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ESPN reported Friday that Dallas tight end Jason Witten is planning to retire and head for the MNF booth after 15 NFL seasons.

Jason Witten is planning to retire after 15 years to join ESPN’s new Monday Night Football broadcast team as a lead analyst but will meet today with owner Jerry Jones before making his decision final, per sources.

Forte decided to retire after an injury-filled 2017 season with the Jets. He deflected Authentic Michael Brockers Jersey much of the credit for success to teammates on both sides of the ball, and recalled being frustrated going against Hall of Fame inductee Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman at his first practice.

Playing against a defense like that from a young rookie groomed me to know I’d just arrived here and I hadn’t made it and I had to work very hard to continue to be very consistent in my production, Forte said.

The Spurs fought for and without coach Gregg Popovich, away from the team following the death of his wife, Erin, last week following a long illness.

I think it speaks highly of the character and spirit of this team, of never giving up, of competing until the very end, Pau Gasol said. And it was a game and a situation where we easily could have just thrown the towel at different points. But we didn’t. So that’s something that we can be proud of.

Thompson swished a turnaround fadeaway as the halftime buzzer sounded and scurried for the tunnel hands raised high in triumph as Curry celebrated alongside his Splash Brother. Thompson hit 11 of 22 shots, his fourth time shooting at least 50 percent in the series.

Thompson became the third Warriors player ever to make 600 field goals in the postseason, and Golden State won its 12th straight playoff game at Oracle Arena.

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Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has waited patiently for a new contract from the team. He finally has gotten it.
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Per a league source, Olsen has signed a two-year extension with the Panthers. It’s worth $8.55 million per year. Incentives, per the source, can push the value to $10.05 million per year.

I owned up to my mistakes, told them exactly what happened, he said. They trusted me, trusted my judgment. I think they did their due diligence in talking to my coaches, talking to teammates. There’s never been a problem with me and my teammates.

Asked about how he plans to address the tweets with his new black teammates in Buffalo, Allen said he wanted them to make sure they know who he really is.

As the kickoff has undergone significant changes in recent years, the NFL hasn’t changed the free kick at all, possibly because free kicks don’t happen very often. But a change apparently will happen to the Jaromir Jagr Womens Jersey free kick only once, and it will be dramatic.

The prevailing thought regarding a potential replacement for the kickoff/free kick is the fourth-and-15 play from scrimmage, which allows the kickoff to be simulated by a punt, the planned onside kick to be simulated by going for it, and the surprise onside kick to be simulated by a fake punt.

I’m hoping that’s where he ends up, Mora said. I’m hoping he ends up with the Giants or the Jets. I want to see him go as high as possible, but I think the Jets would be a great place for him.

Mora said he believes Rosen is cut out for being a quarterback in New York. When he said this a month ago and said Sam Darnold was a better fit for Cleveland, it caused a stir. But Mora said he did not mean that as a negative. He just believes New York fits Rosen.
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Browns’ 67-year history shows challenges of drafting quarterbacks

Legendary Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown decided he had to find Otto Graham’s successor in 1952.

With his first-round pick in the NFL draft, Brown chose quarterback Harry Agganis, the son of poor immigrants and a standout at Boston University. Agganis was a bit of a legend in Boston. A multi-sport high school star in West Lynn, Massachusetts, he was recruited by 75 colleges but chose BU so he could be near his widowed mother.

Aaron Hicks (B), 37 percent, New York Yankees vs. Miami Marlins (LHP Caleb Smith): If you rank players on a per-plate-appearance basis, Hicks excels. The problem is he can’t avoid injuries. Well, he’s healthy now, so take advantage, especially facing a weak arm at home.

Hitter ratings account for the opposing starting pitcher’s history (three years’ worth), as well as ballpark factors. “LH” and “RH” ratings account only for left- and right-handed batters, respectively.

Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. For example, a 10 is a must-start rating, while a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.

“That’s one guy I really am intrigued with because he can spin it and he’s been in a pro-style offense and he’s been hard coached by Bobby (Petrino),” he said. “He brings that unique skill set and it makes me look back at Vince Young. Vince could beat you and he was a heck of a leader. I don’t know why it didn’t work out for him but listening to him now, telling his story, he’s like, ‘I didn’t put the time in.’”

The big thing there to pay attention to are that Jackson, unknown to many casual observers, actually DID run a pro-style offense at Louisville. This intrigues Arians, a noted quarterback guru during his time coaching in the league.

Sachin Chandan, ESPN The Magazine researcher: A hot goalie can bring you places, and maybe it can bring Lord Stanley to the Strip. Fleury had a sterling .927 save percentage during the regular season, and has followed that up with a mind-numbing .977 clip in the playoffs, by far the best in the league. For perspective, the past 10 goalies to reach the Stanley Cup Final combined for a playoff save percentage of .926. Fleury brings 118 games of playoff experience from his time in Pittsburgh to form an unshakable defense between the pipes.seahawks_038

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Larry Fitzgerald Jersey is ready to put in the work, again

No Cardinals player has done more in his career than Larry Fitzgerald.
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But Fitzgerald was ready to do more this offseason, because he knows what’s expected of all of them in another year of change in Arizona.
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I like the fact that everybody, no matter who you are and what you’ve done, you’ve got to go out there and learn a position, he said. You’ve got earn the trust of a coach to believe in you, to have you on his team. . . .

The moment you start smelling the roses and thinking, ‘I’ve done this and I’ve done that,’ that’s when the train goes off the tracks. I’ve always been that way. I never take it for granted. I know how it is with new coaches. They want to come in and establish a certain thing and you’ve got to get on board.

And that means putting in extra work when you get to a certain age, and Fitzgerald is ready to do it.

Via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, Jenkins suggested that something seems unusual about defensive end Michael Bennett being indicted on charges of pushing an injuring a disabled security guard at the Super Bowl 14 months ago.

From the outside looking in, not necessarily knowing Cameron Heyward Jersey all the details, but just kind of using common sense, it seems like they’re trying to make an example out of him, Jenkins said. But hopefully, those things will work out in his favor. He’s a guy that, I was excited when we [traded for him]. Still looking forward to him being a part of this team, being part of this community, because I think he’s somebody that cares. Somebody that works hard, obviously, he’s a great athlete, but a great human being as well.

The Eagles were acquiring him in a traded with the Seahawks just as the charges were filed. Bennett’s lawyer has called the claims ludicrous, and said he will plead not guilty.

Bennett has also just written a book called Things That Make White People Uncomfortable.

Brault met his first serious bump since being thrust into the rotation as a stop-gap while Joe Musgrove deals with a strained right shoulder. The Rockies touched him for two runs in the first and three more on Story’s blast. Brault pitched a season-high six innings, allowing five runs, five hits and two walks but only managed one strikeout.
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Weather forces six Sunday games to be postponed, including Shohei Ohtani Jersey start

The Los Angeles Angels’ game against the Royals, in which Japanese star Shohei Ohtani was scheduled to pitch in Kansas City, was the latest to be postponed Sunday because of cold temperatures.
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The game will be made up on June 25 in Kansas City.
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Just the simple fact that I was going to be pitching in cold weather, that was a little worrisome for me, Ohtani said through an interpreter. Also, I was worried my fingertips might lose the feel for the ball. That was one of the things I was worried [about].

Manziel completed 10 of 16 passes for 188 yards with an interception and was 8-for-10 for 145 yards in the first half of a South vs. West game. He added 27 rushing yards on six carries with the two touchdowns.

I’m straight back to working out and doing what I did when I came here, Manziel told reporters (per ESPN.com). Everything else will sort itself out. I’m trying to do what I can do to come back to playing football whatever capacity that is.

Mangold started 164 games in 11 years with the Jets before being released prior to last season. He’ll sign for one more day before officially walking away.

Hayden Hurst already understands the pressure of being a professional athlete, and he’s willing to give it a second try, even if it’s in a different sport.聽

While not headline names of their own, adding competition could cause some shuffling up front for the Cowboys. If Fleming can handle the right tackle spot, they can move La’el Collins Shamar Stephen Jersey back into left guard. Or Martin (who started 14 games for the 49ers in 2015) could plug in there, to replace the departed Jonathan Cooper.

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Zach Ertz is only 27, but he has become the leader in the Eagles’ tight ends room.
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Philadelphia released Brent Celek, and Trey Burton departed to Chicago in free agency. The Eagles signed Richard Rodgers, who is only 26 but views Ertz as a mentor. Youngsters Billy Brown, Adam Zaruba and Joshua Perkins are on the roster at the position, and the Eagles could draft a tight end, perhaps even in the first round.

Once you see the video, the video speaks for itself, said Gregory Bodine, Finau’s caddie the past four years. I knew that if anyone could do it, he could do it.

When the two men walked off the 18th green after the round, Bodine told Finau how much heart he has.

You can’t not have heart and play a round like that, Bodine said. He’s worked his whole life to get here. If you know Tony’s story, he’s fought way too long and hard to get to this point.

Vena Finau wasn’t at Augusta on Thursday with Tony’s dad, Gary, and the rest of the family because she was killed at age 47 in a car crash late in 2011, when his sister, Nola, lost control of the family’s vehicle and rolled it while returning to Utah from a wedding in Reno, Nev.
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The Blue Jays (11-5) have won three in a row after taking a doubleheader from the Royals for the first time in franchise history.

The Royals will start right-hander Ian Kennedy (1-1, 1.00 ERA) against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (2-1, 3.94) in the series finale.

The doubleheader was necessary because falling ice damaged the retractable roof of the Rogers Centre, forcing postponement of the game on Monday. It was the third straight postponement for the Blue Jays, including Saturday and Sunday in Cleveland.

It is the third doubleheader played in the history of the Rogers Jayon Brown Youth jersey Centre, which opened in June of 1989, and the third sweep by the Blue Jays.
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The Royals also had their game postponed Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

Happ was listed to pitch the second game Tuesday but Joe Biagini was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to make that start instead as the 26th man allowed in those circumstances.

Both Peron and Jinnies are classically trained dancers with years of experience, but Jinnies said this particular set of auditions was especially rigorous.

Le’Veon Bell’s growing frustration with the Steelers spilled over to social media Thursday, weeks after singing Pittsburgh’s praises, in light of being franchise tagged for the second straight season.

“It’s so hard to be a hero in a city that paints youu [sic] out to be the villain,” the running back tweeted to his 1.49 million followers.

Bell, 26, yearns for a long-term deal with the team that drafted him in 2013. Seeking in the neighborhood of $14.5 million per season, the Pro Bowler will be eligible for free agency next year if he and the Steelers fail to reach an agreement.

The frustration seems to be more with the reaction he is getting from fans than the pace of any negotiations he is having with the team.

Rodriguez came to the Bronx following an MVP season in Texas and after a trade with Boston fell through. He agreed to move to third base, and with Jeter at short, the Yankees won a title in 2009.

The guards led the Knicks to the 1972-73 NBA title in Monroe’s first full season in New York. The Knicks haven’t won a championship since.

“I’ve choreographed for girls who danced on pro teams, I’ve danced with girls on various pro teams, so I thought: ‘Why not me? Why can’t I do this?’”

Peron then showed up for auditions, where he “danced his heart out,” he said.

“This one was about three weeks long and we had a bunch of rehearsals in between and an extensive interview process, but it was really humbling and amazing to be invited every time you came back,” he said. “High emotions, but it was worth it.”

Team captain Emily Leibert said the “intelligent” and “eloquent” men are the perfect fit to break barriers in the testosterone-laden NFL.

“They really just fit the bill to be a Los Angeles Ram cheerleader,” she said. “They are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community. They bring so much energy and there’s something so magnetic about their performance. You really can’t take your eyes off them.”jets_142

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Following his release from the Broncos Monday morning, veteran RB C.J. Anderson tells Mike Klis multiple teams have already reached out to his agent, Peter Schaffer, expressing interest in him.
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Anderson says that he appreciates the team taking a chance on him and he enjoyed his time in Denver.
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I had a helluva five years, Anderson said, per Klis. Pro Bowl, won the Super Bowl. Made some game-changing plays. It was a good way to start my career. I want to thank the organization for taking a chance on an undrafted kid. I had fun. I had great teammates.

(See: Bears, Chicago). But the tension around this year’s draft is different. The reason is that the players ranked at the top of the position group just maybe aren’t all that good. As New Orleans coach Sean Payton told MMQB, I’d feel a little bit uneasy if I were at the top of this draft and I decided I had to have a quarterback. For the Browns, Giants, Jets and any other team in the red zone of QB need, this is serious and significant.

Despite not officially being under contract, Snead is in Metairie on Monday (April 16) to attend the start of the Saints’ offseason workout program, according to a source familiar with his plans. NFL Network first reported Snead’s plans.

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Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne isn’t quite as big as those two mammoth defenders, but he adds an element of athleticism along with being stout at the point of attack. The 6’2, 311-pound defender with a 4.95 40 flashed explosive upfield capabilities during his final season on campus.聽
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