Monthly Archives: May 2018

SN sources: Raiders to overhaul personnel department post-NFL Draft

The Raiders already have undergone plenty of change since Jon Gruden returned as head coach. More is about to come in the franchise’s front office. Two sources told Sporting News that Oakland’s personnel department is set for an overhaul now that the 2018 NFL Draft has concluded.
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A Raiders spokesman declined comment to Sporting News on whether front-office changes are coming.

But for him to say anybody who doesn’t follow his viewpoints, or his constituent’s viewpoints should be kicked out of the country, it’s just not very empathetic. It’s not very American-like, to me. It’s not very patriotic. It’s not what this country was founded upon. So it’s kind of ironic to me that the President of the United States is contradicting what our country is really built on.
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Trump appeared in an interview on Fox & Friends on Thursday morning, praising the NFL for Wednesday’s announcement that the league was adopting a revised national anthem policy. Under the new rule, all players and team personnel present on the sideline are mandated to stand and show respect during the playing of the national anthem.

You have to stand proudly for the national anthem,Trump said on the broadcast. You shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe they shouldn’t be in the country. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, and the NFL owners did the right thing.
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The NFL’s revised policy now allows players who would not Authentic Leo Komarov Jersey wish to stand to remain in the locker room, but also stipulates that individual teams have the right to implement their own anthem protocols. The revision also orders that any violation of the league’s policy will result in fines for the offending franchise.

Said Baldwin: I think that the NFL really missed it this time.

Roger Goodell breaks silence on sports betting

Roger Goodell has long maintained a public opposition to legalized sports betting, but is making adjustments in the wake of last week’s historic Supreme Court ruling.

We have spent considerable time planning for the potential of broadly legalized sports gambling and are prepared to address these changes in a thoughtful and comprehensive way, including substantial education and compliance trainings for our clubs, players, employees and partners. These efforts include supporting commonsense legislation that protects our players, coaches and fans and maintains public confidence in our games. We are asking Congress to enact uniform standards for states that choose to legalize sports betting that include, at a minimum, four core principles:

Last Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on state-sanctioned sports betting is unconstitutional, opening the door for legalized gambling nationwide.

Statements from the NCAA, NBA, NHL and MLB have been released in recent days since the decision was announced, all stressing the need to quickly devise a plan in order to protect their respective sports.

Drawing the NFC West on top of the AFC West will keep the travel manageable, with the exception of the Raiders “hosting” the Seahawks in London on Oct. 14. Here’s a look at all the Raiders’ games in 2018 and how well they are positioned to navigate through a overall weak slate.

Toughest tests: The Raiders were terrible on the road last season, going only 2-6 after they went to the playoffs with a 6-2 mark the season prior. They’ve got to get back to grinding for Gruden and winning close games away from the Black Hole. Opponent-wise, the Rams and Steelers plus their difficult AFC West foes make the home schedule more daunting in what could be the final season in Oakland. Denver, Kansas City and Los Angeles round out what’s arguably the league’s best division.

Biggest breaks: The Browns and Colts look like they would be breaks, but really, the most favorable matchups are on the road against the Cardinals, Bengals and Dolphins. Those five games are critical for the Raiders to return to the playoffs.

Harden carries early, CP3 leads late as Rockets withstand frenetic Warriors

Finally, the basketball world got to witness the kind of classic it has been waiting all season to see in the highly anticipated Western Conference finals.
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After the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets alternated double-digit wins in the first three games, with the margin of victory soaring each time, Game 4 went down to the wire. The teams will head back to Houston with the series tied after the Rockets scrapped their way to a 95-92 comeback win to stun the sellout Oracle Arena crowd and end the Warriors’ 16-game postseason win streak in Oakland.

The fourth quarter was far from the beautiful basketball Justin Braun Youth jersey expected from two of the best offensive teams in the history of the game. It was more like the 15th round of a fight between heavyweights gassed from throwing haymakers at each other all night.

Just like that, the Warriors’ point guard uncorked 11 points in the span of 96 seconds. Curry had 17 in the quarter, matching the Rockets’ total and falling one point shy of his slump-busting, sizzling Game 3 third quarter. As a result, Golden State held a double-digit lead, seemingly putting Houston on the canvas. But the Rockets’ defense, which general manager Daryl Morey made a priority over the summer, came through.

The Warriors held the Rockets scoreless for the final 4:04 of the first quarter, going on an 11-2 run to end the frame with a nine-point lead. Houston never got closer than a six-point deficit after that and felt fortunate to be trailing by only 11 at halftime, considering Harden and co-star Chris Paul had as many turnovers (four) as field goals (4-of-15 shooting) in the first half.

Tatum finished with a team-high 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting over 40 minutes to propel the Celtics to a 96-83 triumph over James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Elite Womens Hroniss Grasu Jersey The Celtics lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 with a chance to close it out on Friday night in Cleveland.

On a night Tatum slipped past Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain while becoming only the sixth rookie in NBA history to score 300 postseason points, he put his team in position to end James’ reign of East supremacy.

Josh Allen in awe after meeting with Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly

Past met present Friday when Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly walked off the practice field with Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen after the first day of rookie minicamp.
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Allen, whom the Bills traded up to select seventh overall in last month’s draft, told reporters he was shaking as he met Kelly, who was released from the hospital last month Womens Brett Hull Jersey after surgery to remove cancer from his jaw.

The camp will serve as the first of four legs of Rutgers’ East Coast Elite camp series, now in its third year. Unlike the Tri-State Showcase — the Rutgers-Ohio State-Temple satellite camp from 2016,聽which allegedly started out as a response to Michigan’s satellite camp at Paramus Catholic, drew over 1,000 participants and was held all over the Fairleigh Dickinson campus in Madison, N.J. –聽this camp will instead take place at Rutgers, which will get the chance to聽show off its new state of the art practice fields.

Last April, the NCAA passed a rule immediately banning satellite camps, with the caveat that contracts signed before Jan. 18 can be honored in 2017.

In its place, FBS coaches and staff members with football-specific responsibilities are allowed to participate in camps and clinics for 10 days in June and July.

Officials were told the NFL wants the draft to take on the personality of the host city, and that’s when Nashville’s representatives felt their chances improved dramatically because of the city’s music-centric, party vibe.
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Spyridon said Nashville’s slight preference was to host the 2020 draft because of minor logistics, but the organizing group has the flexibility and desire to host the 2019 draft if that is the NFL’s choice.

The first televised draft was broadcast by ESPN in 1980, but it wasn’t a fan event until 1995, when the league moved it to Madison Square Garden in New York.

After a nine-year run at Radio City Music Hall in New York ended in 2014, the draft has been held in Chicago (2015-16), Philadelphia (2017) and Arlington, Texas (2018).

This year’s event at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, was the first to be held inside an NFL stadium.
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But Manziel said he’s in a much better place in his life now than he was when he first entered the NFL.

Bashaud Breeland scheduled to visit Colts, Cardinals

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland ‘s second go at the free-agent market has begun.
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Breeland is scheduled Wednesday to visit the Indianapolis Colts, followed by a Thursday visit with the Arizona Cardinals, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky first reported the news.

Well, Atlanta ensured the absence of Gabriel wouldn’t be missed for too long after taking Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley.

Ridley (6’1, 189 lbs) has enough speed (4.43) to be a downfield threat. He is a polished route runner and had the hands and catch radius needed to dominate on 50-50 balls. Even in a run-oriented offense, Ridley produced.

Though he wasn’t the first receiver off the board, Bleacher Report draft analyst Matt Miller ranked聽Ridley first at the position. There’s a good chance he’ll be Jones’ running mate next season. Sanu will have two years remaining on his current contract after this season, but only $2.8 million of that is guaranteed.

Statistically, Ridley is going to be a No. 3 receiver, but he’s going to make it difficult for opposing defenses to find favorable matchups against three-receiver sets. Teams will have to pick their poison against the Falcons.
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If convicted, Anderson faces a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail or 90 days of probation, according to the state attorney.

Anderson appeared in all 16 games with the Jets last season, making 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.

We have to weigh out realistic expectations for Wynn without knowing what role he’s going to play. If the Patriots like what they see from him at tackle, he’ll likely be protecting Tom Brady’s blind side in 2018. That would be huge. If they don’t, however, he could be competing for a spot at guard or relegated to a depth role.
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The Carolina Panthers have a three-time Pro Bowler and a former NFL Most Valuable Player in quarterback Cam T.J. Yeldon Womens Jersey Newton. Yet their passing game鈥攚hich averaged 192.3 yards per game, 28th in the NFL鈥攍eft a lot to be desired last season.

So maybe everything is going to be hunky-dory in Pittsburgh after all.

Mason Rudolph, the Steelers’ third-round pick last month — and the apparent heir apparent to one Ben Roethlisberger — met with reporters at the team’s rookie minicamp Friday. He offered a much different perspective on the quarterbacks’ relationship than might be expected in the wake of Big Ben’s recent commentary, which partially questioned why the front office would select Rudolph.

I think the media got it kind of twisted around a little bit, Rudolph said. He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback. He’s a competitive guy. That’s what I would expect. He’s a longtime starter.

I’m sure when we get in this building, in this room, we’re going to be friends, and I’m going to let him do his thing and pick up what I can from him but not bother him.

The Steelers community and sports world at large has been sending get-well wishes via social media to Shazier ever since he suffered his injury making a tackle in Monday night’s game against the Bengals. Steelers coaches and players told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review they’re more concerned about Shazier’s ability to lead a normal life than his football career.

“I’m not worried about him playing for us again,” Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said. “I’m more worried about him. … The thing that we’re hopeful for and prayerful for is he comes back and is going to be OK. The football stuff is secondary. His life is a lot more important than being a football player.”

Fellow Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats told the Tribune-Review, “After seeing him on the field like that, I just want to see him walking. That was scary to see happen.”

As the team started its final set of draft meetings, head coach John Harbaugh affirmed to GM Ozzie Newsome, assistant GM Eric DeCosta and the scouting side that his staff indeed had a plan that would work for both incumbent Joe Flacco and, should they be in position to take him April 26, Jackson.

And that was necessary—at some point, the scouts were going to need to have the coach basically say,We can win with him.

Harbaugh was willing to say it, which was the result of a plan he worked on with offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg, senior offensive assistant Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach James Urban.

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Marijuana is a banned substance in the NFL,聽although聽testing only occurs during offseason activities or training camp.

He saw Duane Brown Authentic Jersey nothing wrong with popping the pills for pain like I had never experienced in my life. They were prescribed by doctors, and after all, NFL players are constantly taking something for the myriad of physical problems that are associated with the country’s most violent sport.
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Authentic Kids Tyrod Taylor Jersey He quickly聽developed a dependence to the drugs that became a growing problem for his growing family. His wife, Aubrey, encourage him to try medical marijuana as an alternative, but James — whose father had a history of drug-related offenses — balked at the idea.

To the surprise of the entire football cognoscenti, however, the draft came and went without an early-round replacement for traded wunderkind Jimmy Garoppolo. At this time a year ago, it was easy to believe the Patriots would remain a Super Bowl contender even if Brady went down with a major injury. The same can’t be said with Hoyer holding the clipboard.

Last year, I wouldn’t have made that play, Jones said. My body is more built to take that kind of impact when I hit the ground.

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The standout moment – one of many Jones enjoyed over 15 practices – summed up why the redshirt freshman was one of the stars of Rutgers’ spring. After redshirting last season and undergoing a physical transformation, the Bronx native thrust himself into the mix in a receivers room long on young promise, but short on proven production.

Bo Melton聽looked like the No. 1 receiver this spring while Hunter Hayek, Mohamed Jabbie and Everett Wormley all saw time last year, but Jones should be able to move up the depth chart this summer if his spring surge carries over.

Saints sign four undrafted rookies, waive four to make room

Coby Fleener wasn’t the only player the Saints axed Monday. New Orleans also cut four young players.
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The Saints waived tight end Alex Ellis, linebacker Shayne Skov, guard Nate Theaker and offensive tackle John Theus.

During Bauer’s younger, more strong-willed and socially awkward phase with the Diamondbacks, catcher Miguel Montero chastised him for shaking off signs and tuning out advice from the veterans. But he has gradually developed a rapport with Indians catchers Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez.

It took me a while to understand what he was trying to do and get on the same page, Perez said. Man, he’s in another world at times. But I’m just glad I got to know him as a pitcher and what he likes to do to a hitter and what his game plan is. It’s been fun.
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For Bauer, compromise will never be confused with conventionality. When the Cleveland pitchers head to the bullpen en masse to watch each other’s side sessions, Bauer is the only one carrying a shoulder tube. His teammates have learned to respect his idiosyncrasies, but he still elicits blank stares when he dives too deeply into the metrics.

The case was dismissed in January 1997, because the alleged victim did not feel she can face the pressures or stress of a trial, and Patricia professed his innocence in a press conference earlier Thursday.

The New England Patriots were not aware of the matter which recently came to light, Belichick said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. For 14 years in our organization, Matt conducted himself with great integrity and is known to be an outstanding coach, person and family man. We have always been confident in Matt’s character and recommended him highly to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Kluber’s stoicism is offset by the easygoing manner of Carlos Carrasco, who is eminently approachable Anaheim Ducks Jersey and exudes the same sense of joy whether reflecting on a complete-game shutout or passing his U.S. citizenship test.
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Raiders sign sixth-round pick Azeem Victor

The Raiders have a member of their 2018 draft class under contract.
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The team announced that linebacker Azeem Victor has agreed to a four-year deal. Victor was selected in the sixth round of the draft with the 216th overall selection.

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We keep seeing The Boz being run over by Bo Jackson as his NFL highlight. His buzzcut and acting abilities may have been better than his value to them as an NFL defender who was worn down too early by his college steroid and drug use.
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Stewart went undrafted out of Baylor last year and signed with the Broncos. He spent the preseason in Denver and then moved on to the Bills practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster. He moved on to the Redskins practice squad in December and was released by Washington in April.

The Giants signed former Dolphin Michael Thomas to go with Landon Collins and Darian Thompson at safety and added several cornerbacks in free agency, but did not draft any defensive backs last week.
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There were some awful picks made in St. Louis during the 鈥?0s, but this was the driest in Arizona. Taken between Ryan Leaf and Charles Woodson, Wadsworth鈥檚 three short years in Arizona started with a holdout and ended with knee woes.

Sometimes the Falcons鈥?affinity for Auburn players burns them big time. There were 15 Pro Bowlers and two Hall of Famers (Michael Irvin, Randall McDaniel) taken in the same first round as Bruce, who had just 16 sacks in four seasons with Atlanta.

Dan Morgan To Join Bills’ Front Office

Dan Morgan looks set to follow other high-ranking former Panthers staffers east. Mike Garafolo of reports (on Twitter) the Seahawks’ director of pro personnel will join the Bills as a high-ranking member of Brandon Beane‘s front office.

Rlley Ferguson, QB, Memphis. Ferguson at 6-4, 215 pounds has prototypical, Brady-like size with the natural accuracy and efficiency from the pocket the Patriots demand. He’s a little thin and needs to improve his footwork, mechanics and delivery, but those are coachable aspects of his game. Although other positions would provide the Patriots more short-term help, all eyes will be on who New England tabs as Brady’s new successor.

From The Ringer’s Danny Kelly: “This feels like a big reach: Hurst is a high-floor guy who seems likely to develop into a dependable pass-catching option in the Ravens offense, but he isn’t special in any one area, lacks top-tier athleticism, and will be a 25-year-old rookie. Baltimore had too many other needs to invest in a tight end at this spot.”

Hurst to Baltimore isn’t a bad pick by itself because the Ravens needed a tight end, and this selection gives them that. But even though they traded down twice, it still feels like the Ravens reached on this one.

The guy can block, he can catch and he can do both of them at an elite level, which make him to me in my mind a 100 percent complete tight end –something you don’t see nowadays anymore, Gonzalez said during a Thursday interview that will appear on NFL Up to the Minute on NFL Network.

What could have been: The Browns and coach Mike Pettine could have re-signed hometown hero Brian Hoyer — who had a 7-6 record as a starter in 2014 — instead of signing Josh McCown and hanging on to second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Does it matter? Hoyer started nine games for the Texans before throwing four interceptions in a wild-card loss to the Chiefs before moving on to Chicago. The Browns went 3-13 behind McCown, Manziel and Austin Davis. Pettine was fired and Manziel was released after the season.

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