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The Giants have been looking for a true No. 1 tailback since Tiki Barbers retirement.

Michael was supposed to apprentice under Marshawn Lynch, then eventually step into his role as a bruising bowling-ball of a tailback after Lynchs sudden retirement in 2016. Instead, hes been traded once and released three times in just four seasons of NFL play. His most successful season came in 2016, where he started seven games for Seattle (who had traded him in 2015, re-acquired him, and then cut him despite solid numbers) and added valuable depth to the bombed-out cave once known as the Packers tailback platoon.

Jason Jones Mens Jersey The Giants have been looking for a true No. 1 tailback since Tiki Barbers retirement. For a hot minute, Wilson looked like he might be the guy. The Virginia Tech product started slowly in his rookie season, but finished the year averaging five yards per carry and looking like a building block for the future. Instead, he struggled through the first five games of his sophomore year before suffering a career-ending neck injury.

The Jets took Milliner with the ninth overall pick, hoping he could fill the void left by Darrelle Reviss departure, but injuries kept him from ever hitting his stride. The Jets waived Milliner with an injury designation after he was only able to play in eight games over the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
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After Richard Sherman blew up and became a household name, it seems like every tall cornerback prospect has been hyped up as the next Sherman.Jean-Baptiste was one of those guys, but he never did anything of note and the Saints cut him after just one year. Naturally, hes Shermans teammate now, having signed with the Seahawks to compete for a roster spot in training camp.

The NBPA reached out to Adam Silver about Phil Jackson’s comments regarding Carmelo Anthony

The National Basketball Players Association president Michele Roberts reached out to commissioner Adam Silver after New York Knicks president Phil Jackson publicly bashed Carmelo Anthony during his exit press conference.

“If players under contract cannot, under threat of league discipline, speak openly about their desire to be employed elsewhere, we expect management to adhere to the same standards,” Roberts said in a statement. “The door swings both ways when it comes to demonstrating loyalty and respect.”

Jackson dished blow after blow to Anthony on Friday, suggesting he intended to explore every avenue to get a trade done this summer. Anthony has two years worth $53 million remaining on his contract with a no-trade clause and a 15 percent trade kicker, each of which Jackson gave him when he signed the All-Star forward to a five-year extension in 2014.

— Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys, Canton, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 3, 8 p.m. (NBC) — The Hall of Fame Game will now be played on a Thursday and will kick off induction weekend instead of being the final event. The Cowboys have appeared in the Hall of Fame Game a record six times, while the Cardinals are making their fifth appearance. The Cardinals do have former quarterback Kurt Warner in this year’s class, but the foundation for Warner’s Hall of Fame resume is winning a Super Bowl championship with the St. Louis Rams.

— New York Giants at Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m. (ESPN) — This game will likely be Myles Garrett’s first NFL game, as the Texas A&M defensive end is expected to be taken No. 1 at the draft later this month by the Browns.

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Lions president says NFL schedule will be released Thursday

I would give him a handful of Skittles and say, Eat ’em up, baby. They’re going to make you run fast and they’re going to make you play good.
When he broke down his famous run against the Saints for NFL Films, he credited the candy as his inspiration. In November, 2011, a teammate revealed Lynch couldn’t stop thinking about the candy during a game-winning drive against the Ravens:

All he was talking about in the middle of that last drive, Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson said, was somebody give him some Skittles. Thats the type of guy he is.
Lynch wore a pair of Skittles cleats about a month later against the 49ers:

Game Kids Timmy Jernigan Jersey Thanks to Lions president Rod Wood, we now know when the NFL will release the 2017 schedule.

Following Thursday’s unveiling of Detroit’s new uniforms, which have barely noticeable changes, Wood said the NFL will announce the 2017 slate of games on April 20.

Wood was asked what was next on his agenda and he answered by saying Ford Field’s renovation is a priority.

That’s the thing I got to focus on getting done before the season starts, Wood said, via ESPN. The schedule coming out next Thursday will be a focus, too.

Youth Brandon Allen Jersey The NFL Draft will begin the following Thursday, April 27, and run through Saturday, April 29. San Antonios defense has been even better still, and Leonard is the leagues marquee defensive stopper. Weve seen him do it time and again against the best players in the league in the most important moments. If were choosing sides in a defense-only draft, Ill take Kawhi first overall and figure everything out later. But for reasons that are fascinating to explore and have been explained better in other places, Leonards individual defensive impact does not show up as obviously as Goberts and Greens this season.

Boulware’s undersized for the NFL at only six feet tall

Awuzie does a little bit of everything from playing inside and outside at corner to blitzing off the edge, which led to eight sacks in his last two seasons at Colorado. Teams that run a lot of zone coverage will love Awuzie because he’s more experienced in it than most and expertly reads routes. He’s a screen pass killer. Coaches will love him. He may never get a lot of interceptions, and will get beat over the top by speed receivers.

Awuzie ran a strong 4.43-second 40-yard dash and had an elite broad jump at the NFL Scouting Combine. He did 16 bench press reps and measured in at 6’0 and 202 pounds, giving him above-average size and strength for a corner.

He knew the pain of getting this close to the title, and the second go-around, Boulware made sure to do all he could to bring it home. From right before Clemson’s championship season started:
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I didn’t come this far to only come this far. Still think about this everyday. One last ride. See y’all in Tampa. pic.twitter.com/tym9juQGAa
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Boulware’s undersized for the NFL at only six feet tall, in the 9th percentile among all NFL combine linebackers. His only above-average combine drill was the three-cone.

He might not get drafted, but look for him to pop up on a roster this summer anyway. Boulware might not be a major factor in an NFL linebacking corps immediately, but special teams could be his meal ticket on the next level.

That’s probably what should have happened again this year

Mocking the Draft’s Dan Kadar has Houston selecting Kizer in his latest mock. In Kadar’s scenario, both Deshaun Watson and Trubisky are already off the board. He’s been a popular projection for the Texans. Over 18 percent of mock drafts have Kizer headed to Houston.

Kizer can make plays with his legs when necessary (18 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons). He’s also shown he’s comfortable as a pocket passer, and has a big arm that can make all the throws. That’s a good fit for the Texans offense.

Take 2011, for example. The Bears were rolling, off to a 7-3 start, when Johnny Knox slipped coming out of his break and a San Diego Chargers defensive back intercepted Cutler. Cutler chased him down, but in the process broke his thumb. He’d miss the rest of the season. There was initially hope for backup Caleb Hanie following a respectable showing in the 2010 NFC title game after Cutler sprained his MCL. That optimism was wrong and anyone who believed it should feel bad. Hanie was terrible, the Bears went 0-4 in games he started and wound up missing the playoffs.
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Elite Kids Ryan Reaves Jersey That’s probably what should have happened again this year, especially when the Bears also lost Lance Briggs — the best player on an otherwise sieve-like defense — in the same game as Cutler.

In both cases, I think the refs were ultimately correct to not call a penalty. It’s the last play of the game. Both teams are giving it their all. Unless there is a call that LEAPS out at you, you let the players decide the game. That’s what you’re taught as an official — no cheap touchdowns.

But the fans don’t care. They want the refs to bail out their team. They don’t want to believe their beloved players failed. They don’t want to believe their favorite team failed. They want to find a scapegoat, an outsider to point fingers at.

North Carolina’s run through the NCAA tournament ended with new hats commemorating their national championship Monday night

The ball went to senior Isaiah Hicks down low, and he hit a righty hook shot with 27 seconds left to push the lead to three. Gonzaga called time out and put the ball in their best player’s hands, but Nigel Williams-Goss’ shot attempt was stuffed by Meeks. Joel Berry II picked up the ball and threw it up court to Jackson, who flushed home the final points.

Redemption is a word with biblical origins, one that can mean different things to different people. Hicks put it in his own terms. With the championship net draped around his neck like a bib, Hicks summed up the feeling of making it back to the title game and this time coming out on top.

“Last year was the worst,” he said. “This year is the best.” With WrestleMania 33 fast approaching and the two brands of WWE about to collide on the so-called Grandest Stage Of Them All, it’s interesting to take a step back and look at the two shows that drive the company. Over the last year, RAW and SmackDown Live have become very different entities within the larger WWE structure, and it makes for a fascinating dynamic in the largest wrestling promotion in the world.

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North Carolina’s run through the NCAA tournament ended with new hats commemorating their national championship Monday night. It started with new hats, too.
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Notes on top Southern college football recruits from Atlanta’s 2017 Under Armour camp

Having been on the road for the last seven weekends has yielded a lot of great material to be used in future content creation, but I’ve not had much time to share the knowledge gained with readers of the Crootletter. My next trip is not until April 22, so expect your inbox to be pinging more frequently over the next two weeks.

It’s likely that Jones is trying to light a fire under another team to get them to make a move before he has to release the longtime Cowboys quarterback. Teams like the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans should be interested in acquiring Romo, but his contract may make a trade difficult to pull together. Romo carries a cap hit of $24.7 million in 2017, $25.2 million in 2018, and $23.7 million in 2019.

Game Youth Shea Weber Jersey The Cowboys almost have to move on from Romo. Dak Prescott earned the starting job in his rookie season, which culminated in Offensive Rookie of the Year honors for the young quarterback.

Romo expected to be waived by the Cowboys at the start of free agency, but he’s still with the team nearly a month later. Jones said at the NFL owners meeting that the Cowboys’ decision on Romo might not happen until before training camp.

Game Youth Troy Polamalu Jersey At least Jones is willing to let teams approach Romo to start the process, even if it is just in the context of a possible trade. Offseason training programs begin soon, and if Romo remains with the Cowboys, he’ll lose valuable time learning the offense and acclimating to a new team.

The NFL’s new ban on leaping kick blocks is sad but smart

The leaping kick block is one of football’s most exciting plays. For a defender to hurdle a line of blockers and reject a field goal or extra point, he needs impeccable timing and top-notch athleticism. If he does it right, he’ll launch into an explosive jump and cross the neutral zone less than a split-second before the long snapper releases the ball to the holder. It can look downright beautiful.

Kam Chancellor did it against the Panthers in the playoffs a few years ago. His block didn’t count because he ran into the kicker afterward, but I don’t mind pretending it counted. Chancellor read Carolina’s snap count and did something superhuman. It was gorgeous sports.

It’s going to be illegal going forward. A week after the NFLPA signaled interest in banning players from leaping over the line of scrimmage to block a field goal, a rule change banning leap blocks passed the NFL’s competition committee on Tuesday. Major college football is likely taking a similar step soon.

A Walden suspension would likely mean that rookie Bjoern Werner would step into the starting role. The first round draft pick has struggled this year and also missed significant time due to an injury. Werner is improving but at this point is a step down from Walden. The hope will have to be that Werner can provide some pressure on Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and that he can handle the role of an every down linebacker. Another option and a guy who likely will see increased playing time with a Walden suspension is Cam Johnson.
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Limited Womens Peter Holland Jersey The moral of the story here is that stupid actions will be punished by the NFL, and rightfully so. There’s not really any room to complain here for anybody, be it Colts fans or Walden. Walden should just be happy it wasn’t worse – an ejection as well, a longer suspension, or even being released by the Colts.