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Chargers RFA wideout Tyrell Williams signs his tender

Now that the deadline to sign offer sheets with other team has passed, there’s no real incentive for restricted free agents not to sign.
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Thus, Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams has signed his RFA tender from the Chargers, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

That leaves just two unsigned restricted free agents around the league, Falcons cornerback Ricardo Allen and Chiefs defensive end Rakeem Nunez-Roches.
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Williams was tendered at the second-round level, which made an offer sheet from another team unlikely anyway.

I think Jerry Kramer was offside, yes.
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I thought that they would try to run the ball. I was a little bit surprised that they would quarterback-sneak it. Donny Anderson was a big back, and I thought it would probably be a handoff to [offensive tackle Forrest] Gregg’s side, because of Gregg’s ability. So I was somewhat shocked with the quarterback sneak.

I wanted to die. You worked so hard, for so many weeks and so many years to get where you’re at, and then all of a sudden, with a few seconds left to play, on a fourth-down play, you lose everything.

With James in the fold, the chances that Tre Boston will be returning to the Chargers would seem to shrink considerably. If James proves to be as good as his many pre-draft promotors thought, there probably won’t be anyone missing him too much.

So, Giants, please don’t complicate a simple decision. Keep it simple and draft Barkley.

Given the rare elevated position in the draft where the Giants are picking and given the fact Manning is 37 years old, fans wanting a quarterback of the future is an understandable sentiment.

But to this theory I ask this question of Giants fans: Wouldn’t you rather win now?

Giants fans have watched their team produce four losing seasons in the past Samson Ebukam Womens Jersey five years with one playoff appearances since 2011. That’s no fun for anyone 鈥?least of all the fans who are dutifully paying the PSL freight at MetLife Stadium.

Jaguars don’t see any glaring needs with draft approaching

The Jaguars hold the 29th overall pick in this year’s draft and it might take them a moment or too to get used to those surroundings.
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It’s the first time that the team has been drafting outside of the Top 10 since the 2007 season, which represents the major change in circumstances that took place in 2017. The Jaguars went 10-6, won the AFC South and advanced to the conference title game to break a long run as one of the league’s worst teams.

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The Giants, also 4-12 in 1980, would pick second. Winning that tie-breaker from hell only wound up changing everything for both teams beginning that night at the Sheraton, April 28, 1981. It was the only other time prior to Thursday that the Giants and Jets would pick 2-3 in the draft.

Manning previously has said he has not talked to the team about his future, and he reiterated Wednesday his understanding that it’s a year-to-year business.

Obviously I have to prove that and do that every day and get on the field and make sure I’m making the right decisions, protecting the ball, making good throws and learning this offense quickly, Manning said. I think we’re off to a good start.

Shurmur got to work with Manning for the first time Tuesday. He called Manning the fittest 37 year old he has seen, a backhanded compliment the quarterback reluctantly accepted.

Ben Gedeon Elite Jersey This guy’s a pro, Shurmur said. What you noticed about him is you only have to run a play or two, and he gets the drill calibrated and he gets his feet right and he makes the throw. I quickly, after being with him one day on the field, see why he’s been so successful for so long. He’s a pro.

He was still down there rushing and getting after the quarterback, Vernon said of Jones.

Journeyman QB Luke McCown retiring from NFL

The National Football League is down to just its final McCown.

While 38-year-old Josh still toils under center for the New York Jets, his younger brother, Luke McCown, is calling it quits.

The 36-year-old career backup passer announced his retirement Friday, sending a statement out through his agent, Mike McCartney:

McCown entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick of the Browns in 2004, making four winless starts as a rookie for Cleveland in the post-Tim Couch era.

Since suffering a fractured orbital bone a couple of weeks ago, Embiid has been playing up his new face mask, referencing a Bane line from Batman in his Instagram caption about his mask, flaunting the protective gear all over the Well Fargo Center and even donning a Phantom of the Opera replica mask to ring a ceremonial Liberty Bell before Game 1 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round series with the Miami Heat.

But Embiid’s week on social media wasn’t finished there. Before Game 1, he took to Instagram to post about his excitement for the playoffs — and preview what he believes is the Sixers’ path through the postseason (Heat, Celtics, Cavs and Warriors).

McCown appeared in 62 NFL games for five different teams, but made only 10 starts in a career that began in 2004. He appeared in 40 of those games and made one start with the Saints. His other NFL games came with the Cleveland Browns (who drafted him in the fourth round), Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. He finishes his career with 2,370 yards, nine touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

But, forced to pick one, I agree with Emily. The Predators are Cup contenders for good reason, and Colorado lacks the punch to hang with Nashville, let alone fight back from a multi-game deficit. The absence of Semyon Varlamov hurts quite a bit, and MacKinnon and his linemates won’t be able to carry this club through a Cup favorite down 3-0. The Avalanche had an impressive regular season, but they are probably a year early here, forced to play a juggernaut right out of the gate.

Sachin Chandan, ESPN The Magazine researcher: The Ducks would be in jeopardy should they fall behind 3-0, not because they’ve been outplayed by the San Jose Sharks, but because their chances to come back are drying up. steelers_064

Robert Kraft isn’t sweating Gronk’s future

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s future as a player has been a frequent topic of conversation this offseason and some around the team may be worried about the prospect of his retirement.
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Rondo shook his head when asked why Holiday gets so little credit for his two-way play.

I think it goes along with his personality, Rondo said. He’s not a guy that talks, even though he’s shown more emotions in this playoffs as of late, but he flies under the radar. He’s playing in a small market the last couple of years.

Those who know him best say Holiday has shown more personality in this series than anyone can remember. He erupted with joy after a game-saving block against Pat Connaughton in the closing seconds of Game 1. He has conducted a running dialogue with Portland fans seated near courtside.

I was just having friendly conversation with some of the fans, Holiday said, downplaying the banter. That was really it, just going back and forth. I feel like that’s what they paid for — for us to communicate and talk to them — so that’s what I was doing.

The Texans said they were impressed with the way Derek Newton has been working out in his comeback attempt.
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They just didn’t want him attempting it next week when he would have been on their property.

If Babe Ruth himself pitched in the Coliseum last Sunday, it is unclear if it would have been a sellout.

Authentic Kids Cairo Santos Jersey David Cone has long been the best Yankees TV game analyst, but he absolutely crushed it Sunday. When Yankees manager Aaron Boone decided to walk Josh Donaldson to load the bases in a two-out, one-run game in the eighth, Cone said he didn’t like it because the sample size 鈥?Donaldson had two homers in five at-bats off Robertson 鈥?was outweighed by the fact that the ensuing hitter, Justin Smoak, was on fire and how much tougher Drew Brees Authentic Jersey it is to pitch with the bases loaded. Smoak hit a grand slam.

Paul Posluszny bids farewell: I’d rather be a year too early than one play too late

The Jaguars said goodbye to Paul Posluszny with a retirement ceremony Monday. The linebacker announced his retirement March 13.
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I absolutely loved being a Jacksonville Jaguar, Posluszny said, via quotes distributed by the team. I tried to give everything that I could to [the organization] while I had the privilege of serving here. Thank you for sharing your locker room with me. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it for the time I was here. It was an honor and it was pleasure. I loved every minute of it.

I love the game too much and I respect it too much to not be able, physically, to do everything that I’ve done in years past. If that’s a year too early, I’ll regret it, but I’d rather be a year too early than one play too late.
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You talk about a 2:05 game, it’s extremely DeAndre Hopkins Womens Jersey rare in today’s game, especially in our ballpark, Lovullo said. Both pitchers were pretty special tonight.

Giants RHP Chris Stanton is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in three career starts against Arizona, including a loss in his only start at Chase Field.

Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray has won his last six starts against the NL West since Aug. 30 headed into Wednesday’s game against the Giants.
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The pushback now is being led by Brady, Curran writes. And it’s not about one thing, it’s about everything. It’s about the culture. A culture we’ve all celebrated for nearly two decades as being the reason the Patriots from 2001 through 2019 will be the standard by which all American sports dynasties are measured.

But when the player whose buy-in is most important 鈥?Brady 鈥?begins an open revolt, then what? What changed? Who changed? How many teammates agree with him? What next?

Curran’s column lacks hard evidence that would support the proclamation that Brady is leading a pushback, or that he has launched an open revolt. Curran will join Monday’s PFT PM podcast, where that will surely be one of the questions.

The column contains plenty of quotes from now-former Patriots that suggest a sea change regarding the willingness of players to continuously be mentally and emotionally beaten down by a zero fun, sir head coach whose quest to win each and every Super Bowl may not be shared by guys who eventually have a couple of rings (or more) and who decide that life is too short to let it be run by a single-minded, all-consuming, soul-expunging obsession.

Oklahoma president suffers stroke during Bob Stoops ceremony

Limited Scott Mayfield Jersey University of Oklahoma president David Boren suffered a minor stroke before the unveiling of a statue honoring former Sooners football coach Bob Stoops on Saturday morning and was taken away on a stretcher.
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The school revealed Sunday that he will be released from the hospital in the coming days and is expected to have a full recovery.

Boren, 76, is a former U.S. senator and has been the university’s president since 1994. He had spoken earlier in the ceremony.

Goodell pointed out that coaches were involved in the passing of the rule.

I think it was [Patriots] coach [Bill] Belichick who first raised it, but if we’re able to have replay to confirm when there’s one of these fouls that we think should be removed from the game Justin Schultz Youth jersey and that also confirms whether someone should be ejected, I think there’s a great deal of more confidence among the coaches that it’ll be done consistently and fairly, he said. And I think it also gives the officials more confidence to be able to make those judgments because they know there will be some type of video input in that. I actually think that the coaches and the clubs and our officials all collectively feel that that is an appropriate thing to do. And it is the first time we’ve used replay for safety and I think that’s a positive thing. As [Competition Committee chairman] Rich [McKay] said, it’s the first time we’ve used replay in respect to any kind of a foul, but we think that’s warranted for safety-related issues.

He’s our best player and he was our best player by a mile tonight, said Calvert, whose one-handed rebound 12:22 into overtime sent the Blue Jackets into a frenzy. It makes us confident. When you’ve got him making up for your mistakes, it’s always good. He’s been doing it all season.
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The playoff version of Bobrovsky of years past was a confounding nightmare compared to his elite play during the regular season: 3-10 with a 3.63 goals-against average and.887 save percentage. Through two games this year, the second of which coach John Tortorella called one of the best goaltending performances he has seen, the reserved Russian has stopped 81 of 88 shots to send Columbus home for Game 3 Tuesday in a place it’s never been before.

Mathew Barzal finishes the season atop the rookie rankings

First-year players getting a shot to impress in the NHL has become an annual breath of fresh air, provided in part this season by the burst of wind trailing New York Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal as he blazed past another defenseman.

The 2017-18 rookie class was once again deep and talented, bringing optimism for ailing fan bases, filling holes on playoff-bound teams and taking on leading roles far earlier than should have been expected.

No one did that more emphatically than Barzal, who was a ray of light in an otherwise disappointing Islanders season. He will easily win the Calder Trophy after leading all rookies with 85 points as a possession-driving center who is just 20 years old.

“It does not matter what historic expectations are out there of me,’’ Stanton told The Post. “I have a higher one for myself. I’m the one who has to put in the work. I don’t just put the jersey on and show up at game time. Aaron is the one who does all the work that he does.

“What we need to do is not read papers. Not worry about, ‘Hey it’s May 1, we’re supposed to have this many home runs. The public needs us to have this many home runs.’ What’s important is how are we in our own game, how are we helping the team. This isn’t a competition who’s going to hit more between me and him. This isn’t who is going to be second, who is going to be third, who cares.’’

The Eagles, who earlier this month acquired Bennett from the Seahawks, commented on the matter later Friday.

“We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information,” the team said in a statement. “Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Ty Lue is crowing about a secret best five-man lineup the Cavs didn’t use in Game 1. Umm, the playoffs started. The Pacers smacked Cleveland with a level of intensity these Cavs have never displayed. Might want to ratchet things up, guys.

The Cavs will get a dunk, layup or 3-pointer on a huge majority of possessions — like, almost all of them — when LeBron posts up Bojan Bogdanovic or Lance Stephenson. Those guys have no chance. (That’s no slight. Bogdanovic played LeBron well. No normal wing has a chance when LeBron decides it’s time to work.)

This is classic LeBron: He knows this, but he rarely cares to exploit it on an almost-every-possession basis until he has to. And don’t lean on the “he just wants to get other guys involved” trope. His post game is, first and foremost, a vehicle with which to get other guys involved.

Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe leaves game with right shoulder discomfort

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Logan Forsythe left Saturday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with discomfort in his right shoulder and will have an MRI, the team said.
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Forsythe, normally a second baseman, has been filling in at third for the injured Justin Turner.

Kike Hernandez and Kyle Farmer are expected to pick up third-base duties in Forsythe’s absence.

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Tigers: Pitching coach Chris Bosio, who was expected to miss a couple weeks because of an undisclosed health issue , was back after about a week. He told me he can’t take it, Gardenhire said. He called me up a couple of days ago and said, `I’m coming back Tuesday.

The Tigers moved Wednesday’s game from 6:40 to 1:10 p.m. in anticipation of bad weather. Detroit LHP Matthew Boyd (0-1) starts against Baltimore RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1).

Neal, a right-hander, will be assigned to Triple-A Louisville and Isabel, an infielder, to Class A Daytona.

In his only previous appearance against the Mariners in 2016, Cole pitched a three-hitter in a 10-1 victory.

On Monday night, Dallas Keuchel pitched eight innings in a 2-1 loss to the Mariners. Tuesday, Lance McCullers Jr. allowed one run on one hit in seven innings, with 11 strikeouts, in a 4-1 victory that snapped the Astros’ three-game losing streak.
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Losing in general sucks, Hinch said after Monday’s game. Obviously, we don’t Womens Tim Heed Jersey want to lose the game. There are going to be stretches where starting pitchers and relief pitchers are going to be putting up zeros and we don’t hit, and there are going to be times when we are killing the ball. It’s a bump in the road, part of the game.

Cole is scheduled to be opposed Wednesday by Mariners right-hander Mike Leake (2-0, 3.50 ERA). Leake is 6-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 12 career appearances (10 starts) against the Astros.

John Lynch: 49ers fans didn’t like Richard Sherman, will love him now

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San Francisco General Authentic Ricardo Louis Jersey Manager John Lynch said on PFT Live that while 49ers fans may have hated Sherman when he was the star cornerback on the rival Seahawks, he fully expects San Francisco to embrace Sherman now that he’s on their side.

And that means the Seahawks are going to look very different when they take the field this fall. Which sounds like a rebuild, even if that’s not what they want to call it.

The NFL is continuing to push for a presence in London, and the mayor is only too happy to have America’s most popular sport.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan told Talksport that he’s eager to see the NFL expand its presence in his city, and he believes there could be a franchise based in London full-time, and a Super Bowl in London.

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The Dolphins season derailed last year when they thought quarterback Ryan Tannehill was going to be OK, and then he wasn’t.

This year, they’ll have much more time to prepare.

During his session at the coaches breakfast this morning, Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Tannehill was going to be ready to go when OTAs begin, which creates a more positive atmosphere for the franchise.

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Titans unveil new uniforms, helmets

The jersey that recently made its way to social media is indeed the new home jersey of the Titans. The team unveiled the uniforms before a massive, outdoor Nashville crowd on Wednesday night.
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The new look also includes a new helmet, with dark blue becoming the base color. The T logo appears to be the same.
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Quarterback Marcus Mariota, tight end Delanie Walker, and safety Kevin Byard, along with several other Titans players, modeled the different variations 鈥?home, away, alternative home, alternative away, and of course Color Rush.

All three labels dogged Cravens last season, which he spent on the reserve/left squad list. Placing him on that list was the best move Washington, the team that had drafted him the year before, had left after Cravens suddenly claimed he was retiring on the eve of the regular season.

Cravens has departed a franchise that, by all accounts, was not convinced he wanted to play, either for them or at all. His reactions left the impression that he was just fine not playing for his now former team, too. That includes a tweet last Wednesday, when word of the deal got out.

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All three jerseys presumably will be available for sale soon, along with the new helmets.

Indiana shot 54 percent from the field for the game.

Pacers: Stephenson wore gold-colored shoes. … Glenn Robinson III and Cory Joseph each had 13 points as the Pacers’ reserves outscored the Hornets’ backups, 72-60.

Hornets: Kemba Walker didn’t score until there was 5 minutes left in the second quarter and finished Paul Perkins Jersey with 12 points. … The Hornets honored play-by-play announcer Steve Martin, who is retiring after 30 seasons with the franchise.