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DeMaurice Smith: NFL’s Anthem Rule Change About Exerting Control over Players

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith believes the NFL’s change in policy on the national anthem is designed to exert control on players.
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During an appearance Friday on ESPN’s聽Get Up!聽show, Smith expressed his concerns regarding the new anthem rules:

He earned a Provisional Franchise Quarterback Learners Permit with that performance. He now makes sense as a bridge quarterback for some rebuilding team with a hotshot rookie, or as the backup who pushes a fading veteran. He deserves a chance to prove he can replicate his 2017 success, but with a rock-solid Plan B in place if he cannot.

But there are no challengers at all in Denver. Keenum’s backups are Paxton Lynch, who went 0-2 with a 72 quarterback rating last year, and Chad Kelly, a seventh-round rookie. In other words, your college roommates: The guy who skipped class to play Overwatch all day and the one who kept getting out of trouble because his uncle was a big deal in the alumni association.

The Broncos are actively avoiding quarterback competitions after two years of juggling Lynch, Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler. They believe they can win a Super Bowl with great defense and ball control, because they just did so three years ago. They wanted a veteran starter and a drama-free offseason, and they weren’t about to get picky.

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These remarks are the latest in what has been an interesting few months regarding the Patriots. In January, Seth Wickersham of ESPN reported on the apparent discord between the organization’s big three 鈥?Brady, Belichick and Kraft.

The Patriots denied the report and have said the three are all on the same page. But examples like Rob Gronkowski’s near retirement and the curious Malcolm Butler Super Bowl benching would suggest otherwise.
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Either way, Brady’s latest comments certainly raise an eyebrow.

They took a defiant stance, in a city where 39.2 percent of the population is black, per the U.S. Census Bureau, by not describing it as an isolated incident and acknowledging the systemic issue. The Bucks chose to stand with Brown, stand with their fans and stand with their city by using their platform and influence to shine light on an issue that has resulted in unarmed black people dying at the hands of police.

Sound familiar? This is what Kaepernick wanted to do.

Rashaad Penny just made some dollars.

The Seattle Seahawks signed their 2018 first-round pick to his rookie deal, the team announced Wednesday. As with all first-round rookie contracts, Penny’s deal with include a fifth-year option.

Seattle spent its No. 27 overall selection on the San Diego State running back, who, as the second tailback off the board, was considered a surprising choice at the time. But the Seahawks thought very highly of Penny, so much so that they would have selected him at No. 18 if they hadn’t traded out of that spot, NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz reported during rookie minicamp.

The former Navy quarterback and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver is signing with the Seahawks, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday.

Reynolds was drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2016 draft, but was never activated for a regular-season game in Baltimore. Reynolds spent the end of the 2017 season on the Washington Redskins ‘ practice squad.

“You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there, maybe you shouldn’t be in the country. The NFL owners did the right thing,” Trump said Thursday in an interview on “Fox & Friends.”

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, who was one of the first players to take a knee after Colin Kaepernick did in 2016, called Trump’s comments “disgusting,” adding he doesn’t think the NFL’s rule change will be a real solution.

“I say disgusting because of our First Amendment rights. We have freedom of speech, freedom to protest. So if somebody protests something, now we get someone kicked out of the country? That’s not how things should work in my opinion,” Marshall said, via The Denver Channel.

“We are supposed to have a conversation about things, talk about things, work things through. Everybody is not going to agree. Everybody is not going to have the same opinion. Just because somebody has an issue with something going on in this country they should pack up and leave? That’s absurd.”ravens_133

Torres homers twice of Colon as Yankees beat Rangers 10-5

Limited Clark Griswold Jersey I think that’s with anyone, Bryant said. When strikeouts are down, you’re probably grounding out more and making weak contact. It’s not necessarily the best thing in the world. It looks nice on paper, less strikeouts, but it doesn’t mean it’s a great thing. Sure, it’s nice to move the baseball like [Cubs manager] Joe [Maddon] has been talking about, but it just depends on what situation.
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Maddon’s biggest issue is with runners on third base and fewer than two outs. That’s a long-standing problem for the Cubs, who rank 26th in baseball in that department, as they’ve gotten the run home just 44 percent of the time. That’s about the same success rate as Bryant himself has had (43 percent), so there is at least one situation in which he’s far from perfect. That’s one of the few.

The Bucs’ defense was a sieve last year, ranking dead last in yards allowed. One way to fix that: overhaul the defensive front. Which is exactly what Tampa Bay did, bringing in five new D-linemen, including Jason Pierre-Paul and first-round pick Vita Vea. On the other side of the ball, running back was a huge question mark. Not anymore! Ronald Jones was a great second-round selection. The only downside is playing in the best division in the NFL from top to bottom. Oh, and Koetter. But alas, for whatever reason, I’m still in.

With or without full contact, the practices will give the Jets an extended chance to see Darnold on the practice field with veteran players for the first time since drafting him. That will provide information about how Darnold is running the huddle and grasping the offensive playbook as well as how he fares against experienced defensive backs trying to stop him from completing passes.

As recounted by Albert Breer of in a lengthy look at the Darnold pursuit, the Jets didn’t expect to Authentic Dale Hawerchuk Jersey have Darnold fall to them 鈥?You have a horseshoe up your a鈥? Jets vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger said to General Manager Mike Maccagnan 鈥?and CEO Christopher Johnson has made it clear that the expectations are high now that he did.

Whether that leads to a quick rise up the depth chart remains to be seen. The Jets don’t have big questions about Josh McCown after he spent 2017 as their starter, so the focus in OTAs is likely to be on figuring out the plan for Darnold as his rookie season unfolds.

But just as the national television audience is about to realize, Oh yeah, the Hall of Fame Game is as boring as watching cement dry, Lamar Jackson enters the game.

What happens next defines the next year of Ravens history.
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Report: Arie Kouandjio will miss season after surgery

Washington offensive guard Arie Kouandjio will miss the entire season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn quadriceps muscle, John Keim of ESPN reports.
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The team had left hope pre-surgery that he would get back before the end of the season, but even then, Washington knew Kouandjio would miss several months.

Washington learned today for certain that Kouandjio will spend the season rehabbing after surgery late last week, with his rehab set at six to eight months, per Keim.

It certainly has been a while. Monday’s game marked the first time since September 2011 that the Phillies have played a divisional opponent at Citizens Bank Park with both teams at least eight games over .500. Coincidentally, Atlanta was the opponent seven years ago. For sake of reference, the pitching matchups in that series consisted of Cliff Lee vs. Derek Lowe, Vance Worley vs. Tim Hudson and Roy Oswalt vs. Brandon Beachy.

Mokofisi signed with the Packers as a rookie free agent out of the University of Utah on May 4.

Mokofisi, 23, started for three seasons at Utah, appearing in 48 games with 35 starts. He also spent some time at defensive end.

He started all 26 games over his final two seasons and was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 both years.

In 2016, Mokofisi set career highs in tackles (45), tackles for a loss (eight) and sacks (five).

Houston jumped on left-hander Womens Trumaine Johnson Jersey Andrew Suarez (1-4), who was making his sixth major league start, for five runs and seven hits in four innings. Evan Gattis and Max Stassi hit consecutive doubles to start Houston’s third and make it 1-0. Stassi scored on a single by George Springer and Bregman followed with a double for a 3-0 lead.

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Last Chance U’ star John Franklin III signs with Chicago Bears

It’s been a long, long road for John Franklin III, best known as a star of Netflix’s Last Chance U, but he’s finally made it to the NFL as a member of the Chicago Bears.
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Franklin, who was a quarterback at Florida State before converting to wide receiver at Florida State and FAU, was signed by the Bears as an undrafted free agent to be a defensive back. He made the announcement that Chicago is his new home Sunday on Twitter.

It’s premature to draw the comparison to former Ravens safety Ed Reed, but it’s something to think about if Hooker adds several interceptions with touchdowns to his NFL resume.

The Jacksonville Jaguars made headlines when they decided not to re-sign wideout Allen Robinson and went with a plethora of No. 2-type pass-catchers at the position.聽

At tight end, though, the team added Niles Paul and Austin-Seferian Jenkins then released 13-year pro Marcedes Lewis.
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Seferian-Jenkins made changes to his life and re-emerged with the New York Jets as a much-improved asset in 2017. He recorded season-highs in receptions (50) and receiving yards (357).

It’s difficult to project which pass-catchers will stand out within a crowded wide receiver position, but quarterback Blake Bortles will have a 6’5, 262-pound tight end with reliable hands all over the field.

Seferian-Jenkins’ improved blocking won’t show up in the box score, but he’s going to set new career-highs in catches, yards and touchdowns as a safe option in the aerial attack.

The Cowboys completely revamped their offense, releasing former All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant, with tight end Jason Witten retiring recently to start a broadcasting career.

The Giants opted to stick with 37-year old quarterback Eli Manning, though added Penn State star Saquon Barkley at running back, selecting him No. 2 overall. They’ll return superstar (and controversial) receiver Odell Beckham, Andrew Cogliano Youth jersey who missed most of last season due to injury. The Giants also have a new coaching staff led by former Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

The Redskins let quarterback Kirk Cousins leave in free agency and replaced him with Alex Smith, acquired in a trade with the Chiefs.

Former Texas-San Antonio edge-rusher Marcus Davenport can have a similar impact as a rookie this season.
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New Orleans had one good pass-rusher in Cameron Jordan last season. However, the Saints didn’t have a high-end complement for him. While the defense did amass 42 sacks, Jordan was the only player to log more than 4.5.

Giants add quarterback Alex Tanney

There might have been a time when Eli Manning was feeling less than secure about his future with the Giants.

It doesn’t take a long look at their depth chart now to know how secure he is.

Patricia was a graduate assistant football coach at his alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, 1996. He studied rocket science.

Patricia later was a college football assistant coach at Amhert and Syracuse before joining the NFL’s New England Patriots in 200He climbed the ranks under future Hall of Fame head coach Bill Belichick, serving as defensive coordinator from 2012-17.

The Giants interviewed Patricia and five other candidates for their head coach vacancy in January, but he decided to go to the Lions in part because of a close relationship with general manager Bob Quinn. Soon after, the Giants hired Pat Shurmur.

Here’s what’s so damning about the blown Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel picks: both players flamed out of the league before ever igniting, due largely to the same immaturity they displayed in college.

Gilbert’s, and especially Manziel’s, unprofessional behavior was sometimes shocking, but never surprising.

And with Manziel, it’s not like he was a transcendent talent.

The Raiders traded with the Colts to move up to select Hurst, giving up picks No. 159 and No. 185.

“It’s money [lost from not going higher], but [I’m] just upset and disappointed in teams that decided not to pick me,” Hurst said, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. “But one [team] got a great player for very little. So I’m very excited to be a part of it.”

Hurst didn’t miss a game at Michigan, appearing in 46. He was sent home from the combine after an irregular EKG, but cardiologists at Harvard and Michigan cleared him.

Still, according to various reports, some teams took took Hurst off their draft board.sabres_078

Packers hope to harness DeShone Kizer’s ‘exceptional arm talent’

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DeShone Kizer is not participating in the Green Bay Packers’ rookie orientation, having accrued his first season with the Cleveland Browns last year, but coach Mike McCarthy shared a glimpse Saturday of what he thinks the new quarterback brings.
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Kizer was a second-round pick in 2017 (No. 52 overall), but he left Notre Dame with two years of eligibility remaining. If he had taken the time to further develop in college, perhaps his draft stock would have benefited.

Kizer went Authentic Dickie Moore Jersey winless in 15 starts for the Browns, throwing for 11 touchdowns against 22 interceptions for a 60.5 passer rating that ranked last in the NFL.

The 161-page document, written in the 1930s by AA founder William Wilson, is typewritten but also includes his handwritten notes.

It’s just as well that big-play threat Taylor Gabriel departed for Chicago. Sarkisian never could figure out how to maximize his speed the way Shanahan did in both Cleveland and Atlanta. Billed by many as the best receiver in the draft, rookie Ridley represents the potential for a major upgrade alongside Jones and Sanu. By the end of the 2018 season, this might be the consensus pick as the top receiving corps in football.

Guard play was an issue last year, as Levitre missed three games and Schweitzer flunked his starting audition. Fusco’s arrival should solidify the line, with Matthews and Schraeder holding down the bookends and Mack excelling in the pivot.

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Adam Vinatieri now has teammates born after he played his first NFL game

Adam Vinatieri, the Colts’ 45-year-old kicker, has reached a landmark few NFL players have achieved: He now has teammates who were born after he made his NFL debut.
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I think he’s going to add something that we’ve never had before. I think he also is smart enough to know to stay when he’s going to stay in his lane a little bit. As we told him, you don’t have to worry about projecting this guy into a lineup and how he fits in with this certain team. We have other guys who are going do that. You tell us about the kid. You tell us about what he’s like. You tell us what he was as a player 鈥?especially the quarterbacks. When we can see five or six quarterbacks going in the first round, there’s no better year for him to be here. I expect this is going to be the kind of set we want to keep together for a long time.

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We had planned this way before the Fox announcement, to be honest with you. This was something we had discussed for a couple of years. Honestly Michael, we looked at last year. We did a little self-scouting. We were like, You know what, the Draft is one of the most important events on ESPN all year long. It really has become one of our marquee events. So we looked at that day and we were like, How are we surrounding the actual Draft from a programming standpoint?

According to BJ Kissel of the team website, Smith was a standout at the team’s three-day rookie minicamp that ended Monday.

It’s the start of a new week, so why not start the week of properly with the #PFTPM podcast?
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Today’s episode touches on various news items of the Kyle Fuller Womens Jersey day, and answers plenty of your questions, about football and other crap.

Bonus coverage: You’ll hear about how the installation of the new grill at the PFT compound went perfectly, until it didn’t.

Honestly, when we looked at it last year, it didn’t feel like that. It felt like we were just kind of doing our normal schedule of shows, without making it feel as big as an event as it was. So we said, You know what, for one day a year, there’s still going to be places on ESPN’s family of networks to get your NBA playoffs news, there’s still going to be place to get your baseball highlights, there’s still going to be places for NHL. But on ESPN, basically for the majority of the day we want to do NFL Draft. We want to get people ready for the Draft.

Bucs sign fifth-round pick Justin Watson

The Buccaneers have agreed to terms with Pennsylvania receiver Justin Watson on a four-year contract, Jeanna Laine of ESPN reports.
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The Bucs made Watson a fifth-round pick, the No. 144 overall selection.

Maybe the reputation of sports agents is not the most pristine and there’s been some shady characters in this business. I think it’s good that they approach with skepticism. Trying to overcome that, break down walls, can sometimes be challenging. Especially in this business, I think it’s so important that they are forthright and forthcoming with me, because to advocate for their best interest, I have to know what’s really going on with them, what they want and what they need. Trying to get that out of them, especially given that football is such a tough-guy industry, can be challenging.

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I’m not a mother, but I can only imagine what a mother’s pride feels Drew Brees Authentic Jersey like because that’s how I regard these guys. They’re like my kids, or like my little brothers, and seeing them in an NFL uniform I think will be truly one of the greatest days of my life because I just care so much for them, and I know how hard they work, and how much they sacrifice for this career.

I don’t really care where they’re drafted, what round they’re drafted in. I just want a lifetime of hard work — since they were playing pee wee or middle school football — to culminate in this goal to this experience that so few guys will ever get to go through: having a chance to be on an NFL roster. If it’s the day after the draft and they call me and say, I report next week to rookie minicamp, and I get a shot to continue pursuing my dream, then I’m good with that.

I’m hopeful that they will all be drafted, but you never know. No one ever knows how the draft’s going to go down. I wouldn’t be surprised if I had some guys that get free-agent offers when the draft is over. We will see, but we’re preparing for all scenarios.

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Donald Trump talked with Belichick about Brady’s status

Count Donald Trump among the crowd curious about Tom Brady’s status.

The president was on the phone with Bill Belichick last week to talk about Brady, the New York Times reports. The nugget of information was published by The Times in an article on Tuesday about chief of staff John F. Kelly’s tough relationship with the president.

Ryan, the No. 3 pick in the 2008 draft out of Boston College, hasn’t missed a start since December 2009.

Nelson became the salary-cap casualty over Cobb, because at age 32, Nelson has lost much of his speed, quickness and versatility. Cobb didn’t have a great 2017 season, either, but he’s five years younger and can rebound better in his comfortable slot receiving role.

There might be greater appeal, though, in Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds because of his versatility to potentially flank Foster against the run while also getting to the quarterback. Davenport has great upside as a sack artist, but Edmunds is a little more complete at another position of need. Georgia’s Roquan Smith is a similar playmaker firmly on the 49ers’ second-level radar for the first round.

The unlikely availaiblity of Notre Dame offensive lineman Quenton Nelson would be the only thing to make the 49ers stray away from defense if they stay put at No. 9.

Recently ranked as the No. 92 player in the NFL in a players’ poll conducted by NFL Network, Collins is sidelined for the Giants’ offseason program after undergoing a second surgery on his broken forearm.

I was in the 20 percentile that my arm wasn’t healing the proper way, Collins told NJ Advance Media on Friday morning. It was bad luck. I had to go back and get surgery again. It happens.

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