Pat Shurmur: Terrific to see Odell Beckham out there

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Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham isn’t back to full health yet, but he was feeling well enough to get on the field in a helmet to catch some passes at Thursday’s practice.
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Those reps weren’t much, but they were the latest step in the right direction for Beckham after last October’s season-ending ankle injury.

It’s terrific, Shurmur said. We all know what a great player he is. He is making progress to getting fully cleared. You can see he looks lively and is involved. He is taking all the mental reps that he can. It is great.

Asked whether Leinart was a bust or a bad pick, the executive said, I’d say that’s a bad pick. I don’t think Matt Leinart should have been picked that high. The only quarterback in that draft that should have been picked that high was Jay Cutler [who was drafted one pick after Leinart]. Leinart was not a mentally tough kid. He played on a really, really good football team.

Bud Dupree has yet to live up to his draft status with the Steelers. They’re locking him up for another year anyway.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option on the outside linebacker.

Dupree, the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, had a career-high six sacks last year.

But that gave him just 14.5 in three seasons, and they went to the extent of bringing back James Harrison for part of that time to offer some help.
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Coaching. Two big-time vets here, as both bosses have coached more than 1,000 NHL games. Peter Laviolette has won a Stanley Cup and two conference championships. Paul Maurice has 1,447 games of NHL coaching experience but has one Eastern Conference championship to his name — and that was 16 years ago with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The NFL is finalizing plans for a summit to be held May 1-2 at league headquarters in New York to discuss player safety, including a focus Authentic Malcolm Mitchell Jersey on the future of the kickoff.

It’s one of the most exciting plays when you’re playing this game of football, Hester said. If I’m the last to be, the one who’s the best to be at the return game, that’s an honor. But at the same time, I want to see it continue to play out.

Free kick’s fate will be determined by kickoff’s future

Hroniss Grasu Kids Jersey The ever-growing #PFTPMPosse does an excellent job of posing great questions about the game we all love, every single day. On Monday, club member
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The free kick 鈥?a play that looks a lot like the kickoff but that includes a punt instead of a kick from a tee 鈥?happens after a safety, with the kick point being the 20 yard line of the team that allowed the two points. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, whatever the NFL ultimately does with the kickoff will also be done with the free kick.

He’s incredibly smart, Mora said. He can handle a lot of volume. He can handle being the quarterback of an NFL team in New York City with that type of scrutiny. He can handle the workload that comes with being a quarterback in the NFL. He’s been here in Los Angeles. I don’t know which one is the larger media market, but they’re both certainly very big and very prominent. He’s been under the microscope for a long time. He’s been highly scrutinized since high school. It’s nothing new.

Andrew Sendejo Authentic Jersey When these people question his love of football, it bothers me, Mora said. He loves to play football. He loves to play the game of football. He’s committed to it. He showed me that every single day. He’s incredibly competitive. He always has been incredibly Danny Green Jersey competitive at everything.

Olsen was due to make $6.75 million in 2018, based on salary and workout bonus. The total value at signing of the new deal is $7.95 million per year.

The new deal also means that Olsen won’t be leaving the Panthers to join the Monday Night Football broadcast or any other TV booth, at least for now.

A first-round pick way back in 2007, Olsen spent four years with the Bears. This will be his eighth with the Panthers.

And so he would never say anything, he’d write it on the chalkboard. He said, OK, everybody up. (Fullback) Don Perkins and I are in the back of the room and Coach Landry said, OK, here’s the first play that we’re gonna run, and he started writing Slant 49. And just then, this cop walks in. He said, Coach Landry, Coach Landry, you know the guy that killed the president? They just shot him dead in the jailhouse. This is like (chuckle) before we’re ready to go up to the field. And Tom said, Thank you sir, and kept right on writing. And Perkins says, I told you we shouldn’t be here playing!

Allen said multiple teams called his agency during the day Thursday to ask about the tweets, which were dated from 2012 and 2013. The only team he spoke with personally was the Bills, who wanted an explanation.

DeMar DeRozan’s big game put the Toronto Raptors in a place they’ve never been before: up 2-0 in a playoff series.

DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night as Toronto took a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.

I didn’t go out there planning to score 37 points, I went out there to be aggressive, DeRozan said.

Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a career playoff-high 12 assists as Toronto set team playoff records for points in a quarter, a half, and a game.

C.J. Miles scored 18, Delon Wright had 11 and Serge Ibaka 10 for the Raptors, who snapped an NBA-worst 10-game losing streak in Game 1s with a 114-106 win on Saturday.

We’re the team that’s in the hole, we’re the team that’s desperate, but we have a lot of confidence, Wall said. We’re not down on ourselves at all.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal missed eight of 11 shots and finished with nine points. Beal had more fouls in the first half (three) than made baskets (two).

We need him, Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. We’re going to have trouble beating this team if he doesn’t play better.

Trailing 100-90 to begin the fourth quarter, the Wizards cut it to 108-103 with 7:52 left on back-to-back 3-pointers by Scott and Lawson, and a pair of free throws from Wall.

Miles stopped the run with a long 3, Toronto’s first of the second half, and the Raptors put it away with a 17-4 spurt over the next four minutes. The sellout crowd roared when DeRozan forced a turnover and saved the ball from going out of bounds, then passed to Lowry who fed Wright for an alley-oop dunk with 3:38 left, putting Toronto up 125-107.

Scheifele scored with 28 seconds left in the first period, spoiling a fine performance on the other end by Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, and tacked on an empty-netter with 11 seconds remaining.

The Wild, now without star left wing Zach Parise because of a broken sternum suffered late in Game 3, must now win in Winnipeg in Game 5 on Friday night to extend their season.

Certainly can’t fault us in trying. It’s a disappointing finish, said Dubnyk, who stopped 26 shots. It just shows you, too, you never know which plays are going to be the difference in the game.seahawks_102

Frostee Rucker visited Jets

The Jets had one of head coach Todd Bowles’ former players from his days as defensive coordinator of the Cardinals in for a visit.
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Field Yates of ESPN reports that defensive lineman Frostee Rucker was in for a visit with the team. Rucker joined Arizona in 2013, which was the first of two years that Bowles ran the Cardinals defense before getting the Jets job.

Rucker, who entered the NFL with the Bengals in 2006, came off the bench for most of those two seasons, but started all 16 games for the Cardinals last season. He finished the year with 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

I have no room to complain, Kelly said. If tomorrow the good Lord decides that’s my last day, then I’m not going to go down with a frown. I’m going down with a Nevin Lawson Womens Jersey smile on my face, knowing that I’ve gotten everything out of life.

It is what it is. It’s a business, Flacco said Tuesday at the start of Baltimore’s offseason workouts, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. Eventually, at some point, that’s going to have to happen. It’s not really for me to worry about.

Lamar Jackson’s pre-draft visit to Baltimore combined with Flacco’s contract status has fueled speculation that the Ravens could use the 16th overall choice on a quarterback. The Ravens have played into the possibility with assistant G.M. Eric DeCosta saying the team would pick a quarterback if one is available really too good to pass up. G.M. Ozzie Newsome hinted at a surprise in the first round.

Flacco, 33, is scheduled to count $26.5 million against the cap in 2019. The Ravens would save $18.5 million in cap space next season by designating him a post-June 1 cut.

Flacco has never made the Pro Bowl. Since the Ravens’ Super Bowl title to end the 2012 season, Flacco has a 38-36 record with one playoff appearance, throwing 98 touchdowns and 74 interceptions.

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Brian Winters returns from abdominal tear with intent to dominate

Jets right guard Brian Winters ended last season on injured reserve after a abdominal tear that he calls horrendous.
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I wouldn’t give that pain to my worst enemy, Winters said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. It was something that was very tough and hurtful from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed. Not only when I was doing stuff. Just walking in general was painful.

Yelich, acquired in an offseason trade with Miami, hit 39 homers during the past two seasons with the Marlins. He hit .385 with one homer and five RBI this season before going on the DL.

Reds right-hander Ariel Hernandez, who appeared in three games at Double-A Pensacola this season, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Golden Tate III Womens Jersey two minor leaguers — pitcher Zach Neal and 1B Ibandel Isabel. Hernandez made 19 relief appearances in four stints with the Reds last season with a 5.18 ERA.

The Brewers claimed RHP Alec Asher off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and sent him to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Asher was 2-5 with a 5.25 ERA in 24 games with Baltimore last season. He was claimed by the Dodgers in April and made one start at Triple-A.

The Rams gathered for the start of their offseason program on Monday, but defensive tackle Aaron Donald wasn’t part of the group.

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According to Fosters Daily Democrat, Klein’s daughter has played T-ball and baseball in the league since 2012, mostly without incident. Klein said his daughter used to have several girl teammates who have since switched to softball.

Fox wants Michael Strahan to host its new Thursday Night Football pregame show, but it is still working out the final details with ABC, sources confirmed.

Strahan, a Hall of Famer with the Giants, is currently one of the hosts of Good Morning America on ABC during the week and is a studio analyst on Fox’s NFL pregame show on Sundays.
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If Strahan comes on board, Fox’s new Thursday pregame would be based in New York, so logistically it would be easy for him to do both roles.

Fox paid $3.3 billion for five years for the Thursday night package.
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Padres: OF Wil Myers, on the disabled list with nerve irritation in his right arm, is scheduled to start a rehab assignment at Class A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday. He could rejoin the Padres on Friday for the start of a series at Arizona.

Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (0-2, 5.09 ERA) is scheduled to start the second game of the three-game series Tuesday night.

Padres: RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-2, 5.27) is still looking for his first win with the Padres. He and INF Chase Headley were obtained from the New York Yankees in the offseason for OF Jabari Blash.

I think it’s important that Odell is here and I’m looking forward to him getting one day better by being here, Shurmur said. I’m looking forward to him inspiring some of his teammates to get better, because he’s here and he’s a terrific player. I think we can all learn from one another. Quite frankly, I’m looking forward to the players challenging me to grow.
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Just as the significance of Beckham’s presence can be overplayed, it also can be underplayed, as always with what is said and mused about all things Odell, balance and perspective is often lacking. Beckham last year did not take part in the Giants’ offseason program. This time around, there is a new coach and coaching staff, a new general manager and a new injury, as Beckham is coming D.J. Fluker Jersey off October surgery to repair a fractured left ankle.

Shurmur said he communicated with Beckham after the NFL owners’ meetings two weeks ago in Orlando, when a swirl of fiction and non-fiction circulated about Beckham, the video of him in a Paris hotel with a French model (and substances that looked like drugs), the Giants’ irritation with the video as the latest Beckham distraction and the Giants fielding trade offers for him.

Amendola also still feels like the decision to bench Butler had an effect on the players who actually took the field.

Yeah, I did, honestly, Amendola said. Nobody really got an explanation for it. He’s a brother of ours. He was a brother of ours that year. And I hate to see a guy who worked so hard throughout the season not get a chance to play in the biggest game of the year and really get no explanation for it. With that said, I don’t know how the business aspect went into that decision. I don’t know how the personal aspect went into that decision between him and Bill (Belichick).

Looney doesn’t start but he’s part of their jumbo package and offers depth at all three interior positions. Fleming, coming in from New England, projects as a swing tackle, who could start on the right side.

Well, I know the NFL has a process they have to go through and I respect that process, Winston said, via the Tampa Bay Times. That’s not my job to speculate on that process. My focus has been with this organization, getting the guys back in here and focusing on what we can do to be a better team this offseason.

The process began last November, and Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has expressed his frustration with how slow the league’s investigation has been. Since Winston hasn’t been interviewed, he has no idea if/when he will be punished and possibly suspended by the NFL.

Signing Harrison made sense for the Patriots because the regular season was nearly over. Counting on him from Week 1 on is a much different matter.

With his career now over, Harrison can begin polishing up the speech he’ll deliver in Canton, Ohio. As a five-time Pro Bowler and the 2008 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, he’s a lock to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The team reportedly also had a verbal agreement to send the running back to the Miami Dolphins before the trade was nixed, per Troy Renck of Denver7. After apparently unable to find another potential deal, the Broncos released him to clear cap room as well as possible playing time for Devontae Booker and others.

Although teams tend to shy away from signing veteran running backs, Anderson is still young and doesn’t have too much mileage on him with just 693 career carries. He should find a new job before the start of the 2018 season.

Faria hopes for elusive win when Rays host Rangers

Jake Faria hasn’t won since July 25, but another outing like his last could halt that run of tough luck Wednesday when the Tampa Bay Rays close out a three-game series with the Texas Rangers.
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Faria’s last start saw him limit the Phillies to two hits — the lowest in his 17 career starts — and he left with a 1-0 lead in what ended up a 2-1 Rays loss. He hopes the confidence from that can spill over to Wednesday against the Rangers.

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Tampa Bay’s lineup continues to be depleted by injuries — with Brad Miller and Kevin Kiermaier already on the disabled list, the Rays lost third baseman Matt Duffy to the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, thanks to a hamstring injury. They have scored two or fewer runs eight times in their 17 games, and are 0-8 in those contests.

Texas and Tampa Bay get a day off Thursday. The Rays stay home to face the Twins in a weekend series, while Texas goes home to face the Mariners to open a six-game homestand.

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Several other Angel hitters have done well against Porcello.

Kole Calhoun is 7-for-19 with two home runs, Ian Kinsler is 9-for-20 and Albert Pujols is 9-for-26 with a home run.

Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs (2-0, 1.69) has made three solid starts to start the season, but manager Mike Scioscia is hoping Skaggs can be more economical with his pitches Wednesday, allowing Scioscia to limit the use of his relievers after they threw seven innings Tuesday night.

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Bucs support Jameis Winston, hopeful NFL’s investigation clears him

Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer threw his support behind quarterback Jameis Winston.
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To be honest, it is a little frustrating, Koetter said. But I really don’t think about that a whole lot because, one, we have no control over it, and two, I’m not involved in it. I mean, I really don’t know where that’s at. I don’t have any knowledge of any of that. It’s just one of those things we don’t have control over so we have to move ahead. I think it was important that we signed Ryan Fitzpatrick back, that’s another guy we signed back that we haven’t talked about. And we have Ryan Griffin coming back healthy. So, you know, very, very hopeful that we won’t miss any time with Jameis but right now we don’t have any control of that.

Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman wouldn’t specifically respond to any reports regarding Beckham at the league meetings in Orlando. Gettleman did quote former boss Ernie Accorsi when Kimberly Jones of NFL Media asked him if Beckham will be on the team this season by saying you don’t quit on talent.
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Gettleman went on to leave some room for things to move in that direction.

He’s on our team. You know? Gettleman said. I don’t know if I’m going to drop dead of a heart attack in two seconds. You know, I hope not. Although I’m worth more alive than dead now for my wife. But no, all kidding aside, he’s on the team, Kim. What do you want me to tell you? 鈥?He’s on the team right now.

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Judge recognizes that lack of cap is affecting concussion settlement

As complaints continue about delays in the processing of concussion settlement payments mount, the judge who approved the deal recognizes the root of the problem.
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Let’s be very clear, Judge Anita Brody recently said in court, via Newsday. If it’s a capped settlement, [the NFL puts] in the money and they don’t care what happens. But the NFL has a legitimate interest, in view of the fact that it’s uncapped, to challenge any request that may be fraudulent.

Determining what may be fraudulent becomes the challenge. Given the clear financial realities of the situation, the NFL has every reason to assume that every claim may be fraudulent, and to push and press and delay and question and otherwise resist the claim, in the hopes of defeating it (or getting the player to abandon it).

Whatever Joe Montana Womens Jersey the reason and whatever the outcome, an efficient and reliable system is needed to determine whether claims should be paid, with an independent process in place that takes everyone’s interests into account 鈥?and that keeps the NFL from directly or indirectly influencing the processing of each and every claim by using all available tactics and methods to delay or to block payment.

Dallas right guard Zach Martin is entering the final year of his contract after the Cowboys failed to strike a new deal with him during the 2017 offseason. He won’t come cheap on a long-term deal, either, especially after fellow (and lesser) guard Andrew Norwell signed a free-agent pact with Jacksonville averaging $13.3 million per season.

According to, the Cowboys must have $7.7 million in cap space available before the draft in order to sign their rookie class of 10 picks (the cap number will fluctuate based upon whether the Cowboys add or subtract selections via trade). Dallas ideally would keep another $5 million or so heading into the 2018 regular season to sign replacements when players land on injured reserve.

The cornerback joined the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He has played 20 games with one start, making 10 tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He also has added 10 special teams stops.
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