Julio Jones finally weighs in on future with Falcons

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The Falcons wide receiver didn’t attend the team’s voluntary organized team activities last week and fans were quick to freak out when he removed references to the franchise from his social media account amid reports that Jones wants to rework his contract.

When pressed about the reports of ongoing contract negotiations, Jones said, It’s not even about that.

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Jones, 29, signed a five-year extension worth $71.25 million in 2015 and still has three years and $34.43 million left on the deal. The five-time Pro Bowler logged 88 catches for 1,444 yards and three touchdowns last season.

MNF’s previously has featured a three-person broadcast team, with all three typically in the booth, most notably in MNF’s broadcast heyday on ABC when it was Frank Gifford, Don Meredith and Howard Cosell.

League studies showed that concussions were five times more likely to occur on a kickoff than an offensive or defensive snap, even though 40 percent of them went for touchbacks in 2017. The higher injury rate even led the NFL to consider eliminating kickoffs entirely after this season.

DeCamillis believes making such a radical move isn’t necessary as long as changes are made that can potentially reduce concussion risk on kickoffs.

One of the things we’re trying to get conveyed is there are some things we can do from a schematic standpoint of showing some different formations to the owners and the people who will be [at the summit] that we think will take some of the impact out of some of the hits and things that need to be addressed,DeCamillis told co-host Gil Brandt and me Monday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

The NFL, following a 2007 spinal injury suffered by Buffalo tight end Kevin Everett, began making safety-inspired changes to kickoffs, like the elimination of wedges (e.g., three- or four-player tandem blocks).

NFL wisely not trying to implement “integrity fee”

When it comes to legalized sports wagering, the NFL definitely plans to try to squeeze money out of the various states that allow it. However, the NFL won’t be using the goofy “integrity fee” label that has been pursued by other leagues.

Still, the league will at least try to get a cut from the states that allow gambling. And if the NFL can find a plausible way to demonstrate that the states are getting value in return, that will go a long way toward addressing the obvious concerns triggered by couching the payment in terms of a money-for-nothing notion of integrity, which should exist regardless of any fee.

“It’s rare in our profession that you see family members on the same team, let alone father-son, let alone on the same side of the ball,” the younger Kacy said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “It’s been a great experience so far. I’m loving it.”

“It’s a production business, so it wouldn’t matter if my dad were the head coach and my name was Kacy Bowles or if my dad owned the team and my last name was Johnson,” Rodgers said. “None of that matters. It’s a production business. I’ve known that my whole life. I’ve been a coach’s kid for 26 years now, so I know how it goes. I’m just excited for the process.”

Tom Brady regularly has participated in the Patriots’ OTAs in the past, but the quarterback will not be at the opening of the voluntary session Monday, a source told ESPN.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was not at OTAs on Monday due to an ongoing contract dispute. Cornerback Marcus Peters, acquired in the offseason, said the team should “pay the man.”

The OTAs are voluntary. The next mandatory activity is veteran minicamp, scheduled to be held June 12-14.ravens_011

Dennis Erickson will coach Salt Lake City’s AAF entry

When the Alliance of American Football was first announced, they outlined a plan to have experienced coaches running each of the league’s eight teams.
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His energy, his athleticism, his ability to switch and guard multiple positions is good for us, Lue said. When he’s rolling to the basket, he got a couple dunks last night, and when they pull in to help, now you’ve got Kyle Korver and JR making 3s. His athletic ability and his force rolling to the rim is really key for us.

The emergence of guys such as Clarkson and Nance has the Cavs not only changing how people look at their series with the Celtics, but has the Cavs changing how they look at themselves.

We’re starting to figure out that LeBron doesn’t have to take 20-some shots to beat a great team by 30, Nance said. The rest of us are very good basketball players in our own right and it’s nice to show Eddie George Womens Jersey that.

Elite Youth Jason Pinkston Jersey Via Stephen Edelson of the Asbury Park Press, officials at Monmouth Park will file an application in federal court seeking to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars arising from the initially successful 鈥?but ultimately fruitless 鈥?effort to keep sports betting from happening.

At first blush, it seems like a stretch. The sports leagues didn’t improperly block New Jersey from engaging in sports wagering; instead, the sports leagues relied on a federal law that had been on the books for 22 years. And multiple federal courts agreed.

It was only when the United States Supreme Court 鈥?on a 6-3 vote 鈥?overturned the federal law that the sports leagues’ position was proven to be wrong. Thus, the sports leagues would seem to be no more legally responsible for the lost gambling earnings than the members of Congress who passed the bill, the President who signed it into law, or the various courts that had consistently upheld its legality and constitutionality.

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Demetrius Harris suspended one game

The Chiefs won’t have tight end Demetrius Harris available for their season opener against the Chargers.
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The team announced on Tuesday that Harris has been suspended one game by the league. He’ll be able to practice with the team and play in the preseason before serving his suspension.

Harris was arrested in March 2017 for marijuana possession and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor earlier this year. The plea deal called for Harris to spend two days in jail.

Elite Robbie Gould Jersey Harris joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He caught 18 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown in the regular season and added two more catches in Kansas City’s playoff loss to the Titans.

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So, before getting to what ails Goldschmidt, a timeout. The Diamondbacks installed a humidor at Chase Field to help decrease offense at one of the best hitting parks in the majors. Has the humidor worked too well? After all, Goldschmidt is hitting .140 with no home runs at home. Let’s check Arizona’s home/road splits from 2017 and 2018:

Well, that’s something. Arizona’s road production is down from 2018, but not by much, and the Diamondbacks are actually homering a little more often on the road even though power guys such as Lamb and Souza haven’t played much. The home stats, however, are abysmal.

So, back to our resident MVP candidate. Here are Goldschmidt’s home/road splits the past three seasons:

We also need to be aware of small sample sizes here. Goldschmidt doesn’t say much, but in the column from May 9 his explanation was, It’s just part of the game. Still, he has hit one home run in his past 32 games and is hitting .183 in that span. And he leads the NL in strikeouts.

Projecting rookie seasons for Giants Draft picks

In addition to Martin, the Giants also announced the signings of offensive guard Chris Scott, cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, offensive guard and former Eagle Malcolm Bunche, wide receiver Alonzo Russell, and defensive back Mike Jones.聽
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The Giants also released Adam Bisnowaty, a 2017 sixth-round draft pick, along with cornerback Brandon Dixon, linebacker Derrick Matthews, cornerback C.J. Goodwin, cornerback Bryon Fields, and tight end Stephen Battett.聽

It definitely serves as extra motivation, he said.

I’d be excited if I was just a fan of the Cardinals and that was my head coach, Rosen said. That means the best 11 dudes are playing. There are no favorites, no nothing. But as a player, it’s awesome because I know I’ll get a fair shot at getting on the field.
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That’s what The Arizona Republic聽did in trying to dissect the likelihood of Rosen’s playing time in 2018.聽Research shows they all could end up playing a lot more than you might have thought.

In the last 20 years, there have been 55 quarterbacks picked in Round 1 and, all told, they combined to appear in an average of 9.9 games and start in an average of 8.3 games their rookie seasons. So in other words, if history holds true, you can probably expect Rosen to play at least half the season.

Ditto in New York, where the聽Jets seem better served throwing Sam Darnold, the No. 3 pick, into the mix right away rather than sticking with 38-year-old incumbent Josh McCown.

Darnold may have to bide his time, but it probably won’t Trevor Daley Womens Jersey be for long. It shouldn’t be for Josh Allen in Buffalo, either, although the No. 7 overall pick will likely have to beat out AJ聽McCarron for the privilege. If he doesn’t, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he assumes the starting role after three or four games.

Another small positive sign in Carson Wentz’s recovery

This should be a good way for Eagles fans to start their days.

Less than five months after tearing his ACL and LCL at the Los Angeles Coliseum in December, Eagles franchise quarterback Carson Wentz is back on the Eagles’ practice field in his red No. 11 jersey.

With receiving back Theo Riddick also on the roster, Abdullah could be the odd man out of Detroit’s backfield.

Johnson can be the back of the future, Blount can be the ram between the tackles and Riddick can be the pass-catcher. Abdullah could be left without a primary role, and cutting him would save just over $1 million.

Backup quarterbacks have a lot of value in the NFL, especially those who have gained starting experience. That’s precisely why Green Bay Packers backup Brett Hundley likely would get gobbled up quickly should the team release him before the start of the season.

Hundley has spent three years learning behind star signal-caller Aaron Rogers. He also started nine games last season. Though Hundley didn’t play particularly well in Rodgers’ stead—he threw for 1,836 yards with nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions—it’s not like Green Bay surrounded him with top-tier talent.

They’ll look for additions to that list this offseason after announcing deals with 14 players who did not hear their names called in Dallas.

One name should be familiar to longtime Buccaneers fans. They signed safety Godwin Igwebuike, who is related to former Bucs kicker Donald Igwebuike. Igwebuike had 78 tackles and two interceptions in his final season at Northwestern.

The Buccaneers also signed Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen, who joins Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Griffin on the depth chart.

Eastern Michigan wide receiver Sergio Bailey, Temple offensive lineman Cole Boozer, Western Michigan tight end Donnie Ernsberger, Buffalo defensive end Demone Harris, Southern Arkansas tight end Tanner Hudson, Arkansas safety Josh Liddell, North Texas kicker Trevor Moore, Minnesota State defensive end Evan Perrizo, Syracuse wide receiver Erv Philips, Missouri tight end Jason Reese, Georgia Tech defensive end Antonio Simmons and Duke runnning back Shaun Wilson round out the group.

NBA mock draft 2018: Alabama point guard to Knicks?

When the NBA Draft lottery commences next week, we’ll know the exact order of the 2018 first round. Barring something drastic, the Knicks likely won’t move up into the top three. That probably means a pick at No. 9, giving the organization a chance to add a rookie for new head coach David Fizdale to mold.
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While the Knicks could go any number of directions, the most-mocked idea ( Wendell Carter Jr. of Duke ) could be off the board by the time New York is up.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Sixers guard T.J. McConnell. He gained a lot of confidence after being inserted into the starting lineup for Game It will force the Celtics to account for him more, which could open the floor for his teammates.

Aaron Judge followed Gardner’s triple with a blistering two-run home run into Monument Park in center field to help the Yankees grab their eighth straight victory聽with a 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

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After fouling off a 97 mph fastball with a full count, Gardner launched the next pitch to the left-center field wall. Neil Walker scored easily from third, and Gleyber Torres raced home from first, just beating the聽relay聽to the plate.

The Yankees’ eighth-inning rally bailed out the bullpen, which surrendered a one-run lead in the seventh.

Reliever Chad Green served up a two-out, two-run home run to Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez, who demolished a 1-1 slider into the second deck in left field for Patrik Laine Jersey a 5-4 Red Sox advantage.
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Eagles reworked Timmy Jernigan’s deal after back injury

Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan’s availability for the start of the 2018 season is in doubt after he had back surgery to repair a herniated disc that comes with a 4-6 month recovery timeline.
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The injury came a few months after Jernigan signed a four-year extension with the Eagles and the fact that he was hurt while working out on his own could have led the Eagles to release him without forking over any of the money. They’ve come up with a different solution, however.

The 49ers added another nice target for Jimmy Garoppolo on Friday. Pettis is on the small side (6-foot, 186 pounds) and lacks strength and top-end speed, but he’s a good route runner with solid hands and separation skills. The Washington product also established a new FBS record with nine career punt-return touchdowns.

Pettis is a versatile complementary receiver and returner who will open his career behind Pierre Jonathan Stewart Youth jersey Garcon, Marquise Goodwin and slot man Trent Taylor. He doesn’t figure to make a major fantasy impact in 2018.

Reid followed in his older brother Eric’s footsteps by playing safety, but played his college ball at Stanford after Eric went to LSU. He was a second team All-American in 2017 after posting 99 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and five interceptions.

He’ll join Tyrann Mathieu and Andre Hal at safety in Houston and Mathieu’s experience playing in the slot should make it possible for all three to get on the field at the same time.
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The Texans took seven other players over the final five rounds of the draft and this weekend’s rookie minicamp offers ample opportunity to get them under contract.

The Cardinals entered the draft with a massive void at wide receiver in both the short and long term. Larry Fitzgerald is still around, but is now 34 years old, and the likes of J.J. Nelson, Brice Butler and Chad Williams are behind him on the depth chart. Enter Kirk, who stands 5-foot-10, 201 pounds and lined up in the slot on 94 percent of his snaps last season.

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Vegas win totals show Texans, Patriots should have easiest schedules

So it鈥檚 easy to see the Texans, especially if Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt are back at 100 percent, getting to the playoffs. And the Patriots, who have dominated the AFC East in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era like no team has dominated a division in NFL history, should once again stroll to a home playoff game.
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However, the possibility lingers that the CFL will make a change in order to entice Manziel to come to Canada, allowing him for example to leave after one year, if he plays well enough to attract NFL interest.

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First, Ryan has a whopping $94.5 million fully guaranteed at signing. The remaining $5.5 million in guarantees for injury only at signing are, as a practical matter, fully guaranteed. Indeed, the only way to avoid the $5.5 million would be to cut Ryan after one year 鈥?and to owe him $94.5 million without the opportunity to offset any of the cash to be paid later.

Coach Hue Jackson recently reiterated that Tyrod Taylor is the starter, period.

That is why we traded for him, Jackson told reporters. That is what he is here for. He is here to lead this organization to winning. I think Tyrod Taylor will do that.

OK, so what if Jackson is right? What if Taylor does indeed lead the organization to winning? It鈥檚 a question posed Saturday on Twitter by former NFL receiver Andre Hal Jersey Andrew Hawkins, who spent three years with the Browns and now has a budding media career: What happens if Tyrod Taylor takes a team that has won one game in two years to the playoffs?

Cowboys remain in search of safety help

The Cowboys didn’t address free safety in the draft, and after talking to the Seahawks about a trade for Earl Thomas, Dallas found the price too high.

That doesn’t mean the Cowboys wouldn’t call the Seahawks to renew trade talks about Thomas.

We’ve talked about Byron and Chidobe. We certainly want them honed in on what we want them to do this year. But at the same time, if we saw the right fit — whether at the free safety position or the strong safety position, because we know Jeff [Heath] has flexibility, as well — we’ll certainly look at that. But for the most part, when we look back on this offseason in terms of the free agency aspect of it, in terms of the draft aspect of it, we feel really good about what we were able to get done.

“We’ve got some really good football players on this team. I think the competition levels will be high, and who knows — at the end of training camp, if you’re real strong in a particular area, you might could do something along those lines, as well, in terms of trading a player for a player. We certainly are confident in where we are, but we know we certainly have a lot of work to do.”

The Rams went 11-5 in McVay and Phillips’ first season, a seven-game improvement from 2016. But the season ended in disappointment in the postseason.

They added defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and cornerbacks Sam Shields, Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters among others this offseason in what looks like a dominant defense.

“I think we have a great opportunity here,” Phillips said. “We took a big step forward last year. I don’t know if everyone realizes how big of a step it was, but it was a big step forward last year, and we’re looking forward to this year.”

Phillips won his first Super Bowl as defensive coordinator of the Broncos in 2015. He hopes for his second this season with the Rams.

He still believes that, at the end of the day, the flag won’t be thrown all that often.