Browns expect to ride the hot hand at running back this season

The Browns made a variety of moves at running back this offseason.
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Johnson’s role in the passing game may mean that the Browns are picking between Hyde or Chubb on early downs. Hyde’s experience Samuel Morin Jersey may get him the first crack at showing he can do the job, but Kitchens suggests he’ll need to make the most of it to keep Chubb from making his bid for a big role right out of the gate.

Through it all, the NFL continues to keep its head low and its mouth shut when it comes to alleged financial and other abuses of team cheerleaders. Somehow, the league has managed to avoid scrutiny, criticism, or accountability for the alleged and/or actual behavior of its teams when it comes to a group of employees who many teams seem to treat as second- or third-class citizens, presumably because the supply of willing participants far exceeds the demand — and because the cheerleaders have yet to unionize, like they probably should.

But Bortles knows that, no matter what, he won’t have huge numbers. Asked whether he’d take himself on his fantasy football team, Bortles was candid.

Probably not, Bortles said. Maybe Leonard Fournette.

Beckham and the Giants appear to be far apart in contract talks. The Giants want to see Beckham prove that he can be the Beckham of old after missing most of last season with an ankle injury. Beckham believes he deserves to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL (Beckham has actually said he deserves to be the highest-paid player in the NFL, although there’s no way he’s going to get more than the top quarterbacks) and if anything his injury last year seems Terry O’Reilly Jersey to have strengthened his view that he needs to get paid.

Chandler Jones is in Orlando for the Pro Bowl this week, and he’s been hearing speculation about a possible scheme change for the Cardinals.

New coach Steve Wilks found success running a 4-3 base alignment as the defensive coordinator Justin Hardy Jersey for the Panthers last season. The Cardinals, meanwhile, have employed a 3-4 for more than a decade, through the coaching stints of both Ken Whisenhunt and Bruce Arians.
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In his introductory press conference on Tuesday, Wilks stressed he wouldn’t be making widespread changes to the defense, but didn’t definitively say which scheme he will use.

Arians spoke before the news broke and didn’t verify any moves, but talked broadly about what it’s like releasing a veteran with whom he’s formed a close bond.

(Former linebacker) Lorenzo Alexander was hard because he meant so much to us in the beginning, Arians said. There were some other guys like it. You get to really like guys. You probably know they don’t have a chance, but they’re such an overachiever that they get this far and they make it (to where you’re thinking), ‘Why the hell am I cutting this guy? Because he’s really just not good enough.’ But you love coaching them. You probably know that his career is over.

Arians was thrilled to see Alexander’s rejuvenation with the Bills, for whom he had 12½ sacks last season. But many times it’s the end of the road for the veterans, which can eat at the coaches.

Kirk, meanwhile, called the night surreal, getting the chance to himself throw out a pitch after going Jason Pominville Jersey to countless D-Backs games growing up in nearby Scottsdale.

When they told me I was coming out to do this, I circled it on my calendar, Kirk said.

As for his own pitch, being the native, hometown kid, I have to live up to some expectations, he added.

The week is all about the Cardinals’ rookies, in large part because the veterans have the week off before returning Monday for the final week of organized team activities. There is not much life for the rookies outside of football right now – they spend the day at the team facility either working out, sitting in meetings or getting on-field work.

Have Titans done enough to address pass defense?

The Titans were stout against the run last season but ranked 25th in the NFL in pass defense. GM Jon Robinson bolstered the secondary by signing former Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who will team with Logan Ryan and 2017 first-round pick Adoree’ Jackson to give the Titans three potential No. 1 corners.
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But even the best secondary will struggle without the front seven consistently disrupting opposing quarterbacks. The Titans had the fifth-most sacks in the NFL last season, but Robinson saw the pass rush as a potential area of improvement, trading up three times to address the defense in the draft.

Sometimes my legs play tricks on me. When running sometimes, I try harder, beyond my abilities, and I get stuck. I can run, sort of, but I end up believing I’m a bit faster than what I already am. When I was 8 months old, they put orthopedic boots on me so they could Carter Rowney Jersey straighten me out. I wasn’t able to walk. I didn’t walk until I was beyond 1 year Corey Knebel Youth Jersey old. Every day, I had boots that were tighter so they would straighten out my feet a bit more. There was a hill in front of my grandmother’s place; my aunt grabbed me by the hands, and I tried to follow her along but I just couldn’t do it with my feet all crooked.

Just saying, Collins told NJ Advance Media, that don’t mean anything on the softball field.

Giants’ DeOssie lost Super Bowl rings after raising $65K for charity

The second annual event will be held rain or shine Saturday at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, N.Y., home of the Rockland Bolders. Parking lots open at 1 p.m., gates open at 3 p.m. with a dodgeball match set for 5 p.m., home run derby for 6 p.m. and the softball game for 7 p.m.

Tickets $25 for general admission adults and children age 2 or older and escalating rates for VIP packages can be purchased at The fan-friendly game came together with the help of Giants superfan Joe Ruback, known as License Plate Guy.

The competition and trash-talking was all throughout the game, but it was all in love, Collins recalled. We just had an amazing time picking each other’s (brains) and at the same time getting to whoop on each other.

Martinez mentioned the chip on his shoulder the team might have had against LeBlanc

It was 10-6 in the sixth when Andrew Benintendi drew a two-out walk off James Pazos. The Mariners turned to Nick Vincent, just off the DL. He had nothing and Martinez ripped a 1-2, 89 mph fastball 427 feet to center field. In the seventh, Martinez came up with the bases loaded and the score tied at 10 and grounded a base hit up the middle for two more runs.

As Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after the game, That’s the beauty of baseball. Two guys that went at it last week and only one run and, boom, look what happened in the first inning.

When he’s in a hitter’s count, his OPS is 1.839. When the count is even, it’s 1.298. And if you try to get ahead on the first pitch and make a mistake, watch out: He’s hitting .576 when he puts the first pitch in play.

I think this is guy with a chip on his shoulder against the entire league.

The only runs Cole allowed in his six innings of work came off the bat of San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford, whose sister Amy is Cole’s wife.

The family was watching intently from the stands as Crawford hit a line drive into the left-field Crawford (no relation) boxes at Minute Maid Park in the top of the fifth.

This was Crawford’s first dinger against Cole in 20 career plate appearances, although Cole said Crawford should have had one when Cole was pitching for the Pirates.

He hit one really good in Pittsburgh, I’m not sure how many years ago it was, (to) really deep left-center (at PNC Park), which is a hard place to hit it out, and (Starling) Marte robbed him, so he was already kind of in the red minus one, Cole said.

It’s fitting that he took a good pitch, put a good swing on it and got the home run (Tuesday). Obviously not thrilled about it but not terribly disappointed, either, Cole said.

U.S. Open 2018: Grand Slam chance? Patrick Reed masterfully let it slip

No one expected Patrick Reed  to win the Grand Slam. But seven holes into Sunday, the chase was on.
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By that point, the Masters champion  was already 5-under for the day and his three-shot deficit at the started of the round had disappeared. Suddenly, he had forced himself into a tie atop the U.S. Open  leaderboard with Brooks Koepka..

On Thursday, Pederson said the flea flicker isn’t the reason she got a ring. Ha, no, she is a longtime Eagle, the coach told ESPN. The Eagles also Womens Dikembe Mutombo Jersey gave former video director Mike Dougherty and former ticket salesman Leo Carlin.

Third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld is only on the Eagles because they were willing to pay him top dollar as a practice squad player last season, then committed a roster spot to a third quarterback something most teams don’t do to keep him when another team tried to sign him.

Their commitment to spending whatever it takes at the quarterback position is not only why they are on the top of this list, but also why they enter the 2018 season as defending Super Bowl champions.

I’m guessing that Harbaugh – fined $50,000 on top of the $100,000 team penalty for Max Jones Womens Jersey the latest infraction – bit his tongue on the matter. He knows his team is being watched like it’s on double-secret probation when it comes to his practice drills.

Coutee made second-team All-Big 12 honors last season, catching 93 passes for 1,429 yards and 10 touchdowns.

MLB Draft 2018: Round 1 picks include a few surprises

While there were certainly a few selections in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft that most pundits predicted weeks in advance — most notably Auburn right-hander Casey Mize and Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart going Nos. 1 and 2, respectively — the opening round was filled with surprises. Some highly ranked prospects slid down the draft board, or out of the first round completely, and lesser-known names jumped up and were taken sooner than most expected.
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Much like Bohm, Weathers is a highly regarded prospect who most outlets predicted to go anywhere from No. 12 to No. 20, but instead wound up in the top 10 as the Padres took the high school senior from Tennessee with the seventh overall selection. There’s a lot to like about Weathers, from his size to his advanced breaking ball to the fact that his father played 19 seasons in the big leagues. But his selection at No. 7 is a bit puzzling considering higher-rated pitchers, such as right-handers Brady Singer and Carter Stewart, were still available.

The Indians placed Carrasco on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, and he will be re-evaluated Wednesday. If everything goes well, he Authentic Vincent Valentine Jersey could return without needing a rehab assignment.

Last year, the Jets drafted tight end Jordan Leggett, fresh off a national championship victory with Clemson, to help fill the void. Leggett missed the 2017 regular season due to injury. In 2018, the Jets took Chris Herndon out of Miami to bolster the position and inject more youth.

Now, Leggett and Herndon, plus Neal Sterling, Eric Tomlinson, Bucky Hodges and Clive Walford, will vie for roughly three spots. Leggett understands the competition is wide open.

There’s a lot of competitive play out there. We’re all Robert Covington Authentic Jersey having fun, ’cause we’re all still young, Leggett told Sporting News. You have Josh (McCown) there to settle us down, get us on the same page. It’s a lot of fun playing with him, and it makes it easier when you have a veteran like that in the backfield.

What about that other quarterback?

Odell Beckham Jr. Says He Won’t Hold Out for Contract, Will Be at Training Camp

Odell Beckham Jr. will not be holding out. 
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Asked Saturday if he would refuse to report to training camp while he seeks a new contract, the New York Giants wide receiver provided a direct response.

It’s a real treat to be able to show up at any golf course in the country or the world and get out and play it and have a bit of fun, McIlroy said. And I think it does put you in Mike Shannon Authentic Jersey a different frame of mind. You’re relaxed out there, and maybe that sort of bleeds into your mindset whenever you’re here in a big championship.

It’s no different. I think that’s the thing. If I’ve got a shot that I need to execute under pressure here this week, it’s no different than playing that shot when Joey Bosa Jersey I’m out there playing with my dad or my buddies or whatever it is. So obviously, there is a separation of the two, but the more you can get into that mindset of being relaxed and enjoying it, the better you’re going to play.

And even if the pressure was off a bit for those few fun rounds, there was still a sense of focus throughout.

We’re all still working on some things and making sure the game – we’re not just going out and slapping it around and not caring, Fowler said. (We’re) still hitting shots. Phil and I had a match yesterday. Unfortunately, I was on the wrong side of it, but I’ll give it back to him this week. There’s little things that kind of help prepare you, and you don’t necessarily have to be at the site of the tournament.

Webb, Lauletta, veteran quarterback Alex Tanney, linebacker Calvin Munson and fullback Shane Smith are frequent golf partners on days off. Eighteen holes leaves plenty of time for football talk.

Any time you teach somebody, Lauletta said, I think it almost helps you learn it better as well. We’re all in this together. I’m excited to win some football games this fall.

It became obvious over the course of 10 organized team activities and three minicamp practices that Webb is far ahead of Lauletta in the race to be Manning’s primary backup. That should be the case given Webb’s year of NFL experience in practice and meeting rooms.

Webb found his rookie niche as a film junkie who prepared additional opponent scouting reports for Manning. How will Lauletta earn his keep?

David Johnson skipping Cardinals’ mandatory minicamp, per report

As David Johnson makes his push for a comeback, the running back is seeking some more assurances about his future.

The former all-pro selection is skipping the Arizona Cardinals’ mandatory minicamp as he seeks a contract extension, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday.

Kerry Hyder was the Lions’ sack leader in 2016, then missed all last season with a torn Achilles. He’s ecstatic to be back, but reticent to talk about it.

I haven’t given it much thought, Hyder said. Since the day (the injury) happened, I’ve been onto the future, getting better, chopping wood, getting better, getting better, chopping wood.

Talking points don’t necessarily matter, but generally are used to hammer a message. During the first real glimpse at Patricia’s business-like approach, it came through loud, clear and largely unspoken, saying something without saying much.

The talent level on the Jaguars defense suggests they should be a strong unit again this year. The chances of that will be all the better if they can successfully fill the leadership void that opened when Posluszny called it a career.

Under the substance-abuse policy, the placement of Foster in a diversion program likely will result in a suspension of at least one game. The fact that he possibly already was in the substance-abuse program (due to a positive test at the Scouting Combine in 2017) could enhance the penalty.

It’s unclear whether the misdemeanor weapons charge will trigger a suspension. Former 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith once received a nine-game suspension, but he pleaded no contest to three felony weapons charges, and he had other issues.

Herndon spoke with Jets coach Todd Bowles about the arrest.

It was personal, but we handled it, Herndon said of that conversation.
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Herndon was asked what happened leading up to the crash and arrest. He declined to answer.

Added center Bart Oates said: It raises grave concerns about the game and the environment in which we play and practice.

But general manager George Young, citing a study done by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, said there was zippoevidence of any environmental link to the sicknesses.

Being up there in New Orleans just for that short period of Womens Justin Blackmon Jersey time, and just seeing him, man, I’m talking about clockwork. You see this guy out on the field two hours before practice and he’s going through his fundamentals,Peterson, 33, said on 97.9 Houston’s Madd Hatta Morning Show. He’s in the weight room. He’s lifting. He’s cut up. The funny thing is once we did our conditioning test, that’s probably the first time I ever lost a conditioning test.

This is in line with what head coach Sean Payton said last summer, when he indicated that Brees finished first or second in the team’s conditioning test but wouldn’t say which, according to The Times-Picayune.

It’s easy to believe Peterson’s comments on Brees being clockwork.In the only game he’s sat out as a Saint a 2015 showdown with the Panthers Brees stood on the sideline and mimicked taking every snap ( down to the huddle clap ) while Luke McCown was in the game. Brees’ numbers certainly weren’t those of a 39 Sammie Coates Youth Jersey year old last season. Albeit with the best running game that he’s had since the Saints’ Super Bowl team in 2009, Brees completed 72 percent of his passes for 4,334 yards, 23 touchdowns and just eight interceptions (his lowest total since joining the Saints in 2006).

Ravens training camp open to fans again after one-year construction hiatus

Training camp for the Baltimore Ravens will once again be open for fans after construction at the team’s facility in Owings Mills, Md. forced the team to keep practices closed to the public.
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The Ravens announced that 15 practices will be open to fans at the team’s complex with up to 2,000 fans a day able to attend. The facility formerly could hold only 200 fans for practice when the team first opened training camp practices at the site to the public in 2012.

Accuracy is the most important thing, Jones said. A lot of times, people think it’s guys with mobility and that kind of stuff, but to me, it’s always been accuracy with the football. You look at the guys that are at the top of the league with a chance at the Grey Cup, they’re not runners. They’re accurate passers. If you want to win it all, you have to have a guy that can see a guy and hit him.

As part of a group date on the ABC television show, Harbor seemingly injured his left wrist while stiff-arming an opponent on his way into the end zone. The date had the show’s contestants playing in pads and helmets. He collapsed in pain afterward and returned to the group date with Authentic Ryan Miller Jersey his arm in a sling.

I got Ryan Kalil Womens Jersey hurt playing football on The Bachelorette. That’s pretty funny, he said.

Harbor ultimately decided to bow out from the show when it was determined the injury would need surgery.

Some guys come up here and they can have success right away, said Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly, the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 2017. But it takes some time to really understand what’s happening. It’s hard. It’s hard to be successful here right out of the gates. That’s definitely going to be a challenge.