A.J. Green: John Ross’healthy and explosive again’

Coach Marvin Lewis recently balked at the idea that John Ross was a draft miss after a nightmare rookie season which came and went without a single catch.
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Lewis isn’t alone in his belief that Ross is poised for a breakout campaign now that he’s spending more time on the field than in the trainer’s room.

Ross’ offseason work with former Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh has Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Green raving about last year’s No. 9 overall draft pick.

He’s got his confidence back, Green told The Sporting News. The way he’s working this offseason is unbelievable. He’s healthy and explosive again .

In Ross and oft-injured tight end Tyler Eifert, the Bengals have a pair of intriguing wild cards with the tantalizing talent to make or break Andy Dalton’s season.
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Will a healthy, improved Ross unseat Brandon LaFell or Tyler Boyd for a rotation spot alongside Green?

Loyalty is a vanishing commodity. The NFL showed none to ESPN by inviting rival Fox Sports to air the annual draft next week from Arlington, Texas. ESPN hopes football fans are Womens Zach Fulton Jersey more faithful and will continue to tune in to the Worldwide Leader in Sports, which is preparing to telecast its 39th consecutive draft.

The good news for ESPN? With five or six star quarterbacks expected to go in Thursday’s first round, and the big market Giants and Jets picking No. 2 and 3, respectively, expectations are off the charts for the three-day event.
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Following last year’s masterstroke of holding an outdoor draft in Philadelphia, the league moved this year’s proceedings to the Cowboys cavernous AT&T Stadium. Jerry Jones’ football palace is a fitting stage for the drama, according to Seth Markman, ESPN’s senior coordinating producer for NFL & MLB studio Production.

It’s almost a perfect storm for us: Big teams, big quarterbacks, Markman told Sporting News in an exclusive interview. It’s kind of fitting that it’s in Jerry’s stadium there, with how big this thing can be.

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The 49ers are still in the process of building the offensive line which will protect their franchise quarterback, and they brought back a familiar face yesterday.
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The team announced the addition of journeyman guard Mike Person for a second stint there.

When guys talk and shoot the breeze and joke around, it helps. There’s a willingness and a desire to help your fellow teammates because you feel like you’re among friends, and you’re more apt to help friends than you are to help enemies or competitors or the opposition. When Josh Tomlin had a rough first outing, all of us could go watch video on our own and try to figure out how to help instead of thinking, ‘Well, he had a rough outing, and if he does bad, there’s more chance that I’ll stay in the rotation, so I’m not going to say anything.’

Social media is full of negativity. People who appreciate it probably read a story and are like, ‘That’s really cool,’ and they go about their day. And the ones who are just on Twitter and want to get a reaction or get blocked by someone or get a tweet back, they’re the ones running their mouths. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
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Jay Berwanger has a lot of accolades to his name (first Heisman winner, first player taken in first NFL Draft), but playing in the NFL is not one of them.

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Mark Ingram statement suggests two possible defenses for banned substance

A statement released by Mark Ingram‘s agents suggests that he will claim his suspension for violating the league’s PED policy stemmed from a legitimate medication — and also will claim that the test showing he took the medication was invalid.

The second part of the defense, that Ingram “has vigorously challenged the test results,” would seem contradictory with the first defense. If Ingram is going to claim he was using the banned substance for a therapeutic reason, then there would be no need to challenge the test results because he would readily admit that the substance was in his body. If Ingram is claiming that the test was invalid and he didn’t use the substance, then what difference does it make if he could have used it with a proper use exemption?

The arbitrator who denied Ingram’s appeal is expected to produce a full written ruling within a week. Unless there’s more to Ingram’s case than his agents’ statement suggests, it’s hard to see what grounds he would have to fight the suspension. Ingram was the leading rusher for the Saints last season but is reportedly unhappy with his contract and not planning to participate in voluntary offseason work.

“I think you’re gonna see less offensive linemen on this unit,” Saints coach Sean Payton, a member of the Competition Committee, explained during a visit to PFT Live. “I think you’re gonna see a more athletic player on this unit. I think you’re gonna have less space in the collisions, which the goal was at the beginning.”

The changes in the positioning (and possibly the composition) on the kickoff also could lead to various other unforeseen, by maybe not unwelcome, consequences.

“I’m not so sure that you’re not gonna see a handful of unique returns now when you have eight [blockers] inside that initial 15-yard zone,” Payton said. “I think there’s space and I also think there’s also opportunities that present themselves for the kicking team. Whether it’s not an onside [kick] but you know placing the ball in certain areas of the field maybe with the idea of trying to recover it.”orioles_002

‘I was going to get this over with’: Inside Giuliani’s explosive Stormy Daniels revelation

He may have had a strategy, but Rudolph W. Giuliani hatched it almost entirely in secret.
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The White House counsel had no idea. Neither did the White House chief of staff, nor the White House press secretary, nor the new White House lawyer overseeing its handling of the Russia investigation.

A second White House official, who like most others interviewed for this story spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic, said of the president, His story is obviously not consistent anymore.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports the Jags will decline the 2019 option of pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr., per a source informed of the decision. The fifth year would have cost the Jags $14.2 million, guaranteed for injury only.

Fowler was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 draft. The deadline for picking up the fifth-year options from that draft is Wednesday.

Game Mens Troy Aikman Jersey The Florida product’s career got off to an unfortunate start when Fowler tore his ACL on the first day of minicamp in May, forcing him to miss the entirety of his rookie season.

The 6-foot-3 pass rusher returned in 2016 to start the season opener versus the Green Bay Packers, compiling three tackles. It was the only start of his career, as he’s played a rotational rushing role in Jacksonville. In 32 regular-season games over the past two seasons, the 23-year-old compiled 53 tackles and 12 total sacks, including eight in 2017. He added two sacks of Tom Brady during the Jags’ playoff run this season.

Parker, meanwhile, has made his intentions clear, saying he’d like to play 20 NBA seasons. But in Year 17, Parker’s potential return for 2018-19 hasn’t been determined as he becomes a free agent on Charles Johnson Jersey July 1, when his contract expires.

Buford told ESPN.com the Spurs will make a decision on Parker at the appropriate time, and it’s likely he will have to accept a contract worth significantly less than the $15.4 million he earned this season.

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Browns’ Jackson reiterates Taylor is starter, but says Mayfield will compete

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said once again Saturday that Tyrod Taylor is his starter for the 2018 campaign, but left the door open for the possibility of Baker Mayfield earning the job in camp.
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Tyrod is the starter. Baker is gonna compete, Jackson said, according to Zac Jackson of The Athletic. However that unfolds, that unfolds. But we have a plan.

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Neal is a toolsy defensive back: long-armed and physical, with plus athleticism. He played both safety and cornerback, and he can cover mid-major slot receivers man-to-man or slip through gaps in run support. Those skills often translate in the NFL into a too-slow cornerback or too-small safety. Neal has a rep as a fiery competitor and throws his body around on tape. You know what that means, class: special teams. And it’s not like the Bills are trying to develop a rookie quarterback or have needs at receiver or on the offensive line or anything. Grade: D.

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McCloud is an experienced returner who was used as a gadget play specialist and slot receiver. He’s not as nifty as a nifty-shifty player should be. The Bills need help at wide receiver, but this is an odd choice. Grade: Poor.

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Mets recall Jacob Rhame, option Corey Oswalt among moves

The New York Mets have recalled right-hander Jacob Rhame from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned right-hander Corey Oswalt to the Pacific Coast League club.
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The Mets also claimed left-hander Buddy Baumann off waivers from San Diego and optioned him to Las Vegas. To make room on the 40-man roster, David Wright was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Coach Ernie Kent has already signed a pair of junior college guards, Jervae Robinson and Marvin Cannon, to compensate for the losses.

I love playing basketball. That’s what I love to do, and it sucks when you’re not able to do that, Curry said. So part of it is like the adrenaline rush and the excitement and anxiousness of inching closer, closer, closer to getting back on the floor. … But that is the hardest part of dealing with injuries. People who don’t love to play can kind of just get through it, but if you really love being out there and being with your teammates and playing basketball with the gift that I’ve been given to do, you’ve got to kind of keep your Cameron Meredith Jersey eyes on the [goal] and focus on that.

Golden State, for the most part, has struggled in his absence.

I mentioned earlier about bringing a title back to Dallas, Witten said. I feel like if you don’t have that, you don’t need to be playing. If you’ve got to convince yourself of that or, ‘Hey can I amp up for one more?’ that’s already a sign.

That’s never been the case with me to this point. I’ve never had that feeling. I’m sure I will at some point because it’s demanding. It’s taxing. But it goes hand in hand.

We have been in conversations with the Eagles about timing and are working with them to make it happen, Sanders said. We hope to have something finalized in the next couple of weeks.

The Eagles issued a statement confirming talks are centered around logistics.
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Here’s why Baker Mayfield hung up on Brett Favre’s agent

Baker Mayfield’s connection to Brett Favre may end with this Instagram photo:

Mayfield eventually signed with agent Tom Mills of Capital Sports Advisors — an agency with a less star-studded client list — for a more personal approach.

“We pitched the size of our firm as an advantage because we told him we’re not going to have any potential conflicts with another quarterback. You’re our guy. We’re all in with you.’ I think that was important to him.” Mills told The Coloradoan earlier this year. “We have a personal-service approach. We’re not the biggest group and we’re not trying to be the biggest group. But we’re going to devote a ton of attention to you and make sure you get the best result you can possibly have.’’

Mayfield is expected to be off the board early in the first round (possibly to the Browns at No. 1 overall) of Thursday’s NFL Draft.

The 61-year-old Childress, who also is working as a Bears offensive consultant, joins Orlando’s Steve Spurrier as the Alliance’s first two official head coaching hires in what will be an eight-team league. As first reported by Sporting News, Rick Neuheisel is expected to get named head coach of an AAF squad in Southern California.

“When I accepted the job and thought about what it would take to bring this city a championship, I knew that I needed to bring Michael Vick back to Atlanta,” Childress said in an AAF news release. “His connection with the city is undeniable and his 13 years of NFL experience will make him a tremendous asset to our team.

“I saw first-hand his innate ability to bring out the best in those around him, and I’m confident that together we’re going to build something special for the city of Atlanta.”

One of the most dynamic quarterbacks in NFL history, Vick led Atlanta to one NFC title game (2004 season) and another playoff appearance (2002) in seven seasons. But prior to the 2007 campaign, Vick was prosecuted for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring and sentenced to 23 months in prison.

The Falcons were red-faced from having made Vick the focus of their marketing efforts, as well as the quarterback’s cozy relationship with team owner Arthur Blank. After trade attempts proved fruitless, Atlanta cut Vick before his release from prison.steelers_049

Cowboys have need at LB but believe Jaylon Smith is ready to take another step

The Cowboys wanted to keep versatile linebacker Anthony Hitchens but not for the $9 million annual salary the Chiefs gave him. They also lost Kyle Wilber in free agency. Thus, the Cowboys have an obvious hole at linebacker, even after signing former Packers linebacker Joe Thomas for depth purposes.
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That’s why the Cowboys have interest in Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, among others, in the draft.

I think we did a little bit there with Joe Thomas to help us out, but at the end of the day one of the things I’m really optimistic about is I think Jaylon is going to take another step, Jones said. He had to focus on playing the game last year. Put the rehab aside for the moment, as he should, and he went to work, tried to help us win football games and did an unbelievable job. He’s going to take a big step this year. He already is, and I think he’s going to improve tremendously. I think he’s going to do an outstanding job for us.

One of the things we’ll be looking for is to add depth at that linebacker spot. But as far as lining up day 1 and feeling good, who’s going to be manning those positions at our linebacking corps, we feel good about it. We’re excited about getting Damien in there, having him in the mix.

The league has issued the following statement: Following reports concerning the interviews of Derrius Guice at the Scouting Combine, the League conducted a thorough investigation which included a formal review and report from every club that interviewed Mr. Guice during the Combine, as well as discussions with Mr. Guice, his agent and others.

The investigation did not confirm that any club made the reported inquiries. Nonetheless, we used this opportunity to reaffirm our workplace standards and emphasize the importance of fully complying with all requirements of federal and state law. The NFL and each of its member clubs remain fully committed to fair and non-discriminatory employment practices.

PFT reported on April 6 that the NFL was expected to reach this conclusion. The league, we explained at the time, had found inconsistencies in Guice’s version of the events, and the league had been unable to corroborate his claims or to identify the team(s) that asked the questions.
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Joe Banner on Nick Foles’ new deal: Nice gesture but changes nothing long term

Former Eagles president Joe Banner said the new deal Nick Foles got last week was a recognition of what the quarterback did for the team last season. But in reality, the contract changes nothing long term.
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Foles still is expected to become a free agent in 2019, and the Eagles still have until the trade deadline in October to get something for him. Only an injury to Carson Wentz likely changes anything for Foles and the Eagles’ relationship beyond this season.

Foles’ deal includes a mutual option for the 2019 season.

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The booing turned to cheers when Goodell introduced the three Cowboys greats. And then Staubach showed he still had a little pop in his arm, throwing a regulation ball into the crowd.
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With Ian Kinsler’s swipe, the Angels improved to 13 of 13 on steal attempts this season. They are the eighth team in major league history to not get caught stealing once through the first 24 games of a season. The last team to do it was the Mets, who weren’t caught stealing in the first 26 games of the 2015 season.

Angels: Nick Tropeano (1-1, 3.75 ERA) will start in the series finale on Wednesday, looking to bounce back after allowing seven hits and five runs in 5 1/3 innings of a loss to Boston in his last outing.

Our prayers go out to all the families involved, Ujiri said on behalf of the Raptors organization. [Toronto] is the best city in the world, and it’s going to continue to be the best place and the best city in the world. These things happen, it’s happened to the best of other cities and the best of other places. I think we must continue to live our lives and not be afraid.

Pete Carroll: Reports of postponement of Kaepernick workout were blown up

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The NFL continues to not give Colin Kaepernick employment, even after Amnesty International gave him its 2018 Ambassador of Conscience Award. The Seahawks, however, claim that they haven’t ruled out adding him.
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We’re still battling on all fronts, on all guys, coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday, via ESPN.com. We’re still looking at guys and evaluating. There are still free agents we’re looking at and in that the process just continues. We’ve gone through the information gathering and we have a pretty good feel for where we are. It’s ongoing. We’re not done with that decision at all.

All the damage Trump’s going to do is done, he said.

Players, meanwhile, kept pressing their bosses to explain why Kaepernick was being blacklisted from the league.

I feel like he was hung out to dry, 49ers safety Eric Reid said.

The Saints signed Bears RFA Cameron Meredith to join a group including Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn, which wouldn’t seem to leave much room for Snead at any price. They also brought back Brandon Coleman.

The Ravens have churned the position, getting rid of Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin, and Michael Campanaro, and bringing in free agents Michael Crabtree and John Brown.

Snead caught just eight passes last year, but was productive his first two years with the Saints, catching 69 and 72 passes. A three-game suspension last Kyle Williams Womens Jersey year left him out of the game plan early, but the Ravens obviously think he can return to form.

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Actually in the beginning I wanted Baker Mayfield. I like his grit. But if there’s a second quarterback, it’s Darnold, said John Golebiowski, 54. When I heard Cleveland was going for Mayfield, I was like ‘You know what? The best-case scenario.’ Listen, we get the No. 1 quarterback drop in our laps. I love it. I love it.