Month: May 2018

Tight end Marcedes Lewis Jersey brings blocking skills to Packers

The Green Bay Packers are getting some help at the tight end position with the addition of former Jacksonville Jaguars veteran Marcedes Lewis, who announced the news聽Thursday via a photo of him signing a contract on Instagram.
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Lewis had spent the day visiting with the Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers announced the signing Friday morning.

Entering his 13th season in the NFL, the 34-year-old free agent is regarded as one of the league’s better blocking tight ends. That’s an area of need for the Packers, who also signed Jimmy Graham, a prolific pass catcher but not known for his blocking ability.

The Jaguars regarded聽Lewis highly enough to exercise Austin Hooper Youth jersey a one-year, $3.5 million option on Feb. 20. However, after signing Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul in free agency, they released Lewis on聽March 20.

Austin Hooper”>Game Womens”>Austin Hooper Jersey After the Seahawks wrapped up rookie minicamp on Sunday, coach Pete Carroll said he’s uncertain when the free safety will show up for offseason workouts.

We’ll find out. We’ve got to communicate, Carroll said, via ESPN. Phase 2 doesn’t look like it’s suiting him right now, so we’ll see, we’ll see what’s happening. Phase 3 is around the corner for us, so we’ll see. We’ve got one more week of Phase 2.

Phase 3 is scheduled to begin May 21. Thomas has been absent during voluntary offseason workouts but is required to be in attendance for veteran minicamp beginning June 12, which should be guaranteed if he receives the new deal he’s after. The three-time All-Pro is entering the final year of the four-year contract extension worth $40 million signed in 2014.

He’s fun to play with, watching him running around, Andrews said Friday after the first day of camp. Andrews played with the top pick in the draft, Baker Mayfield, at Oklahoma, and found similarities between his former and current quarterback.
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Way-too-early 2018-19 fantasy basketball rankings for roto leagues

Get ready for a wild and crazy 2018-19 fantasy season. Fantasy managers are going to have their hands full as a number of star players are set to return from serious injuries. Where those players are drafted and how well they perform on the court could make or break many fantasy teams.

Canada had to settle for a disappointing fourth-place finish.

“We wanted to win gold,” Canada forward Bo Horvat said. “We wanted to be in the final. It’s not a result we wanted. But we have to take the positives from this experience and bring it to next year.”

Kreider scored the go-ahead goal for the U.S. in the second period, capitalizing on a mistake by Canada captain Connor McDavid.

Canada answered with a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot that went in between the pads of goaltender Keith Kinkaid.

Sweden beat Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout for gold later Sunday.

The good news for the Packers as they examine their 2018 schedule is Aaron Rodgers is back, and Green Bay has won the division five out of 10 seasons since he took over as starting quarterback. Minnesota has won the division the last two seasons, and the Vikings are one of four playoff teams on the Packers’ schedule this season. Atlanta visits Lambeau Field, too, and Green Bay has road matchups against New England and the Los Angeles Rams.
Toughest tests: Road games against the Seahawks and Patriots won’t be easy; Green Bay has lost the last three trips to Seattle, starting with the infamous “Fail Mary” game. It’s worth noting that Rodgers has never started a game at Gillette Stadium. The Packers also travel to the West Coast to face a beefed-up Rams team in what could be one of the most entraining games of the season.

Biggest breaks: The Packers avoid a trip to Atlanta, where the Falcons have scorched them three times in the last two seasons. The home schedule is very friendly. Keep in mind Green Bay finished 4-4 at home last season, and that included a 3-0 record with Rodgers.

In worst playoff loss in Rockets history, James Harden Jersey says team lacked aggression

Coach Mike D’Antoni used the most damning four-letter word in the NBA vernacular — soft — to describe the Houston Rockets’ performance in the most lopsided playoff loss in franchise history.
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The Golden State Warriors routed the top-seeded Rockets 126-85 at Oracle Arena in Sunday’s Game 3 to regain the series lead in the Western Conference finals.

Steph Curry’s emotions erupted in step with his offense as he scored 18 of his game-high 35 points in a pivotal third quarter in which the Warriors pulled away from the Rockets.

Earlier in the day, James had been reminded of the Lance McCullers Jersey time Tatum visited a Cavaliers shootaround when he was just 8 years old and challenged players like James to games of one-on-one. James said he remembered the visit then offered high praise for modern-day Tatum.

Game Womens Chaz Green Jersey The Warriors, a potential dynasty featuring three of the NBA’s premier scorers, managed to score a grand total of 12 points in the final frame. It ended with Stephen Curry, arguably the best shooter ever, missing a good look at a 3-pointer — a shot he failed to get off before the buzzer sounded, anyway.

It was a shocking dud down the stretch for the Warriors, particularly Curry, who was 1-of-8 from the floor in the final frame after carrying Golden State in the third quarter.

That Curry scoring flurry started with a wide-open 29-footer from the left wing midway through the third quarter. He swished a lead-changing, step-back 3 over Clint Capela on the Warriors’ next possession, with the Oracle Arena crowd buzzing throughout the dazzling dribbling display and roaring when the ball splashed through the net. Draymond Green passed up an open look to feed Curry for a corner 3 the next trip. Then Curry sliced through the Rockets’ dizzied defense for a finger roll.
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Deshaun Watson Jersey: Knee feels comfortable after Tuesday’s practice

There are plenty of boxes to check before the first week of the regular season, but Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson filled in a big one on Tuesday.
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My knee feels [good and] comfortable, Watson said, via Sarah Barshop of [It was great] to be able to go out there and throw and do some things out there and get the timing down with the receivers. 鈥?Just to actually get back out here with the group, with the team, with the whole offense and being able to just get back to the basics of football and build that chemistry and just build that leadership and that trust within each other.

The Mets’ major leaguers are on the younger side, so they will still have something to build a future around no matter what happens this year; but the front office hasn’t won three rings in the past eight years, so it has a lot less leeway to say whoopsie.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Tannehill will participate in today’s OTAs, and won’t be limited after last year’s ACL surgery.

The Dolphins were linked with a number of options at the position this offseason, but they didn’t draft one, and they let veteran backup Matt Moore walk in free agency (where he remains).

They have an odd lot of backups at the moment, with Brock Osweiler and David Fales and Bryce Petty duking it out for the honor of being second in line. And writing that sentence makes you realize how important it is for Tannehill to be physically prepared for 16 games.

I feel really good right now, Kemp said. It’s going to click for all of us and we’re going to get this thing rolling. As bad as we’ve been playing, we’re right there in the mix.

Colorado had the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth against closer Kenley Jansen.

After retiring Ian Desmond, Jansen gave up a ground-rule double to Chris Iannetta, who went to third on pinch-hitter David Dahl’s groundout to second. Jansen then struck out pinch-hitter Pat Valaika for his ninth save.

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Former Colts, Saints TE Coby Fleener Jersey still not cleared from concussion suffered in November

It’s been nearly half a year since聽Coby Fleener suffered a concussion in Week 12聽of the 2017 season as a member of the New Orleans Saints, which ended his season.
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Fleener was released by the New Orleans Saints recently. Head coach Sean Payton revealed that the tight end is still聽working through the process聽of getting cleared and he’s still working through being without symptoms, in an interview featured on the team’s website.

Cousins will have someone who can handle the bulk of carries in the ground attack and a reliable target in the intermediate pass game as well. Despite Latavius Murray’s presence in a complementary role, mark Cook down for 1,500-plus yards from scrimmage as a dual-threat option in Minnesota’s backfield.
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As the Patriots defensive coordinator, Patricia found clever ways to generate a pass rush using non-household names such as linebackers Kyle Van Noy and hybrid defender Rob Ninkovich over the past couple of years.

Expect a spike in Kennard’s sack numbers and run stops as he poses a bigger threat attacking the line of scrimmage.

After allowing 30 touchdowns through the air, which ranked 29th in the league last year, the Green Bay Packers hired Mike Pettine to replace Dom Capers and drafted cornerbacks with their first two picks. Something had to change with poor results in that specific area.

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The former gets the nod as the breakout player due to his fluid movements in backpedal motion. Alexander also ran a 4.38 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine, which suggests he has ideal speed to close on passing windows in coverage.

Patriots to ‘take a look at’ Isaiah Wynn at left tackle

The Patriots’ selection of versatile offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft raised questions on where he fit.

Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, however, provided an answer Friday on what the team is thinking with the 6-foot-3, 313-pound Wynn heading into the weekend’s rookie minicamp.

He’s played left tackle in the best conference in America, Scarnecchia said, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss on Twitter. Played it pretty good. We’re going to take a look at it, and see how it goes.

Born in Guinea and raised in Liberia, Vakaba couldn’t be blamed for not understanding the intricacies of a sport with which he had no familiarity. He couldn’t tell you a first down from a false start, to be honest. Besides, his son seemed to be doing just fine as a basketball player.

But Kemoko had other ideas. After following through on a commitment to attend a football camp at Rutgers, Kemoko raw and unformed as he was garnered a scholarship offer. He had played just one year of freshman football to that point.

I had already agreed to go to the camp, Kemoko said during the Colts’ rookie minicamp. Upon learning the news, Vakaba had a much different reaction.

He was a fourth-round pick. No one deserves to get paid fairly more than he does. We all see what some of the other guys who aren’t Aaron Rodgers, who aren’t Matt Ryan [are earning]. He’s going to do well. We certainly know that’s going to happen. We’ve got that planned in our budgeting for the salary cap. Meanwhile, Jerry Jones has no plans to look outside the organization for Witten’s replacement. I like the group that we have and don’t see at this time [adding a veteran], but I reserve the right to change my mind, he said this week.

At this time, I don’t see adding an additional veteran player to our group. I like the opportunity, the freshness of the group. I like the opportunity of the competition. We’re familiar. We’ve got new guys as far as our group is concerned in there. sabres_075

What Yankees’ Aaron Judge Jersey was thinking before issuing payback to Red Sox’s Joe Kelly

There was another loud roar from the packed house at Yankee Stadium, 45,773 strong on Tuesday night, when Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner worked a seventh-inning walk to load the bases with one out in a tie game.
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Aaron Judge walked toward the plate, then was forced to wait as the Red Sox made a pitching change.
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That may account for the stunning amount of money the coaches at Alabama earn. USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz detailed the salaries at Alabama, and maybe the most staggering number was how the strength coach鈥攖he strength coach鈥攅arns almost $600,000 a year.
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Every year, when the salaries of college coaches are released, NFL assistants go bonkers, because at some of the higher-echelon programs, the coaches are making as much, if not more, than their NFL counterparts.

Former Rutgers receiver Kenny Britt also changed his number, according to The Globe. Britt will wear No. 88 in his second season as a Patriot after wearing No. 85 last year.

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Like Johnson, Hand has a nearly across-the-board athletic comparison, one striking closer to home for Lions fans: former first-round pick Nick Fairley.

Fairley ended up with a higher RAS (9.44), with better performance in the agility drills. Outside of that, the two players are nearly the same size, posted almost identical explosiveness drills, and both posted elite speed and quickness for a defensive tackle.

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Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz thinks he’ll be the starting quarterback when the 2018 NFL season opens in Philadelphia on Thursday, September 6.
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Rehab has been great, he said. It’s quite the process. It can be painful some days. But so far everything is going well. My goal is to be back for Week One.

But no team-building decision is as obvious as it looks. The Pelicans are about to face the Warriors — a team with four legitimate stars. New Orleans without Cousins has one star in Davis about as good as Golden State’s two best players, and a second sometime-star (Holiday) who at his peak is somewhere close to Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. (Holiday has been way better than that in the playoffs, but he won’t maintain this level. I mean, if he did, he’d basically be Michael Jordan.)

Against the best teams, you need some base amount of talent. Cousins ups the talent quotient. He raises New Orleans’ proverbial Marshall Newhouse Jersey ceiling. The two best teams in the West — Golden State and Houston — switch a ton on defense. A post-up brute with soft touch and exquisite passing skill is one of the only known antidotes to that sort of defense.

It’s not a foolproof counter. The Rockets and Warriors make it hard just to enter the ball into the post — ask Karl-Anthony Towns, though at least he has tried since Game 2. The Warriors might run Cousins off the floor. But it’s a better counter than anything Solomon Hill, Darius Miller, Ian Clark and Cheick Diallo are bringing. A Pelicans team with Cousins, Davis and Mirotic would have Golden State’s full attention.

Philadelphia signed all of their draft picks earlier this week.
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In the weeks after DeMarcus Cousins’ Achilles tendon tear on Jan. 26, there was a consensus around the league that the New Orleans Pelicans would offer Cousins a full five-year, maximum contract despite the injury — or at least outbid (by a lot) what looked to be a limited pool of suitors for him. A small-market team desperate to win, with no cap space to replace Cousins, simply could not lose an undeniable talent for (almost) nothing.

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The 49ers have added a veteran offensive lineman to their roster after trading Trent Brown to the Patriots during the draft.
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The agents for interior lineman Mike Person announced that their client has signed a contract for the 2018 season.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told ESPN’s Heather Dinich that while the commission’s suggestions are the next step in helping fix what’s wrong, it’s hardly the last step.

We had this rumble that these things were going Ronnie Lott Jersey on, Sankey said Wednesday. … There was a triggering event with the indictments and arrests in the fall. I view this as a step rather than a destination. It’s an important step, a worthwhile step, but people will adapt and we will as a system likely have to adapt again.

ESPN reported in November that the group met with Silver and Roberts. Emmert has also said the commission met with agents and officials from apparel companies.

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King joined New England鈥檚 practice squad on September 20, but it released him October 9. The Ravens signed him to their practice squad on October 31, and he spent two weeks there.

The Patriots re-signed him to their active roster on November 28, released him December 2 and re-signed him to the practice squad December 5.

They collapsed on that end in the third quarter of Game 4. It was embarrassing. Gobert feasted on some of his easiest rim runs of the season:

The Thunder keep corralling Rubio up high as if he is a threat to pull up from deep. Rubio appears to have made a leap into competence as a jump shooter. He can hit enough open spot-up 3s now. His midrange leaner is money. The Thunder pride themselves on aggressive, swarming defense; they forced more turnovers than anyone in the regular season.

Ty Lawson says his comeback story is just beginning

Ty Lawson knows what the NBA was thinking: Teams had given up on him.

“Oh yeah, for sure,” he said. “100 percent.”

The Washington Wizards point guard is also sure of why NBA general managers and coaches were keeping their distance.

“Everybody says I have a problem with drinking alcohol,” Lawson said. “I don’t really have a drinking problem. I don’t drink that much, to be honest. Only when I go out with friends [on occasion] … to clarify that, I don’t think I am an alcoholic at all. I am not.”

Less than 48 hours earlier, Lawson was still feeling the sting of losing in the first-ever Game 7 in Chinese Basketball Association playoff history. Hours after finishing with 14 points and six assists for Shandong in a 105-95 semifinal loss to Zhejiang Guangsha, Lawson found out the Wizards were ready to sign him for the NBA’s postseason.

You could hear it in his voice when he took a jab at Georgia earlier this year, saying that making one SEC championship game doesn’t mean anything and, “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.” You can see it, too, when he tugs on the Florida logo on his polo shirt, talking about what the “Gator Standard” means to him and how to get back to that level of success.

Slowly but surely, players are starting to believe.

They admit that their confidence was shaken toward the end of last season. Franks called it “one of my lowest times.” After squeaking by Vanderbilt at home, the team crumbled, losing six of its last seven games to finish 4-7. The way McElwain left, with unsubstantiated accusations of death threats against him and his family, only made matters worse.

“We were trying to keep everything together, and then it was a snowball effect,” veteran wideout Freddie Swain said. “One thing went wrong and then after that everything went wrong.”

A little less than a month later, Mullen was introduced as Florida’s next head coach.