Bills officially decline to pick up Sammy Watkins’ fifth-year option

The Buffalo Bills made a controversial decision Tuesday when they officially decided not to pick up wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

Though the news was expected, it’s a stunning revelation considering the Bills traded their ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft along with their first- and fourth-round selections in 2015 to move up five spots to get Watkins.

Watkins, still just 23 years old, is a 6-1, 211-pound former Clemosn star that has battled a litany of injuries throughout his first three seasons in the NFL.

Jermaine Eluemunor, OT, Texas A&M — Eluemunor is a British native who moved to the U.S. when he was 14. He has tremendous upside as a raw talent with great strength on a 6-4, 332-pound frame. He played both guard and tackle for the Aggies and has the lateral quickness to make him versatile enough to fit into any system or blocking scheme. Because he was late to pick up football, Eluemunor still has to develop his skills but could be a longtime NFL starter.

Jake Butt, TE, Michigan — Butt tore his ACL during the Orange Bowl loss to Florida State and may have been a first-round pick if healthy. The 2016 Mackey Award winner caught 138 passes for 1,646 yards and 11 over his career. Butt he has NFL size at 6-5, 246 and should find a team willing to take a flier on him early Saturday.

Not only did he take the cruel lessons from the first failure to heart, but those lessons are at the core of his public-speaking business, Ogden Speaking Academy.

“Today,” Ogden told Sporting News, describing his general subject matter, “I’m kind of like, ‘There are things I didn’t do correctly.’ All the things I talk about, that I tell clients not to do, I did them myself.”


Alshon Jeffery chose Eagles because he sees Carson Wentz winning MVP

Dan Williams Elite Jersey
I don’t know how to articulate the greatness that’s inside of him, Swinney said of once comparing Watson to Michael Jordan. To me, that’s what Michael Jordan represents, because that’s what I grew up with. I’m sure when Michael Jordan was coming out of North Carolina, his 3-pointer wasn’t very good and he had some flaws when you started poking holes on him. But it was who he was, it’s that will, that drive 鈥?you can’t coach that.

The deal is worth $8 million, according to multiple reports.

Authentic Womens O. J. Simpson Jersey Pryor, a former quarterback, joins a Washington team that needed a playmaking receiver this offseason. The Redskins lost their top two wideouts 鈥?DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon 鈥?to free agency, and were left with mostly unproven players.

Alshon Jeffery teamed up with Torrey Smith during the first day of free agency to give the Eagles some talent at the receiver position.

His decision surprised some, especially after it was announced he turned down a multi-year deal with the Vikings in order to take a one-year deal with Philly. When asked why he wanted to play for the Eagles, Jeffery said it was the man under center.

Alshon Jeffery says Carson Wentz had lot to do with decision to come to #Eagles??

He’s going to be a future MVP

It was the best decision for me and my family. Also, it’s a great situation, he told CSN Philly. [Carson Wentz] had a lot to do with my decision. He’s a great quarterback. I mean, the sky’s the limit for him, I think he’s going to be a future MVP.

Wentz didn’t put up MVP-caliber numbers last year, but perhaps with Smith, Jeffery and Jordan Matthews on the field he can make a case in 2017.

Jerry Jones ‘very skeptical’ Cowboys DE Randy Gregory failed another drug test

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory reportedly failed another drug test recently, but team owner Jerry Jones isn’t buying it.

According to a TMZ report, Gregory reportedly tested positive for marijuana in February, which would be the seventh time he failed a drug test.

I would be very skeptical, Jones said, via the Star-Telegram, of Gregory failing the test and of him reportedly skipping out on his rehabilitation treatments.

Gregory was already serving a year-long suspension from the NFL for his previous positive tests. He can apply to be reinstated in September, but he will need to stay drug-free.

Game Mens Mark Duper Jersey Jones said the organization is supporting Gregory and that he is an extremely important piece of the Cowboys team.

We need him on the football field, Jones said. We do support him absolutely.

Gregory first got in trouble when he failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2015. That season he failed his second test, which resulted in a four-game suspension. At the start of the 2016 season, he failed another test and earned another four-game suspension.

After that, Gregory tested positive again, which gave him a 10-game suspension. He was only back on the field for two games when he failed another test, which meant he will be sidelined the entire 2017 season.

New Orleans Saints superfan Jarrius Robertson underwent successful surgery Sunday to receive a long-awaited liver transplant, his father Jordy tweeted.

Surgery went GREAT! JJ is resting now with NEW, working liver ???? We will see him in a few hours. Next few days of monitoring are big – Jordy

Game Mens Dale Murphy Jersey — Jarrius Robertson (@Jarrius) April 30, 2017

Texans QB Deshaun Watson surprises mom with new Jaguar after draft

Despite strong media speculation, Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill cautioned in March that Arizona wasn’t locked into drafting an heir apparent to Carson Palmer. Bidwill’s warning became reality when the Cardinals didn’t use any of their seven picks on a quarterback. This increases the chances that Stanton could become Arizona’s starter in 2018 if Palmer is done with the Cardinals after this season.

Deshaun Watson is already putting his new NFL salary to good use.

The former Clemson quarterback thanked his mom for her years of support by surprising her with a brand-new Jaguar just a couple of days after being selected with the No. 12 pick by the Texans in the NFL Draft on Thursday.

Watson showed off the new ride, which was a gift for her birthday, by posting photos on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. He even shared a video of her getting behind the wheel of the car for the first time.

The Texans made a trade with the Browns and moved up from 25th overall to take Watson earlier in the first round. The two-time Heisman finalist threw for 4,593 yards with 41 scores and 17 picks last year and led the Tigers to the national championship.

Friday brought two local feel-good stories for a pair of solid complementary power backs. Foreman went first at No. 89, making the transition from Austin to Houston and adding to the Texans’ impressive haul that includes QB Deshaun Watson.

Conner, cancer free and ready to keep running hard in the NFL, went from Pittsburgh to … Pittsburgh. They both will have chances to be key contributors on winning AFC teams.


Capitals vs. Penguins, NHL playoffs odds: Washington set as road favorite for Game 4

The Washington Capitals broke a three-game postseason losing streak against the Pittsburgh Penguins with their win on Monday in Game 3. The Capitals will attempt to even up their second-round series at two games apiece with another road win in Game 4 on Wednesday night.
Limited Ryan Harris Jersey
Washington is a -125 betting favorite in Pittsburgh at sportsbooks monitored by The Penguins are going off at +105 to take a 3-1 series lead.

Lars Eller, Nate Schmidt, and Tom Wilson are all expected to play for Washington. Only Karl Alzner (upper body) is sitting out Game 1.

On the Penguins side, Kris Letang (neck) is out for the year, while Matt Murray (lower body) is doubtful. Carl Hagelin and Chris Kunitz are questionable but considerable possibilities.
Limited Ryan Kesler Jersey
Vanderdoes overall body of work isn’t the reason he makes this list; he played a full four years at UCLA and appeared in 38 games. Instead, his inclusion comes because he may have peaked early in his college career, failing to match the recruiting hype that surrounded him as a former five-star prospect.

Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp and East Carolina’s Zay Jones are in the same boat. Hansen played last season in Sonny Dykes’ air raid offense at Cal, in a scheme that emphasized quick distribution to wide receivers. A receiver’s numbers balloon in a system like that. But the point, for Hansen, is that he can play anywhere an NFL team asks him to play, and in whichever type of offense.

I think there’s always a knock on receivers that only play in like an air raid, spread offense, Hansen says. I think there is some truth to that. We don’t have the ability to run the full route tree like the NFL does, and that, I think, hurts you as a receiver in the offense.

Blues vs. Predators 2017 odds: Nashville a Game 4 betting favorite over St. Louis at the sportsbooks

The Nashville Predators will be seeking a fourth straight postseason win at home Tuesday night as they take on the St. Louis Blues as chalk at the sportsbooks.

Some of Toronto’s best defense was done at the free throw stripe. Antetokounmpo missed six himself and the team shot 18-of-28 as a whole.

The Bucks almost made another mini-comeback in the final seconds of the game as well, and had the ball down just three points in what could have been the final possession. Antetotkounmpo made a big mistake as he dunked through a wide-open lane while his team had no timeouts left, playing into the Raptors’ trap.

A final last-second chance saw the Raptors intercept a pass and DeRozan spike the ball down in celebration.
Theoren Fleury Elite Jersey
Paul Posluszny Elite Jersey As always, there’s no reason to be too confident in Toronto going forward.

His performance at the free-throw line hurt, but playing all but two minutes of this game, he finished with 34 points on 13-of-23 shooting, three assists and nine rebounds. He was huffing and puffing his way down the floor, but provided for his team on both ends of the floor in a game he needed to play nearly all of.

He had help on the outside with clutch deep-ball shots from Khris Middleton and Jason Terry, and the offensive rebounding efforts of Greg Monroe, who finished with four, was felt.

Meanwhile Toronto’s offense fell off a cliff.

With less than three minutes to play, the Raptors had scored all of seven points for the entire quarter. By the finish, they only made three field goals for the entire quarter.

DeMar DeRozan showed big with 32 total point on 12-of-24 shooting, but nobody else came to support.

Kyle Lowry was a forgotten man with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting despite playing 44 minutes and no other Raptor finished with double-digits in points.

What’s next for Russell Westbrook and the Thunder?

Russell Westbrook and the Thunder were bounced in five games by James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Man, that’s a loaded sentence.

Everything about the season of Russ and Harden was condensed into those five games. The Rockets were clearly superior and had far more depth. Harden was excellent for the most part, but other Rockets had moments of glory. OKC was thin and too dependent on Russ, who may have tried to do too much.

We get into all that on this week’s Drive & Kick, along with Warriors talk, the carnage that is the Clips-Jazz series, and the Cavs’ inevitability.

For example, you tell a new partner where you need to be, but he does not manage to get there with his feet…

I was suffering all this season, because I couldn’t find perfect chemistry with other partners. I played with Drouin once and it was good, but the coaches didn’t put us together again. Some guys have stayed too long on the team. They’ve got money and stopped working. They knew there was no competition for their positions, and the organization was not going to take someone else. They did not play really well this season. You can see it in their stats. When we played together and I made a pass, they were not expecting it. That’s why this season was hard for me despite good stats.

Elite Mens Todd Gurley Jersey What did you feel, when Nikita Nesterov was traded?
Elite Mens Mike Catapano Jersey
No one wants to lose their friend. We’ve become closer after all these years. I got upset at first. But this is hockey, it happens. You need to accept it. But then I was happy for him. He wanted to go, because he wanted to play more and he didn’t have a chance at Tampa. I’m happy for my friend, because he got a chance at Montreal. We are still in contact.

The biggest move the Eagles made was turning their No. 1 receiver into their No. 3 receiver.

I know the Seahawks would still have a huge hole at cornerback in this situation, but I just don’t know if it’s even possible that they’d let Davis sneak by at 58 if he was there. In fact, if he fell out of the top 40, I wonder if they’d get on the phones and use one of their three third-round picks to move up. It’s not the biggest need, but he would be the best player they could possibly get with their second rounder if the board fell like this.

With Garett Bolles in the first and Davis here, Seattle is maybe getting their starting right tackle (at least) in 2017 and a new SAM to replace Mike Morgan. Those aren’t the greatest areas of interest for most teams, but it is definitely an upgrade for next season, and as players leave or retire in coming seasons, Bolles could become a premier left tackle and Davis has a ceiling that could put him on virtually any pedestal. These picks would be good for now but possibly great in 2-4 years.

Analysis: I agree on this leaving the Seahawks with a need at cornerback, but it comes down to value. The best cornerback available in this mock draft is Cordrea Tankersley of Clemson. Although he’s a good player, he’s more of a third-round pick. If you’re arguing against value for a cornerback, you have to love the pick of Davis because of the value. Davis is an aggressive linebacker who thrives on being physical. At Florida, he knew how to make an impact even in sometimes limited starts. In a situation like Seattle that could help him.

The biggest move the Eagles made was turning their No. 1 receiver into their No. 3 receiver. The team went out and picked up Alshon Jeffery, the best wide receiver on the free agent market.

Caleb Brantley has a major red flag, but Browns rolled the dice on his talent late

Authentic Kids Markus Wheaton Jersey
At 6’3, 307 pounds, Caleb Brantley is the kind of defensive lineman who can swallow up blockers and eclipse running lanes. But the Cleveland Browns are betting he’ll be more than just a run specialist, selecting Brantley with the 185th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

On the field, the Florida product flashed the power and explosion to be a pass-rushing presence from the interior. The All-SEC honoree lacks the speed of an edge rusher, but his ability to grind through blocks and into the pocket could make him valuable in the NFL. He tallied 16.5 tackles for loss — including 5.5 sacks — in his final 23 games as a Gator.

But that production and potential are mitigated by character concerns. Brantley is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after allegedly striking a woman on April 13. The outcome of that case is still pending, but the Browns seem aware that things could get worse.

Game Mens Mike Moustakas Jersey This pick is so close to happening that Garrett recently followed Browns players Joe Haden, Carl Nassib, and Danny Shelton on Twitter. If that doesn’t make it official, I don’t know what else would. Don’t screw up the No. 1 pick, Cleveland. Don’t listen to Warren Sapp. Take the draft’s top player and then use your stockpile of picks to come back up and get a quarterback.

Morgan says everyone on the football field has to communicate in order to click on all cylinders. But offensive linemen must know each other like the back of your hand.

It’s a sense of camaraderie that comes with that position. You have to be able to communicate, you gotta know your guys, and you gotta be able to work together, Morgan explained.

Rams make small-school TE Gerald Everett their first pick of 2017 NFL Draft

Gerald Everetts path to the NFL took detours through one shuttered FBS program and another that didnt exist before 2008. This weekend, he became South Alabamas first-ever draft pick.

The show he put on at the Combine solidified his status as one of the drafts premier blockers, but questions remain about his ability to consistently take on NFL linemen. The major concern is whether his relatively short arms will prevent him from ever moving to the exterior of the line, where hed carry the most value as a pro. Lamp is sound in almost every other aspect — good fundamentals, great workout numbers, and tremendous college production.
Authentic Youth Luke Kuechly Jersey
Authentic Youth Johan Franzen Jersey Hell likely move to the interior of the line with the Chargers, which hampers his value. Early-round picks are traditionally saved for blind-side saving tackles, rather than path-clearers like Lamp. Hell have high expectations to live up to at offensive guard.

Theres a chance he pans out on the edge in the NFL as well. Former NFL defensive end Stephen White was quick to praise his dominance against Conference USA opponents — and Alabama — last fall.

Lamps success at left tackle boiled down to his lateral movement. The Hilltoppers kept edge rushers at bay thanks to the kind of strength that negated swats and spin moves and the quickness to shut down speed rushes intended to collapse the pocket from the corner. Here he is showing off the ability to shadow his man in a 2015 game against Indiana.