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Junior Galette says he has offers, but may retire

Linebacker Junior Galette has not signed with a team for the 2018 season and he may not be signing with anyone either.
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In a post to his Instagram account, Galette says he’s been offered deals with three teams but has not signed any of them because he’s not sure he wants to continue playing football.

The real reason I haven’t signed is because I’ve contemplated retiring, Galette wrote. I have 3 Deals Currently on the table and will Plan Accordingly. All my fans i promise this will be my Best I’m not saying nothing else.

Galette had 20 tackles and three sacks for Washington last season and missed the two previous seasons after two torn Achilles tendons. He had 22 sacks over the 2013 and 2014 seasons for the Saints.

There was word of interest from the Raiders and Browns early in free agency, but things have been quiet around Galette over the last couple of months.

It was a maddening night for the Celtics, who had a sequence in the first quarter when they missed three dunks. Both Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum missed attempts at loud jams, and Horford missed one as well (though he was saved by a foul call).

Gentry also said the Pelicans were just as successful before Cousins tore his Achilles in January as they were during their run to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs without him.

Darren Woodson Jersey The Pelicans had won seven of eight games when Cousins was injured, and he finished his season with a triple-double during an eye-opening 115-113 victory at Houston on Jan. 26. Cousins, 27, was scheduled to start in the NBA All-Star Game before the injury.

Everyone seems to not realize that we had just beaten Houston, and I think we won eight out of 10 games, Gentry said. We won at Boston [during that stretch]. So Pat Tillman Jersey we were also pretty good with him too.

However, it remains to be seen just how aggressive the Pelicans’ offer will be — or if they will crack the door open for other teams to get involved in the bidding.

Cousins, who joined the Pelicans and fellow Kentucky product Anthony Davis in a blockbuster 2017 trade, had a similar outlook on his looming free agency last week in an interview with The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears.
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Jake Faria exits Rays game with oblique strain

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jake Faria and catcher Willie McGee Jersey Wilson Ramos left with injuries in the third inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox.
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Tim Anderson (R), 54 percent, Chicago White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles (RHP Kevin Gausman): This is a straight-up stolen base play and any hitting is extra. Anderson is 10-for-10 on the bases this year against righties and 36-for-40 against all pitchers in his career. Meanwhile, the Red Sox may have exposed a flaw in Gausman’s game after a strong, five-SB effort his last time out. While this is a speed-focused option, it’s worth noting that Anderson has seven homers this year, four of them against righties.

Oscar Robertson Game Jersey The New York Giants either made an inspired choice or monumental blunder by selecting running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in April’s draft.聽
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The decision came down to how the team felt about 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning, and new head coach Pat Shurmur is fully invested in the two-time Super Bowl-winning signal-caller.聽

No, I didn’t see the age,聽Shurmur said after reviewing Manning’s 2017 performance, per Breer. There’s no substitute for experience, and he’s got it. So no, the age doesn’t bother me.

Manning’s numbers say otherwise. The aging quarterback hit four-year lows in completion percentage, passing yards, yards per attempt, touchdowns and quarterback rating. But Shurmur stated his signal-caller’s case:

When you have a quarterback that’s won as much as Eli, that played through a year like last year, the way to get him back to where he needs to be, we need to block them better, and then the best friend for the quarterback is the running back, where you turn around, hand the ball off and gain yards. It all goes hand in hand. Play action’s way more believable.聽

Are Rutgers’ grades improving under Chris Ash?

Youth Arik Armstead Jersey As recently as 2015, the Rutgers football ranked No. 12 nationally in multi-year APR but failed to land in the top 10 percent for the third straight year. The football program had a run of eight straight years of landing in the top 10 percent nationally until a downturn that can be attributed Denzel Valentine Authentic Jersey to a rash of player dismissals and transfers late in the Kyle Flood era.
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The APR figures released Wednesday are based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. Flood was the Rutgers coach for the first 2 1/2 years of that four-year span.
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Last year, Rutgers football’s multi-year APR increased one point, from 972 to 973. The highest multi-year score Rutgers obtained in football was 992 in 2008-09.

Twenty-four Rutgers football players were listed among the 2017-18 graduations on Sunday.

This is the second known stop for the 27-year-old West, who also sat down last week with the Eagles.

West was held to 138 rushing yards last season in Baltimore, the byproduct of a lingering calf injury and the emergence of Alex Collins. In 2016, West led the Ravens with a career-high 774 yards on the ground.

The Colts continue to pound the market for backfield help. Behind presumed lead runner Marlon Mack, Indy houses a pair of journeymen in Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, plus a pair of rookies in Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins.

Last year, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips allowed Brockers to play in space against the Cowboys in Week 4, and the experiment worked out in their favor, per Los Angeles Times reporter Gary Klein.

For [Phillips] to see me as a playmaker and to open it up and give me those opportunities, I appreciate it, Brockers said. And I just want to show him that he didn’t make the wrong decision and I can get the job done.聽

Saints Sign Six Draft Picks Including First-Round DE Marcus Davenport

The New Orleans Saints have signed Texas-San Antonio DE Marcus Davenport to a four-year rookie contract, according to Ian Rapoport.

Nick Underhill confirms the news and adds that the Saints have also signed fourth-round OT Rick Leonard, fifth-round S Natrell Jamerson, sixth-round CB Kamrin Moore, sixth-round RB Boston Scott and seventh-round G Will Clapp to rookie deals.

Davenport is the second reported player to sign his rookie contract.

For a Phillies team which entered the day a half-game behind Atlanta in the National League East, it has become an important question to answer this season.

Luis Cessa dumped bags of peanuts on Neil Walker’s head. Tommy Kahnle hugged him and repeatedly smacked him on the back, like he was choking. There was lot of Gatorade.

It was the Yankees’ fourth walk-off win of the season.

Walker’s single in the 11th inning gave the Yankees a 7-6 win over the A’s at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

Gary Sanchez scored standing up when the throw from the outfield sailed wide of home plate.

Walker got to the plate because Giancarlo Stanton drew a one-out walk, which Gary Sanchez followed with a fielder’s choice grounder. Then Aaron Hicks walked, setting up Walker to hammer reliever Chris Hatcher’s 93-mph fastball and give the Yankees the victory.

The NFL is looking into the situation, according to multiple reports. It does not fall under Personal Conduct Policy because the alleged incident happened years before Patricia entered the NFL.

We will review the matter with the club to understand the allegations and what the club has learned, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said told Pro Football Talk.

There were conflicting reports at the time of whether Patricia or Shurmur was the Giants’ No. 1 target.

Patricia’s first home game as Lions head coach will be Aug. 17 against the Giants in Week 2 of the preseason.

That’s good news for Manning, since there’s not even the flimsiest hint of competition for a 37-year-old who hasn’t been his best in recent years.

The Detroit Lions announced they waived running back Tion Green.

The Arizona Cardinals announced they signed veteran fullback Derrick Coleman to a one-year deal. broncos_056_847aceb4bdf14383-180x180

The Eagles want all of the running backs.

That seems to be Jacob Trouba Womens Jersey the message this team is sending, as according to NFL Network, the Eagles have signed free agent running back Matt Jones.
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Jones, 25 years old, carried the ball just five times for the Indianapolis Colts last season.

Jones has shown the ability to make plays out of the backfield as a receiver. As a rookie he caught 19 passes for 304 yards, an average of 16 yards-per-reception.

The Eagles now have a loaded backfield. In addition to Jones, the Eagles have Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey on the roster. They have also reportedly signed undrafted free agent Josh Adams, but that signing has not yet been announced by the team.

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That’s what a 16-1 stretch will do, and yes, it is pretty darn historic. The last time this team has gone on a roll like this, Mickey Mantle was still batting cleanup. It was 1953, when the dynasty Yankees won 21 out of 22 during a remarkable late-spring run.

We’re right there where we need to be, Stanton said. There’s still one tomorrow. There’s still plenty more to go. We’ve just got to keep fighting.

A three-game series before the flowers bloom in Central Park won’t prove anything — this two-team AL East race should take us into the fall. The聽angry reaction to Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly, who started a brawl in April when he beaned Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin, is proof that this rivalry is alive and well again. It’s going to be a hoot.

Dion Sims Mens Jersey Still, it’s hard to shake the feeling that the Yankees won’t be the team clawing its way out of the do-or-die AL Wild Card this October. This won’t be a popular opinion in Beantown, but here goes: The聽Red Sox might聽have the better starting rotation ( when David Price is healthy ), but the Yankees have a better bullpen and, from top to bottom, a far better lineup.

Police recovered most of the items stolen from Roquan Smith

Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith had several items stolen from his car last weekend, but police in Athens, Georgia have been able to recover most of them.
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Athens-Clarke County Police public information officer Epifanio Rodriguez told the Chicago Tribune that they were able to identify a suspect thanks to a fingerprint and that they recovered items from that person as well as one of their family members.

I would personally like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers as Athens-Clarke County Police Department worked very hard to identify the individual responsible for this.

It might not seem like much, but three or four extra games can influence season-long outcomes. Dealing away a player on the Athletics or Rangers for a comparable one from the above teams could seem like a wash, but the extra games give you a potential edge.

Lawrence Taylor Youth Jersey It definitely helped me help others, especially younger guys, and try to lead and help them make the team and gain knowledge about the game, Riddick said. I put my teammates first. I was always taught that as a player and as a young kid and I Christian Yelich Jersey continue to put that out.

Riddick also is ready to learn from Blount, believing the three-time Super Bowl winner can teach him a thing or two.

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Riddick rushed for 286 yards and three touchdowns on 84 carries last season and caught 53 passes for 444 yards and two touchdowns.

The Thunder spent the season confusing the league and themselves. The glimpses of potential in emphatic wins mixed with head-scratching losses kept them at risk of not making the playoffs until the final week of the season. But with top-tier talent, they could have the Western Conference on notice. The thinking all season was the Thunder were built for the postseason.

Jason Witten鈥檚 opportunity to join ESPN changed his decision on playing 16th season

Jason Witten was adamant after the final regular-season game in Philadelphia last season that he was returning to the Cowboys for a 16th season. The tight end repeated his vow to return during Super Bowl week, declaring he could continue playing at a Pro Bowl level.
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Witten never mentioned his new job at ESPN in his hour-long press conference, but ESPN released a statement that Witten will join Monday Night Football next season.
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They also stayed local by signing tackle Lord Hyeamang from Columbia University. The other undrafted signings are University of British Columbia guard Dakoda Shepley, Texas Tech defensive lineman Mychealon Thomas, Auburn offensive lineman Austin Golson and Jacksonville State cornerback Reggie Flowers.

Six undrafted free agents is a small number for most teams and the Jets may be adding more names to the list after minicamp. They have 44 players taking part in a tryout basis this weekend, including current linebacker David Bass鈥?younger brother Darrian.

Sam Darnold: I have to come in and earn respect

Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan spent a lot of time watching quarterback Sam Darnold at USC over the last two years and was left convinced Devante Smith-Pelly Womens Jersey that Darnold was worth taking with the third overall pick in this year鈥檚 draft.

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Martin was reinserted into the lineup in mid-March alongside his usual defensive partner, Brent Burns.

Pelton: Houston-Utah. Rockets-Thunder would offer more compelling storylines, including the reigning MVP against presumptive 2017-18 MVP James Harden, Westbrook’s former teammate. But Houston and Utah would be more compelling from a basketball standpoint. It would pit a defense designed to take away high-value shots against the offense that generates them far more often than any other in the league. I’d love to find out who wins that battle.

Marks: Philadelphia versus Boston. We’d get to see the future of the NBA on display for two weeks and the rekindling of a rivalry. The series would feature five players who ranked on our list of the 25 best players under 25 — and a 76ers team that many feel could reach an NBA Finals versus a Celtics roster that has outperformed expectations without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.

Windhorst: Pelicans-Warriors holds a lot of promise. Questions surround Stephen Curry’s health, plus we have the blooming of Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. For the past couple of years we’ve been waiting for Davis to grow into the type of monster who could challenge the power structure in the West. Here is his first real chance.

“Alex Smith, when we got to Utah he wasn’t a very good runner. [Former Florida quarterback] Chris Leak was not a runner, and he was the MVP of that game,” Mullen said, pointing to the 2006 BCS Championship trophy behind his desk. Sure, Tim Tebow, Dak Prescott and Nick Fitzgerald could run, but they weren’t the only quarterbacks he taught. “So we’ve had every variation. My idea with the quarterbacks — and I shared this with [Franks] and I made this clear to them day one — is that all they have to be is a willing runner. You don’t have to be a great runner, you have to be willing. If the defense is going to give it to you, take it. That’s all you have to be.”

Martin played the final 11 games of the regular season and all four of games during San Jose’s first-round sweep of the Anaheim Ducks. “Where I’m at now, you tend to forget about how long the year was, how difficult it was,” Martin says.

He enters the Sharks’ second-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights, which begins Thursday in Los Vegas at 10 p.m. ET, with a new lease on hockey and his career. After all, he has come too far for it all to end unceremoniously.

Martin has reached the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of his 14 NHL seasons, which is a remarkable feat. But he is acutely aware that his career has been defined by a series of near-misses.

Martin, who turned 37 in March, won back-to-back NCAA championships with the Gophers in 2002 and 2003. After that, his fate veered wildly. He joined the New Jersey Devils in 2003 just after they won their third Stanley Cup in eight years.

“Same pictures,” he said. “Same wallpaper.”
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49ers to use fifth-year option on Arik Armstead

The 49ers opted to pick up the so-called fifth-year option on Arik Armstead’s contract, meaning the former first-round pick from Sacramento is under contract through the 2019 season.
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All draft picks are signed to four-year deals as rookies. When it comes to first-round picks, however, teams have the option of picking up a fifth year at a higher number that is based on the player’s position and where he was taken in the opening round.

In the front seven, Carolina will replace Star Lotulelei’s snaps with free-agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe and 2016 first-round pick Vernon Butler. Outside of that swap of defensive tackles and Thomas Davis’ four-game suspension, the front seven should continue to roll through the NFC. The team’s secondary is what could hold it back on defense.

The Panthers should be on the fringe of both the NFC South and NFC wild-card races this season, but they’ll need time to get back on track after past decisions have tied the offense’s hands.

The Chicago Bears have a tough schedule this season. On top of playing the rest of the NFC North鈥攖he Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions each could be in playoff contention鈥攖hey also have to play the NFC West, including the fast-rising聽Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers.

Cleveland nabbed Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick, while the New York Giants stayed at No. 2 and took Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
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The MMQB’s聽Albert Breer聽and Robert Klemko added that the Pats were denied a meeting with Mayfield until after they acquired the No. 23 overall pick as part of the trade that sent wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams.

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On Monday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady officially committed to聽play in 2018.

Brady was the NFL MVP last season and turned in a dominant performance in New England’s Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with 505 yards passing and three touchdowns, but he will be 41 by the time the 2018 season begins.

Thomas expressed his frustration on Do Not Disturb last summer for his mixtape For Sale聽and then didn’t release any music for the rest of the season.

He channeled the anger on the field, developing into a leader on a team that went 10-3 and played in the Orange Bowl. He finished the season with 5.5 sacks and tied for a team-high 12.5 tackles for loss.
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At the same age, Thomas played the drums at two church services on the weekends. On Sundays, when his grandmother cooked family meals after service, Thomas would grab a couple of old pots and make his own drum set on the floor, switching out the pots to get the sounds he wanted to replicate the songs he played at church.

After his grandmother died from cancer when he was five, Thomas continued to learn the piano on his own. He later would add the trombone, bass and acoustic guitar to his repertoire. At age 11, he was accepted in the Norland Middle School band, where they played songs by South Florida rappers like Grind Mode and Piccolo. It was the one class where Thomas and his friends gave their undivided attention because, We was gonna play something gangsta.

They’ll never understand somebody doing something and being great at two things that require a lot of mental ability, a lot of strenuous hours, Thomas says. They’ll never understand that because it ain’t easy to them. But it’s easy to me.

Nichols was a playmaker at USF, but the tape shows some of those moments weren’t generated by his athleticism or his instincts. His transition to the NFL will be dependent upon his versatility and how well he can acclimate to a new scheme. He’s likely a depth safety or slot cornerback in the pros.

Campbell has excellent length that he uses well to minimize on-field concerns with his playing style. He has a frame that can hold another 10 pounds with ease, and he’ll have to add the weight because he isn’t a fluid enough athlete Kemba Walker Youth jersey to routinely play off-man coverage. Campbell’s ideal fit is a press scheme that allows him to handle short routes before passing off to safety help. A depth role looks likely for Year 1.

Ford is a good prospect with late-round talent, but in a deep cornerback class he’s probably an undrafted free agent. Teams will love his ability on special teams, but he must learn technique to compensate for his lack of speed and size.