2012 quarterback class a cautionary tale for 2018

At least four quarterbacks will go in the first round of the NFL draft tomorrow night, making this year’s a particularly strong quarterback class. But the last draft class with four first-round quarterbacks serves as a cautionary tale.
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Who else was available when Holmgren chose Weeden and Elway chose Osweiler? Oh, just Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson, who went to Wes Schweitzer Jersey Seattle at 75, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles, who went to Philadelphia at 88, and Kirk Cousins, who went to Washington at 102 and just got the biggest fully guaranteed contract in NFL history from the Vikings.

So while the 2012 quarterback class did have some big-time NFL talent, it didn’t go in the order it should have gone in 鈥?and even the talent evaluators who should have been the most equipped to recognize top quarterback talent whiffed badly.

Elite Willie Roaf Jersey That should serve as a warning for 2018. Whether four, five or six quarterbacks go in the first round on Thursday night, you can bet some quarterback who’s drafted on Friday or Saturday will end up having a better career than some quarterback who hears his name called on Thursday. The NFL draft is far too inexact a science for any player to be labeled a sure thing.

Without the Cowboys, we wouldn’t be here, Goodell said. . . . We’re here because of [Jones’] leadership, because of his drive and because of his commitment to this community as well as making everything bigger and better. He does that, and every time we give him an event, he finds a way to make it bigger and better. He’s been an extraordinary leader for us.

Jones threw the bouquet back to Goodell when his turn came at the microphone.

Our commissioner, Roger Goodell, when he was a young guy, he started off in the mail room with the NFL, Jones said, and became its leading person in being the commissioner of the NFL as a relatively young man. What he was always about was growing the pie, a bigger picture. He always had real imaginative ideas about where we could go, and you could imagine that was like honey in attracting this little bee to become involved with him in that. So I have always appreciated so much the idea of what we’re doing.

The NFL needs Goodell and Jones, arguably its two most powerful figures, to get along for the common good. Maybe neither man ever will forget nor completely trust the other, but they are putting on a good public face, as they should.
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Browns release Corey White, Reggie Porter

C.J. Anderson Game Jersey The Browns will be adding rookies to their roster in next week’s draft and they made some room for new arrivals on Friday.
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The team announced that they have released defensive back Corey White and waived defensive back Reggie Porter. Porter’s departure comes with a failed physical designation.

This guy is so much like Landry, in that he understands everything. He’s like they say about guys: He’ll take yours and beat mine, and he’ll take mine and win again with mine.

I think he’s a guy that was light years ahead of his way. He’s the guy, whether we want to admit it or not, that came up with the wild-card idea, which I think has changed football a great deal.

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Callaway was expected to be a mid-round pick, though he had red flags already.

UF suspended Callaway for the 2017 season. His off-field problems included a citation for marijuana possession last May.

He made 54 catches for 721 yards and three touchdowns in 2016 and 89 receptions for 1,399 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons at UF.

I had a real close relationship with him. We were in a scouting combine together. I thought that he was a guy that was well beyond his years as far as coming with the West Coast offense. He was also a guy that understood the draft and really did a good job of building their team with draft choices.

I think Jerry Jones has brought a lot to the National Football League. I think what he’s done is that he’s made everybody in the league work harder, because he’s an extremely hard-working individual that’s been very successful.

The Knights make the improbable look easy, but only because of a balanced, hard-working lineup.

The Giants believe they greatly upgraded their linebacker talent with the trade for Alec Ogletree, who will start on the inside and make the defensive calls. The hope is B.J. Goodson can stay healthy and man the other starting job on the inside. Olivier Vernon moves to an outside LB role, and Kareem Martin was signed as a free agent from the Cardinals for the other outside spot. If there is a trade down in the first round, undersized but ultra-athletic Roquan Smith from Georgia would be an interesting addition. So would Leighton Vander Esch from Boise State.
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Durant poured in 32 points to go along with 31 from teammate Klay Thompson, and the Spurs registered one of their worst 3-point postseason performances since Popovich took over as head coach in December 1996, all of it adding up to a 116-101 loss for San Antonio that placed the Spurs in a 0-2 series hole.

The Spurs connected on just 4 of 28 attempts from 3-point range — and that 14.3 3-point percentage marked the second-worst accuracy mark by the Spurs in Authentic Logan Shaw Jersey a postseason game (minimum of 20 attempts) since Popovich’s first full season in 1997-98.

All those misfires spoiled an inspired 34-point, 12-rebound performance from All-Star center LaMarcus Aldridge and a strong bounce-back effort from the Spurs after Saturday’s double-digit loss

Cody Eakin tied it with 13:50 left, and William Karlsson scored the eventual game-winner 21 seconds after Neal’s goal in a third-period flurry for the Golden Knights, whose storybook debut season just keeps getting more exciting and more outlandish.

Limited Dan Hamhuis Jersey Emotions were running high, and it’s physical out there, Neal said in a voice that confirms he has seen this scenario before, even if his team hasn’t. It’s tough. But a lot of guys on our team have been in those situations before and won in them before.
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Foles was set to earn $7 million in 2018, the final season of a two-year deal signed before the 2017 season to be Carson Wentz’s backup.

Torres was in the running for the starting job at second this spring before struggling … and before the Yankees signed free agent Neil Walker to share time there with youngster Tyler Wade.

Walker (.183, 0 HR, 3 RBIs, 15 games) and Wade (.086, 0 HR, 4 RBIs, 15 games) have struggled badly in the early going for the Yankees, who beat Toronto 9-1 on Saturday  but are off to a disappointing 9-8 start that has them far behind the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox, who went into Saturday with a 17-2 record.

Udoka understands this aspect of the job, saying: “I think regardless of how I approach things, if Pop is getting on the guys, we gotta play some good cop, bad cop with them.

“He’s going hard on the guys and is very demanding on them and we have to at times give them some love and help build them back up when Pop gets on them. Overall my approach is similar to Pop, very demanding as well, but don’t get rattled on the outside.”

Foles’ market changed markedly after taking over for the injured Wentz and leading the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history and claiming game MVP honors.

Garafolo reports that Philly’s reshuffling of Foles’ deal has nothing to do with the health of Wentz, who is not guaranteed to be ready to play in the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. Wentz is still recovering from a torn ACL and LCL suffered in Week 14 last season, but reiterated this week that, while it’ssteelers_055 hard to put a timetable on his recovery, starting Week 1 is “still the goal.”

Garafolo clarified that Foles’ deal was instead redone to reward the journeyman with a pay bump for his performance in the postseason while also providing him the opportunity to hit free agency next spring if he decides to do so.

His career rejuvenated, Foles received speculative trade interest this offseason, and the 29-year-old quarterback is open to being a starting quarterback again, somewhere.

Bills players express concern about new helmet rule

The NFL has changed the rules to generally prohibit players from lowering their helmets to initiate contact. Plenty of players are concerned about the practical impact of this rule change on the game. On Tuesday, several Bills players explained their position to ESPN.
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I actually had an incident in the playoff game [against Jacksonville when] the trainers didn’t like how I tackled on a few plays, Bills safety Micah Hyde told ESPN. My response to them was just the running back was running at me, and he’s getting as low as he can and lowering his shoulder, lowering his helmet. I have to make a tackle. I’m not going to stand straight up, because he’s going to run straight through my chest.

Bils defensive tackle Kyle Williams supports reasonable efforts to make the game safer, but he realizes that the rule as written can create major issues.

I understand the old rule of targeting and launching, but this seems to incorporate all contact, including incidental contact, which I think is a huge problem for players, Williams told ESPN. There is a risk that comes with playing the game, generally speaking. You can legislate out the flagrant attempts to use the helmet as a weapon, but the reason we wear helmets is because of incidental contact and just the nature of the game.

Drawing the line between incidental contact with the head and deliberate use of the head will be hard to do, especially with little or no guidance from the league as to what the new rule specifically prohibits.

At that time, the question of who plays whom and where will be enhanced with when the ball will be kicked. Which will be big news, even though it really isn’t much news at all.

The key dates to watch will be the Sunday night games (of course), the Thursday night games, the Monday night games (including the Week One doubleheader), the Thanksgiving games, and the all-important season-opening Thursday game, to be played in Philadelphia.

We’ll break down the new schedule from every angle here at PFT as soon as it’s out, and we’ll continue the process of getting you ready for the season to come.
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It’s a strong accusation to make. If that’s what Rodgers believes, he should just say so. He should say, for example, that there aren’t two sources close to him who have said anything credible or accurate about Rodgers’ reaction to the firing of quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt or the termination of receiver Jordy Nelson, and that Robinson is either talking to people Womens Wilson Ramos Jersey who are lying about knowing what Rodgers thinks or engaging in flat-out fabrication.

If Rodgers is going to tuck a claim of fake news into a laundry list of funny hash tags, he needs to be more clear with his message. And his message is that Robinson is telling a lie about Rodgers.

Jets sign restricted free agents Rontez Miles, Neal Sterling

The Jets announced safety Rontez Miles and tight end Neal Sterling signed their restricted free agent tenders.
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Miles originally joined the Jets in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of California (PA). He played 13 games last season as a core special teams player, leading the team with 26 special teams tackles and serving as Lachlan Edwards’ punt protector.

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Since UNINTERRUPTED reached out to Alabama, the school released a second episode of Shop Talk but renamed the show Bama Cuts.
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Palepoi, 27, spent the last four seasons with the Chargers, and gives them another run-stopper up front.

So, this is a Pro Day of sorts for Webb, a 2017 third-round pick by the previous Giants regime. Shurmur attended the Pro Days of Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold in Los Angeles and Josh Allen in Laramie, Wyo. Next, he will get his first up-close look at Webb.

We’re always looking for a young, generational quarterback 鈥?yeah, that’s the urge, Shurmur said. I do know this, I’ve seen Eli in the building almost every day here in the offseason, he’s the fittest, healthiest 37-year-old I’ve been around. So I’m looking forward to working with him, as well as Davis Webb.

Shurmur is already impressed with Webb’s diligence, noting he sees him in the team facility virtually every day, following Manning around. Next, Shurmur pored over Webb’s college tape and compared it with the top quarterbacks in the draft.

I went back, as I was watching this year’s quarterbacks I went back and watched his college film to compare him to the guys coming out this year, I went back and revisited my notes from doing him [as the Vikings offensive coordinator] a year ago 鈥?we had him rated highly, Shurmur said. The unfortunate thing for me is there’s just not a lot of him playing football in a Giants helmet, which would have been a good thing for me to see moving forward. That is what it is, but I’m looking forward to working with him, for sure.

Big games by Davis, Mirotic allow Pelicans to hold off Trail Blazers in Game 1

The New Orleans Pelicans needed to sweat out the franchise’s first playoff win since 2011 — the first under the Pelicans moniker they adopted before the 2013-14 season and the first of Anthony Davis’ career.
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The last time New Orleans reached the postseason, in 2014-15, the Pelicans led the eventual champion Golden State Warriors by 20 points at the start of the third quarter of Game 3 only to lose the game in overtime and eventually get swept. Game 1 of New Orleans’ series with the Portland Trail Blazers looked as if it might be d茅j脿 vu.

Up 19 late in the third quarter, the Pelicans allowed the Blazers to cut the lead to just one point in the final minute with two opportunities to take the lead. New Orleans’ defense came up big both times, forcing a CJ McCollum turnover and a Damian Lillard miss. Then, after two Davis free throws, Jrue Holiday blocked Pat Connaughton’s layup to seal a 97-95 victory Saturday night at the Moda Center.

Ultimately, New Orleans got enough from its best Alex Avila Jersey players. Davis, who averaged 31.5 points in the series sweep by Golden State in 2014, had 35 points on 14-of-26 shooting this time around — along with 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Holiday, given the primary defensive assignment on Lillard, also found enough energy to score 21 points at the other end. And Nikola Mirotic added a double-double of his own alongside Davis, knocking down four 3-pointers, blocking four shots and grabbing 11 rebounds.

The Minnesota Timberwolves kept their first playoff game in 14 years close, but Houston had too much from MVP front-runner James Harden and lob mate Clint Capela.
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Towns was held to fewer than eight points only twice in the regular season, when he averaged 21.3 points per game. He attempted nine or fewer field goals in 11 games, an alarming number for a 7-footer with Towns’ wide array of skills, capable of scoring as a post-up player, as a spot-up shooter and off the dribble.

Thibodeau especially emphasized getting out in transition when asked how Towns should be more active against a Rockets’ defensive scheme that makes him a focal point.
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Golden Knights go from long shot to favorite to win Cup

The Vegas Golden Knights are now co-favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to the Westgate Sportsbook. That’s a stunning turnaround considering the NHL’s newest expansion team opened the season with 200-1 odds.

As of Wednesday, the Golden Knights are tied with the Nashville Predators with 4-1 odds.

Station Casinos in Las Vegas are among those trying to capitalize on the Golden Knights phenomenon, offering free bets on the team to casino loyalty members who come in to one of their establishments on April 23.

Of the 64 expansion teams among the four major U.S. sports leagues since 1960, no team posted a winning record in their first season — until Vegas.

The Golden Knights will face the winner of the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks series in the next round. San Jose leads the series 3-0.

After tumbling to the ice, Couturier threw his stick against the boards in anger. He was assisted off the ice.

The Flyers trail the Penguins 2-1 in their best-of-seven first-round series. Couturier leads the team in postseason scoring with a goal and two assists.

Bryant has been stressing to Mitchell all season the importance of sprinting to the corner when he’s filling an outside line in transition, trying to break him of his habit of settling on the wing. That’s in large part because the corner 3 is a much more efficient shot, particularly for Mitchell, who made 48.5 percent of his attempts from the corners this season, compared to 32.5 percent of above-the-break 3s.

It’s also due to the impact on spacing, opening avenues for teammates by forcing a defender to account for Mitchell all the way into the corner.

“I know this might sound bad, but I hope that he misses those shots at the break,” Bryant says. “So I can be like, ‘The basketball gods are rewarding you for getting to the corner.'”jets_010

With the NFL draft two weeks away, the Patriots have been connected to Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Tom Brady, or whoever mans his social media accounts, seems to be a fan of the quarterback who could some day replace him.
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On Wednesday, the NFL Network published an Instagram image of Jackson and Patriots coach Bill Belichick, with a quote from analyst Bucky Brooks.

I believe after watching Deshaun Watson tear up his defense, he said, ‘I want a player like Lamar Jackson,’ Brooks said.
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Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders posted a comment on the picture supporting Jackson, to which Brady’s account replied, [Jackson is] a beast!!!! followed by a thumbs-up emoji.

Of Gettleman’s 28 picks with the Panthers, 14 were defensive players, 13 were offensive players and his very last selection, at No. 233 overall Craig Anderson Womens Jersey last year, was for a kicker, Harrison Butker. Gettleman has taken six defensive backs, five defensive linemen, five running backs, four offensive linemen, three linebackers, two wide receivers, two tight ends and the one kicker. He didn’t pick a single quarterback, though he inherited Cam Newton, the No. 1 pick in 2011.

In his first draft for the Panthers, Gettleman sent a message and attracted a share of skepticism when he used his first two picks on defensive tackles, Lotulelei and Kawann Short.

The Cubs are pushing their rotation back a second day with Tyler Chatwood — originally scheduled to pitch Sunday against Atlanta — starting Tuesday and Jon Lester going Wednesday. St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright will have his start moved back a day to Tuesday. But the Cardinals will go with Luke Weaver instead of Michael Wacha on Wednesday.

The postponement was the third on the Cubs’ first homestand of the season — and second in as many days. Sunday’s series finale against Atlanta got pushed back to May 14 because of rain.

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The Cubs were hoping to get Anthony Rizzo (lower back tightness) back from the 10-day disabled list on Monday. But the postponement delayed the three-time All-Star’s return.

The Cardinals activated infielder Jedd Gyorko (strained right hamstring) and reliever Luke Gregerson (strained left hamstring) and optioned right-hander Mike Mayers and infielder Yairo Munoz to Triple-A Memphis.

NFL wants special investigator to look into concussion settlement fraud

The NFL is seeking the appointment of a special investigator to address what it claims is widespread fraud of its concussion settlement with former players — another step in a growing feud between the sides.
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In a filing Friday to the U.S. District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania, the league said nearly half the claims it has received have been red-flagged for audit. Of that, more than 400 Aaron Dell Youth jersey have been rejected after an independent claim administrator found them to be fraudulent.

To date, more than 20,000 former players are part of the class eligible to share in a settlement that is uncapped but could approach $1 billion over its 65-year life. The settlement has approved 377 awards, according to its website, and is committed to more than $411 million in monetary awards.

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We have previously expressed concerns about potentially fraudulent claims and agree the appointment of a special investigator is appropriate, Seeger said. However, we will not allow this small number of claims to be used as an excuse by the NFL to deny payment to legitimately injured former players. Unlike other NFL benefits programs, this settlement is overseen by the court, and the League cannot escape its responsibility. We will make sure that former NFL players and their families receive every benefit they are entitled to under this agreement.

Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former figure skater Tonya Harding and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman are among the athletes — past and present — who will compete on Season 26 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, it was announced Friday.