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Giants’ unlikely starting center is here to stay


The Giants are expected to tender Brett Jones, set to be a restricted free agent, and early indications are he will be the favorite to retain the starting center job he held for most of the 2017 season.
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Jones is not ideal size he is a boxy 6-foot-2 and 312 pounds but is so technically sound that he uses his low-center-of-gravity frame to his benefit with leverage, getting underneath taller defensive tackles as a run blocker. Jones also greatly impressed Kansas City Royals Womens Jersey the previous coaching regime with his intelligence, so much so that when the offensive linemen each week were given a quiz to see how much of the game plan installation they mastered, Jones was not required to take the test.

If the Giants can flank Jones with quality guards, the interior of the line could be solid. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is expected to go after Andrew Norwell, the top guard on the market, in free agency.

In the final game of the 2018 season, the Giants ran for a season-high 260 yards in a victory over the Redskins. Afterward, Jones said, There’s a lot of free agents and stuff like that, we’ll see what happens.

Indeed, the Giants are about to revamp their offensive line and Jones, along with tackle Ereck Flowers, could be the only returning starters.

The quote, from a Ringer podcast, was supposed to paint Lombardi, a former Browns GM and current employee of The Ringer, in a retrograde light. The problem: It was a poor paraphrase of Lombardi’s quote.

But fury already had been lit, with stars such as J.J. Watt equating the quote to Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s infamous LeBron James criticism.

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Elite Womens Eddie Jackson Jersey As Lombardi was being torched on Twitter, Zirin realized his error, deleted the tweet and shared the word-for-word transcription in an apology to Lombardi. The actual, not quite as controversial quote: Rosen might like humanitarian work more than football. I don’t know where his values lie.

Apology not accepted by Lombardi’s boss, The Ringer editor-in-chief Bill Simmons, who called out Zirin’s journalistic standards.

Not nearly a good enough ‘correction’ / you made the first quote up and this ‘paraphrased’ second version of it does not represent the context of what he said either. Do better. 12:40 mark, Simmons wrote, including the link to the podcast on iTunes.

Right call for Jets in 2018 NFL Draft trade


Hurns still has a visit scheduled with the Jets, after he visits the Cowboys. But if Dallas offers him a particularly enticing contract, perhaps he won’t Johnthan Banks Jersey even make it to New York.
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With Anderson in a tenuous legal situation, the Jets have recently done their homework on free agent wide receivers. They just brought in Terrelle Pryor and Charles Johnson for visits, and now they have one scheduled with Hurns.

So while they didn’t sign an elite No. 1 receiver in free agency Hurns’ former Jaguars teammate, Allen Robinson, signed with the Bears they are still looking to bolster that position group.

He left the Oct. 8 loss in Tampa with a concussion and never stepped foot on the field in another game for the Giants. Richburg four years ago was considered a top prospect at center and moving to a new team, with more of a zone-blocking scheme with the 49ers, could rejuvenate his career.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie visited with the Redskins on Tuesday, two days after the Giants terminated his contract.

The career backup quarterback agreed to a two-year deal with the Bills on Wednesday night a day after watching almost every top quarterback on the market find a new home.

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After trading quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Browns on Friday, the Bills had an opening that McCarron now fills in the short term, and perhaps could extend into a long-term role if he proves himself. Bills backup Nathan Peterman, a 2017 fifth-round pick, did not impress last season when filling in for Taylor, throwing five interceptions to two touchdowns and accumulating a 38.4 QB rating.

McCarron, 27, joins a Bills team that made the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. They’re hoping McCarron, who won three national championships during his time at Alabama, can make that a regular occasion.

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Would the Vikings move on from a quarterback who finished the season with the NFL’s second-highest Total QBR (69.5) and led them to the NFC Championship Game?


I know the defense,” Williamson told the team’s website of the Jets’ 3-4 defensive alignment. ”

They have great guys up here that can play. This defense is hungry. You have young guys on it who are talented and I feel like I’m going to fit right in. I just have to get in and learn the playbook and get to work.”

The 27-year-old Long was limited to just seven games last season, though, as he dealt with injuries to both legs and needed surgery on his quadriceps tendon. Claiborne rejoins the Jets on a one-year deal worth $7 million, including a $3 million signing bonus. He was the team’s top cornerback last season, but will now combine with Trumaine Johnson, who signed a five-year, $72.5 million deal earlier this week, to form one of the NFL’s most promising secondaries. Pennel, back on a three-year deal worth $12 million, was a key backup for Todd Bowles’ defense last season. He had a career-high 35 tackles in 16 games. Brooks, who saw lots of playing time at safety and on special teams, was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after Week 3 with two interceptions against Miami.

If anything should tell you how desperate teams are for offensive line help — and what little faith they have in their own ability to develop offensive linemen into even swing tackles — it’s this deal.

At the very least, the Vikings don’t value Keenum enough to lock him down with a franchise tag.

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Keenum still has some intriguing value, but the Garoppolo trade, the Smith trade, Cousins’ and Bradford’s free agency and the depth of first-round QBs take away his shine, especially after his shaky NFC title game. Keenum should be viewed as more of a stopgap in front of a young franchise passer. He also will be on the older side and comes with major inconsistency issues.patriots_016

MLB trade news: Rays acquire 1B C.J. Cron from Angels


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The trade comes as somewhat of a surprise as Cron played the majority of games at first base for Los Angeles in 2017 (100 to be exact), and the only other true first baseman they have on the roster is 38-year-old Albert Pujols.

The biggest decision the team faces at the position is whether to extend Golden Tate later this offseason,Tate is entering the final year of his contract and has been a model of consistency for the Lions, catching at least 90 passes each of his four years with the team,The other decision is what to do with TJ Jones.

He’s a restricted free agent, and according to reports, the team doesn’t plan to offer him a one-year, $1.9 million tender.

The Lions could still re-sign the young veteran, for less money or multiple years, and should strongly consider it after his 30-catch breakout in 2017.
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Jones also brings extra value as a backup return man to Jamal Agnew,But what the Lions do at tight end carries significantly more intrigue,There have been multiple reports the team is listening to offers for Eric Ebron and are open to dealing the former first-round pick.

He’s coming off a strong second half last season, and at 24 years old, there remains plenty of upside,Ebron is scheduled to work the 2018 season under a fifth-year option of his rookie deal, which will pay him $8.25 million.

In the last two seasons with McCutchen on the roster, the Pirates went 75-87 in 2017 and 78-83 in 2016. He was traded this offseason for Kyle Crick, a minor-league outfielder and cash. Freese wishes the team had done more to make McCutchen’s last years with the Pirates more memorable.

You look at a guy like Cutch, I think he deserved better just in the sense that he’s a guy that took this organization from the ground to the spotlight. He did it. Nobody else, Freese told reporters Friday, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was the centerpiece, and you just hope that all the people in Pittsburgh, all the fans, you wish it could have ended better for him. Surrounding him with a group that wanted to beat some ass for him.

The Pirates won 98 games in 2015 with McCutchen in the center of it all. But over the last two years he struggled and the team struggled even more. The Pirates put themselves in a situation where they had to start rebuilding.

Giants release punter Brad Wing after rough 2017 season


The New York Giants began cost-cutting with free agency on the horizon by releasing punter Brad Wing on Saturday.
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Wing is coming off a rough 2017 season. He averaged 44.1 yards per punt, 24th among all punters. His 36.7 net average was dead last among all qualifiers.
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As for the Bengals, their offense was sunk by a dismal offensive line last season. The move to push overmatched right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi to the left side as a replacement for Andrew Whitworth was disastrous, and they couldn’t run behind that line in 2018. Glenn should be a massive upgrade at a major position of need.

By the Johnson chart, the draft picks cancel out to essentially value Glenn as worth the 51st overall pick in the draft, a pick in the middle of the second round. In making this move, though, the Bengals are essentially saying they don’t trust their ability to develop a left tackle, given that they could easily have drafted a tackle at 12 themselves. After last year, it would be difficult to disagree with them.

On Friday, the Browns traded for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall in separate deals. Shelton joins quarterback DeShone Mitchell Stephens Womens Jersey Kizer, traded to Green Bay in the Randall trade, as players dealt away by the Browns.

The 6-foot-2, 335-pound Shelton entered the NFL as a first-round draft choice of the Browns in 2015 (No. 12 overall).

He has played in 46 regular-season games (45 starts), totaling 71 tackles and 1.5 sacks. The Washington alum was a highly touted prospect coming out of college, in part because of his strength at the line of scrimmage against the run.
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Shelton, 24, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $2.03 million in 2018. The Patriots can also pick up his fifth-year option for 2019, which would be a yet-to-be-determined salary of the average of the third through 25th highest salaries among defensive linemen.

The Browns are trading two draft picks to the Dolphins for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Browns are also working on a new contract for Landry, and a deal is likely to eventually get done, a source told Schefter.

DeMarcus Cousins’ injury leaves three questions with big ramifications for Pelicans


General manager Doug Wilson expects Thornton back in the mix before the end of the season, and we’re not doubting him. However, even if Thornton matches Shattenkirk’s speedy return to action, he’s still a week behind from when he had the surgery. Best-case scenario is probably an April return for Thornton, but that still makes him a pretty good pickup for head-to-head championships. There is no getting around the fact that Thornton is 38 years old, though, so maybe wait until we get actual word he’s one the ice again before allowing optimism to set in.
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This is a poor defensive team in all areas, but especially when it comes to rim protection. But it’s no lock that in the end the Clippers end up trading DeAndre Jordan to Cleveland, LA sources say. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has not given the order to blow up the team to completely rebuild.

If Jordan remains in LA, the Cavs might then turn to Phoenix’s Tyson Chandler or Chicago’s Robin Lopez to address their Authentic Patrick Roy Jersey lack of size and shot-blocking in the middle. Both are available.

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In Kadar’s mock draft, he has the Broncos going with UCLA’s Josh Rosen. This pick would make a lot of sense!

Yes. The Steelers have until 4 p.m. ET on July 16 to reach a multi-year contract extension with Bell before he’s forced to play 2018 on a one-year deal.

If a deal isn’t reached by then, it’s not inconceivable that Bell would sit out regular season games until a deal gets done. He also told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he wasn’t bluffing about a possible retirement.

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Nike, Paul George release PlayStation-themed light-up shoes


Paul George’s new shoes will light up the NBA, literally. Nike, in collaboration with George, has revealed PlayStation-themed shoes called the PG2.

“Buttons inside the tongues let you turn the lights on or off. There’s also a pulse mode where the lights flicker and vibrate, supposedly like a PlayStation Dual Shock controller. According to Engadget, the shoe’s batteries aren’t replaceable and have a lifespan of around 150 hours.”

Braun’s first 14 innings at first were action-packed. He ranged over the mound to catch two popups, scooped multiple balls in the dirt, made an adept tag on a pickoff throw from catcher Jett Bandy to nab Rajai Davis, dived to save pitcher Jhoulys Chacin from an error and committed an error with an off-target throw to Chacin. He has tried to avoid mucking up the process by overthinking. After his first game, Braun told Milwaukee beat writers that he would not be providing daily progress reports.

“(Popovich) told me that he thought it was time. I was like, ‘Oh, no problem,'” Parker said (via the San Antonio Express-News). “Just like Manu, just like Pau [Gasol], that day’s going to come. And if Pop sees something that is good for the team, I’ll try to do my best.”

Parker missed the first month of this season as he recovered from a ruptured left quadriceps he suffered in the playoffs last May. He is averaging career lows in points (8.0) and assists (4.0) this season, not surprising given he’s playing a career-low 21.7 minutes per game. His minutes have declined each of the past four seasons.

The veteran said recently he’s still not fully recovered from his injury, saying “I’m just more focused on my leg because I know I [still] have another two months before I feel 100 percent.”

With that in mind, Parker knows he might be of more help to the team off the bench going forward.

James Harden explains staredown on Wesley Johnson after sick crossover


James Harden caught the NBA world’s attention Wednesday night with what will likely end up being the crossover of the year.
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In the first quarter, Harden was matched up on the Clippers’ Wesley Johnson, who stood absolutely no chance. Harden gave a fake, Johnson tripped up, then just fell and stayed down on the court while Harden waited at the 3-point line staring him down.

The move was as funny as it was disrespectful. I mean, who just stands there taunting their opponent like that? Well, as Harden explained after the game, he wasn’t exactly trying to show off, he was more curious as to what was going on.

It felt good man, I’ve been in my bag all year so it’s just one of those moves where I had to make him dance a little bit and made the shot.

New Bears head coach Matt Nagy was asked to compare Tyreek Hill (whom he coached in Kansas City) and Bears running back Tarik Cohen, and Nagy compared Cohen very favorably to Hill. He said they would probably use Cohen more in the backfield than they did Hill. But certainly Nagy loves Cohen’s speed and versatility and is excited to use him in a variety of ways, moving Cohen around and using that shiftiness out of the backfield in the passing game. I get the sense that you’ll see a more consistent role for Cohen this season, whose skill set seems to fit Nagy’s style more than it did the previous offense.

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In October, Thomas tore his left triceps during a game against the Tennessee Titans, ending a remarkable streak of 10,363 consecutive snaps. He had surgery on Oct. 24, ending his season.

Thomas had said in April that he was experiencing memory loss, but Paxton Lynch Womens Jersey he could not say whether playing in the NFL had caused the problem.

I definitely expect memory loss, Thomas said on In Depth with Graham Bensinger. I’m already seeing memory loss, and maybe that’s just because of my old age or maybe it’s football; it’s hard to tell.

Pizza Hut, NFL agree to sponsorship deal


Just one day after Papa John’s and the NFL ended their sponsorship deal, the league on Wednesday announced Pizza Hut will serve as the official pizza of the NFL.
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Obviously, he has to get better like most young quarterbacks in terms of anticipation, making clean reads and all those things. But as part of the arm talent, he’s special.
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The same was said of Wentz when he was coming out of North Dakota State for the 2016 draft. One of Wentz’s former college head coaches, Craig Bohl, recruited Allen from Reedley (Calif.) Community College to Wyoming in 2015.

There, GMs and agents are talking big bucks, especially when quarterbacks such as Cousins and Brees are the subjects.

The Vikings fell one game short of reaching Super Bowl 52 in their home stadium. They have a lot of work to do this offseason in order to get back to that point.

It all starts in 2018 NFL free agency, where Minnesota’s top three quarterbacks from 2017 — Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater — are set to become unrestricted free agents. With offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur gone to become head coach of the Giants and replaced by former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, it’s looking like none of the three will be the Vikings’ starting QB in 2018.

General manager Rick Spieman did a terrific job a year ago with other teams’ free agents, adding better-than-expected insurance in Keenum and upgrading at both offensive tackle (Riley Reiff, Mike Remmers) and running back (Latavius Murray).

Pete Carroll supports Russell Wilson being at spring training


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Lind had been at the training camp for free agents organized by the players’ association in Bradenton, Florida. The 34-year-old lefty has a .272 average with 200 homers and 723 RBIs in 12 seasons with Toronto (2006-14), Milwaukee (2015), Seattle (2016) and Washington (2017).

He batted .303 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs in 116 games and 301 plate appearances for Washington last season, including four home runs in 48 plate appearances as a pinch hitter.

With Bradford, Zimmer said nothing medically concerns him about the quarterback’s knee but called his injury issues degenerative. The 30-year-old quarterback, whom Minnesota had on the books for $18 million in 2017, played in six quarters last season. He suffered a noncontact injury to his left knee during an electric performance in Week Jamie Meder Youth jersey 1.

But picking the wrong one? That’s Zimmer’s trepidation.

If you go with the right one and he does like you anticipate, then everything is good, Zimmer said Thursday. If you pick the wrong one, it’s hard to win in this league without a quarterback. If you pick the wrong one, this whole thing can go downhill.

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