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Packers players concerned about new anthem policy


The NFL has already found out the hard way that their hastily crafted compromise with themselves over the national anthem wasn’t enough to appease President Donald Trump.

Eventually, they’ll find pockets of resistance on the other side, as players who weren’t consulted in the drafting of the new policy realize the fundamental unfairness of reversing a position the league affirmed three times.

I feel real good, real good, Awuzie said. Last year obviously everybody knows about my hamstring. It kind of set me back. I kind of had to take a lot of mental reps. This year I’ve been completely healthy, and I’ve been able to do the things I know I can do. It’s going to keep getting better from here on out.

By pleading no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge, 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has closed all of his pending criminal cases. Coupled with the recent resolution of a marijuana possession charge, Foster now faces multiple potential suspensions.

While things would have been much worse for Foster if the domestic violence charges against him hadn’t been dismissed after the alleged victim recanted, Foster isn’t out of the woods, and he likely will be missing some time to start the 2018 season.

Linebacker Paul Posluszny held down the middle of the field for the last seven years in Jacksonville before retiring this offseason. In addition to his on-field role, Posluszny acted as a mentor to the younger teammates who have moved into bigger roles in recent seasons. Telvin Smith said he and the other linebackers talk about what Posluszny would do in various situations and that it still feels like he is here because of that presence.

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The Redskins would be ecstatic for that to be the case. Having Kelley return to his battering-ram ways to go with Guice’s natural talent, Thompson’s versatility and Perine’s growth would give the Redskins a good problem to have for a team that has struggled in the run game. Kelley has even shown improved pass-catching skills during OTAs.

They plugged a leak with chewing gum and expected long-term stability. There. All fixed. Back to talking about football. The ploy included a policy statement that used the phrase show respect for the flag and the anthem four times, a nod to Trump’s deceitful oversimplification of the demonstrations to paint the players as anti-military.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thought it would be foolproof chicanery: Appease the players by allowing them to stay in the locker room during the anthem, but ban demonstrations on the field. The decision was criticized as gutless, shortsighted and nonsensical, but at least Trump could claim victory and leave the league alone.

Partying is not high on the list for Darnold, who’s the youngest player on the Jets’ roster — and the fresh-faced future of the franchise.

The No. 3 overall draft pick out of USC has taken a businesslike approach to his introduction to life in the NFL. Eat, sleep and dream football.

Those are Darnold’s days. Every day.

I’m making a ton of strides, but at the same time, I’m not exactly where I want to be, Darnold said. But I know it’s going to take time and it’s a process. I’m aware of that and it’s exciting, though, to understand the playbook the way I am and the strides I’m making. I’m really excited about where I’m going right now.

The bachelor pad penthouse on the Upper East Side — white llama-skin rug, an Italian marble bar, an elaborate stereo hookup, an oval bed, mirrored ceiling. From a 1969 Playboy magazine interview: I spent the nights before the Jets’ two biggest games last year — for the AFL Championship and the Super Bowl — with girls. … The night before a game, I prepare myself both mentally and physically for the next day. I think a ballplayer has to be relaxed to play well; and if that involves being with a girl that night, he should do it. If some ballplayers don’t feel that way, they shouldn’t do it. But I feel that way.

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The Steelers traded Martavis Bryant during the draft and then selected James Washington in the second round in a move that may give them a replacement for Bryant in the wide receiver group.
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Washington isn’t the only option for the snaps opened up by Bryant’s departure, however. Justin Hunter remains on the Pittsburgh roster and he’s gotten chances to run with the first team with Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster missing some of the team’s OTA practices.

Minnesota is slated to pick at No. 30, which is essentially a second-round pick, so it can capitalize on teams wanting a quarterback and still get the player it wants early on Day 2. Outside of the top two to three offensive linemen, most of the guards the Vikings have their eyes on will be available from Nos. 33-40, so they’re in a favorable position to get the player they want there and pick again at 62. GM Rick Spielman is a master of movement on draft night, so the Vikings Zach Cunningham”>Womens”>Zach Cunningham Jersey could get considerable compensation for their first-rounder and end up with more draft capital than they had coming in. — Courtney Cronin

The cornerback from Southern Miss is the first of their picks to sign.

The Dolphins and Rams were the last two teams with all their picks unsigned, as the vast majority of picks are already taken care of.

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Josh Freeman, who once threw for 4,000 yards in a season, has retired from football.
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Vikings and Colts quarterback Josh Freeman, most recently with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, is retiring, he told the team on Saturday. Freeman was a first-round pick in 2009 out of Kansas State. Freeman put together one of the most decorated careers of any Wildcat quarterback, setting program records for passing yards and passing touchdowns during his three seasons in Manhattan.
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He decided to forgo his final year of eligibility, and Tampa Bay took him with the 17th overall pick. Freeman had to wait until roughly halfway through the season before making his starting debut, a win over Green Bay in which he tossed three touchdowns.

After brief stays with the Giants and Dolphins in which he saw no game action during the 2014 season, Freeman ended up in the now-defunct Fall Experimental Football League with the Brooklyn Bolts in 2015. With the Colts decimated by injury, they added Freeman in late December, 2015. He ended up starting the final game of the regular season, throwing for 149 yards, a score and an interception in a 30-24 win. Freeman had multiple workouts with Canadian Football League teams before signing a two-year deal with the Alouettes on January 12, 2018.

The Flacco-Jackson saga could play out similar to last year’s situation in Kansas City; Alex Smith held off Pat Mahomes until after the season, when the veteran was traded away and the younger QB was named starter.

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Avril suffered a neck injury early last season and played only four games in 2017, leaving many speculating if it would be enough to end his career. The 32-year-old has made it clear that he wants to return to football, but he’ll have to find a new team as he enters free agency.

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The Patriots had to make a corresponding roster move to sign punter Corey Bojorquez. They cut receiver Darren Andrews to make room.
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone loved Frazier’s at-bats.

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These at-bats were Frazier’s first since last Sunday, his last Triple-A game. Frazier was called up for last week’s interleague series in Washington, but he didn’t play in Tuesday’s suspended game, then the Yankees were rained out on Wednesday and off on Thursday.
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I was literally just react to whatever was in the zone, Frazier said. I think the story of my season last year was it started good and fizzled out because I didn’t have much of an approach at the plate. This year I was making sure that I have a gameplan going up there and try to stick to it.

Townsend comes to Oakland from the University of Florida, where he played in 44 games over the last four years. He averaged 46.2 yards per kick during his time in Gainesville, which is the top career punting average in SEC history.

The Raiders also signed former Florida kicker Eddy Piniero as an undrafted free agent, so Townsend isn’t the only Gator among the specialists.

Townsend is the third of the Raiders’ draft picks from this year to sign. Six others, including first-rounder Kolton Miller, remain unsigned.

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The Browns bought defensive backs in bulk this offseason, and have stayed busy offloading the spare parts.
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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Cardinals are finalizing a trade with the Browns for cornerback Jamar Taylor.

He was huge, said Devante Smith-Pelly, who scored the Capitals’ second goal. He was flying around, he was finishing checks. He was skating hard, and when we see that and the crowd gets excited, we all feed off of it. He had a huge game, and although he didn’t get a point or a goal or anything like that, guys on the bench definitely were feeding off the way he was playing.

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In Game 3, five Cleveland players not named James scored in double digits. In Game 4, there were only three guys outside of James to score 10-plus points, but another three that scored 7-9 points.

His defense has been remarkable over the past three games of the series, as Boston players have combined to shoot just 8-for-28 (29 percent) in that span with Korver on them as the primary defender, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information.

I’ve loved Kyle ever since we made the trade to get him here, James said, referring to the midseason deal to acquire Korver in 2016-17. I have no idea how Griff [David Stan Mikita Authentic Jersey Griffin] was able to pull that off still to this day. He’s just a true professional. There’s not many of us ’03 [draft] class guys still around. I feel like we’re just cut from a different cloth because we’ve been around for so long. We have this work ethic and you see him every day putting in the work, putting his mind, his body into it. It’s not about his age. I think it’s just always keeping his body in the right position, especially in tonight’s game.

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Prior to last month’s draft, All Pro running back David Johnson predicted the Cardinals will boast the NFL’s top offense this season if Sam Bradford stays healthy.
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Now that first-round draft pick Josh Rosen has arrived as Arizona’s quarterback of the future, though, it’s fair to wonder if Bradford will be under center when the season opens.

With the camp being held at Rutgers, and former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano now defensive coordinator of the Buckeyes, he could return to campus for the first time in years.

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To find out, I took a look at a wide variety of snap-count metrics to project the 2017 on-field snap rates for every first-round draft pick. These numbers are based on a number of factors, including the volume of available positional snaps on the teams they are joining and the players’ historical snap volumes in college. These percentages detail the expected snap rate a player will contribute to his Philip Rivers Jersey primary platoon and don’t take into account special-teams or switch-platoon snaps.

Adams was a workhorse last season, as he was on the field for 96.2 percent of LSU’s defensive snaps. New York replaced both of its starting safeties in an effort to increase playmaking in its secondary, so look for the versatile Adams to be on the field nearly 100 percent of the time.

The Broncos return only 58 percent of their primary offensive linemen’s starting snaps from last season, a mark that ranks 25th in that category. Bolles played 95.6 percent of Utah’s offensive snaps last year and should be capable of repeating that playing time at the professional level in 2017.

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However, Cleveland has made it clear that it won’t be rushing Mayfield onto the field. Instead, it will rely on veteran Tyrod Taylor, who helped lead the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs last season for the first time since 1999.

Barkley rushed for 1,271 yards and added 632 yards receiving last season with 21 combined touchdowns. He also returned 15 kicks for 426 yards and two scores.

Whatever it takes. I want to be an athlete, Barkley explained, per Jordan Raanan of I’m not just a running back. I play the running back position. I want to be an all-around back and all-around player.

Barkley will be able to impact all facets of the offense. He’s going to be the starting back, he can play a role on special teams, and he’s going to take pressure off Manning. In Barkley and receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants have two of the top offensive players in the league.

As Friday’s practice ended, the first of the Eagles’ three-day minicamp, the Eagles highly-drafted rookies walked off the field in relative obscurity, including second-round pick Dallas Goedert and fourth-rounder Josh Sweat. Compared聽to Mailata, they were practically ignored.

The moment he removed his helmet and was permitted to head to the locker room, a media group of around 30 surrounded him. He shook his head, joked about how he looked for the camera and then stared into space for a moment.
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It’s still peanuts, Mailata said of聽how much football knowledge he’s gained since being drafted. Before I had one peanut, it’s two peanuts now. That’s the way I’m looking at it. I think that’s the right attitude to approach it. Just to keep me in check and make me realize that you still don’t know anything and there’s still a long way to go.

This is true even for first-round prospects, who are generally expected to contribute right away. Coming out of the draft, fans tend to expect a first-round pick to be a star out of the gate. No matter a team’s plans, though鈥攁nd not every selection is made with immediate returns in mind鈥攆actors like NFL readiness, scheme fit, health and roster construction can affect how much a top draft choice actually contributes to his new team.

Report: Sale of Panthers to David Tepper getting closer


The sale of the Panthers could be nearing a close, and the most likely buyer remains the guy with the most money who is already in the club.

According to Jason La Canfora of, the sale of the team to David Tepper is close enough that it could be announced next week.

The league has long hoped to have things wrapped up in time to vote at the next owners meeting, May 21-23 in Atlanta.

I’m just trying to figure out which is a better field. So, that’s what I want to do. My plan is to learn under the IT department around here so I can make that my internship.

But the side jobs will have to wait. For right now, Turay has quarterbacks to chase and running backs to take down.

According to ESPN’s Eric D. Williams, Lynn—an exercise sports science major—left Texas Tech back in 1992 just six hours short of his degree. The running back would move on to the NFL and play six seasons (over seven years) in the league.

“She said to me, ‘You have to play one more year.’ That really hit home with me,” Sproles said. “From that point on, I knew what I was doing to do. Before that, I wasn’t so sure.

Aside from decent-but-inconsistent left tackle Anthony Castonzo, Jack Mewhort has represented the greatest stability along Indy’s offensive line.

That’s saying something, given that Mewhort has missed 17 games over the last two years and has played multiple positions.

Within the building, expectations of Donte Moncrief were what you’d typically find of a mid-second rounder, not a late third-rounder.

The Cowboys will hope that Austin can make some big plays for them on offense or special teams.

The NFL can be a cruel business, one that favors younger, cheaper players over the costs tied to the past production of more experienced options. Around this time of year, when teams have a fresh influx of talent via the draft, veterans can get protective of their spots on the roster.

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Limited Wesley Johnson Jersey The Saints are releasing Fleener, according to a source informed of the move.

Ben Volin of The Boston Globe first reported the news.

The 6-foot-6, 251-pound Fleener joined the Saints in 2016 on a five-year, $36 million deal during free agency.

While there was hope Fleener would provide quarterback Drew Brees another weapon on one of the NFL’s top offenses, the tight end’s production over the past two seasons didn’t match the contract.

In two seasons with the Saints, Fleener appeared in 27 games with nine starts, totaling 72 catches for 926 yards and five touchdowns. Fleener’s 2007 season came to an early close after suffering a devastating concussion in Week 12 against the Rams.

The two were then asked by Wilson to help the still-developing training system get even better. While it wasn’t immediately certain if Darnold will use the upcoming advanced technology with the Jets during the NFL season, he and Palmer have continued during the offseason to give their thoughts and suggestions on the new product.

I think Nick and I, just from the outside world you’d think there could be some potential ruffled feathers and different things going on. But the way Nick and I have handled just our relationship, the basis of our relationship is we’re friends first and foremost before we’re teammates. So that’s made things so much easier to just root each other on and just have complete confidence in each other.

We both know kind of where we’re at and what going forward is going to look like. So I’m really confident that there’ll be no issues with that. I love Nick and we both understand kind of the nature of this business and the outset of this team and the future. So we’re excited. And I’m excited he’s still here.

The LSU alum was a world-beater early in 2017 with seven touchdowns in his first six outings but he faded down the stretch while battling injuries. Jacksonville’s offense should still be pretty run-centric and Fournette did impress with a three-touchdown game at Pittsburgh in the postseason, but I think he carries a much higher bust potential than his sophomore counterparts Hunt and Alvin Kamara.