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May
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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.

At the time, the dynamic Clemson product was the talk of the league while running away with Offensive Player of the Year honors.聽

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Doing a good job in his rehab, I think he’s on schedule to be able to participate in training camp, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said of Watson on NFL Network on Monday, per聽Frank Schwab聽of Yahoo Sports. We’re excited about that. We’ve had a good four-week session with him in the offseason program.

NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions

May
29

The NFL is planning further changes to the kickoff, hoping to reduce the number of high-speed collisions that happen on the play.

A proposed new rule that owners will vote on next week will make several changes to the kickoff. The key takeaways are:

1. The kicking team must line up within one yard of the line where the ball is kicked (typically the 35-yard line), and must have five players on each side of the kicker. That changes the rule that allowed players to line up five yards behind the spot where the ball is kicked to get a running start. Now the kicker will be able to get a running start, but everyone else will get one step at best.

6. The ball will be dead if it touches the ground in the end zone. In the past the returner could pick up the ball off the ground in the end zone and run it out, but now it would be a touchback immediately if it touches the ground in the end zone.

These rules are likely to result in fewer high-speed collisions on kickofcardinals_007fs and, the NFL hopes, fewer concussions.

Here’s breaking down the Saints’ entire schedule and how their 2018 games set up Drew Brees & Co. for a Super Bowl push.

Toughest tests: The Saints were able to go 7-1 at home last year on their way to an 11-5 overall mark. It will be tough to duplicate that Superdome success with the Falcons, Panthers, Rams, Eagles and Steelers bringing their best to New Orleans. The good news: It would be a lot harder to face those teams outside of the Big Easy.

Biggest breaks: Outside of the division games and the Vikings matchup, the Saints have a favorable away slate and should finish better than .500 on the road. With Minnesota and Dallas on the schedule, that leaves only three games in which there might be weather concerns. Then again, with New Orleans’ improved running game and defense, it’s an undaunted team built for all seasons.

Report: Cardinals trading for cornerback Jamar Taylor Jersey

May
25

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.

Wilks on Cardinals QBs: ‘Sam Bradford Jersey is our starter’

May
24

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.

It’s also a great opportunity for聽both programs to leverage one another to get what they want — to be in front of the majority of N.J.’s top football recruits from the classes of 2019聽and 2020, as recruiting the state is a priority for Rutgers,聽but also the Buckeyes, which spot recruit N.J. annually.

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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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This time around, they chose former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield Jersey

May
21

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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 ESPN.com. 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

May
19

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 CBSSports.com, 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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Roundup: Saints to release tight end Coby Fleener Jersey

May
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Tight end Coby Fleener ‘s time in Neville Hewitt Jersey New Orleans will come to a close.
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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.

Seahawks want Rashaad Penny Jersey to be a three-down back

May
16

The Seahawks got their first look at first-round running back Rashaad Penny on the field during their three-day rookie minicamp and the first reviews of his work are positive ones.
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Coach Pete Carroll said the team focused on putting Penny in a variety of postions in and out of the backfield during the practice sessions and found the rookie can do whatever we need to do in the throwing game. Those skills as a pass catcher make it easier to keep Penny on the field, but he’ll also need to prove adept as a pass blocker and that’s something the Seahawks will have to find out down the line.
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We’re gonna work real hard with his pass protection and make sure that he’s up to speed there, Carroll said, via the Tacoma News Tribune. We’d like to see if we can make him available to us on all three downs. Kind of like we use Chris [Carson].

After allowing 30 Authentic Klay Thompson Jersey runs to the Dodgers while suffering a three-game sweep early in the week, the Padres have lost six straight to the Dodgers dating back to last season, allowing seven or more runs in each of the games. That ties the Padres’ longest such streak against any opponent in franchise history. The other such six-game streak also came against the Dodgers, back in 1974. — Nitzberg

The Browns also signed Northern Iowa defensive back Elijah Campbell, San Jose State punter Michael Carrizosa, Illinois offensive lineman Christian Dilauro, Washington State defensive lineman Daniel Ekuale, BYU defensive back Micah Hanneman, West Georgia OL Desmond Harrison, Tulane running back Dontrell Hilliard, Oregon State offensive lineman Fred Lauina, Grambling State defensive back Montrel Meander, Fresno State wide receiver Da’Mari Scott, Georgia defensive lineman Trenton Thompson, and Texas Tech wide receiver Derrick Willies.

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Sean Manaea’s no-hitter against the Red Sox was just his latest strong start to lower his ERA to 1.23. His was the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A’s history, and their first since Dallas Braden’s perfect game in 2010. The lefty is throwing with slightly less velocity this year, but he’s generating more called strikes, ground-ball outs and popups, and getting the benefit of a significantly improved A’s defense. — Kahrl

Giants sign Will Hernandez, Kyle Lauletta Jersey and 11 undrafted free agents

May
14

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The Giants have signed second-round pick Will Hernandez.
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The Phillies are fourth in stolen bases, distributing 16 among four players, led by five from Cesar Hernandez and three each from Rhys Hoskins and Scott Kingery. Hernandez’s early running is encouraging as while he has averaged 17 steals the past three seasons, he has yet to eclipse 20. The bags from Hoskins and Kingery suggest they won’t be held back, Kapler is letting them demonstrate their skills.

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While it鈥檚 reasonable for Flowers to have a bruised ego, he could also play this to his own advantage. Since the Giants declined the option on his rookie deal, he鈥檚 an unrestricted free agent after the season. And with an offense that could make a significant bounce this season, he鈥檚 perhaps better served showing up and playing on the right, and then looking for someone who values him next offseason.

The 2016 NFL Draft had not even started when top prospect Nolan Ryan Jersey and Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil saw his stock drop precipitously. Why? Because a video surfaced on his (hacked) Twitter account 鈥?a video which featured Tunsil smoking a bong through a gas mask.

The video caused several teams to steer clear before the Dolphins finally ended the free fall by picking Tunsil at No. 13. But somehow that wasn’t the end of this saga. Minutes later, a second social media hack-attack led to private text messages being revealed on Tunsil’s Instagram 鈥?messages which revealed that Ole Miss coaches had helped Tunsil pay for rent, among other expenses.

Few players have had more Stanley Cup near-misses than Sharks veteran Paul Martin

May
12

Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan break down the second-round playoff matchups that have been set, and give their top candidates for the Conn Smythe. Plus, Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon and longtime Penguins beat writer Rob Rossi. Listen »

“As a player, you have to be somewhat selfish in terms of your training and the time and investment in taking care of yourself,” Martin says. “A lot of times you think what we do is so much more important than what everyone else does. So it’s important to remember that of course it’s not.”

“Oh, it’s sky high now,” Lawson said of his confidence. “I am shooting [the last shot now]. … Now I feel like I am here. I’m back.”

He proved that during his first game with the Wizards, scoring 14 points and dishing out eight assists in Game 2 in Toronto. Lawson also demonstrated something he picked up in China: planting his elbow in the face of CJ Miles while driving to the basket.

The Packers will get back to more basic gunslinging with Rodgers working to get the ball to wideouts and tight ends out of simple mismatches. It’s been seven years since Philbin was in Green Bay, but he’s still only 56 and will provide a fresher emphasis on working around Rodgers’ elite talent. He won’t worry about forcing balance, but rather using the run game to play more off the pass game.

Philbin had the Packers as a consistent top-10 offense from 2007 through ’11, and they have lost some explosiveness since. Don’t be surprised if they get pass-happier and Rodgers-friendlier at the same time.

Hurst was apparently cleared by both Michigan and Harvard doctors, and the Raiders felt comfortable enough with the situation to select in him. But Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller revealed that coaches, scouts and general managers are unhappy with Oakland’s decisioncanucks_004 to do so, going as far as destroying the team or putting Hurst’s safety at risk.

Jason Witten actually retiring, what it means for Cowboys and his Hall of Fame chances