Packers sign tight end Lewis

Packers sign tight end Lewis More That’s fine by Bostic. The well-traveled 27-year-old signed a two-year deal in March following a productive if injury-marred season in Indianapolis. Bostic’s arrival appeared to be for depth purposes, but when the draft came and went, he now finds himself with as good a shot as anyone as lining up next to veteran Vince Williams. While he kept tabs on the draft, he didn’t exactly celebrate when Pittsburgh didn’t pick up a linebacker.
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Kelley’s 3.1 yards per carry and Perine’s 3.4 yards per carry didn’t help Washington out. On paper, Guice should be the early-down runner while Thompson takes on a third-down role. Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch noted early praise for Guice despite his current slot on the depth chart:
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Unlike their NFC South counterparts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who also double-dipped at cornerback in the draft, are dishing out playing time to at least one of their young defensive backs. With the 53rd and 63rd overall picks in April’s draft, the David Wright Authentic Jersey Buccaneers selected North Carolina’s M.J. Stewart and Auburn’s Carlton Davis, respectively.

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It’s possible Davis and Grimes start in Week 1 with cornerback Vernon Hargreaves in the slot. Either way, it’s interesting that Davis has seemingly already surpassed Stewart, who was drafted ahead of him, on the depth chart.

Rehab has been great. Obviously, it’s not fun. It’s quite the process. It can be painful some days, Wentz said (via NFL.com). But so far everything is going well. Where I’m at I’m very confident. My goal is to be ready Week 1.

I’m very confident (about playing Week 1). It’s a fluid process, so you never know how it’s going to go, but where we’re at, just trying to do what the doctors say and just take it step by step. There are times when you feel great and want to push it more, but you’ve got to stay the course with what the doctors are saying. I feel really good and really confident for Week 1.

Jim Kelly scheduled for more surgery amid oral cancer battle

Legendary Bills quarterback Jim Kelly will have a follow-up procedure as he continues to recover from oral cancer.

Kelly had a massive surgery in March to reconstruct his upper jaw, but he will have another in June to stabilize it. According to Kelly’s wife, there might be another procedure in September.

Update… Went to NYC yesterday for a checkup and moving forward, strategy meeting. The doctors were very impressed with how much Jim has healed since he’s been home. Praise God! The plan at this point is that he will have surgery in mid-June to lesson the “skin flap” bulk in his mouth, as well as put implants into his upper jaw. And then there will be more healing and waiting and then another surgery and possibly upper teeth sometime in September.

It’s the second resurgence of Kelly’s oral cancer. He was originally diagnosed with the disease in 2013, undergoing months of radiation and chemotherapy before being declared in remission.

The Panthers have only six matchups on the schedule against playoff teams from last season, but they also got stuck with the three teams from the NFC (Seahawks, Cowboys, Lions) that just missed the postseason at 9-7.

Toughest tests: Other than the four sure-to-be brutal matchups against the Saints and Falcons, the Panthers’ toughest game in 2018 likely will be their road matchup against the defending Super Bowl-champion Eagles. Philadelphia is coming back with a roster that features many of the same players from its title team, and the fact that it’s in Philly just adds to the degree of difficulty.

Biggest breaks: The Panthers quietly have built a bit of a rivalry with the Seahawks. The most recent matchup left something to be desired, as Seattle demolished Carolina at home, 40-7. The Seahawks will look different this year, though, and are coming off a year in which they missed the postseason. It still will be a tough matchup, but Carolina getting to play Seattle at home should make a big difference for the Panthers.ravens_137

Seahawks sign Shaquem Griffin and Tre Flowers

The Seahawks got down to one unsigned draft pick on Thursday.
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Authentic Womens Dee Ford Jersey The team announced that fifth-round picks Shaquem Griffin and Tre Flowers have agreed to four-year deals with the club. With first-rounder Rashaad Penny signing on Wednesday, third-round defensive end Rasheem Green is the only unsigned member of the nine-man draft class.

Thanks to his success at UCF and the Scouting Combine despite playing with one hand, Griffin got more notice than his fellow fifth-round picks. He’ll be vying Colorado Avalanche Jersey for work as a linebacker and on special teams during his rookie season.

Flowers played safety at Oklahoma State, but the plan in Seattle is for him to make the move to cornerback. He’ll play alongside Shaquill Griffin, who played with his brother at UCF before joining the Seahawks in 2017.

He always been a pretty focused guy and loves football, Garrett said. Not having that stuff is a relief to him. But he comes to work every day and wants to get better. It’s good for our team.
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It’s not any pressure, Prescott said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. I want to be the best I can. I want to be the best quarterback that the Cowboys ever had. All that stuff comes when you play the game well.

Prescott, a fourth-round pick in 2016, has a $630,000 base salary this season. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has promised an extraordinary contract and executive vice president Stephen Jones said last week that it’s going to be as he deserves.

I am thrilled to welcome Brian to the Washington Redskins, Snyder said in a team-issued statement. Brian has been one of the most highly regarded NFL executives amongst league ownership for many years because of his deep understanding of our business, his focus on partner relationships and his genuine belief that fans must be at the center of every decision we make. Brian is coming to Washington with fresh thinking and big ideas to implement, and I have full confidence that with Brian’s addition and with Bruce Allen continuing as team President, the Redskins’ success will continue to grow, both on and off the field.

Tepper’s bid for Panthers expected to sail through

If there was any doubt about David Tepper’s bid to buy the Panthers, there shouldn’t have been.
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Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the looming effort to approve Tepper as successor to team founder Jerry Richardson is expected to sail through when the owners meet tomorrow and Wednesday in Atlanta.

The Pirates intentionally walked Joey Votto to load the bases and bring up Gennett, who has grounded into six double plays, tied for the most on the team.

It definitely makes sense what they did, Gennett said. I think Joey’s the best hitter in baseball. I definitely didn’t take it personally, but I do like getting up there with the bases loaded.

Gennett also had an RBI double in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the seventh for a season-high six RBI. His career Harrison Smith Womens Jersey high is 10 RBI during his four-homer game against St. Louis last June 6.

The last couple games I’ve not been performing the way I want, said Taylor, who has relinquished his leadoff spot to Max Muncy. It felt good to contribute and help the team win a game.
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The victory snapped the Dodgers’ five-game skid against Colorado at home, where they are just 9-14 overall.

We know we’re a good team, Taylor said. We’re going to turn things around eventually.

Matt Kemp continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 4 with a run scored. His RBI single with two outs in the first provided the Dodgers’ first run. He fouled a pitch off his left knee in the eighth before striking out for the second time.

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Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (2-0, 3.60 ERA) shut out Atlanta for seven innings in his last start.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (4-0, 1.75) goes for his 50th career win. He is 4-4 in 13 starts vs. Miami.

Can Rutgers end this national-worst drought in 2018?

It’s been a long time since Rutgers knocked off a Top 25 opponent.
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The longest of any Power 5 conference team in the nation, in fact.

FBSchedules.com posted a list of the dozen power conference teams with the longest droughts against the Top 25 on Tuesday, and the Scarlet Knights are at the top. Rutgers has not beaten a ranked team since Nov. 12, 2009, when it pasted No. 23 South Florida, 31-0, at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. The Scarlet Knights are 0-20 against ranked opponents since.

Offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur’s time spent with the Rams’ top-scoring unit during the previous term bodes well for Davis and the Titans offense聽as a whole.聽

Mariota will have a No. 1 wideout in Davis who can outmuscle and win jump-ball battles against smaller defenders. Expect him to triple his previous 375 receiving yards total in 2018.
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But of course that’s not what Hardy is known for. Hardy played in the NFL for four seasons, though he has been out of the league since the end of the 2015 season. At this point, his brief NFL career may not be what he’s known for, either.

Hardy is remembered, if he’s remembered at all, because he was arrested on domestic violence charges on May 13, 2014; he was given a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail, which was later struck on appeal. The guilty ruling was eventually erased from his record. Hardy was initially suspended 10 games for the incident, though that was later reduced to four.聽Deadspin reported harrowing details聽from the night he was arrested in November of 2015, and he was not signed the following offseason.

Goldstone testified that he too expected Veselnitskaya would deliver a smoking gun to help Trump’s campaign. He testified that he was embarrassed and apologetic when she instead used the session to press her view that the sanctions imposed on Russia for human rights abuses, known as the Magnitsky Act, should be lifted.

Jets will travel for joint practices with Washington this summer

The Jets will spend several days in Richmond, Virginia for practices before their second preseason game of the summer.

Plenty of veteran players hate the draft. For them, the draft brings a fresh crop of young players who may end up taking their jobs.

At his Pro Day workout, Kahlil McKenzie — a defensive tackle at Tennessee — performed offensive line drills. And he did well enough to get the Chiefs to draft Kahlil as a guard.

“I told him, ‘It’s a conspiracy. This is you. You did this,’” Kahlil McKenzie said. “He always wanted me to play offensive line. He was happy to see me play offensive line and said that I moved really well doing it. He said I looked like an offensive lineman doing those drills.”’

For more from McKenzie, check out his pre-draft visit to PFT Live, via Skype from Green Bay, where he grew up.

Maybe it all wouldn’t translate perfectly to the NFL.

Still, the Yankees have no choice but to ride Gray out.

They’re already a starting pitcher short with Jordan Montgomery (elbow strain) out until sometime in June. Domingo German has jumped into that spot.

Luis Cessa (left oblique strain) has been out since April 19 with no timetable for his return. One of their top pitching prospects, Chance Adams, hasn’t been very good at Triple-A and on Friday, Justus Sheffield, their best pitching prospect, was pulled from his start with shoulder stiffness.

There are no other clear options. The Yankees will have to let Gray figure it out.

Vernon Shazier said before his interview with ESPN that he couldn’t get into specifics of his son’s injury. The Steelers have not elaborated in detail what Shazier’s surgery entailed nor about his prognosis.

“We’re praying for healing and keeping our mind and faith strong. We know we’re in a deep valley, but we do not feel alone,” said Vernon Shazier, an NFL chaplain who added: “It’s easy to be faithful in a storm, but we’re not talking about a drizzle. We’re talking about a hurricane, a category 5 [hurricane], lots of metaphors to describe it.”

On Tuesday, Shazier was announced as a Pro Bowl representative for his 89 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles through 12 games and his teammates who’ve visited him say he’s eager to talk football strategy for the Steelers as they look to the playoffs.sabres_074

Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Wanted To Trade Back In First Round

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The not guilty pleas…

I can’t say enough, thank y’all, just thank y’all, Griffin said at a news conference inside the team’s indoor practice field. That’s probably all I can say is just thank y’all because it’s a blessing, and I’m so thankful to have that opportunity for the last nine years to play for this organization. Griffin started 10 games as a rookie and played 141 games over nine seasons with Tennessee, including 103 straight between 2007 and 2013.

Justin Reid is also a safety and now a third-round pick of the Houston Texans. The younger Reid was widely projected as a top-50 overall talent coming out of Stanford. Many final mock draft projections (mine included) slotted him to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, but he fell to the third. He was not the only safety to fall in the draft.

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Darnold’s involvement with the Wilson technology began over a year ago when he was working with Palmer, who played in the NFL for parts of eight seasons and has become one of the country’s elite quarterback trainers.

Vikings sign four draft picks

The Vikings didn’t waste any time getting four draft picks signed.
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Minnesota announced Thursday it has agreed to terms with Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson, a fifth-round pick, Appalachian State guard Colby Gossett, a sixth-round pick, Tulane defensive end Ade Aruna, a sixth-round pick, and Cal linebacker Devante Downs, a seventh-round pick.

Blaine Gabbert (No. 10 in 2011) came close but couldn’t trump Harvey from three years before him. Harvey held out early and never delivered, with eight sacks in his three seasons.

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But Whaley and Fisher were among the front-office executives fired by the Bills the day after the 2017 draft.

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I helped Esquire develop their funding calculator, but I didn’t see the assignment language in the loan agreements until Esquire sent me the final documents, signed by my clients, Mitnick told Outside the Lines. You can’t separate Esquire from other funders if assignment language is in their agreements.

In his statement to Outside the Lines, Seeger said that if the special masters assisting Brody in the case determine that Esquire has entered into an improper assignment with a class member, these should be voided per the court’s order.

Ravens sign eight of their 12 draft picks

Former NFL star Hines Ward will travel to Memphis next week to announce the team鈥檚 first head coach. Steve Spurrier will coach a team in Orlando, and Brad Childress will coach a team in Atlanta.
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White caught 124 passes for 1,862 yards over three seasons at West Virginia. He peaked with 61 catches, 1,004 yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2017 season.

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Jason Witten gets wildly blinged-out retirement gift from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

One of the greatest tight ends in NFL history officially decided to call it quits on Thursday as Jason Witten finally announced his retirement. For the past week, Witten had been mulling over the possibility of returning for another season with the Cowboys or taking ESPN up on its offer to join the Monday Night Football booth, and in the end, the ESPN offer was too good to pass up for the the long-time tight end, who turns 36 on Sunday.

Right in Dallas’ own backyard is Sutton, a behemoth (6-3, 218 pounds) who can both outrun cornerbacks and go up and get the ball over them, a la Bryant. Ridley is the safest. Sutton has the highest upside. Moore combines both of those elements. Any of the three would make Prescott happy.

If Dallas’ first-round pick is not a wideout, then it must be defensive line or offensive line, in that order of selection preference should the Cowboys stay at No. 19.

There had not been a whole lot of rumors about the Browns potentially looking to erect a new venue. Based on the Cleveland economy and political makeup of the city, it’s highly likely that a vast majority of the funds for a new venue would have to be private.

Newly signed Giants defensive tackle A.J. Francis wasted no time taking a parting shot at his former team, the Washington Redskins, and expressing joy over landing with an NFC East rival.

When the team you were on didn’t appreciate you but the team you played against actually pays attention to the film… Francis captioned a photo on his Instagram account.

The Giants signed Francis on Wednesday, as general manager Dave Gettleman continues to rebuild and add depth to a roster that finished 3-13 last season. Francis, 27, recorded 18 tackles in six games with Washington last season.tigers_005-115x115