NFL Draft 2018: Doctors inform teams OL Billy Price will be ready for training camp

Billy Price is one of the top interior lineman in this year’s NFL Draft class, but he has a health concern.
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Mike Daniels Youth Jersey The Ohio State standout is considered one of the best center/guard prospects in the draft, and has consistently been projected as a first-round pick. But Price had shoulder surgery two months ago and is not yet fully recovered.

Luckily for Price, his doctor issued a statement Wednesday informing NFL teams Price is expected to make a full recovery and be a healthy participant for the start of training camp at the end of July.
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The first round of the NFL Draft starts Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. While Price will not be one of the 22 prospects attending the Draft, he could still hear his name called Day 1 considering the good news from his doctor.

RHP David Hale was claimed off waivers from the Yankees after he pitched two scoreless innings for New York in Monday’s series opener, then was designated for assignment. Minnesota recalled 6-foot-10 RHP Aaron Slegers from Triple-A Rochester Thursday morning, but optioned him back to the minors following the game to make room for Hale. RHP Tyler Kinley was designated for assignment.

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Yankees: 3B Brandon Drury (severe migraines) will continue his rehab assignment when Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre returns to action Friday. … OF Clint Frazier (concussion) was scheduled to play for Class A Tampa on Thursday after appearing in two extended spring training games. … CF Jacoby Ellsbury (strained right oblique) is taking part in light baseball activities, including hitting off a tee. … 1B Greg Bird (right ankle surgery) and OF Billy McKinney (sprained left shoulder) are headed to Tampa to continue baseball activity.

Worley, 23, was selected by the Panthers in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft but was traded to the Eagles for wide receiver Torrey Smith last month. He recorded 63 tackles and a career-high two interceptions in 14 starts for Carolina last season.

Canada recently mourned another tragedy when a semitrailer crashed into the bus of a junior hockey team from the small town of Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Sixteen people died from the accident. At Game 1 of the Raptors’ series with Washington, Drake sat courtside wearing a Humboldt hockey jersey.

Report: Jets will take Josh Rosen over Sam Darnold if both are on the board

Authentic Mens Damien Wilson Jersey The Jets are expected to select Josh Rosen over Sam Darnold if both remain on the board when it comes their turn to select at No. 3, Lance Zierlein of NFL.com reports.
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The Broncos could trade with the Giants at No. 2 to get Darnold, Zierlein adds, with the Bills more interested in Josh Allen.

There has been a ton of chatter around the NFL over the past month that the Jets love Baker Mayfield. Is the chatter accurate? Maybe we will find out on Thursday if he is there for them to pick. Those familiar with the Jets’ discussions say there Jonathan Villar Womens Jersey has been hearty debate within the organization whether to take Mayfield or Josh Rosen, assuming Darnold goes No. 1 or 2. If Darnold falls to 3, expect him to be the pick. If he is gone, the expectation is it will either be Mayfield or Rosen. My money is on Mayfield. He would bring a brash attitude to the Jets and was the most accurate passer in college.

As for specialists, it would be a surprise if the Jets took one. Punter Lac Edwards is in his third year with the team and has shown promise. The Jets signed Cairo Santos at kicker last month. It is conceivable they could take a kicker late, but they have too many other needs to invest a pick on a kicker.

At the recent pro day there, he ran a 4.35-second 40, which was enough to earn some notice and possibly draw the attention of teams as an undrafted signing in only for his kick-return ability (he had a 100-yard touchdown in 2015).

Limited Womens Laurent Brossoit Jersey To wit: of the 54 quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 1998, just five (Peyton and Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Joe Flacco) have won a Super Bowl. Of the 33 quarterbacks drafted in the top 10, just two (Peyton and Eli) have won a Super Bowl.

When the Houston Texans had Deshaun Watson, they averaged 35 points a game. 鈥?When they didn’t, they averaged 13, Mayock said. When the San Francisco 49ers had Jimmy Garoppolo, they went 5-0, and they averaged 29 points a game versus when they didn’t have him, and they averaged 17 points a game.

The franchise quarterback conversation is riveting, especially when you kind of look at Case Keenum goes to an NFC Championship game 鈥?Blake Bortles, although he was a top-10 pick, was not considered a high-level franchise quarterback, he goes to the AFC Championship game. And Nick Foles wins a Super Bowl with the Eagles. Is that an aberration, or a trend?

Jrue Holiday’s game-high 33 points, tough defense stifle Trail Blazers

When New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry thinks about the best two-way players in the NBA, he thinks about a guy on his own roster. He thinks about a player who has been a force at both ends in the Pelicans’ two playoff victories at Portland.

He thinks about Jrue Holiday.

I may be a bit biased, Gentry conceded, but if you can tell me a better two-way player in the league right now, I’m willing to listen. But what we ask him to do and the things we ask him to do offensively, he was just great tonight.

Holiday’s 33 points Tuesday were a game high. He scored a career-best 20 of those in the restricted area. Holiday drained 14 of his 24 shots and dished out nine assists, leading the Pelicans to a 111-102 victory that gave the team a commanding 2-0 lead as their first-round playoff series shifts to New Orleans for Game 3 on Thursday.

He’s a helluva player — especially both ways, said Holiday’s backcourt mate, Rajon Rondo. I get better as a player offensively when he checks me in practice.

The Blazers have pick-and-rolled their way to 49 victories and home-court advantage in the opening round of these playoffs. But they have matched up poorly with a player who has been able to neutralize their most potent weapon. Holiday successfully defended 1,846 pick-and-rolls in the regular season, making him the second-most effective guard who faced a minimum of 1,000, according to Second Spectrum.

He showed both definite potential and the rawness of a man doing just his fifth game as an analyst and second with his Sunday night partners, Matt Vasgersian and Jessica Mendoza. The trio did an exhibition game together last week.

On Thursday, Rodriguez improved and relaxed as the game went on and, by the ninth, was giving some strong opinions. Rodriguez even went against the modern theory, recommending a bunt, while also second-guessing the Giants outfielders for playing too shallow.

What Rodriguez’s presence brings to the sport’s second-most prestigious booth — after FOX’s World Series crew — is star power. This includes girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, who made a brief TV appearance in a non-speaking role, giving A-Rod a kiss of encouragement between innings.

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Cowboys expect to draw record crowd of 270,000 to draft

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The NFL won’t use every seat at AT&T Stadium for its draft next week, instead creating an end-zone theater. But the Cowboys still expect around 25,000 fans to witness the selection process inside the stadium each day.
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For the first time, each of the 32 teams will have a section just for its fans.

I think the NFL really views this event as an event for diehard football fans, Estis said. So I think having team sections like that, down on the floor, close to the stage to create all that really cool atmosphere of hardcore fans, I think that’s what the NFL wants, and I know they’re working hard to make sure that fans from each of those markets end up in those seats. I think that would just create this unique dynamic.

If you remember last year when our Drew Pearson stood up to announce our second-round pick in Philadelphia, and it created such a stir in the auditorium there. I think that’s something everybody looked to and said, ‘That’s actually the kind of atmosphere that you want at one of these events.’ So by having all the teams represented down right in front of the stage, I think we’ve just created some really interesting atmosphere.

I don’t understand that comment, Jones said. I certainly respect anybody that has a comment about the organization. You certainly always see things when it’s difficult for a player to take the next step. Whether it’s a Larry Aleksi Heponiemi Jersey Allen, DeMarcus Ware, an Emmitt Smith, all Hall of Famers who ended up playing with another team. Those things are hard. You know, when you have decided to move on, maybe there’s a thought in your mind [the player] that you weren’t a particular coach’s guy or an organizational guy. But I certainly don’t see that on this football team.

It was the second most points James ever put up in a half off a playoff game, trailing only the famous Game 6 against the Boston Celtics in 2012, a game many consider to be the best game of his career. James had particular success with Thaddeus Young as the primary defender, scoring 14 of his 29 points on Young while going 5-for-6 from the field (2-for-2 from 3), according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Indiana made a push in the third quarter, with Oladipo scoring eight of his 22 points to cut Cleveland’s lead down to just five at one point.
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The Pacers got even closer in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to three, but Oladipo missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds left. The Cavs improved to 40-0 this season when taking a lead into the fourth.

Report: Browns not interested in Dez Bryant

The Browns signed Jarvis Landry to a five-year extension worth $75.5 million Friday. That leaves them uninterested in pursuing Dez Bryant, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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So far reports have surfaced of more teams not interested in Bryant than interested in him. The Ravens reportedly are interested.

MacMullan: The answer has to be a team in the East because the two best squads reside in the West, but which one? Are we audacious enough to suggest the Sixers, those 28-wins-of-a-year-ago Sixers, can pull this off? Any moment Joel Embiid, the self-proclaimed Phantom of the Process, will start trolling Hassan Whiteside and we’ll have a front-row seat to the unraveling. Philly’s path to the conference finals doesn’t include LeBron or the Raptors, so that alone qualifies the Sixers as a legitimate answer to this question. Everyone keeps chiding me that Ben Simmons isn’t really a rookie. He’s certainly not playing like one … so … could it happen? Too delicious to consider.

I don’t think it applies more pressure, Williams said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. I think the pressure’s always been a factor being a first rounder and coming in and playing with a lot of good guys already. Playing the game in general, there’s always going to be that pressure. It’s something we learn to deal with and get used to and get comfortable with. I’m comfortable under pressure. I trust my teammates to trust me. I trust myself to be a better leader this year and just taking it to the next level.

Williams has played in every game during his three NFL seasons and has 178 tackles, 12 sacks and two forced fumbles to show for his efforts. That’s likely to lead to the Jets picking up their option on his contract for 2019 and reaching that next level this year could lead to an even longer deal.

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Luck wouldn’t share the timetable for his return, though he said one does exist.

Andrew Luck appeared in front of the media Monday for the first time since December speaking optimistically about his return to the field, but the details surrounding that day still feel intangible.
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Behind Jacoby Brissett, whom the Colts acquired in a trade with the Patriots in the offseason as quarterback insurance, Indianapolis went 4-12 and failed to make the playoffs for the third straight season. In each of Luck’s first three seasons, after he was selected No. 1 overall in the 2012 draft, the Colts went 11-5 and made the playoffs. Luck didn’t miss a single game and made the Pro Bowl each year, results that earned him the richest NFL contract at the time, a six-year, $140 extension he signed before the 2016 season.

Manziel has gained something of an interested audience as his redemption tour continues. NFL scouts watched and were impressed by him when he threw at the pro days at San Diego and Texas A&M. Manziel was approached by Patriots brass after the one at his alma mater.

I wasn’t surprised [he looked good at the Texas A&M pro day], an evaluator told Yahoo Sports. As long as he wasn’t out of shape, I thought he’d probably throw well and he did. 鈥?He’s got talent. He’s always had talent. It’s just a lot of [stuff] there getting in his way. But just on talent, he’s Rogie Vachon Authentic Jersey better than a lot of quarterbacks on [NFL] rosters and he’s better than a lot of guys that will get drafted [this month].

Though few doubt Manziel’s talent, many still question his maturity in the wake of past transgressions, including a 2016 domestic violence incident involving ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, as well as his presence on social media.

With a curious audience tuned in to Manziel’s every move, the quarterback has the potential to pique their interest more by going off the social media grid completely.

If he’s trying to sell himself as something different, start with that. There are so many things to deal with already. 鈥?Social media is a big negative for anyone who wants to sign him. It’s like, ‘Be willing to sacrifice something that is clearly extremely important to you,’ the evaulator said.

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Unfortunately, those are the minimum requirements in the NFL, and the other aspects of his play leave a bit to be desired. He’s an average athlete at best and will need time studying film to learn the ways he can position himself to be successful. Teams looking for a depth player and core special-teamer could find it in Bierria.

Special teams value is critical for backup linebackers in the NFL. Dorian O’Daniel will have to prove he can continue to be a special teams standout while fighting for a depth role as a linebacker. A lack of size and pure speed make him a difficult player to find a position for. He’s average in most areas and lacks a top-tier trait to hang his hat on, forcing evaluators to look long and hard when trying to find a fit.
      
Jermome Baker is a supremely talented linebacker who looks to fit the mold of the NFL’s new-age linebackers. He has the range to make tackles on either sideline and the coverage instincts to stay on the field on third down. Concerns about Baker’s size and competitive toughness against beef up front will have to be answered for him to be seen as an immediate starter at the next level.

Harrison was a fixture of the Steelers defense for over a decade and delivered one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history with his pick-six in the final seconds of the first half in Super Bowl XLIII. Considering Harrison didn’t become a regular starter for the Steelers until he turned 29, he made up for lost time in a big way.

Strengths and weaknesses figured into the grades, with a pro-player comparison added to match the prospect’s style or fit in the pros. The top 400 prospects will be broken down by position for easy viewing before the release of a top-400 big board prior to the April 26-28 draft.
In the case of a tie, players were ranked based on their overall grade in our top 400.

The speed (4.33 40-yard dash), fluidity and coverage skills that Ohio State’s Denzel Ward presents can’t be had later in the draft. Ward gives the Browns a cornerback who can turn and run with any NFL receiver.steelers_049

Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo was expected to come off DL Monday

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The Yankees and Tigers were rained out Saturday in what had been New York’s only scheduled visit to Detroit this year. The Yankees won 8-6 behind two Aaron Hicks homers in Friday’s game.

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Jon Lester (1-0, 4.40) hopes to change things on Wednesday although the Cubs Blake Wheeler Jersey have gotten mixed reviews from the veteran lefty this season. Lester scattered seven hits and allowed four earned runs in his only start at Wrigley this year. In 14 career starts against St. Louis, Lester is 5-4 with a 2.30 ERA.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday that he expects Chicago’s starters to warm up once the weather cooperates. But more wintery weather is expected in Chicago on Wednesday, which Hoyer acknowledges isn’t ideal conditions for pitchers to find a groove in.

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The Yankees and Tigers were rained out Saturday in what had been New York’s only scheduled visit to Detroit this year. The Yankees won 8-6 behind two Aaron Hicks homers in Friday’s game.

Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (2-1, 3.50) will now start on Monday at home against the Miami Marlins, while Detroit’s Francisco Liriano (1-1, 2.13) will pitch Tuesday against Baltimore.

Rays right fielder Carlos Gomez attempted to throw out Beltre at first after fielding a liner on a bounce in the seventh, but the Rangers star crossed the base safely for his 3,067th hit.

Chirinos gave up six runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. The rookie right-hander entered with a 14 1/3 inning scoreless streak.

Wilson Ramos hit a solo homer in the ninth for the Rays.

Could Beckham-to-Rams chatter bring others to the table?

The talk of a trade that would send receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants to the Rams continues to dominate (sort of) the NFL’s annual meetings. Peter King of SI.com breaks down in his Wednesday column the various ways in which a potential trade makes sense, and Fabian Moreau Youth jersey the notion of the Rams advancing the NFC West arms race by securing an H-bomb named Beckham will fascinate any football fan that craves a potential Dream Team story line.
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The Cardinals could be players in this one, too, if they actually care about keeping pace in the NFC West (some would say at this point maybe they don’t). Larry Fitzgerald’s contract isn’t so rich that the Cardinals couldn’t pursue Beckham, and pairing those two with running back David Johnson would make it even easier for Sam Bradford to play quarterback on one leg.
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So the longer the talk of a Beckham trade to the Rams remains just that, the greater the chance that someone else will swoop (or as Chris Simms would say swope) in. That’s when things could get very interesting.

In his NFL career, Su’a-Filo has played in 56 games, with 41 starts.

The Texans made him a second-round pick in 2014, and he spent his first four seasons in Houston.

The Seahawks wasted no time in responding after backup quarterback Trevone Boykin was accused of domestic violence.

Just minutes after a report that Boykin is accused of domestic violence, the Seahawks announced that they have released Boykin.鈥?

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The domestic violence case is the latest in a long line of off-field incidents for Boykin, and the Seahawks had likely decided that if he had any other incidents, he was done.

Trades make this year’s draft look very different in New England

In the last couple of years, the Patriots have not had high draft picks. This year will be much different.
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In Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey 2016, New England forfeited its first-round pick because of Deflategate and moved down from the second-round pick it received in the Chandler Jones trade to acquire more picks in the later rounds. New England’s first pick that year was No. 60 overall.

That means the Patriots can stockpile their roster with young, cheap talent after getting older and more expensive in recent years. There’s been some talk that the Patriots might make a move to draft Tom Brady’s successor, but Brady is surely hoping they’ll instead use those picks to replace departures like Cooks, wide receiver Danny Amendola and left tackle Nate Solder. With those picks, the Patriots can try to put their roster over the top to win Super Bowl No. 6 with Brady.
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Auston Matthews scored his 34th goal of the season to match his jersey number and added an assist for Toronto (49-26-7), which also set club records for overall victories and home wins (29).
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Zach Hyman, Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau had the other goals for the Leafs, who are going to the playoffs for the second consecutive spring. Jake Gardiner added two assists.

Andersen’s 37 victories coming in saw him sit tied with Ed Belfour (2002-03) and Andrew Raycroft (2006-07) for the most by a Toronto goalie in a season.

Washington (42-38) has lost four straight to drop into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with games remaining against the Celtics and at Orlando on Wednesday.

An eighth-place finish would match the Wizards with the Toronto Raptors, and seventh place gets them the injury-depleted Celtics (54-26) and sixth place either Philadelphia or Cleveland.