NFL Draft: Five best bets for 2018 defensive rookie of the year

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Linebackers used to dominate the NFL defensive rookie of the year race. And after linebackers dominated the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, it should be their time to shine again with the annual award.
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It has been five years since a rookie from the position took the Associated Press award from the NFL Honors at the end of a season. But from 2000-12, 11 linebackers won in 13 years, the last being the Panthers’ Luke Kuechly. As for Sporting News’ overall Rookie of the Year, no linebacker has received enough player votes to win since Chargers edge rusher Shawne Merriman did 13 years ago.

Because Jones has less competition for touches, he gets the last spot on this list over the Lions’ Kerryon Johnson. While Johnson will try to find his role in a backfield that includes LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah, Authentic Luis Severino Jersey Jones needs to beat out Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber for opportunities in a potentially explosive offense with Jameis Winston.

In the following slides, we’ll break down every quarterback situation and depth chart in the NFL heading into the 2018 season, ranking all 32 from worst to best. The worst teams at quarterback will have talent issues and question marks galore; the best will have elite starters and legitimate backup plans.聽
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The Bills traded away Tyrod Taylor, signed McCarron to a cheap quarterback deal and moved up in the draft to take Allen, the big-armed quarterback from Wyoming. No team has more question marks at the position.聽

McCarron made only three regular-season starts over four years in Cincinnati and received little interest from teams in free agency. He eventually had to settle for backup-level money and must be viewed as a stop-gap starter. Meanwhile, Allen enters the NFL with big question marks regarding his accuracy and pro-readiness. Even as the No. 7 overall pick, he’ll likely need at least a year before he’s ready to start.聽

The Bills also have Peterman, who threw five interceptions in one half during his first NFL start last season.聽

Julio Jones not present for start of Falcons’ OTAs

Julio Jones is not at the Atlanta Falcons’ facility Monday for the start for the team’s organized team activities, a source told ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

Julio and the organization are doing very well, Dimitroff told ESPN. I’m not concerned one bit about any of the social media. I think we’re in a great spot. He had very good discussions with [coach] Dan [Quinn]. And we’re in a great spot.

The deleted Instagram photos caused a stir, but the team insisted it was related to Jones wanting a “fresh start on social media while also proving a point to players at his former school, Alabama, about being willing to let go of social media.

In 2012, D’Anton Lynn signed with the Jets, who had his father, Anthony Lynn, as running backs coach. But D’Anton Lynn played defense.

Fathers coaching sons is rare in the NFL, according to Cimini. The Elias Sports Bureau doesn’t track coordinators coaching their sons. But John McKay was the last head coach to coach his son, with McKay coaching receiver John Jr. while both were with the 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kacy II, who plays cornerback and safety, played for Saskatchewan the past two seasons. He calls his dad “tough” but “fair” as a coach.

Kacy II also knows his dad won’t play favorites when it comes to cutting the roster.

Before Sunday’s game, Boone was asked if he thought Frazier needed regular at-bats at this stage of his career so that he could continue developing or if keeping him around to help out in a lesser role could be beneficial.

“We’ll always strike that balance depending on our roster,” Boone said. “I think he is a guy that needs to be playing every day, but if there’s enough of a regular at-bat presence here for him, then that’s something that we’ll always consider considering where we are as a club right now and the value we know that he can bring.”

T.O. participated in Cleveland’s pre-draft workout of Josh Rosen

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Moments later, James drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing to finally put away the young Celtics, who will now feel the immense pressure of trying to hold off the three-time champion.

He’s the best in the game at evaluating the court and figuring out what he wants and where he wants it, Stevens said. The thing about it is that you just have to battle. You just have Marcus Williams Jersey to make it as hard as possible, because he’s going to find a matchup that he ultimately wants.
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Stevens considered changing his starting lineup, but decided to stick with the same first five — Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Al Horford, and Terry Rozier — as the first three games.

Boston’s starters held their own, but none of them was able to match James when it mattered most.

You hope he misses, that’s about it, Rozier said. He’s a big body and you’ve just got to keep him in front, and hope he misses.

Richardson joined the Roughriders last year and played in four games. He ran 48 times for 259 yards and two touchdowns while also notching one reception.

Cleveland took Richardson third overall in 2012 and then traded him to the Colts for a first-round pick in September 2013. He was waived by the Colts in March 2015 and had short stints with the Raiders and Ravens that ended the same way before heading to Canada.

The landscape of the NBA could be significantly altered in free agency, as several of the best players in the league are set to test the free agent waters. It is expected that Durant will remain in Golden State, but there is a chance LeBron could be in a different uniform next season. Paul George may very well end up leaving Oklahoma City after one disappointing season. CP3, Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans, Trevor Ariza, JJ Redick and Will Barton are all notable unrestricted free agents.

If any of these players change teams, there will be a major ripple effect on their respective teams and in the fantasy space. Think about how Davis’ game has taken off since Cousins went down, for example. A return to the Pelicans by Cousins would diminish Davis’ value.

Giants say Odell Beckham wants to do more at practice than they’ll allow

Wide receiver Odell Beckham has been a regular at Giants workouts this offseason despite early reports that he’d stay away from the team without a new contract.
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Those reports indicated Beckham wouldn’t so much as step on the field without an extension, but it hasn’t arrived and Beckham keeps showing up. On Monday, head coach Pat Shurmur even said that Beckham is itching to do more work than the team is willing to allow after last year’s fractured ankle.

It’s still not clear why he’s absent. Money could be an issue. Frustration over the still-unexplained benching of Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl LII could be an issue. Fatigue over being constantly yelled at by Belichick, as evidenced by Brady’s quotes from nearly five years ago, could be an issue.

Regardless, his absence won’t help the Patriots win in 2018, and it may help Belichick become more determined to find a quarterback who will be truly all in for 2019.

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said Ingram has kept in touch with defensive line coach Giff Smith.

Obviously, as a coach, you want everybody here, Bradley said, via Wang. But I’ve talked to Melvin about that. There’s a great deal of trust with him, too.

Chris Landrum, who spent all of last season on injured Russell Wilson Jersey reserve, got more work in Ingram’s absence.

Ingram, who signed a four-year, $64 million deal with $42 million guaranteed a year ago, has 28 sacks and nine forced fumbles the past three seasons combined. He had 10.5 sacks and 75 pressures last season.

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I know he gave up a couple of runs, but he did a heck of a job, manager Rick Renteria said.

On Palka’s triple in the eighth, Trumbo ran a long way toward the line and appeared poised to make the catch before the ball hit off his glove.

That’s a tough play for anybody, Trumbo said. I gave it what I personally had. There probably are some faster guys who would make that play a little easier.

Here’s the latest sign MLB is ready to embrace sports gambling

For years, sports gambling 聽has been a major tenant of fandom around professional teams.
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Some leagues ( NFL, NBA) have realized this and tried to at least find their piece of the pie in the millions of dollars wagered, spent and advertised on the business. Now it’s Major League Baseball’s turn to jump in.

According to the New York Post, an executive associated with a MLB team met with a bookmaker last week.

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Josh Rosen, Cardinals Over/Under: 8.5 starts Is there anyone on the planet who doesn’t think Sam Bradford will get injured before he manages to start nine games? (Or that the Cardinals would really start Mike Glennon over Rosen if and when Bradford does get hurt?)聽
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On that front, we have some news. The sports book recently set over/under lines for how many games each of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and Lamar Jackson will start during the 2018 season. Below, we’ll take a look at which side of each bet makes most sense to bet.聽 Baker Mayfield, Browns Over/Under: 9.5 starts This is a tough one to gauge. The Browns don’t have their bye until Week 10, and they return from that bye with a home game against the Bengals.

Sam Darnold, Jets Over/Under: 5.5 starts The Jets are still the Jets so maybe they just start Josh McCown or Teddy Bridgewater all season, but this seems pretty clear-cut. New York has six post-bye games, starting with Week 12 at home against New England. Unless New York plans to either keep Darnold on the bench all year (that would go over super well on the back pages of the New York Post and the Daily News ) or give him two road Avisail Garcia Jersey games as the first two starts of his career, this is an obvious over bet. Really, once the Jets get through their Jaguars-Broncos-Colts-Vikings stretch in Weeks 4-7, Darnold could make his debut at any time and I would not be at all surprise.

Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia sex assault allegations: What we know

On Wednesday night, it was discovered that Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia and his friend and former college teammate, Greg Dietich, were indicted, but never prosecuted, for assaulting a college student during a 1996 trip to South Padre Island. 

In 2015, Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler, the No. 3 overall pick, suffered a torn ACL during rookie minicamp after signing a rookie participation agreement but not a contract. Four days later, the Jaguars signed Fowler the same fully guaranteed contract he otherwise would have received.

Fowler’s subsequent first two seasons after recovery have been a major disappointment in terms of production, and the team did not exercise his fifth-year option earlier this month.

One of the factors at play in rookie minicamp is the deceivingly high level of intensity, which is not always the case in veteran minicamps.

Warner later tweeted, I simply mentioned that I had thrown a text to a coaching friend — saying I think I could give him one more year if he needed me! This was not ‘I’m dead set on making a comeback’ just friends having a [conversation]!!

Fair enough and Warner expressed similar sentiments on Monday when pressed on if he would really consider a comeback at the age of 38.

In my limited interactions with Witten, he was always gracious and accommodating, even if the Cowboys had just lost or were in the midst of one of their numerous controversies.

In an era shared with Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Rob Gronkowski, Witten was never the game’s best tight end, but he was probably the toughest. A broken jaw suffered in his rookie season cost him the only game of his 15-year career. His signature play occurred in 2007, when he rumbled for most of a 53-yard reception in Philadelphia without his helmet, which was knocked off during the course of the play, before being tackled.

Ichiro wants to know: Who the (expletive) is Brady?

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Ichiro scrolled to the end of the text. Some guy named Tom Brady. Who the f— is Tom Brady ?

And just like that, fans of every team on the Patriots ‘ schedule have a rude, brutally effective message to scrawl on placards they’ll bring to games in 2018. Score it as hit No. 3,090 for the magnificent Ichiro.

Darkwa had a career-high 751 rushing yards in 15 games last season — beating the odds after opening the season as No. 3 on the depth chart — but remains a free agent. He originally signed with the Mike Conley Jersey Dolphins after going undrafted and stuck with the Giants from 2014-17.

The Giants paid Darkwa a bonus for topping 750 yards but went in a different direction this offseason by signing veteran Jonathan Stewart and drafting Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick.

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Darkwa originally injured his leg in 2015 but played through it the entire season because he thought it was shin splints. It turned out to be a fractured tibia.

Rapoport reported Darkwa underwent X-rays to confirm the fracture healed in full the plate was no longer needed, and a doctor said Darkwa should be ready to go in four weeks. That means missing OTAs but possibly catching on with a team for the preseason with a chance to make a 53-man roster.

NFLPA files grievance on behalf of Eric Reid

The NFL Players Association filed a non-injury grievance and a system arbitrator case on behalf of free-agent safety Eric Reid on Monday.
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The union based its grievance on the premise that no NFL rule mandates players stand during the playing of the national anthem, that the league has indicated it respects the rights of players to demonstrate, and the collective bargaining agreement states league rules supersede club rules, according to a NFLPA press release.

The safety market has been remarkably slow in free agency this offseason. Veteran safeties Kenny Vaccaro and Tre Boston also remain unsigned. Reid has cited his social activism including kneeling during the national anthem as reason for him remaining unsigned. Reid has said he does not plan to kneel during anthem.

In its Monday filing, the union alleges a club appears to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club’s policy prohibiting demonstration, which is contrary to the League policy, and that at least one club owner has asked preemployment interview questions about a player’s intent to demonstrate.

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James Harden broke Wesley Johnson’s ankles with a stepback 3-pointer earlier this season, and there’s always a chance we’ll see more defenders go down. Harden has made more than three times as many 3-pointers on stepback shots as any other player this season.

Seahawks carrying four fullbacks, including rookie free agent Khalid Hill

The Seahawks really, really, really, really want a fullback on their roster. They are carrying four of them, only one less than the five tailbacks on their roster.
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Seattle wants to become a more physical running team, which means adding a more traditional fullback.

Hill missed action in the rookie minicamp while nursing a pulled muscle, but, at 6 foot 2, 263 pounds, he looks the part.

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Jason Witten is gone, leaving a committee to replace him in Dallas.

Geoff Swaim, Rico Gathers, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and David Wells will compete for playing time at tight end in the absence of Witten. Schultz and Wells are rookies. Swaim has played 28 games, Jarwin one and Gathers has never played a down.

“They haven’t had a lot of opportunities to play,” Witten said on an ESPN conference call, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “But in the last week we’ve seen that Jerry [Jones] has come out and said he feels confident in this group. Playing with Geoff Swaim for the last three years, I think there is some upside to his ability. He just hasn’t played in a lot of games. They really like him. They traded up in the draft for him.

It didn’t take Witten long to call the Cowboys “them,” “their” and “they.” He officially retired less than a week ago.

The topics were: (1) the ability to select and purchase tickets; (2) parking; (2) entry to the arena or stadium; (4) process of finding the seat; (5) bathroom access; (6) food purchases; (7) souvenir purchases; (8) watching the game; and (9) exit from the arena or stadium.

It’s not a surprise, in large part because the NFL draws the biggest crowds. The more people who attend, the more of a pain in the butt it is to get tickets, park the car, get to the stadium, find the seat, get to the bathroom, buy stuff, have great sight lines, and get out of the building when the game is over.

“The fee being discussed was one-quarter percent,” he said Thursday.

The fee, frankly, should be zero-point-zero percent. The simple response to the blatant money grab under a title that sounds honorable should be this: Nevada has been the gambling capital of the nation for decades, and it has never paid the sports leagues a penny. The slightly more complicated response is this: What does West Virginia or any other state get in return by giving the sports leagues a piece of the pie, no matter how small it may be?