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The Jets’ offseason game plan: Time to open up the checkbook

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They proved they could win tight, grind-it-out games, but could also score in bunches to blow other teams out. So what happened?

The Jets won a slugfest against the top-seeded Nashville Predators in the second round, and perhaps didn’t have enough gas in the tank to close out the Vegas Golden Knights.

I wish I had the money. It’s crazy. Obviously, the financial part is definitely going to be the hardest part. I’ve been part of two great organizations. I know the game inside and out and I know the players. And I feel like these NBA franchises just change lives. They change cities. I would love to do that. All the aspects of owning a team, I would love to be involved in — from the financial and marketing side to the team-building to the camaraderie to the coaching.

Ovechkin and the Caps are hoping to shed the label of playoff underachievers, a franchise that dazzles during the regular season only to disappoint at the most important time of the year.

I’m excited. We’re all excited. … We all want to be in this position and move forward, said Ovechkin, who is playing in the conference finals for the first time in his prolific Authentic Tom Brady Jersey 13-year career.

[This Game 7] is probably biggest game in my life, this team, organization probably. … We still haven’t reached our goal. Tomorrow is going to be a huge step forward.

Not if the Lightning have their way.

Tampa Bay is playing Game 7 in the conference finals for the third time in four years. It beat the New York Rangers on the road to advance to the 2015 Cup Final but fell short the following year against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Experience is always a good thing, but it’s nothing I’m going to sit and lean on, said Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman, who is 7-1 in Game 7s in his career. It’s about doing your job at the highest level you possibly can.
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Jackson’s mere presence in the lineup will keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night, even if he’s relegated to a small package of plays.

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John Harbaugh and Co. are taking a Victor Frankenstein-like approach to building a role for the rookie.聽聽

We do it in the laboratory, Harbaugh said, per Ryan Mink of the team’s official site.聽We do it on the practice field. We ran a lot of Sean Couturier Jersey stuff out here…you guys probably saw. We’re going to always try to get our players making plays for us, and Lamar is a guy who can help us win games.

Josh Harrison (R), 35.6 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (RHP Homer Bailey): The Pirates’ platooners get a ton of play in these articles, so I’ll list a righty-versus-righty option to remind players that Harrison is back from the disabled list and still lightly rostered. In fact, all of Pittsburgh’s starters are in play against the equal-opportunity Bailey. Righty batters have gotten to him with a .357 wOBA.

That’s something that sometimes in college, with only 20 hours of practice per week, some of the fundamentals as far as pass blocking sometimes gets swept by.聽He’s more of a first-, second-down banger. But I’ve seen him at his pro day catch the football. He can catch the football fine, but really, our role for him is quite easy to see. It’s first, second down.

Guice earned the designation of being the best between-the-tackles runner in this year’s class.聽He isn’t needed on third down, either, because Chris Thompson is special in said role. Thompson caught 39 passes for 510 yards and four touchdowns last season before suffering a fractured fibula.

These complementary pieces should boost Washington’s 28th-ranked rushing attack.
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The 2018 offensive class lacked quality prospects and depth. Yet multiple rookies could be starting at left tackle this fall.

The Oakland Raiders traded down and selected Kolton Miller with the 15th overall pick. Donald Penn’s presence on the roster may push Miller to right tackle or the Raiders could favor youth and athleticism over experience.

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How many games will first-round quarterbacks like Josh Rosen start in 2018?

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In the ongoing debate as to how many games and starts Josh Rosen might get this season with the Cardinals 鈥?and the same as it relates to the other four quarterbacks that were selected in the first round of last month’s draft 鈥?it’s important to revisit history when musing about rookie NFL signal callers and how much action they may or may not see.
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The wait could be longer in Baltimore for Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, the last pick in the first Womens Shaun Alexander Jersey round. It only makes sense for him to be the understudy behind Joe Flacco for now until the Ravens are ready to redesign their offense around the dual threat that Jackson offers as both a passer and a scrambler. Flacco’s days, however, are numbered to be sure.
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Cardinals coach Steve Wilks has been on record as saying聽veteran Sam Bradford will be his starting quarterback聽to open the year, which is what you’d expect him to say after the Cardinals signed Bradford to what’s effectively a one-year, $20 million deal.

After parting company with Dixon and Goodwin, the stage appears set for a position battle to unfold at cornerback between undrafted rookie free agents Grant Haley and Aaron Davis.聽

What would be a surprise is if Rosen doesn’t play a lick in 2018. Of the 55 quarterbacks drafted in the first round over the previous 20 years, that’s only happened twice.

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If that happens to Rosen, so be it, he said. Rosen, though, found it more than just intriguing that Wilks keeps dropping that comment about using the best 11 players, regardless of who they are, where they came from, or how long they’ve been in the league.

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Christopher Johnson says Sam Darnold will be turning point for Jets becoming ‘a great team’

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Christopher Johnson, the Jets ‘ acting owner, heaped enormous public expectations onto rookie quarterback Sam Darnold’s shoulders Tuesday.
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But Johnson thinks Darnold — whom the Jets drafted third overall — can handle that pressure, and the pressure of playing in this market, just fine.

I think people are going to look back Andrew Heaney Jersey 20 years from now and say that this is the moment that the Jets shifted into a new gear and became a great team, Johnson said at BTIG Charity Day. I think we’ve got a real future with this kid, and he isn’t even 21 yet. We might have a long time with this young man. I hope so, because right now, I think he is really our future.

He’s so good at playing football when everything goes wrong, when the pocket collapses, Johnson said. When it all goes to hell, he can throw across his body, he throw when his feet are in the wrong place. He can do a lot of things that are hard to teach. There are only a handful of times in a game when your feet are in the right place. So it’s nice when you have a quarterback who can do that. I think it bodes well for our future.
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As for Darnold’s laid-back personality, Johnson said, He’s not a flashy guy. I think he’s a good fit with New York. There’s nothing about him that looks like he has that deer-in-headlights feel. I think he’ll be fine.

Ingram, who led the Saints in rushing last season with 1,124 yards, is eligible to return to the Saints ‘ active roster on Monday, Oct. 1, following the team’s Sept. 30 matchup against the Giants. In addition to the Giants, Ingram will miss games against the Buccaneers, Browns and Falcons.

While pending the four-game suspension, Ingram is allowed to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Ingram hasn’t been around the team facility during voluntary offseason conditioning, however, and he won’t be around for the voluntary OTAs, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday’s NFL Up To The Minute.

Rapoport adds the suspension has hung over Ingram for several weeks and the Saints were aware of the situation before the league’s annual three-day selection process.
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They did know before the draft, Rapoport said. They never quite can tell if the player is going to win an appeal or not. He’s been battling this for the last several weeks. He found out today he did not win his appeal.

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Todd Bowles: I’m not inhibiting Sam Darnold

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Unlike the Browns, the Jets aren’t ruling out their rookie quarterback starting Day 1.
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While downplaying Sam Darnold’s first day at rookie minicamp, Jets coach Todd Bowles also wasn’t ready to name Josh McCown the team’s starting quarterback without a competition.

Seth Markman: When you combine all the networks, it will be. Obviously with Fox being in it now. For us, it won’t be, probably, based on that, I would guess. I would love to say we’re going to have a huge rating. I think we will. But I just don’t know. It’s hard to predict how the viewership is going to be with the Fox simulcast now for the first time. It’s an interesting dynamic. We obviously hope that our loyal viewers of 39 years will stick with us for the telecast. And I think the majority will. But I think you know, better than me, by putting another network into the mix, it’s got to split some viewers I guess.

Speaking of loyalty, I tweeted I thought the NFL messed ESPN over by letting Fox get the Draft. And that ESPN has never gotten the credit it deserved for realizing the potential of a property that even Commissioner Pete Rozelle himself didn’t see as TV-worthy. Comment?

Belichick was a supporter of Trump during the presidential campaign and has reportedly spoken to him recently about the status of Tom Brady.
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Walker was also a supporter of Trump’s campaign and has been friends with Trump since playing for the Trump-owned New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League. And while Belichick doesn’t necessarily look like he always practices regular physical activity and good nutrition himself, Walker is clearly devoted to physical fitness, given that he was fighting in mixed martial arts in his 50s and still looks like a Greek god.

He also hemorrhaged turnovers at a record pace, and too often failed to get back on defense. There are some diminishing returns in dispatching the league’s most unguardable post player since Shaq to the perimeter — fewer post-ups, Phil McConkey Jersey the evaporation of Cousins’ beastly offensive rebounding. Davis also had to defend stretchier players farther from the rim, negating at least a bit of his otherworldly shot-blocking.
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Cousins and Davis made it work well enough. The Pelicans outscored opponents by about 4.5 points per 100 possessions — 134 points total — in more than 1,000 minutes with both of them on the floor, per That was about the same as Utah’s differential for the season.

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Thomas remains absent from the team鈥檚 voluntary workouts.

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He currently is scheduled to make $8.5 million in base salary before becoming a free agent in 2019.
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Elite Steve Largent Jersey The Chiefs also waived defensive tackle Josh Augusta. Augusta signed a future contract with the team in January after failing to make the Patriots out of camp last summer.
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Honestly, Michael, I didn鈥檛 find that at all. In fact, I鈥檇 argue that if you went back and looked at the tape, Rex was as honest and as opinionated as any coach I鈥檝e ever worked with here. I鈥檝e worked with plenty of coaches that have held back over the years. I鈥檝e worked with plenty of coaches who said in a meeting, 鈥業 think this guy鈥檚 garbage and this, that and the other thing.鈥?Then when the camera goes on, doesn鈥檛 say it.

Inevitably, a starting running back will be injured. Inevitably, someone will have a need for a guy who can suit up and play. Inevitably, Peterson will get a call.

That鈥檚 his best approach, especially after his experience last year in New Orleans. Peterson still wants to be the guy (he still regards himself as the best running back in the league, proving yet again the fine line between confidence and delusion in the mind of a pro athlete), and every team has a starting running back on the roster. So Peterson won鈥檛 have a chance to play until the need arises. And the need won鈥檛 arise until an injury happens.

But an injury will happen. It鈥檚 likely that multiple injuries will happen. If Peterson waits long enough, he could find a job with a contender late enough in the season to have a chance to do something he has never done: Play in a Super Bowl.

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The Eagles, however, expect a full recovery from Jernigan, according to Eskin.

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We Must Be Patient with No. 1 Draft Pick Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns
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Hope springs eternal鈥攐r so the old saying goes.

It’s different in Cleveland. On the shores of Lake Erie, hope springs for about four minutes until it’s drowned in a sea of misery and despair. The hapless Browns are coming off the worst two-year stretch of the expansion era, a 1-31 nightmare the team can’t seem to wake up from.

The duo of Westbrook and George never fully formed throughout the regular season, with Carmelo Anthony a bit of bread heel in a superstar sandwich. But with Anthony sitting for virtually the entire comeback, George and Westbrook played off each other majestically, scoring 39 consecutive points for OKC during one stretch. They finished scoring 60 of the Thunder’s final 67 points, and produced the partnership so many thought would blossom this season.
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The Raptors have lost seven straight playoff games against the Cavaliers, dating to the 2016 Eastern Conference finals, and blew a chance to take a lead in the series by coughing up a聽10-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 1聽. The Raptors missed four potential game-winning shots at the end of regulation, and a wide-open 3 by VanVleet late in overtime.

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While VanVleet acknowledged he’s still dealing with discomfort in his shoulder, he plans to play through it for now.

The Raptors. The top-seeded team in the East has already surrendered home court advantage to its playoff nemesis and is 0-5 all-time on the road against Cleveland in the postseason. If Toronto can’t even this series before it shifts to Ohio, it might not be coming back across the border for Game 5.

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Asked further about the trade inquiries, Irsay avoided specifics.

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While the Saints got a ton of meaningful defensive production out of their excellent 2017 draft鈥攕pecifically from cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Marcus Williams鈥攂ut the team’s pass-rush productivity is one-sided at best at this point.
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Irsay insisted several times that Luck will be cleared for full activity in training camp and has at least 10 Womens Julian Howsare Jersey great years in front of him.

Trust me, there were people that would’ve given an unprecedented amount of draft picks, all with a No. 1 (pick) behind them, for him, and we wouldn’t even think of drifting in that direction, Irsay said. He’s our guy. We feel 100 percent confident that he is going to come back and lead this football team with some of the new teammates he’s accumulated to great things.
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I won’t go any deeper in that, he said. We won’t open our doors on that. Let’s just say that I think the rest of the league is anticipating him to return and play great.

Irsay certainly is. Championing Luck’s talents throughout the 23-mintue sit-down, not to mention the team’s draft haul 鈥?led by Notre Dame’s All-American guard Quenton Nelson 鈥?the owner wouldn’t go as far as to say the Colts remain years away from truly competing.

With the unusual amount of uncertainty for so many picks in this draft, no pundit will have more than eight of the 32 first-round picks properly slotted and no more than 26 of the 32 first-round players correctly tabbed. My prediction for my own stats in my final mock (coming Wednesday afternoon!) are four and 24, respectively. I expect to hit my yearly goal of 77 of the first 100 players drafted included that highly in my mock draft.

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Let the debate commence. Some would contend that a team should always take the potential franchise quarterback over a running back.

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You know what I say about that? It is a crock, Gettleman said. At the end of the day, a great player is a great player. He is a touchdown maker 鈥?I think a lot of that stuff is nonsense.
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In the weeks leading up to the draft, Gettleman talked about having a gold-jacket standard 鈥?a player ticketed to become a Hall of Famer 鈥?with such a prime slot. That’s a lofty expectation. But that’s what drafts are made of.

It is also a new season in a league where teams sometimes make the leap from a losing record to legitimate contender in a flash.

Hopefully I can have mad success at an early age, Barkley said, and be able to pick those players’ brains and start out right.

That is surely the plan. The next franchise quarterback can wait. The star running back of the present has arrived.

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Taylor, a second round pick out of Boise State during the 2013 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, was acquired in a trade on Apr. 30, 2016. The two teams also swapped seventh round picks. The 27 year old had a good season in 2016 with 57 tackles, three interceptions and 13 pass deflections. He struggled a bit last season with 62 tackles, 0.5 sacks and ten pass deflections.

This week Carroll fired back at that criticism.

The thing I would tell you about that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Authentic Jersey is that we’ve been through a lot around here, we’ve grown tremendously together and all of that, and changes are inevitable, Carroll said , via The News Tribune’s Gregg Bell . Sometimes, guys can’t hang with what’s expected, for one reason or another — their growth, their development and all of that.

And the best thing I can tell you is, that they’re not here.

It’s unusual to hear the overly enthusiastic Carroll clap back, especially at former players who were key to his success in Seattle.
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Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt exits with leg injury

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Boston Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt left Thursday night’s game in Toronto against the Blue Jays with a tight left hamstring after running out a double in the third inning.
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Tzu-Wei Lin came in to pinch run for Holt and scored on a double by Andrew Benintendi.

Lin, who stayed in the game at shortstop, and Holt have been sharing time at short in place of Xander Bogaerts, who has been out with a fractured ankle since April 8.

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The Reds loaded the bases in the first inning with three hard-hit singles but squandered the opportunity with Scooter Gennett’s short flyout and the slumping Duvall’s double-play grounder. Duvall is 2 for 25 over his last seven games. They also failed to score after loading the bases with one out in the seventh.

Umpire CB Bucknor returned after leaving Monday’s game and missing Tuesday’s game with an illness. Bucknor umpired at first base.

Reds: 3B Eugenio Suarez is 1 for 5 with a double and two walks in the first two games of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville. He went on the disabled list on April 9 with a fractured right thumb.

Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (1-1, 3.74) is Atlanta’s scheduled starter in Thursday’s finale of the four-game series.

Reds: Hard-luck RHP Homer Bailey (0-3, 3.68), whose ERA is the best of Cincinnati’s starters, is due to start the final game of Cincinnati’s brief four-game homestand.

But maybe, just maybe, there is the LT of running backs waiting for Gettleman to change the face of the flagship franchise. Either LT.There are those people who are in your corner no matter what, you can’t do any wrong, even when you do wrong. And then there are those people that no matter what you do they’re going to dislike you and that’s not going to change.

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On the night before the 2018 Draft, the Sooners quarterback 鈥?whom Steve Serby has going to the Jets with the No. 3 pick in his final mock draft 鈥?recreated the photo, jorts included. Thick smoke screens and endless rumors, mock drafts changing by the minute, prospect stocks rising and fading so fast it would make your head spin.

This year’s quarterback-loaded NFL draft is about as certain as the weather, leaving most experts merely guessing ahead of what should be Al Jefferson Jersey an entertaining and unpredictable first round Thursday night at AT&T Stadium.

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