Month: March 2018

MLB free agent rumors: Red Sox not giving up on signing J.D. Martinez Jersey

The Red Sox haven’t given up on signing free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.
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According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are measuring the market for the 30-year-old.

However, with Lorenzo Cain signing a five-year, $70 million deal with the Brewers, the market has a baseline. Players who are better than Cain will make more, and those who are not as good will make less. Martinez will likely make more on the open market than Cain and he will at least earn a five-year contract that the Red Sox have reportedly offered.

Defensive linemen who profile as run-only contributors don’t make much hay in free agency — Bennie Logan and Dontari Poe had to settle for one-year deals last year and are still in the market this offseason — so it’s a bit of a surprise that Tennessee had to go to three years and $21 million to bring back Jones.

Anonymous rookie Guy Lapointe Womens Jersey kicker Patrick Murray beats out Connor Barth for the starting job and has a competent season, hitting on 83.3 percent of his field goals.
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He’s worth 1.7 points of field position by Football Outsiders’ metrics.

2015: Tampa cuts Murray to promote rookie Kyle Brindza.

Smith led the Chiefs to four playoff appearances in the past five years and threw for 102 touchdowns and 33 interceptions in that span. Last year alone he threw for 4,042 yards and 26 touchdowns.
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The start of the 2018 season will be 33-year-old Smith’s 14th season in the league.

As a quick, undersized option, he could adequately fill the F-type role currently manned by Ebron,Regardless of what the Lions do with Ebron, the team will probably want to keep a blocker-first, in-line tight end on the roster.

Comment about Trump landed Dolphins owner Stephen Ross on Colin Kaepernick Jersey deposition list, report says

Limited Womens Boomer Esiason Jersey Dolphins owner Stephen Ross invoking President Donald Trump led to Ross’ name being added to the deposition list for Colin Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL, Yahoo! Sports reported.
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On Tuesday, though, the day after the Daily News article was published, Kaepernick’s lawyers added Ross’ name to the deposition list.

Ross’ comments about Trump, Yahoo! Sports writes, could end up having a significant impact in the Kaepernick grievance. Kaepernick’s grievance is attempting to illustrate a connection between his NFL unemployment and comments Trump has made about the league’s handling of both the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and player protesters. In short, Kaepernick’s lawyers are trying to Womens Daryl Johnston Jersey show that Trump impacted the thinking of NFL owners and led them into collusion against the quarterback. And now Ross has admitted that his own thinking was impacted by Trump’s framing of the issue.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the teams will swap fourth- and fifth-round picks as part of the deal.

Earlier Friday afternoon, Cleveland reportedly acquired wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Dolphins and quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Bills.

Randall is coming off a season in which he played in 14 games (12 starts) and tallied 38 tackles, four interceptions and a return for a touchdown. With the loss of cornerback Joe Haden prior to the 2017 season, Cleveland had a gaping hole at one of their corner spots. That vacancy has theoretically been filled.

Randall was the No. 30 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Packers out of Arizona State.
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We’re still waiting to see the exact structure of this deal, but it’s entirely possible we’re looking at a top-five tight end contract over two and three years for a player who might not even be the best tight end on his own roster. This feels a lot like Tampa Bay paying for the player it wants Brate to be as opposed to a realistic evaluation of his play.

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Shaquem Griffin got a special call during the NFL Combine from one of his heroes 锟斤拷 Deion Sanders. Primetime wanted to give him a shout out for his blazing fast 40, and his incredible bench press and the moment was almost too much for him to handle.
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This season, he’s made 42.3 percent of an admittedly meager 26 3-point attempts, is shooting 82.4 percent from the foul line and ranks in the 98th percentile nationally on catch-and-shoots, per Synergy. He also shot well from the foul line (88.7 percent) and behind the arc (45.0 percent) during his final season in the Nike EYBL, per DraftExpress. Perhaps repetition and practice will culminate in more voluminous results long-term.

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The reporter who thought Davenport played at UTEP probably isn’t the first to make that mistake. Just seven years ago, UTSA didn’t even have a football program at all. Davenport joined the team in 2014 after only its third season.

At that point, the program had never been in a bowl game and never had a player drafted. UTSA has since checked both of those boxes with a trip to the 2016 New Mexico Bowl and the Vikings’ selection of tight end David Morgan in the sixth round two years ago.

But when Davenport gets picked in April, it’ll be a new milestone for the still-young football program. The pass rusher will likely land in the first round, an incredible accomplishment for a player who’s made even more growth since 2014 than Roadrunners football.

There’s a reason Davenport 锟斤拷 a 6’6, 264-pound defensive lineman with 17 tackles for loss in 2017 锟斤拷 played football at UTSA instead of a powerhouse like Alabama. In 2014, he was a two-star recruit who tipped the scales at 190 pounds.

Anthony Davis will not be joining the Celtics any time soon

After what Anthony Davis did in Boston on Tuesday night, it’s easy to understand why Celtics fans are imagining the four-time All-Star forward in green and white.

Davis pushed the Pelicans to a 116-113 overtime win against the Celtics with 45 points and 16 rebounds in 45 minutes of work. That came after he put up 48 points and grabbed 17 rebounds against the Knicks on Sunday. Those back-to-back stat lines place him in rarefied air.

The pure domination of “The Brow” at TD Garden reignited speculation about Davis joining the Celtics, pushing them past the Cavs in the East and raising them to the same level as the Warriors. And it’s not just folks sitting at Boston bars — even the “Around the Horn” crew had some fun with hypothetical trades.

Put him in the trade machine all you want, but the Pelicans would be crazy to throw Davis’ name to the top of the rumor mill. If Davis reaches a breaking point and wants out of New Orleans, then this is a topic worth seriously discussing. Until that time, though, it’s just an exercise in imagination.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has a plan, though, and it involves utilizing Kevin Love more. Since Isaiah Thomas’ return, Love’s role has diminished.

“I know Kevin is playing the 5 and sometimes he has 5s guarding him, but we still got to be able to get him touches and involve him in the game,” Lue said (via ESPN). “I thought tonight he was great defensively, but we didn’t use him as much as we should have.

“But he still played through the game, and I thought he was great. But even in those offensive lulls, we got to still post him against 5s and just see what he can do down there.”

Love finished the night shooting 3-of-10 with 12 points, 11 rebounds and two assists, but in the second half he only had four shot attempts — fewer than Thomas (nine), James (seven) and Jeff Green (seven).

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Russell Westbrook furious with Zaza Pachulia Jersey: ‘He tried to hurt me’

Russell Westbrook accused Warriors center Zaza Pachulia of trying to hurt him on a play in the third quarter ot Golden State’s 112-80 win over the Thunder Saturday night.
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The play in question came in the third quarter, with the Thunder trailing 75-66. Westbrook put up a short floater and missed. He went for the rebound, but got tangled up with Nick Young and fell to the floor under the basket.

Following the game, Westbrook vented his frustration, and seemed incredulous when a reporter asked him what happened on the play.

Thunder forward Paul George agreed Pachulia’s move appeared intentional.

You know Zaza, George said. You know his history. You know nobody pushed him. He aimed where he was gonna fall. That’s Zaza making a Zaza play. He’s on the end of hurting a lot of guys.

George isn’t the only other player who felt that way. Celtics guard Kyrie Irving checked in via instagram, saying, The league has to take a look at this, man. This s�� is ridiculous.

That bucket proved to be the game-winner for Miami, which is now 3 1/2 games ahead of the Pistons for the eighth seed in the East. It also capped a 15-point fourth quarter and a 27-point night for Wade.

It definitely felt good to be back in that environment, he told reporters, per the Miami Herald. It was good tonight to be back in that position.

MORE: Wade emotional on Oliver being buried in his jersey
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Wade’s vintage performance in his house coincided with a Miami Herald report earlier in the day in which he said he would, for the first time, ponder retirement in the offseason.

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Steelers’ Antonio Brown Jersey among 7 stars who overcame bad NFL Combines

How a prospect measures or performs at the NFL Combine is far from the be-all, end-all of determining his future as an NFL player. That’s been proven year after year.
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Elite Youth Julius Thomas Jersey You don’t need to look very hard for the best examples, either. There are seven current stars who overcame some of the worst performances in NFL Combine history, starting with the QB who has gone on to become the greatest of all time.

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Yogi Ferrell, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks (5.1 percent) — Ferrell is making 1.7 3PG on the season and does more than that. He scores, distributes and swipes steals with regularity as well. It’s amazing he’s so widely available in ESPN leagues.

That’d be awesome. Something bigger than you,” Barkley said Thursday in Indianapolis. If you go to a team like that, obviously, they’ve had some rough years. But I think they’re just a couple of pieces away. They do have a lot of young talent. They’ve brought in a new offensive coordinator. They only won one game, but they were in a lot of games. You want to be a part of something like that. Something that’s bigger than yourself. Something that will leave a legacy. Being a part of something special.

While Barkley played a diplomatic role in welcoming a selection by the Browns, it was clear where his heart lies while talking about the Giants.

If I was fortunate to go to a team like that, that would be a good fit, Barkley said of the Giants. Any team in my mind would be a good fit. They were in a lot of games last year too. Had a lot of injuries. They’ve got a lot of great players. A quarterback that’s established and has proven himself. If I was fortunate to go to a team like that, I feel like that would be another good fit.

The Giants would offer Barkley a chance to join a loaded offense, assuming everyone returns healthy. The Giants have struggled to find a consistent running game in recent seasons, and Barkley is the type of player who can instantly stress defenses.

Jon Gruden Jersey looks forward to joining forces with Marshawn Lynch

Jon Gruden gave a hint as to his plans for Marshawn Lynch next season, but the returning Oakland Raiders coach would not fully commit to Lynch coming back to the team.
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Not with the CBA prohibiting most contact between coaches and players at this point — Gruden, who is returning to the sideline for the first time since 2008, can start working with players on April 9 — and with Gruden and his staff still wading through the roster and the front office analyzing the salary-cap situation.
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He’s still a beast that’s hard Joe Greene Youth jersey to bring down, Gruden said of Lynch at the NFL combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday. And one of the reasons I’m excited to be with the Raiders is to join forces with Lynch. But we’ll see what happens. Obviously, we have to take a look at the entire roster. But I’m counting on him. I’m counting on him being a big part of our football team.

I would like to have a fullback. They’re a dying breed in football, but I think it does give your running game a lot of deception. And if Marshawn Lynch is the feature back, I think it would be nice if we serviced him with a fullback.

Gruden also talked about how Michael Robinson served in that role for Lynch in Seattle.

And you need a blocking tight end if you’re going to slam the ball with a beast, added Gruden, who could re-sign Lee Smith, who is a free agent this offseason.

So those are two things that I’m looking for.

Elite Michael Raffl Jersey Carroll’s comments on Thursday also marked his first since he fired several assistant coaches, including offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, offensive line coach Tom Cable and defensive coordinator Kris Richard. At least eight assistants from last season will not return in 2018, marking the largest overhaul of Carroll’s staff since he took over in 2010. Carroll spoke only in vague terms about the decisions to fire Bevell, Cable and Richard, who had all been on staff since at least 2011.

You just have to pick out the right [quarterback] that’s going to help your football team the best. And where you can still do things at other positions. You don’t want to go crazy here.

Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams said he doesn’t expect the team to use the franchise tag on QB Kirk Cousins for the third straight season.

Zimmer praised all three Vikings quarterbacks for their contributions but pointed out the uncertainty with each option. Keenum posted a career-high passer rating (98.4) and led Minnesota to the NFC Championship Game in 2017. The small sample size Minnesota has to work with in determining whether Keenum can replicate his success from last season remains the biggest question.

That in turn has made the Denver faithful concerned about where Elway goes next.

Denver’s biggest problem last season was a QB trio of Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch that combined to post a 73.0 rating, second worst in the NFL to the quarterback-clueless Browns. The trio also threw 22 interceptions, second most in the league.

Lynch has been a major disappointment over his first two seasons after Elway traded up to draft him in the first round. The big signal caller could not beat out Siemian in his rookie season and battled injuries and inconsistency in Year 2. The dreaded bust word is in play, as Lynch has not shown enough promise to engender confidence that he was worthy of such a high pick.

Does Elway try to make a splash in free agency when the new league year begins March 14? Drew Brees at 39 is still elite but unlikely to leave New Orleans. Kirk Cousins is the next best if we discount Minnesota’s trio of free-agent quarterbacks due to injury concerns with Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater, plus the lack of long-term success by Case Keenum even after his excellent 2017 season.

If he ends up playing bigger minutes, Mudiay might have to adjust his conditioning a bit; he averaged around 18 minutes per game for the Nuggets.

We also might see the rookie Ntilikina starting at some point for New York. It sounds as if the coaching staff has been hesitant to play Ntilikina big minutes because of fatigue issues and occasional knee pain, but he will play a bigger role for the remainder of the season.

They are selfless, humble, hard-working players who don’t bark like other vibrant NFL wide receivers. But they are not wallflowers.

During this Super Bowl media week, neither would allow anyone to back them into a corner. Both gave among the most direct, succinct, piercing answers of any players here. Cooks, for example, when asked if he had “arrived,” snapped: “No, I haven’t arrived. I’m not even sure what that is. I’m still pressing forward.”

Jeffery, when asked about the analysis of him as an “average” Bears receiver compared with this prime Eagles season quipped: “Writers and fans have their opinions, but last time I checked, their opinions don’t pay checks.”

Two no-nonsense receivers who make plenty of sense.