Dez Bryant has yet to find a home. The Honey Badger would like to fix that in a hurry.
Newly signed Texans defensive back Tyrann Mathieu made his pitch for Houston’s front office to sign Bryant, the veteran wideout suddenly released by the Cowboys last week.
You just want that person to feel like he’s wanted again, Mathieu said Tuesday, per Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle. I messaged him last night trying to get him here.
Oh, and there’s also that part about figuring out where Chubb will play. He isn’t expected to last beyond the fifth pick — which happens to be where Denver is selecting. Miller plus Miller/Mack named Chubb? The intrigue continues to build.
Some post-play activities are to be expected in any playoff series, when hits and physical play are ramped up, and playing the same team day after day for up to seven games can build some bad blood.
To a certain extent it does, but at the same time, some of that extracurricular stuff at the end of games is kind of washed away and you reset, forward Kyle Palmieri said. You’re ready to go out there and play between the whistles and some 5-on-5 hockey to start the next game. I think both teams are focused on staying disciplined, staying out of the box. It’s huge this time of year. To give other teams momentum on power plays, it’s not something you want to do at home or on the road.
The two players were being held back after a long fight in the left corner of the Lightning offensive zone. Boyle and Sergachev continued to shout at each other with officials in between them.
Boyle downplayed the near brawl, and chalked it up to an emotional moment where the Devils stood up for each other.
I expect us to be the best duo in the NFL, Hopkins told reporters Tuesday. That’s my goal. I’m pretty sure that’s his goal. And if we have all these goals for ourselves, that’s going to help the team get what we get to.
Watson burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2017. After backing up Tom Savage in Houston’s first game, Watson started the Texans’ next six contests and went on a torrid touchdown pace. The rookie out of Clemson threw for 1,699 yards and 19 scores in seven games until he suffered a season-ending knee injury. Extrapolated over a full 16-game slate, Watson was on pace to throw for 3,883 yards and 43 touchdowns, the latter of which would have shattered the rookie QB record (26: Peyton Manning, 1998; Russell Wilson , 2012).
The gaming industry is also opposed to the fees. William Hill sports book CEO Joe Asher says it could eat up 20 percent of sports book revenues because sports books generally net about only 5 percent of winnings.
So far, four other states have passed sports betting laws in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling: Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. And 14 other states are considering such legislation.
Illinois and Indiana have included the 1 percent fee in their bills. There are measures in Connecticut, Kansas, Missouri, and New York with a 0.25 percent fee.
The Giants wouldn’t abandon the passing game if they added Barkley, of course, not with playmakers like Odell Beckham Jr. and Evan Engram. Plus, Barkley himself is an elite receiver out of the backfield, catching 102 passes for 1,195 yards and eight touchdowns in his three college seasons.
And the thought of adding Barkley to an offense with a number of playmakers is intriguing. The Giants are only one season removed from a playoff berth, and a number of running backs selected in the top 10 in recent years—Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette all come to mind—have transformed their respective offenses and led to recent playoff appearances.
Building an offense around Barkley makes sense for a team like the Giants. It would take pressure off veteran quarterback Eli Manning and force defenses to respect the run game, opening up opportunities for players like Beckham in the pass game.
It was a great game. It was entertaining, Rockies manager Bud Black said. You wouldn’t expect a game like that to end up the way it did, because of the 10 walks and some of the wild pitches and stuff, but it’s baseball, man. It was great.
Eagles to host Falcons in NFL regular-season opener as Super Bowl title defense begins
The starting point of the Philadelphia Eagles’ title defense is set.
The reigning Super Bowl champions, seeking to become the first team to repeat since the New England Patriots in 2003-04, will kick off the NFL regular season on Sept. 6 at home against the Atlanta Falcons. The league’s full slate of games for 2018 was revealed Thursday evening.
That game will be a matchup of last season’s NFC divisional showdown, which Philadelphia won 15-10.
The NFL’s International Series will also continue in 2018 with three clashes in London (Raiders-Seahawks on Oct. 14, Tennessee Titans-Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 21 and Eagles-Jaguars on Oct. 28) as well as the Los Angeles Rams squaring off against the Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City on a Nov. 19 Monday Night Football matchup.
In three seasons at ECU after transferring from Marshall, he made 96 catches for 1,040 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Just having a bunch of brilliant offensive minds around me, I’m just getting a lot of information, Trubisky said.
It all caused Trubisky to remark: I feel like these last three days, I’ve been coached more than I ever have.
The Bears finished 30th on offense and have been ranked in the bottom half of NFL offenses three of the past four seasons. Coach John Fox was fired after going 5-11 in his third season, with Trubisky starting the final 12 games of his rookie year.
Defensive end Dwight Freeney will retire as a member of the Colts on Monday, team officials said.
Freeney was a seven-time Pro Bowler, a three-time first-team All-Pro selection and played in three Super Bowls. He won his only title with the Colts following the 2006 season.
Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr. work out in video
Dez Bryant is campaigning hard to try to end up in his preferred landing spot in free agency.
Less than 24 hours after the Giants released wideout Brandon Marshall, Bryant posted a video on Instragram of himself working out with the team’s No. 1 receiver: Odell Beckham Jr.
Since being cut by the Cowboys, the veteran wideout has expressed his feelings on wanting to stay in the NFC East so he could have the chance to face his former team twice a year.
Many in the industry believe Beckham would be unwise to show up on his current contract and risk injury. Of course, Beckham is already injured, or, more exactly, was already injured, and is rehabbing a fractured left ankle suffered in Week 5 last season. Beckham needs to make a positive impression on Gettleman and new head coach Pat Shurmur and staying away or issuing thinly veiled threats is not the way to do it.
Despite the Week 1 goal, Wentz won’t push to return before his body is ready.
I’m just going stay the course; you’ve seen the horror stories of people coming back too soon … so I can assure you I’ll be smart about it, he said.
If he’s unable to play by the season opener, the Eagles still have Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles waiting in the wings to fill the gap.
Carson Wentz is just over four months removed from tearing his left ACL and LCL . Despite the normal 9-12 month recovery period, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback continues to strive to be ready for the Super Bowl champ’s kickoff game in early September.
Yeah, that’s still the goal, Wentz said Tuesday of being ready by Week 1.
Neither team got much offensive traction in the first two periods, but the physical tone of the series stuck. Erik Haula butt-ended Kopitar in the face after a cross-check, but went unpenalized.
We get a guy (Doughty) suspended for making a hockey play, Stevens said. (Haula) butt-ends one of the best players in the world in the face with the butt-end of his stick, so if I was confused before, I’m bewildered now. That’s an intent-to-injure play.
2018 NFL Schedule: League Releases Official Regular-Season Slate
Clear your schedules now, NFL fans: The Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons will open the 2018 NFL regular season on Sept. 6 at Lincoln Financial Field as the reigning Super Bowl champions prepare to raise their first championship banner fresh off a dramatic Super Bowl 52 win over the New England Patriots.
And that’s just the start.
Following Thursday’s schedule release, all 256 games are now set in stone as the league’s 32 teams prepare for a fresh slate of football.
Burton was only in Detroit one season, but adequately filled his role at fullback and as a key special teamer. He became expendable when the team opted to dump the fullback position from the offensive scheme and was quickly scooped up by the Chicago Bears.
The Lions have done well in the sixth round in recent years, scoring Diggs, Theo Riddick, TJ Jones and Anthony Zettel in the past five drafts. Diggs is unquestionably the best value selection from this class, and arguably, the best talent overall.
Just as important was Judge busting it to first base in the fifth to break up an inning-ending double play because Didi Gregorius followed with a tie-breaking single that put the Yankees ahead for good at 3-2.
Also, Judge, who was 1-for-3 with a homer and walk, possibly saved a run in the fifth by running hard to right-center to hold Steve Pearce to a leadoff single on a hit that looked like a sure double. Had Pearce gotten a double, the Jays might have taken the lead instead of not scoring when the hit was followed by a passed ball, groundout, flyball to center and strikeout.
Judge’s homer put the Yanks up 4-2, and the insurance run was needed because the Blue Jays scored an eighth-inning run on David Robertson, who limited the damage after loaded the bases on a single and two walks.
Pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson made it a one-run game with a bases-loaded, one-out single, but Robertson followed by striking out Randal Grichuk and Luke Maile to end the inning.
Patriots sign Brandon King to two-year deal
The Patriots have re-signed one of their core special teams players.
Field Yates of ESPN reports that defensive back Brandon King has signed a two-year deal to remain in New England. King was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason.
This has been a theory making the rounds over the last week — that the free agent departures were motivated by some discontent more than money. I think Belichick made a bad decision in the Super Bowl. My guess is that some players feel that way too. But I don’t think it’s such a bad locker room or level of lost respect that guys are running away from Foxborough. All the guys you mention, and Butler, got really good contracts relative to their situations. In sports, money almost always matters more than anything else. I also think the idea that guys have taken less to stay in New England over the years is overblown.
I’ve seen guys like Hightower and Devin McCourty listed as examples of that and I couldn’t disagree more. Both guys got big contracts, and in Hightower’s case probably much more than he could have gotten on the market after a few free agent visits. There may be issues in New England. Maybe the Super Bowl added to that. But I don’t think it’s the reason these guys left as free agents. Money talks.
Both positions defy the fact that the NFL has said that it’s inappropriate to ask, Do you like men? While the lack of effective steps to punish and deter offenders raises questions about whether the NFL views potentially illegal interview questions to be as potentially detrimental to public confidence in the game of professional football as, say, football air pressure, the inappropriateness of the question has been resolved conclusively by the league.
That’s not stopping various hot-take dog-whistlers from trying to cater to their bases by saying the things that will get the intended audience to say, Hell yeah and/or to further bemoan politically correctness run amok. It’s predictable. It’s forced. It’s hokey. And it’s wrong.
Not just morally wrong, but logically wrong. Gay men have moved freely within locker rooms for decades. The vast majority have chosen to remain discreet about their sexuality because: (1) it’s irrelevant to their job; and/or (2) unenlightened heterosexual members of the locker room may equate homosexuality with a proclivity to attempt to have sex with any male mammal who happens to be within reach.
Allegations against Cuban another example of what NFL teams eventually could face
I want to be really clear I’m not commenting on the Mavericks in any way, Jones said. Not because of the Mavericks, but just in general you see that these are areas that we should, like so many things, we should have been looking at them more sensitively 20 years ago, we should have been looking at them more sensitively 40 years ago, 10 years ago. There’s so many things that we look at differently.
It’s easy to understand why NFL teams would look at things differently moving forward. The question becomes whether things that happened before the Weinstein epiphany will come to light in the future, given the sudden incentive to identify these incidents, to bring them to light, and to ensure that consequences previously avoided finally will be imposed.
There will be around 2,500 VIP seats that have an $80,000 license for the Rams and $50,000 for the Chargers that offer similar perks without the guaranteed right to buy other tickets. There are also 10,000 club seats with SSLs ranging from $15,000-$35,000 for the Rams and $10,000-$25,000 for the Chargers. The tickets will cost $375 per game for the Rams and $350 per game for the Chargers.
We’ve tried to be very thoughtful about how to price this building, Rams executive vice president and COO Kevin Demoff said, via the Orange County Register. We understand it’s a uniquely premium and unbelievable experience, but we tried to make sure that it takes into consideration what the commensurate value should be for the fan. We’ve done two years worth of focus groups and surveys and talking to fans and we feel this is a very thoughtfully priced map that provides the appropriate value for each seat.
Both teams are pitching a new approach to the seat licenses by offering the chance to have the payment refundable after 50 years. That makes the fee tax-free to the teams, who say that all proceeds will be put toward construction costs.
Baker’s been a solid player, but the Bucs grew tired of him quickly, after he incited a shouting match among teammates.
The 30-year-old former Washington defensive tackle may have found a safe harbor, as the Bengals have never shied away from big personalities or other people’s question marks. And with Pat Sims hitting free agency, they could use a complement up front for Geno Atkins.
The Tennessee Titans tackle, on the other hand, has made it to the Pro Bowl each of his past two seasons in the league. The 6-foot-7 Lewan hasn’t missed a game over that time and cut his penalty total from 12 in 2016 down to six in 2017. Few linemen have his combined ability as both a pass-protector and a mauling run-blocker, and with a better résumé than Solder’s, Lewan should be in line to challenge the 29-year-old’s newly established baselines for left tackles.
This is a two-player market, with Johnson at $30.8 million over three years, Rick Wagner at $29.5 million and nobody else over $22 million. Johnson was presumably paid with the intention of eventually moving over the former fourth overall pick to left tackle, but with Halapoulivaati Vaitai holding his own in the absence of Jason Peters, the Eagles might not mess with what worked and just keep Johnson on the right side for the foreseeable future.
Five players Jets could make run at during NFL free agency period
The NFL free agency period starts Monday: Here are five players the Jets could make pursue:
Another former Patriot should interest the Jets. The 27-year-old does not have a lot of wear and tear, with just 329 career carries. Lewis is a receiving threat as well as a runner, and would join Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire in the backfield.
Mixon ran 178 times for 626 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. The Bengals will likely be looking for more bang for the buck per carry with Mixon taking on the starring role in his second season.
Allen helped himself at the NFL Scouting Combine this past week, displaying a pleasant but serious personality and, as expected, a howitzer right arm. Rosen flawlessly handled his media availability and showed off his accurate passing skills. Darnold did not really help his cause, as he opted not to throw at the combine, preferring to wait for his USC Pro Day on March 21, a session the Giants are sure to attend.
In 2015, NFL teams agreed to pay about $1 billion to settle brain-injury claims by nearly 5,000 ex players in the suit – and an unknown number of Patriots are among more than 15,000 former players who have registered for potential benefits as part of the settlement, the report said.
Riddell was not part of the settlement and continues to challenge the lawsuit.
Using the team’s rosters, the Globe compiled a list of Patriots who alleged they suffered brain damage.
They include Hall of Famers Nick Buoniconti, Raymond Clayborn, Steve Grogan and Babe Parilli.
Eight players, including Junior Seau and Mosi Tatupu, were diagnosed after their deaths with CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repetitive brain trauma.
Randall Gay, the youngest Patriot to play int he 2005 Super Bowl, retired in 2011 at 29 after suffering multiple concussions.
The 35-year-old Gay has graduated from law school and is a practicing attorney with his wife Desha, in Louisiana, but he said he has bouts of depression and other symptoms he believes were caused by football injuries.
Reports: Kurt Coleman agrees to three-year deal with Saints
Veteran safety Kurt Coleman has a new team to call home but is remaining in the NFC South.
Less than a week after being released by the Carolina Panthers, Coleman has agreed to a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints according to multiple reports.
You’ve got to take that role. I’m definitely that, Flacco said Tuesday after Rutgers’ third spring practice in Piscataway. No one’s picked me. I’m a walk-on from Western Michigan who didn’t play there as much as I’d like to. I like that role, I’ll take that role. If I’m the guy, I like the expectations. If I’m not the guy, I like to sneak up on you.
Flacco’s road to Rutgers has been a winding one. A three-sport star at Eastern, Flacco graduated with the third-most passing yards in South Jersey history, was a two-time First Team All-State baseball player drafted by the Phillies as a senior and also played basketball. But former Rutgers coach Kyle Flood and his staff did not recruit Flacco heavily when he was in high school.
Instead, Flacco went to to Western Michigan to play under former Rutgers assistant P.J. Fleck. after a grayshirt semester at Camden County College. He appeared in 13 games as a backup over two seasons there, rushing for 340 yards and two touchdowns and throwing for 188 yards and a score, before transferring to Rutgers last July and sitting out the 2017 season.
They wanted the financial flexibility going into free agency but expressed that they wanted me to return and will be in contact, Sherman said.
The Seahawks are near the bottom of the NFL in available cap space even after cutting Sherman, so he’d likely need to settle for a lot less money if he’s going to play in Seattle in 2018. Now he’s a free agent, and he can find out exactly what he’s worth on the open market.
After locking up their building block on offense by signing Derek Carr last offseason, it’s inevitable that the Oakland Raiders will make a similar move to secure their star pass-rusher. Mack is about to hit his fifth-year option campaign at $13.9 million. The Raiders could franchise him in 2019 for what likely will be a little more than $18 million, but if they don’t come to a deal with Mack this offseason, they’ll surely secure him next time around.
NFLPA president Eric Winston says he hasn’t heard desire for more offseason contact with teams from players
New Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has lamented the inability to contact and work with his players through the early stages of the offseason. Gruden has claimed that players used to come work with him because they’re unable to work with their teams due to the rules of the collective bargaining agreement.
NFLPA president Eric Winston says that’s not the message he hears from his constituents on NFL rosters. On PFT Live with Mike Florio on Wednesday morning at the NFL Combine, Winston said he doesn’t have players coming to him telling him they want to see an extended offseason program.
Right, I’d tell them that there will be plenty of time for that, Winston said. Again, none of these players, whether they’re quarterbacks or younger players, at the end of the season ever say ‘yeah, man, if I just had a little bit more time early on, I would have got it.’ That’s the thing.
And if you’re a good coach and you know how to communicate and to teach, you’ll get that stuff in. And sometimes that means pairing down the playbook a little bit for a younger player. That’s OK. That actually means that you’ll probably have a more efficient offense or defense, but a lot of these guys, I think, want their cake and (to) eat it too and sometimes that just doesn’t work that way.
Like anything else, offseason contact between coaches and players can be a bargaining point in negotiations toward a new CBA when the time comes. The current CBA runs through the 2020 season.
It kind of frustrated me a little at first, but I understand it is what is, Vaccaro told Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. I’m just going to enjoy the (free agency) process, and whatever happens, happens.
Vaccaro ended the 2017 season on injured reserve and had surgery to repair of core muscle injury. He said Wednesday that he feels better than he did at the start of the season, so health shouldn’t be a big concern when he begins the hunt for a new team in a couple of weeks.
If [the coach] asks me to be the backup I’m going to be the country’s best backup quarterback, Rosen said, when asked specifically about sitting and learning from Manning. I’m going to support my starter through everything. It might be a rough relationship at the beginning because they kinda see the dynamic, but I’m going to do everything I can to help the team win.