Rounding Up Latest Buzz Surrounding NFL’s Big-Name Rookies

NFL OTAs have opened up leaguewide, giving us a glimpse into what teams think of their newly-drafted rookies. Every head coach or general manager has glowing reviews on rookies when there’s a hot microphone around, so measuring action over talk is paramount.
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The Dolphins’ depth chart at quarterback currently consists of a starter coming off a torn ACL and two failed quarterbacks from elsewhere, plus a former undrafted free agent. Ouch.聽

Tannehill missed the entire 2017 season after hurting his knee in training camp, and both Osweiler and Petty couldn’t convert on multiple chances to start games outside of Miami. Neither would inspire confidence if Tannehill went down again.聽

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The top-eight finishers advance to the 36-hole sectional qualifying event on June 4.

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In Buffalo, beyond the running of LeSean McCoy and himself, Taylor worked with a limited offense. The lack of threats in the Bills’ receiving corps, further hampered by the trade of Sammy Watkins last offseason, are part of the reason Taylor’s yards per attempt saw a big drop.
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In Cleveland, Taylor will get to flex his big arm with Josh Gordon as his No. 1 outside receiver. At the same time, he can maintain his efficiency on shorter routes with inside wideout Jarvis Landry.

Seahawks owner donates $1 million to gun-control efforts in Washington

Seahawks owner Paul Allen is offering up more than thoughts and prayers.

According to Liz Matthews of USA TODAY, the Microsoft co-founder has donated $1 million to a campaign trying to raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21 in Washington.

The latest donation went to support Initiative 1639, which supporters say would create a background check system for semi-automatic rifles similar to the one for handguns, along with requirements for training and safe storage. The measure needs 260,000 signatures on petitions to get it on the ballot in 2018.

This is an issue for the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose 8-2 record in games decided by seven points or fewer last season should serve as a red flag for a regression candidate.

Since 2006, 16 of 19 teams (84 percent) with five or more wins than losses in games decided by seven points or fewer had a worse record the next season. On the flip side, all 20 teams with five or more losses than wins over that same period improved their record the next season.

“You know, I’ve had conversations with him,” Sherman said to Michael Robinson of NFL Media. “Obviously he knows mistakes have happened in the past and he’s trying to move past it. He’s doing his best to deal with the situation the best he can. Basically, he’s an incredible young man. We’re all human beings and I think that’s what society forgets — that we all make mistakes. These young men are under a microscope that most people don’t have to deal with. And, obviously, he’s handling it the best he can, but I’m trying to do my part to just be a good teammate and be there for him in any way I can. And I think he’s going to be fine.”

A ruling about Foster’s trial is set to be announced on Wednesday.

That makes the player protest issue the top item in this week’s meetings, despite some gargantuan league developments that should be far more pressing. Under normal circumstances, the Supreme Court’s landmark gambling decision would have overwhelmed this week’s NFL business docket. Not to mention the multibillion dollar sale approval of the Carolina Panthers to hedge fund wizard David Tepper. Even the debate about potentially eliminating kickoffs or where to place the 2019 draft would have been banner headlines in almost any other year.

Brentson Buckner wants Gerald McCoy to make another leap with mental game

Gerald McCoy has proven to be one of the most consistent and productive defensive tackles in the NFL since being selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Will the NFL Players Association ever go for it? Possibly, if it comes with more efforts to enhance player safety. Expanded rosters, for example, would help. And don’t rule out a possibility that first came up several years ago: A total of 18 regular-season games per team, with maximum participation of 16 games per player.

That would incorporate more layers and levels of strategy into the week-to-week marathon, with coaches adopting a suicide-pool mentality to determining the right time to rest key players. Of course, injuries will help make the decisions easier, with guys who would have missed at least two games anyway having the chance to make up the two games and get to 16. Players who are dinged up but otherwise would be able to play will be more likely to get a game off, especially during the annual short-week game.

Cannon was the undisputed top player in college football and coveted by both the NFL and the upstart AFL, and he signed contracts with both the NFL’s Rams and the AFL’s Houston Oilers. A legal battle ensued, and he persuaded a judge that Rams General Manager Pete Rozelle had tricked him into signing a contract he didn’t understand, freeing him to play in the AFL and give that league some newfound legitimacy.

With the Oilers Cannon made an instant impact, helping the Oilers get to the first AFL championship game and gaining 259 all-purpose yards in that game to become the game’s MVP. In 1961 Cannon led the AFL with 948 rushing yards and 2,043 all-purpose yards. Cannon would spend four years with the Oilers, six with the Raiders and one final season with the Chiefs.
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For all his success on Ryan Smith Womens Jersey the field, Cannon had plenty of problems off the field. He was convicted of theft in high school, and after retiring from football he went to prison for counterfeiting.

Despite those off-field issues, however, Cannon was a beloved figure particularly in Louisiana, where he remains considered by many the greatest player ever to play at LSU. And his Halloween punt return will live as an LSU legend forever.

Smith pitches Marlins over newcomer Bautista, Mets 5-1

A few more starts like this and Caleb Smith might start getting a lot more attention.
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The six-time All-Star hit a double in his first at-bat in a 5-1 loss to Miami on Tuesday night. Bautista drew a nice cheer from the sparse crowd on a rainy evening and plenty of high-fives from his new teammates in the dugout after scoring their only run.

The 37-year-old Bautista finished 1-for-3 and called it one of the wildest days in his career.

Needing an extra outfielder, and preferably one who can tag left-handed pitchers, the Mets signed Bautista two days after he was cut by Atlanta.

When I’m ready to call it quits, I’ll do that, he said. I don’t think I’m ready to do that.
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The Mets said he arrived at the ballpark about a half-hour before game time. They reworked their original lineup and had him batting fifth.

Bautista quickly lived up to his nickname of Joey Bats by doubling down the left-field line in the second inning off lefty Caleb Smith, and he scored on Tomas Nido’s sacrifice fly.

I’ve had better success versus lefties lately, he said.

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Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Kansas City and Pittsburgh.

Bautista signed for the $545,000 major league minimum. Alderson said the six-time All-Star wasn’t considered merely a short-term fix, and said Bautista was told he wouldn’t be playing every day.

Along with the corner outfield spots, Bautista could possibly see action at third base and first base, too. Alderson said the newcomer was aware his performance would determine his playing time.

Bautista played only third base with Atlanta, starting at the spot eight times. He hit .143 (5-for-35) with two home runs and Texas Rangers Womens Jersey five RBIs, striking out 12 times.

He’s got excellent numbers against lefties, Alderson said.

Giants’ position battle to watch after rookie camp

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The Giants have taken the approach of experienced stockpiling cornerbacks in hopes of hitting on a couple of fliers.
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Behind starters Eli Apple and Janoris Jenkins and backups Donte Deayon and Joe Schobert Youth jersey Brandon Dixon, the Giants have added William Gay, Curtis Riley, Teddy Williams, B.W. Webb and C.J. Goodwin plus undrafted free agents Bryon Fields, Aaron Davis and Grant Haley.

Expect James to affect the attitude and the efficiency of Los Angeles’ secondary from Day 1. Also expect him to be an up-and-down starter this year and an All-Pro-type talent within a year or two.

Alexander also knows how to make plays on the ball when the opportunity arises. He wasn’t healthy all of last season, but in 2016 he racked up nine passes defended, five interceptions and a forced fumble.

Said Boone, From a record standpoint, we’re obviously in a very good position. But you always temper it with a quarter of the season, even though that sounds like a good measuring stick now, it also tells you that there’s an awful lot of baseball to play.

Adrian Clayborn’s exit should create more opportunities for the second-year defensive end to reach the quarterback. Expect him to build on a good start to his NFL career. After the upcoming season, we may have to ask whether his upside supersedes Beasley as a pass-rusher.聽

McKinley could reach a double-digit sack total with his efficiency. The ability to improve as a run-defender will put him in the Pro Bowl conversation.

Linebacker Matt Judon deserves an honorable mention, but he racked up eight sacks and started 12 games for a partial breakout last year.
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Cornerback Marlon Humphrey played nearly 55 percent of the team’s snaps as a starter in five games during the previous season. That number should rise as the former first-rounder takes in more experience.

Terence Newman re-signs with Vikings

The Vikings added depth at cornerback, re-signing Terence Newman.

Newman entered the league in 2003, in the same draft class with Jason Witten. While Witten, a third-round pick of the Cowboys, is contemplating his future, Newman, the Cowboys’ first-round pick that year, has decided to play a 16th season.

Absolutely it is, Ballard said in March. I think it’s going to be good for Andrew to be back around his teammates. I think that’s what he wants. I think that’s what he misses. I think he misses being around the locker room, being around his guys. Like I said a while ago, it’s one of the special things about this kid. He likes to be considered as one of the teammates. The only other player I’ve ever been around like that is [Brian] Urlacher. Urlacher, superstar Brian, he was just one of the guys, and he didn’t ever want to be treated differently. He knew his status, but he never acted in that way. You never would have known. So, in terms of him being back, yeah, I think it’ll be good for the organization, good for the team, good for the locker room and good for Andrew.

“Additional evidence was provided to the People that warrants further investigation so that we can take this case to a just result,” Santa Clara prosecutor Jim Demertzis said, via ESPN.com. “There was a video submitted to the People. Out of respect for Mr. Foster’s due process rights and for the integrity of the ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment on the evidence other than in the courtroom.”

Foster, who also faces a felony charge of possessing an assault weapon, has another court date in Alabama on Wednesday regarding a marijuana possession arrest.

Still, there’s reason for optimism. Cassius Marsh turned out to be a pass-rushing specialist who doesn’t get sacks, which is why he has bounced around the league. Nothing became of Kevin Norwood. A rotational backup is what became of Kevin Pierre-Louis (in Kansas City last year, now with the Jets).

Jimmy Staten, Garrett Scott, Eric Pinkins and Kiero Smith might one day be answers to an obscure question in a Seattle coffeehouse trivia night… or they might just be forgotten. Grade: C Tampa Bay Buccaneers Round 1 (7 overall).

Roquan Smith recovers most items after robbery

Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith provided good news Wednesday morning.
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Smith, the victim of theft over the past weekend in Athens, Ga., said in a video posted on his Twitter page that a majority of his personal belongings were recovered and returned to his possession.

The Athens-Clarke County police department confirmed Wednesday morning with NFL.com that everything was recovered except the iPad.

A suspect has been identified, but the police did not release the name.

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The Saints don’t have plans to sign a veteran running back to replace Ingram, a team official told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche.

Wyche adds the official said that along with second-year pro Alvin Kamara, the Saints have other running backs on the roster the team desires to evaluate. The group includes Daniel Lasco, Jonathan Williams, Trey Edmunds and rookie Boston Scott, whom the Saints selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
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The electrifying Kamara totaled 1,554 yards (728 rushing) and 13 touchdowns in 2017 en route to being named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Kamara combined with Ingram, who totaled 1,540 yards (1,124) and 12 touchdowns to become the first teammate running back duo in NFL history to each record 1,500-plus scrimmage yards in a single season.
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I knew where he would be and I knew he would get open and not once, not once did I ever go to him late in the game on a key down when he was one on one and him not deliver. He always came through.聽

Report: Stephen Ross initially wasn’t on board with Minkah Fitzpatrick pick

Elite Nate Thurmond Jersey Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wasn’t initially on board with his team taking Minkah Fitzpatrick with the 11th overall pick, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.
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Instead, Ross wanted the Dolphins to trade back in order to acquire more picks and to save money on the first-rounder, per Volin.

Really, the way it all played out, we didn’t think any of the quarterbacks would make it to us, Grier said. For us, we talked to a couple of teams about maybe moving up or down but nothing real serious. For us, at the end of the day, if one of those [top quarterbacks] was there, we would have talked about it; but we just didn’t think anybody would be there.

And there’s a connection between the guy who inspired the rule and the player who prompted Gutekunst to disregard it. Former Packers defensive back Terrell Buckley (five-nine) previously served as position coach at Louisville for new Packers defensive back Jaire Alexander (five-10-and-a-quarter).

T-Buck, he taught me a lot of technique, the 18th overall pick in the draft said recently, Larry Fitzgerald Jersey via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. As far as swagger goes, I tell T-Buck all the time, ‘I got my swag from T-Buck.’ So he knows that. He played with some swagger too, now, if you watched him.

Buckley has continued to give Alexander advice. Alexander may need more of it in order to adjust to life in Green Bay.
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Never in my life did I think I’d be here in Wisconsin, so it’s an experience, Alexander said. It’s definitely different. Even the plane ride coming in, I’m like, ‘Man, there’s so many fields and stuff.’ I don’t know what to expect. But it’s been pretty cool.

NFL denies Mike James鈥?request to use marijuana as a painkiller

Free agent running back Mike James has tried and failed to persuade the NFL to allow him to use marijuana as a painkiller.
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James, a 2013 sixth-round pick of the Buccaneers who also has played for the Lions, may be done playing in the NFL, as he was mostly a fringe player. But he hopes to help his fellow football players by speaking out and urging the NFL to consider giving players more options to deal with pain.

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Ryan, who turns 33 later this month, has posted a 95-63 regular-season record since the Falcons made him the third overall pick in 2008. The four-time Pro Bowler has taken the Falcons to the playoffs six times, winning the NFC title once and nearly Super Bowl LI.
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Falcons owner Arthur Blank called Ryan an elite quarterback, leader and teammate. Ryan allowed the Falcons to put the messy end of the Michael Vick era behind them.

But the Falcons still lack a Lombardi Trophy.

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Josh McDaniels “very happy” with decision to stay, wants to be head coach again

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was 99 percent of the way to becoming the Colts head coach early this offseason, but he backed away at the last minute and opted to remain in his current job.

Assuming Belichick doesn’t decide to end his run, next offseason will provide insight into whether other teams are interested in doing the interview dance with McDaniels after he didn’t make it to the altar this time around.

Last October, the NFL wisely scuttled the so-called May 16 rule. This year, draft picks from schools that finish the academic year after the middle of May will be able to participate in offseason workouts.

The new rule allows rookies at schools with final exams concluding on or after May 16 to participate in the offseason program as of May 16 if the player: (1) provides documentation that he has completed all necessary requirement for all courses in which he was enrolled; (2) is permitted to return to school for any final exams in non-online courses, if he has remained enrolled; (3) is permitted enough time to complete final exams for online courses; or (4) is no longer enrolled in school.

For many players, item number 4 will be the key. If the player has left school (and plenty do so that they can focus on draft preparation), the player won’t be barred by an arbitrary, outdated rule that was implemented to keep teams from pressuring players to do that which they’ve already done: Left school to begin their professional careers.

To stand up for what’s right, and to stand up for those who’ve been wronged. I have two older sisters that taught me respect and love. I’ve always tried to protect them, and keep them from harm. I am a husband and a father to a wonderful and amazing family. I try to share those values with them. I am so thankful to my wife and family for being supportive of me. I believe and have always acted with a respect for all people, knowing that everyone is someone’s dad, mom, sister, brother, son, or daughter.

“I do not condone any of the type of behavior that has been alleged, and I never have. I have always been someone who respects and protects the rights of anyone who has been harassed or has been the victim of violence, and we as an organization will continue to operate that way. In these times, we need to be even more sensitive and responsible in dealing with these issues and separate right from wrong. Thankfully, truth is on my side.