Bright Ugwoegbu’s Pro Day draws scouts from six teams

Oregon State outside linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu worked out for scouts from the Packers, Seahawks, Patriots, Saints, Bears and 49ers on Thursday, Tony Pauline of NFL Draft Analyst reports.
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Ugwoegbu measured 6-1, weighed 205 pounds and ran a 4.97 in the 40-yard dash. He had a 33-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 6-inch broad jump, a 4.7 short shuttle and a 7.38 three-cone.

Oregon State suspended Ugwoegbu in April, prompting him to declare for the supplemental draft.

Welcome to Straight from the ‘Beek! Feels good to write that after taking a mini vacation last week. Even though the players David Johnson Womens Jersey are away from Flowery Branch with training camp less than 30 days away, the Falcons are still busy tinkering with the roster – as demonstrated by the signing of free agent safety Ron Parker. And there’s certainly no shortage of question from you guys, either. So, let’s get to them. Just remember, all opinions here are mine unless noted otherwise.

Last season as a redshirt junior, he gained 957 yards and scored nine touchdowns on 122 carries in nine games. He also caught 16 passes for 84 yards.

Hi, Beek. In my opinion, the Falcons should figure out a way to pay Julio Jones and then move on after the third season. I like Julio, but the Falcons have more important obligations such as Deion Jones, Keanu Neal, and possibly Vic Beasley. What are your thoughts?

Matt: Hi, David. I think Julio Jones is the best receiver on the planet and so I would not put any sort of shelf life on his career whatsoever. He’s a special athlete. That’s my first thought. You’re right about the Falcons’ young defensive players, too, who will be up for new contracts in the coming seasons, David. Every team in the NFL has a salary cap to deal with – and, at the end of the day, you can’t keep Womens Eddie George Jersey (or pay) everyone.

Hometown Return Won’t Distract Christian Kirk

That commute (from Scottsdale) is a little far, Kirk said. I mean, it’s 30 minutes, but driving back and forth is something Authentic Jeff Heath Jersey I didn’t really want to do. I wanted to be with the guys and take in the whole entire experience.
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His readiness is reminiscent of last year’s second-round pick, Budda Baker. The Washington safety was poised and confident when he arrived, and eventually carved out substantial roles on special teams and defense as a rookie.

Kirk’s decision to stay at the team hotel is an indicator of his plan to have a similar immediate impact.

I think I am 100 percent ready, Kirk said. I know that is why Mr. (Michael) Bidwill, Mr. (Steve) Keim, and Coach (Steve) Wilks drafted me, because they wanted me to come in and play and help them win games. At the end of the day, that is what I am here to do.

Wilks is putting no limit on Kirk, speaking openly of his desire to see the rookie in the starting lineup in 2018.

I’m looking for him to do something early and often, Wilks said.

Peterson’s head went straight into the ground, bending his neck. Peterson came out, but he returned for two more plays – blocking on a pass play and then making a seven-yard reception.

You want to do whatever you can to help the team win, Williams said Wednesday. At that time, the playoffs were still pretty big, so anything you can do to contribute to that, it’s huge.

I know my opportunities are few and far between to begin with, but I never think of it selfishly that way. I’m more about helping my teammates the best I can.

Even with a few good games from Peterson and last Kyle Lauletta Jersey week’s performance from Williams, the Cardinals are last in the NFL with 76.6 yards rushing per game. The Titans are third in the NFL in rush defense, allowing just 86.2 yards a game. Peterson or no, running will be a challenge this week.

As for Williams coming close but not reaching 100 yards last week – he had 86 yards at halftime – Williams shrugged it off.

What’s Yankees’ Clint Frazier’s future with Brett Gardner back?

Yankees manager Aaron Boone hinted that the young, fan-favorite outfielder would stick with the major-league club at least Bob Griese Authentic Jersey through the weekend before Friday’s game against the Rays vs. the Rays at Tropicana Field.
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With Brett Gardner (sore right knee) finally healthy, it would appear at-bats could be scarce for Frazier.

When I run now, I can see the way I walked when I was a small kid. When I was 12, before moving to the States, I played in a world tournament in California representing Puerto Rico, and in a center-field shot you can see me running from second to third base, stealing a bag; the camera shows me from my back, and you can see my legs here and there. Sometimes I can’t believe I am able to run this fast.

I like playing defense the most. Last year Joe Maddon said to me: Everyone knows you are strong, that you’re able to run. Forget about hitting, we don’t want you to be a hitter, you play defense. I took it this way: If you look at our lineup, if I Malcolm Smith Jersey don’t do anything offensively, someone will. It isn’t about just one person, it’s about a whole team. I took it in a positive way, and I said to myself, I will play the best defense I can. And that’s what I did. I focused on my defense. I love throwing myself onto the field and do everything I can.

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Severino’s response was classic.

I would say everybody right now is in beast mode going after everybody, he said. We’re not looking at records or who’s the best team. We’re just going after everybody.

They’re beating everybody and really manhandling the other top teams, as they’re 14-5 against the four other clubs that would be in the postseason if the season ended today – the Houston Astros (5-2), Boston Red Sox (3-3), Cleveland Indians (3-0) and Mariners (3-0).

I don’t care who we’re playing, but I think when you look at it, it is gratifying to know that we’ve played pretty well against some of the elite teams and some of the hot teams, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. But I think it just speaks to what we believe our team is capable of and the confidence these guys have no matter who the opponent is.

Mets plan to get creative with Memorial Day starting pitching

The Mets are going to get creative with their starting pitching Monday.

New York will play two games against the Braves as part of a double-header and it will start Jacob deGrom in Game 1. However, in Game 2, manager Mickey Callaway is planning to start with an opener (a reliever as a starter), just like the Rays did with Sergio Romo last week.

For the Mets, this may not be a bad idea, especially on Game 2 of a double-header. We’ll see how MLB will deal with it in coming weeks, though. Angels third baseman Zack Cozart was not a fan of the Rays’ move and he wasn’t afraid to express that to reporters earlier this week.

I feel like teams have an ulterior motive when they are doing this, Cozart told reporters, via the Orange County Register. Less starting pitching means you don’t have to pay guys as much.

The Seattle Mariners conclude their 10-game, East Coast road swing that began on a terrible note in New York with their softest portion: a four-game series at Baltimore’s Camden Yards, against the team that is second-worst in baseball in runs per game (3.56) and has the fourth-worst in ERA (4.86).

Couple that with a weekend three-game series back home against the Kansas City Royals, who rank 28th (3.62) and last (5.32) in those same categories and the Mariners have baseball’s most favorable set of weekly matchups on both sides of the ball. James Paxton is an obvious play, and two-start pitcher Felix Hernandez (available in roughly 65 percent of ESPN leagues) has picked up his performance of late, with a 3.13 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 5.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio in four starts in June.

On offense, a schedule featuring seven scheduled right-handed starting pitchers could be what gets Kyle Seager’s season going, and it also makes Denard Span (available in roughly 70 percent) and Ben Gamel (available in more than 98 percent) worthwhile adds in larger-than-standard leagues.

The odd coaching disconnect regarding offseason workouts

On one hand, coaches love to complain about not having enough time to get players ready for the regular season. On the other hand, coaches routinely cut short the offseason program, by one, two, or even Adam Clendening Jersey three practices.
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So how can the two positions be reconciled? On Nick Cousins Womens Jersey the surface, they can’t be. At a deeper level, there are three potential explanations.

Still, if Patriots coach Bill Belichick (who scrapped the last week of OTAs) or anyone else who cut short an offseason program decides to complain about the lack of opportunities to get ready for the games that count, they should be reminded about their conscious decision not to take full advantage of the available practice days and reps.

After the arrest, Dykstra and his lawyer went on the offensive, turning the tables on the driver while making a case that the former All-Star center fielder was the victim.

It’s like, ‘Not again.’ That’s what I feel on this last thing that happened, said Backman, who spent 14 years as a big-league second baseman and who now is the first-year manager of the New Britain (Conn.) Bees in the independent Atlantic League.

Philadelphia first unveiled their classic ring Thursday with the team emblem on the face and the Lombardi trophy on the side, but one subtle engraving on the inside will get every Eagles fan excited.

It might get Lane Johnson going just a little bit more.

Free agent acquisition Chris Hubbard is pencilled in at right tackle for the moment. Donald Stephenson, another free agent pickup at tackle, has not practiced with the team this offseason and is being fined for his minicamp absence.

It’s never too early to talk football. NFL Week 1 — the Thursday night opener — is 84 days away, and the Super Bowl-champion Eagles no longer are home ‘dogs. Philadelphia now is favored by 4¹/₂ points over Atlanta at William Hill.

MLB Draft 2018: Convicted child molester Luke Heimlich goes undrafted

It was widely believed that one of the best pitchers in the MLB Draft would not get Jack Crawford Womens Jersey picked, and that proved to be the case.
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Heimlich was seen as a top-3 round talent in last year’s draft after being named the Pac-12 pitcher of the year, but when news came out of his former conviction no team picked him. That was the situation again this year.

Heimlich took a plea deal in exchange for two years’ probation and court-ordered classes. He had one charge dropped but was required to register for five years as a Level 1 sex offender, meaning he is considered unlikely to become a repeat offender.

It remains to be seen whether Heimlich will continue to be baseball. He can still be signed as an undrafted free agent, and he also has the option of playing independent ball if he decides to go that route.

While the slides of Liberatore and Singer were more notable, the first round came and went with a quartet of highly rated and highly projected pitchers still on the board. Shane McClanahan, Jackson Kowar, Ethan Hankins and Kumar Rocker all dropped out of the first round, even though nearly every outlet covering the draft had all four being selected in the top 30 picks, with McClanahan and Hankins being considered top-10 talents.

At this point, it’s unclear what caused all 30 clubs to pass on the group with their top selections, but their collective slide makes the situation all the more interesting for Hankins and Rocker, as both are committed to Vanderbilt University and could opt to attend school rather than turn pro now that a first-round signing bonus is off the table.

Perhaps the biggest eye-opener of the first round was the selection of Kyler Murray at No. 9 by the Oakland A’s.

An incredible athlete, Murray not only patrols the outfield for the Oklahoma Sooners Tug McGraw Youth Jersey baseball team, but also plays quarterback for the football team and is expected to be under center this fall in Norman. Because of that dynamic, most mock drafts not only didn’t have Murray being taken in the top 10, but most did not have him being a first-round selection at all, as teams were expected to shy away from the uncertainty that surrounds his future — not to mention the risk of injury — with their top overall selection.

Drafting Dion Jordan third overall in 2013

Again, the 2013 draft class was horrendous, so you basically made a Don Mattingly Youth Jersey mistake if you didn’t trade down (nicely done, Cowboys) or pick DeAndre Hopkins (congratulations, Texans). But the Miami Dolphins get a special shoutout here because they were the only team that decided to trade up into the top five. 
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After giving the Raiders a second-round pick to move up from the 12th spot to the third spot, they took defensive end Dion Jordan, who started one game and recorded three sacks during four years with the Dolphins.

I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they’re going to come up with next, Jackson said. We’ll see where it goes. You have to use your good players. A pretty easy way to make sure Jackson gets on the field is to just play him at quarterback. That’s where this is heading eventually, anyway, but the team Donnie Shell Jersey may be hesitant to bench its longtime starter for a rookie. The upside with Jackson is certainly significantly higher than it is with Flacco, though, and with a Ravens team that should once again have one of the NFL ‘s best defenses, that could be enough to push them forward in the AFC North race.

The lack of offense spoiled a solid outing for Sabathia. Despite a rough second inning, Sabathia pitched a season-high 7.2 innings, allowing three runs on 10 hits while striking out 10 and walking one. Sabathia allowed three or fewer runs for the fourth straight start, but his record dropped to 4-2.

Sabathia’s 10 Ks gave him his 38th career double-digit strikeout game. It was his first since Aug. 17, 2016, when he fanned 12 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Yes, Kay is the highest-paid local announcer in the sport–and has been for a few years. But throw in a salary of over one million per season and this becomes a reality: Kay will make more from the Yankees this season than Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez or Aaron Judge.

Yanks, Astros bidding war?

Dolphins start signing draft picks

The current edition of the Subway Series has taken place since the two teams began meeting for the Mayor’s Trophy in 1963, just one year after the Metropolitans entered the league. However, the two teams’ meetings did not have any significance until inter-league play began in 1997. Even then, these two teams crossed paths even before it mattered.

In 1964, Yankees ownership fired Yogi Berra after just one season as their full-time manager, even though the team came within one win of a world championship. The next year, the Mets hired Berra as a coach, although he played four times at catcher there before the end of his playing career. He was a part of the team’s 1969 World Series title, and managed them to the National League pennant in 1973.

In 1996, the Yankees claimed two former Mets, David Cone and Darryl Strawberry, each of which became a key member of that era’s dynasty. One year later, inter-league play began, and since then, each team has experienced highs and suffered lows through a tremendous rivalry.

The Seahawks currently possess depth behind Jordan to last through mandatory minicamp on June 12-14.

Rookie defensive end Jacob Martin, Seattle’s sixth-round pick, has received work with the first-team defense in Jordan’s place during organized team activies, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune reported.

On July 8 of that season, I, along with my good friend and editor Harvey Zucker, attended both ends of a Subway Series doubleheader, with game one in Queens and game two in the Bronx. After the Bombers took game one, 4-2, Yankees ace Roger Clemens hit Mets catcher Mike Piazza with a pitch in the helmet during the nightcap. Piazza unfortunately suffered a concussion on a play that both parties thought unintentional. The Yankees ultimately won that game, also 4-2, and defeated the Mets in the World Series later that year.

After the infamous bat-throwing incident of 2000, Mets pitcher Shawn Estes retaliated in 2002 by throwing behind Clemens, and even hitting a two-run home run off him later in the game.

The next year, with the aid of former Met Robin Ventura, the Yankees managed to sweep the entire six-game season series, including another day-night, two-park doubleheader.

Lou Lamoriello fires Garth Snow, takes over as Islanders GM

Former Devil boss Lou Lamoriello will be a general manager again.
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Just 15 days after Lamoriello was named president of the New York Islanders, giving him full control of all hockey decisions within the organization, Lamoriello fired general manager Garth Snow and coach Doug Weight.

Lamoriello will take over as the team’s general manager. Snow served as the team’s GM Frank Vatrano Authentic Jersey and president since 2006 before Lamoriello took both of those roles.

Other drug therapy. Other drugs used to treat lymphoma include targeted drugs that focus on specific abnormalities in your cancer cells.

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What lymphoma treatment is best for you depends on your lymphoma type and its severity.

Lymphoma treatment may involve chemotherapy, immunotherapy medications, radiation therapy, a bone marrow transplant or some combination of these.

Clark was a 10th-round draft pick in the 1979 NFL Draft and quickly established himself as one of Montana’s favorite targets. He was a Pro Bowler in 1981 and 1982, and led the league in receptions during a strike-shortened 1982 season.

Status of Edelman case underscores importance of confidentiality

The NFL’s PED policy contains a clear and unambiguous confidentiality provision that, unfortunately, is never enforced. And in no case would enforcement be more appropriate than in the case of Patriots receiver Julian Edelman.
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If Edelman tested positive for a substance that has not yet been identified, and if further testing results in a finding that the substance is not a performance-enhancing drug, Edelman will indeed win his appeal. (It’s a defense much more persuasive than, I don’t know what happened.)

Regardless of how it all turns out, no one should know that Edelman is facing a PED suspension. If the NFL and NFLPA were serious about the confidentiality provision in the PED policy, perhaps no one would.

Mbu originally signed with the Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Houston in 2015. After spending most of his rookie season on the Falcons’ practice squad, Atlanta signed him to the 53-player roster, and he Authentic Harrison Barnes Jersey appeared in two games.

There have been instances of Jack Doyle Womens Jersey the timeline being extended because not all of the steps have been completed in time.

Gregory fell to the Cowboys in the second round of the 2015 draft because of off-the-field issues during his time at Nebraska. Jerry Jones was willing to take the chance on Gregory and hoped a support system that helped other players through the years would help Gregory.

Gregory played in 12 games as a rookie in 2015, missing four with an ankle injury. He ended up in the NFL’s substance-abuse program in 2016 and was initially suspended the first four games of that season. Another failed test led to an additional 10-game suspension, but he was able to return for the final two regular-season games and recorded the first and so far only sack of his career.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones offered an update on where things stand with Martin on Monday and it sounds like there could be another one in the next day.

It’s awfully close. I hope he’ll be out at (minicamp) tomorrow, Jones said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.