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left school (and plenty do so that they can focus on draft preparation), the player won’t be barred by an arbitrary, outdated rule that was implemented to keep teams from pressuring players to do that which they’ve already done: Left school to begin their professional careers.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.
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Right now, it’s clear that Gruden is the Raiders, and the Raiders are Gruden.
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What’s surprised some in the Raiders organization is the scope and speed of the takeover. While Gruden and McKenzie have publicly stated they are in agreement on personnel moves, the truth is that Gruden has made practically all of them since his return.
Gruden has the final say on all personnel matters, the team source explained. That’s become clear to all in the organization.
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New England waited out six full rounds of the league’s annual three-day selection process before adding to the quarterback room.
The Patriots selected LSU quarterback Danny Etling in the seventh round (219th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Etling joins quarterbacks Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer. But Etling isn’t guaranteed a roster spot when considering he will have to battle Hoyer, a veteran of nine professional seasons and on a second tour of duty with the Patriots.
Frank Ragnow missed much of the 2017 season with an ankle injury. He could not participate in the Senior Bowl and only lifted at the combine, but he was a full participant at Arkansas’ pro day. Ragnow is a big mauler with pretty good balance and awareness. He adjusts to blitzes well, peels off to engage linebackers and finishes his blocks with hostility. Ragnow lets some defenders get low on him, negating his power, and may have trouble against quick, cagey interior defenders. But assuming his bill of health is clean, Ragnow is a likely starter and a potential steal.
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That’s another running back option gone by the wayside. At this point, if Lions fans really want a running back in the second round, they’ll probably have to hope Derrius Guice to continue his slide.
Notable stats: Led the SEC in rushing with 115.9 yards a game, as well as 132.1 all-purpose yards per game. He was ninth in nation with 18 rushing touchdowns.
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It’s unlikely that Nikita Kucherov will win the Hart Trophy this season — although in most years, with a less crowded field, he would have a very good case (given his 39 goals and 100 points). The winger has kept that momentum going through the first round, with five goals and five assists through just five games.
Martin Jones has arrived, and if the Sharks make a run, the 28-year-old goalie is putting together a fine case for the Conn Smythe (.970 save percentage, 1.00 GAA). His next Justin Abdelkader Youth jersey test is a Golden Knights team that rolls out four lines evenly and found a way to win despite struggling to score (1.75 goals per game) against the stingy Los Angeles Kings.
Youth Domata Peko Jersey Jake Guentzel’s playoff performances are becoming the stuff of legend. His four goals in the Game 6 clincher means the 23-year-old now has 19 goals in 31 career postseason games. We’re getting worried about the health of Evgeni Malkin, though, especially given that he will miss Game 1.
This postseason already has been one big coming-out party for the Jets — and the city of Winnipeg, which celebrated its first playoff series win since 1987 (yes, 11 years before Patrik Laine was born). Winnipeg showed in its first-round series that it can win in a variety of ways. So, giddy-up — the series against the Predators is going to be a fun one.
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The Browns had been expected to take a quarterback and had insisted Mayfield was under consideration through the pre-draft process. Most speculation still centered on USC’s Sam Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen, but momentum for the Browns’ favoring Mayfield started to build in the last few days.
My story is something I only could have dreamed of. To actually be a reality, it’s amazing, Mayfield told reporters Thursday night.
Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, became the the only player in FBS history to rush for at least 1,500 yards and pass for at least 3,500 yards in a season. And Jackson accomplished this feat twice (in 2016 and 2017).
He went 22-11 as a starting quarterback at Louisville and was a Tedric Thompson Womens Jersey touchdown machine. He reached the end zone 119 times (a school record), running for 50 and throwing for 69.
The biggest concern is his accuracy. He completed 57 percent of his throws for his career.
I didn’t say best or highest ceiling — I said most NFL-ready. I got to see and study Mayfield close-up twice this past season, when he shredded an NFL-stacked Ohio State defense in September, then tried to carry the Sooners past Georgia in the Rose Bowl. He’ll enter the league having played a whopping 48 college games off a two-year stretch in which he completed over 70 percent of his throws. If you need one of these rookie QBs to play, I’d bet on Mayfield being most ready for Sunday.
In each of the past two seasons, we’ve seen a rookie running back lead the league in rushing, with Ezekiel Elliott in 2016 and Kareem Hunt in 2017. Barkley is good enough to be the third straight. We know running back is a position where guys can transition to the NFL quickly in terms of learning curve — in fact, the ability to pick up blitzes matters as much as reading blocking on runs — and Barkley is ready to make an immediate impact.
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Carson Wentz has taken an encouraging step in his rehabilitation.
Wentz suffered a torn ACL and LCL in a Week 14 win over the Rams in December and required surgery to repair the damage. While a Week 1 return isn’t guaranteed, the surgeon who performed the operation on Wentz’s knee expressed optimism that he could be healthy enough to put in work at training camp barring any setbacks.
“We’re playing the right way a lot of the time,” Holtby said. “It’s more where you’re at as a team, and I think we’re continuing to build and push forward in the right direction. We have a lot of guys contributing right now. It’s a good sign.”
Washington’s road to the elusive Cup could go through Pittsburgh and then Boston, Tampa Bay or Toronto. Perhaps the expectations being on those teams instead of the Capitals isn’t such a bad thing.
“I think it’s a good thing because I think last two years we were on top of the league and we win Presidents’ Trophy,” Ovechkin said. “Everybody thought we were going to be unstoppable in playoffs and we didn’t. … We’re going to do our thing, and we’re going to have success.”
Ovechkin’s pursuit of 50 goals injected life into a game lacking some intensity, with the Capitals and Devils already in the postseason and looking eager to get the playoffs underway. The Russian superstar attempted 18 shots and got eight on net.
“Effort was there, and you can see I’m ready for playoffs in pretty good shape,” Ovechkin said after playing 6:04 of the final 8:10. “Still have a pretty good chance at the end. It is what it is. Whatever. The most important thing ahead of us, and second season right now starts in a couple days.”
Though 50 is a nice round number, teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov, who assisted on goal No. 48, said he doesn’t think missing that benchmark means anything to Ovechkin.
“We look for him a little bit more than usually, but I don’t know,” Kuznetsov said. “I don’t think he’s sad about he didn’t get 50, but 49 is still a good number.”
Trevor Davis’ ill-timed joke has gotten him into a giant mess of trouble.
The Packers receiver was checking in for a flight Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport when he was asked the usual questions of if he was carrying any aerosol cans, knives, weapons or explosives.
According to a police report obtained by ESPN, Davis turned to a female companion and asked if she “remembered to pack the explosives.”
Red Sox: Cora said LHP Drew Pomeranz (strained left forearm flexor) was going to make a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday and is planned to go five or six innings. Cora also said that it’s “most likely” that he’d return to the rotation if things went well.
The Red Sox have won 22 straight games when they give Porcello three or more runs. In his last 33 starts when they’ve scored three-plus, he’s 28-0 with a 3.26 ERA.
The last slam by a Red Sox player was by Dustin Pedroia on Sept. 24, 2016, on the road against the Rays when Porcello picked up his last victory of his AL Cy Young Award-winning 22-4 season.
King signed a five-year contract worth $16.5 million with Oakland in 2016 and had three years remaining on the deal, but Gruden’s decision to cut him saved the team $2.9 million in salary cap space.
King, 29, ranked sixth in the NFL on yards per punt (47.4) and tied for 15th for kicks inside the 20 (28) last season. He also posted a career-best 42.7-yard net average in 2017.
With those numbers, he likely won’t be out of work for long. On the same day he was released, at least one NFL the Vikings reached out to him, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported, citing an unidentified source.
The Celtics took a 20-8 lead in the first quarter and nursed it through most of the game before a four-point play on a clear-path foul by Tatum, followed by a Prince 3-pointer, helped turn a 73-63 deficit into a one-point game.
Bill Belichick still isn’t budging with Malcolm Butler.
As the NFL’s Annual Meeting kicked off in Orlando, Fla., the Patriots coach on Sunday addressed the drama surrounding the Pro Bowl cornerback and why he didn’t play in the team’s Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.
Despite the controversy, Butler insisted he has no hard feelings toward his former team.
I’ll always have love for New England, Butler said. From the custodians to Belichick, all the way to Mr. Kraft, I love those guys, my teammates. I like everything about New England, especially the fans. Those fans, they really had love for me and they still do. I will always remember where I came from, and I never could forget.
Foles threw for 373 yards and three scores while also catching a touchdown pass as he led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl win in franchise history with a 41-33 victory over the Patriots, a performance that earned him MVP honors. He has one season left on his current contract and is expected to resume his backup role when Carson Wentz returns from a knee injury, but that doesn’t mean his value is overlooked.
He’s still on the team because he’s an incredibly valuable player for the Philadelphia Eagles, Roseman said. When you talk about the position and what’s gone on, you’ve seen the free-agent market and the trade market. We’re in the business of making sure we get the right value for the player.
And what our value is for the player is going to stick. …We feel very confident [about] what his value is to our football team and, really, throughout the rest of the league. There was obviously interest in Nick Foles because Nick Foles has been tremendously productive in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform.
Detroit opened the scoring 7:13 into the game when Zetterberg threw the puck toward the Islanders’ net from the side boards and it deflected off Tavares past Greiss.
The Islanders tied it 3:51 into the second period as Ladd took a feed from Cal Clutterbuck in the slot and zipped a quick shot by Coreau on the glove side.
Restricted free agent wide receiver Cameron Meredith visited with several teams recently and one of them is making a bid to sign him away from the Bears.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Saints will sign Meredith to an offer sheet. The Bears will have a chance to match the offer, but will not be due any compensation if they opt to let him go after tendering Meredith at the lowest level this offseason.
Schefter reports it is a two-year deal worth around $10 million.
Getting the deal done wasn’t made in a vacuum, either. LA was aware of the sensitivities in paying Suh while at the same time trying to negotiate a long-term extension with Donald, who missed all of the 2017 preseason in a holdout and could do the same this year if forced to play out the final year of his rookie contract.
“Before we did all this, we sat down with Aaron and let him know,” Snead said. “He’s well aware we’re going to work to get something done this spring. But we (said), ‘Oh, by the way, we’ve got the chance to acquire Ndamukong. He would actually get paid before you do. Are you good?’
The Eagles have agreed to terms with tight end Richard Rodgers on a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.
He adds much-needed depth at the position for Philadelphia, which lost Trey Burton in free agency and released Brent Celek.
Rodgers, 26, has spent his career in Green Bay since it made him a third-round pick in 2014. He played in 63 games with 24 starts with the Packers, making 120 catches for 1,166 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Plenty of football fans may feel the same way. But with the NFL pushing hard for safety (in large part to influence lower levels of the sport to follow the NFL’s lead) and most of the media pushing for even more safety advances and in turn (at times gleefully) predicting the demise of the sport, many of those who buy tickets and consume TV broadcasts and otherwise support the sport may want to see football like it used to be.
The Eagles officially released punter Donnie Jones from the reserve/retired list.
Jones announced his retirement after Super Bowl LII, calling it quits after 14 seasons. He will be a free agent if he decides to return to the NFL.
The Seahawks made Jones a seventh-round choice in 2004. He played for the Dolphins, Rams and Texans before signing with the Eagles in 2013.
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The same can be said about the Jazz. After losing Hayward to the Celtics in free agency, Utah could have been devastated and just slipped into rebuilding mode. No one would have argued with that, especially after the Jazz got off to a slow start and Gobert went down twice with injuries.
Even as Utah was turning its season around, it traded Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson away at the trade deadline. So with Hayward and George Hill departing in free agency, and Hood being traded away, Utah enters this postseason without three of its top four scorers from a season ago when it finished with 51 wins and reached the Western Conference semifinals before being swept by the Golden State Warriors.
Denver has shown interest in all of the top prospects.
Josh Rosen visited Denver last week, and Sam Darnold worked out for the Broncos in Los Angeles on Friday. Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson also have Denver’s attention.
The Broncos continue to seek a long-term solution at quarterback, with Case Keenum the starter this season after signing in free agency. Denver went through Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler after Peyton Manning retired. None worked out.
Thus, the Broncos are expected to use the fifth overall choice on a quarterback, assuming one of the top prospects remains.
The Spurs have played with 25 different starting lineups this season, including another new one against the Kings. Spurs players have missed a total of 196 games due to injury, with star forward Kawhi Leonard leading the way with 71.