Month: May 2018

Rays lose Faria, Ramos to injuries

Jake Faria left Tuesday due to a strained left oblique. Wilson Ramos followed him two batters later.
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Travis has been hampered by injuries and has not played more than 101 games in a major league season as a result.

Niklas Kronwall Elite Jersey The Blue Jays (23-25) also had lost six straight at home before their win Tuesday and will be trying win their first winning series at the Rogers Centre since April 17-18, when they swept the Kansas City in three games.

And sometimes you have to give credit to a great hitter. But here’s the most interesting thing about Bryant’s strikeout total: He isn’t as thrilled with the reduction as you might think.

Just because the strikeouts are down, it doesn’t always mean it’s necessarily a good thing, because when I struck out a lot, I felt like I was also still doing a lot of damage by hitting the ball in the air, Bryant said. Sometimes I go up there and just put the ball in play and ground out to short or something, and early in the count, you don’t want to do that. I like that the strikeouts are down, but there is still a part of me that wants to make sure that when I don’t strike out that I do something with the pitch I actually do hit.

In addition to a 1.010 OPS, Kris Bryant’s line-drive rate is at a career high and his strikeout percentage is a career low. Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

It might take a moment to let that sink in. In his Authentic Matt Schaub Jersey attempt to reduce his strikeout total, which was as high as 199 in his rookie season, Bryant acknowledged he’s not always swinging at some pitches he might be able to drive. In other words, contact is good, but how good is it if it’s weak contact? How much different is that from a strikeout?

Maybe making too much contact early in the count against pitches that I don’t necessarily want to make contact with isn’t so good, like pitches down in the zone or sliders down, Bryant said. It would be nice to swing through those sometimes and wait for a better pitch to get.

What are the chances of a Jets quarterback controversy?

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A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets:
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Game Womens Taylor Lewan Jersey The Jets have two things working in their favor: McCown is the ultimate team guy and won’t make Authentic Terry O’Reilly Jersey a stink. Coach Todd Bowles doesn’t have a quick hook. If anything, his hook is too slow. Remember, he was prepared to go the distance last season with McCown over his young quarterbacks even though the team was hopelessly out of playoff contention. He turned to Bryce Petty only after McCown’s season-ending hand injury.

We’re now multiple weeks post-draft and several starter-quality players are still sitting on the open market. There are several factors to blame here, including Tyrann Mathieu surprisingly becoming available and taking the Texans out of the market for a safety; Earl Thomas reportedly being either on or off the trade market, depending on who you believe, and delaying the Cowboys ‘ potential pursuit of a safety; the devaluing of safeties that play in the box rather than up high; and the fact that one of the best available safeties is Eric Reid, who has now filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, alleging that his protests against police brutality and systemic racism during the national anthem are keeping teams from offering him a deal.

The Indianapolis Colts may be about to unjam the market. According to several reports, the Colts are hosting two of the top available safeties on visits this week: Tre Boston, formerly of the Chargers, and Kenny Vaccaro of the Saints, are taking visits to Indianapolis.

Jason Witten joined by Anthony McFarland as part of ESPN’s new ‘Monday Night Football’ lineup

ESPN has finally unveiled its Monday Night Football crew for the 2018 NFL season.

After brushing off his prior comments by saying “I just wanted to agree” with the hosts, Enunwa said as to the Patriots being vulnerable, “I think they may be.” Added Enunwa, “I also think that we’re capable of finally dethroning them. I think that we’ve always been. It’s just about getting over that hump of finishing games. Not to add more bulletin board material for them, but I think for us, we’re hyper-confident and believe that we can do that.”

Teams constantly worry about providing bulletin board materials to other teams, and for good reason. Hokey as it may seem, bulletin-board material works. (Even if bulletin boards have gone the way of cassette decks and cathode ray tubes.) The fact that the Patriots do may be one of the reasons why the Patriots simply keep taking care of business. Regardless, at some point the Patriots won’t be able to keep taking care of business the way they used to. Whether it’s the Jets, Bills, or Dolphins, someone at some point will knock them off.

In Armstrong’s five games for the Giants (one start), he logged 10 tackles and a forced fumble.

The confrontation reportedly occurred recently, when the boys’ lacrosse team member told a black athlete from the Sterling High School track team to get off the Haddonfield track and called her the n-word as she was lacing her cleats during a meet, according to Camden County NAACP East President Lloyd D. Henderson.

The lacrosse practice was taking place on an athletic field ringed by a track.

She was very distraught, Henderson said Thursday. She was so hurt it was noticed by her friends.

The student who allegedly launched the verbal attack was not identified, according to Henderson. He called for the school to take the incident seriously, including providing diversity training.

I would like to see the school step up, take responsibility and deal with the matter, he added.

The Saints have depth at the safety position after adding Kurt Coleman in free agency and after drafting Natrell Jamerson in the fifth round. They also added former Mississippi State safety J.T. Gray as an undrafted free agent.colts_106

The Lions have a lot of DBs, but his skill set still stands out.

My confidence remains unchanged, because there are too many unknown variables. How quickly will the defense take to Patricia’s scheme? Will the offensive line enter the season healthy? Is Frank Ragnow strong enough out of the box, or will he need a season in the weight room to handle the strength of NFL defenders?聽
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I’ll say this. If the run game is league average, the Lions should be a playoff team. An average run game would result in a highly efficient offense that should put together longer sustained drives, even if it doesn’t always result in points. That means more rest for the defense between series and longer fields to defend.聽

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The Lions predominately ran Cover-3 under Austin, while the Patriots ran more Cover-1 and Cover-2. If Patricia ports that over, you’ll see an increase in the usage of man coverage on the outside.聽

Another popular element of the Patriots defense was its big nickel package, basically running with three safeties on the field. The Lions have the pieces to implement something similar, but given the way things are stacking up on the defensive back depth chart, we’re probably going to see a lot of mixing each week to matchup with the opponent.聽

We did it in the format of a draft. Jimmy Smith Authentic Jersey I clearly won, Stats disagreed, but unlike a real judge I’m not require to show him deference or respect or really anything. We’ll show you the selections made by Simms and by me, if you check out the video. Feel free to share your own thoughts below regarding the selections that were made, or to chime in with any others we may have missed.

There’s no logical reason why 3 of the NFL’s best free agent safeties are still available More Based on cap spending, NFL teams seem to think the safety position is important. Only quarterbacks, offensive tackles, edge rushers and cornerbacks make more on average. The position, which has always been an intermediate between stronger linebackers and quicker cornerbacks, has grown in importance in recent years as more offenses spread things out, utilize running backs as receivers and blur the lines between run and pass. Safeties have been asked to play a bigger role and have been compensated accordingly.

Papa John’s is still struggling, but can’t blame NFL for it

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When Cowboys owner Jerry Jones battled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last year, former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter slipped into the ring and smacked Goodell with a chair. (Goodell would eventually throw Papa John into a turnbuckle, before slamming Jerry onto the mat for a three count.)
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Schnatter tried to blame his company’s financial problems on the NFL generally and, specifically, on the anthem controversy. The argument lacked merit at the time (some owners believed Jones cajoled Schnatter into doing it), and intervening events show that Papa John’s problems continue, months after ending its relationship with the league.

This season is already a success, not that they’d be satisfied with a first-round exit. Few expected the Jazz to return to the postseason right after Hayward’s exit, which could have been crippling for a small-market team that relies heavily on developing homegrown talent. Even fewer anticipated the Jazz could overcome Gobert’s missing 26 games due to injury. Quin Snyder, who has quietly established himself among the league’s best coaches, deserves a lot of credit. With Gobert and Mitchell as foundation pieces, the forecast is bright for Utah.

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The league has the right on an annual basis to move the wild-card game away from ESPN. Per Ourand, the relationship between the NFL and ESPN under former president John Skipper had deteriorated to the point where the league was prepared to move the game to FOX. Efforts under new ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro have been made to repair the relationship, and it has worked so far.

Actually, the part of the bet that really stinks is the fact that zoo workers had to wear Eagles gear while cleaning the animal enclosures and my God there are so many punch lines in that one.

Jets kept quarterback info close to the vest

At least Jets coach Todd Bowles was in the loop. But very few other people were, when it came to the Jets鈥?decision-making process that led them to quarterback Sam Darnold.
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Via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the knowledge of the top of their draft board was limited to CEO Christopher Johnson, General Manager Mike Maccagnan and Bowles, and the team went to extraordinary measures to keep it that way.

Maccagnan said the night of the draft he wouldn鈥檛 reveal where he had guys ranked, and ultimately it doesn鈥檛 matter, as Darnold was clearly no worse than second, and fell into his lap when the Giants took running back Saquon Barkley.

Said Rams fifth-round LB Micah Kiser, I鈥檓 a very smart linebacker, a leader on the field, and a great player. Very productive, I think I鈥檝e been Buddy Hield Authentic Jersey one of the more productive linebackers in college football over the last three years.

Dante Pettis wants to be more than a punt returner for the 49ers.

Which undrafted rookies have the best chance to make the Seahawks?

Appearing on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger spoke candidly about the decision of the Steelers to draft Rudolph in round three.
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I was surprised when they took a quarterback because I thought that, maybe in the third round, you know you can get some really good football players that can help this team now, Roethlisberger said. And nothing against Mason. I think he鈥檚 a great football player. I don鈥檛 know him personally, but I鈥檓 sure he鈥檚 a great kid. I just don鈥檛 know how backing up or being the third guy, well, who knows where he鈥檚 going to fall on the depth chart, helps us win now.

But, you know, that鈥檚 not my decision to make. That鈥檚 on the coaches and the G.M. and the owner and those kind of things. So if they feel like he can help our team so be it. But I was a little surprised.

Spears: Westbrook has the most at stake because he is the reigning MVP of the league who is trying to convince George to stick around.

It’s hard to imagine PG wanting to stay in Oklahoma City if the Thunder get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Westbrook needs to push this series to seven games.

Pelton: Westbrook and the Thunder. I think the Cavaliers probably have more at stake in this series, but Friday is no longer a must-win for them. It is for Oklahoma City, which is hoping to re-sign George this summer. For Westbrook, this series has become yet another referendum on his style of play and whether it can succeed in the playoffs. Game 5 offered wildly different answers in the first and second halves.

Analysis: The Wonderlic is an intelligence test first used in the NFL by Hall of Fame Cowboys coach Tom Landry. There is debate as to how much teams can learn from it but it is still used by the NFL, and QBs are expected to do well on it. Two former Jets both scored 48 on the Wonderlic, the highest known score for a quarterback — Ryan Fitzpatrick and Greg McElroy.

This year’s top four all did fairly well on the Wonderlic, and there should not be any concerns from teams about their scores. Allen’s score stands out and may impress someone.

In a season where we weren’t supposed to enjoy rookies at the top of the rankings, we were spoiled with two youngsters finishing among the top 50 skaters on the Player Rater — and it was a photo finish. Gourde edged Barzal by 0.04 points. For me, it’s the way they earned those points that made me prefer Gourde’s body of work over the season. Getting a plus-34 made a huge difference in the standard ESPN scoring. While only four players had more assists than Barzal, only two players had a better plus/minus than Gourde.

I’m not picking the guy who had the best season for a fantasy defenseman (that would be Victor Hedman). I’m picking the guy who embodied a combination of elite fantasy skills and value for where you picked him. Hedman finished first among defensemen, and rightly so. He was the third one off the board in September. While Hedman was comfortably ahead of Subban for overall value, Subban was drafted 15th among defensemen with an ADP of 80.1. He finished second to Hedman on the Player Rater.canucks_1165

Report: Jon Gruden has’effectively replaced’ Raiders GM

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Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis desperately wanted Jon Gruden to return to the sideline. Within months of rejoining the franchise, though, the former ESPN broadcaster is usurping all power available.
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According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, Gruden has effectively replaced general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Gruden’s fingerprints were all over the 2018 NFL draft, since the Raiders selected Kolton Miller well above projection.

While Browns coach Hue Jackson has made it clear that top draft pick Baker Mayfield will start his career as Tyrod Taylor’s backup, the Jets are taking a different approach with their own first-round quarterback.

Kansas City wanted to get deeper up front on the defensive side of the ball. Its rotational rookies need to step up and take command regardless of when they were drafted.聽

The Los Angeles Chargers weren’t exactly hurting on defense last year while tallying 43 sacks and holding opponents to an average of 17 points per game, yet expectations surrounding No. 17 pick Derwin James are inevitably through the roof.聽

The flirtations between the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks have been going on for the better part of three months.

They started at the NFL scouting combine, where the Seahawks approached the Cowboys about a deal for All-Pro safety Earl Thomas and asked for their first-round pick. They continued leading up to the draft, as well as into the second and third rounds.

Watson was a superstar over seven games last year after being selected 12th, throwing for 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions with two more scores as a runner while leading the Christian Hackenberg Youth jersey Houston Texans to a trio of wins.聽

According to Rotoworld, Watson boasted a 9.3 percent touchdown rate over those seven games, and Bill O’Brien has spent time reworking the playbook to enhance his quarterback’s strengths鈥攕o the rest of the league has a problem on its hands.聽
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It’s been hard to keep it going consistently as Ragnow finished his career at Arkansas, but it’s something they won’t let fade away.

After he passed away, me and my brother kind of really took it on ourselves to kind of try to keep it going, Ragnow said. I mean, it’s really nothing but an Instagram page now, but who knows where it can go. I got a lot of other things on my plate right now to worry about. But it’s just kind of fun, maybe have a fishing show when I’m done with football. But that’s about it.
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While Ragnow hopes to someday hold up the ultimate trophy in professional football with the Lions, he’s had his share of keepers on the water.

Langford, also from Huntsville, has worked with Johnson’s father, Kerry, who runs a business that specializes in training basketball players. Langford just completed his sophomore season at Michigan State.

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But once he had the time to process the injury, and put the situation into perspective, he knew everything would be OK.

Unfortunately, I’ve been through some things in my life, so I think that probably prepared me for it, Ragnow said. In the grand scheme of things, it was a little ankle surgery, a very minor ankle surgery. That’s nothing compared to losing your dad or other things I’ve dealt with, so that probably prepared me for it.

D.J. Moore was a late riser on the draft board. He played in a Terrapins offense that didn’t throw the ball much and suffered from some scattershot quarterbacking. When not run-blocking鈥攈e’s OK at that鈥擬oore specialized in tracking down deep passes, snatching end-zone 50-50 balls and catching lots of shallow crosses in the middle of rush-hour traffic. He ran a 4.42 40 with good shuttles at 210 pounds at the combine, indicating that he can be more than just a possession receiver.

Troy Fumagalli gets knocked by many draft analysts for his athleticism, but he looked quick and smooth when running routes during Senior Bowl week. His footwork is good, and he can set up defenders well on routes. Fumagalli has a long, lean frame that will keep him J.J. Wilcox Womens Jersey from ever being a piledriving blocker, but he gives a good effort. He is also missing the index finger on his left hand because of a birth defect, but it doesn’t appear to limit his catching ability in any way. A good, safe little need pick. Grade: B.

NFL failure to NFL factory: How Nick Saban created football’s best assembly line

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Andrew Luck attended opening day for Indianapolis Colts’ voluntary minicamp but the quarterback won’t throw this week as he continues to rehab his right shoulder. Colts general manager Chris Ballard told reporters last week that Luck has yet to throw regulation footballs. However, he noted the team remains confident its franchise quarterback will make a full recovery. Luck, 28, hasn’t played in a game since New Year’s Day of 2017. After his initial surgery in January 2017, Luck suffered a setback two weeks after returning to practice in October and has since taken more gradual steps in preparing to return. –The Tennessee Titans officially picked up the fifth-year option of quarterback Marcus Mariota’s contract, according to published reports. General manager Jon Robinson indicated last Wednesday that the club would be exercising the option. The transaction gives Mariota just over $20.9 million in salary in 2019.

The first round of the 2018 NFL draft is in the books. Which teams filled big needs with great value picks? Which teams could end up regretting their selections? Watch above to see Chris Simms and Matt Miller break down the first round.
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You have guys that are dominating the NFL right now in Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox, that have just been working on interior guys, and you need guys to stop them, Nelson said. You talk to quarterbacks, and they say if a D-end gets on the edge, that’s fine, they can step up in the pocket and they can throw. That’s what I give: a pocket to step up in. And I think I also help the offense establish the run through my nastiness, and establishing the run also opens up the passing game.
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