Josh Rosen’s display of arrogance as Cardinals career begins not a smart play

Last year it was Leonard Fournette. This year it’s Josh Rosen. It seems every NFL Draft class has an outspoken, arrogant player who doesn’t understand the golden rule for rookies: Let your play do the talking.
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As was the case with Fournette last year, this is not a federal offense, and there are worse people who have been early round draftees in recent years. But as Rosen tweeted when his college coach Jim Mora Jr. made the eye-opening statement that Sam Darnold would be a better fit as the No. 1 pick 鈥?WHY?
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As in, why would Mora say such a thing? Well, right back at you, Josh.

Why do you feel the need to make controversial statements about where you’re drafted? 鈥?Or when you said, Look, football and school don’t go together. 鈥?Or this condescending beauty: Raise the SAT requirements at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. 鈥?Or this post-football goal: I want to own the world.

Bryant, currently a free agent after Dallas released him in April, spent eight years with the Cowboys 鈥?six of them with Romo leading the offense. Bryant reportedly turned down a multi-year deal with the Ravens last month while seeking a one-year deal.

Some have wondered if teams are shying away from Bryant because of a perceived locker room problem. Romo thinks that would be a mistake.

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If I was talking to any of the GMs or coaches, I would tell them he’s not going to hurt the locker room in any possible way. He’s going to come out and he’ll be a great teammate when he gets there. I think he’ll have a couple options here soon.
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Capitals lament chance to take series control as Lightning win Game 4

With just over eight minutes left in regulation, the Washington Capitals survived the most lethal power play in the postseason.

The home crowd roared in appreciation of the Capitals’ penalty kill. For a moment, the crowd exhaled.

All the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to tie up the Eastern Conference finals was that brief moment of satisfaction from their opponents.

Boston College was the first school to offer Sillah last summer, followed by offers from Rutgers and Syracuse. But it’s the Scarlet Knights he grew up the biggest fan of.

Sillah played a big role in Mater Dei’s 2016 Group 2, Non-public championship win over Holy Spirit in 2016, sacking quarterback Mike Costabile to cause a turnover on downs and give the Seraphs the ball at the 50-yard line with 11 seconds left to set up Rutgers freshman Eddie Lewis’ game-winning score.

And he played a huge role in the Seraphs returning to the title game in 2018, despie falling to St. Joseph (Hamm.) by the score of 30-14.

The other cities considered as the potential host sites for the 2019 and 2020 NFL drafts include Las Vegas, Denver, Kansas City and a combination bid from Cleveland/Canton, Ohio.

Manny Machado and Albert Almora Jr. played together in the backyard when they were kids, dreaming about winning a World Series together.

As far as what effect Almora’s presence on the Chicago Cubs might have on Machado’s situation, well, the star of the show is guarding his cards quite closely at the moment.

Manny Watch 2018 arrived in Chicago on Monday, and the slick-fielding slugger handled the attention like a routine ground ball. The 25-year-old Machado is eligible for free agency after this season and could well be traded by Baltimore this summer, but he is determined to keep the focus on the field for as long as he can.

The Seahawks have three picks left to sign.

Lane Johnson: Chip Kelly focused too much on sports science, not enough on football
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Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson was the first draft pick of the Chip Kelly era, but Johnson wasn’t thrilled with what he saw of Kelly.

Johnson said that although Kelly’s obsession with sports science had some value, he felt as if Kelly focused more on sports science than on football.

We major in sports science, which is good thing 鈥?we still do it here. But I think we kind of went overboard with that. I think a good way to put it is we majored in the minors instead of focusing on some of the main points that we needed to, Johnson said on Steve Austin’s podcast, via

In three amateur mixed martial arts fights, Hardy has taken on three overmatched opponents and won easily. In Lane, Hardy is finally fighting someone his own size: Lane was listed at 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds in the NFL, and Lane has knocked out two opponents in pro MMA fights, needing just 14 seconds to win his first fight and 20 seconds to win his second. The UFC has taken some criticism Andrej Sekera Jersey for agreeing to give Hardy a chance in a new sport, given his off-field issues in the NFL. Lane will become a popular UFC fighter if he knocks Hardy out.

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He’s been awesome; Joe is the best, McGlinchey said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. . . . What you see is what you get with Joe. There’s no B.S. There’s nothing behind the scenes. He’s a good person. He’s a good player, and he’s willing to help his team in any way possible.

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At Notre Dame, McGlinchey was coached by Brian Kelly, who coached Staley at Central Michigan. Many of Kelly’s assistants also coached with Kelly at Central Michigan in 2004-06.

I’ve studied [Staley] for a long time on top of admiring him from afar, McGlinchey said. It’s going to be an unbelievable opportunity to play across from Joe.

Mailata may be the most unique project in any camp this year, but there are others: defensive linemen moving to the offensive line (Kahlil McKenzie of the Chiefs), obscure D-II running backs trying to stick as punt returners (Trenton Cannon of the Jets), king-sized wide receivers learning to play tight end (Jordan Thomas of the Texans) and even another rugby player (England’s Christian Scotland-Williamson) trying to make the Steelers as a tight end.

Dan Snyder sells his radio station

Washington owner Dan Snyder’s ownership of the radio station that broadcasts his team’s games has sometimes raised eyebrows. Most notably, when Chris Cooley speculated on the air that then-G.M. Scot McCloughan’s drinking was affecting his job performance.
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Now Snyder is getting out of the radio business.

Snyder announced today that he sold The Team 980 to Urban One. Snyder had previously sold smaller stations he owns Benardrick McKinney Jersey and now does not own any radio stations.

The Team 980 will continue to broadcast Washington’s games, so the team and the radio station will remain business partners. But according to Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, Snyder wasn’t turning a profit in the radio business, so he wanted to get out and focus his time on his team.

He has a voice and strong beliefs and a lot to talk about, said Kelly FitzGerald, a music producer and former William and Mary football player.

FitzGerald聽collaborated with Foster and former Houston Texas teammate Jonathan Grimes on the Flamingo and Koval album, named for the Las Vegas cross streets where Tupac Shakur was shot to death in 1996.

Could it really be that Arian Foster, the artist formerly known as the NFL’s best running back, has a secret new career as a rap musician?
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In a word, yes. It’s a real聽career too, not just the type of clumsily produced musical foray that athletes do when they’re bored. After retiring from the NFL in October 2016, Foster threw himself headlong into music, working towards an album titled Flamingo and Koval,聽that was released two weeks ago.

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It’s been my life since I quit football, Foster told USA TODAY Sports in a telephone interview. Everything has been about this (new) career.

Now, in saying it’s a secret career, it kind of is and it kind of isn’t. Foster wants聽to be taken seriously so he is performing under the pseudonym Bobby Feeno. But if listeners find out that the man behind the music is the same guy who torched NFL defenses for 54 rushing touchdowns and 6,527 yards over eight seasons? Well, that’s fine too.
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The hope is that people will be listening and enjoy just because of what it is, Foster said. Initially, of course I will get that stereotype of being an athlete. I don’t think you combat against it.

NFL playoff droughts: Team most likely to end lengthy dry spell?

Back in the 2010 NFL playoffs, the Bears and Jets each fell one win shy of the Super Bowl.
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Chicago’s loss was especially exasperating. Not only did it come to the irredeemable Packers and Aaron Rodgers, but it obviously only happened because Jay Cutler couldn’t play in the second half and we had to roll with Caleb Hanie. I mean, Hanie was still better than Rex Grossman, but he wasn’t Cutler. And the Bears lost.
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I was upset, but reasoned this team would be back. And soon. We had our QB of the present and future, some studs up and down the roster. There was no way the Bears wouldn’t be in the mix for years to come. I’m sure Jets fans felt the same way.

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Curry will start Andre Ethier Jersey anew with the Buccaneers, who completely revamped their defensive line. He’ll stand alongside rookie Vita Vea, Gerald McCoy and Jason Pierre-Paul across the front.

McCoy and Pierre-Paul should command attention as consistent, proven pass-rushers. They combine for 107 sacks in their respective careers. At 347 pounds, Vea will demand extra help on the interior. Curry could see frequent one-on-one opportunities on the edge. He’ll take advantage using speed and his relatively fresh legs.

However, with the Packers drafting three receivers last month -聽J’Mon Moore,聽Marquez Valdes-Scantling聽and聽Equanimeous St. Brown聽- it looks as if the Packers are not going to pursue Bryant and go with one of the three rookie receivers to possibly take the place of Nelson. But looks aren’t everything.

It’s not known if the Packers are in the running to sign Bryant or if they have any interest in bringing him in for a visit. What we do know is the Packers were reportedly looking for a wide receiver during free agency as they tried to sign聽Allen Robinson聽and聽Sammy Watkins.

Bryant is not the same receiver he was in 2014, but he still a better option than Robinson or Watkins and he would not have any problems fitting into the Packers offense. Bryant did tell Dallas Cowboys on 247Sports reporter Mike Fisher that he did not think he would sign with the Packers because of the history, but Patrik Walker of Dallas Cowboys on 247Sports said the Packers are still in play for Bryant.

49ers sign seven undrafted rookies, cut five players

The 49ers included a dozen roster moves in the announcement confirming they have exercised their option on defensive lineman Arik Armstead‘s contract for the 2019 season.

Seven of those moves involved undrafted rookies joining the team. The 49ers have signed Houston wide receiver Steven Dunbar, San Diego tight end Ross Dwelley, Dartmouth quarterback Jack Heneghan, South Carolina offensive lineman Alan Knott, Syracuse offensive lineman Jamar McGloster, Frostburg State defensive lineman Niles Scott and Houston safety Terrell Williams.

They have to earn their position every week. Davis drove two hours each way to practice while she was attending college in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She wouldn’t get home until past midnight, and had to get up the next morning early to go to class. Last Halloween, she pulled all-nighters for three days in a row because she was in charge of making her field group’s Halloween costumes. At night, she hot glued Peter Pan and dwarf costumes together, and during the day she struggled to stay awake in class. I came to class one day and my eyes were bloodshot, and people were like, are you on drugs?

If he gets one, it won’t be for a while. General Manager Brandon Beane said on WGR Monday that the team wants to see how Benjamin fits into new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s system over the coming months before opening up talks about a new deal.

Benjamin joined the Bills in a trade with the Panthers during the 2017 season and caught 16 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown while dealing with a knee injury. Benjamin had surgery after the season, but has been at offseason workouts with the team this month.

Benjamin is set to make just over $8.45 million after the fifth-year option on his rookie deal was exercised. Benjamin is joined at the top of the receiver depth chart by Zay Jones and the Bills drafted a pair of receivers on Saturday to flesh out a thin group.

Falcons To Work On Deals For Jake Matthews, Grady Jarrett

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Now that Matt Ryan’s deal has been taken care of, the Falcons are looking to address other players with contracts that are near expiration. The Falcons will now turn their focus towards new deals for tackle Jake Matthews and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, GM Thomas Dimitroff says (Twitter link via Kelsey Conway of the team website).
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Both players are entering their walk years. Matthews, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 draft, will make nearly $12.5MM after the Falcons triggered his fifth-year option for 2018. The Falcons did not Jamison Crowder Authentic Jersey have the same option for Jarrett, a 2015 fifth-round choice, so he is slated to hit the open market after earning $1.9MM this year.
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Not so long ago, Carroll made it clear that he expected Thomas to be a part of Seattle’s defense in 2018, saying he better be in training camp.

However, Thomas has made no bones about two things that are likely contributing heavily to his current decision to abstain from offseason workouts.

The Cowboys have been all-in on quarterback Dak Prescott. (AP) More Meanwhile Prescott, like Wilson, has only two years left on his contract, meaning the Cowboys could extend him next spring, just like the Seahawks did for Wilson in 2015 after his third pro season. If the Cowboys don’t believe in Prescott yet,聽and they refuse to pay him Ryan money next spring, they could franchise him in 2020 and 2021, only to be forced to watch him hit free agency in March 2022 at 29 years old. It might be Kirk Cousins all over again, Halsell said.

Potential impact on defensive stars like Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack As for premium non-quarterbacks who are slated to hit free agency next spring, like the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald or the Oakland Raiders’ Khalil Mack, the consensus around the league is that Ryan’s deal will have a marginal effect on their negotiations, though it won’t keep agents from trying to use Ryan’s numbers for their own benefit.

Saints sign six of seven draft picks

Elite Tarik Cohen Jersey The New Orleans Saints were able to get nearly all of their draft picks under contact on Thursday.
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It took him four seasons to give the Jets 2,009 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He was too injury-riddled for them to keep, and he did even less in his final two NFL years with three more teams (Dallas, New England, Carolina).

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He couldn’t play at all, showing big bust material as a rookie. Then came Allen’s positive test for cocaine the next year before he was charged and imprisoned for sexual assault. Banned from the NFL, he struggled to hang around in other leagues.

Warren III initially announced his decision to transfer before academic issues prompted him to declare for the draft. He went undrafted after running a 4.69 in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

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Most players don鈥檛 need permission to use marijuana as a painkiller

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While it鈥檚 important to push the league to recognize that marijuana may be considerably safer that prescription medications, the truth remains that marijuana can be (and is) used by a very high percentage of players who know when they need to stop, and when they can start again.

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The Hall of Fame selection committee hasn鈥檛 been particularly generous with tight ends. There are only eight tight ends in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and none of them got in on the first ballot. The last tight end inducted, Shannon Sharpe, was voted down twice before he was admitted in his third year of eligibility. If Sharpe (a four-time first-team All-Pro with three Super Bowl rings) had to wait, then Witten (a two-time first-team All-Pro with zero Super Bowl rings) will have to wait as well.

Witten may also be behind some more accomplished players on the list of first-year eligible players. Joe Thomas will be on that list as well, and Thomas would likely be ahead of Witten in line. If Adrian Peterson and Darrelle Revis retire this offseason, they鈥檇 go in ahead of Witten as well. And another tight end, Antonio Gates, could get in ahead of Witten as well, if Gates retires this offseason.

With Pujols nearing history, can we agree to suspend the harping about his below-replacement WAR and his unwieldy contract? Let’s focus on the career of a player about to become just the fourth to record both 3,000 hits and 600 homers.

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Jerry Jones: I “dropped the ball” in not getting Tony Romo, Jason Witten a title

“I respected so much how unique Tony Romo’s contribution was both from a leadership standpoint as well as just his command of the game, his presence, everything out there,” Jones said. “It has just been reinforced when I also think about Witten not being on the field. It can’t help but remind me of what you miss when you lose a Tony Romo. On the other hand, just as the very nature of what happened now [last year with Romo’s retirement], that gives the opening for somebody else to step up not only as a player but also from the standpoint of leadership. I think we’ve really got the opportunity to see that here certainly with Dak [Prescott] and the general leadership we have on that side of the ball.”

First-round wide receiver Calvin Ridley is the only pick left for the Falcons to sign with rookie minicamp starting on Friday.

He then was asked how the situation could have resulted in a grand jury indictment, if it was a false accusation.

“Again, I was accused of something I did not do,” Patricia said. “I went through the process, and the case was dismissed.”

Patricia thereafter avoided a question regarding whether he was in the woman’s hotel room, and whether consensual sex happened.

“Again, I did nothing wrong, and that’s all I’m going to say on that matter,” Patricia said.

He explained in response to the next question that he doesn’t regret not disclosing the incident to the Lions, because it never came up in any of his various job interviews, and he said that he never failed to be truthful with the Lions.

“I’m here to defend my honor and clear my name,” Patricia said, reading from a prepared text. “Twenty-two years ago I was falsely accused of something very serious, very serious allegations. There were claims made about me that never happened. While I’m thankful on one level that the process worked and the case was dismissed, at the same time I was never given the opportunity to defend myself or to allow to push back with the truth to clear my name. This was something that was very traumatic to me when I was 21 years old, and once it was finally addressed, I tried to put it behind me.

“For those of you that are just getting to know me and those that have known me for a long time, you should know that I was raised the right way by two amazing parents who taught me to know the difference between right and wrong.