Jenkins silently uses signs to bring attention to issues

Two days after the White House canceled the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory celebration, safety Malcolm Jenkins used Wednesday’s media session to once again bring attention to issues of social injustice.

Silently standing before reporters, Jenkins responded to questions by holding up a series of signs pointing out player community work and various examples of social inequality.

Last month, Jenkins and several other NFL players hosted a forum in Oakland, California, to address criminal justice reform concerns — one of at least four forums the Players Coalition plans to host on the issue.

In addition to meeting with NFL team owners and league officials to address concerns involving social inequality issues affecting players, members of the Players Coalition have gone on police ride-alongs, met with legislators on Capitol Hill and visited with community leaders to address issues affecting people across the country.

Despite having the largest population in Europe and a rich football history, Russia remains a sleeping giant. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov is taking the blame for poor results.

I’m no psychologist, to go around calming people down, he said after another disappointing 1-1 friendly draw with Turkey. Instead the fans’ job is to believe in us.

Russia’s best chance of a first World Cup win since 2002 is in the opening game June 14 against Saudi Arabia_the second-lowest ranked team at the tournament. Mohamed Salah’s shoulder injury could help Russia’s chances in the second Group A game with Egypt, before Uruguay presents a tough test.

Even if Russia gets out of the group, Spain or Portugal are likely second-round opponents.

There will be plenty of attention on Russia off the pitch. At the 2016 European Championship, Russia was better known for its marauding hooligans than its defense-first approach in games, while the team has been embroiled in Russia’s doping scandals.

Defender Ruslan Kambolov was investigated by FIFA earlier this year over allegations he may have benefited from Russian doping cover-ups. Kambolov’s lawyers say the investigation was closed for lack of evidence, but FIFA didn’t confirm that

Rob Gronkowski Says He’ll Be at Patriots Minicamp Amid Contract Talks

Chris Terry Jersey New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski confirmed he’ll attend the team’s mandatory minicamp, which starts Tuesday and runs through Thursday.
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Patriots owner Authentic Santiago Casilla Jersey Robert Kraft allayed fears about Gronkowski’s status when he聽said聽last month he expected Gronkowski and quarterback Tom Brady to show up for minicamp, but Gronkowski himself had yet to offer a firm reassurance. That’s no longer the case after his comments Sunday.

See Cameron Meredith for how that strategy can go awry. Fortunately for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the market for Callahan was weak. He’s back on a one-year, $1.9 million deal and could cash in at season’s end if he stays healthy and continues his play as one of the top slot corners in the NFL. In fact, according to Pro Football Focus, Callahan is one of the eight best slot corners in the NFL. While Callahan missed some time in 2017 with an injury, he performed well when healthy, generating the third-most slot coverage snaps per reception allowed.

While he hasn’t offered much in terms of run defense or as a blitzer (only four career pressures), he’s allowed less than an 80.0 passer rating from the slot in each of his three pro seasons, showing a consistency that is a very valuable piece on an up-and-coming聽Chicago defense. Callahan appeared in 12 games last season and had two interceptions. Durability is a concern, however. He’s appeared in only 32 of 48 games in his three years as a pro.
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There’s little margin for error in New Orleans. Patrick Mahomes: Some of the throws Mahomes made in practice last year became a the stuff of urban legend around the K.C. facility, and he validated all that hope with a dynamite debut in Week 17 against the Broncos. Is it fair to put so much stock into just that? Probably not. But when your team deals up 15 spots to get you, then trades away a quarterback who got the team to the playoffs four times in five years, much will be expected.

Brees nabs Wooden jersey for Purdue to display

When Drew Brees heard a 1930s-era Purdue jersey worn by John Wooden was being sold at auction, he saw an opportunity to help his alma mater showcase its ties to a man most known for winning 10 NCAA men’s basketball titles as UCLA’s coach.

Brees says he paid $264,000 to win a late-hour bidding war for the jersey in mid-May and will allow Purdue to display it at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana.

I had never seen any Purdue related in regards to memorabilia ever from John Wooden, the New Orleans Saints quarterback said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. I mean, think about it, it’s over 80 years ago. So the minute that I saw this, I thought ‘This belongs at Purdue. Purdue has to have this and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure they do.’

For years, the jersey was in the possession of one of Wooden’s college friends, according to an article about its discovery in the Journal and Courier of West Lafayette. That friend later gave the jersey to his own grandson, John Neff, but never told him Wooden had worn it. For years, Neff didn’t realize the jersey belonged to Wooden until curiosity about its origins led him to have it authenticated by sports memorabilia experts. He sold it through Heritage Auctions.

Foster rejoined the Niners last Thursday but has been held out of team drills as he gets back into form after missing more than five weeks of the offseason program while waiting for his case to be resolved.

He took part in individual drills during organized team activities but spent the time during team drills doing conditioning or watching teammates.

Getting him up to speed won’t take as long, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said. I can promise you that when he gets out there, he’ll be like a fireball. It will be cool to see.

Foster had a trying offseason following an arrest in February on charges of beating up his girlfriend. He was charged in April with felony domestic violence, forcefully attempting to dissuade a witness and felony possession of an assault weapon.

NFL to sponsor a float in New York City Pride March

The NFL is going to show some pride.
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According to Cyd Zeigler of Outsports.com, the NFL is sponsoring a float in the New York City Pride March on June 24, the first time the league has participated in the event.

It took until Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 for the Steelers to find their next best QB after Terry Bradshaw. But they could have had an Andrew Luck-Peyton Manning situation if they had a little more foresight. After struggling to rush the passer inside as a rookie, tragedy struck Rivera in the form of a drunken driving accident that left him paralyzed. Regardless of whom Pittsburgh had taken, not taking the Pitt product Marino to become Bradshaw’s successor wasn’t a good call.
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There were six quarterbacks taken before Brady in the 2000 draft until New England pulled the trigger in the sixth round. While every team passed and didn’t have any idea that Brady would turn into the greatest quarterback of all time, this move by the Niners looks most embarrassing. Brady, a Bay Area-native who worshipped Joe Montana, should have gotten a chance from San Francisco as an underrated prospect from Michigan. Instead, the team went for a kid from that QB hotbed, Hofstra.

Poling had 373 tackles, 18 sacks, and 7 interceptions over four seasons at Ohio University while Sanders made 25-of-35 field goals and 111-of-112 extra points at New Mexico. The only other kicker in Miami is undrafted free agent acquisition Greg Joseph, so the two rookies will be competing for the job over the summer.

The Dolphins also signed cornerback Bobby McCain to an extension on Friday, which is the first day they were able to make use of $17 million in cap Authentic Marcus Gilbert Jersey space provided by Ndamukong Suh’s post-June 1 release.
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They’ll go with defense at No. 13 overall, then try to add another pick. They dealt their third-round pick to Kansas City for quarterback Alex Smith and, because they weren’t too active in free agency, one way they can help themselves is by getting another choice within the first couple of rounds. They also have the draft capital in 2019 — thanks to expected compensatory picks — to move up either in the second round, back into the first or acquire a third-rounder. — John Keim

Carpenter and Danica Patrick got exactly what they needed in qualifying Sunday.

Now comes the hard part: Finding a way to victory lane next weekend.
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After crashing Roger Penske’s front-row party by claiming his third Indianapolis 500 pole-winning run and watching his teammate, Patrick, qualify seventh for the final start of her career, Carpenter quickly turned his attention to hosting a bigger family celebration at the track his stepfather’s family owns.

The return of Bump Day left two drivers, James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann, searching for ways to get back into the field. There was no immediate indication if Erik Haula Authentic Jersey either had a pathway back though one door closed when IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye told The Associated Press the traditional 33-car field would not be expanded.

But Carpenter’s surprisingly quick four-lap qualifying run was all the rage Sunday.

He was the only driver to top 230 mph, the only one to turn four successive laps over 229 and the only one who beat Penske’s drivers. Carpenter’s average of 229.618 topped Simon Pagenaud’s 228.761 and Will Power’s 228.607.

Carpenter has five career starts from the first three rows but hasn’t finished higher than 10th.

The difference in his accuracy as the season went on seemed to be mechanical. When the New Orleans Saints’ Brees is in the pocket without pressure, there are times when he’ll bend his upper body back to generate velocity without transitioning through his lower body to make throws鈥攊n other words, he’s making upper-body throws that don’t travel with the depth and speed he’d like. When he uses his lower body to generate torque or makes a deep throw on the run after squaring his body to the target, things go much better because he manages his upper-body movement.

At age 39, Brees may not be the deep-ball thrower he was half a decade ago, but when he’s on point, he can be accurate to all parts of the field with the ability to deduce where open receivers will be and the capacity for throwing them open through ideal anticipation.

The New England Patriots offense changed when receiver Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL before the 2017 season. Edelman is Brady’s primary intermediate receiver, and they have excellent chemistry on the team’s array of option routes. With Edelman out, the Patriots had two choices: reduce the passing game and make it a checkdown offense or use their deep receivers in more of a vertical game.

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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.

There’s a ton of teams he could help, Romo said, via espn.com. One thing, I don’t know how many teams will do their homework on it, Sam Koch Authentic Jersey but Dez is a good teammate and I think sometimes that might get lost in the way that the emotional aspect of things.

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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The Seahawks have three picks left to sign.

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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 Philly.com.

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.

Authentic Mens Doug Gilmour Jersey That hasn’t stopped Staley from helping McGlinchey.

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.

Game Sven Baertschi Jersey He’s taking me under his wing and helped me out when I need him to, answering every question I have. Meeting with me whenever I need him to. Going over film. He’s been awesome.

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.

More: Arian Foster says of NFL owner’s ‘inmates’ comment: ‘That’s how they view the players’

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.

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.