Veteran defensive back Will Blackmon working out for teams

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It appeared Will Blackmon’s NFL career might have been over when he was cut by Washington before the start of the regular season last year.
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But the 33-year-old still wants to play, and is trying to hustle up a market.

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Blackmon has worked out recently with the Seahawks, Browns, Colts, and Falcons. Since he’s still available, that means that the Seahawks, Browns, Colts, and Falcons didn’t sign him.

Paul Brown, I thought, was so far ahead of anybody. He was the first guy that timed players. He was the first one that had a full-time coaching staff.

He’s one of my best friends today. I’ve known him ever since he was a guy at Wichita [State] and one of his claims to fame in Wichita was he was drafted with the draft choice in the seventh round with the next pick next to Bob Hayes. I think it’s the only time in history that we’ve had back-to-back draft choices beyond the first round become Hall of Famers. Parcells is a great deal like Landry Jacob Trouba Womens Jersey in that he understands the draft, he understands the salary cap, he loves to evaluate football players, and he’s got an unbelievable memory for things that have happened in the past and why they happened.

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Part of that quick rise for a quarterback requires winning over a locker room and showing leadership. A quiet guy off the field according to his new teammates, Patterson has plenty of experience with ingratiating himself in a new group. Clarkson said Patterson’s move to IMG Academy — a haven for elite high school prospects looking to focus on their sport — for his senior season of high school should serve him in well in asserting himself at Michigan.

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Thirty-seven is not old, Manning said, via Tom Rock of Newsday. I think 37 is young, so it’s all perspective.

The Giants named Manning the starter for 2018, but how much longer does he have?

The Giants own the second overall pick and have to start thinking about the future at some point. With three of the top four quarterbacks still on the board when they draft, the Giants might find now is as good a time as any.

Defensive tackle Damon Harrison is one of the only two healthy players to be absent from the team’s voluntary minicamp, but Pat Shurmur said he has spoken with him and said it isn’t a problem.

I’m aware of why he wasn’t here, Shurmur said. So, there’s no real issues there. 鈥?I expect him back soon.

Shurmur has also spoken with Ereck Flowers a couple times, and seemed to have a bigger issue with the recently demoted offensive lineman skipping the minicamp.

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General Manager Dave Caldwell said at a Friday press conference that the team’s process stays the same despite their new neighborhood, but he did Womens John Johnson Jersey identify one big difference from past years when rookies were expected to step right into the lineup.

[The media has] been around us where we didn’t have guys to line up with at this point of the year, Caldwell said, via the Florida Times-Union. Our first year here, we had to draft rookies and start them. Now we can take the best player available. We have needs, don’t get me wrong, but we don’t have a glaring need.

The lack of a glaring need creates several paths that the Jaguars could take next week in terms of both positions to target and trades to entertain while they’re on the board. Making the right decisions about which ones to take should help the Jaguars improve their chances of staying at the bottom end of the first round a while longer.

Vikings’ Kentrell Brothers suspended 4 games by NFL

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers was suspended Friday without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced.

Brothers is eligible to return to the Vikings’ active roster on Sept. 28, following the team’s Sept. 27 game against the Los Angeles Rams. Brothers is allowed to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Brothers has appeared in 26 games over the last two seasons for Minnesota, primarily on special teams. He took just eight defensive snaps over 16 games in 2017.

He will miss games against the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams.

Players do not face suspensions for the first violation, but they do enter the league’s substance abuse program. That means they’ll be tested more regularly, and the consequences ramp up with each violation.

It’s unwise for players to celebrate 4/20 on April 20, because they’re running the risk of getting hit with a random drug test. And they’d better not even tweet about 4/20. Former Colts punter Pat McAfee found that out the hard way.

Gaine’s praise of Clowney is almost an understatement. The first-overall pick of 2014 has emerged as one of the game’s true havoc-wreaking, run-detonating physical freaks.

The vision of a healthy Clowney, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus still doubles as a tantalizing dreamland for Texans fans — especially now that a starry quarterback has been found on the other side of the ball in Deshaun Watson.

It might take some time, but the Texans will get this contract done. Book it.

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Dee Ford details comeback from back problems

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The Chiefs pass-rusher struggled with a back injury last year, and played just six games before he needed season-ending surgery. And he wasn’t afraid to talk about how painful it was for him.

Bailey (0-3) allowed four hits and three runs with four strikeouts and two walks in a season-high seven innings.

Homer was very, very good, manager Bryan Price said. He was really acute with his location. He didn’t give them much, but they did get the hit, they were able to handle and score a few runs, enough to win.

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We’re 2-12, said Bailey, accidentally subtracting a loss. That’s not very good at all, regardless of my numbers. My numbers alone don’t count. It’s what we’re doing as a team, man.

Mahomes spent most of his rookie season learning the offense. That knowledge came in handy on those high-school fields.

I tried to simulate it as if there was a defense out there, Mahomes said. I would give the routes and then I would give them based off of certain coverage because we run them differently compared to in the game when you have to adjust on the fly. I would say ‘single safety middle zone’ or ‘cover two’ and try to let Akeem Spence Jersey the receivers run the routes how they would run it versus that so we can build timing and things like that. . . . It helped out a ton from last year learning all those things and then having veteran guys like Chris Conley and [Travis] Kelce and all of those guys that can help explain the routes even better to me. Then it helps me get a better understanding of what they’re thinking.

One thing the Blue Jackets want to avoid is penalties, which the Capitals’ potent power play has taken advantage of in each game. On Tuesday, a five-on-three at the end of the second period led to a go-ahead goal by Washington’s John Carlson.

The Blue Jackets came back to tie in the third period on a goal by forward Artemi Panarin.

Richie Incognito asks to be released from his contract

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Incognito, who re-did his deal with the Bills on March 15, only to say he was firing his agents and then say he was retiring, now says he wants the Bills to cut him.

Please release me from my contract, Incognito wrote on Twitter, in a message directed at the Bills. Contact Athletes First for further updates. Thank you for your service.
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The Eagles acquired the former third-round pick from the Panthers in exchange for wide receiver Torrey Smith. They might have released Smith (though a restructure was possible) and the two years and $10 million he has left on his deal seems like a bargain for Carolina in light of the free agent market.

The Eagles were interested in any affordable cornerback options, but a local kid who found trouble before his career started there was something they didn’t want to waste time on, apparently.

It’s his first playoff game, Middleton said. His rookie year he got hurt the second half of the season, the same thing with last year. … It’s never easy. We don’t want him to put a ton of pressure on himself, we just want him to go out there, relax, and be the Jabari we know he can be — the Jabari that we’ve seen him be since he came back from injury.

Parker, who returned to the lineup on Feb. 2 after tearing the ACL in his left knee for the second time last season, is averaging 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game this year and says the message he has gotten from teammates is simple heading into Game 2.

Just to control what I can control, Parker said.

The kitschy light-up bracelets flickered in the darkened arena and another packed house roared Crosby sucks!

Odell Beckham Jr. was never on the trading block and the only reason the Giants ever said no player, not even their star receiver, should be viewed as untouchable is because no one is. Sure, the Giants did not mind sending a few smoke signals up at the owners’ meetings last week in Orlando, Fla., and yes indeed, they took a call from the Rams inquiring about Beckham.
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Mara also said, I think when you’re 3-13 nobody is untouchable, and, referring to possible interest around the league in Beckham, added, You always listen to those things, but that’s not a scenario I would like to see happen.

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Crosby matched a postseason-best with four points on a goal and three assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins silence the raucous crowd and beat Philadelphia 5-1 on Sunday for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

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Two of the so-called fiercest rivals in the NHL have provided three lopsided games: Pittsburgh’s 7-0 win in Game 1 and Philadelphia’s 5-1 victory in Game 2 could about qualify as nail-biters in this series.

Flyers’ Sean Couturier to sit out Game 4 with lower-body injury

The dirty work of Mitchell’s development is Bryant’s top priority. He’s the assistant who conducts the rookie’s individual workouts, pregame shooting routines and film sessions — scouting opponents, reviewing games, watching other stars to try to learn their tricks. Bryant is the constant voice in Mitchell’s ear.

The Golden Knights became the first team in the Stanley Cup playoffs to clinch a ticket to the second round after sweeping the Los Angeles Kings in four games. Vegas became the first franchise in NHL history to sweep a postseason series in its inaugural season.

Over the summer, Vegas management had tempered expectations. General manager George McPhee publicly declared a goal of making the playoffs in the team’s third season and winning a Stanley Cup in six.

“We don’t have high expectations for this year,” owner Bill Foley told ESPN in August. “We’re going to be competitive. If we’re going to lose a game, we’d like to lose by a goal or two, not lose by five or six. We don’t want to be a walkover team. We want to be competitive. We want to be entertaining on the ice. We want to score some goals.”

Instead, the Golden Knights have been one of the biggest success stories across all sports. Vegas became the first NHL team to make the postseason in its inaugural season since 1979-80, when the Oilers and Whalers reached the playoffs after joining the league as part of its merger with the WHA. The Oilers featured Wayne Gretzky, while the Whalers had Gordie Howe on the roster. It was also a time when just five of the league’s 21 teams didn’t make the playoffs.

Aminu is easily Portland’s best option on Davis. If Portland had its full wing contingent — with Maurice Harkless — Terry Stotts would probably experiment some with Aminu at center. But Harkless is hurt, though upgraded to questionable for Game 2. Collins is a rookie. Nurkic is important on both ends.

Davis was ridiculous on defense. I mean, look at this 12 seconds of hell:

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier are finalists for the Selke Trophy as best defensive forward in the NHL.

Bergeron is nominated for the seventh straight season and is one of just two players to have won the award four times. Hall of Famer Bob Gainey also has won it four times.jets_013

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The NFL, who does not employ or operate the cheerleading squads, said in a statement that it supports fair employment practices.

Everyone who works in the NFL, including cheerleaders, has the right to work in a positive and respectful environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment and discrimination and fully complies with state and federal laws, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. Our office will work with our clubs in sharing best practices and employment-related processes that will support club cheerleading squads within an appropriate and supportive workplace.

Without going Womens Ryan Kelly Jersey into detail, the 34-year-old said he was done in a text to The Associated Press shortly after reported Incognito was strongly considering retiring, but would consider returning for one more season at the right price.

Incognito then told The Buffalo News he’s retiring because of health reasons.

I’m done. That’s it, Incognito told The News. Went to the doctor. My liver and kidneys are shutting down. The stress is killing me.

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Josh McCown enters training camp as starter but with no guarantees

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You want a long-term answer at every position, not just quarterback, Bowles said. So we’re trying to find guys and Josh, again, he played well last year, and we got the addition of Teddy and we’ll see what he can do and the young guys are still practicing. But you want a guy that has stability at the position for a long time.

Ballard expressed relief that McDaniels opted not to follow through on the tentative decision to take the Colts job; basically, Ballard believes it was better that someone who wasn’t truly all in realize it now and not a year or a month or even a day after signing the contract. If teams were permitted to harvest a signature before a candidate’s playoff run ends, the candidate possibly wouldn’t realize that he’s not fully committed to the job until it’s too late.

Of course, having the moment of clarity that comes from having pen to paper come sooner than later could force a guy who isn’t all in to say so before, for example, staff members are hired under the assumption that the candidate will take the job. To get to that point, however, a franchise that is singularly focused on the task at hand of preparing for and winning playoff games will necessarily be forced to act, at the risk of creating distractions and disruptions.

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Mitchell continued his case for Rookie of the Year on Sunday with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists — including one terrific full-court pass from the right corner baseline ahead to Ingles in front of the opposite rim for a Jazz layup against the Lakers.

Like its impressive rookie, the Jazz continues to grow as the playoffs near.

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Incognito has decided to be presidential, and fire his Jon Ryan Youth jersey agents via Twitter. He sent his message to his agency Athletes First, terminating their relationship in a very public manner.

His latest restructure reduced his base salary from $6.325 million to $3.65 million, while adding a $1 million roster bonus. That cleared $1.675 million in cap room for the Bills.