Cardinals drafted Christian Kirk knowing he was recently arrested

The Cardinals spent a second-round draft pick on wide receiver Christian Kirk even though he was arrested in February on a disorderly conduct and property damage charge that is still pending.
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The Arizona Republic reports that Kirk, who is from Arizona, was outside a local golf tournament when he and some friends were seen throwing rocks at cars.

Feel free to dissect Roethlisberger’s snark regarding whether he intends to help mentor third-round draft pick Mason Rudolph, the quarterback from Oklahoma State. Except to the extent it’s motivated by his obvious disappointment at the Steelers’ personnel moves on defense, it is inconsequential to the question at hand.

The question is whether the team’s work in free agency and now the draft has repaired a defense that rarely was exceptional in 2017, that gradually declined as the season progressed and then collapsed when star linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury in week 13.

To all the young players and coaches out there, I hope that I showed you that yes, you can do things the right way,Witten said. I was never the most talented, flashiest. I relied on grit. Other players may have been more talented, but I assure you, no one was going to outwork me.

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Jerry you have been a father figure to me for most of my life,Witten said to Jones. The last few days have been challenging for me. The hardest part of this decision was knowing that I would not hand you that Lombardi Trophy.
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Raiders schedule 2018: Jon Gruden returns to less of a grind

The Raiders improved by four games in the standings the last time Jon Gruden coached his first season in Oakland. Twenty years later, the Raiders would love some deja vu to help them get closer ot the 12-4 team they were in 2016, not the disappointing 6-10 of’ ’17.

What will help Oakland is a favorable strength of schedule based on last season’s results. This season’s opponents went a combined 121-135 (.473). tied with Cincinnati’s schedule for third “easiest.”

Bottom line: The Raiders will be significantly better under Gruden in time, but the coaching change plus remixed personnel in a difficult division will hold them back in the short term. Although Oakland will hang around in the AFC wild-card race because of the schedule’s weaknesses, the team will fall short of its surprise 2016 form. Record prediction: 8-8

The NFL commissioner broke his silence Monday and released a lengthy statement that highlighted the importance of preserving the integrity of the game and requested a federal framework for legalized gambling.

The full statement read:

As it was for my predecessors, there is no greater priority for me as the Commissioner of the National Football League than protecting the integrity of our sport. Our fans, our players and our coaches deserve to know that we are doing everything possible to ensure no improper influences affect how the game is played on the field. This week’s ruling by the Supreme Court has no effect on that unwavering commitment.

In the twilight, Manu Ginobili is Argentina’s shining example

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Curry and Durant each scored five quick points as Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-0 burst to go ahead 64-43.
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Of riding the emotion with his shot — after so many questions about his perceived struggles so far this series — Curry noted, You’ve got to be your biggest fan sometimes.

Under pressure from Paul, Curry swished a 3 from way back with 5:06 left in the third. He struggled with his long-range shot again early but drove through the paint at every chance.
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Curry hit a baseline 3-pointer at the 9:02 mark of the first but missed his next five 3s before going 4 for 5 in the second half. He is now 7 of 25 from long range — he made one in each of the first two games.

All it takes is one, Kerr said.

Both potent offenses were slow getting rolling as the teams played strong defense.

Harden and Paul began 3 for 14 with Paul missing six shots before getting his first basket on goaltending against Andre Iguodala 2:39 before halftime.

Offensively we didn’t have any thrust, and they exploited it, Harden said.

Mike Evans wants to improve his yards after the catch

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The Buccaneers receiver had a career-low 1,001 yards and scored only five touchdowns, calling 2017 maybe my second-worst season.

It’s a lot of growth for him, took deep breaths out there, really saw him continuing to compose himself which is definite indication of development, Kapler said.

Ronald Acuna’s RBI single in the ninth off Edubray Ramos drove in Albies to give the Braves an insurance run.
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He’s ignited us, Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Albies. He’s done a great job. He’s got a lot of confidence. He’s strong, he has a lot of bat speed. He can do a lot of things.
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I know for me, personally, if the team decides as a whole, most guys want to go or be a part of it, I’ll be attending with them, the quarterback said, via Rob Ellis of NBC Sports Philadelphia. I think it’s just a cool way to receive the honor nationally and be recognized. I don’t personally view it 鈥?I know some people do and everyone has their opinion on it 鈥?but I don’t view it as a political thing whatsoever. I don’t mess with politics very often.

Zach Ertz and Brandon Brooks were among the Eagles who said they remain undecided, and while Long and Jenkins reiterated that they will skip the trip, they insist it won’t affect the team’s locker room chemistry.

As far as teammates, yeah, we all have a choice, so nobody’s judging anybody, Long said. It’s an honor to get to go to the White House, and it means something different to everybody else.

Chad Pinder (R), 1.4 percent, Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners (LHP Marco Gonzales): Gonzales has been bitten by bad luck this year, but it should continue against the sneaky good A’s lineup, which is loaded with righties. Pinder is one of the hidden gems, especially when he can tap into his career .357 wOBA against southpaws. That success has continued this year with two homers and an exaggerated but reflective .458 wOBA over 42 plate appearances in that category.

Ranking the Big Ten QB situations after spring practice

If Rutgers fans could pick one colossal upset to score this season, it would be in the next game. But beating Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines at home, two years after 78-0? That would be quite the cathartic and euphoric event, no?
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The NFL owners will put it up for vote next week. The spring league meeting will be held in Atlanta on May 21-23. There, the NFL owners are expected to vote on, and approve, the sale. The official closing will be in July, per the Panthers.

When a team unearths their man, it can change the fortunes of the franchise.

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Then the Texans made a move for Deshaun Watson last year, trading a first-round pick in 2018 (No. 4 overall) to snag the dynamic signal-caller. Even after seeing Watson in action for just six starts before an ACL tear, Houston knows it’s found a franchise quarterback.

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Vikings draft kicker Daniel Carlson

Kai Forbath‘s days appear to be numbered in Minnesota.

He’s just a professional. The definition of it, Aaron Judge said.

According to ESPN, the cleats were designed by Corey Pane, who works with Brown. Pane indicated that up to 15 Steelers will have the customized cleats, but it’s unclear who will wear them on Sunday.

The players likely will only be able to wear them during warmups, as the NFL has strict rules regarding dress code.

Shazier’s teammates have found a way to remember him on the field as he continues to recover from an injury suffered Monday against the Bengals while making a tackle. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Wednesday.

The team has not provided details of the surgery or the prognosis, but his doctor, David Caho, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that “without a doubt he is done for the season,” adding the surgery, “does not rule Shazier out from football in the future.”

Greene’s case is part of a pattern in Elizabeth, McMahon said.

The discovery phase of this litigation will further reveal many other instances where (the Elizabeth Police Department)has allowed, condoned, and encouraged a systemic, ratified, and sanctioned policy of unlawful stops, searches, arrests, and acts of excessive and unreasonable force, wrongful arrests, racial profiling and malicious prosecution, only to fail to discipline personnel for such actions, much less properly supervise and train to prevent further abuses, the suit states.

Now in his late 20s, Greene is trying to get back into professional football.

He signed with the Jets in the offseason, but his one-year contract guarantees him only $500,000.

Thus, Bridgewater’s spot on the roster is tenuous at best after the Jets drafted Sam Darnold with the third overall pick.

Gase also noted, once again, Miami’s decision to stay put in the draft. sabres_071

Brandon Marshall meeting with Seahawks today

After playing 172 games over 12 years without a postseason appearance, free-agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall might be on the verge of joining a perennial playoff contender.
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Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, asked about the challenges and high expectations the team faces, basically says Bring Dennis Schroder Jersey it on. It’s an attitude that’s representative of the entire Philadelphia organization. Mental toughness, from the top to the bottom.

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Interestingly, Robert Morris has a strong NFL pipeline. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is a graduate. So are former NFL players Hank Fraley and Tim Levcik.

He’s a big factor, Oakland’s newest linebacker said of coach Jon Gruden during an interview on NFL Up to the Minute on Wednesday. He’s a very inspiring man. He’s a guy who can get the players to play at a high level. He’s a proven winner. He’s a guy who has a lot of respect in this league and I have a lot of respect for him, and definitely, definitely a big reason why I ventured this way.

In getting an experienced vet who’s logged more than 1,100 tackles and knows the AFC West landscape, we’re sure the feeling is mutual from Gruden.

His first game will be Thursday for the high A Tampa Tarpons.

Bird homered in a rehab game on Tuesday.

Browns waive Dominique Alexander, Darius Jackson

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The team announced that they have waived linebacker Dominique Alexander and running back Darius Jackson. That leaves them with 75 players before bringing in members of their rookie class.

Another reminder of the program’s dominance will come at the 2018 NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas. Four more entries 鈥?defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, wide receiver Calvin Ridley, linebacker Rashaan Evans and defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne 鈥?are considered likely first-round selections. That would mark 22 such picks since 2009, including nine in the past two years.

According to CBS Sports’ draft rankings, 11 Crimson Tide players are rated highly enough to be chosen. Should such forecasting become reality, that figure would break the school record of 10 set during the 2017 NFL Draft.

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One of the challenges for the scout is to really break down,’What is this player going to bring to the table in our facility wearing our uniform and helmet when not necessarily surrounded by the types of core players they have in Tuscaloosa?’

Other NFL busts like running back Trent Richardson, linebacker Rolando McClain and Cody experienced a rough time dealing with life off Alabama’s campus. San Francisco linebacker Reuben Foster looks like he might soon become the latest washout. The 31st overall pick in last year’s draft, Foster faces as many as 11 years in prison if convicted on felony domestic violence charges stemming from an offseason arrest.

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Saints see pass rusher as a premium position like quarterback, left tackle, cornerback

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Why did the Saints pay such a high price to draft Marcus Davenport? Because they think pass rushers are worth it.
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Roethsliberger has two years left on his current contract, and he has said he plans to play three to five more years, while also reserving the right to re-evaluate his situation annually. (A year ago, he entered Brett Favre territory by making it clear that he鈥檒l take things one year at a time.)

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Eagles reportedly pick up option to keep HC Doug Pederson through 2020

The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII just two years after hiring Doug Pederson to be their head coach. Not surprisingly, they have rewarded him by picking up his contract option for a fifth year, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, which keeps him in Philly through the 2020 season.

Pederson, of course, is a former backup quarterback who became one of the NFL’s hottest young coaches as a member of Andy Reid’s staff, both with the Eagles and then with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Two of the Colts’ first three picks in last week’s draft — Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson (first round) and Auburn’s Braden Smith (second) — were guards. They will be inserted on the left and right side of the line, respectively, between left tackle Anthony Castanzo, center Ryan Kelly and the winner of the Denzelle Good/Joe Haeg battle at right tackle.

You know what? Let’s zoom in on that thing and try and count all the diamonds on it. Jason Witten’s retirement gift is pretty sparkly.

It’s no surprise that Jones got Witten an expensive retirement gift, and that’s because the tight end has been a star in the organization for the past 15 years.

The age-old question of best player available vs. team need is always in play. I was adamant that, in the first two rounds, we would pick our highest rated player regardless of position (unless it was a quarterback and we were set there). Coaches are notorious for wanting to fill needs for immediate help. The team president and GM are more likely to look long-term.

We would take one of the five players on our ready list, and the next highest rated player would be inserted into the fifth spot. In the later rounds, we would often select a player further down our top five list if we felt it was a position we needed to fill. If two players were rated equal, we went with the position of need.

The draft in which we had the most discussion during the hour before we were on the clock was in 1998 with the Vikings. Wide receiver Randy Moss, with his obvious top five-level talent but questionable character after several off-field incidents, was the player we were considering.