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Luke Kuechly’s shoulder well enough to carry clubs

Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly won’t be participating in any on-field work in OTAs later this month, but he was able to get 18 holes in yesterday — in a manner of speaking.

Kuechly was caddying for Greg Olsen in the Wells Fargo Championship pro-am, and was sufficiently healthy to carrying a heavy bag of clubs..

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“I feel good, shoulder feels good,” he said. “I haven’t done a whole lot on the field yet, but it’s gonna be fine.”

Getting the former defensive player of the year ready will be important for the Panthers, since he’ll be playing without running mate Thomas Davis (PED suspension) for the first month of the season.

Austin has the ability to function in several roles. He’s primarily a wide receiver, but can also return punts and kicksoffs as well as carry the ball out of the backfield. It sounds like Dallas is fully committed to giving Austin more than enough opportunities to be an impact player for the Cowboys. Team exec Stephen Jones says they want him to touch the ball a dozen times per game, at a minimum, as pointed out by Rotoworld’s Josh Norris.

In addition to Kamara, the Saints have Jonathan Williams, Daniel Lasco, Trey Edmunds and rookie Boston Scott, the team’s sixth-round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

There will be a handful of other guys competing for those touches, Payton said. Certainly, you miss something with a guy like Mark Ingram in those early weeks. But I think for us it’s going to be evaluating that whole position and determining who can handle some of that role.

Of the quartet vying to catch the coaching staff’s attention, the 6-foot, 223-pound Williams offers plenty of intrigue.

Williams, who played collegiately at Arkansas, landed on New Orleans’ radar during the predraft process in 2016. But the Bills used a fifth-round pick on Williams in the draft and he produced 94 yards rushing and a touchdown on 27 catches in 11 games during his rookie season. sabres_272

How 1 diving catch defines emergence of Rutgers’ Shameen Jones

Shameen Jones made the Rutgers spring football highlight reel during the team’s second scrimmage in early April, diving across the middle to haul in a deep ball from Artur Sitkowski.
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Most would聽attribute the play to athleticism, good hands, speed. Jones聽points to the strength that allowed him to survive the ground once he corralled the pass.

Physically, he wasn’t ready to play, receivers coach Lester Erb said. He looks like a Big Ten wide receiver now.
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Watt’s been running and lifting weights and should be on track to participate in training camp. If the demolition man returns to his destructive ways, Houston’s defense could be one of the nastiest in the AFC.

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Still: James didn’t want to simply ignore the rules. He wanted the league to acknowledge that marijuana was a safer alternative to opioids.

More ink is spilled on the Cowboys ‘ celebrated offensive line than all other blocking units combined. When this unit is healthy, though, it takes a back seat to no one. It all came together last season, with Peat moving inside to guard, Warford arriving to jump-start the running game and Ramczyk solidifying the pass protection at right tackle. Armstead has All-Pro potential on Brees’ blind side.
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The 2017 Patriots finished No. 1 across the board in weighted DVOA, drive success rate, yards per drive, points per drive and total offense. After placing second in the 2016 MVP race, Brady won the award last year, capping off an age-defying campaign with an incredible postseason run that featured the most passing yards in Super Bowl history.

Saints make it official with J.T. Barrett, three other undrafted free agents

As the quarterback for Ohio State for most of the last four years, J.T. Barrett has a higher profile than most undrafted free agents.
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Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said two weeks ago he has received assurances from Earl Thomas’ representation that the safety won’t hold out. Schneider repeated in a radio appearance Thursday that he doesn’t expect Thomas to try to force his way out of town.

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The NFL’s daily transaction wire brings word that the teams have called off the trade. No reason has been given, but both teams will be moving on without the players, both of whom entered the league as sixth-round picks, they tried to ship elsewhere.

The transaction report also shows that the Browns have waived Telfer. The Chiefs did the same with Nicolas.

Telfer has five catches for 40 yards in 30 games over his first two seasons. Nicolas played 11 games in 2016, but did not see any action in 2017 after rupturing his patella tendon late in his rookie year.

The rest of the undrafted additions are Western Michigan linebacker Asantay Brown, UCF offensive lineman Aaron Evans, Purdue defensive end Danny Ezechukwu, South Florida defensive tackle Bruce Hector, Purdue wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou, Southern Illinois safety Ryan Neal, Central Michigan defensive end Joe Ostman, Slippery Rock offensive lineman Ian Park, South Alabama safety Jeremy Reaves, Auburn safety Stephen Roberts, Georgia safety Dominick Sanders, Georgia State cornerback Chandon Sullivan, Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas, and LSU offensive lineman Toby Weatherby.

P.J. Hall signs rookie deal with Raiders

The Raiders announced the signing of another draft pick on Sunday.
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Defensive tackle P.J. Hall has agreed to a four-year deal with the team. Hall was selected in the second round of last week鈥檚 draft.

Hall comes to the Raiders after four strong years at Sam Houston State. He left the school as the all-time FCS leader in tackles for loss with 86.5 and will now be teammates with the previous record holder as linebacker James Cowser also plays for the Raiders.

Although it’s a fiscally prudent model that has become increasingly common with top prospects across the league, Braves management maintains that the bottom line didn’t matter in this case.

None, says Atlanta GM Alex Anthopoulos when asked how much the whole service-time issue played into Acuna’s demotion. Zero.

Still, from the Braves’ perspective, given that they weren’t expected to be competitive this year, the move made all the sense — er, cents — in the world. From the player’s perspective, not so much.

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The host interjected at that point, saying that G.M. Kevin Colbert said Thursday that he won鈥檛 keep four quarterbacks on the 2018 53-man roster.

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Then Ben brings the arrival of rookie Mason Rudolph back to himself, with a comment that likely was more joke than serious remark. But he still said it out loud.

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Jets’ Sam Darnold’s 1st throws at rookie minicamp

The future is now for the New York Jets, who got their first look at quarterback Sam Darnold in green and white (ok, red jersey with green and white shorts) on Friday during the first day of rookie minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center in Florham Park, N.J.

If he can get that corrected, watch out. New York would have a franchise passer for the next 15 years. If he keeps turning the ball over, it’s not going to be pretty in the AFC East. Darnold needs to get back to his 2016 form this Jets draft is all about whether he’s the answer.

What’s next for the Seahawks?

Avril isn’t the only veteran on the Seattle defense who won’t be back in 2018. Kam Chancellor is another possibility after suffering a stinger that could end his career. Richard Sherman was released and signed by the 49ers, and Michael Bennett was traded to the Eagles.

Even Earl Thomas has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the 2018 offseason.

But it appears the allure of the broadcast booth is too much: MNF is open with Jon Gruden returning to the Raiders as their coach, leaving one of the premiere spots in broadcasting for the NFL open.

Witten likely saw this as his only opportunity to leap from the field into the top tier of the broadcast booth. We have our CBS slot filled with Witten’s old teammate Tony Romo, Cris Collinsworth is cemented at NBC and Troy Aikman’s got FOX on lockdown. If Witten wanted to get in the door on a major network, this was his opportunity.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

Game changer: Kirk Herbstreit. Markman calls the popular “Herbie” the “face” of college football on TV. ESPN is hoping his presence on the main set will attract “College GameDay” fans. Herbstreit’s knowledge of players coming out of the college game is second to none, added Markman: “He knows these guys better than anyone. Knows the systems they came from. Knows all the coaches they played for. I think he’s going to add something that we’ve never had before.”

Far From Sure Thing Broncos Pick Up DE Shane Ray’s Fifth-Year Option

According to James Palmer of the NFL Network, it’s far from a sure thing that the Broncos will exercise DE Shane Ray’s fifth-year option before the upcoming deadline.
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Denver just used the No. 5 overall pick on OLB Bradley Chubb and re-signed RFA Shaq Barrett, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise to hear that they could decline Ray’s option.

As long as Mahomes can play at a similar level to Smith, who Kansas City traded to Washington this offseason, the Chiefs should be on the playoff bubble.

Quarterbacks rarely start 16 games and post a 96.0 passer rating while their teams miss the playoffs. That’s the exact situation Philip Rivers found himself in last season.

Losses early in the season, mostly due to a struggling kicking game, wound up holding the Los Angeles Chargers out of the playoffs. They appear poised to put everything together this season, though.聽

At the time he left the game, deGrom had thrown only 46 pitches.

The four shutout innings he tossed聽Wednesday聽lowered his ERA this season to 1.87, which is fifth in the National League.

At the time he left the game, deGrom had extended his scoreless streak to 18 1/3 innings.

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Harvey has made three appearances聽 out of the bullpen for the Mets.

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No. 28 pick Laken Tomlinson, G, Detroit Lions: The San Francisco 49ers acquired Tomlinson for a 2019 fifth-round pick before the season. The guard started 15 games for the Niners and fared decently well as a run blocker in Kyle Shanahan’s scheme. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Niners decided to pick up the option as a placeholder, but according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, it seems the team is leaning towards declining.

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There are few more obvious needs of improvement in a position group than Seattle’s offensive line, but it’s possible that head coach Pete Carroll believes the pieces he has can be brought into potential by new line coach Mike Solari. Whether that’s true or not, it would indicate that the Seahawks won’t automatically reach for a blocker in the first round as they’ve done in recent years.
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Acquiring former Bills tackle Cordy Glenn does a bit to reinforce a Bengals offensive line still smarting from the lack of development shown by 2015 picks Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher (a heart condition also took Fisher off the field in 2017). Cincinnati’s guard situation isn’t much clearer right now, and with new coordinator Bill Lazor wanting the offense to be more multiple, per quarterback Andy Dalton, protection is a clear and glaring need.

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While he projects better as a guard at the next level, he could have a parallel with longtime Bengals standout Andrew Whitworth, who alternated between guard and tackle over his career in Cincinnati. Wynn has the strength, attitude and technical expertise to excel at multiple positions in the NFL, and the Bengals need help at all of them.

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In the not-so-old days, talent evaluators relied on their eyes and stopwatches to grade college prospects. They still do, but now they have a supplementary source of information Chad Ruhwedel Womens Jersey at their disposal — analytics.
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On Monday, general manager Mike Maccagnan revealed that analytics have played a significant role in the New York Jets’ draft preparation. Previously, the organization downplayed its usage of analytics in the scouting process. Now the Jets are looking to expand that department.

Sweat is something of a similar prospect to Carter. He is similarly athletically blessed but the production (14.5 sacks in three years) doesn’t quite reflect his capabilities.
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Yet he has hugely impressive burst off the ball and excels at bending his body to turn the corner. If a team believes they can harness that on a consistent basis Sweat should be gone before the first day is out.

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No one is more of a true Colt than Reggie Wayne, team owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a statement. He embodies everything about the Horseshoe and is much beloved by Colts fans everywhere. He is also one of the greatest players in NFL history, and chants of ‘REG-GIE, REG-GIE’ will forever echo through our stadium along with memories of many amazing catches and exciting plays. I could not be more proud and honored to induct Reggie Wayne into the Colts Ring of Honor.

It’s a fitting tribute for a historically dominant pass-catcher who seems destined to ultimately land in Canton.

Wayne played 14 seasons for the Colts , who drafted him in the first round in 2001 out of Miami. His 211 appearances mark the most in franchise history, with Wayne logging 14,345 yards and 82 touchdowns off 1,070 a whopping receptions.

Currently working as an analyst for NFL Network, Wayne ranks 10th in NFL lore in receptions and receiving yards and currently sits tied for 23rd all-time in touchdowns through the air.

Serving as the ideal on-field foil to fellow wideout Marvin Harrison, Wayne formed a deadly combination with quarterback Peyton Manning, helping the team to a bushel of postseason voyages and a win in Super Bowl XLI.

Matt Harvey has ‘nothing to say’ to media about bullpen stint

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey didn’t want to speak with the media Tuesday night, after his first relief appearance since being demoted to the bullpen.

The right-hander didn’t change his tune Wednesday, either.

Asked to comment about his Tuesday performance — he allowed a run over two innings in a 6-5 win against the Cardinals — Harvey snapped back after a repeated request.

“I have nothing to say to you guys,” he said, according to the New York Post. “I don’t f—ing want to [talk].”

The two other cheerleaders who would attend the meeting with Davis and Ware have not been determined, Blackwell said, but they would not be associated with Blackwell and would come from different teams.

“We want the opportunity for change,” Blackwell said, adding that she understood the NFL could meet with them and end up doing nothing.

“I understand that risk,” she said. “But it’s a risk we’re willing to take to try to have real change.”

On March 17, Congdon shared her pregnancy via Instagram, and Barkley shared his excitement with reporters three days later at Penn State’s pro day. He said the baby’s due date was April 14 and the couple didn’t know the baby’s gender in advance.

“I’m excited. Some people aren’t even blessed with the opportunity to have kids, and I’m able to have one,” he said. “I’m truly excited to be a father.”

Barkley is expected to be among the top five players selected in Thursday night’s NFL draft.

“You have to challenge Granderson,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “You’ve been challenging Granderson for more than five years. He made a perfect throw and threw him out.”

Happ struck out a season-high 10 over seven innings. He walked none and allowed four hits and one run in his longest outing of the season.

Boston’s Rick Porcello allowed three runs and three hits in seven innings. Porcello walked three, two more than he’d walked in his previous four starts combined, and struck out a season-high nine, including five straight in the third and fourth.

Wavy MRI at Combine forces Rasheem Green to show his knee is fine

As the draft approaches, it’s important for all teams to have accurate information about all prospects. Toward that end, former USC defensive end Rasheem Green has provided accurate information about his health to all teams. Specifically, about his left knee.
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Green suffered a torn ACL in the left knee during high school. He had reconstructive surgery, along with a subsequent a cleanup procedure performed by the USC team doctor.

So what happened? Dr. Khalfayan thinks Green moved his knee while in the MRI machine.

Green is regarded as a likely second-round pick. He’s currently No. 5 on Mike Mayock’s list of top edge rushers.

But last year’s No. 7 overall pick said he felt 100 percent after back problems limited him to 10 games and 11 receptions.

I’m excited about this year to not only prove to everybody else, but prove to myself that I know who I am and what I can be, Williams said, via the team’s official website. I’m real confident in my abilities. I wasn’t capable of doing what I can do last year because of the injury. This offseason, I feel 100 percent. I’m ready to go out Adrian Kempe Jersey there and dominate.

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Critiquing the shot selection of a team leader who rebounded his position well, dished out six assists, accepted defensive challenges (witness DeRozan blunting Wall at the basket on a break in the game’s opening minutes) seems a bit exacting. He accounted for only four of the Raptors’ 18 unsightly turnovers. While DeRozan might have taken some ill-advised shots, the Raptors also suffered from an occasional unwillingness to take the sorts of open looks they shot with ease and great effect back in Toronto.