Eagles White House visit: NFL’s anthem policy, Trump’s words stir the pot

The Super Bowl-champion Eagles’ visit to the White House next Tuesday won’t be a complete, definitive referendum on how the NFL and its players will react to president Donald Trump’s latest public insult. But it will be the biggest barometer so far, and it will add more to the blueprint of current athlete activism.
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Then came Trump’s remarks the morning after the NFL’s new anthem policy was announced last Wednesday: You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing. You shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.

The Eagles are the first championship team scheduled to visit since that Authentic Noel Acciari Jersey comment. No additional players have made public any plans to boycott the White House visit.

Previous reports suggested Wentz should be ready for the season opener, although he likely won’t be 100 percent. According to Dr. David Chao, who pens the Pro Football Doc column for the San Diego Union-Tribune, recovery from the torn lateral collateral ligament makes rehab more difficult and may limit Wentz’s mobility when he first returns.

As Chao noted in late January: At this point, it is still reasonable to hope Wentz can be ready by Week 1. If that happens, he will almost certainly be limited to being a pocket quarterback.

That sort of approach would take an adjustment for Wentz, who is a fearless scrambler (his injury occurred as he dove for the end zone on a scramble against the Rams). But Wentz told Good Morning Football he’s not going to change his approach to the game.
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Guice experienced a mysterious drop down the draft board after he had been given first-round projections. He ended up landing in a great situation with Washington, as he can beat out third-year undrafted back Rob Kelley and 2017 fourth-rounder Samaje Perine for primary duties.

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Colin Kaepernick collusion case: Teams saw free-agent QB as starter, report says

Multiple NFL teams believed in 2017 that Colin Kaepernick not only was good enough to be on their rosters but also could be their starter, Pro Football Talk reported, citing an unidentified source.

“The deeper question,” Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio writes, “becomes whether Kaepernick and his lawyers can prove coordination among the teams and/or through the league office in connection with the decision to steer clear of Kaepernick based on his role at the forefront of protests that occurred during the national anthem.”

Yes, only $2.275 billion. A full $225 million short of one prominent estimate of $2.5 billion.

On one hand, maybe someone else would have shown up and offered considerably more, now that sports gambling can happen in the 49 states other than Nevada. On the other hand, maybe the purchase price already reflected the likelihood that, one way or the other, gambling was coming.

Ultimately, and as we explained in December when dismissing the speculation about what the price will be, every asset is worth whatever someone will pay for it. When it comes to NFL teams, there’s an asterisk arising from the reality that the rest of the club will have to be willing to welcome the new owner in.

The kickoff has survived after much talk about its possible elimination. The changes approved Tuesday, made with substantial input by coaches, will help determine whether the play has a long-term future.

As to Brady, it’s unclear what it would take to make him happy and to get him to show up for OTAs. And if you hope to plug your fingers in your ears and cry “not listening” or simply shout “fake news!,” the truth is that Organized Team Activities have become the centerpiece of the offseason program, where important work gets done in advance of the work to be done in training camp. If Brady’s not there, he will be behind when he reports.ravens_084

OBJ reportedly will attend OTAs

A year after he stayed away from most of the team’s offseason program, Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been present. And as Phase 2 becomes Phase 3 and Organized Team Activities (i.e., football practice) loom, Beckham reportedly will be there.
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Yes, OBJ will attend OTAs, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com.

Remember that part about this being a global list that highlights who is being followed, discussed and seen around the world? To that end, Kovalchuk — the former Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils winger who retired from the NHL in 2013 and returned home to Russia to play in the KHL — was a person of interest within the hockey community at two peaks during the past year, including the free agency, will he, won’t he return to the NHL? speculation and during the Olympics. In addition to being a star in the KHL for SKA St. Petersburg, Kovalchuk was a heavily discussed topic by a North American audience last summer when rumors surfaced that he could return to NHL. He also won a gold medal with the Olympic Athletes from Russia — scoring two goals against Team USA along the way — which made him a hot topic once again among the worldwide hockey audience.
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That’s not a great sign of harmony in New England. Although OTAs are voluntary and Brady is free to show up, stay home, or be anywhere else he wants to be, he has said in the past that he considers this on-field work to be valuable. The Patriots have added wide receivers Jordan Matthews, Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios this offseason, and it couldn’t hurt for Brady to get some on-field work in with them.

But if Brady thinks time spent with his own trainer, Alex Guerrero, is more valuable than time spent at the Patriots’ facility, then Brady Milan Lucic Jersey will stay home. There’s no worry about Brady showing up to camp out of shape, as he has always taken his physical conditioning seriously. But there is reason to wonder whether Brady and Bill Belichick are on the same page.

Steelers sign third-rounder Chukwuma Okorafor

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The team announced on Tuesday that third-round pick Chukwuma Okorafor has agreed to a four-year deal. The offensive tackle was one of two third-round picks by the Steelers this year. Quarterback Mason Rudolph was also drafted in that round and joins first-round safety Terrell Edmunds as unsigned picks in Pittsburgh.

Wagner was asked why he felt a need to say that.

Just because he needs to know, Wagner said. He needs to know that we appreciate him over here because he’s a talent that you’re not going to ever see another person like him ever again play Authentic Matt Cullen Jersey the football field. There’s nobody that’s going to be able to start from one side of the hash and be able to get all the way to the other side of the field.

Although I am leaving my full-time role in football operations, I will always be a part of the Eagles family and the Philadelphia community. I look forward to continuing to work with the organization as a consultant while I also pursue other endeavors that are extremely important to me and my family’s purpose to inspire hope and increase the minds, bodies and souls of so many to come.

When the Eagles hired Dawkins, it appeared they were grooming him to one day become a General Manager. For whatever reason, it didn’t work out.

Brian Dawkins will always be a Philadelphia Eagle, the team said in its statement. We greatly appreciate all of Brian’s contributions to our football operations department over the last two seasons and we are excited that he will continue to help us going forward. As an NFL Hall of Famer and a Philadelphia Eagles legend, Brian is able to provide valuable perspective and draw on his extensive experience in the NFL while working in our front office. Our doors will always be open to him, and we will support him in anything he does 鈥?both professionally and personally 鈥?as he continues his post-playing career.

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Cleveland Browns add fifth quarterback in last two months, signing Brogan Roback

The Cleveland Browns’ quarterback carousel continues to spin at a furious pace.
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Monday, the team signed former Eastern Michigan passer Brogan Roback, at least the fifth new quarterback on the roster since the 2017 regular season ended.

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Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) offered up the the Gaming Accountability and Modernization Enhancement (GAME) Act that hasn’t even been considered by a committee.聽There’s little chance it will get a floor vote as Congress is consumed by other issues ahead of the midterm elections.聽

After paying a second-round pick to dump Osweiler’s contract and a first-rounder to trade up for Watson, most of the Texans 2018 draft stock was used to reset the quarterback position. For O’Brien, that’s Mitchell Trubisky Jersey simply the price of correcting past mistakes.

Giorgio Tavecchio Limited Jersey It’s the hardest position in football to evaluate, he said. Very, very difficult to evaluate. When you look at them in college, you’re not sure exactly what maybe their coach is telling them in that system. When you interview them, you’re trying to teach them some things that maybe you’ll do with them, see how they pick that up. You just have to do the best job you can of spending time with the person, with making sure that you know everything you can know about that person. And when you feel it in your gut, and your organization feels it, then you go ahead and make that pick. But it’s a very, very important position on any team in the NFL.

After several swings and misses, the Texans found a multidimensional playmaker in Watson. So long as the ACL tear is a one-off fluke injury, Houston will have finally found their long-term answer at the most important position in sports.

Former NFL cheerleaders’ lawyer pushes for league-wide guidelines

The lawyer for two former NFL cheerleaders told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday that she’s optimistic and encouraged after discussions with the league’s legal representatives.

Sara Blackwell seeks better working conditions for members of teams’ cheerleading squads through the implementation of league-wide guidelines after some clubs have been accused of fostering an environment of harassment and intimidation. Blackwell, who threatened legal action against the league on behalf of her clients, also spoke with an outside lawyer representing the league Wednesday. 

I thought it went really well, Blackwell said in a phone interview. I am optimistic and encouraged by the conversation. Although I think their concern is genuine, we didn’t waive any rights (to file lawsuits) and we still have that right moving forward. I’m very, very optimistic they are coming to the table with the right intentions.

When the Jaguars players realized he wasn’t supposed to be there, they stopped him and held him until police arrived. The man was reportedly booked for burglary, grand theft, and trespassing.

A timely interception if there ever was one for Bortles.

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The signees also include two receivers.

Iowa State receiver Allen Lazard is 6 foot 5, 227 pounds, giving Jacksonville size at the position. He caught 231 passes for 3,218 yards and 25 touchdowns in his college career. Carson-Newman receiver Dorren Miller was the other player at the position the Jaguars signed.

The Jaguars also reached agreement with North Carolina State guard Tony Adams, Miami cornerback Dee Delaney, UNLV defensive tackle Mike Hughes, Jacksonville State linebacker Darius Jackson, Marshall defensive back C.J. Reavis, Cincinnati defensive tackle Lyndon Johnson, Vanderbilt cornerback Tre’ Herndon, Miami (Fla.) offensive tackle KC McDermott, Virginia Tech linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka and North Carolina Central linebacker Reggie Hunter.

When the Yankees pieced together a game-tying, four-run rally in the seventh inning on Thursday, the Boston Red Sox saw another late lead disappear.

The fans at Yankee Stadium loved it. The manager in the visitors’ dugout?

Not so much.

Patriots, Rams in good shape for 2019 compensatory picks

The deadline has passed for any free agent signings that will affect the awarding of compensatory picks in next year’s NFL draft, and the Patriots and Rams are the teams that look to be in the best shape for 2019 compensatory picks.
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Both the Patriots and the Rams are likely to be awarded two third-round picks next year, according to OverTheCap.com. That’s the best haul of any team.
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Former Australian Rules player Joel Wilkinson is taking the body that runs the country’s professional game to court alleging that racist abuse and sexual harassment ruined his career.

That said, fans are going overboard and it’s time to ease up on the coach who is now entering his second year. There was a lot of issues with the 2017 Broncos and the head coach was a smaller problem than fans realize.

When the Broncos decided to keep Joseph, they also decided to give him a bit more power. He had more of a voice during the Draft process, and even the selections.
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This is something he didn’t have a year ago. In fact, in all things last year, Joseph was more of a figurehead than the actual head coach. His power was limited from the moment he was hired. He was just along for the ride.

Having a voice for this year’s Draft class, Denver had what many around the league are praising as the best class under John Elway. Joseph was able to go get a lot of players he liked and wanted in the Draft.

Steve Wilks: The kind of person Josh Rosen is allowed him to be QB he is

Josh Rosen entered the huddle Friday for the first time as a professional football player.
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Pretty cool, isn’t it? Rosen told his teammates, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

It wasn’t exactly Joe Montana’s John Candy moment. In fact, the Cardinals’ new quarterback was a little jittery as he started his first practice, according to coach Steve Wilks. But Rosen settled in and completed a 65-yarder to Christian Kirk later in practice.

The relationship was never repaired. Benson didn’t play well for three years in Chicago (never rushed for more than 700 yards in a season), but he enjoyed three 1,000-yard seasons in Cincinnati.

The Buccaneers selected Auburn running back Bo Jackson with the first overall pick in 1986 and offered him a five-year, $7.6 million contract … which he declined, just as he told Tampa he would do. Jackson instead accepted a three-year, $1.067 million deal with MLB’s Kansas City Royals.

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That points to what a disappointment Gillislee was last year: Although he was New England’s primary ball carrier for the first half of the season, he was benched for the second half of the season and only played in one game after Week Eight. He was a healthy scratch for all three postseason games.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick will need to see more out of Gillislee in training camp and the preseason, or else Gillislee will be an unrestricted free agent a year after the Patriots signed him to a two-year deal as a restricted free agent.

But the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club steadfastly protect their product and do not allow it to become commercialized beyond its stated values and mission. The NCAA, which includes the conferences and member schools, on the other hand, commercializes every aspect of its properties, selling them to the highest bidder and maximizing revenues, and it does so in contradiction to its stated values and mission.
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The Masters, the most valuable professional golf tournament on the planet, is more amateur in nature, action and restraint than the NCAA tournament or any regular-season college basketball game.

Jets sign two, cut two after rookie minicamp

The Jets wrapped up their weekend by signing two draft picks and two undrafted players, including one who tried out for the team over the weekend.
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They announced that linebackers Frankie Luvu and Anthony Wint have both been added to the 90-man roster. The Jets waived cornerback Reggie Hall and defensive tackle Lord Hyeamang, both of whom were signed as undrafted free agents last week.

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Ellis, 25, played six games with Jacksonville in 2016, making three catches for 11 yards.

Charles, 29, has played 49 career games with Buffalo and Detroit, though he sat out the 2017 season after Jacksonville cut him. He signed a contract with the Chiefs this offseason.

They were so similar, it was irresistible — two plays that encapsulated so much about two series that might end tonight, and about the swing Game 4s that got us here:

Two pick-and-rolls in the middle of the floor, two switches, two very different results. In Utah, Ricky Rubio lofted an entry pass to Derrick Favors, who trucked a foul-plagued Russell Westbrook.

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Packers lose another scout, this time to the Jets

The Packers have had a deep bench in the personnel department in the past, but some of that is scattering now.

According to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Packers scout Alonzo Dotson is taking a job in the Jets scouting department.

It has been an offseason of change for the Packers front office, beginning with new General Manager Brian Gutekunst taking over for longtime G.M. Ted Thompson.

Then former Packers employee John Dorsey took Alonzo Highsmith and Eliot Wolf with him to Cleveland.

As it relates to Coleman, the change of scenery that would come from a trade could be a welcome development. And so we’ll see whether the Browns get a “decent offer” for his services at some point before training camps open.

Based on Coleman’s first two years, a “decent offer” could be the Browns giving another team a draft pick to take his remaining guaranteed money off the books.

Both the Patriots and the Rams are likely to be awarded two third-round picks next year, according to OverTheCap.com. That’s the best haul of any team.

The Patriots are always smart about getting compensatory picks, which are awarded to teams that lose more free agents, and especially more expensive free agents, than they sign. It’s no surprise to see the atop the list of compensatory picks.

But the Rams’ presence at the top may surprise a lot of people, because the Rams made offseason headlines by attracting a lot of players. How can the Rams get so many compensatory picks after an offseason dominated by headlines about the Rams bringing in big-name players?

The Class of 2011 was incredible: 15 Pro Bowlers selected in the first round, including eight of the top nine picks. Cam Newton, Von Miller, Marcell Dareus, A.J. Green, Patrick Peterson, Julio Jones and Tyron Smith went ahead of Watt.