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This could be a very good selection for the Redskins, who didn’t even need a general manager to make it.

Allen was regarded by some draft analysts as one of the best five players in the entire draft.

This could end up being a draft-night steal. The Bucs get the draft’s best tight end at No. 19. Howard is extremely gifted and could be a big factor in Tampa’s passing offense.

Jerry Jones has said that any member of his Dallas Cowboys who does not stand for the anthem will be benched and Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins feels the same way. (The Cowboys do not play this weekend.) However, Ross’s coach, Adam Gase, gave players permission to remain in the tunnel during the anthem and Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills chose to do so.

He was a third-round pick — that means something. He once set the record for best touchdown-to-interception ratio for a full NFL season, until Tom Brady broke it in 2016. He owns a tie for the record for most touchdown passes in a single game, with seven. Seven!

Foles could show up to the Super Bowl and roll over like a dog. Or he could do what the rest of the Eagles doing and just keep barking back at everyone who doubts him.

Hurst had a vintage game in Michigan’s loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. He lived in the backfield and caused problems for the Gamecocks’ rushing and passing attacks. He’s a low-center-of-gravity, one-gap penetrator with surprising strength.

Sutton is the premier touchdown-scoring boundary wideout in the 2018 class. At 6-feet-4 and 220-plus pounds, he’s a matchup nightmare, and he’s deceptively agile after the catch.

It has been a breakthrough season for the Jaguars, and they still could very well end up in the playoffs. But while facing the Cardinals is not exactly a “gimme,” that’s a game that you have to win if you’re going to be a division winner.

The status of QB Matthew Stafford’s ankle, injured during the Thanksgiving loss to the Vikings, will be the main issue this week. Stafford hasn’t missed a game since 2011 and the Lions would be left with untested Jake Rudock at QB if Stafford cannot play Sunday in Baltimore.chargers_035

Does pressure from Steelers investors have Mike Tomlin on hot seat?

Limited partners in the Steelers franchise are expected to exert pressure on owner Art Rooney to fire coach Mike Tomlin in the wake of questionable decision-making that contributed to Pittsburgh’s early exit from the playoffs, Pro Football Talk reports.

The source pointed specifically to the final 47 seconds of the game, when the Steelers decided against kicking a field goal to narrow the lead to seven and then attempt onside kick. They scored a touchdown as time expired, giving themselves no chance to get the ball back and tie the game.

While that was one of many calls Tomlin and his staff may want back, the gripes from the team’s investors run deeper than the loss to the Jaguars – for example, there was Antonio Brown going Facebook Live in the locker room while Tomlin dressed down the Patriots last postseason; and last week, Le’Veon Bell suggested in a tweet that a win over Jacksonville was a surety.

But even if pressure from his partners comes, it’s hard to see Rooney showing Tomlin the door this offseason. Continuity and stability have been mantras of the Rooney family’s ownership of the team, and while Tomlin has made some missteps, the Steelers have been a perennial contender under him and figure to be back in the mix next season.

The move comes as no surprise following Pittsburgh’s disappointing divisional round loss to Jacksonville. Roethlisberger rebounded after he was picked off five times in a Week 5 loss to the Jaguars and threw 469 yards with five touchdowns. Still, he fell victim to two turnovers and questionable play-calling in the Steelers’ 45-42 loss after a failed comeback attempt on Sunday.

Haley, 50, joined the Steelers in 2012 after previous coaching stints with the Chiefs, Cardinals, Cowboys, Bears and Jets.

According to, Randy Fichtner will be announced as the team’s new offensive coordinator Thursday.

Fichtner is the Steelers’ quarterbacks coach and has a good relationship with Roethlisberger.

Still, Cronin has plenty of ammo heading into Wednesday’s game.

John Fox was brought to Chicago to replace former head coach Marc Trestman and lead the Bears back to glory.

Instead, he departs with one of the worst records in franchise history and left fans longing for the CFL transplant who could at least boast a .500 season.

Fox was a respected name in NFL coaching circles in his 13 seasons as a head coach before heading to the Midwest. He’d led the Broncos to four straight AFC West titles in his four seasons with the club, but his inability to deliver a Super Bowl title ultimately led the two sides to agree to a mutual parting of ways in 2014. That made Fox look like a smart hire for the Bears — though his resume in Denver would be tarnished in 2015 when first-year coach Gary Kubiak led the team to an NFL Championship.

Every season, each NFL team nominates one player for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which acknowledges a player for his community service activities off the field, as well as his play on the field. Headlining this year’s list, not surprisingly, is Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who raised $37 million over 19 days for Hurricane Harvey relief.

The Saints’ ground attack is the best in the league. That’s why they didn’t have to rely on Brees as much this season. Teams have no choice but to account for them if they’re on the field, and Sean Payton took advantage.

Brees had tight end Josh Hill hilariously wide open in the second quarter, thanks in large part to Ingram. Ingram lined up in the backfield, and the Panthers defense stacked the box. That left the secondary scrambling, and Hill available for the 9-yard score.

There were some questions this season about whether or not Brees’ arm strength was declining at age 38. The Saints’ first score of the day, an 80-yard bomb to Ted Ginn Jr., suggests there’s no reason to worry.

The farm system is bad and they’ll bankrupt themselves if they sell the house for Stanton, who will regress in AT&T Park even if he bolsters a currently dreadful lineup. Just about everything went wrong for the Giants last year, and they need to make small acquisitions—the way Brian Sabean did in compiling their 2010 World Series team—instead of selling the house for a big name.wings_1023

Bills’ Tre’Davious White backpedals on calling Rob Gronkowski ‘dirty’

Tre’Davious White doesn’t think Rob Gronkowski is a dirty player anymore.

“We’ve got too much work to do,” McDermott said. “And this is too good of an opponent for us to, A, talk about it, or B, even think about it. The weeks go by too fast for us to do anything but focus on what we’ve got to do and the New England Patriots.”

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Despite President Donald Trump’s earlier opposition to the tax break, the ability of states and municipalities to sell tax-free bonds to fund professional sports venues remains intact under the bill.

A measure to eliminate the tax break was included in the House version of the bill but did not make the final version voted on by the Senate, the Star-Ledger notes.

The NFL was against the measure for obvious reasons, but as part of his response to NFL players protesting during the national anthem, Trump argued the league didn’t deserve the financial advantage.

The sale of tax-free bonds to fund sports facilities caused the federal government to forego $3.7 billion in revenues between 2000 and 2016, according to liberal think tank Brookings Institution.

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Talk about the wonderful spread, and compliment the chef. Ask your cousin about his new job. Ask your family what they think about whatever off-the-wall thing President Trump tweeted this morning.

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I know as the season went on, my body didn’t start to feel ready to play until Friday afternoon. Part of that is our practices on Wednesday and Thursday are the toughest, so on Friday, things calm down. Thursday night games don’t allow our bodies to recover, which could lead to more soft-tissue injuries. That’s a legitimate concern about these contests.

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My goodness: Gronkowski didn’t even get yelled at as much.

Gallinari, who has been playing professional basketball at some level since 2004, said that he couldn’t recall if he had ever seen an ending like that on Saturday.

“I’m sure that something like this in my 10 years here might have happened — I’m not sure,” said Gallinari, who scored a season-high 25 points in his second game back from a glute injury. “I’m just glad that we got the W. You don’t want that to happen and then they find a way to make the shot, so glad we got the win.”

You can’t pin this loss on the league’s top-ranked defense, which has carried the load throughout what is now a 7-4 season, and what was a four-game winning streak that had the Jags in first in the AFC South.

They inbounded the ball on the sideline with 1.2 seconds left and Beal hit the potential winning baseline jumper, which was waived off because the game clock started a couple tenths of a second too soon.

After a video review, the referees decided to give Washington possession for a replay, except the Wizards inbounded in the left corner with 1.1 seconds on the clock. Marcin Gortat’s jumper bounced off the rim as time expired.

This is from Runyan to Iloka: “You violently struck a defenseless receiver in the head and neck area.”

The Chargers were the worst possible matchup for that, with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram leading the pass rush and cornerback Casey Hayward shutting things down on the back end.eagles_085_4f03dd61013159eb-180x180

Trubisky, Howard lead Bears over hapless Bengals 33-7

It was Cincinnati’s worst home drubbing since a 34-3 loss to Baltimore in 2008. Many of the 52,002 fans headed for the exits early in the fourth quarter.

Everyone in the NFL’s lowest-ranked offense had a big game. Tarik Cohen ran for 80 yards, and Kendall Wright caught 10 passes for 107 yards — the first Bears receiver to top 100 yards this season.

Andy Dalton was picked off for the first time since Oct. 22 in Pittsburgh, ending his career-best streak of 193 attempts without an interception. The interception set up Trubisky’s 1-yard touchdown pass that put the Bears in control 26-7 early in the fourth quarter, their biggest lead of the season.

Bears: Right guard Kyle Long went on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, but the Bears’ offensive line had its way as Chicago piled up 29 first downs, more than double Cincinnati’s total.

Bengals: Running back Joe Mixon was inactive because of a concussion suffered on Monday night. Giovani Bernard carried 11 times for 62 yards as Cincinnati’s offense managed only 234 yards.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins just can’t catch a break from NFL replay officials.

For the second time this season, the Jets tight end had a touchdown taken away after an official review.

With the Jets on the Panthers’ 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter Sunday at MetLife Stadium, Seferian-Jenkins appeared to make a nice catch on a Josh McCown pass before falling out of bounds in the end zone.

Of course, Jets fans are still livid about a play earlier this year in which Seferian-Jenkins appeared to score a touchdown against the Patriots, only to have an official review overturn it and instead rule he had fumbled the ball out of the end zone.

Drew Stanton vs. Tom Savage would have been the worst quarterback matchup in quite some time.

The Titans are red hot, having won four straight with Marcus Mariota back healthy and getting into a better passing and running groove each week. The Steelers have also won four straight, as their defense has bailed out their still-not-quite-explosive offense. Ben Roethlisbeger, however, is overdue for a big home game against a bad pass defense. Mariota will struggle on the road against Pittsburgh’s pass rush and general back-seven speed.

Heck, he’s even able to surprise: Last season’s runner-up for the Lady Byng Trophy, who tallied all of 12 penalty minutes last season, stunned me by recording a Gordie Howe hat trick on Tuesday. Want to watch a Norris Trophy front-runner?

As for Cowboys opponents, their defensive coaches will continue to prepare game plans fully anticipating that Elliott will be carrying the load. They know he has been Dallas’ primary ball carrier all year, averaging 24 rushes per game.

The Falcons, based on youth and health, are a better version of the Seahawks’ defense under Dan Quinn than Seattle is at the moment. Without that defense, Atlanta would have little shot to overcome its Super Bowl hangover. The Falcons are typically in trouble against teams with dangerous all-around running backs, something the Seahawks don’t have. Their front matches up well with the Seahawks’ offensive line. Also, this is the week for the long-awaited Julio Jones explosion, exposing the Richard Sherman-less hosts right away. Matt Ryan out-duels Russell Wilson in a second straight home shocker.

Drew Stanton vs. Tom Savage would have been the worst quarterback matchup in quite some time. Blaine Gabbert starting over a banged-up Stanton doesn’t change much. Now a battle between offensive-minded coaches Bruce Arians and Bill O’Brien becomes an ugly slugfest. The Cardinals simply have the better, healthier defense to keep the Texans reeling.

Other astute Roseman draft picks paying big dividends this year are wide receiver Nelson Agholor and tight end Zach Ertz on the NFL’s fourth-ranked offense, plus defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, end Brandon Graham and linebacker Nigel Bradham on the league’s 10th-ranked defense.

Slumping Broncos will start Brock Osweiler again vs. Bengals

The Broncos are sticking with Brock Osweiler.

“The one thing that is interesting about those three guys is if you just look at them individually, they are able to carry the attitude and the mental toughness of a group,” a coach from another team said. “That is really unique. You usually get one safety that is the tough guy, the ringleader. They have three guys like that. Thomas burns so intense on his off time that it overflows into the effect he has on the group when he is on his on time. That stuff matters more than anybody talks about it — there is no gauge for it, so you can’t debate it.”

McCloughan compared Chancellor to former 49ers mainstay Justin Smith for the unquestioned leadership each provided.

The Seahawks cornerback had surgery on his ruptured Achilles this week and took to YouTube from his hospital to answer questions from fans.

“I’m gonna get well very fast,” Sherman told a viewer, via Seahawks Wire. “I’ll probably be back ready around May, June. But I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress and what I’m doing.”

Sherman injured his Achilles during last Thursday night’s win over the Cardinals. He said he doesn’t plan on relaxing as he rehabilitates.

“The comeback definitely starts now,” Sherman said. “They won’t let me walk on it right now, so I guess the comeback really starts in two or three months. But I’m going to do core all the way. My core is going to be right, that’s for sure.”

Even though he won’t be moving around for a while, Sherman plans on being present Monday when Seattle hosts the Falcons.

“I think they’ll make me sit behind the bench though since I’m not the most mobile guy in the world,” he said.

Despite the injury, Sherman was able to stand on his own Thursday and remained on the sideline after he was ruled out of the game.broncos_093

Becky Hammon handles head-coaching duties in Spurs’ preseason win

Channeling a bit of Gregg Popovich’s pretend surliness, assistant coach Becky Hammon shifted side to side Sunday in grey high heels, ready to slip away after the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Denver Nuggets 122-100.

“You’d never see me out here talking to you guys,” Hammon joked.

But this time, she had no choice, as Hammon took over for Popovich as coach of the Spurs against the Nuggets and handled the coaching duties in the postgame news conference.

“Let me add to that I said the other day [to USA Today] that there’s no magic in an 82-game season,” Silver said. “It’s not a change you’re going to see in the short term, but I think when we step back and look holistically at our schedule and how playoffs are seeded we should look at the entire format. Counter-balancing seeding playoff teams 1-16 is also the desire to create more rest for our players and when possible reduce the amount of travel.

“In adding the extra week to the regular season this year, we will be able to eliminate completely four games in five nights. I think it’s the first time in the history of the league we were able to do that. Plus we have back to backs at an all-time low. If we took the existing format, the existing schedule and then we seeded playoffs 1-16, we’d be adding additional travel; you would have teams criss-crossing the country in the first round.”

Warriors guard Stephen Curry echoed the feelings of many players earlier in the week when he said he’d enjoy playing in a postseason that included the 16 best teams in the league, regardless of their conference.ravens_131