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The Giants are hanging on to Ereck Flowers 鈥?for now.
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According to ESPN, which cited an unidentified source, New York was open to trading the offensive tackle during the NFL Draft but couldn’t find a suitable trade partner.

Geron Christian”>Game Mens”>Geron Christian Jersey Flowers, 24, is guaranteed $2.4 million in 2018 and will count $4.6 million against the Giants’ salary cap.

The Giants have surrounded Manning with talent, making it possible that the 37-year-old quarterback will bounce back from one of the worst seasons of his NFL career. Running back Saquon Barkley, the return of Odell Beckham Jr. and a better offensive line could take much of the pressure off Manning’s shoulders and extend his career.聽

After Manning, however, the group looks shaky. Webb is a third-round pick with size and potential, but he’s never played in a regular-season game. Lauletta has been compared by some to Jimmy Garoppolo, but he doesn’t have a great arm and might have a limited ceiling.聽

I had a diluted sample, Callaway said at the team’s rookie minicamp on Saturday, via ESPN. I didn’t intentionally do it, but I take responsibility for my test. That was a wake-up call, but like I’ve said, day by day I’m still getting better as a person, as a player, as a man, as a father. I’ve got a daughter. She’s going to be 3 months old next week.

Callaway, who was cited for marijuana possession earlier this year, missed the 2017 season after allegations of credit card fraud and was suspended in 2016 amid sexual battery allegations. He was later found not responsible of sexually assaulting a female student in December 2015.

His stock at this year’s draft dropped further after he tested positive for marijuana at the combine earlier this year. Despite Authentic Melky Cabrera Jersey his string of off-field incidents, Callaway claimed he has learned many valuable lessons.

I was young, that’s all. Immature, Callaway said of his list of transgressions. I was just living in the moment. I knew I had to grow and learn from my mistakes. When I got suspended, I didn’t think it would cost me the NFL. I just knew that it would hurt. Because I know my talent. I’m pretty good at football.

It’s hard, where I’m from. It’s hard. The worst of the worst. Killings, drugs, you name it, I’ve seen it, and at a young age. Growing up, I said I didn’t want that life, so I just stuck with football.

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Kevin Durant, Warriors turn page to Game 5 after frustrating finish

Kevin Durant said, “I wish I had that last play back,” referring to the Golden State Warriors’ final transition possession with less than 12 seconds remaining in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday.

Stephen Curry (39), Thompson (39), Durant (43) and Green (45) all played 39 or more minutes. Andre Iguodala was sidelined with a left leg contusion. The Warriors outscored the Rockets 34-17 in the third quarter, but due to an even further shortened rotation without Iguodala, Kerr said fatigue played a factor down the stretch.

The Golden State Warriors went on a 16-3 run to close the third quarter with a double-digit lead, but Chris Paul directed the Houston Rockets to a 25-12 closing quarter that evened the West finals at 2-2.

Baynes has been one of the keys to Boston’s Playoff run that sees them up 2-1 over the Cavaliers ahead of Game 4 in Cleveland on Monday night [EST], the Aussie’s three-point shooting surprising everyone but Stevens and Baynes himself.

Having secured an NBA ring under Popovich at San Antonio in 2014, Baynes understands what it takes to win a Championship. Playing alongside Spurs greats Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the Australian says he learned how best to prepare and the importance of routine.

But it was Popovich who ran the show, and Baynes sees a lot of the veteran NBA mentor in the Celtics’ Stevens.

“They’re both great with the X’s and O’s,” Baynes said of the similarities between Popovich and Stevens. “They’ve all figured out more than I’ve ever learned, so every chance I get and can see some things from them, I’m trying to learn as much as I can.cardinals_019

Anthony Lynn Jersey calls Chargers hype a mousetrap

Broncos General Manager John Elway said recently that the Chargers may be the ones to beat in the AFC West this season and there are likely others who feel the team is in good position to make a playoff run after finishing last year with nine wins in their final 12 games.
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Those nine wins left the Chargers with a winning record, but not a playoff spot as their 0-4 start came back to bite them. The Chiefs were the division champs last year and Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said they remain on the top rung when asked about Elway’s comment on Thursday.

Kids Yonder Alonso Jersey Not everything has gone smoothly so far: Darnold聽botched several snaps聽in rookie camp, prompting Jets reporters to shout DON’T PANIC so loud that it sounded a little panicky. Seriously, though, botched exchanges are a regular part of rookie-camp practices鈥攓uarterbacks often take their first snaps from undrafted rookies and tryouts they have never met鈥攚hich is one reason why many teams don’t let reporters watch very much of their rookie-camp practices.

By the end of July, the rookie-camp jitters will be long forgotten, and Darnold should be just a few smart moves away from claiming the starting job. The first days of training camp are when he can really begin to make those moves.

They said they were in a great spot with Jones last month and Rapoport reports the Falcons love [Jones] as much as you could love a player. Authentic Rickey Jackson Jersey Rapoport adds that the team is amenable to finding a way to provide the correction or update to Jones’ contract that Jones would like.

Jones, who missed the offseason last year while recovering from foot surgery, is set to make a base salary of $10.5 million in 2018 as part of the contract extension he signed with the team in 2015. That five-year deal pays Jones an average of $14.25 million per year, which is currently eighth among wideouts.

It’s hard for a non-skill position player to make much of a splash in OTAs and minicamps.

If a defender or lineman does make news, it’s usually bad news, like when Roquan Smith’s聽playbook was stolen聽from his new car. Worst of all, the big hitters and hog mollies aren’t allowed to get out their aggression in noncontact practices unless they pull a Quenton Nelson and try to聽clobber the goal post.

Camp gets real for defenders like Smith and linemen like Nelson when the hitting starts. And with fewer full-contact, tackle-to-the-ground practices than ever in the NFL, physical rookies need to make the most of every live, full-speed, fully-padded rep they get.
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The Chargers began organized team activities without defensive end Melvin Ingram, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles News Group reports. There was no word on why Ingram is not attending the voluntary workouts.
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Believe me I know he’s getting ready, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said, via Ryan Kartje of the Los Angeles News Group. Wherever he’s at, I know he’s getting ready because that’s his makeup. Yeah, I’d like for him to be here with his teammates, but these are voluntary, man.

Orioles: Closer Zach Britton (Achilles tendon) threw 20 pitches in a one-inning simulated game. That was as good as I’ve seen him, Showalter said. If you didn’t know better, you’d think he was ready to go. Britton is scheduled to throw a two-inning simulated game on Saturday before beginning a rehab assignment next week.
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White Sox: SS Tim Anderson was held out of the lineup. His legs have been a little tired, Renteria said. He’s a little banged up, so trying to give him a little break. Maybe just a day.
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RHP Dylan Covey (0-1, 6.00 ERA) makes his second start for Chicago this season after being recalled over the weekend. Covey is 0-8 with a 7.52 ERA in 13 major league starts. RHP Alex Cobb (1-5, 6.56 ERA) has gotten off to a slow start in his first season in Baltimore, allowing a batting average against of .373.

He looks good, Shurmur said, via the New York Post. He’s out here moving around, he’s champing at the bit wanting to get out and do more than we’re allowing him to do at this point. But I think we’re just trying to make sure that everything is healed to the fullest before we put him out there.

Beckham didn’t attend OTAs last year and we’ll see if his presence this time around has been seen as a good sign for the chances of getting a deal done that will keep him on the Giants well beyond this season. The fact that he’s feeling well enough to ramp things up in May also bodes well for his chances of putting together another year like the ones that have positioned him for that big new contract in the first place.

With even fewer opportunities in the offseason and training camp than there used to be, each and every practice and rep takes on even greater importance. This year, Brady isn’t around to help lay the foundation for training camp that Michael Lorenzen Jersey becomes the foundation for the start of the regular season that becomes the foundation for the middle of the regular season that becomes the foundation for the end of the regular season that becomes the foundation for the postseason.

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The Broncos picked quarterback Paxton Lynch in the first round of the 2016 draft and gave him a chance to win the starting quarterback job the last two years.
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Lynch didn’t win the job either time and the Broncos signed Case Keenum as a free agent this offseason to end thoughts of another quarterback competition. For some, the move also ended thoughts that Lynch would be the starter in Denver at any point in the future but the team’s insisted that isn’t the case over the last couple of months.

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After Garden State voters backed a measure Marcus Peters Youth jersey to legalize sports betting in 2011 to prop up struggling casinos, New Jersey challenged the ban; 18 other states eventually joined the Supreme Court case, now known as Murphy v. NCAA.

What will Jon Gruden’s Raiders look like? Will the coach’s old-school approach work in 2018? Will their addition of aging veterans work in the short term? Can Derek Carr bounce back from a down 2017? Ditto for Amari Cooper ? Will the defense be any better than the last several bad seasons? Will the chances the Raiders took during the draft pay off?

The past few offseasons, the AFC West has been considered the best division in the NFL. The big changes this year have thrust it into a different light. It’s anyone’s best guess how it will shake out in six months. Even John Elway is just projecting in May.

Hughes has the physical tools to develop into a starting outside corner. As a rookie, though, he’ll probably play primarily in nickel and dime packages. He may not rack up the stats to get Defensive Rookie of the Year consideration, but he’ll help ensure third and fourth receivers don’t tear apart Minnesota’s defense when he’s on the field.

The Patriots surprised plenty of people when they took former Georgia running back Sony Michel with the 31st overall pick. New England has recently utilized a committee approach to its backfield, which already had James White, Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden and Jeremy Hill.

Still, there’s reason to like the idea of Michel sharing the backfield with Tom Brady.
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Kemoko Turay recalls vividly the first time he approached his father about playing high school football.

You know, at that position, it kind of is what it is, Dallas’ executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday, via the Dallas Morning News. I know Dak is going to have a great year this year.

I hope it’s up there. It’s going to be as he deserves.

The makeup of that creates an atmosphere that I think could enhance how we play tight end. The current group includes Geoff Swaim (9 catches in 28 games), Blake Jarwin (no catches in one career game), Rico Gathers (former basketball player who hasn’t seen the field in two seasons), rookie fourth-rounder Dalton Schultz and rookie undrafted free agent David Wells.

The puzzle pieces began to interlock, but this time it wasn’t the courageous and vulnerable showing their faces while the big boys wrote a check but steered clear of the spotlight. The Minnesota Lynx players, black and white women of the WNBA, came forward to speak about injustice. The Mount Everests of the game — LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Venus and Serena Williams, Kevin Garnett and Dwyane Wade — put a face to their politics. The best player, James, being the loudest social voice advocating for black people had not happened since Muhammad Ali in the mid-1970s. “I don’t want the people in the community to feel like we turned a blind eye to it,” wide receiver Kenny Britt said. “What would I like to see happen?

Change in America.” After the final breaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, and after 40 years of rejecting their inheritance — as Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan had — the players again believed they were part of a larger American struggle.

Wynn started 12 games at left guard in 2016 and some viewed him as a guard heading into the draft. But Wynn proved he can move outside by starting 15 games at left tackle in 2017 en route to a first-team All-SEC selection and recognition as a second-team All-American.

The position flexibility should fit in well with what the Patriots covet in offensive linemen.

Born and raised in West Africa, Vakaba Turay didn’t say much. Didn’t have to. His words still spoke volumes.

He didn’t (understand), Kemoko, now a rookie defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts, said.

He sat him down and said, ‘Mr. Turay, I want your son to play football.’sabres_253

Matt Ryan Jersey new contract potentially could trigger new deal for Tom Brady

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For years, Tom Brady has been a team-player and gone out of his way to take less money than he deserves, but as Brady plays out the final few seasons of his career, those days could be over.
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The quarterback has yet to attend a voluntary offseason workout, which is out of character for him as he’s been Evan Longoria Womens Jersey a regular over the course of his career except for 2008-10 when he was in California.

Matt is getting what he has earned and we all know the marketplace for a great quarterback, Falcons owner Arthur Blank told ESPN. League revenues are up, club revenues are up, new stadiums and the players are the heart of the game.

How much is Brady making a year? Roughly just $20.5 million after he signed a two-year, $41 million extension in March of 2016. Not even close to Ryan and also not even close to some other NFL quarterbacks.

Here are some thoughts on the possibility of signing either of those two:

Authentic Womens Janoris Jenkins Jersey 1. Upshaw was drafted by the Ravens in the second-round out of Alabama in 2012, and spent the bulk of his Baltimore career as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker. In four years with the Ravens, he started 51 games and didn’t exactly dominate — he had 193 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and seven pass deflections.

2. With the Falcons the last two season, Upshaw — listed at 6-2, 273 pounds — spent a significant portion of his snaps playing defensive tackle, which is why the visit makes sense. Upshaw likely wouldn’t cost much and could become a passable option in the Eagles’ inexperienced defensive tackle rotation behind Fletcher Cox and free agent signee Haloti Ngata.

3. Upshaw is solid as a run defender,聽an area the Eagles could stand to improve following the departure of Beau Allen. In 2015, Upshaw聽had the eighth-best (out of 53) run defense grade among 3-4 outside linebackers, per Pro Football Focus. He didn’t play all that much for the Falcons the last two years.

4. West wasn’t great with the Browns, who drafted him in 2014, but burst onto the scene with the Ravens in 2016 when he amassed 295 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a three-week stretch early in the season. He never reached that level of production again, though, and only played in five games last year. West had 774 rushing yards and five touchdowns in 2016.

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The Cowboys signed first-rounder Leighton Vander Esch to a four-year, $11.847 million deal that includes a $6.696 million signing bonus, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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That leaves only third-round pick Michael Gallup unsigned.

Vander Esch joined some of his new teammates on the field Friday for the first day of the team’s rookie minicamp.

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The Cowboys are counting on Vander Esch to start at middle linebacker.

Bogaerts is the intriguing one, more so for steals than homers. While the extent wasn’t known, it was clear Bogaerts was playing hurt most of last season, never fully recovering from being hit on the wrist in May. His batted-ball profile has always been misleading since his outstanding plate coverage results in some weakly hit balls the opposite way, many landing safely. In 2016, Bogaerts was beginning to display the ability to turn on a mistake, sending it onto, or over the Green Monster. His hurt wrist sapped his ability to do this much of 2017.

Before hurting his ankle just nine games into the season, Bogaerts reminded us of his fledgling power, slugging .711 with a healed wrist. Suddenly, swatting 20 homers seemed plausible, Authentic Marcus Gilbert Jersey and it still does as the 25-year-old shortstop is expected back in the lineup by the end of April. It remains to be seen if he’ll run, but a 41-for-51 success rate for his career affords Cora the go-ahead to give Bogaerts the green light.

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Do you recall having any kind of special reaction when you first watched him throw?

Matheny: We have a number of kids with good arms, so it’s not that abnormal. Good arms with that kind of movement are different. Heard enough about Jordan to know for myself that he was probably going to be pretty impressive to watch, and I wasn’t disappointed.
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The Eagles are reasonably deep in the offensive backfield, but they added some help there Wednesday.
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The Rams, unlike other teams in the first round, ignored Phillips鈥?character concerns stemming from his arrest for assaulting his girlfriend. They even traded away Jerome Bettis on draft day to make him their feature back. More off-field trouble, and they grew tired of Phillips after two years and many tears.

Off-field concerns related to a fight in college were there before the draft. He kept getting in trouble in Nashville before his rookie Dion Dawkins Authentic Jersey season began. Drug possession charges plagued him in 2006. A shooting incident in ’07 got him suspended for all of 鈥?8. At least he found some kind of stability with the Bengals.

Shuler later spent twice as long representing North Carolina in Congress than he played with the Redskins (three seasons). He was shaky from the start, throwing so many interceptions that he lost any chance of starting. Washington was lucky to deal him to New Orleans for two picks in 1997.
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His agent, James Dunleavy, called to inform him that the Rockets wanted to sign him. Green thought it was a cruel joke — too good to be true — and he wasn’t in the mood.

He had woken up that morning to news that his 6-year-old son, Jeremiah — who lives with his mother in Boston, where Green’s career began — had an allergic reaction. Green caught the first flight he could to be with his boy.
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Look, man, stop playing me, bro, Green recalls telling Dunleavy. I don’t got time to be playing no games. My son is in the hospital. I ain’t got time to be playing no games. This is not a good day.

Some of those limitations make it tough for Fultz to play big minutes with Simmons, who is clearly at his best with four shooters.

When teammates do hit him, he attacks immediately rather than looking at the rim from 3, which is something he actually had a tendency to do at Washington, as well.

Here’s a perfect example of exactly where Fultz is as a shooter right now while also showing his unique, herky-jerky nature and incredible shot-creation potential:

He turns down what would normally be a rhythm 3, getting into his comfort zone with a series of spins, step-backs, pivots and eventually a jump hook. While an impressive move, it’s also a lot of work for a contested 2 when a 3 was open.

Fultz was an average catch-and-shoot player at Washington, attempting only 60 such shots and ranking in the 57th percentile on guarded catch-and-shoot jumpers. His release and setup was never overly fluid, but he was far more capable than he is at this stage.

Among the baggage Lawson lugged with him to China was his battered confidence. The point guard had to go halfway across the world to rediscover and rebuild it.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that Lawson found himself living in Jinan, the capital of Shandong, a coastal province in East China that is a couple of hours away from Mount Tai, a UNESCO heritage site that is considered China’s most sacred mountain. Associated with birth and renewal, Mount Tai has 6,000 stone steps up to the top.

Despite how dominant Alabama’s offensive lines have been under Nick Saban’s rule, the Tide have seen only five first-rounders come from this position in the past 10 years. And with center Bradley Bozeman as the only Alabama OL prospect in this draft, Tide linemen should get shut out of the first round for the second straight year.

This has always seemed like LSU’s wheelhouse in the draft, and these Tigers could see a few guys taken up front again in 2018. The headliner is defensive end Arden Key, who has first-round talent but looks like a second-round pick right now.

Penn State is not going to be happy about the Buckeyes taking the modern-day Linebacker U moniker. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has had three linebackers go in the first or second round in three of the past four drafts. Jerome Baker and Chris Worley both have a chance to get drafted at some point over the weekend.

The Tigers and Gators have gotten into quite the spat over the past couple of years about who really is DBU. Well, according to the draft numbers, it’s LSU. The Tigers lead everyone in the country, with 16 defensive backs drafted over the past 10 years, while Florida has 11.