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Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian Jersey met with the media on Wednesday and was brutally honest about his first year with the team.

At this point a year ago, I was still going through a lot of the growing pains of the system, the players and learning the staff, Sarkisian said. Year 2 is just night and day, for me personally, just from a comfort level and where we are as a team.
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The Falcons ranked eighth in the NFL in passing yards per game last season, averaging 249.4 yards. Drops and a decrease in explosive scoring plays limited the effectiveness of the unit in 2017, but those are two areas of the game the Falcons are working hard to correct this fall.

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey over the weekend, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady revealed that retirement might be on the horizon. Brady, 40, has previously stated he could see himself playing until he’s 45, but he appears to now be thinking about leaving the game more often than in the past.

I think about it more now than I used to, Brady told Winfrey, according to Jeremy Bergman of I think I’m seeing that there’s definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later.

Speculation as to when he might call it a career is nothing new to Brady, but his family seems to have become a greater priority in his life. With his wife, Gisele Bundchen, wanting him to hang up his cleats Joe Pavelski Jersey and his desire to spend more time with his kids, Brady may be more serious about retiring in the near future than ever before.

Beek, you mentioned in an article that there could be a real battle for the third-string QB spot. My question is this, do you think Kurt Benkert or Garrett Grayson could end up challenging Matt Schaub Womens Hyun-Jin Ryu Jersey for the backup job? Thanks for all you do and keeping us in touch during the offseason, Beek.

Matt: Hey, Johnny. I don’t see it happening, but that doesn’t mean it won’t or can’t happen. Who would have thought that Dak Prescott would end up being the starter in 2016 after being drafted in the fourth round with Tony Romo and Kellen Moore ahead of him?

Cardinals Trade Jared Veldheer Jersey

Jared Veldheer is off to Denver after playing four seasons with the Cardinals.
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That question about what the Cardinals were going to do with veteran tackle Jared Veldheer following the signing of free-agent tackle Andre Smith has been answered.

The Cards dealt C.J. Mosley Authentic Jersey Veldheer to the Denver Broncos Friday for a sixth-round draft pick in this year’s draft. Noah Juulsen Youth Jersey Veldheer has to pass a physical with Denver to finalize the deal, but it clears not only a path for Smith to take over at right tackle but also $6.9 million in salary cap space.

Veldheer’s time in Arizona was expected to be coming to a close after Smith was brought in. The Cards are expected to have Smith and guard Justin Pugh on the right side, with incumbent A.Q. Shipley at center

Then again, Wilks said, the Cards are still looking to add players across the board.

That could also mean more depth on the offensive line, where the most experienced players on the roster are swing tackle John Wetzel, who has also played some guard, former starting guard Evan Boehm, who lost that position last season and who is a natural center, and 2017 draft pick Will Holden, a tackle.

Many of the expectations for the Cardinals’ offense will be based on Johnson producing like he did in 2016, when he had more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage and scored 20 touchdowns.

I hope so, Wilks said. When you look at the injury and talk about a forearm, he had a year off with his legs, so hopefully he’ll come back fresh. We’re looking forward to it.

Johnson has been rehabbing at the team’s Tempe facility, sometimes posting video of his progress.

Wrist feeling better than ever Johnson tweeted last week.

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Christian Hackenberg was a draft bust with the Jets, but could he have a future with the Patriots?
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Hackenberg, who cleared waivers yesterday after the Raiders cut him, was at the Patriots’ facility today, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

A quarterback who showed promise early in his college career at Penn State, Hackenberg was a surprising second-round pick of the Jets last year who never got on the field in two years with the team. He lasted just three weeks with the Raiders.

We know this growing up, Bowles said. This is not when you just get into the league. We learn this in class in high school or junior high school. It’s not like this is just coming about. DUI is a problem nationwide. It’s not a football problem. We have a guy who has had a DUI. We’ve had some people in the past, no different than a lot of other people. That doesn’t make it OK. No, it doesn’t Max Scherzer Jersey make it OK. You deal with them on an individual basis.

Gettleman in recent years lost a great deal of weight, but his robust personality remained, mixing in his Yiddish sayings with that now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t thick Boston accent. He stole the show as his introductory press conference — he exclaimed cheese and crackers! during one exchange — and there were moments during draft media gatherings when Shurmur, seated alongside, could only look at and listen to Gettleman and respond with a bemused grin.

Gettleman will work when he can and take the time he needs for treatment. He was inside the field house Monday as Linval Joseph Jersey the Giants went through their seventh organized team activity practice.

Lyons originally signed with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He has spent time with the Titans, Rams, Lions, Bears and Vikings.

Simmons went undrafted out of Georgia Tech, where he made 83 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in his four seasons.

Are kickoff changes a step toward scrapping the play?

Danny Farquhar update: Reliever well enough to throw first pitch at White Sox game

White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar, who suffered a brain hemorrhage in the team’s dugout during a game in April, will throw the ceremonial first pitch before the Sox’s June 1 home game against the Brewers, reported Wednesday.

Farquhar, 31, collapsed in the home dugout at Guaranteed Rate Field after completing an inning against the Astros on April 20. He was transported to RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago and underwent emergency surgery. He was released from the hospital May 7.

Along with Hicks now at 10, in order, the Yankees’ lineup featured Aaron Judge (a team-leading 18), Stanton (17), Didi Gregorius (14), Gary Sanchez (13) and Gleyber Torres (14). Torres added No. 14 late in the game, launching a 446-foot moon shot deep into the left-field bleachers.

Andujar isn’t far behind that group, either. His homer in the fifth inning was his ninth. Boone, who has raved all year about the jobs the rookies Torres and Andujar have done at the plate, couldn’t stop gushing about them some more.

They’ve been huge for us. They’ve been impact players for us, Boone said. They’re just kind of showing the baseball world that they’re really good players.

While Torres and Andujar continue proving themselves, New York’s offense as a whole keeps doing the same. And as that happens, it will prove that one big record for big hits is very much within range of being broken.

Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters that Strickland had surgery Tuesday on the pinkie finger of his right hand.

The closer has got to have emotional control, Bochy said. We all get frustrated and that’s a tough loss and a gut-wrenching loss. I’m sure he felt full responsibility. He didn’t think before it happened. I’m thoroughly disappointed, trust me. I’m crushed, because this guy has grown as a pitcher and a person. I know Hunter cares deeply.

Strickland posted a lengthy message to Instagram on Tuesday night in which he apologized to my family, my teammates, my coaches, this organization, and our fan base and vowed to learn from this.

Life has an interesting and sometimes disappointing way of opening up our eyes. Words cannot describe the amount of regret and sorrow I have for my actions. I have let down the ones that care and mean the most, as well as the ones that count on me day in and day out. To my family, my teammates, my coaches, this organization, and our fan base, I am truly sorry that one split second, stupid decision has caused so much harm and now set me back from being out there with my team to pursue our goal. As well as providing for my family.

Former Pirates pitcher Bruce Kison Jersey, won first night World Series game, dies at 68

Bruce Kison, who won two World Series rings with the Pittsburgh Pirates, died Saturday at age 68. He had been battling cancer.
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The Washington native pitched 15 years in the majors, compiling a 115-88 mark with a 3.66 ERA. He may be best remembered for his star performance in Game 4 of the 1971 World Series, the first night game in series history. Kison came on in relief in the first inning Kevin Shattenkirk Jersey and pitched 6 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit baseball to pick up the victory.

Kison’s best season came in 1976, when he finished with career best marks in wins (14-9) and ERA (3.08).

Former Pirates teammate Al Oliver noted on Twitter that, He was one of the greatest competitiors I have seen.

After retiring in 1985, Kison served as a minor-league pitching instructor with the Pirates, before later joining the Royals as the bullpen coach and then the pitching coach. He later scouted for the Baltimore Orioles for many years before retiring in December.

The son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Womens Billy Hamilton Jersey Winslow, the younger Winslow spent 10 seasons in the NFL from 2004-13 with Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the Jets. The former University of Miami star had 469 catches for 5,236 yards and 25 touchdowns in 105 games.

Shurmur said that rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans will report to training camp on July 22. The rest of the team will arrive later in that week.

Shurmur, who replaced the fired Ben McAdoo, also re-confirmed that the Giants will practice with the Lions for a couple of days before their preseason game on Aug. 17 in Detroit.

More recently, Bell told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he’s not going to sign a contract that averages less than $14.5 million per year.

That’d be a huge amount for a running back. Devonta Freeman of the Falcons has the second-highest average salary at the position behind Bell, but gets just $8.25 million per year.

What’s the latest: Pittsburgh has until July 16 to reach a long-term deal with Bell. If the Steelers can’t agree to an extension by then, Bell will play the 2018 season on his one-year, $14.544 million franchise tag deal.

Cowboys’ Zack Martin Jersey becomes NFL’s highest-paid guard, report says

Zack Martin received the payday he’s been holding out for.
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The fifth-year guard signed a six-year contract extension with the Cowboys on Monday to become the highest-paid player at his position, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported, citing unidentified sources.

Rapoport noted Wednesday that the six-year deal is worth $84 million, with $40 million guaranteed.

Davis allowed himself a smile Fabian Moreau Womens Jersey as he watched the ball sail over the fence, then glanced back at the catcher as if to wonder why he would have attempted to get that fastball cheese past a hitter of Davis’s stature. If you didn’t know the home run — his 20th of the 1988 season — was a record-breaker, you wouldn’t have picked up any clues from the veteran as he jogged around the bases just as he’d done 246 other times in his career.

Adams, 29, is putting together his best season. He’s second on the club in home runs (13), RBIs (36) and OPS (.932).

In better news for the Nats, the team announced Tuesday afternoon relief pitcher Kelvin Brendan Langley Authentic Jersey Herrera is with the team for the game against the Orioles. Washington acquired the Royals closer Monday in a deal that sent prospects Kelvin Gutierrez, Blake Perkins and Yohanse Morel to Kansas City.

Herrera had 14 saves and a 1.05 ERA with the Royals.

Benewikere was a sneaky pick-up, as he knows the defense well from his days in Carolina. He has a good chance to earn nickel duties over Williams; that’s where he excelled with the Panthers. He’s also stretching his skills to play some safety.

It’s all guesswork, but the Panthers just sold for $2.2 billion. The Broncos could be worth far more.’s Mike Triplett wrote a story last week looking at individual records that could be broken in 2018. The NFL record book could be totally rewritten.

Sweeney said technically, the casino could open a sports book after betting is legalized but would be given one year to divest — or get rid of — their stake in the team.

At the end of that period, the Casino Control Commission could yank the license once regulations are set.

The Golden Nugget also owns a casino in Nevada. There, Fertitta — who bought the Rockets last year — agreed to not accept bets on his team, but the casino can accept bets on other NBA teams and games from any other sports.

At this point, it’s looking more and more likely that Bryant could remain unsigned until the NFL preseason starts.

But if former Cowboys defensive back Deion Sanders had his way, Bryant would sign tomorrow… with the Cowboys.

Per the 105.3 The Fan via the Dallas Morning News, Sanders says owner Jerry Jones never would have let Bryant go in the first place, if he had known that the passing game would be left in shambles: 

But because Alexander was a mere fourth-round pick in 2015, his rookie contract is costing the team only $689,581 a year. That’ll change when said contract expires in 2019, but for now he’s just the 45th-highest-paid player on the Tampa Bay roster.

Though the Yankees may have been in their own ballpark, and the defending world champions, the Mets actually grabbed the first regular season game between the teams, a 6-0 victory on the back of a complete game shutout by pitcher Dave Milicki.

Bears place Zach Miller Jersey on reserve/PUP, ending season

One day after re-signing with the Chicago Bears, Zach Miller has been shelved for the season.
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The tight end was placed on the reserve/PUP list on Tuesday, which effectively ends his season before it begins. Miller is still recovering from a career- and life-threatening knee injury that knocked him out for most of 2017.

A free agent prior to Monday’s signing, Miller will now have the benefit of continuing his rehabilitation as a member of the Bears and with the hope of returning to full health, and eventually to the sidelines of Soldier Field.

Facts are important. Whatever you think of kneeling in protest during the anthem, the fact remains that no Eagles ever did so. None of them.

But the president’s new NFL anthem policy doesn’t really have anything to do with the Eagles. It barely has anything to do with the anthem.

It’s about control. The NFL ceded it. The White House seized it.

Someone at the White House is aware that no Eagles did the things they are accused of doing. That’s why Monday’s official statement from the White House Press Secretary disinviting them from Tuesday’s traditional post-Super Bowl meeting with the president claims the Eagles disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.

Robinson is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver and — assuming Brandon Tanev Womens Jersey his recovery from knee surgery goes according to plan — will be a focal point in an offense that will feature plenty of downfield passing. Remember, Robinson once went 80/1,400/14 with Blake Bortles throwing him the rock. To quote a Windy Mike Gartner Jersey City icon: The ceiling is the roof.

Aaron Hicks Jersey led off the game with a drive to right-center field, and the ball bounded through a gate that had been left wide open and rolled into the Yankees’ bullpen.

It’s kind of one of those situations where before the game started, we’d like for everything to be locked up and done with. Who knows how that happened, Hicks said.
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Hicks didn’t stay at second for long. He was picked off the base by Matz.

MINNEAPOLIS The Los Angeles Angels are missing some significant pieces of their team. The Minnesota Twins are down several important players, too.

He homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Brewers busted out of an offensive funk to beat the Phillies 12-4 and snap a three-game losing streak.

Braun, who came in batting .229, hit a three-run shot off Vince Velasquez (4-7) in the first inning and a two-run blast off Mark Leiter Jr. in a six-run fourth that Authentic Malik Jefferson Jersey made it 11-0.

Braun, making only his eighth start in 13 games since returning from a back injury, is hitting .400 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI in 32 career games at Citizens Bank Park. It’s the highest batting average by any player with a minimum of 120 plate appearances in the ballpark’s history.

My first five or six years in the league this Brendan Gallagher Jersey was one of the marquee teams and one of the toughest places to play. It’s always loud, it’s always packed, it’s always energetic, Braun said. And there are certain ballparks where you see the ball better in. For me, this is always been one of them along with Wrigley (Field) and Dodger Stadium.

Christian Yelich also went deep and Lorenzo Cain added two hits and two RBI for the Brewers, who had 13 hits after totaling four runs in their previous three games.

NBA trade rumors: More smoke to Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Jersey to Sixers rumors?

Here we go again.
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Just days after the first rumor speculated on a possible Philadelphia-Minnesota swap, a second idea is now floating out there. Once again, the end result would be a new (really) big three in the NBA: Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Here’s the trade idea from The Big Lead.

I had someone in here say we have the second Kenta Maeda Youth Jersey most talented roster in the league. I mean, really? Why would you think that? I know he was being nice, but that’s not even realistic, to say we have the second most talented roster when you look around the league. … We like our team, we really do. But right now, who in the hell doesn’t like their team?

Bridgwater suffered a major knee injury in August 2016 that sidelined him for the full 2016 season and basically all of the 2017 season. He was cleared from his dislocated knee and torn ACL during the 2017 season and ended up playing in one game last year… a Vikings blowout win over the Bengals. He threw two passes in the outing, one of which was an interception. It was mostly just a feel-good moment for the Vikings and their quarterback and an opportunity to get Bridgewater on the field when the Vikings had all but won the game.

Prior to the devastating injury, Bridgewater completed 551/849 passes for 6,150 yards, 28 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in Derick Brassard Jersey two seasons. He was a young quarterback on the rise and big things were expected of him and his Vikings in 2016 prior to getting injured in training camp.

The hope is that he can return to being the quarterback analysts and NFL fans thought he could become prior to the injury.

The real issue isn’t players being against a president or against a country. It’s about players being for unity, and they want to create an atmosphere with law enforcement, with others in their community that we share in the locker room.That would be a good way to handle this, add nuance and perspective and comity to the hot-button issue. But that isn’t how it works. Not in 2018. Trump treats everything like it is cable news. That’s his value system. Every issue is an eight-minute shouting match between entrenched interests before the host moves onto the next bit of nonsense. It isn’t about an actual debate.