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Browns sign first pick in round two, and two other draft selections

The Browns have gotten the process of getting their picks under contract started. Three have signed their rookie deals.
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The trio is led by former Nevada offensive lineman Austin Corbett. He was the first pick of day two of the draft, taken at the top of round two.

Authentic Youth Eddie Yarbrough Jersey The Buccaneers announced that former coach Tony Dungy would be inducted to the team’s Ring of Honor on Sept. 24, during halftime of their Monday Night Football appearance against the Steelers.

Tony Dungy’s impact on the Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay community is not measured in terms of wins and losses, said Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer said in a statement. Tony transformed our entire organization and established a winning culture that set the foundation for the most successful era in our franchise’s history. Through his exceptional leadership, Tony set a new benchmark for excellence on and off the field that we still strive to achieve to this day.
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Dungy has the highest winning percentage of all Bucs coaches, and the improvements he made there set the stage for Jon Gruden to come in and win a Super Bowl there. Dungy went on to Indianapolis and won a Super Bowl there.

As a player he was always prepared, worked hard, did everything. He worked his way up from the bottom. He didn’t get placed into a seat because of his status as a former player. Sometimes that’s warranted, but Dan was a scouting intern with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 and worked his way up to a Director of Pro Scouting. That’s not Womens Vincent Trocheck Jersey an easy transition to go from the field to a grunt in our business. It’s humbling and he did it and he’s risen to Director of Pro [Scouting].

Friday鈥檚 PFT PM looks at quarterback contracts and more

Friday鈥檚 week-ending #PFTPM features a one-hour discussion regarding plenty of pending NFL issues. Among other things, the podcast takes a closer look at quarterback contracts in the aftermath of the Matt Ryan deal, including the question of whether it鈥檚 time for the Patriots to give Tom Brady a big raise 鈥?regardless of whether he asks for one.
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Regardless of how it plays out, Roethlisberger apparently won鈥檛 be getting any special deference from the team as he gets closer and closer to the end Luc Mbah a Moute Youth jersey of the run. And he apparently already isn鈥檛 all that happy about the team鈥檚 looming unwillingness to give him special treatment.

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Elite Kids Joe Williams Jersey One of the offseason targets was a pressure player and that might come as a guy who lines up inside, it might come from a player that lines up outside, Payton said. But before we check that box we have to feel like he can affect the quarterback and in our league, there鈥檚 a premium on a few different positions, one of them is that, one of them is a corner. We saw the quarterbacks and the tackles. We can鈥檛 find those guys when the season is over with and we start free agency. They鈥檙e generally players you have to draft.

Payton indicated that the Saints were trying to trade up even higher in the draft but other teams turned them down. Eventually the Packers agreed to send the 14th pick to the Saints for the 27th pick, next year鈥檚 first-round pick and also a fifth-round pick this year.

Brown sat with arms folded in his lap and offered tart responses to the five questions he fielded in a session that lasted a hair under two minutes.

Windhorst: I couldn’t say now. But this I can: No matter how it may look two weeks in, almost every team faces adversity at some point in a playoff run. How they handle it often will define their season. And having experience in dealing with adversity is so often a difference-maker in who can overcome it.

Snellings: Before the season began, I predicted that the Rockets would defeat the Warriors to represent the West in the Finals, and I’m sticking with that. I think the 76ers are the best team in the East right now, but their inexperience will be their weakness. Despite Cleveland’s current struggles, I’m staying with the Cavaliers.

Forcing Jazz misses and turnovers allowed the Thunder to get out in transition, which, along with Rudy Gobert’s absence, allowed Westbrook to get high-value shots around the rim. I’m fascinated to see whether Oklahoma City can keep it up in Game 6, particularly with Westbrook expending so much energy; he played the entire second half for the first time since Game 7 of the 2016 Western Conference finals, per ESPN Stats & Information research.

No reply was shorter than when Brown was asked about his own numbers that day.

“My teammates found me in open spots. I hit some shots,” said Brown, who soon stood up, adjusted the fanny pack he’s trying to will back into style and headed for the team bus.

The popular narrative as Brown and Tatum assert themselves on the playoff stage is how bright the more distant future is becoming for the Celtics. And it’s absolutely fair to watch what these two are doing for injury-depleted Boston and wonder just how good this team can eventually be when it has a healthy Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward on the court next season.

But that overlooks what makes Brown and Tatum so special to begin with: They don’t want to wait to be great.

On Monday, the Celtics gathered at their training facility to watch film and go through light prep for Game 5. The team didn’t spend much time on the court, but Brown stayed late for extra shooting. It was a way to fight the frustration that lingered from not being able to close out Game 4.canucks_1347

Brandon joined the Bills organization in 1997 during a crucial time in franchise history.

Having just won a World Series ring working for the Patrick Beverley Jersey Florida Marlins, Brandon – who actually began his career in sports working for the Rochester Red Wings along with Dan Mason – was brought to Buffalo by team owner Ralph Wilson to run his business and marketing department, and he was given an immediate task: Sell luxury suites, or else the team might be moving out of Buffalo.
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In 1997 the Bills, Erie County and New York State had reached a tentative agreement on a new 15-year lease for Rich Stadium. The agreement stipulated that if $11 million in luxury seating could be sold by Dec. 1, 1998, thus unlocking $63.25 million in state aid earmarked for the renovation of the stadium, the team had to remain in Buffalo through the 2003 season, and then from 2004-2012, Wilson, or whoever owned the team at that time, could buy out the lease and move the team if they so chose.

What a week, and what a historic period in time in our community, Brandon said at the times. It is certainly a great time to be a Buffalonian.
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When general manager Chris Ballard invited local reporters to the team’s war room for a post-draft film session, per the Indianapolis Star, he noted that Nelson was the easiest pick I’ve ever been a part of.

Could Ballard make that same claim, one reporter asked, if N.C. State pass rusher Bradley Chubb hadn’t been removed from the board one slot earlier by the Broncos ?

Before landing in Indianapolis, Ballard worked in the Bears scouting department and the Chiefs front office for 15 years. Over that time span, tackle Eric Fisher (No. 1), running back Cedric Benson (No. 4) and wide receiver David Terrell (No. 8) were the only prospects drafted in the top 10 on his watch.

Against that backdrop, it’s certainly not outlandish to proclaim Nelson the easiest pick he’s come across. In fact, Ballard is far from alone in his use of superlatives to describe the Notre Dame headliner.

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah labeled Nelson the easiest player to evaluate in this draft class and the nastiest offensive line prospect he’s ever evaluated.

A pair of veteran NFL executives assured long-time draft chronicler Bob McGinn that Nelson is the best guard they have ever scouted.

Nelson should be a 10-year starter from the moment he arrives at the facility.

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Whether Barkley is the back who can make Big Blue’s line transcendent is another matter. One could make the argument that LSU’s Derrius Guice runs more consistently with power through contact. Barkley provides a playmaking factor from the backfield and as a receiver, which would make him an incredibly valuable addition to an offense that may have to get its big plays from spreading its talents out wide and challenging defenses horizontally.
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With the retirement of left tackle Joe Thomas, the Browns are in need of an outstanding blindside protector for their next franchise quarterback. Right now, Shon Coleman is the starting left tackle, and the third-year man from Auburn will have a tough row to hoe if he’s going to come near Thomas’ legendary quality of play.
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A more suitable solution might be this: Take current left guard Joel Bitonio, who played left tackle at Nevada, and let him give it a shot. Fozzy Whittaker Womens Jersey Arm-length concerns sent Bitonio to the inside when he hit the NFL, but he has the agility and adaptive skill to make a go of it.

Dallas聽traded with the Los Angeles Rams聽and acquired聽Tavon Austin, who was the eighth overall selection in the 2013 draft. The Rams received the 192nd pick in this year’s draft, a sixth-round selection, in return.

Later in the day, the Cowboys sent wide receiver Ryan Switzer to the Oakland Raiders for defensive lineman Jihad Ward.

The Cowboys have now added Austin after drafting Colorado State receiver Michael Gallup in Friday’s third round to help mitigate the departure of Bryant, who was cut two weeks ago. Dallas also signed former Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns in March.

Elite quickness is the primary trait Austin is known for, though he has struggled to make his mark since entering the NFL. In 2017, he caught only 13 passes for 47 yards聽but added 59 carries for 270 yards.

Patriots schedule 2018: Nothing keeping New England from old AFC tricks

The Patriots will be looking for their 10th consecutive division title when they play out their 2018 schedule. When they’re not playing the AFC East this season, for the most part they’ll be facing the AFC South and NFC North.
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New England’s marquee games remain those against Pittsburgh and Kansas City, their fellow first-place AFC teams from 2017. But it also has couple much-anticipated interconference matchups this season.

Considered one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft, he has caused a divide about whether he should be the first player taken or even the first quarterback drafted. However, some project him to be taken first overall by the Browns.

According to ESPN, a team with a top-five pick said that it knew nothing about the tweets and that it had never heard anything but positives about Allen.
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The story of the tweets even elicited a rash of conspiracy theories, with some speculating that Yahoo’s story was planted by an NFL team in order to cause Allen’s draft stock to fall, so that he might slip to the team in the Cris Carter Authentic Jersey first round.

The Buffalo Sabres have signed Victor Olofsson to a two-year contract after he scored a Swedish Hockey League-leading 27 goals last season.

Diamondbacks: Shelby Miller is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Friday in Washington. Miller is on the 60-day disabled list following Tommy John surgery. Also, Jake Lamb began a light throwing program on Thursday in Arizona after being diagnosed with a right elbow tendinitis and a sprained left AC joint.

It’s unfortunate, especially me being out, Rougie being out. That’s the last thing you want, Adrian being out, Andrus said. Tough loss, but we know sooner or later he’s going to be in the lineup.

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Bears schedule 2018: Chicago gets chances to establish itself as contender

The Bears’ 2018 schedule presents plenty of opportunities for Chicago to prove itself as an up-and-coming contender in the NFC. The home schedule alone features games against the Patriots and Rams, plus the usual slate of NFC North rivals.

Amin Elhassan: This is an aggressive play for Leonard, to be sure, but in a league increasingly favoring offenses that are predicated on preventing ball-stopping, while highly valuing the ability to switch everything defensively, it’s not hard to see how this is a no-brainer for Boston.

Leonard is the poster child for offensive efficiency, and with a lineup of 6-foot-8-plus athletes across the board, Boston would boast a deep enough, well-coached, flexible roster that could legitimately contend with the Golden State Warriors.

Pending the physical, the Celtics would be best served by aggressively pursuing Leonard, going so far as to entertain adding additional picks (up to and including the Lakers/Kings pick owed from the Jayson Tatum deal last June). Re-signing Marcus Smart would become a priority, and the return of Gordon Hayward would provide some of the playmaking lost by Irving’s departure.

“She was extremely upset and told him if he broke up with her she would ‘trash his career,’” Ennis’ attorney Stephanie Rickard said in a statement, via NBC Bay Area.

Ennis allegedly sustained eight to 10 blows to the head in an incident which occurred Feb. 11 in Los Gatos, Calif. Foster was charged in April.

After Ennis learned Foster had been brought up on multiple charges, she says she tried to recant her statement at the police department.

“(Foster) did not strike her, injure her or threaten her,” Rickard said in the statement.

Foster has been charged with two counts of domestic violence, one felony charge of possession of an assault weapon, and another charge of preventing a victim from reporting a crime.

The police allege Foster caused Ennis great bodily harm including a ruptured ear drum.

However, Ennis says she has video of the fight with another woman where she actually sustained the injuries and that Foster is innocent of the charges.

Buffalo also traded up in the first round for Tremaine Edmunds, selecting the Virginia Tech linebacker at No. 16. The Bills gave up the Nos. 22 and 65 picks in their deal with the Baltimore Ravens while acquiring a fifth-round pick (No. 154).steelers_060

Didi hits 2 HRs, Stanton hitless vs Marlins, Yanks romp 12-1

Giancarlo Stanton was the only Yankees bopper who didn’t get in on the hit parade against his former team when New York played Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins for the first time.
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So imagine the pressure on Giants general Womens Carl Davis Jersey manager Dave Gettleman, who on April 26 may decide he needs his successor to Eli Manning.

Thirty-nine quarterbacks since 1993 have been drafted in the top 10. Of those, 15 were busts, four have been injury-prone, six have gotten to the Super Bowl, four others will have thrown at least 200 touchdown passes, one (Michael Vick) rushed for more than 6,000 yards, just two (Eli Manning and Peyton Manning) have won the Super Bowl (twice each). The jury is out on the seven others drafted since 2014.
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Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the alleged victim in Foster’s case has hired a lawyer. The lawyer, Stephanie Rickard, has confirmed her role, but she declined to say why the alleged victim, Foster’s former girlfriend, has retained counsel.

As Barrows explains it, some victims in domestic violence cases hire lawyers in order to explore and to understand their rights, if they want to not testify or not cooperate with the authorities.

If the alleged victim won’t cooperate, it becomes much more difficult to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court, especially if the only witnesses to the incident were the two people involved in it. If the alleged victim in this case refuses to cooperate with the NFL, it becomes virtually impossible to find the player to be in violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.

Bills trade up with Ravens, take Tremaine Edmunds at 16

After previously getting their quarterback of the future in Josh Allen, the Bills have now beefed up their defense.
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With the 16th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Bills selected Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. He’s an impressive athlete who’s only 19 years old and bound to continue developing.

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Kellen Clemens: The second-round pick the year Vince Young, Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler were first-rounders. Never resembled anything more than a backup. In five seasons as a Jet, he threw five TD passes with 11 INTs.

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And it’s awesome.

Mayfield posted both photos side by side on Wednesday night. Did I mention it’s awesome?

Buzz is building that the Browns may take Mayfield with the first overall pick in the draft. If they need one final piece of evidence in order to finalize the decision, the Favre photo should be it.

Take him, Browns. Do it. Do it, and trust that he’ll potentially make your team a contender for the next 15 years.

The truth is, if Gettleman does his job properly, he can find a running back elsewhere in the draft that could be just as valuable to the Giants’ future as Barkley would be; with rare exception 鈥?read: Tom Brady, No. 199 鈥?you aren’t going to find a franchise quarterback back there.

Report: Saints discussing a big move up in the first round

The Saints own the 27th overall pick in this year’s draft, but they may have a higher pick before the night is over.
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New Orleans has made multiple calls about making a big leap up in the first round, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Typically if a team is looking to make a big leap up in the first round, that team is looking to draft Jason Zucker Womens Jersey a quarterback. So the Saints may think they can make a move for the heir apparent to Drew Brees.

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I would rather Alabama not play against Mayfield, against that Oklahoma team, as good as Georgia turned out to be, Namath said, referring to Mayfield’s 54-48 double-overtime loss that sent Georgia to the College Football Playoff championship game against Namath’s Crimson Tide.

Cook has done some work on the field since offseason workouts began April 16, and Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said Cook has knocked the rehab out of the park.

He’s done great job, Sugarman said. He’s been here every day since the injury occurred, post-surgery and really hasn’t missed a beat. . . . He’s been here with a smile on his face every day. Really just to give him the credit because he’s put in all the work to get to the point to where he is.

Though last year’s third-round pick didn’t take a single snap during the team’s disastrous 3-13 campaign, Shepard has seen enough of Webb in practice to believe the quarterback can eventually succeed Manning as the Giants starter.

I don’t see why not, Shepard said. If he works hard and keeps doing what he’s doing and has the same attitude, I don’t see why not. He’s been learning a lot from Eli and what better guy to learn from than Eli.