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Sanders also hopes that extra attention to conditioning in the offseason pays off in September

“One thing my mentality is that I feel like I want to be the most conditioned team in the NFL next year, and I feel like if we’re the most conditioned team that in the fourth quarter it’s going to pay off,” Sanders said. “Be able to take advantage of this altitude. I can see it in guys just trying to get in shape and trying to get their conditioning up.

You gotta wonder if the Pats see something special in him, which is why it’s amazing that he’ll only cost them $10 million over the next two seasons.

After falling short of the Super Bowl in 2017, the Minnesota Vikings added one piece on each side of the ball that could help put them over the top. And while they paid a massive premium for quarterback Kirk Cousins on offense, they acquired a potential game-changer on defense for just $8 million with no strings attached beyond the 2018 season.

One of those moves fetched them 32-year-old Pro Bowler Aqib Talib in exchange for merely a fifth-round pick. The Denver Broncos were probably happy to get Talib off the books, but the Rams are clearly in win-now mode and feel they can afford to pay him the $19 million he’s owed over the final two years of his deal.

That’s not cheap, but it’s a lot less than the New York Jets are paying departed Rams top corner Trumaine Johnson. And beyond the money, they gave up practically nothing in exchange for a defender who has scored six touchdowns in the last four years.

Mailata was announced as an offensive tackle, and at 6-foot-8 and 346 pounds it makes sense that that’s the position the Eagles would want him to play. He’s never played American football before and he has a long, long way to go before the Eagles would trust him to protect Carson Wentz‘s blind side, but the raw talent is there.

The 20-year-old Mailata has been working with the same coach who prepared the German wide receiver Moritz Bohringer for his NFL workouts before the Vikings chose Bohringer in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft. Bohringer didn’t pan out and is currently out of the league, but Mailata is another player from overseas who will now get a chance in America’s game.broncos_083_50eba4c8a6ca30b9-180x180

Joe Flacco has nothing to say at team draft event

It’s entirely possible that Joe Flacco is completely cool with what’s happening around him.

Despite taking a no decision in the Yankees’ 3-2 win at Yankee Stadium, Severino struck out 11 Red Sox and walked none while allowing two earned runs on six hits over six-plus innings.

Severino entered Tuesday at 5-1 with a 2.11 ERA. The Red Sox were responsible for his one loss when they pinned five earned runs on Severino over five innings in a 14-1 shellacking on April 10 at Fenway Park in Boston.

In the second meeting, the Red Sox ran into the pitcher who allowed six total earned runs across his other six previous starts.

Better breaking ball, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We put good at-bats. But he got creative throughout the game. All of a sudden, he lost his slider, he lost his fastball command. He throws a 3-0 changeup to Hanley (Ramirez), a 3-1 changeup to Hanley, then a fastball and he hits it back to the middle.”

On top of his April 10 outing, Severino entered Tuesday with a poor career track record against the Red Sox. In eight starts and nine total appearances against Boston prior to Tuesday, Severino was 2-5 with a 4.92 ERA.

Millen told the Morning Call that he is suffering from amyloidosis, a rare illness that has seriously damaged his heart and will likely require him to get a heart transplant.

Still, the 60-year-old Millen said he’s in good spirits and thankful for what he has, including a wife, four kids and seven grandkids. He says he’s optimistic he can continue working as a Big Ten Network analyst.

“While I’m still up on this side,” Millen said, “I’ll enjoy everything.”

Millen is even keeping his sense of humor, chuckling about the time that he chatted with one of his doctors, who was from Detroit and complaining about the Tigers losing.

“At least they’re not as bad as the Lions were a few years ago, when they didn’t win a game,” Millen said the doctor told him, unaware that Millen was the man who built the Lions’ 0-16 roster.

Although he was a failure as the Lions’ G.M., Millen had a good career as an NFL linebacker and has had a long career as a broadcaster as well. Here’s hoping he has many more years working around the sport he loves.broncos_005_5f198ae78204724c-180x180

Lamar Jackson may not be a first-year starter in the NFL, and that’s OK.

The Ravens acquired possession receivers Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead and speedster John Brown in free agency, and Hurst has the speed to get upfield and threaten linebackers and slot defenders on seam and post routes. Flacco’s game has declined over the last few seasons, and with the addition of Griffin as a backup, it’s clear that the team wants effective mobility at the position—and Jackson already has more on the ball as a passer than Griffin did at his peak.

Mulvaney’s statement was as brazen an explanation of the cost of doing business in Washington as anyone has made in a long time. But it no doubt shocked few people around the country, who hold a dim view of politicians and believe themselves always losers in the transactions of government. What Mulvaney said probably only reinforces what people already believe.

The work crew in King County, Washington is described as supervised manual labor for various public service agencies.

Despite entering the draft with six picks, tied for the fewest in the league, Detroit packaged its original second-round choice (No. 51) along with their fourth-round pick (No. 117) to the New England Patriots to make the move up the board.

Measuring in at 6-feet, 213 pounds, Johnson rushed for 1,391 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns for the Tigers last season. He also added 24 catches for 309 yards and two more scores. An aggressive runner, he broke 50 tackles on 285 carries, according to Pro Football Focus.

Titans (from Raiders) — Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College: He led the nation with 16½ sacks when he was fully healthy in 2016, but an ankle injury slowed him last year. Still, he’s one of the few premium edge rushers in this class, gives Tennessee more speed on sub-packages in a division with mobile quarterbacks and will allow the team insurance with current starting OLBs Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan set to be free agents in 2019.tigers_072-115x115

Hue: Haley will have total autonomy of Browns offense

When the Browns hired Hue Jackson away from the Bengals two years ago, it was his offensive scheming and play-calling that stood at the forefront.

After starting his Cleveland career with an unprecedented and ignominious 1-31 record, though, Jackson will relinquish those responsibilities to new coordinator Todd Haley.

As the Browns reported for rookie minicamp on Friday, Jackson acknowledged that Haley has been given total autonomy with the offense.

Those tweaks should lead to Green Bay allowing fewer points and generating more takeaways. The defense will be better positioned with its personnel to maximize the pressure Rodgers puts on the Packers’ opponents. In recent seasons, the defense has failed to give them the right brand of complementary football.

Pettine has operated some solid defenses with the Jets, Bills and even the Browns despite shaky quarterback play. He has never had a chance to play off a QB of Rodgers’ caliber. Likewise, Rodgers will not have to be called upon as team’s ultimate savior.

Front office and scouting personnel typically see turnover after the NFL Draft, so the timing of this move for Bazirgan is not surprising.

Last year, the Jets named Bazirgan their college scouting director, to replace Rex Hogan, who left for a better job with the Colts vice president of player personnel.

Bazirgan had worked for the Jets since 2004. He got a promotion, to pro personnel director, when the Jets hired Maccagnan as their general manager in 2015.

Before spending two years as pro personnel director (2015-16), Bazirgan was the Jets’ assistant director of pro personnel. His first job with the Jets was as a pro personnel intern and college scouting assistant in 2004. He was a college area scout for the Jets for eight years.

So for the second straight year first with Hogan’s departure and now with Bazirgan’s Maccagnan has to replace his college scouting director.

Maccagnan has an extensive background in scouting, though. He was the Texans’ college scouting director before the Jets gave him their general manager job. So Maccagnan is very hands-on with the Jets’ college scouting, in advance of the draft. giants_149

Dez Bryant meeting: Cowboys WR ‘getting myself together’ before talk with Jerry Jones

The long-awaited sitdown between Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and team owner Jerry Jones will take place Friday at the team’s facility, The Star, in Frisco, Texas. The NFL world is anticipating/wishing for a final decision on Bryant’s status with the team.

— The 29-year-old Bryant is due to make $12.5 million in 2018, and his cap number is $16.5 million. He’s coming off a 2017 season in which he had 69 receptions and six touchdowns but also a career-low 12.1-yard average. Speculation about him needing to accept a pay cut or face being released before organized team activities begin Monday have been steady throughout the offseason. Dallas radio station KRLD-FM this week reported on a possible parting.

The NFL world is ready for the speculation to end with the meeting at The Star.

The good news for the Seahawks as they look over their schedule for 2018: Most of their toughest opponents have to travel to Seattle. And one of their “away” opponents in 2018, the Raiders, will meet them in London for an October showdown. Neither West Coast team will be happy about that haul.

Below is a breakdown of the Seahawks’ schedule in 2018. Seattle’s regular-season schedule, including dates and kickoff times, will be posted after it is made available by the NFL.

Toughest tests: The Cowboys, armed again with running back Ezekiel Elliott for a full season and a further developed QB in Dak Prescott, present the Seahawks a tough intraconference matchup, even though Dallas will have to travel to Seattle. The Seahawks also have to travel all the way to London for their October matchup against the Raiders.

Who those quarterbacks will be remains to be seen, but there are good odds Sam Darnold could see the field for the Browns, but if it is Josh Allen like many pundits keep suggesting, that would be must-watch TV as well.seahawks_125

Harold Landry to Lions in CBS Sports’ latest mock draft

Boston College defensive end Harold Landry is the Detroit Lions’ first-round pick, at No. 20, in CBS Sports’ latest mock draft, published Monday.

“This pick can be viewed as insurance for the Lions if they can’t extend Ziggy Ansah, and Landry doesn’t have to be the team’s alpha pass-rusher in his rookie campaign,” says CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso.

Luck was the highest-regarded prospect of this generation, so it’s no surprise he received every first-place vote from the queried scouts. Among the guys who didn’t make it to the top five were Kirk Cousins (13 points), Russell Wilson (6) and Nick Foles (1). McGinn himself ranked Osweiler over Wilson, with one scout saying Osweiler was “like the CEO of a company.” That’s another roundabout way of saying someone’s tall. Many were concerned about the 5-foot-11 Wilson’s ability to throw from the pocket, but the only thing that’s prevented him from doing so as a pro has been the Seahawks’ offensive line.

The scouts rightly thought this was a dismal quarterback class, although it’s clear to see the difference between the consensus and what actually happened on draft day. While most of the league preferred Smith, the Bills were one of the exceptions and took Manuel with the 16th pick. The Florida State passer was the only quarterback taken in the first round.

And then they all walked back to their dugouts. Womp, womp.

It started when Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt and Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin got into an argument at second base.

Tyler Wade tried bunting for a base hit down the third base line. But Rafael Devers fielded it and whipped the ball to Holt at second base.

The throw was in plenty of time and Holt positioned himself with one foot on the back of the base.

When he caught the ball, Austin slid in hard and on Holt’s side of the base, sticking out his left foot. Austin clearly intended to go after Holt’s leg. It wasn’t clear if Austin’s spiked caught Holt.

Immediately, the pair jumped into each other’s faces. Then the benches and bullpens cleared.

When the sides parted, the Red Sox challenged the call for slide interference.la_kings_015