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Pat Shurmur: Possible Odell Beckham is fully cleared for minicamp

The Giants will close out their offseason program with a three-day mandatory minicamp next week and head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed on Monday that wide receiver Odell Beckham is expected to be in attendance despite not being at recent voluntary OTAs.

Taylor has moved on like the Bills have moved on, ready to try to do in Cleveland what he did in Buffalo in helping end the Bills’ long playoff drought.

I’m excited, happy with the place that I’m at now and the team that I’m playing for, and I’m excited about the opportunity, he said.

The NFL has encountered controversy over its catch rule and the implications of instant replay since the early 1980s.

It wasn’t until Calvin Johnson’s game-winning touchdown was overturned in 2010, however, that the league’s process of the catch mechanism began to sew chaos and confusion among fans, players, coaches and even game officials.

With Adam Jones off the roster, Jackson is in line for a bump in playing time alongside fellow first-rounders Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard and he believes that will boost his name recognition as well.

I feel like I did good last year, but obviously I wasn’t a starter, Jackson said, via Justin Williams of The Athletic. A lot of people around the world don’t actually know about me over here. They’ll definitely know about me this year.

The former Eagles wide receiver, known for his on-field and off-the-field antics, announced Thursday that he won’t attend his induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.

Owens said he has decided to celebrate elsewhere, but didn’t say where.

The Eagles recently held meetings with their players, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media. Owner Jeff Lurie opted to send a smaller contingent to avoid putting his players in a tough spot.

One of Owens’ best seasons was 2004, when he caught 77 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns as a member of the NFC Champion Eagles, who lost to the New England Patriots, 24-21, in Super Bowl XXXIX. Owens caught nine passes for 122 yards on 14 targets from quarterback Donovan McNabb in that game.

Julian Edelman facing four-game suspension for PEDs

Tom Brady might not have his favorite receiver back to begin the season.

Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy, NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones reported, per a source informed of the situation. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport adds Edelman is appealing the suspension.

If the suspension holds, Edelman will miss the Patriots ‘ first four regular-season games against the Texans, Jaguars, Lions and Dolphins.

In Wednesday’s practice, Austin received extensive work with the first-team offense, mostly as a receiver, though the team is officially listing him as a running back. 

I think our group is going to pick up the slack for I guess what is considered a true No. 1, Linehan said.

Why is this impeachment taking so damn long? Washington cornerback Josh Norman said on Twitter.

Here’s the real question: How long will that last? If the President plans to pick on the NFL any and every chance he can get, regardless of what the league does to defuse things, at some point a league that is used to rolling up its sleeves and throwing punches may decide that it’s go time.

As Walls recalled last year, Clark approached him after Kodak began using images of The Catch in its advertising. Clark had agreed to Kodak’s use of his likeness, but Walls was in the picture too, and Walls knew nothing about it. Clark didn’t know Walls well, but he was the first person to inform Walls that he was legally entitled to be compensated for appearing in an advertisement.

I really didn’t know him, but Dwight didn’t even say hi, Walls said. He came right up to me with a sense of urgency. And for him to give a crap about if I got my money? I know a lot of guys. Black, white, whatever. They wouldn’t do that. That goes to show how in tune he was as a peer. And that gave me pause: ‘Hey, this dude here is pretty cool.’

Giants’ Dave Gettleman has cancer

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman announced Tuesday in a press release that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma and will begin cancer treatments soon.

Here’s what the Mayo Clinic says about lymphoma:

The mutation also allows the cells to go on living when other cells would die. This causes too many diseased and ineffective lymphocytes in your lymph nodes and causes the lymph nodes to swell.

Active surveillance. Some forms of lymphoma are very slow growing. You and your doctor may decide to wait to treat your lymphoma when it causes signs and symptoms that interfere with your daily activities. Until then, you may undergo periodic tests to monitor your condition.

Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy fast-growing cells, such as cancer cells. The drugs are usually administered through a vein, but can also be taken as a pill, depending on the specific drugs you receive.

Receivers coach Keenan McCardell expects Chark to get plenty of work on offense this season, too.

He is a very talented kid that loves to play football — very coachable, McCardell said. He gives you the speed that we’re looking for outside. I think he is going to have an opportunity to stretch the defense for us. I’m looking forward to it. [He offers] another pair of young legs that can run.

Marcus Semien (R), 50 percent, Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals (LHP Danny Duffy): There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Duffy has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball this season. He currently ranks 215th on the ESPN Player Rater among starting pitchers. While Duffy has done a decent job keeping lefties in check, right-handed batters have tagged him for a .394 wOBA. Semien gets the platoon advantage here and should be able to do some damage.

Yuli Gurriel (R), 29 percent, Houston Astros at Texas Rangers (LHP Mike Minor): Gurriel has gone yard only once this season. That could change with a matchup against Minor on Saturday, however, as the Texas lefty has surrendered at least one home run in six straight starts (nine total). He’s also allowed a .380 wOBA to right-handed batters, putting Gurriel in a highly appealing spot.

The Seahawks still have an elite, ground-covering middle linebacker in Bobby Wagner. K.J. Wright remains close to elite on the weak side, too. Those two won’t let up.

jets_014The strong side, however, is starting from scratch. Michael Wilhoite wasn’t re-signed, and Terence Garvin landed with the Dolphins as a free agent. The best returnee, D.J. Alexander, played almost exclusively on special teams last season.

Such a void prompted the signing of Barkevious Mingo. Given how great Wagner and Wright are, the Seahawks could afford to take a chance on the former Colt and 2013 first-rounder of the Browns.

The Tigers played in Detroit Stars jerseys, while the Indians wore Cleveland Buckeyes uniforms to honor Negro Leagues Weekend.

The big question is how much Penny will be able to handle as a rookie. He was a productive workhorse at San Diego State, but he wasn’t deployed much as a receiver. Seattle, however, looks ready to use him beyond early downs with comfortable routes and protection schemes. Schottenheimer is devising a large role for the rookie due to the lack experience and reliability in the rest of the backs.

The Seahawks have been desperate for a back capable of staying on the field through every down and distance since Marshawn Lynch; don’t be surprised if they use Penny as if they think he can be the sequel to Beast Mode.

Carson, despite the injury, should stick on the roster as the backup. He’s a well-built runner of whom Seattle wants to see more. As for Prosise and McKissic, there might not be enough passing-down work left for them, but they provide some position versatility. (And McKissic has some special teams value.) One could be considered a hybrid to classify among the wide receivers.

Russell Wilson needs better rushing support, and with other factors lessened around him, Penny shining immediately as a co-centerpiece of the offense would be huge for Seattle.

Madden 19 will steer clear of anthem issues

jets_015For decades, EA has marketed the Madden series by claiming, If it’s in the game, it’s in the game.

Here’s one thing from the game that won’t be in the game: The national anthem controversy.

At the EA Play event, which precedes E3 2018, producer Ben Haumiller told GameSpot that the Madden 19 game will not include anything related to the anthem.

The people who play just want to play, and that means minimizing everything else, from the amount of time it takes to load the startup screen to the amount of time that elapses from starting a game to the actual kickoff to the various delays that pop up in connection with penalty calls, the end of quarters, and replay reviews, any moment spent doing anything other than playing the game feels like wasted time.

The Pirates led 5-0 behind Musgrove until the right-hander opened the seventh inning by hitting Owings on the first pitch retaliation for Josh Harrison being plunked in the top half. Nick Ahmed followed with a run-scoring single, Daniel Descalso had another off Edgar Santana and Lamb tied it at 5-all on a three-run homer to left.

Ketel Marte singled off Kyle Crick (0-1) to lead off the eighth, moved to second on a walk and raced to third after a pickoff attempt at second base by catcher Elias Diaz. Marte scored when the next pitch by Crick bounded to the backstop . Descalso put Arizona up 8-5 with a two-run triple and scored on Dovydas Neverauskas’ wild pitch.

The Bombers, in clear need of starting pitching, face the Mets’ aces this weekend. If not them, whom might the Yanks add by the deadline?

Hired as the Indians’ pitching coach in 2013, he helped turn Corey Kluber into a two-time Cy Young winner. He let Trevor Bauer be Trevor Bauer after the Diamondbacks quickly gave up on him. Carlos Carrasco developed into one of the better starters in the league. Cody Allen had just reached the majors in 2012. Danny Salazar was a rookie in 2013. Mike Clevinger had a breakout season in 2017. Few teams have developed pitchers like the Indians in recent years.

How Yankees’ Aaron Boone makes out lineups each day and who helps

jets_016Yankees manager Aaron Boone says constructing his lineups is like putting together a new puzzle every day.

Some are easier to solve, others not so much.

What can make the process tricky is his belief in splitting up his right-handed and left-handed hitters to create balance, especially late in games to prevent situational relievers from facing a group of righties or lefties consecutively.

And then we kind of get the 10 players – the nine players and the DH – that we’re going to put out there, and then I just kind of piece it together from there. Most days, (the lineup) is pretty obvious. But I guess I get people’s thoughts casually all the time, and that probably goes into my decision-making process.

This is it! Duvernay-Tardif tweeted in excitement. Today I become a doctor!

The Chiefs selected Duvernay-Tardif in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft with a full understanding he was in a third year of medical school.

And with the full backing of the Chiefs ‘ organization over the years, he mastered the art of multitasking the demands of football and returning to Canada during the offseason months to continue his medical studies.

While Duvernay-Tardif excelled on the football field and signed a five-year, $41 million contract extension with the Chiefs in 2017, medicine remained one of his passions.

Eight years after beginning the journey in medical school, the 27-year-old now has life after football secured as a medical doctor.

That’s scary, and that’s life after bashing into defenses 2,542 times for 10,607 yards and 58 touchdowns. Lewis was a human sledgehammer, one of seven backs ever to eclipse 2,000 yards in a season. He won a Super Bowl. An NCAA championship at Tennessee. His 295-yard day against the Browns ranks No. 2 of all time.

Six to 10 states could have sports betting programs by Week One

The floodgates are open, but it may take a little time for the water to get through.

In the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling that paves the way for states to adopt sports wagering, a sports media executive with knowledge of the overall betting landscape and dynamics has predicted to PFT that six to 10 states will have sports betting programs in place before the NFL regular season begins.

The new Bears tight end, just one of several big-money additions to Chicago’s offense entering 2018, admitted that Trubisky still has to prove himself in his first full season as a starter. But he also said he’s “extremely impressed” and “definitely” has “no doubt about his ability and what he’s able to do.” Drafted second overall just like Wentz, the Eagles’ 2017 MVP candidate, was a year before him, Trubisky opened his rookie season on the bench behind Mike Glennon but started the team’s final 12 games, throwing seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 196 yards.

That statement ended by expressing the view that “the athletes must also have a seat at the table to ensure that players’ rights and the integrity of our games are protected.”bucks_513

First, he should be a box-office draw. Even though Manziel hasn’t played in the NFL in almost three years, he’s still one of the most famous names (or, perhaps infamous is more accurate) in professional football. Also, if he plays like he did at Texas A&M and for brief flashes with the Browns, he should be a very good player in that league. The Tiger-Cats’ preseason opener is June 1. Their regular-season opener is June 16 against Calgary.

The NFL will be watching NFL teams have not been fighting to get Manziel into a camp. NFL teams watched Manziel at a couple college pro days this offseason, but that story got overblown. He was asked by college players if he could throw to them during their workouts. It’s not like NFL teams were there just to see him. However, the teams were there and got to see he has been working out. They’ll keep eyes on his CFL games to see if he can still make the plays that led to him being a first-round pick. The NFL has plenty of unexciting quarterbacks on the back ends of rosters; Manziel could prove to be an upgrade.

New NFL kickoff rules designed to cut back on high-speed collisions

NFL kickoffs will look a lot different in 2018 after league owners formally approved a series of rule changes Tuesday at their spring meeting in Atlanta.

The Giants cornerback made headlines for all the wrong reason last year and was even suspended one game for “a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team.”

He reportedly was defiant towards teammates and coaches and the locker room got so bad with him that teammate Landon Collins called him a “cancer.”

“Obviously the off-field issues got in the way of his preparation.” If everything goes well in Canada, there’s certainly a sense that Manziel can play in the NFL as a backup and be a change-of-pace guy who comes in, shakes things up and makes some plays.

“At the end of the day, when we go in the cage, we’re just going to be two fighters. Obviously we’ll both have some athleticism that has carried over from the NFL, but I don’t consider him former NFL player Greg Hardy, I consider him MMA fighter Greg Hardy, and that’s how I’m going to approach what he’s bringing to the table,” Lane told FloCombat.com.

Lane played as a defensive end with the Jaguars, Lions and Bears from 2010-14, but didn’t see the same amount of success that Hardy had in his NFL career, playing only 30 regular-season games. However, he might have an edge on Hardy in the octagon as Lane is 4-0 as a professional MMA fighter.

New Orleans jumped in DVOA last year from No. 6 to No. 2 despite the focus on running the ball — 2017’s offense was the most similar to the Saints championship team in several years thanks to balance and an ability to work the ground game. Even with Ingram missing for the first quarter of the season, the Saints should be able to make do with late-round rookie Boston Scott (what a name) and Kamara.

How does a youth hockey league not notice $200,000 is missing?cowboys_100

NFL to consider several proposed kickoff rule changes

Several proposed rule changes aimed at improving player safety during kickoffs will be presented to NFL team owners at next week’s Spring League Meeting in Atlanta.

The proposals, which need to be approved by 24 of the 32 NFL team owners before being ratified for the 2018 season, will make kickoffs more like punts and limit full-speed collisions. The proposed adjustments were made in conjunction with special teams coaches and members of the league’s Competition Committee during a player safety summit at the league’s headquarters in New York earlier this month.

Then there’s the money, something of which Brady has plenty but apparently is seeking more. His contract situation has always been a fascinating topic. He has accepted lower salaries over the years to help the team sign quality players, a strategy that has paid off in Super Bowl appearances and victories.

I’ve always been partial to Game 4 of a 2-1 series. It determines the entire feel going forward. After 48 minutes, the series is either tied or almost decided, with very little middle ground. The tension is momentous.

We have two such Game 4s in these otherwise very boring conference finals — starting Monday night in Cleveland. If the Cavs win, they go to Boston with the world’s best player, momentum, and very rational confidence — as opposed to the irrational brand that drives every Jordan Crawford/Clarkson one-versus-everyone prayer. Boston cannot bank on winning every home game (right?). If Boston wins, Cleveland stares again into the LeBron-might-leave abyss — only with an even deeper deficit.

Ty Lue is riding with centers — Tristan Thompson and the revitalized Larry Nance Jr. — and gave both of them a clear directive in Game 3: stick with Al Horford at all times. Horford is one of the wiliest screeners in modern NBA history. He loves to slip picks before really setting them, or to veer off toward the 3-point arc. He’ll sometimes meander out as if to set a screen, only to stop five feet short and force his defender to navigate a confusing situation.ravens_170

Titans sign Kendrick Lewis

At a moment when teams around the league are stocking their roster with rookies, the Titans have added a veteran safety to the mix.

The Titans announced they have signed Kendrick Lewis, who took part in the team’s recent minicamp on a tryout basis, to a deal for the 2018 season. Safety Denzel Johnson has been dropped from the roster in a corresponding move.

Lewis was a fifth-round pick by the Chiefs in 2010 and spent four seasons in Kansas City before moving on to Houston in 2014. He spent the next two seasons with the Ravens and has been out of the league since they released him last year. He’s made 81 career starts and has 323 tackles, nine interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

The Titans have Kevin Byard and Jonathan Cyprien back from last season, but Da’Norris Searcy‘s departure has left an opening in the reserve ranks that Lewis will try to fill.

It’s best he’s back in the locker room, he’s back around us, Crawford told the Morning News. I think it will be good for him and good for us. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told the Morning News on Wednesday, First and foremost, we’re more concerned with Randy fixing himself off the field. I applaud him. I think he’s worked hard to get to this point that he can apply for reinstatement. By no stretch are we just saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to bank on that. ‘ We’re still thinking about him and hoping he gets everything done the right way off the field.

Appearing on PFT Live, G.M. Dave Caldwell explained that Jacksbroncos_014_82732420edc2fbab-180x180on, whom Caldwell and executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin praised before the draft, wasn’t in the mix for the pick that ultimately became defensive tackle Taven Bryan.

“He was not at the time,” Caldwell said. “We did think very highly as him as a player. With his ability to create and create plays with his feet. We felt like that he was going to eventually be a player — that he could develop into a player that you can win with. That wasn’t the situation that we had for us with the pick at 29. We had some guys that we really coveted that we felt could come in and help us right away this year.”