Stephen Jones, on the other hand, didn’t see things as clearly.
I think it’s always difficult because Dez was an amazing player for us, the Cowboys chief operating officer and executive vice president said during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday. He helped us win a lot of football games. At the same time, these things happen in our business.
A lot of us have been in here working out for a few weeks, but this is the official start. Phase Two is in three weeks includes individual on-field workouts and drills as well as team practice conducted on a separates basis. In other words, there’s no live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills permitted. And Phase Three is scheduled to get under way in May with organized team activities (OTAs).
Cowboys dates for those workouts are set May 22-24, May 29-31 and June 4-6. OTAs feature no live contact, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted. A rookie minicamp will be held the first or second weekend after the NFL draft. The Cowboys’ mandatory minicamp for all players is scheduled for June 12-14 and training camp will get underway in late July in Oxnard, Calif.
At this point, the Lions are still in the conditioning phase of the offseason program and won’t delve into schematic alterations until next month. On offense, it’s more likely to be tweaks than an overhaul given coordinator Jim Bob Cooter and many of the assistants from that side of the ball are returning under Patricia. But on defense, things are expected to look significantly different.
Davis, who slogged through his rookie season adjusting to a new scheme, feels his understanding of weekly preparation has him equipped for the upcoming changes.
I was able to see what study habits I had — were they good, were they bad? Davis said. Now, I’m able to kind of skip past that rocky phase and go right into this type of studying helps me, this type of studying doesn’t help me; this amount time that I put in on the film helps me, this amount of time doesn’t help me.
Marshall, 33, had been consistently working out at the Giants’ facility since the injury. He wanted to return to the team, and he doesn’t seem to have an intention of retiring.
Gleyber Torres is not in the lineup tonight for Triple-A Scranton:
A person close to top prospect Gleyber Torres told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday he’d be surprised if the Yankees call up Torres within the next couple of days because it would seem such a blatant exploitation of the service clock rules.
When it comes this close, it’s hard for someone to not make a business decision, the source said.
The Yankees could explain a Torres promotion as a way of filling a need, however.
Torres, who left Monday’s game at Triple-A with a stiff back, has played seven straight games at third base. A natural shortstop, the Yankees have been preparing him at second base and third base — two weak positions on the major-league roster.
He’s hit.366 with a homer and 10 RBI in 41 at-bats over 11 games at Triple-A and was in the mix to win the Opening Day job at second base until his poor spring training performance.
The Yankees don’t know when regular third baseman Brandon Drury (severe migraines) will get off the disabled list, though he performed a light workout and took batting practice outdoors for the first time in more than a week Monday. Doctors have given Drury a battery of tests to see what’s causing his headaches and blurred vision and Drury is taking a prescribed anti-inflammatory to combat the the pain.
First, a quick review. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late last week that Kaepernick was scheduled to work out with the Seahawks but that the trip was canceled when Kaepernick declined to stop kneeling during the national anthem. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport then reported that the workout wasn’t canceled but postponed, and the Seahawks were pursuing a more nuanced conversation about Kaepernick’s plans than just whether he was going to kneel.
Now, this is what I can say with certainty. Schefter’s report was accurate. According to a league source who’d know, the Seahawks did want Kaepernick to tell them he wouldn’t kneel, and Kaepernick wouldn’t agree to do that. That’s the truth. A fact.
This next part is more speculation: What might have happened is that the Seahawks told Kaepernick they didn’t want him to kneel, but then the team got a notice from the league stating, Um, fellas, we’re in a legal battle about collusion with Kaepernick. You can’t do that. So then the Seahawks tried to change the story. Again, that’s just speculation.
But it brings us back to that original question: Why is the NFL still so scared of Colin Kaepernick?
Gabe Kapler smiled and joked often during his pre-game meeting with reporters before Thursday’s opening contest of a 10-game Phillies homestand which begins with four games against a Pirates team off to a strong start.
And there’s plenty of room for improvement. Carlos Santana is hitting.131, J.P. Crawford.182 and Jorge Alfaro.194.
This homestand – the longest of the season – could be a big springboard if the Phillies can maintain their recent momentum and show a little more on the offensive end. They will face Arizona and Atlanta for three games each after the four-game set with the Pirates.
The three opponents have a combined record of 34-18.
* The Phillies wore the powder blue uniforms that were a staple of the 1970’s teams on Thursday and Kapler said he was a big fan.
I love them, this was my childhood hat, said Kapler, showing off the old-school P. I’m proud to wear (this uniform) today. I had a satin Phillies jacket when I was young. I wasn’t a Phillies fan, but my mom got me a satin jacket for Christmas. And our dog was named after Pete Rose.
Asked if the dog gambled as well, Kapler said he did but quipped he always bet on himself.
* Reliever Tommy Hunter could be close to a return. The free-agent signee has missed the start of the season with a hamstring injury.
Hunter is scheduled to pitch his next rehab game on Friday for Double-A Reading.
He’ll do his thing and we’ll read and react from there, said Kapler. We’ll take it step by step and continue to make (his return) TBD.
He profiles as a guy who can give us one-plus (inning). His flexibility makes him unique. He can be ready to go earlier in the game. His ability to go through the left-handed part of lineup is what is exciting and he can dominate right-handers as well.
To help LaFleur, the Titans brought former New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis aboard to serve in a thunder-and-lightning timeshare with bruiser Derrick Henry.
The Los Angeles Rams will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football from Mexico City on Nov. 19, the Rams announced Wednesday, one day before the NFL unveils the rest of the 2018 regular-season schedule.
Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN from Estadio Azteca for what will be the NFL’s second Monday Night Football game in Mexico City, two years after the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans did the same.
I think that would just create this unique dynamic. If you remember last year when our Drew Pearson stood up to announce our second-round pick in Philadelphia, and it created such a stir in the auditorium there. I think that’s something everybody looked to and said,’That’s actually the kind of atmosphere that you want at one of these events.’ So by having all the teams represented down right in front of the stage, I think we’ve just created some really interesting atmosphere.
Fortunately, although the benches and bullpens emptied, there were no punches, so it did not cause any fighting. On the contrary, the retaliation started the brawl.
In the seventh inning, the second time Austin came to bat following the play at second, Joe Kelly plunked him. I do not believe that the entire Red Sox team or coaching staff is to blame, however, because Austin had been at the plate once already after the incident, and it was the same score, so I doubt there was any sort of conspiracy to hit him. Kelly likely acted on his own.
Granted, the Sox did join the brawl when Austin understandably charged the mound, but that was because they had to protect their teammate, regardless of what he did.
Although Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin was fined for jawing with Red Sox coaches, Kelly and Austin were the only players suspended, marking them the culprits of the brawl. However, hatred clouds misunderstanding, and there are cloudy skies whenever the Yankees and Red Sox face off. Although both organizations have shown class since their respective inceptions, and I am not one to condone violence in baseball, I can say that I will enjoy the rebirth of a legendary rivalry that has been around longer than I have.
Analysis: If a defense can’t consistently pressure the passer in the NFL, odds are the unit is going to struggle overall. The Detroit Lions finished near the bottom of the NFL in quarterback hurries and sacks last season and subsequently ranked 27th in total defense, 21st in scoring defense and 28th in red zone defense.
So we’re going out on the sturdiest of limbs when we say the team could use some juice on the edge in this upcoming draft.
That’s not to say the team’s current roster is devoid of talent and potential. Ziggy Ansah returns after closing last season with a flurry of sacks, a potential precursor that he is capable of returning to his 2015 form, when he dropped opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times.
Landry offers a different skill set. The 6-foot-3, 252-pounder isn’t likely to be as well-rounded as Davenport, but the former disrupts the pocket with an explosive first step that makes it seem like he was spring-loaded into his stance.
Ingram had the best season of his seven-year NFL career in 2017, running for career highs of 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had career highs with 58 receptions for 416 yards, showcasing the versatility the Saints desire in their backs.
Neither of these teams has as storied a history as the Yankees or Red Sox, considering they have combined for only three pennants and have both yet to win a title. Their rivalry is predicated on that 2007 tiebreaker game that helped launch Colorado to its only World Series berth.
However, there was still bad blood. San Diego’s Manuel Margot went on the 10-day disabled list after he took a pitch to the ribs last Tuesday. We can only assume that this is the reason that San Diego’s Luis Perdomo hit three Rockies in the first three innings of Wednesday’s game. The third hit batter was potential superstar Nolan Arenado, who finally had enough and charged the mound. Unless the two teams shared words prior to the Margot incident, there is no excuse for Perdomo to take any action.
After being released by the Buccaneers after one season, Chris Baker got a jump on free agency.
He put it to good use.
James’ athleticism means he can line up outside the numbers or over the slot to cover wide receivers. Free and strong safety are options as well.
As newfound sensitivity to sexual misbehavior continues to take down a loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires, each new example of the unprecedented accountability arising in a non-sports context serves as a reminder of what could happen for the NFL and one or more of its teams. When these situations emerge in a sports context, the warning becomes even more clear, either as to things that could happen in the future or as to things that already have.
The latest example comes from the latest expansion of the problems engulfing Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has seen the issues quickly grow from allegations against the basketball organization he owns to himself.
The Cardinals owe Mathieu $18.75 million in guaranteed money if he’s on the roster the third day of the league year.
General Manager Steve Keim was vague when addressing Mathieu’s future earlier this week.
It’s what we are doing right now with the coaching staff, looking not only at Tyrann but every player, and see how they fit, Keim said. How they fit what we are asking them to do schematically, and how they fit from a salary standpoint, all those things moving forward. And there are a lot of moving parts. What we are potentially doing in free agency, how it affects the cap, and I feel we have a pretty good grasp on that.
Mathieu, 25, led the league in total snaps with 1,053, playing 99.43 percent of the Cardinals’ defensive plays. He made 74 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups last season.
On Tuesday, Mathieu tweeted, It’s a gamble and I’m taking all bets＃. if I lose I vow to make it all back.
Running back Saquon Barkley doesn’t foresee fit being a problem wherever he winds up being drafted in April.
Barkley met the media at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday and said he thinks any team would be a good fit for the player widely considered to be the top back in this year’s draft. Barkley also made it clear that he’s not put off by the prospect of going to a team that’s been stuck in a rut when he was asked about the prospect of being drafted by the Browns.
The last time the Jets made a move like this was in 2009, when then-GM Mike Tannenbaum moved up to No. 5 for Mark Sanchez. That move worked out in the short-term, but not in the long-term.
Maccagnan made the first splash of the draft on Saturday, but his next move will determine whether that splash makes the Jets contenders or they just end up all wet.
The Jets agreed to a two-year deal with inside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, a source confirmed. Pierre-Louis, who was with the Chiefs last year, will be a backup linebacker and special teams player.
Copeland is set to be a restricted free agent for the Lions. He’s appeared in all 32 games during his first two years with the Lions, recording 30 tackles, a half sack and a forced fumble.
Copeland went undrafted out of Penn in 2013. He had brief stints with the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans before being out of the league in 2014. After working out in the league’s veterans’ combine, Copeland was signed by the Lions in April 2015.
It was a tumultuous day in Green Bay, where popular and productive receiver Jordy Nelson, who also happens to be best friend with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, was cut, while tight end Jimmy Graham, whom the Seahawks opted not to retain, will be signed.
The Packers, seemingly messing with the chemistry in their locker room, also reportedly agreed to terms with former Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, who had tardiness issues with his former team that could not wait to rid itself of him.
If anyone chooses not to participate in any, some, or all of the pre-draft activities and if a given team chooses not to draft pick because of it, that team can then worry about that player ending up playing football with a competitor.
But after trading for defensive end Michael Bennett, he’s now literally a luxury they can’t afford.
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles are trying to trade Curry now.
While they were initially considering (or trying to talk him into) restructuring his contract, that’s much less likely now. And teams they’re calling will know that, so any return won’t be a big one. The 29-year-old Curry had three sacks last year, as he played through knee problems.
With more accomplished pass-rushers fetching scant returns, they can’t expect much. Bennett and a seventh-rounder got the Seahawks a fifth-rounder and wide receiver Marcus Johnson. The Dolphins acquired Robert Quinn from the Rams for fourth- and sixth-rounders.
If they can’t find someone to throw them a late pick, it seems reasonable to expect that Curry would be released.
The questions arise regarding Rosen’s non-football traits. Some regard him as arrogant and narcissistic, with a combination of intelligence, confidence, and individualized ambition that could strain relationships in a locker room.
Those opinions may vary from team to team, and talent typically wins out in the end. Plenty of quarterbacks have excessively high opinions of themselves, and many of those high opinions are deserved. Regardless, Rosen will be one of the top quarterbacks drafted and he could end up being the best of them all, especially with the benefit of maturity and growth.
That said, here’s hoping he never matures past his ability to provide very mature-sounding opinions on any topic presented to him. He’s hardly a cliche-machine, and it’s refreshing to hear a guy in a sport that values robotic tendencies show more than a little self awareness. No matter how good he is at the next level, he’ll be good for the game.
The line of marijuana products include salves, vape cartridges, and tonics that will be sold in dispensaries in San Diego, the Orange County area, and Los Angeles with Williams hoping to expand to other states. Related: Ricky Williams hosting ‘cannabis-friendly’ Super Bowl party Williams has been educating himself as a health care practitioner since retiring from football for the last time in 2012 and is very vocal about the benefits of cannabis use among players. However, athletes haven’t been his target market. Surprisingly enough, our research found that the main demographic coming into the (cannabis) market are women ages 35 to 60, Williams told Johnny Diaz of the South Florida Sun Sentinel . Cannabis coming on the scene is a re-emerging of herbalism back into our culture.
So what’s going on here? The potential explanations are these: (1) the NFLN reports are incorrect; (2) Jackson is lying; or (3) the unnamed sources relied on by NFLN are lying.
Whatever the reason(s) for this, it’s a prime example of why Jackson needs to hire an agent. Because this is precisely the kind of thing that a good agent can deal with, calling the NFLN reporters and pressuring them to unring the bell (in lieu of circling the wagons), calling other reporters to get Jackson’s version out there, and otherwise doing whatever has to be done to keep this episode from reflecting negatively on Jackson and, ideally, finding a way to make it reflect on him favorably.
Here’s the real question: Why would Jackson lie about this? He said he hasn’t been asked to work out as a receiver and wouldn’t if he were. If the requests have been made, why not simply say, Some of them asked me to do it, and I told them no.
The Dolphins have given Landry permission to seek a trade after they placed the franchise tag on the receiver. Landry, who would make a projected $16.2 million for 2018 under the franchise tag, reportedly seeks a contract similar to the four-year, $58 million deal that Green Bay’s Davante Adams signed.
Landry, 25, led the league in receptions with a single-season franchise-record 112 last season. He gained 987 yards and a career-best nine touchdowns.
I don’t know why the contracts of David Harris, Jacoby Brissett and Connor McDermott have incurred dead money that counts towards the Patriots salary cap. Harris retired, so doesn’t that mean that any financial obligations are forfeited as a result? Brissett and McDermott were traded and claimed off waivers, respectively, so doesn’t this mean those teams take on all of the players financial obligations and contract guarantees? Are the websites that take dead money into account wrong, or are the rules about dead money different than my interpretation of dead money in these cases?
The Seattle Seahawks made the most significant changes to their coaching staff this offseason since Pete Carroll was hired as the team’s head coach in 2010.
Eight coaches from last year’s staff aren’t returning in 2018, including each of the team’s top four assistants. Six coaches have been added to the group with three coaches moving to new roles as well. Carroll discussed his reasons for the changes for the first time in Indianapolis on Thursday.
I’m really excited about the guys that are here and how it’s working out so far, Carroll said. We are seeing the new energy. I am energized by it. The whole group is. And we are looking forward to working to see how it’s going to turn out.
Carroll also made it clear that he wants Schottenheimer to be heavily involved with the progression of quarterback Russell Wilson.
The quarterback will always be a focal point in your development and really excited about Schottenheimer coming in and Canales taking a hold of that thing and challenging him like maybe he has never been challenged before. That would be great, Carroll said.
I like the fact that he can connect the play caller and the quarterback leader, and the guy that’s going to be with him on the field, as well, on a regular basis. I like the fact that I wanted to make that connection for Russell, so we could communicate directly with him in a little bit different fashion than we have. Dave Canales will work with him, too, of course, but I think Brian brings something that we are looking forward to seeing.
This would make players more conscious of putting the ball on the ground, Polian said.
Wouldn’t that also trade one set of headaches for another?
Perhaps. Those of us who are old enough can remember a few Emanuel-type plays arising every season. It is easy to officiate but sometimes hard to accept as an incompletion.
So where does this all leave us?
The informed guess is that the competition committee will propose a rewriting that eliminates the requirement to go to the ground and redefines what it means to make a football move in order to account for the time element. Ultimately, it will be up to officials to interpret what it means and put it into practice on the field.
In other words, the Calvin Johnson/Dez Bryant debate will end, but new controversies likely will arise.