The Patriot Way has come under attack in recent days, from those who claim that the Patriots don’t have fun. To no surprise, coach Bill Belichick says it’s not about fun.
Asked during a Thursday press conference whether it’s important for you to come up with ways for players to feel like they’re enjoying themselves as they’re putting in the work that you ask them to put in, Belichick was characteristically blunt.
We feel what’s important to us is to win, Belichick said. So that’s really what we’re trying to do.
Asked next about criticism from people like Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, Belichick was characteristically dismissive.
Browns safety Damarious Randall underestimated two things: the power of social media and passion of Cleveland fans.
Randall said Wednesday he never imagined that an innocent Twitter posting about the NBA Finals would blow up into a national story — and maybe something he lives to regret.
Last year, Foster didn’t participate in the offseason program due to a lingering shoulder issue.
[I]f he gets one snap of practice it’ll be more than what he got a year ago, Saleh said. So we’re excited he’s here. We’re excited that he’s working. We’re excited that he’s in meetings. He’s excited. The guys, his teammates are excited. Getting him up to speed won’t take as long and I promise you, when he gets out there, he’s going to be like a fireball. That’ll be cool to see.
Saleh said that he had no contact with Foster during his absence, which means that Foster is getting up to speed not only physically but also mentally. For a guy who at one point seemed to be destined for a lengthy suspension at best and termination of employment at worst, it’s a huge development both for him and for the team that he’s able to play at all.
We’re all excited, Saleh said. The whole organization matches his enthusiasm, and that’s not just because of Reuben the player, but Reuben the person. For people who don’t know him, and who don’t have the privilege to know him, really don’t understand what a great human being he actually is.
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.
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.
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?
Beauty will be in the eyes of the beholder with these Class of 2018 quarterbacks. None of them checks all the boxes. Darnold has an elongated throwing motion.
As far as the fumbles go, part of that’s on us as a football team, having to put some young kids in during this season, Helton said. He always tries to have two hands on the ball at all times until he pulls the trigger. We had three injuries by some older kids on the offensive line, had to play some freshmen that were growing up. You still look up and the guy’s 20-4 as a starter and won a  Rose Bowl and a Pac-12 title. At the end of the day, no matter what’s going on around you, your job as a quarterback is to win ballgames, and that’s what he does.
And that’s not what the Browns, Giants and Jets did last season. Clay Helton is certain that for someone, it will pay to Suck For Sam.
When the NBA took over the financially troubled New Orleans Hornets in late 2010 and spent more than a year trying to find a suitable, permanent owner, Benson finally stepped in and bought the club, now called the Pelicans, for $338 million. The estimated value of the Pelicans now exceeds $1 billion.
Tom Benson and his first wife, Shirley, had three children, two of whom preceded their father in death. He also had several step children from his marriage to his second wife, Grace, who died in 2003. In addition to his wife, estranged daughter and her two children, Tom Benson is survived by grandchild Dawn Jones, the daughter of Tom Benson’s late son, Robert.
There is no such thing as the brain, Bettman said in December at the owners’ meeting in Orlando, Fla., now a quaint beachside town.
Bettman is still reviled in certain circles, most notably anywhere outside of North America. His former assistant, Bill Daly, has taken up post in the league office of the Russia-based KHL, where he is paid in grants to oil-rich land and who is steadily climbing the ladder of the world’s richest people.
It would have been completely understandable had the team opted not to compete after losing a teammate to this kind of tragedy. But according to reader Ryan Tunall, they decided to play the game against the Okotoks Bisons in Simpson’s honor and won in overtime to force a deciding Game 5 in their series.
Halbgewachs had 12 (!) points in four games during the past week, including seven goals, as he and the Warriors continued to pursue their first WHL championship. That included a hat trick and a five-point night in a 6-2 win against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.Truly remarkable. The fact there’s a player named Jayden Halbgewachs, we mean.
For me, the similarities are rooted in the face of each team. Sidney Crosby is Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Neither man reveals his personality much to the public. They are both stoic. To opponents they are evil, and yet neutral observers can’t help but respect them for their longevity and their genius. No doubt both Crosby and Krzyzewski are among the greatest of all time, if not No. 1 in their respective fields. Both men have had to adapt to a one-and-done culture. In Crosby’s case, that means a rotating crop of wingers.
For Coach K, it’s a new starting five every season. They are identified solely with their current institutions, and we can’t imagine a world where they are anywhere else. When they represent their countries on an international stage, we somehow find them more likeable. And then they go to back to their respective teams and we return to hating them.
Green is an up and down guy, playing in a slow-paced game and although Milwaukee is a poor rebounding team, they don’t allow a ton of fantasy points to opposing PFs. I’d much rather spend down on John Henson across the court from Green, or save more with Ed Davis, who has been on fire recently. Kelly Olynyk, Davis Bertans and maybe even Patrick Patterson all make for fine, salary-saving options as well.
The Rockets are on the second night of a back-to-back, but James Harden didn’t play in the first game on Sunday. He sat to rest his knee, letting Paul lead the troops over a weak Dallas Mavericks squad.
In the right spot, Bogdanovic is a sneaky play. Unfortunately, this just isn’t one of those instances. The 25-year-old has hit a bump in the road lately, shooting just 17.9 percent from the field over his past three games, and that’s an issue when you consider that those games all came against below average defenses.