With Game 3 all but over in the final 30 seconds, the Devils and the Tampa Bay Lightning let their emotions turn into a 10-player melee.
LSU’s Arden Key would be a value pick if he falls all the way to 51, where the Lions select in the second round. Or Alabama’s Da’Shawn Hand, a former 5-star recruit, would provide more of a big-bodied 3-4 end for Patricia’s multiple front who also would give the Lions the ability to replace Washington this year and save some cap space.
However the draft plays out, the Lions would be wise to find a way to come out it with a quality defensive end. An addition at the position isn’t mission critical to fill an immediate need, but is of vital importance to the team’s long-term outlook up front.
Retaining Ansah, or securing a one-for-one replacement in free agency next year, is likely to cost north of $15 million per season. Being able to draft and develop would give the franchise an option with a far more reasonable price tag, providing greater cap flexibility to bolster the roster at multiple other spots.
In addition to November’s game, the NFL will hold one regular-season game in Mexico annually from 2019 to 2021. We are thrilled to be a part of the NFL’s international initiatives once again, and we are excited to face the Rams at historic Estadio Azteca this fall, Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in January’s statement.
The support for the NFL in Mexico has grown significantly since our initial trip in 1996. We look forward to returning to Mexico and connecting with a new generation of fans this season. The game will be a home contest for the Rams, who will play the rest of their home schedule at the Los Angeles Coliseum until their new stadium is ready to open in 2020. It will also be the first time Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters will face his old team since being traded to the Rams this offseason. Southern California and Mexico share strong historic and cultural ties and this game will provide an opportunity to celebrate the special connection between these two regions, Rams owner Stan Kroenke said.
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.