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New England is looking to rejuvenate a pass rush that tied for seventh in the NFL with 42 sacks but still proved to be a sore spot in critical junctures, including a Super Bowl loss to the Eagles in which the defense never took down Nick Foles.

The Patriots signed former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn this offseason and traded for defensive tackle Danny Shelton, whom Kim worked with on the Browns in 2016. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower (torn pectoral) and defensive end Derek Rivers (torn anterior cruciate ligament) are also returning from season-ending injuries.

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The Yankees escaped, thanks to the muscles of sluggers Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge , and because starting pitcher Luis Severino could work around not having his best stuff.

The problem was the Lions had double-teamed Jason most of the day and especially on key downs and distances. Nothing would be more key than this.

“Yeah, for sure. It’s great. It’s high,” Hill said of the competition in comments distributed by the team. “Obviously, those guys have played in Super Bowls and played at high levels and played big in playoff games, so the competition is definitely there, but I have all the faith in myself to go out there and compete at a high level, as well. It’ll only bring the best out of all of us. I think that’s how we want to approach every day, just playing at a high level, all of us and only good things can come from that.”

The group of backs got bigger last week when the Patriots drafted Sony Michel in the first round. He joins James White, Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead, Hill’s former Bengals teammate, as the backs Hill will be trying to beat out for playing time over the coming months.

He should be signed to a healthy second contract.

Buffalo hoped he’d be Erik Pears’ replacement at right tackle, but Kouandjio played just 25 games for Buffalo, starting eight.

The Bills didn’t have many options; the next true offensive tackle drafted was Billy Turner, by Miami at pick 67.

(After a few years, the Dolphins would have gladly traded Turner for Kouandjio… or, Turner for a few old tackling dummies.) Seantrel Henderson actually started 27 of 34 games at Kouandjio’s right tackle position but was mostly underwhelming (still, not bad for a seventh rounder).

“It’s just a bummer that you’re not going to be able to do a lot of the OTA stuff. I think that part’s fun. You get to get out there and compete with the guys,” Kuechly said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “But it’s good to learn and watch from a distance, and help other guys out and get a new perspective on what the defense looks like. Just got to take advantage of it a different way.”

Kuechly had surgery in February to repair the labrum in his right shoulder. He had the same surgery two years ago after the Super Bowl on his left shoulder. That year, he missed all of OTAs but was ready for training camp, and the hope is that the timeline is the same.sabres_126

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Monday, he played a career-high 39 minutes, and they were all productive. McConnell finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-18, second-best in the game to Sixers’ All-Star Joel Embiid.

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Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the NFL may give teams the ability to create their own anthem policies.
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Of course, the NFL can change the policy, if it wants. The question would then become whether the NFLPA would fight any change to the policy via the available legal channels, arguing that the issue has morphed into a mandatory subject of collective bargaining.

Via our Curtis Crabtree, Avril has taken a job as the midday co-host of a radio show on 950 KJR-AM.

I’m excited to join the KJR team! Avril said. Seattle is home and I can’t wait to cover the best sports city in the world.

The station referred to Avril’s job as a next chapter, and comments from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll over the weekend suggested that Avril was, in fact, done with football. The Seahawks released him with a failed-physical designation last week.

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I honestly think [people] are going to look back 20 years from now and say this is the moment the Jets shifted into a new gear, that they became a great team, Johnson said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.

To keep things fresh, ESPN is making some significant changes. Following Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden’s move to the Raiders, Kirk Herbstreit of College GameDay will join Kiper, Trey Wingo and front office insider Louis Riddick on ESPN’s main desk (Thursday, 8 p.m. ET).

For the first time, ESPN will present an NFL Draft-themed College GameDay right before its main coverage, starring Herbstreit, Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack. With Berman in semi-retirement, successor Trey Wingo will serve as ESPN lead anchor for the second straight year.

Samuels caught 201 passes and ran the ball 182 times over four years at North Carolina State, which led Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to call him a versatile guy after the draft. N.C. State assistant Eddie Faulkner went so far as to compare Samuels to the versatile guy the Steelers have used at running Joffrey Lupul Youth jersey back for the last five years.

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Comparing Samuels to Bell may be a stretch, but Samuels will get a chance to prove otherwise with more reps up for grabs as long as Bell stays away from the team this offseason in his ongoing push for a new contract.

If the Pelicans have to choose between breaking the bank for Cousins over many years and letting him go, they would be right to let him go. They have been that good without him. The alternate path is workable enough.

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Obviously too many quarterbacks right now, Bowles said when asked about the release of Petty. Hopefully Bryce can get with another team.

2008: After the Falcons go Matt Ryan, the Raiders draft Joe Flacco. Baltimore never wins that second Super Bowl thanks to Flacco’s magic. The Browns grab Chris Johnson with their 2008 first-round pick that they didn’t trade to move up for Quinn in 2007.

Mostly, the Giants were down to Sam Darnold or Josh Allen, with some Josh Rosen support in the building as well. Schwartz reports there wasn’t much love for Baker Mayfield among the new-look Giants power structure.

If it were up to Pat Shurmur, Allen would have been the quarterback pick — had the franchise been leaning in that direction.

The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is over, which means it’s time for some early reactions on the selectiotigers_013-115x115ns.

The draft is a fun time because it brings so much promise to fans and to the teams themselves. We don’t really know how these picks will turn out until we see them on the field, but we can still analyze the decisions beforehand based on what we know already.

These selections are reversed in Sporting News’ latest mock draft, with Miller going No. 23 and Rudolph at No. 31. But the stock of the two QBs “behind” USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield keeps rising. Garoppolo and Brissett with their athleticism developed well behind Brady, and both Jackson and Rudolph fit the same profile.

Adapting to Jackson’s speedy, quick skill set would take patience, and returning offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can get the most out of him. Jackson also has a growing edge over Rudolph, because what he did at Louisville translates better to the Patriots’ playbook. It makes sense for New England lean that way at No. 23, especially with the chance to also get Miller several picks later.

I was surprised they took a QB because I thought maybe in the third round you can get some really good players that can help this team win now. Nothing against Mason I think he is a great player. I don’t know him personally but I’m sure he is a great kid. I just don’t know how backing up or being the third, who knows where he’s going to fall in the depth chart but helps us win now but that’s not my decision to make that’s all the coaches and the GM and owner…if they feel like he can help our team, so be it but I was a little surprised.

Jags decline to pick up Dante Fowler’s fifth-year option

Last year the Jacksonville Jaguars declared picking up Blake Bortles’ fifth-year option was a smart business decision. This time around, the team is making a different choice when it comes to a first-round pick’s option year.
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With the quick rise of young stud pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue and a plethora of high-profile defensive linemen, the $14.2 million price tag for Fowler was likely too high for the Jags to justify exercising for 2019. Fowler could also face league discipline stemming from a July 2017 arrest.

Garafolo added, however, that the team believes Fowler is an ascending player and hopes to hammer out a long-term deal before he reaches free agency. Given Fowler’s young age and the dearth of potential free agents at his position, the pass rusher could price himself out of Jacksonville if he balls out in 2018.
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Giuliani’s attempt to defuse a ticking time bomb exposed Trump’s failure to divulge the full story about the Daniels hush money and highlighted contradictory public statements from him and White House spokesmen. One month ago, Trump told reporters that he did not know about the payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, or where Cohen got the money to make it.

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A small-school sleeper with big potential as a nickel cover man, Davontae Harris is a tough run defender with the height (6’0), weight (200 lbs) and speed to see the field. He’s a bit of a project coming out of Illinois State, but the tape and tools look good.

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Duke Dawson is an aggressive corner who likes to press and mirror at the line of scrimmage. He’s best when disrupting releases early and slowing some of the downfield speed that can give him trouble. He has the awareness to play on the boundary or in the slot and should push for a backup and depth role early on.

Around The NFL is tracking all of the latest buzz for the 83rd NFL draft, which starts Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Check back each day for updated nuggets as we pass along whispers from around the league. Here’s what we’re hearing Monday:

1. The Patriots were intrigued and impressed by Lamar Jackson after the Louisville quarterback made a secret Top-30 pre-draft visit to New England, according to Rapoport. In the market for a developmental project behind Tom Brady, the Pats hold the Nos. 23 and 31 picks in the upcoming draft. If he’s still on the board at 23, Rapoport emphasized on Monday’s edition of NFL Up to the Minute, the Patriots will consider drafting Jackson as Brady’s successor.

2. Still just 20 years old, USC’s Sam Darnold is poised to become Gary Payton Authentic Jersey the youngest quarterback ever selected in the draft. A former linebacker and wide receiver, he’s still developing under center. If he lands with a team desperate for a starter, will Darnold be ready to play by September?

If that’s the plan, if that’s what they want to do, I’ll definitely be ready come Week 1, Darnold assured The Rich Eisen Show Monday. I think I’m going to star in whatever role the coaches want me to be in.

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It was smooth sailing for Carr on Day 1. With players in shorts and no pads, it would be troubling if the $125 million QB did struggle. Expect Gruden to ramp up the challenges as we press toward the summer.

He threw everything at me, Carr said. He tried to get me, see if I was listening to him in the meetings and those things. We had a lot of fun doing that. It’s always fun to accept his challenge and hopefully do good at it and look at him and wink.

That changed in recent days when reports circulated the Browns would take Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield No. 1, which they did. When Saquon Barkley went to the Giants at No. 2, it cleared the way for the Jets to get Darnold, the man they hope can be the long-term answer at quarterback they have been searching for since Joe Namath left town four decades ago.

When it looked like he was going to slide to us, we were pretty excited to take him, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said.

This is the sort of pick the Jets had in mind when they moved up from No. 6 to No. 3 in the draft in a trade with the Colts last month. They wanted to be in position to grab one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.

Authentic Kids Steve Grogan Jersey The Jets chose Darnold over UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. There were some members of the organization who liked Rosen, but Darnold was the preference of Maccagnan. A source said Josh Allen was not really in the mix for the Jets and had it been a choice between Darnold and Baker Mayfield, the belief was the Jets would have taken Darnold. A source said the offensive coaching staff was not high on Mayfield.

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Hell, taking Barkley at No. 1, and then Ward, would have been smarter.

Josh Allen apologizes after offensive tweets from high school resurface

On the eve on the NFL draft, offensive tweets from a potential No. 1 pick, Josh Allen, surfaced on social media.

Mel Kiper projects the first round of the draft Thursday night, based on what he’s hearing. What will the Browns do with the first pick?

The former Wyoming quarterback acknowledged the tweets to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith late Wednesday night and apologized, saying he was young and dumb.

The tweets no longer appear on Allen’s account. However, they contained racial slurs and other offensive language, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Philadelphia’s Scott Kingery went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts. He has two hits in his last 24 at-bats with 12 strikeouts.

Phillies C Jorge Alfaro struck out three times while going 0 for 4 and is now 8 for 47 (.170) with 24 strikeouts.

Arizona RHP Zack Greinke (2-1, 4.13) faces Phillies RHP Jake Arrieta (2-0, 2.04) on Wednesday night in the second game of the three-game series.

He found himself at Arizona State, committing to play for head coach Todd Graham and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. Since Barnett’s arrival, Lindsey left for Auburn and Graham has been fired, leaving Barnett starting from scratch.

Barnett was behind starting quarterback Manny Wilkins at ASU and now will have the opportunity to find a starting spot of his own.

The Arizona Republic first reported Barnett was transferring, and Fox Sports first reported he was visiting USF.

Jazz: Ingles is 10 of 21 from 3-point range over his last two games. … Utah forced 15 turnovers. … Royce O’ Neale finished with a career playoff-high nine rebounds. … Rubio is averaging eight assists per game in the series.

Westbrook publicly promised to shut down Rubio in Game 4 after the Jazz point guard notched a triple-double in Game 3. His aggressiveness ended up with Westbrook drawing four personal fouls in the first half. In the end, Rubio shot just 4 of 12 from the field, but he finished with two fewer assists (eight) than the Thunder tallied as a team.