Today is 20th anniversary of Manning-Leaf draft

Twenty years ago today, the Colts chose Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick. In hindsight, the choice of Manning over Ryan Leaf seems incredibly easy.
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Manning is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a record-setting career, and Leaf long ago entered the biggest-busts-in-history conversation after starting only 21 career games and going 4-17.
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But the choice was harder than it now seems, said Bill Polian, the Colts General Manager in 1998.

There are a lot of people now who have amnesia, Polian said, via Clark Judge of the Talk of Fame Network. It was a much tougher choice than people now believe.

It’s college football, Bowles said. He’s an emotional guy. I’ve seen [Terrell Owens] do a lot of things. I’ve seen worse than that.

Players get excited when they play. That’s kind of the way they are.

Bowles said Womens Pekka Rinne Jersey Jets fans approach him every day with suggestions of whom they should get at quarterback.

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Broadway Joe is not walking through that door 鈥?but Broadway Baker just might.

Although the extent to which Brady wants a new deal remains be vague at this point, and possibly a point of variance between what was said on NFL Network and what was written about it on, the reality is that Brady is grossly underpaid. At $14 million in salary for 2018 and 2019, Brady currently makes $4 million per year less than Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. Setting aside the rookie quarterbacks who have yet to get a second contract, Brady makes less than every starting quarterback not named AJ McCarron.

So does he want a new contract? The truth may be that he thinks he shouldn’t have to want one. It arguably should be obvious at this point that the greatest quarterback in NFL history 鈥?arguably the greatest player of all time at any position 鈥?needs an adjustment to his deal.

Despite the low salaries this year and next year (he also has per-game roster bonuses of $1 million each year), Brady’s current deal averages $20.5 million per year, and that’s still well behind the current market maximum of $28 million, paid to a guy who has never won a playoff game.

Maurice Harkless returns from knee surgery for Blazers

Forward Maurice Harkless returned to action for Portland in Game 2 of the playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

Harkless, who checked in with 4:53 to go in the first quarter, had a minor procedure on his left knee in late March and had missed 11 games.

“When you get married,” Snyder says, “you’ll realize that’s how it works.”

The last clip of the session features an awkward pick-and-roll dance with Gobert. With the shot clock down to eight seconds, Mitchell rushes and jacks a contested pull-up 3 that misses short after Gobert doesn’t get much of a screen on Larkin.

Bryant, who had mentioned moments earlier that eight seconds is an eternity in a half-court possession, blames Mitchell for not giving Gobert a chance to set a good enough screen.

“Let him get in the channel, retreat dribble, keep [the defender] on your hip, let Rudy flip it,” Bryant says. “Now you can attack there.”

Adds Snyder: “It’s the patience.”

FAST-FORWARD TO the following week, when Mitchell coverts a dazzling drive and and-1 layup over LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan that was featured on all the highlight shows. It’s a high pick-and-roll with Gobert, and after the initial pick isn’t much of a hit, Mitchell spins and takes a dribble with his left and crosses back over.

The move brings Clippers forward C.J. Williams right into Gobert and gives Mitchell a clear runway. He changes speeds and directions as he goes to the basket, getting Jordan on his heels before accelerating toward him.

Mitchell draws contact while executing a “goofy-foot finish” — a technique Bryant taught him, catching shot-blockers off-guard with a quick, right-handed scoop while leaping off the right foot.

Mitchell listened, learned and executed.

In his sixth NBA season, Harkless played in 59 games for the Blazers in the regular season, starting 37, and averaged 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds.

“But I’m telling you: Rudy makes this play.”

Cardinals-Cubs game postponed because of poor weather

The series opener between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals has been postponed because of poor weather.
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With light snow falling and the temperature around 30 degrees, Monday night’s game was postponed about six hours before the Patrick Peterson Jersey scheduled first pitch. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on July 21.

Gyorko, who hit 20 homers last season, has been sidelined since April 2. Gregerson was injured in spring training.

Burke has not been given anything, as she has worked her way through the ranks, first finding acclaim on Liberty games on MSG years ago. It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t played in the NBA; she has shown her skills for years, going rung by rung, and now, if Van Gundy or Jackson move on, she should transition from the sideline into one of the top game-analyst seats in the sport. It is an easy call.

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The Patriots, who have picks 23 and 31 in the first round, are on the hunt for another QB to groom as Brady’s eventual successor after trading away Jimmy Garoppolo. The dual-threat Jackson would be a changeup from the flat-footed Brady, but he did play in an offense similar to the Patriots’ at Louisville.

Jackson may have hurt his draft status by not running the 40 at the combine or Louisville’s Pro Day. There were reports that some teams had asked Jackson to work out as a wide receiver, though he denied them, and analysts have (controversially) wondered if he can transition to being a pro QB.

Perhaps that’s just setting it all up for the Patriots to steal the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner as Brady’s eventual replacement 鈥?with the MVP’s endorsement locked up.

Panthers bidder Alan Kestenbaum on site today

While NFL owners are wrapping up their meeting in Orlando today, one of the guys trying to join their club is in Charlotte.
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Via Kelsey Riggs of WCNC, Canadian steel magnate Alan Kestenbaum is touring the Panthers facilities at Bank of America Stadium today, the first bidder for the team to do an in-person site visit.

The interest in the team has clearly ramped up in recent days, and it’s likely that Jerry Richardson’s choice will be known in the next few weeks.

The Rams can pair him with Aaron Donald on what could be one of the league’s most dangerous fronts, but there’s nothing long-term about their investments.

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But for now, the Rams are loading up after trading for cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Keith Hernandez Authentic Jersey Aqib Talib.

Suh had also visited the Saints and Titans, but called off a trip to see the Raiders. The Jets pulled their offer before it got to this point.

The league is still investigating Panthers owner Jerry Richardson’s alleged workplace misconduct, but otherwise the news seemed good for him.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said owners got a presentation from the Panthers on the sale of the team, and described the interest in the team as unprecedented.

The previous record for a sale of an NFL team was the $1.4 billion the Bills fetched in 2014, and early estimates on the Panthers sale put it in the $2.5 billion range. One bidder is in Charlotte today, and Goodell said that the hope remains a buyer will be able to be ratified at the May meeting in Atlanta.

The restricted free agent wideout has taken his third visit, as he met with the Saints Saturday, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

He has also met with the Colts and Ravens.

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Allen, in particular, feels like an intriguing personality fit to go with his impressive physical skills.

Shurmur said at the league meetings that Allen is tough and competitive, which are traits that I admire in a quarterback. Shurmur admitted he’s had more exposure to Allen than any of these QBs.
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And Allen at the NFL combine in early March clearly felt Shurmur was a great fit for him: I’d want to play for him because he just had this kind of silent vibe to him, Allen told the Daily News. He was kind of reserved, and at the same time I can feel his presence and understand how much he loves football, how much he knows football.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: Dorsey will owe the football gods quite an offering if he winds up with the quarterback of his choice and Barkley, who’s almost universally regarded as the draft’s best player and perhaps the perfect guy 鈥?see Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Mark Jackson Youth jersey Elliott, et al. 鈥?to relieve pressure on a sidekick like Allen.

Despite Cousins’ play, the team has managed a 28-35-1 record under its current head coach.聽

Gruden can’t be expected to retain his job if Washington produces another middling record, especially with improved quarterback play.聽
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While recent drafts suggest most teams are not locked into the idea of drafting running backs early, there’s also evidence of teams aggressively moving up to select a special, franchise-changing player, regardless of position.

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Despite his pectoral injury at the Combine, Price should be either a late first-round pick or an early second-round pick. The Vikings could use Price at either guard spot, reuniting him on the line with his former Buckeyes teammate in center Pat Elflein.

The Patriots lost Nate Solder in free agency, and it would be surprising if they didn’t draft a top offensive tackle in the draft. McGlinchey should remind them of Solder 鈥?an oversized left tackle with some movement issues but an overall strong pedigree.

Le’Veon Bell: It’s hard to be a hero in a city that paints you as a villain

The Steelers say Le’Veon Bell will play in Pittsburgh in 2018, but he sounds like he doesn’t think he’s getting a fair shake there.

Bell tweeted on Thursday afternoon that he thinks he’s been villainized in Pittsburgh.

“It’s so hard to be a hero in a city that paints you out to be the villain,” Bell wrote.

And you lose an hour. People forget that. Denver, you lose an hour, so you’re getting in four in the morning, you’re exhausted, the air is thin, the airport takes forever and if they play well, they’re going to win.”

Rivers added, “I always have a trigger on Denver games. At some point [during the games, I’m thinking], ‘F— it — pull them.’ Whenever you go there, you start the game out and by the third quarter, you make a determination — ‘You know what? Pull them, if you’re not winning.’ And you would never do that in any other game.'”

Bellamy bounced around the league a bit before landing with the Bears in 2014. He’s played in 47 games over the last three seasons and has 62 catches for 882 yards and four touchdowns.

Meredith has visited the Ravens, Colts and Saints, but has not signed an offer sheet with anyone. The Bears have added wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel in free agency.

“You guys are supposed to be tired,” Korver again tells Malone.

Malone laughs. He is very tired, having not settled into bed until about 3:30 a.m. earlier that morning. But it’s no secret that during the helter-skelter NBA calendar, every team knows exactly when it’s battling far more than its opponent, just as every opponent knows exactly when it has a significant edge, as the Cavaliers believed they had entering this March 3 evening. That’s also why this particular game qualified as one of our 54 schedule alert games for 2017-18 — games in which, according to our formula, one team faces a steep competitive disadvantage due to the schedule.

Johnny Manziel: Mom’s tearful talk ‘really hit home,’ led to turnaround

Johnny Manziel credits a wake-up call from his mother as the inspration for his recent turnaround.
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During a Wednesday interview with ESPN, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback opened up about his struggles with substance abuse and how the negative effect it had on those most important in his life motivated him to make a change.

Manziel performed at Texas A&M’s pro day on Tuesday with all 32 NFL teams present. While he is still pushing for an NFL comeback, he will make good on his contract with the CFL if no options come from his workouts.

Manziel’s rights are currently held by the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and he has already committed to play in the Spring League, a developmental league in Austin, Texas, beginning this month.

The main thing that everyone knows at the Combine is that you want to run fast, Igwebuike told Sporting News. That’s the one thing that can kind of surprise people, shock people to boost yourself. Speed is one of the major determiners of being successful.

Igwebuike proved that by running a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, the fifth-fastest time among safeties. It was part of an impressive performance to follow the display of skills he showed off over the last four years at Northwestern.

Igwebuike (6-0, 205 pounds) totaled 324 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and seven interceptions over four seasons, including 108 tackles as a junior in 2017. He has a reputation as an in-the-box safety who can play near the John Jerry Womens Jersey line of scrimmage, but he believes he can play up to three positions in the secondary for a NFL team.

We played left and right safety at Northwestern, so I played high and low just depending on the play, Igwebuike said. I feel like those are obviously two things I can play. I also want to go for a nickel position which, is more toward the box but outside more like a corner guarding slot receivers. That’s something wanted to showcase and show that I have the speed and agility to do well.
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Igwebuike’s reputation as a tackler is well known, and with that speed he could be a value pick on Day 2 or Day 3 of the draft who blossoms into a productive NFL player.

That last name should be recognizable for 1980s football fans, too. Igwebuike’s father Leo is a cousin of former Tampa Bay kicker Donald Igwebuike and also a second cousin of former Chiefs running back Christian Okoye, remembered as the Nigerian Nightmare.

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Yelich, Braun go deep in 9th as Brewers beat Cards 5-4

Ryan Braun walked away in the eighth and walked off in the ninth.
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Braun and Christian Yelich hit consecutive homers off Dominic Leone with two out in the ninth, sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Dan Jennings (1-0) picked up the victory with a perfect ninth.

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It was just one of those games that got away, manager Mike Matheny said. I know it’s not going to happen very often with this group.

A playoff game right there, it looked like, Ramirez said. If you Brandon Moss Jersey can win the close games, it’s always good.

The Red Sox (5-1) are off to their best start since 2006. Three wins by one run seemed like blowouts compared to the latest victory.

We stole that one, honestly, manager Alex Cora said.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts threw out Justin Bour trying to score from first base, preventing Miami from winning the game in the 11th.

Mookie Betts singled off Tayron Guerrero (0-1) with one out in the 13th and advanced on a groundout. Following an intentional walk to Andrew Benintendi, Ramirez pulled a hanging slider over left fielder Derek Dietrich’s head.
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Ramirez, who played for the Marlins from 2006-12, hit a two-run homer Monday to help Boston sweep the two-game series.

NFL mock draft 2018: Which QB does Mel Kiper Jr. send to Jets

The Jets are obviously going to take a quarterback third overall in next month’s NFL Draft, now that they have traded up from sixth to third, in a deal with the Colts.
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It should have been a touchdown either way, James told the team’s official website on Tuesday. Whether it was the old rule, or this new rule. To reverse something on review it has to be clear cut. I feel like they didn’t do a good job on that. It’s nice to have the rule clearer.

Clarification is good for the officials. The past few years it’s been clear they don’t know what they are calling. Game-to-game you see a different catch that should have been ruled a catch, or a catch that wasn’t ruled a catch the week before. It’s good to have a little bit more clarification to make it easier for the officials to make the right call.

As long as the officials are calling it fair throughout, week-to-week, game-to-game, team-to-team. As long as it’s all called fair it works for me. It’s football. It’s never going to change. There is human error all over the place. To make it simpler for the officials is always good.

James’ catch was overturned after replay deemed he didn’t control the ball as he hit the turf, despite the TE crossing the end zone. The NFL eliminated the ‘going to the ground’ portion of the rule that frustrated so many players and fans.

Bailey suffered a broken jaw on both her left and right sides. Then, because she was having difficulty breathing from a swollen and constricted airway, she was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for further treatment. She was released from the hospital on Saturday, three days later.

Speed has been a staple of Pillar’s play for the better part of the past four seasons. In his first full campaign in 2015, he stole 25 bases. His totals dropped across the next two seasons, causing him to make it his mission this Nino Niederreiter Jersey past offseason to trim down in hopes of boosting his numbers again.

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We’ve got to find different ways to manufacture runs, Pillar said. And it’s not always going to be stealing bases, but it’s putting the thought of stolen bases in the catcher and pitcher’s mind.

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Hue Jackson: Browns very close to deciding which QB to draft

The Cleveland Browns are very close to determining which quarterback is their favorite entering the 2018 NFL Draft. Browns head coach Hue Jackson made that pronouncement Tuesday at the coaches’ breakfast during league meetings in Orlando.

Astros: Hinch said he planned to give Correa Wednesday off so he could have two days to rest his injured toe with Houston’s scheduled day off on Thursday.

Arizona won its eighth straight regular-season game over the Dodgers, but Los Angeles swept the Diamondbacks in last year’s National League Division Series.

Godley allowed one run and four hits in his season debut.

You know, Kershaw is one of the best to ever do it, Godley said, and to be able to go out there and go inning-for-inning with him is awesome.

Kershaw went six innings and was charged with two runs and four hits. The left-hander has allowed three runs in two starts, all on solo homers. He lost 1-0 on opening day to San Francisco on Joe Panik’s home run — another shot by a lefty.

It’s almost like science fiction. The tight end White tosses into the quarterback is probably in the 250-pound range. White throws him the way we throw a cake into the oven.

White, Lawrence Taylor and Deion Sanders are the three most dominant defensive players I have ever covered. No defensive lineman today—and perhaps ever—obliterated offensive linemen the way White did.

It’s good to occasionally look at these great players and remember, well, their greatness.

The third concern is the least meaningful of the bunch to me, but also the most difficult to forecast. The Rams are taking risks this offseason in adding clearly talented players who other teams were willing to cast off at distressed prices, including Suh, Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. The argument, naturally, is that the Rams have a far more settled locker room and coaching situation with Sean McVay and Wade Phillips in charge.