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Suspended defensive end Randy Gregory is hoping for a return to the Cowboys in 2018.
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Gregory will submit his application for NFL reinstatement on Thursday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.
The red flags in Gregory’s pre-draft scouting report have come back to haunt the Cowboys since they selected the troubled Nebraska pass rusher in the second round of the 2015 draft. He has already been suspended three times, including last year’s season-long ban for violating the NFL’s Policy for Substances of Abuse.
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Because Payne is going to command attention, Washington’s pass rush should improve a bit. However, it’s his run-stuffing ability that is going to have the biggest immediate impact. As long as Payne remains healthy, the Redskins will no longer have the league’s worst run defense.
The New Orleans Saints saw their defense improve last season, thanks in large part to the presence of rookie first-round pick Marshon Lattimore. He immediately became the team’s No. 1 cornerback and went on to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Just getting all those pieces in place to be more efficient in the passing game. Young quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, how efficient is he gonna be, how fast can he get used to those pieces?
Fox kept a tight leash on Trubisky last season, allowing the rookie to throw more than 35 passes just twice in 12 games.
It’s important to note context, however, as injuries and questionable free-agent signings left Trubisky with the shakiest receiving corps in the league. The ultra-conservative Fox had no intention of throwing his promising young quarterback to the wolves by putting too much responsibility on his shoulders in a lost season.
In fact, Fox couldn’t have been more bullish on Trubisky’s potential.
He’s got what it takes, Fox raved after Trubisky’s starting debut in early October. There’s no doubt in my mind.
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In his third season under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, it’s finally Leonard Floyd’s year to break out as a pass-rusher for the Chicago Bears.
Former Bills CEO Russ Brandon will be facing no further issues following his abrupt resignation. The NFL announced on Friday that it has investigated the situation, and that the case can be closed.
We are satisfied the club addressed the matter in a timely, thorough and appropriate manner, the league said, via WIVB.com.
The Yankees got Cole, usually a starting pitcher, from the Nationals on April 2Baseball America had ranked the right-hander No. 91 on its top prospects list before the 2015 season. MLB.com had him ranked No. 52 at the same time.
It’s a great effort by him, really proud of him, especially considering he just hasn’t had the work to have a chance to even be sharp. It was a big effort, Boone said.
I’m here to defend my honor and clear my name. Twenty-two years ago, I was falsely accused of something very serious — very serious allegations. There were claims made about me that never happened. I’m thankful, on one level, that the process worked and the case was dismissed. At the same time, I was never given the opportunity to defend myself or to allow push back and the truth to clear my name.
This was something that was very traumatic to me when I was 21 years old. Once it was finally addressed, I tried to put it behind me. For those of you that are just getting to know me, and for those who have known me for a long time, you should know I was raised the right way by two amazing parents who taught me to know the difference between right and wrong. To stand up for what’s right. And to stand up for those who have been wronged. I have two older sisters that taught me respect and love. I will always try to protect them, and keep them from harm. I’m a husband and a father to a wonderful and amazing family. I try to share those same values with them.
I’m so thankful for my wife and my family for being supportive of me. I believe and have always acted with respect for all people, knowing everyone is someone’s dad, mom, sister, brother, son or daughter. I do not condone any of the type of behavior that has been alleged, and I never have.
Ben Roethlisberger has always been about as thick-skinned as a soap bubble. Tweet him about why he’s so sensitive, and he’ll probably block you (if he hasn’t already). So it’s no surprise how he’s been acting in the weeks since the Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph as his maybe-kinda-sorta eventual successor. 聽
Roethlisberger, who is 36 years old and took up annual retirement speculation as an offseason hobby two years ago, responded to the team’s reasonable decision to select Rudolph with a tour de force of snippy passive-aggression during an聽appearance on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh last week. He dismissed Rudolph as a possible third-stringer聽who cannot help this team now.
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While Ingram was overshadowed at times by Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara, who led the team with 1,554 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns, the veteran was an integral part of the No. 2 offense in the NFL last season.
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Rapoport provided additional details on the running back’s status with the team:
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Last year, New England signed running back Mike Gillislee to a two-year, $6.4 million contract and sent a fifth-round draft pick to Buffalo to acquire him as a restricted free agent. This year, Gillislee is in danger of not making the Patriots’ roster.
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He’s not going to throw it a million miles an hour at you, Kirk said. You have to know when to put a touch on it, and he’s good at that.
The Cardinals are going to let Rosen be Rosen, insisting they won’t muzzle him. The former UCLA star’s outspokenness didn’t sit well with everybody, but Arizona believes it got its franchise quarterback with the 10th overall pick.
I don’t want to try to control him because the kind of person he is has allowed him to be the player he is, Wilks said. I like his leadership. As I told you from Day 1, he’s wired a little different, and I like that.
Many players cry tears of joy after being selected, but not Cedric Benson. The fourth overall pick by Chicago in 2005 cried on draft night for the opposite reason.
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At a time when one failed former first-round quarterback considers whether to take a chance in Canada, another failed former first-round quarterback has embraced it.
Former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is trying to win a roster spot with the Montreal Alouettes.
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For good measure, the Seahawks signed undrafted free agent fullbacks Khalid Hill and Marcus Martin.
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The team opened its hearts to the city’s healing, and in turn, fans have embraced the team. When the Knights hosted a fan festival on Jan. 14, more than 10,000 people showed up. The team has sold tickets at 103.7 percent of capacity, fourth best in the NHL.
In typical Vegas fashion, the team has made games a destination. “It’s like you’re in a nightclub,” explained the Capitals’ Ovechkin at this season’s All-Star Game. “It’s like a party. Everybody dancing. It’s like, ‘Holy Jesus, are we in a hockey game or is this like a pool party out there?'” There’s an elaborate pregame ceremony — part rip-off of a Medieval Times skit — and a glow-in-the-dark drum line perched in the 200 level.
It is also clearly different from what most road teams expect from Sin City: The league’s methods for preparing for the “Vegas Flu” have become legendary. The Flames organized their first moms trip when they visited on Feb. 21. The Ducks called an audible in February and flew into town just hours before puck drop. The Maple Leafs stayed nearly 30 minutes away by Red Rock Canyon — and all three teams lost anyway.
Of course, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella actually encouraged his players to go out so they would “play guilty,” and they lost 6-3. All of this mostly serves to amuse the Golden Knights, who, by the way, also have a winning record away from home. “You hear of teams doing this and that,” Schmidt says. “Sure, stay off the Strip, but you’re just adding time to your Uber trip.”
Not only did the Knights finish with a .655 point percentage, they placed first in the Pacific Division and cruised into the second round of the playoffs — the first NHL team to make the postseason in its inaugural season since the Oilers and Whalers merged from the WHA in 1979-80, when just five of the league’s 21 teams didn’t make the playoffs.
Cynics will point out that Vegas enjoyed a more generous expansion format than the NHL has ever granted before, as teams could protect fewer players than in the past. That’s true, but the Knights also gamed the system: Vegas GM George McPhee orchestrated 10 official trades ahead of the draft, collecting 10 picks and six additional players on top of his 30 draftees.
“A lot of teams got in their own heads,” a Western Conference GM says. “In reality, you just need to suck it up and lose one player. But a lot of teams wanted to protect certain assets and got fancy making side deals, and it kind of nipped them in the butt.”
The Chiefs will decline Cameron Erving’s fifth-year option, according to NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo (on Twitter). This means that Erving is entering his contract year and will be on track for unrestricted free agency in 2019.
This doesn’t come as a huge shock as Erving is not likely to start for the Chiefs in 2018. Erving can theoretically play anywhere on the offensive line, but Kansas City projects to start Eric Fisher, Bryan Witzmann, Mitch Morse, Rudy Gobert Jersey Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, and Mitchell Schwartz up front, as shown on Roster Resource.
League owners hastily approved the rule in March before it was fully fleshed out. As written, it calls for a 15-yard penalty and a potential ejection on any player who lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. It will apply whether the player hits an opponent’s helmet or any other part of his body, but it is not to include bracing for contact, according to the verbiage.
Allen worked with Gruden while with the Raiders and Buccaneers, so the rumblings are only logical.
Trump has already shown a willingness to ignore measures meant to protect independence within the department. Directors of the FBI are given 10-year terms to protect them from political influence. That didn’t keep Trump from removing James B. Comey from that position last May.
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The only restraint here is political, former White House attorney and Georgetown Law professor Victoria Nourse told VOA News in February, which is to say, if he were to do those things, the other side would say,’Look, this is improper action, and it has to result in censure or some kind of impeachment.’
More on that in a bit.
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Since the start of the offseason, the Indianapolis Colts have voiced nothing but optimism about star quarterback Andrew Luck’s recovery from shoulder surgery that occurred more than a year ago. It has been an arduous process that has seen several ups and downs along the way that has tested by Luck and the Colts.
Luck finally appears to be on the right path toward getting back on the field at some point this offseason ahead of the 2018 campaign. According to Mike Wells of ESPN, general manager Chris Ballard has voiced that the 28-year-old has still yet to throw a football but is doing physical activity similar to that action.
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Detroit re-called RHP Johnny Barbato from Triple-A Toledo, where he had a 1.17 ERA in six games with nine strikeouts and three walks in 7 2/3 innings.
Pittsburgh traded minor league OF Todd Cunningham to the Chicago White Sox for future considerations. Cunningham hit .130 in nine games with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Tigers: Fulmer was examined by trainers in the fifth inning after he had a cramp in his right thumb.
Pirates: RHP Bo Schultz (Tommy John surgery) pitched on back-to-back days Tuesday and Wednesday with Class A Bradenton and is ready to move up in his rehab. He pitched 10 2/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts.
Tigers: RHP Mike Fiers (2-1, 3.71 ERA) is to start a three-game series at Baltimore on Friday. He beat Kansas City on Sunday despite allowing 10 hits and striking out none.
Pirates: LHP Steven Brault (2-1, 4.44 ERA) opens a three-game against visiting St. Louis on Friday.
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The 49ers ended the 2017 season winning their final five games, all with Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback. With Garoppolo entering his first full season in San Francisco, there’s plenty of hope for that success to carry over into the team’s 2018 schedule.
A memorabilia fraud case against Giants quarterback Eli Manning, among others, will go to trial in May, a New Jersey judge ruled Thursday, according to ESPN.com.
In a summary judgment, state Superior Court Judge James DeLuca ruled that various civil-court claims brought by three collectors against Manning, Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba, team co-owner John Mara, memorabilia company Steiner Sports and others can proceed.
“We’re getting guys on,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “We’re getting opportunities. We’re just struggling to get that big base hit.”
Giolito allowed two runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings. His only hiccup was a Jorge Soler home run with Mike Moustakas aboard in the fourth.
The Royals loaded the bases with one out in the eighth and managed to score a run on Alcides Escobar’s two-out single. Joakim Soria worked a scoreless ninth for his third save in four chances.
The White Sox picked up just their second victory in 11 games. The Royals dropped to a major league-worst 1-10 at home.
The White Sox sent 1B Casey Gillaspie outright off the 40-man roster. Gillaspie, a 2014 first-round pick of the Rays, was hitting .214 with 29 strikeouts in 76 at-bats with Triple-A Charlotte. … The White Sox acquired OF Todd Cunningham from the Pirates for future considerations. He has spent parts of three seasons in the majors with the Braves and Angels.
Browns general manager John Dorsey told NFL Network the team hasn’t received any “legitimate trade offers” for the top overall pick. Dorsey declined to say who the team was considering drafting.
Cleveland is expected to select a quarterback with the pick. The team has recently been tied to former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who won the 2017 Heisman trophy. Cleveland could also take Wyoming’s Josh Allen, USC’s Sam Darnold or UCLA’s Josh Rosen. Cleveland also holds the draft’s fourth overall selection.
The Browns failed to win a game in 2017. Rookie DeShone Kizer started 15 games at quarterback, throwing 11 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He was traded to the Packers in early March for cornerback Damarious Randall. Cleveland also dealt backup Cody Kessler to the Jaguars three weeks later.
With Henson out again on Tuesday, Maker and veteran Tyler Zeller will be counted on to maintain the momentum the group has enjoyed recently. Despite his struggles throughout the season, the Bucks’ confidence in Maker has never wavered.