Referee Gene Steratore retires after 15 seasons

Super Bowl 52 head referee Gene Steratore retired Friday after 15 years of service, NFL V.P. of officiating Al Riveron announced.
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Steratore, who had served as an NFL referee since 2003, and worked 12 playoff games, was known as one of the most revered refs in the NFL.

The 2017 first-rounder took some lumps as a rookie while getting used to the speed and route-running savvy of NFL wide receivers. Jackson was concerned about not getting burned, which limited the playmaking upside he showed at USC. There’s no way he will go without an interception again in 2018.

The Titans as a team had only 12 interceptions last season, with 8 coming from Byard. Butler’s presence should allow Jackson to be more aggressive, and in turn, should Jackson show signs of shutdown coverage, Butler will benefit in not always facing the opponent’s top receiver.

#Eagles DL Michael Bennett’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, tells me his arraignment in Texas has been rescheduled again, for Aug. 7. Had been set for tomorrow. They’re still going through discovery process, trying to get any videotape that shows Bennett entering field.

Bennett, 32, is facing a felony charge of intentionally and knowingly causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older. Prosecutors in Houston accuse him of Womens Andy Lee Jersey pushing a 66-year-old paraplegic woman working to control field access after the Super Bowl in February Authentic Chris Bigras Jersey 2017 at NRG Stadium, where he was trying to celebrate with his brother Marcellus and his victorious Patriots teammates.

Bennett’s arraignment hearing has been postponed multiple times since he turned himself in to authorities in Houston in March.

His attorney, Rusty Hardin, has said Bennett flat out didn’t do it, regarding the charge, and will plead not guilty.

55-year-old Jerry Rice thinks he could still play

44-year-old Terrell Owens isn’t the only former 49ers receiver who thinks he could still Will Fuller V Jersey play in the NFL well past retirement age. 55-year-old Jerry Rice thinks he could still play, too.
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I still feel like today, if I wanted to come back to football and play football, I could do it, at the age of 55, Rice told ESPN The Magazine in conjunction with his participation in the annual Body Issue. I’m one of those guys that I still believe that if I wanted to, I could come back, catch over 80 balls and really be productive on the field…. I think I’m still explosive, and I think I still can beat up on some defenses.

Plenty of former players likely think they can still perform at a high level, regardless of age. The confidence that allows a player to thrive in sports often strays into the territory of delusion, and if Rice thinks he T.J. Jones Authentic Jersey could match physical skills with today’s NFL players, he’s definitely delusional.

Tobias Rieder, Los Angeles Kings: The Kings acquired Rieder in the middle of the season in an effort to add some much-needed speed to their lineup. He scored four goals and recorded two assists in 20 regular season games with the team but was held off the scoresheet entirely in their first-round playoff loss when they were swept in four straight games. Rieder’s production has been pretty consistent over the first four years of his career, averaging around 12 goals and 30 total points per season.

Jackson also said that the request that he work out at receiver made him more motivated to thrive as a quarterback.

And, of course, the Ravens may be deploying Jackson as a receiver (or as a running back) in 2018, as the try to get Jackson on the field with starting quarterback Joe Flacco.

The core question remains whether Beckham is wired to withstand a holdout. Last year, when he stayed away from offseason workouts due to his contract status (but never admitted that was the reason for it), Beckham seemed to be ultra-sensitive about any and all criticism regarding not-really-a-holdout holdout.

Indeed, Beckham blocked the PFT Twitter account simply because I repeatedly said that he should explain why he’s not participating in offseason workouts, so that the fans will understand why he’s not there.

Dak Prescott willing to be flexible with Cowboys on next contract

With his third season as the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys looming, Dak Prescott faces his most crucial campaign yet.
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The Cowboys are aiming for a postseason return, but Prescott’s 2018 performance will also have a significant impact on negotiations with the organization for a contract extension. Prescott stressed he hasn’t thought specifically Darren Daulton Youth Jersey about what the structure of a new deal might be, but he said he would also take the team’s needs into consideration.

Personally, it’s about winning, man, Prescott said. When it comes to the contract, we know this is a year where it’s going to happen in some form or fashion. For me it’s just about focusing on being the best I can. Being the best quarterback I can to make sure we win a lot of games so that I can show this organization what I can do and what I can do for many years to come. I know if I do that and win a bunch of games, go out there and win a Super Bowl, that money will take care of itself.

Yeah, it’s a big year, but it’s a big year because it’s Year 3. It’s a huge year because it’s the next year.

While Jimmy G’s quick release can overcome the split-second tell on when he’s preparing to throw the ball, the broader point Sherman is making is poignant. Defenses will comb through Garoppolo’s tape searching for any clue about the still-young quarterback. How does he walk to the line? Is his drop different on a certain type of play? Do his mechanics give anything away?

Sherman pointing out things he notices about the quarterback are a collateral benefit to the Niners adding the All-Pro veteran. Any other year, Sherman would have kept that information to himself and used the note to get a split-second jump on his division rival.

As defenses build their book on Garoppolo, we should expect some dips in production — he clearly won’t go undefeated for his career. The highly paid quarterback Womens Chris Herndon Jersey reportedly struggled some this offseason, which is nothing the coaching staff is fretting about.

The question a year from now may be why the Chiefs paid it.

It’s summer time. In Miami, that usually calls for breathless proclamations that this is going to be the year that Dolphins wideout DeVante Parker goes ballistic and joins the NFL’s elite.

Aguilar stands tall in middle of Brewers’ lineup

Four months ago, Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell was trying to figure out how to fit Jesus Aguilar onto his roster. Now, Counsell is having a hard time taking the hard-hitting first baseman out of his starting lineup.

Aguilar has been Milwaukee’s hottest hitter over the last month, batting .283 with 12 home runs, 34 RBI and a .964 OPS. Five of those home runs along with 12 RBI have come over his last five games and he’s driven in multiple runs in five straight starts, tying a franchise record.

He’s certainly been one of the most pleasant surprises (this year), Counsell said. He was last year, as well and he’s taken it up a notch this year. You need those kind of performances you weren’t expecting. You need that kind of stuff.

Thames, who’s spent the majority of his playing time in the outfield since returning June 11, is still adjusting to the position but is happy for his teammate.

I mean, hey, the team is winning, Thames said. It was the same thing for him the first half of last year when I was going off. It’s great because we’re winning and today, he pretty much did it himself and it was awesome. I’m happy for him. He works hard. He’s such a smart hitter, smart player. He’s a great team guy so you can’t help but root for him.

Bumgarner pitched eight innings of three-hit ball for his first win this season, Mark Melancon earned his first save in a year and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 3-0.

Bumgarner’s sacrifice fly scored Pablo Sandoval in the fifth. Sandoval singled leading off the inning and Joe Panik followed with a double.

It was the fourth time in his career Bumgarner made a scoreless start and had the game-winning RBI, tying Stephen Strasburg and Fernando Valenzuela for the most such games by any pitcher in the last 40 years, according to STATS.

The Padres’ best scoring chance came in the fifth, when Jose Pirela was thrown out at home trying to score from second on Manuel Margot’s one-out double to deep right field. Giants catcher Buster Posey tagged out Pirela after a perfect relay from Andrew McCutchen and Panik.

Bryce Harper led off the eighth with a double off Mychal Givens (0-4) and Trea Turner followed with a single. After Anthony Rendon struck out, Soto hit a liner into the gap in left-center.

Jags want Leonard Fournette to run smarter without losing aggressiveness

The Jaguars led the league in rushing attempts last season and their biggest free agent acquisition was guard Andrew Norwell, so it seems unlikely that they’re going to be changing their approach in 2018.
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Fournette has cut weight heading into his second season and says he feels he has more burst than he did last season. Should that and a keener understanding of the game lead to fewer early collisions with defensive players, it should bode well for Vegas Strong Jersey the Jaguars’ chances of a second straight trip to the postseason.

When asked if the procedure was season-ending for Smith, manager Alex Cora told reporters it probably was.

Smith, 28, has appeared in 18 games for the Red Sox this season and registered a 3.77 ERA in 14 1/3 innings pitched.

Barron could be challenged in camp, too, but for now, Cory Littleton, Bryce Hager, former Chief Ramik Wilson and rookie Micah Kiser are battling for snaps at the other inside spot. Kiser is a natural inside pass-rusher but not much else. Littleton also can get to the QB and is equally good at run and pass coverage. Wilson goes in with the most seasoning, having started 11 games for the Chiefs two seasons ago. But Hager, who produced as a starter in the Rams’ 2017 regular-season finale against the 49ers, has a chance to emerge as the best of the bunch.

He signed Nate Solder and Patrick Omameh in free agency and in the second round of the draft selected Hernandez. When Flowers inexplicably was a no-show Tom Waddle Youth Jersey for the first month of the voluntary workout program — he was upset about moving to right tackle to accommodate Solder — Gettleman dangled Flowers on the trade market but got no takers, not even a seventh-round pick.

Deshaun Watson: I know who I am and what I can do

Now that Deshaun Watson is eight months removed from the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, everyone — especially fans in Houston — expects the Texans quarterback to contend for comeback player of the year and MVP honors. Is it asking too much from a quarterback who has played only seven career games?
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It’s no pressure, Watson said in a phone interview Thursday after participating in the 14th annual Gatorade Beat the Heat program, teaching young athletes at a YMCA of Greater Houston Camp proper hydration and heat safety.

I know who I am and what I can do. Pressure is trying to focus on what other people think I can do. I already know what I can do.

Now that players are done with their offseason work, Watson and his receivers will get away to throw together before training camp begins. His rehab will continue, too.

Luck said he went out and played catch with coach Frank Reich three weeks ago with The Duke, a regulation NFL football. It marked the first time he had done so since last October’s failed attempt to return from shoulder surgery, and he could tell it was different this time.

It’s gone, Luck said of the pain, via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. The Shane Vereen Womens Jersey pain is gone and it’s going to stay that way.

Luck also insisted yesterday that he would be ready for the regular season opener, but after eight months since last throwing, and a year and a half from the surgery, it’s reasonable to be skeptical (especially after owner Jim Irsay’s promises a year ago which baited in paying customers).

But Luck said all the rehab and work he’s done this offseason has him in a better place, as he gradually increases his Authentic Austin Rivers Jersey workload.

A very different soreness, Luck said. I had pain last year (that) I wasn’t being honest to myself about. I was trying to get through pain, per se. There’s none of that now….

Jets OC on Darnold: ‘We’re throwing everything at him’

The New York Jets have a good problem at quarterback: Multiple options.
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After drafting Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick, the Jets owned the luxury of allowing him to learn behind veteran Josh McCown. Then Teddy Bridgewater began turning heads in offseason workouts.

In a perfect world, Darnold would win the starting gig outright, McCown would mentor the rookie through any rough patches, and the Jets would trade Bridgewater for draft capital. Perfect scenarios rarely happen in the NFL, but the Jets are finally in a solid place with their signal-callers.

Heading into training camp, Darnold taking a step towards corralling the starting gig should provide a breath of fresh air for Jets fans long-suffocated by their QB play.

Through his first two seasons, Elliott has already been the workhorse. It’s debatable whether it is even responsible in the long-term to up his workload much more. In 10 games in 2017, Elliott averaged 24.2 carries per game. For comparison, the top two running backs, Le’Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy, earned 21.4 and 17.9 totes per tussle, respectively. During his rookie campaign, Elliott led the NFL with 322 carries in 15 regular-season tilts, 21.5 per game.

Perhaps the Cowboys leaned on Elliott more last season anticipating his six-game suspension. Had Elliott played a full 16-game slate in 2017, he was on pace to carry Derek Watt Womens Jersey the rock 387 times. The last running back to earn more than 330 carries in one season was DeMarco Murray ‘s 392 with Dallas in 2014 — it took a year for Murray’s legs to recover from that workload.

With the Cowboys receiver corps in flux, Dallas anticipates leaning on Zeke heavily, at least to open the season. For a tailback who has notoriously been out of shape early in training camps, hitting the ground running is key. RBs coach Gary Brown relayed what the told Elliott heading into training camp.

Come in and be in the best shape of your life, Brown said. Be ready to get a lot of carries early. It is Craig Robertson Jersey going to be a situation where defenses are going to try to stop us. They are going to try their best, but they are not going to be able to.

Giants add Mark Koncz to personnel department

Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman brought Mark Koncz onto his new staff on a temporary basis this spring, to help with his first draft back in New York.

He has since made the move permanent.

Among the 24 NFL quarterbacks who have thrown as many passes as Marcus Mariota in the first three seasons of their NFL careers, Marcus Mariota ranks eighth since the merger behind just Dan Marino, Jeff Garcia, Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning, Jameis Winston, Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan. Simply put, this is a good list to make.

Mariota’s career passing efficiency numbers are carried by his performance in 2015 and 2016, as he went from a 6.66 ANY/A over the first two years of his career to 5.51 last year. Naming Matt LaFleur as offensive coordinator in Tennessee should allow Mariota to get back to the top of the ranks of young passers.

As a non-play-caller, LaFleur has overseen the NFL development of the peaks of the careers of Matt Schaub, Robert Griffin III, Matt Ryan and Jared Goff in his nine years as an NFL assistant and coordinator. Now set to call plays, there could be big things in store for Mariota moving forward.

Miami spent two days on the field this week preparing for coach Adam Gase’s third season. It’s not unusual for clubs to wipe out the final day of mandatory minicamp, with many squads electing to use that time for team bonding and chemistry building.

The Dolphins wrap up pre-training camp work next week with their final days of voluntary organized team activities, June 11-14.

Among players still on the Miami Dolphins roster, only three were deemed by PFR to be more valuable last season than running back Kenyan Drake.

The 2016 third-round pick took the reins in the backfield soon after Jay Ajayi was traded midway through the season and never looked back. He averaged 5.0 yards per carry in the final nine weeks of the year, which ranked sixth among backs with at least 50 attempts during that stretch.

Considering that he also averaged 5.4 yards per rush within a smaller sample as a rookie in 2016, that might not have been a fluke. Regardless, the Dolphins’ high-potential starting running back is just the 35th-highest-paid player on the roster.

White House explains decision to cancel Eagles visit

A day after canceling the Philadelphia Eagles’ scheduled Super Bowl LII celebration visit, the White House provided further explanation as to why it decided to scrap the visit.
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In a statement released by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House said it decided to cancel the event after learning that only a tinynumber of players planned to attend the celebration. The Eagles tried last week to reschedule it, per Sanders, but the dates offered by the team conflicted with President Trump’s schedule.

The White House, despite sensing a lack of good faith, nonetheless attempted to work with the Eagles over the weekend to change the event format that could accommodate a smaller group of players, the statement said. Unfortunately, the Eagles offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives, while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend the event, despite planning to be in D.C. today. In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans.

Recently, head coach Anthony Lynn raved about an undrafted gem that may join the secondary, according to Ricky Henne of 

It’s hard to tell after one practice, but I was just watching him out there at corner, Lynn said about Alabama product Tony Brown. He can play some free safety as well. I thought he did fine. He’s picking up the system. He’s still learning (and) has a lot going on, but he’s a very gifted young Womens DeMarre Carroll Jersey man. Very talented. His skill set is off the charts.

Brown ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and Authentic Joe Hawley Jersey he plays with a compact frame at 6’0and 198 pounds. If he’s able to shift between cornerback and safety, he’ll be another asset for the Chargers’ deep secondary.

If nothing else, his speed should help him earn an immediate role on special teams.

Former NFL player Kenyatta Jones dies at 39

Kenyatta Jones, an offensive lineman who played parts of four seasons in the NFL, died Saturday at age 39, his mother told the Tampa Bay Times.
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It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Kenyatta Jones at such an early age, USF Interim Director of Athletics Scott Kull said in a statement. Our first NFL Draft pick and Super Bowl champion, Kenyatta demonstrated what USF football would become and was the first of what would be many talented and hard-working Bulls that have Dan Feeney Jersey followed their dreams to the professional ranks. Our thoughts and prayers and those of Bulls Nation are with his family during this difficult time.

Jones played one season with the Redskins in 2004, and later played in the Arena Football League.

According to the Times, he was arrested in a narcotics sweep in 2008, but was not prosecuted.

Gronkowski addressed the trade speculation with reporters Saturday.

It just shows how much fake news is out there, Gronkowski said. Hashtag fake news that’s all I know. Cyrus Jones Authentic Jersey It’s true. It exists. See it all the time about me. It’s wild.

I like to tell people that I’ve been heavily into baseball history literally the entire time I’ve been literate. The first book I read (after the children’s books phase) was an anthology of the biographies of some of the great St. Louis Cardinals stars through the 1950s. Because of that book, and even though I’ve never been a Cardinals fan, my favorite historical player (i.e., one I never actually saw play) was Dizzy Dean. I got a little misty-eyed in Cooperstown last summer when for the first time I encountered Dean’s uniform in a display at the Hall of Fame museum.

But elements of Schoendienst’s story from that book have always stuck with me. First, like me, he was a rural Midwestener, having grown up in Germantown, Illinois. When he was a teenager, he nearly lost an eye when he was hammering nails into a barn and a nail ricocheted right into it.