The grades for Minnesota are all over the place. I liked the Vikings for getting a top-10 talent in Dalvin Cook in the second round. Offensive lineman Pat Elflein was considered a good pick as well. After that, the Vikings’ draft might not have many starters.
New England had a light class after trading for veterans Brandin Cooks and Kony Ealy this offseason. Still, the team was able to find a couple of pass rushers in Derek Rivers and Deatrich Wise and good developmental offensive linemen in Antonio Garcia and Connor McDermott.
The grades for the Saints varied after the selection of Marshon Lattimore in the first round. Ryan Ramczyk and Alvin Kamara might find it hard to get playing time early in their careers, and the team didn’t properly address pass rusher.
Bortles technically sat at first, but after relieving Chad Henne — Henne was so bad he left Jacksonville no choice — in the second half of a Week 3 blowout loss to the Colts, Bortles was named starter for the rest of the season.
Despite predictably dismal initial numbers on a team with few offensive weapons and a dreadful line, Bortles proved one key component of success for an NFL quarterback: durability. He enters 2017, though, with his last chance to prove he can earn a second contract with the Jaguars.
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Charlotte Wilder broke out 17 takeaways from the tense Russell Westbrook-Steven Adams press conference following Game 4. Sean Fennessey used it as part of the basis for his piece delving into his anti-Westbrook feelings.
Henry Abbott goes long on LeBron’s mileage and whether this is the beginning of the end for his peak.
It turns out it’s not fun watching Andre Roberson brick free throws, just like it isn’t fun watching anyone brick free throws.
Kawhi Leonard is having the best statistical postseason in NBA history so far.
How interesting! Given that All-NBA status matters so much for contracts and cap sheet management these days, the league has decided to announce those honors before the late June awards show so teams can plan around it.
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There may or may not be a team that feels they are one scoring winger away from being a true competitor come playoff time, and they might be willing to part with some assets to acquire Kovalchuk. Sending him off to a team that is not hesitant to part with a high draft pick, decently to highly valued prospect, or some combination of those parts may not help the Devils this upcoming season, but they certainly could be important building block to have the team be competitive for a string of years rather than just a couple.
Authentic Kids David Parry Jersey The Pittsburgh Penguins are 9-3 straight up over their last 12 games, including a 5-1 record so far in postseason play. The Penguins will try to take a 2-0 series lead over the Washington Capitals with a road upset this Saturday night.
Pittsburgh is a +125 road underdog in Game 2 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In the first game of the series, the Penguins won 3-2 as a +121 road dog. Washington is going off as a -145 favorite at home.
After Russell Westbrook shot 4-of-18 in the fourth quarter in Game 2, he has been leading the hot take train for an entire 48 hours. Everybody has an opinion about the mercurial Thunder point guard, who is likely headed for a MVP trophy and seemingly a first-round exit, too. But Oklahoma City is back home now, and they don’t call it Loud City for nothing. Trust me, I’ve been there and they take that nickname very seriously.
Authentic Kids Paul Posluszny Jersey Some other numbers that show the stark change in the Wild’s performance from last season to the inaugural season under Boudreau:
The Wild scored 50 more goals this season than last; this saw them go from 19th to 2nd in the league.
The Wild’s power play percentage improved from 18.53% to 20.98%. Although the Wild actually scored one fewer power play goal this season than last, they had 35 fewer opportunities (incidentally, the Wild had the second lowest number of power play opportunities this season).
Serge Ibaka was everywhere doing everything in the opening quarter of Game 5 between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks.
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He scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting including a shot from deep. He had three rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal, but most importantly he worked Giannis Antetokounmpo.
He swatted his attempt at the rim ¡ª which with Giannis’ length literally meant he did so at the rim ¡ª and held him to 1-of-6 shooting in the first 12 minutes of the game.
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This ain’t your league just yet, Giannis, said Ibaka, probably. Buchnevich and Zuccarello are both cerebral players that can create plays that could set Miller up with scoring opportunities. Miller was the second highest scorer for the Rangers this season with 56 points, but has been missing that scoring touch in the playoffs. By matching him with creative players, Miller could rediscover his offensive capabilities.
As for the fourth line, Vigneault could continue to deploy Grabner-Lindberg-Fast. This fourth line has been exceptional for the Rangers. Their stellar defensive play has been a major asset for the Rangers in the playoffs. This line has stifled their opponents£ª offense, as the Rangers Corsi against per 60 (31.28), shots against per 60 (7.36), and scoring chances against per 60 (1.84) with this line on the ice are the lowest on the team. No goals have been scored against this fourth line combination either.
Cohen has been one of the best running backs in the FCS the past four seasons. He’s the MEAC’s all-time leading rusher with 5,619 yards and was the conference’s first three-time Offensive Player of the Year.
“Naturally I have a chip on my shoulder,” Cohen said. “Being on this stage and being from a small school adds another chip on my shoulder.”
He gained national attention for his performance in the 2015 Celebration Bowl against Alcorn State. He torched the Braves for 295 yards on the ground and three touchdowns on just 22 carries in a 41-34 win.
Explosive is a term used often with football players, but Cohen really is just that. Anything less than that, and he’s probably not doing backflips while catching footballs in both hands. He may not have the size that other NFL running backs do, but he’s clearly got the athleticism and hands.
With the new receiving duo in Philadelphia, Jordan Matthews is likely the No. 3 option in the offense now. Despite solid overall numbers in 2016, Matthews was tied for eighth in the NFL with six drops . He’s also been involved in trade rumors, which doesn’t bode well for his future with the team.
Even if Matthews is ahead of Smith on the depth chart, he would be an upgrade at No. 2. Wentz’s No. 2 receiver last year was Nelson Agholor, who didn’t much value to the offense. Per Bleeding Green Nation, only Corey Brown of the Carolina Panthers has started at least eight games a year and caught fewer passes than Agholor.
Another concern could be Brown’s dip in production as the season went on. His performance against Oklahoma couldn’t be replicated, in part because it changed how defenses prepared for the Buckeyes. He saw a lot more double coverage, and combined with an already struggling pass game, only found the end zone two more times in the 10 games that followed.
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Romo’s days on the field may be over, but he’ll be back with the Cowboys again this season, twice. He’ll be calling two games in Dallas with CBS this year. The first is a Week 9 game against the Chiefs and then the Thanksgiving game against the Chargers.
The Browns are one of two teams who don’t get a primetime game at all, which seems weird considering they have 18 million draft picks this year and are bound to do something interesting with them. The Jaguars are the other team without a primetime appearance, also weird because they have a talented roster and a new coach. Once bitten, I guess.
Cleveland really gets the short end of the stick here. They have to give up a home game, Week 8, for the league’s U.K. series. After that, they only play three more games in Cleveland.
OK, that’s it, no more 2017 NFL schedule talk. Unless you want to read this post with the best and worst games of the season. But after that, DONE.
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He was very coachable, he worked hard, [and] he showed up every day, Folmar said.
Morgan described his first year on the field as a learning curve, but he wasn’t pleased with his performance. Following that season, he watched game tapes and vowed to work with his coaches.
Morgan refined his game, but once again, he had to prove himself to another head coach. Folmar resigned as Kutztown’s head coach after one season and the Golden Bears hired Jim Clements to replace him.
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The Baltimore Ravens added a powerful defender against the run on Friday when they selected outside linebacker Tyus Bowser with the No. 47 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
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The linebacker out of Houston excelled in front of scouts at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. Being explosive hasnt been a problem for Bowser over the years, but consistency has proved to be his issue.
McDowell has the talent to make an impact either at tackle or end. He also adds a variety of pass-rushing moves, including a great bull rush and solid swim move. Not many players can do this, but McDowell appears to be a solid candidate to play a tweenerrole, if need be.
There are character concerns. Per CBS Sports, McDowell gave what one NFL team said was the worst interview [they] did,with another team calling his interview awful.Some scouts told were concerned about McDowells work ethic and what it would take to light the proverbial fire under the defensive lineman.
In addition, much of the defensive linemans projected upside has to do with the fact that even at his best in college, the former Spartan was a bit unconventional.
Technique was a major problem for McDowell, and though he managed to win a ton of battles, he couldve been even better had he worked on his footwork and hand placement.
Ozzie Newsome normally has a golden touch with drafts, so its rare to see him whiff this badly on a first-round pick. Elam was supposed to be Ed Reeds successor at safety, but utterly failed as a starter and found himself warming the bench for most of 2016.
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The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft came and went on Thursday night in Philadelphia, and the 32 prospects who didnt get selected were left to wait for their names to be called. Among those names was former Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson, who some predicted to be a late first-round pick. On Friday night after he was still undrafted, Wilson wore a shirt with a poop emoji on it. Specifically, his shirt suggested that, well, shit happens.
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Corners like USCs Adoree Jackson, Ohio States Gareon Conley, and LSUs TreDavious White were all taken in the first round ahead of Wilson. Luckily, Wilson didnt have to wait too long for his name to be called. He was picked with the No. 46 overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts on Friday night.
Bowser is an interesting prospect. Hes got size at 63, 247 pounds, and he was a pass-rushing force for Houston. Bowser put up 22.5 sacks over his time with the Cougars, and he was the top performer in a number of drills for his position group at the combine. Hes a prospect who could have gone in the first round in a year with fewer dominant pass rushers, so hes a good value for the Ravens.
No matter where Mixon landed, he was going to be a controversial pick. Mixons talent would have put him up with Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, except for the video of him knocking out a woman back in 2014. The Bengals will take a chance on the talented back.
The last time the New England Patriots or Atlanta Falcons drafted an offensive skill-position player in the first round of the NFL draft, it was to grab Laurence Maroney in 2006 and Julio Jones in 2011, respectively.
Since then, the two teams that appeared in Super Bowl 51 have focused predominantly on scooping up defensive talent early in the draft.
Those problems might return now his ex-foe is an opponent once again.
Remember what happened the last time The King and Stephenson went head-to-head in a playoff series? Here’s a clue: LeBron was on the Miami Heat then, and Stephenson was on the Pacers?
Need another hint? OK. One player had more than their fair share of oxygen in their personal space.
Now you’ve got it. But Stephenson’s air-blowing antic wasn’t the only piece of history these two have between each other.
You can argue it was James who got Stephenson tossed out after having some words for Dwyane Wade during that same 2014 playoff series.
That’s probably because Lance couldn’t help but call The King a choker in their 2012 playoff series.
That was the same series three Heat players barged into the Pacers locker room looking for Stephenson and Juwan Howard almost fought him.
There’s some history here between James and Stephenson, and the Cavaliers’ forfeiture of the No. 1 seed has borne the sequel in a once buried beef. Now, we get to see if Lance has some extra tricks up his sleeve.
Following the Patriots’ historic Super Bowl win, Devin McCourty and Chris Long announced they would skip the traditional White House visit due to the election of President Donald Trump.
In a video titled StandingPats (Be Patriots) released on Friday, McCourty and Long elaborated on their decision alongside New England fans after discussing their comeback victory against the Falcons.
I really do believe that probably at the end of those two years, it will be it, Robison told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. Itll be about my time to call it, but well see how I feel when I get there. … But I would say that more than likely, that will probably be the time that Im going to have to lay things to the side and get ready for life after football.
Robison agreed last month to rework his contract and take a pay cut in order to stay in Minnesota. He will earn a base salary of $7.5 million for the next two years with $5.15 million guaranteed, which is an overall $1.4 million pay cut.
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Robison, who turns 34 this month, has spent his entire 10-year career with Minnesota and is now the longest-tenured member of the Vikings. He logged 7.5 sacks in 2016 to bring his career total to 56 sacks.
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Im voting for Westbrook because I believe that he offered the most value to his team from start to finish through all the minutes of all 82 games. He started strong, remained consistent through the dog days, and finished in hyperdrive. I came to this decision late and I cant even say for certain that Westbrook was the best player in the league when we have all this data that makes compelling cases for all of the other contenders.