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Darnold, 20, known as a gunslinger with some mechanics issues, enters New York with the weight of the world on his shoulders. But new head coach Todd Bowles believes in his rookie QB.
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Bowles said Friday, via, that Darnold will have a chance to start this season. Veteran Josh McCown is currently penciled in as the starter, but Darnold will play if he beats him out in training camp.

Mayfield, Chubb and Ward will face more questions as they develop on the field, but at least one thing is indisputable right now: The right attitude is in place.

It’s new, sleek, professional and built to last. Like Mayfield says, it’s a good mixture.

It’s a mentality that you’re not going to take ‘no’ for an answer, Mayfield said. It doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past. It’s about, ‘What are you going to do now to make this team better?’
According to’s Mary Kay Cabot, first overall pick Baker Mayfield is starting his career with the Browns as the third-string quarterback. He’s behind Tyrod Taylor, who Cleveland acquired this offseason from Buffalo, and Drew Stanton, a 34-year-old journeyman.
This looks to be a classic case of a rookie who has to earn his stripes. No one believes Mayfield will start the season behind Stanton, even if he does play behind Taylor in 2018. According to SBR Sports Picks, the implied odds that Mayfield starts more games than Taylor this year is 58 percent.

Jets sign third-rounder Nathan Shepherd

The Jets continued whittling down their number of unsigned draft picks on Friday.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the Jets have signed third-round choice Nathan Shepherd to a four-year deal. Shepherd is the fourth of six 2018 picks to agree to a deal, leaving first-round quarterback Sam Darnold and fourth-round tight end Chris Herndon as the unsigned members of the group.

That’s accurate. But James had just played a game that would’ve been the greatest career performance for about 99 percent of the NBA, and Thompson moved through remarking on it like he would any other routine task. He was hardly alone.

Korver held court for 15 minutes after the game. He talked about being compared to Dikembe Mutombo, golf, how his dive on the floor for a loose ball reminded people of Pete Rose and how he liked being 36 years old way more than he likes being 37 — “I wish I was 36; I loved being 36” — and only mentioned James’ incredible game in passing.

May is a time for NFL teams and fans to entertain all possibilities for the upcoming season. Even the league’s most downtrodden franchises can envision a swift rise, especially given the examples set by others last year. The Philadelphia Eagles became the first team since the 2009 New Orleans Saints to win the Super Bowl after finishing in last place in their division the previous season. The Jacksonville Jaguars captured the AFC South crown for the first time in franchise history after finishing in the cellar in 2016.

Randy Gregory will apply for NFL reinstatement on Thursday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Gregory received a one-year suspension in January 2017, after his third failed violation of the league’s drug-testing policy. Rapoport tweeted that Gregory recently spent more than six weeks in intensive drug and alcohol rehab in addition to counseling. Randy Gregory will reportedly apply for NFL reinstatement on Thursday; he received a one-year suspension after multiple failed drug tests.ravens_100

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Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is closer than ever to playing for the Stanley Cup, and he’s determined to make the most of the opportunity.
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I’ve never been in this position before, he said Tuesday while looking ahead to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Josh Martin Youth jersey against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The winner Wednesday night earns a berth in the Stanley Cup Final opposite the Vegas Golden Knights, who will try for hockey’s biggest prize in their inaugural season.

Washington forced Wednesday’s winner-take-all matchup with a dominating 3-0 victory in Game 6. In a series in which home ice has not been a clear advantage, the Lightning are hoping it provides an edge in Game 7.

Mens Greg Zuerlein Jersey Really, there’s not much to lament about this Jets season. Winnipeg arrived ahead of schedule and looks poised to contend for some time. The city of Winnipeg got a nice showcase too, in these playoffs, a hockey-crazed community that has a deserving team to rally around.

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Oh, most definitely. Even though I may not be there every day, I feel like I’ve left my imprint on things. So I’d rather do that than be an endorser of something, where I’m having to do commercials and photo shoots and go to events. I just want to believe in someone else, that they have a great idea, and try to back it as much as I can financially. And if they do need a little push from me, you know, I’m not saying I’m the biggest name in sports or in the entertainment business, but a lot of people follow me on social media and a lot of people know and watch basketball.

You’ve said you’d like to own an NBA team.

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Hoyer and 2018 seventh-round draft choice Danny Etling of LSU were the only quarterbacks on the field during Tuesday’s OTA. Director of player personnel Nick Caserio played the role of quarterback in some drills, which he’s done in the past, even when Brady has been present.

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman (3-3, 3.88 ERA) faces White Sox right-hander James Shields (1-4, 4.88) on Tuesday night. Gausman struggled in his previous start, yielding six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of a 6-2 loss at Boston. Shields is 0-4 with a 4.74 ERA in nine appearances since he beat Kansas City on opening day.

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To be honest, I’m not sure 90 wins without a playoff spot would do it for the Mariners, who have the longest postseason drought in baseball and haven’t played past Game 162 since 2001. Their front office is led by a GM, Jerry Dipoto, who has a fantastic reputation but only one playoff appearance among three seasons in Anaheim and two in Seattle. His handpicked manager, Scott Servais, was hired without any dugout experience (he was Dipoto’s assistant GM with the Angels) and hasn’t reached October. The Mariners have the worst farm system in baseball by a pretty good margin. If they don’t win this year, you might very well start hearing talk of wobbly chairs in that front office.

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This is why the Saints traded up to grab Davenport. He is a long (6’6, 264 lbs) and quick (4.58) edge-rusher with enough power to win with strength and enough bend to win around the edge. He had 8.5 sacks last season, and that should be the kind of production he has as a rookie, at a minimum.

Having Jordan opposite him is going to help Davenport. The veteran is going to command most of the attention early in the season. Once Davenport does make a name for himself, it’s still going to be difficult to double-team both him and Jordan.

The Saints now have bookend pass-rushers, and their defense will be much better because of it.
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JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Sports Chicago shortly afterward confirmed that Franklin has been signed by the Bears after trying out during the team’s John Johnson Womens Jersey rookie minicamp.

There’s a reason Denver felt comfortable with Booker as its lead tailback. In his rookie campaign, he saw significant snaps because Anderson’s knee injury limited him to seven games. The Utah product finished that season with 877 yards from scrimmage. Over the past two years, he’s also been a factor in the short passing game.聽

It’s always wise to add depth, but Booker should run away with the starting job and toward the best season of his professional career.

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The Lions ranked in the bottom half under the sacks category in the previous year, so there’s a need for added pocket pressure. Detroit’s coaching staff will find ways to maximize Kennard’s skill set as a pass-rusher.

Robert Martin was playing Call of Duty when he got called to duty.

On the Sunday morning after the NFL Draft, as he tried to put out of his mind the uncertainty ahead, Martin was playing video games with a few of his former Rutgers teammates when the phone rang with a tryout offer for Giants rookie minicamp.

This is a real big opportunity for me, Martin said Saturday before the second of three practices. I want to show them that I can play and I haven’t reached my peak yet. I want them to see my mindset is to work and make a play when my name is called.

He’s just a professional, the slugger said. The definition of it. He comes in here, works his butt off every single day. Doesn’t matter if you need him at DH, third base, first base, probably plays some outfield, too. He just comes out here and does his job.

Walker, who went 2-for-5, clubbed reliever Chris Hatcher’s 93-mph fastball into the outfield for a single, scoring Gary Sanchez easily as the throw home from center fielder Mark Canha sailed wide right.

According to the Panthers’ website, running back Fozzy Whittaker tore the ACL in his right knee during a non-contact drill on Monday. As a result, the Panthers have placed Whittaker on injured reserve.

In an Instagram post, Whittaker vowed to returnand quoted Captain America.

Whittaker, who is set to become a free agent next year, might not be a household name around the league, but he’s an important role player for the Panthers. He didn’t do much last season, but in 2016, he racked up 491 yards from scrimmage in a limited role. It could be a devastating injury for Whittaker, who will turn the dreaded running back age of 30 after the season, when he’ll enter free agency.

No, not pumped up, Carter said. Classical music is more my after-the-game-to-relax (choice) and get my mind off things.

Carter developed into a five-star football recruit at a Georgia high school that didn’t offer orchestra, so he took up other options: Tuba and baritone stuck. Others didn’t.

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That’s a huge number even for a quality backup, one with eight sacks last season, so the Jaguars are better off taking a wait-and-see approach on Fowler’s long-term future. If Fowler has a breakout year in 2018, the Jaguars can still sign him to a contract extension or take the less appealing option of a franchise tag (already $17.143 million for defensive ends next season) to keep him from becoming a free agent.

Unlike the Blake Bortles fifth-year option decision before the quarterback signed a three-year deal, the Jaguars have the D-line depth to see if Fowler keeps ascending. Yannick Ngakoue, who starts ahead of Fowler, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack are ahead of him in the Jaguars’ line for extensions.

New York Giants Will Grier, QB, West Virginia: The former Florida transfer has a cannon and can wing it down the field. If he takes another step forward in his second year with Dana Holgerson, he could be highly-coveted. 3. New York Jets Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina: He missed a lot of 2017 with injury, but when Samuel plays he’s a high-impact guy who can take the top off of a defense. His one-handed touchdown snag in the Gamecocks’ season opener last year was ridiculous. The Jets need to get Sam Darnold a true No. 1 weapon to grow with.

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There’s a lot of reps to rotate those guys in, Marinelli said Friday. It will be kind of a different role for him a little bit, but Jaylon can do that in a heartbeat, and so can the other guys. But you just don’t want to give him too many things to think about right now.

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Lal declined to expound on the inconsistencies he saw.

It echoed what McClay said after the draft in a radio interview, pointing out Bryant’s inability to win one-on-one, to win downfield as well as the receiver’s inconsistency. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who remains close with Bryant, disagreed earlier this week, saying Bryant still Nick Martin Jersey can make a significant contribution to a team.
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Lal also provided a complimentary assessment of Bryant’s game overall.

A rejuvenated Hanley Ramirez is the root cause, but based on some of Cora’s comments in the spring, his philosophy is to give more frequent rest to everyone. This affects Betts the most as he rarely sat under John Farrell. The hope, from a real and fantasy sense is a fresher player produces better numbers, mitigating the production lost from more at-bats. Keep this in mind when Dustin Pedroia returns as Cora will be forced to divvy up time in his infield as well.

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According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Falcons have agreed to a new five-year extension with quarterback Matt Ryan, which hits a new benchmark for annual average, and includes $100 million guaranteed.

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Green Bay traded down and ended up with Louisville’s Jaire Alexander, while Minnesota stayed put and got UCF’s Mike Hughes at No. 30.

Would it finally break in the Capitals’ favor? Of course not. Bonino scored the series winner 6:32 into overtime to send Pittsburgh to the Eastern Conference Final. At least it helped give us the origins of the “Bonino, Bonino, Boninooooo!” call from Hockey Night Punjabi.

Howie Kendrick (R), 14.5 percent, Washington Nationals at New York Mets (LHP Steven Matz): With Daniel Murphy (knee) expected to remain sidelined until next week, the vet has some short-term utility as a fill-in at either second base or left field. Kendrick enjoyed a .385 wOBA against southpaws in 2017 and has gone 3-for-10 against them to start 2018.

Neither corner should have gone ahead of Jackson, the Iowa prospect who wasn’t taken in Round 1. Alexander has more flair, but Jackson is more well-rounded. Hughes might be limited to slot duty, while Jackson has more immediate starting ability outside. Jackson would fit the Colts early in Round 2.

Rozier: “You have to fight, and that’s what we did. We had each other’s back, and we never stopped believing that we were going to win, and we did what we have to do in overtime.”

Stevens: “Sometimes I think they’re at their best when those things happen, you know? I think it’s just a resilient group of kids. Not kids, men.”

There are multiple ways Carolina could go with pick No. 24 given the number of needs they have, particularly for an impact starter. If they aren’t quite sold on Reid, Moore or others available at those positions, then they should have a few other options from which to choose.

“Obviously we would love to keep adding parts to the secondary,” said Hurney. “I do think if we can help the secondary, if we can help the pass rush, if we can add skills players on the offensive side of the ball, that’s something we’d love to do while still keeping our offensive line and defensive line strong because really that’s the key. You’ve got to protect the passer and you’ve got to rush the passer.”