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Bradley Roby ready to replace Aqib Talib

The Broncos have moved on from Aqib Talib. Now, Bradley Roby is ready for everyone else to move on.

“Please, no more Talib questions,” Roby politely asked reporters Wednesday, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.

It was Douglas that pushed the Eagles to trade for Tim Jernigan (and a third-round pick) last year, bringing him in from Baltimore in exchange for a third-round of their own.

Now, Jernigan might miss significant time due to injury, and Douglas and the Eagles might have their eye on another former Raven… or two.

Brandon Linder is a solid NFL center, while Aaron Colvin and especially Telvin Smith were cogs in a defense that carried this team to the AFC championship last year.

(Colvin signed with Houston for $34 million in free agency this offseason.) The wide receivers taken in the second round re-complicate the discussion, though.

Marqise Lee is a shifty, underneath type of receiver.

The longer it takes you to throw, the greater chance of something glitching mechanically.

But the Jaguars know this about Bortles, and they accommodate it with a heavy emphasis on play-action passing (a naturally slower throwing play).

Accommodating such an important weakness is not ideal, certainly, but stylistically, a play-action passing game aligns naturally with the smashmouth type of offense they’ve built around Bortles.

This draft’s mid-round picks have contributed to building a smashmouth team around Bortles.

Nearly all fans won’t like it. Most fans will hate it. Even though it will look no different on TV — and even though 99.99999 percent of fans will experience it that way regardless of where it’s played — the notion of taking the Super Bowl to any city other than a city in the U.S. of A. won’t go over well with the people who provide the vast majority of the ticket sales, TV ratings, and everything else that goes along with being a fan/customer of the NFL.sabres_254

Cliff Avril cut by Seahawks after potentially career-ending neck injury

Cliff Avril wants to play football again despite suffering a potentially career-ending neck injury last season. But it presumably won’t happen with the Seahawks, who cut the veteran defensive end on Friday with a failed physical designation, the team announced.

Cutting Avril saves the Seahawks over $7 million. The team has already done most of its work of the offseason, so the extra cap space likely wasn’t the reason for the move, but it isn’t insignificant — especially since the Seahawks only had about $7.5 million in available cap space before making this move.

Darnold joins a quarterback room which includes veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, as well as 2016 second-round draft pick Christian Hackenberg.

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan went for it last month, giving up three second-round picks two this year, one next to move up three spots from No. 6 to No. 3. And the Jets have to be thrilled that quarterback Sam Darnold made it to them. Darnold looked like a lock to be the No. 1 pick after the 2016 season, but he had a shaky season in 2017, committing 22 turnovers (13 interceptions) and developing a few bad habits with his footwork.

I think he’s got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder to prove some people and naysayers wrong, Ballard told co-host Bill Polian and me earlier this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio. That’s a beautiful thing with a quarterback that I think is top five in this league.

You’ve left here with such a legacy. You came in here with that same spirit, listening to [Bill] Parcells. And you’re leaving with our hearts, Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. But we’re with you, man.

We’re with you as a team. We will always remember it and we’re going to do more than remember it. We’re going to act on it. You’re an inspiration to me as well as everybody who has ever said they were a Dallas Cowboy. Thank you. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett also had some high praise for the veteran. He’s simply the best example I know of, of what you want a football player and a person to be on and off the field, Garrett said. Dozens of of Witten’s former teammates took to social media to show their appreciation for the tight end. Everyone from Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant to DeMarcus Ware offered congratulatory words. From Dak. tigers_016-115x115

New York was in the market for a punter after releasing Brad Wing in March.

Although Dixon has averaged a healthy 45.7 yards per punt in two NFL seasons, he hasn’t fared as well in net yards, hang time and kicks inside the 20-yard line. Even with the advantage of Denver’s thin air, he has ranked in the bottom third of Pro Football Focus’ punter ratings for 2016 and 2017.

The Giants are counting on him to perform better than Wing, whose net average of 37.5 was the league’s lowest last season.

As of Friday, they have nine receivers on the roster. It’s not the most inspiring group of players: Donte Moncrief Marqise Lee Dede Westbrook Keelan Cole Jaydon Mickens Rashad Greene Jaelen Strong Shane Wynn Tevaun Smith If the Jaguars do take a receiver in the first round, that receiver would likely jump to the top of the depth chart. The problem is that several receiver-needy teams — the Cowboys , Ravens , and Panthers most notably — are positioned ahead of them. As Coughlin alluded to, the Jaguars can’t bank on their guy being there at No. 29. 

Torres’ wife will be his only family member or friend in attendance Sunday. He said he didn’t know what it would be like to finally stand on the field in the Bronx.

Torres was scheduled to hit eighth and play second base. He’ll wear No. 25.

Manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees had been considering calling up Torres for a while. The club even dispatched Tim Naehring, general manager Brian Cashman’s right-hand man and the team’s vice president of baseball operations, to see Torres play a few games a Triple-A.

“Obviously, you see the stat line and know that he was playing well,” Boone said. “I think early on we didn’t feel like he was quite ready. But more and more the daily consistent at-bats. He had the back issue that kept him out about a day and a half. So we wanted to make sure we felt good about him being free and clear from that as well.”

Consider this: Of the Devils’ top 10 scorers in team history, none have been a Hart Trophy finalist. The highest-placing forward was Zach Parise in 2009, finishing fifth after a 45-goal campaign. Ilya Kovalchuk was never a Hart Trophy contender for the Devils, nor Brendan Shanahan nor Peter Stastny nor Alex Mogilny.

But Brodeur? He finished in the top five for the Hart seven times and was a finalist three times.steelers_120

AJ McCarron can make up to $16.5 million over two years

When the music stopped on Tuesday, AJ McCarron was doing the John-Travolta-in-Pulp-Fiction-look-around-the-room-and-wonder-what-the-hell-is-going-on thing. On Wednesday, McCarron opted to pounce on the only starting job that was still open.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, McCarron’s deal with the Bills has a base value of $10 million. He can make another $6.5 million based on ing time.

This way, McCarron will get the full offseason to prepare as the starter, with the rookie the Bills inevitably draft most likely kept on ice, possibly for all of 2018.

As you may or may not recall, Gronk’s house was burglarized while he was in Minnesota for Super Bowl LII. After the Patriots’ 41-33 loss to the Eagles, Gronk flew home and noticed that dozens of things had been stolen, including multiple guns. At the point, the Patriots tight end called 911.

Authorities announced on Friday that one of the suspects in the case, Anthony Almeida, has been taken into custody. Almeida has been hit with a total of four charges, including breaking and entering, two counts of receiving stolen property, and one count of malicious destruction of property.

He’s just been wearing that chain all year,, it’s just been growing on me, Talib told reporters the Broncos locker room after the game.14 player on Miami Herald’s list of state’s top 25 players Rated No.Pass to Burmistrov Predators zone.

If Ezekiel Elliott can return to his rookie form, quarterback Dak Prescott will have a wealth of playmakers to spread the ball around to next season.?

The Cowboys are chasing the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, so having a powerful offense is a good way to try combating the reigning Super Bowl champions.

Last year Ryan Tannehill missed the entire season with a knee injury, and the Dolphins brought in Jay Cutler to start ahead of Matt Moore. This year both Cutler and Moore are free agents. Tannehill should be back, and the Dolphins may draft a quarterback as well.

Mauro played in 47 career games with 26 starts for the Cardinals from 2014-17. He followed his former defensive coordinator James Bettcher to the Giants.

As soon as the? Giants traded Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers on Thursday, Mauro became penciled in as a starter … at least until the next move by general manager Dave Gettleman . But that won’t happen until at least the fifth game.
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Shohei Ohtani shows on rainy Arizona day why he’s a ray of hope for Angels

Ohtani’s words will matter, but so will his bat. In Japan, teams throw batting practice from the mound. In the majors, the pitcher throws BP in front of the mound. So that took him a minute to adjust to Wednesday, though it didn’t stop him from spraying line drives around the field. Ohtani also sent a couple pitches over the fence, to right field and right-center.

Contrary to popular belief, Moneyball wasn’t about on-base percentage. It was about taking advantage of an underpriced commodity, which Billy Beane happened to identify as the ability to get on base. The analogous asset in today’s fantasy baseball game is high-strikeout middle relievers. This extends beyond saves or holds (if your league rewards those outings). Middle relievers can be staff-savers in almost every format.

In weekly rotisserie formats, the difference between a top reliever throwing three stanzas per week and a back-end starter who fails to last five frames is shrinking — if it hasn’t already flipped towards the reliever.

We’ll tell him, it’s not something we try to hide or try to fake it, we try to be really, really honest with him. We want him to trust us so we tell him when things are going to hurt or the medicine is going to taste bad.

They decided to release the 29-year-old receiver on Wednesday right before the new league year began.

Baltimore could also scour the free agent market to bolster its receiving corps. So far they’ve added John Brown and Ryan Grant this offseason. The Ravens could also address this need in the upcoming draft.

What’s next for Maclin? Maclin could still be a serviceable player. But he isn’t going to receive a lucrative contract this offseason. At best, a Super Bowl contender could offer him a one-year or two-year deal. If Maclin can go to a team where he doesn’t have to shoulder the receiving load, he could be a solid complementary piece.

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Russell Westbrook says Paul George should be All-Star, throws shade at Kevin Durant

Russell Westbrook stuck up for his teammate after the All-Star reserves were announced Tuesday, saying Paul George is a top-two player at his position.

Either Westbrook thinks George is better than LeBron James at small forward or he’s taking another subtle jab at former teammate Kevin Durant. Based on his comments after the Thunder’s 109-108 win over Brooklyn on Tuesday, it is the latter.

Varlamov stopped 25 shots as the Avalanche lost their second straight in overtime, but earned a point to pull even with the idle Los Angeles Kings, who are in the second Western Conference wild-card spot.

Coach Jared Bednar was disappointed his team didn’t buckle down in overtime for a chance to leapfrog Los Angeles.

“Wish we had two (points),” Bednar said. “I didn’t think we played a complete game tonight.

“And then, not happy with the overtime goal at all. We made a mistake on that easy coverage and we let a guy get in behind us, and it cost us the second point.”

Jordan, 29, averaging 11.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per game, would instantly help Portland’s frontcourt gain an edge. Jordan has missed L.A.’s last four games with an ankle injury, but he’s expected to soon rejoin the team.

Clippers guard Lou Williams has also been linked with a move out of Los Angeles before the Feb. 8 deadline, with the Cavaliers expressing interest in the streaky guard.

With a long playoff run looking unlikely, the Clippers could decide to sell and build for the future.

Love was traded from the Timberwolves to the Cavs in 2014 after James announced he planned to return to Cleveland that summer. After averaging a career-high 26.1 points per game in his final season with the Wolves, he accepted a tertiary role behind James and Kyrie Irving. He has dealt with all the nonsense that comes with being the third wheel on a LeBron-led team. (That fit out/fit in episode with James happened nearly three years ago. Time flies!)
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Jeffery this season caught 52 passes for 732 yards and averaged 14.1 yards per catch.

He caught eight touchdown passes. Cooks grabbed 65 for 1,082 for a 16.6 average. He caught seven touchdown passes.

Jeffery, in his sixth NFL season, displays all of the nuances of a dynamic receiver.

”I thought I would be a Chicago Bear for life,” Jeffery said. “But I’ve fallen in love with Philly. I feel my destiny is here and we can build our own dynasty here. I feel like I am one part of this offense and that my job is to help us win championships. That means making adjustments and staying on point.”

I chronicled some of the most infamous cases of the curse striking last year:

Just a few months after the game was released, he suffered an ankle injury in the playoffs against the Falconson the first play from scrimmage. This caused him to miss the next two seasons after he developed Avascular Necrosis, which is the same condition that forced Bo Jackson to retire.

Coming off a 1,000-yard season, Levens appeared on Madden 99 and had one of the worst seasons in his career, playing in just five games and rushing for 224 yards.

The previous season, the Vikings had gone 11-5. That fortune was reversed in the year of Culpepper’s Maddenfame, with the Vikings finishing 5-11, and Culpepper missing the last five games of the season. After passing for nearly 4,000 yards the year before, Culpepper had just 2,612.

An appearance by holographic Prince would be an ode to the musician’s legacy, as well as a tip of the hat to Minneapolis, where the game is being played. A Minnesota native and die-hard Vikings fan, Prince’s memory will live on — but not be honored through a hologram. On Saturday night long-time Prince associate and friend Sheila E denied the report:

Can Houston keep the No. 1 seed away from Golden State? Is Utah’s 11-game run for real? Kevin Arnovitz takes the temperature of all 30 teams as the season approaches the playoff push.

Golden State resumed practice on Tuesday, but as a courtesy gesture, the four All-Stars didn’t have to rejoin the team until Wednesday, a day before they host the LA Clippers. No other team had four All-Stars, and the Warriors are the first team in NBA history to have four All-Stars in consecutive years.

Unlike Curry, Kevin Durant kept his weekend primarily to business meetings. A source close to Durant said his decreased participation was purposeful now that he is 11 years in and has grown out of most of the events associated with All-Star Weekend.49ers_009

The Colts thought they were locked into getting Josh McDaniels as their next head coach.

Now that the Patriots offensive coordinator won’t be the Colts’ new coach, there’s no reason for Indianapolis to sweat or fret.

The Colts nowhire the winning offensive coordinator of the Super Bowl in the Eagles’ Frank Reich, not the loser in McDaniels.

With every other head-coaching vacancy in the NFL already filled, Indianapolis has the luxury of tapping into a Philadelphia staff that won it all without restrictions or waiting. Indy should take advantage and pluck from the suddenly hot Doug Pederson tree while it has the chance.

Reich did a terrific job working with Pederson to get the best out of two quarterbacks this past season, Carson Wentz and Nick Foles. There’s a bit of Luck in both of those guys, Wentz with the fearless physicality and Foles with the relentless gunslinging. Before he was hired by the Eagles in 2016, Reich put in some strong work with another tough, veteran QB in the Chargers’ Philip Rivers.

Reich during Super Bowl 52 week seemed ready to take over an entire team. The Eagles’ offensive players love him. For a team that won the Super Bowl with a lot of key backups, Reich, with a playing background similar to that of Pederson, provided both motivation and inspiration.

Reich’s path in NFL coaching has featured a lot of faith and determination, two things the Colts need with Luck.

The Colts went on with their scheduled Wednesday press conference, even without it being held to introduce McDaniels. General manager Chris Ballard held firm that a desired replacement for Pagano is still out there.

So that’s the guy the Colts had decided to hire. He was 32 when he got the Denver job, a boy wonder. That was the excuse whispered on his behalf by those who considered him for their head coaching jobs now, with his 42nd birthday just a couple months away.

Maybe this is a blown opportunity for Indianapolis, as when the Jets thought they had Bill Belichick locked up only for him to slip out the back door. Or maybe, and this seems more likely at the moment, it’s a chance for Indy to wind up with someone who has the character to not undermine it as drastically as McDaniels has.

Hardly anyone knew who Mike Tomlin was when the Steelers hired him. When the Eagles hired Doug Pederson away from the Chiefs, “We all laughed, at least a little,” wrote Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Marcus Hayes.

The Oakland Raiders could be that team in 2018.
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Jaguars’ Marcedes Lewis: ‘We know we can beat anybody’

The Jaguars went from being a bottom dweller in the AFC to one of four teams left vying for a Super Bowl title this season. That fact is not lost on Marcedes Lewis.

That rubbed off in Week 1 of the season, when the Jags traveled to Houston as underdogs to face the Texans. They left with an easy 29-7 victory.

And like that, expectations changed. We weren’t the team everybody in the league viewed as an easy W. Now we were a team nobody wanted to play, Lewis said. That was a feeling I could get used to.

The Jaguars finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and have won their past two playoff games to secure a spot in the AFC championship. But their hardest test is yet to come as they travel to New England to face the Patriots.

Now we’re facing our toughest challenge of the season, and maybe the biggest game in franchise history. Definitely the biggest game I’ve ever played in, Lewis said. When we play the type of football we’ve prepared to play, we know we can beat anybody. Anybody.

The Jaguars and Patriots will face off Sunday at 3:05 ET.

I am excited to have Mike Vrabel joining our organization as our new head coach, Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement. In the interaction between Mike and (general manager) Jon (Robinson) during the interview, you could see their connection right away from the history they have with one another — seeing the game in a similar way and talking the same language.

Vrabel, who spent eight seasons with the Patriots during a 14-year playing career, has been coaching with the Texas since 2014 and was named the defensive coordinator in 2017.

Mike has a commanding presence and a deep knowledge for how he will attack this head coaching opportunity, Adams Strunk continued. Throughout his football career, he has played for, been mentored by and coached with successful teams and organizations. He knows what it takes to reach that level of sustained success — he has seen it first-hand. We have a chance to build on the solid foundation that we established over the past couple of years and I believe Mike is the right person to continue that progress.patriots_147_f747f0ca87e4613e-180x180

The Buffalo Bills are 0-4 straight up and 1-3 against the spread over their last four playoff games.

wings_1028After advancing to the playoffs for the first time since 1999, the Bills will now try to earn their first playoff win since 1995 when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday afternoon.

It took some help from the Cincinnati Bengals upsetting the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, but after 17 straight seasons of missing the playoffs, the Bills are finally back on the big stage.

(Joe Callahan wound up on the practice squad.) And from what I can tell, there’s confidence in Hundley now. One Green Bay staffer said Wednesday, “He’ll be fine. He’s an extremely hard worker, he knows the offense, He’s a good leader and the players like him. They’ll play hard for him and believe in him.”

At quarterback, there’s an element of the unknown that can’t be erased until you see the player in honest-to-god game action. Hundley will get that Sunday, and we’ll learn more over the next few weeks. Remember, the Packers have been masters at developing backups behind a star—Matt Hasselbeck, Aaron Brooks, Mark Brunell, Ty Detmer and Rodgers himself came up behind Brett Favre. Time will tell if we’re talking the same way about Hundley down the line.

Tennessee took the ensuing drive 62 yards in six plays to cut the KC lead to 21-16 and give fans a reason to be nervous. Another Kansas City punt only exacerbated those concerns. Mariota, who had struggled early in the day, was buoyed by Derrick Henry, the hard-rushing sophomore tailback who churned out yards after contact in the Kansas City cold. The pair pushed the Titans 80 yards in 5:09, a long drive culminating in a 22-yard touchdown strike to Eric Decker.

Tennessee’s inability to cap those drives with two-point conversions left the team unable to extend its lead, giving Alex Smith another shot to lead the Chiefs back to a dramatic win. Instead, he flailed in the pocket, forcing a turnover on downs as the two-minute warning approached and dealing a serious blow to his team’s chances.

But then, a miracle seemed to deliver the Chiefs from two decades of playoff futility. Derrick Johnson returned a Henry fumble 56 yards for a tide-shifting touchdown, only to have the play ripped away on review. Two plays later, Mariota threw a game-clinching block as Henry rumbled forward for the game’s final first down.

What this means for the Chiefs: Kansas City hasn’t won a playoff game at home since Joe Montana was the team’s quarterback. Andy Reid is now 1-4 with the Chiefs in the postseason.