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Former Jets LB David Harris agrees to deal with Patriots, report says

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David Harris will now be playing for the reigning Super Bowl champions.

The linebacker has signed a two-year deal worth $6.75 million, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The move comes after the Jets released Harris on June 6 after 10 seasons with the organzation. Harrris and the front office reportedly couldn’t agree to new contract terms, especially since the Jets wanted Harris to take a pay cut.

Sam Acho Womens Jersey Harris, who has the second-most tackles in Jets history, was surprised by his release from the Jets. The day of his release, he said he expected to be with the team long term.

Now that the 33-year-old veteran is with the Patriots, he moves to the top of the depth chart alongside Dont’a Hightower at linebacker.

Teague is a decent scorer and passer who will keep the offense moving. He’s started at least 72 games in each of the past five seasons, so you know he’ll be on the floor.

Unfortunately for Teague, he’ll have a tough time commanding a huge contract in this market. There isn’t a huge desire for point guards, and the ones above him on this list are far more coveted. He’s not quite on the same level as a difference-maker.

The Paul George situation throws everything surrounding the Pacers into a state of flux, so don’t be surprised if Teague is on the move.

He’s someone who, for whatever reason, didn’t get a great opportunity in Buffalo. He can absolutely fly. He’s starting to become a football player opposed to a fast track guy who can jump.

Tom Brady vs. Matt Ryan, best QB matchup in Super Bowl history

Super Bowl 51 will be the highest-rated Super Bowl ever at least when it comes to the starting quarterbacks.

Tom Brady and Matt Ryan are trying to cap off NFL MVP-caliber seasons by realizing the ultimate playoff goal in Houston next Sunday. Never before have two QBs who rated greater than 110.0 in passing efficiency faced off in the Super Bowl.

Prescott has fully utilized his built-in advantages his offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott’s elite rushing talent. And there’s no need to apologize for such a strong supporting cast, because every QB still standing in the playoffs was dependent on a several positives around them to get there.

Prescott will be comfortable at home for what Dallas hopes are two playoff games on it’s way to Super Bowl LI, a game for which the Cowboys wouldn’t need to leave the state. Matchups with Green Bay, Seattle and Atlanta all are favorable for what Dallas likes to do offensively.

If Prescott were going to experience a drop-off in his play, we would have seen it by now. Instead, in a short time, he has done everything to establish himself as Dallas’ franchise quarterback for a long time.

And really, Prescott has been proving himself under pressure for almost a full year.

It goes back to the 2016 Senior Bowl, were he dominated in practices and ended up as the game MVP to get higher on the draft radar. Then he had to reestablished himself as a worthy NFL draft pick after he was arrested and charged with a DUI in March. That cost him any chance to be taken in the first two days of the draft.
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Ressler said that re-signing Millsap was a number one priority.

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First, LeBron James bolted Cleveland to join forces with his buddies Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, and that Heat trio won two titles and reached four straight NBA Finals. Then, Durant stuck it to Oklahoma City and one-upped James’ super trio by creating an unbeatable foursome with fellow All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. He joined a team that went 73-9 the year prior before it fell to the Cavs in the 2016 NBA Finals.

When I worked for the Vikings and Titans, we went into almost every season thinking we had a shot at winning the Super Bowl. Once we made the playoffs, we thought our chances were as good as those of any other team. Due to this ridiculous NBA system, if I’m the general manager in Phoenix, Sacramento or any Western Conference team outside of Golden State, the best I can hope for next year is to make the conference finals.

Ressler said that re-signing Millsap was a number one priority. He also said that everything was all good with Wes Wilcox and Budenholzer, but that’s another story.
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Anyway, if Millsap decides to leave, he’s taking some impressive numbers with him, and the team is back at ground zero. He’s been an All-Star in each of his four season with the Hawks, averaging 17.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in that four-year span. He’s a quiet but strong veteran presence, and you know exactly what you’re getting every single game. Good luck trying to replace him if he walks away.

Shooting was always going to play a huge part in deciding this series, as the Cavs and Warriors are two of three teams in NBA history to make over 1,000 3-pointers in a single season (the Rockets set the record earlier this year). Cleveland (38.4 percent) and Golden State (38.3 percent) finished second and third, respectively, in 3-point shooting behind the Spurs (39.1 percent) during the 2016-17 regular season.

NBA Finals 2017: LeBron James claims he’s not getting tired, but stats disprove him

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LeBron James has had to carry his team in the NBA Finals as the Cavaliers’ role players have been non-existent. As a result, he’s had to expend his energy on both ends of the floor, and it appears to be taking a toll on him. In the second half of Game 2, cameras panned to James who looked pretty tired and even commentator Jeff Van Gundy made a note of it.

When asked Wednesday about it, though, James downplayed his stamina and said he’s not getting tired as a result of guarding Kevin Durant.
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Despite a terrible Game 3 against the Celtics that saw James score only 11 points, the King is averaging 32.3 points per game this postseason. With Game 5 of the Cavs’ series against Boston on Thursday night, it’s highly likely James can overtake Jordan before the Eastern Conference Finals are over.

However, Jordan still has several prestigious records over James. MJ has six NBA titles, compared to James’ three. Jordan has also won one more MVP award than James (five to four) and is fourth on the regular-season all-time scoring list with 32,292 points. James currently sits in seventh place with 28,787 points.

Even though James has joined the elite club of basketball greats, he stated the comparisons don’t matter to him. What matters is playing your best every game.

You guys are going to have the conversations about who is greatest of all time and things of that nature, James said. It doesn’t matter to me. At the end of the day, it’s so funny that the conversation is always talked about in the NBA about who is the greatest, but it’s never talked about in the NFL about who is the greatest quarterback. It’s just like: [Dan] Marino, [John] Elway, [Peyton] Manning and [Tom] Brady. All great quarterbacks, you know 鈥?and it should be the same for us.

The Packers can get to the NFC championship without a conventional run game

Re-tool the run game: The platoon of Ty Montgomery, a wide receiver/running back hybrid, and Aaron Ripkowski, a fullback, was really something only Rodgers could work around. Eddie Lacy played well before a season-ending ankle injury, and the Packers have to decide whether to bring to him back. Green Bay’s leading rusher the last two seasons averaged 607.5 yards and three TDs.

The Packers can get to the NFC championship without a conventional run game, but Sunday proved they can’t win it that way. Whether it’s some combination of Lacy, Montgomery and perhaps a second-round running back, Green Bay needs a sustainable running game. McCarthy’s offenses are always better when he has one.

Re-sign Jared Cook: The tight end battled injuries throughout the regular season, but he proved his value in the playoffs. In three games, Cook had 18 catches for 229 yards and two TDs, including the 36-yard catch that set up the game-winning field goal against Dallas.

This is the missing piece in the passing game the Packers have been looking for since Jermichael Finley suffered a career-ending neck injury in 2013. Cook turns 30 in April, but he fit’s well in this scheme. He’s worth the money.

While Grigson deserves credit for those picks and some cost-effective moves in free agency over the years, like adding Frank Gore and Mike Adams, he also deserves much of the blame for the Colts’ 8-8 finishes each of the past two seasons. The offensive line has been a mess throughout Luck’s career. Prior to the 2016 season, Luck had taken the most QB hit’s since 2012 some of which are on him, to be fair. The Colts O-line allowed the second-most QB hit’s in 2016.

Grigson has also missed on a number of draft picks and signings, failing to build young talent around Luck on offense and strengthen a defense that has finished in the bottom 10 teams in yards per game the past two seasons. Despite his shortcomings, Grigson may have survived if not for a disastrous 2013. Really, it was brutal.
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Cowboys’ Jason Garrett voted 2016 NFL Coach of the Year by writers

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, who led his team to a league-best 13-3 record and the NFCs No. 1 seed, was named Thursday the 2016 NFL Coach of the Year in voting by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Meantime, Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie, whose moves helped the Raiders (12-4) reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002, was selected as the Executive of the Year. And Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who oversaw Atlanta’s high-scoring attack, was named Assistant Coach of the Year.

I don’t want to get into it, but if you know someone it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do. You have a lot of friends in your life. I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.

Brady added that he never wants to create any distractions for New England, which might explain why he didn’t want to discuss the matter before Sunday’s game, and he preached the value of positivity in America.

Limited Youth Marcus Smart Jersey I just try and stay positive and actually this world could use a little more positivity, Brady said. Everything’s not great in this world and everything is not great in life. But if you try and take a positive approach I try to do that. I try to do that in practice. I try to do that with my team. I try to do that with my family. That’s how I go about life. I don’t like negativity. I don’t like a lot of confrontation. Those things don’t make me feel very good. I wouldn’t be a good talk show host.
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Kubiak, who spent years as Denver’s backup quarterback to current Broncos general manager John Elway, has an 81-75 record as an NFL head coach, including a 5-2 mark in the postseason. He said he’s encouraged about the future of the Broncos and will be their biggest fan moving forward.

Aqib Talib rips gold chain right off Michael Crabtree’s neck

The Broncos and Raiders have a pretty fierce rivalry, and Denvercornerback Aqib Talib was definitely fired up on Sunday.

Talib went after Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree in the first quarter of their game at Mile High. Talib was jawing with Crabtree near the sideline and then snatched a gold chain from around Crabtree’s neck.

Talib was shown on the sideline joking with teammates about the incident. The Broncos held a 7-0 heading into the second quarter.
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Just following up on that, could you give us a couple of examples of some of the tough questions that you had at the beginning of this process

Well, I think I can do it in broad strokes. A lot of it was the commitment. The commitment of resources. I can tell you that I spoke to, the genesis of this, starting with the conversation between Kyle Shanahan and I and Kyle must have been real fired up to have called Jed and put Jed in touch with me. I felt it was really important that I was vetted like any other general manager candidate was. I didn’t want to be, just because someone liked me, that I was all of a sudden went to the front of the line. I wanted to be vetted. I wanted to be interviewed and that happened and I’m glad it did.

Chipper Jones Kids Jersey I don’t want to get into specifics of what we talked about. I think that will happen as we all get to know each other. But, I can tell you that they were very productive. We forced ourselves to find out a lot about each other in a short time and frankly, that needed to happen. I didn’t want this to linger on. It wasn’t fair to the organization and they wanted a quick resolution to things just because there’s a lot of work to be done and I think we were able to do that and that’s why this thing did come to fruition.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer reaches 2,000 career strikeouts

Fresh off winning his second Cy Young? last season, Nationals ace Max Scherzer reached an impressive milestone Sunday against the Rangers.

In striking out Nomar Mazara to begin the fourth inning, Scherzer recorded the 2,000th? punchout? of? his illustrious career. He tied Nolan Ryan for the third-fewest games needed to reach the feat.

Kids David DeCastro Jersey Randy Johnson and Clayton Kershaw, who reached the milestone earlier this year, are the only pitchers to reach 2,000 strikeouts in fewer? games than Scherzer.

Scherzer has recorded at least 230 strikeouts in each of the last five seasons and? is well on his way to making it six straight this year.

If nothing else, that flexibility helps, given the upcoming schedule.

Certainly the next 11 days are pretty big, Collins said (via the New York Daily News). We play very good teams, teams that are playing well and thats the big leagues and if were going to get back in this we got to beat them.

If you still haven’t found the seats? you’re looking for, tickets for the end-of-summer concert are still available.

The change allows fansmany of whom may be belting out an endless loop of With or Without Youenough time to exit the parking lot before fans wanting to see Bono start filing in for the 7:30 p.m. concert. The show will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the band’s album? The Joshua Tree.
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It’s sure to be a Beautiful Day at the ballpark, although concert-goers might prefer a 12:15 p.m. start for themselves, rather than baseball making the switch from a night game.

Johnny Manziel will volunteer for drug tests during NFL comeback attempt

How serious is Johnny Manziel about his NFL return?

Serious enough to show teams he truly is clean and sober.

A source told Sporting News that Manziel soon plans to volunteer for testing under the NFL’s drug policy as part of his comeback attempt.

Manziel wasn’t in the NFL last season when the league levied a four-game suspension for violating its ban on recreational drugs. He also stopped taking NFL drug tests when out of football.

Texans owner Bob McNair said Wednesday that he expects competition at quarterback this offseason, meaning Osweiler’s status is up in the air once again.

“The challenge is what can we do with what we got,” he said, via the Houston Chronicle. “We’ll still probably look at a young quarterback as we go into the draft. It’s a question of what’s available.”

Garoppolo, who’s entering his fourth NFL season and the final year of his rookie contract, insists he’s able to tune out the majority of the noise majority being the key word.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter on his “Know Them From Adam” podcast recently spoke with the New England quarterback and brought up a variety of topics. But when the trade subject inevitably came up, Garoppolo admitted Schefter’s “guess is probably as good as (his).”

Garoppolo seemed sincere when he told Schefter the trade rumors have minimal effect on his everyday life.

“For the most part I’m just trying to stay level-headed, try not to over think it too much,” Garoppolo said. “Because at the end of the day I’m still under contract. It’s not my decision if I get traded or if I don’t. So you try to take it all in stride.avalanche-027_7e90ab10b1f814df-180x180

Kizer can create a seamless backup situation behind the often-banged-up Roethlisberger.

Limited Mens Bruce Carter Jersey The Falcons immediately dug themselves out of that hole with a short pass in an uncovered flat to Freeman, who carried his reception 39 yards to near midfield. When Ryan completed an incredible pass to superstar wideout Julio Jones at the NE 22, the Falcons essentially needed no more yardage to kick a field goal that would nearly have sealed the game. After a loss of a yard on a first-down Freeman run, again standing two downs away from a 40-yard field goal try by a kicker who’d made 9 of 9 from that distance during the season, Shanahan again had Ryan dropping deep. This time, as bad as that call was, the execution was worse. Because Ryan had time to see his pocket was collapsing and the prudent move was to throw away the down. He held the ball and took a 12-yard sack.

In case you missed it, the fact that Ben Roethlsiberger, 34, even brought up retirement was a good reminder that Pittsburgh can’t ignore the right QB early in the draft. Landry Jones has already proved he’s no more than a No. 2, and he’s also a free agent.

Kizer, another Ohio native, should be appealing due to his combination of size (6-5, 230 pounds), arm, mobility and toughness — a very Big Ben-like package. Before his chance to start full-time, Kizer also can create a seamless backup situation behind the often-banged-up Roethlisberger.
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Now out of comfortable field-goal range, but a meager run away from being back in Bryant’s wheelhouse, Shanahan again had Ryan throwing. The pass was complete, but a painfully obvious hold by Falcons tackle Jake Matthews put the field goal out of reach. After a punt, New England had 3:38 to go 91 yards.