Inside Nashville’s bid to land 2019 NFL draft: Make it a party

The NFL wants draft weekend to take on the personality of the host city, and Nashville can’t wait to show off its honky-tonks, sports bars and more.
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Butch Spyridon, the president and CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp, told ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe previously that the city encouraged the NFL to use the Ascend Amphitheater for the draft theater, Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans) and its parking lots for the fan Drew Hutchison Authentic Jersey experience, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the Titans’ war room.

Ultimately, the NFL will create its own event based on the potential locations provided.

I remember the day I got drafted, he said. I was probably a little hesitant on the team I was going to and where I was going. It was a big jump and a lot of uncertainty from the system I ran in college to what the NFL system was going to be when I walked into the building the first day. My situation here, I’ve completely accepted this team and where I’m at that this is my best opportunity to get a chance to go out on the field and be a part of a team. I’ve done a lot of things in my personal life. I’ve worked extremely hard in the physical and football aspects of my life. I feel like I’m in the best place that I’ve been mentally and physically in my life.

The two previously exchanged text messages after Allen was drafted.

He’s the greatest quarterback to play the game, and obviously the greatest quarterback in Buffalo history, Allen said.
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Allen and Kelly later entered the locker room for a private conversation.

Patriots hire martial arts expert Joe Kim as pass rushing consultant, per report

The New England Patriots are getting a little creative as they try to ramp up their pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
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The Islanders are at an important crossroads in their franchise, with star center John Tavares eligible to become a free agent on July 1. Bringing in Lamoriello could help the Josh Ferguson Authentic Jersey Islanders show the franchise’s cornerstone that the team is committed to working toward turning things around quickly.

This isn’t just good news for the state’s coffers and the ailing horse racing industry that stands to benefit the most. This will be a boon for TV ratings, too, because nothing keeps eyeballs glued to a boring game like having a few bucks riding on the outcome.聽聽

Pro sports are not going to be besieged with corruption despite all the righteous handwringing. Here’s a prediction that I won’t even bother to give odd ons: We’re going to look back on this day in just a few years and wonder, What the heck was the big deal, anyway?聽

Society will have largely accepted sports betting as part of life, much in the same way it has become a fixture in the United Kingdom. The whole conversation about the integrity of聽 NFL games being compromised as a result is going to feel even more ridiculous than it does now.聽

Lions ink first-round OL Frank Ragnow to rookie deal

The Detroit Lions signed five draft picks as rookie minicamp opens, including first-round pick Frank Ragnow.

The No. 20 overall selection, Ragnow signed a four-year deal expected to be worth around $11.8 million total. As with all first-round selections, the deal comes with a team option for a fifth season.

The Lions also announced the signing of running back Kerryon Johnson, defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand, offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby and fullback Nick Bawden.

Ryan Shazier’s recovery from a potentially career-ending back injury has served as an inspiration for the Steelers organization.

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler in mid-February that Shazier has been involved in meetings with coaches and front office staff, where he’s been learning “personnel stuff,” and working out in Steelers facilities. His attitude, however, has been the true standout for the GM.

“But the great thing about it is Ryan does as much as we do for him because the way he works at this and the attitude that he has shown and his rehabilitation, it’s really uplifting,” Colbert said. “Never once has he said, ‘why me?’”

Both the Jets and Redskins announced on Monday that they will have joint practice sessions on August 12,13 and 14 before facing off in a preseason game at FedEx Field on Thursday, August 16.

“It will be a nice change of pace for our players to face another team,” Jets head coach Todd Bowles said. “We’d like to thank the Redskins for having us. Hopefully, we can help each other prepare for the upcoming regular season.”

It’s the first time the Jets will take part in joint practices since they worked with the Giants in 2005. It’s the first time for the Redskins since they held workouts with the Texans in 2015.

Which veterans are in danger after the draft?

Roethlisberger sees things a bit differently. Roethlisberger said “it’s a good thing” to play a teaching role with younger players, although he stressed that one of the rookie’s lessons will be about patience because Roethlisberger isn’t planning on giving way anytime soon.

It should come as no surprise that he still has an itch in need of an occasional scratch.

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You never want to say never, Warner said Tuesday. Obviously, the further you go into this thing, the older you get, you still have visions of grandeur in your head. But we’re getting too far away from this thing. I do feel really good, and I was slinging it pretty good just a couple of months ago when I was training, but I think it’s time we say this thing is over.
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When the Jags jumped out to an early lead, hammered Leonard Fournette at the opposing defense and bolstered Blake Bortles with a dangerous play-action attack, they were a force to be reckoned with. Bortles averaged a sterling 8.0 yards per attempt with a 107.3 passer rating and a 12:1 TD-to-INT ratio when asked to nurse a lead last season.

When the Jaguars were tied or losing last year, conversely, Bortles’ numbers plummeted to 6.5 yards per attempt, with a passer rating below 75.0 and nine touchdowns versus 12 interceptions.

Conventional team stats suggest Jacksonville’s offense was on par with those in Kansas City, Atlanta and Philadelphia. The game film and advanced metrics refute that notion, poking holes in a limited attack.

If the quarterback is running a truly dominant offense, he moves the chains with consistency in all situations, rather than requiring a strict formula for success. It’s no surprise that the list below reads like a who’s who of superstar quarterbacks, many enjoying a symbiotic relationship with a top-notch offensive mind dialing up the plays.

Cliff Avril takes a radio job in Seattle

At varying points, Cliff Avril said he wanted to continue to play football.
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He has had a great career with us, we couldn’t have done it without him. I know this is a turn for him, but it’s a good turn. He’s had a good career that he put behind him and he’s moving on feeling good, and we’ll always be grateful for all the work he brought us.

The NFL finds itself caught in the middle of a situation that cries out for the justice that it never received when it happened more than a decade ago.

On the surface, the approach seems nonsensical. Why would the DA’s office listen to Friel, years after she left the job? (Besides, the DA’s office seems to indeed be acting on the case.) At a deeper level, the strategy makes plenty of sense, because Gleason has managed to use the NFL connection as a way to bring attention to the story 鈥?and possibly to achieve justice for his client, 13 years after the fact.

The Thunder were billed before the season as contenders. But the fit with Westbrook, George and Anthony took more time than expected, and the bumps along the way have left the Thunder in a precarious position. If OKC can do enough to convince George to return and this becomes year one of a four- or five-year window, playing into the second round would be viewed as a job pretty well done.

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Chiefs claim Alex Ellis off waivers, cut Akeem Hunt

The Chiefs claimed tight end Alex Ellis off waivers from the Saints on Tuesday and waived running back Akeem Hunt with a failed physical designation.
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Hunt, 25, played 15 games last season, though he had only eight carries for 23 yards and four receptions for 31 yards. He played 52 snaps on offense and 171 on special teams, returning 25 kickoffs for 611 yards.

He spent 2015-16 in Houston.

Utah’s starting five has dominated; it is plus-40 in 92 minutes with the Rudy Gobert-Favors tandem on the floor. When the Jazz can score in their twin towers alignment, they generally win. The Thunder may not have believed it 10 days ago — they seem almost offended Joe Ingles dared to stand up to them — but the Jazz are real.

Wint took part in the rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. He spent four seasons at Florida International and posted 336 tackles, including a 106-tackle 2016 season that ranks sixth in school history.

It was August 2017 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Acuna had just homered in back-to-back games and was hitting .341 in a little more than a month since getting called up to Gwinnett. Before that, he had breezed through high-A and Double-A, needing just 85 games to convince Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Jersey Braves brass that his numbers (he hit a combined .313 with 12 homers and 33 steals) were not a mirage and that he was ready for the highest level the minors had to offer. Before that, in 2016, he’d torn it up in low-A ball to the point that Starling Marte — the Pittsburgh Pirates’ All-Star outfielder — felt compelled to send the teenager a text wherein he dubbed him El Abusador, a reference to the manner in which Acuna routinely pummeled the baseball.
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Matt Ryan agrees to massive extension with the Falcons worth $30 million per year

The NFL now has a $30 million a year quarterback. And it’s not Aaron Rodgers.

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.

Running backs were devalued draft- and contract-wise for many years while teams like the Patriots, Packers and, yes, the Giants, won Super Bowls without backs drafted in the top 10. The trend recently has shifted, as top backs have been taken high in the past three drafts. And all of them — Leonard Fournette (No. 4) by Jacksonville last year, Ezekiel Elliott (No. 4) by Dallas in 2016 and Todd Gurley (No. 10) by the Rams in 2015 — became 1,000-yard rushers as rookies.

Last week, before the 49ers didn’t use any of their nine picks on an edge rusher, Lynch was asked if signing Dumervil could be an option after the dust settled from the draft.

Edge rusher: Although the Broncos will pick up the option of Shane Ray to keep him with the team through next season, he’s had disappointing production and limited progress as a force opposite Von Miller. Denver was only No. 22 in the NFL with its 33 sacks last season.

Tight end: Virgil Green left for the division-rival Chargers, leaving Jeff Heuermann and Jake Butt — each with Big Ten talent but equal injury concern — as the top two on the depth chart. They need to think about getting a well-rounded Kyle Rudolph-type for Keenum.

Harvey has been mostly awful since 2016, when he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. Before that, he virtually owned baseball in New York City, earning the Dark Knight nickname as he rose to fame as the best pitcher in the city and because of a celebrity status that often landed him in tabloid headlines and behavior that put him at odds with his team.

He might not have to wait long to start trying to prove it, either. Jackson’s skill set should be especially intriguing for the Ravens since assistant head coach Greg Roman helped create packages that led to Colin Kaepernick flourishing when both were with San Francisco.

Speaking of the 49ers, general manager John Lynch offered praise of Jackson when asked whether the QB made the right move in not trying to convert to wide receiver before the draft.tigers_024-115x115

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin has become one of the NFL’s great leaders, on the field and off.

Baldwin has spoken openly about bettering relations between police and African Americans. He’s been a steady presence in the Seahawks locker room. And one day, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see Baldwin running for political office. He’s that smart and engaging.
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With the top of the NL Central and NL West looking strong, we could have a four-team race for just one playoff spot this summer.

The Cowboys did not want to surrender their 2018 second-round pick for Thomas, Ian Rapoport of reports. While a third-rounder and a lot more may have been enough to seal this deal, per Rapoport, the sides could not come to an agreement and Thomas remains a Seahawk.

Dallas ended up taking Connor Williams with the No. 50 overall pick.

They’re deep at receiver with Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams, and they now have a 1-2 punch in a runner (Melvin Gordon) and a pass-catcher (rookie Justin Jackson) out of the backfield. The additions of Russell Okung, Mike Pouncey, Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney over the last few offseasons should solidify what was one of the NFL’s worst offensive lines three seasons ago.

Defensive backs Casey Hayward, Derwin James, Jason Verrett, Desmond King and Trevor Williams will suffocate passing games. Meanwhile, Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and Uchenna Nwosu will come flying off the edge toward quarterbacks.

Wade has an NFL frame and the skills to grow into a quality boundary cornerback.

He has enough height, length and speed but will have to refine his technique if he expects to challenge starters. He is too passive on the field, often electing to let the action happen in front of him.
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Broncos getting calls about No. 5 pick

The groundwork is being laid for the Denver Broncos to slide out of their first-round draft slot.
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According to NFL Network’s James Palmer, the Broncos have fielded phone calls from teams interested in trading up for the No. 5 overall pick, ahead of Thursday’s draft. Palmer didn’t name any particular suitors for a potential deal.

But 9News’ Mike Klis recently did, reporting Sunday that the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals are inquiring about the selection. Those teams choose No. 11, No. 12 and No. 15 overall, respectively, in round one. Buffalo also owns the 22nd-overall choice.

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A year behind Flacco would do Jackson a lot of good and give him time to work on whatever mechanical kinks the draft nitpickers have been harping on for the past few months. He also would get opportunities to learn under offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and assistant head coach Greg Roman, who have developed names like Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb and Colin Kaepernick.

With all due respect to Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey, who is projected as a first-round pick, the Ravens are not in that much need of a lineman. That’s where Day 2 comes into play.

Darnold was the popular pick for the No. 1 pick on mock drafts before a report that the Browns have cooled on him and instead have narrowed their choice to Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield.

The uncertainty at the top has created what Darnold referred to several times as a crazy draft.

Grigson thinks he could have done a better job controlling the narrative by finding a way to get his message and explanations across in public.

Maybe I blew it because I just never took the time to really establish relationships with the media, Grigson allowed. I came up in kind of an old-school way. I thought you just have to win football games and you don’t have to worry about doing those types of things. And I just never was a politician in that way. I just never felt like I had to.

I think I paid a handsome price for when I was on my way out.