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LSU star: NFL team asked if ‘I liked men’ at combine

ISIS knowledge and a higher power’s fandom weren’t the only perplexing questions NFL prospects were quizzed with at this year’s combine.
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During a radio appearance Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, former LSU running back Derrius Guice revealed he was asked if he likes men.

I’d go in one room and a team would ask me, ‘Do I like men ‘ just to see my reaction, Guice recalled, via Sporting News. They’d try to bring up one of my family members or somebody and tell me, ‘Hey, man, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that ‘ Just random stuff like that, man, to see how you respond.

This isn’t the first time an LSU product has dealt with an unorthodox interview. Safety Jalen Mills was quizzed about his murder weapon of choice ahead of the 2016 draft.

One question was like, if you wanted to kill a guy, would you kill him with a gun or a knife, Mills recalled to CBS.
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Mills, who was taken in the seventh Authentic Luis Tiant Jersey round by the Philadelphia Eagles, thought carefully about his response.

If you choose the knife, now you’re killing for fun because you have to continuously stab someone, but a gun is quick, he said.

The 2018 NFL Draft is next month in Arlington, Texas.
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When the Vikings chose to exercise their prerogative to keep quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski from leaving to become the Giants’ offensive coordinator, some in the media huffed and puffed about Zimmer’s failure to promote upward mobility in the coaching ranks. On Thursday at the Scouting Combine, Zimmer explained his reasoning for keeping Stefanksi in place.

Loyalty to me is a big thing, Zimmer said, via Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. So I come in here four years ago and the offense is 29, 27th, 26th. But I keep them. So the first time our offense is pretty good, then I’m supposed to let all my coaches leave . . . I don’t think that’s right. If I’m going to be loyal to them and not fire them after they don’t have good years, then I don’t think they should not be loyal to me.

The Cleveland Browns have waited a long time for this moment.

General manager John Dorsey positioned the Browns well to take any of the quarterback prospects with the No. 1 overall pick by trading for Tyrod Taylor, who has already been proclaimed the 2018 starter.

Bills’ Jones arrested for vandalism following bloody, nude scuffle with brother

Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones ended up in handcuffs after an odd, naked struggle with his brother Cayleb Jones – a Minnesota Vikings receiver – in Los Angeles on Monday, according to TMZ Sports, which obtained video of the incident. The video shows a naked Jones grapple-fighting his brother in an L.A. apartment building and yelling I’m going to fight for Jesus. Witnesses say Cayleb was trying to stop Zay from jumping out of a 30th floor window. TMZ reports that Zay kicked his foot through a window on a public balcony, shattering the glass and bloodying himself. Zay had to be restrained by his brother until police arrived and arrested the Bills receiver for felony vandalism. TMZ was told by law Dave Keon Authentic Jersey enforcement that Zay is being held in the medical ward of L.A. County Jail. The Bills released a statement through media members.
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There also will be no kickoffs (the ball will be placed automatically at the 25-yard line) and no onside kicks. The losing team will just start on its own 35-yard line with fourth-and-10. Play clocks will be 30 seconds and every touchdown will be followed by a two-point conversion attempt.

Besides Monday night, Olsen is considered another possible fallback candidate for Fox’s new Thursday night package, if Peyton Manning passes on the opportunity.

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Besides Olsen, the known candidates ESPN is considering to team up with new play-by-player Joe Tessitore are Kurt Warner, Louis Riddick, Matt Hasselbeck and the recently retired Joe Thomas. Besides Riddick or Hasselbeck, the network has shown some interest in Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who also could very well continue playing.
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ESPN has a large group of in-house candidates it could consider. Brett Favre is considered a long-shot candidate. ESPN may go with a three-man booth.

The duo 鈥?and their fans 鈥?do like the one-off reminiscence spots. When Francesa was still at WFAN, top executives from the radio station and SiriusXM realized this and had talks a few years ago about trying to arrange some sort of weekly simulcast, according to sources. It was intriguing to all parties, but there were too many obstacles to get anything done.

Russo’s solo career is going very well and, as Francesa has noted on the air, there may not be any places left to pay them the millions each they would want to work regularly together.

The problem isn’t just that last night’s games tended to be relative blowouts.

It’s that the individual performances were also quite meh. After a Sunday where there were seemingly more monster individual performances than there were actual games, on Monday only Damian Lillard’s performance would have made the cut. It was just, overall, a lesser night of production.

I knew with the other brands in the States, whether it was Nike or Adidas, it was going to be tough for me to get a signature shoe, Thompson said. I knew with Anta, I would have so much input creatively. I was going to hopefully be the Michael Jordan one day of Anta.

Last year, the Eagles flourished in free agency. They didn’t overspend, they targeted needs, and the talent they added got them a Super Bowl win. That won’t be the case this year.

This year, they’re paying for it, and it will make more players available. The Eagles are nearly $10 million over the cap, and they have until the start of the league year to get under it. They’ll have a hard time re-signing free agents like Nigel Bradham and Trey Burton, and they may have to trade Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to clear up some cap space.

While the Rams made deals to revamp their cornerbacks, they also dealt Alec Ogletree to the Giants. He’s a more valuable cog for a Giants defense that needed coverage linebackers. Ogletree also happens to be one of the league’s highest paid linebackers. His $10 million cap hit is a big one for a team with a lot of needs and less than $20 million in available space.

There are plenty of veterans with impeccable practice habits and the will to win who would have helped improve things in Miami.

Most of them don’t cost $8 million per year.

It also would have been nice to improve the team’s culture by adding an offensive lineman, given that the Dolphins already have Kenny Stills and 2015 first-round pick DeVante Parker at wideout and desperately need to fix their line.

Monday, March 12 Trade: Bills deal LT Cordy Glenn to Bengals Grade for Bills: B+

Grade for Bengals: B Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane refuses to stop in his attempt to hoard as many draft picks as possible, presumably to trade up for a new quarterback.

Now he might not need to make a deal at all. patriots_007

Cleveland Browns stalwart Joe Thomas announces retirement

Cleveland Browns mainstay Joe Thomas announced his retirement from football on Wednesday after Jason Williams Youth jersey an 11-year NFL career that almost will certainly land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
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Thomas, a 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle, played in every snap for the Browns from when he was drafted in 2007 until he suffered a triceps injury in October 2017.

Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to.

Thomas’ decision to retire comes as a disappointment for Hue Jackson, who was hoping he would return for a 12th season.

Joe means so much to me both personally and professionally, said Jackson. Joe has been not just a tremendous Cleveland Brown, but one of the best to ever play in the National Football League.

Brindza starts the year 6-for-12 on field goals and misses two of his first eight extra points.

Tampa goes back to Barth, who hits on 82.1 percent of his field goal tries.

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You know how that goes.

Lions visiting with four veteran RBs this week 鈥?two down, two to go. Frank Gore will visit Thursday, LeGarrette Blount on Friday, per source. DeMarco Murray and Jonathan Stewart already visited. Lions going through process with each.

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There were some things that we should have done that we should have done differently that we didn’t do.

I feel like we can get right back in the thick of the things rather quickly.

I think we still have a good defensive football team.But Keenum’s arrival means the likely exit of another quarterback on the Broncos’ roster.

According to a source, the Broncos are expected to move on from Trevor Siemian, a former seventh-round pick who started 24 games, and have already fielded calls from interested teams,Since Peyton Manning’s retirement in 2016, the Broncos have featured a revolving door of starting quarterbacks acquired via free agency, a trade and the draft, and none of them have stuck.

Left tackle Anthony Castonzo has developed into a strong bookend, while the team expects center Ryan Kelly to become an anchor after an injury-riddled season.

Opposite Castonzo, right tackle remains an issue with neither Denzelle Good nor Le’Raven Clark looking like a legitimate answer. Jack Mewhort, who played right guard last season, is coming off season-ending knee surgery. Joe Haeg’s slow development as a 2016 first-rounder continued at left guard.
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There will be no messing around with this position for the Browns under new general manager John Dorsey. In a talented QB class lacking a perfect prospect, Darnold is the most complete in terms of competing in the NFL now. He’ll need to confirm this at his Pro Day after not throwing at the Combine.

The Ravens need to end their nightmare of recycling receivers, specifically one-trick speedsters who have durability issues. Mike Wallace is a free agent, Jeremy Maclin might get cut and Breshad Perriman, the 2015 first-rounder, can’t be trusted to stay healthy. Ridley is an excellent route runner cut from the Amari Cooper cloth. He can deliver everywhere on the field with good hands for Joe Flacco.

Of the rest, the Rams’ Sammy Watkins and his well-rounded skill set would be preferable over the Seahawks’ Paul Richardson. A flyer on Terrelle Pryor Sr., who busted with the Robinson Cano Youth jersey Redskins, could work out as a rebound in Reich and Nick Sirianni’s offense. On the cheaper side, the Cardinals’ John Brown and the Giants’ Tavarres King have the profiles to complement Hilton outside. The Bills’ Jordan Matthews, a former Eagle, also is in play as a big slot for Reich.

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If the top four QBs are gone, don’t be surprised if the Cardinals try to trade down with the intent of getting Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph later in Round 1 or early in Round 2. If they stay here, they should not be disappointed in getting the best offensive tackle in the draft. Williams has a good combination of technique and power, making him equally adept in pass protection and run blocking.

I took the Wonderlic test and failed it.

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The Wonderlic test is one of subplots of evert NFL Combine. While most people focus on the physical test results, the Wonderlic puts the mental makeup of draft prospects to the test. Developed in 1936, its use in NFL evaluation is attributed to former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry.
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Donnie Shell Jersey From my very unofficial experience: Pretty friggin’ hard. I only finished 25 of the 50 questions before the time ran out on a sample wonderlic test website, but did get 15 of them right.

I probably had the wrong strategy, and some pretty suspect time management. But if I blazed through the test and answered more questions, I expect I would have gotten more wrong because the questions are designed to trip you up.

Once just the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington is now also the most prominent one-year pit stop 锟斤拷 or an odd form of one-year purgatory depending on how you feel about forced amateurism 锟斤拷 for future NBA players.

Most of these one-and-dones followed a similar trajectory from consensus five-star high school recruit to lottery pick with a smattering falling into the latter part of the first round. In fact, only one of Calipari’s 21 one-and-dones entered his freshman season as a four-star prospect.

The list of players scheduled to hit free agency for the Broncos doesn’t include many who are a high priority to bring back. It definitely doesn’t include anyone who warrants Denver using the franchise tag.

This one is a toss-up, but the Lions need to upgrade defensively this offseason and losing a player who finished the year with 12 sacks isn’t the best way to start. It’d be an expensive way to keep Ansah, but it may be the only way to stop him from walking.

Yes, I do, Vernon Shazier said. I Shalieve. Shazier and his family consistently use that play on Shazier’s last name and the word believe when talking about his injury.

The injury was terrifying, and it’s Donatas Motiejunas Youth jersey difficult to even think about whether Shazier can or will play football in the future. What matters now is just Shazier’s continued recovery.

NBA All-Star 2018: Five most absurd players to receive starting votes

Until 2016, fans accounted for 100 percent of voting for the starting lineups in the NBA’s annual All-Star Game. In response to lesser players receiving votes through viral campaigns and contests, the NBA made the decision to change its voting model for the 2017 season.

For the past two years, 50 percent of the All-Star vote has come from fans, 25 percent from the media and the remaining 25 percent from active NBA players. The players were given this platform in order to maintain the prestige associated with being selected to be an All-Star starter, but many of their selections have done the opposite.

Pachulia lands at number one due to being one of the main reasons there is a new voting system. His 2016 All-Star campaign left him just 14,000 votes shy of landing in the Western Conference starting lineup, thanks to his native Republic of Georgia, Mavericks fans and some help from Wyclef Jean.

Following last season’s voting, Warriors coach Steve Kerr felt players didn’t take the voting process seriously; this year’s results suggest many have failed to do so once again. There is a chance, however, this is something many players do not want to be bothered by. If that’s the case, there may be another change in the voting system on the horizon.

The 67th annual NBA All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET.

By then, it seemed clear to most watching the game: Despite the latest in James’ infinite list of accomplishments, this wasn’t the night the Cavs were to bust out of their funk.

A James dunk did cut San Antonio’s lead to three, 82-79, with 1:15 left in the third quarter, but that’s as close as Cleveland was going to get. From there, the Spurs outscored the Cavs 32-23 en route to a 114-102 victory.

LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with 30 points, and James finished with 28 for Cleveland.

While the Cavs have been mired in the muck, it hasn’t been hunky-dory in San Antonio, either. There’s been reports of friction between the franchise and injured star Kawhi Leonard, and the Spurs have been losing plenty of games themselves of late. The win over Cleveland snapped a two-game skid, and they are a middling 6-6 since the New Year. San Antonio visits the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

Sources: NFL salary cap $177.2 million per team for 2018 season

The NFL’s salary cap has been set at $177.2 million per team in 2018, up from $167 million last Authentic Patrice Bergeron Jersey year, using a calculation based on the league’s revenue, sources told ESPN’s Field Yates.
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This is the fifth straight year the salary cap has increased by at least $10 million. The 6.11 percent increase is the smallest percent increase for the cap from year to year since 2013’s 1.99 percent jump.
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You may not be aware, but Young is a pioneer. Now in his 11th season in the NBA, averaging 12.1 points and 6.0 rebounds for the pleasantly surprising Pacers, Young was part of the initial draft class affected by the league’s age-limit rule. He was one-and-done before we had a name for it.

Did someone say RBBC? That’s what it looks like we are headed for in Green Bay, where coach Mike McCarthy mentioned they’ll need all three guys. He did specifically say that Ty Montgomery is a running back, but praised his versatility and, reading between the lines, I expect to see Montgomery lined up all over the place. Speaking with a source close to the team, however, I’ll have Aaron Jones ranked highest among the Packers’ runners. All three are talented, but my sense is he has the best chance to take the job and — wait for it — run with it. Thank you. Thanks. I’ll be here all week.

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But Ross told the newspaper he came to the standing decision because he felt the message being sent by kneeling players was unpatriotic and anti-military, an interpretation that was taken by President Donald Trump.

When that message changed, and everybody was interpreting it as that was the reason, then I was against kneeling, Ross told the Daily News. I like Donald [Trump]. I don’t support everything that he says. Overall, I think he was trying to make a point, and his message became what kneeling was all about. From that standpoint, that is the way the public is interpreting it. So I think that’s really incumbent upon us to adopt that. That’s how, I think, the country now is interpreting the kneeling issue.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in the 2016 season. He and other players have said they knelt to raise awareness about racial injustice and police brutality.

Harden then actually took his shooting hand off the ball as he stood stationary, as if to casually admire the humiliation that had ensued.

Butler recently acknowledged in an interview with ESPN’s Ryan Ruocco, Hubie Brown and Hubbarth that when Thibodeau gets angry in huddles, Butler tells younger players to just look at him; he can deliver the message differently than the barking coach. Both Butler and veteran stalwart and longtime teammate Taj Gibson have taken it upon themselves to serve as translators for Thibodeau to a younger group that isn’t used to the gruffness.
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Even veteran Brook Lopez (10 points, two 3-pointers) and youngster Ivica Zubac (6 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal in 18 minutes off the bench) did enough in the middle to get their names mentioned as potential deep streaming or punting possibilities.

The Lakers are a young team with no reason to tank, a lot of young talent who have been playing all season (so they are comfortable contributing), and a couple of late-20s vets with the motivation to produce. They also have a young head coach in Luke Walton, who, much like Brad Stevens in the East, seems to be getting his players to buy into playing Jarran Reed Womens Jersey hard. Put it all together, and the Lakers could be a sneaky source of production down the stretch, whether they’re playing other bad teams or not.
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Deked by James Harden’s patented, left-to-right crossover hop-back on the left wing, LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson slipped on a banana peel and fell backward to the hardwood on his tuchus with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter. As Johnson recovered a full 10 feet in front of Harden with 15 seconds left on the shot clock, the Houston Rockets’ guard paused. He wasn’t checking the placement of his toes or scanning the floor for a cutter — it was obvious where the Rockets’ shot would materialize.

The Rockets-Clippers locker room standoff was a case of trash talk gone too far, but players mostly stick to three unwritten rules to keep on-court and social media talk from crossing the line.

I was just trying to figure out what he was doing, Harden said. I was going to shoot it, but I was waiting to see, to figure out what was going on. I was confused. Like did the ref call side out of bounds?

Gore rushed for 2,953 yards and 13 touchdowns while starting all 48 games during his three seasons with the Colts.

He gained 1,025 yards in 2016, making him the franchise’s first running back to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season since 2007.
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Gore, who spent his first 10 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, has run for 14,026 yards during his career. He is only 76 yards shy of Steve Bartkowski Youth jersey passing Curtis Martin for fourth place on the NFL’s career rushing list. The four players ahead of Gore — Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Martin — are all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The bottom line: If quarterbacks taken after Day 1, or even Day 2 (or not at all), out-perform and out-earn the ones in the upper echelon during the drawn-out run-up to the draft, it will not be unprecedented at all. The most stark example of the last two decades 鈥?since 2000, at least, the year Tom Brady lasted after six other quarterbacks went 鈥?was just six years ago.
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Compare the four quarterbacks taken in the first round in 2012, to four that were taken in the third round or later, or undrafted, with select criteria from their careers and the 2017 seasons.

We’re evaluating the entire season, Perry said. Jeff and his group are working really hard with this basketball team and doing the very best they can, and obviously this is an adversity for them to deal with KP being out, but I’m confident that they’ll be able to do a good job of keeping this team playing hard and playing together. That’s what we’ll be looking at moving forward.

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Allen and Darnold have trained together in their pre-draft work, and Allen said earlier this year that he knew he had a lot of flaws as a quarterback but can be that guy to lead a team.