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Panthers tight end Kent Taylor suspended for PED test

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It’s Friday afternoon, which means it’s suspension time.
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The latest is Panthers reserve tight end Kent Taylor, who will be ineligible for the first four regular season games because of a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Probably not, Banks told the Scoop B Radio Podcast this week. One who has not quite 鈥?well, both haven’t figured it out 鈥?but in different aspects of life, of their football lives, too. Dez Bryant, he hasn’t quite adjusted to what his body can and cannot do anymore. And I don’t think he’s in denial, but medically you know he had two surgeries on his right foot and he hasn’t been the same since. He hasn’t been as explosive. Doesn’t mean he can’t Russell Wilson Jersey play, but he’s got to now use his football IQ along with his athleticism, because he’s still a very athletic guy but until he can accept that ‘OK, this is who I’m going to be, I’ll be a No. 2 or I’ll be a No. 1 but I’m going to be playing in a different role.’

Marshall, who’d let Bryant know in an Instagram post Wednesday that there was no room for him with the Giants, got cut on Thursday, ostensibly for a failed physical. But Banks said Bryant will be an ill fit, not because of Marshall but because of Beckham.

Also on Instagram this week, Bryant posted a video of him and Beckham working out together from Thursday.

The Giants acquired Dixon from the Broncos for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019. That’s a much cheaper punter acquisition than Giants G.M. Dave Gettleman made in the past, as he once gave a fourth-rounder for Andy Lee when he was running the Panthers.

Williams, the sixth overall pick in 2015, has had a solid start to his career, making this an easy decision for the Jets. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2016 and has been very strong against the run in his career. Williams, 23, is viewed by the organization as a big part of its core moving forward.

The NFL will decide whether Williams is a defensive end or a defensive tackle for option purposes. They carry two different salaries. The option for defensive ends is $14.2 million. The option for defensive tackles is $11.4 million. Williams moves around the defensive line, so a case could be made for either spot. The expectation is he will be considered a defensive end.

The option year is only guaranteed for injury, but don’t expect Williams to go anywhere. The Jets likely will try to sign Williams to a long-term deal before next season.

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John Lynch: If Reuben Foster did hit woman, he won’t be on 49ers

After linebacker Reuben Foster was charged with three felonies resulting from a February arrest related to an alleged domestic violence incident, the 49ers released a statement saying that his spot on the team is under great scrutiny.
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They subsquently announced that Foster will not participate in team activities while he is dealing with legal matters Ferguson Jenkins Authentic Jersey and General Manager John Lynch addressed Foster’s status again on Monday. Lynch said Foster could rejoin the team if circumstances change, but also vowed to end Foster’s time with the team if the charges are proven.

The gravity of these charges has not been lost on us, Lynch said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. We take it extremely seriously. We do feel like patience is the right approach right now. We’re gonna learn things through this legal process. I do want to be abundantly clear that if these charges are proven true, if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, he will not be part of this organization going forward.

If the Browns do not draft Darnold, an interesting drama could develop locally. If the Giants are set on taking running back Saquon Barkley or defensive end Bradley Chubb, like most around the league are convinced they are, they could shop the No. 2 pick. That could involve a call to the Jets and an offer to swap the two and three picks, with the Jets sending them additional draft compensation to move up and get their guy.

G.M. Dave Caldwell echoed Coughlin.

He’s a rare athlete, Caldwell said. As a quarterback, he’s a good player. He won a lot of games at that position. [Drafting him] depends what your scheme is, what you want to do and how you want to play and how he fits. I can’t say he’s the prototypical pocket passer, but you can win games with a guy like him.

Given that the Jaguars have won games with a guy like Blake Bortles, plenty of Jaguars fans secretly hope that Jackson ends up in Jacksonville. Still, it’s unlikely that the Jaguars will get a crack at Jackson, since the team holds the 29th overall pick in the draft. But if he slips, a trade becomes theoretically possible, and things could get very interesting for a team that nearly made it to the Super Bowl with Bortles. If Jackson plays in the NFL like he did at Louisville, the Jaguars could become the league’s next dynasty.
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Wade carried the comeback effort, with the Heat down six and less than 2 minutes left.

His three-point play cut the margin in half and his next two field goals got Miami within one each time.

The Heat got no closer.

Goran Dragic scored 20, James Johnson had 15 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, which now needs to pull off some history. The Heat have erased a 3-1 deficit only once, in 1997 against New York.

Miami held slim leads at the half — 2-0 in players who went to the locker room injured, 4-0 in stitches received, 61-56 on the scoreboard.

“I’m not sure what direction they’re going in. They’ve reached out to me, the new president has, so I’ll be talking to him soon.

“I want to be an NBA head coach, obviously, and the opportunity and time to do international coaching would be now while I’m not a head coach, because once that happens you’d be too busy with your team and that would obviously be the focus.”

And if the Browns pick one or the other with the No. 1 pick, then Gettleman’s choice is simple.

But could anything lead the Giants back to Notre Dame offensive guard  Quenton Nelson or North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb ? Both were popular projections for the Giants at one time because of a combination of elite talent and Gettleman’s emphasis on winning the line of scrimmage.

In Chubb’s case, the draft class is considered  light on edge pass-rushers. It makes Chubb and fellow projected first-rounders Marcus Davenport and Harold Landry more valuable in some eyes.

While Barkley is considered a potential Hall of Fame-caliber talent , the draft features at least five running backs who could go between picks No. 20 and 50: LSU’s Derrius Guice, Georgia’s Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, USC’s Ronald Jones and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny.

Udoka hasn’t been limited to working with Aldridge, also spending time with Argentinian veteran Manu Ginobili, and most recently played a role in the development of forward Kawhi Leonard into an NBA All-Star.steelers_051

Falcons sign Tyson Graham, Justin Zimmer Jersey

The Falcons announced they have signed defensive back Tyson Graham and defensive tackle Justin Zimmer as well as the previously reported signing of defensive tackle Garrison Smith.
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Still, it’s impossible to tell the story of the 2017 Dallas Cowboys without giving something more than short shrift to the biggest NFL beef of the year. Although the rest of the effort was entertaining and enjoyable, it’s another example of the reality that a documentary produced by the subject of the documentary is never going to open the door the way that an independently-produced documentary would.

While something is still better than nothing, none of these efforts will ever truly be comprehensive and complete if key topics are negotiated down to a nub because they make people with the NFL and/or the team on which the series focuses uncomfortable.

But what about the fact that Hopkins was one of two players who left practice last year, when the inmates remark first came to light?

Authentic Youth Jack Eichel Jersey That wasn’t about his comments, Hopkins said. Blidi Wreh-Wilson Jersey I had personal problems in life that I had to deal with. (Last year, Hopkins steered clear of the topic, without addressing in any way the reason for his early exit.)

Defensive end J.J. Watt, who wasn’t with the team when the inmates hit the fan last year, admitted that conversations have since occurred among the players.

Authentic Youth Jatavis Brown Jersey We’ve talked about it in the locker room amongst some of the guys, Watt told reporters. That’s the most important thing, is we’re handling it amongst each other. We speak openly and freely in the locker room. What I said a while back still stands today, is that there have been a lot of conversations and dialogues that have been opened up in the locker room that haven’t been there before. I’ve learned a lot of things and I’ve definitely had conversations that we’ve never had before. I think it’s been really good and I think it’s going to continue. I think it’s opened an entirely new dialogue and new sets of things that are being said in a place that guys are having some meaningful and powerful conversations that weren’t happening necessarily in the past.

After three more drafts, Mike Mayock may move on

Mike Mayock has become over the past 15 years one of the top NFL draft experts. After this draft, we may be benefiting from his expertise for only three more of them.
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I signed a five-year deal a year and a half ago so after this draft I have another three drafts, Mayock tells Richard Deitsch of At that point, I want to take a step back. The draft is all-encompassing and I love it but at age 62 [in three years] I might want to coach a high school team. There is a part of me that wants to get involved on the football side, whether it is in the NFL or coaching defensive backs at a local high school.

I think this is a very desirable place and job, and I think a lot of candidates will see and understand the vision that we have, the type of people that we are, Perry said earlier this week. In conjunction with the city of New York and the historical significance of the New York Knicks, this will be an attractive job for a lot of coaches and [there] will be a lot of interest in this job.

Mills said that the franchise’s next coaching hire will need to understand today’s player.

Today’s players are very different from yesterday’s players. So you have Shamar Stephen Jersey to be a person that understands who these guys are, where they come from, what their basketball journey is, Mills said. [You have to] understand the complexity of today’s NBA game from an analytic standpoint, from a physical development standpoint, from a player development standpoint. A good coach is willing to embrace all those things.

The Patriots now have a pair of first-round picks 鈥?the 23rd and 31st overall selections 鈥?and need a receiver, although they are expecting the return to health of Julian Edelman. Go ahead and bug Bill Belichick’s phone to see if he dials up Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, but do not hold your breath on that one.

The Rams and their general manager, Les Snead, are wheeling and dealing this offseason and Cooks is the latest prize. Cooks lasted only one year in New England, catching 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. He added 10 receptions for 155 yards in the postseason, but was forced out early in Super Bowl LII with a concussion.
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Limited Kids Ty Sambrailo Jersey Cooks, 24, is scheduled to make $8.5 million this season. Beckham is on the books for $8.45 million. Both players are entering the final years of their rookie contracts. The Rams now must find a way to give Cooks a long-term extension, mindful they will have to break the bank for their mega-star defensive lineman, Aaron Donald.

Disjointed Spurs no match for revamped Warriors lineup

Bobby Hart Kids Jersey The short-handed San Antonio Spurs thought they had adequately prepared for Game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs against the Golden State Warriors, but coach Gregg Popovich expressed surprise and disappointment Saturday in a squad he said looked like a deer in headlights in a 113-92 loss.
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I thought we were very prepared physically and mentally, Popovich said. But I was mistaken. As I said, we looked like deer in the headlights. The defense was really poor as far Jalen Collins Jersey as following game plan of the first quarter, and it’s a bad combination to play defense like that and not shoot at the other end.

Hosmer was called out to end the eighth when he accidentally kicked his own infield chopper into foul territory while running to first.

Royals: RHP Jason Hammel (8-12, 5.05) starts the opener of a three-game road series against the Chicago White Sox. Hammel is 4-6 with a 5.14 ERA on the road this season. RHP Reynaldo Lopez (2-3, 4.84) starts for the White Sox.
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Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (9-8, 4.84) starts the opener of Toronto’s final home series, a three-game set against the New York Yankees. Estrada, who is 5-1 with a 3.75 ERA in his past 10 starts, signed a $13 million deal Wednesday to stay with Toronto in 2018. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (12-11, 4.73) starts for New York.

All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis says he’ll put his trust in the Knicks’ front office to hire the next head coach, and that he wants to remain in New York long term.

If it was my decision, I would play, but I can’t get back out on the court if I don’t have the OK from them, Embiid said. But everything has been going well. I’ve been able to do everything. And I feel great. So we got a pretty good chance for Game 2 or Game 3. We gonna see how it feels in the next couple of days.

I got to do some contact stuff and see how it feels, and then they are going to allow me to be back. I did a little bit today, kind of like dummy defense — not really contact but, like, a body on me.

The 76ers host Game 2 on Monday night, with Game 3 set for Thursday night in Miami.

Embiid says he has lost some weight since he suffered the injury in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz on March 28. He had surgery to repair the fracture and missed the last eight games of the regular season.

Jon Gruden didn’t get too far from the punter he apparently didn’t want to coach.

King’s on-field antics and celebratory dances have gained notoriety in recent years. Former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio called the punter’s over-the-top behavior “unacceptable” during the 2016 season after King earned unsportsmanlike penalties in consecutive games. He was penalized for picking up an official’s flag in a Week 13 game against the Bills, then flagged the following week for taunting the Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill, after Hill returned a punt of his for a touchdown.

Gruden apparently had seen enough to know he was ready to move on from the talented 29-year-old. Cutting him saves the Raiders $2.9 million on the salary cap.

Besides getting double the chance to beat Gruden, whom King said he never met, King chose the Broncos for a personal reason, as well.

“The cool thing about the Broncos is the people that work at the Broncos encourage you to be yourself,” said King, a rare big-time personality confined to the punter position. “That is real cool. Players play a lot better when they can let their hair down and be themselves. It’s cool.”

Grubauer, 26, started 10 of the final 16 games of the regular season, going 7-3-0 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Grubauer’s 2.06 GAA and .933 save percentage are the best among NHL goalies since Oct. 27. But Washington has lost the first two games of the series, both in overtime. Grubauer has a .837 save percentage in the series.

Trotz appreciates having two options between the pipes.

“Blessed is the word I always use,” he said. “Blessed to have two goaltenders. Braden has been a rock since I came to Washington. And this year wasn’t the year he probably expected. … We feel we have two pretty good options.”

Holtby, 28, had started 59 of the previous 60 Capitals playoff games before this series. But his struggles down the stretch — a 3.75 GAA and .886 save percentage in his final 17 appearances — cost him the ability to go into another postseason as the guy, even after showing improvements following his four-game “reset.”jets_007

Nats’ Bryce Harper hits 406-foot, broken-bat home run vs. Mets

This was shear power by Bryce Harper.
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In a startling display, the Washington Nationals slugger shattered his bat into two pieces, yet still hit a long home run Monday night in an 8-6 win over the New York Mets.

Trea Turner and his Washington teammates were marveling over how Harper did it.

It was impressive, Turner said There’s rumors that it was already broken beforehand. So I’m curious to see the tape to see if he hit it on the barrel or off the end of the bat, whatever it maybe. But nonetheless, impressive.

There is no doubt North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb is in the mix. His visit with the Giants went extremely well he made a positive impact on everyone in the building by wearing a suit, giving off an ultra-professional vibe and there is an understanding if they pass him up, there is not another pass-rusher remotely close to his level. There is also this: With his first two picks as the general manager of the Panthers, Gettleman selected defensive linemen. And this: Gettleman believes you win with big people. Chubb does not exactly classify as one of Gettleman’s hog-mollies” mainly because he is so darn talented but he is a physical force on the defensive line.
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Quenton Nelson will not be the pick at No. 2. This is not because the Giants have any reservations with the player they do not but it is a matter of positional value. The second-overall pick is too high Garrett Richards Womens Jersey to take a guard. The Giants do not view Nelson as a viable option to move outside to tackle. If they trade down (this is unlikely), moving to No. 5 to give the Broncos the No. 2 pick, then Nelson makes sense, as the Giants would gain additional draft picks and still get one of the top three players on their board.

The Giants got a helluva defense, they’re going to pay OBJ [Odell Beckham Jr.], so [he’s] coming back, Bryant told CBS Sports’ Mike Fisher. Playing with him, Sterling [Shepard] 鈥?the tight end [Evan Engram], [QB Eli] Manning? Crazy. They draft [Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick]? That’d be crazy!

Jeff Skinner Youth Jersey Bryant broke down his options one by one to Fisher, who wrote he believes the Giants would be Bryant’s No. 1 choice, and that the three-time Pro Bowler is a fan of the city and its fashion.

You get to wear your nice winter coats on the streets of New York there, Bryant joked.

Bryant also said the Texans would be a natural fit and allow him to stay in his home state, while he also said he would be interested in joining the Jaguars or Rams.

Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins endorsed Bryant’s vision.

Richard Sherman, Jed York had to unblock each other on Twitter

The 49ers were thrilled to sign Richard Sherman, and the cornerback was thrilled to play in San Francisco.
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But 49ers CEO Jed York and Sherman didn’t become BFFs until two weeks ago.

I wasn’t 100 percent sure what the future was. I just hadn’t had any clarity on that,” McDaniels said Monday, via Jim McBride of the Boston Globe. So, where did I fit in? Where there any plans? I just didn’t have much clarity on what my role was here moving forward.”

McDaniels’ contract, which had one year remaining, was adjusted, but he was given no guarantees, per McBride.

Game Youth Dion Dawkins Jersey Once I heard from Robert and Bill on that Tuesday, it just gave me reason to pause and consider this whole situation,” McDaniels said. The opportunity to stay here and work for who I think is the greatest owner in sports and the best head football coach in the history of our game, to work with the best quarterback that has ever played. . . . Look, I’m privileged to have the opportunity to do that and when they kind of Adam Oates Jersey crystallized that 鈥?’Hey, here’s what we see going forward and here’s how we would like you to fit into it’ 鈥?it gave me a reason to stop and say, ‘All right, what’s the best decision for me?’ And certainly it was difficult. But I made the decision on my own, nobody pushed me into it.”

It’s not clear if one is coming in the coming days. Probably not, from what I understand, they do not seem particularly close. Until they get to that point, Khalil Mack is just going to work out on his own, while Jon Gruden works with his new players. Rapoport stated on NFL Network.

Even with this news that the two sides aren’t close on a new deal yet, there’s not a major cause for concern.

McDaniels, who said his family was willing and ready to move to Indianapolis, acknowledged his conversation with Colts General Manager Chris Ballard was not easy. But McDaniels said he made the right decision for him and his family.

The Lions tried to trade Eric Ebron, but no one wanted to take on the tight end’s $8.25 million salary. General Manager Bob Quinn said it was a financial decision to cut Ebron after a lack of trade interest.
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No takers yet for one third of Titans

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At a time when plenty of potential buyers are lining up for the Carolina Panthers, a sizable chunk of the Tennessee Titans remains available for sale.
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Since last August, Susie Adams Smith has been trying to sell her one-third stake in the team. So far, there have been no takers.

But Wilson has two years left on a four-year deal worth up to $87.5 million deal he signed before the 2015 season, and the sides are expected to begin discussing an extension after this season. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times speculated that the Seahawks’ interest in Allen and the reaction to it by Wilson’s camp could mean both are casting an eye toward future contract talks, which could become contentious.

Whatever the reason, no one has to speculate about what a big year this is for coach Pete Carroll, Wilson and the Seahawks. Seattle has made changes to its offensive coaching staff, with Wilson getting a new offensive coordinator and a new position coach.

Carroll said at the owners meetings last week that the hope is new coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and quarterbacks coach Dave Canales help Wilson become even better.
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He is still in the middle of his formative years, and he’s got improvement ahead of him,” Carroll said, via Condotta. I know he sees it that way as well, and we’re pushing to keep finding that. The new relationship with Brian is going to be really important to him. Brian is going to challenge him in many ways, and Russell will challenge Brian in many ways. It’ll be really good for both guys, and we’re all looking forward to it. We’re just trying to get a little bit better.

The problem is this: Once the potential buyers understand that there is no path to acquiring control of the team, and once they realize that Amy Adams Strunk has no desire to sell her one-third interest or to relinquish control that was Brenton Bersin Jersey tentatively obtained from the other two branches of the Bud Adams family tree, the bidders walk away.