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After drafting Rashaad Penny, Seahawks got a trade offer for him

Usually, when teams talk trade on draft night, they’re talking about trading for a pick, so they can draft a player. But on Thursday night, the Seahawks got an offer to trade a player they had just drafted.

Seahawks GM John Schneider said that in a first, he got a call after drafting running back Rashaad Penny from a team that had wanted Penny and hoped to execute a trade for him.

“We had a team call us and try to acquire him after we selected him,” Schneider said, via Scott Barrett. “I’ve never had that before.”

Nunez broke into MLB with the Yankees, playing 270 games over the course of four seasons from 2010 through 201He played three seasons with the Minnesota Twins before joining the Giants in 2016.

While a Yankees reunion was never truly in the cards, Nunez said he still loves coming back to New York.

A lot of family here. A lot of friends., he said. My brother lives here, and it’s a great city.

Nunez started all three games of this week’s series against the Yankees, and he scored both Boston runs in a 3-2 Yankees win on Tuesday.

Jacksonville Beach police arrested and charged a local high school student with burglary, trespassing and grand theft after he allegedly tried to steal a pickup truck belonging to the Jaguars quarterback. 

The incident occurred Wednesday night while Bortles was at a party hosted by center Brandon Linder. 

The news first was reported by WJXT-4 in Jacksonville.

Bortles’ new Ford F-150 pickup was unlocked with the keys in it when police say Joseph Horton, 18, attempted to drive away in it. However, he was blocked by other cars, according to witnesses who told police the act was recorded on surveillance video. 

Horton later made his way into the house, where Bortles and others were able to keep an eye on him until police arrived. 

The high school student was arrested without incident.

Giants see Saquon Barkley’s receiving skills as his most impressive asset

The Giants have been questioned in some quarters for using the second overall pick in the draft on a running back, Saquon Barkley. Does it make sense to put that kind of value on a runner in a passing league?

Last month, the Red Sox did the same when the clubs played three at Fenway Park, so after six meetings they’re both 3-

And how about this:

The Red Sox had their best start ever this season, winning 17 of their first 19 before splitting their next 18 games, and the Yankees did the same in reverse, splitting the first 18 before winning 17 of 19.

While Patricia may feel he’s within his rights to do that, it’s the dumbest thing he could have done – especially in 2018 when the odds of something like that remaining a secret were less than zero. 

Patricia took the indignant road on Thursday, chastising the news media for pursuing a story thatfor the sole purpose of hurting my family, my friends and this organization with the intention of trying to damage my character and credibility. 

But if anything damaged Patricia’s character and credibility, it wasn’t a fuzzy accusation from 22 years ago. It was his strident belief that he’d never have to answer for it again.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association referred the allegations to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, a spokesman confirmed.

NJSIAA is aware of the situation and, as per our sportsmanship policy, has notified the NJ Division on Civil Rights, NJSIAA spokesman Mike Cherenson said in an email. He did not have more information on the allegations.

Does Broncos HC Vance Joseph deserve the benefit of the doubt?

Ever since he was hired, Vance Joseph has drawn a lot of hostility from Denver Broncos fans. The 2017 season didn’t help things either and just made it even worse.
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His voice was restored and he used it. For someone who is considered a talent evaluator, this is huge for him as a coach and it’s big for the team.

Joseph will also get more of a say over the roster, depth chart, and playing time. Last year this power was largely handed to the coordinators, despite two of them being rookie coordinators.

There were changes last year that Joseph wanted to make, and make earlier than they eventually were, but the power for him to do so wasn’t there. That has changed.

The Patriots are always smart about getting compensatory picks, which are awarded to teams that lose more free agents, and especially more expensive free agents, than they sign. It’s no surprise to see the atop the list of compensatory picks.

But the Rams’ presence at the top may surprise a lot of people, because the Rams made offseason headlines by attracting a lot of players. How can the Rams get so many compensatory picks after an offseason dominated by headlines about the Rams bringing in big-name players?
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Who’s next:聽Seattle star Earl Thomas turned 29 Monday, but his stellar game has shown little slippage. His four-year, $40 million deal is up after this season, so he’s primed to reclaim Ryan Getzlaf Jersey his previous standing as the top-paid safety from Berry. But Thomas will be challenged next year by Giants Pro Bowler Landon Collins, who can’t match Thomas’ ranginess and impact as a deep safety, but is a do-it-all type who, more importantly, is only 24.

ESPN currently pays $100 million for the right to televised wild-card game.

Kelvin Beachum: We won’t know about Sam Darnold until he gets hit in the mouth
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Jets CEO Christopher Johnson made a bold proclaimation about the Jets’ decision to draft quarterback Sam Darnold this week when he said people will look back in 20 years and see it as the moment the Jets became a great team.

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Although it is undeniable that a college scholarship is valuable and a wonderful thing, nowhere in the report does it address that non-athlete students are unrestricted but their peer students are subject to a cartel restriction. The moralizing in the report was disappointing.
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Bridgewater is guaranteed $500,000 from the Jets, which won’t buy him more than a chance to show that he’s healthy enough to factor into decisions with Josh McCown and Sam Darnold at quarterback. The longer it takes for Bridgewater to take full advantage of that chance, the less likely that he’ll be sticking around into the regular season.

Agents can be certified and regulated with relative ease, and players should be allowed to sign agreements with certified agents. Of course, the commission should have anticipated that agents will also be providing advice on where a player should go to college and will have the ability to advise players to attend schools in package deals, too.

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The Saints open with home games against the Bucs and Browns before hitting the road for games against the Falcons and Giants. The game at Atlanta will be a stiff test regardless of whether Ingram plays. The other three games are objectively winnable.

Just how quickly Acuna develops — how long it takes him to become the perennial All-Star that he’s projected to be — remains to be seen. In the meantime, five days before the Atlanta Braves were most likely, definitely, probably, certainly, maybe, undoubtedly going to call him up to the big leagues, Womens Troy Polamalu Jersey he was still in Triple-A. Slump or no slump, he wasn’t planning on staying.

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Not in the traditional sense of the word, mind you. Not in the way a typical 20-year-old player scuffles, because almost nothing Acuna does resembles the behavior of a typical 20-year-old player.

The best prospect in baseball gets advice from Robinson Cano, nicknames from Starling Marte and free shoes from a guy who answers to the name of Rio. He also gets hits as if he’s allergic to outs. And yet, here he is, five days before the Atlanta Braves will most likely, definitely, probably, certainly, maybe, undoubtedly call him up to the big leagues, scuffling against Triple-A pitching.

Patriots, Rams in good shape for 2019 compensatory picks

The deadline has passed for any free agent signings that will affect the awarding of compensatory picks in next year’s NFL draft, and the Patriots and Rams are the teams that look to be in the best shape for 2019 compensatory picks.

Because those big-name players weren’t the unrestricted free agents who count toward the compensatory pick formula. Players who arrive in trades, like Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, don’t count toward the compensatory pick formula. Nor do players who were cut by their previous teams, like Ndamukong Suh. But players who leave your team as unrestricted free agents and sign big-money contracts with other teams do count toward the formula. The Rams lost two such players, Sammy Watkins and Trumaine Johnson, and that’s why they’re expected to get two third-round picks.

Other teams expected to get third-round compensatory picks next year include Washington (for losing Kirk Cousins), Minnesota (Case Keenum) and Carolina (Andrew Norwell).

The NFL doesn’t publish the full compensatory pick formula, and part of the formula relates to players’ performance during their first seasons with their new teams, so it’s possible that some of this could change before the compensatory picks are awarded for next year’s draft. But right now, the Patriots and Rams are looking good.

Changes in NFL personnel departments are the norm this time of year, with employees shuffling after the draft.

If Coleman washes out of Cleveland, he’d become the latest failed first-round receiver in an eye-opening list of them. After Julio Jones and A.J. Green arrived in 2011 (Jonathan Baldwin was the first-round bust that year), round one has produced more than a few receivers who failed to live up to their potential. In 2012, Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright, and A.J. Jenkins didn’t work out.

In 2013, Tavon Austin and Cordarrelle Patterson became more bust than boom. (DeAndre Hopkins turned out OK.) In 2015, Kevin White, DeVante Parker (who has yet to break out), Nelson Agholor, Breshad Perriman, and Phillip Dorsett eventually underachieved. (Amari Cooper was the exception.)The 2016 class of Coleman, Will Fuller (1,058 total yards in two seasons, so not really a bust), Josh Doctson, and Laquon Treadwell have been uninspiring, at best. In 2017, Corey Davis, Mike Williams, and John Ross failed to overwhelm as rookies.

Of course, 2014 provided a major exception to the trend, with Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandin Cooks, and Kelvin Benjamin each performing at a high level, even through three of them were traded, with one traded twice.orioles_057

Where does Jerry Jones rank among NFL general managers?

Jerry Jones is one of the most powerful, innovative and, occasionally, controversial owners in NFL history.
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As for Jerry Jones the general manager, well, his results in that role have been a bit inconsistent.

Every-down running: Excellent. Penny is a workhorse who ended his career with five straight 200-yard games. He follows his blocks, runs with patience and doesn’t go down easily.

Open-field running: Excellent. Penny was a highlight machine for the Aztecs, particularly late in 2017. He lacks the extra gear of a top NFL playmaker, but Penny always seems to find his way to the second level.

Contrary opinion from a source having an anxiety attack:聽Oh goodie, we got the mid-major wonder who played behind Donnel Pumphrey, that 97-pound twig who got hurt the moment he arrived in Eagles camp last year.

The Bills traded Authentic Pat Neshek Jersey a third- and seventh-round pick for Benjamin at the 2017 NFL trade deadline. He recorded just 16 receptions for 217 yards and a touchdown in six games after the deal, struggling with both his acclimation and injuries.

The Bills will pay him $8.5 million in the final year of his rookie contract in 2018. Beane told reporters before the draft that the team was happy Benjamin was participating in offseason workouts but did not anticipate a new contract.

Defense has kept the Baltimore Ravens in games over recent years, but their offense determined who won or lost depending on whether it was clicking. The Ravens were flooded with defensive talent, particularly in the front seven, but their passing offense has been as volatile聽as any in the NFL over the last two seasons.

In longtime general manager Ozzie Newsome’s last offseason, he attempted to correct that.
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Despite Cassel signing, Lions still believe in Rudock

No, just our thought of what we wanted to add to the room and add to the competition, Quinn said. So, nothing that another team did really forced us to make that call.
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Rudock and Cassel are both operating on one-year deals. Rudock is playing on a non-guaranteed exclusive-rights tender that would pay him $630,000 this season. Cassel’s contract carries $350,000 in guaranteed money, which is not enough to weigh into a roster decision.

The tight end stood at the same podium in the Patriots media workroom where head coach Bill Belichick holds news conferences during the season. Gronkowski, dressed from head to toe in Monster Supercross gear, essentially made a mockery of his absence from the Patriots offseason workout program.

Patriots reporters were alerted to Gronkowski’s media appearance Friday morning. If the team knew about it before the media, it certainly wasn’t long before. And every media member who walked into the Gillette Stadium media workroom Saturday at noon knew exactly what was about to go down. It was described as a fun and informative pre-race press conference that will Johnny Manziel Authentic Jersey play up Rob’s whereabouts. There were no hard feelings when Gronkowski didn’t explicitly say whether or not he was going to play in 2018.

But the question needed to be asked, and it was many times. Purposefully or not, Gronkowski hinted at a return. We all assume he’ll play football in 2018. That’s not exactly the point. The point is he hasn’t come out and said it after admitting the question exists after Super Bowl LII.
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I’m under contract for the next two years, Rodgers told reporters via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Obviously, we’d like to lock something in, I think, at some point. The team has made that public knowledge that they’d love to do that. As I said many times I’d love to finish my career here. So there’s more than mutual interest on both sides.

Last month, Packers president Mark Murphy talked to reporters about Rodgers’ contract and he said he hopes to have a new deal done before the start of the season.

Yes, I think so, yes, Murphy said. Obviously, there’s a lot going on with free agency, and now the league meetings; so I don’t think there have been a lot of discussions recently. But I’m confident we’ll work something out. I think you’ve seen in recent years and increase in the amount of guaranteed money in contracts. I think this is the first probably that I’m aware of that is guaranteed to that percentage.

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Joe Namath: Baker Mayfield is the ‘most outrageous’ quarterback in NFL Draft

Former New York Jet great Joe Namath is a big fan of Baker Mayfield.
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Namath, who led the Jets to their lone Super Bowl victory in 1969, told ESPN he was impressed after watching Mayfield’s Oklahoma team take on Georgia in the 2018 Rose Bowl.

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New England has famously been playing with a sixth-round quarterback for the better part of the millennium, and has not drafted a QB in the first round since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. In fact, the Patriots have taken just four QBs in the first round since 1960 鈥?Bledsoe, Dmitry Kulikov Authentic Jersey Tony Eason (1983), Jim Plunkett (1971) and Jack Concannnon (1964).

Now, Robert Kraft has not been the owner of the team since 1960, when they were still the Boston Patriots, but in his tenure as owner since 1988, the team has selected just one QB in the first round.

After an extended wait on Thursday, the Louisville quarterback was taken by the Baltimore Ravens聽with the No. 32 overall pick in the first round.

The Ravens traded up to the spot in a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, who picked up a second-round selection and swapped fourth rounders with Baltimore.
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The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, Jackson flustered defenses throughout his three-year run as a starter, scoring 119 touchdowns (69 passing and 50 rushing).

But he faces persistent scrutiny on his skills as a pocket passer.

The talent speaks for itself, Jackson told USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay H. Jones on Wednesday. I just had to show them what I knew, that I knew football, that they could talk football with me, Jackson said.

In Baltimore, he looms as an eventual successor to 33-year-old Joe Flacco. The Ravens have never drafted a quarterback before the sixth round since taking Flacco in the first in 2008.

Teams place speedsters like Tyreek Hill and big, athletic Rob Gronkowski types in the slot specifically so they can create mismatches against the nickelback. They build formations and personnel groupings to purposely place the nickelback in a bind.

NFL Draft 2018: Baker Mayfield tweets recreation of Brett Favre’s draft night

Baker Mayfield drew inspiration from Brett Favre on the eve of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma, on Wednesday tweeted a quote he attributed to Favre, as well as a photo recreation (right down to the jean shorts) of Favre talking on the phone with the Falcons after Atlanta drafted him in the second round in 1991. The new and old images were side by side in the tweet.

Mayfield also has his share of boosters: None other than Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath called Mayfield the “most outrageous” quarterback in this year’s draft, and he meant that as a compliment. Namath’s old team, the Jets, are rumored to be interested in taking Mayfield with the third overall pick. Sporting News’ most recent NFL Mock Draft has Mayfield going to the Dolphins with the 11th overall pick.

Toughest tests: The aforementioned Eagles game is the first of several challenges. Another postseason rematch, against the Saints, is just as tough. Beyond those game and the always-dangerous NFC North contests, road trips to LA to play the Rams and to New England to play the Patriots are the Vikings’ key games.

Biggest breaks: The Vikings are fortunate to get the Saints at home, avoiding the intimidation factor of the Superdome and welcoming New Orleans back to the site of the Minneapolis Miracle. With the exception of the Patriots game, the AFC East presents the Vikings multiple winnable games on their schedule.

Bottom line: There isn’t much reason to expect a big drop-off this season for the Vikings, so the focus turns to their opponents. If teams like the Bears, Lions, Rams and 49ers take the steps of improvement many expect them to take, the strength of Minnesota’s schedule will increase significantly. Some of those non-divisional NFC games on the schedule will have the Vikings thinking about the playoffs, but their first priority should be defending their NFC North title. Record prediction: 9-7

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