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Aikman didn’t do quite as well as Herbstreit in his first NFL Draft gig. But his gravitas added a lot to Fox/NFL Network’s coverage. As a three-time Super Bowl winner, and former No. 1 overall pick himself, the former Cowboys QB expertly summed up the strengths and weaknesses of top QB’s like Mayfield, Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen.

Game Kids Greg Olsen Jersey While Aikman thought Darnold should have went No. 1, he noted Mayfield is no Johnny Manziel.

Mayfield has a much better arm than Johnny Manziel ever thought of having, noted Aikman. He wouldn’t be surprised if Mayfield’s starting for Oakland Raiders Jersey the Browns in Week 1.

If Goodell provided the funniest moment, the most inspiring moment was watching Ryan Shazier walk across the stage to announce the Steelers No. 1 pick. The former linebacker is continuing his brave recovery from cripping injury. Shazier has impressed many with his never-give-up attitude.

Oh my God. Ryan Shazier is walking out to the podium, tweeted NFL Insider Ian Rapoport of NFL Network from AT&T Stadium. Not a lot of dry eyes here. This place went nuts.

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He was cool, laid back. He just wanted to talk.

While Jackson is not in the group of the top-four quarterbacks 鈥?Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen 鈥?bunched at the top of most draft boards, his stock has seemed to rise recently with more reports linking him to the Patriots, who have picks No. 23 and 31.

New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels came down to South Florida to work out Jackson as well.

Orlando Brown’s Combine performance might have been the joke of the week, but his height and frame make him an enticing prospect who could be placed an immediate starting position on the Ravens’ line. His father’s legacy doesn’t hurt, either.

Maryland’s J.C. Jackson or Alabama’s Anthony Averett could serve as important additions to the secondary. If all those boxes get checked, there’s room to pick a running back, and Bo Scarbrough would be a good middle-round fit.

Panthers offer 4-year deal to meet Nittany Lions starting in 2026

Pittsburgh athletic director Heather Lyke doesn’t want the 100th football game between the Panthers and Penn State to be the last.

Lyke said Wednesday that Pitt has sent the Nittany Lions a contract that would renew the series for four years starting in 2026, but has yet to hear from Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour.

“We just stayed within ourselves,” said Mitchell, who topped Karl Malone for the most ever by a Jazz rookie in a playoff game. “We always say the strength of our team is the strength of our team. I said this morning we’re not really worried about one individual comment. I think if we get caught up in that, it takes us out of our own game, and our play showed tonight that we really just focused on each other and made the right plays when we needed to.”

VanVleet has been the primary ball handler for one of the league’s most impressive reserve units this season. In 20 minutes per game this season, VanVleet averaged 8.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds with a true shooting percentage of 55.6.

The Raptors lead the series 3-2.

Miller won’t know what to think when he sees Cobb wearing the orange and black of the Orioles.

“It’s definitely going to be weird seeing him on the mound,” Miller said. “I miss Cobb a lot. He was the ultimate competitor.”

And that, Miller contends, is what sets Cobb apart from most pitchers.

“He’s a bulldog. Really intense, kind of an old-school throwback starting pitcher,” Miller said. “He’s going to go out there and do anything he can for his team. So that, for me, is obviously his biggest trait.”

Kyle Soppe: Few people (Eric probably being one of them) bank on veterans more in fantasy than I do, but even I can’t paint a rosy picture from this point forward for Lowrie. The A’s shortstop leads the big leagues in multihit games (12), has matched a career high for home runs in a month (six), and has an absurd 1.077 OPS with men on base this year. That’s all great, but it’s also all in the past and won’t help you moving forward.

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I know this: The burn is strong inside me to play at a high level and to be a part of one of these groups of guys and one of the leaders to see this thing through and go try to compete for a championship, Witten said after the Cowboys’ season-ending win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 31. When I wake up tomorrow, that’s where my focus will be on as I move forward.
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It hurts because you don’t get a whole lot more opportunities at this, and I realize that. But rest assured that I’m going to do everything in my power to help us be better as we move forward. And I think it needs to be clear that it starts with yourself.

Witten was a constant at the Patrick Patterson Youth jersey captains’ workouts at The Star, the Cowboys’ facility, before the official start of the offseason program.

Mayowa has also spent time with the Raiders and Seahawks. He had six sacks in 2016, but just one last year.
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He also visited the Seahawks, Colts, Jets, and Washington.

Should Browns play it safe or go for broke?

As the draft approaches, most observers have narrowed Cleveland’s potential selections with the first overall pick down to two players: Josh Allen or Sam Darnold.

As Peter King of SI.com explained it in making Darnold the projected pick, the Browns need to play it safe after blowing it so many times regarding the most important position on the field. Allen is the boom or bust candidate; Darnold is the between the buoys selection.

Whatever the Browns plan to do, they’re saying nothing. And that’s one of the benefits of having the first overall pick. If the Browns can’t fascinate football fans by what they do on the field, they can titillate when it comes to what they’ll do at No. 1.

On Jason Garrett’s use of F-bombs, Jerry Jones drops one

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Indianapolis went 52-34 with Grigson at the helm, but ultimately bad personnel decisions cost him his job. Grigson used first-round picks on Bjoern Werner and Phillip Dorsett; he signed Andre Johnson and Trent Cole as free agents; and he traded a first-round pick to Cleveland for Trent Richardson.

Following her breakup with NFL coach Kenan Smith last fall, the Olympic skier is said to be dating Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, according to Terez Owens. The insider spilled Vonn, 33, has been spending a bit of time in Nashville. She even made the trek to Colorado on Sunday for the Predators’ 5-0 win over the Avalanche to advance to the second round of the playoffs, which she documented on her Instagram story.

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The reality remains that the Giants and Beckham at some point will need to come to terms on a new contract. If they don’t, Beckham possibly won’t participate in any on-field activities. Which keeps a possible trade at least on the radar screen; if the Giants aren’t willing to give Beckham the contract he wants, the Giants need to send him to a team that will.
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The Ugly: Mud Bowl, Buttfumble, IK Enemkpali.

Forty-nine years after Super Bowl III, Mike Maccagnan and the Jets, with the third Authentic Allen Iverson Jersey pick, will be drafting their next franchise quarterback Thursday night. (Broadway Baker Mayfield, anyone?)

Richard Todd: The worst quarterback he could have followed was Namath, and the worst place he could have followed Namath was New York. Just because you too are a first-round draft pick from Alabama doesn’t guarantee you anything. And flipping fans the bird is never the way to win friends and influence people, according to a source familiar with the thinking of a former beat reporter Todd smashed into a locker. Neither is throwing five picks in the Mud Bowl. In eight seasons as a Jet, he threw 110 TDs and 123 INTs.

Browns take Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall

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It wasn’t until a few days ago that anyone thought Baker Mayfield had a chance to go No. 1 overall. The Browns kept the choice close to their vest until word leaked that they had narrowed it to the Oklahoma quarterback and Wyoming’s Josh Allen.
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Elite Youth Laken Tomlinson Jersey Browns owner John Dorsey told coach Hue Jackson his decision earlier this week, PFT reported Wednesday, and the team made it official when they selected Mayfield.

Dorsey didn’t hide the fact that he liked Mayfield, praising the quarterback publicly, even defending Mayfield’s character in January.

The inevitable comparisons to Manziel not only will continue but will increase with Mayfield headed to the Browns. Mayfield has only one way to end them 鈥?by winning.

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The roster moves led to talk of tanking and of Suck for Sam when Darnold was viewed as the consensus No. 1 player. The Jets went 5-11, and that was viewed as a failure by some fans, who wanted the No. 1 pick. Instead, the Jets played their way into the No. 6 pick. Then, on March 17, Maccagnan made his move, trading away three second-round picks over the next two years to the Colts to move up to No. 3.

Now, whom are the Jets taking?

Ballard also stressed that Luck is not pressing to get back in the same way he did before missing all of last season and that the team is confident in his return to action. He further illustrated that by pointing to the trade with the Jets that moved the Colts from No. 3 to No. 6 in the first round and saying he thinks that shows they are very confident about the quarterback’s progress.

Ballard said he’s also open to moving further down the draft board. After initially feeling like he wouldn’t want to fall out of the Top 10, Ballard said that he’s more willing to do so because the team has identified eight non-quarterbacks they believe are premium players at the top of the draft.

A trade down that nets one of them and more picks to fill out a thin roster would work well, but the benefits may be harder to see on the field if the Colts’ bet on Luck goes the other way again this year.

There was silver lining in Yankees’ Gleyber Torres’ hitless debut

When you control the zone as a major-league hitter, you have a chance to have success. That’s when your swing is going to come out and over time if you’re doing that, the results will be there.

The Yankees challenged first base umpire Ted Barrett’s decision that Tyler Austin was out on an infield grounder in the eighth inning and his team comfortably ahead.

Shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s throw took first baseman Justin Smoak way off the bag. Video showed that Smoak was seemingly at least 6 inches off the base when he received the throw.

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“Yeah,” he said. “A little bit.”

However, there might have been reason for skepticism, he said.

Boone said that coaching assistant Brett Weber, who closes watches video and makes most of the challenge recommendations, felt he had some reason to doubt the Yankees would be successful.

“But then we got word from under that Webby didn’t feel great about it,” Boone said. “I guess there was a (video) shot where — maybe a split second earlier where it was kind of borderline whether you were going to overturn it. It’s one of those that if he’s called safe, he’s probably safe. If he’s called out — I haven’t looked at all the replays yet, but that was my understanding of it. I just hope that call is being made not with the idea that I’ve got replay behind me but we’re grinding through and making the best call we can.” steelers_124

Dez Bryant’s agent says receiver looking forward to fresh start

Dez Bryant’s representation released a statement following his release from the Cowboys.
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Dez and Jerry Jones met earlier today, Kim Miale of Roc Nation Sports said, via NFL Media. He was informed that the Cowboys intend to move in another direction. It is a bittersweet time for Dez because he loved playing for the Dallas Cowboys, but he is looking forward to a fresh start with a new organization. We are currently exploring all options.

I don’t mean to knock any player or anybody, but I just don’t want to be one of those guys in Year 10, or even after that, I’m still trying to find a team that’s winning and playing in January and February. I want to win now and be a part of a winning culture now and I want to get to the Super Bowl now. That’s really why I chose Green Bay.

This was not an easy decision. It was made based upon doing what we believe is in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys. We arrived at this crossroad collectively with input from several voices within the organization. Ultimately we determined it was time to go in a new direction.

Ultimately, they decided a $16.5 million cap number was too much for a guy who caught 69 passes last year, and hasn’t been the same kind of threat the last three season since signing his contract extension.

According to multiple reports, the Cowboys didn’t offer a pay cut, and don’t plan to designate him as a post-June 1 cut to spread the cap hit out. That makes this a clean slate for the team, and a chance for Bryant to exact some revenge if he chooses.
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Vegas, the third expansion team since 1968-69 to clinch a playoff berth, awaits the winner of the series between Anaheim and San Jose, which the Sharks lead 3-0.
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The Kings managed just three goals in the series and lacked offensive punch from Kopitar (one goal) and wingers Brown and Tyler Toffoli (no goals).

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Will Giants pass on a quarterback?

The most recent reporting regarding the Giants’ plan for the second overall pick was simple: Quarterback Sam Darnold if he’s there; otherwise, running back Saquon Barkley or defensive end Bradley Chubb.
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I don’t think Dave will take a quarterback, the unnamed said. I don’t see it. I could see Chubb putting on that gold jacket. I could see [guard Quenton] Nelson putting on that gold jacket. Barkley, no question. If you have a crystal ball and say, ‘This guy is gonna be an annual All-Pro and make it to the Hall of Fame,’ Barkley would be the No. 1 guy.

Here’s another factor to consider: The ongoing presence of Eli Manning. As Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy explained last month on PFT Live, the Giants should ignore the potential awkwardness arising from putting a rookie with Eli if they believe the rookie will become a star player. If they don’t believe any of the quarterbacks will become stars, they should take a player at another position whom they believe will be a star.
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And so, as Bryant looks for a new team on a belated basis, his No. 1 factor should be finding a quarterback who will throw the ball in his direction far more frequently that Dak did.

Again, if Dez can still do what he used to be able to do, it means that when he seems to be covered he’s actually still Authentic Milan Lucic Jersey open, and that a properly-placed pass will be caught. Tony Romo knew that, and Romo would make those throws. Dak, who was thrust unexpectedly into the starting lineup as a rookie and who built confidence with a great running game and an offensive line that allowed him to work through his progressions until a receiver was clearly open, possibly never developed the comfort level during two NFL seasons to consistently throw what looked like a 50-50 ball, but that may have had a higher chance of success.

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Carlos Martinez’s changeup was too much for the reeling Reds.

The St. Louis right-hander struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings and Harrison Bader’s two-run home run helped the Cardinals complete their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949 with a 3-2 win on Sunday.
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After waiting through a rain delay of 2 hours, 36 minutes, Martinez allowed two hits and four walks while helping send the Reds to their eighth consecutive loss, one short of matching their longest losing streak of last season.
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The Cardinals have won five of their past six games.

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Bader drove Homer Bailey’s 1-0 pitch into the right field seats for an opposite-field homer with two outs in the second inning. The opposite-field shot was his first in four big league homers. He credited the experience he gained in 32 games with St. Louis last season.

Oladipo was the best player on the court Sunday, when Indiana beat Cleveland 98-80 to go up 1-0 in their first-round series. He scored a game-high 32 points on 11-for-19 shooting (6-for-9 from 3) and added six rebounds, four assists and four steals in the wire-to-wire victory.

Gilbert’s remark got back to Oladipo, who said Sunday that he was aware of it.

You could say it added fuel Jamie Langenbrunner Womens Jersey to the fire, I guess you could say, Oladipo said after Game 1. But that was so long ago. It came up recently, obviously, because we were playing the Cavs in the series, but I’m aware of what he said. Can’t control his opinion. All I’m focused on is myself and becoming the best Victor Oladipo possible.

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Sunday marked just the second nationally televised game for the Pacers all season, with the other coming when George made his return to Indiana with the Thunder. Oladipo certainly made the Pacers worth watching in Game 1.

Eric Reid is changing his national anthem plans at a (not so) curious time.

The free agent safety made it known Thursday he will not protest during the anthem this upcoming season. Last week Reid questioned whether teams were avoiding him in free agency because he’s “protested systemic oppression” by kneeling for the anthem the past two seasons. In 2016, he did so beside quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has gone unsigned since opting out of his contract last March.

Reid said after his brother Justin’s pro day at Stanford that he will remain active in protesting injustice, but will take a different approach than doing it during the anthem.

“I don’t think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem, and I say ‘during’ because it’s crazy that the narrative got changed that we were protesting the anthem,” Reid explained. “That wasn’t the case. But I think we’re going to take a different approach to how to be active.”

The Post reported this week the Giants were not (yet) sold on the hyped quarterback class, and with a furious rebuilding job that seems structured more to win now than win years from now, selecting a quarterback to groom with their jewel of a pick would seem off-schedule.

The other theorized top picks who would be in play at No. 2 would be running back Saquon Barkley and offensive guard Quenton Nelson. With teams jockeying for the likes of Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, a trade down also could be in play.

But by clearing Pierre-Paul from a defense that is shifting from a 4-3 to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher, the Giants suddenly have a large gap at defensive end opposite Olivier Vernon.

“I feel like I’m a top-five-caliber player,” Chubb, who recorded 10 sacks for the second consecutive season last year, recently told Sports Illustrated, “but if I get drafted seventh, eighth, it doesn’t matter to me.”
The Giants have been watching him. Defensive line coach Gary Emanuel was spotted at Chubb’s N.C. State Pro Day on Monday.

“Honor to meet you, Coach Belichick.”