Predicting winners of top NFL position battles for 2018

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As the NFL offseason progresses with minicamps, OTAs and eventually training camps, multiple position battles will be worth watching. NFL free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft have produced several interesting battles on offenses, specifically.
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Naturally, many of the top position battles to watch throughout the offseason and into training camps are quarterback competitions. That’s the result of a draft class that was loaded with high-quality passers.
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Here we pin the most notable position battles from offenses around the NFL to watch in 2018. We also provide an early prediction for who might emerge victorious in each competition.

The Steelers last season were 10th in the league in rushing defense, just 13th in takeaways. They struggled to get off the field, and they got fewer short-field opportunities than contenders Jacksonville and Philadelphia. This was why Roethlisberger was frustrated to see a high 2018 draft pick spent on a quarterback.

It might have been the best pick for the future, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t reason to be disappointed now.

But the first-year Lions coach didn’t mince words when asked if there are similarities between Stafford and Brady from a mental standpoint.

I never compare guys, that’s not really fair,Patricia said. Tom, wonderful, unbelievable player, human being, everything. Love the guy to death. Stafford’s phenomenal. He’s work hard, tough, smart, and you know what’s great is when you have quarterbacks like that when you can go out 鈥?and look (Jake) Rudock and Matt Cassel are the same guys 鈥?that you’re going out and you’re having football conversations (with).

You’re not really having to always explain everything from a ‘let me draw this up for you and show you what I’m talking about.’ You can just have the conversations that, ‘Hey if this guy’s here,’ or, ‘This leverage is played like this,’ or, ‘The DBs in this position,’ or, ‘The front looks like this.’ And Jason Spriggs Youth jersey just for them to be able to visually have those conversations with you, that’s what’s great. That’s when you know you’ve got guys that are really dialed in.

Stafford turned 30 earlier this year and is entering his 10th NFL season and the start of a five-year contract extension he signed last summer.

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Brett Favre details three trips to rehab during NFL career

Brett Favre’s decorated NFL career wasn’t always so glamorous.

During his Monday interview with The MMQB for Peter King’s farewell, the Hall of Fame quarterback revealed he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his 20-year career as he battled dependence on painkillers and alcohol.

“I actually went to rehab three times,” Favre said. “I saw the most successful, smart people doctors, professional people lose it all, ruin their lives.

Favre, 48, spent 28 days at a center in Rayville, Louisiana, in the early 1990s before also spending 72 days at a Kansas City center in the mid-1990s. He later spent 28 days in rehab “strictly for drinking” in 1998.

He has revealed a number of health issues since retiring in 2010, saying last month that he suffered “thousands” of concussions while playing football and experiences short-term memory issues.

According to reports by Sports Illustrated, Richardson did much more than that, as the publication unearthed evidence of settlements to bury sexual harassment claims and an allegation of a racial slur aimed at an African American employee. It was a devastating example of problems that women and black people in the sports world have to deal with on a daily basis.

If Belichick really did talk trash to Pederson, well, Pederson certainly got his revenge during the game. It wasn’t just about Pederson’s offense hanging 41 points on Belichick’s defense with a backup quarterback, Nick Foles. It was more about the way in which the Eagles did it. If Super Bowl MVP awards could be given to coaches, it would’ve belonged to Pederson. Most notably, Pederson’s decision to go for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal late in the first half by calling for a trick play now known as Philly Special absolutely floored Belichick and the Patriots. ravens_145

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LeBron scores 44 as Cavs even series with Celtics

LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today’s game.
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And unless the Boston Celtics do something soon, he’ll Womens Tyson Alualu Jersey get there again.

Elite Nolan Cromwell Jersey Game 5 is Wednesday night at TD Garden, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens is trying to stay positive with a team that has given up a 2-0 lead and fell to 1-6 on the road in these playoffs.

It’s the best two out of three to go to the NBA Finals. Doesn’t get better than that, he said. Ultimately, anybody that didn’t think this was going to be tough, I mean, everything is tough. In this deal, it’s a blast to have to grit your teeth, get up off the mat and go after it again.

Kyle Korver added 14 points and Cleveland’s sharp-shooting 37-year-old added three block and several hustle plays, outrunning three Celtics in one sequence and diving for a loose ball.

The Islanders announced the hiring of Lamoriello on Tuesday as president of hockey operations, giving the longtime NHL executive the keys to a franchise that has missed the playoffs eight times in the past 12 years with Garth Snow as general manager.

The 75-year-old Lamoriello, who led the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and helped Toronto become a playoff contender again, is tasked with trying to re-sign star center John Tavares and determining the futures of Snow and coach Doug Weight.
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Lamoriello said he had no preconceived notions about the inner workings of the Islanders, and he also wasn’t willing to show his hand on what he might do with the team.

As I’ve done in the past in a situation like this, I take a step back and see exactly what the people who you have in place have to offer, what their thoughts are, what their vision is and then make decisions as I go along, Lamoriello said on a conference call. I certainly have thoughts like you think I would have. But rather than express them, I’d rather just keep them to myself and allow the process to take place before making any judgments.

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NFL’s new kickoff rule will either save it or kill it

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The NFL has a new Deacon Jones Jersey kickoff rule. Whether the NFL will still have a kickoff remains to be seen.
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After multiple attempts to make the so-called most dangerous play in the game less dangerous by using it less frequently, the NFL has made the play less dangerous by making it safer. Which is fine, but one question remains: How safe does the kickoff have to become in order to save it?

Both teams’ odds took hits over the offseason (the A’s started at 80-1, Pirates at 75-1), but neither team is hopelessly bad: The PECOTA projection system, for instance, has the A’s winning 76 games (ahead of the Rangers) and the Pirates winning 78 (same as the Rockies). Last year’s Twins and Diamondbacks were each projected to win 78 and they each made the playoffs. And both teams have at least a handful of guys who have either been stars in the recent past (Starling Marte), looked like they were maybe turning into stars in the recent past (Gregory Polanco, Jameson Taillon) or played like stars for extended periods in the recent past (Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, maybe kind of Sean Manaea and Josh Bell). You have to squint to see four great players on either of these teams, but you don’t have to squint so hard that your eyes hurt.

Prediction: It’s not going to end well.

Regardless, it’s going to end on Wednesday. Or, more accurately, the owners will craft a new anthem policy on Wednesday. Which will close one chapter and likely open another, as players, the NFL Players Association, plenty of fans, and many in the media push back against any effort by the league to taketh away that which the league previously has given. Eth.

How about this one, folks? he’ll inevitably say at a rally, somewhere. They didn’t want to make the players stand for the national anthem but you know what? We made them do it. We did it. Together. If we can do that together, what else can we do? Or should I say, ‘What can’t we do?’
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There’s simply no easy path out of this maze for the NFL, but owners who are used to getting their way whenever and wherever and however they want it seem to think they can find one. They can’t. The sooner they accept this, the better off everyone will be.

And they only have themselves to blame. By making the players props in the effort to wrap The Shield in The Flag nearly a decade ago, the league made this mess by creating a right to protest. Whatever the next step, the NFL will be putting its big toe on a land mine.

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Grading Chris Ash’s recruiting progress at Rutgers

Rutgers should get several聽more matchups with ranked opponents this fall. But will it be able to get off the schneid in one of them?
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Here’s a look at the games on the 2018 schedule that should, or could,聽be against ranked teams:

AT OHIO STATE, Sept. 8:The Buckeyes聽will likely be聽the Big Ten’s top-ranked team in the preseason somewhere in the top-5, and聽even a stunning season-opening home loss to Oregon State wouldn’t drop them out of the polls. Rutgers isn’t ready to beat Ohio State though. First it has to prevent the score from being 50-something to zero for the third straight year.

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The 25-year-old Boston spent 2017 with the Los Angeles Chargers after three seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Boston was highly productive last season, compiling 79 tackles, five interceptions and eight passes defended. Pro Football Focus graded the defensive back as Ethan Westbrooks Authentic Jersey the ninth-best coverage safety last season. The Chargers moved on after using their first-round pick on safety Derwin James.

Despite a stellar season, the Colts represent the first sniff Boston has seen on the open market.

Vaccaro, a former New Orleans Saints first-round pick, previously visited the Miami Dolphins. At 27 years old, Vaccaro has the pedigree, compiling 385 tackles, eight interceptions, 30 passes defended and 7.5 sacks in five seasons. He’s coming off an injury-plagued campaign that ended after 12 games.

The safety market has been as slow as any in recent memory. Even a top-level talent like Tyrann Mathieu settled for a one-year prove-it deal. If the Colts, who could use playmakers at every level of the defense, snap up one of the veterans, it could cause the dominoes to finally start falling.

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Why Andujar is struggling big time

Gray gave up five runs in five innings as the Yankees lost in consecutive games for the first time since early April.

His nine hits allowed were a season high. The A’s three-run third inning, in which Gray gave up homers in an 0-2 count to Khris Davis (solo) and a 3-1 count to Matt Chapman (a two-run blast), was Gray’s lowest point.

Only one rare occasions has Gray resembled the pitcher the Yankees thought they were getting when they sent three MLB.com top 100 prospects to Oakland for Gray last July.

Gray had a career 3.45 ERA in five seasons in Oakland, making an All-Star game and finishing third in the Cy Young in 2015.

After giving up just two runs in six innings in each of his last two starts, Boone hoped Gray was turning a corner. He hoped that Austin Romine, officially his personal catcher, was one of the catalysts.

But Romine was behind the plate Friday and it didn’t appear to make much of a difference.

Meanwhile, his father says Tuesday’s announcement ticks on box for his son.

“Ryan had two goals going into the year — a Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl,” Vernon said. “He’s been able to check one off the list. He’s hoping to check the next one off.”

Based on this year’s draft, which veterans are in grave danger? That was the subject of Tuesday’s PFT Live draft.

Check out the choices below, and then chime in with your thoughts on where we were right and where we were wrong. As if you need to be encouraged on the latter.

Rob Gronkowski ’s contract situation was in the news again this week, and I’ll reiterate something I said a couple weeks ago.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the player and team are waiting until May 24 to push something over the proverbial goal line.

That’s the one-year anniversary of Gronk’s last restructure, and after that date the rules loosen considerably on the hoops the sides have to jump through to give the All-Pro a raise.

“I can’t wait to whip up on you twice this year, and the next year and the next year and the next year after that,” Kahlil said he told Reggie, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “We’re a competitive family [by] nature. We compete in everything we do. This just adds one more ripple into that. We’re all excited for it. I’m excited to get to Kansas City and just help the Chiefs . . . whoop up on the Raiders [and] whoop up on the rest of the NFL.”broncos_053_32e7ae5374957386-180x180

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Derrick Johnson: Jon Gruden was ‘big factor’ in signing

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He felt it’s the best he’s felt, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

Bird likely will play a few Florida State League games for Tampa, then be assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to finish out his rehab assignment.
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The Yankees are optimistic that Bird will be ready to come off the disabled list later this month.

Once he starts the rehab process I would think (it’ll last) 10-to-20 days kind of depending on how it goes, Boone said. I think one of the good things for Greg is that he basically had a full spring training, so that being said we’ve obviously got to build him up to where he’s playing nine innings to where he’s playing nine innings back-to-back and bouncing back.

The 34-year-old was recently released by the Giants after hauling in just 18 passes for an anemic 154 yards (8.6 yards per reception) in five games last season.

Nearly three years removed from his last quality season, the six-time Pro Bowl selection is nearing the end of a highly productive career.

If he still has a spring in his step, however, he can help a Seattle offense that lost red-zone weapon Jimmy Graham and deep threat Paul Richardson to free agency.

In defense of Capers, who the Packers fired in January after nine seasons in charge of their defense, he hasn’t always been working with top-notch defensive talent, especially recently. That lack of talent limited what he could do.

Williams, who played with the Packers from 2007 to 2014 and signed to return this offseason, is still correct, though. Now comes the hard part for him and the rest of the Packers players. Capers is gone, and it’s on them to fix it.

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49ers sign a trio of draft picks

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The 2011 labor deal dramatically streamlined the process for getting rookie draft picks signed and sealed. As a result, plenty of teams that previously didn’t even start negotiating until after the Fourth of July are now getting these deals done before Memorial Day.
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The 49ers are on the front end of the draft-pick signing parade by getting three of their selections under contract. The team announced the transactions on Saturday.

Officially members of the team are third-round defensive back Tarvarius Moore, seventh-round receiver Richie James Jr., and seventh-round defensive tackle Jullian Taylor.

More teams should get rookies signed before they ever take the field, and more rookies (and their agents) should insist on it. While unsigned rookies enter into letters of protection Authentic T.J. Oshie Jersey that promise them the money they’d get if they suffer a serious injury before signing their contracts, the best protection comes from signing the contract.

The Steelers have Sean Davis strong safety and Morgan Burnett at free safety, so this is a bit of reach in the first round with the future of their defense in mind rather than their bigger need at inside linebacker. Edmunds in time can become the hard-hitting leader Troy Polamalu once was, but he’s not the same kind of freelancer against the pass.

I know him to be of the character and the kind of individual that is very capable of not only competing and overcoming the fact that he hadn’t played this past year. I think he’s capable of that. But I don’t want to be presumptuous in any way whether or not he’s going to qualify to be reinstated.

Gregory has 20 tackles and a sack in 14 games since the Cowboys made him a second-round pick.

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Getting dressed, getting ready, getting focused. Playing cards, checking phones, killing time. Talking to reporters, talking to teammates, talking to themselves. Through it all, songs — and the guys who play them — are the clubhouse constant.

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Cardinals cut two to make room for rookies

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The Cardinals cut a pair of players Wednesday to make room for the new class of rookies.
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The reasonable response to the Leafs losing in seven games to the Boston Bruins is that they’re in the absolute final year of their education process as a playoff team; that they’re two or three defensemen away from being a serious contender, lest one believes they can win a Stanley Cup by allowing that tonnage of shots from opponents; that it was remarkable there even was a Game 7, considering the Leafs played three games minus Nazem Kadri due to his hair-trigger idiocy; and that an injured Auston Authentic Luke Schenn Jersey Matthews saw roughly 37 minutes more of Zdeno Chara than did Mitch Marner, and had one goal and one assist to show for it.

That was a result of a bet with the Philadelphia Zoo, which would have had to name something Brady if the Eagles had lost (though Ichiro Suzuki has probably never heard of a goat either).
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I’ve been practicing law for about five years, but I’ve lived football my whole life by virtue of my dad. He had me and my little sister after he retired, so my experience was as a daughter of a former athlete. That meant seeing what life looks like after football — physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, really just every part of it. When he passed away, I was very angry, upset — just a lot of emotions.

It was a very rough period, and I was kind of in a funk, just kind of going through the motions of life. I realized I needed to do something; I’ve got to make some kind of changes. I thought, OK, I’m a lawyer, and I love football, been around football my entire life. Maybe I should try to help guys like my dad. I don’t think football caused my dad to pass away. I know that it caused him a lot of pain physically, mentally, emotionally. But it also gave him a wonderful career and opportunity he certainly otherwise never would’ve had.

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What It Means For the Cowboys

Dallas is moving to a more Dak Friendly offense, but it’s going to be interesting to see how it actually unfolds. With Dez Bryant and Witten gone from Dallas, the top options for the Cowboys are Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. Dallas also drafted Michael Gallup in the third round; it’s a lot to ask of him just to slide in year one and replace Dez.

Several all-time great athletes are expected to join in the council alongside Belichick, including Mariano Rivera, Herschel Walker, golfer Natalie Gulbis and three-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor. Dr. Oz will part of the committee, too, despite his long history of promoting junk science, such as when he dedicated an entire show to reparative therapy for homosexuals.

The San Francisco 49ers got a jump on their offensive-minded offseason when they acquired franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at midseason. That brings them full circle to keep focusing on defense with their team needs in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Since Witten took a week to mull things over, that gave Jerry Jones some extra time to come up with the perfect retirement gift, and let’s just say the Cowboys owner didn’t disappoint. At the end of Witten’s press conference, Jones presented his star tight end with a diamond football. I repeat, Jones gave Witten a football made of diamonds. That is way better than a gold watch.

Witten probably won’t be playing catch with that. The football was so blinged-out, it didn’t even look real, which I’m guessing is why Jones let Witten’s wife, Michele, know that the football was real and spectacular. Michele, Jones said as he was lining up for a photo. These are all real. Here’s a closer look at Witten’s retirement gift. Jason Witten got a nice retirement gift from Jerry Jones.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence has taken a pay cut, according to an ESPN report.

Spence’s base salary was trimmed from $3.15 million to $2.575 million in 2018. But according to the report, he’ll have an opportunity to earn more than the difference back in bonuses. It’s unclear whether those are based on performance or playing time.tigers_023-115x115

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