Coach Steve Wilks plans to talk with special teams coach Jeff Rodgers to figure out the best way to adjust.

Wilks believes the new rules will allow teams to use smaller, faster players to cover kickoffs because there is no longer a wedge to break up, and thinks it could lead to more returns.
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What I’m seeing right now is like a glorified punt return, Wilks said.

Players who kneeled last year were not punished because the act didn’t break any rules, and safety Antoine Bethea doesn’t think there should be any monetary ramifications for a similar gesture in 2018.

I really do think fining players for expressing what they believe, I think that’s kind of overboard, Bethea said.

(It’s) no different from in the past, when we’ve rewarded players like Pat Peterson, Chandler Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, just to name a few. There’s no doubt in my mind moving forward that we will keep a positive outlook and again, look forward to rewarding him just like we have players in the past.

There are a lot of moving parts here. In terms of a new deal, there are the arguments that he nearly went 1,000-1,000 in 2016 and Kirk Gibson Jersey that he’s expected to be the driving force of this offense in 2018. There are the arguments that he missed almost all of last season with a wrist injury. There is zero question that both sides want to get a long-term deal done. This, as it does most of the time, will come down to the dollars within that deal.

Quarterback Sam Bradford said multiple times this week he already has chemistry with Johnson and that Johnson’s minicamp absence — since Johnson was at virtually every other voluntary workout since the Cards came back in early April Johnny Hekker Authentic Jersey — doesn’t hurt anything.

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Tom Brady hints at age 45 retirement on Instagram

Welcome to the excavation period of the NFL calendar.
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With NFL players and coaches on summer break, we, the football fan, are left to dig around to insatiate our daily need for pigskin content.

Tom Brady made headlines over the weekend telling Oprah his retirement would come sooner rather than later.

Of course, that led to everyone and their step-cousin speculating what sooner could possibly mean. Next week? After Drew Hutchison Womens Jersey this season? Next season? Eighteen months? 199 days? 650 days? Two years? Three years????

Brady, a social media master, playfully commented on an ESPN Instagram post about the speculation, hinting his original timeline for retirement plans hasn’t changed.

Cuarenta y cinco, Brady wrote accompanied three monkey emojis: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Dennis Green’s impact on the Minnesota Vikings, and really the entire NFL, is still felt to this day, owner/president Mark Wilf said in a statement, via the Vikings’ official website. In addition to being widely regarded as one of the NFL’s top coaches, Denny was also known as a great mentor and leader by all who had the fortune of being in his presence. We’re extremely honored to forever memorialize Denny and his family in the Vikings Ring of Honor and we’re looking forward to the induction in September.

Green, who passed away in July 2016, became the fifth head coach in Vikings history on Jan. 10, 1992 and remained at the helm through 2002.

In 10 seasons with the Vikings, Green amassed a 101-70 Womens Seth Jones Jersey overall record (.591 percentage) and led the team to the postseason eight times, including four divisional titles and two NFC Championship games. His 101 career wins in Minnesota rank second in team history behind Bud Grant, who compiled 168 victories.

Green is the lone inductee to the Vikings Ring of Honor in 2018, and his inclusion brings the team’s honorees to 24.

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Ranking all 30 MLB rotations, who’s in the elite?

In 1988, starting pitchers threw 71 percent of all innings. That dropped to 68 percent in 1998, to 65 percent in 2008, and now it’s down to 61 percent. There are two ways to interpret this data.

When healthy, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has shown that he is ready to rake at the plate. We project what he and other top prospects can contribute in the second half.

Cubs: Yu Darvish felt good a day after throwing 50 pitches in a simulated game, manager Joe Maddon said. He could begin a rehab assignment soon. Darvish has been sidelined since May 23 because of tendinitis in his right triceps. … Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing could rejoin the team Friday. He’s been on bereavement leave following his grandfather’s death.

Cubs: Jose Quintana (6-5) started at Great American Ball Park on May 19 and allowed just one hit in seven innings of a 10-0 win. He’s 2-0 in three career starts against the Reds. The left-hander has been much better on the road this season: 2.78 ERA in eight starts compared to a 6.00 ERA in six starts at Wrigley Field.

Reds: Luis Castillo (4-8) has lost his last four starts, allowing 16 earned runs in 20 2/3 innings. One of his best starts came against the Cubs on May 19, when he gave up one run in five innings of a 5-4 victory.

Keenum, who signed a two-year, $36 million deal with Denver in March, allowed Broncos fans to get inside the mind of a quarterback and ran the play — officially called Gun Buffalo Right Key Left 7 Heaven — via a whiteboard demonstration.

The B in Buffalo signified a bunch formation with three receivers — Diggs, Kyle Rudolph and Jarius Wright — to the right of the quarterback, while Thielen lined up to Keenum’s left as the X-receiver.

He had more than his share of defenders, Keenum said of the Saints’ coverage on Thielen. I really wanted to throw to him but he was covered up.

To Keenum’s right, Wright (the F-receiver) was at the point of attack, Rudolph was tasked with running a quick out while Diggs ran a high-angle seven heaven (corner route).

With no timeouts left and 10 seconds on the clock, Keenum broke the huddle by telling his teammates he was going to give one of them a chance. The quarterback described the level of fatigue around him given Minnesota had just run the same play moments before.

All of Keenum’s receiving options had been instructed to get out of bounds as quickly as they could. Upon connecting with Diggs, Keenum described how Saints rookie safety Marcus Williams’ botched tackle was the reason the receiver was able to find a clear route to the end zone.

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Report: Ronald Jones expected to get 15-20 touches

The Bucs were prepared to take Florida State running back Dalvin Cook with the 19th overall pick in 2017 before Alabama tight end O.J. Howard fell to them. With the departure of Doug Martin, the Bucs had an even bigger need for a running back this year.
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They drafted Ronald Jones in the second round and expect to give Jones 15-20 touches a game, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Bucs also have power back Peyton Barber and third-down back Charles Sims, who will help carry the load. Sims played 34.9 percent Anton Khudobin Authentic Jersey of the offensive snaps last season Womens Andre Reed Jersey and Barber 23.3.

Third, it’s would be foolish to not consider the racial component, especially against the backdrop of the ongoing anthem debate. Some (many) white fans surely resent (consciously or not) the fact that African-American men parlay God-given physical skills into the kind of money and fame that the average white person never will enjoy, no matter how hard he or she works. So when African-American players try to get more money that some (many) white fans think they don’t really deserve, those fans get even more upset, reasoning that the players who already have more than they should should simply be happy with what they’re getting.

Rams G.M. Les Snead said he’s comfortable with the expectations for the coming season.

Five observations from the 49ers’ spring work.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was back on the baseball diamond for a first pitch.

The fortunate thing for us with the timing of it is, if I can use a horse reference, the horse is pretty much in the barn at this point, Chris Mara, the Giants’ senior vice president of player personnel, said on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports radio. The ship is pretty steady right now.

The horse reference is timely and apropos, as Mara will be at Belmont Park on Saturday to see if Justify can claim the Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes. Mara, as an investor in Starlight Racing, owns a share in Justify.

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Civil rights groups ask NFL to reverse new anthem policy

A broad coalition of national civil rights groups has urged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the league to reverse the new policy that would punish players who kneel on the sideline during the national anthem and fine teams whose players don’t comply with the recently announced policy, USA Today reported.
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We think that the league’s policy puts them on the wrong side of history, said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee.

The groups, in hopes of persuading the league to undo the new policy, also are asking to meet with Goodell in the coming weeks.

The league’s revised policy, approved by owners last month, requires that players, coaches and all other team personnel on the field stand during the national anthem. There also is an option of leaving the field for the national anthem.

The NFL had hoped the new policy would quiet a controversy that has been fanned time and again, most notably by President Donald Trump.

We’re just making sure that we don’t have a setback on a hamstring that’s recovering, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, via the Seattle Times. We talked about it today — he’s got a solid six weeks, he’ll be well. We need to do a really good job as we re-introduce him back into our tempo and speed and all that, that we don’t overdo it early in the excitement to see what he can do and all.

Of course, there have been some slight physical adjustments. Ronde Barber Authentic Jersey He stopped bulking up after the Yankees determined an increased workout regimen prior to 2016 threw him off. His slider and changeup continue to improve. He even practiced with Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez two offseasons ago.

He admitted that his confidence was down in 2016, that temporarily losing the beautiful life of a big leaguer for minor league bus rides frustrated him.

Baseball in general, there’s a lot of ups and downs, said Greg Bird, who came up with Lamar Miller Womens Jersey Severino and has suffered plenty of setbacks himself. As a young player you go through things. You have to deal with adversity, especially playing here in New York. How he handled that was very professional. He bounced back, put in the time and learned. That’s all you can ask.

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Eli Manning, Odell get extra routes in after Giants practice

At the end of the day, they’ve got to do what’s best for their organization, Flowers said in a show of candor. I don’t have any personal feelings about it. Any player can get traded. I didn’t get traded. I’m still here. I haven’t Andrew Miller Jersey even thought about it.
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The most difficult part for Flowers was the phone call from head coach Pat Shurmur informing him he was switching positions to make room for Solder. Teammate Landon Collins said that is why Flowers no-showed for the minicamp before attending all 10 voluntary OTAS.

Of course, Flowers said when asked if it was difficult to receive the news, but I love playing football, so it’s whatever now.

I don’t think of it as higher, Flowers said. I’m not trying to over-pressure myself.

The Giants originally drafted Flowers with the No. 9 overall pick in 2015 to play right tackle, but injuries to teammates forced him to the left side as a rookie. He has 46 career starts at left tackle, where he has been a weak link for the offensive line in terms of both pass- and run-blocking.

Head trainer Ronnie Barnes examined Solder, and the former Patriot got up and tested the knee that seemed to be bumped by Hernandez during the altercation with Harrison.

Solder and Shurmur later said it was OK, but it could have been a lot worse. Coming off a 3-13 season, the Giants can’t afford to have their highest-priced free agent hurt in a minicamp where players are practicing in shorts and no pads.

Both players were taken out of the drills, and Bill Melton Jersey Shurmur talked to the 29-year-old Harrison, who swung Hernandez’s helmet at the rookie after a running play.

It has been very competitive the whole camp, Shurmur said. There are certain things we certainly can’t do. We got it settled down. When scuffles break like that, in that situation, we just take them out of the practice and let them cool off.

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Former NFL lineman Kenyatta Jones dies at 39

Former NFL lineman Kenyatta Jones died Saturday at 39. (Getty Images) More Former NFL offensive lineman Kenyatta Bear Jones has died at age 39, according to the Tampa Bay Times. His mother, Jessica Hadley-Brown, told the Times that he died Saturday of cardiac arrest.

Jones, the New England Patriots’ 2001 fourth-round pick, was the first-ever University of South Florida athlete selected in the NFL draft. He got minimal playing time in 2001, but does have a Super Bowl ring to his name thanks to his team’s win that season. He played 11 games in the NFL at right tackle in 2002, then underwent double knee surgery prior to the 2003 season, sidelining him for the year.

Mets second baseman Asdrubel Cabrera hobbled badly grounding out in the first and third inning, then was replaced by Jose Reyes in the top of the fourth due to a tight left hamstring.

Brees beat Peterson last year in a conditioning test, and Peterson still remembers it.

Being up there in New Orleans just for that short period of time, and just seeing him, man, I’m talking about clockwork, Peterson said. You see this guy out on the field two hours before practice and he’s going through his fundamentals. He’s in the weight room. He’s lifting. He’s cut up. The funny thing is once we did our conditioning test, that’s probably the first time I ever lost a conditioning test.

It helps explain why Brees keeps going strong at 39, with far less fanfare or discussion than the media devotes to an avocado ice cream-eating 40-year-old quarterback who is only 17 months older than Brees. However long Tom Brady lasts in the NFL, don’t rule out the possibility of Brees playing until an even older age.

Now, Al Jazeera still hopes to bolster Sly’s credibility as it relates to the things he said about Zimmerman and Howard, claiming that McGill confirmed much of Sly’s allegations about Peyton Manning.

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Tom Brady posts message to Instagram about Dwight Clark and ‘The Catch’

Dwight Clark forever will be remembered for The Catch— the Joe Montana-directed pass he caught at the back of the end zone to beat the Dallas Cowboys and catapult the San Francisco 49ers into the Super Bowl.
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Clark and Montana connected on hundreds of passes and together won two Super Bowls as the 49ers started a run of five championships from 1981-94.

T.O. should have been in,Johnson said. Randy, of course, Randy is going to go in. T.O., I wanted to be a bruiser like T.O., and then I wanted to go up and make plays like Randy, so it’s like I wanted to be a hybrid. Jason Williams Jersey I mean, anybody that came after those guys, of course, if they’re a big guy, they’re going to look at those guys to take some things from their game. That’s what you do. You emulate and try to make it your own. So no doubt, I loved watching both of those guys.

Johnson, who ranks just 29th on the all-time receiving list, will be eligible for induction in 2021. He said reaching Canton was a goal of his during his playing days, but he hasn’t thought much about it recently.

Only when people talk about it,Johnson said. I mean, you can’t help when people bring it up, but I don’t just sit around and think about it, no.

Matthews suffered a broken nose Saturday when offensive lineman Lucas Patrick smacked a liner up the middle, hitting his teammate in the face. McCarthy said the plan is for Matthews to have surgery by the middle of this week. It isn’t expected to affect Matthews in the long term long term.

What could have been a serious injury developed into a more lighthearted situation 48 hours later.

I think he needs to work on his off-hand, mitt side, on the release of the ball,McCarthy quipped Monday. That’s what the tape showed me.

After being knocked to the ground, Matthews covered his face with his glove and immediately walked off the field at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. He was later taken to a local hospital. Receiver Robert Newhouse Authentic Jersey Davante Adams, Matthews’ co-captain, pitched behind a batting practice screen the rest of the game.

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Dak Prescott likes energy in Cowboys’ locker room

Dak Prescott has a good feeling about the season ahead.
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During the organizations’s annual Cowboys U youth football event on Thursday, the Cowboys quarterback discussed the team’s chemistry during their three weeks of OTAs and expressed his optimism about the direction they’re headed.

Trevor Bauer (5-4) struck out 12 in eight innings, giving up one run and seven hits. He has fanned 37 in 21 innings over his last three starts.

I was ready to go back out there for the ninth, he said. I tend to feel better Duncan Keith Authentic Jersey as the game goes along, and my velocity stays the same or gets better.

Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 12th save, staying in the game after being hit by a groundball.

It got him pretty good, but he’s OK, Indians manager Terry Francona said. He might not pitch tomorrow, but that’s because he’s been up a lot.

Tigers ace Michael Fulmer came into the DeVante Parker Youth Jersey game with a 1/3 record and 6.89 ERA in his past six starts.

Norman, who graduated from the Conway, S.C., university with a major in communications and a minor in dramatic arts, joins J.J. Watt and Aaron Rodgers as recent NFL players who have received honorary degrees.

Watt received his honorary doctorate in medicine from Baylor University’s College of Medicine, and Rodgers received an honorary doctorate of humanities from the Medical College of Wisconsin for his charity work.

It’s been a busy offseason for Norman, who appeared on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, making it to the finals but eventually losing to figure skater Adam Rippon.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2012 by the Panthers, Norman has spent the past two seasons with the Redskins after signing a five-year, $75 million deal in 2016.

As Justify was hitting the backstretch at Belmont Park en route to his Triple Crown victory, Cabrera, winner of baseball’s Triple Crown in 2012, stepped to the plate in the third inning. He grounded out as his equine counterpart reached the far turn.

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy joined in the chorus during his Thursday morning media session.

Well, I’ll tell you, it brings a big smile to my face when it comes across my phone, McCarthy said. I’ll just say about Aaron Jones and our players:聽I’m thankful that everybody else is getting to see what I get to see pretty much every day. I mean, this is a tremendous locker room. We’ve been very fortunate and blessed with the caliber of character that we have in our locker room.
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GREEN BAY, Wisc. – Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones seemed a bit taken aback Thursday by all the attention聽he’s getting this week that has nothing to do with his performance on the football field.

I was just doing what anybody else would do, said Jones, a fifth-round draft pick from UTEP in 2017.

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34. Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones on the same field. The Falcons offense would rank 15 spots higher if Steve Sarkisian were coaching at some Rashard Robinson Jersey vocational high school somewhere.

33-27. Seven Jaguars defensive touchdowns. That’s how many the Jaguars produced last year, anyway. They are unlikely to duplicate that total, but it’s going to be a blast watching them try.

26. Sophomore running back encores. Alvin Kamara will carry a bigger load with Mark Ingram suspended. Dalvin Cook must return from injury to help the Vikings over the top. Kareem Hunt will be asked to take pressure off Patrick Mahomes II. Leonard Fournette must provide the groundfor the Jaguars’ ground-n-pound philosophy. They aren’t just thrilling runners who generate highlights and stats; they’ll have a major impact on the playoff race.

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