Former 49ers receiver Terrell Owens won’t be going to the Hall of Fame for his induction ceremony. Former 49ers quarterback Steve Young wants Owens to reconsider.
The question facing FOX is whether five people can work together seamlessly, or whether the crew will have a too many cooks feel to it. FOX wants Thursday nights to feel like a big deal, and it remains to be seen whether the broadcast team is too big.
Patricia brings the longstanding New England culture of winning to Detroit. For a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991 and that has never been to a Super Bowl, that can’t be a bad thing.
Of course, it’s fair to say that, if Patricia is too much of a taskmaster, the players will become alienated if the team continues to struggle. But if the Lions win, Patricia will be celebrated, not castigated.
At least, that’s the opinion of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who told reporters today that neither his team nor the Golden State Warriors would be used as a prop the way the Eagles were this week.
The irony is that the Eagles have been nothing but fantastic citizens in their own community. I’ve been reading about Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long; these guys are studs, they’re amazing. It will be nice when we can just get back to normal — in three years.
While that part remains to be seen, the Eagles at least have the support of their fellow athletes.
O’Brien said he’s noticed a consistent, daily approach from Watson in his second NFL offseason.
I think you’re out of the college scene and you’re living on your own and you’re earning a paycheck now, O’Brien said. I think it’s more about being on your own and just learning how to have a consistent, daily approach.
President Trump canceled the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House visit today in his ongoing campaign against the NFL for players kneeling during the national anthem. But his effort to put on a display free of protest did not go according to plan.
But then his company folded, and those concussion stressors were triggered. He spent far more money than the business could handle, he says, right as the economy was tanking, and was forced to file for bankruptcy in 2012. Lewis can still remember the repo man taking everything away. His marriage on the rocks. Everything crumbling down. Depression at its worst.
He even needed to sell a commemorative ’12 Super Bowl ring given to him by the Ravens. That $50,820 helped him get back on his feet—and he didn’t mind the splashy headlines that followed, either, because they warded off the leechesin his life.
And it was right then when Lewis took the advice of the wife of his good friend, ex-back Joe Burns, and attended their church in Atlanta’s Buckhead district. His mind began to clear.
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NFL rumors: Mychal Kendricks might’ve requested trade from Eagles before release
Mychal Kendricks spent multiple off-seasons on the Eagles trading block. After the Eagles ‘ first day of OTA practice, they finally parted ways with their long-time linebacker, releasing him, in turn allowing him to explore the free agency market.
The move comes a year after Kendricks actually asked the Eagles to trade him after he received limited playing time in 2016 under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
It seems he might’ve requested a trade again this off-season, too.
Per Cleveland.com, Kendricks indicated he asked againfor a trade this off-season and that the Eagles tried to move him around draft time, to no avail.
Suicidal thoughts began to fade.
White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is set to start a minor league rehab assignment as he works his way back from a strained right hamstring.
General manager Rick Hahn says the 2017 All-Star will begin rehab with Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday and will need at least seven to 10 days before he is activated. Garcia has not played since April 23. He is batting .233 with four RBI in 18 games after hitting .330 and driving in 80 runs a year ago.
JS: [chuckles] I don’t know about that. I remember in 2010, I hadn’t had a complete game since, I think, maybe four or five years prior to that. I told [Maddon] in spring training that I wanted to finish games off. He believed in me. He believed in the process. In 2011, I had 11 complete games that year. At the end of the day, you have the trust of your manager and you have to have that mentality and work ethic to be able to do that.
A two-time All-Star closer, Britton placed fourth in Cy Young voting in 2016, when he went 47-for-47 in save opportunities and finished with a 0.54 ERA. In 2017, he battled a forearm injury that forced him to the disabled list twice and limited him to 38 games.
Despite expectations that the Orioles would trade Britton last summer, a deal never materialized. A free agent after this season, the 30-year-old hurler could be a valuable trade commodity this year for a Baltimore team that has already fallen out of contention and currently has the worst record in the majors. In the meantime, manager Buck Showalter said he’d prefer not to rush Britton back into the closer’s role.
In a perfect world, I’d like to not have to do it right out of the chute, Showalter said. I would rather him work his way into it with an outing or two. But sometimes the competition and the game doesn’t cooperate.
Righty Brad Brach has served as Baltimore’s closer this season. In 24 games, Brach is 0-2 with a 4.24 ERA. He has recorded 10 saves in 12 opportunities. As for Britton, he doesn’t care how or when he’s used, just so long as he’s used.
Elliott had 354 touches in 2016.
He’s a hard worker, Linehan said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. He’s really been putting a lot of time and emphasis into working on his game. . . . He knows he still has a lot ahead of him to prove.
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But Jones’ enthusiasm for his scheme, and Manziel’s fit in it, glosses over the more fundamental challenges of this transition. People I spoke with last week reinforced what others said during a trip to Hamilton in 2016: American visions of Manziel mirroring the success of Doug Flutie, another Heisman Trophy winner who moved north to find success, are outdated. Rather than scramble madly from wide sideline to sideline, successful CFL quarterbacks must now throw accurately and efficiently from the pocket, above all else.
If anything, the league’s three-down structure discourages quarterbacks from taking chances on unscripted runs or off-schedule throws. Lost yardage on first down, or even a minimal gain, leads to the NFL equivalent of third-and-long, effectively quashing drives. Historically, according to league data, CFL teams convert first downs on second-and-10 or longer between 12 and 14 percent of the time. In 2017, they converted 35.9 percent on plays of second-and-7 or longer.
Like so many others, Walker believes Bryant has plenty left in the tank.
I see him in my type of situation, you know, an older vet guy, Walker said. And I’m able to play at a high level, so I’m still sure he’s able to play at a high level. People have got to remember, it’s football. Some years you’re going to have bad years, some years you’re going to have good years. And, you know, they’ve got to look at the better years he had than him having one bad year.
But here’s the thing. Bryant didn’t have one bad year. He’s had three straight seasons that don’t reflect No. 1 receiver performance, all of which came after he signed his long-term deal in Dallas. His subpar effort in 2015 resulted from injury. In 2016, he played in 13 games and generated fewer than 800 yards. Last year, his total numbers were up, but per-catch average plunged from 15.9 yards to 12.1.
So it’s unclear whether he can still perform at a high level. And it’s unclear whether he’d be happy with the third spot on a depth chart. And it’s unclear whether he’d be able to translate motivation into production.
He remembers how he was discovered. Ravens scout Phil Savage saw him grinding through a solo workout in a 60-yard sandpit one off day his freshman year in Knoxville, told Ozzie Newsome he needed to see him ASAP, and the rest is history.
The next morning, like clockwork, Lewis is stationed in the corner of Buttermilk Kitchen. Right when the restaurant of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives fame opens, at 8 a.m., he’s here. His eyes are fixated on the screen of his iPad. Email to email, text to text, call to call, he keeps his mind moving. As if he’s racing against time.
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, now the attorney for President Donald Trump, celebrated his 74th birthday on Monday by returning to the Bronx for the Yankees ‘ Memorial Day game vs. the Houston Astros.
He never stopped enjoying the chase.
And no, it’s not the Super Bowl win he cherished the most. Not any touchdown, not the 2K fame. Most of all, Lewis simply loved having the ball in his hands 30 times a game. Loved staring down a defense and letting instinct take over. He viewed himself as a boxer in pads, jabbing and jabbing and jabbing you for three quarters before delivering a haymaker in the fourth.
That feeling of running…and running…and never stopping. That feeling of control.
That’s what you live for, Lewis says. After I just wore you down. Now we can roll.
So, no, he will not shimmy out of bounds. He’s plowing into the unknown the only way he knows how: head on.Lewis runs three businesses, brings AFC North passion to youth baseball games and never stops thinking. Never stops moving.
Eli Manning will no longer have a potentially serious legal issue hanging over his head.
Manning has settled the memorabilia fraud lawsuit that had been scheduled to begin today, a league source tells PFT.
At the last minute the trial did not start today because of a death in the family of one of the attorneys, but now there will be no trial, as Manning and the plaintiffs have agreed to a settlement.
The Minnesota Vikings went 13-3 last year, despite losing stud running back Dalvin Cook four weeks into what was becoming a sensational rookie season. They made the NFC Championship Game, despite haveing gone the entire year without their top two quarterbacks entering the year (Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater).
It’s not as though Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon weren’t solid in place of Cook, or that Case Keenum didn’t put together a fantastic season in place of Bradford and Bridgewater. But if you take that 2017 team, add a full season of Cook and throw in new quarterback Kirk Cousins, you get the potential for something special.
Este played nearby at Tennessee-Martin and had 129 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and four interceptions over the course of his college career. Firkser has spent time with the Chiefs and Jets while the other three were undrafted this year.
The Titans also said goodbye to four players. Quarterback Tyler Ferguson, defensive back Ryan McKinley, defensive back Elijaah Goins and running back Larry Rose will be moving on.
On his relationship with 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster: “You know, I’ve had conversations with him. Obviously he knows mistakes have happened in the past and he’s trying to move past it. He’s doing his best to deal with the situation the best he can. Basically, he’s an incredible young man. We’re all human beings and I think that’s what society forgets — that we all make mistakes. These young men are under a microscope that most people don’t have to deal with. And, obviously, he’s handling it the best he can, but I’m trying to do my part to just be a good teammate and be there for him in any way I can. And I think he’s going to be fine.”
HBO Sports announced Thursday morning that the 13th season of its ballyhooed behind-the-scenes look at an NFL team will feature the Cleveland Browns, who are coming off an 0-16 season and recently drafted Oklahoma product Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s draft.
The season premiere will air at 10 p.m. on Aug. 7.
Earlier this month, Dorsey told ESPN Cleveland 850, the Browns’ radio affiliate, that, “I don’t think there’s anything good that comes out of Hard Knocks,” according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. But in a statement Thursday, he said that, “I feel a lot better and understand why the time is right.”
It’s not only just a different playbook, but it’s a different game plan each week too this time of year. That’s what is so important about OTAs and training camp. That’s the foundation of your playbook, where the verbiage, how you package everything together, protections, concepts, run plays and the play action, how it all ties together. Then every week it’s a different game plan from that foundation throughout the summer. When you miss that foundation, it’s tough.
This offseason, they’ll lay that foundation.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook didn’t have a chance to finish strong as a rookie. Instead, his maiden NFL season abruptly ended when he tore his ACL in Week 4.
Through those four games, the second-round pick out of Florida State ranked third in the league with 444 scrimmage yards while averaging a splendid 4.8 yards per carry.
In April, Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that Cook has “knocked the rehab out of the park.” He adding that Cook will participate in OTAs—which get underway next week—”on a limited basis.”
Former Bills guard Richie Incognito reportedly was involved in an altercation at a Florida gym and is being held under the Baker Act, which is an involuntary psychiatric hold in order to be evaluated.
According to TMZ, and confirmed by Boca Raton PD to WKBW, police were called but no arrest was made after Incognito was accused of throwing a tennis ball and then a dumbbell at another person while working out at a gym Wednesday.
Some are of the opinion that the Super Bowl should be held in New Orleans every year. After all, there’s a reason what’s now called the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is hosting the big game for an eighth time, more than any other venue. The city is hosing the game for the 11th time; three of New Orleans’ Super Bowls were played at Tulane Stadium.
The Superdome opened in 1975 and hosted its first Super Bowl in 1978, when the Cowboys beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XII. It last hosted a Super Bowl in 2013, when many of the stadium’s lights infamously failed during the third quarter of the Ravens’ win over the 49ers.
Philadelphia signed former Lions and Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow to a one-year contract in April. But Worrilow reportedly suffered a serious knee injury Tuesday in the first day of OTAs.
Kyle Shanahan, 49ers: The winning momentum from the end of 2017 should carry over for San Francisco after an offseason of extra work for Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Sean McVay, Rams: The expectations have gone from zero to Super Bowl 53 after LA’s aggressive offseason, requiring McVay to raise his own bar after a great first season.
Mike Zimmer, Vikings: Zimmer continues his steady leadership and defensive scheming, but Super Bowl expectations in Minnesota have shot through the roof with Kirk Cousins.
Marvin Lewis, Bengals: The lack of playoff wins has now met a lack of playoff berths, but it still seems like nothing negative on the field is capable of pushing Lewis close to the fire.
Jon Gruden, Raiders: The Raiders spent a ton of money to convince Gruden to return, and the mutual investment suggests this will last a couple seasons before real results are demanded.
The NFL is tweaking the ejection language in the new rule outlawing lowering the head to initiate contact with the helmet, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports. Ejections by on-field officials will be subject to replay review, but owners must approve the replay component.
NFL officials have not said how often they expect the new rule to come into play. But Maske reports that the league said during the meeting that based on game video from last season they found about five violations per game of the new rule. That doesn’t mean, of course, officials will see all five considering the speed of the game.
Officials attending the meeting told participants they were confident they could spot violations in the open field.
Video of four plays of egregious violations was shown to participants Tuesday, according to Maske. The plays subject to the new rule included Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan‘s on Packers receiver Davante Adams and Bengals safety George Iloka‘s hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown.
“This is another challenge to get it taught better,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “There’s definitely plays . . . that, ‘OK, that play needs to leave [the sport], and that play needs to leave.’ Maybe if we start with those plays first to say the egregious fouls [must be addressed], then it’ll kind of trickle itself down.”
Owners are going to start looking at it and say, ‘Hey, we can reduce the roster size. We can reduce those players. You’re talking about a lot of players that are going to start seeing the end of their careers, which I think is significant.”
DeCamillis kind of has a point, but he’s grossly overstating it. If/when the kickoff goes away, players who primarily show their value by their ability to make a contribution during kickoff coverage or kickoff returns risk losing their spots. But those spots will then be filled by someone else with a different skill set.
Putting it another way, no one is suggesting that dumping the kickoff will in some way justify reducing total rosters from 53 or active, game-day rosters from 46.
Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay was one of eight undrafted free agents the Broncos signed, the team announced Tuesday.
Lindsay rushed for 3,770 yards in his career, ranking second in school history. He gained 1,474 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on 301 carries last season.
He spent 14 years as a coach with the New England Patriots, moving from an assistant in 2004 to the defensive coordinator for the past six seasons. He became a head coach in February when the Lions hired him following the Patriots’ loss in the Super Bowl.
After learning about Patricia’s past, Lions president Rod Wood had little hesitation defending the coach.
Nicolas, a former sixth-round pick from Virginia Tech, spent last year on the physically unable to perform list because of a ruptured patellar tendon suffered in January.
While he hasn’t been able to resume his NFL career, he is in talks with the Canadian Football League, McMahon said. Greene was a few games shy of qualifying for his NFL pension, his attorney added.
He’s genuinely a really nice, good guy, McMahon said. He’s never been in trouble. Everything was going well out with the Chiefs and this happened.
Running back Paul Perkins has been waived by the Giants with a non-football injury, the team announced Thursday afternoon.
After selecting Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall in last month’s NFL Draft, Perkins’ days on the roster were numbered as the Penn State product will likely be a three-down contributor and the Giants also signed veteran Jonathan Stewart as a free agent back in March.