Steve Young urges T.O. to reconsider his Hall of Fame boycott

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.

At White House ceremony, some visitors knelt during the national anthem

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 OF Avisail Garcia set to start rehab assignment

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.

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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.

That brainstorming is on hold, though. Right now, Lewis is obsessing over his new website.

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 settles memorabilia fraud suit

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.”