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The Steelers traded Martavis Bryant during the draft and then selected James Washington in the second round in a move that may give them a replacement for Bryant in the wide receiver group.

Washington isn’t the only option for the snaps opened up by Bryant’s departure, however. Justin Hunter remains on the Pittsburgh roster and he’s gotten chances to run with the first team with Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster missing some of the team’s OTA practices.

I need every one of [these reps], Hunter said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. It gives me another op to show what I’ve got against the first team. As long as I keep it consistently, I’ll be straight.

Your San Francisco quarterback, I’m sure nobody ever heard of him,the president said.

… There was an article today that was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.

But for now it’s important to remember that A) he is here and B) it makes absolutely no sense for anyone, the receiver or the team, to risk aggravating an injury during a meaningless June practice. The Giants would be best served covering him in bubble wrap and sliding him into a storage shed until Sept. 9 given his importance to the team.

This might be headed for a training camp holdout, but for now Beckham’s situation hasn’t been the kind of distraction other teams are facing (see Julio Jones in Atlanta). He’s here. He’s healthy.

Manning needs him. The quarterback looks like a different person than he did at the end of last season, when he wore the strain of a 3-13 record and losing his starting job on his face.

Everything the Giants have done since December has delivered one message to their franchise quarterback: We can win now and we can win with you. Barkley might be the player fans are most exciting to see after the team took him No. 2 overall, but Manning is as much the face of this franchise as he was on his own draft night 14 years ago.

Tyler Austin’s first action in five games was a start at first base for Greg Bird and he was 0 for 4 with four strikeouts.

He’s now hitless in 18 at-bats since homering in consecutive innings during the Yanks’ 10-1 win in Kansas City on May 20.
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Backup catcher Austin Romine was in the lineup and extended his career-long hitting streak to nine games with a line single in the fifth inning. He was 1 for 2 with a walk and increased his team-best average to.358.

Vinnie Iyer: Beckham has more of a beef because the Giants have disrespected all the great things he has already done and have made him look like the absolute bad guy in all of this. Leonard’s situation feels a lot more personal, but in the end, business comes first, and business isn’t looking good for Beckham.

Simply put, he could be the best pitcher on the free agent market, putting him in line for a nine-figure contract with several worthy suitors聽ready and willing to open their wallets.

Now, that’s not until after the 2019 season.

However if the Giants’ 2018 season continues to go south, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that San Francisco tries to move him now.
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Which means pitching-hungry teams with deep farm systems, teams like the Yankees and Red Sox, could make a pitch for the southpaw before the non-waiver trade deadline, in an attempt to match up with the Houston Astros’ rotation.

A pitcher like Bumgarner could easily swing the balance in any pennant race. Which means all eyes will be on Sylvester Williams Jersey Bumgarner when he makes his 2018 debut Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

But this is at least one example of the NFLPA going further in on the kind of efforts it made in 2009 and ’10, ahead of the 2011 lockout. The advantage the owners had over the players then was a bet that the players鈥攇iven the lack of guaranteed contracts and overall job security in the NFL鈥攚ould never sacrifice paychecks to leverage a better deal out of the owners.
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Rams need young linebackers to step up this summer

The Los Angeles Rams loaded up on experience on the defensive line and in the secondary with a series of audacious offseason acquisitions through trades and free-agent signings.

Third-year linebacker Cory Littleton is calling plays for the first time after moving inside. Second-year outside linebacker Samson Ebukam was paired with rookie defensive end Justin Lawler to form the main pass rush tandem during a team period Tuesday, with rookies Trevon Young, John Franklin-Myers and Brian Womac seeing significant action behind them.

In the hopes of filling some of those gaps, the Rams used four of their 11 picks on linebackers to add depth inside and outside. Special teams contributors Littleton and Bryce Hager will take on larger roles in the middle, and players from McVay’s first draft class in 2017 such as Ebukam and Ejuan Price are being asked to further ramp up their development in pressuring opposing quarterbacks.

I think as a seventh-year player, now you have a little freedom to just be yourself and to not take a back seat and to just be vocal within reason, Cousins said.

Be a leader, step up, and let your voice be heard. To their credit, the guys have received it well, and it’s been fun to just assimilate myself into the offense and into the program.

As Cousins was finishing an interview session with the Minnesota media on Wednesday afternoon during a visit to a local middle school, his teammates called him over to complete their interaction with the kids and pose for one last photo.

He dutifully sprinted across the gym so as not to disappoint or, perhaps, take the razzing. He’s the face of this franchise, a responsibility he hasn’t shied from, but he’s also a carefully spoken and image-conscious player who can understand the importance of not overstepping his bounds.

The Giants clean up their backfield mess with a three-down runner and receiver who does everything well.

Game Mens Andy Janovich Jersey Barkley will be a good complement and boost to Eli Manning in a dangerous downfield passing game, and he will take advantage of an improved line with LT Nate Solder. It’s a great first pick for GM Dave Gettleman.
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This is a great fit, because the Jets needed the most complete and ready starter from this year’s QB class. Darnold’s arm, accuracy and athleticism form a near-polished product. He’ll have a good shot to start over Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater in Year 1. He also carries the it factor for the spotlight of New York. He can succeed where Mark Sanchez halfway failed.

D’Antoni’s spacing concepts are the same as they were with the Suns, but as with the total of 3s launched, the Rockets take them to new extremes. It’s not unusual for sixth man Eric Gordon or power forward Ryan Anderson, when he’s in the rotation, to spot up several feet behind the arc, giving Houston’s playmakers that much more room to work.

Morey’s analytically informed philosophy — feast on 3s, layups and free throws — was a perfect fit for D’Antoni. There were those who wondered, however, how it would work with Paul, a master of the midrange shot, which usually ranks below only post-ups among the Rockets bosses’ preferences.

It’s not a coincidence that Paul attempted 6.5 3s per game, by far a career high, during his first season in Houston. But he has remained a midrange assassin, in another case of individual analytics being an exception to the rule, as his field goal percentage (53.9) on those shots was the league’s best among players with at least 75 attempts.

The Ravens can use the additional third-round pick from that trade on a quarterback. Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta, Western Authentic LaDainian Tomlinson Jersey Kentucky’s Mike White and Washington State’s Luke Falk should be available in the middle rounds. — Jamison Hensley

Neither position seems like a particular need with a glut of receivers on the roster and the starting cornerbacks potentially set with Darqueze Dennard, Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson III. But don’t be surprised if someone at those positions catches their eye earlier than believed, especially if they can double as a kick returner. — Katherine Terrell

The significance of this is that the Browns moved down in the past two drafts, trading away selections that turned into Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson.

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The 2017 season was a forgettable one for Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys.

After leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and an NFC East title in 2016 en route to being named the Offensive Rookie of the Year, Prescott backslid last year. His passing yards, completion percentage, touchdowns and passer rating were all lower, and after tossing just four interceptions in 2016, Prescott threw over three times as many picks (13).
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As ESPN.com’s Todd Archer reported, the Cowboys are installing an offense in 2018 that will play more to Prescott’s strengths. He said, however, that things won’t be all that different this year.

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The date, June 5, could be an issue as the Eagles will be in the middle of a voluntary OTA during that time. The final round of OTAs聽are from June 4-7. Although the date could be an issue, it is also a time when (presumably) a large portion of the roster would be in Philadelphia.

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Brees hopes the gift of the prosthetic leg will allow Ruiz to return to a game the teen enjoys.

It’s going to allow him to walk around, get around, and then eventually get to the point where he’s able to play football again, Brees told KGTV. Because ask him right now and there’s no denying the look in his eye that that’s what he wants to do.

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But from the standpoint of mentally, there is no question 鈥?I’m 100 percent sure 鈥?to not have that on your mind, to not have the ambiguity of not knowing timelines, those kinds of things, there’s no doubt in my mind it will make a significant difference in how he can focus, how he can focus not only on the next practice but the next game and the entire season.

Elliott led the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards as a rookie and followed up with 983 yards and seven touchdowns through 10 games last season. Given the release of wide receiver Dez Bryant and the retirement of tight end Jason Witten, Elliott’s production will only go up.

As usual, Rams are waiting to sign their draft picks

At a time when more than two-thirds of the 2018 NFL draft class has signed, the Rams still haven’t signed a draft pick. That’s by design.
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The Rams have, for several years, been among the last teams to sign their rookie class. That’s because the Rams first like to spend some time educating their rookies about life in the NFL before paying them life-changing money, which a rookie signing bonus can be.

A few years ago we noted that the Rams do Financial Planning 101 with rookies, wanting them to have an idea of what to do with their signing bonuses.

The Panthers had been owned by Richardson since their inception. He announced his bid in December 1987 for an expansion franchise in the Carolinas, and the Panthers played their first season in 1995.

The former Cleveland first-rounder who was acquired in a March trade said he’s getting used to a more aggressive conditioning program, as he tries to get down to 335 pounds.

My body’s adjusting to all the running, man, Shelton said, via Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston. It’s pretty crazy. But I like it.

Game Kids Rudy Gay Jersey Of course, Shelton has only been Adam Joseph Duhe Youth jersey on one other team, but said he can tell a change in the Patriots program to the one he was used to. And after gaining weight this offseason, he’s working to get back into the kind of shape he wants to be in. The Patriots take pride in running the hill next to their practice fields, something he’s looking forward to.

Just getting my mind ready for it, Shelton said. We haven’t gotten to that part. It is deceiving. It doesn’t look too tough. But just hearing from some of the guys, it’s not something you want to mess with.

While he might not have lived up to expectations in Cleveland, he’s the kind of buy-low (he was acquired along with a fifth-round pick for a 2019 third) addition the Patriots have succeeded with in the past.

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He spent the past two seasons at left guard with the Jaguars, starting 20 games. But after the Giants drafted Will Hernandez in the second round, with the expectation he will start at left guard, the Giants moved Omameh to right guard.
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Daniel Descalso (L), 29 percent, Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers (RHP Jhoulys Chacin): Is Descalso playing himself into fantasy relevance beyond NL-only leagues? The 31-year old utilityman is off to his best start ever (.854 OPS) and is already halfway toward matching last year’s 10 home run output despite being just over a third of the at-bats he needed in 2017. Chacin has a sharp 235-platoon split favoring lefty batters that Descalso will look to exploit. Descalso is starting regularly and qualifies at 2B, 3B, and OF, making him someone to consider if injuries have decimated your roster.

He did a nice job today, Shurmur said, via NJ.com. We’ve had him in for a week. He has kind of fit right in there with everybody. I wasn’t all that pressured up about [his absence]. I’m glad he is here. I’m getting to know him. It’s a clean slate. He’s out here competing, and I think that’s what’s most important.

Solder said he’s excited to play with Flowers and everyone with the Giants will be excited if the changes at tackle lead to a more competent offensive line this time out.

I’m still hitting the ball hard, Gregorius said. Whatever I do, whether I’m hitting the ball hard or not hitting the ball hard, it’s at somebody. There’s nothing I can do about that. I’m trying to make good contact out there, and the results are not always going to be there.

The shortstop was hitting.333 with 10 homers, 30 RBI and a 1.130 OPS through 31 games after May 3. He was named April’s American League Player of the Month.

Since then? Woof.

He’s got just one hit in 41 plate appearances over nine games. That included an 0-for-30 stretch, almost all while hitting out of the Yankees’ No. 3 spot. It was the Yankees’ Pierre Pilote Jersey longest span without a hit since Russel Martin did it in 2012.

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The NBA was hit with gambling issues in 2007 when referee Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to two charges related to an FBI probe alleging he bet upon NBA games that he officiated. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison. The league responded by banning all sports betting by its referees. The NFL also backed US lawmakers taking quick action to avoid chaos in multiple states over betting regulations.

The intensity with which Agalarov and his father, the billionaire Aras Agalarov, sought the Trump Tower meeting, which has become a key point of scrutiny for congressional inquiries and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, was revealed in more than 2,500 pages of congressional testimony and exhibits released by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning.

Given that history, we intend to call on Congress again, this time to enact a core regulatory framework for legalized sports betting. We also will work closely with our clubs to ensure that any state efforts that move forward in the meantime protect our fans and the integrity of our game. The NFL Players Association vowed to work with other player unions in looking out for the integrity of the sport.

The information was included as a footnote in the 92-page form filed with the Office of Government Ethics, which said in an accompanying letter that Trump should have listed the payment as a liability in his previous financial statement and referred the documents to the Justice Department.
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I ain’t searching for that someone, he said My mom, she’s my hero.

With violence and poverty all around him, he found his refuge in football.
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Every spring there’s a rush to (prematurely) grade every team’s draft, even though we all know you can’t truly grade a draft until years later, when the players have (or haven’t) developed. With that in mind, a look back at the true grades of the 2014 NFL draft More Draft grades are inherently flawed, but we like them anyway. (I’m guilty, too. I did SI’s draft grades this year and found the process surprisingly fun.) The biggest gripe about draft grades is that nobody really knows how draft picks will develop, and so how can we grade them before we know what they’ve become?

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Gone are deep threat Brandin Cooks and playoff hero Danny Amendola, replaced by physical slot receiver Matthews and gadget weapon Patterson. Expect a greater impact from Edelman and Mitchell, a pair of Super Bowl LI stars who lost the 2017 season to knee injuries. Even if Cooks’ presence outside the numbers and downfield is missed, this appears to be one of the league’s deepest units, bolstered by Gronkowski’s behemoth presence as the greatest tight end of all time.

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