NFL announces Clay Martin’s promotion to referee

The NFL lost a fourth referee to retirement this offseason when Gene Steratore decided to hang up his whistle and join CBS as a rules analyst and they named his replacement on the roster on Thursday.
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There are a few young guys that have caught my eye and, to be very honest, I have no idea if they’ll make the team yet or how they’ll perform once the pads come on or when preseason games begin. I’m going to give you four names, not all of them are free Andy Dalton Jersey agents and two of them might be considered longshots. The first two are linebackers – rookies Foyesade Oluokun (pictured above) and Richard Jarvis. And two just happen to be from Ivy League football programs (Yale and Brown, respectively).

The Falcons just completed their 2018 Minicamp Built by The Home Depot and while the players and coaches are prepared to enjoy some brief time off, it’s time for fans to make their preparations for training camp in July.

So, without further ado, here are the official dates and practice schedule for the 2018 AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp.

But he has looked explosive at times, showing off that speed, and he’s caught the ball well, too, coming out of the backfield. And the fullback battle is wide open at this point, with McNitt, Daniel Marx and Ricky Ortiz challenging for the starting job. But McNitt is another one of those guys who seems to be doing everything Josh Gordon Jersey right. That is not a knock at all on the other two guys, just an observation when it comes to McNitt, is all. Thanks for writing in and reading SFTB, Jimmy.

The Rams provide a difficult test, even though they are 27th in the league in run defense.

In the teams’ first meeting in London, Peterson had just 21 yards on 11 carries, and the Cards only ran 12 times total in the blowout loss.
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Besides Williams and Foster, the running backs behind Peterson are Elijhaa Penny and just-promoted-from-practice-squad Bronson Hill.

Earlier in the week, Arians said that if Deone Bucannon couldn’t play because of his bad ankle, the Cardinals would explore their options, including moving rookie Haason Reddick back inside.

Bucannon, wide receiver John Brown (toe) and defensive lineman Corey Peters (ankle) all will be out Sunday, as will rookie safety Rudy Ford (knee). Joining Peterson Sergei Boikov Authentic Jersey as questionable are defensive lineman Josh Mauro (ankle) and tight end Troy Niklas (neck/back).

For the Rams, wide receiver Robert Woods (shoulder) and linebacker Connor Barwin (forearm) will not play. Running backs Malcolm Brown (knee) and Lance Dunbar (knee) are both questionable, although both practiced full Sunday.

Analysis: The Cardinals sorely missed Johnson in 2017 as he suffered a dislocated wrist in the opener against the Lions and never returned. He should be back and ready to roll in 2018, which makes running back a low priority in free agency. Peterson was acquired early in the season and had a pair of Richard Rodgers Youth Jersey huge games against the Buccaneers and 49ers. His performance dipped down the stretch and Peterson missed the final five games of the season due to a neck injury. He will be 33 next season and a lack of versatility limits his value with Johnson back in the fold. (UPDATE: Peterson was released on Tuesday.)

Logan looked good in training camp and the Hall of Fame Game but, like Johnson, missed the season with a dislocated wrist. He seems to be the favorite to return kicks and punts, and hopes to carve out a role on offense. Foster and Penny are expected to push for a roster spot, with distinct skillsets the selling point for both. Victor and Hill will look to make an impression on the coaching staff this offseason.

Vikings to induct late coach Dennis Green into the team’s Ring of Honor in September

When people think of Dennis Green, his famous line they are who we thought we were following his Cardinals ‘ loss to the Bears in 2006 inevitably comes up. The Vikings, however, remember Green for much more. They will be inducting the former coach into the team’s Ring of Honor at halftime of the Vikings’ game against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 23. Green, who died in 2016 due to cardiac arrest, was 97-62 in 10 seasons (1992-2001) as the Vikings’ coach, missing the playoffs only twice.
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Only Bud Grant A.Q. Shipley Jersey who won 151 games between 1967 and 1983 for the Vikings coached the team to more victories. Green also led the Vikings to a 15-1 record in 1998 a season that ended in heartbreak, but one that still gave the team and its fans plenty of fond memories.

He opens my eyes from the at-bat quality, Boone said. Since the day we first called him up in Kansas City, right away you saw good, patient at-bats. He’s up there looking to do damage.

Any time we just throw him in there, right away there’s a plan and I feel like he’s giving you a mature at-bat plus with he’s tooled up. He can hurt you if you make a mistake.

The Astros have evolved into a model, 21st-century organization that works in lockstep all the way from owner Jim Crane, to Luhnow and his baseball operations department, to field manager/team spokesman/front-office liaison A.J. Hinch, arguably the Marshawn Lynch Jersey prototype for a big league skipper in a 2018 context. The Houston clubhouse is a lively, well-integrated environment with few apparent cliques and lots of video hockey.

(At least in spring training.) The players are embedded in the Houston community, which never was more apparent than during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Houston’s payroll is nicely dovetailed with the on-field value provided by the roster, and the system is still bearing fruit, with top prospects like outfielder Kyle Tucker waiting on a big league opportunity.

Thus, it was no surprise this week when Crane promoted Luhnow to the title of president of baseball operations and general manager and extended his contract through the 2023 season. The Astros’ window of contention is wide open, and even with crucial contract negotiations approaching in the years ahead Springer, Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Lance McCullers and Carlos Correa Houston seems poised to be an American League power for the foreseeable future.

Peyton Manning says ‘ultimate pro’ Drew Brees deserves to set record for passing yards

Peyton Manning knows it’s not a matter of if New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will break his NFL record for career passing yards.

It’s just a matter of when, Manning told on Friday during the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

He deserves it. He’s been a great player for a long time, said Manning, who first met Brees in 1998 when he was a rookie with the Indianapolis Colts and Brees was playing nearby at Purdue.

I know Drew feels the same way — you never play for individual records, Manning said. Drew has been the ultimate team player. It’s all about helping your team win. I know when he breaks any of these records, it’s not going to mean as much to him if the Saints don’t win the game that day.

Banks is serving 15 years in prison after being found guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery in June 2017 for his role in the gang rape of a female Vanderbilt student in June 2013.

Scruggs said any implication that Banks was the front-seat passenger is false.

Brandon was never in the car with this victim, Scruggs told Outside the Lines. He said Banks told him that the three men had taken an Uber together earlier in the evening with a different female driver before partying together. They were two different events, two different Uber drivers, Scruggs said.

Banks did not speak to the NFL as part of its investigation, Scruggs said, though Scruggs said league representatives tried to interview him in prison several months ago. Banks, who is awaiting a ruling on an appeal of his sexual assault conviction, told them he would not talk to them without Scruggs present. Scruggs said no one from the NFL had reached out to him before the visit nor did anyone from the NFL contact him afterward.

Keke Coutee impresses Texans in his quest to win the slot job

Texas Tech has established a tradition of sending receivers to the NFL. Michael Crabtree, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and Jakeem Grant have represented the Red Raiders in recent years.
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The school had only two players selected this year, and both were wideouts. The Texans selected Keke Coutee in the fourth round, and Dylan Cantrell went to the Chargers in the sixth.

That gives Coutee a chance to contribute as a rookie.

He’s only getting better, Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. He’s always hanging around, seeing what I’m doing in between periods, asking me questions. The guy can play football. That’s going to take care of itself. Coming in, learning this offense, getting in his playbook, and that’s what he’s been doing.

So there was no sign of that on Tuesday, when the cornerbacks typically employed in bump-and-run coverage techniques for as much as 80% of the snaps in the real games went through the whole practice playing it soft. Off coverage is what it’s called, and it’s an apt term.

That’s Womens Austin Jackson Jersey what scrutiny will do for the practice script.

Then again, maybe the Ravens – penalized for a third time since 2010 for Bashaud Breeland Jersey such violations of the collective bargaining agreement – are getting picked on a bit too harshly.

I don’t get into judging all of that, Harbaugh said after practice. They have their reasons for what they do.

Entering his fifth season — the final year of his rookie contract — Beckham is seeking a new deal, which would make him the NFL’s highest paid wide receiver. But, as expected, the 25-year-old joined his teammates on the field Tuesday for the first day of a mandatory three-day minicamp.

Though Beckham — who hasn’t played in a game since Oct. 8 — was limited in the spring, when he attended organized team activity practices, on Tuesday the receiver caught passes, and punts while participating in individual drills.

MLB wrap: Corey Dickerson powers Pirates past Dodgers in scoring bonanza

Fans of pitcher’s duels likely stayed far away from Wednesday’s slugfest between the Pirates and Dodgers.
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Pittsburgh, fueled by eight runs in the first four innings, won the scoring marathon 11-9. The Pirates were led by Corey Dickerson, who collected three hits and scored four runs.

Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez went 0 for 5 with four strikeouts in a 3-0 loss to the Yankees. Hernandez batted.306 in April, but has cooled off significantly since and now has a pedestrian.247 average.

Phillies (32-27) at Cubs (34-24) 2:20 p.m. ET Two teams trying to jockey for position in a jam-packed National League. Philadelphia, finally relevant after years of suffering through large contracts from underachieving veterans, could make a statement with a big series win. The Cubs have been hitting lately, but pitching Brian Winters Jersey remains a concern for the long run.

It’s a bold bet, considering the Phillies have lost six of their last eight games and the Cubs have home-field advantage. But what’s the fun of betting without a little risk?

The Cardinals have a new coach, defense, offense and starting quarterback. Everything but the rookie passer is well defined going into training camp.

Coach Steve Wilks and coordinator Al Holcomb are installing a Panthers-style 4-3 defense. Offensively, Mike McCoy is bringing his hybrid scheme, a departure from the Air Coryell days of Bruce Arians. The change meant Arizona needed a different type of quarterback than the Carson Palmer-like, downfield gunslinger.

The Cardinals gave Sam Authentic Cameron Erving Jersey Bradford a lot of money in free agency, then gave Mike Glennon a lot less. That was before UCLA’s Josh Rosen fell to No. 10 overall in the draft, a perfect spot for Arizona to trade into for its QB.

Bills GM: Zay Jones must ‘earn his way’ back into lineup

When the Buffalo Bills return for training camp in July, there will be question mars littered all over their offensive formation.
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Who’s starting under center? How will Buffalo fill its three vacancies along the offensive line? Behind Kelvin Benjamin, who will pan out in the wide receiver room?

Buffalo’s No. 2 option is thought to be second-year receiver Zay Jones, but off-the-field issues and a knee injury have hamstrung his progress ahead of 2018.

Behind Benjamin and Jones (supposedly) on Buffalo’s depth chart are Andre Holmes, Kaelin Clay, Jeremy Kerley, Brandon Reilly, Rod Streater, Quan Bray and undrafted free agents Robert Foster, Ray-Ray McCloud and Cam Phillips, all of whom saw first-team snaps during minicamp.

If and when Jones returns to training camp healthy, perhaps he will secure the No. 2 role Buffalo drafted him to seize. But until then, the Bills are keeping their options open.

It all starts with the defense and maybe the most talented cornerback in football in Jalen Ramsey. He and A.J. Bouye anchor the backend, along with Barry Church and Tashaun Gipson. Ronnie Harrison was landed as a steal in the third round to give them another old-school safety who can thump. Upfront the defense has Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Antonio Morrison Jersey Yannick Ngakoue and Dexter Fowler, with Myles Jack ( the next great linebacker star in the NFL ) and Telvin Smith at linebacker.

This is a GREAT Lias Andersson Jersey defense. Offensively the Jaguars have plenty of gas, when Bortles is cooking the right way. If the running game with Leonard Fournette and the big bodies up front is working, Bortles can effectively operate the play-action game, and the Jaguars can choke people out when they have a lead. The biggest question is how they handle adversity and potentially trailing. They have a bizarre point-differential setup from last year.

Jason Licht’s challenge raises $130,000 for pediatric cancer research

Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht shaved his head for a good cause, raising more than $100,000 during the team’s annual Cut for a Cure fundraiser.

Licht challenged Bucs coaches, players and staffers in the fundraiser, and they topped his goal with $123,000 in donations for pediatric cancer research. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, saying he didn’t like odd numbers, then added $7,000 to the total.

So I think that’s really incumbent upon us to adopt that, because that’s how I think the country is now interpreting the kneeling issue.

In May 2018, after the NFL passed a rule prohibiting kneeling during the national anthem – but allowing players to remain in the locker room during the ceremony if they wish – some owners admitted that Trump had impacted the league’s motivation for creating a rule.

The day after the NFL passed the rule, Trump once again revisited his remarks about players’ job statuses or whether they should be in the country if they didn’t stand for the anthem.

The non-contact injury in voluntary workouts was a blow to the Chargers, who earlier this offseason bid goodbye to veteran tight end Antonio Gates. Henry caught 45 passes for 579 yards and four touchdowns last season before going on injured reserve with a lacerated kidney.

He had 12 touchdowns his first two seasons.

More Should the system arbitrator and a federal judge find there is a basis to force Trump or others to sit for depositions, it would raise an argument over whether the president can actually be compelled by the courts to sit for a deposition.

Trump could choose to ignore the order or simply decline, leaving it up to the justice system to enforce the subpoena.

Whether that would ever happen is a significant matter of debate.

TMZ: Kareem Hunt Allegedly Punched a Man at Ohio Resort

Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt allegedly punched a man in the face at an Ohio resort on Sunday morning after a verbal altercation.
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During his debut season, Hunt rushed for an NFL-leading 1,327 yards to go along with eight rushing touchdowns. He also caught 53 passes for 455 yards and three touchdowns.

The third-round draft pick out of Toledo was named to the Pro Bowl and finished second in Offensive Rookie of the Year voting behind New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara.

PFW roundtable: 5 key offseason questions, AFC West edition More PFW editors Bob LeGere, Eric Edholm, Greg Gabriel, Arthur Arkush and Hub Arkush answer five key offseason questions regarding the AFC West. 1) Who will be the biggest impact rookie? LeGere: It’s not that the defense was the main reason the Broncos plummeted to a 5-11 record in 2017 after averaging 12 wins in the previous five seasons, but the pass rush was mediocre and the team tied for 22nd in points allowed. Edge rusher Bradley Chubb will have a positive Bruce Smith Jersey effect in both areas, while also making sack specialist Von Miller even more devastating on the other side.

Cleveland’s newly minted wideout went out of his on Thursday to praise Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor while taking a not-so-subtle dig at his former signal-caller, Miami’s Ryan Tannehill.

I think [ Browns play-caller] Todd [Haley] is going to give me the opportunities I need to… not show off my talents, but the things that I can do, Landry said when asked if there’s a version of the wideout we haven’t seen. I believe that I’m a complete receiver all-around.

Landry wasn’t finished, saying: … The quarterback play is so important, which has got me that much more excited about Tyrod and (first-rounder Baker Mayfield) and the way that they’re throwing the ball out here, it makes me that much more excited. It’s a lot better than what I had in Miami. I’m excited about that.

Landry’s went to gush over Taylor’s willingness to gather with his receivers in the offseason — a new experience for the wideout.

As soon as I found out he Paul Perkins Youth Jersey was coming, I texted [Taylor]: ‘Let’s do it.’ Found out when he was coming up here, we all came up here for the press conference, we did the press conference, then we did the thing in Miami where we got everybody together and then we’re back here. And we’ve got something else planned when we leave here right before training camp and stuff like that. I love it, Landry said.

Will Khalil Mack show up for training camp?

Now that Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack won’t show up for mandatory minicamp, which will cost him $84,435 in fines, the next question becomes whether he’ll show up for training camp.
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The cost goes up dramatically, with a price tag of $40,000 per day. But the fine amounts are irrelevant to the broader question of whether the Raiders will offer Mack the kind of contract that gets him to sign on the dotted line over the long haul (especially since the fines are often quietly forgiven once the player shows up).

Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (4-1, 1.52) has been fantastic, especially over his last four starts all wins. During that stretch, he’s given up a combined two runs in 24 2/3 innings. He’s been the most stable starter in an injury-ravaged rotation.Springer, Astros overcome wild Morton start, top Rangers 4-3

The Astros go for a four-game sweep with LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-8, 4.13 Iman Shumpert Youth Jersey ERA), who is tied for the major Authentic Jeremiah Addison Jersey league lead in losses. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner pitched seven scoreless innings against Texas in his most recent victory May 13. LHP Matt Moore (1-5, 7.47) is 0-3 in six home starts for the Rangers after an NL-leading 15 losses last year with San Francisco.Daily Pitcher and hitter rankings for Sunday

Dixon played one game for Carolina in 2016 after spending the first 16 weeks of the season on the Panthers’ practice squad. He entered the NFL with Oakland as a rookie free agent in 2015 out of the University of Washington.

Dixon was released by Carolina last year during training camp.

He spent his final two college seasons at the University of Washington and played in 16 games with one start following a brief stint at Alabama and two years at Eastern Arizona College.

They fell out of first place two days later and have been chasing Milwaukee ever since.

We always want to win, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. We want to be in first place, but we want to be in first place at the end of the year. Getting there now is always nice.

The Cubs moved into first thanks to a five-run 11th and an eighth-inning rally against Josh Hader. Anthony Rizzo started the 11th with a homer off Matt Albers after Jason Heyward hit the game-tying single in the eighth.