Cowboys take Leighton Vander Esch with the 19th pick

The Cowboys had their choice of wide receivers, but took a player they think can make an immediate impact on their defense.
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With the 19th overall pick, the Cowboys took Boise State outside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.

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Jerry Jones seems to have figured things out when it comes to drafting in recent years. Maybe that has meant backing off. But the picks of Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott were home Charles Leno Jersey runs in 2016. They also built their offensive line with the picks of Zack Martin and Travis Frederick.

Authentic Youth Rickey Jackson Jersey Browns fans should be happy to see the Chiefs so high. Their new GM, John Dorsey, was in charge of all of these drafts. The 2015 draft landed five starters, and the pick of Tyreek Hill in the 2016 sixth round was a home run.

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A knee injury derailed the career of Floyd, who was one of three first-round picks by the Vikings that year. Minnesota just went to the NFC Championship riding the backs of many of the players they have taken over the past five years. If Teddy Bridgewater had stayed healthy, this group would be even more impressive.

The Rams’ 2014 first-round picks show how hard the draft is. Robinson, taken with the No. 2-overall pick, was a total bust. Donald, who was taken 11 picks later, just won Defensive Player of the Year. Did the Rams suddenly get smarter in 11 picks?

Frank Reich: No reason to take big chances with Andrew Luck

Hester noted the possibility that he could be the last kickoff returner in Canton, as the kickoff may be going away.
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It’s a big part of football, it’s one of the most exciting plays when you’re playing this game of football, Hester said. At the end of the day, if I’m the last, if I’m the one to be the best at the return game, it’s an honor. But at the same time, I want to continue to see it play out.

Hester is a player that today’s generation will tell future generations about 鈥?in part because future generations won’t witness kickoff returns.

A little more than four years later, of course, Mara would fully realize how badly his good sportsmanship had killed him, watching Namath take over the town, win Super Bowl III, all but single-handedly give the AFL credibility. Sherman Womens Georgios Papagiannis Jersey didn’t yet know it, but he’d also coached his last game by Jan. 12, 1969 (he would be fired the following August, not long after losing an exhibition game 鈥?to Namath and the Jets, of course).

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Although McKenzie has the title that would seem to give him the authority on draft day, the reality is the coach who negotiated a 10-year, $100 million contract directly with the owner is probably going to be the one who gets to call the shots if push comes to shove. Fortunately for McKenzie, he believes that is not going to happen.

You talk about distractions. When you draft a quarterback really high, it’s gonna be a distraction until he plays.

And the Giants, who had plenty of distractions last season and still have to answer Odell Beckham Jr. questions, are trying to eliminate the off-the-field issues.

The Giants are trying to clean all that up, in my opinion. They’re trying to get this team stabilized. Get the Odell Beckham Jr. situation straightened out and settle all that stuff down.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone disclosed April 3 that Ellsbury had injured his left hip during his rehabilitation, and Ellsbury received a cortisone injection on Tuesday.

At the end of a long flight, feeling tired, muscles stiff, there is the added annoyance of trudging down to the lower concourse to collect your belongings.

Not so for Dave Gettleman. He is traveling lightly on his maiden Giants trip, ensuring he does not have to make a stop at baggage claim. There is more freedom to maneuver this way.

Or, they stay put and take Chubb as JPP’s replacement, the perfect marriage of need and value.

Look, Bradley Chubb’s no joke now, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick said Thursday. That is a legit, legit player. I’m of the belief last year, if you were stacking him up play-for-play with Myles Garrett, I’m taking him. If they were both coming out the same time, I’m putting Bradley Chubb ahead of Myles Garrett. I think he’s that good.

The hope had been that he would resume baseball activities on Friday, but Boone said Monday that the right heel pain had caused another setback, though he said the right oblique had healed.

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been rehabbing a couple of injuries while at the team’s spring training headquarters in Tampa, is now dealing with a heel issue as well.

He’s had it at times in the past, Boone said of the heel injury. Look, I don’t think it’s a serious issue, but it is something that popped up along the way with his hip stuff.

Will they win the Stanley Cup? If this is craps, I’m betting the “Don’t Pass” line. The remaining potential opponents en route to the Cup — the San Jose Sharks, Predators and Jets — can match the Knights’ firepower and their speed. In the case of the Predators and Sharks, they can deploy defensive assets to slow the Jonathan Marchessault line, which has been Vegas’ primary offensive engine.seahawks_158

Greg Mancz signs RFA tender with Texans

Houston Texans center Greg Mancz signed his restricted free agent tender with the team on Monday.
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Given the possibility of a backslide in 2018 (especially with a first-place schedule, an improving AFC South, and games against the teams of the AFC East and NFC East), it could make sense to slate any Jacksonville prime-time games early in the year. If Jacksonville takes a step backward this year, those games against Pittsburgh and New England will have far less sizzle. Getting them on the books for evenings in September could be the best place to put those games.

Either way, we’ll find out more this week, when the sheet is expected to be removed from the all-important when, to go along with the who and where that we’ve known for more than three months. We’ll also find out what the Jags will look like when playing those games; their uniform reveal is coming Thursday night.

NFL teams don’t keep two punters on their roster during the regular season unless an injury is necessitating a short-term backup option. So when the Denver Broncos elected to sign Marquette King following his release by the Oakland Raiders, it almost certainly marked the impending end of Riley Dixon’s tenure with the Broncos.

While the Broncos have tried to find a trade partner for Dixon, it’s far more likely Denver will release Dixon when the potential options exhaust themselves.

But with his status still up in the air, Dixon isn’t taking a chance by showing up to offseason workouts with the Broncos. According to Mike Klis of 9News, Dixon has been advised to stay away from the team by his agent until it makes its final decision on his future.
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Center J.T. Miller of the Lightning had to leave the ice late in the second period after sustaining a facial cut. He returned for the third period. … Devils captain Andy Greene had assists on goals by Noesen and Lovejoy. … Killorn and Johnson each skated in their 50th career playoff game. … C Cory Conacher replaced the injured Ryan Callahan (upper body) in the Lightning lineup. … Devils F Michael Grabner, who was acquired from the Rangers in February, was a healthy scratch after playing in the first two games. Mirco Mueller also sat as New Jersey dressed six defensemen instead of seven used in Game 2.

Bears will make Cameron Meredith decision Wednesday

Wide receiver Cameron Meredith will be signing with either the Bears or Saints on Wednesday.
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The Saints signed the restricted free agent to an offer sheet last Friday, leaving the Bears with five days to match the offer or let Meredith depart for New Orleans without getting any compensation in return. The deal is worth a reported $9.6 million with $5.4 million in guaranteed money.

Washington starter Jeremy Hellickson gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings in his Nationals debut.

Cole shifted to a relief role to make room for Hellickson in the rotation. Cole was 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA in two starts this season. The 26-year-old has pitched parts of four seasons for the Nats. Martinez said Cole fits perfectly as a long man in the bullpen. The conversation went really well, Martinez said, adding, he’s all for it.

Along with giving up two runs, Cole threw a fastball that sailed to the backstop and tore a hole in the Dunkin’ Donuts sign.

While the release of the preseason schedule will bring us another small step closer to the 2018 season, the wait will continue for the unveiling of the regular season schedule. The exact date isn’t known at this point, but last year’s schedule was released a week before the draft and the same timeline would have this year’s games being revealed on April 19.

Cora said he never considered not pitching Sale in the rough conditions because the lefty had worked in the cold when he was with the White Sox.

I think it’s tough to play anybody in these conditions, Cora said. Somebody that’s capable of doing it is him — he played in Chicago.

I read an article — I think it was (in) 2016, Robin (Ventura) was his manager and said: `I know it’s miserable, but it’s a Authentic Kirk Gibson Jersey happy day when you have your ace going.
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Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner (1-1, 2.50 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series Tuesday in Detroit.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (1-1, 2.40) pitches the opener of a nine-game road trip Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Price left his last start Wednesday after feeling a sensation in his throwing hand.
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Beckham is already injured, or, more exactly, was already injured, and is rehabbing a fractured left ankle suffered in Week 5 last season.

Limited Womens Justin Peters Jersey This annual gathering of the top wheelers and dealers in the NFL, commonly known as the owners’ meetings, is a four-day convention for getting things done throughout the league. One day after Giants co-owner John Mara made clear he is tired of the sideshow that comes with employing Odell Beckham Jr., Beckham’s camp may have unloaded a predictable, but nevertheless powerful warning.
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Beckham also has to prove to ownership he is mature and trustworthy enough for the franchise to invest in him. Thus far this offseason, he is off to a rocky start. Mara, unquestionably wanting to send a message, said Sunday: I’m tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior and what the latest incident is. I think he knows what we expect of him and now it’s up to him.

This was in response to the latest Beckham bombshell, a video that surfaced recently with a French model in a Paris hotel, with Beckham holding what appeared to Terry Steinbach Jersey be a brown cigarette, with a white substance nearby. The model has said Beckham did not do any drugs that night.

We feel a little bit like we can control our own destiny.

The Jets have spent the last two weeks crisscrossing the country, attending pro days and private workouts with the top quarterbacks in the draft 鈥?Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield. They have four more weeks to dissect those players and then they can wait and see whom the Browns and Giants take before them on April 26.

We feel very good about what may potentially be there at three for us with the players at all the positions we evaluated, Maccagnan said.

Limited Womens Tom Waddle Jersey He acknowledged the Jets had discussions with the Browns about moving up to No. 1, but it seemed like they were happier to trade with the Colts at No. 3 and not give up a future first-round pick. He confirmed they did not talk to the Giants about going up to No. 2, but said it had nothing to do with them being crosstown rivals.

Maccagnan left the door open to the Jets moving again, but that seems unlikely.

Cowboys’ Byron Jones says he’s moving to cornerback

Cowboys 2015 first-round draft pick Byron Jones is switching positions — again.

Jones revealed Monday that he’s returning to cornerback after spending the past two years at safety, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

It’s a different story at safety, though, with a shortage of manpower behind Heath and Frazier.

In other words, Jones’ position switch will do nothing to quiet speculation of a potential draft-weekend trade for Seahawks All-Pro Earl Thomas , a Texas native who finished last season with a plea for the Cowboys to pursue him .

According to ESPN, thirty-four helmets were tested for safety, and 10 helmets that finished at the bottom of the rankings were listed as prohibited. Six of those models will be prohibited immediately, and four more will be phased out by the 2019 season. The banned models are manufactured by Rawlings, Riddell, Schutt, and SG. Rawlings helmets were prohibited because the company stopped making helmets more than two years ago and doesn’t offer support in that area.

Cassidy: What is Steve’s motto? ‘No White Flags,’ right? We can use a little bit more of that attitude in our country right now. Steve can help us all see people with disabilities in a different and more hopeful light.

Preston Brown’s 144 total tackles tied for the league lead last season, but he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Tom Brady’s blind side has never been more vulnerable. New England’s primary goal should be to protect its soon-to-be 41-year-old signal-caller. 

Mike McCray has all of the thump and toughness that teams hope to get from a true inside linebacker. However, his athleticism is limited and may force him off the field on third downs. He looks like an unnatural mover struggling to reach the top speed needed to compete. McCray is best as an inside backer who isn’t the primary coverage guy on the field and can instead use mental processing and power to be a productive player.

He hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his three starts.

Altherr, Kingery, Phillies win 6th in row, beat Rays 10-4

The Philadelphia Phillies have put together an impressive early-season run.
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Aaron Altherr hit a three-run homer, Scott Kingery had a three-run double and the Phillies won their sixth in a row, topping the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 Sunday.

We’re rolling right now and having fun with it, Kingery said. I think one of the big things is everyone is positive out there no matter if we’re down a couple runs or up a couple runs.

Kingery’s two-out drive off the center field wall capped a four-run burst in the third inning that put Philadelphia ahead 4-2. The rookie has 12 RBI over his last eight games.

Philadelphia took a commanding 10-3 advantage during a five-run eighth when Maikel Franco hit a two-run single and Altherr homered off Andrew Kittredge.

Altherr went 1 for 5 and raised his average to .083 (3 for 36) with his second homer.

I don’t think the odds are in my favor, to be quite honest, Kiermaier said.

Phillies starter Ben Lively lasted just four innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.

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C.J. Cron hit his second homer and Daniel Robertson connected for his first off Perez.

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Profar was in concussion protocol after being upended by Smith’s slide in the second inning. Profar came down on the side of his head after making a throw toward first base.

Duffy left in the first inning with right hamstring tightness. He said he was scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday.

Rangers: INF-OF Renato Nunez, claimed by Texas on waivers Sunday from Oakland, was added to the 25-man roster and OF Ryan Rua was Womens Todd Bertuzzi Jersey optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. … The Rangers acquired C Tony Sanchez from Cincinnati for a player to be named or cash and assigned him to Round Rock.

Rays: Hu was optioned to Triple-A Durham after the game and RHP Hunter Wood was called up.

Peyton Manning turns down FOX

Peyton Manning has decided the broadcast booth isn’t for him. At least not for now.
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The former quarterback has turned down FOX’s pursuit of him as the lead game analyst for its Thursday night package, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports. Manning previously said no to ESPN, which wanted him for Monday Night Football.

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Reich’s first coaching job was on Tony Dungy’s staff in Indianapolis, and he described the opportunity to coach in Indianapolis again as a dream come true. The transition didn’t go the way anyone expected, but Reich loves where it ended up.

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Few teams had more fun celebrating touchdowns last year than the Steelers.

So it was odd to hear their coach deliver a decidedly get-of-my-lawn take about them at the owners meetings.

Via Jeremy Fowler of, Tomlin said he thought the league’s relaxed rules sent the wrong message to young players.

It’s for the entertainment of the fans so I respect it on that level, but personally I don’t like it, Tomlin said. I just think it takes away from the game. It’s not a good look for young people. Young people aren’t allowed to celebrate in that way [during games], so why should we?

Will the NFL now have a charging rule?

The NFL has passed a sweeping prohibition on the lowering of the helmet to initiate contact, but it has provided no details whatsoever to the media or fans (and very few to the teams) regarding the application and enforcement of the rule. Many questions will need to be answered over the next few months, and plenty of potentially unintended consequences may arise.
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Here’s a possible unintended consequence about which the league should be very concerned: Some coaches may try to get players to, essentially, take a charge.

The Brewers’ new-look outfield got off to a fast start this season. Lorenzo Cain is the first player in Brewers history with at least nine hits and no strikeouts over the team’s first four games of a season.
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The Rockies may have made the best move of the young season so far, reaching a contract extension with reigning NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon that will keep him under team control through 2021 (with player options for 2022 and ’23). Blackmon led the majors in hits, runs and triples last season, also crushing 37 home runs. He was also the first player since Duke Snider in 1954 with at least 35 homers, 35 doubles and 10 triples in a single season. — Casella

If I had to say one thing how do we do it better, I would say I hope at some point we expand the rosters to get even Ryan McDonagh Jersey bigger, Quinn said. No pressure if a guy is out to say, ‘OK, here’s another guy that’s up.’ So 46 is good. And maybe in years to come, 10 years from now when we’re sitting here, ‘OK, remember back in the day when you had 46 guys?’ Maybe it goes to 50 or something along those lines and gets more opportunities for guys because without a developmental league, we’re hopeful that maybe the roster size gains by a few spots, that we can incorporate that. And I think it’d be safer, too, to have more guys available to play.

Quinn’s idea makes sense, and it’s actually a little surprising that NFL owners haven’t expanded the game day rosters already. After all, the owners are paying the players anyway, so why not make them all available to take the field?