Joe Flacco denies holding ‘grudge’ over Ravens’ selection of Lamar Jackson

The Baltimore Ravens selected their quarterback of the future and seemingly put their signal caller of the present on notice when they took Lamar Jackson in the first round of the 2018 draft last month. But regardless of what you may have heard, Joe Flacco says he harbors no ill will toward the franchise or his potential successor.
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Limited Mens Phil Rizzuto Jersey People want to act like I’m holding some grudge, but that’s not how it is,Flacco said on Thursday following the Ravens’ offseason practice session. We welcome Lamar here with open arms, and that’s the same for me. My approach doesn’t change. I want to go win football games this year and we have a lot of new guys I have to get ready to play and help us win those games. That’s the reality of it.
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Listen, I think I’ve said, we’re all in the same room together,Flacco said. We want to have a great relationship. We’re in this thing together. When we’re watching practice and doing things together, yeah, we’re helping each other all the time.

A quick show of hands of owners showed a consensus for the new policy and that was considered a vote,NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told ESPN.

It’s possible that the lack of a real unanimous vote could give owners plausible deniability in their individual involvement in the passing of a new anthem policy.

On the other hand, Kaepernick and Reid don’t need to prove that 32 teams are working together to Jeff Skinner Womens Jersey keep them out of the league. Collusion, in this case, is defined in the collective bargaining agreement as follows:

No Club, its employees or agents shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, with the NFL or any other Club, its employees or agents to restrict or limit individual Club decision-making.

If even one NFL team advised another not to sign Kaepernick or Reid, that would be an example of two teams colluding.

President Donald Trump praises NFL’s anthem stance

It didn’t take long for President Donald Trump to comment on the NFL’s new national anthem policy.

During his Thursday interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump applauded the changes made by the league and took another jab at those who choose to protest.

“I do not like imposing any club-specific rules. If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players,” Johnson said. “I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest.

The Lions finished last season with a 9-7 record. They picked Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson in the second round of the draft and signed LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract, worth a reported $4.5 million, in March.

Bryant, recently cut by the Cowboys, remains unsigned. He played alongside Witten his entire career, but neither will play for Dallas this season. But Witten thinks he knows where Bryant will play.

“I think Dez is certainly going to have some great opportunities. He’s motivated and I think he’s going to end up going to the Green Bay Packers,” Witten said on The Adam Schefter Podcast.

Though the Packers drafted three wide receivers in this year’s NFL draft, they lack established options after releasing Jordy Nelson, who signed with the Raiders.

The Packers return Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, and they signed tight end Jimmy Graham, but Bryant’s ability to pick up first downs and contribute in the red zone could be enticing to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Arik Armstead recovering from minor foot procedure

If 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead didn’t have an injury history, this might not be that big of a deal. It might not be anyway.
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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Armstead recently had a minor foot surgery, and would miss some of the spring workouts with the team.

While described as a minor cleanup, Armstead’s dealt with enough other stuff throughout his career.

He missed 10 games last season with a broken hand, and was out half the season in 2016 with a shoulder problem.

Of course, it’s one thing for the cameras and microphones to create a distraction. The manner in which the series is edited and presented also could create a distraction. If, for example, Mayfield becomes too much of a focal point of the series (as HBO and NFL Films may want), some teammates may become jealous or resentful, especially if Tyrod Taylor continues to be the starter.

That’s why it will be important for the Browns to use their editorial veto power in a way not only that avoids specific embarrassments but also that steers the series away from story lines that could make it harder to keep the team moving in the desired direction.
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We’re looking for competitive, tough, disciplined, conditioned football, Vrabel said. We’re trying to get those things across to our team as we go through the spring, so that when September comes around . . . we know what to do and play fast and aggressive, and guys aren’t standing around wondering what I should be doing. They know what they’re doing and they’re playing 100 miles per hour.

The rules prohibit contact during the offseason, but there’s no rule against Gabriel Landeskog Womens Jersey getting guys in peak condition now, in the hopes that they can hit the ground sprinting (literally) when training camp opens, so that the focus won’t be getting in shape but getting ready for the games that count.

It could quickly become an effort to juggle Jello for the league, with coaches who strive for maximum secrecy (and who already resent having to make basic disclosures about injuries) doing anything they can to find a way to comply with efforts to prevent another Butler debacle while keeping the flexibility to do whatever they want to do without explaining themselves to anyone. But the NFL will have a good reason to come up with something that works, and to compel the coaches to go along with it.

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Jets trade Christian Hackenberg to Raiders for seventh-round pick

The Christian Hackenberg era has come to an end for the Jets, after zero games played.
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Hackenberg has been traded to the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.
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Blue Jays: Toronto recalled 2B Devon Travis from Triple-A Buffalo. He takes the spot of SS Richard Urena, who was optioned to Buffalo. … LHP Jaime Garcia and RHP Marcus Stroman, both sidelined by shoulder injuries, have started throwing programs at Toronto’s spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida. … OF Randal Grichuk (right knee) started at DH and went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts in his first rehab game at Class A Dunedin.

LHP Tyler Skaggs (3-3 2.88), who starts Wednesday, has allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts, including the past five. Toronto RHP Aaron Sanchez (2-4, 4.47) has won just once in his past six starts.

According to Kendrys Morales Womens Jersey Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, Riveron was asked today at the league meeting, What if a defensive lineman coming out of his stance initiates contact with his head? Can’t do it. He’s got to get his head up, Riveron answered.

Womens Harrison Phillips Jersey So NFL linemen are going to have to make significant changes to the way they do their jobs: In the past, linemen frequently made contact with their helmets when coming out of their stances. Now, they can’t.

Eventually, the NFL might just get rid of the three-point stance altogether. This new rule could be a first step toward that.

We had some opportunities. We just didn’t capitalize, manager Torey Lovullo said. Everybody is frustrated.

Chacin, making his second consecutive start against the Diamondbacks, pitched five innings. He gave up two hits, walked four and struck out six, including five in a row.

Arizona starter Matt Koch (2-3), who allowed four home runs during a loss to the Brewers in his previous start, retired the first 11 batters he faced before giving up a single to Lorenzo Cain and walking Travis Shaw with two outs in the fourth. That’s when Santana came to the plate, only to have a home run taken away by Dyson.

Matt Albers (3-1) worked a hitless inning for the win. Josh Hader allowed one hit and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his third save but not without some drama.

What does the Supreme Court’s decision on gambling mean for the NFL?

The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) is unconstitutional, clearing the way for states to individually legalize gambling on sports.
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According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the league will spend considerable time observing and planning its approach to new laws:

The NFL is unlikely to rush toward the biggest pot of dollars. It’s much more likely the league will think about how this will play out over the next 10 or 20 years, rather than immediate.

Elite Womens Nick Jensen Jersey But MMQB’s Albert Breer wrote in March that NFL owners are already envisioning a world where gambling can be part of the in-game experience for fans. He painted a scenario where people in attendance at a game could use an app to place live prop bets on certain outcomes to be further engaged and invested in the outcome.

I don’t see Frank Pallone’s bill as a relevant piece of legislation, said Wallach, a partner at Becker & Poliakoff. There has been significant movement on the state level with no corresponding movement on the federal level. I think what we will see is a new bill coming out of one of the committees, maybe even his committee (Energy and Commerce).

Minutes after the Supreme Court’s ruling was released, Pallone used the decision to again tout the GAME Act.

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Terrell Owens blames Jason Garrett for Cowboys’ problems

In the last several years, the Dallas Cowboys have struggled to break through to be true Super Bowl contenders. The team has either had their disappointing shortcoming in the regular season or falling just shy in the playoffs.

Soon-to-be inducted Hall of Famer Terrell Owens stated in a recent interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he believes the problem hasn’t been the players but rather the coaching staff led by head coach Jason Garrett.

When you look at since I left in ’09, nothing has really changed. You think about the great players that are coming in and out of that organization, it can’t just be all players. Wade Phillips was the head coach when I was there.

The second-leading rusher in team history (12,036 yards), he played in two Super Bowls and set a record with a 99-yard TD run in 1982.

The only player to ever win Super Bowl MVP honors (Super Bowl V) for the losing team, Howley got his ring the following year. He was an all-pro for five consecutive seasons (1966-70), tops among all Cowboys linebackers.

Earlier this month, The New York Times detailed the misogynistic and predatory behavior that some Washington Redskins cheerleaders allegedly were subjected to on multiple occasions. 

The Washington Redskins countered some of the more lewd claims, which included details from a 2013 trip to an adults-only resort in Costa Rica. Cheerleaders were asked to go topless and wear body paint with Redskins sponsors and FedEx Field suite owners all men watching, according to five unnamed cheerleaders who attended the photo shoot.

At long last, 50 Cent can breathe a sigh of relief. He might not have the worst first pitch ever. Akbar Gbaja-Biamila is challenging him for that spot after a horrendous spike into the ground Thursday afternoon at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia ahead of the Phillies ’ matchup with the Giants. Who is Akbar Gbaja-Biamila?

N.J.’s Jason Groome, top Red Sox prospect, to undergo Tommy John Surgery

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The No. 12 pick of the 2016 MLB Draft and former Barnegat High standout had not pitched during the 2018 season, and the surgery will sideline him until at least 2019.
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The Eagles, of course, currently have the best insurance policy possible in Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, so they have the benefit of being cautious with Wentz’s timeline if they choose to be. Then again, it still feels possible that general manager Howie Roseman — fully aware that Foles’ value will never be higher than it is right now — could trade away his famous backup by September. That only happens if Wentz’s rehab continues to trend in an upward direction.

The most likely scenario: Wentz is on the field and active against the Falcons for the Thursday night opener, with Foles on the sideline and ready if things go sideways.

The Jon Gruden Show goes on…

Gruden’s decision to come out of coaching retirement, sign a guaranteed $100 million deal with the Raiders, then radically overhaul Oakland’s roster has certainly brought out a strong sense of schadenfreude from within the football cognoscenti, hasn’t it? It seems like everyone either wants, or expects, Chucky to fail.

Bret Bielema has a role on Patriots’ staff

Bret Bielema was fired as the head coach at Arkansas in November and hasn’t officially taken a job anywhere since then, but unofficially he’s been working with the Patriots, and it appears he is heading toward a permanent role on the staff.
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Game Cortez Kennedy Jersey Bielema was working with the Patriots in the run-up to the NFL draft, and Field Yates of ESPN reports that Bielema has continued to work with the team and will be involved in coaching this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

The often-secretive Patriots have not announced anything about Bielema joining the coaching staff, so it’s unclear what role Womens Telvin Smith Jersey he is filling.

Bielema was head coach at Arkansas for five years and at Wisconsin for seven years. Prior to that he was defensive coordinator at Wisconsin, co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State and linebackers coach at Iowa. He is likely to have some role on the defensive side of the ball, where the Patriots have not announced a replacement for the departed defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Brian Flores is expected to call the defensive plays for the Patriots.

The Emmy Award-winning Markman knows of what he speaks. He’s the czar of ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage, as well as such football studio shows as Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and NFL Live.

Ross started his career behind the eight ball, missing Cincinnati’s entire offseason program and the majority of training camp following shoulder surgery. Any slim chance of joining the Week 1 receiver rotation was eliminated when he injured his knee in the preseason finale.

His few opportunities at playing time over the season’s first three months were sabotaged by rookie mistakes such as fumbling and quitting on a route. Before he worked his way out of the doghouse, his season was ended by an injury that required surgery to the other shoulder.
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In other words, Murphy’s law had Ross in the crosshairs from the moment he broke Chris Johnson’s combine record in the 40-yard dash.

As Ross insisted earlier this offseason, though, this is a new year with a lot of new things coming . One of those new things involves working on his craft with Houshmandzadeh, one of the premier route runners of his generation.

You get to this level, everybody can run, Houshmandzadeh said of Ross last month. Your technique and ability to separate has to come to the forefront because you can’t beat everybody with speed.

Panthers claim running back Elijah Hood off waivers

For the second day in a row, the Panthers Authentic Marcus Martin Jersey added a running back.
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Via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers claimed running back Elijah Hood off waivers from the Raiders.

To watch Sid and Guentzel is to watch a master magician share his tricks with an apprentice. He does this because Guentzel has provided Crosby with a dependable, offensively creative winger who does what Crosby values more than anything. He competes hard. That’s the biggest thing. And he’s got a ton of skill and hockey sense and all the things that come with it. But he goes to different areas to score. He battles hard in front of the net. He wins puck battles. He’s able to generate in a lot of different ways, and it’s great to see him get rewarded, said Crosby.

Guentzel has learned from Crosby, on the ice and in practice. You just see his focus. It starts in practice, and his attention to details. He sets the tone for us, Guentzel said.

Included in the story are allegations that the cheerleaders had their passports taken away upon arrival in the country and that male sponsors and FedEx Field suite holders were invited to observe a photo shoot that included topless women and others in body paint. There is also an allegation that the director of the squad told nine cheerleaders that they were to go out with those sponsors to a night club on an evening when team officials were also present.

Team president Bruce Allen issued a statement in response to the report on Thursday.

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Broncos veterans fine with passing their knowledge to younger teammates

The reality of life in the NFL as a veteran player is that there is always a younger player that is trying to take your job.

But if you want to have success as a team, players must learn how to coexist and find a way to maximize their talents collectively even if it may come at the expense of a player’s personal job security. However, the Denver Broncos seem far more open to working with and teaching their younger counterparts than Ben Roethlisberger is with his new rookie backup Mason Rudolph.

“If you want to win, you’re going to help your young guys,” Stewart said. “That’s how I look at it. I’m always willing to help any way I can with those guys and give them any information I can. It doesn’t do me any good holding anything back because we won’t get better as a team. I think me helping them as much as I can, as well as the coaches, that’s going to make us that much better.”

“If he does have to miss games, he will be missed,” defensive end Alex Okafor said, via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “You can’t replace anybody like that. He’s one of the best backs in the league. He’s dynamic, huge in the run and passing game. It’s going to be hard to cope with, but if anybody could find a way to do it, it’s going to be Sean Payton and Drew Brees. I’m sure we’ll be all right.”

Ingram is coming off the best season of his seven-year career in New Orleans. He rushed for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 58 passes for 416 yards. All four marks were career-highs.

While he will be missed for the first four games, the Saints know he’ll be coming back fresh in October as well with plenty of time to make an impact on the Saints’ 2018 campaign. He will be allowed to take part in all offseason activities, training camp and preseason games as well before sitting out.