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Although Elliott was voted Sporting News Rookie of the Year in 2016, it was Cowboys QB Dak Prescott who took home the AP award. Last season, Saints running back Alvin Kamara swept both awards.

Barkley will step into a feature role in the Giants’ offense behind an improved run blocking line and will be playing off a dangerous passing game. He can put up big rushing and receiving numbers with no competition from teammates in the backfield.
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There are, however, several rookies capable of upsetting Barkley in the race for this year’s rookie award. Running backs have won three of the past five AP awards and three straight for SN. Expect that trend to continue in 2018.

The opportunity and the skills are there; the trick for Penny will be producing enough yards and points in a tough division. He would be the first Seahawks player at any position to win either the AP or the SN award.

But Roethlisberger, 36, has been adamant he still has a few years left in the league, which would prompt many to believe the Steelers could still think about Jon Gray Jersey the present.

Pittsburgh decided during the NFL Draft that it would take the into its own hands, selecting Oklahoma State star quarterback Mason Rudolph in the third round. Roethlisberger doesn’t understand the decision.

I was surprised when they took a quarterback because I thought that maybe in the third round, you know you can get some really good football players that can help this team now, Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan, via Nothing against Mason; I think he’s a great football player. I don’t know him personally, but I’m sure he’s a great kid. I just don’t know how backing up or being a third [string] 鈥?well, who knows where he’s going to fall on the depth chart 鈥?helps us win now.

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Reuben Foster is due in court June 20 to face a marijuana possession charge, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

The 49ers linebacker was arrested on the second-degree misdemeanor charge January 12 and released after posting $2,500 bond. He is subject to league discipline under the NFL’s substances of abuse policy.

On Wednesday, Foster will find out whether he will stand trial on domestic violence charges after his former girlfriend recanted accusations against him. Ex-girlfriend Elissa Ennis said she made up allegations that Foster struck her because Foster broke up with her and she “wanted him to go down” as a result. Ennis also described her actions as a “money scheme.”

Celtics players were happy not to have to linger on Saturday’s loss.

“That left a bad taste in our mouths,” Marcus Smart said. “So we want a chance to redeem ourselves.”

Pat Shurmur and Case Keenum are out, and John DeFilippo and Kirk Cousins are in. But despite some changes, Minnesota and its trusty defense figure to be contenders in the NFC playoff hunt this season. That is, if they can navigate what appears to be a tough 2018 schedule.

Toughest tests: The aforementioned Eagles game is the first of several challenges. Another postseason rematch, against the Saints, is just as tough. Beyond those game and the always-dangerous NFC North contests, road trips to LA to play the Rams and to New England to play the Patriots are the Vikings’ key games.

Biggest breaks: The Vikings are fortunate to get the Saints at home, avoiding the intimidation factor of the Superdome and welcoming New Orleans back to the site of the Minneapolis Miracle. With the exception of the Patriots game, the AFC East presents the Vikings multiple winnable games on their schedule.

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According to KHBS, former Arkansas product Damian Williams turned himself in to the Washington County Jail after an arrest warrant was issued for him.

The 29-year-old Williams was involved in an incident in Fayetteville last October, for which the police report read that he recklessly causes physical injury to another person while operating or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle or motorboat if at the time the person is intoxicated.

Williams transferred to Southern Cal, and was drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Titans. He also played for the Dolphins and Rams, with knee problems derailing a promising start.

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Washington won Games 1 and 2 in Tampa, then dropped the next two at home. The Capitals are 7-2 on the road this postseason.

When you get this deep into a series, everyone knows each other by heart. Now it really comes down to a little bit of will. You have to will yourself for this moment, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

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This will be Washington’s 11th Game 7 since the start of the 2008 playoffs, the most among NHL teams in that span. None of those games, however, has been for a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz said after Monday night’s win in Washington that there’s no team he has coached that he would rather lead into a seventh game.

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Tepper, the founder of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management, has a net worth of $11 billion, according to Forbes. Because he is a minority owner of the Steelers he already had passed the league’s vetting process before he got official approval earlier Tuesday from the finance committee. That and the ability to write a check for the purchase put him ahead of other candidates.

That the league, according to sources, encouraged Richardson to complete the sale in time for a vote at these meetings also worked to Tepper’s favor. There wasn’t time for Charleston, South Carolina, billionaire Ben Navarro, the runner-up in the process, to complete the vetting process before this week, even though his bid was $50 million to $60 million higher than Tepper’s, sources said.

For Tepper, this was the culmination of a dream for somebody who as a kid couldn’t afford to go to an NFL game. He was almost giddy, twice making references to his lack of hair.

Listen, I’m thrilled about this, he said. It’s more than fantastic.

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Patricia was accused of one count of sexually assaulting a woman in South Padre Island, Texas, during spring break in 1996. Patricia emphatically denied the accusation after it was reported earlier this month, and Lions owner Martha Ford, team president Rod Wood and general manager Bob Quinn released a joint statement expressing support for Patricia.

The truth is on my side, Patricia said in a news conference on May 10. I lived with the mental torture of the situation where facts can be completely ignored or misrepresented Authentic T.J. Oshie Jersey with disregard to the consequence and pain that it would create for another person. I find it unfair and upsetting that someone would bring this claim up over two decades later for the sole purpose of hurting my family, my friends and this organization with the intention of trying to damage my character and credibility.

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You know, there’s a lot that goes into those things. It can be very complicated, McDaniels said. I’ll say this, I’ve stated again and again that I definitely want to be a head coach again. At the same time, I love being here. This is where my kids were born Greg Olsen Womens Jersey and raised. And we’ve made a pretty special life here and that’s not an easy thing to leave. So, there’s a lot to consider.

With Marcell Dareus, Abry Jones, Malik Jackson, Dante Fowler Jr., Yannick Ngakoue and Calais Campbell in the group, the Jaguars have perhaps the best collection of defensive talent in the NFL. They essentially have two starting-caliber units, and Bryan is going to have a difficult time cracking the rotation early.
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This is OK, though, because Jacksonville will have the time to develop a player who could be a defensive star in the future.

He’s starter-level talent, but I don’t think that is going to be next year. He’s out here getting by on his AA [athletic ability], but he doesn’t have enough feel for the game yet, an NFC Scout said of Bryan, per Zierlein. That doesn’t happen overnight.

Kirk, the聽47th overall pick on April 27, joined the Cardinals for rookie minicamp May 11-13 and is expected to attend organized team activities (OTAs) on Tuesday through Thursday.

In post-draft news conferences, general manager Steve Keim said the Cardinals paid special attention this year to character when drafting players. There were no reports of Kirk ever getting into trouble in high school or college.

New coach Steve Wilks has said several times that he wants players聽who possess the right DNA.

Elite Earnest Byner Jersey We don’t want a bunch of choir boys, I’m not saying that, Wilks said recently. But we want to make sure we got quality football players coming into the building. We’re not going to worry about getting a phone call in the middle of the morning that someone out in Scottsdale is doing something crazy.

Brandon resigned May 1 after spending 20 years working up the Bills’ executive ranks.

The Lions, meanwhile, have employed a mix of local law enforcement officials, in-house personnel and outside firms to run background checks on everyone from head coaches to general managers to draft prospects and even summer interns going back the past three decades.

Greg Suhajda, a former special agent for both the Secret Service and FBI who’s consulted with professional teams and colleges on past high-level hires, said situations like what the Lions encountered with Patricia are exactly what most are trying to avoid.

They wanted just additional stuff just to make sure something like this wouldn’t come out, said Suhajda, now the senior managing director of the business intelligence division at Mackinac Partners.

Certainly, fiscally, you’re worried about a lot of financial aspects that may go to the person’s character, or honesty or integrity as to what he said on some of the applications, Suhajda said.

And determining the veracity of all that is critical from an integrity standpoint. And surely one of the questions (for Patricia) had to be, have you ever been convicted of a crime or charged with a crime?

The league determined the team ”addressed the matter in a timely, thorough and appropriate manner.” The statement comes a week after the NFL wouldn’t rule out launching an investigation in announcing it planned to contact the Bills to discuss the reasons behind Brandon’s abrupt departure.

He also spent the past three years serving as president of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, who also are owned by Terry and Kim Pegula. Two people with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Brandon’s resignation came after he was confronted about the relationship by the Pegulas. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because it is an internal matter, and the Pegulas did not provide a reason when announcing they accepted Brandon’s resignation.colts_133

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In his first public comments since the Giants drafted Barkley with the No. 2 pick, Manning didn’t add to any of the great hype Barkley is receiving. Perhaps it was a favor from a former No. 1 overall pick to the highest pick the Giants have exited a draft with since Manning in 2004.

You like those three-down running backs, Manning said. I haven’t watched a whole lot of film on him. You’ve got to let him get here and earn his (stripes) a little bit. I know he is very talented. I’m just excited to get him in the facility and on the practice field and work with him.

I hear it all the time from retired players who say, ‘I was so scared to say something when I was playing,’ James said. We are the engine that drives this league. If we can’t get onto the field with a less harmful medicine and we can’t live our life after football, how are we going to tell our kids to play this game?

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Calais Campbell doesn’t agree with Ben Roethlisberger. Although the Jaguars defensive end didn’t call the Steelers quarterback by name, Campbell said it’s veteran players’ duty to help young players develop.

As far as football goes, really just the biggest thing is playing fast, he said. Don’t think too much where you start playing slow, because that’s when guys get hurt. You’ve always got to play fast, even if you make a mistake, make it going 100 mph and stay off the ground, that’s another way guys get hurt.

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According to Cowboys Executive VP Stephen Jones, the Cowboys will get a lot: Jones said Austin will get 12 to 24 touches a game on offense.

Jones is overly optimistic if he expects production like that from Austin. Of course, given that the Rams used the eighth overall pick on Austin in 2013 and then signed him to a four-year, $42 million contract extension in 2016, Austin has Sharrif Floyd Jersey some experience with teams being overly optimistic about him.

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McClain played in 30 games for the Cowboys and started all 15 he played during the 2016 season. He had 61 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles over his entire run in Dallas.

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He’s more than capable of checking three positions and holding up against switches with his frame and length. He didn’t look out of place matching the physicality of Miami’s Justise Winslow. Plus, he’s averaging 1.7 steals per 36 minutes this season and has baited opponents into a handful of inbound turnovers:

It was a nice story that Terrell Edmunds, the safety from Virginia Tech, followed his former Hokie brother, Tremaine, a linebacker who went to the Bills in the first round. It was even an inspiring pick with Ryan Shazier coming to the podium for Pittsburgh. But, unfortunately, Vander Esch and Rashaan Evans going before the Steelers’ pick cost them a chance to draft a Shazier replacement. They needed some safety help, but Sean Davis and Morgan Burnett make the position viable for 2018. Pittsburgh’s competition in the AFC, New England and Jacksonville, made picks to bolster strengths now, while the Steelers thought more about a future weakness.

He got booed in Dallas at Jerry Jones’ house. He didn’t get to shake the hand of the No. 1 overall pick since Mayfield did not attend the draft. It’s time for the NFL to stop making the Commish the centerpiece of each pick, instead having a more entertaining celebrity (gulp) emcee.

Harvey’s Jaguars tenure got off to a poor start when he held out before the team signed him to a massive rookie contract, the only deal he’d sign with Jacksonville. Though Harvey played three seasons with the Jaguars, they released him in 2011. His last chance in the NFL was a poor 2011 season with the Broncos.

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