The frightening reality the Cowboys now face as the NFL draft approaches

The frightening reality the Cowboys now face as the NFL draft approaches More Oh, and the Cowboys need a starting left guard now that Cooper has signed with San Francisco, and depth is needed along the defensive line and at tight end. Dallas can help itself by finding multiple starters with its first three picks. That isn’t always easy.

But in 2016, the Cowboys’ strong draft paved the way for an NFC East title and a 13-3 regular season. Dallas used the No. 4 pick on running back Ezekiel Elliott and drafted its new franchise quarterback in the fourth round in Dak Prescott. In between, the Cowboys selected Smith in the second round and immediate defensive tackle starter Maliek Collins in the third round.

Ballard said he’s also open to moving further down the draft board. After initially feeling like he wouldn’t want to fall out of the Top 10, Ballard said that he’s more willing to do so because the team has identified eight non-quarterbacks they believe are “premium” players at the top of the draft. A trade down that nets one of them and more picks to fill out a thin roster would work well, but the benefits may be harder to see on the field if the Colts’ bet on Luck goes the other way again this year.

He was born 60 seconds after his identical twin brother, Shaquill, with a left hand that never fully developed. While he was still in the womb, he was affected by a rare condition called amniotic band syndrome, in which strands from the amniotic sac separate and entangle parts of the fetus. His hand was ultimately amputated when he was 4 years old.

That, however, hasn’t deterred Griffin from carrying on in life as if he never had a disability at all. That includes playing organized football at a high level, despite countless coaches taking a first look at him and wondering how in the world he was going to be able to properly contribute to their respective team playing with only one hand.

Erik Chinander, who was Griffin’s defensive coordinator at Central Florida, represents a perfect (and typical) example of what Griffin has faced his entire life. Chinander, who’s now at Nebraska, came to Central Florida along with head coach Scott Frost in 2016, Griffin’s junior year, took one look at him and wondered, How is this going to work?seahawks_182

Anthony Lynn on Chris McCain: Football is a business

The Chargers are leaving the door open for Chris McCain’s return, but that doesn’t seem likely after they rescinded a tender to the restricted free agent. The move makes McCain a free agent.
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This sport does have a business side to it, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said, via Eric Williams of ESPN. I think when you re-do Corey Liuget, it gives you some flexibility there, and we did some things with Chris. We think Chris is a heck of a John Johnson Womens Jersey player. The door’s definitely open for him to come back. We’ll just see how it works out.

Rose, who started at ESPN in 2007 right after his playing career ended, grew his profile outside of basketball, filling in on Mike & Mike and Cold Pizza (now First Take). Rose also worked closely with Bill Simmons, including a production role in the 30-for-30 on his famed Michigan team.

I was trying to find unique barriers and use them as a motivation, Rose said. One of them was for former basketball players to be thought of the same way football players were because that sport was considered king.

For so long there was not a Monday-Friday show nationally that featured a basketball player. You had football players: Michael Strahan, Mike Golic, Marcellus Wiley on ‘SportsNation.’ Those are the things that I looked at and in my own little way used them as motivation.

Adidas says it would like to have Kaepernick under contract if he becomes an active player again.

If he signs on a team, we would definitely want to sign him, Adidas North America President Mark King said, via the Arizona Republic.

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We love athletes that have a platform to make the world a better place, King said. If they’re an activist in a way that brings attention to something that moves the world forward, even if there’s controversy at that moment, we’re really interested in those athletes because I think it represents the world today.

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Lue’s lineup adjustments could be born out of necessity as much as schematic invention. George Hill, who was cracked in the back by a Trevor Booker screen on Sunday, was still feeling the effects Monday.

Sheldon Richardson’s free-agent departure, along with Malik McDowell’s unfortunate accident, will force the Seahawks to consider all interior options.聽

After completing his second game in the developmental Spring League on Thursday, completing 10 out of 16 attempts for 188 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, Johnny Manziel is at a crossroads. Having not played a snap in the NFL since December 2015, the former first-round pick can either hope to receive a call from the league in a matter of weeks or agree to a two-year commitment with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
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The Indians finished 6-2 on their first homestand of the season, which included a ballpark-record low temperature 32 degrees for the start of the April 8 game against Kansas City.

Cleveland’s strong pitching has overcome a struggling offense. The Indians have allowed three runs or fewer in 10 games and gave up 16 runs in the homestand. Cleveland is batting .200 as a team but has reached double figures in hits the last three games.

Mike Mayock, who dipped his toe in the NFL in 1982 and ’83 with the Giants, has seen his Dede Westbrook Jersey path to big-time broadcasting gigs blocked by the stars who networks cannot seem to quit. Peyton Manning was en vogue this offseason, with ESPN and Fox throwing themselves at him for Monday and Thursday night games until he ultimately rejected both.

After the Manning turn-down, Fox turned to Troy Aikman to fill its star quota in the Thursday Night Football booth, The Post reported. It’s a hard time for broadcast hopefuls who didn’t enter the field with Super Bowl rings and records.
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Capitals beat Blue Jackets 3-2 in 2OT, pull to 2-1 in series

The Washington Capitals needed a lucky bounce to finally get an overtime win in Game 3 in their intense first-round playoff series with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Lars Eller got the last stick on a puck that bounced off him and Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski before rolling past Sergei Bobrovsky, and Washington got the 3-2 victory nine minutes into the second overtime Tuesday night.

We got some good fortune, but we also executed and we were committed today, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.

Game 4 is Thursday night back here with Game 5 set for Washington on Saturday.

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Pierre-Luc Dubois and Artemi Panarin scored for Columbus, and Bobrovsky finished with 42 saves after getting 54 in the Game 2 on Sunday.

Panarin knotted the score 4:12 into the third period after he and Cam J.J. Jansen Youth jersey Atkinson went back and forth with pinpoint passes before he swiped it past Holtby from the left circle.

The All-Star center expressed frustration late Monday night about being held out of the Sixers’ Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat thanks to injury.

Embiid has been sidelined since March 28 because of a broken orbital bone and concussion. He has cleared the NBA’s concussion protocol but has not yet been cleared to take contact. There remains no definitive timetable for Embiid’s return, though Brown said Tuesday that it is not that far away.

It’s still moving forward, Brown said before the Sixers’ practice on Tuesday afternoon. What I can say is there is a very unified effort with his representation and the people around him. With the people that did the operation, the doctors, with our medical staff, with the team, with me, the coaching staff. We’re all doing this. There’s a unified sort of spirit and line of communication..

There are still a few medical hurdles for Embiid to clear as he returns from surgery, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. The recovery is a process of ramping up to different stages of activity.

Geno Smith has spent his career in New York, becoming a bit of a, uh, punchline.

Assessing the wide receiver situation starts with where Odell Beckham Jr. plays in 2018. Figure he remains with the Giants, decreasing the need for much help here. Sterling Shepard is a rising slot target and, for now Brandon Marshall is on the roster and eager to prove he can finish out his superb career on an upswing. Roger Lewis flashed a bit in 2017 and Cody Latimer was signed away from the Broncos. Adding speed in the draft is certainly a consideration.

The Giants are in good shape at tight end, with 2017 first-round pick Evan Engram already established on the field and in the locker room. Savvy Rhett Ellison is a versatile blocker and adequate pass-catcher. Jerell Adams needs to make a move to stay around.

“What I’m always prepared for is to be accountable for any mistakes that I make and accept the responsibility for any miscommunication in the clubhouse, the dugout or anywhere else in this building. I also feel accountable for putting processes in place immediately that will ensure the mistake doesn’t happen again. That’s my responsibility. That’s what I stay focused on.”

“Jay is the stricter of the two for sure,” she said of their parenting styles. “Jay doesn’t even really yell. If we’re going to go down that route, I’m probably the one that yells more. I’m Italian — I get a little fiesty!”

She continued, “They just know not to mess with Daddy because Daddy’s going to drop the hammer, and for some reason, they feel like they can get away with a lot more with me. Isn’t that great?”

The former “Hills” star and her husband will star in their own reality show, “Very Cavallari,” on E!.

Just because he was a role model to me of how a life should be lived. This says it all: My first Final Four was ’86, it was in Dallas, at the old Reunion Arena. And on the Friday shootaround day, my dad drove from Houston to Dallas to come see me. I’m gonna be hosting the Final Four the next day, alone. And he sat right off to the side, the first seat that was off our stage, our set. The practices went on for four hours. My dad’s eyes never left me. Every time I looked, he was looking right at me, with a huge grin on his face. The session ends, and my dad gives me a kiss on the cheek goodbye, gives me a big hug, tells me how proud he is, and he got back in the car and he drove back to Houston. So he drove 500 miles round trip, just to watch me practicing.

Draft guides for all 32 NFL teams

Below, Football Outsiders takes a look at the biggest need positions for all 32 teams going into the NFL draft. Each team is listed with its biggest need, a lesser-known need, and a position where there’s no need at all.
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It’s very possible that, with no talent injection, the players who start alongside Alexander are a late-round pick and an undrafted free agent; not exactly the most reliable combo. It’s hard to forecast what the Bills will do since so much of their offseason is about what they do at quarterback, but Sean McDermott’s defenses in Carolina invested heavily in coverage, off-ball linebackers.

Between LeSean McCoy, Chris Ivory, Travaris Cadet and Patrick DiMarco, the Bills have a steady collection of backs with a versatile combination of skill sets. In an ideal situation, these backs will all be utilized … as spectators on every McCoy carry.

The Jets are picking third overall on April 26 and are expected to draft one of the quarterbacks. There are some doubts that Allen or Darnold will be there for them to select. Allen has gained steam in recent weeks as the possible No. 1-overall James van Riemsdyk Authentic Jersey pick by the Browns. If it is not Allen, Darnold is expected to go No. 1. The Giants also could take Darnold at No. 2.

Allen is visiting the Giants on Tuesday night/Wednesday after finishing up with the Jets. Darnold is visiting the Giants on Tuesday before he moves west to Florham Park.

This is the end of the quarterback evaluation process for the Jets. They have had private workouts with all of the top quarterbacks except Darnold and attended all four players’ Pro Days. They also have interviewed them at the NFL Scouting Combine and the Senior Bowl after spending plenty of time last fall scouting their games.

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The Seabass has found a new home upstream in the Pacific Northwest.

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Veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski on Friday signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The team quickly confirmed the move.
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During his lengthy career, Janikowski has nailed 80.4 percent of his field-goal attempts and 98.9 percent of his extra-point tries. He memorably tied the NFL record for longest field goal made — a 63-yarder — in 2011, a mark which has since been snapped.

It’s about time someone snagged Janikowski. Seattle looms as a solid fit one of the game’s more intriguing performers.

It’s written in stone on The Internet Sports Writing Ten Commandments tablets that every big-name player must be linked to the Patriots. Does New England need to add another receiver to its glut of pass-catchers? No. Does Bryant’s personality seem to fit with the Patriot Way? Not really. Would coach Bill Belichick pay the kind of money it could take to lure Dez to Foxborough? Unlikely. Does any of that matter when we are conjuring up connect-the-dot reasons a player might sign with one of 31 franchises? Nope.

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Ryan Leaf: Top QB should pull an Eli Manning to avoid the Browns

Ryan Leaf knows something about being a draft bust, and he thinks the key to avoid being a bust is to avoid going to the wrong place. And in Leaf’s mind, that means avoiding Cleveland.
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Leaf said on FS1 that he would urge a top quarterback like USC’s Sam Darnold to tell his agent, We can’t end up in Cleveland, and then figure out a way to keep the Browns from drafting him first overall.

With plenty of trade pieces as their disposal, the Bills essentially can draft whatever quarterback they want in 2018. That’s good, because they need it. Buffalo in 2017 found out what it has in Peterman, and while McCarron does not inspire much confidence as a starter, he could be a good source of competition for a rookie in training camp.

Five bad quarterbacks are better than two bad quarterbacks. Because depth, or something. The slimmer of hope that Bridgewater could return to his pre-injury form is why the Jets are not No. 1 on this list. McCown also at least brings some experience and savvy to the QB room. New York will draft a quarterback. The questions then become which QB to draft, which QBs to cut and when to start the rookie.

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Bennett’s next court appearance comes on April 23. Hardin doesn’t anticipate an arraignment at that time.

The former Seahawk, traded to Philadelphia earlier this month, faces up to 10 years in prison for intentionally and knowingly causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older. Bennett allegedly shoved an elderly woman while trying to get to the field after Super Bowl LI in Houston. She claims to have suffered a shoulder injury.
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Both the Seahawks and Eagles contend they didn’t know about the situation before last Friday, when the indictment occurred. It’s unclear whether Bennett knew he was facing this type of scrutiny before being indicted; if so, he may have separately violated the Personal Conduct Policy by failing to disclose the situation to the Seahawks or the NFL sooner.

Patriots create questions in NFL free agency but find all the right answers

The Eagles were the better team in Super Bowl 52 because they dominated both lines of scrimmage. They racked up 164 rushing yards while averaging six yards per carry. Quarterback Nick Foles saw little pressure and wasn’t sacked in his MVP outing, having plenty of time to drop back and zip the ball downfield.

The Patriots’ persistent problems against the run in 2017 were tied in part to their lack of a true nose tackle against stout interior blocking teams. Shelton (6-2, 335 pounds) is literally a massive upgrade over Lawrence Guy and Alan Branch. Shelton and Malcom Brown give New England a tougher 1-2 punch on early downs.

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The former Raiders and 49ers linebacker was arrested last week for violating a court order to stay away from the victim in a domestic violence case.

His fiancee accused him of biting her wrists earlier this month, leading to charges of domestic violence, assault with force likely to produce bodily injury, false imprisonment and vandalism.

CFL rookies typically must sign contracts that bind them to the league for two seasons. Unless his CFL team grants a rare waiver, Manziel wouldn’t be eligible to return to the NFL before November 2019 — or, more realistically, the 2020 NFL season.

“If something [with the NFL] pops up, it pops up. And if not, if I don’t get the opportunity to go back, I’m going to go play in the CFL, and things are going to be fine,” Manziel said at Texas A&M’s pro day on Tuesday. “One way or another, one day down the line, I’ll get back to exactly where I want to be, because I’m not going to stop until I do.”flames_015

Mitch Kupchak named new Hornets president and general manager

Mitch Kupchak has been named president and general manager of the Charlotte Hornets, the team announced Sunday.
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Kupchak, who won four championships as the Los Angeles Lakers GM, has been the clear focus of owner Michael Jordan’s search process to replace ex-GM Rich Cho, whose contract wasn’t renewed.

I’m excited to join the Hornets organization, and I want to thank Michael for this opportunity, Kupchak said in a statement. I am well aware of the passion for basketball in Charlotte and throughout the entire state of North Carolina鈥? and I am confident that we can build the Hornets into a successful team that our great fans can be proud of.
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Charlotte’s coach, Steve Clifford, has one year left on his contract. Kupchak has a relationship with Clifford from the coach’s time on Mike D’Antoni’s staff with the Lakers.

Kupchak won four championships as GM (2000, 2001, 2009 and 2010), including the second two titles after he made a franchise-changing trade with Memphis for Pau Gasol.

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Coach Brad Stevens said the short-handed Celtics had expected Kyrie Irving’s return from March 24 surgery would be closer to three weeks than six weeks and that Irving’s left knee was structurally sound before he arrived in Boston.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens revealed Friday that, after having a tension wire removed in what the team termed a minimally invasive surgery last month, Irving had experienced Deone Bucannon Jersey immediate relief and there was a hope that he would be back near the start of the playoffs.

Instead, pathology tests revealed the bacterial infection in the knee. Irving moved quickly to have the screws removed, shifting his focus to the 2018-19 season.

The second surgery came as a surprise to Irving’s teammates.

I was shocked [about the second surgery]. I mean, you still had the hope that he was going to be able to come back this season, Celtics All-Star Al Horford said Saturday. But now we’re at the point that we just have to look forward, look ahead and, obviously, wish Ky a speedy recovery. And for our group, what we have now, we have to look forward. We can’t dwell on the past.