Are you sure you would miss kickoffs in the NFL?

Many who oppose the idea of the NFL eliminating kickoffs are intimidated by what they consider a drastic change.In abolishing the play, the league would be altering the fabric of the game. Those were the words used last month by Patriots captain Matthew Slater, who has made a career out of playing special teams in New England. Naturally, he is defending the kickoff’s place in the sport.
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Though football barely resembles what it was at its inception around the turn of the 20th century, this is the same sport that killed 19 players on the field in 1905 alone 鈥?the Chicago Tribune called it a death harvest.

Then-president Theodore Roosevelt, a proponent of the sport in America, had no choice but to demand radical changes to a game that had been deemed by many to be too violent for existence. The changes that followed were just the latest in a long line of amendments that had taken place since the sport evolved from rugby some 30 years prior.

Consider the following: Based on the first set of intercollegiate American football rules set in 1873, there were 20 players on each team; balls were 30 inches in circumference and completely round; six goals were necessary to win a game, and to score a goal, the ball had to be passed through two posts; Keenan Allen Youth jersey players were not allowed to wear spikes on their shoes.

We’re pretty confident that this is something that’s taking its normal course, its normal time,Gutekunst said.
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Rodgers was limited to just seven games in 2017. He broke his right collarbone against the Vikings on Oct. 15 and missed the next seven games. Rodgers returned for the Packers Week 15 matchup with the Panthers before he was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Rodgers is a six-time Pro Bowl player and won the NFL MVP in 2011 and 2014. He led the Packers to a Super Bowl victory in 2011.

Everything depends on Luck returning from last season’s shoulder injury and regaining his status as one of the NFL’s most talented passers. It’s a lot to ask from a quarterback who hasn’t thrown a pass in a real game since the last week of the 2016 season.聽

Then again, Luck was fantastic that season, totaling 31 touchdown passes and producing a 96.4 passer rating. That’s the quarterback the Colts need back.聽

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Mariners put Dee Gordon on DL with fractured toe

The Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon has joined Robinson Cano on the disabled list, just after taking over for him at second base.

Seattle said Tuesday that Gordon hurt his right big toe on May 9 in Toronto and reinjured it Sunday.

Manager Scott Servais said the team has known about the injury since Gordon underwent X-rays earlier this month and that Gordon’s discomfort was obvious Sunday.

Gordon is batting .304 (56-for-184) with 16 stolen bases in 45 games.

I don’t think it’s going to completely heal in nine or 10 days, but certainly calm down enough to the point where hopefully we can get him back sooner than later, Servais said. “As soon as the 10 days are up I hope to have him back out there with us.”

Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence didn’t waste any time signing the franchise tag he got from the Cowboys in March and he’s been with the team this offseason rather than following the path of others who have stayed away from their teams in hopes of getting a long-term deal.

Regardless of the team’s motivation for submitting or the audience’s motivation for watching, remember that the subject of Hard Knocks always has final say over what gets televised. So unless the same incompetence that has fueled 1-31 has infected every level of the organization, chances are that the final product will look a lot less like an objective tour of the Factory of Sadness and more like an infomercial edited by the Chamber of Commerce.

Nashville remains favorite to host 2019 NFL Draft

A report earlier this month pegged Nashville as the top contender to be named the host city for the 2019 NFL Draft and it doesn’t look like any other bidder has done something to swing things their way.
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The choice will be revealed at the league meetings taking place in Atlanta this week and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Nashville remains the favorite to get the event.
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In an interview with, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. CEO Butch Spyridon said the city has pitched the league on a party feel that draws heavily on the city’s connection to the country music world. A joint Titans uniform unveiling and concert drew 20,000 fans earlier this year and Spyridon said the convenience of our downtown and location of the stadium helps make the city the best choice.

Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas and a joint bid by Cleveland and Canton are the other finalists to host the 2019 or 2020 drafts.

Game 4 is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

Golden State began getting the looks it liked after halftime. The Warriors faced more stingy, in-the-face pressure from Houston, making it hard Kansas City Chiefs Youth jersey to get any early flow shooting. Durant hit his first 3 6:27 before halftime then missed from the deep the next time down.
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A moment of silence was held before the national anthem for victims of the Houston school shooting.

Since his arrival to the NBA in 2003, Manu has become an icon in his own country. His sustained success and effectiveness have enabled him to transcend as a sportsman and become an attraction whom Argentine people follow with passion. The high interest for seeing Ginobili in action has fans to this day organizing tours to witness the epilogue of his career.

In the past, the locker room was a place to talk about investments, but often the investments that were cool were bad ones. What is the Warriors’ locker room like with so many guys into investing?

How important is Tom Brady’s absence from OTAs? To answer that, listen to Tom Brady

The sort-of-expected-but-still-jarring absence of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s from Phase 3 of the offseason program has prompted two very different reactions. The crowd who actually thinks voluntary workouts are voluntary resent the implicit pressure on Brady or any player for skipping the sessions, under the warped logic that because the workouts aren’t labeled mandatory, they’re somehow not important. Others realize what should be obvious: Given a starting quarterback’s role as part player, Kevan Miller Youth jersey part coach, anytime the guy occupying the top of the depth chart at the most important position on the field isn’t there, it’s a HUGE deal.
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There’s always lowlights when we come in on the next day. Even if it was a great offensive play, he’s going to yell at someone on the defense. We’ve become a bit used to that now and that’s part of the learning process and also learning how to play for the Patriots and understand the criticism that you’re getting and hopefully use it constructively so you can improve as a player.

Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey The NFL also tweeted out more details on the new kickoff rules.

Concussions on kickoffs actually dropped by about 20 percent from 2016 to 2017, but the league still scrambled to address the issue after the season. For that reason, it’s unclear how much further the concussion numbers must drop to ensure a second season under this rule.

Assembled here for their spring meetings, owners also formally approved an expansion of replay review to include all ejections. That was the final piece of a rule, approved in March, that will penalize and possibly eject players for lowering their helmets to initiate contact against an opponent.

Moving forward, all ejections will be reviewed to confirm they were the result of flagrant acts.

Kids John Elway Jersey Meanwhile, Belichick commended Hoyer, the 10-year veteran, by saying he does a great job for us.

After the practice, Hoyer drew a large media crowd reflective of a starting quarterback.

MLB trade rumors: Phillies ‘best bet’ to land Cole Hamels?

Cue the Cole Hamels 聽trade rumors around the Phillies.
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During the lead up to the 2018 season, the current reality felt almost inevitable: Philadelphia, spurred on by a good second half, promising young players, good offseason acquisitions and a new manager, would make a leap. Texas, spurred by taking a step back in the winter and a deteriorating roster, would fall to the bottom of the pack.

If the Phillies made a play for Hamels, excellent rotation depth would be present behind the team’s current Aaron Nola – Jake Arrieta duo. With Nick Pivetta 聽(4.20 SO/BB), Vince Velasquez 聽(11.0 K/9) and Jerad Eickhoff 聽(on the mend from injury) present, the Phillies could have options down the stretch–including moving one to the bullpen.

Limited Youth Mitch Richmond Jersey Neither Pivetta nor Velasquez has ever Wayne Simmonds Womens Jersey thrown close to 200 innings in the majors, possibly setting the stage for extra rest or a move later in the season. Adding a starter like Hamels could make that work.

The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Flowers joined the Giants as the ninth-overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He has started 46 games on his career, but the signing of Nate Solder during free agency signaled a change along the offensive line with the move of Flowers to right tackle.

The Giants did not exercise a fifth-year option on Flowers, who has struggled on the field during his time in New York, and he now enters the final year of his rookie contract.
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Still, there is no guarantee the offensive lineman will be on the roster at the start of the 2018 regular season. The Giants made Flowers available for a trade ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft, but a deal wasn’t accomplished during the three-day selection process.

Buccaneers sign 14 undrafted free agents

The Buccaneers have gotten big contributions from running back Peyton Barber, wide receiver Adam Humphries and tight end Cameron Brate in recent seasons, so they have a good track record when it comes to finding undrafted rookies that can play at the pro level.

If any of the other guys up for the guard spot manage to outperform Garcia in the offseason, it would make fiscal sense for Denver to cut him.

The Detroit Lions haven’t had a running back rush for 100 yards in a single game since 201Detroit drafted former Nebraska star Ameer Abdullah in the second round of the 2015 draft with the hope he could break that depressing streak, but he has yet to do so.

While Abdullah shows flashes at times, he has struggled to be an every-down back. He missed most of the 2016 season with a torn foot ligament and has averaged just 3.8 yards per carry in his three-year career.

This offseason, the Lions brought in LeGarrette Blount, who used to play for new head coach Matt Patricia’s Patriots. They also spent the 43rd overall pick on former Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson.

And there’s photographic evidence!

That photo is in this photo gallery on the Eagles’ website. It’s the first time we’ve seen Wentz in his jersey since the injury (aside from Super Bowl photo day) and he’s wearing that heavy brace on his surgically repaired left knee. (There’s another photo that shows Darren Sproles working out too.)

The Eagles are right now in Phase 2 of the offseason workout schedule.

Matt Patricia’s failure to disclose old allegation makes him either dumb or devious

For someone who has spent his career carefully cultivating the image of a genius in coach’s clothing, Matt Patricia sure looked like a dope on Thursday.

Here he was, in front of the news media on a random day in mid-May, publicly discussing 22-year old allegations for the first time only because he seemed to foolishly expect that the kind of fame one acquires by becoming an NFL head coach would never result in a serious legal matter from his past being uncovered. 

How is that possible in 2018?colts_040

NBA trade rumors: Oklahoma City Thunder ready to deal Russell Westbrook?

This coming summer could be another raucous time for NBA fans.
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With LeBron James, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard all likely headed Authentic Nick Young Jersey for either the free-agent or trade market, three of the top 15 players in the league could change addresses within the next few months.
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This season, Westbrook averaged 25.4 points, 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds per game while leading Oklahoma City to the postseason. After a first-round exit at the hands of the Utah Jazz, the Thunder are staring at a future in which George could depart and the team will have little cap room to add another star alongside Westbrook.

If Westbrook is on the block, suitors will line up to pursue a player, that while flawed, is a top-tier NBA talent.

The owner, Jerry Richardson, has been alleged聽as a chronic sexual harasser. An assistant coach quit amid an investigation into inappropriate conduct. One of the organization’s best players ever was busted for a PED violation. Other Panthers players have also been suspended for PED use, as well.

Authentic Youth Karl Mecklenburg Jersey Maybe with Richardson gone, there will be a culture change, starting at the top and聽trickling to every part of the organization.聽And Carolina of course isn’t the only team facing issues like this.

But it’s one of the ones you’d expect better from.

In Detroit, Patricia has stressed building a smart, physical football team the right way, and doing so while instilling a family atmosphere in the locker room.

(I was) raised in an Italian household, so one phone call and it’s 30 people at a birthday party and they’re all immediate relatives, Patricia said at the NFL annual meeting in March. So I enjoy that atmosphere. That’s the way to me, again, in addition to teaching, the reason I left engineering to get back into football is cause I just think that’s the one game that really preaches that. It preaches kind of that unity, that team, that family atmosphere.

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A room filled with some heroes — Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal & Chris Wesseling — react to Ben Artturi Lehkonen Jersey Roethlisberger’s snide comments about the Steelers drafting QB Mason Rudolph (6:00), the Saints cutting Coby Fleener (16:00) and Bruce Arians’ new gig (22:30).
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The Patriots are willing to adjust Gronkowski’s contract for at least a year, Rapoport reported on Monday’s edition of NFL Up to the Minute . They never do extensions two years out, but they are at least open to taking a look at Gronkowski’s deal and giving him some more money which he no doubt deserves.

He has stayed away from the Patriots, which is believed to be related to his contract. When they do come up with a new deal or part of a new deal, Gronkowski will in fact probably show up.

Rapoport added that Gronk and the Pats are doing a similar dance to one they did before last season after which New England reworked the 2017 year of his deal and added $5.5 million in incentives, all of which the tight end hit.

It’s not known how exactly Gronkowski wants to redo his deal. As his contract currently stands, Gronk is slated to make $8 million in base salary, including a $656K roster bonus and $250K workout bonus, per Spotrac. The tight end’s $10.9 million cap number is the highest of his career. Gronk’s deal runs through 2019 after which he is an unrestricted free agent.
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Tebow, a first-round pick in 2010 and a quarterback who won a playoff game the next year, hit a home run on Friday and another on Saturday for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies as part of a surge that has lifted his batting average from .133 to .241.

For the season, he now has 19 hits in 79 at bats. With five doubles, a triple, and three home runs, that gives Tebow a slugging percentage of .443.

Of course, Tebow also has struck out 38 times 鈥?exactly two K’s for every hit. But an out is an out, regardless of how it happens. The other side of the strikeout numbers is that Tebow gets a hit 46.3 percent of the time he puts the ball in play.
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These numbers matter because, with the Mets determined to eventually promote a potential cash cow to the major-league club, he needs to pass the smell test at all lower levels. After previously stinking in Double-A, Tebow is now doing well enough to justify an eventual push to Triple-A ball. And then the question will become whether he can do just enough there to make it something other than an obvious money grab (which it would be) to move him to the place where many will flock to meet him and to greet him.

NFLPA pursuing two challenges to NFL鈥檚 anthem policy and practices

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Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL will be pursuing a pair of grievances arising from the anthem issue.

The first grievance, technically a non-injury grievance under the labor deal, comes on behalf of safety Eric Reid against the Bengals and all clubs he may have spoken with. This grievance arises from questions posed to Reid by Bengals owner Mike Brown regarding whether he intends to continue to demonstrate during the anthem.

The NFL is now defending four separate actions arising from its approach to the anthem issue. More could be coming.

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Cushing will now try to find someone else interested in giving him a chance to continue his career and the Raiders will move forward with Johnson, Emmanuel Lamur, Kyle Wilbur, Tahir Whitehead and Bruce Irvin as experienced members of their linebacking corps.

Assuming that Rodgers can get a straight $30 million average at signing, that would result in a much higher new-money average. He鈥檇 be getting $138 million over four years on top of what he鈥檚 already due to earn. That鈥檚 an average of $34.5 million in new money.

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Jerry Jones: Cowboys not interested in signing a veteran tight end “at this time”

The Saints cut Coby Fleener, while Marcedes Lewis and Antonio Gates are among the tight ends still available as free agents. The Cowboys aren’t interested despite losing Jason Witten.

Owner Jerry Jones insists the Cowboys are prepared to go with the young tight ends on their roster.

He played every game [except one in his career]. He played virtually every play in all different situations. A guy like Geoff Swaim has gotten some opportunities to play. Blake Jarwin, who we’re excited about, really hasn’t had a chance to play in games yet. Rico was still learning the game. So each of those guys, they’re new and there’s a lot of learning for them over the course of this spring and through training camp to get them ready.

Excited about the tight end we drafted. Looking forward to getting him in here and seeing what he has to offer our team. But this gives a lot of young guys an opportunity. In a lot of ways, that can help them grow that much more quickly. They’re not standing there watching, learning that way. They’re in there. They’re in the fire, and I think that’ll help them develop.”

“I simply mentioned that I had thrown a text to a coaching friend — saying 1 think I could give him one more yr if he needed me!” Warner said. “This was not — I’m dead set on making a comeback… just friends having a convo!!”

That last tweet may have given more away than Warner had intended. One of his best coaching friends is Ken Whisenhunt, who currently coordinates the offense of the L.A. Chargers. The Chargers signed Geno Smith on April 3, which would mesh with his original comment that the conversation ended when the unnamed team “went out and signed somebody.”

Even though Warner said that he thinks he’s “completely done now,” he’s done enough to get his name into circulation, in the event a team ends up having enough injuries to result in making calls to available free agents. Any team in that predicament can offer a spot to any available inexperienced slappy, or it can tell Kurt to take off his gold jacket and grab a helmet.

Who knows? It could be the final move that makes the “possible” movie on the story of his life into a reality. 20th Century FOX bought the film rights nearly five years ago, but there’s been no indication since then of any progress toward actually making the movie.orioles_015