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Donald Penn: Derek Carr says he’s ‘almost 100 percent’

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The Oakland Raiders will go as quarterback Derek Carr goes. The end of the 2016 season made that perfectly clear.

But the future is looking bright for the one-time 2016 MVP candidate, who suffered a broken fibula less than two months ago. On NFL Total Access on Tuesday, teammate Donald Penn provided an encouraging update.

“I’ve met him before, and we want DeSean. You better believe we want DeSean here,” Winston said Wednesday, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. “I think he would be a great asset to our team. Me growing up an Eagles fan, seeing what he did for the Eagles and back in his Cal days and even with the Redskins, I would love to have DeSean.”

At 30 years old, Jackson is still playing at a high level, leading all receivers in yards per catch (17.9) while notching his fifth career 1,000-yard season in 2016. Only five players caught more passes of 20-plus yards than Jackson’s 19 last year.

Although Jackson’s preference is to return to the Redskins, there are signs that the team is unwilling to meet his asking price. Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that Jackson’s play has been “too inconsistent for management’s taste.”

Eager to test his value on the open market, Jackson is expected to draw interest from the Eagles and Rams in addition to the Bucs and Redskins.

With nearly $70 million available in salary-cap space, the Buccaneers can make it tough to match their offer if they deem Jackson a top priority when the new league year starts on March 9.

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Trent Richardson, Doug Martin and David Wilson were all picked in the first round

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Backing off the hype train a little bit, let me state that I am not predicting Tony Lippett will be the next Richard Sherman just because they have similar sinewy frames and backgrounds in position-switches. Just because Sherman was on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American as a receiver doesn’t mean the inverse — Lippett as a great cornerback — will be true. I’m not even predicting that he’ll be a cornerback in the NFL, but his play in the secondary isn’t lost on scouts.

“Some teams have been interested in me playing corner,” Lippett said Thursday.
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The bump in value that Lippett provides teams as a solid mid-round receiver prospect is a little bit of that ever-pursued but sometimes unattainable potential. He has the potential to be a very good, potentially great cornerback, — in three games at cornerback, he was targeted just eight times, notched three passes defensed, and only giving up a paltry 13 receiving yards. That’s something that seems to have piqued the interest of NFL franchises as they congregate at the NFL Combine.

Previous first rounders aren’t really helping the cause, though. In 2012, Trent Richardson, Doug Martin and David Wilson were all picked in the first round. In 2011, it was Mark Ingram. C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews and Jahvid Best as first-round picks.

Although some of those players has looked good at times, they haven’t been consistent. Some of that can be attributed to the team they’re on or injuries, but generally investing a first-round pick in a running back hasn’t paid off.
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“I think we’ve all seen that running backs don’t seem to be drafted quite as high as they used to. I think that has a lot to do with the longevity of the player,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. “But I do think the value of the running back is really, really critical to having a great running football team.”

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New Cubs normal sinks in as champions hit spring training

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Authentic Womens Kevin Pierre-Louis Jersey Those were the words fans used as they watched the Chicago Cubs come to spring training as champions for the first time in their lives.

¡°I¡¯ve always had pride in being a Cub fan, but now we have bragging rights,¡± Cubs fan Jeff Braggs said. ¡°It¡¯s going to be crazy down here. So many fans will want to come see them.¡±

The players saw that love all winter long and are adjusting to it as their new normal.

¡°I felt it in the offseason in Las Vegas,¡± third baseman and National League MVP Kris Bryant said Wednesday. ¡°I didn¡¯t realize how many fans we had around the country. I got a sense of that this year. … It shows what we did is something we can be proud of.¡±

Authentic Andrew Billings Jersey Every so often, when a team does something unusual, there are fans who suggest they’ve “figured something out.” Team X has figured out how to reliably win one-run games. Team Y has figured out how to hit particularly well in the clutch. Just about every time, it’s hogwash. Teams don’t have their own secrets that are close to that important. In the case of last year’s Cubs, though, this is at least what it would look like if a team did have something figured out, some kind of informational advantage all to themselves.

That’s not to say he hasn’t been thinking about work too. When Washington shocked the baseball world by trading three stud pitching prospects to the White Sox for outfielder Adam Eaton on the last day of the winter meetings, Harper chimed in immediately and unabashedly by tweeting simply, “Wow…”

In mid-January, rumors started circulating that even though the Nats had interest in former All-Stars Matt Wieters and Greg Holland, they were way over budget on their new spring training facility and therefore couldn’t sign them. Harper’s Twitter response? ”

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Perry hit the free agent market after the Packers declined to pick up his fifth-year option

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A year ago, Perry hit the free agent market after the Packers declined to pick up his fifth-year option. He ended up signing a one-year, $5 million prove-it deal in Green Bay, and, boy, did he deliver. Leading the team in sacks (11) and pressures is impressive for any player, let alone someone who is playing alongside Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers.

Now one of four Green Bay outside linebackers hitting free agency, Perry becomes a major priority. The Packers will be looking to lock up several players, including T.J. Lang, Eddie Lacy, and Jared Cook. With his 2016 numbers, first-round pedigree and age (he’s only 26 years old), Perry is a player the Packers could justify using the tag on.

Knowing this program’s history, and knowing how quickly it jettisons a guy who doesn’t win immediately — Frank Ellwood went 4-7 in 1996 and was gone, Brian VanGorder went 3-8 in 2006 and vanished — I was a little surprised that Summers was retained. But he now gets a second chance. He has a bonafide Option Guy, and his secondary has all the experience it didn’t have. He’s got athletes in the skill positions and pieces at quarterback.

Still, when you look at the smoking craters at quarterback, on the defensive line, and in the linebacking corps, it’s hard to be immediately optimistic. Summers has three-star replacements lined up everywhere, but even if he does get this ship steadied — if he both gets the time and has the wherewithal to do it — you kind of have to figure it doesn’t happen until 2018.

Win the winnable games, split the tossups, and you’re bowling. And maybe that buys you a third year. But expectations have shifted quickly in Statesboro, and that doesn’t tend to work for long.

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Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after leading the Pats to their historic comeback win over Atlanta

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Brady began the game by running onto the field and pointing to the stands where he believed his family was seated. He ended it by bringing his kids onto the stage to receive his fifth Lombardi Trophy, just as Peyton Manning did last year. But moments before that, Brady kneeled behind the stage, as if in prayer. He was tearing up. Goodell approached him. Both men knew something bigger than psi levels or a destroyed cellphone was at play.
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Brady reached out and shook Goodell’s hand. They exchanged a few words, and then the man who knows what it’s like to lose a mother let go and turned away. Brady was free at last. He found his kids. He found his wife. And when he found his mom, wearing a blue wrap around her head and a white T-shirt with her son’s number and “Brady’s Ladies” on the back, she leaned into his arms.

The Green Bay Packers’ oldest cornerback is 24 years old. In fact, they’re all 24 years old.

And none of them has more than two seasons of NFL experience.

Unless you’re counting Demetri Goodson, a 27-year-old with three years of experience who probably won’t be ready for the start of the regular season because of an ACL and MCL tear in November.
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That’s where the Packers are after they released Sam Shields on Wednesday. Shields’ release did not come as a surprise, and it was the only move the Packers could make with a veteran player who was scheduled to make $9 million this coming season yet had played in only two of the past 23 games, including playoffs, because of concussions.

Superstitious or not, Dan Quinn will learn that the “Super Bowl Hangover” is real. Here’s some advice from the perspective of its latest victim.

Quinn has praised the 37-year-old Manuel, who played eight seasons at strong safety, for his hands-on approach in developing the secondary. Although Manuel has never held the position of coordinator, he did interview to become the defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars last January.

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The Packers will either pick up the fifth-year option on Clinton-Dix’s rookie contract or work out a long-term extension

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Rodgers will always be remembered as the player who caught Aaron Rodgers’ Hail Mary to beat Detroit in 2015. But the former third-round pick hasn’t done much since. When the Packers signed Jared Cook last offseason, he immediately moved ahead of Rodgers on the tight end depth chart. The Packers are expected to bring back Cook, which would further limit Rodgers’ role.

Authentic Kids Jeremy Mincey Jersey “I made a dumb decision to drive and I thought I was OK and I fell asleep,” Floyd said. “I think the whole world knows what happened after that: a dumb decision one individual makes. You learn from it and move on.”

Floyd said coach Bruce Arians informed him of his release on Dec. 14, two days after his arrest. When Floyd was asked if he thought Arians agreed with the team cutting him, Floyd said Arians always liked him and that he didn’t think Arians felt he needed to be released.

“I don’t think there was ever a negative thing between me and him,” Floyd said. “I think I had a good place with him.”

Kids David Hawthorne Jersey The big-hitting Brice, a highly touted undrafted rookie, gained valuable experience, mostly in the dime when Burnett moved up closer to the line of scrimmage in what was essentially an inside linebacker position — something new for Burnett in 2016.

Position outlook: The Packers will either pick up the fifth-year option on Clinton-Dix’s rookie contract or work out a long-term extension. Despite some occasional lapses in coverage, he is defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ best playmaking safety since Nick Collins.

If there’s someone Capers and McCarthy can build around on defense, it’s Clinton-Dix. He is arguably general manager Ted Thompson’s best first-round pick since Clay Matthews in 2009 or Aaron Rodgers in 2005.

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Sharks take shot at Falcons¡¯ Super Bowl loss on Twitter after blowing big lead to Sabres

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The San Jose Sharks thought they had it in the bag after the second quarter period, and well into the third.

They led the Buffalo Sabres by at least two scores. A lead that seemed insurmountable.

But Buffalo, led by American power play quarterback Tom Brady Jack Eichel, scored three times in the final quarter period before winning it on the last play shot in overtime.

Graham Zusi Mens Jersey Ilitch Charities and its affiliates, the Detroit Red Wings Foundation and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, have given more than $35 million in cash and in-kind contributions to deserving organizations across the community since 2005. Additionally, Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch have personally gifted nearly $50 million to Detroit¡¯s Wayne State University, $40 million of which was dedicated to establish the new Mike Ilitch School of Business, which will train and educate the next generation of the city¡¯s great entrepreneurs.

In his hometown of Detroit, Ilitch has been honored for his efforts in the community with the Joe Louis Brown Bomber Jacket Award, the Distinguished Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, the Shining Light Regional Cooperation Award and the Edward H. McNamara Goodfellow of the Year Award.

A visionary, true leader, and dear friend, Mike Ilitch will be forever missed by everyone at the Ilitch companies.
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The family will honor Mr. Ilitch at a private funeral service. An opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects is also being planned. Details will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

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The Steelers improved to 4-0 in the Super Bowl, but they didn’t make it easy for those who bet the them to cover

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Game Clay Matthews Jersey Super Bowls with Tom Brady have a higher average on ESPN¡¯s excitement index than the non-Brady Super Bowls. The excitement index measures the total movement of the win probability chart for the game. Exciting, close games or big comebacks have charts that fluctuate far more than typical games. Brady Super Bowls average 5.7, while non-Brady Super Bowls average only 3.5. And that doesn¡¯t even count tonight.

A close reading of what may soon be known as the greatest catch in Super Bowl history: Falcons cornerback Robert Alford lines up over Edelman in the inside slot with about a 5-yard cushion. Edelman releases up the hash marks to Alford¡¯s outside; Alford flips his hips to run with him. Edelman turns inside to catch the seam pass from Brady; Alford reads it and makes a great play to bat the pass up in the air.

From there, the slow-motion replay: Alford¡¯s momentum carries him backwards, away from the falling ball, Edelman breaks on the tipped ball and dives for it. Two other Falcons converge on Edelman and Alford as the ball bounces off the flailing Alford¡¯s right shin; Edelman¡¯s hands cut through a tangle of six arms and two legs to close on the ball.
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The Steelers improved to 4-0 in the Super Bowl, but they didn’t make it easy for those who bet the them to cover. Up 24-19 late in the fourth quarter, Bradshaw hit John Stallworth for a 45-yard gain on third down to extend the Steelers’ drive. Franco Harris scored on third-and-goal with 1:52 remaining to extend the Steelers’ lead to 12. The Rams’ ensuing drive stalled at the Steelers’ 37-yard line to secure the cover for Pittsburgh.

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