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NFL Draft 2018: Colts up front about where trade with Jets beefed up roster

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It takes a while for a Doug Williams Authentic Jersey team to cash in on a trade with a team that jumped up into the top three of the NFL Draft to get their quarterback of the future. The Jets may not have had to wait long, grabbing Sam Darnold with the third pick of the draft on Day 1 Thursday night, but the Colts and their followers needed a lot more patience.
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That clearly was fine with them. Their theme for this draft was going to be patience whether or not they made that deal with the Jets last month. Besides moving back to sixth overall and taking two second-round picks from the Jets this year, the Colts maneuvered their way into another second-rounder on Day 2, giving them four overall and five picks in the top 64.

Then they moved into the last spot in the second round, up from the third pick in the third round, to get another defensive end, Tyquan Lewis from Ohio State.
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Passing on franchise quarterbacks, even when you already have one, carries plenty of risk. The Browns are still trying to get fair value from the 2016 draft deal that packaged Carson Wentz to the Eagles at No. 2; Cleveland traded one of the picks it received to the Texans a year later, and that pick turned into Deshaun Watson.

The Titans’ haul from the Rams for the No. 1 pick that became Jared Goff turned into, among others, Jack Conklin and Derrick Henry. The jury is still out on the Bears’ move up last year to get Mitchell Trubisky.

The Colts’ picks, therefore, will be judged in part by what Darnold does with the Jets, but the Colts needed so much help in so many places in the trenches, their end of the deal will be under scrutiny even earlier.

Below are the best players available at each position as the 2018 NFL Draft moves to the second and third rounds. They’re based on player rankings from SN’s pre-draft big board of the top 100 prospects.

First of all: smart move by the Bucs to trade down. Saquon Barkley, Quenton Nelson and Bradley Chubb, the three players who could help them the most, were off the board. The Bucs got some later value by doing little more than letting the quarterback-starving cut in front of them.

Vita Vea began his high school career as a 260-pound Wildcat quarterback. Think about that for a moment: a 260-pound high school freshman playing quarterback. If I was a parent in the bleachers and saw Vea running straight downhill into a group of 15-year-olds, I would pull my kid straight off the field and sign him up for the cross-country team.

Vea remained a two-way player for his entire prep career, rushing for 578 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior and, as this video indicates, sidestepping almost as many would-be tacklers as he obliterated.

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NFL Draft 2018: Extreme Twitter takes on first-round winners, losers

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The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is in the books, and one of the most anticipated first rounds in recent history didn’t disappoint. There were surprises, trades, and the incredible, emotional sight of Ryan Shazier walking out to announce the Steelers’ pick.

Meanwhile, as the draft unfolded, millions of NFL fans and analysts were sharing their thoughts in the Twitterverse. Here are some extreme takes on the first round.

The Warriors congratulated the Spurs for their efforts under the difficult circumstances as Popovich mourns.

Spurs: Danny Green was 0 for 5. … San Antonio is 2-8 all-time on Golden State’s home floor in the postseason. The Spurs were swept in the Western Conference Finals by the Warriors last year. … The Spurs shot 37.2 percent, going 7 for 30 from 3-point range.

Warriors: Thompson joined Rick Barry (699) and Curry (652) as the Warriors with 600 postseason field goals. … … Durant (3,189) passed Paul Pierce (3,180) for 20th and Kevin McHale (3,182) for 19th place on the career NBA postseason scoring list. … Golden State is 18-2 in postseason Game 5s at home. … Green notched his 38th postseason game with 10 or more rebounds.

Playing in a division that includes three playoff teams from last season is a good way to start in a hole. The Buccaneers have only two other 2017 postseason teams (Eagles and Steelers) on the docket, but they still face the fourth toughest schedule in the NFL with their opponents’ combined winning percentage from last season at .531. And that’s before you factor in the improvement teams like San Francisco and Chicago have made this offseason.

Toughest tests: The Bucs finishing last in their division last season gives them the chance to play other fourth-place teams in the conference. For a team on the rise like Tampa, that should be a good thing, but it might not be the case this year. Last year’s conference losers in San Francisco and Chicago have improved on paper and easily can give Tampa Bay a run for its money in those matchups.
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Does Jarvis Landry deal affect Browns’ quarterback plans?

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Limited Kids Akiem Hicks Jersey The Browns are expected to sign Jarvis Landry to a five-year, $75 million contract that would make him one of the highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL. But who will be throwing Landry passes for the next five years?
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If it’s going to be Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, whom many think the Browns are leaning toward taking with the first overall pick in the draft, then he’d seem to be an odd pairing with Landry.

On ESPN, Jessica Mendoza noted that had Harper continued to run hard, he’d have been safe, and the Nats would have had two on in the 10th. So much for one of those guys who comes to play hard, every day.

Wednesday, as seen on WPIX, the Yankees were up, 8-6, in Boston, a man on third no out, when Aaron Judge, on a 2-2 pitch, took strike three.

Paul O’Neill then explained/excused it: So many times, as a hitter, you’ve been walked so many times you don’t expect guys to go after you. It’s almost a surprise. You can’t pull the trigger.

Young realized his mistake and apologized to Landry via Twitter. Landry in turn, tweeted to Young that it was no big deal.

Titans veterans have an easy target if they want to coin a nickname for Landry now.

If you ever pull up Saquon Barkley on social media, all you see is workout videos and I think that’s contagious, Gilbert said. I think other guys want to be around him to work out. I think having Saquon as a prospect might help Odell want to be there and act and do the right things. I think that’s the Jordan Crawford Womens Jersey kind of impact Saquon has on people. People want to be around him.Dave Gettleman was the football coach at Spackenkill High in Poughkeepsie when then-Giants general manager George Young changed the fortunes of the franchise forever by drafting a Hall of Fame Giant who would revolutionize defense in the NFL.

New York Giants first-round selection: Lawrence Taylor, linebacker, North Carolina.
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There was a possibility I was gonna be the first player picked, but when George Rogers was the first player picked [by the Saints], I got up, went to the refrigerator, got a beer, by the time I got back, they were on No. 3 already, Taylor told The Post on Wednesday, and laughed.

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Ryan Grigson admits lack of communication as Colts G.M.

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John Brown Mens Jersey Ryan Grigson admits mistakes during his five seasons as the Colts General Manager, including a relationship with head coach Chuck Pagano that turned so toxic that owner Jim Irsay hired counselors.
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What I really think that I wasn’t able to ever do in that time I was there was really get to be a human at times, Grigson said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via Alex Marvez of the Sporting News. I hunkered down and just was laser-focused. I probably should have pressed pause and took some time to breathe for a second and communicate better to let people in more. I was only like that with my inner circle.

It’s hotter outside than Lindsey Vonn looks today, which is pretty hot, Subban said.

Though Vonn and Subban have yet to publicly define their relationship status, Tiger Woods’ former gal pal may no longer be in the market for an online valentine.

So apparently it’s Valentine’s Day鈥?I forgot all about it because I’m at the #Olympics and I’m single, Vonn tweeted Feb. 14. Anyone else out there single and want to be my valentine?
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It appears Subban answered the call.Even at the age of 40, Tom Brady isn’t ready to move on with his life. The legendary Patriots quarterback isn’t going anywhere, despite whispers Deonte Thompson Authentic Jersey he could hang it up. His agent, Don Yee, told ESPN that’s not going to happen.

It’s not quite on the level of Jerry’s notorious gloryhole gaffe, but it was a memorable moment. And it underscores the reality that (as the members of the
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The research, which was published in the journal Neurology, used data from the Veterans Health Administration to compare reports of traumatic brain injury (TBI) with the emergence of Parkinson’s symptoms later in life. What they found was a dramatic increase in the number of Parkinson’s patients who had reported some form of TBI, including very mild TBI (mTBI) from concussions, earlier in their lives.

Among military veterans, mTBI is associated with 56 percussion increased risk of [Parkinson’s Disease], even after adjusting for demographics and medical/psychiatric comorbidities, the researchers write. This study highlights the importance of TBI prevention, long-term follow-up of TBI-exposed veterans and the need to determine mechanisms and modifiable risk factors for post-TBI PD.

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Virginia Police reviewing traffic stop of Paul Richardson

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Washington wide receiver Paul Richardson was ticketed in Virginia yesterday, and now police say they’re reviewing the incident after Richardson said he was asked inappropriate questions by the state trooper who pulled him over.
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Richardson wrote on Twitter that he didn’t appreciate the officer treating him like a criminal just because he was driving a new and expensive car shortly after signing a five-year, $40 million contract.

Before asking my name he asked me if I was in a gang, then minutes later told me he thought I was a dealer (drugs), Richardson wrote. What a welcome to the east coast. Finished up with asking me how much car cost me. I’ve had this car 2 weeks and this amazing officer gave me a ticket for only having temporary registration. Mind you I have up to 2 months in Va before needing to register it AGAIN in Virginia.

If I had the choice to hire Vince Lombardi or Allie Sherman, Sherman said jokingly, I might have finished third.

Limited Mikael Granlund Jersey No. Only one thing gnawed at Sherman to his final days. He was an offensive coach, who used to dream about X’s and O’s and ways to make scoreboards click like pinball machines. And he coached some good ones with the Giants 鈥?Chuckin’ Charlie Conerly, and Y.A. Tittle, and Fran Tarkenton, and Earl Morrall.

Lions head coach Matt Patricia is making that switch after being hired this offseason and the draft is the latest place where he has shifted his mindset. Patricia coached offensive line early in his career and worked with linebackers in New England before becoming the defensive coordinator, Solomon Thomas Youth jersey leaving him aware that he needs to expand his mind beyond those spots when it comes to navigating the draft process.

I actually have to be careful that I don’t go too far into that and remember that you have to keep the whole team in mind because it’s easy to dive into specifically those two positions and say, ‘Hey, you know I’ve seen that guy before in this,’ Patricia said, via the Detroit News. You know, when you were singularly focused in a specific position group and say, ‘Hey, we can really do something with that.’ But if you’re kind of ignoring the big-picture look, you might have a guy that might be a little bit more talented at another position that might be a little bit more of a need.

Patricia’s attempt to see the whole board doesn’t mean the Lions will or should stay away from those spots. An interior offensive lineman, along with running back and edge rusher, would make a lot of sense for the Lions early in the draft regardless of Patricia’s particular affinities.
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Judge capped the onslaught with a run-scoring single that gave him a three-RBI afternoon.

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There’s been no sophomore slump for Judge, who is following his ridiculously great rookie season with a tremendous start to 2018.

Nineteen games in, Judge is hitting .343 average with six homers and 15 RBIs. He’s on a 51-homer, 128-RBI pace that is about what he did last season when he hit a rookie record 52 homers and drove in 114.

Judge wasn’t a one-man wrecking crew in Saturday’s win, which pushed the Yankees’ record back over .500 again at 10-9 and positioned them to win the four-game series on Sunday with ace Luis Severino pitching.

Andujar’s bat is what got him to the big leagues twice. He was up for a couple first cups of coffee last year, and he used those opportunities to go 4-for-7 in five games. And now he’s back this year filling in at third for injured starter Brandon Drury, who has been on the DL since April 7 due to severe migraines and blurry vision.

“Schneider was sensational,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “The one thing was, it’s rare you see something like that, and I look back, and I say they were all deserved penalties. I thought our 5-on-5 play dictated them on taking penalties.”

The Devils were pegged for holding twice, plus one trip, one cross check and one too-many-men penalty during the second period.

They never found the tying goal after the Lighting took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the penalty kill gave the Devils a chance until the final seconds of the game.

“It sometimes disrupts the flow of the game, but if you look at the penalty kill, those guys played their hearts out,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “I thought Cory was fantastic. Alain (Nasreddine) did a great job preparing the guys prior to the game, and the guys executed very well. While it wasn’t what we wanted to do, those guys kept us in the game right until the end.”
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Will helmet rule affect draft strategy?

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The NFL’s coaches and team executives apparently don’t yet know the specific contours of the new rule regarding the lowering of the helmet to initiate contact. They apparently won’t know how the rule specifically will be implemented until May.
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There’s an argument to be made for knowing more about the rule a Authentic Mike Remmers Jersey lot sooner than that.

Whatever the situation, teams should have known specifically what the rule would and wouldn’t allow when the rule was passed. As it stands, there’s a chance that teams will be using draft picks on players who will have less value if the running game ends up being less prevalent and valuable.

I expect us to be the best duo in the NFL, Hopkins said, via the team’s website. He wants to be great. I want to be great. If two people want to be great and they’re pushing each other, the sky’s the limit.

Hopkins continued to put up strong numbers even after Watson was injured and has proven adept at playing with some of the inept quarterbacks the Texans have employed during his time with the team. Avoiding those players in the future will take continued health for Watson, who said Tuesday that he is very confident that his current rehab path will have him back to form this year.

Nick Pivetta went five innings for Philadelphia. He surrendered a run on five hits.

Preston Tucker put the Braves ahead with a run-scoring single in the first, somehow finding a hole through the right side of the infield even with the Phillies playing a shift against the left-handed hitter.

Philadelphia tied it up in the third when Odubel Herrera brought home a run with a single to shallow center field. But Foltynewicz avoided the big inning, getting Hoskins on an around-the-horn double play with runners at first and third.
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Frank Gore wants to show Kenyan Drake a few things

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Game Womens Brian Hoyer Jersey Frank Gore is back in Miami, but he’s not ready to retire.
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The Miami native and University of Miami alum signed with the Dolphins for his 14th NFL season and he plans to put that experience to use as more than just a ballcarrier in head coach Adam Gase’s offense. Gore also sees an opportunity to impart some of what he’s learned over the years to Miami’s third-year back Kenyan Drake.

So with the Cowboys never even asking Bryant to take a pay cut (Bryant has said so himself), it’s entirely possible that the Cowboys decided not to risk creating a poisonous situation with a player who quite possibly would be upset with the notion that the team carved away at the money he was supposed to make this year.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News takes a close, comprehensive look at the situation, raising among other things the possibility that the Cowboys decided not to risk having to deal with a disgruntled Dez.

Tasker will join 10 special-teams coaches around the NFL and a bunch of old guys like me who used to cover kicks at a meeting in New York as the league contemplates changes to kickoffs. A rule change calling for touchbacks to come to the 25-yard line was made permanent at this year’s league meetings after two trial years and the tide is moving toward a future without kickoffs.

The NCAA has instituted a rule allowing teams to take the ball at the 25 after a fair catch on kickoffs while the upstart Alliance of American Football will do away with them entirely when they start play in 2019. Tasker believes the NFL is headed for the same decision.

If they can find something they like, that will help because it is a violent play in the game, Tasker said, via the Buffalo News. It’s become part of our vernacular, let’s kick things off. 鈥?But I think its days are numbered. I think they’re going to come up with an alternative to the kickoff.

Tasker went Frank Vatrano Womens Jersey on to say he thinks the league will come up with a creative alternative that fans will like, although that surely won’t be a unanimous opinion when and if the league does away with a play that’s been a staple throughout its existence.
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Rockies’ Bettis, 3-relievers shut out Bucs at snowy PNC Park

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Chad Bettis found a simple solution to ward off the cold.
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I just concentrated on executing pitches, the Colorado Rockies right-hander said.

Bettis pitched into the eighth inning and combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, leading the Rockies over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on a snowy Tuesday night.

The announced attendance was 8,869, but there appeared to be fewer than 2,000 fans at PNC Park. The Pirates offered ticket vouchers for games later in the season to fans who came through the turnstiles.

Walking in from the bullpen, I was a little concerned because it was really cold, Bettis said. But I put on some (handwarmers) once I got to the dugout and I was fine.

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Just an intense, intense baseball game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

Ben Zobrist drove in two runs and Kyle Schwarber hit his 27th homer as the NL Central-leading Cubs closed out a 6-3 homestand with their sixth consecutive victory. They stayed four games ahead of Milwaukee and increased their advantage over third-place St. Louis to six games.
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Pedro Strop (5-4) worked a rocky seventh for the win and Davis got his 31st save in 31 chances. The right-hander also saved Saturday’s 4-1 win.

It seems like we’re competing at a pretty good level, Davis said.

Chicago led 3-0 before Fowler hit a tying three-run homer off Jose Quintana with two out in the sixth, silencing the crowd of 37,242 on a warm, sunny day. The inning began with a double for Matt Carpenter that eluded a lunging Schwarber in left.

Fowler got one last chance to hurt his former team in the ninth. With Jimmy Smith Authentic Jersey a runner on first and two out, he put a good swing on a full-count pitch from Davis, but Martin tracked it down.

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Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell shakes off foot injury to start vs. Thunder

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The Utah Jazz tweeted Wednesday night that rookie guard Donovan Mitchell will play and start against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the team’s first-round playoff series.

Mitchell, Utah’s leading scorer, had been considered questionable for the game with a bruised foot.

“You’ve done your job right now. Jaylen Brown has to pull in on Rudy’s roll, and that should be a shot for Joe or a snap to Rudy. Basically, what you’ve done here, Donovan, is got us either a shot or a snap. We just didn’t [execute].”

Ingles instead looks to Rubio in the corner and passes the ball back to Mitchell. As the defense loads up again, Gobert sneaks behind Brown to set a back screen as Mitchell fires another pass to Ingles, giving one of the NBA’s 3-point percentage leaders a wide-open look that he misses.

“And that’s the same thing,” Snyder says as the second pass leaves Mitchell’s hands. “It’s f—ing great. So two times in one possession, you’ve read the defense and got out. This is great offense.”

“I just felt that it was the right decision,” Bowen told ESPN on Wednesday. “My goal is still to play college basketball, but I felt as though it makes sense to cover my bases.”

Bowen initially signed at Louisville and was on campus last summer, but he was suspended after news broke of his family’s involvement in the FBI probe into college basketball corruption. There were allegations of a payment involving Adidas, Louisville and his father to steer Bowen toward the Cardinals. Louisville fired coach Rick Pitino and failed to seek reinstatement for Bowen with the NCAA.

Bowen has denied any knowledge or involvement of the allegations and was admitted to South Carolina in January. Coach Frank Martin and the Gamecocks filed to seek reinstatement.

“This is a mature move from Brian,” Bowen’s lawyer, Jason Setchen, told ESPN. “We’re hopeful and have faith that the NCAA will make the right decision and allow Brian to play next season for South Carolina, but he’ll also have the opportunity to be drafted if that doesn’t happen.”
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