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Minkah Fitzpatrick signs with Dolphins

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The Dolphins waited a lot longer than their peers to start signing draft picks, but they are making up for lost time on Friday.

Shortly after word that sixth-round pick Cornell Armstrong agreed to his deal came multiple reports that first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick has also signed with the team. Fitzpatrick’s deal is for four years with a team option for a fifth season.

Fitzpatrick, who was the 11th overall pick, won the Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in the country in recognition of his work at Alabama last season. Fitzpatrick saw time at both cornerback and safety for the Crimson Tide and showed a knack for rushing the passer as well, which should lead to work in a variety of roles with the Dolphins as well.

The content of those conversations between Trump and owners – as well as any forms of pressure directed at the league by the administration – are expected to shape the requests to force the testimony of Trump, Pence and other affiliated officials, sources said.

NFL’s former P.R. exec takes issue with President’s cancellation of Eagles trip

It’s unknown what Joe Lockhart would have said about the President’s cancellation of the White House visit by the Super Bowl champion Eagles if Lockhart were still the NFL’s top in-house P.R. executive. It is known what Lockhart did say in his capacity as a former NFL employee.

Official statements from the President used to be serious thoughtful expressions of national interest, said Lockhart, who served as the White House press secretary under President Clinton, on Twitter. Now they are childish rants. The latest — if some of the [Super Bowl] champs don’t want to come to the [White House], then none of them are invited. POTUS will play with his toys alone tomorrow.

The President uninvited the Eagles on the eve of the visit, claiming that [t]hey disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our country.

Why Giants shouldn’t be lumped in with bottom NFL teams

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The reason Beckham’s continued absence is a big deal is because it feels like a precursor to a potential training camp holdout.
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Beckham wants a long-term contract extension as the highest paid receiver in the NFL more than $17 million per year and the Giants haven’t shown much urgency to get a deal done.

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Scouts were skeptical of Breaux’s ability to stay at catcher when they saw him as a freshman, but he has improved defensively and projects as at least an adequate receiver.

And here’s what MLB.com had to say about Seigler:

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Diddy no longer interested in NFL ownership because of ‘oppression of black men’

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Sean Diddy Combs expressed interest in NFL ownership earlier this year when the Panthers went on the market, but he appears to be backtracking on those aspirations.
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I’m just at a point where my feelings are hurt because I’m such an NFL fan, Diddy said. And I hope they do what they have to do to fix it. And I hope that they re-engage my dream to want to do that, because if not, I don’t want to be associated, to be around a table that does that to people at all.

The movement started during the 2016 NFL preseason when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to protest what he called the oppression of people of color in the U.S. Kaepernick hasn’t been able to find a job since and has started a collusion case against the NFL, claiming he has been blacklisted due to his decision to kneel during the anthem.

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By no means is (my play) perfect, or close to perfect, but there are some flashes, things I know and feel comfortable with, Manziel said (via TSN). There are things that I should hit on the field that I missed today. That’s just part of trying to get better and get back in a Jeff Heath Jersey feel of playing ball every day, week in Cam Robinson Youth Jersey and week out.

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What Montgomery had in baseball was a live arm, which wasn’t reaching its full potential at William S. Hart High School in Santa Clarita, California. His season always started later because of his commitments to the hardwood. That changed one night his senior year.

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N.J. students have a ball with Trump and Mariano Rivera at the White House

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His receivers included two eighth graders at St. Francis Academy in Union City, Matthew Potter and Helena Stuhr, both 14.

It was very fun to pass the ball around and worked on team building activities, said Helena, who lives in Hoboken. I was very honored to be at the White House.

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At a Heinz Field ceremony Wednesday, team president Art Rooney II unveiled the new look, which the Steelers will wear in their Week 8 home game against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 28.

The throwbacks are modeled after the ones worn by the Steelers’ back-to-back Super Bowl champion teams in 1978 and 1979.

We are coming up on the 40th Anniversary of Super Bowl XIII and next year will be the 40th anniversary of Super Bowl XIV, so we thought it was a good time to celebrate those teams and those years by bringing back that jersey and that uniform,Rooney said.

We’re excited about being able to celebrate what was a great time in Steelers history and celebrate those teams.

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Jason Verrett not yet cleared to practice fully

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In the one season Jason Verrett played more than half the games, the Chargers cornerback earned Pro Bowl honors. But the other three seasons have ended in injury.

He played six games his rookie season, four games in 2016 and only one game last season.

Verrett is not yet cleared to fully participate in organized team activities as he works his way back from another knee injury, Eric Williams of ESPN reports.

Jackson was fortunate to keep his job following two seasons, but Dee Haslam said the team remains confident he’ll get the Browns turned around.

Hue’s a great coach, a great leader of men, she said. The last couple years have been terrible for us and been really terrible for our fans. We take that responsibility and feel horrible about it because Northeast Ohio and the fans of the Cleveland Browns deserve so much more.

As he prepares for his third season, Jackson said his days of making predictions are over.

I’m not making any more guarantees, he said. I’m not making any more promises.

For all the huffing and puffing from those who strenuously object to the protests, how many rallies or gatherings did they conduct? How many who swore they were done with football actually deprived themselves of something they enjoy, and how many were simply hoping to force a change to the anthem policy with I’ll turn this car around right now-style threats?

Regardless, the truth is that there are NFL fans on both sides of the issue. For reasons still not known or apparent, the NFL has opted only to hear the voices of those who protest the protesting. The NFL’s secret research project regarding Kaepernick’s unemployment revealed that opinions were split, but the NFL ultimately decided to bow to the demographic that is opposed to the protests.

McGill has responded to this contention, in an email sent Sunday to PFT.

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What Al Jazeera is saying is outrageous, baseless, and wrong, McGill said. When Al Jazeera raised these false allegations about Peyton two and a half years ago, we went to their lawyers in good faith and explained that their source was a pharmacy intern who had unlawfully compromised private medical information to make up false and outrageous allegations about Peyton. We gave them very specific facts showing that every allegation about Peyton was a lie. Any notion that we confirmed Sly’s veracity as a source is obviously false and beneath contempt.
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It’s accurate, but only if by confirmed Al Jazeera means debunked. While Al Jazeera did indeed use the allegation that HGH was shipped to Ashley Manning after meeting with McGill, McGill sufficiently shot down Sly’s allegations about Peyton Manning to get Al Jazeera to remove them from the documentary.

The end result arguably makes things worse, not better, for Al Jazeera. In using McGill’s comments as the basis for showing that Al Jazeera did not act with knowledge of the falsity of Sly’s claims, Al Jazeera opens itself up to Womens Stephen Hauschka Jersey the very simple notion that McGill’s explanation should have prompted Al Jazeera to ask itself whether, if Sly was making inaccurate claims about Peyton Manning, Sly was making inaccurate claims about Zimmerman and Howard, too?

More specifically, the effort by Al Jazeera to avoid liability has pulled Peyton Manning’s lawyer into the case.

Manning originally was implicated by former Guyer Institute intern Charlie Sly, who was recorded without his knowledge making allegations about athlete PED use. Although the law establishes a much higher standard for defaming public figures like Zimmerman, Howard, and Peyton Manning, Al Jazeera still must be able to prove that it acted without knowledge that Sly’s claims were false and without reckless disregard as to the truth or falsity of Sly’s claims.

Enter Manning’s lawyer, who provided during an in-person meeting a point-by-point refutation of the specific allegations that Al Jazeera had planned to make about Peyton Manning. As explained in a December 4, 2015 email message sent by Al Jazeera to Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, Sly’s comments included a claim that Peyton Manning bought HGH from the Guyer Institute, that he spent up to $20,000 per month on HGH and used up to 20 IU’s of it a day, and that excessive use of HGH resulted in bone development in Peyton Manning’s forehead.
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Blake Bortles is a happy man as training camp nears.

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The upcoming season will afford him the opportunity to take the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Super Bowl after they came up just short a year ago.
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There’s also the matter of figuring out how to spend the $26.5 million in guaranteed money that playoff run netted Bortles in his contract extension.

As The MMQB’s Jenny Vrentras reported, Mahomes believes he and fellow second-year pro Kareem Hunt can build something special in Kansas City. 聽

Kareem Hunt and I talk about building something together here, said. Seeing his success as a rookie and how hard he works, I’m excited to build a future with the Chiefs. With the young nucleus we have, I feel like we can have a great dynasty coming forward.

Hunt isn’t the only weapon at Mahomes’ disposal. Travis Kelce has staked a claim as the best tight end in the NFL. Tyreek Hill has emerged as one of the league’s most explosive vertical threats. And the team signed Sammy Watkins in free agency.

It’s a lot to work with, and to his credit, Mahomes looked good in his lone start last season.

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Bears’ Roquan Smith: Most items stolen from car have been recovered

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Most of the items stolen from Roquan Smith have been recovered.
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The Bears rookie on Wednesday took to Twitter to thank authorities for their efforts in retrieving everything that was taken from his car with the exception of his team-issued iPad, which had been immediately wiped remotely of all content.

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Foster, 24, took part in 49ers workouts for the first time this offseason on Thursday. Despite the charge being dropped, Foster remains subject to potential discipline under the league’s personal conduct and/or substances of abuse policies.

But the deeper we dive into the data, the more trouble we find.

Football Outsiders uses a聽metric called ALEX, designed by Scott Kacsmar, to determine how often a quarterback throws past the first-down markers on third and fourth downs. ALEX is pretty intuitive: An ALEX of 1.5 means that the quarterback’s average third- and fourth-down throw traveled 1.5 yards past the first down marker; a -1.5 means the quarterback is a dreaded dink-and-dunker, throwing his average third-down pass a yard-and-a-half in front of the sticks.

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Packers must pay up to Jaire Alexander for picking him at 18

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Another consequence of a losing season: For just the second time since 2011, the Packers must guarantee the contract for their first-round pick.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro, Thomas is entering the final year of the four-year, $40 million extension he signed in 2014. That contract was tops among safeties in terms of annual average when it was signed but now ranks sixth, according to Spotrac.com.

Thomas told ESPN at the Pro Bowl in January that he may hold out if he doesn’t get a new deal before the season, but general manager John Schneider has said twice since then that Thomas’ representatives have informed him that he won’t hold out.

And he figures to be a focal point of the offense as head coach Todd Smith will look to utilize all of his tools.

He plans to have me move around, be on the line as well, he said. He wants me to be a versatile tight end, block and catch passes. And I look forward to it.

Via the Associated Press, Manziel was primarily an observer on Sunday, his first day of work with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“That’s because he doesn’t know the terminology, he doesn’t know anything,” Tiger-Cats coach June Jones said, via the AP. “[Quarterbacks coach] Dan [Morrison] was walking through each route as it was called. But [on Monday] guess what? We’re going to walk in and start taking a couple.”

Manziel realizes it will be an adjustment, especially as it relates to the options available to each receiver.

“Spacing is a little bit different on the defensive side if I had to look at anything,” Manziel said. “On offense, I’ve never ran this many routes that are predicated off of one defender . . . every route has an opportunity to break three or four different ways, which is different. . . . But I think it gives you the versatility and offensive weapons to be able to attack coverages more intensely than it would just running a fixed route. I know it’s going to take some time . . . .”ravens_123

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Ryan Reaves’ journey from enforcer to series-clinching hero for the Golden Knights

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There was a time, not too long ago, that Ryan Reaves wondered if the NHL wanted him anymore. The league has been turning to smaller and faster players over the past decade. Fighting has, organically, come out of vogue. Reaves — a thick 6-foot-1, 225-pound winger, the son of a professional running back, a player who earned his ticket through grit — began asking: Are hockey players like me becoming extinct?
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For a few summers in the NHL, Reaves trained solely in the boxing ring. He’d spar for hours and throw weights around so I could fight 250-pound guys, he said. And then he realized: Those guys are gone, so now I’ve got to get a little quicker. I’ve got to add a little skill to my game. You’ve got to be able to play and not take penalties, and contribute and play responsible in the D-zone.

And there he was, on Sunday night, walking up to the victors’ podium for a news conference alongside Marc-Andre Fleury, clutching a cardboard box of pepperoni pizza (half-eaten) with a grin on his face. He looked at the podium and said: I can’t believe they even had one of these name cards made up for me. Later that night, he found out his stick would be shipped to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Although a first-year team making this kind of playoff run is the stuff of underdog legend, Cooper said the Knights’ success is easy to comprehend, if not exactly predictable. It starts with owner Bill Foley, GM George McPhee and coach Gerard Gallant.

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Players on the Lightning and Capitals expressed amazement at the Knights’ run.

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