Month: May 2018

Eli Manning memorabilia fraud trial pushed back a week

Eli Manning’s memorabilia fraud trial won’t start this week after all.
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Attorneys in聽 the four-year-old lawsuit against the聽 New York Giants and Manning, the two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback, arrived in a county courtroom in Hackensack on Monday prepared to deal with pre-trial motions ahead of jury selection, which had been scheduled to begin Wednesday with opening arguments slated for next Monday. Authentic Kerry Wynn Jersey

In addition to聽Mara and Manning, former Giants player Michael Strahan also gave a deposition to attorneys but has not been listed as a potential witness for either the plaintiffs or the defense, he said.

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Powers told lawyers for both sides that he plans to tell jurors the trial could last up to four weeks, although an attorney for the Giants said the case may need no more than two weeks depending on what the judge allows to be presented.

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Authentic John Jaso Jersey The player acquisition portion of the offseason is essentially over. After free agency and the draft, teams mostly have their rosters completely filled. Of course, the most intriguing players tend to be the quarterbacks — none more so than the rookies who are clearly being set up as their respective teams’ quarterback of the future.

That seems like a good date to target for Mayfield’s debut, considering how often teams like to get their rookie passers two weeks to prepare for their first start. With Tyrod Taylor as good a veteran place-holder as you’re likely to find, it doesn’t necessarily seem like the Browns offense will be a complete dumpster fire prior to that point, meaning there would not necessarily be a reason to rush Mayfield into the lineup.

Josh Rosen signs rookie deal

Washington also represents a piece of the Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan regime, which Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have been trying to overhaul ever since taking over last offseason.

While Shepard has two years remaining on his current deal, only $1.4 million of it is guaranteed. The Panthers could save more than $2 million this season alone by releasing him.

The Chicago Bears have endured a fair amount of roster turnover over the last few years as they undergo their latest rebuild. Hroniss Grasu could soon find himself part of that turnover.

The 2015 third-round pick has good size for a center at 6’3 and 301 pounds, and he’s only 26 years old. However, injuries and poor play have prevented Grasu from establishing himself as a full-time starter in Chicago. In three seasons with the Bears, he has appeared in just 14 games with 12 starts.

Cody Whitehair earned the starting center job over the last two years, though he spent some time at guard due to Grasu’s lack of versatility. Injuries forced Grasu into the starting lineup last season, but since he is a center only, Whitehair had to slide over a spot.

Releasing Washington would only save the Bills roughly $470,000 in cap space, but it would spare McDermott the trouble of dealing with a defensive piece he didn’t choose. Dareus, Davis and Ronald Darby are a few similar pieces who Buffalo has already shown the door.

After entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Russell Shepard finally broke out with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016, catching 23 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns. During the ensuing offseason, the Carolina Panthers inked him to a three-year, $10 million deal.

Shepard was a serviceable secondary receiving option last season, amassing 202 yards and a touchdown in 15 games. However, the Panthers added a few new receivers this offseason, which could leave him on the outside looking in.colts_077

Giants owner: No ‘sense of urgency’ for Beckham deal

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A month and a half ago, New York Giants co-owner John Mara spent his time with the media strategically refusing to deny his team could consider trading star Odell Beckham Jr. Now Mara is back to talking about keeping OBJ in a Big Blue jersey for a long time.
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Added Mara: It’s not the first contract negotiation we’ve ever had, Mara said. It’ll get done when it’s supposed to get done.

From Beckham’s Kevin Labanc Youth jersey perspective, he’d like to become the highest-paid non-QB before he sets foot on the field again.

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The trade will reunite Spence with Kris Kocurek, the longtime Lions defensive line coach who is working in the same role in Miami.

I want to thank the Detroit Lions for the opportunity they gave me this past season to be a Lion, Spence tweeted. Also want to thank my coaches,teammates and the fans it was a great experience. We all know NFL is a business. With that being said happy to be a Miami Dolphin…!!! Gods plan!!!

In his one season with the Lions, Spence appeared in all 16 games, starting 11. He recorded 39 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble. Among defensive linemen, only A’Shawn Robinson and Anthony Zettel played more snaps than Spence last season.

The Lions will still be on the hook for a $1.5 million cap hit, the remaining portion of Spence’s $2.25 million signing bonus. Still, the pay cut and trade clears more than $2 million in cap space this year and closer to $3.5 in 2019.

Gase knows that Osweiler’s experiences of the last two years could have taken a toll.

It can hurt you, Gase said. If you’re mentally weak, it can go one direction and it can be a bad one. I’ve known him since he was 20 years old. I’ve seen this kid have to sit behind a Hall of Famer. It’s a good thing and a bad thing sometimes. When he had an opportunity, he did some good things when he got to Brenden Dillon Jersey play in Denver. Things didn’t quite go the way he wanted to in Houston. It was a quick stop in Cleveland. Now being here, I just see a guy that’s excited. He’s enjoyed getting back into this offense and the way that we’re coaching him right now. I think he just enjoys that whole process.
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Foster is absent from the 49ers as he awaits resolution of the legal proceeding, and he faces termination by the team if it’s proven that he struck the alleged victim.
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The Pelicans and Cousins’ camp could then work together to find sign-and-trade options around the rest of the league, but that’s not easy, either. The Wizards are the most tempting if they bow out in the first round; Cousins and John Wall are friends, and the Wizards could build an offer around some combination of Otto Porter Jr., Kelly Oubre Jr., Marcin Gortat and a draft pick. But Washington’s payroll is so bloated, it may not be allowed under league rules to obtain any player in a sign-and-trade. And given Wall’s on-again, off-again knee issues, the Wizards may feel queasy committing a ton of money to Wall and Cousins.

Matt is getting what he has earned and we all know the marketplace for a great quarterback, Blank said. League revenues are up, club revenues are up, new stadiums and the players are the heart of the game. . . .
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So, yes, we were very generous with Matt and I think he’ll be able to feed those new twin babies. . . . Since we drafted him in 2008, he’s been the model face of the franchise, a great leader and he has embraced our values. He has led us on and off the field.

Blank just opened his new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which cost an estimated $1.6 billion. Of that total, a reported $700 million was in public (i.e. taxpayer) money.

There’s no word at the moment as to whether he’s asking the city to kick on Ryan’s deal.

The Pelicans have broached internally the idea of offering Cousins a two- or three-year deal at less than the max, per sources familiar with the discussions. I would not expect that to go over well with Cousins’ camp. But the Pelicans have the dual leverage of winning without Cousins and a tepid market for him.

Joe Flacco has gotten the message

The decision of the Ravens to trade back into round one and select quarterback Lamar Jackson sent a clear signal to plenty of people. One of the intended recipients was Joe Flacco. And I think. He gets. The point.
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Via Peter King of SI.com, Flacco has gotten the message. He knows that the team is reacting to a boring Salisbury Steak and steamed spuds offense that excite[s] no one.

Then there鈥檚 this: Flacco financially had Baltimore by the marbles five years ago, and Flacco squeezed. Hard. Then, when his contract needed to be restructured, he squeezed again. Harder. If he鈥檚 performing at a high level, there鈥檚 no danger of the Ravens squeezing back. Now that Flacco has shown some slippage, the Ravens may soon get a chance to settle scores with Flacco, and they likely won鈥檛 hesitate to do it, especially if the rookie plays in Baltimore like he played in Louisville.

What time would a London Super Bowl start?

One of the big topics in the first slow week of the offseason came from the stated aspirations of Jaguars owner Shad Khan to bring a Super Bowl to London, if/when he buys Wembley Stadium. (And it could be more if than when.)

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For years, the Super Bowl has had a 6:30-ish ET kickoff. In London, that鈥檚 11:30 p.m. local time. So either the Derek Anderson Womens Jersey game would start earlier (not bloody likely) or the Super Bowl would end not all that long before the rays of morning light begin to creep into the outer rim of the fog.

Maybe the powers-that-be in England would gladly accommodate a late-night football party, if it means hosting the Super Bowl. And that would surely be the only way to do it, since the NFL would have no choice but to ensure that the Super Bowl seems no different in any way, if it鈥檚 ever played a long way away from American shores.
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Report: Matt Patricia indicted but not tried for sexual assault in 1996

The hiring of Lions coach Matt Patricia carries with it a surprising new caveat that, depending on the manner in which the dominoes fall, could threaten to end his tenure before it even really begins.

On one hand, that’s what a lawyer is supposed to say. On the other hand, false accusations do indeed happen.

But while the case was the subject of news reports and public records in the early days of the Internet, it appears that the Lions didn’t know about the allegations when hiring Patricia. According to Snell, team president Rod Wood initially said, “I don’t know anything about this.” Wood later provided a statement of support for Patricia and the manner in which he was hired.

“I am very comfortable with the process of interviewing and employing Matt,” Wood told Snell. “I will tell you with 1,000-percent certainty that everything I’ve learned confirmed what I already knew about the man and would have no way changed our decision to make him our head coach.”

Steve Wyche of NFL Media reports that the team does not plan to sign a running back as a result of Ingram’s ban.

The Saints currently have Daniel Lasco, Trey Edmunds, Jonathan Williams and sixth-round pick Boston Scott at running back behind Kamara. That group has 47 career carries between them and if the Saints do change their plans it would likely be a result of being unimpressed by the group’s work in upcoming practice sessions.

As noted on Tuesday, DeMarco Murray and one-time Saint Adrian Peterson are among the veteran options on the open market.

Ingram’s attorney released a statement on Wednesday saying he was waiting for the full report from the arbitrator who denied his appeal and that they “will explore what further options are needed” once it comes in.orioles_004

Giants 51-man roster projection: How will rookies fit?

General manager Dave Gettleman聽and the Giants received high marks for the haul of Barkley, offensive guard Will Hernandez, linebacker Lorenzo Carter, and defensive linemen B.J. Hill and R.J. McIntosh over the weekend, but this could go down as an all-time great draft if those picks pan out and Lauletta proves worthy of succeeding Eli Manning, as Pro Football Focus suggests he could.
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It helps that at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds fits the profile of quarterbacks that head coach Pat Shurmur covets, as well as solid production during his career at Richmond in which he passed for 10,465 yards with 73 touchdowns and 35 interceptions in 40 career games.

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. But not even an element as embedded as the kickoff can be so sacred in a sport defined by perpetual change. Keep in mind the forward pass was illegal through the first few decades of football’s existence; so what exactly is this fabric of the game?

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A contingent of sponsors and FedExField suite holders 鈥?all men 鈥?were granted up-close access to the photo shoots.

One evening, at the end of a 14-hour day that included posing and dance practices, the squad’s director told nine of the 36 cheerleaders that their work was not done. They had a special assignment for the night. Some of the male sponsors had picked them to be personal escorts at a nightclub.

So get back to your room and get ready, the director told them. Several of them began to cry.

Ferguson went off in a productive 2017 season, as his chemistry with wide receiver Anthony Miller was unstoppable at times.

I wish Vander Esch was a bit more physical, but that often develops at the pro level. Otherwise, his measurables and positional versatility will make him a favorite of Vrabel’s.
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At the worst, drafting Vander Esch would give Tennessee a very good 3-4 outside linebacker for years. He has the attributes, though, to be something special.
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The New Orleans Saints don’t have many big weaknesses. There isn’t a quarterback of the future sitting at No. 27, and there isn’t an edge-rusher worthy of this pick. Therefore, I’d address a piece of the offense that’s been missing since the team traded Jimmy Graham in March 2015鈥攁 pass-catching tight end.

South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst is the best tight end in the draft鈥擨 see a more gifted Dallas Clark. Hurst is an elite athlete, and he’s great at making moves both before and after the catch. He can run people over when he has the ball, and he’s a phenomenal run-blocker.

Shimonek was just a one-year starter at Tech and failed to showcase the traits to make him a more desirable draft prospect. He carries an undrafted free agent grade.

Barrett is one of the best college football players of the last Womens Thomas Vanek Jersey four years, but he doesn’t have the size (6’1), arm or accuracy to be a viable NFL quarterback. His future is likely in coaching.

Litton’s off-field history requires a ton of vetting, and his on-field skills need work. He has a big arm to excite teams that want a vertical passing game, but his lack of movement skills makes it questionable he’ll see the field in the modern NFL.

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As a pro prospect, he struggles to meet the requirements with mechanics and footwork.

Giants Could Still Trade No. 2 Pick

A trade of the No. 2 pick is still a possibility for the Giants, sources tell Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com (on Twitter). If they keep the No. 2 pick, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb are viewed as the favorites to be selected. However, the potential presence of USC’s Sam Darnold could change things.
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The Giants 鈥?and those around the Giants 鈥?would have better clarity on their plans if they knew what the Browns were planning to do with the No. 1 overall pick. The Browns have left everyone around the NFL guessing and no one knows for sure if they’ll go with Darnold, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, or perhaps even Wyoming’s Josh Allen.

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The NFL is pushing ahead in its efforts to make kickoffs safer.

If you don’t make changes to make it safer, we’re going to do away with it, Murphy said. It’s that serious. It’s by far the most dangerous play in the game.

Toughest tests: Road games against the Seahawks and Patriots won’t be easy; Green Bay has lost the last three trips to Seattle, starting with the infamous Fail Mary game. It’s worth noting that Rodgers has never started a game at Gillette Stadium. The Packers also travel to the West Coast to face a beefed-up Rams team in what could be one of the most entraining games of the season.

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Alejandro Villanueva donates royalty check to charities in AFC North cities, report says

Alejandro Villanueva saw his jersey sales spike after he was seen standing in the tunnel of the Steelers’ Sept. 24 game against the Bears during the national anthem.

The team as a whole stayed in the locker room, but Villanueva, a former U.S. Army Ranger, slipped out for the anthem.

The move made him extremely popular with some NFL fans, so Villanueva received a much larger royalty check than usual from the influx of sales.

Timetable: Embiid had surgery to repair an orbital bone fracture on March 31 and missed the Sixers’ first two playoff games. Embiid returned to the lineup in Philadelphia’s Game 3 win in Miami on April 19.

Kevin Pelton on Embiid: The timing of Embiid’s injury is obviously difficult for him and the Sixers, with their multiyear rebuilding process finally bearing playoff fruit.

Situation: Booker is Indiana’s second big man off the bench, behind starters Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner and top backup Domantas Sabonis. Any time that Booker misses is filled sparingly by first-round rookie T.J. Leaf.

Toughest tests: You know the drill by now. There will be a lot on the line in the Steelers’ home game against the Patriots, and Pittsburgh has lost the last five meetings to New England since 2013. Last year’s controversial finish aside, this has been the toughest test for most of the decade. A trip to New Orleans will be a battle of Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees, and a trip to the Black Hole to face Jon Gruden and the Raiders could rekindle that classic rivalry.

Biggest breaks: The Chargers have to make a cross-country trip to play the Steelers. As for the Chiefs, they haven’t beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh since Dec. 21, 1986.

Bottom line: The road game against Jacksonville should be interesting. That’s the team that beat the Steelers twice last year and upset the pecking order in the AFC. Something else to watch: Pittsburgh has lost just three AFC North games in the last three seasons It shouldn’t see much of a slide in 2018. Record prediction: 12-4

It’s similar to why the Cleveland Cavaliers struggle when LeBron James is sidelined. So much is run through James that when he’s off the floor, it puts players in uncomfortable roles when attempting to execute the same system.steelers_040