Category: Philadelphia Eagles

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

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

Rookies Lucchesi, Villanueva carry Padres past Giants 10-1

The rebuilding San Diego Padres have made up two spots in the NL West in two games, thanks largely to two rookies.

Joey Lucchesi struck out nine in six innings, Christian Villanueva homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and the Padres cruised past San Francisco 10-1 on Sunday to beat the Giants for the third straight game.

Jose Pirela was a home run short of the cycle and had three RBI for the Padres, who have won five of seven. They leapfrogged the Giants into third place, by percentage points. San Francisco has lost four of five.

Lucchesi is doing everything he possibly can, except hit, to cement a spot in the rotation, Green said. He’s been great. He’s a guy that, watching film last year, talking to our minor league guys, listening to them talk, they knew he was going to come quicker than the rest and he’s proving why right now. He throws strikes, he’s got offspeed when he needs it, he can punch guys out. That’s a great recipe. There’s a lot of deception there.

I think there is a fine line between when it’s good for business and when that line is crossed and it can become bad for business, Steve Tisch, the Giants’ co-owner and a top movie producer, said Monday at the NFL owners’ meetings. I’ve learned in the entertainment business and in the football business that a lot of how well we do, how well the players do, how well the teams do, are in a way fan-driven. Whether it’s my next Denzel Washington movie, I want to get movie-goers in theater seats. The 2018 Giants season I want to get Giants fans in seats in MetLife Stadium.

When too much becomes too much, I think everybody is aware of it and I hope we don’t get to that point and cross that line.

Has Beckham crossed that line?

It’s not been too much yet, but I think because there’s so much conversation about him, I just want everyone to pull back and realize that we will negotiate when the time to negotiate comes.seahawks_124

What have we learned about Shohei Ohtani so far

What is a 2018 stat line — hitter/pitcher combined — that would make Ohtani’s rookie season a success, and will he get there

Miller: 130 innings with a 3.80 ERA and a .770 OPS in 200 or so plate appearances. If he stays healthy, he should get there, though I wouldn’t be shocked by an OPS 150 points higher or lower.

Blue Jays: Donaldson (dead arm) made his third straight start at DH instead of 3B. An hour after the game ended, Donaldson played catch on the outfield turf, making throws from right-center to the left field foul line, before fielding grounders and making throws to first base.

Another dream come true, Villanueva said through an interpreter. It’s amazing, especially on a night like tonight, getting the first win. I was just happy I was able to play my part. I think we all played really well, the pitching was great, and I think if we’re able to play that way all together as a team that it’s going to be a good year.

Villanueva, who made his big league debut Sept. 18, capped his big night with a three-run shot that went an estimated 390 feet to left off Antonio Senzatela with two outs in the seventh.

His first two were solo shots off left-hander Kyle Freeland (0-1). The first went an estimated 400 feet off the facade of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in the left-field corner with one out in the second. The second went an estimated 399 feet into the second deck in left with two outs in the fourth.

Villanueva hit four homers in 32 at-bats last year after his debut.

Trevor Richards (0-1), the Marlins’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2017, retired his first seven batters in his major league debut but then allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals likely would need to offer this year’s first-round pick as well as next year’s as a starting point for negotiations if they wanted to get into that top-four mix. Maybe they’ll get more aggressive if one or two of the big four QBs slips out of the top five or six. The Cards are heavily invested in Sam Bradford as this year’s starter and have Mike Glennon as the backup, but they have yet to address their long-term future at the position.
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Report: Teddy Bridgewater to Jets for one year

The Jets started the day without a quarterback to speak of, now they have two.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Jets have agreed to a one-year deal with former Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

He’ll have the chance to compete with Josh McCown, who signed a one-year, $10 million deal earlier today.

A Harris County grand jury Friday indicted Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett for the felony charge of injury of the elderly for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic who was working at NRG Stadium to control access to the field at Super Bowl LI, prosecutors said.

On Feb 5, 2017, Bennett, who played for Alief Taylor High School and Texas A&M, was a spectator and in town to watch his brother, Martellus Bennett, a player for the New England Patriots.

Immediately following the game, Bennett shoved his way on to the field where players were gathering to celebrate.

The Super Bowl champions are adding some deep speed to their passing game.

With Tampa Bay, he appeared 90 prior to being traded to the Ravens on 23.?I won’t call it trash-talking.He didn’t reach 200 innings 2002 or’03 either, thanks to hip inflammation and a strained latissimus dorsi, but he led the and strikeout rate both seasons, and total strikeouts the former.If you have enough guys who are worth watching, and seeing them develop during the course of a losing, then they get it.

And to all the athletes out there who are thinking about calling it quits, take notes.Late week Crawford began to skate back Chicago while the team was on a road trip out east.Bears WR Marquess is out for’s game against the Packers.Miami’s, the reigning N.L.Clear was a name UDFA out of Texas A&M after last’s The 29-year-old has spent his last four seasons the CFL, most recently playing for the Montreal Alouettes.I it isn’t.

The Giants seek an upgrade on Brad Wing, who they released this offseason.

O’Donnell, 27, averaged 44.9 yards per punt in four seasons in Chicago.
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Mariners OF Ben Gamel out 4-6 weeks with strained oblique

The Mariners will be without their starting left fielder to begin the season.

Seattle announced Monday that 25-year-old outfielder Ben Gamel is out 4-6 weeks with a strained right oblique muscle.

The Mariners could seek a free agent like Jon Jay or Carlos Gonzalez, though would likely offer just a one-year deal.

Collectively then, the offense is rich with talent. There’s the natural caveat of youth and the unpredictability of an offense driven by players a year or two from their expected prime age, but if a few of them click they’ll need to be reckoned with.

“During my time with the Cardinals, we’ve always been searching for that shortstop,” president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said (via the team’s website). “This does give us a level of comfort, that we’ve found a player who can play there for a long time.”

DeJong, 24, had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .285/.325/.532 with a team-high 25 home runs and 65 RBIs in 108 games to finish second in NL Rookie of the Year voting to the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger.

“I know how hard this game is, and I’m relatively new in the big leagues,” DeJong said. “For me, it’s more about a sense of security and going out there knowing the Cardinals are committed to me and I’m committed to them.”

DeJong’s extension includes two team options for 2024 and ’25 that can max out the deal at $51.5 million over eight years.

So I’d go with Mike Moustakas as my free-agent choice, with two caveats: 1) if they can get him for a decent price; and 2) on a one-year contract, because Austin Riley is waiting in the wings as the third baseman of the future. The first condition might be possible, but the second one is doubtful. So it’s not likely to happen.seahawks_022_cb4decafb67ada8d-180x180

Andre Roberson taken off on stretcher after injuring patellar tendon

Thunder guard Andre Roberson fell hard in the third quarter of Saturday’s game vs. the Pistons while going up for an alley-oop, and remained down on the court for several minutes until a stretcher was brought out.

ESPN’s Royce Young initially said Roberson had a “severe left leg injury” and those concerns turned out to be true. Before the game was even over, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski? reported, per a source, that Roberson had ruptured his patellar tendon. He also added, “There is still testing to do on Roberson to confirm full severity of leg injury.”

The Blue Jackets understandably looked sluggish at times after the long trip home, but they persevered against one of the top teams in the league. Artemi Panarin (12 points in the past nine games) scored 16 seconds into the game, Zach Werenski set a franchise record for defensemen with his 13th goal of the season and veteran defenseman Ian Cole, a trade deadline acquisition, added his first goal for the team.

“I think right now, when we’re not scoring that many goals, it’s nice when defensemen can contribute and try to help the team win,” Werenski said. “We’re in a tight playoff race. Every game matters, every point matters, and if I can contribute offensively, I’m going to try to do that.”

Casey, who is Toronto’s winningest coach, will lead Team LeBron at the NBA All-Star Game and will be opposed by Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, who will lead Team Stephen. It will be Casey’s first time coaching the All-Star Game in nine seasons, marking the longest tenure in Raptors history.

Because of the NBA’s new unconferenced format, Casey will actually coach against two of his own players. Raptors stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were both drafted to Team Stephen.

Held to fewer than three goals for the first time in their winning streak, the Predators leaned on defense and goalie Pekka Rinne until they found a way to beat Kari Lehtonen. New acquisition Ryan Hartman did it on a backhander early in the third period for his second game-winner in five contests with Nashville.

Rinne’s 26 saves gave him his seventh shutout of the season and upped his record to 36-9-4. His 2.29 GAA and .928 save percentage should plant him squarely in the middle of Vezina Trophy discussion.lions_079

The relationship with the city is something Kapler wants the Phillies to embrace.

Because they’ve been through the ups and downs, they’ve displayed courage, they’ve come together as units, they know what it feels like to have people count them out and then to prove people wrong, he said.

Kapler said the Phillies’ video production staff put together a piece for the team over the weekend that included some highlights from the other sports teams in the city, as well as some footage from the movie Rocky spliced in and some highlights of their own players.

Rory McIlroy is no stranger to the mobocracy that chases Tiger Woods around a golf tournament, but even a player who’s teed it up many times with the aging superstar can’t believe how his boyhood idol deals with increasingly unruly crowds that may cost golf’s most popular player a few shots per event.

Indeed, McIlroy, who played the first two rounds of the Genesis Open with Woods and Justin Thomas, believes the hordes of spectators that move as one and cheer every Tiger swing, sometimes mid-stroke, may be detrimental to the former world No. 1’s scorecard.

But Hurney, who was named the interim GM the week before training camp after Dave Gettleman was fired, has been the front-runner throughout the process, according to sources.

The team had tentative plans to announce the new general manager two weeks ago before the allegations were made against Hurney but put them on hold while the NFL investigated.

Hurney’s ex-wife withdrew the complaint after the judge denied a temporary restraining order during an ex parte hearing in which only Jeanne and her attorney appeared.

On Friday evening, the gold, silver and bronze medals in men’s figure skating will be won and lost at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The free skate, known by many as the long program, is the second part of the competition following the short program held on Friday.bears_026

Brady admits his personal life affected him in 2016.

His Deflategate battle against the NFL reportedly ended when it did only because Brady had a more important battle with which to concern himself back home.

Brady was willing to give up that fight in the name of personal priorities. There’s no reason to believe they would not trump an unnecessarily long playing career, either. And we know very well how Gisele feels about the matter.

But Brady also witnessed the physical deterioration Manning experienced through his last couple of seasons.

“Football is such a physical sport, and every game could be your last game,” Brady told reporters this week. “It’s the reality of the sport, so I’d love to plan for those things. I try to work hard at the things I need to for my body to feel good week after week and year after year.

McVay led Los Angeles from a 4-12 season in 2016 to an 11-5 record in 2017. He was the favorite to be named the league’s best coach for a while. It helped him out that Gurley broke out with 2,093 yards from scrimmage which earned him the offensive player of the year award. Donald anchored the team’s defense tallying 11 sacks and five forced fumbles on the way to being named the league’s best defensive player.

As for the Saints, it was the first time since 1967 a team has swept the offensive and defensive rookie of the year awards. Lattimore was a first-round pick out of Ohio State while Kamara was taken in the third round out of Tennessee. Saints quarterback Drew Brees was also named the Clutch Performer of the Year.

The Super Bowl in 2018 seems relatively easy to predict if one goes by the odds. The Patriots opened as 5 1/2-point favorites over the Eagles in Super Bowl 52, set to be played Sunday in Minneapolis. So of course the majority of SN’s experts are picking New England to beat Philadelphia. But not all.

Super Bowl picks and predictions are the bottom lines during the two-week hype train that is Super Bowl analysis. The matchup will be dissected and previewed to no end. Will Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots pad the numbers that make up their dynasty? Will the Eagles, with Nick Foles in position to become one of the most unlikely Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in history, shock the world and win their first Super Bowl?bills_028

They’re all full of it to varying degrees, but none more than Roger Goodell’s NFL and his dutiful adjutants, the league’s compliant TV networks.

What’s ladled out — make that shoveled — as social altruism has formed Mount Manure, built on public relations cons and high-definition, high-in-additives baloney.

The annual presentation of NFL games played on Thanksgiving — up to three since 2006, instead of two, to maximize TV rights and get-out-there-and-shop commercial revenues — comes wrapped in home-and-hearth values with good wishes from “our family to yours.” And it’s self-evident nonsense.

“Her red bra was all that was supposed to show, no nipple, no exposure,” the insider said. “It was meant to be a little racy, but nobody meant for her breast to show. It became a big deal because Justin grabbed the costume much too hard and, instead of pulling the one small part, he tore the bra part, too.” (Representatives for Timberlake did not return calls for comment.)

Behind the scenes, there was confusion, as MTV executive producer Salli Frattini, recalled to ESPN The Magazine in 2014: “There was lots of chaos in the [production truck, and we played it back and we were like, ‘Oh, s – – t. What just happened?’ ”

New kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who spent time in six NFL training camps over the past five seasons before finally getting a shot to play this week, was the star of the game for Oakland. The former Cal kicker went 4 for 4 on the day, hitting field goals from 20, 52, 52 and 43 yards in the win.

It’s fitting that the Raiders went with a kicker who has such an unusual backstory because the Raiders won in an unusual way. Going into the season, the biggest question in Oakland had to do with whether or not their defense would actually be able to stop anyone.

We know the Raiders can win a shootout, but can they punch you in the mouth and win with defense?

In 2003, Houston Oilers defensive end Elvin Bethea made a rather impolitic confession as he was about to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He admitted he rarely watches NFL games.
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