Taylor was jettisoned out of Buffalo, but he brings veteran respectability to the position.

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That reality manifested in the draft, when general manager Ozzie Newsome moved back into the first round to take Lamar Jackson. The Heisman Trophy winner has undeniable talent and athletic ability, but he’ll need time to develop as a passer at the NFL level, and the Ravens will need time to readjust the offense around his unique abilities. Flacco and Jackson are polar opposite players.聽

Marshall signed a two-year deal worth $11 million with the Giants last offseason but was released last month with a failed physical designation. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 last season but already wasn’t performing up to expectations before getting hurt.
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Marshall, 34, had 18 catches for 154 yards in five games for the Giants.

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Smith’s explosiveness and instincts make him a natural to rack up big plays as a rookie. That guaranteed production makes the Butkus Award winner the favorite for this year’s DROY.

Vander Esch will step right into a starting role on the strong side of Dallas’ defense, flanking Jaylon Smith and Sean Lee. Like Smith, Vander Esch’s speed and ability to cover a lot of ground will give him chances to put up numbers with his own special wow factor.

Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum on All-Rookie team

Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA’s All-Rookie team.

The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Both players helped their teams reach the second round of the playoffs.

The second team was guards Dennis Smith Jr. of Dallas and Lonzo Ball of the Lakers, Atlanta forward John Collins, Sacramento guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and Phoenix forward Josh Jackson.

The addition of guard Zach Fulton should help the offensive line, but they still have the worst tackle situation in the league. Taking a flier on safety Tyrann Mathieu and signing Jacksonville slotback Aaron Colvin to play full-time cornerback could pan out, but they aren’t the safest bets.

Rarely do we see a team go from 4-12 to a top-three finish in the AFC, like these odds imply, much less after not making a pick in the first two rounds of the draft.

“It is what it is,” Williams said, via Eric Williams of ESPN.com. “Even when you’re doing good, you’re going to have haters. Haters are going to hate. Somebody has to hate on you to keep you going. So I appreciate all the haters. But Mike Williams is going to be on top next year, and they’re going to be on the bandwagon. So we are going to take it like that.”

The Chargers led the league in passing yards despite Williams’ limited contributions and most of the key players from that attack are back this year. That means Williams won’t be guaranteed anything come September unless he makes it impossible for the Chargers to resist putting him in a prominent role.

According to oddsmakers, the San Francisco 49ers are more likely to make the Super Bowl than the Jacksonville Jaguars, who lost by four points in the AFC Championship Game last season. Mind you, this 49ers team started off 0-9 last season before the midseason trade of Jimmy Garoppolo pushed San Francisco to a 6-1 finish.

A quality quarterback should give a team optimism, but would you take Garoppolo over Matt Ryan, whose Atlanta Falcons have worse odds to win the Super Bowl? If not, it makes little sense why the 49ers would be thought of as an elite team.cowboys_004

LSU and AFL star Billy Cannon dies at 80

Billy Cannon, a legendary Heisman Trophy winner at LSU who would later become an all-star in the American Football League, has died at the age of 80.
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Cannon is best remembered for his career at LSU, where he led the Tigers to the national championship in 1958 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1959. His all-around contributions to the team were almost impossible for fans of today’s brand of football to comprehend: He was the team’s top runner, receiver, defensive back, punter, kicker, punt returner and kickoff returner. On Halloween in 1959, with LSU trailing 3-0, Cannon returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead in the fourth quarter. He then made the game-saving tackle on defense at the 1-yard line to preserve the victory.

Now that McCoy is 30 years old, new Buccaneers defensive line coach Brenton Buckner wants to ensure McCoy can remain capable of producing at a high level for many years to come. Getting McCoy to take his mental understanding of the game to an even higher level is the achievement Buckner is chasing.

If McCoy can still raise his game on top of the additions made around him, Buckner and the Buccaneers will likely be quite pleased with the result.

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The NFL dropped the issue, at least publicly, once it became clear more games couldn’t be reconciled with the heightened sensitivity to player health and safety. But the issue undoubtedly lingers, with the NFL likely hoping that it will come up organically and naturally as the league and the union begin to negotiate a new CBA in earnest.

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Panthers sign Ashaad Mabry, Jason Vander Laan

The Panthers signed defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry and tight end Jason Vander Laan on Monday.
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Mabry originally signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Texas-San Antonio in 2015. He has never played in a regular-season game.

In four college seasons, Mabry made 49 tackles and six tackles for loss.

Reliever Wander Suero replaced Hellickson and recorded one out before surrendering Franmil Reyes’ single to center. Catcher Pedro Severino fielded Taylor’s throw and tagged Pirela at the plate, but the runner was initially ruled safe. Washington challenged the play and replay overturned the call.

It’s two different sides of the ball. I want to go out there and do whatever I can to help the team. Almost even more so when you’re struggling at the plate, Taylor said. It doesn’t raise my average or anything, but it definitely feels good.

Harper’s blast, his second in two games, went an estimated 433 feet to straightaway center. It was the only run allowed by Padres starter Eric Lauer over six innings.

Lauer, making his sixth career start, scattered six hits and struck out seven.

Judge, the reigning American League Rookie of the Year and AL home run champion, dismissed any chance that he would change his mind by this year’s All-Star break, even if MLB pressured him to participate.

Pressure won’t Sharrif Floyd Jersey do anything, said Judge, who fell into a deep hitting slump after winning last year’s Derby.

Yonny Chirinos, Rays (available in more than 98 percent): He was the Rays’ Yarbrough before Yarbrough, and it’s possible the team might make him their right-handed counterpart once Chirinos is healthy enough to return from an elbow injury, likely in 2-3 weeks. Remember, one key advantage to starting with an other-handed short reliever, then piggybacking with a reliever who changes handedness, is throwing the opponent’s lineup matchups into disarray early in the game. If the Rays continue with this strategy, Chirinos, who has great control and should get more ground balls than he has so far thanks to his sinker-/splitter-heavy pitch selection, will probably provide fantasy managers even more value than Yarbrough could.

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Atlantic City — which is celebrating its 40th year of casino gambling 聽– has been hurt聽the last decade by increasing competition from casinos in neighboring states. In 2014, four casinos closed and another shuttered in 2016.聽

Sports betting was meant to be a lifeline. After all, people have flocked to Las Vegas for years to bet on games because it’s legal there.聽

I’m going to be in studio-not doing games. And what that entails yet, I don’t know. Fox holds the distinction of being one of only six men in NFL history to coach two different teams (Carolina, Denver) to Super Bowls, in the select company of Mike Holmgren (Green Bay, Seattle), Bill Parcells (New England, NY Giants ), Dan Reeves (Denver, Atlanta), Don Shula (Miami, Baltimore Colts), and Dick Vermeil (Philadelphia, St. Louis Rams). NFL and football commentary in general stand to take on a distinctly Bears flavor this coming season.

Among the Bears presences in booths and studios: Besides Tom Thayer, WBBM’s color commentator for Bears broadcasts, and Tom Waddle, whose daily work at WMVP ESPN-1000 radio locally has been augmented by duties with FOX and NFL Network, Jay Cutler may resurface with FOX as a game commentator unless someone again wants him as an emergency quarterback. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was let go by the New York Giants, leaving him more time to devote to his Inside the NFL gig with Showtime, although his standing wasn’t enhanced by a January rant that the NFL should be ashamed for letting the New England Patriots dynasty endure.

Land rush for undrafted free agents started earlier than usual

Nearly every year, we hear complaints about the land rush for undrafted free agents, which reaches a fever pitch when the draft ends. Teams push for quick decisions, and players and agents don’t always have time to think things through before teams move on to the next option.

This year, the complaints have subsided, for one very good reason. Teams have started the process of talking to potential UDFAs earlier than usual.

Nick Nelson started his college career at Hawaii but transferred to Wisconsin. If I had a scholarship at Hawaii, no force on earth could get me to leave. Well, except maybe a volcano. Anyway, Nelson commits too many penalties and, despite return experience, rarely intercepts a pass. A case of the grabbies can be cured, but it’s hard to project Nelson as much more than a nickel or dime player. Another high-risk selection for Retro Riverboat Gruden, though at least this one is at a position of need. Grade: C-plus.

He’s perhaps best known this offseason for helping his brother through a weird naked bloody incident in Los Angeles.

Cayleb Jones will be eligible to participate in the offseason program and preseason games, but not the first four weeks of the regular season.

Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia: At 6-5, 250 pounds, he’s built like another former Bulldog, Justin Houston. However that’s where the similarity ends as Carter hasn’t been nearly as productive a player as Houston. Still, he should plug in nicely on a new-look 3-4 front that will feature Olivier Vernon on the other side.

Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (Fla.): He bolsters the defensive line rotation beyond Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah, though Thomas only managed nine sacks over the last two years.

Justin Reid, S, Stanford: The brother of former 49ers S Eric Reid, he bolsters a pass defense that finished 24th in 2017. This is Houston’s first pick of this draft. Justin Reid is a versatile and savvy defender who is comfortable both up high and in the box.

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During an appearance on NFL Network on Tuesday, Warner tried to squash the rumor he started.

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I said it last year, at the beginning: Who wouldn’t want to manage this team? It’s a really good team and it’s young, and it’s very enjoyable to be around. But that’s not the reality of what’s going on [since Girardi was let go], and I’m OK with that.

You develop relationships, so yeah, you pull for people. I want to see the guys do well. When you’re not part of a team and you’re not there on an everyday basis, your rooting interest is different. But yeah, I pull for them. These guys were a big part of my life the last 10 years.

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Thirteen months ago, Tony Romo retired from the NFL after 14 seasons, all spent with the Cowboys. Tight end Jason Witten, who came into the league with Romo in 2003, was also one of Romo’s best friends on the team. And days after Romo announced that he had played his last game and would join CBS Sports’ NFL coverage, Witten penned a heartfelt letter about their time together.

Remember, Darnold doesn’t even turn 21 until next month, and McCown was an above-average passer before a broken left hand ended his 2017 season in early December. Darnold is the future of the Jets and also represents something of a fresh start for the eternally star-crossed franchise. Don’t rush this baby.

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For now, the point is this: Ryan has gotten a record-setting deal, and he’ll likely be a Falcons for the next six years, and probably beyond.

Francis captioned a photo of himself laughing, writing, When the team you were on didn’t appreciate you but the team you played against actually pays attention to the film. He added several hashtags, including the dates of the Giants’ games against Washington as well as #AndYourLogoIsRacist.

Francis hosts a weekly wrestling podcast, and his Wednesday segment of Jobbing Out included more shots at his former team.
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Last Thursday, the day the draft was going to start, I had a meeting with Jim Tomsula, who is one of the best D-line coaches in the history of the league, Francis said on his podcast, via the Washington Post. He told me that going into OTAs, that he thought I should be the starting nose [tackle]. I balled out.

. . . That whole situation was bungled. That whole situation was terrible. I am so grateful that I’m out of there, because they don’t care about the film. They don’t care about who can actually play football. They only care about themselves.

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When Derwin James slipped to the Chargers at No. 17 overall, the Florida State safety was widely acclaimed as one of the draft’s early-round steals.

If the Ravens hadn’t traded out of the No. 16 spot, however, James wouldn’t have landed in Los Angeles as a godsend for Gus Bradley’s defense.

In a Thursday interview with BaltimoreRavens.com’s podcast, The Lounge, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta revealed that he and Ozzie Newsome would have drafted James had Baltimore kept the pick.

His selection drew the loudest cheers of the night at AT&T Stadium, in contrast to how the locals greeted Dallas’ first-rounder, Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, whose reception was cool at best. I was watching my phone and it got down to two minutes and I thought it had passed, Williams said. My phone starts with 972 so I knew it was a Dallas area code, and I thought this can’t be. I got on the phone and it was Cloud 9. It was definitely a roller coaster and it was up and down.

The only positive for the streaky Davidson’s fantasy value — mostly in deeper-than-12-team mixed and AL-only formats — is that he has balanced career splits (.317 wOBA versus left-handers, .316 versus right-handers), and most of the Minnesota Twins’ starters are as susceptible to righties as lefties, resulting in a better rating for White Sox right- than left-handed hitters despite facing opponents that have entirely right-handed rotations.

Coupling those games at that hitting-friendly venue with three games at home against the below-average Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff at the team’s own hitting-friendly ballpark, all Brewers hitters enjoy a matchups boost.The speedy Brewers are the ones who enjoy the biggest bump, as the team has been giving the green light at a greater-than-league-average rate thus far.

The Reds should give weak-armed Devin Mesoraco at least one start, and the Pirates have been regularly using Francisco Cervelli, one of the worst catchers in the game at managing the running game, behind the plate. Jonathan Villar, a .297 hitter with a .328 on-base percentage against righties this season who has begun to earn starts as the team’s No. 6 hitter against right-handers, particularly stands out.orioles_015