White House statement: Eagles decided to abandon their fans

The White House is pushing an interesting version of the events of the last week, putting the blame for the cancellation of the Eagles trip on the team, and doing something that looks an awful lot like trying to drive a wedge between the Eagles and their fans.

Via Jonathan Tamari of Philly.com, an official statement from the White House said that, last Thursday, the team informed them that 81 people were coming for the planned visit. They claim that, on Friday, the team called back to tell them a much smaller number of people would be attending, and also attempted to reschedule the visit for next week.

It will be interesting to see if Lurie has any more thoughts in the future, after a week that has shown beyond a doubt that the NFL erred in thinking they could pacify Donald Trump with their hastily-composed anthem policy.

Our union is disappointed in the decision by the White House to disinvite players from the Philadelphia Eagles from being recognized and celebrated by all Americans for their accomplishment, the NFL Players Association said in a statement issued Tuesday morning. This decision by the White House has led to the cancellation of several player-led community service events for young people in the Washington, D.C. area.

NFL players love their country, support our troops, give back to their communities and strive to make America a better place.

Of course, the player-led community service events for young people could have proceeded. And maybe the better approach would have been to follow through with those plans. Given, however, that the NFL and its teams have decided to choose running and hiding and appeasing and capitulating over standing and fighting, it’s no surprise that the Eagles ultimately decided to just scrap the whole trip, and to hold an OTA day instead.

Kam Chancellor: If my body says I can play, I’m playing

Questions continue to linger about Kam Chancellor ‘s future after he suffered a career-threatening neck injury last season.

If Chancellor can’t continue playing, Bradley McDougald is projected to start alongside Earl Thomas in Seattle’s remade defense.

Hide your lunch money, NFL. It’s going to be another long and painful year. The suffering won’t stop until Trump wants it to stop. Sorry! You should have known better.

Jerry Brewer is a sports columnist at The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2015 after more than eight years as a columnist with the Seattle Times. Follow @JerryBrewer

Former Houston Texans cheerleaders detail alleged mistreatment by team

Four of the five former Houston Texans cheerleaders who filed a lawsuit Friday against the team spoke out in appearances Monday on NBC. They described a workplace in which they were underpaid or, at times, not paid at all for work they did, not given adequate protection from aggressive fans and subjected to intimidation and body-shaming.

Of the five, only Morgan Weiderhold was absent, with Kelly Neuner, Ainsley Parish, Ashley Rodriguez and Hannah Turnbow detailing their experiences in interviews on the Today show and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. They were accompanied by their attorney, Gloria Allred, who also led them to the NFL’s Manhattan headquarters, where she presented a letter to be given to Commissioner Roger Goodell, demanding that cheerleaders stop being exploited and mistreated solely because they are women.

Vegas making Stanley Cup Finals isn’t bad for NHL

Tomas Nosek scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and the expansion Golden Knights surged past the Capitals for a 6-4 victory on Monday night.

We put fun ahead of everything, and you can tell, said Ryan Reaves, who scored the Knights’ tying goal in the third period. Guys have are having fun and they’re smiling.

The Eastern Conference champion Capitals hadn’t given up this many goals in 29 games since March 18, but they hadn’t seen anything like this charmed run by the upstart Knights. With its sellout crowd of hometown fans at deafening volume all night, Vegas put its usual speed and relentlessness on full display while overcoming that third-period deficit to win the opener of a matchup between two franchises seeking their first Stanley Cup titles.

I think next game is going to be different, and all the nervousness, all the bad thing goes away in this game, said captain Alex Ovechkin, who had an assist. We just have to forget about it and bounce back (in the) next one.

And making these numbers more impressive is Andujar usually hits eighth and Torres mostly bats ninth.

I feel so great, Torres said. When I come to the ballpark, every day I just try to do my job, help my team. Enjoy and do my job. Just learn every day. Be mature every day and help. It’s the most important thing.

Andujar is the same way, and having his buddy Torres around for the fun makes it extra special.

It’s been an amazing experience for us just to be together here, Andujar said. We’re trying to do the best we can and trying to help the team. It’s been a great ride for us.

In Torres’ at-bat, he worked the count to 2-2, then fouled off a high fastball to stay alive before ripping his game-winning hit on a 95-mph heater that was down and in the zone.

I just put myself relaxed, Torres said. Try to put the ball into play and help my team. I think it is the most important for me… help my team when I’ve got opportunities. When I don’t do my job, I feel bad.

Shurmur likely was privy to that plan.

The Giants have a crowded tight end room, led by second-year standout Evan Engram and veteran Rhett Ellison, who also played for Shurmur with the Vikings. Carter, Jerell Adams and Ryan O’Malley are in the mix for the No. 3 spot.

I think that was the best thing for me, Carter said. Just to get a new start, I think that’s real important. I’ve had two years in the league now. I’ve learned a lot. I’m ready to showcase it in front of a new set of eyes.

At the end of the day, they were trying to get their roster to 90, Carer said. Obviously, before he picks somebody he has no idea about he is going to pick somebody he knows. I by no means feel that’s an automatic in for me. I still have to prove myself.

Don’t take my word for it, take it from analysts like those at Footballoutsiders. They have a calculation called “power success,” which measures how often a team converts on a third- or fourth-down run with 2 yards or less to go. The Lions ranked last at 45 percent. Another ugly number – they ranked 31st in the percentage of times their running back was tackled behind the line of scrimmage.

That’s why adding an offensive guard — or even a center-guard such as Iowa’s James Daniels — could be the preferred option in the first round. The crop of defensive ends is weak, and Landry and Davenport draw mixed reviews, although they’re coveted because of the premium on pass-rushers.

If the two-time NFL MVP and his agent, David Dunn, were waiting for the other quarterback deals to be finalized, the wait is over. There are no other contracts that will get in the way of returning Rodgers to his rightful place at the top of the NFL pay scale.

The first word of talks between Dunn and the Packers came in February, when Packers president Mark Murphy told ESPN at the scouting combine that negotiations had begun. It was at that time when general manager Brian Gutekunst said: I wouldn’t expect it to be real difficult.

Cousins’ three-year, $84 million contract with Minnesota complicated the matters because the Vikings guaranteed the entire contract.

As the ‘King of Debt,’ Trump borrowed to build his empire. Then he began spending hundreds of millions in cash.

In the nine years before he ran for president, Donald Trump’s company spent more than $400 million in cash on new properties — including 14 transactions paid for in full, without borrowing from banks — during Cheap Ireland Jerseys a buying binge that defied real estate industry practices and Cheap Jerseys And Hats Trump’s own history as the self-described King of Debt.

How Justus Sheffield (with help from Yankees’ CC Sabathia) finally advanced to Triple-A

TRENTON Justus Sheffield was in the dumps during the spring training day in early March that he was told his stay in big-league camp was over.

Being cut wasn’t what bummed out the Yankees ‘ top-rated pitching prospect. The 21-year-old left-hander was upset with himself that was leaving on a sour note.

That day, I’m not going to lie, I was shocked, Sheffield said. I was a little bit mad. Mostly I was just surprised and curious. I wanted to know why? I asked. He just said, ‘We’re here for your best interests. This is what we think is best for you. Work on your command.’

There was really nothing I could say except for, ‘Yes, sir.’ After that day I went back to work and got ready to go back to Trenton and get after it.

Sheffield got after it, and a month into the season he was promoted on Thursday to Triple-A.

His pitching got him there – Sheffield is 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts with 39 strikeouts in 28 innings – but his mentor played a role in this promotion, too.

Predicting Every NFL Team’s Biggest Rookie Surprise More As passing games have spread out, collegiate production from offensive skill plays has ballooned over the last decade. It’s uncommon to see prospects enter the league without solid numbers, but that’s why trait-based evaluation is important.

Linebacker: The biggest, perhaps only, concern for 2018 Rams More Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer Close Joined ESPN in 2016 to cover the Los Angeles Rams Previously covered the Angels for MLB.com Follow on Twitter LOS ANGELES A Los Angeles Rams’ offense that was among the NFL’s best last season might be even better now, with Brandin Cooks joining the receiver group and Jared Goff potentially taking another step forward as a third-year quarterback. The defensive line, where Ndamukong Suh joins Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers, looks flat-out scary. And the same can be said for the secondary, now that Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters have been added to a group that includes Lamarcus Joyner, John Johnson Cheap Hockey Team Jerseys and Nickell Robey-Coleman.

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2018 Offensive Coordinator: Brian Daboll

Unlike the Rams a year ago, it doesn’t look as though the Buffalo Bills will leap into the top 10. 

How could they? 

The team is on its fifth offensive coordinator in six years. Tyrod Taylor is out at quarterback; AJ McCarron and Josh Allen have arrived. The former couldn’t beat out Andy Dalton for a job in Cincinnati, and the latter was arguably the most polarizing quarterback in the 2018 class. 

It should be more of the same in 2018 with coordinator Nathaniel Hackett back at the controls. Wide receiver Allen Robinson left for Chicago, and the team will have to bank on good performances from Dede Westbrook, rookie D.J. Chark and Donte Moncrief on a depth chart with no real standouts. Fournette, as good as he is, will likely come close to his rookie average of 3.9 yards per carry because opponents don’t feel threatened by the passing game. 

And that’s fine—the Jaguars win via defense. Unless the team gets a breakout year from a receiver, one of the NFL’s best defenses is ready to do the heavy lifting. 

Romo, a four-time Pro Bowl player who retired last year, has turned his attention to golf, though the 38-year-old’s PGA Tour debut saw him finish last at last month’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.

Is this a lame-duck year before Miami can make sweeping changes? Right now, the team’s goal seems to be going 8-8, which is the definition of purgatory in the NFL.

Judging by the contracts that incoming quarterback Kirk Cousins and outgoing quarterback Case Keenum received this offseason, it’s fair to say that the Minnesota Vikings believe they have improved at that position.

After they went 13-3 and made the NFC Championship Game last season, that’s a scary thought.

With plenty of expiring contracts on the horizon, 2018 could be the end of a window of elite defensive play for the Vikings. In the year leading Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys up to that potential exodus of talent, they drafted UCF cornerback Mike Hughes in the Cheap Game Jerseys first round, who projects to be a slot cornerback immediately.

Minnesota is maximizing its window rather shying away from it.

Broncos’ Sanders relieved there’s no QB competition

For the last few years, the Denver Broncos’ offseasons have been embroiled in quarterback competitions. Case Keenum’s signing ends that string of uncertainty.

I appreciate it, for sure, receiver Emmanuel Sanders said, via the team’s official website. This is the first time in two or three years that I’m not standing up here talking about a quarterback debate.

When you’re going into individual routes, you have to go to one guy and then go with the next guy. You don’t really gain that chemistry. You’re not maximizing the opportunity. Now we’re maximizing the opportunity, and hopefully it pays off.

Sanders now has a full offseason to focus on building a rapport with Keenum as the Broncos attempt to get back to the playoffs for the first time since the QB mess started.

As of this point, he’s allowed to play at least two. Allowed by whom? His wife, Gisele Bundchen. I’ve talked two years with my wife, Brady said during an interview at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Santa Monica, California, per the Boston Globe. I’ve negotiated that thus far. I’ve still got a little further to go.

Brady noted that playing for as long as he has, has meant that his wife and three children have gotten a shorter shrift than he did from his own father. The model I had as a father was he was there for all the things, and I’m not there for all the things, Brady said. Every Sunday for the last 25 years, I’ve been playing in the fall and winter. My kids are 10, 8 and 5. They’re not getting younger, so I need to take time so I can be available to them, too.

Growing up, most Canadian athlete’s dream of being the next Wayne Gretzky or Sidney Crosby, and Dakoda Shepley was no different.

He played hockey for nine-and-a-half years before an injury ended that dream but started a new one.

“In grade 10 I broke my hand fighting so I went to go see a surgeon, who ended up giving me a 30-minute lecture on why I should be playing football instead,” Shepley explained to Sporting News. “At the time I was around 6-foot-2, 260 pounds, so I was a big kid, too big to be playing hockey that’s for sure.

“He was giving me this whole spiel about how I Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys could get school paid for and play [football] Cheap Football Jerseys professionally, so I just dropped hockey cold-turkey.”

Giants can’t go wrong in NFL Draft if they pass on QB at No. 2

With about one week until the 2018 NFL Draft, early first-round projections are all over the map. For the Giants and new general manager Dave Gettleman, there should be little stress surrounding their No. 2 overall pick. As long as they don’t select a quarterback, they really can’t miss.

I’m not saying it’s a bad quarterback class; there several exciting QB prospects. But quarterback drafting generally is risky, and the Giants don’t need one at the top of this draft.

Gettleman and the Giants should have their choice of at least one of the two best non-QBs in this draft — running back Saquon Barkley or defensive end Bradley Chubb. And if the Browns go quarterback at No. 1 as expected, the Giants could choose either talented player.

When I was an NFL executive, I never wanted to sit in Gettleman’s draft spot, as that would mean my team had a terrible previous season unless we somehow had landed the No. 2 pick via trade. I always wanted to pick at No. 31 or 32 as one of the Super Bowl teams, or at worst in the 20s as a playoff team. At least Gettleman can say he inherited the No. 2 spot as a newly hired GM.

Barkley would add support for Manning, as will free-agent signee Nate Solder at left tackle. And it appears Gettleman and new coach Pat Shurmur want to see what their diva superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr. can bring to the table before the Giants give him huge money in a contract extension or trade him away.

It’s a good sign that OBJ has reported to the Giants’ offseason program — at least so far. Gettleman and Shurmur know the good OBJ, focused and healthy, can help lead a Giants resurgence at least for this season until his long-term future with the team is determined.

Linebacker: Sean Lee is a stud on the weak side, and Jaylon Smith in 2017 showed he still has some untapped upside for the inside. The Cowboys, however, lost versatile playmaker Anthony Hitchens to the Chiefs in free agency, leaving Damien Wilson as an unappealing next best option, especially given his off-field concerns. Former Packer Joe Thomas is only a depth swing guy. The Cowboys need a Cheap Penguins Jerseys well-rounded starting option, preferably one who can get to the quarterback.

Defensive tackle: Although the Cowboys have some options to support DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford on the edges with recent draft picks Charles Tapper and Taco Charlton and newcomer Kony Ealy, the interior Cheap Online Jerseys lacks pop beyond the disruptive David Irving.

With Pettway limited by injury in 2017, Johnson emerged as the lead back.

He earned first-team All-SEC honors after racking up 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns to go along with 24 catches for 194 yards and his first two receiving touchdowns as a Tiger.

ANALYSIS Penny might not be elite in any one area, but he is solid across the board – vision, patience, balance, inside toughness. He finds slivers of daylight and hits them, bursting to the second level with force.

Penny trusts the play design and doesn’t waste time in the backfield. He has improved as a receiver, but his primary flaw is exposed in pass protection, missing blitzers and getting his quarterback hit. However, his value on special teams (tied the FBS record with seven kickoff returns and eight total returns) will be appealing to NFL teams. Penny might not be overly flashy, but he is durable, reliable and the production speaks for itself and he projects as a potential starter at the next level.

8. Royce Freeman Oregon 6-0, 229, 40 time: 4.54 Projection: Third Round OVERVIEW Freeman came to Oregon from Imperial, Calif., seeking to continue the Ducks’ pipeline of highly-productive running backs. He wasted no time in making an impact, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors from multiple publications and being named the conference’s Freshman Offensive Player of the Year after totaling 1,523 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns.

It’s going to be a lot of fun to be a Jet, Sam Darnold, in his blue suit and skinny brown tie, was telling a lone cameraman a few feet away before the No. 3 overall pick was asked to give his first J-E-T-S cheer.

Then, they converged, the future face of the Giants and the future face of the Jets, in a freight elevator. Barkley and Darnold had spent so much of this crazy night in each other’s orbit, so maybe it was only fitting that they’d take this ride into the Dallas night and their future together.

The Browns landed their franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield and followed that pick by getting the best corner in the class in Denzel Ward. Now Cleveland can address the gaping hole that Joe Thomas left when he retired by bringing aboard Connor Williams, a versatile, athletic talent who can play multiple positions along the line.

The Giants landed star running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2 and can Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike now fill a big need on their line with James Daniels. He’s the perfect Best Site To Buy Cheap Jerseys center for New York to get its running game back on track in 2018.

Tyrann Mathieu heads to Houston on a one-year deal

Not long after the Cardinals released defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt had a simple message: Come on over bro. It worked.

ESPN confirms what Watt strongly hinted at with a tweet consisting of three honey pots: Mathieu has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Texans.

The Cardinals released Mathieu after the two sides couldn’t agree to a new deal that would replace his $10.75 million salary for 2018.

He had over 1,000 receiving yards on 77 catches with four touchdowns while filling in as a passer when needed. Pryor joins a Jets offense that had the 24th-best passing attack last season and has also added quarterback Teddy Bridgewater . Pryor will have to prove he’s healthy and battle it out for a starting spot with Quincy Enunwa , Jermaine Kearse , and Robby Anderson .

Last week, Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron tweeted the revised catch-rule language proposed by the competition committee. Again, there was plenty of cause for skepticism. The dreaded football move returned to the lexicon, and the disturbingly vague phrase or the ability to perform such an act has been tacked onto the end of the proposed language. It sounded like we were in for 20-minute replay reviews next autumn, with officials debating what a player might have done.

Luckily, Friday’s conference call with NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent Jerseys China and competition committee chairman Rich McKay brought clarity to the Wholesale Jerseys Cheap most existential question in American sports.

We tried to simplify the rule, McKay said. We tried to make it a very definable process, which is: control, making a clean catch of the ball; two feet down or a body part; and then do anything with the ball that shows that it’s a football act.