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.

Lions, Detroit bidding to bring Final Four back

Detroit’s bid to host one of the next two NFL drafts fell short, but the city will continue to pursue hosting the event in future years and also is putting the finishing touches on a pitch to bring the Final Four back to the city, according to Lions president Rod Wood.

That left Detroit as the only one of the eight finalists not able to bid on both years, and with 2020 being the NFL’s centennial anniversary, Wood didn’t feel great about the odds of winning the right to host.

I think they probably have designs on a whole series of celebrations that might include the draft being in a very specific location.

Wood said he intends to bid again for the next round of drafts.

They’re going to start looking at 2021 and beyond and we’ll be right back in the mix for that, Wood said. Hopefully we’ll get one of the next two, if not, one shortly thereafter.

Pugh, a first-round pick in 2013 who found himself at the bottom of a dog pile after former Giants coach Tom Coughlin called with the news, heads to the NFC West as part of a franchise that made it to the NFC title game only two years ago. Lost in the shuffle this offseason with the moves made by the Rams, 49ers, and Seahawks, the Cardinals has been gradually adding pieces to a team that still has a solid nucleus.

Pugh has shown versatility throughout his career, ing tackle and guard.

Allen Hurns will look to rediscover his 2015 form after signing a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys. More With Dez Bryant’s future appearing increasingly murky, the Dallas Cowboys have made another move to shore up their receiving corps by signing Allen Hurns. The former Jacksonville Jaguars wideout has signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys in a move that comes on the heels of former Buffalo Bills receiver Deonte Thompson agreeing to a one-year deal on Thursday. Hurns Sports Cheap Jerseys provides some versatility for quarterback Dak Prescott as both Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys a downfield threat and someone who can work effectively out of the slot.

Gabe Kapler calls for reliever who hasn’t thrown

New Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler called on a reliever who had yet to throw a warm-up pitch on Saturday against Atlanta.

Kapler came to the mound to replace starter Vince Velasquez in the third inning with the Phillies down 5-2, but left-hander Hoby Milner apparently wasn’t ready to enter the game.

Anytime we have a miscommunication, that miscommunication is my responsibility so I take full responsibility for it, Kapler said.

Milner said he was fine.

I was healthy going into the game. I’m healthy now. I feel fine, Milner said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. I wasn’t sore going into today. I told him I was ready to go. It was just a miscommunication that I didn’t get as many warm-up pitches that would be ideal. … Fortunately enough I’m the kind of guy that can throw eight pitches and be fine.

It was Snitker’s second ejection of the series.

It was the first time I’ve ever been part of anything like that, Snitker said. I think the time had expired and just felt like we should have been playing ball.

Milner, pitching for the third straight game, recorded only one out.

The Phillies were routed 15-2, and even utility man Pedro Florimon pitched. He gave up a two-run homer to pinch hitter Lane Adams in the eighth.

Kapler used 21 pitchers in losing two of the season’s first three games.

Obviously, there’s legalized betting that goes on in Europe in the Premier League, and other soccer leagues, so there are models they’re trying to learn from. So with all this in mind, here are five things I learned about where the league intends to go:In-game prop betting is where it’s at. The Buccaneers ( Manchester United ) and Rams ( Arsenal ) were able to help the other 30 teams here this week, based on the in-stadium betting that goes on with their Premier League clubs. And it’s clear that traditional betting on games and odds doesn’t have near the upside for NFL teams as in-game props, like the one I cooked up above.

Not only is their great opportunity to turn a profit here, there’s also the reality that this sort of action is tailor-made for a younger generation that Reebok Cheap Jerseys is less willing to sit there and just watch a game, with nothing else going on, for three hours. Foreign doors are open. There’s some dispute over whether Premier League Cheap Jerseys in-game action would help the league globalize the game.

Rams decline to shoot down Odell Beckham trade rumors: ‘No trade we wouldn’t explore’

In an NFL offseason full of almost unimaginable trades, the Rams have been the most wheely and dealy of the wheelers and dealers. And they might not be done, with Los Angeles emerging as the top potential trade candidate for embattled wide receiver Odell Beckham. Beckham, who reportedly wants $20 million per year from the Giants on a new contract, has been the subject of much speculation at the 2018 NFL owners meetings, primarily because of the tepid endorsements he has received thus far from the people in charge of running the Giants.

Asked about a hypothetical situation involving Odell, McVay said that hypothetically, I think a player of his caliber can really do everything. The fit isn’t hard to figure out. Adding OBJ to a receiver group that includes Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley would be like putting rocket fuel in a Ferrari.

Losing Sammy Watkins was tough, but Beckham would be a massive upgrade for Los Angeles. Already a team many are eyeing as the obvious division champs, Los Angeles would surge into Super Bowl favorite status if the Rams added Beckham.

Davenport ate and ate and ate – at least five meals a day, plus snacks, with frequent trips to the Panda Express near campus for an order of double orange chicken and fried rice — and spent hours in the weight room, and by the time he started his senior season last fall, he weighed more than 260 pounds, about what he weighed at the combine earlier this month.

If those things don’t happen, he still plays at 219, 222 and he finishes his career as a decent career for a local kid. But instead, he changed it psychologically, physically and his mentality. Everything about him changed. It was an evolution into what he’s become, Wilson said.

Wilson was a longtime assistant coach in the SEC with Ed Orgeron at Mississippi and Louisiana State and called Davenport as complete of a pass rusher as he had coached or recruited.

From an evaluation standpoint, you can say lots of people missed on this guy. But from where he was, he had to be developed, he had to be receptive to that and then see himself as that, Wilson said. He exemplifies what you want in a Packers Cheap Jerseys student-athlete, what you want when he puts that logo on. When it comes Nike Cheap Jerseys to outreach, humility, playing hard, everything in every aspect – he checks all the boxes.

Rockies hit 3 home runs to beat winless Padres 7-4

It wasn’t nerves, just a dose of excitement that had Chad Bettis out of sorts on the mound.

But after three shaky innings in his season debut, he righted himself and helped the Colorado Rockies beat the winless San Diego Padres 7-4 on Monday night.

I felt like, honestly, I had expended all that extra adrenaline and I got back to getting my legs under me and was able to stand tall on my backside, Bettis said. Earlier, I was just picking my leg up and going.

It’s always been my reset pitch mechanically, he said. If I go too fast it is not competitive.

Desmond drove in three runs as the Rockies improved to 2-2.

Wil Myers and Cory Spangenberg homered for the Padres, who dropped to 0-4. Bryan Mitchell struggled in his five-inning debut with San Diego.

Myers exited early with a triceps injury.

I have some stuff in my triceps and it felt like I couldn’t make the throw back into the infield, he said. The throws from the outfield pushed it over the edge.

Padres manager Andy Green wasn’t sure of Myers’ status. Myers Cheap Queensland Reds Jerseys moved back to the outfield from first base this season.

Both Richard and Gray were their respective team’s Opening Day starters. And both will be seeking their first wins of the season Wednesday.

At least the Padres won’t. Behind three homers and five RBI by third baseman Christian Villanueva, the Padres defeated Colorado 8-4 Tuesday night to end a four-game, season-opening losing streak. The last time the Padres had been 0-4 to start the season was 1988.

Richard pitched well enough to win his first Opening Day start at the age of 34. He held the Milwaukee Brewers to a run on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over six innings. But Milwaukee scored a 2-1 win in 12 innings.

Clayton gave us a professional start, said Padres manager Andy Green. It was nothing less than what we’ve come to expect of Clayton. He battles. He never gives you less than everything he has. And he knows how to work a game.

In his second Opening Day start, Gray last only four innings against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. He allowed three runs on six hits and Cheap Retro Basketball Jerseys three walks and took the loss in Arizona’s 8-2 win.

Here are the other free-agency happenings we’re keeping track of on Sunday

1. Following his release from the Miami Dolphins, Mike Pouncey is heading west… for a visit. The Pro Bowl center is meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Rapoport reported. The Bolts already employ Spencer Pulley, who started all 16 games last year, at center.

Entering his eighth season, Pouncey is a three-time Pro Bowler who started every game last year in Miami, but requested his release Thursday after the ‘Fins signed Josh Sitton and acquired Daniel Kilgore in a trade with the 49ers.

4. Cameron Fleming is shopping around. The free-agent tackle is visiting the Dallas Cowboys on Monday and Tuesday, Rapoport reported, per a source. The New England Patriots would reportedly like to bring Fleming back; the fifth-year pro has played in 47 games and started 20 for the Pats since 2014.

If Fleming leaves Foxborough, he would be the second Pats tackle to bolt this offseason; left tackle Nate Solder signed a mega-deal with the New York Giants last week.

5. Former Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is visiting the Redskins, Rapoport reported. The visit is expected to continue to Monday.

6. The Dallas Cowboys are expected to re-sign veteran long snapper L.P. Ladouceur, the team announced.

WR Paul Richardson, Washington Grade: C Injuries kept Richardson buried on Seattle’s depth chart for the first three years of his rookie deal, but the departure of Jermaine Kearse and the broken leg suffered by Tyler Lockett helped push Richardson up the depth chart last season.

He responded by delivering on the big-play potential we saw when Seattle took him in the second round of the 2014 draft, averaging 16 yards per catch while scoring six times on just 44 receptions.

Besides that, the more Vea switches between power and finesse as Jerseys China a pass rusher, the more he will keep opposing offensive linemen honest. On Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys the next level he is going to face more blockers who can actually withstand his power. And when he does, being able to switch to more finesse moves will keep those blockers from just bracing for his power rushes on ever play.

Colts release Hankins just 1 year into $27M deal

The Indianapolis Colts have released defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, the club announced Saturday.

Hankins signed a three-year, $27-million contract in 2017 which included $14.5 million guaranteed.

The Devils called him questionable to return with an upper body injury, but he did not come back during the second or third periods.

The Devils will be off on Monday following back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. They will wrap up their California portion of the road trip when they visit the San Jose Sharks at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday at SAP Arena in San Jose.

They will end their six-game road trip on Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins before returning home for a Saturday game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Giants should continue investing in the unit. Whether that means drafting guard Quenton Nelson at No. 2 overall, trading down and taking a top guard or waiting until the second round, New York will be better off with an elite offensive line than any alternative except a franchise quarterback. The Solder signing ensured they won’t have to worry much about the position for the next few years.

But Pugh does come with risks.

He has an injury history after missing 17 games over the past four seasons, including the final eight of last season with a back injury.

Pugh did not need surgery and has been training without restrictions this Custom Cheap Jerseys offseason.

The Giants picked up the fifth-year option on Pugh for the 2017 season, but they never really had serious negotiations about a long-term deal during the final years of his rookie Direct Cheap Jerseys contract.

Pugh earned $8.8 million in 2017 but had been eyeing the significant payday that comes with free agency for several seasons — and it didn’t hurt that this year’s free-agent class was especially weak at the position.

Hill adds to a backfield that lost Lewis to the Tennessee Titans.