Month: May 2018

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Giants roster breakdown: Ranking every player’s chance of making the team

What you have to appreciate is his unseen production, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said of Carter shortly after selecting him in the third-round of last month’s NFL Draft. If he is flying off the edge, he is creating pressure. Sometimes you are looking at guys that create plays for others. You have to look at that. That is part of it. At the end of the day, he does not have ginormous sack numbers, not a lot of these guys do.

Last season, Pierre-Paul accounted for 8.5 sacks, his highest output since 2014.

After dealing away Pierre-Paul and moving to a 3-4 front under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher, the Giants drafted Carter, as well as defensive linemen B.J. Hill and R.J. McIntosh.

Arizona also has seven other cornerbacks on its roster — Brandon Williams, Bené Benwikere, Jonathan Moxey, Lou Young III, sixth-round pick Chris Campbell and undrafted free agents Tavierre Thomas and Deatrick Nichols.

Williams expected to be in the mix for a roster spot after signing with the Cardinals on April 19.

He spent time with the Jets and the Texans last season, making one interception in the 15 games he played.

Williams originally singed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He joined the Jets after the Texans waived him from the practice squad.

He has played 49 career games with 15 starts, making 10 interceptions and 27 pass breakups.

Brandon Crawford takes Gerrit Cole, the husband of his sister Amy, deep for a two-run homer and the family reaction is interesting.


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Pat Elflein doesn’t expect to be ready for Vikings OTAs

In March, there was word that Vikings center Pat Elflein was expected to take part in some portion of spring work after having surgery to repair a fractured ankle suffered in the NFC Championship Game.

But after several setbacks, the Colts think Luck will be ready to go by August. [The] timeline’s good, general manager Chris Ballard said during an appearance on PFT Live. You know, he’s actually not even throwing a football. He’s doing everything we’re asking him to do. He’s got a program specifically laid out that puts his timeline to be back at training camp.

He didn’t want to skip a step. I don’t know if he skipped a step last year, but I think he felt the pressure of coming back. Not rushing; I don’t want to say rushing. But, you know, he felt the pressure of coming back. And he couldn’t get back right. This year, whenever he sat down with me in early January he said, ‘Look, I don’t want to skip a step. I want to do this the right way. ‘ And he’s doing that. He looks the best I’ve seen him. His body’s in great shape. His arm feels really good. He’s just taking it step by step. We’re looking at training camp as our target date right now. Ballard acknowledges that folks might be skeptical given the recent past, when the Colts’ timeline for Luck didn’t match up with reality.

The Baltimore Ravens held their rookie minicamp over the weekend, and their most-talked about rookie, quarterback Lamar Jackson, was impressive coach John Harbaugh noted Jackson’s accuracy, and the Heisman Trophy winner said he’s ready to play at NFL speed, even as he crams to learn the team’s playbook.

But one person who hasn’t had anything to say about Jackson or to Jackson is Baltimore veteran Joe Flacco.

Flacco has declined media requests since the Ravens selected Jackson No.32 overall, and when Jackson was asked directly whether he’s spoken to Flacco, he said no.

The question is, however, how much are they supposed to talk?

Quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 32nd overall pick of the Baltimore Ravens in this year’s NFL draft, took part in rookie minicamp last weekend.

So the 49ers were very quiet about their interest in McGlinchey, including canceling what had been a scheduled workout with him in an effort not to make it appear to other teams that they were considering him at No. 9. General Manager John Lynch said the 49ers knew they liked McGlinchey from studying his film and didn’t think a workout or personal visit was going to change that evaluation.


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Murray could theoretically sign a pro baseball contract this summer and still return to play quarterback for the Sooners in the fal

Down 99-96 with 0.5 seconds left in regulation, the Bucks didn’t have many options in the catch-and-shoot situation, but the Celtics might have given Milwaukee a bit too much space in hopes of avoiding a bad foul. Despite having all five defenders above the 3-point arc, Antetokounmpo was able to fake rookie Jayson Tatum toward the hoop, then threw a short pass to Middleton, who quickly launched a 35-foot heave over Brown.

Murray could theoretically sign a pro baseball contract this summer and still return to play quarterback for the Sooners in the fall, in the mold of Russell Wilson. Or, if the price is right, he could move on solely in baseball.

Either way, it’s a busy and stressful time for Murray, who noted one of the biggest challenges for him this spring has been finding the time to take in enough calories.

The baseball team did have sandwiches out before the Texas game. But they had mayonnaise, which Murray can’t stand. “I don’t like to eat before games a lot anyway,” he said.

So, after going through a spring game and then a baseball game on a belly of only French toast, Murray had his oranges — with plans to eat an entire delivery pizza at home before getting a few hours of sleep and returning to the diamond again for another day.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the sale of the team to David Tepper is close enough that it could be announced next week.

The league has long hoped to have things wrapped up in time to vote at the next owners meeting, May 21-23 in Atlanta.

And while there have been other bidders, and reportedly higher bidders, Tepper has been the favorite throughout the process. A billionaire hedge fund manager who owns a minority share of the Steelers (which would obviously have to be sold), Tepper has already been vetted by the league and has the support of a number of influential owners already. He also has more money than all the people reported to be involved in the process, which tends to be an important factor when expensive things are being sold.

But the process has not been without its bumps, as there were reports that Tepper declared himself out of the bidding (which proves that billionaires play poker too), after bidding in the range of $2.1 billion to $2.2 billion.