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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.


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NFL Draft 2018: Aaron Rodgers gives QB tips to Josh Rosen, praises Sam Darnold

California quarterbacks stick together, apparently.

Cal great Aaron Rodgers had high words of praise for UCLA QB Josh Rosen and USC’s Sam Darnold ahead of this month’s NFL Draft.

Rodgers and Rosen worked out together before the latter’s Pro Day last month and shared multiple tips on what it takes to be a successful NFL quarterback.

This is just awesome seeing Aaron Rodgers interact and give advice to Josh Rosen. You can tell they’re kinda similar personality wise.

The 21-year-old player is favored to go in the early portion of the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft which begins April 26 and he could be taken around the same time as Darnold, who is also on Rodgers’ radar.

Sam is super talented, what he did in the Rose Bowl was really impressive. Josh, he’s got the total package, Rodgers said. He throws it really well, he moves well enough, he’s heady, smart, gamer. I think those guys both have a chance, situation-wise and opportunity-wise, to have a nice, long career.

Several teams at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis reportedly wanted to watch Jackson work out with wide receivers, not just quarterbacks. Mayfield was and is among those who defend Jackson’s ability to play QB.

His response was the best, Mayfield said of Jackson while speaking with Sporting News prior to a recent press conference at the Maxwell Football Club’s annual award gala. He said, ‘(Is) Josh Allen going to do a tight end-quarterback?’

Lamar is a great quarterback no matter what people are going to pick up apart about his game.

Jackson in 2016 won both the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top college player following a season in which he threw for more than 3,500 yards and had 30 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He produced similar numbers in 2017, but Mayfield took the awards.


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Dolphins cutting quarterback Brandon Doughty

“LeBron has led this charge and playing 81 out of 81 games,” Lue said. “It’s very easy for a guy to sit down when you’re going through the stuff we went through all season. I think he did a great job just leading by example, playing every game even though we were going through a tough stretch and tough stretches. I think he did a really good job of setting the tone for everyone. That’s what we need from him. To win 50 games after we — I guess, for 35-40 games we had probably four or five different starting point guards and guys being out, six of our rotational guys being out — him stepping up and playing the way he’s played has been tremendous.”

The proposal potentially could return to the agenda at the league’s spring meeting in May. However, rules that are not passed when first presented at the league’s annual March meeting usually fall short again upon reconsideration … unless the wording is satisfactorily changed and/or enough momentum is generated to sway 24 of the 32 voting teams needed for approval.

Neither seems likely to happen in this case — and there’s good reason why.

Simply put, a few stoplights are needed for a league that has never before operated at such a breakneck pace.

Front-office staffs used to take some time to catch their collective breath once eliminated from the title race as the playoffs unfolded. After a brief respite, attention toward the next season was then placed primarily on draft prospects at college all-star games before shifting toward free agency and veteran trade possibilities entering the NFL Combine in late February.

It is expected to be one of Jackson’s final trips — if not his final trip — to a team facility before the draft, per Breer.

Cleveland and Miami also are among the teams reportedly on Jackson’s itinerary.

The Ravens’ interest in Jackson is interesting given they have Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco under contract for four more seasons. But General Manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh both said Thursday that Griffin’s signing wouldn’t affect their draft plans, with a quarterback remaining a possibility.

Flacco is only 20-22 over the past three seasons with 52 touchdowns and 40 interceptions. The Ravens have not made the playoffs the past three seasons.

If his 2017 season is an indication rather than outlier, the Broncos will soon be ecstatic with Keenum after two uninspiring years under center in the aftermath of Peyton Manning’s retirement.

Mind you, that’s a big “if.”


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Cavs can’t overcome 30-point deficit as Sixers win 13th straight

Larry Nance Jr.’s tip-in attempt off an intentionally missed free throw by LeBron James bounced off the rim at the buzzer, cutting the Cleveland Cavaliers’ comeback against the 76ers just short in a 132-130 loss Friday night.

As frantic as the finish was, what led up to it was even more remarkable: The Cavs trailed the Sixers by 30 points in the second quarter and found themselves down by only one with 12.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Had Cleveland pulled off the victory, it would have marked the biggest comeback of the entire NBA season — eclipsing the Washington Wizards overcoming a 27-point deficit against the New York Knicks on Feb. 14, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

James and Kevin Love showed they were more than capable of executing their late-game “touchdown” play, in which Love throws an inbounds pass from the baseline past the half-court line to a streaking James to catch and shoot. They had run it only one other time this season, and Love told ESPN the pair hadn’t practiced it since training camp.

“Kevin’s a great passer in that situation, and Bron being able to shield his man off and go up and catch it and get it,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “We had our chances.”

“Competitiveness,” Jackson said, via Mickles. “I wanted to beat my time from the combine. I was successful, so that’s really what it was.

“. . . I was shooting for something under 4.3, but 4.31 is fast, so I’m OK with it. I’m not disappointed at all. I felt like I ran good, felt like I ran a 4.2. When I didn’t see 4.2 [on the video screen], it was like, ‘That’s all I had in the tank, so it was OK.’”

Jackson has visited the Eagles, his only trip so far. But with Pro Day out of the way, he could get more attention the next couple of weeks.

The chip that began building on Melvin’s shoulder served him well when he arrived as a walk-on at nearby Northern Illinois.

“It was, ‘Hey, just try your best and give it all you’ve got and you’ll earn a scholarship,'” Melvin said. “I did that.”


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Dolphins sign exclusive rights free agent Jake Brendel

Center Jake Brendel signed his exclusive rights tender with the Dolphins.

Brendel, 25, played all 16 games last season as a reserve offensive lineman. He also saw action on special teams.

He played a total of 67 snaps in 2017.

Juan Lagares, another right-handed hitter, could be in play for a start in center field. The Mets may choose to rest a lefty-hitting outfielder such as Michael Conforto or Jay Bruce.

The Marlins, meanwhile, have been overmatched so far as they have embarked on yet another rebuilding effort. But some of their hitters have managed to be productive early on, including left fielder Derek Dietrich, who went 3-for-4 on Monday and is batting .311.

Marlins rookie third baseman Brian Anderson, who had an RBI on Monday, is batting .289. Second baseman Starlin Castro is hitting .286 and has been consistent. Outfielder Cameron Maybin is hitting .281, and shortstop Miguel Rojas has had his moments, including a game-winning hit, stellar defense and a .256 batting average.

“I think our guys are fighting to stay with the game plan,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “They are fighting, battling, scratching for runs.”
Campbell said Jacksonville’s success now “means nothing” and spoke from experience about what happens when you act differently.

“You start back at zero, so everybody’s equal,” Campbell said, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. “You have to earn the right to have the opportunity to make it to the playoffs. When people start picking you as the favorite and [predicting] what you should do, it’s kind of poison. You’re kind of relaxing and start believing you’re better than you are. I experienced that back in ’15 in Arizona. We went to the conference championship, and everybody next year predicted us to win the Super Bowl. I think it kind of affected the way we played. I think we kind of believed it instead of earning it.”

The Jaguars earned their spot in the NFL’s final four last year and the talent is on hand for another run. Campbell’s words are a reminder that talent alone doesn’t decide who survives and advances come January.

What Polian promises will be top-tier coaching with NFL experience will ideally provide the guidance that can develop skill sets.

Contract terms aren’t too shabby, either.


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NFL Draft 2018: Five channels to provide coverage, for first time

Back in 1979, the late NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle was surprised when ESPN offered to televise the draft. Why would anybody watch, asked Rozelle. Times have changed. Now Rozelle’s successors at the NFL seemingly won’t be happy until there’s a law that all fans must watch the NFL Draft. Or else.

On Wednesday, the NFL announced its largest TV coverage plan, one in which the 2018 event will be covered by two broadcast networks (Fox and ABC) and four cable outlets (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, NFL Network). For the first time, all seven rounds of the three-day event will air live on broadcast TV.

Is the NFL overdoing it? Decide for yourself, but the league is betting the additional TV channels will make this the most-viewed draft ever.

Here’s what you need to know about TV coverage of next month’s big event, which will be held Thursday, April 26, to Saturday, April 28, at Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

With Chris Berman at the helm for decades, ESPN coverage helped turn the league’s annual offseason event into must-see TV. ESPN exclusively televised the draft from 1980 to 2006, when the league’s 24/7 network added its own coverage.

But Berman is out and so is ESPN’s stranglehold on the draft. Now the league has invited Fox, its new Thursday Night Football partner, to push its way into draft coverage as well.

Huizenga bought a share of the Dolphins in 1990 and took full ownership of the team — and its stadium — four years later. He owned the Dolphins until selling all but 5 percent of his shares to Stephen Ross between 2008 and ’09.

While the Dolphins made the playoffs in seven of his first eight seasons as owner, they never reached the AFC championship. The franchise has made only two playoff appearances in the 16 years since, losing in the wild-card round both times.

Huizenga found more success — and infamy — as a baseball owner. His expansion Marlins won the World Series in 1997, their fifth season of existence, but that joy was short-lived. Huizenga claimed to have lost $34 million that season and ordered the roster gutted, leading to 54-108 record in 1998. He then sold the team the following offseason to John Henry.


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Packers’ appeal of Martellus Bennett grievance has not been heard yet

The Packers’ appeal of an arbitrator’s decision in their grievance against Martellus Bennett could take a while. Packers president Mark Murphy said the appeal has not been heard yet, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.

Thus, Green Bay is having to count Bennett’s $4.2 million in dead money on this year’s salary cap.

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank dismissed the Packers’ grievance in February as they sought to collect the unamortized portion of Bennett’s signing bonus. The Packers cut the tight end November 8, saying he failed to disclose a medical condition during his physical.

They traded Bennett and released Sherman. They have entertained trading Thomas. And they used the “anybody but Kaepernick” strategy of backing up the most valuable, and vulnerable, player on their roster.

Again, some of this was inevitable. Some was avoidable. Much of it involved players whose skills and personalities can’t be duplicated, cap hit or on-field production notwithstanding.

What’s certain is that the Seahawks we all knew are no more. What’s also certain is that they look more like one-out-of-32 than they have in a long time.

With that said, here are the five most important takeaways from Jackson’s hour-long showcase.

Don’t call it a smokescreen. Pittsburgh definitely is interested in Jackson as a potential successor for Ben Roethlisberger. Not only were coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert in attendance, but so was offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner.

The Steelers don’t plan to deviate too much from the success they had with Todd Haley running the offense, and Haley with Cleveland this season is going with a big-armed, mobile passer in Tyrod Taylor as the Browns’ starter while they develop their rookie. Jackson (6-3, 200 pounds) doesn’t quite have Roethlisberger’s size (6-5, 240 pounds), but his ability to buy time with his legs to get the ball deep should appeal to Black and Gold brass.

With Pittsburgh picking right before Jacksonville, another team that could groom Jackson in its offense for the near future, it would be shocking to see him still on the board when Minnesota picks at No. 30 overall.


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Manziel needs to play well in Canada to get back to the NFL

The plan made sense — take #ComebackSZN to The Spring League, dominate it, get a spot on a 90-man NFL offseason roster, work to get from 90 to 53. The performance in his debut likely wasn’t sufficiently dominant to trigger steps three and four.

Given that an NFL contract likely won’t be coming based on Saturday night’s game, the next question becomes whether Johnny Manziel will play at all on Thursday, in the second of the league’s two games. If Manziel plays, he may want to insist on playing all four quarters, both to show that he can do it physically and to hopefully develop the kind of rhythm and groove that will result in a better overall performance.

He’ll also need to show that he can show up, day after day and week after week, fully engaged at meetings and practices and everything else he’ll be expected to do.

Manziel says he’s happy to be playing again, and that’s good. He said his #ComebackSZN isn’t just about football but repairing relationships, and that’s even better. The best possible outcome for Manziel — full redemption in the NFL — is likely going to take a lot more time, patience, effort, and frustration.

“It was always an idea I had. I never really ran with it,” Hawley said. “When I decided I was done playing, I started getting stressed out about what I wanted to do. I took a step back: ‘Dude, you’ve got money. You’re single. You’re 29. You don’t have a job. Take advantage of the opportunity.’ ”

Hawley is doing this in style, an updated version of John Steinbeck’s “Travels With Charley,” with a video blog in place of a book that you read in high school and always want to recreate. And instead of a French poodle, he adopted a boxer mix named Freedom from a kill shelter, and he’s hitting the road and chronicling it under the Man Van Dog Blog banner.

Hawley spent $55,000 to buy and customize a cargo van for the trip. He has a fold-out bed, a freshwater tank, solar cells on top of the van and everything he’ll need for the journey. He’s already lost 50 pounds, and said he doesn’t miss the ulcers he developed last season because of the mental stress of his job.

“Like 95 percent of football players, their career ends before they want it to,” he said. “For me, I’m so grateful and blessed I was able to exhaust all the football I had. I’m very satisfied with my career. I gave it my all. I don’t have any regrets. It was my time. It’s pretty cool I’m able to move on from football without the ‘what if.’ ”