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Agent says Patriots considered trading up for Mayfield

Today, Baker Mayfield is firmly entrenched as Cleveland’s quarterback of tomorrow.
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In another reality, though, the former Oklahoma star might have wound up in Foxborough as the heir apparent to the 40-year-old Tom Brady.

Mayfield’s agent, Jack Mills, revealed that Patriots officials told him New England was considering a trade all the way up to No. 2 if the quarterback was still on the board.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Up to the Minute that the Pats told Mayfield there was a shot they’d up to select him in order to persuade him to go to New England for a visit.

Elite Eric Kendricks Jersey Garafolo said the Pats actually trading up to No. 2 was never really close to happening, adding Davon Godchaux Jersey that Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was also not going to give up the second overall selection.

The 6-foot-1, 224-pound Barrett fielded post-draft offers and drew interest from other teams, including a tryout with the Colts, but ultimately chose the Saints.

Barrett, a dual-threat quarterback, finished his career at Ohio State completing 769 of 1,211 passes (63.5 percent) for 9,434 yards and 104 touchdowns with 30 interceptions. He added 3,263 yards rushing and 43 touchdowns on 656 attempts, averaging 5 yards per carry.

The Saints currently have Drew Brees, Tom Savage and Taysom Hill on the offseason roster, and Barrett will provide depth during the summer months while competing for a roster spot.

Savage, whom the Saints signed to a one-year deal during free agency, projects as Brees’ backup, while Hill returns for his second season after being claimed off waivers from the Packers in 2017.

Meanwhile, the Saints continue to have a heavy Ohio State connection.

Barrett will join wide receiver Michael Thomas, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety Vonn Bell and safety Kurt Coleman as former Buckeyes in New Orleans.

Their evaluation聽always requires a deeper dive, though Bill Belichick did fill several needs (even if he’d cringe at that framing). Isaiah Wynn, assuming he can handle an NFL tackle’s responsibilities despite projections he’d fit better at guard, could take over for Nate Solder. RB Sony Michel is far more explosive than Dion Lewis was.

Top 40 NFL draft prospects: Who’s best in class?

Five NFL teams will be on the field for coaching instructions for the next three days.
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The Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans kick off voluntary minicamp today through Thursday, April 26.

Teams with new head coaches are allowed one three-day veteran minicamp in which no live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed. The Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears previously held their minicamps last week.
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Heck, if you told me he’s going to make five or six All-Pro teams during his career, I’d buy it.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Giants have had trade discussions centered around offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, per sources informed of the situation. The belief is the new brass will trade him for draft compensation, per Rapoport.

Elite Womens Ben Ijalana Jersey And while he had more than his share of easy throws in Oklahoma’s system, Mayfield has also proven that he can make stick throws into tight windows, whether he’s under Womens Virgil Green Jersey pressure or not.

In 2017, the Redskins selected Alabama defensive tackle Jonathan Allen in the first round because the team had a major need for improvement in its run defense. Allen lasted just five games in his rookie season before injuries took hold, and the resulting Washington front couldn’t stop anybody against the run, ranking dead last in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Line Yards,聽allowing 4.91 line yards per rushing play鈥攏early half a yard per carry more than the Patriots, who ranked 31st.

Getting Allen back on the field will be huge for defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, but this team desperately needs a hole-plugger right up the middle who can soak up double-teams and make plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Browns Haven’t Received Any Legit Trade Offers For No. 1 Pick

Browns GM John Dorsey tells Steve Wyche that they haven’t received any legit trade offers for the No. 1 overall.
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As for who they will take at No. 1 overall, Dorsey said: I haven’t even told my wife.

Ian Rapoport adds that this is likely to remain the case, which means the Browns will end up using the first pick in the draft, as expected.

Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway is considered one of the NFL draft’s top talents at his position. But instead of hearing his name called on Thursday or early Friday, Callaway is projected as a mid-round pick or later because of character concerns. Callaway didn’t do himself favors at the NFL combine, with multiple reports that he tested positive for marijuana at the scouting event surfacing Tuesday.

Bortles played with determination down the stretch, shrugging off endless quips from the media to guide Jacksonville within a hair of the Super Bowl .

Erik Haula Mens Jersey For all his ups and downs, Bortles put his capabilities on display in a marvelous thrashing of the Steelers in the AFC Divisional Round before nearly taking out the Patriots in the conference title bout.

Marrone on Tuesday pinpointed where he noticed a positive shift in his quarterback’s play. Entering the team’s Week 8 bye, the Jaguars finally had a chance to really implement a full installation, a full season of what we wanted to get done from an offensive standpoint.

And we really saw Blake make … great strides from the Cincinnati game on, Marrone said. I think that was important. And he showed us he can do a lot of good things with the football and showed he was able to improve.

I thought I should’ve been picked at 1, 2 or 3, Rosen Al Davis Jersey said. I dropped, and I was pissed. I was really, really angry. I wasn’t really showing it. I was trying to keep calm, cool, composed. But I thought I was going to get picked, and I thought I was going to have to put on a face and try and fake happiness. But for some reason, right when I got that call, that’s not what happened. I got really happy and really motivated.

Henrik Zetterberg Womens Jersey All I wanted to do was basically get on a plane right then and go straight to Arizona and start working. It was definitely a surprise when I got that phone call in terms of the emotions I was feeling. But I think everything happens for a reason.

Rosen found a home he seems happy with, and the Cardinals drafted their quarterback of the future. Rosen’s selection marked the first time four quarterbacks were taken in the top 10 in the common draft era.

General manager Steve Keim said he did quite a bit of work on Rosen, who said his visit with the Cardinals was just like any other visit. He didn’t leave Arizona feeling like the Cardinals would certainly draft him, but he didn’t leave sensing they would pass if given the opportunity.

Today was an indication of how we felt about Josh Rosen, said Keim, who scouted Rosen twice in person.

Brewers place Eric Thames on DL with thumb injury

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and will likely need surgery, the team said Wednesday.

A typical timeline for recovery from the surgery would be 6-8 weeks.

The first baseman will head back to Milwaukee after his team wraps up its two-game set in Kansas City and be examined by team doctors, then likely schedule surgery in the hopes of returning for the second half of the season.

“Personally, I feel like I let everybody down, but it’s nothing I can control,” said Thames, who was hitting .250 and second in the National League with seven homers. “I saw on [television] that I’ll be out 6-8 weeks, so I guess that’s what it is. It all depends on when the surgery is.”

The Brewers put Thames on the 10-day DL and recalled right-hander Brandon Woodruff from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take his place.

Rays: Blake Snell (3-1, 2.54 ERA) is trying for his fourth consecutive victory when he starts the series opener Friday against Boston.

Orioles: Chris Tillman (0-4, 9.87 ERA) takes the mound in the opener of a three-game series Friday against the Tigers. Tillman has made 22 straight starts without a win, dating back to his first outing last season.

In 2012, Nike featured a 13-year-old pitcher, Nathan Muehe, in a commercial that ran during the Olympics. Muehe also played with one hand, like the most famous one-handed athlete, Jim Abbott, who pitched in the major leagues for 10 seasons, all while wearing Nike shoes.

“The long-term vision of Nike and iconic message of ‘Just Do It’ fits perfectly into Shaquem’s brand and commitment to inspiring others,” said Buddy Baker, president of Exclusive Sports Group, which also represents Griffin’s brother, Shaquill. Shaquill Griffin plays cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks.

Shaquem Griffin was a late invite to the scouting combine in February but wowed scouts with a 4.38-second 40-yard dash, the fastest time tracked at that position in more than 10 years. Griffin also impressed scouts by bench-pressing 225 pounds 20 times with the aid of a prosthetic hand.

Griffin had his left hand amputated at age 4 due to a congenital condition. He was a two-year starter for UCF, helping the team to a 13-0 season last year. Griffin was first-team all-AAC for both seasons and won the MVP of the Peach Bowl in his final collegiate game, a win over Auburn.

Most projections have Griffin being drafted in the fourth or fifth round.steelers_055

Falcons open to trading up (as usual) for the right guy

Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff wouldn’t mind moving up in the draft. But at this point, that’s kind of #asexpected.
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The Falcons have moved up four times in his 10 years in charge, including the blockbuster Julio Jones deal in 2011, so it’s no surprise Dimitroff has declared himself open for business.

Game Kids Alexander Steen Jersey And with a need at defensive tackle (after Dontari Poe left in free agency for Carolina), the Falcons would have to have a specific target in mind to make a move up.

Forget 110 catches [in 2012], forget [the] Pro Bowl, forget all that stuff. When you tell the Witten story, I start with that one because I think he showed what he’s all about, Garrett said. What he’s been doing for a long time in this league, and a great example for the rest of our football team and, really, for the rest of humanity and the whole NFL. That’s how you do it. He’s really a tough guy, he’s an amazing guy and we’re lucky to have him.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Witten’s active streak of consecutive games played (235) ranks second to punter Shane Lechler (254), and his streak of games started (179) is second only to quarterback Philip Rivers (192).

Witten turns 36 on May 6. He and his wife, Michelle, have four young children. In 2012, he was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year for his work in the community. His foundation has provided assistance for families and women affected by domestic violence; Witten was raised in a family that was torn apart by domestic Authentic Derek Anderson Jersey violence.

I feel like these last three days, I’ve been coached more than I ever have because I have Coach Helfrich, Coach Ragone 鈥?who was here last year with me 鈥?Coach Nagy and then I come off when it’s not my reps and I talk to Tyler and I talk to Chase, Trubisky said, via ESPN.com. Just having a bunch of brilliant offensive minds around me, I’m just getting a lot of information. I’m trying to be a sponge, and it’s been a lot of fun working with those guys and learning as much as I can these last three days.

When Trubisky was coming into the league last year, much was made of the fact that he only made 13 starts during his time at the University of North Carolina. He had less offseason time with the Bears last year and wasn’t asked to do much in a stripped-down offense, so an offseason with an overdose of coaching might have be just the thing for the quarterback even without a whole new scheme in place.

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NFL Draft 2018 rumors: Browns shopping No. 4 overall pick

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The Browns hold a lot of power in Ray Allen Womens Jersey this week’s NFL Draft, owning the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks, but they may be looking to move back.
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According to ESPN, the Browns have shopped the No. 4 overall pick, looking to move back and acquire even more picks 鈥?they already have five in the first two rounds.

It’s believed Cleveland will select a quarterback with their top pick, with Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen most heavily linked. But the No. 4 overall pick could be prime real estate for another team looking to secure a QB.

Shane Lechler Authentic Jersey The Browns could get a sweet offer from the Bills, who also have two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 22). Should Cleveland move back outside the top 10, they could look to select Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey to replace retired star Joe Thomas.

Pham doubled leading off the seventh and scored on Marcell Ozuna’s single. Greg Garcia led off the eighth with a grounder that bounced off the glove of shortstop Amed Rosario, who didn’t get hit glove down and was charged with an error. Garcia advanced to third on Matt Carpenter’s single against Syndergaard and scored on Pham’s single off Robert Gsellman.

Martinez hit Brandon Nimmo twice and Todd Frazier once. Martinez has hit a batter in a team-record seven consecutive games dating to Sept. 26, matching Pedro Martinez and Dave Bush for the fourth-longest streak in major league history.

Both brothers out of Virginia Tech were selected in the first round. Tremaine, a linebacker, went 16th to the Ravens and Terrell, a safety, went 28th to the Steelers. They are the first pair of brothers ever drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.

However, Terrell was not supposed to be taken in the first round. In fact, some had a fourth-round grade on him. Because of that, he did not receive an invite as an individual into the green room.

He was there, however, to support his brother, who many gave a Top-10 grade.

But when pick No. 28 rolled around, Terrell got a surprise and heard his name called. He was the only player on the night to walk up to the podium without a walkout song because the NFL did not have one prepared for him.

Even better for Terrell, he was able to receive his jersey from Ryan Shazier, who walked out to the podium. The Steelers linebacker is still recovering from a spinal injury suffered during the 2017 season. Edmunds got two surprises and the NFL Draft got two great stories.

Fantasy baseball forecaster for Week 3: April 16-22

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Fantasy baseball’s Week 3 gets off to an unusually early start due to Patriot’s Day in Boston. As is the annual tradition, the Boston Red Sox game has an 11:05 a.m. ET scheduled first pitch on Monday, so make sure to set your lineups early, whether you play in a league with weekly or daily transactions. In a rare, bizarre scheduling twist, the Red Sox then hit the road for the West Coast, playing a game in Anaheim, California, at 10:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
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Ivan Nova (R), 14 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins: Conventional wisdom warns against chasing wins. But what if you need wins? Despite a road affair, the Pirates will likely be favored against the Marlins, with Nova the beneficiary. He’s protected by one of the best pitching venues in the league. So long as Nova doesn’t let Justin Bour beat him, he’ll keep the Bucs in the game.

Greg Holland isn’t ready to take over closing duties in St. Louis yet, but his second outing was more promising than his first. After walking four in his debut, Holland walked the first batter he faced in the encore, then retired the next three Brewers. Those who roster Bud Norris should hold tight for now, as it’s tough to usurp a guy punching out 12 with just one walk Womens Mario Chalmers Jersey in 6 2/3 frames.

He’s just got to get right to be able to start back on baseball activities, and then getting into and playing in games and coming out and getting through that, Boone said. When that is, I’d be guessing right now.

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The affable but grizzled general manager Thursday offered another reminder there is a new guy in charge and his attachments are few. Trading Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers was surprising, but not shocking, given JPP’s work on the field and the dent he put in the team’s finances.

Sam Darnold could be the sixth USC player drafted first overall

Their draft position might be considerably worse this year, but their situation has improved remarkably. As Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell put it, they suddenly “don’t have a glaring need” anymore.

“[The media has] been around us where we didn’t have guys to line up with at this point of the year,” he said Friday, via The Florida Times-Union.  “Our first year here, we had to draft rookies and start them. Now we can take the best player available. We have needs, don’t get me wrong, but we don’t have a glaring need.” And that means the Jaguars won’t be forced to reach for a player, which is the point executive vice president Tom Coughlin made. “You’re not going to reach for a player,” Coughlin. “We know some people will drop, but will they drop as [low] as we are?”

But Piñeiro likes his and Townsend’s chances. “Oh my goodness, that would be amazing,” Piñeiro said during the team’s March 28 Pro Day. “I think we have the best chance if you look around the country.

Ready, fire, aim: NFL “instant” replay rules, born without foresight, continue to be altered in hindsight. Now, after another season of lunacy that weekly changed the outcome of games, the NFL will radically change pass-catch qualifiers. The league again failed to consider the rules’ in-game impracticality prior to installation.

Reader Vincent Gugliuzzo asks, “Do Tiger Woods’ playing partners drop out? After the first tee they’re never seen again on TV.”

Actually, Vincent, they must still be there as we occasionally see their ball-markers on the green.

When he clocked at least 30 minutes this season, he averaged 25.7 points. In the 10 games in which Embiid logged 35 minutes, he produced all-time great numbers (28.9 PPG, 11.6 RPG). The only player in NBA history to match that level of career production at those minutes? Some guy named Wilt Chamberlain.
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Tim Couch returning to Cleveland, as broadcaster on Browns’ preseason games

Tim Couch is back with the Browns. Sort of.
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Couch, the first overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft who was supposed to be the savior of the expansion franchise but turned into a bust, will work the Browns’ preseason games as a broadcaster this year.

Do you know how coveted Stafford would be if he hit the open market? My goodness, look what the 49ers paid Garoppolo, after he started five games. Look at all the jostling before the draft, where four quarterbacks 鈥?Allen, Jrue Holiday Youth jersey Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield 鈥?could be among the top five picks.

Protecting your most important investment, your quarterback, is more than signing offensive linemen and receivers. The Lions currently have the same pass-catching corps as a year ago 鈥?Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay, TJ Jones and multi-purpose back Theo Riddick 鈥?minus tight end Eric Ebron, who wasn’t worth the salary-cap hit.

It’s also putting together a staunch defense, so wild fourth-quarter comebacks aren’t the primary way your quarterback is judged. Patricia is billed as a defensive mastermind, and he’d better be. Because while Stafford has shown he can’t do it alone, he certainly can do more, and more people than ever will be counting on it.
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Former wideout Anquan Boldin retired shortly after signing with them last summer, but then sent out signals that he’d consider playing again. But the Bills refused to release him from reserve/retired, which kept him from signing elsewhere.

While it’s unclear if Incognito was even considering such a thing, the Bills made sure he didn’t turn up with a division rival, though one of those was crossed off the list already.

Spurs: Aldridge made all 12 of his free throws. … The Spurs missed 9 of their first 11 3s and were 4 for 28 from long range. … San Antonio lost its sixth straight games overall against the Warriors at Oracle Arena. … The Spurs took their first lead of the series, 18-17, with 4:20 left in the first quarter. They trailed from wire to wire in the series opener.

Warriors: Golden State outscored San Antonio 69-48 in the second half. … After getting 32 assists on 44 field goals in the series opener, the Warriors tallied 24 assists on 41 baskets. … Golden State has won nine straight postseason Game 2s, all at home, and 11 consecutive home playoff games overall.

West scored on three straight second-quarter possessions and finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.

But he got injured with 9:59 left defending Aldridge and headed to the locker room, despite appearing to try stretching out his legs to return.

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Blizzard postpones start of Packers conditioning work

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t be on hand for the scheduled start of the Packers offseason conditioning program today. Then again, none of Womens Nick Novak Jersey the rest of his teammates will be either.
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A spring blizzard in Green Bay has forced the Packers to delay the start of their team workouts, according to Aaron Nagler of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

They were supposed to convene today, but the unexpected (I guess, I mean it’s Green Bay) snowstorm which dumped more than 20 inches in some areas near Green Bay made it impossible for a number of players to get back to Wisconsin.

But these are quintessentially personal matters best left to the individuals directly concerned. As an Adderall-assisted college student interviewed by Klayman says, It’s kind of just a balance you have to figure out.

I’ve missed way too much for way too long, Harrison wrote next to a picture of his children. I’m done. Many thanks to my family, coaches, the fans, and everyone who played a role in my football life.

Harrison initially signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie in 2002, briefly spent time with the Ravens and NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire, and then really made his mark with the Steelers starting in 2004. He was a Pro Bowler for five straight years from 2007 to 2011 and the NFL defensive player of the year in 2008. After one year with the Bengals in 2013, he went back to the Steelers in 2014. They cut him last season and he finished his career with the Patriots.

Sean Payton: No QB prospects as good as Luck or Wentz in this draft
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Elite Kids Lamarcus Joyner Jersey The Saints own the 27th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, which means they won’t be taking one of the top quarterbacks, which frees coach Sean Payton to speak honestly about those prospects. And Payton isn’t overly impressed.

Payton told Peter King of SI.com that he doesn’t view any of these quarterbacks as the same kind of top-notch prospects that he thought Andrew Luck was heading into the 2012 draft, and Carson Wentz was heading into the 2016 draft.