Jordan Thomas sets Combine record in the three-cone drill

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The 40-yard dash gets all the attention, but some NFL personnel evaluators think the three-cone drill, which measures a player’s quickness in changing direction, is a better measurement of athleticism relevant to football. And in that drill, no player was better than Oklahoma defensive back Jordan Thomas.
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One person we did not hear from publicly was Trubisky himself. The quarterback broke his silence with a Tuesday night appearance on WSCR and said that he really connected with Nagy when they met before the 2017 draft.

I was really excited when I heard he got the job here, Trubisky said, via the Chicago Tribune. I know Chicago is going to have a warm welcome [for] him, and he’s going to bring amazing offensive ideas to the table. He’s just a great offensive mind, and he put a great offensive staff together for us. They’re going to be great teachers. I think [the Chiefs] utilized an athletic quarterback. A lot of things they do in their offense fit my strengths, and we also have a lot of pieces within our offense that will create explosive plays that the Kansas City offense ran. So it is a very exciting time.

Trubisky and the rest of the Bears will have to wait until next month to actually start working with Nagy and the rest of the coaching staff. Trubisky is training and rooming with Jared Goff in California until then, and the Bears would love to see Trubisky show the same kind of upward trajectory that Goff enjoyed with a new coach in his second season.

That’s why the Miami native decided to visit the school Tuesday, and work out with the football team and make a $10,000 donation to the scholarship fund set up in Feis’ honor.

He gave his life for someone, Liuget said, via WSVN. I don’t know, to be honest, if I’m built for that myself, you know To be completely honest. If it isn’t my kids or maybe my wife, I’d probably, . . . I don’t know if I’m built the way coach Feis was, and I just wanna tip my hat to him, his family and the sacrifice that he made on that day.

Liuget grew up in nearby Miami, and told the players about the impact coaches made on him in his life, while Womens Jose Reyes Jersey trying to offer a shred of comfort after the horrible scene they witnessed, after 17 people were killed when a shooter entered their school on Feb. 14.

John Brooks Jersey I want them to know that life is bigger than what they’re facing right now and the times that they’re going through right now, Liuget said. And the stuff that they’re doing out here on the football field will definitely pay dividends.

One-handed linebacker makes statement with Combine show

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Shaquem Griffin wants to make history. His performance at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday was just a taste.
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The Central Florida linebacker is looking to become the first one-handed player to be drafted into the league in the modern era. He won’t know for almost two months whether he will accomplish that goal, but he definitely made teams sit up and take notice with his combine performance.

I don’t have to be the guy who just [rushes] the quarterback, Griffin said. If you need somebody who can cover 锟紺 and not just tight ends, I can cover slots, too 锟紺 you watch some film. I got a few interceptions against some slot. I want to be able to show NFL teams: Whatever you need help at, I can play it.

And that applies to more than just defense.

You want me to play kicker or punter, all I gotta do is get a good stretch in and warm my foot up, the reigning Peach Bowl defensive MVP said. I think I can kick the ball, too.

It seems unlikely any team will take him as a kicker, but as an addition to an NFL defense, Griffin’s 20 reps on the bench press may be enough of a calling card to earn a shot.

It felt good to do that many reps, Griffin said. I didn’t know I had it in me, but it came out today.

Yeah, absolutely, Allen said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. I think, I don’t mean to say that in a cocky way, but I think every quarterback should think that. If you’re not thinking you’re the Authentic Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey best quarterback in this draft you probably shouldn’t be here. We’re all different, we all have our pluses, our minuses, but if you don’t have the mindset that you’re the best quarterback in this draft you’re not gonna fare well in this league.

Compared with Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold, Allen is the biggest of the bunch, a 6-foot-5, 234-pound fastball pitcher with a howitzer for a right arm. He could be the quarterback with the greatest upside, but with that potential comes a gamble factor. Strong, athletic and towering, he is seen by some as the next Carson Wentz.
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The big, big arm comes attached to shaky accuracy (56.3 percent this past season) and not much production at middling Wyoming. He is not close to ready to play immediately but scouts love to project and Allen in time could be the best of the bunch but also has the highest bust potential, akin to JaMarcus Russell and Kyle Boller, who were athletic, big-armed talents who fizzled in the NFL.

In addition to the $1 million roster bonus, Lynch is slated to make a base salary of $4 million in 2018, per Spotrac.

“We’ve got to go back to the drawing board,” Rutgers coach Scott Goodale told NJ Advance Media. “Nobody works harder. We’ve got to keep bringing guys in to train with. He’s in a good spot. He wrestled a heck of a tournament. He got beat tonight, that’s it. We’ve got to keep improving, keep getting better. I know that sounds boring, but he’s got to keep evolving, keep getting better.

“Two great, great competitors and wrestlers. Spencer got the better of him tonight. It’s one of those things. Hopefully this turns into a pretty good little rivalry. Lee wrestled really well tonight. He won tonight… he had his number tonight. Tip your hat to Spencer Lee.”

“He’s hard to bring down. One of the reason’s I’m excited to be with the Raiders is to join forces with Lynch,” Gruden continued. “But, we’ll see what happens. Obviously, we have to take a look at the entire roster, but I’m counting on him. I’m counting on him being a big part of our football team.”

While the Raiders also have running backs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard on their roster, Martin is expected to be the No. 2 running back on the squad.

But when it comes to the 2018 NFL draft, chalk up one big win for Gang Green.

New York’s decision to trade up into the No. 3 spot, held by Indianapolis, wasn’t made Saturday just to land a quarterback. It was to insure — as best the Jets could — Buffalo wouldn’t leapfrog them to get the signal-caller they may be targeting.

“I appreciate you, bro,” Suriano said, shaking Lee’s hand. “Congrats. Fair and square. Congrats.”

Suriano fell short of history Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena, dropping a 5-1 decision to Lee in the national final. The sophomore was bidding to become Rutgers’ first national champion and fulfill his life-long dream of an NCAA title. But after shutting out his first four opponents in the national tournament en route to the final, Suriano was unable to mount much offense against the Hawkeyes’ heralded freshman, being taken down twice while failing to connect on any of his own shots. patriots_151

The Broncos options at No. 5 in the draft just got even more interesting

A day after the Broncos introduced Case Keenum as their new starting quarterback, the teams options with the No. 5 selection in the first round of the upcoming draft got a bit more interesting.
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That was a tough phone call, McCartney said.

They were clearly frustrated. They wanted to be guaranteed a visit. I told them I couldn锟斤拷t guarantee a visit, that if he goes to Minnesota and loves it, he could sign. They were not happy about that. I understand, but I told everyone all along what the rules were, and we abided by them.

The interview was with book publisher Judith Regan, and it was aired in a two-hour special. The special covered several topics, including the night in question. During his hypothetical confession, Simpson brought up a man named Charlie, and claims after he took a knife from Charlie he blacked out.
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Simpson was asked about removing a glove before taking a knife from Charlie, and continued to say he blacked out.

I had no conscious, I have no memory of doing that. But obviously I must have because they found the glove there, Simpson said.

When asked if he’s ever blacked out before, he said no.

And it was made abundantly clear Friday night that McCabe is incensed by the decision. He released a lengthy statement deriding his firing as slander and arguing that the inspector general’s report was accelerated in response to his closed-door testimony saying he would corroborate key claims made by Comey. He suggested that the whole thing was part of a campaign to undermine the investigations involving Trump.

Blue Jays to retire Roy Halladay’s number

The Blue Jays will honor Roy Halladay in a big way.
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The team on Monday announced it will retire the late pitcher’s uniform number March 29 during a pregame ceremony ahead of its opening day matchup against the Yankees.

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The outfielder is coming off a season in which he hit .283/.367/.522 for a career-best .889 OPS with 34 home runs. He was even better when it counted most, hitting .379 with a 1.471 OPS and five home runs in Houston’s seven-game World Series triumph over the Dodgers.

The Detroit Lions have hired Steve Gregory as a defensive assistant coach,The Lions announced the move Wednesday,Gregory began his coaching career in 2015 as a special teams quality control coach at Syracuse, where he played wide receiver and cornerback from 2002-05.

Gregory played eight seasons as a defensive back in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers (2006-11) and New England Patriots (2012-13),New Detroit coach Matt Patricia was Authentic Jonas Gustavsson Jersey on New England’s staff when Gregory played for the Patriots.

Teams have to be at least a little concerned about Poe’s back, given that he underwent surgery and was an every-down player early in his career in Kansas City.

Poe played 74.6 percent of the snaps for Atlanta last year, which is a good sign, but this is more than similarly talented run defenders will get in free agency this year.

TE Tyler Eifert, Bengals Grade: B Are you willing to believe in 2015? The former Notre Dame star has been productive during exactly one NFL season, when he racked up 13 touchdowns in 13 games for the Bengals in 2015.
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Eifert missed more games (41) than he played (39) over five years with Cincinnati, with elbow, ankle and back injuries costing him most of three seasons.

Tyler Eifert returns to Cincinnati on a one-year deal.聽 Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports Eifert says he’s healthy after undergoing back surgery, but the reality is that it’s tough to trust that he’ll continue to stay healthy.

Saints OT Zach Strief announces retirement

Zach Strief is moving on to retired life.
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The Saints offensive tackle on Monday announced his retirement from the NFL after spending his entire 12-season career in New Orleans.

After starting all 16 games in 2016, Strief was limited by a knee injury to just two games in 2017.

The Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry got the franchise tag before he was traded to the Browns. The Jaguars’ Allen Robinson is likely to be re-signed, and the fact that he like Meredith is recovering from a torn ACL would give the Bears some pause, anyway. The Rams’ Sammy Watkins would be a good fit as a downfield threat in the West Coast offense.
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But beyond that, the Bears aren’t lost. The Seahawks’ Paul Richardson and Colts’ Donte Moncrief have untapped upside to work outside and also played in a West Coast offense in 2017. Nagy should have affinity for the Chiefs’ Albert Wilson, who was a little underused under him in Kansas City. With Wright unsigned and Landry unavailable, the Bills’ Jordan Matthews can be had on the cheap as a big slot.

The Vikings should at least think about diving into a strong pool of slot cover men. The Eagles’ Patrick Robinson and the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman top the list, but the Jaguars’ Aaron Colvin and the Raiders’ T.J. Carrie will also be in high demand. One of those players would provide a huge upgrade on the back end to complement Rhodes and Waynes.

Minnesota will make Cousins a priority, but it would be more surprising if Spielman did not come up with one more big signing and one smart, smaller deal at another position of immediate need.

Once Lamar Jackson finished the ridiculous obligation of telling everyone at the NFL Combine he is strictly a quarterback, he got a chance to prove why he is one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Astros on World Series hangover: ‘We’re not the Cubs’

“That’s a great question,” Matheny said. “I don’t think anything has changed really in our mindset. We’ll have to see how he’s doing all the way around. The shoulder is always something that we’re concerned about. He’s trying to get his back right; he’s also been trying to get his shoulder to a really good place. There might be something that would push him more toward first base than third.”

Carpenter played through the sore shoulder last season but the problem wasn’t so much managed as endured, according to this week’s reports. In 145 games, he batted .241/.384/.451, his OBP up over his career mark but his batting average more than 30 points lower.

Offseason rest helped the shoulder, but now Carpenter’s back is an issue.

Only Thursday he advanced to taking batting practice in the cage and, notably, grounders at first base, but he expects to return with two weeks of spring games remaining to get his needed at-bats for opening day.

Cleveland’s pitcher had a few thoughts about that message from the league as he wrote, “I find it disingenuous that @mlb commissioners office would encourage this when they’ve specifically tried to censor me for sharing my opinion on the matter.”

Just had a meeting encouraging all players to take a stance and be leaders politically. Here’s my stance. I find it disingenuous that @mlb commissioners office would encourage this when they’ve specifically tried to censor me for sharing my opinion on the matter.

One fan replied to Bauer’s comment asking, “Are they also the reason you have been more quiet on Twitter this off season? Or have you just been focusing on training?”

While Bauer didn’t directly answer the question, he did leave many to speculate whether the league or his team restricted him from social media. He wrote, “Almost like I wasn’t allowed access to my twitter account for a while.”

UZR grades Seager and Cabrera as above-average defenders in 2017, and Turner as well below average, but DRS says the opposite. Clearly, there’s a big disagreement here.

There are several factors attributing to the disagreement, but perhaps s the biggest difference is that UZR uses larger “buckets” than DRS.seahawks_036_fd50e176c43b4124-180x180

How Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum make imperfect pairing work for Trail Blazers

Part of this is how good each star guard is with control of the offense. As good as McCollum is off the ball, he is also great as the primary ball handler, and failing to use that skill would simply be a waste. When you factor in Turner — who’s played in 480 of the 1,046 minutes Lillard and McCollum have shared — is a ball-dominant player as well.

But that isn’t always a bad thing.

While McCollum is still waiting to make an All-Star Game, he’s the best teammate Lillard has, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. So when news reports come out about Lillard’s reported desire to discuss big-picture goals with the man at the top of the organizational chart, it’s fair to assume that part of that direction includes McCollum.

The pair isn’t a statistical punch in the gut to the rest of the league, but each guy does that individually. Together, they may not be the best fit, but they’ve made it work with what they have.

And when it’s on, it’s a lot of fun.

This isn’t the first time jokes have been made about Durant joining the Warriors — former Colts and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took a good-natured dig at him at the 2017 ESPYs, for example — but it’s good to see him having fun with the whole situation.

Then there’s the “#1 pick” homage — an obvious reference to the fact Durant was selected No. 2 overall in the 2007 draft. And the “I’m coming for you Stephen” brings the whole thing home nicely, especially when remembering how Curry hit the deck in last year’s game.

Can it be Feb. 18 yet?

The Ducks went up 1-0 1:24 into the game on Henrique’s 20th goal. With Tom Wilson in the penalty box for interference, Henrique scored on a wrist shot from the slot.

Rakell and Getzlaf had assists on the Ducks’ fifth power-play goal in their last eight games.

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Porter’s long-term outlook includes some level of primary initiator equity, which is why he’s such a coveted prospect. Being able to play bigger while maintaining offensive flexibility is the goal. However, in order to reach such a ceiling, he needs to make strides both as a ball-handler and passer.

Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis suffered a torn ACL Tuesday night, effectively ending his season, and Thunder star Carmelo Anthony was upset about the injury.

“It’s sad. I wanted to reach out to him but I’ll reach out to him tonight,” Anthony said after Tuesday night’s win over the Warriors. “It’s just sad to know. That injury. The type of year he’s been having. The growth that he’s had over the last couple of years and even this season. Forget basketball, as a friend, as a little brother, it’s hard to see anybody go through that but to see him deal with that. It’s tough, it’s tough to see and tough to watch.“

With the trade not done, neither Hood nor Hill can play with the Cavaliers.

While it’s true that Bosa, had contract talks panned out, could have gone down with injury recent weeks — two Chargers players who’d made every practice nonetheless suffered -ending injuries Friday’s exhibition — it’s universally believed the NFL that the injury risk is greater when a player misses as much preparation time as Bosa has.

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Davis, Pelicans rally past Spurs after Aldridge injury

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 11:13 remaining in the third quarter after arguing that Rajon Rondo should have been ruled out of bounds on a play in which he saved the ball.

Popovich emerged from the locker room after the game to praise the Spurs’ efforts.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our group,” Popovich said. “Under very, very tough circumstances they keep fighting. As long as they believe in each other and keep working as hard as they are, we’re going to be in good shape.”

Ginobili continues to astound competitors in his 16th season. The 40-year-old finished with 17 points in 20 minutes.

Dallas center Nerlens Noel had four points, three rebounds and four fouls in 16 minutes in his return after missing 42 games following surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. He was rusty, failing to get off a shot on two alley-oops and missing another attempt. He led Dallas with three first-half turnovers, but had a highlight in the second half with a block on a soaring Westbrook going for a layup.

Millsap, who came off the bench when he returned to action Tuesday after missing 44 games, was in the starting lineup against the Grizzlies. “I found a little bit of rhythm due to a lot of easy baskets that my teammates were giving me,” said Millsap, who was out due to wrist injury. “I feel pretty good for the most part.”

Due to illness and injury, the Grizzlies dressed only 10 players for the game, including guard Wayne Selden, who was on limited minutes in his first game back from right knee soreness. Bickerstaff said in his pregame interview: “We called Myke Henry and Kobi (Simmons) will be with us” from the team’s G League Memphis Hustle, who played on the road Friday night against the Northern Arizona Suns. Bickerstaff added that it was “difficult” to find 10 players. “We had to locate Myke (Henry) at the last minute to bring him in.”

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft has appeared to have done just that, turning around a terrible start to his rookie season and shooting the ball better and more confidently as the calendar turns to March. During Monday’s 123-104 win over the Hawks, Ball made all four of his shots, including three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

Despite rapper and actor Shad “Bow Wow” Moss posting a viral Instagram video this week of him beating Ball in a shooting game (Ball, however, points out that he actually won the best-of-three contest 2-1), the Lakers point guard is shooting as confidently as he ever has as a pro, connecting on 6 of 9 3-pointers in two games since returning from a left MCL injury.