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Giants rookie Saquon Barkley Jersey has plan for his money: Don’t spend it

Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley, picked No. 2 overall in this year’s NFL Draft, plans to be smart with his money.
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According to, Barkley doesn’t plan to make any significant purchases with his NFL salary, as he bought his parents a house with his endorsement money.

Hi, Beek. Thanks for all you do to keep us informed in Falcons nation!! My question is, I know Calvin Ridley is going to be an asset to the Falcons this season in many ways, but I am hearing that He sometimes struggles with dropping passes. Should we be concerned, or do you think the coaches in Atlanta will help overcome this?

Matt: I don’t think there’s any concern about Calvin Ridley’s hands whatsoever, Anthony. If anything, he’s looked every bit of a first-round draft pick to me – and I noted as much in my 10 things we learned during the Falcons OTAs and minicamp. Now, did Ridley (pictured below) catch every single pass? No, but there was never a point where anyone thought, ‘Oh this might be an issue.’ If anything, Ridley has dazzled with his route-running and speed running downfield. And he’s made some pretty nifty catches, too. Carry on.

Beckham blasted a home run to left field during his round.

Following the Evans pick, the Titans surprisingly were able to land edge-rusher Harold Landry in the second round. Tennessee was tied for fifth in the NFL with 43 sacks last season, but after combining for 14.5 of those, starting outside linebackers Derrick Morgan (29) and Brian Orakpo (32) are aging.

While Evans boosts the Titans’ ability to get to the QB inside, Landry and his fresh legs can rush from the outside Jake Gardiner Jersey in passing situations. If Landry can deliver close to half the impact of a rookie Jevon Kearse back in 1999, he will be a big success.

Malcolm Butler left the Patriots and joined the Titans a year after fellow cornerback Logan Ryan did the same thing. Butler’s arrival means Kevin Shattenkirk Jersey Ryan will now primarily cover the slot, an overall leap forward for Tennessee’s secondary.

49ers sign Laken Tomlinson Jersey to three-year extension

When the 49ers passed on exercising their option on Laken Tomlinson’s contract for the 2019 season, General Manager John Lynch said that the team was going to work toward a long-term extension with the guard.
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That work has paid off. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the two sides have agreed on a three-year extension. Per Garafolo, the contract is worth $18 million with $10 million in guarantees.

Colorado likely hopes that Grubauer works out as well (or better) than more successful backup-turned-starters such as Antti Raanta and Cam Talbot.

Will the Avalanche roll with a platoon situation involving Grubauer and Semyon Varlamov, whose $5.9M cap hit is set to expire after 2018-19? Phil Hughes Jersey That’s at least the public plan right now.

Joe Sakic said the key for the Avalanche was getting a second goalie because of the issues they had this season. He envisions Philipp Grubauer and Semyon Varlamov splitting starts.

Yeah, I don’t think it’s a matter of if. It’s just a matter of when. He deserves it. He’s been a great player for a long time.

Brees ranks second in completions (6,222) behind Brett Favre (6,300). He trails Favre (10,169) and Manning (9,380) in attempts with 9,294. Brees’ 70,445 passing yards are closing in on Manning (71,940) and Favre (71,838). Brees is tied with Tom Brady in touchdown passes (488), with only Manning (539) and Favre (508) having more.

Obviously, you never play for individual records of any sort, and I know Drew feels the same way, Manning said. I think touchdowns probably has a little more meaning to Delanie Walker Jersey a quarterback, because it means that you got six points, and it means you were doing something good for your team. Yards, as you all know, [doesn’t] necessarily mean winning games. I think Drew’s had a couple of big yardage seasons, and maybe they haven’t been winning games, so I think that can be a little bit misleading.

Lions training camp questions: Can Matt Patricia Jersey bring Patriots touch to Detroit?

In the lead-up to training camps, USA TODAY Sports will be taking a look at the key questions facing each NFL team. Today, we break down the Detroit Lions:
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How good will the run game be?

New coach Matt Patricia will incorporate elements of the 3-4 he ran with the Patriots and wants his defense to be as versatile as possible.

In mid-May, the Lions jettisoned Akeem Spence, a typical 4-3 rotational defensive lineman who was productive, in a trade to the Dolphins. The only defensive lineman they drafted was Alabama’s Da’Shawn Hand, who is a prototype for the versatility required of a 3-4 lineman.

Bettcher didn’t get that job; instead, the Cardinals settled on Steve Wilks as their new head coach. But if he has a successful season as the new defensive coordinator for Giants, he’ll soon get his shot.

As we saw with the hires of Mike Vrabel (Tennessee Titans) and Patricia (Lions) in 2018, there’s still plenty of demand for bright young defensive minds.

Bettcher fits that bill.

A protege Colton Parayko Jersey of New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles, the 40-year-old is an aggressive defensive game-planner and excellent motivator. In three years as Arizona’s defensive coordinator, the team ranked fifth defensively in 2015, second in 2016 and sixth a year ago. The personnel changed, Darian Stewart Authentic Jersey but the results didn’t.

If Bettcher replicates that on one of the NFL’s biggest stages in 2018, the head coaching job he covets will likely be his in 2019.

Red Sox hope hits keep coming against Mariners

Having rallied twice to survive a wild 14-10 shootout on Friday night, the Boston Red Sox send a new ace to the mound in the second game of a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

Eduardo Rodriguez, winner of six straight starts, is 9-1 on the season, with his team winning 13 of his 14 outings. He will be Boston’s starter Saturday and will face Mike Leake in a rematch of last Sunday’s Boston win in Seattle.

It is disappointing, said Mariners manager Scott Servais. You’ve got a five-run lead, you think you’re in pretty good shape. They’ve got a good hitting ball club, but we didn’t execute, we didn’t pitch real well tonight and that’s what happens.

The Red Sox cut the New York Yankees’ division lead to a game and now turn to Rodriguez, who has pitched to a 1.53 ERA during his winning streak, which was capped by his win in Seattle in his last start. In that game on Sunday, he gave up two runs on six hits and one walk over six innings in a 9-3 Boston victory.

His recent success has lowered his season ERA to 3.59.

Leake (7-4, 4.47 ERA), who is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in five career starts against Boston, allowed eight hits and five earned runs in six innings last weekend — after five straight starts of allowing two runs or fewer. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA in two career Fenway starts.

Going into the series, the Cubs were 43-19 against the Reds since 2015, but the Reds are playing much differently now than they did when they were 8-27 on May 7. They’re 4-0 on their current homestand, even though they still remain well below .500 at 30-45.

Even when we were losing, they (his veteran players) felt like, ‘We’re a good ballclub, we’re going to get our share (of wins),’ Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. (When) we’re on a roll like this, they feel like we’re just going to keep going with it.

Eugenio Suarez lifted his average to .304 by going 3-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning off Jose Quintana (6-6) and Joey Votto had two hits and an RBI. Quintana gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings.

We’re playing really good baseball, Suarez said. We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing — and keep winning. If we play like this, something good is going to happen.

The Cubs scored three times against Reds starter Luis Castillo (5-8) in 5 2/3 innings — Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run homer in the fourth — but former Cleveland Indians pitcher Kyle Crockett pitched out of a two-on jam in the sixth in his Reds debut.

Shohei Ohtani Jersey injury update: Angels star to be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks

Angels star Shohei Ohtani will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks, Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia told reporters Monday. Ohtani was originally placed on the disabled list with a UCL sprain June 8.
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Seattle retained its Chancellor insurance, Bradley McDougald, in free agency. The problem is McDougald is a free safety-type, strong in coverage but weak where Chancellor excels in cleaning up against the run. Second-year players Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson are the only other players who got snaps at safety in 2017. Hill needs to emerge as a more valuable swing player this season.

Should Thomas and Chancellor stay together, the Seahawks will be OK, but a strength could become a liability sooner Womens Lance Stephenson Jersey than expected.

Martin officially is in his Mark Barron Youth Jersey first NFL season out of Duke. He originally signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

Martin, 24, has spent the past two training camps with the Jets.

He set Duke records for career field goals made (78), field goals attempted (93), field goal percentage (.893), PATs (196) and total points (430).

Gates signed with the Browns on May 22.

No one seems to know, and if they know they won’t say.

The Browns drafted Austin Corbett in the second round this year and he’s seen time at a variety of spots, including left tackle, since joining the team. Wylie said they are still trying to figure out which spot would be his best fit.

Lamar Jackson Jersey gets a chance to run practice with ones

If Joe Flacco is indeed more fired up than in past years, it’s likely because the heat is emanating from under his Mike Quick Jersey seat atop the Ravens depth chart.
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It may have gotten even warmer Thursday, as the Ravens let first-round quarterback Lamar Jackson run practice with the rest of the starting offense.

Even Flacco was impressed.

He’s doing a good job of learning, but he does a really good job of just naturally hanging in there and having his eyes down the field and finding the open guy, the starting quarterback said. He’s gradually getting better at speeding everything up, but he doesn’t make mistakes.

How quickly Jackson progresses will largely determine Flacco’s own future, which makes those glimpses with the starters Kenley Jansen Jersey in practice a valuable peek into the future for the Ravens.

Round 1 will begin Monday at 7 p.m. ET and will run through the Round 2 compensation picks. Round 3 will begin Tuesday at 1 p.m. and will run through Round 10. Round 11 will begin Wednesday at noon and will run through Round 40.

Here’s the full order of picks for the 2018 MLB Draft, as well as some of the top prospects to watch.

Throughout my baseball journey, I’ve taken countless swings, ground balls and pop-ups. I’ve done so much in my life to get myself where I am today. I know I’m a good baseball player. But to truly seize the moment and the opportunity I’ve been given, I need to follow the advice of the best New York Met, Mike Piazza.

This year, Mike and I had a couple of really awesome conversations during spring training. The one thing that stuck out among everything was this: When you get there, you have to play and act like you belong. He can’t be more right.

Brian Robison expects to retire after the 2018 season

Vikings defensive end Brian Robison took some time before agreeing to a pay cut to return for a 12th season. He said more than likely this is his final season.

Danielle Hunter took over as the starter at left defensive end last season, but Robison still played 56.5 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. He made 20 tackles and four sacks.

Before this spring, the Capitals had made it past the second round of the playoffs just twice and reached the final once, when Tikkanen and Co. were swept by the Red Wings. Abe and Irene Pollin, the longtime owners of the Capitals and NBA’s Bullets/Wizards, had to learn how to handle losing.

I would love to, anytime we can get into New York. We have the last couple of years, and it’s been great for us, Pikiell told NJ Advance Media. The league dictates a lot of that stuff, but I would love to. We have a ton of alums in New York, and I love New York. It’s the biggest stage.

The dates there are hard to get into and hard to come by, but any time we get a good opportunity to play in those places, we’ll take a good, strong look at it and hopefully take advantage of that.

Penn State coach Pat Chambers told during a recent trip to Manhattan that, after making a surprise appearance in the Big Ten final and then returning to the Garden a few weeks later to win the NIT title, the arena wanted us back and he’s interested in playing more games in New York.

They wanted us to do another game. They tried to get us in their holiday classic, Chambers said during a Penn State Coaches Caravan stop in May. They tried to get us in a one-off. We were all about it. It just didn’t work with the other teams, so we’ll continue to work hard on getting back in the Garden.

Rutgers has played five games at the Garden in Pikiell’s first two seasons, but it did not have any regular season contests there this past season. That is expected to be the case again this coming year, which means the only way the Scarlet Knights will play at the arena is if they make a run to the NIT semifinals.

Next project for Pat Hobbs?

Once a face of the NFL, Michael Vick Jersey is now an ambassador of alternative football

Once a face of the NFL, Michael Vick is now an ambassador of alternative football More At the peak of his first stint in professional football, Michael Vick was the face of the National Football League. He shared an era with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss and Ray Lewis.
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And yet no one electrified highlight reels, owned jersey sales, inspired imaginary amusement park rides, redefined dual-threat quarterbacking and scared multi-million-dollar defenses like the 6-foot lefty out of Virginia. By Maddenstandards, Vick was the literal face of the NFL before his 25th birthday, appearing as the video game’s 2004 cover athlete and in the game as a famously, unfairly dominant character.

I don’t think he’s ready to play right now,Jones told USA TODAY Sports of Manziel after a recent practice. I’m sure if I put him in there, he’d be Johnny Manziel. But I hate to put a guy in when he doesn’t have a chance at success because he still has a bit to learn.

I think Brady was only kidding. Of course the Patriots appreciate him. But whether he’s simply tired of Belichick’s grinding after so many years, despite their immense success, might strike to the heart of any issue — especially in light of the ESPN report last year that revealed restrictions on the access that Brady’s personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, has while at the team’s facility.

For the record, Belichick maintained before Tuesday’s practice, I’ve always had a good relationship with Tom.

Yet Womens J.R. Smith Jersey Brady has always shown up for key phases of OTAs — and expressed the need for such — until this year. That’s why the cloud cover at practice was so fitting. The place is still under storm watch.

The Rutgers center fielder was selected by the Padres with the 201st overall pick in the seventh round of the 2018 MLB First Year Players Draft on Tuesday. The junior is expected to sign and forego his final season as a two-sport athlete – baseball and football – for the Scarlet Knights. The internal expectation inside the baseball program is Harris will sign, Womens Jersey and he has not been working with the football team since the start of the new year.

Case Keenum Jersey takes leadership reins in Denver

After Case Keenum signed his two-year, $36 million deal with the Broncos, he said he was excited to earn the right to be a leader. The quarterback has done just that since arriving in Denver.
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You have a bona fide leader, defensive end Shelby Harris said. You have one guy that you can look toward, like, ‘This is our guy for the season.’ Don’t get me wrong, I thought Trevor [Siemian] was a great quarterback. I thought he did great things last year. And I think Paxton [Lynch] is a good quarterback. But when you have a QB battle, it’s like, ‘Who takes the reins? Who’s the one who steps up and is the leader?’ But this year with Case, you have a leader. You have a guy you can go to, a guy that has won games in the league. You saw what he did with the Vikings last year. So, it’s a great relief for our team to be able to have that guy for this year and hopefully for years to come.

We’ve got to take care of Chris Tillman Jersey whatever situation we’re in right now, Martinez said.

They’re taking care of the Reds, whom Dustin McGowan Jersey they haven’t dominated so completely since the Great Depression. They also beat them 12 straight from 1931-32. St. Louis has won its last 10 games at Great American Ball Park.

They overcame a downpour to pull this one out.

Norris (3-1) was warming up to pitch the ninth when heavy rain prompted a 36-minute delay. Norris then gave up four hits, including RBI singles by Joey Votto and Jesse Winker, for his second blown save in 14 chances.

Gyorko’s RBI single off Raisel Iglesias (1-1) decided a game that included bursts of rain from the first inning on. John Brebbia gave up a double and an intentional walk before fanning Brandon Dixon for his second save.

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Film Breakdown: Can Tre Flowers succeed at corner for Seahawks? More Since Pete Carroll became head coach back in 2010, the Seattle Seahawks have thrived at developing tall, lengthy cornerbacks. Under Carroll’s guidance, cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner used their size and physicality to terrorize opponents starting alongside one another from 2011 to 2013. Sherman joined Seattle as a fifth-round draft pick out of Stanford and the 6-foot-3 defender evolved into a perennial All-Pro talent, while the 6-foot-4 Browner jumped from the CFL to Seattle and became an instant starter in 2011. Once Browner left in 2013, Carroll continued to work his magic, developing 2011 sixth-round pick Byron Maxwell and converted safety DeShawn Shead into quality starters.
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Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore: And this goes for the entire Saints sophomore class. Kamara broke 700 yards rushing and receiving last year, and Mark Ingram won’t be there to share the load in September. Lattimore was Defensive Rookie of the Year. Both, as well as safety Marcus Williams (remember how it ended) and tackle Ryan Ramczyk, are now part of the team’s foundation. And given the move up to draft pass rusher Marcus Davenport, and Drew Brees’ age, this is clearly a franchise operating with urgency.

Kirk Cousins: This is pretty self-explanatory. In 2015, Cousins was the new guy on the Cory Joseph Youth Jersey scene and made the playoffs. The last two years, he was seen largely as a victim in the deconstruction of that team, as major figures like Sean McVay, Scot McCloughan, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon departed D.C. Now in Minnesota, Cousins got paid and gets a loaded team around him, as well as a hot young OC (John DeFilippo) to work with. This year will be plainly about Alex Mack Jersey results.

In addition to his wife, Clark leaves behind three children from a previous marriage, as well as three grandchildren.

Trump disinvites Philadelphia Eagles from White House visit, citing national anthem dispute

Jim Kelly, the Hall of Fame quarterback who has fought several bouts with cancer, will be given the Jimmy V Award for perseverance at next month’s ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, he announced Monday during his annual golf tournament.