NFL at crossroads when it comes to kickoffs and player safety


How does the NFL marry the concept of improved player safety while managing to keep kickoffs in the game of football?
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Jaguars special teams coach Joe DeCamillis and his peers have some ideas.

It took only one season and one start for the Chiefs to hand the keys over to Mahomes, who showed off his playmaking ability and elite arm as he led Kansas City to a come-from-behind win over the Denver Broncos in Week 17 last season. He’s now the unquestioned starter after the Chiefs shipped Alex Smith to Washington.聽

Expect some growing pains. Mahomes has a cannon arm and can move around to buy time and extend plays, but his gun-slinging ways will likely result in some ugly plays for the Chiefs in 2018. It’s part of the learning process every young quarterback goes through as a first-time starter.聽

The Chiefs wisely surrounded Mahomes with two veterans in Henne and McGloin. Henne and McGloin have thrown 49 combined passes over the last three seasons, but they’ve started plenty of games in the NFL and can help Mahomes make the transition. They can also play and run the offense in the event Mahomes goes down.聽

I was kind of shocked, Moore said of Smith’s endorsement while speaking at Carolina’s post-draft media conference. That’s the highest praise you can probably get out of somebody of his stature, playing-wise.
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Smith’s unique skill set as a small, quick, yet physically imposing receiver has been used for comparisons to other prospects in the past. But never before has a player lived up to the expectations. Moore will get his chance from the get-go in Carolina, where he’ll be expected to make an impact right away.

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X, F, Z 鈥?all of them, Moore said. I just have to learn the playbook and get comfortable. It’s going to play a big part in me getting on the field early. Just learning all three is going to be the best thing for me just to get to understand the playbook faster Joe Sakic Womens Jersey and know the ins and outs.
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Glendale, New Orleans expected to be awarded future Super Bowls


The Super Bowl appears to be heading back to two familiar homes in 2023 and 2024.

Assuming they’ve met all the requirements, which we believe they have, those are done deals, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

The next four Super Bowls, which were previously awarded, will be held in Atlanta, Miami, Tampa and Los Angeles.

If approved, Arizona will be hosting its fourth Super Bowl (the third in Glendale), and New Orleans will be hosting its 11th.

The cities were notified back in November that they would be invited to bid, and they were required to keep the process a secret.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league office worked in conjunction with the Super Bowl and major events advisory committee, which comprised team owners, to select the cities that were invited to bid.

Tepper’s bid to buy the Panthers from Jerry Richardson was the first order of business at this week’s league meetings in Atlanta and it has been dispatched in short order. The finance committee approved the deal on Tuesday ahead of a vote by all of the league’s owners and the league announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have also given the deal the green light. The purchase was approved by a unanimous vote of the other 31 teams.

Tepper is set to pay $2.275 billion for the franchise, which has been owned by Richardson since it entered the league as an expansion team for the 1995 season. Richardson put the team up for sale after allegations of workplace misconduct and settlements with employees for such misconduct became public late last year. Tepper addressed that briefly in a press conference Tuesday.

“I’m a person that believes in equality for everybody, men and women,” Tepper said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

Tepper also said that the Panthers will remain in Charlotte and that he does not anticipate any big moves within the organization upon taking control of the team.

NFL: Eli Manning civil fraud settlement not a Personal Conduct Policy issue


As a civil fraud lawsuit against Giants quarterback Eli Manning was pending, the NFL consistently declined comment on whether the Personal Conduct Policy applied to the allegations or any of the evidence that had come to light. Now that the civil case has been resolved, the NFL has commented on the situation.
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We monitored the situation and are satisfied that it is a civil matter that was resolved, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email. Not a [Personal Conduct Policy] issue.
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Although Eli Manning is by all accounts a great guy who does great things in the community (his work on behalf of children fighting cancer is beyond admirable), any plausible claim that any player has committed fraud in connection with the sale of items used during NFL games should give the NFL concern. If there’s a good guy or a favored team exception for memorabilia fraud, will similar exceptions be made when questions emerge in Womens Sam Hubbard Jersey future years regarding whether a player is accused of betting on NFL games, shaving points, and/or throwing games?

From the first time I met him, I thought, ‘Man, this just shouldn’t be right that big guys like this are designed the way they are,’ Light said, via No fat. Runs like a deer. Got the reach and wingspan of a vulture. The guy is just unbelievably talented in so many ways, and he’s smart, a cerebral player. You don’t replace a guy like that overnight.

Light added that he thinks the team is up to the task of finding the right guy, even if it means juggling a lot of guys in and out, and trying to play them at multiple positions with offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia overseeing it all.

They survived me going through that first year of being lost in so many ways and trying to figure out things on the run, Light said. I would say this, for all the fans out there, it’s been documented but I’m not sure it’s been appreciated as it should be, but the work Dante does and the work he puts into the offseason 鈥?and the work he puts into the young guys that are coming into the organization and how he motivates those guys and pushes them to be in the best position possible to play the game 鈥?I’ve got a lot of confidence in his ability to prepare the guys he thinks are the best to take the field.
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Lions, Matt Patricia not subject to discipline over 1996 sexual assault allegation


Adam Schefter reports that the NFL won’t discipline the Lions and Matt Patricia over a previous sexual assault allegation against Patricia. (0:46)
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The NFL determined that neither the Lions nor Matt Patricia will be subject to any discipline in regard to a previous sexual assault allegation against the Detroit coach, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement Monday.

Riley Reiff Elite Jersey The leagues originally asked for sports betting operators to pay 1 percent of the amount wagered on their games but have since lowered the request to 0.25 percent. A bill sponsored by New York state Sen. John Bonacic does include a stipulation that 0.25 percent of the amount bet goes to the sports leagues.

None of the states that have already passed sports betting legislation include a fee paid to the leagues.

In 2017, $1.7 billion was bet on football, both college and professional, at Nevada sportsbooks, the most of any the major sports. Bookmakers say the NFL accounts for approximately 50-55 percent of that money.

Omameh started all 16 games at right guard in 2014 for the Buccaneers and spent part of 2015 there while with the Bears.

The Mikhail Sergachev Youth jersey transition is honestly [easy] because I have some background playing on the right side, Omameh said Monday, via quotes distributed by the team. It’s not completely starting from scratch. A few things that you need to get back that just comes with repetitions, but yeah, it’s just a situation where the more you can do for the team, whatever I’m able to do, I’ll jump out there and do it.

Ereck Flowers also is adjusting to the right side, having moved from left tackle to right tackle after the Giants signed Nate Solder in free agency.

Luckily we’re starting in May, so get the repetitions in that we need and I don’t foresee it being any type of issue moving forward, Omameh said.

Justin Bour (L), 50 percent, Miami Marlins at New York Mets (RHP Zack Wheeler): This will be the final time you see Bour in Daily Notes as his roster rate will soar beyond 50 percent given his electric May. He’s clubbed five homers with a 1.075 OPS. He is just decimating righties, too, with a .991 OPS and all nine of his homers this season. Lefties have had a 60-point advantage against Wheeler and he has had an impossible time at home with a 9.56 ERA and 2.06 WHIP. It’s only three starts and Citi Field isn’t inherently difficult on starters, but if the Marlins keep the trend going, Bour will be in on the action.

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Felony charge dropped against Jets’ Robby Anderson for allegedly pushing cop


Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is pretty much in the clear from a legal standpoint, after being arrested twice in less than a year.
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His attorney, Ed O’Donnell, confirmed to NJ Advance Media on Wednesday that a felony charge has been dropped against Anderson for allegedly pushing a police officer in Miami.

The only charge Anderson now faces from the January arrest –聽or from either of the two arrests, period — is a misdemeanor reckless driving charge.

Even though Anderson now faces only that relatively minor legal charge, he could still be suspended by the NFL. The league typically waits until a player’s legal situation concludes before handing down any discipline.

Knox finished his career with a 186-147-1 record. He led his teams to the playoffs 11 times, going 7-11. He made the postseason Kai Forbath Jersey in each of his first five years in Los Angeles and coached Seattle to four playoff berths in the 1980s, including a trip to the AFC Championship Game in 1983. That campaign marked his Seahawks debut and the first postseason appearance for the franchise, which started playing in 1976.

As Condotta wrote: He won three NFL Coach of the Year Awards鈥攊ncluding in 1984 with Seattle鈥攁nd earned a reputation for sayings that his players fondly termed ‘Knoxisms.’ They were as straightforward as the style of play he preferred, such as, ‘Play the hand you’re dealt’ and, ‘Football players make football plays.’

His teams in Seattle were memorable for some of the stars they employed as well, from running back Curt Warner to Hall of Famers in wideout Steve Largent and safety Kenny Easley.

Only Mike Holmgren (86-74) has more wins in Seahawks history than Knox (80-63). Current coach Pete Carroll is 79-48-1.
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Vikings announce 17 undrafted free agents


The Vikings officially have enhanced their eight-man draft class with 17 undrafted players.

The newest members of the team who were acquired without giving up a draft pick include: Oklahoma receiver Jeff Badet, Cincinnati running back Mike Boone, Penn State defensive tackle Curtis Cothran, Wisconsin linebacker Garret Dooley, Texas receiver Armanti Foreman, San Jose State center Chris Gonzalez, Texas cornerback Holton Hill, Nebraska tight end Tyler Hoppes, Washington State linebacker Hercules Mata’afa, Toledo cornerback Trevon Mathis, Auburn safety Tray Matthews, Auburn fullback Kamryn Pettway, Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals, Southern Mississippi receiver Korey Robertson, Jacksonville State running back Roc Thomas, South Dakota State receiver Jake Wieneke, and Vanderbilt defensive end Jonathan Wynn.

Over in Baltimore, I asked one staffer what stuck out in minicamp. And his response was simple:Lamar’s speed. Wow. We’ll have more on how Lamar Jackson became a Raven in a minute. 6

Speaking of the 32nd overall pick, one nugget I picked up over the past week was that the Eagles would’ve considered SMU receiver Courtland Sutton there, among others, had they not found a trade partner. Sutton went eight picks later, to Denver, and Philly wound up with Dallas Goedert at 49 instead (the Ravens and Eagles also swapped 4s as part of the deal).

Strong, 24, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a December loss to the 49ers. He continues to rehab after surgery.

Strong bounced between the practice squad and active roster last season.

Strong caught three passes for 38 yards and one touchdown in two games last season. He joined Jacksonville last September 19 after the Jaguars claimed him off waivers.

He served a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy and program for substances of abuse, missing the season opener while still with the Texans. He played 20 snaps in Week 2 against the Bengals but didn’t get a target

NFL Reportedly May Make Standing for Anthem a Team-by-Team Choice


Limited Sheldon Rankins Jersey The NFL is considering allowing teams to make their own decision whether to require players to stand for the national anthem, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.
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Patricia was a 21-year-old student and offensive lineman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at the time of the allegations. He was arrested along with teammate and fraternity brother Greg Dietrich in South Padre Island in March, 1996 after a 21-year-old woman accused the pair of breaking into her hotel room and sexually assaulting her.

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Tim Tebow turning it around in Double-A ball


He started with a first-pitch home run. Then he slumped, with one hit in 14 at-bats. Now, Tim Tebow is tearing up Double-A baseball, relatively speaking.
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Coming off a home loss to the Jazz that dropped them within a game of falling out of the playoffs, the Blazers started their 13-game winning streak in style. They blitzed the Warriors from the start, running up 40 points in the first quarter and withstanding a 50-point effort from Kevin Durant to win 123-117. The game showcased Portland’s winning formula offensively: a huge game from Lillard (44 points, eight assists) with plenty of scoring from McCollum (29 points) and a strong effort by Nurkic (17 points, 13 rebounds).

They check in with Marc’s jury duty situation and get Keith Hanzus’ take on the Jets drafting Sam Darnold (27:00). The heroes review Wess’s sub-banger, Top 10 offenses in the NFL, and give their thoughts on the teams he ranked (30:00).
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Rob Gronkowski assured the New England Patriots two weeks ago that he is intent on playing for the franchise in 2018.

After reportedly flirting this offseason with a second career on the big screen, in the professional wrestling ring or most recently, for promotion’s sake, on a dirt-bike track, Gronk assuaged fears that he would retire when he announced via Instagram statement that he was looking forward to another championship run . But his return to Foxborough won’t come cheap.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported two weeks ago that Gronk’s reasons for skipping voluntary workouts were financial, and the Patriots have received the tight end’s message loud and clear.

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The first was in 1995 when the Ottawa Rough Riders selected Derrell Robertson, who had died in a car accident the year before, in the fourth round.

I don’t know how it happened, Ottawa coach Jim Gilstrap told the Ottawa Sun at the time. The league didn’t know until we told them. And we didn’t know until a week ago when we couldn’t find him.

It happened again in 1996, when the Montreal Alouettes selected James Eggink in the fifth round, but they later found out the defensive end died of cancer the previous year.

The Vikings waived UTEP long snapper Nick Dooley, Texas receiver Armanti Foreman, Tusculum defensive tackle Caushaud Lyons and Auburn fullback Kamryn Pettway in corresponding moves.

Minnesota has 90 players on its roster.

Beebe played 44 games at Northern Illinois and led the team in 2017 with a 14.9 yards per reception average. He made 64 receptions for 930 yards and three touchdowns during his collegiate career.

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Stanton, a quarterback in college, will transition to fullback with the Vikings. He began his career at Nebraska before transferring to Saddleback College and eventually ending his career at UNLV.

Rams want to wear blue and yellow uniforms more often, but NFL says no


Since the Rams moved back to Los Angeles, questions have raged about which uniforms they should wear: The blue and white of Merlin Olsen in the 1960s? The blue and yellow of Eric Dickerson in the 1980s? The blue and gold of the St. Louis years? Some combination?

“It was always with the idea that we’d be able to revisit it during the offseason when there’s more time to plan,” he said. “Hopefully, they recognize the challenge we have and appreciate the connection the fan base has to the blue and yellow. If we can avoid wearing our Navy jerseys next year, we will.”

It’s a bit odd that the NFL won’t let teams wear whatever uniforms they want, but it appears that the Rams still have some work to do to convince the league to let them wear those Dickerson-style uniforms on a full-time basis.

4th round, 130th overall, 15th RB. It’s amazing enough that at 5-6, Sproles has survived so many years as a running back, receiver and kick returner. It’s more amazing that two teams have given up on him already, the Chargers and Saints. The Eagles have been smart enough not to give up on him.

6th round, 195th overall, 23rd WR. How many receivers do you take over him right now, especially with Calvin Johnson retired? One? None? His numbers over the last few seasons have him on a Hall of Fame pace. Emmanuel Sanders also was picked by the Steelers in the same draft 113 picks earlier … and any other time, he’d be the steal of this draft.

Darnold was uneven in his first practice, which was to be expected. He made some good throws, but he also had a few balls in which you had to dust the rust off, according to Bowles.

This was the start of a long process. The Jets are taking a long-term view, but they haven’t ruled Darnold out as their opening day starter.

[I’m not] inhibiting him, Bowles said. We’re giving him everything. He’s going to learn as he goes, and he might get the reps as he goes. We’ll make that determination in the preseason and see where we are at the end of it, but we’re not holding him back. We’re not rushing him, but we’re not holding him back at all.