NFL draft order 2018: Pick selections take shape as new league year begins

The last team to pick No. 1 overall in back-to-back drafts was who else but the Browns. They selected Tim Couch and Courtney Brown with the top picks in the 1999 and 2000 drafts, respectively.

The Chiefs offense grew stagnant in their playoff contest against the Tennessee Titans after tight end Travis Kelce suffered a concussion, because the unit lacked an option opposite Tyreek Hill. Kansas City signed Watkins to a three-year, $48 million deal in hopes of being another dynamic vertical threat.

Mahomes has one of the league’s strongest arms, and the Chiefs plan on taking full advantage of his skill set.

“We will try to utilize his strengths,” Reid said, per the Kansas City Star’s Terez A. Paylor. “One of the things as a coach, that is what you do. You exploit their strengths and you work on things they need to get better at. Will the offense change a little bit Yeah, it will.”

The Chiefs mentality won’t be the same in 2018 since they’re expected to be far more aggressive with different key components at crucial points on the roster.

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions acted late Friday night on Trump’s publicly stated wishes to fire former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe — just hours before he was set to retire with full benefits — the president celebrated the ouster as a triumph that exposed “tremendous leaking, -lying and corruption” throughout law enforcement.

The move emboldened Mc-Cabe, who said in a public statement that his dismissal was a deliberate effort to slander him and part of an “ongoing war” against the FBI and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Like former FBI director James B. Comey, who was fired by Trump last year, McCabe kept contemporaneous memos detailing his fraught conversations with the president, according to two people familiar with the -records. The danger for Trump is that those memos could help corroborate McCabe’s witness testimony and become damaging evidence in Mueller’s investigation of whether Trump has sought to obstruct justice.

MLB free agent rumors: Rangers no longer signing Seung-Hwan Oh

Seung-hwan Oh’s reported move to the Rangers is now off, according to multiple reports.
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The reliever was believed to be nearing a deal with Texas last week after spending his first two MLB seasons with the Cardinals. But according to, there was an issue with Oh’s physical.

Johnson offers elite size at 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, while breaking up double-digits passes each of the past three seasons,Sherman, one of the best cornerbacks of this generation, will be attempting to come back from a ruptured Achilles.

Prior to the injury, he hadn’t missed a game in his seven-year career.

He started eight games for Cleveland after being drafted with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft.
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He went to Vegas while he was under the league’s concussion protocol and was AWOL for the team’s Week 17 loss to the Steelers in 2015.

It did not, to say the least, work out for Manziel in Cleveland.

San Francisco finished last season tied for the worst record in baseball, but they’ve made big moves this offseason, trading for Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen, while signing Austin Jackson and Watson.

The Giants had been flirting with the luxury-tax threshold and were believed to be unwilling to go over it. The report said the two sides likely agreed to terms that helped the Giants remain under the $197 million tax.

Mark Melancon, Watson’s former Pirates teammate, is expected to be the Giants’ closer this season, but the 32-year-old right-hander recorded just 11 saves last season while battling injury. Watson could get a shot to close games should Melancon falter.

Thomas, who played more than 10,000 straight snaps before tearing his left triceps last season, is mulling retirement,The Browns gave him more to think about,Not long after Dorsey’s trifecta, Thomas tweeted:
Browns are en fuego!! Here’s to John Dorsey tonight!!,The acquisition of Taylor would seem to change Cleveland’s plans to pursue a veteran quarterback in free agency, which begins Monday when teams are permitted to contact agents.

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NFL free agency rumors: Kirk Cousins likely to sign with Vikings

The Kirk Cousins carousel appears to be stopping in Minnesota.
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He has thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of this three seasons as a starter, but the Redskins have just one playoff appearance and have seen their wins drop each season. He was hit with the franchise tag the past two seasons, but the team has opted to move on from him this year.

The best free-agent guard, Andrew Norwell, will command around $12 million per season. It would be a tight squeeze to get him and Cousins, but that combination would truly signal the Vikings are all Jared Crick Youth jersey in for 2018. Prudence would say, however, with Diggs, Danielle Hunter and Eric Kendricks among the 2015 draftees becoming free agents in 2019, it would be better to go for one to two bargains.

The top non-Norwell targets for the Vikings’ scheme would be the Titans’ Josh Kline and the Jaguars’ Patrick Omameh. The Giants’ Justin Pugh is a good candidate to bounce back elsewhere. Should the Vikings get Cousins, the Redskins’ Shawn Lauvao could keep serving him well at left guard. Two former Vikings, Alex Boone and Brandon Fusco, are two older free agents floating out there, as well.

Burton gives quarterback Mitchell Trubisky another reliable target in addition to former Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson, who is also expected to sign with Chicago. Robinson has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns in 43 games in Jacksonville.

Burton, 26, was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014. He has 63 catches for 629 yards and six touchdowns over four seasons with Philadelphia. He also threw a scoring pass to quarterback Nick Foles in the Philly Special trick play during the Eagles’ Super Bowl 52 win over the Patriots.

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The worst NFL draft takes of 2018 so far

It doesn’t matter which draft analysts Authentic Eric Thames Jersey try to tell you otherwise. The idea that Lamar Jackson should convert to wide receiver is far and away the worst take so far about the 2018 NFL Draft. But it’s far from the only bad one floating around.
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Sorry, that came out wrong. Let me try again: The main issue some analysts seem to have with Jackson is that he’s black.

Jackson doesn’t fit what some believe a great NFL quarterback should look like: the statue who sits in the pocket. Throughout history, that player has often been white.

Lamar Jackson is a quarterback. He will be drafted as a quarterback by a team that expects him to play quarterback. The end.
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Nobody gets it right every time. Draft analysis isn’t easy. There’s a big learning curve for players making the transition from college to the pros. It’s impossible to anticipate with 100 percent accuracy how a player will pan out. But that’s not going to slow down the takes, and it won’t keep us from having a little fun with them, either.

If you look at the winners of the ESPYS Breakthrough Athlete of the Year award from 2012 on (Jeremy Lin, Colin Kaepernick, Richard Sherman, Mo’ne Davis, Jake Arrieta, Dak Prescott), you’ll see that the thread is a player who separated himself or herself among a crowded field and leveraged a star-making season into marketing success. I’d love to see that replicated in the NHL.

Price had surgery after tearing his pectoral bench pressing at the combine, but is expected to be ready for training camp. The Vikings could have a new quarterback next season, as they let Case Keenum hit free agency, along with Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford (hello, Kirk Cousins?). A smart move would be helping keep whoever is back there upright.
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In Kadar’s mock, he has the Vikings going with UTEP guard Will Hernandez, who (like previously mentioned players) had a strong combine. Prior to Price’s pec injury at the combine, Kadar had him going No. 29 to the Jaguars.

The top challengers for the Predators, Lightning

Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan take a deep dive into the NHL postseason bubble and cover Alex Ovechkin’s chase for 600 goals. They also welcome former Penguins and Sabres coach Dan Bylsma of the NHL Network to talk hockey analytics, as well as Kings broadcaster Patrick O’Neal of Fox Sports Los Angeles. Listen ?

Unless something crazy happens, the postseason will begin with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators as the top seeds and the clear-cut favorites to represent their conferences in the Stanley Cup Final.

“It just looks like (Laine, Stastny and Ehlers) have such a good chemistry,” Wheeler told the team’s web site. “It just seems like once they got together, (Laine) has had a lot more time and space to get that shot off. Man, you get (Laine) open, it’s going to go in the net.”

Laine’s 38 goals trail Alex Ovechkin’s 40 for the league lead and he already surpassed the 36 he scored last year when he led all rookies in goal scoring as an 18-year-old.

“Things are going pretty well,” Laine told reporters following Tuesday’s victory, Winnipeg’s third straight. “The team is winning, and our line is playing pretty good hockey. So, I’ve got to be satisfied with that.”

Meanwhile New Jersey’s Pavel Zacha is ruled out of Thursday’s game against the Jets because of an undisclosed injury which kept him out of the third period of the win over Montreal. He could be replaced by Brian Gibbons, who has been sidelined since Jan. 20 with a broken thumb.

Thursday’s clash is the second and final meeting this season between the two teams. Back on Nov. 18 the Jets beat the Devils 5-2 in Winnipeg, making it five wins in their last six outings against New Jersey.

“Whatever that is, whether it’s mental or just execution of a few plays, we’ve just got to find a way to do it. No one’s going to feel sorry for us or change the outcome but us.”

Adam Silver says he supports NBA players speaking out on social issues

Elite Penny Hardaway Jersey One storyline making headlines ahead of the NBA-All Star Game involves prominent players speaking out on social issues that continue to affect the United States, including powerful words from LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
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Some of the comments created controversy within the media, but in an interview on NBA TV, commissioner Adam Silver reiterated his support for NBA players using their platforms to raise awareness. The support isn’t always the case for commissioners of a league, but Silver wasn’t holding back as he offered some praise for those athletes speaking out in a positive way.

So I think it’s fantastic and other people don’t have to agree with everything they’re saying. I’m comfortable with people disagreeing as well and I don’t agree with everything the players say, but it’s about the platform and it’s the opportunity to express themselves.

Durant’s contract allows for Riley Dixon Youth jersey a $26.25 million player option for next season. Even if the chances he’ll leave are infinitesimal, why haven’t teams been clamoring for his attention like two offseasons ago? Simple. He got out ahead of it this time.
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In his last go-around of the free agency circus, Durant was heavily criticized for signing with the Warriors. He ultimately got the last laugh when he won his first championship and NBA Finals MVP, but re-signing with a team you’re already on seems like a decision that would add a lot less scrutiny than going anywhere else, so it makes sense that Durant wants to avoid that.

It appears as though he’s generally over the criticisms that forced him to create burner accounts to defend himself online. Durant was even able to joke about it to The Athletic:

What’s unclear: The exact dollar amount and length of Durant’s future contracts.

The Colts are beginning the Frank Reich era with a ton of money available to spend in NFL free agency.

According to, the team is more than $73 million under the salary cap for 2018, the third most room in the league.
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The Colts should not go nuts throwing around cash. They instead should look for the sweet spot of quantity and quality from the open market. Before they go to work addressing their many needs with their current seven draft picks for April, Reich and general manager Chris Ballard could use several veteran complementary parts.

If you’re looking for an odd statistic, consider that Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who came into the game averaging nearly 28 points, was held a season-low 11 points and didn’t shoot any free throws for only the second time this season. (The only other such instance came Dec. 28.) Antetokounmpo also left the game early in the fourth quarter with an apparent right eye injury.

The Pistons pounded the Bucks in paint points 56-34 and held a 20-point lead in the third quarter. The Bucks also missed their first 11 shots of the fourth quarter, when fatigue can really start to sink in.

We didn’t cool off, we got frozen, Bucks center John Henson said, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Matt Velazquez. It’s just shots weren’t falling. Happens. Every once in a while, you hit a little buzzsaw.

First things first, they’d get a winner, Mayfield said Friday when asked about the Browns selecting him in the 2018 NFL Draft. I think if anyone’s going to turn that franchise around, it’d be me. They’re close, they’re very close. They have the right pieces. I think they just need one guy — a quarterback to make that difference.

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Browns coach Hue Jackson said Thursday that he wouldn’t want to start a rookie quarterback next season. Cleveland selected DeShone Kizer in the second round last year, but he struggled during his first NFL season.

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I understand the type of player and person Carson is, Allen said. I definitely think he was going to win the MVP (award) if he didn’t suffer his leg injury this year.

People say I’m like him. That doesn’t hurt my feelings one bit. If I can follow in his exact footsteps, that would be perfect.

Thomas is coming off a season-ending foot injury and turns 30 in June.

Stewart averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry in 2017, and the 10-year Panther will turn 31 in March. His saving grace might end up being his nose for the end zone (7 more TDs) and more sentimentality from the team. This feels 50-50. We say he stays, as the team might trim center Ryan Kail and defensive end Charles Johnson for bigger savings, instead.
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OK, Crabtree technically has never been to a Pro Bowl, but as a 2016 alternate, he has the feel of these other guys. Although he matched his 2016 TD catch mark with 8 more in ’17, Crabtree saw his catches (89 to 58) and yards (1,003 to 618) decrease dramatically. He also contributed to some team dysfunction issues. He won’t be part of the Mika Zibanejad Jersey second Gruden era in Oakland.
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It might be in Ryan’s best interest to wait it and out and see what a quarterback such as free agent Kirk Cousins receives following the Garoppolo deal. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is set for a new lucrative deal, too, and likely will top them all.

The Browns got an exceptional season from Duke Johnson as their primary pass-catching back. Isaiah Crowell finished well as the early-down power back. But with Johnson becoming a free agent in 2019 and unsigned Crowell set to walk, the team should turn to a more feature approach at the position vs. a predictable, situational committee.

The Browns for some reason are reluctant to use Johnson more often even though he operates at the quick pace of an extra wide receiver in the backfield. Given the team’s struggles in the slot, it might be the time to execute the position switch for Johnson. That would make sense with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who got good slot results in Pittsburgh.

How Sean McVay won NFL Coach of the Year in his 1st season with the Rams

One year ago, Sean McVay became the youngest head coach in the NFL when he was hired by the Los Angeles Rams. At only 32 years old, he proved to the NFL that age is just a number, winning the 2017 NFL Coach of the Year Award in just his first season.

He wasn’t expected to bring the young Rams back to relevancy so soon after five straight losing seasons under Jeff Fisher. But McVay led the Rams to an 11-5 record and an NFC West crown, the franchise’s first division championship since the 2003 season.

The worst part about that 3-2 shootout loss to the Czechs was that the game never should have reached a shootout. Vojtech Mozik took an ill-advised slashing penalty with 1:20 left in regulation and the game tied 2-2. The U.S. power play was clicking at over 20 percent for the tournament. The Americans not only finished the third period on the power play — they also started overtime with a 4-on-3 man advantage for 40 seconds.

“They are fearless. They are just kids having fun. A lot of guys are 12-13 years older than them, and when you see the fun and the attitude they play with, it rubs off on a lot of us,” goalie Ryan Zapolski told ESPN.

It was a calculated decision by the late Jim Johannson, GM of Team USA, and his brain trust. They felt a team made up of veteran players — ex-NHLers and AHLers who played overseas and were familiar with the larger ice surface — would be the safest play. They trusted them more. Yet the kids were the only bright spot on this team offensively.