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OK, Rivera replied with a slight chuckle and grin. He is a personality. He’s got a lot of confidence. You see it on the field. You see it when you talk to him. You watch it in his gait, the way he carries himself.

That’s the type of attitude you have to have if you want to play in this league. You have to have a certain type of swagger. Josh Norman had it. He had it from Day One. You guys saw it. He struggled a little bit, but because of his swagger, he was able to bring himself back. Well, this young man’s got Chad Kelly Authentic Jersey something.

Meanwhile, Jackson joins a Panthers defense that finished 18th in the league against the pass, and he’ll be expected to contribute immediately given his draft status.

He possesses the physical talent, but Jackson also has no shortage of self-assurance and it remains a large part of his personality and game.

I play with confidence, Jackson told reporters. I’m going to talk about it. Walk it like I talk it.

Krammer notes that Holmes would likely need to add at least five pounds to his 285-pound frame to compete at the position. He also points out that Homles would be the team’s tallest defensive tackle at 6-foot-5.

At 6-foot-2, 254 pounds, Mata’afa who attended Washington State, was one of the Power Five’s smallest defensive tackles. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, via Krammer, also pointed out an example in which switching a player defensive line to linebacker panned out.

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What the league is trying to do in preparation for it is figure out how to maintain the integrity of the game, because that’s the most important thing on many, many fronts, Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt told Breer in March. And so they’re beginning their work on that. Obviously, there’s legalized betting that goes on in Europe in the Premier League, and other soccer leagues, so there are models they’re trying to learn from.

A’s coach bummed Yankees didn’t even call him for Aaron Boone’s job

Al Pedrique wanted Aaron Boone ‘s job.

If he didn’t get it, he thought for sure he’d at least get a look to be on the staff of whoever would take over for the fired Joe Girardi.

Neither happened. Pedrique, now the A’s first base coach, is fine with it.

So Pedrique — who has also scouted, been in a front office and played three seasons in the majors — wanted to get back to The Show. He thought it would happen in the offseason when the Yankees got rid of Girardi, their manager for 10 years.

He thought he could have been manager. He knew he could have helped the big-league staff with the development of stars Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and many others he guided in the minors.

Flowers has since hired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent, and the Giants declined to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, after unsuccessfully trying to trade him during the NFL Draft.

Had the Giants picked up the option, Flowers would have been on the books for $12.52 million in 2019, according to CBSSports.com. Flowers’ salary cap hit is $4.57 million in 2018 and the Giants do not save any money against the cap by releasing him.

Flowers has started 47 of a possible 49 games (including playoffs) during his three seasons. All of those starts were at left tackle, where Solder will now replace him as the starter.

Earlier this offseason, the Giants sounded a less than optimistic tone about Flowers’ move to right tackle.

I don’t think the assignments are that tough, offensive line coach Hal Hunter said recently. It might not be quite as hard, but it would be, like, I golf right-handed. If all of a sudden, I have to golf left-handed, it’s going to [take] a while [to adjust].
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The soon-to-be former Giants running back is hoping to find out after undergoing surgery Wednesday to remove the plate he had inserted in December 2016, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

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The Tulane product had several offers in free agency and those teams were encouraged by his decision to have the plate removed, according to Rapoport.

Brady’s enormous societal imprint doesn’t cover everyone, however. Take, for instance, soon-to-be-retired baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro began his Major League career in 2001, the same year Tom Brady entered the starting lineup for the Patriots. Since that time, Ichiro — who’s essentially the Tom Brady of Japan — has spent the majority of the last 17 years in the United States. You’d think this amount of exposure to American culture would put Brady on Ichiro’s radar on some level. And yet…

An excerpt from an Ichiro retrospective from The Athletic’s Peter Gammons:

One morning in spring training, 2017, he was in the coaches’ room looking at his cell phone text messages. Ichiro told the coaches about one message he had just received from a number he didn’t recognize. The guy said he’d gotten Ichiro’s number from Alex Rodriguez, and that he wanted to come meet him and study his stretching system.

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The Browns have spent a pile of money and picks on interior linemen, so having a cheap rookie who can start balances the books a bit. And if he Fred Lynn Womens Jersey is able to replace Thomas as well as he replaced Bitonio in college, then he might end up standing next to Bitonio for years to come.
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Will they make another move in light of Tuesday’s news that running back Mark Ingram will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season? Alvin Kamara’s presence means they still have a high-level running back on hand, but Kamara only averaged 12.5 touches in a game last season and the other backs on the roster 鈥?Trey Edmunds, Daniel Lasco, Jonathan Williams and sixth-round pick Boston Scott 鈥?have limited NFL experience.

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The Raiders have Donald Penn, a three-time Pro Bowler, including each of the past two seasons. But Penn is 35 and continues to rehab from Lisfranc surgery on his right foot in December.

The San Diego State prospect is well-built and a downhill, yet elusive, runner at 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds. He averaged 7.8 yards per catch while managing 10-plus yards on 20 percent of his attempts last season, and he ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash at the combine.

Considering he was a first-round pick, Penny is the heavy favorite to open 2018 as Seattle’s feature back, deferring only occasional touches to the likes of Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise. Seattle has changed to a pass-heavy attack in recent seasons, but the selection of Penny, the hiring of run-based offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and the loss of Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson might lead to a switch back to a ground-and-pound scheme.

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Anderson will now be back in court on July 19 to resolve a charge of reckless driving from January. Anderson previously faced a felony charge of threatening a public servant or a public servant鈥檚 family, but that charge was dropped in April.

Anderson was also arrested in 2017 and charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. A trial in that case is set for this summer.

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The Saints have had interest in drafting Jackson since the middle of last season.

With Drew Brees on his way out and the offense changing, adding Jackson now would give him a full redshirt season before working with Alvin Kamara to take the league by storm.

The Steelers rarely have drafted cornerbacks early throughout the last two decades, but Alexander fits their defensive scheme, and they need to find added help for Artie Burns (their other recent first-round cornerback) if they hope to reach the Super Bowl again soon. Alexander could go as high as No. 14 overall.

They Jaguars don’t think a top guard will be available, and if that’s the case, they’ll consider D.J. Moore, Christian Kirk or Hayden Hurst. If Wynn is on the board, they can get a top guard prospect at No. 29.

Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville: Carolina needs someone to fill the starting void opposite James Bradberry, and Alexander is a sticky cover corner whose athleticism and savvy will serve him well against an imposing array of NFC South receivers.

Sam Hubbard, DE/LB, Ohio State: Beyond the Buckeye connection, the slippery pass rusher might be just what Mike Vrabel is looking for as he tries to ramp up the pressure in Year 1.

But they surrendered that lead on a goal from Randy Gilhen — one of three playoff goals in his career! — and lost 7-6 in overtime on a Kevin Stevens score. Pittsburgh would win three straight to capture the series. In their first playoff meeting ever, the Capitals had already established the “new and exciting ways to lose to the Penguins” tradition.

One way to avoid a Game 7 collapse is to close out your foe before you get there, which the Capitals had a chance to do in the 1995 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. They lost in overtime in Game 5, despite holding a 3-1 series lead, but they had a chance to close out Pittsburgh in Game 6 at home. Instead, the Penguins got four-point games from Tomas Sandstrom and Luc Robitaille, who scored a goal 42 seconds into the game as part of a 4-0 first-period lead. The Capitals lost Game 6, 7-1, at home; their Game 7 loss in Pittsburgh was a mere formality.

Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan break down the second-round playoff matchups that have been set, and give their top candidates for the Conn Smythe. Plus, Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon and longtime Penguins beat writer Rob Rossi.canucks_676

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It often takes something extraordinary, like Super Bowl-winning coaches Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy, to crack 10 wins in Tampa. Until Winston goes from a slightly above-average quarterback to a savior, the Buccaneers will stay on the bubble of relevance.
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When I came in, it can be an intimidating thing when you come into that situation a Hall of Famer, first ballot, and one of the greatest tight ends of all time [playing with you]. So, it can be intimidating, but he took me under his wing and taught me everything he could these past two years, Henry said of Gates, via the L.A. Times. It’s been incredible. He’s still a great friend of mine. Matt Niskanen Jersey I talk to him. I was with him a couple of weekends ago. It’s been really cool to be able to play with him these past two years.

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The transition from Gates to Henry has been in the making since the Chargers used a second-round pick in 2016 on the Arkansas product. Last season when L.A. upped Henry’s playing time over Gates, the Chargers’ offense found an extra gear.

While those NFC contenders have to battle each other this year, the Packers have the benefit of playing against the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons.

Since Aaron Rodgers took over as the Packers’ starting quarterback in 2008, the team has played against a first-place schedule six times, a second-place schedule three times and a third-place schedule just once. That one time was in 2009, when Green Bay’s record jumped from 6-10 the year before to 11-5.

Instead, the Browns went in another direction and selected Ohio State defensive back Denzel Ward. Why? Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has the answer.

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Despite already having Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the roster, the Broncos selected both Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton in the first four rounds. They also took pass-rusher Bradley Chubb fifth overall even though they have Von Miller, Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett.

Why? Denver can easily terminate the contracts of Thomas and Sanders in 2019, and Ray and Barrett’s contracts are set to expire soon. If the Broncos wanted to win now, they would have dumped assets into their offensive line. Elway’s approach was different: re-establish stability.

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The Dallas Cowboys running back spoke about the team’s decision to release Bryant, who had been with the franchise for eight years.

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After examining Green this week, per the letter, Texans team doctor Walter Lowe deemed the ACL graft intact and described the knee as stable and performing at a very high level.

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Michael Joseph’s transition from Division III Dubuque to the NFL will be worth watching. He has impressive ball skills and showed he has the foundational traits to compete with top-tier talent while at the Senior Bowl. He’s a project, but his frame looks to be able to add more weight. And he has the movement skills in place to become a contributor over time.

Brandon Facyson comes with NFL-ready size and experience from his time at Virginia Tech. He has all of the thickness and physicality of a corner who can succeed in a press scheme that utilizes primarily Cover 2 concepts. He has good awareness at the short to intermediate levels but will struggle mightily with true speed down the field. Facyson is a Day 3 selection and could challenge for playing time after a year of transition.

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The Browns get their quarterback, and they go with Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner. That sets off a three-part chain reaction.

We can hear Gruden now: This Saquon Barkley, man. I tell you what, he’s going to lead this franchise to bigger and better things. I couldn’t be happier that he’s in the silver and black, I can tell you that.

The Raiders beef up their running game, and now Broncos VP John Elway is forced to take a long look in the mirror.

Elway takes a West Coast quarterback who can make all the throws. Darnold, widely considered the No. 1 pick in this draft, somehow falls to the Broncos. Darnold’s talent is enough for Elway to make the call, and it begins a productive relationship in which Denver finally develops the in-house option it wants.

The Patriots and Jets both got first-round quarterbacks, so the AFC East-rival Bills and Dolphins get in on the action. The Colts get the better deal from the Bills, who grab 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. That gives Buffalo its quarterback of the future, one who is capable of winning the starting job in 2018 over AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman.

Could you handle all that before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock at No. 7?

Here we look at five prospects from this year’s class who could go earlier than expected and examine potential fits for them.

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An impressive ball tracker who excels after the catch, Pettis is also a significant threat on special teams with nine punt return touchdowns at Washington. In a class full of limited receiving talents, teams looking for offensive help with their first pick may well gravitate to a player who can impact two facets of the game.

Jung Ho Kang issues public apology upon return to U.S.

South Korean infielder Jung Ho Kang says he is thankful for the second chance as he returns to the United States and rejoins the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

In a statement Friday, Kang apologized to his family and friends as well as the Pirates’ franchise, players and fans after his DUI arrest in South Korea that led to him missing all of the 2017 season.

“After a long, painful process, I am excited to have a chance to return to the game that I have missed so much,” Kang said. “My focus is first on becoming the best person that I can be. Secondly, I look forward to getting to Pirate City and demonstrating that I am committed to doing whatever I can to get back to Pittsburgh and help the Pirates win. I will not disappoint anyone anymore.”

In the third, the Bruins scored two 4-on-4 goals after matching penalties opened up the ice. Krug made it 4-4 on a slapper from the point just 1:10 in, and then DeBrusk put the Bruins ahead.

“I think that we’re all just pretty excited right now to have a chance to continue playing together and take on Tampa,” DeBrusk said. “We’re going to enjoy this one tonight, but then go back to the drawing board.”

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, in his first full season on the Boston bench, was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year. … Celtics Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn was the honorary fan banner captain, getting the crowd riled up before the game. … The Bruins are 14-12 in Game 7s and Toronto is 12-11. … Boston’s Kevan Miller had two assists for his first multi-point playoff game.

There were no regrets about waiting until April to make a move on Bryant, Jones said.

“I have no thoughts about the timing of when we decided to move on,” the owner said. “For everyone concerned, that was as good a time as any from the end of the season.”

Jones also noted that there won’t be an immediate replacement for Bryant.

“I think we recognize that we’ve got a hole to fill with Dez,” Jones said. “We, actually, in general know right now that and have known that we probably won’t have what we would call a pure X receiver to take the place of Dez.”

Jones said the Cowboys will likely look for a wide receiver in this weekend’s draft who can contribute right away but wouldn’t commit to selecting one in the first two rounds.

Bryant has said he hopes to remain in the NFC East, giving him the opportunity to face the Cowboys twice in 2018. He later praised the New York Giants and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and said it would “be crazy” to play for them.

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