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This is Lynch’s first chance to establish his smarts and mindset.

The Niners are sitting on 10 picks, so they have some decent ammunition to wiggle up and down the draft board. San Francisco has a ton of needs, especially defensively, so stockpiling will be preferred over settling for picks.

This is Lynch’s first chance to establish his smarts and mindset. Given the offseason of patience so far, the 49ers could end up with a boatload of selections in the end, trying to take advantage of this class’ good combination of quantity and quality.

The only way the Niners will come away with a quarterback after No. 2 overall is if they make a blockbuster trade involving that pick with Washington (for Kirk Cousins) or New England (for Jimmy Garoppolo). Otherwise, they’re staying put, likely taking Thomas and figuring out when to take a QB. There are some things they like about North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson above the rest, but not enough to think either is worth such a high first-rounder.

San Francisco’s best-case scenario would be three QBs coming off the board between No. 3 and No. 33 — Trubisky, Watson and Texas Tech’s Pat Mahomes — and one goes to the Browns at No. 12. That would give the 49ers a clear shot at either Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer, whom Lynch loves, or Cal’s Davis Webb, the rising local prospect, at No. 34. Otherwise, the 49ers can take a sleeper such as Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs later in the draft knowing Cousins is in the cards as a free agent in 2018.

The Steelers reached another Super Bowl in 1995 and, after Rooney handed over day-to-day operations of the Steelers to his son, Art Rooney II, the Steelers went to three more Super Bowls and winning in 2005 and 2008.
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Blandino seemed ready for it.

Blandino served as the leagues human shield week after week for four years. He was going to take even more of a public mauling with this seismic shift, this next step in the evolution of getting the call right in the moment, justifying it afterward, altering the rulebook in the aftermath the next offseason, and pushing all the officials toward getting the calls right next time around.

Blandino seemed ready for it. Before the league meetings last month and when they wrapped up, he answered questions about his role and how he and the replay headquarters would handle it. In the closing press conference in Phoenix, he talked about how he and two others under him have handled the workload when they were merely guiding referees through reviews, and how they would handle it next year when they began making the actual decisions.
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We had a good year last year with the three people in the room feeling out that early window on Sunday,Blandino said. If there are up to three challenges going on at once we can manage that. It would be a very rare instance where they would all be initiated at the same moment and have a fourth where you couldnt get to it.

Elite Mens Paul George Jersey The league was ready to march forward with this bold change. But if they were banking on Blandino to carry most of the weight — even with help on game days — are they still ready to march on without him?

SDSU has recruited incredibly in the back and boasts six former three-stars who are either true or redshirt freshmen. But theres a high bar, and even good freshmen are typically inconsistent.

Broncos, Eagles to host powerful guard from Rutgers

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Against the Cardinals this year, he had a similar run dubbed Beast Mode 2 (although there was no groundshaking, because they were on the road, and Arizona’s fans did not feel like creating an earthquake while watching their team get run through.)
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As it turns out, the seismic activity caused by Lynch’s run wasn’t unique. Scientists in the Pacific Northwest have to be on alert for such things because of the threat of area earthquakes and volcanoes. Plus, for fun and research, they’ve started paying special attention to CenturyLink Field during games.

They published a full seismic report of this year’s playoff win over the Saints on the Seahawks’ website, and the quake from after the two-point conversion in the team’s massive NFC Championship comeback against the Packers was actually larger than the Lynch run. But the power of that run — and the idea that Lynch’s punishing style caused the ground to move — will give the original Beast Quake its moment in lore.

Rutgers guard Chris Muller turned heads a few weeks ago at his Pro Day, a performance that has led to NFL team visits and private workouts.

A source tells Sporting News that Muller will have workouts with the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles this week. Those after Muller participated in local college days for the Jets and Giants.

Muller at his Pro Day impressed by putting up 34 reps on the bench press, just one off the 35 reps put up by Utahs Isaac Asiata, the most of any offensive lineman at the NFL Combine. Muller’s 40 time of 5.35 was right where it needed to be to validate his solid game film.

Muller was a team captain for Rutgers in 2016 and is a former U.S. Army All-American. He trained local at TEST Football Academy in central New Jersey.

2017 NFL mock draft: Dan Feeney the choice for Minnesota Vikings

At long last, the Minnesota Vikings are up for a pick in the SB Nation NFL writers’ mock draft.

Game Mens Xavier Rhodes Jersey Feeney is, arguably, the best guard in this year’s draft class, and is flexible enough to play either guard spot in the National Football League. For now, he slots in at right guard for the Vikings, filling the last immediate need on the offensive line and allowing Rick Spielman and company to focus on other positions throughout the rest of draft weekend.

Analysis: Feeney is a rock solid player, and should be a guaranteed quality player in the NFL. It’s not a fun position to draft, and it doesn’t provide the talking points like Mixon, but it just makes sense. Feeney started 41 games at right guard for Indiana, and as a pro he shouldn’t miss a beat. He’s a technically sound blocker who can dominate in the run game. In a pinch he can play tackle, too.

With the Vikings having made an attempt to solidify the tackle spots on an offensive line that could best be characterized as a tire fire inside of a dumpster that is also on fire, they now turn their focus to the interior of the line. Earlier this offseason, Mike Zimmer said that the team likely had four of their five starting offensive line spots figured out, with the lone exception being the right guard position. Feeney is a player that would step directly into that spot and be the starter on day one.
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Wade Baldwin IV hit a buzzer-beater that should be memorable even though it didn’t affect the game.

The spread for the Knicks-Grizzlies game on Friday night was 12.5 points, with Memphis favored to win at home. The game played out more or less along that line, and the Grizzlies got the chance to dribble out the clock with a 10-point lead in the final seconds. Because you’re reading this paragraph, you know where this is going.

Memphis rookie Wade Baldwin IV was the man dribbling out the game. He finished up a brief conversation with a referee while the clock will still running, then nonchalantly launched up a three-pointer with a second left. It went in, extending the Grizzlies’ lead from 10 to 13 and, thus, covering the 12.5-point spread. For gamblers, it mattered.

“We have the opportunity — I talked to Zamir White, and Trevor [Lawrence], of course Trevor’s already committed there,” Thomas recently told SB Nation. “Me and Zamir talked how we could have one of the best classes to ever go there, top three players in the country, [could] have a very special class going there.”

White is currently the No. 1 RB in the country and the nation’s No. 4 player. He’s not committed at the moment.

It’s still early in the cycle, but Clemson’s got an average 247Sports star rating of 95.09 with its seven current verbal commitments. If that number held to signing day, you could easily make the argument that this would be one of the best recruiting classes ever.
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The Broncos tight end suffered an ankle injury on Sunday

The Chargers wide receiver went down in the fourth quarter with a knee injury and did not return, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The initial thought is that Allen has a hypertension, but the injury will be further evaluated on Monday to determine the exact issue.
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The Broncos tight end suffered an ankle injury on Sunday, and appeared to be fine afterwards, returning after the initial play which he went down on. However, Mike Klis of the Denver Post is reporting that Thomas, will be undergoing tests to discover the severity of their issues.

Youth Daryl Worley Jersey The Washington Redskins tight end had to exit their 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with a concussion, per NFL.com. Reed has been enjoying a fine rookie season, becoming one of Robert Griffin’s favorite targets. His status for next week is uncertain.

The Detroit Lions running back went down in their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a lower body injury toward the end of the third quarter. Per the team’s official twitter, Bell could have returned to action but was held out.

Welker was knocked out of the Denver Broncos’ 27-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.The slot receiver left in the fourth quarter with what is believed to be a concussion, after being sandwiched by multiple Chiefs. He will undergo further evaluation to determine his status going forward.

The San Francisco 49ers guard left Sunday’s loss to New Orleans with a knee injury and did not return. per NFL.com. His loss was felt throughout, as quarterback Colin Kaepernick was under heavy duress as the game wore on.

Andy Enfield quietly did one of the best coaching jobs in all of college basketball last season.

MH: Yeah. Mountain time is No. 1. Sorry, most of the midwest — two extra hours away from the East Coast sounds nicer than one hour.

JD: I’m willing to give Central a solid two seed here. You sold me. So let’s talk No. 3. I think I’m leaning towards Alaska. It splits the difference between being too early and still giving you a full day.
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MH: Alaskan time zone is weird, because you can only be in Alaska for it. I’m going to assume most Alaskans are Seahawks fans due to its proximity to Seattle. So it’s a bit like Pacific Time Zone Jr., but connected by Seahawks fandom.

JD: But you get to be a West Coast fan and basically keep Central time. That’s pretty sweet. This is feeling like a battle between East and West for which is worst, to be honest.

Limited Youth Patrick Murray Jersey Andy Enfield quietly did one of the best coaching jobs in all of college basketball last season. After an overachieving 2015-16, his team appeared to be all set to have “the year” before a wave of unexpected departures left the program in a state of disarray. While the Trojans weren’t on the same level as UCLA, Oregon, and Arizona in the Pac-12, they were competitive enough to earn a second straight trip to the Big Dance and win two games after getting there. With the nucleus of that team returning and a top 20 recruiting class joining the fold, “the year” might finally be here for Enfield’s program.

The Blue Devils won’t have the same level of star power in 2017-18 that they did this past season, but it’s a safe bet that they’ll play their way out of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. Frank Jackson showed the potential to blossom into a star near the end of his freshman season, and Coach K is bringing yet another star-studded recruiting class to Durham. If either Luke Kennard or Grayson Allen chooses to return to college for one more go, then this could be your preseason No. 1 for a second straight year.

Players react negatively to NHL’s decision to skip 2018 Olympics

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NHL players aren’t going to the 2018 Olympics, but it’s not like they had a choice.

The league itself made that decision yesterday after months of speculation. The NHL Players’ Association made a strong statement of rebuke, but players themselves are getting pretty vocal about their displeasure on social media as well. And you just knew reporters would ask every prominent player about it after games yesterday.

Here’s a brief roundup of all the player and coach reactions so far, from both current and retired players.

But if there’s a smoking gun to prove the referees did wrong, it’s not about fouls. It’s about one scramble in the game’s final minute, which included a clear missed call that led to arguably the biggest basket of the game. It started like this:

In the game’s final minute, North Carolina center Kennedy Meeks went to the floor with Gonzaga guard Silas Melson. The two jostled for a split-second, each trying to secure the ball in what was, at that moment, a one-point game.

Ahtyba Rubin Jersey Meeks was determined and, through a tie-up, came away with the ball. That set up a chance teammate Isaiah Hicks, who finished from around the basket to give the Heels a 68-65 lead with 26 seconds left on the clock. It was an enormous play. Three’s a bigger lead than one.

The official standing on the baseline missed something, though.

“I had no issue whatsoever. I thought [the referees] did a fabulous job. You know, and I’m on the losing end. It’s just not an easy game to ref. And we’re throwing the ball inside, they’re throwing the ball inside, our guards go inside, their guards go inside. So you know, I thought they were great.”