Jacoby Brissett on Colts’ new-look offense: ‘We’re trying to score’

Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett is excited to be a part of head coach Frank Reich’s offense. But as thrilled as he is to be a part of a Super-Bowl winning offensive coordinator’s system, it sounds like he’s almost as thrilled to be out from under the old playbook.
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The offense wasn’t good, and the way Brissett described it, play-calling certainly had something to do with it.

OK, class: The math lesson is over! To sum it up, the numbers show that there聽are reasons to worry that Keenum was a product of the Vikings environment. But don’t take math’s word for it. The Vikings themselves paid an $84 million premium to sign Kirk Cousins instead of keeping Keenum, which speaks to their impression of him as a something other than a championship-caliber quarterback.

It might be that the Broncos need to surround Keenum with Vikings-like talent to get 2017-caliber results. But Sanders is 31 and coming off an injury-marred year. Demaryius Thomas is 30, dropped 10 passes last year and has declined statistically for four straight years. The tight ends, running backs and slot receivers are a bunch of rookies and medical redshirts, and the Broncos have been whiffing in the draft and on project players for years. Their defense did finish 10th聽in the NFL in the聽Football Outsiders rankings last year, but the Pierre-Luc Dubois Authentic Jersey Vikings finished second.

For now, everyone’s happy. The Broncos have the veteran winner and drama-free offseason they were hoping for at quarterback. As long as the bar stays low, the Broncos offense will clear it.
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But if the Broncos have convinced themselves they can win a Super Bowl with a merely OK quarterback, they are setting聽themselves up for disappointment鈥攊n both Keenum and themselves.

On Thursday morning’s Get Up, anchor Mike Greenberg made the Witten news official after weeks of speculation and negotiations between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the team’s all-time receptions leader.

It is now official. Jason Witten is retiring from the Dallas Cowboys and coming to work with us, Greenberg said. He will join ESPN as an analyst for ‘Monday Night Football’.

Witten succeeds Jon Gruden, who left ESPN to return to NFL coaching with the Raiders.

As for the running backs, Ballard revealed that Marlon Mack underwent offseason shoulder surgery himself after playing throughout his 2017 rookie campaign with a torn labrum. Mack is still considered the frontrunner to start in a competition that will include Christine Michael (who Ballard said has looked outstanding coming off ACL surgery), Robert Turbin, Josh Ferguson, and two mid-round draft picks in N.C. State’s Nyheim Hines and Mississippi’s Jordan Wilkins.

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Josh Rosen sounded confident in first work with veteran starters

For all their investment in free agent quarterbacks, it still seems sort of inevitable that Josh Rosen will be the Cardinals starter sooner rather than later.

In practice, at least, that happened yesterday.

Via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com, the rookie worked with the starters during the first session of OTAs.

For a first introduction to many of their veterans, sounding confident is a good first step. And while the plan might be to ease him into things, the construction of their roster also suggests he’s going to get a chance.

Andy Weidl was named director of player personnel and Alan Wolking assistant director of college scouting. They also hired former Patriots scout Patrick Stewart as national scout, and hired area scouts Shawn Heinlen (Southwest), Ryan Myers (West Coast), Jim Ward (Northeast). Also, Casey Weidl was named player personnel coordinator and Lee DiValerio scouting assistant.

Andy Weidel joined the team last year, after working with vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas in Baltimore.

Heinlen spent the last 15 years with the Bills.

The loss was only the fifth on the road this season by the Angels (26-22) against 14 wins.

The Blue Jays had all the breaks in winning for the first time on the seven-game homestand that they started by losing all four games to the Oakland Athletics.

They scored all five of their runs Tuesday in the first inning. Four of them were unearned because right fielder Chris Young was charged with an error when he could not catch a fly ball by Russell Martin. Two runs scored on the miscue.ravens_098

Jay Ajayi denies L.A. mansion owner’s accusations

Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is denying accusations that he trashed a Los Angeles mansion. His publicist told Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald that no parties were thrown and the group did not cause any damage to the property.
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The owner of the 6,000-square-foot home is suing Ajayi for $25,000 in damages, TMZ Sports reported earlier this week. The owner also accuses Ajayi of pushing Frank Clark Authentic Jersey him in the chest during a February 18 confrontation about the damage.

Hassan Whiteside was very effective fantasy-wise when healthy last season — but he had injury issues all season and then publicly clashed with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and president Pat Riley in the playoffs about his lack of playing time. Whiteside’s role with the Heat moving forward is unclear, and he dropped in the rankings as a result.

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In those instances where we have made mistakes and are wrong, I’m sorry, Morales added.

The Bucks signed the 6-foot-6 guard from SMU last summer in a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, who selected him in the second round of the 2017 draft. He averaged 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds this past season.

Per multiple reports from those at the courtroom for Thursday’s hearing to determine if there’s enough probable cause to allow the case against Foster to proceed, Judge Nona L. Klippen announced she will make her ruling on May 23.

Earlier on Thursday, Foster’s ex-girlfriend Elissa Ennis took the stand and retracted the allegations she made against Foster prior to his arrest earlier this year. Foster was accused of striking her, but Ennis said she made up the story because Foster broke up with her and she wanted him to go down as a result. Ennis also described her actions as a money scheme.

Foster has not been participating in any team activities this offseason while the legal process plays out. The timing of Judge Klippen’s ruling means he’ll miss the start of OTAs under any circumstances, but a decision in his favor could lead to a return to work sooner rather than later.

Clay Buchholz gets another turn in Diamondbacks’ rotation

Clay Buchholz gets another start on the comeback trail.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo liked what he saw from Buchholz in his start Sunday and decided against shuffling the rotation.

[He] will stay in turn, Lovullo said. Clay is going to get another opportunity.

Who knows where they’ll be in the NL East standings by then? But the talent on the two rosters suggests that they’re on the cusp of playing a lot more meaningful games over the next few seasons.

It’s cool to see other people reaching for the same things that you are as an organization, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson said. And obviously, it’s fun to compete. That’s why we all do this. To gain that familiarity and be excited about things to come is cool to see. We’re both wanting to get after it with higher stakes on a regular basis. It’s fun to be a Authentic Mathieu Perreault Jersey part of.

Buehler was hit in the ribs by a 108 mph line drive off Trevor Story’s bat in the fifth, but grabbed the ball and tossed underhand to first to get the out after Parra’s tying homer. He bent over to catch his breath before being checked by a trainer. Buehler tossed some practice pitches before staying in the game. That didn’t feel good, Buehler said. Roberts said X-rays were negative. Staying in there and giving us two more innings was huge, Roberts said. That just shows the fight. We’re learning a lot about him pretty quickly.

RHP Chad Bettis (4-1, 3.27 ERA) will start Tuesday’s game for Colorado. The Dodgers will call up RHP Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game in anticipation of him either starting or coming out of the bullpen. He has a 2.08 ERA over 21 2/3 innings in the minors.

Kids Robert McClain Jersey Marquez threw a great game and his adjustments out there were pitch to pitch, Wolters said. He was making really good adjustments and he had his game plan. He executed and threw his curveball, threw his slider, threw a bunch of changeups. He mixed. That’s Marquez.

Los Angeles committed two errors in the eighth and another in the ninth in the first of 19 meetings with the Rockies this season.

Dodgers starter Walker Buehler was impressive despite not figuring in the decision. He gave up one run and two hits in a career-high seven innings, striking out six and walking none.

Cowboys discussing options to hold joint practice during camp

Jason Garrett would prefer to hold a joint practice against an opposing team in training camp.
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The Dallas Cowboys did it in 2014 against the Oakland Raiders and in 2015 against the Los Angeles Rams. They haven’t held joint practices the previous two years.

With preseason dates and times now set for 2018, the Cowboys are discussing possible options with a couple different teams.
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Nothing is etched in stone, Garrett said Saturday from the Cowboys’ rookie minicamp. One of the challenges is always making sure the schedules align. Us being out there [in Oxnard, California], there’s some travel that’s involved with that. We’ve hard some discussion. We may or may not do it this year depending on how the schedules work out for the couple teams we’ve talked to.

That probably won’t be a reality in the NFL any time soon 鈥?at least not in a way that’s officially sponsored and supported by the league. But it’s almost definitely on the horizon and has already been a topic of discussion with the Raiders’ upcoming relocation to Las Vegas creating a dialogue about gambling.

In fact, [gambling does coexist with the NFL], NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in February 2017. It’s happening today. It’s sponsored by governments. It exists throughout our world. What we Karl Mecklenburg Womens Jersey have always said is we need to make sure that there’s a fine line between team-sports gambling and the NFL. We want to protect the integrity of our game, and that’s the line we will always do.
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If he wants to catch Adrian Peterson (hence, whereyouatAP), at his current pace, Brady will need to play until he’s around 226 years old. Brady has mused about wanting to play until he’s 45 years old before, but as of this writing he only has wife-approved permission to play two more seasons. Something tells me Gisele is not going to approve of him playing for 18 more decades, so he’s really going to have to pick up the pace if he wants to catch Russell Wilson (3,275 yards) and/or Aaron Rodgers (2,670 yards), let alone Peterson.聽

Gambling has been legal in Las Vegas and betting online through websites based overseas was never difficult. But the ruling Monday paves the way for states to begin legalizing gambling too.

Five states 鈥?Connecticut, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia 鈥?already passed legislation that should allow them to move quickly to open up betting to residents. Several other states have introduced similar bills.

Blake Bortles’ timely interception of a thief thwarted a burglary at a Jaguars’ party

Police say Blake Bortles turned into a crime stopper Wednesday night when he and Jacksonville Jaguars teammates Chris Reed and Brandon Linder stopped a man from stealing the quarterback’s wallet, according to TMZ.

The report says surveillance video shows Bortles’ wallet being snagged by the thief, who rummaged through the quarterback’s unlocked truck at a house party at Linder’s home. The keys to the truck were also there for the taking, but the uninvited party guest was boxed in by other cars and couldn’t steal the truck.

Just to circle back to that, Bortles left both his keys and his wallet inside his unlocked truck.

Gesicki will almost certainly become Miami’s primary pass-catching tight end. At 6’6 and 247 pounds with 4.54 speed, he is the kind of mismatch Thomas was supposed to be in Miami. Since he and Smythe are both likely to make the team based on draft status, Gray could have a hard time earning the last roster spot if the Dolphins only keep three tight ends.

Gray is a good all-around tight end, but he isn’t special in any one area. Cutting him would save the Dolphins nearly $1 million in cap space.

Shayne Denn, 26, of Tewksbury, Mass., was arrested by the Franklin County (Maine) Sheriff’s Office on three charges — operating without a license, providing a false name and date of birth, and most notably, operating as a fugitive from justice. He was brought into the jail after his arrest Thursday and is being held in custody without bail. 

According to Wilmington (Mass.) Police, Denn was also suspected in connection with a crime spree that included using a pickup truck to smash through the wall of a store.

A spokesperson from the Foxborough Police Department, which initially began the burglary investigation, said it is likely Massachusetts prosecutors will seek extradition to Massachusetts for Denn to face burglary charges there.colts_125

If Giancarlo Stanton gets hot for the Yankees, the Red Sox are toast in the AL East | Politi

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As that ball rocketed into the Yankee Stadium seats, all the crowd could do was gasp, and then roar, and then remember that this team has gone on this epic spring tear without truly seeing the best from its new marquee star.
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No one is booing Stanton any more聽– winning at a tidy.941 clip tends to calm even the harshest bleacher critic — but the expectations haven’t changed. Stanton hasn’t quite approached them. Yet.

I wouldn’t say a sense of urgency (regarding a deal for Beckham being finalized before the season), Mara said at the United Way’s Gridiron Gala on Tuesday night. The contract will get done when it’s supposed to be done. That’s a (Giants general manager)聽Dave Gettleman line, and聽I’m going to adopt it. All spring, all summer, as long as Jean Beliveau Jersey it takes.

Asked directly if he believes Beckham will be a Giant long-term, as he has asserted聽repeatedly in the past, Mara said: I hope so.

Trade rumors swirled around Beckham for about a two-week stretch on the heels of the NFL owners meetings when initial comments from Mara聽seemingly opened the door to the possibility the Giants would consider dealing Beckham.

Mara said no player on the roster was untouchable, and then circled back 48 hours later聽in an attempt to squash the debate that had taken over social media, the tabloids and talk radio.
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I don’t know how much more clearly I can say it,聽I don’t want (Beckham)聽to be traded, Mara said six weeks ago. I want him to be a Giant. I can’t say it’s a 100% guarantee it will happen. Can’t say that about any player.

Eagles make Joe Callahan’s signing official

Limited Youth Linval Joseph Jersey The Eagles Jonathan Quick USA Youth jersey made Joe Callahan’s signing official, announcing a two-year deal. The move had been expected since last week.
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The Packers waived Callahan last week.

Callahan was on the active roster for one game last season. He spent most of his two seasons in Green Bay on the practice squad.

Sorry, Lions fans, but drafted wide receivers and the Matt Millen era still cause nightmares. It didn’t get worse than going local for Rogers, whose massive physical talent was marred first by a broken collarbone and more by drug abuse problems.

This was an easy worst pick for the Packers. Abusing steroids, alcohol and other drugs contributed to Mandarich’s flameout. The tackle was taken amid a top five that included Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas and Deion Sanders.

Washington made 226 catches for 4,472 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown.

The Steelers were in need of receiver depth after trading Martavis Bryant to the Raiders. Washington played with the Steelers’ third-round pick, quarterback Mason Rudolph, at Oklahoma State. Rudolph is one of the Steelers’ three draft picks to remain unsigned.

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The Bears have had some legendary backs (Gale Sayers, Walter Payton), but then there are Enis and Rashaan Salaam (No. 21 in 1995). Enis was slowed by a holdout and knee injury right away, and he rushed for 1,497 yards in three NFL seasons.

Colts claim Rakeem Nunez-Roches off waivers, cut Josh Perry

The Colts claimed defensive end Rakeem Nunez-Roches Womens Sterling Shepard Jersey off waivers from Kansas City. They waived outside linebacker Josh Perry in a corresponding move.
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Nunez-Roches played in 34 career games with 16 starts in three seasons with the Chiefs. He made 51 tackles, five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also has appeared in one postseason contest, making one tackle.

Jackson has the potential to be a star in the NFL, but it’s all about where he goes. Not just the situation, but the coaching staff. If he winds up going to a team that is creative offensively, like New England or New Orleans, and has a couple of years to develop behind a veteran, he could be a big success. If he winds up in a different situation, I’m worried it’s not going to work. Davenport is extremely raw, but there are very few guys who are 6-foot-6, 264 pounds and can run a 4.58 40. He has a high ceiling. Bryan has the quickest first step of any pass-rusher in this class but doesn’t always know what to do after that point. Still, he’s creating disruption and, with more coaching and time, could be a big-time player.

The Colts also announced that they have signed defensive end Chris McCain. McCain was initially tendered as a restricted free agent by the Chargers, but became an unrestricted free agent when the team rescinded it.

McCain had 20 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in 15 games for the Chargers last season. He鈥檒l vie for playing time off the edge with the Colts.

Dave Gettleman is in a great but challenging spot. And he probably already has gotten several trade offers. But if I were in his shoes, I’d get my quarterback. You can get an impactful running back on Day 2. The Giants have more talent than the typical No. 2 pick, so they’re not likely to be here again anytime soon. Take the quarterback who’s going to be the starter for 10 years — after Eli Manning retires.
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Mayfield’s and Rosen’s totals are inflated because of how many starts they made.

Taken as the 17th defenseman off the board in drafts, it’s almost unbelievable that Keith finished 82nd among defensemen on the ESPN Player Rater despite playing all 82 games. Keith will be 35 years old next season and will justifiably be a late-round flier with value completely dependent on the Blackhawks’ power play and his role on it.

Among players drafted in fantasy leagues back in September, MacKinnon stands head and shoulders above everyone else for sleeper value. We knew the success of the Avs hinged on MacKinnon realizing his potential, but that has been true for several seasons, and MacKinnon failed to eclipse 53 points in the previous two campaigns. But with Mikko Rantanen as his sidekick and a rejuvenated Tyson Barrie aiding on the power play, MacKinnon barely trailed Malkin and Kucherov for overall fantasy value among forwards this season, despite playing four fewer games than Malkin and six fewer than Kucherov.

Analysis: Do QBs who turn it over in college continue to turn it over in the pros? Generally, yes. Palmer and Brees both had seasons where they led the NFL in interceptions. Smith and Rodgers are known as two of the least turnover-prone quarterbacks.

Darnold’s turnovers concern teams. They are studying his interceptions and trying to figure out whether the problem is a simple fix or something that will stay with him throughout his career.

Analysis: This is usually more popular with fans than teams, but sometimes the argument is made that a quarterback is “a winner.” This was a popular argument from Tim Tebow fans.

Does college winning percentage matter? It definitely can indicate a QB is playing at a high level, but there are so many other factors that go into team success. Alabama’s quarterbacks would be top prospects every year if winning truly was an indication of a good quarterback.

His 39 percent hard-contact rate finished second among catchers with 350-plus plate appearances in 2017, and at 2018’s outset, he boasts a healthy average of 9.4 barrels per plate appearance, per Statcast. Hernandez’s punch around the strike zone continues to erode, giving all White Sox bats a positive outlook.canucks_1164