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Ranking every 2017 NFL first-round pick based on projected playing time

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You can’t win if you don’t play. That rule applies to many situations, but it really hits home for NFL draft picks, as they can’t prove their worth to their teams if they are not on the field.
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So which players are the most likely to be given the opportunity to showcase their value by getting a high percentage of on-field snaps in the 2017 season?

No Browns safety last season tallied a snap rate higher than 48 percent. That will change with Peppers, but his true snap ceiling comes after factoring in his potential snaps as a punt returner, kickoff returner and gadget-play specialist on offense. Add those in and Peppers could be on the field more than any other player on this list.

New coach Steve Wilks addressed the issue on Friday’s edition of Rookie Camp Live, telling NFL Network’s Omar Milwaukee Brewers Youth jersey Ruiz that Bradford is atop the depth chart but Rosen can win the job.

We’re pushing everybody to start, Wilks explained. I’ve stated this several times: Sam Bradford is our starter. We gotta go out there with 11 guys and Sam’s going to be the first guy out there. But everybody’s fighting for a position, so I’m not going to hold [Rosen] back at all.

I want guys competing, I want guys fighting for a starting job. Whoever ends up winning the position, that’s who’s going to end up playing.

Although Bradford’s reputation has taken a hit via the incessant injury bug, he’s been one of the most accurate — and overlooked — quarterbacks in the league as an intermittent starter.

L. P. Ladouceur Mens Jersey The camps must now take place on a school’s campus or in facilities regularly used by the school for practice or competition. However, coaches are still allowed to work at camps hosted by another college if they work out an arrangement.
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Supreme Court’s ruling on sports betting is a game changer for American sports

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The floodgates are open now. You want to place a bet on the聽 Giants to win the Super Bowl ? You’ll be able to do so legally, in a matter of weeks, at a shiny new sports book at Monmouth Park.聽
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But this聽isn’t going to stop there. You can, ahem, bet on that.聽

Soon, you won’t have to make that drive to a racetrack or a casino — you’ll be able to Jordan Crawford Womens Jersey visit a betting parlor in a shopping mall near your hometown. And, maybe sooner still, even that short trip will be unnecessary.

The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make, Justice Samuel Alito, a New Jersey native, said in the opinion. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own.聽

New Jersey is ready to be the first to act.聽 Monmouth Park hopes to be operational in time for the NBA Finals, a much needed boost for its bottom line. Lesniak promised that he’d be first on line when the racetrack’s sports book opens and a new era in American sports begins.聽

It will all seem crazy at first, but soon, it will become the new normal. And, yes, you can bet on that.聽

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Here’s a breakdown of what the ruling by the nation’s highest court means:聽

PASPA was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 and went into effect in January 1993. Nevada 鈥?the only state at the time the bill became law that had widespread state-sponsored sports bettors 鈥?and three other states with more limited betting (Oregon, Delaware and Montana) were grandfathered in.聽

PASPA didn’t outlaw sports betting because that was already illegal. Rather, PASPA banned states 鈥?outside those given exemptions 鈥?from regulating (and taxing) sports betting.聽

Despite PASPA’s existence, the American Gaming Association (AGA) estimates at least $150 billion a year is gambled on sports in the U.S. and 97% of that amount was bet illegally.聽

With PASPA stricken down, states now can establish their own regulated聽sports betting.聽

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Texans sign K.J. Malone, whose dad was good at basketball

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If you’re of a certain age, you’ll recall Karl Malone being the unstoppable power forward in the NBA.

If you’re of that age, this story will make you feel old.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans signed undrafted free agent tackle K.J. Malone from LSU.

K.J. nearly skipped his final year of football at LSU to enter law enforcement, but is apparently ready to delay those plans a bit.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert on Wednesday revealed the injured linebacker won’t play in 2018 but there will be some sort of designation for him so he can still remain a part of the team.

“Ryan Shazier won’t play in 2018. He knows that. We know that,” Colbert told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Shazier is still recovering from a serious spinal injury suffered in a Dec. 4 game against the Bengals that required spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 6. He was released from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute earlier this month.

Shazier, 25, will enter the fifth year on his initial contract next season. After earning $9.56 million over his first NFL seasons, the two-time Pro Bowler will count $8.7 million against the Steelers’ salary cap after the team exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie contract last year.

Bass appeared in 15 games last season – 13 with the Jets and two with the Seattle Seahawks – recording a career-high 3.5 sacks and 26 total tackles. Bass is getting set to enter his sixth season and has spent time with the Jets, Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears.

Meanwhile, the Jets still have 12 receivers on the roster following the release of Marshall, Natson and Stringfellow.

This implies that he has moments where he’s not happy. Even if Brady’s effort to take the fifth was a joke (and it possibly was), he should have made it very clear that he was joking — especially since he didn’t ultimately answer the question regarding whether he feels appreciated with something like, “Yes, they appreciate me. They pay me great money to do something I’d do for free. They give me everything I need to be successful.”
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Moving to Oakland should provide him a better opportunity to earn slot snaps.

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I did everything I could, Switzer told Walker. I was one of those ‘get there early, stay late’ [players]. You know I had great practices. When I got my opportunity at the end of the year against Philly, I produced. I never really knew what they were going to do with [Beasley] and I.
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Given the series of moves that led to his exit from Dallas, Switzer’s assumption that they wanted him to be a scat-back to fill the Dunbar role makes sense. After adding Austin, Switzer became redundant at two positions.

The story of this season in college football — and this draft — will be the Clemson defensive line. They have FOUR players going in the first round of this mock, and I might have them too low based on just how much talent the group has. They could run the table and end up having all of them go in the first half of the first round. 1. Cleveland Browns Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State: If the younger brother of Chargers star Joey Bosa takes another step in 2018, the Browns will be hard pressed to pass on another edge rusher near the top of the draft. (I also don’t think they’ll pick here for the third-straight year.)

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The 27-year-old had been up and down during his five-year career with the Broncos. He earned a Pro Bowl appearance Nolan Arenado Womens Jersey in 2014 thanks to a big second half of the season, while his effort was key in 2015 during a run to the Super Bowl title.

Unfortunately, he failed to maintain a starting role and couldn’t top 1,000 yards in a season until 2017. The good news is last year was his most productive, finishing with 1,007 rushing yards plus 224 through the air.

Anderson also played all 16 games for the first time in his career.

He will hope to keep this momentum for a squad that needed more depth in the backfield.

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Ex-Cowboy Sherman Williams gets his Alabama degree after 14 years in prison

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Sherman Williams was an All-SEC running back who helped Alabama win a national championship, and the Cowboys chose him in the second round of the 1995 NFL draft. But things didn’t go according to plan from there.
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Williams was a disappointment in the NFL, never gaining even 500 yards in a season, and after the Cowboys cut him he was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and passing counterfeit currency, and he spent 14 years in prison. But after Williams was released in 2014, he went back to Alabama, and this weekend he got his degree.

My message to the kids is always work hard, hard work pays off, and anything you set your mind to do you can do it, Williams told the Tuscaloosa News. Have passion at it, work hard at it, have the discipline and determination and it will come through for you.

The Kevin Fiala Womens Jersey two teams falling from the top 10 in this week’s shake-up were the Cubs and Twins, both expected to be in the running for the postseason picture and both struggling to string wins together to break out beyond .500. The Twins also suffered the indignity of tying for the week’s biggest fall, dropping five slots. The team that joined them? The Orioles, who seem to be picking up steam as they dig deeply into the AL East basement, fueling early-season speculation that Manny Machado’s days in Baltimore will run out long before the regular season does.

This week, our panel comprises David Schoenfield, Eric Karabell, Tim Kurkjian, Bradford Doolittle and Sarah Langs.

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Mike is a really big addition, Williams said. Obviously, I think a new scheme and look to this defense is what we really needed. To bring him in, a guy whose defense has performed at a high level pretty much everywhere he has went. . . . From the Jets to Baltimore, even in Cleveland we had a really great defense.

Williams spent 2015 in Cleveland with Pettine, and Williams spent 2017 with Arizona. He has since returned to the Packers. And now the question is whether the Packers will return to greatness with a new defense.

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Packers sign J.K. Scott, Hunter Bradley

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The Packers released punter Justin Vogel on Friday in a move that came as no surprise after they drafted a punter in the fifth round of the draft last week.
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They got that new punter鈥檚 contract done on Friday as well. The team announced that J.K. Scott has agreed to a four-year deal with the team.

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The Seahawks will think about offensive line but instead go after Richard Sherman’s replacement in another big, rangy corner who fits their zone coverage concepts. Jackson has seen his stock rise to the point where he’s firmly planted in the middle of the first round after Ward.

With the draft bringing in reinforcements, he was deemed surplus to requirements.

The team announced Franklin had been released, and that undrafted rookie Sean Welsh from Iowa had been brought in to fill the roster spot.

Franklin was signed last October, as left tackle Trent Williams was battling knee problems and other injuries cropped up. Washington used a third-round pick on tackle Geron Christian, and maintained depth on their line.

Initially a second-round pick of the Broncos, Franklin signed a five-year contract with the Chargers in 2015 but lasted just two years there.
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Joe Namath Defends Kaepernick ‘He’s Good Enough to Be Signed!’

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Colin Kaepernick is now getting support (sorta) from one of the greatest QBs of all time with Joe Namath saying the guy DESERVES to be on an NFL roster.

Broadway Joe appeared on Varney & Co. on FOX Business and went to bat for Kaep and Eric Reid who have both filed grievances against the NFL claiming they’ve been blackballed for kneeling.

Wide receiver: Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell are all coming off injury-marred seasons. The shot on Matthews in the slot helps restore some depth with Amendola and Cooks gone, but the Patriots should look to add a pass-catcher who can make big plays at either wideout or tight end.

That didn’t mean teams didn’t sniff around about the All-Pro safety. Seahawks general manager John Schneider said after the draft a number of clubs called about Thomas, and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Cowboys balked at giving up a second-round pick for the safety.

With those talks falling through, Schneider reiterated Thursday on 710 ESPN Seattle that he believes Thomas wants to be part of the Seahawks organization.

Shepley’s play has him ranked as one of the CFL’s top prospects but he has his sights set even higher — to potentially make an NFL roster.

Ryan, who will turn 33 on May 17, was entering the final year of a five-year, $103.75 million extension he signed in July 2013.

Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins set the previous record for average annual salary ($28 million), followed by San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million) and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford ($27 million).

In order to make it work, the Packers need to draft a potential outside upgrade from Geromino Allison and DeAngelo Yancey to start opposite Adams. As good as Nelson had been in the slot of late, Cobb is the more traditional impact player at the position. The chemistry with Rodgers is there, too, and the Packers wisely figured Cobb could be the better producer for them in the short term.

Cobb is the final year of his contract with a chance to prove he remains a vital cog in Green Bay’s passing game. The one-time Pro Bowler will take advantage of it.
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DeGrom hyperextended his right elbow while batting in the third inning of the 7-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

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DeGrom was injured while striking out swinging in the third inning. He returned to the dugout and told manager Mickey Callaway his arm hurt but he wanted to keep pitching. DeGrom pitched smoothly through the heart of Atlanta’s order in the fourth, but then told the staff his bicep was sore and left for the clubhouse after 46 pitches. The Mets’ telecast showed a frustrated deGrom returning to the clubhouse with his glove hand on his head.
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DeGrom had been cruising in the game while on the mound, giving up just two hits while striking out six.聽
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No. 29 pick Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts: The Patriots acquired Dorsett in a trade for QB Jacoby Brissett. New England then barely used the wideout. Dorsett caught 12 receptions for 194 yards and zero scores in 15 games in 2017. There is almost no chance Belichick will pay the $9.387 million option for Dorsett. FYE: Rob Gronkowski is set to make less than that next year.

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Ray’s fifth-year option would cost the Broncos $9,232,000 for the 2019 season. It’s worth mentioning that the fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury and won’t prevent the two parties from working on a long-term extension in the next year Mike Shannon Youth jersey or so.

Most sports books have the Kansas City Chiefs with the longest odds to win the AFC West this season, per OddsShark, even though they’ve won the division in back-to-back years. They also have a 16-2 record against the AFC West over the last three years.

Oddsmakers must be wary of the change at quarterback from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes, despite the addition of wideout Sammy Watkins this offseason.

The Chiefs defense may not be great, but they finally shed some overpaid veterans this offseason. In another year or so, they should be full-fledged contenders. Until then, the Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers are the best teams on paper in the AFC West.

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I think he’s a guy that’s extremely hard to tackle, Patricia said of Blount in late March, per the team’s official site.

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He’s a large man coming downhill. He also has the ability to get outside and get to the edge and now if you can get him out in those situations it’s a whole different level of problem.

I mean, literally, changed the game. If you can affect the game like that, he’s gotta be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. The definition of a Hall of Famer is somebody who changed the game – like defenses and coaches had to carve out certain time to assess that particular guy. There’s not going to be another Devin Hester ever, I don’t believe. Hester himself was a special player, returning an NFL record 20 punts, kicks and missed field goals for touchdowns.

Forte may be right in that there will never be another player like him, even if the NFL stays the way it is now. But no player may ever get the opportunity to be the next Devin Hester as the sport continues to evaluate the serious issue of head trauma. Kickoffs, in particular, are among the most dangerous plays for player safety, and the sport has continued to work on finding ways to increase touchbacks and decrease returns since moving kickoffs from the 30 to 35-yard line prior to the 2011 season. The Ivy League, for example, saw a significant decline in concussions on kickoffs when it moved the kicking spot from the 35 to 40-yard line.

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Browns have engaged in discussions about No. 4 pick

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While the Browns aren’t planning to shop the No. 1 pick in this week’s draft, Cleveland’s fourth-overall selection is a different story.
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NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday that Cleveland has engaged in a lot of conversations about the No. 4 pick, according to sources.

Guice wouldn’t have been a superstar at LSU or gotten to the brink of becoming an NFL star without Boyd making sure he never lost sight of his big dream.

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Favre’s photo was taken by photographer Tim Isbell of the Biloxi Sun Herald on April 12, 1991, at the quarterback’s home in Fenton, Miss. The Southern Mississippi star waited until the sixth pick of the second round (No. 33 overall) to be drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. He would be traded to the Packers after his rookie season in what would be the launch of a Hall of Fame career.

Mayfield mirrored many elements from Favre’s photo, right down to the jean shorts.

A native of Austin, Mayfield will not be among the 22 players on hand at AT&T Stadium for the draft.

Analysis: Taking Guice in the first round wouldn’t be my preference as a general manager, just given the overall depth at the top of the running back group, but there’s a strong case to be made that his talent separates him from the pack, especially when you look at the 2016 tape. Quinn said he is looking for playmakers in the opening round and the LSU back fits the bill.

Taking Green in the second would give the Lions an upside edge defender with an NFL body and high-end athleticism. At 6-foot-5, 275 pounds, he has the frame to play in coach Matt Patricia’s multiple front. A scout told NFL.com Green could have been a top-10 pick if he stayed in school for another year. The Lions need to be able to trust their coaching staff to tap into that potential.

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