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The Dallas Cowboys backslid in 2017, in no small part because quarterback Dak Prescott did as well.

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The Bills, for example, could send their two first-rounders (Nos. 12 and 22), their second-round pick (53) and the third-round pick they acquired from the Browns (65) and make what amounts to a fair swap on the Jimmy Johnson chart by giving up 2,635 points of draft capital for the second overall pick, which is worth 2,600 points. By the Stuart chart, the Bills would be paying $1.70 on the dollar, which is less than the Jets paid to move up, but more in line with recent trade-ups for quarterbacks.

A culture change has been the plan all along. It was the reason the Dolphins moved on from Suh, according to the Miami Herald, and the reason Jay Ajayi was sent to the Philadelphia Eagles in October.

The Los Angeles Rams have scooped up loads of talent this offseason — including Suh — who were castoffs from other teams for reasons beyond just their football abilities. The Rams also traded for cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, and are reportedly interested in receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

There’s risk for the Rams, but having talented players with big personalities is a better problem to have to deal with than having a team that lacks talent but stays in line.

The Dolphins seem to be betting on the idea that it’s easier to win and maximize talent when players are ready to buy in. And that’s a nice thought, but it’s not easy to win games when the other team is just — well — better.

Glenn can play at a high level when healthy, but that when healthy caveat keeps getting bigger and bigger. Glenn missed 10 games last year in Buffalo, and the seventh-year veteran has been sidelined for almost half of the last two seasons.

And while there’s some talent at tackle in this year’s draft, it’s a relatively down year at the position. Whether it’s McGlinchey’s low ceiling, Williams’ injury history and disappointing 2017 season or Orlando Brown’s disastrous combine, there aren’t any sure things in 2018.

The last thing the Bengals need is to head into September in the same shape they were in last December—with Andy Dalton running for his life.

With that in mind, are the Giants considering passing on a quarterback with the second overall pick to take NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb They have a track record of valuing edge rushers as premium players going back to the Bill Parcells days, a stretch that included general manager Dave Gettleman’s first run within the organization from 1999-2011, albeit as pro personnel director. patriots_004

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Jordy Nelson: I can still run, I can still catch

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Wide receiver Jordy Nelson didn’t take long to recover from the little shock to the system he got when the Packers released him earlier this week.

Nelson landed in Oakland on Wednesday and signed a two-year deal with the Raiders on Thursday. He said there were other trips planned, but that he liked the fit with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and that things worked out contractually to make them unnecessary.

Beckham’s other video may not draw such a positive response from the Giants, but at least he won’t have to worry about a delayed response to 2014 when he and Ogletree get back on the field together.

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It came down to my desire to win football games, Cousins said. Minnesota appeared to be that fit for a lot of reasons. Ultimately the leadership of the organization is what set it apart.

Cousins said he’s looking forward to April 16, when he finally gets a chance to talk football with the Vikings’ coaches, and that he’d prefer offseason rules that give the players more time to work — especially when he needs to learn a new offense.

He’s given the organization everything he has, at least give him one more season, Jones said. It’s not going to hurt the team. He’s going to help you. He could have given you one more year.

But at the end of the day, it’s a business. You should never be surprised. I’ve seen Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson and so many other people get released.

While the Packers might have made the offer, their interest in other receivers suggests they simply wanted to move on. In that case, going low wasn’t as much an offer to bring Nelson back, but an attempt to make sure he didn’t.49ers_008

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Vesey, Zuccarello lead Rangers to 6-3 win over Hurricanes

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Zuccarello extended his goal-scoring streak to three games.

If this line does get a little frosty, I’m wagering he stays with Barkov and potentially reunites with Jonathan Huberdeau. He could be a difference-maker for your opening playoff bout. Bonus: The Panthers have more games remaining than anyone on the playoff bubble, including seven contests over the next two weeks.

Julius Randle has locked in as one of the most productive players in the NBA for the last month, averaging 21.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 combined blocks/steals during his last 12 games.

Larry Nance Jr. has taken over as an impact player, arguably the second-best player on the Cavaliers since Tristan Thompson joined Love on the sidelines. Nance has averaged 16.8 points (61.7 FG%, 75.0 FT%), 12.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists during his last four games.

Sounds like a character from a Star Wars novelization, playing lately like a top-liner for the Sharks. Donskoi is second on the Sharks in scoring chances per 60 (37.55) and even-strength goals per 60 (2.92), trailing only Evander Kane in both categories. He’s recently taken up residence on the wing of Kane and Joe Pavelski, and we don’t expect the production to slow.

The Colts have a ton of money under the salary cap, but they have been eerily quiet. With the Jaguars being winners in the division, the Texans (Aaron Colvin) and the Titans (Malcolm Butler) made early splashes with impact cornerbacks.

Cleveland didn’t wait until March 14 to reshape the roster. The Browns spent the days just before the legal tampering period opened making several big trades. The team acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and cornerback Damarious Randall, and jettisoned quarterback DeShone Kizer and Danny Shelton. Altogether, it cost the team several mid-round selections, but the Browns added a few 2019 picks along the way.

The quarterback market was affected by the Browns’ moves. Cleveland still has more than $80 million in cap space and plenty of roster reshaping left to do, so it didn’t change free agency too much aside from leaving the Bills without a quarterback and the Packers hungry for more cornerback help.patriots_004

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NBA wrap: Bottom-dwelling Magic upset Celtics despite Kyrie Irving’s 40 points

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It seemed like a simple solution. Kyrie Irving scored 40 points, the Celtics were at home, playing against the hapless Magic ranked second-to-last in the Eastern Conference. But the improbable happened Sunday in Boston.

Despite Irving’s 40 points, seven rebounds and five assists, the Celtics somehow lost 103-95 as the Magic stole a surprising road win.

Boston held a one-point first-half lead, but the Magic outscored the Celtics 32-12 in the third quarter. Irving tried to lead a fourth-quarter rally, but Orlando held on despite scoring only 13 points in the fourth.

Pistons guard Avery Bradley came in to the night averaging almost 16 points per game, but had just seven points (on 3-of-12 shooting) in a 101-100 loss to the Nets.

Heat (27-19) at Rockets (32-12) at 8 p.m. ET — Houston with James Harden back, defeated the Warriors Saturday night to get back within shouting distance of the Western Conference top seed. The Heat have quietly been rising up the Eastern Conference standings due to balanced scoring and opportunistic defense. Miami, 15-10 on the road, has won nine of its last 11 games.

Butler also missed Saturday’s win over the Raptors, which ended Minnesota’s two-game losing streak. Butler’s injury is not believed to be serious, but at this stage in the season, the Timberwolves are choosing to be cautious.

Crawford, averaging just under 10 points per game, is dealing with a toe injury. Tyus Jones should earn more playing time Monday with Minnesota thin in the backcourt.

Cozart is still using his old shortstop glove — a faded black Wilson A2000 with six years of wear on it. It measures 11.5 inches and is slightly smaller than the typical third baseman’s glove. Cozart keeps one of those in his duffel bag, and he’s gradually breaking it in with daily games of catch.

In Cozart’s Cactus League debut, the Angels’ infield was playing in, and Cleveland’s Ryan Hanigan hit a bolt directly at Cozart. Cozart reached out in self-defense and snagged the liner, fully cognizant that it could just as easily have been a chopper that required him to charge the ball and make an off-balance throw. Such is life at third base.

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Miller stops 41 shots, Ducks beat Stars 2-0

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The Ducks entered the game tied with the Los Angeles Kings for third place in the Pacific Division, and the Stars are in third in the Central Division. Not surprisingly, there was playoff intensity and caginess at the start. The Ducks went into the power play where Lindholm scored with two shots on goal and got two in eight seconds with the man-advantage, their only four shots in the period.

We played so well the last two nights, we needed to get rewarded, Hitchcock said. As well as we played tonight, we probably played better (Wednesday) night.

At this time of the year, with so many teams involved in the West in the playoff race, every shift matters, every period matters, every game matters.

Tobias Rieder, making his first appearance with the Kings after arriving from Arizona in a trade Wednesday, played on Los Angeles’ third line. . After three power plays in the first period, there were none in the final two periods. . Lehtonen said it felt like a playoff game: It’s going to be like this the next 20 games. It’s exciting for the players and the fans.

According to left winger Johnny Gaudreau, who had a goal and two assists against the Coyotes, the Flames are looking at every game as a must-win situation.

There’s a tiny difference between punts muffed from left-footed punters vs. right-footed punters, but it will probably be negated by the fact that neither team is facing anything new.

But when Belichick finally walks away from the NFL, the rise of left-footed punters appears to be another way his legacy has impacted the game — whether he calls it a coincidence or not.

Anthony Davis vigorously punched his arm through the air as the final horn provided a fourth straight triumphant ending to a fourth straight prolific performance. The All-Star then faced the exuberant New Orleans crowd with both arms raised and began exchanging high fives with beckoning fans along the edge of the court.

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Ryan Shazier is setting the record straight.

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The Steelers linebacker took to Twitter on Monday to clarify the status of his rehabilitation after a report Sunday stated he had “regained movement in his legs” and “begun a regular walking routine.”

Wentz is a special talent, no doubt. But at the moment, he’s dealing with the base concerns about long-term durability, the first hurdle to a consistent, successful QB career in the NFL. Foles, meanwhile, has the unmistakable glean of the Lombardi Trophy in his hands.

Foles also has the advantage of being drafted when Pederson was the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach in 2012; and of being coveted as a backup with the Chiefs because of his old connection to Pederson; and being traded to rejoin Pederson.

Sure, Pederson was in charge when the Eagles drafted Wentz, but the coach has had more time to see Foles’ evolution and knows exactly what he has in him now. It’s not about comparing what Wentz did earlier in the season and what Foles did late in the season.

It wouldn’t shock me to see the Giants work out a trade to move up one spot, especially if we start to hear reports of the Browns leaning toward the UCLA QB despite his disinterest in playing in Cleveland. The period of time between the combine and the start of free agency is going to be fascinating for this team; imagine if the Giants move up to No. 1 and also trade Eli Manning to a team like the Jaguars during the first week of March.

Structure is everything with NFL contracts, since the deals aren’t fully guaranteed. Any Redskins offer with less than $40 million fully guaranteed at signing won’t be taken seriously by Cousins’ camp. The five-year, $75 million contract the Redskins gave free-agent cornerback Josh Norman last April with a player-friendly structure had $36.5 million fully guaranteed at signing.

Allen indicated that the Redskins are committed to getting Cousins signed before the July 15 deadline that franchise players have for long-term deals. It’s probably going to take a contract in the same ballpark as the five-year extension Andrew Luck received from the Colts last offseason, which reset the NFL pay scale, to lock up Cousins long-term. Luck’s contract averages $24.594 million per year and contains $87 million in guarantees, of which $47 million was fully guaranteed at signing.

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As for your prime-time Week 6 plans, well, they can’t all be as good as Thursday night’s Eagles-Panthers game.

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Give the Texans credit. They clearly realized that having Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden as the QB options for an otherwise potentially excellent team wasn’t good enough. They didn’t allow themselves to be deterred by the failed signing of Brock Osweiler last offseason or the aborted effort to get Tony Romo, who retired instead, this offseason. The Texans keep trying to land the franchise QB that they so desperately need, and they made a bold trade up Thursday to land Watson.

Regardless of what texts were sent, Browns fans must be frustrated seeing the two quarterbacks taken with first-round picks traded away by Browns in back-to-back drafts — Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz at No. 2 overall in 2016, and Watson at No. 12 overall in 2017 — have such strong starts to their careers.

“Sunday Night Football” features the winless New York Giants against the 3-1 Broncos in Denver and “Monday Night Football” has the Indianapolis Colts playing the Titans in Tennessee.

Although Giants Coach Ben McAdoo will “revisit” his indefinite suspension of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie this week, the cornerback will miss Sunday night’s game.

As if Coach Bill Belichick needs any help, Football Outsiders’ early-season projections have New England facing the easiest schedule in the NFL this year per their Defense-adjusted Value Over Average metric and Warren Sharp ranked the Patriots’ strength of schedule as the fifth-easiest in 2017, a schedule he calls “highly unfair” because Tom Brady and New England’s offense will play six games after Week 7 against teams whose defense was in the bottom 10 in terms of efficiency, the most of any team.

Some are expecting the Kansas City Chiefs to regress after turning in a 12-4 record last season, and while they may very well lose the season opener to the Patriots, this is a team loaded with talent.

Kansas City’s defensive line was ranked ninth and every one appears to be excited with what rookie running back Kareem Hunt has shown in the preseason after projected starter Spencer Ware was ruled out for the season with a knee injury.chargers_004

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Mother of Brian Urlacher’s son sues ex-Bear for $125M, says he portrayed her as ‘killer’

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The mother of Brian Urlacher’s 12-year-old son has filed a $125 million defamation suit against the former Bears player, the Chicago Tribune reported.

In the lawsuit, Tyna Karageorge stated that Urlacher plotted with his lawyers and the Tribune to make it seem as if she had killed her husband so Urlacher could retain joint custody of their son.

My life has been ruined by what transpired, Karageorge said Wednesday. People perceive me as a murderer even to this date.

Urlacher said he had no idea about the lawsuit, and the Tribune released a statement Wednesday that said its reporting was based on court documents and defames no one.

Under McVay, the Rams returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2003 as the franchise completed one of the quickest turnarounds in NFL history, going from the 32nd-ranked scoring team in 2016 to the league’s top scoring team.

McVay, 31, became the youngest head coach in NFL history to lead a playoff team.

Behind do-it-all running back Todd Gurley, the PFWA’s Offensive Player of the Year, and blossoming second-year quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams had the second-highest average margin of victory in the league (18.91) and posted 30-point-plus efforts against all three NFC West opponents in 2017.

The PFWA also announced two more awards:

Kidd said he told him, There’s nothing you can do. All you can do is tell the truth. That’s it.

Kidd said he thanked Antetokounmpo for his loyalty and that he was thankful to be able to coach him and help him become the player he is today. And I know when our paths cross again, he’ll be much better.

Kidd said he was officially informed he’d been fired about 15 minutes later when he met with general manager Jon Horst and team president Peter Feigin at a pizza restaurant.patriots_116_7fb542ba0f083b95-180x180

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Jaguars owner’s son celebrates their 1st playoff TD in 10 years with hip thrusts and fist pumps

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red_wings_004The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the postseason for the first time in 10 years. After a defensive battle in the first half, they scored their first postseason touchdown since Jan. 12, 2008.

As a top 15 national recruit in ’12, Stefon chose a rebuilding Maryland program over Ohio State and Florida largely so his younger brothers—Mar’Sean, 22, now a safety at UAB, and Trevon, 19, a corner for Alabama—could make the short drive to visit on weekends.

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Saturday’s wild-card game changed on a hit from Johnathan Cyprien.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was knocked out of Saturday’s wild-card game at Arrowhead Stadium on a hit from the Titans safety.

Everson Griffen, defensive end, Minnesota. “I would say my high school highlight tape, from Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Ariz.. I got a big house, I got cars. But I appreciate this tape so much, because when I turn on the tape, every time I click it on, it reminds me how much I love football, how hard I had to work to get good at it, and how much fun high school football was.

After, Payton then looked at Andrews and told her, “I told him, we’re good.” McDaniel decided to stay in the game.

That’s how Newton started 2017, with the Panthers rolling out a new approach on offense, asking Newton to get the ball out of his hands more quickly, and Newton spraying throws all over the field. He still misses the occasional layup that makes Panthers fans throw up a little in their mouths, but Newton has also been asked to carry an offense with no semblance of a running game behind a shaky O-line.

All that talk about limiting the hits Cam takes this season, and he’s actually four rushing attempts shy of his career high (132, in 2015). It’s better to burn out than fade away, I suppose.

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Sean Payton regrets choke gesture at Falcons’ Devonta Freeman

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Sean Payton regrets the choke gesture he directed toward Devonta Freeman.

Ahead of the NFC South rematch Sunday, the Saints coach admitted he lost is composure when the teams previously met at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 7 and wrongly took it out on the Falcons running back.

“Listen, the mistake I made that night was letting my emotions get the best of me,” Payton said, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s the same thing that we talk about with our players all of the time. It wasn’t good and I felt like as that game went on, it even affected me in calling plays. I’ve got to better that way.

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Artie Burns has started all 14 games for the Steelers this season and 23 times since he was drafted in the first round out of Miami in 2016. But after getting called for another pass interference in Pittsburgh’s loss to the Patriots Sunday, head coach Mike Tomlin may be ready to make a change.

Neither Burns nor Sutton knows exactly what his role will be Monday, or if Sutton running with the first team is permanent, but this year’s third-round pick said his confidence is growing.

“I feel like I’ve done pretty good,” Sutton told the Post-Gazette. “Obviously, you learn each and every week. The biggest thing is keeping me confident, competitive and keep going out there and having fun. Everything else will take care of itself. You can only control what you can control with your preparation throughout the week. When one of those moments in the game happens you have to be ready.”

If Sutton does get the start, it will be against the Texans’ third-string quarterback T.J. Yates. The North Carolina graduate is completing 45.6 percent of his passes this season in two games for Houston.

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