Ravens lose two OTA sessions after rules violation

The Baltimore Ravens are being disciplined by the NFL for the second time in three years for violating the league’s offseason workout rules set by the collective bargaining agreement, according to’s Chris Wesseling.
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For their violation, the Ravens will forfeit their final two organized team activities Kevin Bieksa Authentic Jersey and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that owner Steve Bisciotti and head coach John Harbaugh have been fined $100,000 and $50,000, respectively.

We have tried very hard to eliminate contact in pass coverage during OTAs, even so far as to pull players out of practice who struggle with these adjustments. I am confident we have done everything within our power and ability to practice within the rules, and we will continue to focus on preparing, teaching and practicing the right way.

After recording eight sacks on only 464 snaps Authentic Lester Hayes Jersey last season, including the playoffs, McKinley could quickly become a premier pass rusher with a bigger workload. I’m a lot more confident in McKinley’s ascent to star status than Vic Beasley Jr.’s ability to recapture his 2016 form.

McKinley turned in a promising rookie campaign, and he could be in line for a bigger role in his second season. The Falcons knew McKinley possessed great speed coming out of UCLA, but Quinn explained last year that he was pleasantly surprised at the power McKinley showed as the year progressed.

The Falcons have been among the best NFL teams at drafting and developing players. Atlanta’s roster is filled with homegrown talent like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones and Devonta Freeman, who have become some of the top players at their respective positions.

Rookie running back Sherman Badie comes on the field during rookie minicamp.

The Cardinals have signed another player who was with them on a tryout basis during last month’s rookie minicamp, adding undrafted rookie running back Sherman Badie.
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There was a roster opening after undrafted rookie fullback Austin Ramesh left the team.

Badie, a Tulane product, gained 1,517 yards rushing in four years with the Green Wave. He joins a running backs room with David Johnson, T.J. Logan, D.J. Foster and fourth-round draft pick Chase Edmonds, along with fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Elijhaa Penny.

Analysis: Injuries hit the offensive line hard the past few seasons, and the constant reshuffling took its toll on the overall performance of the group. The Cardinals have a cornerstone left tackle in Danielle Hunter Authentic Jersey Humphries, which is a great place to start. The former first-round pick has battled injuries each of the last two seasons, and it would be a huge boost to keep Humphries on the field for all 16 games this year. The other bookend is Veldheer, who heads into the final season of a five-year contract. He has also been good when healthy, Jakob Chychrun Youth Jersey but has missed 11 of 32 games the past two seasons.

Shipley has been the most stable piece on the line the past two years, starting all 32 games in that span, and will enter the final season of his deal aiming to retain his role as the starting center. He could be pushed by Boehm, who has been in and out of the lineup at guard in his first two years in the NFL but naturally plays center.

The Cardinals will commence Phase One of the offseason program April 3, and get on the field for the first time on April 17 with the bonus three-day minicamp. That leads into Phase Two work, which is on-field work in which offense and defense remain separate.

Phase Three work, which includes organized team activities (and limited offense versus defense work) and the mandatory minicamp, comes after that. The final day of work is June 14.

Training camp dates are yet to be announced. The regular-season schedule will be announced in mid-April.

It is a gradual ascent in the offseason, as the Cardinals will begin with workouts before moving on to football-related activities in subsequent weeks. Strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris called Tuesday a good start.

NBA mock draft 2018: Kentucky’s Kevin Knox to Sixers?

Every year, a few picks become very predictable around the lead up to the NBA Draft.
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From a combination of need, value and common sense, locked-in NBA fans can usually peg a certain player or two to a certain team or two in the lottery on an annual basis. This year, that connection led to much chatter about Villanova small forward Mikal Authentic Tyler Flowers Jersey Bridges  and the Sixers.

While that connection could still happen with the No. 10 pick on Thursday night, Philadelphia recently worked out a younger small forward with lottery potential and maybe even more upside: Kentucky’s Kevin Knox.

The site was so desolate, Cherry Hill explored declaring it in need of development in 2014 that would trigger measures that could have led to the township acquiring it through eminent domain.

Gill said the owners cleaned up the property enough to head off that effort but they now face another challenge to becoming the backstop Burzichelli envisions. The site plan for the OTB facility expires at the end of this month.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers upgraded the defensive line as much as any unit in the NFL. The swashbuckling Floridians imported Jason Pierre-Paul, Vinny Curry, first-round pick Vita Vea, Beau Allen, and Mitch Unrein.

It’s not just the imports who could help a previously disappointing group improve. Defensive end William Gholston admitted last week he’s ready to bounce back from the crappy 2017 campaign he authored.

I just played (crappy), completely. That’s just being real, Gholston said, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. There’s no excuse for it. It was awful, crappy. If I said Laquon Treadwell Jersey it once, I said it a million times: It was a (crappy) year. I openly admit to it.

The 26-year-old will get no argument on that assessment. After signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract last offseason, Gholston earned exactly zero sacks with a piddling 36 tackles in 14 games.

Indians’ Jose Ramirez has rough day as ‘FAKE’ report claims he used PEDs

Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez had a stressful day.

The 2017 MVP candidate was forced to address a report which surfaced from a Dominican website claiming Ramirez would be suspended 80 games by MLB for steroid use.

We talked to Josey just a couple of minutes ago, Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. He got a big kick out of it. One, Josey strenuously said there’s nothing to it. The other thing that’s probably every bit as important is when somebody tests positive, the league informs us.

I’m gonna ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated [by the justice system], friends of theirs or people that they know about, Trump said. And I’m gonna take a look at those applications. And if I find — and my committee finds — that they were unfairly treated, then we will pardon them or at least let them out.

Players ended their letter by saying, President Trump, please note: Our being professional athletes has nothing to do with our commitment to fighting injustice. We are citizens who embrace the values of empathy, integrity and justice, and we will fight for what we believe is right. We weren’t elected to do this. We do it because we love this country, our communities and the people in them. This is our America, our right.

We intend to continue to challenge and encourage all Americans to remember why we are here in this world. We are here to treat one another with the kindness and respect every human being deserves. And we hope our elected officials will use their power to do the same.

Snitker said the right-handed Moylan is tough on right-handed hitters but acknowledged you hate like hell (Machado) is one of them.

Machado said an intentional walk crossed my mind at first. I thought they were. In that situation they probably had faith in Moylan out there that he could get some ground balls to the left side of the infield.

Machado hit a 0-2 slider Moylan said was supposed to be middle in. Moylan said the pitch slipped out of my hand and ended up middle middle.

Moylan (0-1) gave up another run on singles by Colby Rasmus and Jonathan Schoop.

Mike Wright Jr. (1-0), Baltimore’s seventh pitcher, threw two scoreless innings.

The game lasted 5 hours, 21 minutes.

The Orioles trailed 3-1 heading into the ninth, and the Braves rallied against closer Zach Britton in the bottom of the inning. Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino was not used while Dan Winkler allowed four runs while recording only one out.

After rocky rookie season, Mike Williams wants to recapture first-round form with Chargers

Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams won’t even try to put a positive spin about it. He knows his rookie year was a bust.
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It was hard not being out here while the guys were working, Williams said. You have to wait your turn. (Quarterback) Philip (Rivers) already had his weapons who he is used to throwing the ball to. I mean, now I just have to come out here and earn that trust.

The Jets were far from the NFL ‘s best secondary last season. The Jets had the league’s 14th-highest quarterback rating allowed. They had just 11 interceptions, tied for 20th in the league.

Perhaps the presence of Johnson will change that. But can the Jets really have the league’s best secondary in 2018? The Jets will start trying to answer that question once training camp begins in late July.

Morgan left Seattle to become the Director of Player Personnel Authentic Alexei Emelin Jersey for the Buffalo Bills in May. Nagy recently left to take over for Phil Savage as the executive director of the Senior Bowl. Grigson spent five years as the G.M. of the Colts before being fired following the 2016 season. He spent last year as a senior personnel executive with the Cleveland Browns. Nolan Teasley Womens Bob Gainey Jersey was promoted to fill Morgan’s spot as Director of Pro Personnel last month.

They were finally able to come to an agreement, keeping intact one of the top offensive lines in the NFL that also features Pro Bowlers Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. Although the team took a step back in 2017 while finishing with a 9-7 record, there is enough talent available to return to prominence in 2018.

Bills still looking for answers on offensive line

The Bills are being careful not to rush first-round quarterback Josh Allen onto the field, content to let him open training camp as their third quarterback.
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That’s partly for his own development, but perhaps as importantly because it’s unclear how protected he’d be.

The Bills already had Dion Dawkins on hand to replace Glenn. They brought in veteran center Russell Bodine to replace Wood. They’ve moved Vlad Ducasse from right guard to Incognito’s spot on the left, and have an odd lot of young players and journeymen (like free agent pickup Marshall Newhouse) trying to fill in the cracks and create depth.

And Newhouse has been around long enough to know they can’t declare the question answered.

That would either be lying to yourself or lying to someone else, Newhouse said. There’s a lot of reps that have to go into a line meshing together, so we’re not going to act like it takes no time at all. I might be sitting here, talking to you in late August, still saying that. But I have no doubt in my mind, based on the kind of guys that we have — the humility, the work ethic and the skill level — that we’ll be closer than than we are now.

That’s good, but they went into the offseason much worse, so there’s no way to know if they’ll be able to make up the ground lost.

It was very difficult, she said. I had no idea it was coming, so it was very emotional for me. And it took me a while to get over it and get used to another life, really, because when you work in football like Justin Abdelkader Jersey that, it’s not 9 to 5 — it’s seven days Johnny Hekker Womens Jersey a week, and I loved every minute of it.

She kept in touch with head coach Doug Pederson, general manager Howie Roseman and other members of the Eagles that she worked with during his 29 years with the franchise. Ultimately, someone with pull determined she needed to get a ring along with the rest of the players, coaches, front office and support personnel still working for the team.

It’s just the second time in his career that Harper has been hit by a pitch multiple times in a single game, the other coming in 2013.

Despite concerns over the beanings, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Harper is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday as the team closes out the two-game series.

Harper, 25, is hitting just.228 but has 43 RBIs and leads the NL with 19 home runs.

Vikings’ Terence Newman works at safety during camp

Terence Newman has accomplished a lot in the defensive secondary during his career since entering the league out of Kansas State as the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.
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What exactly Wentz and Ertz did to recruit James remains unclear. James, who spent his last four seasons with the Cavaliers, has won three titles in his career and has appeared in the last eight NBA Finals. However, after losing four out of the last five, he might decide that leaving Cleveland represents the best path toward adding more championship rings to his résumé. Philadelphia, with a young nucleus consisting of All-Stars Embiid and Ben Simmons, can make a compelling case for James’ services, one that Wentz hopes to bolster.

A former second-round pick of the New York Jets, Hackenberg fell Womens Bryan Trottier Jersey to the bottom of the depth chart during his first NFL season and remained there, failing to register a single pass during his two-year run with the franchise. The Jets effectively ended the Hackenberg experiment earlier this offseason when they selected USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick. With Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater also in the fold, New York no longer had interest in Hackenberg, trading him to Oakland for a conditional seventh-round pick.

Hackenberg’s second chance in the NFL lasted only three weeks, ending just as the Raiders began minicamp. The quarterback’s performances during the earlier organized team activities created little buzz outside of a pick-six thrown to cornerback Rashaan Melvin. By moving on from Hackenberg, Oakland does not have to forfeit the conditional pick attached to the trade.

Now that Hackenberg has cleared waivers, any team interested can D.J. Alexander Authentic Jersey sign him without acquiring his original contract. Should Hackenberg fail to catch on with another team, he risks becoming the first quarterback drafted in the first two rounds since Gene Bradley to never throw a pass in a regular-season game.

There was some question as to whether the USGA could disqualify Mickelson under Rule 1-2, which outlaws playing a moving ball to gain a signifiant advantage.

McCarthy, though, doesn’t view it that way.

Well, I think you’re looking at it from the other side of the spectrum, McCarthy said. We are maximizing the reps and tailoring them to the group that probably needs them more. So that’s the theory behind it. It works. We’ve seen the improvement just after evaluating our team and our players.

There’s things that these young guys need, and the most important thing these guys need is they need team reps, they need the opportunity in the classroom to speak up. You’ve got to tailor the lesson plans to them. You always tailor to the youngest guy in the room, but it gives us an opportunity to really, really focus in on going back to the base instillations.

One Packers veteran who was on the practice field Tuesday was safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who did not participate in the OTAs for what McCarthy called a personal reason.

Surely Bridgewater welcomes the challenges in front of him. But he won’t publicly project what the future may hold. And he refuses to talk about the status of of his leg. 

But after all Bridgewater has overcome to get back to this point, it would be silly to count him out.

They work on everything really, Ingram said, via Fernando Ramirez of NBC San Diego. Like track workouts. Like I’m really fixing to go run 800s, but it ain’t for track. It’s for my conditioning. We’re out there for hours at a time, just me and him working on the little things. It’s not working on stuff you know but working on the little things that can make your game better.

But Ingram showed up in Southern California this week to get his feet wet before the mandatory minicamp next week.

You always miss it, Ingram said. You always miss being out here, having fun, running around, making plays.

Roger Goodell presented with Randy Gregory’s rehab journey According to a league source briefed on the meeting with Goodell, Gregory’s reinstatement application included furnishing results from an intensively documented six-month rehabilitation regimen that would typically cost upward of $250,000.

Gronkowski on wanting a new deal: ‘Who wouldn’t?’

Rob Gronkowski is back at the New England Patriots ‘ facility for mandatory minicamp after skipping voluntary workouts earlier this offseason.
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One reason for the All-Pro tight end staying away was reportedly a desire for a new contract. Gronk provided little detail about the negotiations on Tuesday but admitted he’d like a new deal.

Here is a brief back-and-forth with the media on the topic:

Do you want to get something done before the season?

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Coach McNulty came down to see me throw in the spring and he liked how I threw Blake Comeau Youth Jersey it but wanted to get me in front of coach Ash, Snyder told NJ John Phillips Authentic Jersey Advance Media for So I went to camp and showed out and I guess they liked what they saw.

Snyder, in fact, has been to Rutgers a number of times and is highly familiar with the program and its location.

I stopped by in the spring for a practice and then for the camp. And I got a tour of the campus, so I’m not planning any visits at the moment, he said. But there could be potential visits this summer.

Snyder says Rutgers is the best fit all around,and believes his skill-set will be best utilized by McNulty and company. But he possesses two specific traits McNulty admires most.

My accuracy was the biggest thing and my ability to throw the ball down the field, Snyder said.

Snyder knew when he first met McNulty that they’d make a strong connection due to the way he saw him interact with his current quarterback group.

Khalil Mack to skip Raiders minicamp over contract dispute

Khalil Mack will be missing in action this week.
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The Raiders don’t expect the defensive end to report for mandatory minicamp due to an ongoing contract dispute, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported, citing unidentified sources.

Mack, who has sat out voluntary workouts this offseason, will earn $13.846 million in 2018 under the fifth-year option of his rookie deal. However, he is reportedly seeking a new deal with more than $65 million in guarantees.

Graziano: 9-7. The division is stronger than it was two years ago, the Seattle defense has lost too many pieces to continue as the dominant unit it used to be, and I’m still not all the way sold on what the Seahawks have at wide receiver and offensive line. Wilson is good enough to get the Seahawks to a winning record, and the roster is far Derick Brassard Authentic Jersey from barren, but I don’t see Womens Deone Bucannon Jersey any clear reason to expect the 2018 Seahawks to be better than the 2017 Seahawks were.

Division games are always huge, because those are the teams you are fighting for a playoff spot, he said. Obviously, winning your division is the easiest way to get in, so there’s a little more riding on these games.

Kluber allowed five hits and struck out eight without walking a batter. He has 46 strikeouts and zero walks in his last six starts.

I’m pretty sure I had some three-ball counts today, but my focus in that situation is to execute a pitch, he said. You don’t want to just throw a ball down the middle, because that’s when you give up damage. You still have to make a quality pitch.

John Hicks, who had two hits off Kluber, tried to give his teammates some hopeful advice.

I told a couple guys that if he throws a pitch that looks like a strike, it is probably going to end up a ball, and if it looks like a ball, it will probably be a strike, he said. It’s like hitting a Wiffle Ball.

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