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Former Bears greats Devin Hester and Matt Forte will sign one-day contracts Monday so they can retire as members of the team.
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A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Hester, one of the NFL’s most feared return men, played eight seasons in Chicago (2006-13) and set an NFL record with 20 return TDs in an 11-year career. He also holds Bears records for punt return touchdowns (13) and kickoff return yardage (5,504). His 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open Super Bowl 41 at the end of his rookie season stands out in Bears fans’ memories.

You’re talking about a bunch of alphas in a locker room, Clarkson said. They were all ‘the guy’ where they came from at their previous schools, and he had to go in there and be the alpha.

What Patterson can’t do, even if he establishes himself as the top dog among Michigan’s quarterbacks this summer, is give the Wolverines an offensive identity. The innovation that helped the Wolverines average more than 35 points per game in Harbaugh’s first two seasons in Ann Arbor seemed to disappear at times last fall. On an individual level Patterson can add some creative spice to the mix in 2018, Womens Tony Jefferson Jersey but the decision to make creativity a staple of the playbook again will have to come from revamped leadership.

He could still find a team after the draft, and would lend experience at safety.

Originally a fourth-round pick of the Packers, he’s also been with the Giants, Seahawks, and Jaguars, making the transition from cornerback to safety along the way.
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He was on the original Competition Committee. Coach Landry used to always brag on him. He thought that Wellington walked on water. A true gentleman. If he had one fault, he was too loyal to some people in that organization. But I thought that Wellington was off the charts.
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Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has said repeatedly this offseason that they desperately want to get back to being an offense that can run the football effectively.
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Taking San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny with the 27th pick in the first round speaks to that continued focus to improve the rushing attack. Penny becomes the second running back off the board behind Penn State’s Saquon Barkley. Seattle elected to make Penny the selection over other running backs such as Darrius Guice of LSU, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb from Georgia or Ronald Jones of USC.

And, yes, the Giants wound up being the owners of the winning lottery ticket: they built a defense around Taylor that can look any other defense in history in the eye, and within six years they were celebrating a Super Bowl victory.

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He’s the best of the inside linebackers in this draft. Complete player who can make all the plays, has special athletic ability, intelligence and instincts. Smith finished with 137 tackles with 6.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and two passes batted in 2017.

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As The Undefeated’s Marc Spears pointed out recently, there are several deserving African-American assistant coaches that should be in the mix for those top-job interviews, and Oregon-born Udoka is one of them.

Throughout his 12 active years in the NBA, in which he donned the jerseys of several teams, Udoka built a reputation with teammates and coaches as a pro’s pro. He brought calm and smarts to the court as a shooting guard and small forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, and Sacramento Kings.

Will Broncos revive run game with first-round pick?

The Broncos needed a running back in the 2009 draft and used a first-round pick to get one, Knowshon Moreno, with the 12th overall pick. He did not, however, develop into the franchise back they were hoping for.

Which is more the norm than the exception.

The Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers play a makeup game of their April 4 postponement on Friday, giving them a doubleheader on that day, and both of them a seven-game week. Thanks in part to the extra game, the Tigers and their pair of series against below-average pitching staffs, and the Royals with a week-opening trip to hitting-friendly Rogers Centre, both teams could provide handy plug-ins for your Week 3 lineups.

Tigers leadoff man Leonys Martin (available in more than 95 percent of ESPN leagues) is worth your while in a week where the Tigers face five right-handed starters, while Royals four/five hitter Lucas Duda (available in roughly 85 percent) could benefit from the stronger home-run environments on the team’s schedule.

The Broncos have until May 3 to exercise the option, which guarantees him $9.2 million for injury only and can be otherwise rescinded.

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Lowry punctuated DeRozan’s statement with a sarcastic clap. DeRozan was neither amused nor offended. He was as steady as his procession of long-distance hoops, nifty step-throughs, leaners and floaters in traffic. When Washington nibbled the lead down to five with less than eight minutes remaining in the game, it was DeRozan who scored six of the next nine Raptors points to extend the lead back to 12.

As a team, the Raptors are leaving no money on the table. They’ve logged an otherworldly 91.7 percent effective field goal percentage on their uncontested shots in the two games, and they are 68.8 percent on their catch-and-shoot opportunities.seahawks_074

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was asked what he thinks the Lions should do in the first round of the draft during a Tuesday media session, but he kept his thoughts to himself.
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I’m hoping that this is going to be the last one, Williams said. It’s tough waking up and seeing a blizzard outside, but it’s tough for them, too.

Bettis has pitched at least five innings and given up two runs or fewer in each of his four starts this season. He has a 1.47 ERA in his past six starts, including his final two outings of 2017.

He lives on the margins, Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. He changes speeds. He’s got a little quick pitch in there that he ran at us a few times, as well.
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You’ve got to fight that, Wentz said of feelings of jealousy, via Tim McManus of ESPN.com. It’s human nature to want to be on that podium and be that guy. You grow up wanting to do that as a kid, but to not be able to be up there, I would not rather have anyone else be up there than Nick.

Foles has made the situation easier for everyone to deal with by being a pro, though he too admitted that he thinks about being a starter again. But the two have a strong relationship, and have an organization which sets expectations by making the pecking order clear, so things have gone as smoothly as an awkward situation can.

Wentz said the conversations about the dynamics with Foles this year will come and take care of themselves.

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The All-American’s draft value could far exceed expectations considering the dearth of talent compared to overall demand.
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I grew up playing football. My dad was the coach, he was tough on me, he was a hard-nosed, just in-your-face-type of guy, and he didn’t know what concussions were about. We knew basically what a concussion was, but the thought process in those days was you would never come out of a game or practice because you had a little head ding. You would be considered, for lack of a better term, a sissy.

The NFL would prefer to release the 2018 regular-season schedule the week before the draft, but it all depends on whether the league’s schedule-makers can finish in time. If the 2018 NFL schedule is not released the week before the draft, expect to see it the week after the draft.

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Somehow, we need to get our confidence back and go from there, team captain Claude Giroux said.

Disgruntled Flyers fans chanted from the balcony to the concourse for the Flyers to fire third-year coach Dave Hakstol.

Both teams played without key cogs in their lineup: Sean Couturier (who had career highs with 31 goals and 76 points) was injured Tuesday at practice in a vicious collision with teammate Radko Gudas; the Pens played without top-line forward Patric Hornqvist because of an undisclosed injury.

Giroux, who scored 102 points during the season, has not scored a posteason goal since 2014.

One game away for the season to be over, Giroux said. You can expect this team to have some fight the next game.

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Shurmur called Odell Beckham Jr., who spends his offseason out in LA, and the two met for a good while.
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We all understand this time of year we can’t talk football. It was a good meeting. I felt like I got to know him a little better. I got a little better sense of who he is.

Head coaches embarking on their first season with a new team usually want to keep the most talented players, and it is no different with Shurmur.

I think Ray Bourque Jersey we always want weapons and obviously he’s been an outstanding player, especially the first three years, Shurmur said.

Based on what he has seen and heard, Shurmur says Beckham is on track coming back from his injury and that all reports are he’ll be ready to go at some point here in the training. Exactly when that is remains to be seen, but there will be no rush to get Beckham on the field before he is ready to roll.

There’s steps he’s got to take but all indications are he’ll be back, healthy by the time we start playing in September, Shurmur said.

When he was cut [by the Dolphins], we looked into him and we talked with the agent, Maccagnan said at the NFL meetings on Monday. We went through our process with him. He made some visits with teams. We extended an offer. We had a deadline on that offer and when that deadline passed, myself and Christopher 鈥?now Todd [Bowles] was informed about this the whole time 鈥?but we made the determination of whether we wanted to stay in the race for him or pull out. We decided at that point in time to pull out.

The Jets viewed Suh as a potential bargain on a one-year deal. They were hoping to get the 31-year-old for a year and then determine whether to make it a long-term arrangement after that.

Suh is a very good player still, not from a statistic standpoint but when you watch him on tape he still has the ability to be a dominant player, Maccagnan said. But we felt pretty good about potentially adding him to the roster. We did quite a bit of work with our scouts and our coaches. We felt very comfortable with him.
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Maccagnan reiterated what Johnson said about players like Robby Anderson and Dylan Donahue, who have recently been arrested.

There is an ongoing search by the Giants to find a capable free safety to start alongside Landon Collins.

That search resulted in the signing of Michael Thomas, a veteran with 24 starts in his NFL career.

Thomas, 29, joined the Dolphins in 2013, became a full-time starter in 2015 and arrives with a reputation as a strong contributor on special teams. He played in 13 games for the Dolphins last season, starting two games, before landing on injured reserve in late December.

Thomas figures to challenge Darian Thompson for the starting free safety spot. Thompson showed great promise as a rookie, winning a starting job, but lasted only two games before hurting his foot, requiring season-ending surgery. He did not have a strong season in 2017, raising doubts about his ability to be a full-time starter.

As an organization, the Phillies are trying to temper a narrative that’s hard to corral. From the moment owner John Middleton pledged allegiance to the analytics revolution in 2015, they’ve had to balance their embrace of numbers with the perception that they have strayed from traditional scouting and become oblivious to the human element. The Phillies didn’t even have an analytics department until 2013, so upper management is less concerned with achieving world domination through statistics than with playing catchup with the competition.

Suh has visited the Titans, Rams and Saints since the Dolphins released him last week.

It is surprising the Jets would target the 31-year-old Suh based off of their approach to free agency so far. They have signed players mainly between the ages of 25-28 outside of quarterback Josh McCown. Other than cornerback Trumaine Johnson, the contracts have been more team friendly than what one would expect Suh to command.

Bowles could be the driving force behind the pursuit of Suh. He probably envisions him immediately upgrading his defensive line, which has lost Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson in the past year.

While Suh’s sack numbers have decreased recently, he still is an incredibly disruptive player. He had 30 quarterback hurries last year and 4.5 sacks.

Pro Football Focus graded him as the fifth best interior lineman last year. He ranked second with a 92.4 grade against the run, trailing only Giants run-stuffer Damon Harrison.

Suh is a versatile player who can move all over the defensive line. Bowles could use him in the traditional 3-4 defensive end role or slide him inside in a four-man front. He would be like a chess piece for the defensive-minded Bowles to use.

Bowles has always spoken highly of Suh.
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Johnny Manziel had a pair of rushing TDs Thursday in Austin, Texas, in the conclusion of the two-week Spring League.
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More important, he had fun.

According to the American-Statesman, Manziel looked far more at ease Thursday than he did in his previous Spring League outing, when he was sacked four times.

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I got to do exactly what I want to do and what I’ve been missing for the last two years, he said.
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The results of the laboratory testing, which tested 34 helmet models, revealed which helmets best reduced head impact severity under laboratory conditions simulating concussion-causing impacts sustained by NFL players during games. According to the joint release, 98 percent of players wear helmets that were involved in the test.

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The Baltimore Ravens might Nate Allen Jersey be the early frontrunners for Dez Bryant ‘s services, but if the former Pro Bowl receiver had his way, he’d stay in the NFC East . Landing with any of the three Dallas Cowboys rivals would allow Bryant a chance to face his former team twice a year.

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Do not be absolute about anything. And maybe this is more along the lines of the closer you get to the draft, the more flaws everyone finds. But I can’t find anyone in the NFL who thinks there’s an Andrew Luck in this quarterback crop.

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The Seahawks announced Friday that longtime Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski signed a one-year contract with the team.

The deal comes after Janikowski flew to Seattle on Tuesday to meet with the organization.

The Seahawks were in the market for a new kicker after Walsh’s lone season with the team did not go as planned. It started off well, with Walsh making 12 of his first 13 field goals, but ended disastrously when he missed seven of his final 16 kicks. Of those seven misses, six came during four losses that were decided by a touchdown or less.
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Walsh’s 72.4 percent field goal rate (21 of 29) ranked 29th among qualified kickers. He’s an unrestricted free agent after playing out a one-year, $1.1 million deal with Seattle.

Coach Pete Carroll said at the scouting combine that the Seahawks would likely bring in another kicker to compete with Myers, whom they had signed to a futures contract after the season. The 26-year-old Myers spent parts of three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who released him last October.

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I’m straight back to working out and doing what I did when I came here, Manziel Shamar Stephen Jersey said of his future after the Spring League. Everything else will sort itself out. I’m trying to do what I can do to come back to playing football whatever capacity that is.

We know when deadlines are. We have another month or so to work out and not worry about anything.

The Spring League is a developmental league with a two-game season that provides opportunities for players, who pay a fee to be there, hoping to showcase their play for a chance to land on an NFL roster.

Being back on the football field has been great, Manziel said: It’s been beyond my wildest dreams. There was a time there I didn’t know if I would actually do it. … I’m extremely happy just to be healthy, just to get to throw the ball around. I’ve missed this.

Manziel said he felt better on Thursday night than he did in the first game on Saturday. Manziel was 10-of-16 for 188 yards and an interception, including 8-of-10 for 145 yards in the first half. Manziel added 27 rushing yards on six attempts and two touchdowns.

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They are former teammates with the San Francisco 49ers. Both players have not been afraid to hold back when it comes to discussing the issues that seemingly divide the United States. One is employed. The other isn’t.
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The Giants’ offseason program officially begins on Monday. It unofficially began on Thursday.

That’s when Eli Manning and a cadre of offensive teammates gathered at Duke University for what has become an annual get-together of running, passing catching and bonding. Manning brings his receivers to Duke because that is where his college coach, David Cutcliffe, is the current coach.

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