They dined with Saquon Barkley, the No. 1 running back, and Baker Mayfield, who could very well be destined to play quarterback for the Jets.
As part of their ongoing 30 allowed pre-draft visits, the Giants continue to bring through the highest-rated players, as they have the No. 2 overall pick, their highest selection in 37 years. Barkley, the 233-pound dynamo from Penn State, is unquestionably on the Giants’ radar, as he is considered a generational running back and would fit general manager Dave Gettleman’s criteria as far as being a player who, far down the road, could be projected for Hall of Fame status.
Monday morning, new Giants head coach Pat Shurmur opens up the offseason workout program, with a high percentage of the players on the roster expected to attend. So, Barkley and Mayfield during their tour will undoubtedly get a glimpse of and perhaps a few words with Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.
Last month Smith pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and other charges. A judge issued a protective order prohibiting him from contacting the victim. He later surrendered to police on charges he violated the restraining order.
The Raiders released the linebacker after his arrest on the domestic violence charges.
Several factors have helped the Snakes slither atop the NL West. In the lineup, A.J. Pollock is thriving in the cleanup slot, punishing teams after a Paul Goldschmidt free pass, with 11 extra-base hits. On the pitching side of things, the rotation is leading the NL with 10.8 K/9, while the bullpen has combined for a 1.92 ERA while profiting from Brad Boxberger’s closing to allow Archie Bradley to work earlier in games. — Christina Kahrl, ESPN.com
The Indians’ rising fortunes in the rankings owe something to a four-game sweep of the Tigers last week and to improved hitting from Francisco Lindor (.984 OPS) and Jose Ramirez (1.182). If the Tribe can get Jason Kipnis, Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso going, watch out. — Kahrl