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NFL free agency news: Raiders, former Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson Jersey agree to deal

The Raiders have signed former Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, according to a report from the NFL Network.
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The Chiefs selected defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie, son of Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, last week in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

At the same time, NFL clubs have reduced the length of offseason and regular-season practices, as well as the amount of contact allowed in both, as part of a new labor pact struck with the players union in 2011. DeCamillis believes that agreement led to an unintended consequence 鈥?sloppier fundamentals and tackling techniques that are causing players to get hurt more.

Some of the things technique-wise we can get across 鈥?keeping our heads up, how we’re teaching tackling and blocking -鈥?those are the things that you see over and over on the film that we’ve gotta eliminate,DeCamillis said. I think guys are really making an effort to Womens Vadim Shipachyov Jersey do that, but it’s going to take a lot more effort on our part. We just have to do a better job of coaching it as much as we can.

Baltimore has also added defensive ends Myles Humphrey and Christian LaCouture as undrafted free agent signings in the last two weeks since the NFL Draft.

Gregorius didn’t talk to reporters before Saturday’s game, but Boone addressed the topic at length in his pre-game media session.
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I think it’s a matter of he’s not in a real strong powerful position like he was most of the first month where he could do damage, Boone said. Sometimes right now when he’s barreling balls, it’s not quite with the impact just because he’s so good at touching the ball if he decides to swing.

Boone went to explain how Gregorius makes contact on pitches that many other big leaguers don’t hit, but that they’d mostly led to groundouts, flyouts or popups during his slump.

I think sometimes we’ve seen through this stretch where he’s hit frankly a fair number of balls on the nose, but maybe not with that slug impact that we’re used to seeing, Boone added. I think part of (the reason for) that is because he’s so good at getting the barrel to the ball. When he goes to swing, if he’s not in a great position to really hit it with authority, it results in putting it into play for an out sometimes. Sometimes it can be a result of something he’s really skilled it.

Cavs must maintain sense of urgency entering Game 4, Ty Lue says

Down 0-2 in the Eastern Conference finals heading into Saturday’s Game 3, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue had desperation on his side as his team played with a have-to-have-it edge in their 116-86 blowout of the Boston Celtics.

Now Lue is tasked with distilling that same sense of urgency for 48 hours heading into Monday’s Game 4 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Next year could bring a bump for several NHL players — and teams — however. The upstart Vegas Golden Knights already had measurable data in 76 countries as the most-searched NHL team in the world. Players like Hall and Nathan MacKinnon emerged as MVP candidates, and will certainly garner more discussion. Unrestricted free agent John Tavares and the Ottawa Senators’ Erik Karlsson, one of the league’s best players and the focus of rampant trade rumors, will be heavily Googled and tweeted about this offseason. And maybe some player’s Twitch stream will become a sensation.

Playing in a division that includes three playoff teams from last season is a good way to start in a hole. The Buccaneers have only two other 2017 postseason teams (Eagles and Steelers) on the docket, but they still face the fourth toughest schedule in the NFL with their opponents’ combined winning percentage from last season at .531. And that’s before you factor in the improvement teams like San Francisco and Chicago have made this offseason.

Toughest tests: The Bucs finishing last in their division last season gives them the chance to play other fourth-place teams in the conference. For a team on the rise like Tampa, that should be a good thing, but it might not be the case this year. Last year’s conference losers in San Francisco and Chicago have improved on paper and easily can give Tampa Bay a run for its money in those matchups.

Mark Andrews Jersey agrees to rookie deal with Ravens

The Ravens agreed to terms with tight end Mark Andrews after getting Orlando Brown Jr. done earlier Wednesday, Jeff Josh Reynolds Womens Jersey Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
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Both Andrews and Brown were third-round picks.

That leaves only first-rounders Hayden Hurst and Lamar Jackson unsigned.
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Andrews made 112 catches for 1,765 yards and 22 touchdowns in his career at Oklahoma, including 62 receptions for 958 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

I use [Game 3] as fuel. I thought it was embarrassing. Thought we came out, the way I played, the way I performed, how not aggressive I was in the first half, I look at that as fuel to come out in Game 4 and be excited about it and be ready to play and ready to fight.

It still took Paul, a 13-year veteran and nine-time All-Star playing in his first conference finals, a while to get in a rhythm Tuesday night. He went scoreless during the first quarter and didn’t record an assist until an inbounds pass in the final second of the frame.

Paul missed his first four shots from the floor, including a left-handed layup early in the second quarter that didn’t even hit the rim, before finally getting a midrange turnaround to fall with 8:33 remaining in the half.

Paul caught fire minutes later, scoring 12 points in a span of 2:39 as the Rockets took the lead with a 17-5 run to close the half. Paul’s scoring flurry featured three 3-pointers — the first a fadeaway from deep in the left corner that Kevin Durant tightly contested — and a layup.

Paul had seven points during the Rockets’ rally in the fourth quarter, which he started with a 17-foot pull-up jumper immediately after the Warriors pushed their lead to 12 points, matching their largest of the night. Paul also had two of his four assists during the 24-9 run that gave the Rockets the lead for good, capping it with a feed to Eric Gordon for a 3-pointer that put Houston up five with 2:27 to play.

Rays call up SS prospect Willy Adames, who homers off Chris Sale Jersey

The Tampa Bay Rays promoted top shortstop prospect Willy Adames, who started against the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday night.
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Adames homered off Boston ace Chris Sale in his second major league at-bat, sending an 89 mph changeup over the left-field fence. It was the first time in his career Sale allowed a player’s first career homer, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Pirates center fielder Austin Meadows hit his second homer in as many games off Amir Garrett in the seventh inning, leaving him 6 for 15 Kerry Wynn Jersey in his first four major league games. Meadows faced Garrett in the minors and knew what to expect.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman, on the 10-disabled list with a right oblique strain, took 50 swings Monday, manager Davey Martinez said. .Rain and a lingering illness have prevented second baseman Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) from participating in extended spring training, Martinez said.

Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (3-3, 3.15 ERA) gave up a season-high five runs in six innings while taking the loss May 7 against Washington.

Nationals: Martinez did not announce the starter for Wednesday’s contest before Tuesday’s game. RHP Erick Fedde, currently with Triple-A Syracuse, is a potential spot start candidate.

Hamels limited the slugging Yankees to four hits over seven innings, and Jurickson Profar and Ronald Guzman homered for the Rangers in a 6-4 win Tuesday night.

Game Youth Trey Hopkins Jersey I’m just here to play and trying to remain healthy and maintain what I can do out on the field, and just getting good results and enjoy playing the game of baseball, Hamels said. That’s really all I can care about. … All of the decisions are not up to me. The only decision I have in my hand is to throw the baseball and get guys out.

Hamels (3-4) struck out seven and walked two during his first start in 11 days. He was scratched from his previous turn because of neck stiffness.

He was really good. The cut fastball was a real weapon for him, threw some good changeups, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. We knew we had a tough opponent tonight in Hamels.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Hamels was fresh and had probably the best mix pitches we have seen from him all year. … Kept the hitters off balance.

Elite Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Jersey The 2008 World Series MVP for Philadelphia, which won the NL pennant again in 2009, Hamels was acquired by Texas in the middle of the 2015 season. The Rangers have a $20 million club option for 2019 that includes a $6 million buyout.

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Eric Gordon opened the final period with a 3-pointer to get the top-seeded Rockets within 4, but Thompson scored the first eight points of a 13-4 run to make it 100-87 with about eight minutes left.
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Houston used a 9-3 spurt, where Womens Ryan Kesler Jersey James Harden scored five, to cut the lead to 103-96 with less than five minutes to go. But Thompson struck again, hitting a wide open 3 to leave the Warriors ahead by 10 with four minutes left.

Severino, who didn’t give up a hit through the first three innings, got help from two spectacular plays on line drives. In the third, first baseman Tyler Austin laid out to his right to snare Matt Joyce’s liner with a runner on first base. In the fourth, third baseman Miguel Andujar jumped as high as he could and nabbed Mark Canha’s liner with two men on.

Not to be outdone, Dellin Betances grabbed a comebacker by sticking his glove out behind his back and not even looking. He got Joyce out easily at fist base.

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The gap in the process leaves the door open for prognostications and little else. Waves of predictions will flow over the barren landscape like rain pummeling a dry plain. Most of those guestimations will be made by media personalities paid to keep the clicks and eyeballs rolling in during the NFL’s downtime.

Sometimes, however, the smoke comes from a more notable source; one that stops and makes you reconsider whether it’s simply a scorching thought to gain attention. Such a take took place recently when Denver Broncos general manager John Elway gave his assessment of the AFC West following the draft.
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It’s the wild, wild West. I thought the Chargers did a really nice job with the draft, Elway told reporters in Omaha, via The MMQB’s Peter King. They’ve got the settled quarterback, even though the Raiders do too. Looking at it, [the Chargers ] may be the ones to beat. As I stand here, looking at it, the Chargers might be the team to beat.

It’s hard to argue with Elway’s assessment in mid-May.

Texans Sign Entire Draft Class

As a busy Thursday for rookie signings winds down, the Texans don’t have any more work to do on this front. They reached agreements with each member of their draft class Thursday night, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports (on Twitter). Here’s the full rundown:

Canha then ripped a two-out single with two men on, scoring both runs. It came immediately after German and Yankees manager Aaron Boone complained to plate umpire James Hoye about a pitch they felt was a strike three but he called a ball.

Gregorius came into the game 0-for-his-last-28 and went hitless in his first two at-bats. Then he singled in the fifth inning. When he got to first base, he turned to coach Reggie Willits and yelled, Wow!

Dungy, 62, will be honored during the Bucs’ Sept. 24 home game on Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team Dungy played for in 1977-78.

I am very humbled and thankful for this honor, Dungy wrote on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. I will always be grateful to Malcolm Glazer and the entire Buccaneers organization for all they have done for me and my family. Looking forward to September 24.

Dungy’s honor comes a year after Jon Gruden, but it was his sustained success that set the table for the Bucs’ magical 2002 season.

He undoubtedly loves it even more now. Turay became the 52nd overall pick in last month’s NFL Draft and now the Colts are hoping they can take this still-raw defensive end and turn him into a pass-rushing terror.

There’s some debate about how tall an order that will be. It isn’t difficult to find those who think Turay was drafted too early for a guy with limited statistical production and a history of shoulder injuries. But the Colts are all-in on Turay’s potential, sort of like Rutgers was without having seen him play in an actual game.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan Jersey explains how the Falcons’ offense will be more consistent in 2018

NFL Network’s Tiffany Blackmon catches up with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan after his big contract extension with the team to talk about what’s next for the Falcons in 2018 and beyond.
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The question is who replaces Nate Solder, overpaid to stand guard on Eli Manning’s blind side. If first-round pick Wynn isn’t ready to step in, Cannon might have to flip sides, with former 49ers right tackle Brown joining the starting lineup. A 2017 third-round pick who missed his rookie season due to blood clots in his lungs, Garcia could be a dark-horse candidate at left tackle.

Mike Gillislee in danger of not making Patriots’ roster

Last year, New England signed running back Mike Gillislee to a two-year, $6.4 million contract and sent a fifth-round draft pick to Buffalo to acquire him as a restricted free agent. This year, Gillislee is in danger of not making the Patriots’ roster.
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The Patriots are likely to keep four or five running backs, and three of them 鈥?Rex Burkhead, James White and first-round draft pick Sony Michel 鈥?are locks. Gillislee, Jeremy Hill, Brandon Bolden and undrafted free agent Ralph Webb will all be competing to make the roster, Brian Robison Jersey according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.

That points to what a disappointment Gillislee was last year: Although he was New England’s primary ball carrier for the first half of the season, he was benched for the second half of the season and only played in one game after Week Eight.

Cowboys are prepared to pay Dak Prescott Jersey what he deserves

DeAndre Jordan Game Jersey The Cowboys have the best bargain in football this season, paying Dak Prescott only a $630,000 base salary. Prescott’s per year average of $680,000 ranks only 74th among NFL quarterbacks. Seventy-fourth?!
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Prescott surely makes more in his off-the-field deals.

I just want Dak to go out and be MVP this year of the NFL. That’s what I want. Then, we’ll deal with that.

Chuck Foreman Game Jersey On Monday night, Warner suggested he hasn’t gotten the desire to play totally out of his system. Warner dropped into the broadcast booth during a St. Louis Cardinals game and talked about missing the game. Warner said he did and that he sometimes hoped that one team, at some point, gives me another 7-on-7. Just give me 20 plays and Authentic Keelan Cole Jersey let me see if I can still do it.

Warner added that he reached out to a coach about doing just that this season.

I was actually ready to, for this coming season, I actually talked to a coach and my wife said, ‘Go for it, I think it would be great,’ Warner said, via Yahoo Sports. So I actually talked to a coach about possibly doing it if they needed someone, but then they went out and signed somebody. I don’t think they thought I was serious. So I think we’re completely done now.

The Giants tried to trade back into the second round to take Carter, but finding no takers, saw him slip to them with the second pick of the third round, 66th overall.

The Orioles lost six games in a row last week before winning Friday, which tied for their second-longest losing streak in the past seven seasons. They lost seven in a row last season, and before that, they lost nine straight in July 2011. That year, Baltimore finished 69-93 in the basement of the AL East. One bright spot has been Manny Machado, who had his 17th career multi-HR game for the Orioles last week, breaking a tie with Frank Robinson (16) and tying Brady Anderson for the fifth most in franchise history. — Nitzberg

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The Texans placed starting right guard Jeff Allen on the reserve physically unable to perform list, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Allen no longer counts on the team鈥檚 90-man roster.
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Amid that legal brouhaha, two funding companies filed a memo with the court in November 2017 noting that Seeger served on the board of directors at Esquire Financial Holdings — a firm he had not included on the list he made for Brody. Seeger responded by noting he had left Esquire’s board in May 2016. He said his prior directorship had nothing to do with his recommendations to the court to bar specific funders from doing business with the players.

But Seeger, who stands to earn more than $70 million for his law firm, Seeger Weiss LLP, because of his lead role in the settlement, was considerably more active on behalf of Esquire Bank than he has previously stated. He recommended Esquire Bank to attorneys for former NFL players, and he also helped Esquire develop its concussion settlement funding program.

Chiefs fans won鈥檛 enjoy seeing Johnson in the Silver and Black, but he makes a lot of sense for what the Raiders need to add on defense. And new Raiders coach Jon Gruden Wendel Clark Jersey has a long track record of liking to bring in aging veterans for one last go-round.

The 35-year-old Johnson is a four-time Pro Bowler who started every game except the meaningless Week 17 game for the Chiefs last year. He was released by the Chiefs in February.

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It’s getting there. It’s going to take a few years, but I want to help in the process. I want to be a part of that process in helping people get back.

Quintana has struggled this season, and right-handed batters have been the reason why.

Jeimer Candelario (B), 16 percent, Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates (RHP Chad Kuhl): Yes, I’m going against one of my recommended pitchers, but part of that is just acknowledging that not everyone goes directly down the list and uses every single guy. Plus, it’s not like Candelario’s having a solid day precludes Kuhl from doing the same. Candelario has done his best against righties with a .929 OPS and nine of his 10 extra-base hits. He has batted second in every game this year, too.

Marcus Semien (R), 27 percent, Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers (LHP Cole Hamels): My weekly Oakland Athletic! Semien is a known lefty-destroyer and he’s done nothing to change that reputation this year. His OPS was 108 points higher against lefties during 2015-17. He’s toting a .321/.400/.536 line against them this year and has batted first or second in every game so far. Hamels has allowed an MLB-high seven homers so far this year, all to righties.

Matt Davidson (R), 43 percent, Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (LHP Eric Skoglund): If there’s one pitcher you want exposure against on Saturday, it might be Skoglund. The lefty has been a glorified batting-practice pitcher this season, as right-handed bats have pummeled him for a .340/.389/.560 slash line. What’s amazing is that that’s actually an improvement over 2017 (.366/.397/.547). This looks like a prime matchup for Davidson, who has the power to capitalize on Skoglund’s mistakes.

Jeimer Candelario (B), 27 percent, Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles (RHP Chris Tillman): Candelario heads a streak of Tigers in a good spot against one of the worst hurlers in the league. Candelario is featured since he’ll enjoy the platoon edge against the inevitable parade of relievers. Joining Candelario as options are Leonys Martin, Dixon Machado and JaCoby Jones.

Eduardo Escobar (B), 10 percent, Minnesota Twins vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Sal Romano): Escobar has done his part filling in for the suspended Jorge Polanco. He’s been particularly dangerous against righties, batting .313/.382/.563 with a .250 ISO. Consider Escobar a great “plug and play” option on Saturday against Romano and his .373 wOBA against lefty batters.

Hernan Perez (R), 1 percent, Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs (LHP Jose Quintana): Right-handed hitters have put up a .313/.397/.547 slash line against the lefty. This includes a bloated 47.2 percent hard-hit rate. Perez has struggled out of the gate but, for his career, he’s done most of his damage against southpaws, including a .316/.342/.447 slash line in 2017.