Dolphins players are amazed by new DE Robert Quinn’s bend.

Bills WR Austin Proehl, a former Panthers ball boy, didn’t think anyone could match Cam Newton’s arm strength, until Proehl saw Bills QB Josh Allen.

Jets K Cairo Santos has weighed in on the World Cup.

The Patriots Alumni Association recently hosted more than 200 local kids for a Football for You clinic.

Harrison knows catching Barkley will be the hardest part.

The guy’s explosive, Harrison said. You can see how they’ll use him in the offense, which will be to our benefit.

A two-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection, the 25-year-old Beckham has made nice with new coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman, attending some optional organized team activities in the spring. He also took part in positional drills at this past week’s mandatory minicamp, though he was held out of 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 team drills. He was cleared to practice fully.

It’s like any relationship, we constantly communicate, Shurmur said previously. We’ve spoken on the phone, we text. It’s like any relationship, we’re very honest and open with one another and we communicate frequently.

Beckham is entering the final year of his five-year rookie contract, and is scheduled to make $8.45 million this season. He is seeking a long-term extension that would make him the highest-paid receiver in the league. Steelers wideout Antonio Brown owns that title now, making $17 million per year.

Beckham was in good spirits on Saturday, arriving shortly after the camp began, and addressed the 550 or so campers twice — after he arrived and at the day’s conclusion. He engaged the kids in drills and one-on-one competition, posing for photos and making a few of his trademark one-handed catches.

Henry played 40 percent as Murray’s backup. Henry likely gets more this season, with Lewis staying close to what he had last season, per Wolfe. The Titans expect them to work together, sharing the load, not competing for playing time. Both will play. Both will get touches. They’ll work together fine, Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. I think they both have shown they don’t have to be the guy to get 30 carries. Those 30-carry-a-game guys, I don’t think they exist anymore.

It was nice to sneak one out of there. I could walk away and say I got another one under my belt, Boone said. I was kinda digging that a little bit. Then Marcus (Thames) jumps in behind me and hits one 20 feet further.

Billy Price fully cleared from pec injury ahead of Bengals training camp

Bengals first-round pick Billy Price‘s workload was limited during the team’s offseason program, but it looks like it is all systems go for the center at training camp.

Price partially tore his pectoral muscle while doing the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine in March, which led to surgery a few days later and questions about whether it would impact his landing spot in the draft. Word that Price should be ready for camp all but put an end to those and the Bengals made him the 21st overall pick in April in hopes of hearing exactly what Price tweeted on Monday.

The regime of Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo handpicked Webb in the third round of the 2017 draft and they are both gone. It might be overstating things to insist the new regime of Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur is completely bullish on Webb, but there is no doubt there is intrigue, just as there is no doubt Webb is doing everything he possibly can to show he is next in line.

Miami made Gesicki the 42nd overall choice.

He was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at Penn State, where he caught 129 passes for 1,481 yards and 15 touchdowns. Gesicki finished his collegiate career with at least one reception in 27 consecutive games.

His 129 receptions, 15 receiving touchdowns and 1,481 receiving yards were the most in school history for a tight end and ranked ninth, ninth and 17th, respectively, in those statistical categories by any player in school history. As a senior in 2017, Gesicki was a second-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honoree.

Winfrey also touched on the controversy surrounding Brady’s relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a firestorm ignited by a lightning-rod ESPN article that came out during the 2017 season and suggested the two men were on the outs. As he did at the time, Brady denied there were any ill feelings between him and his coach.

I mean, I love him, Brady said. I love that he’s an incredible coach, mentor for me, and he’s pushed me in a lot of ways. Like everything, we don’t agree on absolutely everything, but that’s relationships.

The Borgata casino also plans to launch sports betting Thursday

There will likely be two places in New Jersey — not just one — accepting legal sports bets starting Thursday, NJ Advance Media has learned.

The Borgata, Atlantic City’s top-performing casino, is planning to open its sports wagering parlor Thursday morning, pending approval from the state, a spokeswoman for the gambling hall told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday.

The casino would launch at about 11 a.m., spokeswoman Liza Constandino said.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia threw out an interesting idea this week: Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

This is not to say the Phillies won’t look to upgrade their offensive output at third base in July if they can manage to right their ship this month and stay relevant in the playoff chase. They have an obligation to improve if they think they can make the postseason now. But Mike Moustakas, a rental player without Machado’s price tag of prospects, might fit the team’s plan better.

Moustakas, 29, entered play on June 12 with 13 HR and 42 RBI. The veteran slugger signed a one-year, $6.5M deal with the Royals before the season. The deal comes with a $15M mutual option for 2019. If  Machado arrives in the offseason, the Phillies could decline the option for the cost of $1M.

Since the start of 2012, Moustakas has averaged 26 HR per 162 games played.

You know, their bodies are obviously the biggest thing for them, but there is a mental part of this that they need to keep up with and stay on top of, Patricia said. Review the material, hopefully have some questions when we get back to training camp that they’re asking and we can answer for them and keeping the process rolling.
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The Lions wrap up their OTAs this week and will be back on the practice field the final week of July, with the rookies returning a week earlier. The team opens its preseason slate Aug. 10 against the Oakland Raiders, and are holding a pair of joint practices with the Raiders in the days leading up to the matchup.

The team also has joint practices lined up with the New York Giants the following week, at the Lions’ practice facility in Allen Park.

After making The Catch over Everson Walls, Dwight Clark helped him get paid

Dwight Clark, the 49ers receiver who died on Monday at age 61, will always be remembered for making The Catch, a leaping grab over Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls that propelled San Francisco to the Super Bowl. And even though Walls was beaten on the play, he remembers Clark fondly.

While Earl Thomas and Frank Clark have stayed away from voluntary practices as they get set to enter the final years of their contracts, Brown has been at OTAs working with new offensive line coach Mike Solari. The Seahawks are trying to revitalize a running game that was abysmal in 2017 and the success of the offensive line will be a vitally important part of that pursuit.

That’s been the big gamble for most Bill Belichick lieutenants who strike out on their own. Belichick’s ways work only because they work. If pushing players too hard doesn’t translate to victories, the person doing the pushing quickly will be pushed out.

Still, if Monarrez was looking for an edgy opinion during the slow months, he should have at least added the caveat that, no matter his methods, Patricia will never lose his players if he wins games.

The first players to take a knee during the national anthem did so to bring attention to two issues — police misconduct and social inequality, McCaskey said, via J.J. Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago. There are legitimate issues that deserve discussion and action. As a country, we can do better. It’s part of the founding fathers’ charge to us to form a more perfect union. Commissioner [Roger] Goodell said it very well, and it bears repeating — it was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case.

Real or not? Knuckleballer Wright just may save Red Sox

jets_054With a hole in their rotation and their bats suddenly silent, the Red Sox got a lift from Steven Wright, who could play a key role going forward.

With first place at stake, Cubs-Brewers rivalry gets chance to grow

Bryant has a seven-game hitting streak and is 13 of 31 in that span. But Maddon decided to put him in a different seat for the day because he hadn’t been driving the ball with his usual force.

What I did see was a different (more upright) stance at the plate, approach at the plate, Maddon said. That’s what I did see. I thought he looked really comfortable on defense. … And that might have been the residue of the at-bats.

Bryant said he wasn’t too surprised when he got the text from Maddon in the morning. After all, his manager likes to shuffle the lineup.

The Patriots added several veterans at receiver this offseason, but they have had precious little time to develop chemistry with Tom Brady.

Williams, who attended Arizona State University, has hit a bump in the road recently after a six-start April in which he made five quality starts, won four, and did not give up more than two earned runs in any of the six. Since then, he has given up four or more earned runs in five of his six starts with one victory and a 6.06 ERA. He is 0-1 with an 8.50 ERA in his last four starts since a 7-0 victory over the White Sox on May 15.

Williams made two strong starts against Arizona last season, his only two career appearances against the Diamondbacks. He gave only one fun in five innings in a win at Chase Field and one run in six 11 innings in a no-decision at home.Now what for Earl Thomas, Seahawks?

Patriots sign punter Corey Bojorquez

The Patriots signed punter Corey Bojorquez after he tried out at the team’s rookie minicamp over the weekend, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

The team had to make a corresponding move to get him on the roster.

It’s no secret that Bill Belichick likes left-footed punters, and Bojorquez is one, just like incumbent punter Ryan Allen. Bojorquez also has experience as a holder.

Thank you to the Parker Police and South Metro Fire Rescue in Parker for getting to me asap, attending all my needs and transporting me to the hospital safely. Thank you to the doctors at Parker Adventist for treating me as a first class patient also. I’m very grateful and humbled to be alive. My family and I thanks everyone who has prayed for me over the last few days. My thoughts and prayers are with the other victims and I hope they all are safe and doing well.”

Henderson told Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver that he feels sore, but it’s comparable to the soreness he feels after a hard-fought game.

According to 9 News, the driver of the other car was Rainbow Sunset Espinoza, a 37-year-old woman who is facing 11 charges: stealing a vehicle, driving recklessly, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, evading police, failing to turn on her headlights, driving a car without plates, driving while her license was revoked, running red lights, criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

Henderson was one of four people injured, but all of them have now been released from the hospital.

I cannot express how humbled and honored that I am to be mentioned in the same sentence as Walter Payton. A man who did everything right not only on the field but also off of it.

You may have noticed, if you’ve been on the internet at all in the past three days, that everyone is talking about only one thing. That one thing is actually a question: Laurel or Yanny? The debate is tearing America apart at the seams and dividing the country. It all started earlier this week when someone posted a pronunciation of the word Laurel from Vocabulary.com. What happened next was total chaos. Looking for a hot new podcast that’s your home for all things NFL ? Look no further. The Pick Six Podcast with Will Brinson has you covered every weekday morning with new episodes around 30 minutes each.

Although that clip clearly says Laurel, apparently there are people out there who hear Yanny, so that’s where we are right now.

The debate got so big that even NFL teams started arguing about it. Take the Panthers for instance — they couldn’t seem to agree on what exactly they were hearing.

Poor NFL Films. Things got so confusing that they had to change their address out of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.cardinals_019

Tom Brady absent for start of Patriots’ voluntary OTAs

Tom Brady’s offseason absence will continue.

The Patriots quarterback won’t be at the opening of the team’s voluntary organized team activities on Monday, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified source.

“Even without those fines, this is going to be tough on the players, and I want a chance to speak with the coaches and other players to get feedback on this policy and to build on the good work and momentum that we have built up on these issues of social justice, on legislation, and all the things that we can do. I don’t think that this policy will interfere with that at all.

“I have a really good relationship with the players, and I hope we can keep that going and I trust that we will. I’m so proud of our players and their efforts to date. I think that is the most important thing to get across. I could not be more proud of the guys.”

Hooker tore his ACL and his MCL in an October 22 game against the Jaguars during his rookie season.

The 15th overall pick in 2017, Hooker played in seven games with six starts. He made three interceptions and four pass breakups.

Carolina is home to many who cheer on the Steelers, and Tepper has pointed out the parallels to the Panthers’ fan base, but the sale of the Charlotte’s team redefines “Pittsburgh South.”

Tepper is coming off seeing MIke Tomlin turn the Steelers into a steady force, even though the team has fallen short of winning a second Super Bowl with their longtime coach going on a decade. The Panthers have at least been close to the level of being championship-caliber every season under Rivera.

But the Panthers also have teetered on becoming what they were under John Fox a boom-or-mediocre team in the NFC South from one season to the next. Fox was 63-49 in his first seven seasons, only a game and a half shy of Rivera in the same span, with one less playoff appearance and as many NFC championships.ravens_152

Case Keenum makes immediate impression on Emmanuel Sanders

For the first time in three years, the Broncos won’t have a quarterback competition. Receiver Emmanuel Sanders likes it that way.

“You can sit back and say we’re all professional football players and you’ve got to deal with that situation, but at the same time, obviously you can’t gain the same chemistry,” Sanders said. “You don’t have the same mindset. You have to talk to two different quarterbacks. When you’re going into individual routes, you have to go to one guy and then go with the next guy. You don’t really gain that chemistry. You’re not maximizing the opportunity. Now we’re maximizing the opportunity, and hopefully it pays off.”

His base salary is dropping from $3.15 million to $2.575 million, with some incentives added back in to allow him to recoup some of the money. It cleared $500,000 in cap space.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from allegations that he attacked his then-girlfriend in their home in February.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 17, at which point Foster’s former girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, may testify under oath.

Ennis has recanted the allegations that led to the domestic violence case. Foster has been charged with domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon.

The 28-year-old woman initially told police that Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of their house, and punched her in the head eight to 10 times. She later issued a statement through her attorney saying her injuries were the result of a fight with another woman.broncos_028_7fd1bfa88f65359e-180x180

Harrison Smith: Defense has to learn from loss to Eagles

The Vikings defense allowed the fewest points and yards of any unit in the league last season and that was a major reason why they found themselves in the NFC title game against the Eagles in January.

That would be a stark contrast to what they had built on the outside, where for years the prototype of 6-foot-2, 210 pound wideouts was all they ever brought into camp.

Austin, paired up with Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer would make three receivers under 5-foot-10 for Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan to play with.

That vision didn’t last long, as less than two hours after acquiring Austin, the Cowboys shipped off 2017 fourth-round pick Ryan Switzer to Oakland to reunite with special teams coach Rich Bisaccia.

Last year Gumbel and Green were considered the No. 2 CBS team, behind Jim Nantz-Tony Romo and Ian Eagle-Dan Fouts.

Warner may be miffed that the tiebreaker wasn’t skill or experience but the fact that Witten played for the Dallas Cowboys. Never mind that Witten never played in a conference championship game or a Super Bowl. The Cowboys are still America’s Team, and they now have three former players who are perched in some of the most prominent spots in broadcasting, with Troy Aikman as the lead analyst at FOX (for Sunday and Thursday), Tony Romo as the lead analyst at CBS, and Witten as the lead analyst for Monday Night Football.

Sara Blackwell, who represents Davis and Ware, sent the NFL a settlement proposal: If commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s lawyers agree to a four-hour meeting with her clients to prepare a set of regulations for all NFL cheer teams, they will settle all claims for $1 each.

Earlier this week, the NFL (though not Goodell himself) agreed to meet with the group, and Blackwell plans to suspend the complaints for now.

Many have argued that the NFL just shouldn’t employ cheerleaders anymore.broncos_129_3d6b7eb78b9eb98d-180x180

Kentucky Derby 2018 weather: Is rain forecast for Saturday’s race?

One year after Always Dreaming cruised to victory over a muddy Churchill Downs track, could rain dampen the 144th renewal of the Kentucky Derby ?

The answer, according Accuweather.com, is maybe.

The Ravens are hoping Flacco can rebound in 2018 from three straight mediocre seasons by surrounding him with better offensive talent. Three wide receivers were signed in free agency (Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead), and South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst was drafted earlier in the first round at No. 25.

Still, it’s fair to wonder whether the additions are enough to make Flacco the difference-maker he was when he led Baltimore to victory in Super Bowl 47. At age 33 and with a mounting injury history, the odds are against it. Plus, the Ravens now have a viable way to get out of the $63 million in base salary remaining on the final three years of Flacco’s contract, which is set to expire after the 2021 campaign.

The wideout depth chart boasts Josh Gordon, Landry and Corey Coleman. The team also took a huge risk on fourth-round rookie Antonio Callaway. In addition, the offensive line could struggle after Joe Thomas retired in March.

Sometimes those types of things escalate, but more often they’re just cyclical. Especially when the two depend on each other for continued success.

Could it be that this is the year all of this does matter, and I’m wrong when I say none of it does? Sure, it’s always possible. But I doubt it.

There’s also the stark difference between how the two men approach life. Brady may seem like a robot, but he’s passionate. It’s why you often see him screaming and fiery.

Brady still sees himself as that player who was snubbed by the NFL and drafted in the sixth round. It’s still his motivation, his warp core. In many ways, Brady, who has played 18 seasons and in eight Super Bowls, is a man who is all heart and emo wrapped in an indestructible shell.tigers_073-115x115