Report: Giants front office is split on the No. 2 pick decision

Earlier during the draft process, former Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty claimed to have people within the organization who told him the team is very interested in Darnold and could trade up to the No. 1 overall pick to secure drafting him. Anonymous NFL executives who spoke with NJ Advance Media believe the Giants will draft Darnold if the Browns select Allen. The Browns have been connected to Allen, Darnold, and quarterback Baker Mayfield during the pre-draft process. Recent reports suggest the Browns have narrowed their choices down to Allen and Mayfield. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock still has a ‘gut feeling’ the Browns will select Darnold.

According to Vacchiano, the Giants are sold on Darnold as their No. 1 quarterback, they are not very high on two of the other projected top four quarterbacks, and there is one darkhorse candidate at quarterback to be selected at No. 2 overall.

Finding a loophole around the Ed Sheeran concert scheduled for Saturday, which was supposed to have the Lions starting the season on the road, is a blessing. Then you have to realize the game is against the Jets, one of the most-beatable opponents on the entire schedule. There’s plenty of value in gaining early momentum and a win in prime time can provide that.

The travel this season was always going to be a bear. After a west-coast trip to Oakland in the preseason, the Lions will head back to the Bay Area in Week 2 to face San Francisco. That’s a good, young team with a quarterback who hasn’t lost in seven starts. But it will probably be better to catch the 49ers early in the year, before the chemistry fully develops between Jimmy Garoppolo and his offensive weapons.

As for the home tilt against New England, no matter where you put it on the schedule it was going to be tough. A hyped home crowd for prime time certainly doesn’t hurt Detroit’s chances.

Former coach Jim Caldwell always preached “be an indoor team with an outdoor mentality.” The Lions will need that mental fortitude this December when they play not one, but a pair of games at two of the league’s more challenging cold-weather venues.seahawks_191

Eagles add linebacker Paul Worrilow

The Super Bowl champions are adding some depth on defense and special teams.

The Eagles are signing linebacker Paul Worrilow, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Worrilow played about a quarter of the Lions’ defensive snaps and about half of their special teams stats last season. That was his only year in Detroit after previously playing four seasons in Atlanta.

He’s a lock to pick up starts in all three of those games, probably at third base with Maikel Franco shifting to DH, and that might well provide the opportunity for the rookie to build up hitting momentum and nail down an everyday role. Although the Phillies’ hitting rating is middling — 6 overall and for both left- and right-handers — mostly due to the pitching-friendly nature of Tropicana Field, this is a good week to rely on them for a volume advantage.

He was tendered at the original round level of $1.907 million, and since he was undrafted wouldn’t have cost another team any compensation to sign away.

He earned the starting left guard job, and has 33 starts in three seasons. He led the league in performance-based pay this year, picking up an extra $489,782.35 for last season.

My value picks for Week 2 both come from the St. Louis Cardinals, who face four (and possibly five) right-handed starters in seven games, miss both Chase Anderson and Luis Castillo in their opponents’ rotations and have one of the week’s best stolen base matchup ratings.

Dexter Fowler (available in roughly 40 percent of ESPN leagues) is the team’s typical leadoff man who has underrated stolen base skills, while Kolten Wong (available in roughly 95 percent) showed a more aggressive approach on the base paths during the preseason that hasn’t shown itself since the games began to count. Both should be in your lineup for this favorable schedule.
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Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams making strongest push for NFC title run

Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams making strongest push for NFC title run More Unless it’s in Las Vegas, there aren’t many people who are setting the odds of who will represent the two conferences in the Super Bowl.

Which isn’t to say that it looks simple. Every decision the Angels make in how they use Ohtani will be difficult, just as it was difficult for the Boston Red Sox to decide how to use Babe Ruth 100 years ago — almost exactly 100 years ago, in fact. In April 1918, Babe Ruth was a full-time pitcher pleading to be allowed to play the field. His manager, Ed Barrow, was resistant, in part fearful that he’d be a laughingstock. The decision, which came to a head in early May of that season, looks obvious in retrospect. But what exactly was Barrow choosing between at the time We invented an analytics department for the 1918 Red Sox to find out.

Miami also designated right-hander Brian Ellington for assignment. Ellington made 97 relief appearances for the Marlins from 2015 through 2017, going 7-4 with a 4.65 ERA.

Teams recover, of course. The 2014 Royals lost a Game 7 with the tying run on third base when the World Series ended. They were so traumatized that they won the title the very next season. The 2016 Indians lost one of the most epic Game 7s ever, in extra innings, and like the Royals had the tying run on base when the Series ended. The Indians didn’t win the title last year, but they did win 102 games.

We have to be over it, first baseman Cody Bellinger said. It’s a new season. Time to move on.

You do it because you have to. The baseball world moves in one direction: forward.

We’re very much a glass-is-half-full organization, Zaidi said. We feel great about what we accomplished last year. But there was no panic [in our offseason]. We believe in our process and our talent.patriots_114

Going forward, Burfict is owed money only if he remains on the team and plays.

If there’s a decision to make, it’s that the Bengals owe Burfict a $2 million, 90-man roster bonus on March 31. If the Bengals decided to cut Burfict before then, the salary-tracking website www.overthecap.com indicates the club would save $5.8 million on the salary cap this season while carrying $2.85 million in dead money.

Should he remain on the team, Burfict would forfeit his game checks for those weeks, like any other suspension.

Tennessee won’t be exposed anymore when Ryan slides inside to cover the slot with Butler and Jackson capable of matching up with any opponent’s outside targets.

The Titans also signed the Derrick Henry’s ideal complementary backfield mate in another former Patriot, Dion Lewis.

DeMarco Murray kept Henry off the field because of the veteran’s ability to contribute in the passing game as a blocker and receiver. Henry showed he can be the team’s starting running back late last season and the organization released Murray as a result. Lewis provides a change of pace to the hulking Henry. The 5’8″, 195-pound back is simply electric in space as a runner or receiver.

He started his career in 2009 with the New York Jets before moving on to the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens.

At Chadron State, Woodhead set a then-all-division NCAA rushing record with 7,962 career yards, including a single-season mark of 2,756. He wrapped up his college career with 9,350 all-purpose yards and 109 total touchdowns.

The official added that Trump “just thinks they should wrap it up. He sees it becoming a big fishing expedition.”

For months now, the president has raged in private conversations with friends and advisers over the intensifying investigation. People familiar with his thinking said he has been especially agitated by Mueller’s probing into the financial and other records of his private business, the Trump Organization — an intrusion that he said in an interview last year would cross a red line.patriots_380

Darling of a matchup as Hurricanes visit Blackhawks

CHICAGO — Goaltender Scott Darling will face his former team when the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at the United Center

Without the 12-year veteran, the Flames are leaning on a rookie tandem of Jon Gillies and David Rittich, who have combined to appear in 25 career NHL games.

Gillies is 2-2-1 in six games, including a 35-save outing in a 5-2 win at Arizona on Feb. 22. Rittich is 1-4-1, and allowed seven goals on 26 shots in a 7-3 loss at Vegas on Feb. 21.

Coach Glen Gulutzan defended his goalies by saying the team has to play better as a whole. And yet, he acknowledged how much of a difference Smith can make both in stopping shots and being one of the league’s best puck-handling goalies.

“There’s no scapegoat on goaltending here,” Gulutzan said. “We’re still fighting. And if we get him back, I think it’s great. It helps you win when you get an elite guy back.”

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester needs hip surgery and will miss up to six months, and forward Scottie Upshall will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks after spraining his left MCL. The 15-year veterans were injured in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars.

It looked like Adam Silver had done it again. He made a seemingly simple fix to a problem that would improve the product tenfold. It would be basketball in its purest, most playground-like form. The possibilities and storylines were endless.

“And so we when we’d recently seen some of the instances that had been happening on the court by our major actors on the court, we said, ‘This is not living up to our collective standards … in regards to sportsmanship.’ We thought it was just important to take a renewed emphasis on respect and relationships — respect for the game and respect for each other.”packers_142

‘Hard Knocks’ 2018: Which teams are eligible for this year’s HBO show?

HBO’s reality TV series “Hard Knocks” gives NFL fans an inside look into a single team every training camp. The show is a fan favorite, which is why in 2013 the NFL decided that if a team didn’t volunteer itself for the show, one would be selected.

“It’s not something we would be really excited about,” Lynch said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “I love the show, but I think some things are best left behind closed doors. I fundamentally have a problem with cutting players and things of that nature (on camera). It’s not something we’d be thrilled about.”

Last year, the decision on a team (the Buccaneers) was made in April, so you can likely expect this year’s team to be chosen around that time.

“I think there is no doubt we’ve got to get better at that position,” Elway said, via the team’s website. “For us to have a chance to get better, we’ve got to get better at that position.”

Broncos quarterbacks Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch put on less than impressive performances this season, combining for a 73.0 passer rating ranking 31st in the league. Furthermore, only the winless Browns had more turnovers than the Broncos.

“Obviously, that position didn’t perform as well as we wanted it to. I thought it would perform better than it did,” Elway said. “And it’s not just on them; I think there’s a lot of circumstances that went into that, that put them in tough situations. But we didn’t perform as well as we’d like to, so that’s obviously a position that we feel like we have to get better at going into next season.”

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The Colts keep coming up lame in close games.

Judge and Stanton had the two highest average exit velocities on home runs last season, according to Statcast (minimum 10 homers) — Judge at 110.0 mph and Stanton at 109.3. They combined for 47 batted balls with an exit velocity of 115-plus mph, while the rest of MLB combined had 39 such batted balls, according to Statcast. The two also combined for the eight hardest-hit batted balls in the majors last season (Judge with five) and nine of the top 10.

It will be interesting to see if the fight of their remaining healthy players can save Chuck Pagano’s job.

So much for the firing of Ben McAdoo and the re-starting of Eli Manning providing a spark for the offense and defense under Steve Spagnuolo. This team looks checked-out and overwhelmed until the new full-time GM and coach are in place.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson on losing quarterback Carson Wentz for the season with a torn ACL: “I hate it for Carson Wentz; I hate it for the career and the season he’s been having. But at the same time it’s been the next man up mentality and that’s how we approach it this week.”

With numbers like that it’s no wonder people are starting to talk about the Tigers QB’s draft prospects. So, it begs the question, how does the junior QB stack up?

The most notable thing right away is Lock’s size. He stands at 6-4, and looks every inch of it on tape, and weighs in at 225 pounds. Second, he has the arm strength to go downfield. He does a good job of putting touch on deep balls, even those that stretch the normal boundaries of college quarterbacks.

I know Mara to be a fine man and an excellent team owner who understands the business of NFL football and the need for patience — in the mold of his father Wellington Mara, who was a pillar among NFL team owners for decades. It surely was painful for John Mara to make these moves with four games left in the season.lakers_010

Maple Leafs look to continue torrid run vs. Flyers

“When you’re at eight, nine, 10 in a row, most teams would start to point fingers and start to just find excuses,” Giroux told the Philadelphia Daily News. “That wasn’t the case. We were all in the same boat, and no one went over to the dark side. We stuck together, and that shows a lot of what this team is made of.”

Colorado mustered only seven goals during its losing streak but equaled that total in this game.

“When you lose a handful in a row you’ve got to stick with the process,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “I think that’s what our guys did tonight.”

“I think Sutton is the most underrated player in this draft,” the GM said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. (NFL GMs are not allowed to comment publicly on current college players.) “He’s got some flaws but you watch him on film and you see some things that translate well on Sundays.

“There’s a chance he’s the first wide receiver off the board.”

The Cardinals gained 64 yards in the first half and 197 in the second.

Blaine Gabbert completed 17 of 26 for 178 yards for Arizona with no interceptions, but was sacked eight times, most by a Cardinals quarterback this season. Kerwynn Williams rushed for 73 yards as Arizona outgained Tennessee on the ground 136-65.
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Garoppolo leads 49ers to 26-16 win over Texans

Jimmy Garoppolo threw for a career-high 334 yards and a touchdown to help the San Francisco 49ers to their second straight win, 26-16, over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

The Rams suffered several injury scares in their Week 14 game, though none of them came close to Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz potentially tearing his ACL on a negated touchdown run.

Trumaine Johnson, who is on his second consecutive franchise tag, ended the game in concussion protocol, which means the Rams could be without their top two cornerbacks heading into a road game against the division-rival Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth injured his ankle in the second quarter, but he returned in the second half. Right tackle Rob Havenstein injured his ankle in the fourth quarter and didn’t come back, prompting Darrell Williams to enter the game. Williams was immediately beaten by defensive end Chris Long on an eventual strip sack of Jared Goff. McVay did not have an update on Havenstein.

“I was upfront and honest with Eli,” McAdoo told reporters Friday, via ESPN. “I don’t have any regrets there.”

However, McAdoo’s assertion he is “on the same page” as Mara – a phrase he repeated three times during Friday’s press conference – doesn’t seem to hold up. McAdoo said Tuesday the plan was to start Manning in Sunday’s matchup with the Raiders and replace him with Geno Smith for the second half; Mara said Wednesday that the plan was to start Manning and keep him in the game “if he’s playing well in the first half, we’re winning the game, it looks like we’ve got a chance, the offense is clicking.”
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Tarasenko nets 2, gets in rare fight as Blues top Oilers 8-3

Vladimir Tarasenko dropped his gloves and inspired his teammates.

On a night when he had two goals and two assists , Tarasenko got in a rare fight Tuesday during the St. Louis Blues’ 8-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

“Our offense line has been banged up here of late,” Lynch said. “I don’t want it to sound like, ‘We’re willing to send C. J. Beathard out there to get beat up,’ but we feel like that’s going to settle down.”

“We lost Pierre Garcon (to a season-ending disc injury) and we’re playing frankly a lot of young guys,” Lynch said. “Marquise Goodwin, who’s been a number three guy, he’s our number one right now. That’s a little bit of a struggle.”

Well, at least until midway through the second quarter. That’s when Burfict got ejected for touching an official following a play that ended out of bounds.

Burfict, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness two snaps earlier, sauntered off the field showing no signs of remorse for letting down his teammates while making the Johnny Manziel “money” gesture to fans at Nissan Stadium.

We’re back for the second half in Seattle. The Seahawks will start the period’s opening drive at their 28.

Meanwhile, it’s another week and another court hearing … and likely another starting assignment for Elliott in Atlanta on Sunday.

But at some point, the time could come for Elliott to sit out several weeks. At this point, even though they’re prepared to play without their star running back, the Cowboys have to hope it’s not until the start of the 2018 season.nike_steelers_3266