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Jordan Matthews’ forgettable one-year stint in Buffalo allowed the New England Patriots to sign the wide receiver to a seriously team-friendly deal.
Matthews’ contract with the Patriots is a one-year, $1 million pact that includes just $170,000 in guaranteed money, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB. Matthews can earn an additional $700,000 in unspecified incentives.
The power play always drives a lot of the Penguins’ success, so there’s bonus points available in the form of Crosby, Malkin, Kessel and Hornqvist. Interestingly, Justin Schultz has been leading the Penguins’ defensemen in power-play ice time for a couple of weeks now, despite Kris Letang being healthy. Whether that continues into the playoffs is unclear, but it muddies the potential of Letang and makes Schultz a potential sleeper.
Matt Murray heads into his first postseason as the unquestioned starter, but it hasn’t been a pretty entry. In eight starts since February, Murray has allowed three or more goals seven times. Still, when you play behind the Pittsburgh offense, you can allow three or four goals and still win. That said, this is just his third NHL season, and he already owns a 22-9 record in the playoffs with a 1.95 goals-against average (second-best to Chris Osgood for the past 10 years among goalies with at least 30 playoff games).
Gurley was fired up about the rumored and at-this-point hypothetical possibility of the Rams trading for the Giants star, though he made it clear he thought he and coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff could make it work within the framework of an already good offense.
“Oh yeah, that’s my guy,” Gurley said of Beckham, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. “There’s always enough snaps. There’s always enough snaps.
“If we had him, man, it would be awesome. I’d be happy, Goff will be happy, coach McVay will be happy, [owner Stan] Kroenke, the whole team would be.”
Gurley was less forthcoming with confirmation that he had talked to Beckham about the possibility. There was a report that Beckham had told a couple of Rams players he was hoping to go there, but Gurley wasn’t going to admit to being one of them.
“Hmm, I don’t want to say all that,” Gurley said. “That’s my boy.”
I talked to Phil who talked to him last night. He seems to be doing OK. I think he’s just sitting there anxiously waiting on some good answers.
“We’ll see,” Shurmur told reporters during the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando last month. “We’re having those discussions. We’re in discussions with teams [about practices], but you can suggest to the league a team you want to play against and then the league eventually will just tell you who you’re playing.”
Shurmur and the Giants likely will work towards organization joint practices this summer, but announce them as well as the opponents at a later date. Previously, Shurmur took part in joint practices with the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens when he was the offensive coordinator on Chip Kelly’s staff with the Eagles from 2013-2015.
The preseason is a prime opportunity for coaches to see bottom of the roster players in action to help determine who makes the team and who gets cut. Rarely a harbinger of how the regular season will play out, the Giants finished the 2017 exhibition slate with a 2-2 record.
The NFL is expected to release the 2018 regular season schedule later this month.
Even if Johnson returns to dominant 2016 form, that’s a fantastical forecast considering the dubious state of the offensive line and receiving corps.
The past two years’ worth of Vikings tape, however, bolster Johnson’s claim about Bradford’s potential in Arizona.
The scarlet letter attached to Bradford this offseason is similar to the one Carson Palmer sported when the Cardinals stole the former Raiders quarterback for the bargain price of a sixth-round draft pick in 2013: Can his body withstand the weekly poundings long enough to showcase his special arm talent?
Within two years of his arrival in the desert, Palmer was being hailed as a ” godsend ,” leaving a trail of skeptics in his wake.
That’s not to suggest Bradford is bound to follow in Palmer’s footsteps as an MVP runner-up in Arizona, but Johnson’s inferences are far from unfounded.
Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup after leaving the previous game because of left hip flexor tightness.
Sanchez should’ve automatically been called out for having essentially passed Stanton on the bases. Once the tag was applied to Stanton, he would’ve been declared out, too. That all means the play should have ended in a double play. It didn’t happen that way.
After a lengthy discussion among the umpires that included a vociferous argument from Orioles manager Buck Showalter, the ruling of one lone out — Stanton — stood.
The MLB rulebook actually cites a similar example of a trail runner (Sanchez) reaching a base while the lead runner (Stanton) is in a rundown. The rule says, “the trailing runner is out and third base is unoccupied. The lead runner is entitled to third base if he returns to touch it before he is out … unless he is declared out for abandoning the bases.”
Andrew Benintendi hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Boston’s wild six-run eighth inning, and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 on Sunday for their eighth straight win.
Miller is hitting .222 with a home run and five RBIs this season.
The Rays are replacing Miller by adding right-handed pitcher Ryan Weber from Triple-A Durham.
He will become the third player born in St. Petersburg, Florida, in Rays history.
It was important for the Giants to see Beckham at the facility this spring. They want to see him work out in order to make sure he’s running well and pain-free before they’re willing to invest long term in his services. They also want to make sure he’s willing to buy into the new program being installed by Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman.
The Jaguars have revamped their offense this season, and wide receiver Allen Hurns is set to become the latest roster casualty.
According to Pro Football Talk, Hurns will be released by the team, making him an immediate free agent.
“The last two outings have been a nightmare for me,” Kintzler said. “And hopefully in September, I’ll laugh about it.”
New York’s Steven Matz allowed one unearned run in five innings. Washington’s Gio Gonzalez went 5 1/3 innings, with one earned run, six strikeouts — and one face-saving catch of a comeback liner that was headed directly for his head in the third.
Nationals: LF Adam Eaton was out of the lineup, as expected, after tweaking his left ankle during an awkward slide home Thursday. But Eaton said he wasn’t in any pain and he pinch hit in the seventh Saturday.
The Tennessee Titans agreed to a contract with veteran defensive tackle Bennie Logan, the team announced Sunday.
Logan led the Chiefs’ defensive linemen last season in total tackles (54). He was second on the team in tackles for loss (10) and tied for sixth in sacks (1.5).
The Giants activated RHP Tyler Beede, and the 24-year-old right-hander will start Tuesday’s game for his major league debut. Beede, a 2014 first-round pick, will pitch in place of RHP Johnny Cueto, whose start was pushed back to Wednesday. In a corresponding move, the Giants optioned RHP Roberto Gomez to Triple-A Sacramento.
Diamondbacks: OF Steven Souza Jr., on the DL with a right pectoral strain, complained of discomfort Sunday after playing in a simulated game in which he homered twice in seven at-bats and threw from over 100 feet. An MRI showed fluid in the area of the injury. “This is part of the process,” Lovullo said. “I do not consider this a setback whatsoever.” … 3B Jake Lamb (left shoulder AC joint sprain) took dry swings and did some running and throwing Monday. He’ll ramp up baseball activities Tuesday.
Frank Gore is going home.
The 13-year veteran running back on Thursday agreed to a one-year contract with the Dolphins, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
A Miami native and University of Miami standout, Gore visited the Lions last week but left Detroit without a deal.
Gore, who turns 35 in May, was selected by the 49ers with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft and remained in San Francisco until he joined the Colts in 2015. He has eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing nine times throughout his career and last rushed for 1,000 yards in 2016 with the Colts.
“I think there was some external pressure that creeped in the room,” veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “I think maybe as a veteran group, we probably don’t want to admit that it affected us. I think at times it definitely did.”
Suh, 31, began his career with the Lions, racking up 36 sacks in five seasons, but failed to live up to expectations after arriving in Miami in 2015 on a six-year, $114 million contract. He had 15 1/2 sacks in three seasons with the Dolphins.
Barrie gave Colorado a 2-0 lead in the second on a goal from the blue line that led to a challenge by St. Louis, which felt the puck left the zone. The officials took a long look before ruling it a good goal and determined “there were no definitive replays which showed that the puck left the attacking zone,” according to NHL situation room.
“I’m not going to blame the season on a bad call,” Yeo said.
Girard scored his first goal since Feb. 22 on a slap shot through traffic with 46 seconds left in the first period to give the Avs a 1-0 advantage. He was acquired by Colorado from Nashville in the three-team deal that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa in November.
The last time two teams met in their final game of the season while contending for the last available playoff spot in the conference was 2010. In that contest, Philadelphia beat the New York Rangers in a shootout.
NFL teams are reportedly struggling to set up individual meetings with Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson ahead of next month’s draft, according to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock.
I’ve had several teams tell me they’re having trouble just getting to set up appointments to meet with him, Mayock said on NFL Network on Thursday. Not just work out, but appointments to meet with him, to put him up on the board, to work him out, to have dinner with him. And remember, and again I’m not taking a shot here at anybody, his mom is representing him, his mom has obviously his best interest at heart, but you’re doing the kid a disservice if NFL coaches and general managers are calling and you can’t even get an appointment set up.
Jackson was on hand for Louisville’s pro day Thursday but once again declined to go through any athletic testing. He threw at the NFL combine but declined to do testing there as well, saying he wants to be judged as a quarterback.
The Wyoming product never completed better than 56.3 percent of his passes during his collegiate career. However, some scouts have been fawning over him due to his traditional makeup. Jackson vs. Allen has become something of a battleground on social media and talking head shows, with some wondering if Jackson is being discounted because he is black.
That said, given his tenuous draft status, it’s not a great look that some teams have been unable to schedule meetings.
The 35-year-old Gonzalez also was on base four times with two hits and two walks in his New York debut. The five-time All-Star first baseman was signed for the major league minimum during the offseason after struggling with a bad back last year with the Dodgers.
New York catcher Kevin Plawecki also had two walks and two hits, including a late RBI single.
Chris Ash is not going to say there’s a No. 1 guy at all yet in regards to Rutgers’ unproven wide receivers group, but Bo Melton is certainly making his case.
The sophomore wideout continued to impress Thursday during the Scarlet Knights’ seventh spring practice, making several impressive catches during the period the session was open to reporters while flashing the home run hitter potential the Scarlet Knights’ offense desperately needs.
Yankees outfield prospect Billy McKinney was looking forward to the weekend. He planned to leave minor-league camp for a few days to spend Easter with his family in Texas.
But when he arrived at the team’s minor-league development complex in Tampa on Friday morning, several staffers told him it was important to see Vice President of Player Development Kevin Reese before he started preparing for the day.
Reese knew of McKinney’s plans, so he started by telling the 23-year-old that he couldn’t go home. So, McKinney said, I was like,’Oh, what did I do now’
Outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury (strained right oblique) and Clint Frazier (concussion) are also on the DL, forcing the Yankees to call up McKinney, whom MLB.com ranks as the team’s 19th best prospect.
It’s really unfortunate, especially with great players — Jacoby, Clint and Aaron — it’s tough, McKinney said. Obviously, I know Aaron getting hurt, everybody’s been through it. Hopefully they get him back on the field as soon as possible.
Arizona will be one stop of Mayfield’s tour, which will take him to Cleveland, Buffalo, both the Giants and Jets in New York, Miami and Denver, according to MMQB.
He made a season-high 10 receptions for 107 yards in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14. The former Baylor receiver’s most productive season was 2013, when he caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards with Tennessee. –The Cleveland Browns announced they have agreed to contracts with former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton and former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis. Terms were not available, but Stanton’s deal was originally reported to be for two years. He becomes the third quarterback on Cleveland’s roster, with the team widely expected to take another with the first overall pick in next month’s draft.
Janis was a seventh-round pick by the Packers out of Saginaw Valley State in 2014. In 51 games with Green Bay, he had just 17 catches for 200 yards and one touchdown, though he famously caught a Hail Mary from Aaron Rodgers with no time left to send a playoff game against the Cardinals into overtime in 2016. –The New York Jets announced that they signed former Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Robertson walked Donaldson to get to Smoak, who was already 2-for-3 with a homer, and got into an intense battle with him that saw several full-count fouls and the Rogers Centre crowd dying with each pitch.
Sueng Hwan Oh closed it out for the Blue Jays, who lose the first two games of the series and then won the next pair.
Sonny Gray had killer stuff but the Jays made him work and he lasted just four-plus innings and 89 pitches. He struck out eight, walked three and gave up seven hits, including Devon Travis’ RBI single in the second inning that put Toronto ahead, 1-0.
Stanton, new to left field, made an excellent play in the sixth. The natural right field, playing out of position to make room for Aaron Judge in left field and because of several hurt outfielders, covered a lot of ground to his right to catch Kendrys Morales’ long fly to the corner, near the wall.
Judge shined on defense, too.
Gift Ngoepe singled to right field with one out in the second inning. Russell Martin, with no outs and the top of the order due up, tried scoring from second base. Judge threw him out at home, the ball hitting catcher Austin Romine’s glove right in front of the plate and beating Martin by a hand’s length.
Taylor Hall, Keith Kinkaid, Kyle Palmieri, Nico Hischier and the New Jersey Devils will aim to inch closer to a playoff spot when they visit Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Bell Centre in Montreal.
Of course, Brady – unlike any quarterback before him – has always been able to defy the odds and achieve peak performance when others failed to do so (look no further than Peyton Manning’s last two years in the league).
Still, the team is aware of his age and what it entails – just ask Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who spoke about New England selecting a quarterback earlier this week: I’m going to put my fan hat on, and obviously at some point we have to, Kraft said, when asked if picking a quarterback in the draft can be seen as a high priority for the franchise right now ( via ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss ). Not just that, the 76-year old continued, but think what happened in the ‘08 season when in the first quarter against Kansas City, Tom goes out. How many people would have said that Matt Cassel would have led us to an 11-5 season I put my faith and confidence in Bill [Belichick]. He knows his responsibilities. Anything can happen, even if Tom comes in tip-top shape.
The team shopped Ebron at the trading deadline and he seemed resigned to the possibility he wouldn’t finish out the year in Detroit, but a deal never came to fruition. It proved fortunate for both sides as he had a strong finish to the campaign, nearly doubling his production from the first half with 35 receptions, 379 yards and three scores the final eight weeks.
The Lions picked up the fifth-year option on Ebron’s contract after the season, a one-year deal that would have become guaranteed at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The team reportedly continued to field offers throughout the week, but never found a taker. Now he’ll have an opportunity to explore free agency a year early, and should draw serious interest given his skill set and age.
That leaves Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tyler Eifert, who has missed most of the past two seasons because of back injuries, and Martellus Bennett, who was unceremoniously dumped by the Packers last year, in the middle of his first season with the team, as the best remaining options.
That’s why Bengals coach Marvin Lewis flatly said no when asked if he’d consider moving on from Burfict. Tobin echoed those sentiments even if the idea of parting ways with Burfict has come up before.
Do we have conversations on that a lot Sure, we have conversations on that a lot, Tobin said. But at the end of the day we are a player-oriented business and the players are the ones that win or lose for us. We try to collect as many players that can help us win. That’s our job. That’s what we do. That’s our responsibility as an organization: To try to put the best football team on the field that we possibly can.
The Nationals and Astros both made the postseason in 2017, but they finished in very different ways. These two teams already have the core roster elements necessary to make return trips, but they will also have to ride the success of the likes of Wilmer Difo and Chris Devenski, who both stepped into larger roles in 2017 and hope to keep those this year.
It’s a remarkable leap and seems to be a bizarre fit for an offense with Alex Smith under center, given that even the 2017 version of Smith wasn’t exactly chucking it downfield on a frequent basis.
Washington’s offense is littered with injury risks, and while players like Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson offer significant upside when healthy, it’s not clear that’s the case with Richardson.
TE Trey Burton, Bears Grade: C Last seen famously throwing a touchdown pass to Nick Foles, Burton has been too useful of a player to stick around as a secondary tight end behind Zach Ertz in Philadelphia.
Burton is not going to score 16 touchdowns as a starter, and he’s not the blocker Ertz is, but the 26-year-old’s upside is as a legitimate No. 1 tight end up and down the field.
It wasn’t just free agency, either. Philadelphia also had success building through the draft and through key trades. It can be seen in players like Wentz, who led the team to an 11-2 record before his injury, and Jay Ajayi, who helped the Eagles finish third in the league for rushing yards last year.
It’s funny to look back now and see the impact the Eagles’ free agency acquisitions had on their Super Bowl odds, which was none whatsoever. Bovada had the Eagles at 50/1 before free agency and the draft, per Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia. The Eagles’ efforts didn’t move the needle at all.
In the Super Bowl five years ago, Colin Kaepernick threw a fourth-and-goal pass to Crabtree late in the fourth quarter that fell incomplete.
Crabtree has long contended it was pass interference by Jimmy Smith on the critical play that led to the Ravens’ 34-31 championship triumph.
He has dominated the Ravens in the three meetings to follow, catching five touchdown passes (the most against Baltimore over that span).