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The head coach said at the close of Flacons’ minicamp that the team has been in conversations with the receiver, who skipped spring workouts in hopes of getting a new deal.

Jones’ situation — trying to get a new deal with three years left on his current contraction — could be instructive to other superstar players. Might we see playmakers take shorter extensions in the future to get more potential bites at the free-agent apple? Kirk Cousins inking only a three-year deal could be instructive, especially with modern medicine curtailing most of the career-threatening injuries.

It’s a positive sign that Quinn is confident a solution with Jones can be agreed to before training camp in late July. If the situation lingers into August, the nonchalance in Atlanta could turn into handwringing.

If you follow the sport closely, springtime is a familiar carnival that totes with it an intense feeling of déjà vu. Look at the NFL offseason like a long-running sitcom: Absent fresh inspiration and new places to take the central characters, writers often grab well-received storylines from earlier seasons and repurpose them with different characters and slightly varied circumstances. If it works, everyone wins: The audience doesn’t notice (or mind) this recycling of ideas, and the writers, cast and crew get another couple years of paychecks.

While not an apple-to-apples comparison, the NFL machine has a similar manner of business. Many of the storylines that drive the news cycle this time of year should be extremely familiar to fans, but Leonard Fournette Authentic Jersey we tend to follow the plot even if we pretty much know how it will turn out. Beat writers, like sitcom scribes, need to rehash shopworn themes to keep the machine in motion.

Perhaps that familiarity is part Jeff Driskel Youth Jersey of the appeal. The NFL offseason is comfort food for pigskin obsessives in the same way Friends reruns on Netflix scratch an itch for couch potatoes. We all know Julio Jones will be on the field for the Falcons in Week 1 just like we know Chandler and Monica will get married in Season 7. Sometimes it’s nice to just turn off your brain and enjoy the show.

Calvin Johnson says there’s no chance of a comeback, thanks to his ankle injuries

Last season reports surfaced that teams were interested in bringing former Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson out of retirement. Megatron says that will not happen.

Johnson told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he wouldn’t be able to play football again even if he wanted to because of the effects of the multiple ankle injuries he suffered as a player.

The NFL has to be vigilant, constantly, because there’s so much illegal wagering taking place, Ganis said.

From the commissioner to the teams themselves — many of whom hire full-time security directors who are former federal agents — the NFL has devoted a significant number of resources to prevent and snuff out any issues its players or team/league personnel may have with shady characters before they become problems.

There’s a concern that a more open gambling marketplace will only increase the number of shady characters the league must protect the game from, particularly from other continents.

Former Reds and Nationals general manager (and current writer for The Athletic) Jim Bowden is ready to throw that approach out the window and talk about big moves.

In a column naming potential buyers and sellers leading into trade deadline season, Bowden called the Mets a clear seller and suggested putting every big name on the roster out on the trade block.

The Mets are likely a sub-.500 team. Their farm system is barren, and three of the teams in their division — the Nationals, Phillies and Braves — now have better major- and minor-league teams than the Mets. Therefore, they should have no untouchables at the trade deadline, and that includes Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, Asdrubal Cabrera and Todd Frazier. This team needs to sell while they still have trade assets with peak values, or it might end up being a longer rebuilding program than they’re anticipating.

The idea of the Mets actually doing this and intentionally punting on a season now seems far-fetched, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. With the Nationals, Braves and Phillies all better right now, New York could be destined for fourth place this season.

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By signing punter Taylor Symmank on Tuesday to create 90-man roster competition for Riley Dixon, the Giants at least created a longshot possibility of keeping their final pick in the next draft.

The Eagles were ideally American: successful and civic-minded. They were role models for anyone who values building bridges within communities, spurring social change and making their voices heard.

That’s what the White House is trying to stamp out: not disrespect, not even dissent, but simple disagreement with its platform and policies.

That’s truly terrifying, not just for the NFL, but for everyone.

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Clowney is hoping to get a contract extension from the Texans this offseason and the team is optimistic a deal will get done as well.

Molina’s double was his 339th, tying Ray Lankford for ninth all-time in St. Louis history. It also gave him 100 career RBI against the Reds. … Reds starters have lasted six innings in back-to-back starts for the first time since May 20-22. … Jesse Womens Jason Williams Jersey Winker hit a solo homer in the eighth, the first that Sam Tuivailala has allowed this season in 18 appearances. … Jose Peraza extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest by a Reds player this season. Scott Schebler has a career-best nine-game streak.

Reds: Homer Bailey will make his first rehab start Monday with Triple-A Louisville. He’s been on the 10-day DL since June 2 with a sore right knee. Bailey is 1-7 with a 6.68 ERA in 12 starts.

Cardinals: Carlos Martinez (3-2, 1.83) makes his second start since returning from a strained muscle in his right side. He lasted only four innings and walked five in a 7-4 loss to Miami on Tuesday.

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Chris Simms and I battled it out on Monday, and Stats issued a (misguided) verdict. You can check out our choices and chime in with your own thoughts.

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Mauger, 23, originally signed with the Falcons as a undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2017. He injured his knee before the start of the regular season and spent his rookie season on injured reserve.

During his four seasons at Georgia, Mauger made 186 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and 12 pass breakups in 50 games.

With less than two months until training camp and as the Colts’ offseason program winds down, Andrew Luck still is not throwing in team drills. Despite proclamations of T.J. Yeldon Womens Jersey the Indianapolis front office that the quarterback will be ready to go full tilt on Day 1 of camp, there surely is plenty of nervousness being kept under wraps.

I understand it’s important for the leadership of an organization to put on a good public face to keep concern from turning into panic when the face of the franchise is the focal point. When I was a GM, thankfully I never had to deal with our starting quarterback missing the entire prior season and ensuing offseason as he tried to return from a major injury.

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An Eagles fan who allegedly punched a horse before the NFC Championship Game in January is in the process of suing the team, a Philadelphia Solomon Thomas Jersey Police Department officer and a Pennsylvania state trooper, claiming he was actually the victim.
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As the Giants install a 3-4 base defense under first-year coordinator James Bettcher, Tomlinson is getting flashbacks. Not only to his meeting with Bettcher the then-Cardinals defensive coordinator before the 2017 NFL Draft, but to his days at NCAA powerhouse Alabama.

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The one negative of that is, I hope he plays well in that season opener, Prisco said. Because you know how Eagles fans are. If he struggles at all, ‘We want Nick Foles,’ right?It’s not inconceivable to think Wentz might struggle if he returns in September. He tore up his knee in December, and he’s a quarterback who relies so heavily on his athleticism and mobility. He might be able to play in September, but he might not be at full strength until later in the season.

In February, Prescott talked about the run-pass option and how it benefits him. Play-action in general has been Prescott’s best friend throughout his NFL career, and the addition of the RPO, along with certain route-and receiver-spacing concepts can set a defense on its heels and give the young quarterback an intrinsic advantage.

Bowlen’s daughter told she’s not qualified to run Broncos

The daughter of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen announced her desire to take over the leadership role of the team and was informed she hasn’t met the criteria.

The Pat Bowlen Trust issued a statement Thursday saying Beth Bowlen Wallace is not capable or qualified at this time.

The stipulations to be controlling owner of the Broncos included completion of a business or law degree and five years in management in the NFL or another major business organization.

Bowlen Wallace graduated from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law in 2016. She also worked with the Broncos as the director of special projects before her employment was ended in 2015.

Peppers had 57 tackles and an interception in 13 games and part of the reason he didn’t produce as hoped was because the Browns put him all the way at the back end of the defense. Lining up so far behind the line of scrimmage became fodder for jokes, which Peppers heard but he doesn’t put all the blame on defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ alignment.

Peppers said there wouldn’t be jokes if I was making the plays I was supposed to make and believes that he’ll start doing so this year thanks to the experience he gained in 2017.

It allows you to play faster, Peppers said, via You know what other guys are supposed to do as well. It allows you to help other guys play to your level, disguise certain things and make it look like a different scheme, things like that. It definitely helps having a year under my belt going through the offseason process with the guys, the whole offseason process, just relearning certain things, learning new techniques and how to play different schemes.

Yankees call up Clint Fraizer for 1st time in 2018

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That’s not exactly going out on a limb considering that the Seahawks have moved back in the first round in four of the past six drafts and haven’t made their original first-round selection since 2011. So here’s more: Seattle will trade with either the Patriots at No. 23 or the Falcons at 26. The Seahawks are without picks in the second and third rounds, so a trade back would help them recoup some of that missing draft capital. — Brady HendersonMike D’Antoni’s isolation adaptation: ‘With James and Chris, why not?’

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We’re definitely exposed to the big scene and a lot of media and things like that, but as far as playing I don’t think there’s much of a difference, Chubb said.

Added Ward: Being at Ohio State, Coach Meyer and all those guys helped us by preparing us to have a routine, then having that routine to help you be successful. I’m definitely trying to bring all that here to Cleveland.

The efficiency aspect of it is, I think is, very key being that you know you never know from week to week how it’s going to play out, Brees said Thursday following the team’s third day of organized team activities. I mean, listen, I hope we can run the ball as well as we did last year with the complement of Mark [ Ingram ] and AK [ Alvin Kamara ] and whoever else might be in the mix because that just adds balance to your offense.

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NFL to vote on kickoff rule changes to improve player safety

The NFL is continuing to figure out ways to make kickoffs safer and will vote next week on several proposed changes aiming to reduce the number of high-speed collisions which happen during returns.

The proposals, which need to be approved by two-thirds of NFL team owners before going into effect for the 2018 season, will be discussed at next week’s Spring League Meeting in Atlanta. The proposals were made with special teams coaches and members of the league’s Competition Committee during a player safety summit earlier this month.

“If you don’t make changes to make it safer, we’re going to do away with it,” Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL’s competition committee, said of kickoffs last month. “It’s that serious. It’s by far the most dangerous play in the game.”

But the demand for resolution at this Atlanta gathering guarantees little. And the league’s owners may have been telegraphing that two months ago from the Orlando meetings, when at best, the only thing promised was that protests would be discussed this week.

“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,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a release. “This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed.

“We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it — and on our fans who enjoy it.”

The NFL Players’ Association said shortly after the announcement that its members were not consulted about the changes and the union would review the new policy and “challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.” The NFLPA also said the move contradicts statements Goodell and Giants owner John Mara had made to union leadership “about the principles, values and patriotism of our league.”cowboys_002