NFL mock draft 2018: Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield could be biggest QB dominoes

Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame: After spending the last three months with an almost singular focus on aiding second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago should be overjoyed if Nelson is still on the board. A mauler in the run game with the footwork and form to excel in pass protection, Nelson might have both the highest floor and ceiling of any prospect in the class.

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia:Reuben Foster’s place on the team is under great scrutiny after he was charged with three felonies. Regardless of his future, the 49ers need play-making ability and leadership at linebacker, and rangy Smith offers ample amounts of both. 

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama: New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine places a premium on keeping quarterbacks on their toes with a wide range of different looks, and Fitzpatrick is the kind of versatile piece he would covet. Though the do-everything defensive back doesn’t fit the traditional role of a lockdown corner on the outside, Green Bay would find plenty of ways to capitalize on his intelligence and closing speed.

This is the highest Ragnow will go, but with Derwin James off the board, the Ravens might look to address their biggest need (center) in Round 1 and look to build their receiver and safety depth later. Kolton Miller is an option here, as well.

This would be a dream landing spot for Rosen. He can develop behind Phillip Rivers for two seasons before being taking over and staying in Los Angeles. The Chargers could move up just a few spots to No. 10 or No. 12 to get him.

The Browns and Jets passing on Allen, on top of the resurfaced, character-damaging tweets and an inaccurate arm, apparently didn’t raise red flags for the Bills, who threw away their entire second round to draft him. The idea that Allen is a good QB for the harsh conditions in Buffalo is overblown. Now the Bills are stuck with overrated stopgap AJ McCarron and a project player. The city-team-player-scheme is off here.
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Felony charge against Robby Anderson dropped

Jets receiver Robby Anderson faces a long list of charges arising from a January arrest. The most serious of the charges has now gone away.

According to Andy Slater of WINZ, the felony charge of threatening a public servant or a public servant’s family has been dropped.

Anderson had been accused of telling the arresting officer that Anderson would find the officer’s wife “f–k her and n-t in her eye.”

The DFS crowd was all over Hart and Ennis after learning the Lakers were sitting Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball. When news of Josh Jackson and Marquese Chriss being out for the Suns broke, Bender and House were natural beneficiaries. The same proves true for free agency in traditional fantasy leagues, as streaming becomes an influential factor at this stage of the campaign.

If we learned anything during this past weekend of NBA action it’s that both good and bad teams will rest players in the twilight of the regular season. Superstars on playoff teams that can’t influence seeding will rest. Productive players on bad teams will rest. There isn’t a predictive formula for how each scenario will play out, so we must prove nimble with management decisions.

McGloin spent time with the Eagles and Texans last year but never got on the field in a regular-season game. He previously spent four years in Oakland and started seven games. He originally entered the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State.

The Chiefs also announced they have signed wide receiver Nelson Spruce.

Smith and the 49ers restructure his contract so he will have to earn roster bonuses to reach his maximum salary for 2015.

Smith is arrested and booked in Santa Clara County, Calif., in an alcohol-related driving case. Police say Smith “displayed objective symptoms of being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.” Officers administer a sobriety test to Smith, who is arrested on chargers of suspicion of DUI, hit and run and vandalism.

49ers release Smith hours after he is arrested on suspicion of DUI, hit and run and vandalism.

Raiders sign Smith to a one-year contract despite the likelihood of another NFL suspension.buccaneers_257

Walt Frazier hit in face by a ball while calling Knicks-Grizzlies game, suffers injury

Legendary Hall of Fame guard Walt “Clyde” Frazier was struck in the face by a basketball while calling the Knicks-Grizzlies game Wednesday and was later diagnosed with a scratched cornea.

He was hit by a loose ball in the first quarter, and the force knocked his head set off. He was evaluated by a doctor at halftime, who gave him eye drops, and he was able to continue his work as the color analyst with an ice pack against his face.

Keeper leagues arguably are the most fun to play, because like real general managers, you construct your roster over the course of many seasons. If your team stinks this season, you can build for next year. If you think you may have a winner this season, you can trade away young talent for high-end stars to put you over the top now. The bottom line is, playing with keepers allows you to hold on to players for the following season. How many keepers you get depends on the number your league decides on.

According to ESPN.com, the Rockets are “shocked and disappointed” that Griffin and Rivers avoided disciplinary action for their roles in the night’s transgressions.

After the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers defended his players by saying everyone was “testing” people that night.

“They’re not testing me, I’m not playing,” Rivers said. “Unless D’Antoni tries to test me, you know, and that’d be something different. But, no, I mean, they test everybody. It’s not just Blake and Austin. It’s everybody.

“Just go through the league, you see it every night. You know, Blake and Austin’s names are more nuclear, if you print their names and it comes out. But, it’s our league, you know? It’s much ado about nothing, if you want me to be honest. A lot of talk, you know, and then you go find someone to say something. And then if you write Austin’s name or Blake’s name, you get a big article, everybody reads it, and that creates more news. And to me, it’s just white noise. I think it is for our team as well.”

Ariza and Green were the only players punished for their actions Monday night.packers_030

Jones apologized and said the man in the video is “not who I am.”

Hours later, a video from 2013 surfaced that showed Jones making a racially insensitive remark, joking about an engaged man being in the company of a “black girl.” According to The Blast, which released the video, the engaged man was white and asked Jones if the Cowboys owner would tape a message to the man’s fiancée. Jones apologized and said the man in the video is “not who I am.”

With Hurricane Irma ravaging the Southeast in Week 1, opening week ratings for “Countdown” dropped 33 percent. The show has gained back ground but remains in a big hole. Many fans still seem turned off by NFL player protests during the national anthem as well as the apparent blackballing of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. President Donald Trump also has urged his followers to boycott the NFL until the league forces players to stand during the anthem.

The punishments were ultimately restored upon NFL appeals to higher courts, which loathe getting involved with labor disputes unless a determination of extreme bias toward an employee by management/ownership is too great to ignore.

Elliott stopped his legal fight last week and must now sit for the next four games as the Cowboys (5-4) fight to stay in the playoff race.

Goodell successfully insisted upon keeping his “judge-juror-jailer” juice during CBA negotiations with the NFL Players Association in 2011. Jones, though, could potentially lean on a new commissioner to lessen such omnipotent jurisdiction and tweak Article 46 in exchange for an NFLPA concession during the next labor negotiations. The current CBA expires after the 2020 season.

New England cruised to a 33-8 win over the Raiders in Mexico while the Vikings pulled away from the Rams for a 24-7 victory in a matchup of 7-2 teams at U.S. Bank Stadium. jets_029

Cowboys’ young defense needs to keep balling out to save season

The Cowboys’ biggest concern going into the 2017 season was whether they had enough defense to go as far as their offense wanted to take them.

It was the first game in World Series history with three three-run homers (two by Astros, one by Dodgers).

The Astros became the first team in postseason history with three game-tying home runs in a game.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch echoed Bregman’s Game 2 comparison.

The teams meet Saturday at South Bend, Ind., both coming off impressive victories.

While TCU struggled on offense against the Cyclones, especially in the red zone in the second half, it played well enough on defense to beat any of the opponents on the four-game final stretch of the regular season.

That stretch begins Saturday when the Horned Frogs (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) host Texas (4-4, 3-2) at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.

An appearance in the Big 12 title game is still in the offing for TCU, which would be a big step up for a team that was 6-7 in 2016 and picked in the preseason to finish fifth in the league.

Entering play on Saturday, TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Iowa State are tied atop the Big 12 standings. It’s a sprint to the finish, and the first two to the tape get to go to the Big 12 championship game in Arlington, Texas.
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Javad gave a non-denial denial when asked specifically if he was offered a job out of town.

“I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions. I want to apologize to the organization and my sole focus is on getting the help that I need with the support of my family and medical professionals.”

“I think again the important aspect of it is us having a unified effort. We don’t want to be divided anymore. We don’t want to continue with this divisive rhetoric, we don’t want to engage with this divisive rhetoric. We want to start showing our players, the NFL itself, the NFL community that we can be collectively united to seek the changes that we want to see, which are beneficial to the entirety of society. So I thought it was important that we didn’t do this as individuals but we did it as a collective group.”

I’m not at liberty to say anything further than what I’ve told you, he wrote.

Goodell and Smith were in the same room for hours Tuesday, the commissioner having conveyed a sufficiently open league mind on the topic du jour and Smith having positioned his union as a consolidating force for getting and holding the attention of the league and its owners in a way players might find productive. It was more than symbolic, one source said, that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was not among the 11 owners in attendance at the midtown morning meeting, as his recent comments on the issue of anthem demonstrations have been viewed by people on both sides as raising the noise level and making it harder to do the actual work at hand.

The best outcome, a source familiar with the content of the meeting said, would be to give players a reason NOT to kneel.steelers_034

Unsigned K Josh Brown suspended six more games by NFL

Unsigned former Giants kicker Josh Brown has been suspended an additional six games for domestic violence accusations, the NFL announced Friday afternoon.

Brown served a one-game suspension to begin the 2016 season after reports surfaced of the May 2015 incident involving his then-wife. He ultimately was released by the Giants last October after documents related to the case were made public. Brown consistently described the incident as “a moment” but also eventually admitted to physically, verbally and emotionally abusing Molly Brown, who has since divorced him.

Owens’ dance partner will be Cheryl Burke, who recently announced she would be returning to the show this season after taking a hiatus last season.

“If I can handle Bill Parcells then I can handle Cheryl,” Owens said of his former coach with the Cowboys. “But it’s going to be challenge. Yesterday we got our first start at trying to learn some steps, so that’s the challenge.”

Owens spent 15 years in the NFL before last playing with the Bengals in 2010. He was signed to the Seahawks practice squad in 2012, but was released that same year.

It’s unclear if Owens will incorporate any of his famous touchdown dances into his routines.

“Dancing With the Stars” will premiere on Sept. 18 on ABC.bears_019-223x223

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell shocks Steve Harvey with answer on ‘Family Feud’

This certainly wasn’t the answer Steve Harvey was expecting.

While appearing on an NFL-themed episode of Family Feud this week, Le’Veon Bell was asked the following question: “We asked 100 married men. You’re home alone. The doorbell rings. It’s a naked lady. What do you do?”

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back immediately told Harvey he would, “get her number.”

The answer gave everyone a good laugh, including Harvey, who teased Bell before revealing that “get her number” was not on the board.

Holiday is now being paid as a borderline top-10 level point guard, though, and it’s hard to say he’s hit that mark yet in his current city. But as one of the youngest unrestricted free agents in this class, it’s possible there’s still more upside than meets the eye as he grows with this core. With his ability to not only play off the ball on offense due to his shooting ability, but also on the ball in the pick-and-roll, he’s a good player to have surrounding Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

His wide range of skills makes him a compatible fit in any scenario if the team has to change course next summer when Cousins becomes a free agent. That makes him an easily tradeable piece if necessary.

Simply put, Holiday had the Pelicans over a barrel. If they lost him, they weren’t going to have the resources to go out and acquire another guard at his level. This was about as good a deal as the Pelicans could have hoped for going into the process, even at the cost it took.
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Richardson wasn’t the only one to comment on the Jets’ leadership and locker room Tuesday

This one is awesome. He bobbles the snap, has to look down to pick the ball up, and throws a strike with a man putting him off balance.

A tight split by the receiver to the bottom of the screen means space to work back to the sideline after the play-action fake. The corner, No. 23, is in a zone turn, meaning he’s facing inside and to the QB, so he’s going to have a tough time covering that route. He has to either roll over the top and lose track of the receiver or hit the brakes and swing open his right leg to drive on the route. Either way it’s tough, and this route is almost designed to get open vs. this cornerback technique. Rosen also puts it in a great spot.

This one shows more of an off balance throw on the run, because Rosen realizes he’s being chased from the backside. He’s a little high, but it’s still a really good throw.

“From that moment, all I saw was this guy is committed to being a better person and a better teammate,” Marshall told reporters about Richardson’s behavior after serving his latest suspension. “He has been getting better every single day. Has it been perfect? No. But he’s light years from where he was last year. I commend him for that.”

Richardson wasn’t the only one to comment on the Jets’ leadership and locker room Tuesday. Former quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick discussed his displeasure with the way the team handled its passers last fall.

#Bucs backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on losing his job with Jets: “it’s a game of musical chairs and they pulled the chair out from under me.”
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St. Jude patient Kate Foster to announce the Chicago Bears Round 2 pick

During last years draft, the Cleveland Browns selected St. Jude patient and cancer survivor Shon Coleman with the No. 76 overall pick. A year later, the NFL is giving another St. Jude patient the chance to walk across the draft stage. Gymnast and Illinois native Kate Foster will be announcing the second-round selection (No. 36 overall) for her favorite team, the Chicago Bears, during the 2017 NFL Draft.

Foster had been a competitive gymnast since she was 8 years old and didnt let her cancer diagnosis in 2010 keep her from what she loved. After undergoing the initial treatments for acute myeloid leukemia, which included chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, she ended up losing her left leg due to complications.
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The Browns felt they needed to make an upgrade at the tight end position, so they decided to trade back into the first round to select Njoku with the No. 29 pick. He is one of the best prospects in this years draft class and a solid pass-catching tight end.

Releasing Barnidge doesnt affect the Browns much because Njoku can come in and handle the pass-catching responsibilities Barnidge once held. The 31-year-old tight end was a Pro Bowler in 2015 when he caught 79 catches for 1,043 yards, but his production dipped last year.

Limited Womens Nick Foles Jersey Barnidge can still be a productive player for whatever team signs him next. He racked up 55 receptions for 612 yards and two touchdowns in 2016 with the Browns rotating cast of quarterbacks. Hes also a good blocking tight end.

In eight seasons, Barnidge caught 178 passes for 2,258 yards and 14 touchdowns. If youre a team looking for a reliable target, you must sign him.