Talbot immediately stepped back and signaled to the Rangers’ bench for the trainer. Talbot’s no longer in the NHL, but that scene sticks.
In starting to run toward first, he tossed — not flipped — his bat behind him. It hit Twins catcher Jason Castro.
Gregorius halted, trotted back toward Castro then briefly spoke to him while patting him on the shoulder, before restarting his HR trot. Clearly, Gregorius wanted Castro to know it was accidental and to ask if he was OK.
“He’s had an enormous impact of being able to change the culture of what things were to how it is right now,’’ linebacker Paul Posluszny said.
Brissett trade… Tolzien is scheduled to start the Colts’ opener with Luck remaining sidelined. But the trade with the New England Patriots that sent Jacoby Brissett to Indianapolis creates the possibility that Brissett is the best healthy quarterback on the Colts’ roster.
The Patriots won a game last season with Brissett, as a rookie, starting in place of the suspended Tom Brady and the injured Jimmy Garoppolo. Brissett might have been in position to be the primary backup to Brady this season in New England. But the Patriots, to the surprise of some, held on to Garoppolo rather than trading him to Cleveland or elsewhere for a package that likely would have included a first-round draft choice and another pick or two.
There’s seemingly no way Ross ends up falling all the way to Pittsburgh, but teams eschewed pass catchers for other needs in front of the Steelers. If he does end up next to Antonio Brown, look out. But, this could also be a trade-up spot for teams looking for quarterbacks in this draft a la Minnesota in 2014 with Teddy Bridgewater. That said, if the Steelers are no longer interested in Bud Dupree and are worried about how long James Harrison can play, T.J. Watt, Carl Lawson and Charles Harris will be in play with this pick as well.
The modus operandi in Atlanta is speed. Look at this defense. Grady Jarrett at defensive tackle. Vic Beasley on the edge. Inside linebacker Deion Jones. The youngsters in the secondary. They all can fly. Williams is faster and, potentially, more disruptive than any of them. With Beasley and Williams on the edge on third down, the Falcons won’t allow NFC South quarterbacks Cam Newton, Drew Brees or Jameis Winston much time to process and throw down the field.
Beth Mowins was assigned by ESPN to call an NFL game in September. And that, as intended, made a lot of noise and news.