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Nelson continued to shine as he moved into the franchise’s top five in all-time catches and receiving yards.

The Seahawks rushed for 97 and 78 yards, respectively, without Rawls in their win at Minnesota and their loss at Carolina in last year’s playoffs. That’s a total of 175, or two fewer rushing yards than they posted Saturday vs. Detroit. They should go into Atlanta feeling very good about Rawls’ chances to keep rolling.

Before the Detroit game, it felt as though the Seahawks were either one-and-done or Super Bowl run. With the running they just did, it’s time for the rest of the NFC field to brace it’self.

The way we held him on PUP and all that, we couldn’t have been more cautious with him,’ McCarthy said. ‘You definitely see the benefit’s of that. But I felt like we put a lot of stress on him early in the year to perform at such a high level.

He’ll be the first to tell you, he needs the practice. He needs some preseason game work. To go right from a very conservative approach throughout training camp and then go into that (Jaguars) game it’s what, 110-112 (degree) heat index down in Jacksonville that was a tough task for anybody, our whole team, let alone Jordy because he just didn’t have the investment of a lot of snaps throughout training camp.’

Nelson said there wasn’t a certain moment he felt his knee was completely healed. But his first explosive performance of 2016 came in Week 3, when he caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Detroit.

Nelson continued to shine as he moved into the franchise’s top five in all-time catches and receiving yards. Although heralded in the past for his ability to get open deep, Nelson was at his best this season inside the 20-yard line, where his 11 red-zone touchdowns led the NFL.
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Tyrod Taylor on Bills benching QB: ‘That’s on them’

Tyrod Taylor didn’t play Sunday for the Bills, and he voiced his thoughts on his own benching Monday morning.

That decision is on them, Taylor said, via WKBW. I feel like Ive done enough as far as my play to be the starter here. It wasnt like I was outplayed, it was simply taken from mea€| and that decision came from them. Well see what the future holds.

With Taylor benched, EJ Manuel and Cardale Jones combined for 15 of 31 passing for 182 yards, no touchdowns, an interception and a fumble during Sunday’s loss to the Jets.

If Johnny Manziel is serious about a future in the NFL, the Spring League is willing to provide him with a platform to prove he’s still relevant, Woods told the AP.

Manziel, of course, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons since the Cleveland Browns picked him in the first round of the 2014 draft. But Manziel told ESPN this week he is sober and ready to return to football at any level.

A pre season game, anything I don’t care what it is, he wrote. Only need one team to believe in me and I’ll do anything to make that a possibility.

Rice hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2013 season after being involved in a highly publicized domestic abuse incident. Young hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011, but like Manziel and Rice, would bring name recognition.

The four-team Spring League will start training April 5 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Teams will play a total of six games in a three-week period. The emphasis is on signing young players on the fringes of the NFL.

Longtime NFL scout John Peterson will serve as league president.
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Unfortunately, that steady presence is not found in the flexible Brendan McKay.

It remains to be seen what the Twins will do June 12 with the first pick in the draft, but with a stake in the franchise’s future and millions of dollars in a signing bonus on the line, it would behoove their front office to think long and hard before handing the keys to the kingdom over to a player whose true position is still undecided.

McKay may go on to have a brilliant career in the majors. But for a team like Minnesota that’s had one winning season in the past six years, the top pick in the 2017 draft must produce a cornerstone player for their organization who management can count on for years to come.

Unfortunately, that steady presence is not found in the flexible Brendan McKay.

I loved him, first and foremost. I couldn’t believe this guy who have the pedigree he had, treated all of us, and I’m sure you’d agree, like we were on the NBA beat. He came out and it was a big job, he cared a lot. I just was so impressed. Here I am, from St. Louis, and I’m like, “Erwin Claggett is on this team. This is awesome.” That’s a big deal to me. Derek Grimm is on this team. Doug Smith, wow. And Bernie Bickerstaff, he’s been in the NBA and coached in the NBA. I’m sure you remember asking questions and him jawing back and forth a bit, he could be testy at times, but I loved it. He wanted to be there and win, and it’s why his career bounced even higher after his time with the St. Louis Swarm. I tell you, I loved all those professional leagues, I did. I did play-by-play for the River City Renegades, the indoor professional football team. I was into that. The River City Rascals, I loved going to those games. It was the perfect place for a young future broadcaster to grow up, because everywhere I looked, there was a live game for me to go broadcast. It was a blessing. nike_cardinals_301

the Falcons will need another pass rusher to step up or it could be a long day for the Atlanta defense.

Cannon will be tasked with protecting Brady’s right side on Sunday. Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia said Cannon, who struggled in 2015, has “progressed and became more confident” in each game this season.

Even if Beasley has his way with Cannon, the Falcons will need another pass rusher to step up or it could be a long day for the Atlanta defense.

“It’s so important that we get to him, even if we get him off the spot,” Beasley said. “Tom Brady doesn’t get knocked down that much so put pressure in his face and get him off his spot and get him kind of frustrated will definitely help us at least try to come out with the win.”

At some point, Revis snatched the cellphone away and attempted to delete the video. Another 21-year-old male from Ross Township attempted to help the 22-year-old retrieve the cellphone. Revis then tossed the phone onto the roadway. A verbal argument followed. A male came to assist Revis. Both the 22-year-old and the 21-year-old state they were punched then remember waking up to talk to police.
Officers responding to a call about the fight found the two men knocked out on the ground.

Witnesses told police they were unconscious about 10 minutes. It was not clear whether they suffered further injury.

Upon viewing cell phone video of the incident, police confirmed Revis’ identity.

Jones gave a conflicting account of the incident. In a statement, Jones said Revis was “assaulted by a group of five people” and fled the scene because he “feared for his safety and eventually went to get medical treatment.” The extent of Revis’ injuries was not made clear.

“He was not the aggressor that night,” Jones said. “He was 1,000 percent the victim.”

Revis, who played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh, was home for the weekend visiting family and friends, Jones said.

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Falcons fan buries jersey in ground after Super Bowl loss to Patriots

Falcons fans suffered one of the worst losses imaginable in Super Bowl 51 as the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points to erase a 25-point deficit.

The Atlanta community would like to just listen to Culture and forget this event ever happened. In fact, one fan took it so serious that they decided to literally bury their feelings, and put a Falcons jersey in the ground in hopes to get rid of the bad luck attached to it.

This seems like an extreme measure for such a costly artifact, but whatever it takes, I guess.

Taking everything into consideration, how can a GM and coach cast their lot with such an aging, injury-prone, likely-to-be expensive player at the sport’s most important position?

Even with a bargain deal, it’s just asking for trouble and ultimate disappointment.

The Texans probably present the next best option for Romo, and they offer a decent O-line, a good rushing attack led by 1,000-yard back Lamar Miller and an excellent target in Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins. A Romo signing would allow coach Bill O’Brien to put last year’s free agency mistake Brock Osweiler into the role of expensive backup.

The Jets also are an intriguing option for Romo considering they were a 10-win team two years ago, before they drowned with Ryan Fitzpatrick last season. Perhaps Romo would get excited about playing in the nation’s largest market. He would be supported by a good running game and a strong defense, but the receiving corps has question marks. Plus the offensive line is middle-of-the-road and would need to be upgraded.

I don’t see Romo winding up in Chicago or Buffalo, even though Romo played college football at Eastern Illinois.

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Bennett questioned why somebody wouldn’t want Kaepernick on their roster.

Von Miller and Vic Beasley are having an NFL ‘pass-rushing summit.’ This is what it should look like

Vic Beasley made his mark on the NFL in his second pro season, recording a league-leading 15.5 sacks and earning first-team All-Pro honors in the process. His emergence wasn’t lost on superstar linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller.

Back in January, Miller proposed the two quarterback-crushing defenders team up for a “pass-rushing summit” this offseason. On Tuesday, Beasley told ESPN he plans on making good on his colleague’s offer.

Everything else aside, Bennett questioned why somebody wouldn’t want Kaepernick on their roster.

“I think a person that’s dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn’t you want that type of leadership in your locker room?” Bennett said. “Why wouldn’t you want a young person that’s dealt with people wanting to kill him because of his choices in life? So I don’t know why people feel like that is a problem.”

Bennett’s comments are not surprising. He has an interest in social justice issues just as Kaepernick does. Bennett also spoke out for Kaepernick last season, saying that the 49ers would have a better shot with him at quarterback instead of Blaine Gabbert.

Kaepernick has been blackballed by the NFL for a number of silly reasons, but the fit in Seattle makes sense for everybody involved.

Bennett’s comments will only ramp up the expectation of Kaepernick landing in the Pacific Northwest.
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NFL Draft 2017: After trading down, Browns nab Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers at No. 25

The Browns didn’t get a quarterback in the first round, but they did get the player who might be the best athlete in the class.

After trading down from the No. 12 spot, the Browns selected Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers with the 25th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Peppers tested positive for a dilute sample at the NFL Combine in March and could be subject to NFL discipline before he can make his regular-season debut if the league deems the positive result a violation of the NFL’s policy against drugs.

Buoniconti detailed how he estimated he took 520,000 hits to the head and that MRI tests over the past two years have revealed brain shrinkage and other brain abnormalities.

“I feel lost,” he said. “I feel like a child.”

It’s a far cry from the former life of the Dolphins co-captain, a sturdy linebacker who led Miami to three Super Bowls in a row. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler, a two-time Super Bowl champion and capped off his successful NFL career with a stint in broadcasting and business.

But his world changed when his son, Marc, dislocated his neck playing college football at The Citadel in 1985. He was paralyzed from the neck down, and Buoniconti felt that God was punishing him.

However, he became a pillar for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, helping raise millions of dollars for the cause. At that time he was feeling great. But over the past two years he has felt the effects of constantly being hit in the head.

“I didn’t have any idea the price would be this debilitating,” Buoniconti said. “Had I known, would I have played? I had no alternative; there was no other way for me to get a college education.

“Football kept rewarding me — I can’t deny that. But I’m paying the price. Everybody pays the piper.”

LeBron James hit back-to-back 3s that were basically identical shots

We all know LeBron James’ jump shot has been the one imperfection in his game, a small foible in his game that makes sure he’s not a total cheat code. But, like, James is also a really good shooter. Maybe he won’t beat an average player in a shooting competition around the arc, but he can laugh and then bury a three in your face if he’s feeling extra mean-spirited.

And then he can do it again with an identical shot on the next possession.

I swear these are different shots that happened on back-to-back plays. It’s like those “spot the differences” brain puzzles that we all looked at as kids. The referee is walking to his spot in one, rather than already being there; James already has the ball at a standstill, rather than stepping into it; P.J. Tucker beings his box out a little deeper on Tristan Thompson. Obviously, it’s the exact same offensive set guarded by the same defense, but even past that, nearly everything in these two gifs are the same.

And James is laughing his way to the bench with six more points, knowing he’s almost guaranteed to be the new all-time NBA postseason scoring leader by the time the Cavaliers’ run ends.

Patton blossomed into one of the best two-way centers in the country as a redshirt freshman at Creighton this season. He shot 67.6 percent from the field, but his best value comes on defense. He’d be another long, quick athlete for the Bucks’ fleet.

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Giles was projected as the possible No. 1 overall pick coming into this season before more knee trouble slowed him down in his only season at Duke. He’s essentially a medical decision at this point. If he can get back to the form he showed as a recruit and stay healthy, Indiana could have a major steal here.

Some questioned Brown’s decision to go pro with only one full season of collegiate experience under his belt.

When you’re talking about the draft’s best player, it can be easy to poke holes. Garrett at times struggles to get off blocks, and he’ll probably never be an ace run stopper at the edge. Sometimes he’ll overrun the play. His best production came against bad competition.

But when you look at the whole, he’s a marvelous talent. A three-year player at Texas A&M, Garrett finished with 145 tackles, 48.5 tackles for loss, 32.5 sacks, and seven forced fumbles. At 6’4, 272 pounds and with 35-inch arms, Garrett has prototypical size. His athleticism has never been more obvious than it was when he ran a 4.64 40-yard dash at the combine.

He’s not Von Miller quick, but no one ever will be, and Garrett is close. He possesses that first-step burst you want. How Garrett moves after that first step is what puts him over the top. He builds on speed with more speed. When he wants to mix up his pass rush, instead of bending the edge he employs a nasty spin move. If the Browns are creative, they’ll use him with his hand in the dirt and standing up. Garrett excels at the little things: He gets his hands up to bat down passes and finishes tackles. He rarely came off the field at A&M. He was slowed by a leg injury in 2016 but attempted to play through it.

Garrett is the best player — not just the best edge player — to be in the draft since Jadeveon Clowney in 2014.

Some questioned Brown’s decision to go pro with only one full season of collegiate experience under his belt. But the wideout found confidence in the decision having gone through his injury and rehab, both mentally and physically.

“That was one of the biggest parts of my decision. When I was hurt, I realized how quickly football could be taken away. This is the dream of my childhood,” Brown said.nike_cardinals_1225

Those 2 players who skipped bowl games? Both went as top-10 picks.

When an injured Leonard Fournette skipped LSU’s bowl win over Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson’s Louisville and an injured Christian McCaffrey skipped Stanford’s bowl win over potential No. 1 QB Mitch Trubisky’s North Carolina, the world ended.

Remember all the yelling at the time, about these two college students skipping group projects in order to prepare for their professional careers?

And while that isn’t exactly what he said, it’s really not much of a twisting of his words. Kizer really believes that the level of preparation and dedication that he brings to football could make him a special player in the NFL when mixed with his talent.

“Name a college quarterback who goes into the game-plan meetings on Monday and throws his notes at the coaches,” Kizer said. “No one else game plans the way I do. No one else prepares the way I do. No one else knows football the way I do. No one else is as big as I am. No one else is as powerful a runner as I am. Pat Mahomes might throw the ball 80 yards and I can only throw the ball 72, but I guarantee he can’t throw an out route the way I can.”

Quarterback is a position that requires a certain moxie, so that level of confidence isn’t a bad thing for Kizer. However, it appears unlikely that he’ll be the first quarterback off the board.

SB Nation’s Dan Kadar ranks Kizer as the third-best quarterback in the class, but didn’t slot Kizer in the first round of his most recent mock draft. But judging by Kizer’s interview with USA Today, it’s going to take more than a slide out of the first round to shake his confidence.
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