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Calais Campbell says Jaguars are starting ‘back at zero’

The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be in a strange position next season; one that they are not accustomed to. After how well they played in 2017, they are going to be among the favorites to win the AFC in 2018. But Calais Campbell thinks the team needs to approach the season like any other.

He thinks they need to act like it’s another year with little to nothing expected of them.

Losing five of their past six games, the Sharks aren’t exactly charging into the postseason. Still, we’re giving Peter DeBoer’s squad a slight edge over the Anaheim Ducks, based on their averaging 3.56 goals per game since March 1. As such, the forward duo of Joe Pavelski and San Jose newbie Evander Kane packs a solid fantasy punch, along with power-play-mate Logan Couture. Running hot, Pavelski appeals in particular as a proven playoff performer following his 14 goals and nine assists in 24 games two years ago.

Landon Collins and Damon Harrison, too.

Giants safety Landon Collins said any issues from last season with cornerback Eli Apple – including calling him a “cancer” for his locker room behavior, for which he apologized the next day – are now part of a forgettable past.

“We buried the hatchet a while ago,” Collins said. “That’s my guy, that’s my brother. I’m always going to have his back and wrams_061e know what we have to do. We know what kind of caliber player he is, we know what caliber player I am and we’re just trying to get to work and make this season go. I’m glad to see him back. He’s a great corner. He is very smart, I love that he comes up and lays the boom on guys and he’s a great coverage guy. We need him and we’re glad to have him back.”

The Giants have promised a clean slate for Apple and his position coaches – Lou Anarumo and assistant Deshea Townsend – praised the 2016 first-round pick’s skill set last week.

He’s recorded double-digit sacks in three straight seasons.

With the NFL announcing the 2018 preseason slate on Wednesday, it’s time to daydream of football games — however insignificant — returning gloriously to our lives.

Let’s take a gander at some of the better games on the preseason docket, which runs throughout August:

The right forearm that Collins broke in late December isn’t healing as quickly as hoped and might soon require surgery to plate the break again, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, via a source informed of the situation.

If the two-time Pro Bowl selection does undergo a second procedure, Garafolo added, the recovery would be six-to-eight weeks before he can return to full football activity.

Mack, 27, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is due to make $13.8 million in 2018, per Spotrac. He’s in line to be one of the highest-paid defensive players in football, however, after being a three-time Pro Bowler, two-time first-team All-Pro selection and the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year.

Kevin Patra of NFL.com added that Mack “is likely seeking a contract that makes him the highest-paid edge defender in the NFL—a title currently held by Von Miller at just over $19 million per season.”

In 2017, Mack registered 78 tackles, 10.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
As Vic Tafur of The Athletic noted, the team’s next two weeks of camp are voluntary, as is the veteran minicamp that begins April 23. The June 12 minicamp is mandatory, however, and if Mack hasn’t signed a long-term extension by that point and doesn’t attend, a holdout could be on the horizon. rams_006

Back injury sends Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo to disabled list

The Chicago Cubs have placed first baseman Anthony Rizzo on the 10-day disabled list with a back injury.

The move is retroactive to last Friday as Rizzo has missed the team’s past three games and was slated to miss Monday’s home opener before it was snowed out.

The 28-year-old began experiencing tightness in the area going back to last Monday in Cincinnati. He played through the pain on Thursday before missing the next three games against Milwaukee.

Jamal Murray added 19 points and Wilson Chandler 13 for the Nuggets, who shot their second-best shooting percent (62.4) of the season.

“When the ball is moving around like it was tonight, and you’re able to shoot 62 percent, guys definitely made shots, but we passed up good shots to get great shots,” Malone said. “The offense was obviously firing on all cylinders tonight.”

Lou Williams scored 24 points to lead the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan added 16 points and 17 rebounds, with Tyrone Wallace added 18 points and Tobias Harris had 16 for Los Angeles.

Leading 81-71, Barton hit a 3-pointer after the Nuggets grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds to ignite a 12-3 run that finished with Harris making the score 93-74 with 3:09 to play.

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Orioles: 1B Chris Davis didn’t play. He hasn’t been feeling well and hasn’t slept much, Showalter said.

Yankees: Didi Gregorius didn’t start for the first time this season. He got jarred on a headfirst slide home Friday night and is “a little beat up,” manager Aaron Boone said. Gregorius pinch-hit and stayed in at shortstop. He got a gift double in the 10th when CF Adam Jones lost his routine flyball in the sun. … C Gary Sanchez (leg cramp) got a second day off in a row.

Orioles: Return home to play Toronto on Monday. RHP Dylan Bundy has pitched well in two starts, getting no-decisions vs. Minnesota andbuccaneers_077 Houston. He’s allowed just one run in 13 innings, striking out 15.

Broncos acquire T Jared Veldheer from Cardinals for 6th-round pick

The Broncos have acquired offensive tackle Jared Veldheer from the Cardinals for a sixth-round pick, the teams announced Friday.

According to the Denver Post, the Broncos plan to use Veldheer at right tackle and 2017 first-round pick Garrett Bolles on the left side which means they will move Ron Leary to left guard.

Veldheer was a third-round pick by the Raiders in 2010 out of Hillsdale. He then became a free agent and signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Cardinals in 2014.

“We can’t anticipate them helping us,” Devin Harris said. “We dug ourselves into this hole; we’ve got to dig ourselves out.”

“We wouldn’t want it any other way,” said Gary Harris, who returned from an 11-game absence with 12 points. “If we win we’re in.”

Trail Blazers: Play Utah at home Wednesday night in their regular season finale.

Nuggets: Can end their playoff drought with a win at Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Logan, 28, will provide defensive line depth and become a top contender to start at nose tackle. The Titans needed more talent at the position following the releases of Karl Klug and Sylvester Williams earlier this offseason.

The move comes after the Titans missed out on signing Ndamukong Suh, who signed with the Los Angeles Rams after visiting Tennessee.

Logan, whose best strength is his run-stuffing ability, will add to a strong Titans run defense that finished fourth in 2017. He ranks ninth among defensive lineman over the last five years with 31 tackles for loss on rushing attempts, according to Stats LLC.

Logan joined the Kansas City Chiefs as an unrestricted free agent last year after four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in 15 games, plus the playoff loss to the Titans, starting in 13 of them.buccaneers_018

NFL Draft rumors: Browns interested in pairing DE Bradley Chubb with Myles Garrett

The Browns hold a lot of power at this year’s NFL Draft, and they are exploring every option.

With the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks later this month, Cleveland has a number of different options. It appears targeting another edge rusher may be near the top of its list.

The Browns are exploring the possibility of selecting NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb with the first-overall pick to pair him with last year’s top pick — Myles Garrett.

Lovullo has 99 wins in his first 170 games and is trying to become the fastest active manager to 100 wins, which would eclipse Ron Gardenhire, who needed 173 games in 2002-2003 with Minnesota. Gardenhire now manages Detroit.

Diamondbacks: Claimed RHP Troy Scribner off of waivers from Anaheim and designated OF Jeremy Hazelbaker for assignment.

Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson (left hamstring strain) was assigned to Class A Palm Beach for a rehab assignment and is scheduled to pitch Saturday night.

Arizona RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 5.40 ERA) will face RHP Luke Weaver (1-0, 1.80 ERA) in the finale of a three-game set. A snow/rain mix is in the forecast.

“First day in his new room…with a bathroom. Praise God!”

Dr. Mark Urken, Head and Neck Surgeon at Mount Sinai West, confirmed in a statement that Kelly had left intensive care.

“Mr. Kelly continues to make solid progress in his recovery from extensive surgery for his oral cancer,” Urken said. “He has been moved out of the intensive care unit and made that transition by walking, on his own, from the unit to the inpatient floor where he will continue the next phase of care. He is still several days away from resuming swallowing and taking nutrition by mouth.”

“Things will get better and it starts with me,” Eichel said. “Everybody needs to look at themselves and figure out what they’re doing. Obviously, whatever I’ve been doing hasn’t been working. What we’ve been doing as a team hasn’t been working.”

While the Sabres are done, their AHL Rochester Americans affiliate qualified for the playoffs for the first time in four years. The Americans feature several Sabres prospects being counted upon to play in Buffalo full-time next season, including forward Alexander Nylander, defenseman Brendan Guhle and goalie Linus Ullmark.buccaneers_006

Lions sign veteran TE Levine Toilolo

The Lions are adding another veteran tight end to the roster, according to multiple reports, agreeing to terms with Levine Toilolo. He had visited with the team last week.

A fourth-round pick out of Stanford in 2013, Toilolo has spent his entire five-year career with the Atlanta Falcons. The 6-foot-8, 265-pounder had his most productive season in 2014, catching 31 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns.

Give Manziel credit: It took him a couple years, but he finally seems to be taking the idea of a career in professional football seriously. Better late than never, I suppose. I’m sure it was a bit surreal returning to Texas A&M pro day four years after he did the same thing prior to the Browns selecting him 22nd overall. NFL Network’s James Palmer was in attendance at Manziel’s 2014 pro day, and he told me it remains one of the craziest events he’s ever attended. A DJ was spinning records, President George H.W. Bush made a surprise cameo and Manziel was absolutely lights out — a ball never touched the turf.

This second go-around was a far more low-key affair, and that’s clearly for the best, given the circumstances. And to answer your question: No, I don’t think he’s on a roster this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s over for JFF. A more realistic path: go to the CFL, do some damage, stay out of trouble (this is super important!) and then see if the NFL is ready to provide the chance to land a backup job somewhere. Remember, he’s still just 25 years old.

A lotta livin’ in that quarter century, of course.

Greg Bedard of Boston Sports Journal reports that things still aren’t completely settled between Belichick, Brady and Kraft even after their meeting. Bedard noted that the hope is that the meeting was a step in the direction.

Given all that we know about the tension that exists between Brady’s trainer Alex Guerrero and the Patriots’ training staff, it’s possible that the issues will never be completely resolved. Brady’s TB12 Sports Therapy Center, which was co-founded by Guerrero, is located just outside Gillette Stadium. Players have reportedly been going there for treatment in increasing numbers, and there have been reports that they are being told to ignore instructions from the team’s training staff in favor of other workout and rehabilitation techniques.nike_broncos_060-500x500

Raiders cut Marquette King; should Eagles pursue the All-Pro

As the Eagles’ roster currently stands, the team is set with starters across the board. That is, except at one position.


In 2017, King averaged 47.4 yards per punt (7th in the NFL) with 29 punts falling inside the 20-yard line. By comparison, Jones averaged 45.3 yards per punt with 23 punts landing inside the 20. According to Pro Football Focus’ grading system, King was the third-highest rated punter in the NFL last season.

Now, the Eagles aren’t exactly flush with salary cap space. The latest NFL PA report has the Eagles currently possessing $2.62 million in cap space. King was set to earn $3.05 million this season from the Raiders, though he’d unlikely earn that much on the open market.

It is unlikely Eagles general manager would want to pay a premium for a punter, though it’s at least a conversation worth having.

The only other punter currently on the roster is Cameron Johnston, an Ohio State alum who the Eagles signed to a reserve/futures contract in January. He spent the pre-season with the Eagles last season but has no NFL experience otherwise.

Stanton became the first Yankee to homer in his first at-bat with the team since Judge and Tyler Austin, who started at first base Thursday, did it on Aug. 13, 2016. He was the first player to homer on Opening Day in his first season with the Yankees since Raul Ibanez in 2012, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

After flying out in the third inning, Stanton ripped a fifth-inning double to left-center that brought home Judge, who had walked, to make it 3-0 Yankees. Sanchez immediately responded with a double of his own to the same part of the park, scoring Stanton and it was 4-zip.

Take the Rooney Rule, and how it was applied in the Oakland Raiders’ hiring of Jon Gruden. The Raiders seemingly violated the rule by interviewing the minority candidates after team owner Mark Davis reached an agreement for Gruden to return, yet the league’s investigation found no violation.

Call it another layer of confusion that the rule wasn’t enforced.patriots_090-223x223

The rest of the NFL is searching for alpha dogs who don’t actually bark much.

Some of this is just typical NFL parity churn, with weaker teams vulturing big-name players from stronger ones, but the caliber of talent and the reason for its easy availability makes this offseason unique. Instead of top contenders sloughing off expensive veterans for the bottom-feeders to fight over, middling teams are putting premium players on the block so they can sign 35-year-old running backs and backup Bengals quarterbacks instead.

That’s the culture in need of changing in the NFL. And it means embracing individuals like Suh and Beckham, not quitting on them.

Hall’s shorthanded goal with 4:07 left in regulation broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Devils their second goal of the third period. Goalie Keith Kinkaid allowed one goal in the closing seconds of the first period, but he stopped the other 25 shots he faced.

The Devils’ lead over the Florida Panthers for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference jumped to seven points. The Panthers have two games in hand while chasing the Devils for the final playoff spot in the East.

The magic number for the Devils to clinch a playoff berth is down to four points. That number can go down by points earned by the Devils or lost by the Panthers. They could clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Rangers on Tuesday if the Panthers lose in regulation on Monday or Tuesday.

The Devils struck twice in the third period, bouncing back from a sluggish opening 40 minutes.

The first intermission appeared to be heading toward a 0-0 tie before the Canadiens scored on a power play with 8.4 seconds left in the frame. After a failed 2-on-1 shorthanded rush by the Devils, the Canadiens turned for a 3-on-2 the other way, where Daniel Carr snapped a high shot past Kinkaid.patriots_150-223x223

What if the Bills don’t trade up for a quarterback

It is widely believed the Buffalo Bills intend to move up in the draft to select a franchise quarterback. Rex Ryan has predicted it, and you can even use our simulator to formulate your own trade.

‘Most electrifying player in the draft’: Mark Gaughan profiles Lamar Jackson in the latest installment of the News’ Path to the Passer series exploring potential quarterback options for the Bills.

Path to the Passer series: USC’s Sam Darnold is a gunslinger who may go No. 1. | Is Josh Rosen a natural fit for the Bills | Mason Rudolph presents plenty to like in a quarterback prospect… with one notable exception. | Is Josh Allen worth a ransom | Is Baker Mayfield the next Drew Brees

Willson, who spent the last five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and won a Super Bowl title with the team, made a free-agent visit to the Lions last week.

He caught just 15 passes in 16 games last season, but immediate becomes the most experienced tight end on the Lions’ roster.

The motion I have is what got me to this point, and I really haven’t gotten into trouble with it, he said, per Goodbread. It doesn’t change how fast I get the ball out. If I need to shorten up and get the ball in right now, I’m able to shorten my release and get it to them, he said. But if I need to throw it downfield, I’ve had a tendency of really cocking back and trying to let it go, where I just have to get my hip through more. That’s something I’ve been working on, but I don’t think it’s changing. My throwing motion is fine.jets_057

The 26-year-old is a stud athlete, but he hasn’t been able to turn those measurables into significant production since 2014.

Regardless of how things turn out with Murphy, Difo showed last season that he can be productive no matter where he plays on defense. Thanks to a changed plate approach that bucks the current trend of striving for maximum launch angle, Difo hit.373 in July and.324 in August while filling in for shortstop Trea Turner.

Of the candidates the Giants have brought in since Pierce, Ogletree is certainly the most likely to succeed, but it’s hard to argue that the former Georgia star is likely to return value.

Ogletree forced 10 fumbles over his first two seasons, but he has been responsible for only two strips in the three years since.

He made tackles on 16.1 percent of Los Angeles’ run plays last season, a rate that ranked 60th in the league among players with 200 run snaps or more.

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the team moved $16 million of Miller’s $18.5 million base salary into a signing bonus. That opens up $12.375 million in cap space for this year while bumping up the cap hit in the remaining three years of the deal. Those cap numbers are sizable, but will be easier for the Broncos to swallow as long as Miller remains in the form that’s produced 48.5 sacks over the last four seasons. It will also be easier to swallow if the newfound space is used to vault the Broncos back into contention after two years out of the playoffs.

Thanks in part to Sammy Watkins’ somewhat surprising departure, Austin is instead sticking around. The wideout has agreed to restructure his contract with the Rams, which has four years remaining on it, according to the Los Angeles Daily News’ Vincent Bonsignore.ravens_146