2018 NFL Over-Under Win Totals: Jaguars look like the most loaded team in the AFC

Preconceived notions are funny things, because they can cause us to ignore reality. And the reality is the Jaguars are a loaded team with one question mark at quarterback. Replace Blake Bortles with an above-average quarterback, perhaps one who was on the open market like Kirk Cousins, and the Jaguars might very well be the favorites to win the Super Bowl. They might very well be the most talented team in the NFL, if you believe some members of the football cognoscenti.

Three of their six losses were in one-score games, so they were unlucky in some respects. Their other three losses were by an average of 14 points. They also had five (!) wins of 20 points or more. They can snuff teams out when they’re playing at their top level.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane made it clear last week that when Jones returns to form, he won’t be guaranteed a spot back in the starting lineup.

He’s not just going to necessarily go right to the top of the line, Beane said on WGR 550, via NewYorkUpstate.com. He’ll have to earn his way. Part of that will just be just getting his feel. He’s only played with Nathan Peterman. He has not got to play with Josh Allen or AJ [McCarron] yet. So that bond there will just have to form.

A 2017 second-round pick out of East Carolina, Jones was incosistent suring his first year in the pros, only rarely flashing brilliance. He tallied just 27 receptions for 316 yards and two touchdowns.

Even before undergoing knee surgery in May, the 23-year-old wideout was in the middle of an unnerving offseason. Jones underwent shoulder surgery in January, and he was arrested in March on a bizarre felony vandalism charge that was later dropped.

New Jersey betting law may stick it to certain sports owners

The state that helped open the floodgates for sports gambling by taking on the sports leagues will be adding a tweak to its sports betting law that could force some sports team owners to make a tough decision.

Lawson was able to play in all 16 games as a rookie with the Bengals in 2017, and in the process he picked up more sacks (8.5) than any other first-year player in the league. 

That alone is worth the entirety of his rookie contract, let alone the $763,154 he’s making on average each season. Of the 29 players with more than eight sacks in 2017, none make less than Lawson. 

Manziel replaced starter Jeremiah Masoli with 3:38 remaining in the second quarter. He completed 9 of 12 passes for 80 yards in five possessions.

I felt like I was able to get in there and handle the situation well, get some completions and get the guys some balls, Manziel said.

Manziel marched the Ticats to the Toronto 12 in the third quarter before an intentional grounding call backed the ball to the 34 and Hamilton ended up turning it over on downs.

That was the worst call of the century, Manziel said. My whole life I have been taught to throw it right at the stick that marks the down. I thought I got it there. He [the official] told me I was about a yard short. That’s the first time I have heard that. That’s new to me.

Without having one team to obsess over, watching hockey can be simply about watching hockey. The combination of grace and speed with violence and hatred. The unnatural bending of the stick during a slap shot. The crazy path of a puck through traffic, where the chances of the thing being intentionally redirected are roughly the same as having it unintentionally crash into a sensitive area of the male anatomy. The sound of the frozen rubber projectile hitting the hard steel tube. And the endless near-miss goals, which make the game as much about dumb luck as it it about raw skill.

How a lonely track event unites Rutgers past and present

The most accomplished athlete competing for Rutgers right now practices on a hole-covered field at the edge of the university’s track complex, and on most days, he does so completely alone.

Canceling the Philadelphia Eagles visit, well, what it does on the positive side is it does remind everybody that there is a contingent of people who are caught up in the celebutainment sports world who really don’t share a lot in common with he average American, even if they came from modest means.

It’s not about bowing down to the president. He doesn’t want you to disrespect the country, the flag, the anthem, which is what these bratty players are doing, using the excuse of Black Lives Matter or some other issue that they probably haven’t even read up on. They just repeat whatever Colin Kaepernick says on any given day.

By Monday the day Trump rescinded his invitation the Eagles told the White House that there would only be two or three playersin attendance, per Karni, plus owner Jeffrey Lurie and Swoop, the Eagles’ mascot.

1. 70-plus nameshad initially planned to attend. Of course, that doesn’t include only players, as there was only 53 on the Super Bowl roster, plus practice squad players. At least four players from the Super Bowl roster had publicly announced they would not attend the White House, including safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long, defensive end Brandon Graham and wide receiver Torrey Smith, who has since been traded to the Panthers. Monday, it was reported that most (if not all) of the team’s black players did not want to attend, though it’s unclear if that’s a more recent development or not.

2. Attempted re-schedule. The June 5 date has been set for a while, and a couple days ago, the Eagles even moved practice back a couple of days so as not to interfere with the scheduled visit to D.C. If the Eagles did request to reschedule it, did they know that the new date was going to be while Trump was in Singapore? If Trump wasn’t the one honoring the team, could there have even been a ceremony anyway?

The Red Sox received a further boost this series when right fielder Mookie Betts was back in the lineup Monday for the first time since May 26 from a left abdominal strain.

jets_037He’s good physically; mentally, no hesitation, Boston manager Alex Cora said. The last few days have been great.

The Orioles (19-46) have the worst record in the majors and are the only team without at least 20 wins. The team must decide whether to completely rebuild over the coming weeks.

Rodriguez (7-1, 3.68 ERA) has been one of Boston’s most dominant pitchers and will pitch the second game of the series. He has four of his last six starts with a 2.14 ERA. In his last outing June 6 against Detroit, Rodriguez allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts and one walk over 5 2/3 innings. He lamented not pitching into the latter part of the game.

Rodriguez is 5-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 starts against the Orioles, who originally signed him as an international free agent in January 2010 and traded him to the Red Sox at the non-waiver trade deadline four years later for Andrew Miller.

Struggling first baseman Chris Davis was back in the lineup for the second straight game Monday and went 0-for-5. He is batting just .150 on the season.Lugo, Frazier help Mets stop skid with 2-0 win over Yankees

Via Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers pass-catchers who are left from last season can tell things are different this offseason.

I’ve really enjoyed being around him, enjoyed hearing his philosophies on offense, tight end Greg Olsen said. There’s always a little transition. . . .

He wants things done a certain way, and it’s my job to kind of alter what I’ve done. There are some things that I’ve done for a long time that are different from how he wants them done. Certain routes, certain adjustments, things like that. That’s on me, to adjust to the way he wants his offense run.

Turner’s stylistic changes are one thing, but the Panthers effectively revamped Newton’s weapons this offseason. Olsen and wide receiver Devin Funchess and running back/pass target Christian McCaffrey are back, but they invested in improving the surrounding cast.

What Yankees see from Gleyber Torres when it matters most

jets_038Watching Yankees rookie Gleyber Torres hit in the 10th inning with the game on the line Tuesday night, manager Aaron Boone noticed a couple of traits that a lot of the greats have.

Hitting after fellow Baby Bomber Miguel Andujar ripped a two-out, nobody-on double into the left-field corner off Houston Astros reliever Brad Peacock, Torres didn’t like plate umpire Tripp Gibson III calling a strike on a 1-0 pitch that was borderline low.

It’s just a really, really mature at-bat from a good player. There’s no question he got a little emotional there and reacted, but he snapped right out of it and controlled the moment. You’ve got to be able to do that because sometimes you’re going to react and you’ve got to be able to reign it in in a hurry if you’re going to be an elite player.

Torres was the biggest hero of the night after he committed two of the Yankees’ season-high five errors, one on his second bad throw in two days and the other on a boot of an easy grounder that should have been an inning-ending double play.

Marsh doubled down on his negative comments about the Patriots in a video post on Reddit.

If you think Marsh is wrong, he isn’t. Patriots players have privately made similar comments for years. They don’t care because they win, and winning is the ultimate fun to a lot of players. The not-fun stuff isn’t as relevant.

But to players like Marsh and some others who have played for Bill Belichick, the winning isn’t worth the misery they feel.

If we can save one life and keep one family together, it’s all worth it, Peter told The Post.

On June 24, he will celebrate his 11th year of sobriety, 4,015 days since he stumbled home after a three-day drug-and-alcohol binge and saw the look of disgust on the faces of his wife, Monica, and their two daughters.

NFL plans to lobby Congress for a “regulatory framework” for sports betting

The NFL has lost in the judicial branch (even if the NFL actually has won at the every branch of every bank with which it does business). The league now will take the gambling fight to the legislature.

At the state level, the reference to the protection of fans and “the integrity of our game” could be another way of phrasing the money-for-nothing “integrity fee” that the sports leagues are seeking. Regardless, the NFL will have little or no leverage to make that request in the states where the NFL currently doesn’t do business. In the states where NFL teams currently reside, the league will have slightly more leeway when it comes to getting a cut, ostensibly to protect fans and ensure the integrity of the game.

Still, it would be far more effective to get a favorable federal law that applies to all states. The NFL apparently will give that a try initially, even if anything that restricts the ability of states to determine the scope and breadth of sports gambling programs will presumably fail for the same reason that the law prohibiting any sports wagering finally has been scrapped.

Avery started 34 games at Memphis and ranks second in school history with 45.5 tackles for loss. He also ranks third in school history in career sacks with 21.5 while playing an inside role in college.

I had to get down and do things in order to secure my spot in the household. So coming onto the court it’s nothing different.

Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris’ signing was reported on Sunday and confirmed by the team in Monday’s announcement of all their moves. The Giants also signed veteran guard Chris Scott, who has played in 45 regular season games since entering the league as a 2010 fifth-round pick in Pittsburgh.bucks_518

Steelers’ Mason Rudolph on Ben Roethlisberger: ‘We’re going to be friends’

Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t pleased when the Steelers picked quarterback Mason Rudolph in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. But, Rudolph thinks the two will develop a good relationship.

Roethlisberger said in an interview in late April that he was surprised Pittsburgh selected Rudolph on day two of the draft because he thought the team could “get some really good football players” that could “help [the Steelers] now.” He had previously said he plans to play three to five more years.

Lawrence could still get such a deal this offseason, but said Wednesday that he’s not losing sleep about the prospect of going into the 2018 season without anything in place for the years to come.

“It really doesn’t matter,” Lawrence said, via the Dallas Morning News. “If I do my thing, I put up my stats and I help my team win, they ain’t got no choice but to sign me. That’s how I feel.”

To return to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year, the Cavs have to win four of five and re-write Boston’s illustrious history. The Celtics are 37-0 when they win the first two games in a series.

The Cavs came in wanting to play faster and be more physical with the younger Celtics, who were the aggressors in Games 1 and 2.

The toughest team sets the rules, Rozier said. “They came out aggressive from the jump and never looked back. We’ve got to play aggressive from the rip. Tonight, we were all over the place, playing too fast and doing things we didn’t want to do.”

The Cavs needed more from point guard George Hill after two poor performances (8 points, 1 assist) in Boston. Hill responded with a driving layup to start the game and drained three 3-pointers in the first quarter as Cleveland wasted no time taking control. cowboys_095

Malik Hooker returns to field Tuesday, taking another step in his rehab

Colts safety Malik Hooker was on the field Tuesday for the first time in his recovery from a major knee injury, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan reports. Video shows Hooker back pedaling and cutting, another step in his rehab.

He will miss the entire offseason program for a second year. Last season, Hooker needed surgeries to repair a torn labrum and a hernia.

It took rock bottom and a 2-14 record in 2010 for the Panthers to make the change from Fox to Rivera. Although the latter was extended through 2020 earlier this offseason, seasons eight and nine were already critical for Rivera in a difficult division and a loaded NFC. Needing to further prove himself under Tepper raises that temperature.

The general manager who worked with Fox, Marty Hurney, is back and also signed through 2020. Before the end of his first stint as Panthers GM, Hurney drafted the team’s two transcendent talents, quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Brady has regularly participated in New England’s voluntary OTAs in the past, though he has been missing from the team’s offseason program so far this spring.

Brady, who turns 41 in August, has been linked to numerous retirement rumors but maintained he wants to play football until his mid-40s. He committed to playing the 2018 season last month and said in a recent interview that wife Gisele Bundchen has permitted him to play two more seasons.

“I do not like imposing any club-specific rules. If somebody (on the Jets) takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest.

“There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.ravens_156

49ers sign two more undrafted free agents

The 49ers announced the signings of two more undrafted free agents.

San Francisco came to terms on three-year deals with Washington offensive lineman Coleman Shelton and North Texas running back Jeff Wilson.

Altogether, well over 1,000 moves were made during the first half of the 2018 NFL offseason.

It’s mostly quiet now. A time to reflect. And judge, of course.

Here are 25 trades, signings, hirings and draft decisions from 20 different teams that will go down as the best moves of the 2018 offseason.

There are no guarantees in the draft, even at the top. No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield could turn into Peyton Manning or JaMarcus Russell, Cam Newton or David Carr, John Elway or Tim Couch. Let’s not pretend we know how his career will pan out.

Although Richmond is far from a football factory, he was a very productive passer as a three-year starter in the Colonial Athletic Association. He’s the kind of developmental prospect the Giants will hope can blossom while backing up Manning.

The Giants seem likely to keep two young quarterbacks, Lauletta and Davis Webb, behind Manning. They’ll hope to see one of them develop into Manning’s successor.

After all, the Honey Badger is just two years removed from a five-interception season in which he recorded 17 passes defensed and was named a first-team All-Pro. He can cover the slot or play either safety position, and he should have a chance to play multiple roles in a Houston secondary that needs him.

Sometimes, you just have to be in the right place at the right time. And when you’re in that place at that time, you have to avoid overthinking. That’s what gets the Los Angeles Chargers on this list. broncos_073_a7bc776fc3295d6f-180x180

Source: Altercation between Eagles, Guice happened at Scouting Combine

Eagles executive V.P. of football operations Howie Roseman is right; no altercation happened between the Eagles and running back Derrius Guice during his visit to Philadelphia. It happened in another city in another state.

Per a league source, the incident (reportedly a shouting match) happened at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Davis and Kristan Ann Ware, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, recently filed gender-discrimination complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Saints, the Dolphins and the NFL.

With their legal action, the NFL cheerleading industry, which to this point has operated outside the realm of the #MeToo movement, is now forced to recognize and confront its unfair treatment of the women it employs.

Geragos also represents Kaepernick.

Reid has had just one free-agent visit, a fruitless meeting with the Bengals last month. Kaepernick almost had a meeting — the Seahawks postponed a planned workout to find out more about Kaep’s position on the national anthem, his collusion lawsuit and his other stances against social injustice.

Are there any teams willing to give Kaepernick or Reid — both very capable NFL talents — a chance to continue their careers?

The result was her very first six-pack, a tangible sign of her discipline.

She hoped that six-pack would help her make the cut—her own month on the calendar.

Davis arrived at New Orleans’ Royal Sonesta Hotel with her teammates, all dressed in black cocktail dresses for the formal event.

They greeted team sponsors and Saints employees, but mostly they whispered about who might get a month this year.broncos_011_935c73aa6c592262-180x180