Wilks on Cardinals QBs: ‘Sam Bradford is our starter’

Prior to last month’s draft, All Pro running back David Johnson predicted the Cardinals will boast the NFL’s top offense this season if Sam Bradford stays healthy.

Now that first-round draft pick Josh Rosen has arrived as Arizona’s quarterback of the future, though, it’s fair to wonder if Bradford will be under center when the season opens.

New coach Steve Wilks addressed the issue on Friday’s edition of Rookie Camp Live, telling NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz that Bradford is atop the depth chart but Rosen can win the job.

Alex Smith was the exception to the rule last year, holding off promising Patrick Mahomes while making a run at the MVP trophy.

As long as he doesn’t faceplant in preseason action, Bradford will enter the season as Arizona’s starter. How long he stays there is up to him — and his increasingly fragile body.

We’ve done OK even with him going through this little funk this last week, Boone said. I think even the last couple of days, he smoked two balls yesterday — one off the pitcher, one to straightaway center. I thought he had a couple good at-bats the day before where he hit the ball the other way pretty well. Matter of time for me with Didi but right now no.

As for Torres, he’s hitting.344 with three homers — including a solo shot in Friday’s 10-5 loss to the Athletics. HE’s also got 12 RBI in 19 games started at second base.

Torres has been hitting ninth.

Boone said he considered moving Torres up in the lineup against Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez on Thursday but he didn’t do it.

Boone said he sees Torres, the team’s top prospect, as a second leadoff man down there.

There’s always that chance I could move him up but right now I like him so much in that nine hole because he becomes like another leadoff hitter down there and gives us such a presence at the bottom of the order, Boone said.
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Now that Rob Gronkowski has informed the New England Patriots he’ll be returning for the 2018 season, it appears as though they’ve gone to work on a new Authentic Zach Miller Jersey contract.
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Karen Guregian聽of the聽Boston Herald reported聽the Patriots plan on tweaking the tight end’s deal.

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Gronkowski recorded 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns to earn his fourth first-team All-Pro selection. His and quarterback Tom Brady’s relationship with head coach Bill Belichick has been the subject of multiple reports throughout the offseason.

Brady recently declined to answer when sportscaster Jim Gray聽asked him聽whether the Patriots appreciated him and had the appropriate gratitude for all he had accomplished.聽

However, he held a $18.1 million cap hit in 2019-20 combined if he remained with the team.

As Mike Chappell of Fox59 noted, Fleener only received $14.6 million of his original $36 million deal over the last two seasons.

The Saints also didn’t get what they were hoping for in Fleener, who totaled just 926 yards and five touchdowns across the last two seasons. His 2017 season ended after just 11 games due to a concussion, but he struggled before the injury while exclusively coming off the bench.

The 29-year-old had 22 catches for 295 yards last season, while Josh Hill and聽Michael Hoomanawanui聽earned the majority of playing time at tight end. According to聽Pro Football Reference, Fleener only played 25.94 percent of offensive snaps for the Saints in 2017.

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Safety Justin Reid was the first player selected by the Texans in the 2018 NFL Draft and he’s also the first member of the draft class to agree to a contract.
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Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that Reid has agreed to his four-year rookie deal with the team. The Texans made Reid the 68th overall pick of the draft after sitting out the first two rounds of the draft as a result of a pair of trades they made in 2017.

The Eagles lost Trey Burton to the Bears and released Brent Celek earlier this offseason, opening a massive void at the tight end position behind Zach Ertz. After trading down from 32nd overall, the Eagles spent their first pick as Super Bowl champions on Goedert, who is arguably the top TE in the class. Goedert is a good athlete with a 6-foot-5, 256-pound frame. He has long 34-inch arms with solid speed and good ball skills.
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His fantasy value is absolutely crushed by the presence of Ertz, so he simply won’t be worth your attention in all but deep dynasty leagues. Philadelphia had two-plus tight ends on the field on 30 percent of pass plays last year.

ESPN reports that Jernigan and the Eagles have agreed on a revised contract. Jernigan will still be guaranteed $3 million for the 2018 season, but will no longer have $11 million in guaranteed money coming his way in 2019. The final three years of the deal 鈥?the $12 million a year Jernigan was set to earn in 2019 and 2020 was never guaranteed 鈥?will now be option years.

Jernigan was acquired by the Eagles in a trade with the Ravens last year and played a starting role up front for the Super Bowl LII champs.

The Lions are looking to get bigger at running back during the Matt Patricia era, as shown by the signing of LeGarrette Blount and Friday’s selection of Johnson. The former Tiger is 5-foot-11, 213 pounds and lacks speed, but excels as a pass-catcher and blocker. Johnson’s efficiency was underwhelming on a hefty 285 carries last year, but he did DaMarcus Beasley Womens Jersey catch all but one of his 25 targets and averaged 12.8 yards after the catch.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Youth Jersey Johnson could be a three-down back down the road, but he’s likely to work from a timeshare along with some combination of Blount, passing-down specialist Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah in 2018. He’s worth a late-round flier and is a fringe first-round target in rookie drafts. Set to turn 21 in late June, Johnson is the second-youngest back in this year’s class.

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The Patriots announced they have released offensive lineman Jason King.
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King, 24, signed a futures contract with New England on February 6.

He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent on May 5, 2017, signing with the Patriots. King went through training camp with the team, but the Patriots released him before the start of the regular season.
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In that clip above, Anthony doesn’t bother bumping Gobert. Perhaps he assumes Westbrook, on Ingles in the corner, will do it. Westbrook, vacillating as usual on defense between inattention and misguided hyperactivity, does nothing. Perhaps he expected Anthony to do the work early. In the end, nobody did. This happened again and again. This is the kind of basic stuff — communication, scheme, general coherence — you are supposed to work out by Thanksgiving.

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Person gives the 49ers an experienced option at center behind free agent acquisition Weston Richburg.

Rice presented the commission’s report to the NCAA’s Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors at the association’s headquarters Wednesday. She called the crisis in college basketball first and foremost a problem of failed accountability and lax responsibility.

Said Emmert at the Final Four: Just to be blunt about it, you don’t waste Condoleezza Rice’s time if you’re not serious about it.

It was humbling to hear — and, frankly, Paul Martin didn’t want to listen.

The San Jose Sharks defenseman had undergone surgery over the summer to repair ligaments in his ankle. Three games into the season, he aggravated the injury and was sidelined for two months. He injured his back at the gym, setting him back even further. Finally, on Dec. 7, he returned to the Sharks’ lineup against the Carolina Hurricanes. After the game, his coaches delivered some tough love: He still wasn’t ready for prime time.

Martin, who had signed a four-year, $19.4 million contract with San Jose in 2015, coached himself into some own tough love: he was determined to make the most of his situation. On the first road trip to Tucson, he treated the team to a steak dinner. He made it a point to get to know his teammates and share tips he had learned, and took 22-year-old Mike Brodzinski, a fellow University of Minnesota product, under his wing. The team wholeheartedly embraced its new big brother.

The Redskins covet both Minkah Fitzpatrick and Vea. Expect a team to move up for Fitzpatrick if he falls past No. 11, but the Redskins would be happy with either of the two.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: Arizona might have to wait until a later round to pull the trigger on a quarterback. Instead, Ridley would add another dimension as a deep threat to a potentially explosive offense and provide a needed option beyond Larry Fitzgerald.

Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio: Facing his last draft in Baltimore, Ozzie Newsome might be inclined to find Terrell Suggs’ successor with the massive Davenport, who would be well-served by some pass rushing classes at Ball So Hard University.

Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State: No team gave up more yards per carry (4.9) last season than the Bolts. Vander Esch’s lateral speed and battering-ram hits would be a salve, especially if he shows more restraint in his pursuit.

He hasn’t done much with them, going 6-for-32 with just two RBI and 13 strikeouts, but a 10th start may help him catch the often walk-happy Ross with a little less zip, following his Friday gem that taxed him for 127 pitches.canucks_666

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The world really doesn’t need another LaVar Ball. Just don’t tell that to Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s father, Stacy, who just recently did his best Kyle Lowry Authentic Jersey LaVar impersonation.
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In talking about the division-rival New York Giants selecting fellow running back Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, Stacy threw down the gauntlet big time. It’s not just a knock on Barkley. No, the older Elliott is calling out every running back to ever play the game not named Ezekiel.

According to Lynch, the team has been in contact with the NFL regarding a possible suspension for Foster, but he believes they do not have all the necessary information at this point, per Lee Chan.

Leighton Vander Esch’s parents painted his name, uniform number and some Boise State logos on the side of a full-sized transit bus and drove from Idaho to Las Vegas to see their son play in a bowl game last year.
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Later, Giuliani said in an interview with The Washington Post that when Cohen paid the settlement to actress Stormy Daniels, he knew he would eventually get paid back by Trump, as he was for other expenses.

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Giuliani said that even though Trump reimbursed Cohen, he does not know when the president learned of the nature of the payment Cohen had made to Daniels. Giuliani said the president didn’t learn many of the details about the settlement until the past two weeks, in the wake of an FBI raid on Cohen’s office and residence.

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Mens Fred Biletnikoff Jersey Baltimore has indeed shown the most interest in signing Bryant, but the two sides couldn’t agree on contract length, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, via a source informed of the situation.

Lance Zierlein’s capsule on Greg Senat for NFL.com begins: After two years of playing basketball for the Seahawks, Senat approached the football coaches about joining the team. Reading the capsule for insights because I don’t watch much Wagner tape, I thought, Wow, the Seattle Seahawks just gave up and created a G League basketball team so they could develop their own kooky left tackle experiments! Then I realized Wagner College’s nickname is Seahawks and just hoped Seattle would draft Senat anyway because they love small-program basketball players.

Earlier this week, the elder McKenzie told USA TODAY Sports’ Jarrett Bell that if the cards fell into place, he would be interested in drafting his son.

Greg Stroman is a lean, twiggy defender who turns smoothly and runs well in man coverage. He’s reliable, has some ball skills and zone coverage awareness, and can be dangerous with the ball in his hands. Stroman gets blown backward by any blocker who latches on, and he’ll get walled off by bigger receivers on slants and comebacks at the NFL level. Still, Stroman has the speed and pure coverage ability to stick. Grade: Excellent.

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Small-program mighty-mite type. Crossen gets high marks for aggressiveness, but he’s not a superlative athlete. Remember when the Patriots drafted sleepers like these and you assumed they knew what they were doing? Doubt is a pernicious thing.

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No Peyton Manning Jersey, no problem; Troy Aikman wants a raise

If Fox Sports wants Aikman to call Thursday Night Football on top of his traditional Sunday afternoon game duties, the former Cowboys quarterback wants to be compensated, sources tell Sporting News.
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The popular, critically respected Aikman has a good argument given the way Fox and ESPN recently slobbered over Peyton Manning for Thursday Night and Monday Night Football duties. Entranced by Manning’s appeal to Middle America, they were willing to pay him up to $10 million a year, SN reported in March. Manning turned them down because he didn’t want to be a critic on games involving brother Eli, according to ProFootballTalk.

With Manning out of the picture, at least for this season, Fox is asking Aikman and Joe Buck to call its newly acquired Thursday Night Football package on top of their usual Sunday afternoon game duties. With Buck also calling the MLB playoffs and Word Series this fall, the duo are expected to cherry-pick the best TNF games and let other Fox announcers call some games here and there.

The time may be right for Aikman to use some leverage. During an interview on Matt Mosley and Ed Werder’s Cowboys-focused Doomsday Podcast, he floated the idea of leaving broadcasting to follow in the footsteps of John Elway of the Broncos as an NFL general manager.

Aikman noted he joined Fox directly after retiring from the NFL in 2000. With five Super Bowls and nearly 20 years in the broadcast booth under his belt and his daughters soon heading off to college, he says he finds the idea of running a franchise intriguing.
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Jamison Crowder Womens Jersey While we’re waiting for the draft to start tonight at 8 p.m. ET, you can check out the final mock drafts from Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer and Optimum Scouting’s Eric Galko.

Now, here’s a roundup of what we’re hearing before the Browns are officially on the clock Womens Terrence Brooks Jersey to start Round 1.

Just to clarify and correct, while Browns GM John Dorsey has known who he would pick about 6 weeks ago, he still wanted an al-inclusive process for organizational unity. He didn’t formally reveal it with owners Jimmy & Dee Haslam until this week, per team sources.

Bengals (from Bills) 鈥?Billy Price, C, Ohio State:聽Nice recovery for Price, whose stock as a first rounder was jeopardized when he suffered a pectoral injury while bench pressing at the combine. But he should be an instant upgrade at center (or even guard) after Cincinnati let Russell Bodine go. The offensive line undermined the Bengals throughout 2017 but suddenly looks much more formidable with Price and LT Cordy Glenn, who was obtained via trade in March.聽

Titans (from Chiefs via Bills and Ravens) 鈥斅燫ashaan Evans, LB, Alabama:聽He had six sacks and 13 TFLs in his senior season despite dealing with a nagging groin injury. Improved pass coverage was a personal point of emphasis in 2017, and that will need to continue if he’s to assume the starting role vacated by Avery Williamson. But Evans is rangy and should be a nice addition to an underrated defense.

Patriots acquire OT Trent Brown from 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers have traded offensive tackle Trent Brown and the No. 143 pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for the No. 95 pick.

Brown, who is coming off season-ending shoulder surgery, flew to Foxborough on Thursday to undergo a physical Friday. When healthy, he is regarded as one of the premier pass-blocking offensive tackles in the league.

Brown’s contract will expire after this season, and the 49ers were looking for a more physical run-blocking tackle, which is why Brown became expendable in San Francisco. On Thursday night, the 49ers used the ninth pick in the 2018 first round on Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, who is expected to take over as the starter at right tackle.

After using their top 2018 NFL draft choice on Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn, the Patriots have added two players who project to contribute along the offensive line this season.

In the third, the Bruins scored two 4-on-4 goals after matching penalties opened up the ice. Krug made it 4-4 on a slapper from the point just 1:10 in, and then DeBrusk put the Bruins ahead.

“I think that we’re all just pretty excited right now to have a chance to continue playing together and take on Tampa,” DeBrusk said. “We’re going to enjoy this one tonight, but then go back to the drawing board.”

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, in his first full season on the Boston bench, was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year. … Celtics Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn was the honorary fan banner captain, getting the crowd riled up before the game. … The Bruins are 14-12 in Game 7s and Toronto is 12-11. … Boston’s Kevan Miller had two assists for his first multi-point playoff game.

Kershaw surrendered three runs on five hits in five innings against the Marlins on Wednesday and fell to 1-4 on the season.

Overall, though, betting on the three-time Cy Young Award winner has been profitable. If you bet $100 on the Dodgers in each of Kershaw’s starts since 2008, you’re up more than $1,500.

Antonio Senzatela entered for injured starter Tyler Anderson, hit an RBI double and allowed one hit over 3 2/3 innings to lift the Colorado Rockies over the Miami Marlins 1-0 Friday night.

Senzatela (2-1) entered with one out and one on in the second after Anderson appeared to hurt his left side. Senzatela struck out four and walked one, departing after 62 pitches.

Anderson initially showed discomfort when warming up before the second inning but persuaded manager Bud Black to leave him in the game.dolphins_077

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This quarterback class has gotten much attention with at least five expected to go in the first round, including four in the top 10 and possibly even the top five. But NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is among those not completely sold on any of them.
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No one would consider three of the four quarterbacks in the championship round last season franchise quarterbacks. But one of them, Nick Foles, won Super Bowl MVP honors over Tom Brady.

So the ‘franchise’ quarterback situation is riveting, especially when you kind of look at Case Keenum goes to an NFC Championship game. Blake Bortles, although he was a top-10 pick, was not considered a high-level franchise quarterback, and he goes to the AFC Championship game, and Nick Foles wins a Super Bowl with the Eagles, Mayock said. Is that an aberration or a trend?
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Those quarterback conversations I’ve had with most of the league over the last month, and trust me, it’s really been fascinating.

The NFL saw a full slate of games on Christmas Eve in 2016 and had four games over two weekends on Saturdays last year. The Chicago Bears faced the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Chargers faced the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15, and the Indianapolis Colts played the Baltimore Authentic Pavol Demitra Jersey Ravens and the Minnesota Vikings faced the Green Bay Packers in Week 16.

The NFL doesn’t play Saturday games while the college football regular season is ongoing, but a few games are generally scheduled on Saturdays in December. If Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, then the majority of the league’s schedule is played on Saturday instead.

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Fomer Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has expressed a desire to remain in the NFC East so he can play his former team two times a year. He also seemed to indicate that the New York Giants would be among his top choices if he alone could pick a destination to play for in 2018.