Bills sign Terrence Fede

The Bills added a former Dolphin to their defensive line on Wednesday.

The team announced that defensive end Terrence Fede has agreed to terms on a contract. None of the terms of that contract were disclosed.

Fede was a seventh-round pick of the Dolphins in 2014, which makes him the first player from Marist College to be drafted by an NFL team. The New York native played 51 games for Miami over the last four years and leaves Miami with 55 tackles and a sack.

“Our hearts … the hockey world’s an unbelievable world. You can’t make up for loss. You just can’t. It’s got to rip the heart out of your chest. We pray for those families and think about them, and I don’t know what else you say. Horrific, horrific accident. Tough day.”

Janis was a seventh-round pick of the Packers in 2014. Dorsey was gone from Green Bay to Kansas City by that point, but his personnel hires Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith were there and are familiar with the work of Janis.

Janis has 17 career receptions, and will be fighting for a depth spot at a receiver position bolstered by the addition of Jarvis Landry to a group including Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman.

Think of how different the game will be if the running back can’t dip his helmet to blast through the first or second level. Think of how different it will be if linebackers and defensive backs can’t meet the running back in the hole with their helmets dipped. Indeed, the 2013 rule that prohibited dropping the helmet and ramming the top of it into an opponent specifically didn’t apply in the tackle box, because that’s the kind of stuff that happens all the time in the tackle box.

Napoleon McCallum, a former Raiders running back and now the director of community development for Las Vegas Sands Corp., was sitting between the parties. As a fan of both sides of the table, McCallum made this meeting happen.

The Las Vegas side of the table was excited, though skeptical of the Raiders’ intentions. Prominent UNLV official Don Snyder, who had spent the past year as the school’s president, was in the room. Snyder has had a hand in some of Las Vegas’ most ambitious projects such as the downtown Fremont Experience and, more recently, the $470 million Smith Center for Performing Arts. He’s well-connected in town. This meeting was the first he was learning of interest from the Raiders. Everyone hoped this was the beginning of something special, but it was early in the game.buccaneers_041

Jerry Jones takes his lumps from Roger Goodell, but no regrets

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seldom shies away from a fight, even if his record against commissioner Roger Goodell and the league isn’t very good lately.

I don’t think any other team has someone like Marwin Gonzalez. It’s hard enough to play one position well in the big leagues, never mind hit from both sides of the plate and play seven positions at a Gold Glove-caliber level. I think if you asked Marwin, he probably wouldn’t tell you the Game 2 homer was at the top of everybody’s list. But I think it’s up there, for sure.

After the Astros lost three straight games at Yankee Stadium, Justin Verlander threw seven shutout innings to tie the ALCS at three wins each. The Astros wrapped it up a night later on a combined three-hit shutout by Morton and Lance McCullers Jr.

Morton: New York was a trying time for us. When you’re leaving the city, it’s so big, and the night we left the stadium we’re driving over the George Washington Bridge and you see the vastness of the city. There are millions of people there from all over the world who are Yankees fans, and it’s a little intimidating. We went in there and lost three straight. But when we got on that plane and got back to Houston and you look out and Justin Verlander is on the mound, it changes the dynamic. Now we’re back in Houston and we have the upper hand. We win and we’re on our way to the World Series.

The Giants probably won’t trade receiver Odell Beckham Jr., but if they did, there would be a massive market for him. Teams would line up to pay both the high-round draft picks to get him and a huge new contract once they did.

That’s according to sources from several teams, who say the league views Beckham far differently than the Giants do. Other teams see him as worth the trouble. In fact, they don’t see Beckham as much trouble at all.

The Giants say they intend to keep Beckham, which is likely the case. However, two sources whose teams have been in contact with the Giants told B/R that they weren’t as definitive about keeping Beckham as they have been in public. Without question, the sources say the Giants are open to business when it comes to Beckham.

Marwin Gonzalez hit only .180 in the postseason, but he was at the center of two huge moments. He threw out Bird at home plate to preserve Houston’s win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS, then rushed to the hospital where his wife was giving birth to his son. Gonzalez did something even more improbable in the World Series, going deep off Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning to jump-start a Houston comeback in Game 2 at Dodger Stadium.
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They demand respect.

Their additions directly correlate to both teams reaching Super Bowl 52.

Two receivers who have stepped in line with their teams, done what they were told, given more than that and filled a void. They are reminders that in today’s NFL, an eminent wide receiver is a necessity for any team with Super Bowl ambition.

Without getting into details, Browner suggests that the Patriots overlooked their defense because of their reliance on Tom Brady.

For what it’s worth, Butler had been listed on the injury report with an illness up until Thursday. Based on his pregame quotes however, he did seem to indicate that he wanted to start on defense. He told reporters, “I ain’t got nothing to say” when asked about the decision.

Browner also had an Instagram post to Belichick, blaming his “politics” and his “stupid decision” for the Super Bowl loss:

Lost the game for us tonight, stupid decision and makes no sense. You make the decision to give us the best chance to win. But u don’t play your best cornerback. Fuck the Politics..

There are multiple reasons Elway likely will not go the more expensive, free-agent route. The Broncos reportedly don’t have a lot of salary cap room — currently projected in the $25 million range, but they can free up more cap room by cutting high-priced vets. It’s hard to see Elway paying out huge money to Cousins, who has one career playoff start in his six pro seasons.

Cousins is not short at 6-3, but at 202 pounds, he’s a lighter QB. It seems Elway prefers bigger quarterbacks; Manning played at 6-5, 230 pounds, and Lynch is a giant at 6-7, 245 pounds. Elway also might want a QB with a bigger arm than that of Cousins.

Emmanuel Mudiay came off the bench during his first three games with the New York Knicks. How likely is it that he will carve out a long-term role in the starting lineup in the coming weeks?

Ian Begley: Very likely. Mudiay might actually start as soon as Thursday against the Orlando Magic. The Knicks are planning to give more minutes to Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Damyean Dotson and their other young players during the final 23 games. They’d like to take the time to evaluate the group, to see which players fit their long-term plans.

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Mic guy takes a tumble on ‘Monday Night Football’

bengals_012A man holding a large dish-shaped parabolic microphone on the sideline during Monday’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a hard tumble when he was hit by Falcons running back Devonta Freeman.

“Somebody please explain to me what I wasn’t trying to hurt him means when we nowhere near the play and u lead with ya head and ear hole a defenseless player,” Adams wrote. “Look it’s football but no room for sh– like that. We supposed to be in this together n look out for one another not mess with a mans livelihood and hand out unnecessary concussions. We all got mouths to feed what if I did that to him and his kids can’t eat.”

He maintained that Stengel and general manager George Weiss reneged on a promise that if the Yankees made the Series, Rizzuto would be put on the roster as the backup for Gil McDougald, the regular shortstop, but Hunter was kept instead.He befriended of his fellow mid-century American masters while living New .Against the Charlotte Hornets, a lineup featuring Korver at the power forward spot helped the Hawks claw their way back into the game early the fourth quarter, before they eventually lost.When healthy, Covington flashed power and penetration skills at Rice, with the ability to both two gap and rush the quarterback.With Ramo out, Hiller start tonight Arizona with Joni Ortio coming up to back him up.He was sacked three times; the Falcons hit him six other times.While DEP was convinced there was no connection, she said the agency was waiting for evidence from the SSA investigation before drawing a final conclusion.Tough, physical player …

Eaton’s resignation comes after complaints of a hostile work environment for female employees, as well as his history of sexually explicit interactions on Twitter, according to multiple reports.

“Last night David Eaton tendered his resignation from NFL Media effective immediately,” NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller said in a statement Wednesday.

Citing screen shots of his Twitter account, the New York Times reported that Eaton, 53, engaged in “sexually explicit conversations” with accounts that belonged to adult-film actresses, as well as accounts whose profiles identified themselves as prostitutes and paid escorts. The account initially was scrubbed of the tweets but eventually was deleted altogether.

Deadspin described an alleged “toxic culture” under Eaton at NFL Network, where analysts Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans were suspended last week, pending an investigation into claims by a former wardrobe stylist of sexual harassment and assault.

As vice president and executive editor for NFL Media, Eaton ran the news operations at NFL Network and NFL.com.

Bucs host Panthers in battle of frustated clubs

The stumbling Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are far from Super Bowl form in the early season.

The Bears held out five players from practice: corner Sherrick McManis (hamstring), linebacker John Timu (ankle/knee), receiver Markus Wheaton (groin), guard Kyle Long (ankle) and defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (hamstring). Long had offseason surgery on his ankle.

TMR: Great question. The boys all play fantasy, though none seem obsessed with it the way I was when I was 14 (and playing in my first game). Obviously, I would support them as much as possible and tell them I would help however I could.

Trey Wingo (NFL Live host, upcoming Golic & Wingo radio show, voice of a robot on an ESPN2 show I like a lot): What was your favorite line that you ever wrote for any of the shows that you worked on?

Impact: An argument can be made that Mercilus’ absence is even more damaging for the Texans long-term than Watt being gone, because the latter still had not regained his 2015 form as the NFL’s most dominant defender. Regardless, the Texans lost a duo that combined for 108 sacks since the 2012 season when Mercilus and Watt began playing together.

Impact: Freeman not only led the Bears in tackles last season with 86 despite missing four games because of a PED suspension, but the Bears also were stretched thin at inside linebacker because of injuries that hit the position. Fortunately for Chicago, fellow ILB Nick Kwiatkowski should be playing soon after recovering from his own pectoral injury.
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Dolphins claim Cody Parkey off waivers, release Andrew Franks

The Miami Dolphins claimed kicker Cody Parkey on Sunday to replace Andrew Franks, who was waived late last week.

The Browns had waived Parkey last week as they trimmed their roster to 53 players.

Parkey, 25, lost the Browns’ kicking job to rookie Zane Gonzalez, a seventh-round draft pick. Gonzalez may have sealed Parkey’s fate when he connected on a 53-yard field goal in Thursday’s exhibition win at Chicago.

Stone (6-3, 290) signed with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent in 2014 when Raiders line coach Mike Tice was on staff and played two seasons with the Falcons. He was waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday.

Having Stone on the practice squad gives the Raiders some insurance should anything happen to starting center Rodney Hudson. In the even that Hudson couldn’t play, Jon Feliciano is the only player on the roster with experience at center.

The Raiders had hoped to bring Ian Silberman back to the practice squad, but Silberman was claimed by the Indianapolis Colts and is on their 53-man roster.

So when Brian Watkins bought a Marshawn Lynch jersey a few years ago, it seemed like a good investment. Even after the running back retired, it was an acceptable jersey to wear on Blue Fridays.raptors_138

Emmitt Smith on Colin Kaepernick: ‘Somebody needs to give him a chance’

The pressure is mounting for an NFL team to offer Colin Kaepernick a job.

And Hall of Famer and former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith thinks the controversial quarterback has what it takes to secure a roster spot.

“I think Colin Kaepernick definitely has the talent to play the game of football,” Smith told BlackSportsOnline. “I think somebody needs to give him a chance.”

“Regardless of where it’s happening, injustice in the world we live in at any place is an injustice to humanity and a threat to the freedoms we have. It’s a small percentage of people involved who are blatantly in the wrong. And we need to do our best as good folks to continue to outnumber (them) and express our opinions and act accordingly when given the opportunity to. … Prayers to the families who lost folks. I’m thinking of all the people there going through this right now.”

Their voices, in a hometown context regarding the white supremacists and neo-Nazis’ rally and violence, added to those throughout sports — most notably the Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Nationals’ Sean Doolittle, like Chris Long a UVa alum — that reportedly could grow as the NFL preseason resumes this week.

Jones, 36, said “it was time” to retire because he’s “not a young guy in basketball terms.”

“It seemed like the perfect spot to invest my energy,” Jones said Wednesday. “I just knew this was the right time to come back home.”

Sarver and general manager Ryan McDonough, who received a contract extension, both said the only thing remaining for the Suns to accomplish as a franchise is to win a championship.dolphins_072

Bills trade Cardale Jones to Chargers

One day after kicking the tires on Robert Griffin III, the Los Angeles Chargers have decided to go in a different direction. On Wednesday, the club upgraded its backup quarterback slot by trading for second-year Bills passer Cardale Jones.

Jones, a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has thrown just 11 passes in his NFL career. He rose to fame at Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes to a national championship in 2014, despite starting the season as the team’s third-string passer.

Randy Gregory has already accumulated three suspensions since he was taken in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and may never play in the league again. Moore joins David Irving and DeMarcus Lawrence as the other current Cowboys defensive linemen who have received a suspension with the team since 2016.

That’s not to mention the addition of Greg Hardy in 2015, despite being well aware of his domestic violence history and an impending suspension that was originally 10 games and later reduced to four games after an appeal.

Earlier this week, the Cowboys finally decided to put their foot down and cut ties with a player in trouble. The team released Lucky Whitehead after a warrant was issued for his arrest, but one day later it was rescinded and police admitted the shoplifting accusation levied against the return specialist was a case of mistaken identity.

The Cowboys can’t get out of their own way.

The Giants were a pitiful 29th in the league in rushing yards, averaging only 3.5 yards per carry. Rashad Jennings, who’s currently a free agent, led the team with just 593 yards last season. It’s now up to Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen to resurrect the ground game.
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Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene, nation’s top scorer, to enter NBA Draft, report says

entral Michigan’s Marcus Keene, who led Division I in scoring this season at 30.0 points per game, will enter the 2017 NBA draft, The Associated Press reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the decision.

A 5-9 junior, Keene became Division I’s most prolific scorer since Long Island’s Charles Jones averaged 30.1 points per game in 1996-97.

Despite his single-season MAC record 959 points, CMU finished 16-16, 6-12 in conference.

NBA teams, who have scouted Keene frequently this season, will have to envision in him the kind of diminutive scorer who can create his own shot like the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas, who also is listed at 5-9 and is averaging 29.2 points per game for Boston.

This one’s easy. The Warriors might be taking measurements for his statue as this is being written. Curry is the franchise’s first two-time MVP, the league’s only unanimous selection in history and has proven to be a transcendent offensive talent with his remarkable range and record-setting 3-point shooting.

His one glaring weakness: No Finals MVP hardware. Yet. But he intends to re-sign with the Warriors this summer, and with Kevin Durant likely also there for the long haul, there’s a good chance that the Warriors are fixtures in the Finals and one day Curry adds a Finals MVP to his Hall of Fame-worthy resume. Yes, the statue is coming, right around 2035.magic_152

We can’t give them any airspace

Finley was never the best shooting guard in the league or necessarily the first player you named from the Mavericks teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s. But Finley just continued to get buckets over a 15-year career. He had a smooth shooting stroke and could still reach high altitude well into his 30s. (What I’m saying is I really liked Michael Finley as a kid and thought the Mavs were fun. The child version of me pushed him higher here.)

“Their 3-point shooting is a problem,” coach Scott Brooks said. “They’re one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league and they give you two 5s that can shoot 3s in Al (Horford) and Kelly (Olynyk). So we have to do a good job in making sure we are ready to guard the 3-point line. We can’t give them any airspace.”

As much as Isaiah Thomas — and his 86 points in two games — has been a problem for Washington, as much as a lack of depth is sapping the good play of the Wizards starters, as much as players have lamented the lack of toughness on the roster, what’s really killed the Wizards in the first two games has been an inability to contest Boston’s 3-point shots.

McCollum had already said he’d like to see his team land George on Twitter. Tuesday, he reiterated his affections for the small forward, who averaged a career-high 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds while helping the Pacers qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season since missing the postseason in 2014-15 when George missed nearly all of the season with a compound fracture in his right leg. In an interview on SportsNet New York reporter Taylor Rooks’ podcast, McCollum said he’s spoken with George about his rise to stardom and shared his thoughts on what George could bring to Portland.

Rooks: Paul George. You want Paul George to be a Blazer?

McCollum: I think this is tampering. At this point, I tweeted it. So, we have to be careful with what we say. I don’t know what type of viewership we’re facing here, gonna face right now with this.” jets_008