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Why Terrell Owens doesn’t have to show up for his own party. Why teammates are right to believe in Dak Prescott. Why Falcons fans shouldn’t be too concerned about Julio Jones…yet. All that and more in this week’s 10-Point Stance.

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported this week that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman’s failed performance-enhancing drug test was triggered by a substance that wasn’t immediately recognizable, and there are scientists analyzing it. 

If that’s accurate—if the NFL found something in Edelman’s system it hasn’t been able to identify—it would not be unusual in the battle against PEDs. Testers frequently find new substances.

This isn’t to say Edelman definitely cheated, but there’s one thing to remember about PEDs: The developers of these drugs are always inventing new ones, and the testers are often a step behind.

A scientist who developed PEDs told me some years ago that there are labs all over the world (particularly in China) inventing new substances to beat tests. Then the testers catch up, and the game is afoot.

To be clear, I’m not saying Edelman did that. It is, however, far from unusual for a league to find a previously unknown substance and then later identify it as a PED.

The naked pictures showed up on his Twitter timeline Monday afternoon, shortly after the Giants finished practice (proving once and for all that you can’t spell erotica without OTA).

The Giants drafted Moss in the fifth round last year, and he played in 14 games as a rookie.

In an unfortunate coincidence, he was dismissed from the football team at Nebraska after being charged with indecent exposure. He pleaded no contest but was banned from campus for four years, and he transferred to Youngstown State.

Cousins fits in effortlessly, and the locker room gravitates to him, as Rudolph described it, because he hasn’t tried to force his way into a leading role.

It’s just self-awareness, the quarterback explains. Just being aware enough to know where you fit but also understand that they know how to win and have won for several years now, and I don’t have to speak my mind or lead unnecessarily because they already have a good group doing that. Coach Zimmer has done a very good job of leading, so I look to him first and foremost. I’m just excited to contribute what I can and do my part.

Torrey Smith: New anthem policy could stir things up

The NFL’s players had a long weekend for digesting last Wednesday’s changes to the anthem policy. And some of them are now sharing their thoughts about the situation. Panthers receiver Torrey Smith explained his own views on Tuesday.

The Dolphins parted ways with longtime starting center Mike Pouncey this offseason and acquired Daniel Kilgore in a trade with the 49ers as a replacement. Jake Brendel, who saw action in every game as a reserve last season, is also on hand.

That was not a problem for Luis Perez at first.

I was getting my butt kicked every single day by coach Carthel, Perez said. He would kick my butt every single day and I was tired of it, and I hated losing.

So, Perez went to YouTube and started researching. He figured out how to hold the pool cue a little better. He started learning to put spin on the ball. He occasionally ducked into the facility between classes and practiced. He started winning, sometimes in spectacular fashion.

Nearly every team to win a national title in recent memory, it turned out, did so using a Wilson 1005 ball. And so after his redshirt junior year, the first in which he started, Perez asked Carthel to switch over from the more cost-effective Wilson GSTs. Despite some apprehension on Carthel’s part, he texted Perez a week later: Hey, we’re ordering your footballs.

The actual motive was more simple: Perez liked the balls he had played with in junior college and needed a way to persuade Carthel to buy them. Once the Lions made the semifinals, they were the only team left that played with Wilson 1005s. So how could they lose?

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San Francisco 49ers defensive end聽Cassius Marsh did not enjoy his time last season with the New England Patriots. Not even a little bit.
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They don’t have fun there. There’s nothing fun about it. There’s nothing happy about it, he told Eric Branch of the聽San Francisco Chronicle.聽I didn’t enjoy any of my time there, you know what I’m saying? It made me for the first time in my life think about not playing football because I hated it that much.

But if you can’t handle the truth, stay off my page. Don’t read articles, he continued. That’s how I felt. That’s how I still feel. And I’m grateful to be away from there, grateful to be where I’m at. And it helped me be grateful for where I was.

Outfielder Clint Frazier is expected to make his season debut on Saturday with the Royals facing left-hander Danny Duffy.
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Designated for assignment on Tuesday, right-hander David Hale elected free agency instead of accepting an outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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As great as Nash was during their four seasons together, winning a pair of MVPs and twice taking the Suns to the West finals, D’Antoni believes he could have been more dominant if he hadn’t been so determined to be a traditional point guard.

Oh, without a doubt, I screwed that up, D’Antoni said. Nash was a purist. Steve’s a Hall of Fame point guard. He was unbelievably good. I just think instead of averaging 15 or 16 [points], he could have averaged 30 for us. He was that good of a shooter, and I don’t think it would have screwed the team up.

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Flacco’s approach hasn’t Dennis Rodman Authentic Jersey worked in recent years. His yards per attempt decreased in each of the past four seasons, and the team is 32-32 overall during that period.聽

It’s a 12-month process to build this roster, general manager Brandon Beane said in March, per ESPN.com’s Mike Rodak. We have to make sure we have the team the way we want it [in September].

New Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper isn’t Jerry Richardson. That’s why the 31 other teams unanimously voted in favor聽of the former hedge-fund manager to take over the Panthers.聽

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However, Julio Jones is waiting to renegotiate his current contract, and the franchise must make sure the game’s most physically dominant wide receiver remains happy.聽聽

If聽Matt Ryan聽is getting $30 million per year, Julio Jones damn sure should be getting at least $20 million per year, because he’s their best player, an NFC executive told ESPN.com’s Vaughn McClure.聽

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Victor Cruz still wants to salsa in the end zone for an NFL team.
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The receiver, 31, is vying to play for an NFL team this year, but said if no one shows interest, he will call it a career.

I just love the game. I think I can still play, Cruz said at the BTIG Charity Day event in Manhattan, via ESPN.com. I don’t want to exhaust all of that before I fall off.

Cruz was cut from Authentic Latavius Murray Jersey the Bears last summer and didn’t play at all in 2017. His last full season was with the Giants 鈥?where he spent the first seven years of his career 鈥?in 2016.

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Scott Wilson Kids Jersey Alabama also led all colleges with four first-round picks. That included Minkah Fitzpatrick (Dolphins, No. 11), Da’Ron Payne (Redskins, No. 13), Rashaan Evans (Titans, No. 22) and Calvin Ridley (Falcons, No. 26). Alabama also had four first-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Mayfield wore an orange No. 6 jersey at rookie minicamp, and it didn’t take long for him to showcase the free-range flair that evokes best-case comparisons to Brett Favre, worst-case comparisons to Johnny Manziel and everything in between.

This is the player who walked on at Texas Tech and turned into a Heisman winner at Oklahoma. While Mayfield’s first few interviews as a pro have been somewhat refined, his voice ticked up when talking about life as a walk-on and a transfer. He’s excited about what it will take to become a starter in the NFL, and he’s putting the rest of college and the draft process 鈥?the good and the bad 鈥?behind him.

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Jason Garrett was the offensive coordinator for two of Terrell Owens’ three seasons in Dallas, but as a head coach, Garrett is in over his head, Owens says.
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Owens said on 105.3 The Fan that he he doesn’t know why Garrett remains the coach despite never advancing past the divisional round of the playoffs.

From Foster’s perspective, however, the sooner he’s legally cleared, the sooner he can get back to work with the 49ers, who have placed him on leave while the legal process unfolds.

While Ezekiel Elliott might not call last season a bad year, it’s fair to say it wasn’t a good one. The Cowboys running back drew criticism inside the building and out for his lack of effort in the loss to the Broncos; he served a six-game suspension after a long legal fight; he averaged 1 yard per carry and 10 yards per game less last season than he did his rookie season when he led the league in rushing; and the Cowboys missed the postseason.

But the process didn’t start with the truth. The process began with unnamed sources pushing false narratives to the media aimed at justifying his unemployment for football reasons. And the anti-Kaepernick crowd still continues to indiscriminately rattle off one of more of these long-debunked reasons even now, months after the NFL finally conceded that the all-about-football decision was only about non-football considerations.
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It started with the attack against Kaepernick for opting out of his contract, a red herring that was quickly debunked by 49ers G.M. John Lynch, who said on PFT Live that Kaepernick would have been cut if he hadn’t chosen to rip up his deal and become a free agent in March 2017. It continued with someone pushing to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com the notion that Kaepernick wanted a salary in the range of $9 million to $10 million per Authentic Marshall Newhouse Jersey year and a chance to compete for a starting job. But no one actually knew what Kaepernick wanted at the time, because the conversation hadn’t progressed to the point where anyone had asked Kaepernick or his agents what he wanted at the time.

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The Browns signed two more draft picks, getting defensive lineman Chad Thomas and receiver Antonio Callaway under contract Tuesday.
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Cleveland has signed six of its nine draft choices, previously getting offensive lineman Austin Corbett (second round), linebacker Genard Avery (fifth round), receiver Damion Ratley (sixth round) and defensive back Simeon Thomas (sixth round) under contract.
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The Panthers make three consecutive NFL teams to be sold for $1 billion or more, and none of them 鈥?Panthers, Bills or Cleveland Browns 鈥?would be considered one of the league’s marquee franchises. If the Browns can command $1 billion, imagine what the Dallas Cowboys would go for on the open market. Or one of the New York teams.

And we haven’t even factored legalized sports betting into the equation yet. Imagine what Tepper would have had to pay had Richardson waited a week or two to finalize the deal. $2.5 billion? $3 billion?

No doubt we’ll soon find out. The Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints are considered the teams most likely to be on the block next, and the initial asking price just got higher.
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The NFL has its flaws, no question. Making its wealthy owners even wealthier is not one of them.

Melifonwu, a second-round pick in 2017, began last season on injured reserve with a knee injury and finished it on injured reserve with a hip injury. He continues to rehab his hip, sitting out 11-on-11 work.

Haven’t seen much of Obi except in the training room, Gruden said.

Melifonwu played in only five games, with one start, last season. He played 34 defensive snaps and 42 special teams snaps.

Assumption 1A: Assume Ohtani is exactly this good a hitter: He’s David Ortiz. He’s Joey Votto. That’s what he has been so far, with a .321/.367/.619 slash line and a 167 wRC+, which means he has been 67 percent better than an average hitter. Giancarlo Stanton has never had a wRC+ that high, nor Paul Goldschmidt. Last season, Votto’s was Maurkice Pouncey Youth jersey 165. In his final season, when he finished sixth in MVP voting, Ortiz’s was 164. If Ohtani hits forever like he’s hitting right now, he’s probably the second- or third-best hitter in baseball. Absent any other data, you are allowed to assume this.

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Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.
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Bovado, an online gambling site,聽has set the odds聽on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the聽popular narrative that Lamar Jackson聽will be the Ravens’ starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select聽thequarterback out of Louisville at No. 32.

As a rookie, Williams had a productive year. The Utah product finished the season as one of just three rookies with four interceptions or more. He also logged seven pass breakups.聽
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At the center of the dispute were messages from Manning to a team equipment manager asking for helmets that can pass as game used.

The plaintiffs said they were duped by Manning into paying for game-used items that weren’t actually used in games. Now that issue will not go before a jury, and Manning has put it behind him.

Prior to Monday night’s settlement, Superior Court Judge Charles E. Powers Jr. said attorneys instead will only begin picking the jury next Monday, in a process that may take several days.

The reason? A death in the family of an attorney for Joe Skiba, the Giants equipment manager accused of giving Manning football equipment to be fraudulently sold as game-used to collectors.

Both Manning and Giants owner John Mara were deposed in the case.

Rather than try to just get some sloppy leftovers I might as well just hang it up.

A first-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 2004, Hall spent the past nine and a half seasons with Tomas Plekanec Jersey the Redskins. Hall was traded from the Falcons to the Raiders in March 2008. He lasted just eight games in Oakland before being cut. Hall signed in Washington three days later to a one-year contract. He quickly became a staple in the Redskins secondary, first as a corner, then making the transition to safety.

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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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.