Lions’ Bob Quinn, Matt Patricia ‘in lockstep’ on personnel decisions

Detroit – Before a crowd of the nearly 4,000, the Detroit Lions held their annual Season Ticket Member Summit at Ford Field on Monday. The event, hosted by play-by-play announcer Dan Miller, had general manager Bob Quinn, team president Rod Wood and coach Matt Patricia taking questions from the audience.

Here were some of the highlights from that Q&A:

Patricia said he’s been working hard to familiarize himself the current roster, and while several of those evaluations were easy, there were about a dozen or so players he needed to study to see how they would fit into the schemes he wants to run in Detroit. That’s where he was able to lean on Quinn.

“Honestly, with Bob’s help, trusting his opinion and evaluation, knowing we look at players the same way, look at guys in the same light, how they’re used, their roles, Bob is familiar schematically what I do defensively and what I’ve done before. It was really an easy conversation,” Patricia said.

It was just last month that Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Beckham “will not set foot on a field” without a new contract. That came not long after a report by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo in February that OBJ wants $20 million per year in his next contract. Last year, he made it known in an UNINTERRUPTED interview that he wants to be the highest-paid player—not just receiver—in the league.

All of this drama follows a suspicious hotel room video involving Beckham earlier this offseason. Per ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert, Giants co-owner John Mara is on the record this offseason of saying he is “tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior.”

When he is on the field, there is no denying the type of impact he can make. He had at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons before an ankle injury limited to just four games last year.la_kings_014

Sam Darnold highlights from Day 4 of Jets OTAs

jets_036The Jets on Tuesday are back on the practice field, for their fourth organized team activities practice — and the second such session that is open to reporters.

Want to take a look at rookie quarterback Sam Darnold in action? Check out the video above.

The Jets began OTAs last Tuesday.

It is called a rookie minicamp, but it is not exclusively for rookies, which is why the newest Giants player is a 29-year-old with fairly extensive NFL experience.

The Giants, following the three-day camp, decided to sign cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, who played in the NFL from 2012 through 2016 with the Bengals and Ravens, appearing in 33 games (no starts). Lewis-Harris’ work in the rookie camp impressed the coaching staff — he was allowed to participate because he was an unsigned free agent. Harris, undrafted out of Tennessee-Chattanooga, has one career interception. He was most recently cut by the Broncos prior to the 2017 season.

To make room on the 90-man roster, the Giants waived cornerback C.J. Goodwin, 28, who previously played a total of 28 games split between the Cardinals and Falcons. Goodwin did not last two weeks with the Giants; he was awarded off waivers May 2.

This continues the offseason strategy of adding veterans to compete for jobs in the defensive backfield. The previous signings were William Gay, Teddy Williams, B.W. Webb and Curtis Riley.

In his first year as head coach, the 32-year-old McVay helped author one of the league’s more stunning worst-to-first narratives, morphing an offense that birthed an unwatchable, NFL-low 14.0 points per game under Jeff Fisher in 2016 into a powerhouse that pumped out a league-leading 29.9 points per tilt.

It’s going to make us a whole lot better because the up-tempo and his play-calling style is crazy unique, Peters said. It’s going to cause for us to be on our toes a lot.

It’s especially high praise coming from Talib, the 32-year-old veteran who spent years in Denver practicing against Peyton Manning and seasons in New England seeing Tom Brady ‘s magic-spinning up close and personal.

The ill news for Rams opponents is that adding Talib and Peters only improves the offense by forcing McVay’s roster of weapons to face top talent on a daily basis.

It’s good competing against them at practice, wideout Robert Woods said. Very challenging guys, different guys. You see Talib with his experience, you see Peters just jumping the ball.

Have we mentioned Los Angeles also added All-Pro defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh to the mix? For all the talk of what the Rams can do on offense, this defense has the position-by-position talent to create equal excitement.

Giants shuffle roster after rookie minicamp

The Giants swapped out six players on their roster for six that tried out for the team during their three-day rookie minicamp.

As a civil fraud lawsuit against Giants quarterback Eli Manning was pending, the NFL consistently declined comment on whether the Personal Conduct Policy applied to the allegations or any of the evidence that had come to light.

Now that the civil case has been resolved, the NFL has commented on the situation. “We monitored the situation and are satisfied that it is a civil matter that was resolved,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email. “Not a [Personal Conduct Policy] issue.” The Personal Conduct Policy expressly encompasses “[c]rimes of dishonesty such as blackmail, extortion, fraud, money laundering, or racketeering.”

He’ll start out behind Joe Schobert with the Browns and coach Hue Jackson said the team expects Avery to have a big role on special teams during his rookie season.

Since returning from thumb surgery late in the first round, guard Marcus Smart has been unflappable and Boston’s unquestioned deacon of toughness.

From sacrificing his body diving for loose balls or keeping plays alive with a rebound, to causing deflections on defense, to popping up out of the crowd for a timely rebound or tip-in, Smart is the proud everyman for a once underdog Celtics team that has outworked the Cavaliers through the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals.

That’s me. That’s how I was raised, said Smart, who was Boston’s top performer off the bench in the Celtics’ 107-94 Game 2 win with 11 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals. “I’m the youngest of four boys. My whole life I had to fight. bucks_517

Kurt Warner apparently comes in second for MNF (and possibly isn’t happy about it)

Before ESPN leaked to ESPN last week that Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plans to retire and join the Monday Night Football booth, Kurt Warner had been viewed as the clubhouse favorite to get the gig. The cat was so far out of the bag that Warner made a joke about looking first at the MNF schedule at the outset of NFL Network’s schedule release show last month.

Sanders, who pleaded guilty to assault and weapons charges in the case last month, fired the weapon into a crowd outside of the Allstar Night Club in Elizabeth on Dec. 2016. No one was injured.

Sanders was arrested weeks later and, during an interview with Elizabeth police, claimed Greene handed him the gun. During that same interview, Sanders conceded he had lied about Green’s involvement, according to audio of the exchange provided by Greene’s attorney, Joshua McMahon.

A 6-1, 185-pound three-star safety out of Baltimore, Biggers is a coup due to his length, athleticism and ability to cover down-field. Hence, the Knights could continue to recruit him into December if they see fit.

Biggers’ decision came down to UNC and Rutgers with North Carolina winning out following a recent visit to Chapel Hill — his second in less than a month.

However, his recruitment has come to an end, as he’ll don powder blue and white at the next level. Biggers is ranked the No. 12 recruit in Maryland and No. 43 safety in the country.

Eric Dickerson: Saquon Barkley won’t break rookie rushing record because Giants have ‘no offensive line’

Here is some bulletin board material for the Giants offensive line.

Given New England’s first-round selection of running back Sony Michel, don’t be shocked if Hill signs with another team sometime around Labor Day.) After drafting corners in the early rounds, the Bengals often look for talented pass rushers in the middle rounds.

Will Clarke has had the type of career that makes a team have to keep looking.
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Inside the NRA’s annual meeting: Guns, ammunition, family and politics

Joe and Connie Henderson packed up their car in Arizona earlier this past week and drove nearly 1,000 miles across desert and high plains to the National Rifle Association’s 147th annual meeting here. The couple came to their first meeting for two reasons: both to check…

Seahawks cut Cliff Avril with failed physical designation, which could end his career

Seattle’s purge of established stalwarts who played significant roles in their rise to NFC powerhouse continued with the release of defensive end Cliff Avril , though their decision to part ways with him came as a result of a failed physical. On Friday, the Seahawks announced that they cut Avril and lauded him for his contributions both on and off the field in Seattle. On Instagram, Avril thanked the Seahawks organization and the fans.

In five seasons in Seattle, Avril recorded 34.5 sacks in regular-season action and another 6.5 sacks in the playoffs. In all, Avril has 74 regular-season sacks since 2008 the 12th most in that span , according to Pro Football Reference’s database. For the Seahawks, it’s been an offseason of change as they’ve parted ways with Avril, Bennett, Richard Sherman , Malik McDowell , and Paul Richardson .

Meanwhile, trade rumors surrounded Earl Thomas all offseason, though he remains with the Seahawks for now . Chancellor also remains on the Seahawks’ roster as he tries to work his way back onto the field , but like Avril, it’s unclear if he’ll be able to play again.

Haspel, who serves as the CIA’s deputy director and has spent 33 years in the agency, most of it undercover, faces some opposition in Congress because of her connection to the interrogation program, which was set up after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

In late 2002, Haspel oversaw a secret CIA detention facility in Thailand, where one al-Qaeda suspect was waterboarded. Another detainee also was waterboarded before Haspel’s arrival.

Three years later, Haspel was involved in the CIA’s destruction of nearly 100 videotapes that recorded the men’s interrogations, touching off an investigation by a special prosecutor who ultimately decided not to bring charges against those involved.  tigers_056-115x115

Cowboys release Dez Bryant after Jerry Jones meeting

Dez Bryant’s time in Dallas has come to an end.

The Cowboys released the Pro Bowl receiver Friday following a meeting with owner Jerry Jones, the team announced.

“This was not an easy decision,” Jones said in a statement. “It was made based upon doing what we believe is in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys.”

The pair were meeting Friday morning at the team’s training facility to discuss Bryant’s future. He has spent all eight seasons of his NFL career in Dallas after the Cowboys made him the 24th overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.

“We work with leaders all over the Southeast,” Wuerffel told Sporting News. “We had training the other day for 50 leaders. We’ve had about 10 neighborhoods where we had a deep five-year commitment dive. It’s going really well all the way from Dallas to Orlando.”

Coincidentally, the Orlando area is roughly two hours away from where Wuerffel and his recently named Gators United squad will be participating Sunday in an American Flag Football League tournament qualifier in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The winner clinches a spot in the 32-team finals bracket, with the U.S. Open of Football finals held July 19 in Houston and televised on NFL Network.

At one event where cheerleaders modeled bikinis, Ware says she was given angel wings to wear, and she claims Grogan grabbed her and harassed her as she left the runway.

Ware is seeking arbitration from the Florida commission, and she also wants a hearing with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told the New York Times the league is committed to “fair employment.”

“The NFL and all NFL member clubs support fair employment practices,” McCarthy said. “Everyone who works in the NFL, including cheerleaders, has the right to work in a positive and respectful environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment and discrimination and fully complies with state and federal laws.

“Our office will work with our clubs in sharing best practices and employment-related processes that will support club cheerleading squads within an appropriate and supportive workplace.”dolphins_095

How much will Khalil Mack’s new deal cost for Raiders?

The Raiders offseason workout program is underway and the NFL draft is less than two weeks away, meaning the Silver and Black are coming together as a team that will weather the 2018 season.

The Raiders have future cap space available for Mack. They’re up against it this year, but don’t forget Mack’s fifth-year option accounts for $13.86 million of that total. Most, if not all of his new money could come next year, or Mack’s 2018 cap number could decrease with a massive signing bonus – that cap hit would be split over the life of the deal — and a lower base salary. The Raiders have options in that regard.

Also, there’s little stress about Mack missing early offseason workouts. He’ll be in shape when he reports. Make no mistake about that. There’s plenty of time to get a deal done this offseason, though the Raiders hope it’s done before training camp.

Both outlets indicated the door has not closed on Kaepernick potentially landing in Seattle.

Kaepernick was deposed by NFL attorneys this week as part of his grievance against the league and its teams in which he alleges he has been blackballed as a result of his stance on social issues. Several teams, coaches and executives were supposed to be interviewed during the process, including the Seahawks.

Free agent safety Eric Reid, who also took a knee to protest alongside his then-49ers teammate, reportedly was asked about the issue by the Bengals during a visit earlier this week.

Tennessee would love to see Harold Landry slip, and the team might even look to move up to get him. But if not, the next pass-rusher on the Titans’ list in Davenport will have to do. Davenport can basically redshirt during his first season in Tennessee.

Without many pressing needs, the Falcons should take advantage of deep defensive tackle and offensive line classes. Coaches speak glowingly about Payne’s maturity and consistent improvement during his time at Alabama.seahawks_084

Lions’ Bob Quinn, Matt Patricia ‘in lockstep’ on personnel decisions

Detroit – Before a crowd of the nearly 4,000, the Detroit Lions held their annual Season Ticket Member Summit at Ford Field on Monday. The event, hosted by play-by-play announcer Dan Miller, had general manager Bob Quinn, team president Rod Wood and coach Matt Patricia taking questions from the audience.

Here were some of the highlights from that Q&A:

Patricia said he’s been working hard to familiarize himself the current roster, and while several of those evaluations were easy, there were about a dozen or so players he needed to study to see how they would fit into the schemes he wants to run in Detroit. That’s where he was able to lean on Quinn.

“Honestly, with Bob’s help, trusting his opinion and evaluation, knowing we look at players the same way, look at guys in the same light, how they’re used, their roles, Bob is familiar schematically what I do defensively and what I’ve done before. It was really an easy conversation,” Patricia said.

It was just last month that Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Beckham “will not set foot on a field” without a new contract. That came not long after a report by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo in February that OBJ wants $20 million per year in his next contract. Last year, he made it known in an UNINTERRUPTED interview that he wants to be the highest-paid player—not just receiver—in the league.

All of this drama follows a suspicious hotel room video involving Beckham earlier this offseason. Per ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert, Giants co-owner John Mara is on the record this offseason of saying he is “tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior.”

When he is on the field, there is no denying the type of impact he can make. He had at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons before an ankle injury limited to just four games last year.la_kings_014