Ryan Shazier walks to podium, makes Steelers’ pick in moving NFL draft moment

Ryan Shazier’s steps were slow and measured as he made a surprise visit on the stage at the NFL draft Thursday night, but the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker was walking at all provided the most emotional moment of the first round.
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REASON: Allen has the tools to improve if he spends a year getting some top-notch quarterback coaching, like Patrick Mahomes did. And maybe he becomes a Donovan McNabb type who completes enough 60-yard bombs to make you forget that he misses five-yard passes by 10 yards. But it takes a ton of effort to explain away all of the bad throws on Allen’s tape and stat sheet. Tools should yield results, especially at the mid-major level. When they don’t, it’s wise to admit there’s an extreme level of risk associated with that quarterback instead of making excuses and rationalizations and going gaga over his arm.

Limited Mens Zemgus Girgensons Jersey REASON: The Bills have a weak supporting cast: a thin receiving corps, an offensive line in transition because of retirements. They have a quarterback-of-the-present, AJ McCarron, who is a short-term solution at best. And they just traded some of the draft capital they need to improve to acquire Allen. And offensive coordinator Brian Daboll doesn’t have a track record of accomplishing much of anything. The bust potential with this selection is frighteningly high. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane have just defined their era, for better or worse.

Coach Bill Belichick must have been pleased with the meeting, as agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN that it was very positive and Rob is committed.

Retirement speculation has swirled around Gronkowski since he vowed to sit down and contemplate his future in the wake of New England’s Super Bowl LII downfall.

While Gronkowski remained silent on his 2018 plans, rumors surfaced suggesting he would consider leaving football for a career as a big-screen action hero or Authentic Marcus Cooper Jersey professional wrestler.

After skipping voluntary workouts last week, Gronkowski added fuel to the fire with a bizarre promotional news conference that cited dirt-biking as the reason for his continued absence.

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Tommy Pham has hot hand at plate day after freak injury

A day after cutting his head while preparing for his second at-bat, Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham went 4-for-6, scored two runs and knocked in a run in a 4-3 win over the New York Mets in 13 innings Thursday afternoon.

All it took to return to the lineup was a bandage on his forehead and a bigger batting helmet.

“Mike [Matheny] said if my helmet didn’t fit, I can’t play,” Pham told reporters before the game, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “So I got a bigger helmet.”

The club’s training staff signed off on Pham’s return as well, with the manager, Matheny, saying Pham checked out fine.

Pham hit a fly ball to right field in the first inning on Wednesday. Harrison Bader then pinch hit for him in the third.

“Blood started gushing down,” Pham said of the incident. “My whole jersey was filled with blood.”

Pham passed concussion tests on Wednesday night, then found the proper helmet for Thursday’s game.

“If I could have run out there myself and stopped him, I would have done it,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said after his team’s 9-5 win Thursday night. “What we’re basically or what I’m saying at that point is that I don’t care about that runner and I’ve got all the confidence in the world for Chris to get the guy out.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter lauded Peterson for his aggressiveness.

“We were trying to draw Archer into the play where he would get hurt and wouldn’t be able to pitch anymore,” Showalter jokingly said Friday. “He actually tweaked his [hamstring] a little bit on that. That’s a player play. The fact is, it was a little bit closer than it should have been.”

Archer (2-1) allowed four runs and 11 hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings, and the Rays extended their winning streak to six. Archer was confident that he could have made the play against Peterson at third.
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The Steelers traded wide receiver Martavis Bryant to Oakland in exchange for the Raiders’ third-round pick, Pittsburgh announced late in the first round.
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The talented Bryant, a fourth-round pick of the Steelers in 2014, showed early promise in his rookie season before drug-related suspensions slowed his progress. The Clemson product was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and then for the entire 2016 season after a repeat offense.

I don’t think Webb is a guy that can be thrown out with the bathwater, a national NFL scout told The Post. He’s a big guy that can throw the ball and he actually broke a ton of Jared Goff’s records out at Cal. We saw what Shurmur did with Case Keenum and if he can do that with him 鈥?I’ll tell you, Webb’s every bit, if not more talented Brett Favre Jersey than Case Keenum is.

This guy’s a weapon, not just a running back, the national scout said. Flex him out as a wide receiver, put him one-on-one with a defensive back and see what happens. Or put him in the slot. Or put him on the wing, he’ll get behind the linebacker and between the safeties. All kinds of things. Somebody with an imagination on offense, if he doesn’t get 25 to 27 touches a game, the offensive coordinator ought to be fired.

Manning said he will not be breathlessly watching when the Giants are on the clock. He did not wink, but came close, when he added, I’ll know who we draft and then go about my business.

Volstad (0-1) allowed one run and four hits in 4 1/3 innings and didn’t walk a batter as a replacement for Miguel Gonzalez, who is on the 10-day disabled list with an inflamed right rotator cuff. The start was the first for Volstad after four relief appearances this year.

There were nine mistakes made ahead of me, Rosen said at AT&T Stadium. I will make sure that over the next decade or so, they will know they made a mistake.

Limited Kids Dak Prescott Jersey The UCLA product admitted he was pretty pissed off that he fell in the draft. He sat in the green room and watched fellow quarterbacks Baker Mayfield (No. 1), Sam Darnold (No. 3) and Josh Allen (No. 7) be taken ahead of him. His best-laid intentions about being happy wherever he was taken had gone down the drain.

One, two and three went by and I just kind of went into a blur after that, Rosen said. I was really angry teams were passing on me. I was honestly expecting to get picked at some point and have to fake a smile and go up and pretend to be happy.

But when the Cardinals called his name at 10, the anger disappeared.

NFL Draft 2018: Edmunds brothers become first pair drafted in first round

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Tremaine and Terrell were expected to be drafted in this year’s NFL draft, but where they were selected was surprising. It was so surprising the NFL couldn’t even plan it.

Winger T.J. Oshie believes that with Holtby locked in, and the defense improved in front of him, the result can be different this time.

Defensively, we’re a little more aware of the correct reads. Defensively, we’re a little more responsible, Oshie said. I think in years past, our lineup was pretty stacked. It seemed like we kinda got away with good players making reads, but at times Pittsburgh can exploit that when you’re not sharp in your own end, with how they see the ice. I think we’re a little more responsible in our own end, and hopefully that can deter their offense.

They’ve ended our season the last two years. If both teams bring their A-game, I think it’s going to be a long grind of a series. That’s the way we want it. We want to take down the best.

In the past two seasons, Washington and Pittsburgh were set on a collision course in the second round thanks to the NHL’s bracketed playoff format, something that Capitals coach Barry Trotz lamented at the NHL All-Star Game earlier this season.

Four quarterbacks could get selected in the top 5 Thursday. The Dolphins, Cardinals and Bills are all interested in moving up, so there could be a mad scramble early in the first round as teams jockey for position to secure a new signal caller.

Pham said Syndergaard has gotten better.

I faced him in Triple-A and I faced him a couple of years ago — he was more so just a thrower with great stuff, Pham said. Now he’s elevated his arsenal.
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Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez gave up one run and four hits in six innings.

Yoenis Cespedes hit an RBI double in the first that ended Martinez’s scoreless streak at 18 innings and made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. His 23 RBI are Leonard Floyd Youth jersey one behind NL leader Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs.

Jeff Garcia withdraws from role at NFL draft

Jeff Garcia, who first announced on Twitter that he would call the Buccaneers’ third-round draft pick on Friday night, then proclaimed that he could care less about the draft when told that the Buccaneers don’t have a third-round pick, has pulled out of the proceedings.
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Although the NFL said it hoped Garcia would come to the event regardless of whether or not the Bucs actually had a pick for him to announce, Garcia wrote on Twitter that he sees no point.

Frankly, this is not the usual way a team executive speaks of a player he just drafted, but this is not a usual player, as far as the Giants are concerned. For weeks, they zeroed in on Barkley, the all-everything running back from Penn State, a quest that culminated Thursday night when they were on the clock with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. The Browns with the first-overall selection took quarterback Baker Mayfield, and the Giants then passed up on all those other quarterback options, strengthened Eli Manning’s hold on his job and gleefully made Barkley their highest draft pick in 37 years, since they took Lawrence Taylor, also with the No. 2 pick, in 1981.

We felt Saquon was the best player in the draft, Gettleman said. I haven’t seen a guy like this in a long time and Authentic Mike Smith Jersey I’ve been running around doing this for 30-plus years.

After months of evaluation and a dizzying array of opinions on what the Giants should and needed to do, could it be that this actually turned into an easy decision?

When I smoke, I can focus and actually do the job that I have to do and the tasks, Smith said. It’s like I’m in the zone. I feel like nobody can stop me when I was out there. It mellowed me out, got me going and it’s the best thing for me.
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Smith said he wasn’t alone.

Shoot, the coaches do it, Smith said. Personnel people upstairs do it. Quarterbacks that do it. Guys that are your captains, your leaders of the team that smoke. . . . Everybody has their reason, they are using it for their pain. We’re all big guys and our body hurts.

Heck, maybe even some owners do it. For them, however, there’s no drug-testing policy that would result in fines or suspensions if they can’t pass periodic urine tests.

The Giants could push the Jets toward this with the threat, whether real or perceived, of another quarterback-needy team leapfrogging them to No. 2 to take Darnold. Last year, the Bears gave the 49ers a third-rounder, a fourth-rounder and a third-rounder in this year’s draft to move up from three to two.
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While Vatanen leaves big shoes to fill, the Devils won’t lean on one player to do so.

More to know: While the Devils will play without Vatanen, it’s something the group has already done this season. Prior to Vatanen’s Nov. 30 trade to New Jersey, the Devils went 14-6-4, largely using Saturdays defensive group.

This feel-good story is a complicated one though because Drury is on the mend and … No. 1 prospect Gleyber Torres is coming up from Triple-A on Sunday.

A few days ago, it appeared as if Torres was being groomed to take over at third, but he started at second base on Friday night and was there again Saturday when he was pulled after six innings following the Yankees’ decision to call him up.

Andujar was aware of how well Torres has been playing – he hit .347 in 13 Triple-A games – and how he’d been used by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell.

The Devils successfully stopped the NHL’s top power play on five successful penalty kills, keeping them within one goal on the scoreboard. But the effects were felt elsewhere as the Lightning closed out a 4-1 series win.

“Not only are you going up and trying to get penalty kills against one of the best power plays in the league, but you’re also making some guys exert themselves more than they have to, and you’re icing some guys on the bench,” forward  Kyle Palmieri said. “It’s tough. I thought right at the end of the first (period), we got some things going 5-on-5. It was a choppy second period where we spent half the time on our PK. Some lessons learned, and that’s about it.”

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Cowboys sign David Irving and Scott Daly

Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving made it official, signing his tender Monday. He Don Mattingly Youth jersey will make $2.9 million in 2018 and is scheduled to become a free agent in 2019.
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The Cowboys also announced they signed a long snapper, Scott Daly. He faces an uphill battle to make the roster as L.P. Ladouceur has served as the team’s long snapper the past 13 seasons without making an errant snap.

Former Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins, who was signed in the offseason by the Royals, was given an ovation when he entered the first game in the bottom of the seventh, his first appearance at the Rogers Centre as an opposing player. He also started the second game Tuesday at second base, going 0-for-5.

It was cool to know that I have the respect of the fans that I came into the games and I played hard for, Goins said. It kind of choked me up a little bit and caught me by surprise. But it was awesome, thank you to all the fans who came out. It made it special for sure.

Goins feels that things will begin to pick up for his new team.

There’s bounces here and there that are not going our way, that’s just how baseball goes, Goins said, but they’ll start turning our way.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will be trying to extend a nine-game hitting streak Wednesday after going 5-for-9 with a homer and two RBI in the doubleheader.
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Belichick said the team is open to all possibilities, including using picks in trades for players already in the league, and dispatched a question about drafting a quarterback to groom behind Tom Brady by saying they’ll do what’s best for the team. Some have called adding a young quarterback a need for the Patriots while others have pointed to offensive tackle, but Belichick made it clear that he doesn’t see the draft through the prism of filling needs.

Well, again, the whole draft need thing is 鈥?I don’t really understand that, Belichick said. You put a card up on the board. That doesn’t mean the guy is a good player. I think it’s important to acquire good players wherever they are. If you take a player at a position that you might so called need but he’s not good enough to fill that need, then it’s a wasted pick. So, I don’t understand the whole need thing. I understand player value, and that’s what we try to go by.

With five picks in the first three rounds, the Patriots have the draft capital to move around the board to get players they’ve identified as being strong fits for their team. Based on what Belichick said on Friday, those fits may not be the same ones that those outside the organization think they’ll be targeting.

Steve Tasker part of group discussing future of kickoffs

Steve Tasker built his NFL career around covering kicks and he’ll be part of a group getting together next month to discuss the future of kickoffs in the league.
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Marlins: C J.T. Realmuto (back) is expected to come off the disabled list and make his season debut sometime during the upcoming 10-day trip. Mattingly didn’t rule out Realmuto returning for the series against the Yankees on Monday and Tuesday. … 3B Martin Prado (hamstring) is close to beginning a rehab assignment, Mattingly said.

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (right shoulder strain) might advance to a bullpen session as early as Tuesday, Hurdle said.

Pirates: LHP Steven Brault (2-0, 3.46 ERA) is scheduled to start when the Pirates begin a three-game homestand Monday against Colorado and RHP German Marquez (0-1, 4.97).
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Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (0-1, 4.73) is on the mound when the Marlins begin a three-city trip Monday at Yankee Stadium. New Miami CEO and former Yankees captain Derek Jeter has Jonathan Quick USA Youth jersey said he will not attend the games in New York.

I can show him a lot of things, on and off the field, the way to be a pro, Gore said, via the team’s website. Just show him the way I work and why I’ve lasted so long to play this game at a high level. When I watched him, he’s a very quick and fast guy. I think that one-two punch will be very nice for this team.

Drake closed strong in 2017 with 444 yards on 91 carries in the final five games of the season, but only had 19 carries in the first half of the year as he was stuck behind Jay Ajayi on the depth chart. Ajayi is in Philly now, which leaves Gore as the other contender for work at running back. How much of it he’ll get may come down to how much his mentoring helps Drake as the team gets ready for the 2018 season.

Were Cowboys concerned that Dez wouldn’t be happy with a pay cut?

Talk of a potential pay cut for Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant began last season. He responded to the possibility bluntly: He didn’t want one.

The reality all along was that he’d be getting one, whether he wanted one or not. The only question was whether he’d be taking less than $12.5 million in 2018 salary with the Cowboys or with someone else.
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Diamondbacks face another obstacle, Giants

The Diamondbacks’ fast start has come with obstacles, and they ran into another one this week.
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As far as pitching injuries, no team can relate as well as San Francisco, which resumes its three-game series against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
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Right-hander Johnny Cueto returned to the mound after missing two starts while on the disabled list, and struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Arizona. But he is the only one of the Giants’ top three starters to have pitched this season.

Nos. 1 and 3 starters Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija have missed the first three weeks, and Bumgarner is expected to miss another month with a fractured hand. Samardzija threw a bullpen Tuesday and is on track to make his first start of the season this weekend.

It’s always good to get a guy back and have another one who is really close, said San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy, whose team has lost four in a row after losing the final three games in San Diego over the weekend.

Bell reported to the Steelers a week before the season opener a year ago, holding out until the last minute. He played under the $12.12 million tag last year.

He still earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 2017 when he rushed for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns on 321 carries and caught 85 passes for 655 yards and two touchdowns.

Bell, 26, said on Instagram Live in March that he would not sit out the entire season. But Bell predicted a rerun of last year, with a holdout through the preseason, unless the sides agreed on a long-term deal.

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The Giants are unfamiliar with this NFL draft neighborhood, and thus are required this year to check out every nook and cranny.

That is what happens when you own the No. 2-overall pick. No one is out of reach and no player can be discounted.

In the past, the Giants did not use their 30 visits to host some of the top prospects because they knew they were not in position to get any of them. They studied the quarterbacks but often did not invite them to their facility for a visit, knowing they would not be taking one early, or at all, in the draft.

By paying attention to all the top prospects, the Giants are also alerting every other team in the league that nothing is set in stone, as the Giants realize keeping their intentions wide open at No. 2 makes that lofty pick even more valuable to a team with interest in moving up in the first round.

Asked specifically about Darnold and Rosen, new Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula said, “I think both of those guys are going to be really good quarterbacks. I think they’re talented, they’re a little different in the way they go about things, but I think it’s an exciting time in the draft because of the guys that are coming out. It’s exciting to have an early pick, but hopefully this will be the last time we have an early pick.’’

Damon “Snacks’’ Harrison remains an anchor in the middle of the defensive line, and Dalvin Tomlinson put together a promising rookie season. With the move to a 3-4 front, the need for numbers up front decreases slightly. Kerry Wynn was re-signed for depth but Josh Mauro, a free-agent pickup from the Cardinals, will miss the first four games sitting out a suspension. A mid-round move for an interior lineman is certainly possible.

The Giants (27 sacks) were one of the worst pass-rush teams in the NFL in 2017, and their leader in sacks, Jason Pierre-Paul, was traded to the Buccaneers. Help is definitely needed. Olivier Vernon will now be in a two-point stance as an outside linebacker most of the time. The second-overall pick is not too high for Bradley Chubb, by far the top defensive line prospect in this draft.

“Never in our wildest dreams did we expect Kap or any first-year manager we would have hired to come in and be perfect from day one,” Klentak said. “That’s just not realistic. I wasn’t perfect in my first day on the job as a general manager, either. Kap will learn and grow the same way that the players and I are learning and growing, and we’re all going to develop together.
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