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    • lucky has written a new blog article "The Redskins ranked last in the NFL in rushing" 04.28.2018

      yards per game and needed more depth up front. With Barkley selected by the Giants and Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas, the Redskins need to make sure they’re strong up front or they’ll get handled once more in the run game. They do have Jonathan Allen, Payne’s former Alabama teammate. When Allen was hurt last season and missed the last 11 games, the Redskins’ run defense suffered. Now, Washington should have enough depth to withstand injuries.

      Biggest question: Can he impact the pass game? Several scouts and coaches around the league aren’t sold that he can be a three-down player, and he doesn’t collapse the pocket. The Redskins also passed on two players who, perhaps, are more talented in safety Derwin James and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. If Payne provides push inside, they won’t regret the pick.-- John Keim
      An edge rusher was a no-brainer for the Saints, especially a big one like the 6-foot-6, 264-pound Davenport, who can be a true 4-3 defensive end. I’ve had edge rusher ranked as New Orleans’ No. 1 need for the past two years, and it’s the kind of impact position that can push a contender over http://www.ravenshopfootballofficial.com/JAVORIUS-ALLEN-JERSEY-CHEAP.html the top.
      Biggest question: The price tag is obviously the question mark -- the Saints dropped one of the biggest bombshells on this year’s draft by trading two first-rounders and a fifth-rounder to move up from No. 27 to No. 14. Also, Davenport is considered a bit of a raw developmental prospect coming from the University of Texas-San Antonio, though he was projected to go around this spot in the draft. -- Mike Triplett
      Why they did it: As dominant as the Raiders' offensive line has shown it can be, there is a weakness at right tackle, and Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn will turn 35 on Friday. Miller is a fourth-year junior who was the http://www.officialauthenticbroncostore.com/Nike-Bennie-Fowler-Jersey.html Bruins’ starter at right tackle in 2016, before moving to left tackle last season to protect Josh Rosen’s blind side. Tom Cable, the former Eric Tomlinson Jersey Raiders coach who is returning to Oakland under Jon Gruden as the offensive line coach, is absolutely digging this pick -- even if Miller is more of a project than a Day 1 starter -- especially with division rival Denver adding Bradley Chubb. Biggest question: The Raiders signed Breno Giacomini in free agency, a year after drafting David Sharpe, two years after drafting Vadal Alexander. So who goes? -- Paul Gutierrez
      Why they did it: Edmunds, who was considered by some to be a top-10 talent in the draft, was slipping down the board. Buffalo traded one of its two third-round picks (No. 65) and the No. 22 pick to move up six spots to No. 16, where they ended Edmunds’ fall. They also acquired a fifth-round pick (No. 154) from Baltimore. Edmunds is a long, athletic linebacker who can play several spots. He projects to start somewhere in the Bills’ 4-3, depending on how they shuffle players around.
      Biggest question: The Bills began the day with six picks in the first three rounds, the product of several trades since last year that gave them some of the most draft capital in the league. They used almost all of that capital to trade up for Edmunds and quarterback Josh Allen. Barring further trades, that leaves Buffalo with an 80-selection gap until their next pick, No. 96 in the third round. That is a big void for a team that could use help at several positions. -- Mike Rodak
      Why they did it: The Chargers lost safety Tre Boston in free agency, then had one of the best athletes in the draft slip to No. 17 in James. The Bolts have been looking for a long-term answer at the safety position since Eric Weddle left at the end of the 2015 season, and they appear to have their answer. Biggest question: James will be tabbed to play a Kam Chancellor-type role in defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s scheme. However, Jahleel Addae already fills that position for the Chargers at strong safety, so it will be interesting to see if James can play some free safety. James worked out with one of Bradley’s former players, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, Cam Fowler Youth jersey during the lead-up to the draft. -- Eric D. Williams
      Why they did it: They needed big-time help in the secondary. Yes, they signed veterans Tramon Williams and Davon House in free agency. But after trading 2015 first-round pick Damarious Randall to the Browns last month, they had a void in the secondary, even after they drafted cornerback Kevin King with their top overall pick last year (No. 33 overall).
      Biggest question: Is Alexander tall enough? He measured just 5-foot-10¼ at the scouting combine. Pro Football Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf had a rule that he wouldn’t take a DB under 5-foot-11 after he made the mistake of taking Terrell Buckley (5-foot-10) with his very first pick as the Packers GM in 1992. New GM Brian Gutekunst, who was hired by Wolf, wasn’t scared away by Alexander’s height after trading back from No. 14 overall, where he had the chance to take Marcus Davenport, Tremaine Edmunds or Derwin James. -- Rob Demovsky cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys from china cheap jerseys from china

    • lucky has written a new blog article "As general manager Brandon Beane said in his" 04.28.2018

      pre-draft news conference, it is the job of a GM to find a franchise quarterback -- and the Bills hope they have in Allen. He is the highest-selected quarterback in franchise history, surpassing Jim Kelly, who was taken as No. 14 in 1983. Allen is a project who likely will compete with AJ McCarron http://www.officialbengalsfootballstore.com/YOUTH+RYAN+HEWITT+JERSEY for the starting job http://www.pacersprostore.com/WOMENS-JOE-YOUNG-JERSEY.html in training camp.

      Biggest question: The Bills were patient and waited for Allen to slide to No. 7 when he was projected in some cases to be drafted higher, and they kept their No. 22 overall pick in their trade with Tampa Bay. But with Josh Rosen still on the board, picking Allen – considered much more of a wild card -- will be a move that could decide Beane’s tenure as GM. -- Mike Rodak
      Why they did it: Smith is the perfect pick for Chicago. The Bears need help at inside linebacker with the offseason departure of veteran Jerrell Freeman, and Danny Trevathan -- while a solid player when healthy -- missed 11 games over the past two seasons. Smith is the best linebacker in the draft class. He possesses tremendous sideline-to-sideline speed, can run with tight ends, is a big hitter and is a leader inside the locker room. Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who coached Patrick Willis in San Francisco, has to be thrilled to add such an impact player.
      Biggest question: Some have questioned Smith’s size (6-foot-1 and 236 pounds at the NFL combine), but both Willis and Trevathan played http://www.chargersofficialauthenticstore.com/Nigel-Harris-Jersey at 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds. Smith is talented enough to fit in any defense. The only question -- as with many of Ryan Pace’s draft picks -- is health. The last Georgia player the Bears took in the top 10, OLB Leonard Floyd, has battled injuries throughout his short NFL career. Smith did suffer a shoulder injury in college. -- Jeff Dickerson
      Why they did it: This pick is as much about 2019 and beyond as it is about the immediate future. Right tackle Trent Brown is Josh Bellamy Youth jersey coming off a shoulder injury and will be a free agent after the 2018 season, and left tackle Joe Staley will be 34 in August. Protecting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is a priority, and the Niners landed the tackle they believe is the best in this draft. McGlinchey also could contribute at guard right away if Brown doesn’t return to full strength or is traded.
      Biggest question: Can McGlinchey succeed as a left tackle? Some evaluators believe he’s best suited on the right side because he’s not a dominant athlete. But it’s hard to imagine the Niners would have selected him here if they didn’t envision him eventually replacing Staley on the left side. Coach Kyle Shanahan’s system will undoubtedly put him to the test. -- Nick Wagoner
      Why they did it: The Cardinals needed their quarterback of the future -- plain and simple. There are too many questions surrounding Sam Bradford’s health, and Mike Glennon isn’t the franchise’s long-term answer. As the first round unfolded, Arizona knew it needed to move up, and that’s what it did -- trading its first-round selection, one of its third-round picks and its fifth-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for the 10th overall pick -- thus landing a young quarterback who can be the long-term solution.
      Biggest question: Will Rosen, who is known to be outspoken and arrogant, be able to be patient and wait for an opportunity to start? And once he gets his chance to start, how good can he be? -- Josh Weinfuss Why they did it: The Dolphins desperately needed help in pass Authentic Brandan Wright Jersey defense, especially against tight ends. No team allowed more receptions by tight ends than the Dolphins did last season (94), and Fitzpatrick can only help in the effort toward improving that stat.
      Biggest question: The Dolphins allowed themselves to be passed over for UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, who went one spot ahead to the Arizona Cardinals. How will that decision look in a couple of years if Ryan Tannehill can't re-establish himself as the Dolphins' starter? -- Kevin Seifert Why they did it: The Bucs had just 22 sacks last season, dead last in the NFL. Vea is a total monster at 6-foot-4 and 347 pounds; he can easily take on double-teams and plow his way into the backfield. Authentic Phoenix Suns Jersey Pair him with six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and suddenly a Bucs defense that allowed a league-high 6 yards per play and 378 yards per game last season -- both the most in the league -- has become a lot better.
      Biggest question: This was not a need pick but a best available pick, because the Bucs invested heavily already this offseason by signing defensive tackles Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein, and they traded for defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Vea had 9.5 sacks in three seasons. The real question now is when will the Bucs address a secondary that surrendered 256 yards per game over the past two years, especially when they had their shot at Florida State safety Derwin James, who has drawn comparisons to Eric Berry and Sean Taylor. -- Jenna Laine

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    • lucky has written a new blog article "Pros and cons for every 2018 NFL first-round draft pick" 04.28.2018

      Why they did it: The Browns needed to use this pick on a quarterback, and the one they decided fits best is Mayfield. He’s small (6 feet, 5/8 inches), but he’s competitive and accurate. He plays with swagger, perhaps to the extreme, but he also completed 69.8 percent of his passes during his final season. He left Oklahoma as the Big 12 all-time leader in yards per attempt and consecutive games with a touchdown pass. He is the guy general manager John Dorsey and the Browns are committing their future to.

      Biggest question: Mayfield bristles at comparisons to Johnny Manziel, and he and Manziel are different players on the field. But like Manziel, Mayfield is not ideal NFL quarterback size, and he has had off-field issues. The Browns must love his ability, because they have shrugged off an arrest and actions on the field that some teams would not accept. Teams generally don’t like risks with the first overall pick; this pick involves a fair amount of risk. -- Pat McManamon
      Why they did it: The Giants were in love with Barkley. He was the top prospect on their draft board from the get-go. He fills a major need, as they haven’t had a Pro Bowl-caliber running back since Tiki Barber. The Giants also aren’t as concerned about their future at quarterback as everybody else. They feel Eli Manning has some “years” left and Davis Webb has potential.
      Biggest question: Is it worth taking a running back with the Dexter McCoil Womens Jersey No. 2 overall http://www.stlouisbluesofficialonline.com/Adidas-Patrik-Berglund-Jersey pick? This is more about positional value than uncertainty with Barkley, who is a pristine prospect with impressive skills. He is 233 pounds, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, has tremendous balance and catches the ball well out of the backfield. But Barkley instantly becomes among the highest-paid players at his position and needs to perform at a Pro Bowl-level immediately to be worth the investment. This also happens to be an extremely deep position in this year’s draft; the Giants could have taken Authentic John Randle Jersey a quality running back in the second or third round. -- Jordan Raanan
      Why they did it: After decades of draft misses and veteran Band-Aids, it was time once again to make a bold move to end the maddening pattern of quarterback mediocrity. When Darnold unexpectedly fell to them at No. 3, the Jets pounced on the most complete quarterback prospect in the draft. His innate skill as a passer, combined with his mobility, provides hope Kyle Fuller Womens Jersey for an offense that hasn’t cracked the top 10 in yards since Brett Favre’s one-year rental in 2008.
      Biggest question: Are they getting the 2016 Darnold or the 2017 Darnold? In the span of a year, he went from The Next Great Quarterback to a turnover machine. He has some bad habits that need to be addressed, and that will take time, raising questions about how long it’ll take to get him ready to play. His arrival means the end of the Christian Hackenberg era, which never started. Hackenberg and Bryce Petty are likely goners, with incumbent Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater set to compete for the starting job. It could be a redshirt year for Darnold. -- Rich Cimini
      Why they did it: This pick screams need over best player available, as the Browns have significant need at corner. Ward had better be good, because in selecting him, the Browns passed up on Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama and defensive end Bradley Chubb of NC State, both considered among the draft’s premier players. Ward was considered a good player, but the value of his selection at fourth overall will be questioned.
      Biggest question: Like first overall pick Baker Mayfield, it’s size. He’s 5-foot-11 and 183 pounds, which is not a big frame for the position and the press coverage he’ll be asked to play. In bypassing Fitzpatrick and Chubb, though, the Browns have placed a lot of attention and pressure on Ward, who will have to live up to his selection at a spot few expected http://www.officialcardinalsfootballauthentic.com/Jermaine-Gresham-Jersey.html him to go. -- Pat McManamon
      Why they did it: Are you kidding? Chubb is the best edge player on the board, and the Broncos now have a potential walk-in starter to put into a pass rush that would include Von Miller, Shane Ray and Derek Wolfe. Chubb had 26 tackles for loss last past season, and he is a high-effort player who should transition quickly to the NFL. Biggest question: There are few riddles about Chubb’s game, but the Broncos will have to fit him into their 3-4 scheme. Chubb, with a 4.65 40-yard dash, doesn’t have the elite speed at outside linebacker and is not as big as some defensive ends. But this is a proficient pass-rusher who puts the Broncos' D back in the fast lane. -- Jeff Legwold
      Why they did it: Andrew Luck. The Colts have spent the first six years of Luck’s NFL career trying to put an offensive line around their franchise quarterback. Luck has missed 28 games over the past three seasons because of injuries; he has been sacked 156 times in his career. The Colts gave up an NFL-high 56 sacks last season. Now the foundation of the offensive line is starting to come together. Nelson will join an offensive line that features left tackle Anthony Castonzo and center Ryan Kelly. wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys china cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys

    • lucky has written a new blog article "The chances of Barkley turning into a franchise back" 04.27.2018

      Barkley is regarded as a truly stratospheric running back prospect and as close to a can't-miss proposition as you'll see in the draft. He has no obvious weak points or off-field concerns. He has been called the best running back prospect since Peterson. But as Scott Kacsmar pointed out, that has been true of Elliott, Fournette, Todd Gurley and Trent Richardson. Richardson was seen as a similarly safe pick with no significant flaws when he was drafted in 2012, but he turned out to be a sub-replacement NFL back.

      We're often too confident about the top running http://www.authenticlosangelesangelsshop.com/Brandon-Phillips-Jersey back prospect in a given draft class turning into the best halfback from his class at the professional level. By my count, looking at the past 20 drafts, the first running back drafted has turned into the best runner from that class only seven times. That's similar to rates at other positions. The first quarterback taken in each draft over the past 20 years has turned into its best passer five times. With edge rushers, it's six times in 20 years.

      We still don't know about recent drafts, and it's a little unfair to compare a back taken in the top three picks to someone such as Bishop Sankey, who fell to the 54th pick of the 2014 draft before being the first back off the board. Let's take a look at the truly world-class running back prospects to try to find similar players to Barkley. It's unlikely that Barkley will fall past the Broncos at No. 5, given that the Giants, Browns and Broncos could all theoretically draft a running back or trade their pick to a team interested in Barkley. How often do top-five backs turn into superstars?
      There have been 13 backs drafted in the top five in the past 20 years. Six of them -- Richardson, Cedric Benson, Bush, Curtis Enis, Darren McFadden and Cadillac Williams -- failed to make a Pro Bowl before their NFL careers ended. They have to be considered disappointments, though it's probably unfair to lump Bush into that mix.
      Three backs made it to one Pro Bowl: Ronnie Brown, Jamal Lewis and Ricky Williams. Likewise, Brown probably doesn't belong in this group, given that he finished his career with 5,391 rushing yards, and Lewis and Paul Thompson Authentic Jersey Williams each topped 10,000 over the course of their careers. It's also too early to judge Elliott and Fournette.
      There are only two backs from this group who made it to multiple Pro Bowls and have Hall of Fame credentials. LaDainian Tomlinson is enshrined in Canton, and Edgerrin James is a two-time finalist and has a reasonable shot of making it one day. Of these 13 backs, I would say that four teams -- the Chargers (with Tomlinson), Colts (James), Ravens (Lewis) and Saints (Bush) -- ended up with a franchise back, while New Orleans was at least able to turn its disastrous trade for Williams into two first-round picks after three seasons, though one of them was conditional.
      Let's say five teams found franchise running backs. That's not enough of a successful rate to trust that Barkley is a lock to turn into a perennial superstar. If we look back 10 more years, we'll find two more Hall of Famers (Marshall Faulk and Barry Sanders) and two total washouts (Ki-Jana Carter and Blair Thomas) alongside Garrison Hearst, who falls somewhere in between.
      Do the same analysis for quarterbacks, and you'll get roughly similar results. Of the 27 passers drafted in the top five since 1998, three (Philip Rivers and the Manning brothers) are likely to make the Hall of Fame. It's still too http://www.chargersofficialfootballshop.com/Nike-Dexter-Mccoil-Jersey.html early to judge a handful of those quarterbacks, but at least half of those teams came away with a guy they considered their franchise passer past their rookie deal.
      If the chances of a highly drafted running back and a quarterback turning into a superstar are roughly similar, and it appears that they are, you simply can't justify taking the running back. There's too much upside being left on the table by not drafting a passer, given how much a good signal-caller makes relative to the cost of the second overall pick. The only exception would be if ...Given that Gettleman has suggested that he expects Eli to be the quarterback in 2018, it seems as if the Giants are at least operating under the assumption that their longtime starter isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
      So let's ask that question: How much longer should the Giants expect Manning to play? The 37-year-old did complete another healthy season. But with his top two receivers missing most of the year because of injury and his offensive line more of a Matt Slauson Youth jersey theoretical construct than actual protection, his numbers weren't pretty. Jaromir Jagr Authentic Jersey Manning averaged just 6.1 yards per pass, the lowest mark he has posted since his rookie season, while his passer rating and QBR fell for the third consecutive season.
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      Excluding active players, the retired quarterbacks started an average of 18.7 games over the rest of their career. The 26 passers combined to produce a total of just 13 above-average full seasons as starters (12-plus starts with a NY/A+ over 100) after turning 37. Tom Brady and Drew Brees have outdone those marks, and it's fair to wonder whether quarterbacks are likely to last longer now than they would have 30 years ago, but the evidence suggests that Eli doesn't have much time left as a viable starter. cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping

    • lucky has written a new blog article "Le'Veon Bell will end up resetting the running" 04.27.2018

      back market next offseason, but it probably would take an MVP-caliber season for the Steelers star to get something in excess of $15 million per year. That's what Mike Glennon got from the Bears in free agency last offseason. No veteran starting quarterback on a multiyear deal will have a lower average annual salary than Bell, and he might be the only running back in football making more than $8 million per season.

      Enter Barkley. The draft's second overall pick is locked into a four-year deal for something in the range of $32 million this offseason, all of which is fully guaranteed at signing. Before taking an NFL snap, Barkley would have more guaranteed money than any other running back in the NFL. He'd be tied with McCoy for the largest annual average salary for any running back on a multiyear deal. His four-year cash -- the Womens Michael Roberts Jersey money he would be in line Womens Brandon Davidson Jersey to pocket over the next four seasons -- would be third in the league behind that of McCoy and Devonta Freeman.

      Let's http://www.nflbillsofficialauthentic.com/Nike-Charles-Clay-Jersey.html run the same table for Barkley that we ran for Wentz and assume a similarly favorable outcome. Barkley's $32 million is guaranteed, and former NFL executive Joe Banner projects that the running back would be in line to make about $13 million for his fifth-year option in 2022. Let's assume that Barkley plays at a Pro Bowl-level for each of the five years of his rookie deal without getting injured. Let's also assume that the market value of top-tier running backs will rise over the next five years by $1 million per season, despite the fact that their price tag has come down over the past five seasons, as Warren Sharp pointed out.
      As a player entering the league as one of the highest-paid players at his position, even a very rosy outcome for Barkley has him essentially living up to Womens Brenden Dillon Jersey his contract without providing any excess value: The numbers above are obviously estimates, but you get the idea. Because Barkley is entering the league as one of the highest-paid backs in football, it's impossible for him to deliver anywhere near the sort of marginal value that
      would come from a rookie quarterback. The same would be true for a defensive end such as Chubb and would even qualify for a guard such as Nelson, given that top-tier guards now comfortably make more than similarly pedigreed running backs. That's without http://www.authenticnuggetstore.com/Dikembe_Mutombo_Jersey even considering that running backs get injured more frequently than players at any other position.
      While the NFL has decided that Pro Bowl-caliber running backs are worth about only $8 million or so in this market, it doesn't necessarily follow that those backs should be worth that little. It's at least theoretically possible that the NFL could be underestimating how much running backs are worth to an offense and systematically underpaying guys such as McCoy and Freeman. If that were true, Barkley would be more of a bargain than his status within the running back salary structure as a potential second overall pick suggests.
      While Gettleman has said that the league's devaluation of running backs is "comical," the problem is that there isn't much evidence suggesting that the NFL doesn't value running backs well. The market correction for halfbacks over the past 15 years is borne out by their shorter career spans and the success that teams such as the Patriots have had without committing to a franchise-caliber running back on a long-term contract. Of the past 10 Super Bowl winners, only two -- the Ravens with Ray Rice and the Seahawks with Marshawn Lynch -- were built around backs on top-tier multiyear contracts. The Saints had former second overall pick Reggie Bush in a rotation at halfback, but most of these teams were built around players on rookie deals or backs with middle-class contracts.
      Furthermore, teams haven't really suffered when they've lost their star backs. The Cowboys weren't the same without Elliott, but the Jaguars' offense was better while Fournette was sidelined last season. In 2015, offenses around the league lost star backs such as Bell, Lynch and Arian Foster and actually improved.
      The majority of big-money deals for running backs in recent years also haven't worked out. Carolina spent years desperately restructuring the deals Marty Hurney gave Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. Chris Johnson failed to make it back to the Pro Bowl after signing his extension. DeMarco Murray's deal in Philadelphia led him to be traded after one season. Even Adrian Peterson's six-year deal (which was restructured along the way) mixed one MVP season with two lost seasons and a third marred by injury. Lynch and McCoy have had the best outcomes among veteran backs since the current CBA was signed. It's possible that the market could have overcorrected and might undervalue backs, but there isn't much evidence of that.
      The chances of a quarterback taken with the second overall pick turning into a franchise quarterback would have to be somewhere around 30 percent. The economic upside for a quarterback is clear, but if Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen has only a 30 percent shot of turning into the next Wentz, then the expected return for the Giants could be closer to $37 million than $125 million, which would http://49ersauthenticofficialstore.com/frank-gore-jersey_c-342.html level the playing field. (The valuation process is more complicated than that, but it works for the purposes of this example

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    • lucky has written a new blog article "Should the Giants really draft Saquon Barkley?" 04.27.2018

      The Cleveland Browns are going to select a quarterback with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. What happens next will begin to tell the story of this year's class. The New York Giants might draft a quarterback. They might trade the No. 2 pick. They might select one of Dave Gettleman's much-beloved hog mollies, such as Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson or NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb.

      The most popular pick for the Giants, though, is Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. Anyone who watches two minutes of Barkley's highlights can understand why Gettleman might want to keep the 21-year-old in the Northeast, as the tape suggests that he is a transcendent talent. He produced a nation-high Will Sutton Authentic Jersey 3,801 yards from scrimmage the past two seasons, and his 45 touchdowns tied him with Devin Singletary of Florida Atlantic atop the http://www.authenticbluejaysstore.com/Authentic-Ja-Happ-Jersey FBS leaderboard.

      There's every reason to believe Barkley will be an excellent running back. The Giants have had six different backs rack up 100 carries over the past five seasons without finding a replacement for Ahmad Bradshaw, and they're currently projected to run out the duo of Wayne Gallman and Jonathan Stewart next season. Every team could use a Saquon Barkley. The Giants could really use one.
      Should the Giants draft Barkley at No. 2? I don't think it's a great idea. That opinion has nothing to do with Barkley's considerable talent. I'm just not sure that the economics of the NFL and the running back market make it a smart decision to use the second overall pick on any rusher. Even if Barkley turns into a superstar, the Giants will be settling for a low-ceiling option if they draft him at No. 2. To understand why that's the case, you have to look at both the recent draft history and the economics of the NFL under the current collective bargaining agreement.
      Part of the value of the draft is selecting players who will make a fraction of their true market value over the course of their rookie contract. Take Carson Wentz, who played at an MVP level in his second season before suffering a torn ACL. If Wentz were an unrestricted free agent this offseason, the 25-year-old would have no trouble finding a contract that would pay him $30 million per year for the next three seasons.
      Instead of giving Wentz $90 million, if you prorate Wentz's signing bonus, the Eagles will be responsible for a total of $15.7 million over the next two years before picking up the quarterback's fifth-year option, which will be somewhere in the range of $22.8 million. (They could even franchise Wentz for another year at $27.4 million or so, but let's stop there.)
      There's no stat that translates player performance into money, but we can use the current quarterback market to estimate what a top-tier passer gets in free agency to illuminate just how much of a bargain Wentz has been and will be if he continues to play at a high level. The top of the market was worth $25 million in 2017, will be Howie Kendrick Womens Jersey somewhere around $27.5 million in 2018 and should hit $30 million when Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan sign their new deals. If Wentz continues to play Kevin Hayes Youth jersey at a Pro Bowl level and is one of the five best quarterbacks in football, he'll save the Eagles more than $75 million:
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    • lucky has written a new blog article "Which players give their teams the best return" 04.26.2018

      When looking for the worst contracts in baseball, examining massive free-agent deals helps narrow down the potential list of albatrosses. To find the best contracts, free agency is rarely a help. When players have their choice of teams and can create a market, the highest bidder often prevails. To strike a good deal for a team, front offices target players further away from free agency, offering life-changing money in exchange for giving away those precious free-agent opportunities.

      What follows are the best contracts for teams considering money owed and expected performance. Players who are currently in the arbitration process -- such as Kris Bryant -- or have yet to reach arbitration -- such as Carlos Correa and Shohei Ohtani -- are not considered here as they have yet to sign a long-term deal with their teams.
      THOU SHALT PLAY music. It's less like one of baseball's infinite unwritten rules and more like a commandment. For eight months straight, a group of grown men spends upward of 10 hours a day together in close quarters. Half that time is spent out on the field, stretching, preparing and, http://www.officialauthenticredskinsstore.com/womens_mason_foster_jersey of course, playing the actual game. The other half is spent in the locker room. Getting dressed, getting ready, getting focused.
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      For some guys, it's about getting your mind right. "You gotta have some music to get ready for the war," says Dee Gordon, who ran Miami's sound machine before getting traded to Seattle this offseason. For others, it's http://www.authenticpittsburghpenguins.com/authentic-jake-guentzel-jersey about greasing the wheels and putting a room full of alpha males at ease. "You need it because silence in the clubhouse is awkward," says Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who audits the audio in Washington. "It helps you interact with your teammates." For Lindor, the Puerto Rican-born shortstop who moved to Florida when he was 12, it's about more than merely interacting. "Music helps you bring together different nationalities. It can unite a whole world."
      MUSIC IS SO crucial to clubhouse culture that players will do almost anything to keep it playing. Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin has been known to use a dry-erase board, on which he scribbles the weekly schedule, each day featuring a different pregame genre so that everyone is happy and the music never stops. On a road trip to Camden Yards last year, Rangers Bruce Irvin Womens Jersey DJ Elvis Andrus accidentally left his
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      At Blue Jays spring training in early March, there was a notice posted on the bulletin board one day, saying there would be no music during batting practice. Something about standardized testing at a neighboring elementary school. Josh Donaldson apparently didn't get the memo and proceeded to lug a mammoth Denon wireless receiver out onto the field. Thirty seconds later, with Lil Uzi Vert blaring clear across the town of Dunedin, manager John Gibbons marched right over to the big black box, grabbed it and wheeled it Michael Taylor Jersey back to the locker room. Donaldson went ballistic, following his skipper into the clubhouse and hollering at him the entire way.
      OF THE THREE movements comprising the constant concerto that is clubhouse music, it's the postgame piece -- the win song -- that resonates most among players. That's not to say that Act 1 (pre-batting practice) and Act 2 (after BP but before the game) aren't important, but it's the victory verse that sticks in guys' heads and hearts.
      "The win song is the only time that everybody's in on it," says recently retired pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who was the Reds' DJ last season and spent much of his 16-year career curating clubhouse playlists. "It's the only time that everybody's there, present tense, with the music. Any other time, guys could be in the weight room, in the shower, in the cage. But when you win, it's a celebration and everybody's present, right there in the music."Of course, it doesn't hurt that the win song is the one that gets the most airplay.
      "It's the most important because it's the one we're going to hear most often," says San Francisco's Crawford. Even on a cellar-dwelling team like the Giants, whose 64 W's were tied for the fewest in the majors last season, the win song still gets played dozens and dozens of times. That's why it's crucial to find just the right tune. It's a trial-and-error process that can't be rushed, one that requires input from all corners of the clubhouse. cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys

    • lucky has written a new blog article "The Titans probably will want to trade back if the board" 04.26.2018

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      The Falcons need a big, athletic body on the defensive line alongside nose tackle Grady Jarrett, and the 6-2, 311-pound Payne fits the description. Although Taven Bryan might be the most disruptive and Mo Hurst might be the best http://www.officialcardinalsbaseball.com/authentic-37-keith-hernandez-jersey.html scheme fit, the Falcons would settle for the former Crimson Tide star because he brings a massive, strong presence against the run and helps free up linebackers to make plays. The Falcons lost Dontari Poe (Carolina) in free agency, so Payne can Brad Nortman Authentic Jersey step right into the rotation. They could live with Payne being more of a nose tackle because Jarrett is versatile enough to play the 3-technique and has the quickness and counter moves to pressure quarterbacks. -- Vaughn McClure

      Receiver is no longer a “must” for the Saints after they signed Cameron Meredith and Brandon Coleman this month. But they could absolutely find room for a player whom ESPN’s Todd McShay called “the clear No. 1 wideout in this draft.” The Saints had the NFL’s No. 2 offense last year, but they ranked 19th on third downs and could use another reliable pass-catcher at receiver or tight end. Some of Ridley’s testing numbers at the combine could ding his draft stock a little bit, but he probably won’t fall all the way to No. 27. The 6-foot, 189-pounder showed some dynamic playmaking ability at Alabama and is widely considered a terrific route Brooks Laich Youth jersey runner. -- Mike Triplett
      The Steelers are eyeing inside linebacker or defensive line help, but the high-end playmakers at that position will be gone. They like LSU running back Derrius Guice but are still hoping for a long-term deal with Le'Veon Bell. So the Steelers go with value here, grabbing an uber-athletic center fielder who will bolster the secondary. They like this player and met with him during the pre-draft process. -- Jeremy Fowler
      The Jaguars led the NFL in rushing attempts (527), yards (2,262) and average per game (141.4), but their production dropped off significantly over the final six games. They averaged 51.3 yards rushing less per game in Weeks 12-17 than they did in the first 11 weeks and surpassed 100 yards rushing just twice in their final six games. Leonard Fournette ran for 1,040 yards as a rookie, but he only averaged 3.9 yards per carry. Inconsistency in the interior offensive line play was an issue the Jaguars needed to address and they did it by signing G Andrew Norwell in free agency. Hernandez is a powerful blocker who can take over on the right side.
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      The Patriots had starting left tackle Nate Solder depart in free agency, and while they have in-house options in LaAdrian Waddle, Antonio Garcia and Cole Croston, they still have a need for another layer on the depth chart. And if that player could become a long-term answer, it would be even better for them. Miller has drawn some comparisons to Solder in terms of his height and length, so he has some of the Craig Hartsburg Authentic Jersey traits that the Patriots would view as worthy of a first-round choice. He was also one of the team’s 30 in-house visitors leading into the draft, which could be viewed as the team still having an interest in him at a late point in the draft process. -- Mike Reiss
      Trading out looks mighty tempting right now. The Eagles are tied for a league low with six picks and don’t own a second- or third-rounder. With the likes of safety Justin Reid and wide receivers Courtland Sutton, D.J. Moore and Christian Kirk still on the board, executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman knows he can move back into the second round, acquire more draft capital and still land a good player. If the Eagles stand pat, Guice will be among the top options. He has fans in both the coaching and personnel departments and would make a backfield currently led by Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement downright scary. -- Tim McManus

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      SALT LAKE CITY -- The ball bounced high off the back of the rim after Joe Ingles launched a wing 3-pointer in the closing moments of the third quarter. Batted around a time or two, Ricky Rubio finally tracked it down near midcourt and turned to glance at the clock. Without much time, he pulled one leg up and fired on a 28-footer runner at the buzzer.
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      The Jazz have built a roster focused around team and togetherness with the mindset that any player can lift the group at any moment. With the way rookie Donovan Mitchell has exploded on his way to superstardom, it seemed like maybe the Jazz were outgrowing that. But with their suffocating defense always present, and with Mitchell hitting some foul-trouble issues, it was Rubio who answered the call.
      The critical moments of Rubio's career night came in the second quarter when the Thunder were taking control on both ends, going up by 12 and flashing some dominance on both sides of the ball. Not much was really happening for Utah, and it wasn't as if a light bulb clicked on over Rubio's absolutely sensational samurai ponytail -- it was more a reluctant takeover, with him accepting the open, midrange jumpers the Thunder presented and riding the wave of momentum from there.
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      Westbrook can dominate games in dynamic ways, but he has avoided trying to put his trademark stamp on one in this series. He has deferred often, trying to make the "right" basketball plays and swing to open scorers in space. But if the Thunder are going to bounce back, it's going to be because Russell Westbrook started playing like Russell Westbrook again."Just trying to make him think," Gobert Preston Brown Womens Jersey said of Westbrook. "Everyone knows I protect the rim, and I know that they know. So, I just gotta play games, make them think. They're one of http://www.officialbullsonlinestore.com/Authentic-Kris-Dunn-Jersey the best teams, especially Westbrook, attacking the basket. Got to be aware and try to do my best." wholesale nfl jerseys from china cheap jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys

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      Polamalu was in a USC system that allowed him to freelance some, and though the Steelers’ defensive scheme required a level of nuance, Polamalu quickly found a sweet spot between assignment football and breathtaking playmaking. Shortly after the trade, Cowher acknowledged a changing NFL game in which “speed is such an asset.” Polamalu proved Cowher right by doing a little bit of everything, from stopping Authentic Davonte Lambert Jersey the run in the box to covering tight ends on his way to four All-Pro nods.
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      "He's not going to fight. I'm not going to fight. It's not worth it. I mean, if we wanted to fight, there's a big-ass parking lot out there and we can fight. But at the end of the day, my job is to keep my composure, go to the free throw line, knock one down and then move on. It's not worth it to give that extra energy to him."
      Stephenson, not surprisingly, also reprised his long-standing conflict with LeBron James. With 6:12 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Cavs calling timeout with the score 91-89 in favor of Indiana, Stephenson stayed in James' space as he made his way back to the Cleveland bench and James responded by shoving Stephenson with his forearm, resulting in a technical foul. It was just the 16th technical foul called on James in 221 career playoff games.
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      Later in the fourth, Stephenson tangled up with James again on the defensive end, tying him up and getting the refs to call a jump ball. Once the officials blew the whistle, signaling the jump ball to come, Stephenson stripped the ball completely from James and held it up over his head like a trophy he just won.
      Cavs coach Tyronn Lue laughed when Stephenson's name was brought up during his postgame media conference, and chalked up the Pacers forward's actions to innocent rough housing."You know, I love Lance," Lue said. "He's a throwback player. He reminds me of back when I played, when I first got in http://www.footballbillsofficialstore.com/Eddie-Yarbrough-Jersey.html the league, guys were physical. He's going to hit you, no easy layups. He's going to be a physical player offensively and defensively. You love that physicality he brings and toughness. Sometimes they're going to call it, sometimes they're not.
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    • lucky has written a new blog article "Strengths and weaknesses of the NFL draft's top QBs" 04.25.2018

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      But like the other top quarterbacks, Darnold also has shortcomings, which is what makes this year the most fascinating in terms of evaluating QBs since I've been at ESPN. Here are the strengths and weaknesses of the top five QBs -- Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson -- as well as what I'm hearing from NFL personnel about potential landing spots.

      PITTSBURGH -- Doug Whaley took the orders from general manager Kevin Colbert and hit the phones. The 2003 Pittsburgh Steelers were prepared to make franchise history by moving up in the first round, and as Whaley began to call teams, he was greeted with disbelief http://www.titansauthenticofficialstore.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_BRUCE_MATTHEWS_JERSEY.html on the other end of the line. “A lot of teams were like, ‘Yeah, yeah, you’ll really come up,’” said Whaley, then-Pittsburgh’s pro personnel director who later became general manager for the Buffalo Bills. “And other teams were like, ‘What?’ At first, they didn’t believe us. It just showed the confidence Kevin Colbert and Bill Cowher had in the player.”
      That player was a game-changing safety out of USC, a speedy, hybrid defensive back before it was trendy, an eventual Hall of Fame talent who sent lightning through Pittsburgh’s defense with perfect hair and Marvel superhero leaps over the line of scrimmage. This week’s NFL draft marks the 15-year anniversary of a trade that forced a traditional team to act non-traditionally to acquire Troy Polamalu with the 16th overall pick. The Steelers never had traded up in the first round before that moment, nor had they drafted a pure safety in that round.
      But the Steelers wanted to improve their secondary and got their guy for modest compensation, giving Kansas City their 27th pick -- which it used on running back Larry Johnson -- along with the 92nd pick (corner Julian Battle) and 200th pick (quarterback Brooks Bollinger). The Steelers' draft room is known as businesslike, emphasizing consensus building over reactionary high-fiving. That day, everyone sensed the satisfaction without saying a word.
      “We’ve always had the philosophy, if you like a guy, you go get him,” said Ron Hughes, the Steelers’ longtime college scouting coordinator who retired in 2015. “We drafted the best player available to us.” Here’s how it all went down. The buzz The Steelers planned to upgrade the Lee Flowers-Brent Alexander tandem at safety, and Polamalu’s hamstring issues during the 2002 season had them hoping he would slide into the late first round. Those plans were smashed once Polamalu smashed his pro day with elite athleticism. When the Steelers walked off the USC campus that day, they knew they had just watched a top-15 player in the draft.
      “I remember [then-USC coach] Pete Carroll telling me ... 'I could wake up Troy at 3 a.m. and he’d wake up and run a 4.3 and jump 42 inches,'” said Marvin Demoff, Polamalu’s agent. “So I think the Steelers saw he was different than the people playing safety at the time. They believed in their eye.”But Demoff hadn’t pegged Courtney Upshaw Authentic Jersey Pittsburgh to his client, who visited the Steelers but didn’t have his hopes up either way. Sure, Polamalu wasn’t a perfect prospect. Hughes cited a concussion history in his file, along with the lack of "corner fluidity." But Hughes knew Polamalu’s “special” playmaking was what they needed and would fuel draft-day drama. “We ended up getting anxious on draft day,” Hughes said. “And it paid off."
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      That presented an opening for Pittsburgh, which understood the Chiefs’ draft needs while trading notes with teams over phone calls a few weeks earlier. Around the 14th pick, the Steelers brass -- Colbert, Cowher, owner Dan Rooney and son (now team president) Art Rooney II -- huddled in the corner of the room, then emerged with a plan and a ceiling for trade compensation. “[Colbert] called me over, and the http://www.footballsteelersonline.com/Joe-Greene-Jersey message was, ‘We’re getting on the phone, let’s do it,'” Whaley said.
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    • lucky has written a new blog article "Josh Allen/Barkley, Chubb or Fitzpatrick" 04.24.2018

      The alternative to taking Darnold first would be to take Allen. If he’s Roethlisberger Repeat, there’s nothing to not like about the pick. If the Browns believe they can solve the accuracy issue and that Allen’s skills override accuracy, he’ll be their guy. Checkdowns and system could make up for the difference between 56 and 60 percent. If the Browns take Allen, the Giants could take Darnold. The Jets would also take a quarterback, which would more than likely give the Browns the best player at every other position with this choice.

      t’s tough to see this happening given the Browns' recent history of trade-down errors, but it also can’t be eliminated. If the Browns value Fitzpatrick, they might be able to move down and still get him -- and also recoup the third-round pick Mike Shannon Womens Jersey they traded to acquire Taylor. They might also like Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward.
      A winless team has nowhere to go but up, so the Cleveland Browns have no choice but to be a better team in 2018. In Tyrod Taylor they have a professional quarterback with experience and will clearly be an improved team with the draft and other offseason additions. But the Browns also have a new offensive coordinator, new quarterback, new running back and new receiver, all of whom must mesh by September. As the Browns have shown in the past, that's a tall order. This will be an improved team, but it won't be a .500 team. Five wins will be a measure of improvement though.
      Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 9, vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET This is a very tough opener, given the Steelers' overall edge in talent and the way they play the Browns. But if a team is going to dream, it has to dream big. Why not start here? The Browns played the Steelers well twice in 2017 (though one game was against backups), and they will pull out every stop in the universe to win this opener. Cleveland is overdue for an upset win. Win. Record: 1-0
      Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16, at New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m. ET It's foolish to pick against Drew Brees in a game his team should win. The Saints have been together a long time and know how to win this kind of game. Record: 1-1 Week 3: Thursday, Sept. 20, vs. New York Jets, 8:20 p.m. ET This http://www.officialpanthersfootballshop.com/YOUTH+HARRISON+BUTKER+JERSEY game is as good as any to measure how much the Browns have improved. The Jets game was one of the games the Browns easily could have won in 2017. They should be able to pull it out this season. How does a fast start sound? Record: 2-1
      Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30, at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. ET Derek Carr had an off season in 2017. He should bounce back. He's just one of many really good quarterbacks the Browns have to overcome, and can't. Record: 2-2 Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 7, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. ET For whatever reason, the Ravens seem to figure out ways to beat the Browns. They've won six in a Avery Bradley Womens Jersey row and seven of eight over the Browns going back to 2014. At some point, though, that trend has to end. How does a winning record after five games sound? Record: 3-2
      Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 14, vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1:00 p.m. ET Philip Rivers continues the gauntlet of quarterbacks the Browns must run, but the Chargers are beatable even with Rivers. The Browns beat them in Cleveland two years ago, and with better quarterback play could have won on the West Coast last season. The fast start continues. Record: 4-2 Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 21, at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. ET It's tempting to go with the Browns here, but the fast-start bubble has to http://www.philadelphiaeaglesauthentic.com/Authentic-Jalen-Mills-Jersey burst at some point. Jameis Winston on the road will be too much. Record: 4-3
      Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28, at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET The only good thing about this game's location on the schedule is that the league saved the Browns the annual end-of-the-season embarrassment in Pittsburgh. It's too much to expect the Browns to sweep the Steelers, especially in Pittsburgh. Record: 4-4 Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 4, vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m. ET
      This will be an interesting game because the Browns will not have to face an experienced top quarterback. Patrick Mahomes gets the chance to take over in Kansas City. What gives the Chiefs the edge is their overall team speed. Record: 4-5 The Bengals have had the Browns' number lately for some reason, and until the Browns change things, it's tough to pick against that trend. Record: 5-10 Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30, at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. ET It took a record-setting day from Josh McCown for the Browns to beat the Ravens in Baltimore in 2015. That's the only win for Cleveland in the last eight games between the teams heading into 2018. Record: 5-11
      Quarterback gauntlet: A tough schedule usually means tough opposing quarterbacks, and that’s true this season. The schedule includes Roethlisberger (twice), Brees, Winston, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Derek Carr, all of whom have made the Pro Bowl. The Browns also face Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton, who have gone a combined 28-5 against Cleveland, and Watson, who had 225 yards and three touchdowns against the Browns as a rookie. The 13 starting quarterbacks the Browns will face have been to 35 Pro Bowls. wholesale jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys

    • lucky has written a new blog article "Warfield went on to the Hall of Fame and was part of the" 04.24.2018

      The first team the Dolphins beat in the playoffs that season was the Browns, quarterbacked by Phipps. Warfield had 91 yards rushing and receiving, while Phipps went 9-for-23 for 131 yards with five interceptions. Those numbers don’t show how close the Browns came to the upset, http://www.authenticredwingstore.com/henrik-zetterberg-jersey_c-458.html though, as they led 14-13 in the fourth quarter before losing 20-14.

      Modell’s next move for a quarterback went better, as the team used the supplemental draft rules to their advantage to get Kosar. The Browns made a trade with Buffalo to get the first pick in the supplemental draft, and Kosar delayed his entry to the NFL to avoid the regular draft because he wanted to play in Cleveland. He had an outstanding career and took part in one of the more exciting eras in team history that included three appearances in the AFC Championship Game. All were against Denver, and included “The Drive” engineered by John Elway, and “The Fumble” by Earnest Byner, which pains Browns fans to this day.

      In 1999, the Browns were returning as an expansion franchise and decided to build around a quarterback. They chose Couch with the first pick in the 1999 draft. Couch had ability and to this day Bruce Arians insists he would http://www.authenticbluejaysstore.com/Authentic-Josh-Donaldson-Jersey have been a successful quarterback had he been handled better. But he was thrown Aaron Lynch Jersey into the starting spot with an expansion team then was jerked in and out of the lineup by Butch Davis.
      The Browns let him go after signing Jeff Garcia, who lasted one season. Couch, who ranks fifth in Browns history with 11,131 passing yards, went 22-37 as a starter and guided the team to its only post-1999 playoff experience in 2002, only to miss the playoff game with a broken leg. Since Couch was drafted the Browns have selected three quarterbacks in the first round, all 22nd overall: Joe Thornton Jersey Johnny Manziel, Brandon Weeden and Brady Quinn. None won more than five games and combined they won 10.
      Since 2008, the Browns have had eight top 10 picks and not used one on a quarterback. They have not taken a quarterback in the top five since 1999.In the team’s 67-year history in the NFL, the Browns have had 55 different starting quarterbacks (28 since 1999). Only eight have gone to the Pro Bowl, with 16 total appearances. Eleven have started a playoff game, with Kelly Holcomb (2002) and Vinny Testaverde (1994) the only playoff starters since 1993. Of the team’s 34 playoff games, Graham or Kosar was the starting quarterback in 20. The lesson for the Browns as this draft approaches is the lesson of all history: Those who do not learn from it are doomed to repeat it.
      The Browns have to decide which quarterback best fits their team and which quarterback has the best future. They have studied and debated UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and USC’s Sam Darnold. While there has been much discussion about Allen, whose strong arm and physical skills impress, the chatter about Darnold has been quietly consistent. They seem to be the top two QBs on the Browns' http://www.texansproshops.com/Jadeveon_Clowney_Jersey_Cheap
      list; the team must simply choose who fits best. It’s my guess that player is Darnold. Allen has potential, but it’s tough to fix accuracy. Darnold has a more complete game at this point, he’s very mature for a 20-year-old (his lack of entitlement seems clear) and he throws a very catchable pass. Some have said that Allen could be Ben Roethlisberger; others have opined that Darnold is Andrew Luck. If those statements are true, it’s tough to go wrong with either, but Darnold has the more complete game at this point, and the accuracy issue remains with Sharrif Floyd Jersey Allen.
      The fourth pick Jordan Nolan Jersey comes down to three players: Barkley, defensive lineman Bradley Chubb and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. The best fit would be Barkley, a player many call the best pure football player in the draft. The running back position has become devalued over the years, but a player such as Todd Gurley shows the value of a top back. Barkley is that kind of back. He runs, he catches passes, he blocks, and most important, he scores touchdowns. He, Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde could all be used effectively to help jump-start an offense that with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon at receiver, and David Njoku at tight end would suddenly have a more complete complement of weapons. This combination would give the Browns the quarterback they like best, and the best player at every other position on the field.
      The New York Giants are said to love the idea of adding Barkley to their offense. Which means the Browns would have to go to plan 1A with the fourth pick. That’s not such a bad option, because it would give the Browns another pass-rusher on Gregg Williams’ defense. GM John Dorsey told the media at the NFL meetings in March that Chubb is “an unbelievable prospect for this draft.” The Browns do have two very good and
      young ends on the roster in Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah, both of whom figure to go to Pro Bowls in their careers. But a team also can never have enough ends and pass-rushers. Adding Chubb could allow Williams to move Ogbah inside on passing downs or use all three creatively with other defensive players. Garrett’s first sack on his first play as an NFL player came from inside. The idea: keep the offense guessing who is rushing, and from where. This combination would give the Browns the quarterback they like best and the best pass-rusher on the board.

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    • lucky has written a new blog article "Browns' 67-year history shows challenges of drafting quarterbacks" 04.24.2018

      Legendary Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown decided he had to find Otto Graham’s successor in 1952. With his first-round pick in the NFL draft, Brown chose quarterback Harry Agganis, the son of poor immigrants and a standout at Boston University. Agganis was a bit of a legend in Boston. A multi-sport high school star in West Lynn, Massachusetts, he was recruited by 75 colleges but chose BU so he could be near his widowed mother. His play drew crowds where there had been none and caught the attention of the NFL’s greatest coach. While some compared Agganis to Sid Luckman and Sammy Baugh, Brown merely http://www.officialauthenticravenstore.com/womens_carl_davis_jersey said Agganis would succeed Graham. Brown offered Agganis $50,000 to join the Browns, according to a bio on The Agganis Foundation website, but Agganis turned it down.

      He decided instead to join the Boston Red Sox for less money, saying he had proven himself in football and he wanted to prove himself in baseball. The tale took place in a different era in the NFL. The draft was http://www.panthersfootballofficialonlinestore.com/Jj-Jansen-Jersey not the colossal show it is now, and research on players was minuscule compared to today. But Agganis is a cautionary tale both about first-round picks and about quarterbacks. Even with the smartest minds at work, it sometimes does not work out, and the Browns have proven that in their 67 years in the NFL.
      Through the team’s history, its success with quarterbacks has been marred by missteps and pratfalls, by bad luck and misfortune, and by lack of commitment to what is the most important position on the field. It’s easy to look at the Browns' history since 1999 and find failure at the position. In reality, the Browns' entire history with the draft and quarterbacks has not been stellar -- and only highlights the importance of the Browns getting it right Thursday when they will no doubt select a quarterback with the first overall pick.
      This is a team that has never really found and/or committed to a player as its franchise quarterback in the regular draft. None of its best quarterbacks came via the regular draft. Bernie Kosar is the one player the team found and committed to, but he came via machinations that put him in the supplemental draft. It http://www.officialmarinersonline.com/authentic-18-hisashi-iwakuma-jersey.html cost a future first-round pick to bring him to Cleveland, but he did not come in the regular draft.
      Graham, the greatest quarterback in Browns history, joined the team as a “free agent” out of Northwestern when the Browns were in the All America Football Conference. Brian Sipe came in the 13th round, Bill Nelsen was acquired via trade from Pittsburgh, and Frank Ryan was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. Tim Couch was a first overall pick, Max Garcia Youth jersey but he lasted five seasons of painful expansion football; it’s impossible to look at Couch now and not feel that he deserved better.
      The Browns' history of drafting quarterbacks has produced only two outstanding players, and the team’s history of “committing” to top quarterbacks shows that it hasn’t. Since 1950, the Browns have drafted 49 quarterbacks, eight in the first round, with four of those first-rounders taken since 1999. Of the eight, only Kosar has been successful; he led the Browns to three AFC Championship Games. Sipe, a 13th-round choice in 1972 and the team's all-time leader in passing yards, guided the Browns in the Kardiac Kids era in the 1980s.
      The Browns twice drafted quarterbacks first overall: Couch in 1999 and Bobby Garrett in 1954. Garrett’s was an interesting choice, coming after the Browns went 11-1 and played for the NFL championship. Garrett’s selection and what happened after shows how different the draft was in the fledgling days of the Browns in the NFL. The draft in those years was based on a lottery, which the Browns won. Garrett was the consensus best pick after an All-America career at Stanford.
      The Browns took him as the heir apparent to Graham, who had played eight seasons. However, soon after the draft Paul Brown learned that Garrett was in Air Force ROTC and had a two-year military commitment. Brown traded Garrett to Green Bay before the season in a deal that brought Babe Parilli to Cleveland. Garrett played nine games in Green Bay, but did not start. In 1957, the Browns reacquired Garrett, with Parilli going back to the Packers.
      It was in the 1957 training camp that the Browns, and Brown, learned what was holding Garrett back: He stuttered, which made calling plays difficult. One of his teammates at Stanford eventually told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that they had to smack Garrett on the back to get him to make the play calls. Coaches did not take sensitivity training in those days, and Garrett retired before preseason ended. He never played a down for the Browns. The next quarterback taken by the Browns in the top 10 was Mike Phipps, who in 1970 was considered a future star coming out of Purdue.
      Art Modell so badly wanted a quarterback that he made a trade with the Miami Dolphins to send receiver Paul Warfield to Miami for the third overall pick. Phipps was selected after quarterback Terry Bradshaw went to Pittsburgh and defensive lineman Mike McCoy to Green Bay.Warfield was beloved in Cleveland. He had grown up in Warren, Ohio, and attended Ohio State. In his six seasons in Cleveland he had become a fan favorite. When Warfield returned to Cleveland for the first time after the deal for a Monday night game, he received an ovation that he has said was among the highlights of his career.
      The Browns were coming off 10-win seasons (in 14 games) in 1968 and 1969 that saw the team make consecutive conference championship games. But Nelsen’s Brandon Brooks Youth jersey creaky knees (six surgeries) scarred him and scared the team. Modell made a bold move, and it didn’t work out. Phipps went 24-35-1 as a starter in Cleveland and completed Evan Boehm Youth jersey just 48.1 percent while throwing 81 interceptions and 40 touchdowns. In 1977 he was traded to Chicago. cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys

    • lucky has written a new blog article "Only professional sports' most powerful league could make" 04.23.2018

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      When/where: Sept. 6, 8:20 p.m., NBC, Lincoln Financial FieldComment: In a salary cap move, the Eagles traded socially conscious wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers. But with safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive end Chris Long back, as well as the addition of outspoken defensive lineman Michael Bennett in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, the defending Super Bowl champs still figure to be the NFL's most socially conscious team. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is such a baller.

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      Hanna, 28, came to the Cowboys as a sixth-round pick in 2012 with the reputation as a pass-catcher but developed into a dependable blocker at No. 2 tight end. He started 37 of his 78 career games and finished with 37 receptions for 374 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys enter the upcoming draft with tight end among their top needs with Jason Witten entering his 16th season. Hanna and Geoff Swaim were set to be unrestricted free agents in 2019. Blake Jarwin and Rico Gathers have yet to catch a pass in a regular-season game. The Cowboys did not have a tight end among their top-30 national visitors but have had a few private workouts with some during the draft process.
      Largely because of geography, the 49ers traditionally travel farther than most teams. That's not the case this year. While the Niners will still rack up their share of miles, they won't rank in the top four in miles traveled this season. The Oakland Raiders (31,716 miles), Los Angeles Chargers (30,797), Seattle Seahawks (29,088) and Jacksonville Jaguars (20,359) will spend the most time in the air in 2018.
      Of course, the 49ers don't have a trip to London this season -- the four teams http://www.officialphiladelphiaflyers.com/Adidas-Shayne-Gostisbehere-Jersey above do -- and they really benefit from a lack of coast-to-coast trips. The Niners' trip to Tampa Bay for a Nov. 25 game spans 4,720 miles round trip, but is the only time the Niners visit the East Coast this season. For what it's worth, the Carolina Panthers will only travel 6,945 miles this season, the fewest in the NFL.
      The 49ers were one of three teams that lobbied the NFL to make a rule in which West Coast teams would have no more than three 10 a.m. PT starts in a single season. That rule didn't pass, but the Niners still only have three such games (at Minnesota, at Kansas City and at Tampa Bay), in part because they only travel to the East Coast once.
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      The Niners' five prime-time games in 2018 are a bit stunning considering they are coming off a 6-10 season. Even with so much hype and the buzz around quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, five is the maximum amount of http://www.officialpanthersonlinestore.com/Alex_Petrovic_Jersey prime-time games a team can be assigned before the season. (Additional games in prime time are possible with flex scheduling late in the season). This year, 10 teams -- the Patriots, Saints, Packers, Steelers, Cowboys, Chiefs, 49ers, Rams, Eagles and Seahawks -- got five prime-time games. Of that group, only the Niners had a losing record in 2017. The Bengals, Bills, Buccaneers, Colts, Browns, Cardinals, Dolphins and Chargers have the fewest prime-time games, with one each. cheap jerseys china cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china cheap jerseys free shipping cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys

    • lucky has written a new blog article "Luck's status for the 2018 season is unknown" 04.23.2018

      The quarterback has not thrown a football since October 2017, and the Colts continue to take a methodical approach in his rehabilitation to get to that point. Luck has been doing exercises that Ballard has said are "conducive" to the same thing as throwing a football.

      Last month, the Colts traded the No. 3 pick to the New York Jets for the No. 6 pick, two second-round picks (No. 37 and 49) in this year's draft and an additional second-round pick in next year's draft. If there were concerns about his health, they could have stood pat with the third pick and selected one of the top quarterbacks in the draft. The Colts have a timetable on when they would like Luck to start throwing, barring any setbacks, but Ballard said they will not publicly say when that is. The team wants to "let the process play out the right way," Ballard said.
      "[We're] very comfortable where he's at," Ballard said. "Working on his strength part of it, throwing motion. But he's in a good spot, guys. I feel good where he's at, feel good about where he's going. Keep working and getting back to playing football. His health is our No. 1 priority."
      The strength and range-of-motion work that Luck is currently doing on his shoulder, which he originally injured in Week 3 of the 2015 season and had surgery on in January 2017, will help avoid any potential setbacks once he starts throwing the football. Luck practiced for about two weeks in the middle of October before the team shut him down and gave him a cortisone shot because of continued soreness. He spent about six weeks in the Netherlands rehabbing his shoulder late last year and has spent the early part of 2018 working with throwing experts in Southern California.
      "A lot pressed last year, he pressed to get back," Ballard said. "Everybody heals at a different rate, Things didn't work out where he could play last year. Step-by-step, he's not going to skip a step this time. Not that he did last time, but he wanted to play. I think he's going take every step necessary to be ready to go and to be ready."
      Josh Allen grew up in Firebaugh, California, a two-stoplight town of 7,500 residents in the middle of a farming region. He finished his college career at Wyoming, so, yes, it could be culture shock if he's drafted by the New York Jets.
      Allen said he'd relish the opportunity to play in Gotham and rescue the Jets from quarterback purgatory. "Absolutely," he said Friday in a phone interview with ESPN. "They’re a couple of pieces away from winning a lot of football games. I really enjoyed the coaching staff and I think it would be a really good fit. I think they’ve got some weapons on offense and they have a really young defense that’s ready to win right now." The Jets own the third pick in the draft. Some mock drafts project http://www.official76erstore.com/Joel_Embiid_Jersey Allen to go No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns. If that doesn't happen, he probably will be available for the Jets, who have performed an inordinate amount of due diligence on Allen. In fact, they were the only team to travel to Laramie, Wyoming, for a private workout.
      For the record, the Jets also conducted private workouts with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and UCLA's Josh Rosen. They skipped a private workout with USC's Sam Darnold. All four visited the Jets' facility. "First they got me on the board," said Allen, recalling his private time with Jets officials. "They gave me a quick lesson on their offense and how they handle themselves, then I went up on the board and regurgitated it back to them. I talked about some of my plays and the things we did at Wyoming. Then we went down on the field and threw a lot of footballs. They had some free agents come out and I made all the throws, so there’s no question about that."
      The Jets weren't finished with Allen. They brought him to their facility for a pre-draft visit, and he met with coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates for the second time. He also got a chance to meet with members of he defensive staff and had a sitdown with CEO Christopher Johnson. I’d say he’s different from most owners," Allen said. "He said he doesn’t want to step on any toes and he wants to be William Karlsson Womens Jersey his own person. He’s very down to earth. He just wants to be known as a normal guy. At the same time, he’s the owner of one of the greatest franchises in the NFL. It was kind of cool to see the perspective he has on everything. It was a blessing to meet him."
      Allen is a risk-reward pick. He has "the biggest upside in the draft, a really exciting player," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Friday. "Obviously, he has to learn how to be a little more accurate. He has to throw with timing and anticipation."There are no character issues with Allen, who has an upbeat personality and is considered a good leader. During the run-up to the draft, he's working with Hyundai, promoting its “Rolling with the Rookies” series. He doesn't sound concerned about Andrew Adams Womens Jersey the prospect of dealing with the pressures of New York.
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    • lucky has written a new blog article "Three-round head-to-head 2018 NFL Mock Draft" 04.23.2018

      Three rounds. 100 picks. This 2018 NFL mock draft is similar to our "Grade: A" projections -- it's all about whom we would take at each pick. We're playing general http://www.officialauthenticshoppanthers.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_SAM_MILLS_JERSEY.html manager for all 32 teams. The ground rules are simple: alternate picks; no trades; no deals that say "I won't take Player X if you don't take Player Y." It's just "This is whom I'd take" at every slot on the board for three full rounds. Kiper kicks us off with the Browns. We'll explain each pick below, and needs play a big part. We're not going to reach on our boards, but we are taking into account holes on each roster.

      According to the Bucks, Rodgers is the only active NFL player to have an ownership stake in an NBA team. "I have proudly called Wisconsin my home for the past 13 years, and I am thankful for the friendships and the opportunities I have been given to live and play here," Rodgers in a statement released by the Bucks. "I am excited and honored to deepen my connection to the region by joining Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan, Mike Fascitelli
      and the ownership group of the Milwaukee Bucks. As a huge fan of the NBA and the sport of basketball, this is a dream come true for me, and I look forward to furthering my affinity for Wisconsin sports as a minority owner in a team I love and support."Rodgers, a native of Chico, California, splits his time between Green Bay and Southern California. The current ownership group purchased the Bucks in 2014 from Herb Kohl, a former Senator, for $550 million.
      "Aaron is a winner, a Wisconsin icon, and we are honored to welcome him to our partnership group of the Milwaukee Bucks," the Bucks ownership group said in a statement. "With our team in the playoffs and our new world-class arena opening this fall, it's an exciting time for this city and the Bucks. We are thrilled for Aaron to be with us."The New York Giants are set to acquire punter Riley Dixon from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a future conditional pick, a source told ESPN on Friday.
      Dixon became expendable after the Broncos signed Marquette King as a free agent earlier this month. The Giants had an opening after cutting Brad Wing in March following a poor season. Dixon, 24, had been on the trade block and was looking for a landing spot. He did not report to the start of Denver's offseason workout program earlier this week. There were other teams interested in his services.A third-year pro, Dixon averaged 45.6 yards per punt this past season. Two of his kicks were blocked last season, as Denver's special teams units struggled. The Broncos averaged 40.8 net yards per punt last year, tied for 26th in the NFL.
      The Giants finished last with an average of 38.6 net yards per punt. They've invested heavily in their special teams this offseason, including signing special teams ace/wide receiver Cody Latimer from the Broncos. Dixon has appeared in 32 games over the past two seasons. He averaged 45.7 yards per punt with the Broncos.
      Foles stepped in for the injured Carson Wentz, who tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee against the Los Angeles Rams in December, and guided the Eagles to their first Super Bowl win.He completed 73 percent of his passes in the postseason with six touchdowns and one interception, including three TD passes in a 41-33 win over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
      Wentz has set the 2018 season opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, Sept. 6, as his target return date. Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Wentz said he is in the "running progression" stage of his rehab and is "feeling good with where I'm at" on the comeback trail. Foles recently expressed the desire to be a starter again during an interview with a Texas ABC affiliate, while also highlighting the positives of remaining with the Eagles for another season.
      "We love Philly. I know there was some stuff going around [about] a possible trade, and I would love the opportunity to be a starter again," Foles said. "I know my spot in Philly. I think I've shown what I can do. I'm signed for one more year and I love the team, I love the city. I'm excited for Carson to get http://www.officialastroshop.com/Carlos_Lee_Jersey back on his feet. I'll be ready to go whenever they need me. Womens Quinton Carter Jersey But we'll see; Chris Paul Youth jersey just living in the moment." While some teams inquired about potentially trading for Foles at the beginning of the league year, the Eagles set the price high and no deal was struck.
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      2018 draft class primer: Not strong at the top, with the best value coming in the late-first-round-and-beyond area. Given the variety of receiver prospects in this year's draft, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock had projected that teams selecting players at that position between the second and fourth round will likely have a notable contrast in their grades based on what skills they value most.

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    • lucky has written a new blog article "The bottom of lineups have been historically bad" 04.21.2018

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      The seventh-, eighth- and ninth-place hitters have hit .210/.287/.322 this year, excluding pitchers. That's only 73 percent of the leaguewide OPS, as measured by a stat called tOPS+.Last year's No. 7/8/9 hitters, by contrast, were 90 percent as good as the rest of the lineup, with a .245/.312/.398 slash line. This isn't something that tends to vary much year by year: Over the past decade, the bottom third of the lineup's tOPS+ has never been lower than 86 or higher than 90, until this year's collapse.

      If it holds up, baseball's bottom-of-the-order batters will be worse than in any season in history. The second-worst group had a tOPS+ of 79, and that was way back in 1918. No other season's No. 7/8/9 batters have ever been worse than 82 percent of the league overall. And the falloff at the very bottom of the order is even more stark: NL No. 8 hitters: .199/.294/.296, down from .248/.324/.391 last year AL No. 9 hitters: .207/.272/.309, down from .233/.293/.366
      So what's going on here? One hypothesis is teams are getting better at putting their worst hitters at the bottom of the order -- they're more correctly identifying their worst hitters, and they're optimizing their lineups better to give those guys the fewest plate appearances. That'd be a fun story about baseball intelligence in action, but this isn't some 20-year trend that tracks the increase of data-smarts in MLB front offices. It's an abrupt shift from last year, when bottom-feeders hit pretty well, all things considered.
      Another hypothesis is these weaker, inferior hitters are particularly hurt by this April's low-homer environment. What made the apparently juiced baseball of 2015-17 so interesting is it benefited almost everybody, even little dudes and dudes who aren't even very good. This wasn't the era of a handful of changed players banging 60- and 70-homer seasons, but of guys who had been hitting two, seven or 13 homers suddenly hitting five, 10 or 20. Scores of hitters responded to the apparently juiced ball by hitting more fly balls. Rational players were doing rational things.
      But the ball isn't carrying this month, and all those hitters who retooled their swings Womens Dale Hawerchuck Jersey are getting all the fly balls without all the homers. That might not matter much for sluggers who are really good at hitting home runs 85 feet over the wall, but it could matter for that subset of hitters who'd briefly found themselves credible home run threats. The juiced ball might have been a trap, targeting especially these hitters.
      But the problem with this hypothesis is the decline in offense from No. 7/8/9 hitters isn't restricted to a drop in home runs or Womens Gary Zimmerman Jersey power numbers. The bottom of the order is hitting worse, relative to their peers, on grounders, too. They're hitting more grounders, relative to their peers, than they did in previous years. And they're Womens New England Patriots Jersey striking out more, relative to their peers, than in previous years. They're just bad. You'll want to see it continue a few more months before you necessarily believe it, but for now, it's a thing. It's complicated! The length of a game is the result of factors both in and out of the players' control, in and out of the league's control, in and out of nature's control. So, yes, the average game has taken three hours and eight minutes, matching last year's record length.
      But ... that's in part because there have been more extra innings than in a typical season. In (most likely) a weird fluke, 11 percent of games have gone long so far, which would be the most since 1965 if it held up (which it won't). This is on track to be the first season since 1981 in which the average game is at least 54 outs long. Games are taking longer because games are going longer; control for that, and the average nine innings have taken only three hours and one minute. That's still the third slowest in history, but it's four minutes per day faster than last year. Clearly, the MLB pace-of-play initiatives are working!
      BUT -- that's not proof that players are moving faster or pace is improved. Rather, it's proof that offense is down, which means fewer batters are hitting in each game and each inning. Leaguewide, on-base percentage is .316, eight points lower than http://www.cowboysofficialauthentic.com/WOMENS-CHIDOBE-AWUZIE-JERSEY.html last year and the second-lowest mark since 1972. It will go up -- offense always does as weather improves -- but it's a primary reason that games are taking less time so far. A lower OBP means fewer baseball events, and less time spent with runners on base, when pace of play slows down. Simple.
      EXCEPT http://www.nfllionsofficialonline.com/Calvin-Johnson-Jersey -- this has been counteracted by the continued upward trajectory of pitches per plate appearance. The average batter has seen 3.93 pitches per plate appearance this year, up from Womens James Reimer Jersey 3.89 last year, which was itself up from 3.88 the year before, which was up from 3.83 the year before, and so on. If that 3.93 figure holds up, it would mean seven or eight extra pitches per game since 2014, each of them taking 25 or 30 seconds on average. Those seven or eight extra pitches per game are also part of why we're seeing a record 3.44 relievers per game, per team -- almost half an extra pitching change per game.So strip all this away, and let's focus on how long each plate appearance is taking, and how long each pitch is taking:
      In 2018, a pitch is thrown every 37.2 seconds, including all the time between batters and between innings. That's more than eight-tenths of a second faster than last year. It's comparable to the pace in 2012. That's good. Major League Baseball has, it appears, partly arrested the increase in general dawdliness, and sent us all back to a faster http://www.officialpredatorsteamonline.com/Pk_Subban_Jersey time.But in 2018, a plate appearance takes, on average, two minutes and 26 seconds. That's two seconds faster than last year, but slower than every other year on record except for one -- 2014, which inspired the previous last round of pace-of-play initiatives. cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys china cheap nfl jerseys

    • lucky has written a new blog article "The Seattle Seahawks aren't scheduled to make a" 04.21.2018

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      Thomas, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and arguably the NFL's best safety, is a big-enough asset to bring back early-round draft capital. But given what they're missing, whatever picks the Seahawks could get for him in a trade would be much more useful in this year's draft than next year's. It's why Thomas' uncertain future in Seattle should become a bit more clear by the end of next week.
      In the meantime, here's a closer look at his situation and what could happen next: Where things currently stand Thomas has been absent from the start of the Seahawks' voluntary offseason workout program, which is not surprising. He mentioned to ESPN in January the possibility of holding out if he doesn't get a new deal from Seattle. He's entering the final season of a four-year, $40 million contract, and Seahawks general manager John Schneider told reporters at the NFL owners meetings last month that the two sides weren't currently discussing a new deal. Even if they were, Thomas may opt to stay away until there's a resolution.
      What Thomas may want ADVERTISEMENT He hasn't said anything specific about what he's looking for, but it's a safe assumption that it's something in the neighborhood of $13 million a season. That's what Eric Berry makes as the NFL's highest-paid safety. Recall that Thomas mentioned Berry's six-year, $78 million deal last June in response to a question about when he put to rest thoughts of retirement that he had entertained after breaking his leg in December 2016.
      Thomas could reasonably argue he's worth that much. Santiago Casilla Jersey He's a better player than teammate Kam Chancellor, whom Seattle signed to an extension last summer that averages $12 million a season. Thomas has one more Pro Bowl on his résumé than does Berry (six to five) and the same number of first-team All-Pro selections (three). Why wouldn't the Seahawks pay him?
      It's not out of http://www.stlouisbluesofficialonline.com/Adidas-Robert-Thomas-Jersey the question. http://www.authenticsabresprostore.com/authentic-30-ryan-miller-jersey.html They arguably should given how important he's proven to be to their defense. That was never more evident than when Thomas was sidelined late in the 2016 season. Seattle's pass defense fell apart without him, allowing a 100.3 passer rating and 12 touchdown passes to only one interception, compared with a 77.8 rating and seven TDs to 10 picks with him on the field.
      On the flip side, there's risk in sinking big money into third contracts for players who are approaching or are over 30. The Seahawks just got two painful reminders of that. They extended Bennett late in the 2016 season and Chancellor last summer. Each had a season left on his contract. Bennett was banged up last season and is now gone, and Chancellor's neck injury may end his career. That means the Seahawks paid each of them a bunch of money and may not see either player reach the first season of his extension. Those are extreme examples, but they're no doubt fresh on the Seahawks' minds when it comes to a possible extension for Thomas.
      Thomas turns 29 in May. Calling him beat up would be an overstatement, but at the same time he hasn't been the indestructible iron man he was at the start of his career when he didn't miss a game for his first six and a half seasons. He's missed seven starts since, including two this past season because of a hamstring injury. He was also frequently listed on Seattle's injury report last season because of knee and Achilles issues. Could Seattle just let him play out his final year? In theory, yes -- and they could also control his rights for 2019 by applying the franchise tag if they don't extend him. But that's much trickier in practice.
      Thomas has always been a difficult person to read, but there's reason to believe he would indeed hold out without a new deal. Consider what he's been making relative to some teammates and other NFL safeties. While Thomas was the league's highest-paid safety when he signed his deal, he still got $4 million less per year than what Seattle gave Sherman that same offseason. Since then, Thomas has been surpassed by five other safeties -- including Chancellor -- in terms of annual average.
      Marshawn Lynch missed the first week of training camp in 2014 and returned with a reworked deal. The team increased his base salary for that season by $1.5 million by moving money around his contract, but he didn't get any additional money or a new contract.The Seahawks didn't make any known adjustments to Chancellor's contract when he held out through the first two games of the 2015 season.
      One difference between those situations and that of Thomas is that Lynch (two) and Chancellor (three) each had more than a season left on their deals when they held out. Schneider said after the fact that the team refused to give Lynch a new deal at the time because it could have led to players unreasonably expecting similar treatment no matter how far along they were in their contracts.

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    • lucky has written a new blog article "The Cowboys have seven games against teams" 04.21.2018

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      Full Josh Manson Jersey regular-season NFL schedule Quarterback Carson Wentz fully intends to be in the lineup when the Eagles begin their title defense at home on Sept. 6 against the Atlanta Falcons. Even if he reaches that goal, it could take some time until he rounds back into MVP form. The schedule is no cake walk, as the Eagles face seven teams that made the postseason last year. But the defending champs return 19 of 22 starters, and will be fueled by a talented group of players coming off injury led by Wentz and Jason Peters, who will stress that a Super Bowl hangover is not an option. -- Tim McManus
      The Redskins feel they've upgraded at quarterback with Alex Smith over Kirk Cousins, but how much a bump they'll get from this change remains to be seen. To improve, overall, the Redskins need much better health and for key young players to develop such as receiver Josh Doctson. If those happen, then they could be good. But it's hard to go much above last year's mark based on the initial part of the offseason and before seeing what happens in the draft. -- John Keim
      The Bears' offseason upgrades on offense (WR Allen Robinson and TE Trey Burton) bode well for second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who ought to have more freedom in new head coach Matt Nagy's offensive scheme. However, Chicago's strength is its defense led by veteran coordinator Vic Fangio. The NFL did the Bears http://www.officialwashingtoncapitals.com/Adidas-Dale-Hunter-Jersey no favors with early games against Green Bay and Seattle, but the schedule lightens up considerably beginning http://www.philadelphiaeagles.us.com/WOMENS-COREY-CLEMENT-JERSEY.html in Week 3. -- Jeff Dickerson
      The Lions have a new coaching staff and new hope under Matt Patricia. The schedule, though, likely will lead to the same mediocre results Detroit has seen over the past few years. The Lions still have far too many holes on offense (the line and run game) and far too many questions on defense (pass rush and interior line) for them to be anything other than middle of the pack at this point. But the draft can change all of that. -- Michael Rothstein
      The last time Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone (2013), he came back to win MVP the next season. The last time the Packers changed defensive coordinators (2009), they made a five-win improvement. Both of those factors are in play this season and even though they supposedly have the toughest schedule on paper, those other influences are much stronger. Plus, they have a Curtis Samuel Jersey chance to get off to a fast start with three out of their first four games at home and could finish strong with three December home games if they can survive a tough middle stretch. -- Rob Demovsky
      Coming off a runner-up finish in last year's NFC title game, the Vikings face Jimmy Garoppolo, Aaron Rodgers, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz (assuming he's back from his ACL injury) in the first five weeks of the season. Road games at Green Bay, Los Angeles and Philadelphia during that stretch won't be the easiest way to usher in the Kirk Cousins era, along with back-to-back games at New England and Seattle in December. The Vikings enter the season with the league's reigning top defense and get a break toward the end of the regular season with Miami and Chicago at home in the final three weeks. They'll aim to capitalize on their dominant home-field advantage after losing only four games at U.S. Bank Stadium since it opened in 2016. -- Courtney Cronin
      The Falcons have a tough start to the season, traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Super Bowl champion Eagles in the NFL opener Sept. 6. But they turn around and start NFC South play with back-to-back home games against the Panthers and Buccaneers, then follow with another home matchup with the Bengals. Going to the cold of Green Bay in December to face Aaron Rodgers doesn't sound appealing. At least the Falcons can focus on the division race when they close the season at Carolina and Tampa Bay. -- Vaughn McClure
      The schedule-makers apparently believe the NFC South could come down to New Orleans and Carolina. The two will meet on Monday night in Charlotte in Week 15 and then conclude the season in New Orleans in Week 17. Those games could be the difference between which team goes 10-6 and 11-5. A year ago they both were 11-5 with the Saints winning the tie-breaker by virtue of three wins against Carolina. -- David Newton
      The Saints are a made-for-TV team again, with five prime-time games scheduled for the first time in four years. Expectations are high for 39-year-old QB Drew Brees and New Orleans' breakout 2017 rookie class. They'll have to buck their trend of slow starts over the past four years and take advantage of their early schedule, because the final 10 weeks are loaded with likely playoff contenders. -- Mike Triplett wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys

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