S Eric Berry, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys missed out on their preferred safety target when Earl Thomas chose to play for the Ravens. Berry doesn’t present the same skill set as Thomas, but he’s a potential upgrade over Jeff Heath, who performed poorly in 2018 with numerous missed tackles and average coverage skills.
DE Allen Bailey: Cleveland Browns
Allen Bailey drew legitimate free-agent interest yet didn’t sign anywhere. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the defensive lineman visited the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks.
MLB Celebrity All-Star Game Roster (Sunday, July 7)
J.R. Smith, Drew Carey, Stipe Miocic, Travis Kelce and Dr. Oz are just some of the Clevelanders playing the softball game. Indians legends Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton, and Carlos Baerga will also take the field for the game. Former Indians Mike Napoli and Travis Hafner are also scheduled to appear.
DI CHRIS JONES, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
The No. 12 player on PFF’s draft board back in 2016, Jones lasted all the way to the 37th pick before the Chiefs nabbed him. Since then, he’s improved every single season until his historic 15.5-sack 2018 season. We saw that dominant ability to take over back at Mississippi State and always thought it could be harnessed on a more regular basis in the NFL.
Evans, Green, JuJu, Adam Thielen, Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, and a few others simply didn’t make the cut. I’m sure fans of those teams will gripe, and I can understand why. Each has produced at a high level consistently in his respective offense, and I’d hear arguments for all of them.
“I think we are just pretty similar people,” Dieter said. “Obviously, we came from a little bit different scenarios but at the end of the day we started hanging out and we like to do the same things. We’re competitive in every single thing that we do so we gelled right away and we are pretty much best buds to the day. It’s pretty cool to have a guy like that but I would be friends with him even if he wasn’t the league MVP. It’s a cool person to have in your corner.”
1. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants—BELLER
2. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints—MANTZOURANIS
3. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers—ORR
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys—HAMPL
5. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs—KAHLER
For our first play, I want to use one that should be fairly familiar to Giants’ fans. It should be familiar because the Giants themselves occasionally ran something similar under Ben McAdoo.
The Chiefs ran this play several times throughout the year, both to Kareem Hunt and Damien Williams. They went back to this play for good reason: It’s quick and effective.
On October 19, 2013, Clemson welcomed ACC rival Florida State into Death Valley for a highly anticipated nationally televised top-five matchup.
The Tigers, with Tajh Boyd at quarterback, the dynamic Sammy Watkins at wide receiver, and Vic Beasley, Grady Jarrett and Bashaud Breeland starring on defense, were primed to make a run at a possible national title.
But Clemson coughed up the pigskin on the first play from scrimmage, and it went downhill from there with eventual Heisman-winner Jameis Winston throwing for 444 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-14 rout.
Ever since, the term “Clemsoning”—applied to the previously snakebitten Tigers—has been dead, while they build toward a historic run by restocking talent once stars depart for the NFL.
A camp featuring former University of Georgia players Elijah Holyfield and Mecole Hardman will be held July 12 at North Augusta High School’s football stadium.
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Despite not being arrested or charged with a crime in the Las Vegas incident, the NFL could have taken action against Elliott for violation of the personal conduct policy as a repeat offender. Zeke was suspended six games in 2017 for violating the policy.
In this incident, Commissioner Goodell determined no further action was warranted.
The Cowboys hope the only noise they hear about Elliott in the future is regarding his on-field exploits when training camp opens July 26.
Jared Lorenzen, a former standout quarterback at Kentucky who went on to earn a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants, died Wednesday at age 38.
5. Melvin Gordon, Chargers
In 2018, things finally came together. Gordon’s yards per carry average shot all the way up to a career-best 5.1 mark. He caught 76 percent of the passes thrown his way and gained 7.4 yards per target. On an average of 18.8 touches per game, he racked up 1,375 total yards and 14 touchdowns. He was a valuable security blanket for Philip Rivers in the passing game and nearly set a career high in rush yards per game despite averaging his second-fewest carries per contest.
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis is one who hopes the Bowlen decision leads to an alteration in the policy for all deceased members.
”David Baker and the Hall of Fame made the right decision, and I believe it opens the door to reconsidering awarding rings and jackets to the families of all deceased enshrinees,” Davis told ESPN.com’s Paul Gutierrez on Tuesday night. “It opens the door to making it right for other families, like Junior Seau’s and Kenny Stabler’s.
”There’s no reason I should have my father’s ring and Bruce Allen does not have his. As a new member of the NFL owners Hall of Fame Committee, I’ll continue to advocate for the families.”
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One of the sure signs of the offseason are Chiefs fans discussing whether Sorensen will be gone when the season begins. So thanks for bringing it up, Clark.
“I would say in all four major sports, who else would you rather have, player and contract than Patrick Mahomes right now on his rookie deal? He is by far, in my opinion, the best player and the best value of any player of any of the sports in our country right now because of his production and his price.”
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