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Falcons work out Kevin Bowen

The Falcons are working out free agent offensive lineman Kevin Bowen on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Bowen worked out for the Texans last week.

Bowen, 24, spent last season on Washington’s injured reserve after injuring his ankle. He also spent 2016 on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.
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He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of East Central in 2016, signing with Washington. Bowen earned All-Great American Conference honors in 2015.

Eddie Rosario’s double off an uppercut swing on a high pitch sparked the rally in the eighth after a one-out walk by Escobar. Robbie Grossman tacked on a sacrifice fly when Rosario startled the Tigers with a delayed tag on a pop out to shallow right field, scoring without a play at the plate.

Favre told Peter King that his 1996 stint in a rehab facility was one of three times during his NFL career that he had to seek in-patient treatment for addiction, both to painkillers and to alcohol.
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Colts hosting two free-agent safeties, may unclog market at the position

One of the major stories of the 2018 NFL offseason has been the slow-developing market for safeties.
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The Colts are likely still in need of help in the secondary to solidify new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus’ defense. They were dreadful against the pass last season (32nd in Football Outsiders’ pass defense DVOA) and most of the defensive draft picks they made were used on front-seven players.

2017 first-rounder Malik Hooker is locked in at one safety spot, but the Colts could certainly use another safety to pair with him as the guy that works in the box and near the line of scrimmage against tight ends and slot receivers. Boston or Vaccaro would each make for a good fit on that front, and maybe if other teams see the kind of contracts they get, they’ll start going after whoever else is left on the market.

On the same day CEO Christopher Johnson said the drafting of Sam Darnold will be remembered 20 years from now as the moment the Jets shifted into a new year, that they became a great team, OT Kelvin Beachum offered the perspective of a grizzled veteran who wants to see the kid perform before he canonizes him.

Man, you know, I’m one of those guys, until you get hit in the mouth, I don’t know what you got yet, Beachum said. And he hasn’t been hit in the mouth by an NFL defensive lineman. So when that time comes, we’ll see.
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There’s nothing wrong with either opinion, but hearing both viewpoints triggered a question: Could the Jets be headed for a quarterback controversy?

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Police Close Investigation Into Domestic Violence Allegations Against Cowboys DT David Irving

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Frisco Police have closed their investigation into domestic violence allegations made against Cowboys DT David Irving.

Irving’s former girlfriend retracted the claims she made via his Twitter account.

Connor McGovern, Max Garcia and rookie sixth-round pick Sam Jones likely will compete for that guard spot. Billy Turner and Jeremiah Poutasi should get their chances as well.

Of those players, Garcia may make the most sense for release. He’s due to make just under $2 million this season, but only $86,000 is guaranteed.

Garcia started 16 games in each of the past two seasons for the Broncos and started five games the year before. However, the 2015 fourth-round pick has struggled at times, particularly in the run game.

DT Randy White: The Manster was one of the most dominant linemen in NFL history, and his seven all-pro nods are tied for most among all Cowboys. White was also the rare defender named Super Bowl MVP, splitting the award with Harvey Martin in 1978.

RB Emmitt Smith: The NFL’s all-time leading rusher (17,162 of his 18,355 yards came in a Dallas uniform), his value was never more apparent than in 199Smith held out the first two games, both losses, then returned to lead the league in rushing. He separated a shoulder in the regular-season finale but still rushed for 168 yards to help beat the Giants with the NFC East crown and a bye on the line. Smith was eventually named league and Super Bowl MVP, and the Cowboys became the first team to win the Super Bowl after an 0-2 start.

DT Bob Lilly: Mr. Cowboy was Dallas’ first true star. A terror in the trenches, Lilly shares team records after being named all-pro seven times and earning 11 Pro Bowl trips. He never missed a regular-season game in 14 seasons.

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When the Lions ran for over 100 yards as a team the past three years, they were 8-3. That includes the Hail Mary loss to Green Bay.聽
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And when the team averaged over 4.2 yards per carry during the same stretch, they posted a聽9-5 mark.

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Yes, it’s been a tumultuous few months for the Patriots, who fell short in a close-fought Super Bowl, were roasted by fans and the press over the still-mysterious Malcolm Butler benching and lost several key contributors in free agency — all as Brady and Gronk, the team’s two most important players, have grumbled in public and private. The question is: Will there be more juicy tabloid content to come or will the Patriots successfully button things up and begin preparation for another season of presumed AFC dominance? We’d imagine they will, but we’re kind of in unprecedented territory here.

We should be getting closer to that historic Aaron Rodgers payday. Last week, the Falcons gave Matt Ryan a five-year, $150 million contract extension with $100 million guaranteed. The contract made Ryan the first player to break the $30 million threshold for annual pay. The expectation now is for Green Bay to give Rodgers a deal that will quickly supplant Ryan’s contract as the biggest ever.

Eagles get all their draft picks under contract

The Eagles only had five draft picks this year, which made it easy for them to wrap up the contract signing Ryan Murray Jersey process quickly.
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The team announced on Wednesday that they have signed all five of those picks. They are the first team in the league to have their entire draft class under contract.

The versatile Miller has drawn Kendall Wright and Sterling Shepard comparisons and is positioned for a massive rookie-season role behind Allen Robinson. Miller, who turns 24 this year, has a good shot at earning the No. 2 gig over Taylor Gabriel and Kevin White in what should be a pass-heavy offense under new HC Matt Nagy. Draft him late.

Guice was a popular choice for the Redskins at 13th overall in many mocks, but off-field concerns led to a free fall to late in the second round. Guice is a big, tough back at 5-foot-10, 224 pounds. The LSU product figures to do most of his damage between the tackles and after initial contact (only 13 percent of his rushes went for a loss last season). Guice may not add much as a receiver (18 catches last year), but his combination of size, toughness, speed (4.49 40-yard dash) and elusiveness supplies him with a massive ceiling as a rusher.

He’s the heavy favorite for lead-back duties in Washington this year, but will certainly defer change-of-pace and passing-down work to Chris Thompson. Guice is immediately in the RB2 mix and has added value in non-PPR leagues.
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Saban knows exactly the types of recruits he’s seeking from a physical standpoint. Alabama does not pursue players who fail to fit a specific size/speed metric even though they may prove quality players for other programs.

They have a template, and it matches what most NFL teams are looking for, Reese’s Senior Bowl executive director and Crimson Tide radio analyst Phil Savage told Sporting News. When they come out of the locker room on any given Saturday, you can see that all the DBs are of a certain height, all the defensive linemen are of a certain shape and the offensive linemen are big. It’s not like you have one DB who is 5-7 and another who is 6-2.

The philosophy doesn’t always work, but they believe bigger, stronger, faster players can be better developed toward where they want to be. They try to play the percentages by recruiting prototype prospects at all the positions.

Kahlil McKenzie is head down and ready to work on conversion

The time for the jokes and the trash talk is over.
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NFL struggles in survey of game-day experience

As the at-home viewing experience gets better and better, the NFL has struggled in recent years with the challenge of luring fans to the stadium. The results of a new survey demonstrate the depths of the NFL’s struggles to give fans the same kind of game-day experience that other sports provide.

Via the San Jose Mercury News, the Temkin Group collected data on fan feedback for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Nascar, the PGA, Major League Soccer, the WNBA, and ATP (which I think is tennis or something). The survey focused on nine different aspects of the game-day experience, and the NFL finished last in eight of the categories.

Throw in the presence of drunk, profane, hostile, and/or violent fans, and who would choose to go to a game? To improve fan satisfaction, the NFL needs to continue to strive to give fans something more than can get at home, with the holy grail being access to the communications between the sidelines and the quarterback and/or the defensive player with the green dot on his helmet.

“I think for those guys, they’re going to have their role in how it’s all going to play out. They certainly like Rico. He has big ability to stretch the field. Coming off the basketball court, he’s athletic. He can make plays. Can he do it for 60 plays? He hasn’t shown that consistency to be able to do that. They’re going to have to lean on Swaim to be able to kind of carry the workload, but they do have young talent in Jarwin and Rico that they see as a little bit of a flash player that can come in and have roles in the red zone or third down and the passing game.

“So those guys will be OK. I feel like sitting in those meetings with them and going through the last few years, they know what it takes to play that position. I hope that I have shown them that, but they can’t put the pressure on themselves. They just need to go play and feel confident in that system. Scott Linehan has had success with tight ends, so they’ll figure out their roles and what they want to do. Really, more than anything, they got to get comfortable in this Dak-friendly offense that they’re building in Dallas.”

Kelvin Benjamin’s Bills Contract Extension Won’t Be Considered Until Summer

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane said the team is not planning on extending wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s contract until at least the summer.
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We really haven’t focused on Kelvin Benjamin’s contract situation, Beane said Monday on WGR550. We’ll see how he fits in with Daboll’s offense and the quarterbacks over the summer, and then we’ll go from there.

The Ravens traded up to the 32nd overall pick to grab Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson, a dual-threat who can run the same playbook as newly signed free agent Robert Griffin III. Rookie quarterbacks are rarely efficient, but Joe Flacco hasn’t exactly set the world on fire over the past few seasons, either.

At receiver, the Ravens signed Willie Snead, Michael Crabtree and John Brown, while they also drafted Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott. Baltimore also double-dipped on tight ends during the draft, spending a first-round pick on Hayden Hurst and a third-round pick on Mark Andrews.

If Jackson gets playing time as a rookie and is an above-average passer, the Ravens could be far more balanced on both sides of the ball moving forward.
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A good comp for Davenport is Ziggy Ansah, who was also insanely athletic but raw (and mellow of disposition) coming out of college.

The Saints clearly think they are one player away from the Super Bowl. But is Davenport that player? New Orleans just gave up a first-round pick next year to get a project pass-rusher, albeit a good one. For a team counting on a 39-year-old quarterback to lead it to glory in a tight window, that’s a steep price for a player who may not pay immediate dividends.
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A room filled with heroes — Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling and Marc Sessler — recap Days 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft and give their overall thoughts on this year’s draft class, including Shaquem Griffin joining his twin brother in Seattle and the phone call he got from the Seahawks (4:30); The Steelers pick a QB late in Mason Rudolph, along with his top WR from Oklahoma State (16:00); Darius Guice gets drafted by the Redskins, falling all the way to No. 59 (31:00). The Go Get My Lunch Sandwich Carlos Lee Authentic Jersey Board update leads to more intriguing draft reactions and debates (42:00); Plus, Jeremy Bergman takes time out of his impeccable acting career to check in from Arlington — not Dallas — to describe the scene from the weekend (1:08:00).

He is one of the least talked-about prospects in this draft, but he deserves to go in the first round.

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This is a no-brainer pick for the Tennessee Titans. Brian Orakpo, 31, and Derrick Morgan, 29, are getting up there in age, and the Titans lost Avery Williamson in free agency. Tennessee now has Mike Vrabel as its head coach, and I think Vrabel will look for a linebacker who reminds him of himself.

This is why Leighton Vander Esch makes a ton of sense for Tennessee. Vander Esch is athletic and versatile enough to play both inside and outside, and he fits the New England-style scheme coordinator Dean Pees is likely to run.

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Canadiens fire assistants Jean-Jacques Daigneault, Dan Lacroix, add Dominique Ducharme

Canadian world junior championship coach Dominique Ducharme has made the jump to the NHL as an assistant with the Montreal Canadiens.
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The Canadiens dropped assistant coaches Jean-Jacques Daigneault and Dan Lacroix and hired Ducharme away from the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Friday.

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The 24-year-old went undrafted out of Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, and spent the offseason working as a substitute teacher in his native Illinois. He previously spent an offseason working at MillerCoors in Milwaukee.
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He served up exactly what the Marlins were thirsting for Wednesday.

Trevor was really good today, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. It’s really what we needed.

The Cowboys fans watching at AT&T Stadium, where the draft is being held, mostly reacted with a smattering of cheers even though Dallas will likely need to draft a receiver at some point in the coming rounds.

At the time the Cowboys picked, a receiver hadn’t yet been selected, so they had their choice of the lot. Maryland’s DJ Moore (who went at No. 24 to the Carolina Panthers), Alabama’s Calvin Ridley (No. 26 to the Atlanta Falcons), SMU’s Courtland Sutton and Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk were all passed up.

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Did you have an inclination that the 49ers might take you when they did?

No, I had no idea, he said, according to a transcript from the 49ers. It’s definitely a shock, but absolutely thrilled to be a part of the San Francisco 49ers organization, and my family and I couldn’t be happier.