Who is Adam Shaheen?

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Right now, Shaheen is a small-school tight end who left lower-level Ashland University after his junior season. After the combine, he very well could be a hottest prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. That may seem strange considering Ashland has only had three players taken in the draft. But Shaheen is a 6¡¯6, 277-pound former basketball player who should test well.

The point of the combine is to get medical checks and true measurements of players. The latter could have just as big of an impact for a few players. While teams know the true size of senior prospects, they¡¯ll eagerly anticipate hearing about the underclassmen who entered the draft. For Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, measurements will matter the most. Thomas¡¯ draft range is right around the top 10, and if he has good arm length, he could secure a high spot. If he¡¯s smaller than expected, teams will wonder what position in the NFL suits him the best.

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Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami

Going into the season, Kaaya carried some buzz as a potential first-round pick. Statistically, Kaaya had a nice season, completing 62 percent of his passes and throwing 27 touchdowns to only seven interceptions. Digging deeper, there are some concerns. When pressured, Kaaya¡¯s footwork falls apart, and his accuracy goes down. Since he¡¯s not much of a mover in the pocket, that can be a problem.

The 49ers’ offense simply made the necessary plays to support an outstanding day for the defense.

Earl Watford Game Jersey Philadelphia’s offensive performance spoiled what had been a great day for the special teams and defense. The Eagles took a 7-0 lead when they stormed the 49ers’ punting unit and forced a buttpunt and fumble that they recovered in the end zone. Malcolm Jenkins had a superb interception return for a touchdown after San Francisco took a 10-7 lead, then Sproles gave the Eagles a two-score cushion with a punt return to the house.

The 49ers’ offense simply made the necessary plays to support an outstanding day for the defense. Frank Gore continues to defy aging. The veteran running back had 119 yards on the ground, and scored a touchdown on a cross-field swing pass during which he shunned the only defender in the area to stop him. Colin Kaepernick made a beautiful throw on the play, and in general looked much better than the quarterback who had shown up to start the season.

The last time the Saints played the Cowboys, they set an NFL record with 40 first downs in the game, on their way to a blowout win. Dallas turned the tables this week, dropping the visiting Saints, a popular pick for the NFC Championship this year, with a 38-17 win. Everything is wrong with the Saints right now. Sean Payton is letting his punter make key fourth-down throws instead of Drew Brees. The defense can’t tackle, much less stop anyone.
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Super Bowl we’d like to see: Arizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals

We’ll see what happens over the next 13 weeks of the season before we start worrying too much about what happens in January. But the two most exciting teams in the NFL right now have to be the Bengals and the Cardinals, who both had the weekend off.

Most experts are picking the Patriots to win on the road, but I like the underdog in this game. Arrowhead is going to be loud and the fans will make it difficult for Brady and the Patriots to execute their offense. If the Chiefs can get an early lead and control the ball with a dominant rushing game, it will become difficult for the Patriots to score enough points to win the game.

It became a bigger need after cutting veteran right tackle Breno Giacomini recently

Offensive line was a need for the New York Jets heading into the offseason. It became a bigger need after cutting veteran right tackle Breno Giacomini recently. The move away from him means the Jets believe there are better options and they could very well look to the 2017 NFL Draft to try and fill his spot.

Should they be in the market for a first round tackle, the best choice is Alabama*s Cam Robinson. Obviously the best thing that can be said about any &Bama product is that they played in a pro style system with a fantastic coach in Nick Saban. However, that*s not where the pleasantries with the big tackle end in the slightest.

He also went up against the best of the beatbox playing in the SEC. The 6-6 Robinson weighs in at 326 pounds and, although he spent his whole collegiate career at left tackle, there are some concerns about his ability to play that position in the pros. While proficient in the run game, there are flaws in his pass blocking and consistency. He needs some work, but in New York he could play on the right side while he corrects the flaws in his game that give scouts pause.

His rigorous course load includes military strategic studies, ”Power to Influence in Organizations” and ”Critical Decisions in Space,” which delves into the first moon landing in 1969 and the Challenger space shuttle explosion in 1986.

”We actually dive into the recent history and get to talk about the choices and the decisions behind that, why we weren’t ready to launch with the Challenger. New information that’s recently been declassified. It’s really interesting,” Robinette said. ”… It’s really cool.”

It’s all part of an education that’s preparing him to be a leader whether on the battle field or the football field.

I am crying again. I am also eating my feelings in the form of so, so many Swedish Fish.

Then Raven talks to her mom and her mom is like, ¡°Can you say ¡®I love you¡¯ to Nick?¡±

Raven gets a little defensive. She¡¯s like, (and I¡¯m paraphrasing, here) ¡°Ehhh, I think so? Yeah, I could. No, definitely I could. I totally could. I could love him. I love him, OK?¡±
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Which doesn¡¯t not sound like she¡¯s trying to talk herself into it.

We cut to Raven¡¯s dad and Nick. Raven¡¯s dad is saying he didn¡¯t think he¡¯d like him but he does, in fact, like him. He says he could ¡°live with that¡± if Nick ended up with his daughter. This isn¡¯t a rousing endorsement, but it also isn¡¯t the worst reaction to the news that your daughter might end up married to a 36-year-old handsome software salesman-turned-professional-Bachelor-goer-on-er.

Game Mens Xavier Cooper Jersey This year, Maddon needs Montero as much as Montero needs Maddon. With veteran catcher David Ross now in retirement, there¡¯s a void in the locker room. Montero is even more valuable to the team considering he¡¯s bilingual. The catcher is tight with the Cubs¡¯ Latin relievers, earning praise from Maddon for his handling of righty Pedro Strop as recently as Tuesday morning.

¡°He can be such a valuable liaison between coaches and the room,¡± Maddon said. ¡°He¡¯s looking forward to it.¡±

Montero admitted that his situation weighed on him during the short offseason. Both parties were asked often during the winter if there would be a meeting of the minds. Montero preferred it happened away from the Cubs¡¯ spring training facility, so when Maddon invited the catcher to dinner, he jumped at the chance. Montero picked a low-key Italian restaurant.

¡°The food was good,¡± Montero smiled. ¡°I think he liked it.¡±

Montero felt so good about the dinner that he insisted they take a picture to share on social media.

What are the Pelicans getting in DeMarcus Cousins from a statistical perspective?

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They are the only players to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the past four seasons. Nobody else has done it more than twice.

Despite Davis’ presence, the Pelicans had the second-worst rebounding differential in the NBA (minus-4.6). The only team that is worse is the Mavericks (minus-6.1).

But strength matters more for a couple of positions, and none more so than the offensive line. Most of any offensive lineman’s job is to get in the way of some other big thing and move that big thing out of the way so a smaller thing can get by it or be protected from it. The bench press isn’t a definitive measurement of how an offensive lineman will perform at his job — lower body strength is particularly important — but it’s definitely valuable information for scouts.
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On Thursday, the top offensive linemen from around the nation took part in the bench press and we’ve got the results. Ereck Flowers from Miami led the way with an impressive 37 reps, with Mitch Morse of Missouri and Sean Hickey of Syracuse just behind him at 36 and 35 reps, respectively. The most reps for an offensive lineman last year was 42 by Russell Bodine.

Brandon Scherff, who many feel is the best offensive lineman in this draft, came in at 23 reps. That’s significantly lower than the top, of course, but it’s about average looking at the numbers as a whole. There’s more to it than just strength, of course, and Scherff is one of the most talented players coming out this year. He’s also capable of lifting 480 pounds total, which is ridiculously impressive, especially for a former high school quarterback.

Tony Watson loses in arbitration, gets $5.6 million

Elite Mens Rocky Bleier Jersey Reliever Tony Watson lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in salary arbitration and will make $5.6 million this year rather than $6 million.

Arbitrators Gil Vernon, Jeanne Wood and Steven Wolf made their decision Thursday, a day after hearing arguments.

Watson, 31, had a 3.06 ERA and 2-5 record in 70 relief appearances for the Pirates last year. The left-hander earned $3.45 million.

He was an All-Star in 2014, when he was 10-2 with a 1.63 ERA. He had a 1.91 ERA in 2015.

Watson is eligible for free agency after this season.

Pirates reliever Tony Watson will make $5.6 million in 2017 after an arbitration ruling.

Teams have won seven of 13 arbitration cases and the sides are on track for 15 hearings, the most since teams won 10 of 16 decisions in 1994.

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Maybe this is finally the year for the Indians. The list of teams to lose the World Series only to win the next season is short. It’s happened just once in the wild-card era, when the Royals did it in 2015.

Cy Young contender Corey Kluber still is there, coming off that dominant October run — at least until Game 7 — and as good as he is, the star of this team now is the brilliant young shortstop Francisco Lindor. You know former Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel will land on the Hall of Fame ballot next winter, and he’s a strong candidate to eventually get elected. No offense to a great player, but Lindor is better — already a Gold Glove winner at 22, a .300 hitter in each of his first two seasons in the majors and a standout performer in his first postseason. It’s a team with talent and depth. How about a Game 7 victory in the World Series … in extra innings, of course.

Tony Bennett’s system is all Virginia needs to be an annual contender

The Virginia Cavaliers are in the midst of a fourth straight season as one of college basketball’s top teams. It feels strange now, but for a long stretch, the Hoos were not this sort of program. From 2001-02 through 2012-13, Virginia never appeared in the final AP Poll and only made the NCAA tournament twice.

The change, of course, was the arrival of head coach Tony Bennett.

Following a two-year stint at Washington State, Bennett came to Charlottesville in 2009. His initial teams weren’t great, but they laid the groundwork for his system. It was the same one that guided Wazzu to its only two tourney bids in the last 23 years: Stingy pack-line defense, efficient scoring, and mistake-free basketball.

The keys to the system have been interchangeable parts and a four-year plan.

From Joe Harris to Justin Anderson, Malcolm Brogdon and now London Perrantes, the Hoos have utilized smart shooters and strong defenders to grind teams down and dictate their style of play. No matter the pieces in play, it’s been about consistency — and of course, efficiency.

A full transcript, put together initially by Spartan Nation’s Hondo Carpenter:

Before I go into anything, I’ve gotta tell you that I do a lot of work to try to somewhat control the Izzone. And if there’s things not being said, I email them, I talk to them. I catch hell both ways if too much is being said, if not enough’s being said. But I’ve gotta be honest with you. I was kind of getting upset at the chants of Dakich, [“We hate Dakich,” reportedly] until I got in the locker room and I asked, ‘What was that all about?’ And somebody read me his tweets. The social media.

The Thunder have lost five of their past eight games and one of the reasons why is the lack of support for Russell Westbrook

The Pistons’ rally from 16 points down entering the fourth quarter Sunday night at Toronto represents their largest such comeback in a regulation game since the team moved to Detroit in 1957-58. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was 1-for-11 from 3-point range before draining the game-winning corner 3 with 13.2 seconds to go; call it a nice early present for KCP in advance of his 24th birthday this coming weekend. Also notable from Detroit’s successful rally: With Reggie Jackson averaging just 8.8 PPG and 5.5 APG over his past eight games while shooting 32 percent from the floor, Ish Smith logged 31 minutes against the Raptors … compared to Jackson’s 17.

Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder have lost five of their past eight games and one of the reasons why is the lack of support for Russell Westbrook. Victor Oladipo, widely considered the team’s second-best scoring option, is shooting just 40.9 percent in his past 10 games and his distributing has been just as poor (2.5 APG). OKC is going to need much more from Oladipo and the rest of the supporting cast to make a deep run in the playoffs.
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Olynyk gets some grief for his long hair, though teammates have typically approved of the look. The Celtics ran an in-game video last season in which teammates were asked to give their thoughts on the man bun. Said Isaiah Thomas, “I give my guy a thumbs up. The man bun I guess is in nowadays, and he does it well. He wears it well.”
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Teammates give Olynyk more flak for his ever-present baseball cap. Teammates like to joke that the first thing Olynyk typically puts on after showering is a hat. And he can’t argue that point.

But he also doesn’t stress too much about headwear. After seeing the man bun/headband data, Olynyk promised he wouldn’t start overthinking which style to utilize. He’s fine with whatever the splits say so long as he’s able to have a positive impact on the Celtics and the team continues to win games.

The quarterback that won Super Bowl LI a few days after Prescott stepped on NRG Stadium’s field

If you want to copy the blueprint of most successful NFL franchises, it starts with football’s version of a holy trinity: a head coach, a general manager and a quarterback.

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About a month from now, Colin Kaepernick, the only quarterback the team currently has under contract for 2017, probably will cease to have that designation when he’s expected to opt out of his deal. When he does, he’ll join Blaine Gabbert, Thad Lewis and Christian Ponder as free agents. With Shanahan and Lynch taking over, there’s no guarantee that any of them will be back, though it also can’t be ruled out.

Which means there’s likely a full-blown makeover coming to the Niners’ quarterbacks room. As you’d expect, even before Shanahan officially signed on for the job, there were plenty of rumors and reports connecting the 49ers to various quarterbacks around the league. That speculation is only expected to heat up in the days, weeks and months to come.
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In 2000, there were six quarterbacks selected before the Patriots took Brady with the 199th selection: Chad Pennington (No. 18, Jets), Giovanni Carmazzi (65, 49ers), Chris Redman (75, Ravens), Tee Martin (163, Steelers), Marc Bulger (168, Saints) and Spergon Wynn (183, Browns).

But that Prescott went late in the fourth round was more of a motivator than he let on during the season.

The quarterback that won Super Bowl LI a few days after Prescott stepped on NRG Stadium’s field, Tom Brady, has carried his draft-day scars with him since 2000. Even with his fifth Super Bowl win, “The Brady 6,” still drives him.

The pick-and-roll has had hiccups this season when run by the Warriors’ two best players

For now, it appears Kerr has snuffed out this particular fire, but managing the offense of four All-Stars will likely remain a challenge. It’s a challenge any coach would readily accept, but that truth doesn’t magically fix the issue. No matter what Kerr does, someone won’t be getting the ball enough. Since Golden State has emphasized Curry, KD’s shot attempts and usage have suffered a slight dip.

“I look at the numbers,” Kerr said of the distribution of shots between stars. “We obviously play a little different than most teams. We’ve been last in the NBA in pick-and-roll plays three years in a row. We do a lot of stuff off the ball. So obviously with KD’s arrival, the dynamics changed a little bit. So, Steph has the ball a little less this year. So does KD. Sometimes I’ll just, if I think Steph needs the ball more, I’ll call more plays for him. But for the most part, it kind of happens organically.”
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A 6-2 finish, powered by a much-improved defense, wasn’t enough to satisfy observers who last saw this franchise make the playoffs 10 years ago. (The Buccaneers’ most recent playoff victory was 15 years ago in Super Bowl XXXVII.) But there is plenty to build on here. Tampa Bay had the NFL’s fourth-best scoring defense (17.1 points per game) over the final eight weeks of the season, and the duo of quarterback Jameis Winston and receiver Mike Evans is promising.
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General manager Jason Licht will have a projected $65 million in cap space if he wants to augment the roster. Some of that will be needed for a Winston contract extension, which could come as early as 2018, but the Buccaneers have plenty to spend. Licht hasn’t been shy in the past.