Watch: Mother’s Day rolls in early for Leonard Fournette’s mom

Alberto Riveron is assuming the NFL’s second-hardest job behind that of commissioner Roger Goodell.

So says the man who once held Riveron’s position — former officiating czar Mike Pereira.

Speaking with co-host Mark Dominik and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Pereira detailed the responsibilities Riveron will inherit in replacing the departed Dean Blandino as the league’s senior vice president of officiating.

Pereira, who is now a FOX Sports rules analyst, also addressed the NFL naming two other officiating executives in Wayne Mackie (vice president of officiating evaluation/development) and Russell Yark (instant replay/administration), as well as the league moving toward full-time officials and the on-field changes that will come in handling end-zone celebration penalties.

What is Alberto Riveron going to bring to the table in his new role?

Mother’s Day is still more than a week away, but Jaguars draftee Leonard Fournette couldn’t resist dropping some of his first-round money on his mom.

The former LSU running back got his mom a Mercedes-Benz after being picked No. 4 overall by Jacksonville.

He posted video and a picture of the surprise, writing “Anything for my moms” and “From the trenches to this love you momma.” Revis’ return to the Jets was not the honeymoon everyone expected, as his play fell off a cliff the last two seasons. He can still play football; just not anywhere close to the level he played at in the past.

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Warriors vs. Trail Blazers, 2017 NBA playoffs: Schedule, predictions, and news

Damian Lillard said Trail Blazers in six (though not seriously). That’s a long shot, but the star point guard will attempt to gun his team into the second round in an improbable effort against a star-studded Golden State Warriors team — a team expected to three-peat as Western Conference champions.

Theoren Fleury Elite Jersey Portland was rolling after a midseason deal landed Jusuf Nurkic from the Denver Nuggets. He was the Trail Blazers’ difference-maker on both ends until a March 30 fibular fracture in his leg sidelined him for the rest of the regular season. Lillard and C.J. McCollum were able to hold down the fort and retain the No. 8 seed, but it’s unclear if Jurkic will be cleared to return (or if it’s wise for him to rush back).
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That’s bad news for a Trail Blazers team taking on a Golden State squad that welcomed Kevin Durant back from an MCL sprain with three games remaining in the regular season. Durant returned to the Warriors after they had rattled off 13 straight wins to cement themselves as the West’s top seed.

Trading up to grab Watson was divisive, as analysts wavered between C and A grades for the Texans. Houston gave up a ransom to jettison Brock Osweiler and then select Watson — the eventual cost was two first-round picks and a second-round pick. Watson was the most accomplished passer in the 2017 draft, and even a mediocre year could provide better returns than what Osweiler gave last season.

The rest of their draft netted a combination of accomplished college standouts and developmental picks. Cunningham was a game-changing linebacker for Vanderbilt, while D’Onta Foreman ran for more yards than all but one other FBS tailback last fall. Both should contribute this fall.

NFL draft grades 2017: Bills’ haul of prospects makes it the best in AFC East

Adrian Peterson Limited Jersey The 2017 NFL draft has come and gone, and with more than four months to go before the regular season starts, there’s little to do but make snap judgments.

All 32 teams added to their rosters the last three days, picking the NCAA’s elite players and less-heralded projects over 253 selections. While it’s too early to designate the All-Pros and washouts, you can still weigh pre-draft rankings against actual results to see who deviated the most from the norm.

Geno Smith Elite Jersey The draft is particularly important in the AFC East. The Patriots have used the event to trade down and add the low-cost talent that powers their dynasty. The rest of the division needs to find their own foundational pieces. The Dolphins may have gotten one five years ago when they added Ryan Tannehill in the first round of the 2012 draft. The Bills and Jets are still looking.

Did they make any progress in 2017? Here’s how pundits across the league rated the AFC East’s drafts this spring.

I’m an all-around receiver. I’m not afraid to do the dirty work. I’m not afraid to block. I take a lot of pride in blocking, in being at the right place at the right time, making contested catches and things that I’ve proven that I can do in my college career.

While Godwin will mostly be used downfield, his willingness to block — and to work at excelling at it — is something not all receivers offer. As a guy who wants to contribute in all facets of the offense, he could see a gradual increase in his snap count throughout the season.

During his training in Pensacola, Godwin had his agent reach out to NFL legend Calvin Johnson in hopes of learning from someone who has had so much success at the next level.

Warriors vs. Trail Blazers, 2017 NBA playoffs: Schedule, predictions, and news

Damian Lillard said Trail Blazers in six (though not seriously). That’s a long shot, but the star point guard will attempt to gun his team into the second round in an improbable effort against a star-studded Golden State Warriors team — a team expected to three-peat as Western Conference champions.

Game Womens Ed Dickson Jersey Portland was rolling after a midseason deal landed Jusuf Nurkic from the Denver Nuggets. He was the Trail Blazers’ difference-maker on both ends until a March 30 fibular fracture in his leg sidelined him for the rest of the regular season. Lillard and C.J. McCollum were able to hold down the fort and retain the No. 8 seed, but it’s unclear if Jurkic will be cleared to return (or if it’s wise for him to rush back).

That’s bad news for a Trail Blazers team taking on a Golden State squad that welcomed Kevin Durant back from an MCL sprain with three games remaining in the regular season. Durant returned to the Warriors after they had rattled off 13 straight wins to cement themselves as the West’s top seed.

Trading up to grab Watson was divisive, as analysts wavered between C and A grades for the Texans. Houston gave up a ransom to jettison Brock Osweiler and then select Watson — the eventual cost was two first-round picks and a second-round pick. Watson was the most accomplished passer in the 2017 draft, and even a mediocre year could provide better returns than what Osweiler gave last season.

Game Womens Kayvon Webster Jersey The rest of their draft netted a combination of accomplished college standouts and developmental picks. Cunningham was a game-changing linebacker for Vanderbilt, while D’Onta Foreman ran for more yards than all but one other FBS tailback last fall. Both should contribute this fall.

Bears invited Mike Glennon to their draft party, then picked Mitchell Trubisky

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The Bears traded up to draft North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 overall on the first night of the NFL draft. You would imagine that would be pretty upsetting for quarterback Mike Glennon, who signed a deal with the Bears in the offseason that will pay him around $15 million per season.

But it gets worse.

Leonard is that good. In these playoffs, he has validated anyone who decided to vote for him over frontrunner and Mr. Triple-Double Russell Westbrook, as well as the potential runner-up, Harden himself. You can ask him to do just about anything on the court, even if it’s beyond his power, and he’ll put his head down and comply immediately. Fortunately for San Antonio, those situations rarely ever occur, because is there anything Leonard really can’t do on a basketball floor?

St. Louis has been outshot in all but one game this postseason, and has been dominated in the possession stats by both Minnesota and Nashville. Jake Allen has been good in this series, but he hasn’t been the unbeatable force that he was in the first round.

The Blues don’t need to panic with a 20-5-2 record in their last 27 games, but they’ll need to find a way to get more consistent in the offensive zone as this series goes on to take some of the pressure off their goaltender.

Tuesday night’s total is set at five goals at online betting sites. The UNDER is 10-4-4 in the last 18 games between these two division rivals.

Joe Pavelski Authentic Jersey Both teams rode red hot goalies into the second round, but it is Nashville that has been far stronger on offense so far this postseason. The Predators ramped up their game at home in Game 3 and will likely do the same in Game 4, though it will be the Blues that are playing with more desperation in this one.

Teddy Bridgewater might not get a 5th year with the Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings will not pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s fifth-year option, according to USA Today Sports’ Tom Pelissero.

There hasn’t been a setback in Bridgewater’s recovery, and there’s no lingering nerve damage. But if the Vikings did pick up the option, Bridgewater’s entire 2018 salary wold be guaranteed, and the team isn’t willing to risk it.

The current CBA provides for four-year rookie contracts for first-round picks, with a fifth-year option that can be exercised by teams. That option guarantees the player’s entire salary in the event that injury keeps him off the field in that fifth season. That’s the sticking point for the Vikings with Bridgewater.

Prior to the 2016 season, Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury. He’s still working his way back from the torn ACL and dislocated knee, and it’s unclear at this point whether he’ll be ready to take the field next season. Minnesota traded with the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Sam Bradford just before the 2016 season began, and Bradford is under contract in Minnesota through 2017.

The injury guarantee makes it tough to do, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter about the Vikings’ decision.
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This doesn’t suggest that the Vikings are considering moving on from Bridgewater. Minnesota has plenty of time to work out an extension with Bridgewater, or the team could re-sign him after his contract is up after this season.

Elite Womens Kendall Reyes Jersey But the Vikings can pursue either of those options after they have a better idea of his timetable for a full recovery. This decision will keep Minnesota from being on the hook for more than $11 million if Bridgewater is unable play in 2018.

Teams looking to revamp their secondary (Titans, Saints) are in luck.

I’m making this pick based on who I think would be able to immediately step into a starting role for the Dolphins — both as an evaluation of the player and as an evaluation of the need for Miami. Willis, Ogunjobi, and Wormley probably all end up as depth on Miami’s roster for at least the 2017 season if not longer. That does not seem to be value for a second-round pick. Jackson could be the right pick, but Miami likes the bigger cornerbacks, and Jackson would likely move inside, where the team already has Tony Lippett, Bobby McCain, and Michael Thomas all capable of being the nickel cornerback.

That really leaves me with three guards (Dawkins, Johnson, and Asiata) or a safety (King). As much as I want the Dolphins to upgrade the guard position and give the offense effective pass protection and run blocking, the offensive line can either be addressed in the third round or the team can be set with whomever comes out of the Ted Larsen, Kraig Urbik, Anthony Steen position battle. That brings us to King.

Teams looking to revamp their secondary (Titans, Saints) are in luck. Defensive backs make up 17 of Pro Football Focus’s top 50 prospects this spring. The pool is so deep that Quincy Wilson, a 6’1 corner who limited opposing passers to a 29.9 rating last season, may still be available when the third round rolls around.

Headliners in the group include a pair of standouts from both LSU and Ohio State. Former Tigers Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White and Buckeyes Malik Hooker and Marshon Lattimore are elite athletes with proven records of production in the backfield. Others, like Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis, Clemson’s Cordrea Tankersley, and Connecticut’s Obi Melifonwu, should also command premium draft slots.
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Ross felt like everybody wanted football for him more than he wanted it for himself

Longtime NFL draft analyst Tony Pauline has heard much different of Foster in his conversations with teams.

Mens Derek Carrier Jersey Reuben Foster has dropped dramatically, Pauline wrote Friday. The news of his failed/diluted drug test from yesterday was the icing on the cake. One team was ready to take him in the middle of Round 1 but has backed off. I’m told it’s a combination of what’s described as ‘horrible behavior,’ as well as concussion issues.

Foster had at least two documented concussions during his time at Alabama — once in a 2016 game and another in a 2014 scrimmage — and recently underwent shoulder surgery, although his agent says the linebacker will be ready for training camp.

Foster was a unanimous All-American during his senior season in 2016 and won the Butkus Award recognizing the nation’s top linebacker. But he’ll find out next week if those accomplishments earn him a spot early in the draft order or if he’s in for a slide.
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Ross felt like everybody wanted football for him more than he wanted it for himself. He wanted to just pick up his grades and find something else for his future.

His coach called his grandmother to explain what was going on. She told Ross that he wasn’t going to quit. She said, I kept you out of trouble all these years. Football is for you.

His grandmother told him, Every game you gonna be at, I’ll be there with you. Don’t forget I’m your No. 1 fan. I told him that from day one. Since then, Ross has thrived. Now he’ll have to prove his small-school bonafides can translate to the NFL. He only had two games against Power 5 opponents in his college career, and had only four total tackles in those showdowns. Can he be as effective against the rest of the AFC North as he was against Florida International?

Zay Jones, all-time college catches king and Bills pick, thinks he has NFL drafts best hands

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The statistics say Jones is one of the most prolific receivers ever. His 399 career receptions at East Carolina are an FBS record, breaking the mark held by fellow Pirate Justin Hardy. His 158 as a senior are the same for a single season.

At 6, 200 pounds with arms measuring 32 inches, Tabor looks the part at cornerback. Plus, he backed it up with stellar play throughout his college career. The defensive back is tall, long and athletic enough, despite a poor performance at the NFL Combine.

Tabor was a disruptor on defense, totaling 104 tackles, including 11 for losses, 28 passes defensed, eight interceptions and three defensive touchdowns in three seasons in Gainesville.

But according to Fox Sports, his aunt gave him the nickname. The one part of these stories that remains the same is that it all goes back to his resemblance to a doll.

His aunt dubbed him Budda when he was a little kid because I was short, had a big belly and my eyes are slanted. The nickname stuck. So much so that someone in high school once thought he actually had a twin brother named Bishard. He admits he hasnt done much research into the real Buddha other knowing him as The Enlightened One.
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At the NFL draft, someones yelling at Christian McCaffrey AGAIN

After he led Stanford past Iowa in the Rose Bowl two seasons ago, Christian McCaffrey did a postgame interview on the field. A man came up behind McCaffrey and enthusiastically, in perfect tone, yelled Heisman to support the Cardinal running back.

Joe Gilliam Womens Jersey The exchange ¡ª one-sided as it was ¡ª went viral. McCaffrey showed impressive composure in completing the interview with the man screaming behind him. He later said he appreciated the man as one of his true fans.

Jordan Reed Womens Jersey McCaffreys all grown up now, and the Panthers took him with the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday. He was yelled at again, and again it was supportive.

If McCaffreys eardrums arent blown out by close-range yelling, hell probably have a great experience in Carolina. Hes such a dynamic player that he can fit wherever the Panthers put him, and this is a really fun pick.

Theres no denying McDowells talent. Character concerns caused him to fall into the second round, and one team said their interview with him was the worst theyd ever had at the combine. His effort is inconsistent and his technique needs a lot of work, but if Pete Carroll can get him up to speed, hell be a great addition.

Baker is undersized, but it hasnt stopped him from dominating. Hes got the range to succeed as a free safety at the next level, and the versatility to bounce to nickel if needed. Being undersized at the college level is one thing, but there is a risk involved in his transition to the NFL.