Chiefs sign fourth-round pick Armani Watts

The Chiefs signed fourth-round pick Armani Watts to a four-year contract.
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The Texas A&M safety becomes the second of the team’s six draft picks to sign. Kansas City also has signed sixth-round pick Tremon Smith.

Ron Parker’s departure opens up the free safety spot, and Watts will compete for the job with Leon McQuay III, a sixth-round pick in 2017, Robert Golden and Jordan Sterns.
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Justify, Good Magic, Lone Soldier and Bravazo all ran on a sloppy Churchill Downs track two weeks ago in the Kentucky Derby. Sporting Chance, meanwhile, has run on two sloppy tracks in his career.

Here are three horses to bet if the Pimlico Race Course, is a sloppy track (as expected):

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The Niners believe enough in Armstead to have picked up his fifth-year option in April. Limited to 14 games over the past two years, though, the former first-round pick is under pressure to put together a full season in 2018.

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But this was the year of Romo and Nantz. In their first year in the broadcast booth together, they changed the game. The former Cowboys quarterback immediately educated viewers on what to look for in today’s pass-happy NFL, predicting passes and runs before they happened, reading complicated defensive coverages and blitz schemes in the blink of an eye and calling games with the kind of mischievous joy that reminded me of John Madden in his prime.

Report: Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Will Apply for Reinstatement to NFL After Year-Long Suspension

Report: Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Will Apply for Reinstatement to NFL After Year-Long Suspension More Randy Gregory will apply to be reinstated into the NFL Thursday, Ian Rapoport of reports. Gregory was suspended all of last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. It was his third suspension for substance abuse violation since being drafted by the Cowboys in the second round in 2015 out of Nebraska. Gregory, a defensive end who had 17.5 sacks in 24 games with the Cornhuskers, has played in just 14 games in the NFL.

He played in 12 in 2015 and just two in 2016. In those 14 contests, Gregory has just one sack. Rapoport also reports that Gregory has spent more than six months in drug and alcohol rehabilitation along with counseling. If his reinstatement is approved, he will be eligible to return in 60 days, which would have him coming back around the start of training camp.

It’s the (conference) finals, he said. There’s four teams here for a reason. Obviously these four teams have done great things all year. You can’t make the same mental mistakes like you’re in a regular season.

He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia in 2013, signing with the Jaguars. Reynolds spent more than two seasons in Jacksonville before the Bears signed him off the Jaguars’ practice squad in 2015.

Reynolds has played in 68 career games with seven starts.

Apparently, eight is the magic number for Rutgers when it comes to academic achievement.

One year after eight Rutgers teams were cited by the NCAA for being among the top 10 percent nationally in multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR), Rutgers achieved that same record-total Wednesday when the college athletics governing body released its list of teams recognized for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR).

Warriors irked by Game 4 loss, confident heading back to Houston

The series between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors is tied at two games apiece, but the Warriors know they dropped the ball prior to heading into Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday in Houston.
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They are still miffed about losing Tuesday’s Game 4 at home in a contest they led by as many as 12 points in the final quarter, yet the Warriors are confident they’ll overcome the setback.

[We’re] kind of pissed off, forward Draymond Green said after Wednesday’s practice at the University of Houston. We know we let one slip away. So, definitely guys are pissed off, but encouraged, as well. I love the way this team responds when our backs are against the wall. I don’t mind our backs being against the wall, because I know what we’re capable of, and I know the level of focus and intensity level that this team brings when Orlando Brown Jr. Jersey that is the case.

It is what it is. I think we blew a golden opportunity, but it’s not one that we can’t get back. We know we can go get it back, so it’s no panic.

It’s a frustrating feeling, obviously, guard Stephen Curry said. But we always talk about, with us, we’re great at turning the page and being resilient and finding a way to bounce back. So, looking forward to that opportunity tomorrow.

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Added Rozier: I feel like we needed this to get us back, to get us ready for Monday.
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The Cavaliers blitzed Boston at the start of Saturday’s game, and the Celtics never matched Cleveland’s intensity. Even more damning, Boston never made one of its familiar late-game charges, seemingly accepting that the Cavaliers were the dominant team on this night.

It just shows that, when you don’t bring it as a team and you don’t play the way you’re supposed to play, these kind of things can happen, said Celtics big man Al Horford, who finished with only four shots in 30 minutes. At the same time, you’ve got to give Cleveland credit. They played better. They were the better team tonight.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens repeatedly praised Cleveland and tried to keep the focus on the way the Cavs played over Boston’s indifference.

We were clearly not the harder-playing, more-connected team tonight. Cleveland was, and they deserve all the credit for that, Stevens said. I thought they played a great game. They came out and really moved it and were really tough, got into us defensively.

No issues expected in Panthers sale to David Tepper, says Texans owner Bob McNair

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair doesn’t expect any surprises Tuesday in Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner David Tepper getting the required 24 votes from the 32 NFL owners for approval to purchase the Carolina Panthers.
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In his rookie season, Watson threw for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns with eight interceptions in seven games (six starts). His 19 touchdowns were tied for the NFL lead when he was put on injured reserve.

Watson tore his right ACL in an early November practice. As he rehabbed, he said he would definitely be on the field by training camp and hoped to participate in at least some part of OTAs.

We’ve been in this things now going on six weeks and … he’s really improved his knowledge of our offense, his knowledge of defensive football and he’s doing what he can do out on the field, coach Bill O’Brien said. He’s getting better every day.

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The night of the draft, Rudolph said Roethlisberger didn’t have to teach him anything because it was his job to learn. When asked the following week whether he would mentor Rudolph, Roethlisberger said, I don’t think I’ll need to, now that he said he doesn’t need me. If he asks me a question, I might just have to point to the playbook.

Roethlisberger, 36, said it with a laugh and followed up that he would answer questions from the rookie.

Roethlisberger took a different approach Tuesday, telling Rudolph after the short pass to Nix that not every throw needs to Womens Tristan Thompson Jersey be a bullet. Sometimes a touch pass will do.

He didn’t ask me anything, but I inputted my two cents, Roethlisberger said. I hope he was OK with it.

It was not unusual for Bennett, who lives in Hawaii, to miss offseason workouts while with the Seahawks.
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Depending on the steps the state takes from here, it could be as if nothing ever happened from Rutgers’ standpoint. A bill – A3911 – introduced in the state Assembly in anticipation of a favorable ruling prohibits wagering on any sporting event, regardless of location, that features teams from Rutgers, Seton Hall and other in-state schools as participants, similar to the moratorium that kept sporting events featuring UNLV and other in-state teams off the books in Nevada for decades prior to 2000.

Bettors 聽would also be prohibited from wagering on New Jersey-based college sporting events, such as last year’s Cincinnati-Florida men’s basketball game at the Prudential Center during the Never Forget Tribute Classic. The bill does permit betting on major events like March Madness if New Jersey teams are competing in the tournament and/or New Jersey sites are hosting portions of the event, but only on contests that are outside the state and do not include in-state teams.

The Panthers are the first NFL franchise to be sold since 2014. The Buffalo Bills were purchased in 2014 for $1.1 billion by Terry and Kim Pegula. In 2012, the Browns were sold to Jimmy Haslam for $1 billion, and the Jaguars went to Shad Khan for $770 million in 2011. So there’s no question the value of NFL franchises has gone up.

The Panthers’ sale is a record $2.275 billion, more Carlos Santana Jersey than the $2.2 billion the NBA’s Houston Rockets fetched a year ago:

Tepper was the frontrunner. Tepper is a hedge fund manager whose net worth comes in around $11 billion. He has been a minority owner of Pittsburgh Steelers since 2009, and now he’ll have to sell his 5 percent stake in the team. He had been one of the top candidates to buy the Panthers since the sale was first announced. Billionaire Ben Navarro, who reportedly wanted Peyton Manning to join his bid, was also in the running. However, it became clear to Navarro last week that Tepper had emerged as the favorite.

Terry Pegula has eyes on “big prize” in both sports

Bills owner Terry Pegula is in the middle of all the draft drama at the moment, but he’s maintaining his focus on the larger goals.

His football team just secured its quarterback of the future by trading up to get Josh Allen, and his hockey team has the first pick in the NHL selection process.

So as he called into his team’s simulcast “One Bills Live” with General Managers Brandon Beane and Jason Botterill, he said the excitement was justified.

“I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that he has been allowing me to achieve,” Shazier wrote. “The touchdown is going to come in his timing, but today was a first down. I was finally able to make it to practice with my teammates. It’s great to be back for practices and meetings. Just to be able to feel a part of it means the world. So I’m working harder than I ever have to get back. I’ve been making strides over the past month and continue to make progress.

“Taking it day-by-day, but I’m far from done. The Lord has not finished his work yet. I want to say thank you to the fans and Steelers Nation for the prayers. If it wasn’t for my family, friends and your prayers I wouldn’t be were I am now. They have lifted me and my family through this journey and I ask for you to continue praying for me, as I continue to work daily on improving my health. #Shalieve#Steelers#prayfor50”

Shazier suffered a serious spinal injury in a Dec. 4 game against the Bengals and has been recovering from a spinal stabilization surgery Dec. 6.

Despite Shazier’s struggles, his father, Vernon, said his son is improving and has regained feeling in his legs.

Johnson was one of Jon Gruden‘s final draft picks as the Buccaneers’ head coach. Despite Gruden’s nostalgic streak, there apparently wasn’t room for Johnson on the roster moving forward.

The Raiders’ QB depth chart is headlined by starter Derek Carr followed by E.J. Manuel and Connor Cook.

Nashville emerges as ‘leading contender’ to host 2019 NFL draft: Report

Nashville hasemerged as the leading contender to host the 2019 NFL Draft, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday afternoon, citing league sources.

The NFL declined to address the report.

We are not going to comment on speculation, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to The Tennessean.

Nashville is among five cities being considered to host the NFL draft in either 2019 or 2020, along with Las Vegas, Denver, Kansas City, Mo., and a combination bid from Cleveland and Canton, Ohio.broncos_047_cc230e2c88d4fb10-180x180

NFL to players in pain: Get hooked on opioids rather than try marijuana

The NFL would rather that Mike James consume powerful opioids to manage his chronic pain, risking addiction, overdose and even death, than use the drug that actually works the best for him.
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His problems with pain started in 201James, a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, broke his ankle driving toward the goal line in a Monday Night Football game.

He saw nothing wrong Greg Maddux Youth jersey with popping the pills for pain like I had never experienced in my life. They were prescribed by doctors, and after all, NFL players are constantly taking something for the myriad of physical problems that are associated with the country’s most violent sport.

Former 49ers teammates Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid are training together as they look to get back into the NFL, Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group writes. The duo was spotted working out at Cal State East Bay, but declined to offer specifics on their plans.

We’re not doing interviews, Kaepernick said. We’re just here getting in a workout.

From a talent perspective, both players should be rostered by NFL teams. However, their participation in anthem protests has apparently kept them from finding employment. Kaepernick, of course, sat out the entire 2017 season without drawing a concrete offer.

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NFL wants to look into departure of Russ Brandon

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Via the Associated Press, the league wants to take a look at the circumstances of the departure of president Russ Brandon this week, saying they’d: make a decision in the next few days about what, if any, further steps we will take.

Brandon resigned abruptly after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a team employee, and reports that he may not have been forthright with co-owner Kim Pegula when confronted about the charges.

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The Bills made their QB choice earlier, so they slide up here to address a big need for their defense. They are weak at linebacker in their 4-3 other than Lorenzo Alexander, as they were missing a ferocious, rangy talent who can stay with backs and tight ends in coverage. Sean McDermott gets his new version of Thomas Davis.

Mayfield is already 23 years old, so while it’s fair to expect him to make a quick transition, he’ll enter training camp as a big underdog to Tyrod Taylor for the team’s Week 1 job. It is Authentic Bryan Little Jersey possible Mayfield pulls a Russell Wilson or a Carson Wentz and steals the job away, but the better bet is that he spends upward of three-quarters of his rookie season holding the clipboard, especially with a much-improved Cleveland team likely to hang in the wild-card mix longer than usual.

Mayfield is a fine dynasty stash with big long-term upside, but he’s unlikely to have much fantasy value during the 2018 regular season.

The Giants passed on an opportunity to find an heir apparent to quarterback Eli Manning and instead added a workhorse tailback in Barkley. It’s rare to feel comfortable recommending a rookie as a top-15 overall pick in fantasy, but Barkley is the rare exception. The former Penn State star is massive (6 feet tall, 233 pounds) and an elite athlete. He’s fast, quick, elusive and a terrific receiver — the latter of which is of extreme importance both in the modern NFL and in fantasy.

Bills tried to trade up with Browns, Broncos before getting Josh Allen at No. 7

The Bills got their man, quarterback Josh Allen, by trading up to the seventh overall pick in the draft. But they wanted to trade up higher.
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In the end, Beane got a much better deal: To trade up from 12 to 7, Beane only had to give the Buccaneers two second-round picks, and not the 22nd pick in the first round. That allowed Beane to get Allen and then make another trade in the first round to get another player he wanted, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Beane thinks the trades he made ended up even better than the trades he tried to make.

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The police report, which was obtained by TMZ, describes a hectic and frightening scene between the NFL bust and his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, on the night of Jan. 29, 2016. The disagreement started at a hotel room and allegedly grew violent while Manziel was driving Crowley back to her car.

Crowley, according to cops, escaped the car and tried to hide in some bushes, but Manziel tracked her down and brought her back, at which point he struck her with an open hand, rupturing her eardrum.

As the NFL’s chief media officer Brian Rolapp noted when announcing the addition of Fox, fan interest in the NFL Draft only “grows year after year.”

If the NFL has its way, and it usually does, league TV partners CBS and NBC may air the event in the future. That could create a virtual roadblock of draft coverage.

This year’s event is expected to draw over 400,000 fans to the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and dozens of league and sponsor events around the Arlington-Fort Worth-Dallas area. And no, NFL Insiders will not be tweeting out picks before they’re announced live on TV. The NFL Draft is now more of a TV show than anything else. It doesn’t do the league any good to suck the suspense out of its real-life soap opera.

This comes a day after the Dolphins traded for Lions DT Akeem Spence, so they’re clearly looking to bolster their defensive tackle depth before the start of training camp.

Not too long ago, it seemed like the 49ers would have no shot at Fitzpatrick picking out of the top five, but because of the quarterbacks, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb, the former Crimson Tide secondary leader is looking like he’ll be available.

Regardless, this won’t be a redshirt year for the former USC star whether or not he takes the first snap against the Lions. Darnold absolutely will take over at some point in 2018.

The Jets’ plan isn’t overly complicated. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates will gauge how quickly Darnold is processing his playbook. This weekend’s rookie minicamp will be a good introduction. Although it’s silly to making sweeping conclusions when Darnold will be surrounded by many players who won’t actually be in the league this season, Jets brass will get its first real taste of the quarterback’s retention skills in a live setting.