Johnny Manziel, Sean Payton reportedly met to discuss return to football

Could Johnny Manziel be closing in on a job offer from the Saints?

The troubled free-agent quarterback is drawing interest from New Orleans coach Sean Payton as a potential backup for quarterback Drew Brees, NFL Network reported Thursday.

According to the report, Manziel and Payton had breakfast during Super Bowl weekend in Houston and discussed Manziel’s potential return to football. While Manziel has no chance at earning the starting spot, Brees could serve as a valuable veteran mentor for the former Browns first-round pick.

Manziel, who was released by Cleveland last March, hasn’t played since December 2015 and has a reported six-game suspension hanging over his head for a misdemeanor assault case. Despite the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner’s many legal issues, Manziel claims to have his life together and is focused on getting back on the field.

Still, the reported interest he’s drawing from teams around the NFL has yet to turn into a contract offer.

Major League Baseball has been proactive in teaching the game around the world. In fact, its approach is not simply about teaching the fundamentals of the game; it’s also about education — real classroom education.

Worldwide events don’t become prestigious after a decade. It’s silly to think Cheap Hats And Jerseys that after 11 years and four cycles that the WBC would reach World Cup-level prestige. That’s just not the way things work. That’s why the tournament will take time to gain a foothold in the U.S.

In reality, the impact MLB is having on the world aside from the WBC is huge. And that’s a great thing.

Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer letting fans help choose new jersey number

Pereira: I don’t know. I haven’t seen all the plays yet. I think (the NFL) started to go too far when all of a sudden taking a jump shot with the ball over a goal-post became a celebration penalty because you were using the football as a basketball. Those types of things really created a lot of consternation from the fans.

I think that the ticky-tack ones (officials) will start to back away from, which they should. They just need to look at the back to the major things like the going-to-the-ground to some kind of simulated routine and those types of things and lay off the ones that just create a lot of angst in people that are watching the games. They are going to have a video they are going to show all the teams on what is and what is not (illegal).

I don’t buy what the NFL Referees Association said with “Let’s forget the referees calling penalties and just let the league fine the ones that they think are excessive.” If you do that, you are kind of encouraging people to celebrate and say, “You know what? I don’t care about the $10,000. I’m going to do this really egregious routine and it won’t cost my team the 15-yard penalty.” You take away the 15-yard penalty, you take Cheap Authentic Jerseys away one of the biggest deterrents. But it will certainly be looser, which I do think it should be.

After being picked by the Cowboys during last week’s NFL Draft, Ryan Switzer is leaving his jersey number pick up to the fans.

The new Dallas wide receiver won’t be able to wear the No. 3 jersey he sported playing in college at North Carolina, so he took to Twitter on Monday asking fans to help him choose a new number he’ll wear professionally.

Switzer, who was selected by Dallas in the fourth round on Saturday, finished his college career at UNC as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (243) and receiving yards (2,903) in addition to holding the ACC record for punt return touchdowns (seven).

The Mets are a frightening mess, so let’s see who we can blame

On Wednesday, Robert Gsellman was awful and his fastball lacked its normal velocity. The Mets lost again, and when everyone woke up on Thursday, Noah Syndergaard couldn’t lift his arm above his head. His start was taken by Matt Harvey, who was noticeably uncomfortable on the mound. After his velocity was down and his command was off, he told reporters that he didn’t know he was pitching until a few hours before the game, and that he had worked out hard the previous day in anticipation of a day off. In that same game, Yoenis Cespedes limped off the field and into a hospital for an MRI.

“The amount of attention being paid is unreal,” ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell said over the phone on Wednesday. “You can say all you want about ‘Stop talking about LaVar Ball, he’ll go away,’ but the people don’t want to stop hearing from him. They secretly love him. He’s an incredible speaker. He’s not a dumb man. As far as media icons go, LaVar Ball is there.”

And while critics and fans alike are quick to proclaim that LaVar Best Place For Cheap Jerseys is hurting his son’s upcoming chances with the NBA, that simply hasn’t proven true. Lonzo’s draft stock as a top-five pick in the 2017 NBA draft is as safe as ever, because at the bottom of all this hoopla is one simple fact: the Balls can, well, ball.

Some other QBs on our list were challenged sufficiently in their biggest games

Clemson wouldn’t have made either Playoff without Watson, though, and the fact that his team went 5-1 in his postseason starts — can you imagine how few QBs in college history can boast of six postseason starts? — reflects stupendously on him.

He lit up Alabama, Alabama again, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech, and did most of his damage against Ohio State and Oklahoma on the ground.

Even without those, he was still quite tested. Overall in 2016, Clemson faced nine of the top 22 defenses and no truly bad FBS defenses. The best defense Mahomes faced in 2016, No. 37 West Virginia, ranked worse than Watson’s average FBS opponent.

Some other QBs on our list were challenged sufficiently in their biggest games, but none faced relentless competition like Watson did.

One statistically bizarre win streak, though, can’t make up for an uninspired team built by a front office — Gar Forman and John Paxson — that is damn near universally hated by its fan base. They apparently toyed with the idea of trading Butler at the trade deadline, and ultimately pulled back from that idea.

That was Chicago for 82 games: poorly constructed, infrequently motivated, and Nike NFL Jerseys actively disregarding the direction that modern basketball is headed. In Game 6 on Friday when they finally lost their first round series against Boston, their fans looked like this.

We should go back to those first two games, though, when Chicago whipped the Celtics for two games before they were inevitably crushed. For the first time all season, the Bulls were really, actually, truly … kind of fun? Could that be right?

Titans hope Corey Davis is the draft’s best WR. Will small-school talent translate?

Corey Davis was one of the most productive wideouts in college history. The question now is whether his “Tuesday Night MACtion” translates to NFL Sundays.

The Titans bet big on the 6’3 wideout after investing the fifth pick of the 2017 NFL Draft on the WMU Bronco.

In his final three years at Western Michigan, he averaged 88 receptions, 1,446 yards and 15 touchdowns per season. No player in the history of the Mid-American Conference — not even the great Antonio Brown, who attended Central Michigan — has come within 1,000 yards of Davis’ career production.

Davis was one of the nation’s most dynamic receivers last fall, but his biggest games came against opponents not exactly known for their defense. He only had five games with 100-plus receiving yards, versus North Carolina Central, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Buffalo, and Ohio.

“It’s hard in the heat of the moment to know when to pass when you got it Cheap Youth Soccer Jerseys going like that, when to score and Isaiah seems so poised every time,” Al Horford said. “Making the right decision, when to pass the ball, when to shoot it. And you can’t be mad at him because he’s scoring the ball so well when he’s taking shots. He just has that feel.”

The moment belonged to Isaiah Thomas and when the moment was gone, he slipped back into his life as a grieving brother trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy. There will be more moments, and he needs as many of them as he can get right now. They are for him and his sister, who wouldn’t let him quit. It would all be so unbelievable if it wasn’t so real.

Isaiah Thomas’ defense is a problem the Celtics must keep hiding

We saw the curse of the postseason press conference when Russell Westbrook tensely interrupted a reporter’s question directed to his teammate, but there’s a bright side. You’d Cheap Sports Jerseys also never get this type of interruption from Isaiah Thomas when he butted into a question asked to Avery Bradley about a couple big defensive plays Thomas made.

Still, this is mostly an innocent mistake, with Thomas and Smart not realizing they were both scrambling to the open man until it was too late. Given another star player’s defense in this series, Thomas’s cross-court sprint to attempt to close out on Nikola Mirotic is appreciated.

That’s where we are now, then. We’re in the middle of the story, and there’s an ending that goes down the Bob Horner path, and there’s an ending that leads to Cooperstown. It’s still just May, after all, and a month from now, Stanton might be hitting .290 with 20 homers, laughing at concern-trolling like this. I’d say the likeliest scenario is him rebounding to the player he was. We have 3,000 plate appearances that suggest Stanton is one of the best power hitters of all time, and about 600 that suggest he’s not the same player. It’s always wise to pay attention to the bigger sample.

I hope that’s the case, because all of the attention that’s rightfully going to Aaron Judge is making me miss the Giancarlo Stanton who excited the world in the same way. It wasn’t that long ago. And it doesn’t have to go away. The further away Stanton gets from his pre-2016 success, though, I’ll fidget and worry just a little bit more. The new flavor of the month is thrilling as all heck, but I’m not ready to toss the flavor of the last few years aside after 13 months of disappointing-if-solid numbers. He deserves better.

Blackhawks trade goalie Scott Darling to Hurricanes for draft pick

One of the bigger free agents on this summer’s NHL goalie market is already off the board. And the playoffs aren’t even over yet.

The Chicago Blackhawks got aggressive on Friday night, trading goalie Scott Darling to the Carolina Hurricanes for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Darling becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Until then, the Hurricanes now have exclusive rights to negotiate a new contract with him.

Per Cap Friendly, the Hurricanes have over $16 million in cap space right now to fill with a new Darling contract. The question now is what becomes of current goalies Eddie Lack or Cam Ward. Neither player’s contract is up until after next season, though it’s possible they buy out Lack’s deal after he clashed with head coach Bill Peters this season.

No, this is the NBA’s fault, and they’ve let this loophole remain open too long. Two years ago, a rule change was proposed but didn’t pass at the Board of Governor’s meeting. Last summer, the league extended the final two-minute rule to every quarter, not just the fourth, but it was a half measure that still leaves open the most egregious version of the strategy.

Yes, if you’re opening your email account to send me a scathing paragraph about why intentional fouls should not be banned, I get it. I’ve heard the argument a hundred times before.

In your opinion, free throw shooting is just another weakness. If Cheap Tigers Jerseys a player is too small to defend his player in the post, then teams try to exploit that. If a player can’t shoot threes, his defender won’t guard him out to the perimeter. The solution seems so simple: just shoot free throws Cheap Throwback Basketball Jerseys better. If you stop intentional fouling, then are you also going to prevent players from exploiting other weaknesses? Or so the argument goes.

Last year’s signature win for Oakland came against the Broncos in Week 9.

He’ll take what he feels to be justice into his own hands. “He had it coming,” Garrett said about an LSU tight end. “He just kept holding me, so I picked him up, put him on his back and then I grabbed his face mask and kept jamming his helmet into the ground. I said, “I’m setting you straight right Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys now. Don’t do illegal holds.”

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Garrett did not say which LSU tight end he was talking about, but the ESPN broadcast showed Garrett throwing LSU tight end DeSean Smith to the turf as Derrius Guice scored a touchdown that put the Tigers ahead 34-10 in the third quarter, on a play for which Garrett drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

On the next play, the broadcast showed Garrett on top of Foster Moreau with the LSU tight end flat on his back after the extra-point kick. There was no penalty on that play.

Last year’s signature win for Oakland came against the Broncos in Week 9. In that game, Murray rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns on 20 attempts. On one of those carries, Murray Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys ripped off a 42-yard run right up the gut behind his fullback. It was a simple short-yardage rushing play on third-and-1, but Murray’s explosiveness up the middle changed the momentum of the game. Murray eventually scored on a 1-yard run later in the drive, giving Oakland a 20-7 lead.

If the Raiders give Lynch these responsibilities and ensure that he only handles the workload on early downs and in short-yardage situations, there’s a chance the return of “Beast Mode” could be imminent. But if the Raiders get too carried away with the Lynch hype and try to make him an integral cornerstone of what was an already talented offense, things could go south quickly.

2017 NFL draft live stream: How to watch round 1 online

Each spring, NFL fans gather together in one place to boo Roger Goodell and, occasionally, the first-round picks of their favorite teams in a rich tradition known as the NFL draft. This year, the action begins on April 27 at 8 p.m. ET with ESPN and NFL Network providing wall-to-wall coverage for the event on TV.

A live stream will also be available at WatchESPN and Watch NFL Network Cheap Jerseys Sunglasses for participating cable providers.

Follow the action with our 2017 NFL draft tracker with pick-by-pick results and analysis updating in real-time for all seven rounds.

After two years in Chicago, this year’s draft will take place in Philadelphia for the first time since 1960. The event itself will be hosted in the Philadelphia City Hall, and future NFL stars like Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky, and Leonard Fournette will be in attendance.

Policies of this nature are common, and they often lead to legal challenges when players go to collect. It’s not clear how much Butt will actually collect, or what specific rules might come into play. But if Butt turns out to get $10,000 per pick from the middle of the third round onward (a total of 60 picks), he’d get $600,000.

“I’ve been following that insurance policy, and it’s really not completely accurate,” Butt said. “There’s a lot more that’s going into that than what’s being tweeted today. I really don’t know. It could be ‘X’ amount of dollars. It could be ‘Y’ amount of dollars. There’s so much more that will go into it than I’m able to understand right now, and that’s going to be something that I have to speak to with my agent and my dad and some lawyers about.”

Butt was a quality tight end at Michigan for four seasons, but his career really took off in the last two. He was a key part of Jim Harbaugh’s pro-style offense and went more than 1,000 yards with seven touchdowns in 2015 and 2016.

he spent his last two years playing for Bo Pelini

It’s hilariously early of course, but our Dan Kader projects five Bama players to go in next year’s first round, with Hand landing in Pittsburgh:

With Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson off to the NFL, Hand should see more playing time in 2017 and live up to his blue-chip billing. For Pittsburgh, Stephon Tuitt could be after a big contract soon, so Hand would act as depth or an eventual replacement.

As the Tide lose talent to the NFL, they roll in fresh blue-chip players like Hand and four-star LB Christian Miller as feature roles in the team’s front seven after largely having roles as spot defenders. It also allows them to do things such as redshirt four-star players like Quinnen Williams and grayshirt a talented recruit like Jarez Parks.

Plus, he spent his last two years playing for Bo Pelini, so it’s not like any NFL coaches are going to be able to hurt his feelings should he screw up.

Rivers was very much a big fish in a small pond as an FCS standout. While Youngstown State was one of the former Division I-AA’s best programs — they were national runners-up in 2016 — they still played a schedule that included teams like Duquesne, Robert Morris, and other awful football Cheap Jerseys In Toronto programs outside the western Pennsylvania corridor. On the plus side, he Cheap Jerseys NFL Nike did manage sacks against Illinois and Pittsburgh in FBS showdowns in 2014 and 2015.

While his Combine numbers were terrific, Rivers can play stiff on the field and struggles to get his feet underneath him for fluid lateral movement. Better and bigger tackles can wrap him up and keep him engaged, effectively swallowing him for stretches. He’ll still explode for big plays, but he’ll also go through lulls where he won’t make an impact for long stretches of time.