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Vance Joseph is all aboard the same give Paxton Lynch a chance to develop train John Elway is currently conducting.

In theory, Joseph and Elway’s confidence in Lynch’s career revival behind Keenum makes sense. Lynch was always considered a project, even when Denver outraced the Dallas Cowboys to take him with the No. 26 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Now, the former Memphis QB finally has some time to develop his big toolbox without the pressure of getting ready week in and week out for NFL defenses.

Yet of the top 10 or so quarterbacks in the league the past two decades, not many — and likely not any — have started their careers with a 1-3 win-loss record, four touchdowns to four picks ratio, a minuscule 76.7 quarterback rating and 18 sacks taken; and bounced back to become elite.

Denver’s brass certainly sounds like it’s hoping Lynch can change that, particularly with the decision to pick up his fifth-year option looming about 12 months away.

We’ve been in contact with Ereck, Shurmur said Saturday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. It’s our understanding that he’s in good shape. Again, I can’t wait for him to be here. I’ve mentioned it in the past, there were some things last year that he did very good. I look forward to him being here, and getting to work with him.

It’s just like the old offense we used to run, Martin said. It’s a real good feeling. I’m picking it up pretty fast.

After three Penn State-Rutgers head-to-head battles, Martin suddenly is in the same meeting rooms as Barkley. They both went to high school in Pennsylvania and nearly were Rutgers teammates in a crowded backfield before Barkley flipped his commitment.

We’re going to get each other better, Martin said. He’s from PA and I support every PA back. We’ve been keeping our head in the playbook, helping each other.

On certain practice reps, Barkley and Martin are taking handoffs from former Michigan quarterback John O’Korn. That’s a lot of Big Ten blood.

There are a lot of Big Ten players here, and it’s a good feeling to know you played in one of the best conferences in the world, Martin said. It prepared me. The Big Ten speed of the game got me ready for this right now.

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In his first year with the team in 2016, Fleener caught 50 passes for 631 yards and three touchdowns. Last year, it was thought he might be settling in better after catching five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings in Week 1, but before he was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 2 with a concussion he had amassed just 22 catches for 295 yards and two touchdowns.

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Miami cut Julius Thomas during the offseason, leaving the Dolphins with a significant void at the tight end position. Enter Gesicki, who figures to step right in as the team’s primary pass-catching tight end. Gesicki was one of the stars of the 2018 combine. He was best at the position in nearly every drill, posting the top mark in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, three cone, short shuttle and 60-yard shuttle. He stands 6-foot-5, 247 pounds and sports solid hands, but offers nothing as a blocker.

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Safety Landon Collins admitted during an interview on WFAN that there was a simple explanation.

He’s just unhappy that they picked up [Solder], Collins said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. That’s it.

Collins said he texted Flowers but didn’t get a response, but one of his cousins who is close to the former No. 9 overall pick did.

Since Solder’s signing, Flowers has stayed in Maimi to work out. The Giants were hoping he’d compete for the starting right tackle job, and tried to trade him during the draft (Ron Howard voice: They did not trade him). They also declined to pick up his fifth-year option this week.

Denver badly needed running back help after cutting C.J. Anderson earlier this month. They filled the void on Friday by selecting Freeman. With 5,621 yards during his time at Oregon, Freeman is the all-time FBS leader in rushing yards. He averaged 5.9 YPC (2.3 after contact) during his four seasons with the Ducks. Freeman is a very big back at 5-foot-11, 229 pounds and has pretty good speed (4.54 40 yard dash) for his frame.

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Injury concerns aside, Price is the draft’s best center and will be a steal for the Vikings at 30th overall.

He can play alongside his former teammate Pat Elfien on the interior of the offensive line.

The Patriots need an offensive tackle to replace Nate Solder, and they might land the highest upside blocker in the draft in Williams.

Connor Williams, G/OT, Texas: A savvy protector, he could be a quick fill-in at guard with potential to be a left tackle down the road.

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: Never afraid to take a flier when talent outweighs cost, Bill Belichick could deploy the rugged runner between the tackles while he creates mismatches for James White and Rex Burkhead elsewhere.

Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State: With no pressing needs, Philadelphia can look to create further matchup problems by grabbing Goedert, who could be difficult to defend alongside Zach Ertz and a talented group of receivers.

Once again, the road wasn’t cleared for the Capitals during the Alex Ovechkin Era. For the fourth time, and the third consecutive year, Washington will face the Penguins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The hockey world echoed the sentiment of Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom after his team advanced past the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Here we go,” he said, “they won the Stanley Cup two years in a row. Good for them. We’re going to play in the second round against them. It’ll be fun.”

“Fun” is a relative term. Are these matchups fun for the general sports fan? Of course. It’s Sidney Crosby vs. Ovechkin, and it’s a rivalry in every sense of the term between these franchises. Is it fun for the Penguins? Sure, in the same way a swatter must feel about its relationship to a fly. Is it fun for the Capitals? No, in the same way a fly must feel about its relationship to a swatter.

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I’m just going casual, he said Wednesday from just outside of the draft venue, AT&T Stadium, in this sprawling Dallas suburb.

I already got enough backlash. Can’t really let my personality shine like normal, the record-setting LSU running back continued. Now I’ve got to be this person I’m not. Now I’ve got to hide who I really am, hide my personality.

It has come to this. The criticism of Guice’s character in the past month has crashed this kid’s party.

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Baker Mayfield may not have to wait long to hear his name called at the 2018 NFL Draft.

Coaches and general managers around the league expect the Cleveland Browns to select Mayfield with the first overall pick Thursday night, according to a report from ESPN.

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I didn’t get to call a South Carolina game, but Hurst jumps off the tape for me during draft preparation. He is a rare tight end who can do some damage after the catch. The dude runs angry. He also has the long frame you’re looking for, and he has shown he can make difficult catches. Andrews put up big numbers for a tight end at the college level, with 62 catches in 2017.

It’s not a great year for wide receivers from the standpoint that there’s no Julio Jones or Randy Moss — a total freak at the top of the board. But this trio shows there’s a lot of quality and production. Kirk is a smooth route runner who can separate, and that’s what you need in the slot. He caught 234 passes in three seasons. Keep an eye on Moore, who could challenge to be the top receiver taken.

Williams, 23, was the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and has become a dependable starter. He hasn’t missed a game, starting in 47 of a possible 48 games in his three-year career. He has 178 tackles with 12 sacks.

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The 76ers were buzzing once Mill’s release made headline news in the city. Rubin had organized prison trips with Embiid, Simmons and Markelle Fultz, and the rapper’s songs played in the locker room and during warmups.

Simmons called Mill’s presence “amazing.”

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Mill breezed into the locker room about 45 minutes before tip and hugged some of the Sixers. Mill was met with a crush of media and celebrity fans as he tried to take his courtside seat. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and retired boxing great Bernard Hopkins sat near Hart and Mill, and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf joined them in the second half. The national champion Villanova Wildcats posed for pictures with Mill in the locker room.steelers_131

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A combative Rosen insisted he doesn’t pay attention to mock drafts and the constant stream of rumors. Asked about the uncertainty of the draft, which he later addressed, the former UCLA star said, You guys got to stop asking me about who is going 1, 2 and 3. I don’t care. I just want to play football and belong to a team. That’s all it is.

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Bryant grew frustrated last season as he fell behind JuJu Smith-Schuster on the Steelers’ depth chart and had seemingly demanded a trade in October.

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