Jon Gruden might be the only one more optimistic about Colin Kaepernick’s future in the NFL than his talent

Manziel, 25, who completed a workout last week during the University of San Diego Pro Day in front of several NFL teams, including the Patriots, is trying to get back into the league’s good graces after myriad off-field incidents derailed his career with the Browns in 2016 after two seasons. The Patriots have expressed interest before, having met with Manziel ahead of the 2014 draft, when he was selected 22nd overall and a fascinating Heisman Trophy winner. Now the former Aggies quarterback, who is a very different prospect than he once was, is keeping all options on the table.

“If something [with the NFL] pops up, it pops up. And if not, if I don’t get the opportunity to go back, I’m going to go play in the CFL, and things are going to be fine,” Manziel said Tuesday, via ESPN. “One way or another, one day down the line, I’ll get back to exactly where I want to be, because I’m not going to stop until I do.”

While a stint with the Patriots seems like a long shot at best, it’s not entirely implausible. With Tom Brady’s former backups Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett in San Francisco and Indianapolis, respectively, and veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer listed as second on the depth chart, bringing in a third option to ignite a backup quarterback competition may not be out of the question.

“It’s his decision, and he knows it. It wouldn’t be fair any other way,” Bündchen said.

With a “laser focus” on his NFL future, Bündchen simply wants her spouse of nine years to be happy.

“I want him to be happy. Believe me, I’ve been with him when he’s losing. Try to be with him after you have lost [Super Bowls]. I mean, I had my fair share, OK? As long as he’s happy, he’s going to be a better father, he’s going to be a better husband, and I just want him to be happy. I do have my concerns, like anyone would,” she added.

Set to share intimate details of their life together in her forthcoming book, “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life,” the mother of two also weighed in on what a would-be conversation between Karl Lagerfeld and Brady’s tight-lipped coach, Bill Belichick, would be like.

“I think they could have an interesting conversation, because they are very intelligent people,” Bündchen said. “I would love to be at that table.”jets_117

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The Jets were in need of a tight end after Austin Seferian-Jenkins signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency. Seferian-Jenkins had 50 receptions for 357 yards and three touchdowns in 2017.

Before adding Walford, the only other tight ends on the Jets’ roster were Eric Tomlinson, who had eight receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown in 2017, and Jordan Leggett, who missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury in the preseason.

Walford, 26, played in 13 games last season for the Raiders, finishing with nine receptions for 80 yards. He was a bigger part of Oakland’s passing game in 2015 and ’16, finishing with 61 receptions for 788 yards and six touchdowns combined.

The Raiders selected him in the third round (68th overall) in the 2015 draft.

Due to a Lisfranc injury, Allen played in only five games and had 10 total tackles and a sack. But the former Alabama star showed us glimpses of his athleticism and plus-technique.

By Tuesday morning, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was about as fed up with it all as he could be.

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Sitting at No. 11, the Dolphins aren’t in great position to move up. They have Ryan Tannehill for at least one more year, and if that doesn’t go well. they could end up with a long-term need at the position. But for now, let’s look at the Dolphins as a team that becomes interested if someone like a Baker Mayfield or a Josh Rosen starts to tumble out of that top five or six range, and the move-up price isn’t as steep as it would be to get Miami from No. 11 to No. 2.

Work with me here a second. There’s only one spot the Giants could move up into, and it’s the No. 1 spot. This would be somewhat similar to the move the Bears made last year to get from No. 3 to No. 2, and the Giants would need a specific motivation to do it. In this imaginary scenario, let’s say the Giants like Sam Darnold the best of all the available quarterbacks, and that the Browns are planning to take someone else, like Josh Allen. patriots_085

The Jaguars will need their entire offense to step up if they hope to pull off an upset on the road.

There’s still a chance Roethlisberger calls it a career following the team’s postseason run, but he gave Steelers fans some hope that he’ll be around a little while longer.

Jacksonville can’t rely solely on its defense against the Steelers, but the Jags have a lot of issues to address on offense:

In fact, the last two weeks have been the Jaguars lowest offensive outputs the entire season. That’s not really how you want to be rolling into the second round of the playoffs, but here we are. It’s a hard issue to pin down, because it’s not entirely on one specific thing causing the issues.

Jay Cutler, quarterback, Miami. Not that this game in Buffalo was a gimme for the Dolphins, but the way Cutler cavalierly threw it away (no pun intended) was notable. After Miami recovered an onside kick with 39 seconds left, down 24-16, Cutler, at his 37-yard line, saw some pressure on first down in the shotgun and it looked like he just threw it up for grabs down the right sideline. It went right into the hands of rookie corner Tre’Davious White. This is what you got for your $10 million relief quarterback on Sunday, Dolfans: no touchdowns, three picks, a 24-16 loss.

He was in attendance on Monday night for the game, and he was on the field for the national anthem before kickoff. He left at halftime though, when Georgia was up, 13-0.

Monday’s championship gave Alabama its fifth national championship since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007, and he tied Bear Bryant’s AP titles record with the victory.

“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” was the plaintive wail out of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s mouth, captured by a CBS camera when the Patriots drove their annual stake through this franchise’s heart on Sunday night.

I can just imagine the same kind of emotion, at just about the same time, 450 miles south, in Charlotte. Twenty-eight minutes after the end of Patriots 27, Steelers 24, in a statement that reverberated from the Carolinas to the NFL’s Park Avenue offices, the founder and owner of the Carolina Panthers announced in a blithe statement that he would be selling the team. Probably the best move. blues_1067

The first half was pretty much a worst-case scenario for Washington.

The Dallas Cowboys ended their three-game losing streak in decisive fashion with a 38-14 win over Washington, moving back to .500 and keeping their faint playoff hopes alive. The Philadelphia Eagles will also have to wait to pop the champagne — a Washington victory would’ve clinched the NFC East title for Philly. Washington has now lost five of its last seven games.

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Oooowwweee… Garrett about Dak “He made some decisions tonight that hurt us.” Wow. I didn’t see it as that as much as the LT sucked again, passes were dropped, and no one else on offense helped very much.

But coach Jason Garrett has to better address the offensive line’s struggles by adjusting his scheme, more chip blocks, etc. The receivers have to play better too.

Dak Prescott: “I think big picture. Coach Garrett couldn’t have put it in better words, giving us our options from 11-5 all the way down to 5-11. It’s up to us to figure out what we want to do. It’s about coming in and getting back to work. We’re going to do that tomorrow.”
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Bengals got away with tripping J.J. Watt at the end of the first half

The Cincinnati Bengals are facing one of the better defenses in the NFL in the Houston Texans — that includes studs like J.J. Watt.

Late in the first half, Bengals offensive lineman Jake Fisher tripped Watt after getting beat by him to block him from Andy Dalton.

That’s not legal, but no penalty was called on the play. Fisher and the Bengals should have been penalized 10 yards for the infraction. Instead, the Bengals got a field goal to cut their deficit to 10-6 going into halftime.

If you’re going to get away with that type of stuff, you might as well try it against this particular defensive line. It wreaks havoc on NFL quarterbacks.

“However, in the Commissioner’s judgment, there has been no persuasive evidence presented on your behalf with respect to how (the accuser’s) obvious injuries were incurred other than conjecture based on the presence of some of her bruising, which pre-dates your arrival in Columbus on July 16, 2016,” the letter read.

In another incident reviewed by the NFL, Elliott was caught on video lifting up a woman’s top in public at a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Elliott was not charged or arrested, and the league said it wasn’t a factor in Elliott’s suspension. The NFL did, however, say in its letter to Elliott that the behavior was “inappropriate and disturbing, and reflected a lack of respect for women.”

Elliott’s accuser also filed an incident report against Elliott for simple battery with the Aventura (Fla.) Police Department in Feb. 2016. That case was suspended, and Elliott was not charged. The league did not consider that case in its investigation because it happened before he was in the NFL.

Why did Elliott get a six-game suspension when other players didn’t?
Six games is the baseline punishment for first-time offenders who commit domestic violence. This standard was established after the league botched its handling of the Rice situation.
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I think he’s the best man, the best qualified person.

During a Thursday radio appearance on WABC’s (New York) “The Bernie and Sid Show,” Ditka was asked by hosts Bernard McGirk and Sid Rosenberg about the “crusade” by some sports journalists at Super Bowl 51 to make the Patriots quarterback “denounce” his longtime-friend Trump.

“These people are — can I say this — a—holes,” Ditka said.

People having different opinions is what makes America great, according to Da Coach. The Super Bowl-winning leader of the 1985 Bears again professed his support for The Donald.

“I like Donald Trump. I think he’s the best man, the best qualified person. I think he’ll do a great job for Americans. There’s a lot of people out there who don’t think that. But we’ll have to wait and see. Let him do his job first,” Ditka said. “If he can possibly screw it up nearly half as much as Obama, I’ll be surprised.”

Sure, it’s tough to call plays when the whole world is watching, and the team is trying desperately to run out the clock and win its first Super Bowl, but that is no excuse for some of the decisions made by the Falcons’ coaching staff while the Patriots were bearing down on them late in the game.

Atlanta’s first bad play was on a third and one on their own 36-yard line with 8:31 left on the clock. Instead of running, Ryan dropped back and was sacked, which led to a Patriots touchdown and two-point conversion.

The very next drive, the Falcons were faced with a third and 23 after another Ryan sack, this time in New England territory and field goal range. Instead of running, again, Atlanta dropped back for a pass and committed a penalty — though they did miss a New England facemask — thus knocking itself out of field goal range. Atlanta punted that possession, which allowed the Patriots an opportunity to drive down the field and force overtime.texans_084

That did not stop the Bengals from choosing him in the second round.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported only four teams in the entire league even entertained the possibility of selecting Mixon given his plea deal following an incident in which video shows him striking a female Oklahoma student in the face. The video of that circumstance became public in February. The NFL subsequently chose not to invite Mixon to the Combine.

That did not stop the Bengals from choosing him in the second round.

“In making our decision, we took a risk,” Brown wrote in an op-ed piece published Friday in the Cincinnati Enquirer. “In this case, the risk has an upside as well as a downside.”

What Brown fails to acknowledge is his gambles on the upside so commonly lead to the downside.

There were moments before that Bengals-Steelers playoff game when Brown’s misunderstanding of team dynamics took their toll on his organization.

The Ole Miss tackle didn’t have the steepest fall, just the most dramatic, downright cinematic — and that’s not a metaphor. It was a Twitter video of him inhaling marijuana, surfacing minutes before the draft, that scared teams off of him until the Dolphins grabbed him. Before the flurry of quarterback-focused trades, he was the consensus No. 1 pick.

Jack, the UCLA linebacker with the otherworldly skills and the incredibly suspect knee, was bypassed in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, even though he was one of the highest-rated players available. His freefall ended in Jacksonville at No. 36.nike_cardinals_314

NFL’s new head of officiating hire is good news for Cam Newton

Alberto Riveron will be the NFL’s new head of officiating, the league announced Wednesday. Riveron was promoted to replace Dean Blandino as senior vice president of officiating.

Assuming Riveron carries over the traits that made him one of the NFL’s better on-field referees over the past decade, his hiring is good news for one NFL player in particular: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Minnesota sent Adrian Peterson packing, and then it saw its free-agent addition, Latavius Murray, deal with ankle surgery. The team was smart to go after Cook, once a mid first-rounder, at No. 41 overall.

The Vikings also didn’t forget to get Cook some much-needed run blocking help in arguably the draft’s top center, Ohio State’s Pat Elflein, in Round 3. Cook should be thrilled that his wait got him a chance to be the next AD.

The best cornerback not taken in Round 1 found a terrific home in Green Bay’s secondary, where it would be an upset, given his size and natural zone coverage skills, if he does not start as a rookie.

Sure, it was nice to get powerful home-run hitter Leonard Fournette at No. 4 overall, but it meant nothing without a physical hoss to improve the Jags’ chances of paving their way for him. Enter Alabama’s Cam Robinson to fill that void in a second-round steal at No. 34.

Like all officials, Riveron had his share of poorly called games and inconsistency — just much less of it. His propensity to call more roughing the passer penalties in relation to other refs at least erred on the side of protecting QBs.

One of Riveron’s assignments during his time as head referee, from 2008 to ’12, was Newton’s first home game as a Carolina rookie in 2011.

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70 years later, Jackie Robinson continues to inspire

Jackie Robinson Day is also the final day of the inaugural Trailblazer Series. The Trailblazer Series is the first ever program hosted by Major League Baseball to celebrate and promote girls baseball. In a time when girls are often shunted into softball once baseball becomes competitive, it’s significant that MLB is promoting baseball as an option for young girls. Some 100 girls from 20 states and Canada were invited for three days of lectures, interaction with coaches and players in women’s baseball, and of course, actual baseball. And to play with only girls, when many of the participants have no choice but to play with boys at home, is a huge thing. The girls will also participate in Jackie Robinson Day festivities at Dodger Stadium to close out their weekend.

Anthony holds a no-trade clause, but many believe he will explore trade options this summer and could have played his last game as a Knick on Wednesday.

It hasn’t been pretty so far, but Dolan has committed to seeing the final years of the Zen Master’s deal through. Now, Jackson has two more summers to bring a winning team back to Madison Square Garden.

Jackson signed a five-year deal as team president in 2014. He and the Knicks each reserved the right to go a different direction after three seasons, as to avoid working through a potential lockout.

But amid the circus show that was the Knicks’ 2016-17 season, team owner James Dolan appeared on The Michael Kay Show on Feb. 10 for a radio interview, where he said he would honor Jackson’s contract “all the way to the end.”

The Knicks are 80-166 in Jackson’s full three seasons at the helm, including a 17-65 record in 2014-15 that was the worst mark in team history.
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The Raiders get an upgrade at tight end after the first round now that Jared Cook is on the roster.

Philadelphia wanted to make a big move at wideout to help Carson Wentz in Year 2, and it got a short-term deal to try out Jeffery as its clear-cut new No. 1. Chicago now needs to find some real help for its new starting QB, Mike Glennon.

First, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirmed the Raiders were considering reaching out to Lynch, though they hadn’t done so just yet. A source also told Mike Garafolo that although Lynch hadn’t made a decision either way, he continued to think about coming out of retirement.

Florida State has been trending for Moore of late, but I don’t believe he is all that close to making a decision. If LSU is offense looks competent, the Tigers could become a contender. He already has good relationships at Ohio State and Alabama, as well, despite not visiting. And while he and his twin brother Jordan have both said they are open to doing their own thing separately, playing with Jordan at A&M certainly has some appeal. Then, there is the matter of his future position — if he suddenly decides he is committed just to receiver or corner, that could shake things up.

Still, I like the chances of at least three or four of Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, Georgia, and Tennessee being in his final five.

The Raiders get an upgrade at tight end after the first round now that Jared Cook is on the roster. That puts Clive Walford, who disappointed last season, on the outside looking in.

But the real question: Is the Newton-Olsen-Benjamin triumvirate enough to overcome Oakland is Carr-Cooper-Crabtree connection? Both teams feature similarly competent lead runners, putting the onus of this matchup directly onto the receiving corps. While Newton is ability to run the ball makes him the biggest scoring threat of this showdown, the talent and big play ability of Crabtree and Cooper push the Raiders on to the quarterfinals.18