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The Cowboys decided to release wide receiver Dez Bryant in April and saw tight end Jason Witten retire in May. There’s no reason for their offense to worry about it going into June.
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Bryant’s value as a free agent is inflated, as his name carries more weight than his game does. Witten is on his way to Monday Night Football and then the Pro Football Hall of Fame as one of the most beloved Cowboys ever. He has the most receptions and receiving yards in the history of the franchise.

When you add it all up, the younger, more versatile roster is a net gain for Prescott. His familiarity with Bryant and Witten will be hard to duplicate, but the production won’t be.

Bryant and Witten combined for 219 of the team’s 485 receiving targets last season, or 45 percent. They turned those targets into 132 of the team’s 305 receptions, or 42 percent. That quantity did not lead to quality for Prescott during his sophomore slump. The QB felt pressure to get the ball deep to Bryant despite the receiver’s drop-off in ability on those routes. Witten from game to game was either a busy target or a total afterthought; an inconsistent option. Williams, once a field-stretcher outside, has become pedestrian.

As the Cowboys look to shorten Prescott’s stroke and relieve him of the burden 鈥?easier to do with Ezekiel Elliott not suspended and Tyron Smith not injured 鈥?their current receiving corps is well suited.
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They are part of a class out to reverse the trends after more Browns front-office and roster refurbishing. New general manager John Dorsey and third-year coach Hue Jackson will oversee the on-field rebuild. The installment plan featured a flurry of trade activity that landed players such as Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry and Damarious Randall before what could be considered the Browns’ most important NFL Draft since the franchise returned to Cleveland in 1999.

49ers schedule 2018: Jimmy Garoppolo will keep winning in San Francisco

The 49ers ended the 2017 season winning their final five games, all with Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback. With Garoppolo entering his first full season in San Francisco, there’s plenty of hope for that success to carry over into the team’s 2018 schedule.

Beyond their six-game NFC West slate, the Niners also face the NFC North and AFC West. They have a good chance to improve by several games in Kyle Shanahan’s second season as head coach after rallying to finish 6-10 last season.

Bottom line: Garoppolo already has proved to be a game-changer for the 49ers, and momentum has proved a key factor in projecting near-future results. The 49ers will live up to being a buzz-worthy team by taking advantage of a favorable schedule, putting them in the wild-card conversation in the top-heavy NFC. Record prediction: 10-6

As a developmental league, the AAF won’t be picky about where it finds talent. It can’t afford to be.

“I would say this is a league of opportunity,” Ebersol said. “And I would welcome the opportunity to coach those kinds of guys.”

The AAF plans to start with eight teams playing a 10-game regular season. Franchises will be located in Orlando, Atlanta, Memphis, Salt Lake City, and Arizona. Three more teams will be announced.

It’s unlikely that the AAF will be able to pay a guy like Kaepernick enough money to persuade him to play. But if he doesn’t play there, it apparently won’t have anything to do with his protests during the national anthem.
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ESPN: Finally, do you think the coverage of Kyle has been fair? In Toronto, we’ve had anonymous sources talking about Mike Babcock steamrolling him or now saying the decision to promote him cost the Leafs two executives, and of course all the Harry Potter jokes you could deal with.

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I heard those things three years ago, and I said, it’s our challenge to make it work. I think there will be some people that say it’s a great idea. Some that say it’s not. Ultimately, we’re all going to be judged by our body of work.

Lang praised new offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, and Lang said the players are anxious to get things rolling.

I can just tell you everyone is excited just to get back to work and working hard, Lang said. Obviously, we’ve got some high expectations in our room and we’re just going to keep working hard to make sure that when the time comes to put the helmet on we’re taking the steps in the right direction.

The Lions have been competitive for the most part recent years, a far cry from the persistent struggles of a decade ago. And it would be fitting if the Lions, to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the season without a win, would finally find a way to win in the postseason.

I really like Sam Darnold. And there are some nice pieces on this team. But forgive me, Jets fans: I just don’t see a team whose top skill players are guys like Isaiah Crowell and Quincy Enunwa being in the mix for the playoffs. Even in the AFC.
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Defensive end Michael Bennett and running back Darren Sproles were not in attendance as the Eagles opened OTAs on Tuesday.
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Bennett’s absence is not related to his ongoing legal matter, according to coach Doug Pederson, who took Bennett’s absence in stride.

I really don’t have any concern going forward with him acclimating himself to the defense, he said. You’ve been around long enough to understand [defensive coordinator] Jim [Schwartz]’s style and what we teach and it fits his strength, and that’s roll off the ball as a D-lineman. It’s just a matter of getting him in here and getting him around his teammates.
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It is also the first time in Keenum’s seven-year career that he will work through OTAs, minicamp and training camp with the knowledge that he is the starter. After leading the Minnesota Vikings to an 11-3 record in his starts last season, Keenum aims to lead the Broncos out of the 5-11 hole of 2017.

It feels good, I like it, Keenum said of knowing he’s the starter. I like competing, knowing my place and knowing my role. There’s some comfortableness with that and puts some things at ease and lets you go out there and play, lets you cut it loose. It’s nice. … I’m just trying to earn the right to lead these guys. … I want to earn that right every day that I’m here, that’s how I view the position. … I want my actions to speak louder than the words.

The Broncos’ receivers, including Emmanuel Sanders, have talked of Keenum’s accuracy and his ability to control the offense in the team’s early workouts. But Tuesday was the first time the Broncos could work offense against defense in drills, and Keenum showed his comfort level with the offense to this point with a pile of completions in the team drills.

This is Case’s first chance to really be the guy, Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. So, he’s excited, I’m excited for him. For his entire career he’s been a backup and become the starter because of injury most of the time. This is his first time being the guy. It’s good for him. … It’s good to have a guy in place.

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Long was out in NYC when we asked if he’s still celebrating the Eagles’ victory over the New England Patriots — he isn’t — then we asked what huge party spot he hit to turn up after the historic win.

Sports gambling has also become a less and less taboo topic. Once confined to seedy underground networks of bookies and hushed tones, sports gambling is now mainstream. Networks openly discuss point spreads, the advent of the聽internet聽has led to successful gambling-focused websites, and bad beats are no longer just about buzzer-beaters.

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Whether shady dealings happen or not, the NFL will set out to combat the skeptics.

Gamblers are maybe the most voracious consumers of sports. With stakes on the line, fans will cling to every point scored and every second of the clock, even if the competition is otherwise boring or already decided. This is especially true among a younger generation of fans.

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Giants coach Pat Shurmur’s first impressions of Saquon Barkley

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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Leaving the current policy, which features zero restrictions on player action, is also an option.

My guess is they will leave it up to the teams, a high-ranking official said of the expected changes.
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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.

The writing has been on the wall for Fleener all offseason, with his name getting heavy talk as a potential cut for the Saints. Unfortunately, Fleener is reportedly still suffering the effects of the concussion sustained in Week 12 against Danton Heinen Authentic Jersey the Los Angeles Rams. He intends to play again if he ends up healthy. At only 29 years old, Fleener definitely has gas in the tank. Now it’s about reaching a full recovery.

The Saints may end up leaning heavily on Watson, whom they re-signed this offseason to a one-year deal. Josh Hill will also undoubtedly remain heavily involved with the offense, while Michael Hoomanawanui continues to make cameos.

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Blake Bortles, via multiple reports, thwarted Womens Tennessee Titans Jersey a thief at a teammate’s house party on Wednesday night at Jackonsville Beach. The would-be criminal, 18-year-old Joseph Horton, reportedly rummaged through various vehicles belonging to people at the party, including Bortles’ Ford F-150 truck.

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.

Gesicki is a sneaky bet to be this year’s Evan Engram simply because he won’t be asked to block and will essentially work as a slot wide receiver, but rookie tight ends often face a lengthy learning curve. He’ll be worth no more than a late-round flier in season-long leagues, but is a strong dynasty stash.
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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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I鈥檓 going to do everything that I can to try and help this city and this organization win a championship, Ryan said. That鈥檚 been my mindset since I was drafted here in 2008. I鈥檝e been working hard at it for 10 years, and I鈥檓 going to continue to work at as long as I play here.

James told NJ.com that he developed a dependence on prescription painkillers that he took to cope with the aches and pains associated with playing football. His doctor told him that marijuana would be a safer alternative, and he found that it was. Now he鈥檚 an advocate for medical marijuana 鈥?even as the NFL tells him he鈥檚 not allowed to use it and play in the league.

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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.

The Penguins are 9-1 against the Capitals in their 10 postseason meetings. Ending Washington’s season has become just another rung on the championship ladder: Every time Pittsburgh has won the Stanley Cup, it has beaten the Capitals along the way.canucks_677