Browns believe in Baker Mayfield now, even if turn to start must come later

Baker Mayfield knows how to wait until his turn, which almost always comes sooner than expected. That happened at Texas Tech when the walk-on true freshman started in the season opener. It happened again at Oklahoma when Mayfield won a quarterback competition as a sophomore and went on to become a three-time Heisman Trophy finalist. Now, the Browns’ No. 1 pick is in the process of waiting his turn behind veteran Tyrod Taylor, a process that started at Cleveland’s rookie minicamp Friday.
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Mayfield, with hands clasped above his waist, detailed that one time when he had to wait a little longer. Mayfield’s parents let their son play football only in the backyard and at recess. So when did that wait end?

And if Flacco struggles early in the 2018 season, the pressure to make the switch to an exciting, Nathan Walker Jersey dual-threat rookie QB will become intense for coach John Harbaugh, who has just two years remaining on his contract.

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Eric Reid, who joined alongside Kaepernick’s protest in San Francisco by kneeling during the anthem over the last two seasons, remains unsigned. Reid has also filed a collusion grievance.

Before Game 5 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals on Thursday, Golden State coach Steve Kerr candidly expressed his opinion on the NFL’s anthem policy.

Tournament officials announced the pairing Wednesday.

The twosome first teamed together for a pro-am in 2005 at Bay Hill before linking again in 2009 for a pro-am at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, N.C. They’ve golfed together intermittently since, while forging a close friendship.

The middle ground, at least for now, appears to be multiple proposals to change how kickoffs will look. NFL announces seven rule proposal changes to kickoffs The NFL announced the rule changes it will discuss at the spring meeting next week, and kickoff rules were the most prominent. Here’s what NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora tweeted out: There’s a lot there, so let’s go through some highlights. The kickoff team will be restricted in how it can line up One proposal is that teams must have five players on each side of the kicker. Right now the rule is at least four on each side. The biggest impact this would seem to have would be on onside kicks.

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So, he moved it and never locked it. So, I locked it. He did not. So, I’m throwing him under the bus. So, there you have it: Blake Bortles leaves his keys inside his truck and throws his teammates’ friends under the bus, which demonstrates a failure to lead by example and more generally, a lack of leadership. Hopefully, the sarcasm came through there. According to, Horton was charged with burglary, trespassing, and grand theft.ravens_131

Caps, Lightning on Knights’ story: ‘Everyone is impressed’

The Washington Capitals are facing elimination, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from the Stanley Cup Final, yet the talk leading up to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals was about a team thousands of miles away in a different conference.
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They’re a wonderful story, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who are four wins away from winning the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season after dispatching the Winnipeg Jets in five games Sunday.

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It’s obviously a lot different than what expansion used to be, with a better selection of guys, he said. Back in the day, teams like Minnesota and San Jose were getting guys that teams didn’t want.

That’s how Reaves has survived in the NHL since 2007 at a time when not every team carries a player like him. That’s why at last year’s draft, the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins traded a first-round pick to the St. Louis Blues to acquire Reaves’ services. They wanted a protector for Sidney Crosby and their other skilled stars.

That’s also why it doesn’t always work out for the 31-year-old Reaves. For as hard as he’s worked to adjust, the truth Morten Andersen Youth jersey is he’s still straddling two eras, which can make him feel hamstrung by expectations. The Penguins traded Reaves — who sometimes played less than four minutes per game — to the Vegas Golden Knights at this season’s trade deadline, less than a year into his tenure in Pittsburgh. And Reaves was scratched for the first nine games of the Golden Knights’ postseason.

It’s what makes Reaves the latest unlikely hero in this improbable Vegas playoff run. Reaves tipped in the game-winning goal in the second period of Game 5 against the Winnipeg Jets to send Vegas to the Stanley Cup Final. It was his first goal since Feb. 15. He hadn’t scored in the 26 regular-season and playoff games in which he suited up for Vegas. He has now played in 42 playoff games and has scored just one other time (in 2015 with the Blues).

As first dose of Mets drama hits, will Mickey Callaway’s plan work?

A slump in the standings, the Matt Harvey trade and a lineup-card snafu would test any manager, but the new skipper is ready for the ride.
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The Phillies eventually rode the Chase Utley-Ryan Howard-Jimmy Rollins train past its optimal destination point. Chipper Jones, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann moved on from Atlanta, and the past few years have brought a steady run of losing in both cities. The Phillies began a streak of five straight sub-.500 seasons in 2013, and the Braves logged an aggregate 286-361 record while sending Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Bobby Cox, John Smoltz and John Schuerholz to the Hall of Fame from 2014 to 2017. Jones will join them in Cooperstown in July.

Washington recently re-signed Shawn Lauvao as insurance.

Giancarlo Stanton has been a big tease.

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That’s why manager Aaron Boone said he wasn’t Womens Vita Vea Jersey worried about his highest-paid player’s latest cold streak early Sunday.

When that comes when he gets really hot, it will happen, Boone said. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.

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The designated hitter crushed a solo home run, his 10th of the season, in the fifth to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning. He broke his bat but still doubled down the left-field line in the seventh. He also cracked a two-run single that put the Yankees on the board for the first time in the first inning and had another base hit.

Finishing a triple short of the cycle, Stanton has 999 career hits.

Chargers coach fulfills promise to his mother, graduates on Mother’s Day weekend

All the way back in 1992, Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn left Texas Tech University six hours short of a degree in exercise sports science. Lynn soon embarked on a professional football career, which eventually ended in 1999. Since then, Lynn has been coaching in some capacity every single season. But as a young man, he promised his mother he would graduate. This weekend, he did just that.
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More than 25 years after he was originally scheduled to do so, Lynn received his degree. He got the hours he needed from UNLV, and on Saturday he walked down the aisle to receive his bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies.

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I don’t think our players should be talking about another player’s situation. That said, Shurmur has been in contact with Flowers and says he’s excited to work with the former top-10 pick.

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Maurice Hurst: Raiders got a good player for little money

Maurice Hurst didn’t expect to be waiting by his phone Saturday afternoon, and he still questions why it took so long to hear his name called.

The defensive tackle, whom the Raiders took in the fifth round (No. 140 overall), dismisses any worries about his heart. So, too, do the Raiders.

“I know it’s been along day and the reason you’re in the fifth round is people have their question marks,” coach Jon Gruden told Hurst in a phone call, via a stream on the Raiders web site. “But we’ve got no doubts about you.”

Guice has maintained all along that he can do the same at the pro level, saying at the Combine: A lot of guys say I can’t catch and stuff just because on film I don’t really catch as much because we don’t throw the ball. I feel like people shouldn’t really speak on things they don’t know much of.

Guice was brought to Washington to give the team what it sorely missed a year ago: A punishing, physical runner in the mold of Marshawn Lynch.

The Redskins will find out soon enough if that running ability comes packed with an ability to pester defenses through the air.

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The Ravens sent him to the Eagles last spring in exchange for advancing 25 spots in the third round.

Overall, that’s not a great return, but one reason Jernigan became expendable is that some of Baltimore’s other defensive linemen, like Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce, have overachieved.

(When healthy, so has run-stopper Brent Urban, who was taken 86 spots behind Jernigan.) And it should be noted that none of the NFL’s defensive tackles taken after Pick 48 went on to become better than Jernigan.

Catcher Gary Sanchez ‘s weakness — still as glaring as ever — didn’t help at all.

Sanchez had yet another ball-blocking lapse in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium — a problem that the 25-year-old worked to fix all offseason, yet clearly remains.

This time, it led to a run scoring and Severino working harder than necessary.

Baker Mayfield getting crash course playing under center with Browns

Now that the the hopeful future for the Cleveland Browns under center has been anointed, the growing pains are set to begin for No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield.
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Signing Anderson filled a void for the Panthers, who released 31-year-old Jonathan Stewart in February.

By pairing Anderson with McCaffrey, a first-round pick in 2017, Carolina hopes it’s found a duo that can take some pressure off quarterback Cam Newton, who is learning the playbook of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
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Anderson, 27, was released by the Broncos last month. One of his most memorable performances came against the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, when he rushed for 90 yards and scored the final touchdown of Denver’s 24-10 victory.

NFL exec downplays idea of London Super Bowl or draft

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With Rudy Gobert protecting the rim, the Jazz are the NBA’s best defensive team, which makes them dangerous. Add in rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell, who has the ability to score in bunches, and the Jazz are also entertaining. Utah has been playing at an elite level over a span of nearly three months since Gobert got healthy. Only the Rockets had more wins since Jan. 24 than the Jazz, who climbed from nine games under .500 to the No. 4 seed with a 25-5 run in which Utah had the NBA’s best point differential (plus-10.7 per game).

Ricky Rubio, who will finally taste the NBA playoffs. He has played Fred Biletnikoff Womens Jersey in high-stakes games internationally for Spain, so Rubio shouldn’t wilt under the pressure. But is he a long-term fit with Utah’s core or simply a placeholder at point guard next to Mitchell? With a year remaining on his contract, Rubio has played a significant role in the Jazz’s run by making foes pay for giving him good looks. Rubio’s 3-point stroke has been a glaring weakness throughout his career, but he has shot 43.6 percent from long range since Jan. 24.

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Texans college scouting director going to Jets

New Texans General Manager Brian Gaine鈥檚 retooling of his front office is continuing.
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According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Texans college scouting director Jon Carr is leaving the team for the same job with the Jets.

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Howard joined the Dolphins鈥?practice squad on December 21.

He also spent five days on the Jaguars鈥?practice squad last season.

Howard originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with Cleveland on May 5, 2016. He played 15 games with three starts for the Browns that season.

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Browns QB draft history could be worse: They wanted to take JaMarcus Russell in 2007

Cleveland is where quarterbacks go to die. There is a long list of names the Browns have plugged into the starting quarterback role since the franchise returned in 1999, with none of them ever finding much success, save for Derek Anderson’s outlier 2007 season.

This is a lot to process. The greatest player in NEW Browns history, Joe Thomas a sure-fire Hall of Fame player and one of the few great players to join that franchise since 1999 was very nearly not a member of the Browns. Let’s imagine what would have happened had the Browns drafted Russell.

2007: The Raiders go Calvin Johnson, the Lions go Joe Thomas, the Browns go JaMarcus Russell, who has the exact same career with the Browns only it’s more disastrous somehow. Our pal Brady is spared the Cleveland Curse and goes on to win an MVP when Andy Reid selects him as Donovan McNabb’s replacement in Philadelphia instead of Kevin Kolb. (You can take the Kolb string down your own wormhole.)

This list will go through the first round of the draft and determine which players were selected with great value, meaning they were taken below where they were expected. And we’ll also look at poor value, meaning they went higher in the draft than anticipated.

We’ll give the top five examples of each, in no particular order.

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But head coach Pete Carroll said during one of his weekly appearances on Seattle’s 710 ESPN in January that Avril (as well as Chancellor) would have a hard time playing football again.

In a goodbye message to Seattle fans on Instagram, Avril said nothing about his intentions for the future:

If Avril is cleared to get back on the field, it will be with a new team.