Rashad Jennings: ‘I’ve got a chip on my shoulder’

The New York Giants jettisoned running back Rashad Jennings early last week, ending his three-year run with the team.

On NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Thursday, Jennings was asked if he could see the writing on the wall in the Big Apple.

“Well, I mean, could I see it coming? You always have that possibility,” he said. “You could kind of see a rotation in the backfield and how we were operating that that was a possibility that could be strong. Obviously, I’m a vet in the game and I kind of see it from the business standpoint.

“But where I’m at right now, I’m excited, you know? Free agent, you know, healthy. I’m down in Florida already training, trying to get ready for a team to call me. I always say my job every single year is to make one GM right and that’s no doubt what I’ll be doing this upcoming season.”

The standout from that list is Ryans, who played 10 seasons in the NFL as a linebacker with the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles before spending 2016 out of football. Ryans’ career included a hot start in Houston from 2006-2009, a stretch during which he was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year (2006), first-team All-Pro (2007) and twice named to the Pro Bowl (2007, 2009).

From there, Ryans went to Philadelphia, where he was effective in his first two seasons as an Eagle but saw his production drop off in 2014 and 2015, with much of the blame due to age and injuries. Ryans was cut in February of 2016 after a switch to the 4-3 left one less inside linebacker position available.

Over the 30-year-old barrier, Jennings will have to wait out the market before landing in an ideal spot. With the NFL draft deep at the running back position this year, many teams are likely to go with younger, cheaper talent. Even at 32, Jennings won’t have as many carries on his tires as other backs his age and could provide a veteran backup in the right situation.

Is Michigan State CB/WR Tony Lippett the next Richard Sherman?

Youth Indianapolis Colts Jersey Michigan State receiver Tony Lippett stands 6’2, weighs in at 192 pounds and has nearly 33 inch arms. The standout Spartan is one of the few, if any, players at the 2016 NFL Combine who played both offense and defense this past season, and he’s one of the few who still may not know his true NFL position.

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League sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that the Pelicans are now seeking a trade partner for forward Terrence Jones, a mutual decision on behalf of the team and Jones’ camp.

The Los Angeles Lakers also were engaged in Cousins trade talks with the Kings but felt Sacramento’s asking price was too high, a source told Shelburne. The Kings told the Lakers that without 2016 No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram, they weren’t interested. Sources say talks didn’t progress much further than that.

The Kings get a player with a lot of potential in the 6-foot-4 Hield, although he has been inconsistent during his rookie season out of Oklahoma, where as a senior he was one of the best players in the nation.

Hield is averaging 8.6 points but has been explosive at times, with a season high of 21 points. The 6-foot-6 Evans, who can play point guard, shooting guard or small forward, will be entering a second stint in Sacramento, where he was drafted in 2009 and went on to be rookie of the year. Galloway has been a solid reserve, providing scoring punch from the perimeter.

The 6-foot-9 Casspi has been playing about 19 minutes per game for the Kings this season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds.

Bob Huggins kept coaching after his defibrillator went off against Texas

Elite Brett Favre Jersey West Virginia¡¦s Bob Huggins fell to his knees in pain late in the first half against Texas on Monday night. The 63-year-old coach grabbed his chest and took a minute to regain his composure while surrounded by his team. Huggins eventually got up and finished out the game, presiding over a 77-62 win for the Mountaineers.

Rivera added, ¡°He brought great energy and leadership to our locker room and I wish him the best.¡±

Tolbert certainly did bring great energy, as displayed by the many dances his did during his tenure with the team.

SB Nation¡¯s Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader indicates that Tolbert had been on the decline when it came to his play on the field, and now Darrel Young and Devon Johnson will have their opportunities at fullback.

If there¡¯s outrage from some Carolina fans over the release of Tolbert, now you know why. Their favorite dancing fullback is now going to either find a new home in 2017, or dance his way into retirement.

On second-and-long, the Mountaineers would run to set up third-and-manageable. If it didn’t work, they would run the ball on third-and-long to set up a more manageable punt. They avoided risk and leaned on efficiency, and while that caught up to them against Tennessee, it rarely backfired the rest of the way.

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Hughes threw his full repertoire of pitches during a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Not surprisingly, the Indians didn’t spend the winter licking their proverbial wounds. The signing of Encarnacion was the headliner, as he will replace Mike Napoli at first base. Just as the Blue Jays had to weigh the marginal loss of replacing Encarnacion with Morales, the Indians had to weigh the worth of their own marginal upgrade.

When you factor in Encarnacion’s durability — he played 160 games last season — he should be as much an upgrade over Napoli as Morales represents a downgrade to Encarnacion for Toronto. In other words, while they had to pay handsomely to do it, the Indians seem to have come out well ahead in power-bat juggling during the offseason.

That said, there is a case to be made that it won’t make that much of a difference. The Indians finished fifth in the big leagues in runs as it was. Encarnacion is 34 and had a spike in strikeout rate last season, and he certainly won’t upgrade the defense. Plus, if Cleveland is fortunate enough to get back to the World Series, Terry Francona will again have to decide how to get Carlos Santana into the lineup in the NL park, and, if Michael Brantley is healthy, sticking him in left won’t seem as good an option.
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Hughes threw his full repertoire of pitches during a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Elite Womens Kendall Wright Jersey “So far, so good,” Hughes said. “I still have a ways to go before I might feel the full effects of it. I feel it is something I won’t have a good gauge on until I throw at least three or four innings in a game situation.”

Hughes is 84-76 in 10 major league seasons, including 28-26 with the Twins. He was the Twins’ Opening Day starter in 2015 but was sidelined for a month starting in mid-August because of lower-back inflammation.

Minnesota is expected to rebound as it comes off a 59-103 season, the franchise’s worst record since the Washington Senators went 50-104 in 1949.

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Mclaughin picked up Bienna and squeezed her, then put her down and headed to the middle of the ring for the requisite photo next to the basket of yellow flowers. Winning meant that Bienna and Mclaughlin would be going on to the big event at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, where they’d compete for Best in Show. I thought of the greatness that lay ahead, and asked Mclaughlin how she felt.

“For Bienna, being only three months out of having puppies, and this being only her second show since September of last year?” Mclaughlin shook her head. “She showed like a rock star.”

I asked if Bienna had a statement. Mclaughlin bent down to pet her, and, I’m guessing, listen to what she had to say.

“She says, ‘Thank you so much,” Mclaughlin translated. “Thank you, so much, to all my fans.”

But he’s not even one of the guys anymore, what with the youth brigade inspired by his take-no-prisoners play as they were growing up. He simply can’t compete with the best who are now outdriving and outplaying him at every opportunity.

Though speaking of himself, one of those young guns may have been sending his mentor a less-than-subtle message when he spoke of his own back woes during a pre-Genesis press conference.

“The moment I don’t want to improve and I don’t want to play to win tournaments is the moment that I’ll walk away and I’ll be happy with it because I just can’t keep fighting myself about it,” top-ranked Jason Day said on Tuesday from Riviera. “So hopefully I can stay healthy and get to 40.”

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We can’t extrapolate Romo’s seven snaps against the Philadelphia Eagles that ended with a touchdown pass and say he would have been dominant

There is nothing that says the Patriots’ top draft pick from 2016 (No. 60 overall) can’t turn it around, and from that standpoint, it is way, way, way too early to give up on him. But this was as rough a rookie season as a top draft pick has had in coach Bill Belichick’s 17-year tenure, and in a year when there isn’t a standout candidate for Patriots player who needs to move on this offseason, Jones gets the nod because of his first-year struggles that led to him being inactive for five of the final six games and four other games during the middle of the season. Ball-security problems as a returner, as well as questionable judgment, were issues for Jones.

We can’t extrapolate Romo’s seven snaps against the Philadelphia Eagles that ended with a touchdown pass and say he would have been dominant, but let’s say he performed the way he did in 2014 when the Cowboys went 12-4. Let’s say the Cowboys continued to win, clinched the NFC East and maybe even home-field advantage and made the playoffs. Let’s say the Cowboys won a playoff game or two.

Had all of that happened, the Cowboys gladly would have continued with Romo’s $24.7 million cap figure and $14 million base salary, all the while knowing Prescott would be ready if Romo was hurt in 2017.
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Heck, if Romo was hurt upon his return in 2016, they knew they had Prescott in reserve. And if Romo hadn’t performed at a high level, then a decision on his future wouldn’t be so difficult.

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Ross eventually felt better after puking a couple of more times, and the party continued. The lessons here are: Mix your liquors at your own risk, and Gronk will out-party you every time, all the time.

Quinn is one of the most durable and consistent defensive players in the NFL

It’s expected that in order to make an impact that is meaningful to Brady’s coffers, the model would be replicated in places across the country. But being branded by one of the greatest players of all time isn’t enough.
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Quinn is one of the most durable and consistent defensive players in the NFL. He has missed only one game in eight seasons and has started 116 consecutive games.

The 2016 season was a breakout year in many ways for Clinton-Dix, who was the Packers’ first-round draft pick in 2014. In addition to playing every snap, he led the team with five interceptions and earned his first Pro Bowl selection.

Nelson moved from Cincinnati to Oakland last offseason but carried on his late-career renaissance. During the past three seasons, from the ages of 31 to 33, he started 48 of a possible 48 games, intercepted 17 passes and was named twice to the Pro Bowl.

Hundreds of thousands of fans weathered cold, snowy and windy conditions to line the streets of Boston on Tuesday as part of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl LI championship parade.

Tom Brady said he thinks Patriots RB James White deserves the Super Bowl MVP truck. Brady gave the truck he won two years ago to Malcolm Butler.

The Texas Rangers have been asked by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to assist the Houston Police Department in its investigation into Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey.
“I have no idea what happened to the ball,” White said. “I have no idea. I dropped it at some point when I was running around, I don’t know.”

The biggest collapse in Super Bowl history is sure to linger for Matt Ryan and the Falcons

The Cowboys won their third Super Bowl in four seasons, but this time they failed to cover the spread. Dallas jumped out to a 13-0 lead and led 20-7 entering the fourth quarter, but was never covering at any point. Dallas improved to 1-2 straight up against Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl but 2-1 ATS.

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Their growth, along with the return of the core of the offense, suggests that the best is yet to come for Atlanta.

“My longest-term goal is not just to get to a championship and win it — certainly that is our goal — but beyond that is to have a team … there’s four or five teams that you discuss every year, that we’re in that conversation,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said days before the Super Bowl. “If you’re in that conversation, you’re at the party. You have a chance.”

The season, however, wasn¡¯t a total loss for a Falcons team that turned the corner under the direction of Quinn. The future looks promising, as was evident through the first three quarters of Super Bowl LI.
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No one predicted a Super Bowl appearance for the Falcons in Quinn’s second season, including ESPN’s panel of experts. In fact, the Falcons had a 1.2 percent chance of playing in the big game, according to NFL FPI during the preseason.

We’ll continue to update our board as we get closer to the 2017 NFL draft and complete our evaluations

Here, we’ll look at which players have moved up and down our top 32, drawing on the same scouting reports as before and making changes where necessary.

We’ll continue to update our board as we get closer to the 2017 NFL draft and complete our evaluations. Although it’s a given that some players will move into the rankings and others will drop out, this provides a good snapshot of which players currently have the most NFL potential, based on our evaluations.

That said, as crazy as the ACC is — and it’s crazy because it’s so deep, with so many good-to-very-good teams and very few obviously bad ones; it might send 11 teams to the NCAA tournament — the Big 12 has thus far retained its title of the nation’s best pound-for-pound conference. Why? Saturday offers at least two excellent examples. The Big 12’s brutality isn’t just owed to Baylor and West Virginia going from unranked and unhyped, respectively, to top-10 teams with bona fide league and national title shots.

That helps, of course, but the real story here is that basically none of the Big 12’s teams are bad. Sure, Oklahoma and Texas are both under .500, but they’re still both top-75ish teams in the KenPom.com adjusted efficiency margin rankings. (Neither is great, of course, but neither is as ugly their records convey.) Meanwhile, the rest of the league — Iowa State, Texas Tech, Kansas State, TCU, even Oklahoma State, which started league play 0-5 — ranks no lower than 40.

Did someone say “hypertalented freshmen playing super-fast, super-efficient offensive basketball”? Most of the superlatives that apply to UCLA are equally as worthy of Kentucky; the Wildcats don’t record as many assists per field goal as UCLA, so things can feel less aesthetically fluid. Still, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk have presided over an almost unthinkable leap in pace from John Calipari’s previous teams.

Jadeveon Clowney trashes Nick Saban: ‘The guy ain’t nothing but 5-foot-5’

Nick Saban is arguably the most successful head coach in college football today. That doesn’t mean he’s the most beloved. Jadeveon Clowney, one of the most lauded high school recruits in recent memory, apparently hated Saban’s visit to his home in South Carolina. He had no kind words for the Alabama coach at the time, as recalled in an upcoming book by Monte Burke about Saban called “Nick Saban: The making of a coach.”

“I don’t see no big deal like everybody else,” Clowney said (via the Houston Chronicle). “They’d say, ¡®He’s the king of all of football.’ The guy ain’t nothing but 5’5. He’s a short guy. Everybody’s going crazy on Nick Saban.
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Given the tall task of replacing Adam Vinatieri, Gostkowski’s value to the Patriots was never in doubt. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft and has played in 16 games every season except 2010, when a thigh injury forced him to miss the final eight games of the season.
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In 2014, the 31-year-old turned in his best season from a percentage standpoint as the Patriots made their Super Bowl run. He connected on 94.6 percent of his field goals, making 13 of 14 from 40-plus yards. For his career, he’s made 243 of his 280 field goal attempts, for a percentage of 86.8.

Gostkowski has been to the Pro Bowl three times, in 2008, 2013 and 2014, and was a first-team All-Pro in 2008.

With about an hour to go until the deadline, both of the franchise-tagged receivers, Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys and Demaryius Thomas of the Denver Broncos, signed new deals. Those deals were also incredibly similar and came just minutes apart.