Dan Quinn addresses Julio Jones’ absence at Falcons OTAs

Dan Quinn seems optimistic that Julio Jones will be back with the team sooner rather than later.

The Falcons receiver has been absent from voluntary organized team activities, with reports surfacing that he wants a restructured contract.”

Jones, 29, signed a five-year extension worth $71.25 million in 2015 and has three years and $34.43 million left on that deal. The five-time Pro Bowl player logged 88 catches for 1,444 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Gobert, named to the team for the second year in a row, is a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year. Gobert, who had 2.3 blocks per game, earned 192 of a possible 200 points, including 94 First Team votes. Gobert missed 26 games this season with a knee injury and returned in late January to lead a resurgence by the Jazz, who finished the season 30-8 and won their first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Oladipo led the NBA in steals and closed out the year with an active streak of 64 consecutive games with a steal. It was his first time on the All-Defensive team.

Holiday, who racked up 64 blocks, made his first appearance on the team. Covington, also a first-timer on the team, led the NBA in deflections.

76ers center Joel Embiid (90 points), the third finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, led the second team.cowboys_041

Seahawks likely to save $5.975 million on Cliff Avril release

Unlike in 2017, the Seattle Seahawks aren’t strapped for cash heading into the 2018 season. In fact, barring a major change or sudden offseason pickup, like signing a big name player to a one-year deal like Dez Bryant, the Seahawks have more than enough money to navigate the entire season comfortably and will be in the middle of the pack in terms of cap space heading into the season; they also may open up a bit more if they hand out an extension to veterans Earl Thomas, Duane Brown and/or K.J. Wright, not that they need it. They’ll open up $2 million more when they cut punter Jon Ryan following training camp in favor of fifth-round pick Michael Dickson. It hurts but it’s happening guys. Best to prepare yourselves now.

All this to say, defensive end Cliff Avril wasn’t cut for cap relief — although he does open up a significant amount of cap — and the only cap blow back the Seahawks will receive for releasing him shouldn’t have a large affect on their final cap number. Remember additional cap space carries over to the next offseason.

Of course, interviewing for a job as an engineer isn’t quite like interviewing to become the face of one of 32 NFL teams. If Patricia doesn’t understand the difference, he’s not intelligent enough to be an NFL head coach in the first place. Since that probably isn’t the case, it leaves us with the even greater sin of purposeful omission.

If the Lions never investigated Patricia’s background to an extent that would have revealed the grand jury indictment, which the Detroit News had little problem procuring, it’s bad. If they asked Patricia if there were any criminal or civil proceedings in his background and he did not disclose, that’s worse.

Barring new information or Patricia’s accuser coming forward, it’s impossible to discuss the merits of the case, which fell apart 10 months after the alleged incident when the accuser decided not to testify. Though a Texas grand jury deemed the evidence strong enough to move forward with the case, we don’t know what that means. Other details, including from the police report, have been lost over two decades.colts_018

Maddox was the Steelers entrenched starter when they drafted Roethlisberger, and was willing to help his eventual replacement learn how to adjust to the pro game.

Howie Kendrick (R), 17 percent, Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants (LHP Ty Blach): Kendrick smacked lefties to the tune of a .322/.390/.511 line last year. He’s batted fifth or higher in the bulk of his games so far this season and his 35 percent hard contact rate is the second-highest of his career. Blach loves allowing contact with a meager 11 percent strikeout rate for his career and has always had a sharp platoon split favoring righty hitters with a .290/.340/.471 line.

Aaron Sanchez (R), 66.6 percent, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox: He’s logged three straight quality starts, but made them eventful with seven walks and just six strikeouts across the past two. If he continues nibbling, Boston’s unforgiving lineup will punish him.

Of course, an arm injury in the second week of the season handed the job to Roethlisberger and he never gave it back, so it wasn’t as if Maddox had a long time to show him how it was done. But he thinks once they get to camp, the two will be fine.

“I think Ben will treat him with respect,” Maddox told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “His No. 1 goal is to get ready to play and help the team be successful.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say he owes it. That kind of gets into a little bit of a slippery slope. His job is to win football games right now. But, with that said, I think everybody in the locker room, the more it gets along, the better this team is going to be.”

Maddox, now coaching high school baseball in Texas, said it’s not a one-to-one comparison because Roethlisberger’s a better player than he was at the same stage.

“Everybody’s going to handle things differently. I’m not going to sit here and say I think Ben owes it to him to [mentor],” Maddox said. “I think all of us, when you’re playing, you owe it to your teammates to be respectful and do what’s best for the team and all that.orioles_023