Pro Football Focus: The top 50 NFL players for 2018

Alex Mack isn’t just one of the best centers in the NFL, he’s one of the league’s best football players, period. In his nine NFL seasons, Mack has started every game for which he’s been healthy and he’s been named to five Pro Bowls, including two while with the Falcons, and three All-Pro teams.
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Entering his third season in Atlanta, Mack is undoubtedly an important piece to this Falcons offense but his play isn’t just getting noticed from those who watch him on a weekly basis. In Alexander Nylander Youth Jersey their series of the top 50 NFL players heading into the 2018, Pro Football Focus rated Mack as the 45th-best player in the league.

Since signing with the Atlanta Falcons, Mack has played the best football of his career with overall PFF grades of 88.7 and 88.9 topping anything we saw him do in Cleveland, PFF’s Sam Monson writes. Mack has been instrumental in the Falcons’ resurgence as a rushing force on the ground and his ability to execute all of the blocks consistently and reliably in their zone-blocking scheme is vital to their offense. Last season, he surrendered just two sacks and 16 total pressures in the middle of that line.

What remains to be seen is whether the Buccaneers take any action, other than releasing a boilerplate statement. There have been calls in Tampa for the Bucs to cut Winston, although it appears extremely unlikely that will happen.

What may happen is that the Buccaneers will not sign Winston to a second contract, as they had been expected to do before news broke that a suspension was looming. The Buccaneers drafted Winston first overall despite a very checkered history, Jonny Brodzinski Jersey including a previous allegation that he raped a student at Florida State. The Bucs may finally be coming around to the idea that Winston is not a person they want as the face of their franchise.

Tampa columnist calls for Bucs to cut Jameis Winston

The local backlash for Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has begun.
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With a three-game suspension looming for violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy in connection with a March 2016 incident involving an Uber driver, a columnist for the Tampa Bay Times urges the team to take the next step Womens Zane Gonzalez Jersey and release Winston.

[W]hat did he do? Tom Jones of the Times writes of Winston. He allegedly grabbed a woman’s crotch against her will. That’s disgusting and reprehensible. This was more than partying that got a little out of hand. We need to call it what it was: sexual assault. And this isn’t the first time those awful two words have been associated with Winston….

What the Buccaneers ultimately do will be driven in T. J. Logan Jersey large part by the local reaction to the suspension. Which could be why Winston’s camp hand picked a Jameis-friendly radio host in Tallahassee to leak the notion that Winston was being suspended simply for failing to report an allegation and not for the underlying behavior.

It was hot (at minicamp), but it’s a part about building that mental toughness, that callus, Wilks said.

Wilks also noted that, for the same reason, there will be some outside practices during training camp, in that often muggy (for Arizona) August heat. The way Wilks directed offseason work, with high tempo and a demand for intensity, it would make sense if that was only ratcheted up once the pads come on. Add to that working outside, and the Cardinals indeed better become mentally tough.

The final minicamp of the summer — and the last on-field work for the Cardinals for the offseason — was hot. The temps stretched into the 100s for a couple of hours, and it was felt.

WR D.J. Moore, Maryland (picked by Chad Reuter, While Ridley is the biggest name among wide receivers, Moore has some helium. The 6-foot, 210-pound Big Ten Receiver of the Year has drawn comparisons to Pierre Garcon, and some believe he will go in the first round. If the Cardinals look closely at wide receivers early, Moore could join Ridley as a possible option.

Saquon Barkley’s jersey is the NFL’s best seller

Saquon Barkley has Giants fans excited. Barkley, the running back whom the Giants chose with the second overall pick in this year’s draft, has the No. 1 selling jersey in the NFL. According to jersey seller Dicks, Barkley has the best selling jersey in the NFL this week, this month and for all of 2018. Barkley’s jersey started flying off the shelves immediately after he was drafted, and that hasn’t stopped. After Barkley, the top-selling jerseys in the NFL belong to Carson Wentz, Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Von Miller, Mitch Trubisky, Odell Beckham, Tom Brady, Josh Allen and Cam Newton.
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Last year with the Rams, Watkins did score eight touchdowns. But he reeled in just 55.7 percent of his targets and managed just 593 yards.

Watkins told Lindsey H. Jones of USA Today that he saw the opportunity to get things back on track with Patrick Mahomes II and the Chiefs.

I didn’t want to be with an older quarterback Watkins said. I came here to be with a young guy that I can grow with. I’m young, he’s really young. It’s a young team in general.

Larson’s reply seems earnest, and he has every right to feel the way he does about the politically-charged topic inflamed by the president despite NFL player protests originating and continuing as protests of systemic inequality in American society. But it’s an ill-advised reply even if it plays well with NASCAR’s fanbase and even if it superficially ignores the fact that NASCAR drivers used to sit in their cars during the national anthem.

A large subset of NASCAR’s fanbase may side with Larson and Trump on the issue of player protests. But there are many fans who see the true purpose of the protests and the way they’ve been capitalized on for the purposes of polarization and political gain. And besides, Larson and Keselowski should have been aware enough to see the ridiculousness that ensued the last time Cal Ripken Youth Jersey prominent NASCAR figures opined on the anthem.

Marte’s single in 13th lifts Diamondbacks over Pirates 2-1

It was a strange sight after a big hit.

Ketel Marte’s two-out single in the 13th inning led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. But, right after his go-ahead hit, Marte slammed his helmet down in frustration so hard that the sound could be heard all the way to the top of the ballpark. The second baseman was angry about being caught in a rundown to make the final out of the inning.

The game was scoreless until both teams scored an unearned run in the 11th following a pitcher’s duel between Arizona’s Patrick Corbin and Pittsburgh’s Ivan Nova.

Corbin and Nova were nearly flawless as neither allowed a run and gave up just three hits. Nova pitched eight innings, while Corbin went seven.

Corbin’s 12 strikeouts matched his career high set April 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the left-hander had a stretch in which he set down 13 hitters in a row between the first and fifth innings. He had allowed a combined 10 runs in 11 1/3 innings in his previous two starts.

I just had a rough time getting a grip on the ball, Bedrosian said (via The Orange County Register). I couldn’t locate my pitches. No matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to get a grip on the breaking balls.

Jim Johnson then allowed another run as the Angels lost 6-1.

Though Bedrosian attributed his struggles to humidity at Comerica Park following the rainfall, some believe a goose that hung out in right field during the second rain delay before flying headlong into a scoreboard injected life in the Tigers. Hence the legend of the Rally Goose was born.

They definitely had some uncharacteristic mistakes, he said. We had a lot of baserunners there. So, maybe keeping the pressure on them led to that. They don’t do that very often, and they probably won’t the rest of the series.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny addressed the miscues.

MLB wrap: Cubs take control early, cruise to win over Cardinals

The Cubs scored early and often Friday against the Cardinals.
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Chicago plated five runs in the first four innings to take control of its series opener in St. Louis. The Patrick Omameh Jersey Cubs added six more in the fifth and cruised to a 13-5 victory. They tallied 14 hits.

It is the start of Barkley’s first professional offseason, finally a respite after a training grind leading up to the NFL scouting combine, the relentless pre-draft visits, interviews and workouts and his introduction to the Giants, intertwined with his intense desire to make a positive first impression. So far, Barkley has aced every test — heck, he castigated himself for the one pass he dropped all spring — and to see him eating lunch in the team cafeteria with Odell Beckham Jr. felt like the launch of a beautiful football union.

Barkley deserves a break, but he grimaces and curls his nose as if smelling something repugnant when asked if he indeed will take time off to decompress. He has to report back to the Giants on July 22.

No, no, this six weeks is not really a time to rest, Barkley said.

Naturally, the conspiracy theories began to flow. The most popular was Harper was showing his chops to the Yankees, discreetly telling them he wants to play for New York.

The Yankees have a strict facial hair policy, so the baby-faced look began to ring some bells. Harper is in the last year of his contract with the Nats and has said in the past he would be interested in playing for the Yankees.

Another theory is Harper trying to break out of the slump he’s been in and that shaving Christian McCaffrey Jersey his beard will bring good mojo his way. It’s not completely far-fetched, since athletes are known to be extremely superstitious.

It’s plausible he was willing to go to the extremes and shave. Sadly, it didn’t seem to work.

It may be a mystery to why Harper shaved his beard. But it doesn’t bode well for the Nationals’ playoff chances.

Gronk said his decision to skip OTAs was so that he could train on my own.

It went good, he said. I think it was a good decision.

MLB officials have reportedly contacted Bryce Harper about participating in home run derby

MLB wants Bryce Harper to enter this year’s home run derby.
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League officials have reached out to Harper to discuss his participation in the event, according to a report from FanRag Sports. MLB has not pressured Harper to commit to the derby — which will take place in his home ballpark — the report says.

You’ve got to wait three years and then begin to look back. But, objectively, some of the things I learned were not to worry about need, to pick the best player available because you can’t predict the future in the game of baseball. No. 2 is that the most difficult position to project on is high school pitching, and we missed on three high school pitchers in Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw and Cole Hamels….

Might have been more problematic because of where we played, a little skittish based upon the venue. But also, it’s difficult to project on high school arms, in particular, and left-handers can sometimes be a little more of an enigma, too. I mean, you’re just constantly learning. Every organization has a set of what I call separators, and I’m going to try and talk about that on air a lot on Monday night. Those are the things that guide you in the decisions you make.

Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million contract with New York in December 2013. He has slashed.264/.330/.386 in four seasons with the Yankees.

Ellsbury’s role may be reduced when he returns to the active roster as the Yankees have sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield. Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks have both also spent significant time in New York’s outfield this season.

The Yankees currently Doug McDermott Womens Jersey hold a 46-21 record in 2018. They’ve won three of their last four games.

Larry Fitzgerald at least will provide some reliability for the new QBs. But beyond him, everything is in flux. The Cardinals said goodbye to the unrelated Browns (John and Jaron). They signed former Cowboy Adam Jones Authentic Jersey Brice Butler and drafted Christian Kirk in the second round. Chad Williams and J.J. Nelson are the returnees. Waiver pick-up Cobi Hamilton rounds out the mix.

Reports: Cowboys, G Martin reach six-year, $84M deal

All-Pro right guard Zack Martin and the Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension worth $84 million with $40 million Eddie George Jersey guaranteed, according to multiple reports. At $14 million per year, the deal makes Martin the second-highest-paid offensive lineman, and the highest-paid guard, in NFL history.
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The Cowboys boast the highest-paid offensive line in the NFL with center Travis Frederick and left tackle Tyron Smith into their second pro contracts. Dallas drafted Connor Williams in the second round of April’s draft and La’el Collins, undrafted out of LSU, signed a two-year deal worth up to $15.4 million covering the next two seasons. –Field Level Media

Oh, and he hired Ben McAdoo as head coach. Enough said. Reese should have been gone after a second consecutive losing season in 2014, but he lingered until this past season. 

It’s not as though John Idzik took over a great team and made it bad, but he made so many mistakes in such a short period that he severely delayed the Jets’ attempt to rebuild following a 6-10 season.

Not only did he let head coach Rex Ryan linger for two more seasons so that owner Woody Johnson was forced to fire both of them together, but he also wasted his first draft pick (a top-10 selection) on bust cornerback Dee Milliner. In addition, he swung and missed one round later with quarterback Geno Smith, and none of his first eight Womens Fred Lynn Jersey selections in the 2014 draft panned out.

He traded Darrelle Revis in his prime and used the pick he got from Tampa Bay for the cornerback to take Sheldon Richardson, who wasn’t a bust but never quite lived up to expectations in New York. 

Most importantly, when Idzik took the job, it was clear the Jets needed to start over at quarterback. He put all of his eggs in Smith’s basket, and that strategy failed.

Saints’ Mark Ingram: ‘I’m not angry with my contract’

After missing the voluntary organized team activities, New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram found himself a wanted man Tuesday following the first day of mandatory minicamp practice.

Approximately 50 media members camped out at his locker anxiously waiting for his arrival. Ingram entered the locker room, saw the crowd and allowed himself a chuckle.

People make their own narrative, the media makes their own narrative, Ingram said. I’m not angry with my contact. I wasn’t holding out. Yeah, I’m in the last year of my deal of course, I’d like an extension but that’s not the reason I wasn’t here. It is voluntary, you have the option to come, I had a workout bonus.

While the Saints were conducing OTAs, Ingram elected to train on his own in Florida, where he said the focus fell on speed work, route running, catching passes, taking care of his body and getting his weight down to a trim 215 pounds.

Also, Gardner, who turns 35 in August, said he wouldn’t really want to play anywhere else, but that he’d consider it if the Yankees don’t want me here anymore and I still wanted to play a couple more years.

We’ll cross that bridge when we get there, he said, sitting at his locker in Yankee Stadium clubhouse.

While Loaisiga is small and skinny, he has surprising power to his three-pitch repertoire. His quick arm repeatedly generates 93-96 mph fastballs that top out at 98 with life down in the strike zone. His low-80s curveball features a high spin rate and his upper-80s changeup has nice fade, albeit with a bit too much velocity.

Loaisiga has a clean delivery that he repeats well, allowing him to work the bottom of the strike zone and issue just three walks in 32 2/3 innings last season. His stuff and control give him a ceiling of a mid-rotation starter, though his size and health history are concerns. If he winds up in the bullpen, his stuff should add even more power and he could rush through the Minors.

The Washington Nationals outfielder, who will be the most coveted free agent if and when he hits the market following the 2018 season, played on the road on Tuesday against the Yankees one of the suitors who could enter a bidding war in the offseason.

Yankees activate Warren, farm out Kahnle

Personally, I would love the 1 o’clock, Robertson said Monday. It worked out well. That’s why it was scheduled there and I feel like we’ve been mistreated a little bit with the changing of the schedule.
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When the Yankees were rained out last Thursday in Baltimore, they were told they’d be making it up in a straight doubleheader on Monday, July 9, which is the first day of their next series there.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone, an ESPN Sunday Night Broadcaster last year, expressed his displeasure with the decision over the weekend and on Monday said, I stand by that.

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Fewer than 10 players were planning to attend the White House event, according to several reports.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who played Kevin Byard Jersey for the Eagles but was traded in the offseason to the Carolina Panthers, admonished Trump for the decision.

There are a lot of people on the team that have plenty of different views, Smith wrote in a tweet. The men and women that wanted to go should’ve been able to go. It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you. To make it about the anthem is foolish

The team released a statement late Monday night that did not directly address Trump’s action:

It has been incredibly thrilling to celebrate our first Super Bowl Championship. Watching the entire Eagles community come together has been an inspiration. We are truly grateful for all the support we have received and we are looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2018 season.

Manziel’s work habits in Cleveland were weak. He won’t have it any easier in Canada.

You have to be able to assess what the defense is doing in a very short period of time, and if you’re trying to change out of the play with a pressure check, the operation has to be very, very quick. So I think everything in terms of mentally what you have to do pre-snap, it is all much more sudden.
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Reilly’s breakdown: That changes everything, too. It is an advantage to be able to have three or four receivers motioning from one side of the field to the other, and motioning toward the line of scrimmage to get a running start against the defense. That’s all great. But what you have to understand, too, is that the defense is also Kyle Emanuel Jersey going to be moving around and making adjustments based on your motion. So when you’re at the line of scrimmage and you send your receivers in motion, you’ve got about two or three seconds before you’re going to snap the ball, and what the defense was showing you before the motions versus after the motions is going to be completely different.

Adam Schefter gives the details on why Patriots WR Julian Edelman is facing a 4-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who reportedly is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, apologized via Instagram on Friday.

He’s posted a 1.88 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over 24 innings. The Pirates are around league average against righties in terms of OPS, but they are Miami Dolphins Womens Jersey among the best in limiting strikeouts against them at just 19 percent (third-lowest). His .215 BABIP and 95 percent left-on-base rate will both regress substantially, but there’s a lot of wiggle room to remain a useful arm, and this will be a nice test to see where we’re at with Buchholz.

Jake Odorizzi (R), 33 percent, Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers: The main requirement to use Odorizzi? Make sure he’s not facing the Indians or Yankees. Those two teams have put up 16 earned runs against him in just 13 innings while the rest of the league has also put up 16, but in 55 innings. The Tigers are 27th in wOBA, 25th in ISO and dead last in walk rate against righties.