Zach Britton injury update: Orioles closer (Achilles) could return Wednesday

The Orioles could receive a boost to their bullpen soon with the return of Zach Britton, who missed the start of the season recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Britton could be activated as early as Wednesday when Baltimore faces the Red Sox at home. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday Britton dominated on his rehab assignment, but the team hasn’t been tempted to speed up his return timetable.

If everything goes well, Zach will throw back-to-back on Sunday and Monday, Showalter said Thursday, via MLB.com. The earliest you could see him activated here is Wednesday. We have an off-day on Thursday; could be Friday. I’m just hoping the back-to-backs go well and he feels good.

I ask him questions all the time, I’m always in his ear, I try to be as professional as possible, he said.

Trubisky discussed the transition on Wednesday’s PFT Live from Mentor, Ohio, where he’s hosting a four-day youth football camp.

To hear what Trubisky said on every topic that came up during the 10-minute or so discussion, check out the video.

Speculation is Porter could fall to No. 9 because of his back issues that flared up last week and initially caused cancellation of his workout. (It was later held as scheduled.)

A source told The Post that Porter suffered from hip spasms. There was a report stating he had trouble getting out of bed — which he firmly denied Monday on CBS Radio.

My agent was very cautious, [it was] a little sore, nothing that serious, Porter said. There’s no risk of reinjury. There’s no risk as much people [as] are making it seem.

The ball was still floating in the air as Davis Webb announced the fate of the pass before it reached its intended destination.

That’s six! Webb exclaimed.

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Who gets credit for Gregorius turning into basestealer

Romine’s career-best 11 game hitting streak ended while the Yankees were sweeping a two-game set with the Jays and his team-best average dropped from.373 to.344, but his game-calling again was stellar.

Romine did an unbelievable job, Gray said. I didn’t shake him one time. We were going in and out throwing pitches that I normally (don’t throw)… but I just got convicted in what he was putting down and threw it.

Romine, who is a lot like Aaron Judge when it comes to deflecting credit, played down his role in Gray’s success.

You’ve got to be able to read what’s working better than the other one per se, Romine said. Or if all of them are working, it’s just kind of flipping a coin. But I think we were primarily sticking with the (sinking) two-seamer and the curveball and we were able to sprinkle some sliders in there to keep it going.

Poyer had five interceptions, 95 tackles, 13 passes defensed and a touchdown in the first season of his four-year, $13 million deal with the team, but the 27-year-old has been around for half a decade, and it’s possible his career year came a season too late. 

White had four interceptions, 18 passes defensed and a touchdown while making nearly $750,000 less than Poyer on average. The 23-year-old 2017 first-round pick made a similar impact for less money and has a higher upside, so he gets the crown. 

This one was basically a toss-up between 2015 third-round pick Eli Harold and 2017 third-rounder Ahkello Witherspoon, both of whom have become solid young defensive starters on cheap rookie contracts for the San Francisco 49ers. 

Witherspoon didn’t get onto the field during the first month of his rookie season but became a regular starter by November. Per PFF, he allowed a passer rating of just 66.4 between Week 13 and Week 16, and he didn’t give up a touchdown in coverage after Week 12. That probably indicates he’s on a better trajectory than Harold, who wasn’t a liability but failed to take a leap forward in his third season.

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Goff with the Rams was forced to sit behind Case Keenum for the first nine games of 2016 despite the starter’s shaky play and cries from fans in favor of the rookie.

Once he got his chance, Goff’s seven games as starter in 2016 were shaky. Then LA went through a coaching change.

No, the early results for Goff were not good, and his sitting behind Keenum did not appear helpful at the end of the 2016 season. But the transition to new head coach Sean McVay that offseason led to a boom in Goff’s play in 2017. He now looks like the franchise quarterback the Rams hoped for when they drafted him No. 1 overall in 2016.

This one’s tricky, because Prescott, drafted in the fourth round, was not selected as the Cowboys’ franchise-quarterback-to-be. Incumbent starter and seasoned veteran Tony Romo’s preseason injury changed everything, and Prescott unexpectedly started Week 1 of the regular season.

It wasn’t until his second season, after Kyle Orton was benched, that Tebow mania arrived.

The Broncos were bad in 2010, and they were off to a bad start in 2011, too, until Kyle Orton lost his starting job to Tebow in Week 5. The Broncos won seven of their next eight games and won their division with an 8-8 record. Then came the famous OT win over the Steelers. Tebow mania was fun while it lasted, but Denver eventually moved on when it realize Tebow’s climax as an NFL quarterback had come and gone.

Newton was drafted No. 1 overall to take over the reigns Jimmy Clausen couldn’t handle in Carolina. There wasn’t much of a battle in camp … for good reason.

The Panthers’ struggle to win games in Newton’s first two seasons could point to a failure, but the one bright spot was his 2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year award. It took the team a few years to match the quarterback’s level of play, culminating in Newtons 2015 NFL MVP award.

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Von Miller hosting another pass rusher summit

Broncos star outside linebacker Von Miller was grateful for the lessons he learned from his elders.

So he’s more than willing to share them with the Cheap Baseball Jerseys China next generation of guys who chase quarterbacks.

Via Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post, Miller will host another pass rusher summit next month in Branson, Mo. He hosted his first such event last year in California.

“It’s a great space where we can talk about knowledge and share knowledge,” Miller said. “It’s the only place where you can do that and where you can get [Oakland’s] Khalil Mack and [Atlanta’s] Vic Beasley in the same spot, other than the Pro Bowl, and talk about pass rush and what it takes to be a great pass rusher from a young’s guy point of view.”

African-American Newark mayor Ras Baraka has stated that cops aren’t the problem. They can’t solve the murders of black children, teens and young adults because of gang threats of more murder. We’d all take a knee to underscore and change that, no?

Thus highly public pregame demonstrations rub reasonable, caring folks the wrong way or halfway as based less in sincerity than in exploiting televised NFL games.

The Lions are spending another offseason trying to find a backfield mix that will give their offense the kind of balance it’s been missing for much of Matthew Stafford‘s run as the team’s quarterback.

Part of this year’s plan was signing LeGarrette Blount as a free agent after Blount’s bruising running style helped the Eagles win Super Bowl LII. That title came a year after Blount was part of a Patriots championship team and the Lions would certainly like to make a run like that this season.

No one’s going to pin all hopes on that front on Blount, but the chances of anything close to that happening would improve if he does well on the field. Running backs coach David Walker made it clear how he sees Blount doing that.

“Hopefully, he’ll give us a little bit more than we had last year,” Walker said, via the Detroit Free Press. “It’s one thing with 200-pounds of Ameer [Abdullah] or Theo [Riddick] running through the hole that you have to tackle. And it’s a totally different animal trying to tackle a 240-pound LeGarrette Blount. So we understand that hopefully will put a little bit more stress on the defense.”

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Former NFL coach Chuck Knox dies at 86

Legendary NFL head coach Chuck Knox died Saturday after battling dementia. He was 86.

One trade in 2009 netted Tepper a personal payday of nearly $4 billion. He told New York Magazine in recalling the sudden growth in wealth: “I could buy an island. I could buy a private jet, but I have NetJets. I could get myself a 22-year-old! Sometimes, if someone is an asshole, like a waiter at a restaurant, I think, I could just buy this place and fire that guy.”

Tepper has been a minority owner (5 percent share) of his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers since 2009.

New Jersey spent years — and at least $9 million — in court fighting for legal sports betting at its casinos and racetracks. When the Supreme Court ruled in the state’s favor, it overturned a 1992 federal ban on such wagering.

Start with the team those 1991 Twins faced. In a 25-year stretch between moving to Atlanta in 1966 and starting the 1991 season, the Braves made just two playoff appearances and failed to win a single postseason game. They finished in either fifth or sixth place in each of the six previous seasons and were coming off a 65-97 campaign under Bobby Cox. Those 1991 Braves subsequently started a nearly two-decade run of success by going 94-68 and beating the Pirates in a desperately tight National League Championship Series before facing off in a classic World Series against the Twins.

The Packers have already made two big changes to their passing game, with the departure of Jordy Nelson and the arrival of Jimmy Graham, and Witten thinks Bryant could be a huge plus.

“I still think Dez can still high-point the football Cheap Baseball Jerseys China as good as any other wide receiver in the National Football League,” Witten said. “You partner him up with Jimmy Graham and Aaron Rodgers, and I Cheap Dan Marino Jerseys think that offense can put up a lot of points. . . . I think it’s a win-win for the Packers.”

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Matt Patricia’s 22-year pass is typical NFL, but still doesn’t make sense

There’s so much to untangle about the bombshell revelation of a 1996 sexual-assault indictment against new Lions head coach Matt Patricia. The Lions, Patricia, the NFL and the Patriots (his former, long-time employer) only entangled it more in the first 24 hours after the Detroit News’ Wednesday night report.

But start with this, and just try to disprove it: If 2018 head-coaching prospect Matt Patricia were 2018 draft prospect Matt Patricia, his name would be yanked off the draft boards of multiple teams. They’d hear, they’d dig around, they’d know, they’d debate, but a bunch of franchises would decide they want no part of him.

This is where a grand insight about the NFL, its priorities and its double standards would normally go. But who even knows if that applies here?

No, it defies every thread of logic that a league — and a franchise, to be sure — that functions as it does would miss something this big, no matter how it was resolved. On the other hand, knowing the recent history of the Patriots and the NFL, it’s no less logical than anything else.

James, looking to create a unified team experience for Cleveland’s postseason run, paired with New York-based designer Thom Browne to gift each of his teammates three of Browne’s signature Super 120s twill suits (a light grey, a grey and a charcoal), white oxford shirts, cashmere cardigan sweaters, sunglasses, ties, black pebble grain leather boots (or calf leather low-cut trainers), a black Chesterfield overcoat, a bag and a sweat suit with Browne’s distinct 4-bar detail.

The retail cost of the total wardrobe each player received is north of $17,120, according to Browne’s website (far more if you include the $41,000 grey alligator Mr. Thom bag that James toted into Bankers Life Fieldhouse the first time the Cavs wore the ensemble).

For every road playoff game, through Indiana, in Toronto and now in Boston, the Cavs have worn the suits from the team hotel, onto the bus, into Cheap Replica Soccer Jerseys the visitor’s locker room when they make their entrance and up Cheap Paintball Jerseys And Pants to the postgame podium before they make their exit.

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Cowboys sign guard Dustin Stanton

The Cowboys signed offensive guard Dustin Stanton on Monday.

Stanton originally signed with the Bengals as a rookie free Baseball Jerseys Wholesale agent out of Oregon State in 2017. Cincinnati released him out of the preseason.

He sat out the 2017 season.

James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State: He had at least 70 Cheap NFL Jerseys USA receptions, 1,300 yards and 10 TDs each of the past two seasons in the Cowboys’ high-octane attack. Washington is a different flavor of receiver — almost similar to a running back — but effectively replaces Martavis Bryant, who was traded to Oakland Thursday, adding another dynamic presence to the passing attack behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

D.J. Chark, WR, LSU: If he catches 45-50 balls, great. His real value is 4.34 speed that can further open up Jacksonville’s top-ranked run game — featuring former Bayou Bengals teammate Leonard Fournette — while also creating room for a pedestrian group of receivers (Donte Moncrief, Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole).

He had previously done the same with the Colts, but their rookie minicamp is the same weekend, which means he can’t go to both.

Barrett was a productive player for the Buckeyes, with 3,053 passing yards with 35 touchdowns and nine interceptions, along with 798 rushing yards.

The Saints have Tom Savage and Taysom Hill on the depth chart behind Drew Brees.

Geron Christian, OT, Louisville: He blocked for Lamar Jackson at Louisville and could safeguard another (slightly less) mobile quarterback, Alex Smith. Christian also worked out a bit at center at the Cardinals’ pro day. Might be a while before he plays regularly with Trent Williams and Morgan Moses both under contract for several more years.

Derrick Nnadi, DL, Florida State: A 6-1, 317-pounder, he’s Kansas City’s second addition to the D-line on Day 2. Nnadi had double-digit TFLs each of past two seasons. Built low to the ground, he’s a hustler, a trait amplified by his quickness. He’s added some bulk since leaving Tallahassee, which may enable him to hold up more effectively against bigger players.

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Draft gives Patricia first chance to lay his groundwork with Lions

Allen Park — After a free-agency period filled with mostly modest and short-term signings, the NFL Draft will truly be the first opportunity for coach Matt Patricia to put his stamp on the Detroit Lions’ roster.

Obviously, each selection will ultimately be credited to general manager Bob Quinn, but as he’s stated multiple times, each roster decision will be a joint decision between Patricia and him.

In 2014, the Lions selected tight end Eric Ebron in the first round, before trading up to get linebacker Kyle Van Noy near the top of the second. And like Caldwell, neither remains with the franchise.

Ebron was jettisoned this offseason when his contract cost outpaced his value. Van Noy didn’t even make it through three seasons with the team before he was traded away to the Patriots for pennies on the dollar.

Neither of those players ended up being the program builders the Lions had hoped. Ebron was supposed to be a game-changer in the mold of Jimmy Graham, but at his best was a fringe top-10 guy at his position. Van Noy was a square peg in a round hole, asked to play a completely different style than the one he had thrived doing while at BYU.

Witten had been floated as a candidate for the Monday Night Football opening (as well as for Fox’s Thursday Night Football void), and had reportedly auditioned for the position, but until Friday we had little reason to believe he was a front-runner in a crowded field. With Peyton Manning and Brett Favre out of the running, other reported candidates have included Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Louis Riddick, Rex Ryan, Booger McFarland, Kurt Warner, Joe Thomas and Greg Olsen. But it seems as though, one way or another, Witten has risen to the top.

New general manager Brian Gutekunst displayed some efficient maneuvering in helping Green Bay stock up for the future while still addressing a big need. By trading out of the No. 14 spot with the Saints, he picked up a first-round pick in 2019 as well as a fifth rounder this year. Then, leveraging two of the league-high 12 picks with which they entered the draft, the Packers moved up nine spots to No. 18 to take cornerback Jaire Alexander, a player they likely would’ve considered at No. 14. And with 11 selections remaining (including four in the fifth round), Green Bay has enough ammo to move up on Day 2.

I’m more of an all-purpose back, can definitely catch the ball out of the backfield, can run by splitting tackles and I’m a one-cut stretch zone runner, Franklin said. I can take tosses, sweep and you can even put me in the slot. I can pick up blitzes, I can read defense, just do whatever the coach needs me to do. I Cheap European Soccer Jerseys can hit, light somebody up on special Cheap Hats And Jerseys teams, just want to make a 53-man roster.

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2018 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller’s Best Remaining Players After Day 1

Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, Sam Darnold, Denzel Ward, Bradley Chubb and Quenton Nelson, along with 26 others, heard their names called in the 2018 NFL draft from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday night.

Day 2 packs a punch of depth, potential stars and sleepers alike.

Harold Landry of Boston College, Josh Jackson and James Daniels of Iowa, and Isaiah Oliver of Colorado stand atop the Big Board as we enter Rounds 2 and 3. Day 1 may get all the flash, but these rounds are vital for contending teams.

The 2018 wide receiver class was never well-received, but with only two players off the board after Day 1, we could see some steals now in Day 2. Courtland Sutton has the makings of a No. 1 guy, but he needs to overcome a few issues, primarily separating from defenders.

Christian Kirk, D.J. Chark and James Washington all possess game-changing ability. Expect them all to hear their names called Cheap Baseball Jerseys China on Day 2.

Maxwell, 30, entered the league in 2011 out of Clemson as a sixth-round pick with Seattle, where he spent the first four years of his professional career. Maxwell then played for the Eagles in 2015 before being traded Cheap Dan Marino Jerseys to the Dolphins in 2016.

The Dolphins released Maxwell in October 2017 after he appeared in two games, leading to the Seahawks bringing him back on a one-year deal in November. Maxwell finished the 2017 season appearing in seven games with six starts.

On his career, Maxwell has appeared in 83 games with 52 starts, totaling 245 tackles (203 solo), 11 interceptions, 59 passes defensed and 11 forced fumbles.

Humphries has had a rollercoaster three years in Arizona, which started off with a rookie season that kept him inactive for all 16 games and featured Bruce Arians in his ear constantly.

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NFL schedule 2018: Chiefs, Falcons lead six contenders with toughest schedule

The 2018 NFL schedule is not created equal for all teams. While every NFL fan likes to think his or her favorite team got a raw deal from the league, in some cases, it’s actually true.

The quality of opponents from one season to the next is the biggest factor, but when and where games are played can combine to further stack the odds against teams with playoff aspirations.

Andy Reid is breaking in new starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes with a brutal stretch early in the season. It starts with the Chargers and Steelers in consecutive road games. The first home game, against the rising 49ers, isn’t easy, with the Jaguars on deck at Arrowhead. The Broncos and Patriots make it four away games in the first six weeks.

The Packers face the strongest schedule in the NFL based on the combined winning percentage of last year’s opponents (.539). They face many of the same challenges the Vikings have in front of them, but the Packers draw the Redskins (away in Week 3) and Falcons (home in Week 14) instead of the Eagles and Saints.

All of Darnold’s issues are fixable, which is why he’s so alluring to NFL teams. A high-character, intelligent, strong-armed, mobile and confident passer, his flashes of great anticipation, pocket quickness and finishing ability on the perimeter speak to his upside.

Many NFL teams feel Darnold could have used another year in college, but they won’t let an elite talent like him last beyond the top five picks. Regardless, his turnovers were issues at USC, and he’ll need to clean them up early in his pro career.

It’s easy to see the negatives with Allen, and his accuracy issues go beyond a mediocre supporting cast in college. He rushes through progressions, leaves the pocket too quick at times and has room for improvement in footwork and mechanics.

Mayfield will always have limitations as a shorter QB. But that doesn’t mean he can’t continue to maximize his pocket movement, downfield vision, accuracy and confidence in traffic to develop into the next Wilson or Drew Brees. Mayfield has the rare patience and throwing lane creation ability that Buy Cheap Jerseys could Basketball Jerseys For Sale afford him similar success.

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