NFL Draft 2018: Steelers select potential Ben Roethlisberger successor Mason Rudol

The Steelers appear to have found Ben Roethlisberger’s successor after selecting Mason Rudolph in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Pittsburgh traded up from No. 79 to No. 76 to select Rudolph, who had been talked about as a player who could sneak into the first round after a stellar career at Oklahoma State.

— Coach Hue Jackson seemed enamored of Mayfield at the NFL Meetings last month.

“No doubt, he is (still legitimately in the mix at No. 1),” Jackson said. “I think he’s outstanding. I have a different appreciation for Baker. Spending that time with him, what a leader, tremendous person. He is important in the community. I think he’s important to his teammates. I kind of feel like he’s the Pied Piper of Oklahoma football.”

Is this enough evidence to cement Mayfield as the No. 1 overall pick? Obviously not. Anything can happen. But if Mayfield does go No. 1, it will be easy in hindsight to go back and connect the dots.

Mathis’ 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sold at auction Thursday for $2.88 million, according to the Heritage Auctions website. The card was graded by the authenticating firm PSA as a Mint 9, the second-highest grade available and a rare classification for a 1952 Mantle.

While Heritage had estimated the card’s value at $3.5 million before to the auction, it still came close to the record of $3.12 million paid in 2016 for a T-206 Honus Wagner card.

Mathis told The Associated Press last month he acquired the card about two years ago but decided to part with it because he needed to free up some money to move his family from Arizona to Tennessee.

“I don’t think I’ll have any regrets because I’ll have a nice house to show for it instead of the card,” he said.

Mathis, 36, retired following the 2016 NFL season after stints with the Panthers, Dolphins, Bengals, Eagles, Broncos and Cardinals. He was a Pro Bowl selection at guard for the Eagles in 2013 and ’14, and was part of Denver’s Super Bowl champion team the following year.dolphins_098

Ty Montgomery knows he needs to stay healthy

During the Scouting Combine earlier this year, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said that two most important abilities [for a player] in all this is availability and accountability while noting that running back Ty Montgomery’s biggest stumbling block has been availability.
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Montgomery missed 10 games and the playoffs with an ankle injury in 2015 and missed eight games with rib and wrist injuries last year, which illustrates the point McCarthy was making. It’s something that Montgomery knows needs to change if he’s going to realize his full potential as an NFL player.

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Blackmon did his damage against the otherwise stingy Stephen Strasburg. His two-out homer in the fourth was the Rockies’ first hit off Strasburg, who retired the first 11 batters. In the sixth, Blackmon squeezed a grounder past first baseman Ryan Zimmerman into the right-field corner to score two runs and tie the game at 3. Gonzalez followed with a single against the shift to score Blackmon.
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Malkin is nursing a lower-body injury. He did not play in the team’s clinching Game 6 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

Hagelin has an upper-body injury. He left Game 6 with the injury, suffered on a hard hit from Philly forward Claude Giroux.

Game 1 in the Penguins-Capitals series is Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in Washington, D.C.

Most view the top prospects in the draft as versatile and dynamic Penn State running back Saquon Barkley 鈥?the player believed the Giants will take No. 2 鈥?and N.C. State edge rusher Bradley Chubb. Rosen has reportedly tumbled down draft boards while Mayfield has risen, for the moment anyway.

I’ve never seen anything like it. I have to fill out a mock draft tonight, and I’ll take any and all suggestions, NFL Network analyst and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah said. You’re Matt Breida Womens Jersey trying to build a house and you can’t pour the foundation. You don’t know who the first pick is going to be. So when you don’t know who the first pick is going to be, it’s a trickle-down effect. It can go in a million different ways.

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Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly won’t set foot on a field without a contract extension.
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Over on the West Coast, Vicki Gunvalson told us she has made 382 videos for fans and has 12 outstanding requests.

I think it’s a great way for people to get a ‘little taste of Vicki’ for their special events, she said. I’ve celebrated weddings, birthdays, bachelorette and bachelor parties, graduations, job promotions and everything in between.An investigation into NFL teams’ bizarre questioning of prospects during the Combine has now turned on the player who launched it.

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His explanation was that it was taken out of context, a team executive told There’s just a lot going on with him.

Guice revisited a common accusation against NFL front offices during the interview portion of the Combine when he revealed he was asked if he likes men and how he feels about his mom being a prostitute. These interviews are often framed as a way to test the prospect psychologically and emotionally.

I’d go in one room and a team would ask me, ‘Do I like men?’ just to see my reaction, Guice recalled on SiriusXM NFL Radio in early March. They’d try to bring up one of my family members or somebody and tell me, ‘Hey, man, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?’ Just random stuff like that, man, to see how you respond.

The story led the NFL to announce it would investigate Guice’s claims about the interviews, which the league called completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies.
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After Guice reportedly noted to some teams that the question-and-answer session didn’t happen exactly as he’d described it, draft evaluators have buckled.

Shane Ray expects Broncos to exercise the 2019 option on his contract

Although Broncos General Manager John Elway said the team has not decided whether to exercise its 2019 option on Shane Ray’s contract, Ray expects Denver to pick it up.
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I’m not concerned, the linebacker said, via Vicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. I love being a Bronco. John’s got a lot of things to deal with, and whether or not he picks up my option, it doesn’t say anything about what I’m going to be for this team, my role for this team. I’m just excited. I wouldn’t look into too much. I think that it’s going to get picked up. I think that I’m going to be here, and I’m just looking forward to this opportunity.

He was a 198-pound defensive end coming out of high school, a two-star recruit passed over by the big-boy colleges in his home state such as Texas, Baylor and Texas A&M, who all had a similar message.

They Timofey Mozgov Jersey were like, ‘You’re too skinny. You’re good, but we can find people that are good and bigger,’ Davenport said.

Nobody saw a future NFL first-round draft pick, let alone a college star.

But for now it appears that Bulaga, who has two years left on his deal, won’t play ball. We’ll see whether anything changes if the Packers draft a potential successor to Bulaga tonight.
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Barkley would be a wonderful human highlight film. Anyone who watched him fillet Big Ten defenses knows he is going to be one of those running backs whose skills turn balletic when slowed down by NFL Films, with some brass-heavy orchestration in the background. He will be fun to watch play.

Odell Beckham Jr. is fun to watch play, too.

With Torres probably taking over at second, Wade likely will be optioned to Triple-A.

While full financial terms are not immediately available, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that the deal includes a $2 million signing bonus and several millions more in incentives if Foles becomes the starter and hits various benchmarks as Philly’s starting QB.

Both of Week 3’s interleague series will involve National League teams visiting American League parks, which means the addition (rather than subtraction going in the opposite direction) of the designated hitter for the Miami Marlins (two games at Yankee Stadium) and San Francisco Giants (three games at Angel Stadium). Unfortunately, there’s little benefit for the Marlins, who will probably use the position as a “half-day off” for one of their regular hitters, but the Giants could allow Pablo Sandoval to pick up the majority of their DH starts. The bigger story for these two teams is the potential return of a few notable names from the DL: catcher J.T. Realmuto (back) for the Marlins, and starting pitchers Johnny Cueto (ankle) and Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) for the Giants. Cueto could wind up as a two-start pitcher if he returns as scheduled on Tuesday, in which case he’d warrant instant activation in all formats.

Meantime, rookie Miguel Andujar (.250, 2 HR, 9 RBIs, 12 games) has been hot the week starting at third base with injured starter Brandon Drury on the DL. Andujar was 2-for-4 with a three-run double on Saturday and is hitting .450 with eight extra-base hits in his last five games.

Ronald Torreyes, the Yanks’ starter at second a lot in recent games, probably will return to his old role as utility infielder.

Mean time, Walker could be in danger of being released if he doesn’t pick it up. In addition to seeing time at second base, the veteran switch-hitter has been platooning at first base with Tyler Austin, who has been more productive.

Walker’s roster spot could be in jeopardy next month when starting first baseman Greg Bird makes an expected return from March ankle surgery.

With a masterful wit and incisive sarcasm, Popovich has shown himself to be equal parts strict and caring as it pertains to his players, and coaches typically require a good cop to their bad cop.steelers_105

Eric Weddle reached out to Dez Bryant

Former Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is thought to be interested in playing for an NFC East team like the Giants in order to maximize his chances to face his former team, but there’s been no sign that those clubs are moving to add him to the roster.
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There has been word of interest from the Ravens, however, and one of their veterans said he’s joining the recruiting effort. Safety Eric Weddle said on Tuesday that he’s made an overture toward Bryant in order to pitch the wideout on coming to Baltimore.

That will be kind of the domino that kind of makes all the rest of the decisions easy. What is my future after this year? After that, everything kind of takes care of itself.

Olsen missed nine games last season with a broken foot suffered in Week 2. It was the first time since the 2007 season with the Chicago Bears that he missed a game and the first time since his first season with the Panthers in 2011 that he missed a start.

With all the other exits and storylines surrounding the Seahawks this offseason, the future of Earl Thomas has slid by without much notice. At least until now.

According to Brock Huard of KIRO, the veteran safety was not present for the start of the Seahawks voluntary workouts yesterday, setting an ominous tone for the final year of his contract.
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Again, this is a professional environment, but as humans we have personal connections to people, Rodgers said Tuesday. Obviously, [Nelson] was one of my closest friends in the locker room for a number of years, and Braxton Miller Jersey [we] played together for a long time and talked about really finishing his career here and together, and making the most of the opportunities.

Patriots spending a lot of time scouting quarterback prospects

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They worked out Western Kentucky quarterback Mike White on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Nick Caserio, the team’s director of player personnel, put White through the workout. Caserio also met with White for a film session before Western Kentucky’s Pro Day, White previously told SiriusXM NFL Radio.

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The beginning of the Cowboys’ offseason program Monday always was presumed as the deadline for the decision. Any season-ending injury occurring on team premises would guarantee his $12.5 million salary.

Bryant has a salary-cap number of $16.5 million for this season, though he has not had a 1,000-yard season since 2014. His last 100-yard game came November 13, 2016, against the Steelers.

Dallas signed Troy Hill Youth jersey Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson in free agency and still could draft a receiver. The Cowboys have shown interest in Alabama’s Calvin Ridley and SMU’s Courtland Sutton among others.

The Sixers lost for the first time since March 13 to Indiana. They won 16 straight to end the regular season and the first game of the playoffs and played their 10th straight game without Embiid.

You need Joel Embiid, Sixers coach Brett Brown said.

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Before Bailey Davis was fired for posting a swimsuit photo online in January, she, like fellow Saintsations cheerleaders, were often tasked to sell calendars of themselves posing in bikinis to fans tailgating outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Should they fail to sell 20 ahead of kickoff, squad members would instead have to take their show on the road, to the stands.
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The club’s intention is to completely control the behavior of the women, even when they are not actually at their workplace, explained Leslie Levy, who previously represented cheerleaders who sued the Jets and Raiders. It’s an issue of power. You see a disparate treatment between the cheerleaders, and the mascots and anyone else who works for the team. I can’t think of another arena where employers exert this level of control, even when they are not at work.

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Ereck Flowers is entering his fourth year with the Giants and will be working with his third offensive line coach. Up next, it is Hal Hunter’s chance to get through to Flowers, who turns 24 this month. At least Hunter 鈥?who has coached the offensive line for the Chargers, Colts and Browns 鈥?does not have to try to get Flowers to become a better left tackle, as Flowers is making the switch to right tackle after the signing of Nate Solder, Tom Brady’s blind-side protector at left tackle with the Patriots.

The only move that can be construed as weakening the present to help the future was shipping Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers for a 2018 third-round draft pick and a swap of fourth-round picks. It is quite possible the player the Giants find to replace JPP this season will be a downgrade 鈥?unless they get North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb in the draft. Nick Foligno Womens Jersey The Giants were not adamant about parting ways this year with Pierre-Paul, but they always had an eye on his cap hit in 2019. They were pleasantly surprised they could get a third-round pick for him and as a result, dealt him away.

That’s just business, Shurmur said. We feel it was fair value on both sides. He’s obviously been an outstanding player. I’ve had to play against JPP, got to know him a little bit. We feel like we got good value.
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Joel Embiid officially listed as doubtful for Game 3 versus Heat

All-Star center Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round series against the Heat on Thursday.

Embiid has been sidelined since March 28 due to a broken orbital bone and a concussion. He cleared the NBA’s concussion protocol earlier this week and practiced with the Sixers on Tuesday and Wednesday, although he was a limited participant on Wednesday.

There remains no definitive timetable for Embiid’s return.

Brown also said there would be at least a slight adjustment required to implement Embiid into the offense after a nearly three-week absence.

“I think defensively, he immediately comes in and changes the landscape,” Brown said. “The game is being played so fast right now [and] he has not been with us for a while, so I think the adjustment offensively might be a little bit more noticeable than defensively initially.”

“These games will not only bring the excitement of NBA action directly to our passionate Chinese fans, but also provide our teams and players an opportunity to experience the rich culture and history of the country,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “The Mavericks and 76ers, both playing in China for the first time, will be able to encounter firsthand the incredible support of our Chinese fans and bond with one another through projects and events in the local community.”

The 25th and 26th NBA games in China will feature Philadelphia’s rising core of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons against Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr.

The Mavericks recently changed their Chinese name to translate to “Lone Ranger Heroes,” since their Mavericks name in Chinese is translated as “Little Cows.”

“When I played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I witnessed China’s enthusiasm for basketball firsthand,” Nowitzki said in a statement. “It will be a fantastic experience for our franchise to play in China for the first time. We’re also excited about the possibility of reconnecting with two great Chinese players who played for the Mavericks — Wang Zhizhi and Yi Jianlian.”

Embiid offered his take.jets_029

Preparing for the draft has opened Troy Aikman’s eyes.

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That’s always been an interest of mine, Aikman told The Doomsday Podcast.

If the opportunity does present itself, and I am not saying it will, I’d have to take a hard look at it. I’ve said many times that Deacon Jones Jersey I do believe there is another frontier for me beyond television. And I love my broadcasting career, I’ve loved doing it, it’s afforded me a lot of time with my girls, who have a few years left before they’re off to college. When that happens I’ll be able to take a step back and say what exactly do I want to do.

The challenge of it would be the most compelling part. As a player I had beliefs of how a team should be run, the type of players that would be required. I remember talking to John Elway about it, he wanted to prove a former player could do it. All these GMs think, ‘Oh, what does this guy know.’ What John Elway told me was he knows what a championship locker room looks like, and he’s been on those teams.

The Giants are already stacked at wide receiver (Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall), and have the sixth-least amount of cap space in the league, while the Super Bowl champion Eagles have the least amount of cap space in the league, and would be unlikely to risk their chemistry by bringing in the polarizing wide receiver.

So, if Bryant is intent on facing the Cowboys twice per year, he would likely have to sign with the Redskins, who have ample cap space, an owner (Daniel Snyder) with a history of signing big free agents and a receiving corps which lacks a weapon as dangerous as Bryant.

Jamison Crowder led Washington with 66 catches and 789 yards last season, while Josh Doctson had a team-high six touchdown catches. Last season, Bryant’s worst since his 2010 rookie season, he had 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns.
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Before being cut, Bryant had been due $12.5 million, with a $16.5 million cap hit, and the Cowboys saved $8 million against their cap by releasing him.

Multiple reports state that the veteran wasn’t offered a pay cut to remain with the only team he’s ever known.