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    The Detroit Lions have a few rookies mature beyond their years in Teez Tabor and Jarrad Davis.

    Both Tabor and Davis have wasted no time getting involved in the community, as both were key participants at a recent Lions event for the Detroit PAL this offseason involving youth football in the Motor City.

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    Each player showed maturity beyond their years in talking about the event with reporters.

    “I love being out here in the community, five or six years ago just looking for a way out. Football was my way out. Every time I get to get out here and give back to these kids I love it, I was just like these kids not too long ago,Authentic Greg Olsen Jersey,” Tabor said.

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    Davis said he enjoyed giving back thanks to the fact that he never got to have experiences like working with top players when he was growing up.

    “That’s what makes this so much fun. My home town was a little small town. I wasn’t fortunate enough to have NFL players come out and run a camp with me, knowing exactly what I wanted as a kid,” Davis said. “I knew I wanted to meet NFL guys. For me to put the work in I put in,Womens Greg Olsen Jersey,Womens Thomas Davis Sr Jersey, to come out here and give this to these kids is the least I can do.”

    The rookie linebacker said that it’s hard not to lose sight of what makes youth football and kids in general so special to him.

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    Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid signed one of the richest contracts in NHL history and helped his team at the same time.

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    “Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said that the dollars could have been higher and the term shorter but that McDavid wanted the Oilers to be able to construct a winner.

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    TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported a similar anecdote of the negotiations:

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    Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and Montreal’s Carey Price at $10.5 million per year. While other players have signed longer deals for more money,adidas Jaromir Jagr jersey,adidas Drew Doughty jersey,McDavid’s $12.5 million annual salary is still $2 million more than the closest players,authentic Drew Doughty jersey,authentic Anze Kopitar jersey, the NHL’s current CBA limits deals to eight years in length.

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    A music major with an opera background is coming off arguably the greatest kicking season in NFL history.

    So what does Baltimore’s Justin Tucker do for an encore?

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    “It would be cool to have that record,” Tucker told co-host Gil Brandt and me Monday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “That’s definitely another notch in the belt so to speak that I’d like to have attached to my name one day.”

    Tucker hit a high note last season when he tied Blair Walsh’s NFL record by converting all 10 of his field goals from 50-plus yards, with a long of 57. Tucker further showcased his leg strength at the Pro Bowl by booting a 75-yard field goal off a tee during practice.

    Ravens coach John Harbaugh might not give Tucker the chance to strike from that distance during an actual game because of the scoring possibility the opposition would have via return should the kick fall short. But in terms of execution itself, Tucker believes “not a whole lot would be different between a 75-yard attempt and a PAT.”


    “I know a lot of people are probably scratching their heads (since) it’s drilled into every football fan’s mind that longer kicks require lower trajectory because we make these analogies to golf and how it’s like you’re driving a ball off the tee box when you’re kicking from further away,” Tucker explained. “But the difference in the trajectory is negligible.

    “If you’re hitting a good ball, the first six to eight yards are the most important. That’s where a potential blocker could get his hand on the ball. I really don’t think the difference in trajectory connecting on a ball from 75 (yards) as opposed to 33 is that significant.”

    Tucker’s rise atop his field is among the most unexpected in NFL history. Besides failing to get drafted in 2012 out of the University of Texas, Tucker wasn’t even immediately signed as a free agent until he joined the Ravens a full month after the selection process was completed.

    But it didn’t take long for Tucker to show he was more than the proverbial “camp leg” added simply to give the starting kicker extra preseason rest. Tucker bested incumbent Billy Cundiff for the job and quickly proved he could handle the pressure that comes with the position at the NFL level by hitting the game-winning field goal in Week 3 against New England with two seconds remaining.

    Tucker played a critical role in Baltimore’s march to winning Super Bowl 47, making 90.9 percent of his regular-season field goals and kicking a 47-yarder in double overtime at Denver in the playoffs.

    Jeff Wilkins and Tony Zendejas) have ever posted a higher single-season field-goal percentage than Tucker’s clip of 97.4.,After a 2015 slump, Tucker rebounded last season by nailing 38 of his 39 field-goal attempts and continuing his streak of never having missed an extra point (166 and counting). Only four other kickers who finished without a miss (Gary Anderson, Mike Vanderjagt

    is proud of his accomplishments. But those numbers aren’t what he values most.,Tucker, who signed a four-year,Womens Malcom Brown Jersey,Womens Tyler Lockett Jersey, $16.8 million contract in 2016

    that’s the number that matters to me the most.,Womens David Johnson Jersey,” Tucker said. “It’s certainly not an individual stat but we play a lot of close games. To be able to come through in those important moments for your team,”The most important one for me is wins

    “Ultimately, you get (Super Bowl) rings for that. I’ve got one. I want to get more of those.”

    Tucker scours video of his kicks to make sure the technique is sound., Tucker is as diligent in trying to perfect his craft as the NFL’s non-specialists. Besides practicing extensively at team headquarters with his long snapper (Morgan Cox) and holder (punter Sam Koch) under the eye of special-teams coaches Jerry Rosburg and Randy Brown,To that end

    The same goes in the offseason, when Tucker uses his phone to videotape kicks during sessions at the University of North Texas and Southlake Carroll High School in the Dallas area. Tucker said he “feels like a storm chaser” when heading out to practice during inclement weather.

    the most important thing is putting your foot on the sweet spot. The rest almost takes care of itself. You can fix a bad kick with good foot-to-ball contact pretty much any day of the week.”,” said Tucker. “To me,”I’ve got to go and find whatever field I can locate and hopefully the conditions are something I can learn from

    Tucker’s long-range accuracy plays a significant role in shaping coaching strategies from both Baltimore and the opposition regarding field position. But ideally for the Ravens, the offense will generate more touchdowns in 2017 so Tucker doesn’t again have to account for such a high percentage (41.1) of Baltimore’s overall scoring.

    “Time will tell how good we can be. We haven’t even gotten into training camp yet.”, Tucker said,Such improvement also would increase the chances that Baltimore can improve on last year’s 8-8 record. Asked to provide a specific reason for optimism among Ravens fans about that happening

    that’s something for somebody.”, “But I’ll be back. There’s that. Hopefully,Authentic Malcom Brown Jersey,Authentic Hau’oli Kikaha Jersey,Authentic Tyler Lockett Jersey,Authentic David Johnson Jersey,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey,He then laughed and added

    It should be music to their ears.

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    Marleau’s time with the Sharks officially came to an end this summer when he signed a three-year contract in free agency to join the Toronto Maple Leafs, making the 2017-18 season the first one in two decades the Sharks will hit the ice without Marleau.

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    Detroit Lions defensive end Armonty Bryant has found trouble again and has been suspended for the first four games this season for violating the NFL’s policy for substances of abuse,Authentic Quincy Wilson Jersey, the league said Tuesday in a released statement.

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    I graded and ranked each Atlanta Falcons unit for 2017 and special teams came in at C-,Authentic David Johnson Jersey,A couple weeks back, though and some folks think the Falcons special teams is actually one of the better groups in the league., which was a team low grade. Good people can disagree

    According to Nate Davis at USA Today, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams., Atlanta’s special team unit trails only three teams: that of the Oakland Raiders

    Davis says the combination of Matt Bryant and Matt Bosher is overshadowed and Andre Roberts will improve the return game:

    They’re understandably overshadowed. Yet it’s always been that way for K Matt Bryant, leading the NFC with 65 touchbacks last year. Newly signed Andre Roberts improves the return game., one of the best in the business for 15 seasons. In addition to solid punting — though he’s rarely needed — Matt Bosher capably handles kickoffs

    but our staff is taking a wait-and-see approach to the kick and punt returner openings.,He’s right on the money about Bryant and Bosher

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    as well.,Returning kicks has more to do with blocking than the skill of the individual returner and these Falcons have some work to do in that department. Atlanta ranked among the league’s worst in return yardage last year and their own coverage was lacking

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    And, roll the dice on Tebow, yes, a franchise that has been irrelevant for a decade, I’ve written it a million times: Why didn’t the Jaguars, it still bothers me that the hopeless hype-less Jacksonville Jaguars wouldn’t take a chance on Tebow — a hometown hero who grew up in Jacksonville to become a Florida Gators legend and one of the greatest college football players of all time. If I’ve written it once, build an offense around him and give him three years to develop as they did Blaine Gabbert, who was 5-22 as Jags starter?

    that so many terrible quarterbacks receive chance after chance after chance (yes,It still bothers me,Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey, too,Authentic Matt Ryan Jersey, Gabbert and Brandon Weeden are still on NFL rosters) and Tebow never did. Football is a sport where teams have shown they will win at all costs but yet nobody was willing to take a chance on the ultimate winner?



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    In a certain sense, Colin Kaepernick is the Tim Tebow of today’s NFL. He obviously has the skill set to at least be on a roster, but coaches don’t think he’s good enough to justify the clamor and commotion he would create.

    Tebow is too revered for his own good; Kaepernick is too reviled.

    stodgy,You see, NFL coaches are traditionally stern, paranoid control freaks who try to limit every distraction and diversion that takes away from the ultra-serious business of football. They simply don’t like it when a player creates a sideshow around their team.

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    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will play on a $12.12 million exclusive franchise tag this season after Monday’s deadline came and went without a long-term deal.

    The Steelers can tag the versatile Bell for the second straight season in 2018 at $14.54 million or re-sign him. The two sides cannot resume negotiations until the season ends.

    “Unfortunately,” Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. “Le’Veon is scheduled to play this year under the Exclusive Franchise Tag designation. We will resume our efforts to address his contract situation following the 2017 season.”, we were unable to agree to terms on a long-term contract with Le’Veon Bell prior to today’s deadline

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    Other than Sidney Crosby, no NHL player has more points over the last four seasons than Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks with 328 in 294 games, with 136 of them goals.

    That was thanks in no small part to winger Artemi Panarin, whose immediate chemistry with Kane and center Artem Anisimov established a dominant top line for Chicago and Kane’s two best offensive seasons (in points per game average) in that four-season span.

    Panaerin was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a deal that brought Brandon Saad back to the Blackhawks. What does Kane think about losing his wingman?

    He’s a little bummed.

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    There’s rookie Alex DeBrincat, an offensive dynamo,authentic Carey Price jersey, and it’s not like placing a rookie with Kane didn’t work out last time. (Although there’s a slight difference between a 19 year old from the OHL and a 25-year-old veteran of the KHL.)

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    The good news for Chicago is that Kane has been a point-per-game player every season since 2012. He’s not a product of Panarin.

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    including Cleveland’s 20-17 win against the Chargers. In that game,He returned in December for the Browns’ final four games, Griffin completed 17-of-25 passes for 164 yards while running six times for 42 yards.

    his most since 2014,His 2016 season ended with 232 yards passing, in a three-point loss to Pittsburgh Steelers. Cleveland released him in March after acquiring quarterback Brock Osweiler in a trade with Houston.

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    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Patience, people.

    Pro Bowl receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders recently added their voices to the din of Broncos fans calling for a quick resolution to Denver’s quarterback quandary .

    coach Vance Joseph made it clear Wednesday he’s in no hurry to choose between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch .,Yet

    time allows for a fair competition,”In my opinion, time allows for both guys to put their best foot forward and time allows for us to make a sound decision,” Joseph said as players reported for conditioning tests on the eve of training camp.

    to rush a decision without being sure makes no sense for anyone involved.”,”So

    Joseph acknowledged, however, that ”it would be ideal” to have his starter declared by the time the Broncos face the Packers in their third preseason game a month from now.

    Thomas and Sanders each said at their respective youth football camps in Denver this month that they’d prefer the starter being named quickly so they can find their rhythm well ahead of the season opener Sept. 11 against the Chargers.

    ”It does matter what the players think because it’s their football team,” Joseph said. ”But, it’s my job and the staff’s job to find the best guy for the job.”

    ”so it should not matter to the players outside of Paxton and Trevor.”,Joseph noted that most teams work in the backup QB with the starters during camp

    The QBs will start every other day but they’ll alternate drills daily so that they work with the front-line offense frequently.

    ” Joseph said. ”And when (that happens) I’ll call it off.”,”Someone’s going to show that they’re the best man for this team

    Joseph said the offense’s development won’t be stymied even if the QB competition drags on.

    ”That should not slow us down. In my opinion, Joseph said. ”It’s going to help us play better. So, it’s here. … It’s started. So, I am not concerned with the timeframe. I want the best guy for us. And again, it should help us play better once we find” the starter,Womens Zach Banner Jersey, it’s weeks away. How many weeks? I’m not sure, but it’s weeks away.”

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    Joseph, was on Kubiak’s staff in Houston and said he’s thrilled to have Kubiak back as a resource: ”Most of my coaching principles come from Coach Kubiak. So, selfishly, for me, a first-time head coach, to have him around and bounce things off him as a young head coach,<a href=’
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    Elway said that when Kubiak told him he needed to retire from coaching, ”I talked to him about coming back in some kind of capacity. Gary is a very bright football man, and he can bring a lot to us. He’s a great evaluator. He’s a big bonus for us on the personnel side.”

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    Steve Yzerman got the trade winds going around the NHL when he shipped out budding superstar Jonathan Drouin to the Montréal Canadiens for prized defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev. With the trade, but Yzerman envisioned this move helping the team compete for the next decade., the Lightning didn’t necessarily get better as a team right now

    Sergachev was originally drafted by the Habs with the ninth-overall selection in 2016, and after joining the team out of training camp, the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL., he was given a four-game trial in the big leagues before he was returned to his junior team

    Sergachev is an offensive threat who can move the puck smoothly, similar to Victor Hedman. Although he is a lefty, and eventually by Cal Foote on the right., Tampa Bay could soon have one of the most formidable D-corps in the East, spearheaded on the left side by Hedman and Sergachev for quite literally the next 10-15 years

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    His skill is undeniable, and if he weren’t on a team with Victor Hedman, once Sergachev comes into his own., he’d likely be playing the most amount of minutes on defense for his club. Having a teammate like Hedman will give the Lightning two elite defensemen in just a few short years

    With the logjam on defense and Sergachev not being AHL-eligible yet, the Lightning would have 8 NHL-caliber defensemen. Sergachev will either have to play games in the NHL or be sent back to Windsor of the OHL. There is no point in stalling his development by having him serve popcorn in the press box., it will be interesting to see if he makes the team out of camp. If he were to do so

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    Three fights happened at Cowboys practice on Thursday. But no one will be held (hard gulp) accountable for it.

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    with the team having the option to cut him or squeeze him to take less on the back end. If his motivation is to be the highest-paid player in football,They also could structure the long-term offer to be guaranteed for three years, maybe he’d agree to terms of that type — like most other players routinely do — since he would still be able to say he’s the highest paid player in football.

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    A bizarre and uncomfortable scene unfolded at a Jets fan forum Monday in Florham Park when a season ticker holder asked rookie safety Jamal Adams for his reaction to the growing concern regarding CTE in the NFL.

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    Goodell spoke with local media after the conclusion of the fan forum and addressed Adams’ comments.

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    When asked if he was thrown off by the fans’ applause, Goodell said: “I think the fans understood the emotion of what he was saying, which is, but I don’t think anyone took it as directly as that.”, we love the game, and I think they love the game

    Goodell is obviously familiar with NFL players’ mindsets when it comes to health. He referred to his attempts to change those mindsets as a “culture change.”

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    “I would die out there on that football field,” he said. “This is my life. This is what I do. I give it all. I would die out there.”

    The fan who asked the initial question Monday specifically referenced a medical study released this month by Boston University.

    In the study, researchers discovered CTE — chronic traumatic encephalopathy — in 110 of the 111 brains of former NFL players that were donated for research. CTE is a degenerative brain disease linked with repeated trauma to the head.

    Ten-year veteran Matt Forte sat alongside Adams at the front of the auditorium and admitted he was spooked by the recent report. One of the brains examined in the BU study was that of Ken Stabler, the Hall of Fame former Raiders quarterback. Stabler was posthumously diagnose with CTE in February of 2016.

    “It’s definitely concerning after seeing those statistics,” Forte said. “But also the game has changed a lot from the guys that they studied. The game is a lot safer than it used to be with rules changes but also helmet design.”

    Forte said he switched helmets after coming to the Jets before the 2016 season on request of the team’s equipment staff. One of the Jets’ equipment managers showed Forte a diagram ranking prospective helmets by their protectiveness.

    Forte had been wearing a helmet that was second from the bottom on the list.

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    Assuming he does not sign with the Colorado Avalanche — and it appears as if he will not — 2017 Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher will be a highly sought after target on the open market when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on August 15. His agent has already said he would listen to an offer from the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins,authentic Taylor Hall jersey, while teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings figure to be interested.

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    The Stars have made it clear they won’t tolerate a proposed law which discriminates against transgendered people. If it passes,adidas Devan Dubnyk jersey, the NHL should move the 2018 draft out of Dallas.

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    The Stars won’t stand for it. The complete statement issued by team president Jim Lites:

    and we’ve cultivated what we consider to be the best fan base in the National Hockey League. Dallas was warm and welcoming when we came to this great city 25 years ago, including proposed bathroom legislation. We welcome fans from all over the globe, and it remains so today. The Dallas Stars stands strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory,”When the Stars moved to Dallas in 1993 we were fortunate to encounter success early on, and our roster boasts players from half a dozen countries. Dallas welcomes all, and we welcome all.

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    The NFL’s controversial decision to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott after a yearlong investigation into domestic violence allegations has spurred debate about whether the punishment is too severe.

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    Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, the daughter of famed Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, has long felt the conflict between her love of the team and her work as an advocate for domestic violence victims.

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