Dolphins say Ryan Tannehill is starter, there will be no QB competition

Even if the Miami Dolphins use their first-round pick to draft a quarterback, Ryan Tannehill will be the starter, without question, in 2018.

Team executives made that crystal clear on Wednesday, according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Lindor waved both arms at the crowd after crossing the plate, then came out for a curtain call as delirious fans shouted his name. That started the undoing for Odorizzi, who was cruising before giving up three homers in a span of 10 pitches — the last two by Ramirez and Brantley ending his night and giving the Indians a 4-0 lead.

Twins CF Byron Buxton, who was slated to start and bat eighth, was scratched about three hours before game time with a migraine. Robbie Grossman took his spot and started in right, and Max Kepler slid over to center.

San Juan’s Bernie Williams, a four-time World Series winner with the Yankees, performed The Star-Spangled Banner on his guitar. Carlos Beltran threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and fellow Puerto Ricans Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Javier Vazquez and Carlos Delgado were among those on the field for pregame events.

Crosby missed much of the 2016 season with a foot injury, but returned to the starting lineup for the Ducks in 2017 and saw time on both the left and right sides during his college years. He should be available when the Giants pick in the second round — they have the No. 34 pick — and could hang around to the third round as well.

Tackle should be a spot of interest for the Giants under any circumstances, but Ereck Flowers’ decision not to show up for offseason work may make it a bigger priority.

You’ve got to ride the wave, Cora said. We’re playing good baseball, but they don’t even know how many games they’re winning. They just prepare and execute.

David Price (2-1) yielded three hits and four walks over five comfortable innings as the Red Sox improved to 14-2, extending the AL’s best start since 1987 by winning the opener of a three-game series between two clubs off to impressive starts.

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It never changes. Teams will hate each other. No two teams hate each other more than the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees do.

I have witnessed, in some form or other, every major Yankees-Red Sox brawl, be it the days of Bill Spaceman Lee and Thurman Munson, or the wild fracases of 2003 and 2004. Although these two teams have a mutual respect, and their feistiness has declined in the last couple of years, last week’s brawl may have sparked a new generation of mutual hatred.

It all began when Tyler Austin slid into second base on a bunt by Tyler Wade, and his spike made contact with the leg of Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt. Both from meeting him, and what I have heard about the play, I will say that, while Austin did get a piece of Holt, it was not the worst spike to happen since I started covering the game. It certainly was not harmful enough to begin a brawl.

In the National League, there is a rivalry that does not quite echo that of the Bombers and the Sox, but did find itself a lot of publicity in the baseball world last week. I am speaking of course of the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres.

The NFL’s draft lottery for free tickets set a record, and with a capacity of 108,000 each day at the Draft Experience outside the stadium, this draft could surpass last year’s numbers. I would just say that we always hope to beat previous numbers, Chad Estis, the Cowboys’ executive vice president of business operations, said…. We have high expectations. The lottery for people to receive the tickets in the actual theater has exceeded what they had last year, so there’s some early indications that we have an opportunity to have some super large numbers out there. Philadelphia drew 250,000 last year to the three-day outdoor event, setting the all-time draft attendance mark, while drawing rave reviews.

The Cowboys expect thousands to attend the festival outside the stadium without seeing the actual draft, with total crowds somewhere around 90,000 fans in attendance each day. Everything we do, I’m told a record is a must, Estis said. We’ve got a nice list going with NBA All-Star and WrestleMania and Academy of Country Music Awards. Add this to the list. For the first time, each of the 32 teams will have a section just for its fans.

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NFL 2018 season schedule announced as Philadelphia Eagles begin against Atlanta Falcons

Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles kick off the defence of their title and the beginning of the 2018 season by hosting the Atlanta Falcons on September 6. The clash will be a rematch of the NFC divisional round playoff game which was won by the Eagles 15-10.

Borland has tried to bridge those two populations with his work with the After the Impact Fund, which facilitates custom treatment plans for veterans and athletes with traumatic brain injuries.

The similarities and the overlap is they both are young when they start off and young when they’re done as well for the most part, Joe Borland said.They potentially would have suffered similar injuries but in a different way. The impacts in the NFL and the impacts we might have with an explosion or trauma in the military can be similar. Those brain injuries are why the 27-year-old Borland retired from football three years ago in a decision that shocked many outsiders, but was one his brothers knew came from careful consideration. Borland was a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft by San Francisco after a stellar college career at Wisconsin, where he was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-American in 2013.

I absolutely loved being a Jacksonville Jaguar, Posluszny said. I tried to give everything that I could while I had the privilege of serving here. Thank you for sharing your locker room with me. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it for the time I was here. It was an honor and it was pleasure. I loved every minute of it.

I love the game too much and I respect it too much to not be able, physically, to do everything that I’ve done in years past. If that’s a year too early, I’ll regret it, but I’d rather be a year too early than one play too late.

Arm strength is often the minimum requirement to be considered a Day 3 project. If teams see velocity on the ball and an ability to heave throws deep with passable accuracy, then a quarterback has a chance of finding himself on a roster at the beginning of training camp.

That’s the best way to describe Kurt Benkert in the days leading up to the draft.

Like most of the possible mid-round developmental quarterback picks, Benkert has attractive size (6’4 and 215 pounds) and arm strength. He leaned on the latter quality to throw for 3,207 yards in 2017, his single-season high in college.

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The name Paul Posluszny may not be a big one to a lot of NFL fans.

First, it’s difficult to pronounce. Second, he spent the majority of his career in Jacksonville, a great football city but nonetheless an NFL outpost on the edge of Federation space.

But Posluszny, who officially retired Monday, was a terrific player. He’s one of those players who, inside the sport, has always been highly respected. One of the main reasons was his longevity. He played 145 career regular-season games.

What he said at his retirement ceremony is worth noting. Many players go out as broken men. Posluszny didn’t. It’s notable because it’s more of a rarity for players to go out this way than a commonality.

But from game to game—or even throw to throw—it’s hard to know what to expect from Benkert.

There is almost no in-between with him, an NFC director of scouting told Zeirlein. It’s either a big-armed throw that whistles in there between defenders, or it’s something stupid that turns into an interception or near-interception. I love the arm, but I don’t know that I would ever trust him to play, and everybody you draft might play.

He had 46 touchdown passes over only two seasons as a starter at Virginia, but he also tossed 20 interceptions and had a per-attempt average of just 6.3 yards.

He is raising money and awareness for the issue this week by taking part inPat’s Run on Saturday in Tempe, Arizona, alongside his brothers Joe and John. The run is named after Pat Tillman, who gave up his own promising NFL career to join the Army in 2002 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and died while serving in Afghanistan in 2004.A lot of what you do as a teammate is you sacrifice for others and support others, John Borland said.

There are people we’ve all been teammates with, for us it’s soldiers. For Chris, it’s ex-football players. You don’t just forget your teammates as soon as the game is over. They’re still your teammates. There are people who still need support, who worked hard and are with you. These are guys you shared blood with. John Borland is a major in the U.S. Army, an instructor at West Point and also served in Iraq. Joe Borland is a captain in the US Army JAG Corps who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, returning just last month from his latest tour. They see plenty in common with what their friends in the military deal with after leaving the service and what ex-athletes go through as well.

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George shot it a little better against the Rockets, then a little better against the Miami Heat two nights later, and then shredded the Grizzlies for 40 points on 13-of-20 shooting on the final night of the regular season.

The defending Super Bowl champion has had the privilege of beginning the following season with a Thursday home game since 2004. (In 2012, the season opener was played on a Wednesday, and in 2013, the Ravens were sent on the road to Denver for the first game because of a conflict with Major League Baseball.)

I know some of our players in the NFL have talked about this, and I see it firsthand; it’s just wrong and we have to find a way to correct it, Kraft said about the justice system after visiting Mill. If he was serious, he’d do more than talk and highlight a single injustice. Kraft would use his position to make it clear that no one who decides to peacefully protest to bring about the reform Kraft says he desires will be punished harshly under his watch. Given that he owns a team led by a 40-year-old quarterback and traded away the seeming heir apparent, Kraft should sign Kaepernick, which would help his football team. And it would help push for equality in the criminal justice system that Kraft seems to agree is urgently needed.

Without meaningful action, Kraft appears to be just a powerful white man who makes public gestures to befriend some members of an oppressed group while doing nothing to help them. It’s not enough for a man like Kraft to visit a popular rapper in prison and say a few pretty words about the need for equality and reform. He can do more, much more. And he must.

Daniel Wallach, a sports gaming expert, said that despite losing six previous decisions in the case, New Jersey has never been in a better place in the federal court than it is today.

Griffin’s first injury in the NFL came in a December 2012 game against the Ravens when Haloti Ngata hit Griffin on a scramble. Griffin, then with Washington, partially tore the PCL in his right knee. He tore the ACL in the same knee during the postseason.

He insists he has learned his lesson and become more knowledgeable about the game along the way.

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There could be a pitch to keep Pugh, who will not cost what Norwell did but could command a contract averaging $8 million-$10 million per year, as he has started games at guard and tackle but missed eight games last season with a back injury. Fluker played well after moving into the starting lineup at right guard until a toe injury landed him on injured reserve.

Potentially interested teams include the Jets, Texans, 49ers, Raiders, and Colts. As many as six or seven teams are expected to pursue Lewis.

A fifth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011, he arrived in New England after stints in Philly, Cleveland, and Indy. His best year by far came in 2017, with 896 rushing yards (an average of five yards per attempt) and 214 receiving yards. He had six rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns.

Stewart, who spent 10 years with the Panthers, visited the Giants on Tuesday and did not leave without a contract agreement. He saw familiar faces in Mike Shula, the Giants’ new offensive coordinator, who filled that role for the Panthers, and Gettleman, the general manager in Carolina for four years.

Stewart, released Feb. 28 by the Panthers, turns 31 next Wednesday and is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry; he should not be considered the No. 1 back and he is not a pass-catching threat, something head coach Pat Shurmur prefers with his running backs.

It happens. It’s football, Guice said. . . . This past season, injuries sucked. But you have to fight through it and keep going.

Guice reminds scouts of Marshawn Lynch. The Raiders list Lynch at 5-11, 215 pounds. Guice measured 5-11 and weighed 224, 6 pounds heavier than he played last season.

Guice sees himself when he watches Lynch.

Beastmode. Skittle Man, Guice said when asked whose style he tries to duplicate. I see anger, man. I see somebody who refuses to go down. When I run, I really think about him every time. And when I go back and watch him, I’m like, ‘Man, I really run like this dude, man. It’s crazy.’

Growing up, my favorite running back was Reggie Bush, and as I got older and started really studying running backs, I was like, ‘Man, Beastmode reminds me a lot of myself.’ So that’s who I like to watch a lot nowadays.

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Chris Ballard On Andrew Luck’s Participation In Offseason Workouts: ‘We’ll Ease Him Along’

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts have always preached a patient, by-the-book approach to the quarterback’s rehab from shoulder surgery.

That won’t change come April 9, when Luck and his teammates report back to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis for the start of the team’s offseason workout program.

While the first few weeks of the program consists of strictly weight room and conditioning work, the Colts will eventually find themselves on the practice field conducting individual, positional and, later, team drills, which could be Luck’s first time doing team work since briefly returning to practice in October before being shut down for the year and placed on Injured Reserve.

Now with a focus on a more intense rehab regimen, Luck spent a couple months in the Netherlands seeking treatment, and once the Colts’ season ended, he headed to California to work with noted throwing expert Tom House.

He’ll be involved he wants to be with his teammates, he wants to be involved in the offense,Ballard said. He was just in town this last weekend for four days; it was great to see him, he looks great. So he will be involved, and we’ll ease him back in.

Of course, even if you move up in the draft, there’s no guarantee you’re going to select the right person. With six quarterbacks possibly being selected in the first round, history says that most of them are probably going to fizzle out. As a matter of fact, the last time there were just five quarterbacks taken in the first round, that didn’t really work out well for anyone except the Eagles, as Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, Akilii Smith, Daunte Culpepper and Cade McNown were all taken in the opening round of the 1999 draft.

So with six potential first-round quarterbacks available in the draft next month, who has the chance to be the most impactful in the NFL?

Our Bill Reiter asked that exact question to Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on Wednesday, and let’s just say there’s one guy who Watson would definitely take over the rest of the pack.

The first guy who pops to my mind is Lamar Jackson, Watson said during an interview on CBS Sports HQ’s Reiter’s Block. I feel like whatever team decides to pick him, he’s going to get in there and surprise a lot of coaches, and also, a lot teammates.

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Report: Raiders may cut Michael Crabtree, Marshawn Lynch

Despite comments from Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie and coach Jon Gruden that indicated receiver Michael Crabtree and running back Marshawn Lynch were in the plans for 2018, both could be gone before the regular season.

That’s the word from Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who reports that both players are in flux and could be out of Oakland this year.

Solder has 95 career NFL starts and instantly become the best player on the Giants offensive line which Flowers never achieved, despite his lofty draft status.

Veteran running back Jonathan Stewart, waived recently by the Panthers, signed a two-year deal with the Giants and before he did, he had no knowledge the Giants were on the verge of opening the coffers for a new left tackle.

That’s exciting, Stewart said. It is definitely trending up and I think having Dave there is the reason why they’ve been good in the past and he knows how to put teams together and it seems like he’s doing a good job so far.

He is waiting for an MRI to confirm, but Price is believed to have torn a pectoral muscle, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports.

Price, one of 11 Ohio State players participating in the combine this week, was projected as a first-round choice by some draft analysts. The injury, though, obviously could affect his draft stock.

At 24, I knew I was not ready to be taken care of. I wanted to struggle on my own. I wanted to have to eat cheap, tasteless, frozen dinners. And more importantly, I wanted to pursue a career that I could be proud of.

It’s almost impossible to make that work when you live in a few different cities throughout the year, following your partner around from one game to the next. Compromise is hard, and there’s always one person who has to give up a little more than the other.

I just wasn’t willing to compromise anymore. I wanted to put my aspirations and goals first and, unfortunately, that meant leaving Minnesota forever.

It wasn’t easy moving on, but I left because I had always been driven to make my own mark in this world, to learn from and grow in the struggles that I believed were necessary if I was to be the true me.

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Report: Billy Price is believed to have torn pec in combine bench press

Billy Price never left the field at Ohio State, breaking Luke Fickell’s school record for most consecutive starts with 55.

But the offensive lineman made it through only three reps in the 225-pound bench press Thursday.

When I say it that way, it sounds a little stupid, I guess. But years later, I can see that I made the right choice.

Battling with the most powerful programs in the country, Johnson beat out national championship coaches John Calipari and Bill Self to land the players necessary to make the leap.

Honestly, he just told me that he believed in me, Sexton said. That was big, because nobody else really like knew what I could do. He was one of the first few coaches that came and started recruiting me pretty hard, so I feel like from Day 1, he knew what I could do, and we just built that trust.

Johnson trusted Sexton when the coach put the season in his freshman’s hands and told him to race up the floor, watching his star guard deliver a buzzer-beater against Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament.

If the shot had missed, Alabama probably would have been in the NIT right now.

But one player can change a program. One coach, too.

The issue is the players’ salaries: Crabtree has a cap hit of $7.7 million this season, while Lynch has a cap hit of nearly $6 million and could earn more in performance incentives. The Raiders would like to have both players back, but not necessarily at those prices.

Lynch has a roster bonus of $1 million due on March 18, so the Raiders may need to decide on his status soon. There’s more time to decide on Crabtree’s status. But decisions will need to be made on both players at some point in the months ahead, and those decisions won’t be as easy as McKenzie and Gruden suggested.

You have to show that you’ve learned and grown over the years. You have to own your mistakes. I’m trying to show who I really am, not who I’m trying to be, because I don’t want them to draft someone they think they’re getting and then not to get that guy. I think that’s also what your teammates want. Your teammates don’t want a fake shell of yourself. Teammates want you to be you every single day, so that you’re that reliable rock that they can count on.

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Saints G.M. on Drew Brees: He’s going to be a New Orleans Saint

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis didn’t want to get into any of the particulars of the negotiations with Drew Brees.

But like everyone else involved in the process, he’s confident a deal will be reached before his quarterback becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Pat Shurmur  got an up close and personal look at Sam Darnold during USC’s Pro Day on Wednesday, after the Giants  met with the top quarterback prospect prior to his workout.

According to report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter , Darnold had dinner with the Giants on Monday and the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.

However, the Giants might not get a chance at Darnold, as the Cleveland Browns own the No. 1 overall pick and could invest it in the Southern Cal. product and met with him as well.

It was awesome, Darnold said during an appearance on NFL Network of his meetings with the Browns, Giants, and Jets , who are the owners of the top-three picks in next month’s NFL Draft. Just being the best version of myself is what I strive for. I think I did a nice job of that today, and these past few days when I’ve been meeting with teams.

The one thing scouts need to learn about Darnold they won’t learn by him throwing against air.

He had 22 interceptions and 21 fumbles in 27 starts at USC.

In regards to turning the ball over, the No. 1 priority of a quarterback is to protect the football, Darnold said. I’m aware of that, and I’m aware how much I turn the ball over and that it’s not OK. I’ve been addressing it this offseason. I’ve been working on keeping two hands [on the ball] in the pocket at all times. The only time I let go of the ball is to throw it. That’s something I’ve really been working on. And also keeping it tight whenever I tuck it and run.Report: Handful of teams see Teddy Bridgewater as potential starter

The NFL hasn’t made anything official yet, but signs continue to point to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater becoming an unrestricted free agent on March 14 rather than having his contract with the Vikings toll for another season.

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