Eli Apple getting kinder words from teammates this year

Giants safety Landon Collins referred to cornerback Eli Apple as a cancer last season in one of many harsh comments directed at the 2016 first-round pick during a year that saw him struggle on the field and in the locker room.

Plans for a bronze bust should probably remain on hold for a while, but a good season for Apple should put a pin in any other bust talk that cropped up as a miserable 2017 season came to an end.

He ran a 4.66 40 at the combine, but had pulled up with a hamstring injury. He has run the 100 meters in 10.37 seconds for the Trojans’ track team, so his speed is not in question. He was a more decisive runner this past season, and his 19 touchdowns in 2017 showed he can close the deal.

He played two seasons for the Demon Deacons after his redshirt year and needs to add strength and improve his tackling. His kind of range and athleticism is coveted at safety.

He played at either left or right tackle, but Mississippi State’s coaching staff believed he could have played any of the five positions on the offensive front. Some NFL evaluators believe he could be a center as a pro; he played there during spring drills in 2017.

Crosby looks more comfortable in the run game than in pass protection, so he could be looking at a move to right tackle or guard. He finishes blocks with purpose and plays with rare power.

With all the specialty packages NFL defenses are using, Reid is the kind of hybrid safety who should contribute quickly, especially with his speed. He had 99 tackles this past season with five interceptions.

So you’ll probably hear some of that coming from that camp this week. 2. Three magic letters you’ll hear from Bears minicamp: R-P-O. We know new Chicago coach Matt Nagy will be implementing run-pass option concepts for quarterback Mitch Trubisky (and that’s good, since he ran some in college). I noted a couple weeks ago in the Game Plan that Minnesota will be doing it behind new coordinator John DeFilippo.

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Cardinals’ Christian Kirk pays restitution, gets charges dropped

Cardinals rookie receiver Christian Kirk has put a legal problem behind him.

The Cardinals drafted Kirk knowing that he had been arrested in February in nearby Scottsdale, Arizona, on a disorderly conduct and property damage charge. Today Kirk had the charges dropped.

Scottsdale city prosecutor Karen Close said Kirk paid restitution and as a result her office dropped the charges.

As free-agent additions go, Omameh signing a three-year, $15 million contract ($5.5 million guaranteed) was oh-by-the-way news in mid-March, coming a day after the Giants lured in left tackle Nate Solder with a $62 million deal. Omameh was brought in to start and this spring he is working with the first team, lining up at right guard, with Flowers to his right and center Brett Jones to his left. John Greco, a 10-year veteran (mostly with the Browns) brought in midway through last season mainly to watch, has worked as the starting left guard, alongside Solder. Rookie Will Hernandez, the highly touted second-round pick, is the second-unit left guard, although he has received snaps with the starters.

Keeping Hernandez behind Greco is likely a decorum move by the coaching staff, not giving Hernandez too much too soon, making sure he earns his spot with the first unit. How the offensive line shakes out in the spring is not necessarily how it turns out in the summer and into the regular season.

Still, the Warriors carry an All-Star array of talent with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, all of whom will be intent on wearing down James.

Golden State’s Curry missed the first six postseason games with a sprained knee, and while he doesn’t look 100 percent and shows occasional rust, he still has enough to remind all that he’s a two-time MVP. When he’s right, every time he shoots, you think it’s good. Right now, not so much. Hill is a steady, non-spectacular but consistent pro. The Cavs pray he hit shots and avoids foul trouble. Behind him are venerable (a nice way of saying old) Jose Calderon and Finals newbie Jordan Clarkson.

He is an All-Star, but Thompson remains under the radar with the galaxy of stars surrounding him on the Warriors. He is one of the game’s premier two-way players, a terrific defender who lights it up offensively with anyone. His size makes him another guy to stick on LeBron.

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Chargers sign a tight end, but it isn’t Antonio Gates

The Chargers lost tight end Hunter Henry for the season when he tore his ACL during practice last week and it wasn’t long before people began wondering if that would open the door for Antonio Gates’ return for another season.

Quarterback Philip Rivers has endorsed such an idea, but the team’s first move at tight end since Henry’s injury didn’t involve their longtime star.

Within weeks, Yepremian was a guest star on The Odd Couple. He kicked another six years with the Dolphins, nine overall in the NFL, and even made All-Pro the very next year. All you have to do is see the reactions of his teammates in the Super Bowl video to know they wished he suffered in the moment as much as they did.

Fred Merkle received one of the unforgettable names of all time — Bonehead — because his failure to touch second base late in the 1908 season cost the Giants the NL pennant. The resulting and lasting description of that play — Merkle’s Boner — has thrown generations of 13-year-old boys into hysterics whenever they come across it in a baseball history book. Merkle had a terrific 20-year career, but when he died in 1956, that two-word description was in the first paragraph of every obituary.

Apart from fans not standing or not taking their hats off or or not getting their faces out of their phones or yelling profanities at easy-target players who are standing motionless during the anthem or going to the bathroom (either in the bathroom or elsewhere) or standing in line to buy a hotdog or hobnobbing in a luxury suite, there’s a specific tradition at Arrowhead Stadium, where 70,000-plus fans commemorate the last word of the anthem (brave) by shouting Chiefs!

So will the Chiefs be asking Chiefs fans not to turn the last word of the anthem into a pre-kick battle cry?

[O]ur plan is encourage everyone in our stadium to stand and respect the anthem, team spokesman Ted Crews told PFT via text message on Thursday.

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DeMarcus Lawrence on not holding out: I’m not everybody else; I’m DeMarcus

While Le’Veon Bell remains a holdout from the Steelers’ offseason program after the team placed the franchise tag on him for a second consecutive season, DeMarcus Lawrence signed his franchise tag within hours of receiving it. Why, the Cowboys defensive end was asked?

Cause I’m not everybody else, Lawrence said. I’m DeMarcus. DeMarcus does what DeMarcus want to do.

Lawrence, who is due to make $17.143 million under the tag, still wants a long-term deal. The Cowboys are working on extensions for Lawrence and offensive guard Zack Martin.

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To me, we failed, Adams said. We were 5-11, not good enough and it’s never going to be good enough for us. That’s not our standard. We’re onto a new year and we just started from day one to get better each and every day.

Taylor was also asked about the report, but noted that a Foles bid would have predated his arrival in Cleveland and therefore really doesn’t affect me.

Kevin Bryant: The Americans series finale reminded me of your recent column on the Celtics: Rooting for the bad guys never seemed so right.

Vac: Hmmm … the Celtics as Cold-War Communists … I can live with that! I loved the way the show wrapped up. And the one scene (if you saw it, you know the one I mean) was just elite TV at its finest.

It was a spectacular save all right, perhaps to be remembered as the series-changing event that kick-started the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship.

But only recency bias (or in this case, immediacy bias) can account for folks calling Braden Holtby’s lunging stick save on Alex Tuch with two minutes remaining in Wednesday’s match in Las Vegas the greatest in the history of the finals, no matter its degree of impossibility.

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David Tepper meets with Panthers players about anthem issue

New Panthers owner David Tepper isn’t wasting any time wading into NFL business.

According to Kelsey Riggs of WCNC, Tepper flew straight from being approved at the Atlanta owners meeting to Charlotte to meet with some of his new employees yesterday.

Tepper apparently discussed the league’s new anthem policy with a few of the team captains and key leaders on the team. A source described the meeting as including good dialogue and discussion about the issue.

To instantly read how any team came out of this kind of forum is, at best, a wild guess supported by some evidence. Perspective is needed. What we really should be doing is reviewing the six drafts from 2008-13. Why?

Through Thursday there had been 1,080 players used in 2018. Of those, 800 came via the draft, or 74.1 percent of the overall players — a message that teams better be doing well in finding foreign amateur talent as well, because it is roughly one-quarter of rosters.

He’s been great, Giants coach Pat Shurmur said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. He’s been communicating well. He looks like he’s having fun playing out there. He’s worked in with the offensive line and he’s done everything we’ve asked. And I anticipate that will continue.

As they did with Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Apple, the Giants new administration can offer a clean slate, and they really need Flowers to accept his, since they don’t have another apparent option to start at right tackle (considering they weren’t able to pawn him off for a pick during the draft).

That’s all water under the bridge, Shurmur said of Flowers’ previous absence, and it really doesn’t matter. . . .

He’s actually done a really good job. He’s an excellent athlete and he’s handling the move pretty seamlessly. Through the first two weeks of his training, I think he’s made improvements.

Again, they need him to, so they don’t have to accept a top-10 pick as a sunk cost. But Shurmur making it clear that past sins are forgiven and that Flowers is welcome and valued is the kind of man-management that the job requires sometimes.

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Wentz said he’s beginning the running progression phase of his rehab, but wouldn’t put a timetable on when he’s going to be full-go.

It’s such a fluid process, it’s so hard to put a timeframe and a timetable on these things, he said. I wish I knew as well, but things are going well, and I’m happy with where I’m at.

Wentz blew out his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10, which cut short an MVP-caliber season. After watching his teammates win a Super Bowl , the third-year pro is itching to be ready for the regular season. He noted that playing in the preseason won’t be required for him to be ready for opening day.

But the Knights kept pressing and tied it after a prolonged sequence of dominance in which Colin Miller’s shot hit the post before Eakin buried Ryan Carpenter’s cross-ice pass.

Forward Tomas Tatar was a healthy scratch for the Golden Knights. The Slovak scorer had played in all 22 games since Vegas acquired him from Detroit, but has just two points in the last 10. … Kopitar’s 21st career playoff goal moved him past Marcel Dionne for sixth in franchise playoff goals. The captain is third in team history with 45 assists. … Margot Robbie, David Beckham and injured Dodgers slugger Justin Turner attended the game.

The Giants, Bryant said when asked Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas about potential landing spots, got a helluva defense, they’re going to pay OBJ [ Odell Beckham Jr.], so coming back. Playing with him, Sterling [ Shepard ]… the tight end [ Evan Engram ], [QB Eli ] Manning ?Crazy…. They draft [Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick]? That’d be crazy!

With Marshall gone now, the Giants have room at wide receiver behind Beckham and Sterling Shepard. Looks like Bryant is one step closer to fulfilling his wish.

Still, the most important development for a Florida-based NFL team is the news that the Jaguars will have a doggie daycare service at the stadium on game days this season.

Well, my take is at the moment it’s hypothetical, Tisch said. We have not been contacted by anyone representing Odell making that comment or suggesting that’s something he will do so my reaction to it is it’s another hypothetical situation in a number of hypothetical situations. Odell’s contract will be negotiated at the appropriate time.

An NFL source told The Post any trade for Beckham would have to bring back a first-round pick to the Giants. Yes, Mara did say Beckham is not untouchable but nothing is in the works, as the Giants want to move forward with Beckham — a more matured Beckham. Dealing Beckham, Mara said, is not a scenario I would like to see happen.

Tisch said, I would like to have Odell on the Giants this coming season. He’s a tremendous athlete, he’s a great player. So I do hope that Odell is with the Giants for the 2018 season. I would like that very much.

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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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