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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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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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: 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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Browns hire Todd Haley as offensive coordinator, report says

Todd Haley is staying in the AFC North even after the Steelers decided not to extend his contract this offseason.

According to Cleveland.com, the Browns hired Haley to be their next offensive coordinator Monday and he is expected to call all the plays under coach Hue Jackson.

The Eagles are 2-2 at home in conference championships games (most recently a 27-10 win over the Falcons in 2005). They went 8-1 at home in 2017 (including playoffs), allowing 13.0 points and 280.7 yards per game (the fewest and fourth-fewest in the league, respectively).

The Vikings are 6-16 all-time in postseason road games. They have not won such a game since a 31-17 victory Jan. 9, 2005 in Green Bay.

Hilinski was last seen alive on the morning of Jan. 16, when he dropped off a teammate at class at approximately 8:45 a.m. WSU staff members attempted to get in touch with Hilinski after he did not show up for a weightlifting session that afternoon. They contacted police at 4 p.m. to make a welfare check.

Hilinski, 21, had even texted teammates to set up a throwing session for Tuesday afternoon, according to Leach.

Hadn’t really had any issues, Leach said. Some ups and downs as a college student, but nothing that would stand out that you would recognize as a problem.

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk is honoring Hilinski by wearing the No. 3 jersey of his former teammate at the Senior Bowl this week.

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Hall of Fame DE Chris Doleman to have brain tumor removed

Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will have it removed, ProFootballTalk reported.

Doleman, 56, will have the surgery Wednesday.

A day after the Wildcats fell out of the Top 25 for the first time since March 2014 , freshmen forwards Washington and Knox helped end their skid from the foul line and perimeter respectively. Washington made 10 of 14 free throws along with 6-of-10 shooting to top his previous best against Monmouth by two points. Knox overcame an initial missed layup to hit all four from behind the arc to finish 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and from the line.

We’re not worried about being pretty, we’re worried about getting the job done and getting the `W’, said Washington, who also had two blocks and three steals.

He added that coach John Calipari says all the time that we’re too Hollywood, and we just have to be aggressive and bring toughness to the game.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 16 points, including eight in the second half to help Kentucky (15-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) eventually seize a back-and-forth game between schools coming off losses. The Wildcats shot 43 percent but made 23 of 30 free throws.

RIveron has had an interesting season full of explanation videos, most notably overturned turned touchdowns by Pittsburgh’s Jesse James in Week 15 and Buffalo’s Kelvin Benjamin in Week 16. Both controversial calls happened against the Patriots.

At 42 years old and as a driver who made his name for being able to loosen up a car’s handling to the point where he could outrun the competition, it would make sense that his decline could be a result of his reaction skills being just a tick slower.

But Johnson says he has all the talent that carried him to a string of five consecutive titles from 2006 to ’10, then again to titles in 2013 and 2016. He believes his leadership and communication — not to mention a new Chevrolet body style with the Camaro replacing the Chevrolet SS — will be the keys in determining whether the Hendrick Motorsports driver improves on a year where his average finish was a career-worst 16.8.

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Macon’s late 3s power Arkansas past Georgia, 80-77 in 2 OTs

Georgia: The Bulldogs have damaged their NCAA Tournament hopes by losing four of five, including two straight home conference games against unranked teams — South Carolina and Arkansas. This game came down to one play at the end and we have to regroup and get focused on the next one, Fox said. The Bulldogs needed a win over Arkansas, with a No. 32 RPI, to boost their NCAA hopes.

Pippen scored 11 points with 11 rebounds and Marcus Bartley and Armon Fletcher each scored 12 as the Salukis made half their 52 shots. Fletcher also grabbed nine rebounds and had four steals.

Wyatt Lohaus led the Panthers with 15 points and Carlson and Isaiah Brown each scored 10.

Today was big for us, Robinson said. It was a good response.

Hill scored the first seven points in the decisive burst and said the Hokies proved they can play defense when they focus on it.

Once we do what the coaches want and what their plan is, we’re a great team, he said.

It was that defense, Blackshear said, that sparked the run.

Javis Howard and Ty Jones each scored 12 points and Jones grabbed seven rebounds for the Buccaneers (7-12, 2-6 Big South).

The teams traded 3-pointers at the end of the first half with Fleming making one and Liam O’Reilly scoring one for Gardner-Webb (10-11, 5-3) which went to intermission down 31-30.

Charleston Southern started the second half with a 7-0 run and later pushed the lead to 52-40 when Keeling hit a 3 then followed with a jumper with 13:44 left. The Bulldogs responded with a quick 7-0 spurt, but went more than four minutes without scoring as the Buccaneers went on a 12-0 run and Gardner-Webb never recovered.

O’Reilly tied his career high with 27 points, including 7-of-12 3-pointers. David Efianayi had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists, and DJ Laster scored 14 points, for the Bulldogs.

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Penn State’s Troy Apke takes home MVP honors in Collegiate Bowl

Defense ruled in a game meant to showcase potential NFL players, and LSU defensive tackle Frank Herron and Penn State linebacker Troy Apke delivered the final blows.

The 312-pound Herron returned a fumble for a late touchdown and Apke had an interception while earning MVP honors, helping the National team stifle the American team 23-0 in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

I knew from the first time we put on pads, this defense was going to be special,” said National coach Mike Martz, now 4-0 in the game.

We asked him to place kick,” Green said. He’s talented, but that was a little unfair. We eventually went away from kicking field goals all together and that hurt our momentum.

Granted, Minneapolis, with its state-of-the-art U.S. Bank Stadium, will be ready to host the Super Bowl and show off its fancy digs to the world.

Super Bowl 52 will be played in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium, which will have just finished hosting its second Minnesota Vikings season after being built in time for the 2016 NFL season.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced in May of 2014 that Minnesota and its new stadium would host the Super Bowl in 2018. The stadium seats 66,200 but can be expanded to fit up to 70,000 people.

The game will be the first Super Bowl in Minnesota since Super Bowl XXVI, when the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills, 37-24, on Jan. 26, 1992 at The Metrodome.

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He wanted to play at Alabama and be developed into a pro-style quarterback.

Here’s what Jalen has been told: These people don’t love you, they just love what you’re doing, he said. They don’t care about you because they don’t know you. … You’re always going to have people cheering for you, and those are the people who know and care about you. And you’re going to have some people come watch you play every game to hope you fail.

Jones has been on the injury report eight of the last 10 weeks, along with two other weeks early in the season.

None of the injuries were serious enough to keep him from playing, but they did require plenty of tender loving care to make sure there were no setbacks. That’s why, over the course of the last four months, the injury report has listed him as limited or out of practice more times than he’s fully participated.

Game day is a different story.

If you say you’re gonna go, go. Don’t bring it up in the middle of the game, he said. We know it hurts. Don’t let your mind be negative. Just stay positive. If something’s hurting or anything like that, I never relay it back to (the sideline). I know it hurts. You don’t want to talk about it and bring that stuff up during the game. If I suit up, I’m going. I’m not saying anything about it.

A turning point in Jones’ pain threshold came during his sophomore season at Alabama. He broke his left hand in a game, had surgery the next day and was cleared to play the following week.

The first voting update is due Thursday, so we’ll soon find out where Oladipo stands among the fans. ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus views Oladipo as an All-Star as he ranks 10th in the NBA — fifth in the East — in RPM. — Micah Adams

The Heat rank 27th in the NBA in points in the paint (40.4) and free throw attempts (18.9) per game despite ranking third in the league in drives (50.3) per game. For a Miami team that’s top-10 in the league in making 3s — something that hasn’t happened since 2012-13 — being able to complete plays in the paint will give this offense some more diversity. — Vincent Johnson

The Pelicans are perfectly average: 18-18 on the season, 9-9 at home, 9-9 on the road, 4,002 points scored and 4,004 points allowed. In games that are decided in the final five minutes with the score within five, they’re 11-11. Making this team’s performance much more head-scratching is that with All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, a duo the league has no answer for, the Pelicans are still so exceptionally ordinary. — Vincent Johnson

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