Tyrann Mathieu likes having defined role in Texans’ secondary

While Tyrann Mathieu played a lot of roles for the Cardinals, serving as a hybrid safety-cornerback-nickel-linebacker role, he has a defined position at strong safety for the Texans.

Yeah, it definitely helps me slow things down, Mathieu said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Just focusing on one position, trying to be the best at that, rather than just being good at everything. So, I think it’s important for me to just embrace it like I have been and just trying to continue to grow as a safety.

As the Vikings worked through their fifth of nine formal spring practices labeled by NFL parlance as organized team activities, outside linebacker Anthony Barr was back on the field with the team after an absence last week he confirmed was related to his contract status.

Now playing the final season of his rookie contract at a fully guaranteed salary of slightly more than $12.3 million, Barr said he hoped to have a new deal in place before the on-field workouts began. That didn’t happen, so he took out an insurance policy to protect his future earnings in case of injury in 2018.

The issue for Barr and his desire for longer-term security is the Vikings also have hefty paydays looming for wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive end Danielle Hunter, who are also playing this season on expiring contracts for a team that has plenty of expensive stars.

By waiting until Thursday, the Bills limited the effect the player’s remaining bonus money will have on their salary cap. The more than $10 million in bonus money owed to Wood will now only count against the team’s salary cap this year rather than be spread over the two years left on the contract.

Wood declined to comment on being released by the Bills in a text to The AP. Wood did say he’s planning to attend Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s annual charitable auction and golf tournament in Buffalo this weekend.

Though Wood said he’ll never play again, the nine-year veteran balked at the last minute to announce his retirement during a news conference in January.

Wood read from a prepared statement and spoke for less than two minutes in revealing end of season tests discovered two discs being dangerously close to his spinal cord.

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The Cavaliers are 8-1 all time when leading a series 3-2, with the only loss coming in the 2006 conference semifinals against the Pistons — James’ second postseason series. Including his time in Miami, James’ teams are 9-1 when up 3-2 in a series. The Pacers, meanwhile, are just 1-12 in a series when trailing 3-2, with the only win coming in the 2014 first round against the Hawks.
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But this grade is based on the fact that Allen is likely to be a big-armed bust. The QB wasn’t worth the trade, especially at the cost of two second-rounders. The Bills drafted like a team set to return to the playoffs; their glaring weaknesses on the offensive line and at wide receiver should have been addressed earlier. QB desperation is never a good way to draft, and it led to a chain reaction that gave Allen and AJ McCarron little support.

As the Celtics continue to deal with a slew of injuries, most recently to star point guard Kyrie Irving, many pundits wonder if Giannis Antetokounmpo can carry the Bucks into the second round. The key will be just how many people Celtics coach Brad Stevens will end up running at Antetokounmpo. Will Al Horford, who figures to get plenty of time squared up against the Greek Freak, still have enough gas left to help carry the depleted Celtics offensively? If Horford can at least slow down Antetokounmpo, it will fall on Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe to pick up the slack.

Despite a frustrating up-and-down regular season, the late March return of John Wall makes the Wizards a dangerous team in a rather wide-open East. Washington is exactly the sort of low-seed opponent that no top squad wants to draw. The Wizards have a lot of talent but also a core with Womens Tony Phillips Jersey plenty of playoff experience. The question is whether Washington can pull itself from the general malaise it operated under for much of the regular season.

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However, the Browns used the first overall pick to select Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield’s determination is the stuff of legend, as he’s the first-ever walk-on to win the Heisman Trophy. Eventually, Taylor will give way to Mayfield.
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Trying to stay sharp when it can be days between at-bats. Attempting to be successful in the one at-bat a player might have in a game – after sitting on the bench for almost three hours and not being able to play into a rhythm.

It’s no surprise the better players in the role have been veterans who have years to refine a routine preparing them for sporadic work. Young players – almost all who have started throughout their minor-league careers – typically struggle mightily.

But in a small sample size, Phillies 24-year-old outfielder Nick Williams has thrived in a pinch-hitting role in 2018, coming off the bench more than he is starting for the first time in his career.

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One of the most notable names on the list is Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who is expected to help encourage youth participation in sports. He joins former Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, Olympic beach volleyball medalist Misty May-Treanor and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, who were selected as co-chairs of the council, the White House announced Friday.

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Edmunds will have opportunities for a lot of big plays and stats, too. Speed, tackling and the ability to thrive against the pass are the right qualities for immediate impact; Edmunds is just a tad lesser in coverage than Smith and Vander Esch.

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Gray played at N.C. State but went undrafted in 2014. However, he signed a three-year, $1.5 million contract with the Packers later that offseason but was released before the regular season started.

Tarkenton and McNair were leaders who inspired their teammates and had the belief of their coaches, as is the case with virtually all top quarterbacks.

Rosen qualifies in the area of confidence. But will he be a leader, or will his Cardinals teammates question his maturity and focus? Remember, Mora’s said it could be a challenge to hold Rosen’s focus, saying the QB has a lot of interests in life.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning had plenty of other interests, but when it came time for football, they were laser-focused on the game. Will that be the case for Rosen?

One of the fears for some NFL people with Rosen is that he comes from a privileged background, so they wonder how important football is to him. Rosen will have to prove his dedication. He’ll have a chip on his shoulder from the self-perceived slight on draft day. That should be a good thing for the Cardinals as long as Rosen handles the pressure from the outside as well as the pressure Womens Yonder Alonso Jersey he places on himself.

Jets sign fourth-rounder Chris Herndon

Quarterback Sam Darnold was the first of six Jets draft picks this year and he’s now the last one without a contract.

The Jets announced that tight end Chris Herndon has agreed to a four-year deal with the team. Herndon was selected in the fourth round with the 107th overall pick.

“Any time I’m in the same breath with the greats,” James said about passing Abdul-Jabbar, “I know you guys hear me say it over and over, it’s just humbling.”

Maybe no one is saying it enough.

Here’s breaking down how good things look for the Eagles’ quest to repeat based on all the games they will play in 2018.

Toughest tests: The Eagles have to face four playoff teams on the road, including the fellow division-winning Rams, Saints and Jaguars. The NFC East might seem down, but it’s always trickier than it appears. Philadelphia came through in many of its close, tough games last season. It will need to do the same to come close to 13-3 in 2018.

Biggest breaks: The Eagles will be favored in every home game, and they draw the rematch of the NFC championship against the Vikings there, too. Getting the Giants and Redskins twice each is a nice built-in divisional advantage. The Eagles also are a much better team than the Colts or Buccaneers.

The Houston Rockets, tied 1-1 in the best of seven NBA Western Conference Finals, meet the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

The Rockets are led by guard James Harden, who averaged 30.4 points per game in the regular season. The Warriors are led by small forward Kevin Durant, who averaged 26.4 points per game, and guard Stephen Curry.

We’ll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game. Check the scoreboard above and click on the stats link. ravens_099

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Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Donald told the team that he will not be in attendance at OTAs.

Donald has been looking for a new contract for the last two years and has largely stayed away from the team during the offseason while pursuing that deal. There have been frequent proclamations of optimism from the team about getting something done, but an agreement has eluded everyone to this point.

The only mandatory Rams practices before training camp take place during a three-day minicamp in the middle of June. Donald was at minicamp last year after skipping OTAs.

There has never been such a player as Ginobili in the NBA, no one can compare to his style and substance, say the ESPN Player Rankings of one of its most influential players in NBA history. He’s the biggest star in history that has embraced a permanent role as the sixth man.

Kevin Durant said, I wish I had that last play back, following the Warriors’ Game 4 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday, but he already is looking ahead to Thursday’s Game 5.

Paul played a major role in the Rockets’ victory, which ended the Warriors’ NBA-record 16-game home playoff winning streak. He scored 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting and helped key Houston’s dominant defensive effort in the fourth quarter, when Golden State was held to 12 points on 3-of-18 shooting, the Warriors’ worst shooting quarter of the season.

A source told ESPN that Paul’s foot had been bothering him since the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ Game 2 win in Houston. However, the Rockets haven’t listed Paul on the official injury report during the series, and he had been evasive when asked about his health.

He acknowledged Tuesday night that he had undergone a whole lot of treatment in recent days.

It’s about as good as it’s going to be right now, Paul said. But for us, it’s not about that. It’s about going out there and getting stops and making big plays when we needed to.

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Rob Gronkowski could be leaving $250,000 on the table by skipping OTAs, but perhaps a sweetened deal could influence him to make the trip.

As the Patriots worked out behind Gillette Stadium, Brady was doing an individual workout nearby at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center, according to the Boston Herald.

During the course of the year you get out of sync and stuff; just a couple things to get back to locked in and feeling good for a little while now, he said.

Tigers: Detroit signed LHP Kevin Chapman and assigned him to Triple-A Toledo. Chapman, who last pitched in the majors in 2016 for Houston, was playing in an independent league with the New Britain Bees.

Twins: Minnesota recalled OF Ryan LaMarre from Triple-A Rochester to take the spot that opened when RHP Phil Hughes was designated for assignment. LaMarre has hit .314 in 21 games with the Twins this season. … The Twins acquired 1B Chris Carter from the Los Angeles Angels for cash. Carter, who led the National League with 41 home runs in 2016, was hitting .255 with 13 homers in 38 games at Triple-A Salt Lake and he’ll report to Triple-A Rochester.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski also was not present at Monday’s OTAs, a source told ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Gronkowski has previously committed to playing for the Patriots in 2018.

Brady has regularly participated in the Patriots’ voluntary OTAs in the past. He has skipped all of the team’s offseason program so far this season.

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The three-time MVP committed to playing the 2018 season during an appearance April 30 at the Milken Institute Global Conference in California.

Apple doesn’t think he’s the same player or person as last year. There have been changes.

Everything, he said. My habits, everything that I’ve done I can touch up on. I’m just going to fine-tune everything and come in with a different attitude and be positive on the field and do everything I can to make myself better as a player and everybody else as a team.

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While some may view Wynn as a guard at the pro level because of his height (6’3), the Patriots are at least going to give him a shot to replace Solder.

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Parry served a four-game suspension while on injured reserve to close out the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse and the Personal Conduct Policy. The suspension stemmed from an offseason alcohol-related incident while with the Colts.

His arrival in Minnesota will provide depth to the interior of the Vikings defensive line.
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For a league looking to make its product more interactive, that’s a seismic opportunity. And if certain bets were available via a mobile app for in-stadium users, it could even serve as a draw for the public to get off its collective couch and to the stadium, as SI.com’s Albert Breer put it. THE BROADCASTS The ability to legally gamble on the NFL should only help generate more interest, which should help ratings, which should increase rights and advertising fees. That much seems to be a given. It’s part of the reason why Mark Cuban told CNBC that teams across the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL could double in value after the Supreme Court decision.

NFL teams can use the league’s security arm to perform background checks on coaching and other hires, though a sampling of former team executives shows that’s rarely the case.

Banner said his teams would rely on in-house security personnel to vet a small group of candidates once their coaching searches were underway. Former Houston Texans general manager Charlie Casserly said he used team security to run background checks, too, though NFL security handled the vetting process when he consulted on the New York Jets coaching hire in 2015.

But we don’t want surprises. No surprises is kind of the mantra when you’re digging deep into someone from a reputational standpoint or whatever might impact not just the person but the organization and its employees. So this certainly counts as a surprise.

Whether early revelations about Patricia’s arrest would have disqualified him as a candidate with the Lions is another story.

McWatters, whose salary as chairman of the National Credit Union Administration board is $165,300, may be the federal government’s most unlikely telecommuter.

The arrangement adds a wrinkle to the tendency among some Trump administration officials to spurn traditional government norms. An NCUA spokesman confirmed a Washington Post finding that McWatters works from Dallas and declined to say how often he travels to the headquarters in Alexandria, Va., where more than 400 of the agency’s 1,200 employees are based. 

Government watchdog groups said they could not recall another agency chief routinely working so far from his office.

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I don’t know him personally, but I’m sure he’s a great kid. I just don’t know how backing up or being the third — who knows where he’s going to fall on the depth chart — helps us win now. But that’s not my decision to make. That’s on the coaches and the GM and the owner and those kind of things. If Womens Terry O’Reilly Jersey they feel like he can help our team, so be it. But I was a little surprised. Here’s where it’s worth pointing out that Roethlisberger has missed seven regular-season games dating back to the 2015 season.

The point at which their parallel careers differ is on saying something controversial: Roethlisberger is willing to speak his mind more freely than the politically correct Manning.

They drafted a backup quarterback for the second straight year knowing one or the other is a third-stringer.

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