The Texans and 49ers will have joint practices before their preseason game at NRG Stadium, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. The teams play August 18.
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(Absent a first-round pick, Texans beat writers have nothing else to report today.)

Bill O’Brien has said he loves joint practices. Since he became the team’s head coach, O’Brien has worked against at least one other team every summer.

The Oklahoma signal-caller has become the talk of the draft as it approaches. For weeks he’s been linked to the Jets at No. 3 鈥?but it’s becoming possible he doesn’t even last that long.

Three days before Thursday’s draft, reports have emerged that Mayfield is not only a possibility as a top-three pick, but could go No. 1 to the Browns. Dan Patrick said on his show that Cleveland is deciding between Mayfield and Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen for the No. 1 pick, a report that Browns reporter Dustin Fox seconded 鈥?which would qualify as stunning.

Meanwhile, Peter King of Sports Illustrated sees the Cardinals trading up to the fifth pick to get the Heisman Trophy winner in his latest mock draft. King said the Cardinals love Mayfield, whose stock appears to be rising at the right time.

Game Womens Xavier Ouellet Jersey Payne’s selection comes 11 picks after the Giants added running back Saquon Barkley to an NFC East that already includes Ezekiel Elliott and Jay Ajayi. Payne’s run stopping skills were his calling card in the SEC and they will come in handy against that collection of backfield talent in the division.

Payne also showed some pass rushing ability as his collegiate career played out. If he continues to build that part of his game, No. 13 will look like a pretty lucky one in the years to come.

Hardy made the Pro Bowl and was second-team All-Pro as a member of the Panthers in 2013. The 29-year-old was arrested in 2014 after allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in 2016.Heads or tails?

Even with a pick as high as No. 2 in the NFL draft, the past 40 years of selections have shown there’s only a slighter better than 50-50 chance the Giants will land an impact player.

Game Womens Wayne Gretzky Jersey That’s the bad news. The good news? Of the three Hall Lance Stephenson Youth jersey of Famers to have been selected at No. 2 since 1978, the Giants have one of them: Lawrence Taylor, drafted in 1981 out of North Carolina. They had better fortune than their MetLife Stadium roommates, the Jets, who twice in the past 40 years have swung and missed with the second pick, on running back Blair Thomas (1990) and receiver Johnny Lam Jones (1980).

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The Jets have landed their quarterback.
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They made Sam Darnold of USC the third overall pick of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

Darnold will join a quarterback depth chart that also features Josh Joffrey Lupul Youth jersey McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. The last two guys may not be long for the roster and the state of Bridgewater’s knee will determine how many players are in the mix for the starting job.

There is strong sentiment inside the organization to sit at No. 2 and, if the Browns take Sam Darnold 鈥?that remains the most likely scenario 鈥?gleefully take running back Saquon Barkley, who instantly upgrades everything 鈥?and we mean everything 鈥?with the entire offensive operation.

Freak, said someone with knowledge of the Giants’ draft thinking, referring to Barkley.

Kids Kevan Miller Jersey Putting the Barkley infatuation to the side, what to do about a quarterback is a hot-button issue the Giants cannot ignore. They likely will not take one up so high in this draft, but that does not mean they aren’t thinking about it.

Authentic Womens Danny Gare Jersey The Giants look at this year’s top prospects 鈥?and do not be so sure they view Darnold as the best of the bunch 鈥?and do not see the caliber of quarterback that came out of the 2004 draft that produced Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. They are looking into the more recent past to determine if this crop, or at least one of them, can measure up to the quarterbacks who came off the board 1-2 in 2016: Goff and Carson Wentz.

It’s impossible to disprove that representation, and it’s impossible to specifically know without more details why an NFL executive (presumably, an executive with another team) believes that the Browns are talking about possibly taking Mayfield.

But it’s not a surprise. Given the affinity owner Jimmy Haslam had four years ago for Johnny Manziel, Haslam quite possibly is enamored with the idea of getting Mayfield. Which would indeed put Mayfield in the conversation.

The fact that there’s no clear separation at the top of the draft enhances the possibility of the Browns at least discussing other options. It also keeps the possibility of a trade in play for the Browns, especially if they’d only drop by a couple of spots, perhaps to No. 3 with the Jets.

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Allen Park — There’s a train of thought, not shared by all, that you shouldn’t draft an interior offensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft. Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn doesn’t subscribe to that creed.

On the other hand, Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn, a former offensive tackle, is the better fit for a zone scheme, which emphasizes athleticism and getting linemen on the move.

If the Lions doesn’t draft an obvious starting option in the first round, Quinn has stockpiled his roster with versatile options to compete for the opening.

“Joe Dahl has positional flexibility, Kenny Wiggins has position flex, Wesley Johnson, who we signed, has position flex,” Quinn said. “Out of those guys, we have guys who can fill multiple roles and we’re going to put them out there and see the best five.”

The NFL draft’s first round will take place next Thursday.

Stanton said he was excited to have Torres up.

“He’s going to be good, man,” the reigning 2017 National League MVP said. “He is good already.”

Stanton and Torres already share something in common.

Both were highly regarded prospects who made national headlines when they debuted.

When the Yankees promoted Torres on Sunday, just about every major publication ranked him the club’s best prospect. Baseball America ranked him the sixth best prospect in the game. MLB.com had him at No. 5.

Baseball America ranked Stanton the third best prospect in the sport in 2010.

Spurs forward Kyle Anderson admits as much, telling KweséESPN about Udoka: “If he has to get on you he’ll get on you but he knows how to talk to us, [he] knows how to handle players.”
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Running back C.J. Anderson spent five seasons with the Broncos, and the Broncos officially have decided to move on.
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Over the last five years, C.J. developed from an undrafted player into an important member of our team, Broncos president of football operations/G.M. John Elway said in a statement. We appreciate all he did as a Bronco, especially during our Super Bowl season, and thank him for his many contributions on and off the field.

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Ware, 26, rushed for 921 yards in 2016 and likely serves as the primary backup to Kareem Hunt if he can return to health.

Since the Chiefs are unsure of his availability, they signed Damien Williams and Kerwynn Williams in free agency.

Reid said they signed Williams and Williams because you can’t have enough of those guys and there was availability there. They also have Charcandrick West and Akeem Hunt.

Jaylen’s going to be a superstar. He’s an All-Star player, Heinsohn said. And so is [rookie Jayson] Tatum, the both of them. They’re both competitors. And Terry Rozier is too. That’s a terrific nucleus they are building there.

Jakub Zboril Authentic Jersey Brown scored 12 first-quarter points, routinely attacking the basket, including a loud left-handed flush over former teammate Tyler Zeller. Brown came back with 10 points in the third quarter as the Celtics pulled away.

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This isn’t the first time Harrison has hung up his cleats, but it’s likely to have more finality than his initial flirtation with retirement. That lasted a little over two weeks before he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in September 2014.
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While Harrison found a nice landing spot in New England, the way the 2017 season played out cast serious doubt over his long-term future. Veteran experience only counts for so much, and Harrison wasn’t about to take a back seat in 2018, based on his comments to Tafoya.

Drafted No. 29 overall by the Jets in 2006 out of Ohio State, Mangold was one of the best centers in the NFL at his peak, earning two first-team All-Pro bids in 2009 and 2010.

If I want to be a franchise guy, there are certain things I can’t do, Mayfield said at the combine, per Ethan Greenberg of the Jets official site. But I’m still going to be competitive and passionate. That’s what has gotten me to this point and I talk about it. And I’m upfront about it.
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These qualities only add to the fact he’s the class’ most accurate and efficient quarterback.

Reid can step into the lineup as a dime corner or big nickel and eventually replace Cyprien, whose contract becomes far more manageable after the 2018 campaign.

Booker has flashed potential since being drafted by the Broncos in the fourth round in 2016. In his rookie year, he rushed for 612 yards and had 265 receiving yards and five total touchdowns. His productivity on the ground slipped last year, with just 299 yards and one touchdown. But he was about as valuable as a receiver, with 275 yards.

Booker suffered a wrist injury during OTAs that landed him on the PUP list, and he missed the first three games of 2017. If he stays healthy and is getting the bulk of the carries, he should be able to handle the load and live up to the team’s expectations.

The former Cowboys receiver spoke with Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas Christian Yelich Jersey about potential landing spots and was most intrigued by joining Big Blue.

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The Philadelphia Phillies kept squandering chances.
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Finally, in the 10th inning, they came through in the clutch.

Rhys Hoskins doubled home two runs with two outs to break a 1-1 tie, Maikel Franco added another two-run double before the inning was done and the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Hoskins was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts when he faced Jose Ramirez (0-2) with two runners aboard. On a 2-2 pitch, the Phillies cleanup hitter lined a slicing drive against the wall in the right-field corner, clearing the bases.

We dodged bullets the whole night, manager Brian Snitker said. We were lucky with all the walks to stay in the game as long as we did.

Ramirez walked three in the 10th, his ERA climbing to 17.05.

Hector Neris (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz went six innings, giving up four hits and a run. He struggled a bit with his command — walking four and throwing a wild pitch — but recorded eight strikeouts, getting plenty of movement on his fastball and slider.
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Effectively wild, he joked.

You always want to keep the momentum, Gonzalez said.

The Nationals seem to like Citi Field, too, and are now a whopping 51-19 at the park since 2011.

The Mets, whose 12-3 start had matched the best in team history, lost back-to-back games for the first time under new manager Mickey Callaway.
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We had a few opportunities. We were one swing away a few times. We just didn’t get it done, Callaway said.

The disappointing defeat the previous night seemed to leave many Mets fans in a panic, as if the charmed start was somehow a mirage. Before this game, Callaway said that kind of passion makes it fun, actually.

Turner doubled twice, singled Francisco Rodriguez Womens Jersey and walked, scoring two runs and stealing his major league-leading eighth base. He helped the two-time NL East champion Nationals get back to.500 after an extended rough patch.

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The former Cowboys quarterback finished last Friday in the 132-man field in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, bogeying the first six holes in a 10-over 82.

“I kind of have an idea of where I really need to put my time in as far as to get better and scoring,” Romo said. “I’m hitting the ball fine, you just have to score.”

Now an NFL analyst for CBS Sports, Romo opened with a 77 on Thursday. At 15-over, he was six shots worse than the next player on the leaderboard and 28 strokes behind leader Brice Garnett.

Garnett followed his opening 63 with a 68 to get to 13-under 131.

“There’s so much golf left, 36 holes, and especially out here guys are going to make charges from way back,” Garnett said. “A lot of birdies are out there. So I’ll just keep my head down, keep plugging and try to have a solid weekend.”

Steve Wheatcroft and Keith Mitchell were a shot back, each after their second 66. Seungsu Han (67) and Xinjun Zhang (68) were 10-under. Hunter Mahan (65) topped the group at 9-under, and Geoff Ogilvy (67) was 8-under.

Portland knows this. On a few possessions, the Blazers shifted Nurkic onto Nikola Mirotic so that Al-Farouq Aminu could guard Davis. Mirotic is in some ways an even worse matchup for Nurkic — a quick-release shooter who ventures even further outside Nurkic’s natural habitat.

Too many teams spot a problematic matchup and let it simmer for a few possessions, hesitant to deviate from their normal offense as if doing so is a sign of weakness. Alvin Gentry and the Pelicans attacked the Mirotic-Nurkic matchup immediately every time they saw it, zipping Mirotic through screens until Nurkic lost touch:

Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson is opposed to trying to legislate the players out of protesting.

“I have some pretty strong feelings about that,” Johnson said. “I don’t approve of changing the current status. I know there’s some discussion of keeping players off the field until after the anthem. I think that that’s a particularly bad idea.”

Johnson felt the Jets came together as an organization after the anthem issue got heated in September. He spoke with the players and would link arms with them during the anthem before every game. He also got involved with the players’ coalition and their efforts to promote social change.jets_034

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I like him a lot,” he said. The ball comes out of his hand very explosively. He’s got a different personality, he’s a millennial kid, he wants to know why and Jim Mora at UCLA didn’t like that. I like smart guys and he’s an intelligent guy. The injuries do bother me. Concussions. If he gets dinged early in preseason he may be out for six, seven games. And he’s already had surgery on his right shoulder. But he is very accurate, he does make good decisions and he’s a taller guy, which some teams like. I like playmakers, and Mayfield makes more plays.”

If every NFL general manager was polled, the majority would rate USC’s Darnold as the top quarterback in this class. To that, Shonka’s rebuttal is this: Have you watched him play?

The spring is the time to get a feel for how far along guys are who Connor Cook Jersey had serious injuries the previous season. The central attraction at Jets camp this spring will be quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. He is two years removed from a very serious left knee injury, but there are questions about his health. He would not commit to when he will be on the field. Coach Todd Bowles said he expects Bridgewater to throw this spring, but that could mean he is not going through team drills during OTAs. Training camp will be much more important for Bridgewater, but this will be our first clue about his knee.

Limited Youth Jamon Brown Jersey The other Jet to watch closely here is wide receiver Quincy Enunwa. He suffered a season-ending neck injury last year. The Jets expect him to be back fully this year. This will be the first step.

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Ben Roethlisberger is still the Steelers’ franchise quarterback, but they might be in the market to draft his successor.
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Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said on PFT Live that the Steelers would love to have Roethlisberger on the team for years to come, but they’d also like to acquire the heir apparent in advance, the way the 49ers did when they went from Joe Montana to Steve Young, and the way the Packers did when they went from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers.
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So the Steelers aren’t in the market for a Sam Darnold or a Josh Allen. But they might be in the market for a quarterback who can replace Roethlisberger, even if it’s not a quarterback who can replace Roethlisberger immediately.

Kirk Cousins never got a long-term deal in Washington, leaving him free to head to Minnesota for a fully guaranteed three-year contract as a free agent this offseason.
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He’ll be replaced as the starting quarterback by Alex Smith, who got a new four-year deal immediately after being traded from the Chiefs to the Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick. After passing on a commitment to Cousins and making a big one to Smith, head coach Jay Gruden said this week that the team is without a doubt better off at the quarterback position.

You wouldn’t expect Gruden to say otherwise as head Paul Molitor Youth jersey coaches that criticize the decisions made by their organizations tend to have very short futures. The coach went on to explain why he sees Smith as an upgrade.

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The Packers have seen big changes to their front office and coaching staff since the end of the season with new General Manager Brian Gutekunst joining new offensive and defensive coordinators as the team tries to bounce back from their first losing season since 2008.
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There have also been changes to the roster, including the departure of wide receiver Jordy Nelson and acquisitions of free agents like Jimmy Graham and Muhammad Wilkerson. Head coach Mike McCarthy remains in place, but said at last week’s league meetings that the changes have gone beyond the new hires in those positions. McCarthy said the team has taken a scrub-brush approach to the whole system that includes changes to their well-worn offensive playbook.

The Padres have struggled out of the gate, but one highlight was Christian Villanueva’s three-homer game against the Rockies, making him the seventh Padre and second Padres rookie to hit three home runs in a game. Villanueva had just four career home runs entering the game, and now will have to help pick up the slack on offense to make up for the loss of Wil Myers, who went on the disabled list Wednesday. — Nitzberg

Worry not about Joey Votto’s slow start at the plate — Votto is a notoriously slow starter. His .293 average and .917 OPS in March/April are his worst in any month of the season in his career. Votto has a career 1.002 OPS in the second half of the season, so expect the established first baseman to pick things up as the season goes on. — Woolums

The Cardinals got a strong season from Chandler Jones in 2017, but their pass rush had to go without Markus Golden for most of the season after a torn ACL.

Golden is progressing in his effort to return to the lineup. Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports that Golden posted a video on his protected Instagram page on Tuesday that showed him running as the team got started on their offseason program.
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Golden didn’t have any sacks in four appearances before being injured last year, but had 12.5 while playing across from Jones during the 2016 season.

Paul DeJong hit 28 home runs in his first 115 games, tied with Albert Pujols for the most in a player’s first 115 career games in Cardinals history. The only major league shortstop with more home runs than DeJong since the start of last season is Francisco Lindor Robert Covington Jersey — and DeJong debuted partway through last season. — Langs

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