Jets re-sign linebacker David Bass, waive six

The New York Jets re-signed veteran defensive end/outside linebacker David Bass on Monday.

The team also waived six players after the conclusion of the NFL Draft: linebacker Micah Awe, tackle Korren Kirven, punter Ben Turk and wide receivers Jalen Marshall, JoJo Natson and Damore’ea Stringfellow.

And so what has become a very bizarre offseason in Boston, featuring Rob Gronkowski‘s 11-week delay in committing to play followed by a passive-aggressive reference to pliability to the nagging sense that Brady truly isn’t happy to the lingering frustration over the Super Bowl LII benching of Malcolm Butler, will continue to have a weird vibe to it.

“Cablinasian” was an all-around disaster, but it wasn’t exactly inaccurate. Woods was biracial, black and Asian, and the rapidly changing world of mixed marriages and biracial children created a collision with the American historical edict of one drop of black blood made a person African-American, and thus less than a full citizen. “It makes sense and it doesn’t make sense. My guess is that Tiger, like me, got asked, ‘What are you?’ A lot. Most mixed people say ‘mixed but black,'” said Grand Valley State associate professor of history Louis Moore. “By the time you get asked this, you know you’re black. Tiger, I think, tried to run away from that a bit. From my experience, people from our generation who are mixed but go out of their way to not say they’re black do it intentionally.”

His father tweeted out confirmation of the news earlier, with himself in the Texans draft hat.

Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh: At 6-7, 297 pounds and with a hoops background, he’s got many of the attributes NFL teams want in a tackle. If O’Neill proves he has the strength to play immediately, he could push Mike Remmers to guard.

Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn: Tampa gets its second corner in the last 11 picks as GM Jason Licht continues remaking his leaky secondary. At 6-1, 206 pounds, Davis is also built to lean on Julio Jones and Michael Thomas

Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State: With 23 sacks over the last three years for the Buckeyes, Lewis does bring some of the pass rush production Indianapolis is also hoping to get from a player like Turay at No. 52.sabres_251

Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Wednesday

The fourth Wednesday of the 2018 regular season carries plenty of aces but also batting-practice machines, with little in between that can be used as a fun streamer. At least we’re back to a full 15-game schedule and then some, including the continuation of a Coors Field series and a weather-induced doubleheader in Pittsburgh. DFS cash game players likely will use at least one player there.

Aaron Hicks (B), 48.8 percent, New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins (RHP Lance Lynn): Lynn can’t retire left-handed bats. They slapped a .349 wOBA on his resume last year with 17 homers in just 85 innings. Hicks, who’s scored six runs over his last five contests, was typically more effective against lefties last year but still boasted a .382 wOBA against righties at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.

After getting a taste of the CBA playoffs, Lawson said he definitely wants to play in China again. But first, he has some unfinished business in the NBA.

“If you read on Instagram or Twitter, [people ask] ‘Oh, Ty, where you been?'” Lawson said. “‘Oh, he is still in the league?’ OK. All right. I like that.

“[Game 2 against Toronto] is just the start. I am working hard. I want to show everybody that I am back to being Ty Lawson. That would be fulfilling to me.”

Some considered Phillips the best player in the ’96 class considering what he had done in college on the field. But his actions off the field were what ruined his NFL career. The Rams cut Phillips during the 1997 season in part because the number of days he had spent in jail (23) was higher than the number of starts he had made for the team (20). Trouble followed Phillips after his NFL career; he tragically died in prison after he hanged himself in January 2016.

Carter’s pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons in college, including a 23-touchdown year in ’94, led the Bengals to trade up in order to draft him at No. 1 overall and give the back a massive contract. His rookie season, though, was erased by a preseason knee injury, and more injuries hampered the rest of his NFL career. He ended up starting just 14 games in five years for the Bengals.

While Lawson had brought two pieces of luggage with him to Game 7, he left many of his belongings at his apartment in Jinan as he began the trek from East China’s Hangzhou to Shanghai to Los Angeles. During a five-hour layover in Los Angeles, Lawson figured he could drive to his house in the San Fernando Valley to pick up more clothes, but the crawling rush-hour traffic ultimately forced him to turn back toward LAX, where he had to take an even later late-night flight.
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Teddy Bridgewater has passed physical, will sign with Jets

The Jets still haven’t announced the signing of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. But they will.

Shortly after we pointed out the absence of an official announcement on the signing, a league source told PFT that Bridgewater has passed his physical, and the Jets will announce that he has signed.

Bridgewater missed the entire 2016 season after suffering a serious knee injury in training camp, and he played only sparingly in one game in 2017.

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman could’ve done the easy thing this offseason, which was to re-sign one or two of his incumbent quarterbacks and hope either Case Keenum or Teddy Bridgewater proved to be a franchise player.

Richardson signed a one-year, $8 million deal with another $3 million in incentives. He’s a fantastic player in terms of creating pressures for those around him, even if he doesn’t always finish sacks. Per Pro Football Focus’ Sam Monson, Richardson totaled 36 quarterback pressures in 2017, which will benefit new teammates Linval Joseph, Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen. That’s a scary-good defensive front.

The way it does impact the Browns is at No. 4. There is the potential now that each of the top three picks could be quarterbacks. At worst, the Giants pick Barkley at No. 2 and the Browns are left with the option of picking the best of the rest of the non-quarterbacks at No. 4.

There are two teams who could have real interest in calling Browns General Manager John Dorsey to discuss jumping up to the No. 4 spot. The first is Denver, sitting at No. 5. They could look to move up a spot ahead of the other team that would have interest in calling the Browns: the Bills.

Buffalo, of course, possesses all the ammunition with the No. 12 overall pick and the No. 22 overall pick and picks Nos. 53 and 56 in the second round as well as No. 65, the first pick in the third round that they acquired from the Browns in exchange for Tyrod Taylor. The Bills preference would likely be to move up to No. 2 — same with the Broncos, assuming they want a quarterback — but if the Giants are set on taking a quarterback there, No. 4 might become their target.
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Which states make up New England?

Hello! If you’re here, you’re probably curious which states make up New England. The Patriots wanted to be inclusive, and instead of just representing Boston, the team took six states in the region into consideration, thus the New England grouping in the name.

The Lightning took a 3-1 lead three minutes into the second as Kucherov fed Namestnikov, who was able to break in alone and beat Anderson.

When the clock ticked to zero and the Eagles had officially won, Nick Foles has thrown for three touchdowns and he also caught one from tight end Trey Burton on a flawless trick play. Blount added the one on the ground. Plus, the Eagles’ defense pretty much sealed the win with a late-game sack and forced fumble on Tom Brady. And yet not one single celebration dance was seen on Sunday night.

We were looking forward to what kind of shenanigans the Eagles might get up to after big plays because of the celebrations we saw from this squad during the season.

They had a couple of baseball-themed ones during the regular season, including this one, where Torrey Smith knocked one out of the park.

And Jeffery lined his teammates up for this perfectly timed and executed bowling celebration.

Lewis wasn’t afraid to put his body on the line to make a play. He wanted to assert his dominance in the run game early and often. But there is one underrated aspect of his game that we fail to to talk about often: Lewis’ coverage skills.

Lewis didn’t have a problem with dropping back into coverage. Like in the run game, he used his speed and power to make plays on the ball. There were times Lewis shadowed running backs coming out of the backfield and tight ends running up the seam. It didn’t matter which route those players ran. Lewis was all over it.

Oh, and quarterbacks shouldn’t have even thought about throwing the ball to a tight end when Lewis was lurking. The Jets once made that mistake, and Dustin Keller paid for their sins.
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Mike Tomlin says catch rule ‘needs to be revisited’

Mike Tomlin is on the NFL’s competition committee and said the league’s controversial catch rule will be a topic of discussion in the offseason.

Steelers tight end Jesse James had an apparent game-winning touchdown against the Patriots on Sunday, only to have the score overturned following a replay review. The Steelers were unable to score as Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted two plays later, securing the Patriots’ 27-24 victory.

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Cornerback Desmond Trufant was another Falcons player who complained of the field conditions after allowing a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to Adam Humphries, claiming he lost his footing. When asked if it was the worst footing he had all season, Trufant said, “Probably. Close to it.”

“It is what it is. Ain’t nobody just straight up just beat me,” Trufant said. “You know what I’m saying? That’s what I’m mad about because I could have made those plays. It happens sometimes.”

The Falcons will play their last two regular season games indoors against the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and at home against the Panthers, so the field conditions shouldn’t be a factor. If the Falcons (9-5) win both of those games, they will win the NFC South. packers_163_f2fa00db1159d316-180x180

Tom Coughlin backs Eli Manning after QB’s benching by Giants

The problem: Distributing the bagged gravy only empowered the Kevins, and Kevins from all over the northeast — many of them not even Eagles fans — showed up at the game. There were Kevins with grudges. Kevins who wanted only to hurl hot liquid. Kevins who brought their own meat to the game and used the gravy to keep it moist and add flavor. An AMC Pacer filled with Kevins came all the way from Moline, Illinois. And then the inevitable.

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills, knee, (Q), 1:00 p.m. ET: Taylor was injured early in the Week 13 game but continued to try to press through the discomfort until it ultimately forced him out. He was eventually carted to the locker room in the fourth quarter. The team announced Monday that Taylor had no ligamentous damage but was dealing with a patellar tendon contusion in his left knee, a deep bruising of the tendon that anchors the large muscle on the front of the thigh (quadriceps) to the shin bone.

The NFL Network has suspended analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor after allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

The trio of analysts, all former NFL players, were named in a lawsuit by former NFL Network employee Jami Cantor, who worked as a wardrobe stylist with the company from 2006 until her October 2016 dismissal.

Former NFL Network executive Eric Weinberger and former NFL Network analyst Donovan McNabb also are named in the lawsuit. McNabb currently works for ESPN as a radio host.

An ESPN spokesman had no comment, saying the company had just learned of the allegations.

Weinberger, now president of The Ringer, has been placed on indefinite leave by the company.
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With exactly one minute left in the game, Boston Scott’s two-yard touchdown broke the tie and put Louisiana Tech up 35-28. Rice got the ball back and needed a touchdown, but quarterback Sam Glaesmann was picked off by Trey Spencer, who returned it 37 yards for a touchdown with 36 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 14-point lead. The Owls would throw another interception 27 seconds later — their fourth turnover of the game — to seal the fate of bettors who still aren’t quite sure how they lost in this one.

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But imagine putting on the masks of all 32 NFL general managers at once. Knowing each team’s strengths, weaknesses and true place in the standings, being able to move anybody anywhere with even the slightest sense of reason … What would you do?

The Lions are coming off a bye and two straight losses before that, during which time the Packers lost Aaron Rodgers but the Vikings shot past them both in the NFC North. The Lions are better than how they’ve looked in their losses.

Answering Week 8’s biggest fantasy football questions

The four-star prospect, who is the No. 3 running back in the Class of 2018, committed to Georgia on Thursday night, ending one of the more interesting recruitments in South Florida in the 2018 cycle.

The 6-foot, 182-pound playmaker out of Central High in Miami, selected the quickly ascending Bulldogs over Louisville, Florida State and Florida a month after making official visits to Louisville and Georgia.

The younger brother of former Florida State All-American and Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was committed to the Seminoles for over a year from March 2016 to July 4 of this year. Since Cook’s decision to reopen his recruitment, Georgia has been considered the favorite before the Sunshine State star made it official Thursday night.

Justin Timberlake announced on Sunday that he will be the performer at halftime of Super Bowl LII. The NFL confirmed the news.

Timberlake’s career took off after he went solo from NSYNC, and he has been successful in other ventures outside of music as well. He’s won 10 Grammys in his career, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for his song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from the movie Trolls. He’s earned four Emmy awards for his Saturday Night Live appearances.

The NFL toned down the halftime performances after “Nippelgate.” Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones followed the two years after that, along with Prince, and then Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Last season, Lady Gaga was the performer in Houston where she put on a great performance that included her jumping down to midfield from the roof.

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Dana White Calls Jon Jones the Biggest Waste of Talent in All of Sports

UFC president Dana White said this week that former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is the biggest waste of talent in the history of sports.

On Tuesday, Jim Edwards of MMAUno passed along White’s response on the TSN MMA Show when he was asked about whether Jones’ inability to fully capitalize on his physical talent due to various issues made him the biggest waste of talent he had ever seen.

Ever. Ever. In all of sports, he said of Jones. The guy is so talented and gifted, God knows what he would be doing now if he had never gotten in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones.

After Week 1 this season, each successive week’s NFL telecasts drew more fans than last season — although Week 6 was the smallest year-over-year gain.

Fitzgerald has proven to be as dangerous as ever in his 14th season in the league. He roasted the Cowboys in Week 3 with a 13-catch, 149-yard, one touchdown performance. He followed that up with a game-winning score in Arizona’s win over the 49ers.

But the Cardinals have failed to surround him with the tools they need to get Fitzgerald to the playoffs, let alone back to the Super Bowl. Arizona is 2-2 to begin the season, but its victories came against two teams, the Colts and 49ers, with one combined win between them. With the storied wideout’s career long in the tooth, his franchise isn’t doing enough to ensure he’ll get one final shot at a Super Bowl ring.

Fitzgerald has never been one to complain, however. All he does is work, week in and week out, to make the Cardinals’ offense better. On Sunday, he accomplished a feat that Hall-of-Famers like Marvin Harrison, Tim Brown, and Art Monk never did. Fitzgerald will join them in Canton some day, but he’s still got more work to do on the field first.
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For the Browns, some see this game as maybe their best opportunity for a win the rest of this season.

Aaron Rodgers is doing his major dealing while his two tackles have been hurt. He’s throwing at a high volume and trying to make up for the weaknesses of a banged-up defense. Just imagine what will happen when the Packers get full health again.

Von Miller has the group dominant against the run again, and that has allowed the Broncos to tee off against the pass to feed their even bigger defensive strength. The complementary running of C.J. Anderson is in great shape.

Their defense has been terrific with their young nucleus, but it has yet to be tested by top QBs. That’s why Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant need to rev up and put up big points now that Le’Veon Bell is rolling again.

Winston has three interceptions and three fumbles already this season, and if the Bucs are going to have to live with him as a supremely talented passer who’s always going to be careless with the ball, then the confidence meter won’t go much higher than this.

Just when Le’Veon Bell gets going, the rest of Pittsburgh’s offense is suddenly in disarray and dysfunction. That means plenty more Bell against a Jacksonville defense that can give up chunk runs see the Jets’ and Titans’ committees. It’s also the best way to avoid putting Ben Roethlisberger too much in front of Calais Campbell and Sacksonville, especially with A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey ready to contain Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. Unfortunately for the Jags, after Leonard Fournette is slowed, Blake Bortles won’t avoid Blitzburgh.nike_steelers_1569