Terrell Suggs says he hasn’t hit his peak

The Ravens will have a new General Manager next year, and they just drafted a first-round quarterback.

But they also still have a solid core of veteran leaders, and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs says he thinks that will remain the case for the near future.

Suggs turned 35 last year, but had 11.0 sacks and made the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2013. But it’s hard to not think about the future of the team, with G.M. Ozzie Newsome handing the reins to longtime assistant Eric DeCosta, and the team using a first-round pick on quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Suggs himself is in the final year of his contract, leading to natural questions about his future. He made his feelings clear.

“I don’t plan on going nowhere,” he added, saying he planned on playing several more years and doing it in a Ravens uniform.

The Seahawks have six of nine picks under contract. They signed offensive tackle Jamarco Jones, a fifth-round pick, and quarterback Alex McGough, a seventh-rounder, on Tuesday.

Washington hires new COO, increasing speculation that team president could be on the way out

The top of the organization in Washington is getting a little crowded.

Owner Daniel Snyder has added league office executive Brian LaFemina as COO and President of Business Operations. In that role, LaFemina will oversee all club business operations and report directly to Snyder.

“We’re in the middle of a hell of a run, obviously,” coach Steve Kerr said.

The defending champions got defensive — and maybe a little mad — after a 127-105 Game 2 defeat Wednesday night at Houston, determined to make stops to ignite the transition game and open up 3-point shooters.cardinals_025

It was Binghamton’s turn to get a taste of the miracle man.

Boston struggled to score and ran aground late. The Celtics subsisted on bailout jumpers, random offensive rebounds and some embarrassing Milwaukee mistakes. The Bucks even switched some, benched Thon Maker and played most of crunch time with Giannis Antetokounmpo at center. Those lineups are not as good we’d all like to think. They bled points in the regular season. Milwaukee and Boston tied in 11 minutes with Antetokounmpo at center in Game 1.

The latest bomb earned Tebow loud cheers from the crowd and gave the Rumble Ponies a 5-0 cushion in the second inning of the home game.

Tebow, signed by the Mets in 2016 after flaming out of the NFL, had a disappointing major league spring training, when he batted .056 with 11 strikeouts in 18 at-bats, while battling an ankle injury. GM Sandy Alderson had escalated the team’s expectations for the 30-year-old, saying he believes Tebow will make it to the majors.

Tebow started this campaign with a promotion, after making it up to St. Lucie last year.

“At that time, in January of 2011, my client was slated to make $8 million in the coming year,” Steven Silton, a lawyer for Portis, testified. “He believed that his financial situation was very, very, very solid and that there was no question that he had more than enough financial capability.”

Portis had difficult contract negotiations that resulted in him being cut by the Redskins, Silton said.

“He had no reason to believe that as of that time that he wasn’t going to be playing for the Redskins, or he wasn’t going to be making the money that he was contractually obligated to make,” Silton said.

Portis has repaid $30,000 of the $200,000 he was fronted by the casino. The remaining $170,000 balance has grown to $190,000 with interest and attorney fees.

He will have to show his tax returns to casino officials each year to verify his income.

Portis’ financial difficulties have been well-documented. In the court proceeding, his lawyer said an unnamed financial adviser “absconded with upwards of $8 million dollars” worth of the player’s money.jets_056

He’s dangerous, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. I won’t put a ceiling on him.

The NFL approved the broadening of the helmet-hit rule that will penalize players who lead with the crown of their helmets to initiate contact against an opponent on any play, NFL Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay announced Tuesday.

Offending players would be penalized 15 yards and may be disqualified depending on the severity of the hit. McKay said the Competition Committee and the league felt it was time to make the change in order to better enhance player safety. Clubs will continue to work on a targeting rule similar to the college football rule in which players would be automatically ejected for hitting with the helmet. Nothing regarding a targeting rule has been finalized by the NFL.

With that being said, though, Suh is a risk worth taking. The Rams still need to sign Donald to the stratospheric extension the reigning Defensive Player of the Year deserves, but bringing in Suh on a one-year, $14 million deal shouldn’t preclude Los Angeles from making that move. As former Giants general manager George Young put it with his Planet Theory, there are only so many big men with the athleticism to make a difference up front in the NFL on Earth, and when you get the chance to add one, you take it. While there are meaningful concerns about Suh, this is an opportunity the Rams could not — and should not — have passed up.

Unless the Giants are in rebuilding mode and hoarding 2018 NFL Draft picks. Committing $138 million (not all guaranteed) to newly acquired players suggests otherwise.

Mara pointed to left tackle Nate Solder — who just signed a four-year deal worth $62 million with $35 million guaranteed — as a rare example of un-tradeable player.

It’s about winning. I’ve seen someone told one of the reporters that I’m in a tear-down, general manager Dave Gettleman said. We’re not spending $62 million on Nate Solder or spending the money on Patrick Omameh and we’re not trading for Alec Ogletree if we’re in tear-down.

I’m not doing that. We’ve evaluated the roster. We’ve developed a plan moving forward. It’s about winning now. Who wants to lose I don’t.

DeJong was 9 for 12 in a series against the Mets just before last year’s All-Star break and is 15 for 41 versus New York with five doubles, six homers and eight RBI overall. He is 3 for 3 with a pair of homers against Matz.patriots_037

2018 NBA All-Star Game: Starters, Captains revealed for new format

LeBron James and Stephen Curry will select the rosters for the NBA All-Star Game Feb. 18 at Staples Center after being named team captains under the new All-Star setup.

The All-Star Game format, which traditionally has been formed as Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference teams, was changed in October. This year will be the first time the leading vote-getter from each conference (James and Curry) will captain his team and draft from a pool of players voted as starters and reserves.

James and Curry will be starters for the exhibition game in Los Angeles and will select four other starters, regardless of conference, in what Kenny Smith called “an old fashioned pick-up game,” during TNT’s announcement of the starting roster Thursday.

In other words, they’re a lot of fun. They’re both elite-level scorers with strong handles and abilities to drive the lane. They are also good enough shooters that a slow pace is just as appealing as an up-and-down race.

And McCollum, like Lillard, can get hot from deep very quickly. McCollum’s confidence rises from deep as the shots start going in. And when that happens, the Blazers become dangerous.

Currently, the pair leads the team in just about every category. The Blazers as a whole have made 478 3-pointers this season, and the Lillard-McCollum pair have made more than half of them.

They’ve played together for five years now, and the chemistry is as good as it’s ever been. Blazers head coach Terry Stotts loves using off-ball motions to get them involved, and McCollum is especially good on the catch-and-shoot — he is shooting 47.8 percent from 3-point land in catch-and-shoot situations this year, according to NBA.com.

“We’re confident because we know if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do, we’re going to beat them,” Capela told ESPN after the game. “We’ve got to keep playing. We know that they’re going to come back if we have the lead, and we’ve just got to keep that mindset. Sometimes I feel like, in the past, we were all dragging down after mistakes. But today, we were ready. I think that if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do on defense — all the switches, the weak side — and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them.

“We are better than them.”indians_017

Texans owner Bob McNair’s “inmates” remark over the anthem protests could sabotage a 3-3 start.

BEFORE he suited up to play against the New York Giants in 2012, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Eben Britton took an ice bath followed by a hot shower. He did his routine stretches. Then he smoked a joint.

In fact, Britton — who also played for the Chicago Bears but left the league in 2014 — tells The Post he played three NFL games while high on marijuana.

“NFL games I played stoned were some of the best games I ever played. Cannabis cements your surroundings,” he says. “A lot of people say they’re useless when they smoke weed. But hell, I played NFL games [while stoned], dude. My performances were solid and I felt really good after.”

Part of their success as slot receivers or out-wide playmakers could be attributed to their exposure to route running on their high school/club 7v7 teams. These squads compete in passing-game scrimmages throughout the spring and summer that are designed to help skill players master various aspects of the passing game.

Only the Texans believed Clemson coach Dabo Swinney when he likened Deshaun Watson to Michael Jordan, and look at them now, alive after weathering Hurricane Harvey even with J.J. Watt lost for the season in a division that poor Andrew Luck no longer rules. And three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown just ended his holdout. Will the owner’s apology ring hollow?

The Texans are a half game behind the 4-3 Jaguars, who were 14-48 under Gus Bradley, but Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone have added toughness, discipline, rookie RB monster Leonard Fournette and defensive end Calais Campbell (career-best 10 sacks), and have been able to weather Blake Bortles’ inadequacies. And the schedule includes a home game against the Colts and away games at Cleveland and at San Francisco.

“If you had asked me as a little kid if I thought this was a reality, probably not,” Garoppolo said Friday during his press conference. “But you always dream about being that NFL quarterback and everything. This is just taking another step in that direction.”

With a full offseason with the team looming, and a likely upgrade in talent surrounding him, Garoppolo is ready for big things in 2018.

“We have one goal in mind: get to a Super Bowl and win it. We want a parade like Philly just had,” Garoppolo said. “We’re working in the right direction. There’s a lot of pieces that come into play. We’re putting those pieces into place and once the season comes we have to go out and perform.”

General manager John Lynch explained that he saw enough out of Garoppolo during his short time with the team last season to feel confident rewarding Garoppolo with the hefty long-term contract.
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The Atlanta Falcons lost for the first time this season, leaving the Kansas City Chiefs as the NFL’s only undefeated team.

The Houston Texans won a game with offense, ringing up 57 points against Tennessee, including five touchdowns from Deshaun Watson, tying an NFL rookie record.

And the New Orleans Saints took their much maligned defense all the way to London to shut out the Miami Dolphins.

This could be an awkward situation for the Jaguars to handle publicly, and they will surely attempt to avoid telegraphing any quarterback interest through the media out of deference to Bortles, whom they drafted third overall in 2014.

If they still can’t return home, Fox’s Jay Glazer reports that the plan is to relocate to the Greenbrier in West Virginia. The Jaguars plan to return home from Houston on Monday but will stay in Houston if they cannot do so. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was in Houston for the game, said that the league was monitoring the weather to determine whether any game would need to be changed. The Bucs play Sunday in Chicago.

It’s good to be Josh McCown, believe it or not. Yes, he plays for the New York Jets, but, at the age of 38, he will earn $125,000 for every start he makes, plus his $6 million guaranteed base salary. The $125,000 per-game bonus is believed to be one of the largest in the NFL, ESPN reports, and may well be the largest.

Harris will fit in well on the Miami defense. But many had expected the Dolphins to continue building their offensive line by taking guard Forrest Lamp.

Engram is a fast tight end who will create matchup problems for defenses. But the Giants took him ahead of David Njoku, who was regarded by many as the draft’s No. 2 tight end behind O.J. Howard. They also opted against taking a running back (Dalvin Cook) or strengthening the offensive line.

Rodgers wasn’t the only starting quarterback to leave a game Sunday with an injury. Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston went out of the team’s loss to the Cardinals after hurting his right throwing shoulder. Ryan Fitzpatrick came on in relief, helping the Buccaneers mount a comeback that came up short in a 38-33 loss. Arizona benefited from the arrival of midweek trade acquisition Adrian Peterson at running back, who scored a touchdown on his first-ever drive with the team and finished with 134 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.chargers_037

The Detroit Lions fired head coach Jim Caldwell after four seasons with the franchise.

Caldwell, who went 36-28 during his stint in Detroit, went to the playoffs twice but failed to win a postseason game.

With all of the weapons that this Falcons team has on offense, a defense that is also playing well could spell trouble for the rest of the NFC.

Saturday night’s total is set at 41 points. The UNDER is 9-3 in the last 12 games between Atlanta and Philadelphia.

The Falcons are 4-0 SU and ATS over their last four games played on a Saturday. A healthy Wentz would change the complexion of this game completely, but with Foles starting against this red-hot Falcons defense, there is some justification in Atlanta being a historic road favorite this weekend.

I’ve always admired Thomas, going back to the spring of 2007, when I went to Madison, Wisc., to write about him as one of the top five prospects in the 2007 draft—and found several interesting things in his off-campus home: a keg in the kitchen sink, a deer head with a red padded bra hung on an antler, and Thomas’s laptop elevated by four rolls of toilet paper on the desk in his unkempt bedroom.?

While the Titans did jump, it appeared the Patriots’ center moved his head quickly, causing them to move.

If you’re only going to watch one game today, make it the VHS of my family’s 1991 Thanksgiving football game. But if you can’t get your hands on that, settle in for Panthers-Falcons at 4:25.

I won’t believe the Falcons are a non-playoff team until I see it. They had some issues with the transition to Steve Sarkisian early in the year, and at no point has this offense functioned on the kind of level it did a year ago. But the bad breaks they are catching are just absurd. It started with a couple near-misses, then a couple of drops. Then, last week in New Orleans, they failed to score any points from the Saints’ 1-yard line twice, and a Marvin Hall drop turned into the Saints literally pulling an interception out of their ass. (Well, not out of, but pretty close.)

That’s part of why, Beard says, “a two-game wwings_556inning streak in the Big 12 feels like you’ve won eight or nine games in some other leagues I’ve coached in. It’s really that daunting.” And with a true home-and-home round-robin schedule, there’s no place for any team to hide; everyone has to play everywhere. If you flip on a Big 12 game—be it Oklahoma at West Virginia or Texas at Iowa State—there’s a good chance you’re going to see some entertaining and unpredictable basketball.

It’s easy to place the bulk of the blame on the quarterback.

Without Elliott and Smith in the mix, Prescott looks as if he’s desperately trying to help his team score points. Even though he had a horrible game, the entire offense is equally responsible for this loss. Ben Rogers of 105.3 The FAN concurs:

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The Cowboys forced three turnovers (an interceptions and two fumbles) and ran out to a 17-0 lead even while Dak Prescott struggled to move the ball without Ezekiel Elliott. An 83-yard punt return by Ryan Switzer made all the difference in the second quarter.

Only a late touchdown drive by Kirk Cousins kept the game from getting completely out of hand as Dallas went into halftime with a 17-7 lead. Neither team managed to score in the third quarter, but Dallas extended its lead at the start of the fourth with a vintage touchdown grab by Dez Bryant.

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Only the scoreboard says the Cowboys players haven’t benefited from Jones’ ownership.

The Cowboys owner spoke of how much fun he’s having outside the boundaries of Dallas’ 5-5 record, and how badly he wants “to be inspirational to our players, my players. And I want them to know that I’ll do everything I can to help the Dallas Cowboys and help the NFL, and they should benefit from that.”

Only the scoreboard says the Cowboys players haven’t benefited from Jones’ ownership.

Triumph: The Rams are coming off a loss to the Vikings, but that’s not the end of the world. Los Angeles is 7-3 and should have no problem finishing the year with a winning record. If that happens, it’ll be the franchise’s first winning season since 2003.

ESPN is still loaded with talent in front of and behind the camera, and there are plenty of moves the network can make to improve “Countdown.” ESPN could give more air time to NFL insiders like Josina Anderson and Sal Paolantonio, who break news on Sundays. The show comes alive when these news-breakers provide something fresh to analyze rather than rehashing old news.

Of course, with the John Fox challenge fiasco last week, the Lions might be exactly where they need to be.

The Lost Opportunities Bowl. The Broncos’ woespretty much be traced directly to crummy choices at quarterback provided by president John Elway — which, of course, is why offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was scapegoated this week. The Raiders’ skid defies logic, on the other hand, just a team-wide underachievement. In Week 4, the Raiders gave the Broncos a run with EJ Manuel replacing the injured Derek Carr. Denver hasn’t won since.

Oaklandstill give New England trouble with Carr and Marshawn Lynch, but the Raiders are too beat up defensively to slow down Tom Brady. Oakland brings a lot of attitude in the altitude, along with a lot of points, but the Patriots will score more.falcons_060

What could it hurt to start Hogan?

If the Red Sox win: Then we get a Game 5 matchup between Sale and Justin Verlander, which is about as good a pairing as you’ll ever see in an ultimate game (Game 5 or Game 7). After throwing four shutout innings and 57 pitches in Game 3, David Price will certainly be unavailable for Game 4, but with two days of rest, he should be ready for Game 5. So John Farrell has to have a plan in place that doesn’t involve Price in case Porcello doesn’t hold down the Astros in the early innings. He could go again to Joe Kelly, who threw 22 pitches on Sunday, or maybe even Game 2 starter Drew Pomeranz, who threw 47 pitches that game. He should also be prepared to use Craig Kimbrel for at least two innings — and not necessarily the final two, if he needs to stop a rally.

The league’s first rookie quarterback to start in 2017 was also the first to get benched.

What happened? Some teams allow their rookie quarterbacks to play through mistakes in hopes they are learned from and not repeated while further development continues. Not the Browns, for whom embattled coach Hue Jackson was feeling the heat to win with a slightly more seasoned quarterback (Kevin Hogan) rather than having a longer-term view of the position seeing that he might not be around much longer.

Kevin Hogan became the 28th different starting quarterback the Browns have fielded since 1999 when coach Hue Jackson announced Hogan would start Cleveland’s Week 6 game against Tennessee. He was set to replace DeShone Kizer, who had bested Hogan, Cody Kessler and the now-departed Brock Osweiler (Denver) for the starting spot during the 2017 preseason.

The Browns were 0-5 entering Week 6, having lost 19 of 20 games dating back to 2016, and were in line to draft another quarterback in 2018 who would hopefully stop Cleveland’s carousel at the game’s most important position.
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