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Smith, a guard from Auburn, was the 37th overall pick, one of the selections they acquired from the Jets in the trade down from the third overall pick to sixth.

Smith’s also part of a significant overhaul for the line which will protect quarterback Andrew Luck one of these days. They also used their first-rounder on guard Quenton Nelson. They also added veteran tackle Austin Howard and guard Matt Slauson in free agency.

Rookie first-rounder [Calvin] Ridley should utilize his strong route-running skills and knack for picking up chunks of yards after the catch as the team’s third option early on. At tight end, [Austin] Hooper (49 catches, 526 yards, Su’a Cravens Authentic Jersey three touchdowns) is an ascending talent with breakout potential, and he’s bolstered at that spot by veteran [Logan] Paulsen and rookie fifth-rounder [Eric] Saubert. Add in fourth-year receiver [Justin] Hardy and the speedy [Marvin] Hall, and the Falcons have the deepest, most complete pass-catching corps in the league.

Here are some of the main takeaways and other observations from the Falcons’ minicamp session on Wednesday.

In Rayshawn Jenkins Jersey his first few full-team practices, rookie cornerback Isaiah Oliver has already made a strong impression on his teammates. Starting safety Ricardo Allen praised Oliver for both his maturity and physical ability following practice.

He’s new, but he’s real mature, Allen said. He and I were partners when we were doing a mentoring group, he was my mentee. So, I got to talk to him a lot. He’s very mature, and he’s real smart. And he’s much faster than I even thought he was; he can run with any wide receiver.

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Linebacker Karlos Dansby injured his calf and didn’t return, running back Kerwynn Williams injured his quadriceps and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche injured his wrist. Reserve linebacker Josh Bynes, who was filling in for Dansby, was also injured.
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It has been par for the course this season, as the Cardinals have been regularly stung by various injuries.

You see who is available when you get back to Wednesday, and you try to get a game-plan like we did today to give them a chance to win, coach Bruce Arians said. We had a chance to win. We just didn’t make that play right there at the end.

But the line bounced back over the final three quarters. Gabbert was only sacked twice the rest of the way, and neither seemed the fault of the protection.

Holden is the fourth player to man left tackle for the Cardinals this season, and he’s hoping to gain useful experience from the playing time.

Practice can only take you so far, Holden said. To get actual game reps, especially as a rookie, I think that’s going to help my development. Help me in the future. I obviously have things to work on and fix, but that’s going to happen as a rookie. As long as I fix them, I’ll be alright.

Over the last seven years, everyone who played against me knew exactly what I was going to be in, Peterson said. When they come here and Mark Barron Authentic Jersey play in Arizona, nine times out of ten we didn’t see what they ran in the previous game plan. It was always a lot of motions and a lot of stacks to get my hands off (the No. 1 wideout). Now they have to play a little bit more honest to where I’m still going to be in a little bit of press, but now my game has evolved into playing off the ball as well.

Baker became the first rookie since Dolphins linebacker Derrick Rodgers in 1997 to amass 10-plus tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles in a game. He also had a fumble recovery and pinned a punt at the 1-yard-line.

Despite all the success in his debut, Baker understood the wait. He knows the margin for error in the NFL is razor thin, and he may not have been ready until recently.

Quarterbacks are so good, you have to be where you need to be Star Lotulelei Jersey at the exact time or it’s going to be a catch, Baker said. And running backs, you’ve got to be in that hole, or they’re going to bounce it into that hole.

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Cespedes was originally placed on the disabled list in mid-May with a strained right hip flexor. He began his rehab assignment Friday with Double-A Binghamton.

Cespedes, a two-time All-Star, has hit .255 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs in 2018.

He’s not going to waver on that. He’s not going to apologize for it. And, frankly, more than 70 percent of Americans agree with him on that matter. If you go back to what the original intent was, this has been made a political argument of which the president is not going to back down from and he’s been clear on it, she said, again trying to move to another reporter.

Heck, by the end of the regular season, such fireworks displays had grown tired. And teams throughout the playoffs worked hard to take contested 3s with a few seconds left on the shot clock — shots that could’ve been had against less pressure with 12-16 seconds left.

In their Game 7 semifinal loss, the Rockets took 44 3s — nearly one per minute — making just seven. The Knicks’ third-season great hope, Kristaps Porzingis, is a 7-foot-3 shooting guard. And an appealing all-in team sport now looks more like long-distance solitaire.

Key said after the draft that he’s learned from past mistakes and feels he’s a first-round talent. He’ll get the chance to prove both are correct in Oakland.

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Red Sox star Mookie Betts says ‘hell no’ to Home Run Derby

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts is an absolute stud leading the league in batting average (.368), doubles (19), runs (49) and home runs (16). But if baseball fans had hopes of seeing the 25-year-old superstar in this year’s Home Run Derby, forget about it.

It’s that possibility that has major league clubs considering taking Stewart in the top few picks on June 4. While the concern that a change to his mechanics could affect his stuff, or an inability to further develop his changeup could lead to a move to the bullpen is ever-present, most scouts agree that Stewart’s talent far outweighs the possible pitfalls that come with drafting a high school player.

Regardless of which team selects him, he’ll definitely need time to develop in the minor leagues, so look for a team that is currently rebuilding to make a play for him early in the first round. The Cincinnati Reds at No. 5 are a possible destination, as it’s clear they are reloading their farm system with young, talented pitchers, as evidenced by their selection of Hunter Greene in the first round last year.

After a few seasons in minors, a rotation that features both Greene and Stewart in Cincinnati would be formidable in the NL Central. Another possible landing spot could be the Padres at No. 7, as San Diego could also allow Stewart time to develop before making him the centerpiece of its rotation.

The Reds (17-32) had a nice winning run to start the month, but remain among the worst teams in MLB and fifth in the National League Central.

The surge in question is evident in statistics from the last two seasons. From 2008-15, 3.55 percent of balls put in play resulted in home runs, with the total in any given year running between 3.2 and 3.8 percent. But those numbers jumped to 4.4 percent in 2016 and 4.8 percent in 2017, providing the impetus for an investigation into whether something had materially changed with the game’s most basic piece of equipment.

The committee visited the plant in Costa Rica where MLB balls are made and conducted laboratory tests of new and game-used balls, but those experiments found no evidence of increased bounce in the balls.

They also looked into whether batters now living in the StatCast era had changed their swings in an effort to achieve greater exit velocity or launch angle now that those metrics have become commonplace in the game, but found there is little evidence to support the claim that batter behavior with regard to any of these factors contributed to the increase in home run hitting.

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Murphy will make his season debut as Washington’s designated hitter in its series opener against the Yankees.

Imagine, for a moment, Randy Johnson in Atlanta’s early-1990s rotation next to Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Steve Avery and (maybe) Greg Maddux. Could have happened, folks. The Braves picked the tall lefty with the ridiculous fastball — ridiculous because of its speed and the pitcher’s inability to control it early in his career — in the fourth round (one spot before the Royals drafted Will Clark, but more on that in a moment) but Johnson turned down the club’s signing bonus offer of $50,000 . Instead, he opted to pitch collegiately for Southern California. As a side note, know what 1982 draft pick did sign with the Braves? Future college football coach Urban Meyer was the 323rd player picked that year (13th round), but he hit just .182 in 138 career minor-league plate appearances and was done with his baseball dream by 1983.

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They challenge each other every day, George’s wife and Jamal’s mother Michelle told The Post. They’re similar in anything that they do. If we go bowling, if we do anything, it’s down. The trash-talking between them never stops.

He has a limited football background, catching six passes in two seasons at Division II Carson-Newman. But he set school records David Andrews Authentic Jersey in the 100 and 200 meters, and was once named the fastest player in college football.

He was invited to Giants camp last year, but a hamstring tear kept him from showing his remarkable speed. Tuesday was his first NFL workout since last summer.

It felt great, he said, just to be back playing football again. . . . Today was really about getting comfortable, knowing my assignment and knowing what I’m doing.

The more I get comfortable the faster I’ll be able to go. … Today I got a good feel for my first day back and tomorrow I look forward to being faster.

Snead’s 4.22 came at Tennessee’s pro day last year, enough to intrigue teams. If he had done it at the Scouting Combine, it would have tied John Ross’s event record.

Of course, it will take more than speed to stand out. The Saints have 13 other wideouts on their roster at the moment, all of whom have better football resumes. But when teams find a rare quality, they’ll take a look.

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John Donaldson left today’s game with left calf tightness. He is being evaluated by medical staff.

You know, I’ll curse them out, Jones said. I’ll get them to buy me lunch, feed them all these stories that they have to do all of this extra stuff, which they don’t really have to do.

The 29-year-old is having a very good season with a 6-4 record and a 3.13 ERA in 72 innings pitched.

The former No. 1 overall pick though has a tendency to get injured and this would just add to a string of problems he has had on the mound since signing a seven-year, $175 million contract in 2017.

Based on Rodgers’ recent conciliatory comments to the Packers’ website, it’s clear the team has an offer on the table to make the six-time Pro Bowler the league’s highest-paid player. Rodgers told the website there is more than mutual interest on both sides in completing a new deal.

Rodgers, 34, reiterated his past statements that he wants to play to age 40 and beyond. He talked of being professional about it all and cultivating relationships with the young guys, finding what the team chemistry looks like every year — because Luke Appling Womens Jersey it changes, and looking forward to the season. He also downplayed reported negativity on his part by wisely saying, I know my role and that’s to play quarterback the best that I can, and the team is going to put the right players and coaches in place, and you just have to trust the process.

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A source familiar with the process, however, threw cold water on the idea of Monmouth Park accepting bets immediately.

The source — who spoke on the condition of anonymity — told NJ Advance Media that any gaming operator that operates sports betting prior to a regulatory scheme in place will have to be reviewed for the bets they took at that time, which will delay any licenses from being issues.

But he has cleared bigger ones. His brain, remember? It needs to know that Luck’s shoulder can handle throwing an actual NFL football. And so, a few weeks ago, Luck forced himself to throw one.

I’ve thrown a real football, ‘the Duke,’ whatever you want to call it, he said Tuesday. I’ve picked it up and I’ve thrown it and it felt great, and honestly there was a little mental block and I had to do it, sort of by myself.

Luck called his coach, Frank Reich. This was a few weeks ago. Luck was at the facility working out and he couldn’t take it anymore, he had to know: Can I throw an NFL football or not? He called Reich. Asked him to come join him. And at the end of his workout, Luck grabbed a ball and tossed it to his coach. Reich tossed it back.

And then lied to our face about it.

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If a player isn’t faring well on the practice field, it’s a bad sign. Conversely, standout performances during OTAs and minicamp can fuel hype heading into training camp.  

While it’s naive to buy glowing reports about a player before he plays a regular-season snap, undrafted rookies in particular deserve scrutiny. After all, they’re a bunch of underdogs hoping to work their way up from the bottom. 

It was just a small sample during the open periods for media, but from the get-go, it’s already clear running back Akrum Wadley has a burst…. One thing I noticed: Wadley has a running style that includes a bit of a jump-step, or a skip. It allows him to get into another gear in a hurry.

Wadley mirrors Lewis as a potential complement to Henry, who runs with power. Keep an eye on his jump-step during the preseason as a signature style that stands out, especially if he’s breaking off chunk yardage.

Wallace began his collegiate career as a walk-on and played sparingly across his first three seasons, but he moved into Alabama’s starting lineup as a senior. He picked off three passes in 2017 and led the Crimson Tide with 15 pass breakups. 

Behind Tre’Davious White and Vontae Davis, who experienced a down year last season, Buffalo doesn’t have established talent at cornerback. There’s room for Wallace to quickly rise through the ranks.

From 2015-17, Miller caught 101 passes for 1,161 yards and 11 touchdowns in 33 games. So, when healthy, he’s demonstrated his ability to serve as a capable tight end. However, injuries have always haunted his career. From 2009-14, Miller appeared in 33 of 96 Womens Jordan Nolan Jersey possible games. From 2015-17, he played in 33 of 48 possible Matthias Farley Authentic Jersey games. The Bears figure to replace Miller’s production with a combination of second-year tight end Adam Shaheen as well as free-agent newcomer Trey Burton.

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J.P. Crawford acknowledged he was surprised to be playing third base for the second straight day in place of the struggling Maikel Franco.

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After cruising to a 4-1 lead behind Gonzales until the eighth inning, the Mariners had to hold on.

We find a way to get it to one run, Seattle manager Scott Servais said. I wish we had a little more ability to stretch, but it happens. We’ll take it.

Gonzales (7-3) left the game after taking a throw at first base too late to retire a sliding Mallex Smith in the eighth.

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What it’s about is pretty much just vilifying the other guy (son of a bitch, racists, maybe they shouldn’t be in the country, bigots). Herzlich is operating in a bygone era. It’d be nice if it returned but this isn’t the era of nice. The linebacker wants everyone to listen, especially the president.

Giuliani was celebrating his 74th birthday while watching the Yankees lose to the Astros, 5-1.

You are living, breathing proof that there is no team loyalty when it comes to betting on a sporting event.

It is why you never head for the exits or turn the channel when a game is decided — because you are held hostage to the point spread. Which so often dictates that a game is never decided until the final whistle blows.

And no matter what the politically correct NFL might say publicly, you are the biggest reason why football is the national pastime. Why FOX Sports gave the NFL $3.3 billion over five years for the Thursday Night Football package.

Maybe he was having a flashback. Davis always was professional as a rookie, but the strain of a season that saw him miss five games and barely register in many others was all over his face as the season progressed. The answers got shorter and harder to elicit. Most of these guys claim some level of immunity to the chatter outside the fishbowl, but few of them actually attain it.

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