Jason Witten Jersey announces retirement after 15 seasons with Cowboys

It took Jason Witten more than 15 minutes to reach the podium.
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Witten, who announced his retirement at a press conference Thursday, entered Dallas’ facility with his family and was immediately Joe Thornton Womens Jersey met by a group of Cowboys coaches and players.

Witten exchanged handshakes and greetings with the large group, which included star running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott, as he walked down a hallway toward the stage, causing a 30-minute delay before he opened the press conference.

After much self-reflection, prayer and faith, today I have decided the time has come for me to pass the torch and retire,Witten said.

Jones praised Witten for the character and commitment he demonstrated throughout his career.

Of all the people I have met from being in the NFL, Jason Witten is in the top five as a man,Jones said.
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Current Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said that Witten has set an example for all past, current and future Dallas players. Garrett coached Witten the last eight seasons.

(Witten is) simply the best example of what you want a football player and person to be, on and off the field,Garrett said. Witten is the standard as a football player and a person鈥?until the end of time.

During his 29-year SI career, King became the country’s leading NFL writer. Both NBC and ESPN tried to hire King in 2012, but he reworked his deal with SI to gain more autonomy, launching The MMQB microsite in 2013.

With SI now under different ownership, things have changed. King is poised to leave the publisher with which he became a household name. He wrote a long statement explaining his decision on SI.com:
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When Sports Illustrated was good enough to allow me to start The MMQB five years ago, I wanted to introduce a group of promising young journalists to the SI audience and give them a chance to develop into prominent voices on the pro football scene,King says. We’re fortunate now that Jenny Vrentas, Robert Klemko, Andy Benoit, Albert Breer, Conor Orr, Jonathan Jones, Tim Rohan, Jacob Feldman and Kalyn Kahler鈥攁verage age: 30鈥攈ave grown into an excellent team, with a group of superb editors. It’s time for them to have the opportunities I’ve had over the years, and to do some of the stories and projects I’ve done that they’re more than ready to do. They’re ready.

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Vikings schedule 2018: Minnesota’s division title defense won’t be easy

The Vikings’ 2018 schedule begins where last season’s ended, as Minnesota is slated to travel to Philadelphia for the season-opener and a rematch of last year’s NFC title game. It’s just one of several intriguing games on the Vikings’ regular-season schedule.

Bottom line: There isn’t much reason to expect a big drop-off this season for the Vikings, so the focus turns to their opponents. If teams like the Bears, Lions, Rams and 49ers take the steps of improvement many expect them to take, the strength of Minnesota’s schedule will increase significantly. Some of those non-divisional NFC games on the schedule will have the Vikings thinking about the playoffs, but their first priority should be defending their NFC North title. Record prediction: 9-7

Foster has not participated in the team’s offseason program since being charged with domestic violence in April.

Stevens said he didn’t want his team to linger too much on what went wrong but to be aware of where improvements need to be made.

“I think, as coaches, you probably watch it over and over and over and over, and then you try to just trim it to what’s necessary,” Stevens said. “This team is, again, prideful, competitive. They’ve been resilient. Nobody felt good leaving the gym last night. Nobody felt good when they woke up this morning.

“And so I think that we have to look at what we can do better. There is a physical component to that, and we have to be honest and watch the film and see the things that we got outworked on and see the things that we can just execute better on both ends.”
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Colts working out quarterback Cody Keith Jersey

The Colts will work out free agent quarterback Cody Keith on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.
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Keith played in the Spring League on Johnny Manziel’s team and played well enough to earn some workouts with NFL teams. He also has tried out for the Rams and Chargers.

Keith, who is well traveled, played for Saskatchewan in the CFL last year.

All five Cavs starters scored in double figures, and Kyle Korver came off the bench and made all four of his 3-point attempts, which summed up the evening in a number of ways.

I think that they were great, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. We were clearly not the harder-playing, more connected team tonight. Cleveland was, and they deserve all the credit for that. I thought they played a great game.

In March, he signed an extension with Edmonton through the 2019 season.

Limited Arian Foster Jersey It wasn’t the first time in this game that Houston needed to rely on its defense, as the Rockets proved they could fight back after an awful first five minutes. It took 5:18 for Houston’s historically high-powered offense to put any points on the board, Dustin Colquitt Authentic Jersey as the defending champion Warriors roared out of the gates with a 12-0 run while the Rockets sputtered to eight shots and a couple of turnovers in their first 10 possessions.

That anemic start was soon forgotten, as James Harden and Chris Paul outscored the Warriors for the rest of the half.

As fans across the country reached for their remote controls, the probable MVP came to the Rockets’ rescue. Harden’s fast-break layup finally put Houston on the scoreboard, and he kept getting buckets to get the Rockets back in the game, putting up 24 of his 30 points in the first half.

Paul, the nine-time All-Star who came to Houston to help Harden dethrone the Warriors, snapped out of his funk late in the first half. He had 12 of his 27 points during the Rockets’ 16-5 run to close the quarter and give Houston a 53-46 halftime lead.

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Chris Carter Jersey heading from Angels’ Triple-A affiliate to Twins

The Minnesota Twins acquired first baseman Chris Carter from the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations in a minor league trade on Tuesday.
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The 31-year-old was hitting .255 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 38 games for Triple-A Salt Lake this season. He will join Minnesota’s Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings.

He’ll probably be around 45 pitches the first (start). I’d say at least three (rehab starts).

Haniger, who spent time on the DL last season after taking a pitch to the face, is batting .296 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs.

Yankees rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar hit solo homers off Hamels. Torres, who homered twice in the series opener Monday, has seven homers in his first 26 career games.

Austin Romine, who replaced Sanchez, hit a two-run homer in the eighth but the Yankees fell short of becoming the first team to homer four or more times in four consecutive games.

Texas led 5-0 after scoring twice without a hit in the second, when German hit a batter, walked two and had three wild pitches. Still, the rookie right-hander didn’t blame the extended nine days between starts for that.

Sometimes things are not going your way when you’re out there, German said through a translator. Sometimes it’s hard to Davon Godchaux Jersey make the adjustment and get on track. That’s part of the experience of pitching in the big leagues.

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Bautista hit .203 with 23 homers and 65 RBIs in 157 games last season with Toronto, and went unsigned as a free agent during the winter. He struck out 170 times.

Authentic Youth Demarcus Walker Jersey A lot of guys have been striking out a ton, Alderson said.

Bautista led the AL with 54 homers in 2010 and 43 in 2011. He has hit at least 20 home runs in each of the past eight seasons.

Alderson said his assistant, former Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi, was familiar with Bautista from their days in Toronto. Alderson said he’d heard a couple of other teams were interested in signing Bautista.

New York optioned infielder-outfielder Phillip Evans to Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Chad Kelly Jersey readying to compete for Broncos’ backup job

Chad Kelly has stuck to chicken and spinach, while getting back to his college playing weight. He also has spent time working on his game with a Hall of Fame quarterback, a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and a quarterback whisperer.
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Limited Mason Crosby Jersey The Broncos are giving Kelly, a seventh-round pick in 2017, a chance to compete with Paxton Lynch for the backup job behind Case Keenum, and Kelly is doing what he can to take advantage of the opportunity.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who replaced Gov. Chris Christie as the lead plaintiff when he became governor in January, welcomed the ruling.

I am thrilled to see the Supreme Court finally side with New Jersey and strike down the arbitrary ban on sports betting imposed by Congress decades ago, Murphy said. I look forward to working with the Legislature to enact a law authorizing and regulating sports betting in the very near future.

Instead, the Saints want to be smart about utilizing the NFL’s reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The mistake would be that Alvin gets 15 more carries and that’s not the direction we would expect to go, coach Sean Payton said Saturday at the team’s rookie minicamp. I don’t think that is wise.

Saints running backs coach Joel Thomas echoed Payton on the dangers of projecting more carries for Kamara during the first four games of the season.

I think it would be a disservice to him, Thomas said. Let’s be honest here — he’s excelled with the ratio he’s had, whether it’s the carries or the combination with the catches, as well.

Womens Hunter Henry Jersey It’s almost a number that you want to get to that he’s still getting the touches that he’s had in the past. But maybe they occur through two, three or four more carries, and two or three less receptions. By all means, we Authentic Lanny McDonald Jersey don’t want to sit there and run the tread off the back with him early in the season because this thing it’s a marathon, 16 games. Four games there, I think we’ve got the talent — offensively and in the backfield — to go ahead and push through this little process.

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Pat Shurmur reacts to claim Ereck Flowers is upset about Giants signing Nate Solder

Offensive tackle Ereck Flowers is the only healthy player on the Giants ‘ roster who has yet to take part in the team’s voluntary offseason workouts or the first minicamp this spring.

Prior to the second day of the Giants’ rookie minicamp on Saturday, head coach Pat Shurmur did not sound too concerned about Flowers’ absence, particularly given that the team has yet to hold mandatory minicamp.

The Giants have 36 tryout invitees in minicamp and only two or three typically will be added to the offseason 90-man roster.

This isn’t a tryout (where) they do or don’t make it and it’s over, Shurmur said. The players need to understand they are here because they saw something that we really liked. Even though the 90-man roster might look a little different (Sunday), those guys are on the list of guys we might consider going forward.

Martin had exposures to Giants scouts at Rutgers Pro Day, the Giants local Pro Day and TEST Football Academy’s Pro Day, where he trained five times per week after his senior season.

I put in a lot of hard work, so I know hard work is eventually going to pay off sooner or later, Martin said. All I’ve had to do my whole career is be consistent. When you are consistent, you have success.

Just days after the Broncos ‘ general manager told media members that Denver isn’t just going to kick Lynch to the cur b after acquiring veteran Case Keenum this offseason, the Broncos ‘ head coach echoed Elway’s sentiments.

Joseph told media members Saturday that Denver is not only not ready to punt on the Lynch experiment — they’re confident the third-year QB will thrive in a role where he’s sitting and learning behind Keenum.

I think for Paxton and our football team it’s been a weight off all of our backs to have a starting quarterback and have everyone’s role defined from Day 1, Joseph said. So for Paxton, he can relax and get better each day and not worry about a competition. I think for Paxton being around Case also — I mean, Case has been through some ups and downs in his career, so he can learn from Case on how to handle those things.

It takes time to be an NFL quarterback. You would hope with Case being here, he can sit back and relax and get better as a quarterback and not worry about being the guy right now and just compete to be our backup. colts_027

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Titans are betting on Corey Davis Jersey as ‘reliable’ No. 1 in 2018

A little less than four months ago, Corey Davis stood in a nearly empty Tennessee Titans locker room wearing a Roger Maris Jersey white hoodie with the hood up and talking barely above a whisper. He was coming off the most impressive game of his rookie campaign in a playoff game, but his voice was full of disappointment.
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Robinson’s optimism appears to be two-fold. First, he believes the Titans will be a much more productive, flexible and modernized offense thanks to having new coordinator Matt LaFleur, a guy who should lead to better route combinations for Davis, Rishard Matthews and Taywan Taylor. Second, Davis finally will have a full offseason to focus on enhancing his body for the NFL stage and advancing his game after a hectic, injury-plagued rookie campaign.

In 2015, general manager Martin Mayhew’s last with the Lions, the team drafted an interior offensive lineman in the first round, a running back in the second and a big, versatile defensive back in the third. Having given up their fourth-round choice in a previous trade, the Lions worked their way back into the round by trading a future draft pick to snag a much-needed defensive lineman, then closed out the third day with a fullback, nickel corner and backup offense tackle.

Compare that to this class, which followed an identical pattern through four rounds, including the trade back into the round by sacrificing a future third-round choice. The Lions also added a fullback and backup offensive tackle down the stretch. All that’s missing is the nickel corner, but the Lions didn’t have a sixth-round selection this year. A shame, since Quandre Diggs, has been the best player from Detroit’s 2015 draft.
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Authentic Kids Randy Bullock Jersey Avril, a former Lion, was injured in Week 4 last season while trying to chase down Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The back of Brissett’s foot caught Avril in the chin as he lunged to make the tackle. Avril was seen shaking his arms and flexing his hands after the impact.

While the play looked innocuous, Avril’s head snapped back violently and he suffered a neck injury. Avril never revealed the specific diagnosis for his injury but coach Pete Carroll repeatedly called it a serious situation. Avril had neck surgery following the season.

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Packers break their Terrell Buckley rule for Jaire Alexander Jersey

More than 20 years ago, the Green Bay Packers adopted under G.M. Ron Wolf an unwritten rule: No cornerbacks shorter than five-feet, 10-and-a-half inches. New G.M. Brian Gutekunst broke that rule with his very first draft pick in the job previously held by Wolf.
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Alexander makes up for his lack of height not only with swagger but also with great coverage ability, uncanny ball skills, and a knack for returning punts. It was enough to get Gutekunst to make an exception to the Terrell Buckley rule.

The Dolphins’ football people talked Ross out of giving up the spot.

As Greg Cote of the Miami Herald noted Monday, Brett Kern Jersey the pressure isn’t on Fitzpatrick. It is on the Dolphins to have made the right choice. Fitzpatrick is the 15th player the team has selected 11th overall or higher, and the previous 14 produced a mix bag.

Fitzpatrick, a first-team All-American, was not expected to remain on the board as long as he did. He had nine interceptions and 171 tackles in his career.

The Dolphins might have drafted a quarterback if any of the top-four prospects remained on the board, but of course, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen were snapped up in the top-10 picks.

Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier admitted after the first round that the team had talks with a couple of teams about moving up or down, which is not unusual for any team.

Harden and Paul. There isn’t a duo in the NBA that has more to prove in the playoffs. That’s why they joined forces last summer. A failure to advance past the second round is the one blemish on Paul’s surefire Hall of Fame r茅sum茅, never mind that his playoff numbers (21.4 points, 9.4 assists, 48.4 percent shooting) compare favorably with his career stats. For Harden, his most recent postseason memory is a horrible no-show (10 points, 2-of-11 shooting, 6 turnovers) last year in Game 6 of the West semis against the Kawhi-less Spurs that ended the Rockets’ season.

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Happy Birthday, Cam Newton Jersey

It seems like only yesterday that Budda Baker Authentic Jersey Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was a rookie, trying to live up to the potential of being the No. 1 overall pick. And he鈥檚 now officially inching toward 30.
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Derek Jeter’s latest kerfuffle aside, some Marlins really are doing things to make them competitive as currently configured. Center fielder Lewis Brinson had a three-homer week, lefty Jarlin Garcia has yet to be scored on as a starter (through two turns), and shortstop Miguel Rojas is among the MLB leaders in defensive runs saved. — Kahrl

Manager Bryan Price took a pink slip last week from a team that never had a chance this season. The Reds’ run differential sits at minus-56, 61 runs worse than any other team in the NL Central. While the Pirates are a bit of a surprise early in the season, the Cubs, Cardinals and Brewers are all set up to win. The Reds are rebuilding; they had to expect it would be tough. — Woolums

Miller, a wide receiver from Memphis, played in 38 career games, recording 238 catches for 3,590 yards and 37 touchdowns.

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Nichols, a defensive lineman from Delaware, played 44 career games with 21 starts and made 104 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups.

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This has been long overdue and something that many have advocated for years, but the NCAA has been willfully blind to its necessity and ignored calls to reform the system.

Having investigations and adjudications undertaken by independent parties (with reasonable prosecutorial discretion) will bring some consistency, fairness and credibility to a process and a body that has had little or none for decades.

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The Boston College pass-rusher was supposed to be selected after Chubb and Davenport.

Stevens: “I think you can tell a lot from the fight on the [jump ball to start overtime], and we got the tip after two tips and running through the [defender] to get a loose ball, and that’s when I knew we were reset. You just get back out there and play, you’re ready to play, and I thought our guys — I knew they wouldn’t hang their head about it.

Jayson Tatum, Celtics rookie forward: “We could have easily been deflated at the end of regulation, but we all stood together and we executed. We played really well in overtime.”

Pass rushers like Marcus Davenport and Harold Landry could conceivably fall to the Panthers if things break the right way. Davenport is a physical freak with terrific athleticism but is still raw as a prospect. Landry, on the other hand, is much more of a known entity and could be the kind of experienced pass rusher that Carolina could plug in and get immediate contributions from this season.

Cornerback is another spot where a quality option could be the pick. Mike Hughes out of Central Florida and Colorado’s Isaiah Oliver are two potential targets. Hughes lacks ideal experience but has a unique speed and strength combination, while Oliver is a prototypical corner (6-1, 190 pounds) who would fit nicely into the Panthers’ defensive scheme.

If by some chance Iowa’s Josh Jackson is there, Hurney might have to rethink everything and snatch up the former Hawkeye corner.

Luis Valbuena (L), 18.7 percent, Los Angeles Angels vs. Boston Red Sox (RHP Rick Porcello): As noted before, the Angels are scorching the ball out of the gate, and Valbuena clubbed 21 of his 22 long balls last year off right-handers. A wary stat for Porcello: Despite his hot start, opponents hold an 85.4 percent contact rate against him, which would be his worst pace since his uglier 2011 days.

Sutton, the SMU standout at wideout, was hoping to get his name called by the Cowboys. Unfortunately for him, Dallas decided to wait for its Dez Bryant replacement, and Sutton wasn’t the right type of receiver for Carolina or Atlanta. His best landing spot now looks like Arizona in the second round.

What happened? Instead, teams probably were worried about whether his lack of ideal size and strength might keep him from maximizing his burst and moves toward the quarterback. The Browns need to think about him hard overnight after not taking Chubb in Round 1.canucks_681

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