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Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce got plenty of attention for his salty language during the Super Bowl celebration parade. The All-Pro says he tried to tone it down when he spoke inside the Phillies clubhouse on Monday. But once Kelce started his speech Byron Maxwell Jersey Seahawks , he found that old habits die hard. ”I probably cursed a little more, actually,” Kelce said. ”At least through the start of the speech I made an effort to not curse and then that quickly faded.” Article continues below ... Wearing a red No. 62 Phillies spring training jersey, Kelce was the main guest during the first official day of team workouts. ”I played baseball all the way up until high school,” Kelce said. ”I threw my elbow out when I was like 12 years old, tore the plate off my bone, I didn’t play baseball after that.” Kelce spent a lot of time watching pitchers throw their side sessions and said there was plenty he could take away from watching them interact with catchers. ”Baseball is an awesome sport,” Kelce said. ”I’ve just been picking up some of what goes on between the pitcher and catcher because I think there are a lot of similarities between the mental chess game going on there as there is with me and Carson (Wentz) kind of assessing defenses and stuff like that.” New Phillies manager Gape Kapler said that he spoke with Kelce separately and discussed the rapport Eagles players had with head coach Doug Pederson and the coaching staff. ”Jason and I discussed that and talked about how that communication was the two-way street Calvin Ridley Color Rush Jersey ,” Kapler said. ”He shared what a good communicator coach Pederson was and how that communication was critical in establishing and maintaining trust throughout the season.” Kapler said he felt the message Kelce gave his players was one that will inspire them and one they needed to hear as they begin the season. ”I think there were 8 to 10 (things) to take away, but the No. 1 was it is OK to fall down, be fearless, get back up, be bold and do it all over again,” Kapler said. ”Champions have stories to share and they’re effective for a reason. ”Because they’ve been through the ups and downs, they’ve displayed courage, they’ve come together as units Jordan Howard Jersey Youth , they know what it feels like to have people count them out and then to prove people wrong,” he said. Kapler said the Phillies’ video production staff put together a piece for the team over the weekend that included some highlights from the other sports teams in the city, as well as some footage from the movie ”Rocky” spliced in and some highlights of their own players. The relationship with the city is something Kapler wants the Phillies to embrace. ”We feel like we’re in a partnership with the city of Philadelphia, the fans of Philadelphia and certainly the sports teams of Philadelphia,” he said. ”You saw it today with Jason. He felt like he was a part of the Phillies family. He wore that `Be Bold’ T-shirt proudly, then he put on a Phillies jersey and a Phillies cap. ”This is an All-Pro center on the best offensive line in football from a Super Bowl championship team. And here he was in our clubhouse today sort of backing the Phillies. I thought that was pretty remarkable,” he said. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is being treated for anxiety, saying before Game 1 of the NBA Finals that the pressure-packed playoffs bring him so much joy. He also realizes there are so many people dealing with challenges in life Youth B.J. Hill Jersey , so his story may help others. Lue took a leave of absence on March 19 for health reasons and when he returned April 5 acknowledged he experienced ”piercing” chest pains during two games this season. ”A lot of people are going through a lot of different things,” Lue said Thursday at Oracle Arena. ”Just being able to cope with it and understand that there’s a lot of different people that have reached out since yesterday, I guess, and told me they experienced some of the same things.” The 41-year-old Lue said he has heard from many people offering support since his ESPN interview during which he revealed the anxiety, noting he didn’t intend to reveal so much. ”To be honest, I messed up,” Lue said. ”I didn’t even really know I said it. ”The biggest thing is that I feel good and talking to my doctor one of my happy places is the playoffs. That’s a good thing. So I do feel great, though.” Warriors coach Steve Kerr reached out to Lue to offer his best. Kerr missed time Patrick Omameh Jersey Giants , including during last season’s championship run, because of debilitating complications from a pair of back surgeries after the 2015 title. Kerr said he spoke by phone and traded text messages with Lue. ”I just tried to share some of my experience when I was out last year,” Kerr said. ”The main message was you can’t allow what feels like the enormity of the job to interfere with your health and your recovery and whatever you need to do. I just told him the team will still be there when you get back. But sometimes I think in this job, because there is so much passion from the fan bases and because everybody wants to win so badly, it feels bigger than it really is. So just kind of a reminder that we’re playing a sport. Get better.” — .

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Back when Bruce Arians announced his retirement Tarik Cohen Jersey Youth , Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said he would be in no rush to find a new coach. He pointed out that Arians was the last coach hired in 2013. But while the Cardinals have followed their methodical, and quite secretive, process, the pool of potential candidates has dwindled. Two, according to multiple reports, are taking other head coaching jobs – Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur with the New York Giants and New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia with the Detroit Lions. Another, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, publicly declined a second interview with Arizona. ”The timing for my family was not appropriate for me to pursue this potential opportunity,” he said in a statement this week, ”but I am very excited with the decision to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers.” That leaves six of the nine initially interviewed by Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim: Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores Authentic Riley Sutter Jersey , Cardinals defensive coordinator James Boettcher and Atlanta Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong. Bidwill wants second interviews with the finalists and wants the candidates to come to Arizona to see the team’s training facility and stadium. But Schwartz, DeFilippo and Flores can’t talk again until next week because their teams are still in the playoffs. Armstrong was to have a second interview in Arizona on Friday. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn confirmed Armstrong’s second interview, initially reported by NFL Network. ”He is terrifically qualified to lead a team,” Quinn said at his season-ending news conference on Thursday. ”And I’ve thought this for a long time.” Wilks also had a second interview in Arizona on Friday, the Arizona Republic reported. He was interviewed Thursday for the vacant head coaching job in Tennessee. Recruiting a new coach in Arizona is made more difficult by the fact the Cardinals have no established quarterback following the retirement of Carson Palmer. There’s also uncertainty about the return of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and the impact the coaching choice will have on the star receiver’s decision. The rest of the Cardinals’ receiving corps is thin. Whoever takes the job will join an NFC West where the other three teams are set at quarterback – Jared Goff in Los Angeles, Russell Wilson in Seattle and, now, Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco. The Cardinals do have a strong returning defense and will have one of the NFL’s best running backs in David Johnson, who will be back from a broken wrist, an injury that occurred in the 2017 opener and sidelined him the rest of the season. — AP Sports Writer Charles Odum in Atlanta contributed to this report. — JJ Redick scored 28 points and the surging Philadelphia 76ers set a franchise record with their 15th consecutive victory, holding off the Atlanta Hawks 121-113 Tuesday night to move a step closer to locking up the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers overcame a tough outing for rookie star Ben Simmons, who missed the morning shootaround after coming down with the stomach flu. He still managed to put up 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists before fouling out with 7 seconds remaining. His teammates helped pick up the slack. Redick hit 6 of 9 from beyond the 3-point arc Jorge Alfaro Jersey , while former Atlanta players Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli burned their old team. Ilyasova scored 26 points, Belinelli added 20 and the duo combined for nine 3-pointers. Philadelphia went 17 of 37 beyond the arc. Taurean Prince led the Hawks with 27 points. JAZZ 119, WARRIORS 79 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points and set an NBA rookie record for 3-pointers, Derrick Favors added 16 points and nine rebounds, and Utah cruised to a victory over Golden State. Jonas Jerebko scored 14 points, and Rudy Gobert and Ricky Rubio added 13 points apiece for the Jazz. Utah (48-33) won its sixth straight game and went 3-1 in the season series with Golden State. The Jazz can claim the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with a win over Portland on Wednesday night. Even with a loss to the Blazers, Utah is assured of falling no lower than the No. 5 seed. Klay Thompson scored 23 points and Kevin Durant added 13 for the Warriors, who finished the season at 58-24. Golden State, the No. 2 seed in the West, never led in the game and shot just 35 percent from the field. WIZARDS 113, CELTICS 101 WASHINGTON (AP) – John Wall surpassed 5,000 career assists and Washington beat Boston despite Jaylen Brown’s 21 first-quarter points to remain in play for the No. 6, No. 7 or No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. For now Authentic Jerome Baker Jersey , the Wizards are eighth in the East, and potentially more worrisome is this: Starting small forward Otto Porter Jr. left at halftime with a right lower leg strain and did not return. Wall finished with 29 points and 12 assists as Washington ended its four-game losing streak. The Wizards will wrap up the regular season at Orlando on Wednesday. That result, along with how Miami fares against Toronto and what Milwaukee does at Philadelphia, will determine where the Wizards, Heat and Bucks all wind up in the standings ahead of the playoffs. Brown wound up with 27 points. ROCKETS 105, LAKERS 99 LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chris Paul scored 22 points, James Harden had 21 points and 10 assists, and Houston kept steamrolling toward the playoffs with its 31st victory in 34 games. Gerald Green scored 16 points as Houston hung on late to avoid its first back-to-back losses since Jan. 6. But in the first half, the Rockets lost backup forward Luc Mbah a Moute to a dislocated right shoulder in a meaningless game. Andre Ingram scored 19 points with four 3-pointers for the Lakers in the 32-year-old guard’s impressive NBA debut. Los Angeles promoted the 10-year G League veteran from its South Bay affiliate for the final two games of the regular season, and the developmental league’s career leader in 3-pointers hit a 3 on his first NBA shot. Ingram’s fourth 3-pointer with 51 seconds left trimmed Houston’s lead to 102-99, but the Lakers couldn’t score again. Ingram finished 6 for 8 from the field and 4 for 5 on 3-pointers along with three rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal. HORNETS 119, PACERS 93 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds Youth Keke Coutee Jersey , and Frank Kaminsky tied his career high with 24 points to lead Charlotte past Indiana. Charlotte ended the season with two wins in its last seven games. The Pacers, who are locked into the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, lost for the second time in three games with three starters sitting out. Darren Collison, T.J. Leaf and Glenn Robinson III all scored 13 points for Indiana. SUNS 124, MAVERICKS 97 DALLAS (AP) – Rookie Alec Peters scored a career-high 36 points and Phoenix beat Dallas in a reserve-filled finale for two teams headed to the lottery. The Mavericks (24-58) entered the game tied for the third-worst record in the NBA and stayed that way while sitting eight players. That included star Dirk Nowitzki, whose 20th season ended last week when he had ankle surgery. Atlanta finished with the same record after losing at home to Philadelphia 121-113. Orlando can join the Mavericks and Hawks with a loss at home to Washington on Wednesday. Phoenix (21-61), which had already clinched the worst record and best lottery odds for the No. 1 pick in the draft in June, also didn’t dress eight players. The Suns won for the second time in 19 games to wrap up their third straight season with at least 58 losses. .

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Through more than a decade as Atlanta Falcons general manager Authentic Chris Herndon Jersey , Thomas Dimitroff has always found a way to make a least one trade during the NFL draft. Trader Tom kept his record intact Saturday. For the 11th straight draft, Dimitroff found a willing partner, dealing Atlanta's two seventh-round picks to the Los Angeles Rams for a sixth-round selection used on LSU receiver Russell Gage. Dimitroff said the offer from Rams GM Les Snead, the former Falcons director of pro personnel, "fell into our laps ... out of the blue." Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who seemed to enjoy Dimitroff's streak remaining intact, joked that he sent Snead a text just to keep the run going. Without that call from Snead, Dimitroff said his streak "very well might have ended." "Honestly, I was kind of in this groove where I was thinking 'This is it. We're moving on from the trade,'" he said. Quinn said it is "fun to watch and see" Dimitroff complete a draft-day deal. "He is like a quarterback you want to see in a two-minute situation where he doesn't get all frantic," Quinn said. "The clock is running down and he's still talking on the phone. ... It's really in that setting he's at his best." Dimitroff believed Gage was an important pick for the Falcons, even after the team selected Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley in the first round. Gage is expected to play a key role on special teams. Atlanta sought to add depth behind receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu after losing Taylor Gabriel and Andre Roberts. The Falcons bolstered their offensive depth by selecting running back Ito Smith from Southern Mississippi in the fourth round before adding Gage in the sixth round. Atlanta closed its draft by selecting Yale linebacker Foye Oluokun later in the sixth round. Oluokun was a hybrid linebacker/safety at Yale and could get a shot at other positions, according to Quinn. Smith Cheap Donte Jackson Jersey , a fourth-rounder, is expected to back up Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. The Falcons did not re-sign Terron Ward, the No. 3 running back in 2017. Atlanta focused on defense on Friday's second day of the draft, selecting Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver in the second round and South Florida defensive tackle Deadrin Senat in the third round. LSU REDUX: LSU's draft connection to the Falcons remains strong. Gage gives the Falcons an LSU pick in the draft for four straight years, following linebackers Duke Riley (2017) and Deion Jones (2016) and cornerback Jalen Collins in 2015. Dimitroff said the LSU connection is just a coincidence. BALANCED DRAFT: The Falcons had three offensive players and three defensive players among their six picks. Ridley was the first offensive player taken in the first round by Atlanta in Quinn's four drafts. The Falcons selected defensive players with their first two picks in each of the last three drafts with Quinn, the former Seattle defensive coordinator. The last three first-round picks 鈥?defensive end Vic Beasley Jr., safety Keanu Neal and end Takkarist McKinley 鈥?have helped Quinn reshape the defense. Linebacker Deion Jones, a second-round pick in 2016, has played a key role as well. JUDGE ITO LOOKALIKE: Smith's real first name is Romarious. So why is he called Ito? The answer provides a surprising connection to O.J. Simpson. Nobody has said the undersized Smith (5-9, 195) runs like the Juice, but a family member said Smith as a baby looked like the judge at Simpson's famous trial 鈥?Lance Ito. Smith, from Mobile, Alabama Youth D.J. Fluker Jersey , was born on Sept. 11, 1995 鈥?when the Simpson murder case captivated the nation. STILL NEED: One priority not filled in the draft is fullback. The Falcons did not re-sign 2017 starter Derrick Coleman. The team figures to target a fullback among undrafted free agents. Even as he enters his fourth season, Tevin Coleman is still taking notes from Falcons teammate Devonta Freeman on all the basics that go with being an NFL running back. How to run. How to catch. How to block. How to make teammates smile. In training camp, Freeman's contagious personality may be one of his biggest strengths. His ever-present smile can be a mood-lifter during long, hot practice days. "It's definitely effective," Coleman said after Saturday's practice. "Just having him here and bringing in the energy and getting other guys motivated to compete and work hard, just his presence here lightens everybody up. I like that." Freeman is especially upbeat this camp. He is relishing his return to good health following a sometimes scary 2017 season. Freeman suffered two concussions last year. He spent the last two weeks of the preseason in concussion protocol before suffering another concussion against Dallas on Nov. 12 that forced him to miss two games. A sprained right knee cut into his production late in the season. Now Freeman, 26, is feeling good. He's an important part of an offense that is looking to return to its form of 2016, when it led the league in scoring. "What more can I ask for?" Freeman asked earlier this week. "My dream job is football and I get to play. I come to work and play football every day. That's it." Coleman said Freeman is "happy to feel good, happy to be here with his brothers, happy to compete." Coach Dan Quinn says Freeman's tough demeanor in practice shows that he loves the game, especially in training camp. "He's such a competitor Authentic Ian Thomas Jersey ," Quinn said Saturday. "He has the personality among his teammates. They love him. They love what he stands for on the field, off the field, in the locker room. He is one of constant support. His makeup and mentality, based on toughness and competing, this is his kind of environment." Added Quinn: "We truly celebrate guys like Free who live that lifestyle." Quinn immediately noticed a change in Freeman early in camp. "It is awesome to see Free back, feeling like himself," he said. Freeman was one of the first players to catch the attention of Quinn, then a first-year coach, in 2015. The coach immediately talked about Freeman's skills as a runner and receiver, and the running back's breakout season lived up to the hype. Freeman ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,634 combined rushing and receiving yards in 2015 and was first with 14 all-purpose touchdowns. He added another 1,000-yard rushing season in 2016. Even while missing two games last year, he ran for 865 yards with seven touchdowns and had 36 catches for 317 yards. Most running backs would be happy with 36 catches Rasheem Green Color Rush Jersey , but for Freeman it was a big drop from 2015, when he caught 73 passes for 578 yards. Freeman hopes he and Coleman have more targets from quarterback Matt Ryan in the second year with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkasian. "I think we've got enough talent to be utilized in the passing game," he said. "We need to take advantage of that." NOTES: The Falcons had their fourth annual military day, welcoming soldiers from Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, and 24 families from the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors who have lost a loved one in the military. "It was a great way for us to pay tribute back to them," Quinn said. ... A German TV crew, on a tour of at least eight NFL training camps, visited the Falcons and plans to return when Atlanta hosts this season's Super Bowl. "It would be a perfect scenario if the home team could reach the Super Bowl," said Christoph Dommisch of 7Sports. 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Andrew Luck should be back in his old spot when the Indianapolis Colts open training camp next week. Yes Authentic Mika Zibanejad Jersey , he'll be behind center. Yes, he'll take some extra days off. And, no, he may not play the usual preseason rotation. But when he's on the field, general manager Chris Ballard expects to see the same old Luck 鈥攖hrowing passes without limitations for the first time in more than 18 months. "He's good to go," Ballard said Friday during a media tour of the team's new camp site at Grand Park Sports Campus in a northern Indianapolis suburb. "Like (coach) Frank (Reich) and Andrew talked about at minicamp, we'll try to mimic it like a regular season week. He's going to have days off. He's not going to throw seven days a week." Players were not available for interviews Friday. Luck's return is the best news yet for a team trying to rebound from a 4-12 season and a third consecutive year without a playoff appearance. Luck said he played through a sore right shoulder in 2015 and eventually opted for surgery on the partially torn labrum in January 2017. He missed all of last season as he tried to rehab. Two weeks after Luck started to throw in October, he was shut down after complaining of lingering pain. In early November, he was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list and didn't resume throwing publicly again until last month's three-day mandatory minicamp. He's spent the last five weeks working out in California. "I haven't been with him, but I've seen enough throws that I know he's throwing the ball pretty well," Ballard said before reflecting on his thoughts from last month's throwing sessions. "I thought the first day there was one ball on a swing pass, 'OK, there you go Cheap Dorian O'Daniel Jersey , he really let it go.' The next day, there were four to five balls he really let go. I think that'll be the case when you get to camp." The plan calls for Luck to throw about four days per week at camp 鈥?simulating his regular-season routine. But nobody can say with certainty when, or if, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012 will regain his Pro Bowl form. "I think we'll get questions until he lines up and plays again, and plays high-level football again," Ballard said. "I can see the panic the first time he throws an interception. It's just part of what we do. He understands it. He gets it." Ballard acknowledged Luck needs to take "live reps" during camp and indicated Luck would likely see some preseason action. How much time is still to be determined, and Ballard declined to say whether Luck would play in Indy's preseason opener, Aug. 9 at Seattle. Luck isn't the only player who will be watched closely. Starting safeties Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker are both expected to open camp on the physically unable to perform list next week. Geathers had offseason knee surgery 鈥?what Ballard described as a "clean-up" procedure 鈥?while Hooker is rehabbing from torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee. Left tackle Anthony Castonzo and left guard Jeremy Vujnovich also could be placed on PUP. Castonzo pulled a hamstring while working out last week. Vujnovich, who started all 16 games last season, is recovering from a pulled calf muscle. The Colts report to camp Wednesday and will work out in Westfield through Aug. 18. David Johnson is back and, he says, better than ever. The Arizona Cardinals running back, an All-Pro in 2016 Logan Woodside Jersey , missed last season after dislocating his left wrist in the season opener. The wrist is healed and he is a full participant in the team's weight and conditioning program that began this week. "I'm very motivated," he said Thursday. "It's not really about (showing) the people out there, it's really about myself and coming back for the team, for my teammates, for the coaches. Everything being so new, it's really about coming back and bouncing back and being able to play the sport." By new, Johnson means the coaching staff. Bruce Arians, who utilized Johnson almost as much as a receiver as a ball carrier, has retired. New coach Steve Wilks brought in Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator. McCoy has talked about designing an offense around the ability of the players. And that would mean a lot of David Johnson. Drafted in the third round out of Northern Iowa in 2015, Johnson's multiple abilities as a runner and a receiver were on full display his second season under Arians' wide-open system. Johnson led the league in yards from scrimmage and touchdowns in 2016, setting an NFL record by topping 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first 15 games. He probably would have made it 16 had he not injured a knee in the season finale against the Los Angeles Rams. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound back rushed for 1,239 yards that season and caught 80 passes for 879 yards. The performance earned him All-Pro honors at the flex position. Because it was his wrist that was hurt in the opener at Detroit Authentic Jose Ramirez Jersey , Johnson could still run and do other workouts designed for him by strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris, who was retained by the new staff. Johnson said he probably is in the best shape of his life. "We seen David all of last year, seeing him work out, running the field. We thought he could play every Sunday," teammate Patrick Peterson said. "He's always looking good. That guy's a freak of nature. I know he can't wait to get back on the field." Getting Johnson in the weight room is no problem. Getting him not to overdo it is a challenge. "He's a freak," Morris said. "I will never, ever take credit for anything David Johnson (does). I have to protect David from David to be honest with you, because he always wants to load the bar with more and more and more weight." Johnson said he does that sometimes just to see Morris' reaction. "I've always been a hard lifter in the weight room, ever since high school," Johnson said. "Buddy yesterday was telling me not to put so much on the squat rack, but sometimes I'm hard at listening to what he is saying. I know he has my best interest, but sometimes I feel like I need to put more weight on, and I like to get under his skin a little bit because it rattles him and he starts using these huge words that no one understands." Being hurt Ronald Jones II Jersey Elite , Johnson said, was "a blessing in disguise" because he's been able to spend so much time with his young son. There was no father in the picture when Johnson was growing up. "That I didn't have a father figure in my life, it really pushed me to do everything I can for him," he said, "be at every milestone, be there for anything that's going on in his life. I've seen the little things, like his teeth growing, him walking, crawling, his laughing, just being there for every little thing that happens in his life. " .

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa was only five games into his first Triple-A season when he got called up by the Texas Rangers in early April. A few days later Danny Shelton Jersey Patriots , Ronald Guzman got promoted and also made his big-league debut. When Texas reached the midpoint of the regular season this week, the 23-year-old rookies were among eight position players on the roster who are 25 or younger. While the Rangers were on a 70-win pace after a loss in the 81st of their 162 games, they’ve had a recent uptick. They have won nine of their last 11 games while claiming four consecutive series in a stretch when veteran stalwarts Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus were finally back in the lineup together. In the 82nd game Wednesday night, when the Rangers (36-46) started the second half of their schedule before an off day Thursday, lefty Mike Minor took a perfect game into the seventh of a 5-2 victory over San Diego. Keone Kela, the hard-throwing 25-year-old closer, got his 20th save – the most in the majors without a blown chance and a club record to start a season. ”When you take all the individual parts of the first half and you look and evaluate players of where they’re trending, they’re trending in the right direction athletically as well as mentally of how they play the baseball game,” fourth-year manager Jeff Banister said. ”We’ve gained some knowledge Authentic Nick Nelson Jersey , and some guys have proven to themselves that they can play at this level and where they’re at and what they need to work on.” General manager Jon Daniels has said publicly several times that the team’s priority this season is the development of its young players. Young sluggers Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo were already regulars in the lineup before this season, along with second baseman Rougned Odor. Speedy center fielder Delino DeShields has been a constant since returning from a broken bone in his left hand, an injury that occurred the first weekend of the season. ”Our coaches, they’ve put that development hat on,” Banister said. ”You watch them every day on the field, different players working on different things that we feel like they’re going to help these players out for the longer term, for the bigger picture.” Kiner-Falefa was called up when Odor, the 23-year-old already in his fourth season with Texas, went on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. Andrus Breeland Speaks Jersey Elite , the shortstop in his 10th season at age 29, suffered a broken elbow when hit by a pitch just a couple of days later. Beltre had more hamstring issues. ”Everything happened so quick,” said Kiner-Falefa, who has two starts at catcher after previous starts at second base, third base and shortstop. ”I’m trying to soak it all in. … It’s been a cool experience. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from everyone here, and all the veterans.” Guzman has 51 starts at first base, though he is on the seven-day concussion disabled list. The Rangers were batting when Guzman slammed his head into a knee on an attempted pickoff Monday. Profar was 19 when he homered in his first big league at-bat in 2012, but he missed all of the 2014 and 2015 seasons because of right shoulder issues. He split each of the last two seasons between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock, but has started at all four infield positions this year in his most consistent action in the majors. ”I’ve got a really good chance to experience the big leagues Authentic Yonder Alonso Jersey , a lot of things that you want to work to be consistent on,” Profar said. ”We have very good young players here, we’re all learning. It’s going to be good for us going down the road.” — Pete Carroll said Monday the Seattle Seahawks have not closed the door on the possibility of adding Colin Kaepernick to their roster, but how much further they pursue it may depend on the upcoming NFL draft. "We're still battling on all fronts, on all guys. We're still looking at guys and evaluating. There are still free agents we're looking at and in that the process just continues," Carroll said. "We've gone through the information gathering and we have a pretty good feel for where we are. It's ongoing. We're not done with that decision at all." Reports surfaced earlier this month that Seattle pulled out of a planned workout for Kaepernick, who has been without an NFL team since the end of the 2016 season. Seattle has been one of the few teams to show any interest in Kaepernick following his protests during the national anthem in the 2016 season with San Francisco. Carroll said the reports of what happened with the intended workout were "blown up." "I think we've been working at this thing for some time now. I don't think that was really as telling as it came across," Carroll said. "We're really aware of him and he's a fine football player and there may be a place for him. We don't know that yet." Whether Seattle revisits Kaepernick may be answered during this week's draft and if the Seahawks invest a draft pick in a quarterback for the first time since selecting Russell Wilson in the 2012 draft. Seattle has signed backups Stephen Morris and Austin Davis this offseason. Carroll and general manager John Schneider also gave brief updates on injuries to safety Kam Chancellor and defensive tackle Malik McDowell. Chancellor suffered a neck injury midway through last season that put his career in doubt. Schneider said Chancellor will have a "scan" in late June or early July to determine his status going forward. It could be as much a contract issue as anything else with Chancellor, who signed a three-year extension with $25 million guaranteed before the start of last season. Meanwhile Courtland Sutton Jersey , the status of McDowell remains murky. McDowell, Seattle's initial draft pick in the second round of last year's draft, was injured in an ATV accident last summer and has not taken part in any football-related activities since. Carroll said the team has received no indication on McDowell's ability to even rejoin the team at this point, let alone play football. "There is a lot of stuff we can't get into. It's a really unfortunate situation on both sides," Schneider said. The only diagnosis the team has provided regarding McDowell is that he suffered a severe concussion and facial injuries in the ATV accident. "We haven't had a good update in a long time," Carroll said. .

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This was always part of Le’Veon Bell’s business plan Cheap Josh Jackson Jersey , the one that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back put together over the summer when he decided to skip training camp while waiting to sign his franchise tag tender. Bell’s eyes weren’t focused on August but January. No camp meant less wear and tear on the legs that are pivotal to his team’s Super Bowl hopes. Even after a season in which his 406 touches were 60 more than any other player in the league, Bell insists he’s ”100” as the kids say heading into Sunday’s divisional round game against Jacksonville. ”I feel great, especially not playing these last two weeks, not going to camp earlier in the year,” Bell said Wednesday. ”I can’t complain. I like where I am. This is the freshest I’ve ever been going into the playoffs so we’ll see how it goes.” Bell missed the 2014 and 2015 playoffs with knee injuries and after practically carrying the Pittsburgh offense through the second half of the season in 2016, the groin problem he spent weeks trying to ignore flared up early in the AFC championship game. He managed just 20 yards on six carries before leaving in the second quarter of a 36-17 loss to New England and spent the rest of the game watching from the sideline, helpless amid the blowing snow. A year later, the memory lingers. Bell knows Pittsburgh’s best chance to finally unseat the Patriots is with his No. 26 featured prominently. It’s one of the main reasons why he waited until Sept. 4 to sign the franchise tender that made him the highest-paid running back in the league, a decision that briefly alienated the fan base, but one his teammates understood completely. The running back and part-time rapper considers himself unlike any other player in the league. It’s not a coincidence that he mentioned ”$17 million” during one freestyle session over the summer. If anything, the $12 million he’s earned this season looks like a bargain. Bell earned first-team All-Pro honors at the ”flex” position Authentic Breeland Speaks Jersey , a testament to his unique skillset. He finished third in the league in yards rushing (1,291) and 10th in receptions (85) despite sitting out the regular-season finale with a first-round bye already clinched. ”He wanted to get paid $17 million, but that’s because of what he does,” guard Ramon Foster said. ”He catches and runs the ball, he blocks. He does everything. That’s right up his alley. To be honest, I’m happy for him because he made himself into that. You can’t just be a running back anymore and he’s proven that.” Yet Bell is at the point in his career where what happens from September through December is no longer the point. On a team loaded with talent, he’s well aware the one thing he’s missing on his resume is the one thing that a massive payday and all the regular-season touches in the world can’t buy. ”I honestly don’t care about records or things like that,” Bell said. ”I just want to win a championship. I think everything else kind of comes with it.” And Bell isn’t afraid to speak his mind to make sure Pittsburgh’s season ends in Minneapolis next month. He didn’t hesitate to question his relatively light workload during a 30-9 loss to Jacksonville on Oct. 8. He carried just 15 times for 47 yards against a team that came into the game ranked last in the NFL against the rush. ”We didn’t necessarily stick to our game plan, we had to start playing catch-up a little bit so we couldn’t really run the ball as much as we wanted to,” Bell said. ”We’ll see how the game goes. We want to be balanced.” For the Steelers that often means making sure Bell is a vital part of the process. Pittsburgh is 6-0 this season when Bell has 30 touches or more. It sounds like a lot because it is a lot. Yet Bell also hasn’t crossed it since a win over Green Bay the weekend after Thanksgiving. Compare that to a year ago, when he needed a painkiller shot before the AFC title game just to play Carlton Davis Color Rush Jersey , a patchwork solution that failed spectacularly. The first time the Patriots hit Bell, the throbbing in his groin returned. There will be no shot necessary on Sunday. ”I don’t go into a game feeling achy or sore,” Bell said. ”I’m going there and literally feeling like it’s new, like I haven’t played in a minute, I want to get back out there.” The proof can be heard on the practice field, where Foster says Bell keeps yelling ”Tempo! Tempo!” in an effort to get his teammates to pick up the pace, not always an easy task more than five months into the season. ”His sense of urgency is higher than I ever seen it,” Foster said. ”He’s eager about it. When you’ve got a guy like him that’s eager to do it … you’ve got to believe in those guys.” NOTES: DE Stephon Tuitt (elbow) was limited in practice on Wednesday. … DB Artie Burns (knee) was also limited. … WR Antonio Brown (left calf) was listed as a full participant. — Some of the non-catches that have prompted debate and a proposal by the NFL's competition committee to rewrite the rules: Bert Emanuel, Buccaneers (2000) 鈥?In the NFC championship game at St. Louis, Emanuel appeared to make a fourth-quarter catch to put Tampa Bay in position to beat the Rams. But it was ruled incomplete because the tip of the ball touched the ground, even though Emanuel never lost control. Calvin Johnson James Daniels Jersey Elite , Lions (2010) 鈥?Against Chicago, Megatron's "mega-catch" turned into a no-catch in the end zone even though Johnson jumped, made the reception, got two feet down and had a Bears defender fall into him. Johnson put his hand down and rolled over, then put the ball against the ground as he got up to celebrate. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (2015): Bryant had single coverage down the left sideline at Lambeau Field and Tony Romo hit him as the Dallas wideout leaped near the goal line. He came down inside the 1, got both feet down and even took a third step before stumbling. In doing so, as Bryant switched the ball into his left hand and reached the ground, the ball moved. The call was reversed to incomplete and Dallas soon lost the playoff game. Zach Miller, Bears (2017) 鈥?On a play at New Orleans in which the tight end broke his left leg, the TD call was overturned on review. It was determined that he lost the ball as he fell to the ground in pain Youth Braden Smith Jersey , even though he twice touched down one foot, though he slipped when his leg broke. Jesse James, Steelers (2017) 鈥?Pittsburgh was driving for the winning touchdown against New England when James caught a pass just short of the goal line and his knee hit the ground. But he hadn't been touched by a Patriot, and his second foot hit the ground as he reached over the goal line with the ball. However, the ball came loose when his elbow made contact with the ground. The TD call was overturned, New England won and earned home-field advantage for the AFC playoffs. .

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When it comes to football Logan Paulsen Color Rush Jersey , Saquon Barkley has a knack for doing what might sound impossible. Whether it’s his freakish feats in the weight room, or his game-breaking plays during a three-year career at Penn State (during which he scored a school-record 53 touchdowns), the 6-foot, 233-pounder earned another distinction when he was selected second overall by the Giants in the draft last month instead of a quarterback. In a QB-driven league where an every-down back is an endangered species, Barkley was the highest running back drafted in more than a decade. The next hurdle for the Bronx, New York, native? Tempering expectations that he’ll become the Giants’ hometown hero. ”I don’t see them,” Barkley said. ”I know a lot of people try and set expectations for me. No offense to you guys, but I set my own expectations.” Which will start by using the same mentality he’s always had. ”I have to believe in myself, set goals for myself, set expectations for myself and continue to work for those goals every single day,” Barkley said. ”Just to continue to come in, be humble. I don’t want to be that guy that thinks he is a high draft pick and that he has it all. Nothing is given to you. Everything is earned. You have to have that mindset that you have to work every single day. Learn every single day. Be a student of the day, learn from the guys and the coaches. The Elis (Manning) and the Odells (Beckham Jr.) on the field and off the field. Just work. Hard work got me here.” Like the highest running back taken since Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush in 2006 Jordan Akins Color Rush Jersey , Barkley is more of a do-everything player than a conventional running back, returning kicks, including two for touchdowns last season, one of which was 98 yards. Citing Ezekiel Elliott and Le’Veon Bell as examples, Barkley talked about how valuable versatile running backs can be. ”I am not a guy that just lines up in the back field and is going to bang his head, bang his head, bang his head,” he said. ”I am a guy that is willing to do anything for his team. Whether it be a kick returner or a punt returner, running down on kickoffs, lining up in the slot, running a dummy play or a fake play, whatever it takes. I want to be an athlete, not just a running back. Obviously, I play the running back position Cheap Clive Walford Jersey , but I want to be an all-around guy and an all-around player.” While coach Pat Shurmer senses the Giants drafted a quick study, he knows Barkley has to dive into the playbook before he can truly assess that. ”He needs to be everything he thinks he can be and then we’ll worry about that (expectations) later,” Shurmer said, adding: ”I’m certainly high on Saquon . If you ask him, he’ll tell you he wants to learn what he’s doing and compete at a high level and regardless of what my expectations are for him.” The expectation among fans and some in the media is that Barkley makes an immediate impact, which would result in a potent offense featuring wide receivers Beckham and Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram, as long as 37-year-old Eli Manning can return to his two-time Super Bowl MVP form. For now, Barkley, along with the other players at the Giants’ three-day rookie minicamp this weekend, will get the first taste of what NFL practices are like, and what it’s like to not only be an NFL player but a New York Giant. ”We’re going to put them through the paces for three days here and try and teach them,” Shurmer said. ”I think what’s important is and I’ve talked to the staff, I’ve talked to our current players, we want to teach our rookies the right way from the very beginning – here is your iPad Authentic Vontaze Burfict Jersey , here is your locker, here is where you need to be, here is how you need to dress, here are the fields, `please’ and `thank-you’ work, push in your chair. We want to really train these guys in the New York Giants’ way and I think it’s every facet of their life and then, certainly what is most obvious, football.” A mentality to which the well-polished Barkley is looking forward. ”It is an honor to play for this franchise. Right when you walk in the building, you see the four Lombardi Trophies and you already know what the standard is for this team and this program,” Barkley said. ”I am just happy to be a part of it.” — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has seemingly had a drama-filled offseason in regards to his future and contract in Foxborough, but the perennial Pro Bowler denied speculation that he was planning a holdout.Gronkowski, 29, was reportedly unhappy with his contract situation and was a no-show for the team's offseason workouts. But the idea of holding out didn't even cross Gronkowski's mind."No. Haven鈥檛 come close to considering that. No even one bit," Gronkowski said Denzel Ward Jersey Youth , per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "What I can do is keep preparing, keep showing up every day. Keep doing what I got to do."The best tight end in football signed a six-year contract extension worth $54 million in 2012, but his production has spiked ever since he put the paper to the pen. Gronkowski has a base salary of just $8 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019, per Without a doubt, he's worth a significant raise.But Gronkowski has been the subject of trade rumors, given speculation that he's grown tired of 'The Patriot Way', and even pondered retirement in the offseason. Head coach Bill Belichick is known for not paying many of his stars top dollar, and prefers to trade them for draft picks. Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins and Brandin Cooks are recent examples of this. Gronkowski may have admitted he wasn't planning a holdout, but that doesn't necessarily mean he could stick with the Patriots long term. Though he is the best tight end in the game, Gronk turns 30 next year and has been injury-prone. Thus, Belichick may be hesitant to give his star player a big raise.There has been plenty of reported tension in Foxborough since January, and Gronk's contract status has been one of the big stories. Whether or not he and the Patriots can find a long-term deal in the immediate future will be worth following closely..