Johnson’s average draft position (ADP) saw him selected around the 100th pick.

The national debate about anthem protests, patriotism and unity revolving around the NFL and its players was back on vivid display here Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

In the backcourt, Mario Chalmers (shoulder) is questionable, but Andrew Harrison (shoulder) is probable and could get more minutes than usual if Chalmers sits. Wayne Selden (available in 99.5 percent of leagues) took advantage of the extra opportunity on Saturday, popping for 31 points (11-16 FG, 4-4 FT), 5 3-pointers, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 TO in 26.4 minutes of action.

Duke Johnson, RB, Browns: So he was either chosen as a handcuff to Isaiah Crowell, or in the more likely scenario, was taken at that point in the draft where most owners are just hoping to acquire production. Crowell owners have to be disappointed (ADP of 38) following a delightful 2016 season that saw him nearly eclipse the 1,000-yard mark while hauling in 40 receptions for 319 yards. Instead, Johnson has emerged, tallying at least 60 yards from scrimmage the past three weeks.

In Weeks 3 and 4, Johnson has only six carries but two touchdowns; his real emergence this season has been as a receiver with 20 receptions for 207 yards. Some pundits are really smitten with Johnson.

“Flag and country first. Football second,” said Rose, adding that he is a Baltimore County police officer. “I’m here. I have season tickets. I called the Ravens and I asked them. I said, ‘Is anybody gonna take a knee this week?’ They said they’re not announcing what the Ravens are doing. I said, ‘Well, this will be the last game I go to if someone takes a knee.’ I’m gonna wear my flag stuff, show my support for the country, support for the flag. I do have my Ravens jersey on, in case no one does.”

Rose said he has family members who are in the military and who are fellow police officers. He’s “all right” if players want to protest, he said, but they should “get in their Hummers, get in their Bentleys” and do it elsewhere.chargers_016

NFL playoffs 2018: Conference championship odds, point spreads

Underdogs are either 7-1 or 6-2 against the point spread in the 2018 NFL playoffs, depending on what spread bettors got in the Saints-Vikings game. The Patriots were the only favorite to cover handily. They routed the Titans in the AFC divisional round Saturday as a 14-point favorite.

Even though the weather in Philadelphia is expected to be excellent for the game (partly cloudy, high of 53 degrees, temps in the 40s during the game), the over-under is low at 38. The Falcons and Eagles combined for 25 points in their game, while the Saints and Vikings combined for 53 in Minnesota’s domed stadium.

The conference champions will play in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. lists the Patriots as the futures favorite to win the big game at 10/11 (-110), followed by the Vikings at 2/1 (+200), the Eagles at 7/1 (+700) and the Jaguars at 8/1 (+800).

Vrabel, 42, takes over a Titans team that went 9-7 in 2017 and 20-21 from 2015-17 under Mike Mularkey, who agreed to part ways with Tennessee on Monday after the team’s divisional round loss to the Patriots.

I am excited to get to work and that work starts now, Vrabel said in a statement. We want to build a culture around winning, competitiveness and toughness. Everything we do is going to be geared towards winning and being physical. We want to prepare our players so they know what to do, which will allow them to play fast and aggressive.

Said controllowing owner Amy Adams Strunk of the hire: In the interaction between Mike and Jon (Robinson) during the interview, you could see their connection right away from the history they have with one another seeing the game in a similar way and talking the same language. Mike has a commanding presence and a deep knowledge for how he will attack this head coaching opportunity.patriots_151_4c13a136a9194ad9-180x180

He inherited an 0-16 team and had Detroit in the playoffs by his third season in 2011.

Schwartz was 29-51 in Detroit. Four of his five seasons, though, ended with losing records.

In two seasons in Philadelphia, Schwartz has made significant strides with the Eagles’ defense. Their unit is ranked second, behind the Minnesota Vikings, in the conference, both in total yards and points allowed.

The Giants last week hired Dave Gettleman as general manager to replace Jerry Reese, who was fired on the same day as McAdoo. Gettleman is a 30-year NFL veteran who spent four seasons as the Carolina Panthers’ general manager and 15 seasons as a personnel executive in the Giants organization.

It was like two ships passing in the night as Jones slid right off of Robinson’s block and wrapped Bortles up to take him down for a loss of 10 yards.

Oh, to make this even more of a big play, if you check the all-22 Jags, running back TJ Yeldon was wide ass open for the first down heading to the right flat after checking through the line.

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Jameis Winston ruled out vs. Falcons after doctors examine QB’s shoulder

Jameis Winston is not ready to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after his injured throwing shoulder was re-evaluated Monday by doctors, head coach Dirk Koetter announced.

“Until he’s cleared, I have no say in it,” Koetter said. “Jameis isn’t cleared.”

Winston has been battling a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder since Week 6 and was sidelined two weeks ago to rest. The original timetable for Winston was at least two weeks. He has not practiced with the team and received a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection to accelerate healing.

The first fourth of the season has produced plenty of surprises, among them: the Devils lead their division, the Golden Knights are a playoff team, the Oilers have been a disappointment and Sidney Crosby is struggling — at least by his lofty standards.

Seals-Jones played wide receiver at Texas A&M but was signed as an undrafted free agent earlier this year and was converted to tight end. It’s possible the big day will vault Seals-Jones into a larger role (he played only eight snaps Sunday), but he’s unlikely to unseat Jermaine Gresham as the Cardinals’ every-down tight end anytime soon. Seals-Jones’ pass-catching ability makes him a worthwhile dynasty stash, but don’t add him in season-long formats.

The Phillies now have seven days to either trade him or place him on irrevocable waivers.

The 26-year-old right-hander was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft by the Astros, who traded him to the Phillies in 2015 in a multiplayer trade that sent closer Ken Giles to Houston.

Appel has yet to pitch in the majors in five seasons at multiple levels. Overall, he is 24-18 with a 5.06 ERA in 375? innings pitched over 81 games (78 starts).

Last season, he finished 5-4 with a 5.27 ERA in 84 innings.nationals_010

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Brown tackles Patriots running back Dion. Photograph: Timothy T. Ludwig USA Today Sports The Super Bowl champions showed they are still the team to beat the AFC East as they held off the Buffalo Bills 40 at Orchard Park. continued his excellent start to the with three touchdown passes, two of them to Edelman. His 466 Willie Cauley-Stein Jersey yards through the air was the second-largest total of his career, and the most ever by a quarterback against the Bills. The Patriots have now won 27 of their past 30 meetings against Buffalo, whose thoughts were with safety, who was taken to hospital with a neck injury. Bills head coach put the blame on himself after the loss. Belichick outcoached me, said. No question about it, and that’s where the game… that’s how it ended up, and it’s unfortunate. The plan has to be better on defense. Can’t give up 500 yards and beat anybody, and then we turn it over three times. We did a horse shit job, and it’s responsibility. Manziel Alex Mack Jersey threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to on ‘s second play and connected with his wide receiver again for a clutch 50-yarder with 2 left, giving the Browns a 28 win over the Tennessee Titans. also returned a punt 78 yards for a TD the first half as the Browns got just their third home-opening win since 1999.

Starting place of injured McCown, Manziel finished 8 of 15 for 172 yards. His last completion was vintage Football as Manziel spun to his left to avoid pressure and threw deep to. Manziel won his Heisman Trophy matchup with Marcus Mariota, who threw two TD passes the second half for the Titans, but took a pounding his second game. The No2 overall pick was sacked seven times. There was more late pain for the New Giants as Julio Jones caught a perfect 37-yard pass from, setting up Devonta Freeman’s two-yard touchdown run with 1 remaining, lifting the Atlanta Falcons to victory. Jones was unstoppable the Falcons’ second straight victory, tying the club record with 13 receptions, good for 135 yards. His biggest catch was down the left sideline behind Amukamara the final moments, setting up the win. The Giants, whose bad decisions and poor execution cost them last week at Dallas, blew a 20 fourth-quarter lead. Hankerson caught a 10-yard TD pass to bring Atlanta within three. Then guided the Falcons 70 yards to the winning score. Manning misfired to two open receivers on the Giants’ final drive another ugly finish for New. Washington showed that there is plenty if life after RGIII was Kirk Cousins rookie running back Jones helped them to victory over the St Rams. Jones ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns following each with a flourish efficient Cousins avoided any turnovers, and Washington Redskins dominated for a half, then held on to beat the Rams 24. Jones, a third-round draft pick out of, scored from 39 yards the first quarter, and from three with about two and a half minutes left the fourth. After his first TD, he jumped into the front row of the stands. After the second, Jones clapped his hands together, doing his college’s Gator Chomp celebration. With their revamped defense looking good for the second game a row, Washington led 17 at halftime, the first time they shut out opponent the first half since October 2011, also against the Rams. Cousins went 23 for 27 for 207 yards and a four-yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon. Most importantly, he did not throw interception. His pair of picks a Week 1 loss to Miami gave him 21 15 NFL games. Griffin III was inactive for Washington, reduced to No3 quarterback status behind Cousins and Colt. Elsewhere, Roethlisberger passed for 369 yards and three touchdowns, tied a team record with three rushing scores and the Pittsburgh Steelers overwhelmed the San Francisco 49ers 43. Jameis passed for a touchdown and ran for another, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on to defeat the mistake-prone New Orleans Saints 26. who was intercepted twice and sacked four times a NFL debut at home a week earlier, remained largely composed the hostile Superdome. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 207 yards and was not intercepted. He lost one fumble, but the Saints couldn’t cash, missing a 42-yard field goal. His touchdown pass was a 15-yarder to Vincent. Peterson was back to his best front of his fans the Vikings’ first home game of the. The former league MVP rushed for 134 yards as Minnesota beat the Detroit Lions 26. the day’s other early starts, there were victories for the Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Panthers.

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Philadelphia made its historic comeback with surprisingly little help from its power play

When the Canadiens need a stop they call on the shutdown pairing of Gorges and Gill, whom Crosby saw much of the conference semifinals. After not playing the first three of the postseason, O’Byrne has Jusuf Nurkic Jersey played 10 of the last 11 contests. the clinching Game 7 against Pittsburgh, the Canadiens dressed Gorges, Gill, Hamrlik, Subban, Bergeron and Spacek, and all but the latter two played more than 20 minutes.

Leighton’s amazing story continues: Picked up on waivers December, he saves the Flyers’, only to be sidelined with ankle injury March. His first game back, he has to save the Flyers again, replacing injured Boucher. He then turned winning performances Game 6 and 7. Jaroslav Halak is two series wins away from sainthood. He is tied for first save percentage, fourth goals-against average, and one of Kenneth Faried Jersey three goalies with 8 victories. Jaroslav Halak Goalie – MTL RECORD: GAA: 2 | SVP: 0 Obviously you can’t forget about Jaro and how special he’s been playing right now, Gorges said. I mean, he’s been unreal. There’s no other words to explain it. Laviolette, Flyers — Laviolette has shown his juggling skills are on par with his coaching abilities. Frequent injuries to his forward lines have kept him changing lines, but he pressed all the right buttons against Boston. He showed he could keep a team focused the worst of times and deserves a great deal of credit for not letting panic or frustration creep into the locker room., Canadiens — has been tactically sound for the entire playoff run, at times shortening his bench and not adverse to re-configuring lines, as he did before Game 4 against Pittsburgh that led to a win. He’s also made sure to give ample playing time to his pesky third line of Moore-Lapierre-Moen Benoit Pouliot, who has excelled offensively and defensively. Against Washington, benched Jaroslav Halak for one game following two-straight losses, but he’s unlikely to take such a gamble against having gotten this far.

Philadelphia made its historic comeback with surprisingly little help from its power play — the Flyers went just 2-for-15 winning three-straight to tie the series. They certainly don’t lack for skill, with Pronger and Carle at the points on the top unit, and Richards, Gagne and Giroux always around the net looking for rebounds. Gagne’s winning goal Game 7 came on the power play. The strong penalty killing the Flyers showed the first round against New Jersey carried through the semifinals, as they limited Boston to just 3 power-play goals winning the series. The Canadiens are near the top of the League playoff leaders both categories. Their power play unit is fifth at 21 percent. Eight of those scores have come on the road, and three at home. Montreal’s penalty killers have the unit fourth at 85 percent despite being shorthanded 62 times. They are 87 at home and 83 on the road. Danny Briere, Flyers — When Briere reached free agency 2007, the Canadiens made signing him a priority, but instead the Gatineau, Que., native signed Philadelphia. He became Public Enemy No. 1 at the Centre, getting booed every visit. This, he responded with 4 goals two. Jaroslav Halak, Montreal — The 25-year-old Slovak has survived the Montreal pressure cooker and made entire nation believe a No. 8 seed can win a Cup. Halak has also taken a ton of pressure off a banged-up defense that includes Subban, a rookie — albeit impressive one — who had only two of NHL experience before this postseason. That’s what I’m there for, said Halak. Guys block shots, guys score goals, kill penalties, everybody on this team contributes to what we’re doing, and I just do part. Flyers win if … They don’t get frustrated by Jaroslav Halak. The Montreal netminder has shown ability to steal by himself, and blown chances seemed to emotionally effect the Capitals and Penguins. The players have to understand that staying with the plan and continuing to generate traffic at the net eventually create cracks the Canadiens’ defense. Canadiens win if … Sure, Halak has made all the big stops, but the Canadiens have also gotten this far with a commitment to defense, blocking NHL-high 320 shots — second place Chicago is not even close with 190. Stopping all those pucks makes Montreal’s 39 goals really stand up on the scoreboard. Five of their eight wins have been by one goal. Preview compiled by Kimelman and Bonanno. Rookie Ennis comes up big for Sabres Halak anything but shaky must-win game Keith: ‘I just wanted to play the NHL’ Hornqvist latest key Pred to get hurt playoffs Laperriere willing to trade pain for victory.

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ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP — It’s rare to find a student who inspires not only their peers, but their professors as well. Grand Valley State University’s Albright, 21, is one of those students. As a professor, we Vincent Jackson Jersey convey knowledge and try to inspire our students but with the flow goes the other way, computing professor and mentor Engelsma said. A special ceremony was held on Thursday to celebrate Albright’s graduation at Seidman House on the Allendale Campus. Family and the most of the computer science faculty was present as President J. Haas and Provost R. Davis awarded him with a bachelor’s degree computer science. exudes a non-bending perseverance to reach a dream and it has been very inspiring to everyone he works with, said Leidig, the director of the computing and information systems school.

Albright was diagnosed with Warren Sapp Jersey Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disorder that weakens muscles and shortens one’s life span, when he was 4. He graduated from Hudsonville High School when he was 16 after being home-schooled by his mother. He was working year-round to get through because one of his friends with Duchenne’s died at 14, Albright said a statement. of these boys never finish high school. He began taking GVSU classes 2007. His mother joined him college to help take notes and navigate through campus. It’s funny, she seems to know as much about computer science as our students since she’s listened to classes, Engelsma said. In college, Albright became advocate for disabled students. To complete his curriculum-required internship, he helped design a smart phone application that identifies handicapped-accessible locations on campus. The app, which the team calls ‘Grand Access,’ was ultimately Albright’s idea. He collected all of the groundwork data for the project and is the domain expert. He has a trooper mentality, rain or shine, no matter what, is here, said Engelsma. His passion to graduate and to the project, which is giving back to people who have the challenges he has, is amazing. Engelsma said that Albright is always cheerful, even when he isn’t feeling well, and that he is a of. It’s impressive to how his carries him through his life, he said. Albright and his family recognized that school was becoming too stressful when he was hospitalized December. GVSU alum Kley, of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, said that he knew that Albright had already accomplished amazing things on campus, proving his mastery of computer science. Kley called the president’s office to if early graduation was a possibility. I much potential, I wanted to break down those barriers to allow him to really flourish, Kley said. The computer science faculty voted and agreed to award him his degree. Albright had a dream to graduate college and instead of using his disabilities as excuse he turned them around and used it as advantage that has made the campus more accessible, Leidig said. Besides his degree, Albright was given award recognizing the inspiration he has been for his peers. His mother received recognition for her dedication and devotion helping her son succeed. Kley said that he has already heard of possible job opportunities for Albright. He could be such a benefit to any company and if we could start putting his skills to use a working environment, that would be amazing, Kley said.

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Gerrit Cole’s future in question after rocky return

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole entered Monday night’s outing against the Philadelphia Phillies looking to salvage something positive from a disappointing 2016 season.

But spring training began with some bad vibes when Cole expressed disappointment over his $541,000 salary for 2016. Then came the injuries. He suffered a rib inflammation in spring training, spent time on the disabled list with a strained triceps in June and has been bothered by the elbow issue for the past month. The only positive news came during a recent trip to Los Angeles, when Dr. Neal ElAttrache ruled out any structural damage and gave him clearance to resume pitching this month.

Although the Cubs continue to build upon what is now a whopping 17-game edge on St. Louis, we know that more than anything, variance can trump all at playoff time. A mediocre Cardinals campaign would be redeemed by spoiling a Wrigleyville party 108 years in the making.

With that in mind, are there any potential pitfalls that could come into play for Chicago if the Cubs and Cardinals again hook up in October? Maybe, but we lay those out with this caveat: There aren’t many. It’s almost like this Cubs team was specifically constructed to hammer on the Cardinals.

Cole recently received clearance to resume pitching after a visit to Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. He finishes the season with a 7-10 record in 21 starts and a 3.88 ERA — the worst of his four major-league seasons.

“There were some times where we were close,” Cole said. “There were a few highlights along the way, but it was a struggle.

“We have two weeks here to continue to try to get better. I’m not going to stop working. Just keep moving on. Obviously the mindset is different. It’s not about preparing for a start. It’s about preparing for next year. There’s work to be done, so I’ll be doing it.”

In 2015, Cole went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA, made the All-Star team and finished fourth in National League Cy Young Award balloting.

In other moves, the Pirates called up left-hander reliever Zach Phillips from Triple-A Indianapolis. The 29-year-old Phillips was acquired from the Orioles on Aug. 31. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates also put catcher Elias Diaz on the 60-day disabled list with cellulitis in his left knee.

What we learned: Giants’ collapse continues in Colorado

1. It’s easy to forget now, but the San Francisco Giants had the best record in the majors at the All-Star break at 57-33, three games up on the Chicago Cubs. After another crushing loss on Wednesday — Santiago Casilla, Josh Osich, Angel Pagan’s legs and Joe Nathan combined to blow a 5-3 lead in the ninth inning in Colorado — the Giants are 17-32 since the break, the worst record in the majors. Reading Bill James Online today, there was a reader question about how unprecedented the Giants’ free fall has been. James mentioned these teams (record through 90 games and then after) that fell apart, although not necessarily from best to worst:

1977 Cubs: 55-35 to 26-46 (finished 81-81)

1995 Angels: 56-34 to 22-33 (lost one-game playoff to Mariners)

2001 Twins: 57-33 to 28-44 (finished 85-77)

2006 Tigers: 61-29 to 34-38 (still reached World Series)

Zastryzny grabbed running back Todd Gurley with his first pick (No. 6) and then two receivers, while Hinske drafted Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson No. 11 overall. Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery went in the second round, while Jay Cutler and Kevin White were “mid-round guys.”

“I’m excited to see how [John] Lackey does,” Hammel stated. “First-time player. He’s an unknown. He looked like he knew what he was doing. I’m excited to see how it plays out.”

How long are the odds Tebow ever plays at Citi Field? Pretty long, although it is not impossible if he is dedicated and applies himself for multiple seasons, given his athleticism. Michael Jordan, in his lone season with the Chicago White Sox, hit .202 with three homers and 51 RBIs in 436 at-bats with Double-A Birmingham. Would he have received a cup of coffee in the majors had he not returned to the NBA?

Last spring training, Cespedes’ daily cavalcade of cars and a horseback entry created a stir that ultimately prompted manager Terry Collins to say it’s time to put the showmanship aside and have the focus entirely on baseball. If there’s a downside to Tebow’s being around in camp, it would be all the media attention and whether that starts to detract from the team’s focus as it prepares for the season. Alderson did say there is no guarantee Tebow receives a spring-training invite to big-league camp.

The New York Yankees completed a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 2-0 victory, as Bryan Mitchell pitched five scoreless innings in his 2016 debut, Luis Severino pitched three scoreless innings and Didi Gregorius hit cleanup for the ninth time. The Yankees are winning with Didi Gregorius hitting cleanup! How can you not root for this team? (Wait, did I write that? Clear head. Remind self that these are still the Yankees, owners of 27 World Series titles, owners of MLB’s largest payroll at the start of the season … but I digress.)