Garrett Bolles hopes to play heavier in 2018

Broncos 2017 first-round offensive lineman Garrett Bolles started all 16 games as a rookie. In an effort to have a bigger impact in his second season, Bolles hopes to get larger.

He’s going to have a lot of catching up to do, Guenther said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. We’re going to have to have a plan for that, for sure. Really, I’m concerned about the guys that are here now working. These guys have been busting their tails every day — coming in early, meeting with the coaches, being great in the meeting rooms, communicating on the field. We do a lot with one-minute situations today, so it was really good to see.

Back in late March, when strident comments from Giants co-owner John Mara sparked days of speculation and rumor that Beckham could be traded, NFL Media reported that Beckham wouldn’t set foot on a field until he gets a new contract. Although Beckham has since set foot on the field during preliminary phases of the offseason program, Beckham has yet to participate in actual football practice, because he hasn’t been medically cleared to do so.

Once he is, what will he do?

There continues to be no indication that the Giants and Beckham are closing in on a new contract. Beckham reportedly wants more than $20 million per year. The Giants apparently want to wait before making a commitment, primarily for reasons unrelated to Beckham’s skills and abilities. Beckham arguably should refuse to put himself at any degree of physical risk until he gets what he wants.

49ers great Dwight Clark, known for ‘The Catch,’ dies at 61 after battle with ALS

Dwight Clark, the San Francisco 49ers great most widely known for making The Catchfrom Joe Montana to defeat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, died Monday. He was 61.

Clark’s wife, Kelly Clark, revealed the news about her husband, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

I’ve been asked if playing football caused this, Clark wrote. I don’t know for sure. But I certainly suspect it did. And I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safer, especially as it relates to head trauma.

I could be (cleared), but at the same time, at the end of the day, we still won’t take any risks, Collins said. It’s minicamp. We’re not playing for anything right now.

Collins made the mistake of thinking he was 100 percent healthy once before. A few days later, in early April, he found out he needed a second surgery because the bone didn’t heal correctly after he first was injured in Week 16 of the 2017 season.

I’m very close, Collins said of being 100 percent. Just right now, we’re just taking the precautions, not putting me into the team things, getting my arm caught or anything. We’re right around the corner from the season, so we’re not about to risk anything.

Collins isn’t even willing to risk falling behind in learning new coordinator James Bettcher’s defense. The Giants are rotating four safeties Darian Thompson, Andrew Adams, Orion Stewart and Curtis Riley through the first-team defense in his absence.

Luck’s return faces another issue: The Colts are installing a new offense under coach Frank Reich. 

eagles_332For me, coming off missing the entire year with the neck, I knew I was going to have to play a different kind of way, a different sort of physical state, Manning said. I was looking for things like positive feedback from receivers on whether the ball felt the same coming in and then when you get into the game and you throw a deep out. We played a preseason game and I threw a deep comeback route, and that was a thing to check off the box. You want to do everything for the first time again. You want to get hit, you want to make a tight throw, have a two-minute drive. I wanted to do all those things again.

The Golden Knights have scored the opening goal in the first period of all nine of their postseason home games…. Washington needs three more wins to become the second team in NHL history to win a Cup after trailing in all four postseason rounds, joining Pittsburgh in 1991…. T-Mobile Arena reported 18,702 fans in the sold-out building, setting a franchise record for attendance.

Torres definitely has been all that and more since he received his first big-league call-up on April 22 after a few years of being labeled one of baseball’s best prospects.

Through Tuesday’s 2-for 5-night, Torres is hitting.321 with nine homers and 26 RBIs… and two walk-off hits counting his game-winning homer that beat Cleveland on May 6.

Being that young and playing for this organization, there’s a lot of pressure, Sabathia said. For him to be able to deliver in these moments, it just means there’s more to come.

Torres’ error total is up to seven, a team-high, but he’s mixed in a whole lot of tremendous plays, too.

Rams’ New Inglewood Stadium Reportedly Now Costs More Than $4 Billion

The projected cost of the Los Angeles Rams’ new stadium in Inglewood, California, which is scheduled to open in 2020, has reportedly exceeded $4 billion.

On Monday, Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reported the investment by Rams owner Stan Kroenke and wife Ann Walton Kroenke is more than double the next highest amount paid for an American athletic venue ($1.7 billion for MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey).

Reasons for the increased costs include access roads, utilities and making sure the stadium could withstand an earthquake, per Kaplan. The final total could approach $5 billion when the new NFL Network building is factored into the equation.

Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park is also expected to house the Los Angeles Chargers, though the Rams are the primary equity partner in the high-priced facility.

So, Fuller will be adjusting to a new role in a new defense in a new city, all as he tries to prove that his standout second season wasn’t a fluke.

The first impression he makes at next week’s initial OTA sessions will be worth monitoring.

Having the Preakness favorite has never bothered Bob Baffert before and it doesn’t bother him with Justify.

Coming off an impressive victory in the Kentucky Derby , Justify is the 1-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s second race in a field of eight horses. Derby runner-up Good Magic is the second choice at 3-1, but Justify is the horse to beat with the chance to give Baffert his seventh Preakness winner and a shot at a second Triple Crown in four years after American Pharoah did it in 2015.

We’re fully embedded into offseason mode, moving away from the draft and towards training camp. It’s a long way down the road, relatively speaking, but it’s also not too far away to start asking questions about certain teams. For instance, what will the Seahawks ‘ offense look like in 2018?  No one knows, because there is so much changing. Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett are the only sure things in terms of pass catchers, Rashaad Penny was added to own the backfield in the draft and Brian Schottenheimer replaced Darrell Bevell as offensive coordinator. It’s not unreasonable to expect them to struggle a little bit. Unless they just unleash Russell Wilson anyway.cowboys_071

Mike Maccagnan: Sam Darnold will have “every opportunity” to earn starting job

When discussing the addition of quarterback Sam Darnold in the first round of the draft, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said that the team has no timetable in terms of when they expect to see him in the starting lineup.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan sent a similar message during a Wednesday appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, saying “nothing’s been predetermined one way or another.” Maccagnan added that the lack of determination leaves the door open for Darnold to show the team he should start ahead of Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater.

Four months later, Andrew Luck ($24. 6M) beat out Flacco. Last June, Oakland’s Derek Carr ($25M) eclipsed Luck. Two months after that, Detroit’s Matthew Stafford ($27M) got past him. San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo ($27. 5M) edged Stafford in January, Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins ($28M) dethroned Garoppolo in March, and now we have Ryan at the top. Rodgers will probably be next, and then someone else, and so on. So while Ryan hit the milestone of being first to get to $30 million annually—and QBs got there before any other player got to $20 million—this is more a continuation of a trend that underscores the importance of the position in pro football than anything else. But there is still significance.

Sanchez’ miss was ruled a wild pitch, but Sanchez should have been able to stop it. Sanchez said as much after the game.

Yeah, definitely had a chance, he said. “I just couldn’t block it (or) stop it right there. That contributed for Sevy to have to throw more pitches in that inning. I wanted to stop it and keep it there, but unfortunately I couldn’t do it.

Sanchez entered the game with six passed balls — tied for the most in the league with Omar Navarez of the White Sox. Nobody else has four.

Sanchez tied for the league lead in passed balls last season and spent all offseason in the Dominican Republic losing weight and working on his flexibility, trying to get better at blocking balls — an issue that caused then-manager Joe Girardi to bench Sanchez two games last summer.

Would they pay one-third of that on an insurance policy to protect him?

Devonta Freeman—one of the two surprising starters—recently had his own interesting contract situation, but it was solved with a five-year, $41.25 million deal, with $22 million guaranteed.broncos_009_031c018ca465cfe5-180x180

Seahawks draft Shaquem Griffin

The Griffin twins are together again.

Stidham, meanwhile, may not quite look the part like the others, and comes from a fairly simple offense that doesn’t project great to the NFL.

And there are other names that have been floating around too, which only underscores how wide open and uncertain things are with next year’s class.

It’s rare, too, for it to be like this.

You had the three aforementioned going into last year, Watson the year before that, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch going into the 2015 college season, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota going into 2014, and Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater going into 2013—all were guys who were looked at way ahead of time as first-round prospects and actually making it there.

Last time it was this wide open would’ve been the 2012 college season, when USC’s Matt Barkley and West Virginia’s Geno Smith were the highest profile guys, and EJ Manuel would end up as the only 2013 first-round QB.

Tomlin said that he didn’t have a problem with Bryant, who has had substance-abuse issues and complained at times about his role in the offense. Instead, Tomlin says, it was just about getting better with a third-round pick from Oakland.

“More than anything, they were persistent in the pursuit of him and the value got to a level we couldn’t pass up. Martavis is going into the last year of his contract and to get a third-round pick we felt good about that,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin’s reasoning makes sense: Bryant will be able to hit free agency next year and could have left anyway, so it’s actually a little surprising the Raiders were so eager to acquire him. The Steelers have to feel like they got a great deal.

Prescott surely makes more in his off-the-field deals.

The Cowboys, though, know what is coming. As a fourth-round pick in 2016, Prescott is eligible for new deal after this season.

And he will get one.broncos_011_935c73aa6c592262-180x180

Dez Bryant Rumors: Cardinals, Ravens, Bills, Packers Expected to Be Interested

Now that Dez Bryant is a free agent, there are four teams that reportedly have some degree of interest in the three-time Pro Bowler.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, people around the NFL listed the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills as potential landing spots for Bryant.

Per Over The Cap, the Cardinals have the most cap space among the four teams listed with $19.3 million available. The Ravens have the least amount of money available at $10.7 million. The Bills and Packers both have over $16 million to sign players.

A 1997 fourth-round pick by New Orleans, Wuerffel struggled mightily over the next three seasons. He threw a total of nine touchdown passes with 16 interceptions and a 48.4 completion percentage in 16 Saints games. Wuerffel was 2-4 in the contests he did start.

He then bounced around the league with stops in Green Bay and Chicago before reuniting in 2002 with Spurrier, who had left the Gators to become Washington’s head coach. The magic the two experienced at UF could not be recaptured, and Wuerffel was cut during the 2003 preseason.

Doering, who also was nearing the end of his own journeyman NFL career, remembers speaking to Wuerffel shortly after the release.

Talib racked up 71 tackles, 25 passes defensed, six interceptions and one Super Bowl ring while playing under Phillips for two years in Denver.

“He is a future Hall of Fame D-coordinator. So, anytime you get to share a meeting room with him everyday, you’re going to gain knowledge. He just taught me a lot about being a Pro, how to prepare for the game, and using my strengths on the field. That’s a huge part of the reason why I wanted to come play for him.”

The five-time Pro Bowler is now part of a defense that will feature another newcomer in cornerback Marcus Peters , safety Lamarcus Joyner and defensive tackle Aaron Donald . These names alone are enough to make the Rams serious Super Bowl contenders in 2018 and that’s enough to get Talib looking forward to the season.

“Man, I’m very excited just to be in L.A., the weather, just to be back with coach Wade and be with a nice team like this. This a great team, a great organization,” he said. “So a competitive team to be a part of a competitive team and make this run towards the Super Bowl is a blessing.”dolphins_120

One thing to remember about all of the new football leagues popping up, and one thing only: To the NFL, they aren’t competition.

The NFL views all of them as feeder leagues, immensely helpful in preparing men to play football at the highest level. That includes the Spring League, the new version of the XFL, the Alliance of American Football and, of course, college football. College football most of all.

“T.O. is one of the best workers of all time,” Ryan said. “He learned from Jerry Rice and kind of modeled his stuff after that. I think the more you surround yourself with guys with a work ethic like that, it’s a good thing. Julio has a great work ethic, too. He’s one of the best-conditioned and best-working athletes that I’ve ever been around.”

I’ve always believed Owens could be a tremendous coach. He has the respect of the players, and as Ryan said, his work ethic is legendary. Even the best receivers could learn from Owens.

Point being: It might look like a great quarterback class the day after the draft. But we also might look back on it as an all-time disaster.

Raiders star pass-rusher Khalil Mack didn’t show up at voluntary camp this week. I can tell you the Raiders aren’t worried. At all.

The team believes it will sign Mack to a long-term contract extension sometime soon.

If the Blue Jackets do make a deep run, it will be because the second line is also contributing. Boone Jenner, Thomas Vanek and Alexander Wennberg have all certainly looked a lot better over the final weeks of the season after being almost nonexistent in fantasy for a long stretch. Sergei Bobrovsky has an ugly playoff history, but is as likely as any goaltender to get hot and carry a team on his back.

Interestingly, the Devils beat the Lightning in all three meetings between the clubs this season. But can you really get behind an offense that has only one main threat and has been riding its backup goaltender into the playoffs because the starter has been ineffective?la_kings_010