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Buffalo Bills release center Eric Wood

Eric Wood can finally announce he’s retiring after the Buffalo Bills released the veteran center in a move considered a formality after he was diagnosed with a career-ending neck injury in January.

The NFL transactions list on Thursday listed the Bills reaching an injury settlement and releasing Wood under the designation: Termination of vested veteran.

The decision by the Bills ends a lengthy waiting period for the team and Wood.

Wood is from Cincinnati and spent four seasons playing at Louisville before being selected by the Bills with their second of two first-round picks in the 2009 draft. Wood earned a starting job entering his rookie season and appeared in 121 games, including one in the playoffs.

He was a respected team leader, popular in the community for his charitable work, and was the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee in 2015 and ’16.

Aside from Wood, Buffalo’s offensive line must also replace starting left guard Richie Incognito, who abruptly retired in April and was then released by the Bills earlier this month.

Mathieu, 26, made the All-Pro team in 2015. In his five seasons in Arizona, he made 303 tackles, 11 interceptions, 41 passes defended, 28 tackles for losses, four sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Houston signed him to a one-year, $7.5 million deal in March, expecting Mathieu to bring a physical presence to the secondary.

Well, I take great pride in really every aspect of my game, Mathieu said. Then, the physicality, obviously I have this little man syndrome so, being physical is part of my nature. It’s definitely a part of how I play.

Most of the questions revolved around, ‘Will we go to the Super Bowl?’ and ‘Will we make the playoffs?’ I just throw it back at them saying, ‘Do you think we will?’ and they say, ‘Yes’. They’re confident, and that’s a good place to start.

He never made another visit.

This was the only place I took a trip … I took my trip, and Aaron was here in the locker room. I started talking to him, Lewis said Thursday. I started talking to Jimmy and I kind of made my decision that day.

Calvin Johnson says there’s no chance of a comeback, thanks to his ankle injuries

Last season reports surfaced that teams were interested in bringing former Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson out of retirement. Megatron says that will not happen.
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This was a surprise addition, especially after the Golden Knights appeared all offseason to be committed to Calvin Pickard as their backup. But Vegas pounced once it saw the 2012 first-round pick on waivers. It’s a shame that Boston couldn’t find a way to make it work with Subban — or at least reap some compensation — but the Golden Knights loved what they got. He was terrific when he could stay healthy.

Would be a natural fit, right? I saw that Philip voted for it, Telesco said. When it comes to roster moves, we are not a democracy. But we are not a dictatorship either. His vote was noted and accounted for. Antonio’s accomplishments and contributions to this organization are immeasurable. We will see what the future holds. I don’t have an update at this time.

The Chargers did sign a tight end this week in undrafted rookie Austin Roberts. He joins Virgil Green, Sean Culkin and Braedon Bowman as in-house options in L.A.
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Chicago does not currently have a third-rounder because of GM Ryan Pace’s decision to move up one spot last year ahead of San Francisco to take quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears do have a pair of fourth-round picks to use as trade bait. Chicago could target a wide receiver, offensive lineman or linebacker on Day 2. — Jeff Dickerson

Griffin seems relaxed, but he couldn’t hide his enthusiasm during Thursday’s practice session.

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Even securing the backup role could prove challenging. Sure, Griffin took the some second-team reps during Thursday’s practice,聽but so too did Jackson.聽During聽some segments of the day, Griffin got merely split a handful of snaps with fourth quarterback Josh Woodrum, who’s basically an offseason arm. So it’s no sure bet that Griffin even makes the regular season roster.
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But that fact doesn’t faze Griffin. After a year of film study sessions from the couch and passes thrown to palm trees or whatever other targets he could find, he feels blessed just have a locker and any role at all.

He’s definitely all-in on Baltimore: clad from head to toe in black and purple and now wearing聽No. 3 instead of 10. He jokes that he looks better in these colors. Even the tips of his trademark braids are purple.

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There’s also little doubt, however, that barring a monumental camp from Mayfield, Tyrod Taylor will open the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As Vinnie Iyer wrote for Sporting News, Taylor made it clear he has no plans to hand the job to the 2018 No. 1 overall pick.

I’m going to continue to keep pushing, continue to keep working the way I do鈥攔eady to take my game to the next level, Taylor said. I’ve been able to take steps in the right direction each year that I’ve been able to play the game. So I’m excited about the opportunity that I have here. There’s so much talent on this team and guys that are in the right mindset.

Taylor will probably be the guy to start the year, and he is a competent NFL starter. But he has precious little margin for error. All it will Curtis Martin Authentic Jersey take is one off game for the chants to start.

What’s a saga without some suspense?

Johnny Manziel hospitalized after reaction to prescription medication, according to report

Johnny Manziel was hospitalized Monday night in Texas after having a reaction to prescription medication, according to TMZ Sports:
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Another thing Moore will not be replicating from Smith is the latter’s jersey number. The rookie will wear No. 12.

89? That would be some big shoes to fill with Steve Smith being here, Moore said. I just thought I’d start something new.

Even as the first wide receiver taken in the 2018 NFL Draft, Moore isn’t a perfect player. His route running is suspect at times, and he occasionally has issues releasing against press coverage. But he has the tools and traits to work around and correct those weaknesses.
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The 25-year-old wide receiver is the older brother of Bills receiver Zay Jones and son of longtime NFL linebacker Robert Jones. He has been on the Vikings practice squad the past two seasons. He has yet to appear in a regular-season NFL game and is listed as seventh or eighth on the Vikings’ WR depth chart.

Jones, who played collegiately at Texas and Arizona, signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent in 2016 before joining the Vikings.

Elite Kids Antonio Gates Jersey The Vikings have Xavier Rhodes and suddenly up-and-coming Trae Waynes to keep their coverage outside strong, but they’ve been struggling in the nickel spot. Mike Zimmer goes for Hughes’ short-area coverage skills, which for now work better inside with his lack of ideal size.

The Patriots lost Dion Lewis in free agency and needed an explosive, open-field cog to go with Rex Burkhead, James White and Jeremy Hill. Expect Michel to be used in creative ways by Josh McDaniels, especially in the passing game. Tom Brady will love dumping it off to his rookie running back.

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Neuheisel will instead take over the Phoenix entry and he will coach home games at Sun Devil Stadium. Neuheisel is familiar with the stadium as he coached against Arizona State when he was the head coach at the University of Washington and when he coached UCLA.

“The Alliance’s emphasis on building a dynamic relationship between players, fans and the game is what immediately grabbed my attention. There is nothing like experiencing the thrill of victory and agony of defeat together. We all invest so much into the game, and that’s something I’ve missed over the years away from the sidelines,” Neuheisel said in a statement. “The combination of a passionate fan base and motivated, talented players looking to make a name for themselves on the professional level will result in exciting football at Sun Devil Stadium in the spring, with the ultimate goal being to bring home the first ever Alliance Championship.”

He tried to play through it. It just wasn’t working, Servais said.

Gordon’s DL stint is retroactive to Monday. Infielder Daniel Vogelbach was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and was inserted into the No. 6 slot in the batting order as Seattle’s designated hitter.

Servais said the Mariners expect the injury to heal on its own with rest and the team wants Gordon to keep off his feet for a while. Gordon did not travel with the club to Oakland.

With speed being such a big part of his game, I just think the best thing to do is to let that thing calm down, Servais said.

Gordon was acquired from Miami during the offseason and shifted to center field, then moved back to the infield after Cano broke a hand May 13 when hit by a pitch. Cano received an 80-game suspension two days later for a positive drug test.ravens_077

Aaron Rodgers has some words of wisdom for Deshaun Watson

Based on what he demonstrated as a rookie, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson soon could be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. The man generally regarded as the best quarterback in the NFL likes what he has seen.
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Wait, that was last year’s Rams, right? Yes. But in 2018, Matt Nagy, Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears have dibs on this surging narrative. Only this time, the sequel will be better than the original. Like The Dark Knight and whatnot.

Via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, Beckham was back on hand for Giants OTAs today, giving him a chance to continue to work with rookie running back Saquon Barkley, as well as a chance for coach Pat Shurmur to continue building their relationship.

Shurmur suggested that Beckham’s still not medically cleared to fully participate, and he still doesn’t have that contract extension which was reported to be an issue. But that hasn’t kept the good vibes from flowing.

Odell’s been in and out, so he’s been around. It’s very encouraging, Shurmur said. I’ve developed a really nice relationship with him. We’re very open and honest about everything Giants and everything Odell. I’m just looking forward to him being there. There’s a lot to be learned. He’s not quite finished with his rehab, but there’s still a lot to be learned by just watching what’s going on.

Shurmur also said he expected the whole team to be on hand, which includes the return of tackle Ereck Flowers, who skipped the earlier voluntary work after the team acquired left tackle Nate Solder.

Rams fifth-rounder Ogbonnia Okoronkwo undergoes foot surgery

Rams rookie linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo recently underwent foot surgery, coach Sean McVay said Monday via Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register.
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Okoronkwo will return sometime during training camp, perhaps still rehabbing at the start of the team’s summer work, via Hammond. That means Okoronkwo will miss some valuable work in the competition to replace edge rushers Robert Rasheem Green Womens Jersey Quinn and Connor Barwin.

The Rams moved up in the fifth round in a trade with Denver to take Okoronkwo after he fell lower than expected. Many have labeled him as one of the steals of the draft.

At Oklahoma, Okoronkwo won co-defensive player of the year honors in the Big 12 last season. He made 164 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 21 sacks and five forced fumbles in his five seasons in Norman.

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He embraces the struggle, too, likening it to young athletes trying to make their mark in the NFL and paying their dues. Music, he says,聽was always the thing that fascinated him the most, even more than the sport that rewarded him handsomely.

I love football, but it was something that didn’t fulfill me as a human, Foster said. It is something I was really good at and I loved to do but it wasn’t something that I thought about going to sleep and thought about waking up.

It was a great opportunity to provide for my family and enjoy what I do. But music is something that, when it is three or four in the morning and I am making music, suddenly I look up and I realize that I haven’t eaten all day. That’s how into it I am. When you have that kind of passion for something, that is what you are supposed to be doing. I get to do that full-fledged now.

During a pro football聽career that began as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2009, it was clear that Foster was a player with more to say than most. He promoted social awareness, kneeled for the national anthem in 2016聽and even read poetry with Texas legend Earl Campbell.

Projecting rookie seasons for Giants’ Draft Class

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Ranking NFL teams by best offensive skill players: Eagles No. 1? Giants top-5 with Saquon Barkley? Cowboys fall without Dez Bryant, Jason Witten

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Behind Jones, only Jon Halapio stands in Brown’s way for the backup center job, which he hopes to lean on his position versatility and experience to try and ultimately win.
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I think having that experience, and having four years of college experience under my belt with two of those being [at guard], they have game-film on me, Brown said. Granted, I was young, so I was still kind of learning, but there is film of me playing guard and my center film is obviously out there. I think it shows that I’ve had that experience, and if need be, I can jump in at any time.

Steph Curry added 18 for the Warriors, who are in the conference finals for a franchise-record fourth straight time. It’s Houston’s first trip since 2015 when Golden State won the series in five games.

However, after losing Weston Richburg to the San Francisco 49ers in free agency, the Giants did not add a center behind starter Brett Jones during the Draft.

Enter, SMU undrafted rookie Evan Brown.

Steelers rookie QB Mason Rudolph believes he and Ben Roethlisberger are ‘going to be friends’

The Buccaneers drafted former Purdue offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile in the fifth round back in 201Pamphile became a starter in 2016 and started 29 games at guard for the Buccaneers over the last two seasons. The Tennessee Titans brought him in this offseason to provide depth.

Come get me, Thomas said to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett last season, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

If he no longer feels wanted by the Seahawks, he may try to force his way there by holding out and requesting his release. Seattle would save $8.5 million by releasing him.

A lot would have to fall into place before the Seahawks would release Thomas—they’d certainly seek a trade first—but it is a possibility, and he would undoubtedly be the most talented Seahawk released if it happened.

Martinez’s solo shot just over the glove of a leaping Aaron Judge proved to be the difference in a 5-4 Red Sox win over the Yankees on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

LB DeMarcus Ware: In his nine seasons as a Cowboy, he was a Pro Bowler seven times and racked up a team record 117 sacks.

TE Jason Witten: His list of accomplishments are long and distinguished. Those 1,152 receptions for 12,448 yards are club records. Witten’s 11 Pro Bowls are tied for most among Cowboys players, and none can match his 239 games played.

WR Michael Irvin: Widely credited as the heart and soul of the ’90s dynasty, the fiery Hall of Famer was also highly productive. His 750 catches for 11,904 yards trail only Witten on the club leaderboard.

Raiders (from Browns via Bills and Ravens) — Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T: Appears Jon Gruden has selected his tackle tandem for the next few years after UCLA’s Kolton Miller arrived in Round 1. Oakland appears set inside, but 2018 may be it for Donald Penn and Breno Giacomini outside. 

Ryan Shazier’s anticipated return will have to wait until 2019 at the earliest.
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Takeaways from Yankees’ win over Sox

Here’s what he said, via NJ Advance Media’s Darryl Slater (questions have been abbreviated for clarity):
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Who’s next: The Jets’ Trumaine Johnson just landed a five-year, $72.5 million package after twice being franchised by the Rams. He’s never made the Pro Bowl, Womens Yohann Auvitu Jersey yet almost took Norman down. It’s going to be a few more years before an elite talent like the Jags’ Jalen Ramsey truly breaks the bank. But in the interim, the Rams’ Marcus Peters, who’s entering his prime, is the best bet to unseat Norman.

The standard:聽Kansas City’s Eric Berry spent most of 2017 sidelined with an Achilles injury. Fortunately, he collected the most lucrative safety contract (6 years, $78M, $40M聽guaranteed) before the season.

Romo, whom Witten singled out last week in his retirement news conference, called Witten the standard that聽every future Cowboy will have to live up to and praised his insatiable desire to win in the letter.聽

Not only was Jason the most talented, humble and hardest-working individual on our football team, Romo wrote, but he was one of the most genuine, good-hearted people you could ever meet.

Romo and Witten gave the Cowboys聽a聽dynamic duo for more than a decade, and Romo said Witten’s signature wide-option play-call and ability to get open made his job easy.聽

During big moments in my career, the first guy I was looking for was Jason Witten, Romo wrote.聽I knew where he would be and I knew he would get open and not once, not once did I ever go to him late in the game on a key down when he was one on one and him not deliver. He always came through.