Broncos “counting on” Carlos Henderson after lost rookie season

There was some speculation that the Broncos might part ways with Emmanuel Sanders and/or Demaryius Thomas this offseason, but both veteran wide receivers remain on the roster.

The Colts knew the risk of trading back from No. 3 would be losing out on both Chubb and Barkley. Good thing they can stay in-state and look to South Bend for a stud at a position of need. It doesn’t matter whether Nelson plays inside or outside — the Colts could use his athletic, mauling presence to boost both the running game and the Andrew Luck-led passing game.

The Bucs went to work on their defensive line via free agency and trades (JPP, Vinny Curry, Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein), and they also got a much-needed rock for the middle of their offensive line (Ryan Jensen). But Tampa Bay’s secondary still needs to be addressed after the re-signing of Brent Grimes for one year. Ward has shutdown potential as the best pure cover man in the draft, and he would represent the best player available, too.

Via Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Rams and Patriots have talked about a deal involving Cooks over the last month and that the Rams preferred it to continuing to pursue a possible deal for Beckham.

The trade comes a little more than a year after the Patriots sent a first-round pick and a third-round pick to the Saints to acquire Cooks and a fourth-round pick. He caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns during his one regular season in New England and caught 10 more passes for 155 yards in the playoffs before being knocked out of the Super Bowl with a concussion.

There was some talk of an extension for Cooks in New England as he’s entering the final year of his rookie deal. He’s set to make $8.5 million this season and it will be up to the Rams to find a way to hold onto him while also trying to hammer out a new deal with defensive tackle Aaron Donald.bills_124

Jets reportedly haven’t set up visit with Sam Darnold

When the Jets made their bold move up from the sixth spot in the draft to the third, they made a call to see if they could get to the top spot.

But what they haven’t done, at least not yet, is set up a meeting with the player many folks think will go first.

According to Albert Breer of SI.com, the Jets have not set up a workout with Southern Cal quarterback Sam Darnold, the player many presume will be the top quarterback off the board.

They have already worked out UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, and are working out Wyoming’s Josh Allen this week.

Last season, Exum either went too slowly or flung himself toward the rim without a plan. He has at least ditched the over-cautious half of that dangerous equation:

Exum has a more refined sense of when teensy gaps open in the defense. He sees Rudy Gobert blockade Semi Ojeleye with a flare screen, and understands Ojeleye will be a hair behind when Donovan Mitchell’s swing pass arrives. He also knows he is just flat-out faster than Ojeleye.
The owner of Gronk the horse, a Patriots fan, has said that the horse was named for Gronk not because he was ridden by Brandin Cooks after a touchdown last season but because the two Gronks have similar physical dimensions.

“I thought it would be an appropriate name for the horse, as he’s built much the same,” Kerri Radcliffe said last month.

So maybe Gronk the human will head to the Bluegrass State to watch Gronk the horse — and maybe Gronk the human will whisper to Gronk the horse Gronk the human’s plans for 2018.

“In The Florida Shuffle, you go in and out of recovery, in and out of rehab centers, in and out of sober homes, milking the individual for their insurance until that person dies,” Aronberg says. “Our current system isn’t really a recovery model, it’s a relapse model, where the big money is in relapse. It’s in failure rather than success and sobriety.”bills_063

Collins had an up-and-down 2017 campaign in his move from guard to tackle, where he took over for long-time lineman Doug Free.

Multiple members of the NJ.com Top 50 and Rutgers recruiting targets, including Antonio Alfano , Stanley King , Marlyn Johnson , Brian Ugwu and Sean Morris , will be in attendance at the Atlantic Health New York Jets Training Facility on Sunday, April 30 for the Nike Football Opening Regional-New Jersey.

The photo gallery above was taken at the 2017 event.

The Cowboys now have a hole at guard after Jonathan Cooper , who started 13 games last season, signed in San Francisco.

Dallas is considering moving Collins back inside, if Fleming can win the outside gig, to help re-solidify a line that overall had a down year last season.

“I played against a lot of great players at right tackle. It made me better as a player,” Collins said. “Pretty much being able to play every position except center feels great. It was a big stepping stone for me going into next year. I’ll be ready wherever it is.

“[But] I don’t even thinking about switching positions. I’m just focused on getting bigger, faster, stronger and making sure I’m healthy going into this year. I’ll be ready to roll.”

“It definitely went in one ear and out the other early on,” former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said recently. “It didn’t go exactly like this, but this is just made up to protect the innocent or protect the guilty, however you say it. We would say to him, ‘Hey, you just need to kind of back off on some of this tackling stuff.’

“And he didn’t quite say it like this, but it was essentially, ‘No. I’m not backing off. This is me. This is how I play.’ ”

Reich said that Wentz heeded his coaches’ counsel more during his second season, but the numbers don’t exactly support that claim. In 39 runs in 2017, he evaded contact only 13 times. Wentz’s last dash ended in ruin when a collision at the goal line against the Rams resulted in a season-ending left-knee injury.

As a result, the range of opinions — anonymous and otherwise — we hear about these players before they enter the league is truly remarkable. The error bars are impossibly large.bills_046

Report: NFL suspends Jalen Collins a fourth time

Former Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins is not currently on an NFL roster, and today’s news makes it less likely he ever will be.

Collins has been suspended for the first 10 games of the 2018 NFL season, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

And when he gets back, he’s confident that his right foot issues are over.

“The doctor thinks this is the end of it,” Bird said. “He said just take care of this and I’ll be fine.’ He said,’Make sure you tell everyone you’ve got a great ankle. Good cartilage. Good everything. You just have a stupid bone in there. We’re going to take it out.'”

This latest surgery removed a broken bone spur in Bird’s right ankle.

The Lions could also target someone like Oklahoma’s Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (8.58 RAS) or Florida State’s Josh Sweat (9.69) in the second round. That is similar value of two former Michigan products, Frank Clark (8.14) and LaMarr Woodley (8.76), who were also bills_013drafted in that range.

Lorenzo Carter (10.0) could hear his name called for the Lions with the 51st pick, as well. He’s listed as a linebacker, but has the upside to rush the passer in Detroit’s new defensive scheme.

The third round has been a hot spot for elite athletic talent that often needs time to develop. The likes of Danielle Hunter (9.89), Joey Porter (9.71), and Justin Houston (9.25) were all drafted here. While it’s not easy to find impact players of that caliber that in the round, it’s not impossible if they have the tools. Ohio State’s Tyquan Lewis (9.62) and Memphis pass rusher Genard Avery (9.27) have been talked about in this range and are possible fits for the Lions.

Pat Shurmur on Odell Beckham Jr After WR Reports to Giants: He Wants to Be Great

New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur complimented wideout Odell Beckham Jr. for being in minicamp Monday despite not having a long-term contract and being the subject of trade speculation.

“I really believe Odell is a professional. He wants to be great. He understands the importance of the offseason. He’s a competitive guy…I’m glad he’s here today,” Shumur said Monday.

However, there have been near-constant questions about his attitude. Beckham has been criticized for multiple sideline outbursts, though he made the point in December that his competitiveness is viewed differently than Tom Brady’s.

There have also been other questions about his maturity following his fights with opponents and off-field endeavors. Though he has never been in trouble off the field, his celebrity lifestyle has drawn some ire as the Giants have slipped in the standings.

“See? Told you I’d be here for the start of the voluntary workout program. Won’t be here long, but you know me, I’ll be dancing while I’m here.

“Your move, Mr. Mara.”

Or something like that.

If John Mara and the Giants are looking for an excuse to show Beckham the money, his making good on a good-faith promise to fly cross country and show up Monday is much more one small step for Beckham than it is one giant leap for Giantkind.

It doesn’t definitively mean the Giants won’t continue to entertain trade offers or accept anything less than two first-round picks for Beckham between now and the April 26 draft.

It doesn’t definitively mean the Giants ultimately will pay him.

Eventually, however, the Giants will need to replace Manning . Whether that is after the 2018 season, after the 2019 season when his contract expires, or after his 40th birthday is undecided.

The Giants could hand the keys to the franchise to relative unknown 2017 third-round pick Davis Webb , but stars are aligned right now, says NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah.rams_088

Landon Collins has ‘buried the hatchet’ with Eli Apple

In an offseason characterized by Odell Beckham drama and constant speculation over what the team should do with the No. 2 overall pick, the New York Giants at least have one less thing to worry about as they try to recover from a 3-13 season: the relationship between two of their most talented defenders.

The spat is over now, however. Collins said their issues, like the rest of the rough Giants ‘ rough 2017 season, are in the past.

“Yeah, I am glad to see him back,” Collins said of Apple. “He’s a great corner, he’s very smart. I love that he comes up and lays the boom on guys and he’s a great coverage guy so we need him and I’ll be glad to have him back.”

The Green Bay Packers opted to put another weapon at Aaron Rodgers’ disposal this offseason when they inked former Saints and Seahawks Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham to a three-year deal. Graham’s signing pushed Lance Kendricks down the depth chart, Richard Rodgers out of the picture and also seems to be an attempt to wash away the memories of a tough season with Martellus Bennett at tight end.

At the same time, we don’t know what Walsh’s report said about the future Hall of Famer on the other side of this comparison, and most evaluators preferred the Tennessee star. A poll of executives at the time found that 20 of 25 observers preferred Manning, while three preferred Leaf and two couldn’t decide. Then-Steelers general manager Tom Donahoe, a member of the Eagles’ front office staff when it chose Wentz in 2016, suggested that you couldn’t go wrong with either guy. Colts coach Jim Mora said that both Leaf and Manning would be good players in the NFL, while Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson believed that Leaf would turn into one of the “future stars of the league.”rams_031

Minnesota native Tom Compton signing with Vikings, source says

Tom Compton is coming home.

A source told Sporting News on Thursday that the free-agent offensive lineman is set to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. Financial details were not immediately available. The deal also is contingent upon Compton passing a team physical.

All the talk in the NFC East at this time last year surrounded the Cowboys and Giants. The Eagles were slated as maybe the third or fourth best team in their own division after going 7-9 in 2016. The rest of course is history, and Philly proceeded to go 13-3 behind a terrific sophomore season from Carson Wentz that ended in a Super Bowl won with backup Nick Foles playing quarterback.

Last year’s Rams squad is another example. In 2016, they were a disastrous 4-12 with a fired head coach in Jeff Fisher and a No. 1 overall pick in quarterback Jared Goff slapped with the “bust” label. Fast-forward a few months, and Sean McVay and Goff were leading their team to an 11-5 record, a division championship and the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2004.

Boston says it will recall infielder Tzu-Wei Lin from Triple-A Pawtucket.

In addition, left-hander Drew Pomeranz’s injury rehabilitation assignment is being transferred from Pawtucket to Double-A Portland as he comes back from a left forearm flexor strain.

“At some point,” Martinez said, “you’ve got to protect the players.”

Rendon said he thinks “there has to be an improvement” when it comes to umpiring.

“They don’t get cut. They don’t get benched. They don’t get sent down to Triple-A, whatever it might be,” Rendon said. “It’s just sad that there’s no accountability for them.”

Crew chief Joe West told a pool reporter that Foster felt that Rendon’s toss of his bat “was showing him up” and that an umpire in that situation has “to do something, or he loses all respect from the players.”buccaneers_085

NFL trade news: Trevor Siemian headed to Vikings

The Vikings’ quarterback reboot didn’t end with Kirk Cousins.

Minnesota officially acquired Trevor Siemian from the Broncos, the team announced Monday. The 26-year-old will slot in as Cousins’ backup once the former Redskins quarterback is officially in the fold.

The Broncos will send Siemian and a late-round 2018 pick to the Vikings while Minnesota will send back a 2019 draft pick.

Drury was replaced in the sixth inning of Friday’s game.

Boone said Saturday that he he just learned of Drury’s blurred vision, but he acknowledged that the infielder told him Saturday morning that it had been plaguing him for years.

“He’s just kind of tried to battle through it and not want to say anything; that’s the kind of gamer, grinder that he is,” Boone said. “But he’s realizing that we need to try as best we can get to the bottom [of this].”

The Raiders have already signed running back Doug Martin, resigned Marshawn Lynch and added Jordy Nelson after he was cut by the Packers. It’s clear Oakland is trying to build its team around cheaper options with short-term contracts instead of dishing out mega deals.

The announced crowd of 7,003 — most of them rooting for the visitors- was the Marlins’ smallest at home since 2006. This year they began announcing attendance based on only tickets sold, a change from the previous ownership regime.

The Mets arrived in Miami shortly before sunrise after completing their first three-game sweep of Washington since September 2015. But they were unfazed by any lack of sleep, jumping to a 3-0 lead after three innings.

“That’s a tough call coming in at 5 or 6 in the morning, getting a few hours’ sleep and coming back and trying to win a game,” Callaway said. “Great job by the players.”

Adrian Gonzalez and Jay Bruce each had an RBI single off Marlins ace Jose Urena (0-2), who allowed three runs in five innings.buccaneers_069

NFL free agent rumors: WR Ryan Grant reaches 1-year, $5M deal with Colts

It didn’t take long for Ryan Grant to find a new team.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the free-agent wide receiver will sign a one-year, $5 million deal with the Colts.

Grant made headlines last week after reaching a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, only to fail the team’s physical.

The Cavs led by only six with under 4 minutes left, but James found Love for a basket, then followed Clarkson’s two 3-pointers with one of his own to put away the game.

“They’re a great team, and when LeBron’s out there it makes it very difficult on guys. You can’t guard him one-on-one,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “But, our guys didn’t quit, so it was good.”

Cavaliers: Cleveland nearly had its whole roster available, but Rodney Hood was ruled out with a sore left Achilles tendon. Guards George Hill (sprained left ankle) and Jose Calderon (sore left hamstring) both returned. … James can play in 82 games for the first time in his career if he plays Wednesday instead of resting for the playoffs, and that’s the way he’s leaning. “I’m healthy, so I’m playing,” he said.

It didn’t get any better on the final nine holes for Romo as he would finish the tournament at 15 over, six shots back of the closest player.

Romo, 37, has attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open multiple times and has played the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but he’ll obviously have to keep working on his game before taking another shot at a regular Tour event.

“Ultimately over 18 holes and 72, your flaws start to show at some point,” Romo told Golf Channel after Thursday’s first-round 77. “But that’s why you compete, so you can go practice.”

The past three seasons, the Suns have won 23, 24 and 20 games. Highly competitive in the Steve Nash era, they will miss the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.

Phoenix has lost 31 of its last 34. The Suns have a 25 percent chance of securing the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.buccaneers_009

Goodell: Sale of Panthers has drawn’unprecedented interest’

The sale of the Carolina Panthers is moving along with unprecedented interest and it’s believed that owners will vote on the sale during league meetings in May, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Owner Jerry Richardson announced in December that he would sell the Panthers after a report revealed he’d paid settlements to several ex-employees who said he’d sexually harassed them and used racist language. A number of buyers have been reported to have shown interest, and the bidding for the team is reported to have exceeded $2.5 billion. The Buffalo Bills sold for $1.4 billion in 2014. The investigation into Richardson’s workplace conduct is ongoing and the findings will be released at its conclusion, Goodell said, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

Deshaun Watson took the league by storm last season, pacing all NFL quarterbacks with 19 touchdowns prior to tearing his ACL in early November.

Considering the Texans’ smashing success in averaging 39.0 points over a five-game span leading up to Watson’s injury, Houston faithful might reasonably expect Bill O’Brien to stick with what worked.

That won’t be the case, however, in 2018.

In addition to adding depth at linebacker, the 6-foot-2, 242-pound Freeny is a regular contributor on special teams.

He is the third linebacker the Lions have added in free-agency, to go with earlier signings of Devon Kennard and Christian Jones. The team also re-upped with Nick Bellore this offseason.

The incident remains under investigation and Foster has not been charged, but the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to NFL.com that an April 12 placeholder arraignment date has been scheduled for Foster. Selected 31st overall, Foster has been arrested twice this year — on Jan. 13 he was briefly detained in Alabama on a possession of marijuana charge before posting bond.

Although York hasn’t spoken to Foster since his latest arrest, he said the 23-year-old is very well aware his tenure with the team is in a precarious spot.

From my conversations with John and [coach] Kyle [Shanahan], I know Reuben is very cognizant of where his position is right now, and his time with the 49ers could potentially be over if he continues to do things outside of the team that aren’t what we want him to be a part of, York said.patriots_103-223x223