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Saints running back Alvin Kamara stands first in line to see increased action with Mark Ingram serving a four-game suspension to start the regular season.

Don’t expect the Saints, however, to force feed touches to the all-purpose Kamara, who totaled 728 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 120 carries and 826 yards receiving and five touchdowns on 81 catches in 2017.

Payton said the team would be open to considering a veteran like Adrian Peterson if it came down to that. But the Saints currently don’t plans to go that route and are comfortable in maintaining the status quo for now.

Earlier this week, the NFL players union filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of Eric Reid, now a free agent after five seasons in San Francisco, including a Pro Bowl rookie season in 201Eric Reid has been a strong supporter of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 became the first player to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

Last week, Eric Reid filed a collusion claim similar to one filed by Kaepernick in 2017 where several league owners and executives were deposed, including Texans owner Bob McNair. Justin Reid said he he hasn’t had a lot of time to digest his feelings on his brother’s decisions – but he supports all of them. ”I’m proud of my brother and supportive of everything he does, the same way I support all of my family members,” Justin Reid said. ”If they believe what they’re doing is right, then they should do it.” Asked to describe for NFL owners what kind of person his older brother is, Justin Reid vouched for him, emphatically.

”You should just hold a conversation with him,” Justin Reid said. ”I won’t speak for Eric, I’ll let him deliver his own message. But if you held a conversation with him, then you’d really understand what he’s standing for.” The Texans used their first draft pick on Justin Reid, selecting him 68th overall in the third round. colts_034

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Here’s the thing: The Ravens seem to be determined to give Jackson a chance to play, probably in a Slash-style role like the one Kordell Stewart filled as a rookie in Pittsburgh 23 years ago.

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There were a few faulty exchanges on his first day, less as the minicamp went along. It’s not remotely close to a deal-breaking concern, but it is something he’ll have to adapt to at the NFL level, and getting a clean exchange and drop-back will be important since he’s (in case you missed it) not the tallest quarterback in the draft.

It’s not that the Browns aren’t going to put him in the shotgun, but this is the time of year for learning new things, and it’s one of the ones Mayfield will have to get used to.

The Ravens traded up and selected Jackson with the final pick of the first round. The former Louisville superstar might not have been the first quarterback selected, but he’s certainly the most exciting.

Jackson, whose athletic ability will bring back memories of Michael Vick, racked up 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns on 655 carries during 38 games at Louisville. He’s far from being the most effective thrower, but he is probably a bit underrated at this point. He completed 59 percent of his passes last season, but his 10.5 aDOT was on the high side, and yet he was off target on only 9.7 percent of his throws.

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Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports that Marshall is visiting with the Seahawks. Marshall was released by the Giants after one season with the team in a move that saved them over $5 million in cap space.

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Perhaps a little too quick.

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With Green off the roster, Blount and Johnson join Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner on the depth chart at running back in Detroit.
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The FBI investigation into college basketball last fall centered around Christian Dawkins, a runner working for ASM Sports, a sports agency headed by Andy Miller. Dawkins allegedly helped funnel money to prospects through assistant coaches and shoe companies. Once a player signs with an agent or accepts money from an agent, he is ineligible according to current NCAA rules.

Tennessee would love to see Harold Landry slip and might even look to move up to get him.

Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: As the Chicago Blackhawks prepare for an eventual world without Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, I see them depending a lot on Alex DeBrincat for scoring. The 20-year-old winger quietly (because of the Blackhawks’ struggles) scored 28 goals this season. Though he exceeded even Chicago GM Stan Bowman’s expectations in Year 1, there’s a reason Chicago drafted DeBrincat: he finds a way to score.

Cornerback: This has been an area of need ever since Josh Norman’s infamous departure. Next to James Bradberry, newly signed Ross Cockrell should slot in as the new No. 2 corner. Even still, the Panthers could use as much help as they can get with the position still in a less than ideal state.

Running Back: The release of Jonathan Stewart means Carolina should be looking for another member of the backfield to complement 2017 first-round pick Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers will give Cameron Artis-Payne, a 2015 fifth-round pick, the first crack at replacing Stewart but another young, between-the-tackles runner should be brought in for depth and insurance purposes.

Expect the Titans to trade back if possible on draft day. Davenport could be a nice replacement. If Leighton Vander Esch were to slip this far, the Titans would take him. A sleeper pick, and likely pick if they move back, would be Florida State’s Josh Sweat.

Without many pressing needs, the Falcons should look to take advantage of a deep defensive tackle and offensive line class. Coaches speak glowingly about Payne’s maturity and consistent improvement over his time at Alabama.

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He referred the Observer to Fuller, who did not respond to messages left Wednesday afternoon.

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Aldridge was a combined 9-of-21 (43 percent) from the field when guarded by McGee in the series. If you exclude Aldridge’s spectacular Game 2 outing, he went 4-of-15 against McGee in all other games.

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The next test will be a second-round clash with the New Orleans Pelicans and superstar Anthony Davis. Kerr hasn’t divulged his starting center for the series, but all signs point to McGee remaining in the starting lineup to match up with Davis.

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Patriots fans seem to want to know if he’s definitely playing, though. And, according to a very unscientific poll conducted on Twitter, New Englanders are kind of growing tired of Gronkowski’s act.

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While nothing was guaranteed, the optics were certainly different last year when the Lions opted to move on from long-term backup Dan Orlovsky. Rudock, a sixth-round choice in 2016 who spent much of his first season on the practice squad, only had to fend off the challenge of rookie Brad Kaaya. The conclusion was never really in doubt throughout the offseason.

Looking at the Cassel addition through a league-wide scope, the backup quarterback position was one of the most important in the NFL last year.

Case Keenum filled in, and eventually took over for an injured Sam Bradford in Minnesota, leading the Vikings to a division title and the NFC championship game. There, they fell short the Philadelphia Eagles, who rode the arm of backup quarterback Nick Foles to the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship.

Quinn said those success stories did not factor into the Cassel signing.

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Watkins, who graduates this spring, announced on social media that he was searching for a new program, where he would be eligible to play in the fall as a graduate transfer.

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This is kind of the fun part again for him to get back on the field to feel like a football player again, Sugarman said.

As for Cousins, the past week has been about beginning the process of learning the offense and more importantly his new teammates.

He recently hosted wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs for a couple of days in the Atlanta area, where Cousins spends most of his offseason.

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After skipping voluntary workouts last week, Gronkowski added fuel to the fire with a bizarre promotional news conference that cited dirt-biking as the reason for his continued absence.

Although Gronkowski is not yet 30 years old, his body has been ravaged by a litany of injuries that now includes a late-season concussion on top of multiple surgeries to his back, knee and forearm. It’s natural that he would take time to weigh the positives and negatives of another season absorbing blows from other behemoths.

The primary motivation for his offseason behavior, however, might be financial.

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The Ravens have signed restricted free-agent wide receiver Willie Snead of the Saints to a two-year, potential $10 million offer sheet, ESPN.com reported, citing an unidentified source.

It appears the Saints aren’t likely to match the offer during the five-day window, thus not only making Snead a Raven but also likely ending the chances that Baltimore would sign Dez Bryant, in whom they expressed interest when he was released this week by the Cowboys.

Snead’s offer is worth $7 million with $3.4 million in incentives and includes a $2 million signing bonus, ESPN’s source said.

An underrated slot receiver in 2015 and ’16, Snead, 25, had 141 catches for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in that span, but he had only eight receptions in limited time in 2017 as he was suspended three games to start the season because of a DUI and then sustained a hamstring injury.

“This guy’s good. This guy’s going to show it. He’s going to show up,” Maddon said, “and the thing (is) as a manager, as a coach, I’m just trying to get him to respect this pitch and then respect that next pitch, but don’t try to over-evaluate it or make it more complicated than that because your stuff, I don’t know, top 10 in baseball probably.”

Brent Suter (1-2, 5.68 ERA) pitches for Milwaukee. The left-hander is 0-2 with a 5.75 ERA in his last four starts.

It was the Sharks’ worst loss in playoff history. Detroit blanked San Jose 6-0 in the 1995 Western Conference semifinals.

“We had a laundry list of issues today,” San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. “It’s obviously not pretty, we know we have to do better across the board. It’s on us to respond now.”

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Marchessault made it 3-0 when he fired a shot from inside the circle past Jones, notching his first career playoff goal. Tuch capped the scoring in the opening period when he sliced through four defenders, made a swift move to his forehand for a wrist shot that beat Jones for a power-play goal.

Jones’ night ended 3:28 into the second when Smith threaded a pass to Theodore, who promptly tipped it into the twine to give Vegas a 5-0 lead.

While Kane was called for a game misconduct, Joe Pavelski went off at the same time for slashing, giving Vegas a 5-3 edge on the ice. The Golden Knights took full advantage, as Miller’s one-timer blazed past Dell to make it 6-0 at 4:32 of the third.
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Harden torched the Timberwolves for 44 points on 15-of-26 shooting, including 7-of-12 from 3-point range. The rest of the Rockets made only 3 of 25 3-point attempts — a rare 12 percent brickfest for a team that broke its own year-old record for 3s made in a season — but Elvis Dumervil Womens Jersey Harden was simply too good to let eighth-seeded Minnesota start the series by sneaking out an upset.

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Time after time, The Beard hit big shots when momentum seemed to be swaying to Minnesota’s side. Soon after the Timberwolves took a lead midway through the fourth quarter, Harden re-entered the game and immediately went on a do-it-himself 7-0 run, hitting a floater off the glass, driving for a layup and drilling a pull-up 3 in transition.

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