Tony Romo is reportedly retiring to begin a new chapter of his life in the broadcast booth. Nobody is willing to believe it.
Despite the reports, teams weren’t ready to accept the news. At least one front office thinks he’ll be available again once offseason workouts get into full swing.
One NFL exec texted now: “Romo is now every teams emergency backup qb in case your starter gets hurt, pay him to come out of “retirement.’ ”
Philipse: This is a fairly obvious pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They have a need for a versatile, explosive tight end and Njoku is an outstanding talent, if a little raw. The Bucs have almost no depth at the position, with Cameron Brate, a solid but unremarkable intermediate receiving tight end, and Luke Stocker, a pure blocker.
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The Bucs could look at different positions, but the top three receivers are already off the board, the available safeties probably aren’t worth the 19th-overall pick, and spending a first-round pick on a running back is always a dubious proposition. The Bucs have been linked to some defensive ends, but that position isn’t a pressing need by any means.
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Analysis: Tight end isn’t Tampa’s biggest need. It’s free safety, but at No. 19 there might not be one available. Perhaps the Buccaneers could reach a little on Obi Melifonwu of Connecticut or convert a player like Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey. If they don’t go that direction, targeting Njoku makes sense. It’s slightly early for him, but tight ends with his level of pure athleticism are rare.
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I shot two consecutive games of Bolden, consisting of about 50 plays. The 6’2 cornerback from Wesley Chapel (Fla.) locked his man down and was rarely thrown at: four attempts, two breakups, one completion. He also showed some versatility, playing safety later in the tournament.
Bolden recently named a top two of FSU and Oregon, despite being committed to FSU for almost a year now. The Ducks have been making noise in the state since the hire of Willie Taggart, the former USF coach — but not really with prospects the big Florida schools want.
“Oregon has been heating up, recruiting wise. I talk to their whole coaching staff, and getting a visit up there will be really key,” Bolden said. He plans to visit in June and for an official with his parents.
“We discussed it, and I told FSU that Oregon is kind of a threat, but not really,” Bolden said of naming a top two despite being committed. “Just doing the recruiting process and seeing what Oregon can offer.”
He says, ‘The question to me is not whether you go or not; the question is whether you bet on yourself.’ And those were the last words that kept ringing in my ear.
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Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling has a court date of December 20 to enter a plea regarding his arrest for marijuana possession among other charges, according to Vaughn McClure.
Crabtree was placed on the physicallyunable to perform (PUP) list prior to the season after the veteran receiver suffered an Achilles injury during the offseason. The 49ers were hoping to activate Crabtree after his return to practice on Nov. 7, in time for Sunday’s crucial game against the Saints, but his return will have to wait at least one more week. The 49ers have until Nov. 28 to officially activate Crabtree or they must place him on the IR for the rest of the season.
Tight end Vernon Davis is expected to play, however, after suffering a concussion last week against the Carolina Panthers. Davis must pass one more test on Sunday to be cleared for the game, but is expected to be ready in time for the game.
The 49ers passing offense has suffered greatly this season without it’s top weapons on the field, with quarterback Colin Kaepernick averaging just 157 yards passing per game since tossing for over 400 yards against the Green Bay Packers in Week 1.
Matt McGloin. His name wasn’t known by many fans outside of Oakland, but he made a statement on a day the Houston Texans were imploding and succumbing to infighting. The rookie quarterback was filling in for Terrelle Pryor and asserted his will by throwing three touchdowns and completing 57 percent of his passes. McGloin made plays, but it turned a light on the lack of receivers in Oakland as the Raiders quarterback couldn’t throw for 200 yards due to the team’s lack of weapons.
If you’re unhappy with Jon Gruden in the Monday Night Football booth, it’s likely only because you’ve forgotten the previous iteration of Tirico and Gruden with Ron Jaworski, which typically devolved into Jaws and Gruden trying to see who could talk more loudly and passionately about any given player. Or Tirico, Jaws and Tony Kornheiser, who was mostly concerned with complaining about travel and could barely be troubled to care about the game.
Announcing teams will never be perfect, not until Gus Johnson is the lead play-by-play man while Chris B. Brown provides analysis while watching All-22 footage in real time. Then we clone them and put their doppelgangers in every booth. THAT would make for an intelligent and exciting experience — oh, except Gus Johnson is terrible now. I’d forgotten that part of our job as Internet-savvy fans is to take something accepted as good, and tear it to shreds with criticism.
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Monday Night Football will feature one of the teams who have a coach on our list (in the Buccaneers) and a team that could soon be on it (in the Miami Dolphins). Joe Philbin is quickly losing his grip on his Dolphins, despite a couple solid wins here and there. They should be able to stay off it for another week though, as Schiano and the Bucs aren’t likely to pick up their first win here.
Two of our teams will face off as Allen and the Raiders travel to take on the Giants. At this point, the Raiders might actually be favored, were it not for total annihilation at the hands of the aforementioned Eagles and Foles in Week 9. New York has the better team and should win this one but when you’re talking a 3-5 team and a 2-6 team, who can really say for sure?
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Lastly, the Steelers have a winnable matchup against the 3-6 Buffalo Bills. The Bills are hoping to have rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel back in the lineup, which would certainly make things interesting, but it’s a game the Steelers would be expected to win either way. Of course, they’ve lost at least three such games this season already.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rappoport is reporting Sunday Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to request a trade this offseason.
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According to Rappoport, the team fielded offers for Roethlisberger last offseason, but didn’t say whether those offers came at the request of the team, of Roethlisberger or from a willing party.
Was the Pats’ Week 9 torching of the Steelers a mirage, or have the returns of Amendola and Gronk finally given Tom Brady the ammo to throw down with the league’s elite? We’ll find out in a hurry, as back-to-back games against the Panthers and Broncos will go a long way towards divining the Pats’ postseason prospects. Belichick may need all his wizardry to bind up a battered defense, but at least a healthy Aqib Talib can make matters easier if he continues to erase lead wideouts.
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Another team that gained ground by standing still, the Jets will come out of the bye trying to adhere to Rex Ryan’s Ground and Pound ethos. Geno Smith may still torpedo them with some three-interception games, but at least his three-interception games are somehow less deflating than Mark Sanchez’ three-interception games. So the Jets have that going for them.
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With the Beauty and the Beast film coming out in theaters, the Chicago Bulls decided to make their own. They, however, didn’t release it in a theater. The Bulls released their own version, Beauty and the Bull, on their Snapchat.
Now the Pistons have lost five of six, and they look absolutely moribund in the process. Their latest horror is a 22-point loss in Chicago that essentially conceded the tiebreaker to the Bulls. The teams are now tied for No. 9, two behind Miami in the loss column. Chicago earned a split of the season series on Wednesday and has a better divisional record. This came one night after the Pistons let the feckless Brooklyn Nets beat them by a bucket.
The effort is clearly lacking at this point, which is mighty unfortunate since Stan Van Gundy is going precisely nowhere. There’s some sort of toxic mix in Detroit that is leading to bad chemistry. Expect an overhaul of the roster this summer. Reggie Jackson is a prime candidate to move, but Andre Drummond might end up elsewhere, too.
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No, I don’t think that, O’Neal told Harbinger of a flat Earth. It was a joke, OK? So know that when Shaquille O’Neal says something, 80 percent of the time I’m being humorous, and it is a joke. And 20 percent of the time, I’m being serious, but when I’m being serious, you’ll know. You want to see me, seriously? See me and Charles Barkley going back and forth on TNT. That’s when I’m mad and when I’m serious. Other than that, you’re not going to get that out of me, so I was just joking people.
Seems simple enough. Let’s see how Shaq closed this whole thing down.
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Some #BoycottNFL fans vowed to change the channel from NFL games and stop buying products from league sponsors. There is been a long and acrimonious debate about whether the Kaepernick Effect has hurt the NFL.
But the bottom line is that TV ratings for the formerly invincible NFL fell 8 percent last season, forcing TV partners to cough up expensive make-goods to advertisers.
Lee, the director of Do the Right Thing, is not buying the that argument Kaepernick has hurt the league.
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SN is own David Steele has questioned whether Kaepernick, who has four postseason victories and a near Super Bowl win on his resume, is being blackballed by NFL teams for his social activism.
Ramczyk said every team he met with last month at the NFL Combine made testing his football IQ a big part of the process.
Every interview I went to there was some board work or they pull up your film and have you walk through what is this play, what is your job and what is the rest of the line is job, Ramczyk said. They’ll go through protections and things like that.
Ramczyk is arm length is 33? inches, which is only considered average for left tackles, who must extend to handle opposing pass rushers (although his hand size of 10 7/8 should mitigate some of those concerns). Ramczyk also might not be cleared to participate in any pre-draft drills while he recovers from January hip surgery, which could add to concerns from clubs that he was a one-hit wonder at Wisconsin.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is still four to five weeks away from playing in a game as he deals with shoulder inflammation, adding to the team’s injury woes.
Kipnis received a second opinion on his shoulder and has been cleared to resume a strengthening program in a week.
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Meanwhile, Indians right-hander Cody Anderson will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery and miss the 2017 season.
The league announced Friday that the Habs and Senators will play outdoors Dec. 16 at TD Place Stadium, home to the Canadian Football League champion Ottawa Redblacks. The Canadiens beat the Senators 7-4. on Dec. 19, 1917, when the NHL began play.
Duke Ihenacho Elite Jersey “One hundred years ago, our Senators played their first NHL game to help give rise to the greatest professional hockey league in the world,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said. “Hockey has deep and revered roots here in the nation’s capital. Our team and our fans are exceptionally honored to play host to an NHL outdoor game this December that will cap off the league’s year-long centennial celebrations.”
The Dec. 16 game will come three weeks after the CFL’s Grey Cup game is played at TD Place Stadium, which will expand its seating — currently 24,000 — for both the Grey Cup and the outdoor game.
For now, Oakland would have to trade for Lynch because his NFL rights remain the property of the Seahawks, as he has two years remaining on his contract. Seattle general manager John Schneider and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie have a longstanding relationship; they worked together in the Packers’ front office.
In one of the most exciting games of these opening two days of the NCAA tournament, No. 11 USC beat No. 6 SMU in the East regional on Friday, 66-65.
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The teams traded three-pointers in the last two minutes ¡ª one after the other after the other ¡ª to set up a wild finish. Trailing 66-65 with 12 seconds to play, SMU¡¯s Ben Moore missed the front end of a one-and-one, and then USC¡¯s Chimezie Metu did, as well.
SMU¡¯s game-winning bid at the buzzer, from guard Shake Milton, came up inches short. USC ran down the court celebrating, and the Mustangs were devastated.
Running back LeSean McCoy said the blame for the rushing shortcomings fall squarely on his shoulders. McCoy, who finished with just 55 yards on 18 carries, told Philadelphia Magazine’s Sheil Kapadia that he feels as though he let his team down.
“I just wasn’t myself,” he said. “I felt like with a game like this where my team needed me and depended on me, I didn’t show up. I started doing just too many individual type of plays, not really going with the plays and just doing my own thing.”
Kingsley finished with 23 points (10-of-13 shooting) and four blocks, but Seton Hall managed to pull away in the second half. The Pirates used a 12-1 run to build an eight-point lead midway through the second period. Arkansas, though, raged back to tie the game at 68 with five minutes remaining.
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