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A Look At NFL.com’s Top Remaining Free Agents

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A Look At NFL.com’s Top Remaining Free Agents More The jump from the Oakland Raiders three free agent signings in 2017 to the 16 free agent signings in 2018 is eye-opening, and if I had to guess, Head Coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Reggie McKenzie aren’t done yet. The duo have been persistent in their pursuit of bettering the 2018 roster, and with additions like wide receiver Jordy Nelson and linebacker Tahir Whitehead, I think they’ve done that. Free agency is a little more than two weeks in now, and many of the NFL’s premiere free agents have signed deals with teams; however, there are plenty of players still out there on the market.

I can listen to all the people patting me on the back, or I can listen to the people saying I need to get better. I know I need to get better, or else there would be nobody saying that. Keeping a list of all the haters is one way to go about it. It also may not be a great trait. Mayfield’s former tight end Mark Andrews, who has no motive to malign Mayfield, perfectly encapsulated Mayfield’s mindset, for better or worse.

I do. Makes a lot plays with his legs, moving around, buying time… but mostly his enthusiasm and competitive spirit is what I see, Favre says.

I think the impetus was research, McKay said. The more we saw of the concussion plays and the more there was a common technique, it became apparent that, listen, we need to get out of situationally saying if a player is targeted or if a defenseless player is in the air — we need to get to the technique to protect the person doing the hitting also. It could be Ryan Shazier. It could be many others. I don’t think that play was the impetus because I think that the research and the data was there before.

Many players have taken to social media to express concern about the change.

In all honesty the refs already pretty bad with enforcing the defenseless player rule!, Lions defensive back Quandre Diggs wrote on Twitter. We have people that’s never played the game making rules!patriots_092-223x223

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Assigning blame for Yankees’ heartbreaking collapse vs. Blue Jays

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Josh Donaldson was walking to the plate. David Robertson looked into his dugout. Looking back at him: Yankees manager Aaron Boone and pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

One, Boone said, the Yankees determined before the game that Smoak was the better matchup for Robertson than Donaldson. Going into the afternoon, Smoak was hitless in five at-bats with four strikeouts and a walk vs. the righty. Donaldson He was 3-for-8 (.375 BA) with two homers, five RBI and a strikeout against Robertson.

So, the way Boone made it sound, the Yankees would have wanted to skip Donaldson for Smoak anyway. That’s even considering Smoak was 2-for-3 on the day and had two innings earlier blasted a two-run homer off Tommy Kahnle. It was also considering Donaldson was playing with what the Blue Jays were calling a dead arm — which showed on several of his throws Saturday.

His breaking ball we feel like is a good matchup for Smoak there, Boone said. To Smoak’s credit, he spoiled some tough ones…. Qe liked the matchup, as much as you can against a really good hitter.

Then there was this: The Yankees just let Robertson choose what he wanted. It seemed like neither Boone nor Rothschild were going to challenge Robertson. It was his call.

Who do we like against which guy Boone said. We communicate with our players, too. Communicate with Robbie there about the preference and simple as that. It’s not just one a whim. That’s the matchup we wanted.

He’s the one who let Robertson make the call. Sounds logical, right In that situation, go with what your veteran, All-Star reliever feels comfortable with. Put him in the most comfortable situation. At the same time, it’s worth questioning whether he should have overruled Robertson. Yes, the track record says Robertson vs. Smoak was the better matchup, but Donaldson appeared to be playing at something less than 100 percent, and Smoak had hit a long homer in his previous at-bat off another righty. Sometimes you go with the book, other times you go with the gut. The book won, and it looked like it wasn’t even close.

It was his decision to pitch to Smoak. He didn’t get the job done. He came close, but not close enough. Also didn’t help that he put on two runners before deciding to walk Donaldson. Russell Martin hit a single to start the inning and, one out later, Aledmys Diaz doubled to right field. Devon Travis grounded out for out No. 2.

Palmieri will play after leaving Saturday’s 4-3 win over the New York Islanders after taking a high stick under the right eye during the third period. Forward Marcus Johansson was activated off injured reserve on Sunday and traveled to Montreal, but he will not play.patriots_149-223x223

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Danny Shelton quickly embraces the Patriot Way

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One of the most important aspects of ing for the Patriots is sounding like a Patriot. New defensive tackle Danny Shelton already has that down cold.

I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is part of the formula to winning is doing your job, Shelton told reporters during a Monday conference call introducing him as a member of the team. I see that everywhere at the facility with everyone just staying focused and having that same goal leading toward success. That’s what I want to be a part of.

When the Patriots make bargain-basement deals for failed first-round picks, however, there’s no guarantee that things will work out. But here’s one guarantee: Belichick won’t hesitate to admit failure and move on.

So it’s on Shelton to show that he can get it done. At least for now he can speak the part.

The top five of the upcoming quarterback draft class — Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson — have gotten all the attention, but there is talent to be had in the later rounds.

If you’re looking for a second- or third-round quarterback that’s intriguing to me, that would be Kyle Lauletta from Richmond, ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. He would be the most intriguing second- or third-round type of guy. Followed probably by Mike White from Western Kentucky.

And a guy in the fifth, sixth, seventh round that could be interesting, if you can put him on the shelf for a couple of years, Chase Litton from Marshall. Had he gone back to Marshall and had a big year, he probably would have been a second-round pick. Now you may be able to get a guy like Litton in the fifth or sixth round.jets_055

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