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The Cleveland Browns went for broke on Friday, quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills and cornerback Damarious Randall from the Green Bay Packers.,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey, engineering a trio of trades to bring in three-time Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins

but the Browns' stalwart offensive tackle Joe Thomas didn't let that stop him from giving his review of the moves.,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey,The trades can't be formally announced until Wednesday

Whether he joins them on the field next season remains to be seen. The 10-time Pro Bowl selection reportedly told ESPN in an email his "decision will be based purely on my health."

Thomas missed games for the first time in his pro career last season after suffering a torn left triceps tendon in Week 7. He had played an NFL-record 10,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, making 167 straight starts dating back to his first game as a rookie.,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey,363 consecutive snaps before the injury

Thomas posted an "emergency" episode of his ThomaHawk podcast on Saturday, just hours before his brother's wedding, and gave the team high marks for the acquisitions, especially for Taylor.

"I hate when people make comparisons, be able to make plays," Thomas said on his podcast, but with that being said, it's time for a comparison. (Taylor) reminds me a little bit of Russell Wilson,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, (who) throws an incredible deep ball, make a lot of great decisions when he's in the pocket, one of the best in the game. (Taylor can) operate an offense and run it efficiently, extend plays with his feet, according to Cleveland.com.

"I said that the Browns should be trading for Tyrod Taylor. Many weeks ago I thought he was the most underrated player that might be available at quarterback and lo and behold it seems like John Dorsey must be a big ThomaHawk fan."

14 touchdowns and four interceptions last season. He had been Buffalo's starter for the majority of the past three seasons and threw for 8,The 28-year-old Taylor passed for 2,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey,799 yards,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey,857 yards,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey, 51 touchdowns and 16 interceptions while also rushing for 14 touchdowns in that time.

Cleveland is sending a third-round pick (No. 65 overall) to the Bills for Taylor.

He also seemed excited about Landry's potential impact on the offense.

"You pair (Landry) with Corey Coleman and then a deep threat like Josh Gordon,Womens Drew Brees Jersey," Thomas said.,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey, that offense all of a sudden got really much more dangerous

the first player to catch 400 passes over his first four NFL seasons.,Cleveland reportedly gave up two draft picks -- a fourth-rounder in the 2018 draft and a seventh-round pick in 2019 -- for Landry

reportedly signed his franchise tag with the Dolphins on Thursday and is slated to earn about $16 million this season unless the Browns work toward a long-term contract. The two sides are discussing a new contract,Landry, 25, and a deal is expected to be reached, according to ESPN.

locker-room problems in Green Bay,"Bringing in a guy like Damarious Randall, who maybe had a little bit of a checkered past with some character problems, Hue (Jackson) is exactly the right coach to have to be able to help that player blossom into the type of player he can be based on his potential and the talent level,'' Thomas said of the team's move on the defensive side.

Randall, 25, intercepted four passes last season and has nabbed 10 in three NFL campaigns. He has returned two for scores, one in 2015 and one last season.
Jerry Jones has agreed to pay the NFL more than $2 million in legal fees resulting from two disputes the Dallas Cowboys owner had with the league,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey, a person with direct knowledge of the settlement tells The Associated Press.

The amount to be paid was resolved Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL did not announce details.

Commissioner Roger Goodell held an appeal hearing with Jones on Monday. That came a few days after Goodell assessed the financial penalties for Jones' lawsuit to overturn the suspension of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, and for a lawsuit Jones threatened to stop Goodell's newly approved contract.

Many owners were consulted on seeking restitution,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey, including members of the finance committee. Some finance committee members are on the compensation committee that was at the center of what became a legal back-and-forth over Goodell's deal.

The restitution is rooted in a 1997 resolution that states owners can seek repayment for legal fees if a fellow owner is responsible for getting them involved in legal action.

which came after Elliott was suspended over domestic violence allegations,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey,Jones' attempt to derail Goodell's extension,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey, led to a volley of threatening letters from lawyers for both sides.

Jones said after the owners meetings in December that he got what he wanted with an agreement to consider changes to the power of the commissioner's role through the league's constitution. Jones denied that his attempt to scuttle the contract was tied to Elliott's suspension,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey,After eventually relenting,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, but made repeated references to Goodell's power to punish players.

Jones and the Cowboys were supportive of Elliott's lawsuit,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, which was led by the players' union and resulted in federal court hearings in three states over a span of two months. The suit eventually failed and Elliott served the suspension.

A natural break in the schedule has presented an opportunity to discuss the bigger-picture items on the agenda for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

More specifically, and since beyond, what’s earned a considerable share of the discourse over the last few days has been the looming executive crunch (if you will) that faces the crowded boardroom responsible for building the organization back to, respectability.

As is customary with these new Leafs, the man currently sitting in the general manager’s chair (and at least considered second-in-command in terms of influence behind team president Brendan Shanahan), the public is left to work with incomplete information as it glances toward the future. But as we’re led to believe, will see his contract, Lou Lamoriello, as it was agreed upon,authentic Carey Price jersey, reach its expiration sooner than later once the season has ended.

(It is believed that his current deal does include a natural progression to an advisory role, however,adidas Max Pacioretty jersey, of sorts. Whether he remains in the office or not, decisions on the current arrangement within the managerial hierarchy are indeed imminent.)

It’s entirely possible that Shanahan has already charted out the path,authentic Mike Fisher jersey, and perhaps even handed the mandate down to Lamoriello and the remaining managerial prongs, Kyle Dubas and Mark Hunter.

It’s also entirely possible that he, like the rest of us, isn’t sure just yet on how this will sort out.

Regardless, there’s one course of action that seems to make the most sense for the immediate future — the status quo. And a reminder of why Lamoriello was brought aboard in the first place provides the most sensible rationale.

Lamoriello’s value to the Maple Leafs when the organization made the surprise decision to rescue him from his unwanted role with the New Jersey Devils was as a table-setter for the 31-year-old Dubas. He would use his 30 years of executive experience and relationships forged across NHL circles to carry out the consensuses from the managerial nucleus in Toronto. This, while showing Dubas the managerial ropes.

It’s proven to be quite astute.

Though the arrangement has resulted in some variable organizational behaviour (an apparent change in draft strategy, all together, for one), so far, the group has pushed the right buttons.

Toronto jumped from 30th to 14th in the standings last season, and this year sit sixth in the overall table. And despite the difficult road, the Maple Leafs are certainly in a position to make a meaningful postseason run just two years after winning the rights to the No. 1 pick from the pole position at the draft lottery.

All that’s happened since Lamoriello’s arrival (and with the wreckage before that), however, is light lifting compared to the work that needs to be accomplished in that boardroom this summer.

Lamoriello has been there to complete the teardown, sign big-money free-agent deals and bolster postseason rosters at the deadline. What he hasn’t done is negotiate a long-term contract out of entry level with the face of the franchise., make contracts go bye-bye

Let alone three.

Lamoriello has built a reputation in the NHL as a tough, no-nonsense negotiator. Why would the Maple Leafs waste that expertise, or significantly diminish the leverage he brings by shifting him to a lesser role,adidas Carey Price jersey,authentic Andrew Shaw jersey, before the organization signs the three contracts that will ultimately establish the ceiling for the most promising generation of Maple Leafs hockey in a lifetime?

William Nylander and Mitch Marner needs to begin the moment the Maple Leafs’ postseason run ends. It should be managed in concert — just as it all has for the last 32 months.,The work toward signing long-term agreements with Auston Matthews

If at any point they needed a team or,authentic Max Pacioretty jersey, better yet,authentic P.K Subban jersey, obscurity with regard to role, it’s now.

but one with very limited experience in contract negotiation) and make their first order of business to sign the most important contracts in the club’s 101-year history?,adidas P.K Subban jersey,What sense does it make to rush to promote Dubas (an executive with less time on this planet than Lamoriello has years experience managing an NHL franchise) or Hunter (a proficient scout

What’s more, and a master of muzzling the media?,adidas Mike Fisher jersey, why have them answer for these negotiations when Lamoriello is nothing if not an expert at getting things accomplished in silence

but he was brought in to do a specific job and those duties have not been fully carried out just yet. So his contract expires? If Lamoriello has proven anything in his time with the Maple Leafs it’s that lines can be blurred.,Lamoriello was always a stopgap solution

Until Matthews, Nylander and (to a lesser extent) Marner are signed, it would be a mistake to make the 75-year-old forfeit his position one rung below Shanahan, Hunter, and see either Dubas,adidas Andrew Shaw jersey, or any other candidate fill the vacancy.

What problems arise following Lamoriello’s tenure — whether it’s Lou’s unhappiness with a lesser role, or a mass executive exodus altogether — will pale in comparison to ones brought on by missteps in negotiations this summer., feelings of resentment lower on the ladder
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le'Veon Bell keeps saying he wants to stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers keep saying they want to keep one of the NFL's best running backs in the fold for years to come.

They have until July 16 to make it happen.

The Steelers placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on the two-time All-Pro for a second straight spring on Tuesday,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, putting Bell's long-term status with the club up in the air.

but failed to do so by Tuesday's deadline for teams to use the franchise tag.,Bell, accounted for 1, a two-time All Pro,946 total yards and 11 touchdowns for the AFC North champions in 2017. Both Bell and Steelers management said after the season they hoped to get a contract extension done quickly

Bell is scheduled to make $14.54 million in 2018 if he signs the franchise tender and the two sides are unable to reach an agreement on a new deal. He skipped offseason workouts and training camp last summer before signing the tender on the eve of the regular season. The absence led to a sluggish start,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey, though he was an indispensable part of Pittsburgh's offense once again,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey, breaking his own club record by catching 85 passes.

The 25-year-old made the 2017 All-Pro team at the "flex" position,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey, one he considered a tribute to his versatility. Bell said repeatedly over the past year he believes he's different than other backs in the league and wants to be paid accordingly. He is arguably the best receiving back in the NFL and he's averaged nearly 25 touches a game in five seasons,Authentic Landon Collins Jersey, though he's only been healthy at the end of the year twice. Bell has twice been suspended by the NFL for violations of the substance abuse policy.

Bell turned down a long-term deal with the Steelers last summer and told ESPN in January he would consider retiring if the Steelers used the franchise tag on him again. He backtracked a bit during the Pro Bowl when he said he believed a new contract was in the works. It was a sentiment echoed by both Steelers president Art Rooney II and general manager Kevin Colbert early in the offseason.

Pittsburgh's depth behind Bell is thin. James Conner carried the ball 32 times during his rookie season and the club signed Stevan Ridley at the end of the regular season as insurance. Bell tweeted Monday that regardless of the circumstances he wants to remain with the Steelers.

the city that I became a man in,Womens Landon Collins Jersey,"Pittsburgh: the city that took in a 21-year old kid from small-town Ohio, the city I battled thru adversity in,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey," Bell tweeted. "I love everything about being a Pittsburgh Steeler,Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey, and I want nothing more than to finish the rest of my career in Pitt!"
Los Angeles (AFP) - The National Football League launched an investigation Thursday after a top draft prospect revealed he had been quizzed about his sexuality by team representatives during last week's scouting combine.

Former Louisiana State University running back Derrius Guice told Sirius XM radio he had been subjected to questions about his private life and baited with lurid allegations about his mother.

The 20-year-old said he believed the questions were a test intended to see how he would respond under pressure.

" Guice said. "Some people are really trying to get in your head and test your reaction.,Womens Sean Taylor Jersey,"It was pretty crazy

"I go in one room, and a team will ask me 'do I like men,Womens Amari Cooper Jersey,' just to see my reaction. I go in another room,Authentic Joe Montana Jersey, they'll try to bring up one of my family members or something and tell me,Authentic Jerry Rice Jersey, 'Hey,Authentic Marshawn Lynch Jersey, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?'"

which said it had opened an investigation into the issue.,Womens Jerry Rice Jersey,The revelations drew a stern response from the NFL on Thursday

" the league said.,Womens Joe Montana Jersey,"A question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies

state and federal laws and the CBA. We are looking into the matter.",Authentic Amari Cooper Jersey,"The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees in a manner that is consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusion

offering them a platform to showcase their athletic skills before team scouts.,Womens Marshawn Lynch Jersey,The NFL's scouting combine brings together the top prospects in the draft

Teams also get the opportunity to speak to players to evaluate their character -- and intrusive questioning is sometimes used to see how players respond.

The NFL Players Association meanwhile said the team representatives who spoke to Guice should be barred from future scouting combines as a penalty.

" NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said.,Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey,"Find out what team did it and ban them from the Combine

"The question is inappropriate. Questions along these lines are always inappropriate."

Controversy over inappropriate questions put to draft prospects has flared before.

now New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple said he was asked if he was gay during a pre-draft interview with Atlanta Falcons assistant coach Marquand Manuel.,Womens Reuben Foster Jersey,In 2016

Manuel later issued an apology after the NFL deemed the question "disappointing and clearly inappropriate."

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was asked by then-Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland whether his mother was a prostitute.,Authentic Sean Taylor Jersey,In 2010
The Pittsburgh Steelers now appear likely to use the franchise tag on running back Le'Veon Bell by Tuesday's deadline.

$40 million deal in 2017 before playing last season under the franchise marker.,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey,Bell was frustrated by negotiations last year and turned down a reported five-year

The Steelers had been hopeful they would be able to reach an agreement with Bell before the March 6 franchise tag-deadline.

Bell said during Pro Bowl week in January that he was optimistic the two sides were approaching a long-term agreement.

Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert told reporters last Wednesday in Indianapolis that the team is "(trying) to figure out common ground" with Bell's representatives at the NFL Scouting Combine.

according to sources informed of the situation.,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey,But NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Steelers are expected to franchise tag Bell barring a dramatic turn in talks

franchising Bell would cost around $14.5 million for 2018. Bell earned a base salary of $12.12 million last season after the Steelers placed an exclusive tag on him.,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey,If the two sides are unable to reach a deal

he would play under the one-year tender once again.,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey,The Steelers and Bell have until July 16 to work on a long-term deal. If a deal is not struck by that deadline

Bell,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey, 26,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, will be entering his sixth NFL season in 2018. The two-time first-team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler has rushed for 5,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey,336 yards and 35 touchdowns over 62 games. His TD total ranks third on the Steelers' all-time rushing scores list and his yardage total ranks fourth.

Last season,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, Bell rushed for 1,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey,291 yards and nine TDs in 15 games.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le'Veon Bell keeps saying he wants to stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers keep saying they want to keep one of the NFL's best running backs in the fold for years to come.

They have until July 16 to make it happen.

The Steelers placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on the two-time All-Pro for a second straight spring on Tuesday,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, putting Bell's long-term status with the club up in the air.

Bell,Authentic Cam Newton Jersey, accounted for 1,Womens Luke Kuechly Jersey, a two-time All Pro,Authentic Walter Payton Jersey,946 total yards and 11 touchdowns for the AFC North champions in 2017. Both Bell and Steelers management said after the season they hoped to get a contract extension done quickly, but failed to do so by Tuesday's deadline for teams to use the franchise tag.

though he was an indispensable part of Pittsburgh's offense once again,Womens Walter Payton Jersey,Bell is scheduled to make $14.54 million in 2018 if he signs the franchise tender and the two sides are unable to reach an agreement on a new deal. He skipped offseason workouts and training camp last summer before signing the tender on the eve of the regular season. The absence led to a sluggish start, breaking his own club record by catching 85 passes.

one he considered a tribute to his versatility. Bell said repeatedly over the past year he believes he's different than other backs in the league and wants to be paid accordingly. He is arguably the best receiving back in the NFL and he's averaged nearly 25 touches a game in five seasons,Womens Cam Newton Jersey,The 25-year-old made the 2017 All-Pro team at the "flex" position,Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey, though he's only been healthy at the end of the year twice. Bell has twice been suspended by the NFL for violations of the substance abuse policy.

Bell turned down a long-term deal with the Steelers last summer and told ESPN in January he would consider retiring if the Steelers used the franchise tag on him again. He backtracked a bit during the Pro Bowl when he said he believed a new contract was in the works. It was a sentiment echoed by both Steelers president Art Rooney II and general manager Kevin Colbert early in the offseason.

Pittsburgh's depth behind Bell is thin. James Conner carried the ball 32 times during his rookie season and the club signed Stevan Ridley at the end of the regular season as insurance. Bell tweeted Monday that regardless of the circumstances he wants to remain with the Steelers.

"Pittsburgh: the city that took in a 21-year old kid from small-town Ohio,Womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, the city that I became a man in,Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey, the city I battled thru adversity in,Womens Jordan Howard Jersey," Bell tweeted. "I love everything about being a Pittsburgh Steeler, and I want nothing more than to finish the rest of my career in Pitt!"
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All that's left of the 2018 NFL scouting combine is for the deepest class of defensive backs ever to attend the
annual assembly of college prospects to wrap up their testing and timing Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium.


, they'll join the other hopefuls in returning home to prepare for their pro days,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey, team visits and the NFL draft in Arlington,Then,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey, Texas

next month.

Here's a look at some of the highlights and lowlights of this year's combine:

BARKLEY BLOWS IT UP : Penn State running back Saquon Barkley exceeded lofty expectations in Indianapolis. His 29 reps on the bench press
bested Luke Kuechly's 27. His 4.4 time in the 40-yard dash was better than Ezekiel Elliott's 4.47 and his 41-inch vertical jump was higher
than Odell Beckham Jr.'s 38?.

I'm not surprised," said Nittany Lions linebacker Jason Cabinda,"Oh no, saying he's seen that kind of dogged determination every day out
of Barkley, who could go anywhere in the top five picks depending on the run on quarterbacks.

I'm going to come in with my head low ready
," Barkley said, "but I don't care if I'm drafted 1,"I'm competitive, 5 or 72 or the last pick

to work."

GREAT GRIFFIN : Shaquem Griffin did 20 reps on the bench press with a prosthetic left hand in what was by far the best feel-good story of
the combine.


," acknowledged Griffin, who almost doubled his previous high of 11 reps and surpassed the 17 his twin brother,"My goal was six, Shaquille

managed at last year's combine before the Seattle Seahawks selected the speedy cornerback in the third round.

Griffin is expected to be a mid-rounder like his brother.

"This is a legitimate football player," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. "He's an energy giver."

conversely,One who,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey, fed off the hoots and hollers during his bench press.

"Everybody in the stands was hyping me up. I got the guys I'm here with hyping me up. It felt amazing,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey," Griffin said.

JACK OF ONE TRADE : Louisville QB Lamar Jackson showed off a strong arm and excellent footwork but also some inconsistency while throwing
to receivers Saturday. What he didn't do was run routes.

Many wonder if the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner might be best suited as an NFL receiver,Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey, but he insists he's "strictly a quarterback."

Mayock called Jackson the best and most fascinating athlete in this year's draft, noting that while his passing game needs plenty of
polish, he's going to have an immediate impact running the football.

"He's Michael Vick," Mayock said. "He has as good a pair of legs as anybody in the history of the game. And he's going to win games with
his legs."

DARNOLD'S DODGE : USC quarterback Sam Darnold refused to throw at the combine, preferring to show off his arm at his upcoming pro day with
receivers he's used to playing with.

"I was a little disappointed Darnold didn't throw," Mayock said. "You get a chance to show off a little bit here. This is all about
competition. I wonder in his heart of hearts if he missed competing (Saturday). Because the other guys went out and ripped it pretty good.

"I thought Josh Allen put on a show."

a possible first-rounder,HURST GOES HOME : Michigan defensive lineman Maurice Hurst Jr., was kept out of drills at the combine after
doctors reportedly red-flagged a heart condition. Hurst told Utah defensive lineman Lowell Lotulelei that he had been diagnosed with the
same heart condition as Lotulelei's older brother, Star.

a 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle,Hurst, had 59 tackles and 5? sacks last season. He also had 13 tackles for loss and has been
considered one component of a deep class of defensive tackles in this year's draft.

BAD, BAD ORLANDO BROWN JR. : The only thing that went well for Oklahoma's massive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. was the vote of confidence from
his Heisman Trophy-winning teammate.

"When are you ever going to watch Orlando Brown run 40 yards down the field?" quarterback Baker Mayfield asked. "You can watch last year's
tape and see he allowed zero sacks. I'd say that's pretty important for a left tackle."

It sure is.

too,But measures matter,Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey, and Brown's wretched week will surely cause him to slide down draft boards: He managed just 14 reps on the bench
press, lumbered though the 40-yard dash in 5.85 seconds and put up historically poor numbers in the broad and vertical jumps.

but if he falls to the second round,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey,THIN AT TACKLE : Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey is projected as a late first-rounder,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey, this year's NFL
draft would be the first one in more than a half century without an offensive tackle taken in the first round.

The last time that happened was in 1965,Womens Julio Jones Jersey, and there were only 11 first-round picks that year. The last time a tackle wasn't selected in the
top 32 picks was in 1960,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey, when Len Rohde of Utah State went to the San Francisco 49ers with the 38th overall selection in the fifth round.
N.Y. -- With a three-game losing streak and a disappointing loss in Saturday's outdoor game against the Washington Capitals,BUFFALO,adidas Juuse Saros jersey, a
game against the lowly Buffalo Sabres is coming at the right time for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Maple Leafs (39-21-7) will visit their border rivals on Monday night.

Toronto received a wake-up call in the loss to the Capitals,Authentic Viktor Arvidsson jersey, where Washington scored shortly after each of Toronto's goals. The Maple
Leafs eventually fell 5-2. Before that,Authentic Jordan Eberle jersey, Toronto had an overtime loss to the Florida Panthers and a shootout loss to the Tampa Bay
Lightning.

" Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said,Authentic Jaroslav Halak jersey,"(The Capitals) look at us and they still think we're kids, according to the team's website. "And it
looked like we were kids out there. I thought they smacked us around and forechecked us. I didn't think we executed at all."

The Maple Leafs are still in a fine position overall, having won 13 of their previous 15 games before the three-game losing streak
developed. They acquired longtime Montreal Canadiens veteran Tomas Plekanec before the trade deadline and are aiming to make a playoff run
this postseason once they right the ship.

Toronto will once again be without top playmaker Auston Matthews because of a shoulder injury, but Matthews is reportedly making progress
and nearing a return.

36 assists). William Nylander has 49 points (14 goals,Mitchell Marner leads the Maple Leafs in points with 53 points (17 goals, 35
.920 save percentage) and Curtis McElhinney (13 games played,assists) this season. Both Frederik Anderson (55 games played,Authentic Juuse Saros jersey, .931 save
percentage) have been solid all season for the Leafs between the pipes.

The Sabres (20-34-11) are coming off a lackluster 4-1 loss to the Panthers on Friday night,adidas Viktor Arvidsson jersey, which came after back-to-back wins over two of
the better teams in the league in the Boston Bruins and Lightning. Buffalo has shown some signs of life throughout the second half of the
even without top playmaker Jack Eichel,season,adidas Jordan Eberle jersey, but has repeatedly reverted to its previous form.

It's actually the first meeting of the year for the rivals,adidas Jaroslav Halak jersey, which adds some anticipation for both sides.

" Sabres forward Jason Pominville said, according to the team's website. "In the past,"It's weird the way the schedule is built, it feels
like we have always played them late a little bit but to have not played them at this point home or away is definitely different and
something we're not used to.

"For me, it's been a while so I'm interested to see if it's still the same way where their fans manage to get tickets in here and be
pretty loud. It should be a pretty good atmosphere."

Backup Chad Johnson will return in net for the Sabres after a disappointing outing by Robin Lehner against the Panthers during the
weekend. Johnson has a save percentage of .896 in 25 games this year but has played well in net for the Sabres lately.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- For Clemson receiver Deon Cain, there's nothing tedious about all the timing and testing at the NFL scouting combine.

''It's a great feeling because I'm starting to get into this professional life and I'm loving it every day,'' Cain said.

Cain impressed coaches Saturday with his superior speed and great hands, traits that were particularly apparent in the gauntlet drill at
Lucas Oil Stadium.

That's where receivers stand on one sideline, spin and catch a pass from 10 yards away,Womens Allen Robinson Jersey, then spin and catch one from the other direction.
Then,Womens Joey Bosa Jersey, they sprint toward the other sideline, catching five more 10-yard passes from alternating directions before coming back the other
way,Authentic Melvin Ingram Jersey, catching another seven throws.

While Cain was eager to show off his skills Saturday during the on-field sessions with quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends,Womens Dalvin Cook Jersey, he
said he's actually enjoyed every aspect of the annual gathering of top college prospects.

''This combine experience has been fun for me. At the end of the day, I love every moment about it,'' Cain said. ''Just trying to take
everything day by day, going through this process, meeting new people, talking to coaches, being around Hall of Famers every day.''

Cain had a goal of running a sub-4.4-second 40-yard dash after all the speed work he did over the last six weeks at the Exos performance
center in Phoenix, where he added 10 pounds of lean muscle to his 6-foot-1 frame.

He did just that, posting a time of 4.3 seconds Saturday before showing off his route-running skills during the hour-long session that
included top-tier quarterbacks Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson .

''I feel like Exos really prepared me for this moment,'' said Cain, who also posted respectable jumps - 33+ inches in the vertical and 9
feet, 7 inches in the broad. ''We train hard, train well with great efficiency, prepping me for interviews and everything. I feel like
they gave us the upper hand, the answers to the test out here and now it's just a routine.

''I'm out here trying my best out here and just trying to do what I know I'm capable of doing.''

Cain, a projected second-day draft pick, played three seasons at Clemson and was productive receiver for a team that made three playoff
appearances and played in two national championship games.

Cain played in only one of those national championship games. After the regular season of his freshman year, he was suspended for the
College Football Playoff by Tigers coach Dabo Swinney for failing a drug test for marijuana.

Knowing that would come up in interviews with teams this week,Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey, Cain prepared to face the scrutiny with honesty,Authentic Joey Bosa Jersey, eager to show that's not
an issue teams need to worry about.

''It's been great so far, really just getting to know all the coaches,Womens Melvin Ingram Jersey, let them get a good feel of me,Authentic Dalvin Cook Jersey, and just show them that I'm smart
off the field,Authentic Dan Fouts Jersey, smart on the field and I know football both ways, and really just let them get feel of me,'' Cain said.

On the field, he said he's showing teams he's versatile, coachable and confident yet humble.

''I can do it all. If you want me to play inside,Womens Dan Fouts Jersey, outside. If you want me to go down and block, I can do anything. I said I'm capable of
doing anything,'' he said.

And he pledged to never stop trying to improve.

''Now that I'm going on to the next level, I always want to be better and more technically sound because now you're just going against way
better DBs now,'' Cain said.

Whoever picks him, he said, will ''get an efficient, hard worker, someone who will go hard every play. I'm just going to be me out there,
as long as they let me be me and coach me the right way, they're going to get a great receiver.''
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Minkah Fitzpatrick understands the value of his skill set.

At 6-foot-1, he hits like a safety. His speed, 201 pounds, hip movement and feet might make him more tailored to cornerback.

So the Alabama star is spending this weekend explaining to NFL scouts he can excel at either, both or some combination of the positions.

''It's a different kind of position,'' said Fitzpatrick, kind of like a combination between safety and corner,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey, describing the slot corner
spot he played in college. ''I like to play both safety and corner,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, so I think slot corner is optimal for my abilities.''

If true, Fitzpatrick would be one of the rarest commodities in football - a tweener with an actual fit.

it's because team executives
,Womens Landon Collins Jersey,Traditionally when players at the NFL's annual scouting combine are explaining what position suits them best

aren't sure where they should play and the player's draft stock sinks.

But Fitzpatrick's physical gifts could make him a trend-setter in a league that has become increasingly more pass-happy and places a
premium on versatility.

He was recruited as a true cornerback, won the starting job and never relinquished it. Coach
, moved to slot corner before the 2015 season

one-on-one.,Nick Saban was so impressed he usually paired Fitzpatrick on the opponent's top receiver

It didn't take long for Fitzpatrick to make an impact.

he earned first-team All-American honors in 2016 and 2017.,After being selected to the SEC's all-freshman team in 2015

where teams are trying to figure out what Saban once did - the best place for Fitzpatrick to play.,Now he's off to the NFL

nickel and dime linebacker,''I think he could play all six defensive back positions. Both corners,'' NFL Network draft
, both safeties

is that a good thing or a bad thing? I've had a couple
,analyst Mike Mayock said Saturday. ''He's the only guy I can say that about. Now

is he a difference-maker? Is he a nickel? Where's his ball production?' He had six picks two years ago,of coaches say to me, but
, 'Hey

only had one this year. But I look at (his versatility) as a positive.''

Mayock's sentiment may explain why Fitzpatrick appears to have a slight edge on his competition right now. He's projected to be a top-five
pick.

Some expect Ohio State's Denzel Ward,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey, to be selected in the top 10 with Florida State safety Derwin James the only
, a true cornerback

other defensive back tabbed for the top 20.

The workouts in Indianapolis,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, will help determined the actual pecking order in April., which conclude Monday

But one thing working in Fitzpatrick's favor: work ethic.

he sometimes helped his father fix trucks.,Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey,While growing up in New Jersey

Fitzpatrick helped his parents rebuild.,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey,After the family's home collapsed during Hurricane Irene in 2011


,Authentic Landon Collins Jersey,And when the Catholic high school he attended provided peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to students who couldn't afford school lunches

Fitzpatrick ate them up.

So when he arrived at the combine, the reality finally hit., less than two months away from possibly hitting a multimillion-dollar jackpot

I was laying in bed,''It's really crazy, looked up at the ceiling and just
,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I remember the second I got here

started smiling.''

it's been a long trek here for Fitzpatrick and his family.,Yes

Yet he hasn't forgotten his blue-collar roots, so far., his humble perspective on life or his passion for football. It's served him well

''I think he's going to go out there and run like a corner, and if you're a defensive coordinator and take him
, have the size of a safety

is he my nickel? Or is he a piece
,in the top 10, you've got to have a plan, is he my corner,'' Mayock said. ''What is he? Is he my safety

that I can match up week to week against a big wideout or a tight end? How you use him is ultimately going to determine the value of
him.''
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer hopes quarterback Teddy Bridgewater remains with him at the NFL franchise amid doubts over his future.

The Vikings enter the 2018 offseason with plenty of uncertainty at quarterback and Zimmer knows it. Neither 2015 starter Bridgewater, 2016 starter Sam Bradford nor 2017 starter Case Keenum is under contract for next season.

" Zimmer said at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday. "We have a lot of question marks.","It's really the $64, can Teddy get back to where he was,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey,000 question for all three of those guys. Can Sam stay healthy, can Case do what he did again

he entered 2016 with a lot of optimism,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey,Bridgewater was a first-round pick of the Vikings in 2014 and was named the NFL Rookie of the Year. Following a Pro Bowl season in 2015,Womens Landon Collins Jersey, but a career-threatening knee injury cost him the season and most of 2017.

"I love Teddy. I've said that before. He is a competitor; he's got the heart of a Lion," Zimmer said. "I'm hopeful for Teddy. I hope he has an outstanding career and I hope that it's with me."

877 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions.,Following Bridgewater's knee injury, the Vikings traded for Bradford, who went on to lead the NFL with a 71.6 per cent completion rate and threw for 3

but his own knee injury forced him to the sidelines during a week-two win over the Chicago Bears. Enter Keenum,Bradford began this past season as the starter, who was brilliant in helping lead the Vikings to an NFC North title and a berth in the NFC championship game.

so it's important that we don't lose the defensive part of the game because we keep the game close. So all these things become a factor.","We have to figure out what is the best scenario for us with these three guys, and I want to make sure with our team that we continue to build and improve,Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey," Zimmer said. "We've won 40 games in the last four years because we've had a good football team,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey, continually improve on defense... We're 30-4 when we score 21 points

Zimmer said bringing back one or all of the three quarterbacks is "definitely" under consideration,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, but the Vikings are also vying for the services of Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.

" he added. "But I feel very confident really in all three guys. I love all three of them. They're great people. I love how they work. They understand how we do things there as a team and the way we go about our business.",Authentic Landon Collins Jersey,"After we get here, after we get done looking at some of these young draftable guys, so we'll kind of sit down and figure out the direction we're going

don't get to see him play in real,Zimmer continued: "Teddy is a guy that two years ago played fantastic. We thought he was a very ascending player. Obviously has a terrible knee injury, live action in basically two years. So there's the question with him.

so you go back and look at his track record.,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey,"The question with Sam is two years ago he plays in 15 games, plays well. This year, starts, he plays in one game and gets hurt

"You go back with Case. He plays outstanding this year, and you go back and look at what he's done in the past and what he's done this year. Then really what we have to try to do is figure out what is the best scenario for us and understanding that trying to answer these questions on these three guys and try to go from there.

"So that's with[general manager Rick Spielman] and myself and[executive vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski] and how it affects the salary cap and how it affects the rest of our football team."
If their 0-16 record in 2017 is any indication, the Cleveland Browns need help.

And they could add some potentially big contributors in the draft: Cleveland owns not just the top pick but also No. 4 thanks to last year’s trade with the Houston Texans; also thanks to that swap, the Browns have the Nos. 33 and 35 picks in the second round.

Or…they could be wheelers and dealers.

Speaking to media at the NFL scouting combine, general manager John Dorsey said “My door is wide open” when it comes to trading the top pick.

“Give me a call and see what’s up,Womens Amari Cooper Jersey,” Dorsey added.

there are several players available this season that scouts and evaluators believe are potential franchise quarterbacks,Coach Hue Jackson gave indications last year that he isn’t completely sold on the quarterback the Browns drafted in 2017,Authentic Joe Montana Jersey, or at least challenge him in the coming season,Authentic Jerry Rice Jersey, DeShone Kizer. If Cleveland wanted to replace Kizer,Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey, and a couple of them would likely still be available at No. 4 if the Browns held onto that spot.

But the potential bumper crop of QBs could also work against the Browns.

but the Colts at No. 3 have both a top quarterback in Andrew Luck and a more-than-serviceable backup in Jacoby Brissett.,There seems to be a consensus that Josh Allen,Authentic Sean Taylor Jersey, Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen are the top prospects at the position. The Giants at No. 2 may take a quarterback given Eli Manning’s age

the Jets at No. 6 are in desperate need of a quarterback, which holds No. 5, though they also could be major players in free agency with Kirk Cousins available. Like the Broncos,Denver, is certainly in the market for a quarterback, so they could be willing to trade up if they are convinced there’s one player they want more than any other.

affirmed on Wednesday that Mitchell Trubisky is their future at the position.,The Buccaneers at No. 7 seemingly have their quarterback in Jameis Winston,Authentic Marshawn Lynch Jersey, and the team at No. 8,Authentic Amari Cooper Jersey, the Bears

the Raiders, at No. 9,Womens Marshawn Lynch Jersey, and the team at No. 10,Womens Joe Montana Jersey,San Francisco,Womens Jerry Rice Jersey, just made a major commitment to Jimmy Garoppolo,Womens Sean Taylor Jersey, have Derek Carr.

especially since each has a veteran in place who could hold the fort for 2018 while the rookie learns the ropes.,However, the next three teams – the Dolphins,Womens Reuben Foster Jersey, Bengals and Washington – could all be in the market for a quarterback of the future

few were expecting them to move up to take Trubisky,Would that mean moving up 10-plus spots and selling off future picks? Anything is possible. Remember last year, $45 million free-agent contract, after the Bears gave Mike Glennon a three-year, but they did.

At any rate, Dorsey is open to trading – he just needs a possible partner.
Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant grinding away with teammates.,CLEMSON, early morning workouts last month when he saw starting defensive linemen Christian Wilkins, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney did a double take the first day of the offseason

the three all came back to the Tigers and led the way Wednesday as Clemson opened spring workouts.,Many, expected the trio of all-Atlantic Coast Conference linemen to be training for the NFL combine after giving up college for the pros. Instead, including Swinney

'' Swinney said.,Womens Julio Jones Jersey,''They're back with a purpose

And perhaps a chip on their shoulders.

Wilkins and Ferrell even popping up in several top 10s as can't miss players at the next level. Instead,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey,All three were projected by many NFL mock draft boards to be first-round material,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey, none of them got first-round grades, Swinney said,Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey, meaning they could see their stellar futures muddled by middle-round selections.

The 6-foot-4, 265, 300-pound Wilkins and 6-5, at 6-5, 260-pound Ferrell were first-team all-ACC picks this season. Bryant, was named to the second team. Add in Clemson's other starter in massive and nimble (340 pounds) tackle Dexter Lawrence and the Tigers have a chance to see all of them go in the early rounds of the 2019 NFL draft .

one internet projector has the quartet all going among the first 24 picks two drafts from now.,Indeed

Clemson was tied with Southern Cal for most sacks last season at 46.

Ferrell led the team with 9 1/2 sacks with Bryant right behind at 8 1/2. Wilkins had 4 1/2 sacks. Bryant topped the Tigers with 15 1/2 of the team's tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

'' Ferrell said. ''I weighed it back and forth and I'm excited to get going.'',''I prayed on it and I'm happy with my decision

'' he said. ''I can leave a legacy in a place like this.'',Bryant was not bitter when his NFL grade came back outside the first round. He said he views it as an opportunity to max out his physical potential. ''I thought if I came back and put the work in I could help myself

The three took their time in choosing with Bryant and Ferrell announcing at the team's final banquet the Saturday before the Monday deadline for entering the NFL draft. Wilkins, who has graduated,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey, took things down the final hours before deciding for a final year with the Tigers - and giving Clemson opponents another season of figuring out to stop perhaps the fiercest front line in college football.

'' Swinney said.,Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey,''They all know they've got the chance to do something special

Anything this season would simply add to their successful resume. They've all been part of three straight ACC titles and CFP playoff appearances. Of course,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey, all were key to Clemson's dramatic,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey, 35-31 victory over No. 1 Alabama to win the 2016 national championship.

but fell 24-6 to this year's national champ Alabama at the Sugar Bowl in the CFP semis.,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey,The Tigers hoped to make it two straight national crowns this year

much the way Clemson's 2015 title game loss to Alabama infused the Tigers' drive to the title the next year.,Wilkins believes that loss will serve as motivation to take things further this season

Bryant was most surprised when Wilkins returned. ''I thought if anybody left,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey, he'd be the one to leave,'' Bryant said. ''But he didn't think it was right. He thought he could improve himself as well. I know he can do because we've got a big ceiling.''

One that could land all four of Clemson's defensive line starters at the top of NFL draft boards come 2019.

Ferrell hears from former teammates like safety Van Smith and receiver Deon Cain who gave up their eligibility for the NFL draft who tease him about having to go through offseason training and spring drills once more.

'' Ferrell said. ''They made the best decision for them. I made the best decision for me.'',''I'm happy for them
While it remains to be seen if Rogers Arena will have hockey games played there in June 2019,Authentic Tomas Tatar jersey, the NHL will be setting up shop at the rink for next year’s entry draft on the 21st and 22nd of that month as the franchise celebrates its 50th season. Commissioner Gary Bettman was on hand in Vancouver on Wednesday to make the announcement official.

the majority of players who will be selected that weekend were born in 2001.),adidas Gustav Nyquist jersey,(If you want to feel old

At the moment, the Canucks own all seven of their selections for the 2019 draft. That could change,Authentic Jonathan Drouin jersey, of course,Authentic Gustav Nyquist jersey, depending on how general manager Jim Benning decides to move forward with his rebuild.

which saw Erik Johnson,adidas Aleksander Barkov jersey,The Canucks last hosted the draft in 2006,adidas Jonathan Drouin jersey, Jordan Staal,adidas Pekka Rinne jersey, Jonathan Toews, Nicklas Backstrom and Phil Kessel go in the top five and Mathieu Perreault (No. 177) and Leo Komarov (No. 180) go late in the sixth round. Defenseman Alex Biega, who the Canucks gave a two-year extension to on Wednesday,Authentic Aleksander Barkov jersey, went No. 147 to the Buffalo Sabres.

That was also the weekend that the Canucks acquired Roberto Luongo from the Florida Panthers and the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Tuukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft.

Rogers Arena will also host the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, so fans can get a look at top prospects like Jack Hughes,adidas Tomas Tatar jersey, Bowen Byram,Authentic Pekka Rinne jersey, Dylan Cozens, Kaapo Kakko and Cole Caulfield before they become property of NHL franchises.

The 2018 NHL draft will be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas June 22-23.
 
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