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and he flunked the arm test.,Jerick McKinnon didn't fare well in the eyeball test

the University of Illinois, the 49ers' new lead runner had exactly one suitor,Womens Joe Namath Jersey, from a large college program. Illinois was interested in him as a defensive back and one day sent an assistant coach to his Marietta,When he was in high school,Womens Howie Long Jersey, Ga., high school expressly to measure McKinnon's arms.

They were short.

Illinois ended up giving the scholarship to another defensive back prospect from the Chicago area with longer arms. McKinnon is now in the NFL and recently signed his second contract; the kid from Chicago isn't.

The lesson – and one that McKinnon has administered several times since – is that the experts were sizing up the wrong thing.

Billy Shackelford,"He's an exceptionally hard worker,Authentic Derek Carr Jersey," McKinnon's high school coach, said. "And I'm not saying this because he's arrived and he's in the NFL now and all that. I told people this when he was a young, undersized kid I was trying to sell to colleges: There's not going to be a kid on your football program that's going to outwork him."

he's 3 inches shorter and 25 pounds lighter than the 49ers' top running back the last three seasons, Carlos Hyde.,That attribute is directly related to McKinnon's perceived weakness: He never was very impressive to behold. At just under 5-foot-9

he had quick feet and soft hands, better kids playing quarterback and running back., the coach called him "Blow Pop" because his head sat upon a skinny, stick-like frame like a lollipop. Sure,When Shackelford first met him, he was moonlighting on the junior varsity team because Sprayberry High School had bigger, but even as a junior

" Shackelford said. "Why is that? Because he wasn't our best guy yet.","This is a guy who's an NFL running back who was not starting at running back for us

clack, McKinnon realized he could use the weight room to catch up to – and surpass – his peers. The click, clank of the gym became the soundtrack to his life. No one was more dedicated,But at some point between his junior and senior years, and by college, he was lifting more than the offensive linemen who were more than 100 pounds heavier than him.

McKinnon's coach at Georgia Southern, had to do the opposite.,Most coaches have to relentlessly prod their players to train harder. Jeff Monken

'Look,"There came a point in his career in college where we just shut him down," Monken said. "It was, you're strong enough,' and frankly some of the squats weights – he was putting up high 500 (pounds) in the squat and he didn't need to go to 600 to prove to us he was strong enough. We wanted him to retain that power but not get him hurt."

Both Shackelford and Monken had the same issue when trying to send McKinnon to the next level: No one was clear on how they should use him.

" ' " Shackelford said. "I don't even know what the hell that means. It was, 'He's kind of between a (defensive back) and a receiver and a running back.' ",Womens Leonard Williams Jersey,"I heard this word a bunch: 'He's a "tweener

which at the time was a Football Championship Subdivision program. But in the school's triple-option attack, while running for 1, at slot and at receiver. In one game early in his college tenure, he was more runner than thrower. He attempted 17 passes his entire senior season,Womens Bo Jackson Jersey, for example, at wing back,Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey,Monken recruited McKinnon to play quarterback at Georgia Southern,050 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns on the ground. He lined up at quarterback, McKinnon even started at cornerback and came away with two interceptions.

master of none,Womens Khalil Mack Jersey," his pre-draft profile on NFL.com read. "Would benefit from focusing on one position and will require some time to develop.",The NFL wasn't quite sure what to make of him. "Jack of all trades

at best,Womens Derek Carr Jersey,That report thought he'd be, change-of-pace-type runner.,Authentic Howie Long Jersey, a seventh-round selection. The Vikings instead took him in the third round but for four seasons mostly used him as a third-down

however, is precisely why Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers pursued him so aggressively in free agency.,McKinnon's versatility

a more traditional running back, something that Hyde, couldn't supply. On many snaps,Shanahan was seeking someone who could run between tackles and catch passes equally well, McKinnon will operate like a conventional tailback. On others, the 49ers will line him up out wide like a receiver and hope the defense sends a 245-pound linebacker to cover him.

" Shanahan said. "Because he plays running back and receiver and tight end – he does all that. You use him the same way you use all these positions. He's a very good running back. But he also brings a lot of other stuff to the table.","Everyone talks about running back and stuff – they need a new position to name people

where his older brother,Back in high school, McKinnon received no offers from Football Bowl Subdivision schools and no interest from the powerful Southeastern Conference teams he grew up watching. That included the University of Florida, Lester Norwood, played.

" he said. "I wasn't one of the top guys that they were giving offers, scholarships to. I was more of a 'we'll wait-and-see' type guy.","I pretty much was on the back burner

McKinnon spent the next four years making those schools sorry for putting him on hold.

he was part of a rushing attack that rolled up 302 yards against mighty Alabama. The next year, he ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns versus Georgia.,In 2011

where McKinnon had sat in the stands watching his brother.,He saved his biggest blow for last. Georgia Southern closed out the 2013 season at Florida

000 in exchange for what was expected to be a mere tune-up for the Gators' upcoming match against rival Florida State.,It was what's known in college football as a "money game." Georgia Southern received $550

however,The Eagles,Authentic Joe Namath Jersey, McKinnon rushed for 125 yards and scored the winning touchdown on an outside run with 2:57 remaining., took the money and ran all over the heavily favored home team. In his final college game

" Shanahan said. "When you're the best player on the field for Georgia Southern playing against Florida in Gainesville and they're having a hard time tackling you? That says a lot about the guy.",Authentic Bo Jackson Jersey,"I remember watching that and I remember thinking he was the best one on the field

Shackelford said anyone doubting whether McKinnon is big enough to be San Francisco's lead runner ought to remember what happened in college.

" Shackelford said. "They think he's a third-down guy. And I'll be very frank with you: It pisses him off. It makes him mad. It's what all the colleges told him out of high school: He wasn't big enough. And I hope everyone says he's not big enough. Because all that's going to do is make him an absolute dog for the 49ers.",Authentic Leonard Williams Jersey,"A lot of people don't think he's a three-down back
The Raiders are now on a punter hunt, a surprising turn considering Marquette King was locked up long-term.

King was released Friday afternoon with three years left on a contract extension signed in 2016. His loss gave the Raiders $2.9 million in salary cap space and an immediate positional need.

originally signed to help King get through the offseason program. The UC Davis alum has no NFL playing experience,Colby Wadman is the only punter on the Raiders roster, with only rookie minicamp tryouts with the Raiders and Indianapolis Colts last year to his credit.

The free agent well is virtually dry. Brad Wing the only active punter who had a job last year left on the street. He was analytics site Pro Football Focus' lowest-rated punter a year ago.

some with vast potential. The Raiders have a glut of later-round selections,There are more options in the NFL Draft,Womens Jordan Hicks Jersey, including two in the fifth round and four more in the sixth.

The Raiders could certainly find some quality with those picks,Womens Isaac Seumalo Jersey, and pay far less for a punter than King might've cost. The Raiders are right up against the NFL salary cap,Authentic LeGarrette Blount Jersey, and needed to create space for their roster overhaul. They also must budget for paying their draft class,Womens Derek Barnett Jersey, meaning a few more veterans might get cut in coming weeks.

Texas' Michael Dickson is NFL.com's highest-rated punter in the draft – he also won 2017's Ray Guy award -- and the site suggests he could be had in the fourth round. That seems a smidge high,Womens LeGarrette Blount Jersey, though Alabama's JK Scott is well reviewed, with a fifth-round departure expected. Bowling Green's Joseph Davidson and Florida's Johnny Townsend are rated high.

seeing great potential and Shane Lechler's heir apparent.,Authentic Derek Barnett Jersey,The Raiders signed King as an undrafted free agent

and clearly have someone in mind to take King's spot.,Authentic Isaac Seumalo Jersey,Authentic Wendell Smallwood Jersey,The Raiders didn't blindly make this move

Raiders specialists will have a new look this year,Womens Wendell Smallwood Jersey, with Andrew DePaola replacing long-time long snapper Jon Condo. Giorgio Tavecchio also retained Sebastian Janikowski's job as Raiders kicker,Authentic Trey Burton Jersey, one just before 2017 and held all year.
The MMQB is teaming up with Pro Football Focus for The MMQB Draft Preview Show With PFF,Womens Cam Newton Jersey, these guys are going to be breaking down every position in this talented draft class.,Womens Luke Kuechly Jersey, exclusively airing on SI TV In the weeks leading up to the 2018 NFL draft in Dallas

On the third episode,Authentic Walter Payton Jersey, Sam Monson and Mike Renner are ranking the edge defenders., Pro Football Focus’s Steve Palazzolo

Coming in at No. 5 in their rankings is LSU’s Arden Key. Key excelled in his first two seasons (2015 and ’16) at LSU, where he weighed in at 240 pounds,Authentic Cam Newton Jersey, but his junior season was stunted by shoulder surgery. He has the burst and bend that teams are looking for from an edge player,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, teams are wondering whether the 6' 6" edge rusher can he create the power needed stand up to NFL offensive lineman with his slight build. To top it off,Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey, but after the combine,Womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, Key’s red flags are fluttering around him—he took a personal leave from LSU in Spring 2017—but there’s no doubt that he could potentially be a steal if he falls in the draft.

At No. 4 is Oklahoma’s Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. The bendy pure edge rusher left a mark at the Senior Bowl,Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey, but questions linger about his size and scheme fit—he doesn’t have a ton of the measurables that teams look for.,Womens Jordan Howard Jersey, coming out as the highest-rated defender in the game. He can play at the highest level consistently

plays with immense power and can dominate at the point of attack. His tape shows off how he can just destroy other players,UTSA’s Marcus Davenport ranks next at No. 3. According to the PFF guys, Davenport is the closest thing in this draft athletically to Myles Garrett—he’s physically freaky,Womens Walter Payton Jersey, but it’s clear that he’s been relying on his athleticism as opposed to his technique. Davenport will have an adjustment period in the NFL, but teams will be attracted to his rawness.

Who are the top two players in the position?
While Texans owner Bob McNair considers his players "inmates" and believes the football field is no place for political demonstrations, a second, more empathetic faction has emerged among NFL owners.

Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson, who has taken command of the team with older brother Woody serving as an ambassador to England, may be the polar opposite of the conservative McNair.

When asked Sunday if the NFL should ban anthem protests, he said, "I don't agree with that,Authentic Frank Clark Jersey, but I'm only one of 32 owners. So we'll see how that goes. I just think that trying to forcibly get the players to shut up is a fantastically bad idea."

Ironically, two of the most socially conscious owners in the NFL have emerged from the bitter Jets-Patriots rivalry. Both Johnson and Jonathan Kraft,Womens Lavonte David Jersey, the Pats president and son of owner Robert Kraft, have put their names on op-eds in conjunction with the Players Coalition. Kraft's ran in Boston on Super Bowl Sunday.

Johnson most recently co-signed an essay in the Daily News with current and former NFL players including Demario Davis, Kelvin Beachum,Authentic O. J. Howard Jersey, Josh McCown, Anquan Boldin, and Neil Glat, the president of the Jets.

The editorial urges New York lawmakers to enact meaningful criminal justice overhauls, particularly bail reform and changes to the pre-trial justice system.

"As members of the Players Coalition, we have seen the injustices inflicted on communities impacted by a broken criminal justice system," they wrote. "We have witnessed firsthand how New York's broken bail, discovery, and speedy trial rules keep people locked up for months pretrial, unable to make bail, with no meaningful hope of having a speedy trial and no access to critical evidence in their cases. And we now stand with the majority of New Yorkers demanding change."

The Players Coalition is a group of NFL players led by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and Boldin that most notably worked to get the NFL to pledge almost $100 million to community and social justice initiatives. The Coalition's work has evolved from the anthem protests Colin Kaepernick started in 2016, proof that, despite McNair's belief that a football field is no place for politics.

"I think we all showed that it is," Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty said. "It is a platform for us as players, and I think, no matter what anyone says, that is not going to change. It's going to be a platform for players because of what we do on that field. It gives us a chance to go out there and do some things we're passionate about and do some things we believe in. But at the end of the day, it's about what we do off the playing field that creates real change."

the Players Coalition held a summit at Harvard and the players have been instrumental in supporting initiatives around the country.,That change is beginning to be seen in criminal justice reforms taking shape around the country. NFL players like McCourty and Jenkins have been instrumental in keeping the conversation about these matters fresh and out in the open. Last week

In Massachusetts,Womens Rees Odhiambo Jersey, the involvement of those players and their presence at the State House made a significant difference in pushing it forward. Part of that bill would raise the age of a child entering the juvenile system from 7 to 12 years old., the criminal justice reform bill McCourty and former Patriot Troy Brown lobbied for was filed on Friday. According to a source close to the situation

a system that can punish people and leave them locked up,The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously last month to change how bail works, guilty or not,Authentic Lavonte David Jersey, judges have more flexibility to let people go before their trial depending on the nature of the crimes they are accused of.,Womens Frank Clark Jersey, simply because they cannot afford the hefty fee. Thanks to a new ordinance

new district attorney Larry Kasner has promised a complete overhaul of the system,Authentic Mike Evans Jersey,In Philadelphia,Womens Mike Evans Jersey, while Pennsylvania lawmakers are also making changes. HB 1419 known as the "Clean Slate Act,Womens O. J. Howard Jersey, Chris Long and Torrey Smith still advocating for its passage.,Authentic Justin Evans Jersey," passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month. The bill will go to a vote in the House next month with Jenkins

Baltimore,This work is also being done by the Players Coalition in cities like New York, too., Washington and Boston

" McCourty said.,"It's been great for us to see the power of the people

Still, such as last week's police killing of Stephon Clark and mounting claims that free-agent safety Eric Reid remains unsigned because he protested alongside Kaepernick two seasons ago., there are reminders there is much work to be done

" McCourty said. "There's still a lot of work left. No matter what kind of momentum we have,"It motivates us to do more work, no matter what we do, keep pushing.", to think that one bill or one meeting is going to change anything would be foolish. I think it motivates all of us that are involved to keep striving

The players have been working hard for two years, they are getting public support from ownership., but now for the first time

"I think it's great to have ownership getting involved, every person in America and I think in the NFL," McCourty said. "This isn't just a black thing or an Hispanic thing. This is for all Americans to be involved in who want to see change. That comes from every avenue, everyone should be involved.", we have to get as many resources as we can. Players, coaches, front office
The MMQB is teaming up with Pro Football Focus for The MMQB Draft Preview Show With PFF, these guys are going to be breaking down every position in this talented draft class., exclusively airing on SI TV In the weeks leading up to the 2018 NFL draft in Dallas

On the third episode, Sam Monson and Mike Renner are ranking the edge defenders.,Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey, Pro Football Focus’s Steve Palazzolo

Coming in at No. 5 in their rankings is LSU’s Arden Key. Key excelled in his first two seasons (2015 and ’16) at LSU,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey, Key’s red flags are fluttering around him—he took a personal leave from LSU in Spring 2017—but there’s no doubt that he could potentially be a steal if he falls in the draft.,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, but his junior season was stunted by shoulder surgery. He has the burst and bend that teams are looking for from an edge player, teams are wondering whether the 6' 6" edge rusher can he create the power needed stand up to NFL offensive lineman with his slight build. To top it off, but after the combine, where he weighed in at 240 pounds

At No. 4 is Oklahoma’s Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. The bendy pure edge rusher left a mark at the Senior Bowl, but questions linger about his size and scheme fit—he doesn’t have a ton of the measurables that teams look for.,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, coming out as the highest-rated defender in the game. He can play at the highest level consistently

UTSA’s Marcus Davenport ranks next at No. 3. According to the PFF guys,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey, Davenport is the closest thing in this draft athletically to Myles Garrett—he’s physically freaky,Authentic Landon Collins Jersey, but it’s clear that he’s been relying on his athleticism as opposed to his technique. Davenport will have an adjustment period in the NFL,Womens Landon Collins Jersey, plays with immense power and can dominate at the point of attack. His tape shows off how he can just destroy other players,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey, but teams will be attracted to his rawness.

Who are the top two players in the position?
An Arizona company is working on a test which would identify biomarkers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in living patients,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey, and they’re asking NFL players in the area for their help.

saliva and urine. The test is a potential breakthrough, the research study is looking for football players over the age of 20, who only have to provide small amounts of blood,Via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, since CTE has only been able to be identified during an autopsy.

one based in Phoenix are collaborating on the study,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, and hope to tap into the high number of former NFL players in the area,Two companies, as they look for 200 past and present players.

” said former NFL safety and broadcaster Solomon Wilcots,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey, who leads a “players council” for Exosome Sciences. “If there was ever a time to have a call to action,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey,“This is ground zero for the launch of this really important study,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, this would be it. This is where the rubber meets the road. And there is a tremendous number of former NFL players in the Phoenix area.”

The company is beginning collections Wednesday in Phoenix, and players looking for more information can contact the study coordinator at CTE@tgen.org or 602-343-8653.

” former NFL linebacker Jamir Miller,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey, said. “In order for football to survive in this climate,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, another participant in the study,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey,“We love the game of football; we wouldn’t be here talking about this if we didn’t,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, we have to step up and face some of the ills. We look at it as this has to be contribution to the game,Womens Drew Brees Jersey, to the health of the game.”

The hope for the study is that a biomarker which shows signs of CTE could be used to develop treatments for players and anyone who suffers from brain trauma including the military.
The Los Angeles Kings will try to move back into a playoff spot when they host the Calgary Flames at Staples Center on Monday night.

The Kings lost at the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Saturday night to fall out of third place in the Pacific Division with six games left.

same as the St. Louis Blues,Los Angeles entered Sunday with 89 points, who are currently sitting in the second wild-card spot. The Kings
are two points behind the third-place Anaheim Ducks, who beat the Edmonton Oilers Sunday. The Blues next play Tuesday against the visiting
San Jose Sharks, who beat the Flames 5-1 on Saturday for their seventh straight win.

The Kings (41-28-7) earned points in the first three games of the four-game road trip through Canada, allowing them to stay close in the
tightest NHL playoff race since the advent of the Western and Eastern Conference format in 1993-94.

but there is no room for error,"We got points that we really need to stay in the battle here,adidas Gordie Howe jersey," Kings coach John Stevens said. "There are
so we'll get our rest on the days we need to rest,adidas Jimmy Howard jersey,too many teams that are edging along for spots in the playoffs,adidas Henrik Zetterberg jersey, and we'll need to be
tough trip. It doesn't end here. We play Calgary in a day from now,Authentic Frans Nielsen jersey,ready to go when it's time to go. But, so we've got to get out the
get home,door, get some rest and get ready for a big game at home against Calgary."

The Flames (35-31-10) were just one point out of third place in the Pacific Division on Feb. 26,Authentic Henrik Zetterberg jersey, but have gone 3-9-1 since. They come to
Los Angeles riding a five-game losing streak that's put them nine points behind the Ducks with six games left.

Still, the Flames have out-shot their opponent in the past 11 games.

"Guys are still engaged here,Authentic Jimmy Howard jersey," Calgary right winger Troy Brouwer told reporters after the loss to San Jose. "Guys are still wanting to
play physical and wanting to play hard and wanting to play for the team. They're wanting to play for their teammates and making sure that
we're not having any lapses in our efforts."

Calgary will have to take on the Kings without some key players, however.

who leads the Flames with 31 goals,Authentic Gordie Howe jersey,Sean Monahan,adidas Frans Nielsen jersey, will undergo surgery on his wrist and has been shut down for the season after playing
his final game Wednesday in a 4-0 loss to the visiting Ducks.

Second-leading goal scorer Matthew Tkachuk and top-four defenseman TJ Brodie also did not make the trip because of upper-body injuries.

The Kings will get their first look at Calgary forward Nick Shore,adidas Wayne Gretzky jersey, who they traded to the Ottawa Senators in February for defenseman Dion
Phaneuf. Shore was then traded to the Flames two weeks later for a seventh-round draft pick in 2019.

"We've got to come out and win some games here at the end,Authentic Wayne Gretzky jersey," Calgary defenseman Travis Hamonic said in the locker room after Saturday's
loss. "We have to come out play as hard as we can."
Which quarterback in this year’s draft class is the most ready to play in the NFL right away? Sam Darnold? Baker Mayfield? Josh Rosen?

John O’Korn. At least according to John O’Korn.,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey,No

O’Korn,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, who managed just two touchdown passes and six interceptions as a part-time starter last year at Michigan,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey, says that playing for Jim Harbaugh prepared him for the NFL better than any other quarterback has been prepared.

“Honestly,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, I think I’m the most NFL-ready quarterback in this draft just as far as terminology,” O’Korn said. “I was part of the game-plan meetings with coach Harbaugh, and knowing what to do on a day-to-day basis, game-planning, coach[Pep] Hamilton, the whole staff, all last fall,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey, coach[Tim] Drevno,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey, so just on a day-to-day basis what it takes to be an NFL quarterback,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, I think I would choose myself over any other guy in this draft in that regard.”

That might make O’Korn sound delusional,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, but he understands that he’s just going to be a guy fighting for a roster spot in the months ahead.

“That’s all I really can ask for,” O’Korn said. “Whether I get drafted or picked up as an undrafted free agent, I’m going to work and I’m going to be the best at whatever they expect me to do.”,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, that’s really not up to me,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, but I’m going to come in

Perhaps O’Korn means to say that he’s the most ready to be an NFL scout team quarterback, but it might get him the chance he’s looking for., the most ready to be a camp arm who can give an NFL team good reps in training camp. That doesn’t necessarily make him worth a seventh-round draft pick
ORLANDO — Fresh off his deposition earlier this month in quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s collusion complaint against the league, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is once again talking the NFL into a tough spot while attending the league’s meetings.

speaking to reporters in defense of Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and, once again,Following a closed session of league meetings in New York last October – in which McNair made comments about “inmates running the prison” that became a controversial flashpoint for protesting NFL players – McNair once again raised eyebrow’s at the league’s Orlando meetings Sunday. This time it was in a public setting,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey, against the player protests that have roiled the league.

” McNair told reporters of player protests,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, this time adding in the new wrinkle of “religious statements.” “It’s the place for football. … Fans are our customers. You can replace the owners and the league will survive. You can replace the players,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey, although the game won’t be good. You can’t replace the fans. If you don’t have fans,Womens Drew Brees Jersey,“Our playing field is not the place for political statements[and] not the place for religious statements, you’re dead.

“I think we all need to respect our flag and respect our country,” McNair added. “I think we’ll figure out a way to make sure that we do that. We’ll have discussions about it.

who is currently being investigated by the league for settling complaints of allegedly making improper sexual and racial comments in the workplace,As for Richardson, McNair suggested the Panthers owner may have been “joking” or “misunderstood.”

“I hope this thing turns out that he’s innocent,” McNair said of Richardson. “They alleged. I don’t know. Some of the comments he might have made – could have been made jokingly and misunderstood. I’m sure he didn’t mean to offend anybody.”

Richardson is being investigated by the league after a Sports Illustrated report detailed multiple settlements with former employees who alleged that he had made abusive workplace statements.

but McNair made revealing comments Sunday,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey,It’s an investigation the league has sparsely commented on since the December report’s release, stating that Richardson’s defense to other owners was that he was merely settling the complaints as a matter of fiscal strategy.

“Sometimes people choose to try to make something go away rather than fighting it, where people will allege something,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey, and come out and threaten you. Your legal counsel and your insurance people say,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, too,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey, get a lawyer, ‘It’s going to cost you X millions of dollars to defend this. And if we can settle it for this…’ ‘[But you ask] well,” McNair said of Richardson. “I think his regret is he didn’t fight some of these things. … We get confronted with it,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, wait a minute. We’re not guilty. Why would we do that?’ That’s the question. Sometimes just to get rid of it,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey, if you can get rid of it, do it.”

McNair’s comments foreshadow what lies ahead at these meetings. Aside from rules tweaks, the gathering will be dominated by some of the same controversies that have dogged the league for more than a year now. If not more questions about a #MeToo movement that now squarely includes an NFL owner,If anything, then most certainly a protest debate that seems anything but settled.

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The question comes up in every meeting Jordan Whitehead has with NFL teams considering drafting the talented if enigmatic Pittsburgh safety, bench press or highlight-reel play., one that could have as much of an impact on where Whitehead begins his pro career as any 40-yard dash

What was the deal with your suspension last fall?

Whitehead missed the first three games of his junior season in 2017 for violating team rules and Pitt went 1-2 without their best player in the secondary. The specifics of the suspension were never disclosed and Whitehead returned to finish with 60 tackles, where he had 24 touches last season, an interception and a fumble recovery. He can run the 40 in 4.5 seconds and is plenty comfortable on offense

they're also curious about the 21-year-old's character. And they didn't shy away from the subject during last month's NFL combine.,While teams are happy to talk to him about his potential

''They definitely did bring it up, like a man and they understand I learned from it and I won't make that mistake again.'','' Whitehead said after participating in Pitt's Pro Day on Wednesday. ''I tell them what happened. I handled it like I was supposed to

Asked if he's made any changes over the last nine months, Whitehead points to surrounding himself with ''good people.'' Still, one that Whitehead understands is due in part to his misstep., he's well aware the questions are going to linger until the draft. He's heard his name mentioned in every round from the second to the seventh. That's a massive range

it's not going to happen again. I let it go because it's not going to happen again.'',Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey,''It is going to hurt (my draft position),Authentic David Johnson Jersey,'' Whitehead said. ''It hurts everybody that gets off the field issues. But I really think that moving forward,Womens Deion Jones Jersey, I tell the coaches everything that happened and I'm dead serious,Authentic Vic Beasley Jr Jersey, I tell the people

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi downplayed the idea NFL teams should be concerned about Whitehead, super person.'', calling him a ''super

There's little question about Whitehead's ability. He has the speed,Womens David Johnson Jersey, an uptick from 21 at the combine. He knows he didn't have to lift again but wanted to show the 26 NFL teams that stopped by on Wednesday that he ''had a little bit more left in the tank.'',Womens Vic Beasley Jr Jersey, athleticism and versatility to fit in on both sides of the ball. He bench pressed 185 pounds 24 times on Wednesday

admitted teams have brought Whitehead's name up during Maddox's own sit-downs them.,The questions, however, a four-year starter at cornerback for the Panthers who is likely a mid-round selection in the draft, linger. Teammate Avonte Maddox

off the field he's not a trouble guy. He doesn't go running into trouble.'',Authentic Austin Hooper Jersey,''They ask me about what's going on and this and that,'' Maddox said. ''But I always tell them he's a great player on the field,Womens Pat Tillman Jersey, extra film,Authentic Deion Jones Jersey, great person off the field. You won't get a lot of trouble out of Jordan. He puts in the extra effort

Despite the concerns,Womens Austin Hooper Jersey, who called Whitehead ''ready'' for the NFL., Whitehead said he hasn't had second thoughts about giving up his final year of eligibility to go pro.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Trumaine Johnson has a huge contract and even bigger expectations from the Jets and their fans.

That's nothing new for New York's newest cornerback, signing a five-year, who has already established himself as one of the NFL's best at his position. And he got paid as such, $72.5 million deal last week that included a $20 million signing bonus and $34 million in guaranteed money.

''No pressure at all,'' Johnson said Thursday during a conference call with reporters. ''I know what I can do. I know what I can bring to the game. I've been confident all my life. I really love winning,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey, and I can't wait to get started with this defense.''

Johnson spent his first six seasons with the Rams and was arguably the top cornerback available at the start of the league's free agency period last Wednesday. He had 18 interceptions while establishing himself as one of the best cover cornerbacks in the NFL,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, routinely tracking opponents' top wide receivers the last two seasons for Los Angeles.

He joins an improved and promising secondary that includes the recently re-signed Morris Claiborne, New York's top cornerback last year,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey, along with second-year safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.

''On paper, it does look good,Womens Drew Brees Jersey, meeting everybody else, but a lot of things go along with that,'' Johnson said. ''I'm just focused, on getting in the building, right now, the rest of the coaches, the strength and conditioning coaches, the staff. My main focus is winning. That's always been my main focus. That's my goal. I love winning and I can't wait to get started with the New York Jets.''

After he signed, Johnson said he immediately heard from his new secondary mates as Adams, Maye and Claiborne all reached out to him to welcome him to the team.

Some fans and media have already started to wonder if Johnson and Claiborne could be the top cornerback duo in the NFL. And Johnson doesn't shy away from that potential label.

''Why not?'' Johnson asked. ''I'm going to hold him accountable and I know he's going to hold me accountable. I can't wait to go out there and compete with the guys.''

Johnson was a third-round pick out of Montana in 2012 and established himself as a solid starter in his second year with the Rams. His breakout season came in 2015, when he had a career-high seven interceptions. The Rams used the franchise tag on Johnson the last two offseasons, when he made $13.95 million in 2016 and $16.74 million last year.

But this offseason was the first time Johnson was able to make his own decision on where to play - and set his own terms.

''It is good to have security, finally,'' he said. ''That's what one of my main focuses has been, trying to get that long-term contract. I'm happy that the Jets took a chance on me.''

and he has the confidence to match them. He didn't hesitate when asked what he brings to his new team.,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey,Johnson's talents are unquestioned

''I'm a game changer,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey,'' he said. ''I'm a playmaker. I bring leadership to the team. I'm big,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey, I'm fast and I used to be a receiver back in college,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, so my hands have always been a strength for me.''

With the Jets,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey, the Rams' defensive quality control coach from 2012-14 and Johnson's position coach from 2015-16., Johnson will be reunited with secondary coach Dennard Wilson

''One of the big things was to re-link with Coach Wilson,'' Johnson said. ''I've been comfortable with him, he knows my style of play and I know his style of coaching, so that was big for me.''

but are looking to turn things around in the near future.,Johnson is leaving a Rams team that's on the rise and joins a franchise that is trying to get to that point. The Jets have been active in free agency this offseason and have made wholesale changes to their roster in the last year. They finished 5-11 for the second straight season

The arrow, is pointing up for the Jets and that helped make his decision easier., Johnson believes

''I'm still young, I mean, I'm 28 and my whole goal is to win a championship,'' he said. ''That's always been my goal. I'll play this game for free. Money doesn't really matter to me. I love winning that much. I just wanted to go somewhere that was comfortable and I'd have a chance at winning.''

The money certainly helps, Johnson has big-time plans for his first big purchase since signing with the Jets., of course. And

''It's going to be buying my mother a house, man. She deserves it.'','' Johnson said. ''I want to get her a house
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The question comes up in every meeting Jordan Whitehead has with NFL teams considering drafting the talented if enigmatic Pittsburgh safety, one that could have as much of an impact on where Whitehead begins his pro career as any 40-yard dash,Womens Landon Collins Jersey, bench press or highlight-reel play.

What was the deal with your suspension last fall?

Whitehead missed the first three games of his junior season in 2017 for violating team rules and Pitt went 1-2 without their best player in the secondary. The specifics of the suspension were never disclosed and Whitehead returned to finish with 60 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. He can run the 40 in 4.5 seconds and is plenty comfortable on offense, where he had 24 touches last season

While teams are happy to talk to him about his potential, they're also curious about the 21-year-old's character. And they didn't shy away from the subject during last month's NFL combine.

''They definitely did bring it up,'' Whitehead said after participating in Pitt's Pro Day on Wednesday. ''I tell them what happened. I handled it like I was supposed to, like a man and they understand I learned from it and I won't make that mistake again.''

Asked if he's made any changes over the last nine months, he's well aware the questions are going to linger until the draft. He's heard his name mentioned in every round from the second to the seventh. That's a massive range, Whitehead points to surrounding himself with ''good people.'' Still, one that Whitehead understands is due in part to his misstep.

I tell the coaches everything that happened and I'm dead serious,''It is going to hurt (my draft position),Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey, I tell the people,'' Whitehead said. ''It hurts everybody that gets off the field issues. But I really think that moving forward,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey, it's not going to happen again. I let it go because it's not going to happen again.''

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi downplayed the idea NFL teams should be concerned about Whitehead,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, calling him a ''super, super person.''

There's little question about Whitehead's ability. He has the speed,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, athleticism and versatility to fit in on both sides of the ball. He bench pressed 185 pounds 24 times on Wednesday, an uptick from 21 at the combine. He knows he didn't have to lift again but wanted to show the 26 NFL teams that stopped by on Wednesday that he ''had a little bit more left in the tank.''

a four-year starter at cornerback for the Panthers who is likely a mid-round selection in the draft,The questions, linger. Teammate Avonte Maddox, however,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey, admitted teams have brought Whitehead's name up during Maddox's own sit-downs them.

extra film,''They ask me about what's going on and this and that, great person off the field. You won't get a lot of trouble out of Jordan. He puts in the extra effort,'' Maddox said. ''But I always tell them he's a great player on the field, off the field he's not a trouble guy. He doesn't go running into trouble.''

Despite the concerns,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey, Whitehead said he hasn't had second thoughts about giving up his final year of eligibility to go pro. Neither has Narduzzi,Authentic Landon Collins Jersey, who called Whitehead ''ready'' for the NFL.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Trumaine Johnson has a huge contract and even bigger expectations from the Jets and their fans.

who has already established himself as one of the NFL's best at his position. And he got paid as such, signing a five-year,That's nothing new for New York's newest cornerback, $72.5 million deal last week that included a $20 million signing bonus and $34 million in guaranteed money.

'' Johnson said Thursday during a conference call with reporters. ''I know what I can do. I know what I can bring to the game. I've been confident all my life. I really love winning,''No pressure at all,Womens Leonard Williams Jersey, and I can't wait to get started with this defense.''

Johnson spent his first six seasons with the Rams and was arguably the top cornerback available at the start of the league's free agency period last Wednesday. He had 18 interceptions while establishing himself as one of the best cover cornerbacks in the NFL,Authentic Bo Jackson Jersey, routinely tracking opponents' top wide receivers the last two seasons for Los Angeles.

New York's top cornerback last year,He joins an improved and promising secondary that includes the recently re-signed Morris Claiborne,Womens Howie Long Jersey, along with second-year safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.

it does look good, the staff. My main focus is winning. That's always been my main focus. That's my goal. I love winning and I can't wait to get started with the New York Jets.'',Authentic Derek Carr Jersey, the strength and conditioning coaches, but a lot of things go along with that,'' Johnson said. ''I'm just focused, right now,''On paper, the rest of the coaches, on getting in the building, meeting everybody else

Johnson said he immediately heard from his new secondary mates as Adams,After he signed, Maye and Claiborne all reached out to him to welcome him to the team.

Some fans and media have already started to wonder if Johnson and Claiborne could be the top cornerback duo in the NFL. And Johnson doesn't shy away from that potential label.

''Why not?'' Johnson asked. ''I'm going to hold him accountable and I know he's going to hold me accountable. I can't wait to go out there and compete with the guys.''

when he had a career-high seven interceptions. The Rams used the franchise tag on Johnson the last two offseasons,Johnson was a third-round pick out of Montana in 2012 and established himself as a solid starter in his second year with the Rams. His breakout season came in 2015, when he made $13.95 million in 2016 and $16.74 million last year.

But this offseason was the first time Johnson was able to make his own decision on where to play - and set his own terms.

finally,'' he said. ''That's what one of my main focuses has been,''It is good to have security,Authentic Joe Namath Jersey, trying to get that long-term contract. I'm happy that the Jets took a chance on me.''

Johnson's talents are unquestioned,Authentic Leonard Williams Jersey, and he has the confidence to match them. He didn't hesitate when asked what he brings to his new team.

'' he said. ''I'm a playmaker. I bring leadership to the team. I'm big,Womens Joe Namath Jersey, I'm fast and I used to be a receiver back in college,''I'm a game changer,Womens Bo Jackson Jersey, so my hands have always been a strength for me.''

Johnson will be reunited with secondary coach Dennard Wilson,Womens Khalil Mack Jersey,With the Jets,Womens Derek Carr Jersey, the Rams' defensive quality control coach from 2012-14 and Johnson's position coach from 2015-16.

'' Johnson said. ''I've been comfortable with him, he knows my style of play and I know his style of coaching,''One of the big things was to re-link with Coach Wilson,Authentic Howie Long Jersey, so that was big for me.''

Johnson is leaving a Rams team that's on the rise and joins a franchise that is trying to get to that point. The Jets have been active in free agency this offseason and have made wholesale changes to their roster in the last year. They finished 5-11 for the second straight season, but are looking to turn things around in the near future.

Johnson believes,The arrow, is pointing up for the Jets and that helped make his decision easier.

I mean, I'm 28 and my whole goal is to win a championship,Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey,''I'm still young,'' he said. ''That's always been my goal. I'll play this game for free. Money doesn't really matter to me. I love winning that much. I just wanted to go somewhere that was comfortable and I'd have a chance at winning.''

of course. And,The money certainly helps, Johnson has big-time plans for his first big purchase since signing with the Jets.

'' Johnson said. ''I want to get her a house,''It's going to be buying my mother a house, man. She deserves it.''
Penn State held its pro day on Tuesday for departing Nittany Lions with NFL prospects to show off their stuff to scouts.

All-America running back and NFL combine killer Saquon Barkley was scheduled to participate, but backed out at the last minute after finding out that there were no running back coaches attending.

At least that’s what he told NFL Network.

“I wish I was out here competing,” Barkley told NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones. “Actually, but there are not really any running back coaches or anyone out here to really put me through those drills.”, the goal was to come out here and do stuff

While there’s a convenient truth to Barkley citing the lack of running back coaches as his reason for sitting,Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey, the real reason likely lies in the his answers to Jones’ follow-up questions.

Jones: “Do you think you’re the best player in this draft?”

Barkley: “Yes,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey, ma’am.”

Jones: “No doubt?”

Barkley : “Yes, ma’am.”

Barkley confidently believes that he’s the NFL draft’s top talent,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, and he’d be hard-pressed to find many analysts who disagree.

He followed up a junior year at Penn State with 1,903 yards and 21 touchdowns from scrimmage including 5.9 yards per carry with an historic performance at the NFL combine.

His output of 29 reps on the bench press, only Vernon Davis has put up better numbers across all three categories., a 41-inch vertical and a blazing 4.41 40-yard dash puts him in elite company. Since 2000

The last running back with this much draft buzz, Ezekiel Elliott posted a 4.47 40-yard dash and a 31-inch vertical while declining to participate in the bench press.

Barkley has the speed of an elite receiver, did more reps than any linebacker at the combine and is bigger and more athletic than Elliott was coming out of Ohio State.

He has the stats, so what upside is there for Barkley to put himself on further display?, the film and the measurables

Penn State coach James Franklin told ESPN that Barkley’s combine numbers were average compared to what he’s seen him do. Whether that’s accurate or just a coach propping up his guy in the media is mostly irrelevant. The numbers already speak for themselves.

So it must be frustrating for Barkley to watch his draft stock continue to drop.

Well,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey, but a fierce arms race for the multiple first-round prospects at quarterback that has other players rising above him.,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey, it’s not so much his stock that’s dropping

Quarterback-needy AFC East rivals have traded up in the first round to position themselves for a signal caller,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, and they may not be done. The Buffalo Bills recently traded up from the No. 21 pick to No. 12 and are expected to use their pair of first-round picks to jockey for even higher position.

The Jets,Authentic Landon Collins Jersey, traded up from the No. 6 pick to the No. 3 pick on Tuesday and gave up a haul to the Colts to make the move.,Womens Landon Collins Jersey, surely sensing their rival’s aggressive maneuvering

With moves like those and the Cleveland Browns holding the top pick, Yahoo’s latest mock draft that has three quarterbacks taken at the top of the draft instead of one of the best prospects in the history of the game is not uncommon.

But there’s nothing Barkley can do. Barring any late blemishes, his draft stock is out of his control. Which is exactly why he was right to stay on the sideline on Tuesday.

Unless something changes dramatically between now and draft day, one lucky team is looking at getting tremendous value when Barkley falls its way.
Artemi Panarin recorded his second career hat trick and added an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets stretched their winning streak to nine games with a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Panarin,adidas Max Pacioretty jersey, who also recorded a hat trick against the Rangers while playing for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2016, notched his fourth career four-point game by scoring the Blue Jackets' first goal and their last two tallies.

Alexander Wennberg and defenseman Markus Nutivarra also scored for Columbus while Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves.

Kevin Hayes scored a shorthanded goal while Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider scored power-play goals for the Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves. Lundqvist also withstood a collision with Columbus left winger Matt Calvert in the third period and stayed in the game after his shoulder hit the ice.

The Blue Jackets struck first with 6:06 remaining in the first period by winning a faceoff and executing effective puck movement.

Boone Jenner won a faceoff against Hayes and dumped the puck in behind the net where Thomas Vanek retrieved it. Vanek made a backhand pass and it appeared to surprise Wennberg,authentic Carey Price jersey, who hesitated before releasing a wrist shot from the slot that went over Lundqvist's glove side.

The Blue Jackets took a 2-0 lead with 10:32 remaining in the second when Panarin scored his first goal.

After Lundqvist stopped Calvert's wrist shot,authentic Max Pacioretty jersey, the Blue Jackets retained possession and Ian Cole made a cross-ice pass through the slot. Panarin completed the play with a wrist shot over Lundqvist's glove side from the right circle.

New York scored with 6:16 remaining in the second after Jesper Fast broke up Wennberg's pass from behind the net. After creating the turnover,adidas Carey Price jersey, Fast connected with Hayes,adidas Andrew Shaw jersey, who finished off a breakaway.

Nutivarra scored 4:05 into the third by finishing off Panarin's pass but the Rangers cut the deficit to one goal a little over three minutes later when Zibanejad's drive from the right circle went over Bobrovsky's right arm.

A little over four minutes later,authentic Andrew Shaw jersey, Columbus regained a two-goal lead.

Lundqvist stopped Cam Atkinson's breakaway but was out of the crease and did not cover up the puck. Panarin pounced on the rebound and lifted a backhander into the net before Lundqvist could return to the crease.

New York scored its second power-play goal when Kreider re-directed a shot by Brady Skjei with just under two minutes remaining but Panarin scored into an empty net with two seconds left.
 
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