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Bruce Irvin slams former Raiders coach Rod Woodson for Derek Carr criticism

Nationals: 2B Howie Kendrick left after the seventh inning because his right leg tightened up on him, Martinez said. … C Matt Wieters (strained oblique muscle) will go to Class A Potomac on a rehab assignment Tuesday.

The Nationals send RHP Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 3.65 ERA) to the mound against Braces RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-0, 2.61).

Owner Robert Kraft on Thursday offered the use of the team plane after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, herself a shooting victim in an assassination attempt, and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, reached out to him and asked for the favor, a Patriots spokesman told the Boston Globe.

Kelly told The Washington Post that he and his wife, who are vocal gun-control advocates, wanted to help the students get to the march.

Not only did their friends and teachers get shot and killed, other friends shot and injured … most of them they had bullets flying over their heads, he said. This is not fair that they have to deal with something like this at their age. They wanted to go to Washington and be heard, and so I felt it was our obligation to help them.

The Patriots weren’t the only organization to reach out to the group from a school where 17 were shot to death last month.

McNair added that he was actually referring to league executives with the inmates comments and not NFL players. He also believes he should not have been pressured to apologize.

In business, it’s a common expression. But the general public doesn’t understand it, perhaps, McNair told the WSJ.

The apology McNair issued in October said he never meant to offend anyone.

Former Texans running back Arian Foster, who spent seven of his eight NFL seasons in Houston, invited McNair to speak on his podcast to have a civil discourse about all in response to McNair’s latest remarks. Foster added that he thought everyone could benefit from it.

I don’t think it’s mechanical, he said. I left a lot of pitches over the plate, missing a lot on top of the plate. I’ve got to get the pitch down in the strike zone. They took good advantage.

Lamar Jackson will visit Ravens

The Ravens signed Robert Griffin III on Thursday, and they have another quarterback scheduled to visit.

Baltimore will host Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson for one of the Ravens’ 30 national visits, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports.

Keenum may very well have turned the corner in his journeyman career after last year’s unexpected success in Minnesota. He was far better in every major statistical category — completion percentage (67.6), touchdowns (22), interceptions (seven), passing yards (236.5 per game) and quarterback rating (98.3) — than in six previous seasons when starting for Houston and the Rams.

More importantly, Keenum won games. He enjoyed an 11-3 starting record and led the Vikings into the postseason after replacing an injured Sam Bradford. His previous career mark was 9-15.

“Everybody wanted to know, ‘Why were we winning? What was clicking for us?’” Keenum said. “It’s a lot of things.

“I think, at the heart of it, it’s the people. We had great people in our locker room. We had great people on the coaching staff. And it just clicked.”

The Dolphins swear they’re committed to starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but they’re doing all their homework on this year’s draft class.

So there isn’t room for everyone.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are releasing quarterback Brandon Doughty.

Lue credited James — who came into Monday averaging a triple-double in his previous 28 games by putting up 30.3 points on 54.5 percent shooting, 10.1 rebounds and 10.2 assists — for keeping the Cavs on track.

Strunk didn’t get control when she got a third of the team. No one did. It appears that Strunk struck a deal with Lewis and her sons to exercise control for as long as Strunk wants, with an understanding that control will eventually be handed to Kenneth IV.

If the league thinks that’s fine, the league should say it’s fine. The league hasn’t said it’s fine. Which suggests that the league doesn’t think it’s fine, but that the league isn’t interested in a fight over it, for now.

Nick Nelson injured during private workout with Lions

As initially reported by NFL Media, Wisconsin cornerback Nick Nelson injured his knee during a private workout. PFT has learned that the team for which he was working out was the Lions.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the injury happened within the first five minutes of the workout.

It could have happened with any team; the fact that it was the Lions is immaterial. The bigger question is whether players should continue to agree to submit to private workouts.

Gaine and O’Brien have witnessed Watt’s ups and downs up close over the past four seasons (with Gaine having gone to Buffalo for just one of those years). They know Watt was an outstanding player at his peak, and they know what a terrific story it will be if such a great guy in the community becomes the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.

I’m not counting Watt out, but realistically, it’s hard to see him being that 20-sack guy again. Gaine and O’Brien likely have the same fear.

While they’re hoping for the best, they will be pleasantly surprised if it happens. And if not, it sets in motion a series of events that could be painful to endure for this popular player, his team and the Texans fan base.

The 6-foot-5, 282-pound Bridgewater is an extreme long shot to be drafted, but he’s hoping he can catch on as an undrafted free agent and follow in the footsteps of Chargers tight end Antonio Gates and Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris, both of whom played basketball only in college. Bridgewater was recruited by several top football programs coming out of high school, but an injury limited him to just one football game in his senior year and he decided to focus exclusively on basketball.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Bridgewater put on the shoulder pads in an NFL camp, for the first time since high school.

NFL college personnel directors say this a lot: It’s easier for a mobile QB of Jackson’s ilk to land with a head coach who’s not hands-on offensively.

The Steelers with Tomlin would qualify, and so would the Bills with Sean McDermott, Tomlin’s former college defensive teammate at William & Mary. Like McDermott, the Cardinals’ Steve Wilks was the Panthers’ defensive coordinator and saw what Cam Newton was able to provide Carolina.

Cardinals double down on QBs off waivers with Brandon Doughty

Alek Torgersen isn’t the only new quarterback for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals claimed Torgersen off of waivers on Thursday and, per multiple reports, they also claimed Brandon Doughty. Doughty was waived by the Dolphins on Wednesday.

This year, one or more teams will be passing on the likes of Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb, and Minkah Fitzpatrick for a quarterback who quite possibly will fail. Or maybe they’ll simply take the wrong quarterback, like the Browns did in 1999 by taking Couch over McNabb. (Then again, maybe McNabb would have been Couch under Chirs Palmer and his successors in Cleveland, and Couch would have been McNabb under Andy Reid in Philly.)

Regardless, as the hype builds for the 2018 draft, it’s important to remember that we don’t know — and won’t know — which of the quarterbacks expected to be picked in round one will be worth a damn until enough time passes to allow their skills, abilities, weaknesses, and achievements to be fully evaluated. For those teams who take quarterbacks at the top of the draft and fail, the good news is that they’ll soon be in position to try it again.

Starting with those earliest picks and weighing other options like trades into other spots on the board, we break down how things might play out for the Bills come April 26.

Mike Martz: The 66-year-old already has spent the past four Januaries as one of the head coaches in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. It wouldn’t be a stretch for the “Greatest Show on Turf” architect to join the Alliance and prove his offensive concepts are still viable in today’s game.

Rob Ryan: When Ryan was fired as Cowboys defensive coordinator after the 2012 season, he famously proclaimed he would be out of work for “five minutes” because he was “too damn good.” Ryan is now going on two years out of the NFL entirely following subsequent failed stints with the Saints and Bills. The swagger Ryan would bring should have appeal to a league that could use some colorful characters to pitch the product.

CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez among Yankees to exit in loss to Orioles

Injuries and illnesses piled up for the New York Yankees during Friday night’s 7-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles as four players were forced to leave early. Left-hander CC Sabathia was among them, exiting with right hip soreness.

An MRI came back clean, the veteran starter said, but the Yankees placed him on the 10-day disabled list Saturday.

It was sore, and I’ve never felt that spot before — in ever, throwing a baseball — so it was a little nerve-wracking, Sabathia said.

The banged-up Yankees also lost catcher Gary Sanchez and infielders Brandon Drury and Tyler Wade during the game. Drury is joining Sabathia on the 10-day DL due to severe migraines.

Asked after the game how he felt, Wade simply said, Not good.

Sanchez was removed in the 14th inning after clutching his right calf in between pitches. He and Boone said he was cramping, and that he’ll be evaluated further Saturday morning. By the point when he came out, Sanchez had caught more than 250 pitches from Yankees pitchers.

I just got to wait and see how I feel [Saturday], Sanchez said through a translator. It’s the first time it happened to me.

I felt good, but I put us in a tough spot, he said. There’s really no excuse for walking four guys in an inning. Sometimes, you don’t have a good feel for the strike zone. I felt good warming up, but when the inning started, I was behind the entire time.

Some speculated that St. Louis (4-6) rushed Holland into action. It signed him on March 29, just hours after opening its season with a 9-4 loss at the New York Mets and gave him a pair of games at Single-A Palm Beach of the Florida State League before calling him up earlier Monday.

Manager Mike Matheny admitted it was a tough spot for Holland, who led the National League with 41 saves last year for Colorado but said Holland would shrug it off quickly and be ready for the next one.

You don’t see many cases like this, Matheny said. I don’t think it was nerves as much as it was being amped up, wanting to introduce himself to us in a hurry. It was one of those days.

The case could be made that Holland might not have been thrust into a difficult situation had the Cardinals executed offensively after loading the bases with no outs in the ninth. But all they got was a one-out sacrifice fly from Dexter Fowler.

Rams cut cornerback Kayvon Webster

The way they’ve been adding cornerbacks this offseason, there was inevitably another shoe to fall.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Rams are releasing cornerback Kayvon Webster.

He became surplus to requirements after they traded for Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib and signed free agent Sam Shields.

Webster started 11 games for the Rams last season, after four years as a reserve with the Broncos.

Garinger said earlier Sunday that while the rest of the season will not continue, the organization will do everything in its power to field a team for 2018-19.

The community has rallied with support. At the arena, cards featuring phone numbers with 24-hour crisis lines were placed on tables in the lobby, as well as fact sheets on how to talk about tragedies with children. Crisis counselors and a half-dozen therapy dogs were stationed at the perimeter of the arena. Volunteers offered cans of sodas to attendees entering the arena. Card-making stations and boxes of tissue were placed around the building.

Of course, that doesn’t keep someone/anyone connected to the draft from trying to persuade one of its biggest stars to show up. And the players have every right to not show up, especially since they don’t receive an appearance fee or anything other than travel expenses and the ability to bring certain people along, a group that now includes their high-school head coaches.

At its core, the draft is a gathering centered around reading off a list of names. It loses a lot of its luster if the players whose names are read say, “We’re not showing up.” If enough of them did, all of them would eventually get fairly compensated to be part of the ultimate reality show’s ultimate reality show.

It’s definitely a precarious position for Gaine and O’Brien. If Watt doesn’t return to top form, they’re then dealing with a descending player. And deciding to cut ties with a player who has been the face of the franchise for seven years is one of the toughest moves a GM or coach ever has to make. I can empathize with them after doing this difficult task several times during my NFL management career.

I believe the Texans’ brass will keep Watt this season and give him an opportunity to return to top form. They’ll let it play out and then take stock of the situation. They’ll be well aware that his salary will jump in 2019, and the dead money then will be less of a factor.

Eagles’ Howie Roseman voted Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year for 2017

Votes by team executives for 2017 Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year were to be submitted no later than the first week in January. So when Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman was voted the winner, Philadelphia’s postseason run to a Super Bowl title had not yet begun.

Thus, SN’s Executive of the Year award is more icing on the cake after a tremendous season for a man who was on the hot seat going into 2017.

Roseman understands the roller-coaster business of pro sports and the NFL as well as anybody. In 2010, he was riding high as the league’s youngest general manager at 35. He helped hire Chip Kelly as Eagles coach in 2013 and then was demoted two years later when Kelly usurped him as GM to go with his coaching duties.

Most assumed the Eagles without Wentz would be one-and-done come playoff time, but Roseman understands how critical it is to have a quality backup quarterback. He had signed Nick Foles as a free agent when most GMs thought the QB’s career was on the skids after two lackluster seasons with the Rams and Chiefs.

Foles’ postseason play, capped by his MVP performance in Super Bowl 52, was another major feather in Roseman’s cap.

Chubb is widely expected to be the top defensive player off the board later this month and there is a spot for him to fill on the Giants defense across from Olivier Vernon following the trade of Jason Pierre-Paul.

Whether the Giants would see that as a bigger priority than adding a young quarterback or a spark for their dormant running game is unknown, but the team didn’t shy away from drafting pass rushers early during current General Manager Dave Gettleman’s first stint in the organization. Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora were all taken in the first three rounds from 1999-2012 and all contributed to Super Bowl winners during their time with the team.

In “Madden,” Kirk Cousins actually does not represent an upgrade over the departing Case Keenum. Both are rated 83 Overall, which ranks them behind 13 other QBs. The bigger move for Minnesota comes with the signing of Sheldon Richardson (84 Overall). Minnesota’s defensive line will be incredibly disruptive, as Richardson actually will be the lowest-rated starter. He joins Everson Griffen (92), Linval Joseph (89) and Danielle Hunter (85).

Trevone Boykin Arrested For Aggravated Assault Allegedly Broke GF’s Jaw

Mansield PD just released a statement saying the alleged assault was captured on video cameras inside the residence.

Detectives got a search warrant last week, and seized the footage. MPD says they reviewed the footage today… before an arrest warrant was issued for Boykin.

Why put in an entirely different offense He really told me everybody saw what we did with Deshaun this past season, Palmer explained on Wednesday’s edition of Up to the Minute Live. They’re changing things and it’s not even completely put into place yet. They’re still putting it all together.

And he said the teaching portion of this is going to be the challenge because of Deshaun’s specific skill set that is so different and so lethal at the same time…. But they are changing things up dramatically on the offensive side of the ball.

Three starts into his professional career, Watson was already placing defenses in a pick-your-poison pickle with a play-action running game enhanced by Will Fuller’s field-stretching speed, Bruce Ellington’s elusiveness in the underneath area and DeAndre Hopkins’ ability to feast on single coverage.

Police said as part of the investigation that detectives noticed cameras inside Boykin’s home.

Detectives removed a digital video recording (DVR) device from the home connected to these cameras, Mansfield police said in its news release.

After getting a search warrant to review the DVR, officers reviewed the footage on Wednesday and saw what appeared to be an assault that occurred inside the residence.

The aggravated assault charge is a second-degree felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

Boykin, who played collegiately at TCU, was released by the Seahawks on Tuesday, minutes after WFAA-TV’s report was published. Boykin, 24, was on the Seahawks’ practice squad last season and served as the backup to Russell Wilson in 2016.

In a statement on Tuesday, Boykin said the accuser’s allegations were fabricated.

Rutgers’ Bo Melton’getting behind the DBs’ during’outstanding spring’

Rutgers’ receiving corps as a whole is having an easier time. Ash has praised the group several times since spring practice began for what he says has been a turnaround showing under new receivers coach Lester Erb, who moved over from the running backs room after former position coach Jafar Williams left to become Maryland’s running backs coach.

It’s probably one of the pleasant surprises of spring training, the wide receiver group. They’ve worked hard, they’ve improved fundamentally, they’ve improved their football IQ. Fewer mistakes, more plays being made, Ash said. The chemistry in the room is great, the relationship with their coach is great. I’m really pleased with that room.

It’s a room that has little, but some, experience under its belt – Hunter Hayek and Melton played as freshmen, Shameen Jones redshirted and Eddie Lewis is an early enrollee after a prep year – and no real production to boast of.

While Rutgers returns its leading receiver, that is currently-sidelined tight end Jerome Washington (28 catches for 282 yards and a touchdown). Hayek has the most returning catches with eight, and Melton has the most returning receiving yards in the room. So a big leap from the group, and from Melton, is a necessity if the Scarlet Knights’ offense is going to get out of the Big Ten basement.

We’ve got a long way to go, but we’re probably making more plays in the spring than what we’ve made in the previous two years, Ash said. Progress is being made.

Despite losing their first eight openers in the 1960s, the Mets have baseball’s best record on opening day at 37-20. They’ve won 22 of their last 25 season openers at home.

New York got hitless relief from Robert Gsellman, newcomer Anthony Swarzak and closer Jeurys Familia to win an opener played only hours after the death of former Mets star Rusty Staub.

Todd Frazier, also making his Mets debut, drew a one-out walk from Martinez (0-1) in the fifth and scored from first on Gonzalez’s double into the right-field corner for a 4-3 lead.

Syndergaard, who threw his first three pitches 99 mph, helped himself with a sacrifice bunt, and young shortstop Amed Rosario — batting ninth behind the pitcher — delivered a two-run single.

Cespedes, who had a two-run single in the second, chased Martinez with an RBI single, and the two-time All-Star pitcher went wild once he got to the bench, knocking over a bucket of bubble gum.

Jay Bruce, back after the Mets traded him to Cleveland last August, added an RBI single off Matt Bowman to cap a five-run outburst.

Kevin Hogan has permission to seek trade

The Browns traded Cody Kessler to the Jaguars last week and they may make another deal involving a quarterback in the near future.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Kevin Hogan asked for and received permission to seek a trade that would take him out of Cleveland for the 2018 season.

“Losing your big star, it is always hard and not having a chance to really come back with another star [too],” said point guard Ricky Rubio, who was traded to Utah just before the Hayward free-agency decision and is going to the postseason for the first time in his seven NBA seasons. “But I think the strength of this team is the team.”

Ingles, who had 22 points and 10 assists against the Lakers, said that it has taken the Jazz time to get acclimated and adjusted to so much turnover and injuries. But Utah appears to be hitting its stride at the right time.

“I think we had the potential to play like that all year,” Ingles said. “We were missing guys all year. It has really only been this last stretch, kind of since Rudy got back, that we had the majority of our whole team healthy. And it takes time to get rhythm playing together. We had a reasonably big turnaround from the previous years of players and you got a guy drafted playing 35 minutes a game. It takes time getting used to playing with guys.”

Suh questioned Phillips on his visit, asking how the Rams intended to use him. They watched film together, so Suh “could see how they see me fitting in.”

Suh, 31, joins Donald and Michael Brockers on the defensive line. He and Donald will spend the next five months figuring each other out.

“First and foremost, it’s going to start in OTAs and practices understanding how [Donald] likes to rush, how I like to rush, how we play the run together,” Suh said, via Myles Simmons of the team website. “And that’s when it’ll all unfold from there, to see how we’ll mesh together. And I think it’ll be an exciting time and process to get through that.”

Sure, it’s a long shot. But considering all the gonzo roster moves made by Los Angeles since 2016, the possibility of the talented but temperamental Giants wide receiver heading to SoCal can’t be dismissed.