Ex-Eagles’ coach: Wentz wouldn’t listen when told to avoid contact

In 2016, his rookie season, Carson Wentz ran 30 times. The quarterback avoided contact on only 12 rushes and was flat-out tackled to the ground, like any ball carrier, a dozen times.

During film review, Eagles coaches instructed Wentz to be more cautious when running. The headstrong quarterback brushed off the advice, however, as he did so many defenders.

Ask around about Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen and you’ll hear that he’ll turn into budding MVP candidate Carson Wentz or Titans washout Jake Locker. You’ll hear that Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield will turn into either Johnny Manziel or Russell Wilson. This doesn’t happen in other sports. Jaylen Brown didn’t enter the NBA draft only to be compared to both Jimmy Butler and Bill Murray in “Space Jam.”

Picking the right quarterback is the most important thing an NFL organization can do. The Browns famously didn’t believe in Wentz and traded the second overall pick in 2016 to the Eagles, who did. The rest is history. You can basically get everything else wrong and still repeatedly make it to the playoffs with the right quarterback, as we saw in the first few years of Andrew Luck’s career during Ryan Grigson’s reign as general manager in Indianapolis. It is not hyperbole to suggest getting this decision right is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Rutgers commits Zamar Wise and Jaaron Hayek are expected to participate. While Adisa Isaac , Yusuf Terry , Jake Hornibrook and Saleem Wormley highlight some of Rutgers’ top out of state targets, also set to compete.

We expect to bring you live updates beginning at 11:00 a.m. (ET). You can follow along with us here as we keep you updated on all the action:

Beckham showing up to workouts won’t end the offseason drama, but it’s a step in the right direction for the superstar receiver to continue his career in the Big Apple.

The 24-year-old Collins, however, would prefer to remain on the outside.

“I like playing tackle,” Collins said Sunday, via the team’s official website. “Right now, I’m focused on playing tackle. That’s where my mindset is. That’s where I’m grinding for.”bills_047

Message Yankees’ Greg Bird has for doubters that he’ll get healthy and become star

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird already is getting around pretty good for a guy who had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle on March 27. He showed up Sunday to Yankee Stadium in a walking boot, but ditched it soon after arriving.

His future? He’s as determined and confident as ever that he’s going to live up to the high expectations that the Yankees for him, the expectations that he has for himself.

They say most players caught under the NFL’s program aren’t first-time PED users. That first failed test typically indicates the player had been using something undetectable, but either he got sloppy or the league found a new way to detect it.

Players also suspect the NFL is paying close attention to the Panthers because of the team’s recent history. Defensive lineman Charles Johnson received a four-game suspension in 2017 for violating the league’s PED policy. Backup offensive lineman Chris Scott was suspended for four games for a PED violation in 2016. Defensive lineman Wes Horton received the same punishment in 2015.

“The main thing, #ComebackSZN for me is like no matter wherbills_014e I end up and no matter what happens football-wise,” Manziel explained, “at least my life, at least, you know, I’ve repaired a lot of relationships that needed work, I’ve repaired a lot of myself that needed a lot of work and I’m able to run back on the field, something I didn’t know if I’d ever get a chance to do again.

“So it’s disappointing, some of the things that happened, but nevertheless this is a huge step for me. I put pads back on. A lot of people would have just wrote me off to even get to this point. I’m definitely emotional about it. I’m definitely happy about it. This isn’t the end goal for me, but I’m having fun again. You know, guys talking s**on the field, I’m having fun. I had a smile on my face. You know, I’ll be pissed off when I go back and watch this during the night, but at least I know we come back out here in four days again and we play again.”

Bill Belichick ‘chastised’ Gronk for using TB12 method

Recent sightings of Rob Gronkowski, which have included pictures at Brigham & Women’s Hospital on Monday visiting heart patient Lauren Meizo, appear to show an even leaner version of the tight end than we witnessed last season.

Of late, Gronkowski has been working out at TB12, continuing his mission with trainer Alex Guerrero. After the 28-year-old’s multitude of injuries, including a third back surgery, he last year decided he would put his faith in Tom Brady’s body coach, who focused on getting the tight end more pliable.

That process has resumed, but some are now asking if it’s possible Gronk might be getting a bit too lean for a tight end.

So, what has gone wrong? Why can’t we reliably figure out which quarterbacks will turn into superstars? And can we fix it in time to evaluate this year’s class?

Over the next two days, I’ll look into how and why we struggle with the most important part of the draft process. We’ll try to answer the “why” in Part 2 on Tuesday, as well as evaluate whether the problems are fixable and apply what we know (and don’t know) to the Class of 2018. But let’s start with what recent history can tell us.

As the attention reached a fervor, President Donald J. Trump sent out a series of tweets calling for the kneeling NFL players to be fired.

Many around the league took umbrage with President Trump’s message.

It’s been about seven months since those tweets, but the discussion around the national anthem kneeling is still ongoing.

In an extensive, wide-ranging interview with The Atlantic , Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins — one of the most socially active players in the league and co-founder of the Players Coalition, an organization that “fights injustices disproportionately affecting African Americans” — addressed the Commander-in-Chiefs remarks, saying President Trump was like “any other troll.”

Jenkins  joined other Eagles players in 2016 in raising his fist during the national anthem, which is something he continued through most of the 2017-18 season.rams_066

ESPN’s Adam Schefter: Giants’ Odell Beckham no longer on trade block

Wide receiver Odell Beckham ‘s decision to attend the Giants ‘ first day of voluntary offseason workouts on Tuesday was a gesture in good faith, and the Giants apparently welcomed the commitment.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, who predicted weeks ago there was a good chance Beckham would be traded, now says NFL teams tell him Beckham is no longer on the block.

“When you speak to teams around the league who have been in touch with the Giants, they no longer believe the Giants are going to be trading Odell Beckham Jr.,” Schefter said Wednesday afternoon on ESPN’s NFL Live . “There’s been a shift in thinking. I think there was some thinking around the NFL that he was available. I think the Giants’ actions, and words dictated he was available.

After Beckham reported on time for the voluntary workouts, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was complimentary of Beckham’s professionalism and commitment on Monday during a conference call with reporters. Shurmur also revealed that he met with Beckham last month and discussed the video.

“I really believe that Odell is a professional and he wants to be great,”  Pat Shurmur said Monday during a conference call with reporters . “He understands the importance of the offseason and he’s a competitive guy and, again, we had already started communicating before all that information kind of got out there and was talked about a great deal. He’s a professional and I’m glad he’s here today.”

In four seasons, Beckham has caught 313 passes for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns while averaging 14.1 yards per reception on the way to three Pro Bowls.

If Beckam is untouchable again, his decision to report to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center could jump-start talks on a contract extension as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.

We’ll still put him in some situations. Tonight we’re in pretty good shape with our high leverage guys, Robbie, Greenie and Dellin, and Chap. They haven’t worked, especially with the off-day. They’ve all had a couple of days off but we feel like we’re in a pretty good place when we get back out for the game tonight. He’ll continue to find himself in situations, everywhere from low to medium to sometimes high leverage spots when we need them.

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What’s the latest on third baseman Chris Drury (severe migranes)?rams_011

NFL Draft 2018: Bradley Chubb meeting with Bears, source says

The Bears were able to keep their interest in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky quiet entering the 2017 NFL Draft.

That won’t be the case with the highest-rated defensive end in the 2018 draft class.

A source told Sporting News that North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb is meeting Wednesday night with Bears officials as part of a predraft visit.

Chicago’s diligence makes sense: The Bears are in need of a pass rusher to pair with Leonard Floyd. The 6-4, 269-pound Chubb is considered the top prospect at his position after registering 10 sacks and 26 tackles for losses during a stellar 2017 season.

Chad Bettis stood to get the win after giving up just one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings, but the Braves rallied against Davis in the ninth to erase a 2-1 deficit. It was his first blown save in five chances but he did limit the damage to give the Rockies a chance to win it.

COOLED OFF: The Braves went into the game with the major’s most productive lineup, averaging eight runs a game and leading the majors with a .298 batting average and a .381 on-base percentage. But they were stifled by Bettis and the Rockies’ refurbished bullpen until rallying in the ninth.

But Holland’s future looked murky the past five years after three straight first-round playoff exits followed by no playoff berths in each of the last two seasons. He also was criticized for suspect cap management — the Red Wings have the ninth highest cap number but are tied for 26th in the NHL standings.

There was extra pressure on the Red Wings to succeed after a new home — Little Caesars Arena — opened in October 2017.

The Red Wings now will trust their long-tenured GM to see them out of this downturn.

One of Holland’s first decisions heading into the offseason concerns coach Jeff Blashill, who has one year left on his contract and is 104-105-36 as Detroit’s coach.

It was Scherzer’s ninth career complete game. He struck out 10 batters without a walk in outdueling Julio Teheran (0-2).

Scherzer added his first career stolen base for good measure.buccaneers_026

Cowboys release Benson Mayowa

The Cowboys have made a change to their roster that opens some cap space for them to use when free agency gets underway next week.

According to multiple reports, the team has released defensive end Benson Mayowa. The move clears $2.75 million in cap space.

Mayowa joined the Cowboys in 2016 when they signed him as a restricted free agent and the Raiders opted not to match the contract offer. He had six sacks and a forced fumble in his first year with the team, but made less of an impact in about the same amount of ing time during the 2017 season.

On social media, cheerleaders also are required to block players from following them. And if a cheerleader is in a restaurant when a player arrives, the cheerleader must leave immediately.

However, no such prohibitions exist for players.

The implication is, Blackwell says, “players are going to come after you and your character depends on how you react. You need to stay away from them.

The Giants are ready to move on from center Weston Richburg, according to Schwartz. Richburg, a second-round pick in 2014, is set to become a free agent.

Jones started one game at left guard but ed the final 12 games at center after doctors diagnosed Richburg with a concussion. The Giants eventually placed Richburg on injured reserve.

The Giants could return only Jones and tackle Ereck Flowers to their starting offensive line. They are expected to pursue Panthers guard Andrew Norwell, one of the top free agents.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, making his first public comments since the end of the 2017 season, said part of the reason he did not rehire offensive coordinator Todd Haley is because the offense needs to “keep moving” and he had a capable replacement in mind.nike_jets_1512