The USC product was set to compete with Guice as the draft’s second best running back, but Jones pulled up lame during his 40-yard dash at the Combine.

Minnesota-Duluth junior forward Blake Young, a native of Battleford, Saskatchewan, said he’d played with some of the members of Humboldt’s hockey team in the past. He said he chose to honor the deceased with his effort in Saturday night’s 2-1 win over Notre Dame.

“I found out with my mom last night,” he said after his team’s win in the national title game. “It’s tough because Saskatchewan is such a tightknit group of people, small communities. Everyone knows everyone. Your heart aches when you hear news like that. I was fortunate enough to play with some of those guys on that team, so just not knowing was a struggle. It was definitely on my mind all of last night and all of today. And I just told myself to go out there and lay it on the line for those guys who can’t anymore.”

Once he proves he’s 100 percent at his Pro Day, he will resurface as a Melvin Gordon-like prospect. The Giants can move back from No. 2 overall and get a difference-maker at CB with their No. 12 pick, then a running back who can benefit from their offensive line additions.

That phrasing suggests Elway has a quarterback he likes among the top choices — Wyoming’s Josh Allen, USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen or Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield — but that he isn’t counting on the quarterback he likes being available with the fifth overall pick.

Keenum got $25 million guaranteed on a two-year contract and will almost certainly be the Week One starter, but the Broncos could draft a quarterback they expect to take over for Keenum by 2019 or 2020 at the latest. Still, given that the Broncos have a defense they think they can win with now, it would seem to make more sense to use the fifth overall pick to draft a player who can contribute to a turnaround this season, rather than a player who will spend this season holding a clipboard.

The Seahawks don’t have draft picks in the second or third rounds, with five combined in the fourth and fifth rounds. That’s not much to work with in sliding up the board to a reasonable position.bills_070

Mike Maccagnan unfazed by past QB misses

The Jets traded up from No. 6 to No. 3 in the first round of this year’s draft with the expectation that the team is going to pick a quarterback for the third time since Mike Maccagnan became the team’s General Manager in 2015.

Barnes remains one of the league’s more puzzling players — not quite the same isolation-heavy scorer he was last season, but not all that much different. He can still be too tentative with the ball:

If you want to know why Payton has never developed into the plus defender he has the tools to become, it’s stuff like this — plus his egregious out-of-scheme gambling:

Psst: Phoenix is dead last in both points scored and allowed per possession. That double — known as Bobcatting in honor of the tanktastic 2011-12 Bobcats — is a rare accomplishment.

Gruden said he wants Cooper to be ready to play in 2018 like he did in 2015 and 2016.

The Giants can’t rely on Eli Apple as much as they were hoping, and their new regime has no ties to the former first-round pick who has had locker room issues. This might be early for Jackson, but some teams are extremely high on the playmaker. He could complete what on paper looks like a talented defense.

The Redskins have invested draft picks and free-agent dollars across their offense, and they’ll likely sit back and see whether those moves pay dividends. That means they probably will address their defense early in the draft, and their defensive front seven, especially the line, is a good place to continue building.

Landry had a down 2017 season thanks to injuries and inconsistency, but he is an edge rusher worthy of first-round selection. The Packers can’t rely on Clay Matthews on the perimeter much longer.

Quinn isn’t happy about it. And yet he is.bills_058

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

Mariners’ Ryon Healy on 10-day disabled list with sprained ankle

First baseman Ryon Healy on Monday became the latest starting position player placed on the disabled list by the Seattle Mariners.

Healy, who sprained his ankle during a postgame workout on Saturday, was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 8. Right-handed reliever Chasen Bradford was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move.

Healy opened the season with a 1-for-21 slump before hitting a three-run double in the eighth inning Saturday.

Seattle could have Daniel Vogelbach, Andrew Romine or Taylor Motter handle first base in Healy’s absence.

Besides Healy, designated hitter Nelson Cruz (ankle sprain), catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Ben Gamel (both with oblique injuries) are already on the 10-day disabled list.

Athletics: Kendall Graveman (0-1, 8.10 ERA) has given up four homers in two starts this season. He gave up five runs in five innings against the Angels on opening day in Oakland.

Angels: Ohtani (1-0, 4.50 ERA) faces the A’s for the second time this season. The right-hander pitched six innings of three-hit ball in Oakland in his strong big-league debut, although Matt Chapman connected for a three-run homer.

Israel’s top basketball team has cut its star player, Glen Rice Jr., after he punched a teammate in the face.

Hapoel Holon said it released Rice after the team’s Monday night loss because of a “severe disciplinary infraction.” It said Rice punched teammate Guy Pnini in the face in the locker room. Pnini was hospitalized with a suspected facial fracture.

The 27-year-old Rice is the Israeli league’s top scorer, averaging more than 24 points a game, and has led Holon to the top of the standings.

He also won a state cup thanks to a last-second shot against powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv. Rice, who briefly played in the NBA, was previously arrested in the United States on battery and robbery charges. His father is three-time NBA All-Star Glen Rice.buccaneers_082

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

Preds are favorites, but sportsbooks worry about Vegas

The Vegas Golden Knights are the team that Las Vegas bookmakers are most worried about entering the Stanley Cup playoffs, but despite an amazing inaugural season, the Golden Knights aren’t the favorite.

That distinction belongs to the Nashville Predators, who led the NHL in regular-season points with an impressive 117. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened them at 4-1 to hoist the trophy on Monday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning (5-1) and Pittsburgh Penguins (7-1) have the next-best odds, followed by the Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets at 8-1. The Penguins opened the season with the best odds (7-1) at Westgate.

The New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche are the biggest long shots at 40-1.

Slugger Chris Davis, who’s off to a miserable start, cracked the bat over his knee after striking out in the sixth. He later was thrown out trying to bunt against the shift during an 0-for-4 performance that lowered his batting average to .088.

Blue Jays: 1B Kendrys Morales strained his right hamstring running out a single and was removed for a pinch runner in the second inning. Gibbons did not expect Morales to land on the disabled list. … OF Anthony Alford (hamstring) has started his rehab in Florida, where he is expected to remain for a few days before likely heading to Triple-A Buffalo, Gibbons said.

Witten’s contract runs through 2021.

The Morning News noted that the team also added a few free-agent pieces this week, signing wide receivers Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

It’s unclear whether the Cowboys will continue to try and create space, but linebacker Sean Lee’s contract could be another target and offensive tackle Tyron Smith’s could be a “last resort,” The Morning News reported earlier in the offseason.

The shooting touch was missing Monday, when Orlando was just 5 of 24 from behind the arc.

The Magic couldn’t make up for the misses on the defensive end, especially in the third quarter.buccaneers_011

Devils activate Marcus Johansson from injured reserv

The Devils activated forward Marcus Johansson from injured reserve on Sunday, and he traveled with the team to Montreal.

The team plays the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Bell Centre in Montreal.

Coach John Hynes will brief the media at 4:50 prior to Sunday’s game, and he will clarify if Johansson will be back in the lineup against the Canadiens.

Johansson started practicing with the team on Monday, more than two months after suffering a concussion on March 23.

Especially for a guy like him who brings so much skill to the lineup and poise, forward Travis Zajac said. You’re always excited to get those guys back, and I think it’s something a team can always add is some more scoring, some more playmaking abilities.

Including Sunday, the Devils have four games left in the regular season. They currently hold the second wild card in the Eastern Conference — the final playoff spot. Their magic number to clinch a playoff berth is six points.

In 2016, David Bonagura kicked 10 of his 14 field goals but made just one of four beyond 40 yards. He was beat out by Minnesota grad-transfer Andrew Harte last summer, and Harte went on to miss two of his three attempts beyond 40 while converting 7-for-10 overall.

In both years, the competition extended deep into training camp.

But with Harte and Bonagura both graduated, Rutgers is in the midst of another placekicking competition.

For now, it’s Justin Davidovicz position to lose.

The Bridgewater-Raritan High School product saw action in all 12 games as a true freshman last fall, serving as Rutgers’ kickoff specialist.patriots_092-223x223