Tom Brady and Matt Ryan: They’re friends.

Tom Brady and Donald Trump: Reading the transcripts, one would never know Brady has been asked about his relationship with the president several times. We already know he doesn’t want to talk about it. Maybe not having that red hat as a conversation piece would have done the trick.

But by now, everyone knows Brady isn’t going to say anything political or anything about his good friend. That’s fine. Move on.

Tom Brady and Matt Ryan: They’re friends. They call each other. They pick each other’s brains about the game. That’s what quarterbacks do.

But Ryan went to Boston College, you see, so he was in close proximity while watching Brady do his GOAT thing in Foxborough. Breaking news: Ryan is also friends with Matthew Stafford because of that Georgia thing. Brady is friends with Peyton Manning. Brady is friends with Drew Brees. Brady is friends with Aaron Rodgers.

Wow. Shocking. One great circle of quarterback friends.

According to a motion filed to delay the trial by three months, Hernandez’s defense team revealed a list of eight potential witnesses, including McDaniels.

“The Commonwealth alleges the defendant sent a text message to Mr. McDaniels showing him another tattoo that he received at the same time from tattoo artist David Nelson with the letters ‘CBS/WBS/IWBTG,’” the motion read, via The Boston Herald. “According to the Commonwealth, it expects Mr. McDaniels to testify [if called] as to the meaning of those letters.”

Hernandez, who received the “CBS/WBS/IWBTG” tattoo in 2014 while in prison, could be in hot water over other body ink. At a pretrial hearing in December for the alleged double murder, prosecutors say two other tattoos on the former tight end’s body could be proof of his guilt.

NFL free agency: Cowboys, Jets among teams with least projected salary cap space

The 2016 NFL season is over, which means it’s time to start looking to the 2017 offseason.

The NFL estimates the salary cap in 2017 will be between $166 million and $170 million, but despite that big number, there still will be a bunch of teams that might struggle with the cap.
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Using a $168 million salary cap limit, we look at the teams that project to have less than $21 million in cap space before they start cutting players and/or restructuring contracts to prepare for free agency.

Pro: Allen has been well-schooled at Alabama under Nick Saban and would’ve been a top 15 pick last year. He can play defensive end and defensive tackle and would be an excellent piece for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to build around. He’s a safe pick and lead-by-example-type player.

Elite Mens Wes Hopkins Jersey Con: Is “safe” worthy of the No. 1 pick? Allen is 6-3 and 291 pounds. He’s a converted outside linebacker, and he might have to bulk up to play inside in the NFL.

A 2014 fourth-round draft pick from Wisconsin, White has long played a complementary role in conjunction with other running backs. He split carries in high school (St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) with Bengals running back Giovani Bernard. White also played alongside the Chargers’ Melvin Gordon and two other 1,000-yard college rushers (John Clay and ex-Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball) during four seasons with the Badgers.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft zings Roger Goodell in trophy ceremony

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Robert Kraft didn’t let bygones be bygones after his Patriots collected their fifth Super Bowl victory. He made sure to let NFL commissioner Roger Goodell know he’s still steamed about Deflategate.

After Kraft received the Vince Lombardi Trophy from Goodell after New England’s classic 34-28 overtime victory over Atlanta, he barely look at the commissioner as they shook hands. Then he delivered not-so-veiled shots at his friend-turned-nemesis.

Of the franchise’s five Super Bowl titles, Kraft said, This is unequivocally the sweetest. And you can be sure that it isn’t just because Tom Brady, who was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 regular season for using deflated footballs (after a protracted legal battle), completed a record comeback from a 28-3 deficit.

As long as I’m willing to make the commitment to take good care of myself, Brady said Monday when asked how much longer he can play. I got a good routine. It’s gotten better as the years have gone on. It’s nice to feel better as the season goes.

The inevitability that he someday no longer will feel better as the season goes is not lost in Brady. The perceived robot eventually will reveal himself as a human vulnerable to an aging process. But why should Brady wait for that drift to mediocrity?
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Brady has a chance to retire not only as a champion, but as the undisputed best-ever 鈥?at the top of his game, with relatively remarkable health, with oodles of money, with a family life to which he can look forward.

That would be just the beginning for him.

In the Live Ball Era, no one’s been this much better than the rest of baseball in their early seasons and not gone in Cooperstown. It’s rare even for modern players to post 150 OPS+ and 1,000 plate appearances through age-25 and not later be enshrined (though an interesting article could be written about Kal Daniels at some point.)
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Frankly, OPS+ underrates Trout somewhat. He’s the second-best position player in baseball history through age-25 for Wins Above Average, with 39.4. Only Mickey Mantle ranks better, at 39.7. If Trout comes back healthy in two months, he might catch the Commerce Comet. He should stay safely in front of Ty Cobb, who’s third at 39.2 (Cobb ranks tops for WAR through age-25 with 55.8 and Trout and Mantle tied at 52.1.).

His 170 defensive runs better than average through his age-25 season are better than any other player through this age by nearly 50 runs.

That seems like a stat that should accompany a well-known slugger such as Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton or Kris Bryant. If you’re thinking that Schimpf doesn’t really fit in the same sentence as those guys, you’re right. He’s not what you would typically think of as a major home run hitter, standing at 5-9 and 180 pounds with a frame more reminiscent of a running back than a baseball player. Even his name, which sounds suspiciously like shrimp,works to fool the brain into dismissing him as a power hitter.
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The left-handed batter was 28 years old when he was called up in June 2016 after parts of eight seasons in the minors. He got off to a slow start after making his major league debut, but Schimpf collected his first home run (and fourth total hit) in a Padres uniform on July 1 — in his 14th game played.

That would be just the beginning for him.

we have to reset our eyes and our feet and look elsewhere

This isn’t the most difficult throw. It’s just a hitch route against an off corner, but we see Rosen ready to throw right when he finishes his five-step drop. This hitch is his first read, and he likes the matchup. If not, he could finish his drop and come back to the top side of the screen. If we can throw to our primary receiver, why not, right?

If we can’t, we have to reset our eyes and our feet and look elsewhenike_cardinals_529e. Here, you see the same five-step drop, with Rosen looking at his backside receiver. The coverage is different, so he doesn’t want to throw there. There’s a press corner with a weak safety lurking over top, so instead, when he finishes his drop, he shifts his eyes to the strong side, hitching his feet forward to align himself. Another accurate throw in the seam right off that hitch step.

There have been instances where players have success in the season in which they’re on the cover. Adrian Peterson, who was the face of Madden 25 (which would have been Madden 14) rushed for 1,266 yards and was third in the league with 10 rushing touchdowns.

Eddie George ran for a career-high 1,509 yards and had 16 total touchdowns, leading the Titans to a Super Bowl that season before losing to the St. Louis Rams and Kurt Warner. Odell Beckham Jr. also had a big year after his Madden 16 appearance, with 13 touchdown receptions and 1,450 yards.

Arguably nobody had better seasons than Richard Sherman and Calvin Johnson. Sherman, who was on Madden 15, was a first-team All-Pro, and was the least-targeted corner in the NFL. Johnson, who appeared on Madden 13 set the NFL record for receiving yardage in a season with 1,964.

So while it’s a curse for some, it’s a gift for others. Unfortunately for Gronk, it was the former.

The Bills refuse to be content with Tyrod Taylor, and it makes no sense

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Lacy’s shot at a comeback season will come in Seattle, which signed him a day after hosting fellow free-agent back Peterson. The Seahawks reportedly still had interest in Jamaal Charles, too. He has a lot of Marshawn Lynch-like attributes, so it will be interesting to see if Lacy can reivent himself as second-wave Beast Mode.

Baltimore was disappointed in its passing game production from its back, namely Buck Allen. Woodhead’s unique receiving skills also will help fill in for the loss of versatile fullback Kyle Juszczyk.

The Buffalo Bills have a new head coach and, as of last week, a new general manager. But just like the last regime, coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane already started sending out mixed messages about quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s status with the team.

In an interview with Peter King at the MMQB, they’re asked whether the quarterback of the future is in Buffalo now. McDermott points to Taylor, and for the same amount of time it takes you to read that sentence, the Bills finally have given their starter from the last two years the public vote of confidence he deserves.

Then, Beane pulls the rug out from under the veteran quarterback a mere paragraph later. He promises a competition, in the same breath as praising Taylor’s skills.
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McDermott gets the message and changes his tune right after Beane speaks.

I think that’s the key. Going back to your question, Can we guarantee he is on our roster right now? That remains to be seen and that is true at a lot of positions on our roster.

Boston needed a win, and they got back on track for a game at least.

We will have no 3-0 leads coming from Friday’s games, with both teams who trailed by two games picking up a win. First came Boston, who shifted Gerald Green into the starting five and found their offense once again. It was a panic move, because anything happens in a panic when a top seed goes down two games to none against the No. 8 team. But Green scored eight points, and it reinvigorated the Celtics enough for the win.

It’s not quite the same situation, but the Thunder also won Game 3 to prevent that just about insurmountable 3-0 deficit. James Harden dropped 44 points in the loss, amazingly.

Finally, the Jazz and the Clippers provided us another thrilling ending and game in general, really turning this entire series into a much watch. Here’s a breakdown for each one.

Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti wasn’t very accepting of the apology, to say the least.

I’m disappointed in the Bears and the McCaskeys,Bisciotti said via The Baltimore Sun. It is, in my opinion, a deviation from their great legacy. They concluded that their heartfelt and admirable apology was sufficient for our loss. All of us at the Ravens strongly disagree … probably end of story.
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Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke in an interview later.

With about two and a half minutes left, we had a deal. And for two and a half minutes, Ozzie [Newsome] was on the phone with the Bears, and the Bears were telling Ozzie that they had called the deal in. I mean, we all know that you’ve gotta call the deal in for it to be official.

Game Kids Greg Luzinski Jersey I think we had an understanding that we would get Jimmy [Smith] even when we were off the clock, we didn’t overreact to the fact that we were off the clock. But we were very disappointed, and we’re still disappointed.

The NFL might finally be easing up in its War on Fun

Last night I had a dream. In that dreamland, I watched a wide receiver catch a 38-yard pass and run it all the way into the end zone. As soon as the ref threw his arms up in the air, the player put the ball on the ground and thrusted his hips, once, twice, three, and four times. Fans watching in the seats gave their own joyous gyrations in return. An orgy of fun.

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The Nevada Gaming Commission is the policy maker for the state of Nevada and gaming, and (the NFL has) not approached us in any shape, way or form, Tony Alamo, the Nevada Gaming Commission chairman, told ESPN.

It’s a sticky situation for the NFL, which has typically not been flexible about the rules on gambling. The league even fined several players for participating in an arm wrestling competition this spring because it was held in a casino.

But mobile betting isn’t a new problem for the league. Gambling is legal in England, and with games in London each year, the NFL has had to navigate this issue already. During London games, the betting kiosks inside Wembley Stadium are unavailable, but fans are still able to make bets through smartphone apps.
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The NFL didn’t have much to say about the matter. Spokesman Brian McCarthy simply said that the Raiders are required to abide by league rules.

NFL owners meet this week in Chicago, and they are expected vote on whether or not to ratify the Raiders’ lease.

they weren’t in operation for three of those seasons.

New York has had Boomer Esiason, Vinny Testaverde and Brett Favre pass through as all-stars in their twilight years. Heck, Sanchez didn’t make the Pro Bowl, but he had a couple of strong playoff runs after the 2009 and 2010 seasons. And here’s a reminder that Cleveland had current Carolina backup Derek Anderson go to Honolulu only 10 years ago.

Since Ken O’Brien in ’85, the Jets have had only 25 starting QBs. Since Bernie Kosar in ’85, the Browns have had 37 starting QBs, and they weren’t in operation for three of those seasons.

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The skid: Haven’t won the World Series, ever (franchise started in 1961 as the Washington Senators)

Game Youth Brian Rafalski USA Jersey Need to know: The Rangers, of course, have been tantalizingly close to that elusive first World Series title recently. They made the Fall Classic for the first time in 2010, but the Giants won that one in five games. Texas made it back in 2011, and the Rangers were only one strike away — on two separate occasions — from claiming the crown in Game Six against St. Louis, but the Cardinals rallied both times to force Game Seven, which they won, 6-2. Texas should be ready for another run in 2017.

Cowboys’ Randy Gregory reportedly fails 7th drug test

If Randy Gregory had any hope of playing football again, that chance is now certainly blown.

The Cowboys’ troubled defensive end recently failed a drug test for the seventh time and has prompted genuine concern for his well-being from those close to him, TMZ Sports reported Saturday.

Though he was a full-time starter just one season, Charlton was a first-team All-Big Ten selection after collecting 9 1/2 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. At 6-6, 277, Charlton has superior length with 34-inch arms and can wreak havoc up front. He has to be more consistent, so the challenge for the Cowboys defensive staff is to help him develop into an every-down starter.

“He’s got length, he’s got power, he’s got athletic ability. He doesn’t have the twitch,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said of Charlton. “What you see on tape is what I saw at the combine where he doesn’t quite have the twitch of an elite edge rusher, so I think he’s more of a base 3-4 end. And there is nothing wrong with that. You can be a good football player that plays eight to ten years in the league.”

The Cowboys were stout against the run last season, but did not have much of a pass rush. Charlton can fill that void, especially with Randy Gregory set to miss most of the season with another suspension.

Draft picks: Ole Miss TE Evan Engram, Alabama DT Dalvin Thompson, Cal QB Davis Webb, Clemson RB Wayne Gallman, Youngstown State DE Avery Moss, Pittsburgh T Adam Bisnowaty

Jerry Reese has done it again. Offensively, New York got a little more support for Eli Manning with both Engram and Gallman, but also got a potential No. 1 QB to groom behind him in Webb. Defensively, Moss and Thompson are their typical brand of 4-3 linemen. Bisnowaty has left tackle upside. The only thing missing is some needed youthful speed and quickness at linebacker.