Samaje Perine’s vicious running style should help Washington

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Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine used his size and toughness to gain tough yards for the Sooners and will continue to do just that for Washington, who selected him 114th in the fourth round. Perine, at 5’11 and 233 pounds, is a powerful back who consistently gains yards.

Two other teams, the New Orleans Saints and Titans, have a pair of first-round picks. The Saints have the No. 11 pick as well as the No. 32 pick, which they got from the Patriots in exchange for trading receiver Brandin Cooks to New England.

The Titans will first pick at No. 5, courtesy of last year’s draft trade with the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams moved up to draft quarterback Jared Goff, surrendering their 2017 first-round pick in the process.

Limited Womens Phil McConkey Jersey The Rams won’t be on the clock Thursday, but keep an eye on them. They have a history of making some blockbuster trades before or in the draft. The Patriots and Minnesota Vikings will also sit out the first round, unless they trade up.

Even if there’s not a big trade, the first day of the draft usually brings a good deal of excitement. Here’s how to watch it unfold. The Saints have more pressing needs than tailback, especially now that Adrian Peterson is officially a part of the roster. Mark Ingram is coming off his best season as a pro, and while McCaffrey could add value at several different positions — notably as a slot receiver and kick returner — there is a handful of defensive players who could have an even bigger impact at No. 11. If McCaffrey falls all the way to No. 32, it seems much more likely New Orleans would be his landing spot.

Selection Sunday bracketology 2017: No. 1 seed debate fires back up after Duke wins ACC Tournament

At the moment, my top line still consists of the Villanova Wildcats (East, virtually assured of the top spot overall after winning both the Big East Tournament and regular season crowns), Kansas Jayhawks (Midwest), North Carolina Tar Heels (South), and Gonzaga Bulldogs (West).

But when I do my final scrub, re-evaluation and reseeding of the field this morning and afternoon, I’m going to do a careful comparison of the ACC Tournament champion Duke Blue Devils profile against those of the Tar Heels and Bulldogs.

The good news for Cantlay even in a loss? He’s now made enough money in just two starts to regain full PGA Tour status for the rest of the 2017 season.

The Tour has been off to a heck of a start in 2017 — and it was probably unrealistic to expect it to keep supplying big names every single week. Off weeks happen, especially when the schedule is as cramped as it is right now for players. The Snake Pit provides one of pro golf’s toughest tests, but the sandwiched date between the fantastic new Mexico Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational left the Valspar holding a less than star-studded leaderboard through the weekend.

Here are the full results from Innisbrook. The Tour heads across I-4 next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Adam Hadwin already grabbed golf headlines this year with his 59 in Palm Springs, but he wasn’t able to close the deal there — instead finishing second to Hudson Swafford. With his win this week, Hadwin vaults all the way up to fourth in the FedExCup standings, just behind Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, and Dustin Johnson. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t fall far off from that pace, either. Hadwin has the talent to be a multiple-time winner on the PGA Tour, possibly even multiple times this season.

Even in a loss, Cantlay was the story of the week — and might be one of the best stories of the year on Tour.20

Kenyon Martin reveals the time he knocked Nene out with a ‘one-hitter-quitter’

KENYON Martin isn’t shy about voicing his opinion, as we learned after recent comments from his former coach George Karl.

This week, the former NBA All-Star joined Chris Broussard on the In The Zone podcast and relived some of the most brutal fights he witnessed (and participated in) during his time in the Association.

As Martin explains to Broussard, most actual NBA fights don’t happen on the court. It’s too easy to act tough during a game when you know someone will break things up before real punches are thrown.

Instead, NBA practices are where you’ll see the most intense altercations — yes, even among teammates.

To this point, the entire offensive side of the ball has seen the field. Running backs, offensive linemen and special teamers went on Friday while quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends went on Saturday. The final group, defensive backs, will see the field on Monday, the final day of this year’s combine in Indianapolis.

Myles Garrett is the big name to keep an eye on Sunday. The Texas A&M defensive end has been heavily rumored to be the top pick of the draft by the Cleveland Browns. Garrett impressed in the bench press and during interviews on Saturday, but the drills Sunday will get most of the attention. It’s unlikely a bad or good performance at the combine will radically shift his fortunes, but seeing the potential top pick in action is always worth it.

Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas is another player who has been considered a potential top-five pick in the draft, and he will be in action on Sunday. Thomas is a player who could benefit with excellent showings in the timing drills.

Johnson could end up being the best NFL prospect on Penn State’s defense

Austin Johnson, DT (junior): Johnson could end up being the best NFL prospect on Penn State’s defense, with the potential to be a devastating nose tackle. He clocks in at 6’4, 323 pounds but moves like someone much smaller. His lateral agility is terrifying, which would certainly compensate for any deficiencies he has with raw power. The big question with Johnson is whether he’s just really good or if he’s really good because he lines up next to one of the best defensive linemen in America.

Jordan Lucas, S (senior): Like Zettel, Lucas is a versatile athlete who can play in just about any spot in his unit. Lucas — the first person to commit to the Nittany Lions after the NCAA’s sanctions against the school — got better at cornerback every year, to the point that he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2014. He’s been the best player in a secondary that allowed the lowest completion percentage last year. Lucas decided to move to safety for his senior season, partly because this is where he projects to play at the next level.

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has quickly become the most valuable PPR asset for receivers. In fact, you could argue he will outscore any running back this season in PPR leagues. He’s also less likely to get hurt, so there’s a case to take him first overall in PPR. To nobody’s surprise, all seven of us have Brown as the No. 1 receiver, which is a testament to his sky-high ceiling and elite floor.

After Brown, none of us are in agreement on the top three, but Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Jordy Nelson and Calvin Johnson all seem to be somewhat close. Most of these guys have some injury concerns, especially Johnson. Megatron was basically everyone’s No. 1 receiver for drafts last year, but numerous injuries led to decreased production.

Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan returning to Jets for 2017

In 2015, Todd Bowles revived a moribund New York Jets franchise and guided it to its first 10-win season in five years. Speculation about his future was raised after a 5-11 campaign in 2016, but the Jets are sticking with Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan for one more year.

Jets just confirm Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan will be back in 2017.

Bowles engineered a remarkable turnaround last fall when he brought a Jets team that had finished 4-12 the previous season to the brink of the postseason. New York was 10-5 and one game from clinching a wild card berth before suffering an upset loss at the hands of division rival Buffalo and former head coach Rex Ryan.

The Browns may be less inclined to move down in the order, thanks to another first-round selection from the Philadelphia Eagles. Cleveland received Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick during a trade prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, and it eventually became a relatively valuable selection when the Eagles had a five-game losing streak in the latter half of the 2016 season.

Philadelphia finished the year with a win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17, ending the year with a 7-9 record and securing another pick in the top half of the first round for the Browns.

The Eagles do own the Minnesota Vikings’ first-round pick, though. Minnesota’s opponents finished the season with a combined 125-129-2 record, which is equal to the 126-130 record of Indianapolis Colts’ opponents, so the two teams will flip a coin for rights to the No. 14 pick.

if Dallas slips up Sunday night against the Buccaneers, they could still win the NFC East

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“Our mindset is to stop the opponent, to not let them score,” said Landon Collins, the second-year safety who’s emerged as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate after a rough rookie season.

Perhaps Sunday’s performance will help Cooks feel a little better about his Limited Mens Roman Josi Jersey role in New Orleans’ offense, after he expressed his frustration following a zero-target game two weeks ago.

Unfortunately, that’s one of the most tangible positives that could really come from the Saints’ win on Sunday, since they were virtually eliminated from the playoffs following their 28-13 home loss to the Lions in Week 13 and a 16-11 loss at the Buccaneers in Week 14.

That maddening inconsistency has led to three straight years of mediocrity for the Saints, who went 7-9 in both 2014 and 2015.

And on Sunday, it was the defense’s turn to flash that inconsistency by allowing 34 points (another seven came off of a defensive score by Arizona) and 425 yards.

New Orleans’ defense did come up with a pair of huge turnovers, though — off of a forced fumble by defensive end Paul Kruger in the first half and a forced fumble by safety Vonn Bell in the second half — to help survive this back-and-forth “thriller” between two of the NFC’s most up-and-down teams.

Forsett is now in his second week with the Broncos, Derby in his sixth

Kansas City Chiefs: The loss of Derrick Johnson is a big one for Kansas City, and the effectiveness and mobility of DeMarco Murray and Marcus Mariota, respectively, should help Tennessee with ball control and not give up a lot of sacks. You’ll basically need Tyreek Hill to run one back (always a possibility) for the K.C. D to pay off.

“He’s been a nice addition to our team,” Kubiak said. ” … We need to continue to use him. He’s done a lot of good things in the game. He has to put the ball away and that type of thing. We need him and we need him making plays for us. I think he’s shown the ability to do that.”

Forsett is now in his second week with the Broncos, Derby in his sixth. Neither were in the plan when the Broncos exited summer, but with three games to play and a playoff spot in the balance, both players suddenly find themselves with plenty of responsibility.

Elizabeth is 3 years old now and still just 20 pounds. She can’t talk, but she has figured out how to communicate with a series of sounds and pointing. And she has just come out of another surgery, this one to take out her tonsils to try to help her sleep better.

In addition to the obvious, horrible burden of what something like this does to a young family, there was one aspect I had never considered. They feel eerily alone. Obviously it is very hard to find other families going through what they are, and by choice, they had not told very many people in their lives about Elizabeth’s condition, until now.

“You feel like you’re on an island sometimes, because we’ve been scared of sharing our story. We still want to be Brian and Ashley, you know? We don’t want people treating us differently.”

Which makes complete sense. But it also means even the most innocent conversation can cause pain.

Robles could be a star after playing well in Class A at 19

David Schoenfield’s take: The time is now for the Nationals, and if you can get Chris Sale, make it happen. Giolito was considered the top pitching prospect in the minors entering 2016, but he hasn’t dominated at the upper levels of the minors and was terrible in 21 innings with the Nationals (26 hits, seven home runs, more walks than K’s, and his fastball velocity averaged “just” 93.3 mph). His stuff has backed up, and the command of his fastball and curveball need improvement. Is he a future ace or mid-rotation starter? Robles could be a star after playing well in Class A at 19, but he’s likely two or three years away.

Mark Saxon’s take: Last season, 90 percent of Dyson’s plate appearances came against right-handed pitchers. If the Cardinals platoon Dyson with Tommy Pham in center field and move Randal Grichuk to left, they would still have a more dynamic fielding unit than they had in 2016, when Brandon Moss and Matt Holliday often were playing the outfield.

David Schoenfield’s take: Hey, the Mariners just acquired a pitcher who threw a no-hitter! What, you don’t remember Heston’s no-hitter against the Mets in 2015? He had a solid rookie season with the Giants that year, posting a 3.95 ERA while relying heavily on an upper-80s sinker. The Giants weren’t buying into him, however. They signed Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, and Heston pitched just five innings in the majors in 2016 and eventually went down to Triple-A with an oblique injury.

He’ll be something like the No. 6 starter for the Mariners and was attractive because he still has options left. This wouldn’t preclude Jerry Dipoto from considering another veteran starter, such as Doug Fister, or maybe another minor trade.

Toronto was desperate when it signed Ryan. The Yankees are not.

Vikings’ playoff hopes could rest with their pass-rush

The Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback search of 2014 took them across the country, to meet with players in restaurants and hotel rooms, on practice fields and in front of whiteboards, as they joined a handful of other teams in what amounts to the NFL’s annual search for happily-ever-after by way of speed dating.

The Vikings took Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles out to dinner in Orlando following his pro day in March 2014, but by the end of the spring, their months-long search had put two names above Bortles’ and everyone else’s on their draft board: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, followed closely by Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. The Jacksonville Jaguars, meanwhile, had become enamored enough with Bortles to spend the third overall pick on him and stake their future on the quarterback.

Two-and-a-half years later, as Bortles faces the Vikings for the first time in his career, it’s a logical moment for one of our periodic checks on the Class of 2014 — which, depending on how you look at it, can be characterized as anything from eclectic to enigmatic. Bortles, who has started every game for the Jaguars since Week 4 of 2014, threw 35 touchdown passes last season but leads the league in interceptions for the second straight season.

That’ll be a big storyline Thursday night when the 9-3 Chiefs face Carr and the Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium with first place in the AFC West at stake: Will Carr’s futility against Kansas City continue?

“Every game is different, but you’re definitely more confident as you get more success.”

Carr is 1-4 against the Chiefs since becoming Oakland’s starting quarterback in 2014. The victory came in his first try and was his finest moment against Kansas City. On a Thursday night in Oakland, Carr led the Raiders on a 17-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter and threw the winning touchdown pass with 1 minute, 42 seconds remaining in a 24-20 victory.

That’s been the extent of his success, however, and three of Kansas City’s four wins have come by at least 14 points.

“I just didn’t complete as many passes as I [wanted] to,’’ Carr said when asked about his performances against the Chiefs. “Just have to take care of the ball against them.

“It’s just how the games have went.”

But he indicated the Chiefs aren’t in his head.

Dan Campbell leaving the Dolphins after being passed over for head coaching gig

The Miami Dolphins have granted former interim head coach Dan Campbell his release, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Campbell interviewed for the team’s head coaching job, but the Dolphins instead elected to hire Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

Campbell was Miami’s No. 2 choice following an impressive interview, according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, but the Dolphins were concerned about handing the team over to a man who had never been more than a tight ends coach.

On Saturday, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross spoke to the media about the Gase hiring and was asked whether Campbell is welcom to remain with the organization.

“I mean, that’s really up to Adam [Gase],” Ross said, via the Dolphins’ website. “I mean, I love Dan Campbell. He’s done a great job. I’d love to see him in the organization but Adam has really the free hand to hire his assistants. And the question is, he’ll probably meet with Dan, and he can tell you that, but I don’t think any conclusion [has been made]. But I think, the way we feel about Dan, as an organization, is fantastic.”

Hardy also caused various problems for the team off the field.

In his interview with KDFW 4, Mincey said that since his locker was right next to Hardy’s, he had an up-close view of this entire circus.

If there’s a tiebreaker between the two schools, it’s Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who was a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft after three seasons at Clemson. He has provided some highlights of his own, including a ridiculous touchdown that helped the Steelers survive the Wild Card round against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Edelman, 29, last played in Week 10 for the Patriots, catching four passes for 53 yards against the New York Giants before leaving with the foot injury. The Patriots won that game 27-26 to improve to 9-0 on the year, but the team finished 3-4 in the seven games without Edelman including losses in the last two weeks that handed the No. 1 seed in the AFC to the Denver Broncos.