Jets add Chris Jones to defensive line

The Jets have added a veteran defensive lineman to the roster as their offseason program nears its conclusion.

The new face is Chris Jones, who the Jets announced as a member of the team on Tuesday morning. Defensive lineman Claude Pelon was waived in a corresponding move.

Jones entered the NFL as a Texans sixth-round pick in 2013, but didn’t make the team out of camp. He wound up on the Patriots and started 23 games over the next two years for New England. In one of his Patriots appearances, Jones blocked a field goal attempt by then-Jets kicker Nick Folk to seal a victory.

The 25-year-old was with Steelers coaches at Pitt’s pro day helping time 40-yard dashes. He also said he was getting some pointers on how to evaluate players.

While Shazier will not play for the the Steelers this season, he will be paid $8.7 million in the final year of his contract.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy spent some time with Ryan Shazier recently and on Saturday, April 7, posted a photo of himself and the Steelers linebacker on instagram.

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He has plenty to learn — like what to do if his first move in the rush doesn’t work — but he also offers raw skills. His 17.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, combined with his work at the Senior Bowl (he sacked Mayfield in the game), offer a glimpse of what could come.

Darnold may possess the highest ceiling among the top passers in this draft. He’ll turn 21 in June and has exhibited the mental toughness to recover from mistakes. His windup needs work and his 22 turnovers last season are a concern, but he has won teams over with the way he handles himself.

Few players rise more quickly on draft boards than cornerbacks with size and elite speed. And unlike many at his position in the college game, he has shown he can play press coverage. Alexander missed seven games in 2017 with knee and hand injuries. He averaged 10.5 yards per punt return in 2016.

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Zach Ertz: Just like old times with Carson Wentz

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz’ return from last year’s torn ACL clicked forward this week as Wentz began taking part in 7-on-7 drills during the team’s practices.

Wentz isn’t getting the lion’s share of the work, but he is getting enough to make one of his favorite targets feel it’s just like old times for the quarterback. Tight end Zach Ertz even thinks that Wentz may be throwing the ball harder than he did in those old times.

McPhee has said that the Wild were one of a handful of teams that he knew he had in a bind. They had to expose defensemen Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella but didn’t want to lose either. So McPhee agreed to draft Haula, a fourth-line restricted free-agent forward, if the Wild surrendered one of three prospects. They settled on 21-year-old power winger Alex Tuch, the 18th overall pick in 2014, with Minnesota getting a 2018 third-round pick. Haula had a career-high 29 goals and 55 points in 76 games. Tuch had 15 goals and 37 points and was a physical menace for Vegas. It was robbery at the time, and it became worse than expected for the Wild, as both players skated meaningful minutes for Vegas in its postseason run.

The rumors were so thinly sourced that ordinarily they wouldn’t even be worth mentioning. But after a pending Julian Edelman suspension showed up on Reddit one day and on ESPN the next, everyone is wondering what the next big Patriots story to get spilled on social media will be.

Furthermore, a Gronkowski trade isn’t totally unthinkable: There have been reports that Gronk isn’t happy in New England, that he and Bill Belichick don’t see eye to eye, and that he wants a new contract. All that adds up to sound like a player that could be traded.

But just because Gronk could be traded, that doesn’t mean he will be. This is one rumor without a lot behind it.

Cain had the second-best season of his career by WAR in 2017, posting 5.3 WAR (he had 7.2 in 2015). He was one of four primary-position center fielders to hit.300 or better in 2017, along with Charlie Blackmon (.331), Mike Trout (.306) and Ender Inciarte (.304). Cain hit.300. — Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

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Rams waive Michael Dunn

The Rams announced they waived offensive tackle Michael Dunn on Tuesday. The team did not announce a corresponding move, leaving them at 89 players.

Dunn, 23, spent two days on the Rams’ practice squad last season. They re-signed him in February.

He originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland in 2017. The Rams released him after the preseason.

Most of Dunn’s 48 starts at Maryland came at left tackle. He earned All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2015 and 2016.

Hurst walked on at South Carolina in 2015 after two years in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization. He developed the yips as a pitcher and was also tried at first base. He’ll turn 25 in August, but his athleticism and hands make him the top tight end on the board.

Ragnow missed the last five games of the season because of ankle surgery, but did some position drills at his pro day. He was a three-year starter, a team captain and plays with toughness. He has the ability to play guard or center.

Key left the team in the spring of 2017 for reasons he hasn’t publicly explained. He had shoulder surgery right before the ’17 season and disappointing showings in pre-draft workouts. On the other side of the coin are games like his eight-tackle, one-sack performance against Alabama.

Cain has a better feel for the position than many of his peers in this draft who had bigger career numbers. He is a high-quality route runner with the speed to finish and physical edge to work the middle of the field.

Washington looks more like a running back and his speed on the field is better than what he showed in pre-draft workouts. He has limited exposure to the routes he will be asked to run in the NFL, but the bottom line is he averaged 19.8 yards per catch in his career with 39 touchdowns.

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Tre Boston to visit with Cardinals

Safety Tre Boston’s free agency has lasted longer than he probably expected and his next attempt to land a job for the 2018 season will come with the Cardinals.

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that Boston told her he was traveling to Arizona on Wednesday. Boston met with the Colts earlier this month, but has otherwise seen the same quiet market that greeted other safeties like Kenny Vaccaro and Eric Reid this offseason.

Even with perspective and a lot more information, trying to assess those drafts is imperfect. They may cross administrations (though often a change in GM does not result with an immediate overhaul of the amateur scouts). Also, simply putting a player in the majors is informative, but needs further delving because there is a difference between attendance and impact.

The Mets highlight both of those items. Their drafts in the 2008-13 period were overseen first by Omar Minaya and then Sandy Alderson. In all, they have 25 players from those drafts who played this year, tied with the Blue Jays for the most.

Players from the Minaya era include Jake deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz. Alderson’s first pick, Brandon Nimmo (13th overall, 2011) is beginning to make an impact, Michael Fulmer was used to get Yoenis Cespedes, and Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have turned into important staff pieces. But much of this period is about attendance, which does have its importance since almost every team will end up using 40-plus players this season.

Banner was a fourth-round pick of the Colts last year, who hasn’t stuck anywhere. The Colts cut him before the start of the regular season, and he was claimed by the Browns, appearing in eight games.

But the new administration in Cleveland didn’t want him, and the Panthers bailing so quickly on a high pick is not a good omen for future employment.

We’re seeing a lot good things from our front-line guys, but we felt like [Monday] was a good day to see what some of the younger, fresher-legged guys could do, Shurmur said.

Shurmur gave those younger players 14 plays in a live setting inside the field house — with no contact, of course — to see how they would function in scrimmage-like conditions.

It will be a good tool for us to evaluate some of the young guys, Shurmur said.

WR Odell Beckham Jr. and DT Damon Snacks Harrison were not at Monday’s OTA. Shurmur says he expects both players will attend next week’s three-day mandatory minicamp. Harrison has been an infrequent participant at the OTAs.

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Joe Mixon wants Sammy Watkins to join Bengals

We’ve seen plenty of players try their hand at recruiting Kirk Cousins over the last couple of months, but Cousins isn’t the only impending free agent in the league that others would like to call their teammate.

Bengals running back Joe Mixon has identified a player he’d like to see come to Cincinnati when the new league year opens next week. Mixon took to Twitter to reach out to wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who is set to hit the open market after the Rams passed on giving him the franchise tag.

Robinson’s program reads like a checklist of criticisms encountered by Bryant during an ongoing streak of 23 consecutive regular-season games without a 100-yard performance.

It’s especially noteworthy that the three-time Pro Bowl selection is working with a route guru after NFL Network analyst Steve Smith highlighted Bryant’s shortcomings in that area prior to a late-November game last season.

One thing that I’ve noticed with top-tier guys, they have a Ph.D. in route running, Smith explained. They can run every route on the route tree. With Dez as he’s becoming older … you have to be able to run all of those routes because your speed, you lose a step a little bit, you’re not as fast as you used to be when you were twentysomething.

Smith clarified that Bryant is typically limited to three routes : a push-off hitch, a jumpball go and a slant.

Find out what team did it and ban them from the Combine, Smith said. The question is inappropriate. Questions along these lines are always inappropriate.

Smith said he doesn’t like the whole way the NFL treats players entering the league, although those players are not yet union members and so there’s only so much he can do for them.

I’ve never been a fan of the Combine, Smith said.

The players themselves are in an awkward situation because if they push back against inappropriate questions, they risk getting labeled a problem, hurting their own draft stock and earning potential. So it’s on the NFL to force teams to knock it off.

Once upon a time, the New York Giants baseball team permanently moved to San Francisco.

Now, the Giants football team would be wise to rent space for its top brass in Los Angeles.

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Internet billionaire makes play for Carolina Panthers

Forbes has valued the Panthers at $2.3 billion and sources confirmed to Page Six that initial bids for the team were due on Monday. We revealed earlier this year that hedge fund billionaire David Tepper made a $2.3 billion play for the Carolina Panthers. Appaloosa Management founder Tepper is also a minority owner in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, the owners of Station Casinos and Red Rock Resorts, were also considering a Panthers bid, we reported.

It is believed the NFL hopes to approve a deal at a meeting in May in Atlanta.

Richard was hired by the Cowboys to serve as their defensive passing game coordinator after he was fired by the Seahawks after three seasons as the team’s defensive coordinator in January. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is hopeful that the addition of a former Seahawks defensive coach will boost the performance of Dallas’ defensive unit.

I didn’t know him personally, Garrett said of Richard, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. I certainly knew of him. If you look back at the last seven years, do a statistical analysis of who the best defense in the National Football League is, it all points to that team out in the Northwest. Seattle has played great defense over the course of that time.

Obviously Pete Carroll has done an amazing job there with that defensive team, but a lot of other guys have been there Kris has been there from the start. So we have great admiration for how they play defense, how he coaches. Had admiration for him from afar for a long time and anybody who has been around him as a player or a coach spoke highly of him. So when he was available to us we wanted to bring him in and visit with him. Had a great visit.

Before Richard was Seattle’s defensive coordinator, he was the team’s defensive backs coach. He was heavily involved with the progression of Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Byron Maxwell and others into highly successful members of the team’s secondary.

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Eyeing postseason, Lance Lynn says Twins are a great fit

There is a certain grittiness to the way Lance goes about his job, and hopefully it will permeate its way through our clubhouse to some degree, Molitor said.

The Twins sent down prospects Stephen Gonsalves, Adalberto Mejia and Aaron Slegers to Triple-A Rochester and Fernando Romero to Double-A Chattanooga before the game. Mejia made 21 starts for the Twins last year.

Ups and downs, just trying to figure it out, Cavs forward Jeff Green said. It’s been filled with injuries. It’s just been a tough roller coaster.

But there is still optimism that a good stretch of basketball is around the corner for the Cavs when they do get healthy.

I’m not concerned at all, Green told ESPN. We have a lot of weapons out that we rely on, and we got to figure it out. There’s no excuses.

Kyle Korver admitted it has worn on the team’s psyche.

San Antonio could be a heck of an opening hurdle if Leonard can return to All-NBA form after a lengthy absence due to his mysterious quadriceps ailment and help transform the Spurs back to their two-decade norm of excellence.

It doesn’t matter where you are — you’re going to get a good team, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said before the blowout. So, whatever.

Sometimes, it’s going to be really emotionally draining and tough like (Sunday) was, and sometimes, it’s going to be in good shape. So you just have to weather that storm with the players, and that’s really important.

The Stars are without top goaltender Ben Bishop, who has missed the past three games with a knee injury. He skated Monday in full equipment for the first time since the injury.

He’s a couple of steps away, but it’s a good sign to have him on the ice today with gear on, Hitchcock said.

Kari Lehtonen has started the past three games and is 1-2-0, but has given up only four goals in those three games.

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