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The Baltimore Ravens are apparently tinkering with some sort of two-quarterback, Joe Flacco-and-Lamar Jackson-on-the-same-field, Wildcat-option-gadget-wrinkle-trickeration package for this season.

Sounds exciting! It will baffle some opponents. It will get Jackson on the field quickly. It will make the Ravens offense more interesting, though showing commercials instead of the game would also make the Ravens offense more interesting.

It’s also a terrible mistake. A specialized Jackson package likely will trade a few highlights for clubhouse discord and a wasted opportunity for the rookie to quickly develop into Flacco’s not-too-eventual replacement. It could even slap Jackson with a label the Ravens’ first-round pick may cheap nike jerseys nfl never be able to peel off.

John Harbaugh and his offensive assistants have a long history with package quarterback experiments. So they should know better. Unfortunately, many of their past mistakes have been retconned into successes, making the Ravens eager to try again.

Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was former Philadelphia coach Andy Reid’s assistant in 2009, when the Eagles signed Michael Vick. Fresh from prison and two years removed  cheap nfl jerseys from china nike from the NFL, Vick was used strictly as a trick-play specialist behind Donovan McNabb that year. He then reached the Pro Bowl and earned the Comeback Player of the Year award after McNabb was traded in 2010.

So everyone lived happily ever after, and the Vick package experiment was a great idea, right?

Wrong. The Eagles had groomed Kevin Kolb, not Vick, as McNabb’s replacement. Had Kolb not gotten injured in the 2010 season opener, the Eagles likely would have noodled with him as their starter all year. Vick’s comeback story happened almost by accident.cheap new nike nfl jerseys

That’s one of the biggest problems with the package role. It’s sticky. Once NFL coaches see a package quarterback, they have a hard time seeing a “real” cheap nfl jerseys nike china quarterback, even if Vick is the package guy and someone like Kolb is the traditional guy.

Mornhinweg and Vick reunited with the Jets in 2014, when Vick became a package quarterback behind Geno Smith. Vick typically entered the game for just one play, where he rushed for a few yards, threw an incomplete pass or took a sack. It did nothing for the Jets offense or Smith’s nike jersey nfl cheap forever-battered confidence.

Serbia

15. Serbia (+1)

There’s no guarantee it all clicks for Serbia, but if it does watch out. They’re a massive side who will dominate set pieces and have key difference-makers Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic in great form.

They’re the second of our three dark-horse contenders.

14. Mexico (-1)

The 2018 World Cup will act as a sort of strange pathway from one generation to the next for Mexico. Thirty-nine-year-old Rafa Marquez will anchor the defence in his last tournament, while Hirving Lozano will spearhead the attack in his first.

They look good value to get out of their group, with the number of goals they’re capable of netting giving them the edge over Sweden, and from there who knows?

13. Denmark (+1)

Denmark hop above Mexico in our rankings after beating them 2-0 on Saturday, but there’s little to choose between the two. That Yussuf Poulsen found his goalscoring groove in the game is potentially important; it’s crucial the attacking onus does not solely fall on Christian Eriksen’s shoulders.authentic nfl jerseys

12. Poland (-1)

The news that Kamil Glik will miss the finals after sustaining an injury during training is a massive blow. Of all the pre-tournament ailments suffered across the 32 competing nations—and there’ve been too many, sadly—this is arguably the most impactful.

The White and Reds may still ride Robert Lewandowski’s coattails to success, but they’ll be far less resolute without their central-defensive man mountain.wholesale nfl jerseys

11. Colombia (-1)

Colombia opted to play just one tune-up game ahead of the World Cup finals, taking on Egypt on June 1 and drawing 0-0.nfl jerseys wholesale

That hardly seems like the ideal preparation—particularly given some teams have jammed in three friendlies during this period, for comparison—nfl jerseys china and things were made worse on Saturday by the ACL injury sustained by starting left-back Frank Fabra.

Los Cafeteros have depth in plenty of positions, but not that one. It’s a serious knock to their chances of upsetting the odds this summer.nfl wholesale jerseys

Sweden

20. Sweden (+2)

Sweden won’t wow anyone this tournament, but they’re capable of getting results—as evidenced by the play-off win over Italy, and their solid, if unspectacular, build-up to the finals.

They look third-strongest in Group F, but qualification isn’t out of the question. They’ll need to make an effort to score a few more goals than usual if they’re to usurp Mexico, though.

19. Morocco (+9)

If you’re looking for a potential group-stage upset, Morocco to qualify ahead of Portugal should be on your radar. They’re defensively excellent, have a coach in Herve Renard who knows how to eke out victories, and are close to a year unbeaten.

The Atlas Lions rarely concede, mix defensive quality (Medhi Benatia) with attacking zip (Hakim Ziyech) and are our first of three dark-horse candidates.cheap nfl jerseys china

18. Senegal (+5)

Perhaps results didn’t go their way during this preparation period, but what Senegal offered on the counter-attack against Croatia in their 2-1 defeat on Friday should scare anyone preparing to play them.nfl cheap jerseys

They defend crosses well and launch attacks quickly, feeding the ball to Sadio Mane and asking him to create. It’s a good strategy!

17. Switzerland (+7)

For Switzerland, see Sweden (20): They won’t blow you away with their football, but they can be solid when required and boast a couple of genuine difference-makers—Xherdan Shaqiri and Breel Embolo—in attack.nfl jerseys cheap china

The group they’ve landed in, alongside Serbia and Costa Rica, will be a gritty one, but that almost plays to their strengths.

16. Peru (+5)

Things are looking pretty rosy for Peru right now. They haven’t lost a game in over a year, have won five of their last six and have welcomed talismanic striker Paolo Guerrero back into the fold nfl jersey after his doping ban was temporarily lifted.nfl jerseys

An Early Look at Scouts’ Top 10 Players in the 2019 NFL Draft

There might not be college football on your television every Saturday, but that doesn’t mean NFL scouts aren’t hitting the road to learn about the top players for the 2019 draft. They’re building profiles, researching backgrounds and character and talking to college coaches about top players.

We took that information to give it to you in an early look at the top 10 players in the 2019 draft class.

Scout’s Quote: “I liked [Shaq] Lawson and [Kevin Dodd] when they were coming out, but this one is on a different level. Strength, length, burst, instincts. He has it all.”

Clelin Ferrell would have been considered a first-round talent had he declared for the 2018 draft. Instead, he decided to return to Clemson, where he’ll round out a defensive line with unfair talent across the board. With Ferrell anchoring one edge, Austin Bryant on the other and Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins on the interior, the Tigers line might be unstoppable.

Offensive lines will have to focus on someone, which could mean plenty of one-on-one looks for the No. 10 player in the class to wreak havoc.real nike nfl jerseys

Scout’s Quote: “He’s a big, mean, nasty SOB who probably projects best to the right side. But he’s better than any of the guys from the 2018 draft.”

Greg Little is a mean blocker with the finishing mentality to be great in the running game. The 6’6″, 325-pound junior will also be only 21 years old when the 2019 draft rolls around, which points to his potential.

Even if he’s viewed as a right tackle, there’s this: The San Francisco 49ers just used the No. 9 overall pick on right tackle Mike McGlinchey. The position has more value now than in years past because of the number of teams running talented pass-rushers off the right side of the line.cheap nfl jersey store

Ole Miss is in a state of flux, but Little and teammate A.J. Brown will give fans something to cheer for.

Scout’s Quote: “He’s Taylor Lewan all over again. People will overthink it and wonder if he’s a left or right [tackle], but just draft him and don’t worry about the left side for five years.”nike nfl jerseys sale

Trey Adams is a dominant presence on the offensive line for Chris Petersen’s powerhouse program at Washington. Scouts will flock to the Pacific Northwest to watch a left tackle with prototypical size (6’8”, 331 lbs), excellent length and the tape to show he can handle a pro-style passing set.nfl authentic jerseys china

When compared with the top tackles in the 2018 draft—McGlinchey and Kolton Miller—Adams shows better athleticism than McGlinchey to handle the left side and better technique and power than Miller. It will depend on team needs in the draft order, but Adams looks like a lock top-10 selection.

Cleveland Browns: Shaky Baker

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Hot take!

There’s no question that the biggest spotlight in OTAs for the Cleveland Browns is shining directly on No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield.

As Mary Kay Cabot reported for Cleveland.com, Mayfield’s first forays onto the practice field were rocky to say the least. There were missed reads. Missed throws. And not nearly enough missed defenders.

Per Josh Edwards of 247 Sports, Mayfield admitted that he’s had better days throwing the football.

“A lot of basic mistakes that I do not usually make,” Mayfield said. “You talk about just plays from the get-go. Snaps under center, we had a couple of problems. When you get used to somebody new, it is handled, but we have got to make sure that we are not worrying about that because if we take opportunities out of our guys’ hands to get the ball and play, then you are hurting yourself. Then obviously, it puts you in play to turn the ball over.cheap baby nfl jerseys  Making sure we handle the basics first, and then you are able to move on and progress from there.”

Obviously, this means the Browns completely blew it with Mayfield, who will never, ever amount to anything in the NFL.

Or it could just be some shaky practice reps with second- and third-teamers from a young quarterback who, for all his talents, still has a lot to learn.

Come to think of it, that second one’s a fair bit more likely.genuine nfl jerseys

When he’s on the field, David Irving has shown to be one of the more disruptive “three-technique” defensive tackles in the National Football League. In eight games last season, Irving piled up seven sacks.

It’s that “when he’s on the field” part that keeps tripping things up.

Irving sat out the first four jersey cheap nfl games of the 2017 season because of a suspension. The 24-year-old sat out the last four with a concussion.

And now Irving’s a spectator at OTAs,authentic nfl jerseys for sale  sidelined not by injury or discipline but by conditioning—or lack thereof.

Per Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was clear he’d prefer Irving had been on the field for workouts, saying he wasn’t sure if Irving would participate in June minicamps.authentic nfl jerseys sale

“Just wait and see,” defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. “You’d just love to have him working, no question about it. But the guys that are here, I’m going all-out. Man, I just give everything I’ve got to the guys who are here because they deserve that.”nike jersey nfl

By the time September gets here, this may be much ado about nothing. But Irving isn’t exactly making a good first impression where 2018 is concerned.

Longer-Shot Trade Candidates Worth Monitoring

Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder (early termination option)

Carmelo Anthony didn’t exactly endear himself to the Thunder’s long-term plans during his exit interview, per ESPN.com’s Royce Young:

“I think the player that they wanted me to be and needed me to be was for the sake of this season. As far as being effective as that type of player, I don’t think I can be effective as that type of player. I think I was willing to accept that challenge in that role, but I think I bring a little bit more to the game as far as being more knowledgeable and what I still can do as a basketball player.”

Neither Anthony nor the Thunder has a clear way out of this marriage. He’s not passing up the $27.9 million he’s owed next season. That would be absurd. It’ll take him three years to recoup that value in this summer’s market.

Finding a trade partner to take on his money is mostly out of the question. Expiring deals can always be rerouted, but no team is swallowing Anthony’s cap hit without sending back dead weight in return. Unless the Thunder are inexplicably interested in longer-team contracts for Ryan Anderson, Serge Ibaka or Evan Turner, they’re better off holding serve and hoping that coaxes Melo into surrendering a few bills during buyout talks.

Tobias Harris, Los Angeles Clippers

Giving head coach Doc Rivers an extension suggests the Clippers are against blowing their core to smithereens and rebuilding from scratch. But they could easily change cheap nfl jerseys wholesale their tune if both Avery Bradley and DeAndre Jordan (player option) bounce in free agency.

Whatever the prompt, steering into a reset would demand Los Angeles gauge Tobias Harris’ value. He turns 26 in July, so he’s young enough to survive the transition. But he enters free agency next summer, and that contract isn’t one a rebuilding squad should want to bankroll.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brooklyn Nets

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will hit restricted free agency in 2019 if he doesn’t hash out an extension with the Nets. Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell (restricted) nfl jerseys cheap wholesale will be up for raises as well. Brooklyn isn’t going to re-sign all three of them. It’ll cost too much.

Dinwiddie and Russell overlap with other skill sets on the roster more than Hollis-Jefferson, but the persisting absence of three-point range caps his offensive ceiling. If the Nets cannot work out a team-friendly extension or don’t see him expanding upon his mid-range game, it makes sense to shop him rather than chance an overpriced offer sheet next July.nfl jersey cheap wholesale

The caveat: They probably won’t kick around this idea until the lead-up to the February deadline, when they’ll have a better hold on Hollis-Jefferson’s development and potential price point.

Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors

Moving the two years and $45 million remaining on Ibaka’s contract was always going to be difficult. Trading him now, after he no-showed through his final six playoff tilts, feels impossible without attaching sweeteners the Raptors don’t have. wholesale cheap nfl jerseys

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets

Age: 24

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, 50.4 percent shooting

Advanced Stats: 12.5 PER, minus-64.47 TPA, minus-1.68 RPM

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Notice how Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s stat line doesn’t have his three-point percentage? That’s by design. He attempted only two triples last season, and he missed them both.

That absence of deep-ball range torpedoes Kidd-Gilchrist’s trade value on its own. He works as an off-ball slasher and shot a stellar 46.5 percent between 10 and 16 feet over custom nfl jerseys cheap the past two seasons. But the space-obsessed NBA wants its wings to stretch the floor.

Kidd-Gilchrist doesn’t technically even have to make threes. He just needs to attempt them. Think along the lines of Marcus Smart: He’s a career 29.3 percent shooter from behind the rainbow, but he jacks more than five threes per 36 minutes. The willingness to fire away is a threat unto to itself—not as effective as customized nfl jerseys cheap clearing league-average clips would be, but a threat all the same.

Some teams would invariably talk themselves into taking a flier on Kidd-Gilchrist anyway. He’s comfortable defending positions 1 through 3 and has the body type, albeit not the track record, custom nfl jerseys to wage war with contemporary 4s.

Two years and $26 million isn’t an albatross for a diligent defender. And as the Charlotte Hornets try to figure out what they’ll do under the new regime, Kidd-Gilchrist is one of their best trade assets.

Keeping him is not out of the question. Head coach James Borrego specifically mentioned him, along with a few others, when riffing on the importance of player development, per the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell. The Hornets could have designs on making him part of their big picture, and they most certainly won’t entertain dealing him customized nfl jerseys if they’re aiming for a return to the playoffs.

All bets are off if the Hornets lean in to a reset, which they should. Kemba Walker’s $12 million salary is poised to double as a free agent next July, and they won’t enjoy legitimate spending power until 2020 at the earliest.

Dangling Kidd-Gilchrist alone won’t net Charlotte a king’s ransom. But he’s a far more enticing add-on in prospective Walker deals than Nicolas Batum (three years, $76.7 million) or Marvin Williams (two years, $29.1 million) or even Cody Zeller (three years, $43.4 million). Whereas their inclusion will be viewed as concessions by trade partners, Kidd-Gilchrist verges on an asset. Attaching him to Walker might help extract an extra pick or cost-controlled youngster in any trade.

Charlotte could prefer the financial relief of ditching more expensive salaries. But most of Walker’s suitors aren’t footing Batum’s bill, and neither Williams nor Zeller should be nfl custom jerseys cheap immovable on their own. If the Hornets initiate a much-needed teardown by flipping their best player, Kidd-Gilchrist likely will be part of the equation.

Cleveland Indians beat Houston Astros, 5-4, as Corey Kluber strikes out 10

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The Indians scored early, Corey Kluber pitched late and the bullpen, well, the bullpen hung on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Michael Brantley homered to start a three-run first inning and Kluber struck out 10 in seven innings in a 5-4 win over Houston. The Indians have won just five of their last 13 games.

Houston’s Dallas Keuchel (3-6, 3.43) wasn’t locked in early and the Tribe rocked him.

Francisco Lindor opened the game with a blistering ground out to third. Brantley followed with a homer to left. Then came consecutive doubles by Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion — Ramirez doubled past third and Encarnacion doubled off the fence in right center for a 2-0 lead.official nfl jerseys cheap

Jason Kipnis ended the inning with a double to right center to give Kluber a 3-0 lead to work with.

Kluber (7-2, 2.36) protected the lead as if it was made of the finest china. He held the Astros scoreless through five innings, striking out eight. The two-time Cy Young winner struck out the side — Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel — in order in the fourth.

“Anytime you can play with a lead is good,” said manager Terry Francona. “We got a couple of add one runs that we needed because when you play these guys they just keep on coming.

The Indians squeezed out a run in the fifth as Rajai Davis walked and advanced to third on two ground ball outs. He scored on a Ramirez’s slow chopper down the third baseline for a 4-0 lead.

Yan Gomes made it 5-0 in the sixth with a long home run to left off former teammate Joe Smith. Gomes hit a 1-1 pitch for his sixth homer. The Indians entered the game leading the big leagues with 65 home runs.

But things grew interesting — nfl authentic jerseys cheap as the seem to do of late — when Kluber left. Neil Ramirez, with Andrew Miller runavailable because of back spasms, started the eighth with a strikeout of George Springer. That was a good thing.

Then he allowed a homer to Alex Bregman and a double to Altuve, which was not so good. Altuve’s drive to wall in right center was originally ruled a double. Then the umpires conferred and called it a best nfl jerseys home run. After manager Terry Francona asked crew chief Bill Miller to call New York for a review, it was ruled a double.nfl authentic jerseys

Closer Cody Allen relieved and retired Correa on a loud fly ball to the track in left field and Brian McCann on a fly ball to right. Allen pitched the ninth for his first save since April 25 — nfl jersey wholesale it was the Tribe’s first save in May — but not without a flaw.

Los Angeles Rams: Sign OLB Junior Galette

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The Los Angeles Rams have assembled a dream defense for Wade Phillips, their brilliant defensive coordinator. Adding defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters to a unit that was already stacked with talent and the best defensive player in the game in tackle Aaron Donald? cheap nfl jerseys first That’s a recipe for dynastic greatness if the personalities mesh.

Still, with the trade of defensive end Robert Quinn to the Dolphins, Phillips might like more pressure off the edge to complement the efforts of Donald and Suh. Oklahoma’s Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, selected in the fifth round, could fit the prototype if he can develop movement skills designed to disengage from blockers.cheap authentic nfl jersey

A low-cost veteran would be a good addition here, and former Washington Redskins edge-rusher Junior Galette could pay off handsomely if he can stay healthy. Galette is coming off two Achilles tendon injuries, but he amassed 37 total pressures last season in just 257 pass-rushing snaps for Washington in 2017, nfl women jerseys and he could be a real asset in rotation for Phillips’ defense.

Phillips likes a base 5-2 front in which the outside linebackers are free to pursue, and despite his injury history, Galette still has some speed off the edge and can fool tackles with inside counters to get to the quarterback.

Cleveland Browns

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2018 Offensive Coordinator: Todd Haley

It’s an annual thing—this is the year the Cleveland Browns turn quality talent into an effective offense.

Anybody want to bet money on it?

Right. The Browns scooped up quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who should start in 2018. He was 201 passing yards shy of 3,000 and threw 14 touchdowns in 15 games last year, and in Cleveland he’ll have to deal with constant chants for No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield.

The rest of the depth chart looks talented. Carlos Hyde should provide some pop to the running game, and this might be the year the team figures out how to use the talented Duke Johnson in all facets. nfl authentic jerseys cheap

The wideout depth chart boasts Josh Gordon, Landry and Corey Coleman. The team also took a huge risk on fourth-round rookie Antonio Callaway. In addition, the offensive line could struggle after Joe Thomas retired in March.

Todd Haley is the man in charge, but he couldn’t keep everyone happy on a Steelers offense that boasted Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. His having to manage the personalities and expectations in Cleveland could go awry.
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2018 Offensive Coordinator: Bill Musgrave

The Denver Broncos will give it another shot with coordinator Bill Musgrave, who took over last season for Mike McCoy after a miserable offensive stretch. But we’re still talking about a team that was afraid to give 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch serious run—to the point it splurged on a free-agent quarterback.

That’d be Case Keenum, the one-hit wonder who heads over from Minnesota after sheer brilliance from the offensive staff there. That’s not to say Keenum can’t perform well again—but his 22 touchdowns still don’t jump off the stat sheet.

Despite receiving weapons such as Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, not to mention 2018 rookie steals Courtland Sutton and Daesean Hamilton, the Broncos are once again banking on an elite defensive performance official nfl jerseys cheap

It could work, though an offense that leans on a new quarterback, rookie running back (Royce Freeman) and a relatively new coordinator who’s trying to implement his ideas has the potential to stutter as defenses adapt.  nfl wholesale jerseys

Denver is just one of those teams—it’s looking at a potentially good record but an iffy offense. Or as some might put it: quarterback purgatory.