American League Bench

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Backing up the AL’s starting nine, meanwhile, should be these 11 guys:

C: Wilson Ramos, TB (1.1 WAR)
1B: Mitch Moreland, BOS (1.8 WAR)
2B: Jed Lowrie, OAK (2.3 WAR)cheap nfl jerseys from china
3B: Matt Chapman, OAK (3.4 WAR)
SS: Andrelton Simmons, LAA (3.1 WAR)
SS: Jean Segura, SEA (2.8 WAR)
SS: Carlos Correa, HOU (2.6 WAR)
OF: Eddie Rosario, MIN (3.6 WAR)
OF: Mitch Haniger, SEA (2.5 WAR)
OF: Andrew Benintendi, BOS (2.5 WAR)
OF: George Springer, HOU (2.5 WAR)

The one inclusion that might raise some eyebrows is Matt Chapman at third base. That won’t be possible unless he recovers from a hand injury.nfl cheap jerseys

That may be more doable than it first appeared. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, doctors believe they’ve identified where Chapman’s hand is injured. He may be back as soon as this weekend.

In any event, there’s no question Chapman deserves to be an All-Star. He has a solid .793 OPS and 10 homers, and he’s arguably the single best defender in MLB.nfl jerseys cheap china

Chapman would join an infield comprised of two other first-time All-Stars (Mitch Moreland and Jed Lowrie) and the rest of the AL’s best shortstops: Andrelton Simmons, Jean Segura and Carlos Correa. Machado is once again a notable omission, which gives an idea of how loaded the AL is at the position.nfl jerseys

Elsewhere, Eddie Rosario, Mitch Haniger, Andrew Benintendi and George Springer are not to be lost in the shadows of Trout, Betts and Judge. They’re all fine athletes and have a collective .874 OPS.nfl jersey
To round things out, Gary Sanchez actually has an edge on Ramos in WAR: 1.2 to 1.1. But Sanchez will be out three to four weeks with a groin injury, so it’s not a given he’ll be healthy by July 17.

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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.

Nathan Ake’s Late Equaliser Gives Netherlands Draw vs. Italy in Friendly

Simone Zaza came off the bench to give Italy the lead, but a late Nathan Ake equaliser ensured the Netherlands walked out of Turin with a 1-1 draw on Monday.

The hosts dominated the first half of the international friendly, and Zaza’s toe-poke after the break gave them a deserved lead. Domenico Criscito was sent off for the Azzurri, and with the man advantage, the Dutch equalised in the final minutes.

Here are Monday’s key takeaways.

Does Koeman Have a Plan?

Italy were the superior side before the break by a huge margin, and the Netherlands were the better side in the second half. This friendly between two sides that won’t be going to the World Cup and are in the midst of a difficult period was never about the result or on-pitch dominance.nfl authentic jerseys

Rather, it gave both managers the chance to experiment and see what they have in the squad. For Roberto Mancini, it meant rotating the side compared to the loss against France, with the likes of Mattia Perin and Andrea Belotti coming in. Youngsters Daniele Rugani and Alessio Romagnoli led the way in defence, and the nfl authentic jerseys cheap duo of Jorginho and Bryan Cristante got the chance to play together in midfield.

Ronald Koeman’s approach was a little different. While he did start Matthijs de Ligt, he mostly avoided youth and players with upside in favour of the likes of Ryan Babel and Daley Blind―players who don’t seem to be a part of the team’s long-term future.

It’s a missed opportunity for a team that had little to gain from this friendly in the first place, and a mistake on Koeman’s part.nfl jersey wholesale

Belotti Has Run Out of Credit

Belotti desperately needed a good outing on Monday after watching Mario Balotelliimpress against Saudi Arabia and France. Il Gallo and Super Mario appear to be locked in a battle for the main backup spot at the striker position, behind Lazio Roma’s Ciro Immobile, who had a fantastic season.best nfl jerseys

The Torino man did not have a good season, and at 24 years old, he can’t be considered a prospect any longer. His great scoring exploits last year bought him some credit, but the 2016-17 campaign appears nothing but a distant memory at this point.

Against the Netherlands, nfl jersey for cheap Belotti spent just over an hour running offside and wasting excellent chances:

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.

Chicago Bears: Getting Nagy with It

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Ha! You thought this was going to be about Mitchell Trubisky, didn’t you?

Well, it is. Sort of.

Many are predicting a big second-year jump from Trubisky in 2018, in large part because of the arrival of offensive-minded head coach Matt Nagy.

Nagy preached patience regarding the switch while speaking with JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago, saying that “in Kansas City it took us five years to get to that point that we got to.” He continued: “We’re kind of at a pace right now where we have to at times pull back and say to yourself we’re months into this thing, not years.”

But Nagy also said he’s been pleased with what he’s seen from Trubisky in OTAs.

“Coach (Vic) Fangio and his guys are doing a good job of mixing different coverages and disguising different looks, so for Mitchell to be able to see those looks on tape, he’s building his own library right now within this offense,” Nagy said. “We don’t have to watch Kansas City’s offense anymore. nfl jerseys official We’re building our library now and he’s able to see how it works against our defense right now and try not to make those mistakes and make the correct adjustments.”

There’s a new offensive scheme. And new targets for Trubisky in wide receivers Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller and tight end Trey Burton.

If Trubisky takes to the changes quickly, the Bears could be a tough(er) out in 2018.

To say that John Ross had a disappointing rookie season is an understatement. In three games (including one start), Ross was targeted all of twice. He had zero receptions and one rush for 12 yards.

Not exactly what the Cincinnati Bengals hoped for when they drafted the scouting combine record-holder in the 40-yard dash ninth overall a year ago.nfl best jerseys

Ross missed much of camp after shoulder surgery. By the time the season was over, he had surgery on his other shoulder and battled a knee sprain. Head coach Marvin Lewis groused publicly that Ross had “let the team down.” As Ross told ESPN’s Katherine Terrell, everything that could go wrong in 2017 did.buy nfl jerseys online

“Last year, I was just down, not being able to run full speed, not being able to do everything in the weight room,” Ross said. “Not to have excuses or anything, but I honestly just wasn’t physically authentic nfl jerseys from china or mentally ready for what I got myself into. There was so much going on.”

However, Ross is healthy in 2018 and participating fully in OTAs, and while the team is keeping a tight lid on news from the practice field, some positive tidbits have leaked out regarding the speedy wideout.nfl jersey on sale

Terrell tweeted that Ross has looked good in the practices she had access to, adding the “biggest thing for Ross is he’s getting the reps he needs.”

NFL Will Review Matt Patricia’s 1996 Sexual Assault Indictment with Lions

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The NFL said Thursday that it will review a 1996 sexual assault allegation against Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia.

In a statement, an NFL spokesman told CNN’s Jill Martin: “We will review the matter with the club to understand the allegations and what the club has learned.”nfl jersey wholesale

Robert Snell of the Detroit News wrote an article Wednesday regarding a 1996 sexual assault allegation that Patricia was indicted on. The former New England Patriots defensive coordinator was never tried.

Snell reported that Patricia and his friend, Greg Dietrich, were indicted on one count of aggravated sexual assault in relation to allegations stemming from an encounter during spring break in South Padre Island, Texas. Patricia was a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at the time.

“As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation. I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done. I would never condone any of the behavior that was alleged and will best nfl jerseys always respect and protect the rights of anyone who has been harassed or is the victim of violence.

“My priorities remain the same—to move forward and strive to be the best coach, teacher, and man that I can possibly be.”

Team president Rod Wood and general manager Bob Quinn said they weren’t aware of the allegation when they hired Patricia, but they released a statement in support of their coach.

Also, Wood told Snell, “I am very comfortable with the process of interviewing and employing Matt. I will tell you with 1,000 percent certainty that everything I’ve learned confirmed what I already knew about the man and would have no way changed our decision to make him our head coach.”nfl jersey for cheap

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Shooting Guard: Joe Harris

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Type of Free Agency: Unrestricted

Age: 26

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks

Player Score: 1.05

Trailing These Free Agents at His Position: Tyreke Evans (4.34), Will Barton (3.77), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (2.93), JJ Redick (2.78), Wayne Ellington (1.18)

Next 5 Free Agents at His Position: Danny Green (0.92), Marcus Smart (minus-0.04), Marco Belinelli (minus-0.1), Austin Rivers (minus-0.27), Devin Harris (minus-0.32)nfl wholesale jerseys

The futility of the lowly Brooklyn Nets prevented Joe Harris from getting much love throughout the 2017-18 campaign, but the 26-year-old quietly emerged as one of the league’s most dangerous shooters. And that’s true whether you look at the totality of his percentages or isolate his work from beyond the arc.

Let’s begin by diving into the former.

Knocking down 49.1 percent of his field-goal attempts, 41.9 percent of his triples and 82.7 percent of his free-throw attempts, Harris finished 2017-18 with a lofty 63.4 true shooting percentage. Only a dozen players who qualified for the scoring crown wound up posting a higher mark, and Kyle Korver and Kevin Durant were the only two to do so while spending the majority of their minutes at a position other than power forward or center. nfl jerseys from china

Looking at this another way, Harris joined Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns, Montrezl Harrell, DeAndre Jordan and Clint Capela as one of only six qualified players to average 10 or more points with a true shooting percentage north of 63. Last year, Korver, Capela, Durant, Jordan, Rudy Gobert and Nikola Jokic were the lone members of that same club. official nfl jerseys cheap

Harris’ three-point shooting might be even more impressive, since his 41.9 percent conversion rate came while he took 4.6 attempts per game and created 5.3 percent of his makes off the bounce. Only Stephen Curry, Durant, Buddy Hield, Joe Ingles and JJ Redick could match or exceed each of those three figures in 2017-18. nfl authentic jerseys

Oh, and this is all stemming from the season-long tallies. After the All-Star break, Harris slashed a mind-numbing 54.3/47.8/88.2.

Teams could covet Harris’ under-control drives to the hoop. They could want him to continue playing improved defense. But in reality, they’ll primarily seek out his under-the-radar ability to serve as one of the Association’s most accurate marksmen.

Each MLB Team’s Prospect Who Could Help Right Away

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We spend a lot of time talking about a team’s top prospects, but what about the next prospect?

Sometimes those are one in the same, as highly regarded youngsters such as Ronald Acuna Jr. and Gleyber Torres are knocking on the door for a big league promotion.

Other times, it’s a largely unheralded middle reliever or a second-tier position player who winds up providing in-house support.

Ahead we’ve taken a closer look at the one prospect from each team who is ready to help in the majors.

Players were chosen based on a combination of their individual development and production as well as their path to MLB playing time based on current or expected team needs.

Baltimore Orioles: RF Austin Hays

Hays rocketed through the minors after being selected in the third round of the 2016 draft, posting a .958 OPS with 32 home runs and 95 RBI between High-A and Double-A last year to earn a late call-up.

The 22-year-old entered camp as the front-runner to win the starting right field job but hit just .243 with 12 strikeouts in 40 plate appearances before being optioned to Double-A.where to buy nfl jerseys online

With Anthony Santander, Colby Rasmus and Craig Gentry combining for a .167/.214/.273 line while manning right field, Hays will get his chance soon.

Boston Red Sox: RP Williams Jerez

Sam Travis is Boston’s most MLB-ready prospect, but the first baseman doesn’t have a clear path to playing time over Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland.

Instead, look for reliever Williams Jerez to be the next prospect to carve out a role in the majors.nfl china jersey

Using a heavy mid-90s fastball and plus slider, he held left-handed hitters to a .485 OPS while posting a 26.1 percent strikeout rate last year. His ability to be more than a specialist will hinge on his splitter’s development.

New York Yankees: 2B/3B Gleyber Torres

The late-offseason additions of Neil Walker and Brandon Drury meant the Yankees did not nfl women jersey start Torres’ arbitration clock by putting him on the Opening Day roster. He’ll push his way into the picture soon, though.

The 21-year-old underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery last June or he likely would have already nike nfl jerseys differences made his MLB debut.

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The Browns Cannot Screw Up This Draft…(Or Can They?)

As you probably know, the Browns have gone 1-31 over the last two years, but they have used that time to stockpile a historic amount of draft capital.

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According to Warren Sharp on Sharp Football Analysis,nfl jerseys  the Browns possessed 117.5 points of draft capital at the start of free agency, most in the league by a staggering margin and the third-highest figure since the merger. Only the 1991 Cowboys (still benefiting from leftover capital from the Herschel Walker trade) and 1982 Patriots entered the draft with more capital than the Browns had entering free agency—though the Browns have spent a little bit of that surplus on trades for veterans like nfl jersey Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry.cheap nfl jerseys china

The Cowboys used their 1989-91 draft bounty to build the Wowboys. The 1982 Patriots added Hall of Famer Andre Tippett and built a team that would soon reach the Super Bowl. So all the Browns have to do is draft like those teams did and it will vindicate two years of extreme Moneyball veganism under deposed Sashi Brown, right?authentic nfl jerseys

Perhaps. Bill Barnwell’s 2017 ESPN breakdown of historic teams with high levels of draft capital is full of franchises that selected shrewdly and built powerhouses, like the Wowboys and 1985 Bills. But there are also cautionary tales like the 2007 Raiders (JaMarcus Russell). And Barnwell was writing before the 2017 draft: The Browns have been amassing this historic stockpile for quite a while with depressing, counterproductive on-field results.

Hoarding draft capital is not an end in itself. It’s supposed to be used to build Super Bowl teams. The outgoing Browns regime made a historic sacrifice. New general manager John Dorsey and the incoming front office must use it to produce 1990s Wowboys-caliber results.

It’s not enough for the Browns to “win” next week’s draft; with so many picks, they essentially already have. They must dominate it. This draft is their Super Bowl.

Dez Bryant Wants to Stay in NFC East, Says It’s Personal After Cowboys Release

After being released by the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, Dez Bryant wants a shot at his now-former team.

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The team made the move official after Bryant met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at Dallas’ practice facility. On his way out, the longtime Cowboy hinted that he wanted to stay in the NFC East by telling reporters he’d see Dallas twice next season, per Mickey Spagnola of the team’s official website.    hi-res-fe1dd3f8365c84e15f4bba230a2b3e60_crop_northcheap nfl jerseys from china

The Cowboys took Bryant in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, and he had spent his entire career in Dallas. He hauled in 531 catches for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns in his eight seasons with the team. He had a three-year stretch from 2012-14 in which he was one of the best wideouts in the league, hauling in at least 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns in each campaign.nfl jerseys

He may not have reached either of those plateaus in 2017, but he still put up solid numbers. Last season, he caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six scores.

Unfortunately for Bryant and the Cowboys, he broke a bone in his foot in his first regular-season game after signing his lucrative deal in 2015, and a knee injury bothered him in 2016. He has never regained his Pro Bowl form.authentic nfl jerseys

NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reported Friday there will be an “incredibly aggressive” market for Bryant—as evidenced by the amount of players who were recruiting him after the news of his release.wholesale nfl jerseys