Monty Grow gets nearly 22-year prison sentence


Former NFL player Monty Grow was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison and ordered to pay about $18 million in restitution for a health care fraud scheme, the Associated Press reports.

Defensive end J.J. Watt, who wasn’t with the team when the inmates hit the fan last year, admitted that conversations have since occurred among the players. We’ve talked about it in the locker room amongst some of the guys, Watt told reporters. That’s the most important thing, is we’re handling it amongst each other. We speak openly and freely in the locker room. What I said a while back still stands today, is that there have been a lot of conversations and dialogues that have been opened up in the locker room that haven’t been there before. I’ve learned a lot of things and I’ve definitely had conversations that we’ve never had before.

Lastly, I asked Borland how much football he now watches.

I don’t watch football at all, he said. Not out of protest or anger. Just hard-earned apathy.

Mike White could fit with the Patriots as well, and he might be available later in the draft than Lauletta or Falk.

Similar to Falk, he has the size (6’4 and 225 pounds) and arm strength to power the ball downfield. And similar to Lauletta, he’s accurate, as he completed 67.3 percent of his pass attempts for Western Kentucky in 2016 and 65.7 in 2017. In both of those seasons, White finished with 4,100-plus passing yards, and he shined in 2016 while averaging 10.5 yards per throw.

Given his glacial 40-yard dash time of 5.09 seconds at the scouting combine, White will never be mistaken for a track star. But after nearly three full seasons of starting experience, he has a refined pocket presence and knows how to avoid pressure.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars led the Nike uniform revolution five years ago with a unique, somewhat controversial look, capped by a two-toned helmet.

Say goodbye to excess, Jacksonville.

What began as a hashtag is becoming just that: a movement. And that’s the phrasing Griffin prefers. A movement implies he’s far from finished. He knows he’s inspiring every kid with any type of birth defect. (I’ll set the path for them, and they’ll just walk it.) He knows he can change the world. (When people see me on the field, they’ll think, Wow, he’s really doing this.) Whereas a feel-good story is flowery and abstract, a movement never sleeps.

But a movement could also die off if Griffin doesn’t play on Sundays.

In an epic 10th frame, Golden strings together three straight strikes and yells, That’s how you end it! to hand Griffin the L, 152 to 138. Not that Griffin caught the heroics. He was sprawled on top of that circular cushion with his brother, tapping through Instagram, in a state of relaxation. Sad case, he says, smiling, before walking off and perching a leg atop the back of another couch to relax.

Maybe the Giants like what they have in 2017 third-round pick Davis Webb, but they’re not sold he’s the guy of the future, it’d make sense for the team to search for that guy [checks watch] right about now.

Of course, it’s possible Gettleman is saying all this with the knowledge he isn’t interested in taking Saquon Barkley at No. 2 and that he’s in the market for a quarterback. It’s lying season, after all.

But if it’s an act, Gettleman played the role of Football Guy Who Wants To Win Super Bowl 23 Instead Of Super Bowl 53 convincingly.

Over his mild hip injury, left-hander CC Sabathia came off the 10-day to start and allowed two unearned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Pitching for the first time since April 6, Sabathia was pulled from a 2-2 game with a runner on first and one out in the Blue Jays due to his pitch count being at 71.

After batting third in the Yankees’ first 16 games, Giancarlo Stanton dropped to cleanup and was 1-for-3 with an infield single and walk.

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2018 NFL Schedule: Here are the 10 best games, including the NFC Championship Game rematch


2018 NFL Schedule: Here are the 10 best games, including the NFC Championship Game rematch More Do you wonder what Tom Brady will be doing when the NFL season opens and his New England Patriots are playing host to the Houston Texans? You know, the Brady who supposedly hasn’t committed to playing in 2018? Yeah, OK. We know exactly what he’ll be doing that first NFL Sunday.

A piece of my heart will always be in football, but my mind ended it. Borland, who started playing tackle football in ninth grade, finds it preposterous that children are still playing the sport with fewer rules protecting them than the adults in the pros. Even the rules in the NFL like limits on contact in practice and a recent rule change to outlaw leading with the helmet are only small steps.Those are all incremental improvements, Borland said.A lot of it is PR. When they do those things, they’re able to say the game is safer than ever. Safer than ever is a euphemism for dangerous and football is inherently dangerous.

In his third year at Central Florida, 2015, O’Leary told Griffin to stay home in St. Pete for the summer while Shaquill trained in Orlando. He says O’Leary even considered banishing him to a junior college.

I wasn’t playing because I had one hand; I wasn’t going to be naive anymore, Griffin says. That’s when I really felt that I was here for the wrong reasons.

Griffin spent the summer towing trucks for his father 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., working out and then cleaning offices 8 p.m. to midnight.

O’Leary wouldn’t be around for long, though. After starting the 2015 season 0-8, he retired. That offseason, Scott Frost was hired. And Griffin felt released into the wild, like that four-year-old kid again.

Working twice as hard as everyone else could now reap real rewards. He remembers hearing Frost’s voice in the weight room. Feeling his presence. When they spoke, there was sincere eye contact. So Griffin kept running and running and chasing ball-carriers 60, 70, 80 yards every snap in practice to the point of literally throwing up. He’d vomit, wipe his mouth clean and run some more.

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Despite interest in rookie quarterbacks, Gase says he’s committed to Tannehill


Ryan Tannehill remains Miami’s quarterback. And yet the Dolphins continue to show interest in members of the incoming rookie class.

During a recent visit to PFT Live, coach Adam Gase addressed the persistent belief that he’s not committed to Tannehill.

We’ll see what he does with that in 2018. If Tannehill doesn’t thrive, Gase may need to get a new quarterback, or fans may start clamoring for a new coach.

Last year, Quinn leaned on free agency to continue the remodeling. The Lions opened up the checkbook to acquire right tackle Rick Wagner and guard T.J. Lang, replacing former Martin Mayhew draft picks Riley Reiff and Larry Warford.

Now Quinn must find center Travis Swanson’s replacement. After two injury-plagued seasons, the Lions allowed the former third-round pick to walk in free agency, leaving an opening in the starting lineup.

Glasgow is projected to slide to center, but with two years of starting experience at guard, the team has some flexibility coming into the draft.

Among the players currently on the roster who could contend for the starting job are Dahl, Corey Robinson and free-agent additions Kenny Wiggins and Wesley Johnson.

Dahl started three games at left guard for the Lions late last season. Wiggins started 16 games for the Chargers at right guard and has previous experience with new offensive line coach Jeff Davidson. Johnson was the Jets starting center in 2017. And Robinson, the Lions swing tackle, got a surprising start at guard last season.

Derrick can get it downhill, press the hole, hit the hole, and really turn it over and outrun people, general manager Jon Robinson said, per Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website. He can stick it up there and run over people. Dion can make people miss. He can kind of get lost in the wash up in there and squirt out, and be good out of the backfield.

The Titans also shored up their secondary by signing Malcolm Butler to a whopping five-year, $61 million deal that includes $30 million guaranteed. 

Considering last year’s Titans logged nine wins despite lacking flash, the retooled version has a real chance to propel the franchise back to double-digit wins for the first time since 2008. 

Finally, there are the Indianapolis Colts. 

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Lions’ T.J. Lang ready to leave last season’s injuries behind


Allen Park — Detroit Lions guard T.J. Lang spent half of last season on the injury report, but unlike the previous two years, none of those issues lingered into the offseason or required surgery.

I can’t make any predictions here, but this is the first time I’ve done an offseason workout in three years, so I’m definitely excited about that, Lang said during a Thursday press conference.

As Lang noted, the Lions’ line struggled with durability and production. Because of injuries, the team started 10 different combinations last year. And while not entirely the fault of the blocking, the ground game and pass protection both struggled. The Lions finished last in the NFL in rushing and quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked 47 times, a career-high.

That faith proved misplaced as the team finished last in the league in rushing, both yards per game and yards per carry. Ameer Abdullah struggled in his first full season as the lead back, averaging a career-low 3.3 yards, ultimately leading to a decreased role down the stretch.

Shortly after the conclusion of the season, Quinn vowed to add competition at the position. He did so in free agency, picking up 250-pound LeGarrette Blount. The accomplished veteran brings a short-yardage element the Lions have lacked in recent years, but at 31 years old, probably isn’t going to be a guy taking 20 handoffs per week.

Given some of the other issues in the ground game, namely the blocking, and upcoming adjustments to the scheme, it’s not inconceivable the Lions attempt to make it work with the tailback collective they currently have under contract. But with such a deep, talented prospect pool, and little long-term security at the position beyond this season (Abdullah and Blount’s contracts expire at the end of this upcoming season), it wouldn’t be the best approach.

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One team executive on meeting with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley: Barkley is a Boy Scout.


The executive explained it this way: Everything in the interview was, ‘Yes, sir. No, sir.’ His answers were detailed and unrehearsed. He’s the real deal in every possible way. 

How impressed was he? This executive thinks Barkley goes first overall to Cleveland.

One thing I’ve been hearing from team sources around the league is that they think the first round of the draft won’t feature much drama in terms of trades. 

There’s a lot of trade talk right now between franchises, but in the end, these sources say, the trading will be minimal. The reason? They don’t see these quarterbacks as valuable enough to make big moves.

There is some buzz out there among team sources I’ve spoken to that this is the season we see Winston finally break out. I heard some of that last year but not to the extent I am this offseason.

The unforced errors are the big thing with Winston, and there was some positive momentum on them last season. His interceptions per game went from 0.94 in 2015 to 1.13 in 2016 to 0.85 in 2017, while his completion percentage increased from 58.3 to 60.8 to 63.8.

Beyond that, we also get the standard Cowboys and Lions home games, with Detroit and Dallas hosting divisional opponents in Chicago and Washington. It’s a divisional feast!

Revenge. Glorious revenge. What could possibly be more rewarding than vanquishing a foe by way of expert retaliation? We’re talking profound justice, baby!

With the release of the 2018 NFL schedule, we’re now privy to a host of matchups that offer the opportunity of glorious payback for teams and players with business to settle. Take this soap opera drama crossed with manly gridiron action and shoot it into in my veins.

It’s a bit obscured by history now, but the Falcons were probably one Julio Jones slip away from knocking off the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles in their own building during the Divisional Playoffs. Let’s jump in the time machine, shall we?

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