Belichick skillfully evades OTA questions

The Patriots launched their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. Coach Bill Belichick made himself available to reporters, who wanted to talk more about the non-mandatory workouts that players like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski had skipped.

He was suspended for two games at North Carolina because of a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a fight in 2015. Hughes is good in and out of coverage and has the ability to redirect receivers at the line of scrimmage. He also returned punts and kickoffs this past season, with a punt return for a touchdown and two kickoff returns for touchdowns.

His ability to absorb information and take it from the meeting room to the field, combined with his accuracy and anticipation, should outweigh concerns about his height and work in the spread offense. Mayfield can bounce back from mistakes and controls the huddle.

Just trying to get a feel for coaching, and if this is something that I want to pursue maybe going forward, Holt said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

He walks in the door with immediate respect from players, because he did it at a higher level than almost any other.

He’s 21st in league history with 920 receptions, 16th with 13,382 yards. He also went to seven Pro Bowls, and had six straight years of at least 1,300 receiving yards from 2000 to 2005.

Whatever he talks about, Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks said, I’m just soaking it in and being a sponge and trying to add it to my game.

Coach Sean McVay said he appreciated Holt’s attention to detail, something he clearly hopes he passes along.

He brings a unique perspective from a player that’s had as much success as anybody, understanding the nuances of the receiver position, how to separate, McVay said. You talk about a guy that had ownership and a mastery of the system that he was playing in, that they had so much success in, for so many years.

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Packers getting used to Mike Pettine’s more vocal style

Things are clearly different with the Packers defense this season. But you can’t merely see the changes, you can hear them.

After nine years of the calm stylings of long-time coordinator Dom Capers, having his more vocal replacement Mike Pettine stop a drill to yell at guys when mistakes are made is a bit jarring.

Part of that’s out of necessity, as the Packers have gotten younger on that side of the ball.

Dom was more quiet, defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. We had a lot of older guys. I would say our defense is more younger. So Julius (Peppers) and Mike (Daniels) and Clay (Matthews) and all those guys, if we did get one of those situations, I think Dom would let the leaders do that. It was just different coaches and different people, how they handle things.

It appears the team didn’t learn all their lessons as they have run afoul of the rules for offseason work again this offseason. Jeff Zrebiec, who recently left the Ravens beat for the Baltimore Sun, reported that the team has been stripped of their final two OTAs this year for an undisclosed infraction. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media confirmed that report a short time later.

Rapoport also reported that team owner Steve Bisciotti has been fined $100,000 and that head coach John Harbaugh has been fined $50,000.

The Ravens were scheduled to wrap up OTAs with practices on Thursday and Friday. They have a three-day mandatory minicamp on tap next week.

The Panthers don’t bother too much with the full exercise. General manager Marty Hurney, back for his first draft in the chair in six years, told me at his pre-draft press conference Tuesday that he doesn’t go around the room and necessarily worry what the Browns are doing at 1 and 4. Carolina, picking at 24, will identify and rank about eight guys they feel good about in that area.

For us [the draft] probably starts at 18 or 19 because then what happens between 18 and 23 is going to affect who’s there, Hurney said. I’d love to compare these teams’ mocks with the ones we in the media put out. Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet? Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle.

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Cameron Meredith is way ahead of schedule in his rehab

Cameron Meredith did not participate in team drills Thursday, but Sean Payton said the Saints receiver is way ahead of schedule in his return from a knee injury that kept him out all of last season.

I made a comment to [Saints’ director of sports medicine] Beau [Lowery] two days ago during the walk-through, Payton said, via Amos Morale III of the Times-Picayune. Just watching him move around and, you guys saw him, he’s way ahead of schedule. And certainly where our doctor our doctors had hoped and even better.

So he’s going to factor in this year. He’s a player that we’ve got a real clear vision for.

Lightning management, we’re told, was unhappy all season with the team’s play in the defensive zone. Hence, the decision to dismiss associate coach Rick Bowness.

But associate/assistant coaches aren’t rogue operatives. They impart and install the head coach’s vision and system. The Rangers’ breakdowns weren’t the fault of Ulf Samuelsson in 2015-16, weren’t the fault of Jeff Beukeboom in 2016-17, and weren’t the fault of Lindy Ruff in 2017-18.

Which is to say, the clock has started on Jon Cooper.

At least they admitted it.

Via Albert Breer of SI.com, there was a clear sense at this week’s owners meetings that the reaction/taunting by Donald Trump at rallies and online (an inevitably on his favorite TV show) was a factor. The league’s new policy requires all players and personnel on the field to stand for the anthem, but it allows players to stay in the locker room if they choose.

Asked if Trump came up in their discussion, Packers president Mark Murphy replied with a laugh: Oh yeah. It was more how [Trump] might react, anticipating that. Also, how the fans will react, how the media will react. That’s what we tried to think through. . . . No matter what we did, [Trump] would probably try to get involved one way or the other—either criticizing us or taking credit for the change.

That seems obvious, and this morning’s appearance on FOX News will doubtless include a victory lap.

One owner said Trump’s name came up three times during the discussion, but not at length.

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Bucs LB Kendell Beckwith fractured ankle in car accident

Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith fractured his ankle in a car accident in Louisiana last week, putting his status for the start of the upcoming season in question.

General manager Jason Licht said that Beckwith had surgery Tuesday to repair his injured ankle, but did not yet know whether his timeline for recovery would extend into training camp or the regular season.

We’re very fortunate that it wasn’t life-threatening, Licht said. He’ll be out of OTAs and in training camp, we’ll have a better idea of how far along he is.

Brooks also said Oregon’s Royce Freeman and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny would fill that need.

Brooks’ comments echo his sentiments from a year ago, when he told The Detroit News Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah were complementary backs and the Lions needed a crown-jewel type to lead the team’s backfield rotation.

The Lions finished last in the NFL in rushing, both yards per game and yards per carry, in 2017.

Coincidentally or maybe not given how  ugly Bryant’s divorce from the Cowboys is becoming there is a television monitor in the background of the workout with the on-screen words Are the Cowboys a playoff team without Dez Bryant?

Click here to see the video.

Bryant was released for salary cap purposes on April 13 and quickly made it clear that his preference was to sign with another team in the NFC East and exact revenge on the Cowboys twice per year.

The salary-cap flush Redskins seemed like the most logical destination… until Thursday.

The  Giants cut 12-year veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, opening up a spot for a veteran in the wide receiver corps and an additional $5.1 million in cap space, possibly in anticipation of adding Bryant. 

I have interest in everybody, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said when asked about returning Bryant’s interest. We do our film work and you never know.

Marshall, who missed the final 11 games last season with an ankle injury, failed a physical and only counts for $1.1 million in dead cap. Just one day earlier, Marshall posted to his social media account a  message to Bryant that there was no room, but he quickly deleted it.

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Cam Newton’s accuracy high on Norv Turner’s list of fixes for Panthers

When the Panthers hired Norv Turner as their new offensive coordinator, they did so with the idea that he could inject some life into Cam Newton’s career and Carolina’s offense.

While there are plenty of improvements to make to a unit that has lacked consistency over recent seasons, Turner, in an interview for the team’s official website, said there’s a lot that can be built upon.

Turner also mentioned receivers Devin Funchess and Curtis Samuel as players who already have a solid base of talent to improve upon, and they will have opportunities to fill vital roles in the offense. The key for them will be utilizing their speed and getting the ball into their hands.

Although the broad offensive philosophy won’t be drastically changing, the new ideas coming in with Turner could be just what Carolina’s offense needs to push it over the top and provide some much-needed consistency.

Mayfield entered the NFL Draft with an impressive body of work that included winning the 2017 Heisman Trophy and guiding the Sooners into the College Football Playoff. It’s unlikely Mayfield could improve his draft stock by playing in the Senior Bowl, especially when weighed against injury risk.

There are a lot of skeptical people out there who think I have character issues, Mayfield told Brandt and me at the Walter Camp Awards in New Haven, Conn. That’s why I’m doing (the Senior Bowl) to sit down and have a conversation with people, let them know I love the game of football and I’ll do anything to win.

The Broncos, whose coaches are in charge of the Senior Bowl’s North squad and have the No. 5 overall pick in April’s draft, requested to have Mayfield on their player roster. That will give Denver an entire week to work with him during practices and in the classroom before Saturday’s kickoff.

That may have to be enough.

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Greg Jennings encourages Dez Bryant to take a pay cut

Four days after the Cowboys’ season ended, wide receiver Dez Bryant was asked about his contract situation and if he would be willing to take a little less money to play for the Cowboys.

Hell, no, man, Bryant told reporters. I believe in me.

When they start using words like, ‘We’re looking at the full body of work,’ those are tell-tale signs that…you’re going to take the pay cut, Jennings said. We’ve got to look at the full scope of what’s going on around us and so for me, I didn’t take the pay cut initially…I was no longer in that Vikings uniform because they decided to go with Mike Wallace.

Bryant has two years left on his deal worth $25.5 million. The Cowboys could cut him and take less of a cap hit now than they would have after 2016, or even 2017. Cutting him could make sense for the Cowboys if Bryant is not willing to restructure his contract. Jennings urged Bryant not to put himself in that situation.

Dez… Dez… just take the pay cut man.

It wouldn’t be fair to judge Hue based on his record after just two seasons because few NFL teams have put themselves at such a disadvantage in order to save assets and focus on winning three or four years down the road, Thomas wrote for Sports Illustrated.

This season, the Browns became only the second NFL team in history to go winless over a 16-game season. General manager Sashi Brown was fired and John Dorsey took his place. It seemed only a matter of time before Jackson was fired, too, but Thomas said owner Jimmy Haslam had to remember why Jackson was hired in the first place three years ago.

He was the hottest coach on the market for several years, developed QBs like Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton and went as a head coach in his only full season, Thomas said. He’s a great leader, a great manager of coaches and a great X’s and O’s football guy. Firing him based on the record wouldn’t have been the right move.

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Guess how much Super Bowl tickets cost

The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles are set to face off in Super Bowl 52. Plenty of Eagles and Patriots fans will be scouring the Internet for Super Bowl tickets to the see their squad, hopefully, pull out a victory and hoist the Lombardi trophy.

The question is, how much will Super Bowl tickets cost you?

Unfortunately for fans looking to see the Super Bowl in person, there is no perfect time to buy a ticket. Recent years have shown that the fluctuation in ticket pricing leading up to the Super Bowl has no rhyme or reason. For instance, one season a reserved-ticket allotment was made available to the public and subsequently saw pricing drop. Other times, waiting to buy can result in increased prices.

White jerseys have brought good luck not only to New England, but many teams in the Super Bowl.

Twelve of the last 13 Super Bowl winners have worn their white jerseys, a trend that actually began the last time the Patriots faced the Eagles. The one exception came after the 2010 season, when Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in their green jerseys broke up what was then a six-game winning streak for white jerseys.

In 2016, Broncos general manager and executive vice president John Elway mentioned the team’s previous success in white jerseys when Denver had the first pick of uniforms as the home team for Super Bowl 50.

Wayne Ellington had 26 points on six 3-pointers and Joe Johnson added 22 points for the Heat.

Nic Batum scored a season-high 26 points and Walker had 22 for Charlotte, which had a two-game winning streak snapped. Howard had 14 points and 15 rebounds.

With Miami trailing 105-100, Johnson got free for a dunk. The Hornets inbounded the ball to Batum, but Josh Richardson stripped the ball and passed it to Johnson, who knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing to tie it.

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Tigers senior Donte Grantham tears ACL, ending Clemson career

Clemson senior forward Donte Grantham will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL during Saturday’s game, the team announced.

Grantham suffered the injury in the second half of a 67-58 win over Notre Dame. His right knee buckled after he was fouled from behind.

I’m disappointed that Donte’s career at Clemson had to end this way, coach Brad Brownell said in a statement. He was putting together a terrific season statistically, but he really helps this team in so many ways.

I wasn’t really hitting shots, Knox said. Nothing from the 3-point line, so it was good to see I made a couple.

A brief moment of silence was held before tipoff to honor the victims and first responders of Tuesday’s fatal shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. Two students died, 12 were wounded and five others injured in the shooting. Calipari, who has attended the Hoop Fest there, said news of the incident made him literally nauseous and he added, There’s nothing I can say, other than I’ll be praying for them tomorrow at Mass. I’ll take Communion for them, light a candle for them.

Coats Fulks called it unexpected and incredibly difficult news” for Robinson and her family, but added that our team will be fighting with her and supporting her and her family every step of the way.”

Robinson started six of the nine games she played this season, averaging 4.6 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Wildcats.

School officials say players and coaches will wear orange — the color of leukemia awareness — during pregame warm-ups to honor her.

Walton said in his experience, players have breakout offensive games when they’re not thinking about scoring.

To me, guys normally have nights like that when they stop thinking about offense, Walton said. You kind of get lost in doing other things when you’re as gifted as he is offensively. That’s when you have nights like that.

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Mayfield starred at Oklahoma, but will his antics and size get overblown?

Still, the Titans possess some elements that could make this a game. Derrick Morgan, Brian Orakpo, Jurrell Casey and Erik Walden are largely unheralded, yet form a quartet of pass rushers that could generate the type of pocket pressure that’s key to beating Brady. RB Derrick Henry and a mauling offensive line could crack a Patriots defense that allowed more yards than all but three teams in 2017. And mobile quarterbacks like Alex Smith and Cam Newton were hugely responsible for two of New England’s three losses this season. Marcus Mariota fits that mold, too, but he and the Titans can’t afford to fall into a deficit that forces them to stray from a balanced approach.

While Hundley struggled, the Packers had only 19 called run plays in what was just a two-score game through three quarters. McCarthy has been spoiled with Rodgers, who has covered up many of McCarthy’s deficiencies as a play caller. Without Rodgers to create plays out of nothing, those shortcomings are painfully obvious as the Packers were shut out for the second time in a season for the first time since 2006 — McCarthy’s first season as the team’s head coach.

It’s simple to see that in terms of winning basketball games, the Thunder are far and away the better choice for Paul. He has guaranteed future there with Westbrook and a solid organization to call home. But he just can’t hide the glimmer in his eye when asked about the Lakers.

We’re not used to a player being this brutally open and honest and his free agency desires. Most players try to hide their feelings a bit more, but George has made it clear he’s weighing every single option and he cannot stop thinking about Los Angeles.

My advice to Thunder and Lakers fans is to buckle up. You’re in for a long six months.

Thomas showed he could make plays with or without James and Kevin Love on the court. That’s something the Cavaliers couldn’t really afford to do last season with Irving, as great as he was for them.

Ever since making the NFC championship in 2015, the (BLANK) have sleepwalked through two mediocre seasons, and it’s clear their starting quarterback’s time is almost up. With all that uncertainty, now is the right time to bring in a quarterback who produced almost 13,000 yards of total offense with 116 total TDs. Jackson can do that.

The Cardinals need to draft the Cardinals’ star quarterback. There is uncertainty around Bruce Arians future, but Palmer turns 38 next week. Even if the QB stays one more year, that would allow Jackson to develop as the quarterback of the future. He’s a playmaker in the mold of Michael Vick, and ignoring all that production would be foolish. It’s hard to pin a perfect landing spot for Jackson, but Arizona looks like the best fit for now.

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How’d that bet turn out? Wall thinks he did just fine.

Jackson should go, too, but is it a must? New Cleveland general manager John Dorsey can try to finesse bringing back Jackson for continuity purposes, but how does one sell bringing back a coach who is 1-29 in two seasons? How is that going to excite the fan base into believing things really are going to change? The Browns have already blown through Chris Palmer, Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski, Mike Pettine and Jackson. If Jackson stays, then Cleveland better have a quarterback plan in place.

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Wall is an All-Star and is one of the more prominent names on Adidas’ roster — it’d be hard to see him going too long without one. But he’ll probably be considered behind Kristaps Porzingis and Joel Embiid, who are also part of Adidas’ roster. But currently, the brand only has two prominent basketball signature-shoe athletes with James Harden and Damian Lillard, plus a third if we include Derrick Rose, but he isn’t the same name he used to be.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien on rumors he could resign: I will never quit as the head football coach of the Houston Texans. Ever… I’ll never resign as the head football coach of the Houston Texans. So, that’s basically where that’s at, and I don’t know where these I didn’t even read the story, I was told about it a little bit. So, I’m not sure where they come from… I don’t know where those things come from.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Damiere Byrd’s questionable touchdown against the Packers: I guess it pays to have little (butt) cheeks.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter on containing Julio Jones only to have Falcons running back Devonta Freeman go off for a big night: We had 10 guys on (Jones) and it made it tough to tackle Freeman with only one guy left.

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