Ravens sign RB Bobby Rainey to bolster backfield depth



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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens jersey officially reunited with Bobby Rainey jersey on Wednesday to help improve their depth at running back, the team announced.

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The Ravens were looking to sign the 29-year-old journeyman before Kenneth Dixon jersey underwent knee surgery Tuesday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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His best season came in 2013, when he led Tampa Bay with 532 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Last season, Rainey ran for 63 yards on 17 carries for the Giants.

Wholesale Khyri Thornton jersey The only certainties at running back to make the season-opening roster are Terrance West jersey jersey and Danny Woodhead jersey. The other backups are Buck Allen, who only carried the ball wholesale jersey nine times last season; Taquan Mizzell, an undrafted rookie out of Virginia; and Lorenzo Taliaferro jersey jersey, who has moved from tailback to fullback.

Dixon, the Ravens’ second-leading rusher last season, had knee surgery on Tuesday to repair a medial meniscus. There is no timetable yet for his return, according to the team, but two sources told Schefter it’s 50-50 that Dixon is out for the year. Another source told Schefter that a 4-to 5-month recovery is expected, so a return is possible but unlikely.

‘Madden NFL 18’ ratings for every 2017 NFL first-round pick



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The crew from “Madden NFL 18” released rookie ratings on Monday, and top pick Myles Garrett jersey — unsurprisingly — has the top overall rating in the video game. No. 2 might surprise you, however — it’s No. 19 pick O.J. Howard.

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Check out the overall ratings for all 32 first-round picks below, and go here to see them sorted by rating. “Stats to know” have been provided by ESPN Stats & Info.

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Stat to know: Garrett was a unanimous All-American in 2016 and had 32.5 career sacks at Texas A&M, which was the seventh most in SEC history.

Cheap Quinton Patton jersey 2. Mitchell Trubisky jersey, QB, Chicago Bears jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 77

Stat to know: The Tar Heel completed a Power 5-best 70.1 percent of his passes against the blitz last season.

3. Solomon Thomas jersey, DT, San Francisco 49ers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 79

Stat to know: Thomas had 27 quarterback hurries and 14 tackles for loss at Stanford last season, both of which ranked third in the Pac-12.

EA Sports4. Leonard Fournette jersey, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 81

Stat to know: Fournette had 14 140-yard rushing games in his LSU career.

5. Corey Davis jersey, WR, Tennessee Titans jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 79

Stat to know: Davis finished his Western Michigan career as the only player in FBS history with at least 5,000 receiving yards and 50 receiving touchdowns.

6. Jamal Adams jersey, S, New York Jets jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 81

Stat to know: Adams was a first-team All-American and All-SEC in 2016 for LSU.

7. Mike Williams jersey, WR, Los Angeles Chargers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 79

Stat to know: Williams had 63 receptions resulting in a first-down conversion or touchdown for Clemson in 2016, wholesale jersey which was tops in the ACC.

EA Sports8. Christian McCaffrey jersey, RB, Carolina Panthers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 81

Stat to know: McCaffrey’s 6,191 combined all-purpose yards in 2015 and 2016 at Stanford are the most in a two-season span by any player in FBS history.

9. John Ross jersey, WR, Cincinnati Bengals jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 77

Stat to know: The Washington Husky led the FBS with 12 red-zone touchdown receptions, and that was tied for second in a single season in the past five years.

10. Patrick Mahomes II jersey, QB, Kansas City Chiefs jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: Mahomes led the FBS with 5,052 passing yards last season, and the Texas Tech quarterback had the most completions from outside the pocket (55) and under duress (59) in among Power 5 schools last season.

11. Marshon Lattimore jersey, CB, New Orleans Saints jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: At the combine, the Buckeye ran a 4.36 40 and had a 38?-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump, all three of which ranked in the top 10 among defensive backs.

12. Deshaun Watson jersey, QB, Houston Texans jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: Watson led all Power 5 players with 38 touchdown passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield over the past three seasons at Clemson.

13. Haason Reddick jersey, ILB, Arizona Cardinals jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 73

Stat to know: Reddick had 22.5 tackles for loss at Temple last season, which ranked third in the FBS.

The Eagles are hoping Barnett is the premier pass-rusher they desperately need. Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports14. Derek Barnett jersey, DE, Philadelphia Eagles jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: Barnett had 69 total pressures for the Volunteers in 2016, best in the Power 5.

15. Malik Hooker jersey, S, Indianapolis Colts jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: Hooker had three defensive touchdowns for the Buckeyes in 2016, which tied for first in the FBS.

16. Marlon Humphrey jersey, CB, Baltimore Ravens jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: Humphrey had three forced fumbles and five interceptions in his career at Alabama.

17. Jonathan Allen jersey, DT, Washington Redskins jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 73

Stat to know: Allen had seven career multisack games at Alabama, and all seven of those games came against AP-ranked opponents, which was the most by any FBS player since 2005.

18. Adoree’ Jackson jersey, CB, Tennessee Titans jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 74

Stat to know: At USC, Jackson had 24 career starts (21 at cornerback, one at safety, one at wide receiver and one concurrently at cornerback and wide receiver).

EA Sports19. O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 82

Stat to know: Howard caught 77.6 percent of his targets for the Crimson Tide in 2016, which ranked second in the SEC.

20. Garett Bolles jersey, OT, Denver Broncos jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 77

Stat to know: Bolles is the first Utah offensive player taken in first round since quarterback Alex Smith jersey jersey went No. 1 overall in 2005.

21. Jarrad Davis jersey, ILB, Detroit Lions jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 74

Stat to know: Despite missing four games because of injury, Davis ranked second on the Gators with 60 total tackles last season.

22. Charles Harris jersey, OLB, Miami Dolphins jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 73

Stat to know: Harris had 28 quarterback knockdowns for Missouri last season, which ranked third among Power 5 pass-rushers.

23. Evan Engram jersey, TE, New York Giants jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: At Ole Miss last season, Engram had 33 receptions of 10-plus yards, which was No. 1 among Power 5 tight ends.

24. Gareon Conley jersey, CB, Oakland Raiders jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: Conley had eight pass breakups for the Buckeyes last season.

Peppers could also be a returner for the Browns. Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images25. Jabrill Peppers jersey, S, Cleveland Browns jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: Peppers took snaps at nine different positions for the Wolverines last season.

26. Takkarist McKinley jersey, DE, Atlanta Falcons jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: McKinley had 18 tackles for loss for the Bruins last season, which ranked second in the Pac-12.

27. Tre’Davious White jersey, CB, Buffalo Bills jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 78

Stat to know: White played 760 snaps on an LSU defense that allowed an FBS-best 16 touchdowns last season.

28. Taco Charlton jersey, DE, Dallas Cowboys jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: Charlton had 9.5 sacks for the Wolverines in 2016, third most in the Big Ten.

29. David Njoku jersey, TE, Cleveland Browns jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 78

Stat to know: Njoku led Power 5 tight ends with 480 yards after the catch for the Hurricanes last season.

30. T.J. Watt, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 74

Stat to know: The Wisconsin pass-rusher led front-seven combine participants in the 60-yard shuttle (11.20) and co-led in the 20-yard shuttle.

31. Reuben Foster jersey, ILB, San Francisco 49ers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: The Alabama linebacker had five games with 10-plus tackles last season, and all five were against ranked opponents.

32. Ryan Ramczyk jersey, OT, New Orleans Saints jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 78

Stat to know: Ramczyk was the first consensus All-American offensive lineman from Wisconsin since 2010.

All 32 first-round picks sorted by overall rating83: Myles Garrett jersey

82: O.J. Howard

81: Jamal Adams jersey, Christian McCaffrey jersey, Leonard Fournette jersey

79: Corey Davis jersey, Solomon Thomas jersey, Mike Williams jersey

78: David Njoku jersey, Ryan Ramczyk jersey, Tre’Davious White jersey

77: Garett Bolles jersey, John Ross jersey, Mitchell Trubisky jersey

76: Reuben Foster jersey, Malik Hooker jersey, Patrick Mahomes II jersey, Marshon Lattimore jersey, Jabrill Peppers jersey, Deshaun Watson jersey

75: Derek Barnett jersey, Taco Charlton jersey, Gareon Conley jersey, Evan Engram jersey, Marlon Humphrey jersey, Takkarist McKinley jersey

74: Jarrad Davis jersey, Adoree’ Jackson jersey, T.J. Watt

73: Jonathan Allen jersey, Charles Harris jersey, Haason Reddick jersey

Judgment day for Jaylon Smith: First practice in pads, 572 days after injury



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OXNARD, California — The last time Jaylon Smith jersey wore pads on a football field was Jan. 1, 2016, in the Fiesta Bowl.

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His left knee was shredded after he was pushed in the back by an Ohio State offensive lineman, causing Smith’s foot to plant into the ground. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament. He tore his lateral collateral ligament. He suffered damage to the peroneal nerve, causing some teams to eliminate him from their draft board.

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When the Dallas Cowboys jersey put the pads on Wednesday for their third practice of training camp, Smith will be in full pads on a football field for the first time since the injury.

Wholesale Taylor Gabriel jersey To Smith, it will be just another day in a journey that he believes will see him become one of the best linebackers in wholesale jersey the NFL.

“Very confident on myself and everything I’ve done this far,” Smith said. “The strength staff, the rehab, Britt Brown, Jim [Maurer], all those guys; we have a plan set in place and we don’t want to defer from it. It’s just about working every day, and it’s something where for me everything I’ve done we start off slow, we continue to progress, we continue to progress and we’re good. And I’ve succeeded in everything thus far.”

Dez Bryant jersey jersey called teammate Jaylon Smith jersey (left) a “freak of nature” and says the linebacker looks like an “action figure” on the football field. AP Photo/Gus RuelasTo almost everybody else — coaches, teammates, executives — it will be another sign of progress.

Smith’s older brother, Rod, is a running back with the Cowboys.

“I think he’s ready to get out there,” Rod Smith jersey said. “He’s been preparing since the injury, so he’s been doing a good job keeping his mind off it. Focused, keeping his mind right. Focused on what he needs to have it focused on. He looks ready.”

Justin Durant jersey sat next to Smith last year in the linebackers room as Smith worked through his rehab his rookie season, unable to play.

“I love everything about him,” Durant said. “I’m excited for him to get out there. I want to see how good he is, too.”

Said wide receiver Dez Bryant jersey jersey: “The dude’s a freak of nature. Look at him. He looks like a damn action figure out there. The guy’s phenomenal. I’m ready to see him in action. I think he’s going to perform well.”

There is no way of truly knowing how Smith will perform until he is on the field in a game. Wearing pads during training camp offers more of a glimpse into the reality than offseason practices conducted without pads, though.

As optimistic as the Cowboys are, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said he has not seen enough to know for sure if Smith will help during the regular season.

“No, other than I know he’s a very talented and a terrific college player,” Marinelli said. “We know what he’s about. He’s got size and the movement. That’s a great starting point. Great starting point.”

Had he not been injured, Smith might have been under consideration by the Cowboys with their first-round pick at No. 4 overall over Ezekiel Elliott jersey. That’s if he would have been available. He could have gone among the top three picks.

While the strength and movement have returned to his left foot, Smith continues to wear a brace to help keep it flexed. Zack Martin jersey jersey wore a similar brace during his rookie season when he suffered an ankle injury going into the playoffs.

“It’s great for support,” Martin said. “Obviously when you have that injury the biggest thing is when it moves a little bit it hurts. It keeps it stable and made a huge difference for me.”

Smith hopes he won’t need a brace when the regular season starts, or perhaps the one he wears will be modified more. The ligaments are strong and secure. The nerve continues to regenerate and the Cowboys believe it will fire completely in the future. Smith has been coy when discussing the specifics of the nerve injury but has always been positive it would return fully.

A recent EMG showed the nerve’s conduction has grown from the last test in the spring,

“Those are the things you can see that things are changing for him in a positive way,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said.

The Cowboys will work Smith in slowly as he goes, just as they did in the spring. The goal is to be ready for the regular-season opener against the New York Giants jersey, but today is a significant step.

“It’s about patience,” Jaylon Smith jersey said. “But with sitting out a year, I’ve learned so much about myself as a man. Everything I do is with a clear-eye view. It’s a focused vision, determined belief and earned dreams. It’s something I live by and walk with every single day.”

Changes coming for Giants in Year 2 of Camp McAdoo



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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — With training camp set to open on Thursday, change is in the air at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. It really always is with coach Ben McAdoo around.

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The status quo is unacceptable. Putting a fifth trophy in the case remains the overall goal for the New York Giants jersey, but on a micro-scale the message needs to be fresh and the program altered. After all, this is a coach who, along with his staff, kept a running list last year on what they could do better. The list had hundreds of ideas and recommendations upon its completion.

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The Giants goal this season is to get a little better each day. Their motto is “Make Gains: 1%.” The slogan was even plastered on T-shirts distributed to the players this spring.

Wholesale Aaron Brewer jersey The idea is that every day the Giants should at least be making minimal gains. No steps backwards. Progression is imperative on a daily basis if they intend to accomplish their ultimate goal, even if they finished 11-5 last season and made the playoffs for the first time in five years.

This thinking holds true throughout training camp, where the plan is for the Giants to commit 1 percent more each day in camp. Apparently that equals gains of 14 minutes, 24 seconds compared to last year.

McAdoo also plans to get more efficient by shortening each night by one minute as camp progresses. Giants training camp is scheduled for July 27-Aug. 15.

There were already changes instituted in the spring (shorter classroom sessions, a new nutritionist, a position flex period, among others) and there will be more this summer. The idea is to keep things fresh. Expect the unexpected.

The players see it as a positive.

“I like the change [McAdoo] had at OTAs with the opportunity meeting,” All-Pro safety Landon Collins jersey jersey said. “They won’t let me play running back but it was a good change to give everyone a little job to do something different and get different aspects of the game.

“I don’t know what is going to happen in Year 2 of the [McAdoo] camp, but definitely looking for some kind of change. It keeps it exciting.”

McAdoo called it a position flex period. It should be noticeable to fans this summer when linebackers are playing tight end, wide receivers are playing cornerback and, maybe, safeties get a crack at running back.

All these tweaks are done with a purpose.

“The more you can do in this league, the greater chance you have to stick,” McAdoo said during minicamp. “We’re giving players the opportunity at the end of practice to grow and play multiple positions. We call it our position flex period and they’ve taken to it.”

The changes last year were drastic given that it was McAdoo’s first year and camp. Even though he kept some of what Tom Coughlin had installed throughout his 12-year regime — such as the clocks remaining five minutes ahead on Coughlin Time — there was a noticeable difference to his program. There were new drills, a fresh schedule, a different off day and a radically different strength and conditioning program.

The players are wholesale jersey expecting more tweaks than radical change this summer and season. And they expect them to be coming from that list from last season.

“I feel like you have to make it a little bit different because you look at the season we had last year and you have to add some of the stuff we need to work on,” wide receiver Sterling Shepard jersey said Saturday while hosting the Hyundai Youth Football Camp in New Jersey. “He’ll probably put more emphasis on some of the stuff we need to work on but I don’t see that being drastically different.”

That begins with protecting the football or, as McAdoo and the Giants like to say, “Protecting the Duke.” They didn’t do a good job of it last season, when they were tied for 21st in turnover differential. Only six teams committed more turnovers last season. It would hardly be surprising to see more and revised ball-protection drills this summer.

This is how McAdoo operates. He locates inefficiencies, consults his staff and lays out a blueprint. They then stick with it throughout the summer or season.

The Giants even have a plan in place to combat what is perceived as a difficult schedule. They have three West Coast trips during a seven-week stretch late in the year (although none are back-to-back) and travel more miles in the second half than they did all of 2016.

McAdoo has told people in and around the building he wants to use this year’s schedule to the Giants’ advantage. It’s not going to be easy but he’s going to try by giving players more days off, having more REM Days to maximize sleep on the most important days of the week, and putting additional emphasis placed on hydration, nutrition, mental conditioning and training loads. The hope appears to be that the Giants’ extra emphasis on these areas will allow them be fresh as the 2017 season meanders into the New Year.

Change is viewed as a positive with Ben McAdoo around.