Jaguars add former Colts first-round bust Bjoern Werner

As for what the SEALs themselves took away from the four days: “I wouldn’t bet against the Falcons this year, these guys got it,” Bill Golden, an APG trainer and Special Operations Forces veteran said.

Don’t panic though, Patriots fans, Brady is still getting plenty of sleep: He goes to bed at 8:30 p.m.

“I don’t go to bed at 1 a.m. and wake up at 5 a.m. and say, ‘Let’s see if I can get this done today,'” Brady told ABC News in an interview this week. “Because my career is so important, I think I make a lot of, I wouldn’t call them sacrifices, but just concessions for my job. I love what I do and I want to do it for a long time.”

Ultimately Favre postponed his return.

“It was a tremendous honor to play 16 years for the Green Bay Packers,” Favre wrote Monday. “Now to have my name placed among others such as Starr, Hornung, Kramer, Taylor, Lambeau, Nitschke, Lombardi, Davis, White and Hutson is a special honor that I share with all of my teammates and coaches, and that would not have been possible but for the foresight of Ron Wolf, the greatest GM In the history of the NFL.

“I’m truly looking forward to celebrating and sharing this special moment with all of the great fans of the Green Bay Packers.”

The idea of Favre getting booed at this point is flat-out crazy. Him playing for the Vikings can be considered a betrayal of sorts, but he did some REALLY great things for the Packers.

Wanting to extend his career shouldn’t result in a decade-long streak of hatred. Packers fans have probably gotten over at this point, which means Favre should be staring down a warm welcome when he returns to Lambeau next season.

Larry Fitzgerald fulfills a promise to his mother by graduating from college

Back in 2003, when he was still a wide receiver for the University of Pittsburgh, Arizona Cardinals star wideout Larry Fitzgerald made a promise to his dying mother that, eventually, he would graduate from college. On Saturday, Fitzgerald fulfilled that promise, graduating from the University of Phoenix with a major in communications and a minor in marketing.

Carol Fitzgerald passed away in 2003 from a brain hemorrhage suffered during a bout with breast cancer, but before she passed, she told her son, “Education is one thing nobody can ever take from you. I know you have a passion to play ball, but education is something you can carry for the rest of your life.”

Fitzgerald took that to heart, and throughout the last 13 years has continued taking classes so he could keep his promise to his mother. “I wanted to make sure I was doing what I promised her I’d do,” Fitzgerald said.

Congrats go out to Larry and the Fitzgerald family. Good for him for keeping up the work all these years so he didn’t let his mother down. Hopefully, she’s proudly smiling down on him.

New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty played his college ball at Baylor. Like many players that plied their trade for the Bears under Art Briles, he was criticized during the draft process for having played in a spread offense. Because of that, it would take him some time to adjust to the NFL, where he’d actually have to read defenses.

Petty spent his rookie season sitting/learning behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith. During the year-plus since he was drafted, Petty has apparently made a great deal of progress. How much?

“For me, where I was when they drafted me last year to where I am now, it’s night-and-day difference,” Petty told NJ.com. “For me, it’s a process. Just watching film, I’m seeing things. I played Madden the other day, and it’s not just picking run plays anymore. It’s like, ‘Oh, they’ve got an under front (on defense).’ You start picking up things differently. That’s exciting for me.”

In Jacksonville, the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year is expected to compete against 2016 third-round pick Yannick Ngakoue for playing time as a pass-rusher in the Jags’ 3-4 defense

Chip Kelly has ‘no idea’ who will be 49ers’ QB but loves Gabbert’s athleticism

Kelly isn’t in any hurry to tip his hand but he does seem intrigued by Gabbert’s potential.

“He’s extremely athletic,” Kelly said of Gabbert. “It’s interesting, the three of them, if you look at Driskel, Blaine and Kap, they’re all 6-4 plus, and all can run. All of them are at 4.6 (seconds in the 40-yard dash) or under 4.6, which is kind of rare to have three guys that can kind of do the same thing. But it’s beneficial to you.

“The one thing that jumped out right away was how athletic Blaine is. I didn’t see, we did not play against him while I was in Philly, so this is really my first exposure to him. His athleticism is the first thing that jumped out at me.”

We’ll have wait to see if that translates into a starting job — and more importantly, wins — in San Francisco. The good news is that Kelly was ridiculously successful in his first year with the Eagles, where Nick Foles (!) threw 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The bad news is that things went sideways quickly and Kelly didn’t make it through his third year in Philly.

Now that the NFL Draft is over, dynasty leagues are moving forward with their rookie-only drafts. With that in mind, we held a three-round mock draft for you to use as a guide.

We drafted these players based on talent and not need since this mock draft was not for a real dynasty league that already has established rosters. That could change things for several guys moving up or down a few spots, but like any mock draft it will never mirror what actually happens in your league. We also drafted based on a standard-scoring system.

Marshall was the No. 3 Fantasy receiver in standard leagues with 109 catches for 1,509 yards and 14 touchdowns, and Decker was the No. 10 receiver with 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns. If Fitzpatrick is back, then you should expect quality production again from both guys. But without Fitzpatrick, I’d be leery of drafting both receivers in prominent spots with Hackenberg or Smith as the starter.

With Fitzpatrick, you should draft Marshall as a low-end No. 1 receiver in Round 2 in all leagues. Without Fitzpatrick, he gets downgraded to a No. 2 receiver, and he could slip to Round 3.

If the Fertittas were to make a run at buying a piece of the Raiders, it’s a move that several other NFL owners might find encouraging. According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been trying to get Mark Davis to sell his controlling interest in the the Raiders for years.

Apparently, Jones feels that Davis “is incapable of maximizing revenues and the brand, creating value for the team and league, improving the league or advancing its goals or agenda in general.”

Basically, Jones seems to think that Davis has no business acumen.

Although White’s been shooting down rumors all week, he didn’t exactly shoot that one down when Rome asked him on Friday if the brothers would be interested in buying an NFL team.

“It is 100 percent a fact they are hardcore football fans, and I promise you one day the Fertitta brothers will own an NFL football team, no doubt about it,” White said.

Las Vegas mayor says Chargers are in play for possible relocation

If the team gathers the appropriate amount of signatures, then San Diegans will get to vote on the new stadium. If the initiative passes, San Diego’s hotel room tax would jump up four percent, which would help pay for the $1.8 billion stadium/convention center project.

If the initiative were to fail, then the Chargers would likely to move to Los Angeles, unless everything mentioned above also miraculously happened, then the team would have the option of Las Vegas.

One more thing to keep in mind for Chargers fans: Goodman as already said that she thinks the Raiders will end up in Vegas.

In Vegas terms, a Chargers move to Sin City is probably something you shouldn’t bet on.

Government research into a group of retired NFL players showed they had a lower suicide rate than men in the general population. The study also noted it contained significant shortcomings.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health studied a group of retired players who played for a minimum of five years from 1959 to 1988, according to ESPN. The research found that there were 12 suicides out of 3,439 former players between 1979 and 2013. As ESPN wrote, “Suicide rates in the general population suggest 25 suicides would have been expected for men of comparable age.”

Marshall told the New York Post on Tuesday that the Jets will “be OK” with Smith orBryce Petty under center.

“Just seeing Bryce and Geno grow so much the last year is really encouraging, and I’m just proud of those guys,” Marshall said. “We’ll be OK.”

So, let’s state the obvious: Neither Smith nor Petty project as above-average quarterbacks. When Smith’s been handed a chance (29 starts, 31 appearances), he’s flopped (72.3 passer rating). And Petty is nothing more than a developmental prospect who’s never played in a real game.

The plan in question is a $1.33 billion project headed up by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. The potential stadium could be just blocks from the Vegas strip, but the real important piece of information are the multiple teams the city wants to bring in.

From the interview with Goodman:

Goodman said the site under consideration could host the NFL, MLS and UNLV football. She said she is confident that Las Vegas would get an MLS franchise.

One of those “other considerations” that Jones is referring to happens to be gambling. Although the NFL has made it clear that it’s staunchly against gambling, Jones thinks the league would be willing to overlook that because Vegas’ “entertainment value” overshadows the gambling.

14 things to know about the Chicago Cubs’ hot and historic start to the season

Related to all of this is the Cubs’ incredible run differential of +110. Scaled to a full season their run differential would be +509. The all-time record belongs to those ’39 Yankees, who outscored their opponents by 411 runs. Obviously, the Cubs have some room to decline/regress and still break that record. This one bears monitoring.

What’s helping that run differential is how the Cubs have fared in blowout games. This season, when the game is decided by a margin of five runs or more the Cubs are 15-2.

Are the Cubs getting lucky? No, not especially. Based on runs scored and runs allowed, their record should be 28-7. Based on the more granular, batted-ball level data available at FanGraphs, their record should be 27-8. In other words, the Cubs aren’t out-performing any of their more fundamental indicators.

For a time, the knock was the the Cubs hadn’t played a tough schedule. However, their 2016 opponents to date have an average winning percentage of .502. They’ve also gone 13-1 against the Cardinals, Pirates, and Nationals, and they’re 13-3 in road games.

Need proof that baseball’s still beautifully weird? The Cubs this season are 3-5 against the Braves, Rockies, and Padres and 24-3 against everyone else.

Of course, the Cubs’ 2016 regular season excellence is all in the service of winning the World Series for the first time since 1908. On that point, there’s some discouraging news. Since 1995, when the playoffs expanded to three rounds, the team with the best record in the regular season has gone on to win the World Series just 19 percent of the time. In the playoffs, the small sample size of games and the randomness therein tend to hold sway. Just ask those 1906 Cubs and 2001 Mariners and their 116 wins apiece, for instance.

The 2016 Cubs — so far, so very, very good. Of course, there’s much more to come.

Duke University held commencement exercises over the weekend, which means life is about to get demonstrably worse for any number of young people. Life, however, is not going to get worse for Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, in large part because he’s a major-league ballplayer.

Why inject Mr. Stroman into this discussion? We do so because Mr. Stroman was among those who was graduated from Duke on Sunday. Stroman was drafted out of Duke in 2012, and last year while rehabbing his knee injury he worked toward finishing his degree. As you’re about to see, that work paid off on Sunday …

Sheepskin received! And here’s Marcus demonstrating his delivery while wearing the robes of the occasion …

A few weeks back, Heath Cummings said he was ready to move Altuve into his top-three players overall. Ahead of the likes of Paul Goldschmidt, Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Carlos Correa among others; I didn’t even have Altuve in my top five.

As Altuve continues to clobber the ball all over the field and shows no signs of slowing down, that is becoming harder to justify. Altuve is the No. 1 hitter in both Rotisserie and H2H scoring formats, and he is 21 percent ahead of the No. 2 scorer in points leagues.

Altuve almost certainly can’t keep this pace up moving forward, but it would be foolish to just write off this quick start and assume he is the same player he has been in the past. It has been 11 days since Altuve’s last homer, but he hasn’t slowed down in that span; he is still hitting .368/.468/.447 over his last 10 games.

Fantasy Baseball: Best and worst hitter matchups for Week 7

The Cubs have so many potential contributors in Fantasy that it makes for no shortage of sleepers in a week like this one, but then again, there’s no telling how much any of them will play. Tommy La Stella has gotten pushed to the back burner after looking like he was taking on a more prominent role, but Javier Baez has been playing about three out of every four games and could take advantage of some homer-prone pitchers. You probably wouldn’t start him outside of leagues that require a third infielder, though. On the shallower end, Addison Russell is undervalued with so many walks, and Miguel Montero’s projected return from the DL adds some depth to a weak catcher position.

Worst hitter matchups for Week 7

1. Padres SF3, LAD3
2. Brewers CHC3, @NYM3
3. Marlins @PHI3, WAS3
4. Nationals @NYM3, @MIA3
5. Giants @SD3, CHC3

Here’s how the Padres slate looks as of Friday afternoon: Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda and Clayton Kershaw. Yee-ouch! Hopefully, you didn’t have your heart set on Wil Myers or Melvin Upton this week. You probably couldn’t justify sitting Matt Kemp, though. The Brewers face a string of aces as well, so it’s a good thing Chris Carter cooled off. Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy are obviously too productive to sit.

Who would I play from the Marlins? Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich — that’s it. NL-only formats are a different story, of course, but I can’t imagine a scenario in a mixed league where I couldn’t find a viable alternative to Martin Prado, Justin Bour, Derek Dietrich or even the red-hot Marcell Ozuna, who has tended to run hot and cold during his brief career. I suppose the sorry state of the catcher position might force me to stick it out with J.T. Realmuto.

Who’s excited to start to Anthony Rendon? Well, good. Now you have an excuse to sit him, especially if you’ve been using him at the overloaded second base position. Jayson Werth has shown some life lately, but you can clearly do better in a three-outfielder league. I wouldn’t count on this being the week Ben Revere bounces back, and let’s not get too excited about Ryan Zimmerman’s two-homer game considering what’s ahead. What’s ahead, you ask? How about Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Jose Fernandez and Adam Conley in a six-game week?

Joe Panik has been ice cold since returning from a groin injury, and as I said before, second base is deep. I feel like the Giants have been among the best or worst matchups so many times already that we know their fringies by heart now. You got it: Matt Duffy and Denard Span should both sit where possible. Brandon Belt has probably joined Buster Posey and Hunter Pence in must-start status, though.

In related matters, they’re also batting a mighty .295/.355/.485 as a team. That’s a good slash line for a first baseman, let alone an entire squad. Heck, the Sox even rank second in the AL in stolen bases. No, the team BABIP of .346 isn’t sustainable, but this indeed profiles as a strong offense moving forward. They’ve run a high contact rate and a low swinging strike rate, and there’s nothing out of line about their home runs as a percentage of fly balls, which can be an indicator of fluke-ish performances. Best of all, they’ve done while facing high velocity this season — in fact, only the Rays’ hitters have faced harder average fastballs on average.

A lot of things have gone into this early offensive excellence. High-ceiling youngsters like Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts have delivered in a big way. Travis Shaw is running a .926 OPS at third base. Dustin Pedroia remains productive. Hanley Ramirez looks like he’s on his way to a bounce-back season. And then there’s David Ortiz.

It’s been quiet on the closer front so far this season. Since opening day, Sean Doolittle and J.J. Hoover have been the only presumed closers to lose their jobs. Even the injury replacements — Kevin Jepsen and Joe Smith — have elicited little more than a yawn from owners in standard mixed leagues.

That sleepy calm could be shattered soon. Jepsen has faltered as Glen Perkins’ replacement, Santiago Casilla has already blown three saves and Ryan Madson has had some adventurous outings of late. Even some of those who seem to have job security may find themselves in a closer controversy before long.

For every closer in trouble, there is a closer-in-waiting. There are eight relievers currently in setup roles who seeming especially primed to get a shot a closing duty sometime within the coming weeks. While none is a sure thing to graduate to the ninth inning, each has enough of a chance to be worth stashing in certain Fantasy formats.

Chris Sale ($12,000, $12,300)

Sale is the only legitimate ace on the slate tonight, and as such he should be played in at least some of your lineups. The Yankees are bad against LHP and that short porch doesn’t scare me quite as much with Sale on the mound. His strikeouts are down this year, but his WHIP is ridiculously good and his win potential is high. The major concern is weather, which you need to monitor.

Edinson Volquez ($8,500, $8,000)

Speaking of win potential, Volquez is the biggest favorite of the night at home against the Braves. His strikeout rate and velocity are both up this year, and I don’t need to tell you how good the matchup is. Assuming weather remains an issue in New York, Volquez would be my favorite cash game play. All four of his home starts this year have come in between 38 and 48 FanDuel points.

MLB announces suspensions for the players involved in the Bautista-Odor fight

Thanks to his trademark pink-dyed dreadlocks, it’s almost impossible to forget about DeAngelo Williams’ battle. The Steelers running back also does plenty in the community to remind the world about his crusade against breast cancer.

This weekend will be another example, with the former Carolina Panthers star returning to Charlotte and offering up free mammograms to women.

From the Charlotte Observer:

Williams, through his foundation and the Charlotte Knights, will host an event Saturday providing mammography screenings for low-income, under-insured or uninsured women in the area.

But if it ever comes to that, the NFL won’t make history. Another national football organization already beat them to it. On Thursday, Pop Warner became the first national football organization to ban kickoffs.

The largest youth football organization in the country announced the change on Thursday. In its announcement, Pop Warner wrote that the rule is “aimed at significantly reducing the amount of full-speed, head-on impact in games.”

“We are constantly working to make the game safer and better for our young athletes, and we think this move is an important step in that direction,” said Jon Butler, Pop Warner’s executive director, via the organization’s website. “Eliminating kickoffs at this level adds another layer of safety without changing the nature of this great game. We are excited to look at the results at the end of the year as we explore additional measures.”

No. 2, let’s remember that Cromartie had a vasectomy in 2013. And now he’s the new father of twins.

That’s not how a vasectomy is supposed to work. There’s apparently a less than one-percent chance of getting pregnant after the operation.

“I didn’t even tell Antonio right away because I didn’t think it was possible,” Terricka told US Weekly in January. “I was going back and forth in my head how it could even happen. In my head we were good to go, we were having free sex. I just really thought that his procedure was the best protection you could have at this point.”

Montana then explained that Kaepernick’s biggest problem could come with his offensive line.

“With your offensive line, when there’s problems, you have to be able to talk to those guys and figure it out while you’re out on the field and when you have a guy who doesn’t really want to be there, you don’t know whether to put yourself behind him or not,” Montana said. “And you want to believe in him, but if he doesn’t want to be there then — I’m sure they did everything they could to try and get him to some place he’d be happy because it would be best for both teams.”