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Tennessee Titans

Riley Cooper to work out for Buccaneers; surprised it took so long to get picked up

Former Eagles receiver Riley Cooper was admittedly surprised and humbled when teams didn’t immediately call him to see if he’d be interested in joining after he was cut by Philadelphia in February of 2016.

So when the Buccaneers offered the six-year NFL veteran a chance to attend their rookie minicamp on a tryout basis this weekend — his first football action since he left the Eagles — he jumped at the opportunity.

“I was in Philly for six years. I got cut,” Cooper said (via ESPN). “I was expecting to get picked up somewhere and I didn’t. It was hard to keep training and stay ready without seeing that light at the end of the tunnel. I just kept grinding and grinding. The opportunity is finally here, and you’ve got to make the best of it.”
WKNR announced Wednesday night it had terminated Parr’s employment.

“He’s on the lean and the molly,” Parr said on “The Really Big Show” on ESPN 850. “The guy’s not going to make it. He’s not going to make it through the season.

“He’s another Josh Gordon … I’ve seen it first-hand from a different vantage point, and it’s the same thing all over again. How are you already high out of your mind, and you’ve only been here for a week.”

Even after show hosts Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer tried to get Parr to walk back her statements, she doubled down and even joked that 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas was “on the lean,” which is also known as “purple drink” or “sizzurp.”

“I guess I can’t say certain things,” Parr said before she was interrupted by one of her co-hosts with, “No. You can’t.” “Josh is living with me and is in the best place mentally that he has been in dating back years before entering the NFL. He has taken the proper steps to treat his issues and has followed a very strict protocol that the league and our team here has laid out for him. He’s also in the best shape of his life and feels even better than he did when he had his breakout year in 2013.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Isaiah Thomas dedicated his 53-point Game 2 performance to his late sister Chyna

Isaiah Thomas’ sister, Chyna, died in a single car accident right as the NBA playoffs started. It’s impossible not to root for the older brother, whose hasn’t missed a game for the Boston Celtics despite the massive grief he must be experiencing right now. Before the Eastern Conference semifinals began, Thomas went to Chyna’s funeral in Tacoma, Wash. In Game 1, he led the Celtics to a win against the Washington Wizards.

Game 2, though, fell right on what would have been Chyna’s 23rd birthday. Thomas didn’t just play well — he scored 53 points in an overtime win, the most points in a playoff game since 2003, and dedicated the performance to her in the post-game press conference.

“Today is my sister’s birthday,” Thomas said. “She would have been 23 today. The least I can do is play for her.”

It’s gut-wrenching. I could write words here trying to imagine what Thomas might be feeling, but that doesn’t feel appropriate nor could it be representative of his actual emotions. Our heart goes out to Thomas.

But the real outlaw here is Ovechkin — and there is a long history between Engine No. 8 and the Penguins. A long history of odd and unusual plays where you scratch your head and ask, “Wait a second, was he trying to maim somebody?” Ovechkin seems to have mastered the art of the reckless play that may or may not have been intentional and leaves everybody wondering what the blank just happened.

To my way of thinking, you make enough of those plays against the same team, and you lose the benefit of the doubt.

Unfortunate as it is, it’s quite routine for defensemen to get nicked and bruised and even injured when blocking shots. Why they willingly put their bodies in front of speeding projectiles is beyond me, but that’s why they’re being paid to play hockey and not me.

Even still, quotes surfaced after the game that some Penguins in the room weren’t pleased with Ovechkin’s choice of shot, via DK Pittsburgh Sports.

[Hainsey] indicated following the game that his helmet absorbed the majority of the blow and that he believed he would be OK.nike_chargers_348

Jacksonville Jaguars

Davis is a true sideline-to-sideline linebacker

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the 49ers might just scoop up Trubisky with the second overall pick. That option is on the table, despite the presence of two quarterbacking stalwarts, Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, on the roster already.

That’s at least what the 49ers would like the rest of the league to believe. Unless maybe they are really serious about it, which they totally could be. Probably not, but you can’t put anything past a head coach who chose NOT to run the ball with a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl.

After playing mostly a backup role his first two years in Gainesville, Davis earned a starting job in 2015, finishing with 98 tackles (including 11 for losses), 3.5 sacks, and an interception.

His senior season was less successful, though, as Davis tried playing through a high ankle sprain but ultimately ended up missing three games late in the season. The injury also forced him to skip the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, but he put in an impressive performance at Florida’s pro day, recording vertical (38.5 inches) and broad jump times (10’9) that would’ve ranked tops in Indianapolis.

Davis is a true sideline-to-sideline linebacker. Watch any Florida Gators game from the past two years, and you’ll see him involved in nearly every play. He has an excellent first step, shooting the gap with authority. He should be an immediate asset in run support in the NFL. While pass coverage isn’t his strong suit, his speed and lateral quickness means Davis can still hang with tight ends.

“I’m just worried about the snap,” ASU head coach Todd Graham said of Gonzalez in 2014 after a game-winning kick, via the Arizona Republic. “I don’t worry about him. He has a personality that gives you a lot of confidence. He’s the best I’ve been around. If he lines up right, he’s going to make every field goal he tries.”

If Gonzalez is susceptible to the yips that plague so many young kickers, he never showed signs of that in Tempe.nike_cardinals_013

Jacksonville Jaguars

Eagles fan plays best Twitter prank ever by claiming he sabotaged Adam Schefter’s Starbucks order

Of course Schefter drinks a venti on the reg. Anyone could have predicted that one from a mile away. The loose Starbucks lid is an institution. Honestly, I’m surprised this took 10 years to happen to the ESPN NFL Insider. It happens to me at least once a month.

Anyway, this single tweet of spilled coffee isn’t the story here. It’s the Eagles fan who claimed responsibility for sabotaging Schefter’s coffee.

“I’m no different than the guys,” he told Rich Eisen. “I didn’t feel the need to step in. It was just a little fun. You guys can read into it however you want. We’ve got a competitive group. We’re very transparent in our competitive atmosphere.”

The football season is still many months away, and we don’t know whether Coates, Bryant, or neither is correct. Bryant’s reinstatement to the NFL still depends on him clearing several hurdles this offseason. While Bryant was suspended last season, Coates played poorly, dropping bushels of passes from Ben Roethlisberger. Both are talented deep threats, but they’ve both struggled, somehow or another.

The Steelers have a crowded receiver group. Antonio Brown’s the obvious No. 1, with Smith-Schuster and Eli Rogers locks to make the roster out of training camp. That leaves only two or three spots for Coates, Bryant, and a few other targets who kicked around the roster last year. The NFL’s a tricky business sometimes.

Few players manage to go from drastically overrated to drastically underrated during the same season, but that’s what Dobbs pulled off. He fumbles too much (which, combined with his small hands, creates a massive red flag) and makes random mistakes. But when he isn’t glitching, he’s doing incredible things.angels_036