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Garrett Richards Reportedly Opting to Have Tommy John Surgery, Out for Season

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards has opted to undergo Tommy John surgery after an MRI on Wednesday revealed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, according to MLB.com’s Maria Guardado.cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

He will miss the rest of the 2018 season and is aiming to return in 2020, per The Athetlic’s Fabian Ardaya.

Richards had to leave Tuesday’s start against the Seattle Mariners after just 2.2 innings because of forearm irritation, having allowed three runs on four hits. The team announced on Wednesday that the right-hander was presented with both conservative care and surgery as options but that no decision had been made as to which route would be pursued.

That decision has apparently been made one day later.cheap nike jerseys nfl

The 30-year-old was enjoying another nice season. In 16 starts, he had posted a 3.66 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP while striking out 87 in 76.1 innings. He was holding hitters to a .222 average.

Injuries have taken their toll on Richards in recent seasons. He was limited to just six starts in each of the past two years, as he dealt with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow in 2016 as well as nerve irritation in his right biceps in 2017.

“I’m very disappointed for him,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler told Guardado. “Disappointed for the rest of the players in that locker room too that have wanted to see him be our ace, which he’s shown at times but hasn’t been able to show as much as he’s wanted to and as much as we would take.

“I feel bad for him. I went and sat with him for a few innings last night just to be somebody there to talk to him. But yeah, this is a cross to bear. I know Garrett. I know Garrett’s outlook, and I know the drive within him, so he’ll get through it.”cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Richards will be a free agent after the season.

This is just the latest blow to a Los Angeles squad that has been decimated by injuries, especially the pitching staff. As Guardado notes, Richards is the sixth Angels pitcher to suffer a UCL injury this season, joining JC Ramirez, Blake Wood, Keynan Middleton, Shohei Ohtani and John Lamb. Ohtani is the only one who has not required Tommy John surgery (at least not yet), but he is limited to just hitting for the time being. cheap new nike nfl jerseys

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Jordan Hicks: Bud Norris ‘Has the Best Intentions for Me’ in Harsh Treatment

St. Louis Cardinals rookie reliever Jordan Hicks shot down the notion Thursday that veteran Bud Norris is too hard on him.

In an interview with Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Hicks said the following about his teammate:cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

“He has the best intentions for me. I think he’s nudging me in the right direction. That’s the best way to put it. … It’s a collective group doing it. You have to learn 10 times faster in the big leagues. You have to adjust 10 times faster. You have to be mentally stronger than you have ever been before. You have to make all of that happen faster. I have no problem with anybody getting on me. I get that. I have to listen.

“Bud is not bad at all. He’s getting on me because he wants me to be a better player, and I know it’s to make me a better teammate. That can happen.”

Hicks’ comments came on the heels of an article by The Athletic’s Mark Saxon in which Saxon wrote that Norris “mercilessly rides” Hicks.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

As an example of the sometimes prickly relationship between Hicks and Norris, Goold wrote about an exchange they had before a recent home game.

Hicks turned the clubhouse music up a couple of times after Norris had turned it down, which led to Norris shutting it off completely and suggesting that Hicks put on some headphones.

Hicks told Goold that he didn’t take offense to it: “It’s pretty much like the music thing—I’m trying to keep track and not get confused. I’m a rookie. I need guys guiding me. [Norris] actually does care about me. I know that. There are times, though, when he or anyone basically says, ‘You should know better.'”nfl cheap nike jerseys

The 21-year-old Hicks has become a key part of the Cards bullpen this season despite having never pitched above A-ball previously.

In 42 appearances he has a 3-1 record with a 2.70 ERA.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Tahir Whitehead

Bolstering the defense had to be an offseason goal for the Oakland Raiders, who allowed an average of 350.1 yards per game last season (23rd in the NFL). They took a big step toward accomplishing that goal by adding former Detroit Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead.

Whitehead may not be one of the league’s star linebackers, but he is an extremely productive player who will improve the second level of Oakland’s defense. The 2012 fifth-round pick racked up 110 tackles, two passed defended, an interception and a sack last season. He has amassed more than 100 tackles in each of the last two years.

With six years of experience under his belt, Whitehead is also poised to be a leader on Oakland’s new-look defense.kids nfl jerseys cheap

“Whitehead is a guy that is very vocal. Very vocal,” fellow linebacker Derrick Johnson said, per the Raiders’ official website.

Johnson, who joined Oakland after playing 13 seasons with the rival Kansas City Chiefs, was an addition that generated a lot more buzz this offseason. Don’t be surprised, however, if Whitehead is the new linebacker who has the biggest impact.

You may have heard this before, but the Detroit Lions haven’t had a player rush for at least 100 yards in a game since 2013 (Reggie Bush). This is a fact that loomed large behind the team’s decision to use a second-round pick on former Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson.kids nfl jerseys

Johnson isn’t the only running back the Lions added this offseason, however. They also brought in LeGarrette Blount, and he shouldn’t be overlooked.

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“When I think about how I can contribute to this team, the first thing that jumps out is my physicality,” Blount explained on his official website (via Lions Wire). “It’s extremely important for any team to get good at short yardage and converting on third down.”nfl jerseys for kids

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Arizona Cardinals Trade for Jamar Taylor

The Browns added a number of quality players this offseason, but they’ve jettisoned a couple as well. Cornerback Jamar Taylor is one such player, and he could immediately walk into a starting role for the Arizona Cardinals opposite Patrick Peterson.discount nfl jerseys

Taylor was a starter each of the past two seasons in Cleveland, and in most instances, he performed well. Last season, he amassed 62 tackles, 10 passes defended and a forced fumble. Taylor knows how to make plays on the ball, and he isn’t afraid to get rough.

“He’s physical, and I love the way he tackles,” Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said, per Bob Baum of the Associated Press. “We take a lot of pride in that, of course I do, in making sure our cornerbacks tackle.”nfl discount jerseys

Taylor’s also inexpensive. He agreed to a pay cut and will carry a cap hit of $1.8 million this season. Considering the Cardinals gave up just a 2020 sixth-round pick to get him, he could prove to be one of the biggest steals—and most underrated additions—of the offseason.
Most of the buzz surrounding the Indianapolis Colts this offseason has involved the health and recovery of quarterback Andrew Luck’s throwing shoulder. The Colts have also attempted provide Luck support upon his return, which is of equal importance.

The first-round selection of former Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson was a much-needed move to help protect the quarterback. Two other draft picks, however, also appear poised to provide Luck with a boost—though neither was as heralded as Nelson.nfl jerseys discount

Indianapolis used a fourth-round pick on former NC State running back Nyheim Hines and a sixth-round pick on former Clemson wideout Deon Cain. Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star recently reported that both are turning heads in offseason workouts.

“He’s just hard to understand defensively, in my mind, how you’re going to play him. He kind of reminds me a little bit of a Dexter McCluster type,” Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni said, describing Hines’ ability to create mismatches, per Keefer.discount nfl jerseys china

Head coach Frank Reich has been impressed with Cain’s ability to be an impact receiver.

“I’ve seen playmaking ability; I’ve seen really good body control,” he said, per Keefer. “Good speed. Good route-runner. With a lot of young guys, you just need to fight for the consistency to do it every play. I really commend Deon.”

Cain and Hines may have exited draft weekend as afterthoughts, but both have the potential to be big pieces of the Colts offense this season.nfl jersey discount

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Tennessee Titans: RB Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has started just four games in his two NFL seasons, but the 2016 second-round pick has accumulated 1,507 yards from scrimmage while scoring 11 touchdowns and averaging 4.3 yards per carry in those two campaigns.cheap nfl jersey wholesale

He hasn’t lost a single fumble on 310 touches.

That might partially explain why the Titans moved on from veteran back DeMarco Murray in the offseason, although Henry will still have to fight for reps with the arrival of free-agent addition Dion Lewis.

Still, look for Henry’s role to increase. He was clearly a backup at the start of last season, but new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur told the media last week—per Paul Kuharsky—that he views Henry and Lewis as “1A and 1B” in the backfield. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale china

Henry and Murray were a lot more similar than Henry and Lewis, which should enable the Titans to find plenty of opportunities for both of them. And when that happens, watch for the 24-year-old Alabama product to take off. cheap authentic nfl jerseys from china wholesale

Six of the 35 passes Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson caught last year were touchdowns, which is at least a sign the 2016 first-round pick still possesses the playmaking cheap nfl authentic jerseys wholesale ability that helped him score 25 times during his final two years at TCU.

Achilles issues cost Doctson the vast majority of his rookie season, making it easier to excuse the fact he caught only 44.9 percent of the passes thrown his way as a sophomore in 2017. Four of those receptions gained 30-plus yards, and two of his six touchdowns came on deep completions of 48-plus yards from quarterback Kirk Cousins.

If the 25-year-old continues to do that while becoming more consistent and reliable in 2018, he’ll finally begin to live up to the expectations the Redskins had for him when they took him 22nd overall two years ago.cheap wholesale authentic nfl jerseys

The good news—as Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch points out—is Doctson is feeling more confident this spring than in past offseasons, and that has manifested itself at OTAs.

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Cleveland Browns: DE Myles Garrett

It’s not as though top pick Myles Garrett wasn’t effective when he was on the field as a rookie in 2017, but the Cleveland Browns defensive end just wasn’t out there enough as a result of a September ankle injury and an October concussion.

Garrett finished the year with seven sacks and 31 tackles despite starting just nine games and taking part in less than half of the team’s defensive snaps. wholesale jerseys cheap nfl

But the 22-year-old is healthy now, and he believes he’s primed to take on a much larger workload as a sophomore.

“The last game of the season, I was going most of the game,” Garrett said in May, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “I think I took five, maybe 10 plays off. That’s my goal—to be on the field as much as possible, so I can make as big of an impact as possible.”wholesale cheap nfl jersey china

The Browns need a lot of players to break out in order to turn it around after a zero-win season, but Garrett tops the list.

The Dallas Cowboys will also be relying on several sophomores to break out in 2018, but their top 2017 pick, defensive end Taco Charlton, doesn’t top the list. That’s because Charlton was eased in as a rookie and will likely continue to play a limited, low-pressure role alongside Demarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford. cheap wholesale nfl jerseys from china

Instead, second-year cornerback Chidobe Awuzie will be expected to emerge as the top cover man in place of departed veteran Orlando Scandrick.

The 60th overall pick out of Colorado missed six games due to a hamstring injury as a rookie, but when he was on the field, he surrendered just 7.0 yards per reception and just 0.69 yards per cover snap, both of which were the lowest rates ever recorded by a rookie corner, per Pro Football Focus.cheap wholesale nfl jerseys china And it’s possible he would have been better than that had his first NFL offseason not been spoiled by injuries.

If Awuzie and second-year, third-round corner Jourdan Lewis can continue to improve in 2018, the Cowboys defense could become a tremendous asset.

Grizzlies Owner Robert Pera: ‘I See No Reason’ Why Memphis Can’t Be 50-Win Team

Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera said Tuesday he believes the team can bounce back to win 50 games during the 2018-19 NBA campaign after recording just 22 victories this past season.cheap nfl nike jersey

Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal passed along comments Pera made to Grind City Media about his outlook at the franchise’s first playoff-less season since 2009-10.

“Assuming Marc [Gasol] and Mike [Conley] come back healthy, I think we have a couple of surrounding pieces that are younger players that are going to make a positive impact,” he said. “We’ll get another good player in this draft. I see no reason why we can’t return to being a 50-win-plus team.”

Gasol played in 73 of the team’s 82 regular-season games, but he did deal with a groin injury late in the year.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Conley appeared in just 12 contests because of Achilles and heel injuries.

While the star point guard’s absence played a major role in Memphis’ struggles, the roster also lacks the necessary depth to seriously contend in a loaded Western Conference led by the two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.

The Grizzlies do own the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. That will be enough to add one of the class’ most coveted prospects, a group that includes Arizona center Deandre Ayton, Duke power forward Marvin Bagley III, Real Madrid shooting guard Luka Doncic and Oklahoma point guard Trae Young.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

It’s unclear whether that will be enough to push the Grizz back into the postseason, but Pera is hopeful the luck will fall their way next season, per Tillery.

“In the NBA there are some things you can control; there are some things you can’t control,” Pera said. “There’s some luck and chance involved, too. This year injuries set us back. … If we’re healthy, I expect us to be very competitive.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

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Los Angeles Chargers: Joey Bosa, Defensive End

Over the last two years, Joey Bosa has posted 23.0 sacks. Among 2016 draftees, only Yannick Ngakoue (20.0 sacks), Matt Judon (12.0 sacks) and Leonard Floyd (11.5 sacks) crack double digits. In terms of tackles at or behind the line over the last two years, Bosa has 37.0, Judon has 26.0, Ngakoue has 25.0 and Floyd has 20.5.

Clearly, he’s head and shoulders above his peers, even though he missed the first four games of his NFL career. The Los Angeles Chargers’ combination of Bosa and Melvin Ingram is one of the strongest tandems in the league, if not the strongest.where to find nfl jerseys

Only 11 players (Bosa, Aldon Smith, Von Miller, J.J. Watt, Clay Matthews, Shawne Merriman, Dwight Freeney, Jevon Kearse, Anthony Smith, Derrick Thomas and Reggie White) have ever posted 23 sacks or more in their first two NFL seasons. At this point, the trajectory of a Hall of Fame career isn’t out of the question for the 22-year-old.

In 2016, rookie quarterback Jared Goff posted just 2.82 adjusted net yards per pass attempt in a 0-7 effort. After signing left tackle Andrew Whitworth and Robert Woods, along with trading for receiver Sammy where to find cheap nfl jerseys Watkins and picking up new head coach Sean McVay, Goff was able to develop into a passer with over double the ANY/A as a sophomore, a virtually unprecedented phenomenon in the NFL.

The question now is if it’s sustainable. If the 23-year-old Pro Bowl quarterback keeps playing at a level that helped his team go 11-4 last season, he’s going to be a multi-time All-Pro. The only passers to post an ANY/A of 7.72 authentic nfl cheap jerseys or more at 23 or younger since the merger have been Dan Marino (1984) and Dak Prescott (2016).

We’re in fairly unknown territory, in that Goff has had one of the worst and best seasons in NFL history in back-to-back years. Is this the year he has a slump like Prescott did in 2017? Will he continue a streak of high play like Marino? The track that Goff takes in his career is worth monitoring for every NFL fan.authentic nfl jersey wholesale

Let’s be real honest here, there’s not a lot of good things going on with Miami. In the 2016 and 2017 drafts, the only top-100 pick who looks like a player the Dolphins cannot let hit free agency is Xavien Howard. cheap nfl jerseys from usa That’s not the type of track record you want with highly invested-in young players.

If you’re ranking young Dolphins by upside, 2018 first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick has to be really high on the list. As a hybrid safety, Fitzpatrick often came off the edge as an extra blitzer, played in the slot and played as a single-high safety.purchase nfl jerseys

He was something close to college football’s version of Harrison Smith. At this point, it’s hard to tell exactly where Fitzpatrick will play, or if he will ever have a stationary position in the NFL, but his 24.0 pass deflections, where to buy nfl jerseys in store 9.0 interceptions, 16.5 tackles for a loss and 4.0 touchdowns at Alabama speak to his versatility.

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Power Forward: Jerami Grant

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 24

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2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 8.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.0 blocks

2017-18 Advanced Metrics: 16.2 PER, minus-19.9 TPA, minus-0.84 RPM

Jerami Grant’s perimeter shot might’ve disappeared during his first full season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but suitors shouldn’t let that dissuade them. He can become a three-and-D power forward—a mold coveted in today’s NBA, which prioritizes spacing from all nfl authentic jersey  five positions and switchiness on the preventing end.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Grant connected on 37.7 percent of his deep attempts while taking 1.5 per game after an early-season trade sent him from the Philadelphia 76ers to OKC. Everything seemed to click.official cheap nfl jerseys  His stroke became more effortless, and he capitalized on open looks enough that he started drawing legitimate defensive attention.

But that changed in 2017-18, and the declines bled over into other portions of his game. Though he was still willing to sacrifice his body (only 14 players drew more charges per contest while appearing at least 40 times) and possessed the dual ability to protect the rim and switch onto perimeter stalwarts, he fell prey to more attention lapses. The confidence that previously lifted him just wasn’t always there. women nfl jerseys

That doesn’t mean it’s gone, never again to be recovered.

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Honorable Mentions: Trevor Booker, Montrezl Harrell, Luc Mbah a Moute

Miami Dolphins

It was a tad surprising the Miami Dolphins handed receiver Albert Wilson a three-year, $24 million contract considering Wilson has failed to catch 45 passes or hit the 600-yard mark in each of his first four NFL seasons. But Miami may have seen something, and Wilson showed it in OTAs.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald noted the 25-year-old is “perhaps outplaying all of the others in OTA practices so far this spring.”

Meanwhile, the Herald’s Barry Jackson reported “the Dolphins have been so impressed with new receiver Albert Wilson that they have decided he can be lined up not only in the slot, but also on the boundary and in the backfield.”new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Said receivers coach Ben Johnson, per Jackson:

“When we looked at Albert on film, we were intrigued, obviously with the speed. We were intrigued with the run-after-catch ability. I think all of that has been there. It’s been impressive to me to see him come in, pick up this system and learn these fundamentals that he wasn’t really doing the same thing in Kansas City. He’s really done a nice job the past two weeks. It’s really triggered us to say he’s not limited in the slot, cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys he’s not limited outside. He can line up in the backfield. He can do so many different things for us. His versatility is really, really showing up.”cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

So maybe the Fins won’t miss Jarvis Landry after all?
The Minnesota Vikings are paying Kirk Cousins ridiculous money in hopes that the veteran quarterback can help the franchise win its first Super Bowl. By all indications, Cousins has come through with a strong early impression.cheap nike jerseys nfl

Said Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, per Kyle Ratke of Vikings Wire:

“I thought he looked good. He’s a very anticipatory thrower. He throws guys open. He’s very, very accurate. I think he’s doing a good job of taking control of the offense. Like everybody he’s learning a new system, learning new people. I thought he did good today and I thought he’s done good the whole time he’s been out here.”

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“The ball comes out of [Cousins’] hand differently. Every quarterback has their strengths and weaknesses, and I’m not here to evaluate that, but all I can say is, the ball comes out of his hand differently.

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