Cowboys | Cyril Richardson visits

Cowboys | Cyril Richardson visits
The Dallas Cowboys visited with Baylor OG Cyril Richardson Wednesday, April 16.
2014-04-17 06:30:39 | Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram – Clarence E. Hill Jr.
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Sharper’s attorneys to question Ariz. evidence

Updated: April 17, 2014, 4:00 AM ET

Associated Press

PHOENIX — Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper are questioning the evidence authorities are using to justify keeping him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville began a hearing on the subject Wednesday and is expected to conclude it Thursday afternoon. It’s the latest development in several ongoing sexual assault investigations involving Sharper in Louisiana, California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada.
Bail in Sharper’s California rape case was set at $1 million, but he was indicted in Arizona last month on charges of sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs, so authorities in California have kept him jailed. The Arizona Constitution automatically denies bail to people charged with sexual assault if the proof against them is evident or the presumption of guilt is great.
The indictment filed last month in Arizona alleges that Sharper gave the sedative zolpidem to three women and then had “sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact” with two of them without their consent on Nov. 21 at an apartment in Tempe.
Sharper has not yet entered a plea in the case, although one of his attorneys has said Sharper will deny those allegations. He has pleaded not guilty in the California case.
Earlier this month, the judge denied a request from Sharper’s attorneys to set bail, ruling that he didn’t have jurisdiction until the former player was in Arizona. But Sharper’s attorneys said the former player is entitled to a hearing to determine whether Arizona prosecutors have enough evidence to deny him bail.
On Wednesday, Tempe police detective Kevin Mace said Sharper’s DNA was recovered from the clothing of one of the two sexual assault victims in Arizona, but none of his DNA was found during an exam of the other woman.
The detective also said a police search of the apartment turned up a shot glass with a white residue that turned out to be zolpidem, and California investigators have discovered Sharper had a prescription for that drug, which is commonly sold under the brand name Ambien.Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press

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Report: 49ers shopping little-used RB James

Seldom-used LaMichael James may be soon out of San Francisco.
The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday evening the 49ers are shopping the 2012 second-round pick with an eye on perhaps moving up in the draft.
It is unclear how much trade value James would have. The former Oregon star has not played much in his first two seasons, although he was productive as a returner in the second half of last season. The 49ers have a crowded backfield and it doesn’t appear James will get more opportunities to carry the ball in 2014.
There have been rumblings of James’ unhappiness since last season. He has occasionally made cryptic remarks on Twitter and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke have had to often discuss his situation.
At the combine in February, Baalke said James still had a place on the team.
An NFL source said Wednesday night that James would welcome a trade if he meant more playing time. The source would not say that James requested the trade.
A potential natural trade partner disappeared earlier this offseason when the Eagles acquired Darren Sproles — a similar player to James. James has excelled under Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly at OregonCovered AFC West for five seasons for ESPN.com
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Potential No. 1 pick Clowney visits with Lions

The Detroit Lions announced Wednesday they hosted South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney for an official visit at the team’s facilities, perhaps an indication the club’s interest in trading up is indeed real.
The Lions hosted Clowney along with Pittsburgh State receiver John Brown.
Widely regarded as one of the most talented prospects of this year’s class, Clowney is a legitimate to go No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans. That means if the Lions want a realistic shot at landing him, they will have to pull off a trade to move up from No. 10 in order to get into a position to select him.
Clowney (6-5, 266 pounds) ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine back in February, but is coming off somewhat of a down season in which he generated just three sacks, leading to questions from personnel evaluators about his work ethic and commitment to the game.
As a sophomore, Clowney racked up 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for lost yardage, both South Carolina records.
If somehow the Lions were able to draft Clowney, he’d be on a defensive line that already features defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley along with defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.Joined ESPN in 2010
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Source: WR Rice, Seahawks agree to deal

Updated: April 16, 2014, 8:53 PM ET

ESPN.com news services

Wide receiver Sidney Rice is returning to the Seattle Seahawks.
The two sides reached agreement on a one-year deal, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Rice took to Twitter Wednesday night to confirm his return to Seattle:

�� Aaayyyyooo 12s.. SEA you in a few.. IM COMIN’ HOME! #Seahawks #12thman #Round2 http://t.co/am8tOXAwmu
– Sidney Rice (@sidneyrice) April 16, 2014
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also took to Twitter Wednesday night to express his excitement:

YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! @sidneyrice
– Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 17, 2014
Rice, 27, spent Wednesday in New Jersey visiting with the New York Jets, but decided to return to the team he played for the last three seasons.

Rice caught 15 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season, which ended after Rice tore his ACL against the St. Louis Rams in Week 8.
The Seahawks signed Rice to a five-year, $41 million deal before the 2011 season, but released him on Feb. 28 after three up-and-down seasons.
Rice’s best season in Seattle came in 2012, when he caught 50 passes for 748 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Pot charge against Chiefs’ Bowe dismissed

Updated: April 16, 2014, 7:50 PM ET

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Adam Teicher | ESPN.com

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who was arrested in November for marijuana possession, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Riverside (Mo.) Municipal Court to lesser charges of littering and defective equipment.
In return for his guilty plea to the littering and defective equipment charges, the marijuana charge was dismissed. Bowe paid $610 in fines and court costs.
According to Riverside police, Bowe was pulled over on Nov. 10 for doing 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. After a subsequent search by a police K-9 dog, marijuana was found in Bowe’s car.
Bowe’s attorney filed a motion last week that evidence from the traffic stop should be suppressed.Covered Chiefs for the past 20 seasons for Kansas City Star
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QB Murray: ‘No limitations’ during pro day

Updated: April 16, 2014, 7:05 PM ET

Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. — Quarterback Aaron Murray still has some convincing to do after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery in late November.
Even so, Murray believes he alleviated many potential concerns about his health after working out in front of 23 NFL teams at Georgia’s pro day Wednesday.
Murray said he felt “no limitations” despite wearing a brace on his left knee. Murray hopes that some scouts will recommend him as a second-round draft pick after his scripted workout that included 54 passes to several receivers on a windy, chilly morning.
“We did a lot of throws on the run, left and right, to demonstrate my ability to cut off my leg and show everyone that I’m healthy,” he said. “That way these teams don’t have to worry about if they draft me that I’m going to have to sit out or anything like that.”
Murray likewise understands that he could be the ninth quarterback taken and could fall into the fourth or fifth round.
But Murray says that NFL teams are impressed with his resume at Georgia — 52 starts and Southeastern Conference career passing records for yards and touchdowns.
In conversations with former Georgia stars A.J. Green, a Pro Bowl receiver with Cincinnati, and Matthew Stafford, the Detroit Lions’ quarterback, Murray has been reassured that NFL teams value a successful career in the SEC.
“Obviously it’s not the NFL, but it’s the closest thing to it when it comes to college football,” Murray said. “That helps us after playing against these top (opponents) week in and week out, gets us ready for the NFL.”
Green, among a couple hundred onlookers at the Bulldogs’ practice fields, thought his former teammate appeared sharp, particularly given the severity of his injury and how soon he’s returned to the field.
“He’s doing everything you’d hope to see from an NFL quarterback,” Green said. “He’s going to have a lot of success in the league.”
Tight end Arthur Lynch, who ran a variety of routes for Murray, thought his longtime roommate and close friend “was on the money with all of his throws” even though the session included three drops, two balls caught out of bounds and an incompletion.
“For a guy that had surgery four months ago, he showed that he was strong and didn’t lose any athleticism,” said Lynch, a potential mid-round pick. “If anything he probably got stronger.”
Personal quarterback coach Terry Shea, who directed the workout, has been putting Murray through the same drills for a few weeks.
Every standard passing route was on display.
“Deep outs, comebacks, digs, being able to put the ball (in the right spot) on the posts, the corners, downfield balls,” Murray said. “All the throws you need to compete at the next level.”
Murray returned to Athens two weeks ago to practice the script and get ready. Before that, he was training in Pensacola, Fla., at a facility associated with sports orthopedist James Andrews.
“He’s gotten better with a lot of throws, his consistency, getting the ball up, following through, getting it on time, all those things,” said former Georgia teammate Rantavious Wooten, one of his receivers Wednesday. “He came out and did the same thing that he’s been doing for two weeks.”
The workout also held plenty of significance for Lynch, who like Murray was invited to the NFL scouting combine two months ago in Indianapolis.
Lynch hopes that teams will respect that he played a variety of roles — fullback, wide receiver and special teams — in four years with the Bulldogs.
“I’m not the guy who wows you, but I’m definitely that does things consistently and does everything fairly well,” Lynch said. “More and more tight ends are getting drafted than ever in this history of the draft. Whether I go in the seventh round or the second round, these teams know what they’re going to get, and I think I’ll be able to make a long career in the NFL.”
Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press

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Cowboys | Chris Whaley visits

Cowboys | Chris Whaley visits
The Dallas Cowboys had a visit with University of Texas DT Chris Whaley Tuesday, April 15, and Wednesday, April 16.
2014-04-16 15:40:21 | Source: NFL Network – Ian Rapoport
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Yates: Imagining the Jets’ 2014 offense

What New York could look like with Vick, Johnson and Decker in the fold

Updated: April 16, 2014, 6:22 PM ET

By
Field Yates | ESPN Insider

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The New York Jets’ offense had a lot of room to improve coming off of a forgettable 2013 season, but with the most recent addition of running back Chris Johnson, who will sign a two-year deal with the team according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the group is suddenly rounding into form.

A major question remains as to who will win the starting quarterback job, as Michael Vick was signed to a one-year deal that at least gives him the chance to unseat Geno Smith. While the offense won’t be dramatically different from a schematic standpoint with Smith or Vick under center, the two have varying skill sets.
Nothing has been established, but for the sake of this piece, let’s examine the possibility of what the Jets’ offense could look like in 2014 if Vick winds up under center.
To read Field Yates’ full article on what the Jets’ offense could look like in 2014, including his take on whether they’ll have another firepower to make the playoffs, you must be an ESPN Insider.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston’s Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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Sources: Jets, ex-Titans RB Johnson agree

Updated: April 16, 2014, 5:52 PM ET

By
Rich Cimini | ESPN.com

After a relatively conservative first month of free agency, the New York Jets made one of the splashiest moves of the offseason, signing former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson to a two-year deal worth up to $9 million, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The base value of the deal is $8 million, and includes another $1 million in incentives, according to league sources.
The team took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm the signing:

We’ve signed @ChrisJohnson28. – http://t.co/bsZv0lOfPP Welcome CJ2K to #JetsNation! pic.twitter.com/rNlcNPrDO0
– New York Jets (@nyjets) April 16, 2014
“I’ve always been a big fan of the Jets,” Johnson told the team’s official website. “There was some thought into this, but just at the end of the day, I was comfortable here. I just felt like it was the right situation.”
Released April 4, Johnson generated little interest on the open market. He visited with only one team — the Jets — and wrapped that up Tuesday. The team wanted to get him signed before the start of its offseason program next week. No other team was identified as a serious suitor.

“I see this as a team on the rise,” Johnson told the team’s official website. “This is a winning team. They didn’t make the playoffs last year, but I think they were a game out of the playoffs with a rookie quarterback. So I feel like this is a team that can do some good things.”
For years, Johnson was one of the sport’s elite players. He has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in his each of six seasons, including 2,006 yards in 2009. But declining production, coupled with a large salary, led to his ouster.
The Jets were reportedly one of four teams that inquired about trading for Johnson, but they didn’t want to pick up his salary ($8 million) or surrender a draft pick, not when his release was expected.
New York finished sixth in rushing last season and has every running back returning in 2014, yet felt the need to add more speed. Johnson, 28, is one of the fastest backs in the league, although he’s coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 3.9 yards per carry.
Johnson’s health is a question. He underwent surgery in late January to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and resumed running only about a month ago. He said after the season that he first hurt his knee in Week 3. He didn’t miss any games and became the fifth player in league history with 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first six seasons. Obviously, the Jets feel confident he will regain his explosiveness.

There’s also a question about Johnson’s role. He was a workhorse with Tennessee, averaging 290 carries per season, but he likely will have to accept a reduced role as part of a committee approach. The Jets’ other veteran backs are Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory, who rushed for a team-high 833 yards. Ivory’s power game should pair nicely with Johnson.
“I think I’m going to fit in pretty well,” Johnson told the team’s official website. “Just talking to (offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg) and to (coach) Rex (Ryan), who’s a guy that likes to run the ball, I think I’m going to fit in very well. We talked about all those things, catching out of the backfield, getting the ball to me in space.”
Johnson’s pass-catching ability is another reason the Jets signed him. He’s not a prolific receiver, but he averages 45 receptions per season. With 42 catches last season, he was one shy of the Jets’ team leader, wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. Johnson had as many receiving touchdowns as any player on the Jets.
Johnson became the Jets’ third high-profile addition on offense, joining quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Eric Decker.
Once known as CJ2K, Johnson brings star power to the position, the first true breakaway back of the Ryan era. Ryan coached Thomas Jones and LaDainian Tomlinson, both accomplished runners, but they weren’t home run threats.

Some will argue that Johnson no longer has that dimension, as he managed only five runs of at least 20 yards last season.
There has been a dramatic decline in all aspects of his game since 2011, when he signed a four-year, $53.5 million contract extension.
Shaky offensive-line play, a change in offensive coordinators and the knee injury contributed to Johnson’s downturn, but scouts also have noticed that he’s not as elusive as he once was. He doesn’t force as many missed tackles as he did in his vintage seasons. In 2009, the year he dominated the league, he had 22 runs of at least 20 yards.

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