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Eagles wrap up draft with three defensive players (The Associated Press)
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
The Eagles took Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd with the 191st overall pick and selected Kansas State defensive back Randall Evans at No. 196. They finished the day by choosing Boston College defensive end Brian Mihalik in the seventh round. The Eagles moved up to draft Utah cornerback Eric Rowe in the second round on Friday night. ''They haven't drafted a lot of DBs in the last 10 years,'' coach Chip Kelly said.
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Frank Olivo, Santa pelted with snow at '68 Eagles game, dies (The Associated Press)
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
The fill-in Santa whose downfield jaunt at a Philadelphia Eagles game in 1968 lives on in sports history for the hail of snowballs and shower of boos that rained down on him has died. Frank Olivo was 66. Olivo died early Thursday at a suburban hospital after a long battle with heart disease, diabetes and other ailments, said his cousin, Richard Monastra. The story of Olivo's misfortune has long been held up as a symbol of Philly sports fans' ferocity, but far from minding his moment in sports history, Olivo ''gloried in it,'' Monastra said.
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LB remains question for Packers going into draft Day 3 (The Associated Press)
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
The Green Bay Packers are happy with the athleticism and versatility that they've added to the team in the first two days of the NFL draft. The Packers' next pick is the 129th overall selection, the first of six overall. Inside linebacker was thought to be a top need in Green Bay, especially after the team cut ties with veterans A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones. The Packers had to play pass rusher Clay Matthews on the inside to help shore up the defense last year.
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Running back issue lingers for Cowboys on final day of draft (The Associated Press)
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The question of adding a running back lingers for Dallas going into the final day of the draft.
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Eagles look to bolster offensive line on draft's third day (The Associated Press)
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to target the offensive line on the third day of the NFL draft. The Eagles have one pick in the fourth round, none in the fifth, two in the sixth and one more in the seventh. They have four starters returning on their offensive line, but two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis is rumored to be on the trading block. The Eagles took USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor in the first round at No. 20.
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Wednesday's Sports In Brief (The Associated Press)
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
An NFL investigation released Wednesday said that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship and that quarterback Tom Brady was probably ''at least generally aware'' of the rules violations. The NFL began investigating after the Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 on January 18. The Colts complained that several footballs were under inflated and the NFL confirmed that 11 of the 12 footballs were under the limit. The investigation started as the Patriots were preparing for the Super Bowl - which they won two weeks later.
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NFL draft Day 2 Winners and Losers: Cowboys keep taking chances (Shutdown Corner)
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Every team has its own tolerance level for taking on character risks. We still haven't seen the Dallas Cowboys reach their tolerance level. Perhaps emboldened by how well things have worked out with Dez Bryant, the Cowboys collected two players this offseason who have a lot of red flags, for different reasons. Defensive end Greg Hardy, coming off a domestic violence case that cost him 15 games last season as it went through the courts, was signed as a free agent. He was then given a 10-game suspension by the NFL. The Cowboys came back with another pass rusher the rest of the league shied away from, taking Nebraska outside linebacker/defensive end Randy Gregory with the 60th overall pick in the draft. Gregory once looked like a top-10 pick. But issues that included a failed drug test at the NFL scouting combine and some erratic behavior sent him tumbling, almost out of the second round. Talent is talent, and the Cowboys were the team that took Gregory. That shouldn't have been a surprise. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] Don't forget that Cowboys running back Joseph Randle just dodged charges stemming from a domestic dispute. Prosecutors said that there was not sufficient evidence for any charges, according to the CBS affiliate in Dallas . They also just re-signed linebacker Rolando McClain, who has had many off-field issues and was just fined four game checks for a third failed test under the NFL's substance-abuse policy. They also have defensive tackle Josh Brent, who was convicted of intoxication manslaughter and served six months in jail from a 2012 car accident that killed his teammate Jerry Brown.  It must be quite an interesting locker room. At least the Cowboys aren't one of the most-watched NFL teams with an enormous media corps covering their every move. Of course, the Cowboys can always point back to Bryant. Bryant's background heading into the 2010 draft was reportedly the "worst" at least one ex-scout had seen. He turned into one of the NFL's finest receivers, and the Cowboys would clearly make that same pick again. All NFL teams have taken chances on players whose character has been questioned. It gets risky when a lot of those players end up on the same roster. Plenty is said about NFL teams valuing character and so forth. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apparently doesn't have too many concerns about that. It has worked out for him before. The mid-1990s Cowboys teams that won Super Bowls had plenty of players who weren't choir boys either. Jones is betting that another character risk can become a productive player in Dallas. He's likely not going to make any apologies for it either. Here are the rest of the winners and losers from Day 2 of the NFL draft: WINNERS Tennessee Titans Again, no NFL team is full of impeccable character. There were plenty of reasons receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, a top-10 talent, fell to the second round. Whoever drafted him would be assuming a big risk. But the Titans might as well swing big. The Titans might have the most talent-deficient roster in the NFL. They need players. Green-Beckham is definitely a player. He also got booted from Missouri for multiple off-field incidents . All teams have to decide risk vs. reward. The aforementioned Cowboys have taken a ton of chances, and to be fair, they were 12-4 last year. The Green-Beckham pick was worth the risk for the Titans. If he hits, he and Marcus Mariota will be a great combination for years. The Titans need to catch a break like that. Darren McFadden? Joseph Randle or Lance Dunbar? I can't tell you that I think it's a good idea to count on McFadden as a starting running back. The same goes for Randle, Dunbar or Ryan Williams. But with three rounds of the NFL draft done, I don't know who will be the Cowboys' replacement for NFL offensive player of the year DeMarco Murray, who left for the Philadelphia Eagles. Unless there's some late-round gem lingering for Dallas, one of those guys will fall into an incredible situation for any tailback. It was a big surprise that Dallas didn't take a running back in the first three rounds of the draft. Jones said running back wasn't a pressing need for the Cowboys going into the draft. Apparently he was being honest. The Cowboys took offensive tackle Chaz Green in the third round instead of going with a running back, even though Dallas already had one of the strongest offensive lines in the NFL. That might be the thought process. Maybe Dallas feels one of the backs on the roster can be productive behind that fantastic line and don't need to invest in the position. Randle seems like the best bet at the moment to get that shot. Or perhaps the Cowboys have a back in mind for the fourth, fifth or seventh round (Dallas doesn't have a sixth-round pick) that could be a potential starter, though that seems like a major reach. Someone is going to cash in as the Cowboys' starting back this season. I just have no idea who that is. Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens The Pittsburgh Steelers got some praise for their first-round pick of Bud Dupree in this spot yesterday , and their two biggest AFC North rivals each did very well for themselves on Day 2. The Ravens might have my favorite draft so far, from a value standpoint. Receiver Breshad Perriman was a nice pick at No. 26 and a great fit for the offense. I know tight end wasn't top heavy or deep this year, but Minnesota's Maxx Williams was the consensus top tight end and Baltimore traded up and got him at No. 55. He's a value pick and he fills another need. The same can be said for Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis in the third round. That's three nice value picks for a team that always seems to draft well. The Bengals typically do pretty well in the draft too, and I liked all three of their Day 2 picks. They paired their first-round pick, offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, with second-round offensive tackle Jake Fisher. They're set at tackle for a while. Tyler Kroft of Rutgers is a solid tight end who can block and catch and went late in the third round. Then to finish the third round, the Bengals drafted TCU linebacker Paul Dawson, who didn't work out well at the combine but is a good football player. LOSERS Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley For a while on Thursday, a couple hours were spent with NFL insiders discussing on Twitter that Baylor quarterback Petty would a late first-round pick. That was fun. Petty didn't get drafted in the first round, or the second or third rounds either, and neither did UCLA quarterback Hundley. Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion did go to the Rams, the fourth quarterback selected after first-rounders Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, and fellow third-rounder Garrett Grayson. This wasn't a very good quarterback class. That's why folks spent time talking up Petty and even Hundley at various times. But now it's clear that both have a lot of work to do to establish themselves in some NFL team's long-term plans. They probably didn't expect to be undrafted going into the draft's third day. Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West Crowell and West were the opposite of those Dallas backs we discussed before who didn't welcome any new competition to their position group. Both Browns players showed some NFL ability as rookies. But now they're fighting for playing time with a 2015 rookie. The Browns drafted Miami (Fla.) running back Duke Johnson in the third round. I don't want to come off as hating the Browns, after I wasn't thrilled with their first round, so I'll avoid saying that I have no idea why a team with some legitimate needs would draft a third running back when both 2014 rookies looked pretty promising. You have to assume the Browns have big plans for Johnson, a versatile and exciting back. It's doubtful that there's enough to go around for three backs to be happy in that offense. At least one of last year's Browns rookie backs just had a lot of playing time taken away, it seems. Patriots, but really, we should know better Every year there's a draft pick that surprises everyone, because nobody expected to hear the name announced for a few more rounds. The Patriots made that pick this year. New England picked Stanford safety Jordan Richards at the end of the second round. Nobody seemed to know what to say because it didn't seem that anyone figured Richards would be picked before Day 3 of the draft. It seemed like a major reach, maybe by a few rounds, for the Patriots to take him in the second. " We have yet to find an expert projecting him as a second-round pick ," CSNNE's Tom Curran wrote . All that said, it's best to just assume New England knows something nobody else does. The Patriots often make surprising picks, and many have worked out fine. Richards does seem to fit what they do well, a productive strong safety who is lauded for his football smarts. Sounds like a good fit for the Patriots. It was an odd pick at that time, but it's probably best to bet that it'll work out for New England. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
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Packers add to secondary, take CB Quentin Rollins (The Associated Press)
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
The secondary is the first priority in the NFL draft this year for the Green Bay Packers. Quentin Rollins is the latest defensive back to head to Titletown after the Packers took the cornerback from Miami (Ohio) in the second round of the NFL draft with the 62nd overall selection Friday. Rollins was the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was the first of two selections for the Packers on Day 2 of the draft.
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Eagles get defensive back Eric Rowe, linebacker Jordan Hicks (The Associated Press)
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Chip Kelly made a trade to get the guy he wanted the second time around. The Philadelphia Eagles traded up five spots to select Utah defensive back Eric Rowe in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. Him and Byron Jones were the two guys we had targeted.'' The Eagles stuck with defense in the third round, selecting Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks with the 84th overall pick. The Eagles sent a second-round pick (No. 52) and a pair of fifth-round picks (Nos.
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Eagles take linebacker Jordan Hicks in third round (The Associated Press)
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have selected Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday night.
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Jaguars select Yeldon, Cann in 2nd, 3rd rounds of NFL draft (The Associated Press)
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new featured back - and a guy to help pave the way for him. The Jaguars selected Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon with the 36th overall pick in the NFL draft Friday, getting an every-down player they believe will bolster one of the league's least-productive offenses. Both selections were somewhat expected considering general manager Dave Caldwell made it clear he wanted to upgrade the offense around franchise quarterback Blake Bortles. The Jaguars were near the bottom of the league in rushing last season and gave up a franchise-record 71 sacks.
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LeSean McCoy says Chip Kelly got rid of 'all the black players' (Shutdown Corner)
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy took his bitterness toward Chip Kelly to a new level. The former Philadelphia Eagle has taken a few shots at his former coach Kelly this offseason, but that's nothing too new from a player traded by a team. What does break new ground is McCoy hinting that Kelly is racist. How else would you interpret this comment from McCoy to ESPN.com's Mike Rodak ? "The relationship was never really great," McCoy said about Kelly to Rodak. "I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that's the way he runs his team. He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest . That's the truth. There's a reason. ... It's hard to explain with him. But there's a reason he got rid of all the black players -- the good ones -- like that. " To back up his point, in a follow-up question McCoy said, " Stephen A. Smith has talked about it." ESPN's Smith, always the voice of reason, also hinted Kelly is racist . [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] What makes this weird is that it's not true. Maybe it's a defense mechanism for McCoy, that since there could be no possible explanation to get rid of him, Kelly must have a desire to get rid of all black players. But that doesn't hold up. Kelly signed running back DeMarco Murray, who is black, to a $42 million deal this offseason to replace McCoy. He signed cornerback Byron Maxwell, who is black, to a $63 million deal this offseason. He also signed running back Ryan Mathews, whose father is black , and cornerback Walter Thurmond, who is black. The Eagles made six draft picks last week, and the first five picks were black players. The Eagles have seven black assistant coaches. Just because Kelly got rid of McCoy and DeSean Jackson doesn't make him racist. This is a ridiculous argument. Football decisions are made by NFL teams all the time. Some happen to involve black players getting cut or traded. Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk, Trent Cole and Bradley Fletcher are some of the other black players who have been let go or simply not re-signed recently by the Eagles, but they all can be explained by football and/or salary-cap reasons. Also, that type of turnover isn't too unusual for an NFL team.  But McCoy is obviously hurt about being traded to Buffalo, and this is an easy way to strike back. Former Eagles tackle Tra Thomas also floated this idea about Kelly. Now that the ball is rolling it's easy for McCoy to pile on, even though it's a pretty hurtful personal comment that doesn't hold up when any facts are examined. Nevertheless, when a high-profile player like McCoy says it, it won't help Kelly's reputation. That seemed to be the point. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
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Ryan won't 'muzzle' Bills after McCoy questions Chip Kelly (The Associated Press)
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan has no intention of putting ''a muzzle'' on his players. ''I'd rather just be ourselves,'' Ryan said following the team's voluntary conditioning session Wednesday. I think you'll get a real feel for who we are.'' Ryan, however, declined to weigh in on the comments McCoy made to ESPN The Magazine regarding Kelly, the Philadelphia Eagles coach. ''But there's a reason he got rid of all the black players - the good ones - like that.'' McCoy did not explain what he believed to be Kelly's reasoning behind certain moves, though it was unclear whether he was asked.
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Speculation shifts to backs, pass rushers for Cowboys (The Associated Press)
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Attention turns to running backs and pass rushers now that Dallas has used its first-round pick on Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones.
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