Welcome to the NFL, Baker Mayfield

The Browns shocked quite a few people when they selected Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick in the draft. Love him or hate him, Mayfield has all the confidence and personality to make for good viewing.

Mayfield could turn a lot of people around on him, and those that are already sold should enjoy seeing what the Browns have in store for their first-year quarterback. Mayfield isn’t lacking confidence, and whether you want to see him humbled with a “welcome to the NFL” moment or you want to see him prove his doubters wrong from the get-go, he should be fun to watch.

Like many, I was reluctant about being the featured team on Hard Knocks  but once we sat down and talked about it as an organization, I feel a lot better and understand why the time is right, general manager John Dorsey said. “Hue and I both feel like this team is in a good place and that we are in the process of building something that will lead to success. Being a part of Hard Knocks will give our fans the opportunity to see how passionate the people in our building are about winning and how excited we are about getting to work and preparing for the 2018 season.”

This won’t be the first time Jackson has been featured on Hard Knocks. The Browns coach was the Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach when the series featured Cleveland’s AFC North rivals in 2013.

Nine months later, the Jets still hope Enunwa can emerge as a top-end starting receiver as they prepare to eventually pass the quarterback baton to rookie No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold. The Nebraska product is feeling good as OTAs loom.

I think I’ll be able to go, he said last week in reference to the offseason program, per Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media. “I think we’ll be smart about it. I think I’m going to go out there and do what I need to do.”

Enunwa added that he’s “probably ahead of schedule” and that he’s been “doing everything with the guys,” including “running routes [and] catching the ball.”

We’ll see if he can do that in a more formal environment when the Jets hold their first set of OTAs next week.

Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries all saw far more work than 2017 third-round pick Chris Godwin in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ receiving corps last season, but Godwin capped his rookie campaign with 10 catches for 209 yards in Tampa Bay’s final two games. cowboys_072

Seahawks sign Jamarco Jones, Alex McGough

The Seahawks have signed two more members of their 2017 draft class.

The NFL’s daily transaction report shows that the team has agreed to deals with fifth-round tackle Jamarco Jones and seventh-round quarterback Alex McGough. They now have five of their nine picks under contract.

Jones was the 168th overall pick after closing out his career at Ohio State. Jones made 27 starts at left tackle for the Buckeyes and will try to help a Seahawks offensive line that’s been a perpetual problem area over the last couple of years.

Doctors believed Moorehead was bitten by a spider. He returned to the team after four days in the hospital, where he was given antibiotics and kept on intravenous fluids.

“I was just looking at it like a regular bug bite,” Moorehead told the Associated Press. “But then my arm kept swelling up. When I went to the hospital and they said they would have to keep me for a few days, then I started to get worried about it. Things like that happen that you have no control over.”

“He has not been involved in the teaching sessions yet,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s been out there. He’s been working on the side with our trainers and our strength coaches. It seems like he’s on schedule to do everything that everyone anticipates him to be able to do. He’s in good spirits. I think he’s just waiting and waiting for that chance to get back out there. But he’s certainly engaged, and he’s doing all the right things.”

Williams caught 58 passes for 568 yards but scored no touchdowns for the first time in his five seasons. The Cowboys are planning for a receiver-by-committee after cutting Dez Bryant. They signed Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns in free agency and drafted Michael Gallup in the third round.

“It’s a great look for all of us to get off the bus like that and appear unified,” James said. “It’s all class.”

When Wade was traded to the Miami Heat in February — as the Cavs completely overhauled the team by sending six players out and bringing four new players in before adding Perkins and Okaro White to fill out the 15-man roster — James said he was unsure whether he would follow through with the idea.ravens_143

David Caldwell pleased to be out of the Top 5, hoping to draft at No. 32

The Jaguars had a Top 5 draft pick for six straight years. This year was different, and they liked it that way.

Last week was David Caldwell’s sixth draft as the G.M. of the Jaguars, but it was a very different experience because they were picking 29th. Caldwell is happy to be coming off an AFC Championship Game appearance and hoping to draft even later next year.

“There’s a lot more to come from him,” Caldwell said. “He’s big, he’s physical, he’s got excellent quickness off the ball, he uses his hands really well and he can be very disruptive in our defense.”

Perhaps Bryan can help the Jaguars earn the 32nd pick in next year’s draft.

“He wants to make the right decision here for himself and his family,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He needed his time. If it takes two more weeks, it takes two more weeks; if it takes a month, it takes a month. He deserves it, so he can make the best decision for Jason Witten.

“We have so much support for him. We want it to be right for him. We would love to have him be a Cowboy because of what he brings to the table. We are a better football team with him.”

While the Cowboys have made it known they want Witten to return for a 16th season, Stephen Jones said they are not trying to talk him into returning.

“We struggle with that,” Jones said. “You don’t want to talk someone into something. This is a tough game. I learned a lot from coach Bill Parcells. You have to be all in to play this game. You want to him to do what’s in the best interest of him and his family. We don’t need to be selfish.broncos_048_07321b3b44ca10e8-180x180

Browns keep making deals, send Randall Telfer to KC

The Browns’ revolving door continues to spin well after the draft.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Browns are trading tight end Randall Telfer to the Chiefs for LB Dadi Nicolas.

Primarily a blocker, the Browns are clearing way for David Njoku in an offense with more weapons than in recent years. The former sixth-round pick from Southern Cal has five catches in two seasons, after missing his rookie season with a foot injury.

Following Perkins’ release, the door is open for Wayne Gallman to push for the No. 3 running back job behind Barkley and Stewart.

Perkins, 23, suffered a pectoral injury during the Giants’ voluntary offseason workouts, and underwent surgery prior to being a non-participant in a voluntary minicamp last month.

Denver also signed Auburn outside linebacker Jeff Holland, Florida State safety Trey Marshall, TCU wide receiver John Diarse, Temple offensive tackle Leon Johnson, Utah nose tackle Lowell Lotulelei, TCU guard Austin Schlottmann and East Carolina wide receiver Jimmy Williams.

Patricia and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute football teammate Greg Dietrich allegedly burst into a woman’s hotel room in South Padre Island, Texas, and violently sexually assaulted her. The two were arrested and charged, but the woman decided not to testify.

The case was later dismissed.

A handwritten note in the motion to dismiss read, “Victim does not feel she can face the pressures or stress of a trial.”

Patricia, who is now 43 years old, was 21 at the time of the alleged assault. He has since gone on to have a successful career in football.

Saints were shifting to Alvin Kamara as lead back before Mark Ingram suspension

Some rather shocking news broke on Tuesday, as New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram was suspended four games by the league for PEDs.

Following up on that, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Saints were already going to have Ingram taking on a lesser role in 2018, with Alvin Kamara taking over as the lead back.

Rapoport noted that Ingram wasn’t expected to attend OTAs and wouldn’t be showing up until minicamp. He also reported the Saints have been trying to trade Ingram of late, though obviously nothing came of that, and now that he’s suspended that job is even more difficult.

He’s picked it up very quickly, Harbaugh said.

He’s very smart. He studies. Very sharp, has a nice presence on the field. I think we all feel like he handled himself very well out there. More from Yahoo Sports: Woman’s $18 Derby bet lands $1.2 millionSlain NFL player honored with posthumous degreeWill the Browns be able to resist starting Mayfield?

The veteran cornerback, who signed a one-year deal to return to the Vikings yesterday, said during a conference call that his 16th season was going to mark his farewell.

“I think this will be my last year no matter what happens,’’ Newman said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Newman will turn 40 in September, and will be the oldest active defensive player in the league.

“After 15 years, I’ve soaked as much as I can in,” he said. “It’s been a heck of a ride. I understand when it’s time for me. I’m not going to put an onus on doing anything special.”

Simply walking on the field counts as something special, since he’s been playing since he was the fifth overall pick in the 2003 draft. The fifth pick in this year’s draft, Bradley Chubb, was 7 years old when that happened.broncos_124_25dd8df54867975b-180x180

Evan Engram: Giants’ offense ‘has potential’ with Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman pulled the trigger taking running back Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall in last month’s 2018 NFL Draft, at least in part to round out a potentially explosive offense that includes Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram.

You look at teams with a solid running game, and great running backs, it opens the door for a lot of things in the passing game, Engram said. Especially over the middle of the field, because that’s where a lot of tight ends get their production. It’s exciting. I’m excited to see him make the transition. I’m excited to get to work with him, and kind of give some veteran advice for him.

Barkley will put on a Giants uniform for the first time this weekend during the team’s rookie minicamp, after capping a three-year collegiate career at Penn State where he rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns while also catching 102 passes for 1,195 yards and eight scores while averaging 11.7 yards per reception.

Saquon’s a great player, Engram said. He’s an all-around back. He’s going to come in and help us immediately. We just have to get him in there, keep learning the offense, and start getting the chemistry going with everybody.

Poor underappreciated Tom Brady. Just months ago, his documentary-filmmaker buddy was chronicling his transfiguration into an immortal warrior prince. One little hiccup at the Super Bowl, and suddenly he sounds like he’s at the beginning of a long rant that ends with him screaming, Why, coach, why? while punching a cushion and sobbing.

Up in Green Bay, meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers is about to get a contract extension that will make the $100 million guaranteed Matt Ryan just got look like the contents of a coffee house tip jar. And the Packers had better pony up quickly—because not only is Rodgers the NFL’s best quarterback at the moment, he’s also yet another superstar quarterback who likes to vaguebook about his easily bruised feelings.

As reported by Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports in mid-April, Rodgers has been not-so-silently displeased this offseason with his team’s decision not to retain his quarterback coach and to release Jordy Nelson.sharks-044

NFL open to talks with cheerleaders to improve working conditions

The N.F.L. did not accept a proposal from two former cheerleaders to drop their gender-discrimination complaints for $1 each by Friday’s deadline, but the league did agree to hear recommendations to improve conditions.

As we said before, our office is working with the clubs in sharing best practices and employment-related processes that will support club cheerleading squads within an appropriate and supportive workplace, the league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email. The letter expressed that a conversation would be welcome regarding information or recommendations related to the teams’ policies.

Ms. Davis filed a gender-discrimination complaint in March with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces civil rights laws. She was fired by the Saints in January after posting a photograph of herself on Instagram that the team said violated cheerleader rules. Davis alleged that cheerleaders were required to adhere to rules that did not apply to players.

I had a diluted sample, Callaway, the Browns’ fourth-round pick in last week’s NFL draft, said between workouts at the team’s rookie minicamp Saturday. I didn’t intentionally do it, but I take responsibility for my test. That was a wake-up call, but like I’ve said, day by day I’m still getting better as a person, as a player, as a man, as a father. I’ve got a daughter. She’s going to be 3 months old next week.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, also from Miami, reached out to Callaway on Twitter recently and has been spending time working out with him and trying to help him prepare for life in the NFL.

He’s been a great leader. He’s been a bit of a statesman for us. He always says the right thing, stands for the right stuff and been a really high character guy that you can always count on, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the team concluded the first day of its rookie minicamp. A great competitor in the program. I love him and would like to keep him connected with our club as long as we can because he’s just exactly what you hope to represent you. He’s had a great career with us.tigers_047-115x115