EAGLES: Observations from Friday’s practice

We’ve got a good core of young players, as well, with a lot of talent, he said.

Maybe it’s not the same core the Yankees had. But Pedrique is fine with that.

Boone said he thought he saw positives from Gray, who has only made it through five innings in four of his eight starts.

I thought he actually regrouped a little bit and again I had no issue with the stuff and I think where we see the progress is that after the three-run inning, Boone said. I think early in the season, it would really spiral on him. I don’t see that happening. I thought he had a little bit of a hard time putting some guys away but I thought he competed and at least was able to get us through five and was able to hang around enough.

There has been plenty of optimism recently surrounding Wentz and his return from the torn ACL he suffered last December. Wentz was seen, via a picture on the Eagles’ website, wearing a jersey on the field with his teammates during OTAs.

For all their dominance, there are still some things far from right for the Yankees.

They were on full display in a 10-5 loss to the A’s at Yankee Stadium on a chilly Friday night before 43,09

Sonny Gray was terrible — again. So was Didi Gregorius, who hasn’t had a hit since May The bullpen didn’t help, either.

It led to the Yankees (26-12) losing back-to-back games for the first time since April 8 – April 10 (they had off April 9).

It was just the fourth time this season the Yankees, who entered tied for first place with the Red Sox, lost consecutive games.

In the seventh, the Yankees mounted another one of their trademark comebacks.

Didn’t work.

The Giants resist trades with the Broncos and Bills and nab Eli Manning’s successor and the Jets bring Baker Mayfield to Broadway in the Serby Mock Draft 4.0, picks 1-25.

GM John Dorsey is seduced by a right arm that can whistle missiles through any Lake Erie wind even while he sits behind Tyrod Taylor in 2018.

Steve Tisch is conferenced into the war room from Hollywood: “What are our scouts telling us about his table manners?” GM Dave Gettleman tells the media: “Ain’t no guarantee he’ll be a Hall of Famer now. But I’ll tell ya this: Kid’s got the intangibles and a nice ahm.” He’ll sit behind Manning for as long as it takes for Pat Shurmur and Mike Shula to develop him.

Kapler’s career résumé runs the gamut of personal experiences and clubhouse perspectives. He broke into pro ball as a 57th-round draft pick in 1995 with the Detroit Tigers and emerged as the organization’s top prospect. He reached the majors at age 23, logged an .833 OPS with the Texas Rangers at 24, was rewarded with a three-year contract and then was demoted to the minors and traded before the deal ran its course. He was released multiple times but also contributed to a championship run as a bench player on the 2004 Red Sox. His managerial influences include Johnny Oates, Terry Francona, Joe Maddon and Clint Hurdle, among others.

“My mom came to me one day and asked me — she didn’t really ask, she was just in tears — ‘What are you doing with your life? Why do I have to go around and get this secondhand of words and conversations of the negative things you’re doing around the world that’s coming back to me?’” Manziel said of the emotional plea.

“And I saw how bad that it broke her heart, and it sucked. And it really hit home.”

Manziel said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a little over a year ago and admitted to “self-medicating with alcohol” during a recent sit-down with “Good Morning America,” but the former Aggies quarterback told the media Tuesday he is in an emotionally sound place.

“I can’t do what I want to do football-wise if I don’t do what I need to do mental health-wise,” Manziel said at the Texas A&M’s pro day, according to ESPN. “If I’m not going to see a psychiatrist and a psychologist at least a couple times a week and if I’m not taking my medicine every day that I need to take, then I’m not the same person, and I see it. So first things first. I can’t be me without doing the necessary steps that I need to do to keep my head right.”jets_261

Su’a Cravens pushes back against perception that he’s a quitter

Broncos defensive back Su’a Cravens admits that he told teammates last year that he was retiring from football, but Cravens insists he’s not a quitter.

Cravens, traded to Denver from Washington this week, explained to Mike Klis of 9News.com that the lingering effects of a concussion influenced his actions and decisions during the 2017 season.

“I was going through some personal issues with my family and I didn’t feel like myself,’’ Cravens told Klis. “I did tell my teammates I was going to retire but I never officially retired.”

Most importantly for Cravens, he insists he’ll be playing football in 2018 — despite the perception that he quit on Washington and a rumor that he quit while at USC.

“People have their own truths and can make their own decisions,’’ Cravens said. “There is a narrative that people have that I quit, I quit on my team, that I don’t love football – that is completely forged and wrong.

The top priority will be defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who is heading into the final season of his contract. He’ll want a new deal that makes him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, and he’s certain to have a big cap hit in 2019.

Cooks is also going into the final year of his contract. You don’t trade a first-round draft pick for a player just to let him walk away after one year, so the Rams will surely work on getting Cooks done, with a pricey deal that will chip away at that 2019 cap space.

Suh is on a one-year deal. With all the Rams’ cap space, perhaps they can afford to sign him to another deal next year, but that cap space will dry up once they start getting deals done with Donald, Cooks and other players. There’s a good chance Suh will head elsewhere in a year.

Talib still has two more years on his contract, but he’s 32 years old and may no longer be worth his $11 million base salary. There’s a reason the Broncos made it known they were looking to trade Talib and could only get a fifth-round draft pick for him in return: He’s old and expensive. He’s a player you acquire to win now, but not a player you build around.buccaneers_023

NFL tables Josh McDaniels-inspired rule proposal for coaching hires indefinitely

The NFL Competition Committee indefinitely tabled voting for a proposed rule change that would allow coaches on active teams to be hired by other clubs, committee chairman Rich McKay announced Tuesday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. A month ago, reports emerged that the league was likely to change its hiring rules after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels backed out of his agreement to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Despite agreeing on a deal, the Colts had to wait until after the Super Bowl to officially hire McDaniels, leaving them with significantly fewer candidates to choose from after he revealed his change of heart. The Josh McDaniels rule – as it’s been labeled by some – was thought to have enough steam to get passed, either at the ongoing annual league meetings or at the spring league meetings in May.

Brian McCann: Just the grind of the whole month. Two Game 7’s. That must-win Game 6 against the Yankees. All that stuff. And then enjoying it with the family. Everybody had the families with them the whole time, and they were flying on the plane and everyone was taking pictures.

The whole thing was incredible. You just keep going, and once you stop and settle down, all the aches and pains come. Going through it was just incredible.

The Bolts have been quiet this offseason, but the free-agent market didn’t offer them a chance to bring in a player with a resume or Q Score like Beckham’s. If they see him as the potential new face of the franchise, they could give chase—especially if their L.A. counterparts might be interested.

But there’s also a strong case against Ruth being a truly elite hitter.

Babe might have once been an extraordinary hitter, as an amateur and as a rookie in 1915, but his numbers nosedived in 1916 and weren’t quite out of this world (just two homers) in 1917. Hitting at a high level requires extraordinary cognitive training, and Ruth has basically sacrificed five years of that crucial development time by being a full-time pitcher. patriots_081

The Ravens cannot afford to waste an offensive performance such as the one they got Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

“The NFL is in a box, in a really bad box,” Trump said, according to The Post’s David Nakamura. “Look’s what happening with ratings. Frankly, the only thing doing well in the NFL is the pregame because everyone wants to see what’s going on. The NFL is in a very bad box. You can’t have people disrespecting the national anthem. The NFL has to change or their business is going to go to hell. … We have to respect the national anthem and respect our country. They are not respecting their country.”

In an interview with “Fox & Friends” that aired Thursday morning, Trump accused NFL owners of being “afraid of their players” and called that “disgraceful.”

That prompted a reply from the NFL, with spokesman Joe Lockhart saying of those latest comments: “They’re not accurate. They’re not factual.”

Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts: The Colts fired Pagano immediately after a 4-12 campaign — his worst mark in his six years as Indy’s head coach. The firing came shortly after the team’s 22-13 win over the Houston Texans. Pagano posted a 53-43 record in Indianapolis. After posting three consecutive 11-5 marks that culminated in an appearance in the 2014 season’s AFC Championship Game, the Colts failed to make the playoffs three straight seasons.

Even the passing game was productive. They might find a way to sneak into the playoffs. But if they do, don’t expect anything more.

The Cowboys finally figured out how to play without suspended RB Ezekiel Elliott, winning their past two games. Unfortunately, it took them three losses without Elliott to figure it out. Facing the Redskins and Giants in the two victories didn’t hurt, either.

The Packers most likely are not reaching the NFC playoffs, with or without Aaron Rodgers back at QB. The wise move might be to protect Rodgers from himself and keep him safely on the sideline for the remainder of the season. But there will be great pressure to allow Rodgers to play Sunday at Carolina if he’s given medical clearance to return from his broken collarbone.chargers_033

Falcons finish AFC East horror show at Jets

The Atlanta Falcons are going to be happy not to face any AFC East opponents for a while after this week.

Atlanta lost last season’s Super Bowl in epic fashion to the New England Patriots 34-28 in overtime, after blowing a 28-3 third-quarter lead. This season, the Falcons were tasked with playing not only the Patriots, but the entire AFC East — strangely, in consecutive weeks. The last of the four comes Sunday at MetLife Stadium, when they take on the New York Jets (3-4).

Quarterback Andy Dalton, who threw for only 34 yards and had two passes picked off after halftime in Pittsburgh, said Cincinnati can’t dwell on its repeated failures against the Steelers.

“The Steelers are just one team,” he said. “They aren’t the only team we play. It is not about us against the Steelers, it’s about us playing well and beating whoever we are playing.”

The Los Angeles Chargers will present an interesting challenge for the New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

The Chargers celebrated their move to Los Angles by losing their first four games of the season, with Philip Rivers throwing six touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Since that start, though, Los Angeles has won three straight — and Rivers has thrown for six touchdowns and no picks.

That, of course, could present a problem for New England (5-2), which last week shut down a Falcons attack that for some reason decided running the ball early was a key. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan became the first quarterback this season to not throw for 300 yards against the Patriots.

Prior to New England’s easy 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night, the Patriots became the first team in NFL history to allow at least 300 yards passing in each of its first six games.chargers_007

Hurricane Irma could move Bucs-Dolphins game to Pennsylvania, report says

The impending clash of Hurricane Irma on Florida’s southern coast has caused a Week 1 matchup between the Buccaneers and Dolphins to either be moved to a later date or new location.

Both teams are on bye during Week 11, so there has been talk of moving the game back. But the two teams may have found a neutral site in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia to keep the game this weekend, according to ESPN.com.

The Steelers announced the signing Wednesday night but did not disclose the fiscal terms.

Haden was released by the Browns earlier Wednesday and it was reported that the Saints, Chiefs and Cowboys were also interested in recruiting him, but the process didn’t take long.

Haden had been under contract for $11.1 million this season, $11.2 million next season and $10.5 million in 2019, though he was not subject to waivers and was free to sign with another team beginning Wednesday after 4 p.m. ET.

Despite back-to-back Pro Bowl selections, Haden’s reliability has decreased due to missing a number of games over the past two years with various injuries, including a concussion, finger injury and a groin issue.

Nonetheless, the Steelers are willing to roll the dice on the 28-year-old.

Alternate Seahawks logo puts fans ‘face-to-beak’ with team’s mascot

The Seattle Seahawks have a new alternate logo.

The team unveiled the logo on Tuesday evening in a Facebook post, along with a caption that read: “For everyone who’s ever wondered what it would be like to … stand face-to-beak with a Seahawk.”

The alternate logo shows the team’s mascot facing forward and maintains the same color scheme as the standard Seahawks logo, which is seen at a profile angle.

The Raiders had no media access Monday and begin practice to prepare for Sunday’s regular season opener in Nashville Tuesday.

— Field Yates of ESPN reported the Raiders worked out three place kickers Monday — Mike Nugent, Josh Lambo and Marshall Koehn.

Raiders place kicker Sebastian Janikowski did not kick in either of the last two exhibition games, and Georgio Tavecchio was waived at the final cutdown.

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So with that in mind Watkins and his co-founder Alex Berg (the owner of about 70 jerseys, according to Watkins) launched Rep The Squad, a subscription-based service for fans to rent jerseys to wear at the big game without being subject to the whims of management, injury, retirement or even bad seasons.raptors_147

Cavs’ J.R. Smith held back by security at end of loss to Heat

J.R. Smith didn’t handle his team’s loss to Miami so well.

The injured Cavaliers guard was held back by Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue and escorted off the court by security after yelling at several Heat players following Saturday’s 120-92 loss to Miami.

Smith, out with a fractured right thumb, wasn’t particularly pleased with Heat guard Rodney McGruder for dunking on and shoving Cavs center Channing Frye with just over a minute remaining in Miami’s eventual blowout victory.

“We got J.R. off the floor,” Lue said, via ESPN. “He’s fiery. He’s feisty. He’s ready to get back on the floor. It happens throughout the course of a game. It’s nothing, though.”

The Cavs will surely seek redemption when they host the Heat on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena, though Smith will still be sidelined. On the upside, the veteran guard is expected to return sometime in the next two weeks.

It’s also how Harden has put up numbers this season we’ve only ever seen from Oscar Robertson. By making him a point guard in a pick-and-roll-heavy offense which focuses on pushing the tempo and shooting more 3-pointers than we’ve ever seen before, Mike D’Antoni has simplified the game for Harden to the point where he’s become a walking triple-double. He’s scoring as well as he always has, only now he’s leading the league in assists while pulling down seven rebounds per game.

It takes a unique player to be able to do what Harden has done this season — someone who can score 30 points per game efficiently while also having the vision to get double-digit assists — but there are a number of players who would thrive in their own way if they were in the same situation. From LeBron James to Klay Thompson, let’s look at seven in particular who could have similar individual success if they took over Harden’s role in Houston this season.

Nathan Peterman is the newest arm in the crowded Bills’ quarterback room

The Buffalo Bills added another quarterback to the mix by selecting Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman in the fifth round with the 171st pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 22-year-old probably won’t be a day one starter, but the former Panther has the skills to be the Bills’ backup immediately, if he can get near the top of a crowded depth chart.

Limited Youth Mikkel Diskerud Jersey Peterman will now join a quarterback room that will likely feature Tyrod Taylor starting again in 2017, but also has Cardale Jones and T.J. Yates in the mix.

Originally, Peterman attended the University of Tennessee for two seasons but he didn’t play much. He redshirted in 2012 and only appeared in four games in 2013. During his first start in 2013, he broke his hand and lost the job. In 2014, coach Butch Jones benched Peterman after just two series in his only start of the season.

He appeared in seven more games as a Volunteer, but then transferred to Pitt in 2015, morphing into a solid quarterback with enough arm talent and athleticism to extend drives.

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