Nick Foles’ (second) time in Philadelphia is over, but Colin Cowherd believes the Super Bowl LII MVP should stay in the NFC East.
It was revealed Wednesday that the Eagles will not be slapping the franchise tag on Foles, who now will hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent. While the Jacksonville Jaguars quickly emerged as the frontrunner to land the veteran-signal caller, Cowherd believes another team presents an even better fit: the New York Giants.
"Nick Foles fits the New York Giants perfectly… He's a better quarterback than Eli Manning." — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/qvD68VsK3Z
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 28, 2019
Cowherd lays out some legitimate points, but the Giants going after Foles seems like a long shot. New York owns the No. 6 pick in this spring’s draft, putting it in a great position to select its next franchise quarterback. And while Foles has dazzled at times and, of course, has a championship under his belt, the Giants might be looking for a fresher face that will really excite the fan base.
And in wake of his surprising measurables at the NFL Scouting Combine, maybe the Giants will become infatuated with Kyler Murray.
Suffice to say Bryce Harper shook things up quite a bit Thursday afternoon.
Of course, it long has been suspected that regardless of where he signed, where Harper ultimately landed would change some outlooks on how the 2019 (and beyond) postseasons would play out.
And by reportedly agreeing to a huge 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies, Philadelphia now becomes a compelling team to watch. Its lineup is stacked, while it also has some pretty solid starting pitching as well.
So how did Harper’s signing impact the oddsmakers’ perception of the upcoming Fall Classic?
Below are each team’s World Series odds. The first figure is where the team opened at when the futures first were posted, and the second is where they currently are following the Harper news. All lines are via OddsShark.
Boston Red Sox: +700, +600
New York Yankees: +800, +600
Houston Astros: +700, +600
Los Angeles Dodgers: +800, +700
Philadelphia Phillies: +2000, +850
Chicago Cubs: +900, +1100
St. Louis Cardinals: +1800, +1200
Cleveland Indians: +1200, +1400
Milwaukee Brewers: +1400, +1400
Atlanta Braves: +1400, +1400
Washington Nationals: +1800, +2000
Colorado Rockies: +3500, +2000
New York Mets: +2500, +2200
Oakland Athletics: +3500, +2500
Tampa Bay Rays: +5000, +3500
San Diego Padres: +12500, +4000
Los Angeles Angels: +4000, +5000
Minnesota Twins: +7500, +5000
Seattle Mariners: +6000, +6000
Arizona Diamondbacks: +6000, +6000
Chicago White Sox: +6500, +7500
Cincinnati Reds: +12500, +7000
Pittsburgh Pirates: +6000, +7000
Toronto Blue Jays: +7500, +9000
San Francisco Giants: +12500, +10000
Texas Rangers: +12500, +20000
Kansas City Royals: +25000, +25000
Detroit Tigers: +25000, +25000
Miami Marlins: +25000, +35000
Baltimore Orioles: +35000, +60000
Sorry, 49ers fans. It doesn’t sound like San Fransisco even has reached out to the Pittsburgh Steelers about Antonio Brown.
The disgruntled wide receiver and Pittsburgh mutually decided it would be best to part ways, meaning the team will have to trade him. Rumors swirled about where he’d end up, with the Bay Area being the early favorite as his next landing spot. Even NFL legend Jerry Rice said Brown “badly” wants to be a 49er.
While many signs pointed to the 30-year-old taking off for the West Coast, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen.
Not yet, anyway.
San Fransisco general manager John Lynch said Thursday at the NFL Combine that he and the Steelers have not been in touch.
“We have not,” Lynch said, via theScore. “It’s funny, the world we live in where one tweet from a player to another turns into interest but it is the world we live in. I can tell you that, like every team in this league, we think the guy’s a heck of a football player, but we have not had talks with the Steelers. I can tell you that.”
Now, Lynch didn’t say anything about not pursuing Brown at all, just that a trade hasn’t been discussed. What we do now, however, is that the wide receiver likely will have plenty of suitors eyeing his services for the 2019 NFL season, as he’ll certainly add a boost to any team.
On Thursday the New England Revolution provided an update on the status of defender Andrew Farrell and forward Juan Fernando Caicedo.
Farrell who suffered an eye injury several weeks ago in training has been officially listed as out for the season opener at FC Dallas on Saturday. The veteran has been sidelined for weeks due to the injury which occurred in-between the teams preseason trips during a training session.
As for Caicedo, the forward who has been dealing with a muscle injury has been listed as questionable for the opener.
New England will take on FC Dallas this Saturday at 3:30 pm et.
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LeBron James’ defense has been in question of late and now the Los Angeles Lakers forward wants team to test it.
James’ defense, or lack thereof, really came into question during Los Angeles’ 110-105 loss against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. He’s called out his team to start getting “comfortable with being uncomfortable” and now is telling his future opponents to challenge his defensive skills.
“I mean, every team has the right if they want to single me out defensively. Come on with it,” James said, via Yahoo! Sports. “Hey, listen, come on with it. Every team has the right to be like, ‘Oh, ’Bron’s over there.’ Hey, just come on with it. … We’ll see what happens.
“I really don’t care. Criticism doesn’t bother me,” James added .“I love to play the game and my teammates know what I do for them and that’s all that matters. … The only thing motivating me is how I can try to help my teammates be successful and trying to win ball games.”
James and the Lakers still have a chance to make the postseason, sitting just three games back of the eighth and final spot. But if they want to make a legitimate push for the playoffs, the star forward will need to turn up the defense.
INDIANAPOLIS — Christopher Lindstrom is hoping to revive Boston College’s reputation as the preeminent producer of NFL offensive linemen.
From 1999 to 2011, 13 former Eagles O-linemen were selected in the NFL draft, including the likes of Damien Woody, Chris Snee, Dan Koppen, Marc Colombo, Gosder Cherilus and Anthony Castonzo.
That pipeline has dried up in recent years — just two BC linemen have been drafted since 2012, and both went in the sixth round — but Chestnut Hill produced a good one in Lindstrom, who’s considered one of the best guards in this year’s draft class.
“Boston College is known as O-Line U, and that is something we take great pride in,” Lindstrom said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “There’s been so many great previous Boston College linemen. There is standard that those guys set, and we try and uphold that standard and even try and raise the bar for the future guys coming up.
“I’m just being grateful to come from a program like that where the toughness and character of those guys and see the success they had in college and in the pros. I am really thankful.”
Lindstrom, a Dudley, Mass., native and New England Patriots fan, started at right guard in his freshman, sophomore and senior seasons at BC, earning first-team All-ACC honors in 2018. As a junior, he kicked out to right tackle — where he squared off daily against highly regarded pass rushers Zach Allen and Wyatt Ray in practice — and landed a spot on the All-ACC second team.
Over the past few months, Lindstrom, who measured in at 6-foot-4, 308 pounds this week after arriving at BC as a 235-pound freshman, even has begun practicing at center to further boost his versatility.
“I feel like my experience at tackle helped me learn to play in space, and that in turn helped me become a better guard,” he said. “I want to be as versatile as I can be. I’ve been working on my snapping for the past two or three months, and I’m just trying to get as many reps as I can.”
Lindstrom was one of seven BC products invited to the combine, making this the Eagles’ deepest draft in years. Allen, Ray, tight end Tommy Sweeney, cornerback Hamp Cheevers and safeties Lucas Denis and Will Harris also made the trip to Indy to work out for NFL scouts.
“All that credit goes to Coach (Steve) Addazio,” Lindstrom said. “One, he brought in great talented people and they all have high character on top of that. The program that Coach Addazio runs and we were thankful enough to be a part of, they just drill home technique and faith, family and toughness. That is what they preach and is something guys to take to heart. They bond as a team, and it is really special.”
The Boston Celtics haven’t displayed much cohesion this season, but Max Kellerman believes the majority of the team is on the same page when it comes to one particular issue.
Despite being undoubtedly the Celtics’ best player, Kyrie Irving’s value to Boston recently has been called into question. After all, the C’s are 6-0 in their last six games without the star point guard compared to 0-6 with him on the floor.
While fans and talking heads alike have endlessly attempted to find the root of the Celtics’ problems this season, Kellerman believes everything all comes back to Irving.
“When I look at the team, what I see are guys who don’t want to play with Kyrie,” Kellerman said Thursday on ESPN’s “First Take.” “They play better when he’s not on the court.”
Kellerman continued: “They don’t want to play with him. Look at the numbers with and without Kyrie. Just Kyrie. The plus-minus, it’s a huge difference. 0-6 to 6-0. These guys need to beat you as a cohesive unit. They have to beat you with will.”
It’s foolish to tab Irving with all of Boston’s shortcomings this season. The Celtics seems to be battling through somewhat of a champagne problem, as their loaded roster from top to bottom hasn’t allowed certain players to receive the number of touches they warrant. Most figured that might be a problem for the C’s heading into the campaign, but it’s safe to say no one saw the struggles dragging out as much as they have.
Not to mention, Irving already has established himself as a proven postseason performer, and despite the collective being wildly talented, the Celtics lack players with championship experience. The six-time All-Star will be critically important to Boston once the postseason gets underway, something that’s definitely not lost on president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
Regular-season woes shouldn’t be totally swept under the rug, but we probably shouldn’t get too carried away about Irving and the Celtics with the playoffs still over a month away.
TD Garden will play host to a clash of Eastern Conference powerhouses Thursday night.
The Boston Bruins, currently riding a 14-game point streak, will host the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, who have been an absolute wagon this season and have won each of their last 10 games.
This is the first meeting between the two teams since the trade deadline. The Bruins were fairly busy ahead of the deadline, bolstering their forward group by acquiring Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson. Last season the B’s fell to the Bolts in five games in the conference semifinals, and there’s a decent chance these two sides will meet again this postseason.
Here’s how and when to watch Lightning vs. Bruins:
When: Thursday Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports
Now that Bryce Harper is off the table after agreeing to a 13-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, the attention shifts to one specific closer.
Craig Kimbrel, who spent the last three seasons as the Boston Red Sox’s closer, reportedly has been in contact with an American League Central team. The Minnesota Twins reportedly have been in contact with Kimbrel’s agent David Meter. Initial reports said Kimbrel was hoping to receive a contract in the ballpark of $100 million.
Next on free agent watch list:
Craig Kimbrel #Twins staying in touch with agent.
Dallas Keuchel #Astros #Padres staying in touch with agent.
It’s March 1st tomorrow.
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) February 28, 2019
The Red Sox decided to part ways with the closer after president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said he didn’t envision the team spending a lot of money on a closer and believed Boston had internal options to fill the role.
The Twins, like Boston, have options internally to be their next closer. But it’s possible Minnesota offers Kimbrel a contract enticing enough for him to join the team.
INDIANAPOLIS — Elijah Holyfield has two legacies to live up to as he enters the 2019 NFL Draft.
One is the reputation his college, the University of Georgia, has for producing excellent NFL running backs, two of whom, Sony Michel of the New England Patriots and Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams, recently squared off in Super Bowl LIII.
The other is the Holyfield name.
Holyfield is the son of former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, and he bears a striking resemblance to the legendary boxer.
“(My father) has a lot of things that we been through growing up that has prepared me for days like this,” Holyfield said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I hope I learned them along the way.”
Holyfield, who described his running style as “angry” and “physical,” dabbled in boxing in his younger years, but he always felt drawn to the gridiron.
“It’s just the passion that I have for football,” Holyfield said. “It’s unmatched by any other sports. I’ve played plenty of other sports, but I’ve never felt the way that I do when I play football. … It just continues to drive me.”
Holyfield saw intermittent action over his first two seasons with the Bulldogs, then broke out as a junior after Michel and fellow running back Nick Chubb left for the NFL. The 5-foot-10, 217-pound bruiser rushed for 1,018 yards, averaged 6.4 yards per carry and scored seven touchdowns in 2018 before declaring early for the NFL draft.
As he prepares for draft day, Holyfield said he’s received advice for Michel, whom the Patriots selected in the first round last spring.
“He said just be yourself, get as much rest as you can, get off your feet and just do what you do,” said Holyfield, who entered combine week as the eighth-ranked running back prospect on ESPN analyst Mel Kiper’s big board. “I’ve been doing it for a long time, and just don’t overthink it.”
Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield (son of Evander) said he’s gotten some advice from ex-teammate Sony Michel during the pre-draft process. pic.twitter.com/GqXkNPcKxf
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) February 28, 2019
As for the pressure of following in the footsteps of Gurley, Michel and Chubb, all of whom have found success at the NFL level after starring in Athens, Holyfield replied: “I’ve been living up to a legacy my whole life, so it’s nothing new for me.”