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Smith appeared in 37 games during three seasons with the Eagles since being drafted in 2014. He did not make a start and totaled four career sacks. The team waived him earlier this week.

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Smith, 25, was selected 26th overall during the 2014 draft. He had 14.5 sacks during his final season at Louisville.

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But the New York Giants jersey top wide receiver won’t be satisfied with surpassing Antonio Brown jersey’s four-year, $68 million deal — he wants to be the NFL’s highest-paid player.

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Does he deserve to be? And what about the other marquee players hoping to sign lucrative long-term contracts?

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The three-time Pro Bowl receiver has had at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.

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PHILADELPHIA — Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks jersey said he asked to be traded earlier this offseason, and was denied by the front office.

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“Their response was you’re young, you’re talented and we’re not into that. So I took it like that and was like, ‘Alright.’ That’s why we have agents,” said Kendricks at his locker stall following Thursday’s practice.

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The former second-round pick out of Cal was used sparingly last season under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Part of the issue is that blitzing is among Kendricks’ top strengths, but Schwartz relies on his front four to generate pressure.

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Nearly five years ago, the NFL donated $30 million to the National Institutes of Health for brain research, an initiative that commissioner Roger Goodell touted as a demonstration of the league’s commitment to fund independent science exploring the link between football and brain disease. But the marriage between the NFL and the government agency appears headed for a divorce.

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NIH officials decided months ago to let the agreement expire in August with more than half of the money unused, following a bitter dispute in 2015 in which the NFL backed out of a major study that had been awarded to a researcher who had been critical of the league, Outside the Lines has learned.

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A statement released Thursday by the NIH, previous comments from agency officials, and information provided by sources to Outside the Lines all point to the NIH severing its ties to the NFL.

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“The NFL’s agreement with [the funding arm of the NIH] ends August 31, 2017, and there are no current research plans for the funds remaining from the original $30 million NFL commitment,” the NIH’s statement reads. “NIH is currently funding concussion research directly.

“If [the] NFL wishes to continue to support research at NIH, a simple donation to the NIH Gift Fund to support research on sports medicine would be favorably viewed, as long as the terms provided broad latitude in decisions about specific research programs.”

Under the original partnership with the NFL, the league retained veto power over how its $30 million donation could be used.

On Wednesday — one day after Boston University researchers reported finding neurodegenerative disease in the brains of 110 of 111 former NFL players — ranking Democrats from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to Goodell asking how the league planned to “follow through with its commitment to the NIH.”

The NFL responded that league officials are “engaged in constructive discussions” with the NIH’s fundraising arm “regarding potential new research projects and the remaining funds of our $30 million commitment,” according to a statement released by the league.

Asked Thursday if it were considering donating money to the NIH Gift Fund, a league spokesman referred back to Wednesday’s statement.

The NIH’s statement on Thursday does not mention any ongoing discussions with the NFL, however, and a spokesperson for the NIH’s fundraising arm said while it suggested a donation to the Gift Fund, it is not involved in such transactions.

In late June, NIH spokesman John Burklow told Outside the Lines that he was unaware of any discussions to renew or extend the $30 million contract with the league.

“If you asked me what happened with the agreement, there’s no action that I’m aware of. So it ends in August,” he told Outside the Lines then. “… I have not heard of any plans to use the remaining funds.”

In an interview last month, Patrick Bellgowan, a program director for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a branch of the NIH, told Outside the Lines: “Right now, we are funding all of our concussion research independently.”

House Energy and Commerce ranking member Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., — a co-author on the letter sent to the NFL — said Thursday “it’s disappointing that the NFL’s inappropriate actions soured the relationship to the point where it appears that NIH couldn’t see a path forward. However, at a time when there’s a desperate need for research dollars, I strongly encourage the NIH and NFL to work to use the remaining funding that the NFL committed to support critical research that could help protect current, former and future football players.”

The NFL announced its $30 million “unrestricted gift” to the NIH in September 2012 — four months after San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau jersey committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest. Goodell billed the donation as an effort to fund independent research that would get to the bottom of the link between football and brain damage — a connection that the league had denied for nearly two decades.

The NIH said the money came “with no strings attached.”

By 2013, the NIH had begun to distribute the NFL money for peer-reviewed research. The NIH awarded two $6 million grants for a “comprehensive investigation” into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and six pilot studies totaling $2 million. One of the recipients of the larger grants was Boston University neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee — a colleague of Stern’s — whose research produced the announcement this week that 110 of 111 former deceased NFL players had CTE.

McKee, who has clashed with the NFL over her conclusions, also has described the league’s funding as “an absolute lifeline for my work.”

The dispute over the $16 million grant awarded to a group to be led by Stern erupted in late 2015. The money was earmarked for research to find CTE in living patients; the disease currently can only be diagnosed post-mortem. According to reporting by Outside the Lines and a separate congressional report, several NFL health officials tried to persuade the NIH to rescind the award, including Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety; Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, co-chairman of the Head, Neck and Spine Committee; and Dr. Mitch Berger, chairman of the subcommittee on the long-term effects of brain and spine injury. The NFL tried to redirect the funding to a group that included researchers affiliated with the league, the congressional report concluded.

The May 2016 report, issued by Democrats from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce following a months-long investigation, concluded that despite a signed agreement with the NIH, the NFL backed out of funding the seven-year, longitudinal study when it learned that Stern would be the lead researcher.

In public statements and written responses to the committee, the NFL repeatedly denied it withheld funding but argued that the NIH selection process was tainted by Stern’s bias and a conflict of interest involving a reviewer. The league maintained it had been prepared to fund a portion of the study but that it was told the NIH decided to use public funds instead. The report stated that the NFL made a last-minute offer of $2 million — a fraction of its original commitment — but was turned down by NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins.

Shortly after that controversy, the NFL announced a new commitment to spend $100 million toward concussion research and innovation. That money is administered by the league.

Four months after the Democrats’ report, Republican leaders from the Energy and Commerce committee called for an independent review of the controversy — with particular attention to whether the NIH mishandled the situation.

The status of the review is unclear.

In February 2016, a few months after the conflict had played out, NIH officials notified the NFL that it planned to initiate concussion research focused on youth and suggested the league could support this work. Miller, the NFL’s chief health and safety officer, was noncommittal, suggesting that the NIH pursue a longitudinal study, as the two parties had agreed upon earlier.

NIH officials responded in an email that they were “puzzled” by Miller’s email. They noted that this was the research they had already funded — through Stern’s group — using taxpayer money after the NFL backed out of the deal.

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The Tennessee Titans jersey waived offensive guard Sebastian Tretola Friday, five days after he suffered a gunshot wound in his leg/ankle area.

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Cheap James Jr. Wilder jersey The team also officially announced the addition of linebacker Erik Walden jersey jersey to take Tretola’s roster spot.

Tretola, a Titans’ 2016 sixth-round draft pick who played in one game last season, was released from the hospital Sunday with what the team called “a minor injury.” He was waived with a non-football injury designation Friday.

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The Titans also signed rookie offensive lineman Jake Simonich and released linebacker Johnny Ragin.

Rookies and veterans reported to training camp Friday. Practice begins Saturday.

Month: December 2017

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots jersey announced that 15,349 spectators attended the first day of training camp. Nos. 1, 2 and 3 through the gates – James Guest and the father-son duo of James and Brendon Stokes – traveled from three different locales and considerable distance to lead the pack.

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Guest, 41, a former New Hampshire resident who now lives in Melbourne, Florida, called an audible when his itinerary didn’t unfold as planned.

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They arrived shortly before 1 a.m. but were told that was too early to line up. So they came back at 3:30 a.m., even though gates weren’t scheduled to open until 8 a.m.

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“We started a tradition when he was younger, and being able to carry on that, getting him into the Patriots, we had something in common,” James Stokes said. “That grew a bond between the two of us. We’ve had great years going on and on. So why ruin that?”

Added Brendon: “I couldn’t really tell you why we get up so early for this, but it’s just a tradition. Why not do it?”

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Those who have been around the New England Patriots jersey in recent years weren’t too surprised at the immense fan support on the first day of training camp, with the club announcing an overflow crowd of 15,349. But just imagine what it was like for newcomers.

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Top draft pick Derek Rivers jersey relayed that he was eager for his first training camp practice, and the sheer volume of fans — many of whom filled the Gillette Stadium ramps overlooking the practice fields — added to the atmosphere.

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That was a point veteran receiver Julian Edelman jersey jersey, a Kent State alum, had also made.

“It’s certainly more than we had at my college games, so that’s pretty cool,” he said. “Nothing surprises you with our fans. We always feel and love the support that we get here in this community.”

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“We were up at Colorado State, Fort Collins. We used to have 10,000 fans at practice,” he recalled. “It’s a good experience for the fans. You know, you get to see the team under different conditions than game conditions, which is where most of it is. We get great support from our fans. If they can be here, great.”

Belichick felt that same support from New York Giants jersey fans throughout the 1980s, although the volume wasn’t the same because the training camp facilities weren’t set up for big crowds.

“It didn’t hold a lot at Pace [University] or Fairleigh Dickinson [University], but people take their week or two weeks’ vacation to come and watch us practice,” he said. “I mean, I don’t think I would be on that list, but yeah, there was a couple thousand. It was all it would hold. There wasn’t as much space as what we have.”

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — It might be only two days into training camp, but Houston Texans jersey coach Bill O’Brien has accepted the fact that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney jersey jersey has made practices quite difficult for the offense.

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On Thursday, Clowney’s play was a reminder of the success he had last season; several times during team drills, the defensive end blew past an offensive lineman to quickly get to the quarterback.

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Last season, Clowney had a career-high six sacks and 52 tackles, including 16 for a loss. His big season came at an important time for the Texans, who were without three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt jersey jersey, who was put on injured reserve three games into the season with a back issue.

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While Watt’s numbers speak for themselves — even after missing 13 games in 2016, he has an NFL-best 76 sacks since he entered the league in 2011 — Clowney said Watt’s leadership on the field is also very important to the team.

“I think he rubs off on just about everybody,” said Clowney, the Texans’ top pick in 2014. “Being out there, he’s just an energy guy, he brings a lot of energy to the defense, to the team — not only with our defense but to our offense, too. Just him being out there makes the other guys work harder he’s going against. He’s a high-energy guy.

“With him out there it’s always going to be good, not just me but for everybody around him, for the defense as a whole. He’s a great player. He’s going to be noticed. Other teams are going to have to game plan for him, and us knowing that will help us a lot. So, we got a lot of good guys across the front, and with him out there it just makes it a lot easier for everybody to make a lot of plays.”

Even without Watt last season, the Texans’ defense allowed the fewest yards in the NFL. Now, Houston will get back a key member of that defense and the Texans hope that will help them take another step forward.

“You got some phenomenal pass-rushing ability out there — I mean, you’ve got Jadeveon, you’ve got Whitney [Mercilus] — it’s going to be great,” Watt said. “Just to see the talent that we have and the ability to put it on the field at the same time and to come from different angles, it’s going to be really special.”

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — The last time the Green Bay Packers jersey lost in the NFC Championship Game, they came back swinging the next year and won their first six of the season.

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Here the Packers are again, opening another training camp after another NFC title game loss. Although last year’s blowout in Atlanta — a 44-21 loss that wasn’t even as close as the score indicated — hasn’t invoked the same kind of questions that the overtime loss to the Seahawks did, there are pieces to pick up once again.

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Wholesale Jake Rodgers jersey McCarthy hasn’t introduced whatever his theme for the season will be, but if it’s anything like the year after Seattle, when he made nary a mention of it, don’t expect the Atlanta loss to be part of it.

“I think things from the year before, it’s the worst thing you can do in this business, to think that anything is just, because you did it last year, you’re going to do it this year,” McCarthy said.

If the Packers make the playoffs this year, it will tie an NFL record for consecutive postseason appearances with nine. If they don’t make it to the Super Bowl, those who think the Packers have “accepted mediocrity” — as team president Mark Murphy said some fans have suggested to him — may only become more vocal.

Another fast start could quiet that talk for now. In fact, it was Rodgers who said after the Falcons game that the best way to avoid playoff heartbreaks one game away from the Super Bowl would be to get those NFC title games at Lambeau Field, something a 4-6 start last season put the kibosh on. Rodgers has played in three conference championship games (2010, 2014 and 2016) and all were played on the road.

“I think last year [we] had some struggles early in the season,” Rodgers said. “Offensively, we were a little slow getting going, kind of hit our groove midseason and finished strong; just got to find that a little quicker. A lot of that has to do with just finding the right personnel group you want to run with. To find that consistency, obviously I have to play a little better earlier in the season. We finished the way we finished, we’ve just got to keep that going, get that going a little sooner.”

The Packers think they have the team — specifically the offense — to do that.

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And there’s no way to force that.

“I just think it happens if you get off to a good start,” Rodgers said. “If you get things going early, you find that rhythm, you don’t have to adjust too much based on personnel issues, injuries or just lack of production with things you can do cheap jersey going into the season.”

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PHILADELPHIA — Just moments into the Philadelphia Eagles jersey’ first full-squad practice of training camp, Carson Wentz jersey dropped back and unloaded a 40-plus-yard pass down the middle of field. As it descended, Alshon Jeffery jersey jersey jersey sped into the frame and nonchalantly made the grab in stride.

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“Having a guy like that,” said Wentz, “it really makes a quarterback play a lot more confidently.”

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ESPN’s fantasy football experts cheap jersey are betting that Jeffery will have a pretty productive year. He is 11th among receivers and 22nd overall in their PPR rankings. They have Wentz in the middle of the pack among quarterbacks.

What seems certain is that Wentz’s receiver options have been significantly upgraded. Consider: The Eagles’ wide receivers combined for 1,849 yards last season, second-fewest in the NFL. Jeffery has had more than 1,400 yards in a single season alone. The ability is there; now it’s a matter of quarterback and receiver continuing to sync.

“It’s been great, from [spring practices], getting him to come up to Fargo and just talk through some things and go on the field and work out, and then out here on the field finally [at training camp], it seems like it’s been a long time coming,” said Wentz. “It’s just something that we’re going to continue to grow with.”

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