Donnel Pumphrey knows his NFL draft stock depends on pass-catching abilities

MOBILE, Ala. Donnel Pumphrey ended his college career as the FBS’s career leader in rushing yards with more than 6,000 over the last four years. Production-wise, he checked all the boxes NFL teams could ask for in a college running back.

But a different set of numbers likely will impact where, or if, the Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys San Diego State product gets drafted.

Pumphrey weighed in at just under 5-8 and 169 pounds at the 2017 Senior Bowl, the second lightest player at the event in Mobile, Ala., (only above Memphis kicker Jake Elliott). His hand size just 8 ? inches is the smallest of any offensive skill position player. Those three numbers, combined with his eventual 40 time, will be the focal points of his scouting report for NFL decision makers.

Pumphrey been working to shift his national attention from college success to a role NFL teams can buy into. His rushing success is one thing, but for a diminutive running back prospect, his immediate value needs to be as a pass catcher.

Yeah, I certainly know that, Pumphrey said. It’s something I’ve been working on since my junior summer, before the season, getting better with my routes and breaks and such.

Howard doesn’t have to sell his upside to NFL teams; they know he has a rare skill set, and he’ll show his near-Vernon Davis-level athleticism at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in February.

But this week, he needs to show that his lack of production in college isn’t a concern, and that he can be the centerpiece of an offense in the NFL.

Cubs’ Jason Heyward says racist taunts are just ‘a part of sports’

Jason Heyward wasn’t surprised when he heard Adam Jones’ complaints about hearing racist taunts at Fenway. The Cubs outfielder said, unfortunately, that’s just what happens to black players in baseball.

“It’s a part of sports,” Heyward said Tuesday night. “People are going to say whatever they think is going to help their team win and try and get under somebody’s skin. And then they’ll start drawing a line somewhere. It’s something I feel like a lot of people would just like to not hear anymore ever, but it’s part of life.”

Jones was upset not only because he heard the N-word, but because a fan also threw a bag of peanuts at him during Monday’s game. On Tuesday, Red Sox fans Cheap Jerseys Kids cheered Jones during his first plate appearance, but that didn’t really solve the problem.

The defending World Series champions are just 17-16, in a tie with the Brewers — who won just 73 games last year — for third place in the National League Central. Both teams are just a game back of the Cardinals (18-14), and a half-game back of the Reds (18-15), who snapped the Yankees’ six-game win streak on Tuesday.

While pitching was Chicago’s strength last year, it’s been one of the team’s weaknesses so far this season. Ace Jake Arrieta, who was the 2015 Cy Young winner and threw a no-hitter last year during an 18-8 season with a 3.10 ERA, has seen his ERA balloon to 5.35 after surrendering nine runs, five earned, in five innings on Tuesday.

“We’re all focused on hitting,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “I want us to play defense and pitch.”

Darrelle Revis free agency: Best fits include Patriots reunion, Pittsburgh homecoming

The next wave of free-agent signings is underway, and Darrelle Revis is still out there. He says he’s “actually 10 pounds lighter” than he was last season — and that doesn’t include the weight of all those shaky criminal charges that are off his shoulders now.

So, which teams could use a cornerback who’s turning 32 this summer, who just two years ago was still worthy of his “Revis Island” nickname, who has a Super Bowl ring, but who was so off his game with the Jets last year that teams are questioning whether he’s washed up?

Who, in addition, could make the transition to safety that previous Hall of Famers have (Ronnie Lott, Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson), but who some have doubted has the temperament to change?

That’s a lot — but lots of teams have secondary needs.

Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton crushed a ball with a 468-foot home run to left against the Mets. It was one of two home runs on the day for Stanton, who now has four of the five longest home runs at Citi Field in its nine-year history.

The Royals mustered just one hit against the Indians in a 1-0 loss, spoiling a solid start by Danny Duffy. The Royals have just five hits in their last two games and have not Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys scored more than three runs since a 6-1 win over the White Sox on May 3. The Royals are MLB’s lowest-scoring team at just 82 runs in 30 games. The Royals have been shut out four times so far this season and scored just one run on seven occasions.

Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis declared cancer-free

Chad Bettis is cancer free.

The Rockies pitcher announced Wednesday on MLB Network Radio that recent exams showed there were no signs of cancer in his body.

“I feel great,” Bettis said. “I got an early Christmas present the other day. The doctor called me on Dec. 22 and told me that I’m cancer-free, so all is good and I’m ready to push forward here.”

Bettis, 27, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in November and had a testicle removed. He said he was sidelined for two weeks from his conditioning program, but soon was able to resume some workouts.

“After that two-week process, I started full workouts,” Bettis said. “I’m actually throwing now and working out again.”

According to Bettis, he will have blood work done every few months to make sure the cancer hasn’t returned and there are no complications.

Ever since Bettis fully joined the Rockies in 2015, he has posted a 22-14 record with a 4.57 ERA.

So far, their version of “Moneyball” is being inconsistently liberal with their Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys massive salary-cap space. Sure, the extra “currency” for April is nice, but then again, they might throw it all away by giving up too much for Garoppolo. Options are one thing; getting real results with them is another.

The growth of baseball is multifaceted. It’s not as simple as “Here’s a tournament for the world; enjoy.” It’s the prime example of what international growth should be. It’s the crown jewel of expansion in the game. But it might not even be the most important thing MLB is doing to grow baseball around the world.

Gregg Popovich is shutting down James Harden with mind control

The Spurs were off to a hot start against the Houston Rockets. It’s the kind of start San Antonio was hoping for to bounce back from a 126-99 loss in Game 1 of the second round.

After only scoring 39 points in the first half of Game 1, the Spurs scored 65 and held the lead in Game 2. Some coaches would be content with that momentum, but coach Gregg Popovich was livid.

Just look at the way he stared at James Harden as the second quarter ended. He knows the Spurs have the lead, but he also knows Harden can single-handedly change that. Harden and the Rockets did set a franchise playoff records for three-pointers on Monday, after all. The only logical reaction for Pop would be to stare at Harden until his superpowers are gone. It’s like The Force, only that it’s fueled by a love of rare wines, I assume.

Free throws have always been a punishment for breaking the NBA’s rules, but in the past years, hacking bad shooters has turned the penalty shot into an advantage. It’s certainly not why we watch basketball. Ideally, the sport is a free-flowing, end-to-end product with constant motion and infrequent breaks in action. Intentional fouling directly undermines that goal.

Don’t blame Mike D’Antoni for using the strategy. He waited as long as he could to break out the strategy, and fouling Roberson helped his team win the game.

Don’t blame Andre Roberson. For some reason, he can’t shoot free throws, and that will always be a weakness in his game. It’s not because he doesn’t work on it during every practice and shootaround. It’s not the fault of the hundreds of hours he has spent working to become a better shooter.

In fact, Roberson used to be a better shooter. He hit 70 percent Cheap UK Basketball Jerseys as a rookie before falling off the next season. This is as much mental as it Cheap Throwback NBA Jerseys is physical.

You move forward and try to be better than you were before.

He did a great job. He did a great job for us last year. He put us in a lot of really good positions. That’s what happens. When you don’t get the results you want people are going to point fingers. But that’s not the case in our locker room or building. We’re all in this thing together.

(Falcons head coach) Dan Quinn told me he spoke to Golden State’s Steve Kerr among others looking for ways to try and help Atlanta players move on from the Super Bowl loss. Who have you spoken to about it?

I’ve talked to Dan about it. Obviously, Dan has been reaching out to a lot of different people. I’ve talked to our guys about it. There are great examples throughout sport of teams that lost in a championship game or whatever and how they then responded. You look at Clemson in college football last year. You look at North Carolina in college basketball. You look at what the Warriors are doing this year after last year.

You move on. Such is life, right? Things happen. You move forward and try to be better than you were before.

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The Bears had two first-round picks in 2003 and drafted Michael Haynes and Rex Grossman. Haynes Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping made four starts as a pro and Grossman’s career was more meme than quarterback. The 2005 Vikings had two of the top 18 selections and came away with WR Troy Williamson (87 career receptions) and DE Erasmus James (five sacks). The New York Jets’ 2008 draft class had Vernon Gholston and Dustin Keller at the top; while Keller Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys was a decent tight end, Gholston may be the biggest bust of his generation.