Dak Prescott: ‘I Want to Be the Best Quarterback That the Cowboys Ever Had’

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott revealed a lofty goal for his career Wednesday.

When Jon Machota of the Dallas News asked if he is feeling added pressure due to the possibility of a big contract in his future, Prescott said: “I want to be the best I can. I want to be the best quarterback that the Cowboys ever had. So when I go in each and every day, it’s just about being the best player I can be. All that stuff comes when you play the game well.”

After winning Offensive Rookie of the Year, being named to the Pro Bowl and leading the Cowboys to the playoffs in 2016, Prescott had some growing pains last season, as Dallas finished a somewhat disappointing 9-7.

Romo didn’t have the same playoff success as Aikman and Staubach, but he is Dallas’ all-time leader in passing yardage and passing touchdowns.

Prescott has the potential to near the status of those legendary signal-callers, and if he makes strides over the next two seasons, he is in line to be paid like one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.

In the postseason, Sissons added five goals and 18 assists over 26 games.

Studenic, a 2017 fifth-round pick by the Devils, backed up his 48-point regular season with three goals and 12 assists over 24 OHL playoff games. The forward helped Hamilton knock off the Soo Greyhounds, who were the overwhelming favorite to win the OHL after going 55-7-3-3 in the regular season.

Here’s the full schedule for the 2018 Memorial Cup. The top team in the round-robin games will automatically advance to the final, while the second and third-place teams will play in the semifinal. All games will be played at Brandt Centre in Regina.

What is post time for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday? When is the Preakness Stakes on Saturday?

The Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, will be run Saturday, May 19, 2018 (5/19/18) at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Kentucky Derby winner Justify is the favorite, as expected, and drew the No. 7 post position.cowboys_070

NFL free agency rumors: Eagles releasing linebacker Mychal Kendricks

Mychal Kendricks will soon be a free agent.

The 27-year-old linebacker will be released by the Eagles, according to a report by ESPN. Kendricks has spent all six of his NFL seasons in Philadelphia.

Eagles releasing veteran LB Mychal Kendricks, per source. Kendricks spent six years with Eagles; he’s not expected to be unemployed long.

The Eagles selected Kendricks in the second round of the 2012 draft. His best season came in 2013, when he registered 113 total tackles and four sacks.

Dan Quinn, Falcons: Quinn already has led to his team to an NFC championship and avoided a subsequent Super Bowl hangover, keeping Atlanta a strong playoff team. The key is not letting up.

Mike McCarthy, Packers: McCarthy changing his coordinators to Mike Pettine and back to Joe Phiblin was a needed shake-up to extend the Super Bowl window with Aaron Rodgers.

Mike Tomlin, Steelers: Even with Pittsburgh’s recent disappointments in the playoffs, the Steelers simply don’t change coaches.

Just got off the phone with the Boca Raton police department. Richie Incognito had the police called on him, there was no arrest made, but he is now under what they call the Baker Act, which is involuntary mental evaluation.

For the fourth time, Arizona will host a Super Bowl when the big game returns to the desert in 2023 for Super Bowl 57. It will be the third time University of Phoenix Stadium as hosted the Super Bowl (2008 and 2015), with Sun Devil Stadium having hosted the game in 1996.

Per AZCentral.com, the cities of Phoenix and Glendale touted upgrades near the stadium and throughout the area in their pitch to land another Super Bowl. A renovated airport in Phoenix and additional hotels and parking in Glendale are expected to be in place by 2023.

When it opened in 2006, University of Phoenix Stadium featured the first retractable natural grass playing surface in North America and the first completely retractable roof operating at an incline. Its seating capacity is expandable to 73,000.ravens_147

Ben Roethlisberger “kind of caught off guard” by Martavis Bryant trade

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s response to the team’s decision to draft Mason Rudolph in the third round drew attention on Tuesday, particularly when Roethlisberger said he plans to play 3-5 more years after musing about retirement not so long ago.

Between last year’s trade request and reports just before the draft of a possible trade, Roethlisberger may have been the only one caught off guard when the Steelers shipped Bryant to Oakland. Roethlisberger said he’s heard comparisons between Washington and JuJu Smith-Schuster, who made a strong impact as a rookie in 2017.

If those comparisons continue, the Steelers offense should be in fine shape.

“We had another team which is going to surprise you. Another team had said, ‘You may get a big surprise on draft day, at No. 2, if he’s available.’ And it was the Patriots,” Mills said. “They had 23 and they had 31 and they had two seconds. We thought, ‘That’s gonna be a heck of a move, to get up that high from where they are.’ And of course he wasn’t available so we never knew if that was reality or not.”

There was talk before the draft of the Patriots trading up for a quarterback, but trading all the way up to No. 2 would have been incredibly hard to pull off. Given that Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman scoffed at trading down from No. 2, he surely would have demanded even more than the Patriots’ two first-round picks and two second-round picks. Would Bill Belichick, who has traditionally preferred trading down over trading up, really have pulled the trigger on a trade like that?

Then there’s the question of how Brady would have reacted: He’s already refusing to say if he feels the Patriots appreciate him. How would he feel if the Patriots used a bounty of draft picks to take the next franchise quarterback, rather than using those picks on players who can help Brady win another Super Bowl this season?broncos_037_e0f31aee9c392ca7-180x180

Marlon Mack undergoes shoulder surgery

Colts running back Marlon Mack played his rookie season with a torn labrum, General Manager Chris Ballard told SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Mack underwent offseason shoulder surgery to repair the tear.

Ballard said he expects Mack to return fully healthy by training camp.

With Frank Gore‘s departure, Mack should get more work this season. A fourth-round pick in 2017, he ran 93 times for 358 yards and three touchdowns.

The report also quotes Lions team president Rod Wood, who told the outlet that he didn’t know about the incident, but later made this statement to the Detroit News:

“I am very comfortable with the process of interviewing and employing Matt,” Wood said. “I will tell you with 1,000-percent certainty that everything I’ve learned confirmed what I already knew about the man and would have no way changed our decision to make him our head coach.”

Starter Carson Wentz continues his rehab from the ACL and LCL he tore in his left knee. He was injured in a December game against the Rams, and recovery time typically takes 9-12 months. While Wentz has set the season opener as his target for a return, the Eagles will have plenty of reps available in training camp and the preseason, not wanting to overtax Nick Foles.

Philadelphia also has Nate Sudfeld on its roster.

In Perkins’ absence, Stewart was the primary ballcarrier during the three voluntary practices of the Giants’ pre-NFL Draft minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, as Perkins watched from the sideline with his arm in a sling while recovering from his injury.

This weekend’s rookie minicamp and upcoming OTAs should offer a more definitive glimpse of the Giants’ running back rotation behind Barkley and Stewart.

Last season, Perkins appeared in 11 games, making four starts, finishing 2017 with 41 carries for 90 yards and eight catches for 46 yards.

Bruce Arians joins Greg Gumbel, Trent Green in CBS booth

Former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has taken a television job in retirement.

CBS announced today that Arians will work in a three-man booth with Greg Gumbel and Trent Green this season. Jamie Erdahl will be the sideline reporter on the broadcasts.

“I always hoped that broadcasting would be an option after I retired from coaching as a way to stay involved with this great game,” Arians said in a statement. “I am thrilled to have that opportunity with such a class organization as CBS Sports.”

That’s the wrong idea—eliminating a role for women in the predominantly male world of professional football is the opposite of empowering them.

When a cheerleader complains, the organization will say, fine, let’s just get rid of the cheerleaders, Ware says.

They must pass an arduous audition process that often includes a test about the organization’s history and the game of football, and an interview segment where hopefuls dress in business attire and answer questions from local professionals to prove they can handle the responsibility of representing the organization in the community and abroad.

The play of their defense in that game was a major reason why the Vikings didn’t return home to play in Super Bowl LII. They gave up season-highs in both points and yards as the Eagles rolled to a 38-7 win. As the team prepares for the 2018 season, linebacker Ben Gedeon said they need to use the loss as “fuel” and safety Harrison Smith wants the loss to be an educational tool.

“We didn’t deliver, so that’s something we can learn from this offseason, and hopefully we will use it in the future,” Smith said, via the Pioneer Press. “If we just throw the film away, that’s doing yourself a disservice. We want to learn from the good and from the bad, and use it all to get better for the season.”

The Vikings defense had its worst day at the worst possible time. Getting a chance to reverse that this season will take the same kind of effort from the unit every week.

Former WR Ryan Switzer thinks Cowboys may have miscast him on offense More When the Dallas Cowboys traded for Tavon Austin of the Rams, it appeared the club was continuing an evolution to small ball.broncos_131_a52cec69b93f017c-180x180

What does this mean for Mark Ingram?

The veteran will turn 29 in 2018, which isn’t old for most positions but it’s where many running backs slow down. With Ingram set to reach free agency in 2019 and Kamara stepping in as an instant star in 2017, there may not have been much more of a future with the Saints for Ingram.

Warner isn’t breaking new ground here. There’s a natural human tendency to rage against the dying of the light.

Just a few years ago, former NFL and USFL star Herschel Walker insisted he could still play at age 52. Nearly 20 years after he left the gridiron for the silver screen, Hall of Fame power back Jim Brown sported a Raiders jersey for a Sports Illustrated cover story on the fanciful notion of an age-47 comeback.

The rare confidence which enables a supreme athlete to erase reasonable doubts doesn’t vanish after retirement. Seven years removed from his last NFL snap, former Bengals wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh firmly believes he could return as a No. 3 receiver with a few month’s worth of work.

Maybe I’m wrong, Houshmandzadeh told the Bengals ‘ website last month, but that’s what I think and I believe it wholeheartedly. In my heart of hearts, I believe I can still play football.

Warner has authored one of the most unlikely, storybook careers in American professional sports history.

On Monday, the NFLPA announced their decision, writing in their release that they told agents of free agents who had participated in the protests during the national anthem to collect, memorialize and report any relevant information about potential violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by teams. The NFLPA went on to write that a club appears to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club’s policy prohibiting demonstration and that at least one club owner has asked preemployment interview questions about a player’s intent to demonstrate.

He has been a strong supporter of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 became the first player to kneel during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Kaepernick wasn’t signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco. Reid continued the quarterback’s protests. Reid last week filed a collusion claim similar to one filed by Kaepernick last year.sharks-021

Rutgers football team cleans up New Brunswick

Gina Haspel, nominee to head CIA, sought to withdraw over questions about her role in agency interrogation program

Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to become the next CIA director, sought to withdraw her nomination Friday after some White House officials worried that her role in the interrogation of terrorist suspects could prevent her confirmation by the Senate, according to four senior U.S. officials.

Trump learned of the drama Friday, calling officials from his trip to Dallas. He decided to push for Haspel to remain as the nominee after initially signaling he would support whatever decision was taken, administration officials said.

That group is comprised of the most recent draft’s first five quarterbacks selected: Oklahoma’s Baker Bayfield (Cleveland Browns), USC’s Sam Darnold (New York Jets), Wyoming’s Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills), UCLA’s Josh Rosen (Arizona Cardinals) and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens). Kizer, who turned 22 years old in January, very well could have been one of the first selected from that group had he stayed in college another year.

Instead, the Toledo, Ohio, native left Notre Dame early and was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2017 draft. What ensued was largely a crash course on how to botch a rookie’s introduction to the professional game, with head coach Hue Jackson starting Kizer in 15 of 16 possible games but often keeping him on a short leash. Jackson twice gave Kizer the hook in games in which he was struggling (though he explained one was to avoid Kizer getting hit repeatedly in a lost game), and benched him entirely for Cleveland’s 33-17 Week 6 loss to Houston.

He was on the taxi squad for the 2006 U.S. Olympic team that placed eighth in Turin. He was named to the 2010 Olympic team, but broke his forearm early in the season. A doctor initially suggested it could heal on its own. After about eight weeks, Martin saw a specialist in New York.

Thoughts: The Lions loaded up on linebacker in free agency, but there’s still room to get better. Avery is an outstanding athlete who can cover a lot of ground in a hurry, including rush the passer. The Lions met with the productive Jewell during the pre-draft process, implying a level of interest. And Griffin, one of the draft’s great stories, is more than that. The one-handed linebacker can be a productive special-team and sub-package player.tigers_053-115x115