April 2018


The New York Giants explored trading offensive tackle Ereck Flowers during the draft over the weekend but could not find a suitable deal, according to an ESPN report. Per the report, the Giants wanted a mid-round pick in return but were unable to reach an agreement. Reports emerged last week that Flowers was expected to be traded for draft-pick compensation.

Things That Caught My Eye LeBron James posted 45 points in Sunday’s win over the Indiana Pacers, with a further 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The Cavaliers will advance to face the Toronto Raptors, so if LeBron hopes to keep up his otherworldly performance now would be the time to do so. It’s not particularly clear if anyone else on the Cavs plans to show up, after all. [FiveThirtyEight] Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is by far the best forward — based on point shares through their age 32 season since 1987 — to have never once make a conference final. His postseason disappointment is in a lot of ways the result of a tough time closing out series — his Caps are 3-7 in game sevens. [FiveThirtyEight]

Free-agent running back Darren Sproles will return to the Philadelphia Eagles this season, putting off retirement in the aftermath of a 2017 campaign ended prematurely by injury. Howie Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations, made the announcement Saturday. The 34-year-old tore an ACL and broke his forearm against the New York Giants in September.

(STATS) - Quality and quantity mixed together to form the FCS class of players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. The third and final day of the draft is when the majority of FCS selections come off the board, and on Saturday they started adding to the four

After finishing his first draft as general manager of the New York Giants, Dave Gettleman got a laugh when asked his thoughts on his six picks. With his heavy Boston accent, Gettleman said no GM is going to walk into a press room and tell the media he drafted garbage. Coming off a 3-13 season that cost coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese their jobs, the Giants seemingly found value and filled need with every pick in the NFL draft that ended Saturday.

The biggest waste in the NFL draft might be mid- and late-round quarterbacks, as the Giants proved on Saturday. Last year, the Giants took Cal quarterback Webb in the third round. This year, without ever giving Webb a snap in a regular-season game, they just ignored Webb (who was taken by a different regime that got fired at the end of last season) and took Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta in the fourth round.

Leading up to the three-day draft, Lauletta said he would welcome learning on the NFL level behind a veteran, Pro Bowl-type quarterback. The 6-foot-2 5/8, 222-pound Lauletta has a solid skill set, including terrific accuracy, but he's not considered to have elite arm strength.

The New York Giants probably aren't going to stray far from their board in the final day of the NFL draft. General manager Dave Gettleman is not going to force the issue just to select a player at one of those positions. New York will have only two picks in the final four rounds, the eighth choice in the fourth round and the second in the fifth.

With Joe Thomas retired, the Browns apparently don’t want to gamble on long-armed 2016 third-rounder Shon Coleman developing into Baker Mayfield’s blindside guardian. At 6' 4" and 306 pounds, Corbett doesn’t have the ideal size, which is why many figured he might play guard in the NFL. GM Dave Gettleman realized Saquon Barkley alone isn’t enough to rejuvenate this moribund ground game.

The quarterbacks made the headlines in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft but day two was dominated by a running back who endured a dramatic slide down the board. Derrius Guice was seen as the second-best back in the draft behind Saquon Barkley but

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