Maccagnan was a guest on PFT Live Thursday and answered a question about how long he’s been watching Darnold with an eye on potentially bringing him to the Jets.

An Army Ranger veteran who resides in Orlando, Fla., Betancourt said he spent the days after learning of his niece’s injuries reading about Barnwell’s background.

I get angry because other people saw this and never stopped it,” he said. If you sit and think, the harm that this kid has done, he has done it under the eye of adults protecting him because perhaps he’s a star.”

As a freshman at Rutgers, Barnwell was charged in October 2013 with driving while intoxicated and careless driving in Piscataway by Rutgers University Police. He served a one-game suspension as a result of the DWI charge.

Flacco’s business is being the Ravens’ starting quarterback, a job he’s held for a decade, leading the franchise to a Super Bowl title after the 2012 season.

And it’s Jackson’s business to get acclimated to the team’s offensive system as quickly as possible, spending hours combing the playbook, watching film and picking the brains of quarterbacks coach James Urban and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

The reality is clear to pretty much everyone: Flacco, now 33, will enter training camp as the starter, but he hasn’t exactly been a superstar of late; in 16 starts last year, Flacco had just 18 touchdowns against 13 interceptions, and averaged just 5.7 yards per attempt, worst in the league among full-time starting quarterbacks.

“Probably about two years ago. With quarterbacks, you don’t control who comes out early and I have no influence from that standpoint. It’s a very important position. Every time you get a chance to see players … With quarterbacks you start that process very early. It’s such a difficult position to play, every opportunity you get to see them and get a feel for them.”

Maccagnan said earlier this week that Darnold will get “every opportunity” to earn the starting job heading into the season and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the team is expected to employ a similar blueprint to last summer.

Mike Tomlin: Raiders pursued us for Martavis Bryant, third-round pick too good to pass up

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says he wasn’t looking to get rid of receiver Martavis Bryant, but the Raiders were looking to acquire Bryant, and in the end the Steelers liked what the Raiders were offering too much to pass it up.

The Met Gala has been an annual take for Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen, though for some it served as a reminder that he’s choosing to spend additional time with family this offseason rather than attend his team’s voluntary offseason workouts.

But what exactly is Brady missing by not being at Gillette Stadium with his Patriots teammates?

Here’s a quick look at where the Patriots are on the calendar and what they’re allowed to do, per the rules established in the collective bargaining agreement.

Shaquem Griffin, the inspiring linebacker from Central Florida, has been drafted by the Seahawks, the same team that drafted his identical twin brother Shaquill Griffin last year.

Last year, with Shaquem at UCF and Shaquill in Seattle, was the only year the Griffin twins haven’t played together. They were teammates in youth sports and in high school, but Shaquem, who lost a hand to amniotic band syndrome, wasn’t heavily recruited by colleges the way Shaquill was. Shaquill told colleges the brothers were a package deal, and eventually UCF offered scholarships to both brothers.

Shaquill flourished immediately, but Shaquem redshirted as a freshman and was a backup early in his college career, which is why Shaquem was still in college last year while Shaquill was already in the NFL. But once Shaquem got his chance he became an outstanding pass rusher at UCF, as well as an inspiring story as a young man who had overcome adversity.

In Seattle, Shaquem should be an instant contributor on special teams and as a pass rusher on a team that needs to get younger on defense. He’ll continue to be an inspiring story, but his primary focus will be on developing as a football player.

Seahawks add Alex McGough to QB group in seventh round

The Seahawks came into the draft with Austin Davis and Stephen Morris as the backup options to quarterback Russell Wilson, but they’ll leave it with one more player in the group.

Seattle drafted former Florida International quarterback Alex McGough with the second pick of the seventh round. McGough, who was the 220th overall pick, is the 12th quarterback to be drafted so far this year and the first drafted by the Seahawks since Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 draft.

A team captain told Ware the woman was fired because the coaches thought she was overweight, and that she was on the last week of a medication that had caused her to gain a few pounds.

Both were frequently reminded by coaches that if they stepped out of line or complained, there were hundreds of other women waiting to take their spots.

You’re reminded of that every single week, Ware says.

Michael Richardson and Robert Yanagi have filed a suit in Wayne County Circuit Court that targets the Lions and the NFL. The two were terminated in January, and the suit claims that they weren’t given a justification for it.

We are aware of the report, the Lions said in a statement. “Because the report involves ongoing litigation, it would be inappropriate for us to comment at this time.”

During her three years on the Saintsations, Davis was required to show up to every practice with full hair and makeup done, because the team practiced in a public gym.

She was only paid $9.25 an hour for game day, practice time, and for up to four hours of time for each community appearance.

The Saintsations practice twice a week for roughly four hours each, but are also expected to practice on their own.

The women call thispractice for practice because they are not guaranteed a spot on the field.

When incorporating Lamar Jackson, Ravens should follow Greg Roman’s blueprint with Colin Kaepernick

Lamar Jackson finds himself on a Ravens roster with a 33-year-old Joe Flacco, a former Super Bowl MVP who averaged a career-low 5.7 yards per attempt in 2017, represents nearly $25 million dollars on Baltimore’s cap in 2018 and would save the team $10 million if he’s released before next season.

Hmmm …

From the start of the reason through early November, Kaepernick appeared in five games and went 5 of 9 for 89 yards as a passer. He was sacked twice for a total loss of 17 yards and carried the football 13 times for 111 yards with two rushing touchdowns. That means, on his 24 plays as an offensive feature, Kaepernick’s net contributions were 183 yards with a pair of scores, which equates to a robust 7.6 yards per play.

After that, the rest is history.

Rodgers won’t play forever, and Kizer doesn’t need to be rushed onto the field. Nuturing an inexperienced arm talent with long-term potential for a fairly cheap price (the trade with Cleveland) makes this a sneaky high-ceiling setup.

Michael Griffin is making one last trip to Nashville as a professional football player.

The 33-year-old safety is signing a one-day contract Monday to retire as a member of the Tennessee Titans , the team announced in a media advisory Sunday.

Drafted 19th overall by the Titans in 2007, the Texas product appeared in two Pro Bowls and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2010. Griffin recorded 108 tackles, 12 passes defensed, four interceptions and two forced fumbles as part of a defense that included cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan, Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner , and safety Chris Hope.

Griffin last played in 2016 with the Carolina Panthers , appearing in 13 games (six starts) and recording 40 tackles. For his career, he logged 803 tackles, 7.0 sacks, 60 passes defensed, 25 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown in 2008) and 11 forced fumbles.

That brought up Torres, who drove a pitch over the center-field wall and into the Yankees’ bullpen.

It didn’t take long for the Yankees shortstop to respond.

The Yankees scored three runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Brett Gardener and a two-run double by Aaron Judge. They trailed because Dellin Betances, who has given up 10 runs in 14 innings, gave up three runs in one inning plus in relief of German.

The win pushed the Yankees to 24-10. They started the day a game behind the Red Sox in the American League East.

Yankees starting pitchers watched their ERA fall to 1.89 over the last 16 games.

The most fun came when the Super Bowl champion Eagles got back at the host Cowboys verbally. When Philadelphia selected a South Dakota State tight end named Dallas Goedert no kidding, Dallas the choice was announced by six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers. He needled Cowboys fans. Hey Dallas, the last time you were in the Super Bowl, these draft picks weren’t born, Akers shouted. Last year at the draft in Philly, former Cowboys star Drew Pearson gave a rousing and hilarious speech about his team before announcing a pick.

Kelly had three 100-plus yard games in the first four games, but the Vols finished 4-8, costing Butch Jones his job as head coach.

Kelly finished with 778 yards and 9 TDs.

Chris Trapasso analyzes each pick from Round 4 of the 2018 NFL Draft, grading each team on its draft-night selections. Refresh this page during the round for the latest grades. Complete coverage: 2018 Draft Tracker Grades: Round 1 • Round 2 • Round 3 • Round 4 • Round 5 • Round 6 • Round 7

Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State Grade: C+ Fun, gadget RB with game-breaking speed. Doesn’t run through many tackles. Lacks agility for his size. 105. Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida Grade: C Flashes of premiere explosiveness but lanky frame and clear-cut off-field concerns. 106. Josey Jewell, ILB, Iowa Grade: A- LB is a sneaky need for Denver. Jewell plays faster than his timed speed because of his quick play-recognition. Tackling machine. 107. Christopher Herndon IV, TE, Miami Grade: B- Lengthy, seam-stretcher for Sam Darnold. Not twitchy, but long strides make him deceptively good after the catch.

Nine NFL teams open rookie minicamps this weekend

Some rookies are getting right to work this weekend.

Nine NFL teams open their rookie minicamps today, May 4. The three-day session runs through Sunday, May 6.

Those nine teams holding their rookie camp this weekend include: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks.

The moment of destiny arrives: Draft Day brings drama and exhilaration for the top prospects of Destination Dallas. UCLA’s Josh Rosen vows to win Super Bowls for the Arizona Cardinals. Florida State’s Derwin James is California dreaming after being drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers. Oklahoma’s Orlando Brown will follow in his father’s massive footsteps after his selection by the Baltimore Ravens. And UTEP’s Will Hernandez heads to New York with the Giants, determined to honor his family and his Hispanic heritage. Witness the rollercoaster of emotions up close and personal in this series’ unforgettable conclusion in the final episode of Destination Dallas: Drive to the Draft.

Biggest remaining hole after NFL draft for every 2017 playoff squad More I have no idea how the Bills started the draft with all the picks they had, jettisoned most of them in questionable trades and then didn’t spend any of the remaining selections on a wide receiver until Round Six (Clemson’s Ray-Ray McCloud and North Carolina’s Austin Proehl).

When I called on him heading for home, once he switched over to his right lead, he dug back in, Smith said. And he could have gone around again. He wasn’t going to let them by him.

In his heart of hearts, Baffert needn’t have worried. A brilliant race horse named Curlin sired the new hero. And for record, no horse ever ran in the mud the way Curlin did.

What happened today is what I have been daydreaming about, Smith said. I just knew he was capable of this. My job was just to get him out of there. I did that, and the rest is up to him.

Now, Justify is still unbeaten and the Preakness is next. There is no reason not to think he is a born history-maker.

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What Matt Ryan’s extension means for Carson Wentz

Every time an NFL quarterback signs a record-setting contract, Carson Wentz’s price tag goes up a little bit more.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan got a five-year, $150 million deal Thursday with a staggering $100 million guaranteed.

Ryan’s contract supplants Jimmy Garoppolo’s five-year, $132 million deal (with $41.7 million guaranteed) as the largest in NFL history in terms of total compensation, and it replaces Kirk Cousins’ three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million contract with the Vikings as the deal with the most guaranteed money.

And that brings us to Wentz. He’s not as accomplished as Rodgers, who’s won a Super Bowl, or Ryan, who’s been to one, but based on his Pro Bowl performance before he got hurt last year, Wentz will be in line for a mammoth deal of his own.

Wentz is signed through 2019 with the Eagles holding an option for 2020 that would pay Wentz the average of the top 10 highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, which would probably be close to $30 million.

Included in the story are allegations that the cheerleaders had their passports taken away upon arrival in the country and that male sponsors and FedEx Field suite holders were invited to observe a photo shoot that included topless women and others in body paint. There is also an allegation that the director of the squad told nine cheerleaders that they were to go out with those sponsors to a night club on an evening when team officials were also present.

Team president Bruce Allen issued a statement in response to the report on Thursday.

Offensive tackle: The Patriots suddenly are shaky in blindside pass protection without Solder, as their best options now are the re-signed LaAdrian Waddle, free-agent flyer Matt Tobin and 2017 third-rounder Antonio Garcia. They could afford to let Fleming walk because of the projected healthy return of stud right tackle Marcus Cannon from his season-ending ankle injury. So look for New England to target a big, athletic presence who can complement Cannon.

Local athlete fulfills his NFL dream

It’s not easy making it to the NFL. It takes hard work and natural ability. But one local athlete from South Jersey has found a team that believes in him.

Tramon Williams says Mike Pettine will modernize Packers defense More Former Packers cornerback Damarious Randall was the only one willing to say it publicly. Teams had figured out Dom Capers’ defense. It was predictable, stale.

Plate umpire Tim Timmons ejected Cleveland first baseman Yonder Alonso before the bottom of the eighth.

Yankee Stadium roared when shortstop Didi Gregorius got back to his feet after clearly getting shaken up with one out in the eighth inning. Gregorius scooped up Jason Kipinis’ slow grounder and charged at Francisco Lindor, who was sprinting for second base. Lindor slid headfirst. Gregorius dived at him. Gregorius got the out but appeared to whack his head hard on the dirt.

Gregorius laid on his back for a couple minutes and the Yankees’ trainer came out. But he got back up and stayed in the game.

Police in Melbourne, Fla. confirmed to TMZ that the SWAT team raided the home of Keyon Reed, who last played linebacker at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in 2012. The 26-year-old is said to have called members of the Dallas Cowboys and was telling them they needed to sign him. The players who spoke with police said Reed was threatening to harm people if the Cowboys did not sign him.

Overview: The league’s NFL Network has played second fiddle to ESPN at the draft for years. But the gap between the telecasts is shrinking, both in viewers and acclaim. Some critics would tell you NFL Network’s one-two punch of anchor Rich Eisen and draft guru Mike Mayock were superior to Berman/Kiper and now Wingo/Kiper.

With this year’s Fox/NFL Network simulcast, NFL Network would dearly love to claim victory at last in the draft ratings battle. If you combine NFL Network’s viewership with Fox’s broad reach, they might beat ESPN this year. Fox reaches over 100 million homes while NFL Network goes to more than 70 million. Due to cable TV customers cutting the cord, ESPN is down to about 87 million homes.

Shamar Stephen signs with Seahawks

The remaking of the Seahawks defense continued Saturday with the team’s announcement that they have signed defensive tackle Shamar Stephen.

The team did not announce any terms of the deal with the former member of the Vikings. Stephen joins Tom Johnson, another former Viking, as new additions to a defensive line that saw Sheldon Richardson leave Seattle to sign in Minnesota.

This was part of our fact-finding late in the round, Payton said. I hadn’t had a chance to meet his girlfriend during the pre-draft process, and we were still in the process of deciding. I think we were going to take Ramczyk anyway, but I wanted to talk to her about Reuben. Meanwhile, the Niners traded with Seattle to move to the 31st slot, picked Foster, and rejoiced at what they considered at the time was a big win for the franchise. Turns out it’s verging on being a huge loss for the franchise. But Payton had more of a there-but-for-the-grace-of-God-go-us feeling Saturday than a feeling of spiking the football in the end zone because Foster went elsewhere. It’s tragic, and it’s sad, Payton said.

I just feel awful when those things happen. Avoiding Foster turned out to be the stroke of great fortune that helped GM Mickey Loomis, assistant GM Jeff Ireland and Payton have the franchise’s best draft since 2006 (Reggie Bush, Roman Harper, Jahri Evans, Zach Strief, Marques Colston).

They didn’t wear a F–k Trump hat to one of the then-presidential candidate’s golf courses. They didn’t pose for a picture in a hot tub they’d installed in their dorm room. They didn’t blast UCLA and the NCAA after the Bruins signed a marketing deal with Under Armour.

So teams have to ask themselves, Does he care more about those types of things than he does football?

Said one executive: That’s all funny when you’re not getting 50 people fired if you miss on a quarterback. The last thing we need is the face of our team tweeting about the president when we’re on a losing streak.

Ten players Lions could draft in first round

The team is still making minor tweaks, based on late evaluations and medical rechecks, but the Detroit Lions’ board is largely set a little more than two weeks before the NFL draft later this month, according to general manager Bob Quinn.

The Lions are slated to pick No. 20 in the first round. And while Quinn hasn’t ruled out trading up for a specific player, or down to acquire up more picks, the GM noted he has a short list of 5-6 players who should be available if the team stands pat.

Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA: It’s looking less and less likely Davenport will be available when the Lions are on the clock, but if he slides, the raw athleticism at a premium position would almost be too much to pass up. At 6-foot-6, 264 pounds, he’s got an NFL body to pair with top-end speed for his size. It might take a little time to coach him up to his full potential, but with decent depth on the edge, the Lions are in position to bring him along at his own pace.

Neither really mattered to the Cowboys, though, as they reportedly released Bryant without even asking him to take less money.

The Lufkin native did not take kindly to the unceremonious departure from the town just two hours away from his childhood home. He also didn’t like the narrative the team pushed before it let him go.

“I’m tired of being the scapegoat. I’m a real guy. I’m going to keep proving that on and off the field,” he told NFL Network.

It is unclear what team Bryant is looking to join, but the Eagles are certainly a possibility for the former first-round pick. The Giants look to have their wide receiving corps set, and it has been reported the Redskins do not have interest in signing the former Cowboys wide receiver.

So if Bryant wants to stay in the division, it would appear the Eagles would be the team he would most likely join. We’ll see how it plays out in the coming months.