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.

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