Cowboys want NFL to re-examine substance-abuse policy

The Cowboys believe it’s time that the NFL and NFLPA re-evaluate the league’s substance-abuse policy, team COO and VP Stephen Jones said in an interview that aired Thursday morning on NBC Sports Network’s “PFT Live.”

Jones, the son of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, echoed the tone his father voiced earlier this year when he reportedly suggested that the league take a look at its policy and potentially lift its ban on marijuana.

Stephen Jones says a top-to-bottom look at the policy (“you should take a look at every aspect of it”) is in order, just as teams look at other facets of the league.

“Well, our system, our testing, has been in place for years and not unlike we do in our organization … we always look to see how we can do it better. I think Jerry’s opinion, my opinion, is this program, this system has been in place for a long time. I think it needs to be heavily scrutinized in terms of its results.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Kizer will not have a long journey to join up with his new team and said the end result made him less concerned about dropping out of the opening round.

“The wait was well worth it now that I’m going to be able to stay at home and call myself a Cleveland Brown,” Kizer said.

He is now focused on fine-tuning aspects of his game that need improvement, adding: “I believe there is a lot of potential. I believe there is a lot of room for growth.

“I think coaches like [head] coach [Hue] Jackson and [quarterbacks] coach [David] Lee will be able to make some of these things a little more consistent.”

Jackson, meanwhile, said: “He’s a big, strong quarterback who can make all of the throws that I think anybody needs to make in the National Football League.

Raptors vs. Bucks 2017 live stream: Start time, TV schedule and how to watch Game 4 online

The Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks might be the least predictable series still going in these 2017 playoffs. We’ve seen Toronto slog through series deficits and come out on top anyway, something they did last postseason several times. But down 2-1 to the Bucks with another game in Milwaukee, can Toronto climb out of this one?

In Game 3, the Raptors were walloped. Against an impossibly long Bucks defense, they didn’t even score 50 points until the fourth quarter and don’t appear to have any great solutions right now for a struggling offense. This season, Toronto’s offense was great, too, finishing sixth in the league in offensive rating (109.8). But Kyle Lowry has only played one good game, DeMar DeRozan is struggling as well, and none of the other role players for the Raptors are stepping up to fill in where the team is missing an offensive boost.

Milwaukee has a bright future, but will this moment prove too big for them? The series should swing one way or another based off the winner of Game 4.

It didn’t take long for the hockey world to have a varying degree of hot takes on Sidney Crosby’s Game 3 injury. The response was swift, loud, and extremely colored by whatever fan base-colored glasses you tend to wear.

This is sports, after all. It’s to be expected from fans, especially in such a high-pressure, high-anxiety time that is the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Failing to get the Pelicans’ pick after trading Cousins would be a disaster for the Kings. On the bright side, Smith is a potential top-five talent who fills their biggest position of need. The explosive 6’2 guard has drawn comparisons to Eric Bledsoe.

Dallas Mavericks — Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
Ntilikina is an 18-year-old point guard who projects as a versatile defender and capable spot-up shooter. It feels like Dallas has been looking for a point guard since the heyday of Jason Kidd. Ntilikina has the potential to grow into the role.

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The Lions struggled with defensive depth for a while now

Davis is a bit undersized, which will anchor him to the middle of the field rather than in a more desirable outside linebacker role. He’s at his best when he has room to move, but he has trouble shedding blockers and tends to be erased from plays when engaged with bigger linemen. That was an NCAA problem that will only get worse in the NFL.

He can be overaggressive when pursuing ball carriers, aiming for a highlight-reel tackle when simply wrapping up would suffice. He’s also susceptible to cutback runs, often leaving an open gap for runners to exploit while he gets swallowed up at the line of scrimmage. Davis brings tremendous energy to the field, but sometimes overexerts himself rather than staying disciplined.

And there are also the inevitable questions about his ability to stay healthy. In addition to the high ankle sprain, Davis missed three games in 2014 with a torn meniscus. Teammates and coaches will rave about his toughness, but there are some questions about whether Davis can be an every-down player in the NFL.

Even with those concerns, Davis projects to be a strong run-stopper and team leader, with a potentially high ceiling if he avoids those nagging injuries.

The Lions struggled with defensive depth for a while now, so Davis should immediately bolster the linebacker corps and provide some much-needed support in run defense.

The wideout showed during the 2016 season that his leg injuries were a thing of the past, regularly making big plays off explosive jumps. He didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the combine, but he did participate in other drills before doing a complete workout at Ohio State’s pro day.

“Right now, I feel completely healthy. I feel I’m probably in the best shape I’ve been in. I’m excited for what’s to come.”
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Why isn’t Chris Berman on ESPN’s NFL draft coverage?

ESPN’s NFL draft coverage will be missing a familiar voice on Thursday night. The 2017 draft will be the first in nearly three decades without longtime analyst Chris Berman behind the broadcaster’s desk.

Follow the action with our 2017 NFL draft tracker with pick-by-pick results and analysis updating in real-time for all seven rounds.

Berman was best known for his NFL coverage as the host of programs like Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, and NFL Primetime. While he still has a reduced role with the company, the ESPN fixture stepped down as the network’s NFL lead after Super Bowl 51.

The network announced he would miss this year’s coverage in a statement released in January.

Take Myles Garrett with the first overall pick. Garrett is a game changer, and could single-handedly overhaul Cleveland’s pass rush, which ended last season with the second-fewest sacks in the league. Garrett had 24 sacks over his first two years at Texas A&M. He was injured last season, but still managed to notch 8.5 sacks. He’s got rare explosion and athleticism, and teams don’t often get the opportunity to draft this caliber of player. Do not pass on him.

Draft a quarterback, but don’t reach for one. So in other words, do not draft Mitchell Trubisky first overall. There’s also a rumor that they could trade back into the top 10 picks for Trubisky, which would be a bad idea. This isn’t the strongest quarterback class, and if the Browns are not in love with any of these guys, they should wait. This is a lesson they should have learned after Couch. And Quinn. And Weeden. And Manziel. If need be, the Browns could just give Cody Kessler a shot next season while the quarterback of the future develops. Kessler showed potential last year when healthy.
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