The result could be one of the most impactful changes since the NFL began dealing with its concussion crisis nearly a decade ago.


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It’s a substantial change for us, the head of the NFL’s competition committee Rich McKay said after making the announcement.

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Justin Davidovicz is doing an outstanding job with hang time and placement of the kicks, which leads to better coverage,” Ash said last November.

An honorable mention pick to the Big Ten Network All-Freshman team, Davidovicz is expected to handle both the kickoff duty and the placekicking job this fall. His primary competition is Gavin Haggerty, who hasn’t seen any game action through his first three years on campus.

A preferred walk-on who earned first-team All-State honors from NJ.com in 2016 and second-team All-State accolades in 2015, Davidovicz drilled 24 of 34 field goals over his final two scholastic campaigns.

Justin Davidovicz is our guy right now,” Ash said earlier this week. He’s been the most consistent. He’s got a strong leg. Obviously he played a lot last year, handled the kickoffs for us. He practiced placekicking last year, but he’s the guy who’s doing it right now.”

Hynes said on Saturday Johansson was cleared for contact, but not game action, so Real Cheap Jerseys Johansson could have gained full clearance after skating with the Devils on Saturday morning.

If Johansson does indeed return to the lineup on Sunday or during the Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys coming week, he will add a big boost to the Devils’ forward group.

That game was a sign Davenport was starting to reach his potential as a pass rusher.


I always saw the potential he had, and he did struggle with that confidence. I always would tell him, Marcus, you’re an incredible player, you’re a prototypical NFL player, you just don’t see it, former UTSA safety Nate Gaines, Davenport’s best friend, said. Watching him play, you could see that he was going to be something special. His attitude was always one of being humble and being a servant to his teammates. It was never about him, it was always about his teammates before himself.

Now Davenport is poised to become not only UTSA’s first first-round pick – possibly as the second edge rusher drafted, after North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb — but also only the second player drafted in program history, following tight end David Morgan, a sixth-round pick by the Vikings in 2016.

He plans to attend the draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with family and former teammates joining him for what will surely be a surreal moment, one he finally convinced himself he deserves.

At one point the idea of just getting drafted was like, oh my gosh. And then it was first round, oh my gosh. Top 20, oh my gosh, and then maybe top 10 Oh my God, Davenport said. It’s been a blessing so far, but I know it’s not the end. It doesn’t matter how you get in, it matters what you do when you get there.

Owner John Mara sounded plain mad when talking about Beckham’s appearance in a video that may or may not have featured some illicit contraband. Pat Shurmur was pretty blunt about the issue too. He’s on our team right now, Shurmur said Tuesday morning.

Exacerbating matters is Beckham’s reported unwillingness to step on the field without a new contract. Beckham will enter 2018 on the final year of his rookie deal, with the team having exercised his fifth-year option. The Giants have team control over him for the next two seasons at least, though, with the ability to tag Beckham in back-to-back years. There would be plenty of interest for a player of Beckham’s caliber on the open market, and one of the best potential landing spots would be with the Rams in Los Angeles. Rams coach Sean McVay, who was adamant about not discussing Order Cheap Jerseys players under contract on other teams, didn’t exactly shoot down the idea. I think if there is one thing that you can appreciate about what we’ve done this offseason and the way we look at our NHL Jerseys Cheap organization is, there’s no trade we wouldn’t explore if we feel it can upgrade us as a team, McVay said.

Pitching dominates competitive Rangers-A’s series


Two pitchers coming off strong season-opening efforts go head-to-head Wednesday night when the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics meet for the third time in their four-game series.

The Rangers will send Doug Fister (1-0), a winner in his first start over Houston, against Oakland lefty Sean Manaea (0-1), a hard-luck loser his first time out against the Los Angeles Angels.

The teams have split a pair of low-scoring affairs to open the series, with the A’s scoring two late runs to prevail 3-1 on Monday, before the Rangers did all their scoring early in a 4-1 triumph Tuesday.

Oakland got no help from the Texas defense, which played error-free ball for the fifth time in six games.

It really picked me up, Fister praised of the defense in his impressive season debut. It’s a big key for us, especially coming off spring training.

Fister will have to deal with A’s first baseman Matt Olson, who has had two hits in each of the first two games of the series.

They’ve dueled only twice in their careers, with Olson belting a two-run homer and drawing a walk.

The offensive highlight Tuesday was Adrian Beltre’s second-inning single, the 3,053rd hit of his major league career.

It allowed him to tie Rod Carew for the most by a Latin American player. They now share 24th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time list, only two behind former A’s star Rickey Henderson.

Beltre went 1-for-4 on Tuesday and is hitting .227 this season.

The veteran has four of his 3,053 career hits against Manaea in 12 at-bats.

Joey Gallo, who hit his second home run of the season off Kendall Graveman on Tuesday, homered in his first at-bat against Manaea last April.

The 2015 All-Star allowed two hits after teammate Lance McCullers Jr. struck out 10 in another easy Houston win Saturday. They followed a pair of Cy Young Award winners to the mound in Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel.

Cole started on opening day last year for Pittsburgh before an offseason trade to the Astros.

This is obviously high-end stuff across the board, Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. Gerrit would have pitched opening day for a lot of teams, and to have him pitch the fourth game Cheap Red Wings Jerseys of the year is really indicative of the depth of this rotation.

The first hit off Cole (1-0) was slugger Joey Gallo’s opposite-field Cheap Quality NFL Jerseys homer just over the tall wall in left field in the first inning against a four-man outfield. Third baseman Alex Bregman gave chase down the line on Gallo’s first of the season.