Adrian Peterson says Teddy Bridgewater reminds him of a Hall of Fame QB

Bridgewater was sacked on 9.0 percent of his dropbacks last seasons, one of the highest figures in the league. The signings of Alex Boone and Andre Smith, as well as the returns from injury of John Sullivan and Phil Loadholt, should help him stay upright in the pocket and maybe get a little more time to deliver the ball accurately and down the field. Bridgewater isn’t a great deep ball thrower, but if he has more time, it’s possible he takes more shots and lets his wide receivers such as Stefon Diggs and rookie Laquon Treadwell make plays on the ball.

“As far as Randy, it is a big step for him to be out here interacting, a big smile on his face and meeting people,” Stephen Jones said, via the team’s website. “This is good for him, and I appreciate him being out here.”

Without Fitzpatrick on the roster, the Jets are making alternate plans. They selected Christian Hackenberg in the second round of the NFL Draft from Penn State, and they kept Geno Smith, with the idea the two would compete for the job if Fitzpatrick doesn’t return.

Now, by all accounts, both sides want a reunion if the money is right, and Fantasy owners remain hopeful Fitzpatrick will be back in New York in 2016. While his production in 2015 was solid (3,905 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and 270 rushing yards and two touchdowns), it was what he did for Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker that has us concerned.

In an interview with Jim Rome, UFC president Dana White disputed the accuracy of that report.

“The reports that came out were not very accurate at all,” White said on the Jim Rome Show. “Obviously we’re a business, we’re always doing business, we’re always trying to grow the sport and take it to the next level, and we’re always working on deals, and as far being sold, people make us offers all the time. So we’ve turned downed some pretty big offers.”

Although White denied that the company was for sale, he didn’t deny anything when he was asked this week if only part of the company might be for sale.

“Obviously, if I’m in the middle of a deal right now, there’s a lot of confidentiality involved in it,” White told the Dan Patrick Show. “We’re working on expanding. We’re working on growing the company and moving it to other territories like China, Japan and Korea.”

“Keenan’s doing a heck of job,” he said. “It’s definitely a transition. It’s real. I think he said it. Guys have been doing this over and over again, rep after rep, thousands and thousands of reps under their belt. He’s got maybe a couple dozen under his belt right now, but that being said he’s doing really well. He’s a natural athlete. He’s got natural hands, which is a big plus. He can get in and out of routes. He’s a guy who’s still got a lot of work to do, but he has the ability to pull it off.”

Ward was Public Enemy No. 1 in Baltimore for years, but he could end up in the Hall of Fame one day too. And for as much as Ravens fans hated him, they would also love nothing more than having the next Hines Ward on their roster, haunting the Steelers for the next decade.

It’s worth noting that Brady, even while playing the so-called “caretaker QB” role early in his career, threw about three more passes than Bridgewater did in his first two seasons. And considering Brady came up in the early 2000s, when teams threw the ball less often than they do these days, the difference is probably even greater. Bridgewater edged out Brady in completion percentage, yards per attempt, and QB rating through two seasons, but Brady turned his throws into touchdowns more often (4.5 to 3.3 percent) while throwing interceptions at basically the same rate (2.6 percent to 2.5 percent).

Jerry Jones raves about Las Vegas, seems very open to a Raiders move

“It has a flair for entertainment, and it has two million people, and they’re avid sports fans, the full-time residents,” Jones said, via ESPN.com. “They have a huge visiting contingent that more often than not are fans of some NFL football teams. You add all that together, and it’s certainly in a conversation about the future relative to the NFL. As you well know, you have to have the right situation. You have to have the right ownership, want to and then a lot of other considerations that have to come into play.”

“For me, I think that certainly the fact that Las Vegas has a gambling aspect to it is far overshadowed by the entertainment value, if you will, family appeal, that you have, the convention appeal,” Jones said. “So it does not have disfavor with me, in my opinion, relative to being an NFL city.”

The mayor of Las Vegas seems to believe the Raiders are going to move, and with both Davis and Jones on board, a Raiders relocation to Sin City looks more and more realistic by the day.

After surviving a nightmarish season — a year filled with complicated contract negotiations, a foot injury, and multiple surgeries — Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant still isn’t ready to completely take the field with the Cowboys when minicamp begins. He’s still not fully medically cleared.

That’s according to head coach Jason Garrett, who offered some insight into Bryant’s recovery from a January surgery on his right foot. The good news is that Bryant hasn’t suffered any setbacks thus far.

“He’s done a really good job with his rehab, and he’s made progress,” Garrett said, per ESPN. “Like with all those guys, it’s a day-by-day, week-by-week thing. But he’s had no setbacks, but he really continues to get better and better.”

If the Raiders remain in the Bay Area and Vegas approves stadium funding, that means Sin City would have an NFL-caliber stadium with no NFL team. And even if that happens, that still doesn’t mean the Chargers would move.

At that point, the only way the Chargers would move is if funds for the team’s new stadium didn’t get approved by voters in November.

The team has to collect 66,447 valid signatures by June to get the stadium funding initiative on the ballot in November.

It’s worth noting that the study did not use any concussion or CTE data. So, the research doesn’t indicate if former players with CTE had a higher suicide rate than those without CTE or the general population. That’s a significant shortcoming of the study, as the suicides of players who were diagnosed with CTE (like Junior Seau) have led to an important discussion about the dangers and negative consequences of football.

MLB suspends Rockies’ Jose Reyes for domestic violence incident

Commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statement through the league:

My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Jose Reyes committed an act of domestic violence on October 31, 2015. The investigation was prolonged and complicated initially by the existence of a pending criminal proceeding against Mr. Reyes in Hawaii involving the same allegation, which has since been dismissed. Mr. Reyes cooperated fully with my office’s investigation. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Reyes violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on May 31st. I am encouraged by Mr. Reyes’ commitment to the treatment provisions of the Policy in order to ensure that such an incident does not occur in the future. Mr. Reyes also agreed to contribute a total of $100,000 to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence.”

As part of the agreement, Reyes will not appeal the suspension.

Reyes, 32, is under contract for 2016-17 at $22 million per. This means he’ll lose a little more than $7 million because of this suspension. His contract also includes a $22 million option/$4 million buyout for 2018.

He’ll return to the Rockies without a clear role, as rookie Trevor Story has shined as the team’s regular shortstop and projects as more valuable than Reyes moving forward.

That the suspension isn’t as long as some speculated it would be may ramp up trade interest in the veteran infielder. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that that’s indeed the case.

Cons: As far as closers (or potential closers) go, Dyson is not much of a strikeout pitcher. Also, Jake Diekman has pitched well enough to lay claim to the closer’s role, should the need arise.
3. Sean Doolittle, Athletics (38 percent owned)
Sean Doolittle RP / Oakland Athletics (2016 STATS)
IP: 13 2/3 ERA: 3.95 K: 14 BB: 5

Pros: Doolittle was stellar as the A’s closer two seasons ago, when he was first elevated to the role. His velocity has rebounded to where it was in 2014 after recovering from last season’s shoulder issues. Doolittle’s strong control could be a welcome change of pace, if Madson’s recent wildness persists.

1. Dodgers LAA2, @LAA2, @SD3
2. Pirates ATL4, COL3
3. Mariners @BAL3, @CIN3
4. Indians CIN2, @CIN2, @BOS3
5. Cubs @MIL3, @SF3

The Dodgers get the Angels’ patchwork rotation for four games and miss both James Shields and Drew Pomeranz when they travel to San Diego, so they’re sitting pretty this week. And with nothing but right-handers on the schedule, Joc Pederson and Chase Utley especially are. It’s rare that they get to play a full week, but both have the splits to take advantage, posting an OPS over .900 against righties. Yasmani Grandal isn’t as available in CBSSports.com leagues, but he’s a more likely play for Head-to-Head owners, with their smaller roster sizes, especially given his recent power surge.
The winter before last, the A.J. Preller-led Padres had become the league’s most active dealers. Nary a day passed without Preller making some trade or another. Yet since last spring’s Craig Kimbrel swap, Preller has become conservative, perhaps overly so. He passed on dealing Justin Upton and Ian Kennedy prior to the trade deadline, and somehow exited the winter with his rotation intact.

Presumably, Preller intended for the Padres to contend this season — or to feign competitiveness, anyway (to be fair, they’re just 2 1/2 games back entering Friday night). More realistically, though, Preller probably hoped Cashner would pitch well enough to reject a qualifying offer at season’s end. Or, at minimum, that teams would pony up for Cashner and/or Ross (a free agent after 2017) as August 1 neared. In retrospect, however, it appears the Padres likely missed their window to maximize their returns on both — meaning, in basic terms, that the Padres will have undercut their rebuilding efforts by waiting too long to make a move.

Chargers’ Melvin Gordon reportedly had microfracture surgery on knee

But as Gehlken writes, not all microfractures are the same. Reggie Bush reportedly had microfracture following the 2008 season and followed that up with a career high 5.6 yards-per-carry average in 2009.

“Typically, I know especially in the NBA and the NFL, when people hear ‘microfracture surgery,’ they are going to think it could be a potentially career-ending injury,” Dr. Brian Schulz, an orthopedic surgeon at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, told Gehlken. “Normally, it’s more directly related to the size of the defect, what’s going on in the rest of the knee. If it’s a relatively small lesion that’s localized to a specific point, the microfracture has worked pretty well, even in professional athletes. … I don’t think microfracture is quite the kiss of death that everyone makes it out to be.”

If Gordon is healthy — and his recovery is expected to take 4-6 months — he gives Philip Rivers another young offensive threat to go along with rookie tight end Hunter Henry, the 35th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

One of the biggest ongoing dramas of the offseason has been the Colin Kaepernicksituation in San Francisco.

Although the 49ers quarterback demanded a trade back in February, there was no deal to be had. Now it looks like he’s going to be stuck with the 49ers in 2016, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, at least according to Joe Montana.

Although some teams might view as an honor to open the season on national television, that’s not how Gettleman sees things. The Panthers’ general manager says the Thursday night game puts his team at a competitive disadvantage.

“To me, playing in the opening game, on that Thursday night, is a little bit of a competitive disadvantage to those teams, compared to the other 30, because of the way the 53 cut is set up,” Gettleman told PFT Live recently.

Teams generally cut their roster down from 75 to 53 players on the Saturday before the Thursday night kickoff game, which gives the two teams in the opener just five days between final cuts and their first regular-season game.

Cardinals reportedly ‘deep’ in talks with Tyrann Mathieu on rich extension

The Arizona Cardinals have a lot of impressive pieces on their defense and are reportedly working hard to lock up one of the key pieces before the offseason really begins.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Arizona is “deep in negotiations” with Tyrann Mathieu to try and work out a new deal with the safety, one that could even make him the highest-paid player at the position.

How Warriors can pass the test from the resurgent Thunder

In the Western Conference semifinals, Thunder coach Billy Donovan found success with a big lineup that included both Steven Adams and Enes Kanter. That duo spent a total of five minutes on the court together in their three regular-season meetings with the Warriors, but given their success on the glass against the Spurs (offensive rebound rate of 43 percent with both on the court), don’t be surprised if Donovan continues to experiment with a big lineup.

No matter how Donovan matches up with the Warriors, he will have to find a way to stop the most efficient pick-and-roll offense in the league. The Warriors are averaging a league-best 1.05 points per direct pick, including 1.10 with Curry as the ball handler. Against the Thunder, Curry’s most common defender on these plays was Russell Westbrook, whom he torched for 1.16 points per direct pick. Taking it a step further, in the fourth quarter and overtime against OKC, when the Warriors mounted three big comebacks, they averaged 1.6 points per direct pick with Curry running point.

Ultimately Golden State’s ability to win the series will come down to its shooting. Every team is reliant on efficient shooting for its offensive success, but the Warriors have been one of the three most dependent teams in the NBA. Similarly, the Thunder are one of the four most dependent teams on limiting their opponents’ shooting efficiency for their defensive success.

Most of the Warriors’ losses this season can be explained by their missing shots they normally make. The quality of their shots were not significantly different in their wins when compared to their losses, but their shot making ability (or qSM), which accounts for the difficulty of shots and shooter skill, is highly correlated with their offensive success. Although the Thunder can’t simply hope that the Warriors will go into a series-long slump, they have improved their defense in the playoffs and have the shot makers in Durant and Westbrook to rival the Warriors.

If the Warriors can make shots and control the defensive glass, they should be difficult to beat, but if the regular season is any indication of the type of series we can expect, the defending champs will be tested against the Thunder.

It’s what they wanted.

An exhausted, yet stoic, Dwyane Wade could finally admit as much as he slowly walked out of Air Canada Centre on Sunday evening to board the team bus for the dreaded flight back to Miami. The preferred option on the Miami Heat’s open itinerary was a trip to Cleveland for the Eastern Conference finals.

Wade and LeBron James communicated about the possibility they would match up as rivals only two seasons after they broke up as teammates in Miami. Together with the Heat, Wade and James won two NBA titles and advanced to four trips to the NBA finals in as many years.

Earlier Sunday in a text message, James wished Wade luck going into the Heat’s showdown in Game 7 against the Toronto Raptors. By the time it ended, with the Raptors rolling to 116-89 victory to eliminate the Heat, all James could offer Wade was consolation.

“I tried to get us there,” Wade said through a fatigued smile of moving on to Cleveland. “I did what I could. I don’t know how much I would’ve had left when we got there. But it would’ve been awesome.”

Eagles player: ‘Word on the street’ is Sam Bradford will return for OTAs

Assuming Bradford eventually returns, it doesn’t sound like he’ll need to win over his teammates after the holdout.

“I just see it as a guy handling his business,” Johnson said. “Obviously, I think he’s going to return and when he does that, we’ll break the ice and get back to work.”

Bradford might need to win over his new coach, though. Less than a week ago, Doug Pederson mentioned how Bradford was missing valuable time with the team.

Fall in love with the batting averages on Prado and/or Solarte if you wish, but this should be a two-horse race between the best third baseman in the world — when Machado plays shortstop, that is — and second-year stud Bryant. Arenado, however, has Bryant beat everywhere except in quality of teammates and versatility. Bryant can just take over for him in the fourth inning in San Diego on July 12. No harm there.

Catcher options: Welington Castillo, Francisco Cervelli, Jonathan Lucroy,Yadier Molina, Buster Posey, Wilson Ramos, J.T. Realmuto

Catcher pick: Buster Posey, Giants

Ramos is having an exceptional season, Realmuto is real good, Lucroy is mashing like we know he’s capable and Molina is a transcendent figure for a historic franchise. I’m betting on Posey’s track record to take over and make him the best and easy pick come June 30, though. He’s the best bet on the board. Even if he’s having an off year, he’s on a Hall of Fame track, in his prime, and we won’t be looking back on this pick with disdain.

The Broncos probably won’t start Paxton Lynch right away. Well, actually, maybe you shouldn’t buy into that storyline.

It was a fair narrative: Lynch is a great athlete but he’s not a refined quarterback just yet (few players coming out of college are). It was reasonable to assume he would sit and watch and learn an offense.

But John Elway said during a recent interview with Denver Sports 760 (via Pro Football Talk) the Broncos could be starting Lynch as early as this season.

Things wouldn’t improve from there. Arrieta would settle in and dominate the rest of the way, the Cubs got a two-run homer from the red-hot Addison Russell and ran away with an 8-2 win. They are now 5-0 against the Pirates, having outscored them 37-11 and lead them by nine games (the Cardinals started the day eight back and play later Saturday).

Broken bat bloodies another fan in the stands at Fenway Park

For at least the third time in the past two seasons, a fan was struck in Fenway Park by a broken bat. This time around, the piece of the bat from Astros’ George Springer actually went over the top of the protective netting and struck a man in the head.

I wouldn’t bet against Wilson accomplishing any of his goals. Even these. Actually, given what he has done through his first four seasons in the NFL, I expect him to shatter his own lofty expectations by the time he calls it a career.

He is wired like a total overachiever. He is one of the most mentally strong, unshakeable figures in all of professional sports. He does not believe in wallowing in or accepting failure and truly believes every goal he sets from an athletic standpoint is attainable. Alas, Wilson did have the good sense to scrap any plans to be a Michael Jackson-style singer/dancer long ago as he chronicled in his touching speech, grasping that even he does have limitations in some domains.

“Am I capable of doing what I want to do?” Wilson told the graduates he asked himself at his time. And, realizing that, from the time he was a 3-year-old beast in his local T-ball league, that sports were his gift, Wilson set about honing those skills to be among the very best on the planet.

So yeah, some things may truly be impossible — no amount of hours would turn Wilson into a singer — but the key to finding a meaningful career is to spend as much time as possible harnessing those traits and skills that seem to come more naturally.

PIRATES’ GERRIT COLE: CUBS AREN’T THE BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL

Of course, the Cubs are currently the best team in baseball – the only team still in the single digits in the loss column halfway through May.

The Cubs sit at 27-9 overall with a +109 run differential. In fact, their run differential was higher than the next two teams (Red Sox +58) and Cardinals (+46) combined entering play Sunday.

Following Sunday’s loss, the Cubs have outscored the Pirates 38-13 in the six head-to-head games this season.

Cole had a rough go of it last time out against the Cubs, failing to go even five innings while allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and four walks. He was 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA and 0.947 WHIP in four starts against the Cubs during the 2015 regular season, but lost that one-game wild-card playoff when he surrendered four runs in five innings, including homers to Kyle Schwarber and Dexter Fowler.
“We’ve had discussions, and I don’t think the contract is going to be a challenge,” Bowman said. “I think we’re going to get that worked out. I think he’s going to be a part of it. We’re looking for him to take that next step in his career.”

Panik had six goals and two assists in 30 regular-season games since joining the Blackhawks in January via a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Jeremy Morin.

The 25-year-old forward also had three assists in six games against the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the postseason.

Up against the salary cap, Panik would give the Blackhawks a forward that can make an impact on any of the four lines at a cost-controlled price.

NEW YORK — No aspect of the White Sox performance Sunday afternoon was without its mistakes.

If any had been, they might have walked away a winner.

The White Sox didn’t catch the ball, their starting pitcher couldn’t command it, the offense missed several chances and the bullpen struggled yet again. All of that added up to a near-miss and a 7-5 loss to the New York Yankees in front of 41,979 at Yankee Stadium.