The recruiting world knew about Fournette years before he signed.

Garrett stood 6’4.5 and 240 pounds, yet he looked almost skinny, clearly having room to add a good 25-plus pounds to his frame. He was an excellent pass rusher with good speed off the edge. Right away this looked special, because most high school speed rushers are typically lighter. That Garrett could rush off the edge with burst, play the run with power, and had the room to continue to grow was an elite combination. And since he was not overaged like many prospects are (Garrett did not turn 18 until after Christmas of his senior season), it suggested he had good potential for future growth.

Garrett also seemed smart for a high schooler. I could hold a conversation with him, as opposed to an awkward interview. And he was coachable, the staff at the Under Armour All-America Game told me.

The recruiting world knew about Fournette years before he signed. Watching him run, his style and balance reminded me of a bigger, faster Willis McGahee (before McGahee’s gruesome knee injury, of course). He was widely considered the best running back in a 2014 recruiting class that also featured Dalvin Cook, Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Joe Mixon, Royce Freeman, Elijah Hood, Christian McCaffrey, Samaje Perine, and more.

Pierce had his moments in those other stops, particularly in Washington, where he helped guide the young Wizards while raining down clutch shots during the postseason. His season with the Wizards was memorable in that he finally reached the age where he gave exactly zero f–ks.

He gave hilariously cranky interviews where he ripped old teammates Cheap Team Baseball Jerseys and trashed upcoming opponents. He couldn’t figure out social media to save his life, but always managed to post charmingly corny photos dressed up for Halloween or a Kansas NCAA Tournament run. The further he was removed from Boston, Pierce became oddly endearing to the rest of the country.

Marcus Morris is cheering on the Wizards and could totally pass as his brother Markieff

Marcus Morris has been in D.C. to cheer on his identical twin brother, Markieff Morris, during the Washington Wizards’ 2017 playoff run.

Now that Markieff is questionable to return with an ankle injury in the second-round of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics, Marcus should just fill in for him.

There is no way you can convince me that he isn’t who he says he is.

They can grow out the same facial hair, have the same tattoos, and seriously just look like the same person. Their different styles of play may be hard to disguise, but who has the guts to question it.

This is a nice gesture from Marcus, though, as his brother wore a Detroit jersey to a Cleveland Cavaliers-Detroit Pistons game last year.

More structurally, I think a couple of things are in play. First, we’re seeing the GM-coach become more popular. You have Tom Thibodeau and Stan Van Gundy taking gigs like that fairly recently. They aren’t firing themselves.

You also have more frequent opportunity for player turnover due to shorter Cheap Reversible Jerseys For Basketball contracts. In the old NBA, contracts were so long that it truly was much easier to fire the coach than to fire the players. That’s still the case, but it’s a little bit easier to fire the players via free agency, the stretch provision, and a still-robust trade system.

That’s all a long-winded way of saying I think NBA coaching will Cheap Rugby Jerseys UK become more stable over time, but that this season remains an outlier.

This isn’t to say we won’t have any turnover this summer. You’re not worried about Steve Clifford and I agree that he’s probably safe at this point. Are you worried about anyone else, in the playoffs or otherwise?

We still don’t know what Lynch will be for the Broncos.

Burns, who likely wouldn’t have even been Pittsburgh’s pick had the Bengals not taken Jackson with the previous pick, was viewed as a reach upon being selected. But Burns emerged as a solid player Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys in 2016, picking off three passes and emerging as a ballhawk in Pittsburgh’s secondary.

We still don’t know what Lynch will be for the Broncos. He started two games for the Broncos, with Trevor Siemian getting the majority of time under center for Denver. The Broncos are still having a competition for the starting spot, so all is not lost with Lynch just yet.

The Chargers got the league’s top defensive rookie with the third overall pick, bringing a game-changing pass rusher into the fold with the Ohio State product. Bosa had 10.5 sacks in 12 games last season, overcoming an early injury to make his mark as one of the league’s most disruptive defenders.

Elliott feasted in 2016, earning every bit of his signature celebration move. His 1,631 rushing yards were the second-most ever by a rookie tailback. His wizardry helped the Cowboys run all the way to the NFC’s top seed last fall.

The Chiefs drafted Russell last year, and he barely made it to mid-September. When Kansas City selected him, general manager John Dorsey raved about Russell’s toughness and his love for the game of football, but something went wrong along the way. All Andy Reid would say is that it was “the best thing for the Chiefs right now” to Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys waive him, but throwing away a third-round pick is painful.

Patriots steal another Bills free agent after Buffalo declines to match Mike Gillislee contract

The New England Patriots have already added Rex Burkhead to a running back stable that includes undefeated Dion Lewis, Super Bowl hero James White, and roster standby Brandon Bolden. Last Tuesday, Bill Belichick set a move in motion that wouldn’t just add another runner to the roster, but also hurt a division rival.

The Patriots offered Bills restricted free agent Mike Gillislee a two-year, $6.4 million contract, a move that would likely peg the former Florida Gator as the team’s primary ball carrier. Adding Gillislee, the sixth tailback on the team’s preseason roster, would likely spell the end of LeGarrette Blount’s tenure in New England, as well.

But there are some lasting figures who represent the position well in the NFL today, such as Jamize Olawale, James Develin, John Kuhn, Patrick DiMarco, Mike Tolbert, Kyle Juszczyk, and Marcel Reece. What has helped some is their versatility, which Rogers says he has.

Continuity makes a difference, and Blank wants to give Quinn and Dimitroff an opportunity to keep this momentum. Last November, the Falcons offered Dimitroff a contract extension through the 2019 season. That’s the same length as Quinn’s contract.

The partnership between Quinn and Dimitroff lifted the Falcons Cheap Jerseys Throwback out of three years of obscurity to a Super Bowl bid last season. This week, Quinn and Dimitroff NBA Jerseys Cheap will focus on working together to get it right once again in the 2017 draft.

Mike Tomlin tells 2 Steelers receivers sniping at each other on Twitter to ‘play nice’

The Steelers drafted a receiver in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday: USC star JuJu Smith-Schuster. Because teams draft prospects with their current rosters in mind, this set off some speculation about a few Steeler wideouts.

A fan tweeted to Martavis Bryant, a fourth-year receiver whom the NFL just conditionally reinstated after a season-long drug suspension. His message was something to the effect of, “You’re being replaced.”

Halprin: The Cowboys are still searching for a defensive end that can be a force in the pass rush, something they really haven’t had since DeMarcus Ware left. Willis can possibly be the guy and is a real bargain at pick No. 60. Blessed with extreme athleticism, he blew the competition away at the NFL Scouting Combine. He’s a high-motor guy who has been durable, and on the college level he has produced — 8.5 sacks in 2015 and 11.5 sacks in 2016. Pro Football Focus had him with the second-most quarterback pressures in 2016, with 80. There are some questions about lack of pass rush creativity and stiff hips on making the bed around the edge, but overall Willis has a lot to like, and with some coaching by Rod Marinellli, has the tools to be special.

Analysis: There are some who think that Willis is a player who could be in play for Dallas in the first round of the draft. To get him at No. 60 is a steal. He’s far and away the Cheap Jerseys No Shipping Fees top pure 4-3 end available. Like Seattle earlier in the day, this is a team that needs to get a cornerback Cheap Jerseys In USA or two this draft, but the value just isn’t there at this stage.

Happy 70th birthday to Kareem Abul-Jabbar!

The song chosen for this year’s ABC/ESPN playoff promo isn’t from Pitbull, the Black Eyed Peas or even The Roots: It’s Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.” [nod of approval]

These Raptors playoff T-shirts should have been considered Basketball Jerseys For Sale a bad omen, in retrospect. If this is a rebrand to become the Toronto Cthulhu, however, I’m on board.

As the Bucks poured it on late, Giannis celebrated a good block and got called for a sympathy technical. Let the Freak yell!

Happy 70th birthday to Kareem Abul-Jabbar! Here are 70 sky hooks to celebrate.

The SuperSonics have more playoff wins this century than the Knicks. The SuperSonics had been dead for half of this century.

Speaking of New York’s favorite team, I wrote about Carmelo Anthony’s three options for dealing with the Knicks. I prefer The Captain America, but The Banana Boat would be something amazing.

This would spark Melodrama II as the selected franchises weigh flipping assets for a 33-year-old Anthony or wait for him to opt out in 2018. The wrinkle for the Banana Boat teams — especially Cleveland and L.A. — is that the incumbent superstars could put pressure on their front offices to make the deal. CP3 could make it clear in June he will explore the market in July unless the Clippers try to trade for Melo. LeBron has obvious power in Cleveland and a potential Melo-for-Kevin Love swap is still sitting right there.

Let’s not sleep on the potential for LeBron to declare that Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys he wants the team to get CP3 in a sign-and-trade for Kyrie Irving, trade Love for Melo and sign Wade, who can opt out from his Bulls contract. That would be an insane decision for everyone involved, but this is the NBA, where amazing happens.