Josh Allen got through the bumps of the draft process, and then met a role model.

Now it’s on him to do the thing the Bills traded up in the first round for him to do.

Allen said after his first rookie minicamp in the NFL that he knows there are adjustments he’s going to have to make, but he’s confident he can handle them.

“You can kind of tell that he’s taking it serious. He’s more than an arm, obviously. He’s a smart kid, he works hard.”

He’s going to have to, as the Bills have invested a lot in him being the kind of face-of-the-franchise player they lacked.

On a night Aaron Hicks became the first Yankees player to hit two inside-the-park homers in a season since Mickey Mantle had three in 1958, Gary Sanchez had a shot at a baseball rarity during his ninth-inning at-bat.

Earlier, Sanchez singled, doubled and homered. A triple would have made him the first Yankee since Melky Cabrera in 2009 and 16th ever to hit for the cycle.

However, general manager John Schneider felt the need to select Penny in the first round. Obviously, the Seahawks want more out of their backfield as the offensive line takes shape.

Penny put his receiving skills on full display at rookie minicamp, per News Tribune reporter Gregg Bell. “Penny — who led the nation in rushing with 2,200 yards and 23 touchdowns at San Diego State — looked better in the passing game than perhaps the Seahawks expected. At one point, he was split out catching slant passes, like a wide receiver.”

However, Gates already has a good rapport with quarterback Philip Rivers, intimately knows the offense and showed during the last two games of the 2017 season (10 catches, 127 yards, TD) that he can still make plays.

Rams add six undrafted rookies

The Rams have added six more undrafted rookies to the roster with organized team activities on tap.

In turn, the veterans relaxed the rookies. The young players were welcomed into the locker room and given sage advice: Like, for example, Orpik telling the young defensemen which forwards in the NHL hit the hardest, in an effort to spare them injury. There was no old-school Capital making their lives hellish. They were allowed, by the veterans and the coaching staff, to make mistakes.

“The old guys have been very supportive on and off the ice. Leading by example every day. And the young guys are trying to take in as much as we can,” said Stephenson. “The older guys know when to keep it loose. But they also know when to be dialed in.”

He bounced around the NHL from the New York Rangers’ organization to the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers, who decided they didn’t want him because he was a 5-foot-9 forward and scored only 30 goals. It’s the proverbial story of the young Canadian boy who works hard, plays hard and eventually earns a six-year, $30 million extension, Conn Smythe buzz and this car:

That’s the word from Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com who writes that the Browns drafted Ward to be a shutdown corner and are likely to start him Week One and let him learn on the job.

Covering Brown is a tall order for any rookie, but if the Browns didn’t think that Ward was capable of that kind of task, they wouldn’t have used the fourth overall pick in the draft on him. The Browns thought Ward was the best defensive player in this year’s draft, and they want him to show it right away.

Vikings take Jalyn Holmes in the Kirk Cousins spot

The Vikings traded out of round three, and they ended up near the top of round four as a result of the transaction. With the second pick in the round (the same spot where Kirk Cousins was picked six years ago), the Vikings went for a guy who will chase quarterbacks.

Ohio State defensive end Jalyn Holmes is the newest Viking.

It’s definitely a pick based on potential; Holmes simply didn’t have high-level production as a Buckeye. But the Vikings have a solid history of taking pass rushers in round four. That’s where they found Everson Griffen in 2010 and Brian Robison (also pick No. 102) in 2007.

Panthers kick off third day with tight end Ian Thomas

The Panthers have one of the game’s best tight ends in Greg Olsen, and they just gave him a contract extension.

Trai Turner is not the stud most people think—he sometimes struggles against powerful pass rushers and his mobility is only slightly above average.

Still, overall, he’s a quality guard in an offense that values them.

The process commences with jury selection, which could take roughly a day. One of the biggest questions regarding the process of screening jurors could be whether Giants fans are permitted to serve on the panel.

Barring a settlement, the case will proceed to a verdict. And if the verdict results in a finding that Manning committed fraud, things could get very interesting.

As previously explained, the Personal Conduct Policy seems to encompass fraud, whether prosecuted as criminal fraud or not. There also could be a question as to whether the Giants properly disclosed the potential Personal Conduct Policy violation in a timely manner, which could trigger discipline for the team and any responsible individuals.

Even if Manning is exonerated, the evidence that comes out at trial could arguably compel an investigation by the NFL. If he’s found to have committed fraud, a failure by the NFL to investigate the matter could become awkward and glaring, inviting claims of special treatment provided to a quarterback who plays for a team that is believed to enjoy most-favored-nation status in the eyes of the league office.

Trey Quinn: I’m the most relevant Mr. Irrelevant ever

When Washington ended the 2018 NFL draft by selecting SMU wide receiver Trey Quinn, it made him this year’s Mr. Irrelevant. But Quinn doesn’t sound too keen on that name.

Quinn led the NCAA with an average of 8.8 receptions per game last season, he holds the all-time national high school record for career receiving yards, and he once threw a no-hitter in the Little League World Series. He thinks that all makes him very relevant.

“It’s the most ironic name for me,” Quinn told KPLC. “I went through my career and I set every record that I stepped foot in at every place. I think I might be the most relevant, irrelevant ever. I have a chip on my shoulder. Everybody’s going to see it.”

Thus far, the Dallas Cowboys have been reaping the benefits of Prescott making chicken feed. The fourth-round pick signed a four-year contract in 2016 worth $2.7 million total — that’s less than what slot receiver Cole Beasley will make in base salary this year ($3.25 million). Prescott is slated to make $630,000 in base salary in 2018. His $725,848 cap hit is the 35th highest on the Cowboys, less than the likes of Charles Tapper ($784,470), Chaz Green ($877,234) or Joe Looney ($975,000).

The program will continue in 2018 with the four AFC North teams getting assigned players this time. The Ravens are the first team to announce their foreign addition.

It is fullback Chris Ezeala, who also played linebacker and special teams, including time as a punter, in the German League for the last three years. Ezeala has spent the last three months training with former Ravens running back Earnest Byner at the IMG Academy in Florida.

Converted defensive tackle Patrick Ricard is the only other fullback on the Ravens right now. That won’t make the jump in competition any easier for Ezeala to handle, but it does offer a path to the 53-man roster if he can show the potential to offer the team more than Ricard did last season.

Even though we weren’t allowed to talk football, Eli was here every day, Shurmur said.

Cowboys bring in 18 undrafted free agents

The Cowboys finished their draft without adding any defensive backs, which left room for them to bring in four of them as undrafted free agents.

Three of the four are listed as cornerbacks, including Charvarius Ward. Ward had two interceptions and 13 pass breakups for Middle Tennessee State over the last two seasons and joins Kam Kelly from San Diego State and Portland State’s Donovan Olumba as new pieces at the position. The Cowboys also signed former Oregon safety Tyree Robinson.

Dallas also signed two wide receivers after drafting two of them over the weekend. Missouri State’s Malik Earl and Iowa State’s Marchie Murdock join third-round pick Michael Gallup and sixth-round pick Cedrick Wilson as rookie targets.

So where each of those teams could look at Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen and Josh Allen at this time last year, and say to themselves, We’ll be okay, they couldn’t do the same this time around.

Not right now, there isn’t one (that would go first round as it stands), said one AFC college scouting director.

The Texans made such a G.M. change this year when Brian Gaine was hired after Rick Smith went on leave and now they’ve made a slew of other changes. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team has dismissed assistant general manager Jimmy Raye III, director of college scouting Jon Carr, assistant director of college scouting Mike Martin, college scouting coordinator Matt Jansen and college scout Seth Turner.

Raye was hired when Gaine left the Texans for a job with the Bills last year and he interviewed for the top job in Houston before Gaine returned. He also interviewed with the Panthers before they bumped Marty Hurney from interim G.M. to a permanent position.

Gaine presided over eight selections this year, although the Texans didn’t pick until the third round thanks to trades that sent this year’s first- and second-round picks to the Browns. One of those trades landed Deshaun Watson, which likely made it easier for Gaine to swallow sitting out until the 68th pick.

But what’s clear, to me, is that this wasn’t a fly-by-night decision by the Cleveland brass.

Names to watch for Lions on Day 3 of NFL Draft

So far, the Detroit Lions have drafted a center, a running back and a safety. They also gave up their fourth-round pick to move up in the second round to secure that running back, Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson.

The Packers needed secondary help — they always need secondary help — coming into this draft. Green Bay allowed a 102 QB rating last season, and the image of their cornerbacks getting torched in the 2016 NFC championship game against Atlanta isn’t that far removed from memory. There were staffing changes around coach Mike McCarthy this offseason, but the draft plan didn’t change.

Gutekunst doubled down and grabbed Iowa’s Josh Jackson, an All-American cornerback who had first-round projections. Jackson Alexander is a solid pick. Jackson is a value pick. Their styles complement each other.

The latter had eight interceptions for the Hawkeyes. These cornerbacks played well in big games. It’s a clear message to the rest of the defensive backs on the roster — which includes 2017 second-round picks Kevin King and Josh King — that the problem needs fixing. New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is bringing in a new scheme, and Green Bay didn’t make a bold move in free agency at the position, other than bringing back veteran cornerback Tramon Williams. Morgan Burnett is gone, too. Winners and losers of Round 1 That’s good news in April, but the Packers have been down this road enough times.

Torres’ blast, the second of his career, came off reliever Dan Otero and it marked the Yankees’ second walk-off win in three days. On Friday, Miguel Andujar, another rookie, cracked a walk-off single.

On April 26, Gary Sanchez launched a walk-off home run vs. the Minnesota Twins at home.

The comeback for the Yankees started ferociously Sunday.

Neil Walker’s double brought home Aaron Hicks, who had doubled to start the ninth inning, tying the score, 4-4, following the Yankees’ three-run eighth inning.

With Walker on second, Miguel Andujar, needing to hit the ball to the right side to advance the runner, grounded out to third for the inning’s first out. When Giancarlo Stanton pinch-hit for designated hitter Tyler Austin, Cleveland intentionally walked him to set up a force.

Josh Allen believes he showed “accuracy, touch and footwork” at Pro Day

Josh Allen worked out in front of a lot of scouts from quarterback-needy teams. Besides the Browns’ large contingent, which included owner Jimmy Haslam, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan, Seahawks General Manager John Schneider and Broncos senior adviser Gary Kubiak also made their way to Wyoming.

Everyone knows Allen has a strong arm, and he displayed that again at the end of the workout with several 60-plus-yard throws. But scouts wanted to see him show touch and accuracy.

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The crazy part here is that Schefter wasn’t joking. This wasn’t some gag.

Playing devil’s advocate here for a second, when you consider that Washington did pretty well for itself drafting two quarterbacks in 2012, one could convince oneself that this is a legitimately viable solution to Cleveland’s perpetual dearth of talent at the quarterback position.

The Steelers wait on linebacker. Pittsburgh has drafted a linebacker in the first round in four of the last five drafts, including Jarvis Jones (2013), Ryan Shazier (2014), Bud Durpee (2015) and T.J. Watt (2017). Then again, the position remains the focal point of the Steelers’ defense.

Stanford safety Justin Reid is a popular second-round pick across several mock drafts, and he would be a good fit for Pittsburgh. As for running back, this would be a good time for the Steelers to draft Rashaad Penny, an all-around college star back who finished with 2,974 all-purpose yards at San Diego State last season. That’s 645 more all-purpose yards than Penn State’s Saquon Barkley.

Ryan Shazier injury update: Steelers LB stands as honoree at Ohio State game

Ryan Shazier continues to make his rounds in the sports world.

The Steelers linebacker was honored at his alma mater Saturday during the Ohio State football spring game.

Shazier, who played three seasons for the Buckeyes from 2011-13 before being selected by the Steelers with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, served as an honorary captain for the matchup. He drove a golf cart to midfield and stood briefly without assistance as he received roaring cheers from the crowd at Ohio Stadium.

The Broncos will think about quarterback, for sure, but Barkley would fill their more pressing offensive skill need and would be the best player available. Should a team such the Bills or Cardinals trade up ahead of them to draft Josh Allen, the Broncos won’t force the issue with Baker Mayfield. Allen’s availability would make things more tempting, but Barkley is the more logical choice as a player can help John Elway’s team win now with Case Keenum getting a lot of money to start at QB the next two years.

Pat Shurmur and Case Keenum are out, and John DeFilippo and Kirk Cousins are in. But despite some changes, Minnesota and its trusty defense figure to be contenders in the NFC playoff hunt this season. That is, if they can navigate what appears to be a tough 2018 schedule.

Below is a breakdown of the Vikings’ 2018 schedule. Details of Minnesota’s regular-season schedule, including dates and kickoff times, will be added when the NFL makes it available.

Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks

Toughest tests: The aforementioned Eagles game is the first of several challenges. Another postseason rematch, against the Saints, is just as tough. Beyond those game and the always-dangerous NFC North contests, road trips to LA to play the Rams and to New England to play the Patriots are the Vikings’ key games.

Dak Prescott: Dez Bryant release was ‘not my decision’

Dez Bryant felt let down by some of his teammates following his release from the Cowboys, but one in particular claims to have had no part in his dismissal.

Despite the wide receiver blaming the team captains for playing a role in his departure, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott insisted the choice wasn’t his to make.

“I’m in my second year so as much as you want to say, ‘I want a say and this and that,’ those guys get paid a lot more than me, and that’s what those guys are there to do,” Prescott said, via the Dallas Morning News. “That’s not my decision.

“All I can do is just continue to get better at my job and do the best I can.”

The Cowboys have already have added free-agent receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson to the roster this offseason, and the team freed up $8.5 million in salary cap space by cutting Bryant.

Foster faces allegations that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempted to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and possession of an assault weapon. He is also being charged with misdemeanor possession of large capacity weapon magazine.

“Foster, 24, physically attacked the 28-year-old woman during a February argument at their Los Gatos home, leaving her bruised and with a ruptured ear drum,” the DA’s statement read.

If Foster is convicted on all of these accounts, he could face more than 11 years in prison.

“Our focus is on holding accountable those who hurt their intimate partners,” Prosecutor Kevin Smith said in a statement. “Our Office handles between four and five thousand domestic violence cases each year. We only hope that this case illuminates the tragic regularity of the rest.”

San Francisco released a statement Thursday acknowledging the charges against Foster.

Browns sign WR Jarvis Landry to 5-year extension, report says

Jarvis Landry apparently finally has the deal he was after.

The Browns are finalizing a long-term contract extension with the fifth-year wide receiver that averages about $15 million per year, ESPN first reported Thursday.

Hamilton served as an efficient receiver at Penn State where he averaged 16.2 yards per reception with nine touchdowns last season. He’s underrated, runs well and is looking like a potential Day 3 gem that could work into a receiver rotation that still needs more depth.

The Lions finished 0-16 in 2008 and their response was to draft Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. There have been ups and downs since, but Detroit has made three playoff appearances and is coming off back-to-back winning seasons heading into 2018. While that might seem like modest success at best, the Browns would take that over the next decade. It’s yet another reason to draft a quarterback with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.

Donald just completed a dominant fourth season in the NFL for which he earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. With only a fifth-year option remaining on his rookie contract, the star defensive tackle has his eyes on a long-term extension. Donald pushed for a new contract last year, holding out through the preseason before returning to the team on Sept. 7.

General manager Les Snead said publicly that the Rams have ” budgeted ” for the multiyear deal needed to keep Donald in Los Angeles but also stated in January that the team has higher priorities to consider . As such, it remains unclear whether Donald’s absence from the offseason program represents nothing more than a player opting to skip voluntary workouts or the beginning of another prolonged contract stalemate.