Broncos believe Case Keenum’s 2017 season was a preview of what’s to come

So, it’s Keenum and not Cousins (or any of the other available quarterbacks) who the Broncos have chosen to help lift an offense that has fallen on decidedly hard times.

“He may be just hitting his stride right now,” said Broncos president of football custom nfl jerseys cheap operations John Elway. “A lot of times it takes different situations to get comfortable, obviously. Case was in a good situation last year with the Vikings. My plan is to put him in that same situation this year where he can be successful and have the year — if not a better year this year than he had last year — and continue on.”

Elway added that, with Keenum, he has “high expectations of what we can do.”

It is telling in the Broncos’ evaluation of Keenum that the coach who put him under center in 2013 when the Houston Texans lost Keenum’s first eight NFL starts still has a high opinion of Keenum now. Gary Kubiak was eventually fired by the Texans after that 2013 season. After Kubiak recharged his career with a successful 2014 as the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator, he won a Super Bowl as the Broncos’ head coach in 2015.

Kubiak, after stepping away from coaching following the 2016 season for health reasons, was then hired for what has become a growing role in Denver’s personnel department. In the Broncos’ evaluations of Keenum, Kubiak is known to have lauded the quarterback’s leadership (a mental toughness honed by a bumpy developmental road as a former undrafted rookie) and his room for growth.

Elway publicly confirmed last week that the Broncos tried to trade for Keenum just after Peyton Manning’s retirement in March 2016 but could not reach a deal with the Rams.

“We had interest in Case back then, [but] I think it was more the fact that the Rams didn’t want to let him go because we wanted him and were trying to get something done,” Elway said. “They knew what they had in Case, so therefore we couldn’t get it done … nike nfl jerseys cheap also Gary’s relationship with Case and knowing Case, that was a big feather in Case’s cap. As far as I’m concerned, an effect of what Gary thought of him really as a man and what he could do in that locker room for us.”

It is a bit of a gamble to give more weight to one year of production over five, but the Broncos said they’ve done the work, and Keenum said he’s ready to do his part. The Broncos represent Keenum’s first chance to enter an offseason program and training camp as the unquestioned starter.

Obamas rooting for Knicks, thanks to player development chief Craig Robinson

It’s hard to overstate how important player development is to the New York Knicks right now.

The club is in the early stages of a rebuild, looking for talented players to fit around Kristaps Porzingis while the star forward works his way back from a torn ACL.

In the best-case scenario,cheap nfl nike jersey the Knicks build a young core around Porzingis that’s strong enough to attract free agents in the summer of 2019 or 2020, when they should have significant cap space.

New York has the wherewithal to add this young talent: The Knicks own all of their first-round picks going forward and likely will have top-10 picks in the next two drafts.

The trick, of course, is adding the right players and then developing them once you have them on the roster.57

That’s where Craig Robinson comes in. Over the summer, Knicks president Steve Mills called Robinson, his old teammate at Princeton and, at that point, a Milwaukee Bucks executive, with a job offer.

“I think I have the perfect job for you” was Mills’ pitch. The timing wasn’t great for cheap nfl jerseys china nike Robinson because he was close to finalizing a home purchase in Milwaukee.

“Then he explains the job and I’m like, ‘Oh, that is the perfect job for me,’cheap nfl jerseys china nike” Robinson, the brother of former first lady Michelle Obama and brother-in-law of President Barack Obama, recalled on Wednesday.

After speaking with his family, Robinson accepted a position as vice president of player development and G League operations for the Knicks.

In a half-hour chat with a group of reporters Wednesday, Robinson, a former head coach at Oregon State and Brown University, discussed his vision for the Knicks’ player development program. He also revealed that the former president and first lady are now Knicks fans.

Former Raiders LB Aldon Smith Pleads Not Guilty to Domestic Violence Charges

Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic violence, assault, false imprisonment and vandalism, TMZ Sports reported Monday.

Smith turned himself in to authorities and posted a $30,000 bond March 6.22

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Cabanatuan and Matt Kawahara,cheap customized nfl jerseys police had reported to the scene of alleged domestic violence March 3. The victim suffered “non-life-threatening injuries,” and a person identified as Smith left before authorities could question him.

The Mercury News’ Rick Hurd and Matthias Gafni reported the victim identified herself as an ex-girlfriend of Smith’s during a call with an emergency dispatcher. The woman also told the dispatcher Smith bit her wrists before exiting her home out of a window.

According to TMZ Sports, Smith’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 5.

The Raiders announced March 5 they released Smith after he played just one season for the team. While under contract with Oakland in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he hadn’t appeared in a regular-season game since 2015.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

The NFL suspended Smith for one year in November 2015, which stemmed from his arrest in August 2015 on charges of driving under the influence and a hit and run. Smith pleaded no contest to the charge of hit and run in September 2017.

Benson Mayowa set for Washington visit

Defensive end Benson Mayowa was released by the Cowboys, but he may wind up staying in the NFC East.

John Keim of ESPN.com reports that Mayowa will be in Washington for a visit on Tuesday.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal  That’s the second meeting with a defensive lineman that the

Redskins have lined up as Muhammad Wilkerson is set to visit with the team as well.

Mayowa had six of his nine career sacks for the Cowboys in 2016, but slipped to one during the 2017 season. He’s also played for the Seahawks and

Raiders since entering the NFL in 2013.gettyimages-624203806-e1520777264917

If Mayowa does land a job in D.C.,cheap nfl nike jerseys china  it will likely come with a change in position to outside linebacker in their 3-4 base defense. With Junior

Galette and Trent Murphy set for free agency, that spot could become a bigger need for the team in the coming days.

If you were surprised by the one-after-another trades that emerged on Friday involving the Browns, you’re not alone. As one league source explained

it to PFT, the trades stunned others who had been negotiating potential moves with the new nike nfl jerseys cheap  Browns.

The Browns weren’t talking only to the Bills about getting a quarterback, the Packers about getting a cornerback, and the Dolphins about getting a

receiver. The Browns were talking to other teams and agents for looming free agents (yeah, it’s tampering, but everyone does it) about filling

those needs elsewhere. The bing-pow-boom-bing reports of trades on Friday were for some of those folks the first notice they received that other

deals being discussed had been rendered moot.gettyimages-882945942-e1520778588282

There’s no requirement that teams call, for example, a team that the Browns had been talking to about a trade for a quarterback, cornerback, or

receiver before doing a deal that makes it clear that the talks are off, but it’s the kind of thing that can leave people a little miffed about the

way things went down.

The Browns may not care. After winning one game in two years, they’re on a mission to dramatically improve the team. If as the Browns bust their

asses to get better others get upset that a little sweat has buy nike nfl jerseys cheap been splashed on them, they’ll get over it. It’s far more important for the Browns to

get past 0-16.