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Khalil Mack doesn’t report to start of Raiders’ OTAs

The Oakland Raiders open workouts under coach Jon Gruden on Monday without a key member of the defense present.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported pass rusher Khalil Mack is not in the building to kick off offseason conditioning, according to team sources. Rapoport adds it’s an unusual move for Mack.

The guess is the Yankees will go with Gray, then give German a first career start on regular rest next Friday for a series opener in Detroit.

Two double plays saved Montgomery from further damage. He left in the fifth after Danny Valencia hit a two-run, one-out homer to left on an 0-2, middle-of-the-plate curveball that pulled the Orioles to within a run at 5-4.

From there, German came on and used his mid-90s fastball to strike out five over 2 2/3 innings, but he allowed three runs in his 53-pitch outing, the first in the sixth on a two-out hit by Manny Machado and then two more when Santander homered in the seventh.

Head coach Jason Garrett insisted the goal is to get the five best offensive linemen on the field in 2018. Collins’ future earning potential gives him an incentive to want to remain at tackle. Whether he’s moved back inside will likely depend on whether Fleming or newly signed guard Marcus Martin earns his way into the top 5 rotation.

Five NFL teams with new head coaches open Phase 1 of offseason workouts today: Detroit Lions , Indianapolis Colts , New York Giants , Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans.

The quintet joins the Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears , who began their program last week. The rest of the league kicks off their workouts April 16.

Phase 1 of the offseason program spans two weeks, and limits activities to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. Lions , Colts , Giants , Raiders and Titans players will begin working out at the team facility, and not much else for the next two weeks. Phase 1 is voluntary for players.

NFL Draft 2018: Will Giants regret passing on QB? It could be Super Bowl or bust

Imagine this scenario: Running back Saquon Barkley, defensive end Bradley Chubb , offensive guard Quenton Nelson all turn out to be annual Pro Bowlers with Hall of Fame potential.

At least two of the quarterbacks available at the top of the 2018 NFL Draft go on to have excellent careers, too.

Essentially, the Giants can’t get stuck with a bust at No. 2.

If that is the case, will they live to regret passing over a quarterback for the top-ranked player at another position just because of the premium value placed on quarterback?

“I don’t think you ever regret taking a great player,” Jeremiah said. “But when you look at the opportunity that exists right now — you’ve got a 37-year-old quarterback and you’ve got a pretty good group (of quarterbacks in the draft), and you are picking up there with a chance to get one — it’s tough to pass.”

The Cowboys and Jaguars both made big leaps forward after drafting Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette with top five picks in the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts, respectively.

However, the Cowboys’ rise also had a lot to do with a vaunted offensive line and an unexpected rookie steal at quarterback, while the Jaguars boasted one of the NFL’s best defenses.

“A position player outside of quarterback can certainly be impactful,” Brooks said. “It really depends on the way the team is constructed. I’m not necessarily on board that a quarterback is the only guy who can move the needle for a squad.”

That now seems like eons ago.

Davis revealed Friday that he received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. That makes him yet another example of how while you are at work or Netflix and chilling, there is a battle brewing in the NFL every second of every day over PEDs.

Thomas tweeted out a video to “share the news”:

“I was completely caught off-guard by this. I’ve never in any way done anything to try to intentionally cheat the game. It’s one of those situations where the NFL rules are clear. They state that you are responsible as a player for what you put in your body.

Israel’s top team dismisses Glen Rice Jr. for punching teammate

Fox and ESPN can’t hire play-by-play announcers for TNF and MNF until Manning makes his decision. Why? Because No. 18 will have veto power over who he works with in the broadcast booth, said sources.

That’s why ESPN hasn’t announced the successor to former MNF play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough. Even though the New York Post reports Joe Tessitore is expected to get the job.

Jaden Schwartz had a power-play goal and Brayden Schenn scored with 38.4 seconds remaining for the Blues, who saw their playoff appearance streak halted at six straight seasons.

The Blues arrived in town late following a 4-1 win in Chicago on Friday night. They sent Allen to the Mile High City early so he would be better rested for the big game. Allen made one diving save after another to keep things close. He even played through a tweaked hamstring he suffered in the game.

“Any other game I probably would have went out but this a game we needed to win,” Allen said.

St. Louis was dealt a blow midway through the first period when leading goal-scorer Vladimir Tarasenko left with an upper-body injury. He didn’t return.

“He was very disappointed,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said.

Upton’s two-run homer in the fourth was his third in four games and his second of this weekend series. He added a double in the sixth, giving him five hits in six at-bats since Friday.

Mike Trout went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and a double-play groundout, dropping to 1 for 18 on the Angels’ homestand. The two-time AL MVP is batting .184 after nine games.

Trayce Thompson joined the A’s at Angel Stadium after Oakland claimed him off waivers from the Yankees earlier in the week. The former Dodgers outfielder is from Orange County, as is his brother, Golden State Warriors’ All-Star Klay Thompson. He’ll return to Dodger Stadium next week when the A’s play a two-game interleague series.

After Parker Bridwell flopped Friday in his first start of the season and left the Angels short of fresh arms, Los Angeles optioned him and infielder Nolan Fontana to Triple-A Salt Lake. The Angels also recalled infielder Ryan Schimpf and right-hander Akeel Morris, who threw 2 1/3 solid relief innings in his Angels debut. Schimpf struck out to end the game as a pinch-hitter in his own Angels debut.

NFL free agent news: Rams ink DT Ndamukong Suh on 1-year deal

Ndamukong Suh is taking his talents to the West Coast.

The defensive tackle reached agreement with Los Angeles Rams on a one-year deal, the team announced Monday. ESPN says the contract is worth $14 million.

“We are excited have Ndamukong as a part of the Los Angeles Rams,” general manager Les Snead said in a statement. “He’s been an outstanding player in this league and we are looking forward to him being a part of our defense.”

“Shabazz played a (great) game all night long, played in attack mode … got to his strengths in the paint,” forward Khris Middleton said.

The Bucks led comfortably the rest of the way to close out the regular season at the Bradley Center. A new arena is scheduled to open in the fall on an adjacent lot in downtown Milwaukee.

Magic: Asked for his memories at the Bradley Center, Vogel recalled a time when then-Celtics coach Rick Pitino got into an argument with guard Dee Brown off the court while Vogel was Boston’s video coordinator. “Not a … fight but just a (verbal) flare-up,” Vogel said.

It was a slim possiblity, but it could have happened.

Now the question is which quarterback do they take? The top guys in the draft are (in no particular order) USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.

So which one do they want? We’ll have to wait until April 26 to find out.

The 40-year-old Ginobili had back-to-back 3-pointers followed by a right-handed layup against Al-Farouq Aminu to turn a four-point game into a 101-89 lead.

“That’s why he’s a Hall of Famer, he hasn’t really lost a step,” Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum said. “His shot’s still good. He’s still able to get to that left hand, and even tonight he finished two right-hand shots that are pretty high degree of difficulty, one scoop in the lane and another scoop going out of bounds.”

McCollum finished with 17 points for Portland.

Aaron Donald’s offseason training includes battling against knives

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is a terror on the field. In four NFL seasons he has earned three All-Pro selections and the 2017 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award.

Somehow, Donald has been able to make himself seem even more terrifying this offseason, thanks to a recent training video.

Their best run was a three-game win streak, all on the road, while the Sabres went winless over four or more games seven times, including an 0-5-2 skid from Nov. 10-22.

The reality of how bad the Sabres were set in at the midpoint of the season for defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.

“It was around Christmas and we were done, and we still had 40 games to play,” Ristolainen said. “Everyone wants to make the playoffs so bad, and we weren’t even close.”

Eichel led Buffalo with a career-best 25 goals and 64 points, despite missing 15 games with a sprained right ankle. Much more is expected next season when Eichel’s eight-year, $80 million contract kicks in.

“I was able to remember being attacked,” said Sapp, who later was found lying unconscious inside the garage.

Testimony came on the second day of Jonathan Coleman’s second trial on one count of felonious assault. The first trial ended in November with jurors unable to reach a verdict.

Corey Coleman was never charged in the beating and hasn’t been called to testify as a witness. His roommate pleaded guilty to an attempted felonious assault charge.

Corey Coleman’s attorney told Cleveland.com on Tuesday that his client never denied that he was in the stairwell but maintains that he never touched Sapp.

Kane didn’t look like his usual self that game but said it was important to get rid of some “cobwebs” before the playoffs started and he gets the chance to back up his belief that he can thrive at this time of year.

Detroit Lions’ Ziggy Ansah has no immediate plans to sign franchise tag

When the Detroit Lions used the franchise tag on Cliff Avril in 2012, the defensive end decided not to sign his tender until August so he could enjoy his son’s first birthday at home.

Avril missed eight days of training camp that year, and eventually left for the Seattle Seahawks in free agency the next spring.

The Lions used the tag last month for the first time since Avril, and while defensive end Ziggy Ansah has no immediate plans to sign his tender, his situation is not expected to approach Avril levels.

The talented and well-balanced Los Angeles Chargers have underachieved in each of the last two seasons, but they might be due for a breakout year.

The Bolts ranked in the top 12 on both sides of the ball in terms of DVOA in 2017, and they had the top points differential total in the AFC West. That should have resulted in 10 or 11 wins, according to Football Outsiders’ Pythagorean wins formula, but they settled for nine after an 0-4 start that included three losses that came by a combined seven points.

Quarterback Philip Rivers gets the lion’s share of the attention coming off another Pro Bowl season, but Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are only going to get better as an elite pass-rushing duo, the secondary is one of the best in football, the offensive backfield and receiving corps are jacked and an improving offensive line should be even better with second-year second-round pick Forrest Lamp healthy and veteran center Mike Pouncey joining the fray.

Robert Kraft: Patriots’obviously’ must draft QB soon

After trading Jimmy Garoppolo last season, the New England Patriots have no apparent succession plan for the ageless, dominant GOAT, Tom Brady.

Although the Rams’ reported interest in Beckham is believed to be genuine, no team has overwhelmed Gettleman with an offer this week.

Perhaps that’s because a Beckham trade is such a steep investment in terms of draft resources, contract value and publicity. A more realistic return, several league executives suggested to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, would be a pair of second-round picks or something in that neighborhood — as opposed to multiple first-round picks.

Absent a godfather offer from another team, Beckham will be catching passes from Eli Manning this season.

Unless Gettleman is bluffing in a high-stakes leverage game.

Everyone really felt like this was a necessary step, something that after really hearing the experts talk that we can clearly identify and point to the officials as to how to see this — and then our ability to confirm it in New York if there is an ejection, Payton said.

The NFL took its strongest step toward taking the helmet out of hitting by increasing the penalty for dangerous and potentially career-threatening plays.

When you look at some of the older guys that played this game and the condition that they’re in now — what it is, it’s to protect some of these guys [current players] from when they get older going through the same thing, former Redskins quarterback Doug Williams told The Post.

The next step is educating players, coaches and fans on which hits will lead to ejections and which will not. Until the NFL provides that information, prognosticating the expanded rule’s influence remains conjecture.

NFL GM on Rob Gronkowski: Don’t discount the Rams

Most of the talk surrounding the up-and-coming Los Angeles Rams has involved the idea of them bringing in Odell Beckham Jr. in a trade with the New York Giants. Now that others have joined the Rams in the OBJ sweepstakes, we have no real idea how that situation is going to play out.

But in an interesting turn of events, at least one NFL general manager thinks that the Rams could ultimately end up landing New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski instead of Beckham.

That’s life when you make one of the biggest shots in school history. Townes drained a 3-pointer from the corner with six second left to cement the team’s Sweet 16 upset over Nevada. Even Sister Jean, now the most famous nun in sports, had Loyola marked down for a loss in her bracket at that point.

I haven’t really stopped to think about how historic that shot was, but it was a pretty big moment and I’ll never forget that the rest of my life, Townes said. You dream about being in March Madness and hitting a big shot like that.

In Bleacher Report’s latest 2018 NBA mock draft, the Knicks landed Oklahoma point guard Trae Young with the ninth overall pick in the first round.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen Young mocked to the Knicks, but this one came with a twist that could potentially lead New York down this path when the actual selections start flying off the board in June: Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr. went in the top six.

Carter, compared to a young Al Horford, has been a popular pick to New York in the back half of the top 10. If he’s off the board, a point guard like Alabama’s Collin Sexton or Young could make sense for the Knicks.

NBADraft.net compared Young to one of the best shooters of all time.

Ex-NFL VP of refs describes one huge problem with the league’s new targeting rule

One of the biggest surprises of the NFL’s Annual League Meeting last week came when the league’s 32 owners unanimously voted to pass a new rule that prohibits players from lowering their helmets to initiate contact.

Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards — and could be subject to ejection — anytime he lowers his head and uses his helmet to initiate contact against an opponent. Despite the fact that the rule was put in place for player safety, multiple players, including Josh Norman and Richard Sherman, have already come out and ripped the new rule.

Sure, they upgraded at left tackle by trading for Cordy Glenn, but that acquisition—plus the addition of steady linebacker Preston Brown—isn’t enough. The Bengals still lack game-changing players and are putting too much on the shoulders of quarterback Andy Dalton, wide receiver A.J. Green and defensive linemen Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson.

Dalton has regressed, trouble-making linebacker Vontaze Burfict does more harm than good (and faces another suspension to start the season), the defense lacks teeth altogether (it ranked 30th with just 14 takeaways in 2017) and Glenn’s presence won’t fix a mediocre offensive line.

The Bengals have a better chance at falling to the AFC North basement than slaying the Steelers or Ravens.

Go for it often on fourth down Sure, if that’s what the analytics say.

Use RPOs, otherwise known as run-pass options Definitely. If a non-mobile quarterback like Nick Foles can do it, then certainly just about anyone can.

That’s what happens when you win the Super Bowl. Everyone wants to duplicate your success.

So how do the Eagles stay one step ahead of the competition That’s what Pederson and the Eagles are trying to figure out. In fact, Pederson said he has already started planning offensive schemes with his assistants.

That’s all we do in the mornings, Pederson said. We spend all our time on the offense right now. We’re still working through our scheme…. We’re cranking through the offense still.

Report: Chris Baker signing with Bengals

Defensive lineman Chris Baker has agreed to a one-year deal with Cincinnati, via Chick Hernandez of NBC Sports Washington.

Baker, who is down to 300 pounds, has passed his physical, via Hernandez.

The Bucs signed Baker to a three-year, $15.75 million contract, with $6 million guaranteed, during the 2017 offseason. But Baker, who made only 33 tackles in 15 games, didn’t prove a fit in any way, and the Bucs elected to save $4.88 million with his release.

The last three years, Willson shared the field with five-time Pro Bowler Jimmy Graham. The two developed a close bond and Willson praised his former teammate for elevating his approach.

“I think the biggest thing that I picked up from Jimmy was the effort he put into his body and his preparation off the field,” Willson said. “I thought I was dedicated years ago. Then I met Jimmy and I realized there was a whole other level I had to get myself to.”

That’s not because he was thrilled with the effort he put forth at the combine, however. Ridley told Kimberly Jones of NFL Media that he wasn’t happy with how he ran the 40 he posted a 4.43 time or other drills even if he doesn’t see the point of some of them.

I don’t get into a receiver stance and broad jump before I run a route, Ridley said. Whoever gets me is getting a great er, Ridley said. бн I know I can beat all those scores by a lot, but I was trying to get ready for my 40, which I was upset about, too. I didn’t have a great combine, not like I wanted to. I should’ve gone in there and just run the 40 and run routes, and done all the other stuff here. бн Mistake.

Ridley also told Jones that he still feels like he is the best receiver in the draft and draft analysts agree with that ranking as we move closer to the start of the first round in April.

The nightmares from NFC West quarterbacks have become a reality. The Los Angeles Rams and All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh have agreed to a one-year contract, the team announced , meaning he will join forces with reigning Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald .