Tom Brady will attend minicamp despite OTA absence, Robert Kraft says

Tom Brady was absent at the Patriots’ organized team activities this week, but owner Robert Kraft doesn’t seem too concerned.

Biggest breaks: The Lions haven’t had a losing record at home since 2012, and that should help against tough opponents such as the Patriots, Panthers, Rams and Seahawks. Detroit also has won four of its last five Thanksgiving games despite last year’s loss to Minnesota.

“I mean, I talked to our guys, our personnel people. People know him. He’s a fabulous guy. It’s great for Detroit,” he was quoted as saying.

A grand jury in Texas indicted Patricia in 1996, but the case was dismissed in 1997 after his accuser refused to testify in court.

Patricia categorically denied the allegation the day after the Detroit News reported it on May 9. “I did nothing wrong,” he said at a news conference.

The NFL later announced it would not discipline Patricia or the Lions over the allegations.

San Francisco (actually Santa Clara) hosted Super Bowl 50 as part of the “if you build it, they will come” new stadium quid pro quo. San Francisco (actually Santa Clara) now wants another one.

Defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril are gone, as is cornerback Richard Sherman, and strong safety Kam Chancellor’s career is in jeopardy after a neck injury. The difference-makers left over from those Seattle defenses that you remember dominating the league amount to off-ball linebackers and free safety Earl Thomas, who has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason.

Seattle hasn’t made it out of the divisional round in three seasons, and it missed the playoffs completely last year. With a regressing defense and a struggling offensive line, quarterback Russell Wilson will have to shoulder the load in hero-ball fashion for the team to even have a chance at the playoffs this year.

Why should the Seahawks be neck and neck with a 2017 playoff team like the Tennessee Titans odds-wise? Unless a defensive unit or an offensive line group collectively picks up the pace unexpectedly, this isn’t a contending team.cowboys_078

Tom Brady mercilessly skewered over Met Gala ensemble

The Twitterverse had a field day Monday night, mercilessly skewering Tom Brady over his all-black ensemble at the annual Met Gala.

Ditching his tried-and-true jacket and bow tie for a black turtleneck and a embroidered lapel from Versace, the Patriots quarterback received high marks from E!’s Fashion Police, as he and supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen paid homage to the event’s Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination theme.

But in the holy grail of sports, however, the online opinion matters most.

Tom Brady just has to have the tough conversations with Giselle and say, ‘Look it, I will pick my own damn suit to wear — just once ok #metgala, one user commented.

The Saints will lean heavily on Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara during Ingram’s absence. The depth behind Kamara those four weeks could be a bigger question. NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reported the team doesn’t plan to add a veteran. Instead, they’ll lean on their current cast, including sixth-round rookie Boston Scott. Behind Ingram and Kamara, the reserve backs saw few totes in 2017. Trey Edmunds led the way with nine total carries.

Expect Kamara to see the boatload of carries until Ingram returns in Week 5.

He’s got his confidence back, Green said. The way he’s working this offseason is unbelievable. He’s healthy and explosive again.

This could be a huge boost for the Bengals’ passing game if Ross is any bit of the player that the team is hoping to have in the fold.

Unfortunately, it looks like he’ll again cede early-down work to a bigger, veteran back. When this question was posed to me on Twitter, one commenter suggested Joe Mixon as a breakout candidate. Mixon frustrated the heck out of fantasy owners last year by averaging a mere 3.5 yards per carry but at least he had the benefit of volume. Only two rookies—Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette —earned more carries than Mixon last season. That’s impressive, especially considering he played all of 38 snaps in Weeks 1 and 2 before the Bengals fired in-over-his-head offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. The former Oklahoma Sooner saved the best for last though, averaging a robust 5.02 yards per carry over his final four games.sharks-024