You can curate a Twitter list [url=http://www.neworleanssaintsteamonline.com]Saints Authentic Jerseys[/url] , subscribe to all the news updates in the B/R app or watch the sports ticker nonstop and still miss the most relevant news coming out of NFL organized team activities. That’s where we come in.Let’s take a look around the league at the biggest stories, hottest buzz and the thoughts of the NFL decision-makers observing the workouts.聽 聽聽Edelmans Suspension Is Just a Drop in the Bucket for New England1 of 7Elise Amendola/Associated PressThe New England Patriots can’t catch a break this offseason鈥攂ut I’m not sure many hearts broke outside of New England when聽ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates聽reported聽that wide receiver Julian Edelman will be suspended four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.Now what?聽The Patriots don’t have Brandin Cooks to fall back on now that he’s been traded to the Los Angeles Rams. That leaves Chris Hogan, Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett, Jordan Matthews and Malcolm Mitchell to fill Edelman’s role for four games.But let’s be real: The Patriots lost Tom Brady to a four-game suspension in 2016 and still went 3-1. This is a team that might be impervious to bad news. Even without Edelman鈥攁gainst the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins鈥攊t’s likely they’ll still win out. That’s what having the greatest head coach鈥擝ill Belichick鈥攁nd greatest quarterback of all time gets you.Losing Edelman hurts, but it’s not the Patriot killer the rest of the NFL will hope it is.聽Spotlight Is on Watson and Mahomes, but Trubisky Is the One to Watch2 of 7Nam Y. Huh/Associated PressMany thought Deshaun Watson was an MVP candidate during his six starts for the Houston Texans last year. Patrick Mahomes has been the talk of OTAs, and the eyes of the Kansas City Chiefs fanbase are all on him in hopes he’ll get them to the Super Bowl that Alex Smith couldn’t deliver. But what about the quarterback drafted No. 2 overall in 2017?Mitch Trubisky has been a forgotten name nationwide as we head into the 2018 season, but after talking to folks with the Chicago Bears, it’s clear they know he’s poised for a breakout campaign.Not only is Trubisky heading into year two after learning both on the sidelines and on the field last season, but he’s also gaining the expertise of new head coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich. That, plus the addition of wide receiver Allen Robinson and a healthy offensive line, have Bears personnel amped for what Trubisky can do this season. Sources are saying he could break out in a big way.聽That’s to take nothing away from Watson and Mahomes. League insiders can’t contain the excitement that Watson might be a top-10 NFL quarterback at season’s end. With Mahomes, as I wrote in the past few weeks, you can’t talk to anyone in Kansas City without realizing they are giddy for his first season as a starter.With Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees [url=http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-robert-griffin-iii-jersey]Ravens Robert Griffin III Jersey[/url] , Eli Manning and Philip Rivers nearing the ends of their careers, maybe it’ll be the three first-rounders from 2017 who rise up to take their places?Should the Cowboys Bring Back Dez?3 of 7Chris Szagola/Associated PressDeion Sanders thinks the Dallas Cowboys should bring back Dez Bryant鈥攁 player the team recently released. But do the Cowboys think they should bring him back?”Would you get back with your ex-wife?” is how one Cowboys source answered my question regarding whether they’d consider bringing back Bryant. (I’ll take that as a no.)Why wouldn’t they consider it? Per the source, Bryant was “a headache” last season with his mood swings and poor work ethic. That’s been Bryant’s modus operandi since he entered the NFL in 2010, but in 2017 his play dropped off to a point where the team no longer wanted to deal with his behavior. That’s all according to a source with Dallas’ football operations department.Bryant is one of the NFL’s best receivers over the last 10 years, but he hasn’t had a 1,000-yard receiving season since 2014. He’s also expected to command starter’s money if and when he does sign. For the return on investment, Bryant isn’t worth it.What Does Shane Rays Injury Mean to the Broncos?4 of 7David Zalubowski/Associated PressIn the last year, Denver Broncos pass-rusher Shane Ray has undergone four surgeries on his left wrist. His most recent one is expected to sideline him for at least three months, according to Schefter. With Ray in a contract year and with pass-rusher and No. 5 overall pick Bradley Chubb’s arrival, what does all this mean?Ray was selected No. 23 overall in the 2015 NFL draft with the idea he could eventually replace DeMarcus Ware. Following an eight-sack season in 2016, Ray looked like he was breaking out. Then his wrist injury happened, and he had just one sack in 2017.聽Unfortunately, because of injuries, Ray may never realize the potential he showed coming out of Missouri as a speedy edge-rusher who was ideal for the Denver defense. With Chubb in the fold and Von Miller locking down one side, Ray could be looking at a new location for 2019.How will this affect the Broncos? Miller is one of the best pass-rushers ever, so they’re fine on that side. Chubb was widely considered to be the best defensive prospect in the 2018 draft and should slide right into a starting pass-rushing role.Is Teddy Bridgewater This Years Sleeper Quarterback?5 of 7Julio Cortez/Associated PressRust Cohle would say the NFL is a flat circle. He would be right.Two years ago the Philadelphia Eagles traded presumed starter Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings for a first- and fourth-round pick on Labor Day weekend, clearing the way for rookie Carson Wentz to be the starting quarterback. Minnesota made the move to replace an injured Teddy Bridgewater. Now, in 2018, it’s Bridgewater who could be a late upgrade should a starter go down [url=http://www.pittsburghsteelersteamstore.com/customized]Customized Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys[/url] , clearing the way for rookie Sam Darnold.Observations from reporters at Jets workouts聽(via CBSSports.com’s Jared Dubin) have all been positive regarding Bridgewater, leading to speculation that he Over five seasons as ace of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gerrit Cole threw one of the game’s hardest, heaviest fastballs, and he threw it often. The pitch helped him make millions of dollars. It put him in contention for major awards. Hitters swung through it again and again, and Cole seemed content not to mess with a good thing.
But when Cole was traded to the Houston Astros this offseason, a funny thing happened. He became more frugal with his fastball and ended up more overpowering than ever.
Cole has joined some of the game’s best pitchers – including Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw – in benefiting from a puzzling baseball paradox: In an era when pitchers are throwing harder than ever, they’re maximizing success by using fewer fastballs.
Pitchers – even ones with blazing fastballs like Luis Severino and Chris Archer – are using more offspeed than ever recorded, and while many aces think the downturn is a trend, some believe baseball could be entering a new age dominated not by 100 mph heaters, but by a steady stream of breaking balls and changeups.
So why is the hardest-throwing generation of pitchers ever going the way of the junk-baller?
Depends who you ask, but one culprit stands out to Cole, Kluber and Kershaw: baseball’s swing-changing batters.
”You can call it launch angle, or you can call it the upper cuts,” Cole said. ”There are a lot of swings that are dictating breaking balls.”
Cole’s move away from a fastball-first approach is striking given the reputation of his hardest pitch. He topped out at 99 mph as an ace at UCLA, and his fastball was the headliner on a resume that earned him an $8 million signing bonus as the first overall draft pick in 2011 by Pittsburgh. Under the guidance of Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage, Cole pounded the bottom of the strike zone with that heater, and for years, it worked. He was an All-Star and finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2015 [url=http://www.billscheapstore.com/harrison-phillips-jersey-cheap]Harrison Phillips Jersey Bills[/url] , and was considered among the game’s most overpowering starting pitchers.
Then baseball’s flyball revolution took flight – a movement of hitters using upper-cut swings designed to crush exactly the kinds of sinking fastballs Cole was delivering. After never allowing more than 11 home runs in a season, Cole was tagged for 31 last year.
So it was time to change things up.
From 2013-17, Cole threw his fastball 65 percent of the time – well above the league average. But this year, he’s cut that fastball rate by about 10 points, replacing those heaters with sliders and curveballs. The new look is working. Cole is 8-1 with a 2.59 ERA through 15 starts and leads the American League with 138 strikeouts.
”I think you’re just continually trying to mess timing up, especially when guys are trying to slug,” Cole said. ”When they’re trying to hit it out of the park every time, you have an easier time changing speeds.”
Kluber and Kershaw have made similar adjustments in the past couple years. Both Cy Young winners rank among the league leaders in fewest fastballs thrown this season.
”Guys are geared up to swing for a fastball,” Kluber said. ”I guess it’s almost rare now to see somebody actually, like, go the other way with the breaking ball.”
Kluber has set a career low with a fastball rate of 41.8 percent this season. Same for Kershaw, who has dropped from a 72-percent fastball clip in 2010 all the way to 42.8 percent in an injury-hampered 2018.
”The hitters tell you what you need to do,” Kershaw said. ”And for me, I guess it’s been throwing a lot more breaking balls.”
Cole, Kluber and Kershaw suspect the tide will turn back, perhaps soon, once hitters recalibrate to the number of four-seam fastballs pitchers are throwing up in the strike zone.
But Trevor Bauer, Kluber’s analytically-minded teammate in Cleveland, thinks the offspeed uptick is only going to spread.
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”No,” Bauer recalled telling Allen. ”He should never throw a fastball.”
Bauer’s theory is that the threat of a 100 mph fastball might be more dangerous to hitters than the fastballs themselves.
”As guys throw harder, guys have less and less time to hit that offering,” Bauer said. ”So they have to speed up in order to catch up to it, which, that makes the breaking ball more effective.”
Hitters are left picking between two nasty poisons – risk being behind on triple-digit fastballs, or jeopardize taking ugly swings on breaking pitches as they dart out of the strike zone.
Veteran slugger Todd Frazier was with the Yankees last year when New York’s hard-throwing bullpen led by Betances, Aroldis Chapman and Chad Green overpowered hitters while also posting the lowest fastball rate in the majors.
”I have to set my feet for 98 mph, and understand I might get 84-88 mph slider,” said Frazier, now with the New York Mets. ”It makes it tougher on you.”
And yet, Frazier and his fellow hitters aren’t close to jumping off their fastball-first approach.
”The baseline of hitting is the fastball,” Mets teammate Jay Bruce said. ”You have to stay on the fastball. For me personally, that’s what my timing of th.