Texans hire James Liipfert as college scouting director

The New England pipeline to Houston is flowing again.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are hiring Patriots national scout James Liipfert as their new director of college scouting.

Liipfert has been with the Patriots the last nine seasons, which means he worked alongside Texans head coach Bill O’Brien there. Liipfert began there as a scouting assistant in 2009.

Even before this past season, Miller’s career had been disrupted by untimely injuries, but he’d found a way in recent years to catch on with the Bears. From 2015-17, he caught 101 passes for 1,161 yards and 11 touchdowns in 33 games. Now, he’s trying to make his way back onto the field after undergoing at least nine surgeries since the injury. It’s not yet known if he’ll be able to do so, and the Bears brought in free agent tight end Trey Burton this offseason to pair with 2017 second-round pick Adam Shaheen. Meanwhile, the league tweaked the always-confusing catch rule this offseason. Under the new rules, Miller’s near-touchdown would’ve been ruled a touchdown.

Prosecutors forged ahead with the case anyway, telling the grand jury that Sanders implicated Greene and that video existed of Greene handing over the gun. Neither the surveillance video nor video of the interview with Sanders were played for the grand jury, McMahon said.

The grand jury’s entire review of the case took 11 minutes, and 5 of those minutes were instructions given to the jury, the attorney said.

Prosecutors presented manufactured, fabricated evidence to the grand jury, the suit states. Defendants knew that this charge was completely and utterly unsupported by probable cause, and a total fabrication contradicted by physical evidence, documentary evidence, other witnesses and even (Sanders).

Khaseem Greene, left, with his attorney Josh McMahon during a June 2017 hearing.

Greene was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2013 and played in 25 games over two seasons before he was cut by the team. The Kansas City Chiefs later signed him to a contract which allowed him to compete for a roster spot during summer training camp.

No option for Laken Tomlinson, but 49ers interested in deal

The 49ers had two decisions to make about fifth-year options on 2015 first-round picks by May 3 of this year.

They exercised the option on defensive lineman Arik Armstead‘s contract, but, as expected, they will not do the same with guard Laken Tomlinson. That doesn’t mean Tomlinson will be out the door after the 2018 season, however.

Routines got watered down to look better for the girls who couldn’t really dance, she says.

If you gained a little bit of weight or if you didn’t sell enough calendars, you weren’t going on the field.

Everything but your ability determined whether you got to dance or not.

At most high school and college programs, cheerleaders and dancers are considered part of the athletic program and treated like any other student-athlete.

“I think he’s got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder to prove some people and naysayers wrong,” Ballard said on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Bill Polian and Alex Marvez. “That’s a beautiful thing with a quarterback that I think is top five in this league.”

Ballard did his part to help Luck by picking a pair of offensive linemen early in the first two rounds of the draft and four skill position players later in the process. When Luck will be able to do everything on the field with those new teammates remains unclear — Ballard said he hopes “we’ll be ready to roll come training camp” — and Luck will be able to keep building that chip until that point comes.

Is it Flacco’s responsibility to help Jackson take his job?

Jackson may become the starter at some point this year, particularly if Flacco gets hurt, or it could happen in 2019 or 2020 but regardless of when it happens (and it seems clear it will happen someday), is it Flacco’s responsibility to get the kid ready to take his job from him?

Yes, Josh McCown has said he’s eager to help Sam Darnold, the New York Jets ’ first-round draft pick, in any way he can.broncos_130_f9d4167b136da44f-180x180

They will keep winning the AFC and reaching Super Bowls as long as Brady can still play, and there’s little indication he’s going to slow down any time soon.

This is hardly the first time a coach and quarterback haven’t gotten along. John Elway and coach Dan Reeves despised each other but still went to three Super Bowls together. Terry Bradshaw hated Chuck Noll, and they won four titles.

Sanders issued a tweet in support of Haspel and rebuking her detractors on Capitol Hill late Saturday afternoon.

There is no one more qualified to be the first woman to lead the CIA than 30+ year CIA veteran Gina Haspel, she tweeted. Any Democrat who claims to support women’s empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite.

Giuliani says Trump doesn’t have to comply with a Mueller subpoena and could invoke the Fifth Amendment

President Trump would not have to comply with a subpoena issued by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and could invoke the Fifth Amendment if he does sit down with him, one of his lawyers said Sunday.

Highsmith also admitted that he wasn’t a big fan of Josh Allen due to the quarterback’s inaccuracy. Since completing passes is 75 percent of a quarterback’s job, it makes sense that Highsmith didn’t want the Browns to take Allen.

When the topic of Josh Rosen came up, Highsmith hinted that Rosen dropped on his board because of a strange encounter that the Browns executive had with the UCLA volleyball team.

I was at an airport, Highsmith said. UCLA’s volleyball team was in front of me. You heard so much about Rosen. He’s this or that. We all know how people talk. So I asked one of the volleyball coaches, ‘What’s Rosen like?’ He said, ‘Aaaaa, you should probably ask his girlfriend. She’s one of the players. She’s over there.’ I’m like, ‘All right coach. That’s good enough.’

At that point, the story abruptly ends with Highsmith making a bizarre observation about Rosen completely based on his encounter with the UCLA coach.

I don’t know what all this means, but there was something about him that bothered me, Highsmith said.

So what exactly happened at the airport?tigers_052-115x115

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