Murphy’s Weekly 9-13 March 2015

Finally getting back into a groove here, so here’s the programming for the week. Three days, you decide, just don’t do them consecutive. Two days in a row is fine, but have on rest day or more in there somewhere.

Day1

Murphy’s Warmup including shoulder dislocates with PVC and depth-drop pushups

Strength:
5-rep Max of the Day – Strict Press
(start with empty bar and don’t increase more than 10# between sets if your max is over 145#, don’t increase by more than 5# if you’re max is under 145#.)

Single-handed dumbbell press, 4×8, work on balanced and rigid core.

Conditioning:
5 rounds 500m Row, 2-3 minutes rest between rounds

Skill:
3 x 10 perfect pushups +25 situps each round

Day 2

Murphy’s Warmup including back extensions and PVC bent-over rows for upper back activation and warmup

Strength:
5-rep Max of the Day – Sumo Deadlift, no more than 10# increases

4×10 bent-over row with 25% 5-rep max of the day, or empty barbell, whichever is greater

Conditioning:
3 rounds
15 KB Swings
15 Burpees
Run 200m

Skill: Pullups 5 rounds max reps or descending ladder (5, 4, 3, 2 1, etc.)

Day 3

Murphy’s Warmup plus jumping PVC squats

Strength:

3-rep max of the day – mid-to-high-bar back squat, <10# increases, and concentrate on straight back throughout.
4×10 jumping squats with barbell

Conditioning:
5x200m sprint, full recovery between (3-5 minutes)

Skill:
3 rounds of 1:00 plank hold
Finish with 30 situps

One scout said we might be missing the forest for the trees.

On the field, Rosen can get lost in trying to be a hero. He tries to make throws that are late, which results in interceptions or passes batted down at the line of scrimmage—both of which are concerning. He’s also not the athlete Mayfield, Allen or Darnold are in terms of pocket mobility.

Injuries have been an issue for Rosen. As a freshman, he stayed off the injury report, but as a sophomore, he played in just six games before a shoulder injury that required minor surgery shut him down. Coming back as a junior in 2017, Rosen missed two games after suffering two concussions. Those issues, more than any perceived character problems, might precipitate a draft-night drop.

Bears fortunate to be sitting out the 2018 QB dance fever More It’s not easy to feel truly sorry for higher-ups with NFL teams, if for no other reason than the salaries that come with jobs that a whole lot of people would pay to do. But along with the escalating interest and buzz developing in the final run-up to the 2018 draft comes an inevitable and understandably rising level of tension, particularly with teams whose mission statement includes line in boldface type: Find a quarterback – now.

A supreme athlete with outstanding ball skills, he is unmatched in this class in terms of his ability to stay in a receiver’s hip pocket. A lack of ideal size might be his only notable shortcoming, as bigger receivers could prove challenging in press coverage. Projected: potential top 10

2. Josh Jackson, Iowa (6-0, 196): In his first year as a starter, he established himself as a dominant defensive back with a Football Bowl Subdivision high of eight interceptions. Jackson’s rare ball skills and aggressive mindset could make quarterbacks hesitate when deciding whether to throw his way.

3. Jaire Alexander, Louisville (5-10, 196): Something of a forgotten man in 2017 after missing about half the season with knee and hand injuries, he put himself squarely back into the conversation of the draft’s top corners with a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the combine and a smooth run in position drills.dolphins_085

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets LIVE SCORE UPDATES Game 1

The Minnesota Timberwolves meet the  Houston Rockets in Game 1 of a best-of-seven  Western Conference NBA Playoff series on Sunday, April 15, 2018 (4/15/18) at Toyota Center in Houston Texas.

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So far the trade for Chris Paul to give the Houston Rockets another superstar to help James Harden has worked famously.

Their work in the regular season led the Rockets to a franchise-record 65 wins, their first No. 1 seed and sixth straight playoff appearance. They are looking to win the title for the first time capturing back-to-back championships in 1994-95.

For the 32-year-old Paul, it’s a chance for him to finally shake off years off playoff woes after making nine playoff trips without advancing past the second round. But if he is haunted by the ghosts of playoffs past, he wouldn’t acknowledge it and was dismissive when asked if he thought this was his best chance to win it all.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t think about all that.”

What he and the Rockets do know is that they’re facing a talented team in the eighth-seeded Timberwolves, who had to win their last regular-season game to get into the postseason. They ended the NBA’s longest active playoff drought with their berth, putting them back in the postseason for the first time since 2004 when they lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

Flemington native and Hunterdon Central Regional High School product Jason Cabinda was tasked with defending Barkley every day in practice as a middle linebacker, and says that the multitude of ways that Barkley can beat a defense is what sets him apart from other backs.

“It’s just how versatile he is,” Cabinda told NJ Advance Media. “To me, he’s like a scat-back in a big-back’s body. That’s really the best way to put it.”dolphins_116

Daryl Worley arrested, allegedly found passed out in vehicle

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Daryl Worley was arrested Sunday morning after he was allegedly found passed out inside a vehicle blocking a highway, according to NFL Network.

The Eagles confirmed Worley’s arrest and said they were “in the process of gathering more information.”

The Lions have vowed to field a more legitimate running game in 2018. That should also mean they’re thinking about another offensive line upgrade with this pick, but it would not be shocking if Guice were to be selected this high. He would allow Detroit to officially give up on Ameer Abdullah and would be the workhorse ahead of new veteran backup LeGarrette Blount and pass-catching Theo Riddick.

The Bengals last year paid the price after letting both Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeiter walk in free agency. The offensive line needs to be addressed further after the addition of Cordy Glenn for left tackle. Williams is viewed more as an inside blocker and could start right away at either guard spot.

Rapoport reported that Worley was passed out inside a vehicle blocking an intersection. Law enforcement administered a taser on Worley and recovered a gun at the scene.

Garafolo added the incident occurred near Philadelphia’s team facility.

Worley had not played a snap for the Eagles . The former Carolina Panthers cornerback was traded to Philadelphia this offseason in exchange for receiver Torrey Smith .

The third-year corner started 25 of 31 games played in Carolina, recording 150 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks.

With the Saints and Falcons in the division, the Bucs need to keep their secondary a strength. Ward is just as talented as former Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore, and Tampa Bay with him could make huge strides as a defense.dolphins_014

Corey Grant signs tender with Jaguars

The Jaguars have secured running back Corey Grant‘s return for the 2018 season.

That return may not have been in doubt once they used a second-round restricted free agent tender on Grant earlier this month. That would have required any team interested in signing Grant to send a second-round pick to Jacksonville in addition to getting him to agree to a contract that the Jaguars wouldn’t match.

There is Jay Ajayi, who appears to be the starter, as well as Kenyan Drake, the Dolphins’ third round draft pick, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring issue.But for god’s sake, people, it’s 2017 and we’re still dealing with these guys who are a blight on the game.That also meant carving out two huge stops on Pelicans star, who scored 50 points but only two the final two minutes of the game when New Orleans needed the buckets most.His career here was a little bit up and down, Keeshan told the Guardian.

Foster was charged Thursday with felony domestic violence after being accused of dragging his girlfriend and punching her in the head, leaving her with a ruptured eardrum, authorities said.

Prosecutors said the 24-year-old Foster attacked his girlfriend in February at their Los Gatos home, leaving her bruised and with an injured eardrum.

The 28-year-old woman told responding officers that Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head eight to 10 times.

Foster was also charged with felony possession of an assault weapon and misdemeanor possession of a high-capacity magazine after officers found a Sig Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle in his home while investigating his girlfriend’s domestic violence report.

The Jets’ move to No. 3 cost them a lot, so let’s hope they feel good about the quarterback they want to get. Rosen proved at the Combine he can be the face of a big-market franchise to go along with his immense potential as a pocket passer.seahawks_037

Bruce Arians: Cardinals should take Lamar Jackson at No. 15 overall

Bruce Arians couldn’t wait to wolf down a quick breakfast, shake some hands and pose for some pictures, and then hit the golf course Saturday morning.

The former Cardinals head coach was about to play in his own charity tournament, after all, the fifth annual Arizona Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting the Arians Family Foundation.

“This is the first time I’ve played in it in, gosh, three years,” Arians said.

“No,” Arians said, laughing. “But it was special. It was very special because he’s so special.”

You know what else Arians thinks is pretty special? The Cardinals’ outlook in 2018. Though they’ve missed the playoffs each of the past two seasons and have a brand new coaching staff led by first-year head coach Steve Wilks, who participated in Saturday’s tournament, Arians said there is much to like about this year’s team.

And yes, he said, that includes the two primary quarterbacks on the roster in oft-injured Sam Bradford, who has started all 16 games in a season only twice in seven NFL seasons, and his backup, Mike Glennon, a castoff from the Buccaneers and Bears.

Kelly is expected to continue his recovery in New York for the next two weeks before returning to Buffalo, his wife, Jill, wrote on Instagram:

The cornerback was entering the final year of a five-year contract worth $35 million, though the team will save $6.5 million in salary cap space by cutting him. Rodgers-Cromartie, 31, has 439 combined tackles and 30 interceptions throughout his 11-season career.

In a salary-cap saving move, the Houston Texans released their all-time leading tackler on Feb. 20. Cutting the linebacker will save the Texans $7.6 million against the salary cap. He finishes his time in Houston with 664 career tackles, 13 1/2 sacks, eight interceptions and nine forced fumbles after having being suspended 10 games last season for his second violation of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. seahawks_092

Aaron Donald not expected at Rams offseason program

Aggressive player acquisitions landed the Los Angeles Rams in the headlines this offseason, but the future for their top defensive star has kept them there. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, defensive tackle Aaron Donald plans to skip the team’s voluntary offseason program amid growing consternation over his contract.

Barring a new deal, Donald’s contract carries a cap hit of approximately $6.9 million for 2018, according to Over the Cap . That figure ranks sixth on the Rams defense behind Ndamukong Suh ($14.5 million), Lamarcus Joyner (roughly $11.3 million), Michael Brockers ($11 million), Aqib Talib ($11 million) and Mark Barron ($10 million).

Since entering the league in 2014, Donald has never missed a Pro Bowl and has earned first-team All-Pro honors three times. He has recorded 148 tackles and 39 career sacks, twice leading the league in sacks by a defensive tackle.

According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, who cited unidentified sources, Landry agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth $75.5 million with $47 million guaranteed.

Landry had hoped to get a long-term deal from the Dolphins but instead signed a franchise tag with the team last month before promptly being traded to the Browns, who sent two draft picks to Miami. The deal was for a fourth-round selection in 2018 and a seventh-round selection in 2019.

Landry, 25, had 112 catches for 987 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He has been named to three Pro Bowls in four NFL seasons and caught more than 100 passes twice without ever catching fewer than 84 in a season.

Assuming Cleveland doesn’t draft Barkley in the first round, it would be a good idea to target either LSU’s Derrius Guice or Georgia’s Sony Michel, both of which would add depth to the backfield of Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson. Cleveland should also target offensive line help in the second round and Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey and Pitt’s Brian O’Neill fit that description.seahawks_126

Bengals concerned with Eric Reid kneeling during national anthem, report says

Eric Reid had his first known visit of the free-agency period after becoming an unrestricted free agent last month, but apparently his decision to kneel during the national anthem last season raised concerns for Bengals owner Mike Brown.

Should the Patriots go offensive line in Round 1, the idea of taking Miller could go out the window if Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey is available at No. 23. At defensive line, Ohio State end Sam Hubbard is their type of guy they could take at No. 31. At wide receiver, SMU’s Courtland Sutton would be preferred over Maryland’s D.J. Moore.

The only certainty about New England’s first round is there will be a dramatic twist, whether that’s selecting Jackson or something completely different with both picks.

The Patriots trade up twice. This happened in 2012, when they slid up from No. 27 to No. 21 to land Jones, and then from No. 31 to No. 25 to get Hightower. There’s a feeling the Patriots might pull off another blockbuster to reach the top 10 and take Mayfield, but they are more likely to make more subtle moves if there are one or two players they like at quarterback or a defensive position.

Bennett, who spent 10 seasons in the NFL, isn’t the first player to view marijuana this way. Former NFL offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan shared similar sentiments last summer.

“For people like me, marijuana is a godsend because you don’t want to take these pills,’’ O’Callaghan told USA Today. “Marijuana is not addicting. People who say that have never smoked it. I have an addictive personality. It’s not addictive.’’

Nobody ever said life in the NFL is easy or fair, and Keenum knows that all too well after the Vikings chose free-agent kingpin Kirk Cousins over him. Despite his success and popularity in Minnesota while playing under a one-year, $2 million contract last season, Keenum received lukewarm praise from Mike Zimmer in post-game press conferences. Then there was this zinger from the Vikings’ head coach at the Combine: “Is he the guy when he was with Houston or the Rams, or is he the guy who played for us? Is it because he had a good team around him?”seahawks_014

Giants set to host quarterback prospects in coming days

The draft is drawing closer and the draft’s top quarterbacks are making the rounds with teams in the market for an addition at the position.

Ligotti says he’s the victim of identity theft. In 2013, he wrote a letter complaining to Florida’s Department of Children and Families, the state agency that regulates medical care at substance abuse treatment facilities, notifying the state that somebody had stolen the ID number he uses to authorize drug treatment.

Ligotti is the target of an active FBI investigation, according to a law enforcement source and a second source, both of whom spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to do so publicly.

Attempts to reach the local FBI agents handling the case were unsuccessful. Ligotti’s attorney would neither confirm nor deny that the FBI is investigating her client.

He could undergo a second surgery to plate the break again, which would cause him to miss spring workouts but would still have him back by the start of training camp in the summer.

The 24-year-old first suffered the broken right forearm in Week 16 of the 2017 season, prematurely ending his season.

Collins returned Monday for the beginning of organized team activities and told reporters that he is back to normal.

“My arm is doing great,” he said, per the team’s official site. “…Everything is back to 100 percent.”

Unfortunately, it appears he is still not completely healed. Garafolo reported a decision has not been made on surgery, but it “sounds very possible.”

When healthy, Collins is one of the best in the league at his position. Even while missing the final game of the year, the safety’s 104 tackles last season was a team high after leading the way with 125 tackles the year before.la_kings_014