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Navy gives Keenan Reynolds permission to play for Ravens in 2016

“It’s different; it’s something you’ve got to get used to,” Reynolds said during the Ravens’ rookie minicamp over the weekend, via the Washington Post. “Again it’s a challenge, and I love challenges. I love overcoming challenges and just looking forward to learning with the team and continuing to grow as a receiver.”

Keenan Reynolds hopes to make the Ravens’ roster as a wide receiver.

Meanwhile, coach John Harbaugh sounded encouraged by what he saw.

The early reviews of Chip Kelly’s offense are certainly encouraging — 49ers tight endGarrett Celek even used the word “genius” — but it’s one thing to dominate in shorts and T-shirts, and something else entirely to do it in pads against another team.

Plus, you can be the smartest football mind on the planet and struggle to win football games if you’re without a franchise quarterback. Kelly had firsthand experience with that in Philadelphia last season and it cost him his job. Now in San Francisco, he’ll need to figure out whether Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert gives the 49ers the best chance to win.

Still, Teddy has shown enough that he reminds Peterson of a very famous and very successful quarterback. “He reminds me of a Tom Brady because Tom Brady is great at those medium passes,” Peterson said on Pro Football Talk Live. “Those short passes and mid-range passes and that’s exactly what Teddy does as well. He’s the type of guy that needs the receiver that runs routes and that’s at a specific location that you’re practicing.”

That, friends, is some high praise. It’s worth examining if it’s at all warranted. Leaving aside the whole “Brady is one of the best quarterbacks of all time” thing, do the two share similarities? How do their numbers compare through their first two NFL seasons?

And it sounds like the decision to have Reynolds begin his football career now was an easy one.

“When we have guys coming out of the Naval Academy who go on and play professional sports, or go on and do other things that are high profile, it gives us a chance to show who we are and show the type of people that we attract and recruit,” Mabus continued. “I can’t think of a better ambassador for the United States Navy or for the United States military than Keenan Reynolds.”

He has a long way to go to catch Brady, of course, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play like the future Hall of Famer. Nailing those short and medium passes is the first step. Teddy has that part down pretty well. He’s still only 23 years old, so there’s plenty of time to grow into the rest.

Cowboys second-year defensive end Randy Gregory, who will miss the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, was spotted earlier this week at the team’s annual golf event. And while he didn’t talk with the media, owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones spoke highly of the 23-year-old pass rusher who arrived in Dallas with plenty of baggage.

The Fertitta brothers have an 81 percent stake in UFC, so if they only sold half of that, they’d make some serious money if the company is valued at $4 billion.

Now, let’s get to the NFL part of this. ESPN’s Darren Rovell said on Tuesday that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Fertittas tried to buy a piece of the Raiders with their money from a potential UFC sale.

Andrew Cashner’s DL stint means more second guessing for the Padres

Bench spots are limited, so as much as we might want to stash all eight relievers just to be safe, it’s time to put our prioritization skills to work. To help with the weeding out, I have ranked these eight closers-in-waiting. If it makes it more fun to call these Power Rankings, then let these be Closer-in-Waiting Power Rankings.

Note: Since we now know that Rays manager Kevin Cash intends to re-install Brad Boxberger as the Rays’ closer, in place of Alex Colome, once he comes off the disabled list, he has been omitted from these rankings. Or you can just consider him the de facto No. 1 closer-in-waiting.
1. Trevor May, Twins (14 percent owned)
Trevor May RP / Minnesota Twins (2016 STATS)
IP: 19 ERA: 1.89 K: 27 BB: 8

Pros: Jepsen has been shaky, and May has been excellent since being moved into a relief role last season. As Jepsen has done seemingly everything possible to lose the job, May has been peaking, having not allowed a run in his last eight appearances and pitching with better control than he had been earlier in the season.

Some weeks, finding five teams with definitively good matchups and five with definitively bad matchups is a challenge.

Week 7 (May 16-22) isn’t one of those weeks.

In fact, there’s even some overflow. The Twins are scheduled to face Jordan Zimmermann, Justin Verlander, Marco Estrada, Aaron Sanchez, J.A. Happ and Marcus Stroman in a seven-game slate, yet they don’t make the cut for worst matchups. That Mike Pelfrey matchup drags down the whole thing.

Brandon Finnegan ($6,000, $6,200)

If Volquez is the cash game play, Finnegan is definitely the tournament option. He hasn’t been good since his last start against this offense and there’s something to learn from that. The Phillies are terrible against LHP. Their .265 wOBA vs. LHP is better than only the Braves and their 24.1 percent K rate is just as enticing. Finnegan struck out nine in his last appearance against this lineup,
Stack Attack

The Coors effect is an interesting one tonight. I could see Matt Harvey as a contrarian play, but I could also see the Rockies lighting him up. The Mets will be the more conventional plays, particularly Michael Conforto and Lucas Duda. I’ll probably have the most exposure to Curtis Granderson, who will be leading off and is the cheapest of the good Mets’ LHH.

Blue Jays @ Rangers

It’s time for the checklist. Are the Jays in a good park? Yes. Are the Jays facing a bad pitcher? Yes. Stack the Jays! This got us into trouble when the Rangers went to Toronto earlier this year, but I’m going right back to it. Thankfully, the Jays have also seen a decrease in price with Josh Donaldson falling all the way down to $4,300. I’d play almost any RHH in the Jays lineup against Martin Perez.

Nationals vs. Marlins

Tom Koehler on the road has basically been a disaster for the past three years. This year he’s been even worse. With Daniel Murphy hitting fourth, the preferred Nationals stack is now 1-4 again. You don’t need the BvP excuse to play Bryce Harper, especially at $4,300, but boy does he have it. Harper has six home runs in 31 career plate appearances.
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