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The Regent Prep football team dominated opponents all season en route to the State runner-up title last December.

On April 12, it appeared the football team became the Regent soccer team and took care of Wagoner’s soccer squad by a 5-0 score.

It was a key district contest for both teams. Regent’s win clinched the district title while the Bulldogs need to win out to insure a spot in the playoffs.

“They were so much bigger and stronger than we were,” said Wagoner coach Brandon Carr. “It kind of took a toll on us mentally and physically.”

Regent may have been stout in appearance, but did a lot of things right.

“They were technically very sound, too,” Carr added.

The loss followed a nice 5-4 home win against Catoosa on Tuesday, April 9.

The Bulldogs got three goals from Ryan Dumond. Jaden Snyder and Wesley McKee added single scores, too.

The week ended with Wagoner’s record at 9-3 overall and 3-2 in district action.

The Bulldogs close out the district schedule on Thursday and Friday with home games. Riverfield Country Day School of Tulsa invades on Thursday while Dove Science of Tulsa hits the Odom pitch on Friday.

The season closes out with a non-district road game at Westville.

Tony Jefferson Jersey

The news came down a week before free agency that the Ravens had cut safety Eric Weddle. It was a surprising development to running mate Tony Jefferson, but not totally unexpected. He knew changes were coming to a Baltimore defense that finished the season ranked No. 1 in the NFL but featured a few important pieces hitting free agency.

Then, Ravens lifer Terrell Suggs signed with the Cardinals, edge rusher Za’Darius Smith signed with the Packers and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley signed with the Jets. Just like that, 17 Pro Bowl appearances and 11 All-Pro nominations had departed the DMV.

“It was tough to see those guys leave because when I first got there, they were there, and they had already established what it meant to be a Raven,” Jefferson reflected during a visit to the NFL Network headquarters on Monday. “I learned from them, watched them and just to see them leaving, it hurts. I knew maybe one or two guys I was thinking weren’t going to be back. But not all of them. I didn’t think all of them would be gone.

“It was really kind of breathtaking to kind of understand that everybody’s gone. You were just the No. 1 defense and then you see talent like that leave, guys who were detrimental in getting us to that point. But there’s nothing you could really do at that moment. Those types of moves are made by people who are above your pay grade, that’s just their job. I’m more than happy that I’m still a Raven at that point.”

Jefferson hasn’t sat idle, either. The veteran strong safety, who himself arrived in Baltimore just two years ago via free agency, was already in the process of recruiting running back Mark Ingram and former Cardinals teammate Justin Bethel. After the Ravens signed Earl Thomas, Jefferson said his next move was to hit the film room.

He wanted to learn as much as possible about Thomas’ tendencies, and watching tape has been just as paramount as practice in that regard. He noted it wasn’t the first time he’d studied the ex-Seahawks star.

“I know exactly what he brings to the table,” Jefferson said. “He was always in the scouting report for the teams. We always had to know where 29 was, and I was on defense and I knew that. That was the game plan, watch 29, so I’m excited to be playing next to him and learning from him as well. …

“I’ve been watching him the past three days. He has incredible instincts to find the ball and he’s just a high-motor player, and I’m a high-motor player. Us just being able to play fast and make plays I think is going to do wonders for our defense. Plus, with his range at free, I’m watching, I’m like, I’m taking chances when I’m in man coverage. We play a lot of man and I’ve been asked to play a lot of man, cover the tight ends. If I want to take a chance I know that I got an instinctive baller back there who can make me right.”

Given all the defensive turnover, Jefferson expects to assume a bit of a different role both on the field and in the locker room. Both will have a void now that Suggs, Mosley, Weddle and Smith are no longer in the fold for the Ravens. Those defections coupled with the Cleveland Browns’ recent additions already have many overlooking the defending AFC North champions.
“I think it’s great. I love what they did,” Jefferson said of the Browns. “I love that they brought a lot more talent to the division. Obviously, Odell [Beckham] coming to the Browns is humongous. What he brings to the game is rare. Plus, with all the complements around him that he has, with Baker [Mayfield]. That brings a lot of challenges for opposing defenses, and then a defense has to play them twice a year, that brings that challenge as well. But we’re still defending the title. So until then it’s just he say, she say, it’s Madden. Until then you got to come strip the title from us. That’s just what it is. I feel like everybody does this every year, not specifically Cleveland or AFC North. There’s usually a team somewhere, I feel like everybody last year was talking about the Vikings. I don’t know if they made the playoffs or not. It’s just another situation like that to me. …

“You can sleep if you want, but we’re going to be out there playing ball, and let the cards come out how they do. We work a little harder, lift a little harder, run a little harder out there. So I’m excited.”

Willie Snead Jersey

Willie Snead had an OK fantasy season if you were expecting to have him on the bench and only start in certain weeks. He was the number #63 ranked WR and the #313 ranked player overall. His ranking drops to the #80 ranked WR when basing it on average fantasy points. His production dropped throughout the season. In his first 4 games he averaged 6.4 FPs and that declined to 3.2 in his final 5 games. He is still relatively young, so his late season drop-off should not be an indicator of an overall downward trend heading into next season. Based on a relatively low standard deviation, Snead can be considered a consistent fantasy player. Our projected ceiling for Snead when he ‘goes off’ is 11 fantasy points (his average is 5FPs). Willie Snead (2019 Season Projection: 58 Rec, 644 Yards, 4.4 TDs, 12 Rushyd) is projected to improve in the upcoming season. His rank based on total projected fantasy points has him as the #59 player at his position.
As a young player he improved as you would like. His average Fantasy points increased by 317% this season.
Willie Snead played in 15 games in 2018. He was the #69 ranked fantasy WR based on total fantasy points. He averaged 4.8 FP per game (#81 ranked based on average).
His FanDuel average was 7.7 points and on DraftKings it was 10.1 per game.

We used his second highest game as his ceiling and second lowest as his floor. On DraftKings his floor was 1.8 and on FanDuel it was 1.3 fantasy points. When he was good, he was very good with a DraftKings ceiling of 13 and 9.5 on FanDuel.

He has had an equal number of good (20% above average) and bad games (20% below) on FanDuel, and an equal number of good and bad games on DraftKings. We are only including games where they were in the daily fantasy slate and played.

Maurice Canady Jersey

The Ravens have designated cornerback Maurice Canady, who suffered a thigh injury in the team’s season opener, to return from injured reserve.

Canady is eligible to practice, but he must be added to the Ravens’ active roster within 21 days or will revert back to IR.
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NFL teams can designate only two players placed on IR to return during the season. The Ravens placed running back Kenneth Dixon (knee) on IR two days after Canady in mid-September, but coach John Harbaugh said last week that the organization was awaiting clearance from the NFL before Dixon resumed practicing.

“There are issues going on with him that are beyond our coaches’ control,” he said.

Defensive tackle Willie Henry also was added to IR after Week 7 after he suffered a herniated disk in his back. Under NFL rules, Henry is eligible to return after missing eight games, meaning his earliest possible appearance would next come in the Ravens’ regular-season finale.

Running back De’Lance Turner (hamstring) landed on IR a month ago, but with the recent acquisition of running back Ty Montgomery, his return this season appears unlikely.

Za’Darius Smith Jersey

When the offseason began, cornerback Brian Poole wasn’t a name you heard floated about as a possible free-agent target for teams. But after three seasons in Atlanta, the Falcons elected not to tender the restricted free agent and he hit the open market. The Jets were in need of a corner to play inside the numbers and the one-year deal made sense for both sides.

“I like playing in the nickel, but I can play on the outside as well,” Poole said after signing his contract with the Green & White.

While Poole could line up outside occasionally for the Jets, it’s expected the 5’9”, 213-pounder will predominantly line up over the slot receiver. He is coming off his best pro season as he registered career highs in interceptions (3), sacks (3) and tackles (74).

“First and foremost, I’m physical,” he said. “I’m fast, I’m a cover guy. I do a good job blitzing as well.”

An undrafted free agent out of Florida, the 26-year-old Poole appeared in 47 games for the Falcons and made 21 starts. Playing in 2,167 snaps, Poole collected 196 stops, five sacks and four interceptions in addition to 20 pass defenses. He will spend a lot of time in coverage, but Poole’s ability to get to the quarterback could be a perfect fit for aggressive defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

“We talked a little scheme, so I’m definitely excited about the role he has for me,” Poole said of Williams.

Poole will find comfort inside the Jets’ locker room that includes two fellow Florida products in OL Jonotthan Harrison and S Marcus Maye. During their SEC days, Poole and Maye lined up for years together in the Gator backfield.

“I feel like the whole secondary is great,” said Poole, who was recruited by Maye over social media. “I’m excited to work with all those guys.”

Matt Skura Jersey

This Baltimore Ravens draft theory goes as follows. In 2020 Matt Judon and Ronnie Stanley are set to become free agents. Judon is the better player of the Ravens free agents to be but left tackle is a fundamental part of building any roster.

Next year is supposed to be a big year for free agency with big name free agents potentially there for the taking. The Ravens have a quarterback on a rookie contract so they have a chance to build the roster. In 2020 they will have more cap space than they have had in a very long time. If the purple and black were able to draft a left tackle in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The offensive line is a position of need no matter how you look at it. The Ravens needs happen to be on the interior of the offensive line. They could surely use an upgrade for Matt Skura at the center position. Left guard isn’t the Ravens strong suit and the lingering questions about Marshal Yanda have to be on the Ravens minds. Offensive tackle still makes sense, especially if it is a versatile one.

Let’s imagine three scenarios. The first scenario sees Jawaan Taylor fall to the 22nd pick. Taylor is the left tackle from Florida and he happens to be the 13th best player on my board at the moment. It would be a surprise, but it wouldn’t be all that shocking in a defensive heavy draft.

The next scenario is that the NFL gets too caught up in the measurables of Jonah Williams, and teams pass him up due to overthinking it. Williams, the proven tackle from Alabama, is an unbelievably pro ready prospect and the 10th player on my personal big board. If he’s thought of as a guard his stock could be lower than that. I see him as a left tackle with great footwork and smooth athleticism.

The final scenario is Cody Ford, who is a right tackle from Oklahoma. Ford is a prospect that is considered to be a guard by most analysts. He’s certainly not a left tackle, but he has the ability to play guard and right tackle. In this scenario the Ravens may feel inclined to move Orlando Brown Jr. to the left tackle spot in 2020, should they fall out of the running for Stanley. If the plan is to keep Brown Jr. on the right side, Ford would be a starting guard for the Ravens for a long time and the Stanley part of this conversation becomes a moot point.

Ty Montgomery Jersey

Ty Montgomery cost the Green Bay Packers a chance at a comeback against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday when he fumbled the ball on a late-game kickoff return, but he dismisses the notion he intentionally defied orders to take a knee in the end zone.

Speaking to reporters a day after the Packers’ 29-27 loss, Montgomery said he was told what he’s always told before kickoffs — “if it’s in the end zone, keep it in the end zone” — but added he believed he could make a play since it was near the goal line.

“I had a returnable ball,” Montgomery said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “So I made a split-second decision on, I don’t know if this is going to land on the goal line. So I’m not going to take a knee on the goal line, at the half-yard line and take a chance at putting the game in the ref’s hands.

“Unfortunately, I ended up fumbling the football,” Montgomery continued. “I don’t think we’d be having this conversation if I didn’t fumble the football because we know how good our two-minute offense is. But I’ve never been a guy to completely disobey what I’m being told. I think you can ask a lot of guys in our locker room. That’s not what I do. That’s not the type of man I am. That’s not the kind of person I am.”

Montgomery’s defense of his decision to return the kickoff comes after NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported that more than half a dozen Packers players and coaches noticed Montgomery throwing a tantrum on the sideline after being removed from the game during Green Bay’s previous offensive series. At least one player believed Montgomery’s decision to defy orders was sparked by being pulled in favor of Aaron Jones.

“They took him out (the previous drive) for a play and he slammed his helmet and threw a fit,” one Packers player told Silver. “Then (before the kickoff) they told him to take a knee, and he ran it out anyway. You know what that was? That was him saying, ‘I’m gonna do me.’ It’s a f—— joke.”

Montgomery told reporters he was frustrated by the team’s decision to pull him from the game but said it had nothing to do with returning the kickoff.

“Absolutely not, and that’s the point that I was trying to make,” he said. ” … I’m very disappointed in the fact that was said and they tried to make correlations that don’t exist.”

Montgomery also expressed frustration over the anonymous comments made about him after the game.

“We talk about being brothers,” he said. “We talk about being family and keeping things in-house, in-house, this, that and the other. That’s not what happened. I don’t know. Maybe that’s what they do in their family. That’s not what I do in mine. No one ever said anything to me. No one ever came to me. So I’m thoroughly disappointed in the speculation and just the backlash I have to deal with now. Because now, we’re talking about my character. We’re not even talking about the fumble anymore, we’re talking about my character. We’re talking about the reasons why I did what I did, and I’m not OK with that.”

Mark Ingram Jersey

The New Orleans Saints tried to work a deal with free agent running back Mark Ingram, but the two sides weren’t able to reach an agreement. Ingram’s agents took too long to respond to the Saints, who had to move quickly to sign Latavius Murray. If New Orleans waited to pursue Murray, they risked losing both him and Ingram.


In the end, fear of that outcome forced their hand; Murray signed with New Orleans, Ingram joined the Baltimore Ravens, and Saints head coach Sean Payton wants it known that he wishes things had gone differently.


“It happened pretty quickly, “Payton began, addressing members of the media at the coaches’ breakfast during league meetings in Phoenix, “Look, I’m excited for Mark’s opportunity. He’s been a tremendous player for us and leader for us. It was frustrating because I felt there was little dialogue.”

Payton elaborated on his complaint with the logistics of these negotiations: “Usually I’m able to visit with the player and I wasn’t able to. So the ins and outs specifically and how that unfolded is still to me a little bit cloudy. I tried texted (Ingram), tried calling him, direct message. He texted me back and then the next day we weren’t able to speak.”

So basically, Payton wasn’t able to make his personal sales pitch to Ingram, and that’s continued to bother him. Still, he’s satisfied with the alternative they picked up in Murray: “I’m excited about Latavius joining our team. We’ve had coaches who were on a team with him. We’ll have a clear vision for him.”

Earl Thomas Jersey

After losing multiple defenders this offseason, the Baltimore Ravens made a splash signing.

Safety Earl Thomas signed a four-year, $55 million contract with the Ravens on Wednesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the deal. ESPN first reported the pact.

The contract includes $32 million guaranteed and averages $14.33 million over the first three years, per Rapoport.

Thomas sat as the highest player left on NFL.com’s Top 101 free agents list heading into the new league year, which opens at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Turning 30 in May, Thomas was looking for a big payday on the open market, and the Ravens backed up the truck. The $13.75 million per year average over the course of the deal for Thomas comes in just behind the contracts agreed to by Landon Collins (Washington Redskins) and Tyrann Mathieu (Kansas City Chiefs) this week, both of whom will sign deals worth $14 million per season. The trio all outdistanced Eric Berry’s deal of $13 million per season, which had sat atop the safety market.

Despite playing just four games in 2018 before suffering a broken leg, Thomas earned his new big salary.

The NFL’s premier centerfielder, Thomas is a complete game-changer on the back end of a defense, with ball-hawking skills and a penchant for big plays. Since being drafted by the Seahawks in the first round of the 2010 draft, Thomas has compiled 664 tackles, 28 interceptions, 68 passes defended and countless highlight-reel plays.

Thomas is the only player in the NFL with 25-plus INTs and 10-plus forced fumbles since 2010, per NFL Research.

In the veteran, the Ravens are getting a playmaker who can close the deep middle. According to Pro Football Focus, Thomas has played the fourth-most coverage snaps in the middle of the field in a closed coverage scheme (1,323) since 2015, and has excelled in the deep middle safety role, allowing just a 58.5 completion percentage, third best in the NFL in that span.

The addition of Thomas is huge for a Ravens team that anticipated a talent drainage ahead of the new league year. Baltimore released veteran safety Eric Weddle and watched C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith agree to sign elsewhere. Replacing Weddle with Thomas provides the Ravens with a veteran presence on the back end with upgraded range.

In addition to adding Thomas, the Ravens also signed running back Mark Ingram to a three-year, $15 million deal, Rapoport reported. After days of watching players agree elsewhere, the Ravens are making their big moves in an effort to fend off the hard-charging Cleveland Browns in the AFC North.

Signing Thomas continues the trend of the Ravens boasting all-time great safeties. From Ed Reed to Eric Weddle now to Earl Thomas, Baltimore fans have had decades of watching some of the best safeties ever patrol the field.

With the Ravens set to travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks at some point in the 2019 campaign, fire up the #RevengeGame takes after Thomas was last seen in Seattle gesturing towards his former team’s sideline after breaking his leg.

Maxx Williams Jersey

The seemingly slow buildup to the beginning of the NFL free agency period is behind us, as now we’re on a fast track to not only the legal tampering window but also for the official start to the new league year in under one week.

And with free agency comes the responsibility for the Buffalo Bills to add substantially to a roster that was weakened by a low amount of cap space last year. Done by design in 2018, now the shackles are off, and the Bills are free to spend their over $70 million in cap space as they choose

Especially with how Brandon Beane denied the notion that being “judicious” is the same as being prohibitive to signing the bigger fish in free agency, all options are still firmly on the table for the Bills. All this week, 7ABC will be going through five names that make sense for the Bills in free agency.

To begin the week, we discussed two offensive players in center Matt Paradis (with a mention of Mitch Morse, too) and wide receiver Devin Funchess. We also brought up linebacker Anthony Barr in more of a unique way than what his role would typically dictate.

However, the next stop is for a position that has both a crying need for more players and more talent. After all, only one tight end remains on the roster just under one week before the start of free agency.

It’s a position that the Bills desperately want more out of in 2019 and beyond which is why they’ve chosen to hit the restart button on all but Jason Croom. It gives them a blank slate to work with, needing a couple of different types of tight ends to maximize the role within Brian Daboll’s offense.

That leads me to Baltimore’s Maxx Williams, who would be a perfect fit for many different reasons.