Former Husker defensive end fails to report to Tampa Bay training camp

Randy Gregory did not report to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp earlier this week.

A former Nebraska defensive end has failed to report to NFL training camp. Randy Gregory did not report to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp earlier this week.

Head coach Todd Bowles confirmed that Gregory has been placed on the team’s Did Not Report List.

“We’re gonna talk about the players that are here. He’s not here. We’ll deal with that internally. And obviously he’s on the do not report list and we’ll go from there.”

ESPN reported back in April that Gregory signed a deal worth a base salary of $3 million, with incentives that could escalate the contract to $5 million. Gregory signed with the Bucs after spending part of the 2023 season with the San Francisco 49ers.

Gregory played for Nebraska for only two seasons. In 24 games during the 2013 and 2014 seasons as a Husker, he recorded 120 total tackles, 29.0 tackles for loss, and 17.5 sacks.

He was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten member and a third-team All-American in 2014. The Dallas Cowboys selected the Jacksonville native in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft.

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Trey Lipscomb hits third double in rookie season

Former Vol Trey Lipscomb hits third double for the Nationals in his rookie season.

San Diego defeated Washington, 4-0, on Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Former Vol Trey Lipscomb started at third base for the Nationals. He went 1-for-3 and hit his third double of the season.

Lipscomb has recorded a .226 batting average, one home run and 10 RBIs in 50 games in 2024.

The former Vol has recorded eight hits for the Nationals in July.

Lipscomb was selected by Washington in the third-round of the 2022 Major League Baseball draft (No. 84 overall). He won the 2022 Southeastern Conference Tournament and regular-season championship with the Vols.

Lipscomb appeared in 66 games in his final season at Tennessee in 2022. He totaled 22 home runs, 84 RBIs, 68 runs, 89 hits, 19 doubles, three triples, 26 walks and four stolen bases.

PHOTOS: Trey Lipscomb through the years

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Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton is totally fine with becoming less famous

Kyle Hamilton: “I think it’s kind of funny to see, I guess for lack of a better word, the notoriety that I’ve gotten just from playing well

Baltimore Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton seeks money, not fame. In his own words, he would be just fine in being less famous than he currently is now.

From being a 5-star recruit in high school to earning All-American honors in college to becoming an All-Pro in just his second professional season, Hamilton has drawn positive attention at every stage of his football career.

“Obviously, I’m super grateful for it [and] everything that has come with it,” the Notre Dame product told reporters on Tuesday.

“I’ve always said I want to be rich, I don’t want to be famous, so I think I’m cool where I’m at on the level of fame – maybe it could get even lower. But it’s super exciting to just have the opportunities as well and be a part of this.”

The 14th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft is living up to expectations; and then some.

A recent survey of league executives, coaches and scouts, conducted by ESPN, ranked him the second best safety in the league, behind only Antoine Winfield of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Meanwhile Pro Football Focus ranked Hamilton the 26th best overall player in the NFL. The more Hamilton makes plays and dominates games, the more honors he’ll win.

And with it, more publicity will come his way.

“I think it’s kind of funny to see, I guess for lack of a better word, the notoriety that I’ve gotten just from playing well,” Hamilton continued.

“It kind of almost feels expected – like this was supposed to happen,” Hamilton said.

“In my household – my mom and my dad and everybody was like, ‘Yes, you’re supposed to get better [in] Year 2 and do well and get accolades.’ That’s just kind of what the norm was.”

If his career stays on this positive trajectory, and he gets even better in year three, then he could really end up having a season for the ages.

 

Giants’ Joe Schoen: ‘We need better’ from Daniel Jones this year

New York Giants GM Joe Schoen states the obvious and says they “need better” from quarterback Daniel Jones in 2024.

The New York Giants opened their training camp on Tuesday, which means everyone is in the building and ready to work — if healthy, that is.

On Wednesday morning, general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll held their first media session of the 2024 NFL season.

One topic, of course, was the status of quarterback Daniel Jones. He is receiving from an ACL tear he suffered midway through last season that put his Giants’ future in doubt.

Schoen said that Jones will be taking first-team snaps under center as long he’s feeling up to it.

Jones showed fairly fluid mobility during the team’s offseason program and worked in 7-on-7 drills and will now participate in 11-on-11s and in practice.

Schoen also said that he kept Jones “in the loop” of any and all moves the team was preparing to make at quarterback. As we know from watching HBO’s Hard Knocks these past few weeks, Schoen and his team were exploring deals to trade up in the draft to select one of the top quarterbacks.

As it turned out, they couldn’t swing a deal with New England for the third overall pick and selected wide receiver Malik Nabers with the sixth pick.

Jones has had to endure a ton of criticism from all sides this offseason and has handled it well according to Schoen.

“Of all the guys on the team, he does the best job tuning out the noise,” Schoen said. “He’s wired for the position. He’s a great teammate, he’s a leader, and I’m excited about how things can go this year if he can stay healthy.”

That is a critical point. Since becoming the team’s full-time starting quarterback in 2020, Jones only avoided injury in 2022 — the year he took the Giants to the postseason.

Schoen is also under no illusions. He told reporters that Jones has to improve this year.

“We need better in 2024,” he said.

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Predicting how the Rams will use their running backs in 2024

How the Rams use their running backs will determine their success in 2024. Using 2023 stats, here’s a glimpse into the future.

The Rams enter training camp with five running backs on their roster. Kyren Williams, Blake Corum, Boston Scott, Ronnie Rivers, and Zach Evans will be battling each other for roster spots and playing time.

It’s basically an agreed fact that Kyren Williams and Blake Corum’s roster spots are secured, while Boston Scott should be rounding out the room. Whether the Rams keep a fourth running back is to be determined and if so, they’ll probably go with Ronnie Rivers, who has shown flashes of potential and had 35 carries in 2023, including three rushes in the playoffs compared to Zach Evans who had nine all year.

Expect a run-based offense in 2024 as the team finished 12th in the league in total rushes in 2023. They averaged about 28 rushes per game, making up around 45 percent of their total plays.

We witnessed a massive boost to the Rams’ offensive production when the team ran the ball more in general but especially on second down. That led to more third-and-short situations, which the team had a higher success of converting compared to third down attempts following a pass.

With that being said, the Rams should average around 30 rushes per game in 2024. When Williams returned from injury last season, he averaged around 22 carries a game, or about 77 percent of the load. Because of the nature of his position and durability concerns, the team will slightly scale back that percentage to around 70 percent.

At 30 carries a game for the team, Williams should expect 21 rushes, if not less. In that case, who takes the other nine?

In 2023, Boston Scott had six games in which he didn’t get a single carry. He averaged around 2.2 carries per game in the games he recorded a carry. Expect things to stay the same in Los Angeles.

It’s still very early, but if the Rams average 30 carries a game, we predict that Williams will have 21 carries, Corum will have seven and Scott will get about two. There’s room for fluctuation between Williams and Corum, depending on performance and health, but that line will most likely sway only two or three carries between the two men.

Either way, the Rams brought in Jonah Jackson for a reason so bet on a heavy dosage of the run in 2024.

Hawks’ Nikola Djurisic out until November after undergoing foot surgery

Hawks rookie Nikola Djurisic is expected to be out until November after undergoing surgery to repair a left foot fracture.

Atlanta Hawks rookie Nikola Djurisic is expected to be out the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot on Monday.

Djurisic suffered a foot fracture in his second game in the NBA Summer League on July 14 during a loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Las Vegas, Nevada. The injury was discovered during an X-ray taken at the Thomas & Mack Center and announced by the team the following day.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. He will begin rehabilitation for the injury as soon as possible and an update on his status will be provided by the team in November.

Djurisic, the 43rd pick, debuted with the Hawks on July 12, recording seven points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot in a loss to the Washington Wizards. He went 2-of-6 from the field in 25 minutes of action.

The 20-year-old from Belgium hasn’t yet signed a contract with the Hawks. He isn’t guaranteed a roster spot as a second-round pick, so it is unclear how his foot injury may affect his contract situation for the upcoming 2024-25 season.

Djurisic averaged 14.8 points, 3.4 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 36 games last season across all league competitions with Mega Basket in Serbia. He was previously named the ABA League Top Prospect in 2023.

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WATCH: Ravens CB Arthur Maulet makes incredible leaping INT at training camp

Ravens cornerback Arthur Maulet had an incredible leaping interception at training camp

The Baltimore Ravens re-signed cornerback Arthur Maulet to a two-year deal during 2024 free agency. The former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back made a strong impression during his first season in Baltimore last year, and was rewarded with a new deal.

To open up 2024 training camp, Maulet has been one of the early stars. On Tuesday he leaped over wide receiver Nelson Agholor for an incredible interception, his third in three days of training camp so far as he continues his torrid start.

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Maulet will open up the season as the team’s starting slot cornerback, and is an important piece in what Baltimore will try to do defensively in 2024 under new defensive coordinator Zach Orr. Maulet is a feisty player that can wreak havoc off of the edge as a blitzer as well, and his skillset will be a key for an extremely deep cornerback room.

Saints took the cautious approach with Ryan Ramczyk’s surgery

Ryan Ramczyk took a caution approach in knee surgery out of the options available to him, but the New Orleans Saints right tackle still landed in a tight spot:

The Ryan Ramczyk injury and surgery saga has been a difficult one to watch unfold, as he will be missing the season after being placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform (PUP) list. However, there are still small glimmers of hope coming out of the New Orleans Saints front office and coaching staff, which could be a positive sign moving into next season.

Head coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media recently, telling ESPN’s Katherine Terrell that Allen saw two options for the surgery on Ramczyk. One option, according to Allen, was “A lot more yes or no, meaning, you do the procedure and if it responds right, it’ll be good. If you don’t, well, he’s done.”

However, Ramczyk took the more cautious approach of the two, which is a good sign. General manager Mickey Loomis also talked about Ramczyk’s status, saying, “If there was any way possible, he (Ramczyk) would be playing.” Loomis also said that he is “hopeful that things can turn around, and with a year off that his knee responds, and he can get back out here for us.”

These quotes both sound like there is a possible glint of hope for 2025 and Ramczyk having a return chance. Ultimately, he needs to put his health first no doubt, and if he feels he is ready next year then maybe the discussion could be had about working into a return. Still, it is nice to hear a positive update on this front regardless, both from the general manager and head coach, as they have significantly more context than the rest of us at this point in time. We’ll just have to wait and see whether Ramczyk can get back out there.

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Local JUCO guard joins Florida basketball team as walk-on

The Gators added their eighth offseason addition to its roster with walk-on guard Kevin Pazmino out of Santa Fe College.

Florida basketball added a walk-on to its 2024-25 roster on Tuesday with the addition of guard [autotag]Kevin Pazmino[/autotag] out of Gainesville (Florida) Santa Fe College. The 6-foot-4-inch native of Weston, Florida, brings three years of collegiate eligibility along with him.

In 29 games with the Santa Fe Saints — all starts — Pazmino averaged 10.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game, shooting 39.4% overall from the field, 82% from the free-throw line and 38.8% from beyond the arc. He drained four or more three-point attempts in 11 games and had eight games in which he made five or more.

Pazmino joins 7-foot-9-inch center Olivier Rioux out of IMG Academy in Bradenton as the Gators’ two walk-ons this offseason — making a total of eight additions to the Orange and Blue ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Former Florida Atlantic guard [autotag]Alijah Martin[/autotag], former Chattanooga forward [autotag]Sam Alexis[/autotag] and former Washington State center [autotag]Rueben Chinyelu[/autotag] arrived in Gainesville through the transfer portal. International players, guard [autotag]Urban Klavzar[/autotag] and forward [autotag]Viktor Mikic[/autotag], and former four-star high school signee [autotag]Isaiah Brown[/autotag] are welcomed to the program as first-year players.

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NASCAR penalty report released for races at Indianapolis in 2024

NASCAR has revealed its penalty report for the races in Indianapolis in 2024. Find out who has been penalized by NASCAR!

NASCAR has finished its only date at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2024 season, as Kyle Larson won the Brickyard 400 for his third Crown Jewel victory. Larson was all good with inspections; however, three penalties are coming from the weekend in Indianapolis. All three of the penalties are relatively the same in the NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series.

Austin Hill’s crew chief Andy Street was fined $5,000 after one lug nut was found not safe and secure on the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing car after the Xfinity Series event. Street’s fine was the biggest of the weekend in Indianapolis, as the Truck Series had two smaller penalties for lug nuts. The penalties come from McAnally-Hilgemann Racing and Young’s Motorsports.

Daniel Dye’s crew chief, Blake Bainbridge, and Thad Moffitt’s crew chief, Tyler Young, were fined $2,500 for one unsecured lug nut after the Truck Series event. None of these penalties are massive after several weeks of NASCAR debating big violations. Now, everyone can focus on the Olympic break as NASCAR returns in over two weeks.

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