McVay designs plays to get the ball to Gurley in space, where he is devastating.

Ask either McVay or Shanahan about integrating backs into aerial designs, and they’ll launch into elaborate soliloquies about the nuances of that execution.

Both guys are as detailed as anybody I’ve been around, says LaFleur. They do a great job of seeing the game with all 22 players in mind.

The trend toward young offensive coaches includes not just McVay and Shanahan, but new Bears head coach Matt Nagy, 39, and Adam Gase, who took Miami to the playoffs as a 38-year-old rookie head coach in 201Others are in waiting. Not only are six coordinators 40 or younger (LaFleur, Minnesota’s John DeFilippo, Jacksonville’s Nathaniel Hackett, Indianapolis’s Nick Sirianni, Detroit’s Jim Bob Cooter and Miami’s Dowell Loggains), but 15 quarterbacks coaches are 40 or younger.

Sean is going to be more rah-rah, positive, high-energy, warm, says Kirk Cousins, who had Shanahan as a coordinator in 2012-13 and McVay as a coordinator under Jay Gruden in 2014-1Kyle’s going to be more direct, tell it like it is. I think that’s the biggest difference.

New Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, now 38, was Washington’s QB coach from 2010 to ’13, later worked as Shanahan’s QB coach for two years in Atlanta and was McVay’s offensive coordinator last year in Los Angeles.

Kyle’s intentions are extremely pure, LaFleur says. He wants what’s best—he just has a different belief in how to motivate people. Sean is more positive. They’re both demanding, just very different leadership styles.

Panthers owner David Tepper talks plans for team, stadium development, more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. David Tepper was introduced as the new owner of the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday at Bank of America Stadium, a 22-year-old venue the NFL’s second richest team owner knows he needs to re-do.

But considering the saga that led to former team owner Jerry Richardson’s resignation and eventual sale of the franchise to Tepper, the future of the Panthers’ lair is just one of many intriguing questions the 60-year-old hedge fund manager faces in the early stages of his team ownership.

On addressing and preventing the harassment issues in the workplace that developed under Richardson:

I don’t know if (I’ve had) 24 hours yet owning this team. Still evaluating things. In general, I like to have an open environment, one big family environment where everybody feels safe. That means you can come up and talk to people. There’s going to be openness on all sides of this organization, both the football side and the business side.

They still have Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Noah Brown and Lance Lenoir. They added two other veterans, Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, and they traded for Tavon Austin to fill the void of a hybrid receiving threat to complement Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield.

But Dallas’ biggest 2018 acquisition was third-round draft pick Michael Gallup.

Gallup (6-1, 201 pounds) looks the part of a young Bryant (6-2, 200 pounds) with his size, speed, physicality and ability to go up to get the ball. He doesn’t need to dominate as a rookie to at least parallel the production of Bryant, who averaged 817 yards and 7 TDs in his final two seasons in Dallas. Those are not unreasonable numbers for Gallup to reach as the Cowboys’ new X receiver.

Hurns was asked to line up everywhere when he played for the Jaguars. He was a solid No. 2 for Allen Robinson when both were healthy, and he proved to be effective in the slot last season. Reliable with his hands and routes, if he can avoid more of the injury issues that have affected him the last couple years, Hurns should be one of the biggest steals of the offseason.

Cleveland didn’t go 1-15. They were somehow worse. Time for a swim!

In 18 years, that first season remains the only time he’s had a losing record in New England. In his second year, he implemented an offense that elevated second-year quarterback Tom Brady to Super Bowl MVP. Since 2001, he’s averaged 12.3 wins per regular season and racked up 27 total playoff wins, including five NFL championships. No one in league history has ever won like Belichick has won.

Hue Jackson has gone 1-31 as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, and somehow the only repercussion from his worst-ever experience so far will be jumping into some water. In June.

Jackson will dive into Lake Erie June 1, following up on his post-2016 promise his Browns wouldn’t repeat their awful 1-15 season in 2017. While the woefully unsuccessful head coach was technically correct — Cleveland was somehow an even more ignominious 0-16 last fall — he’s still getting dunked in order to make good on [his] word.

Losing Miller was a major blow to a Chicago offense in desperate need of playmakers around then-rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky last fall. The veteran tight end was coming off the most productive season of his career despite having played just 10 games in 2016 and was tagged as Trubisky’s sure-handed checkdown target last fall. He struggled alongside early-season starter Mike Glennon but had developed a rapport with Trubisky, catching touchdowns in two of his final four games — three if you count the awfully-overturned reception that nearly cost him his leg.

The Bears have beefed up their tight end corps in his absence, most notably signing former Eagle Trey Burton to a four-year, $32 million pact. Adam Shaheen, a 2017 second-round pick, will also get plenty of chances to prove himself as more than just a ball of potential.

Chicago was well-staffed at tight end and didn’t need to sign a player who may never take the field. Instead, they kept Miller in the fold, rewarding four years of hard work and giving him a fair shake in his journey toward an NFL comeback. There aren’t too many six-figure signings to get excited about in the league, but Miller’s reunion with the Bears is one of them.

Josh Allen is drawing rave reviews in his first practices with the Buffalo Bills

Ryan Gates, a radio producer for WGR 550 in Buffalo, promised in March he would leave the station if the team drafted Allen with Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen still available.

The tweet came four days after the Bills traded Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns, leaving Nathan Peterman as the only quarterback on the roster. A day after Gates’ tweet, Buffalo signed AJ McCarron, the team’s likely starter for Week 1.

I’m joining the corporate world. I am a man of my word and it is because of Josh Allen.

Last week, Browns coach Hue Jackson followed through on a promise to jump into Lake Erie for somehow not improving a 1-15 team. In April, a Cleveland radio host said he’d eat horse poop if the Browns drafted Baker Mayfield — something he still hasn’t done and really shouldn’t. Just don’t eat poop, please.

But a career change might be the most significant promise we’ve seen someone follow through on. You have to respect Gates’ integrity, but the moral of the story here is to stop making sports guarantees, especially ones involving the NFL Draft.

The workout bonus is some offseason cash kicked over to the player if he meets a minimum attendance percentage for the voluntary offseason program (anywhere from 70 to 85 percent, depending on the team’s requirements).

The history behind the workout bonus, as I recall, is that in the old days, players held jobs elsewhere in the offseason. The workout bonus came about as a way to compensate those who wanted to devote themselves to their craft by working out at the team’s facility.

To be clear, the offseason program is voluntary and teams cannot force players to attend the workouts. Those who do meet a certain attendance requirement become eligible for their workout bonuses, which are typically paid out at the end of June.

Those who do not meet the requirement and hence do not collect their workout bonuses end up generating a cap credit for their team.

They can include a roster bonus paid to the player if he’s still on the roster by a certain date (usually no later than the fifth day of the new league year or if he makes the 53-man roster coming out of training camp); a per-game roster bonus (a typical clause given to a player with an injury history in which the player is compensated for each game he’s on the active 46-man game-day roster), and performance incentives which break down into likely to be earned (LTBE) and not likely to be earned (NLTBE).

Edelman’s suspension was upheld by a truly independent arbitrator

Many fans and media members are conditioned to respond to news of the failed appeal of a player suspension by shrugging and saying, What do you expect? The union allowed the Commissioner to be judge, jury, and executioner.

Perhaps at some point the arbitrator’s written decision will be leaked, but probably not by Edelman’s representatives. They likely don’t want the public to see that Edelman received a proper hearing from an independent arbitrator, and they likely don’t want the public to have a chance to digest the manner in which an independent arbitrator resolved a case that reportedly hinged in part on the vague notion that Edelman tested positive for unrecognized substance.

As previously surmised, that seemed to be a clever P.R. strategy aimed at creating the impression that the unrecognized substance possibly wasn’t a PED. However, the full context of the PED policy suggests the league determined that, even though the specific substance may not have fit within more than 70 specific anabolic compounds listed in the policy, the thing for which Edelman tested positive nevertheless had a similar chemical structure and similar biological effect(s) to an anabolic agent.

Regardless of the specifics, the generalities paint a clear picture: Edelman received a fair opportunity to argue his case, and a truly independent arbitrator wasn’t impressed. He’ll serve his four-game suspension, barring a highly unlikely legal Hail Mary that becomes even more difficult when the arbitrator is truly independent.

The second overall pick played 724 snaps in 12 starts, won four games and threw 330 passes. Watson and Mahomes combined for 486 snaps, seven starts, four wins and 239 attempts.

Trubisky learned a lot in his rookie season even if he didn’t have as much success as he had hoped.

The experience aspect and how to prepare day in and day out, Trubisky said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. The grind of how long the season is, because you obviously don’t get that from the college season. You add a bunch more weeks in the NFL in everything you’ve got to do on a day-in, day-out basis. The speed of the game, and how there’s no weak spots on the other side of the ball.

Jose Abreu drives a hit to right, knocking in a run in the top of the 3rd inning.

Reynaldo Lopez had just walked in a run when Shin-Soo Choo came up with a chance to give Texas a lead while extending the longest on-base streak in the majors this season.

The White Sox right-hander recorded that key out , and Chicago responded with a five-run fifth inning that included Matt Davidson’s two-run double in a 10-5 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.

You have to be confident in yourself every time, 100 percent, Lopez said through an interpreter. Have confidence in your pitches, and execute your pitches and execute a plan. I think that was the key for me that inning.

I didn’t feel tired in any moment of the game, Lopez said. But right now, yes. Especially because today’s game, a day game with the heat, and I feel really tired.

One-time Texas closer Joakim Soria pitched around two singles in the ninth and had three strikeouts in a five-out save. It was his 12th save of the season in his 14th consecutive scoreless appearance. It was also his first five-out save since 2009.

Five straight Chicago hitters reached with one out in the five-run fifth against Texas ace Cole Hamels, starting with ninth-hitting Adam Engel on a wild pitch after a strikeout.

Tim Anderson doubled, Garcia hit a run-scoring single and Abreu had an infield single before Davidson’s double off the bottom of the 14-foot wall in left field.

Two of Hicks’ home runs came against Price. It was after the second that was driven into a protective netting covering Monument Park beyond the center-field fence that Cora hopped out of the dugout to replace the starter.

If you take a look at the game, it seemed like the righties decided not to swing at the inside part of the plate, Cora said, referencing the Yankees’ patience with Price.

It appeared to Cora that they wanted to make him pitch away or out over the plate.

Price detected that, too.

Astros outlast Rangers after A.J. Hinch argues for balk call

jets_135The Houston Astros scored the winning run against the Texas Rangers on Sunday when manager A.J. Hinch successfully argued that the Rangers’ Keone Kela had balked with a runner on third, even though the call hadn’t originally been made on the field.

Banister told reporters that his problem was that nobody on the field originally called a balk.

The explanation was to me that Key didn’t tell anybody that he was going out of the windup. … I’ve never seen a non-balk call turned over and called a balk, he said.

My argument was that I didn’t know that we could come out and get the umpires to convene to try to see what everybody came up with. It’s upsetting in a sense that you can’t ague against a balk, he said.

The Astros completed a four-game sweep of the Rangers with the victory.

Francona says the Indians were waiting another day to decide whether to place catcher Roberto Perez on the DL. He was hit by a pitch in the right wrist against Detroit on Sunday.

The Indians recalled catcher and outfielder Francisco Mejia from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-hander Evan Marshall to the minor league club.

My working assumption about shifts in baseball has been that they work so often that when they don’t, it sticks in our minds. I also kind of figured pitchers who get burned by a shift now and again tend to see it the same way.

It’s a similar dynamic to errors. They are a rare thing these days. We’re on pace for 2,730 errors this season, which would be a record low, and the league-level fielding percentage (.985) is in a race with 2013 as the best ever. So when a player does commit a miscue, especially at a key juncture of a ballgame, we remember it. We don’t remember the six plays he made in other parts of the ballgame without incident.

Bauers put Tampa Bay ahead in the fourth inning and the Rays went on to an 8-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

jets_134Bauers and fellow 22-year-old Willy Adames drove in four runs, and left-hander Ryan Yarbough pitched six innings to help the Rays win for only the second time in 11 games.

Playing in his fifth major league game, Bauers got on base his first four times and scored three runs. The rookie first baseman spent much of the game looking across the diamond at Adames, a shortstop who was recalled from the minor leagues earlier Monday.

We kept making eye contact, Bauers said. We’ve played for three or four years (in the minors) with each other, and for all of it to come together here now, it was pretty special.

LF Yoenis Cespedes (strained right hip flexor) had his minor league rehab assignment halted following a setback Saturday. He was headed to the team’s complex in Florida, and there’s no timetable for his return. The club had hoped Cespedes would be back Tuesday night in Atlanta. … Mets closer Jeurys Familia (sore shoulder) and infielder Wilmer Flores (sore lower back) are both headed to Florida and the team is very optimistic they will be activated off the disabled list during the upcoming road trip, Callaway said.

Other interleague games that may impact some bats this week include a pair between the Reds and Royals in Kansas City (more at-bats for Jesse Winker). The Marlins will be at the Orioles for a pair, which could net some playing time for Cameron Maybin. While the Rangers will end up losing their DH for that two-game set against the Dodgers Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre managers take note they get the extra bat back at the end of the week with a trio of contests hosting the Rockies. Texas is expected to throw a pair of lefties in the series, so I’m not sure that Ryan McMahon will take those extra hacks in all three games.

Potential two-start options to consider include Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc, who has two home starts, one against the likely Ohtani’s bat-less Angels and one facing the Red Sox, who may or may not have Mookie Betts (abdominal) back in the lineup. Jake Odorizzi takes to the road to face the Tigers and Indians in Week 11. While I’m not sure I trust him against Cleveland, Detroit is batting just .227 this month through games of June 7. ESPN Fantasy recently discussed doubts regarding Clay Buchholz going forward, with games against the slumping Pirates (.219 BA in June) and Mets (league-worst at .140) ahead, he may be worth the risk.

Stephen Jones: Cowboys support whatever decision Jason Witten makes

The Cowboys will give Jason Witten all the time he needs to make a decision on his future. Everyone expects the tight end to retire after 15 seasons and join Monday Night Football, but he has yet to make it official.

Witten has not shown up for voluntary offseason workouts at the team’s training facility this week after meeting with owner Jerry Jones on Friday.

The Cowboys continue patiently to wait for word.

“We support what’s best for him. We don’t need to be talking him into something. He knows we are a much better football team with him. We would love to have him. At the same time, we are going to be so supportive of him.”

Witten made 1,152 catches for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns in playing 239 of a possible 240 games in his career. The other tight ends on the Cowboys’ roster — Rico Gathers, Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin and fourth-round pick Dalton Schultz — have combined to make nine catches for 94 yards and no touchdowns in 29 career games.

“It was actually very enjoyable,” he said. “The goal is to get to No. 32 and we’re getting closer and closer.”

When you’re picking 29th, there are more possibilities for players to be chosen ahead of you, and Caldwell said he had a pretty good idea of who would be remaining on the board when the Jaguars’ pick came up. Caldwell said he does look at mock drafts, which rarely get picks exactly right but often put players in the correct general range.

“There is some validity to those,” Caldwell said. “It’s a good baseline for some checks and balances.”

Once No. 29 came up, Caldwell took defensive tackle Taven Bryan. Although the defensive front isn’t necessarily a need for the Jaguars, Caldwell said Bryan will play plenty of snaps this year.broncos_031_ac2d76cea3733a15-180x180

The Saints’ two-headed rushing attack just lost one of its heads.

Running back Mark Ingram was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Ingram is coming off career highs of 1,124 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in his seventh pro season and is headed into a contract year.

Ingram will miss games against the Buccaneers, Browns, Falcons and Giants. He is eligible to participate in all offseason practices and preseason games.

Responding to a published report this evening from the Detroit News, The Detroit Lions are aware that a criminal charge involving sexual assault was brought against Matt Patricia in 1996, the statement said. Matt was 21 at the time and on spring break in Texas. The charge was dismissed by the prosecutor at the request of the complaining individual prior to trial. As a result, Coach Patricia never had the opportunity to present his case or clear his name publicly in a court of law. He has denied that there was any factual basis for the charge. There was no settlement agreement with the complaining individual, no money exchanged hands and there was no confidentiality agreement. In discussions today with Lions management, the reporter involved acknowledged that the allegations have not been substantiated.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shared some of the previously unreported details from the Feb. 11 police report, and Foster’s ex-girlfriend Elissa Ennis told police the former Alabama star threw her dog across the room during an argument the night before. Ennis said the dog was not injured.

Foster insists he never assaulted Ennis, but he apparently admitted to smashing two of her cell phones, one just outside his house as she was calling 911 on Feb. 11.

Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina 3 (91). John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State 4 (120). Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech 5 (160). Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama 6 (196). Walt Powell, WR, Murray State Deone Bucannon has been somewhat of a revolution, moving from safety to linebacker. Smaller-but-faster at that position can work in today’s NFL, where so many runs take place out of three-receiver sets, and where so many teams throw the ball on first and second down.sharks-027