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Former Pitt receiver Devin Street released by New England Patriots

As quick as he came, he left again.

Former Pitt wide receiver Devin Street had another chance to impress an NFL team recently, but it didn't last long. The New England Patriots signed Street back in the beginning of May to give him a look, even using a waiver claim to secure his rights. But this week, they cut him again, releasing him on Wednesday. The Patriots reportedly waived him to make room for another receiver, Andrew Hawkins.

The Patriots have worked out Street before, signing him to their practice team prior to last season. But the Indianapolis Colts added him to their 53-man roster and that's where he played for 2016.

Street is still young enough that he can be a desirable receiver for teams looking for some experience. Unless he rejoins the Colts again, he could be playing for his third NFL team in three years this fall since he played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 and 2015.

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Larry Fitzgerald won't address playing future until training camp

Former Pitt wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald left the school and has had a stellar career in the NFL. There's little doubt that he should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame whenever his career ends.

But Fitz isn't saying yet when that career will officially over.

Fitzgerald is committed to this season but nothing beyond that. It could be his last year in the NFL but he won't be discussing his intentions until training camp. And even then, it's not something he wants to be badgered about all year long.

Fitzgerald said Monday night at an Arians Family Foundation charity dinner that he will address his playing future once, in training camp, and that's it. "I'm going to answer it one time, and I'm not even going to address it anymore," Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald's response was likely a preemptive strike of sorts because he was asked quite a bit last year about his future plans.

While Fitzgerald is getting older, he's still plenty capable of being a top receiver in the league. Last year he had a whopping 107 catches, which was, by the way, the most in the NFL. Retiring with seemingly so much left in the tank seems like a ridiculous notion but Fitz has also played 13 years in the league so he's had a fairly long career.

But while that's a good amount, players (particularly receivers) have also played much more. Jerry Rice, for example, played 20 seasons in the NFL.

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Cardiac Hill Poll of the Day: How many basketball games will the Pitt men's team win in 2017-18?

So, we're in the offseason, right? About 100 days left until the start of football season, it's going to be a while before we have any actual Pitt games to cover. Last year, I did a countdown featuring football players and uniform numbers and this year wanted to do something a little different.

Until the start of football season, we'll be running a daily poll. I doubt that will continue once football season starts but we'll see where it goes.

Since Pitt basketball has been such a topic of discussion with all of the roster turnover from last season, I figured we'd start off with some predictions. Next year looks like it will be a long season but we won't know until the games are played. How many of those games do you think the Panthers will win in the regular season?

As a measuring stick, the team won only 16 games this past season.

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Poll How many basketball games will the Pitt men's team win in 2017-18? 20 or more 18-19 16-17 14-15 12-13 Fewer than 12   6 votes | Results

Will Lesean McCoy become a Hall of Famer?

I came across an interesting article this morning that discussed former Pitt star Lesean McCoy. The focal point was really on McCoy's workload this upcoming season with the Buffalo Bills, but there was a mention of his Hall of Fame chances early in the article.

McCoy is referring to his pursuit of 10,000 career rushing yards and then 12,000 career rushing yards. He is just shy of 9,000 yards for his career and will turn 29 this summer before his third season the Buffalo Bills. Early in his career, McCoy had people tell him he had the talent to get to the Hall of Fame some day. Now he's staring down the numbers it would take to get there. "The only thing missing is a couple more years, a couple more thousand yards and some winning games," McCoy said Thursday. "That's what every player strives to do to have a great career. That's the only thing I'm missing is the ring and some more yards."

The idea that Shady can get to the Hall of Fame isn't that far-fetched. He currently ranks 37th on the all-time rushing list with 8,954 yards and he also has 382 catches for 2,930 yards. Combined, he has 73 career touchdowns.

Those numbers won't get him in since he doesn't have championships to go along with them, so it becomes a matter of how much more can he play and how effective can he be during those years.

If you look at the players ahead of him on the all-time list, it's littered with guys that aren't Hall of Famers and probably won't be so McCoy isn't a Hall of Famer right now. But he also will have a chance to leapfrog many of them in the next two years. McCoy had 1,267 rushing yards last season and two more 1,000-yard seasons would put him just outside of the top 20. He will be 29 when this season starts so he'd be 31 after those two years. How productive can he be past that? That's anybody's guess but another 1,000 would get him close to the top 15.

There's also the health aspect. So far, McCoy has been pretty durable playing at least 15 games in six of his eight NFL seasons (and no fewer than 12). But for him to improve his chances, he'll need to stay on the field.

McCoy has a lot of work to do to be under consideration if he doesn't win a championship by the time he retires. But with a few more productive seasons, he could find himself in the Hall of Fame discussion.

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Cardiac Spill: Sheep Game Results

YOU voted! YOU decided! YOU said mean things about the basketball coach!

The results are in!

We received 99 eligible submissions to the first ever Cardiac Sp(H)ill Sheep Game, some from people with the exact same name - so if you’re one of the several Pats who entered, I identified you at the bottom by one of your answers. (Hope you remember what you put.) As promised, certain thematic answers were grouped together, and (for example) “Stallings”/”Kevin Stallings” were always treated like the same answer. As a reminder, you get points based on how many people gave the same answer as you. Scores will be at the bottom, but first, the good bit...

Question 1: Describe Pat Narduzzi in one word. 'We don't need a game ball!' - #Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi post-PSU win (via LiveWire) #H2P— Harry G. Psaros (@PittGuru) September 14, 2016 Answer Points Accepted Variants Coach 11 Intense 9 Anything Religious 8 Savior, God, Jesus, Saint, Saviour, The Savior, Messianic Energy/Energetic 7 Dad/Cool Dad 5 Winner 4 Goat 4 G.O.A.T., GOAT NardWhatever 4 NardDog, NardGod, NardDawg, Hard4Nard Awesome 3 Fire/Fiery 3 Tough 3 Passionate 2 Hero 2 Calves 2 Gritty 2 Lit 2

Black Sheep (only one point): Bad, Beast, Better, Butter, Dude, Duz, Effective, Feisty, Flight of Foot, Genius, Good, Great, Insane, Inspiring, Italian, Kingly, Leader, Legend, Lunchpail, Motivating, Obama, Savvy, Tall, The Best, Ubermensch, Whiny, intenseawesomesavioureyecandystud, Spilly Sucks

Question 2: Finish the sentence: "As a Pitt fan, I don't get why everyone is so mad at...” No knowledgeable Pitt basketball fan would call for Stallings to be fired after one year. That's amateur hour.— Chris Dokish (@ChrisDokish) April 1, 2017 Answer Points Accepted Variants Kevin Stallings 18 Jamie Dixon 15 Heinz Field 13 Not having an on-campus stadium; attendance; yellow seats Pitt 8 Us Cam Johnson/Transfer Blocking 7 Tino Sunseri 4 Everything/Everyone 4 "Everything really I mean what did we expect" Scott Barnes 3 Paul Chryst 3 Spilly 2 Spilly Sucks, Spilly putting ketchup on everything

Black Sheep: Darrelle Revis, Dinocat, Lou Holtz, Jimmy “Tiger Face” Franklin, The Orb, Dave Wannstedt, “Not Kevin Stallings,” Nordenberg, Todd Graham, The Flyers, Nasir Robinson, “Wait nevermind I get it,” Refs, Success, Penn State not making the playoffs, Heather Lyke, Steve Pederson, Script, “ Our focus on academic priorities over sports ones,” Walt Harris, Donald Trump, “the men who run with the ball very far”

Question 3: Which other ACC school/school's fan-base is actually pretty alright? @moms_love_me_ HEY HEY NAH PRETTY SURE WE NEVER PLAYED PITT NOPE I THINK IT'D REMEMBER THAT AND NOT HAVE BLACKED OUT FROM IT— Eight Ball (@8BalltheTiger) December 4, 2016 Answer Points Clemson 27 Virginia Tech 17 Syracuse 14 Virginia 11 UNC 5 Boston College 5 Maryland 4 Wake Forest 4 Georgia Tech 3 NC State 2 Louisville 2

Black Sheep: Duke, Miami, Florida State, Penn State, Grambling, Spilly Sucks

Question 4: The best stop for pizza in Oakland is... Breaking: Antoon's crust still being chewed after five minutes. Says chewer: "It just keeps getting larger in my mouth."— Souf Oaklin fo' Life (@Souf_Oaklin) August 20, 2016 Answer Points Accepted Variants Antoon's 43 Antoones, Antoines Sorrento's 25 The O 6 Original Hot Dog Shoppe, Dirty O Sciulli's 5 "...how is this even a question" No Answer/Pass 3 Papa D's 2

Black Sheep: Papa John’s, Pizza Milano’s, Minio’s, (“it’s not in Oakland, but...”) Vincent’s Pizza, Larry and Carol’s, Pizza Romano, Rite Aid, “a mistake,” the Pizza Hut Express in the WPU basement, CVS Pharmacy, Domino’s, “a pizza place, probably,” Mikey’s Pizza Palace, Spilly Sucks

Question 5: Besides Ryan Luther, name any other player on the 2017-18 Pitt basketball roster. For what it's worth, there is no mention of Jonathan Milligan in Pitt's release on the opening of season-ticket renewals pic.twitter.com/W4F7b3OKtF— Craig Meyer (@CraigMeyerPG) May 24, 2017 Answer Points Accepted Variants Jonathan Milligan 19 Marcus Carr 9 I Don't Know 8 ???, IDK, Uhhh..., etc. There Aren't Any 7 No One Who Cares 6 n/a, Pass Again, No Thank You Cam Johnson 3 Malik Ellison 3 Jared Wilson-Frame 3 lol 3 hahahaha Monty Boykins 2 Minty Boyktons Michael Young 2 Peace Ilgomeh 2 Peace Illegomath Shamiel Stevenson 2 Zach Smith 2 The Walk On 2 A White Guy

Black Sheep: Levon Kendall, Chris Jones, Malik Hooker, “the basketball itself,” Khameron Davis, Chevon Troutman, Butt, John Doe, Kevin Stallings, Kevin Willard, Rafael Maia, “Fire Kevin Stallings,” Tyrone Haughton, Teven Sadams, Kobe Buffaloment, “Can we have Ko back?”, Assisty McAssistface, Rozelle Nix, Your Mom (grad transfer/home economics major), Rozeron Kithigualt, Damon Wilson, Ronald Ramon, Yuri, Brandin Knight, Doug McReynolds, Spilly Sucks

Question 6: Besides Pittsburgh, where do all the Pitt fans live? Watching the #Pitt game at Sto's in Philly and it is PACKED to the brim! pic.twitter.com/2J3Odm4qLy— Corey Cohen (@CoreyECohen) September 24, 2016 Answer Points Accepted Variants Philadelphia 21 "...for some reason," Phili, Philly, Filthadelphia Washington, D.C. 11 New York City 9 Outside Philly 8 "Just Outside" of Philly, Outside Philly, Anywhere East of Harrisburg Outside Pittsburgh 7 Butler, Greensburg, Monroeville, North/East/South of Pittsburgh Ohio 6 Eastern Ohio Mental States 5 "in denial-land," "in disappointment," "in a deep emotional abyss," "in constant pain," "in mediocrity" Pennsylvania 4 Central Pennsylvania, The Rest of PA Virginia 3 Northern Virginia State College 3 Erie 2 Harrisburg 2 Oakland, CA 2

Black Sheep: The Moon, Florida, Oklahoma, Online, Denver, Not Pittsburgh, Everywhere, “dark pittsburgh, which is like pittsburgh but spookier (?)”, Georgia, Hell, “Littsburgh,” Chapel Hill, Louisville, Tempe, West Virginia, Spilly Sucks

Question 7: It's obvious that the star of the 2017 Pitt football team will be... Pitt's Quadree Henderson: "I definitely want to be an All-American again. I want to win the Heisman."— Lauren Kirschman (@laurenkirschman) April 15, 2017 Answer Points Accepted Variants Quadree Henderson 41 "The Hendersons" Jordan Whitehead 24 Max Browne 4 Pat Narduzzi 4 George Aston 3 George Astin Brian O'Neill 3 "The Kicker" 2 "Whoever the kicker is so I don't have to hear Blewitt jokes" Jester Weah 2

Black Sheep:

  • “The namless unherladed 300+ beefcakes that protect a very good trundling RB and inept-but-sometimes-decent QB”
  • “The clone they made of Lebron James when was in high school. F*** you i know he'd be around 16-17.”
  • “Smiting the corners of Moab, and destroying all the children of Sheth”
  • “you, if you believe in yourself”
  • “Good and not bad”
  • Tony Dorsett
  • Pitt Script
  • Darrin Hall
  • Sheldon Jeter
  • Qadree Ollison
  • Bill Hillgrove
  • “Chantez Moss”
  • Tino Sunseri
  • Bill Stull
  • Bokor
  • Spilly Sucks
Question 8: Describe Kevin Stallings in one word. This ‘describe Donald Trump in one word’ poll will make him clench his tiny fists in ragehttps://t.co/rOf8057ACR pic.twitter.com/DiPr74iCqW— The Poke (@ThePoke) May 15, 2017 Answer Points Bad 13 Bald 10 Terrible 5 Angry 4 Mediocre 3 Angry 3 S**t 3 Lame 2 Disaster 2 Dumpster (Fire) 2 Idiot 2 Misunderstood 2 F***/F***face 2 Lame/Lame Dad 2

Black Sheep: Sad!, Re-tread, Crap, Average, Coach, Struggling, Rockports, Unfortunate, Mistreated, Ouch, Scapegoat, Disappointing, Difficult, Carsalesman, Butt, Inept, Meh, Arrogant, Loafers, Confused, Crusty, Horrible, Garbage, “The spawn of satin and should burn in hell with Paterno.”, Receding, Suck, Goat, Ass****, Ugh, Hated, Special, Villified, Antichrist, DeezNuts, Athletic, Gone, Dauterivish, Turd, Frustratinglyincompetant, so-very-tall, Ugly, Loony, Employee, Spilly Sucks

Question 9: When I hear "Sweet Caroline,” I immediately... Pat Narduzzi sent out an email to Pitt students encouraging them to not leave the game after Sweet Caroline. Spoiler Alert: Won't work.— M. Joseph Parry (@TheMikePerry) October 5, 2015 Answer Points Accepted Variants Leave 20 Stand, begin my exit, etc. Sing Along 17 "Break into song, scaring everyone around me", "Sing Cracklin Rosie" Say/Shout/Yell "Let's go Pitt!" 14 Feel Shame 12 Groan, Cringe, Roll Eyes, Sigh, Hang Head In Shame, "Am embarrassed to be a Pitt fan", Reconsider Fandom Puke 10 Vomit, Throw Up, Spit Up, Retch Feel Nostalgia 5 Get Angry 4 "Lose my s***" Ba Ba Bum 3 Ba Ba Bum, Bum Bum Bum, Do Do Do Cry 3 Cry Salty Tears, Weep Tears of Victory Feel Nothing 3 Meh, "Remember that we're not special and that sports is a temporary distraction from the void that is our inevitable death"

Black Sheep:

  • “Start my case for banning Sweet Caroline”
  • “Become erect and nostalgic like Henry Kissinger watching old footage of Vietnamese jungles getting destroyed by Napalm”
  • “Make fun of Penn State”
  • “Put my arm around the person next to me”
  • “open and shut my mouth so people think i'm singing to disguise how i don't actually know sweet caroline look i'm sorry”
  • “Wag my tail”
  • Drink
  • Spilly Sucks
Question 10: What is the best part of, place in, or thing about State College? State College sucks— Not Chuck (@madchazz) April 2, 2017 Answer Points Accepted Variants Nothing 26 Leaving 23 "the highways leading out," "the on ramp to whatever highway is the fastest way out of the _______ hellhole," "seeing it in your rear view mirror," "the sign to return to I-80" Ice Cream/The Creamery 17 42-39/Losing to Pitt 4 It is far away 3 "that there is only one State College," "It is genetically isolated in Rural PA" Primanti's 2 I have friends in State College 2 The Downtown/Main Street 2 Where the statue used to be 2

Black Sheep:

  • “Beaver Stadium is both rad and the real life Mordor”
  • “I think they have a Hooters”
  • “theres a wegmans”
  • “The 9 rungs of hell”
  • “R U hungry. Notice how all good food there is stolen from rivals. PSU Sucks!”
  • “You can piss wherever you want”
  • “The prison next door”
  • “Joe Pa’s Grave”
  • “lololololol”
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Campus
  • Frat Houses
  • Drinking
  • Cows
  • A bathroom
  • you
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Spilly Sucks
Question 11: How many wins will Pitt football have in 2017? Pitt really trying to convince us they're a football school smh— Bailey Rogers (@bjrogi) September 10, 2016 Answer Points 9 38 8 31 10 10 15 7 7 4 13 2 11 2 6 1 3 1 1 1 Question 12: This survey is almost entirely about men's basketball and football. I was hoping for at least one question about... Ladies and gentleman, #TheMaharaja has arrived and he is ready to CELEBRATE his championship victory! #JinderMahal @JinderMahal #SDLive pic.twitter.com/YsPOo2013p— WWE (@WWE) May 24, 2017 Answer Points Accepted Variants (Pitt Men's) Wrestling 14 Baseball 9 The Cathedral of Learning 9 Cathy On-Campus Stadiums 7 Sheep 5 Ovis Aries Spilly 4 "Your rediculous eating habits," Spilly's Food Opinions, Spilly Sucks Steelers 3 Donald Trump 3 Athletic Directors 3 Scott Barnes Your Mom 2 Butts 2 Women's Basketball 2 Academics 2 Oakland Bars 2 Hem's

Black Sheep:

  • “Nothing else, this is what i expected”
  • “Something I am familiar with”
  • “My own emotional well-being”
  • “Scottie Reynolds vs Gilyard.”
  • “The atrocities being committed in Yemen”
  • “Insert random hot college sports girl item here for me to look at with no small amount of guilt. But I will still look.”
  • “How much Penn State sucks”
  • “h2p012 & betthephils rivalry”
  • Recruiting
  • Theresa Nuzzo
  • Women’s Softball
  • Virginia Tech
  • PITT BASKETBALL SHOUTING
  • Girl’s Swimming
  • Rosemary’s Breasts
  • Ultimate
  • God
  • Game of Thrones
  • #PittTwitter
  • Jamie Dixon
  • Taiwan Cafe
  • Pitt Script
  • Primanti’s
  • Pitt State Gorillas
  • Sandwiches
  • The Pens
  • Season Tickets
  • Math
  • Dogs
  • Football
  • Ping Pong
  • Hentai

And now, final scores.

Name TOTAL POINTS justinxeese 230 Don 226 Paul K 226 Kevin Stallings 225 Matt Iannacci 223 E 213 Chuck 212 Doge Enrico Dandolo 211 JohnnyMiller 211 Anson 210 Mason's Best Friend 209 Corey Cohen 206 Marshall 204 Bryan 203 Brian Batko 203 Doug Chaffee 203 Moister than an Oyster 202 Richmjones23 202 Big Chill Z-Dawg 202 Derek 201 Jim 201 Pat who said Pat Narduzzi is "hero" 201 Ike Christopher 199 John who said Kevin Stallings is "idiot" 198 Chris 196 Brendan Bettez 195 Charlie Hansen 195 The Dan who is neither Dan Hodgson, Dan!, or the Dan with the weird answers 194 Chris Fleckenstein 194 Tom Hustava 192 Twink 191 JPG 191 Dan Hodgson 189 Matt O'Polka 186 Eric Floyd/@Sleepy1193 185 Jordan 185 Greg Newell 183 Tyrell Biggs 180 Pat who said Pat Narduzzi is "energetic" 175 Willard 175 Sean Jameson 175 AJ 173 John Devich 170 Bob M 167 Jessica 167 Pat Narduzzi 166 Andrew Knasko 164 @Hummmmer 161 Captain awesome pants 160 Tony D 158 Jay91 158 Hannah Williams 153 Brian 150 Rachelle 150 Katey Barner 148 Jordan 147 Luke 146 Jack 145 Matt Barnes 142 h2p012 139 DC 136 Jakob Buttz 134 Craig T 134 Farty McPoop-pants 134 Dan! 133 Tortured Pitt Fan 131 Nick 128 Todd 127 Joe Hastings 127 joe juliano 127 Sweet Dave 126 tyrone haughton 126 Matt 124 _dcoot 124 BKPanther 123 PolPitt 122 John who said Kevin Stallings is "horrible" 120 Find 120 Guy Who Used My Real Name 118 Florian L 118 Obama 117 Paul Macaroni 114 Emily 113 Jason 109 Hentai Hentai Hentai 105 Gus miller 104 Chris Lucia 92 Dan who said "intenseawesome" 74 Is what others use to identify me 72 Flips Whitefudge 72 Chapel hill panther 69 CameronWrong 68 Karnal Inclinations 58 Nick F 54 Orenthal James Conner 42 Keith Naughton 35 hi i'm eve 30 Horble Gray 24 Spilly Sucks 21

Congrats to @justinxreese! (Ah, hell, that guy probably has a Venmo account...)

I’d love to do this again some time, so if you liked it, let me know.

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Several Pitt players named to Athlon preseason All-ACC teams

Athlon revealed its preseason All-Conference Teams recently and the site included several Pitt players on its ACC squads.

Offensive lineman Brian O'Neill and all purpose talent Quadree Henderson were the lone first team picks. Henderson made it as the team's kick returner.

Henderson also made it onto the second team as the all purpose player and punt returner. There, he was joined by safety Jordan Whitehead and offensive lineman Alex Officer.

Offensive lineman Alex Bookser, receiver Jester Weah, and running back Qadree Ollison made the third team. Punter Ryan Winslow was added to the fourth team (and yes, four conference teams is probably two too many).

In terms of overall representation, Pitt had ten players across the four teams and that ranked fourth behind only Clemson, Florida State, and Virginia Tech. Things like this are always sort of meaningless but to have that much recognition from a team that just graduated a lot of players and also had five NFL Draft picks is kind of impressive.

Any picks seem off to you? Anyone missing? Pitt has a lot of young talent and, by the end of the year, I think they could have some more guys make this list after the season has played out.

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Nathan Peterman, Dorian Johnson sign with new NFL teams

Last week, I mentioned that James Conner and Adam Bisnowaty had signed their rookie contracts after the NFL Draft. Two more Pitt players are now signed and accounted for.

Offensive lineman Dorian Johnson signed with the Arizona Cardinals shortly after I wrote about Bisnowaty and Conner last week. Johnson inked a four-year deal with the team.

Former Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman also signed with his new team, the Buffalo Bills. His terms weren't disclosed, either, but this site says he'll get a four-year deal worth about $2.6 million. Peterman was the last of Buffalo's drafted players to sign.

That only leaves Ejuan Price and, to date, I've still not seen him signing a deal with the Rams.

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Travon Woodall joins Robert Morris as Director of Basketball Operations

Former Pitt guard Travon Woodall got into coaching a little while ago. Last year, he was on the staff as an assistant at IUP. He was hired there in 2016 and is already on the move. This time, he's headed to Robert Morris as Director of Basketball Operations.

Robert Morris has hired IUP assistant (and former Pitt standout) Travon Woodall as DOBO, per multiple sources. — Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) May 23, 2017

Prior to getting into the coaching game, Woodall was playing professionally overseas in several countries after his playing days ended at Pitt.

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Former Pitt receiver Tyler Boyd will battle for playing time in 2017

Last year, former Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd enjoyed a solid rookie campaign with the Cincinnati Bengals. With 54 catches for 603 yards, he was impressive as a late second-round NFL Draft pick.

But despite that strong first year, a cursory glance at the Bengals' roster shows he'll have to work hard to keep his spot.

First, there's A.J. Green, who is not only the undisputed top guy (no, not those top guys) but one of the best wideouts in the league. After that, the team re-signed their other starter, Brandon LaFell, to a two-year contract. That alone could be enough to keep Boyd where he's at as the team's third option.

But then the Bengals also added John Ross with the No. 9 overall pick in the draft this year.

Ross ran a Combine-record 4.22 40-yard dash and had 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2016 with Washington in his last collegiate season. When you take a guy that high, well, you're not envisioning him as a reserve. Ross may not start immediately but the expectation will be that he becomes a starter very soon.

Where does that leave Boyd? Not necessarily on the outside looking in. He could challenge LaFell and also beat out Ross this season. But in order to see more playing time, he likely would need to be very impressive and come out ahead of both of those guys on the depth chart. And none of that even factors injuries, which, as the Bengals saw with Green going down last year, are known to happen.

But what shouldn't be forgotten, too, is that Cincinnati returns Tyler Eifert for hopefully a full season. Eifert is one of the top tight ends in the league and missed half of last year with an injury. If he stays healthy, it will essentially also mean less touches for the wideouts.

In other words, he'll have work to do if he wants a breakout type of season.

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Pitt baseball's Alex Amos lands on ACC All-Freshman Team

The Pitt baseball season ended with a 23-30 record, but one bright spot on the team this year was freshman Alex Amos. The team's starting second baseman was rewarded by making the ACC All-Freshman Team.

"Alex epitomizes Pitt baseball," said head coach Joe Jordano. "He has a blue collar approach to everything he does, both on and off the field. Alex certainly took advantage of his opportunity and played some great baseball for us, and it is awesome that he is being recognized for his effort. He is part of a freshman class that gained valuable experience this season and has laid the foundation for an exciting future."

Even though he was only a freshman, he was statistically one of the team's best players. Amos led the team with a .304 batting average (finishing a full .23 points higher than the next closest player) and was second in runs and walks.

There wasn't much great about the team this year. They were under .500 for the fourth consecutive season and were one of only two teams that failed to reach the conference tournament. But Amos' debut was a good one.

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