ESPN shakes up ‘Monday Night Football’ booth for 2016 NFL season

McDonough’s first day in the Monday night booth will actually come on a Sunday when ESPN televises the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7. ESPN’s Monday night team will also be on hand for a Saturday preseason game between the Rams and Cowboys.

That Aug. 13 game will mark the NFL’s return to Los Angeles after a 22-year absence.

The regular-season version of Monday Night Football will kick off on Sept. 12 when ESPN televises a double-header. Here’s the entire schedule.

The month of May is filled with coaches handing out praise to their untested rookies. Though it’s only May 8, we might’ve already stumbled on the greatest compliment we’ll hear all offseason. Unsurprisingly, it came from quote machine Bruce Arians, who doubles as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

According to Arians, Cardinals first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche isn’t just dominating at rookie minicamp — he’s bench-pressing offensive linemen.

AFC East

Chalk, chalk, chalk, chalk, chalk, chalk, chalk. That’s seven chalks because thePatriots have won this thing for seven straight seasons — and 13 of the last 15 starting in 2001 with their first Super Bowl title run under Bill Belichick. Even if Tom Brady does miss the first four games of the season, their stranglehold on this division will continue.

Week 1 at Arizona will be tough, and I tend to think Chandler Jones gets to the quarterback a time or three. But I see the Pats dispatching at least two of the three next AFC teams they meet (Dolphins, Texans, Bills) and then Brady comes back mad at the world and you can pencil them in for 12 wins.
Never bet against Tom Brady and the Pats in the AFC East.

I don’t buy the rest of this division, and the reality is the other three teams will all likely be in the market for new starting quarterbacks by January. That includes theJets, even if they do bring Ryan Fitzpatrick back. That’s a band-aid. Until or unless Brady slows down, this is the Patriots’ division.

Get Adam Gase with the right quarterback in Miami and maybe the Dolphins make a move in a few years, and in the meantime the Jets could win 10 games again and push the Pats, but I don’t see anyone here who can realistically keep up. The Patriots won’t have this thing wrapped up by Thanksgiving like they do some years … but still likely before Christmas.

You could look at this a couple different ways. On the one hand, he has yet to deliver even one quality start in four career starts and seems to be getting worse rather than better. But on the other hand, this whole transition he’s undergoing from the majors to the minors is a trial by fire, and this start, as painful as it was, may be his refining moment. After all, look at what Manaea did Tuesday. His worst start yet forced him to take action, altering his changeup grip and shoring up his command, and it resulted in his best start yet.

Of course, any adjustments Berrios makes will have to come at Triple-A after the Twins optioned him there Tuesday morning, but he’s clearly still one of the five most talented starting pitchers they have and will be back in short order if he makes the necessary adjustments.

“He has not mentioned it. That was the first sign of it,” said manager Joe Girardi after the game when asked if Severino had previously reported any problems. “You worry about it. We’ve seen a lot of guys in the game of baseball have to go on the DL. Obviously it’s a big concern.”

An MRI brought good news, however. Severino was diagnosed with a mild right triceps strain, the team announced. He will be shut down for 5-7 days and placed on the 15-day DL. Considering Severino grabbed at his elbow — that is always scary — a triceps strain is good news. It could have been a lot worse.

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