Dez Bryant doesn’t regret passing on Ravens offer

Former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said this week that he thinks Dez Bryant will wind up with the Packers, but a report on Tuesday indicated that’s not a likely development at the moment.

The 2008 Rays emerged from a division with two powerhouses, defeating the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series to punch their ticket to the World Series. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
Even the Braves could call on some faint history of past success, though. That wasn’t true for the 2008 Rays, who had been a laughingstock and a retirement home for aging players during the team’s anonymous first decade in baseball. Tampa had finished last in the AL East nine times during its 10-season reign and didn’t appear to be actively improving. The Devil Rays went 66-96 during the 2007 season with horrific fielding and relief work, and when Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA model projected the Rays to improve to 88-74, it was mostly met with derision.

“He’s one of those guys who’s going to worry about himself and keep working. He’s not going to worry about what’s going on outside,” Gase said.

Even the unlikely turn of the Nets, though, doesn’t come close to matching the out-of-nowhere nature of the 2017-18 Golden Knights. The Nets had the assets to trade for Kidd and lined him up alongside Keith Van Horn and former first overall pick Kenyon Martin. It helped when general manager Rod Thorn pulled off a heist during the 2001 draft, sending Eddie Griffin to the Rockets for three first-round picks, two of whom — Jason Collins and Richard Jefferson — immediately became rotation contributors. But the Nets had far more to work with in piecing together their team Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys than the Knights did before this season. Expectations for the Nets were correspondingly higher.

“There is no question in their mind that Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys he will open training camp throwing the football,” Casserly said (via NFL.com). “Right now, they’re being conservative. He’s throwing a weighted ball. That’s where they are right now, but he’s going to start training camp. They’re totally confident in that.”

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