Stanton has spent eight years dealing with a suboptimal ownership dynamic and playing before small crowds in Miami. Now he wakes up in New York in the same batting order as Aaron Judge, who staked his claim to the future face of baseball designation with 52 home runs as a rookie. Stanton goes from the 25th-most-generous home run park in the majors to the No. 2 yard. The only way this could be more entertaining is if he hit left-handed.
Owner Hal Steinbrenner shared an amazing revelation when he said the organization would have moved on from Girardi even if the Yankees had won the World Series.
Quinn noted that the Falcons usually have an extensive walk-through before each practice, and that’s a session that Jones rarely misses no matter how much he’s hurting. He uses the time to get familiar with the game plan, run some routes and hone his timing with quarterback Matt Ryan.
If Jones is limited during the actual practice, he focuses on plays in which he’ll likely be the primary receiver.
We try to feature him on plays that are unique for him and Matt to be at full speed, Quinn said. When he goes, it’s these full-speed, aggressive routes. So that helps him as far as the timing goes.
So best wishes for a peaceful offseason to the Raiders, Texans and Dolphins in the AFC, and to the Cowboys, Packers, Lions and Giants in the NFC. That’s two division champs that not only did not repeat, but didn’t even make the final cut. That’s also two entire 2016 wild-card matchups wiped out: the Texans’ win over the Raiders, and the Packers’ elimination of the Giants �� as well as one unforgettable divisional-round game, the last-second Packers takedown of the top-seeded Cowboys.
Meanwhile, either the Seahawks or the defending NFC champion Falcons will miss out. If it’s the Falcons, that would mean the NFC title game opponents from last year, Green Bay and Atlanta, will watch the playoffs from home.
If the Patriots win, they will clinch home-field advantage in the AFC for the second straight year, the third time in four years and the seventh time in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. If another Jets touchdown is overturned on replay for questionable reasons, the Patriots will get the job done for sure. Somehow, nine of their last 11 meetings have been decided by seven points or less �� but the Patriots have won seven of them.
He has a rare combination of size, speed, instincts, ball skills and body control. And he’s no longer a rookie.