Maurice Hurst amped up to play for Paul Guenther after watching Geno Atkins

Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst was considered a possible first-round pick before an irregular heartbeat was detected during a medical exam at the NFL Scouting Combine and questions about whether he’ll be able to have a long career in the NFL helped push him to the Raiders in the fifth round.
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While he might not like where he wound up being drafted, Hurst likes the landing spot. He said that watched a lot of film of Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins while at Michigan and is excited to have a chance at filling a similar three-technique role with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who previously held the same job in Cincinnati.

Frankie Montas (R), rostered in 35.5 percent of ESPN leagues, Oakland Athletics at San Diego Padres: The right-hander has a mere 6.5 percent swinging-strike rate in his first four starts of the season. The Padres are in fine position to help Montas, though, as they have the second-highest strikeout rate (25.9 percent) against righties. Of course, Petco Park always boosts the outlook of any hurler.

When the interview period for prospective free agents opens this week, Tavares will meet with five teams, his agent Pat Brisson confirmed.

I have no disappointment, no discouragement, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Womens Jersey said Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello. I think Ichiro Suzuki Youth Jersey that he’s earned every right to make whatever choice he has. The most important thing is we hope is the decision is to be an Islander.

The 27-year-old Tavares said all season long that he wants to re-sign, but as we sit eight days away from the opening of the free agent market, he’s yet to agree to any deal. The Islanders can offer him an eight-year contract, while other NHL teams can only go as many as seven.

This is where I hope to be. I’ve always stated that, Tavares said in April. But obviously I have some time to think about my situation and go from there. I’ve loved it here and people have really embraced me, the team and organization have been first class since I’ve gotten here. Obviously, some great talent and some great things ahead. Definitely a lot of positives and I’ll have to take some time and figure out what I want to do and go from there.