Saints add cornerback Pruitt, cut kicker Scobee

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METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says New Orleans has signed cornerback Jimmy Pruitt while cutting veteran kicker Josh Scobee and waiving offensive tackle Bryan Witzmann.

Scobee, a 12-year NFL veteran out of Louisiana Tech, was signed by New Orleans in March. He was expected to compete with incumbent Saints kicker Kai Forbath.

The 6-foot, 203-pound Pruitt participated in the club’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis last week.

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Pruitt is coming off a four-year-career at San Jose State, where he played in 47 games and was credited with 183 tackles, eight interceptions, 28 passes defended, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Last season, he played in 12 games and was credited with 53 tackles, three interceptions, seven passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Check out the NASCAR Next class unveiled on ‘Race Hub’

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The 2016 NASCAR Next drivers was announced on FS1’s NASCAR Race Hub on Tuesday night.

Established in 2011, the NASCAR Next program is designed to provide the next generation of motorsports stars with opportunities to develop their skills both on and off the track.

Nine graduates of the program have gone on to win races in one of NASCAR’s three national series, highlighted by Erik Jones winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 2015 and Chase Elliott winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship in 2014 at only 18 years old.

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Elliott delivered a career-best performance at Dover International Speedway last weekend, finishing third, and currently shares the rookie spotlight in the NASCAR Sprit Cup Series with fellow Next alumni Ryan Blaney, who has top-10 finishes in the last three consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

This year’s NASCAR Next class was selected through an evaluation process that included input from industry executives, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Council and media. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, have tangible and expressed goals in eventual competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and demonstrate the potential to realize that goal.

Check out the Next class of drivers who could rise to stardom:

Harrison Burton (@HBurtonRacing) — The 15-year-old from Huntersville, North Carolina, is the son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton. He has climbed to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series after setting the record last year as the youngest Division I race winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.

Collin Cabre (@CollinCabre12) — In his second season driving for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the 22-year-old from Tampa, Florida, captured his first career win last October after making the successful move from racing sprint cars.

Spencer Davis (@SpencerDavis_29) — The 17-year-old Dawsonville, Georgia, driver has shown a proficiency in nearly everything he’s raced. After winning the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award last season in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, Davis has transitioned to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, where he has established himself as a championship contender with top six finishes in his first seven series starts dating back to last season.

Say hello to the future. Meet the #NASCARNext Class of 2016! #NASCAR #RaceHub #NASCARonFS1 https://t.co/EgRRITplHe

— FOX SPORTS: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) May 17, 2016

Alon Day (@Alon_Day) — One of two international drivers on the list, Day is the first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver to earn a NASCAR Next recognition. Day, 24, from Ashdod, Israel, completed his first full season in the Whelen Euro Series as championship runner-up. Including the final two rounds of 2015, Day has won four of the last eight Elite 1 races and is again a threat win the title.

Tyler Dippel (@Tyler_Dippel) — An accomplished dirt racer, the 16-year-old from Wallkill, New York, has already scored his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory in March. Dippel previously competed in the DIRTcar Racing Series in the northeast, earning the rookie of the year title and becoming the youngest race winner in that series.

Todd Gilliland (@ToddGilliland_) — The son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran David Gilliland, the 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, made NASCAR history by winning his first four career NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts. He became the youngest winner in series history with his victory last fall, and has followed it up with wins in both the K&N Pro Series East and West season openers this year.

Noah Gragson (@NoahGragson) — The 17-year-old from Las Vegas finished second in the championship standings last year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, collecting the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the process. Gragson followed the path set by Kyle and Kurt Busch, learning his trade in the Legends and Bandolero Divisions at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He earned a pair of K&N Pro Series West wins in 2015 and is again a championship contender.

Gary Klutt (@Garyklutt) — The second Canadian to be named to the program and the first full-time driver from the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Klutt represents a crop of young drivers making an impact on Canada’s championship stock car series. The 23-year-old from Halton Hills, Ontario, earned his first career pole and win last year en route to being named the Jostens Rookie of the Year. He finished fifth in series points and will be among the title contenders when the series opens later this month.

Julia Landauer (@julialandauer) — Landauer, 24, from New York City, got her start racing a variety of cars — from Formula BMW to Ford Focus Midgets to stock cars. The versatile Landauer was a contestant on the hit reality show ‘Survivor’ before graduating from Stanford in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and Society. She became the first female to win a Limited Late Model division championship at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia, last year before graduating to the K&N Pro Series West this season.

Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) — The 21-year-old from Seymour, Wisconsin, showcased his ability with a dominating display at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in February, collecting three wins and earning the 2016 Super Late Model championship in the 50th Annual World Series of Stock Car Racing. Majeski added a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model track record and victory in the FrostBuster at Wisconsin’s LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in April.

Matt Tifft (@Matt_Tifft) — A development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, the 19-year-old from Hinckley, Ohio, is driving part-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for JGL Racing as well as JGR, and racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Red Horse Racing. He earned his first career pole in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Talladega earlier this month.

The last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookies of the Year have been NASCAR Next alum, as are the top two contenders for this year’s award: Blaney and Elliott. The last three Sunoco Rookie of the Year winners in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series were also part of the NASCAR Next program.

“The NASCAR Next program has introduced current stars such as Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney to the NASCAR fan, and we believe this year’s class has the same potential,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president of marketing and industry services. “These drivers have shown the talent and intangibles to climb the NASCAR ladder, and we look forward to watching their careers grow.”

Broncos elect Elam, Fletcher, Lynch to Ring of Fame

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) A trio of former players is heading into the Denver Broncos’ Ring of Fame: kicker Jason Elam, linebacker Simon Fletcher and safety John Lynch.

Owner Pat Bowlen, who was inducted last year, created the Ring of Fame in 1984 to honor players and administrators who played significant roles in the franchise’s history.

Elam played the first 15 of 17 NFL seasons in Denver, where he’s the all-time leader in field goals and points.

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Fletcher spent his entire career (1985-95) with the Broncos and is the franchise’s all-time sacks leader with 97 1/2. He appeared in 172 consecutive games and never missed a game in his career.

Lynch played four seasons (2004-07) in Denver and was a Pro Bowler each season.

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Jaguars sign veteran Linkenbach, release Oberkrom

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed veteran offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach and released rookie kicker Jaden Oberkrom.

Linkenbach has played in 86 games with 36 starts during his six-year career. He played in all 16 games in three of his first four seasons in Indianapolis after signing with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He spent the 2014 season in Kansas City, seeing action in every regular-season game. He played for Miami and San Diego last season. Linkenbach played collegiately at Cincinnati, where he started 42 games at offensive tackle.

Oberkrom signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie free agent earlier this month after a four-year career at Texas Christian University.

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5 reasons Michigan is the favorite to win the Big Ten title in 2016

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DETROIT, MI - JUNE 30: University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh looks on and smiles while talking to the media prior to the Major League Baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 30, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – JUNE 30: University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh looks on and smiles while talking to the media prior to the Major League Baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 30, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

As hard as it is to believe we’re closing in on 100 days until the start of college football season, and one team getting plenty of buzz entering the year is Michigan.

Lost in all the talk about satellite camps in Australia and sleepovers with recruits is that Jim Harbaugh returns a deep and talented team, one that FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman has ranked No. 5 in his preseason poll.

So are the Wolverines legit? Here are five reasons Michigan should be the Big Ten favorite going into this season and a serious playoff contender.

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The Big Ten is ready for a new champ

In college football it isn’t always how good you are but how good everyone else is around you, and there’s no doubt that the Wolverines benefit from a little bit of a soft underbelly in the Big Ten this season.

Ohio State lost a staggering 12 players to the NFL Draft, while Michigan State will have to do without the services of three-year starting quarterback Connor Cook. Penn State will also be breaking in a new quarterback, while Michigan’s toughest games against Western Division opponents (Wisconsin and Iowa) will be at home.

Michigan’s dominant rushing attack

Lost in the fact that Michigan will be breaking in a new quarterback with the departure of Jake Ruddock is that the Wolverines should be able to off-set it with one of the deepest stables of running backs in college football.

Michigan returns its three top running backs in De’Veon Smith, Drake Johnson and Ty Issac), a group that combined for over 1,200 yards rushing last year and 11 touchdowns.

And that group doesn’t even include Kareem Walker, one of the top running back recruits in the country last year, who should be able to make an immediate impact. Speaking of Walker …

Several recruits could make an immediate impact

In his first full recruiting class Harbaugh hit the ground running, signing a class that most believe was one of the top five in the nation. And it includes several players who could play right away in Ann Arbor.

In addition to Walker, linebacker Devin Bush could see the field, and Michigan signed five wide receivers to help add depth to a group that already boasts veterans Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson. It’s expected that at least a few of them will see significant action.

Then there is defensive lineman Rashan Gary, who was rated by several recruiting services as the No. 1 player in high school football last year and should be able to slide in right away and contribute up front for the Wolverines.

Jabrill Peppers is a bona-fide star

After an injury-plagued freshman season in 2015, Peppers responded in a big way in 2016, showing why he was both a once-coveted, five-star recruit and likely future first-round NFL Draft pick.

Peppers starred on all three sides of the ball, making 45 total tackles (including 5.5 for loss) while also catching 12 passes and averaging a staggering 28 yards per kickoff return.

Peppers is expected to play an even bigger role on offense in 2016. He not only will be the best player on the field for the Wolverines but could also emerge as a Heisman contender.

They’ve got Jim Harbaugh

In a recent edition of The Audible with Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel, Mandel summed up the intrigue in Michigan as simply as anyone could:

“My reason for having Michigan that high (ranked in the Top 5 entering the season) is almost entirely in having pure faith in Jim Harbaugh.”

It really doesn’t get any simpler than that, and lost in all of Harbaugh’s off the field antics is that between the white lines all the guy has done is win. It was just four years ago that he nearly won a Super Bowl and just a year ago that he turned Michigan from a 5-7 laughingstock into a 10-3 team, which was a couple plays against Utah and Michigan State from winning 12 games.

In Harbaugh we trust, and he is the reason that above all that Michigan can win the Big Ten and be a serious playoff contender in 2016.

2016 Fantasy Football Top 200 Draft Rankings

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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 20: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a touchdown pass in the third quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field on December 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

With the 2016 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror and most NFL free agents with their new squads, here are the FOX Fantasy department’s way-too-early 2016 fantasy football draft strategy Top 200 composite rankings.

You can click on the links below to switch between FOX Fantasy experts’ draft rankings and positional rankings:

Fowler: QB | RB | WR | TE | Meyer | Halpin | Foster

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Player Bye Week Avg
1. Antonio Brown (Pit – WR) 8 1.8
2. Todd Gurley (StL – RB) 8 4.0
3. Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB) 8 4.5
4. Julio Jones (Atl – WR) 11 4.8
5. Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG – WR) 8 6.3
6. DeAndre Hopkins (Hou – WR) 9 7.0
7. Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE) 9 7.5
8. David Johnson (Ari – RB) 9 8.3
9. Devonta Freeman (Atl – RB) 11 8.5
10. Adrian Peterson (Min – RB) 6 9.8
11. Dez Bryant (Dal – WR) 7 12.8
12. Ezekiel Elliott (Dal – RB) 7 13.3
13. Allen Robinson (Jac – WR) 5 14.0
14. Jamaal Charles (KC – RB) 5 15.0
15. Jordy Nelson (GB – WR) 4 16.3
16. A.J. Green (Cin – WR) 9 16.5
17. Lamar Miller (Hou – RB) 9 16.8
18. Brandon Marshall (NYJ – WR) 11 18.0
19. Cam Newton (Car – QB) 7 21.3
20. Thomas Rawls (Sea – RB) 5 22.0
21. Doug Martin (TB – RB) 6 22.3
22. LeSean McCoy (Buf – RB) 10 23.3
23. Mark Ingram (NO – RB) 5 23.8
24. Keenan Allen (SD – WR) 11 25.3
25. Mike Evans (TB – WR) 6 26.0
26. Amari Cooper (Oak – WR) 10 26.5
27. Alshon Jeffery (Chi – WR) 9 27.8
28. Demaryius Thomas (Den – WR) 11 30.5
29. Julian Edelman (NE – WR) 9 31.5
30. C.J. Anderson (Den – RB) 11 33.3
31. Sammy Watkins (Buf – WR) 10 33.8
32. Brandin Cooks (NO – WR) 5 34.5
33. Aaron Rodgers (GB – QB) 4 35.5
34. Kelvin Benjamin (Car – WR) 7 38.0
35. Latavius Murray (Oak – RB) 10 39.0
36. Eddie Lacy (GB – RB) 4 39.0
37. Carlos Hyde (SF – RB) 8 39.5
38. Jonathan Stewart (Car – RB) 7 40.8
39. T.Y. Hilton (Ind – WR) 10 41.0
40. Jordan Reed (Was – TE) 9 41.0
41. Greg Olsen (Car – TE) 7 41.5
42. Jarvis Landry (Mia – WR) 8 42.3
43. Russell Wilson (Sea – QB) 5 44.3
44. Golden Tate (Det – WR) 10 45.5
45. Ben Roethlisberger (Pit – QB) 8 45.8
46. Eric Decker (NYJ – WR) 11 47.5
47. Andrew Luck (Ind – QB) 10 48.0
48. Matt Forte (NYJ – RB) 11 48.8
49. Michael Floyd (Ari – WR) 9 51.5
50. DeMarco Murray (Ten – RB) 13 55.0
51. Jeremy Hill (Cin – RB) 9 55.0
52. Drew Brees (NO – QB) 5 55.5
53. Jeremy Maclin (KC – WR) 5 55.5
54. Emmanuel Sanders (Den – WR) 11 57.0
55. Tyler Eifert (Cin – TE) 9 57.0
56. Carson Palmer (Ari – QB) 9 59.3
57. Larry Fitzgerald (Ari – WR) 9 59.8
58. Randall Cobb (GB – WR) 4 60.8
59. Allen Hurns (Jac – WR) 5 61.8
60. Ryan Mathews (Phi – RB) 4 62.0
61. Jeremy Langford (Chi – RB) 9 62.5
62. Doug Baldwin (Sea – WR) 5 62.8
63. Jordan Matthews (Phi – WR) 4 63.3
64. Matt Jones (Was – RB) 9 64.8
65. Blake Bortles (Jac – QB) 5 66.3
66. Donte Moncrief (Ind – WR) 10 70.0
67. Eli Manning (NYG – QB) 8 71.8
68. DeSean Jackson (Was – WR) 9 74.3
69. Tom Brady (NE – QB) 9 75.3
70. Justin Forsett (Bal – RB) 8 77.3
71. Melvin Gordon (SD – RB) 11 79.5
72. Travis Kelce (KC – TE) 5 80.3
73. John Brown (Ari – WR) 9 81.0
74. Delanie Walker (Ten – TE) 13 81.5
75. Frank Gore (Ind – RB) 10 82.0
76. Gary Barnidge (Cle – TE) 13 82.0
77. DeVante Parker (Mia – WR) 8 82.0
78. Chris Ivory (Jac – RB) 5 84.3
79. Tony Romo (Dal – QB) 7 84.5
80. Michael Crabtree (Oak – WR) 10 84.5
81. T.J. Yeldon (Jac – RB) 5 84.8
82. Danny Woodhead (SD – RB) 11 85.3
83. Markus Wheaton (Pit – WR) 8 85.8
84. Zach Ertz (Phi – TE) 4 87.5
85. Duke Johnson Jr. (Cle – RB) 13 87.8
86. Giovani Bernard (Cin – RB) 9 88.3
87. Ameer Abdullah (Det – RB) 10 88.5
88. Kevin White (Chi – WR) 9 93.3
89. Jay Ajayi (Mia – RB) 8 93.5
90. Tyler Lockett (Sea – WR) 5 94.0
91. Corey Coleman (Cle – WR) 13 94.3
92. Derek Carr (Oak – QB) 10 96.5
93. Andy Dalton (Cin – QB) 9 96.8
94. Rashad Jennings (NYG – RB) 8 99.8
95. Julius Thomas (Jac – TE) 5 100.5
96. Vincent Jackson (TB – WR) 6 101.0
97. Jimmy Graham (Sea – TE) 5 102.3
98. Stefon Diggs (Min – WR) 6 102.8
99. Philip Rivers (SD – QB) 11 106.8
100. Karlos Williams (Buf – RB) 10 111.8
101. Marvin Jones (Det – WR) 10 112.0
102. Charles Sims (TB – RB) 6 113.3
103. Matt Ryan (Atl – QB) 11 117.0
104. Ladarius Green (Pit – TE) 8 120.0
105. Steve Smith Sr. (Bal – WR) 8 120.5
106. Antonio Gates (SD – TE) 11 120.5
107. Coby Fleener (NO – TE) 5 122.0
108. Willie Snead (NO – WR) 5 122.3
109. Theo Riddick (Det – RB) 10 122.5
110. Jameis Winston (TB – QB) 6 122.5
111. Tavon Austin (StL – WR) 8 122.5
112. Terrance West (Bal – RB) 8 124.3
113. Sterling Shepard (NYG – WR) 8 126.5
114. Darren McFadden (Dal – RB) 7 127.0
115. Will Fuller (Hou – WR) 9 127.0
116. Michael Thomas (NO – WR) 5 127.5
117. Marcus Mariota (Ten – QB) 13 128.3
118. Matthew Stafford (Det – QB) 10 129.0
119. Bilal Powell (NYJ – RB) 11 129.0
120. Dorial Green-Beckham (Ten – WR) 13 129.5
121. Ryan Tannehill (Mia – QB) 8 130.0
122. Ted Ginn Jr. (Car – WR) 7 130.3
123. Breshad Perriman (Bal – WR) 8 130.5
124. Josh Doctson (Was – WR) 9 130.8
125. Kirk Cousins (Was – QB) 9 132.0
126. Charcandrick West (KC – RB) 5 133.5
127. Derrick Henry (Ten – RB) 13 133.8
128. Kamar Aiken (Bal – WR) 8 134.8
129. Mike Wallace (Bal – WR) 8 135.8
130. Nelson Agholor (Phi – WR) 4 138.0
131. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TB – TE) 6 139.0
132. Eric Ebron (Det – TE) 10 139.8
133. Laquon Treadwell (Min – WR) 6 140.5
134. Tyrod Taylor (Buf – QB) 10 141.3
135. Isaiah Crowell (Cle – RB) 13 141.5
136. Pierre Garcon (Was – WR) 9 142.5
137. Darren Sproles (Phi – RB) 4 146.3
138. Jason Witten (Dal – TE) 7 146.3
139. Phillip Dorsett (Ind – WR) 10 146.3
140. Jay Cutler (Chi – QB) 9 146.5
141. DeAngelo Williams (Pit – RB) 8 147.0
142. Javorius Allen (Bal – RB) 8 148.0
143. Tevin Coleman (Atl – RB) 11 149.8
144. Zach Miller (Chi – TE) 9 149.8
145. Travis Benjamin (SD – WR) 11 149.8
146. James Starks (GB – RB) 4 151.3
147. Rishard Matthews (Ten – WR) 13 154.3
148. Ronnie Hillman (Den – RB) 11 158.5
149. Andre Ellington (Ari – RB) 9 159.3
150. Jordan Cameron (Mia – TE) 8 159.3
151. Danny Amendola (NE – WR) 9 160.3
152. Charles Clay (Buf – TE) 10 161.5
153. LeGarrette Blount (NE – RB) 9 162.3
154. Christine Michael (Sea – RB) 5 163.3
155. Joe Flacco (Bal – QB) 8 163.8
156. Devin Funchess (Car – WR) 7 164.0
157. Kenneth Dixon (Bal – RB) 8 164.3
158. Sammie Coates (Pit – WR) 8 164.3
159. Josh Gordon (Cle – WR) 13 165.5
160. Martellus Bennett (NE – TE) 9 166.0
161. Chris Johnson (Ari – RB) 9 166.5
162. Shane Vereen (NYG – RB) 8 166.5
163. Ka’Deem Carey (Chi – RB) 9 167.3
164. Mohamed Sanu (Atl – WR) 11 168.5
165. Alfred Morris (Dal – RB) 7 168.8
166. C.J. Prosise (Sea – RB) 5 171.5
167. Tim Hightower (NO – RB) 5 174.8
168. Alex Smith (KC – QB) 5 175.0
169. Spencer Ware (KC – RB) 5 175.5
170. Jerick McKinnon (Min – RB) 6 175.5
171. Dwayne Allen (Ind – TE) 10 175.8
172. Kyle Rudolph (Min – TE) 6 175.8
173. Brock Osweiler (Hou – QB) 9 175.8
174. Chris Thompson (Was – RB) 9 177.0
175. James White (NE – RB) 9 178.0
176. Tyler Boyd (Cin – WR) 9 178.3
177. Alfred Blue (Hou – RB) 9 178.5
178. Jermaine Kearse (Sea – WR) 5 178.8
179. Teddy Bridgewater (Min – QB) 6 179.0
180. C.J. Spiller (NO – RB) 5 179.5
181. Terrance Williams (Dal – WR) 7 181.5
182. Richard Rodgers (GB – TE) 4 181.5
183. Benjamin Watson (Bal – TE) 8 183.5
184. Colin Kaepernick (SF – QB) 8 183.5
185. Brandon LaFell (Cin – WR) 9 185.0
186. Torrey Smith (SF – WR) 8 185.5
187. Robert Griffin III (Cle – QB) 13 187.0
188. Jacob Tamme (Atl – TE) 11 187.5
189. Jared Goff (StL – QB) 8 191.0
190. Cameron Artis-Payne (Car – RB) 7 192.3
191. Brandon Bolden (NE – RB) 9 196.3
192. Clive Walford (Oak – TE) 10 196.8
193. Rueben Randle (Phi – WR) 4 197.5
194. Stevie Johnson (SD – WR) 11 199.5
195. Kendall Wright (Ten – WR) 13 201.5
196. Davante Adams (GB – WR) 4 203.3
197. Victor Cruz (NYG – WR) 8 206.3
198. Carson Wentz (Phi – QB) 4 208.5
199. Nate Washington (NE – WR) 9 213.5
200. Jared Cook (GB – TE) 4 213.5

You can click on the links below to switch between FOX Fantasy experts’ draft rankings and positional rankings:

Fowler: QB | RB | WR | TE | Meyer | Halpin | Foster

Jason Day in it for the long haul

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  • Jason Day of Australia, holds The Players Championship trophy Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Jason Day of Australia, holds The Players Championship trophy Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (The Associated Press)

  • Jason Day of Australia, keeps an eye on his ball from the second tee during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Jason Day of Australia, keeps an eye on his ball from the second tee during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (The Associated Press)

To see him now, it’s hard to believe Jason Day had only one victory in his first six years on the PGA Tour.

Then again, consider the start of the year.

Day finished a combined 35 shots out of the lead in the three tournaments he finished. The other was Torrey Pines, where he was defending champion and missed the cut while coping with a nasty virus.

Since then, he has gone wire-to-wire against strong fields twice in the last two months, and he effectively did the same at the Dell Match Play when only one of the seven matches he won reached the 18th hole. He has seven victories in his last 17 tournaments. He is No. 1 in the world with the highest points average since Tiger Woods.

For Day, it’s all about the long haul.

To measure his career to date, he is different from Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth in one respect. Everyone knew McIlroy and Spieth had exceptional talent, and it didn’t take long for them to get on the fast track. McIlroy locked up his European Tour card in two events, won in his second full season and was a U.S. Open champion at 22. Spieth had no status when he turned pro, won on the PGA Tour, was the youngest American to play in the Presidents Cup and had two majors at 21.

Day had every bit as much talent.

He turned heads when he came to America to play the Web.com Tour and won a tournament at 18. What followed were marriage, nagging injuries, his first child, finding a balance between home and golf and questions about why he wasn’t winning more.

The answer was a hard look at who he was and motivated him.

Colin Swatton, his longtime coach and caddie, recalls a conversation they had early in his career.

“He said, ‘When do you think I’ll win on tour?’ And I said, ‘You’ll win when you want to win. You’ll dominate when you want to dominate.’ He never understood that,” Swatton said Tuesday. “And then at the British Open he was like, ‘Gosh, I let another one slip through my fingers. Enough is enough. This is my time. This is when I want to make my mark in golf.’

“Motivation for any player has to come from within.”

Day looks back at that British Open last summer as a turning point in his career. He came up short on a 30-foot birdie putt to get into a playoff at St. Andrews, and he walked away more determined than ever to make it his time.

There was another moment this year at Doral that reminded the 28-year-old Australian what it took.

Swatton prefers data over emotion because that’s what gets through to Day, so he keeps files of information. One reason Day started off the year so slowly is because he stayed away from the game for three months, mainly because wife Ellie gave birth to their second child.

Day was disappointed at Doral, where he tied for 23rd and was never in the picture.

Swatton was realistic. He knew that Day couldn’t expect to have the same form after sitting out three months. Hours lost meant more hours required to reformulate the swing and the feel. So he kept a log of the hours Day had put in and showed it to him after Doral.

“When he walks off and he’s disappointed, you have to present him with facts. You can’t present him with emotion,” Swatton said. “I said, ‘The fact is, this is all the practice you’ve done.’ He looked at it and said, ‘Oh my goodness.’ I said, ‘Exactly.’

“He just had to be patient.”

Day is diligent when it comes to work. He thought winning would come easier when he showed up on the PGA Tour in 2008. He doesn’t want to make that mistake again. So he kept working. And he started winning. And here he is, No. 1 by a margin that suggests he might be there for some time.

“He found what motivates him to work hard,” Swatton said. “And right now he’s motivated to do something similar to Greg Norman, to Tiger Woods. I think he just loves winning. Walking down 18 on Sunday, people are yelling and screaming, and he said, ‘This is why I work hard. This walk.’

“It’s not about the $1.8 million or whatever,” Swatton said. “He just loves winning.”

It doesn’t come as easily as he can make it look.

Day said he has been building to this moment, even during the lean years, finding something that will make him a little better each year.

“Look, I’m in it for the long haul,” he said after his most recent victory. “It’s not like I’m here for five years and someone younger than me is going to be a half-step quicker or I’m going to be an old, slow man. At the end of my career, I want to be able to look back and know that I incrementally got better as the years went on. And if I can focus on that, then I will.

“As long as I want it, and if I do the work, then I’ll get better.”

Rain washes out 2nd day of practice for Indianapolis 500

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  • Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, drives his golf cart through the garage area during a rain delay during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, drives his golf cart through the garage area during a rain delay during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

  • The pagoda is reflected into a water puddle during a rain delay during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    The pagoda is reflected into a water puddle during a rain delay during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

  • The crew for Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, push his car through the garage area during a rain delay during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    The crew for Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, push his car through the garage area during a rain delay during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

The second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 was rained out Tuesday, and drivers never made it onto the track to continue preparations for the 100th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

IndyCar used the lack of action to hold a live social media chat with Ed Carpenter, Josef Newgarden and JR Hildebrand. The trio spent 30 minutes answering questions from fans.

“It’s still raining,” Newgarden said at one point during the chat. “So we’re still waiting, which sucks.”

The drivers were asked everything from what food they eat in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — hot dogs and ice cream — and their thoughts on last week’s announcement that IndyCar will return to Watkins Glen International in September.

“I’m glad we’re going back,” Carpenter said. “I think Josef is going to like it. It’s his kind of track.”

For now, though, drivers are itching to get back on the track as teams prepare for the Indy 500 — especially for Hildebrand and Carpenter, who aren’t full-time drivers in the series.

“The thing about the oval here,” Hildebrand said, “is that it’s so different from everywhere else, even for the full-time drivers.”

Other drivers found ways to stay occupied during the first part of Tuesday’s rain delay. Graham Rahal joined a local sports talk radio show while Simon Pagenaud spent time with media from his native country of France. Some weren’t so laid back — Conor Daly tweeted a picture of a video game battle among himself, Marco Andretti, Spencer Pigot and Alexander Rossi.

“Mario kart getting too real right now #RainDelay #Indy500,” Daly said in the tweet.

WHAT’S NEXT: Drivers are scheduled to return to the track for practice from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Former NFL All-Pro LB Chris Spielman joining Fox as analyst

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NEW YORK (AP) Former NFL All-Pro linebacker Chris Spielman is joining Fox as an NFL and college football analyst.

Spielman had worked at ESPN since 2001. His broadcast partner for Saturday afternoon college football games on ABC, Sean McDonough, is leaving that booth for ”Monday Night Football.”

The 50-year-old Spielman played eight of his 11 NFL seasons in Detroit, making four Pro Bowls. He was a two-time All-American at Ohio State.

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After he retired in 1999, he started his broadcasting career with Fox Sports Net.

Fox said Tuesday that Spielman will be a game analyst for its NFL broadcasts next season.

Undrafted rookie retires days after signing with Titans

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have placed undrafted rookie cornerback and kick returner Morgan Burns on the reserve/retired list only days after signing him to the roster.

The Titans announced the move Tuesday.

His agent Brandon Smart said in an email to The Associated Press that Burns retired to pursue a career in the ministry, which was first reported by TitanInsider.com.

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Burns signed May 6 in time to attend the Titans’ rookie minicamp. He returned four kicks for touchdowns last season at Kansas State where coaches voted him the Big 12 special teams player of the year. He also started 24 of 48 career games at cornerback and was timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day.

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