Cornerback. Just how pressing a need depends on whether Malcolm Butler returns in 2017 or leaves via trade/free agency (he was scheduled to visit New Orleans on Thursday). If he goes, the Patriots covered themselves with a No. 1 cornerback by signing Buffalo’s Stephon Gilmore to a monster free-agent contract. But even if Butler stays, this is likely his final season in New England, and the Patriots should be looking toward the future. Plus, New England already lost another starting cornerback in Logan Ryan to Tennessee in free agency and doesn’t have a comparable replacement between backups Eric Rowe (a 2015 second-round draft flop in Philadelphia) and Cyrus Jones, who himself admits he had a lousy rookie season in 2016. Another challenge in addressing the position: New England traded its first-round pick to New Orleans for wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
Quarterback. After ridding themselves of Brock Osweiler, the Texans appear all-in on landing Tony Romo as his replacement whether via trade or Dallas Cowboys release. Even if able to acquire him, Houston shouldn’t fool itself into thinking a 36-year-old with a lengthy injury history is a long-term fix. The same goes for the unproven Tom Savage, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Drafting a quarterback in the first three rounds would be wise.
Gary Sanchez is picking up right where he left off last season.
The 24-year-old Yankees slugger smashed a homer off the scoreboard during batting Cheap Basketball Jerseys practice Thursday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, and made it look effortless.
There’s no Statcast available, obviously, but the left-center wall there is 399 feet away, and that ball hit the board 25-30 feet up.