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Rex's reversal: Tebow might run wildcat for Jets

Rex's reversal: Tebow might run wildcat for Jets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Tim Tebow might not be done in the wildcat after all.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan reversed his decision Friday, saying the backup quarterback could possibly participate in the wildcat-style offense and on special teams as the personal punt protector at Tennessee on Monday night. On Thursday, Ryan said Tebow would be the backup to Mark Sanchez, but only in the conventional offense as he continues to recover from two broken ribs.

``He moved around great,'' Ryan said of Tebow's practice performance Thursday. ``This is the best he's looked in several weeks, so we'll see. There could be a chance he does the wildcat. He moved around that good that we may get him back in similar roles.''

Tebow was full participant in practice Thursday and Friday, a sign he is getting closer to being fully healed after being injured at Seattle on Nov. 11.

Of course, the sudden shift in thinking after one non-tackling practice could merely be an example of gamesmanship, trying to confuse the Titans. Tebow has not played in the last three games.

``I'm getting better every day,'' Tebow said. ``I'm trying to go out there and push it and try to do well.''

Tebow said he has practiced running the wildcat ``about the same as any week'' and will wear a flak jacket to protect his ribs if he plays.

Ryan acknowledged Friday that it might be tough to truly determine how ready Tebow is for contact if he hasn't had any in nearly a month.

``There's no doubt, that's true, but looking at the way he's throwing the football and the way he's moving - before, it was kind of like, you could almost tell he wasn't real sure. Now I can't see a visible difference from the start of the year to right now.

``If he continues to look like this and even improve, then maybe we can have him in a similar role.''

Added Tebow: ``I'll be ready for that first hit.''

Titans coach Mike Munchak thought New York-area reporters were joking with him when they told him on a conference call Thursday that Ryan said Tebow wouldn't play in the wildcat.

``I thought you were telling me I was a little unprepared for something,'' Munchak said. ``I think it's obviously something we would prepare for anyways. I've seen teams do that. Anytime you show anything different that you're going to do, you want your players to be prepared for (it). ... Obviously, they haven't been using it that much in practice or in games, I should say. It hasn't shown up like maybe as much as people thought when they got Tebow, how much it would show up in games.

``We assumed even if they did some that, it wouldn't be a big part of the plan.''

Tight end Dustin Keller (ankle), defensive back Aaron Berry (hamstring) and wide receivers Clyde Gates (concussion) and Stephen Hill (knee) all sat out practice. Safety LaRon Landry also did not practice, but it was his regularly scheduled day off.

Running back Bilal Powell (shoulder, toe), linebacker Bryan Thomas (strained pectoral) and nose tackle Sione Po'uha (lower back) were limited. Ryan said X-rays on Powell's toe revealed no fractures, as Ryan previously thought, and the running back is expected to play Monday night.

Newly re-acquired wide receiver Braylon Edwards was ``really limited'' Thursday, Ryan said, and was limited again Friday. The Jets will consult with the team's trainers to determine his availability.

``We're hopeful he'll be able to go Monday,'' Ryan said.

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.

Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.

The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.

Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.

With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)

Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.

Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.

Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to www.capfriendly.com.

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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