ROOKIE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/ROOKIE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) NFL: Bills rookie WR Watkins looks to shine in Hall of Fame game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58253729-77/watkins-bills-buffalo-fame.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58253729-77/watkins-bills-buffalo-fame.html.csp">NFL: Bills rookie WR Watkins looks to shine in Hall of Fame game</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOHN WAWROW</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-02T23:10:14.092-06:00">Updated Aug 2, 2014 11:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Canton, Ohio • It’s approaching show time for Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins. After dazzling teammates and fans during the first two weeks of training camp, the rookie receiver is awaiting the chance to kick off the preseason before a national TV audience against the New York Giants in the annual Hall of Fame game on Sunday night. It’s not lost on Watkins that Andre Reed will be on hand at Fawcett Stadium, a day after the former Bills star receiver’s induction into the Pro Football ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582537292014-08-02T23:10:14.092-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-02T23:10:14.092-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58253729@www.sltrib.com Sat, 02 Aug 2014 23:10:14 MDT Utah Jazz have plenty of cap space, decisions ahead http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58247739-87/million-deal-jazz-guaranteed.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58247739-87/million-deal-jazz-guaranteed.html.csp">Utah Jazz have plenty of cap space, decisions ahead</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Aaron Falk</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-31T23:30:29.639-06:00">Updated Jul 31, 2014 11:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">They put up big bucks last fall to lock up Derrick Favors, their defensive anchor. It cost even more to bring back Gordon Hayward. And now the Utah Jazz front office is once again faced with key decisions regarding the futures of two fourth-year players, as they begin extension talks with shooting guard Alec Burks and big man Enes Kanter. This is the reality of life in the lottery, where the Jazz have made five picks in the last five seasons, while acquiring a sixth (Favors) via a trade. There i...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58247739@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:30:29 MDT NFL Notes: Packers sign receiver Jordy Nelson to four-year contract extension http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58227713-77/hunter-season-ballard-rookie.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58227713-77/hunter-season-ballard-rookie.html.csp">NFL Notes: Packers sign receiver Jordy Nelson to four-year contract extension</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-26T23:33:12.492-06:00">Updated Jul 26, 2014 11:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Green Bay, Wis. • The Packers have signed receiver Jordy Nelson to a contract extension, securing their top player at a position that has had several high-profile departures in recent years. Green Bay announced the deal Saturday after the first practice of training camp. Terms of the contract were not announced by the team, and NFL.com reported it was a four-year, $39 million deal with an $11.5 million signing bonus. Nelson was a second-round pick in 2008 who posted career-highs of 85 catches an...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58227713@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:33:12 MDT NFL’s top-selling jersey belongs to Manziel http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58207564-77/manziel-jersey-league-cleveland.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58207564-77/manziel-jersey-league-cleveland.html.csp">NFL’s top-selling jersey belongs to Manziel</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TOM WITHERS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Sports Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T17:36:25.849-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 05:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Cleveland • Johnny Manziel is No. 2 on Cleveland’s depth chart but No. 1 as the NFL’s top-selling jersey. The league said Monday the rookie quarterback’s No. 2 jersey outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com. Manziel is followed on the list by three quarterbacks: Seattle’s Russell Wilson, San Francisco’s Colin Kapernick and Denver’s Peyton Manning. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is fifth followed by St. Louis rookie Michael Sam, the league’s first openly gay player. The lea...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582075642014-07-22T17:36:25.849-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-22T17:36:25.849-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58207564@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:36:25 MDT Utah Jazz: Team falls short against the Spurs in summer league http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58196606-87/jazz-league-summer-points.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58196606-87/jazz-league-summer-points.html.csp">Utah Jazz: Team falls short against the Spurs in summer league</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Tony Jones</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T23:12:02.44-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 11:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Las Vegas • The San Antonio Spurs of the regular season are so consistent. They grind you down, they keep coming at you, and before you know it, you’re 10 points behind and on your way to a loss. On Thursday afternoon, that description applied to the Spurs of summer league as well. The Utah Jazz suffered an 86-77 loss at the hands of San Antonio in the second round of the playoff format at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Jazz played well in spurts, but the Spurs were better down the stretch when i...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58196606@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:12:02 MDT Jabari Parker embracing ‘the process’ in Vegas summer league http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58190973-77/parker-league-summer-jabari.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58190973-77/parker-league-summer-jabari.html.csp">Jabari Parker embracing ‘the process’ in Vegas summer league</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Tony Jones | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T16:43:13.695-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 04:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Las Vegas • As expected, Jabari Parker’s scoring ability has converted smoothly from the college game to NBA summer league basketball. Over five days, his vast array of offense has been on display in the Las Vegas Summer League. The post moves, the step back jumpers, the ability to take it hard to the basket, or drop in feathery 3-pointers. He’s done all of that. But it’s come in spurts. That’s the hard part of summer league for most rookies — being consistent. And the No. 2 pick in the draft — ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190973@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:43:13 MDT Utah Jazz: Burke looking to make strides through summer league http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58177642-77/burke-league-summer-team.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58177642-77/burke-league-summer-team.html.csp">Utah Jazz: Burke looking to make strides through summer league</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Tony Jones </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-13T18:25:47.389-06:00">Updated Jul 13, 2014 06:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Trey Burke still looks like he can pass for a high school kid. And he’s still one of the youngest point guards in the NBA, at a position where inexperience can be a fatal flaw. But even subtly over the past week, Utah’s floor general has made strides for himself, within the organization and among his teammates. He’s been more vocal on and off the floor. He’s made no secret that he thinks this team can improve rapidly this coming year. And just to think: His summer league debut wasn’t until Satur...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58177642@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:25:47 MDT Rudy Gobert adds bulk, confidence http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/jazznotes/58166643-62/gobert-conversation-rookie-team.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/jazznotes/58166643-62/gobert-conversation-rookie-team.html.csp">Rudy Gobert adds bulk, confidence</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-09T17:36:26.935-06:00">Updated Jul 9, 2014 05:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">"You look taller," somebody said."I'm just bigger," Rudy Gobert responded with a smile.The Jazz's young center still stands at 7 feet, 2 inches Wednesday as he spoke with reporters following the team's second day of summer league practices.But entering his second season Gobert has packed on some extra muscle — and looks to be ready for a bigger role.As a rookie last year, Gobert made 45 appearances, averaging 2.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and roughly one block in nine minutes a game.This time around,...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58166643@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:36:26 MDT NFL notes: Manziel’s playbook includes hanging with Justin Bieber http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58139476-77/manziel-browns-nfl-rookie.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58139476-77/manziel-browns-nfl-rookie.html.csp">NFL notes: Manziel’s playbook includes hanging with Justin Bieber</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-02T17:19:05.026-06:00">Updated Jul 2, 2014 05:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Johnny Manziel went from hanging out with the Browns to hanging with the Biebs. Cleveland’s rookie quarterback, whose social life has overshadowed his NFL arrival, posted photographs on Twitter of him and Justin Bieber. Manziel promised last week he wouldn’t tone down his well-documented weekend living despite advice from Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Joe Montana and Warren Moon. The 22-year-old not only kept his word but seemed to flaunt his celebrity by posting the photos with the pop star hear...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581394762014-07-02T17:19:05.026-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-02T17:19:05.026-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58139476@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:19:05 MDT