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With Saints on other line, LB Reuben Foster snatched by 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — New San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was in the middle of a phone call with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night when the Niners buzzed in on the other line. In an instant, the former? Alabama Crimson Tide?star went from believing he was about to become a member of the Saints and the 32nd pick in the draft to becoming a Niner with the 31st selection in the first round. To put it mildly, Foster found himself in an awkward spot. “That’s a funny story,” Foster said at his introductory news conference Friday afternoon. According to Foster, his girlfriend, who is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was speaking to the Saints just before they were about to use the 32nd pick on Foster when she looked down and saw a San Jose area code. She handed the phone to Foster, who was unsure what to do. In the run up to the draft, Foster had spent a lot of time with Niners general manager John…

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New Texans QB Deshaun Watson willing to ‘learn from veteran guys’

HOUSTON — New Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson said he is prepared to wait for his turn to start, regardless of when that happens. The Texans traded their 2017 first-round pick (No. 25) and their first-round pick in 2018 to the Cleveland Browns to acquire the No. 12 pick and select Watson. Despite the high price, Texans general manager Rick Smith and coach Bill O’Brien said Thursday night that Tom Savage would be the Texans’ starter next season. When Watson was asked whether he would embrace the role of backup while learning the playbook, if that’s what the Texans want to do, he said, “I think that’s the best way.” “Learn from the veteran guys, play whatever role I have,” Watson said in his introductory press conference on Friday. “But my main focus is getting here, learning about this city, learning about this organization, learning this system, and just being the best teammate I can be, whatever role that…

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New Texans QB Deshaun Watson willing to ‘learn from veteran guys’

HOUSTON — New Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson said he is prepared to wait for his turn to start, regardless of when that happens. The Texans traded their 2017 first-round pick (No. 25) and their first-round pick in 2018 to the Cleveland Browns to acquire the No. 12 pick and select Watson. Despite the high price, Texans general manager Rick Smith and coach Bill O’Brien said Thursday night that Tom Savage would be the Texans’ starter next season. When Watson was asked whether he would embrace the role of backup while learning the playbook, if that’s what the Texans want to do, he said, “I think that’s the best way.” “Learn from the veteran guys, play whatever role I have,” Watson said in his introductory press conference on Friday. “But my main focus is getting here, learning about this city, learning about this organization, learning this system, and just being the best teammate I can be, whatever role that…

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Cowboys’ Taco Charlton hearing from endorsers over nickname

FRISCO, Texas — Taco Charlton playing for the Dallas Cowboys seems to be a natural fit because of the affinity for Tex-Mex food in the area. So what’s the favorite taco for the Cowboys’ newest first-round pick? Crispy? Soft? Chicken? Beef? “Man, it’s hard,” Charlton said Friday at his introductory news conference. “I just feel like if you’ve got a taco, you can’t go wrong.” Charlton’s given first name is Vidauntae. He said the nickname came from his grandmother and mother when he was younger, and it just stuck. Now he might be able to cash in a little. He said his agent has already heard from companies about endorsement deals. Another member of the 2017 draft class, Western Kentucky offensive linemen Forrest Lamp, capitalized on the name game, recently receiving an endorsement deal with Lamps Plus. Taco Bueno CEO Mike Roper released a statement Friday, saying, “We are opening our arms and doors to Taco Charlton as he…

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Cowboys’ Taco Charlton hearing from endorsers over nickname

FRISCO, Texas — Taco Charlton playing for the Dallas Cowboys seems to be a natural fit because of the affinity for Tex-Mex food in the area. So what’s the favorite taco for the Cowboys’ newest first-round pick? Crispy? Soft? Chicken? Beef? “Man, it’s hard,” Charlton said Friday at his introductory news conference. “I just feel like if you’ve got a taco, you can’t go wrong.” Charlton’s given first name is Vidauntae. He said the nickname came from his grandmother and mother when he was younger, and it just stuck. Now he might be able to cash in a little. He said his agent has already heard from companies about endorsement deals. Another member of the 2017 draft class, Western Kentucky offensive linemen Forrest Lamp, capitalized on the name game, recently receiving an endorsement deal with Lamps Plus. Taco Bueno CEO Mike Roper released a statement Friday, saying, “We are opening our arms and doors to Taco Charlton as he…

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Pedro Martinez: I would have ‘drilled’ Manny Machado for high slide on Dustin Pedroia

BOSTON — Had it been up to Pedro Martinez, Manny Machado would have been the target of similar vigilantism that he faced last Sunday in Baltimore — with one notable exception. “If I was pitching, I was going to drill Machado, as much as I love him,” Martinez said Friday before participating in a roundtable luncheon benefiting the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later. “The only thing I would have done differently was probably [throw] the ball a little bit lower. But everything else was the nature of baseball.” Martinez never hesitated to pitch inside during his Hall of Fame career, especially when it meant standing up for a teammate. Although he said he’s sure Machado didn’t intentionally try to injure Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia with a high slide on April 21, Martinez also acknowledged that it was “normal for the game of baseball” that the Baltimore Orioles star was going to…

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