Roger Goodell to be flanked by Cowboys greats at start of NFL draft

Commissioner Roger Goodell will have some company when he walks to the front of the stage Thursday night to start the NFL draft at AT&T Stadium — the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Booed in the past when taking the stage, Goodell is expected to be flanked by some Cowboys greats — Hall of Fame quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, as well as probable future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten.

“I’m sure he’s going to get a good response with us being out there,” Staubach said. “If they boo, all of us are in trouble.”

Staubach still had his senior year at Navy to play and a four-year commitment in the service after graduation before he could think about playing professionally.

“It wasn’t a big deal,” Staubach said. “When you’re young, five years seems like an eternity. I didn’t know if I’d ever play again, but they wanted me to play for them, and as it turned out, I signed. The 10th round was a little better because there were fewer [teams], so being in the 10th round was relatively high for somebody they didn’t think could play for a while.”

Arrieta (3-0) allowed three runs — one earned — and four hits in seven innings. He pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth after walking in a run.

“It was a grind,” Arrieta said. “I didn’t get a consistent feel for my breaking pitches but I kept them off-balance.”

The Diamondbacks had won eight straight games in Philadelphia, dating to 2016.

Greinke (2-2) gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings, striking out nine.

“I didn’t think I was very good the entire game,” Greinke said. “I made a bad pitch on the homer. I wanted it down and he put a really good swing on it.”

Carlos Santana hit a double off the top of the right-field fence to start Philadelphia’s sixth and Odubel Herrera walked. After Greinke fanned Rhys Hoskins, Altherr hit a 2-1 slider over the bushes behind the wall in straightaway center field to give the Phillies a 5-3 lead.jets_012

Cowboys receivers coach Sanjay Lal on Dez Bryant: Together we can go good places

If three’s a crowd, then the Cowboys are extra crowded in their wide receiver room.

They added wide receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson this offseason. They still have Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown, among others, at the position. The Cowboys also might draft a receiver.

“[Thompson] is a speed guy that can run routes and block,” Lal said. “Then Allen, that’s the first time I met him, but the film sessions I had with him were off-the-charts. He’s extremely bright, knows football, hungry, so that’s what we’re trying to build in that receiver room.”

As is the case for all things Colts-related, this is all about Andrew Luck’s health. Indianapolis of course is set if and when Luck returns from the shoulder injury that took his 2017 season — the key words are if and when. Brissett is a solid backup, but he’s just that; a backup. Until Luck proves he can not only return healthy, but also return as the player who led the Colts to the AFC title game four seasons ago, this team will need to keep an eye on QBs in the draft.

Ryan, 34, is entering his 11th NFL season, and 2018 is the last year of his current contract. The Falcons don’t seem worried about getting an extension done, but they failed to do so and in turn reduce Ryan’s cap hit before this year’s free agency. So not only does Atlanta still need to weigh its future with Ryan, but its backup, Matt Schaub, turns 37 this year. A young QB from the draft should be an intriguing consideration.

Saban also was asked whether Fitzpatrick’s drive and obsession with perfection makes him a clone of his college head coach.

“I wouldn’t put that on anyone,” Saban said. “He’s better than me in a lot of ways.”

Apparently so, because Fitzpatrick’s determination doesn’t leave him seeming irritated all the time, like many perfectionists are.

“This league, it’s one year at a time. That’s kind of how it goes,” Manning said. “I need to go out there and play well this year and that’s all I’m looking forward to.”

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield were in the Giants’ facility Monday as their Top 30 pre-draft visits finished up. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is next with USC’s Sam Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen expected to follow later this week.bills_071