Ex-Ram Isaiah Pead aiming for Paralympics gold after losing his leg

Isaiah Pead was a second-round draft pick of the Rams who spent five season in the NFL before a severe car accident required him to have his leg amputated in November of 2016. That ended his football career, but it didn’t end his athletic career.

Pead says he’s now in the early stages of learning to sprint with a prosthetic leg, and he’s hoping to be good enough to win a gold medal in the 2020 Paralympics.

But with just one win in Houston (Sat., 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC) or Miami (Monday), the Thunder should put themselves outside the reach of the long arm of the lottery when factoring in a likely easy win versus Memphis on the final night of the season, which would put OKC at 47 wins. Either Minnesota or Denver, each of which holds the tiebreaker over OKC, will top out at 46 wins given they have a rematch of Thursday’s thriller on Wednesday in Minnesota.

The first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Clowney got off to a slow start but is coming off the best year of his career. He started all 16 games last season and had a career-high 9.5 sacks. Clowney just turned 25 years old and is entering his prime, and he could become one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL.

Two first-round picks from 2014, Blake Bortles and Mike Evans, have already signed contract extensions. Clowney is among several members of that draft class who could sign big contracts this offseason. Others include Khalil Mack, Taylor Lewan, Odell Beckham and Aaron Donald.

Assuming Mother Nature cooperates, Saturday will be the first day of the young season that all 30 teams compete. From a fantasy perspective, this avails more pitchers and hitters for streaming, with less of a need because there aren’t any off days to fill. As such, many fantasy managers won’t bother to look for upgrades. However, with the first scoring week coming to a close, the sage skipper will take advantage of the larger pool of available players and upgrade fringe roster spots. Here are some suggestions.buccaneers_091

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