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GLENDALE Youth Antoine Bethea Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald took a back pass from Josh Rosen, shuffled a couple of steps right and set his feet.Arizona's all-time leading receiver cocked his right arm back and let a not-quite-a-spiral fly into the desert air. The ball landed softly into the hands of Cardinals running back David Johnson, hitting him stride for a 32-yard touchdown.The Cardinals may have lost 31-9 to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but Fitzgerald added another highlight as Arizona fans celebrated what could be the final home game of his storied 15-year career. "It's awesome," Rosen said. "This town loves Larry, he's an unbelievable player. The fans were looking for something positive and that was a fun one."Fitzgerald hasn't decided if he will return for a 16th NFL season and the Cardinals still have one game left, next Sunday at Seattle.Arizona's first season under Steve Wilks was a huge disappointment, possibly sending the Cardinals (3-12) toward a coaching search for the second straight season by New Year's Eve.Amid one of the worst seasons in franchise history, Fitzgerald showed he's still got it, even at 35.Entering Sunday's game, Fitzgerald was Arizona's leading receiver with 59 catches for 645 yards and five touchdowns. He caught six passes for 62 yards against the NFC West champion Rams (12-3), extending his streak of games with a catch to 226 straight — second all-time to Jerry Rice's 274.Fitzgerald holds the NFL record for catches with one team and is third all-time overall with 1,299. He's second all-time with 16,243 yards.Fitzgerald also is one of the most respected players in the NFL and in Phoenix sports history, both on the field and off."I can't really speak enough about Larry Stitched Josh Bynes Jersey , not only what he brings to this organization, but to the shield itself, the National Football League," Wilks said. "Just a true pillar of this league."Arizona's home finale felt like the end of the line for Fitzgerald, even if he hasn't made a decision yet.Fitzgerald stood alone in the Cardinals' inflatable helmet at the end of pregame introductions and ran onto the field to the first of many chants of "Larry!" from the home crowd.Throughout the game, the video boards showed highlights of Fitzgerald's career to the Christmas-inspired song "Twelve Days of Fitzmas."The Cardinals kept his receptions streak alive by targeting him early and often. Fitzgerald then did something he had never done before, lofting his first career TD pass into the hands of Johnson, setting off another "Larry!" chant."It was a great throw. He threw it up there," Johnson said. "I didn't have to slow my stride or anything."The Cardinals had the Fitz pass in the playbook most of the season, insisting it wasn't put in just because this might have been his final home game.Even so, when Fitzgerald came to the sideline after his first TD pass, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich got a massive chest bump from the veteran receiver."I guess it's like a layup in basketball; you can't miss," said Fitzgerald, 2 for 4 for 53 yards career passing. "I just wanted to put a little air under it. It came out a little wobbly, like (former teammate) Kurt Warner's ball. But Youth Josh Bynes Jersey , like Kurt Warner's ball, it was effective."As the clock wound down on another Cardinals' defeat, the few remaining fans started a chant "Larry!" — maybe for the final time.When it was over, Fitzgerald found himself surrounded by photographers, following his every move as Rams players and coaches lined up to congratulate him on the field.Even after 60 minutes of pounding each other, the respect was there for one of the greatest receivers — and people — in NFL history."I play a team sport. I'm not Michael Phelps or Tiger Woods. Those guys do individual things," Fitzgerald said. "Everything I've done has been in the context of a team setting. It's a little uncomfortable to be singled out. There's 11 guys with me and I wouldn't be able to do my job without every single guy doing it. It's cool, but still, you never get used to that." Bringing in Spencer Whipple as the Arizona Cardinals offensive quality control coach has a chance to pay dividends for both parties."Much to my surprise and delight the Cardinals have hired UMass Passing Game Coordinator, Spencer Whipple, to Kliff Kingsbury’s coaching staff.Here in Massachusetts, Spencer’s dad, Mark Whipple, will always be remembered as the offensive mastermind who led UMass to the NCAA Division-1AA national championship in 1998.That championship propelled Whipple, 61 Stitched Andy Lee Jersey , to a coaching career that has included QB coaching gigs with the Steelers, Eagles and Browns, an appointment as assistant head coach and OC at the University of Miami, a return engagement at UMass as head coach in 2014 and currently the job of OC at the University of Pittsburgh.But now there’s a father and son reverse odyssey going on---because Spencer Whipple returns to the state where his dad starred as the QB of Camelback High School to the tune of winning the 1975 Arizona Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award---which then helped him become the starting QB at Brown University.While Spencer Whipple is back in Arizona, his dad now finds himself at the University of Pittsburgh, where Spencer’s college football career began when he walked on and made the team in 2007.The father and son were reunited in Miami in 2010 and 2011, as Spencer, then a transfer student, became one of the Hurricane’s backup QBs and the starting holder on kicks. Like his dad at Camelback High School who was decorated as a top scholar/athlete, Spencer won Miami’s Mariutto Family Scholar-Athlete Award.During Mark Whipple’s second stint as the head coach at UMass, with Spencer helping him coach their wide open passing attack, they developed three standout, record-breaking receivers: WR Tajae Sharpe (Tennessee Titans), TE Adam Breneman (John Mackey Award Semi-Finalist) and WR Andy Isabella (who just played in the Senior Bowl, catching 7 passes for 74 yards Youth Andy Lee Jersey , 1 TD and rushing the ball one carry for 14 yards).However, perhaps the most magnificent star player Mark Whipple coached at UMass was former Cardinals’ RB Marcel Shipp, who rushed for a school-record 2,542 yards and 18 TDs as 1stTeam All-American (1-AA) in leading UMass to the 1998 NCAA Division 1-AA Championship, in a stunning 55-43 upset of Georgia Southern.Shipp was an undrafted college free agent who played seven years for the Cardinals. His highlights include a 17/92/2 TD breakout performance in a win over the Giants (2002) and a 135 yard, 1 TD explosion versus the Raiders. However, playing behind Emmett Smith and a incurring a number of leg and ankle injuries stifled his progress and the longevity of his career.Those of us who watched Marcel Shipp know what a tough cookie he was.On a personal note, I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Whipple when he was an offensive assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles. Back in 2008, three of my good friends asked me to join them at Gillette Stadium to watch the Eagles play the Pats in a pre-season game.One of those friends, Brian Mulrooney has been a long-time friend and golfing buddy of Whipple’s.We arrived at the game two hours early in the hope of being able to say hello to Coach Whipple. While drinking some light refreshments up in the main lounge, our friend Dave Cavalier, spotted Whipple walking by himself on the far end of the field.Before we knew it, Dave was shouting down from a mile away---HEY WHIP, IT’S ME DAVE AND BRIAN AND STEVE AND WALTER!Whipple heard Dave and waved, so Dave shouted STAY RIGHT THERE Black Gabe Holmes Jersey , WE’RE COMING DOWN!The next thing I knew we were running over to the service elevator, where Dave pulled off a mini miracle, announcing himself to the elevator man as Congressman David Cavalier from Harrisburg Pennsylvania and he flashed the operator his Congressional Golf Club membership card (Dave has been a long-time member there), which does look very presidential at first glance.“We need to meet Eagles’ coach Mark Whipple down on the field, can you take us there immediately?” Dave asked.Moments later we were bolting out of the elevator and hustling over to Coach Whip, where Whip proceeded to bust everyone’s chops for a good ten minutes. The wisecracks were so hysterical that Whip had our great friend Steve Singelais, a one-time 6’7” forward in the Euro basketball leagues during the 1970s, doing a moonwalk toward the clubhouse.You know what they about Mensa types---they are smart as a Whip.I can tell you that from all these years following Mark Whipple’s career that he runs his own version of the Air Raid---and has been running it for decades. His teams have an uncanny way of lighting up the scoreboard.I was always hoping that Ken Whisenhunt or Bruce Arians would hire Whip, seeing as Whip was the QB coach in Pittsburgh for a few years when Whiz was the OC and BA was the WR coach (2004-2006).But now the Cardinals have Spencer Whipple as their offensive Quality Control coach---which means he will be doing the advanced scouting on the teams the Cardinals will be playing 2-3 weeks ahead. In practice he will helping to run the scout teams and will be working with the QBs.Many of the top young coaches in the NFL today have started out as Quality Control coaches---like Sean McVay and Brian Flores. It’s great training in all three phases.The Cardinals just hired one of the brightest young coaching prodigies in Spencer Whipple.
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The 2019 fifth rounder will look to add physicality to the Falcons backfield." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteThe Falcoholican Atlanta Falcons communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsLibraryFalconsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Library FalcFans Podcast on The FalcoholicContact The FalcoholicFalcons StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Falcons NewsYahoo Falcons Team PageYahoo Falcons ReportYahoo Falcons Depth ChartYahoo Falcons TransactionsYahoo Falcons PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Falcons draft scouting report: RB Qadree Ollison Julio Jones Jersey Boys , Pittsburgh New,65commentsThe 2019 fifth rounder will look to add physicality to the Falcons backfield. EDTShareTweetShareShareFalcons draft scouting report: RB Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsAs the Atlanta Falcons look to insert some size and muscle into their running back group, let’s take a look at what rookie running back Qadree Ollison brings to the table. Running the football was a stated desire by Falcons head coach Dan Quinn on numerous occasions this offseason. In order to do that, however, getting lead back Devonta Freeman 100% healthy is first priority. The team also needed to add some beef and aggressiveness to the offensive line, which they have obviously done this offseason period. Going into the 2019 NFL Draft, it appeared to some extent that the Falcons were headed in the direction of adding another running back to the fray for 2019 and beyond. In the fifth round, they did, in the form of a big back with the ability to finish runs and provide some punch. Time to put the late-round pick under the microscope and get familiar with his skill set. Qadree Ollison Scouting Report Height: 6’1 Weight: 228 lbs Career stats: 529 carries, 2,859 yards, 5.4 yards per carry, 29 rushing touchdowns Games watched: 2015 vs. Virginia Tech Cheap Julio Jones Jersey , , 2018 vs. Penn State, 2018 vs. Virginia Tech, 2018 vs. UCF, 2018 vs. Syracuse, 2018 vs. ClemsonStrengths: When viewing Ollison, you immediately notice the size with a near 230-pound frame. Ollison filled in as a redshirt freshman for Pittsburgh in 2015 as the program endured the loss of former starter James Conner to illness. Ollison proceeded to post 1,121 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. He capped off his career with a team-leading 1,213 yards and another 11 scores in 2018, good to earn second-team All-ACC honors. Ollison has a thick, compact frame that tends to bounce off defenders when he lowers his shoulder. Ollison displays good balance through contact and maintains active legs when meeting defenders. Ollison posted a 4.58 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, which is fairly impressive given his size and running ability. Once Ollison reaches the second level of defenses, the power back displays a nice amount of burst to extend runs and shows a second gear. During his career, Ollison recorded touchdown runs of 67 Custom Julio Jones Jersey , 71, and 97 yards. He displays plenty of patience to allow blocks to develop whether it’s inside or outside zone runs. Ollison makes things very difficult for the ball carriers who choose to tackle him in the upper frame of his body. He shows no tendency to dance in the backfield and is your classic north-south runner. Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY SportsWeaknesses: In today’s game, many backs have elusiveness and agility. Unfortunately, Ollison does not have that in his arsenal. His running style displays power but also stiffness in his hips. Ollison’s change of direction skills are lacking as well, as he is pretty much a straight-line runner. Slight promise is showed in the route running department, but his overall catching ability is average at best. Pass protection is also average as he shows at times the habit of lunging at oncoming blitzes. Conclusion: Ollison was arguably the most surprising selection of the 2019 NFL Draft, not because of where he was drafted, but because of his overall ability and what many assumed the Falcons to be looking for. Ollison brings a physical style that the Falcons’ running back group has not necessarily had in the last few seasons. While he’s not lead back material, he is definitely a prospect who can ultimately carve out a role of 10 to 15 carries a game and someone who can be a late game closer for an offense that has the lead and needs to shut the door. Based on where Ollison was drafted, it is best to shelve any expectations that are simply unreachable. However, Ollison can provide some pop for a Falcons team that is looking to pound the rock a little more in the future. Could this be a snapshot of how a Falcons draft might look?"With mock draft season still going strong, it’s always fascinating when someone rolls up their sleeves and does one that reflects predictions for all seven rounds. Dane Brugler of The Athletic has compiled a mock for all available picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, and it’s exactly what you’d expect: a lot of names and numbers and prognostication, including a DT pick that looks a little less likely after the Falcons signed Tyeler Davison. We’ve tallied all of his picks for Atlanta Julio Jones Jersey Discount , which you can see below. First round, Clemson DT Christian WilkinsSecond round, Florida DB Chauncey Gardner-JohnsonThird round, Charlotte G/C Nate DavisFourth round, Notre Dame LB Drue TranquillFourth round, Clemson DE Austin BryantFifth round, Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson Fifth round, San Diego State T Tyler RoemerSixth round, Washington CB Jordan MillerSeventh round, Washington State QB Gardner Minshew Here’s his reasoning for the Wilkins pick: Wilkins seems to be one of the safer picks in this year’s draft cycle, if not one of the most exciting. He lacks the tantalizing potential of an Ed Oliver or a Quinnen Williams, but lacks the floor that would make you regret taking him early. If the Falcons went this direction, chances are they’d be mothballing Senat quite a bit next year and/or having Grady Jarrett and Jack Crawford dabble at end a bit. Really, if the Falcons walked away with him with pick 14 Julio Jones Jersey Super Bowl , it’d be a very sound pick and give Atlanta a formidable quintet of defensive tackles. It just wouldn’t, perhaps, make a lot of social media fireworks go off, and it would solve more problems in 2020 than 2019. The rest of the draft is very solid, with the team adding young depth to its secondary, offensive line, defensive edge group and running back lineup. They also add Minshew to the quarterback room to compete with Kurt Benkert for a spot as the Young Developmental Quarterback (TM). Obviously, this isn’t how it’s going to go, but it’s a neat snapshot for how it could go once the draft gets underway here in two weeks or so. The Falcons have every opportunity this draft to really supplant the depth on its roster and add some needed playmakers to the roster. Let’s hope it does go something like Brugler put together.
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Ravens training camp attendance report 8/6: Marshal Yanda returns to practice The Baltimore Ravens held their first of two joint practices with the Los Angeles Rams on Monday afternoon Stitched Mark Andrews Jersey , and only nine players were absent. Wide receiver and return specialist Tim White missed his third consecutive practice following Baltimore’s first preseason game. White is considered to be dealing with a minor injury, and he is expected to play in Baltimore’s preseason clash with the Rams. Undrafted free agents Randin Crecelius and Jaelon Acklin missed their second-straight practice, but again, both of their injuries are considered not to be serious. There were no changes to the PUP list, which means Quincy Adeboyejo, Jaylen Hill and Bam Bradley all missed practice on Monday. They are all expected to start the season on the PUP list as well. Tyus Bowser continues to be sidelined with an undisclosed injury, while Tony Jefferson is still dealing with a ‘pull Youth Mark Andrews Jersey ,’ according to John Harbaugh. Jefferson missed the Hall of Fame Game and now the three practices after it. Offensive lineman Maurquice Shakir also missed his third consecutive practice, despite playing in the Hall of Fame Game. He is considered to be on the roster bubble.The good news for Baltimore is that several players returned to the practice field on Monday: Marshal Yanda, Anthony Averett, Bennett Jackson and Tim Williams. Yanda is not expected to be a full participant in practice nor will he play in Baltimore’s upcoming matchup against the Rams. Nevertheless, it is still good for him to shake off the rust before the regular season. The Ravens have one of the best kickers in the league in Justin Tucker and that left them with a possible trade asset when Kaare Vedvik showed off a strong, accurate leg during last year’s preseason.Any chatter about a deal ended early on September 1 when Vedvik was hospitalized after being assaulted in Baltimore. He was placed on the non-football injury list and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the incident cost him a chance to kick in the league last year.The Ravens have Vedvik under contract and Harbaugh said last week that the hope is that Vedvik attracts the same kind of interest from other teams that he did last year.“He was with us all season, he’s training now Stitched Orlando Brown Jersey ,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “He’ll be one of our camp kickers. Actually, I fully expect that he’ll kick well enough for us to trade him. That’s kind of, I would say, the goal. Now, if something changes, it’s always competitive. You never know. Watch out Tuck. But I think we’re really set with our specialists. Obviously Youth Orlando Brown Jersey , we’re not looking to make a change there in all seriousness. But he’s capable of kicking in the NFL. We probably could have traded him last year.”Vedvik was 8-of-9 on field goals, including a 56-yard make, during the preseason last year.
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Over the last 10 years the Panthers have generally wasted what should be valuable assets in third round picks."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomPanthers 2019 NFL DraftWhy have the Panthers’ recent third round draft picks been so bad? New Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey ,52commentsOver the last 10 years the Panthers have generally wasted what should be valuable assets in third round picks.EDTShareTweetShareShareWhy have the Panthers’ recent third round draft picks been so bad? Bob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsThe Carolina Panthers currently hold two picks in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft, No. 77 and No. 100 (compensatory pick). Third round picks are usually something to covet. The players available in the third round tend to have enough talent to still be among the top handful of players at their respective positions. Realistic expectations for third round picks should fall somewhere between capable depth on the low end to quality starter on the high end. Even sweeter, their cap hits tend to fall just below $1 million per year, on average, over the duration of their four-year rookie contracts. But based on the Carolina Panthers recent draft history, even finding “capable depth” with their third round picks in 2019 may be a reach. Take a look at Carolina’s woeful yield from their 12 third round picks from 2009 through 2018:Carolina Panthers third round picks 2009-2018YearPick No.PosNameNotesYearPick No.PosNameNotesThe only player the Panthers drafted, developed, then retained via contract extension is Trai Turner. Carolina got good value out of Brandon LaFell throughout his four-year rookie contract as he averaged 42 receptions and 596 yards per season , but LaFell departed via free agency once his rookie deal was up. Trading a 2012 third round pick for Greg Olsen remains the single best trade in Panthers history. But look at the amount of busts! Six of the nine players drafted didn’t even play out their four-year rookie contracts with the Panthers, and that includes 2017 selection Daeshon Hall. Outside of Turner and LaFell, the only other players to carve out somewhat legitimate NFL careers are Daryl Worley and Terrell McClain. The jury is still out on 2018 selection Rashaan Gaulden. What makes the Panthers recent stretch of futility even more perplexing, if not outright frustrating, is the fact that they consistently nailed their third round picks throughout the 2000s. Take a look at some of the players Carolina drafted in the third round between 2001 and 2008: Steve Smith, Will Witherspoon, Travelle Wharton, Evan Mathis Womens DJ Moore Jersey , James Anderson, Charles Johnson, Charles Godfrey, and Dan Connor (though injury limited Connor’s career). That’s right, between 2001 and 2008 the Panthers drafted eight players in the third round who went on to have solid NFL careers. They also had a couple of busts - Mike Seidman and Atiyyah Ellison, for example - but not many. While general manager Marty Hurney has done a commendable job addressing roster gaps this offseason, the Panthers need to absolutely crush the 2019 draft. This includes getting it right at No. 77 and No. 100. Assuming both Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly remain healthy (or can get fully healthy in Cam’s case), the window for another Panthers postseason run should remain open for the next couple of years. Finding two starter-level players in the third round of the 2019 draft would go a long way in keeping that window open. CHARLOTTE Donte Jackson Jersey White , N.C. (AP)The Carolina Panthers are keeping their kicking game intact.The Panthers announced Tuesday they have signed Pro Bowl kicker Graham Gano to a four-year contract extension.The deal is worth $17 million overall with $9 million guaranteed, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the financial terms of the contract have not been publicly released.Gano was set to become an unrestricted free agent and the team had considered using the franchise tag on him, but came to an agreement just hours before the deadline to use the tag.The 30-year-old Gano is coming off his best NFL season, converting all 29 field goals from inside of 50 yards and 29 of 30 overall. He made 34 of 37 extra points.Gano also set a franchise record and tied the NFL postseason record with his 58-yard field goal in a Wild Card playoff loss at New Orleans.He’s spent the last six seasons in Carolina.The Panthers drafted Harrison Butker in the seventh round last year providing Gano with some competition. But Gano outkicked Butker in training camp and held on to the job. Gano went on to lead the NFL with a touchback percentage of 85.4, belting a franchise-record 70 of his kickoffs into the end zone.Butker was cut and later signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.—
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A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday:CRUZ CONTROLTwins slugger Nelson Cruz has homered in four straight games Aaron Loup Jersey , his streak coming soon after his return from a strained wrist that put him on the injured list for more than three weeks.The 38-year-old Cruz is batting .279 with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs, helping Minnesota post the best record in the American League. He now faces Seattle in the series opener at Target Field.TWO STOPSThe Subway Series gets underway with a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.After a rainout Monday in the Bronx, the Mets flip-flopped their pitchers. Zack Wheeler (5-3) will start the opener for them against Masahiro Tanaka (3-5) in the first of four matchups this season between the crosstown rivals. Jason Vargas (2-3) goes in the nightcap versus fellow left-hander James Paxton (3-2) and the Yankees.TAKE A SEATBraves third baseman Josh Donaldson and Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove can expect a little time off after their bench-clearing confrontation. Major League Baseball will take a look at possible penalties following the fracas Monday night in Atlanta.With two outs in the first inning, Musgrove’s pitch grazed Donaldson’s jersey. As Donaldson headed to first base, he exchanged words with Musgrove and then took a few steps toward the mound. Pirates catcher Elias Díaz intervened and Donaldson shoved him, and tempers flared.Donaldson, Musgrove and Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle were ejected.WHO’S NEXT?Home runs are coming in bunches lately, with the Arizona and Philadelphia Phillies combining for an MLB-record 13 homers, including a team-record eight for the Diamondbacks.Arizona started quickly, hitting three in a row to open Monday night’s game at Philadelphia. Jarrod Dyson, Ketel Marte and David Peralta all connected off Jerad Eickhoff.Eduardo Escobar became the first Diamondback to homer from both sides of the plate in consecutive innings. Ildemaro Vargas homered twice and Alex Avila went deep for Arizona at Citizens Bank Park.The Diamondbacks had hit six homers in a game six times in franchise history, the last coming June 1, 2018, against the Marlins.The Phillies played long ball, too. Scott Kingery hit two of Philadelphia’s five home runs. Jean Segura, Rhys Hoskins and Jay Bruce also went deep.A day earlier, the Nationals hit four straight homers in the eighth inning at San Diego. Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon tagged former Washington reliever Craig Stammen. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Time for a little history lesson.Just a few miles west of downtown Birmingham, tucked into a neighborhood of modest homes the way ballparks used to be, sits a stately green time capsule known as Rickwood Field.In a couple of months, this place will officially mark its 109th birthday. Stadium officials went ahead with the most perfect of celebrations on the last Wednesday of May.A ballgame.“I think this is as just good as any of those new ballparks,” Leroy Miller Matt Adams Jersey , a veteran of the Negro Leagues, said from a seat along the third-base line.He’s right, even though you won’t find a single luxury box or club seat or sushi stand at 10,000-seat Rickwood Field.In the late 1980s, when the Barons moved to a ritzy new stadium in the suburbs and Rickwood seemed destined for the wrecking ball like nearly all of its contemporaries, a group of dedicated locals set out to preserve this crumbling yet marvelous structure.Against all odds, they succeeded in saving what is now America’s oldest ballpark.Yep, older than Fenway Park by two years, older than Wrigley Field by four. The only surviving ballpark, it’s believed, from the old Negro Leagues.Once a year, the Double-A Birmingham Barons return to their former home for a daytime game known as the Rickwood Classic. It’s a nostalgic pilgrimage that any baseball fan should make at least once in their lifetime, but it’s also a sobering reminder of the history lost and a call to fight with all our might to preserve those ancient sporting relics that remain.“You take away this ballpark,” Miller said, “you take away the memories.”They’re still making memories at Rickwood Field.As the temperature soared into the 90s under a blistering sun, the Barons hosted their rival from right down I-65, the Montgomery Biscuits.The Biscuits prevailed, 9-4.The score was irrelevant.This was about the fans decked out in Victorian suits and flowing dresses inspired by the early years of the previous century, about umpires and ushers in bow ties, about a lineup board just inside the main entrance written out in chalk, where a father studiously filled in his scorecard under the watchful eye of his young son.This was about the aging veterans of the Negros Leagues getting another chance to shine, to pose for a group picture on the field before shuffling slowly to their seats behind the Biscuits’ dugout, where they reminisced about a game that provided so much hope but also broke their hearts with its racial intolerance.This was about the families that invaded the field almost as soon as the last out was recorded, to see who could run the bases the fastest Kevin Long Jersey , to break out their gloves for a game of catch, to pose for selfies in front of the hand-operated scoreboard and the vintage advertising signs ringing the outfield wall, which urged fans to drink Coca-Cola because it “Relieves Fatigue” or an admonishment from U.S. Steel to “Play It Safe, on the job, off the job.”Jason Bressner of Lexington, Massachusetts stopped by Rickwood Field last year, but he couldn’t get inside because it was undergoing some much-needed renovations.When Bressner heard about the Rickwood Classic, he vowed to return to Birmingham. His girlfriend agreed to the trip, but only if he would accommodate her passion for historical clothing. So, they rented out some period pieces from the early 1900s — he went with a burgundy suit and matching vest that was flushed out quite nicely by an ornate gold tie and black bowler — and turned up for the ballgame as definite contenders for the Best Dressed Award.“I don’t care about watching baseball,” conceded Alona Brosh, sitting alongside her boyfriend in a blue-and-white-striped jacket, a frilly white blouse that buttoned all the way to her chin, a blue skirt that dipped all the way to the ground, topped off by a stylish hat of her own. “But I’m very into historical fashion, especially the Victorian and Edwardian era. So I was thrilled to come and dress up in 1910 fashions.”They happened upon a family of locals who go to similar lengths for the Rickwood Classic.“We have an amazing treasure in Birmingham,” said Kellet May, sitting next to her 7-year-old daughter, Lucia, while adorned in a strand of pearls and a large, swooping hat that would’ve fit right in at the Kentucky Derby. “I would like everyone to take advantage of it.”Rickwood Field was home to a pair of ballclubs during a big chunk of its history — the Barons (of the all-white Southern Association) and the Black Barons (who played in various incarnations of the Negro Leagues). Appropriately, both clubs are honored for their ample contributions to the game’s history, with a list of their championship seasons listed side-by-side on an outfield sign as well as a prominent wall behind the main grandstand.Miller was a star pitcher for the Black Barons in 1963, when the Negro Leagues had collapsed and the team was reduced to a barnstorming outfit. The Rickwood Classic gave him a chance to revel in his former glory and drop a little knowledge on younger fans stopping by his seat to ask for a picture or autograph.“Baseball was all you had ,” Miller said wistfully. “You lived for Saturdays and Sundays.”Sitting on the same row was 84-year-old James “Jake” Sanders, another alumnus of the Black Barons from the 1950s. He still likes coming out to Rickwood when there are no games going on. He’ll just walk around the ballpark, soaking it all in, savoring the memories and a maybe a train whistle crackling through the silence beyond the right-field bleachers.“This is the No. 1 ballpark for me,” said Sanders, who wore a vintage jersey and cap from another Negro League team he played for, the Kansas City Monarchs. “I love Rickwood Field.”The Barons broke out sharp cream uniforms with a big black “B” on the left chest, along with vintage, two-tone caps comprised of a black bill and another prominent B on the white top — a tribute to the very first game at Rickwood Field on Aug. 18, 1910, when the Barons hosted another team from Montgomery known as the Climbers.After the final out, Barons pitcher Kyle Kubat reflected on the significance of a ballpark that is roughly 82 years older than he is.“It’s pretty cool,” Kubat said, stopping off in the tunnel between the dugout and spartan clubhouse. “This is my first time here. … It’s obviously a historical place. You’ve got to take it all in. You know, we play 140 games in 150 days, so it’s gets really boring at times. You’ve got to make it fun. Days like this, it’s fun.”Rickwood Field is more than a one-day fad. It serves as the home field for local high schools, as well as nearby Miles College. There are amateur games and corporate outings. It’s been a backdrop in several baseball-themed films, including “Cobb” and “42.”About a year from now, the ballpark will open its gates for another Rickwood Classic.Trust us, it’s worth the trip.
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ARLINGTON Randy Jones Jersey , Texas (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have scored more runs in the first inning this season than any team in baseball.After Paul Goldschmidt’s 27th homer in the first put the NL West-leaders ahead to stay, the Diamondbacks tacked on enough runs to back All-Star lefty Patrick Corbin’s seven strong innings in a 6-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.“To get a couple of runs there and get the lead and add on some runs, it’s huge, just get a good feeling going in the dugout,” Corbin said.Arizona led 1-0 before Corbin (10-4) threw the first of his 96 pitches — 66 of them strikes as he struck out seven without a walk.“Pretty challenging for us tonight,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “The slider was a pretty dynamic pitch for him.”Corbin, who had never faced Texas before, has made 10 consecutive starts without allowing a homer, the longest span for the Diamondbacks in 15 years and matching Boston’s Chris Sale for the longest active streak in the majors.“He has a really innate quality to locate balls at the bottom of the zone,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “You come to this ballpark, you wonder often what are going to be the conditions, and the ball does fly out of here. … Patrick did a great job, exceptional job of keeping the ball down out of trouble.” Goldschmidt went deep to left in the first with a solo shot off Yovani Gallardo (7-2). Arizona led 4-0 in the fourth after Daniel Descalso had an RBI double and scored on a wild pitch. Descalso earlier had an RBI groundout. Alex Avila’s sixth homer was a two-out solo shot to straightway center in the sixth.Gallardo’s 11.43 run support average since June 23 had been the most in baseball, by nearly two runs over the next-closest pitcher. But he was done after 3 1/3 innings, the shortest of his 10 starts since re-joining Texas.“Just couldn’t put guys away,” Gallardo said. “The main thing for me was to stay positive and get back on track.”Gallardo walked three batters, and 35 of his 76 pitches were balls.Jurickson Profar had a sacrifice fly for Texas before an RBI double to end his 0-for-15 slide .Brad Boxberger worked the ninth for his 27th save in 32 chances, despite giving up a leadoff triple to Profar before a sac fly by Robinson Chirinos. It was only the fourth time in Boxberger’s 45 appearances this season that the first batter he faced got a hit.THE PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATERThe Rangers acquired minor league OF Alexander Ovalles from the Cubs on Tuesday, completing the July 27 trade that sent lefty Cole Hamels to Chicago for RHPs Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later. The 17-year-old Ovalles is playing in the Dominican Summer League.QUICK STARTSArizona’s 98 runs in the first inning are six more than Cleveland, which had a four-run first in their 8-1 win at Cincinnati earlier Tuesday.SHORT HOPSCorbin is 5-0 with a 1.60 ERA in his last seven interleague games. … Goldschmidt has reached safely in 34 consecutive roads , one short of the franchise record set by Eric Byrnes in June 2007. … Brandon Webb was the last Diamondbacks starter with 10 consecutive games without allowing a homer. Miguel Batista holds the team record of 11 in a row, from Aug. 22, 2002 to April 25, 2003.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock, who was out May 15-July 2 because of a broken left thumb, got the day off after playing 18 consecutive games since July 25. “It just felt like it was a good time to give him this off day,” Lovullo said.Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre was out of the lineup a day after he re-aggravated the left hamstring injury that has already put him on the disabled list twice this season. The 39-year-old Beltre, baseball’s active career hits leader, will be re-evaluated Thursday. … RHP Chris Tillman, signed by Texas to a minor league deal after being released by the Baltimore Orioles on July 27, threw only 11 pitches for Triple-A Round Rock before leaving with a groin strain.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: A day off Wednesday in the middle of a nine-game road trip before a four-game series at San Diego.Rangers: After playing 13 days in a row, and 25 of 26 since the All-Star break, the Rangers have a day off before opening a four-game home series Thursday night against the Los Angeles Angels. Over the last year, no Dodger has received more backlash from fans than Pedro Baez. From being booed at Dodger Stadium, to public outcry on social media, Baez wasn’t much of a fan-favorite. In 2018, he put all the criticism aside, and established himself as one of, if not, the best reliever in LA’s bullpen."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2019 Spring TrainingProspectsCommentaryNews and NotesPlayer Profiles2018 Dodgers Review: Pedro Baez New Wil Myers Jersey ,171commentsByBlakeHarris@BlakeHarrisTBLADec8, 2018,6:30am PSTShareTweetShareShare2018 Dodgers Review: Pedro Baez Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY SportsOver the last year, no Dodger has received more backlash from fans than Pedro Baez. From being booed at Dodger Stadium, to public outcry on social media, Baez wasn’t much of a fan-favorite. In 2018, he put all the criticism aside, and established himself as one of, if not, the best reliever in LA’s bullpen. What went right From August 13 until the end of the season, you could make the case that Baez was the best relief pitcher in the national league. With at least 19 innings pitched, he led the NL in ERA (0.47) and opponents average (.108). During that stretch, Baez struck out 19, and only allowed one run, which came via the home run. Over the course of eight appearances from August 13 to August 30, Baez went 8 2? innings without allowing a base hit. Baez continued his hot pitching into the postseason, where he appeared in 10 games. In October, Baez had a 1.59 ERA, and allowed only four hits over the course of 11 1鈦? innings. He struck out 14. What went wrong On June 15, Baez was placed on the disabled-list with right biceps tendinitis. He would go nearly six weeks in-between appearances. After he returned Rickey Henderson Jersey , he allowed a run in two of his first three appearances. His worst outing came on August 9 in Colorado. In just 1? of an inning, Baez allowed three hits and four runs, putting his ERA at 4.14, the highest it had been since April. Luckily for Baez, it was after this outing in which his season turned around for the better. 2018 particularsAge: 30Stats: 4-3, 2.88 ERA, 56 1? IP, 62 SO, 23 BB, 135 ERA+, 3.16 FIP, 1.225 WHIPSalary: $1,500,000Game of the yearHis best outing came earlier in the season. On April 17 in San Diego, Baez retired all four batters he faced. All four outs came via the strikeout. It was one of two times in 2018 in which Baez struck out four in an appearance. Roster status Baez has four years and 59 days of major league service time. He was tendered a contract for 2019, and is eligible for arbitration until after the 2020 season, when he is set to become a free agent.
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We haven’t seen Jose Altuve’s best season yet Tanner Roark Jersey , I don’t care what Fangraphs says."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Houston Astros NewsGame ThreadsHouston Astros Minor LeaguesAstros Game DayPodcastsAltuve’s Big WeekNew,15commentsWe haven’t seen Jose Altuve’s best season yet, I don’t care what Fangraphs says.CDTShareTweetShareShareAltuve’s Big WeekJennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY SportsIt’s always been a secret pleasure of mine to watch baseball projections fall flat. This is what Fanraphs said about Jose Altuve’s prospects going into 2019.“While a knee injury seems to have ruined Altuve’s season, it was on the decline before it happened. Don’t be surprised if his home runs and stolen bases are in the teens going forward.”It’s still a young season, but in 14 games the 28 year old Jose Altuve already has six home runs, which ties him for third in the AL, and his 0.8 WAR is tied for eighth.In the last four games he has five home runs, including the only grand slam in his career. Prior to this run he has hit two regular season home runs in a game only three times, and had consecutive games with home runs only twice.Since April 7th his slash line is .476/.520/1.190 for a 331 wRC+. His season wRC+ is 176. For his so far illustrious career including an MVP it is only 126. News of the demise of Jose Altuve is greatly exaggerated.I wrote an article about Hall of Fame second basemen last winter and in the research I noticed that they tended to be late bloomers, unlike shortstops. For example Khris Davis Jersey , Joe Morgan’s best season was his age 32 season, OPS+ 186, bWAR 11. Rod Carew’s best season was his age 31 season, 178 OPS+, 9.7 bWAR. Ryne Sandberg’s best was his age 32 season, 145 OPS+, 7.8 bWAR, and Craig Biggio’s best season was his age 31 season, 143 OPS+, 9.4 bWAR.We just saw the greatest five day regular season stretch in the career of Jose Altuve. It should be always etched deeply in our memories , sweeping the Yankees, beating the upstart Mariners, with a massive power display by a person 5’5”.As a Yankee commenter said: “their little guy is making our big guy ( 6’8” Aaron Judge) look small.” But if you measure size by heart, then Jose Altuve is no small guy, and I think what he showed us this week is that his best seasons, like those of his late blooming second base colleagues that have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame, are yet to come.Any bets on whether Jose beats Steamer’s projection of 4.2 WAR? MIAMI (AP) — Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter are teammates again.Posada will be joining the Miami Marlins‘ front office as a special adviser to Jeter, said to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The person spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Posada’s hiring has not been publicly announced.Jeter is entering his second season as the Marlins’ CEO.Like Jeter, Posada spent his entire playing career with the Yankees. Posada has also primarily been a South Florida resident since retiring after the 2011 season.Posada batted .273 with 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs in parts of 17 seasons with the Yankees. He also was the batter when the Marlins recorded their final out to beat the Yankees in the 2003 World Series Jake Smolinski Jersey , hitting a soft grounder toward first base and being tagged out by pitcher Josh Beckett to end the game and give then-Florida its second world championship.The Marlins have not played a postseason game since.Jeter inherited a team that had a former Yankees star in Don Mattingly as its manager, and has since added plenty of other people with Yankees ties — including vice president of player development Gary Denbo, director of player personnel Dan Greenlee, director of amateur scouting DJ Svihlik and now, Posada.Miami has its first official spring training workout for pitchers and catchers on Wednesday in Jupiter, Florida.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Miles Mikolas was feeling fresh for St. Louis David Justice Jersey , and that was bad news for the Pittsburgh Pirates.Cardinals rookie Tyler O’Neill hit a three-run homer during a six-run eighth inning, Marcell Ozuna drove in three and Mikolas pitched seven solid innings after an extra day off to lift the Cardinals over the Pirates 11-5 on Tuesday night.“The extra day is big at this point in the season,” Mikolas said. “Gives you an extra day to push back a lift or take that breather and get some stuff done at your own pace and not try to crunch running and lifting and throwing and treatment and this and that in a day. It allows you to space it out and it takes a mental burden off you.”Mikolas (15-5) gave up a run, five hits and a walk while striking out seven with 107 pitches. He dropped his ERA to 2.99, and he got his first victory in five starts against the Pirates this season.“I thought he was fantastic,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “He threw strikes for effect. His secondary pitches were hitting. He did a really, really nice job. It was a quality outing. Miles has been pretty good every time he’s toed the rubber.”Mikolas struck out five straight in one stretch, and the Cardinals improved to 21-8 in his starts.Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle was impressed with Mikolas, who signed with St. Louis before this season following three years in Japan.“He shows up, makes pitches and he competes,” Hurdle said. “For him to get the depth he got after a couple of situations we had him in early was impressive. … We jacked his pitch count up and he was able to put his foot down when he needed to.”Ozuna is hitting .352 this season against Pittsburgh. He has 13 RBIs against the Pirates and 79 on the season.Since coming off the disabled list for his balky right shoulder, Ozuna has been hot.He extended his hitting streak to seven games (13 for 30, .433). It was his team-leading 20th game with multiple RBIs this season.“I feel better, God bless,” Ozuna said. “I’m better in my approach and having success. I’m way better.”Joe Musgrove (6-9) went six innings. He allowed four hits, four runs and two walks while striking out eight.St. Louis took a 2-0 lead in the first when Ozuna hit a two-run double to left, scoring Matt Carpenter and Jose Martinez.“That was a missile to left to get us started,” Shildt said.Corey Dickerson countered for Pittsburgh with an RBI single in the fourth before St. Louis added two runs in the sixth after loading the bases with no outs. After Ozuna struck out , Musgrove threw a wild pitch to score Carpenter. Paul DeJong hit a sacrifice fly to center, driving in Martinez for a 4-1 lead.A wild pitch by Pirates reliever Tanner Anderson with the bases load in the seventh let Francisco Pena score.Then St. Louis blew it open in the eighth. Pena singled home Kolten Wong from second base, and O’Neill then hit a 3-0 pitch 457 feet into the upper left field bleachers for his eighth home run. The shot knocked out rookie pitcher Nick Burdi, who was making his major league debut.Pinch-hitter Adolis Garcia added a run-scoring double off Clay Holmes, and Ozuna finished off the St. Louis scoring with a sacrifice fly. It was the first career RBI and extra-base hit for Garcia.The Pirates scored four runs and five hits in the ninth off Luke Weaver. John Brebbia relieved to record the final out.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: Activated P Mike Mayers (right shoulder inflammation) from the 10-day disabled list. He had been out since Aug. 26. … C Yadier Molina missed his fifth straight game with left hamstring tightness. He is day to day. … 3B Jedd Gyorko (left groin strain) is expected to be activated Thursday.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (12-9, 3.40) make his career-high 29th start. He had made 18 straight starts allowing three earned runs or fewer. He is 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA in seven career starts against St. Louis.Cardinals: RHP Daniel Poncedeleon (0-1, 2.67) will make his fourth start of the season and it will be his first appearance against the Pirates. He pitched two innings of scoreless relief Saturday in Detroit. So I have a feeling this will be an unpopular article, as there’s a few controversial points that will be highlighted, but what causes better debate than that? After the 2018 season, the Astros..."1.) Steven Strasburg – Signs 7 year / $175 Million dollar extension. ($25 Mil per year)There are quite a few similarities, Strasburg, a Scott Boras client, 27 at the time of signing his deal, was 1 year away from free agency. Cole, also a Scott Boras client, is now 28 years old also has 1 year remaining of club contract. Here is how they stack up career wise up to that point:Strasburg – 54-37, 3.09 ERA, 776 IP Scott Kazmir Jersey , 10.4 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 2.83 FIP, 18.8 WARCole – 74-47, 3.37 ERA, 982 IP, 9.3 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 3.15 FIP, 22.3 WARSo how does it all compare? Well Strasburg was a year younger, had better rate stats, but far less innings pitched in a similar period of time. Other areas to consider is that Cole is coming off a phenomenal season and the cost per WAR has increased slightly over the 3 years, also Strasburg had significantly deferred earnings with no interest, estimators at the time valued the deal to be truly worth approximately $162 Million, but also included opt outs.AP Photo Ross D. Franklin2.) Patrick Corbin – Signs 6 year / $140 Million dollar deal (23.3 Mil/year)Corbin, the top Free Agent Starting Pitcher in this years crop, has barely had the ink dry on his 6 year $140 Million dollar contract. The deal was not far off from MLBTradeRumors prediction of 6 years $129 Million which takes out of the element of a one-off major overpay. Corbin and Cole had similar years last year, but Cole generally outclasses Corbin across the board. a.Pedigree - While Corbins 80th overall pick is not a low  Kurt Suzuki Jersey , it falls short comparatively to Cole’s #1 overall draft pick.b.Age- Corbin hit Free Agency at the same time Cole is projected to, the differential being that the Astros would be signing the extension at a 1-year younger age.c.Career stats: Corbin – 56-54, 3.91 ERA, 945 IP, 8.54 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 , 3.65 FIP, 15.9 WAR Cole – 74-47, 3.37 ERA, 982 IP, 9.3 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 3.15 FIP, 22.3 WARI don’t think many would argue, that if Corbin’s stats and background are the bar to compare Cole’s proposed contract, 6/$140 is definitely light. Corbin’s only true aspect that provides more value is that he is a lefty. MLB.comWith those bars set, I decided I was going to buy out this years Arbitration (estimated at $13 Million) to make the deal more attractive as well as level set the payroll, as even with Crane’s comments about us supporting a payroll near the luxury tax line , spreading it over more years is beneficial for the team and Cole.I came up with the estimate of 6 years / $165 Million. If you take this year’s projected salary out, it would bake out to roughly 5 years / $152 M $30.4 Million/year over the course of 5 years. When I asked around, quite a few people balked at this number, but honestly, I think it is actually a bit light, with the real number probably being higher before you consider other factors (such as opt outs, etc)**an additional year would obviously raise the grand total but presumably reduce the AAV ** If Gerrit Cole comes close to repeating the year he had this year, you would have to assume his contract based on age, pedigree, and performance would skyrocket far beyond these expectations, and may end up closer to the David Price (7/$217), Scherzer (7/$210), Greinke (6/$206), which is why I believe my estimated salary may end up actually being a bit light. Tell me, what do you think? What would you offer Cole if you were Luhnow, and how high would you be willing to go?
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The Royals played TWO games on TV last night , at the same time."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Royals Trade Rumors & Hot StoveRoyals Minor Leagues & ProspectsRoyals Review ClassicRoyals Review Users GuideThe 100 Greatest Royals Of All TimeRoyals Rumblings - News for March 12, 2019New,321commentsThe Royals played TWO games on TV last night, at the same time. EDTShareTweetShareShareRoyals Rumblings - News for March 12, 2019Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsAt the end of the 2018 MLB season, it was fair to wonder what Alex Gordon’s role would be on the 2019 team.Gordon has gone a long way this spring to make Royals fans, and probably the coaching staff as well, feel confident in his ability to rebound in 2019. As of this morning, Gordon has an OPS of .975 and he just hit his first HR of the spring last night.Gordon will certainly be the Royals starting left fielder in 2019, but if he can begin to hit a little bit like he has this spring, the Royals may even be able to get something for him at the trade deadline if they’re willing to eat his contract.Last May, I wrote that Jake Junis could potentially unlock another level if he’d work on throwing his changeup a bit more. One of our newest writers, Michael Augustine Wilmer Difo Jersey , noted yesterday that Junis has indeed improved his changeup this off-season and noted some possible improvements that could come from a better changeup.Staying on the topic of Jake Junis, I saw these tweets the other day:If Junis can hold an average of 92.5+ mph AND show an improved changeup this season, the Royals might have a very legitimate #3 starter on their hands.Regarding the RF job.....Starling added a second hit after that tweet last night, and is now batting .417 with a 1.267 OPS. If both Kyle Zimmer and Bubba Starling make the Royals Opening Day roster, I’m going to begin the apocalyptic protocols. You won’t find me.Sam Mellinger wrote an incredible piece about Adalberto Mondesi’s rise to big league stardom.Owen Perkins of would tell you that Mondesi is poised for a breakthrough year.You already knew this, but the Martin Maldonado signing is officially official.Rany Jazayerli kicked off Part 2 of his “Reviewing 50 years of Royals trades” over at the Athletic ($).Go yell at a good friend of mine. Patrick Brennan, former contributor here at Royals Review, thinks the Royals could be better off WITHOUT Salvador Perez in 2019. Staying at Royals Farm Report, Drew broke down a potential future relief ace in Tyler Zuber.Trevor Hooth at Kings of Kauffman is not impressed by Brett Phillips this spring. In other news:Star safety Tyrann Mathieu is in an agreement to join the Kansas City Chiefs.Former Chiefs and Mizzou Tiger center Mitch Morse is headed to Buffalo.Four students were injured after a school bus crashed in Kansas City.UFC star Conor McGregor was arrested for allegedly smashing a fan’s phone that was taking a picture of him. Facebook suing over “data-grabbing” quizzes. It was an up-an-down season for Andrew Toles. A two-month stint on the DL and trips between Oklahoma City and Los Angeles limited him to a total of only 88 games."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2019 Spring TrainingProspectsCommentaryNews and NotesPlayer Profiles2018 Dodgers Review: Andrew TolesNew,199commentsByBlakeHarris@BlakeHarrisTBLANov 15, 2018,1:00pm PSTShareTweetShareShare2018 Dodgers Review: Andrew TolesJake Roth-USA TODAY SportsIt was an up-and-down season for Andrew Toles. A two-month stint on the DL and trips between Oklahoma City and Los Angeles limited him to a total of only 88 games. What went right Toles got off to a hot start in triple-A. Through his first six games, he had 12 hits Brian Goodwin Jersey , seven runs driven in, and had an amazing slash line of .462/.500/.731. A two-month hamstring injury sidelined him, but he came back and was still arguably the best hitter in the OKC lineup. He had six hits in his first five games back, pushing his hitting-streak to 11 games. During the month of June, he had nine multi-hit games.During a stretch from June 27 through July 1, Toles went 14-for-24 at the plate, drove in seven runs, and scored five of his own. What went wrong After missing most of 2017 with an ACL injury, Toles missed nearly two months due to a hamstring injury. With time spent on the DL, and a crowded Dodgers outfield, Toles only had 30 at-bats in the majors this season. After a great 2018 debut, he struggled the rest of the way. Toles hit .185 for the remainder of the season, posting an on-base percentage of .222 and an OPS of only .437. He had eight strikeouts , and only walked once. 2018 particularsAge: 26Stats: .233/.281/.300 (7-for-30), 2 2B, 4 RBISalary: $555,000Game of the yearOn July 9, Toles made his season-debut with LA on the road in San Diego. He had two hits, a walk, drove in two, and scored two runs. Though his season wasn’t a memorable one, he did give us this amazing story, in which he left his abandoned car in the Dodger Stadium parking lot for months while he played in Oklahoma City. Roster statusAndrew Toles has one year and 128 days of service time. He has two options remaining.
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SEATTLE (AP) — Bobby Wagner leaped over the line of scrimmage Nick Vannett Color Rush Jersey , swatted Dan Bailey’s field goal attempt and sparked the Seattle Seahawks to two late touchdowns.Whether or not what Wagner did was entirely legal, he frankly didn’t care.“I’m not stressing about that. I made the play. They called what they called,” Wagner said. “There’s times in games where things happen all the time. I’m not stressing on it. It was a big block and we’ll definitely take it. It was amazing.”Wagner’s block midway through the fourth quarter was the catalyst in a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night that pushed Seattle to the brink of a playoff berth.Chris Carson followed the blocked kick with a 2-yard TD run with 2:53 left, and Justin Coleman capped off the Seahawks’ fourth straight victory with a 29-yard fumble return for a touchdown 18 seconds later.What was an ugly and mostly forgettable first three quarters turned into a Seattle party in the fourth as the Seahawks (8-5) moved to the brink of wrapping up a wild-card spot in the NFC. One win in Seattle’s final three games — including matchups with lowly San Francisco and Arizona — should be enough to put the Seahawks into the postseason.“It’s really about the defense. I loved the way they played, they played so hard and so spirited,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “It was almost poetic after last week’s game that Bobby would get to block the field goal and he pulled it off and did it. That was an incredible play.”Minnesota (6-6-1) twice had scoring chances in the fourth quarter when it was still a one-score game but was turned away each time. Minnesota’s chances of winning the NFC North took a major hit with its second straight loss, but the Vikings still hold the No. 6 spot in the NFC.“Part of it is being better on third downs. We haven’t really done a good job there. Part of it is being better in the red zone,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “We had the ball on the 2-yard line and didn’t score.”But much of the conversation centered on Wagner’s block of Bailey’s 47-yard attempt with 5:38 left and whether it was entirely legal. Wagner’s jump through a gap in Minnesota’s offensive line was fine, but it appeared he used his teammates to gain leverage, which allowed him to come through and block the kick. A flag was initially thrown but was picked up by the officials.Wagner said he attempted it four times in practice without a problem but acknowledged it could be tough to pull off the play during the fourth quarter of a tight game.“When I did it in practice I was pretty fresh,” Wagner said.Zimmer said he asked for an explanation of what happened but wasn’t given one. He was told he couldn’t challenge.“Quite honestly Justin Britt Color Rush Jersey , I didn’t see what happened. I was told what happened,” Zimmer said.Seattle took possession and Russell Wilson immediately scrambled 40 yards deep into Minnesota territory. Five plays later, Carson scored and Seattle finally had a cushion. Two plays after that, Jacob Martin sacked Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins and the ball popped to Coleman, who weaved his way for the clinching touchdown.Cousins threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dalvin Cook with 1:10 remaining, but Seattle recovered the onside kick.“I feel like all of our losses we, as an offense, we are so slow,” Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said. “Our defense is keeping us in games. And we’re not pulling our side of the bargain.”Wilson had one of the worst passing games of his career, completing 10 of 20 attempts for career-low 72 yards and a baffling interception late in the first half, one of the many mistakes by Seattle that allowed Minnesota to hang around. But Seattle’s ground game was outstanding against one of the better run defenses in the NFL. The Seahawks finished with 214 yards rushing Nazair Jones Color Rush Jersey , led by 90 yards from Carson.Sebastian Janikowski hit field goals of 37 and 35 yards to account for all of Seattle’s scoring until the closing minutes.“If you run it 40-something times, you ought to win. That was pretty good,” Carroll said.FOURTH QUARTER WOESMinnesota hung around despite failing to run a play in Seattle territory until there was 4:16 left in the third quarter. Cousins was 20 of 33 for 208 yards, most of that coming late. But he failed to get the Vikings into the end zone from inside the Seattle 5 while trailing 6-0 early in the fourth quarter.The Vikings had first-and-goal at the Seattle 4 but turned the ball over on downs with 9:06 remaining. Two short runs and an incompletion brought up fourth-and-goal at the 1, and Cousins’ pass for Kyle Rudolph was knocked away by Bradley McDougald. Bailey’s field goal was blocked on Minnesota’s next drive.REACHING 100Minnesota fell to 0-6 when allowing its opponents to run for at least 100 yards. The Vikings came in to the week giving up 99 yards per game on the ground, good for seventh-best in the NFL. Seattle had 136 yards rushing in the first half.OTHER CENTURY MARKThielen tied Cris Carter as the fastest Minnesota player to reach 100 receptions in a season, both accomplishing the feat in 13 games. Carter did it in 1994 when he finished the year with 122 catches. Thielen is the first Minnesota receiver to get to 100 catches since Randy Moss in 2003. But Thielen didn’t get his first catch until midway through the third quarter. He finished with five catches for 70 yards.UP NEXTMinnesota: The Vikings return home to host Miami on Sunday.Seattle: The Seahawks play their final road game Sunday at San Francisco. RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are expected to sign linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a one-year contract despite his recent guilty plea on insider trading charges.Two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday that Kendricks’ agreement is expected to be finalized in time for him to join the Seahawks for their Week 2 Game at Chicago. They spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signing.ESPN first reported Kendricks’ deal with the Seahawks.Kendricks signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns in June after winning a Super Bowl title last season with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kendricks pleaded guilty last week to insider trading charges in Philadelphia. His sentencing is expected in January.The Browns released him Aug. 29, after the charges were filed. While Seattle is signing Kendricks to bolster its depth at linebacker, it’s unclear how long he might play for the Seahawks because the NFL has yet to impose any discipline.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the situation is under review and Kendricks is currently allowed to sign and participate in activities, including games.Seattle’s reasoning is the need for depth. Seattle played the opener without starting linebacker K.J. Wright due to minor knee surgery in late August 12th Fan Color Rush Jersey , and All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner was an unexpected addition to the Seahawks injury report on Thursday with a groin injury.The 5-foot-11, 240-pounder recorded a team-high eight tackles in last season’s NFC Championship against Minnesota and had four in Philadelphia’s Super Bowl win. Kendricks signed with Cleveland in the offseason and the Browns said they made the decision to release him after learning more about his involvement.Federal prosecutors said Kendricks used tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals.Prosecutors say his co-defendant, Damilare Sonoiki, was paid $10,000 in kickbacks in the scheme from 2014-2015, as well as perks like tickets to Eagles games and tagging along to a music video shoot or nightclub appearances.Sonoiki had been working as a junior analyst at Goldman Sachs but left the financial field and has most recently been writing for TV shows. An IMDB profile lists him as a former writer on the popular TV series “Black-ish” as well as other movies and TV shows.In a statement released by his lawyer the day he was charged, Kendricks said he was sorry and takes full responsibility for his actions.“While I didn’t fully understand all of the details of the illegal trades, I knew it was wrong, and I wholeheartedly regret my actions,” he said in the statement.Kendricks also claimed he didn’t take any of the profits for himself but didn’t elaborate on where the money went.“I am committed to repaying all of the funds gained illegally and accept the consequences of my actions.”
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On Sunday Dean Lowry Jersey , the Green Bay Packers can either pump new life into their season or effectively end it when they take on the Minnesota Vikings. The two teams faced off in Week 2, a game which resulted in an overtime tie and set up this week’s do-or-die contest.With the rematch holding such importance to both teams, we have expanded our weekly Q&A exchange to dive into Sunday’s game in greater detail. Ted Glover of the Daily Norseman kindly answers our questions and provided insight into the Vikings’ strengths and weaknesses.APC: Dalvin Cook seemed poised to have a breakout season following his recovery from last year’s ACL tear. However Kentrell Brice Color Rush Jersey , he missed essentially half the season thus far with hamstring issues and, outside of a nice showing against a porous Lions defense, hasn’t surpassed 40 yards on the ground in a game. Why hasn’t Cook taken over in 2018 , and how do you project the rest of his year unfolding?We’d like to thank Ted for providing insight into the Packers’ upcoming opponent. Acme Packing Company will publish the rest of the Q&A exchange over the course of the week. Make sure to also check out all the Daily Norseman’s Vikings coverage leading up to Sunday’s tilt. On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field to take on the Arizona Cardinals. Seth Cox of Revenge of the Birds was kind enough to answer some of our questions about the Cardinals. Acme Packing Company will post all of his answers over the course of the week.APC: If you were game planning against the Cardinals, how would you attack them on offense? On defense?We’d like to thank Seth and Revenge of the Birds for his insight. Be sure to check out our other Q&A session over there Oren Burks Jersey , as well as their fantastic coverage of all things Cardinals. As always, keep your internet machines tuned to Acme Packing Company this Sunday for our comprehensive game-day coverage of Cardinals versus Packers.
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It will be a cool Rhett Ellison Color Rush Jersey , mostly cloudy day just outside of Washington DC when the New York Giants take the field against the Washington Redskins. Winter Storm Diego is dumping snow and cold rain across Virginia and the Carolinas, but today there is no chance of rain (or snow) in the forecast at FedEx Field. And it’s just as well as the Giants are trying to get their first divisional win of the season while closing the door on Washington’s Wild Card hopes, and hoping to do so without their most reliable receiver. While the Giants’ injury situation doesn’t compare to that of Washington, they took a pair of big hits this week in the loss of Landon Collins and Odell Beckham Jr. Collins is done for the season with a shoulder injury, while Beckham is out for this week with a quad bruise. Apart from Collins and Beckham, previous inactives — TE Evan Engram, and linebackers B.J. Goodson Janoris Jenkins Color Rush Jersey , Lorenzo Carter, and Tae Davis — practiced in some capacity this week. The Giants have also announced that rookie QB Kyle Lauletta will once again be Eli Manning’s back-up, raising the possibility that he will see in-game action. Today’s inactivesWR Odell Beckham Jr. (quad)TE Garrett DickersonQB Alex TanneyS Kenny LadlerOL Evan BrownDT John JenkinsCB Tony LippettDon’t miss our podcasts!You can find and subscribe to Big Blue View Radio on the show’s home page. You can also find the shows on our Big Blue View Radio Hub Page.You can also find us on all your favorite podcast apps:Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSSFinally, be sure to check out the home page for all of the shows across the expanding Vox Media Podcast Network. Odell Beckham Jr. won’t practice for the New York Giants on Wednesday, per coach Pat Shurmur. In his Wednesday morning remarks to reports, Shurmur indicated that Beckham (quad) did the morning walk-thru but won’t work in the full practice.Beckham, who wasn’t listed on the Giants’ injury report until Friday Riley Dixon Color Rush Jersey , sat out Sunday’s victory over the Washington Redskins. The receiver had indicated that he initially suffered the injury two weeks ago when he was leg-whipped on the final play of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles.Shurmur did tell reporters that Beckham is “getting better.”It also sounded as if Shurmur had asked Beckham, who usually speaks to media on Wednesdays, not to discuss details of his injury.“And I encourage our players not to talk about their injuries,” Shurmur said, per accounts from reporters on site.” So hopefully that’s about all you’ll get out of it.”Other injury newsShurmur indicated that safety Landon Collins had undergone shoulder surgery for his torn labrum this week. He also indicated that tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle) would not practice on Wednesday.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich learned the value of an up-tempo offense playing in Buffalo.He figured out how to deploy it more effectively as an assistant coach.So with the Indianapolis Colts in an offensive funk Sunday , the first-year coach changed gears. He cranked up the tempo, wore down Houston’s defense and watched the Colts rebound from a 5½-quarter scoring drought to earn a critical road victory.“We know it’s a weapon, we know it’s an effective weapon, especially with the quarterback we have,” Reich said, referring to Andrew Luck.“To know that we can pull that tool out, that weapon out and use it in the proper way when we need it. I just think it’s really the right way to do it.”Indy (7-6) desperately needed a switch against the Texans — after their playoff chances took a major hit the previous week when Luck endured the first shutout of his career.It looked as if the Texans (9-4), winners of nine straight, might do it again when they held the Colts scoreless on their first four possessions. But then Reich threw a change-up that got Luck and his teammates back in sync.They scored three times in the final 7½ minutes of the first half, matched the Texans’ early second-half score and never trailed again.The victory allowed Indy to move into a four-way tie with Baltimore, Miami and division rival Tennessee for the AFC’s sixth and final playoff spot and gave them some needed momentum heading into back-to-back home games against Dallas and the New York Giants.The Colts close out the regular season at Tennessee.And with Luck rolling, the possibility of ending a three-year postseason absence is a real possibility. Indy already has beaten the Titans and Dolphins, potential tiebreakers, even though nobody around the Colts’ complex dare discuss anything other than this weekend’s showdown against the NFC East-leading Cowboys.“Looking forward to keeping that same mindset and attitude coming back home to Lucas Oil (Stadium) against another hot team in the Dallas Cowboys,” Reich said Monday. “So it will be a good test for us.”What exactly the Cowboys will see is anybody’s guess.Luck threw two more touchdown passes in Houston, giving him 34 — second in the league to Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (43). T.Y. Hilton caught nine passes for 199 yards Jacoby Brissett Jersey , giving the Colts the deep threat they lacked in Jacksonville. Eric Ebron caught another TD pass, his 12th of the season and one more than Dallas Clark’s franchise single-season record for a tight end.But the lingering question is whether Reich intends to continue relying on the no-huddle offense that kept the Texans’ defense on its heels?“Believe me, I love the no-huddle, I have done the no-huddle for years as a player and as a coach. Even when I was here before with Peyton (Manning), we did it as well as anyone could do it,” Reich said.“We did a lot of really good things, but ultimately we just think that the best formula is to be multiple, to use all your personnel and to create some schematic advantages that you can do by huddling.”The Colts certainly have shown they can exploit mismatches.Luck has had more success than anyone in the league connecting with tight ends. Ebron is one of five guys to play the position for Indy this season and has produced a career-best season by finally living up to the billing of his first-round pedigree.Marlon Mack has, at times, given the Colts a solid ground game and Hilton remains a reliable threat in whatever he is asked to do.While the combination seems perfectly suited to cranking up the tempo as Sunday’s game demonstrated, Reich believes the Colts will be better off employing it at their discretion.“When you go no-huddle, T.Y. ends up at the same position all the time,” Reich said. “By not being exclusively no-huddle we can move guys around in positions. We can put T.Y. where we want to, we can switch personnel groups, we can put offensive linemen in at tight end to throw deep play-action shots that we put in, to have an extra offensive lineman in to do some stuff in the running game.” JACKSONVILLE Reggie Wayne Color Rush Jersey , Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars used their bye week to ponder the team’s precarious position.Mired in a four-game losing streak and being 0-2 in the AFC South, they came to this conclusion: They must win at division rival Indianapolis (3-5) on Sunday.It’s essentially a playoff atmosphere for Jacksonville (3-5) in early November.“This is a thousand percent a must-win,” linebacker Myles Jack said Wednesday. “No. 1, it’s a conference game that we’ve got to win. And then we’re on a four-game losing streak, so we can’t lose another game.”NFL teams are usually reluctant to put too much emphasis on any one game, especially in the middle of the season. But for the Jaguars, who openly talked about having Super Bowl aspirations , they understand another loss or two likely would end their dwindling playoff hopes.“We put ourselves in this situation,” quarterback Blake Bortles said. “We created this small margin for error by not winning football games. We’ve put ourselves here. We know we still got a chance and we’ve got to play really well for the whole second half of the season to go where we want to go.”The Jags are counting on running back Leonard Fournette’s return making a significant difference.Fournette missed six of the last seven games with a strained right hamstring. He practiced in full for the first time in more than a month Monday and did the same Wednesday.Jacksonville built its offense around Fournette and hasn’t been nearly as physical or effective without him. The team signed Jamaal Charles for a week and then traded for Carlos Hyde in hopes of filling the void, but neither move paid dividends.Coach Doug Marrone said he lost faith in his offensive line in London, specifically in short-yardage situations, but has since stopped short of proclaiming Fournette the team’s savior.Players, though, believe Fournette’s return could be a turning point.“I know everybody’s fired up to have him back in the lineup,” Bortles said. “I know I’m excited to watch him run. I know guys are excited to block for him and kind of see him go. We got so used to him doing his thing last year and watching that and do everything off of that. Not having him has made us change some of the things we do, but to be able to have him back and healthy and ready to go is exciting.”Marrone evaluated coaches , players and schemes during the bye week, but decided not to make any wholesale changes. He tweaked the schedule significantly, mostly so guys wouldn’t feel like things were the same after the break.“It’s just kind of like the atmosphere is a little tighter,” Jack said. “Obviously, everybody is — I wouldn’t say desperate — but we just need (a victory). It’s a must-win week. As the weeks go on, it just gets worse and worse. Hopefully this is the week we change it.”With the sense of urgency on the rise, the Jaguars have started to unravel.There was a locker room scuffle last month following a loss to Houston, a players-only meeting the next day and then a run-in with London police over an unsettled nightclub tab.They have eight games left to save the season. It starts with a “must-win game” against the Colts, who have won two in a row.“I don’t think you can look at it as a whole eight games — ‘we’ve got to win eight games in a row or six out of the eight,'” Bortles said. “Obviously, playing Indy is a division game, and that’s an important one.“It’s kind of like Doug talked about all week and all last week: you’ve got to win one to get it rolling. It’s all anyone’s really focused on right now.”
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The Miami Hurricanes invented the turnover chain. The Browns borrowed that idea.They’ve been stealing everything else lately.With eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles in just five games , Cleveland’s defense leads the NFL with 15 takeaways ?two more than the Browns got during 16 games in their winless 2017 season.The dramatic swing has helped the Browns (2-2-1) turn things around quickly while breeding confidence into a getting-better-by-the-week team that feels like it can do much more than simply compete this season.Creating turnovers has been a major emphasis of bombastic defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who devotes large chunks of practice ?Thursday’s workout has been dubbed “Takeaway Thursday” 鈥?to drills geared toward getting the football.The Browns work on stripping it, tipping it, recovering it and doing anything in their power to gain possession. Then, they’re doing it in games.“It is what you do as a professional,” said Pro Bowl linebacker Joe Schobert, who has two fumble recoveries and an interception. “You try to take stuff from the practice field to the game, apply it and be able to contribute and do it. The fact that we have been able to do it just shows how hard and how focused everybody on the defense has been this whole offseason and in training camp.“We are just starting to see the rewards of our hard work.”After finishing last in the league with a minus-28 turnover differential last season, the Browns are first at plus-8.They opened the season by forcing six turnovers against Pittsburgh, but failed to capitalize and ended up tying the Steelers 21-21.A plus-5 turnover differential almost always guarantees victory 鈥?teams with that margin are 132-4-1 since 1999. But although the Browns came up short, the defense’s showing created confidence.“You just go into the game expecting to get turnovers,” said defensive back T.J. Carrie, part of Cleveland’s revamped secondary. “In this league, quarterbacks and coordinators are so good at not giving up turnovers. So when you can go in as a defensive unit and say, ‘We’re guaranteed three turnovers this game, guaranteed. Play the way we play. Play fast.’ That is contagious to the entire team.”Rookie cornerback Denzel Ward has been Cleveland’s top defensive thief with three interceptions Ozzie Newsome Jersey , two in Week 1. He’s also forced a fumble, recovered one and has given the Browns a defender that makes opponents wary.As he prepared to face the Browns on Sunday, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers took special note of Ward, the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft.“He obviously has good ball skills,” Rivers said. “If he gets an opportunity, he has made the play on it. It seems to be clear on things, too, that he is pretty savvy back there for a young player. He is not just, ‘Oh, I am playing my coverage and I have my zone.'”The excessive forced turnovers have led to a direct carry-over for Cleveland’s offense, which has been given better field position and more possessions.Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield said it’s imperative when the defense comes up with a big play, the offense follows with one of its own.“We can really put a stamp on a game when the defense gets turnovers,” said Mayfield, who passed for 342 yards in his second career start last week. “We need to take advantage of when they do get those turnovers. We need to turn those into points and really take the life out of the other team. We just have to continue to feed off of that because it is very rare that you get a defense like that, that has 15 this early.”The Browns’ burglary prompted linebacker Christian Kirksey to copy Miami’s sideline celebration by placing a silver chain with a dangling orange dog bone trinket around neck of any defender who makes a big play.“It’s just something fun to do,” Kirskey said. “Having it around just bring a lot of chemistry for us.”Right now Briean Boddy-Calhoun Jersey , the Browns are thick as thieves.NOTES: Offensive coordinator Todd Haley finally got to meet Snoop Dogg, who stopped in at Wednesday’s practice. A die-hard Steelers fan, the rapper had been very critical of Haley’s play calling when he coached in Pittsburgh. “We had a couple of rough years there,” Haley said. “It got smoother over the last few and then him being out there and saying that he is a part of the Dawg Pound, we are good now. I can go back to listening to West Coast rap.”___ NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has fined Tampa Bay safety Jordan Whitehead $26,739 for unnecessary roughness against Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.The league had said Friday that Whitehead should have been penalized for striking Mayfield in the side of the helmet during last Sunday’s 26-23 overtime win for Tampa Bay.Mayfield was sliding at the end of a 35-yard scramble when he got hit by Whitehead, who was initially penalized before the officials conferred and decided to pick up the flag — and one against Mayfield for taunting.First-year referee Shawn Hochuli made the situation worse by incorrectly announcing Mayfield “was still a runner and therefore is allowed to be hit in the head.”Panthers safety Eric Reid was fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness for his hit on Eagles tight end Zach Ertz in Carolina’s 21-17 win.Also fined:—Bengals safety Shawn Williams, $20,054 for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Chiefs. Williams also fined $10,026 for a Week 1 hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.—Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert, $10,026 for a chop block.—Cowboys guard Connor Williams, $10,026 for a chop block.
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The San Francisco 49ers welcome the Denver Broncos to town this coming Sunday , and will once again be home underdogs. The line opened as high as Broncos -6 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark, but has settled around 5.5 points at most sportsbooks.A week ago, the Westgate SuperBook unveiled their Week 14 lookahead lines, and they had the 49ers as 4.5-point underdogs. The 49ers thumping at the hands of the Seahawks coupled with the Broncos road win over the Bengals gave it a modest bump, but nothing drastic. Early money is coming in primarily on the Broncos, but line movement will be limited the rest of the week.The Broncos have quietly turned into one of the more impressive 6-6 teams in the league. They entered Week 13 ranked No. 6 by Football Outsiders in total efficiency. Their offense ranks No. 9 overall thanks to a dominant ground game led by Phillip Lindsay. Their defense ranks No. 3 overall thanks to a ridiculous pass defense.Suffice to say, this is not going to be an easy matchup for the 49ers. The Broncos have won three straight over the Chargers Matt Breida Jersey , Steelers, and Bengals. The 49ers’ best chance at an upset will be forcing Case Keenum to make mistakes, and getting a big effort from their own ground game. If Matt Breida’s ankle sidelines him, the pressure will be on Jeff Wilson.Can the 49ers cover the 5.5-point spread? If you can’t see the poll below, click here. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) After spending most of his first four seasons in Minnesota as a part-time back, Jerick McKinnon wanted to find a spot in free agency where he could show off his ability as a featured runner.San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan saw enough from his film over those years to decide he was the player they wanted to be their starting running back Trent Taylor Color Rush Jersey , giving him a four-year deal that will guarantee him nearly $12 million in 2018.”It was big for me,” McKinnon said Thursday. ”It was what I was hoping to have and looking for instead of staying in Minnesota and being in that third-down back role. I was looking for that opportunity. I’m glad this organization, this team, coach Shanahan felt strong enough about me and brought me in. I believe it’s the perfect fit.”The 49ers said they heavily targeted McKinnon and center Weston Richburg as players they wanted to acquire early in free agency. Richburg agreed to a five-year deal on Wednesday and both players were introduced at a news conference Thursday.McKinnon spent four years in Minnesota mostly as a backup after being drafted in the third round in 2014 after playing mostly quarterback in college at Georgia Southern. He has rushed for 1,918 yards with average of 4.0 yards per carry, has 142 catches for 984 yards, and has scored 12 touchdowns.McKinnon had his most productive season last year when he ran for a career-high 570 yards ,, while setting personal bests with 51 catches for 421 yards.The addition of McKinnon replaces Carlos Hyde, who is leaving as a free agent for Cleveland. McKinnon has more speed and is a better receiving threat than Hyde and should fit well into Shanahan’s offense.”He’s good enough to make it as a runner alone in this league. He’s good enough to make it in the pass game as just a third down threat alone, but when you can do both of those, it gives you a lot of freedom as a coach,” Shanahan said. ”Based off of what downs you put him in and that when you do put him in, the defense doesn’t know exactly what type of plays you’re trying to run because he can do it all.”Richburg spent the past four seasons with the New York Giants but played only four games last year because of a concussion. He began his career as a left guard before moving to center in 2015. He played there the past three seasons and is considered one of the top pass-blocking players at the position and has the athleticism to thrive in Shanahan’s zone-running scheme.The Niners are hoping Richburg has a similar impact in San Francisco as Alex Mack had in Atlanta when he joined the Falcons when Shanahan was offensive coordinator there.”I’ve been around some real good ones in my career Dante Pettis Jersey ,” Shanahan said. ”He’s put it all on tape and he looks right there with all those guys and that’s why I value him a ton off the tape. Didn’t know a ton about him until I turned on the tape and it was as good as I’ve seen.”With Richburg in place, the Niners traded last year’s starting center Daniel Kilgore to Miami in a deal that included a swap of seventh-round picks. The 49ers had signed Kilgore to a three-year extension last month but felt Richburg was the better option at center so worked to find a new spot for Kilgore.It’s been a busy offseason already for San Francisco. The Niners signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year deal last month before he even hit free agency, signed cornerback Richard Sherman after he was cut by Seattle, re-signed defensive lineman Cassius Marsh and offensive lineman Garry Gilliam and gave an extension to receiver Marquise Goodwin.The team also signed defensive lineman Jeremiah Attaochu to a one-year deal Thursday to help bolster the pass rush and still could make a few more moves to upgrade a team that won its final five games last season after Garoppolo took over as starter to finish 6-10.”We feel like we’ve improved our team greatly and that excites us,” general manager John Lynch said.—
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On November 27 Ed Dickson Color Rush Jersey , 2016, someone created the Twitter account “@CalvinBoolidge” and for almost two years, they waited. Oh, tweets were sent, I’m sure, but the content flew under the radar just as much as the time passed also built up the mystery — Who is “Calvin Boolidge” aka the since changed to permanently, “@CableThanos_”?If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re either not on Twitter or you’ve muted/blocked so many Seahawks-related accounts that you don’t even know there’s a run-pass debate going on. Normally I’d congratulate you for staying off of Twitter, but in this case I can only pity you. Cable Thanos videos are the newest weekly rage, as anticipated in the city of Seattle as the next Russell Wilson touchdown pass that comes after seven straight runs or something else that fits in here that is unexpected and funny.Look, I don’t want to take the light off of Thanos, who released another video on Monday, which I will link to next Jaron Brown Color Rush Jersey , followed by his previous three videos. If you haven’t seen these yet, you’re welcome. If you have and you’re going to spend the next 10 minutes watching them again, you’re welcome.And prior to that:Here are some other tweets by Cable Thanos. Follow him or her immediately and don’t be afraid to let the mystery carry on, lest we lose another hilarious Twitter user to Barstool Sports. Last season, Bobby Wagner took his game to another level, becoming a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidate in a league dominated by quick twitch edge rushers and disruptive forces inside. Though he didn’t end up winning the award, he seemed to finally settle the debate surrounding the best off-ball linebacker in the NFL. The second level belonged, and still belongs, to Bobby Wagner. For an encore in 2018, Wagner is playing even better. His game dropped off a bit towards the end of last season, as injuries slowed him down. He hasn’t faced such a problem in 2018 and is destroying everything in his path on the way to another first-team All-Pro selection. The soft-spoken Wagner didn’t begin to gain much traction in the Defensive Player of the Year race last season until around this time, when his weekly dominance became too much to ignore. This year, it was a comment from Pete Carroll following the Seahawks’ loss to the Chargers that got the ball rolling. This is a defender who was a part of one of the best units of all-time Tre Flowers Color Rush Jersey , which featured at least two future Hall of Famers, and he will likely go down as the best of the bunch. And somehow, his best half of football came earlier this season. Less than a month later, he may have topped that performance, dominating in Seattle’s victory over the 49ers. Again Carroll heaped praise upon his star defender, saying Wagner’s “playing as good as you can play the game.”In 2018, Wagner will again likely be beaten out by Aaron Donald for Defensive Player of the Year. Donald is breaking the mold and opposing offenses on a weekly basis, so that’s completely justified. But through 13 weeks, Wagner has been impossibly good: Playing over 91% of the defense’s snaps, Wagner has 99 tackles and has accounted for 15% of the team’s tackles—without missing a single one. This is the second consecutive season Wagner’s entered the regular season’s final month yet to miss a tackle. Incredible became the standard on Seattle’s defense during a historic four year run earlier this decade. In keeping with the tradition, Wagner has made incredible look completely normal for a Seahawks defense that is led by its middle linebacker.
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The Drew Kaser era has come to a close.More Packers coverage from FOX Sports WisconsinProtecting QB Aaron Rodgers will be Packers’ priority vs. BearsPackers place starting guard Bell on IR , sign OL SiragusaStaTuesday: Packers’ Rodgers sets record with INT-free streakPackers Snap Counts: Patrick shows fight in first startUpon Further Review: Packers vs. FalconsSigned on Saturday just in case rookie punter JK Scott‘s wife went into labor Sunday, Kaser was inactive for the game against New England and was released Monday.The Packers claimed safetyIbraheim Campbell off waivers from the New York Jets to take his place on the roster. Selected in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, Campbell has spent time with the Jets, Cleveland Oren Burks Jersey , Houston and Dallas. He’s compiled 68 tackles, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery in 43 games (11 starts).Green Bay adds depth to its secondary after trading Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Washington last week. The Green Bay Packers’ season effectively ended last Sunday. Naturally, the team has sunk to the lower reaches of SB Nation’s weekly NFL power rankings, coming in at No. 20.”The Packers have fallen so low that the Browns actually rank above them. How is that possible of a Rodgers-led team? Well Marquez Valdes-Scantling Jersey , Mike McCarthy is largely to blame; it will take a miracle for the Packers to make the playoffs.”Miracle or not, this represents the nadir for the McCarthy era in Green Bay.As for the rest of the NFC North, the Chicago Bears lead the way at No. 4 (up two spots from a week prior). The Minnesota Vikings don’t trail by much, coming in at No. 11 (up two). The Detroit Lions still hold the back position Jimmy Graham Color Rush Jersey , ranking 23rd (down one).Elsewhere on the internet, the Packers have fallen nearly as far. and ESPN have them 15th and 16th respectively. Yahoo Sports slotted Green Bay in at No. 18 while USA Today placed them at No. 20.
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The New York Giants have sent “the other Eli” to the New Orleans Saints.Not Eli Manning. Eli Apple.The Giants on Tuesday traded the cornerback who was the 10th pick overall in the 2016 draft to the Saints for a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-rounder in 2020.Like all trades Will Hernandez Color Rush Jersey , it will be not official until Apple passes a physical.The move marks the second time in a week the Giants (1-6) have parted ways with a recent first-round draft pick. Last week, they waived tackle Ereck Flowers, their 2015 top pick. He was signed by Jacksonville.It also could be a sign the Giants, who were 3-13 last season, might deal more assets with the NFL trading deadline set for 4 p.m. on Oct. 30.Apple has 23 tackles and a forced fumble. He also recovered a fumble in the Giants’ 23-20 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta on Monday night.The Saints have struggled on pass defense all season. They are 5-1 and in first place in the NFC South in large part because of the play of Drew Brees and the offense.New Orleans will face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night in a matchup of first-place teams.This was somewhat of a make-or-break season for Apple. He had a bad year in 2017 and was called a cancer by safety Landon Collins because of his attitude. He was inactive for four games and suspended for the season finale.The South Jersey native came back this season and was all business. He has shown flashes of being a good cornerback but at times has not made plays. His holding penalty on a third-down play cost the Giants a chance to get off the field with Atlanta pinned near its goal line.In his three seasons with the Giants, Apple played in 30 regular-season games with 23 starts. He had 120 tackles (102 solo), one interception Lorenzo Carter Color Rush Jersey , 20 passes defensed, one forced fumble and five fumble recoveries, as well as two stops and one fumble recovery on special teams.Apple started 27 games for Ohio State from 2014-15. He finished his college career with 86 tackles, four interceptions and 22 passes defensed. He was a college teammate of three current Saints: safety Vonn Bell, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and receiver Michael Thomas.New Orleans has been ranked near the bottom of the league in pass defense. The pass defense gave up late touchdowns against Cleveland in Week 2 and Baltimore on Sunday and hung on for wins on missed point-after kicks.The Saints lost top nickel back Patrick Robinson after three games because of an ankle injury. The veteran had joined the team as a free agent after a year in Philadelphia. Happy Thursday, New York Giants fans. Tonight, we have a Thursday Night Football matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers (10-3) and the Kansas City Chiefs (11-2). Here is how to watch B.J. Hill Color Rush Jersey , listen to, and wager on the game. Use this as your open thread.Game detailsWhat: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City ChiefsWhen: Thursday, Dec. 13Where: Arrowhead StadiumGame time: 8:20 p.m.TV: Amazon, Fubo, FOX, NFL Network, Announcers: FOX — Joe Buck (Play-by-Play) Kyle Lauletta Color Rush Jersey , Troy Aikman (Analyst), Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink (Sideline Reporters). Radio: SiriusXM Ch. 88, Home: Ch. 225, Away: Ch. 226; Westwood One (Kenny Albert, Tony Boselli); Tune-In PremiumOdds: Chiefs -3.5 [Odds Shark]Prediction: Odds Shark predicts a 29-23 Chiefs victoryOnline Stream: NFL app on your phone, smart TV or gaming system with a cable login, NFL Game Pass subscription or free trial Alec Ogletree Color Rush Jersey , NFL Sunday Ticket app by DirectTV, Sling TV subscription or free 7-day trial, fuboTV subscription or free 7-day trial.Weather: 40 degrees at kickoff, overcast [NFL Weather]SB Nation websites: Bolts from the Blue (Chargers), Arrowhead Pride (Chiefs)
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich has the inside track on Philadelphia.He coached the quarterbacks , helped construct one of the league’s most innovative offenses and worked closely with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz before leaving for Indianapolis in February.On Sunday, the Colts are hoping Reich’s knowledge could give them a leg up on the defending Super Bowl champs this weekend.“Nothing too dramatic, a few things here and there,” Reich said when asked about this week’s conversations with defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.“Not anything that would be over the top. My experience is if you say too much it just confuses the matter. So you give a few personnel things, a few philosophical things, maybe one or two things to look for and then you let our defense play the way we’ve been playing.”Of course, Reich downplays the significance of this weekend’s reunion. Most coaches do.But Reich’s third game as a head coach will understandably be a big deal.It was in Philly where Reich went from rising assistant to head coaching candidate after spending two seasons with coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Carson Wentz, who is expected to make his season debut Sunday.It was in Philly where Reich finally put his fingers on the Super Bowl ring that eluded him so many other places.It was in Philly where Reich turned down interviews so he could focus solely on winning playoff games with Nick Foles following Wentz’s season-ending knee injury.And it was in Philly where he finally got the Colts’ phone call after Josh McDaniels reneged on a commitment to take over as head coach.Neither Reich nor his players see much point in making this game bigger than it needs to be.“I didn’t even think about that (Reich’s return),” quarterback Andrew Luck said Wednesday. “I don’t think anyone in this locker room needs extra motivation to win a game for him. I mean I think our guys are hungry to play. Yeah, that would be special, that would be special, that would be cool.”Reich already has given the Colts (1-1) a fresh perspective.They are off to their best start since 2013 and Luck has looked like his old self in an offense that, not so surprisingly, resembles the Eagles‘ plan.Four-time Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton is off to the best start of his career as he lines up in multiple spots. Running backs Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins delivered a one-two punch last week that was reminiscent of Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement. Nyheim Hines possesses natural versatility, like Darren Sproles, and the Colts’ tight ends are being asked to do more , too.Eberflus, who faced the Eagles twice a year while coaching previously in Dallas, has the Colts defense clicking, too.Rookie linebacker Darius Leonard was selected as the AFC’s defensive player of the week Wednesday after getting 18 tackles in last weekend’s 21-9 victory at Washington.Eberflus can always seek additional advice from linebacker Najee Goode, a free-agent signee who played with the Eagles last season.The Eagles know all about the potential pitfalls in facing their former offensive coordinator and are planning accordingly.“He (Reich) knows, obviously, our structure offensively, what we try to do, how we attack things and maybe even some of the terminology and verbiage. So, we have to be careful there,” Pederson said on a conference call with Colts’ reporters.“At the same time, we can’t change everything. There is some similarity, but at the same time we’re aware of it. We are looking forward to seeing him again on Sunday and welcoming him back to Philadelphia.”Even if the reception is less than warm — as Eagles’ fans tend to make it.But Reich returns with fond memories of the city, organization and staff that welcomed him with open arms and nothing but gratitude for the opportunity he got. All he wants to do now is win.“It (leaving Philadelphia) was bittersweet in that it was such a great experience there, such a good relationship with everyone there,” Reich said.“But there’s only 32 of these things and if it’s a goal and it’s an aspiration Indianapolis Colts Customized Jerseys , you have to seize the moment.”Notes: Indy has signed running back Jeremy McNichols to the practice squad, released quarterback Phillip Walker from the practice squad and waived running back Josh Ferguson from the injured reserve list. … Team owner Jim Irsay and his family have donated $100,000 to the Wheeler Mission to help the local charity expand the Center for Women & Children, which provides emergency shelter and long-term programs for homeless women and women with children. Colts Notebook: How Is Jalen Collins Performing In Practice? | 1070 the FanThe Colts are about to start the final quarter of the season this coming Sunday. Here are some thoughts from offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus during their weekly Tuesday media availability.Nick Sirianni: Colts’ rare shutout loss was as bad as it looked | FOX59INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It’s one of those time-tested assessments so many coaches have offered after reviewing video of what transpired the previous day. You’re never as good as you thought when you won, and never as bad as you thought when you lost.Chris Ballard Talks Loss To Jaguars, Andrew Luck, Quincy Wilson, Tyquan Lewis And More | 1070 the FanOn Monday night, Chris Ballard was on the airwaves of 1070 The Fan recapping the third quarter of his team’s season. What did the Colts General Manager have to say?Reich: Colts Will Remain Aggressive On Fourth DownThe Indianapolis Colts were 0-for-3 on fourth down attempts in their loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, eventually leading to zero points on the board the entire afternoon. Head coach Frank Reich explains each failed scenario and what he was lookAndrew Luck Named Pro Football Focus’ November AFC Offensive Player Of The MonthIndianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck — who was already named the NFL's AFC Offensive Player of the Month — has also been named by Pro Football Focus as the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November.A Look Around The AFC South: offers a comprehensive look at the latest action around the AFC South Division, courtesy of the Associated Press and presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.Colts Release Week 14 Unofficial Depth ChartWhat does the 2018 Week 14 unofficial depth chart look like for the Indianapolis Colts? We take a position-by-position look.Anthony Walker, Kenny Moore II Turn In Best Pro Football Focus Grades Of 2018 In Week 13A couple of Indianapolis Colts defenders in Anthony Walker and Kenny Moore II played arguably their best overall games of the year against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.COLTS MEDIA
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BEREA , Ohio (AP) — Back when their chances of playing quarterback in the NFL were still in the dream stages, Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield sat in an apartment near Texas Tech’s campus and played video games.It was 2013.Three years later, they appeared to do the same thing on the field.“It was a basketball score,” Mayfield recalled.“That game was crazy,” Mahomes said, remembering the October night in 2016 when he and Mayfield re-wrote the NCAA record book.The quarterbacks and friends will renew their old rivalry — and perhaps embark on a new one as pros — Sunday when Mahomes leads Kansas City and the Chiefs‘ high-flying, high-octane offense, into Cleveland to play Mayfield and the Browns, who are again in disarray following the firings this week of coach Hue Jackson and coordinator Todd Haley.The previous time they met between the hash marks, Mahomes and Mayfield put on a stunning statistical show unlike anything college football had seen before.They combined for 12 touchdown passes, 1,279 yards passing and broke the total yardage mark with 1,708 yards — 854 for each school.Looking back, Mayfield, who threw seven TD passes to Mahomes’ five and led the Sooners to a 66-59 win, still can’t fathom what happened.“That was my ‘Welcome back to Lubbock’ moment,” said Mayfield, who began his college career as a walk-on at Texas Tech before transferring.“Weird things happen in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday nights. It is pretty funny, Oklahoma goes back to Lubbock this weekend and then I am playing Pat on Sunday.”Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has replaced Jackson as Cleveland’s interim coach, shook his head in disbelief when given details of the Mahomes-Mayfield shootout.“Oh Jim Brown Color Rush Jersey , my gosh,” he said. “Setting defenses back a thousand years.”No one — not even the quarterbacks themselves — could have envisioned their first meeting five years ago when Mayfield hosted Mahomes on his recruiting trip to Texas Tech would blossom into a friendship and maybe the NFL’s next great QB duel.Mayfield was aware of Mahomes’ background and talent — son of a major league baseball player, bazooka-like arm — but then got to know him personally during that weekend visit. What Mayfield quickly learned was that, like him, Mahomes is a natural leader.“Patrick has always been an easygoing guy,” Mayfield said. “That is why those teammates he has always had play for him so hard. He gets their respect not just based on talent — that’s easy to respect — but based on who he is as a person. He just has that presence about him that you want to be around. You gravitate towards that so it is fun to see him grow.”And my, has Mahomes grown.The 22-year-old leads the league with 26 TD passes and 2,526 yards. He threw six TD passes in Week 2 against Pittsburgh, and Mahomes has made as many jaw-dropping, highlight-reel worthy plays this season as many QBs have in a career.Mahomes’ arm strength has drawn rave reviews. Ask any coach, player, scout or reporter who has seen him play about him, and there’s usually a tale about one of his throws.Mayfield said he’s “absolutely” jealous of Mahomes’ rocket right arm.“There was a play in that college game, he was rolling to his left, flicked it and it went about 65 in the air for a touchdown back of the end zone,” Mayfield said, remembering the OU-Texas Tech classic in ’16. “He does stuff that you can’t even think of even being possible.”Mayfield was surprised Mahomes wasn’t taken in 2017 with the No. 1 pick, which ended up being Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.“Talent-wise, I thought he should have been. I love Myles but,” Mayfield said with a smile.“Coming from the Texas Tech system, there are always your skeptics about people doubting the fact that all he did was sit back there and throw the ball. He threw it 88 times in our game, but when it comes down to it, throwing the ball is throwing the ball Jamie Collins Jersey , and he is really good at it.”So is Mayfield.While Mahomes only started one game as a rookie last season, Mayfield was thrust into the lineup in Week 3 when Tyrod Taylor was hurt.Mayfield doesn’t have nearly the same supporting cast as Mahomes, but he’s put up respectable numbers and feels he’s learning with every snap.“His talent is through the roof,” Mahomes said of Mayfield. “He is going to keep getting better every single week. He has already had a lot of success. The sky is the limit for him.”On Sunday, they’ll go at it again — pass for pass, play for play — in what appears to be a mismatch with the Chiefs rolling and the Browns reeling.But beyond the score, the NFL could get its first glimpse at a budding QB rivalry. It’s not Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning, but that one started somewhere too.“I would absolutely not say that it going to be Brady-Manning right now, but it is humbling to be in that conversation,” Mayfield said.“If he keeps playing that way, there is no reason why it would not be on his side of things. Now, I just have to pick up my side and play better.” CLEVELAND (AP) — The beer-fueled bash spilled into the streets around FirstEnergy Stadium as delirious Browns fans walked — some staggered — while chanting for their new hero, the streak buster.“Ba-ker May-field,” they screamed.They’ve named their new starting quarterback. Coach Hue Jackson isn’t quite there yet.Jackson said he isn’t ready to “officially” identify his starter for next week’s game in Oakland, but all signs point to Mayfield taking over in Cleveland following his dazzling NFL debut on Thursday night.The No. 1 pick in this year’s draft replaced concussed starter Tyrod Taylor late in the first half and led the Browns (1-1-1) on four scoring drives as they erased a two-touchdown deficit to beat the New York Jets 21-17 and end Cleveland’s 19-game winless streak — the NFL’s second longest since 1970.Jackson seems to only be delaying the inevitable: Mayfield’s the guy.And if Jackson doesn’t’ pick the celebrated and uber-confident rookie, he won’t have to jump in Lake Erie again. Browns fans will throw him in. This one’s a no-brainer.Jackson, who gave his players the weekend off, wants to watch more tape and speak with his staff and general manager John Dorsey before making a decision that Mayfield has already made for him.Although Jackson wouldn’t publicly say Mayfield is his new starter, he gave strong indication he’s leaning that way by telling reporters on a conference call, “I think that you guys all feel good about where things are headed.”It’s Baker time.Out of respect for Taylor, who is in concussion protocol with his third head injury in 13 months, Jackson wants to tell his two quarterbacks his decision in person on Monday before sharing it with the world.Cleveland’s plan was to bring Mayfield along slowly and groom him under Taylor, who guided Buffalo to the playoffs last season. But Taylor’s injury along with his struggles in three starts has altered the Browns’ strategy.Taylor has completed 41 of 84 passes for 462 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions Christian Kirksey Color Rush Jersey , adding 125 yards rushing on 16 carries.But even before he was knocked from Thursday’s game, Cleveland’s offense was going nowhere as Taylor was 4 of 14 for 19 yards and was sacked three times. Jackson sidestepped addressing whether he was going to pull Taylor at halftime, but it had to be running through his mind because anyone watching the game was thinking the same thing.Mayfield’s first regular-season game as a pro couldn’t have gone much better. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards and was sacked once in just a little more than one half. His stats could have been more impressive if not for a drop by sure-handed receiver Jarvis Landry, and rookie Antonio Callaway letting a long throw down the sideline slip through his hands.“He made some tremendous throws,” Jackson said. “Obviously, he was able to move the team. Played with some rhythm. Got the ball into the playmakers’ hands and gave them chances to make plays. There are some things that he has to clean up, obviously. We can’t have the ball out on the ground. There are some progression things that we will work through.“Overall for his first game out under the lights in that environment in that situation, he handled all of that extremely well and played well.”Most impressively, Mayfield did it on a short work week and without taking any snaps in practice with Cleveland’s first-team offense. In fact, the 2-point conversion try he caught in the third quarter came on the first time he had ever run the play.But just as he did while winning the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma, Mayfield elevated everyone around him, and in turn electrified 60,000 fans and a national TV audience.Mayfield took it all in stride, displaying humility that some wondered if he had after some questionable on-field antics while he starred for the Sooners. This game ranked with any of his wins.“This one is definitely up there, being the first NFL game that I have played in,” he said. “First regular-season one that actually counts. It is definitely up there for me. I have had some great memories, but I am just getting started.”NOTES: Other than Taylor, LB James Burgess (knee) was the only other notable injury against the Jets. Burgess started for LB Christian Kirksey, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. … Jackson said he’s not worried about giving his players so much freedom over the weekend. “We can’t follow them around. We can’t baby them,” he said. “At the same time, we know who the guys are who we have to have an idea of where they are and what they have been doing. They have been good about letting us know, and we will definitely stay in contact with the majority of the guys.”
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Every week Ahkello Witherspoon Color Rush Jersey , we run a FanPulse survey in which site readers answer two or three questions, including whether or not they’re confident in the direction of the team. It’s an entirely unscientific poll, but it’s a chance to get a couple hundred people offering their thoughts on the state of the team.Fan confidence took a dive after Jimmy Garoppolo got hurt, dropping from 99 percent before Week 1 to 44 percent after the injury. As this poll shows, it zig-zagged during the ensuing eight weeks, and for now , bottomed out after an ugly Week 12 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Each of the past two weeks, it has risen.I get the climb after the win over the Denver Broncos, but it also climbed a bit after the 43-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. My guess is the big numbers Nick Mullens put up helped to a certain extent.Now, two weeks later, the 49ers host Seattle in Week 15. The Seahawks can clinch a playoff berth with a win, while the 49ers remain firmly in the hunt for the No. 1 pick in the draft. The 49ers opened as high as a six-point underdog Matt Breida Jersey , but the line has come down to four points. This is the second straight week we’ve seen the 49ers line come down at least two points. 49ers backers are feeling feisty!What are your expectations this weekend in the rematch with Seattle? The Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas for the 2020 season, but they find themselves in a bind for 2019. They were going to attempt to renew their lease at the Oakland Coliseum, but the relationship has gone south. And now, the Raiders are considering playing their 2019 schedule at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.The news was initially reported by NBC Bay Area sports reporter Raj Mathai, and it has since been confirmed by Bay Area News Group reporter Kerry Crowley. The Giants acknowledged interest was expressed Trent Taylor Color Rush Jersey , but there are a lot of details to figure out.The Raiders are currently facing an antitrust lawsuit from the lawsuit following their decision to move to Las Vegas. The Raiders announced the move, but also planned on sticking around Oakland in one heck of a lame duck period. The Raiders were continuing to negotiate with the city of Oakland prior to the lawsuit, but things have gone south in a hurry.The Raiders have a little bit of time to figure things out, but it could get difficult in a hurry. If they aren’t able to get a deal with the Raiders and nothing pans out with the Giants, their options range from trying to cut a deal with the 49ers to play at Levi’s Stadium (something the Raiders reportedly don’t want to do), to going to San Diego , San Antonio, Las Vegas (playing at the run down Sam Boyd Stadium), or some other random cities.I say make them travel to a different city each week for their home games!
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean McVay has looked up to Andy Reid for years. The Los Angeles Rams‘ young coach constantly studies video of his Kansas City counterpart’s offensive sets during the season Orlando Pace Jersey , marveling at their intricacies and ingenuity.“Every single week they do something where you say, ‘That’s pretty good,'” McVay said with an understated smile. “I’d be lying if I said we haven’t stolen some of their stuff this year.”McVay gets a close-up look Monday night in one of the biggest games of the regular season and a possible Super Bowl preview.The Chiefs (9-1) are visiting the Rams (9-1) in a game originally scheduled for Mexico City before poor field conditions at Azteca Stadium prompted the NFL to move the game to California on six days’ notice.Instead, the Coliseum will host a meeting of two prolific offenses masterminded by coaches separated by 28 years of age, but shoulder-to-shoulder on the cutting edge of football.“He’s done a phenomenal job,” said Reid, a Los Angeles native who lives in Orange County in the offseason. “He came up through a good system. He’s put his own flair to it. He’s a smart kid. I am proud of him for the job he’s done.”Two offenses averaging 33 points per game have never met this late in a regular season, and the game is only the fifth meeting since 1970 between two one-loss or unbeaten teams in Week 11 or later.Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL in yards passing with Jared Goff in second. The backfields contain Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt, last season’s NFL rushing champion, and Todd Gurley, the current runaway leader in the category.Offensive fireworks seem inevitable in a matchup tailor-made for prime time, even if the late venue switch caused logistical hurdles for ESPN . Both teams expressed disappointment about the game being moved out of Mexico City, even though McVay said it was “clearly the right thing to do” given the field conditions.“We’re certainly not going to complain about getting the chance to play at the Coliseum in front of a great atmosphere,” McVay said.More things to watch in the first “Monday Night Football” game at the Coliseum since 1985, and the Rams’ first in the venerable arena since 1979:ON THE MOVEThe late change of venue ruined a big night for thousands of Mexican fans and thrilled Rams fans who will get an eighth home game to cheer, but it had little effect on either team’s preparation. The Rams planned to spend the week in Colorado Springs to prepare for Mexico City’s altitude Deacon Jones Jersey Salute to Service , and they decided to stay anyway — partly because several players and coaches wouldn’t be able to return to their homes this week because of wildfires surrounding the towns near the Rams’ training complex. The Chiefs merely altered their travel plans to take them west instead of south. “We really haven’t had to change much, other than going to a hotel in Los Angeles,” Reid said.GETTING HEALTHYThe Chiefs should have WR Sammy Watkins (foot) and LB Anthony Hitchens (ribs) on the field against the Rams. Neither played last week against Arizona, though Hitchens was active in what Reid called “an emergency situation.” Undrafted rookie Ben Niemann got the start in Hitchens’ place and performed reasonably well. Watkins is returning to the Coliseum, where he spent last season as the Rams’ deep threat before getting a huge free-agent deal with the Chiefs.MAHOMES MOURNSMahomes spent part of the week mourning the death of his longtime girlfriend’s stepfather. The man had a medical emergency during their game against Arizona last Sunday, and Mahomes learned after leading Kansas City to a 26-14 victory that he had died. The Chiefs were off Tuesday and Wednesday, giving Mahomes time to spend with family, but he did not miss any practice time. “They’ve got some things organized and settled down from that side of it,” Reid said, “so he can do what he’s got to do.”OLD FRIENDSRams CB Marcus Peters spent his first three NFL seasons with Kansas City, making the Pro Bowl twice and establishing himself as an elite defender with 19 interceptions.But the Chiefs traded Peters to Los Angeles last offseason, and Reid has been reluctant to talk about why the organization gave up on the talented, occasionally volatile cornerback. Peters has generally played well in LA, although he acknowledged that he struggled two weeks ago when the Rams went up against the NFL’s other dominant offense at New Orleans.The Rams haven’t had any evident problems with Peters off the field, either. “He’s got a good feel for the game,” McVay said. “He’s passionate about it Authentic Sean Mannion Jersey , and I think that I’ve been able to learn some things from him and enjoy being around him.”PROTECTING PATThe Chiefs allowed five sacks last week against Arizona, the first time all season that their hodgepodge offensive line has struggled that much. That’s not a good sign when the next opponent has NFL sacks leader Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh on the defensive line.The Chiefs have been playing without C Mitch Morse (concussion) and RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (broken leg), forcing them to shuffle things around. “You know,” Reid said, “I thought it could be a positive for us. That group hasn’t played a bunch together, and so (the Cardinals) did a couple of things in there that will help us down the road here and we can learn from.” Los Angeles Rams HC Sean McVay(Opening remarks)”Good day today. By the looks of it, feeling good about (LB) Mark Barron’s availability for the game. (TE) Tyler (Higbee) and (G) Rodger (Saffold) were also participants today and then (K) Greg (Zuerlein) will be out for the game. Other than that, feeling good and a great challenge ahead.”(On how aware he is of equally distributing the ball when he’s designing the game plan)”Yeah, I think one of the things that we try to do is use all five eligibles (receivers) and we’ve got a lot of great players at a bunch of different spots and we try to spread the ball around. I think (QB) Jared (Goff) is doing an excellent job, just going through his progressions, getting the ball where the coverage – or whatever the defensive call dictates. You definitely want to be able to get those guys involved and that’s something that we try to be mindful of. Certainly, you don’t always get some of the looks that you’re thinking about and things happen off schedule. But I think overall, he’s done a great job of just getting everybody involved by naturally going through his progressions and whatever the concept that we’re running dictates. Fortunately, a lot of guys are making plays and he’s putting it in great spots and getting great protection.”(On if Barron is on track to start)”Yes.”(On what he thinks Barron will give his defense)”I think it gives us a great player back in the mix. Good communicator, has great athleticism to be able to play sideline-to-sideline, good understanding of what we’re trying to get done. We’ll watch him and see how he feels. Then Limited Aaron Donald Jersey , obviously tomorrow and leading up into the game, we’ll be able to kind of have a better evaluation of what does that snap count look like. But, if Mark’s going to go, we certainly want to take advantage of that and get him out there and contribute for our defense.”(On how he tries to mimic the crowd noise in Seattle during practices)”Yeah, I think you probably heard it. We get these loud speakers going, get a lot of complaints around the area. Hopefully we don’t do it too much (laughs). That’s really the closest thing that you can do. I’ve been around where you do the crowd noise and that’s not the most fun way to do it. So, really, as long as you’re creating an atmosphere that really inhibits your ability to verbally communicate – specific to the offense – that’s what we try to do. I thought our guys handled it pretty well. You can never truly mimic what CenturyLink (Field) is going to be like. Hopefully, we’ll handle it well and it’s going to be a great challenge.”(On if he agrees with Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll’s statement that everything revolves around RB Todd Gurley II in the offense)”Well, I think he’s certainly a great player. When you’re a running back that has the ability to do, really, everything in terms of running the ball, catching the ball out of the backfield, protection. He’s an important part of our offense, no doubt. But, we talk about the power of the unit all the time and it’s about all 11 (players). That’s what we believe in and that’s what we feel. We feel really fortunate that (RB) Todd (Gurley II) can do a lot of things for us. We feel really good about putting the game in our quarterback’s hands and when he can distribute the ball to all the different playmakers and we feel great about our offensive line’s ability to protect and communicate and block in the run game. So Todd Gurley Jersey , to say he’s the centerpiece – you know what a big fan I am of Todd, but it’s about our offense and really all 11 (players) are very important, instrumental part of what we’re trying to get done.”(On what Barron’s experience brings to the defense relative to the current players at the linebacker position)”Well, I think any time that you’re getting a player, like you mentioned, that has that experience, it’s very beneficial. It doesn’t take away – I think (LB) Ramik Wilson’s played really good football for us. (S) Marqui Christian is a guy that’s gotten a chance to get a lot more snaps and he’s a player that we have a lot of confidence in that’s continuing to develop and our coaches have done a nice job. But, he’s a great football player. Very smart, instinctual player. You see why he was a top pick coming out of college. That athleticism, where he’s a safety at Alabama, played safety early on in his career and then transitions when he got traded to the Rams and he’s been excellent as a linebacker playing that inside spot. We’re excited about getting him back.”(On if Barron’s return will impact what LB Cory Littleton does as far as communication)”No, it doesn’t just because (LB) Cory (Littleton) is our MIKE linebacker. He’s done such a great job with that. He’ll continue to do that and Mark plays the MO linebacker position for us.”
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Gregg Williams won a Super Bowl in New Orleans. He also was suspended for a year for organizing a bounty scheme with the Saints.Williams Womens Alvin Kamara Jersey , elevated from assistant to head coach of the Cleveland Browns when Hue Jackson was fired Monday, has quite the resume for his work building aggressive and usually successful defenses. That resume, though, is tainted by what went down in New Orleans.Williams, now 60, helped the Saints win their only Super Bowl as defensive coordinator from 2009-11. His unit, led by Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma and Darren Sharper, gave up lots of yards and often was bailed out by a top-ranked offense.What that unit 鈥?and every one Williams handled whether as a D-coordinator or as head coach in Buffalo 鈥?had was an attacking style. Unfortunately, according to an NFL investigation, that led to head-hunting for money.And to one-year suspensions in 2012 for Williams and his boss Womens Josh LeRibeus Jersey , Saints coach Sean Payton.The NFL found that Williams put in place while in New Orleans a rewards system for hits on opponents with intent to injure, including increased payments for tackles that knocked an opposing player out of a game, called "cart-offs." If the Saints' defense knew of an opponent's previous or lingering injury, they would target it.Injuring such stars as Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers drew "special" rewards, the league found.Some players also said Williams did the same when he worked for the Bills and Redskins; others refuted that."I want to coach defenses that are respected, and they're respected when they're feared," Williams said while working for the Saints. "None of the things we do is cheap. They're aggressive. What we do is, we're going to play hard, and here's the deal, we're not going to apologize. I'm not going to apologize for how hard our guys play and I'm not going to apologize if they're trying to lay the wood on everybody. When the other team is worried about protecting themselves over protecting the ball, we all like that a lot better."The league suspension was handed down in March 2012 after Williams had been hired to oversee the St. Louis Rams' defense. He subsequently was released by the Rams and sat out that year.Tennessee brought him in for the 2013 season after the NFL ban was lifted Womens Benjamin Watson Jersey , and he moved to the Rams in 2014. Williams was let go at the end of 2016 and joined the Browns under Jackson last year.While in Buffalo, Williams had a 17-31 record in charge from 2001-03.Wherever he has worked, Williams has been known for his defensive acumen and for his willingness to speak far more freely than most NFL coaches. That style generally has made him popular with his players 鈥?many of the Saints defended his approach when he was there 鈥?but his forthrightness also has led to harsh feelings with others.With offensive coordinator Todd Haley also fired Monday, Williams was the only remaining assistant with NFL head coaching experience.AP Sports Writer Brett Martel contributed. Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon joined his backup Austin Ekeler on the inactive list for their high-profile AFC West showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.Gordon and Ekeler combined for 103 yards rushing and 189 yards receiving when the teams met in Los Angeles to open the season. But after Gordon tested his injured knee in warmups, he conferred with coach Anthony Lynn and general manager Tom Telesco and shook his head, "No."Gordon has now missed three consecutive games with the knee injury.Ekeler had already been ruled out after hurting his neck and sustaining a concussion while trying to recover an onside kick to preserve the Chargers' victory over Cincinnati last week.The Chargers were forced to lean on rookie running backs Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome along with Troymaine Pope, who was added to the active roster in a series of pregame moves. Pope joined the Los Angeles practice squad Nov. 28 after spending time with the Seahawks, Jets, Colts and Texans.The Chargers also placed backup cornerback Trevor Williams on injured reserve with a knee injury, waived linebacker Tre'Von Johnson and added linebacker Kyle Wilson to the active roster Thursday.Chargers nose tackle Brandon Mebane was again inactive as he deals with a family matter.Meanwhile, the Chiefs welcomed back star safety Eric Berry for the first time this season Youth Cameron Jordan Jersey , though they also were missing top running back Spencer Ware and wide receiver Sammy Watkins.Berry tore his Achilles' tendon in last season's opener in New England, returned in time for offseason workouts and then developed a heel injury early in training camp. He finally returned to practice a few weeks ago and was in the starting lineup for the first time this season against the Chargers.The Chiefs had teased his return earlier Thursday in a social media posting.Ware had taken over the lead role after the Chiefs released NFL rushing champion Kareem Hunt due to off-the-field problems. He was flourishing back in the starting role before hurting his shoulder and his hamstring in last week's overtime victory over the Ravens.Damien Williams, Darrel Williams and Charcandrick West were sharing the load in his place.Watkins, who signed a $48 million, three-year deal with the Chiefs in the offseason, was out for the third time in four games with a heel injury. Chris Conley took his place.There was some concern that Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill would be sidelined after he hurt his wrist and foot against the Ravens. 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If you’re looking for a foreshadowing of a possible NFC Championship matchup Youth Ndamukong Suh Jersey , this is the one.The Los Angeles Rams remain undefeated at 8-0 and visit the New Orleans Saints who are 6-1 obtaining their single loss in week one.The two heavyweights will duke it out in a game that may very well end up deciding who could get home field advantage (as well as a playoff bye week) in the playoffs.Let’s take a look at the matchups to watch:CB Marcus Peters vs WR Michael ThomasAfter a solid game or two, Peters once again struggled last Sunday versus the Green Bay Packers. Davante Adams routinely got the best of Peters. This week he’ll likely draw a ton of Thomas who is one of the best receivers in the league. Thomas has 58 receptions for 669 yards and four touchdowns on the season. A route running technician with vice hands for grips, Thomas is a severely underrated player. Even though things point to Thomas having the upper hand in this game, I think Peters might perform well. Thomas isn’t a speedy receiver who specializes in going deep, so Peters will have the opportunity to create a cushion between himself and Thomas and let his instincts do the rest.WR Cooper Kupp vs CB P.J. WilliamsFrom all accounts it sounds like Kupp will return to the field on Sunday and that’ll prove to be huge for the offense. Not only is Kupp simply a tremendous player who can gain separation on any cornerback, he’s crucial on third downs and extending drives. This week he’ll fetch Williams in coverage who is, well.... not good. Even though Williams won a player of the week award this week for his pick-six against the Vikings, he was absolutely abused all game in coverage. Kupp should have an absolute field day against Williams.OLB Dante Fowler Jr vs OT’s Terron Armstead/Ryan RamczykIf you want to see an immediate battle and test for Fowler, it’s this week. The edge rusher has two sacks on the season but has proven to be a pest for opposing tackles when rushing the passer. This week Fowler (and the other Rams edge’s) will face PFF’s #2 and #3 rated offensive tackle’s on the season in Armstead and Ramcyzk. I wouldn’t expect a ton of production because these bookend tackles are simply terrific, but the interior pass rush (Aaron Donald , Ndamukong Suh, Michael Brockers) should be a whole lot more productive.RT Rob Havenstein vs DE Cameron JordanConversely, the Rams themselves have a fantastic pair of tackles and this week their RT Rob Havenstein will battle against one of the best defensive ends in the league in Jordan. Jordan has five sacks on the season and is a major player in run defense. On the flip side, Havenstein is PFF’s 5th-overall tackle so he’s pretty damn good himself.QB Jared Goff vs Saints’ secondaryJared Goff has played the Saints twice in his short career. Jared Goff has also torched the Saints defense twice in his short career. In two games vs the Saints he’s combined for 568 passing yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. This time around I wouldn’t be shocked if Goff could get relatively close to eclipsing that in one game (Say 400+ yards and 4+ TD’s). The Rams’ offense will be humming.ILB Mark Barron/Cory Littleton vs RB Alvin KamaraKamara is one of the leagues most dangerous weapons as he can make plays both as a runner and receiver. Kamara already has nine touchdowns on the season and nearly 800 combined yards. Kamara torched the Rams in 2017 with a combined 190 yards and two touchdowns.2018 college football Week 1 live thread, streaming, TV info Well, here we go. The path to the 2019 NFL Draft is on.Though to be fully honest, it’s been on for a week but I full comfortable absolving you of any culpability for having missed last weekend’s Duquesne at UMass or Thursday’s Savannah State-UAB scuttlebutt.No, the sincerity of the college football season’s debut is to be had today.The top 25. Ranked-on-ranked matchups. The mighty North Texas Mean Green. Ah yes, it is finally here.A couple of things to watch for Los Angeles Rams fans.How #5 Ohio St. comes out against Oregon St.12:00pm ET , ABCOhio St. is one of the best teams in the country, and unsurprisingly then, they’re loaded with NFL talent. But a scandal-ridden last month has left them without Head Coach Urban Meyer for the first three games. They should be able to handle business against the Beavers and against Rutgers in Week 2, but a Week 3 game against #16 TCU looms large. Winning today alone won’t quell Buckeye fans’ concerns if (a) it’s not overwhelming or (b) it’s slow to develop.With potential 2019 NFL Draft #1 overall pick DE Nick Bosa and fellow first-round prospect DT Dre’Mont Jones managing things up front, the D-line should control things early on to help OSU settle into a running game powered by RB J.K. Dobbins who could be the country’s heir to Penn St. product Saquon Barkley.#23 Texas is in a lose-lose situation against Maryland in DC12:00pm ET, FS1These two are facing off to start the year for the second time running. Last year, things kicked off with a 51-41 win for Maryland that immediately derailed Texas’ hopes of then-first-year Head Coach Tom Herman pulling a Sean McVay and turning things around immediately. This year, it’s a bit of a must-win. But even then, it won’t suffice. If Texas’ season is defined by this game, it’s a problem. They have to head to the Terrapins’ backyard and do what they couldn’t last year just to avoid a pitfall.WR Collin Johnson will be the focal point for evaluators to start the season. A lithe 6’6” wideout Womens Greg Zuerlein Jersey , he’ll draw tons of attention from opposing secondaries. Perhaps of more intrigue to Rams fans could be DE Breckyn Hager. Recognize that last name? For good reason. He’s Rams ILB Bryce Hager’s younger brother. It’s not one of the more talented UT teams we’ve seen, but it is incredibly experienced. And keep an eye on Maryland G Damian Prince. He’s got NFL skills.Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech in AT&T Stadium...12:00pm ET, ESPNWhat the hell is this?#6 Washington vs. #9 Auburn: HOOK IT TO MY VEINS3:30pm ET, ABCA top 10 v. top 10 on opening weekend. It’s so pure.There’s a bit too much draft here to cover. For Washington, people will gravitate toward QB Jake Browning and RB Myles Gaskin, but LT Trey Adams is probably the best 2019 draft prospect on this roster even if he’s not 100% back from the ACL injury he suffered last year. And keep an eye on S Taylor Rapp. He could surpass Adams over the course of the season.For Rams General Manager Les Snead’s alma mater, this squad is loaded. The offense is balanced, though it will absolutely run through QB Jarrett Stidham. The defense is even better. And their November schedule might be the hardest in the country, so uh...good luck!#14 Michigan and #12 Notre Dame will bring you closer with your parents7:30pm ET, NBCSeriously. This is a game to watch with someone over the age of 50.Rams fans absolutely need to watch this one. DL Rashan Gary is a top first-rounder Youth Ramik Wilson Jersey , but LB Devin Bush could be at the top of Rams fans’ boards next year. S Khaleke Hudson could be close behind. And CB Lavert Hill could be an undersized depth option. Oh, and Head Coach Jim Harbaugh is entertaining. Ole Miss transfer QB Shea Patterson is entertaining. I don’t know if this is an addition thing or multiplication thing but the math here is clear = entertaining!One of the easiest teams to hate in the country is even easier to hate this year. Head Coach Brian Kelly plus one of the nation’s best defenses? Yeah, that’s what people wanna see! Still, Rams fans are going to be drawn to ILB Te’von Coney. And CB Julian Love. And if they can replace G Quenton Nelson and OT Mike McGlinchey who both went in the top nine of the 2018 NFL Draft (and if they can get through this one)...sorry, folks. We’re going to have to watch Notre Dame football.Matt Cashore-USA TODAY SportsHere’s your watch guide with full schedule, TV listing and stream options.
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Aaron Rodgers practices on Saturday to prep for Vikings Cheap Jamaal Williams Jersey , but remains questionable On Saturday, the Green Bay Packers got some good news in their final practice before they take the field Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who sprained his left knee last Sunday against the Chicago Bears, was able to participate in practice on Saturday, according to multiple media reports. This is a good sign for his availability on Sunday Cheap Mike Daniels Jersey , but it by no means makes it a certainty.In fact, Rodgers remains questionable on the Packers’ injury report. Often, the Packers will update their report following the results of Saturday’s practice, but they made no changes to Friday’s report as a result of Rodgers practicing.Ultimately, it appears that the main question for Rodgers’ availability will be how his knee responds on Sunday morning to his workload on Saturday. Although signs point to him playing , there remains a chance that it reacts negatively and becomes a significant problem on game day. As a result, Packers fans should keep a close eye out for the list of gameday inactives, which typically are released about 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Hopefully for Green Bay, there is minimal swelling in that knee and he is able to take the field.So far, there have been no updates on the status of the Packers’ other two questionable players Youth Kenny Clark Jersey , wide receiver Davante Adams and linebacker Oren Burks. Both players have shoulder injuries; Adams injured his shoulder in the Bears game but played through it, while Burks has been out since suffering his injury in warmups before the Packers’ third preseason game. The Green Bay Packers have downgraded wide receiver Geronimo Allison to OUT and made cornerback Tony Brown to questionable for Sunday night’s game against the New England Patriots.Allison’s injury plagued 2018 season continues after he returned last week in the loss to the Los Angeles Rams following a concussion and a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the previous two games. He injured his groin in Thursday’s practice that quickly moved him the wrong direction on the injury report.With Allison missing his third game in four weeks, this likely means more playing time for the rookie wide receivers in particular Marquez Valdes-Scantling who has really begun to emerge as a legitimate weapon for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He has caught 13 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns in the past four games. Brown is a new addition with a hip injury. He hasn’t seen much in the secondary rotation and his most notable play so far has been a questionable yet still foolish taunting penalty against the Detroit Lions. He likely would have seen more action on special teams which is still not good. As for the rest of the injury report, safety Jermaine Whitehead (back), linebacker Nick Perry (ankle) and wide receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring) are all listed as questionable. All three practiced Friday Cheap Josh Jackson Jersey , with Whitehead and Perry limited and Cobb a full participant per the Packers.
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The Vikings were the biggest favorites in the league for Week Three , but anyone betting on them to cover the spread is unlikely to be seeing a return on that wagerThe Bills are up 27-0 after completely rolling over the Vikings in the first half of Sunday’s game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Josh Allen has run for two touchdowns and thrown for another while the Bills defense shut down everything the Vikings tried to do over the first 30 minutes.The Vikings managed two first downs, Kirk Cousins lost two fumbles on Buffalo sacks and the Bills enjoy a 245-46 edge in yards from scrimmage.Some might argue that the Vikings are looking ahead to Sunday’s game against the Rams and that may be true, but it doesn’t go far enough to explain how much better Buffalo has been through the first 30 minutes this weekend. Playing without LeSean McCoy and coming off a pair of blowouts, the Bills have had success with everything they’ve tried and turned the game into a laugher that no one saw coming.Buffalo Bills opponent fantasy football recap: Melvin Gordon dominates The Buffalo Bills defense was putrid for the first 6 quarters of the 2018 NFL season. They allowed 75 points and well in excess of 500 total yards. As a result, multiple players from the Baltimore Ravens and the Los Angeles Chargers had tremendous scoring days in fantasy football. The Chargers had 2 players go for more than 20 points this week, and 2 more go for double-digit scoring. Buffalo has been a great matchup for quarterbacks so far , and that is a trend that figures to continue with Kirk Cousins and Aaron Rodgers next up on the schedule.Here were the Chargers’ top three fantasy football scorers from week two.RB Melvin GordonWhile Gordon’s yardage total wasn’t impressive (28 rushing yards, 38 receiving yards), it was the three trips into the end zone that cemented his day as a great one. Gordon ran for 1 touchdown and added 2 more as a receiver. The Bills had no answer for him coming out of the backfield, and he made any man who tried to cover him look foolish in space. Gordon scored 27.6 points on the day, good for second among all running backs.QB Philip RiversThe Rodney Dangerfield of modern quarterbacks, Rivers just can’t get no respect , I tell ya. He completed 23-of-27 passes (85.2%) for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns, bringing his yearly totals to 57-for-78 (73.1%), 680 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Rivers continues to perform at an elite level, and the vast number of weapons he has in Los Angeles’ offense perfectly complements his skill set. He scored 22.74 fantasy points on the day Womens Matt Milano Jersey , good for eleventh among quarterbacks this week.RB Austin EkelerThe Chargers’ backup running back was actually their leading rusher, as Ekeler carried 11 times for 77 yards on the day. He added 3 receptions for 21 yards, bringing his point total to 11.3 for the day. While he isn’t the starter, Ekeler is a valuable part of a high-octane offense, so he is a good handcuff to own. He also has the potential to go off for huge days while Gordon plays, like he did when he scored 21.1 fantasy points in Week one against the Kansas City Chiefs. Ekeler is available in 56% of Yahoo! leagues Authentic Tre'Davious White Jersey , and if yours is one of them, it might not be a bad idea to add him to your roster.
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Football purists are smiling. For one week Authentic Alex Okafor Jersey , the video game nature of the NFL hit pause.Only one quarterback on Saturday or Sunday threw for 300 yards, let alone 400. No pinball shootouts.Ten players rushed for at least 100 yards, and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson went for 95.There were two shutouts!Quite the reality check to learn that strong defense, an efficient ground game, and control of the clock still can win. Yes, some nasty weather in Baltimore and the New Jersey Meadowlands contributed to the lower number of points. We figure to see more of that over the final two weeks of the schedule; it is December, after all.These developments, if they aren't an aberration, could bode well for such teams as Baltimore, Chicago, Seattle 鈥?which actually was upset at San Francisco 鈥?and Dallas, which also lost, blanked at Indianapolis. They could be bad news for the high-scoring machines whose defenses are leaky, including previously considered powerhouses in Kansas City, New England and Pittsburgh."You've got to stay on the field on offense," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Sunday after a wet 20-12 victory against Tampa Bay. "If you do that Womens Max Unger Jersey , you have a chance to generate some points."And yards. Baltimore rushed for 242 of them on 49 attempts. Unheralded rookie Gus Edwards finished with 104. Jackson averaged 5.3 yards per rush and the Ravens are 4-1 since he replaced injured Joe Flacco as starter."He makes you play 11-on-11 football instead of 11 on 10," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said of Jackson, the 32nd overall pick in April's draft. "We had him wrapped up a couple of times and he squirted out of there and was able to extend plays."Ah yes, 11-on-11 football. Not the flag football, 44-40 variety that excites fantasy fanatics, but the balanced game in which solid tackling, crunching blocks and a variety of strategies are paramount.As the playoffs approach, the supersonic offenses could sputter. Teams primarily relying on them should know they might need to win man against man in the trenches, rule in a slugfest rather than in a points spree.Of the division leaders, the Saints and possibly the Rams own that balance, though neither is as physical as, say, the Cowboys,Bears or Seahawks. But the clubs unlikely to light up scoreboards also know if they can establish the tempo with their ground games and their stingy defenses 鈥?and an attitude that no opponent will intimidate them 鈥?they can be valid contenders in January.Two of those clubs took a step backward on Sunday. Still, the Cowboys figure to win the NFC East and the Seahawks aren't likely to blow a wild-card spot. Rather than panic after their defeats 鈥?Seattle's loss against the lowly 49ers being the more problematic 鈥?they'll go back to what they do best.Because they have confidence in what they do best, which helped them turn around 2018 after slow starts."We didn't give ourselves a chance Authentic DeMario Davis Jersey ," Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said. "We weren't scoring and so it wasn't a complementary game of football. That's what we've been playing these last five weeks and we didn't do that tonight."Heading into December, the prevailing view was that a prolific offense was a necessity to win the NFL championship. People became enamored of the fireworks the Rams, Saints, Chiefs and Chargers could provide.Now, with two weeks left in the schedule, it's becoming clear that asymmetry isn't such a great thing. Maybe some of the clubs who are showing they feature balanced game plans and approaches and talent 鈥?say Houston, Chicago, Indianapolis and the Chargers 鈥?should be reckoned with as much as New Orleans and Kansas City and the Rams. There are only two teams on byes this week, but both the Lions and Saints have significant starters to replace at a few key positions.In addition, some notable injuries make the race to the waiver wire as frenetic as usual. The free agent pool doesn't have many appealing options this week, though, so if you need to fill a major need, try first to make a trade.RUNNING BACKSMIKE DAVIS, Seattle (14.5 percent owned): We have alerted you to him before, yet he remains vastly underowned. Davis does split carries with Chris Carson but his running mate is oft-injured and Davis seems to be the preferred goal line option for the Seahawks. He has three rushing TDs in his past two games. Seattle has a renewed emphasis on the running game so Davis should be rostered even as a part-time RB.WENDELL SMALLWOOD, Philadelphia (7.7): The Philadelphia RBs have been beset by injuries Authentic Drew Brees Jersey , most importantly to Jay Ajayi, who is done for the season with a knee injury. Smallwood could play an expanded role for the Eagles as soon as Thursday against the Giants. Smallwood carried 10 times for 56 yards and a TD and caught three passes for 35 yards when he was last asked to step forward for Ajayi in Week 3.RONALD JONES, Tampa Bay (18.2): Get ahead of the pack on this one. The Buccaneers have the worst rushing offense in the league and while the rookie has dealt with blitz pickup and receiving issues, he can still be dynamic with the ball in his hands. The Buccaneers desperately need to establish some sort of a running game to take pressure off Jameis Winston and keep their highly vulnerable defense off the field a little more.WIDE RECEIVERSCHRISTIAN KIRK, Arizona (11.4): The Cardinals rookie has registered double-digit fantasy performances in point per reception leagues in two of his past three games. Last week, he caught a 75-yard TD from Josh Rosen. The rookie QB has been erratic so far but despite some issues at that position, Kirk is starting to emerge as the team's top receiving playmaker, which has been needed with Larry Fitzgerald underperforming and battling some injuries.TRE'QUAN SMITH, New Orleans (1.0): Another rookie, Smith officially announced his pro arrival with three receptions for 111 yards and two scores on Monday night. Drew Brees does spread the ball around to many of his targets when everyone is healthy, but the Saints have been high on Smith ever since he arrived at training camp. He could force is way into the mix more and may not be just a big-play artist.MARQUES VALDES-SCANTLING, Green Bay (3.2); Yes, another first-year player worth adding. Valdes-Scantling stepped into a void for an injury-depleted Packers WR crew and caught seven passes for 68 yards and a TD, and came up just short on a second potential score. Availability at WR may continue to be an issue for some top Green Bay pass-catchers, and Valdes-Scantling may contribute at least as the Packers third WR in the near future, which will make him worthy of bye week filler consideration at minimum.TIGHT ENDSCAMERON BRATE , Tampa Bay (16.7): Winston is back at QB for the Buccaneers, and O.J. Howard is out, so that means opportunities for Brate to cash in at least in the near future. He has scored in each of his last two games and in the previous two seasons, he caught a total of 14 TD passes working heavily with Winston. The Tampa Bay offense will be involved in a lot of shootouts and Brate is a prime red zone target for Winston.C.J. UZOMAH, Cincinnati (10.2): With Tyler Eifert out, Uzomah has been announced as the preferred TE of choice for Andy Dalton and the Bengals. Last week he caught two passes for 43 yards, but better times are ahead. The Bengals offense looks potent and balanced and Dalton will always strongly consider throwing to his tight end in scoring situations.QUARTERBACKSC.J. BEATHARD, San Francisco (3.1): He takes sacks and commits turnovers, and you will not start him in a one QB league, but Beathard is proving to be a capable fantasy backup because the 49ers will be playing from behind very frequently. You have to consider him as a streamer, because in his past two games, he has thrown for 647 yards and four touchdowns.JAMEIS WINSTON, Tampa Bay (12.7): He may not win a lot of games but Winston has weapons in the passing game, a lack of run support and a bad defense that will force him to trade blows with opposing offenses quite often. There is going to be a lot of passing volume for Winston, and the high-scoring fun begins this week against the Falcons.
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C.J. Beathard went toe-to-toe with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay for nearly 60 minutes before the San Francisco 49ers fell just short at the end of another tough loss.Despite playing with a backup quarterback with starter Jimmy Garoppolo sidelined for the season Los Angeles Rams Womens T-Shirt , the 49ers offense has shown signs of being productive of late even if it hasn't led to wins.The 49ers (1-5) have gained 400 yards in back-to-back games under Beathard but are still seeking their second win in the past two seasons without Garoppolo starting thanks in part to eight turnovers and a few other crucial mistakes in those games."I thought C.J. did some real good things. C.J., he was one of the reasons that I thought we had a chance to win that game," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "He made some big plays throughout the game, kept the chains moving a number of times for us. There's a couple of plays at the end that I know he'd like to have back where he had a couple of opportunities that he missed. But, he also had a few opportunities early in the game that he made, which was one of the reasons we were in the position that we were. By no means was it perfect, but I was happy with how he played."Beathard has completed 64 percent of his passes for 892 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions in three games since Garoppolo got injured. Those are all big improvements over his performance in five starts last year before Garoppolo took over.His best play might have come in the first three-plus quarters in Green Bay in a performance the Niners hope they can build on this week when they host the Los Angeles Rams (6-0).The Niners scored on six of their first eight drives against the Packers, with just one punt and one fumble by Kyle Juszczyk being the only unproductive offensive possessions.But the offense faltered late and was unable to close the game out. The Niners went three-and-out on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter, setting the stage for Rodgers to lead a game-tying touchdown drive.San Francisco still had a chance to win it, taking over at its own 47 with 1:49 to go in a tie game. Beathard completed a 7-yard pass to George Kittle on first down but then had a pass batted down at the line on second down before taking a deep strike against the blitz on third down.The pass was intercepted by Kevin King, setting the stage for Rodgers to lead the game-winning drive. Shanahan said that wasn't the option he wanted on the play Los Angeles Rams Hats , although Beathard said Tuesday that he didn't know if he had a better choice."Obviously it didn't work so it's tough," he said. "Say you hit it, it's a good play. But, when you don't, it's not. And it was not a good play."Marquise Goodwin's speed provided a major boost to the offense earlier in the game. He hurt his hamstring while playing just 15 snaps in the opener before missing the second game. He played Week 3 against Kansas City before getting hurt again the following week.He finally was fully healthy against the Packers and delivered four catches for 126 yards, including touchdowns of 67 and 30 yards in the first half. Perhaps even more importantly, his sprinter's speed forces defenses to provide help in coverage, opening up holes in the running game and opportunities for other receivers."When you have somebody who can take the top shelf off the coverage, that backs people up, it opens up everything," Rams coach Sean McVay said. "It opens up your intermediate throws on the three-level game. It opens some of your quicker-hitting play-actions. It loosens things up for the run game and most important it gives you a dynamic playmaker who can create explosives."The running game fared well against the Packers, gaining 174 yards on 30 carries. Raheem Mostert made the most of his most extensive playing time in four years as a pro Los Angeles Rams Womens Hoodie , gaining 87 yards on 12 carries.But San Francisco was unable to generate a first down on the ground when the game was on the line."I left a lot of yards out on the field, especially with my speed," Mostert said. "I feel I could have got to the edge a little faster. I watched the film and I was really hard on myself. Even though I had some good runs, I had some real busts, too."NOTES: S Marcell Harris had his window to resume practice opened. He has been on IR all season as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He is eligible to return to play Nov. 1 against Oakland. ... The Niners signed DL Ryan Delaire and TE Cole Wick to the practice squad. Jeff Heuerman's breakout season came to a premature end Monday with word that he sustained broken ribs and a bruised lung in the Denver Broncos' 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.Heuerman is the third tight end the Broncos have lost this season. Jake Butt (knee) was injured in a special teams practice in September and rookie Troy Fumagalli has missed all season with a sports hernia."Heuerman's a big loss," coach Vance Joseph said. "We've lost three guys in that room so far with Butt and Fumagalli and now Jeff. He was having a great year. He's a great leader for that room. So, he'll be missed."Joseph also said outside linebacker Shaq Barrett will miss two to four weeks with a hip flexor and cornerback Tramaine Brock is day-to-day with a bruised rib.Heuerman had two receptions for 44 yards before getting hurt Sunday. For the season, he has 33 receptions for 281 yards, both career highs, and two touchdowns, tying his career best.Against Houston on Nov. 4, Heuerman set career highs with 10 receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. That single-day total was higher than each of his season totals of nine catches in 2016 and '17.A third-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2015 Womens Customized Los Angeles Rams Jerseys , Heuerman missed his rookie year with a knee injury and came into the 2018 season with just 18 career receptions for 283 yards and four TDsHeuerman, however, emerged as Case Keenum's primary tight end target after Butt went on IR.The Broncos will now rely more on fourth-year pro Matt LaCosse, who scored his first career touchdown Sunday.The other tight end on the roster is Brian Parker, although fellow third-year pro Temarrick Hemingway might get called up from the practice squad.Barrett's injury means more snaps for former first-round pick Shane Ray and former second-round pick DeMarcus Walker to back up starters Von Miller and Bradley Chubb."We've got some options there," Joseph said. "But obviously Shaq's playing some good football. He played, in my opinion, the best yesterday out of all the rushers. So, he's going to be missed. On special teams, also."Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: ://arniestapleton
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Excited by the opportunity of securing the Buffalo Bills' starting job Womens Matt Milano Jersey , rookie quarterback Josh Allen had no intention of keeping anyone waiting Wednesday.That included members of the media seeking to hear Allen's first public reaction two days after the Bills announced he would start in Buffalo's preseason game against Cincinnati on Sunday.Upon completing extra work after practice, the quarterback skipped through the fieldhouse doors, then jogged toward a large group of reporters gathered outside the locker room. Apologizing for being late, the 22-year-old was still trying to catch his breath while attempting to put this week's developments into perspective."It's crazy to think about, definitely, but I'm not going out there to try to prove why I'm the starter or whatever the case may be," Allen said. "This is an opportunity for me, and I'm not going to take it lightly. But at the same time, I'm here for whatever the team needs, and I'm just going to try to do my job."Allen did his best to de-emphasize the significance his first preseason start represents by calling it "just another game."If only it were so simple for a player the Bills traded up five spots to select with the seventh pick — the highest draft position the franchise has used to choose a quarterback.In the four months since, the Wyoming product has gone from a raw prospect requiring time to develop behind either free-agent addition AJ McCarron or returning backup Nathan Peterman Authentic Tre'Davious White Jersey , to having a realistic shot at being the team's season-opening starter.Allen's opportunity comes after showing gradual signs of improvement through the first weeks of training camp, which carried over into Buffalo's first two preseason games.In a preseason-opening loss to Carolina on Aug. 9, he showed off his strong arm, but was erratic by finishing 9 of 19 for 116 yards and a touchdown while overseeing the third-string offense.On Friday, Allen went 9 of 13 for 60 yards and a touchdown in leading the second-stringers on scoring drives — including two field goals — on each of his three series during a 19-17 win at Cleveland .Rather than not revealing the starter until an hour before kickoff, as coach Sean McDermott did the two previous weeks, the Bills announced Allen would start against the Bengals in a message posted on their Twitter account Monday evening.McDermott said the difference in his approach was to provide Allen a chance to experience what a normal NFL week during the regular season would resemble."It's just him dipping his toes in the water, if you will, of what that looks like on and off the field," he said. "How he handles his teammates. How he handles the meetings. How he handles the interviews. That's all part of what comes with that starting quarterback position."McDermott wouldn't divulge how long Allen might play Sunday, or commit to whether he has a chance of securing the starting job with a good outing.Peterman will serve as the backup Womens Rafael Bush Jersey , while McCarron's status is uncertain after he hurt his right throwing shoulder against Cleveland. McCarron returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday after missing the previous two sessions.All eyes will be on the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Allen, who is being asked to fill a position that's remained unsettled since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired following the 1996 season. Allen's two touchdown passes showed glimpses of his potential.Against Carolina, he zipped the ball between two defenders in hitting Ray-Ray McCloud III for a 14-yard touchdown. Against Cleveland, Allen avoided the pass rush, stepped up in the pocket and flicked his wrist to hit Rod Streater in the back of the end zone for a 2-yard score."You definitely can see the poise, definitely see the elusiveness," Streater said of Allen. "All those things are going to come to him. It has come to him now. But he's going to grow even more in the future. It's exciting to see him grow."One step at a time, Allen said."I was happy with the performance, but I'm not content," he said , referring to the game Friday. "Just trying to learn from every little mistake on the field, and even learn from every success, too."Question marks remain regarding a player who has had limited experience with Bills starters and has yet to face an opposing team's starting defense. Asked how much the pace of the game has slowed down, Allen provided a candid response, saying: "I guess we'll find out come Sunday."Charles Clay misses practice in Thursday’s Buffalo Bills injury report As the Buffalo Bills continued practicing ahead of their matchup with the Green Bay Packers, the tight end position took a turn for the worse on Thursday. Starting tight end Charles Clay, who was a limited participant on Wednesday with shoulder and hip injuries, didn’t practice. In addition, Jason Croom (who scored a touchdown last week against the Vikings), appeared on the injury report as limited with a knee injury.If Croom and Clay don’t improve before the weekend, then Khari Lee and Logan Thomas would be the main men in their place. Where Croom and Clay are more versatile pieces who can play inline or out wide Womens Star Lotulelei Jersey , Lee is primarily a blocker and Thomas primarily a receiver, so this would take away some diversity from Buffalo’s offense.On the other hand, the rest of Buffalo’s injury news was positive. Micah Hyde, who had been limited on Wednesday, was a full participant Thursday. Phillip Gaines was a full participant for the second day in a row, and will be able to play Sunday. Shaq Lawson, Trent Murphy, Marcus Murphy, and LeSean McCoy all practiced in a limited fashion for the second day in a row, which is a positive sign for each.
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Ty Montgomery may not understand his role on the Green Bay Packers right now , but Aaron Jones built consensus about his. In the most important game of the Green Bay season, coming off a bye week with plenty of time to determine who best helped this team try to take down an undefeated Rams juggernaut, Aaron Jones took the lion’s share of snaps and carries for an offense looking to establish the run more often. If anything, Sunday’s gameplan could have used even more Jones, who now leads the league among qualified backs with 6.2 yards per attempt. The only two skill players to get more snaps than Jones were Jimmy Graham and Davante Adams, as the second-year back out-snapped Jamaal Williams 32-13, with the struggling Montgomery seeing just 6 offensive snaps. Jones paid off the faith Mike McCarthy put in him, putting up 86 yards on just 12 carries including a magnificent 33-yard touchdown run.In all, Green Bay put up 106 yards on 19carries, a 5.6 per carry average, but that was almost solely because of Jones. Neither Williams (4 for 9 yards) or Monty ( 2 for 6 yards) even managed to top 3 yards per tote. There are no more arguments about pass blocking or other assignments. It’s so clear, so overwhelmingly obvious, the best running back on this team is Aaron Jones, not even the stubborn viewpoint of McCarthy could keep Jones from taking his rightful place at the top of the pecking order. Now, just to get him a couple more carries. Part of the problem Sunday was the team went away from the play action that had been so effective against the 49ers and early in the game against Wade Phillips’ Rams defense. That makes both the traditional dropback game and run game easier to defend. Had McCarthy stuck with run fakes, that creates more doubt in the minds of defenders, causing lanes to close down slower for his back and opening up opportunities in the passing game. The committee of backs is now over. Pound the gavel and call it. The committee voted with their play and Jones won a resounding victory. That’s not to say none of them should ever play again, but a 2:1 snap share with the other backs , as there was Sunday, should be the baseline. Not overworking Jones makes sense. There’s no reason to have him take 25 handoffs a game. But McCarthy still needs to tweak the timing. Running from the goal line — already a questionable decision out of heavy personnel — should probably be with your battering ram back. When Jones is rolling downhill, throwing on multiple third-and-shorts and then kicking simply isn’t the money call. It’s not enough to say Jones is now the lead back. He still has to be deployed in the proper ways in the most advantageous situations. To be sure, Williams offers the best blocking of this group, something the Packers needed against Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, but against the Patriots this weekend won’t be nearly as necessary. In fact, there’s a case to be made it should be Montgomery who out-snaps Williams this week with a slow group of linebackers on deck. Split him out and create mismatches against a New England group of overhang defenders that leaves much to be desired. Those 10-15 snaps should be parsed based on situation and team needs. Jones gets the majority of them even though that number will change game by game (it’s worth noting the Rams ran 75 plays to the Packers’ 52) and the rest should be dictated by game script. On third-and-9, when opponents know Green Bay is throwing, it’s fine to have Williams in there as a pass protector. He’s a capable enough pass catcher to be used on screens and dump offs when necessary. There will be other times, this week being a prime example, when Montgomery’s ability as a receiver should be utilized. In fact, they should be utilized much more often than they have been over the course of the season. Play Montgomery with one of the other backs to create matchup problems for the defense. He was, after all, drafted to be a receiver. Even with the explosive talent the Packers have there, Montgomery on a linebacker or a safety is a better lineup than just about any non-Adams receiver on most cornerbacks. Use him. Just because Jones takes the throne as the lead back in the offense shouldn’t mean the other players now become useless. McCarthy knows that and has balanced these things in the past, including masterfully with Eddie Lacy and James Starks. A clearly established pecking order could free McCarthy up to deploy Montgomery less often as a traditional running back, but more often in general. In other words, the Packers are inching closer to maximizing all of the weapons they have on offense and it’s coming at just the right time in the season.NFC North rundown: Training camp kickoff edition Ah , yes. Bring out the little kid bikes and paint the practice fields with white lines. Training camps are officially rocking and rolling around the NFC North. As teams prepare to kick off the 2018 NFL season, story lines abound in what should be a competitive division. While the Green Bay Packers’ re-tooled defense will be a topic of discussion throughout the preseason in Titletown USA, a significant number of offensive skill position players are under scrutiny elsewhere as the pads come on.Will Laquon Treadwell take the next step for the Vikings? Will a running back emerge for the Lions? Will Anthony Miller continue to impress Mitch Trubisky and the Bears’ coaching staff?Those questions and many more are explained in today’s NFC North rundown.Detroit Lions5 story lines to watch as Lions open training campThe Detroit News’ Justin Rogers looks at players looking to take second-year leaps, young candidates in a prove-it season, and one veteran wide receiver entering a contract year.Five likely winners and five likely losers at Detroit Lions training campFansided takes a look at five positions on the Lions’ roster in which one member of the position group has an opportunity to stand out over others jockeying for a role. Keep an eye on one rookie on the defensive line.Detroit Lions training camp preview: Secondary looks like strength of defenseAfter a breakout season from Darius Slay last season, the Lions will be counting on a plethora of young corners, including second-day picks the last couple of drafts, to solidify the secondary as a team strength.Chicago BearsAaron Lynch misses another Bears training camp practiceChicago gambled on a show-me deal with the former San Francisco edge rusher to play opposite Leonard Floyd this season. So far, he hasn’t had an opportunity to showcase his talent on the field.Matt Nagy: Bears ‘may be’ getting closer to signing holdout LB Roquan SmithAnother man missing during the early portion of training camp has been top-ten pick Roquan Smith. The Bears hope to continue making progress on a rookie contract with Smith, who is losing valuable practice reps.Chicago Bears Training Camp: 5 recent standout playersKyle Fuller’s starting counterpart at cornerback has made some splash plays early in camp, while rookie receiver Anthony Miller has had as strong a showing as anyone in the early going.Minnesota VikingsThe 10 most compelling storylines of Vikings training campInjuries, a new quarterback, looming contract negotiations, and the starting right tackle job. It’s all covered in depth right here.5 players to watch at Vikings training campFormer first-rounder Laquon Treadwell headlines a boatload of Vikings hoping to not only have an eye-catching training camp, but secure a final spot on the roster.Tony Sparano’s death still weighs on Vikings at start of training campThe recent loss of Minnesota’s offensive line coach has weighed on the hearts of everyone in the Vikings’ organization, but especially Head Coach Mike Zimmer who spent many years with Sparano on NFL coaching staffs.
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Blake Bortles isn't quite ready to focus on his future with the franchise.For now Dee Ford Jersey , the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback is trying to be supportive teammate.Bortles will start a regular-season game on the bench for the first time since Sept. 14, 2014, serving as Cody Kessler's backup against Indianapolis (6-5) on Sunday."I put myself in this position and didn't play good enough," Bortles said Wednesday, two days after getting demoted. "Didn't win football games, couldn't find a way to get it done. And when that happens, it's a business and everybody understands that. I don't think there's anything personal involved. As a quarterback, I think you have one job and that's to win a football game, and if you don't do that, your time's probably limited."Bortles sounded like someone who knows his time with Jacksonville is nearing the end.Bortles signed a three-year, $54 million contract in February and will count $21 million against the salary cap in 2019. If the Jags cut him before June 1, they would still take a $16.5 million hit against the cap.The fifth-year pro and third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft seemed resigned to 鈥?at the very least 鈥?having to compete for the starting job next year."Yeah, I have no problem with competition or anything," he said. "I'm not in charge of the decisions that are made. I obviously put myself in this position and forced their decision to be made, but at the end of the day, they're in charge of making those personnel decisions. And if it's a competition or if it's, 'See you later; you're out of here,' whatever it is, I love playing football and would love the opportunity to play again."Coach Doug Marrone benched Bortles and fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on the same day. He promoted Kessler and will have quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich call plays."It's always going to be a difference," Marrone said. "Obviously, we have the same system. We aren't going to be changing the terminology in a week. Cody played in this system and now he gets a full week of (practicing). I think that Scott knows what Cody can do obviously; he was his position coach. We'll see when we get out there and see things during the week of what we're going to be able to use."Kessler hasn't taken many first-team reps since training camp, so he needs to develop some chemistry with his offensive linemen and receiving corps.He also won't have running back Leonard Fournette (suspension) or three starting offensive linemen: left tackle Cam Robinson, left guard Andrew Norwell and center Brandon Linder. All three are on injured reserve."There is a reason that every single player is here Cheap Xavier Williams Jersey ," Kessler said. "You obviously want to have every guy out there that you can, but when you can't, it is the same thing. Next man up, and we have guys that are going to be ready. And whoever is out there, everyone is competing and everyone is given an opportunity. I am excited. Everyone is here for a reason, and we are going to be ready to go."Bortles took the benching in stride, saying and doing all the right things in his reduced role. He said he learned from longtime Jaguars backup Chad Henne how to handle getting benched and being a career backup."One thing I've always said that I thought was one of the most incredible things I've ever seen is how Chad handled going from being the starter to the backup and how he was able to maturely handle that and be there for me and do whatever I needed or help me out in any way," Bortles said. "Anytime I've ever been in that situation, that's all I'll try and do is kind of what he did and what I witnessed him do."It's be a professional and handle it the way you should. It's a job, and our job is to be here and try to win football games, and as a backup quarterback or any quarterback that's not the starter you job is to help the starter and help the rest of the offense score points and win." The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 45-10, on Sunday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium.Usually, in this article, I will list the winners and losers from the game—but not tonight. I could nitpick, but the Chiefs had this game won midway through the third quarter.Winners only.WinnersPhoto by Adam Glanzman/Getty ImagesChiefs head coach Andy Reid won his 200th NFL game on Sunday night—and that’s made up of 189 regular-season wins and 11 postseason wins. While Reid has had his postseason struggles, his regular-season success is undeniable, and he’s now within one win of eighth all time. He is five wins (205) from former Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer and nine wins (209) from Chuck Noll. Once Reid overtakes Noll, be it this year or next, he will sit alone in sixth. “That’s an individual thing, I’m not really good with that,” Reid said. “We are about team. I know a lot of people involved with each one of those wins that have been crucial, so Cheap Chris Jones Jersey , I enjoy it and I appreciate it, but I would tell you it’s everyone. Everyone is involved. I’ve been blessed to be around some good people, players and coaches. Ownership has been phenomenal. I’ve been really blessed to be in a great position and be a part of it.”Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY SportsChiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes continues to play at an MVP-caliber level, and he should once again be the frontrunner after this week’s performance. Mahomes finished 28 of 39 for 358 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He continued to show development in being comfortable in the pocket, as well as his ability to make plays with his legs. Mahomes also had 45 rushing yards on four rushes in the win. The Chiefs never punted—a feat that has occurred only two other times in franchise history, against the Carolina Panthers in December 2000 and away against the Los Angeles Rams in December of 1991.Mahomes connected with eight different receivers on Sunday night, including the big three—Travis Kelce had five catches for 95 yards, Sammy Watkins had four catches for 74 yards and Tyreek Hill had seven catches for 68 yards. Hill had the trio’s only touchdown on the evening during the same drive in which he dropped a wide-open touchdown pass. It was the 20th receiving touchdown of his three-year career.Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsAfter a slow start to the season, Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt recorded his fourth game in a row of 80 rushing yards or more. Hunt had 86 rushing yards on the night, as well as a 2-yard rushing touchdown. Through the air, Hunt had five catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns. The three touchdowns make 20 touchdowns in Hunt’s two-year career. Hunt has tapped back into the kind of elusiveness we grew to expect stemming from his rookie season. Hunt has 13 career games with 100 yards from scrimmage or more in 23 total tries.Also, Chiefs fans weren’t the only ones who noticed his ridiculous hurdle:Tight end Demetrius Harris has Mahomes’ other touchdown with his only catch of the game.The offensive line tandem of center Jordan Devey and right guard Andrew Wylie is especially noteworthy. Based upon our first look, Geno Atkins was kept in check on the duo’s first full night together. The game marked Wylie’s first career start.Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsChiefs fans will have trouble admitting, but defensive coordinator Bob Sutton deserves a lot of credit for the gameplan he put together against the Bengals.This comments came through from wide receiver AJ Green after the game:“They didn’t play a lot of press. I think they had drive where I had a couple of catches where they would be pressing me and bailing and then a lot of two-manning on my side. They switched up some things that we didn’t see on film...They played a lot of two-man. They didn’t show that on film during their previous games. So they played a lot of two-man and they didn’t bail that much on film, and they bailed a lot on me.”Green was the Bengals’ only effective offensive player—he had seven catches for 117 yards in the losing effort.Linebacker Dee Ford continues to be the Chiefs’ best defensive player. Ford sacked Andy Dalton for the fifth sack of his career, and Dalton fumbled on the play but managed to recover the football. Chris Jones also had a nice sack on the evening.Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsChiefs safety Ron Parker picked off Dalton for his first touchdown in his eight-year career. It was the second interception of the season and the 11th for his career. The interception score gave the Chiefs a 38-7 lead with 11 minutes to go in the third quarter and pretty much sealed the game. The Chiefs hardly looked back after the pick-six.As it turns out, rookie linebacker Dorian O’Daniel really does exist. O’Daniel recorded his first career tackle (and tackle for loss) in the third quarter, and he finished with four solo tackles. Watch O’Daniel’s tackle of Bengals running back Joe Mixon here:Thunderous.I liked that it seemed like Reggie Ragland and Anthony Hitchens turned it on in this game, recording three tackles apiece. The Bengals were behind most of the game so they had to throw the ball quite a bit, but the explosive Mixon was held to just 50 rushing yards on 13 carries partly thanks to the effort of Ragland and Hitchens. I have begun to think that Ragland is just starting to get healthy as the Chiefs approach their eighth game of the season.As promised, no losers tonight. Except for maybe these guys.
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Colts Divisional Foes: AFC South Roundup With the Colts’ opening day matchup against the Bengals coming on Sunday White J'Marcus Webb Jersey , it made sense to have a look around the AFC South to get a look at what our divisional foes will be facing in the first four weeks of the season, and how they stack up. Let’s get to it.Tennessee TitansJim Brown-USA TODAY SportsI don’t know what to think about the Titans. For two seasons I’ve predicted that they would be the best team in the AFC South. They seem perched on the edge of relevance, but it took the abysmal performances of the Texans and Colts, as well as a fairly easy schedule to get them to a 9-7 record and a playoff berth. They’ll face a much tougher schedule this season and they cannot afford to falter early. After their week one road trip to Miami, they’ll come home to face Houston, before traveling to Jacksonville. They’ll end the first quarter of the season at home against the defending Super Bowl Champion Eagles. It is very conceivable that they could finish that stretch 1-3 and 2 games back in the division, which would make a tough climb for a pretty balanced, but ultimately unspectacular team.That fast start will be made even tougher by the fact that they have had several valuable contributors to the team, right tackle Jack Conklin, linebacker Brian Orakpo, and rookie first round pick Rashaan Evans, miss all or much of the preseason with injuries. They’ll need to hit the ground running, and injuries can significantly complicate that effort.Houston TexansShanna Lockwood-USA TODAY SportsThe Houston Texans are my pick to win the division. This is a team that was absolutely decimated by injuries last season, and has gotten a lot of serious players back in the offseason. J.J. Watt is back and healthy, and that counts for a lot. We are due for him to stick around for a little bit, and as much as I want to beat the Texans, watching Watt disrupt whole games on his own was really enjoyable, so I’d love to see one more season of him at his peak. Just not against the Colts. Whitney Mercilus is also back Youth Malik Hooker Jersey , and putting these guys up front to get after the passer means this is a scary defense.Perhaps most importantly for their team, second year passer Deshaun Watson looks to be fully back from his ACL tear. Watson is an electrifying player with game-changing ability, and although he found himself on the right side of a lot of possible turnover situations last season, and benefited from more than a little good fortune with some of his errant throws, overall he showed himself a dangerous playmaker who takes this team and offense to another level.The first quarter of the season looks like one that the Texans can be successful in. They’ll travel to Foxboro for their season opener against New England, and the head to face the Titans in Nashville, before a home game against the Giants. They’ll finish off the first quarter in Indianapolis against the Colts. They will likely be favored in all these games with the exception of the game against New England. However, getting wins against the Titans and Colts would give them a two-game lift in the division. If they could get out of this stretch 3-1 they would be thrilled.Jacksonville JaguarsDouglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsThe Jaguars are certainly a very talented team on the defensive side of the ball. They have got the football cognoscenti firmly behind them as a team that is right in their Super Bowl window and should be equipped to beat just about anyone they face.However, there are several questions that I have about this team that lead me to believe this won’t be quite the year many are expecting for the Jaguars.First, how do they plan to score points? The problem with this team is that they don’t have any real threats in the passing game. The loss of Marquis Lee was a big blow to a thin wide receiver corps, and Blake Bortles is not going to do all that well if he is throwing to All-Pro’s, let alone just a bunch of guys. Leonard Fournette cannot be the only offensive weapon on this team, and I am not sure they have any other reliable ones.Second, this is a team that stayed relatively healthy in the 2017 season. They didn’t lose key players to injury and they didn’t get killed by mistakes from their quarterback. With Watson and Luck both healthy in their division, the chances are high that they’ll find themselves in at least a couple shootouts, which bodes ill for Blake Bortles. You can only hide your quarterback for so long, and expecting another such injury free season for the defense is naive. It is too much to ask your defense to have another performance like 2017, but that is what it will take for this team to win games.The good news for them is that the first month is relatively winnable. They have a road game against the Giants before coming home for three straight against the Patriots Youth T.Y. Hilton Jersey , Titans, and Jets. Realistically, there is no reason they can’t come away with 4 wins here and start their season undefeated, but reason tells me they’re likely to lose at least one. Still, a 3-1 start would be something they could be pretty pleased with, so long as the Titans weren’t their one loss. The Seahawks added veteran linebacker Erik Walden on Friday and terminated the contract of defensive end Marcus Smith.Smith spent 2017 with Seattle and re-signed with the team this offseason on a one-year deal. However, the former Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick had missed the last few days of practice due to a personal matter and the Seahawks released him so he could tend to those issues."Really, there were some personal reasons that came into it," head coach Pete Carroll said. "He has been a great kid in the program and all, and all things considered, that's as far as I'm going with it. It was the right thing to do, and he understood and he agreed with it."Smith spent all of last season at defensive end for Seattle, but has been used as a strong-side linebacker in training camp.Walden, 32, is a 10-year veteran who spent last season with the Tennessee Titans and the previous four years with the Indianapolis Colts. He had a career-high 11 sacks in 2016 before serving in a mostly rotational role last year with the Titans.The team also signed running back Justin Stockton and waived cornerback Elijah Battle.Stockton adds depth at running back as Rashaad Penny recovers from surgery to repair a broken finger and Gerald Holmes sits out due to a concussion.
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Nathan Peterman is getting another chance.According to Ryan Talbot of Womens Jason Croom Jersey , the former Bills starter is getting a workout with the Broncos.That’s amazing on its face, since Peterman may actually be the worst starting quarterback in league history.That’s not a personal slight, he is by all accounts a fine human being and teammate. He was just very bad at his job.In eight career games (four starts), Peterman had three touchdowns and 12 interceptions, including the five-pick outburst in his starting debut.That game came when the Bills decided to bench the utterly capable Tyrod Taylor, who needless to say got his job back and ended up helping the Bills snap a 17-year playoff drought. When the Bills let Taylor walk and made a deal to draft Josh Allen in the first round this year , they yet again gave Peterman the starting job, and he responded by going 5-of-18 for 24 yards and two interceptions in the opener.The Bills eventually had to pull the plug, unable to look at the rest of their roster with a straight face.According to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic, Peterman will be part of the Broncos large cattle-call workouts, with an eye toward signing players to futures contracts for next season.In a sense, it’s good that he’s getting another chance Authentic Tremaine Edmunds Jersey , everyone deserves some opportunity for redemption. And given the beataing he’s taken, you can’t help but root for Peterman to change the storyline about his career.But it remains interesting that the Broncos would be the one giving it to him, when they’ve turned their back on actual talented quarterbacks in the past.Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns: Third string live blog & open thread After an up-and-down first half of preseason action, the Buffalo Bills find themselves leading 13-7 as the third-string players take to the field against the Cleveland Browns. In the first quarter, AJ McCarron couldn't move the first team offense, and despite only surrendering a single touchdown Authentic Kelvin Benjamin Jersey , the starting Bills defense was gashed on the ground. Offensively, the Bills did not earn a first down until 10:59 in the second quarter. After coming in early in that same quarter, Josh Allen immediately provided a spark, marching the team right down the field and completing a pretty pass to Rod Streater for a touchdown. Then, after a great punt return by Marcus Murphy, Allen successfully commanded the two-minute offense in a drive that resulted in a field goal. Allen again led the team into field goal range after halftime. Allen finished 9-of-13 for 60 yards and the aforementioned touchdown pass Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey , and Bills fans have to be impressed with his second preseason performance.Allen’s night aside, this half will be very important for Nathan Peterman, as AJ McCarron had a brief but subpar start to the game. Peterman has an opportunity to create some separation in the ongoing quarterback competition. His performance in last week’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers was almost flawless, but how will he perform playing with the third-string receivers and linemen? Keep it locked here as we watch and find out.
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Cheese Curds Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey , 10/3: Can practice time get Rodgers & Packers offense back on track? We’re midway through the week, giving us a few days worth of time to reflect back on the comments made by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers regarding the team’s 22-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills. There still is little clarity on whether a rift truly exists between him and head coach Mike McCarthy, but it’s certainly clear that Rodgers was frustrated by the team’s lack of success on offense recently.Part of the problem on Sunday was Rodgers himself, however, as he missed a handful of throws that he would typically make. A 22-for-40 day is pretty poor by Rodgers’ standards, and represents his lowest completion percentage over a full game in about two years (since a 23-for-45 day against the Giants in 2016). Drops were certainly a factor again Authentic Josh Jackson Jersey , but these may be two symptoms of a single cause.That possible cause is Rodgers’ lack of practice time since injuring his knee in week one. Yes, Rodgers did practice on Thursday last week, but that was the first non-Saturday practice he has participated in over the past few weeks. With the team returning to the practice field today, hopefully Rodgers will be able to work on a Wednesday as well to help ensure that his chemistry with his receivers gets back on track.Aaron Rodgers brings Green Bay Packers’ offensives issues to forefront - ESPNRodgers is a competitor, but with comments like “no flow to the game” and saying that Davante Adams didn’t get more targets because “it’s by the plan,” it’s clear that he’s unhappy about some of the offense’s overall direction.How Packers can resolve Rodgers' dispute with McCarthy | Packersnews.comTom Silverstein makes the case that it's on Mark Murphy to bring Rodgers and McCarthy into his office to sit down , air out their differences, and move on. Agree or disagree?First NFL start was ‘growing process’ for Marquez Valdes-Scantling | Packers.comMVS had a few rookie mistakes -- most notably not coming back for the football on a near-interception -- but he flashed with his speed on a 38-yard go route and got valuable live reps all day on Sunday.Patricia doesn't plan to increase RB Johnson's reps - NFL.comNext Sunday's opponent, the Lions, are dealing with their own running back issues and like Mike McCarthy, Matt Patricia refuses to fully commit to his best back in the near future.David Bakhtiari quietly putting together another All-Pro season | Packers WireWe jut can't say enough about how great Bakhtiari is, particularly as a pass-blocker. This year Womens Tramon Williams Jersey , he's exceeding the level of play from the past two years that got him second-team All-Pro honors.Zoo forced to use plastic penguins after nationwide shortage | Metro NewsTelford Exotic Zoo in Shropshire just invested 60,000 pounds in a new penguin shelter, but because of an outbreak of avian malaria, there are no penguins in the UK to fill the space.Packers-Titans: Jermaine Whitehead leaves game with back injury Vying for a 53-man roster spot at a safety position already seeking extra depth, Jermaine Whitehead was sidelined during the second quarter of the Green Bay Packers’ exhibition opener with a back injury against the Tennessee Titans. He is listed as questionable to return.Without long-time veteran Morgan Burnett in 2018, Green Bay was already stricken by the injury bug early in camp when Kentrell Brice suffered an ankle injury. In his second season with the Packers Womens Jimmy Graham Jersey , Whitehead was next in line for a role at safety and had a strong showing in the Packers’ annual Family Night practice with several successful blitzes from the slot. His versatility as a dime cornerback in training camp certainly could help win Whitehead a spot on the active roster with Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Josh Jones, and Brice in position to earn 53-man spots.Whitehead was the lone Packers injury reported during an otherwise healthy first half of preseason action on Thursday night. A back injury could mean a variety of possibilities and, while there will be updates to come, it would not appear the injury is too serious. Whitehead likely will sit out the rest of the game for precautionary reasons.Stay tuned to Acme Packing Company for any further injury updates.
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There comes a time in every person’s life where they have to let go of something they love; a toxic friendship , a beloved pet, or a pair of Super Mario sneakers that lit up with every step you took that you wore every day even though they were 3 sizes too small but you didn’t care and curled your toes up and walked on blisters just to look cool to your third grade peers. Trust me, those shoes were amazing. In Aaron Rodgers’ case, it’s time for him to let go of the football.I’m not saying he needs to let go of football the sport and retire, but to instead get the ball out of his hands on time.Aaron Rodgers is an all-time great quarterback, and part of what makes him special is his ability to navigate the pocket and extend the length of passing plays which can lead to more open receivers downfield.On the flip side of that same coin, it gets him sacked a lot.With the knee injury that he suffered in week 1, Rodgers has a severely limited ability to escape initial pressure but he still chooses, at times, to hold on to the ball too long.Compounding this issue is a lack of aggressiveness from Rodgers throwing the ball into tight windows. In 2016, Rodgers ranked 32nd out of 39 eligible quarterbacks in NFL Next Gen Stats’ Aggressiveness %.In 2017, he was 35th out of 41 (Brett Hundley was 40th).So far through four weeks in 2018, he’s 36th out of 37.Of course a lot of factors go into this, but it is one indicator of the problem.The unwillingness to throw into tight windows hasn’t drastically hindered the offense; part of this is because Rodgers is very good at finding the open receiver on any given play, and part of this is because even when receivers are covered, Rodgers’ ball placement makes the catches easier for his receivers.But, as Rodgers stated himself after their week four win against the Buffalo Bills, the offense hasn’t had much rhythm and has generally left opportunities missed.If you’re having trouble picturing what I’m talking about Color Rush Jimmy Graham Jersey , well, you’re in luck. I’m going to go week by week and show you examples of where Rodgers should have pulled the trigger and, for reasons unknown, left a play on the table. Important caveat: Rodgers is still the best in the world and can do things that no one else on this earth can do with a football, so please do not misconstrue my words into thinking Tim Boyle should be our starter - this is merely a collection of missed opportunities so far in 2018.Why not start at one of the best football games in recent history?While Rodgers played brilliantly in the second half in week one against Chicago, a lack of trust was already beginning to develop.Down 17 with 1:32 to go in the third quarter, Rodgers inexplicably looked off two open receivers in the middle of the field and ended up with an intentional grounding.Perhaps he was trying to pad his stats, as he got the yardage back as well as a first down on the very next play, but it was a head scratcher.Here’s the behind angle:Both Adams and Graham, the only two receivers in which Rodgers is looking, are both open (Graham more so than Adams).If the ball comes out on time, this is an easy reception.This habit carried into the second game against Minnesota.In the first quarter, Green Bay runs a clearout for Adams off of play-action.As soon as Adams makes his break inside he throttles down a bit, as he recognizes there is a middle linebacker 12 yards in front of him.The linebacker doesn’t see him and continues to backpedal, and Adams has nobody particularly close to him.Nope. Rodgers holds on to the ball and has to throw a dumpoff pass to Montgomery that falls incomplete.When Rogers is at the end of his drop, This is what he’s looking at (that’s Adams in the top left corner):Lay the ball between each linebacker and it’s 10+ yards.Here, again against Minnesota, Rodgers has his eyes on Geronimo Allison.This one isn’t as egregious; Allison has three defenders who are all about three yards away from him Youth Mike Daniels Jersey , but this is still a throw Aaron Rodgers can, and has in the past, made.Harrison Smith eventually covers up Allison well, but there’s a window at the top of Rodgers’ drop to deliver this ball.If the throw is to Allison’s body, and not out in front of him, the only way Smith makes a play on the ball is to go through Allison.Allison either draws a DPI if Smith is there too soon, or he makes a catch and absorbs a hit.If you want to avoid Allison getting hit, throw it to his back shoulder which makes him stop running or throw it in the dirt at his feet and the play is done - just don’t hold on to the ball and absorb a sack.The week three game against Washington had more missed connections than the classified ads of Craigslist.Rodgers wasn’t seeing the field well at all, and when it appeared he did see his receivers, he was unwilling to sling it.On Green Bay’s first offensive snap, Rodgers looks off the safety in the middle of the field and Davante Adams beats his guy.This is a typically routine pickup for a healthy, confident Rodgers.Instead, after missing Adams and not pulling the trigger on a pass to a crossing Allison, Rodgers reverts to sandlot football and throws an incompletion.The misses and hesitations continued throughout the afternoon.Jimmy Graham in the red zone (or Aaron Jones underneath).Graham in the red zone again.Randall Cobb over the middle in the fourth quarter for a likely TD.And, a personal favorite of mine, the double look-off that came in the fourth quarter:Think he was looking somewhere else? Look again:What else do you want as a receiver? Jimmy Graham is a guaranteed two yards at the very least.Aaron Jones, three yards.Rodgers had his eye on both of them and didn’t throw the football.While you needed five for a first down, it was only second down; instead Color Rush Geronimo Allison Jersey , a throwaway on second down keeps you at 3rd & 5 without even giving your playmakers an opportunity to do something more.The problems in the Buffalo game were less of a ‘Rodgers not letting go of the football’ problem, and more of a ‘scheming for our best playmakers’ problem (and “problem” is relative, as the score was 22-0), but the hesitations still popped up every now and then.Rodgers held off on a throw to Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the endzone instead opting to comeback to Ty Montgomery, and, despite routinely beating the Buffalo cornerbacks on curl routes during the game, deciding not to throw a pass to either Graham or Davante Adams. Both of those plays were during the first quarter and as the game progressed Rodgers did seem more comfortable to sling the ball in tighter windows, but it wasn’t enough to buck a concerning trend.Again, this isn’t to say that we need to re-evaluate the quarterback position in Green Bay.Rodgers is still tremendous, but the offense is running at less than 100% and this tendency is one of the reasons why. When the Green Bay Packers take the field on Sunday, they will do so against a Los Angeles Rams defense that ranks 10th overall in DVOA. However, that ranking was recently boosted by a big game against a bad offense — the San Francisco 49ers — as the team ranked 17th just a week prior.In other words, we’re not entirely sure just yet what that defense is. But one thing is certain: it has the most disruptive interior pass-rusher in all of football. Aaron Donald is a beast, who beat the 49ers offensive line up and down the field last Sunday. His eight sacks are tied for the league lead across all positions, and he has taken to his role as a 3-technique rusher in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense with alacrity, winning Defensive Player of the Year honors last season.So what do you do about Donald? One answer is to keep the game close and run the football. The Rams rank just 24th in rushing DVOA, but they have the second-fewest rushing attempts against on defense in the league. That means that although teams are successful running the football, they can’t do it often because they’re down big early on.If the Packers’ run game can get going early Color Rush Antonio Morrison Jersey , they have a good chance of keeping up with Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, and the rest of the Rams’ offense. If not, Donald will be harassing Aaron Rodgers all day long.Aaron Rodgers explains Packers’ need for situational, red zone improvement | Packers WirePart of the Packers' struggles have been due to slow starts on both sides of the ball getting the team in a hole. Part of it is the team's struggles on first downs. And all of that leads to third-and-longs, which are no good at all.4 plays that show Rams DL Aaron Donald is too good for words - SBNation.comNote to the Packers' offensive line: BLOCK AARON DONALD ... if you can. His four sacks on Sunday against the 49ers demonstrate how he can take over a game if you have to throw the football too much.Packers plotting how to keep Rams’ Aaron Donald from disrupting offense | Packersnews.comThe Packers and Rams last played each other in 2015, Donald’s second season, and Green Bay was able to keep him off Rodgers as he had no sacks and just three tackles. He’s a different player in a different scheme now, though, and all eight of his sacks have come over the last four games.Week 8 Trade Calls: Go get David Johnson - NFL.comHere's a quick fantasy trade guide for this week. Johnson has been an inconsistent mess in fantasy this year, thanks in large part to former OC Mike McCoy. But with McCoy gone and Byron Leftwich now calling plays, that could change over the remainder of the year.Pregnant wife performs CPR on husband suffering cardiac arrest, then gives birth - ABC NewsGive this woman an award or something, because this is just incredible.
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Buffalo Bills fantasy football opponent preview White Jerry Hughes Jersey , week 5: Taywan Taylor time The Tennessee Titans travel to Orchard Park this week to take on a Buffalo Bills team coming off a bad loss last Sunday. The Titans are coming off a big overtime win, and at 3-1 overall, they are one of the surprisingly strong teams of the early season.With a lopsided matchup on paper, the Titans will definitely be popular plays this week in fantasy football. Buffalo is a tough home draw , but there are certainly players from the Titans’ roster worth starting this week.Titans D/STOne week after the Green Bay Packers defense scored the most points of any D/ST in fantasy football, the Titans’ stop unit will definitely be a popular pickup on most fantasy football waiver wires. Green Bay gave teams a solid blueprint to disrupting Josh Allen—bring lots of pressure—and the Bills abandoned the run far too early. If the Titans can pressure Allen and score some points early, then Sunday might yield a similar result.WR Taywan TaylorAfter the release of veteran Rishard Matthews, Taylor was bound to see an uptick in targets. He had 10 targets combined in the first three games of the season , but in the fourth week, he saw 9 targets. He caught 7 passes for 77 yards in the victory. Buffalo has allowed a lot of points to the receiver that Tre’Davious White isn’t covering, and that trend should continue this week.QB Marcus MariotaTennessee’s signal caller had a resurgent game last week, throwing for 330 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Titans’ overtime victory. He scored 31.4 fantasy points on the week. While he might not see the same level of success this week against Buffalo , a more level day of around 20 points is not out of the question for Mariota.Buffalo Bills add eight recent cuts to practice squad The NFL’s waiver claim period ends at noon Eastern on Sunday and even before that deadline, teams have been negotiating with potential youngsters for spots on the practice squad. The Buffalo Bills and every other NFL team are able to hire ten players for the taxi squad. Buffalo announced eight signings before 3:30 p.m. Eastern and all of them are former Bills, leaving two spots open for now. Keep in mind, Buffalo could end up swapping out players on this list again as the second day of waiver wire comes and goes after the first wave of roster claims today. If they see someone they like hit the market , they could be on the practice squad after noon on Monday.Here is the first list of eight names, and again all of them were released over the weekend during roster cutdowns:OT Gerhard de BeerRB Keith FordDE Mike LoveS Dean MarloweWR Cam PhillipsLB Corey ThompsonCB Levi WallaceOT De’Ondre WesleyRules for the practice squadBills eligible for the practice squad
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An off-the-air racial slur prompted the immediate retirement of longtime Indianapolis Colts radio voice Bob Lamey last weekend Cheap T.Y. Hilton Jersey , team officials and Lamey's attorney confirmed Wednesday.Local attorney James Voyles issued a statement acknowledging the 80-year-old Lamey used "inappropriate" language during a conversation with a friend at a local radio station and apologized immediately."Bob does want to acknowledge that while repeating a story while off-the-air last week to a friend at a local radio station, he used an inappropriate word that had been used in the story," Voyles' statement read. "Bob immediately apologized to the people involved for the comment and would hope that this error in judgment would not tarnish his long-held reputation in the sports community where he has been known as an accurate and passionate reporter."A report on a local television's station website, WTHR, claimed an employee at Emmis Communications heard the comment and reported it to the radio station's human resources department, which then contacted the Colts.It's not the first time Lamey's words have caused controversy. But what happened last week the Colts found intolerable. The announcement of Lamey's retirement after 31 years with the Colts came Sunday.He was replaced on Monday night's radio broadcast by Matt Taylor.Initially, the Colts attempted to paint his departure as the celebration of a Hall of Fame broadcasting career that spanned five decades. But after word leaked about the conversation and Voyles issued his public statement Wednesday morning, the Colts immediately took a different tack."In regards to Bob Lamey ... first and foremost, the Colts deplore and do not tolerate the use of any racial slur — in any context," Colts chief operating officer Pete Ward wrote in an email. "Bob has had a long and storied history in our community, but he made a serious mistake. The Colts are deeply disappointed the incident took place and offer our sincerest regrets to all who were impacted by Bob's lapse in judgment."Ward went on to say that the Colts only decided to comment after Lamey made his account.Previously, there had been praise for Lamey as his retirement was announced on the weekend."Bob Lamey is a legend and icon," Colts owner Jim Irsay said in Sunday's release. "(His) name is synonymous with Indianapolis Colts football."Former players weighed in, too , as Lamey said simply "it's time" to retire.Players such as former punter Pat McAfee and right tackle Ryan Diem immediately weighed in on Twitter to praise Lamey. Reggie Wayne, the Colts' second-leading receiver all-time, told local news station Fox 59 that Lamey was "the absolute best."Lamey's previous outbursts included use of an expletive during a broadcast at the end of a Colts loss to the San Diego Chargers in September 2016. The next day he apologized to fans on the air and asked for their forgiveness.He came close to uttering the same word during Indy's come-from-behind win over New England in the 2006 AFC championship game after running back Dominic Rhodes lost the ball near the goal line."He fumbled the freakin' football," Lamey said before realizing teammate Jeff Saturday recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.There was another off-the-air outburst in December 2010 when Peyton Manning threw four interceptions in a loss to Dallas. Lamey privately questioned whether the NFL had "figured out" Manning and contemplated whether he should be benched in favor of backup Curtis Painter.But his most recent comments were too much for the Colts."Bob publicly acknowledged that last week he repeated an inappropriate word when telling a story," Ward wrote. "He immediately apologized to the people who heard him use the word, and then promptly retired as the Colts play-by-play announcer."Lamey served in that capacity for 31 seasons, from 1984-91 and again from 1995-2017 and was a fixture on local airwaves since the mid-1970s.He broadcast games for the city's hockey team, the WHA's Racers, from 1974-77 — finishing those duties just before Wayne Gretzky joined the team. He served as the play-by-play man for the Indiana Pacers from 1977-84, and he also was part of the Indianapolis 500's radio broadcast team for years.For 23 years, Lamey served as the sports director for WIBC radio, and in 2008, Lamey was inducted into the Indiana Sports Broadcasters and Writers Hall of Fame in 2008.Taylor, who has done sideline and studio work for the team , had taken over as the Colts' play-by-play voice on the preseason broadcasts. Greg Rakestraw, another local radio announcer, will replace Taylor in the television booth. The Baltimore Ravens spoiled Andrew Luck's Indianapolis homecoming.They picked him off before allowing a completion, and Terrell Suggs nearly chopped the ball out of Luck's hands on a sack. The Ravens then secured a 20-19 preseason win over the Colts by stopping a late 2-point conversion run.Luck was just OK in his first home start since Jan. 1, 2017. But he did receive a roaring ovation from the crowd when he took the field, led the Colts to one score and apparently emerged unscathed after going down twice on sacks."Not too sharp, certainly red-zone turnovers are a negative, missed a couple of throws I'd like to hit," he said. "And I didn't feel like we, as an offense, got into any semblance of a sustained rhythm."Expectations were high following a solid start in Seattle.This time, the Colts (1-1) looked sloppy.Luck missed his first three throws, the third winding up in the hands of Ravens safety Anthony Levine Jr. Luck rebounded to finish 6 of 13 for 50 yards and set up 45-year-old Adam Vinatieri for a 57-yard field before leaving in the second quarter.If Luck had his way, he might have played longer. But first-year coach Frank Reich wasn't taking any chances with Luck's surgically repaired arm."We just never found a rhythm for him and some of his balls were not his best balls Clayton Geathers Jersey ," he said. "But I still have a lot of confidence we're headed in the right direction."Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens looked better.Flacco went 7 of 9 for 72 yards and one touchdown. Jackson then showed flashes of what helped him win the 2016 Heisman Trophy.Jackson was 7 of 15 for 49 yards and a TD and carried four times for 26 yards before giving way to another Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, in the fourth quarter.Indy still had a chance at the end after Tarell Basham recovered a fumble at the Ravens 9. Five plays later, Phillip Walker threw a 9-yard TD pass to Zach Pascal with 2:24 left. But the Ravens (3-0) stopped Walker on the 2-point try, recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock."Happy to get the win," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We did a lot of things that weren't winning football, especially in the second half."The Ravens made it tough on Indy all night.They stopped Indy twice in the red zone and nearly had a third when Jordan Wilkins fumbled the ball into the end zone, where it bounced right into the hands of receiver Chester Rogers.Flacco gave the Ravens a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter when he hooked up with John Brown on a 7-yard score, and Jackson's masterful hurry-up drive at the end of the first half ended with Justin Tucker's 38-yard field goal with 2 seconds left.When Colts rookie Nyheim Hines fumbled away the opening kickoff of the second half, Jackson hooked up with Chris Moore on a 7-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.STAYING CALMSaturday's joint practice between the teams was marred by two skirmishes, one which resulted in both teams running from the sideline to the middle of the field.Though the officials called 21 penalties, including five that went for at least 15 yards, there were no such incidents Monday after Reich publicly criticized his team for being undisciplined in practice.NATIONAL ANTHEMThere were no protests by either team during the national anthem.During pregame warmups Cheap Ryan Kelly Jersey , Colts players donned T-shirts promoting their new message "Breaking Barriers," a community effort team officials and players hope will promote equality and justice for everyone while unlocking more opportunities for those who don't always get them.Players want to create more dialogue within the community, inspire local citizens to become leaders and fund community initiatives such as the team's newly established Social Justice Club Fund. The Colts also plan to award grants from the Players Action Fund, which was boosted by a $100,000 donation from team owner Jim Irsay when it formed last year.INJURIESRavens: Right guard Marshal Yanda and cornerback Jimmy Smith did not play. Rookie Orlando Brown Jr. made the start on the offensive line. But the Ravens did not announce any significant injuries during the game.Colts: Indy played without receiver T.Y. Hilton (shoulder), running back Marlon Mack (hamstring), left tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) and safety Malik Hooker (knee) — all projected starters. They lost another back, Josh Ferguson (groin), in the first half. Starting safety Clayton Geathers saw his first game action since undergoing offseason knee injury.UP NEXTRavens: Visit Miami on Saturday,Colts: Host Seattle on Saturday.
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Each practice day Authentic nthony Hitchens Jersey , the Kansas City Chiefs will release an official injury report leading up to the next game. The Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals this week at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday Night Football.Here is the Chiefs’ final injury report with official designations headed into the game:BengalsSome notesAs expected, safety Eric Berry outside linebacker Justin Houston are doubtful. Center Mitch Morse has been ruled out, meaning Jordan Devey will likely start in his place.Outside linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon and safety Eric Murray are questionable. Murray seems more likely to play than Kpassagnon since he practiced fully all week, while Kpassagnon was limited on Friday. Five players have already been ruled out for the Bengals, including running back Giovani Bernard, cornerback Darqueze Dennard and rookie center Billy Price. Dennard’s sternoclavicular injury happened last week.We had questions about Bengals safety Shawn Williams, but he seems to be coming along, having practiced limitedly on Thursday and fully on Friday. I’d bet that despite being questionable Youth Kendall Fuller Jersey , Williams plays for Cincinnati this week. Never miss an episode of chiefStats by subscribing to our YouTube channel here.Welcome back to chiefStats, the place where we cover five statistical topics regarding the Chiefs upcoming game.Last week, we talked about what happens to teams playing their first game with an interim coach. We learned the first game for an interim coach typically is a blowout (by either team), and that’s exactly what the Chiefs did to the Browns last week.This week the Chiefs are facing the Cardinals, and here is their overview:1. Chiefs defense has to improveEvery Chiefs fan wants the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl, and that’s why I’m choosing to focus on defensive improvement through the season.In the past 10 seasons, the majority of teams who have won the Super Bowl have had a top-10 defense.Super Bowl Winning DefensesYearTeamDefensive PPG RankYearTeamDefensive PPG RankObviously, the Chiefs have a great offense and they may not necessarily need the best defense in the NFL to win a Super Bowl in 2018.However , it will only help the Chiefs chances of going the distance if they can continue to improve on the defensive side of the ball.The Chiefs defense currently has allowed the 19th most points per game (25.1). We want to watch that ranking drop, and we want to watch the Chiefs defense continuously allow fewer and fewer points over the course of the season.Let’s see how the defense is progressing thus far:As the season has progressed, the Chiefs defense has consistently improved — except for games against the Steelers and Patriots which is pretty understandable.This is exactly the kind of improvement we need to see from the Chiefs defense if they are to maximize their chances of making a deep run in the playoffs.Fortunately for the Chiefs, the Cardinals offense should give them an opportunity to continue their improvement.2. Cardinals offense is offensiveLike the title suggests, the Cardinals offense is not having a good year. Here are a list of items in which the Cardinals offense is ranked in the bottom five of the league:31st - yards/play (4.3)32nd - first downs (110)31st - passing yards/game (165.8)31st - TD% (2.8)29th - INT% (4.0)31st - yards/pass attempt (5.9)32nd - yards/rush attempt (3.4)As you can see the Cardinals have been very, very poor offensively so far in 2018. This is borne out even further when you look at the Cardinals’ offensive efficiency metrics (taken from Bill Connelly’s advanced stats guide).If the Chiefs defense gives up a ton of points to this Cardinals offense, I will be incredibly disappointed, and the Chiefs will have lost a great opportunity to continue to build momentum on the defensive side of the ball.3. Checking in on Josh RosenSometimes Dee Ford Jersey , when teams with a young quarterback struggle, it’s not necessarily all on the quarterback — think the Colts.So far in 2018, Rosen is responsible for the following stats (keep in mind I didn’t include the game where Rosen came in for an injured Sam Bradford):55.6 Cmp%207.2 yards/start1 TD/start1 INT/start69.9 passer ratingThe only quarterbacks with a worse rating so far in 2018 are Sam Darnold (68.3) and Josh Allen (61.8). Needless to say, Rosen is part of the problem on the Cardinals offense and I doubt he’ll like playing in Arrowhead for the first time.4. Defense - not a problemThe Cardinals defense has not been as much of a problem for them this season. Below is a defensive overview for the Cardinals:8th - yards/play (5.3)16th - Takeaways (12)7th - first downs allowed (95)16th - yards/pass attempt (7.5)12th - passer rating allowed (91.2)7th - pass yards/game (224.6)15th - yards/rush attempt (4.3)17th - points/game allowed (24.9)I’d describe the Cardinals defense as slightly above average, particularly in the important yards-per-play stat.I think the Cardinals would likely give up fewer points per game if their offense was capable of putting together more drives. It looks to me as though the Cardinals defense is better than their points-per-game totals would suggest—the issue is an offensive unit that doesn’t give much relief to their defense.Complimentary team football is huge in the NFL, and it looks like the Cardinals offense is bringing their defense down too. That’s bad.5. Cardinals pass rushLooking at the numbers, the Cardinals front seven is their clear strength — particularly their pass rush.So far on the season the Cardinals have the fifth-highest defensive sack percentage in the NFL (8.4).On the other side of the ball, the Chiefs come into the game with the fourth-best sack percentage allowed (3.6).So for this game Authentic Mitch Morse Jersey , the Cardinals’ strength will be going against one of the many Chiefs strengths. One of the goals for the Chiefs offense will be to keep Patrick Mahomes off the ground.Chandler Jones leads the Cardinals in sacks with 6.5 on the season. Interestingly enough, no one else on the Cardinals defense has more than two sacks on the year. Essentially, the Cardinals have a number of guys who can rush the passer, but they also aren’t going to dominate the game.Mahomes’ ability to maneuver in the pocket could be a big deal on Sunday. I’m looking forward to it!
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The latestPatrick Mahomes Talks Tyreek Hill Youth Chris Conley Jersey , Tom Brady and His Voice | Fox Sports2018 NFL MVP Odds: Patrick Mahomes Remains Favorite Ahead of Todd Gurley, More | Bleacher ReportEven with perpetual offensive line changes, Chiefs don’t expect to miss a beat | Kansas City StarFatal flaws that could sink Jags, Chiefs and six others | NFLChiefs coach Andy Reid cool with TD parties ‘as long as they stay within the rules’ | Kansas City StarStart ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 8: Defenses | NFLNFL finalizes Saturday schedule for 2018: Find out which teams have been flexed | CBS Sports2018 NFL trade deadline: One move for each AFC team to make | NFLAround the league5 NFL players who should be traded for their own good | SB NationPatrick Peterson aims to be with Cardinals ‘for years’ | NFL2018 NFL Trade Deadline: Ten trades contenders should make for a Super Bowl, playoff run | CBS SportsChad Kelly released by Broncos day after arrest | NFLAmari Cooper thrilled to get ‘fresh start’ with Cowboys | NFLEagles’ Malcolm Jenkins: Jaguars prove Colin Kaepernick deserves job as NFL QB | USA TodayNFL Makes Seahawks Available To All Comers, But The Line Remains Short | ForbesIn case you missed it at Arrowhead PrideShould the Chiefs trade for Patrick Peterson?Chiefs announce Daniel Sorensen will return to practice...Social Media Information:AP Facebook Page: Click here to like our pageAP Instagram: Follow @ArrowheadPrideAP Twitter: Follow @ArrowheadPrideAP Editor-in-Chief: Pete Sweeney: Follow @pgsween610 Sports Twitter: Follow @610SportsKCThere is one trait the Chiefs look for in all their safeties In a flurry of moves this past week, the Kansas City Chiefs added two safeties to the squad: picking up free agent veteran Ron Parker and trading for Miami Dolphins safety Jordan Lucas. On the surface, the Chiefs are adding some more depth to a concerning position.But it’s much deeper than that.The Chiefs now boast an entire safety group that can play in all three phases that Bob Sutton asks of that position: deep coverage ability, apex/slot defender ability, and box/hook defender ability.It’s no secret that the Chiefs prefer versatile safeties. They’ve specifically targeted them in their acquisitions, even prior to this offseason. It’s why a safety like Tre Boston (a free agent this past offseason) would have been a tough fit into the Chiefs defense. While he could play the deep safety role that is one part of the Chiefs defense, he didn’t have the ability to play the other two phases of the game that Sutton employs.However, after the acquisition of Parker and Lucas, I saw some confusion about the ways these players were deployed. So I took some time to head down to the Nerd Squad Lab White Terrance Smith Jersey , fired up the tape and crafted some examples from last year that show the flexibility and responsibilities that will once again be asked of the safety group in 2018.Let’s take a look.Here’s a prime example of the safeties swapping roles for the 2017 Chiefs. Initially, Daniel Sorensen is in the box opposite the trips side of the New England formation. As the running back is lined up to the same side as the bunch, Sorensen has the play-side B-gap if a run is called out of an RPO. Ron Parker starts off as the deep safety with Eric Berry playing in man against tight end Ron Gronkowski. As the motion man comes across, the safeties shift to account for the balancing of the formation, and this moves Parker into the box as a hook defender/medium sideline zone and moves Sorensen into the deep safety role.Here’s another example of a shift between the two deep safeties, changing their coverage responsibilities on the fly. As the Chiefs are in their 3-4 defense, there are only two safeties on the field this play. It’s a simple thing, having Sorensen spin down to cover the motion tight end while Parker drops deep into coverage—but it’s not something that every team in the NFL does. Knowing that Sorensen can hold his own against the TE and knows the coverage scheme from multiple positions allows the Chiefs to rotate, rather than forcing their safeties to follow.Due to the safeties’ abilities to handle multiple different coverage responsibilities at an NFL level, the Chiefs can make that shift instead of having a linebacker in the zone or a safety chasing the offensive alignment all game. This flexibility allows them to not get caught in poor matchups as easily.In this example, the Chiefs have their 2-3-6 personnel on the field. The Patriots are in a 3x1 alignment, and the Chiefs are showing a split safety look with Parker and Berry. Sorensen is matched up in man coverage against Ron Gronkowski. This means that there is an empty space at the strong side hook. Parker sits at the goal line, then closes on the slant attacking that empty space, making the stop for a short gain. A similar example here, with Sorensen filling the hook role after the snap. This is out of the Chiefs’ 4-2-5 nickel defense with three safeties , and safety Eric Murray is tasked with covering Philadelphia Eagles slot wide receiver Nelson Agholor while linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis is covering the tight end. Parker shifts to the deep safety, and Sorensen comes down into the hook after linebacker Derrick Johnson moves out to cover the running back in the flat.In both these examples, the Chiefs were able to utilize the personnel that was on the field to make a stop against up-tempo offenses. The ability to have a safety fill the hook role, have another safety line up as an apex defender and have a third safety able to play deep is crucial, but having the ability to interchange the three on a whim is invaluable.In conclusionThe Chiefs pass defense has thrived with versatile safeties in Sutton’s tenure in Kansas City, only finishing once outside of the top 13 in DVOA (last year) and only twice outside of the top seven (both years Eric Berry was injured). Berry, Parker, Husain Abdullah and Tyvon Branch have all found success as multi-faceted players from multiple safety positions. Another year of development from Murray, adding Lucas and Armani Watts, and the returning Parker should give the Chiefs’ secondary the desired flexibility on the back end, even with Sorensen starting the season on IR.As NFL offenses find more and more ways to create mismatches by forcing the defense into specific personnel, having a group that can be flexible and play at multiple levels of the defense gives the Chiefs a leg up on more rigid defenses in those scenarios.And if you didn’t know how the Chiefs used their versatile safeties before, you do now.
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Word in May was that the Raiders were impressed by the burst that running back Doug Martin was showing in offseason workouts and he continued to show well enough to make the team out of training camp this summer.Martin hasn’t seen much playing time through the first six weeks of the season Youth Eric Ebron Jersey , but that may be changing. Marshawn Lynch is on injured reserve, which opens up a big role in the offense for Martin to fill if he proves up to the task.The answer to that question has varied over the years as Martin has matched two very good seasons in 2012 and 2015 with four mediocre ones. On Thursday, he was asked how different he is from his best days.“I don’t think he’s different at all Youth J'Marcus Webb Jersey ,” Martin said, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. ” … With injuries and games that I wasn’t able to play in previous years, I’ve still got a lot of miles left on these wheels.”Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington are also on hand at running back for the Raiders. Richard figures to continue in the receiving back role he’s played all season while Martin tries to show he can handle the work that Lynch is leaving behind. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill will return to the Dolphins starting quarterback job against the Colts this weekend Womens Al Woods Jersey , but he stopped short of declaring himself all the way back from the right shoulder injury that’s kept him out for the last five games.Tannehill said that he experienced a setback a few weeks ago when he tried to step up his rehab work, which led to a slowdown until last week. Tannehill threw more and felt more comfortable, although he admitted to still feeling some pain in his shoulder.He said it is at a “tolerable level” and that doctors are confident he won’t do any further damage by playing. Tannehill also said that he’ capable of doing anything that’s asked of him.“I feel really good Womens Clayton Geathers Jersey ,” Tannehill said. “Not quite 100 percent, but I feel confident and have made all the throws I going to need to make over the course of a game.”The Dolphins have lost wide receivers Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant to injured reserve since Tannehill last played a game, so the offense won’t be exactly the same but the 5-5 Dolphins will be hoping that everything clicks right off the bat anyway.
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The Bills had running back LeSean McCoy back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Packers Womens Tramon Williams Jersey , but he didn’t do much more than he did while sitting out against the Vikings in a Week Three win.McCoy, who has been dealing with a rib injury, caught a pass on Buffalo’s first offensive play and ran the ball on their second snap before accruing just six more touches before the 22-0 loss to the Packers was over. The Bills opted to go with Chris Ivory on third-and-1 after McCoy’s opening touches netted nine yards and gave the ball to McCoy once more over their next two possessions.It was 13-0 when the Bills got the ball back again and the deficit would grow to 19 points by the first Buffalo possession of the second half, which would explain a shift away from running the ball. That was the best guess that McCoy could muster when he spoke to reporters after the game.鈥淚 don’t know,鈥?McCoy said, via the Buffalo News. “We were down, I guess, so trying to throw the ball. I’m not sure. I don’t know. I know the plan was to get me the ball. We’ll figure it out. We’ll get it together.”The one game McCoy missed was the only one that saw the Bills put up a competitive effort and he has just 29 touches for the season as a result of playing only in blowout losses. If that doesn’t change, his production against past seasons is going to fall off a cliff in 2018.Packers’ tight ends flashed with “back-to-basics” 12 and 11 offensive packages If anyone felt the impact of the Green Bay Packers’ tight ends in the first half on Thursday night, it was Terrell Edmunds.The Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie safety was no match on a red zone jump ball pass to Jimmy Graham. He later wiffed on a cut from Lance Kendricks after a quick pass in the flat. Chalk it up to rookie mistakes if you will, but the Packers’ offense was rolling and exposing the Steeler defense out of the “11” and especially the “12” personnel groups on the first three series of the game.In the offseason, Head Coach Mike McCarthy coined the phrase “back-to-basics” when describing the return of Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin to the Green Bay offense. In its 2018 almanac, Football Outsiders certainly provided a few eye-popping stats from a season ago that would encourage Green Bay to take that approach, specifically with the tight ends. Green Bay played from the “11” package (one running back, one tight end) on 64% of plays, with a 11.2% DVOA. This was by far the Packers’ most-used personnel group.The Packers played from the “12” package (one running back, two tight ends) on just 11% of plays, but had an excellent success rate (21.9% DVOA). Green Bay was incredibly balanced with a nearly 1:1 run-pass ratio.No other packages produced a positive DVOA for the offense, with the “20” leading to an astronomically awful -40.1% DVOA. As FO highlighted Womens Antonio Morrison Jersey , “the Packers went without a tight end on 6.7% of plays, which was tied for second in the NFL. But this was not a good idea. The Packers averaged a miserable 2.7 yards with -53.5% DVOA on these plays.”From the first offensive possession, the return to basics proved lethal. After the Packers signed Marcedes Lewis in May, APC’s Tex Western imagined the possibilities for the Packers to run two tight end sets in creative ways to take advantage of its newest receiving weapons. On Thursday, the effects not only assisted those tight ends, but its number one wide receiver.Curiously missing since Philbin’s last Packer stint has been the inside slant that made players like Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and Jordy Nelson home-run threats. The play was drawn forth from the shadows on the second play of the game as Aaron Rodgers connected with Davante Adams, who lined up in the slot, for a 27-yard gain deep into Steelers territory. It was a play from the 12 package, one in which the prized free agent Graham was put on the line with all other skill position players split wide including Kendricks and Jamaal Williams. And it certainly split the Steelers’ defense wide open with the ball in the hands of Green Bay’s best running threat after the catch.The Packers’ first drive took just five plays to score, with the Packers running out of the 12 four times. Green Bay’s lone other play came from the 11, a scoring strike to Graham. The big-bodied weapon immediately created a mismatch while lined up in the slot and scored on a brilliantly designed play that isolated him with Edmunds in the left-center of the end zone. Last year, Green Bay had few threats that could pluck a ball out of the air in such a location. But the former basketball player Graham, with a 6’6” frame, long arms, and a strong vertical jump, was easily able to soar up and put points on the board.On the second offensive series of the ballgame, the Packers continued to use the 11 and 12 packages. Over a 10-play drive led by Brett Hundley Womens Corey Linsley Jersey , Green Bay utilized its 11 set seven times, taking advantage of Graham lined up alone on the boundary. In a position Nelson would have normally been in a year ago, Graham instantly became a matchup nightmare in one-on-one coverage. And even when not lined up outside, the Packers again found a way to isolate him, this time with a linebacker who had no chance in coverage. It drew a downfield pass interference call midway through the drive. Employing a 12 package on the other three plays of the possession, the Packers relied on Lewis primarily as a run blocker while Hundley dinked-and-dunked down the field for an efficient five-and-a-half minute drive ending in a field goal.The third offensive series of the game also proved fruitful with the tight ends. Lining up in 12 personnel for four out of five plays (21 personnel for the lone other), the Packers’ tight ends made Pittsburgh pay on back-to-back plays. On the first, Hundley connected with Lewis on a 23-yard seam down the right hash. Like Graham before, Lewis’s size and reach stood out as he elevated for a catch that would have been hard to defend even if well-contested. Immediately after that play, Hundley hit Kendricks in the flat, only to cut away from Edmunds and run down the sideline for 15 yards to get into the red zone. Carving up the defense with two significant gains, the tight ends again helped pave the way for a touchdown drive.The final tally for the Packers’ personnel on the first three drives of 20 total plays was 11 snaps from the “12” personnel and eight plays from the “11.” Green Bay used the packages that they executed best a year ago and sprinkled in their newest targets at a position that underachieved last season. Graham and Lewis were used in the slot, on the outside, and on the line. Kendricks added the extra H-back dimension on several occasions. The Packers did not face a third-and-short or very long on those three drives which could have resulted in various other personnel. But the dominant usage and creativity of formations within the two popular packages was a welcome sign for an offense that tended to stall quickly in recent seasons. Furthermore, the additional production from Kendricks and the emerging Robert Tonyan later in the game showed the tight ends may once again be featured with more frequency and, better yet, be a force to be reckoned with under McCarthy and Philbin this season.
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Vic Fangio’s defense eviscerated the Nate Peterman-led Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon , crushing all hope from Buffalo’s offense en route to a 41-9 blowout by the Chicago Bears. Peterman threw three interceptions on the day, though each one was the result of a bobbled pass by his receiver. The Bills also coughed up a fumble. Two of those turnovers were returned for touchdowns. Peterman must have angered an ancient Aztec god, because his offensive career is quickly shaping into one of the worst in NFL history. He now has 3 passing touchdowns against 12 interceptions in his young career.The Bills offense finally scored a touchdown, 40 possessions after their last touchdown, from week six. That’s as many as four tens. And that’s terrible. Before that, they managed a field goal early in the second half, when the team was down 28-0 and shouldn’t have settled for field goals anymore.The Bills spent plenty of time experimenting with player reps today. Wyatt Teller and Jeremiah Sirles played some time in place of Vlad Ducasse and Jordan Mills. Terrelle Pryor and Logan Thomas ran routes and were targeted a few times. Marcus Murphy and Chris Ivory took a significant number of reps over LeSean McCoy.It didn’t really matter what they did. The players on this roster don’t have NFL-caliber talent as a unit. There are no difference-makers, there are no consistent winners. They cannot block. They cannot pass. They cannot get open. They cannot run.The Bills are lucky they won two games earlier in the season. They might not win another. This offense looks lost. The players walk around with thousand-yard stares. They can’t even be trusted to win three yards when they need three yards.The Bills defense played okay at times. They struggled to bottle up the five-foot-six dynamo Tarik Cohen, and allowed two touchdowns by Jordan Howard, but also forced a fair number of punts. They continued forcing fumbles, but weren’t able to create a turnover for an offense that desperately needs them.NotesThese are the players that the Bills should replace on this roster. And some suggestions for who could take over.Nate Peterman should retire after this season to become a priest (or minor league baseball player). Josh Allen needs to be the starting quarterback, and someone else should stick around as the backup when Derek Anderson inevitably retires. Just reach a hand into a hat of names.Russell Bodine isn’t good enough, and Ryan Groy already proved he can’t anchor. The Bills could sign Matt Paradis or Mitch Morse in the offseason, one of the few good offensive linemen in free agency this year. It’ll cost nearly $10 million per year, but it’ll be worth it.Both offensive guards need to be replaced. It would be a challenge, but offering big bucks to D.J. Fluker, currently in Seattle, would be a great way to boost the run blocking inside. Chris Lindstrom and Garrett Bradbury, from BC and NC State, respectively, would be great choices in the second round of the draft.Jordan Mills has helped nothing at right tackle. There aren’t great options at right tackle, except Bobbie Massie. In the draft , Jonah Williams is the best offensive player available, and was an All-American right tackle for Alabama in the past.Kelvin Benjamin is public enemy number one. The Bills really need a receiver who can actually “Moss” someone, not pretend to. Iowa State’s Hakeem Butler is that player. 6’6” 220 pounds, and stopping him in the open field is like tackling an eighteen wheeler.Terrelle Pryor could be a contributor if he re-signed with the team, but the Bills also need real playmaking speed they can trust every down. John Brown is a free agent next year, one of the few speedsters who can hit the open market. Marquise Brown and Anthony Johnson are two vertical threats in college football.Charles Clay has no value for this team anymore. Jason Croom earned a trial through the end of 2018. Noah Fant, TJ Hockensen, and Irv Smith (if they declare) are great athletes with way better clutch genes.Josh Allen’s performance overshadowing Nathan Peterman’s success The Buffalo Bills have a problem at the quarterback position.This seems to have been the consensus coming into the 2018 NFL season, and it has been the primary issue facing the Bills in the 21 seasons since Jim Kelly ended his Hall-of-Fame career. More often than not, the problem has been that the Bills don’t have anyone playing well enough at the position to warrant any sort of comfort.So far this preseason, the Bills seem to have the opposite issue—two of the three quarterbacks on the roster are playing fantastic football. Rookie Josh Allen has garnered the most attention, which is no surprise. When a franchise drafts you seventh overall, every pass you throw is bound to attract more buzz, positive or negative, than anyone else. But after Allen’s second preseason appearance, a 9-for-13 evening that included a beautiful touchdown pass while playing against a mix of starters and reserves for the Cleveland Browns, the hype train seems to be pulling full-steam into Allen’s station.The oft-maligned rookie has now completed 18-of-32 passes in his first preseason, a 56% rate, for 176 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a 92.7 quarterback rating. He has looked poised in the pocket, and he has also shown great mobility , rushing for 47 yards on 6 carries. He has looked so impressive that many have forgotten about the other quarterback playing well this summer, Nathan Peterman.Peterman has only thrown 3 incomplete passes in his 2 games. One of those passes hit its intended target, Chris Ivory, in the chest before it was intercepted by a diving Shaq Thompson of the Carolina Panthers. In total, Peterman is 17-of-20, an 85% rate, for 231 yards, 2 touchdowns, and the aforementioned unlucky interception. His quarterback rating is 127.3, which is tops among all quarterbacks who have thrown 20 passes so far this preseason.If you had asked me a month ago about starting Peterman in games that counted, I’d have told you it was a terrible idea. As a rookie, Peterman was mostly a disaster, completing 25-of-52 passes for 266 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions (stats include playoffs). He was better in the preseason last year (43-of-79, 453 yards, 1 touchdown, 75.2 rating), but his numbers were far from Earth-shattering. Even positive reports from training camp this summer couldn’t sway me from my position. Peterman was a backup, a subpar one at that, and nothing more.However, watching him in these two games has changed my perspective a bit. He looks to be in command of the offense , and he has improved in some areas of weakness. His arm will never be mistaken for Allen’s, but it does appear that he has added some velocity, and he has enough mobility to make plays with his legs when things fall apart around him. He thrived against Carolina via the same formula that was successful for him at times last season—when his read was open on his third or fifth step, the ball came out and he completed passes. His problem last year was that, when that read wasn’t open, or it merely appeared to be open, he lacked the confidence to quickly move to his next read and the arm strength to jam the ball into tight windows. Peterman may very well be a below-average quarterback. He may not develop into a legitimate NFL starter, and he may struggle once the opposition begins game planning for Buffalo’s offense with him at the helm. He needs to prove that he can consistently complete passes down the field, thereby loosening the tight coverage that gave him fits last season. However, all of that is pure speculation at this point. What has actually transpired is what’s worth noting, and what has actually transpired is that Peterman has been fantastic so far in 2018. He’s already looked more comfortable throwing downfield, giving me hope for his continued growth in that regard. Josh Allen may be the future at quarterback, and he is certainly putting pressure on the coaching staff to accelerate their plan for his development in the present. However, Nathan Peterman is providing quality competition right now, seemingly providing the Bills with at least two solid passers in 2018. If reports regarding AJ McCarron’s injury are accurate, that could prevent the veteran from showing that he is the third competent quarterback on Buffalo’s current roster. Soon, Sean McDermott will have to decide which one will open the season as the starter for the team, and given the strong performances Allen and Peterman have turned in so far, he might have trouble deciding which of the two has earned the nod.And that is a very good problem for the Buffalo Bills to have.
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Dak Prescott has a new No. 1 receiver and there's a fresh leading voice for the Dallas quarterback's blockers after the Cowboys traded for Amari Cooper and fired offensive line coach Paul Alexander during an open week that was much busier than normal.And there's little question about the message owner and general manager Jerry Jones is sending as the Cowboys try to keep a perfect home season intact to offset their winless road mark in a Monday night visit from the Tennessee Titans Dallas Cowboys Womens Hoodie , who share the same record (3-4) and sense of urgency because of a three-game losing streak."We're more urgent because we've dug a hole here," Jones said on his radio show. "In order to really be where we want to be, which that (is) in the playoffs, then we've got to be pretty strong in our success here. We don't have time here. We don't have the room to wiggle here."The Cowboys gave Oakland their upcoming first-round draft pick for Cooper because the receivers simply haven't made the big plays the coaching staff and front office hoped would still be there despite the offseason release of Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move.Dallas dumped Alexander in the middle of his first season and promoted former Cowboys lineman Marc Colombo because a front that has been among the NFL's best for several years simply hasn't been as good, with or without Travis Frederick. The four-time Pro Bowl center hasn't played and remains out indefinitely with a nerve disorder.Now it's time to see how some midseason upheaval, which included bringing retired former offensive line coach Hudson Houck out of retirement to help Colombo, translates to the field."I don't think it'll be that much of a change," right tackle La'el Collins said. "It's more so just us being able to do a lot of different things that we've done in the past, just kind of getting back to us playing at a high level and being more effective."The Titans are also coming off the bye week , preceded by a solid bounce-back game for Marcus Mariota after he was sacked 11 times — one shy of the NFL record — in a shutout loss to Baltimore.Mariota had a season-best 75 percent completion percentage (24 of 32) for 237 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 20-19 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers — the second one-point loss on the current skid.Still, the Titans have the 30th-ranked offense and passing game in the NFL. And the Cowboys aren't much better at 28th and 29th."I think everybody across the offense has a sense of urgency Womens Customized Dallas Cowboys Jerseys ," said Mariota, who turned 25 this week. "If we can carry that throughout the entirety of a game, I think we can be efficient. We can do well on third downs. We can score touchdowns."Some other things to know with the Titans and Cowboys set for a Monday night showdown:STILL IN THE HUNTBoth teams have been fortunate not to lose touch with the top of their divisions.The Titans have been overtaken by Houston's five-game winning streak in the AFC South, but are just one loss behind the Texans (5-3) in the loss column. The Cowboys have the same number of losses as Super Bowl champion Philadelphia (4-4) and can pull back even with the idle Eagles in the NFC East. Washington has a shot at a two-game cushion in a visit to Atlanta.THE RUNDOWNThe Titans are 19th in the NFL running the ball even with Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, and Dion Lewis in the backfield.The Titans signed fullback Jalston Fowler to the roster after returning from their bye, and coach Mike Vrabel made it clear they want to run the ball better. Dallas star Ezekiel Elliott is coming off the second-worst game of his career, a 33-yard showing in a 20-17 loss to the Redskins.DEFENSIVE SHOWDOWNDallas is giving up just 17.6 points per game, second in the NFL and one spot ahead of Tennessee at 18.1. The Titans are the NFL's best inside an opponent's 20, while the Cowboys are second."It's going to be the battle of the red zone," Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard said. "Bend , but don't break. That's been our mentality on defense."INCORPORATING COOPERCooper spent several days with Cowboys receivers coach Sanjay Lal in California. They went to a park in Oakland to work on routes, and Cooper had some video phone calls with Prescott to try to speed the process of learning one another.NO MORE GLOVEMariota said he is no longer wearing a partial glove that he was using to help with lingering numbness and tingling after injuring his elbow in the season opener. Michael Gallup had no time to celebrate a hom
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The difference between Jason Garrett and Sean McVay in game-on-the-line situations is very large Not even two weeks ago Jerry Jones got a little hot and bothered during his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan. The dispute began in reference to Jerry Jones comparing his Dallas Cowboys to the Los Angeles Rams that were fresh off a dominating offensive performance the night before on Thursday Night Football. Most found it ridiculous that Jerry would compare the Cowboys to the Rams in an offensive light because Cheap Terrance Williams Jersey , well, they couldn’t be further apart these days.Maybe you think Dallas and Los Angeles are similar, hey everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. On the first Sunday in October the two teams found themselves in similar situations and would you believe that they handled them differently? Let’s discuss.We all know about Jason Garrett’s decision to punt in overtimeThe most flagrant decision of this young season arrived in extra time in Houston when Jason Garrett elected to punt on 4th and 1 from the Texans 42-yard line. It’s not like he has a top-tier offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott or anything, to be fair.Garrett explained this himself in the postgame and on 105.3 Monday morning. He noted that the plan behind it was to get a stop, because it was a “long one” of a yard, and play defense so the Cowboys could kick the game-winner themselves. Well that plan clearly changes everything, right?Nobody is void of the mindset Dallas had when they chose to punt. The idea of getting the ball back so they could win themselves is apparent to football novices. What people have an issue with is that the plan to punt at all was the one chosen. It was conservative football at its finest.Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams acted the exact opposite of Jason Garrett just hours beforeThere’s no question that Sean McVay is regarded as the most innovative mind underneath an NFL headset these days. That’s what made it so interesting that Jerry Jones would liken the Cowboys to them. You get it.LA had a tough game in Seattle on Sunday that stood between them and a perfect 5-0 record. To the Seahawks credit they didn’t give up the division they’ve dominated for almost a decade easily, they made the Rams work for it in a battle of a game.The Rams had a lead late and faced a fourth down themselves. Behind it stood the ability to set themselves up in victory formation , but not getting it meant that Seattle would have a chance at a potential go-ahead field goal. The down and distance was a little shorter than the Cowboys’ game, but the Rams were at their own 42-yard line, not the opponent’s like Dallas. And Todd Gurley had just been stuffed on a third-and-1. Sound familiar? Of course the Rams also had the ability to punt to give their all-world defense an advantage of their own, but Los Angeles kept control in their own hands. The Rams went for it. The Rams got it. The Rams are a very different team than the Cowboys.In no way was the decision to punt the correct one, and it cost the CowboysComparing how the Cowboys and Rams each handled this situation in your own mind can be tricky work, so take a look at the visual for yourself. Dallas is at the bottom of the barrel across the NFL when it comes to the ability to make these big-time decisions. Is it fear? Is it self-doubt? At this point whatever it is, it needs to go. The Dallas Cowboys don’t play until Monday night, but still got a victory of sorts on Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons visited Washington on Sunday and blasted the team from the nation’s capital Youth Byron Jones Jersey , and the NFC East leaders, by the score of 38-14. With the defeat, Washington falls to 5-3 on the year. Dallas, at 3-4, has an opportunity on Monday night, when they play the Tennessee Titans, to close the gap in the NFC East to a one-game lead. The Philadelphia Eagles are already at 4-4 and are on a bye, so if Dallas can hold up their end of the deal the top three teams in the NFC East will all be bunched together - Dallas and Philly one game back of Washington.The flip side of that score is that the Cowboys have to face the Falcons on the 18th of November Cheap Demarcus Lawrence Jersey , in Atlanta, and they seem to be putting things together after a rocky start. Atlanta has now won three games in a row. But that’s a bridge to cross once a few weeks pass, right now, it’s welcome news that the Falcons are playing well because that means they beat Washington today. Sunday’s result was a treat for the Cowboys and their fans. Now they need to take care of business on Monday night.
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NFL Week 5 game-by-game predictions: Cowboys a big favorite over Texans We are heading into Week 5 of the NFL season. That means most teams have played a quarter of their games and we should start to have a pretty good idea of what kind of team they will be Authentic Travis Frederick Jersey , but sometimes it’s still hard to predict. Plus, this is the week that many players come back from suspension, like David Irving, Julian Edelman, Mark Ingram, Vontaze Burfict and more that should give a boost to those teams. So far in our pick’em challenge, Dave Halprin and Michael Strawn lead the pack with a record of 39-22 (excluding two games that have ended in a tie). You can see the records of all our panel in the second row of the table below. This week we have unanimous picks of the Patriots over the Colt, the Bengals over the Dolphins, the Panthers taking it to the Giants, the Chargers pinning a loss on the Raiders Authentic Leighton Vander Esch Jersey , and the Rams taking out the Seahawks.Only David Howman likes Houston over Dallas this week. As for the rest of the NFC East, it’s a 9-1 split with New Orleans heavily favored over Washington, and Minnesota over Philadelphia by a 7-3 margin.Here are all of the Week 5 picks: When Kyle Shanahan was looking to get into the NFL as an assistant coach more than a decade ago, his father, Mike, called Jon Gruden and asked him to hire his son for an entry-level job in Tampa.Shanahan joined the Buccaneers as a quality control coach in 2004 on Gruden's staff and got his introduction to pro football on a staff that featured five assistants who have gone on to get head coaching jobs in the NFL."It was such a good place for me to go to because Jon was doing everything," Shanahan said. "It wasn't just his stuff. He was always on top of it with the film, which everyone is now because of the computers and everything, but he was one of the first guys doing that stuff, probably being a little bit younger than most guys at that time and just introduced me to pretty much every play known to man."Now 14 years later Youth Deonte Thompson Jersey , Shanahan gets his first chance to coach against his old boss when the San Francisco 49ers (1-7) host Gruden and the Oakland Raiders (1-6) on Thursday night.Gruden said he took great pride in that staff that featured Mike Tomlin, Rod Marinelli, Jay Gruden and Raheem Morris during Shanahan's two seasons there in 2004-05. The Bucs won just five games the first season before winning the NFC South with an 11-5 record in 2005."We had a lot of fun back in those days. The woodshed, I called it," Gruden said. "People are going to take me to the woodshed here pretty soon, if we don't get this thing going."Both the Raiders and 49ers are struggling heading into this matchup, with Oakland losing three straight and San Francisco on a six-game skid.Shanahan has struggled without starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, while Gruden's return to the NFL has been rocky after nine seasons as a broadcaster at ESPN.But Shanahan believes Gruden will turn the Raiders around if given time and sees no signs that the game has passed him by."Jon lives and dies football," Shanahan said. "He never got away from it. He probably had even more time to sit and look at everything, and not get so caught up in his own team. The whole league's evolved since then. It evolves year to year. But Womens Zack Martin Jersey , you watch his system, he has a foundation of what he used to do and things like that, but he's kept up with everything."Here are some other things to watch:BEATHARD'S HEALTHThe 49ers could be forced to go with their third-string quarterback this week. Garoppolo went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 3 and backup C.J. Beathard is questionable this week with an injured right wrist. The next man up is Nick Mullens, who has never taken a snap in the NFL. Mullens spent last season on the practice squad and was promoted after Garoppolo's injury this year. He has impressed his teammates with strong play in the preseason and practice."He's a baller," running back Matt Breida said. "He doesn't let the game get too big for him. I think he'll do a great job if he has to play this week."DRIVE THE CARRRaiders quarterback Derek Carr is coming off perhaps his best game of the season, throwing for three touchdowns and running for a fourth score in last week's loss to the Colts. Carr completed 17 straight passes at one point and thrived in his first game after leading rusher Marshawn Lynch went down with a groin injury and No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper was traded to Dallas. Receiver Brandon LaFell, who wasn't targeted at all in his previous two games for Oakland, had three catches for 39 yards and a TD after getting the start in place of Cooper."He's friendly to the quarterback," Carr said. "He always runs friendly routes. He can play with anybody. I'm glad that we had some time to work and all those things, but he's the kind of guy that you can just throw him in and just play."SAFETY DANCEThe Niners go into this game thin at safety. Starting free safety Adrian Colbert is on injured reserve with an ankle injury and San Francisco could be without its top two strong safeties as well. Starter Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) and backup Antone Exum (concussion) are out this week. Jimmie Ward fared well last week at free safety after moving over from cornerback. San Francisco is thinner at strong safety with Tyvis Powell Womens Cole Beasley Jersey , who has never started a game, and rookie Marcell Harris, who could be activated from IR to make his debut, the main options.DYING RIVALRYThis will be the final scheduled meeting between these Bay Area rivals before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020. The teams have rarely been successful in their 36 seasons as NFL neighbors here with both making the playoffs in the same year only four times in that span (1970, '72, 2001, '02). The teams have combined for a winning record just once in 2003 and are on pace for the worst record for a two-team market since the 1970 merger.
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After playing two games with the Dallas Cowboys. the case can be made that Amari Cooper is a player that is worth a first-round draft pick. His quality merits that level of payment.As true as this might be , it’s also true that paying a premium price like that is never a fun thing to do no matter how the player performs. Having Amari Cooper on the Cowboys is something we’re all enjoying, but it’s hard not to think about next year’s draft at the same time.Focusing on the here and now, Cooper is not only living up to the price paid as far as what he’s done individually, but he’s helping out the entire Cowboys offense. It’s easy to see how players like Michael Gallup (who had a huge third-down conversion) and Allen Hurns are benefiting from a big-time receiver drawing coverage away from them. Dak Prescott has had his most accurate games of the season since Amari arrivedThe most important person for Cooper to aid is undoubtedly quarterback Dak Prescott. While the jury is still out on whether Prescott is a franchise quarterback or not, it’s essential that the Cowboys give him every opportunity to succeed so they can know for sure before they pay him big-time money. Cooper’s first game for the Cowboys was against the Tennessee Titans a week and a half ago. From a completion percentage standpoint, it immediately was Prescott’s best performance on the year. His next best performance came in literally the game after when the Cowboys beat the Eagles.Dak Prescott 2018 Completion Percentage:Overall Prescott has seen an increase in accuracy since Amari Cooper arrived, and it’s not hard to see why. The way that Cooper has been able to separate on a continual basis (granted we’re talking about two games here) is something that any quarterback would love to have.Accuracy isn’t the end-all-be-all statistic in the NFL, but it can be quite telling. Consider how much more accurate Dak Prescott has been with each of his targets since Cooper arrived. That’s where the real difference has been made.Dak Prescott’s Accuracy By Target Before And After Amari Cooper:Prescott has had higher success rates with literally all of the Cowboys’ top five targets this season since Cooper arrived. Ironically, one of the lowest completion percentages “After Amari” is to Amari himself at 61.1%. This is exactly why the Cowboys spent that first-round pick on Cooper. What he’s able to do individually alone is dangerous to have in their offense, but he’s making things easier for everyone else. It’s the effect of a true and indisputable number one wide receiver.The most important measure of success in many eyes is the one on the scoreboard at the end of games. Dallas has split their two games in the Cooper era, but they won the far more important one in Philadelphia where Amari made plays like this.This has been a discussion of accuracy, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to mention that third down conversions are up substantially with number 19 on the field. Everything is better with Amari Cooper around. Nice. The Dallas Cowboys had a golden opportunity to come out of the bye and get a much-needed win, and in the process get their season back on track as the NFC East is up for grabs. The addition of Amari Cooper was supposed to be the move that sparked this team for the remainder of the season en route to a playoff run.Alas, here we are: the Cowboys travel to Philadelphia for a divisional battle with the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, and the excitement around this team is all but gone. Can Dallas surprise us all and get a win? Not likely , but stranger things have happened.With all of that said, let’s take a look at how the rookies performed on the Monday night stage versus the Tennessee Titans.Leighton Vander EschLVE has been one of the biggest bright spots of the entire team this season, as the first-rounder has out-performed many of the expectations that were set prior to his debut season on the professional level. His 6-foot-4 and 256-pound frame, along with his killer neck brace, makes him look like a prototypical linebacker as he flies all over the field.Monday was not the rookie’s best game, but Vander Esch still gave the defense nine total tackles on the night, which led the team in the loss to Tennessee. The Boise State Broncos product has a unique ability to bring down ball carriers once he gets his hands on the jersey. In this game, though, he had a few bad angles and missed tackles.Bigger news for the rookie is that All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee once again aggravated his hamstring in the loss, putting him on the sideline for at least the next month, if not longer. With The General not on the field, Vander Esch has an even bigger responsibility. He played well in Lee’s absence earlier this season — is he up for the challenge again?Connor WilliamsWhereas LVE has exceeded expectations, Connor Williams has, for the most part, seemingly failed to meet the hype that he received when he was selected in the second-round. Many fans were hoping that the former Texas Longhorns tackle would be a plug-and-play draft pick for the Cowboys at guard Authentic Zack Martin Jersey , but that has not happened.To be fair, Williams has had some bright moments — his athleticism has been evident in certain moments, and he has contributed as a run-blocker for Ezekiel Elliott. There is also an adjustment period for rookies, especially for those along the offensive line. It doesn’t help that Travis Frederick isn’t there to help him out, either.This past week, Williams was tasked with protecting Dak Prescott and opening lanes for Zeke against a formidable defensive line. The rookie had his struggles in the pivotal game, but that was not the worst thing for Williams:The rook will be out — and he won’t have to face the task of blocking the likes of Fletcher Cox until a later date.Michael GallupMichael Gallup was drafted to bring explosiveness to this Cowboys offense and give Dak Prescott a legit target with some WR1 potential. Gallup had showed promise, especially in the game versus Washington, but Dallas ultimately made the move to trade for Amari Cooper.The deal gave the Cowboys a good-looking top-3 receiver corps — at least on paper, as the trio of Gallup, Cooper, and Cole Beasley looked to make noise. Would Gallup be able to carry over the momentum that he built prior to the bye week, now with another receiver that would take attention away from him?The rookie turned in a solid game for the Cowboys: three grabs for 51 yards and a 17 yards-per-catch average, including a long of 21 yards. The young receiver has the makings of becoming a reliable playmaker for this offense, which has to be exciting if you are a Cowboys fan.Dorance Armstrong Jr.In my opinion Authentic Tyron Smith Jersey , Dorance Armstrong Jr. has been right there with Mike Gallup and just behind Leighton Vander Esch as far as rookies performances go to this point this season. The fourth-rounder has come on strong while quietly becoming a rotational player for Rod Marinelli’s defensive line.Armstrong has not been a player to blow up the stat-sheet or anything so far, but the Kansas Jayhawks product and Houston native has been a solid contributor from the edge this season. In fact, Monday was Armstrong’s productive game — at least from a pure numbers aspect: two total tackles to go along with a half-sack. Look for Armstrong to continue becoming a solid player along the defensive front for the Cowboys — especially with all of the questions regarding Randy Gregory and Taco Charlton.Dalton SchultzThe Cowboys need a tight end — that is no secret. Geoff Swaim has had a pretty solid season, but there is skepticism about him being the long-term answer at TE for Dallas.Dallas spent a draft pick on Stanford Cardinal tight end Dalton Schultz this past draft in hopes of developing a future replacement for Jason Witten. Over the first half of the season, Schultz rarely saw the field. His only statistic recorded going into the bye? One catch for 12 yards — in the game right before the bye week.With Swaim sidelined, Monday was Schultz’s opportunity to take advantage of a very big opportunity. Instead, Schultz did not make the box score. Some of that may have to do with the offense, with Dak Prescott’s struggles, and everything of that nature, but Schultz certainly missed a big opportunity to show that he could be the future — and maybe the present — at the position.It wasn’t even his lack of catches, either. Schultz struggled as a blocker as well, as Owning points out:Will the rookie begin to improve as Swaim continues to be on the sideline? We will see.
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Bills coach Sean McDermott said before Thursday’s practice that running back LeSean McCoy would be a limited participant because he’s still in the concussion protocol.McDermott didn’t say anything about another offensive starter earning the same designation , but the team’s injury report revealed that quarterback Derek Anderson also did less than a full workload. Anderson, who is listed with back and calf injuries, said after last Sunday’s loss to the Colts that he was dealing with aches and pains after his first game of the year.“I don’t feel great right now,” Anderson said in his postgame press conference. “Not going to lie to you,I’m banged up, but that’s part of the game.”The Bills have already announced that Anderson will start against the Patriots on Monday night as Josh Allen remains out with a right elbow injury and Nathan Peterman remains Nathan Peterman. Limiting Anderson now is likely designed to make sure he gets to Monday in condition to play, but we’ll see how things play out the next couple of days.Buffalo Bills team building: Tremaine Edmunds or offensive linemen? The article advocating that Buffalo sit Josh Allen until the offensive line is fixed brought out a lot of comments from many different angles. One of the lines of thought repeated by several people was that the Buffalo Bills should not have drafted QB Josh Allen with the offensive line being as bad as it is. Several people opined that the Bills should have done something to address the glaring weakness not only so the team can win games, but also to ensure that Allen isn’t killed while trying to become a franchise QB.Last year, the offensive line wasn’t terrible, but general manager Brandon Beane traded away left tackle Cordy Glenn, then left guard Richie Incognito was released (after signing a team-friendly deal to remain and) after he blew a gasket, and then center Eric Wood had to retire early in the offseason due to a health issue. All of these departures were known before the draft. It is worth noting that while Wood’s departure was assured before free agency, Incognito’s episode began in earnest after free agency had begun.Beane and head coach Sean McDermott had seen enough of Ryan Groy to believe that he could hold the fort at center. Much-maligned guard Vlad Ducasse had started most of the 2017 season at right guard and the offense functioned. Reserve guard John Miller took a step back in 2017 to the point that he couldn’t even beat out Ducasse. Rounding out the offensive line, rookie left tackle Dion Dawkins played well enough in place of an injured Glenn that Beane felt comfortable trading away the veteran to move up and take the aforementioned quarterback. Right tackle Jordan Mills was a liability, but the offense still functioned.From Beane’s perspective, heading into free agency , he had Dawkins-Incognito-Groy-Ducasse-Mills. Good? No, but not completely terrible either.In free agency, Beane opted to fill the hole he created by shipping out defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, as the defensive line was historically bad in the middle of the season. In doing so, he didn’t have the money to spend on a positional group that looked to be more stable. Heading into the draft, however, Beane was looking at Dawkins-Ducasse-Groy-Miller-Mills as his starting offensive line. While he may not have realized it was going to be as bad as we witnessed against the Cincinnati Bengals, it clearly wasn’t good. With free agency essentially done, Beane only had the draft, and he made decisions based on his view of how to build a football team.Many have argued that the cornerstones of a successful NFL team are a franchise QB, LT, and pass rusher. Beane had a serviceable LT, a good DE in Jerry Hughes, and nothing at all at QB. Beane chose to prioritize acquiring a franchise QB. He hopefully found one in Josh Allen, though it is far from certain. Drafting Allen required expending a lot of draft picks, but it is hard to criticize Beane for doing what he thought he had to do to select “his” guy. (It will be easy to blame Beane for selecting the wrong guy if Allen doesn’t work out Cheap Zay Jones Jersey , but that’s a couple years down the line.)Beane didn’t try to fill Incognito’s left guard slot until the fifth round, when he chose Wyatt Teller. He didn’t have much of a chance to draft a guard before then, as no guards were picked between DT Harrison Phillips and the start of the fifth round. He could have “reached” in the fourth for Cole Madison, the only guard to come off the board between Phillips and Teller. He could also have taken one of the three centers (Mason Cole, Brian Allen, and Scott Quessenberry) who were selected between Phillips and Teller. Would any of them have stepped in and helped the Bills to avert the disaster witnessed on Sunday? Likely not.The only way that Beane could have addressed the offensive line earlier than the fifth round would have been to pass on trading up for LB Tremaine Edmunds. Center Billy Price was on the board at 21, when the Bills would have been on the clock. With no second round pick (Allen trade), the Bills would have had to add a future pick to have moved up from 65 to draft a guy like Will Hernandez early in the second round. Those moves would almost certainly have people feeling better about the offensive line, even though trading up for Hernandez would have cost at least a 2019 third to go with pick 65.But, the Bills wouldn’t have Edmunds in the center of the defense, leading what had been a problem area for Buffalo. True, it still figures to be a problem area given that Buffalo has meager LB talent outside of Edmunds. This is where the collaboration between the general manager and head coach most likely tipped the scales. They both wanted a QB for the offense, so they selected Allen. They also needed a leader for the defense, Buffalo’s version of Luke Kuechly. Acquiring both this year meant giving the offensive line a lick and a promise.With all that said, don’t be surprised to see Beane pull off a couple of deals for interior offensive linemen over the next couple days instead of waiting to see who hits the waiver wire. Buffalo wouldn’t have to outbid anyone if the team sends a late-round pick to a franchise that was going to cut a guy who would have been their fourth interior OL anyway.
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eading New England Patriots this week Buffalo Bills Womens Hoodie , they’ll be dealing with a host of injuries. Going into their first appearance on Monday Night Football in ten years, the Bills will be without defensive end Trent Murphy, special teams captain Taiwan Jones, or quarterback Josh Allen. All three were ruled out on Friday ahead of the game.LeSean McCoy, still going through the concussion protocol, will be a gametime decision. He practiced in a limited capacity this week, which doesn’t rule him out Womens Customized Buffalo Bills Jerseys , but it’s still possible that he won’t be able to play against New England. His backup, Chris Ivory, pulled a hamstring in practice this week, but is expected to play.Offensive tackle Jordan Mills showed up as a limited participant in practice on Thursday, but Sean McDermott didn’t address his status in speaking with reporters Friday morning, suggesting that the starter will be able to play Monday night. The Chicago Bears came to Orchard Park on Sunday and absolutely annihilated the Buffalo Bills in every facet of the game. Chicago scored thanks to good play calling, excellent defense , and Buffalo’s overall ineptitude on the offensive side of the ball.There were a few strong fantasy football performances this week for Buffalo’s opponents. Here are the top three.Bears D/STAnother week, another defensive touchdown by Buffalo’s opponents. The Bears were able to score twice on defense, returning a Jason Croom fumble 65 yards for a touchdown and following that up by taking a deflected Nathan Peterman pass back 19 yards for another score. Add to those plays 4 sacks and another interception, and the Bears clearly had a strong day. They also held Buffalo to 9 points, which helped boost their total to 28 fantasy points on the afternoon.RB Jordan HowardChicago’s number one rusher looked the part on Sunday. The Bills were able to contain him throughout most of the day, but when their offense kept gifting Chicago solid field position, the Bills were unable to keep Howard out off the end zone. He only mustered 47 yards on 14 carries Buffalo Bills T-Shirt , but he did find the end zone twice for a score of 16.7 fantasy points on the day. That total was good for eleventh among running backs last week.K Cody ParkeyParkey was the highest-scoring kicker in the league this week, managing 12 fantasy points on a day that saw him kicking mostly extra points. He was 5-for-5 on PATs, adding a 23-yard field goal and a 45-yard field goal to his ledger in the second half.
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injury The Buffalo Bills nearly fumbled away a comeback opportunity in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers. However Cheap Tre'Davious White Jersey , Taiwan Jones recovered the ball, and took a shot to the head in the process.Jones lost his helmet while trying to recover Marcus Murphy’s fumbled punt, and he took a helmet to the forehead while in his own end zone. Jones’ sweatband was covered in blood while he was helped off the field.The Chargers were assessed a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness on the play, and since the ball was recovered in a “kicking state,” Buffalo kept the ball. Here is the video of the play:The play took place in the beginning of the third quarter. Buffalo had just scored its first touchdown of the year, a plunge from Chris Ivory, and followed it up with a defensive stop. Punt returner Marcus Murphy should have called for a fair catch on the punt, but he didn’t, and the ensuing hit caused the fumble that Jones recovered. We will update you on Jones’ status when we hear more.Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals: rookie report Rookies in the NFL are always under a microscope Cheap Josh Allen Jersey , especially when they are players expected to help the franchise immediately. In what was a forgettable game for the Buffalo Bills as a whole, some of the rookies played well and some struggled. Here are our thoughts on all the draft picks after the third preseason game:QB Josh AllenThis may have been Allen’s chance to win the starting job for the regular season. With two promising outings prior to this game, he brought excitement around the franchise. His first time going against an opposing starting defense didn't go well, but it wasn't completely his fault. The offensive line struggled to protect him, as he was sacked five times, although some of those occurred because he held the ball too long. Allen made some throws out of the pocket that were off target and almost intercepted. At times, he showed off his arm strength too much on short throws that required finesse rather than power. Allen finished 6- for-12 with just 34 yards passing. Overall, it was a poor showing from the entire offense, and Allen may have lost his opportunity to open the season as the starting quarterback. LB Tremaine EdmundsAfter a slow start to the preseason Cheap John Miller Jersey , Edmunds showed why he was a first-round pick. His athletic ability at the linebacker position is something out of a video game. Edmunds flowed well from sideline-to-sideline and took care of his gap responsibilities. In coverage, he jumped a curl route in the slot and almost came up with an interception. Edmunds finished the game with seven tackles, and his performance was a step in the right direction for him and the Bills. (Even head coach Sean McDermott noticed, mentioning Edmunds in his press conferences Sunday and Monday.)DT Harrison Phillips Phillips had a hard time pressuring the quarterback, as did the rest of the defensive line. Andy Dalton had so much time to throw that he could have taken a nap in the pocket. It looked like Phillips was playing 3-technique again, and he seemed uncomfortable. The Bengals’ guards were able to control him at the line of scrimmage and move him where they wanted. Whether he is just learning different assignments than he had in college or he is struggling to find his comfort zone, Phillips didn't play well against the Bengals. CB Taron JohnsonJohnson is taking all the first-team reps at slot corner, and rightfully so. Through three games, Johnson has made progress Youth Jason Croom Jersey , showing himself to be reliable in coverage. He showed his ability to recognize routes on some occasions, and he didn't give up any big plays to the Bengals’ offense. All signs point to Johnson winning the starting spot at slot corner. S Siran NealNeal only played 15 defensive snaps, but he made a couple of nice open field tackles and was not beaten in coverage or completely out of position on Sunday. This was a small sample size for him, though, with only playing a few snaps and not having the ball thrown in his direction. G Wyatt TellerTeller had another good game for the most part. The only black mark was a play in pass protection where the defensive tackle just bullied his way to a hit on Nathan Peterman as he was releasing the ball. Although he doesn't have overwhelming power, Teller did a good job on most occasions winning the first punch. At times, it looks like he relies on his upper body to hold off rushers rather than using his legs. In the run game, he did a good job moving to the second level to seal off linebackers on a few plays. With the state of the current starting offensive line, Teller might be thrown into the mix as the starting left guard prematurely sometime this season. WR Ray-Ray McCloud IIIMcCloud only recorded one catch on the day for 10 yards. On a fourth down play in the red zone Womens Kelvin Benjamin Jersey , McCloud dropped a tough ball to catch in the corner of the end zone that would have put the Bills within one score of the Bengals. McCloud’s agility and quickness in short-to-intermediate routes sticks out, and he has the ability to get open on those types of plays. His value as a slot receiver and punt returner puts him on the inside of the bubble to make the 53-man roster. WR Austen ProehlProehl only played one snap the entire game for the Bills. Proehl has struggled to find open space in camp and in the preseason, and it has been a huge factor in his performance. His chances of making the team have dropped dramatically over the past few weeks, and I would be shocked if he finds himself on this team.
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y for Buffalo Bills’ LeSean McCoy One question that swirled as the Buffalo Bills embarked on a season with low expectations was what would happen with star running back LeSean McCoy. With a shuffled offense Authentic Dion Dawkins Jersey , a rookie quarterback, and a losing season ahead (not to mention several alleged civil incidents that came up in the offseason), people were wondering if McCoy could be traded at some point.Now we can believe at least one team is exploring the option, with WIVB’s Josh Reed reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles have reached out to Buffalo discussing trading McCoy back to the team where he grew into an NFL star (and where he’s the all-time leading rusher). The Eagles, who defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl last year, are currently scuffling at 2-3 and lost their starting runner Jay Ajayi to a torn ACL.If the Bills are to be persuaded to trade McCoy, they have to decide that the return value is worth the cost of losing the one star player on their offense. McCoy’s production Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey , experience, and gameday mentality are all positive attributes that would help Josh Allen’s development in his rookie season. Can the Eagles (or another team) offer enough to offset that loss? Would they be willing to, for a 30 year old running back on a career-worst rushing pace?Philadelphia has an extra second round pick available, and are projected to receive fourth and sixth round compensatory picks from free agent departures like Trey Burton and Beau Allen. How high would they be willing to go?There’s also a salary implication to any trade discussion, though the impact is much lower than it would’ve been a year ago. Right now, the Bills owe McCoy just under $9 million for the season. If they trade him, it would accelerate an additional $2.625M of his signing bonus onto Buffalo’s 2018 salary cap as dead money. However , the team would save around $4 million from McCoy’s remaining 2018 salary, plus $6.425M in 2019, by not needing to pay McCoy’s salary anymore. The team to trade for McCoy would owe him those sums.Update: Anthony Gargano, a radio host in Philadelphia, reported that the Bills have started negotiations by asking for a second and a third round pick in exchange for McCoy.Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Vikings inactives: LeSean McCoy out The Buffalo Bills have a tall task today—they traveled to Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Vikings (not to be mistaken with Wisconsin, where they’ll play the Green Bay Packers next week), and now they’ll have to play the game without their best offensive player.LeSean McCoy has been ruled out for today’s contest due to a rib injury he suffered in last week’s 31-20 defeat against the Los Angeles Chargers. McCoy suffered cracked rib cartilage when center Ryan Groy fell on him at the end of a play. Ian Rapoport first reported this morning that the Bills were likely to be without McCoy.While Shady’s absence is the main story , he isn’t the only player missing this weekend due to injury. Here is Buffalo’s full list of inactive players.RB LeSean McCoyIn Shady’s absence, the Bills figure to feature plenty of Marcus Murphy, with a healthy dose of Chris Ivory to go with him. Ivory scored Buffalo’s only rushing touchdown of the season last week, a one-yard plunge that brought the Bills within 15 points of the Chargers. Both players have flashed so far in the season, but this will be the first time that they’ll be asked to do so without the Bills’ lead back.DE Shaq LawsonBuffalo’s 2016 first-round draft pick will miss his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury. He was injured during Buffalo’s 47-3 blowout loss at the Baltimore Ravens during the season-opener. While he is not a starter, he was expected to be an important rotational piece along the defensive line backing up Trent Murphy and Jerry Hughes. Eddie Yarbrough remains the top reserve defensive end, with Nate Orchard active as the fourth defensive end.OT Ike BoettgerOT Conor McDermottThe Bills continue to roll with three offensive tackles on game day , leaving starters Dion Dawkins and Jordan Mills backed up by veteran Marshall Newhouse. G Wyatt TellerThe Bills’ fifth-round pick has been a healthy scratch all year. John Miller and Vladimir Ducasse remain the starting guards.TE Logan ThomasThe Bills continue to deploy three tight ends, but this time it’s Thomas out instead of Khari Lee. Thomas is the inferior blocker of the two, which could be a reason for Lee’s elevation this week. Charles Clay and Jason Croom are the other two tight ends.CB Phillip GainesThe Bills are down two starters at outside corner as Gaines is inactive and Vontae Davis retired. The Bills will presumably go with Lafayette Pitts outside and Taron Johnson in the slot. Ryan Lewis, elevated from the practice squad this week, is the other active corner.As for the Vikings, they are without two starters: running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) and defensive end Everson Griffen (knee) have been ruled out for today’s contest. Also ruled out are tight end David Morgan (knee) and cornerback Marcus Sherels (ribs). Here are all of the Vikings’ inactives:

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