Month: October 2017

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Martavis Bryant has almost no trade leverage, but that doesn’t mean Pittsburgh should want him around. Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire
The Bears add needed help at wide receiver, and the Steelers dump a headache, as Bryant continues to issue demands. Bryant can only hope Mitch Trubisky throws it a bit more than the seven (!) times he did last week, as the Bears beat the Panthers.

With Carson Palmer most likely done for 2017 and entering his age-38 season, the Cardinals get a good look at Bridgewater and decide if they want to take a shot at him beyond this season. Case Keenum has been solid enough in a backup role for the Vikings that it’s not an easy call to turn the ball over to Teddy — who is currently not on the Vikings’ books for 2018 — amid a playoff run.

Thomas tweeted Monday that the injury was a torn triceps tendon. On a conference call, he said he will probably have surgery Tuesday and that a full recovery may take six to nine months.

“Am I done playing? I don’t know,” Thomas said. “I think that’s a decision that’s best talked about in the offseason.”

Thomas, 32, noted that he still has one year remaining on his contract.

Schatz: Saints. I picked Carolina before the season, and I still think the Panthers have a good shot at a wild card. But I have to switch to the Saints because New Orleans has found something approximating an NFL defense. The defense is 15th in DVOA right now, and even if it isn’t that good the rest of the season, anything better than what the Saints had the past couple of seasons should be good enough for Brees to carry the team to the playoffs. The Saints’ remaining schedule also ranks 26th in average DVOA of opponent, the easiest of the four NFC South teams.
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Elite Womens George Kittle Jersey Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo’s one-game suspension has been upheld for violating the NFL’s player safety rules for a hit against Baltimore Ravens receiver Mike Wallace on Sunday.
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Against San Francisco in Week 6, facing his old coach Kyle Shanahan, Cousins at times played as if he were auditioning for a job in 2018. He carved up the Niners with surgical efficiency, throwing two touchdowns early and helping Washington open up a 17-0 lead.

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The players’ protests and the president’s criticism played far differently in New England and California than they did in Texas, where Jones and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair were fielding an avalanche of complaints from outraged fans. This time, Goodell didn’t have to simply manage owners’ bruised egos and simmering feuds; this was a national political crisis threatening the league’s business and its brand, seen through a different lens by each owner depending on his or her own political leanings and each team’s fan base. It would require leadership, diplomacy and, most likely, a little luck.

But the owners had far different ideas about how to accomplish such difficult goals, according to nearly two dozen interviews Outside the Lines conducted with owners, league and team executives, players and lawyers briefed on the two days of closed-door meetings. For one thing, this was not the usual scandal or crisis the league could fight in the court system or the court of public opinion and then march away from.

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On Sunday, Cohen got his first passing touchdown, a beauty that landed in the hands of Zach Miller. Not even former starter Mike Glennon could do it better than this:
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Another early game to watch is a surprisingly intriguing contest between the Patriots and Jets. Believe it or not, both teams are 3-2 and fighting for first place in the AFC East (the Buffalo Bills, also 3-2, are on bye this week). The Jets are riding an unlikely three-game winning streak, but it’ll be truly stunning if they knock off Bill Belichik’s squad, even with the Patriots’ defensive problems.

Some might note that given the state of the Browns’ roster, Cleveland’s QBs might be getting less help than others around the NFL. The Browns’ quarterbacks have been pressured on 28.5 percent drop-backs, which is above average but not unusual, and is the ninth most in the league. They also haven’t received a ton of assistance from their receivers in terms of yards after catch (4.39 per reception, 24th most). But in both cases, Total William Carrier Youth jersey QBR partially incorporates these factors into its rating. The statistic attempts to isolate the efficiency of the quarterback himself.

The third quarterback on the roster, Cody Kessler, recorded a Total QBR of 43.4 last season.

Ultimately, the one thing the Browns’ quarterbacks have going for them is they are all young, therefore offering hope of development. But if they don’t improve or if they get worse, the 2017 Browns will join the ranks below, comprising the worst quarterbacked teams since 2006.
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Mitchell Trubisky Jersey may have saved John Fox’s job with Bears’ OT win over Ravens

Authentic Mens Barry Sanders Jersey The Bears almost gave the game away with bad decisions from John Fox and poor execution by players. But despite blowing an 11-point fourth quarter lead on a day when the Ravens threw two picks and no touchdowns, Mitchell Trubisky was able to do just enough to get the Bears a 27-24 win in overtime.

What this means for Odell Beckham: Beckham is having another solid day despite being his team’s only real scoring threat. His touchdown catch was his fifth reception of the day. He’s got 97 yards through the air so far and is on the brink of his first 100-yard game of the season.

The play was initially ruled a touchdown on the field. Upon further review, officials decided that there was enough evidence to rule it a fumble and a touchback.

He lost the ball. It came out of his control as he was almost to the ground,Tony Corrente, the game referee, said after the game. He re-grasps the ball and by rule, now he has to complete the process of a recovery which means he has to survive the ground again … and the ball came out a second time. He didn’t survive the recovery and didn’t survive the ground during the recovery.
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Is it the right call? I mean, you can clearly see movement as Seferian-Jenkins is going to the ground, but it also appears that he re-secures the ball before going to the ground.

Based on that assessment, it appears that referees technically made the right call. Though based on that look, it’s hard to say that it’s indisputable. Jets players certainly weren’t happy with the result.

What privilege do we have?” Sherman asked about NFL players.

The privilege to be blessed that our hard work and dedication paid off, and we were able to change our families’ lives, to change our lives, and to live better. But that doesn’t change our memories or what we remember happening in our childhood. I think that’s something that sticks true to him [Baldwin] as well, and sticks true to a lot of players.

The biggest beneficiary of McCown’s revival was Jeremy Kerley. The former New York releasee, who was also jettisoned by the Lions and 49ers the past two seasons, was responsible for two big plays that gave the Jets a 14-0 lead. The first was a 30-yard fingertip catch in coverage that turned 3rd-and-6 into 1st-and-goal. The second was a 31-yard strike Kerley high-stepped into the end zone.

Brian Dutcher’s teamwill have five players returning from the 2016-17 squadwho lost in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. Trey Kell, Jeremy Hemsley, Malik Pope, Max Montana, and Montaque Gill-Caesar all will be returning to don the Aztec uniform in Viejas Arena. A few notes on the returning players:

The Aztecs will welcome several new faces to the team: redshirt freshman F Jalen McDaniels, true freshman guards Jordan Schakel and Adam Seiko, true freshman F Matt Mitchell, junior transfer G Devin Watson, and senior C Kameron Rooks. They will all have the opportunity to make a major impact fora team that lost four seniors to graduation as well as Zylan Cheatham, who transferred to Arizona State University.

Head coach Brian Dutcher will be heading into his 19th season at San Diego State. With Steve Fisher retiring, this will be his first season as head coach. For the past six years, Dutcher has held an associate head coach/head coach in-waiting role with the Aztecs. Joining him on the bench will be associate head coach Justin Hutson as well as assistant coaches Dave Velasquez, Tim Shelton, and Mark Fisher.
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The Cleveland Browns have benched rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer in favor of Kevin Hogan to start the second half against the Jets.

Ty Montgomery, RB, Packers: Forgive him his mere 4.1 PPR and 3.1 non-PPR fantasy points, as it was remarkable that Montgomery was able to play at all after breaking multiple ribs in Week 4, the matchup wasn’t an easy one and he played only limited snaps (20). His fantasy managers recognized this in advance, however, starting him in only 39.3 percent of ESPN leagues, down significantly from his 94.5 percent rate in Week 4. Perhaps Montgomery will feel stronger and handle a greater workload come Week 7 against the Saints, though it’s possible that he’ll be closer to full strength only after the Week 8 bye.

Chris Hogan, WR, Patriots: While Gronkowski had an outstanding game, Hogan’s day was rather quiet, as he managed just 2.9 PPR fantasy points on four targets against the Jets. That was the worst score of any of Hogan’s six games this season, and it snapped a streak of four straight games with at least one touchdown and 17 PPR fantasy points.

Defensive end Benson Mayowa ran in to assist with the potential sack and made contact with Rodgers a split second after he ditched the ball toward the right sideline. The referee Terry McAulay, deeming the play egregious, slapped him with a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty.

The penalty moved the Packers out of the shadow of their own end zone and jump-started a Green Bay drive that pushed into Dallas territory. Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett was, let’s say, displeased with the call.
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Elite Kids Adam Graves Jersey What this means for the Packers: Opponents know not to give Aaron Rodgers any second chances — and this questionable call gave him the latitude to push the Pack deep into Cowboy territory. 12 plays after the penalty moved the Pack out of its own red zone, Rodgers found Jordy Nelson in the end zone to give Green bay its first lead of the game.

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After the players meeting Tuesday, Goodell and his staff made a presentation at the NFL owners meeting similar to the one made earlier to the players in an attempt to resolve the national anthem demonstration issue, a senior NFL official told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

The official told ESPN that the players and owners have agreed to meet again soon to hammer out specific steps and actions that can be taken jointly to resolve the issue.

Fournette was hurt late in Sunday’s game when he was tackled by cornerback Trumaine Johnsonon and had to be helped off the field. Despite being cleared by the medical staff to return to the game, the team opted to hold him out as a precaution.

It’s nothing serious, Fournette said after the game, via the team’s website. I am alright. 鈥?I am fine.
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Fournette, 23, was selected by Jcksonville with the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft. He logged 21 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown, a 75-yard score on the Jaguars’ first play from scrimmage, before exiting Sunday’s game.

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is expected to start Sunday’s game against the Saints despite dealing with an ankle injury, according to ESPN.com.

The Lions (3-2) raised some eyebrows Friday by listing Stafford as questionable on their official injury report, but he was a full participant in each practice this week.

Stafford became the NFL’s top-paid player this offseason by signing a five-year, $135 million contract extension. He has nine touchdowns and just one interception this season while accumulating a 97.4 QB rating.

The Lions head down to New Orleans Sunday and the Saints have won two straight games prior to their Week 5 bye. The Saints may get wide receiver Willie Snead back this week after he served a three-game suspension, then dealt with a hamstring injury upon activation.

If Stafford is somehow forced to miss Sunday’s game, former Michigan signal-caller Jake Rudock would get the start.

Barr wasn’t injured on the hit that knocked Rodgers from the game, but Barr did later leave with a concussion.

Rodgers wasn’t the only Packers starter lost with guard Lane Johnson suffering knee and ankle injuries and right tackle Bryan Bulaga leaving to be evaluated for a concussion. Cornerback Quinten Rollins also left with an ankle injury. Left tackle David Bakhtiari aggravated his hamstring injury and left in the second half.

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Walton said Ball’s injury is not worse than previously thought and that there has been no setback.

The most important thing of the day: Max Scherzer makes his playoff debut for the Nationals after suffering a minor hamstring injury at the end of the regular season. Is he 100 percent, and if not, how will it affect his performance and how deep into the game Dusty Baker trusts him to go?

If you’re going to watch only one game, tune in for: Indians at Yankees. The past two games of this series have been so good that you hate that it’s a best-of-five instead of a best-of-seven. If not for the controversial failure of Joe Girardi to challenge that hit batsman call in Game 2, the Yankees could be on the brink of a stunning upset over the 102-win Indians.

Ball injured his ankle last Monday when he landed on Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay’s foot near the end of the first half. He started the second half and played briefly.

If Ball’s ankle doesn’t improve enough by the opener, however, the Lakers will play it safe.

“If he is not ready, he won’t [play],” Walton said of the season opener. “Again, it is day to day so I assume he will be back by then. If he’s not ready to play basketball and really cut and move and do everything that you need that ankle you need it to do for you, we are not going to play him.”

“It’s just still sore,” Walton added. “He said he can run straight and feels no pain, but it’s going side to side that really gets him.”

We don’t know how long Smallwood will be out after he suffered a recent knee injury, but the role is too notable to ignore if he returns sometime soon (Philly plays Thursday night versus Carolina). He’s the most well-rounded back on the active roster right now and is a flex consideration when healthy. He forms a nice one-two outfit with LeGarrette Blount in the Eagles’ backfield.ravens_007

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Eric Davis is expanding his radio role with ESPNLA 710AM.

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The Browns passed on Carson Wentz in the 2016 NFL Draft and then declined to select Deshaun Watson, trading out of the spots where each quarterback landed. Wentz burned the Browns in the 2016 opener, and now the Browns get to see Watson up close on Sunday. He is a Rookie of the Year candidate for the Texans, and the Browns are going with Kevin Hogan, their 28th starting quarterback since 1999.

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The Chiefs (5-0) are the only undefeated team remaining but have had issues with the Steelers. After throwing five interceptions against the Jaguars, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will try to prove he still has it against an injury-depleted Chiefs defense.

With his three touchdowns in Charlotte, Wentz now has 13 touchdown passes on the season with just three interceptions. It’s a huge improvement from last season when Wentz finished his rookie campaign with just 16 touchdowns and 14 picks. If Wentz continues to play well and the Eagles defense can create turnovers,as they did against the Panthers, the Eagles could be looking at a bye in the first round of the NFC playoffs.