Month: September 2017

Packers place tackle Jason Spriggs Jersey on injured reserve

The Packers have placed tackle Jason Spriggs on injured reserve as he continues to battle a hamstring injury, the team annonced Thursday.

The move corresponds to Green Bay bringing defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois back to the active squad.
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Mens Vic Beasley Jersey Spriggs was unable to play in the Packers’ 34-23 loss to the Falcons in Week 2, and the injury must be severe enough for him to miss multiple games this season.

The 23-year-old played in every game last season, but the Packers opted to start Kyle Murphy at right tackle after Bryan Bulaga injured his ankle over the summer.

Francois returns to the team after he was released on Sept. 13.

It didn’t matter for the Bears, who overcame their mistakes and prevailed in overtime without ever giving the Steelers a chance to score. It’s remarkable to consider that the Bears could easily be 2-1 right now with wins over a pair of 11-win playoff teams from a year ago, given that they just beat the Steelers and came within a dropped pass in the end zone of beating the Falcons in Week 1. It’s even more remarkable, I suppose, that they lost by 22 points to the Buccaneers in between those two performances.

With Mike Glennon officially earning the title of embattled after that ugly loss to the Bucs, the Bears simply decided to look past their quarterback problem and run the ball down Pittsburgh’s throat. Despite missing starting guard Josh Sitton and losing center Hroniss Grasu to an injury during the game, the Bears gashed a Pittsburgh run defense that was without two front-seven pieces, Stephon Tuitt and T.J. Watt. The combination of Cohen and Jordan Howard carried the ball 35 times for 216 yards in addition to serving as the team’s top two receivers on the day. By the Joe Thomas rushing efficiency metric, more than 50 percent of Chicago’s running plays on the day were successful.

Can the Sean McVay Jersey led Rams knock off Washington?

The Los Angeles Rams could not have asked for a better start to their 2017 campaign. They completely annihilated the Indianapolis Colts, 46-9, in front of their own fans. Sophomore quarterback Jared Goff showed why he was worth the No. 1 pick in 2016, collecting 306 passing yards and one touchdown. Indeed, he looked confident and poised in the pocket.

Game Mens ArDarius Stewart Jersey The Rams have a chance to get off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2001 — but they have to go through Washington, McVay’s old stomping grounds, to do so. McVay served as Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2014-16. After orchestrating Washington’s third-ranked offense last year, he took the head coaching job in Los Angeles to groom Goff into a franchise quarterback.

McVay’s already responsible for tapping into Kirk Cousins’ potential, so Washington shouldn’t be surprised that Goff is performing well under McVay’s tutelage. The only question now is whether McVay can remain undefeated in this young season by handing Washington its second loss.

Former Colts general manager Bill Polian joined the ESPN LA Morning Show this week to talk football, but said Jackson may need to consider a transition to wide receiver based on his “girth and skill set.”

He’s not alone. Others have, and others will, make the same suggestion in the next few months.
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Thankfully, the group of radio hosts — including former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson — reacted incredulously to Polian’s statement and disagreed. As well they should, because it’s ridiculous.

It’s Time for John Fox to Go

I would first like to say that I don’t like advocating for people to lose their jobs. Losing a job sucks. Failure in general, sucks.

However, professional sports is a bottom-line business and the players, coaches and front office personnel are generally compensated for the fact that they may be out of a job at any moment.

When the results aren’t there, people lose their jobs. It goes that way in many lines of business but especially in pro sports.

I also think that fans are all aware that the likelihood of the Bears making an in-season coaching change is all but nil. Frankly, as grim as things seem right now, it pales in comparison to the waning days of the Marc Trestman era when a coach openly admitted to circulating previously anonymous rumors about his own quarterback.

Yet the entire organization stood by it all, warming themselves on the flames of the dumpster fire and waited until the season ended to make the final move everybody saw coming.

So if they were willing to stomach that, this will be easy.

Now, with all of that being said, what is John Fox giving the Bears right now? A lot of the team’s blame has been placed on quarterback Dak Prescott. While it was not solely his fault, it’s clear why so much blame has been put on his shoulders: he plays the most important position on the field, he is the leader of the team, and he didn’t have his best performance.


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Matt Bowen Jersey offers his initial thoughts off of Sunday’s game, including an assessment of the Seahawks’ backfield.

Tevin Coleman caught a touchdown and ripped off a 35-yard run against Green Bay on Sunday night, but it’s clear that the third-year back remains well behind Devonta Freeman on the depth chart. Freeman matched Coleman’s target total (two) and out-carried him 19 to 6 in the game. On the year, Freeman has played 73 snaps to Coleman’s 44. Freeman, who has been a top-six fantasy running back each of the past two seasons, remains locked in as a top-end option at the position. Coleman is a fringe RB2 who should be in lineups when the matchup is right, as was the case on Sunday night.
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Maybe the best news for the Chargers is that it would be statistically improbable to keep losing this many close games. The Chargers are 1-10 in games decided by seven or fewer points the past two seasons, and more wins are bound to come from those situations.

Authentic Shaquill Griffin Jersey A 22-point win was followed by a 21-point loss for Jacksonville. The good news is if the Jags can get stability at quarterback, the team could really be going somewhere. Leonard Fournette is second in rushes and grinding out yards, and the pass defense has yielded the fourth-best opponent Total QBR.

Three teams have played twice this season and allowed one or fewer touchdowns: the Panthers, the Ravens and the Bills. The offense might lack some firepower, but the defense doesn’t.

Which impressive Week 2 performances should you believe in?

Doug Martin Jersey had an excellent preseason and could be looking at another 1,000-yard season when he returns.

Comeback Player of the Year: Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: After rushing for only 421 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season, Martin looks to have a bounce-back season. He was limited by a hamstring injury and then suspended the final game of the season because of a substance-abuse policy violation that will cost him the first three games of the 2017 season. But Martin had an excellent preseason and could be looking at another 1,000-yard season when he returns.

Coach of the Year: Mike Mularkey, Titans: Tennessee added a wealth of talent in the offseason, through free agency and the draft. That should result in an AFC South championship and complete the turnaround Mularkey began when he was named interim coach in 2015.
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If you told those bettors on New England over 28.5 that this game would have 69 combined points, they would have liked their chances. But the Patriots fell just short of that in the first bad beat of the NFL season.

The New England over certainly got off to a good start — an opening drive touchdown less than three minutes in put the defending champs up 7-0. The Patriots got it right back after a Kareem Hunt fumble but would eventually turn it over on downs, marking the first of several missed opportunities.
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Late in the third quarter, New England led 24-21 and had the ball inside the Kansas City 10-yard line. But after a Tom Brady-to-James White touchdown was called back due to an illegal forward pass, the Pats settled for a field goal. Needing just two more points to hit the over early in the fourth quarter, New England once again turned it over on downs in Kansas City territory. Three punts on their final three possessions would seal the deal for both the Patriots and those who bet them to score over 28.5.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles Jersey loses team captaincy

The Jaguars announced five team captains on Monday and their starting quarterback was not one of them.

Youth Tyler Johnson Jersey Blake Bortles, who had been a team captain each of the last two seasons, lost his captaincy with the team. The Jaguars captains this season will be tight end Marcedes Lewis, center Brandon Linder, linebackers Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith, and wide receiver Arrelious Benn.

It just doesn’t stop at the Super Bowl odds.

The Jets are projected to be a 10-point underdog to the Browns, who won just one game last season, in their Week 5 matchup. The Browns haven’t been a double-digit favorite since 2007. When the Jets face the Patriots, who have the best Super Bowl odds at 11-4, in the regular-season finale, the Patriots are currently projected to be a 28-point favorite. That would be the largest spread in the NFL since the Falcons were four-touchdown underdogs to the Baltimore Colts in 1968.

The Jets opened at 100-1, but the number has plummeted over the last couple of months.

This is what happens when you don’t have a quality starting quarterback, release the second-leading tackler in franchise history (linebacker David Harris), cut loose productive receiver Eric Decker, see Quincy Enunwa 鈥?the team’s leading receiver last season 鈥?go down with a season-ending injury 鈥?and then you trade your best defensive player in Sheldon Richardson.

Even with Ezekiel Elliott in there to help Dak Prescott, this is a daunting defense for the Cowboys, as the Giants swept the season series as NFC East runners-up in 2016. This time, Eli Manning has Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram added to his receiving mix to exploit the Cowboys’ downgrades in the secondary. Dak will have a solid sophomore start, but streaky Eli starts hotter with the right matchup. Giants win 24-20 in the Upset of the Week.
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Chiefs sign C.J. Spiller again after releasing him twice earlier this week

Spiller was with Kansas City during training camp and the preseason, but was cut earlier this week when the team trimmed down its roster. He was brought back when cornerback Steven Nelson was placed on injured reserve, but was then cut again hours before Thursday’s kickoff.

Spiller is due a salary of $900,000 this season, but there’s a catch. If he was on the team’s roster for Week 1 then that salary becomes guaranteed. Since he wasn’t on the team when they faced the Patriots, that salary is no longer owed to him, unless he ends up playing the rest of the season.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports there’s “real doubt” whether Beckham will play. The three-time Pro Bowler is officially listed as questionable on the team’s injury report and is expected to be a game-time decision.

Beckham injured his ankle in the Giants’ second preseason game against the Browns when cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun hit him just above the right knee as Beckham landed from a leaping attempt to catch a high pass from quarterback Eli Manning. He has not practiced since suffering the injury, though he was seen doing straight-line running while working with a trainer Wednesday and Thursday.

Beckham, 24, caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.bears_003-223x223

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Buccaneers sign T.J. Ward Authentic Jersey after release from Broncos, report says

T.J. Ward is swapping snow for sunshine.

Mens Justin Hunter Jersey The veteran safety is expected to sign with the Buccaneers following his release from the Broncos on Saturday, NFL Network first reported Sunday.

According to ESPN, Ward will join Tampa Bay on a one-year contract worth $5 million. He was entering the fourth year of his $22.5 million contract and had been scheduled to make $4.5 million with Denver in 2017 prior to being cut.

Ward, 30, was selected out of Oregon by the Browns in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. After spending the first four season of his career in Cleveland, he signed with Denver in March 2014.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Ward tallied 181 tackles, five sacks, five forced fumbles and three interceptions in his three years with the Broncos.

I’m still mad about Naz Jones’ touchdown being called back, and I’m still mad about Lane’s ejection. But time and gin are helping.

My daughter asks if I took any photos of her at the birthday party today. Are you kidding? All I do is photograph my kids. So she crawls up onto the couch, and I swipe through pictures of her blowing bubbles and pushing a giant beach ball as the Seahawks only rush three on third-and-16 and OF COURSE Rodgers converts! UGH. NEVER RUSH THREE. YOU IDIOT COWARDS.
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I don’t say any of that, of course. I am sharing a moment with my firstborn, trying to focus on the sheer joy that she got from blowing some bubbles on a sunny day in the park. That’s the life, man. Just blowing bubbles. Sports are for dopes.

Rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White Jersey will be put to the test early and often

Although this matchup features the best and third-best teams in the AFC, per FPI, the gap between them is vast — 5.4 points on a neutral field.

Here’s how good the Patriots are: Although FPI thinks they will win this game by 9.4 points, it also thinks this is their second-toughest game at Gillette Stadium this season. Only the Falcons’ visit in Week 7 projects as a bigger challenge.

And, of course, it’s hard to forget FPI’s lofty general expectations for New England this season. The Patriots have a 50.7 percent chance to play in the Super Bowl and a 33.2 percent chance to win said Super Bowl. All without having played a game.

If there’s one place the Chiefs have an edge, it’s on special teams, where Tyreek Hill is always a threat.
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That mold does not include the Jets’ starting quarterback, Josh McCown. The 38-year-old NFL veteran is simply extending his career in an offense with few playmakers. McCown has won only two games in the last 22 he has started, and going against the Bills’ solid front seven may make getting win No. 3 difficult.

If the Jets are to win, McCown needs to use his leadership and savvy to take advantage of the inexperienced secondary of the Bills. Rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White will be put to the test early and often. The Bills still haven’t decided which player will start at the opposite cornerback position, but former Ram E.J. Gaines looks to be the front-runner.
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Glover Quin says Larry Fitzgerald Authentic Jersey requests not to be hit in legs

Lining up against Larry Fitzgerald leads to a lot of things. Players know they might get advice. They might get a hand helping them up after a play. And, apparently, they also might get some instruction.
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Cravens was one of the more energetic players on the Redskins’ defense last season, celebrating little plays like taking on a lead blocker by thrusting his fist in the air.

Womens Ross Cockrell Jersey I’ve seen him at USC, I’ve watched him at practice, Gruden said. I’ve watched him play in games and I know he loves football. So I don’t think that’s the issue. There are things weighing on his mind that he has to take care of. If he gets those things cleared up, then sure we will take another look at him. He is one of our guys.

As far as him understanding if we want him or not, obviously he knows that. We drafted him in the second round for goodness’ sake. We’ve given him very opportunity to be a starting safety and he’s taken advantage of the opportunity and played well. He was growing with the position. This just came out of nowhere. We’ll stand by him and hopefully he gets everything situated and maybe we’ll see him in a month.

You go from [an NFL salary] to fighting on your first pro MMA card and making about $600 a fight. Obviously there’s a definite pay discrepancy, and that’s even in the UFC too. You look at UFC fighters, they’re not making millions of dollars.

For Lane, the love of the sport is there. He was just 6 years old when the UFC’s inaugural event was held in November 1993, but Lane remembers getting a VHS of UFC 1 and watching it with his stepdad as an elementary school student.