Monthly Archives: October 2017

Mike Tomlin: Steelers won’t trade Martavis Bryant, despite his beef

Disgruntled wide receiver Martavis Bryant told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he has “got to move on” at the Oct. 31 trade deadline if the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t want him to contribute to the offense.

Watson has been incredible this season, and deserves the heaps of praise he has received. But if there is one reason to be skeptical of the Texans quarterback, it’s this: 24.7 percent of his passes have been off target. The only other qualified quarterback with a higher percentage of his passes off target is Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer, and he is not exactly someone any quarterback wants to keep company with right now.

Combined with their 10-sack showing in Week 1 against Houston, Jacksonville is the first team in NFL history to log double-digit sacks twice in the first seven games of the season. The Jaguars have 33 sacks overall, putting the unit on track to break the league’s single-season mark of 72 set by the 1984 Bears.

At the moment Prescott has a 78.1 Total QBR — exactly the same number he had through six games last season. The only difference: There has been a 30-play increase in the number of action plays for the Cowboys quarterback. Currently, Prescott trails only Watson in Total QBR. Despite being 3-3, the Cowboys ought to reach the postseason if Prescott can keep up this level of play.

Watson has been incredible this season, and deserves the heaps of praise he has received. But if there is one reason to be skeptical of the Texans quarterback, it’s this: 24.7 percent of his passes have been off target. The only other qualified quarterback with a higher percentage of his passes off target is Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer, and he is not exactly someone any quarterback wants to keep company with right now.
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Duane Brown has ended his holdout and reported to NRG Stadium, ESPN.com reported, citing a source.

Brown missed the first six weeks of the season, which cost him nearly $553,000 a week in a paychecks. That’s not include the fines he accrued for missing mandatory camps and programs during the offseason.

Despite missing more than a quarter of the season, Brown could play this week against the Seahawks in his original position.

Authentic Mike Pouncey Jersey Chris Clark, who has started at left tackle since Week 2 of the season, is sidelined with a calf strain. When Clark returns, he could take over at right tackle

After his team picked up it’s fourth straight win against the Packers and took control of the NFC South on Sunday, the Saints coach said he intends to keep a promise he made heading into Week 7: pedicures.

We will be taking him up on that offer Monday, running back Mark Ingram said, via ESPN. I don’t know about everybody else. But I’m gonna holler at him tomorrow morning for my pedicure.

Payton had vowed to treat his players and soothe their feet if they could successfully manage the slippery Lambeau Field turf in metal, screw-in cleats. Saints Brandon Carlo Authentic Jersey wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. was especially excited about the team’s reward for putting up with the uncomfortable shoes.

Aaron Rodgers Jersey injury has ripple effects for the entire NFC

Aaron Rodgers has a broken collarbone, and it may be significant enough to end his 2017 season. Even if it isn’t, it’s still an injury that will sideline the Green Bay Packers quarterback for a long time. That doesn’t just affect the Packers, either. It changes things for much of the NFL.
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With Rodgers under center, the Packers are a tough out for any team, as he proved once again last week when he torched the Dallas Cowboys on a last-minute touchdown drive to give the Packers a win. If he doesn’t return this season, Rodgers will finish with 13 touchdowns, three interceptions, and a 103.2 passer rating. Although it won’t count in the record books due to the truncated year, it marks the ninth season of his career with a rating over 100.

Authentic Youth Jarran Reed Jersey A win Sunday would’ve been an opportunity for the Packers to jump to 5-1 and own an early two-game lead over the rest of the division.

Limited Matt Schaub Jersey Lacking production on offense (with or without Carr), being bad on third down in their losses, and fielding a defense that can’t get off the field are some of their problems. The Raiders are built to run the football. They have an excellent, super-physical offensive line. They are averaging 4.3 yards per carry, slightly down from 4.4 yards per carry last season. Here’s a clip from Sunday where the Raiders’ right tackle and left guard finish their guys while the right guard executes a sweet reach block.

These guys can still run block.

However, they are transitioning to an outside-zone scheme after being a downhill-rushing team for years. New OC Todd Downing is an outside-zone guy and, according to offensive line coach Mike Tice, the move to outside zone was necessary because teams were crowding up J.J. Jansen Youth jersey the linebackers to stop the run.

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The Carolina Panthers have had issues running the football on traditional run plays all year long. We saw these problems continue yesterday, as the Detroit Lions did an excellent job of stopping the Panthers on the ground, holding them to just 28 yards rushing. The Lions were able to stop the Panthers from effectively running the football because their interior linemen did a great job of clogging up the interior run lanes, while their edge defenders and linebackers stayed disciplined on the edge to prevent any cutbacks.

The Carolina Panthers are slowly bringing back option elements into their offense every week. As Cam Newton continues to recover from his off-season shoulder surgery, it will be interesting to see how the Panthers balance their offense with traditional runs and option runs moving forward.

After passing for just four touchdowns with five interceptions and three fumbles through Chicago’s first four games, the Bears have finally seen enough out of Mike Glennon. Head coach John Fox will give rookie Mitch Trubisky a shot under center in his first career start on Monday night.

Yahoo Sports has the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers in its top five. The Eagles took care of business at home against the Arizona Cardinals, and the Panthers — led by quarterback Cam Newton — are on a two-game winning streak.

The Eagles moved up in ESPN’s power rankings, too. They were No. 8 last week but moved up to No. 4. The Panthers and Patriots also climbed up this list after their respective Week 5 victories.

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The key battle in this game could be Houston’s defensive line against Kansas City’s offensive line.

“I just got off the phone with him; he said he’s sorry,” Del Rio said Monday. “He’s a great kid, he’ll bounce back. I told him the team will take care of business while he’s healing, and just get healed up, and when he can come back, he’ll come back.”

What’s a transverse process fracture? A transverse process is a small bone that sticks out on either side of the vertebrae. It’s not a risk to Carr’s spinal health and the injury isn’t serious in the grand scheme. The biggest issue for Carr will be pain tolerance.

Dealing with some injuries on the offensive line, the Chiefs could have their hands full facing one of the most dangerous defensive lines in the game, led by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.

This year was supposed to be either a continuation or an improvement, but instead it has been a regression to far worse than the mean. The Giants’ record is 0-5 with no easy wins on the horizon. They’ve looked porous on offense this year, and they rank in the bottom third in offensive DVOA. To make matters worse, they were beset by injuries last week. Superstar wideout Odell Beckham Jr., new free agent Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris all had their seasons prematurely end last week in a loss against the Chargers. Underachieving and now decimated by injury, the once-heralded receiving corps will have no chance for redemption this season.

The Broncos have been defensive stalwarts this season under new head coach Vance Joseph. They house the best rush defense in the NFL and have allowed the fewest yards of any team. On offense, the Broncos rank among the top three in rushing, led by C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles.
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There are plenty of ways to describe a sack. A player can deck the quarterback, or stick him, or light him up. But we’ve never heard anyone talk about a sack quite like this.

The woman also said Elliott told her We’re spending the whole day together. You have no choice but to. She said they spent all day Tuesday together and he cried and apologized, telling her it’s just tough love. I love you too much several times.

What one witness said: A statement from Elliott’s friend said he came back to Elliott’s apartment alone at 3:15 a.m. and the alleged victim was waiting there. He said the woman stayed over and never mentioned any fights or injuries. The friend said Elliott didn’t return home until 8 or 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Youth Ezekiel Elliott Jersey Well, for AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which the Cowboys call home. It’s the first time the draft will happen in an NFL stadium.

The Cowboys will host the 2018 draft in April. Virtually every NFL city, plus the Pro Football Hall of Fame site in Canton, Ohio, has expressed interest in holding the draft now that the league moves it around.

After decades in New York, the draft was moved to Chicago in 2015 and was held there again in 2016. It drew huge crowds, whetting the NFL’s appetite for taking bids to host it.

Last year, the draft was in Philadelphia at the iconic Art Museum steps. It drew 250,000 fans for the first draft held outdoors.

Derek Carr Jersey played and was healthy, but the offense remained in an execution and play-calling funk against LA.

The atmosphere in Lincoln Financial Field for a Monday night game against a rival with the team on a red-hot run … the Eagles need to be as ready to handle it as Washington does. Since the Eagles won their first meeting on opening day in Washington, Carson Wentz has played even better, the running game has joined the party and the defense has held up its end. This could be the game where Josh Norman’s absence will be felt most.

Week 6 was filled with upsets, as many big underdogs came through, even on the road. Given the way the 2017 NFL season is going, the unpredictability is here to stay.
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That won’t stop us from fearlessly forecasting and predictably prognosticating. Here are our 15 game picks against the spread for Week 7, which is bound to have a few more surprises.

Week 7 betting lines are courtesy of Bovada. Check back later in the week for updated point spreads.

And rather than causing a rift between players and owners, the anthem issue (and what has stemmed from it) actually has brought the NFL hierarchy, union officials and players closer together than they’ve been in years. Proof came Tuesday, when representatives from all sides came together for talks before the league’s fall owners meeting.
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I think they wanted to get a better understanding as to what it is we were looking for as players and how they could come along and support our voices, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said outside NFL headquarters while flanked by some of the 13 current and active players in the meeting. I think we’ll continue to work that out. There’s only so much you can accomplish in a two-hour meeting. But it was good to finally meet face-to-face and have that real dialogue as to where we all stand and then move on from there.

NFLPA still fighting Ezekiel Elliott Jersey six-game suspension

Ezekiel Elliott’s fight against a six-game suspension is not over.

Elite Kids Cam Newton Jersey The NFLPA filed a motion Monday for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of the Cowboys running back.

I don’t think we should be in any collisions other than on Sunday. It makes no sense, he said, per mlive.com.

Levy also testified about NFL teams’ administering of pain medication. He said while teams are being more cautious with meds these days, he was able to get Vicodin like Skittles and Toradol shots like it was nothing early in his career.

We don’t talk about the effects of any of the drugs that we’re getting. It’s a 16-week season, people are trying to make it through. Doctor says it’s alright, it’s alright, Levy said.

Overall, Levy said NFL owners are not in touch with the head injury issue and that it’s not a topic teams want to discuss.
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I don’t think the organization wants to put that in a player’s head, that they can give themselves a degenerative brain disease, Levy said. You don’t want your players out there worrying about damaging their brain. That’s not talked about.

The Colts’ offense ran smoothly in the first half but managed only nine points in the second. Brissett went 21 for 37 with 212 yards and a touchdown. He had little help from the running game, which managed only 85 yards. Frank Gore led the Colts (2-4) in rushing with 49 yards on 10 carries.

Indians name Trevor Bauer starter for Game 4 despite short rest

Indians name Trevor Bauer starter for Game 4 despite short rest

Trevor Bauer will start Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Monday night on short rest, the Cleveland Indians announced after their loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday.

Bauer, who pitched brilliantly while throwing 6? shutout innings in the series opener, will try to close out the Yankees in the best-of-five series while being opposed by New York ace Luis Severino. Bauer will be pitching on three days’ rest rather than the customary four.

Manager Terry Francona considered starting Josh Tomlin in Game 4. But Tomlin warmed up in the bullpen during Sunday’s game, and Francona ultimately settled on Bauer after asking the righty if he were ready to go.

Masahiro Tanaka’s seven-inning gem was saved when Aaron Judge prevented a home run in right field, and Greg Bird homered to give the New York Yankees a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 on Sunday night, extending their AL Division Series.

What happened? A torn Achilles tendon forced Detmer to miss the 2000 season. He was traded to Detroit just before the start of the 2001 campaign.

As the Indians proved in their Game 2 comeback, that bullpen isn’t invulnerable, but it’s well rested after Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino both threw seven innings in their starts. Only Dellin Betances (12 pitches) and Tommy Kahnle (22 pitches) threw in Game 4, so Girardi will undoubtedly have a plan similar to the wild-card game: Chad Green up first, followed by David Robertson, maybe Jaime Garcia for a lefty matchup, Kahnle for an inning or so and then Aroldis Chapman for a couple innings to close it out.

Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale questioned James Harden’s leadership skills, saying leading a team is not part of the All-Star guard’s personality. McHale also said newly acquired Chris Paul will make Harden a better player.ravens_009

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Limited Bobby Clarke Jersey The Raiders were unable to finish a full practice Wednesday because smoke from the raging California wildfires made it difficult to play due to poor air quality.

Oakland went out to practice defiantly to Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple, but decided to skip individual position drills, cutting off nearly 30 minutes out of the two-hour practice.

Limited Linus Ullmark Jersey Cox said he consulted other players who had a similar injury and they told him, it was nothing to play with. He played things smart and tested his calf on Tuesday as a full participant in practice. It was then he thought he would be able to play Thursday.

It felt great. I did a workout right before the game and it felt great, Cox said. It didn’t get tight on me and I felt like I could come out and help the boys go to battle.

At first, I could tell I hadn’t played in two games because my technique was a little rusty, my get-off was a little rusty, Cox added. But as the game went on, I got better and felt like I was getting it.

While Newton ran for 71 yards on 11 carries, Stewart had minus-4 yards on eight carries.

It’s what we do, Cox said of stuffing the run. We want to get teams in third-and-long, second-and-long situations so they throw the ball around and give the guys up front a chance to rush the passer.