Monthly Archives: October 2017

NFL trade deadline: Bills pull off late shocker, acquire Kelvin Benjamin Jersey from Panthers

Kelvin Benjamin is heading north.
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j. Beernerdness: I’ve gone Sober October, as you may have read last week, and you filled my inbox with your passion about favorite beers. So I’m going to use the next three columns to feature your choices. The first: from Mitch Clingman of Wisconsin: I live in Milwaukee but I’m from Minnesota, and I enjoy watching my Vikings while sipping on King Sue, an American Double IPA from Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Margus Hunt Jersey Iowa. Orange in color, one of the hoppiest fresh noses you will ever find, this is absolutely a life-changing event in a bottle. My leg starts twitching when I take my first sip. I highly suggest giving this one a try in the near future. Toppling Goliath 鈥?well, of course I’m going to try anything from Toppling Goliath.
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k. Great job by the Vegas Golden Knights feting the city, the police, the victims and the first-responders at the first home game in franchise history. That 58-second moment of silence was marvelous. Truly emotional. Nice start for the first big-league team in the history of the state.

l. Liked the analysis by Don Banks of The Athletic on the quote-unquote Ben McAdoo losing the locker room perception. Often, teams settle into cliques during really bad times, and Banks captures it.

Funchess has 33 catches this year for 357 yards and a team-leading three touchdown receptions.

The Panthers (5-3) are home the next two weeks with Sunday’s game against the Falcons followed by a Monday night contest against the Dolphins. Carolina hopes to get tight end Greg Olsen back following their bye week for the Nov. 26 game against the Jets.

Limited Mens Jean Beliveau Jersey Benjamin, who missed the 2015 season with a torn ACL, has 168 career receptions for 2,424 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Texans’ Watson faces crash course in Seahawks

With each week comes a new set of challenges for Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, whose early-season exploits have not only surprised the NFL, but have buoyed an offensive unit that appears to gain increasing proficiency with each contest.

As Woods indicated, it is clear at this stage that the Rams fear nobody, and star defensive lineman Aaron Donald sees boundless potential for this team.

59.3 percent. The Jaguars haven’t won a division title since 1999, but FPI currently has them down as the favorites in the AFC South. The defense has been the driving force behind Jacksonville’s resurgence, leading the league in sacks (33), takeaways (16) and interceptions (10).

Along with representatives from law enforcement groups in New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Santa Clara County, Sacramento, Long Beach and Oakland, 49ers CEO Jed York and Paul Kelly, the president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, formally announced the creation of the “Pledge for a More Understanding and Safer America.”

As part of that pledge, the Niners are contributing $500,000 toward advocating what they are calling “common-sense legislation” to ban bump stocks and any other mechanism that allows for the conversion of a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon as well as armor-piercing bullets and gun silencers. The groups also are supporting a House of Representatives bill intended to ban devices that increase a weapon’s rate of fire.

My colleague Mike Sando has a stat he likes to trot out about the Saints and defense. In their first 11 seasons with Drew Brees as their quarterback (2006-16), the Saints have had five seasons in which they allowed fewer than 24 points per game. They were 58-22 with a Super Bowl victory in those seasons. In the other six — seasons in which they allowed at least 24 points per game — they went 43-53. Sando’s lesson is that the Saints have to be only average on defense to be a winning team with Brees at quarterback.steelers_125

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Like many NFL players and coaches, Rams running back Todd Gurley doesn’t enjoy the disruption of playing international games in London and Mexico City.
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Gurley wasn’t afraid to say as much Thursday, when asked how his preparations are going for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals in London’s Twickenham Stadium.

This Sunday’s game is the third of five games in the NFL’s 2017 International Series. The Vikings and Browns play Oct. 29 at Twickenham Stadium, and the Patriots and Raiders will round out the international schedule with a Nov. 19 game in Mexico City.

Game Mens Tom Rathman Jersey The scalding-hot water left third-degree burns on his chest, shoulders and underarms. He spent two weeks in the hospital, and a year later a doctor told his parents that Cousins might have limited range of motion in his arms for the rest of his life. He might never be able to throw a ball properly, the doctor emphasized. A few scars remain, but nothing else in the original prognosis came to pass. The incident did, however, establish what Cousins would come to see as a theme in his life.

Arians took to Twitter on Tuesday to deny a report by Phoenix’s KNXV television that he plans to step down after the season.

Hearing reports I’m retiring, Adam Clendening Jersey Arians tweeted Tuesday evening. News to me. Nothing could be further from truth & 100% focused on getting back on track at SF!

The initial report cited multiple sources, including two NFL coaches, in saying Arians doesn’t plan to return as Arizona’s coach.

Arians, who turned 65 earlier this month, led Arizona to a 34-14 record and a pair of playoff appearances in his first three seasons at the helm, but Arizona is 10-12-1 since and trending in the wrong direction.

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Jerry Jones Jersey says if any players ‘disrespect the flag’ they won’t play

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the Cowboys’ loss Authentic Leonard Williams Jersey to the Packers that any player who is disrespecting the flag will not play.
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Jerry Jones: We cannot in anyway give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag. We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind, that the [NFL] and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag

Jerry Jones: But let me be real, real clear the thing that the National Football League needs to do and the Dallas Cowboys are going to do is stand for the flag. We’re going to do that. It’s the rules that are on the book in my opinion.
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The Cardinals’ rushing attack had been among the worst in the league prior to Week 6, as Arizona ranked tied for 25th in my good blocking rate (GBR) metric from Weeks 1-5 with a 36.1 percent total in that category. Their ball carriers didn’t even fare well when given quality run blocking, as the Cardinals’ 5.3-yard mark in my good blocking yards per attempt (GBYPA) metric made them the only team with a GBYPA of less than 6 yards.

That didn’t look to change against a Tampa Bay rushing defense that placed first in GBR allowed in Weeks 1-5 (31.3 percent), but the addition of a power back like Peterson seemed to motivate the Arizona blockers to the point where they posted a 53.1 percent GBR in this matchup. Peterson racked up a 9.1 GBYPA total that was nearly 4 yards higher than what Arizona had posted as a team prior to this game.

The Cardinals’ ability to dominate a stout defensive front seven bodes well for Peterson’s fantasy managers, as Arizona’s next three foes (Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks) are far from powerhouses in the advanced defensive rushing metrics categories. That points toward Peterson’s dominant performance as potentially being par for the course for him in the near future.

Brandon Marshall Jersey says his 2017 season is over due to ankle surgery

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The New York Giants lost another wide receiver for the year with Brandon Marshall set to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair an ankle injury suffered in Week 5.

Marshall, 33, announced the surgery Monday night on Instagram.

I think anytime you try to pin the blame on any one person in a team sport like this, that’s always going to be a mistake. That’s nonsensical, Harbaugh said. It just doesn’t work that way. But I understand that’s how it works. We all understand that.

Cameron Artis-Payne Authentic Jersey Harbaugh has twice fired offensive coordinators during the season in his 10 years in Baltimore. In December 2012, he dismissed Cam Cameron and hired Jim Caldwell, who helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl that season. In October of last season, Harbaugh made the change from Marc Trestman to Mornhinweg, who has failed to turn around the offense.

Instead, I’m going with someone who the Bucs signed in 2016: right guard J.R. Sweezy. He missed his first season with the Bucs with a back injury, but has been awesome in the past three games.

Sweezy is one of three players to play every single snap on his side of the ball, and the only player who could realistically be called a newcomer. He’s been good in the run game, but he’s been surprisingly great in the passing game.

The play of Cameron Jordan. Jordan has always been seen as the brightest bulb in an especially dim Saints defense, but he has looked like a Defensive Player of the Year candidate over the past three games. In his past 12 quarters, Jordan has four sacks, five quarterback knockdowns, three passes defensed, a forced fumble, a pass breakup which led to an interception, and a pick-six. He produced one of the most physically dominant plays you’ll see all season last Sunday, when he bull-rushed reserve Lions tackle Brian Mihalik backward into Matthew Stafford, sacking the Lions quarterback without Jordan ever laying a hand on the former first overall pick.

Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, issued a statement clarifying the invitation.

The first interception was taken by Telvin Smith off a deflection from the line of scrimmage and taken 28 yards for a touchdown. On the next drive, Jalen Ramsey deflected a pass into the arms of Barry Church who took it 51 yards for another touchdown that gave the Jaguars a 20-9 lead.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is credited for starting the movement by kneeling during the national anthem, was invited but did not attend the meeting, according to Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins said he did not know why.

Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, issued a statement clarifying the invitation.

Colin Kaepernick was not invited to attend today’s meeting by any official from the NFL or any team executives, he said. Other players wanted him present and have asked that he attend the next meeting with the goal of forging a lasting and faithful consensus around these issues. Mr. Kaepernick is open to future participation on these important discussions.

Randolph then showed a replay from afar, followed by a top down shot of Hayward. TNT showed the medical team taking care of Hayward but the cameras did not get too close. Viewers saw Hayward coming off court on a stretcher shaking his head and then another camera gave a brief shot of him being wheeled into the locker room. Over the next three quarters, reporter Kristen Ledlow provided updates on Hayward’s condition and possible transfer points from the arena. (The Celtics announced that Hayward fractured his left ankle.)

From the joint NFL-NFLPA statement last week on the meeting, the goal is to seek “a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized.”

The national anthem became a talking point in the NFL last season after Kaepernick started sitting for in protest of the police brutality and inequalities that people of color in America still face today. Kaepernick switched from sitting to a kneel, and other players followed his example.

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Colts GM Chris Ballard, though, insists Luck’s rehab is going fine and that soreness is to be expected.

It’s natural that there’s going to be some pain and soreness when you’re rehabbing an injury, Ballard said, per the Indianapolis Star. We’re going to try and shut him down and calm it down right now.
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Alex Smith was bound to cool off a little with some injuries to his skill players against a good defense, which is exactly what happened against the Steelers. They need to shake off the stirring up of tough playoff memories, stat.

Carson Wentz is slowly building his MVP case, but the biggest strength of this team is premier play on both the offensive and defensive lines. They are a legitimate threat to finish atop the NFC in the end.

The ACC, SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 each had five selections, with the Big 12 contributing four, and the remaining four distributed among other programs.

Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of the NBA season opener in Cleveland, his leg bending awkwardly after he rose for an alley-oop pass and collided with James. He collapsed immediately and trainers and medical personnel rushed onto the court. Hayward was taken off on a stretcher and will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia.

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Demetrius Harris is called for a holding, negating the play. Smith, however, connects with Travis Kelce to move the chains and bring the Chiefs to their own 42.

The bill has also been endorsed by groups like the ACLU, NAACP and The International Association of Chiefs of Police. Baldwin and Goodell are each expected to present letters to league owners explaining why the NFL should endorse the bill.

Field goal Kansas City. The Chiefs fail to pick up a first down following the free kick recovery and are forced to settle for three points. Harrison Butker drills a 46-yard attempt to put Kansas City ahead 3-2.

There were quick cuts to players and fans in disbelief, including (in order) Cavs center Tristan Thompson, Celtics wing Jaylen Brown, Cavs forward Jae Crowder, Cavs guard Derrick Rose, Boston players huddling up, LeBron James with his head down and various shots of crestfallen Cavs and Celtics players.

Consumers don’t care how they get the signal as long as the price is reasonable and the experience is equal (to cable or satellite), Greeson said.
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The survey showed a couple hurdles facing sports streaming, particularly when it comes to awareness.

Only 32% of respondents said they were aware that social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter — both of which have made pushes into live sports in recent years — have offered free live sports streaming. Also, only half of cable and satellite subscribers were aware that their subscriptions included access to streaming apps.

Referee explains decision on controversial non-TD by Jets’ Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jersey

Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins appeared to score his second touchdown of Sunday’s game against the Patriots in the fourth quarter, but officials overturned the call upon replay review, much to the dismay of NFL fans.

Not only did the officials say Seferian-Jenkins did not score, but they also ruled that he fumbled the ball out of bounds through the end zone for a touchback, giving the ball back to the Patriots.

I wish he’d have been here 11 years from the beginning, Fitzgerald said after Sunday’s game, via the team’s website . I’d have a Super Bowl ring already. But having him here, his leadership, his demeanor in the huddle, I think it’s reinvigorating everybody.

Peterson capped his inaugural game in Arizona with 26 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns, gaining more yards in his first two quarters with the Cardinals (85) than he did in four games with the Saints (81) before being traded last Tuesday. Not bad considering he had a five-day tutorial on the Cardinals’ playbook.

Meanwhile, Fitzgerald finished with game highs in receptions (10) and receiving yards (138) in addition to a first-half score.
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There have been a rash of injuries so far this season, with many of them to marquee players. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Houston outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus are done for the year, as are Giants receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris, Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, Cardinals running back David Johnson and linebacker Markus Golden, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Chiefs safety Eric Berry and receiver Chris Conley, and Eagles running back Darren Sproles.

How Embiid’s new deal could work, plus Philly’s other options

Editor’s note: Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers agreed to a $148 million extension on Monday that includes incentives — such as millions of more dollars for making the All-NBA team — and protection against injury, with specific details on those clauses still unreported. This piece has been updated to reflect the news.

The evidence against Embiid receiving a lucrative extension from the 76ers was overwhelming: two seasons (164 games) missed due to a recurring right foot issue and a third season cut prematurely with a left knee injury that eventually resulted in a March surgery. Embiid also did not play in a back-to-back last season as the Sixers monitored his minutes. Until recently, Embiid had not been cleared to participate in 5-on-5 in practice and still has not played in a preseason game.

When the Boston Celtics convened to watch film of the games two days later, coach Brad Stevens made sure to spotlight the sequence.

While it was Latavius Murray that handled early work for the Vikings backfield, McKinnon emerged in Week 5 as RB3, toting the rock 16 times for 95 yards and a touchdown while also adding six catches for 51 yards. McKinnon is a superb athlete that played two thirds of the Vikings’ snaps on Monday night of Week 5. While we forecasted that Murray had a chance to seize the starting role following Dalvin Cook’s season-ending injury, it sure looks like McKinnon gives Minnesota its best option going forward. A priority add for all size leagues.

Will we see Williams soon? It’s getting closer, as has been reported by colleague and NFL Insider extraordinaire Adam Schefter. Williams was the seventh overall pick in the draft for a reason — he’s an immense physical talent. Yes, it’s a crowded group of pass-catchers already, but if you want a flier who has unique upside, Williams fits the bill.ravens_015