Month: June 2017

Stefon Diggs looks to be much healthier

Kyle Rudolph put up the best numbers of his career — his 83 catches were third-best in the league for tight ends, and his 840 yards were fourth-best. Yet, again, as is the case with Bradford’s precedent-setting season of safe calls and throws, repeating that isn’t ideal. (He was targeted more than any tight end, and was tops on the Vikings.)

They started in the right direction in last year’s draft by taking Laquon Treadwell in the first round, then this offseason put pressure on him to take a Year 2 leap when the team signed Michael Floyd in free agency.

Stefon Diggs looks to be much healthier, and Adam Thielen looks to match a big season last year. They weren’t lamenting losing Cordarrelle Patterson to free agency for a reason: As much as they miss him on returns, they have depth at receiver that they can exploit, and that’s what Shurmur does well.

Deion Jones exemplifies that speed. He used it to turn two of his three picks last season into scores.

That speed sets Jones, and the rest of his unit, apart.

“Deion, I don’t know if there’s a faster linebacker in the NFL,” linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich said. “De’Vondre is not far behind, and then to add Duke. And Josh Keyes has speed. LaRoy Reynolds has speed. I mean, everybody — Jermaine Grace has speed. I’d put our group against about anybody when it comes Cheap Braves Jerseys to that.”

They added to that speed this offseason, bringing in Takkarist McKinley and Duke Riley Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys in the draft. McKinley ran a blazing-fast 4.59 40-yard dash for a 6’2, 250-pound man. Riley, who is projected to take over the starting weakside linebacker role, was a top performer at the combine in the 40-yard dash with a 4.58, as well as the three-cone drill with a 6.89-second performance.

McKinley should help with the Falcons’ pass rush, building on what Vic Beasley did last season. Riley is already penciled in as the starting weakside linebacker.

Former Cowboys QB Troy Aikman gets engaged to girlfriend Capa Mooty

The strong side will have a big change as healthy 2016 sixth-rounder Devante Bond for now is projected to replace free agent Daryl Smith. The Bucs, however, will give rookie third-rounder Kendell Beckwith every opportunity to win the job, given the kind of immediate results it got from fellow LSU product Alexander two seasons ago. Beckwith needs to first show he’s recovered enough from a torn ACL to get the necessary reps.

To support Alexander and David and not overwhelm Bond or Beckwith, it is likely to remain more of a rotational position with Jacquies Smith, Adarius Glanton and Cameron Lynch fighting for the rest of the snaps outside.

Former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman got engaged during his European vacation on Friday.

Aikman posted news of his upcoming nuptials on Friday with his now-fiancee Capa Mooty.

Most NFL fans know the answer to the first question. The second question, however, is the source of endless talking head debates. After Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, nobody is necessarily safe depending on who you ask. Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson are just a few that get put up against that test.

Sporting News ranked the starting quarterbacks from 1-32 for the 2017 season, and we used several different guidelines.

We looked at last year’s stats and career stats. We factored in win-loss records, winning percentages and playoff victories. We did some head-to-head arguments. Finally, we propped every quarterback Cycling Cheap Jerseys up against the Flacco scale in honor of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who is the flashpoint for those “elite” debates. Quarterbacks who scored four or more “Flaccos” are in Detroit Tigers Cheap Jerseys that elite discussion.

Jamaal Charles wants to prove he can be ‘the man’ for the Broncos

Jamaal Charles played in just eight games in the past two seasons. He’s still not cleared to fully participate in OTAs yet, either. Still, on Monday he said he can be “the man” in the Broncos’ running game.

“If I’m not going to be the man, why am I here? I should be at home sitting on the couch,” Charles said.

Charles signed with the Broncos after being waived — or “fired,” as he put it — by the Kansas City Chiefs, the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2008 draft.

On May 23, Roger Goodell brushed off the situation by saying that Brady hadn’t been diagnosed with one last season. He also emphasized that it was an issue that the league was still working on, and one they believe they have made progress on.

“The responsibility is a shared responsibility, for our teams, our medical professionals, the players themselves,” Goodell said. “We put in a lot of safeguards that I think are incredibly important in changing the culture. That’s what we’ve done. There is still more work to be done.”

Goodell also said players were much better about self-reporting concussions. “You really see players now saying, ‘I don’t feel right, I need to get a medical exam.’ You see teammates that say, ‘You know what, he doesn’t seem right’ to me or coaches. All of that is an advancement.”

Bundchen’s comments were made out of care for her husband. She wants him to live a healthy and happy life, but the unfortunate side effects of football are an understandable cause Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys for concern. That’s even more true when you consider that there’s still plenty we don’t know about brain injuries.

“I am planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re, like, 100, I Cheap Dan Marino Jerseys hope,” Bundchen said in May.

Belichick is right that it’s up to team doctors to diagnosis concussions. But everybody involved in the game — whether it’s players, coaches, or doctors — needs to make sure that concussion protocol is being followed.

Johnny Manziel looks good enough for NFL return, says former Browns WR

Johnny Manziel missed all of last season for a number of reasons, but the 24-year-old quarterback has been prepping himself for a return to the NFL.

The former Browns QB has said himself he wants to make a return, and now others are praising him as well. The latest is former Browns teammate Travis Benjamin, who said on NFL Network Thursday he’s met with Manziel this offseason.

“I saw Johnny about a month ago through this PT guy we go to in San Diego and he’s looking good. He says he’s ready to come back and hopefully he’ll get a shot at a team and he’ll go in, continue to humble himself and play smart and play good.

Clowney was named to his first Pro Bowl after recording 52 tackles, 40 of them solo stops, with six sacks, 16 tackles for losses, 17 quarterback hits, and a forced fumble. His position coach believes it was just the first of many Pro Bowls for Clowney and that he can some day wind up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“I told him he can be a Hall of Famer,” Texans defensive line coach Anthony Weaver told the Houston Chronicle Friday. “Now, there’s a number of things that have to happen. You’ve got to Cheap Youth NBA Jerseys stay healthy, you have to be consistent and persistent. But he has all the qualities and athletic attributes in order to do that.”

Clowney was dominant at times last year, even if he China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale didn’t put up huge statistical numbers. Even when he didn’t make a tackle, Clowney was a disruptive force for the Texans front. He showed Hall-of-Fame potential for one season, but the biggest obstacle he’ll have to overcome is his proclivity for injuries.

Wade Phillips kicked out officiating crew from Bills’ facility over Music City Miracle

Wade Phillips hates the Music City Miracle. He hated it even more when NFL referees tried to pass it off as an example of good officiating.

According to the former Bills coach’s book, “Son of Bum,” an NFL officiating crew traveled to the Bills’ facility in the offseason after Buffalo’s 22-16 loss to the Titans in the AFC wild-card round (courtesy of the Music City Miracle). They were there to review rule changes for the 2000 season, using video of certain plays from the previous year to highlight how and why certain calls were made on the field.

“I’d be lying to you say it doesn’t give you a chip (on your shoulder). Especially being a competitor,” Peterson said Wednesday, via The Advocate. “It’s not my main focus. It’s something that drives you a little bit. After 30, because it was the same back then. ‘Oh, he’s 30.’ Then I ended up leading the league in 2015. Same thing the next year. Stuff will continue to repeat itself until I finish.”

New Orleans’ decision to sign Peterson was a head-scratcher. Already set at lead back with Mark Ingram proving last year that he can handle a larger load, Sean Payton decided to further flood his backfield talent pool by bringing Peterson into the mix.

The team then traded away next year’s second-round pick to draft speedy Tennessee back Alvin Kamara in the third round.

While Peterson may have to work extra hard for his Find Cheap Jerseys touches, he seems happy Fashion Online Shop Cheap Jerseys to be in a an offense that possesses an elite passing attack.

Former 49ers CB Tramaine Brock accused of punching, attempting to strangle girlfriend

Former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock has been charged with felony domestic violence after his girlfriend told police the player punched her in the face and attempted to strangle her after a disagreement over what to watch on television.

Before the Lions selected Fairley in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, a heart condition was discovered during his pre-draft physical. It was a condition he had while at Auburn, where he was an All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year while helping the Tigers win a BCS national championship in 2010.

He’s played six years in the NFL and, though his play has been inconsistent and he’s missed time because of injuries, his medical issues have not been heart-related.

Fairley left the Lions after four seasons to sign with the Rams in 2015, but finished the year on injured reserve. He signed a one-year contract with the Saints last year and started all 16 games while posting a career-high 6 1/2 sacks. The Saints rewarded him with a four-year, $28 million contract in March.

Neither the Saints nor Fairley’s agent provided comment when asked by NFL Media. Fairley’s agent, Brian Overstreet, told NFL Media last week, that Fairley had not visited a doctor Jerseys From China and “is good, just doing his own thing.”

And, of course, this doesn’t include the quarterbacks drafted in April, from No. 2 overall Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys Mitchell Trubisky to Mr. Irrelevant, Chad Kelly, the 253rd pick. Nor does it include all the undrafted free agents under contract now.

While Garoppolo admits he has thought about where he might play next season and beyond, he isn’t “really thinking about it too much right now.”

Breaking down Jets’ new depth chart: Who’s left in New York?

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy said that in 1963.

In 2017, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles might as well keep that quote posted on their respective office walls. The rebuilding (tanking?) New York franchise and its fans don’t have much to see in the present. They know this season is all about the future.

“He always bounces back, from whatever, from anything,” said Mixon, who ran for 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final season for the Sooners. “I think he’s going to have a breakout year again.

“That’s a machine right there.”

Mixon and Peterson are about the same size at 6-1, 220, and Mixon’s on-field talent has never really been in question. What he might be able to gain the most by working out with Peterson is the advice Peterson could offer on how to deal with public scrutiny from NFL fans and media.

Wright, 30, was brought in during the offseason on a 1-year, $775,000 contract. He’ll be competing for a role behind returning starter Ronald Darby and this year’s first-round pick Tre’Davious White. Apparently since there’s no guarantee he’ll make the roster, he wants to make sure Liverpool Cheap Jerseys he shows up to every practice, no matter what it takes.

After Wright’s story gained so much attention, the person who drove the cornerback 500 miles to practice became richer. The driver, Hadi Abdollahian, is a Chicago native trying to Kids Football Jerseys Cheap earn some extra cash to pay for college. He received that cash thanks to Wright’s trip, and also to Bills sponsor BlueRock Energy.

Team A signing quarterback B and not signing Kaepernick are independent events. But as each last-tier free agent QB gets picked up off the street as training camp looms, it’s getting impossible to separate the two.

Ron Rivera: Cam Newton to begin throwing at minicamp next week

Cam Newton appears to be recovering just fine from his recent shoulder surgery.

The Panthers quarterback is expected to begin throwing on the sideline with head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion at minicamp next week, coach Ron Rivera announced Monday.

Lewis, 23, was at Giants OTAs on Friday then went back to his native Reynoldsburg for the weekend.

He made headlines in high school after he was accused of two counts of rape. Lewis was acquitted of one charge, but the jury deadlocked on the other. He eventually pleaded to a lesser falsification charge and was sentenced to three years probation.

The Giants signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2016 after he played one year at a prep school and two seasons at Bowling Green. In his first year with the Giants, Lewis caught seven passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He saw action in 13 games, starting one.

Hardy, who was selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, gained Toronto Maple Leafs Cheap Jerseys attention during his record-setting playing career at Indiana University. He led the Big Ten in receiving touchdowns from 2006-07 and recorded 2,740 yards with 36 receiving touchdowns before being selected by the Bills.

After spending two seasons in Buffalo, Hardy was released USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys by the Bills and picked up several months later by the Ravens, though he failed to make the final roster and his NFL career never resumed.

In May 2014, Hardy was arrested after attacking three police officers. A judge ruled later in November 2014 Hardy was not competent to stand trial and he was committed to a mental facility.

DeSean Jackson would like to re-sign with Redskins

DeSean Jackson is one of the most exciting wide receivers in the NFL, but it remains a mystery where he will be playing next season.

One of the fastest and most dangerous players in open space, Jackson has made a career out of his big-play potential. However, he is now 30-years-old, and hasn’t played a full season since 2013.

Those five weeks will be spent pouring over tape of UNC’s Mitch Trubisky or Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, the consensus top two quarterbacks in this year’s draft class, as well as other potential options the Browns could snag further down the board with one of their 13 picks.

None will be as prepared to start in 2017 as Garoppolo, who has shown flashes during his three NFL seasons. But he remains a risky gamble.

The 25-year-old has made two starts, both in 2016, when he threw for a combined 496 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots started 2-0 with Brady suspended. Garoppolo showed poise and talent that made him a second-round pick in 2014, but that’s his resume in a nutshell.

Critics will say he’s another product of the Bill Belichick system.

After all, the Patriots have pulled this trick before, cashing in on Cheap Jerseys And Jordans Matt Cassel (in 2009) and Ryan Mallett (in 2014). Neither panned out with their new teams.

Garoppolo figures to draw at least a first-round pick from suitors as the Patriots Cheap Jerseys Direct NBA hope for a bidding war between the many quarterback-needy teams.

It’s likely there will be plenty of them besides the Browns, including the 49ers, as Cabot notes. But the Browns seem willing to pay the price.

SN Exclusive: Fox to tape delay Super Bowl 51 pregame, halftime shows

Better safe than sorry — especially if you want to avoid another “Nipplegate.”

Fox Sports will employ a five-second tape delay during its pregame and halftime coverage of Super Bowl 51, spokesman Eddie Motl confirmed to Sporting News.

“We haven’t made a determination on Las Vegas as an NFL market,” Goodell said in his annual state of the league press conference in advance of Super Bowl 51.

“The Raiders submitted an application, and it’s one that we’re considering carefully. There are several elements of that — financing a stadium, the stadium project itself, the depth of the market. All of those are things we’ve studied over the past several months. That will increase in intensity over the next month or so.”

Texas’ proposed legislation is similar to HB2. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, also a Republican, introduced the bill in early January.

Abbott also criticized NFL players who sat or kneeled during the national anthem last season as a protest of racial oppression. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the Cheap Infant NFL Jerseys first to kneel during the anthem, doing it before an exhibition game.

“I cannot name or even count the number of Texans who told me that they were not Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys watching the NFL,” Abbott said. “They were protesting the NFL this year because of the gross political statement allowed to be made by the NFL by allowing these players, who are not oppressed, who are now almost like snowflake little politicians themselves unable to take the United States national anthem being played.”