Month: September 2017

3 signs the Jets are headed for football armageddon

The Jets announced Monday that they’ve decided on a starting quarterback. After assessing the play of Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty, and Josh McCown — none of whom were particularly good — the Jets have settled on McCown for Week 1.

McCown is 38, and the last time he won a regular season game was Week 5 of the 2015 season. Since 2014, McCown has a 2-20 record as a starting quarterback. That’s frighteningly bad.

“Appealing to a Hispanic audience is a priority for us,” Burke Magnus, ESPN’s executive vice president of programming and scheduling, told Sports Business Daily. “Obviously, it’s also a priority for the NFL in terms of growing their fan base and tracking on the changing demographics of the country.”

It’s likely a good decision for ESPN, which used to show poker tournaments and repeats of “30 for 30” on ESPN2 during Monday Night Football broadcasts.

The NFL has made recent efforts to expand its brand in Mexico and played a regular-season game in the country for the first time in over a decade last year when the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders met in Estadio Azteca. The NFL will return to Mexico in November when the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders play a Week 11 game.

Popularity of American football in the country has skyrocketed, and ESPN is Cheap Steelers Jerseys wise Cheap Rugby Jerseys New Zealand to ride that wave and make the NFL more accessible to Spanish-speaking fans.

Burfict injured Roethlisberger on a perfectly legal sack that forced the quarterback to be carted off the field.

He eventually returned to the game, despite suffering a shoulder injury that seemed to clearly hinder his play.

Then Burfict appeared to seal the game for the Bengals by intercepting a pass from Landry Jones with 1:36 remaining, seemingly icing the team’s 16-15 lead.

But the Bengals fumbled the ball right back to the Steelers, and Roethlisberger re-entered the game with the chance to set up a game-winning field goal. Pittsburgh eventually got that field goal, and it was due to a vicious, head-hunting hit delivered by Burfict on Antonio Brown that drew a 15-yard penalty.

The Texans don’t know what they’re going to get from the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year after his recovery from a pair of back surgeries in 2016. But even in limited action during training camp, Watt has shown flashes of his old self. The Texans’ defense stepped up last year in his absence, and now Watt will benefit from playing alongside Whitney Mercilus and a healthy Jadeveon Clowney, who is coming off the best season of his career. — Sarah Barshop

Andrew Luck will suffer his first losing season in his six-year NFL career.

The Colts are in rebuilding mode, especially on defense, with The Best Cheap Jerseys new general Sports Cheap Jerseys manager Chris Ballard parting ways with a number of aging veterans in the offseason and using six of his eight draft picks on defensive players. — Mike Wells

The Vikings like the core of their team, especially a defense that brings back nine starters.

Four of them — safety Harrison Smith (22), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29), defensive end Everson Griffen (97) and nose tackle Linval Joseph (98) — have signed long-term extensions in the past year. Hope for an improved offense prompted four new starters on the offensive line, a fifth (Joe Berger, 61) who’s changing positions, and a fresh start at running back, where rookie Dalvin Cook (33) replaces Adrian Peterson. — Kevin Seifert

Yeah, it’s definitely a blessing — but I was tremendously mad. I thought I would go in the 16-to-25 range, probably to either Houston or Carolina. I didn’t think it would be Carolina because they wanted me to play linebacker. When I went to do an interview with the Panthers, they were asking, “If all the safety positions are gone and we have the Will linebacker open, would you play there?” And I said, “No, I’m not playing linebacker unless I have to. I’m not doing it.” I guess they took it into consideration. It is what it is. But at the same time, going second round is big when it comes to getting a good second contract. I tell kids, if you are drafted after the first round, just ball. That’s all you have to do. Just ball and you get your money faster. The first-round guys have to stay for five years if the team picks up their options.

The Niners look buried in the NFC West, but like the Browns, they Real Cheap Jerseys stand as Youth Cheap Jerseys statistically likely to improve and might have upgraded at several key positions after finally investing in free agents. New coach Kyle Shanahan has done great work with offenses in the past, and while his scheme usually takes a year to fully grasp, both Brian Hoyer and Pierre Garcon have played under Shanahan in the past. The defense could start as many as six first-round picks on rookie deals, so there’s plenty of (admittedly as-yet-unrealized) growth potential on that side of the ball. If the Niners can control both lines of scrimmage, there could be something here.

NFL power rankings roundup: Tracking where teams are entering Week 1

The New England Patriots still reign supreme over all the 31 teams as we take a look at the NFL power rankings entering Week 1. Each week this season, we’ll be keeping track of the power rankings posted at Yahoo Sports,, ESPN, and CBS, as well as our own.

We, too, see the Patriots as the team to beat, and we put them atop our SB Nation power rankings to start the year. We went with the Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, and Seattle Seahawks to round out our top five.

Joyner: 5. That Thursday night game at Tampa Bay has all the makings of a trap contest. The addition of WR DeSean Jackson and TE O.J. Howard will give the Buccaneers the firepower to turn this matchup into a shootout that will give them at least a 50 percent chance of winning.

He met Donald Trump well before Trump became president.

“I thought the country was ready for change,” Khan said. “He (Trump) just said what he needed to say to get elected. But some things are happening with this administration that are unbearable and almost unacceptable. Our only hope now is in the judicial branch.”

Richardson, 26, is one of the best young defensive linemen in the NFL and earned a spot in the Pro Bowl in 2014, but he struggled to stay out of trouble in the early years of his career.

In the last two months alone of the 2016 season, the 26-year-old US Cheap Jerseys Club defensive end Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping arrived late to team meetings, used profanity on Snapchat, and publicly criticized teammate Brandon Marshall.

Hard Knocks’ recap: Bucs have a Montell Jordan sing-along

I’ve seen a few perfect episodes of various television shows in my lifetime. The very first episode of The Walking Dead was gripping. “The Lion and the Rose” was a flawless episode of Game of Thrones, mainly because bye, Joffrey. And Episode 4 of this season of Hard Knocks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was perfect, too, for one reason.

It opened with Buccaneers players dancing to Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It.”

You can’t change your player’s appearance…or position. TO BE FAIR, that’d just be a whole lot of extra work for game developers, given the storyline, plot and separate challenges you would have to make per position. Unlike other “playing as a character” modes like Campus Legend and NFL Superstar, you can only be Quarterback Devin Wade. In the other modes that I mentioned, you have the option to play many different positions, and if you’re daring enough, even change positions between seasons (in certain college games).

While you have the flexibility to make decisions on the field, as soon as you step in between the lines, it’s another story entirely. In 98 percent of the challenges that Wholesale Jerseys you play in, you Cheap Hockey Jerseys have zero control over what play you actually run.

It would have been cool if there were more challenges and more features inspired by the Campus Legend/Road to Glory game modes. In NCAA Football 13, you can earn the right to call hot routes and even pick some extra plays if you don’t like the one you see.

Stafford leads Lions into opener against Cardinals

If Osweiler “doesn’t show well,” then maybe the Broncos let him go once Lynch is healthy.

If Broncos get off to a slow start and Siemian is pulled and Osweiler isn’t that good, maybe they wait until Lynch is healthy.

If Siemian is terrific and Osweiler appears to be a good back up, Broncos are most likely going to hang on to No. 17 rather than “roll the dice with Lynch” in case Siemian were to get hurt and Broncos needed a backup in the playoffs.
Now, go discuss amongst yourselves.

Ezekiel Elliott appealed his six-game suspension last week in a hearing that unexpectedly stretched into three days. Despite the contentious battle, arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Elliott’s suspension, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

However, Elliott’s suspension won’t begin until Week 2. He will play Sunday night in the Cowboys’ season opener against the New York Giants.

Elliott’s response: Elliott’s representatives released a Cheap Bruins Jerseys statement shortly after the ruling became public.

So even if every one of the other 1,200 players had tested negative — which Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys even the heartiest skeptics would agree could not possibly be the case — the minimum C.T.E. prevalence would be close to 9 percent, vastly higher than in the general population.

the Patriots have more options to fill Edelman’s starting role than ever before.

He set career highs the following season after hauling in 49 catches for 685 yards and five touchdowns, but he fell off that pace in 2016. Though the Seahawks are still relatively thin at wideout — Baldwin and Tyler Lockett are the only players on the roster to have gained more than 271 receiving yards in a season as pros — they decided to jettison a fan favorite.

The real win for the Jets is getting a second-round pick to continue to rebuild the team from scratch while Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson pick up the slack on the defensive line.

But Kearse can immediately contribute to the Jets and step up in a way that the Seahawks depth chart often didn’t allow him to.

In 2017, the Patriots have more options to fill Edelman’s starting role than ever before. Belichick and his New England staff have been deliberate in their quest to surround Brady with as much talent as possible as his career winds down. The team traded the 32nd pick of this year’s NFL draft to New Orleans in exchange for playmaking wideout Brandin Cooks. He’ll be option 1a on a suddenly Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys stacked receiving depth chart.

The speedy Cooks has lived up to the expectations placed on him after being the 20th overall pick in the 2014 draft. He’s recorded more than 2,300 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns in his last two seasons with the Saints, and somehow found a way to upgrade from Drew Brees after heading north to Foxborough. He’s more of a deep threat than Edelman was (15 yards per catch last season), but can also fill out a Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK route tree as needed with the Patriots.

Fullback Keith Smith said the focus of the team is only on the Giants, not Week 2 and beyond.

“I think the biggest thing for all of us is to focus on what we need to do each and every day,” Garrett said. “That’s been a point that we’ve tried to emphasize to our team for a long, long time. Our team understands the importance of that. in order to be your best, you’ve got to focus on yourself and what you need to do in your preparation to play your best football. So that’s really where our focus is. We don’t spend a lot of time on other stuff.”

Quarterback Dak Prescott said he is glad Elliott will play against the Giants because of the effect it will have on the Giants’ defense.

“It opens up so much in the passing game and play-action, so it’ll be good,” Prescott said.

Prescott was hesitant to delve into Elliott’s psyche as he prepares for this game knowing he could be out until Nov. 5 if he does not earn an injunction against the NFL’s ruling.

We saw Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton “dab” in the end zone a couple of seasons ago at Tennessee in a move that created a national sensation. We saw Denver linebacker Von Miller creatively dance and twist his way toward a Super Bowl championship the same season.

When asked what he can do to help Elliott through the process, Prescott Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys said, “I guess I can just remind him of the reason why he’s so good. And the moment he Cheap NFL Jerseys China walks in here, he’s locked in and football is the only thing that’s on his mind. I can tell you when he’s in here in this locker room or he’s at practice or in that film room that none of that outside world is going through his head. So I just remind him of that.”

3 winners from Tuesday night’s Summer League Games

Las Vegas Summer League continued to provide plenty of entertainment on Tuesday night. Some of the bigger names like Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz weren’t on the floor, but the night wasn’t short of star performances.

Forbes had a fairly efficient night shooting, going 11-of-26 from the field. Where he really stood out was behind the arc, where he hit six three pointers and made all seven of his free throws. Forbes is doing a little bit of everything out there, also grabbing five boards and dishing out four assists.

That’s fine. But please Kyrie, we’re begging you to not leave the Eastern Conference. There’s … there’s nobody left. Paul George went to the Thunder, Jimmy Butler went to the Timberwolves, Paul Millsap went to the Nuggets, and Carmelo Anthony wants to go to the Rockets.

I, a sports blogger, have a decent enough chance to make the Eastern Conference All-Star team as is. You leaving would mean I have a really good chance. Kyrie, I scored three points on my varsity basketball team. Fam, don’t do this.

Irving’s official list, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, includes the Knicks, Heat, Spurs and Timberwolves as the four teams for which he’d prefer to play. Two of those places sound great! The other are really bad — don’t go there! The Spurs have Kawhi Leonard! He doesn’t even talk, that’s no fun. And the Cheap Vintage NBA Jerseys Timberwolves? They just got Jimmy Butler. They’ve had enough happiness.

Anyway, Kyrie, here is a list of 14 teams you should consider playing for (in alphabetical order, sorted by conference), PLUS one bonus team I bet you aren’t Cheap Vikings Jerseys even considering.

He can weave through traffic like an out-of-control taxi cab or bully his way into defenders

Smith is nervous for his first game, he admits afterwards, but it hardly shows. In fact, his calmness under pressure is what impressed his coaches the most. Both Carlisle and Mavericks summer league coach Jamahl Mosley laud one sequence where Smith quickly moves past several bad plays. That defies nearly every predraft scouting report, which listed “attitude” as a negative.

“He comes to the bench, his head’s down for half a second, I said something to him really quick, and next thing you know he comes out and makes three (good) plays,” Mosley says. “Things like that, most young players are in the tank for the next five possessions. He turned it around just like that.”

In other areas, Smith marches ahead. He can weave through traffic like an out-of-control taxi cab or bully his way into defenders, dislodging them and clearing space for a short shot. He has full confidence in his jump shot, which he’ll use to fall away in the lane when a defender stops him a little short, or step back for a three when a poor soul gets switched onto him in a pick-and-roll.

Take Spain, for example. Several Spanish team stars — both Gasols, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Mirotic, Willy Hernangomez, Sergio Rodriguez, Jose Calderon, Alex Abrines — play Cheap Throwback Jerseys in the NBA. They won’t be available for qualifiers. The top five Spanish club teams play in Cheap US Jerseys EuroLeague. So that likely rules out Rudy Fernandez, Juan Carlos Navarro, Felipe Reyes, Victor Claver, and Sergio Llull. Not a single player from Spain’s 2016 bronze medal Olympic team will be available to play in FIBA qualifiers, unless they ditch their professional clubs for a week in November and February.