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Browns take exception to trash talk from Jaguars’ Tashaun Gipson

broncos_068Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson let it ride during a recent radio interview leading up to Sunday’s game against the Browns, saying, “I truly hope that we hang 40 [points] on them” and “their offense probably shouldn’t score against our defense.”

Instead of pushing the chatter aside, Browns coach Hue Jackson said he wants Gipson’s comments to resonate with his winless football team.

Gipson played four seasons in a Browns uniform after going undrafted in 2012. He was not re-signed as a free agent in 2016.

Ah, but what, exactly, constitutes a favorable or unfavorable matchup?

That’s where the “Matchups Map” comes in. Each week, I’ll provide a schedule-independent method to determine strength of positional matchups, using the most recent, relevant data. Check back for updated numbers each week, including matchup highlights at each position — both favorable and unfavorable — based upon those statistics. For these purposes, we will use PPR (point per reception) scoring, though I have analyzed this data for both PPR and non-PPR and have found that the rankings would scarcely change (if at all). These do, therefore, help in either scoring format.

The maps include two measures: The first, “Rk,” is my personal ranking of how favorable/unfavorable I consider that positional matchup; the second, “Adj. FPA,” reflects how far above or below a player’s average that defense has held opponents at that position. All data is from the past five weeks’ NFL action.broncos_087

Sigsbee zings Garrett about the room temperature.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski was a surprise addition to the injury report Wednesday (questionable/thigh), and his impact on the Patriots’ offense is obvious. He has come back strong after injuring his groin against the Saints in Week 2 by playing every offensive snap but one the past two games. He was even on the field for one defensive snap to defend a Hail Mary attempt. Gronkowski didn’t mention the injury in his meeting with reporters Tuesday afternoon. He hadn’t been listed on the injury report Monday or Tuesday, and the Patriots haven’t had a traditional practice this week, holding only walk-through-type sessions. — Mike Reiss

“I didn’t think that AC unit was ever going to come back on,” Sigsbee jokes. “I didn’t know if we were trying to save money after a rough day yesterday.”

More bets come rapidly, including a $550 wager on the New York Jets +3 in the second half against Jacksonville, along with New York Islanders preseason action.

Sarcastic cheers are released when Sigsbee’s $1,495 bet on under 24 in the second half of the Titans-Texans game is accepted by CG Technology. Garrett updates the running tally, telling everyone they are down more than $7,000.

College football Saturdays, when there are often 50-plus games, are much busier for the syndicate than an NFL Sunday. This week, they were down as much as $37,000 heading into the last college football kickoffs of the day and ended up down only $13,000. “It was a great comeback,” Sigsbee says.

Best Week 1 NFL Eliminator picks

Welcome to the 2017 Eliminator Challenge. For those not familiar, it is a free game on in which you pick one NFL team each week to win its matchup. Your team wins, you move on to next week. Your team loses, you’re out. There’s only one catch: You can pick each team only once.

To determine the best picks each week, I lean heavily upon ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). For more on how FPI is calculated, click here and here. I also look at the pick percentages for each team on the ESPN Eliminator Challenge page to see which teams the majority of fans are picking. While the chalkiest picks are usually among the best ones, sometimes there is value in fading them and hoping a high percentage of your pool is eliminated.

I’m not sure whether to feel proud for him or upset that I can’t get him at a ridiculous value price raptors_024Fantasy Football anymore (more than probably the latter), as Mariota sits as the QB6 in terms of price on DraftKings. The Titans added a bunch of weapons to this offense this past offseason, and Mariota looks to benefit greatly. Tennessee has one of the highest team totals in Week 1 in what should also be a very competitive game, two factors that when combined are favorable to quarterback scoring.

I prefer to look for much cheaper value in head-to-head games, but I don’t think Mariota is out of the conversation for your cash game QB. I love Mariota in tournaments this week and will have many lineups with him in those GPPs.

Dan Graziano, national NFL writer: Chargers over Broncos. I like the Chargers as a bounce-back team, and I have some major questions about the Broncos, and why not get it started with a Monday night upset by Phil Rivers & Co. in Denver?

Russell Wilson proving to be Brett Favre-like with awkward arm angles

In the second quarter of last week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson felt some pressure off the left edge, stepped up in the pocket and started scrambling to his left.

He stayed behind the line of scrimmage Joel Bitonio Womens Jersey and kept his eyes downfield. With his body turned towards the sideline, and his legs still moving, Wilson somehow was able to deliver a perfect pass to tight end Jimmy Graham, who broke a tackle and sprinted to the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown.

A now-healthy Russell Wilson is back to throwing on the move and making use of his extraordinary ability to throw from any and all angles. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports
It was an incredibly awkward arm angle with a high degree of difficulty. But Wilson somehow makes these throws with regularity — especially now that he’s getting healthier.

The Patriots return to MetLife on Sunday, still a winning machine even though they lost their star quarterback for four games to a silly NFL penalty. The Jets are 3-8 since that day, trying to salvage their pride in a lost season. It’s funny: The Patriots got busted for deflating footballs and the air came out in New Jersey, 200 miles away.

To paraphrase Vince Lombardi’s famous sideline rant, What the hell is going on?

“That’s the million-dollar question,” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s what we’re John Greco Womens Jersey all searching for.”

Eight of the 11 players who were on the field for Decker’s touchdown remain on the Jets’ roster, although two have missed significant time because of injuries — Decker (season-ending shoulder and hip surgeries) and center Nick Mangold (poised to miss his fourth game with a severe ankle sprain).

The three goners are left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson (retired), running back Chris Ivory (free agent) and receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (cut in the preseason).

There was certainly enough holdover talent to be better than 3-7, but the Jets have regressed in stunning fashion. The biggest one-season drop off in franchise history is six wins (10-6 to 4-12, twice), and this team could threaten that ignominious mark.

They cheered wildly as McCain and his running mate

With Palin mania ebbing away, the Republican campaign looks suddenly vulnerable after a string of serious gaffes. A tumultuous week on the financial front and a drift of women voters back to Obama have eroded McCain’s gains and made the election once more too close to call. The Democrats are now fighting on a of their own choosing – the economy Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Photograph: Brown AP The opening was superbly choreographed. To the sound of thundering rock music blaring Johnny Manziel Jersey from speakers, several thousand people watched as McCain’s campaign plane swooped out of the sparkling blue Iowa skies. The plane taxied to a halt only 100 metres away from the crowd gathered at airport outside the city of Cedar Rapids. They cheered wildly as McCain and his running mate, Palin, descended from the aircraft and trooped through the throng, smiling and shaking hands. Then things started to go wrong. ‘Thank you much, Iowa. It’s great to be here Grand Rapids,’ Palin said as she took the stage, naming a completely different city the far-off state of Michigan. ‘CEDAR Rapids!’ came shouts from the crowd. Palin ignored her gaffe and ploughed on with Josh Gordon Jersey a speech that was quickly interrupted by anti-war protesters. For several minutes the hangar was filled with shouts and chants, drowning out the Alaska governor’s words. Then McCain took the stage, and the same thing happened to him, forcing him off his script to address unruly scrimmage as security hauled out the shouting demonstrators. ‘The one thing Americans want us to do is stop yelling at each other,’ McCain said exasperation. Suddenly, after hauling his campaign back into contention for the White House, the wheels are starting to come off McCain’s fabled Straight Talk Express. The gaffe-ridden rally Cedar Rapids was only one indication. a week of almost unprecedented economic crisis, when Wall Street seemed on the brink of meltdown, McCain’s presidential bid was hit by mistake after mistake, varying from the serious to the surreal. As stocks dropped off a precipice, McCain said the economic fundamentals were strong. Then a senior seemed to suggest McCain had invented the BlackBerry. His top economic adviser, Fiorina, confessed she thought neither McCain nor Palin was capable of running a large company. Then, the middle of the worst financial collapse since the 1930s, McCain got the public endorsement of Trump, a celebrity tycoon who symbolises raw capitalism. For a candidate trying to strike a populist tone, the backing of ‘the ‘ was poorly timed. ‘It’s like a Saturday Night Live routine,’ quipped rival Barack Obama on a campaign stop. At the same time the remarkable surge of support inspired by Palin seems to be ebbing. Polls show women voters drifting back to Obama, who has established a slim lead again. Palin is increasingly mired the ‘Troopergate’ scandal related to allegations that she fired a senior official out of a personal grudge against her sister’s former partner. Palin’s, which shone brightly for two weeks and reinvigorated the Republican base, is showing every sign of dimming. But the real problem is the biggest one: the stunning economic rollercoaster of last week. Americans their tens of millions have been glued to their TV screens watching banks collapse, stocks slide and their own government pump billions of dollars into the system to bail out troubled banks and insurers. It has turned the election right back to the core issue that Democrats have wanted to talk about all along: the economy and its terrible woes.

McCain, with the first presidential debate looming this week, is now fighting the election on his opponent’s strongest turf. shaken and scared by the spectre of a second Great Depression, no one is talking about pigs, lipstick or moose-hunting any more. But McCain is nothing if not a fighter. Cedar Rapids he came out blazing against Wall Street, reckless investors and the regulators who let them place such risky bets. His speech was full of fiery language as he vowed to sack government officials, defend US workers and clean up Washington DC. ‘Right now you are hurting and it is not your fault,’ he told the crowd of several thousand packed into aircraft hangar. ‘It started at the top. It started Washington. It started on Wall Street and we are going to fix it.’ The crowd dutifully cheered its support, swinging behind this new image of McCain as a man of the people. The applause lines just kept on coming. ‘They turned our markets into a casino,’ McCain added, to more cheers. ‘The regulators were asleep at the switch. They were asleep, friends. They were not working for you,’ he said. It seemed to work, too, though only with all-Republican crowd that had bought into his message. ‘I am very excited about this. McCain right now is the best thing for this country,’ said Harry Meek, owner of a local Iowa pest management company, who had driven more than 100 miles to get to the rally. Outside the confines of a friendly Republican crowd, McCain’s message is likely to meet greater resistance. For many years, McCain has been outspoken advocate of easing restrictions on Wall Street, not tightening regulations. His campaign is closely linked to lobbyists and the financial industry is a huge donator to his cause. That has allowed Obama’s speechwriters to hurl some sharply worded barbs. ‘The old boys’ network? the McCain campaign, that’s called a staff meeting,’ is one of Obama’s most popular lines his current stump speech. At the same time McCain is facing American electorate likely to blame eight years living under a Republican White House for the current mess. The words that McCain never mentions on the campaign trail are ‘President W Bush’. effect, McCain has to run against what his own Republican party has done for the last two presidential terms, almost turning his campaign into a third party. But the Bush legacy is still likely to cast a deep shadow over his efforts.

He signed and is under team control but is pursuing football as a career

He signed and is under team control but is pursuing football as a career. Not that it happen, but if Manziel has a change of heart and decides to give baseball a shot, he’ll finally get a to set foot on the campus James Neal Jersey of the University of Oregon. Remember, before he ended up College Station, he committed to play football for Chip ‘s Ducks. The Padres short- team the Northwest League plays on the Oregon campus, a long fly ball from Autzen Stadium. It’s unlikely that Manziel’s baseball career ever go too far beyond throwing a few ceremonial first pitches, but he’s far from the first NFL player to be taken the Draft. recent years, quarterbacks Russell and Colin Kaepernick have both had their names called the Draft. was first drafted by the Orioles 2007, then again by the Rockies ’10. He was then claimed by the Rangers the Rule 5 Draft this past winter, and he spent time visiting with Rangers players this spring after helping lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl title February. Among the other NFL players selected the Draft recent years are: quarterbacks Tom, Vick, Matt Cassel and Locker ; and wide receivers Tate and Decker. Locker was the highest drafted of any of those players, being taken the 10th round by the Halos 2009, three years after they had selected him the 40th round. This isn’t exactly a new trend either, as Marek Mazanec Jersey legendary quarterbacks Dan Marino and Elway were both drafted by Major League Baseball teams. fact, both Marino and Elway were taken by the Royals the 1979 Draft. Elway was drafted again two years later, this time the second round by the Yankees. Though Manziel figures to follow the lead of those quarterbacks and stick to the gridiron, the Padres have at least given him the option to consider making Baseball his next trademark. We want to be respectful of his football career and what the Browns are trying to do and also be realistic, Byrnes said. But just case, I guess we’ll how that lines up.

Menu Riley Sheahan scored with 3 remaining the third period to give the Detroit Red a 2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on night for their fifth straight win. Tatar also scored and Petr Mrazek made 30 saves to help Detroit end a four-game losing streak to Anaheim. After Sheahan forced a turnover inside the Ducks’ zone by tying up Getzlaf at the blue line, Larkin collected the loose puck and got it back to Sheahan. He unleashed a blistering wrist shot past Gibson. Corey scored for the Ducks, and Gibson stopped 22 shots. Anaheim did not earn a point for only the second time its last nine games. The Ducks pulled Gibson for an extra attacker with 1 remaining. Shea had a good look on goal, but his shot sailed over Mrazek’s right shoulder. After several Detroit clearances, Sami Vatanen couldn’t get a final desperation shot off time. Detroit took the lead just 16 seconds, with Tatar’s pass redirecting off Hampus Lindholm’s stick at the top of the crease. It was the second own goal a week for Anaheim, with the only goal allowed a 4 win over Winnipeg last also inadvertently careening off a Ducks’ stick. Anaheim seemed out of sorts after falling behind early, with Kesler and Vatanen taking unnecessary penalties. Nate Thompson had a short-handed breakaway on the second Red ‘ power play but sent his shot off the crossbar and out of play. The Ducks’ first official shot on goal didn’t come until exactly halfway through the period. The second was much more effective. took Getzlaf’s pass and put a backhand top shelf to tie the game.

It was ‘s 16th goal of the and third the last four games. Anaheim nearly took the lead seconds later on a 3-on-2 rush off the ensuing faceoff but Horcuff whiffed on the shot. The Red could have gone ahead 2 if not for a bizarre sequence on a shot by Sheahan. Television replays showed Sheahan’s shot went before hitting off the camera inside the goal and going through the top of the netting. However, the shot was not ruled a goal real-time and a video review did not overrule the initial call. Anaheim’s best chance to take the lead the second period came on a shot by the opening minutes that hit the inside of the post, while Gibson denied Gustav Nyquist the closing 90 seconds. With a noticeable and vocal contingent of Red fans attendance, the game took on an atmosphere recalling the fierce playoff battles between the two teams before Detroit joined the Eastern Conference 2014. NOTES: Detroit scratched C Joakim Andersson and D Jakub Kindl. Kindl, a first-round pick 2005, cleared waivers…. Anaheim scratched D Korbinian Holzer and F Maroon…. Detroit continues its six-game trip Monday night at Los Angeles…. Anaheim returns to action Wednesday night at home against Ottawa.

Bill Belichick on Barkevious Mingo: ‘I’ve been impressed with him’

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New England Patriots linebacker Barkevious Mingo made a strong first impression in his first game with the team, totaling six tackles and two quarterback hits in Thursday’s preseason finale against the New York Giants.

But behind the scenes, he already had won over Bill Belichick because of his intelligence and work ethic.

“He lived in the facility last week,” Belichick said.

During his pregame interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Belichick was complimentary of Mingo’s versatility and physical traits.

“It’s good to work with him. I think he’ll help us. He’s long, has good length, he’s fast, he picks up things quickly, asks a lot of good questions. You don’t have to keep going over the same information with him. Once you give it to him, he has it and then you go on to something else. He has good retention, good instincts, and I think he understands football.

“He’s played a lot of different positions — linebacker, defensive end, off-the-ball linebacker, on-the-ball linebacker, he’s played a number of spots in the kicking game. I think he’s capable of having some versatility and helping us in different roles. We’ll see how all that turns out, but I’d say I’ve been impressed with him personally — his intelligence, his communication, just being alert on everything.”

On Tuesday, the City Attorney’s Office said it declined to pursue charges because of “conflicting and inconsistent information.” It also said Elliott was cooperative in the investigation and offered affidavits and photographs to support his case.

“I feel like there has been some damages done,” Elliott said of his reputation, “but the past is the past. I’m focused on now.”

Elliott, the fourth player taken in the NFL draft, said he wanted to focus on Week 1 opponent the New York Giants.

Elliott remains under review by the NFL. A player does not need to be formally charged with a crime to be punished under the league’s personal conduct policy.

Last month, Elliott found himself in the news for another reason. He visited a legal marijuana dispensary in Seattle before the team’s preseason game against the Seahawks, and afterward, owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett criticized the rookie’s decision.

The Dallas Morning News, meanwhile, obtained court documents that revealed an exchange of texts messages between Elliott and the former girlfriend regarding whether he thought he might fail a drug test.

Fantasy football auction targets that will cost you less than $5

These undervalued players will help you gain an edge on the competition during your fantasy football auction this season.

According to the latest ESPN lLive auction results, each player can be had for less than $5.00.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor: $3.00

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah: $4.00

Abdullah is another player likely headed for a big step forward in his second season. Like Yeldon, Abdullah was effective (4.2 yards per carry), but Detroit’s lead back couldn’t rack up touchdowns (three total) and was overshadowed by Theo Riddick in the passing game.

Riddick will remain heavily involved this year, but Joique Bell is gone and replacement Zach Zenner averaged a miserable 2.5 YPC on 19 preseason carries. Don’t be surprised if Abdullah easily eclipses 200 carries this season.

Ravens RB Terrance West: $0.00

Here’s how Kaepernick and Gabbert compare at the end of the preseason:

Gabbert: Because of the injury issues Kaepernick has dealt with, Gabbert has taken the vast majority of the first-team reps in Kelly’s offense since he arrived in January. Gabbert handled most of the snaps during the offseason program as Kaepernick recovered from knee, shoulder and thumb injuries. He did the same during training camp after the aforementioned shoulder tightness prevented Kaepernick from throwing in the first two preseason games and about a week and a half of practice. Gabbert played 43 snaps in his three preseason appearances. It’s probably overstating it to say Gabbert has a complete grasp of Kelly’s offense, but he’s certainly had more chances to execute it than Kaepernick.

Kaepernick: After returning from the shoulder tightness that kept him out of the first two preseason games and joint practices with the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos, Kaepernick split reps with the first team in practice with Gabbert. Kelly made it a point to try to get Kaepernick as many game reps as Gabbert and was successful as Kaepernick ended up playing 45 snaps in his two preseason appearances. It’s worth noting that those reps aren’t all created equal, though. Kaepernick played with and against starters for just 13 of those snaps against Green Bay. The 32 reps he got Thursday in San Diego came with the Niners’ backups on offense and San Diego’s defensive reserves.

Joey Bosa ends ugly stalemate with Chargers, signs four-year deal

The ugly stalemate between the San Diego Chargers and and Joey Bosa has finally come to an end. The Chargers announced on Monday that they’ve signed their third-overall pick to a four-year deal that will include a team option for a fifth year.
The signing ends a 31-day holdout that got testy last week after the Chargers publicly shamed Bosa during negotiations, claiming that he had turned down one of the best offers ever given to a rookie in San Diego.

“Anquan said it this morning [that Kaepernick had the right to do it], and I was kind of mad that he said it, because I was like, ‘God, if Anquan says it, I’ve got to go with it,’ because Anquan was such a leader, and he’s a smart guy. He gets it,” Boone said, via “But at the same time, I was upset with his choice to do that and kind of disrespect the flag.”

Boldin, who played for the 49ers from 2013-15, said that he has no issue with the fact that Kaepernick was protesting the national anthem because living in America gives them that right.

Although the Chargers ended up selecting Manning, he never played for San Diego because he was traded to the Giants on draft day.
Anyway, when the Chargers took negotiations public last week, it ended up making both sides look bad. Many Chargers fans thought Bosa was being greedy because he was going to get the entire $17 million signing bonus in his contract whether it was paid out in 2016 or 2017.

On the other hand, many fans thought the Chargers were just being cheapskates due to the team’s long history of dealing with rookie holdouts.

It was clear in the preseason that Lynch owns by far the most talent of any Broncos quarterback, he just needs seasoning. Lynch has a huge arm — one of the strongest in the entire NFL — and unique athleticism. He can be a difference maker in Kubiaks offense in time. If Siemian stumbles, will Kubiak have confidence Lynch’s talent will outweigh his inexperience?

Lynch is the future in Denver. We’ve thought all offseason the first-round pick could play at some point this year, the question will be how early will he get a shot?

James Koh – DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: Contract year. I’m not sure we need more analysis but if you do here you go: Washington’s backfield has been decimated by injuries meaning this will encourage coach Jay Gruden to throw even more than they did last year, which was not a little. If he’s healthy, D-Jax will see 110-plus targets and blow away his Round 8 to 10 value.

Matt Franciscovich – Jared Cook, TE, Green Bay Packers: You can pick up Cook, who presents top-five upside at his position, in the last round of your draft so you should probably do that in all of your leagues. Rodgers finally has the speedy tight end he’s been lacking for years and Green Bay’s No. 3 receiver competition is irrelevant due to Cook’s presence. I’m calling 10-plus touchdowns for the former Ram.

Brandon Marshall’s first impression of Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: Uh, oh

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A year later, the truth comes out.

Reflecting on the 2015 offseason, New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall admitted he didn’t think much of Ryan Fitzpatrick when they first started practicing together. We all know how the season turned out — they became a highly productive tandem — but there were some rough moments in the beginning.

“From all of us who know Keanu, you know he’s going to put a thousand percent into all the rehab to get ready,” Quinn said Friday. “We know kind of what he stands for and the toughness, so I’d expect the shorter-term [amount of time being out] with him. He’s kind of just built that way.”

This is the second injury this preseason for Neal, who also missed the preseason opener against Washington with a “trunk” injury.

The Falcons already were down one strong safety with Neal’s backup, Kemal Ishmael, sidelined with a shoulder injury. Quinn said Ishmael is expected to return to practice in a limited role Sunday. The other players in Atlanta’s strong safety rotation are Damian Parms and rookie Sharrod Neasman.

Quinn also said Friday that the Falcons will potentially sign a veteran free-agent safety but that the team is not considering bringing back William Moore, who was released earlier this year.

Moore, who told ESPN earlier Friday that he would “absolutely” come back to the Falcons, didn’t fit well in Quinn’s scheme last season.

Neal is expected to have a significant impact on the defense upon his return. He is known for his hard-hitting style, and coaches say he’s already mature beyond his years.

Surprise player who impressed: Safety Kelcie McCray. To say it’s a surprise is probably a stretch because McCray has been playing well all summer. But he showed up in a big way vs. Dallas, finishing with seven tackles and a pass breakup. McCray will enter the season as the top backup at both safety spots.

When it was starters vs. starters, the Seahawks looked…: Sharp. As mentioned above, the offense scored four times (two touchdowns, two field goals) on six possessions.