Month: September 2016

Three Eagles players raise fists during national anthem

CHICAGO — Three members of the Philadelphia Eagles — safety Malcolm Jenkins, cornerback Ron Brooks and defensive end Steven Means — stood side by side, each with one arm raised in the air during the national anthem prior to the Monday Night Football game between the Eagles and Bears.

Jenkins told the media this week that he planned to make a statement to further the conversation about social injustice as Colin Kaepernick and others around the league have done in recent weeks.

“I’ve got to do a better job,” Carroll said. “We got to make sure we’re toeing the line … we still didn’t quite meet the standards the (NFL) wants.”

The rule restricting excessive on-field physical contact during OTAs was put in place to enhance player safety by limiting contact during offseason workouts as well as an attempt to prevent teams from gaining a competitive advantage during summer months.

Seattle was previously fined $300,000 in 2014 and docked OTA sessions in 2012 for violating the non-contact rules. Carroll said the team’s previous violations probably led to more severe penalties being issued Monday.

The NFL also noted in its announcement that any additional violations by the club will likely result in “significantly higher fines, the cancellation of future OTA days, minicamp days, preseason or regular season practices, as well as the forfeiture of higher-round or multiple draft selections.”

For a team that consistently finds diamonds in the rough late in the draft, the forfeiture of a fifth-round pick will sting Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

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.