Month: October 2017

One team source said Bryant clearly was frustrated on the field Sunday and wasn’t really into the game late.

Sources have maintained the Steelers do not intend to trade Bryant. He has worked hard in recent practices and hasn’t been a problem in that area. In fact, Bryant thought he would be central to the Week 7 game plan based on the week of practices.
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Smith-Schuster said he has been in contact with Bryant and Alex Erickson Youth jersey the two are in a good place. Smith-Schuster understands what Bryant is going through as a receiver who wants more targets.
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Awesome receiving production is the cause for such efficient yardage production from Richard, as he has netted nearly 13 yards per reception. The Bills have ceded 42.5 receiving yards per game to backs, while Derek Carr’s average target has traveled just 7.4 air yards this season, 12th-lowest in the league. This infers Carr could rely on Richard in the short passing phase to move the chains against a solid Buffalo front. It’s clearly a risk to trust Richard as a flex this week, but there is real evidence he could enjoy a strong day from scrimmage in Orchard Park. — McCormick

Garoppolo was set to hit free agency following the 2017 season. The 49ers filled their biggest need, and the Patriots got something out of it, too. It would have been difficult to re-sign him to continue to be the never-retiring Tom Brady鈥檚 backup. So instead of seeing him walk, New England gets a valuable draft pick.

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NFL Insiders predict: Week 8 upsets, flops, NFC South race, more

Sando: Winning a game. The Browns are not going to settle their long-term quarterback situation before the bye. However, they did nearly pull off an upset against the Titans. They will be overmatched against the Vikings, which means they probably will need multiple turnovers to pull off an upset. But what other worthwhile goal can be accomplished this week?

Yates: Committing to a quarterback and allowing that player to grow through positives and negatives. Although the Browns likely don’t have the long-term quarterback answer on their roster right now, the team must at least afford itself the chance to evaluate these players more comprehensively. Hastily executed quarterback decisions have defined this season so far. It’s time to pick one and let him play.

My answer: No. Not even close. At least not yet.

It will take years to evaluate this gambit. (You can call that second-guessing, but I’ll go with “the benefit of hindsight.”) Not until both the Rams and Chargers settle into their new stadium, scheduled to open in 2020, can we know whether the moves have paid off.

Elliott ran for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns in his rookie season, and he added 363 yards and a touchdown through the air. It was also a primary reason the Cowboys finished 13-3 and locked up the top seed in the NFC for the postseason.

This year, the Cowboys are 3-3 after their 40-10 win over the 49ers. They’re ranked third in the NFC East, behind the Eagles and Washington. Off the field, Elliott is in the middle of an ongoing legal battle with the NFL over his six-game suspension stemming from domestic violence allegations by a former girlfriend. It has left his playing status in doubt from week to week.


Ravens to sport all-purple color rush uniforms Thursday vs. Dolphins

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When the Baltimore Ravens host the Miami Dolphins Thursday night, both teams will be donning their color rush uniforms.
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As owners filed into the large conference room featuring a massive, football-shaped table, everyone feared the discussion could get ugly. NFL executive Troy Vincent, who cared deeply about the players’ concerns but had little patience for the protests, called San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch the Saturday before the meeting. He told him that if safety Eric Reid, one of the most ardent protesters, knelt the next day, he shouldn’t bother to show up at the players-owners meeting because nobody would take him seriously, according to people briefed on the call. Reid knelt anyway. And he intended to show up.
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The mixed signals and the team’s lack of candor bugged him more than any locker room handshake ever could. When he led Washington to a November win over the Packers in 2016, he couldn’t resist playfully screaming How do you like me now? at McCloughan and tousling his hair as he jogged off the field. Cousins, according to people close to him, spent years watching the team fawn over Griffin, treating him like royalty, and when it became his team, Washington didn’t show him similar respect. If Griffin had put up the same stats Cousins had, wouldn’t he already have a substantial contract offer?

When Allen went to visit Cousins in Michigan this offseason to persuade him to sign a deal, Cousins looked him right in the eye and told him it wasn’t about the money. He was going to play Allen Crabbe Womens Jersey under the franchise tag again. I prayed about it and said, ‘Lord, what do you want to do?’ Cousins said this offseason at Liberty University’s convocation.

After 11 seasons on an NFL roster, Reggie Bush remains unsigned in 2017.

The free agent is hopeful to play this season, but if a team does not sign him it’s likely the 32-year-old running back will retire.

Can it get any worse than Browns’ QBs? Yes! (but not much)

The Cleveland Browns’ current group of QBs rivals the worst quarterback rooms in the Total QBR era.
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Kevin Hogan hasn’t played well. DeShone Kizer was even worse. Through six games this season, the Browns’ passers have recorded a Total QBR of 21.9.
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If they kept up that exact level of Joe Johnson Jersey play for the rest of the year, Cleveland would have the fourth-worst team Total QBR in a season since 2006, as far back as the statistic goes. At the moment, the Browns are behind only the 2010 Panthers, the 2008 Raiders and the 2007 49ers.

No suspects had been taken into custody as of Wednesday evening.

Since none of the four victims reported any loss of property, the investigation is being categorized as attempted robbery.

We’re safe, Foster said. I’m blessed to be safe. I hope you appreciate — I don’t want to get in no detail, I’m just happy me and Ray and the rest of the people are safe.

Elite Kids Matt Prater Jersey The 49ers released a statement on Tuesday night acknowledging the reports of the attempted robbery and making it clear that Foster and Armstrong have been cooperating and would continue to cooperate in any further investigation. first reported the incident and that Foster and Armstrong were involved.

The pass protection just hasn’t been as stellar. They’ve allowed 13 sacks, after leading the league in fewest sacks per attempt last season. It would be unrealistic to expect them to continue being first in sack rate every season, but it’s been different for the quarterbacks seeing just a tad more pressure.

The OVER is 6-1 in Denver’s last seven games as a favorite of 11 points or more.

Denver has gone 12-5 SU in its last 17 night games. That streak of success is likely to continue against this depleted Giants team. If New York hopes to keep this one close, it will need to get an excellent performance out of a defense that ranks 24th in scoring defense and 27th in total defense.

This is New York’s first game as a double-digit underdog since Super Bowl XLII back in 2008.

What, exactly, did Texans coach Bill O’Brien see in Tom Savage to start him Week 1? Watson has been electric since taking over for Savage at halftime of the opener. He ranks No. 1 in Total QBR (80.2) and leads the league in touchdown passes with 15. Watson had one of the best games of any quarterback this season in Houston’s 57-14 win over the Titans in Week 4, with five total touchdowns (four passing) while completing 73.5 percent of his passes.
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Authentic Kids Lavonte David Jersey He was constantly evading pressure, too. Watson did have one interception when he tried to force a throw into the end zone at the end of the first half, but he’s young, and he’s going to make some mistakes. I had a second-round grade on Watson because he could be erratic at times — he has four picks in three starts — and I had him going to the Texans at pick No. 57 in my two-round mock draft in April (he ended up the 12th overall pick). He has the potential to be a superstar, and he’s keeping the Texans in the AFC South race.

Dennis Allen’s unit has produced shocking numbers over its past three games, but even if the defense can’t keep it up, the Saints might only need to be competent to challenge for the NFC South crown. Few quarterbacks have needed — and gotten — less from their defenses to succeed than the 38-year-old the Saints have under center.

Former NFL DL Greg Hardy to face Joe Hawkins in first amateur fight on Nov. 4

Former NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy has booked his first amateur fight in mixed martial arts for Nov. 4 in south Florida.

For what it’s worth, UFC president Dana White told TMZ last year that Hardy would need to “win some serious fights” before the UFC considered him. The UFC typically doesn’t sign athletes with little to no background but has made several high-profile exceptions.

In an interview with in 2016, Hardy said, “I have a lot of different issues that I’m definitely working through and working on. I would say [training MMA] helps me channel everything. It helps me just come back down to earth, be humble, because these are machines that I see every day. I get choked out, punched in the face and laid out on the mat daily, and that’s not something that a guy my size and my stature with my history has ever come across.”

Hardy had six sacks in 12 games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. He was a Pro Bowl selection for the Carolina Panthers in 2013, when he registered a career-best 15 sacks.

McElwain says receiver Tyrie Cleveland, left tackle Martez Ivey, receiver Kadarius Toney, safety Chauncey Gardner and defensive end Jabari Zuniga are “very limited” in practice this week.

“I’m sure there’s not a coach in America who hasn’t been through something like this or will go through something like this,” McElwain said. “At the same time, the guys that are here, they play really hard and they’ve been playing hard. That’s all good and dandy, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to win. We’ve got to come out with getting better with those guys this week and then put the plan together moving forward.”

Florida already has several players out for the season, including quarterback Luke Del Rio (broken collarbone), safety Marcell Harris (torn Achilles tendon) and receiver James Robinson (unknown heart condition).sabres_010

Case Keenum replaces Sam Bradford vs. Bears

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Thanks to the performance of the Vikings defense, and a strip sack by Danielle Hunter, Minnesota still had a 3-2 lead when Keenum took over. But Bradford finished the half with just 36 passing yards and a noticeable limp.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: For the fourth consecutive week, Brate caught a touchdown pass and scored at least 13.3 fantasy points, his 19.6 PPR points second-best among tight ends through the Sunday 4 p.m. ET game block. Through Jameis Winston missed much of the game with a shoulder injury, Brate succeeded just the same with Ryan Fitzpatrick passing him the football, and in fact the two connected for the first touchdown in NFL history from a quarterback and receiver who both hailed from Harvard. Brate was started in 54.5 percent of ESPN leagues, a significant increase from his 37.5 percent rate in Week 5.

The Los Angeles Chargers have won their first game of the season! For Chargers fans, it’s a win that’s long overdue, with no-one expecting the Chargers to go 0-4. Unfortunately, it looks like the Chargers marketing team weren’t expecting it to take so long for the Chargers to get their first win of the season either:

Limited Brandon Bollig Jersey Expires 9/25. From the looks of things, the Chargers marketing department had this graphic made (presumably) at the start of the season ready to roll out once the Chargers won a game. As sad as it is that the Chargers are a measly 1-4, it’s pretty hilarious that they couldn’t even win a game before a coupon expired.

Cleveland Twitter is celebrating like the Browns just got their first lead of the season (they have not).

Identifying the best, most important games of NFL Week 7

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This gave the NFL an overall B. The NFL’s score for race was 90.7 percent, which is below the 91.1 percent score in 2016. The score for gender was 74 percent, a decrease from 2016’s 76 percent score. The overall grade for the NFL decreased from 83.6 percent in 2016 to 82.4 percent in 2017. However, it should be noted that the decreases were largely a result of a new grading scale that better represented America’s changing demographics.

In this year’s NFL RGRC, the increase of women in management positions in the league office in 2017 reached a milestone. Previously, they held 31.6 percent of the positions. In 2017, the percentage increased to 35.4 percent, which is the highest in the report’s history. The number of people of color at or above the vice president level in the league office continued to increase as well. In 2015, there were 21 people of color at or above the VP level. In 2016, there were 24 and in 2017, that number jumped to 31 people of color. Similarly, the number of women at or above the VP level increased from 35 to 45 in 2017.

But a player who staged a lone protest against racial mistreatment is a distraction 鈥?in a league that, as the grievance observes, is 70% African American?

The reference plainly includes Pence’s transparently ostentatious walkout from a game between the Indianapolis Colts and 49ers at which several players declined to stand.

Game 3 of the best-of-five matchup is Monday at Chase Field.

Arizona actually has six homers in the series to just one by the Dodgers, who scored eight runs in Game 2 with only one extra-base hit.

These games are dogfights, so it’s going to take a team effort and a collective unit, Barnes said. We’ve been doing this all year.

Arizona ace Zack Greinke will attempt to save the season when he faces his former teammates with the Dodgers, who counter with late-season acquisition Yu Darvish.

Greinke is probably the Diamondbacks’ best chance to stop the Dodgers from scoring their way out of every problem.
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We’ll get to the ballpark (on Monday), get the weather forecast, meet with the umpires, we’ll do the whole weather thing here, Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. Not much we can do about it other than sit and wait and watch.

Rick Porcello will be tasked with trying to save the Red Sox’s season and send the series to Houston.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner had an abysmal follow-up season, establishing a career-high in losses while going 11-17 with a 4.65 ERA.

Porcello is 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in three career regular-season starts against Houston. He faced them in a relief role in Game 1 on Thursday, tossing a scoreless inning.

It’s always a different animal in the postseason, so it was good to get out there and get an inning of work, Porcello said.

I knew that it’s more important to go get the money quicker than everybody else.

The matchup that matters most: Yankees pitchers versus Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Aside from Lindor’s grand slam off Green, the two switch-hitters haven’t done much in the series. Lindor is 1-for-11 and Ramirez is 2-for-13 with two singles — an infield hit and a slow grounder through the infield. With Edwin Encarnacion likely out again with his sprained right ankle, the Indians need those two to do some damage.

The prediction: Severino bounces back from his wild-card debacle with five strong innings. Aaron Judge (0-for-10 with eight strikeouts and four walks) blasts a long one off Bauer. We go five. Yankees win 5-3.

“Johnny Football” was a brilliant college quarterback who became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy while at Texas A&M.

Absolutely. As with the previous example of 3-point percentage, the key question to ask here is how different is a team’s performance during preseason from what we previously expected from them. I’ve found some predictive value to exceeding or underperforming preseason over/under lines, on the order of about three wins per season above or below those lines at the extremes.

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