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  1. Over the last four and a half years, I have had the great pleasure to write covering the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. Never in a million years did I see this coming. It was never a goal or my intent, but it just kind of worked out that way.I am beyond Los Angeles Rams T-Shirt grateful for the opportunity that was presented to me. I remember it like it was yesterday. Turf Show Times was looking to expand on its staff, and Doug (Morrison) reached out to me. He sent me an email and the conversation went from there. Initially I was opposed to the idea. I enjoyed writing and football. I would blog randomly, but it was just about the fun. My fear was if I made it a task, I would hate it. Doug disagreed.I'm glad he did, because he was absolutely correct. Writing for TST took my love to new heights. As time went on, I gained more and more opportunities and eventually became the host of the #1 Rams podcast in the world, Turf Show Radio.Words will never express how appreciative I am of Doug, Ryan Van Bibber, Joe McAtee and Brandon Bate. And I can't forget about the amazing staff I have had the privilege to work with over the years. All 6 Los Angeles Rams Hats ,000 of you guys. You guys are the best. We have had some amazing conversations both on the site and in our staff chats.I came here on my own just wanting to enjoy good conversation about my beloved Rams team. I ended up joining an amazing staff, and making a lot of friends in the process.I will no longer be apart of this amazing staff. I will still be around popping up in the comments from time to time and maybe even dropping a FanPost here and there, but my time has come to an end. It’s a very emotional moment as I love talking to you guys more than you will ever know.No matter how much we have argued or agreed over the years, I have truly appreciated the feedback, support and criticism from you all. Without readers, there is no TST. I always tried to take everything you guys offered and apply it to future writings. I took so much pride in my work, and you all were the driving force for that pride. I thank you all for even entertaining my posts over the years. You guys made it easy to write here on the site and talk football on the pod.I love my Rams fan brethren. Who knows, it's entirely possible I make a return down the line. But for now and the foreseeable future, this will be my last post. I just wanted to tell you guys, THANK YOU. Go Rams!!!!!!!!! Best Overreaction:Robert Woods proved that his contract is a steal as he filled in as slot receiverWhen WR Cooper Kupp went out of the game due to a concussion, the Los Angeles Rams were already short at receiver with WR Brandin Cooks already out due to his nasty collision at the end of the second half. Rather than just stay at his position as a wideout, Woods stepped in and did his best Cooper Kupp impression Los Angeles Rams Hoodie , nailing inside routes like it was no big deal. Mr. Woods has always been known as an excellent route runner, but his performance on Sunday proved that he’s much more valuable than his contract suggests (which was considered to be a reach at the time!)Worst Overreaction:S Tedric Thompson should have been ejected for the Brandin Cooks hit Complaining about the refs is an age old tradition for football fans, but it’s usually saved for when their team loses. In this case, it was in defense for the LA Rams’ star wideout, Brandin’ Cooks, who missed the second half due to this play. I don’t think Thompson’s hit was dirty, it’s just that his speed going into the tackle made the collision violent and unfortunate for our player. There were several brutal hits during the game (and every game played on Sunday), but just because it led to Cooks lying unconscious for a moment, doesn’t mean Tedric Thompson is to blame.
  2. Here were Andy Reid’s brief statements on the injuries after the game:LG Cam ErvingErving reportedly came out of the game due to a problem with his shoulder.“He just dinged his shoulder a bit http://www.authenticskansascitychiefs.com/cheap-dee-ford-jersey ,” Reid said. “He’s all right.” WR Tyreek Hill“Tyreek (Hill) strained his groin,” Reid said. “We will just see how he does here.”It’s worth noting that after the game, Hill was healthy enough to throw on this sumo wrestler costume: I would guess that he is OK.LB Anthony HitchensMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports“Anthony Hitchens got hit in the ribs with a helmet,” Reid said. “We will see how he does as we go forward.”LB Frank ZomboIsaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports“Frank Zombo’s left hamstring was tweaked. We will just see how he does here over the next little bit.”Justin Houston on new rule: “We’ll be playing flag football after a while” The Kansas City Chiefs were the latest recipients of a preseason penalty flag due to some rule changes from this offseason on Saturday afternoon.Outside linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon likely had the best hit of his career Youth Patrick Mahomes II Jersey , preseason or otherwise, when he sacked Bears quarterback Chase Daniel in the second quarter. Here was the play (from a couple angles):The referees threw a flag on Kpassagnon for rouging the passer, and the play was negated. After the game, Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star asked Kpassagnon’s fellow Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston about the play.According to Houston White Eric Murray Jersey , the referees cited the league’s offseason rule changes when calling the penalty. Here is the change, via the NFL’s football operations website:I have a little bit of a different take on this play based upon what I have seen on social media. Watching the play, Kpassagnon does indeed land on Daniel, and under the new language Youth Justin Houston Jersey , did deserve a flag. The problem here should not with the officials, who called it by the new book on Saturday. It should be with the rule. As this new rule stands, defensive players will be forced to slow down so that landing on opposing quarterbacks doesn’t happen. Quicker quarterbacks (like those not named Chase Daniel) may use that time to evade the sack.This is not a good rule and needs to be readdressed as soon as possible.
  3. http://www.packerscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-antonio-morrison-jersey In a corresponding move, the vacated roster spot will be filled by cornerback Tony Brown, who was elevated from the practice squad today. Brown, an undrafted rookie, spent the summer with the Los Angeles Chargers before being waived and signed to the Packers practice squad earlier this month. The 6-foot, 198-pound defensive back is an elite athlete, as evidenced by his collegiate track and field success. Coming out of Alabama, Brown projected as a nickel or hybrid corner who could be utilized in run support, with the added bonus of special teams experience. He’s a willing tackler with 4.35 speed, making him an intriguing prospect for defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Filling Brown’s spot on the practice squad will be defensive lineman Deon Simon, a journeyman nose tackle who has spent time with the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans.Packers-Titans Fantasy Reaction: Adams & MVS trend up, Montgomery trends down The Green Bay Packers got their first taste of preseason action Thursday against the Tennessee Titans and while Aaron Rodgers, Jimmy Graham and Randall Cobb sat out, there was still plenty of fantasy implications to look at. With a mixed bag of starters and reserves, the preseason games can be a critical time for a player’s stock to rise or fall. Also, with only one cut down from a 90 to a 53-man roster Cheap Jaire Alexander Jersey , every play counts.Keep in mind that after one preseason game, someone’s stock rising doesn’t mean you should add them to your big board and vice versa.Stock UpDavante Adams, WRDavante Adams is going to be a WR1 you definitely want this year. He has the most chemistry with Aaron Rodgers of any pass catchers on the roster and on Thursday night, he proved the NFL isn’t ready for how good he’s going to be. He only played during the first quarter, but the deep ball he reeled in along the left sideline over Malcolm Butler looked purely effortless, from the route through the catch.His current average draft position puts him as the sixth WR to be taken in fantasy, leaving Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones and Michael Thomas ahead of him. I’m not sure I like Jones and Thomas ahead of him. Time will tell.Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WRMVS finished with five catches, 101 yards, and a TD which is an exciting stat line, even in a preseason game. He looked like he was going to leave scorch marks on the grass. The Packers drafted him as an option to help stretch the field and he was also returning kicks to the tune of 20 yards a pop. He looked controlled while hauling in a 51-yard bomb and didn’t over run the ball which was nice to see. Not long after that, Valdes-Scantling caught a 15-yard touchdown while the defenders arm was still tangled up between his own. It’s tough not to overreact, but this good be a great stepping stone for MVS to build on. Jamaal Williams, RBAaron Jones is out for the first two games of the regular season with a suspension Nick Perry Jersey , so that left Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery in the race to earn the starting spot for Week 1. During this preseason game against Tennessee, it looked fairly evident that Williams was going to be the guy. He outpaced Montgomery in touches and remained a factor in the passing game, scoring on a nifty eight-yard TD reception. Running largely behind a backup offensive line, Williams had a tough time finding big holes to run through. Hopefully this improves.Stock DownTy Montgomery, RBThis goes without saying since I have Williams’ stock up, but I’m going to say it anyway. Montgomery didn’t get a whole lot of rushing opportunities and had zero catches on two targets. I thought he might see more time as a pass-catching option — considering he used to be a wide out — but the Packers were more preoccupied with their young receivers getting targets. Montgomery outpaced Williams in snap count 29 to 13, but his highlight of the night was in pass protection and really sticking a blitzing linebacker.J’Mon Moore, WRMoore was the first receiver taken by the Packers in the 2018 draft, but he didn’t stand out in this game. He was targeted seven times, but only brought in three of those targets for 27 yards. There were a few times in which Moore was in a good position to make a play on the ball, but just wasn’t able to get it done. It’s only one preseason game and it very well could’ve been jitters. We’ll keep an eye on him. DeAngelo Yancey, WRYancey is in his second year and spent last season on the practice squad. He’s someone who needs to have a big offseason and produce in both preseason games and during practice. This game wasn’t a big showcase for him (two catches on five targets for 10 yards), so if you’re big on Yancey, you need to hope that he continues to make strides in practice.
  4. After two years of disappointment and an offseason full of adjustments Womens Ryan Glasgow Jersey , the Cincinnati Bengals are take the field for real on Sunday, after what seems like an eternity. And, in a twist only Who Dey Nation can relate to, the team is playing the Indianapolis Colts for the second time in as many weeks.With such a quick rematch comes many questions. For the Bengals, it’s about just how much they’ve improved this offseason. They have made major strides to bolster both their roster and their coaching staff. The turnover in both departments may have not moved the needle very much from a national perspective, but they have a very different look as they look to take the field on Sunday. Quarterback Andy Dalton has to be one of the happiest players on the Bengals’ roster at the moment. The team has re-committed to surrounding him with talent on the unit in which he is in charge. Cincinnati made two major moves to bolster their offensive line, with four new starters up front than that of just a year ago. Dalton is also getting a healthy Tyler Eifert and John Ross back to throw to, and we know what kind of quarterback No. 14 can be with a loaded arsenal. 2015, anyone?Still, both the Bengals and the Colts have quite a few similarities, especially in those aforementioned questions, as they clash once again in Week 1. Both offensive lines have been in a state of upheaval, new coaches litter both staffs and questions about the veterans they have kept are plentiful. The main players under the microscope this week are definitely the quarterbacks. Dalton continues to have his share of critics and disbelievers, while Andrew Luck is attempting to resurrect his career after more than a year on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. However, a number of other “ancillary players” are also sharing center stage. Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson are all still allowing the ink to dry for their respective recent deals, with Johnson’s situation being truly an interesting one. Carl Lawson, Sam Hubbard and Jordan Willis will help to round out the pass-rushing crew for the Bengals as the unit’s young guns of the gruop. Cincinnati’s defense was ninth in the NFL preseason in quarterback sacks, which was one of the major reasons for a near-perfect record this August. It’s a trend they hope to continue with Luck, who may be skittish—both because of his injury and a patchwork offensive line. However, one of the other similarities we mentioned before is in defending the pass. Yes, we can’t take preseason statistics as scripture, but a No. 28 ranking in that category this summer has to be worrisome to the Bengals. And, while the team has seemingly cleaned up many issues that plagued them last year, the covering of tight ends by the back seven defenders seems to be a prevailing ailment. Indianapolis employs two capable players at the position in Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron. Oh, and Doyle had quite the stat line against the Bengals last year with 12 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown reception. Should we let bygones be bygones, though?I’ve wavered back-and-forth on the outcome of this game. When it comes to the Cincinnati Bengals, it’s easy to be a stone-cold cynic and those old feelings from following this franchise for 30 years are easy to come by. In that vein, it’s becomes second-nature to concoct a visualization of Luck coming back from injury and torturing the Bengals as he did a few years earlier in the 2014 Wild Card round. The NFL loves a good story line, and few Week 1 narratives would have the gravitas of Luck coming back to an NFL game after being away for over a year and mopping the floor with an AFC contemporary. Season-openers haven’t really been kind to Lewis and the Bengals over the past 15 years. The embattled head coach has a 7-8 record on opening weekend, with five of those eight losses being either complete blowouts (2017 and 2012 against the Ravens Womens Ryan Glasgow Jersey , for instance), and others being complete Bengals-like heart-breakers (2009 at home against Denver). One thing the Bengals fan base doesn’t employ is short-term memory. These losses and the recent playoff failures continue to stick in the team’s faithful like a bunch of irritated splinters. However, it’s finally time to start fresh for all of us in Bengaldom. Long gone is the 2015 Wild Card disaster, and though some of the major figureheads from that debacle remain, things have a different feel this season. After an offseason filled with lowered expectations for the club, the tide has begun to change a bit. Sure, fan optimism is high after a nearly-undefeated preseason, but we also have CBS Sports’ John Breech proclaiming the Bengals a playoff winner, as well as Bleacher Report calling them a “sleeper team” recently (the Colts are on the list as well), so maybe we aren’t having as much tunnel vision as originally thought. Look, Luck is a former No. 1 overall pick and he’s still a massively-skilled player. There’s a debate as to if and how his style of play will change because of the shoulder injury from the end of 2016. Take these diametrically-opposing anonymous opinions from a recent column regarding Luck via Matt Miller of B/R:As for what the Colts believe at the moment with their prized signal-caller?In Week 1, for reasons ranging from rust to a seemingly-furious Bengals pass-rush, Luck will probably look like a guy in between these two reports. For these reasons, I think the Bengals squeak past the Colts, as they begin a potential trek towards redemption. Did we mention that 2018 is the 30-year anniversary of their last Super Bowl appearance?Nah—let’s not get crazy, yet.Bengals 27, Colts 23AC — My shoulder feels fine, FYI. When the NFL released the schedule back in April shortly before the draft, opinions were mixed on how the Cincinnati Bengals would fare in 2018. With the return of Marvin Lewis and the team coming off of two straight losing seasons, the talking heads had the team as a six-win club. But, after the draft and once folks started seeing this year’s team in practices, the national perception changed. Folks began believing this could be a competitive squad this year and their 5-3 start has proved them correct. Right after the schedule release, we made an early prediction of our own on how the Bengals’ season would go. For review, here are the results we had penciled in for the first half of the season:At Colts: WinRavens: WinAt Panthers: LossAt Falcons: LossDolphins: WinSteelers: WinAt Chiefs: LossBuccaneers: WinSo, while we were incorrect on the results in the Pittsburgh and Atlanta contests, our early guess on the 5-3 record before the midway bye rung true. Back in April, we guessed that the second half of the season would lead to a 4-4 record and, ultimately, a 9-7 finish where the team sniffed the postseason. So, now that we have a sample size of half of a regular season, are there changes? Are nine wins enough to get the Bengals to the postseason this year?There is an unfortunate caveat to these win-loss predictions: injuries. It would seem that Billy Price Womens Jordan Evans Jersey , Giovani Bernard, Tyler Kroft, John Ross and Nick Vigil should be returning to the lineup soon, which will be a nice boost for the team down the stretch. However, one of their best players, A.J. Green, is battling a toe/foot injury and his long-term status is a bit uncertain. Because of the recent prognosis of his not needing surgery, we’re going with the prevailing thought that Green won’t be available for the next two games.We discussed the possible outlook of the rest of 2018 on this week’s Orange and Black Insider podcast, and we figured we’d re-hash the discussion here as well. Week 10, Saints at Bengals: Unfortunately, the Teryl Austin effect has been a negative one on the Bengals’ defense. Since he took over for Paul Guenther, Austin’s defense is ranked dead-last in overall defense and passing defense, while ranking 26th against the run. While Drew Brees and Co. are more comfortable in a dome, this matchup doesn’t bode well for the Bengals next week. New Orleans boasts the 9th ranked passing offense and 17th rated rushing attack. This will either be a blowout, or New Orleans will come into Cincinnati a bit exhausted having spent a massive amount of effort and emotion in beating the Rams in Week 9. We’re sticking with a loss here, though. Result: LossWeek 11, Bengals at Ravens: This contest is one that is so topsy-turvy that it becomes hard to predict. Just as Pittsburgh is Cincinnati’s kryptonite, the Bengals often get the best of the Ravens. An idea of a different Bengals team emerged after they took care of a solid Baltimore squad on national television. Some of that luster has dissipated with losses to the Steelers and Chiefs, but Lewis does have a 19-12 record against his former employers. It’s possible the Bengals pull out a sweep this year, as the Ravens are even more Jekyll-and-Hyde than Cincinnati this year, but we’ll go with the series being split. We especially feel this way if Green, the perennial Raven-killer, is sidelined as it appears that that is going to be the case. Result: LossWeek 12, Browns at Bengals: This one will be interesting, as Cleveland has proven to be scrappier than their 2-5-1 record would indicate. They’ve fired Hue Jackson and Gregg Williams comes in as the interim head coach. Can he inspire a late-season turnaround to respectability?The Browns have also made a change at quarterback, as Baker Mayfield is now the unquestioned starter. The “Battle of Ohio” may be headed to a split this year, but I’m not so sure. In Williams’ debut as head coach, Cleveland got predictably stomped by Kansas City.Result: WinWeek 13 Broncos at Bengals: This matchup has had its tugs-of-war in recent years, but Case Keenum doesn’t seem to be the long-term answer at quarterback for Denver. The Broncos are 3-6 and don’t have a ton of signs of trending upward. One wild card in this matchup is the tandem of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. The former has nine sacks this year, while Chubb is a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate with eight sacks of his own. Can the Bengals’ inconsistent offensive line rise up to the challenge? We think they will as Denver keeps finding ways to lose close games. Result: WinWeek 14, Bengals at Chargers: Under Lewis http://www.thebengalsfootballauthentic.com/carlos-dunlap-jersey-authentic , the Bengals are actually 5-3 against the Chargers. Believe it or not, Cincinnati is actually 3-1 when traveling to the west coast to face the Chargers under their long-tenured head coach. Most look at this and automatically see a loss for Cincinnati, which is understandable given the Chargers’ 6-2 record. Los Angeles has a solid roster this season, but they do have weaknesses that can be exploited. Still, with the Bengals dealing with so many injuries and their defense underwhelming right now, the Chargers could start to tip the recent record scale back to being close to even. Result: LossWeek 15, Raiders at Bengals: Initially, this seemed like a really tough matchup on the schedule. Oakland made a needed change at head coach, and most thought that Jon Gruden would bring his quarterback whisperer skills to fix Derek Carr. Well, it’s been an absolute dumpster fire for the Raiders this year, starting 1-7 and being recently embarrassed on Thursday Night Football. Cincinnati should cruise to a comfortable win here without many problems. Result: WinWeek 16, Bengals at Browns: I really am tempted to give the Browns a win in the series this year, but I’m not as big of a believer in Mayfield as most folks seem to be. I still think they are a year away from truly being competitive in the division. Even so, we expect these two games will probably be frustrating for Bengals fans to watch, in terms of performance and them being close contests, even if they end up both being wins for Cincinnati. Result: WinWeek 17 Bengals at Steelers: Something tells me that this one will have some major implications going into January. Pittsburgh still has bragging rights over the Bengals after a last-second comeback win at Paul Brown Stadium, but they’ve shown major warts and have a pretty tough back half of the schedule (Ravens, Chargers, Patriots and Saints).Pittsburgh just secured a huge win over the Ravens in Baltimore, pushing them further down the playoff pecking order at 4-5, and stomped the Panthers on Thursday Night Football. If Cincinnati can get a win in Maryland of their own in Week 11, the Ravens’ postseason hopes will essentially be dead. Of Cincinnati’s eight meager wins against Pittsburgh in the Lewis era, six have inexplicably come at Heinz Field. I guess that plays a little into Cincinnati’s corner here, but common logic just doesn’t point to the Bengals pulling out a massive win against their bitter rivals to potentially put them into the playoffs, or give them better seeding.Result: LossEnd record: 9-7 — Wild Card berthIf you’re unable to join us live for here at Cincy Jungle or YouTube every episode, all Orange and Black Insider content is available here on CJ, as well as on our SoundCloud, Stitcher, through the Google Play Music app and YouTube channels, ART19 as well as on iTunes! You can tweet us @BengalsOBI or get in touch with us via email at theobinsider@gmail.com. Thanks for listening and go subscribe to our channels!
  5. The Los Angeles Rams are set to host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 in the 2018 regular season home opener without ILB Mark Barron who is listed DOUBTFUL on the final injury report:2018 LA Rams Week 2 injury reportNamePOSInjuryWed. StatusThu. StatusFri. StatusGame StatusNamePOSInjuryWed. StatusThu. StatusFri. StatusGame StatusNo issue for RB Todd Gurley who was back in the mix yesterday. And WR Mike Thomas is going to be out of commission for a bit following injuries in Week 1 to both him and WR/KR/PR Pharoh Cooper who was placed on IR.As for the Cards http://www.ramsfootballauthentics.com/todd-gurley-ii-jersey-authentic , they’ve got bigger issues:2018 Arizona Cardinals Week 2 injury reportNamePOSInjuryWed. StatusThu. StatusFri. StatusGame StatusNamePOSInjuryWed. StatusThu. StatusFri. StatusGame StatusStarting RT Andre Smith injured his elbow in their season opener and is a no go. And starters TE Jermaine Gresham, LB Haason Reddick and DE Markus Golden are all gametime decisions.We’ll have to see if Barron can make a surprise return (if he’s even allowed to) and which of Arizona’s QUESTIONABLE trio will be a go.Week 3 NFL-wide headlines WR Josh Gordon is traded to the New England PatriotsDeath, taxes, and theNew England Patriots...It was a roller coaster weekend for Gordon. It was announced on Saturday that he would be inactive for the Brown’s week 2 game against the New Orleans Saints with no prior injury designation during the week. Then it was also announced that the Browns would be releasing Gordon by Monday. Due to Gordon’s past, fan speculation was that he had failed yet another drug test. It was later announced that Gordon suffered a hamstring injury during a photoshoot, which seems like an extremely Cleveland Browns thing. But from the moment the Browns let their intentions known, they had dance partners for a trade. The Browns also sent a 7th-round pick to the Patriots, who are handing back a 5th-round pick. And because time is flat circle, the Patriots fittingly released WR Corey Coleman to make room for Gordon. Coleman was traded from the Browns earlier in the preseason to make room for Gordon on the roster.QB Carson Wentz cleared to playThe news couldn’t have come at a better time for the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles.On the heels of a surprising loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is ranked 23rd among quarterbacks with a 61.1 rating on Pro Football Focus. Wentz, who tore his ACL against the Los Angeles Rams in December, was a large part of the reason the Eagles went off to an 11-2 start before being forced to turn to Foles. With RB Jay Ajayi uncertain to play this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts, Wentz may need to once again be the focal point of the offense.Minnesota Vikingsmake kicker switch; waive K Daniel Carlson, sign Dan BaileyDaniel Carlson went 0-3 on field goals, including 0-2 in overtime (which in itself included a 35-yard winner) against the Green Bay Packers in what ultimately turned into a 29-29 tie. The Vikings overcame a 20-7 4th quarter deficit to force overtime which would seemingly add more to the disappointment.Have no fear. Vikings HC Mike Zimmer handled subsequent questions about Carlson’s release with his usual poise and decency:The Vikings get the 2nd-most accurate kicker in NFL history in Bailey. Since being released by the Dallas Cowboys, he had turned down prior offers for what he considered “the right fit.” Based on the signing http://www.ramsfootballauthentics.com/cooper-kupp-jersey-authentic , one can only assume “the right fit” is a team that plays in a dome with plans on a deep playoff run. But with Bailey’s resume, I suppose he can afford to be picky.Browns also flip kickers; waive K Zane Gonzalez, sign Greg JosephGonzalez, a seventh-round pick and human embodiment of Cleveland Browns football, was off to a rough 2018 campaign. He had a potential game-winning field goal against the Pittsburgh Steelers get blocked ensuring a tie. His follow up performance against the Saints saw him leave eight points off the board with a 2-4 FG, 0-2 XP performance. One of the missed extra points came with 1:16 left in the game and would have given the Browns a 19-18 lead. Gonzalez then missed a 52-yard game-tying field goal with eight seconds left. His replacement, Joseph, was a rookie camp body for the Miami Dolphins and made all three of his attempts during the preseason.WR Antonio Brown uses his Twitter dot com accountAccording to his bio, this Ryan Scarpino guy did PR for the Steelers for the seven years leading up to this season. I don’t know if his position really let him be “tapped in” to the pulse of the team, but anyone with eyes can see that Brown is an all-world talent and not just a product of QB Ben Roethlisberger. On top of this tweet, Brown didn’t attend practice on Monday, an unexcused absence according to HC Mike Tomlin. It isn’t all doom-and-gloom in the Steel City just yet, as Brown may have just been letting off some steam for his audience of 1.25 million followers.Brown is reportedly frustrated with the Steelers’ slow start and claims he cleared his absence with the coaching staff before not showing up on Monday:Side note: with Le’Veon Bell holding out, Brown frustrated, and Ben being old, will the Killer B’s be replaced by the rhythm J’s (JuJu Smith-Schuster Womens Greg Zuerlein Jersey , James Conner, and Jesse James)? Sorry, that’s the best I can do.Los Angeles Chargers DL Corey Liuget sues former trainerLiuget is currently two games into his four-game suspension, the first in his seven years in the NFL. Liuget claims his failed drug test was a result of trainer Ian Danney misleading him with a substance he injected him with. Danney reportedly has ties to dozens of other NFL players.Buffalo Bills CB Vontae Davis retires at halftimeI want to include the link to Davis speaking on the subject because I believe it’s only fair:This is perhaps the most polarizing story this week.To many, Davis abandoned his team, let the fans down and did something that falls somewhere between insider trading and kneeling in the Hiller Scale of Unforgivability鈩? A lot of jokes were made (mainly at the expense of how bad the Bills really are). Admittedly, it isn’t a great look on Week 2, less than a month after the Bills made cut the roster down to 53, leaving people off that would have wanted to be there. But not everyone is wired the same way.Davis said it all came crashing during the opening defensive series. Who am I, or anyone not named Vontae Davis, to criticize how he feels? Coaches and players that buy into the system will talk out of both sides of their mouths; you need to be there for your brothers, but if you take plays off you’ll be replaced by someone that wants to be there. So if Davis was truly done and had no desire to continue, what good does it do anyone for him to be out there? I’ll hop off my soapbox, but I’m almost always going to sympathize with the player. These guys are humans, not merely a means to an end.I’m happy to hear that Davis is looking back with no regrets and feeling good.
  6. We’re midway through the week, giving us a few days worth of time to reflect back on the comments made by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers regarding the team’s 22-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills. There still is little clarity on whether a rift truly exists between him and head coach Mike McCarthy, but it’s certainly clear that Rodgers was frustrated by the Womens Lane Taylor Jersey team’s lack of success on offense recently.Part of the problem on Sunday was Rodgers himself, however, as he missed a handful of throws that he would typically make. A 22-for-40 day is pretty poor by Rodgers’ standards, and represents his lowest completion percentage over a full game in about two years (since a 23-for-45 day against the Giants in 2016). Drops were certainly a factor again, but these may be two symptoms of a single cause.That possible cause is Rodgers’ lack of practice time since injuring his knee in week one. Yes, Rodgers did practice on Thursday last week, but that was the first non-Saturday practice he has participated in over the past few weeks. With the team returning to the practice field today, hopefully Rodgers will be able to work on a Wednesday as well to help ensure that his chemistry with his receivers gets back on track.Aaron Rodgers brings Green Bay Packers’ offensives issues to forefront - ESPNRodgers is a competitor, but with comments like “no flow to the game” and saying that Davante Adams didn’t get more targets because “it’s by the plan,” it’s clear that he’s unhappy about some of the offense’s overall direction.How Packers can resolve Rodgers' dispute with McCarthy | Packersnews.comTom Silverstein makes the case that it's on Mark Murphy to bring Rodgers and McCarthy into his office to sit down Authentic Mike Daniels Jersey , air out their differences, and move on. Agree or disagree?First NFL start was ‘growing process’ for Marquez Valdes-Scantling | Packers.comMVS had a few rookie mistakes -- most notably not coming back for the football on a near-interception -- but he flashed with his speed on a 38-yard go route and got valuable live reps all day on Sunday.Patricia doesn't plan to increase RB Johnson's reps - NFL.comNext Sunday's opponent, the Lions, are dealing with their own running back issues and like Mike McCarthy, Matt Patricia refuses to fully commit to his best back in the near future.David Bakhtiari quietly putting together another All-Pro season | Packers WireWe jut can't say enough about how great Bakhtiari is, particularly as a pass-blocker. This year, he's exceeding the level of play from the past two years that got him second-team All-Pro honors.Zoo forced to use plastic penguins after nationwide shortage | Metro NewsTelford Exotic Zoo in Shropshire just invested 60,000 pounds in a new penguin shelter, but because of an outbreak of avian malaria, there are no penguins in the UK to fill the space.Packers vs. Washington, Week 3 2018: First half game updates & discussion One week ago, a hobbled Aaron Rodgers nearly led the Green Bay Packers to a victory over the Minnesota Vikings Authentic Jaire Alexander Jersey , one of the favorites in the NFC. Although last week's game ended in a tie, there are plenty of reasons for Packers fans to be optimistic about the direction of the team as it moves forward in week three and beyond. This week, Green Bay takes the field in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. to play a 1-1 team from the NFC East. Washington has a new face under center in Alex Smith and possesses a defense that has had success against the pass so far this year. However, they have played the Cardinals - who might be the worst team in the NFL right now - and the Colts, who won last week and are still getting Andrew Luck back to normal. If the Packers can jump out to an early lead, expect a dose of Aaron Jones later on. The second year running back is back off suspension today and will be active. Joining him on the sideline will be rookie linebacker Oren Burks, who makes his debut after missing the first two games with a shoulder injury.Join us for the first half here, and Go Pack Go!Game Updates from APC StaffA Twitter List by acmepackingco Game Updates from Packers MediaA Twitter List by TexWestern
  7. Well Womens Geronimo Allison Jersey , how was that for a season opener? Everyone, finally, doing all right about now? After looking at #Packers on twitter at half time, I’m glad that some who jumped off the nearest bridge ended up flying and those who took a long walk of the short pier were able to swim. I’m sure right about now your heart rates are close to back to normal. I’m more talking to fellow APC writer Matub on that one. For a little context, he sent our APC group chat updates on his bpm during the fourth quarter. He hit 121 on the Cobb touchdown and 109 after the Nick Perry sack to end the game. Reading the papers on Monday morning, there were many articles on how the Packers won Sunday night. Mostly, they were talking about how amazing Aaron Rodgers played, on one leg, after being carted off the field. Some were about how Matt Nagy played so conservative when he should have went for the throat and there were even some giving credit to how stout Mike Pettine’s defense played after the first quarter. All are noteworthy reasons to why the Packers had one of the most remarkable comebacks in recent memory. However, the real reason the Packers won that game was BECAUSE of the Aaron Rodgers injury. That’s right, if Aaron Rodgers would not have gotten injured and carted off, the Packers would have lost the game.Before you head to the comments to roast me on that take, let me explain. Mike McCarthy and Joe Philbin’s game plan for the start of the game was an absolute mess. Nothing was working in the first half and the Bears defense absolutely dominated the Packers in every facet of the game. I don’t know if it was lack of playing time in the preseason, but the offensive line was a mess. Corey Linsley and Justin McCray made Akiem Hicks look like he was Warren Sapp. They had no answer what so ever for his bull rush. Bryan Bulaga just didn’t have the speed or time to prepare for the freak of nature that is Khalil Mack. As for the play calling, there were far too many deep drop backs for Rodgers. That gave Mack and the Bears plenty of time to get to Rodgers as the secondary was able to keep the Packer receivers in check for any of the mid to deep routes. The lack of blocking and good coverage led to a lot of scrambling and improvisation, and that played right into the hands of the pass rush of the Bears.Further proof of that is what happened to DeShone Kizer in his limited action. The pass rush and coverages led to Kizer making some very questionable decisions. While some will blame Kizer for the way he played rather than the play calling, I see that as a ridiculous argument. He’s only 22 years old and been with the team and playbook for about six months. He’s basically a rookie out there and it’s unrealistic to expect him to play at a NFL starting caliber right now. Brett Hundley had been with the team for three years and, arguably, had a better grasp on using his talent and the fundamentals of the offense — and we know how that ended. Stay patient with Kizer this year.McCarthy tried to call the game the same for Kizer as he did for Rodgers and it gift wrapped a Khalil Mack pick-six (something McCarthy admitted regretting in his Monday press conference). It just added insult to the Rodgers injury and now everyone was not just wondering what the future held with Rodgers but how bad would this game get before it was over.Now, usually McCarthy and company usually don’t completely abandon their game plans. They like to make small tweaks here and there but never completely change the way they are calling the game...that is, until Rodgers was injured but was deemed healthy enough to play in the second half.The second half started and it was like a completely different coaching staff was calling the plays. The reason it seemed that way was because the injury forced them to call the plays differently. The Rodgers injury limited his mobility and that made McCarthy and Philbin look at plays to make Rodgers get rid of the ball as quickly as possible.Gone were the snaps under center, gone were the deep drops, and while Rodgers did scramble when he had to, gone was anything with rolling out or excessive movement. As Rodgers put it after the game, “I was basically a statue out there.” The most unexpected thing was that it was just what the Packers needed. The quick passes neutralized the pass rush. Rodgers was barely touched because he was getting rid of the ball so quickly. Other than the Geronimo Allison touchdown and the Davante Adams 51-yard reception, there were very few, if any, passes that were actually caught more than 10 yards from the line of scrimmage. The Randall Cobb touchdown happened on third and ten; Cobb caught the ball at the sticks and he made everyone miss for the last 65 yards. Those short passes showcased the playmaking ability of the receivers and showed that short routes could be turned to gold. Now, would McCarthy and Philbin have changed the play calling if Rodgers didn’t get hurt? As I mentioned earlier Youth JK Scott Jersey , McCarthy has been frustratingly stubborn at making wholesale adjustments during a game and why would you ever call plays to limit the mobility of Aaron Rodgers? You wouldn’t. So it’s easy to imagine that they wouldn’t have changed as much as they had to and it would have been a similar story to the first half for the Packers.While the Aaron Rodgers injury scared Packer Nation to it’s core, be hopeful that it appears to be nothing serious and be thankful because it delivered a victory over the Bears. And for those like me, who live on the Wisconsin/Illinois border where half the area cheers for the Packers and the other half for the Bears, be thankful you don’t have to listen to Bears fans gloat until the Week 15 rematch.NFC North 2018 Previews: Minnesota Vikings by the numbers Green Bay Packers fans like to laugh at the Minnesota Vikings and their lone championship, but even though the franchise has been shut out of the big game more than just about anyone else, it’s worth noting they are consistently the rival most likely to cause trouble for Green Bay. Rick Spielman took over the front office in 2012 after a disastrous 3-13 season and immediately turned things around. Replacing Leslie Frazier with the defensive-minded Mike Zimmer was a big first step, in conjunction with taking a very scientific approach to player acquisition and team construction. Few front offices would be deft enough to deal with a severe injury to an up-and-coming quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater), pull off a trade for an above average replacement (Sam Bradford), and when he was lost the following year, coax a great offensive season out of Case Keenum. Perhaps most impressively, they resisted the urge to overpay any of these people.The Vikings are, unsurprisingly, led by their defense, but few teams have managed to create the balance the Vikings enjoy. Most of their core stars are young and signed through at least 2020. They are one of the most well-run franchises in the NFL, and should be Super Bowl contenders for the foreseeable future.OffenseThe Vikings have a dominant defense and I basically have nothing bad to say about it, so let’s start with the offense, which has more questions than you may expect. On paper, this all looks pretty great. Running back Dalvin Cook will return from a torn ACL, and in the four games he did manage to play last year he was quite good. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry while contributing in the passing game. Most would agree that Kirk Cousins is an overall upgrade on Case Keenum, while Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are among the best receivers in football, and likely the top duo. Tight end Kyle Rudolph is fine.Last season, the Vikings were excellent as Keenum, of all people, led the league in DVOA. The run game struggled a bit with the loss of Cook, but overall they were the 5th best offense in football. That’s a great accomplishment for a team that was highly successful last season, eventually running into the Philly buzzsaw, but the Vikings are very likely to come back to the pack, and back behind the Pack of offense this season.The Cousins ConundrumEven if Cousins were to be a top five quarterback, the odds of replicating Keenum’s season from a year before would still be remote. Keenum Womens Davante Adams Jersey , due to talented receivers and a highly intelligent coaching staff, played well above his true talent level and produced a sensational season. Keenum was especially deadly in the red zone, where Minnesota as a whole ranked 2nd in passing DVOA, 70.1% above average. Only Philadelphia was better, which should tell you just how important Red Zone passing is. The Rams were 3rd, New England 4th. Last June I wrote a piece about this very thing, as Aaron Rodgers is one of the best all time at passing in the red zone, and in goal-to-go situations. It is one of the key things the separates him from average quarterbacks. Kirk Cousins, for all of his attributes, sticks out just as much as Rodgers, but not how you’d like it:Cousins doesn’t have great arm-strength, and as windows start to tighten near the end zone, he becomes less effective in a hurry. He wasn’t the quite as bad last season, but Washington still ranked 18th in passing DVOA in the red zone, and they fell to 23rd in goal-to-go situations. Cousins throws an accurate deep ball and, for a team that realizes his limitations, he can be an effective player. If Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray can power the ball in in goal-to-go situations, it won’t matter as much if Cousins struggles. The problem is that replacing passing with running, even in near the end zone, isn’t efficient, and even a good offense will lose something without the threat of a pass. The fact is that Cousins is likely to be worse than Keenum in general, just because Keenum was so good a year ago, but he’s also likely to be worse in this very specific way. It’s a hidden weakness of Cousins that can really derail an offense, and Minnesota has to deal with it.What About Diggs and ThielenDiggs and Thielen are great, and they are much of what made Keenum so good. The problem is that the Vikings have a big depth problem behind them. Laquon Treadwell has been a total bust so far, and while Kendall Wright is a decent backup, that’s all he is. They haven’t spent a high pick on receiver since Treadwell, and Stacy Coley hasn’t really impressed yet either. The fact is that the Vikings are paper thin behind their big two, and because Cousins will be so reliant on his weapons for production Youth Aaron Rodgers Jersey , an injury to either would be devastating. They’re also working with a new offensive coordinator with John DeFilippo taking over for Pat Shurmur, and while DeFilippo may be just fine, change isn’t always good for an offense — especially an offense that was clicking nicely thank you very much. The Vikings are likely to field an above average offense, and maybe even a top 10 unit, but there’s now some ceiling based on their choice of quarterback, and a pretty low floor based on lack of depth.DefenseThe defense, on the other hand, is outstanding, and weaknesses are few and far between. The Vikings may have gotten lit up by the Eagles in the playoffs, but don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security. The Eagles are one of the smartest teams in the league, and they figured out everyone last year. Mike Zimmer knows how to put a defense together, and he has the talent to execute, with Shelden Richardson (late of Seattle) joining Everson Griffen, run-stuffer Linval Joseph, and Danielle Hunter to form a truly outstanding line. Quarterback-injurer Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks are both above average, and the secondary outside of Tre Waynes is one of the best in the league and is as deep as it is good. Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith make life easier on even the weaker players, and the secondary ranked in the top 10 in DVOA guarding every receiver category except the slot, where they were 15th. They are bringing back every core player from that defense, and most of the truly important pieces are under contract for the next three years. The Minnesota defense is well-constructed and smartly run. They are likely to be a thorn in the side of the Packers and every other North team for years to come, and beating them will take the kind of creativity that you really only get out of Philly and New England. OverallThe Vikings’ defense will keep them in almost any game, and automatically gives them a solid eight-win base, but there are some cracks in the offense, and I expect them to take a fair step back. If Cousins is his normal self they’ll likely be an 11-12 win team, but if anything goes wrong and if they wind up kicking more field goals than they score touchdowns, they may find themselves in a very competitive NFC wild card chase.
  8. Mixon has some good news for Bengals fans this Wednesday. Apparently Cincinnati Bengals T-Shirt , the running back is already walking and is confident in his return happening depends on how well he feels.Mixon went on to tell reporters that he feels great. This is great news considering the Bengals just waived the injured running back Tra Carson, who was expected to backup Giovani Bernard this week. Of course, Bernard is already filling in for Mixon. Mixon was injured during Thursday night’s game against the Ravens, but he was good enough to return to the game to help seal the win for Cincinnati. It is awesome that Mixon already thinks he feels good enough to run, but it could be even better that doctors are smart enough to hold him back from pushing it. There is no doubt that he is extremely important to the Bengals’ offense, but if missing him for two weeks while he gets as close to 100 percent as possible means Cincinnati will have him available for most of the season, then that is the best course of action. The alternative being he pushes himself too hard too soon and he ends up aggravating something, and as a result, Cincinnati will miss him for even longer.Mixon’s spirit and work ethic is exactly what you want from your starting running back, though. It is clear that Mixon could possibly end up being the leader of this team eventually Cincinnati Bengals Hats , and him wanting to get out there as soon as possible after his first surgery is a great way to show your teammates that you are here for them.Of course, Mixon’s presence on the field will be missed. He has 179 rushing yards, six receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown on the season so far. He has looked unstoppable at times on the field, and that is really scary is he has been a few shoestring tackles away from some big gains.The way Mixon is talking, though, it seems like the team will only have to rely on Bernard for a game or two rather than up to four weeks like the original timetable that was established.Hopefully, Mixon is back out there soon to keep his breakout season going strong.Michael Johnson’s first career touchdown personifies the Bengals’ season For the first 30 minutes of the Bengals showdown against the Dolphins, the defensive line looked lifeless outside of defensive tackle Geno Atkins. They were getting gashed in the running game and nobody was getting any penetration in the pass rush. The Dolphins only scored 10 points against the Bengals defense, but it was clear who had control of the game in the first half.The Bengals’ biggest strength (the defensive line) was performing like a liability, and one of its weakest links in defensive end Michael Johnson wasn’t making anything better. Then the second half began and Johnson aided in the Dolphins’ third scoring drive of the game by getting flagged for unnecessary roughness.Out of all the players on the Bengals defense to seemingly lose their cool enough to warrant a penalty Cincinnati Bengals Hoodie , Johnson would be the player you’d least likely suspect. The best asset Johnson has at the ripe age of 31 is his veteran leadership on- and off-the-field. After all, he doesn’t have the captain’s patch on his jersey for no reason.The Dolphins kicked a 42-yard field goal five players later and extended their lead to 17-0 with 9:25 remaining in the third quarter. The Bengals, and Johnson, did what they’ve done all season: they persevered.The offense responded with their first two scoring drives and the defense forced a quick three-and-out in between them. The fourth quarter arrived and the Bengals were still very much alive, but the momentum didn’t quite swing over just yet. Atkins sacked quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the second time, and the Dolphins needed 16 yards on a third down from their own 13-yard line. The Bengals were going to get the ball back with a chance to tie the game. Then running back Kenyan Drake scampered for 18 yards and kept the drive alive, temporarily deflating the Bengals.Temporarily.Two plays later: bedlam. In the hands of none other than Johnson.The defensive captain was in the right place at the right time, despite being unaware of what went down in the instances before.“I had missed a sack, so I was like ‘aw man’, but I just kept playing hard Youth Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys ,” Johnson said after the game. “I don’t really know what happened, I just saw the ball and it stuck. Thank God I was able to hold on to it, and waddle into the end zone.”Waddle is an apt verb for return, but the Bengals certainly didn’t waddle their way back into this game. 17 point comebacks and 27 unanswered points don’t just happen, but a little luck never hurts. Regardless, they got the job done, and then some.“We just keep believing and keep trusting what the coaches are telling us, and believe in our technique and play for each other,” Johnson said. “As long as we keep doing that, good things will happen.”Johnson wasn’t a lock to make this year’s team www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com , in fact, he didn’t even make the initial 53-man roster. An underwhelming preseason and promising talent behind him on the depth chart made him an easy target for fans, regardless of his character and actions off-the-field. Aside from this one play, Johnson was largely ineffective just like he has been all season and has been for the last few years.But one play can change a game, a mindset, and the perception of everything. The Bengals have now come from behind in the fourth quarter in three of their four wins this year. Charging through misfortune and finishing strong have been clear themes of this year’s Bengals, and Johnson was a perfect personification on Sunday.
  9. Rob Joey Youth Robert Woods Jersey and I got in a new episode of Turf Show Radio last night.6:45: Rob explains Poldark11:20: Joey’s top 3 Oscar favorites: First Man, Roma, and...15:45: Actual football podcast things21:15: “That was the first time where we have really seen Jared Goff individually take over, and I think that’s a thing maybe not for now but when we look back and say, ‘This was the first time we saw Jared Goff become this kind of quarterback.’ And really, not necessarily attempt those throws but attempt and make those throws that when we see it again, it’s not as surprising. But this time, it was surprising because he pulled it off.”27:00: “It’s nice to be the hunted.”33:40: Rob explains the Seattle Seahawks’ magical formula of rushing attempts+completed passes>5043:55: Matt Longacre can play any position45:38: Rob’s Cooper Kupp sexytime51:48: This is now a quidditch podcast57:20: Andrew Whitworth joins the show to talk about BBQ1:02:05 “This fall, on CBS. Whitworth & Goff.”1:03:30: Bandwagon mania1:20:30: We are not going to talk about UCLA footballThe show is now on iTunes, Art19 and Spotify too.Random Ramsdom 8/31: Are you ready for some (real) football? Five Takeaways: Rams Finish 2018 Preseason 2-2 | Rams OfficialThe only takeaway from this one is: burn the tape. Myles Simmons looks for the silver lining in the Rams’ meaningless, but embarrassing, final tune-up.The Lookaround: The State of the LA Rams | Field GullsSB Nation colleague Kenneth Arthur with a solid, if Seahawk-centric look at the Rams by way of the Pacific Northwest (featuring guest commentary by our very own 3k).LA Rams to play preseason game in Hawaii | Star AdvertiserIf you’re looking for good excuse to spend a week in Hawaii Womens Michael Brockers Jersey , look no further. The Rams will likely suit up in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium in 2019. Although, judging by the lack of star power in this year’s exhibition games, be sure to pack the golf clubs.Player of the Game: Rams LB Micah Kiser racks up 12 tackles | RamsWireIn the “lone bright spot” column, the Rams have themselves a run-stuffing LB in Micah Kiser. His coverage skills remain a question mark, but given the shortcomings of last year’s unit against the run, it’s a welcome sight to see some good old-fashioned tackling.Rams among favorites to finish with best record in NFL | RamsWireAccording to sports handicap site OddsShark, the Rams are in the top 5 teams Vegas predicts to finish the regular season with league’s best mark. No presh.Is Aaron Donald deal already done? | NBC SportsYou’ve seen the Captain Obvious commercials, right? Brilliant. Apparently, NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has not only seen them, but is channeling the astute charmer from the popular ad campaign. Yeah, we’re about to pay the man, as the Whitworth and Woods restructures connote. LA Rams adjust to Super Bowl aspirations | USA TodayIt’s a worthwhile topic. The Rams are facing big expectations for the first time in 10+ years. We’re loaded, confident www.losangelesramsteamonline.com , and relatively healthy heading into week 1. But we sure won’t surprise anyone in 2018.Rams should explore RG3 trade | FanSidedYes, Sean Mannion has been bad to atrocious, depending on who you ask. Give him a first-string O-line and some weapons and maybe he’s not quite as awful as he’s looked. Would RG3 fare better if he’s released by the Ravens? It’s worth some though, or in this case, an article.Rams top Super Bowl LIII Predictions | NFL.comWith 5 votes from the pundits over at NFL.com, the Rams are tied with New Orleans as favorites to reach the Super Bowl. Yes, tied with the same team whose 2s, 3s and 4s just ran roughshod over our soon-to-be grocery baggers. That game was meaningless, right? A bunch of guys we’ll cut against a bunch of guys they’ll cut. Still, something tells me it meant something to Saints’ HC Sean Payton.
  10. Travis Kelce was mic’d up Sunday during the team’s win against the San Francisco 49ers. The NFL released the video on its official Twitter account on Wednesday night:Highlights and notes0:00-0:13: The video shows how juiced up Kelce gets during warmups Cheap Justin Houston Jersey , shaking hands with teammates and yelling at everybody.0:15: Kelce begins quoting The Waterboy. 0:29: A kiss hello from Kelce to Kansas City.1:00: The referee asks Kelce how many yards he currently has and Kelce tells him that he doesn't keep track of yards and he just wants to win. Whether or not that is always true, that’s a pretty cool moment. Kelce finished with a season-high 114 yards in the game.1:20: If you’re wondering who’s shouting at Kelce that no one can cover him, it’s Chiefs assistant athletic trainer David Glover.1:33: Mitch Holthus cameo note: “He goes to the top of the highest ride at Worlds of Fun.” So good.1:43: Andy Reid pets Kelce.2:00: For anyone that thinks the Chiefs’ skill-position players could be worried about getting the ball, this should ease that fear. Look how excited Kelce is for the Sammy Watkins touchdown. They just want to win.2:27: Eric Fisher belly slap.2:37: The referee asks Kelce if he’s tired. Kelce: “Boy, I’m tired as s-it.”3:06: Kelce addresses one of my biggest gripes about the Chiefs in recent years—finishing and dominating games. Kelce says http://www.chiefscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-anthony-hitchens-jersey , “Get that grit back. Let’s go. We stepping on their necks, that’s what we're doing.” This is Bill Belichick-type stuff and what the Chiefs are now capable of with this offense. Good to hear.Chiefs’ Thursday injury report vs. 49ers Each practice day, the Kansas City Chiefs will release an official injury report leading up to the next game. Here is the report for Thursday:ChiefsThe Chiefs announced that defensive lineman Chris Jones would return to practice after missing Wednesday, while safety Eric Berry would miss his second practice in a row this week. As a reminder, Berry hasn’t practice since August 11. Safety Armani Watts missed practice due to non-injury reasons.49ersSome notesBerry (sore heel) has now missed two days of practice despite the NFL Network report on Monday that he could practice this week. Jones (groin strain) Eric Fisher Jersey , as we expected, appears to be fine.Linebacker Ben Niemann (hamstring) has been officially listed as limited this week. Looks like he’ll either be questionable or doubtful for Sunday.Cornerback Richard Sherman popped up the Thursday injury report with a heel injury. He did not practice.
  11. For nearly a year Authentic Randall Cobb Jersey , Green Bay Packers fans waited with patient enthusiasm to see No. 12 step back onto the field for the first time. Following last year’s devastating collarbone injury in week six against the Vikings that left Aaron Rodgers sidelined for the remainder of the 2017 season, Mike McCarthy opted to sit the quarterback for almost the entire month of August, playing him for just four snaps in the second preseason game against the Steelers. Resting Rodgers was the safe bet, because after all protecting the franchise player at all costs is always the goal. So when the Chicago Bears announced they had traded for Khalil Mack, the best pass rusher and most explosive defensive player in the league, a major curveball had been thrown in the Packer’s week one plans. Protecting the franchise player at all costs had just become ten times more difficult. As often happens in the season opener, the Packers struggled to find their footing in the first quarter against Chicago on Sunday night. Aside from the defense that was already struggling to contain Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the offensive line was being completely overpowered by a Bears front featuring the newly-acquired Mack. On several snaps, Mack bull-rushed Bryan Bulaga, who looked wholly unable to keep up, right into the pocket, forcing Aaron Rodgers to get the ball out quickly under pressure. Then, down 10-0 and with just over nine minutes left in the second quarter, Bears DE Roy Robertston-Harris rushed right past Corey Linsley for a shot at Rodgers just as Mack was once again able to overpower Bulaga for hit of his own. Aaron Rodgers was down again, this time grabbing his knee and taking him out of the game. For the rest of the second quarter and the entire halftime break http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/nick-perry-jersey , it was looking like there was a possibility that Rodgers’ season was over just as it was getting started. But as Rodgers often does, he shocked everyone watching when he jogged out of the tunnel to start the second half. What ensued in the remaining two quarters of the Sunday night primetime game against the NFC North rival Chicago Bears on the anniversary of the Packers 100th season is nothing short of a miracle. With a twenty point deficit, Aaron Rodgers went 20/30 for 286 passing yards and three touchdowns — all on one leg — to win the game 24-23 making it the Packers largest 4th quarter comeback since 1940. Aaron Rodgers worked an absolute miracle, to put it lightly. On that note, these are the five decisive plays by Aaron Rodgers (in chronological order) in the second half that brought the Packers one of the most historic wins in franchise history. Aaron Rodgers hit a 15-yard dime over the middle to Geronimo Allison, who ran a perfect route on 3rd and 14 with 1:26 left in the 3rd quarter. With pristine protection from the line, that pass set up a first down that was followed by another 10-yard first-down pass to Allison on the next play. 2. Rodgers threw it up to find Allison once again, this time for a 39-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone with 14:10 to go in the 4th quarter. Allison was in one-on-one coverage with Kyle Fuller who had struggled all night. 3. After a quick three and out from the Bears. Rodgers was back on the field and hit Davante Adams for a huge 51-yard gain on 2nd and 10. 4. With just under nine and a half minutes left in the 4th quarter, Rodgers slung it out to Davante Adams again who ran it right into the end zone, putting the Packers within three points of the Bears. 5. The Packers defense had another big stop on 3rd and 1 with the Bears just an earshot from the end zone to hold Chicago to a field goal. With 2:29 left to play on a 3rd and 10, Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for the definitive 75-yard touchdown pass, giving the Packers the win. Sunday night’s win over Chicago was nothing short of awe-inspiring. Hobbled on one leg, Aaron Rodgers led the packers to the second-largest comeback in franchise history at Lambeau Field. For the players and for the fans, the way he stepped up and led Green Bay to a victory is something no one will ever soon forget.Cheese Curds, 8/16: Packers look for more success from young defensive players After a relatively successful 2018 opener http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/bryan-bulaga-jersey , the Green Bay Packers’ defense is showing signs of promise. That is particularly true for a handful of first- and second-year pros on that side of the football, and tonight’s second preseason game will be a perfect opportunity to demonstrate that they can keep that success going.Linebacker Oren Burks and cornerback Josh Jackson led their position groups in snaps last week, with Burks leading the way among all Packers defenders. Montravius Adams had a few particularly impressive plays. And Ahmad Thomas is demonstrating why the team’s coaches have been excited about him as he vies for a roster spot.All of those players are mentioned in today’s curds as we look forward to the game against the Steelers this evening.Montravius Adams ‘hungry’ for more in second season | Packers.comAdams is approaching his sophomore season differently than his rookie year, and not just because he's healthy. He wants to get inside the heads of opposing linemen as well as to learn new techniques from the veterans beside him.Justin McCray following familiar path to starting guard spot | Packersnews.comRemember when Lane Taylor backed up both guard positions and then became the starter? It’s a little like McCray’s path to the lineup, although this time it doesn’t involve a veteran being unceremoniously cut at the 53-man roster deadline. Not yet at least...Mike Pettine encouraged by Packers rookies Oren Burks, Josh Jackson | Packers WirePettine is happy that Burks played full-speed and took charge of the huddle later in the game, and also praised Jackson's play in the opener. Now it's time to keep up the good work in the second preseason game tonight.Meanwhile, Ahmad Thomas is also fighting for linebacker snaps, and he was on the Jim Rome Show on Wednesday to talk about the competition to replace Jake Ryan:Browns S Damarious Randall won his jersey bet, but donated some anyway - SBNation.comRemember when Randall bet everybody a free jersey if the Cavs won the NBA Finals? Well he didn't have to pay up, but he did donate a bunch of jerseys (with his name and number, for the record) to a local Boys and Girls Club in Cleveland.Over 100 puppies adopted at Browns training camp - NFL.comMore Browns news: HOORAY FOR PUPPIES!Ramen Noodle heist in Georgia | FOX 13 Tampa BayBest headline of the day? Best headline of the day.
  12. The Bengals released their initial 53-man roster on Saturday afternoon and it included seven former undrafted free agents Bengals Hardy Nickerson Jersey , though none are rookies.Breaking into the NFL after being passed over in the draft is no easy task. It takes hard work and a little bit of luck, but seven players have overcome all obstacles to clear final cuts make the Bengals’ 53-man roster.The former undrafted free agents on the Bengals’ 53-man roster are running back Tra Carson, offensive linemen Trey Hopkins and Alex Redmond, defensive lineman Josh Tupou, linebackers Vincent Rey and Hardy Nickerson, cornerback Tony McRae, and wide receiver Alex Erickson.Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is the suspended list and does not currently count toward the 53-man roster, but is also a former undrafted free agent.Rey is among the best known of this group and is a great success story. Signed in 2010, Rey was placed on the practice squad for most of his rookie year. He became a spot-starter in 2013 and has been a valuable backup for the Bengals since then. Despite going undrafted, Rey has become one of the leaders on the defense and has been a stand-up member of the Cincinnati community.Hopkins and Redmond are returning for their second seasons on the active roster after beginning their careers on the practice squad. While Hopkins fought for and won the starting job at right guard last season, Redmond may have that job this year. Whoever ends up starting will be a valuable member of the line going forward.One fan favorite that ended up making the roster is Carson, who saw plenty of setbacks in his two years with the Bengals. He played on the practice squad in 2016 before being placed on IR in 2017 following a nasty preseason injury. But he finally made the 53-man roster this season after earning a spot among the running backs over Brian Hill. Carson was one of the best running backs for the Bengals this preseason, rushing for 77 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Carson is the only player on this list that will be making his roster debut on opening day.Others who have played on the active roster Erickson, Nickerson, McRae, and Tupou. The later three were placed on the practice squad last year after being cut, and all three were promoted at some point but were used sparingly and out of desperation. Nickerson and Tupou both had great preseasons this year, which helped them win decisive position battles. McRae overcame an injury that kept him out of most of the preseason Cheap Joe Mixon Jersey , he made good use of the limited time he had. Erickson wowed in his rookie year preseason, beating out Brandon Tate for the Bengals’ returner job. That job still belongs to him in addition to being a backup receiver. Whether they get playing time or not, it is still an incredible milestone for these guys to wear a white color-rush uniform in Indianapolis next Sunday. For those undrafted players who didn’t make the roster, their work is not done. Players like Quinton Flowers, Jordan Franks, Chris Worley, Junior Joseph, and Brandon Bell could be added to the practice squad and make their way onto the roster later this year. The common factor between most the players mentioned above is time spent on the practice squad. Interestingly, no rookie undrafted players made the cut.For some of the players who didn’t make it, they are only one injury away from a promotion to the roster.Bengals Bytes (9/13): C.J. Uzomah looks back at his scouting report '88 O-line does it one more timeIt might have been center Bruce Kozerski pleading to his quarterback over his shoulder to pick out a run from the three plays Boomer Esiason had called at the line. Or over at left guard it could have been Bruce Reimers bellowing to his Hall-of-Fame neighbor as left tackle Anthony Munoz nodded while pawing at the Riverfront Stadium Astroturf. Surely, it was one of the offensive linemen saying it because running backs James Brooks and Ickey Woods were churning real estate like Drees. Truth be told it could have been their bantam of a coach who was the architect of it all saying it, probably in the fourth quarter as the Bengals line strangled another clock to death.Game Day Info: Ravens at BengalsThe pregame party in the Jungle Zone kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Located on the east plaza level of Paul Brown Stadium, the Jungle Zone features food, drinks, giveaways and family-friendly activities including face painting.A.J. Green says the Bengals have a player just as good as Le’Veon Bell or Todd GurleyNot only did Mixon do some serious damage on the ground with 95 rushing yards, but the second-year running back also caught five passes for 54 yards. In an era where dual-threat running backs have become all the rage, there are some players in the Bengals locker room who believe that their guy is one of the best in the business.Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah puts his scouting report behind himWhile the pre-draft report about C.J. Uzomah in 2015 on nfl.com stated the Auburn tight end "could become a much more productive move tight end in the pros than he was in college," the scouts weren't impressed by Uzomah's ability as a blocker.Ravens vs. Bengals: Odds Cheap Dre Kirkpatrick Jersey , best bets, propsIn fact, the best prop bet for this Thursday Night Football matchup looks to be under 21.5 points in the first half at -105 (bet $105 to win $100). Sure, both the Bengals and Ravens combined for 81 points last week, but they were playing inferior competition in the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills.Ravens vs. Bengals odds: Thursday Night Football picks and predictions from proven expert who's 13-4 on Cincinnati gamesWhite, one of SportsLine's most proficient NFL prognosticators, cashed big last season in the world's most prestigious handicapping tournament, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, tying for 18th out of 2,748 contestants with a 52-29-4 mark against the spread. It wasn't a fluke, either, as he also drove deep in 2015. Anyone who has followed his advice is up big.The Times' Sam Farmer predicts Ravens will beat Bengals on 'Thursday Night Football'Sam Farmer’s pick: The Bengals are improved on offense, but their offensive line is an issue. As usual, the Ravens have a strong defense that can exploit that. Baltimore can stop the run and its defense will force some turnovers. Ravens 21, Bengals 17Game Preview: Ravens at BengalsSetting the scene: After a thrilling 34-23 win at Indianapolis last week, the Cincinnati Bengals will carry considerable momentum into their nationally televised matchup with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals scored 24 unanswered points in the second half against the Colts for a come-from-behind victory.Ravens vs. Bengals: Thursday Night Football key matchupsThe Ravens defense, on the other hand, is pretty stout. We saw how they stifled the Bills QBs en route to a six-sack day Bengals Ryan Glasgow Jersey , with plenty more hits and pressures along the way. They will be hard to beat, even at home.Random BytesThe 7 Best Players in the NFC North. Period.Actually, I don’t know. I’m just guessing. But it wouldn’t surprise me. From what I’ve seen, Kirk wants to win at everything. He wants to win every session in practice. Every drill. Every play. He’s not the kind of leader who will be extra vocal and all rah rah. He’s the kind of guy who will sit down on the bench and talk to you and joke around, but then he steps on the field and flips the switch. He sets the tone for everybody.Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: NFL's Young Stars Can Only Hope to Be Like GronkUp 14-6 on the Texans late in the first half Sunday, Tom Brady did what he usually does, and he didn't leave a second to waste. Facing a 1st-and-10 at the Patriots' 41-yard line, Brady threw into double coverage, which surprised even his target, tight end Rob Gronkowski.Jon Gruden Says Skunk Was Loose in Raiders Locker Room: 'Still at Large'Jon Gruden's return to the Oakland Raiders has been rough so far, and Wednesday is just the latest chapter in an already eventful story. Speaking to reporters (h/t The Athletic's Lindsay Jones), Gruden said a skunk was running loose in the Raiders locker room.Josh Allen to Start for Bills over Nathan Peterman vs. ChargersThe Buffalo Bills have named rookie Josh Allen as the team's starting quarterback over Nathan Peterman for their Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.NFL Insiders: What to Make of Football's Most Overrated Players and Teams?Who had the worst letdowns in Week 1? Bleacher Report went around the league to ask scouts, coaches and players the following question: "Who was the most overrated player, coach or team you saw this week?"Marcus Mariota Expected to Play vs. Texans with Elbow Injury 'Barring a Setback'When the Tennessee Titans host the Houston Texans on Sunday, Marcus Mariota is expected to be under center for Tennessee despite suffering a shoulder/elbow injury against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1.Fantasy Football Week 2: Matt Camp's Fantasy Big BoardTodd Gurley is still at the top of his game after a dominant 2018 debut against the Oakland Raiders. He should be on his way to another huge outing when he faces the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2. No team gave up more fantasy points to running backs in Week 1.
  13. Bills rookie OL Wyatt Teller is cleaning up his diet. Who is the Dolphins’ fastest wide receiver? The Patriots enjoyed spending some time with Kobe Bryant. Getting traded to the Jets revived DL Henry Anderson‘s career. Alex Lewis has seen time at center as the Ravens try different looks on the offensive line. Which undrafted rookies have the best chance to stick with the Bengals? Browns coach Hue Jackson will be jumping into a lake on Friday. An injury may speed up the need for Steelers rookie T Chukwuma Okorafor to join the lineup. What height Authentic Alexander Radulov Jersey , weight and speed are the Texans looking for in prospects? Examining the depth on the Colts offensive line. LB Telvin Smith is looking for more from the Jaguars defense. How important is WR Corey Davis to the Titans’ success? Peyton Manning stopped by Broncos practice. Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka enjoys working with Patrick Mahomes. Chargers S Derwin James took in a Dodgers game. Keith Smith is happy to be with a Raiders team that believes in fullbacks. Patience is one key for Cowboys defensive backs under position coach Kris Richard. The Giants’ defense reminds DT Dalvin Tomlinson of his college days. A look at how Eagles WR Nelson Agholor turned things around last year. Rob Kelley isn’t too stressed about the competition for playing time in Washington’s backfield. What should we expect from Bears WR Taylor Gabriel in 2018? The Lions are looking for problem solvers at linebacker. Signing TE Marcedes Lewis and T Byron Bell continues a new approach for the Packers. Will WR Laquon Treadwell be a factor for the Vikings this season? DE Jack Crawford thinks the Falcons defensive line can be a strong group. Said Panthers CB Corn Elder of missing last year with a knee injury, “I was excited to get things going. But I believe that everything happens for a reason. I just took it as a blessing in disguise and got to learn the game.” Looking forward to watching DE Marcus Davenport go against T Terron Armstead at Saints practice. C Ryan Jensen is fitting right in with the Buccaneers. Cardinals DE Moubarek Djeri has been studying other pass rushers as he makes up for lost time on the football field. Rams T Andrew Whitworth is ready for his 13th NFL season. 49ers DL Solomon Thomas opened up about his sister’s suicide. The Seahawks continue to stress a run-first mentality. The Minnesota Timberwolves cannot afford anymore losses if they hope to reach the postseason for the first time in 14 years. The Timberwolves face a must-win situation Friday when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers. Consecutive losses have dropped Minnesota (44-35) into the middle of an extremely tight race for the final playoff spots in the Western Conference. Minnesota fell to eighth in the West after losing at the Denver Nuggets 100-96 on Thursday night. The loss at Denver occurred four days after a 121-97 rout by the Utah Jazz at Minnesota. “We’ve got to do better,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters after the latest loss. The Nuggets are also 44-35, but Minnesota holds the tiebreaker because they’ve won two of three in the head-to-head matchup so far. The teams also meet in the regular-season finale on Wednesday in Minnesota. In the meantime Sammy Baugh Jersey , the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans are each 44-34, one game in front of the Timberwolves and Nuggets with three games remaining. Big-time help for Minnesota should be on the way, however. Thibodeau said Thursday night there’s a good chance leading scorer Jimmy Butler returns after missing the past 17 games with a knee injury. The four-time All Star is averaging 22.2 points. Jeff Teague also returned against Denver after missing the Utah game with a sore knee and he finished with 15 points and six assists in 36 minutes. Derrick Rose also returned after missing the previous six games with an ankle injury but totaled just four points in 15 minutes and didn’t record and assist or rebound. “We need everyone J'Marcus Webb Jersey ,” Thibodeau said. “Everyone has to step up now. We need everyone’s best. We’ve got to play great intensity on every play.” Minnesota is 12-13 against Western Conference opponents on the road this season. They won their only other game against the Lakers at Staples Center this season, a 121-104 victory on Christmas. The Lakers (34-44) can play spoiler for the second consecutive game. They knocked off the Spurs 122-112 in overtime on Wednesday to keep San Antonio just inside the playoff bubble while also ending the Spurs’ chances at 50 wins for an 18th consecutive season. Rookie Kyle Kuzma continues to be one of the brightest lights for the Lakers this season. He scored 26 points in a 117-110 loss at the Jazz on Tuesday, then came back the following night and scored 30 in against the Spurs. Kuzma has four 30-point games this season, the most by a Los Angeles rookie since Magic Johnson in 1979-80. He already became the first NBA rookie to record at least 1 Justin Abdelkader Jersey ,200 points, 450 rebounds and 150 3-pointers in a season. “It’s fun watching him compete at that level,” Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters after Los Angeles completed the first season sweep of the Spurs since 1997-98. Lonzo Ball was expected to be the most valuable rookie for the Lakers this season, but he’s missed the past four games with a left knee contusion and likely won’t play against the Timberwolves. He’s missed 26 games overall this season due to injury. 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  14. Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia walked briskly onto a field for his first NFL training camp in charge with a black cap Jack Doyle Jersey , black pullover and black shorts while a yellow pencil was nestled over his right ear. And, he didn't waste any time sending messages on Friday. Patricia pulled aside safety Tavon Wilson, one of many former New England Patriots now in the Motor City, to say a few words early in practice. Wilson, knowing Patricia expects everyone to always hustle, listened to what Patricia had to say and then sprinted to rejoin his teammates on another field. After speaking briefly with team president Rod Wood, the new coach tried to connect with as many players as possible as they stretched out and warmed up. He chatted with some, slapped hands with others and simply tapped helmets as he roamed with a bounce in his step and a smile on his face. During drills, Patricia spent time with many of the position groups to evaluate quietly or teach with words and gestures. While Patricia tried to sound businesslike in his news conference before practice, it was clear how fired up he was even before his white sneakers hit the green grass. "When you walk out on the field again James Neal Jersey , the painted lines, the fresh cut grass, all of that sort of atmosphere around it, it's exciting," he said. "If you have been in this game a long time, it takes you back years to when whether you were playing or first started coaching or even just a little kid running around." The Lions have been around .500 in recent years, winning nine games in each of the past two years after averaging nine wins over the previous two seasons. That was not enough for Jim Caldwell to keep his job with the franchise for a fifth season. The Lions fired Caldwell and hired Patricia shortly after last season, hoping some of what he learned as one of Bill Belichick's top assistants will rub off on a team with one playoff victory in 60-plus years. Even though Detroit made only subtle roster changes , linebacker Jarrad Davis said the major move made on the sideline may make an impact. "It can be a huge difference," Davis said. "The way he came in Jake Allen Jersey , honestly, just set the tone right away. You know, he came in, he laid down the law. He gave us the rules and he came in with energy. ... He came in, made it clear, gave us the expectations. And now we have something we can chase." Davis declined to say what the Lions are chasing, and Patricia has insisted he is only interested in talking about small-picture goals such as making the most out of each day. Even though Patricia has not ever led an NFL team, a veteran coach who gave him a pivotal opportunity many years ago believes he is ready. Detroit defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, who hired Patricia as a graduate assistant at Syracuse in 2001, said he knew he would be working for a high-energy Roger Craig Jersey , bright coach when he accepted the offer. What he didn't know was how detail-oriented Patricia would be as a head coach. Patricia has a detailed planned for everything, Pasqualoni said, including the team's hydration and nutrition plan. "Until you work with him there's no way of knowing that," Pasqualoni said. NOTES: The Lions put LB Devon Kennard and DE Cornelius Washington on the non-football injury list. ... DE Ezekiel Ansah is on the physically unable to perform list. President Donald Trump praised an NFL policy banning kneeling during the "The Star-Spangled Banner," saying that "maybe you shouldn't be in the country" if you don't stand for the anthem. Trump spoke to "Fox & Friends" in an interview that aired Thursday. The policy forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the anthem but allows them to stay in the locker room. Any violations of the new rules would result in fines against teams. "I think that's good," Trump said in the interview that taped Wednesday. "I don't think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it's good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. Or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country." Trump told confidants Wednesday that he was thrilled with the NFL's new policy, believing it vindicated his move last fall to call out the players who kneeled while suggesting that he planned to call attention to it again when the season starts in September, just months before the midterm elections Patrick Marleau Jersey , according to a person familiar with the president's conversations but not authorized to discuss them privately. Trump first seized upon the issue last September when called on team owners to fire players who followed former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's lead by kneeling during the national anthem. During a September rally, he referred to an NFL player making a gesture during "The Star-Spangled Banner" as a "son of a bitch" who should be fired. The president's comments spurred a national conversation about patriotism and the nation's symbols and the use of peaceful protest. Trump, meanwhile, told Republican allies that he thought the culture war issue was good for his base even as he received some criticism for seemingly being more focused on the anthem flap last fall than the government's response to a deadly hurricane in Puerto Rico. Trump said in the Fox interview that he thought "the people" pushed for the new policy. "I brought it out. I think the people pushed it forward," Trump said. He added: "you know, that's something ideally could have been taken care of when it first started, it would have been a lot easier, but if they did that, they did the right thing." Follow Lucey on Twitter at ://@catherine_lucey and Lemire at ://@JonLemire Youth Denver Broncos Jerseys
  15. An arrest warrant for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson for skipping a court hearing stemming from an alleged Florida traffic violation has been rescinded. Broward County court records show a judge cancelled the warrant Thursday Womens Andrew Cogliano Jersey , two days after it was issued. Details weren't immediately available and his attorney, Ed O'Donnell, didn't immediately return a call and email from The Associated Press. The charge stems from a January incident in Sunrise, Florida, when Anderson was charged on nine counts. The original felony charge of fleeing and eluding police with lights and sirens active was reduced on April 7 to misdemeanor reckless driving. Anderson set career highs with 63 catches, 941 yards receiving and seven touchdowns in 2017, his second NFL season. Don't blame Ty for the tie. Browns coach Hue Jackson defended starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor on Monday as Cleveland's players, coaches and fans digested how a season opener that could have ended with the team's first win since 2016 turned into a painful 21-21 draw against the Pittsburgh Steelers 鈥?the NFL's first Week 1 tie in 47 years. Of course Henrik Lundqvist Jersey Kids , because this is Cleveland, where quarterback criticism is passed down through generations, much of the postgame blame was directed at Taylor, who completed just 15 of 40 passes, got sacked seven times and missed a few open receivers in his first start for the Browns. But despite Taylor's struggles, Jackson crushed any speculation he's ready to turn his offense over to rookie Baker Mayfield anytime soon. "He is the quarterback," Jackson said of Taylor. Jackson stiffened when he was asked what kind of leash he intends to have on Taylor, who was acquired in March from Buffalo and will start until the Browns feel the No. 1 overall pick Mayfield is ready. "Leash?" Jackson said. "We are trying to win. His job is to get the offense to play the best that it can play Gabriel Landeskog Jersey Kids , but it takes more than just him. I know the sentiment I am getting here is that it is him. It is not. "It is the offensive unit as a whole. Got to play better. Whether that is newness or whatever it is, I do not want to get caught up in all of that." Taylor had moments of indecisiveness Sunday, but that may have had as much to do with Pittsburgh's pass rush and an offense with several new faces, including rookie left tackle Desmond Harrison. But while supporting his QB, Jackson acknowledged that Taylor underthrew receiver Josh Gordon on a potential big play and he needs to be more accurate. "Improve, complete the ball," Jackson said when asked what Taylor needs to do for the Browns to win on Sunday at New Orleans. "Complete the ball. Complete the ball. I mean we have got to play better offensively, it is not just him. We have got to play better around him. He has to play better. We have to play better as an offensive unit. "We did not play very well yesterday Montae Nicholson Jersey , let's just be honest. We need to play better." It's almost inconceivable the Browns didn't win. Coming off a 0-16 season, they became the first team not to win with a plus-5 turnover differential or better since Arizona was beaten at Atlanta in 2012. And, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, teams with a plus-5 turnover differential or better are 132-4-1 since 1999. The beleaguered Browns have two of those losses and now the tie. For now, Taylor has the team's unwavering support. But it will be interesting to see if that commitment can withstand another subpar performance or two. One of the knocks on Taylor in Buffalo was that he often missed throws he should have completed, and that he was afraid to attempt passes over the middle. Jackson wouldn't pinpoint Taylor's problems in the opener 鈥?he led the team in rushing and ran for a TD 鈥?but made it clear the 28-year-old had better step up his game. "Not good enough," Jackson said. "What I am also saying in there is that it is not all him. Sometimes guys got to be in the right spot. Protection has to hold up for him. All of those things in a passing game make a difference. It is not just him. Does he have to do his job better? Yes. I think everyone around him has to do their job better, too." NOTES: Jackson said a "miscommunication" resulted in Gordon starting Sunday after the coach had vehemently expressed there would be consequences for the receiver missing three-plus weeks of training camp to address his sobriety. But on Cleveland's first play Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Jersey , Gordon lined up wide in a three-tight end personnel package. "The game's over with now, so to talk about it, what's it going to do? Nothing," said Jackson, who has turned play calling over to coordinator Todd Haley this season. "I've dealt with it. We move on." Gordon played 68 snaps, but was only targeted three times. His only catch was a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. Womens New York Jets Jerseys