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  1. Fleur-de-Links - August 3: Saints have a new walk in freezer Word on the Street(s):Saints find new method to keep players cool during practice | NOLA.comThere’s now a shipping container adjacent to the practice fields. It’s cold inside.Ep 166: Strief/OL Gives Sheldon Rankins High Praise | Vaccaro visiting Titans | Who Dat Confessional | SpreakerThe first game in the NFL (pre)season is upon us! The Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens play tonight Kurt Coleman Jersey Stitched , but it's the Saints that have our eye. Zach Strief reports Sheldon Rankins is receiving high praise from the offensive lineman as they're saying he's "unblockable".New Orleans Saints local Arthur Maulet playing like a hometown heroIt's tough for shorter cornerbacks to make their mark in the NFL, but Arthur Maulet has quickly formed a strong impression in his 2nd seasonFloyd hopes Saints provide salvation for sagging NFL careerMichael Floyd made it clear that he's looking for a fresh start to what's left of his once-promising NFL career.Saints coach Sean Payton described the signing as relatively low risk this early in camp.Saints expect flags to fly, but few ejections, with NFL's new helmet rule | Saints | theadvocate.comThe NFL's new rule on the use of the helmet caused an uproar before a referee ever had a chance to enforce it in a game.2018 Hall of Fame Game Youth Patrick Robinson Jersey , Bears vs. Ravens: 5 players to keep an eye on - SBNation.comA lot of starters for the Bears and Ravens won’t play, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t players worth watching.For Saints' Terron Armstead, staying healthy is a puzzle — and he thinks he's solved it | Saints | theadvocate.comTerron Armstead was confused. The New Orleans Saints have placed veteran receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who has been struggling with knee soreness Patrick Robinson Jersey Stitched , on injured reserve.Ginn has played in four games this season, catching 12 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, but has regularly appeared on New Orleans' official injury report since early in Week 2.Ginn's production had largely dipped since Week 2 and he did not have a reception in Week 4 before sitting out a Week 5 triumph over Washington.The move could mean more opportunities for rookie Tre'Quan Smith, whom the Saints selected in the third round of last spring's draft. Like Ginn Youth Jermon Bushrod Jersey , Smith has exceptional speed. New Orleans' previous game was Smith's best one yet; he had touchdown catches of 62 and 35 yards.With Ginn removed from the active roster, New Orleans added a player, re-signing offensive tackle Michael Ola.The Saints visit Baltimore on Sunday.
  2. The Cowboys quarterback speaks out about contract negotiations." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBlogging The BoysBlogging The Boys Youth Mike White Jersey , a Dallas Cowboys fan communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryCowboysOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsFiled under:Dallas Cowboys GeneralDak Prescott on contract negotiations: I want to be a Cowboy foreverNew,190commentsThe Cowboys quarterback speaks out about contract negotiations.CDTShareTweetShareShareDak Prescott on contract negotiations: I want to be a Cowboy foreverGary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY SportsWednesday night served as the latest opportunity for select Dallas Cowboys to meet with the media as they took part in the 2019 Reliant Home Run Derby.This has become an annual tradition for the Cowboys where their more prominent players participate in the derby and have some fun. Who doesn’t like that? The likes of Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Sean Lee Mike White Jersey Stitched , and Jaylon Smith and were out and about and as mentioned, spoke with the media.As we’re in the middle of May there isn’t a whole lot going on with the Cowboys, well except the pending contract of their franchise quarterback. Dak Prescott is indeed due to get paid should he and the Cowboys agree to terms and as you can imagine he was asked about the subject.For what it’s worth, Prescott seemed just like most players across the NFL when the subject of contracts comes up. He deflected in a political way, mentioned that he’s focusing on making himself better as a quarterback and a leader Youth Taco Charlton Jersey , and he noted that he wants to be a Cowboy “forever.” Watch below.It’s great to hear that kind of answer from Dak, but these are the sorts of things that take time. We know that the Cowboys have already made at least one offer to Prescott and his team, however long negotiations are going to go remains to be seen.The Cowboys quarterback was not the only person to be asked about the state of his contract as fate would have it. His backfield mate Ezekiel Elliott (who is also eligible for an extension) had to field questions about it. He doesn’t seem worried either.It had previously been reported that Elliott wanted a contract extension this offseason. Dallas picked up his fifth-year option so for now he’s under contract with the Cowboys through the 2020 season. Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley got his big extension after his third year with his team, a move that came last offseason. As the NFL can at times be a copycat league people have been wondering if Elliott and the Cowboys would follow suit. Of course, Dallas has previously had to negotiate with DeMarcus Lawrence and still have Prescott Taco Charlton Jersey Stitched , Elliott,Amari Cooper, and Byron Jones all pending just before they can start thinking about anything beyond that.It’s contract talk season. Get used to it. A look at the Cowboys’ first 2019 90-man roster."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsDallas Cowboys make full use of NFL’s 90-man roster limit New,77commentsA look at the Cowboys’ first 2019 90-man roster. CDTShareTweetShareShareDallas Cowboys make full use of NFL’s 90-man roster limit Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsThe Cowboys have exactly 90 players, the maximum allowed under NFL rules Womens Marcus Martin 2019 Jersey , on their offseason roster right now.That roster will change frequently over the coming days and weeks, but because the Cowboys are maxed out against the 90-player limit, every single new signing will have to be accompanied by a player being released who is currently on the roster. In total, the 90 Cowboys players are comprised as follows:50 players returning from last season.13 college free agents signed over the last few days.9 players signed as free agents since the end of the season.9 players signed to reserve/future contracts earlier this year.8 rookies drafted in the 2019 NFL draft.1 player brought in via trade1 suspended player who doesn’t count against the 90-man roster limit Here’s how the roster currently stands, keeping in mind that this first roster iteration of 2019 may already be outdated by the time this post is published. Interesting dynamic highlighted by the table above: With a regular-season roster limit of 53 players and 50 players returning from 2018 (on the left side of the table) basically every new addition to the team (on the right side of the table) will have to beat out a returning player for a roster spot on the final 53.And so it begins.
  3. Colts sign Skai Moore and Erik Swoope to practice squad; 8 Colts miss Monday walk through For many Indianapolis Colts Gerri Green Jersey , it was a bit of a surprise move when the Indianapolis Colts first waived tight end Erik Swoope a couple weeks ago. I think you’d have to qualify it with even more surprise when the Colts waived their undrafted free agent preseason stud, Skai Moore just last week.The good news, is that each of them made it through waivers, and there’s not really any bad news to this if we’re being perfectly honest. Moore may not be exactly what the Colts figured he might be that early on, but he certainly adds speed and coverage ability to the team’s young linebacker corps.He did, after all, start a game and spend three weeks of the season on the team’s active roster. It’s hard to tell whether he may get back to active status, but the Colts certainly understand that he has some very real NFL potential.As far as Swoope goes, it appears after being a project for a few years, and looking as if he was making real strides in 2016, his leash has gotten significantly shorter in terms of staying on this roster. However, with the obviously limited abilities of Mo-Allie Cox Cheap Gerri Green Youth Jersey , Swoope could easily be back on the active roster sooner rather than later. The Colts also released an ‘if we had a practice, these guys would have missed it’ injury report on Monday. This list is not getting any shorter it seems folks. With a short week to get prepared for the New England Patriots on Thursday night, the Colts were missing A LOT of important players. Jack Doyle is still out right now, T.Y. Hilton is suffering from a couple injuries he sustained Sunday, Nate Hairston, Darius Leonard and Hassan Ridgeway are out right now as well with injuries. Quincy Wilson and Kenny Moore are in concussion protocol as well which isn’t good for the Colts secondary for Week 5. The Colts really lost an edge when Moore exited the game Sunday, and there is reportedly some strange circumstances surrounding Wilson’s designation per Zak Keefer.On the positive side of things, Anthony Castonzo and Marlon Mack were both limited, as was Clayton Geathers. Eric Ebron, Malik Hooker, Anthony Walker and Adam Vinatieri also made it on Monday’s report, but were all full participants. The Colts could certainly use a healthy week of practice Cheap Justin Houston Youth Jersey , and could also stand to get several of these names back as full participants as they sit at 1-3 and have to battle a major road test in Foxboro in just two days. The Indianapolis Colts continued to address the secondary on the third day of the 2019 NFL Draft by selecting USC defensive back Marvell Tell III. Tell was not rated high as a safety in the Anthony..."The Indianapolis Colts continued to address the secondary on the third day of the 2019 NFL Draft by selecting USC defensive back Marvell Tell III. Tell was not rated high as a safety in the Anthony Arena Memorial 2019 NFL Draft Guide but will likely not play at that position for the Colts. He also played on special teams all four years with the Trojans and that will certainly help him have a chance to make the roster in what is becoming a rather crowded defensive backfield.He reminds me of Pierre Desir, in that he has great length at 6’2”, 198 lbs. and doesn’t have a blazing 40 yard time — although his 4.57 second time at USC’s Pro Day is good enough. He put up a 42” vertical jump, which was third among all defensive backs; a 136” broad jump, which was second; ran a 6.63 second three-cone, good for second; and a 4.01 second 20-yard shuttle, good for third.As we can see above, Tell is another rare athlete the Colts coaching staff will have the chance to mold into something more at the next level. How well he transitions to corner is hard to project but there is another important trait to acknowledge. Tell not only was a well respected player on his team who stayed for four years, even though he likely could have been drafted after his junior season, but also worked really hard in the classroom and in preparation for life after football. He is another clear locker room fit and should continue to build upon the culture Chris Ballard has been working hard to create.His best college season came as a junior where he tallied 85 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, 3 interceptions Indianapolis Colts Parris Campbell Jersey , 2 passes defensed, a fumble recovery and a touchdown — earning him a nod as first-team All-Pac-12. For his career, Tell tallied 220 tackles, 6.5 for a loss, .5 sack, 5 interceptions, 13 passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a touchdown.
  4. Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said Friday they are part of a group trying to buy the Columbus Crew to keep the MLS team in the city.The group Cleveland Browns Seth DeValve Jersey , which also includes Columbus-area investors, said in a statement it is moving forward to acquire the team, which appeared headed to Austin, Texas, after this season. A new stadium in downtown Columbus is part of the plan, although no details were provided.The agreement also provides that Austin, whose city council had approved plans for a new, privately owned 20,000-seat stadium, will get an MLS expansion team no later than 2021."MLS is committed to keeping Crew SC in Columbus should we continue to make progress on these critical components and agree to key terms with the investor group," the league said in a statement.Anthony Precourt Womens Seth DeValve 2019 Jersey , the San Francisco-based investor who owns the Crew, had courted Austin for a potential move since last year, contending that the team was no longer financially viable in Columbus without bigger crowds and a new stadium. Precourt and Richard Suttle, the Austin lobbyist who helped negotiate terms of a stadium deal there, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday.In Columbus, the announcement touched off wild celebrations among Crew fans, who had been working to save the team since Precourt made his plans public last year."This is truly a historic moment," said David Miller, a spokesman for the Save the Crew group. "Over the last year, we've proven that a community of invested individuals has the power to make a big difference."Everyone involved acknowledged that there are many details still to be worked out. The league's statement said that success for the Crew in Columbus will require "strong local partners, long-term corporate support Cheap Seth DeValve Youth Jersey , a strong season ticket base and long-term plans for a stadium, practice facilities and associated sites."The MLS expressed its commitment to expand to Austin, saying "regardless of any scenario in Columbus, there is a clear path forward for (Precourt) to operate Austin FC as a Major League Soccer club."Austin is the largest metropolitan area in the country without a major league sports franchise."What a wonderful win/win/win solution!" Austin Mayor Steve Adler said. "The MLS commissioner and Anthony Precourt both reaffirm that Austin will have major league soccer opening the 2021 season in the new, McKalla stadium."Ohio and Columbus officials had sued Precourt and MLS to stop or slow down the move. Ohio law requires teams that use tax-supported facilities and accept state financial assistance to give six months' notice and give local investors a chance to buy the team. The law was enacted after the NFL's Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996.The Haslams, owners of the Browns since 2012, are still seeking on-the-field success in Cleveland. Their tenure in Cleveland has included numerous coaching and front-office changes as the Browns have been one of the league's worst teams for several years.Cleveland became just the second franchise to lose all 16 games last season, when the Haslams again swept out most of their management team but retained coach Hue Jackson despite his 1-31 record over two seasons. They brought in former Kansas City general manager John Dorsey to handle personnel, and the Browns are already showing major improvement this season.AP Sports Writers Jim Vertuno in Austin, Texas, and Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report. Cleveland Browns:Hue Jackson disagrees about why he was fired (ESPN) - Hue Jackson did not agree with Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s statement that ”internal discord” led to the firing of Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley on Monday.Secondary has its hands full with Chiefs offense ( - E.J. Gaines doesn’t get to ease his way back to football. After spending two weeks healing from his first-ever concussion Orange Larry Ogunjobi Jersey , Gaines is poised to return this Sunday to face the best offense in football (and his hometown team), the Kansas City Chiefs. Chiefs offer reason for Browns fans to hope ( -I don’t have a good feeling about what will happen Sunday when the Browns play Kansas City. But looking at the Chiefs, Browns fans should have some confidence about the future of their favorite team.Browns are still the best reality show on TV (The Ringer) - The Cleveland Browns have had more drama this week than most NFL franchises have in an entire decade.NFL:Derek Carr in for the long haul with Raiders ( - With Oakland’s season in disarray and everyone on the roster seemingly expendable in coach Jon Gruden’s ongoing draft pick harvest, quarterback Derek Carr wants to make it clear he’s not giving up.Bills on pace to finish season with 6 touchdown passes (PFT) -The Buffalo Bills are setting back offensive football, with passing statistics that would have looked terrible even in the 1970s.Gruden’s Raiders are NFL’s worst team (Bleacher Report) -Halfway into the first season of his second stint with the team, Jon Gruden looks like he sports the worst coaching contract in NFL history. The only place he’s led the team is into the AFC West basement.Bears should be wary of the Bills (Chicago Tribune) - This one seems to be right there for the taking. A winnable game against a floundering opponent. If the Bears walk onto New Era Field on Sunday and play anywhere near their potential, they should be boarding their evening charter out of Buffalo with a 5-3 record. With a tighter grip on first place in the NFC North. With even more momentum and confidence heading into a critical stretch of three division games.
  5. It’s a big contrast from 2018."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections InterviewsNew Orleans Saints SatireWho Dat HistoryCanal Street Chronicles TutorialSaints with a favorable “strength of schedule” for 2019It’s a big contrast from 2018.CSTShareTweetShareShareSaints with a favorable “strength of schedule” for 2019Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsWhile the New Orleans Saints have had a run of bad luck recently Womens Jermon Bushrod 2019 Jersey , it looks like 2019 could be the start of a changing of the tides. As it currently stands, the Saints rank near the bottom with one of the easiest strength of schedules based off their 2019 opponents’ 2018 record.Obviously this is helped by the fact that the Saints face each of the NFC South rivals who each under-achieved in 2018. That being said, the rest of the division - hampered in part by two games against the New Orleans Saints - have relatively difficult schedules. The Atlanta Falcons are tied for seventh, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are tied for twelfth, and the Carolina Panthers are tied for sixteenth.The toughest road to the Super Bowl next season falls on Oakland Raiders. The easiest? The Washington team. Right before Washington? Surprise, surprise: the New England Patriots.It goes without saying, but this strength of schedule is based off 2018 records. It’s possible teams make vast improvements to their rosters in the 2019 offseason, rendering their 2018 record moot. It’s also possible teams that did well in 2018 lose key players and underperform themselves in 2019. The Saints travel to Dallas for tonight’s Week 13 matchup and this is your one-stop shop to find out how to follow the action!"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections InterviewsNew Orleans Saints SatireWho Dat HistoryCanal Street Chronicles TutorialSaints vs. Cowboys: Game Time Cheap Jermon Bushrod Youth Jersey , TV, Radio, Online Streaming, Mobile, and OddsThe Saints travel to Dallas for tonight’s Week 13 matchup and this is your one-stop shop to find out how to follow the action! ByWallace Delery@WallaceDeleryNov 29, 2018,9:00am CSTShareTweetShareShareSaints vs. Cowboys: Game Time, TV New Orleans Saints Erik McCoy Jersey , Radio, Online Streaming, Mobile, and OddsWelcome to Saints Gameday!Tonight:New Orleans Saints (10-1) at Dallas Cowboys (6-5)The Saints face the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium tonight with a chance to improve their record to 11-1!Dallas has always been one of Who Dat Nation’s biggest rivals, and the anticipation to this game has brought the contention between the fanbases back to the forefront.The Saints in primetime is always something to be excited about, and this game is no exception!Here’s to another Saints win!Who Dat!Here are your links to follow all of tonight’s Saints Week 13 action:Game time:Thursday, November 29th - 5:20pm PST / 7:20pm CST / 8:20pm ESTLocation:AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TexasWeather Forecast:75潞 Partly Cloudy (Retractable roof likely to be closed)TV Broadcast:Thursday Night Football - FOX/NFL Network (National Broadcast)- Joe Buck Womens Erik McCoy 2019 Jersey , Troy AikmanDIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket:(TNF not available in this package)Radio:WWL 870AM/105.3FM New Orleans-Featuring: Zach Streif, Deuce McAllister, and Kristian GaricSIRIUS XM 226 / Internet 821 New Orleans Saints radio network affiliates can be found hereDallas Cowboys radio network affiliates can be found hereOnline Streaming:Amazon PrimeFuboTVFoxSportsGo.comiOS/Android Streaming:NFL App and/or Fox Sports Go appOdds:Saints -7.5; Over/Under 52Uniform Combination:Black Jerseys and Black PantsOpponent Blog:Blogging The BoysJoin us an hour before game time to hang out and discuss the games with your fellow CSC members. Remember to follow the community guidelines, which can be found here.
  6. The Dallas Cowboys veterans who are most likely to become salary cap casualties this offseason - Staff Dallas Cowboys Taco Charlton Jersey , SportsDayIt happens every year, some veterans are tossed to the side for salary cap and production issues.NFL’S TERRANCE WILLIAMS HIT BY REPO MAN... Snatches WR’s Hellcat - TMZWide receiver Terrance Williams hasn’t had a good year. After being suspended for a DUI and missing all of 2018 with an injury, Williams now has another problem - his car was just repossessed. NFL team needs 2019: Biggest free agency, draft needs for every franchise - Andy Benoit Womens Taco Charlton 2019 Jersey , SI.comThe Oakland Raiders need to beef up their defense. Could they outbid the Cowboys for free agent DeMarcus Lawrence?At the right price, Cowboys should keep Sean Lee - Todd Archer, ESPNAt 33 in July, with an injury history and now in a part-time role Cheap Taco Charlton Youth Jersey , there is no doubt that Sean Lee's deal would have to be reworked to stay in Dallas.After ‘Long Road,’ Frederick Excited For Spring - Rob Phillips, DallasCowboys.comLooks like Frederick will be back in time for OTAs.Dak Prescott is very clutch - @BobbyBeltTXIt seems as if the 2018 NFL season showed us plenty of examples where Dak Prescott led his team down the field and helped the Cowboys win the game, either in the fourth quarter or overtime White Terrell Owens Jersey , and many started talking about how clutch the quarterback is. A comparison of career passer ratings in clutch situations offers a fascinating insight into just how clutch he may be. Don’t expect the Cowboys to move up into Round 1 in the 2019 NFL Draft - Jon Machota, SportsDayAny ideas about trading up into the first-round?Under Review: Where Must The Team Get Better? - The MothershipChecking into where the Cowboys must improve.Amari Cooper calls chemistry with Dak Prescott “God-ordained” - John Newby, 247 SportsAmari Cooper is really digging his chemistry with Dak Prescott. The former Cowboys great has a new gig." for SiriusXMCowboys legend Daryl “Moose” Johnston is going to give the player personnel thing a second go-around. He has joined the Dallas franchise of the upcoming XFL league as its Director of Player Personnel. Moose recently completed a stint in a similar position for the San Antonio team of the Alliance of American Football, the league that went under before their inaugural season was even complete. Johnston’s main gig is of course as a broadcaster of NFL games with Fox Terrell Owens Jersey 2019 , but he will now assist head coach Bob Stoops in creating a Dallas franchise for the new XFL league that will start play at the conclusion of the upcoming NFL season. The XFL is the creation of Vince McMahon and he has stated that he has enough funding to keep the league going for a few years and that it won’t suffer the same fate as the AAF.That league collapsed so abruptly, that Johnston received a surprising phone call.The XFL should be more stable with McMahon’s ability to fund the league. Moose did a good job in his short stint with the San Antonio team as they ended up with a winning record.He will now try to do it again in Dallas. The XFL will start in February of 2020 and the league has broadcast deals with ABC/ESPN and FOX.What say you BTB? Will a second professional football league ever really work in America? Will Moose have the same job in the XFL for more than a season or two?
  7. The Colts prospect interviews are finishing up as this is the final interview of the draft season before the NFL Draft later today. Today’s player interview is USC Safety Marvell Tell III. The..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Colts AnalysisInterviewsRoad to the DraftColts Prospect Interviews: USC Safety Marvell Tell IIINew Cheap Matthias Farley Youth Jersey ,2commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareColts Prospect Interviews: USC Safety Marvell Tell IIIMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThe Colts prospect interviews are finishing up as this is the final interview of the draft season before the NFL Draft later today. Today’s player interview is USC Safety Marvell Tell III. The Colts could use another safety on the back end with Malik Hooker and Tell could be that player.The interview will be towards the bottom of the page, as he interviewed exclusively with Stampede Blue to talk about the jump he made in play during his final two seasons, his versatility as a defensive back, and his meetings with the Colts.BackgroundSize:6’2” 198 poundsMeasurables: 40 Time: 4.57 / 10-yard split: 1.60 / Bench Reps: 8 Reps / Vertical Jump: 42 inches / Broad Jump: 136 inches / 3-Cone: 6.63 secondsCareer Stats:220 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 0.5 sacks, 5 interceptions, 13 pass deflections and 1 forced fumble in his career.Round Projection:Rounds 4-5Fit with the Colts: The Colts need a young safety to pair with Malik Hooker going forward, and Tell could very well be that player. He is a versatile and athletic player whose best football is certainly ahead of him in the league. Adding Tell to the defensive backfield would not only add a potential fit at safety, but also a potential developmental corner with his ability and upside in coverage. He may not be a finished project just yet, but with some work on his game, he could be a solid player in Indianapolis.Film Room: Tell’s athleticism and quickness pop on film immediately. He has great upside to be a good safety or corner in the NFL with his intangibles.Tell is very capable coming downhill, and even blitzing in some packages. His best fit is certainly in a role that allows him to fly downfield.Tell has great ability in coverage, too, which makes him intriguing as a cornerback convert. He has the versatility to perform well at multiple positions in the NFL.Interview:ZH: You made a big jump in play from your Sophomore year to your last two seasons at USC. What was the key to that improved play?MT: I just became a student of the game. I learned how to watch film White Malik Hooker Jersey , I started meeting with my coaches outside of mandatory times, and I just really bought into the defense and understood my role and the roles of others around me. ZH: Overall, how would you summarize your time at USC?MT: Oh man.. In a couple words? That’s tough man. Amazing, to start off with. I feel like they prepared us very well for life after school at USC both on and off of the field. I played with a bunch of great guys who are in the league now. It was really a growth period for me. You start out, and it’s like being in high school again. You are like a high school freshman being at the bottom of the totem pole again. You work your way up, you gotta fight through adversity and win your battles, and I definitely grew as both a person and a player throughout those four years. ZH: You were invited to the Combine after a good career at USC. How was that experience for you both on the field and in the interviews?MT: It was great, but it was a lot more than I anticipated. Growing up you just see the field drills but nobody else sees what goes on in those previous days, because the field drills are on the last day. You are meeting with teams, going through medical exams and psychological exams... It’s a lot. They put a lot on you before that last day, but it was a great experience. I didn’t complain about it at all, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m glad I got to take advantage.ZH: You played all over USC’s defense the last few years. Where would you say is the best fit for you position wise in the NFL?MT: Like you said man, I played everywhere. I have the most experience as a down safety, but as I got to touch other positions on the field, I feel like that might not even be my best spot moving forward. I feel like that if I get taught to be a corner Malik Hooker Jersey 2019 , I could be a great corner. If I’m taught as a free safety, I could be a great free safety. I don’t know man, I have no clue. I just want to play ball and remain versatile, so I’m more than willing to play whatever.ZH: Yeah and that actually leads to my next question. With your athleticism and length, some have mentioned moving you to corner. Would you be comfortable making that move?MT: Definitely. I’m a quick learner and I played corner in high school so I’m not completely foreign to it. If I can just get to training and work on that craft, I can perfect it.ZH: Since you did play safety, though, I’d like to ask you this question: What is the most important trait a safety can possess in your opinion?MT: Great eyes and to be able to see the whole field. I believe that, and being able to run, are the most important traits.ZH: Who do you model your game after/compare yourself to in the NFL?MT: It’s hard to say who I model myself after. Guys I watch film of though are definitely Earl Thomas— I love his motor— and Harrison Smith because he played in a similar defense to us at USC so I’ve watched a ton of him to see what he sees and how he moves in zone coverages. My favorite safety of all time is Sean Taylor, that’s the GOAT right there.ZH: You’ve met with the Colts multiple times throughout this process. How have those meetings gone for you?MT: They’ve gone really well. No complaints at all. I’m just trying to prove myself in these meetings and show that I’m a great player on the field and also on the board.ZH: The Colts need a strong safety to pair with the rangy Malik Hooker. Do you think you could step in and be that guy?MT: No doubt, definitely. We’d be good together.ZH: Last question for you. What is my team getting on and off the field if they spend a draft pick on you? What separates you in this class?MT: They are getting someone who is accountable, intelligent, fast, and passionate about the game of football.Colts Cast: Most surprising Indianapolis Colts Jacoby Brissett Jersey , underrated Colts through Week 3 w/Luke Schultheis It’s undeniable that this Indianapolis Colts roster is bringing about some surprises already in this young 2018 season. Nobody expected Darius Leonard to be playing at this level, even if they liked him coming into the season, but he’s not the only one to be turning some heads.Luke Schultheis joined me today to discuss a little bit of everything, including our most surprising Colts on both sides of the ball thus far, our most underrated starters and rotational players and more organic conversation about the state of the team as well. One of the most interesting positions for the Colts has been the tight end room. The position was considered a major strength coming into the season, but the look of the group has taken on a new form in a very short time. Ross Travis was placed on IR, Darrell Daniels was traded to Seattle, and now the Colts have their most prized tight end, Jack Doyle, out and hasn’t practiced yet this week.Luke and Matt briefly discuss the situation surrounding Andrew Luck, the team’s secondary, how Matt Eberflus has used all of his assets on the defense and molded them into a formidable group and much more. This season is going to be a wild ride without question.This was a really fun conversation, Luke was a great guest, and I think you’ll find it interesting as well.
  8. The Browns will have multiple prime time games Jabrill Peppers Jersey Stitched , including a return to Sunday Night Football and two Monday Nighters."The NFL announced the schedule for the 2019 season Wednesday night. Here is the full schedule for your Cleveland Browns, and below the schedule we’ll have some commentary about it.Cleveland Browns’ 2019 NFL Schedule WeekDateAway-HomeTimeTVWeekDateAway-HomeTimeTVSchedule NotesThe Browns will have four prime time games.The prime time schedule begins with Week 2 on the road against the Jets, on Monday Night Football. The following Sunday (Week 3), they will host the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams in Cleveland on Sunday Night Football. Two weeks later (Week 5) Youth David Njoku Jersey , they will be right back to prime time when they travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers on Monday Night Football.A lot of Cleveland’s division rival scheduling is late in the season. Let’s start with Pittsburgh. The Browns face the Steelers at home for Thursday Night Football in Week 11, then go on the road to face them in Week 13.The Browns don’t play the Bengals until Week 14 for the first time, then face them to close out the year in Week 17. The Cleveland Browns search for their next head coach took an interesting turn on Tuesday.Kevin Stefanski, who up until midnight on Monday was under contract with the Minnesota Vikings David Njoku Jerseys Stitched , is reportedly heading back to Cleveland for a second interview, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero: General manager John Dorsey and members of the search committee interviewed Stefanski last Thursday, but since he was still under contract with the Vikings, that interview was for the head coaching position. But now that Stefanski is free of his obligations with Minnesota Youth Larry Ogunjobi Jersey , the Browns can talk with him about joining the staff in any capacity they like - leading to speculation that Stefanski might be in line for the offensive coordinator role with the yet-to-be-determined head coach.And that has led to further speculation that if Stefanski is open to making a lateral move, it could mean that the Browns are planning to name Freddie Kitchens as the next head coach. Cleveland interviewed Kitchens on Monday and reportedly also spent time doing some additional homework on him, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:Got all that?As for Stefanski, he took over the offensive coordinator role in Minnesota in Week 15 of last season after the Vikings fired John DeFilippo. According to that quote from Rudolph is true Larry Ogunjobi Jersey Stitched , then it sounds like there is a lot to like about Stefanski. The hallmark of a successful coach is their ability to put players in a position to succeed, rather than having an ego so big that they wind forcing players to run plays that are not suited to their talents.The Browns have yet to make an official decision on the next head coach, but a little more than a week into the process they are sure keeping everyone interested in the process.
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  10. Multi-year contracts are becoming rarer for the Cowboys Dallas Cowboys Joe Jackson Jersey , and that’s a very good thing."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsDallas Cowboys 2019 Free AgencyDallas Cowboys 2019 DraftThe Cowboys are finally catching up to other teams in terms of roster buildingNew,136commentsMulti-year contracts are becoming rarer for the Cowboys, and that’s a very good thing.CDTShareTweetShareShareThe Cowboys are finally catching up to other teams in terms of roster buildingMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsThis offseason has a different feel for the Dallas Cowboys. Free agency looks to be surprisingly successful even as the team has hewed closely to its philosophy of not overspending and looking for bargains. Most of the signings have been for one year only, avoiding any long-term financial or cap space commitments. One result is that the Cowboys are sitting on a huge amount of cap space for 2020. That sets them up to be able to handle the key extensions of star players without having to make many hard decisions forced by the constraints of the cap. All of this reflects what looks like a definite shift in how the team is approaching roster building, one that they were a little late in getting to, but one that is now is taking full advantage of the final years of the current CBA.One of the key features of the soon-to-expire agreement is that the league got the NFLPA to agree to rookie contracts on a fixed pay scale that makes the young talent very cheap during some of the most productive years for most players. While this has not been a good arrangement for veteran players, it has been extremely beneficial for the teams. Those who have figured it out can build a talented roster for much less than it takes to invest in high-dollar free agent contracts. And for those positions where a team needs a serious upgrade, the cost of those rookie deals frees up the cap space they need, something that has been used by some teams to jump-start a rebuild.For Dallas, that has not been a concern. But after several years of working through some dead money issues, such as the retirement of Tony Romo and the decision to release Dez Bryant, they are now leveraging their roster using those rookie deals and focusing on one-year free agent signings to fill gaps. Only two new contracts are for more than one season. Both are players they re-signed as free agents Womens Joe Jackson 2019 Jersey , fullback Jamize Olawale, who somewhat surprisingly got the only three-year deal so far this offseason, and swing tackle Cameron Fleming, who was brought back on a two-year contract. All the rest, including the two most significant acquisitions in Robert Quinn and Randall Cobb, are one-year rentals. The team can let them go to free agency after this season and reap compensatory picks for 2021, or make an offer to keep them. This has led to a very small number of players already under contract for 2020, although DeMarcus Lawrence will hopefully be added to that list. For now, only 33 players are inked for next year. And that includes thirteen that have no dead money costs if they are cut. Given that this list includes names like Cody Wichmann, Treston Decoud, Aziz Shittu, Drew Scott Dallas Cowboys Robert Okereke Jersey , and Codey McElroy, it is basically certain that not all will still be part of the team by September of 2020. That means the Cowboys will load up again with new faces, both through the draft and free agency, while still extending core players like Lawrence, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and Byron Jones. They have the cap space to do all of that thanks to this process hitting full speed.A major part of this has been the success the team has had in the draft in recent years. While they have had their whiffs and yet-to-work-out selections like Charles Tapper and Taco Charlton, most of their picks over the past several years have been good to excellent value for their draft position, with some like Jaylon Smith, Xavier Woods, and Leighton Vander Esch absolute home runs. There is a lot of very young Cheap Alize Mack Youth Jersey , very good talent on the team now, with all the attendant advantages. Combined with the consistent value-minded approach to free agency and some key trades, like Cooper and Quinn, this has put them in an unprecedented position of flexibility in the cap era. Things are a little more challenging with their first-round pick this year traded away for Cooper, but their not-so-secret weapon, Will McClay, inspires confidence they will get some good bang-for-the-buck with what they have left.It did take a while as they got their house in order. For several years they were still locking up a lot of money with long-term deals, including the unsuccessful Brandon Carr signing of. They could still hit stumbling blocks with the potential dead money on some deals, particularly for offensive linemen Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, and Tyron Smith. But having an estimated $116 million in space for next year allows them to weather even the most dire situation. With the possible exception of Prescott, the team also seems very unlikely to make truly long-term deals any more Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith Jersey , such as the ten-year contract they signed Tyron Smith to, or the eight years they gave Frederick. Martin was the most recent big extension, and he got seven. Negotiations with Lawrence involve whether it will be for five or six years. with the team wanting the lower number. It is an evident trend that lets them fully capitalize on the provisions of the CBA. The new paradigm is to have a smaller number of core players on longer term, big money deals, with more of the roster just passing through than in the past. They haven’t abandoned the idea of paying their own, just put some limits on how many are in that group.That could all change when the next CBA gets hammered out, in what is shaping up to be a contentious process. But that rookie pay scale is likely to be something the teams will not budge on. There may be some tweaking of things, perhaps making them a year shorter in some cases, but this is too valuable and lucrative a feature for the owners to fully yield. The Cowboys’ approach certainly reflects a belief that something similar will continue once things are finalized with the NFLPA. They were not as early to this party as some teams, but they are out on the dance floor with their best moves now.Cowboys vs. Giants final injury report: Xavier Woods out, Randy Gregory doubtful It’s Friday of a game week, which brings us the final injury report before the teams suit up. This week’s contest is on Sunday between the Cowboys and the Giants Womens Tyron Smith 2019 Jersey , let’s see where the injury situation stands. Before the season-opener against the Panthers, safety Xavier Woods said he was targeting the home-opener against the Giants to begin his 2018 season. That won’t be happening as he didn’t practice all week and is listed as out of the game. He will be joined by center Travis Fredrick, that was a given. Defensive tackle Datone Jones created some optimism that he might play when he returned to practice for the first time in a while on a limited basis yesterday, but he is also listed as out for the game against the Giants.Randy Gregory returned to practice today on a limited basis, but that only raised his status to doubtful for Sunday night. Generally doubtful players don’t go but there’s still a chance since he hasn’t been ruled out. If he can’t go, Taco Charlton will likely take his place with rookie Dorance Armstrong given some more snaps. DeMarcus Lawrence, Dak Prescott and Kavon Frazier all still appear on the injury report although only Lawrence has missed a practice this week and that was on Wednesday. You can expect all three to play on Sunday.The Giants have ruled out edge player Olivier Vernon for the game, that’s a break for a Cowboys offensive line that has struggled. Linebacker Tae Davis is listed as questionable.
  11. Colts Cast: Colts top concerns Cheap Al Woods Youth Jersey , surprises, and confirmations from training camp Before training camp I had some opinions on what I might see through practices as camp progressed. In the practices I’ve attended, I have come away with some confirmations of those expectations for some of the Indianapolis Colts, but there have also been some surprises and concerns arise as well. This scheme is a completely different animal, at least defensively, and the offense has a new structure as well as playcaller with Frank Reich. Trying to look at the positions which have immediate roles for rookies and other young players, is interesting because we don’t have a lot to compare them to. Some of these rookies have stepped up immediately, some are still in the thick of a process to getting into a rotation and others are largely camp bodies at this point. Even more importantly White Ryan Kelly Jersey , how are the few legitimate veteran guys on this roster going to affect the rest of the team and its success or failure?Which positions, players should we worry about when it comes to an all-inclusive look at the potential of the roster itself? Who has us excited, and where do we see real improvements on the horizon? We’ll likely have different opinions of most of these examples I lay out today, but that’s the beauty of the preseason performances following training camp. Who’s learning? Who’s a ways behind the rest? And who can we count on to make an immediate impact on this team? Today I look at several positions and players as the official start to the Colts preseason awaits us. Please subscribe, rate and review the show anywhere you listen to podcasts.Colts Cast Links: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | BlogTalkRadio | SB Colts Cast YT Channel Adam Vinatieri Is About to Set an Unbreakable NFL Record - The RingerSince entering the league in 1996, Vinatieri has solidified a reputation as the greatest kicker of all time. Now he’s poised to become the NFL’s official field goal king—and that title should last forever.Adam Vinatieri’s Mount Rushmore (plus 1) of Field Goals | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS Ryan Kelly Jersey 2019 , Ind. – They count the same, but all field goals are not created equal. Exhibit A: Adam Vinatieri’s next field goal – No. 566 – will be cut above the previous 565.Why The Breakout Season For Margus Hunt? | WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenterIn 2018, the Colts have gotten a career start to the season from Margus Hunt. Why has Hunt had such a tremendous start to the 2018 campaign?Colts Notebook: Anthony Castonzo Practices Thursday | WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenterThe Colts had their second practice of the week on Thursday, in preparation for the Texans this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. What did we see at the second practice of the week?Frank Reich Not Shying Away From Stressing Divisional Importance To Colts | WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenterThe Colts will begin divisional play in Week Four. Frank Reich is not shying away from letting his team know how important Sunday’s game is to the AFC South race.Colts Notebook: Texans offer chance to test physicality vs. AFC South | Sports | heraldbulletin.comWhen general manager Chris Ballard sat down this offseason to assess the Colts' roster, there was one problem he certainly wanted to address.Colts Take On Texans Hoping To ‘Rustle It Up’ To Begin AFC South PlayThe Indianapolis Colts want to get back to their ways of dominating the AFC South Division. They get their first test of the 2018 season on Sunday, when the Houston Texans come to Lucas Oil Stadium.Jack Doyle, Colts' Mr. Iron Man, forced to watch from the couchDoyle will miss back-to-back games for the first time in his careerFor My Brother White T.J. Green Jersey , Edwin “Pound Cake” Jackson | By Adam JacksonA lot of people didn’t even know Edwin had been killed. And they definitely don’t know his story. I owe it to my brother to remedy that.10 memories of unforgettable Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson – The AthleticEdwin Jackson, the Indianapolis Colts linebacker who was killed in a gruesome hit and run accident in February, will be honored during Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans.2018 Colts Fantasy Preview: Colts/Texans, Week 4Fantasy owners of Indianapolis Colts players had a rough go of it last week when the team took on the Philadelphia Eagles in the rain. Things look more optimistic this week back at home against the Houston Texans.Colts' 'other' young LB also off to strong start | Sports | heraldbulletin.comThere's a different feel in the Colts' linebacker room this year.COLTS MEDIA
  12. The Cleveland Browns have yet to officially announce that Freddie Kitchens will be the team’s next head coach Howard Wilson Jersey Stitched , but the club has been busy working to fill out the coaching staff.After missing out, if you will, on Vance Joseph (hired by the Arizona Cardinals) and Chuck Pagano (hired by the Chicago Bears) for the defensive coordinator position, the Browns have now reportedly turned their attention to Steve Wilks, last seen as a one-and-down head coach with the Arizona Cardinals, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:In a fun little twist, Wilks was spotted with general manager John Dorsey walking through the halls of team headquarters during Friday’s in-house show Youth Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey , Cleveland Browns Daily.Wilks has spent time as a defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers. He was promoted to the defensive coordinator position in Carolina in 2017 and found some success as the Panthers were in the top 10 in yards allowed and points allowed per game that season.He was hired by the Cardinals as head coach for the 2018 season, but the team struggled to a 3-13 record and fired Wilks. Arizona’s defense finished the season ranked 20th in yards per game (358.8) and 32nd against the run (154.9) yards per game.Wilks may not have been the cause of all the problems, however, as Jonathan Jones pointed out at in December:One thing working in Wilks’ favor is that he prefers a 4-3 base for his defense, which is what the Browns have built for the past two seasons. While the defense may only line up in that particular alignment a handful of times each game Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey Stitched , the fact that the players match the coach’s philosophy is a plus, especially given that part of the Cardinals’ defensive struggles in 2018 came from the team beginning the transformation from a team built for a 3-4 base defense.Cleveland Browns Training Camp Recap: Day 12 - Camp starting to wind down The Cleveland Browns were back to practice on Sunday, their first one after Thursday’s preseason game against the New York Giants. Our full practice report summary is below.Cleveland Browns Training Camp Report - Day 12 (8/12/18)1. Seth DeValve Returns: It’s been several days since the Browns last practiced, so that makes the latest injury news one of the top headlines to start Day 12. TE Seth DeValve returning to action was the most notable change as the Browns get ready to take on the Buffalo Bills this Friday. DL Trevon Coley, RG Kevin Zeitler, and FB Danny Vitale remain idle. Other players returning to practice include LB Justin Currie and OT Desmond Harrison. Harrison will be looking to challenge for that backup left tackle role.2. Drill of the Day: In individual drills, here are Cleveland’s defensive linemen getting work in driving players back.3. Mixing Things Up with BBC: I’m pretty sure that DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun is still in Gregg Williams’ plans defensively this year Youth Duke Johnson Jersey , and Dan Labbe of pointed out this alignment between he and Damarious Randall:4. Njoku on a Roll: Enough bagging on TE David Njoku’s woes from earlier in camp, right? Per Fred Greetham of The OBR, Njoku caught a sideline pass and then sprinted past three defenders for a score:5. More Action for Higgins: WR Rashard Higgins continue to thrive in camp. Here he is catching a seam pass from QB Baker Mayfield. In another clip, Higgins makes a great move to beat his defender, but QB Tyrod Taylor’s pass is a bit off downfield.6. Simeon Thomas Trying to Make a Name: One of the rookies trying to stand out in camp is DB Simeon Thomas, and here he is with tight coverage on WR Antonio Callaway to knock the ball away. 7. Myles Garrett vs. Joel Bitonio: Credit to Jake Burns of The OBR for a bunch of great individual clips from today’s practice. We’ve been wondering about some visual evidence of the battle between DE Myles Garrett and LT Joel Bitonio, and here is a clip of Garrett using a spin move to get the best of him:Bitonio takes on Garrett again here.8. Brownies: According to Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 the Fan Duke Johnson Jersey Stitched , WR Antonio Callaway appeared to tweak something and didn’t seem to be going 100%, and head coach Hue Jackson later called it a rib injury. ... Zac Jackson of The Athletic thinks that WR Damion Ratley’s speed might be too good to get away with stashing him on the practice squad. ... A total of 114 puppies have been adopted at the Browns Puppy Pound at training camp this year.9. Next Up: The Browns’ next practice is Monday from 3:00 PM to 5:55 PM. There are just three more practices open to the public.
  13. When Drew Brees became the NFL's career leader in yards passing Drew Brees Jersey White , he wanted to come up with some sort of gift to thank those who coached him, caught the 6,357 completions it took to set the record and blocked while he threw.His solution was an exhaustive process than involved the production of about 175 unique commemorative footballs and the enlisting Saints front office and public relations staff to help track down 99 receivers, 56 offensive linemen, 11 head or assistant coaches from his 18 pro seasons as well as others instrumental in his success.They began receiving their custom-made footballs this week, which pleased Brees because he wanted it done before Christmas."Naturally you start thinking, 'OK, well, a lot of people have caught those balls," Brees said. "So let's get a list of all the pass catchers and the number of catches and the number of yards and let's put together a game ball for them and put those statistics on there for them New Orleans Saints Kaden Elliss Jersey , so they know that they have a piece of this and they were an important part of it.'"That's how the effort started. But Brees soon realized he couldn't just limit it to receivers."It's not just about the receivers. It's about the guys blocking.' So it's like, 'All right, let's find every offensive lineman that's ever started a game.' So we did that," Brees said. "Then I started thinking about coaches. Then I started thinking about other people as well. So it was actually a long list. But I just wanted to do that for them."Even current Saints players, such as veteran tight end Ben Watson, received the balls at their homes 鈥?not the mail room or locker room at Saints headquarters."It's him. It's surprising but it's not surprising at the same time that he would give a special thanks to the guys that helped him along the way," Watson said. "Obviously, this is his accomplishment. But him being the leader that he is, he loves to defer praise to other people."Watson said he was "Just thankful to be able to play with him and be able to contribute to the greatness that he's achieved."Recipients included rookie receiver Tre'Quan Smith, who caught the 62-yard touchdown pass in Week 5 against Washington on which Brees surpassed the 71 New Orleans Saints Kaden Elliss Jersey ,940 yards passing of previous record-holder Peyton Manning.Smith said Brees' gesture "shows what kind of guy he is, and you want to be around somebody like that, who shows appreciation."The package with ball included a typed letter signed by Brees. Receivers, linemen, coaches and other "contributors" each got different variations of the letter, depending on the nature of their roles in the record.The balls sent to retired players included the number of passes they caught from Brees and the total yardage of those catches. For example, the ball sent to Saints career receiving leader Marques Colston specifically recognized his 705 receptions for 9,709 yards.For current players, Brees didn't include such stats, which grown since Manning's old mark was eclipsed in October.Brees said he was gratified by text messages he'd received. Brandin Cooks sent him a video from the locker room at the headquarters of the former Saints receiver's current team Cheap Kaden Elliss Youth Jersey , the Los Angeles Rams.Former Chargers fullback Fred McCrary sent a video of himself holding his ball in a barber shop, boisterously bragging that he's "famous today."Brees said he'd also received a text Friday from former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson.Recipients that Brees considered "contributors" included Dr. James Andrews, the surgeon who repaired the quarterback's heavily damaged throwing shoulder in 2006, as well as independent throwing coach Tom House, Saints owner Gayle Benson and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis. It’s not enough for the players, though."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections InterviewsNew Orleans Saints SatireWho Dat HistoryCanal Street Chronicles TutorialNFL (almost) breaks silence on blatant no-call in NFC ChampionshipNew,70commentsIt’s not enough for the players, though.CSTShareTweetShareShareNFL (almost) breaks silence on blatant no-call in NFC ChampionshipKirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsAfter retiring-Saint Benjamin Watson called out Roger Goodell and the NFL for the NFL’s continued silence after the failed no-call on defensive pass interference that would have sealed the win for the New Orleans Saints and sent his team to the Super Bowl, the NFL has done something. But it’s not nearly enough to placate Saints players or their fans.Saints players took to Twitter to voice their displeasure on Goodell refusing to issue a statement outside of the fine:It’s understandable, though New Orleans Saints Kaden Elliss Jersey , why Saints players scoff at the fine. We all remember Sean Payton wheeling in $200,000 in cash to help motivate Saints players, right? Well our old pal John Sigler pointed out the difference between the fine and the bonuses received by Rams players in part because of the fine.Saints players and fans want Roger Goodell to take some accountability for the missed call. However, multiple talking heads in the NFL world have already acknowledged that they believe this fine to be Goodell’s final and only “statement” on the matter.Many in the sports world are afraid that Goodell doing anything further, while vindicating Saints players, would delegitimize the Los Angeles Rams as a Super Bowl participant.And frankly, that’s exactly what the Saints players want.
  14. It was a crushing defeat for the Dallas Cowboys as they fell 20-17 to Washington. They had a bad performance from their offense once more as the road continued to be terribly hostile to them. The Cowboys mounted a last minute charge Taco Charlton Jersey Stitched , only to miss out on sending the game to overtime by mere inches.The table was set for this game by the defeat of the Philadelphia Eagles by the Carolina Panthers in the early slot. The come-from-ahead loss, where the Eagles gave up a 17 point lead in the fourth quarter, meant that the winner of this game would be all alone in first place in the NFC East. It came down to who wanted the division lead the most.But that turned out to be Washington, who dominated the line of scrimmage all day. Speaking of which, Adrian Peterson lived up to his AD nickname, getting almost 100 yards while Ezekiel Elliott was stymied, only totaling 31 yards on 14 carries. Dak Prescott was under constant pressure, including the back-breaking strip-sack touchdown given up late in the fourth quarter, while Alex Smith was only sacked once by the Dallas pass rush. It was a continuation of the road woes that have plagued the Cowboys all season. There were clear breakdowns in communication on the offensive line, and multiple big plays for Dallas were called back by holding penalties. After showing so much promise in the win last week, things reverted back to the bad, and once again this looks like an 8-8 team, at best.There was a brief flurry by the offense as time wound down in the game, including converting a fourth and 13 on a pass to Blake Jarwin. But it took too many plays to score, leaving only 1:37 on the clock. The drive was gritty and determined, but also too little and too late. Dallas managed to get it down to a field goal attempt Youth Chidobe Awuzie Jersey , but a false start added five yards to the attempt, and Brett Maher doinked it off the upright. The Cowboys got off to a bad start in the game. On their first possession, a 22 yard run by Dak Prescott was wiped out by a Tyron Smith hold, and Dallas wound up punting. Washington took advantage of an uncharacteristically bad punt by Chris Jones to quickly march in, getting a 23 yard touchdown on a screen pass to Kapri Bibbs. Things kept going badly as Elliott struggled to gain yards, then on fourth and one, the ball was knocked loose from Prescott just as he got the first down, giving Washington the ball on the Cowboys’ 45 yard line. There was a very scary moment late in the first quarter as Prescott tried to run for the first down sticks and took a blow right to the head on the sidelines just short of the sticks. He had to go through the concussion protocol, but was cleared and returned to the game on the Cowboys’ next series, and threw a 22 yard strike to Michael Gallup on his next pass. And on a third and four play, he showed he was not afraid to run after his hit, diving to get the first down on a scramble. Meanwhile, Sean Lee returned to the field after missing three games due to injury and looked back to his normal self, snuffing out a screen play early in the second quarter to help stop Washington. That is perhaps even more important after Leighton Vander Esch left the field with an injury in the second half.However, the struggles were real for the Cowboys. Smith continued to struggle as he and Connor Williams were still having communications issues. Penalties kept hurting Dallas, and even Chris Jones was having a bad day with short punts or putting them into the end zone for touchbacks. Meanwhile Chidobe Awuzie Jersey Stitched , Peterson looked like he was 23, not 33, at times, making something out of nothing and putting some wicked moves on Dallas defenders. Pass protection was also in the home team’s favor in the first half, as Prescott was sacked while Smith wasn’t. An indication of how self-inflicted the damage was for the Cowboys was that they controlled the ball in the first half, notching a 17:07 to 12:53 advantage in time of possession, and limiting Washington to only one third down conversion in the first two quarters.But inside the two minute warning of the first half, the offense finally came alive. After Elliott barely converted a third and one, Dak got some protection and hit a streaking Michael Gallup down the left side for a 49 yard touchdown to even things up at 7-7 with a minute left to play. After having far too many mistakes, and Washington just missing on a couple of touchdown throws as the first half wound down, Dallas went into halftime tied, with the division lead still up for grabs.The Cowboys quickly let the momentum from the Gallup touchdown dissipate in the second half. First, Washington got the ball on the kickoff and drove down for a field goal. Dallas would be totally ineffective on offense, only running six plays in the third quarter as the pass rush kept the pressure on Prescott and Elliott continued to struggle. Then Washington would add another three points early in the fourth, but again the defense held in the red zone to prevent a touchdown. According to the CBS announcers, that made seven consecutive times the Cowboys’ defense has held opponents to just a field goal on red zone trips. Finally Youth Jourdan Lewis Jersey , Dallas got a little something going on offense to set up Brett Maher for his own 47 yard field goal. Then on the next Washington series, Sean Lee showed up again, to stop an option play that had worked earlier for and get the ball back for the offense with 6:18 left in the game. But disaster would strike. After a third down conversion to Cole Beasley was called back on a hold by Connor Williams, Dak would get sacked on the goal line and stripped of the ball, which was recovered for a touchdown by Preston Smith. That pushed the lead to ten points with not enough time for the Cowboys to come back. It was another road flop for Dallas, and a golden opportunity squandered. Some of last year’s playoff teams are in for a rude awakening in 2019."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsDallas Cowboys GeneralPoll: Which 2018 NFC playoff teams won’t make the playoffs in 2019?New,134commentsSome of last year’s playoff teams are in for a rude awakening in 2019. CDTShareTweetShareSharePoll: Which 2018 NFC playoff teams won’t make the playoffs in 2019?Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY SportsSince the league moved to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, an average of about six new teams make the playoffs every year. This long history of churn among NFL teams means that it’s highly probable that five or six teams that made the playoffs in 2018 will miss the playoffs in 2019.And what’s true for the NFL is true for the NFC as well: Six teams make the playoffs in the NFC every year, and it’s a virtual certainty that some of last year’s playoff teams won’t repeat.In 2018, the Saints, Rams, and Eagles repeated as NFC playoff participants from the year before, the Cowboys, Bears, and Seahawks were the new playoff participants, and the Panthers Jourdan Lewis Jersey Stitched , Falcons, and Vikings failed to repeat their 2017 playoff appearanceCoincidentally, that means that nine of the 16 NFC teams made the playoffs the last two seasons. And if we go back one more year, 12 of 16 NFC teams made the playoffs in the three-year span from 2016-2017. Remarkably, not a single NFC team made the playoffs in each of the last three years. Not one.Almost as remarkably, only four teams failed to make the playoffs at any time over that three-year span: the perennially underachieving Redskins, the once-mighty 49ers, the woeful Cardinals, and the Bucs, who last made the playoffs under Jon Gruden in 2007.Which brings us to our question of the day: Last year, the NFC was represented, in order of seeding, by the Saints, Rams, Bears, Cowboys Youth Xavier Woods Jersey , Seahawks, and Eagles. Which of these teams do you think are in for a rude awakening in 2019 and will not make it back to the playoffs?ESPN posted the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook odds for each team to make the Super Bowl, and those odds have three tiers of favorites for the NFC:8-1 odds: Rams & Saints14-1 odds: Bears, Eagles, Packers25-1 odds: Cowboys, Vikings, 49ersThose odds would leave the Seahawks as the only team not repeating its playoff appearance, though history suggests it’ll be three teams failing to repeat.Place your vote on which team you think won’t be back in the playoffs this year in the attached poll. We’ll assume that the three teams that get the most votes will not make the playoffs this season. In a follow-up post, you’ll be able to vote on which three new teams you think will make it to the postseason this year.If you can’t see the poll on your device, feel free to leave your take in the comments section below.
  15. Leading up to last Sunday’s game between the Colts and Cowboys we took a look at a few of the critical game matchups that would help to define the outcome. After the dust had settled on the Colts’ impressive shutout win over the Cowboys Indianapolis Colts Parris Campbell Jersey , it is time to take a look back and see how those matchups played out.Pierre Desir vs Amari CooperThis first matchup, like many when you pitch a shutout, is a pretty clear and decisive victory for the Colts. Desir did a fantastic job against DeAndre Hopkins the previous week, and had a similar performance against Cooper here. It is important to note that they obviously play a lot of zone, so credit goes to the entire defensive backfield for the job they did on the Cowboys receivers. Desir deserves specific mention though for consistently knocking Cooper off his routes and helping make sure he couldn’t become a significant factor in this game. He was 4 of 7 for 32 yards in the air. Considering that the prior week he had 217 yards and 3 touchdowns, that is a massive accomplishment. Removing him from the equation left the Cowboys’ offense one-dimensional and allowed the Colts to clamp down on the run game and get after Dak Prescott. This secondary has gotten better with each week, and the drafting of a couple blue chip players to add to it could make them a very unpleasant group to go against.Colts Defensive Line vs Cowboys Offensive LinePhoto by Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesThe Colts defensive line has also been heating up as the season has progressed. They had 3 sacks and 5 QB hits as a team, which is solid and served as enough of a disruption to stop drives when it counted. They limited Prescott to just 206 yards passing and an interception. What’s more, Tyquan Lewis had a sack which pushed the Cowboys back out of field goal range, keeping points off the board and ending a Cowboys drive. The area where the clear victory took place was in terms of the defensive line beating the Cowboys offensive line in terms of opening holes for the running game. While they gave up yards in between the 20s, when the ball reached the red zone, the defense clamped down tight. They limited Ezekiel Elliott to 87 yards and stuffed him on the goal line when the Cowboys went for it on 4th and 1. That kind of hard-nosed performance would typically be unthinkable against the image we have in our minds of the Cowboys’ offensive line. It was exactly the performance this team delivered.T.Y. Hilton vs Byron JonesColts.comHilton didn’t find himself matched up against Byron Jones all game. Much like Pierre Desir on the Colts side, the Cowboys play a zone scheme that doesn’t necessarily employ following receivers with their cornerbacks. Hilton had one catch in coverage against Byron Jones, but was largely matched up against Chidobe Awuzie. It wasn’t a pretty matchup for anyone covering Hilton. When you factor in that he started the day with a distinct possibility of not playing, it is remarkable that he was able to do anything at all. What he was able to do was go 5 for 8 and get 87 yards. He described himself as at about 70 percent after the game was over. If anyone doubted his toughness Cheap Parris Campbell Youth Jersey , this season has more than quieted that. Hilton has repeatedly played through injury and continues to be a big part of the offense.Also, his taunting penalty was totally ridiculous, but right in line with the performance we have come to expect from these officials. Eric Ebron vs Cowboys linebackersIf there was a matchup that the Colts did not win, it was this one. I wouldn’t necessarily say this win goes as a credit to the Cowboys linebackers as much as simply an offensive preference toward other players in this game. Ebron didn’t seem to be part of the game plan here anyway, but his most notable contribution to this game was in the form of that ugly drop he had. He was only targeted 3 times and had 1 catch for 8 yards. Considering the use of Hilton, Nyheim Hines, and Marlon Mack, that isn’t all that surprising to see lower numbers from Ebron. It would be disappointing if every week the same guys were getting all the looks, but that hasn’t been the way with this offense. The Cowboys have talented linebackers and it could be that Reich decided at the outset that using Ebron to challenge them wasn’t the best way to beat this team.Frank Reich vs Jason GarrettColts.comThis one is a no contest win. Frank Reich had both his offense and defense ready to go against a familiar opponent, and it was clear from the jump. Give Matt Eberflus the credit he deserves for leading his defense to a shutout, but Frank Reich is the head coach and as such, bears the weight of blame and credit when all goes to plan. His offense was able to score effective on a very good defense, moving the ball on the ground through massive holes created by the offensive line. While past years have forced the Colts to rely on Andrew Luck to do it all, Frank Reich is not having that. Last week it was the Andrew Luck and T.Y. Show. This week? Marlon Mack setting up the play action and getting guys open downfield while the defense goes to work locking up the opposing offense. This is exactly the kind of team that, if they can get it Indianapolis Colts Denico Autry Jersey , tends to be the one you don’t want to face in January, and Frank Reich has them humming along in just such a way as to give themselves that chance. Every week, I will present a summary of some basic and advanced stats for the Colts performance relative to the league. Thanks to Pro Football Reference, and the nflSCrapR project for being awesome sources of weekly data.While the outcome was not good, I saw a lot that I Iiked in Sunday’s offensive performance.The Colts put up 34 points and a 73% DSR, both of which are respectable numbers. There were three, 3 & outs which is about normal for most teams but another 4 drives were killed by turnovers.When the offense managed to hold on to the ball,they were easily moving down the field.TEAM TOTALSOther than turnovers, there really aren’t any bad numbers here. The 2.6 points per drive ranks 13th this week while the 6.5 yards per play is similar to what the Patriots put up last week against the Colts defense. One of every three plays resulted in a first down.And on third downs, an average of 6 yards to go was the 8th best mark of any team this week.Given such short yardage on third down, I would like to see the conversion rate a bit higher but 42% is still good. PASSINGOther than interceptions, 2 of which are on the receivers, there isn’t any bad news here. Yards after catch was good and I like the average depth of target of 8.7 yards, which in my opinion is right about the sweet spot for this offense (given our receiving group).The completion rate was low, but the blame for that falls squarely on dropped passes.In an alternate reality Womens Denico Autry 2019 Jersey , where those drops don’t occur, there are 6 more completions for 78 yards,2 fewer interceptions and 1 more TD.That is the difference between a passer rating of 77.8 or 124.1. It is the difference between an excellent ANY/A of 10.1 or a poor 5.7.It is the difference between a win and a loss. RUSHINGHoly crap, the run game was actually good. 30% of all carries resulted in a first down, although the Colts went 0 for 2 on third downs.Over half of all rushes were “successful” (first down, TD or chunk yardage) with 3 explosive runs greater than 10 yards.A weighted success rate of 45% is 4th best this week and by far the best mark the Colts have put up all season. CONCLUSIONSOutside of the turnovers, the offense was actually very good this week, but other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play? While the last 3 weeks has seen 3 losses, I am far more encouraged by the Colts efforts than I was the first 3 weeks.The numbers are trending in the right direction and it is really just mental errors from keeping this offense from being good. SEASON TOTALS (per game)
  16. Two veterans who had been the subject of trade talk are being traded for each other.The Giants are trading pass rusher Olivier Vernon to the Browns for guard Kevin Zeitler Youth E.J. Gaines Jersey , according to multiple reports. The two teams are also swapping mid-round picks, with the Browns getting a better pick in the exchange.Trades cannot become official until the new league year starts on Wednesday, but teams can agree to trades now Youth Tyrod Taylor Jersey , and the Browns and Giants have.Vernon and Zeitler are both good players but both expensive. Vernon has a base salary of $15.25 million this season, while Zeitler’s salary is $10 million. There was talk that both players could be released if they weren’t traded because their teams didn’t want to pay them.But the Browns think Vernon is worth the money and the Giants think Zeitler is worth the money. Perhaps this trade will be a win-win for two teams that need more wins on the field. Josh Allen is a Top 10 pick for the second year in a row."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Daily Dawg ChowRufio’s PlaybookCommunity Mock Draft2019 NFL Mock Draft: New York Jets Select DE/OLB Josh Allen at No. 3New,16commentsJosh Allen is a Top 10 pick for the second year in a row.EDTShareTweetShareShare2019 NFL Mock Draft: New York Jets Select DE/OLB Josh Allen at No. 3Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY SportsWith the 3rd pick in the 2019 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft Tyrod Taylor Jersey Stitched , the New York Jets select...Josh Allen, DE/OLB, KentuckyThe selection and write-up were made by Robo Dawg:Pokorny: “Gregg Williams gets an edge rusher to work with for his first season in New York Youth Carlos Hyde Jersey , and it’s also the pick that our Jets affiliate agreed with in the SB Nation writers mock draft.”The Oakland Raiders are up next, led by mrwhitman.2019 DBN Community Mock Draft ResultsPickTeamUsernameSelectionPickTeamUsernameSelection
  17. Chase Holden’s Fantasy Football Start’ Em and Sit’ Em: Saints vs. Falcons It’s Week 3 and more importantly rivalry week for The Who Dat Nation! The Saints are headed up to Atlanta to take on the pesky Falcons or as I like to call them “ The Dirty Birds”. After last week’s performance Tyeler Davison Jersey Stitched , we know that the New Orleans defense still hasn't made it back to their 2017 work ethic, and head coach Sean Payton addressed that there’s still a lot of work to be done. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that these two NFC south teams light up when they play each other and fantasy owners can reap the benefits from it this week. As a reminder, all of my work will be based on PPR leagues, and obvious starters like Alvin Kamara will not be written about. Each week, I will evaluate both teams and list my picks from the matchups.Start’ EmTre’Quan Smith (NO)Tre’Quan Smith saw his first fantasy points last week against Cleveland. Although he didn’t put up much of a stat line I feel that this is the week we see the 91st overall pick of the 2018 draft get in the end zone. On Wednesday Coach Sean Payton said “We’ve got to find a way to get him (Smith) more touches. He’s handling our installation, He knows what were doing game plan wise and I think he’s ready to prove that”.This guy shows promise to be a future stud in the Saints receiving core after a standout performance during training camp and in the preseason. Now don’t get it twisted, this isn’t a player you’ll want if you play in an 8-10 man league, but If you play in a 14-16 man league don’t pass up throwing this WR3 into your lineup. Tevin Coleman - Falcons RBPhoto by Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesLast week, the Falcons announced that Devonta Freeman would be out for 2-3 weeks nursing a knee injury. This passed the torch to Tevin Coleman to lead the backfield and honestly he’sdoing a pretty great job so far filling Freeman's shoes. Last week against Carolina Youth Craig Robertson Jersey , Coleman put up 107 rushing yards and 4 receptions for 18 Yards. Going beyond this game, Coleman is someone you definitely want in your season long lineups and if his production continues I can definitely see his workload increasing even when Freeman returns. With the Saints having their defensive woes he is a must start in all formats for Sunday’s match up.Sit’ EmNew Orleans & Atlanta’s Defense“Really Chase, another defensive sit em?” Absolutely! The Saints and Falcons seem to bring out the best in each other offensively, which could end in a huge offensive clinic between Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. Expect a lot of scoring in Atlanta this Sunday. Both offenses have great weapons so play it safe because we all know scoring will make that initial 10 points fade away. If you own either of these defenses go ahead and grab you a streamer for this week from a different game.Mike Gillislee (NO)Mike Gillislee came to New Orleans expected to fill the absence of Mark Ingram during his 4 game suspension and he’s been nothing but disappointing since. It seems that not just anyone can waltz in and recreate the Boom and Zoom effect that New Orleans possessed in 2017. So far Alvin Kamara has surprised many (not me) being able to fill more of a single back role in this years offense and that won’t change this week in Atlanta. I personally know a few people that stashed Gillislee in hopes that he would rack up some points while Ingram served his time riding the pine but get real, he’s only owned by 1.9% of ESPN fantasy players. Unless your in a 16 man league do yourself a favor and hit the drop button.For any NFL Start/Sit questions you have, feel free to ask me on Twitter @GarageGuyChase The defending champs are reeling and seem on the verge of receiving a knockout punch.An embarrassing 48-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints 鈥?the most lopsided defeat for a Super Bowl champion 鈥?left the Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) one loss from last place. They're optimistic because they are in control of their fading playoff hopes in a mediocre NFC East. But there's nothing positive to point at following a dismal loss to the Saints (9-1)."You can't hang your head," coach Doug Pederson said Monday. "If anybody does, and if anybody begins to sort of doubt, you don't need them. Because we believe, and I believe in those players Craig Robertson Jersey Stitched , I believe in those coaches. It's a group that is hurting. It's a group that will pick themselves up this week. They're not going to feel sorry for themselves and we'll get ready for the Giants."The Redskins (6-4) lead the division but just lost quarterback Alex Smith for the rest of the season. They'll face the Cowboys (5-5) for first place on Thursday. The Giants (3-7) visit Philadelphia on Sunday. If the Eagles win the last six games, they'll secure the East. But they look more like a team that can lose out than win six in a row.Carson Wentz played the worst game of his career in New Orleans, tossing three interceptions with a 31.9 passer rating. The offense managed only one touchdown, went three-and-out six times and continued spiraling downward. It barely resembles the group that outperformed the Patriots 41-33 in the Super Bowl.Running backs Jay Ajayi (torn ACL) and LeGarrette Blount (left in free agency), wide receiver Torrey Smith (traded to Carolina) and tight ends Trey Burton (left in free agency) and Brent Celek (released) are the skill players missing from that unit, along with Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who is Wentz's backup. Undrafted rookie Josh Adams is the lead running back but the receiver corps was upgraded with the addition of wideout Golden Tate and rookie tight end Dallas Goedert.Yet, the offense has been out of sync all season. The Eagles have scored more than 24 points only once.Pederson was bothered more by the offense's performance against the Saints because Drew Brees and Co. have run through defenses all season."We had more plays out on the field that we left, so that's the disappointing thing, that we didn't do a better job offensively and score more points Youth Ken Crawley Jersey ," Pederson said. "The 48, they're a good football team. Let's not kid ourselves there. That's a good football team, and we knew we were going to have to score points."The offense's biggest problem has been slow starts. The Eagles have scored only 21 points in the first quarter, including 14 in one game. Against the Saints, their three first-quarter possession were two three-and-outs and an interception thrown into double coverage."We keep preaching. We keep talking. We keep practicing. We put our players in those positions to execute," Pederson said. "Sometimes I think because there's been so much made about the way we've started games differently than a year ago that sometimes you want to make the play. Players just need to make the plays that come to them and don't go looking for plays. There's enough out there that when the play comes, you make it, and it starts with the first play of the game."NOTES: Pederson said CB Rasul Douglas (leg) and DB Avonte Maddox (knee) and C Jason Kelce (elbow) are fine. CB Sidney Jones (ankle) and LB Jordan Hicks (calf) are week to week. LS Rick Lovato is in concussion protocol.
  18. Cowboys vs. Panthers: Five things to watch in the game The Dallas Cowboys will be playing football on Sunday in a real game that will count in the standings. Can you believe it? The time has finally arrived. The Cowboys will square off with their first NFC South team as they travel to Carolina to face the Panthers. The last time these teams met was in 2015 and the Panthers gave the Cowboys a 33-14 Thanksgiving beat-down. Carolina came into that game 10-0 and finished 15-1 en route to a Super Bowl appearance.The Cowboys are hoping for different results this time as they look to get off to a good start in 2018. It’s should be a great game as these teams are evenly matched Deonte Thompson Jersey Stitched , but what are some things that could be the difference maker? Here are five things to watch when these two teams square off.Panthers DT’s vs. Cowboys interior OLThe Cowboys were going to have their hands full with the Panthers stud defensive tackles Dontari Poe and Kawaan Short no matter what, but the absence of All Pro center Travis Frederick is going to make it that much more challenging. Backup center Joe Looney has been solid in relief, but when you consider that he’ll have rookie Connor Williams on his left, that can create a cause for concern for Cowboys fans as they fend off two former Pro Bowlers.The offensive line is such an important part of the Cowboys success. They need it working to get Ezekiel Elliott going and they need it to keep Dak Prescott upright. Winning the battle in the trenches is going to be key for Dallas on Sunday.Which will effectively influence...Cowboys first-down efficiencyThere is no secret that the Cowboys are going to employ a heavy does of the running game. Keeping quarterback Dak Prescott in manageable down-and-distance situations is going to be imperative and the Cowboys offense will need to win on early downs to make that possible. With the tough defensive front of Carolina, it’s going to be difficult for the Cowboys to move the pile. Dallas will need to work in some bootleg tosses, play-action Youth Marcus Martin Jersey , and quick passes in order to keep the Panthers from overloading against the run.If the Cowboys get stuffed early or have some negative plays that put them behind the chains, then their offense could be forced to play uphill. It’s going to be important for the Cowboys to be efficient on first down.Randy Gregory vs. Taylor MotonThe Panthers offensive line is beat up as several key starters are battling injuries. One of those key starters is left tackle Matt Kalil who was selected fourth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft (by Minnesota). On Tuesday, the Panthers put Kalil on injured reserve, making him unavailable to them for the first half of the season.That leaves second-year tackle Taylor Moton to protect Cam Newton’s blindside. While Panthers fans are pleased with the progress of last year’s second-round pick, Moton is very inexperienced and only played five snaps last year.Opposing Moton will be another second-round pick who doesn’t have a whole lot of playing experience himself - Randy Gregory. However, the Cowboys young edge rusher has hit the ground running once he was reinstated by the league and he’s ready to show the world what he can do. This will be an interesting battle to keep an eye on as how well these players perform will have a huge affect on how successful these teams can be this season.Double-down on double-deuceChristian McCaffrey can be explosive when he gets in space and the Cowboys defense will need watch this guy carefully. McCaffrey can beat you as a running back Marcus Martin Jersey Stitched , but he’s even more dangerous catching passes as the majority of his 1,000+ scrimmage yards last season came as a receiver. With Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicating that McCaffrey will get a heavy amount of touches, this could open things up for the second-year running back to have a big season.The Cowboys will counter that with the great explosiveness of All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee. And with the improved movement from Jaylon Smith, the defense has a good core group of players who can go after the ball carrier. When it comes to McCaffrey, the Cowboys better allocate an extra defender to track his whereabouts. He’s a slippery littler sucker and if they don’t have an insurance policy in place when one guy misses, it could turn into a big play for Carolina.The rookie receiversThe Cowboys didn’t select fan-favorite D.J. Moore in the first round Youth Tavon Austin Jersey , but the Panthers did. Dallas opted to wait until the third round to draft their new wide receiver when they selected Michael Gallup with the 81st overall pick. How well will these young receivers fan in their NFL debut?Devin Funchess is the Panthers top receiving threat at the moment, but with with the talent of Moore, it’s only a matter of time before he starts becoming more involved in the offense. Cam Newton has a big arm and if Moore gets loose deep down field, it could result in a big play for the Panthers offense.The Cowboys have an assortment of receivers and could end up dressing all six of them on the roster. It’s unclear what Gallup’s role will be, but he developed some nice chemistry with Prescott in training camp. Can the rookie makes a splash in his first NFL game?What will you be watching on Sunday?Dez Bryant: They had Jason Witten as our No. 1 so Jerry is right It seemingly never ends when it comes to Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys, even though the team released him back in April. On Tuesday morning Jerry Jones made waves when he noted that it had been “several years” since the Cowboys employed a “true No. 1” receiver. This obviously was of note considering that the Dallas Cowboys recently had Dez Bryant on their team and that he was regarded to be one of those.Predictably Tavon Austin Jersey Stitched , Dez Bryant responded on Twitter. That’s where we’re at in 2018. In his esteemed opinion if you play for the Cowboys you will never see targets like players on other teams. This is likely a reference to how run-heavy the squad is. Bryant is quick to remind us that he is “Mr. 73” which is of course a reference to him being the franchise’s all-time leader in receiving touchdowns. He talks about how he was “never schemed into things” and that he “made things happen throughout” his career. It will likely debated as to who was the “true No. 1” receiver for the Cowboys in the time that they had both Dez and Jason Witten, but the numbers prove that Bryant saw more targets despite playing in less games.The Cowboys play the Jacksonville Jaguars this week and they just signed Jamaal Charles. So we’ve also got that going on!
  19. As we start to get into the season with teams getting settled into what they are and injuries beginning to take their toll Indianapolis Colts Robert Okereke Jersey , we begin to see teams thinking about making some last minute trades, especially with the trade deadline looming on October 30th. Pro Football Focus has put together a list of trades they would like to see made by every team, and it includes the Colts in a couple different places. The first one is pretty ridiculous given the showing we just saw from the Colts’ backup wide receivers, but PFF thinks that the Colts would be best served by trading away T.Y. Hilton, one of their most valuable offensive weapons, to the Washington Redskins for a 2nd round pick. Here’s what the article had to say:So all this is fine and good. It is mostly true as well, Hilton would certainly offer an upgrade for the Redskins’ roster. He’d be an upgrade to any wide receiver room. The problem is if you’re going to propose a trade, you have to choose one that actually holds a benefit for the other party as well. That’s sort of the way trades work. I mean, if you’re just going to propose something absurd, why not Andrew Luck to the Jaguars for a 1st rounder? That is a totally viable option, right? It helps the Jaguars tremendously! I know, I’m being unreasonable to expect some critical thinking.Elsewhere in the article they suggest that the Colts should send a 3rd round pick to the Denver Broncos for Shaquil Barrett to help improve their defense on the edge. While I am not opposed to adding depth to the Colts’ defensive line Cheap Alize Mack Youth Jersey , Barrett typically plays as an outside linebacker for the Broncos. In Matt Eberflus’ defense in particular, they are very concerned with scheme fit, and they aren’t trading away a 3rd round pick for a guy who is not quite in line with what they are looking for. The reasoning for the Colts making this move isn’t much better: I’m not going to tell you that the Jihad Ward and Kemoko Turay are better than Bradley Chubb. What I will tell you is that they both have more sacks than either he or Barrett. Denico Autry has been a good contributor on defense, but he missed two weeks with injury, which they don’t bother to mention. His absence didn’t prevent the Colts from continuing to march toward one of their most productive years in terms of sacks. Speaking of sacks, they also don’t mention that Margus Hunt has 4 on the season and has played out of his mind. In fact, they don’t mention him at all. If you’re ever tempted to listen too closely to the grades put out by PFF or care too much about what they think, remember things like this. You can bend the stats to say a lot, but you’ve got to put the time in watching the film as well.So what do you think? Are you ready to trade away T.Y. Hilton for a 2nd round pick? If so, you could probably work for PFF! Hits And Misses: Andrew Luck Has Career Day In Loss To Texans | 1070 the FanLet’s take a look at the good and the bad from the Colts losing in overtime on Sunday, 37-34, to the Houston Texans.Colts' Frank Reich reconsiders '10 times out of 10' but will stay aggressiveIndianapolis Colts coach reconsiders his 'going for it 10 times out of 10' comment while preaching aggressiveness.Frank Reich of Indianapolis Colts backs off '10 out of 10 times' stanceColts coach Frank Reich on Monday tried to give "context" to his statement that he would go for it 10 out of 10 times if he were faced again with a fourth down in his own territory in overtime.Frank Reich has considered the matter White Marlon Mack Jersey , and he still feels good about going for it. Here’s why. – The AthleticAfter 24 hours of mulling his overtime decision to go for it on fourth down, Frank Reich felt just the same Monday as he did Sunday.With Time To Reflect, Frank Reich Explains Overtime DecisionIndianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich on Monday dove deeper into the rationale behind going for it on 4th down in his own territory late in overtime of Sunday’s eventual loss to the Houston Texans.Frank Reich offers ‘context,’ but sticks with aggressive fourth-down decision | FOX59INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Upon further review, Frank Reich still would pull the trigger. However, the Indianapolis Colts’ aggressive first-year head coach offered a bit of context Monday on his much-debated Sunday decision to have his offense attempt to convert a fourth-and-4 from its own 43-yard ...Kravitz Dopey Report Card: Colts vs. Texans (September 30, 2018) | 13 WTHR IndianapolisEvery week, Bob Kravitz offers his Dopey Report Card on the Indianapolis Colts' performance. This week, he breaks down the Colts' loss to the Houston Texans.Chris Ballard On First Four Games, Andrew Luck, Big-Name Trade OpportunitiesIndianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard tonight was a guest on 1070 The Fan’s “Colts Roundtable Live Marlon Mack Jersey 2019 ,” where he was asked a multitude of questions about his thoughts on the first four games of the season, possible big names on the market, and mucColts Notebook: Tackles rally against Texans' pass-rushing duo | Sports | heraldbulletin.comLe'Raven Clark and Denzelle Good had a stiff challenge Sunday.Colts Release Week 5 Unofficial Depth ChartWhat does the 2018 Week 5 unofficial depth chart look like for the Indianapolis Colts? We take a position-by-position look.Colts Notebook: Robert Turbin Returns To The Team | 1070 the FanOn Monday, the Colts were back to work with another game coming on Thursday. Here’s a notebook look at the Colts flipping the switch quickly to the Patriots.Colts’ Robert Turbin back and ‘ready to roll’ | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Normalcy returned for Robert Turbin. It was Monday morning, so the veteran running back crawled out of bed at 5:30 and so he could get to the Indianapolis Colts’ Farm Bureau Football Center by 6. And yes, his security code still worked.Turbin ready to play if called upon | Sports | heraldbulletin.comRobert Turbin was back in the locker room Monday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. It remains to be seen when the veteran running back will return to theColts GM Chris Ballard downplays Josh McDaniels episodeIndianapolis Colts, spurned by Josh McDaniels at last minute in coaching search, play the New England Patriots on ThursdayCOLTS MEDIA
  20. Browns WR Antonio Callaway cited for marijuana possession lol.Hard Knocks is set to debut this week Youth Baker Mayfield Jersey , and although it might not make this episode, they are going to have a whole heck of a lot of material in future episodes regarding the Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver position. After Corey Coleman was traded on Sunday, that meant rookie Antonio Callaway was temporarily promoted to the starting lineup. And then...this story came out, per Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland:Grossi’s report says the amount of marijuana found was “small enough to be regarded as a minor misdemeanor under Ohio law,” and he is due in court Thursday morning at 9:30 AM Baker Mayfield Jersey Stitched , which is supposed to be when the Browns play their first preseason game in New York. Callaway was practicing on Tuesday at training camp, and Hue Jackson indicated the team didn’t even know about the matter. The team released this brief statement:Given Callaway’s troubled past, this is not the best of starts to his NFL career, and the timing couldn’t be worse for Cleveland with Coleman gone and Josh Gordon still missing in action.UPDATE: The excuse that Callaway is using? His car was recently shipped from Florida, others had driven it Myles Garrett Jersey Stitched , and he didn’t know it was there. The Cleveland Browns have voided their verbal agreement with wide receiver Breshad Perriman on a one-year contract, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.Perriman, who revived his career in Cleveland last season, had agreed earlier in the day to sign a $4 million contract for next season. However, when the Browns stunned the NFL by agreeing to acquire superstar Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants David Njoku Jersey Stitched , Perriman asked out.Both sides then mutually agreed to cancel the deal, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because nothing can become official until 4 p.m. Wednesday.Perriman quickly found a new home, agreeing to a 1-year contract with Tampa Bay, said another person with knowledge of the deal.A former first-round pick of Baltimore, Perriman signed with Cleveland in October. He finished with 16 receptions for 340 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games.鈥?Reporting by Tom WithersBuccaneers re-sign backup QB GriffinThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed quarterback Ryan Griffin to a two-year contract.The seventh-year pro Orange Chad Thomas Jersey , who’s never taken a snap in a regular-season game, spent the past four seasons as a backup behind Jameis Winston. For most of the past two seasons, he was No. 3 on the depth chart behind Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick.Griffin entered the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Tulane. He spent two seasons with the New Orleans Saints before joining the Bucs.鈥?Reporting by Fred Goodall
  21. Saints tight end Benjamin Watson announced last week that he will retire at the end of the season and the response to that news noted the impact that Watson has made off the field in addition to what he’s done on it over the course of his 15-year NFL career.That off-field work was also recognized by the NFLPA this week. The union named Watson as this week’s Community MVP in recognition of his “Freedom Friday” campaign. Watson made donations of $5 Austin Carr Color Rush Jersey ,000 to 15 different charities including the International Justice Mission and World Vision and made appeals each Friday for others to join him.The efforts resulted in over $100,000 in support for the chosen organizations.鈥淲ith so many players working for the betterment of their communities, it is an honor to be named NFLPA Community MVP this week,鈥?Watson said in a statement. 鈥淎s a husband , father, teammate聽and聽citizen, my mission is to use the time, talent and treasure God has given me to love and serve those in need New Orleans Saints Customized Jerseys , be a voice for the voiceless, and stand for justice and truth.鈥漌atson will receive $10,000 from the NFLPA for his foundation or a charity of his choice. He and all the other weekly winners will be eligible for the Alan Page Community Award at the end of the season. The Saints and Eagles can both strike quickly.But the Saints took the lead in this one methodically, which hasn’t always been their style.They might have gotten to the end zone for a 17-14 lead more quickly if not for penalties on left guard Andrus Peat (along with a phantom call on Max Unger) New Orleans Saints T-Shirts , but the end result was similar to so many Saints drives.Quarterback Drew Brees looked for Michael Thomas in the end zone, and his all-Pro wideout boxed out the defender and made an impressive grab.That capped an 18-play, 92-yard drive, which had to gain 112 yards to overcome the penalties. It also chewed an amazing 11:29 off the clock New Orleans Saints Hats , as the Eagles three-and-out to start the second half seems like an hour ago.Thomas has 10 catches for 140 yards and the score, and the Saints appear to have found the rhythm that eluded them early in the game.
  22. Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill says he apologized to coach Doug Pederson for trash talking the Dallas Cowboys earlier this week.Grugier-Hill told a Philadelphia television reporter on Wednesday: "Look at Dallas' history. They always choke. So we'll go down there and make them choke."The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles (6-6) visit the Cowboys (7-5) on Sunday with first place in the NFC East on the line.Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott responded Thursday first by asking "who" when told of Grugier-Hill's comments."Coach (Jason) Garrett has a great saying Michael Gallup Jersey Stitched , and I don't know where he got it from, but winners worry about winning and losers worry about winners," Prescott added.Grugier-Hill wasn't available until Friday. He expressed regret to Pederson because he said he put his coach "in a tough spot.""It's a rivalry game. I didn't think too much about it. I didn't mean to disrespect this organization or coach Pederson," Grugier-Hill said. "I have a lot of confidence in the guys and in myself going into this game, and I'm ready to play.Pederson made it clear to the third-year player the comments were unnecessary."First of all, the Philadelphia Eagles, myself, we have a ton of respect for the Cowboys," Pederson said. "It has nothing to do with that, we have a ton of respect for coach Garrett. ... It's unfortunate that the comments were made. I talk to the team a lot about how we don't need to post anything that can be used on other team's website or bulletin board. It's unfortunate that happened. We still have to go play. They have to play. It's going to be a good football game." Reports have been all over the place regarding Jason Garrett’s long-term future with the Cowboys. At one point, it was all but certain he would be extended during the season. After the Cowboys struggled to a 3-5 start, ownership may have had second thoughts. Jason Garrett certainly responded well to that adversity and got his team to play much better going 7-1 down the stretch. Some may think that such a remarkable turnaround, coupled with a 10-6 finish, NFC East title, and playoff win would be enough to justify an extension for Garrett. Those people would be sadly mistaken because it doesn’t look like that extension is coming just yet:This may be the smartest move the Cowboys will make all offseason as Jason Garrett will enter the 2019 season on the final year of his contract. Through eight full seasons as the Cowboys head coach, the team experienced three mediocre 8-8 finishes, went 12-4 in 2014,fell to 4-12 in an injury-riddled 2015. Since the Dak Prescott-Ezekiel Elliott era began Youth Dorance Armstrong Jersey , Jason Garrett has added three-consecutive winning seasons and two division titles. Still, the Cowboys haven’t made it past the divisional round of the playoffs. That’s precisely why ownership is not comfortable dishing out that extension.What kind of coach is Jason Garrett? We know that he’s passionate, that his players respond well to him, and that they never give up on his message. Those are three great qualities to have as a coach. This season’s comeback story was mostly credited to the Amari Cooper trade, Dak Prescott’s resurgence, and a young ferocious defense. What’s often overlooked is how hard the players played for this coach, they really do like Jason Garrett. You can probably say that they love their coach but players loved Wade Phillips, too. At some point, you are faced with the question of “is this the guy for this team going forward?”Think about all the justifications made over his almost decade-long tenure as the head coach. The 8-8 seasons were pinned on a defense in transition and an organization in rebuild mode. For the next two years, it was about the health of Tony Romo and not having a solution behind him. In 2016, it was a young team who just got outsmarted by a legendary quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. In 2017, the 9-7 no playoff Cowboys were a product of Ezekiel Elliott’s fight with the league and insurmountable injuries to star players. That led to an offseason theme of making this team “Dak-friendly” with a reset at receiver and turning over the majority of the coaching staff while giving the scepter to Scott Linehan.We all know where we go from there, halfway through the Cowboys said “this isn’t working, Scott.” Jason Garrett started to warm up to Kellen Moore and Doug Nussmeier towards the end of the year as the Cowboys got themselves to the postseason. After a divisional loss where the Rams just shut this team down, Scott Linehan got the boot. What we have to all realize is that Scott Linehan was ‘a’ problem but Garrett and the others all played their part as well. As previously mentioned, there are a lot of good qualities to having Jason Garrett as your head coach. He certainly has an eye for talent evaluation but he’s not perfect, nobody is, except for maybe Bill Belichick. The biggest area for Garrett and company to work on is that air of arrogance we often see. It’s one thing to be confident in your gameplan but the Cowboys went into this season without Travis Frederick Dorance Armstrong Jersey Stitched , they also had a rookie at left guard, and a banged up Zack Martin. Instead of countering with a few adjustments, these coaches lined up and tried to execute 2016’s success without the horses to do so. Now, it did work, at times, you don’t win 10 games without making it work but their problems never went away. They still struggled to move defenses off the ball in the red-zone, were one of the worst in goal-to-go, had all sorts of fits with premier defensive tackles, and were the second-worst in terms of sacks allowed. When they faced off against a great team like the Rams, it exposed every problem they have on both sides of the ball. These are things the Cowboys coaches will attempt to correct in the offseason but it’s going to take different voices sharing different opinions. Garrett has put the onus on himself and will have a heavy hand in every aspect of the team as a head coach should. With Kitna, Moore, and Nussmeier on offense, Garrett wants to freshen his scheme with creativity. Kris Richard and Rod Marinelli will continue to develop the defense that is already on a path to success.So for now, we sit with Jason Garrett taking back the scepter and surrounding himself with younger voices and hopefully an open mind. Maybe that will be the difference and this collective approach brings lots of future success. If it does, we can talk about an extension next offseason but the Jones’ family has every right to wait and see if Jason Garrett is the right man for this job.
  23. The unsung heroes of the Colts’ amazing season – The AthleticPlayers who were never considered meaningful to this season’s outcome made themselves relevant by seizing their moments. And the Colts wouldn’t be here without them.T.Y. Hilton's ankle won't keep him from playoff trip to second homeIn seven career games at NRG Stadium White T.Y. Hilton Jersey , Hilton has caught 41 passes for 933 yards and seven touchdowns.Limited T.Y. Hilton Faces The Team He Owns In Houston | 1070 the FanPlaying through a myriad of injuries this season, T.Y. Hilton is not fully healthy as the Colts enter the playoffs. How healthy is Hilton?Colts Notebook: Frank Reich Has Adam Vinatieri Speak To Team About Playoff Football | 1070 the FanThe Colts are altering their schedule with the postseason here. Here’s a notebook look at the Colts returning to work on Tuesday.Frank Reich taps into Vinatieri’s playoff experience heading into round 1 meeting with Houston | FOX59INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As Frank Reich was sitting idly Monday evening – well, as idly as a coach can sit whose team has its biggest game of the season in five days – his mind drifted toward covering every conceivable aspect of that biggest game of the season.Colts-Titans Drive Of The Game: Special Teams, Defense Close Out TitansThe Indianapolis Colts’ 2018 Week 17 Drive of the Game T.Y. Hilton Jersey 2019 , presented by Hays + Sons, was a seven-play, 48-yard drive by the Tennessee Titans midway through the fourth quarter that ended with a Kenny Moore II interception.Colts’ Offensive Line Dominates Its Way Onto Pro Football Focus’ 'Team Of The Week'Behind 158 rushing yards and just two hits on their quarterback in their Week 17 victory over the Tennessee Titans, three of the Indianapolis Colts’ five offensive linemen made Pro Football Focus’ Week 17 NFLTexans' Bill O'Brien recruited Colts guard Quenton Nelson in high school - HoustonChronicle.comYears before Texans coach Bill O'Brien and his staff were tasked with dealing with mauling Indianapolis Colts rookie offensive guard Quenton Nelson in NFL games, O'Brien was trying to convince the standout blocker to attend Penn State.COLTS MEDIA In a game where the Colts could do no wrong they came away with their most dominating victory of the season. Heading into halftime I assumed this game would end up being close. The Cowboys dominated time of possession and looked to have had several unlucky breaks. As it turns out White Pat McAfee Jersey , they may have had some bad luck, but the Colts were also executing at a very high level. Each week, I look to break down two of the best or worst plays or situations from the previous game, but I rely on the help of the Stampede Blue community to decide what plays should be given a closer look as I hope to explain what happened in greater detail than the broadcasters can. Often you’ll hear “how did that guy get so open?” and I hope to be able to answer that question for Colts fans this season. This week my vote is going to how the Colts stopped the Cowboys fourth down plays throughout the course of the game. It will mean more work for me, the Cowboys tried and tried again Pat McAfee Jersey 2019 , but truly the Colts defense coming up big on those fourth down stops had the biggest impact of the day. There will be a lot to choose from for the second choice this week; any one of Marlon Mack’s impressive runs, T.Y. Hilton’s over the shoulder catch while sliding down, any of the defense’s sacks of Dak Prescott. There were a lot of good plays but this game was over after halftime. Let me know in the comments if I missed any plays!Also, yes the officials weren’t great. No I’m not going to take a look at penalties but that might make a good article, just not this one. Also White Peyton Manning Jersey , also, Cowboys fans aren’t great losers so I’m going to enjoy looking at this game again and counting the ways our Colts stopped Dak Prescott.
  24. Injury bug bites Kevin Zeitler in the calf The Cleveland Browns were hit for the second day in a row on Thursday with a change to the offensive line.But this time it was something outside the team’s control.Starting right guard Kevin Zeitler missed practice on Thursday after suffering a calf injury during Wednesday’s practice. While the injury is reportedly not serious Chad Thomas Jersey 2019 , Zeitler will be out for “a while,” head coach Hue Jackson said, according to loss of Zeitler comes on the heels of the team’s decision to move starting left guard Joel Bitonio to left tackle.So, in the span of about 24 hours, the Browns have gone from having one of the best guard tandems in the NFL to a position filled by Austin Corbett, a rookie who played left tackle for four years in college at Nevada, and Drango, who Orange David Njoku Jersey , on his best day, is ... well ... serviceable.Zeitler’s absence was noticeable during practice, according to Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository:Being out for a “couple of weeks” means that Zeitler will miss the preseason opener on August 9 against the New York Giants at a minimum, with the August 17 game against the Buffalo Bills also in jeopardy.Daily Dawg Chow: Browns news (8/20/18) Cleveland Browns:“Cornerback E.J. Gaines carted off with knee injury” (C-T) - “He remained on the ground for a few minutes as the medical staff checked on him and teammates kneeled around him. He was eventually driven inside the team facility on a cart.”“Browns continue to downplay league involvement in Josh Gordon’s status” (PFT) - “It’s also unclear whether and to what extent the league has a hand in Gordon’s ability to practice and play...”“Baker Mayfield shows off fancy footwork for Browns” ( - “Baker Mayfield’s box score might not impress Browns fans, but the rookie flashed plenty of potential in Friday night’s 19-17 loss to the Bills.”“Corey Coleman scoffs at Hard Knocks’ portrayal: ‘They should’ve showed the whole thing’” (Plain Dealer) - “It then cut to him being called into Hue Jackson’s office after he was demoted to second-team behind Antonio Callaway the day before the trade.”“Bills say Jarvis Landry’s block was ‘dirty,’ should have been penalized” (ESPN) - “Meanwhile, Johnson put blame on himself for not being aggressive enough on the 4-yard touchdown run by Cleveland running back Carlos Hyde in the first quarter.”NFL:“Redskins hosting Adrian Peterson, Darkwa David Njoku Jersey 2019 , Charles” ( - “Among the running backs set to visit the Redskins are Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported...”“Richard Sherman explains why ‘idiotic’ helmet rule goes against tackling fundamentals” (CBS) - “And his opinion meshes nicely with that of the general public, the media and most players: the rule stinks and it doesn’t make sense.”“Bears QB Trubisky getting on same page with Robinson, Burton” (AP) - “Throughout camp, the trio has steadily honed their chemistry. That was evident Thursday when the team had a joint practice against the Denver Broncos.”
  25. Jamie Sabau/Getty ImagesCincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Harvey has already been traded once this season and could be on the move again given the latest report.According to Robert Murray of The Athletic Aaron Sanchez Jersey , an unknown team claimed Harvey on revocable waivers, which opens up the possibility Cincinnati could trade him even though the non-waiver trade deadline has passed.Andrew Simon of provided a rundown of what can happen after a player is claimed on waivers:"Once a player is claimed, his team faces three options. It can pull the player back and keep him, negotiate a trade with the claiming team or let the player go. In the last scenario, the claiming team takes full responsibility for the player's remaining salary. If the two sides decide to work out a trade Kevin Pillar Jersey , they have two days to do so."The New York Mets traded Harvey to the Reds in May in exchange for catcher Devin Mesoraco after the right-handed pitcher posted an ugly 7.00 ERA in eight appearances in New York this season.However, he has shown improvement for the Reds and has a 4.28 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 17 starts, making him a more valuable trade piece. It makes sense for Cincinnati to move him since it is in last place and could acquire a young asset to bolster its rebuild in a deal before Harvey potentially leaves in free agency this offseason.While there was a time when Harvey was one of the best pitchers in baseball, he posted a 4.86 ERA in 2016 and 6.70 ERA in 2017 before this up-and-down year. The Mets also shut him down in 2016 to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.Still, he is just 29 years old , was a 2013 All-Star and won the 2015 National League Comeback Player of the Year Award while helping lead the Mets to the World Series. He is a low-risk option for potential contenders at this point and likely wouldn't command a significant return package in a trade.Harvey has October experience and has proved himself in the past, and at least one unknown team took a step toward landing him for the stretch run. CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs will have different hitting and pitching coaches for the second straight season after they announced Jim Hickey’s departure Tuesday.Hickey is leaving the organization after one season as pitching coach because of personal reasons, according to the team. Hitting coach Chili Davis was fired last month after one season and replaced by Anthony Iapoce.With Hickey’s help, Chicago ranked third in the majors this year with a 3.65 team ERA. The Cubs went 95-68 and lost to Colorado in the NL wild-card game.“We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers,” president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in a statement. “Jim has our full support and we all wish him well.”Chicago’s uncertain situation with its coaching staff could affect its search for a replacement for the respected Hickey. Manager Joe Maddon is entering the final year of his contract Josh Donaldson Jersey , and Epstein has said the club will not be offering an extension before the start of the 2019 season.Hickey was hired a year ago to replace Chris Bosio. Hickey also has been a pitching coach with Houston and Tampa Bay.Also Tuesday, the Cubs claimed left-hander Ian Clarkin off waivers from the crosstown White Sox and traded infielder Jason Vosler to the San Diego Padres for right-hander Rowan Wick.The 23-year-old Clarkin was selected by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2013 draft. He was traded to the White Sox in the July 2017 deal that sent Todd Frazier and David Robertson to New York.Wick, who turned 26 on Nov. 9, made his major league debut in August. He went 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA in 10 relief appearances with San Diego.The Cubs also said outfielder Johnny Field and lefty Jerry Vasto cleared waivers and were assigned to Triple-A Iowa. Infielder Jack Reinheimer was claimed off waivers by Texas after he was claimed off waivers by Chicago on Nov. 2.