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  1. jumped a fence at the home of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig two days after it was burglarized for the fourth time.According to TMZ Sports http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , the intruder trespassed on Puig's property Thursday at approximately 10:45 p.m and rang the front doorbell."The guy asked if a girl was there gave the name, but it wasn't the person inside," TMZ reported. "There was obviously cause for alarm, so the person inside told the intruder he was calling the cops. That was enough for the intruder to flee the scene."TMZfirst reported Puig's home in the San Fernando Valley had been broken into for a fourth time on Tuesday evening.Citing the Los Angeles Police Department, TMZ reported the three men who broke in did approximately $10 Willie McCovey Jersey ,000 worth of damage to Puig's home after they "ransacked" it.The intruders also allegedly attempted to steal Puig's safe but left it in the home after dragging it downstairs from the second floor.Puig previously had $500,000 worth of jewelrystolenin March 2017. His house was robbed again when the Dodgers were in the World Series against the Houston Astros, but the damage wasreportedlyminor.His house was targeted a third time in August, butTMZreported Puig "yelledat them" through his mobile surveillancesystem and forced "a hasty retreat." Two unheralded pitchers will take the mound for the Athletics and Tigers on Friday.Brett Anderson and Blaine Hardy are both trending upward and should be comfortable in a pitcher-friendly park tonight.Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about a bad beat Mel Ott Jersey , which was our fate last night despite Madison Bumgarner and Zack Greinke doing a nice job taking a 3-1 score into the eighth. It was then, however, that Arizona’s league-best bullpen let things get away. Let’s get back on track heading into the weekend.Zylbert’s 2018 MLB Over/Under Betting Record: 70-47-3, +17.9 unitsYesterday’s Result: Giants-Diamondbacks Under 7.5, Bumgarner vs. Greinke (loss)*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unitDetroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics | O/U: 910:05 p.m. ETProbable Pitchers: Blaine Hardy (4-3 http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , 3.61 ERA) vs. Brett Anderson (2-3, 5.55 ERA)>> All odds as of 7 p.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time and track your bets.OK, bear with me. I realize on the surface, this doesn’t look like the most enticing pitching matchup to take an under. Considering the potential upward trajectory of both starters, though Matt Williams Jersey , as well as where this series opener between the Tigers and A’s will be taking place, you might be surprised.Get The EdgeLIMITED TIME OFFER - 60% OFFUnlock this article + all the EDGE benefitsTRY EDGE TODAYNow accepting&Already an EDGE member?
  2. -White Sox game Tuesday night suddenly turned everyone’s attention to the stands.A fan was hit in the face by a foul ball Cal Ripken Jersey , bled profusely before walking to the first aid station and was taken to a hospital, briefly delaying Detroit’s 8-3 win.A White Sox spokesperson said the middle-aged male fan was transported to Rush University Medical Center for treatment.The man was sitting in the first row on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field — well beyond where the netting extends to the end of the camera box past the dugout — when he was struck by Jeimer Candelario’s foul leading off the Tigers ninth.The game was held up for a couple minutes while he was treated at his seat. He eventually walked away under his own power, escorted by stadium personnel.“I was scared and I hope everything is good for him,” Candelario said. “I think he tried to turn away from and it just moved back and the ball hit him.”“I don’t know what part of the face it hit. It’s sad,” he said.Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t see the impact, but said he saw Candelario’s foul ball “hook and then I heard everybody yell.”“That’s the scary part of the game,” Gardenhire said. “This is very fast game and they hit the ball very hard. That’s the worst feeling in the world when you’re sitting in that dugout and see a line drive go into the stands.”“I think it hit a gentleman and hopefully he’s OK. I know it got him pretty good from what they said,” he said.Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer and rookie Grayson Greiner drove in three runs as Francisco Liriano won for the first time in over four months.Greiner had a two-run double during a five-run second inning. Dawel Lugo also had a two-run double during the burst.After being staked to an early lead, Liriano (4-9) allowed two earned runs in five innings to earn his first victory since April 28. The 34-year-old left-hander ended his 0-8 drought that covered 16 starts and one relief appearance. During his slide, Liriano had a 5.56 ERA.“I just tried to focus and work on the things I needed to work on,” Liriano said. “I’ve been struggling the last couple of months, but you have to put that behind you and just come ready to pitch every five days.”Sandy Baez http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-j.j.-hardy-jersey , Joe Jimenez and Alex Wilson followed Liriano with four scoreless innings of relief.Yoan Moncada and Ryan Cordell drove in runs for the White Sox.Lucas Giolito (10-10) entered with a 3-0 record and 2.84 ERA in his previous four outings. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings and was charged with four earned on four hits and two walks.“They had some really good at-bats and I just let the game speed up on me,” Giolito said. “Instead of kind of being within myself, slowing it down, I just kind of let it speed up.”“You do that at this level and you’re going to have the kind of inning I had in the second,” he said.Greiner’s double to the right-center warning track with the bases loaded and none out drove in Detroit’s first two runs. Lugo’s double to the left-center gap made it 4-0 and he advanced to third when center fielder Adam Engel didn’t field the ball cleanly.Lugo scored when the White Sox couldn’t complete a double play on Jim Adduci’s grounder.Greiner drove in another unearned run with a single in the third to make it 6-0 after catcher Kevan Smith dropped his popup behind the plate.Mahtook hit his sixth homer in the eighth off Ryan Burr to make it 8-3.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: Gardenhire said RH starter Michael Fulmer, who suffered a right shin contusion on Monday when he was hit by Daniel Palka’s hard comebacker, shouldn’t miss a turn in the rotation. Fulmer left the game in the sixth inning after being struck, but played catch on Tuesday as usual and said he felt fine.White Sox: OF Ryan LaMarre started in left after exiting Sunday’s game with right hip soreness.UP NEXTDetroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann (6-6, 4.22) faces White Sox rookie RHP Michael Kopech (1-0, 0.82) in the series finale on Wednesday night. The 22-year-old Kopech, Chicago’s top pitching prospect, will make his fourth start since being recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 21. DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon’s bushy beard dripped with bubbly Jim Palmer Jersey , while Carlos Gonzalez cheerfully soaked up all the spray coming at him from every direction. Nolan Arenado posed for picture after picture as teammates got selfies with him.Think this party scene was wild, hold on. The Colorado Rockies are hoping to exchange those hats that read, “Postseason,” for ones that say, “NL West Champions.”Now that would really be a party.The NL West-leading Rockies locked up a playoff berth for the second straight season, beating the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Friday night for their eighth win in a row behind a resilient start from Kyle Freeland.David Dahl homered for the fifth consecutive game and Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer against his former team to help Colorado clinch at least a wild card with two games remaining. The Rockies remained one game ahead of Los Angeles as they try to wrap up the franchise’s first division crown. The Dodgers won 3-1 in San Francisco.“It’s a playoff atmosphere,” Arenado said. “The good thing about us is we’ve been in a playoff atmosphere before. We know how to handle it.”Colorado can take the NL West title — and end Los Angeles’ five-year reign — with a win Saturday and a Dodgers loss.Wade Davis struck out Bryce Harper looking to end the game and earn his 43rd save. The sellout crowd at Coors Field roared and fireworks went off.Plenty to celebrate: The Rockies are headed to the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time in team history. This is their fifth playoff trip since the franchise began in 1993 — last year, they lost to Arizona in the NL wild-card game.“It’s just incredible,” said Freeland, who grew up in Denver and was a big Rockies fan. “I dreamt of this as a little kid and never thought I’d be in this position to do it. But the work is not done.”Freeland (17-7) wiggled out of jam after jam on a cool night to finish the season with a 2.40 ERA in games at the hitter-friendly ballpark. The lefty allowed two runs and 11 hits over six innings before turning it over to a staunch bullpen.The Rockies’ winning streak is their longest since capturing eight straight in April 2013. During the current streak, the Rockies have outscored opponents by a 57-12 margin.With posters around the stadium billing this as “The Hunt for Rocktober,” the team improved to 18-8 in September. They’re on a quest to end the Dodgers’ five-year reign as division champions.Freeland found himself in trouble quite often Mark Trumbo Jersey , but was able to work his way out of it. His one big mistake was a fastball in the fourth that Trea Turner lined for a two-out, two-run triple to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead.Desmond put the Rockies up 3-2 in the fifth with his 22nd homer of the season. Two pitches later, Chris Iannetta went deep. It was the fifth time the Rockies have hit back-to-back homers this season.With his solo shot in the sixth, Dahl became the fourth Rockies player to homer in five straight games. He joins Dante Bichette (1995), Larry Walker (1999) and Arenado (2015).Freeland finished with a 2.85 ERA overall this season. He joins Marvin Freeman (2.80, 1994) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2.88, 2010) as the only Rockies pitchers who qualified for the league ERA title with a mark below 3.00.Joe Ross (0-2) allowed four runs over five innings in his third start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.“I felt OK. The last couple innings, my stuff kind of flattened out,” Ross said. “That’s frustrating, the team had the lead and then I give it right back.”The party in the Rockies clubhouse was wild, but not too wild for one reason.“This is just the first step,” Gonzalez said. “We understand we have a big chance in front of us.”TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: INF Ryan Zimmerman was out of the starting lineup with a sore back and the team plans to take a cautious approach. “I don’t want him to start the offseason worried about rehabbing Chris Tillman Jersey ,” manager Dave Martinez said.Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson’s sore shoulder is a “little better,” manager Bud Black said. “He seems to be trending in the right direction.”PAIR OF ACESWashington will throw right-hander Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.77 ERA) on Saturday. But whether NL Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer (18-7, 2.53) starts Sunday largely depends on what’s still at stake for the Rockies.“We’re going to relish the moment,” Arenado said of possibly facing two aces. “You have to face the best pitchers in the game to get where you want to be.”UP NEXTThe Rockies will send RHP Jon Gray (12-8, 4.91 ERA) to the mound Saturday against Strasburg, who’s looking to hit the 10-win mark for a fifth straight season.
  3. WEST PALM BEACH Carlos Ruiz Jersey , Fla. (AP) — From the pitch-accompanying grunts to the pawing at the mound with his cleats, from the nine Ks to the 14 consecutive outs, Max Scherzer sure looked to be ready for the regular season.After giving up a combined eight runs over 8 2/3 innings across his preceding pair of Grapefruit League starts, Scherzer was much more Scherzer-like Saturday in an exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed one run and four hits in six innings, with zero walks in his next-to-last outing before taking the mound opening day against the New York Mets.“He knows it’s getting to be that time. He’s got one more outing after this and then it’s game time,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “So I expected him to go out there and do exactly what he did.”Scherzer left with a 5-1 lead, before St. Louis came back to win 8-5 by hitting a pair of homers off reliever Kyle Barraclough, then scoring five runs in the ninth off Nationals closer Sean Doolittle.Knowing that he wasn’t facing the Cardinals’ real lineup http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , Scherzer said, he felt he didn’t have to hold anything back or worry about tipping off how he might approach meaningful at-bats during the season. Instead, he could “really be aggressive and throw all the pitches I want to throw. Try to strike guys out. Really make this as in-season a start as possible and try to finish strong.”That he did, leaving to a standing ovation from the home crowd after striking out Tyler O’Neill for the last out of the sixth. Scherzer threw 87 pitches, 63 for strikes.Scherzer also made sure to work on particular pitches — one example: throwing his changeup out of the zone when he wants it there — and his coordination with new catcher Yan Gomes.“There’s a few small things that I still need to refine. There’s some executions that I can continue to execute a little bit better,” said Scherzer, the runner-up to Mets righty Jacob deGrom — who he’ll face in the opener — for last year’s NL Cy Young Award after going 18-7 with a 2.53 ERA. “The intensity, basically the first inning through the first five innings — to be able to be strong http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , especially through those five, that was a good sign today and something I look forward to taking into the regular season.”NOTES: LHP Doolittle entered in the ninth with a 5-3 lead but gave up four hits and a walk on 28 pitches, the last of which Andrew Knizner took deep for a three-run homer. Neither Martinez nor Doolittle sounded too concerned; both said the aim was to work on some offspeed pitches and throw more than he had so far this spring. Doolittle had gone four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit in all, until Saturday. “I started to get a little tired,” he said. “The line is really ugly, but I kind of needed a wakeup call like that. My first four outings, I kind of slept-walked through them. … It was good to work on some stuff. Unfortunately some of it backfired. But that’s a spring training outing in a nutshell right there.” … With OF Michael A. Taylor sidelined by a strained left knee and hip Jay Buhner Jersey , Wilmer Difo started in center field, adding yet another spot where he could be used in his role as a “super utility” player. One other place? Martinez said Difo might be his emergency catcher. As for Difo’s outing in CF against St. Louis, Martinez said: “You know what? I actually liked him. He had pretty good jumps on all the balls. So we’re going to get him back out there a few more times.” MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brewers have rounded out manager Craig Counsell’s staff, bringing in Steve Karsay as bullpen coach to work with new pitching coach Chris Hook.Hook was promoted from pitching coordinator following 11 seasons in Milwaukee’s minor league system as an instructor. He’ll be joined by Karsay, an 11-year major league veteran who spent the past three seasons as pitching coach at Triple-A Columbus in Cleveland’s system. Karsay worked with Indians starters Michael Clevinger and Shane Bieber.Milwaukee also added Andy Haines as hitting coach. Haines spent one season as assistant hitting coach for the NL Central-rival Chicago Cubs. He was the Cubs’ minor league hitting coordinator from 2016-17.Haines also spent eight seasons with the Marlins organization, where he managed Brewers outfielder and NL MVP Christian Yelich in the minors.General manager David Stearns also announced Jason Lane would return as assistant hitting coach. Scott Barringer was named head athletic trainer.
  4. The World Series champion Red Sox owe $11 Nolan Ryan Jersey ,951,091 in luxury tax for having baseball’s top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals, who must pay $2,386,097, their second straight year with a bill.Because Boston was more than $40 million over the tax threshold, it became the first team to incur a new penalty put in place for the 2018 season: the top Red Sox selection in next June’s amateur draft will be dropped 10 places. Boston’s top pick had been projected to be No. 33 overall before the penalty.Boston has owed tax in the years of three of its four titles this century, paying $3,148,962 in 2004 and $6,064,287 in 2007. The Red Sox stayed under the tax threshold when they won in 2013. The only other championship teams to owe since the tax began in 2003 were the 2009 New York Yankees at $25.7 million and the 2016 Chicago Cubs, at $2.96 million.This year’s initial tax threshold was $197 million, counting payrolls by average annual values and including earned bonuses Rougned Odor Jersey , adjustments for cash transactions and option buyouts and just over $14 million per team in benefits. Boston’s payroll for the tax was $239.5 million, exceeding the $237 million threshold that triggered the draft penalty. Washington’s was $205 million.Boston boosted its payroll during spring training when it added slugger J.D. Martinez, who counted at $23.75 million on the tax payroll and then earned $700,000 in bonuses while leading the major leagues with 130 RBIs.Ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, the Red Sox acquired World Series MVP Steve Pearce, who added $3,208,602 to the payroll, including a $50,000 Series MVP bonus; pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who added $720,430 and became a key component to the title run with a pair of postseason wins and a six-inning relief outing in World Series Game 3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers; and second baseman Ian Kinsler, who added $3,766,666.San Francisco had the third-highest payroll at $195.7 million followed by the Dodgers at $195 million — up from $182 million on opening day http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , The Dodgers had paid tax in each of the previous five seasons, a total of $149.6 million.The Cubs were fifth at $193.3 million, and the Yankees sixth at $192.98 million — the first time the Yankees finished under the threshold after 15 consecutive years over that resulted in taxes totaling $341.1 million.By dropping under the threshold, the Yankees and Dodgers reset their tax rates for 2019 and put themselves in better position to pursue a talented free-agent class that includes Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.Boston has owed in nine of 16 seasons, a total of $37.1 million. The Red Sox paid in 2015 and ’16, then dropped under the threshold by just over $3 million in 2017, resetting their tax rates to the lowest level this year. Boston paid at a 28.1 percent effective rate.Washington is paying for the second straight season, raising its total to $3.8 million.Only eight teams have gone over the tax threshold: Detroit paid $9 million over three seasons, San Francisco $8.9 million over three seasons and the Los Angeles Angels $927,000 in 2003.Next year’s tax starts at $206 million, and Boston’s rates will rise from 20 percent to 30 percent on the first $20 million over, 32 percent to 42 percent on the next $20 million and 62.5 percent to 75 percent on any amount over $246 million.Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski predicted Boston against will exceed all three thresholds next year.Washington’s rate rises to 50 percent on the first $20 million over, 62 percent on the next $20 million and 95 percent on any amount over $246 million.Checks for the competitive balance tax, as it is normally known, go to the commissioner’s office and are due by Jan. 21. The first $13 million of tax money is used to fund player benefits and 50 percent of the remainder will be used to fund player Individual Retirement Accounts. The other 50 percent of the remainder will be given to teams not over the tax threshold.Final figures are still being calculated for regular payrolls Russell Wilson Jersey , which include salaries, prorated shares of signing bonuses, earned bonuses and adjustments for cash transactions and option buyouts. CLEVELAND (AP) — Once Mike Clevinger’s dominant day ended, he watched his teammates rally on TV.There was a leadoff walk, a fortunate error, a clutch hit and two bases-loaded walks in an eighth inning that seemed to have a little bit of everything.To Clevinger, it looked like 2016, when Cleveland made it to Game 7 of the World Series.“It wasn’t all these flashy wins all the time,” he said, recalling the Indians‘ memorable run in ’16. “It was like grinding out to the eighth, ninth inning, losing a lead, coming back and that’s Tribe baseball. That’s how we’re going to win and I like it.”Roberto Perez drew a bases-loaded walk on four pitches from Dylan Covey in the eighth as the Indians rallied for a chilly 5-3 win in their home opener over the Chicago White Sox on Monday.The Indians, whose bats have started out as cold as the early-spring weather, did just enough — and got some needed help from the wild White Sox — to score four runs in the eighth after nearly wasting Clevinger’s 12-strikeout performance.As they wait for All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor Martin Perez Jersey , second baseman Jason Kipnis and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to get healthy, the Indians will have to find offense any way they can.“Playing in this weather, it’s just difficult,” manager Terry Francona said. “It’s difficult for everybody. I mean you saw their relievers were having a tough time today. When the weather warms up, it’ll be easier for everybody. Pitchers included. But in the meantime, you just have to fight for everything you can get.”After the dreadful outing by Covey (0-1), Caleb Frare came in and walked pinch-hitter Greg Allen on five pitches to force in another run and give the Indians a 5-3 lead. White Sox manager Rick Renteria made several visits to the mound in the eighth to try and get his relievers on target, with minimal success.“Basically, it didn’t work,” Renteria said. “It didn’t work out. I’m fully confident that everyone I put in will be successful. If they do not do well, you can blame me.”Cleveland’s Jon Edwards (2-0) picked up the win despite giving up a two-run homer to White Sox rookie Ryan Cordell in the eighth. Brad Hand worked the ninth for his second save.LINDOR UPDATEWhile the Indians opened their 26th season at Progressive Field, Lindor, who missed all of spring training with a right calf strain, was in Green Bay, Wisconsin http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , visiting foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.The team was anxiously awaiting results on Lindor, who injured his left ankle while playing in a minor league game last week. The Indians initially diagnosed the injury as an “acute sprain” but sent Lindor to Anderson for a second opinion. The team’s medical director accompanied Lindor.Francona said the Indians will have an update on Tuesday.Lindor’s absence puts further pressure on Cleveland’s struggling offense, which produced just five runs during three games at Minnesota and struck out 39 times.WAHOO PROTESTOnce again, a group of Native Americans and other supporters demonstrated outside the ballpark against the Indians for their nickname and Chief Wahoo logo.This is the first time in decades the smiling, red-faced logo is not on the team’s jerseys or caps, but protesters would like to see more done to promote American Indian causes.GRAND OPENINGSThe Indians have won three straight home openers for the first time since 1997-99.DROOPING SOXChicago has lost 24 of 31 to Cleveland and nine of the last 10 at Progressive Field.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: SS Tim Anderson was a late scratch when his wife went into labor. He is expected to rejoin the team Thursday when the White Sox return to Chicago. Rondon moved from second to short.Indians: Francona has no timetable for Kipnis, who is on the injured list with a strained calf. Kipnis has made some progress and recently ran the bases. … OF Bradley Zimmer recently strained a side muscle while recovering from shoulder surgery. Francona said the new injury “knocked him back about a week or 10 days.” … Gonzalez, who signed a minor league contract March 19, will play in the season opener for Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.UP NEXTFollowing an off day, the clubs will conclude the two-game series Wednesday with Cleveland ace Corey Kluber facing Carlos Rodon. Kluber’s 13 career wins against the White Sox are his most against any opponent.
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  6. Francisco 49ers as they prepare for their Week 8 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media and relayed Friday’s injury report Youth Brock Coyle Jersey , featuring some notable updates that will impact the 49ers’ starting lineup come Sunday.Running back Matt Breida returned to practice Friday in limited fashion after sitting out most of the week with a persistent ankle injury. The 49ers’ leading back has been battling the injury for weeks, forcing him to make an early exit against the Rams in Week 7. He’s listed as questionable against the Cardinals.Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman also returned to practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday. He said Thursday that he felt confident he’d be able to go against the Cardinals but was unsure if he’d return for next Thursday’s primetime matchup against the Oakland Raiders at Levi’s Stadium.Center Weston Richburg (knee) did not practice Friday and is listed as questionable. If he is unable to go, Erik Magnuson or Mike Person would handle center duties.Receiver Pierre Gar莽on (shoulder, knee) is the only player listed as doubtful on the injury report. His likely absence against the Cardinals could mean more action for rookie receiver Dante Pettis, who returns this week after missing three games following a knee injury suffered in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers.49ers final injury reportDoubtful: WR Pierre Gar莽on (shoulder, knee)Questionable: RB Matt Breida (ankle), C Weston Richburg (knee), CB Richard Sherman (calf)Cardinals final injury reportOut: S Tre Boston (shoulder Womens Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey , ribs), G Jeremy Vujnovich (hamstring)Questionable: K Phil Dawson (right hip), TE Jermaine Gresham (heel), G Mike Iupati (back), DT Corey Peters (ankle), G Justin Pugh (hand)Survivor, straight up picks for Week 4 NFL action We are entering the fourth week of the season, with 30 of the 32 teams about to be through the first quarter of their schedule. Washington and Carolina have a bye week Womens Solomon Thomas Jersey , but the remaining 30 teams are in action, starting with a huge potential playoff preview on Thursday Night Football between the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings.It’s time once again for our pick ‘em and Survivor pool contest options. We have the weekly prediction contest this season, and you can make those picks here. We also have a traditional “Pick ‘Em” contest. If you still want to join, the group name is Niners Nation, the group ID is 45734, and the password is go49ers. You’re pretty far behind, but feel free to join.We continue with Survivor pools, after a huge chunk of people were knocked out for picking the Minnesota Vikings Womens Dante Pettis Jersey , Jacksonville Jaguars, or New England Patriots. I took the Chicago Bears, and barely survived over the Arizona Cardinal. This followed me taking the New Orleans Saints in Week 2, and the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1.This week, the Los Angeles Chargers (hosting the San Francisco 49ers), Green Bay Packers (hosting the Buffalo Bills), and Jacksonville Jaguars (hosting the New York Jets) are the three most popular picks. The 49ers downgrade at quarterback with C.J. Beathard, but the Chargers are not a particularly good team. I think LA probably wins Youth Richard Sherman Jersey , but I think the 49ers are going to give them a scare. So much so in fact that I might take them as a ten-point favorite in the Super Contest. For Survivor, I am leaning towards the Packers — I look for a Bills letdown after that upset.Tonight, Week 4 opens with the Rams hosting the Vikings. The Rams are a touchdown favorite in this one, even with a host of injuries piling up. Cornerback Aqib Talib was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury, and cornerback Marcus Peters is questionable with a calf injury. I think the Rams could pull this out, but I think the line might be a little inflated by the Vikings’ shocking loss to Buffalo. I’m gonna take the points with Minnesota.Here are the rest of my straight-up picks. I was 9-7 last week, bringing my season record to 29-17-2. I’ll have my picks against the spread later this weekend.Vikings @ Rams: VikingsBengals @ Falcons: BengalsBuccaneers @ Bears: BearsLions @ Cowboys: CowboysBills @ Packers: PackersEagles @ Titans: EaglesTexans @ Colts: ColtsDolphins @ Patriots: PatriotsJets @ Jaguars: JaguarsBrowns @ Raiders: RaidersSeahawks @ Cardinals: SeahawksSaints @ Giants: Saints49ers @ Chargers: ChargersRavens @ Steelers: RavensChiefs @ Broncos: Chiefs
  7. Good morning Womens Riley Dixon Jersey , New York Giants fans! Here are a few non-Odell Beckham Jr. headlines for your Saturday morning.Could Olivier Vernon debut vs. Eagles?The Giants have a short week coming up after Sunday as they host the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football.Maybe, just maybe, Olivier Vernon will debut after missing five games with his high ankle sprain.“(Olivier Vernon) had a really good week, he was close [to being ready for the Panthers], but not quite close enough. So we backed off just a little bit today to give him some rest. I think you probably saw that he wasn’t out there with a helmet on, so that’s really what happened. Best week, no setbacks, just we felt like here at the end of the week because he did so much more and he was involved in team activity, just give him a little rest moving forward,” head coach Pat Shurmur said. “I’m optimistic [about Thursday]. I felt really good about this week too, so we will just have to see.”McGovern: No single reason for zone read issuesLinebackers coach Bill McGovern was asked for his perspective on defending the zone read Authentic Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey , and why the Giants have struggled with it this season.“For a defense, it’s doing your job, being responsible. One guy gets his wrong, you get out of your gap, you don’t have the guy there, because the quarterback being a runner now adds an extra gap,” McGovern said. “It’s all of it, it’s not one person. If it was one person, we would change that guy. We’ve missed an assignment here, we’ve missed an assignment there, or a guy being in the wrong spot Womens Sterling Shepard Jersey , and maybe it was a bad call on our part, too. It could be all of that.”Around the Inter-GoogleFox's Brian Baldinger says of Eli Manning: 'He looks old out there' | NewsdayOther observers say Giants QB's production can rebound with better protection.Giants’ other standout rookie continues getting betterCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Through four games, Will Hernandez is the highest-rated rookie offensive lineman in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus, performing... The 2-7 New York Giants look to actually start a winning streak Sunday at MetLife Stadium when they host the 3-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giants have not won back-to-back games since Weeks 14 and 15 of the 2016 season, when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions in successive games.To do that, the Giants are going to have to do something they have yet to do this season — win at game at MetLife Stadium. The Giants are 0-4 in their home building Here are some of the other numbers to know heading into Sunday’s game.350 — With three touchdown passes in Week 11, Eli Manning (350) became the eighth player to reach 350 in NFL history. Manning is tied with Ben Roethlisberger for seventh-most touchdown passes of all time. 142 — Odell Beckham Jr. (858) needs 142 yards receiving to reach 1,000 yards receiving for the 4th time in his career. 62 — Through Week 11, Saquon Barkley ranks second among running backs in the NFL with 62 receptions.8 — The number of sacks former Giant Jason Pierre-Paul Authentic Evan Engram Jersey , now with the Bucs, has this season.753 —Passing yards (54,247) needed by Manning to reach 55,000 for his career. 30.7 — What Corey Coleman averaged in three kickoff returns Monday night, the first time he has been used in that role during his NFL career.10 — The number of sacks the Giants have as a team. The Giants are also last in the league in Adjusted Sack Rate, per Football Outsiders, at 2.9 percent. 4.6 — That’s the percentage of time the Giants get a sack on what are considered “blitz downs,” per SB Nation’s advanced statistics. That is last in the league.-18.8 — That is the percentage of running plays on which the Giants fail to meet the “expected success rate” of the play. That is 31st in the league. Thanks to the brilliance of Saquon Barkley, the Giants are actually No. 1 in the league in marginal explosiveness of running plays. Barkley is tied for third in the league with 7 running plays of 20 yards or more. Only James Connor of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Matt Breida of the San Francisco 49ers (8) have more.
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The moment of truth,’” Cominsky said.“Anybody from Division II is going to be like ‘OK, here’s my chance. Here’s where I really find out where I’m at and if I’m going to be able to hang.’“So rep 1 Kansas State comes up to me and I’m playing the 5 technique, outside shoulder of the tackle. It’s thrown away from me. I listened to what my coach said and I got into that tackle as hard as I could and I put him right on his butt.“I was like, ‘alright I came from Division II and I put this guy on his butt. Here I am. I belong.’”Defensive end? Really?Cominsky was a 215-pound quarterback at Barberton High School who had no Division I scholarship offers. He landed at Charleston with no idea he would be a defensive end.“When I showed up at orientation that first day and d-end was next to my name my head kind of turned around. My stomach kinda flipped, I’m like ‘oh, crap, defensive end, dude, I’m tiny, I’m 215 pounds. That’s so different. I’ve never played defensive end before Cheap Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey ,” Cominsky said.“I was a little shocked about it, but I was so open-minded. I went to Charleston because they were my first offer, my only offer, so I was open-minded when I went there. I’m thinking, I’ll be equipment helper if I have to. I just want to be on this college team, that was really my mindset 鈥?I was ready to do whatever it took to be on that team.”Growing into a starAfter red-shirting as a freshman and admitting that “I got my butt whooped on practice squad for a year,” Cominsky began a process of weight training, eating and working that saw him grow into a dominant 6-foot-5, 285-pound player who has NFL teams intrigued.Cominsky had 6.5 sacks and 73 tackles in 2017, earning Division II preseason second-team All-America honors. “It’s just been stepping up every single year. I’ve gotten nothing but better, I haven’t stale-mated. I’ve only improved since I got to Charleston,” Cominsky said.John Cominsky (5)University of Charleston Athletic DepartmentBigger and betterCominsky believes he is just scratching the surface of his ability.“I think there’s probably five or six tiers above me where I’m at now. I went in there [Charleston] with a blank slate. I had nothing. I’ve developed over four years, but what I developed through four years maybe a kid developed through high school http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-alec-ogletree-jersey ,” Cominsky said.“I think now it’s time to start learning a little bit more technical stuff 鈥?I don’t even think it’s just one more step, I think it’s probably three or four tiers that I have to get to.”John CominskyScouting reports reference Cominsky’s intriguing athleticism for a man his size. He told Big Blue View maintaining and improving it is something he has been conscious of throughout the time he has been packing on the pounds.“If I think of my audience as being kids in college or kids that are in high school listening the biggest thing that I learned through experience was on top of putting on the weight you have to consistently be doing things around your athleticism, whatever that is. For me it was working the ladder, doing sprints, changing direction a lot, doing jumps, going and playing basketball a little bit, making sure I’m still athletic on a basketball court, box jumps, anything that challenges your athleticism. “In my eyes I think I gained athleticism because I worked on those things. It’s not just working on getting bigger and stronger.”He thinks he can get bigger.“I think I have 20-25 pounds that I believe I could gain and maintain athleticism. Over my four years at Charleston I kind of developed a notion of myself knowing my body fat and what it can handle. I’m super light on my feet right now. I’m as light as I’ve ever been at 285 鈥?I feel like I’m back to 245. I’m jumping out of the gym and I’m cutting like I’m 245 again,” Cominsky said.“I could easily be 305, 310 and run the same speed.”Cominsky talked about a lot more during our 20-minute conversation. Please give the show a listen below.Where to subscribeYou can find and subscribe to Big Blue View radio from the show’s home page.You can find all the shows on our Big Blue View Radio Hub Page.You can also find the shows and subscribe on all your favorite podcast apps:Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSSFinally, be sure to check out the home page for all of the shows across the expanding Vox Media Podcast Network. The first round of the 2018-2019 College Football Playoffs is here!It was a foregone conclusion that Alabama would be one of the teams playing today. The other three teams Cheap Jon Halapio Jersey , however, had fraught paths which lead them to their final rankings. For much of the year it was assumed that some combination of Georgia, Ohio State, and Michigan would be among the playoff teams, but they all wound up falling just short. Joining Alabama today are the Clemson Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Considering these games feature the top four ranked teams in the nation, this evening is sure to be rich with scouting opportunities for April’s draft. There is the distinct possibility that we will be watching future New York Giants in these games.Cotton Bowl - Clemson vs. Notre DameESPN - 4 p.m.The story of this game might be the players not on the field. 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Wow.)Players to watchClemsonClellin Ferrell (EDGE)Christian Wilkins (DT)Trayvon Mullen (CB)Kendall Joseph (LB)Mitch Hyatt (OT)Notre DameJerry Tillery (DT)Julian Okwara (EDGE)Te’Von Coney (LB)Julian Love (CB)Alohi Gilman (S)Orange Bowl - Alabama vs. Oklahoma ESPN - 8 p.m. This game could wind up being the highlight of the season, and story lines abound. Who will play quarterback for Alabama, Tua Tagovailoa or Jalen Hurts? What will Kyler Murry do after this season? The fact that this game could pit the Heisman Trophy winner against the runner up should be a story all its own.Will Oklahoma play defense? Can Alabama slow down Oklahoma’s playmakers and wide-open scheme? From a draft perspective, this game is absolutely chock-full of prospects. In particular, keep an eye on Oklahoma RT Cody Ford. The 6’5”, 340 pounder isn’t just as big and powerful as those numbers suggest, but he has excellent feet as well — and a penchant for ending plays with defenders on the ground.Players to watchAlabamaQuinnen Williams (DT)Raekwon Davis (DT)Anfernee Jennings (EDGE)Mack Wilson (LB)Deionte Thompson (S)Jonah Williams (OT)Ross Piersbacher (OG)Irv Smith Jr (TE)OklahomaCody Ford (OT)Bobby Evans (OT)Ben Powers (IOL)Rodney Anderson (RB)Marquise Brown (WR)
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  12. Pittsburgh Steelers “It is not in our stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” (William Shakespeare)The central question which continues to bedevil Steelers Nation these days concerns the reasons why the Black-and-gold Cheap Terrell Edmunds Jersey , despite posting winning records in recent seasons, have been unable to take that final step to claim the franchise’s seventh NFL championship. This mystery isn’t just the elephant in the room — it’s more like the whale in the room. Reviewing the history of Steelers’ draft picks, you’ll encounter the interesting fact that the team’s first-ever draft choice, way back in 1936, was a halfback from Notre Dame by the unforgettable name of William Shakespeare. During the Depression era, pro football wasn’t a particularly lucrative profession, so Shakespeare the football player opted to quit the game to pursue a career in business instead. He was also a decorated, World War II hero in the Army. After the war, Shakespeare resumed his job at the Cincinnati Rubber Company, rising through the ranks to become the firm’s president in 1960.The famous handle of this original Steelers’ draft pick brings to mind a crucial distinction between players who enjoy long and stellar careers in the NFL, and those who — despite impressive pedigrees coming out of college — never quite make the grade at the professional level. So in view of the timeless, existential question posed four centuries ago by the “Bard of Avon,” it’s worthwhile examining the Steelers’ first-round draft picks over a 22-year span from 1997 to 2018 through the lens of Shakespeare’s famous dichotomy. Here’s the list:1997:Chad Scott, Cornerback (8 seasons with Pittsburgh)1998:Alan Faneca, Guard (10 seasons with Pittsburgh)1999: Troy Edwards, WR (3 seasons with Pittsburgh)2000: Plaxico Burress http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/stephon-tuitt-jersey-cheap , WR (5 seasons with Pittsburgh)2001: Casey Hampton, NT (12 seasons with Pittsburgh)2002: Kendall Simmons, Guard (Due to injuries, played only 4 of 6 seasons with the team)2003: Troy Polamalu, Safety (12 seasons with Pittsburgh)2004: Ben Roethlisberger, QB (14th season with Pittsburgh)2005: Heath Miller, TE (10 seasons with Pittsburgh)2006: Santonio Holmes, WR (4 seasons with Pittsburgh)2007: Lawrence Timmons, LB (10 seasons with Pittsburgh)2008: Rashard Mendenhall, RB (5 seasons with Pittsburgh)2009: Ziggy Hood, DE (5 seasons with Pittsburgh)2010: Maurkice Pouncey, Center (9th season with Pittsburgh)2011: Cameron Heyward, DE (8th season with Pittsburgh)2012: David DeCastro, Guard (7th season with Pittsburgh)2013: Jarvis Jones, LB (4 seasons with Pittsburgh)2014: Ryan Shazier, LB (3 seasons and part of his 4th before serious injury)2015: Bud Dupree Youth Xavier Grimble Jersey , LB(4th season with Pittsburgh)2016: Artie Burns, CB (3rd season with Pittsburgh2017: T.J. Watt, LB (2nd season with Pittsburgh)2018: Terrell Edmunds (rookie season with Pittsburgh)In the big picture, the value of any first-rounder is determined not only by the quality of the player’s contributions to winning, but also by how long the player remains a viable member of the team. Comparing Pittsburgh’s first-round draft picks during the 1997-2007 period (11 seasons) to the 2008-2018 period (also 11 seasons), we find the average length of their careers with the Steelers was 8.36 years for the former period (‘97 to ‘07) and only 4.63 years for the most recent period (‘08 to ‘18). This comparison, of course, is somewhat skewed by the fact that the most recent period includes a few players who likely have several more years remaining in their careers with the Black-and-gold (e.g. Artie Burns, T.J. Watt, Terrell Edmunds and Bud Dupree). Nonetheless, the difference in total years played with the Steelers favors the former period by 41 seasons (92 vs. 51). So, considering that the jury is still out regarding the long-term viability of players such as Burns and Dupree — and also considering that the injury-shortened careers of Shazier and Kendall Simmons roughly cancel each other out in this comparison — it’s likely that the average career length of the Steelers’ top draft picks has shortened by roughly three years during the past decade to a term of approximately five years, compared to eight years in the pre-2008 period. Additionally, when we look at the quality of player contributions to the team’s overall success, the earlier 1997-2007 period includes names such as Alan Faneca, Plaxico Burress Youth JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey , Casey Hampton, Troy Polamalu, Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller and Lawrence Timmons —whereas the more recent 2008-2018 period is limited to the names Maurkice Pouncey, Cameron Heyward, David DeCastro and Ryan Shazier. Considering strictly these well-known star performers for the Black-and-gold, the first-round picks from the earlier period currently hold a whopping, seasons-played advantage of 73-27. Thus, it seems highly unlikely that the Steelers’ first-rounders from 2008-2018 will contribute much more than approximately half as much to the team’s success during their careers as their predecessors did.One key reason for this striking difference, of course, is that today’s top NFL performers continue to earn larger and larger salaries with each passing year — so the tendency is for teams to draft less-costly replacements for star players who have reached the latter stages of their productive careers when their contracts weigh more heavily on the teams’ salary caps. But another factor is the recognition among top NFL draft picks that it’s advantageous to use free agency to maximize their income during the relatively brief periods of their lives while they’re playing pro football.No longer retaining key players for 8-12 years, which was commonplace in the past, there’s also been a significant decline in the team continuity which fans had come to expect from year to year. For example, after drafting Heath Miller in 2005, the Steelers went for an entire decade without ever wondering who would be lining up at tight end. But since his retirement, the position has often resembled musical chairs. Similarly Youth Jon Bostic Jersey , since Casey Hampton hung up his spikes, the Steelers have never been able to find that prototypical nose tackle to replace Hampton’s unparalleled run-stuffing and middle-clogging capabilities. Looking at the Steelers’ defense today, you’re seeing a lot more question marks out there than the positions solidly manned.Perhaps most importantly, the Steelers need to recapture the level of first-round draft success they enjoyed previously. In their 2009 and 2013 drafts, for example, the Steelers misfired badly, selecting Ziggy Hood and Jarvis Jones — two players who contributed precious little to the team’s success. Today, many fans are openly questioning the wisdom of drafting first-rounders Dupree and Burns in consecutive years. If neither of them pans out in the long run with the Steelers — and noting the equally dicey pick of running back Rashard Mendenhall in 2008 — this ultimately could represent five strikeouts for Rooney U. in their top draft picks out of the past eleven NFL Drafts. That’s certainly not any record to write home about.And despite the fact that Le’Veon Bell was a second-round pick, the current soap opera which the team is enduring with No. 26 underscores the fact that exceptional athletic talent, by itself, is no guarantee of success. As outstanding a player as Bell might be, his presence hasn’t proven to be the missing element in bringing a seventh Super Bowl title to the Steel City. Championship players are those willing to make the sacrifices necessary to be recognized as the best in their business. Sometimes this means putting the success of the team ahead of personal goals. While every team’s No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft is blessed with exceptional athletic talent, what makes any first-rounder a star — as well as a long-term contributor to a team’s success — is the burning desire, not necessarily to be the highest-paid player at his position, but simply being the best in a group of like-minded individuals firmly committed to that ultimate goal.In the decade prior to 2008, the Steelers mostly succeeded in the challenging task of finding players with the requisite talent and attitudes to build an NFL champion. But during the past decade Youth Javon Hargrave Jersey , they simply haven’t done as good a job in the springtime sweepstakes. Interestingly enough, Ben Roethlisberger — the one player Steelers Nation leans on most heavily to haul them up that Stairway to Seven — currently is the lone holdover from those exceptional, 1997-2007 drafts.2018 NFL Distribution Map: Check out whether you’ll see Steelers vs. Falcons in Week 5 If you were like me before I decided to sign up for the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, every week I was wondering whether I’d be able to watch my beloved Steelers in the comfort of my own home, or if I’d have to go elsewhere to watch the game.Before there were websites devoted to this, it meant a lengthy trip on the television guide screen to see which game was scheduled to air, but now it’s just a click away. For those who want to know which game they’ll see, check the map below, courtesy of 506 Sports:[Steelers fans: Sign up for FanPulse, our weekly Steelers survey]The Steelers vs. Falcons game is the GREEN portion of the map.If you are curious about the other matchups, they are as follows:BLUE — Green Bay at DetroitRED — NY Giants at DetroitGREY — NO GAME due to local home game on CBSGBLUE/PURPLE — So, are you lucky enough to be able to watch the game live in your own home, or are you one of the many who will have to find other means to view the game? Either way, today is the day to get pumped!! Week 5 is ready for kickoff!HERE WE GO!! Custom Atlanta Falcons Jerseys
  13. 49ers Alfred Morris Jersey , with every team having played at least eight games on their schedule. As such, we are seeing midseason awards and assessments.This week, SI columnist Albert Breer put together his midseason awards. However, instead of simply making his picks, he reached out to various league personnel to get their thoughts on MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year. He assembled a panel of 18 voters, and they offered up a single vote for each category (so effectively, every vote was a first place vote).The San Francisco 49ers ended up with some representation in the rookie categories. New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley received the most votes (12) for offensive rookie of the year, and 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey received one vote. Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard received the most votes (8) for defensive rookie of the year, and 49ers linebacker Fred Warner received one vote.McGlinchey has been a consistent force in run blocking, and has steadily improved as a pass blocker. You really could not ask for a much better rookie season from a top ten pick. He is all but assured of making the all-rookie team, and while linemen don’t win rookie of the year awards, he’s proving as good as most of the rookie class.It’s interesting to note that McGlinchey is second only to Baker Mayfield in Pro Football Focus’ latest rookie rankings. Mayfield has slipped these past few weeks, and currently ranks only one spot ahead of McGlinchey in their weekly rankings. That being said http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-marquise-goodwin-jersey , barring a huge finish by Baker Mayfield or one of the other quarterbacks, Barkley would seem to be the favorite. Phillip Lindsey has 72 more rushing yards (and a better ypc), but Barkley actually leads all rookies in receiving yards (ALL rookies, not just running backs). If Barkley keeps it up, he’s taking home the award.Fred Warner has quietly chugged along as the 49ers Mike linebacker. He is fifth in the league in tackles, and PFF ranks him eighth among all linebackers in run stop percentage. It’s not shocking however that Leonard tops the polling. He leads the NFL in tackles, and is second among rookies with four sacks. Basic counting stats don’t tell the whole picture, but this will likely stand out for media voters.PFF has Detroit Lions defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand at the top of their rankings, followed by Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates, Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James, and then Leonard. Warner gets no mention, as his grade is in the middle of the pack for linebackers. If Leonard maintains his pace, he will take home defensive rookie of the year. Warner won’t take home the award, but he stands a good chance of earning an all-rookie award as well.Juice Check: Week 5 vs. Cardinals When injuries mount, football guys say “Next Man Up.” For San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk, the Arizona Cardinals game was more like “Last Man Standing.” Besides Jerick McKinnon and Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending injuries, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis were injured-inactive, Matt Breida had to leave after 13 snaps Cheap Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey , and backup RB Raheem Mostert came down with a bad case of fumbleitis. That skill-player-deprived offense then had to play 98 snaps, the most for any NFL team in five years, due to the deadly combination of a strong running game and five turnovers. It was an offensive treadmill that never lead anywhere, like one of those dreams where you run and run forever and never get away from the monster (who is Chandler Jones, in this case).The result was a huge game for Juice, who played 68 snaps — a whole game’s worth most weeks, but only 70% of the Niner’s offensive marathon this time. He was targeted seven times, catching six for 75 yards, and even had an ultra-rare run for 12 yards. To top it all off, he shed a blocker and tackled Tre Boston after that safety intercepted a pass.He’ll be at least as needed Monday night against Green Bay, since four key skill players missed practice Friday due to injury: Matt Brieda, Pierre Gar莽on, Dante Pettis, and Trent Taylor (plus McKinnon of course). Star TE Kittle and 3/5 of the offensive line were limited in practice. At this rate, Juszczyk will be the leading receiver AND rusher.To be fair, the versatile FB was clearly a big part of Kyle Shanahan’s screen-heavy opening script, long before the in-game injuries and turnovers changed the tenor of the game. Twice on the first drive, he made an initial feint at a pass protection block http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-george-kittle-jersey , then turned around for a screen — and a big gain. The first play gained 16 yards.Better yet, Shanahancame right back 3 plays later with the exact same play — for 26 yards down to the two-yard line.I’m always amazed at how Shanahan finds a way in every single game to show formations not previously seen during the season. Last Sunday, Juszczyk generally lined up alongside the QB, not behind the tackle as before but in between the tackle and guard, on either side. He also ran a couple of plays where the FB lined up on the right wing or wide right, and then motioned back into I-formation. That’s a new one.Let’s not forget the excellent blocking job that Juszczyk continues to do in the running game. He’s a key reason for these long runs that Breida keeps breaking off, as Juice excels in getting to the second level defender, and Breida has excellent timing to hit the hole his FB just created at the perfect time. A lot of RBs do that on the line — that’s their job — but Juice and Breida are great at doing it a bit further downfield or running outside.On Breida’s first big run, a 17-yard pickup, watch how Juszczyk submarines defensive end Chandler Jones (55) keeping the speedy running back inches away from the DE’s grasp.With the offensive line starting to show run-game dominance, the fullback running a little and Breida working on his receiving, it’s tempting to dream of a healthy Niners squad running a 3-back formation with, say, McKinnon, Breida and Juszczyk — any of whom could run or go deep. Does a defense stay in base, leaving potentially 3 linebackers covering these potential receivers? Or go nickel, and face two explosive runners with a lead fullback? That’s a tough choice. I’d love to see them have to make it.
  14. The NFL wrapped up Week 7 on Monday 49ers Mike Person Jersey , with the Atlanta Falcons holding off the New York Giants by a final score of 23-20. The Falcons improve to 3-4, and sit 2.5 game back of the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, and 1.5 games back of the Carolina Panthers for the top wild card spot. Injuries have been a big problem for the Falcons, but they are not entirely out of this thing yet.The close of the week means it’s time for weekly NFL power rankings. As we prepare for Week 8, the San Francisco 49ers are hanging out at the bottom of the rankings one sport behind the Arizona Cardinals, and ahead of the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. The 49ers face those three teams the next three weeks, and while they could very well win all three games, they won’t be climbing super high in the rankings. These are the three most winnable games on their schedule http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-weston-richburg-jersey , and while wins would hurt their drive for the No. 1 overall pick, it’d be nice to see them not embarrass themselves — especially with two of the games on national TV.While the Raiders did not play this past week, I decided to drop them to the bottom following the Amari Cooper trade. The Raiders might win some games the rest of the way, but the next seven days leading up to the trade deadline are going to be interesting to follow with them.The Houston Texans are the biggest climber for me this week. They have now won four straight, capped by going into Jacksonville and thumping the Jaguars. I still am not sure what to make of Houston. They host Miami this Thursday in a game that probably won’t tell us a whole lot, but is very winnable for them.The top of the rankings remain the same, with no changes in the top four and all but one in the top ten remaining in there in some form or fashion. Washington joins the top ten after a big home divisional win over the Dallas Cowboys. Washington holds a 1.5 game lead over Dallas and Philadelphia in the NFC East. The Cowboys added Amari Cooper in a Monday trade, so we’ll see if that gives them a boost following their bye.On to the power rankings!Week 8 NFL power rankingsRankTeamLWRankTeamLW The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up the 2018 season and they have begun their work to prepare for 2019 free agency and the NFL draft. The coaches and scouts are back from a week in Mobile 49ers Richard Sherman Jersey , Alabama at the Senior Bowl, but there is plenty more to be done as they get ready to build on a disappointing 2018 campaign. We’ll be breaking down plenty of what that means, but in the meantime, we wanted to take a look back at the season that was for the 49ers.Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury sent things south, but there is plenty still to assess. We are going to take a look at every notable addition and provide a forum for grading how that signing, trade, or draft pick worked out.D.J. Reed, defensive backHow acquired: Drafted in the fifth round (142nd overall)The 49ers invested quite a bit in the secondary last offseason Cheap Dante Pettis Jersey , and D.J. Reed emerged as one of the more intriguing options. It took injuries to get him into the starting lineup, but once there, he impressed as a versatile option.Reed opened the season as a special teams player, returning kicks and getting some work in at a variety of other special teams roles. In Week 3, Adrian Colbert hurt his hip and Reed took over at free safety for that game and through Weeks 4 and 5. Colbert returned in Week 6, but then suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 7 and went on injured reserve.Jimmie Ward moved from cornerback to free safety after Colbert went on IR, but after three weeks, Ward got hurt and ended up on IR himself. There was a lot of back-and-forth as the 49ers went through eight different safety combinations. Reed got some free safety work over the back half of the season 49ers Alfred Morris Jersey , but spent the majority of his defensive snaps as the nickel back. K’Waun Williams suffered a knee injury and that gave Reed a chance at his more natural slot corner role.Reed did not secure consistent playing time the entire season, but he got a chance to show his versatility. The 49ers have cap space and draft picks to further invest in the secondary, but Reed would seem to have secured a chance to compete for a significant role. He could eventually replace Williams, but in the meantime, he has a chance to develop into a super-sub role — not too shabby for a fifth round pick.If you can’t see the poll below, click here.
  15. The NFL’s trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on October 30 Womens Landon Collins Jersey , but the Dallas Cowboys made a move Mondsay for wide receiver help. First reported by ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the Cowboys traded for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper for the cost of a 2019 first-round pick.The costSo, first: that’s a lot to give up for Amari Cooper. Cooper started his career with two-straight 1,000-yard seasons, but struggled last year and has yet to inspire in 2018. Charles Robinson of Yahoo reported the Cowboys were basically bidding against themselves by offering a pick that high — though he also reported Dallas was likely to use that pick on a wide receiver in the draft anyway. Cooper has a year and a half left on his contract — the rest of this season that won’t cost the Cowboys much and a fifth-year option in 2019 that will cost $13.9 million, which is currently the 13th-highest cap hit for a wide receiver in 2019 between DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones.The fitDallas needed an upgrade at wide receiver and Cooper can certainly be that. The question will be about his usage. Cooper has been a receiver that performs better out of the slot — last year he had the 14th biggest difference between Football Outsiders’ DVOA out of the slot and outside. Of course, Cole Beasley is currently Dallas’s slot receiver and even Allen Hurns has been better out of the slot in his career — so now the Cowboys have three receivers who play better inside than out.What is known is the Cowboys needed some help at outside. After taking the entire offseason talking about how there wasn’t a need for a true No. 1 receiver, they haven’t been able to figure out a useful rotation of receivers at all. There are not many quarterbacks who have been asked to do more with less than Dak Prescott. Per Next Gen Stats, only Josh Rosen has a lower expected completion percentage this season than Prescott. The falloutThe Cowboys do have an extra week to figure everything out — they’re on a bye in Week 8. Cooper’s Dallas debut will come in Week 9 on Monday Night Football against the Tennessee Titans.Dallas will make this move in an attempt to get back into a NFC East race that doesn’t have a dominant team at the front. Per Football Outsiders Womens Curtis Riley Jersey , the Cowboys had a 22.5 percent chance at a division title after Sunday, which was the second-best shot.This is a short-term move that does have some long-term consequences. The Cowboys will eventually have to make a decision on what to do with Cooper’s contract, whether they rework it before 2019 or not. Also, this lends itself to a decision around defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, who is already playing 2018 on the franchise tag. Cooper’s contract now takes up over $13 million that wasn’t on the books before and Dallas cannot simply replace Lawrence with a first-round pick if they let their top edge rusher walk in free agency. Rookie cornerback Grant Haley could not have picked a better time to be elevated from the practice squad to the New York Giants' roster.The Giants (1-5) are heading to Atlanta to play the Falcons (2-4) on Monday night.It's home for Haley and he is going to see the women who inspires him — his mother, Dr. Carla Neal-Haley. She is a pediatrician, an internist and a battler.For the past five or six years, Neal-Haley has been fighting a rare liver disease, primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). It damages the bile ducts and causes the liver to deteriorate over time. There is no cure. She needs a new liver."We've been working on that Womens Jon Halapio Jersey , finding different donors, having people tested," Haley said Thursday before going out to practice. "It's been important to me to reach out and use my social media presence to help in any way possible. She has been my biggest supporter and there for everything I have been through. For me as a son, it's only right for me to do the same."Neal-Haley had open heart surgery in January and her condition now makes her eligible to get a new liver.There is a Facebook page aimed at finding a donor (@liverforcarla).Haley said his mother still goes to work every day, although one of her new jobs is finding tickets for Monday night. The family needs about 10 and probably more for friends.If active, the game will be his NFL debut."With the family there, this is special," said Haley, who also has a younger brother and sister. "My mom http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/b.j.-hill-jersey , she is excited. She is looking for tickets. She has been loving and supporting. Now for a moment like this, it's special for her, everything she is going through. I am in a blessed position and I can't be more thankful for the opportunity."Haley, whose father, Leon Jr., is a dean at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, has overcome some adversity to get into this position. He was not drafted and signed with the Giants as a free agent. He had a good training camp and was in the final cuts. The Giants immediately added him to the practice squad, where the minimum salary was $7,600 weekly.He will make more than $28 Womens Riley Dixon Jersey ,000 weekly on the 53-man roster.Being on the 10-man practice squad was an adjustment after training camp."I looked at the situation and you get to go against Odell (Beckham Jr.) and Shep (Sterling Shepard) every day, why not take advantage of that and continue to grow your skillset?" Haley said. "Once I did that, then it started being fun out there and normal. I'm glad I used that as a growing experience to be ready when my number was called."Haley was at MetLife Stadium for the Giants' home games and watched the away contests on television. It admittedly was a strange feeling after starting 36 of 49 games at Penn State. All he could do was root for his teammates.He took notes though and worked hard. Now he might get a chance to go against receiver Julio Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan, guys he watched on television when he was home in Atlanta."Mom will definitely be there," Haley said.