Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order Friday evening. This means his suspension has been blocked for the foreseeable future and the 22-year-old now appears likely to play in each of the Cowboys' games this season.
For those of you who selected Elliott with one of the top three picks earlier this year, consider yourself bailed out. For those of you who snagged him at a discount in the second or third round of recent drafts, let this be a lesson as to why you shouldn't sell low., your bold strategy appears to have panned out. And for those of you who traded Elliott away at a discount in recent weeks
According to my colleague Tristan H. Cockcroft, on the date his six-game suspension was announced (August 11), Elliott was the No. 4 player in terms of average draft position at 3.9. At kickoff of Thursday's season opener,Authentic Danielle Hunter Jersey, and of the six other running backs he fell behind between those dates,Authentic Pat Elflein Jersey, Elliott's ADP had dropped to 17th (19.0),Womens Pat Elflein Jersey, not one finished within even 45 non-PPR or 25 PPR fantasy points of his 2016 totals.
Most 2017 fantasy drafts are complete, but some of you will be hosting your draft party this weekend. Though there remains some slight risk Elliott could end up serving a suspension late this season -- which would be devastating during the fantasy playoffs -- that outcome appears unlikely. Considering his massive fantasy ceiling,Authentic Ben Gedeon Jersey, but -- same as was the case prior to his six-game suspension -- I wouldn't fault anyone who wanted to swing back to wide receiver and take Antonio Brown, it's now fair to reconsider Elliott during the early stages of the first round. I've bumped him back to third overall behind David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell, Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr. instead.
Elliott should obviously be locked into lineups against New York this weekend and beyond, but the same can't be said for Darren McFadden. Those who went with the "zero-RB" draft strategy and scooped up McFadden in the middle rounds may be staring at a void at that position. McFadden remains one of the game's most-valuable handcuffs,Womens Jaleel Johnson Jersey, but he'll only see a few touches per week as long as Elliott is active, which leaves him with no standalone value in a majority of formats. If you're looking for a Week 1 dart throw or alternative upside bench stash at running back, the likes of D'Onta Foreman,Womens Danielle Hunter Jersey, Jamaal Williams, Samaje Perine,Authentic Jaleel Johnson Jersey,Wendell Smallwood and Chris Carson are available in over 89 percent of ESPN leagues.
Now back in the fold for Dallas,Womens Ben Gedeon Jersey, Elliott has re-emerged as the favorite to repeat as the league's leading rusher and is also a strong bet to improve on his rookie-season reception total of 32. Dallas' offensive line did lose two key pieces -- Doug Free and Ronald Leary -- during the offseason,Authentic Dalvin Cook Jersey,900 yards and 14 touchdowns from scrimmage in 2017.,Womens Dalvin Cook Jersey, but it remains one of the league's top units. Pencil Elliott in for 1
Just when it appeared the Steelers would have their entire allotment of starters healthy and available for the regular-season opener,Authentic Danny Shelton Jersey, the status of one of the defense's most important players is in question.
Outside linebacker Bud Dupree did not practice Friday because of a shoulder injury, the team said. Dupree was listed as limited for Thursday's practice for the same reason.
however,Womens Cameron Erving Jersey, the Steelers have had a relatively strict policy of players not playing Sunday if they can't practice Friday. Dupree,Under coach Mike Tomlin, is listed as questionable to play Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns.
If Dupree can't play, Anthony Chickillo would start at left outside linebacker opposite rookie T.J. Watt.
“You just have to be ready for your opportunity when they call your number,” Chickillo said. “I'll be ready if needed.”
A sixth-round pick in 2015 who has seven career starts, Chickillo beat out Arthur Moats during the preseason to be Dupree's top backup.
Chickillo said he expects Dupree to play Sunday.
‘RETURN' TO GLORY
Antonio Brown confirmed he was returning punts in practice, but he was coy about whether he would do so against the Browns.
man,Womens Shon Coleman Jersey,“It‘s my job,Authentic Cameron Erving Jersey,” Brown said. “Just can't go out there without doing nothing.”
Eli Rogers also confirmed he was returning punts in practice.
Brown has been the Steelers' primary punt returner for most of his career,Womens Nate Orchard Jersey,With only brief exceptions,Womens Duke Johnson Jersey, and that is expected to continue Sunday.
” Brown said. “If coach calls my number, I am always willing and capable,“Whatever is needed, whatever he needs me to do. I'm in the helmet and willing to do it.”
Kickoff return duties for Sunday are murkier. One man who said he won't do them is Artie Burns. The second-year cornerback is listed as the No. 2 kickoff returner on the Steelers' depth chart, but Burns said he won't be doing so this season.
the Steelers have mostly used offensive players to return kickoffs,Under Tomlin, and Burns has not returned one in the NFL.
Backup running back Terrell Watson and rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster are expected to be the Steelers' kickoff returners.
Aside from Dupree,Authentic Shon Coleman Jersey, the only other player on the Steelers' official injury report is backup offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins. He will not play because of a knee injury but was unlikely to be active for the game if healthy.
The Steelers will need to trim a player from their 53-man roster for Le'Veon Bell to be eligible to play against the Browns. The NFL granted the Steelers a two-week roster exemption for Bell because he did not sign his franchise-player tender,Womens Danny Shelton Jersey, but he cannot play until activated.
BROWNS INJURY REPORT
Other than rookie No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett — who is out with a sprained ankle — the Browns are healthy heading into Sunday's game.
Although 10 players are listed on their injury report,Authentic Nate Orchard Jersey,Authentic Duke Johnson Jersey, eight are expected to play. Defensive tackle Danny Shelton (knee) is questionable.
Starting left guard Joel Bitonio (knee injury) and starting defensive end Nate Orchard (groin) each went through a full practice Friday for the first time this week.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham had a difficult game at Lambeau Field on Sunday as the Seahawks dropped their opener 17-9 against the Green Bay Packers. Graham was targeted seven times,Womens Shaq Lawson Jersey, catching three passes for a total of eight yards. That equates to a mere 2.7 yards per catch for one of the leagues best tight ends.
but they got broken up,Womens Sammy Watkins Jersey,” Carroll said Monday after practice. “There were a couple of throws that he had chances,“I think Jimmy had a hard game, they legitimately got broken up.”
Graham stands at six-feet-seven and weighs in at 265 pounds. Graham was clearly targeted by the Packers as a threat and subsequently found it difficult to find space. The only place Graham found any was in the flat as a check down for Russell Wilson,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey,Graham isn’t used to having passes batted away from him. An imposing figure,Womens Mike Tolbert Jersey, and even there the Packers were quick to swarm.
two 1000-plus yards receiving seasons and an average of more than 12.1 yards per catch. In 28 games with Seattle,Authentic Sammy Watkins Jersey, where he racked up 51 touchdowns,Authentic Mike Tolbert Jersey,Graham rose to stardom over his first five seasons in the NFL in New Orleans, Graham has maintained a high yards per catch average but has seen a decline in his touchdown receptions with just eight.
” Carroll continued. “We went to him in crucial situations,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey,“He had a couple of chances on big balls, they did a nice job covering him.”
Graham also struggled with run blocking on Sunday. Graham has never been a prolific blocking tight end during his career and worked hard to improve prior to the start of the season.
” Carroll said. “In the run game,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey,“He pass pro(tected) well,Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey, it’s not his best game.”
While the Seahawks would love to see more production with Graham’s blocking,Authentic Shaq Lawson Jersey, they acquired the pro-bowl tight end from the Saints to add a weapon to the passing attack. Red-zone opportunities for Graham to showcase his physical skills would seem the best way for the Seahawks to capitalize on having a player of his caliber.
Graham will look to have a bounce back outing in the Seahawks home opener against a San Francisco 49ers defense that game up 23 points to the Carolina Panthers in Week 1.
Mich. (AP) — When Kenny Golladay caught two touchdown passes in his first exhibition game,ALLEN PARK,Womens Leonard Williams Jersey, he became a rookie to watch for the Detroit Lions.
After he repeated the feat in his regular-season debut, there's no telling how high expectations might soar for the young receiver.
"When I got to training camp, and that's a rush.", and again in Indianapolis at the first preseason game, I realized this was real, but this was a whole new level," Golladay said. "This game counted
Golladay's two touchdowns against Arizona on Sunday lifted the Lions to a 35-23 victory — and the second of those scoring plays was legitimately spectacular. The 6-foot-4 Golladay stretched out to make a diving catch of Matthew Stafford's pass for a 45-yard TD, capping an impressive day for two of Detroit's top draft picks this year.
linebacker Jarrad Davis,The Lions took Golladay in the third round. Their first-round pick , started and recovered a key fumble in the third quarter.
"I think it's kind of been the last couple years we've had quite a few young guys playing for us early," coach Jim Caldwell said Monday. "I think it helps us without question because they make plays for us and we're just anticipating they got to keep working to keep it going."
The Lions have had two drafts under general manager Bob Quinn, several players Detroit picked in 2016 made an impact Sunday as well. A'Shawn Robinson (second round) and Anthony Zettel (sixth round) started on the defensive line. Zettel had a sack, and while Davis and Golladay were representing the 2017 class well,Womens Morris Claiborne Jersey, and Robinson forced the fumble that Davis recovered.
and Miles Killebrew (fourth round) returned an interception for a touchdown. Dwayne Washington (seventh round) misplayed a kickoff early in the game,Graham Glasgow (third round) started at guard,Authentic Christian Hackenberg Jersey, but had six carries for 22 yards.
Detroit's first-round pick in 2016,Authentic Leonard Williams Jersey,Tackle Taylor Decker,Womens Jordan Jenkins Jersey, is injured now but started 16 games as a rookie.
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and Golladay is clearly a threat in Detroit's offense. Golladay grew up in the Chicago area and was offered a scholarship to play at North Dakota,Davis, who played at Florida,Authentic Darron Lee Jersey, has an important role already for the Lions, where he began his college career. He grew about 5 inches over two years and transferred to Northern Illinois.
Golladay will move on to an even bigger stage in Detroit's next game: a Monday night matchup on the road against the New York Giants. It's no wonder he's trying to keep his sparkling debut in perspective.,After impressing in both the preseason and the regular-season opener
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NASHVILLE,Authentic Pat Elflein Jersey, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have all the incentive necessary to forget a disappointing loss. Next up are the Jacksonville Jaguars, who sit atop the AFC South.
That's the spot the Titans want.
And they stumbled out the gate in Week 1 after finishing a game behind the Houston Texans in the division last season. The Titans haven't won the AFC South since 2008,Womens Danielle Hunter Jersey, — which happens to also be the last time they swept the Jaguars and reached the playoffs.
Add to the mix the Jaguars ended Tennessee's hopes of winning the division in 2016 with a 38-17 rout of the Titans in the game Marcus Mariota broke his right leg .
"It's crucial," Titans linebacker Avery Williamson said. "It's a division game,Authentic Jaleel Johnson Jersey, so we've got to definitely make sure that we're on top of this one because it's a team that is in our division and what happened last year. It's definitely a whole lot of extra emphasis on this week."
Coach Mike Mularkey wants his Titans simply focusing on the Jaguars because they're next after opening with a 26-16 loss to Oakland.
"I hope not ...," Mularkey said of last year's loss providing extra motivation. "I think our guys are locked in. Getting ready for a division game, and starting the season with a division game early on the road against a team that just went on the road and beat another good football team at their own place. They'll be ready."
The Titans do have a few things to fix. Defensively, they were nearly perfect on third downs in the first half converting five of seven,Authentic Danielle Hunter Jersey, they need to tackle better after a game where Marshawn Lynch ran through and over the Titans. Offensively,Authentic Dalvin Cook Jersey,then went two of seven in the second half.
But flooding in Jacksonville on Monday could affect whether the game is played in Florida or Nashville with the rivals flipping games or even delayed. The Titans are scheduled to wrap up the season Dec. 31 hosting the Jaguars,Authentic Ben Gedeon Jersey, while the teams also share the same bye on Oct. 29.
Joe Lockhart,Womens Ben Gedeon Jersey, the NFL's senior vice president of communications, said the league is not close to making a decision on the game scheduled in Jacksonville or Tampa Bay's delayed home opener. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says officials are assessing damage to EverBank Field and will then determine whether the game will be played as scheduled
"So far," said safety Johnathan Cyprien, all I've heard was there's a chance of it being here and last game of the season will be there because there's some flooding, who played last season with Jacksonville.
Mularkey said he hadn't heard anything from Jacksonville and was trying to find out about the home he still has in the area. One of his sons evacuated, and Mularkey's home also was in an area evacuated because of Hurricane Irma.
"You really can't worry about where you're going to play,Womens Dalvin Cook Jersey," Mularkey said. "We're going to go where we have to play,Womens Pat Elflein Jersey, that's really up to the NFL. I would anticipate us playing down there."
If so,Womens Jaleel Johnson Jersey, the Titans will have to find a hotel because Mularkey said they don't have one for this weekend as of Monday.
Mularkey does believe his Titans will be ready for the Jaguars who made a statement of their own with a 29-7 win in Houston.
HOUSTON -- The agent of Texans quarterback Tom Savage blasted the team on Wednesday for benching Savage in Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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"I watched all 31 plays,Authentic John Miller Jersey, because that was the extent of what Tom saw in the first half, and I even went one step further. I asked two different NFL personnel people[or] coaches on two separate teams to evaluate and break down the film to see if I was missing something.," Schwartz said. "And I can't figure out why he's benching Tom. I went through every single play
"He went 7-for-13 ... 12 of the 13 balls touched the receiver's hands. The only ball that didn't was the strip-sack fumble that they called incomplete[upon replay]. Seven were completions, five were drops."
The Texans' offensive line didn't give either quarterback much time to throw on Sunday,Womens Reggie Ragland Jersey, six of which came in the first half., allowing a team-high 10 sacks
Schwartz also said he had an issue with hearing people say Savage held onto the ball for too long.
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On Tuesday,Authentic Cardale Jones Jersey,Savage said being benched was frustrating -- "No one wants to be benched,Womens Ronald Darby Jersey, there's not much he wants to do differently.,Womens John Miller Jersey," he explained -- but that if he gets the chance to play again
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Schwartz said he spoke to Savage about discussing the matter with the media, and he said Savage "was OK with it and comfortable."
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OXNARD, Calif. -- Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills questioned Thursday why the NFL and its players did not support Colin Kaepernick and his peaceful protests against racial injustice and police brutality that sparked a movement toward social activism last year.
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Stills said he supports and has texted back and forth with Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who has showed his support for Kaepernick's protest against racial injustice by sitting during the national anthem this season.
Stills performed a similar demonstration last season as one of four Miami players who knelt during the national anthem for all of the 2016 campaign. He won the Nat Moore Community Service Award for his commitment to serving the community last year.
Stills also took part in town hall meetings with law enforcement in South Florida and did a ride-along with police.
Bennett recently accused police officers of racial profiling, saying they pointed guns at him and used excessive force during an incident in Las Vegas on Aug. 27 after the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight.
"We're all just trying to be here for each another,Authentic Joe Williams Jersey," Stills said about Bennett. "I feel like the narrative is kind of going the wrong way sometimes. So I'm just trying to have each other's back and support each other.
"I'm really happy to see the things that he's doing. I was kind of at a loss of words hearing what happened to him after the Mayweather fight."
Stills stated that he's not going to take a knee this year, but he didn't rule out the possibility that he might change his mind.
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I’ve developed four different theories for the lingering absence of Luck from practices and games,I’ve recently been trying to figure out the craziness in Indianapolis involving the status of quarterback Andrew Luck. Along the way, along with the apparent absence of a plan to replace him while he heals from January surgery.
They are: (1) good,Authentic Xavier Cooper Jersey, old-fashioned incompetence; (2) a conscious willingness to give Luck a redshirt year if necessary; (3) an effort by new G.M. Chris Ballard to tie one hand behind coach Chuck Pagano’s back in order to make it easier to fire him; and (4) a possible desire by Luck to run out of Indy while he can still walk.
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Speaking of Archie, was a teammate of Archie’s. Oliver knows how the business works, the notion that Luck possibly wants out can be traced to the Manning family patriarch, Oliver, sort of. Luck’s father, and he’d surely prefer his son to emerge from the NFL in one piece. More than 13 years ago, Archie engineered a San Diego stiff arm for Eli; why shouldn’t Oliver at least consider an Andrew extrication from Indy?
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Which could be part of the master plan. If so,Womens DeShone Kizer Jersey, at least someone would have a plan of some sort when it comes to the current state of Andrew Luck’s career.
And before pooh-poohing a possible trade because of the cap hit, consider this: The net charge for trading him in 2018 would be lower than the net charge for keeping him.
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RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Before the first regular-season game of his career,Womens Shaq Lawson Jersey, cornerback Shaquill Griffin had already earned the respect of the veterans in the Seattle Seahawks locker room.
That's not the easiest group to gain praise from right away.
to have that amount of poise,''Shaquill is probably one of my favorite rookies ever when it comes to the mental side of the game, that amount of mental strength,'' wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. ''Nothing fazes him. It is pretty incredible for a rookie to come in at that position, he is phenomenal.''
Griffin backed up the praise he received from his teammates in his debut last week. Facing Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey, Griffin finished with 10 tackles and didn't give up any big plays in Seattle's 17-9 loss to the Packers. He was thrust into an even more prominent role in the defense after cornerback Jeremy Lane was ejected in the first quarter. Suddenly,Womens Mike Tolbert Jersey, Griffin wasn't on the field only when Seattle went with five defensive backs. He was out there all the time opposite Richard Sherman.
Rodgers knew it. The Packers knew it. And Griffin held his own against one of the top offenses in the league.
''He honestly played just like he has been playing,Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey,'' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ''He had been playing very consistent throughout the preseason and took it right to game time which is really a marvelous thing to see for the coaches.''
Seattle had hoped to get this type of performance from Griffin when it drafted him in the third round out of Central Florida. Seattle needed options at cornerback after Deshawn Shead suffered a torn ACL in the playoff loss to Atlanta last January. And they needed someone with the right mentality - and confidence - to handle the attention that comes with being on the opposite side of the field from Sherman.
It's not an easy assignment. But so far Griffin has passed all of his tests.
The most important for Seattle's coaching staff came in the second preseason game against Minnesota. Almost as if the Seahawks had asked for this to happen,Womens Sammy Watkins Jersey, the Vikings spent the majority of the first half ignoring Sherman and making most of their throws toward Griffin's side of the field.
It was the perfect prerequisite for taking on a more prominent role in the opener against Green Bay.
''I learned a lot. First off the ball is coming to me most of the time,'' Griffin said with a chuckle on Wednesday. ''Mainly it was just adjusting to the types of pass patterns I was getting. ... My main thing was some short little routes. I'd rather have that than them going deep on me. The main thing is not letting them score. I feel like that's something I'm adjusting to. It was great going against one of the best quarterbacks. That's a great way to start. ... It was perfect and something I can build off of for the rest of the season.''
Griffin's first game was so productive it even reinforced his film study. Griffin had written in his notes about having to play more ''chest-to-chest'' against Green Bay receivers because Rodgers liked to make back-shoulder throws. True to his study, Authentic Shaq Lawson Jersey,Green Bay tried to go that route.
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PHILADELPHIA — Sunday afternoon won’t just be an NFC East showdown between bitter I-95 rivals. It won’t merely be a golden opportunity for the Eagles to bury the winless Giants.
It also will be an LSU reunion, Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. going up against Eagles No. 1 cornerback Jalen Mills, a rematch of their college days when the two matched up in practice, Beckham and his top-dyed blond hair against Mills and his Eagles green.
“Jalen and I went at it every single day, we competed every day. This is a guy who I’ve gone against,” Beckham said Thursday. “We fought, who I’ve competed against, a guy I have respect for and I’m happy to see him in the league and doing his thing. Unfortunately, he plays now for the team with Philly.”
They were LSU teammates in 2012 and 2013, when Beckham was under fire for distracting extracurricular antics, part of a program that went a combined 20-6. Last year, Mills said, Mills defended him. The friends don’t talk in-season, because they play for division rivals. They will hang out in the offseason,Authentic Dion Sims Jersey, but that friendship goes out the windows two Sundays a year.
” the physical 6-foot Mills said jokingly. “You’re out there to make plays.”,“We’re not brother-in-laws out there
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“His mind was always in the right place,” veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “He was drafted in the seventh round. In his mind, he’s a first-round talent. He’s always wanting[to take on] the best receivers out there. He wants to be the best. And when he’s not regarded as such, and it reflects in the way he goes about working., he takes it personal
and he came in the door with it.”,Authentic Deonte Thompson Jersey,“I think that’s the mentality of a veteran. Most people take a while to develop that
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SANTA CLARA — Jared Goff looked every bit like the star he was while at Cal, and it wasn’t just because of the Los Angeles Rams gold and blue jerseys that closely resembled those worn by the Cal Bears during Goff’s tenure at the school.
Goff shredded the 49ers defense,Starting an NFL regular season game for the first time back in the Bay Area,Womens Bashaud Breeland Jersey, completing 22 of 28 for 292 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-39 victory on Thursday night. He turned in the type of performance the Rams have been looking for ever since giving up a bevy of picks to trade up and draft him No. 1 overall in 2016.
Even 49ers fans couldn’t help but support the Bay Area kid as multiple Goff Cal jerseys were scattered throughout the crowd.
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Goff responded again in the fourth.
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PHILADELPHIA — On paper, an area of strength against a significant weakness., it is a mismatch
not the formidable Eagles defensive line against the porous Giants offensive front — Philadelphia’s battered secondary against Big Blue array of talented wide receivers.,No
Which is why the battle up front may well decide Sunday’s winner.
“I know for us to have success whoever they put on the offensive line and whatever they do as far as protections,Authentic Jabaal Sheard Jersey, whether it’s adding guys,Authentic Johnathan Hankins Jersey, tight ends and backs chipping,Womens Al Woods Jersey, we got to have some disruptions up front,Womens Jon Bostic Jersey,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said Thursday. “That’s going to basically dictate what we’re able to do.”
Jenkins is one of two members of the starting secondary healthy, along with cornerback Jalen Mills. Top corner Ronald Darby will miss several weeks with a dislocated ankle, and starting safety Rodney McLeod, cornerback Jaylen Watkins and backup safety Corey Graham missed practice for a second straight day Thursday, and are all major question marks for Sunday.
however,The defensive line, doesn’t have such issues, notching eight sacks. That just so happens to be the Giants’ weakness. The Big Blue offensive line has allowed eight sacks, and it has been among the sport’s best so far, and quarterback Eli Manning has come under fire as a result in their 0-2 start.
“We definitely got to get some pressure on him,” Jenkins said.,Womens John Simon Jersey,because it’s shown to affect him
When it was suggested to Jenkins that Manning has begun to see ghosts — pressure when it isn’t there,Authentic Al Woods Jersey, “You usually see ghosts after you get hit by one.”,Authentic Jon Bostic Jersey, the veteran said
The Eagles didn’t have much luck getting to Manning last year,Authentic Rigoberto Sanchez Jersey, sacking him just once in two games,Womens Jabaal Sheard Jersey, which the rivals split. But this group is different. It now includes veterans Tim Jernigan and Chris Long, along with first-round pick Derek Barnett, all of whom have added significant depth and ability to the stellar group.
“Every down, every play,” Jernigan said. “The rush is a huge part of our defense.”, Womens Johnathan Hankins Jersey, we’re just trying to dominate
The Eagles defensive linemen have said all the right things this week. They have praised the Giants’ struggling offensive line and described embattled left tackle Ereck Flowers as a physical force. They have tried to make their opponent Sunday afternoon sound like a premier unit.
“I don’t know if it’s an advantage[we have],” Jenkins said. “That’s an area we’re going to have to win. We’re putting a lot on our D-line obviously.”, but it’s definitely one of those things we’ve circled and highlighted for us to have success
Let me start with an unpopular opinion: I totally understand and support the NHL’s pre-season crackdown on faceoff infractions.
Yes,adidas Jaromir Jagr jersey, it’s true there’ve been hiccups in the league’s attempt to break from tradition and actually enforce its rulebook. Fans have booed. Players have expressed disgust. And the whole fiasco of watching draw-taking lawbreakers skate a trail to the penalty box has taken, a ridiculously long time., on most nights
As Leafs centreman Nazem Kadri was saying on Thursday, speaking of the Tuesday pre-season game in which the Leafs were tagged with three minor penalties for faceoff transgressions and were booted from too many draws to count, 33 minutes to complete, “I felt like I played a 3 1/2-hour game.” (The game actually took 2 hours,authentic Drew Doughty jersey, way too long considering no overtime).
And yes, one can only hope the boardroom powerbrokers don’t eventually push for the ultimate torture — video review of faceoff infractions. That’d be a new kind of purgatory.,authentic Dustin Brown jersey, there’s always a chance the whole schmozzle could get worse. A season after hockey lovers were driven to tears by the NHL’s sudden obsession with frame-by-frame video analysis of suspected offsides
All that said,authentic Jaromir Jagr jersey,everybody who’s upset about this ought to breathe a bit. Let’s not forget we’re in the opening few days of the pre-season. Nobody’s soiling sacred ground here. And even if the league’s execution has probably been lacking — veteran veteran centreman Dominic Moore said he didn’t know anything about the new push by officials until the moments before Tuesday’s game — the essence of the undertaking is hard to criticize.
As Stephen Walkom,authentic Jonathan Quick jersey, the NHL’s director of officials, was saying in an interview on Thursday, Walkom said,adidas Jonathan Quick jersey, the new emphasis is meant to ensure the faceoff is ultimately a competition of stick-on-puck skill rather than a body-on-body free-for-all. For most of the past decade,adidas Anze Kopitar jersey, the faceoff had devolved into a “rugby scrum.” And Walkom said the complaints from players were too loud to ignore.
“It was becoming so the linesmen couldn’t even drop the puck anymore,adidas Drew Doughty jersey,” Walkom said. “We weren’t enforcing the existing rules.”,authentic Anze Kopitar jersey, because the players were right on top of them. Too often the linesmen were getting slew-footed off the draw
For that sin against the rulebook,adidas Dustin Brown jersey,Walkom pleaded guilty.
One thing the NHL has gotten right -- and really set the template for with other leagues -- is the replay.
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Now,Authentic Connor McDavid jersey, I'm not a conspiracy theorist. It's not like I believe the NBA or the officials are against the Canadian team. That's just a bad rule that was poorly executed. Strikes me the easiest and most sensible fix would have been to start the play over again. It was only 2.4 seconds.
with the other leagues consulting with the NHL, even sitting in with the Toronto replay headquarters to get a feel for how this things were done,The NHL was really on the forefront of replay technology,adidas Aaron Ekblad jersey, then adapting replay for their own use.
the only rule I quibble with are goals on the off-side that get called back. I haven't seen too many of them. I don't mind calling back an off-side goal scored within a few seconds of the illegal entry. But once the defending team has had time to get all five defenders in place -- say 10 seconds,Authentic Jordan Eberle jersey,Authentic Ryan Nugent-Hopkins jersey, which is a long time on skates -- perhaps the off-side should be forgiven. Amnesty for the infraction,adidas Connor McDavid jersey,On the NHL front,Authentic Vincent Trocheck jersey, if you will.
Through two games,Womens Mike Gillislee Jersey, the Jets have scored just three touchdowns. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse has two of them.
They have gained 485 total net yards. Kearse is responsible for more than a quarter of those (123).
In an offense ranked 30th in the NFL, the former Seahawk has been one of the lone bright spots. And he joined Gang Green less than two weeks before opening day.
Kearse was part of the deal that shipped defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to Seattle in early September. After Quincy Enunwa was ruled out for the year with a neck injury during training camp, the Jets were in desperate need of reliable targets.
So far, it looks like they found one in Kearse.
Before Week 1 against the Bills, the newly acquired Kearse was unsure of how big a role he would be asked to play. He then went out and led the team with seven receptions for 59 yards.
He followed that up with an even more impressive performance in Week 2 at Oakland, catching four balls for 64 yards and two touchdowns. His 34-yard score in the second quarter is tied for the longest play from scrimmage for the Jets this season.
While Kearse — a sixth-year player — had established himself before coming to New York, his success has been surprising given how little time he has spent with the organization.
Part of it can be attributed to extra work he has put in with quarterback Josh McCown.
“We put the time in in practice, we go over and run routes. We work on plays. We communicate. When you can do that,Womens Kyle Van Noy Jersey,” Kearse said. “During special-teams period, it definitely helps.”
“It comes down to when we have free time during practice,’ ” McCown said. “When you hear people say he’s a pro’s pro, Jermaine comes down[and says] ‘Hey let’s work on this route, let’s work on that route,Authentic Trey Flowers Jersey, talk me through what you’re thinking in this, ? some people say ‘What does that mean when you say pro’s pro?’ That’s a pro’s pro to me.”
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“When I was in Seattle,Authentic Shaq Mason Jersey,[coach] Pete[Carroll] said it all the time. ‘You’re either competing or you’re not.’ That’s just engraved in me,Womens Trey Flowers Jersey,” he said.
Kearse’s role off the field has perhaps been even more valuable.,Authentic Chris Hogan Jersey,On a Jets team keeping one eye on the future
he is one of two wide receivers on the roster over the age of 25 (Jeremy Kerley is the other). Players such as Robby Anderson and rookies ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen look to Kearse for guidance.,At 27
“I told them from the first day I got here,Authentic Mike Gillislee Jersey, I’m here to serve. Whether it’s football-related or not,” Kearse said.
Stewart’s locker is right next to Kearse’s. The 79th pick in the 2017 draft is taking full advantage of having a veteran around.,At the Jets’ practice facility in Florham Park
” Stewart said. “He’s one of those guys that got in here and was a leader right away.”,Authentic Kyle Van Noy Jersey,“He has so much experience. He can tell some of the young guys what to expect and how things are going to look going into the week. It’s a big plus for us
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” he said.,Authentic Rex Burkhead Jersey,“I’m looking forward to getting on the field wherever it is
Cardinals could get important players back for 49ers
TEMPE, with indications that some and perhaps most of their injured players will be
,Authentic Jerry Rice Jersey, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals finally got some good news on the injury front Wednesday
back for Sunday's game against San Francisco.
The exception is guard Alex Boone,Womens Reuben Foster Jersey, who has a pectoral injury and some reports have him sidelined three to four weeks. The Cardinals, though, had no official comment on the
who was signed after being released by Minnesota a month ago and was filling in for Mike Iupati at left guard.,details of the injuries to Boone
'' coach Bruce Arians said.,''We'll reevaluate him tomorrow after we put on pads and then see what happens
Iupati, said Wednesday that he was ''100 percent'' certain he will play Sunday., out for two games with a triceps injury
left tackle D.J. Humphries was limited in practice. He hasn't played since spraining a knee in the season opener.,Like Iupati
Also listed as limited were John Brown (quadriceps), tight end Jermaine Gresham (ribs), tackle John Wetzel (bicep), outside linebacker Chandler Jones (chest) and wide receiver
J.J. Nelson (hamstring).
Inside linebacker Deone Bucannon, who hasn't played all season after a setback in his recovery from ankle surgery, participated fully in practice, indicating he is ready to make
his season debut against the 49ers.
But Wednesday's practice was essentially a walk-through.
'' Arians said. ''The fact that they're allowed to practice doesn't mean they'll be back in football shape. You
,''I'll be more encouraged when we see them tomorrow (in pads)
and the game's really fast,Authentic Amari Cooper Jersey,know what I mean? You miss three weeks, and this is one heck of a defensive line. Young,Authentic Marshawn Lynch Jersey, all first-round picks,Authentic Joe Montana Jersey, and they'll be a great challenge for
the Cardinals will have the same personnel on the offensive line as they did to begin the season. But the majority
,Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey,If Humphries returns to left tackle and Iupati to left guard
of the problems have been on the right side of the line,Womens Sean Taylor Jersey,
, where young guard Evan Boehm made some mistakes and tackle Jared Veldheer was beaten repeatedly by Demarcus Lawrence
who had three sacks in Arizona's 28-17 loss to the Cowboys on Monday night.
Quarterback Carson Palmer vehemently came to Veldheer's defense on Wednesday.
''I've got as much respect and trust in Jared as I've had in any offensive lineman I've ever played with,'' Palmer said. ''He was
, and I've played with Jared for six years
and now he's on the other side.,protecting my blind side for a long time
''I talked to him today. You just bounce back, and I know he'll bounce back. Like I said, I have a ton of respect,Womens Joe Montana Jersey, the way he prepares, a ton of trust in him. The way he works,
and I have faith in him.'',I just know he'll bounce back
Boehm said the offensive linemen are taking responsibility for the poor protection against the Cowboys and vowing to improve.
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there. It's got to be every drive that we step out on the field.''
Mass. (AP) -- To say that Tom Brady was unhappy about what transpired at the end of New England's 2013 loss at Carolina would be an huge understatement.,FOXBOROUGH
and marched the Patriots to
,Cam Newton had just led the Panthers on an 83-yard touchdown drive to put his team in front 24-20 with 59 seconds to play. But Brady came right back
the Carolina 18 with 3 seconds left.
Brady dropped back on the game's final play and lofted a pass into the end zone in the direction of Rob Gronkowski as time expired. Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly was covering
the tight end, and never turned toward the ball. But he reached out and bear-hugged Gronkowski - taking him out of the play.
A flag was thrown for pass interference. But after a brief discussion among officials, it was picked up. The ball was deemed uncatchable by Gronkowski.
''There is no foul on the play,'' referee Clete Blakeman announced to cheers from Panthers fans and stunned looks from Patriots. ''The game is over.''
Brady took off his helmet and chased after officials as they walked off the field. Cameras picked up the quarterback yelling an expletive as he pleaded his case to deaf ears.
'' Brady recalled Wednesday. ''I wish we'd have gotten that call. It would have been a fun next play,''I wasn't very positive. I don't think I said very nice things to him, I'll
tell you that.''
Sunday will mark the first meeting between the teams since that debated finish. Four years have passed, but Kuechly said he knows he likely received a gift that night from the
''I might have got away with one there,'' he said. ''I'm not even gonna act like I didn't. I might have got away with one.''
Told of Kuechly's comments, Brady shrugged.
too,Womens Pat Tillman Jersey, man. Let's replay that one then,Authentic Deion Jones Jersey,''Oh,Womens Austin Hooper Jersey,'' he said. ''That was a tough game.''
Brady and the Patriots likely won't be in a giving mood this time around,Authentic Vic Beasley Jr Jersey, especially after they needed a late rally to beat Houston last week .
Sunday brings in a Panthers team that ranks No. 1 in total defense despite giving up 34 points in last week's loss to New Orleans.
''Cam's one of the great players in the league and they got a great defense,'' Brady said. ''They run the ball. They've got some good receivers. It's a tough matchup.''
The rosters for both teams have undergone significant changes since 2013, though several key players from that final play still remain.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the passage of time should give everyone a clean slate to work with. But even in victory one lesson he learned from 2013 was that they ''left too
much time on the clock for Tom Brady.''
who played his college ball at Boston College,Kuechly, ordinarily might expect to receive at least a modest embrace from Boston fans during his return to New England. Now he's
thinking a hostile environment is more likely.
'' Kuechly said. ''But,Womens Vic Beasley Jr Jersey,''I'm sure somebody will say something to me,Authentic David Johnson Jersey, I've spent some time up there and I know what those fans are like. They love football ... that'll be funny.
We'll see what happens.''
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were all limited participants.
New York Giants: Owner John Mara mum on meeting with Odell Beckham Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On Tuesday, New York Giants co-owner John Mara voiced his unhappiness with the behavior exhibited by receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s touchdown celebration
in which he mimicked a urinating dog.
On Wednesday, Mara met with Beckham in his office after the team's practice, but would not divulge what was said between the two men.
Asked if he felt Beckham embarrassed the organization with his actions, "More myself, Mara said, I guess. Only thing is causing a penalty to the team -- that's really it.
"My only regret is causing us 15 (penalty) yards and having to cover a long kickoff. Thankfully, we didn't have any setback from there and covered the kickoff well."
Head coach Ben McAdoo,Womens Golden Tate III Jersey, who initially avoided the issue when he was asked about it during his conference call on Monday, was a bit more direct this time around.
"We had 10 penalties in the football game,Authentic Adam Thielen Jersey," he said of last week's sloppy showing. "Penalties snap to whistle are penalties that happen in the game; you can clean those up with
"Celebration penalties are things you can't have. It's a poor reflection of me, on the program and on the organization. We're going to handle it internally and we have a plan
for it moving forward."
Asked if he was confident Beckham received the message and that something like this wouldn't happen again,Womens Ryan Kerrigan Jersey, McAdoo said, "That didn't come out of my mouth."
Was he worried that it might happen again?
"We have a plan for it if it does," he said.
Beckham, who on social media confirmed his action was in response to President Trump's "son of a bitch" comments made during an Alabama campaign rally last week for outgoing
U.S. Senator Luther Strange, believes that the officials in Sunday's game were split over whether to flag him for his celebration.
"I don't even know if they knew to call a penalty or not because of the look of confusion on their faces. 'Do we throw the flag or not?'" he said. "It was kind of like, 'Just
throw the flag.'"
He also insisted after the game that he was trying to provide his team, which was down 14-0 at that point in the game, with a spark.
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know that touchdown and the one after it gave us a spark, but it's just the little thing of getting a penalty. You just can't do it. It doesn't need to be done.
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McAdoo said the coaching staff has reviewed the celebration rules with the players and that they also had the officials come in to shed clarity on the matter as well.
He added,Authentic Golden Tate III Jersey, "Whether it was or wasn't a penalty,Womens Calais Campbell Jersey,it's still not something we're condoning."
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comments made by President Trump about the league since then.
Looking around the roster:
--Defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Vernon told reporters Tuesday that the MRI on his injured ankle came back clean and that he was focused on
getting ready for Sunday. He has been receiving aggressive treatment on his ailing ankle injured in Sunday's' loss at Philadelphia.
--Running back Orleans Darkwa (back) did not practice Wednesday. Darkwa told reporters Tuesday that he was optimistic about being ready to go Sunday, but it looks like the
Giants are going to start the week being cautious with him.
--Linebacker B.J. Goodson (shin) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Goodson has missed the last two games with his injury.
--Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle) took his full practice workload in Wednesday's practice. Jenkins should be available to play Sunday afternoon.
--Right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle) did not practice Wednesday and is unlikely to play Sunday. Justin Pugh has filled in at right tackle these last two games with Hart out of the
--Linebacker Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist) did not practice Wednesday. Casillas is a surprise addition to the njury report; if he can't go, Keenan Robinson, who last week
returned to NFL action after being sidelined over a month while in the league's concussion protocol, is listed on the team's unofficial depth chart as the next man up.
--Running back Shane Vereen (calf) was added to the injury report after the start of practice. Vereen appeared to injure his calf during the individual build-ups and was held
out of the team part of practice.
--Running back Wayne Gallman, who has yet to be active for a game, said he took the bulk of the team reps in Wednesday's practice with both Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen
sidelined by injuries.
I can almost guarantee you that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will join the ongoing NFL protests in some way on Sunday before or during his team’s game against New
Newton gave the oddest game-week press conference he has given in his seven years as a Panther on Wednesday. It went for 18 minutes. It contained 15 questions. All 15 were about
the NFL protests – there was not a single query about the actual upcoming game against the defending Super Bowl champions – and Newton’s answers to all 15 were nuanced and
After being part of what he called an “extremely productive” meeting between veteran players and team owner Jerry Richardson at Richardson’s home on Tuesday, Newton also
sounded regretful that he had not joined the NFL-wide protests that hundreds of players did join last Sunday.
So get ready. Because like it or not – and Newton is well aware many of you will not like it – here it comes.
I don’t know what he’s going to do Sunday in terms of protesting, but I will be extremely surprised if the quarterback doesn’t do something. I would guess he will share some
sort of unification gesture with his teammates at the beginning of the game and then maybe also do something else on his own.
The quarterback has digested the issue now, he said, which he had not fully done over a weekend in which he was consumed with game preparation. He has also gotten permission
from Richardson to peacefully protest without repercussions from the owner if he feels so led.
“The time is upon us,Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey,” Newton said,Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey, “to do something to bring people closer together.”
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The issue continues to burn as President Donald Trump continues to heap more fuel on the fire of his anti-NFL message via Twitter and interviews.
On Wednesday, President Trump talked with reporters about NFL players who have protested social inequality, police brutality and other issues. “You cannot have people
disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country – and that’s what they’re doing,” he said. “And in my opinion, the NFL has to change. Or you know what’s going to
happen? Their business is going to go to hell.”
Trump also restarted this firestorm last week by saying at a political rally in Alabama that any NFL player who disrespected the flag was a “son of a bitch” who should be
fired. And he has blamed NFL rating woes on protests during the anthem (although NASCAR, where no one has protested, also has seen a ratings drop).
Muhammad Ali – the great boxer who was also well-known for his refusal to accept the status quo – is one of Newton’s heroes. When asked Wednesday what the late Ali would do
in the current situation, Newton said: “I really don’t know. ... But I know he would be very stern in his beliefs. And like I say, he would have thought about something,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey, and
this is that time for me.”
Lock arms with teammates? Take a knee? Raise a fist? Stay in the locker room during the national anthem like teammate Julius Peppers – the sole Panther to protest last Sunday
– did against the New Orleans Saints?
All of that is possible. But knowing Newton – the man who created his own alphabet and comes to every postgame press conference in clothing finery a peacock might envy – it
may be something unique.
What is clear is that Newton and his teammates have received some assurances from Richardson that a protest will not affect their standing on the team. I thought Richardson’s
“stick-to-sports” statement about Sunday’s protests was tone-deaf and would hurt Carolina in the 2018 free-agency period. This fence-mending was necessary from both a
business and a human perspective,Womens Adrian Peterson Jersey, and I’m glad it occurred.
Benefits and backlashes
Richardson also told the Panthers players he met with that they had to be prepared for public repercussions if they went down the protest path,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey, Newton confirmed. The quarterback
doesn’t seem to mind that idea,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, saying nearly everything he ever says has “its benefits and its backlashes.”
Newton also reiterated a common theme from protesters – their stance is about social inequality and has nothing to do with the American flag.
“By no means do we want to offend anybody,Womens Landon Collins Jersey,” Newton said. “Nobody who has protested meant for it to be disrespectful to the United States flag.”
As for his personal message, Newton said it was to unify people. Wearing a T-shirt that proclaimed “One Love” in an unusual typeface, Newton said: “The message is unity for
me. Black, white, different minorities around America – that’s my message. I want everybody to come together. We get nowhere separated. ... We all are created equal. ... We
need to find some type of way to come together to make the situation better. Because where we’re going now? It’s not healthy. It’s not healthy at all.”
Carolina Panthers' Captain Munnerlyn talks about team owner Jerry Richardson's meeting with players in wake of social protests in the NFL this past Sunday.
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