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Message 796 - 28 Aug 2017, 2:16:56 UTC

The New York Giants will play their third preseason game against their crosstown rivals, the New York Jets,Womens Le'Raven Clark Jersey, in the MetLife Bowl tomorrow night.

The MetLife Bowl created some pretty fascinating memories for Giants fans over the years. The MetLife Bowl served as a launching pad for former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz,Womens Phillip Dorsett Jersey, Cruz helped saved the Giants’ season from derailing with his 99-yard touchdown reception. Just a couple of months after that,Womens Henry Anderson Jersey, who caught three touchdown passes during the preseason matchup in 2010. When the Giants and Jets played each other in the regular season a year later,Womens Blake Bortles Jersey, the Giants won their second Super Bowl over the New England Patriots in four years.

Will there be some Giants players that finally decide to step up and have the breakout performance of a lifetime just like Cruz did against the Jets? Let’s hope so. Here are some players to be on the lookout for against the Jets:

Geno Smith

Yes, this next game is a game against the J-E-T-S, Smith has been mentioned before as a player to watch for the Steelers game just a couple of weeks ago. However, which is the exact same team that drafted Smith back in 2013.

Smith’s turnovers played a key part in his tumultuous Jets tenure, Smith threw very costly interceptions that killed any momentum that the Giants were trying to build in order to win those respective games. There were a few flashes of greatness for Smith, and his first two preseason games with the Giants have been no different. In the Steelers game and the Browns game, but not many.

If there was ever a better time for Smith to prove himself and still be a frontrunner for Eli Manning‘s top backup quarterback spot, then that time starts tomorrow night against the Jets.

Sterling Shepard

It’s still unclear as to if Odell Beckham Jr. will play in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, let alone if he and Brandon Marshall will play in the game against the Jets. Shepard has already stepped up as a leader in the wide receiver corps,Authentic Le'Raven Clark Jersey, but he has basically been seen as a non-factor in the Giants’ first two preseason games.

While it’s unlikely that Shepard will have a Victor Cruz-esque performance against the Jets and have three touchdown receptions,Authentic D'Joun Smith Jersey, he definitely needs to do a lot better and show his teammates that he’s capable of being the “next man up.” Three receptions for nine yards and a fumble against a lowly-ranked Browns secondary is unacceptable,Womens D'Joun Smith Jersey, and Shepard can definitely put up a lot more big numbers and get some more scores.

Paul Perkins and Wayne Gallman

While the Giants’ run game from last season was forgettable,Authentic Henry Anderson Jersey,where Perkins ripped off a huge catch-and-run at the beginning of the fourth quarter. While the Vikings were leading 17-3 at that point, there were a few good moments. One of them came in a game against the Minnesota Vikings,Authentic Phillip Dorsett Jersey, Perkins’ big play provided a much-needed spark for a Giants offense that struggled tremendously for most of that night.

however,In the case of the game against the Browns, but while his longest run went for 16 yards,Authentic Blake Bortles Jersey, Perkins had a horrible performance. His final stats of that game were six carries for 10 yards, he also accumulated a lot of negative yardage runs.

Gallman, then he needs to build off of his performance against the Browns and use that to have a much better performance against the Jets. Perkins also has the chance to redeem himself, a rookie from Clemson University, had a better performance against the Browns than Perkins by logging 22 yards on five carries. If Gallman wants to make his mark in the Giants’ running back system, but to be considered as a starting running back in this league, the need for him to play with more intensity and effort should have started in the Browns game.

The Giants-Jets game will air at 6:00 p.m. CST on the NFL Network.

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Message 797 - 28 Aug 2017, 2:20:54 UTC

Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick will work for FOX Sports as a studio analyst this season.

" the show that leads into "FOX NFL Sunday,The network will formally announce Sunday that Vick will serve as a studio analyst for "FOX NFL Kickoff," according to USA Today Sports. The 37-year-old Vick will also make regular appearances on FS1 studio shows as part of his new job.

"I'm very excited,Authentic Nick Vigil Jersey, I've done a lot of interviews,Authentic Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey," Vick told USA Today in a phone interview Friday. "Over the last seven or eight months,Womens Jake Fisher Jersey, and I think I've gotten better as I've been put in those situations more often. Things really came together (with FOX) over the last couple months. They have shows that I have always watched and admired. My friends and family are thankful and proud of me."

Vick was the No. 1 overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech. His tenure in Atlanta ended in disgrace when he was arrested for running a dog-fighting operation. He spent 21 months in federal prison for the crime.

In February,Womens Tyler Kroft Jersey, Vick announced he was retired from the NFL after not playing in 2016.

FOX executives see Vick's potential as a broadcaster.

"He was obviously an outstanding player," John Entz, but we feel he has an incredibly bright future as an analyst,Authentic Jake Fisher Jersey, FOX Sports president of production and executive producer, said in an email to USA Today. "He has stayed close to the game and has many relationships with today's current coaches and players. We feel he can bring a truly unique perspective that intrigues and engages our viewers."

"Speak For Yourself,Womens Nick Vigil Jersey,Vick appeared on one of FS1's studio shows,Authentic Tyler Kroft Jersey," in July when he said free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick should "cut his hair" and "just go clean-cut" to alter his image. Vick later apologized for his comments.

Kaepernick made headlines last season with the San Francisco 49ers when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest injustices against African Americans and minorities in America. He opted out of his contract in March and became free agent,Womens Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey, but no team has signed him for the 2017 season.

rushed for 21,Authentic Paul Dawson Jersey,Vick spent six seasons with the Falcons and displayed superb running ability with a strong but often erratic arm. He threw for 71 touchdowns,Womens Paul Dawson Jersey, and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection before the dog-fighting conviction.

Vick returned to the NFL in 2009 and played five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before backup stints with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.

464 yards and 133 touchdowns against 88 interceptions during 13 NFL seasons. He added 6,Vick passed for 22,109 yards and 36 rushing touchdowns.

"I think I'm ready for it," Vick told USA Today when asked if he is ready for every on-camera statement to be scrutinized by fans. "I have already been through that during my career and have had a lot of practice doing interviews. You have to be careful because anything you say can go viral.

"I have never criticized guys, but I will be critical. Great players understand that. I've seen the reactions from my teammates watching shows in the team lounge when they disagree with something. I'm a credible guy and I think people will respect that."

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Message 799 - 29 Aug 2017, 7:14:32 UTC

NASHVILLE, who have had two ugly preseason losses and need to clean up what coach Mike Mularkey says are too many mistakes., Tenn. (AP) — The clock is ticking for the Tennessee Titans

even with the season opener against Oakland looming on Sept. 10.,The Titans insist they're not worried

" wide receiver Rishard Matthews said after a 19-7 loss to Chicago . "The good thing is that it is happening now and hopefully won't happen in the season. Nobody is perfect,"That is what the preseason is for,Womens A. J. Cann Jersey, go out there and do what you do and (Monday) we will correct our mistakes and move forward. I look forward to KC on Thursday.",Authentic Mackensie Alexander Jersey, to get all the wrinkles out

Tight end Delanie Walker noted the Titans still have two weeks left.

" Walker said. "Hopefully we can get everything situated,"We got the Chiefs,Authentic Trae Waynes Jersey, set for the opener.",Womens Eric Kendricks Jersey, another game that we can clean it up

and punter Brett Kern had a punt blocked for a safety with both working with a backup long snapper.,Womens Mackensie Alexander Jersey,And Mularkey agrees after watching tape of a loss that dropped Tennessee to 1-2. The Titans' first-team offense didn't score until the first play of the fourth quarter and gave up four sacks. Kicker Ryan Succop missed a 40-yard field goal wide left

and left guard Quinton Spain was ejected for throwing a punch.,The Titans were flagged eight times for 69 yards

" Mularkey said of the Bears. "Again,"We didn't play well enough, in this league you can't afford to do what we did against a good team that's playing well.", and they did

failing to stop Chicago from driving 96 yards on the Bears' opening possession for a touchdown. Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo said the Titans have to minimize their mistakes and start games with their normal intensity.,Womens Trae Waynes Jersey,The defense wasn't much better

Orakpo does want to see more consistency from a young team that opened the preseason with a 7-3 loss to the Jets followed by a 34-27 win over Carolina .

"I can't explain it, that resulted in a loss (Sunday). The great thing about preseason is you can watch the film," Orakpo said. "It's just definitely disappointing. We preach on minimizing those mistakes because it hurts our drives,Authentic A. J. Cann Jersey, dissect it and hopefully minimize those,Authentic Laquon Treadwell Jersey, it hurts offense and defense and you know,Womens Laquon Treadwell Jersey, once we open the regular season against Oakland."

Quarterback Marcus Mariota criticized his own play as not being at the level he expects of himself. After completing 6 of 8 passes against Carolina,Authentic Eric Kendricks Jersey, had another punt blocked for the safety and the missed field goal., Mariota said he had trouble finding a rhythm against Chicago. He was 7 of 13 for 106 yards in the first half where the Titans punted twice

"I was trying to move around in the pocket," Mariota said. "Again, move too much, those are things I've got to get better at, it leads to inaccuracy, and I will."

Mularkey said the mistakes are clear enough that he shouldn't have to say much. The coach said the Titans need to find a way to consistently well game to game — like good teams do.

safeties Brynden Trawick (ankle sprain) and Curtis Riley (hamstring) and LB Aaron Wallace (back) will not play Thursday night.,Notes: Mularkey said the Titans would test WRs Eric Decker (ankle) and rookie Corey Davis (hamstring) at a walk-through later Monday. How the receivers respond will determine if they do anything Tuesday. Mularkey said CB Jeremy Boykins (groin)

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Message 800 - 29 Aug 2017, 7:17:16 UTC

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- It's been a mostly positive offseason, training camp and preseason for second-year quarterback Jared Goff, who guided the Los Angeles Rams to three touchdowns and a field goal over the first six possessions he directed during the preseason.

On Saturday, though, Goff took a bit of a step back by turning the ball over on a fumble and interception to help the Los Angeles Chargers score 14 points in their 21-19 win over the Rams.

The fumble was returned 76 yards by Melvin Ingram for a touchdown, and while Goff was guilty of holding onto the ball too long, it didn't help that Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa blew past right tackle Rob Havenstein to strip-sack Goff.

The interception, though,Authentic Kendall Fuller Jersey, was Goff's fault as he overthrew a wide open Sammy Watkins into the hands of Jason Verrett.

Although Rams head coach Sean McVay hinted the interception might have been the result of a miscommunication with Goff and Watkins - likely the result of Watkins still learning his way with a new team - Goff took all the blame.

"No,Authentic Nate Sudfeld Jersey, I just kind of came off it a little bit," he said. "I can't do that. I can't make that throw. Just a bad throw. I came off it."

Goff finished 5 of 6 for 56 yards,Womens Brandon Scherff Jersey, and on the preseason is 24 of 30 for 250 yards and a touchdown.

McVay is focusing on the big-picture numbers rather than getting caught up in the two mistakes.

He said, "I think he's improved a lot. I think the sample size is the thing that I'll continue to go back with. He got a chance to play 35 snaps against Oakland where you can really get into a real rhythm. Even after the turnover with the interception, we ran the football a lot on that drive,Authentic Matt Jones Jersey, had a couple throws. But, those are where you get the best indicators of how a guy responds. I thought his demeanor, I think when you get a chance to kind of really fight your way back from some adversity that you've faced throughout the course of a game, the way that he handled it was good and we're going to continue to grow every single day. Just like I was saying, it's going to be very important for us to maximize practice if that's the direction where we go where he doesn't play against Green Bay next week."

Goff is likely to sit out the Rams' final preseason game against the Packers Thursday, and if so, he believes he's ready to start the regular season Sept. 10 against the 49ers.

"Yeah I think so. I think, like I said, I would've liked to have finished the day on a little bit of a better note, but I think in all three games as a whole I feel like I did a good job and feel like I got a lot out of it - got some good work and some good situational stuff," he said." A lot to learn from and a lot of stuff that we can get better from."

Notes: Second-year tight end Temarrick Hemingway suffered a probable season-ending broken fibula Saturday against the Chargers. Hemingway had made big strides since his rookie year and was on target for a role in the tight-end rotation. Said head coach Sean McVay, "He was one of the guys that I was extremely encouraged with - we were as a staff. We were really counting on him for some big things because I think when you talk about the length, the athleticism, his movement - when he gets the ball in his hands, so this is a big loss for us. Like I said, he's a guy that can create after the catch. He offered a lot of flexibility with what we could do with some of our personnel groupings,Womens Kendall Fuller Jersey, it will be interesting to see who kind of steps up to fill that void because there certainly is one left by what we had anticipated for Temarrick for the start of the season. Hopefully we'll get some good news back where it's not going to be a season-ending injury, but we'll find that out in the next few days."

Rookie wide receiver Josh Reynolds is making his presence felt. A fourth-round pick out of Texas A&M, he pulled in a touchdown pass for the second straight week - this one a 38-yarder from Sean QB Mannion - and showed toughness going over the middle and holding onto the ball after absorbing a brutal hit. "It was a great ball by Sean Mannion with those two connecting again with a big play that almost ended up being the difference in us winning and losing that football game,Womens Nate Sudfeld Jersey," said Rams head coach Sean McVay. "I thought it showed a lot from Josh in terms of his toughness, both mentally and physically with a couple of those plays."

Said Mannion: "He's a great,Authentic Brandon Scherff Jersey, great player. I mean really huge catch radius I mean I think that was evident he made an awesome,Womens Matt Jones Jersey, awesome play going over the middle,Authentic Preston Smith Jersey, just played with awesome toughness and then that same drive came back and caught the touchdown, so that speaks volumes of him to take a shot like that and hop right up and go make another play. But,Womens Preston Smith Jersey, he's tall, I think skillset wise, he's lanky. He's a real fast runner, so I think for catch radius, he's the kind of guy who goes out and gets the ball with his arms and has the height and the speed to be a vertical threat."

Wide receiver Tavon Austin has missed all of the preseason with hamstring issues, but appears on target to be ready for the season opener Sept. 10 against the Colts. Austin will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Packers.

"If it was a normal game week, I think he would be able to play," said Rams head coach Sean McVay. "He's made huge progress with Reggie (trainer Reggie Scott) over the last week where he's running, reaching some higher speeds on the treadmill and stuff where it's 100 percent of the weight that he's supporting. So, those have been some good things and you'll start to figure out - we're going to have to start brainstorming some ways with how we're going to utilize Tavon in that game, which will be fun."

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Message 801 - 30 Aug 2017, 7:41:18 UTC

CINCINNATI — Coach Marvin Lewis defended the hit by Vontaze Burfict that caused the NFL to suspend him for five games and insisted that the Bengals linebacker has changed his ways on the field to conform to the league’s emphasis on player safety.

Lewis said there’s nothing wrong with how Burfict leveled Chiefs running back Anthony Sherman during a preseason game,Womens Nathan Peterman Jersey, resulting in the linebacker’s latest suspension.

but he hits like dynamite. I mean,Womens Lorenzo Alexander Jersey,“In my opinion,” Lewis said Tuesday. “He’s learned. He’s a 250-pound man, Vontaze has changed,Authentic Tre'Davious White Jersey, it’s like being hit by a cement truck. That’s just the way he plays. That’s why he’s the player he is.”

The hit wasn’t penalized during the game,Authentic Zay Jones Jersey, but the NFL can impose fines and suspensions after reviewing video of games.

the rules prohibit “unnecessary roughness” against a player who isn’t involved in a play.,Womens Dion Dawkins Jersey,NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy pointed out in an email to The Associated Press that the league’s rulebook bans “unnecessary contact” against players who aren’t in position to defend themselves. Also

Sherman was coming out of the backfield but wasn’t the intended receiver when Burfict leveled him with a hit high to his chest as the pass went down the field.

the Bengals will open without their top defensive player for the second straight season because of an egregious hit. Burfict missed the first three games last season while serving an NFL suspension for his hit to Antonio Brown’s head during a 2015 playoff loss to the Steelers.,Womens Zay Jones Jersey, Burfict has appealed the suspension. If it’s upheld

getting sidelined for one game because of his offseason conviction on a misdemeanor charge.,Authentic Nathan Peterman Jersey,Jones also is suspended to start the season

losing in Pittsburgh and at home to Denver. Vincent Rey filled in for those three games at Burfict’s spot and is expected to do so again.,Authentic Lorenzo Alexander Jersey,The Bengals went 1-2 during Burfict’s three-game suspension last season

“Coach Paulie (Guenther) says,Womens Tre'Davious White Jersey,‘Who’s a starter in here?’ and the whole defense stands up,Authentic Dion Dawkins Jersey,” Rey said. “He’s always saying everybody has to be ready. Someone’s going to have to play meaningful snaps for us.”

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Message 802 - 30 Aug 2017, 7:44:46 UTC
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Vance McDonald was a divisive player here on Niners Nation, and I was among those who felt that he had little upside after a couple seasons of low output and serious drops. To me, the San Francisco 49ers are less doomed now than they were a week ago, and an extra fourth-round pick certainly plays a big part of that.

It’s also good, because the 49ers can throw someone like George Kittle into the deep end to see what he has to offer sooner rather than later. I think that’s the way to go about the tight end position. It’s a simpler position than receiver, in my opinion, but one with high demands. It’s not a “sexy” position, but when it’s not a strength, it’s glaringly obvious.

The 49ers are also coming off a decent performance against the Minnesota Vikings in the ever-important third preseason game. It wasn’t an amazing performance by any stretch of the imagination, but the starters looked good for the most part, and we saw a little more variety from Kyle Shanahan’s offense. I do think that will be the biggest change from preseason to the regular season — the variety of Shanahan’s play-calling.

Regardless,Womens Jamal Adams Jersey, things are still adequately doomed. Ya’ll know me — I’m convinced of our never-ending and all-encompassing doom. Everyone reading this is doomed and I am especially doomed. Shanahan,Authentic Karl Joseph Jersey, from where I’m sitting,Authentic Jihad Ward Jersey, Carlos Hyde, Brian Hoyer,Womens Shilique Calhoun Jersey, Solomon Thomas, Rashard Robinson ... they’re all doomed.

But things here on Niners Nation have been strangely positive,Womens Jihad Ward Jersey, at least as far as the Doom Index is concerned. As usual,Womens Marcus Maye Jersey, I’m tracking the previous Doom Index results, which you can find in an Imgur gallery right here.

Notably, there were more votes in the “pretty doomed” and “somewhat doomed” category,Authentic Jamal Adams Jersey, and fewer votes in the “least doomed” category. This was on the heels of a preseason loss,Authentic Marcus Maye Jersey, so it makes some sense.

But how do things stand after the game against the Vikings,Womens Karl Joseph Jersey,also a loss,Authentic Shilique Calhoun Jersey, but one where the 49ers starters definitely looked better?

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Message 804 - 31 Aug 2017, 2:41:16 UTC
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FRISCO, the star defensive end for the Texans is getting his wish that money generated by the exhibition finale will go to Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts., Texas (AP) — While J.J. Watt still thinks the Houston-Dallas preseason game shouldn't be played because of catastrophic flooding in Houston

Watt, reiterated his stance that the game originally scheduled for Houston on Thursday night should have been scrapped instead of moved to the home of the Cowboys.,Womens David Johnson Jersey, who started a fundraising page that reached $4 million in donations in barely more than two days

The Texans,Womens T. J. Logan Jersey, said Tuesday that tickets and parking will be $25 apiece. Tickets were available online starting Tuesday night.,Authentic Larry Fitzgerald Jersey, who are in charge of the game since they are technically the home team

"I think the only good thing that can possibly come out of a game on Thursday would be a massive fundraiser,Womens Patrick Peterson Jersey," Watt said. "This is bigger than football. It's bigger than a game. It's bigger than any of us."

Speaking of massive fundraisers, Watt almost didn't know to react to the stunning growth of his effort,Authentic David Johnson Jersey, he's been offering video updates as the total climbed. The original goal was $200, which started with a web page and a selfie video Sunday. Since then,000.

The highlight Tuesday was a $1 million donation from Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, daughter of the late Bud Adams. Strunk's father owned the Houston Oilers when the franchise moved to Nashville in 1997.

"That's remarkable, from a team in our division, willing to go above and beyond football, one of our rivals,Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey, " Watt said. "It just speaks to humanity. It speaks to the good in people."

The team flew to the Dallas area after a preseason loss in New Orleans last weekend and practiced the past two days at Cowboys headquarters. Coach Bill O'Brien said the Texans were hopeful of a return home before Monday.

The Texans have two concerns that dwarf the game against the Cowboys,Authentic T. J. Logan Jersey,which is supposed to be at home Sept. 10.,Womens Pat Tillman Jersey,which will involve few if any starters. The first is their families back in Houston. The second is the season opener against Jacksonville

"It's not easy," linebacker Brian Cushing said. "We have to juggle a lot of different things and be expected to do it at the highest level.",Authentic Patrick Peterson Jersey, but being a professional athlete isn't

All team personnel are accounted for, and O'Brien said the club was working to help the players who weren't on the trip that never made it back to Houston. He has said there were about 10.

"Two or three times a day, we've tried to reach them, not being able to get them on the cellphone. But we're doing the best we can to help. Some guys are in areas that are harder hit than other areas.",Womens Larry Fitzgerald Jersey, " O'Brien said. "Sometimes the issue is the cell service

O'Brien said the position and roster battles that always define the preseason finale will give plenty of players something to think about other than what's going on at home.

"I realize it's not the AFC championship game, it's a very important game. It's an important game for them as Houston Texans and it's an important game for them to be able put some good football on tape."," O'Brien said. "But I will tell you for all the guys that are going to play in that game

And soon after, the Texans hope they will be home.

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Message 805 - 31 Aug 2017, 2:46:21 UTC

On the same day the Raiders got the good news that top pick Gareon Conley came off PUP and returned to practice,Authentic Sheldon Rankins Jersey, they were without second round pick Obi Melifonwu.

His absence was not noted by myself or other media in attendance during practice itself -- perhaps because we were all looking for Gareon Conley or perhaps Melifonwu was there early on and left after (?) Womens Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey,— but Raiders officials told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle afterward that Melifonwu had not practiced.

Obi Melifonwu didn’t practice. Not a good sign after playing 20-some plays Saturday. His ankle again? Del Rio unavailable for comment

— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 29,Authentic Donald Trump Jersey, 2017

The rookie safety had missed most of camp with an ankle injury,Womens Donald Trump Jersey, but finally returned to practice full as of last week and saw his Raiders debut in the third preseason game last Saturday.

At no time was it apparent he had suffered an injury in that game,Authentic Antonio Garcia Jersey, he was not on the field with his teammates, but come practice Tuesday,Womens Antonio Garcia Jersey, leading to the conclusion that he may not play in the team’s preseason finale on Thursday.

It also raises concern his ankle may not have responded well and perhaps even a re-injury situation. This is speculation, of course.

Two players did leave the game Saturday — fullback Jamize Olawale and David Amerson.

Olawale pulled up after a long run without contact. Missing practice today could rule out the possibility it was just cramps,Authentic Derek Rivers Jersey, which raises other concerns. He is currently the only fullback on the roster.

but not drills,Womens Derek Rivers Jersey,Amerson suffered a concussion in the game and is going through the concussion protocol. He participated in stretches,Authentic Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey, which means he is in stage one of the protocol.

Neither Cory James nor Seth Roberts made the trip to Dallas for the game. Roberts returned to practice today,Womens Sheldon Rankins Jersey, but James remained out.

Ben Heeney was also not practicing. He remains on the Non-Football Injury. Keith McGill is still not back from his foot injury.

I would be surprised if any of the players missing from today’s practice play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Seahawks.

The next time the Raiders take the field for practice will be a week from today. That day will be the first in which they must turn in an official injury report which will help clarify the issues each player faces. Some players may also land on injured reserve prior to that day which will also clear things up.

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Message 806 - 31 Aug 2017, 7:13:24 UTC

FRISCO, the star defensive end for the Texans is getting his wish that money generated by the exhibition finale will go to Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts., Texas (AP) — While J.J. Watt still thinks the Houston-Dallas preseason game shouldn't be played because of catastrophic flooding in Houston

Watt, reiterated his stance that the game originally scheduled for Houston on Thursday night should have been scrapped instead of moved to the home of the Cowboys.,Authentic John Brown Jersey, who started a fundraising page that reached $4 million in donations in barely more than two days

The Texans,Authentic Haason Reddick Jersey, said Tuesday that tickets and parking will be $25 apiece. Tickets were available online starting Tuesday night.,Womens Budda Baker Jersey, who are in charge of the game since they are technically the home team

"I think the only good thing that can possibly come out of a game on Thursday would be a massive fundraiser,Womens Chad Williams Jersey," Watt said. "This is bigger than football. It's bigger than a game. It's bigger than any of us."

Speaking of massive fundraisers,Womens Dorian Johnson Jersey, Watt almost didn't know to react to the stunning growth of his effort, he's been offering video updates as the total climbed. The original goal was $200, which started with a web page and a selfie video Sunday. Since then,000.

The highlight Tuesday was a $1 million donation from Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, daughter of the late Bud Adams. Strunk's father owned the Houston Oilers when the franchise moved to Nashville in 1997.

"That's remarkable, from a team in our division,Womens John Brown Jersey, willing to go above and beyond football, one of our rivals," Watt said. "It just speaks to humanity. It speaks to the good in people."

The team flew to the Dallas area after a preseason loss in New Orleans last weekend and practiced the past two days at Cowboys headquarters. Coach Bill O'Brien said the Texans were hopeful of a return home before Monday.

The Texans have two concerns that dwarf the game against the Cowboys, which is supposed to be at home Sept. 10.,Womens Haason Reddick Jersey, which will involve few if any starters. The first is their families back in Houston. The second is the season opener against Jacksonville

"It's not easy,Authentic Budda Baker Jersey," linebacker Brian Cushing said. "We have to juggle a lot of different things and be expected to do it at the highest level.",Authentic Chad Williams Jersey, but being a professional athlete isn't

All team personnel are accounted for,Authentic Dorian Johnson Jersey, and O'Brien said the club was working to help the players who weren't on the trip that never made it back to Houston. He has said there were about 10.

"Two or three times a day, we've tried to reach them," O'Brien said. "Sometimes the issue is the cell service, not being able to get them on the cellphone. But we're doing the best we can to help. Some guys are in areas that are harder hit than other areas."

O'Brien said the position and roster battles that always define the preseason finale will give plenty of players something to think about other than what's going on at home.

"I realize it's not the AFC championship game, it's a very important game. It's an important game for them as Houston Texans and it's an important game for them to be able put some good football on tape."," O'Brien said. "But I will tell you for all the guys that are going to play in that game

And soon after, the Texans hope they will be home.

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Message 807 - 31 Aug 2017, 7:16:27 UTC

On the same day the Raiders got the good news that top pick Gareon Conley came off PUP and returned to practice,Womens Dont'a Hightower Jersey, they were without second round pick Obi Melifonwu.

His absence was not noted by myself or other media in attendance during practice itself -- perhaps because we were all looking for Gareon Conley or perhaps Melifonwu was there early on and left after (?) — but Raiders officials told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle afterward that Melifonwu had not practiced.

Obi Melifonwu didn’t practice. Not a good sign after playing 20-some plays Saturday. His ankle again? Del Rio unavailable for comment

— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 29,Authentic Geneo Grissom Jersey, 2017

The rookie safety had missed most of camp with an ankle injury,Authentic Malcom Brown Jersey, but finally returned to practice full as of last week and saw his Raiders debut in the third preseason game last Saturday.

At no time was it apparent he had suffered an injury in that game,Womens Jordan Richards Jersey, he was not on the field with his teammates,Womens Geneo Grissom Jersey, but come practice Tuesday, leading to the conclusion that he may not play in the team’s preseason finale on Thursday.

It also raises concern his ankle may not have responded well and perhaps even a re-injury situation. This is speculation,Authentic Jordan Richards Jersey, of course.

Two players did leave the game Saturday — fullback Jamize Olawale and David Amerson.

Olawale pulled up after a long run without contact. Missing practice today could rule out the possibility it was just cramps,Womens Malcom Brown Jersey, which raises other concerns. He is currently the only fullback on the roster.

Amerson suffered a concussion in the game and is going through the concussion protocol. He participated in stretches,Authentic James White Jersey, but not drills,Womens James White Jersey, which means he is in stage one of the protocol.

Neither Cory James nor Seth Roberts made the trip to Dallas for the game. Roberts returned to practice today,Authentic Dont'a Hightower Jersey, but James remained out.

Ben Heeney was also not practicing. He remains on the Non-Football Injury. Keith McGill is still not back from his foot injury.

I would be surprised if any of the players missing from today’s practice play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Seahawks.

The next time the Raiders take the field for practice will be a week from today. That day will be the first in which they must turn in an official injury report which will help clarify the issues each player faces. Some players may also land on injured reserve prior to that day which will also clear things up.

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Message 808 - 1 Sep 2017, 7:45:19 UTC - in response to Message 633.

Fowler returned to practice Saturday and worked four consecutive days.

” Fowler said.,“When I went out to practice on Saturday, it felt really good, it felt really good and then practicing in the rain Sunday,Authentic Jeff Driskel Jersey, too

Fowler said he put his knee brace back on as a just to be extra cautious.

Fowler was held out along with 21 other healthy players for Thursday’s preseason finale against Atlanta.

Fowler was pleased with his training camp/preseason.

“The thing is consistency and being able to play four full quarters hard,Womens Andy Dalton Jersey,” Fowler said. “I want to play hard and play fast to be able to dominate for four quarters. That’s the goal and the first test is Houston[on Sept. 10].”

Harper carted off

Jaguars reserve safety Jarrod Harper was strapped to a stretcher and carted off the field early in the game after he was injured covering a punt.

The Jaguars said Harper was being evaluated for a concussion.

Koyack’s strides

a 2015 seventh-round pick,Womens A.J. Green Jersey,Jaguars tight end Ben Koyack wasn’t that noticeable to the untrained observer during training camp until his 30-yard catch and run against Carolina last week. But Koyack,Authentic Vontaze Burfict Jersey, could have a role as a combo tight end this year.

The key for Koyack: His blocking.

” Koyack said earlier this week. “And things of that nature,“I’ve tried to work on my leverage and hand placement,Authentic A.J. Green Jersey, I’ve tried to translate from the practice field to the game.”

Koyack spent hours upon hours in the Jaguars’ weight room after arriving from Notre Dame.

there’s a lot of technique that goes into blocking. Strength doesn’t matter if your technique isn’t there.”,“If you look at where I came from to now – I was lucky if I could bench 225 pounds more than 15 times when I got here, I’m up strength-wise,Authentic Andy Dalton Jersey,” Koyack said. “Now, but at the end of the day

If the Jaguars start the season without Mychal Rivera,Womens Jeff Driskel Jersey, Koyack could be the third tight end behind Marcedes Lewis and Alex Ellis.

Not focused on Hopkins … yet

Cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Aaron Colvin said earlier this week they had not started focusing on Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins,Authentic Tyler Eifert Jersey, the Jaguars’ big-time Week 1 problem.

“”We’ll get to him when we get to him,Womens Tyler Eifert Jersey,” Colvin said.

Said Bouye: “I’m just working on myself. I’m going to watch film on them[next week]. The person that beats me is me so I focus on me.”

Bouye will enter Houston Week without any preseason game snaps. But …

“I know I’m ready,Womens Vontaze Burfict Jersey,” Bouye said. “I watch film every day and I stay locked in. I feel good on the field. I know when the lights go on, I’ll be ready to compete.”

Colvin (foot) missed the first three preseason games but did play in the first half against Atlanta.

Etc.

Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened for football last week for Falcons-Arizona. The roof remains closed while final kinks are ironed out. During pre-game warm-ups, construction workers were spotted atop the 50-yard line in the rafters. The stadium has components of Dallas (standing areas directly behind the team benches) and Seattle (field-level luxury boxes behind both end zones). The video board is unique – it encircles the top of the stadium but unlike Dallas, it doesn’t overpower the spectators. … The Jaguars players will be off Friday-Sunday. The team must trim its roster to 53 players on Saturday.

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Message 809 - 1 Sep 2017, 7:54:07 UTC

As far as preseason games go, Thursday night’s contest between the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium certainly did look like a fourth one.

In a game that, largely,Authentic Karlos Dansby Jersey, featured players that are going to be looking for work in a couple of days,Authentic Keanu Neal Jersey, the Dolphins handed the Vikings their second loss of this preseason by a final score of 30-9.

The Dolphins got on the board first in this one,Authentic Deion Jones Jersey, as they took the opening possession and moved 78 yards in 10 plays for the score,Authentic Austin Hooper Jersey, capping things with a 1-yard touchdown run by Kenyan Drake. That was all the scoring for the first quarter in this one, as both defenses stiffened up a bit after the initial Miami drive.

Miami struck again in the second quarter,Womens Jalen Collins Jersey, as backup quarterback David Fales found wide receiver Jakeem Grant for a huge 65-yard touchdown pass about three minutes in to give the Dolphins a 14-0 lead. The Vikings answered on their next drive, as Taylor Heinicke found Cayleb Jones for an 8-yard touchdown pass. Marshall Koehn missed the extra point, however, keeping the score at 14-6.

With time winding down before halftime, the Dolphins got another touchdown as Fales found former Marqueis Gray for a 6-yard touchdown. The Vikings appeared to have the Dolphins stopped, but Mackensie Alexander was inexplicably called for taunting after an incompletion on third down to keep the Dolphins’ offense on the field. Miami hit the extra point to make it 21-6. On the Vikings’ next offensive play, Taylor Heinicke was sacked in the end zone to make it 23-6, and that’s how they went into the locker room at halftime.

Another former Gopher, with a Kai Forbath field goal cutting the deficit to 23-9 early in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins then added another touchdown on a pass from Fales to Mitch Mathews. . .who was with the Vikings earlier in the offseason. . .to make it 30-9., quarterback Mitch Leidner, took over for Heinicke at halftime for the Minnesota offense. His first drive resulted in a three-and-out, so he clearly has a pretty solid grasp of the offense at this point. In all seriousness, Leidner acquitted himself fairly well,Womens Karlos Dansby Jersey, and led the Vikings down the field on his second drive

One of the few Vikings’ highlights came later in that fourth quarter,Womens Keanu Neal Jersey, as wide receiver Moritz B?hringer caught his first pass as an NFL wide receiver,Womens Deion Jones Jersey, a 6-yarder from Leidner. Yeah,Authentic Jalen Collins Jersey, it was only the one pass and it didn’t amount to much, but it was still pretty cool.

Looking at the stat sheet for the Vikings in this one,Womens Austin Hooper Jersey, Heinicke had a rough first half for the most part. He finished his night completing 9-of-20 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. Leidner came in for the second half, and was actually not awful for the most part, completing 14-of-19 for 123 yards.

On the rushing portion of the stat sheet, Bronson Hill led the way for the Vikings with 38 yards on 13 carries. Terrell Newby chipped in with 28 yards on 13 carries, and Heinicke had 18 yards on a pair of scrambles.

The biggest offensive story in this one for the purple was Cayleb Jones, who was a favored target of both Heinicke and Leidner. He finished his evening with 127 yards and a touchdown on nine catches. He certainly made an interesting case for potentially making the team this evening. In fact, he had over 100 yards more than the next highest Vikings, as Kyle Carter had 23 yards on three grabs.

Both the Dolphins and the Vikings finish the preseason with records of 2-2. We know that the Vikings will kick off the season on Monday Night Football on 11 September against the New Orleans Saints. Miami will also open the regular season at home on 10 September, as they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Miami Dolphins take down the Minnesota Vikings in the preseason finale by a final score of 30-9, and now the countdown to the cutdown begins. Teams have to have their 53-man rosters set by 3:00 PM Central time. We will have all of that news for you right here at The Daily Norseman, folks.

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Message 810 - 6 Sep 2017, 2:35:25 UTC

Jaguars Notebook: Dante Fowler feeling good after resting sore knee

It was noticeable last week in practice when Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler wore a brace on his left knee.

but played all 16 games last year.,Fowler missed his rookie year (2015) with a torn left ACL

Fowler was held out of practice Aug. 21-22 and the Aug. 24 preseason game against Carolina.

” Fowler said after returning to practice this week. “It got a little tired so it was precautionary by them. They wanted me to rehab it and rest it.”,Womens Breshad Perriman Jersey,“Nothing was wrong

Fowler returned to practice Saturday and worked four consecutive days.

“When I went out to practice on Saturday,Authentic Carl Davis Jersey, it felt really good and then practicing in the rain Sunday,Authentic C.J. Mosley Jersey, it felt really good,Womens Marlon Humphrey Jersey, too,” Fowler said.

Fowler said he put his knee brace back on as a just to be extra cautious.

Fowler was held out along with 21 other healthy players for Thursday’s preseason finale against Atlanta.

Fowler was pleased with his training camp/preseason.

” Fowler said. “I want to play hard and play fast to be able to dominate for four quarters. That’s the goal and the first test is Houston[on Sept. 10].”,“The thing is consistency and being able to play four full quarters hard

Harper carted off

Jaguars reserve safety Jarrod Harper was strapped to a stretcher and carted off the field early in the game after he was injured covering a punt.

The Jaguars said Harper was being evaluated for a concussion.

Koyack’s strides

Jaguars tight end Ben Koyack wasn’t that noticeable to the untrained observer during training camp until his 30-yard catch and run against Carolina last week. But Koyack, could have a role as a combo tight end this year., a 2015 seventh-round pick

The key for Koyack: His blocking.

“I’ve tried to work on my leverage and hand placement, I’ve tried to translate from the practice field to the game.”,Womens Carl Davis Jersey,” Koyack said earlier this week. “And things of that nature

Koyack spent hours upon hours in the Jaguars’ weight room after arriving from Notre Dame.

“If you look at where I came from to now – I was lucky if I could bench 225 pounds more than 15 times when I got here,Authentic Maxx Williams Jersey,” Koyack said. “Now,Womens Maxx Williams Jersey,I’m up strength-wise,Authentic Marlon Humphrey Jersey, but at the end of the day, there’s a lot of technique that goes into blocking. Strength doesn’t matter if your technique isn’t there.”

Koyack could be the third tight end behind Marcedes Lewis and Alex Ellis.,Authentic Breshad Perriman Jersey,If the Jaguars start the season without Mychal Rivera

Not focused on Hopkins … yet

the Jaguars’ big-time Week 1 problem.,Womens C.J. Mosley Jersey, Cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Aaron Colvin said earlier this week they had not started focusing on Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins

” Colvin said.,“”We’ll get to him when we get to him

Said Bouye: “I’m just working on myself. I’m going to watch film on them[next week]. The person that beats me is me so I focus on me.”

Bouye will enter Houston Week without any preseason game snaps. But …

“I know I’m ready, I’ll be ready to compete.”,” Bouye said. “I watch film every day and I stay locked in. I feel good on the field. I know when the lights go on

Colvin (foot) missed the first three preseason games but did play in the first half against Atlanta.

Etc.

Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened for football last week for Falcons-Arizona. The roof remains closed while final kinks are ironed out. During pre-game warm-ups, it doesn’t overpower the spectators. … The Jaguars players will be off Friday-Sunday. The team must trim its roster to 53 players on Saturday., construction workers were spotted atop the 50-yard line in the rafters. The stadium has components of Dallas (standing areas directly behind the team benches) and Seattle (field-level luxury boxes behind both end zones). The video board is unique – it encircles the top of the stadium but unlike Dallas

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Message 811 - 6 Sep 2017, 2:38:01 UTC

The most important question of August for the Carolina Panthers now lingers into September, and we came nowhere close to finding the answer between the raindrops at Bank of America Stadium Thursday night.

000 hardy souls,Carolina and Pittsburgh sloshed through the NFL’s annual bow to irrelevance Thursday. The fourth exhibition was attended by many empty and damp seats as well as about 30, around half of whom seemed to be swinging a Steelers-issued Terrible Towel.

But the man the fortunes of the 2017 Panthers most depend upon was on the sidelines, in uniform but not playing.

Quarterback Cam Newton is as ready to turn the page on August as anyone in Charlotte. After a promising start to training camp in late July,Authentic Melvin Ingram Jersey, he spent much of August waiting around,Authentic Pierre Garcon Jersey, or else throwing gently to a trainer. He ultimately sat out every Carolina Panthers drive but one in the four preseason games.

Certainly Newton wasn’t going to play Thursday night,Authentic Garry Gilliam Jersey, when Pittsburgh also benched quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of its stars and the two teams again provided a fine example of why the NFL needs to play two exhibition games instead of four.

But the question of “Is Cam ready?” won’t really be answered until Sept. 10 on the West Coast,Authentic Rashard Robinson Jersey, when Newton revisits the stadium in which he lost the Super Bowl 19 months ago and tries to launch a new chapter at San Francisco.

What the Panthers did on the field Thursday night after benching all their starters – the early interception from linebacker David Mayo,Womens DeForest Buckner Jersey, Fozzy Whittaker’s 5-yard TD run, the 58-yard touchdown pass by Pittsburgh and all the rest – will be quickly forgotten. What lingers, like the Cheshire Cat’s smile, is Newton’s shoulder.

In that lone drive Newton did participate in on Aug. 24, he threw two short passes, completed both – one for a touchdown – and then departed. We still don’t know how healthy that arm is after a partial rotator cuff surgery in late March that everyone wishes in retrospect could have happened in mid-January, although Newton proclaimed after that game he was “ready to go.”

“You really won’t know ’til the opener,” head coach Ron Rivera said this week about Newton’s status. “Just the way it is.”

And that’s true. Nothing we saw Thursday night altered the fact that a healthy Newton vs. a “trying-to-gut-it-out-with-a-sore-arm” Newton may mean the difference between 11-5 and 6-10.

Watching Newton in practice over the past five weeks has been entertaining, partly because Newton has such a big personality and game and partly because you never know where the ball is going to go.

On one day, when he’s letting an occasional big throw rip and the timing is right,Womens Melvin Ingram Jersey, Newton will look just as good as he did in 2015. On other days,Womens Rashard Robinson Jersey, he looks rusty and indecisive.

Newton’s situation is still a lot better than,Authentic DeForest Buckner Jersey, say,Womens Pierre Garcon Jersey, the quandary that Indianapolis has with Andrew Luck. Luck had his own throwing-shoulder surgery, in mid-January, and still hasn’t even practiced. It seems a given now that Luck will miss some regular-season games this season.

So it could be worse. But it could be better,Womens Garry Gilliam Jersey, too – this has hardly been ideal preparation for a quarterback who is trying to evolve.

The most animated Newton got Thursday night was when Joe Webb threw a deep pass to Kaelin Clay, who laid out for a 47-yard diving catch.

We’ve seen Newton in that role before – he’s a great cheerleader for his teammates on the sideline.

But now we need to see him do what he is paid so well to do.

Now Cam needs to play.

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Message 816 - 7 Sep 2017, 7:37:54 UTC

HOUSTON (AP) — J.J. Watt was ready to discuss his preparations for the Houston Texans' opener — and his return from a back injury that sidelined him for most of last season.

But first he took a few moments Tuesday to receive yet another donation — the biggest one yet — to a fundraising effort he set up in the days after Hurricane Harvey.

giving him more than $28 million in donations. Then he discussed how he's handled getting back to football with the city just beginning to recover from the storm.,Watt accepted the check for $5 million from HEB Grocery Company

"It's obviously a balance ... I've had a foundation my whole career,Authentic Malik Hooker Jersey, when I'm in the weight room, obviously not on this scale, but when I'm in meetings," Watt said. "I've been doing things like this my whole career,Womens Vontae Davis Jersey, when I'm at practice, that's where 100 percent of my focus is."

Watt leaves his cellphone on airplane mode when he's at the facility so he can handle football duties without interruption. He joked about being so busy getting ready for the game that he hadn't yet reached out to Jimmy Fallon to thank him for the $1 million he donated to Watt's fund on Tuesday night.

" Watt said.,Authentic Quincy Wilson Jersey, "I appreciate him and sorry, you can look out for an email from me here as soon as practice is over, Jimmy

he certainly knows what Sunday's game could mean to the city.,Sunday's game against Jacksonville will be Watt's first since Sept. 22 after his second back surgery forced him to miss the final 13 games of last season. And while his attention is on making sure he's ready for that game

" he said. "We want to give them an escape from everything that just happened,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey,"This is so much bigger than a game,Authentic Vontae Davis Jersey,but for three hours on Sunday, we want to take people's minds off of everything that just happened, so I know for a fact that our guys are going to give every single thing that we have to make sure that we put a smile on this city's face and give them something to cheer about for three hours."

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year can't wait to get back on the field after missing the first games of his six-year career last season. The Texans believe he'll return to form in no time.

so it's been very difficult. I would expect him to go out there,"He's had an excellent preseason. He's fully healthy," coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think I've said this now a 1,000 times. It's hard to describe what it's like to block him,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, be his usual self (and) play very well."

the man who has piled up 76 sacks in his career insisted that he has no worries about if he can return to form this season.,Womens Malik Hooker Jersey,In usual Watt style

very good about where I'm at going into this game.",Womens Andrew Luck Jersey,"Any of those concerns were more handled in OTAs and training camp and then the preseason snaps that I did get,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey, with a ton of excitement and I feel very,Womens Quincy Wilson Jersey," he said. "I'm going into this game extremely confident. I'm going into this game with a ton of energy

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Message 817 - 7 Sep 2017, 7:43:31 UTC

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- T.J. Watt is a quick study. Growing up in a household with two older brothers, he didn't really have a choice. Adapt or get left behind. Quickly.

a habit T.J. embraced,Those childhood habits die hard for the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker. His mother Connie taught her boys about organization. Older brother Derek espoused the virtue of cramming spiral notebooks with information during their days together at Wisconsin, one that helped fuel the transition from reserve college tight end to NFL starter on the other side of the ball in a span of three years.

''' T.J. Watt said. ''Coaches were always like, 'Man,''(Derek) said 'I write everything down, your brother is taking a bunch of notes.' So I take notes every day.''

That's not the only writing Watt does. Before he began his first season with the Steelers, he jotted down a list of goals. Some of them were small. One of them was not: be out there with the ones when Pittsburgh opened the season on Sept. 10 in Cleveland.

Done.

he'll be the first rookie outside linebacker to start in an opener for the Steelers since Aaron Jones in 1988. Five-time Pro Bowl teammate James Harrison didn't do it. Neither did Joey Porter, now Watt's position coach. Lamar Woodley and Jason Gildon,When Watt's No. 90 runs out of the tunnel on Sunday against the Browns,Authentic Hroniss Grasu Jersey, too.

Watt had the job from the moment Pittsburgh grabbed him with the 30th overall pick in the draft. ''Day zero'' as coach Mike Tomlin called it. Yet Tomlin never passed that information along to Watt,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, who probably would have ignored it anyway.

working my butt off,''I just came out here every day,Womens Adam Shaheen Jersey,'' Watt said. ''Just doing whatever they ask me to do.''

One thing they're not asking Watt to do? Become a smaller version of oldest brother J.J. Different positions. Different expectations. And far different personalities.

the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the Houston Texans, is a 6-foot-5 livewire who's nearly as quick with his mouth as he is with his feet,Authentic Eddie Jackson Jersey,J.J., and is in the middle of a career that could be on its way to the Hall of Fame.

T.J. is ... not that. Oh, he's fast enough. You don't collect sacks on consecutive snaps of your first professional game if you're slow. Yet that's where the similarities end. The youngest of the three Watt brothers in the NFL (Derek plays fullback for the Chargers) is also the quietest.

'' veteran Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats said. ''He just wanted his play to speak for itself. Even in meeting rooms he's quiet. He still is. You could just tell he's always listening,''He didn't want to come in and do a lot of talking, always learning.''

a move that forced him to rethink the way he approaches football. That's where the note taking Derek championed became more than a habit,It's the path Watt needed to take. He flipped from tight end to linebacker in the middle of his collegiate career, it became a lifeline.

''I believe if you write it down it's more likely to stick in the memory,Womens Hroniss Grasu Jersey,'' Watt said.

everything from missed assignments to missed tackles. The number of times Watt was dinged for a misstep in training camp wasn't just low for a rookie, his memory may border on photographic. Porter and inside linebackers coach Jerry Olsavsky keep track of errors during practice and games, they were low,Judging by Watt's performance during his first few months on the job, period.

he's not flustered,Womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey,''During the pre-snap,Authentic Tarik Cohen Jersey,'' Moats said. ''He's ready to play the game.''

The proof was immediately apparent to Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who spent much of the late spring and summer trying to fend Watt's rapidly expanding repertoire of moves.

'' Villanueva said. ''He knows exactly what he's supposed to do and when the ball is snapped he doesn't think there's anything preventing him from making the play. When you have that approach as a defensive player,Womens Tarik Cohen Jersey,''He knows exactly where he's supposed to be,Womens Eddie Jackson Jersey, you become more dangerous.''

so Watt and Dupree could develop a level of comfort together. The first real test awaits against the Browns,The Steelers need Watt and fellow outside linebacker Bud Dupree to be dangerous to help them return to the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. It's one of the reasons Tomlin made Watt a starter from the jump,Authentic Adam Shaheen Jersey, and Watt will find himself lined up opposite perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas.

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Message 818 - 8 Sep 2017, 3:47:12 UTC

Myles Garrett's big plans to sack Ben Roethlisberger in the season opener may be on hold.

everything's suddenly in question.,At this point

Cleveland's rookie defensive end, who through preseason has lived up to enormous expectations as the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft,Authentic Nick Vigil Jersey, suffered a right-ankle injury Wednesday,Authentic Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey, leaving his status for Sunday's opener against the Steelers in doubt.

” but he did not provide any specifics about the injury other than to say the 21-year-old did not finish practice.,Womens Jake Fisher Jersey,Coach Hue Jackson opened his news conference by saying Garrett “was limited today with an ankle

” said Jackson.,“He went as long as he could

Garrett was scheduled to undergo further medical tests,Authentic Paul Dawson Jersey, including an MRI, on Wednesday night, and it's not likely the Browns will provide an update until Thursday.

Jackson, who typically downplays injuries when he knows a player will return, was evasive when asked about his level of concern on Garrett.

“We'll see. I don't want to make medical decisions,” he said. “I am not very good at them, so we will see where we are as we move through the week.”

Jackson refused to elaborate on Garrett's condition, led by a team spokesman., how he hurt his ankle or at what point it occurred during the workout. He declined to answer further questions about Garrett as he left the podium

If serious, the injury to Garrett would be a devastating blow for the rebuilding Browns, 272-pounder to improve a defense that ranked 31st overall., who went 1-15 last season and are counting on the 6-foot-4

Earlier in the day, that chance may have to wait as he recovers from another injury., Garrett didn't back down from previous comments about wanting to “chop down” Roethlisberger in his first game. Now

Garrett suffered what he feared was a serious left-foot sprain during the spring. It turned out to be nothing major, strength and commitment., and he didn't miss the start of training camp. He has dazzled with his speed

During his junior season at Texas A&M,Womens Nick Vigil Jersey, Garrett was severely limited with a left-ankle injury.

Despite a drop in production and sacks,Authentic Jake Fisher Jersey, the Browns were satisfied Garrett was healthy and worth the first choice and investment when they selected him despite the need for a quarterback.

Before he was released last week,Womens Tyler Kroft Jersey, two-time Pro Bowler and new Steelers cornerback Joe Haden felt the Browns,Womens Paul Dawson Jersey, had nailed this choice., who have had a checkered history with bad first-round picks

“He is looking like the first overall pick,Womens Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey, his professionalism and his attitude. He definitely is a pro already. He is mature beyond his age. He just loves the game and loves getting after it.,” Haden said on a conference call. “I was super excited when we got him. I feel like that is the pick that is a stamp. We didn't miss on that one. I could tell that from the very beginning. He just has stuff that you can't teach: his motor

“My bold prediction, I really feel like Myles can make the Pro Bowl his rookie year.”

Garrett said he hopes to begin his season by getting his hands on Roethlisberger, who is 20-2 in his career against the Browns. Following the draft, saying he was “coming for him first.”,Authentic Tyler Kroft Jersey, Garrett made it clear he intended to make Roethlisberger his first sack

“I stand by it,” Garrett said with no hesitation Wednesday before the injury. “You shouldn't be scared to take anybody down.”

Garrett did concede that bringing down Big Ben is no easy task and had already formulated a plan of attack.

“He's no small fella,” Garrett said. “It's going to be pretty tough. He just makes you don't hit him up high. You see a lot of guys who make that mistake and he just shrugs them off and he'll find a little escape hatch and extend the play. So make sure you get him low, and make sure you wrap up and gator roll.”, try and stay above the knee if they get him in his lower body

Jackson said he appreciates the rookie's confidence.

“Absolutely, I do. Now you've got to back it up, we do have to get Ben down. That's not something that's out of the ordinary. He was expressing the truth.”,” he said. “In order to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers

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Message 819 - 8 Sep 2017, 3:49:23 UTC

Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers released their first official participation report of the season after wrapping up Wednesday's practice.,Authentic Duke Riley Jersey,SANTA CLARA

there are two potential starters dealing with hamstring injuries who have uncertain statuses heading into Sunday's season opener against the Carolina Panthers. Free safety Jimmie Ward and tight end George Kittle have had hamstring issues during the preseason and both were limited in Wednesday's practice.,Womens Takkarist McKinley Jersey,While the list is short

he did some running on a side field in the portion of practice open to media and coach Kyle Shanahan indicated he wasn't sure if Ward would be involved in team drills.,Authentic Sean Harlow Jersey,In Ward's case

" Shanahan said.,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey,"Once he can string together a few good days in a row is when we'll feel better about putting him in the game

The 49ers pulled Ward off the physically unable to perform list a couple of weeks ago but he's only been able to practice on a limited basis in the time since. If Ward can't play this week, both of whom spent time with the starting defense in the preseason and training camp., the Niners will have to choose between undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome and Jaquiski Tartt

"Both those guys will be competing,Womens Sean Harlow Jersey, what packages. I'll probably have a better answer for you on Sunday."," Shanahan said. "They've got three days to do it. Depends how we use them

While Ward wasn't doing much in the early stages of practice,Authentic Takkarist McKinley Jersey, Kittle seemed to be a little bit further along. He,Womens Duke Riley Jersey,is listed as limited but was working in special teams drills during practice.,Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey, too

Kittle is listed as the starting tight end on the Niners' first unofficial depth chart but Shanahan said Wednesday his role this week will depend on health as well as where he fits into the game plan.

" Shanahan said. "He's another guy who will be limited today. We've got three (tight ends) on our roster,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey,"That will be on situations, down-and-distance, so we'll see how that plays out throughout the week. We won't really know that until Sunday.",Womens Julio Jones Jersey, how healthy he is

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The challenge to Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension has from time to time centered on the role of NFL Special Counsel for Investigations Lisa Friel. Elliott and the NFL Players Association believe that Friel downplayed at best and concealed at worst the concerns of NFL Director of Investigations Kia Roberts regarding Elliott’s accuser’s credibility because Friel wanted to recommend an Elliott suspension — and because she knew that Roberts (who interviewed Elliott’s accuser six times to Friel’s none) didn’t agree with that outcome.

Judge Mazzant used a footnote for making his point.,Authentic Ryan Kelly Jersey,Judge Amos L. Mazzant III took specific aim at Friel’s credibility in the 22-page ruling blocking the Elliott suspension pending resolution of the lawsuit. Like many judges do

Here’s footnote 9 to the written decision from Judge Mazzant: “Friel presented varying testimony throughout her arbitration[appearance] regarding Roberts’s opinions. She initially claimed that she could not discuss what conversations took place during the meeting because ‘[w]e had counsel in the room at the time, ‘I don’t know if[Roberts]’ had the opportunity to discuss her views on the sufficiency of the evidence. Friel further said that ‘[Roberts] wasn’t in the meeting[Friel] had with[the Commissioner].’ . . . She additionally states ‘[t]hat’s not to say[Roberts’s] views were not communicated to him in some other fashion. I don’t know the answer to that.’ She confidently states that she does not ‘know if they were or weren’t[communicated to him in some fashion]’ but she asserts ‘that’s certainly possible.’ . . . However, so[the conversations] would be protected by privilege.’ . . . Friel stated, in response to the very next question she communicated Roberts’s views to Goodell. . . . Yet, Friel claims that ‘Cathy Lanier may have’ expressed Roberts’s views to the Commissioner, she could not ‘tell[the attorney] precisely’ how Roberts’s views were expressed,Authentic Tarell Basham Jersey, but just that ‘it was presented to him.’ Then,[url=http://www.coltsfootballauthentic.com/marlon-mack-jersey-authentic
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The most reasonable explanation for Friel’s zeal to suspend Elliott comes from the obvious desire to avoid another Ray Rice scenario,Womens Zach Banner Jersey, and it’s now clear that the league has crafted a process aimed at erring on the side of suspending the innocent instead of failing to properly punish the guilty.,Womens Ryan Kelly Jersey, in which a player who was indeed guilty of domestic violence wasn’t sufficiently disciplined. Friel was hired in the aftermath of the Rice fiasco

Then there’s that nagging perception that Friel’s status as a life-long Giants fan has at some level influenced her decision-making when the league failed to properly punish former Giants kicker Josh Brown last year and more recently when the league threw the book at Elliott.

it’s fair to point out league-office allegiances that could help a team. Moreover,Here’s what we wrote on the topic in 2016: “If Mike Kensil’s relationship with the Jets was fair game for scrutiny in the #DeflateGate saga regarding whether the league wanted to harm the Patriots,Authentic Zach Banner Jersey, during the officiating lockout of 2012, it’s fair to at least ask the question of whether Friel’s affinity for the Giants influenced her decision to opt for lenience with Brown — and her willingness to not press harder to hear from Brown’s ex-wife or from law enforcement.”,Womens Tarell Basham Jersey, a replacement official who made it clear that he is a Saints fan was pulled from a Saints game. If fan allegiance is enough to result in an official being removed from a given game

hurting the Cowboys,That same reasoning makes it fair to wonder whether Friel’s affinity for the Giants influenced her decision to opt for a harsh outcome for Elliott under circumstances that a federal judge has found to reveal fundamental unfairness to the player. Regardless of the reason (helping the Giants, protecting the league office against another Rice fiasco,Womens Marlon Mack Jersey, telling the boss what she thinks the boss wants to hear,Authentic T.J. Green Jersey, old-fashioned incompetence) the Elliott ruling shines a fresh light on Friel and the work she has done on behalf of the league.,Womens T.J. Green Jersey, and/or good

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Schofield joined the Bolts this week, a waiver claim by the Chargers after the Broncos released him during final roster cuts. The Michigan product said he’s worked mostly at right and left guard for his new team.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Schofield provides some depth up front for the offense. Schofield said the Chargers run an offense similar to the Broncos',Womens Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey, making the transition easier.

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“I’m definitely motivated. It’s an ‘I want to prove Denver wrong’ kind of thing. I was a part of that team for three years so I feel like I know that defense pretty well. So I’ve been trying to help the guys with what they do from what I know.”

One of the toughest tasks for Okung and the rest of the offensive line will be limiting the impact plays from talented Denver pass-rusher Von Miller. Okung faced Miller daily in practice last season during one-on-one pass-rush drills and should have some tricks up his sleeve to slow down Miller.

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and we consider ourselves the same.”,“It’s a challenge we’re looking forward to as a team. They’re obviously one of the better teams in the NFL

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