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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.
Goff tormented the fans at Levi’s Stadium with his dazzling play. He wasn’t quite Joe Montana,Womens Shawn Lauvao Jersey, a sight that usually brings flashbacks of joy to 49ers fans,Authentic Dustin Hopkins Jersey, but the Novato native was slinging the ball all over the field. He made all the throws,Donning the No. 16 jersey, from multiple connections with new offensive weapon Sammy Watkins on deep passes, to short slant plays with Robert Woods to keep the chains moving.
While Goff’s overall numbers were great, perhaps most impressive was his ability to come through in clutch situations.
After the 49ers appeared to be gaining momentum on a Carlos Hyde touchdown run that cut the deficit to 27-20 in the third quarter,Authentic Shawn Lauvao Jersey,Authentic Tress Way Jersey, Goff spearheaded a long 5:23 drive that featured 10 plays 75-yard drive that ended the quarter and culminated in a goal-line touchdown pass to Watkins to put the Rams back up by two scores.
How’s this for efficiency? Goff was a flawless 9 of 9 for 115 yards and a touchdown pass with a QB rating of 155.8 in the third quarter.
Goff responded again in the fourth.
With the 49ers fresh off a touchdown connection from Brian Hoyer to Trent Taylor to put them within a touchdown,Womens Dustin Hopkins Jersey, 75-yard drive ended with another touchdown pass to Watkins, Goff again drove down the field. A seven-play, this time a 13-yard reception,Womens Tress Way Jersey, and bloated the Rams lead up to two scores again to effectively end the game.
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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
While Beckham was a first-round pick (12th overall) in 2014 and an immediate star,Womens Tom Compton Jersey, a Pro Bowler each of his first three seasons,Womens Marcus Cooper Jersey, Mills took a different path. A four-year starter at LSU, the 233rd player chosen.,Authentic Marcus Cooper Jersey, he nearly went undrafted after facing allegations of domestic violence that were pleaded down to misdemeanor assault. He was selected in the seventh round in the 2016 draft by the Eagles
He performed well as a rookie, credited with seven passes defensed. Mills,Authentic Jerrell Freeman Jersey, who arrived with green hair and was often seen wagging his finger at opponents so they would remember him, appearing in all 16 games last year, impressed the Eagles immediately. He never backed down from a challenge, never let a poor performance shake him. His confidence never wavered.
“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
A year later, he is being asked to make a major leap. The No. 2 cornerback on a team with playoff aspirations when the season began, he limited dynamic game-breaker Tyreek Hill to four catches for 43 yards.,Womens Quintin Demps Jersey, Mills is now the No. 1 guy until Ronald Darby returns from a dislocated ankle. In Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs
Now he will have to handle Beckham, who should be more of a factor after making his regular-season debut Monday night in the Giants’ loss to the Lions. Playing on a sore left ankle,Womens Dion Sims Jersey, Beckham made just four catches for 36 yards. A year ago, catching 15 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the two games the rivals split.,Authentic Tom Compton Jersey, he annihilated the Eagles
It was one of the reasons the Eagles traded for Darby, Mills will be given the brunt of the assignment against his former college teammate.,Womens Deonte Thompson Jersey, who handled Beckham well in his 2015 matchup with him while with the Bills. But Sunday
“It’s a challenge,Womens Danny Trevathan Jersey, but at the same time, if you want to be the best,Authentic Danny Trevathan Jersey,” he said. “It’s one of those I’m looking forward to., you have to accept those big challenges
he’s going to give me his best. I have to be ready for it.”,“I know when he’s out there
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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.
''The ball came to my side and my mindset was to act like the ball is going to come to you every play,Authentic Sammy Watkins Jersey,'' Griffin said. ''So I was locked in every play thinking the ball was going to come to my side and that helped me a lot.''
Griffin is still likely to split time with Lane,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey, beginning Sunday against San Francisco. In nickel situations,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey, Lane is expected to move to the slot cornerback and leave Griffin on the outside.
''I want them to understand they can count on me,Authentic Mike Tolbert Jersey,'' Griffin said.
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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.
While sounding this out on various platforms (including PFT Live and Wednesday’s PFT Live afternoon podcast),Womens Myles Garrett Jersey, what they haven’t given him. As Luck enters the front end of the prime years, I made it clear that it’s just speculation,Womens Jabrill Peppers Jersey, more accurately,Authentic DeShone Kizer Jersey, arising primarily from what I’d want if me or my kid were employed by the Colts. Look at what they’ve given him or, his career is currently being wasted, putting him far closer to Archie than Peyton on the Manning scale.
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?
Apparently,Womens Xavier Cooper Jersey, actually couching it as rumor. Which has prompted Luck’s camp to try to shoot down any talk of discontent. Wednesday night,Authentic Myles Garrett Jersey, others have been taking it beyond speculation,Womens David Njoku Jersey, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said on the air that Luck’s agent/uncle (or uncle/agent) called the non-rumor rumor “simply false.”
It’s odd that Luck’s camp would even address the situation at this juncture. The fact that it was shot down on the record will serve only to get more people thinking and talking about it.
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.
Besides, why would the Colts want to keep him around? If the quarterback isn’t all in,Authentic David Njoku Jersey, things will only get worse. If,Authentic Jabrill Peppers Jersey, if he decides that he truly wants out (which frankly he should), based on Sunday’s outcome in L.A., that’s even possible.
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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.
In a series of tweets,[url= http://www.49ersfootballauthentic.com/solomon-thomas-jersey-authentic]Authentic Solomon Thomas Jersey[/url], Stills went on to challenge his fellow players to get behind Kaepernick; he was disappointed that no player responded.
"I feel like the league is majority African-American,Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey, and you would think more people would have one of our guys' back,Womens Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey, I feel like we should be there to have his back and speak up for him.",Womens C. J. Beathard Jersey," Stills said. "You talk about the NFL being a brotherhood. They give us this presentation every year about the NFL being a brotherhood. And if something is going on with one of your brothers
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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"So like I said,Womens Joe Williams Jersey, but I want to bring people together. I'm open to continuing to have conversations with people and trying to get people on the same page.", it's something that I definitely thought about
Stills signed a four-year,Womens Reuben Foster Jersey, while registering 42 receptions for 726 yards.,Authentic C. J. Beathard Jersey, $32 million extension with the Dolphins this offseason. He led the team with nine touchdown receptions last season
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HOUSTON -- The agent of Texans quarterback Tom Savage blasted the team on Wednesday for benching Savage in Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"I'm still trying to figure this out ... 31 plays and you're getting benched?" Savage's agent, said in an interview with NBC Sports. "It makes no sense.",Authentic Reggie Ragland Jersey, Neil Schwartz
After Savage and the offense struggled in the first half,Authentic Adolphus Washington Jersey, with a touchdown and an interception.,Womens Cardale Jones Jersey, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien opted to go with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson to open the third quarter. Neither quarterback played well: Savage was 7-for-13 for 62 yards; Watson was 12-of-23 for 102 yards
"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.
"He didn't hold the ball too long,Womens Adolphus Washington Jersey," Savage said. "Every play except for the one that was third-and-12[and] he got sacked was[released in] less than three seconds."
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
"I want to go out there and play like I did and compete -- throw the ball to the playmakers and give them a chance," Savage said. "And that's it."
Schwartz said he spoke to Savage about discussing the matter with the media, and he said Savage "was OK with it and comfortable."
"Someone had to defend Tom, "and I didn't feel the coaching staff defended Tom or defended his performance.",Authentic Ronald Darby Jersey, " Schwartz said
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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.
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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.
"Our front office has done a great job. They do a fine job of identifying the talent, and it always helps when you got young guys that can come in and contribute as much as we've had here in the last couple years.",Womens Darron Lee Jersey, and coaches are involved with that as well, a fine job of blending the two," Caldwell said. "I think the relationship is really, really it's productive
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
but I've got to keep my head forward,Authentic Morris Claiborne Jersey,"You know you're going to get all the texts,Womens Christian Hackenberg Jersey, all the highlights," Golladay said. "Of course I've got to say my thank yous and everything,Authentic Jordan Jenkins Jersey, keep it down and get ready for the next week."
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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.
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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.
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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
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COSTA MESA, while Michael Schofield spent his first three NFL seasons with the AFC West outfit.,Womens Davis Webb Jersey, Calif. -- Russell Okung played one season with the Denver Broncos
Now, ESPN/WatchESPN).,Womens Evan Engram Jersey, both offensive linemen are with the Los Angeles Chargers and helping their new team prepare for Monday night's visit to Denver (10:20 p.m. ET
“They definitely have a lot of new guys,Authentic Davis Webb Jersey, going on my eighth year in the league.,Authentic Wayne Gallman Jersey,” Okung said. “But there’s also guys that I have been watching a lot earlier than last year. I’m definitely familiar with a lot of those guys
“They’ve always been an exceptionally talented group. So we know who those rushers are on the outside,Womens Mark Herzlich Jersey, too.”,Authentic Evan Engram Jersey, and we know what they can do on the back end
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.
“I’m excited for it,” Schofield said about playing in Denver. “I’m excited to go and see what it’s like to be a visitor there.,Authentic Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey, obviously just coming from there
“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.
“With guys like him,Womens Wayne Gallman Jersey, all things have to be rolling well,Authentic Mark Herzlich Jersey, knowing where you’re help is coming from and you’ve got to win your one-on-one battles,” Okung said. “The quarterback’s timing with the receiver with their routes, too.
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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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
]Authentic Marlon Mack Jersey[/url], but she does not ‘recall anything specific.'”
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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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.
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.
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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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
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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.