Keenan Allen entered the 2017 season with many question marks after he appeared in only nine of the Chargers 32 games during the 2015 and 2016 campaigns.

Through two games, Allen has erased most of the concerns. He’s up to 14 catches for 135 yards and one touchdown on 20 targets and sits sixth among wide receivers in fantasy points. Allen has been on the field for 92 percent of the Chargers’ pass plays and has handled a career-high 27 percent of Philip Rivers’ targets. Healthy and playing at a high level, Allen is back in the WR1 conversation.

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams: Are we so sure Gurley is a sell-high candidate? After he finished Week 1 with a noteworthy 2.1 yards-per-carry average, his Week 2 mark of 5.5 is a welcome sight to fantasy players.

Game Kids Lanny McDonald Jersey Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins: Say hello to one of the most underrated players in PPR leagues, as Thompson is remarkably rostered in 43.9 percent of ESPN leagues despite his scoring the 28th-most points among running backs (147.5) and the 12th-most in Week 1 (15.6). He upped the bar on Sunday, setting new career highs with 25.6 PPR and 22.6 non-PPR fantasy points. If he’s still out there in your league, you can be sure he won’t be by next Sunday.
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Three months after that study was released, several NFL-affiliated researchers, in a paper published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, said they were unable to replicate the findings of Stern’s group. The authors concluded that after examining 45 retired NFL players, they found no statistically significant association between starting to play tackle football before high school and developing neurocognitive issues later in life.

Skelton threw two more picks before he was mercifully benched

Mens Coty Sensabaugh Jersey At least none that will be displayed publically, which is the same tact Smith has taken toward public knocks on his play. The fact that Smith has averaged 10 wins in the four seasons since he was traded from San Francisco to Kansas City and his efficiency in avoiding big mistakes (i.e. turnovers) is often overshadowed by two other factors: his failure to consistently produce dynamic plays in the passing game and the team’s inability to advance past the second round of the playoffs despite having championship-caliber defenses.

Mens Cody Kessler Jersey Smith allows that being a lightning rod for criticism is part of the quarterback lifestyle. He also learned to ignore much of it during his first six seasons with the 49ers when he was regularly skewered for failing to live up to what was expected of the 2005 draft’s top overall pick.

Smith hasn’t changed that tact during a far more successful stretch with the Chiefs despite the outside clamoring for Mahomes that will continue to grow if Smith hits a rough patch, which is entirely possible this season considering the youth on Kansas City’s wide receiving corps. Not to mention a running game that has dipped ever since the now-departed Jamaal Charles suffered a major knee injury early in the 2015 campaign.

Skelton had second-and-2, a favorable down and distance, and wasn’t under duress when he threw a short pass to his left that was intercepted by Patrick Willis. Skelton threw two more picks before he was mercifully benched. The Cardinals lost 23-7.

Bears’ Kevin White out several weeks with broken shoulder blade

Kevin White’s season is in jeopardy once again.

The Bears wide receiver has been diagnosed with a break in his left shoulder blade and will be placed on the team’s injured reserve for the third time in three seasons, coach John Fox announced Monday.

White suffered the injury Sunday in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ 23-17 loss to the Falcons in just his fifth career regular-season game. While the team has yet to determine if surgery is necessary, he isn’t expected to return until the team’s Nov. 12 game against the Packers at the earliest.

After video review, the ruling on the field was upheld as a fumble, much to the dismay of the Redskins, their fans, and even Fox Sports rules analysts Dean Blandino and Mike Pereira.

“I would also like to thank the Raiders organization, my agents at Sun West Sports, Frank Bauer and Kenny Chapman, and everyone who believed in my talents which allowed me to continue playing the sport I love. Of course, none of this would be possible without the support and love from my wonderful mother, Janet Jones, my grandmother, Gram (Bernice Calhoun) and my beautiful wife, Tamika Jones.”

Jones signed with the Chargers last year, but was released prior to the season and did not play in 2016.

Jones said in his announcement on Pitch Engine he will join NFL Network as an analyst.

“I’m hoping to follow in the footsteps of other great Packer legends like Greg Jennings and Charles Woodson and take my talents into broadcasting,” Jones said. “I admire what they have been able to achieve post-football, so if I can only do one-third of what they’ve accomplished, I should be fine.”

Patriots CB Cyrus Jones’ season in jeopardy after knee injury

Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones’ season is in jeopardy after he left Thursday’s preseason game against the Giants with a knee injury.

Jones, the Patriots’ 2016 second-round draft pick, is scheduled for an MRI Friday morning, but the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the fear is he suffered a serious, potentially season-ending knee injury.

Jones’ right leg buckled as he ran step for step in coverage on a long pass play to Giants receiver Travis Rudolph. He went down in obvious pain and had to be helped off the field.

All eyes were on Mike Gillislee (3 TDs) and Kareem Hunt (246 yards, 2 TDs) during Thursday’s season opener, but it was actually James White whose usage caught my eye. Granted, New England was in the rare position of trailing during the second half, but White dominated the backfield snaps with 39. Gillislee played 21 snaps (only four of which were pass plays), Rex Burkhead played 10 snaps and Dion Lewis was in on six plays. The most surprising number for White was his carry total of 10. That was easily a career high and is over one quarter of his previous career best for a season (39 last year).
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The Patriots seem intent on trying not to tip their play call with personnel (they called pass on 88 percent of White’s snaps last year), and that figures to lead to more carries for White. If he remains in the mix for 100-plus carries and 50-plus receptions, White will post a RB2 season in PPR formats. He’s an RB2 option against the Saints in Week 2.
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Week 1 didn’t go according to plan for the Saints new-look backfield, albeit against one of the league’s top defenses. Rookie Alvin Kamara surprisingly paced the unit in snaps (31), carries (seven) and targets (six). Mark Ingram racked up 11 touches on 26 snaps, but posted a position-best 71 yards from scrimmage. Adrian Peterson started against his old team, but was limited to six carries for 18 yards and went without a catch on one target.

You get the story that winners tell themselves.

Bortles could have kept his job as Jacksonville’s starter with a real competition, but his dreadful performance against Tampa Bay in a primetime preseason game gave Henne the opportunity to make his first start since 2014. But then Henne wasn’t much better when he started the Jaguars’ third preseason game.

So the Jaguars decided to give Bortles his job back rather than look elsewhere. (We don’t know why either.)

Frank White Womens Jersey The Jaguars boast one of the league’s most sneakily effective receiving corps, but that won’t do them any good if Bortles is lofting passes that land five yards from their intended target. There’s always next year, Jags fans.

You get the story that winners tell themselves.

Alec Ogletree Womens Jersey This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In the context of a football game, it’s actually a useful exercise to see how history gets written by the winners. Take, for example, the much-publicized fact that Belichick had, sensing a high-scoring game, ordered up more than the usual number of two-point conversion plays ahead of the Super Bowl. It proved genius, as the Patriots needed two (and then used a third one on the final play) to win the game.

This story conveniently excises all the other stuff the ever-neurotic Belichick probably dialed up the week before the Super Bowl. He might have become convinced there would be a need for nine onside kicks in the game and had some poor coaching assistant draw up 31 different onside-kick combinations, one of which involved the kicker pretending to have a heart attack on the field just moments before kicking the ball to a surprised defense. We don’t know, though.

The Chiefs may or may not have a quarterback controversy on their hands this year.

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In the other game of the evening, the Seahawks host the Chiefs in a battle of former division rivals. Seattle is coming off strong wins over the Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings, with Russell Wilson looking as healthy and sharp as ever. Unfortunately, the Seahawks also have a big hole at left tackle after George Fant tore his ACL in last week’s game. It’s another setback for an offensive line that’s been a consistent weakness in recent years.

The Chiefs may or may not have a quarterback controversy on their hands this year. First-round rookie Patrick Mahomes has been outstanding in preseason action, showing off his big arm and playmaking skills. On the other hand, Alex Smith has also been good, or at least good enough to not lose his job right away. Head coach Andy Reid is firmly backing Smith at the moment, so we’ll see how this situation plays out over the season.

He didn’t know, though, if the 34-year-old Fitzgerald had ever paid an opponent’s fine because of it.

Quin doesn’t like when Fitzgerald offers to help him up, either. While it may be something about Fitzgerald trying to be nice, it could be a mental game, too.

I don’t know, that’s kind of just like a shot at me or something, Quin said. Like you tackle me, but I’m going to help you up. Like, nah, don’t help me up, you know what I’m saying. That’s kind of how I see it.

Game Kids Shea Weber Jersey I’ve played against Fitzgerald a few times and he’s cool. Every time we play, we talk.

Michael Bennett represents the best of the NFL — a leader on his team and in his community.

Here’s an interesting move: The Chargers have revived their old shield-based logo, originally used during the team’s AFL days. Remember, the Chargers started out in L.A., so it makes a certain amount of sense for them to resurrect this logo now that they’re back where they started.

Héctor Pesquera, the superintendent of the Puerto Rico police, said at least 14 hours of wind and rain is expected, calling the storm more dangerous than Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas Aug. 25 as a Category 4 storm.

“If ever there was a storm to take seriously in the Keys, this is it,” Monroe County Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt said in a statement released by the county. “The sooner people leave, the better.”

A spokesperson for the Naval Air Station at Key West said a separate evacuation order has been issued for the base’s 5,500 personnel and their families, effective Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Bennett called the matter “a traumatic experience for me and my family.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a message of support for Bennett:

“Michael Bennett represents the best of the NFL — a leader on his team and in his community. Our foremost concern is the welfare of Michael and his family. Whille we understand the Las Vegas police department will address this later this evening, the issues Michael has been raising deserve serious attention from all of our leaders in every community. We will support Michael and all NFL players in promoting mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they loyally serve and fair and equal treatment under law.”

Edson Arantes do Nascimento only played for two clubs

The man many still consider to be the best soccer player to ever play hung up his cleats three weeks shy of his 37th birthday.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento only played for two clubs — Santos and the New York Cosmos — but his impact on the professional game can still be felt in North America today. The Cosmos were well ahead of their time in terms of the attention they could draw on this continent, with much of that attention coming thanks to the affable Brazilian. Their single-season attendance record of 47,856 still stands as the highest average attendance for a club in the U.S. and Canada (although MLS expansion Atlanta United is on pace to break it later this year).

What I hope to see from this is a shift in the conversation to Seth’s black teammates, who realistically have to carry that burden all the time.

The act of kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest was started last year by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who wanted to draw attention to police brutality against blacks and other racial injustices. Other NFL players followed suit with their own forms of protest. Eagles cornerback Malcolm Jenkins was among those to stand with a raised fist, something he has continued this year.

Before we get into that other thing that might keep Kaepernick from finding his ideal second-team scenario, the Seahawks can be a great benefit to him finding his way on the field again.
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Limited Womens John Ross Jersey Kaepernick still has the basic skill set, with that arm and that mobility, to serve as an ideal seasoned backup to Wilson. That No. 2 role is currently held by second-year undrafted QB Trevone Boykin, an intriguing athletic talent who still is more of a developmental project than insurance.

Preseason Week 3: Julian Edelman, Spencer Ware injuries add fuel to ‘starters shouldn’t play preseason’ debate

In addition to the aforementioned injuries, linebacker Tahir Whitehead left the Lions game against the Patriots with a knee injury.

Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis, the team’s first-round pick (No. 21 overall), lived up to his billing with eight tackles, including five solos, against the Patriots.
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Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, the team’s third-round pick out of Toledo, picked up 39 yards on nine carries.

Garrett was one of three first-round picks the Browns had in April, along with Njoku a tight end from Miami taken 29th overall and former Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers, who was selected with the 25th pick. Peppers had a dynamic 31-yard punt return after the Giants went three-and-out on their opening possession.
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Neither team got out of Monday’s game unscathed as the Browns lost safety Justin Currie in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. The Giants, who have yet to score a touchdown in two preseason games, saw receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall exit with injuries. Beckham had an ankle injury while Marshall had X-rays on an injured shoulder.

The Browns likely won’t be a playoff team this year, but they should be vastly improved from the team that won just one game last season. Osweiler could still be the Week 1 starter when the Browns begin the regular season against the Steelers, but the job will eventually belong to Kizer.

Smith may not forget the eight teams who passed on him anytime soon

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Everybody believes they should be the first pick, but that’s not everybody’s destiny, Smith says after his third summer league game. It can’t be. Mathematically, that don’t add up.

Smith may not forget the eight teams who passed on him anytime soon, but he feels ultra thankful to end up in the situation that he did. The four teams drafting before Dallas were the Knicks, Bulls, Magic, and Kings. None of them have a proven young core like the Mavericks.

That idea would have been laughable just a year ago. Last June, the Mavericks’ two best prospects were Justin Anderson and Dwight Powell, who will both have to fight to even play consistently next season. Even last year, Mark Cuban was still pushing the team towards a playoff run with established veterans, only to see Dallas start the year 4-17.

Tom Rathman Jersey Barrett’s hype reached a new level at Basketball Without Borders in February during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. With NBA scouts in attendance, Barrett drew rave reviews in taking home MVP honors. The consensus among NBA executives that we spoke to was that Barrett was not only the best player, but also far and away the best prospect at the event, wrote Evan Daniels of He wasn’t the only one:

He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s also very skilled for a guy his age, said Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress. He’s never afraid. It doesn’t matter who he’s playing against — he’s taking the ball strong to the basket every single time. He’s not going to back down.

He shows you a lot of versatility, his handle, his shooting, his defense, his passing, his ability to get out in the open floor and make plays. He’s an absolute stud, there’s no question.