Monthly Archives: September 2017

Ezekiel Elliott suspension: NFL won’t ‘rule out ruling him out’ for Monday

The NFL won’t rule out holding Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott out of Monday’s game against the Cardinals if the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rules before then on whether Elliotts’s six-game suspension should or shouldn’t stand.

Womens Thaddeus Young Jersey NFL VP of Communications Joe Lockhart says the situation remains at the discretion of commissioner Roger Goodell if there is a ruling over the weekend.

The Packers will return home Sunday after a tough loss last week at Atlanta. Injuries have plagued the Packers early this season, with seven players listed as doubtful on the official injury report Friday.

Among the concerns for the Packers — other than the heat — will be who Rodgers can throw the ball to against the Bengals. Randall Cobb was among the players ruled doubtful, and Jordy Nelson is officially questionable after leaving the Falcons game early with a quad injury.
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While Nelson is expected to play, the heat could force players to leave the game more often in an attempt to remain hydrated. Both teams could be forced to manage their personnel differently in what could be record-breaking heat.

No decisions have been made on the performer(s) and we are not going to speculate on particular artists, McCarthy told ProFootballTalk via email. Along with Pepsi, we know that we will put on a spectacular show. When it is time to announce her name we will do it. Or his name. Or their names.

How the Jaguars surprised the Texans for the week’s most unlikely win

Watson had a decorated career at Clemson, bringing the Tigers their first national championship since 1981. However, he wasn’t as hyped up as Michtell Trubisky, who started just one full season at North Carolina. Jason Kirk wrote about how many college fans find it confusing that Watson wouldn’t be the first quarterback drafted (he wasn’t) because he was that damn good in college. Regardless, he makes a good case for Watson having the ability to be capable of being a good NFL quarterback.
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So now we get to see Watson get his first career start against a Bengals team that got shut out against the Ravens in Week 1, 20-0. There’s no telling what Watson’s going to do, especially with a lingering ankle injury, but it’ll be nice to see the man who could possibly become the franchise quarterback the team has been feenin’ for.

It’s a helluva thing to make an opposing player get the sack and cause a fumble for you, but that’s exactly what Jones did to Brooks on that play.
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Jones’ third sack was probably the most impressive of them all, to me.

He was back over at the right three-technique across from Seumalo again, and Jones had been bullrushing quite a bit to that point. The Eagles had another first-and-10 at their own 25-yard line with just over two minutes left in the game and the Chiefs up 27-13.

Jones comes off like he is about to shoot his hands in Seumalo’s chest and bullrush him yet again. That made Seumalo stop his feet in anticipation for having to brace for Jones’ power. But, plot twist, this time Jones instead did another jab ole move and was able to easily slide inside Seumalo with an arm over.

Wentz actually got away from Jones momentarily that time, but Jones kept working and ended up getting him on the ground yet again.

Su’a Cravens won’t play in 2017 and Washington doesn’t seem very happy about it

Su’a Cravens was mulling retirement a couple of weeks ago, but Washington talked him out of it. Things have apparently changed. The team released a statement on Monday to say that Cravens has been placed on Washington’s reserve/left squad list.

Washington’s statement on the roster move had an interesting final sentence.

“We sincerely hope that Su’a uses this time away from the club to reflect upon whether or not he’d like to resume his career in the National Football League in 2018,” the statement reads.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Cravens had been in touch with head coach Jay Gruden and that Cravens planned to report back to Washington this week, likely on Tuesday. But the Washington Post’s Master Tesfatsion reported that Gruden had not “heard anything from or about Su’a.”

What does this mean for the Dolphins? Since Timmons will be out indefinitely, that opens up an immediate spot at linebacker. Mike Hull is the next man up for the Dolphins, and played this past Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

What does this mean for Timmons? It’s not a great look for Timmons. The entire situation is odd, but Timmons claims he was dealing with a personal matter. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Timmons was hoping to practice this week, but somewhere, things changed.

He met with team doctors on Monday to try to figure out what was wrong, but Schefter reported that Timmons is “doing much better.” However, a source told Schefter, “No one has ever seen anything like it,” with regards to Timmons’ situation.


If the Saints want to trade Kenny Vaccaro, we know the perfect spot

It’s strange to think about any spot on the New Orleans Saints defense being loaded enough that they can afford to trade a player, much less a starting safety like Kenny Vaccaro. This is the same team that opened the season by allowing Sam Bradford to turn in the week’s best quarterback performance.

But that hasn’t slowed the team’s resolve as they spent the week shopping safety Kenny Vaccaro, according to Ian Rapoport.

Does this make sense? On the surface it does. The Saints have Vonn Bell, a second-round pick in 2016, ready to ascend. Vaccaro is in the last year of his rookie deal, the fifth-year option, which pays him $5.7 million in fully guaranteed dollars. He’s a free agent next year, so it makes sense to try and get some draft value or maybe even a competent player at any other spot on the defense where they need help.

There’s also the little matter of Drew Brees’ contract. If they want to re-sign him next year, they’ll need a mountain of cap space to do it … despite the fact that he’ll be 39 in 2018.

Is it time for panic in Dallas? Not at all. The team is 1-1, just like it was at this time a year ago. While the struggles to get moving offensively damper the hype for a team that has come to define itself by its stout offensive line, it’s a long season and there are plenty of lesser defenses on the way.

An early hole against the Broncos meant leaning heavily on Dak Prescott to lead the Cowboys back and he finished with a career-high 50 pass attempts. The Cowboys aren’t likely to favor Authentic Mike Evans Jersey the pass that much in the future and will have a chance to establish the run more against future opponents, including the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3.

Prescott was also the team’s leading rusher — although, it took just 24 Jaroslav Halak Youth Jersey yards on the day to easily grab that crown.

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.