Category Archives: Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers

The Jaguars might believe they are a QB away from joining the AFC’s elite.

In this weekly series, I identify players available in more than 40 percent of ESPN leagues at each position. Some nominations are purely specialists capable of helping in one or two categories, while others deliver more diverse and important statistical offerings. Either way, I believe the names below — ordered by ownership rate at each position — can contribute positively to fantasy rosters.

Even while spending the season often ceding minutes and touches to the likes of Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler in Chicago last year, Rondo was 13th in the NBA with 12.6 potential assists per game, just ahead of the likes of Damian Lillard and Draymond Green.

“You have to wait for the right time. I promise you — and I’ve talked to some of the guys — we’re always looking to add. But it has to be right, and the timing was right for this move for Kelvin.”

Why doesn’t Bill O’Brien trust Deshaun Watson with the game on the line? Is Carson Wentz the league’s best quarterback? Taking a close look at the biggest conundrums through Week 8.

Will the Dolphins find a suitor for impending free agent Jarvis Landry? We lay out a handful of logical trades that could take place before Tuesday afternoon.

Some of that is he pitches well to the park: Minute Maid is pinched down the lines but fair to the alleys and center, and Keuchel does a good job of limiting pull fly balls. But he also just allows less hard contact. Maybe he just loves the mound.

He claims the alleged victim was “too intoxicated to drive” and she stayed over. The friend’s signed affidavit stated he slept across the hall and never heard or saw anything violent occur.
ducks-019

Super Bowl 2018 halftime show: Justin Timberlake to perform in Minneapolis

The Redskins faced the Eagles Monday in their second “Monday Night Football” game of the season. The first came on Oct. 2 against the Chiefs, just three days after quarterback Kirk Cousins and wife Julie welcomed their first child with the birth of their son, Cooper.

Cousins missed one day of practice for the birth, but he wasn’t going to miss more than that. In fact, Cousins attended a quarterback meeting with the help of his backup Colt McCoy while his wife was giving birth.

An investigation by the Broward County (Florida) State Attorney’s Office determined there was “no reasonable likelihood” of a conviction for the incident that involved Landry and Estrella Cerqueira, who is the mother of the couple’s daughter.

“The victim maintains that the defendant did not intent to touch her [or] strike her, but accidentally did so,” assistant state attorney Stefanie Newman said in a memorandum.

It was hard to pinpoint anything notable in terms of fantasy when the Dolphins lost 40-0 to the Ravens on Thursday night. However, backup receiver Leonte Carroo had a career-high six receptions for 48 yards. This could open the opportunity for Carroo to get more playing time in the second half of the season, especially if DeVante Parker (ankle) remains sidelined. — James Walker

No. Butler’s skill set would likely be a better matchup against Travis Benjamin, whose run-after-the-catch ability has New England’s attention. The Patriots don’t always match up their corners, but if Stephon Gilmore returns to action, he would seem like the more likely option to check Allen, whether it’s in the slot or on the outside. — Mike Reiss

James Cook, the No. 55-ranked prospect in the country, is blazing a new path.49ers_220_77bc458c1668dc31-150x150

Aaron Rodgers breaks collarbone, could miss rest of the season

Aaron Rodgers left the Packers’ game against the Vikings on Sunday after taking a big hit from Anthony Barr. The Packers later announced that he broke his collarbone, and could miss the rest of the season.

The Panthers have had their own share of injuries to overcome, beginning earlier in the year, but are starting to find a rhythm with a new supporting cast. As Cam Newton gets further removed from his shoulder injury, he’s starting to look more like his 2015 self. He’s still without TE Greg Olsen, but has seemed to find a productive Plan B with Ed Dickson — who saw the majority of targets in Week 5 and had himself a career day.

Thompson’s family members, who live in Florida, haven’t been able to watch him play much in person. Thompson leads the Redskins in receiving yards (340) and rushing yards (175). But despite warning his family to go see him play the following week at home against the Cowboys instead, Thompson can’t wait for Monday night.

His big-time effort even earned him a nickname from veteran coach Andy Reid: “butt kicker dot com.”

Luckily for the Chiefs, they are still the top team in each power rankings. Unfortunately for the Packers, however, they took a huge fall. Yahoo Sports’ power rankings has Green Bay at No. 16. On the other hand, the Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, and Los Angeles Rams are in the top 10.

The Eagles, Panthers, and Rams are in the top 10 on ESPN’s power rankings, and the Steelers moved to the top five after beating Kansas City. Philadelphia is also the No. 2 team on NFL.com’s power rankings list, but the Rams are behind the Eagles at No. 3. However, the Atlanta Falcons slipped to No. 12.
sabres_014

Newton, Panthers concern Lions

The wraps came off Cam Newton on Sunday. It’s no coincidence that he suddently resembled the quarterback who won the 2015 Most Valuable Player award.

Newton passed for 316 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 44 yards and another score in Carolina’s 33-30 win at New England.

It was a breakthrough performance for a quarterback coming off a colossally disappointing 2016 season and offseason shoulder surgery. Newton averaged 188.7 yards passing and gained a total 46 rushing yards while throwing twice as many interceptions as touchdowns in the Panthers’ first three outings this season.

“We just need to stop the run and put them into 3rd-and-long situations,” Cincinnati safety George Iloka said. “Every week, we challenge ourselves to be the best defense on the field.”

The Bengals’ defense wasn’t quite as good as whoever was getting to feast on Andy Dalton mistakes the first two weeks. But since Bill Lazor became offensive coordinator after a sloppy Week 2 loss to Houston, Dalton has looked like the guy who guided Cincinnati to four straight playoff berths.

In two games with Lazor calling the shots, Dalton has produced passer ratings of 124.1 and 146.0. In the rout of Cleveland, Dalton completed 25 of 30 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.

Snead and McVay know there are tougher defenses ahead on the schedule, including matchups with divisional foes Seattle and Arizona (each twice), plus road trips to face the solid defenses of the Vikings and Giants.

But they like what they’ve seen so far and are hoping the success carries through the regular season and into the playoffs.

avalanche-017_62b3d640d945e3f6-180x180

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.

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.”
avalanche_450

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.”
rockets_024

Mike Williams, Chargers’ 1st-round pick, may miss 2017 season due to herniated disk

In an effort to give Philip Rivers all the tools he needs to succeed as his career winds to a close, the Los Angeles Chargers selected game-changing wide receiver Mike Williams with the No. 7 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft. Unfortunately for all parties involved, the rookie may not get a chance to see the field this fall.

A week before his eventual release, Whitehead claimed his dog, Blitz, had been kidnapped and was being held for $20,000 ransom. The dog was later returned by rapper Boogotti Kasino who said he purchased the dog and just wanted his money back.

But the incident that resulted in Whitehead’s release was an arrest warrant issued on Monday. Earlier in July, Whitehead was accused of shoplifting in Virginia, even though his agent claimed there was proof the return specialist wasn’t even in the state.

“I just wanted some time to clear my name,” Whitehead told Wright. “I think I deserve that a little bit … It was just unfortunate how it all happened. I wish I got a chance to clear my name up.”

Police validated that claim Tuesday by dropping all charges and explaining that the man arrested had no identification, but provided Whitehead’s birth date and social security number. But that was one day after an arrest warrant was issued because Whitehead missed a court date and was subsequently released by the Cowboys.

At the end of it all, Whitehead was back where he started with a dog back in his possession and no legal troubles. But he was without a team before the Jets ended that.

patriots_095-180x180

NFLPA video hints at labor strife: ‘Save now. Fight later.’

Here’s an interesting video the NFL Players Association posted heading into the weekend before camps open for some teams.

The message: “Save now. Fight later.”

Left open to interpretation is what exactly the union means, which could be as simple as the bottom line of financial literacy.

“Don’t spend all your money,” NFLPA executive committee member Zak Deossie says in the video. “Put your f—g money away.”

There is a larger context, though, of NFL players seeing NBA-sized paychecks and perhaps awakening to the fact that to get a larger slice of the NFL’s multibillion-dollar pie might take a union stand against ownership in the next collective bargaining negotiations after the 2020 season.

“We have such a long CBA that I knew my role was probably going to be to get these guys ready for the next fight,” NFLPA president Eric Winston says in the video.

But the fundamental problem, writes attorney Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, continues to be this:

“As far as the stuff that was preached [by the Cowboys], I was left out to dry,” Whitehead said. “You see the mantras that are all around The Star. I mean, by 12:45 I figured out that this is even going on. By 2:30 I was released. What’s the real reason? Let me clear my name. I didn’t have time to do that.

“I was pretty much called a liar.”

Meanwhile, second-year running back Ezekiel Elliott remains on the team despite an ongoing domestic violence investigation by the NFL, an altercation in which he allegedly punched a DJ at a Dallas bar, and a 100 mph speeding ticket.

Whitehead, 25, had a combined nine catches for 64 yards in his first two seasons in Dallas. He made headlines earlier this month after his dog was stolen and held for ransom by a rapper, though Whitehead said he got the dog back after paying an undisclosed amount.
t_rangers_004-115x115

Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony was asleep during the NBA trade deadline

After weeks of trade rumors, Carmelo Anthony stayed put in New York at the NBA’s trade deadline.

Even if there had been a last-minute deal, Anthony would have needed to be contacted in order to waive his no-trade clause. But he told reporters Thursday night, after a team loss to the Cavs, he was fast asleep when everything was going down.

“The trade deadline has come and gone, and me talking about it has come and gone too. I will not be talking about trades anymore the rest of the season.”

As for what’s next, Anthony seemed unclear. He admitted he doesn’t know what Phil Jackson’s plan for the future of the team is and that the Knicks have to get “back to the drawing board.”

The first thing to pay attention to is which players are on the floor with Thomas in fourth quarters. Take a peek at NBA.com, and you’ll see five of the 10 lineups that have played at least 10 minutes in the fourth quarter for the Celtics this season have a net positive. The small-ball lineup of Thomas, Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder and Al Horford has surprisingly struggled to stop teams from scoring, whereas the trio of Thomas, Smart and Jonas Jerebko with a center and shooter surrounding them has fared rather well on both offense and defense.

The important takeaway from that data is eight of those 10 lineups are scoring at a similar level as the Rockets, Cavaliers and Warriors. While some lineups have a hard time slowing teams down, being able to stretch the floor for Thomas with at least three 3-point shooters on the court has proven to be incredibly difficult for any defense to stop. As long as the Celtics finish with one of the net positive lineups, their high-octane offense is usually enough to carry them to the finish line.broncos_130