The NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement characterizing the session as being focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities.
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Adrian Peterson gave the offense a lift while power running on a mission, setting up the deep shots for Carson Palmer a lot better. But Palmer’s passing issues and some back-end defensive problems will keep making it hard for the Cards to put teams away.
This week: at Rams, trading the desert for Twickenham
Their defense has a nice mix of veteran leaders and youngsters beyond their years such as Jamal Adams. Even back at .500, there’s plenty of feel-good for Todd Bowles’ team.
Bobby Orr Youth Jersey Long’s first six game checks went to provide two scholarships for students from Charlottesville, Va., his hometown, and his next 10 game checks are going toward the launch of the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.
Long’s base salary this season is $1 million. In March, he signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles, including a $500,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed, the AP notes (via Fox 29).
My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality, Long told the AP. I think we can all agree that equity in education can help effect change that we all want to see in this country.
Jameis Winston is the latest star NFL player to go down with injury.
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Game Sam Mills Jersey The Buccaneers quarterback left Sunday’s game against the Cardinals in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. The Buccaneers quickly said Winston, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, was doubtful to return.
I’ll be back, he told reporters. Soon.
1. Questionable play-calling cost the Chiefs 鈥?The Chiefs went nearly the entire first half without a first down and had just three entering the fourth quarter. They kind of got things going in the fourth quarter, but passed up an opportunity to kick a field goal down 12-3 early in the fourth. Smith’s fourth-and-2 pass to Demetrius Harris was incomplete and the Steelers took over on downs at their own 4-yard line.
2. Antonio Brown is clutch 鈥?The game wasn’t put away until Brown made an incredible catch off what should have been an interception. Ben Roethliberger’s third-down pass went right through the hands of Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines. Brown snatched the deflected ball out of the air, took a hit and stayed in bounds before sprinting downfield for a 51-yard touchdown.
3. Steelers have Chiefs number 鈥?The Chiefs have lost their last three against the Steelers. There is no reason to panic for the Chiefs because they are still one of the top contenders in the AFC. But should these teams meet again in the postseason, you have to wonder what the psyche of the Chiefs players would be. On the surface it is still just one loss, however. There is a reason only two teams have ever gone through the regular season undefeated and why the ’72 Dolphins are the only club to win a championship with an unblemished record.
They’ll play faster, attack the rim more, and generate their usual bounty of foul shots.
But something feels rickety, even beyond health anxiety. The Clips are thin on true wings. They will lean on three-guard lineups, and bigger groups with tweeners — including Gallinari in the starting group — contorting themselves into wings to accommodate Griffin and Jordan. Their defense slipped horribly last season after an airtight first 20 games.
It seems unlikely that Clippers find that 50-win ceiling. If they finish closer to their floor, they’ll end up in the lottery. That could bring seismic change
“It feels tremendous,” said Smart. “I do a lot of things that don’t show up in the stat sheet. And those things, you can’t teach. This league is so focused on scoring the ball, but they don’t look at the other things, like diving on a loose ball when it’s a close game, a one- or two-possession game, getting your team another possession. Or ripping the ball away from somebody or taking a charge.”
The way Smart slimmed down this season, some wondered if he’d still be able to guard bigger and stronger players. Smart found the suggestion that he might struggle amusing.
Irving (13.3 ADP) is being taken a little higher than I’d like, and he plays a point guard position that’s far and away the deepest in fantasy hoops this season. Neither of those are necessarily good things, but Irving has a chance to take his game to a new level in Boston now that he’s finally out of the shadow of LeBron James. I expect Irving to run be the Celtics’ go-to-guy while Gordon Hayward serves as the team’s next-best offensive option. If I can land Davis in the middle of Round 1 and Irving in the middle of Round 2, I’m thrilled with that nucleus.
These are problems for the NBA’s first world. Ditto for figuring out how Harden and Paul, two of the league’s cleverest pick-and-roll wizards, might toggle the controls without sinking into “your turn, my turn” stagnancy. They have enough IQ to pull it off, and to integrate Paul’s midrange precision into an offense that has acted as if that section of floor contains quicksand. They cobbled a league-average defense last season, and should be better now.
A year ago, I shoved the Spurs out of this tier. They felt creaky after a lackluster offseason, with injury and depth concerns. Perhaps they would retreat gently into the 55-win range, observe Warriors-Cavs III from ringside, and reboot to fight another day.
You might need the No. 1 pick to get Antetokounmpo. He’s the top player on my board in category leagues after making big strides in virtually every aspect of his game last season and, unlike other top-rated players like Russell Westbrook and James Harden, the Bucks star doesn’t have a future Hall of Famer (or two) joining his team and eating into his stats this season. Instead, he will get an even heavier usage than normal while Jabari Parker misses time recovering from ACL surgery. The Greek Freak is a major contributor in virtually every category aside from 3-pointers, helps in the shooting percentage categories and provides five-plus assists per game as a forward. He also qualifies at power Geronimo Allison Jersey forward, which is far and away the thinnest position in fantasy hoops this season, boosting his value even more.
When Gregg Popovich senses that tide turning, he can use Green, Leonard and Rudy Gay in the kind of rangy, small-ball lineup every Golden State opponent needs in Ian Kinsler Womens Jersey its bag. Dejounte Murray and Davis Bertans are untapped.
And the Spurs always make you earn it. Popovich will find marginal edges and construct the proper schemes, and his players will execute them — every damned time. If you think a B-plus defensive performance suffices, San Antonio will slice you up with ball movement and calculated shot selection.
The Spurs aren’t sexy. They are a regular-season woodchipper that doesn’t always have the fabled extra playoff gear. But their standard gear revs hotter than almost anyone can reach. Until proven otherwise, they belong here.
Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert was in Los Angeles Wednesday contemplating a season-ending third back surgery, according to ESPN.com.
Jay Gruden said Tuesday that Kelley is a long shot to play even though the Redskins are fresh off their bye week.
Kelley has played just three games this season, rushing for 131 yards and zero touchdowns on 29 carries. If he is forced to miss Sunday’s game, Samaje Perine will likely get early-down work with Chris Thompson resuming his normal role as third-down receiving back.
The 49ers currently rank 19th in NFL team defense, allowing 116.6 rushing yards per game, so Perine could be a decent fantasy play this week if Kelley is forced to sit.
Now that player protests appear to be hitting owners, TV networks and corporate sponsors in the pocketbook, it’s probably no coincidence Goodell wants all players to stand for the national anthem. The NFL finds itself in a very volatile and dangerous place, said ESPN Insider Adam Schefter on Thursday’s Mike & Mike morning show.
It is very sensitive. It is chipping away at the popularity of the sport, Schefter added. There are people who are turned off to what’s happening. There are people canceling their DirecTV subscriptions.
The business of the game, by the way, also affects the players. Because for every dollar that the league is collecting, 48 cents go to the players.
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The numbers indicate some fans have discovered there’s more to life than watching the NFL on fall Sundays. The question now is: Can Goodell and the league get them back?
Elite Mens Will Compton Jersey With more than one quarter of the 2017 season in the books, that’s an open question.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg on Sunday on the Kansas City Chiefs’ first drive of the game. He is out indefinitely.
Watt will undergo further testing on the leg. His recovery timetable is uncertain, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Watt fell to the ground while engaged in a block in the Texans’ 42-26 loss. The Texans later announced the diagnosis.
He’s a fighter, Caldwell said. He’s tough. We’ll see where he is.
Stafford was sacked six times for the second straight week. He completed 23 of 35 passes for 229 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also fumbled twice, losing one.
Kids Terrell Owens Jersey While Stafford finished the game, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata did not. He was ruled out with an elbow injury and Caldwell said after the game he was not certain the extent of it.
Ngata, 33, has been dealing with injuries the past two weeks, including getting his shoulder worked on during last week’s win over Minnesota. He came off the field midway through the second quarter and soon made his way to the locker room for more testing.
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Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans: The Titans simply couldn’t get much of anything done on offense with Matt Cassel under center on Sunday, and Walker’s numbers suffered particularly. Walker managed just 5.5 PPR fantasy points on his five targets in a week during which he was started in a season-high (and third highest at his position) 87.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
“Baby, even the losers get lucky sometimes. Even the losers keep a little bit of pride. They get lucky sometimes.” The Jets are 2-2 with Josh McCown running the show, Bryce Petty in limbo and Christian Hackenberg still looking for the handle on his opportunity to show something. Can it sustain itself? Will we see one or both of the younger guys start at some point this year? Is the Jets’ quarterback of the future on their roster? Going with no, yes, no on those three questions, but in the meantime — and in the absence of confidence — I do hope Jets fans are enjoying watching their team win. Yeah, I know you want a high draft pick to get your hands on one of those 2018 rookie quarterbacks. But those guys aren’t even playing that well, and what’s the point of watching sports if you’re not going to enjoy surprise success?
Rookie kicker Jake Elliott continued his strong play one week after kicking a franchise-record 61-yard field goal to defeat the New York Giants. Elliott, who connected on a 53-yarder against the Chargers, has made six field goals in a row.
The banged-up Cardinals will be missing left tackle D.J. Humphries, who injured a knee in the first quarter of the season opener.
“He reinjured (his knee),” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters during his Monday press conference. “There’s another slight little tear when we were in pads last week.”
The Cardinals are also without outside linebacker Markus Golden for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
Garrett tweeted in Spanish that he was back, and Browns coach Hue Jackson said the first overall pick took part in all drills in practice. Garrett was still listed as limited on the injury report, and barring a setback, he should play Sunday. He missed Cleveland’s first four games with a high ankle sprain. — Pat McManamon
Kingsbury: [Manziel] was already going pretty good down in College Station, prior to that. … [The Alabama win] took it to a whole other level. We show up and there’s I don’t know how many thousands of people waiting — and here comes the rock star. They had to have police security literally walk him through these masses of people to get him to his car.
Authentic Kids James Develin Jersey Lewis: I still get asked about the Alabama game. It’ll live on forever. … Any time I have A&M gear on, people ask what year I played and, ‘Did you play with Johnny Manziel?’
Authentic Kids Anthony Castonzo Jersey In the end, both teams had good conclusions: The Aggies finished 11-2 and Manziel won the Heisman; and the Crimson Tide went on to win another national championship.
Tinker: [In the locker room] Saban was like, ‘What do we do now?’ And I remember the speech Saban gave after the LSU game the year before in 2011, and word-for-word I just said the speech he gave last year. I feel like that was my shining moment as a senior. I said, ‘Guys, we still have an opportunity to do something great. We still have a chance to go to the SEC championship. Don’t look at the scoreboard. Keep fighting. Keep doing everything we can to be the best football team we can be, and we’ll see what happens.’