Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler has denied reports he was benched for Super Bowl 52 after breaking curfew to attend a concert.

The 27-year-old was left off the field for the duration of the Patriots’ 41-33 defeat to the Eagles in Minneapolis Sunday.

In his absence the Patriots defense was shredded by Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who won the game’s MVP award after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

“But I also learned a lot in my three years at UCLA. I learned how to handle a lot of ups and a lot of downs — adversity, success — so it was a blessing in disguise. UCLA is an incredible school. I wouldn’t have attended anywhere else, even in retrospect. I’m glad I went through those three years for good and bad.”

Rosen’s main goal now is to dispel as much about the “bad” as hesurrounding his draft profile.

Even though Wentz was unable to play in the Eagles’ 41-33 win over the Patriots Sunday, he was instrumental in getting the team into playoff contention. Before he tore his ACL in December, Wentz led Philadelphia to an 11-2 record and threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and had a 101.9 quarterback rating.

All the time, Belichick’s love-hate relationship continued with the volatile Parcells. NFL Films captures one hilarious moment during their stint with the Giants, when Parcells threatens to send Belichick to the “parking lot” outside Giants Stadium if he made one more mistake during a game — is that any way to treat the future greatest coach in NFL history?

To his credit, Belichick is as unperturbed now as he was when Parcells originally cussed him on the sideline: “There was no question about it. I worked for him. He was the boss,” Belichick says.

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, in preparation for this, gave his players five days off following their Thursday night loss Oct. 26 to the Ravens, and this past week they were off Tuesday and Wednesday after their Monday night loss to the Panthers.

“We’re planning the way we needed to plan it,” Gase said. “We felt like giving ourselves time as coaches and giving our players the proper time to recover after a game was important to us.”

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With game outcomes increasingly determined by unsportsmanlike conduct fouls, why is there even one such outcome? Where are the team owners, GMs and coaches to demand it end 锟斤拷 to ensure it ends 锟斤拷 to save their game and investments from risking the loss of the dignified as both customers and viewers? They, too, fear condemnation from the desensitized?
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He started 31 games the next two seasons, but only 10 in 2016 before he went on IR.

Trufant, one of three brothers who all have played cornerback in Authentic Robert Ayers Jersey the NFL, started all 16 games in each of his first three seasons and was voted a Pro Bowl alternate in 2015. He missed Atlanta’s run to the Super Bowl in 2016 after going on IR with a shoulder injury in Week 10. But the Falcons like Trufant so much that they gave him a $69 million extension earlier this month, with $42 million guaranteed.

Floyd, an All-American at Florida, had 9.5 sacks in his first three seasons, emerging as a starter before missing almost all of 2016 with a knee injury. Worse, Floyd suffered nerve damage during the resulting surgery, making his return to football unclear.

Moments after Engram’s act of vandalism, Jason Pierre-Paul, identified as a veteran leader despite losing half-a-season and nearly a hand in an adolescent pursuit 锟斤拷 playing with fireworks 锟斤拷 sacked Lions QB Matthew Stafford, then, as seen on an ESPN isolated tape, launched into an all-about me war dance.

But Pierre-Paul was too busy patting himself on the back to notice he had stripped the ball from Stafford 锟斤拷 the fumbled ball was up for grabs. Having caused and been closest to the free ball, Pierre-Paul vacated the scene for all-alone space to best be seen performing a how-great-I-art routine.

And what again was impossible to miss again went unspoken on ESPN.
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Though the 29-year-old Tebow has been surprisingly OK in the Mets’ minor league system this year, the Dolphins reportedly considered him as a possible quarterback solution before landing on Jay Cutler after Ryan Tannehill went down last week.

The Dolphins also considered and discarded Kyle Orton and the embattled Colin Kaepernick before agreeing to terms with Cutler, according to the Miami Herald.

Tebow played three years in the NFL, including one season with the Jets in 2012, then failed to catch on with the Patriots and Eagles in subsequent seasons.

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For coaching tactics geeks, it doesn’t get much better than a matchup of Doug Pederson and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz against the five-time champion Patriots staff. Schwartz helped to dial up pressure at just the right moments Sunday against the Vikings. Pederson always has a few trick plays up his sleeve and, like Belichick, is an aggressive game manager.

The Raiders were a surprise when they dumped Jack Del Rio, who announced the news at his own press conference immediately after losing to the Chargers, but the coaches of the Lions, Bears, Giants and Colts either had already been fired or was obviously going to happen. We did get one bombshell with the news of Ted Thompson being removed as the Packers GM, although the shock factor of a GM change is still much smaller than that of a high-profile coaching change.

Even a slow day of coaching news leads to plenty of carnage. So, with the understanding that we could see plenty more change in the coming week, Ryan Murray Jersey let’s try to break down some of the winners and losers from the first 24 hours of coaching rumor and search season.

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Q: Is Sam Darnold the clear No. 1 pick?
A: He’d be mine. I know there were fumbles, picks and they didn’t go 12-0, but all the quarterbacks are going to get nitpicked. I love the fact that he went through adversity this year because you are going to go through that in the NFL. You are going to lose people around you. It’s going to get really hard. You are going to play in hostile environments.

Q: What coaching hire did you like, and what one did you not understand?
Joffrey Lupul Authentic Jersey A: I really liked UCLA’s Chip Kelly hire. He’s not going to have to schmooze, deal with the boosters. He can play in the shadows of USC’s hype, but he’s going to get so much talent and speed there. Herm Edwards to Arizona State is curious, to say the least.

Q: What’s your prediction for the playoffs?
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He’ll have to get up, stand up for his long-shot right to play in the NFL. At 5-foot-8 and 208 pounds, he’s at least 30 pounds lighter than most at his position.

Marley, 22, played at Tulane University and was named first-team all-conference as a senior and junior yet gained no attention from NFL scouts.

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Marley worked out at a Washington minicamp this past weekend – impressing coaches enough to get a contract.

In a 2014 interview with Sports Illustrated, Marley said he never wanted anything handed to him because of his last name.

I always wanted to make something for myself, he said. I’ve never said, ‘I’m gonna do it like my dad did it,’ or ‘I want to be like my grandfather.’ Every individual is supposed to have something he wants to go get, something he wants so bad he don’t need anybody’s help. That’s what I get from my father and grandfather.

The Vikings like to be aggressive with Keenum, which is the best way to attack the Eagles, anyway.

The Vikings need to stick with the run to open up downfield shots in the passing game, but they need to do it the right way, without an overcommitment. The challenge of striking a delicate balance falls on offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs were spectacular all season, and they kept it up against the Saints, down to the last miracle play. Tight end Kyle Rudolph wasn’t a big factor in the divisional round, but big, athletic types like him have given the Eagles fits in coverage. Keenum has been in the zone spreading the ball to this top three targets, and Shurmur uses them well based on situation.

Thielen excels in the slot, but if the Vikings are going two-tight to run the ball, he has a better matchup outside against cornerback Ronald Darby. When the Vikings spread the field against the Saints, Jarius Wright resurfaced as a key No. 3 wideout. He gives them versatility in how they can line up Thielen from formation to formation.

Shurmur likely is getting the Giants’ head-coaching job in part because of how good he is at deploying varied personnel. Look for him to also get the backs involved in the passing game to test the Eagles’ linebackers in coverage.

Now, they trade up in the first round to get Trubisky. In doing so, they pass up a number of defensive players — Solomon Thomas, Jamal Adams, Marshon Lattimore — worthy of the No. 2 overall pick. Yes, the idea is to get a reliable quarterback. Paying the price necessary to get one is how it goes. But you don’t have to do that twice.

It’s been almost 600 days since Jaylon Smith last played in a football game (598 to be exact), and on Saturday night, the Cowboys linebacker, who fell to the second round of the draft after a horrific injury against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl two seasons ago, will be back on the field for the first time since his injury.

NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported the news and added that Smith will wear a brace on his leg.

“He is going to start at the middle linebacker position tonight,” Slater reported on Total Access. “Now he is going to be playing with a brace on that ankle. That’s going to … keep him close to the ground, help him accelerate when he’s running.”

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There’s precedent for Brady not walking away with the hardware and it happened against, interestingly, the Eagles in Super Bowl 39. In the aftermath of that 24-21 Patriots victory, speedy 5-9 receiver Deion Branch earned the honors with an 11-reception, 133-yard performance as Brady’s top target.
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It is not an approach that most coaches favor, Jenkins said.

Only certain coaches get that, he said. A lot of coaches come in and try to establish their way, their culture, what they want. A lot of times, you don’t have the buy-in from your entire team, though. If you allow players to have that input and that ownership, everybody feels like this is our baby and everybody’s fully invested. .?.?. That’s just an environment that really allows everybody from your starters to your practice-squad guys to feel like their role is important.

It helps, of course, that Wentz has developed into an honest-to-goodness superstar. The Eagles traded up for the No. 2 overall choice in last year’s draft to get him, then made him an immediate starter by trading away Sam Bradford just before last season. Last year brought its ups Womens Roy Halladay Jersey and downs for both Pederson and Wentz.

The winners would play the Eagles and Vikings, teams with double-digits wins, ferocious defenses and tenuous quarterback situations, in very different ways. Can Nick Foles provide a suitable replacement for Wentz? Will Case Keenum continue his out-of-nowhere brilliance and hold off Teddy Bridgewater?

Should those teams fall back, Seattle currently would be the next team up, with scintillating Russell Wilson trying to keep a teetering Seahawks reign alive. Also lurking are the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, both 7-6, who are trying to make late-season charges with the returns of Aaron Rodgers and Ezekiel Elliott looming.

The Cowboys have a record of 5-3. They are 2? games behind the first-place Eagles in the NFC East but in the thick of the chase for a wild-card spot. They plan to divide playing time and carries among backup running backs Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith in Elliott’s absence. Elliott led the NFL in rushing last season as a rookie and ranks second this season, behind Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt, entering this weekend’s play.
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Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas Jersey and Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung announced their withdrawals last week from the Players Coalition.

But owners acknowledged throughout the deliberations that there was no explicit or implied agreement for players to stand in exchange for funding.
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According to people familiar with the owners’ thinking, some owners would support taking Ben Ijalana Jersey action in the offseason, if the protests last all season, to change the anthem policy for next season and have players remain in the teams’ locker rooms until after the anthem is played. That would be an approach similar to the league’s policy before 2009.

During George’s extended layoff, the All-Star from Palmdale, California, and his Nike team from Beaverton, Oregon, met quarterly around the country to work through feedback, design updates and colors. Whether it was getting an up-close look at his love of fishing, or seeing how close George is with his parents, Paul and Paulette, the added window allowed for both sides to get that much more familiar with each other.

That familiarity with George helped Nike as it worked simultaneously on the PG1 and PG2 — the latter of which had to be designed without certainty of where George would be playing when he debuted the sneaker. As the group began outlining the PG2, a favorite quote of George’s kept coming up:
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As I alluded to earlier, he can also struggle if blockers get their hands on him. He relies on his athleticism to avoid blockers but there were certainly times when he couldn’t simply go under or around blockers. In the NFL, where he’ll face more athletic linemen that are harder to just avoid, he’ll have to learn how to improve to disengage from blockers. Otherwise, he’ll find himself washed out of the play or out of position far more than he should be.

Youth Ronnie Lott Jersey But ultimately, Foster is a very good prospect and one worthy of the consensus top linebacker tag he has received. On talent alone, I would expect him to go in the top 15 picks, meaning a fall to Washington at 17 would make it very hard to pass on him.

The Patriots proceed to go down by double digits in the fourth quarter. But of course, Mr. Brady engineers a comeback win by torching a ferocious Jaguars defense for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the final period — with a freshly stitched-up throwing hand, to boot.

The Super Bowl won’t be a cakewalk for New England. Actually, I think it will be an excellent game. Philadelphia’s defense, led by the beastly Fletcher Cox, is legit. Lane Johnson has the underdog theme permeating. And how about Nick Foles? Who knew?!!

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I am way more accurate than my completion percentage shows, he said, adding that he’s in Mobile to show he belongs.

Holiday made Memphis pay for trying to lock down All-Star big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, following his dunk with a pair of layups on penetrating dribble drives, then adding floaters from five and 12 feet.

Anthony told me to be aggressive. He told me to get to 20 points this game and we would win, Holiday said. I just listened to the captain.

Holiday scored 13 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, Cousins had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and New Orleans beat Memphis 111-104 on Saturday night.

Holiday said the attention Memphis paid to Cousins and Davis often left him with only one defender to beat.

In situations like that, you just have to make a play, Holiday said.
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Davis had 21 points and 12 rebounds but did not score his first points of the second half until he dunked with 1:15 to go in the game, giving the Pelicans a 108-102 lead.

After Holiday had swished the second free throw, Davis recalled, I looked at DeMarcus and we both just shook our head with sad faces, like, ‘We had this one.’

And then he missed, and it was, ‘All right. Let’s go get it.’

Jerian Grant had 22 points and 13 assists, and Robin Lopez also scored 22 for the Bulls, who appeared well on their way to their fifth victory in six games when they opened the fourth quarter with a 23-5 run to take their largest lead at 104-86.

A lot of good things and obviously we had Darron Lee Authentic Jersey a chance to win it at the end, coach Fred Hoiberg said. A lot of things we can learn as well and grow from.

But the 2017-18 season has been different for the Spurs and the Cavaliers. Both teams are in third place in their respective conferences and — because of injuries for San Antonio and a dead-legged and greying roster for Cleveland — not in the discussion as teams that can win the league championship.

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The 49ers are set at quarterback. Or so it seems.

Judging by how well Jimmy Garoppolo played to close the 2017 season, San Francisco acquiring the 26-year-old passer in a trade with New England right before the deadline could go down as one of the biggest steals in NFL history. A second-round pick was all the 49ers needed to send to the Patriots.

Fountain was the most explosive receiver all week during practice and his explosiveness was evident in the game, as well. He finished with three catches for a game-high 61 yards and had a 30-yard punt return, too. Unfortunately, he made a costly drop toward the end of the game, but he generated some big plays for the East team. I love what he did running after the catch. He reminds me of the Rams’ Pharoh Cooper, who made the Pro Bowl this season as a kick returner.

Street had a great week of practice and the best get-off of any lineman in the game. The stats won’t bear it out, but he was very disruptive on Saturday. He did a lot of his damage coming off the edge, which adds to his value, but I think he’ll end up rushing from the inside once he gets to the next level. He’s a strong guy, but his game is more about his quickness.

Mann, 70, joined the Steelers in 2013 and helped in Antonio Brown’s development toward becoming a record-setting NFL wideout. Pittsburgh rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster also quickly became an impact player this season under Mann’s tutelage.

Mann’s NFL coaching career began with the then-Baltimore Colts in 1982. He also worked for Cleveland (1985-1993), the New York Jets (1994-96), Baltimore (1997-98), Kansas City (1999-2000) and Tampa Bay (2002-2009). Mann then worked as a private coach for wide receiver prospects entering the draft before joining Mike Tomlin’s staff in Pittsburgh.

That was confirmed by two others with knowledge of the league’s inner workings.

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Arizona was the one remaining team without a coach, at least based on reports, but now it Chris Baker Authentic Jersey appears the NFL’s vacancies have been filled, with president Michael Bidwell and GM Steve Keim ultimately deciding to go with Wilks.
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The Cardinals’ other primary other targets in their search ended up in the Super Bowl: Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, Arizona could have interviewed them again this week, but the timing of hiring a coach who is in the middle of a Super Bowl run is tricky and hardly guaranteed.

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Wilks will take over a roster that has issues. The Cardinals don’t have a quarterback under contract, but they were in a bad spot in 2013 as well and that worked out fine. Defensively, there are a lot of nice, unique pieces for Wilks to work with, and he should have help from the Carolina staff as well.

In somewhat surprising news, it appears the playoff game was Triplette’s last, as Aditi Kinkhabwala reported on Sunday morning that Triplette is expected to retire after the 2017 season.
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There was a clear recovery there by the Chiefs, but Triplette ruled Mariota’s forward progress had been stopped. This is impossible because Mariota was not moving forward — he was standing in the pocket and got smoked like a late-’80s Mike Tyson opponent. There was no progress because he wasn’t going forward. Looking out for a quarterback’s well being is a point of emphasis for the NFL, and has been for years, but clearly this was a sack –> fumble situation.

There was also a sack of Mariota during a Titans’ two-point conversion attempt where Mariota attempted to escape, eventually lost the football, and the Chiefs recovered. Kansas City was going to score on the play and it would have been worth two points and given the Chiefs a one-point lead.

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