Month: September 2017

Falcons-Lions national anthem performer Rico LaVelle Jersey takes knee, raises fist

Sunday’s protests throughout the NFL in the wake of a series of tweets from President Donald Trump did not stop with players, coaches and executives. Rico LaVelle, who sang the national anthem before the Falcons-Lions game in Detroit, took a knee and raised his fist at the end of his performance.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Lions owner Martha Ford linked arms with players of their respective teams on the sidelines during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
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Brandon Mebane Limited Jersey In what ESPN’s Adam Schefter called an “unprecedented” day of protests in the league, players in every game could be seen kneeling or linking arms (or both) as a reaction to Trump’s NFL-related tweets, which began Saturday and continued Sunday morning.

Danny Trevathan, Chicago Bears linebacker: “This is history right here. Last night I prayed to God and asked the question, ‘How do I want to be defined?’ How do the 2017 Bears want to be defined — as men? Not as individuals, but men. They’re going to look at our record, of course we want to win the game, but how are they going to look at us in this situation, how do we stand as a team. I was proud of everyone that stood up and said their peace.

Demar Dotson, Buccaneers offensive tackle: “I voted for Trump but through the last couple months, man, I kinda wish I didn’t vote for him. He’s definitely not doing a good job holding down the office of the president … He’s doing a real poor job. It’s almost like he’s going out of his way to create enemies. I don’t know what he’s doing, what his purpose is, what his plan is but he’s not a good president right now.

“That’s one of the biggest things — the non-stop tweeting. He needs to worry about some of the problems in our country. He’s a poor president right now.” Dotson stood with the majority of his teammates.

6 reasons NFL fans should get to know Lamar Jackson Jersey

The Louisville quarterback earned a Heisman Trophy in 2016 when he roasted opposing defenses for 51 total touchdowns — 31 passing and 20 rushing. The sophomore finished the season 10th in the nation in rushing yards, just 32 yards behind the No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Christian McCaffrey.

It’s likely Jackson’s turn to be a top draft pick next. While he’s a junior and could return for another year in 2018, he’s the favorite to win the Heisman again this season and he’s running out of things to prove against ACC defenses.

Louisville was no match for Clemson, especially the defense, but Jackson still had a solid outing. He finished with three touchdown passes and one pick, completing 21 of 42 attempts for 317 yards. He also ran 17 times for 64 yards. Most of his passing numbers came in the fourth quarter, when the Tigers defense finally dialed back the pressure just a bit.

John Ross is more than just a track star, but there’s no question that it was his record-breaking performance at the 2017 NFL Combine that makes him a player that will be fascinating to see in action.
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In March, Ross blazed down the 40-yard track in Indianapolis in 4.22 seconds, a couple hundredths of a second faster than the 4.24 seconds by Chris Johnson in 2008 that was long held as the golden standard of outrageous football speed.

This August, Oakland brought him back into the fold for the fourth time, but cut him on Sept. 2, the NFL’s cutdown date. He came back to the team’s practice squad one day later, then promoted to the active roster once Janikowski was moved to the IR. That set him up for last Sunday’s debut, where he proved persistence pays off.

Extremely. Janikowski is one of the league’s longest-tenured players, but he’s also an expensive luxury who’s currently on the injured list. His contract impasse with the Raiders this offseason raised questions about his future with the team, and whether he could be replaced.
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Falcons free throw TD celebration was so good, NBC played the ‘NBA on NBC’ theme

After Austin Hooper’s long touchdown reception in Week 1 against the Bears, Hooper and his teammates took advantage of the NFL’s new relaxed rules on group celebrations. In their home opener, they did it again.

Devonta Freeman capped off a nine-play, 86-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Freeman celebrated with left guard Andy Levitre, who served as a hoop while Freeman shot a free throw.

NBC even played the old NBA on NBC theme, “Roundball Rock,” in honor of Freeman’s celebration.

That’s the kind of thing opponents usually look for: trends that give them an idea what a team will do with certain looks in certain situations.

So why did the Patriots rush five there?

“Analytics. When they go through it next week, they’re going to want to say ‘on what percentage do they play man and rush five?’ He just added to that number right there,” Romo explained.

Belichick did that to screw with people. That’s it. He did that to make it even harder for an opponent to try and decipher what they’re going to do.

I’ve been to press conferences with reporters trying to get similar information out of Belichick and settling for monosyllabic answers.

Serious question: If Tony Romo reveals too many of Belichick’s secrets, how long until the Patriots file a complaint with the competition committee? OK, that’s probably not going to happen.

But we got a rare insight into the mind of Belichick thanks to Romo. Is there anything he can’t do in the broadcast booth?yankees_1179_40942faa042d5251-180x180

Dalvin Cook Jersey was impressive again in Week 2, but his usage suggests he’s only scratching the surface of a huge rookie season

Authentic Youth Lynn Swann Jersey Cook has 34 carries for 191 yards (5.6 YPC), but has yet to score a touchdown and has only five catches for 10 yards despite a hefty eight targets. Cook caught 33 balls for 488 yards (14.8 YPR) at Florida State last year and has the chops to do damage in that part of the game. Assuming his workload doesn’t change, Cook should provide top-10 production moving forward. Sam Bradford’s return from injury would be a big help for his prospects against Tampa Bay this weekend.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: If you blinked, you missed his fantasy contribution to Week 2. Graham managed just one catch on his two targets for 1.1 PPR (and 0.1 non-PPR) fantasy points, his worst single-game score since 2014 Week 13 (0.0) and the ninth-worst score of his 107 career NFL games. He was started in 86.2 percent of ESPN leagues, making him one of the five most started at his position.
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Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: His situation couldn’t be much more frustrating, as per Pro Football Focus’ Nathan Jahnke, Powell played just 17 snaps on Sunday, nine fewer than Matt Forte, explaining Powell’s mere 1.3 fantasy points (in either format). Powell touched the football half as often in Week 2 (6) as he did in the opener (12), letting down the 29.4 percent of managers in ESPN leagues who started him. That’s two consecutive weeks in which Forte has been used more prominently of the two, out-snapping Powell 63-47 in the process. Unfortunately, while it’s probable that Powell will improve over the course of the year, mainly because he’s the younger player of the two and therefore more likely to hold up, the Jets’ weak offense caps much of his rushing upside. He’s a flex-play candidate at best.

The Vikings unveiled another piece of their offensive fabric Monday night in Dalvin Cook Jersey.

What happened? Elliott was handed the suspension following an investigation into domestic violence allegations made against him in July 2016. The investigation lasted more than a year, and Elliott immediately appealed the disciplinary ruling.
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The NFLPA filed a lawsuit against the NFL before the appeal ended and added a motion asking for an injunction. Harold Henderson, who was the arbitrator assigned by Goodell to hear the appeal, upheld the league’s decision and Elliott’s suspension.

Judge Amos Mazzant, a federal judge in Texas, decided to grant Elliott’s injunction on Friday.

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The Vikings unveiled another piece of their offensive fabric Monday night in Dalvin Cook. The 2017 second-round draft pick set the franchise’s rushing record for a rookie debut with 127 yards on 22 carries while the player who held the mark, Saints running back Adrian Peterson, withered on the New Orleans sideline.

On a second down draw play by Carolina with 3:33 left in the opening quarter, Foster moved toward Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey, but his right foot appeared to catch on the playing surface as he lunged forward. Foster immediately grabbed for his lower right leg as medical personnel rushed to him.

Foster’s teammates huddled around him, with many saying prayers, and Niners fans began chanting his name as he was taken off the field. The injury was initially announced as a leg ailment, with Foster labeled questionable to return.

Former Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Jersey wanted out in 2015, wants to ‘stick it to them’ in Week 1

Saying Saints running back Adrian Peterson is excited to take on his former team, the Vikings, in Week 1 may be a bit of an understatement.

Of course I want to stick it to them, Peterson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I want to stick it to everyone we play. But going back to Minnesota, playing the Vikings? Yeah, I want to stick it to them.

Peterson had some great and rough moments in 10 seasons with the Vikings, ranging from a season in which he finished 9 yards short of the single-season rushing record, to one in which he missed 15 games while dealing with claims of child abuse in 2015.

Hopkins had 111 receptions for 1,521 yards in 2015 before slipping to 78 catches for 954 yards last season. Entering the fifth year of his rookie contract, Hopkins’ extension is worth $81 million with $49 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. Hopkins has 317 catches for 4,487 yards and 23 touchdowns over four NFL seasons.

Game Youth Dalvin Cook Jersey The deal for Hopkins came after the Texans extended the contracts of safety Andre Hal, tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and fullback Jay Prosch.

Hal’s three-year extension is for three years and $15 million with $7 million guaranteed, per NFL Media, for one of Houston’s unsung starters. Fiedorowicz also got a three-year deal worth about $7 million per season, according to the Houston Chronicle. Fiedorowicz caught 54 passes for 559 yards and four touchdowns last season.

After the two Seans, we’re up to our third rookie coach in a row as the Kyle Shanahan era kicks off in San Francisco. The talent is still lacking overall, but it’s gotten some good long-term upgrades defensively (Solomon Thomas, Reuben Foster) and decent short-term upgrades offensively (Brian Hoyer, Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin). The Niners will build on a feel-good offseason to show Shanahan is the answer, but the Panthers, with the defense back near elite again, Cam Newton back healthy and Christian McCaffrey back close to Stanford, are too much to handle in the end. Panthers win 24-20 but fail to cover the spread.
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Saints’ trade for Jon Dorenbos likely saved his life after heart condition discovery

New Orleans Saints long snapper Jon Dorenbos will have surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm and go on the team’s non-football injury list before he ever played a game with the team.

Dorenbos, 37, began his career with two seasons with the Buffalo Bills before joining the Eagles during the 2006 season. He spent 11 seasons in Philadelphia before he was traded to the Saints in August for a seventh-round pick in 2019.

Watt, 28, is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, but played just three games in 2016 before he was shut down for the year due to back surgery. Prior to leaving against the Jaguars, he had one tackle in the first half against a Jaguars offense that leaned heavily on Leonard Fournette en route to a 19-0 lead at halftime.

What would losing Watt mean to the Texans defense? Without Watt for the majority of 2016, the Texans’ defense was still great. It finished No. 1 in the league in yards allowed and carried a poor offense to a 9-7 record and a trip to the postseason.

But that doesn’t mean the Texans are better without Watt. If he returns to the form of 2015 and prior, he’s one of the best and most dominant defensive linemen in the NFL. Fortunately for the Texans, a finger injury — no matter how severe — isn’t likely to slow down Watt much.

Dak Prescott Authentic Jersey called an audible named ‘Shanahan.’ It was a run play

During the Cowboys’ Sunday Night Football game against the Giants, one of Dak Prescott’s pre-snap audibles was Shanahan.

It audibled the Cowboys into a zone running play.

The significance of the audible being Shanahan, of course, is in reference to Super Bowl LI. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead to the Patriots, after being up late in the third quarter.

The Falcons didn’t run the ball as much as they should have, hence the audible being called Shanahan.

There’s not many other code words you could use for the audible for the rest of the offense to easily remember what the audible is. But that one’s also obvious enough to where some of the Giants could guess. Because well, the Falcons should have run the damn ball.

With a minute left in the half, the Seahawks get the ball on their own 11. With three straight running plays, it’s clear Pete Carroll wants to kill the clock and head into halftime with the score knotted at zero. But the Packers anticipating a chance for one last drive call their final two timeouts before the Seahawks, seemingly by accident, pick up a first down. NOW they call a timeout and try to score.

Limited Kids Graham Glasgow Jersey The next two plays are a 34-yard pass to Doug Baldwin and a Wilson scramble to the Packers 15-yard line. It is incomprehensible to watch after almost a full half of three-and-out drudgery.

Limited Kids Lavelle Hawkins Jersey So with two timeouts and the ball on the 15, the Seahawks are forced to kick a field goal on third down, lest the clock expire without getting any points all because they wasted half their time trying to burn the clock at the other end of the field. This team is bad and winning, and I hate them.

Matthew Stafford Jersey will be the highest-paid NFL player ever, for now

The Detroit Lions have pegged Matthew Stafford as their franchise quarterback ever since drafting the big-armed passer with the first pick in the 2009 NFL draft. On Monday, the Lions rewarded Stafford’s MVP-caliber 2016 season by making him the highest-paid player in league history, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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Youth Roberto Alomar Jersey Amazing plays, is all I can say, Cook said. The things he put on film is unbelievable. Some of the tackles he broke, the long runs. You always know Adrian for being a physical back, but he can do it all.

Come Monday, when it’s Cook’s turn to step into Peterson’s shoes, the hype of replacing the franchise’s rushing leader will stay as just that — hype — and not get in the way of the Vikings’ quest to start 1-0.

It’s going to be crazy with him returning back, Cook said. He did a lot for this organization. With him coming back, I know everybody [is] going to be hyped for it. It’s going to be one of the best games of the year. We just gotta be ready to go, which I know we is.

Every step of the way, you’re asked to make certain decisions that scouts will analyze and record. All of the repercussions of your decisions are immediately updated on your scouting report, which you can always view in the pause menu. The most difficult part about the story mode is the fact that the choices you make affect both your draft stock and Colt Cruise’s stock.

DeAndre Hopkins Authentic Jersey signs record 5-year contract extension with Texans

DeAndre Hopkins has been shredding opposing secondaries for the Houston Texans since his rookie season in 2013. Now the Texans are rewarding him with a shiny new contract extension that will add five years to his deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

How much is it worth? Included in the deal is a record-breaking $49 million in guaranteed money, according to Schefter, and a total of $81 million over five years, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
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Kaepernick’s protest, like it did for countless others, was impactful for Williams and struck a nerve. It reinforced his belief that if somebody makes a stand for something, they should hold their ground, and history will remember you the way it’s supposed to.
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I feel a lot of people are going to regret their positions, he said.

Kaepernick said that Atlanta was the most receptive to his protest. Whether or not he became a member of the Falcons is beside the point of the mural. He has stood up for many in the city, and across the country. If Atlantans can admire a piece of art displaying him in our colors, we’re gonna support that. If he somehow became a Falcon, that’s great too.

But Kaepernick is more than a football player — he’s a hero similar to those Atlanta has seen throughout time.

For one, fighters are reliant on just a few paydays per year and are hesitant to jump into a labor dispute that could keep them out of fights. Also, there are several different MMA organizations and a blanket association to represent all fighters may be unrealistic.

Among the differences between organizations is the ability to sell sponsorships. In 2015, the UFC sold uniform rights to Reebok, disallowing all other sponsors from advertising with the fighters during bouts — a policy no other promotion has.