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Quarterback questions dominate NFC East training camps

The biggest question surrounding the Dallas Cowboys as each season approaches seems to be whether Tony Romo will be healthy enough to keep the team competitive for a full season, and this year is no exception.

Elsewhere in the NFC East, other teams are facing their own quarterback questions. For the Philadelphia Eagles, all eyes are on the development of Carson Wentz. Wentz isn’t expected to start this year, but anything is possible if he manages to Authentic Cliff Avril Jersey outplay Sam Bradford in these weeks leading up to the season.

In Washington, fans want to know whether Kirk Cousins’ performance last year was a fluke, or if they can expect more of the same from him this season. The New York Giants are pretty set in knowing what to expect from Eli Manning, but they’re likely eager to get a look at the new defensive players they brought in via free agency during training camp.

The Cowboys made it clear the run game would Authentic Cortez Kennedy Jersey be a priority this season after signing Alfred Morris as a free agent and then selecting Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft. Elliott will likely carry the bulk of the workload, but Morris should get opportunities, too. The plans Dallas has at this position should become clearer over the course of camp.

The most pressing storyline for the Cowboys heading into the season, as it often is, will be Tony Romo’s health. Romo is coming off a fractured collarbone and a fractured clavicle last season, and if the Cowboys want to challenge for the NFC East and make a run in the postseason, they need Romo at full strength. Without Romo, the Cowboys would have to lean on (mostly) unproven backup Kellen Moore and rookie fourth-round pick Dak Prescott. Yikes!

Washington drafted a little help for Cousins, snagging wide receiver Josh Doctson in the first round of the 2016 draft. Doctson is nursing an Achilles injury that kept him sidelined during OTAs and minicamp. Washington needs Doctson at full strength, so fans should keep an eye on his status and development throughout camp.

Perhaps the biggest addition for Washington this offseason was their signing of Josh Norman. An All-Pro corner, he should bolster a secondary that desperately needs help. Training camp will be an important time for him to build rapport with his teammates and acclimate to Washington’s scheme.

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Both the NFL and USA Football acknowledged the errors and told the Times that they would be updating their materials about the program. Scott Hallenbeck, USA Football’s executive director, said that his organization “erred in not conducting a more thorough review.”

The Times report is a significant blow to the NFL, which has been trying to keep youth football programs afloat and ensure that football can remain lucrative in the future. According to the Times, the NFL gave USA Football $45 million in March 2014, largely to encourage more youth leagues to adopt programs like Heads Up Football.

Antonio Brown almost got ejected from practice after altercation with an official

The preseason hasn’t even started yet, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is already upset with the referees. During a joint practice between the Steelers and Detroit Lions, Brown apparently made an acrobatic catch in the corner of the end zone. But the catch was ruled incomplete, which caused Brown to unleash a tirade at an official.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Brown was upset referee Terry Brown ruled he was out of bounds after he caught a long pass from quarterback Landry Jones. Brown protested the call, and subsequently earned a personal foul. The referee vows to report Brown’s conduct to NFL corporate offices.

“It’s an honor to be one of 32 in this league,” Griffin said Monday after he found out he was a starting quarterback once again.

“You should never doubt. There’s a quote out there that says, ‘if you don’t believe, who will?’ So I’m thankful for my teammates and coach … all these guys for believing in me as a player and giving me an opportunity.”

Cleveland entered the offseason with a four-way competition for the starting quarterback spot between Griffin, Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Cody Kessler. The team has explored the possibility of trading McCown, who was its most Jamie Meder Jersey successful quarterback last season.

“Obviously as a competitor you want to play and you want to be the guy, but I understood kind of the direction we were going and so I’m excited for our team,” McCown said Monday.

Griffin was drafted second overall by Washington in the 2012 NFL Draft and spent four tumultuous seasons with the team. His rookie season was impressive, culminating in a Pro Bowl appearance and Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. He set records before the next three years of his career were marred by injury, and signing with the Browns in March was an opportunity for a fresh start.

Griffin will get his first official start for the Browns in preseason action against the Green Bay Packers on Friday. As of Week 1, Griffin will be the 25th starting quarterback to take the field for the Browns since 1999.

In 37 games so far in his career, Griffin has Jim Brown Jersey completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 8,097 yards, 40 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. He has added 1,480 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Last season for Washington, he did not play a snap during the regular season.

Texans RT Derek Newton feared to have torn both patella tendons

DENVER — The Houston Texans fear right tackle Derek Newton suffered torn patella tendons in both knees before he was carted off in the first quarter of Monday night’s 27-9 loss to the Denver Broncos, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

PATRIOTS TRADE: The Browns sent Barkevious Mingo to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick. Here’s why they did it.

FLIP PHONE: Andrew Luck still uses a flip phone, but Rafael Bush Jersey this one’s new .

WATT’S RETURN: J.J. Watt might return to practice next week. That’s good news for the Texans.

ROMO GOT HURT: Tony Romo injured his back after three plays and Cowboys wisely refused to let him play through it. The preseason is not the time for heroics.

WILSON DEALING: Russell Wilson looked sharp in dress rehearsal victory. The Seattle Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-17 in the third preseason game of 2016. Wilson played into the second half, completing 16-of-21 passes for 192 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. Best of all, his offensive line didn’t get him killed.

JULIO INJURED: Julio Jones injured his ankle, but seems to be OK. First-round pick Keanu Neal also suffered an injury, but expects to be ready for Week 1.

RISE UP: Good news Falcons fans, you’ve got plenty to grumble about! It was a lousy preseason effort for the Falcons, but thankfully it was just a preseason effort.

SUH INJURY SCARE: Ndamukong Suh wrecked shop, until he hurt his ankle. The Dolphins defensive tackle manhandled the Falcons’ interior offensive line, until he had to leave the game with an injury to his left ankle. Head coach Adam Gase said after the game that Suh would be fine.

HE’S BACK! Touchdown! Arian Foster! Hey, I recognize that guy!

CHARGERS WANT YOUR MONEY: Dean Spanos makes his Riley Reiff Jersey case for a new Chargers stadium. Can taxpayers demand offset language and deferred payments?

POWER MOVE: NFL expected to clear Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers of PED allegations. The Packers’ top pass rushers appear to be in the clear regarding PED allegations made by Al Jazeera. This was nothing more than a petty move by the NFL to show the players who’s boss.

There was a time when Stafford was leading the league interceptions

PARK — There was a time when Stafford was leading the league interceptions. A time when he ranked the 30s QB rating. When he was considered the worst QB the league according to ProFootballFocus. That time? Only two months ago. Now, thanks to a second-half flowering under new coordinator Jim Cooter, the Detroit Lions quarterback suddenly Gale Sayers Jersey is putting together a very respectable statistical. Stafford, never known for his accuracy, ranks seventh the league at 66 percent. He’s 14th QB rating, just behind Rodgers and Rivers — even though he was at the bottom of the league just seven weeks ago. the past month alone, he ranks sixth passer rating, trailing only Russell, Cam, Andy, Cousins and Smith. All told, he has 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions the second half of the, after throwing 13 the first half. That dip turnovers has been the biggest key to his turnaround, according to Cooter. I think he’s doing a good job taking care of the ball, and that’s offensive thing, Cooter said. It’s not just decisions he’s making or passes he’s making.

It’s guys being exactly where he expects them to be, and I think we’re doing a better job of that. Missed assignments was a hallmark of the Lombardi system, which was extraordinarily complex. Bad routes were issue last, and blown assignments up front became a critical issue this year. Stafford was sacked 22 times the first half of the, times by unmarked pass rushers. But the Lions have simplified the blocking scheme under Cooter, and the protection has improved. That’s also helped ignite the running game, which cracked 100 yards just once the first half, but now has done it five straight weeks. I do think that some of the changes that we’ve made have fit strengths, Caldwell said. But I have to certainly just give him a lot of credit because what he’s doing is not easy. It’s a complex system, and that complex system is not necessarily for everybody. You more people fail it than advance and prosper within it. He doesn’t have it all yet because it hasn’t all been installed, but little by little, he grasps it very quickly. Cooter was Stafford’s QB coach before the promotion, and earned the quarterback’s trust over the past few months. He’s worked to correct his footwork, and two years later, Stafford appears as technically sound as he’s ever been. While the offense has had its ups and downs, Stafford, as a passer, has Hroniss Grasu Jersey been far more consistent than he was earlier his career. He completed 60 percent of his passes last year, which was second best his career, and now is checking at 66 percent this year. That would crush his previous best of 63 percent 201And it all came together last week, when he completed all but three of his 25 passes, with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 148 passer rating that is a new career best. It’s been good, Stafford said.

I’ve never had a mid-year switch, where literally first rep with some of these plays and concepts were the first week London. I’ve never had that before. I’ve never not had offseason or that kind of stuff, so that part of it’s been challenging and interesting. But as far as the way we the game, the way we think about football, it’s been good.

Menu The Colorado Avalanche showed the Buffalo Sabres

Menu The Colorado Avalanche showed the Buffalo Sabres that a rebuilding team can also be a winning one. Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and O’Reilly each had a goal and an assist Saturday night and Colorado avoided its first streak of the with a 4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Statsny also scored and -Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves for the Avalanche, who rebounded from their first loss of the against Detroit on Thursday. We were talking here that this team doesn’t lose two a row, Duchene said. That’s the attitude we want to have so it was great to bounce back and go to 7. Right now, we’re rolling, we’re feeling good. We’ve got to get as points as we can cause we’re going to go through some adversity the and we’ve got to be ready for it and get as points as we can while we’re hot. Giguere said last year’s Avalanche team that finished last the Western Conference would have let a loss like Thursday’s linger. The we had last year, a game, it would have been easy to be down on ourselves, but guys were loose, they were a good mood before the game, Giguere said. We knew that if we play the way we can play, that we had a. Buffalo finished up a stretch of four six days and remained winless six home. The Sabres did manage to score more than one goal for the third time this. The Avalanche scored four times the first 32 minutes. That was more than enough against a Sabres offense that has not scored that more than three regulation goals all. It was important for us to come out strong, Giguere Shaquille O’Neal Jersey said. We had a day off yesterday and there was no excuse for us – having young legs on the team – not to be sharp right at the beginning. And that’s the sign of a team that’s going the right direction.

Foligno gave the Sabres some hope 1 into the third period, rebounding Henrik Tallinder’s saved shot and lifting the puck over a fallen Giguere to cut Colorado’s lead to 4. The Sabres outshot the Avalanche 16 the third period, but could not find the back of the net again. It took them almost half a game or more to get into it and we weren’t our best down the stretch, but at that point, it was a hard game to play, Duchene said. Statsny scored his first goal of the to give the Avalanche a 4 lead 8 into the second period. Cody Hodgson put Buffalo on the board 5 into the second, streaking up the right side and striking a slap shot from the top of the circle past Giguere. Duchene took a pass from O’Reilly front of the net and converted a power play 56 seconds into the second period to make it 3. Landeskog gave Colorado a 2 lead with 8 left the first, weaving up center ice on a delayed penalty and beating with a wraparound. The Avalanche scored before the Sabres could get a shot on goal when Duchene came from behind the net and fed O’Reilly on the left side of the crease at 8 of the first period. We wanted to jump on them right away, Colorado coach said. Our guys played well offensively the first. the second, I guess we started to back up. The Sabres’ first shot on goal came with 5 left the first period and drew a loud ovation from the crowd. Colorado outshot Buffalo 14 the first period. It was the second time this the Sabres have managed just three shots a period. We have to be way, way, way better, Tallinder said. We’re not playing hockey, that’s for sure. NOTES: Buffalo added rookie D Zadorov to the active roster Saturday and sent fellow first-round pick D Rasmus Ristolainen to AHL Rochester. Zadorov can play up to nine with the Sabres before activating his entry-level contract.. Colorado rookie C Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall pick this year’s draft, will face fellow Scotia native Crosby for the first time Monday when the Avalanche play Pittsburgh.. made 22 Steve Nash Jersey saves for Buffalo.

Forty years ago this marks the anniversary of ‘s 715th home run. the wake of the 90’s and the steroid-era, still believe to be the legitimate home run leader. ‘s 715th came thirty nine years after Babe Ruth set the record after his retirement 1935. But the year leading up to the… Olympic skiing began this morning-men’s downhill, airing on tape delay at 11 a.m.-and if you’re like most viewers, you either watch the sport with quadrennial befuddlement or you change the channel entirely. As a former ski racer, and someone who started scooting around on skis at about the same time I was working out… Burn. Sterilize the entire state of its NFL teams as you would MRSA contamination. Float it into the Gulf, Bugs -style. Send the NFL to Los or London or Lucknow, anywhere but the State-professional football cannot thrive on its saline soils. After ugly, addled … After two Miami, it’s no longer assured that the Heat – reigning champs, winners of 27 straight the regular, top seed the Eastern Conference, proud owners of fans like these – are going to dispatch the Indiana Pacers quickly, or for that matter, at all. The series is tied at a game apiece, and… October 2012, a month into the NHL lockout, with the schedule already beginning to crumble, the New Islanders made a big announcement: Upon expiration of their lease 2015, the Isles would be leaving the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, their publicly owned home of 40 years, for Brooklyn’s Barclays….

The bottom of the seventh inning of Tuesday evening’s Blue Jays-Orioles game

The bottom of the seventh inning of Tuesday evening’s Blue Jays-Orioles game, O’s reliever Jason Garcia threw a pitch behind Jose Bautista that made the Jays right fielder snap up straight. Bautista did not particularly appreciate that. three offerings later, he responded to Garcia’s pitch the way anyone — or any professional ballplayer who has touched one of Babe ‘s bats — would respond to such a perceived slight. He smashed a two-run : And after letting his bat do the talking, Bautista and Jones also had some words about the incident to begin the next inning: This isn’t even the first time Bautista has done something like this. When O’s reliever O’Day threw a wild pitch Bautista’s way a week prior, Bautista did the same exact thing: After the game, Bautista explained the to ‘s Gregor Chisholm: We hear tell that Bautista responds similarly every time someone cuts him off on the highway: He drives to an open field, pulls over to the side of the road, gets out of his car, removes a baseball and a tee from his trunk and then sends the ball into outer space.

The serial killer was locked up at the high-security unit 1984 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. But doctors claim the monster – who was convicted of butchering 13 women over five years – is no longer mentally ill. They told Broadmoor bosses Sutcliffe, 69, should be moved into a specialist prison. But the sicko – who has a TV and DVD player Robert Parish Jersey his room – apparently wants to stay at the jail Berkshire. He told a friend it would be a disaster if he was moved to Wakefield Prison West Yorkshire, according to reports. He was quoted as saying: I’ve lost all hope. Category A prisons are a pit of black despair and hopelessness. I spend the rest of days there. I don’t want to go back to prison. A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: Decisions over whether prisoners are to be sent back to prison from secure hospitals are based on clinical assessments made by independent medical staff. The High Court ordered 2009 that Sutcliffe should never be released. This was then upheld by the Court of Appeal. Our thoughts are with Sutcliffe’s victims and their families. Where he is locked up does not really change anything Richard McCann Richard McCann, the of Sutcliffe’s first victim Wilma McCann, told the Mirror: If that is what the MoJ decide I am fine with that. I can understand why some people want to him prison. None of this bring mum back and where he is locked up does not really change anything.

Some late draft advice based on the many leagues which I’ve participated and the countless others I’ve observed through Fantasy analysts spend a lot of time debating which player to take at the beginning of drafts — Pujols or, for example. Usually, an article on that topic that discuss which player is better, whether it’s better to build around speed or power, to have Shaquille O’Neal Jersey a SS or a 1B, etc. That is fine and all, but I’m starting to think that the best strategy for the beginning of drafts should depend on who is available the end. Plan ahead, as colleague Salfino says. Play chess while everyone is playing checkers. For instance, I just finished two fairly deep mixed-league drafts. What I noticed both is that there were a ton of stolen base sleepers available late — Taveras, Carlos Gomez, Kazuo Matsui, Chris Dickerson, Brett Gardner, Bourn, Nyjer, Andrus,, and Emilio Bonifacio. These guys aren’t studs, of course, but are useful when filling out a roster, especially deeper leagues. I realize some of these guys are going to fall flat on their face. For instance, I was going to include Owens on that list and he just got cut by the White Sox, certainly guys such as Nyjer and Emilio Bonifacio might not get anywhere near the at bats they’d need to help steals. That said, it would not shock me if any of the players listed above posted a 40-steal ; each clearly has the speed to do. That’s pretty nice upside for late a draft., compare that to power hitters available late. Who do you think you can draft that late a draft that has a realistic chance of posting a 40- ? Heck, even a 30- ? Wood, if he gets the playing time. Billy Butler has the talent. And there be other names that could be argued. The point, though, is that the list of SB sleepers is much longer than the list of HR sleepers. That being the case, it’s even more important than usual to get power early. No matter what you do, no matter how much you neglect stolen bases early a draft, there be speed available late. Just grab two or three of the guys listed above late your draft ; chances are that at least one post a 30-steal. Just something to keep mind before you draft over Pujols or Kinsler over Utley.

Braden Holtby made 40 saves for the Capitals

Menu Boston, – Tuukka Rask stopped all 16 shots he faced to record his NHL-leading sixth shutout of the season, as Boston silenced Washington, 3, at TD Garden. We had layers of coverage all over the ice, backchecked hard, had all of the elements we want to have to get a win. It was great to that, said Rask praise of his teammates for helping the cause. Campbell, Loui Eriksson and Marchand tallied for the Bruins, who have won three a row and four of six. The perfect effort on the scoreboard by the Atlantic Division leaders was backed up on the stat sheet by a game which they did not commit a single infraction. It marked the first time since Feb. 24 Buffalo that the B’s were not whistled for a penalty.

Braden Holtby made Louis Murphy Jersey 40 saves for the Capitals, who have lost three straight. The killer instinct isn’t there right now and it needs to be there because we’re running out of time, noted Caps defenseman Karl Alzner after his club allowed the Flyers the first four goals Wednesday’s loss and then three to Boston. Campbell’s redirection of a Bergeron blast from the left side on a delayed penalty gave the Bruins a 1 lead with 3 played the second period. Eriksson made it 2 at 8 by beating Holtby to the short side from the left wing after Soderberg carried the puck around behind the Washington net and dished back out front. As they did Wednesday’s loss Philadelphia, the Capitals didn’t come to life until the third period.

They threw eight shots — as many as recorded the first two periods combined — at Rask, but he was equal to the task. Marchand flipped the capper into empty net with 1 remaining. Holtby was sharp the opening 20 minutes, fending off 10 Boston opportunities, while Rask had easier time with four saves. Game Notes Rask posted his 22nd career whitewash… The Caps played without forward Laich and defenseman Erskine, and recalled forward Brown and defenseman Cameron Schilling from Hershey of the AHL… Washington also assigned goaltender Philipp Grubauer to Hershey to make room on the roster for newly acquired Jaroslav Halak… The Bruins announced prior to the game that defenseman McQuaid will 2-to-3 weeks with a nagging quad injury… Washington had won three of the last four games against the Bruins Boston.

MINNEAPOLIS — First baseman Miguel Cabrera has undergone physical therapy, been given a platelet-rich plasma injection and taken hyperbaric chamber treatments as he begins to work his way back from a medial calf Major Wright Jersey strain, team trainer Rand said on Thursday. Rand added that Cabrera’s Achilles tendon was not involved the injury and that the boot he is wearing has a heel lift it to shorten the calf muscle so it doesn’t get stretched out. Typically, the recovery for this injury takes six to eight weeks. The team is hoping to have their back on the early end of that span, which would be the middle of. We’re hoping that he will be able to return the six-week time frame. That’s our, Rand said. It’s going to take time it takes. Worth noting ? According to Rand, Kyle Lobstein has been cleared to begin throwing. Lobstein went on the DL on May 24 with inflammation his left shoulder. He’ll start a program designed to get his arm strength back, Rand said. Lobstein began the season Detroit Justin Verlander ‘s absence, going 3 with a 4 47 3 innings before being placed on the DL. Betsy Helfand is associate reporter for. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

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Can one of the AAC’s best teams take out SEC also-ran? I’ll be tuning to find out. 16. Bowl: Kansas State vs. Arkansas Alright, we be a little biased here , but this should be interesting matchup between one of the legendary coaches college football , and the up-and-coming Bielema. Arkansas really turned things around after a rough start to the , winning six of its last seven Frank Clark Jersey and beating Mississippi and LSU the process.

Their only loss that time? A 51 barnburner against Mississippi State. 17. Holiday Bowl: USC vs. Wisconsin, 12 Both of these teams had disappointing seasons , but they’re two big name programs playing one of the most-fun bowl of the year. Look up the history of the Holiday Bowl, , and then tell me you’re going to help make Chex mix instead. 18. Lockheed Armed Forces Bowl: California vs. Air Force, 12 We’ll make this one quick. Cal boasts one of the best quarterbacks the country Jared Goff, who could end up being one of the first players taken the 2016 NFL Draft. …there’s no time to vacuum for the New Year’s party.

You’re . How you know whether or not to yell at the TV April because your team didn’t trade up for Goff if you ‘t watch this game? 19. American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Louisville, 12 A&M and Louisville are two good teams that played incredibly tough schedules this . The Cardinals nearly knocked off Clemson, losing 20, and lost close calls to and Auburn. Petrino has things rolling again, you’ll want to catch this team before it takes off the next few years. 20. Motel 6 Cactus Bowl: West vs.

Arizona State, 1 West has a great offense, and enters Fred Jackson Jersey this game with momentum, having won four of five to close the . There probably won’t be a whole lot of three-and-outs this one, and that always makes for good TV. Say what you want, Southern’s offense is a thing to watch. 21. GoDaddy Bowl: Southern vs. Bowling Green, 12 This game is going to be fun simply because of the clash of styles. Southern is one of the country’s best rushing teams, employing a power-option attack that helped the Eagles beat last year and take to the wire this . Contrastly, Bowling Green wins with its passing game, specifically QB , who threw for 4 yards and 43 touchdowns this . Like Kentucky and Appalachian State, Southern used to be FCS powerhouse before it moved up to FBS competition. Not sure if playing the GoDaddy Bowl is better than winning national titles at the FCS level, but whatever. 22. New Pinstripe Bowl: Indiana vs. Duke, 12 A great basketball matchup, and could be a good football game, too, as Indiana’s up-tempo offense takes on a hard-nosed Duke team the midst of its glory years under head coach Cutcliffe.