Monthly Archives: October 2017

Deshaun Watson told Alfred Blue to block for him, so Blue destroyed a guy

Deshaun Watson is having himself a game against the Seahawks. In the third quarter, he extended a drive by rushing for a first down.
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That锟斤拷s not really out of the ordinary for quarterbacks, even rookies. But it was third down, with 14 yards to go. Watson also saw a Seahawks defender coming at him and had the awareness to motion for teammate Alfred Blue to make the block.

7. The Saints coaches believed that much of their progress defensively would hinge on the success of rookies Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams in the secondary. The two played all but three snaps between them in Sunday锟斤拷s win over Detroit (Williams played 80, Lattimore played 79), and Lattimore registered a pick-six.
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The Seattle Seahawks’ search for a starting left tackle continues to ramp up ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, per sources involved in the situation.

To make a move for a blindside blocker, Seattle would be willing to part Darren Sproles Authentic Jersey ways with tight end Jimmy Graham for salary-cap purposes, per Rapoport. The team has had trade talks centered around the tight end, Rapoport said on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Kickoff. The Seahawks have less than $2 million in cap space. Graham, in the final year of his contract, has a $10 million cap hit for this season.

The Seahawks continue to believe Graham is a key part of the offense, but if it would net them a left tackle in return Seattle would be willing to move the starting tight end.

Broncos have ‘problems everywhere,’ linebacker Von Miller says

“He’s been pretty good,” Miller said. “Whenever you lose and whenever you get shut out it’s tough, especially if you’re a quarterback. He’s going to be all right. I talked to him today. He still has the confidence. Still has that legendary aura about him. Just got to go out there and start connecting with some of the receivers and getting the run game going and we’ll be all right.”

Thomas was quickly ruled out with the injury. He entered the game with a sore knee, but the triceps injury is the one that ended his record streak of consecutive plays.

Bush has played in 134 career games and gained 9,088 yards from scrimmage during his career. He has 1,286 carries for 5,490 yards and 477 receptions for 3,598 yards in his time playing for New Orleans, Miami, Detroit, San Francisco and Buffalo.

He has scored 58 career touchdowns – 36 rushing, 18 receiving and four returning punts.

While the AFC had a few big changes among the powerhouse top three seeds, the NFC is packed with more surprise ups and downs in the quest for the bottom three seeds. Here’s a breakdown of how things stand going into Week 8.

This is a tough three-game streak, right here. It started with a five-point Thursday night loss to the Patriots in which they had a chance to win at the end. Then the Bucs lost by five in Arizona and three in Buffalo.

Close losses can help convince a team it’s about to turn around, and like Atlanta the Bucs have their entire division schedule still ahead of them. But they’ve also had their bye week already — in Week 1, thanks to a hurricane — and have a rough-looking stretch of three straight road games in Miami, Atlanta and Green Bay looming in Weeks 11-13. Tampa might look back and wish it had managed to flip one of these close ones in October.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank on Super Bowl rematch: ‘There’s nothing open’

To many, Sunday’s meeting between the Patriots and Falcons is a rematch of Super Bowl 51.
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To Arthur Blank, it’s just another game.

The Falcons owner downplayed the magnitude of the mathup, saying the team has moved on from February’s collapse and remains focused on the current season at stake.
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Adam Duvall Game Jersey No, no closure, Blank told NFL Insider Ian Rapoport this week prior to exiting the NFL Fall Meetings in New York. There’s nothing open. I mean, if there’s nothing open, there’s nothing to close.

With rookie Joe Mixon’s role expanding, Giovani Bernard has fallen off the fantasy radar over the past month or so. Bernard managed to either find the end zone or rack up 69 scrimmage yards during three games, but he has been limited to 65 total yards and no scores during his other three outings. That includes Cincinnati’s past two games in which he has 39 yards on only eight touches.

Again, Griffin has a different take: It’s surprising and shocking to me he would say those things in reference to a brand, he says. What I wanted to be … is what every quarterback wants. To master things from the pocket.

Marshawn Lynch won’t be on the field for Oakland in Week 8 against the Bills.

The NFL on Tuesday upheld the Raiders running back’s Womens Todd Frazier Jersey one-game suspension, the league announced. Mack has been the more productive runner (4.9 to 3.4 YPC) and his role only figures to expand as the year goes on, especially as the Colts fall further out of the playoff race. Gore is no more than a desperation flex right now, whereas Mack should be owned in most formats. If he eventually takes over lead-back duties, Mack will be in the RB2 discussion.

Alexander’s return will bring Tampa Bay’s linebacker corps back to full strength.

The most obvious reason an NFL fan should watch Darnold in October is because there’s a good chance you’ll be hearing about him nonstop in the spring. While he’s only a redshirt sophomore, Darnold landed No. 1 in the first mock draft of the offseason from SB Nation’s Dan Kadar.
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He was also No. 1 in mock drafts from ESPN’s Todd McShay, Fox Sports’ Dieter Kurtenbach, and CBS Sports’ Will Brinson.

Lavonte David, who had missed two games with a sprained ankle, returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown against the Cardinals.
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As for the Bills, they have been a pleasant surprise in the early season with victories against the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, while allowing an NFL-low 74 points (and an average of 14.8 points) through five games.

Then again, it probably wouldn’t have mattered at all. Rodgers got the ball with 1:13 left and beat the Cowboys with 11 seconds to spare.

There are few things in the NFL as awe-inspiring as when Rodgers is in the zone. When he came onto the field to lead the game-winning drive, with his best receiver, Jordy Nelson, on the sideline, and Davante Adams, who had just returned from a concussion, as his go-to target, I recalled his press conference in James van Riemsdyk Womens Jersey 2014 when the Packers started 1-2 and the fan base got frustrated.

Kevin Byard Elite Jersey After a 162-yard performance in a loss against the Lions, Rodgers went to the podium and said Relax. We’re going to be OK.

But he was drafted and was going to play. We had a solid offensive line and some excellent skill position players, but we couldn’t complete passes or stop anyone. We were blown out in a majority of our games and finished 2-14. The following draft, the Panthers selected Cam Newton and haven’t looked back since.

Underdogs fuel huge NFL Sunday for books

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Las Vegas sportsbooks didn’t win every decision from Sunday’s 12-game NFL slate. Some bookmakers had to settle for coming out ahead in only 11 of them.
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The Westgate SuperBook and Caesars Palace sportsbooks each went 11-1 on Sunday and enjoyed their best week of the season as 10 underdogs covered the spread, with eight pulling outright upsets.

With starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore showing up on the injury report with a concussion the day before last week’s win over the Jets and then not playing, his status is a question mark for Sunday night’s game against the Falcons. With Atlanta determined to get Julio Jones more touches, Gilmore would likely be one of the team’s top options to cover him, especially if fellow corner Eric Rowe (groin) misses a third straight game. Gilmore had reportedly been experiencing headaches since a Week 5 win over the Bucs, but he apparently hadn’t reported anything to the team’s medical staff and participated in practice fully until Saturday. We followed the rules to the letter on the injuries, like we always do, Bill Belichick said. We reported it exactly how it happened. — Mike Reiss

The Jets could be without running back Bilal Powell (strained calf), which would hurt their chances of revitalizing the running game. Since Powell became a big contributor in 2013, the Jets are 1-6 without him. They’d have to lean on 31-year-old Matt Forte, who has lost a step, and rookie Elijah McGuire. — Rich Cimini

The Vikings have a quarterback quandary on their hands.

It’s great to see Bridgewater healthy again. Before his knee injury in 2016, he led the Vikings to an NFC North crown in 2015. Prior to the the physical, sources told Rapoport and Pelissero that Bridgewater was “ready to go.” He didn’t endure any setbacks, and he participated in football drills during rehab.

The Vikings have a quarterback quandary on their hands. Sam Bradford injured his knee in Week 1 and only played in part of one game since. Case Keenum replaced Bradford in Week 2. The Vikings sit atop of the NFC North at 4-2.

Thanks to Russell Wilson’s touchdown-saving tackle, the defense is able to hold the Rams to a field goal and a 10-0 lead. But you know what’s even better than hustling back to save a touchdown? Not throwing 40 yards across the field so a safety can undercut your throw with an open field ahead of him.

While I cook, my daughter is reading an illustrated Bible. She’s quiet and content for a long time, until she wants to know why some people are crying. Those are just Lazarus’ friends, sweetie. Don’t worry, he turned out fine.

“I’m pretty sure everybody is going to look back and say that was a B.S. call,” wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins scored on a 4-yard touchdown catch with 8:24 remaining in the fourth quarter — or, at least, that was the call on the field. After reviewing the play, referee Tony Corrente ruled that Seferian-Jenkins bobbled the ball twice and didn’t re-establish control until after he was out of bounds in the end zone, resulting in a touchback.

Ross said the NFL’s policy on the national anthem did not come up, and Butler said he doesn’t think there will be any change in the rules regarding the anthem in the near future.

Ham received his own appreciation recently, being named a Hometown Hall of Famers recipient.

The Hometown Hall of Famers is a national program that honors the hometown roots of the greatest heroes of the game with a plaque dedication and presentation to the Hall of Famer’s school, done in conjunction with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford.

When Sportscenter hits the air, one of the lead stories will probably be about the University of Louisville’s decision on whether it will fire head coach Rick Pitino. Pitino has been implicated in a FBI investigation that alleges that he and a number of officials at other NCAA colleges paid third parties hundreds of thousands of dollars to secure recruits to their individual university athletics programs.

Despite the encouraging news regarding the number of head coaches of color, there was a slight decline in the percentage of assistant coaches of color which fell from 31.9 percent in 2016 to 31.4 percent in the 2017 season.

Asked about the perception from fans on social Cliff Avril Youth Jersey media who reacted strongly to the play, Mitchell remains indifferent.

“I’m fresh out of cares about what people who don’t know me say about me,” he said. As Buffalo Bills Youth Jersey for a fine, Mitchell said, “we’ll see.”

“We have about a half a dozen players that are protesting,” Goodell said. “We hope and we’re going to continue to work to try to put that at zero. That’s what we’d like to do. But we want to make sure that we’re understanding what the players are talking about, and that’s complex.”

Sherman, who signed a four-year, $56 million extension in 2014 and Baldwin, a wide receiver who signed a four-year, $46 million extension last year, are among the highest-paid players at their respective positions.

It is about forcing their legal property to obey.

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The owners’ decision to not toughen the league’s stance on anthem demonstrations showed yet again the contortions they have been going through to display support for their players while wrestling with the political fallout of the sideline protests that have persisted since last season.
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The players, largely on social media, had made clear they would not abide penalties for sitting or kneeling during the pregame anthem, while legal experts wondered if any punitive change would hold up in court. The gestures began last season, spurred by Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, to draw attention to racial oppression and police brutality against black Americans.

Roughly 80 percent of the NFL’s players are black. One hundred percent of the NFL’s majority owners are white. But this issue is not about color; nor does it have anything to do with the flag or the anthem. It is about a group of billionaires knowing that they cannot allow the bodies they ostensibly own to coalesce into a united, vocal force. It is about stamping out rebellion and resistance.

This is the same with ESPN and Jemele Hill. ESPN claims that Hill violated its social media policy by tweeting her opinions from her personal social media account. ESPN’s policy states:

On that September day we saw NFL players, coaches and owners kneeling and linking arms in a display of unity in response to President Trump’s comments about NFL players protesting the national anthem. Of course, players kneeling, raising their fists and linking arms is about more than defying the President’s comments, at its core it is about protesting social injustice and growing the movement started by Kaepernick.

It will be a matchup of two of the hotter quarterbacks in the league over the past two weeks.

We just have to be very patient with this, and I speak on that pretty often, said Irving. It’s not trying to figure out one thing or two things in one day or after one game, it’s going to come in wave. These ups and downs, what we’re about to face as a team and as a collective group, it’s going to be very interesting. It’ll really echo in terms of our identity and how we respond.

It’s jarring how the identity of these Celtics has changed in the four months since their season ended with a loss to Irving’s former team in the Eastern Conference finals. Boston was a spunky, overachieving group of blue-collar workers headlined by former second-round picks such as Crowder and Thomas.

The Ducks, who beat Calgary in the playoffs last spring, were shut down by Flames goaltender Mike Smith Monday night.

Smith stopped all 43 shots he faced en route to earning the shutout victory. The Ducks failed to score on five power plays and are 0 for 11 through the first three games, something Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle will no doubt stress as they prepare to face the Islanders.
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Wayne Gretzky Authentic Jersey We had chances, Carlyle told the Orange County Register. We created a lot more chances the second half of the game verses the first half of the game. And that’s been our Achilles heel in these last three games. We haven’t had a start we can be proud of.

Anaheim got a boost by the return of Getzlaf, who missed the first two games of the season with a lower-body injury. He played 22 minutes and produced nine shot attempts with two of those shots going on goal.

Maybe you seek out high-volume players who consistently log heavy minutes.

The options beyond Powell and Miles are unproven. The Serge Ibaka/Jonas Valanciunas tandem flamed out, though they barely played alongside Kyle Lowry until the postseason. Ibaka will have to play more center as he ages, and it’s unclear if he can hold up on the glass there. Lowry is almost 32; any slight decline would imperil the Dinos.

But Ibaka is still good. This is Year 6 together for Lowry and DeRozan, and they know how to win regular-season games — even if it doesn’t look pretty. (They swear it will look prettier. It will be interesting to if see jacking 3s and passing more impacts Toronto’s turnover and free throw rates. The Raps have gotten a ton of mileage out of extreme ball control and foul shots.)

Maybe you like building around guards and surrounding them with shot-blocking rebounders.

The point is, having a plan — even if it isn’t a perfect one — is better than going into the fantasy draft unprepared. Then, once you’ve done the work to come up with your own draft-day approach, the next part is just as important: stick to it.

Here’s a look at my ultimate draft board and my favorite targets by round for this year’s draft. Use this to help formulate your own approach and make sure you consider what type of format your league uses — e.g., in many points leagues it isn’t as necessary to find well-rounded versatile players who positively impact all the categories.tigers_048-115x115