None of them impressed me more than Xavier Rhodes.

This is the type of player every team needs. He is tough. He is talented. He is aggressive and confident. He loves the game. He communicates well. He cares. He makes winning plays.

He just earned his second straight Pro Bowl honor and his first All-Pro recognition. At 6’1, 218 pounds, he is lithe but physical and each week is assigned to the best opposing receiver. He held Antonio Brown to 62 receiving yards this season. He limited Julio Jones to 24 yards.

I got rid of cable in February 2016. I was paying cable and internet bundled package for $175-220 a month. It just got ridiculous. My wife and I do really well, and we could buy cable if we really wanted to, it’s just the principle of it. We have five or ten channels that we really like, but in order to watch those, we have to buy the next tier cable package and you get all these stations that you don’t want to watch.

I’m a 49ers fan living in the L.A. TV market, so last season I bought an AppleTV and the SundayTicket online streaming package so that I could watch all the 49ers games. I also really like watching AFC teams like Pittsburgh and New England, because I feel like the competition is better.

“Simply, it just didn’t go the direction that I wanted it to off my foot,” he said. “I wanted to put it to the right third and let it come back in. That’s kind of what my other one did. It didn’t do what I wanted it to.”

Fuck that. You don’t owe them anything, Blair. The Seahawks stunk because their offensive line was trash and everyone on defense got hurt. They want to make you the scapegoat, they can suck an egg. Get out of that rainy state and never look back. I wish he had answered the question with “The kick missed, but what’s more important here is that I find Bainbridge Island trite, Starbucks sucks, and I’m glad the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City. Go toss some fish, squares,” then walked out of the locker room. No one can blame Blair Walsh for ANYTHING.

What’s most amazing about this Jaguars team is the rise of Blake Bortles. Three months ago, Jags fans were bemoaning the fact that the team exercised its 2018 fifth-year option on the crushingly disappointing quarterback, the third pick of the 2014 draft. Two months ago, before the trading deadline, some fans dreamed of a deal for Eli Manning to push the stagnant passing game to proficiency. This month, Bortles is playing the best football—far and away—of his four-year NFL career. Maybe it’s so good that the Jags won’t look for a quarterback in 2018.
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Antonio Brown injury update: Steelers WR officially ruled out vs. Texans

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“They still have bigger strategic problems in that people don’t want their kids to play football,” Cuban said in March 2014, via the Dallas Morning News. “That’s huge. That impacts how much football kids will watch. And how much football families watch.

“You just get the sense that they don’t really have a grasp of how to connect to people in the broader population.”

Fortunately the Stars were able to kill off the penalty and continue to fight.Lambert was the meanest SOB to ever play the game and a great linebacker his own right, but I feel like his legend is helped a ton by his attitude and the way he attacked the ball carrier.A pulse of doing.

Since he was found not criminally responsible, Hennigar be returned to the East Coast Forensic Hospital Dartmouth.They have good skill players; they have a good quarterback, obviously Brown and are dynamic players, tremendous with the ball their hands.I can be a great threat as a blocker for Delvin Williams or Gary , and I’m strong and quick enough to be effective the power running game.That’s a possibility,” he said.

He added 55 yards on six catches.I think you’re gonna pick of round out the game I think what the epidemic struggle with them all the bottom because flipping around incredible is really cut it up.When I played here, it was all .

After New England (11-3) sealed the 27-24 win two plays later with an interception in the end zone, Bill Belichick only addressed the overturned touchdown briefly.

“I thought the ball moved,” he said.

During a conference call Tuesday, Belichick was asked if he liked the catch rule that helped his his team move ahead of Pittsburgh (11-3) in the AFC playoff standings.

“There’s always been a philosophy in the league and it’s gone back several decades of philosophically whether you want to have a catch and a fumble or an incomplete pass, and the philosophy has always been incomplete pass,” Belichick said. “Otherwise, you’d have a million catches and fumbles. I agree with that.

Tarasenko, Schwartz send Blues to 4-2 win over Kings

Five days after his first child was born, St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson left the rink with a special present for his daughter.

It also was a wake-up call to the rest of the NFL players about who exactly was asking to “unite” with them.

Appropriate, since McNair’s repulsive words and equally feeble explanations (he tried two of them) turned up the heat under the Texans’ players, and those across the league and into other sports, like never before. There was no twisting of the players’ message into something anti-military, or anti-flag, or unpatriotic, no matter how hard many were sure to try.

DeRozan had 15 points in the first quarter and the teams were knotted at 29 going into the second. DeRozan led the Raptors with 24 points in the 101-92 victory over the Lakers.

The Blazers went cold in the second quarter. Really cold. They went 0-for-16 from the field until Turner’s layup with 5 seconds left before the half. Portland’s other four points in the quarter came from free throws and the Raptors led 54-35 at the break.

The Blazers’ six total points were a franchise low for the second quarter.

“It wasn’t like they were unstoppable,” Lillard said. “They were scoring and we weren’t.”

Going back into the first quarter, the Blazers missed 20 straight shots over the miserable stretch.

“Brutal,” Coach Terry Stotts said about the stretch. “It was tough. I felt bad for them.”raiders_075-223x223

Kerley came into Week 6 with 132 yards receiving.

In 18 minutes Sunday, he had 61. That’s what going up against the Patriots’ defense can do for a role-player wideout.

The Patriots adjusted, however, giving hope these plucky visitors can escape a showdown with the Jets with a road win. Malcolm Butler intercepted McCown with under a minute remaining to end a potential New York scoring drive and give New England new life. From there, Brady led the Pats 63 yards in 26 seconds to reset the game at 14-14 — a drive highlighted by a 42-yard bomb to new favorite target Brandin Cooks.

My favorite part of these weekly videos is finding excellent blocks by skill position players. And we found another one by Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. The last time, JuJu knocked down a safety in the hole of a counter run. This past weekend, he helps a tight end knock down a defensive end on a goal-line run. This is beautiful from a receiver. I love it

Finally, we end in Dallas with the Los Angeles Rams. I can’t see the number on this receiver, but bravo, sir. Long runs/passes often turn into touchdowns when receivers throw blocks like this. The Dallas defender had no idea what was coming.

There’s not much to like about the Tennessee-Miami matchup (Matt Cassel vs. Jay Cutler, yikes) but the mix of Dolphin teal and Titan sky blue is incredibly soothing to me. Stop the game and make them do tai chi on TV, I’ll be perfectly centered.

Carson Wentz has thrown three touchdowns in the first quarter, and Philly leads Arizona 21-0. In the seven other games being played, only three teams have managed even a single touchdown.

If the Titans want to become the most intimidating team in the NFL, they should talk to this person and hire them to be the team’s newest mascot. This isn’t specifically for the month of October either. Being scary for just a month is easy. The Titans should invite this Troll Doll from the underground to the NFL Draft. That will be frightening.steelers_010

Gano hits again and now the Eagles lead 21-16 with 3:23 to go in the third quarter.

In October — especially in the past few years — managers are pushing harder and harder to give all high-leverage innings to just three or four pitchers on their staff. They’re doing this while, at the same time, pulling their starting pitchers earlier and earlier. So Andrew Miller almost never pitches one inning in the playoffs. Last October, he got at least four outs in every appearance he made. Cody Allen did the same in six of his 10 appearances, and has twice this year. Meanwhile, traditional starting pitchers — such as David Price and Kenta Maeda, not in postseason rotations, and Chris Sale and Justin Verlander, working in extra games as relievers — are notching grueling, multi-inning relief outings of their own.

Exemplifying how much of a mess Johnny Manziel was, Davis was chosen to start ahead of Cleveland’s 2014 first-round pick for two games last season when Josh McCown was injured in Week 12.

What happened? Shaw never had the chance to build upon his lone NFL appearance. He landed on injured reserve in 2015 with a broken thumb and did the same in 2016 after hurting his knee while with Chicago. Currently unsigned, Shaw had a recent workout with the Texans.

Eagles hold the advantage in rushing. They have 93 yards on 22 carries, compared to Carolina’s 50 yards on 18 carries. The Eagles have also converted 5 of 12 third downs while Panthers have managed just 2 of 11 in the same category. Wentz has completed 14 of 26 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Newton has completed 18 of 32 passes for 146 yards, but he has two interceptions.

Field goal, Panthers. Gano hits again and now the Eagles lead 21-16 with 3:23 to go in the third quarter.

Fertitta didn’t lose the Rockets this time around, paying a record $2.2 billion to buy his hometown NBA team. When told via FaceTime by Rockets CEO Tad Brown that previous owner Leslie Alexander had given the green light to close on a deal, Fertitta dropped his head and shed a few tears.
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Both teams have a shot, but the Bills have a clearer path to the playoffs.

Wide receiver Marqise Lee was walking around in the locker room on Wednesday with a wrap on his ribs, which he injured during last week’s loss to the Jets. He didn’t practice Wednesday, and it’s uncertain if he’ll be able to do anything the rest of the week. Not having Lee against Pittsburgh on Sunday would be a massive loss given that the Jaguars are already down Allen Robinson (torn ACL). That would leave Allen Hurns as the No. 1 receiver and little-used veteran Arrelious Benn, rookie Keelan Cole and first-year player Max McCaffrey as the rest of the crew. — Mike DiRocco

Kimes: Buffalo. Both teams have a shot, but the Bills have a clearer path to the playoffs. They get to play the Dolphins twice as well as the Jets, Colts and Chargers. And they’ve found a recipe that works, with a stout defense and an efficient, turnover-averse quarterback in Tyrod Taylor.

Sando: Buffalo. Mina’s reasoning makes sense, and could be why ESPN’s Analytics model puts the Bills’ chances near 50 percent, with the Rams’ closer to 30 percent. The Rams are a bigger surprise than the Bills, at least to me. My preseason projection had them starting 2-3 and then falling off the map, which probably is not going to happen now.

Seifert: Buffalo. A defense that is holding opponents to an NFL-low 13.5 points per game provides more cover … and more long-term stability. The Rams’ defense has been gashed for 26.3 points per game (28th in the NFL), putting their own offense in an unsustainable position.

This week’s bye came at the perfect time for the Falcons, with top receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu coming off injuries during a loss to Buffalo. Jones suffered a hip flexor injury, and a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Jones is not expected to miss any game action. Meanwhile, Sanu is expected to be sidelined two to three weeks with a hamstring strain, so he’s likely to miss the Falcons’ next game against the Dolphins in Week 6. But the bye gives both receivers a chance to rest and recover. — Vaughn McClure
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Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will bounce back and here’s why

Dak Prescott led a team filled with two and three-star level talent to the number one team in the nation for half of the college football season. Dak and the Bulldogs traveled to Tuscaloosa to take on the Crimson Tide. Dak didn’t get much help from his over-matched supporting cast.

On Wednesday, ESPN published an interview with Lacy in which he opens up about how the constant attention towards his weight, and public shaming for it whether it’s bad or good, does in fact bother him.

This is counting playoffs, but Ryan has been so remarkably steady that he’s never even dipped down to 199 yards on his worst days. Having great weapons helps, but #2 has been so reliable that the longest streak in NFL history just seems fitting.

In the current CBA, the number of padded practices was severely restricted relative to the last one. Those negotiations were between NFL veterans and NFL owners with zero input from coaches across the league. However, the end result has resulted in poorer OL play and that’s created a domino effect in free agency and other methods of team building. It makes coaching and developing a solid offensive line more difficult overall. Belichick makes a golf analogy to illustrate his point.

Why was Beckham out? He was injured during the Giants’ second preseason game, and he’s lucky it wasn’t worse. Beckham sprained his ankle after taking an ugly helmet to the knee.
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Njoku is certainly a player to watch in Indy

The Patriots shared this with the Cavaliers, too — shutting down the reigning Most Valuable Player along the way. Stephen Curry couldn’t complete the back-to-back NBA titles to go with the back-to-back MVPs, largely because the Cavs had a past battle-tested MVP of their own in LeBron James.

Brady was LeBron to Matt Ryan, the Falcons’ Curry. (In the Cubs’ favor: they had the National League MVP on their side, Kris Bryant.)

To go a step further, for a rare moment Brady looked rattled and borderline out of his own usually-steady head at one point, after he threw the first pick-six of his playoff career, in the second quarter, to give the Falcons the 21-0 lead.

So no, three such comebacks happening in essentially one major-league sports season has never happened. The odds would be astronomical, and would get steeper, of course, as each sport reached its championship round.

Njoku is certainly a player to watch in Indy, and it shouldn’t surprise when he shows out. What does he expect?

“That’s a great question,” Njoku told Sporting News. “I’m just trying to be the best I can be, feel fresh and compete so I can show the world what I can do.”

Njoku finished with 43 catches for 698 yards — an average of 16.2 yards per catch — with eight TDs for the Hurricanes in 2016. He came to Miami as a 217-pound receiver. He leaves as its next NFL-bound tight end.

Njoku would be the 10th Miami tight end drafted since 2000, when Green Bay selected Bubba Franks with the No. 14 pick. Since then, Jeremy Shockey (2002), Kellen Winslow II (2004) and Greg Olsen were first-round picks, and Kevin Everett (2005), Jimmy Graham (2010) and Clive Walford (2015) were third-round picks. Njoku easily could be the next first-round pick, and he understands what comes with that responsibility.
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Watson will have an impact beyond the locker room.

Unlike the years when the AFC South was weaker, there are no guarantees Indianapolis will roll into the playoffs again, even with an improved defense and a healthy Luck.

But at least the odds are better now that the days when the club was not only fighting other teams but amongst themselves have ended.

“Look, we’re all Colts,” Ballard said. “Everybody in this building is an Indianapolis Colt. We’re all working toward the same goal. Everybody in the building has an impact on Sunday and you winning.”

Credit GM Rick Smith in being aggressive to get the winning Watson likely to start right away over Tom Savage and lead a playoff team. Cunningham, Foreman and Watkins all fit other big needs with great values. Houston drafted like a contender, the way it should have.

Since 2001, quarterbacks have dominated AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, winning seven of the 16 awards. Otherwise, it’s been six running backs and three wide receivers. Tight ends and offensive linemen are used to being shut out of the process because they’re not quite “offenisve skill” enough.

Behind Watson — with Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes set to sit in 2017 — the top three running backs drafted in 2017 are among his four biggest challengers.

Watson will have an impact beyond the locker room. Chances are he’ll immediately have one on the field. Houston has made the playoffs four of the past six seasons with T.J. Yates, Matt Schaub, Brian Hoyer and Osweiler at QB. Now Houston has a franchise quarterback who’s backed by an elite defense that will have the Texans back in the AFC hunt in 2017.

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Titans players Tajae Sharpe, Sebastian Tretola accused of beating up man outside bar

A Nashville man has filed a federal civil lawsuit against a pair of Titans players, claiming second-year receiver Tajae Sharpe assaulted him outside a bar on April 27.

Dante Satterfield said in his suit filed Wednesday that Sharpe and Titans teammate Sebastian Tretola led him through the back entrance of Nashville’s Tin Roof bar and assaulted him in the alley.

“As soon as I walked out of the back of Tin Roof, that’s when I get punched to the face,” Satterfield told The Tennessean Wednesday at his lawyer’s Nashville office.

The 27-year-old Satterfield said Sharpe became upset after Satterfield suggested Sharpe’s playing time would decrease after the Titans selected Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

That’s when Sharpe, a fifth-round pick last year, and Tretola, a 6-4, 317-pound offensive lineman selected in the sixth round of the 2016 draft, asked Satterfield to exit the bar through the back door and into the alley.

The Titans told The Tennessean they are aware of the lawsuit and Nashville police said they have opened an investigation.

Sharpe’s agent, Blaine Roche, told The Tennessean the allegations “are ridiculous.”

“Tajae unequivocally denies any and all involvement and he looks forward to vindicating his name, clearing his name of any and all wrongdoing here,” Roche said.

A police spokesman said officers were called to the bar and found Satterfield unconscious. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

His lawsuit claims he was unconscious for 12 hours and suffered broken bones in his face, a concussion, massive face bruising, a perforated eardrum and other injuries. Satterfield is seeking at least $500,000 in damages.
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