Henne started 13 games for the Jags in 2013, throwing for 3,241 yards, becoming the first Jaguars quarterback to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season since David Garrard did it in 2009. (It came on a dump off pass to Maurice Jones-Drew. He was intercepted on the next play).
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The year before, Henne came off the bench in a Week 11 game against the Texans and threw four touchdowns and over 300 yards, joining Steve Young as the only quarterback NOT to start a game and throw four touchdowns without a pick.
Henne’s football journey was forged in controversy. A Pennsylvania lad and a five-star recruit (I do not understand recruiting), he was heavily recruited by two schools, Penn State and Michigan. He chose Michigan.
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The ability to make your own choices off the field at every step of the way was a fun way to feel like I was out there controlling my player’s temperament. A lot of the choices seem innocent on the surface, but as someone who has played it twice and witnessed the alternate endings, I think it’s clear that the choices you make absolutely affect the outcome.
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Look at the awareness there. Huber sees Zach Pascal bearing down on him and hesitates ever so slightly, smoothly going around his back with the football so Pascal can’t force a fumble:
And I listen to the players, too. C.J. wanted to be out there, so that was my decision.
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A source close to the team told ESPN that Beathard had several soft-tissue injuries during the game but remained medically cleared and wanted to stay on the field because it was his final game for Iowa. Beathard, the grandson of former NFL executive Bobby Beathard, enters the 2017 season as the San Francisco 49ers’ backup quarterback.
C.J. Beathard’s father, Casey, also issued a statement through Iowa defending the school’s handling of C.J.’s injuries throughout his time at the school.
We had absolute confidence in Coach Ferentz, his coaching staff and the medical team to make player safety an uncompromising priority on game day, on the practice field and in the weight room, Casey Beathard said.
Twenty or 30 years from now, we’re going to look back on this era and just kind of the deals that fighters were involved in and what they were and weren’t getting, and look and say ‘Wow, I can’t believe that’s the way things were,’ Helwani said. We’re in like 1920s football. We’re playing with leather helmets right now when you think of how much has changed. The sport is still in its infancy and a lot will change over the next few decades.
As that change occurs, perhaps MMA will one day draw more athletes away from the NFL. For now, it occasionally gets some of the scraps.
The owner of the Kansas City Chiefs is being accused in a lawsuit of improperly receiving hundreds of millions in state investment money through a kickback deal with New Mexico officials.
The Kansas City Star reports Sunday the New Mexico State Investment Council filed the lawsuit late last month against Clark Hunt and HFV Asset Management over the politically influenced investment deals.
Hunt didn’t comment to the newspaper on the lawsuit Sunday morning. Hunt’s father, Lamar, founded the Chiefs franchise and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
When the offense might plausibly be excited that Brock Osweiler is back in town, on the other hand, you have problems. More meaningful than Osweiler will be the offensive line upgrades the Broncos made over the offseason, using their first-round pick on Garett Bolles and signing Ronald Leary (Cowboys) and Menelik Watson (Raiders). Returning offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has a deeper offensive line than Gary Kubiak enjoyed last season, which should reduce the number of times the Broncos have to roll out a lineman with no hope against Khalil Mack or Joey Bosa. The line improvements should push Denver’s 28th-ranked offense toward the middle of the pack.
Even just talking about the trip gets his mouth watering. He misses his family, including his two older brothers, and he only sees them rarely.
“My parents came for senior day in Texas, games at Sam Houston State and Central Arkansas,” he said. “There were, combined, maybe 10,000 people. Now they’re going to be in one of the biggest cities in the world, watching their son play football.”
The Packers quarterback said in June he’s not worried about getting a new contract, saying it would take care of itself. Rodgers is certainly in line for a huge payday. The question is how huge?
Adam Bighill, the Saints’ 28-year-old rookie linebacker who starred in the CFL, continues to impress in the preseason. He tallied five solo tackles and a sack Saturday against the Bucs.
Deshaun Watson went 11-for-21 with 116 yards and an interception in the Texans’ loss to the Saints.
Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer, named the team’s starter earlier this week, struggled in wet conditions in Tampa Bay, going 6-for-18 with an interception.
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He said, ‘It is what it is,’ Collins continued. I’m gonna say it just like this, I couldn’t have a teammate next to me playing that way. I can’t condone it.
An X-ray of Beckham’s ankle Monday night came back negative, but the receiver was scheduled for further testing Tuesday.
The Giants-Browns game was the only NFL contest scheduled Monday, and it aired nationally on ESPN, meaning many NFL players outside of New York and Cleveland were watching. After those players saw the hit on Beckham, many (some former, most current) took to social media for comment.
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Their differing opinions are interesting, but most did not approve of the hit.
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Le’Veon Bell meant what he tweeted this past week, as he confirmed to the Columbus Dispatch that he’ll end his holdout and report to the Steelers on Sept. 1.
That’s the same date Bell told a Steelers fan who asked via Twitter on Tuesday when he was going to show up.
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The 29-year-old quarterback is entering the final year of a contact extension he signed in 2013 that will pay him $16.5 million this season. He’s widely expected to be in line to land a deal worth more than $25 million per season, which would make him the highest-paid player in NFL history. Raiders QB Derek Carr currently holds that distinction, with the five-year, $125 million contract he signed in June.
Yet Stafford and the Lions still appear far apart in their demands. Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn announced at a fan event a couple of weeks ago that there’s a long way to go in negotiating a new contract.
Sherman wasn’t yet a huge deal during his 2013 playoff encounter with Washington’s Trent Williams, which nearly led to a brawl. Video showed Sherman talking at Williams, and Williams trying to shut him up with a shove. Sherman’s postgame performances eventually made him a celebrity of sorts — when he shouted his way through a sideline interview after the (to that point) biggest victory of his career in the 2014 NFC championship game. Not happy shouting, but angry shouting. It was, to put it mildly, weird. According to a story in ESPN the Magazine, the oddity has not abated since. A few months after that game, Sherman intercepted a practice pass by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson — a Super Bowl champion by this point — and shouted to Wilson, You f—ing suck! Sherman’s unique approach to team chemistry even led the team to ponder trading him, although he remains a Seahawk.
Ravens broadcaster Gerry Sandusky is one of the few people who can relate to what ESPN broadcaster Robert Lee is going through.
Lee, of course, was removed from calling a University of Virginia game this week because of his name. Sandusky, meanwhile, still gets hate from people on Twitter that’s intended for former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted on 45 counts of child molestation.
When the scandal first came out on Penn State’s Sandusky, the Ravens’ broadcaster took the social media venom in stride. After seeing how ESPN treated the Robert Lee situation, Sandusky had some strong opinions.
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Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie described the stalled contract talks as a family dispute, but Penn is now back practicing with the Raiders as a sign of good faith. Penn would like to be paid like a top-10 tackle, meaning a raise from the $5.8 million he’s currently due this year to over $11 million annually.
The Raiders made fourth-year quarterback Derek Carr the highest paid player in the league with a five-year, $125 million contract in June. They also locked up fourth-year guard Gabe Jackson in June with a five-year, $55 million deal. Those contracts came a year after Oakland signed guard Kelechi Osemele to a five-year, $58.5 million contract in 2016.
Penn is not expected to play in Oakland’s preseason game against the Cowboys on Saturday, but should be ready for the regular-season opener against the Titans on Sept. 10.
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Dez Bryant tweeted that he won’t be going to a certain Blaze Pizza location again after the worker he tipped $75 said she hates the Cowboys.
The Cowboys’ wide receiver apparently really liked his food and service if he tipped that exhorbitant amount, but no level of joy in his pizza could forgive the tweet that came out in response to his generosity.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, user Krystal Jacobs said, “Dez Bryant came into my work and tipped me $75 but I still hate the Cowboys.”
Last year, Brown told Syracuse.com he had talked with Kaepernick and “expressed my thought that his intentions are great and I back that 100 percent.”
But Brown indicated he understands why Kaepernick is having trouble finding another job in the NFL. The 29-year-old quarterback opted for free agency and left the 49ers earlier this season, and it’s widely believed his political activism has led several teams to shy away from signing him.
“Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist or he’s a football player,” Brown said. “Football is commercial. You have owners. You have fans. And you want to honor that if you’re making that kind of money. …
“You have to understand there’s intelligence that’s involved, OK? I can’t be two things at once that contradict each other. If I sign for money, then the people I sign with, they have rules and regulations.”
Stop everything. The Atlanta Hawks have already won the 2017 NBA draft. They drafted John Collins, highlight machine.
I don’t even need to see how Lonzo Ball or Markelle Fultz do throughout the season. John Collins has distilled the hype of a first-round draft pick into one powerful highlight. Just look at this unforgiving poster during Summer League. Even though he was open at the top of the key, he ran into the crowded paint with no regard for who was there. Opponents, teammates — it didn’t matter. He went full force for a poster.
Have companies made posters for dunks that happen in Summer League? They might have to start after this beauty from John Collins.
Waiters had an incredible contract year — one for the history books. It’s too bad Miami fell just short of the playoffs so that Waiters couldn’t hit a dagger in Cleveland. This year, Waiters found his true calling: as the new Jamal Crawford. Some team — quite possibly the Heat, or maybe his hometown 76ers — has to realize this and pay him big dollars to chase his destiny.
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Caldwell-Pope is a restricted free agent. You wonder if some team will be bold enough to offer up a max contract to see if Van Gundy will commit. The two-guard market is extremely shallow.
Imagine you’re in your cul-de-sac, shooting a few hoops on a Saturday afternoon — then an NBA player rolls up on you and does this.
Jaylen Brown ruined these poor dudes world. It also looks a liiiiitle bit like he broke the hoop. Hopefully the Celtics player realized this and will make amends, if in fact he did break the hoop.
This is one of the funniest dang videos. Hopefully the street players can find the humor in this. Not many of us get to say an NBA player dunked on us.
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There was no doubt that Curry would be offered the supermax, or that he would accept. What the deal does is reset Golden State’s contractual hegemony that had been skewed by Curry’s prior below-market extension. Steph is first among equals in their constellation of stars and that’s the way it should be. It’s interesting to note that teams have run away from the designated player exception (see: the trades of DeMarcus Cousins and Jimmy Butler). It didn’t help the Pacers keep Paul George or the Jazz retain Gordon Hayward as neither player qualified. This is another in the long line of unintended CBA consequences: a rule designed to help teams keep their stars has facilitated player movement instead. Perhaps we should call it the Curry Rule after its original signer.
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When Durant signed with the Warriors last summer the expectation was that he would take a little less money this summer to help retain part of their core. KD didn’t just take a little bit less, he took about $6 million less than expected, which wound up being almost $10 million less than he could have signed for under the rules. KD’s decision has been framed in all sorts of ways, from hopelessly naive to a form of player power. Whatever the motivation, it allowed the Warriors to go the extra mile on Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, and also sign Nick Young for the taxpayer mid-level. From a team chemistry standpoint the gesture is priceless.
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The Bulls signed the three-time NBA champion to a two-year, $47 million deal last summer, but after trading Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves, Chicago is poised to rebuild around its young core. That core ostensibly includes Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn — the two players recouped in the Butler deal — as well as No. 7 overall pick Lauri Markkanen.
Wade posted the worst season of his career since his rookie year, averaging 18.3 points on a career-worst 43 percent shooting from the field. He appeared in 60 games for the Bulls last season, battling knick-knack injuries along the way. Wade averaged 15 points through six playoff games against the Boston Celtics before Chicago was eliminated in the first round.
If bought out, it is expected Wade pursues a reunion with LeBron James, with whom he won back-to-back NBA championship in Miami in 2012 and 2013. He could take a minimum deal to join the Cavaliers or sign a one-year deal elsewhere before joining forces with LeBron in 2018, wherever he decides to go.