Bills tab Sean McDermott from Panthers’ staff to replace Rex Ryan

It appears the Bills are still focused on finding a defense-first path to success.

Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will replace Rex Ryan as head coach in Buffalo, the team confirmed.
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Mens Fernando Rodney Jersey McDermott was in Buffalo for a second interview Wednesday, according to multiple reports, after meeting with Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula in Florida last week.

The hope will be that McDermott, whose defense led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 a year ago, finds a way to restore the luster lost during the Ryan regime.

Buffalo’s defenders ranked in the top five in the league in scoring defense, yards per game and passing yards per game in 2014 under Doug Marrone but saw their fortunes plummet under Ryan and his brother Rob, who ran the unit in 2016 and was fired Dec. 27 along with Rex. The Bills were generally a middle-of-the-pack defense statistically this season but finished a stunning 29th in the league in rushing defense, allowing 133.1 yards per game.

McGloin, who was originally questionable to return, made his case to reporters after the game and said he plans to be healthy enough to play next weekend.

I wanted to play out there tonight,McGloin said, via If I’m not 100 percent healthy, that’s not what this team needs. I plan on being 100 percent healthy (for Houston).

Del Rio declined to commit to a starting quarterback when they visit the Texans, but he did seem to tip the odds in McGloin’s favor.

Obviously, (McGloin) has more experience in our system, a little bit longer, he said. But I thought Connor did a nice job, with the opportunities that he had.

If McGloin is unable to play, or if Del Rio decides to switch to Cook regardless small sample size notwithstanding the Raiders would be in an unprecedented situation.

No quarterback in the Super Bowl era has ever started a playoff game without previously starting in the regular season.

Adrian Clayborn injury update: Falcons DE will miss remainder of postseason, report says

The Falcons will be without Adrian Clayborn for the remainder of the postseason after the defensive end torehis bicep against the Seahawks,according to

The injury occurred during Saturday’s divisional playoff win over the Seattle.

Clayborn played in 13 games during the regular season. He recorded 22 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a fumble recovery while fitting into Atlanta’s talented front-four rotation.

It’s a big loss for the Falcons, who count on Clayborn for pressure on the edge as well as run-stopping support on third downs.

Elite Mens Malik McDowell Jersey Clayborn, 28, was the 20th overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Buccaneers. The St. Louis native and Iowa alum has 20.5 career sacks during the regular season.

The Falcons will take on the winner of Sunday’s clash between the Packers and Cowboys for a chance to play in the Super Bowl.
Le’Veon Bell’s style is definitely unusual, but it works for him, Clark said. There aren’t many guys who run like that. Jordan’s more of a guy you model your game after.

Bell’s breakout season came in 2014 when he finished second in the NFL with 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns to go with a career-high 83 receptions for 854 yards. Those numbers earned him AFC co-Offensive Player of the Year honors.

After playing just six games in 2015, when his season was cut short because of injury, Bell is doing things this season that would seem improbable even on Madden NFL 17.
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Despite missing four regular-season games to a drug suspension early and rest late, he finished third in the NFL with 1,884 all-purpose yards. His 157-yard-per-game average was tops in the league, nearly 24 more than Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott.

Who is Scooter Gennett? Look at Reds player who slammed four HRs vs. Cardinals

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Words no one expected to type Tuesday night: Scooter Gennett hit four home runs in a major league game.

As improbable Major League Baseball feats go, that’s right near the top. The 27-year-old Gennett is a utility player who was spelling Reds regular left fielder Adam Duvall for a night against the Cardinals. It was his 19th start of the season and his sixth in the outfield.

The Brewers waived Gennett after he failed to make the team out of spring training. The Reds, in need of bench help, claimed him and have kept him on their 25-man roster all season. Safe to say he’ll be sticking around a little longer.

Milwaukee selected Gennett in the 16th round out of Sarasota (Fla.) High School. Oddly, the player taken right before him (Bryan Mitchell) and right after him (Andrew Susac) also made the majors. Even more unusual: Gennett and Susac were teammates with the Brewers last season.

A huge part of earning the respect that’s paramount for enacting effective change is understanding an environment, and Nicole spent most of her first year at Newburg listening and observing. One thing in particular stood out.

Game Kids John Randle Jersey Our population, we have over 1,100 kiddos, about 700 of those middle schoolers are African-American boys, who they feel in their heart, mind and soul that they are heading to the NBA like LeBron, or they’re heading to the NFL, she says. Most of them are going to top out at 5-9, maybe 5-10, but they are still headed there. That, of course, is a cultural cycle, that’s what they’ve grown up knowing and seeing.

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.

Andrew Whitworth prepared to leave Bengals for Super Bowl contender

Unless blown away by a massive contract offer from Bengals management, something he’s unlikely to receive, Andrew Whitworth is poised to at least dip his toe into the free-agent waters.

Beside having toppled Atlanta, the 2016 Seahawks can stake claim to being the only team to defeat New England this past season with Brady under center. The Seahawks forced two Patriots turnovers and quarterback Russell Wilson outplayed Brady with 348 passing yards and three touchdowns in a 31-24 Week 10 road win.

“That was one of those games we were really on as a defensive unit,” Wright said. “We were just looking for a little payback from that Super Bowl loss we had.”
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Having beaten the Patriots and Falcons should give the 2017 Seahawks confidence about their chances of reaching Super Bowl 52. Wright said the top area of concentration for defensive improvement will be forcing more turnovers. Seattle finished with 19 takeaways, compared to 28 in 2015.

“All my guys are coming back for the most part,” said Wright, who notched a career-high 126 tackles in 2016. “Of course, we might lose a few guys here and there in free agency but the core of the team is coming back.

“I’m just excited that we have a year of wisdom to learn from each other and keep growing. I believe the guys are going to have a hungry mindset to get back to where we want to be as a team. We’re going to find a way to get it done.”

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Houston, a host with the most for its big Super Bowl 51 party

HOUSTON — From takeoff to touchdown, Houston knows how to throw a great, week-long Super Bowl party.

Even before Sunday’s Patriots-Falcons game arrived, the city, hosting the Super Bowl for the first time since 2004, proved it shouldn’t need to wait 13 long years to get another.

The hottest hot spot in town was Club Nomadic, which is, by its last name, a cool pop-up venue. It hosted the EA Sports Bowl, featuring performances by The Chainsmokers and Snoop Dogg, on Thursday night. It was Bruno Mars’ turn on Friday. It all led up to the main event — an exclusive Taylor Swift concert for DirecTV’s Super Saturday Night.

Antonio Brown continues to be unhappy with the contract he signed in 2012. That deal, worth $8.4 million a year, has become one of the best bargains in the NFL. (Although, in reality, it was the Steelers who took on a great deal of risk since Brown was unproven at the time of signing.)

Brown since he signed the deal has been the most productive receiver in the NFL, and he and Roethlisberger make a great pairing. There were rumors after a social media blowup and other incidents that the Steelers could be open to trading Brown. But that would be counterproductive.
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Given that Brown should receive at least $15 million in the form of a signing bonus, it’s likely that his cap charge of $13.6 million will slightly increase. If the Steelers fail to rework Brown’s contract, it should be a given that he will hold out.

Wainwright’s velocity with all his pitches has stayed remarkably consistent

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It’s a rough break for a player who until now had been a bulwark of health, averaging 158 games from 2013 through 2016 and collecting two American League MVP awards in this time.

Trout’s injury might take him out of the running this season for a third MVP and send his Angels tumbling to the bottom of the AL West. They weren’t the deepest team to begin with.

But Trout’s injury is unlikely to cost him much, if anything, in the long-term. Even if it were a serious injury that could keep him out a year or longer, he wouldn’t have that much to worry about regarding his Hall of Fame chances.

There you go. It’s not like Wainwright is still allowing a ton of line drives, but those line drives are all being hit directly at fielders (his line-drive percentage has dropped from 25.9 to 16.7, btw). He’s not allowing nearly as much hard contact, and the BABIP and averages for opposing hitters have both tumbled. Why? We’ll get there in a minute.

First, another note: As we mentioned earlier, Wainwright is 35 years old. He turns 36 on Aug. 30.
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We hear all the time that pitchers have to adjust later in their careers to compensate for lesser stuff,and that’s a real thing that pitchers have to deal with. And Wainwright has talked about that, too. But this isn’t like CC Sabathia trying to figure out how to remain effective when his average fastball velocity dropped from around 95 mph early in his career down to around 90 mph when he reached his early 30s.

As you can see in this chart from the wonderful website Brooks Baseball, Wainwright’s velocity with all his pitches has stayed remarkably consistent. He’s basically throwing as hard now as he did in 2009, the first of four times he finished in the top three of the NL Cy Young vote.

Maybe the opportunity to take Garrett would make the Bears think twice

Even if you’re taking his base numbers into account, his 90.7 passer rating ranked 17th among qualified starters in 2016, ahead of players like Joe Flacco, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, and Cam Newton. In a world where Mike Glennon can snag a three-year, $45 million contract after throwing only 11 passes the last two seasons, the radio silence around Kaepernick is shocking.

The first number the random number generator spit out was 441, making the Chicago Bears the lucky winner of the top pick. In the real 2017 NFL draft, the Bears traded up one spot, giving up a package of mid-round selections to get the No. 2 pick and take Mitchell Trubisky.

Maybe the opportunity to take Garrett would make the Bears think twice, but let’s just assume Chicago’s infatuation with Trubisky makes him the new No. 1 pick.

The second winning number is 845, making the Bills jump all the way from No. 10 to No. 2.

This one is a little tougher to choose because Buffalo traded down and took a cornerback near the bottom of the first round. The Bills didn’t look for a pass rusher this offseason, but let’s not overthink this too much: Garrett is Buffalo’s guy.

Winning No. 3 is 222, landing the San Francisco 49ers the third pick. That’s where they picked after all, and the draft board looks exactly the same way it did for them in real life. Solomon Thomas to San Francisco was meant to be.

Sorry, Browns. No Garrett, and the new top draft pick for Cleveland is No. 4. What do the Browns do with their new spot in the order? Uhh … Jamal Adams, maybe? They took Jabrill Peppers later in the first round, so sure, let’s go with Adams.

It’s a catalogue to her decades in public service

One of the biggest reasons so many were optimistic about the Jaguars in 2016 was that quarterback Blake Bortles actually looked good in 2015. With the one-two punch of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns at wide receiver, Bortles ended his second season in the NFL with 35 touchdowns and 18 interceptions — launching his passer rating to 88.2 after finishing his rookie season at 69.5.
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But if there’s one reason not to believe in the Jaguars in 2017, it’s Bortles.

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Maybe (the NFL) was waiting for that moment or chance to do it. But,he pauses. When Jan Schakowsky asks you a question, you take it seriously.

For a woman who has spent most of her life fighting for marginalized groups — women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and now athletes — Schakowsky’s office is a window into her beliefs.

It’s a catalogue to her decades in public service, 10 terms in Congress: portraits with Muhammad Ali from the 90s (His generosity of spirit was so inspiring); a quilt made by women in her district that represents several states with women legislators elected; pictures with former president Barack Obama before they both went so grey; an autographed photo from John Lewis from the day House Dems had a gun control sit-in on the congressional floor; portraits with Nancy Pelosi and the Dalai Lama; encyclopedias filled with every speech from Abe Lincoln’s political career.

Ladarius Green released by Steelers after failed physical and lingering injuries

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released tight end Ladarius Green after he failed a physical. The tight end has battled injuries since signing with the team in 2016.
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Green told reporters during the preseason, The ankle’s still not 100 percent yet. I’m pushing for it. It’s getting better.

He also missed the final five games of the season with a concussion, which was alarming since he had similar issues dating back to his time with the Chargers.

The Oakland Raiders picked McClain in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, but he was waived in 2013 after several off-field incidents — including an arrest in 2011 for third degree assault and a two-game suspension in 2012 for conduct detrimental to the team.

According to Lacy’s agents, SportsTrust Advisors, there’s a hefty check coming Lacy’s way.

There are monthly weigh-ins scheduled for Lacy, and each one will carry a $55,000 bonus if he hits the target weight for each one. The Seahawks want Lacy to be down to 250 pounds in July and August. By the time the season rolls around, the team wants Lacy to maintain his weight at 245 pounds from September through December.

Kaepernick’s social activism, and specifically his decision to not stand for the national anthem last season, is a likely reason that teams are avoiding him. Kaepernick has said he will stand for the anthem this season, but he still isn’t signed.