Monthly Archives: September 2017

MRI for Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin shows no structural damage to left knee

An MRI on the left knee of Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin showed no structural damage, coach Ron Rivera said on Monday.

Rivera said it was too early to tell whether Benjamin would be available for Sunday’s game at New England.

They’re going to see how his treatment goes, Rivera said. I have not heard since last night. They told me it all came out negative. There was nothing structurally wrong, which was good news because that was his repaired knee.

Luck’s recovery from offseason shoulder surgery has been the dominant storyline since the Colts began training camp, with coach Chuck Pagano growing visibly tired of answering questions about Luck’s projected return.

ESPN reports that sources indicate Luck’s recovery has been especially noticeable and encouraging since he recently consulted with Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who had similar surgery in 2006. Luck also reportedly met with Brees’ physical therapist, Dr. Kevin Wilk.

Game Youth Colby Rasmus Jersey The Colts are 0-2 in Luck’s absence, with Scott Tolzien and Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. They’ve scored only 22 points through two games.
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Deshaun Watson gives the Texans hope after winning his 1st NFL start

Deshaun Watson made his first NFL start sooner than what many anticipated, but it resulted in the Texans getting their first win of the season. It was a nice birthday present for Watson, who turned 22 on Thursday.

The Bengals let left tackle Andrew Whitworth walk in free agency. They replaced him with Cedric Ogbuehi, who is an obvious downgrade. Right guard Kevin Zeitler signed with the Browns when they made him the highest-paid guard in NFL history, and the line is a work in progress.

Elite Youth Jerick McKinnon Jersey It was disastrous for Cincinnati when the Bengals got shut out by the Ravens in Week 1. Andy Dalton took five sacks and completed just 51.6 percent of his passes for 170 yards and four interceptions with no touchdowns.

The Ravens held the Bengals to just 77 rushing yards, and not having adequate blocking to establish some balance didn’t do Dalton any favors, either.
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Chemistry is fundamentally important to an offensive line’s success, and all of the teams that struggled saw some changes this offseason. Teams are also still shaking off some rust in Week 1, and there’s a chance these lines will jell and improve as the season goes on. But if they don’t, it’ll be a long year for all of these teams.

Despite promising moments, such as the running touchdown, Watson looked every bit like a rookie thrown into the starting job on a short week. His accuracy continued to be a big concern, under-throwing receivers and nearly throwing multiple pick-sixes. He finished with 15-of-24 passing for 125 yards and no touchdowns, but he at least avoided turnovers. He also made the smart move by leaning on his best receiver, targeting DeAndre Hopkins 13 times. Hopkins got seven catches for 73 yards and helped Watson get out of some jams, even with the errant throws.

Matt Ryan could be top 15 all-time in passing yardage and touchdowns by season’s end

I don’t want to lean on the Matt Ryan praise siren too hard here—he’s off to a strong but not necessarily remarkable start to 2017—but there are some historic things going on in the background of this season that we should probably note in the here and now. For example, did you know that Matt Ryan could very well finish this season as a top 15 passer in terms of both yardage and touchdowns? Like, all-time?

It’s true! Here’s where Ryan currently ranks, and following that, the numbers he needs to exceed to make it into the top 15. I’ve chosen top 15 because it is actually attainable in both of these instances for the 2017 season, though neither will be easy to get at his current pace.

If the Bengals do decide to sit Dalton and move ahead with McCarron, it still won’t be an easy road. The Bengals offensive line has been terrible after losing Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler to free agency this offseason. They’re not getting much help from the run game, either, which is ranked 18th in the league and averaging 79.5 yards per game.

There is a quarterback just sitting at home with plenty of starting experience who might be able to help turn things around in Cincinnati. He’s got the mobility to stay upright even behind an iffy line. But there’s no word on whether or not the Bengals would consider signing Colin Kaepernick.

Cincinnati is sitting at 0-2, and Marvin Lewis’ seat is getting warmer. Making Zampese the scapegoat isn’t going to suffice if the offense keeps playing so poorly. The Bengals may not have a choice but to bench Dalton.
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Stefon Diggs is wearing ‘Wheel of Fortune’ cleats and nobody knows why

Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs is taking full advantage of the NFL’s new relaxed rules on players wearing individualized cleats. This week he’s showing off a pair honoring Wheel of Fortune.

Why is he honoring a game show? We don’t know. Do they have a bankrupt wedge on them? Pat Sajak is from Chicago, so that’s not the link — maybe he’ll score a touchdown on a wheel route and it will all come together.

They make a lot less sense than when he honored Randy Moss in Week 1, but who cares? They’re Wheel of Fortune cleats. We’ll wait to see if the big money comes up.

Goodell notably did not participate in the interviews conducted with Elliott or his accuser, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. Harvey also said that the group of advisors spoke to Goodell individually to give him their opinions. Article 46 of the current collective bargaining agreement gives Goodell absolute power over player discipline.

The actual investigation was undertaken by several people. The league had multiple investigators talk to witnesses and work through the evidence.

A panel of independent advisors interviewed Elliott and evaluated the findings of the investigation. Those four people were Harvey, former player and Hall of Famer Kenneth Houston, Women of Color Network CEO Tonya Lovelace, and former United States Attorney and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White. White was also instrumental in the Saints’ Bountygate investigation.

Elliott officially filed an appeal on the Tuesday after he was Authentic Mike Evans Jersey suspended. The hearing began on Aug. 29 and concluded on Aug. 31. Now that the hearing is complete, there’s no timetable for a decision from the NFL. On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Henderson announced his Authentic Sio Moore Jersey decision on Elliott’s appeal. The suspension was upheld.

Matchups are often a driving force behind fantasy owners’ weekly lineup decisions.

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When choosing between two (or more) similarly talented players, you know the first question that comes to mind: Which one has the best matchup?
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If Bradford is sidelined for Sunday’s game, backup Case Keenum will step in as the starter. Keenum started nine of 10 games last season for the Los Angeles Rams and threw for 2,201 yards, 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Sloter has been with the Vikings for only two weeks after spending the preseason with the Denver Broncos.

The Vikings had until 4 p.m. ET Saturday to make additions to the active roster. Minnesota waived safety Antone Exum Jr. to make a spot for Sloter on the 53-man.

Also for Sunday’s game, the team is optimistic that cornerback Xavier Rhodes and linebacker Anthony Barr, both of whom are listed as questionable, will be able to play, a source told Schefter.

Having three quarterbacks on the active roster foreshadows elevated concern about whether Bradford will be ready to go Sunday. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he anticipated that Bradford will start when he spoke with the media Friday after practice. Bradford is traveling with the team to Pittsburgh and was officially listed as questionable on the injury report.

Tony Romo called a Saints touchdown before it happened, just like last week

Tony Romo’s broadcasting career has gotten off to a booming start. After showing that he could see the future last week by calling many plays before they happened, he did it again early in Week 2.

Romo called for Brandon Coleman to get the ball for the Saints, and just as Romo predicted, that’s exactly what happened:

Most color analysts describe what happened on a play after it happens. But Romo is able to look at what both sides of the ball are doing, and what it’s going to mean. He also takes previous plays into account, thinking a few steps ahead of anybody else.

Romo still has work to do when it comes to sounding like a more traditional broadcaster, but the knowledge that he’s delivering more than makes up for it. He was built for this.

We already knew Prater had power — he kicked the longest NFL field goal ever in 2013 — but this was an impressive and hilarious reminder. He’s now 38-of-47 on kicks of 50-plus yards in his career, including 9-of-9 since the start of the 2016 season.

Lions 14, Giants 7: Eric Ebron caught just one touchdown pass last season, but he’s already reached that total this year after hooking up with Matthew Stafford for a 7-yard score Monday night. The tight end didn’t have a great Week 1 with just two catches for nine yards on three targets, but he’s already up to five catches for 42 yards and a TD against New York.

Lions 7, Giants 7: The two teams traded turnovers early in the second quarter. First, New York Jonathan Bullard Youth Jersey stopped a Lions’ drive in its tracks when Jason Pierre-Paul knocked the ball from Matthew Stafford before he could throw it and the defense recovered it. New York gave it right back, however, with Authentic Will Blackmon Jersey an incredible interception by linebacker Tahir Whitehead off a tipped pass on the very next play.

J.J. Watt got a hero’s welcome in Houston after raising $31 million (and counting) for relief efforts

J.J. Watt went above and beyond when it came to raising money for Houston’s recovery following Hurricane Harvey, with his crowdfunded drive raising over $31 million to assist with relief efforts. On Sunday he took to the field and got the reception he deserved.

Watt ran onto the field with the Texas state flag and a message to the people of Houston to stay strong during an impossibly difficult time. It was announced early on Sunday that the Texans had been permitted to wear a helmet patch showing support for the 2017 season, and Watt took advantage of the league’s new rules on cleats to continue sending his message.

Denver drafted Osweiler in the second round of the 2012 NFL Daft. He started seven games for the Broncos in 2015 while Peyton Manning was injured. Manning took back the starting QB spot prior to the playoffs and helped lead Denver to a Super Bowl title.

Osweiler then signed his deal with the Texans, but completed just 59 percent of his passes while throwing 16 interceptions to just 15 touchdowns in 2016. He was benched for Tom Savage during the year before getting the starting job back at the end of the season when Savage suffered a concussion.

He then won the battle of the backups in the wild-card round, but fell to Tom Brady and the Patriots in the divisional round to bring Houston’s season to an end. The Texans were desperate to unload his contract, which the Browns absorbed in the March trade.
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Steelers continue secondary overhaul, trade for Bucs safety J.J. Wilcox

The Steelers continued to revamp their secondary Sunday by acquiring safety J.J. Wilcox from the Buccaneers.

Wilcox, who is entering his fifth NFL season, has played at least 13 games in each of his first four seasons. He served as a starter for the Cowboys in 2014. During that season, he accumulated 74 tackles, three interceptions and five passes deflected.
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Laremy Tunsil Game Jersey Wilcox had signed a two-year deal with the Bucs this offseason after spending his first four seasons in Dallas. He will likely serve as Pittsburgh’s No. 3 safety to start the season.

The Steelers also signed Browns stowaway cornerback Joe Haden, and traded away corner Ross Cockrell to the Giants earlier this week.

That was just behind Robby Anderson (54) for tops among offensive skill position players, though Kearse had the much bigger day in the box score. Kearse turned nine targets into seven receptions for 59 yards. The Jets aren’t going to score often — they registered 12 points against a shaky Bills defense, after all — but Kearse will flirt with flex numbers if he sustains a large role. Rookies Chad Hansen (47 snaps) and ArDarius Stewart (36 snaps), meanwhile, worked as the team’s Nos. 3 and 4 receivers. The progression of both should be monitored, especially if one is able to emerge into an every-down player.

The biggest surprise from the Raiders’ 26-16 season-opening win at the Titans was the coronation of kicker Giorgio Tavecchio to Silver and Black folk hero. Signed off the practice squad a day earlier to replace Sebastian Janikowski after the franchise’s all-time scoring leader was placed on Injured Reserve, Tavecchio drilled field goals of 20, 52, 52 and 43 yards, plus a PAT. He spent the previous four years in camp with Oakland so he has built relationships. No wonder the locker room exploded when coach Jack Del Rio awarded Tavecchio a game ball.

there is a little bit of that for the Xs-and-Os lovers of us out there.

Savage’s consistent and efficient preseason was enough to fend off a spirited challenge from 2017 College Football Playoff Offensive MVP Watson. Watson’s winning record in college and ability to create space and time in the pocket will make him an eager replacement should his team need a change behind center. However, Savage was fine in his only start of 2016 and his familiarity with Houston’s offense shined through this August; in two games, he’s completed a league-high 85 percent (17 of 20) of his passes.

This time they don’t really have that structure, or really any structure at all, to fall back on. The filmmakers introduce the idea of hills early on — we see the Patriots running up one repeatedly — and come back to it again and again, with the basic argument being that because the Patriots ran up a hill a few months ago, it gave them the endurance to outlast the Falcons in that wild second-half comeback. Which, I mean, I guess? I think it helped them a lot more that they had the greatest NFL quarterback of all time throwing the ball than any hill they might have run up, but then again, I’m no NFL expert.

With nothing much going on storywise, what’s left is basically a rundown of each of the Patriots’ playoff games, with a long time focused on that second-half comeback against the Falcons.
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So, you’re probably asking: If I’m not a Patriots fan, why should I watch this?

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He always goes with the natural feel.

He’s got some treatment; he’s getting all the work in that he can get and we’ll see how he progresses, coach Ben McAdoo said.
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McAdoo made it clear that the decision for Beckham to play will made by the medical staff, not the coach or the player.

Again if it’s safe for the player to play and he’s not going to do further harm to himself physically, then we would think about playing him, McAdoo said. But I would never put a player out there who would do further damage to himself physically.

Beckham said he wouldn’t play Sunday if it had to be with a brace or tape on his ankle. He always goes with the natural feel.

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Since it’s Miami, I was thinking of choosing something Cuban, but I do not think that is right for this team. I think this team is chili at this point. It’s a bunch of different parts, and when you run out of one (or your starter gets injured) you throw something else in there, and somehow, someway, it all comes together.

Get season-ending injuries? Along those lines, maybe live by the next man up philosophy. The Dolphins dealt with several injuries to key players last year, like Mike Pouncey, Jones, and Tannehill, and they continued to move forward, eventually landing in the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Dolphins are not the prettiest, most finesse team in the league, but they are good enough to claw, scrape, and fight their way through adversity. If they can continue that this season, the injuries to Tannehill, Ted Larsen, Raekwon McMillan, and Tony Lippett can be overcome.