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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.

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?

Elite Womens Justin Coleman Jersey The unstated promise of these films is the chance to get the inside scoop — that little bit of football knowledge you couldn’t possibly have unless you hear it from the coaches. And there is a little bit of that for the Xs-and-Os lovers of us out there.

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.

Game Terrell Suggs Jersey He also wouldn’t detail the exact nature of the injury. McAdoo has repeatedly called it an ankle, although there is belief Beckham is dealing with a high ankle sprain.

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.

Source: Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders at impasse over contract

The Oakland Raiders and place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who has played more games (268) for the team than any player in franchise history, are in a contractual standoff that could dictate whether the two sides spend this season together.

Oakland has asked Janikowski, 39, to rework his contract, which calls for him to make $4 million in the final season of his deal, according to a source familiar with the situation. Janikowski so far has declined.

“I’m not exactly sure what all was said. But I can tell you this: I’m way past that,” Harbaugh said before practice. “I haven’t even thought about that for weeks. Our focus is Cincinnati.”

Asked if this is an unwanted distraction, Harbaugh said, “We have two healthy quarterbacks and we’re ready to roll.”

Kaepernick drew national attention last season when he knelt during the national anthem before games as a protest of social injustice, which he said he will no longer do in 2017.

It’s hard to be as hopeful about the defense — the Cowboys weren’t exactly great last season and will be replacing four regular contributors in the secondary. Sean Lee played 15 games, which is his career high, and Jaylon Smith might not be ready for regular snaps as he makes his way back from a major knee injury. This defense could be downright bad, especially early in the season, but if coordinator Rod Marinelli can cajole a pass rush out of Taconike_rams_2044 Charlton & Co., there’s no ceiling on these Cowboys.

The Wolverines have dabbled with alternates.

As they walked along West Front Street past Grossinger Motors Arena during Monday’s Labor Day Parade, defenseman Brady Smith and other team representatives peeled off their old Bloomington Thunder jerseys.
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Michigan’s almost never worn an all-maize football uniform before. The exception: a 1928 game against Navy in Baltimore, where the Midshipmen reportedly refused to wear any color other than their usual home blue. It’s now referred to as the canary disaster.

The Wolverines have dabbled with alternates. But these are cleaner than any of those combinations, which ranged from unexciting to off-putting.

There’s nothing all that unusual about it. They just look cool. Nike calls it a subtle yet bold change from the program’s traditional look. And it is.

Campbell stopped using the word Iowa in social media and public statements earlier this year. The clock was the next, but not final, extension of Campbell’s ‘No Iowa’ plan.

On the nearby island of Anguilla, which Irma is forecast to move over Wednesday morning, the Department of Disaster Management on Tuesday warned of flash floods and mudslides. Four shelters were scheduled to be opened as of Tuesday afternoon.
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The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are forecast to see deteriorating conditions throughout the day on Wednesday with the worst of the rain and wind arriving Wednesday night.

The storm is expected to pass north of Puerto Rico Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

In Puerto Rico, a state of emergency has been declared, activating the National Guard as the U.S. territory prepares the storm, which the governor on Tuesday called unprecedented.

When Norman died in 2006, Smith and Carlos went to Australia to serve as his pallbearers.

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It’s no small thing he did, and no small thing Long did. If it were no big deal, he would not have been the first white player to step out this way … a year after Kaepernick first knelt, and after more than a few white NFL players chimed in about it. Alex Boone, Joel Dreessen, Drew Brees, we’re looking at you.

The next one, or two, or five, do not have to be superstars, the face of the league. It could be, of course. A Tom Brady or a J.J. Watt would go a few solar systems beyond changing the conversation. But those were not stars who have been carrying the weight so far. Kaepernick certainly was not.
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Under this circumstance, Kaepernick would be forced to learn a new playbook and build chemistry with receivers while handcuffed by the time restrictions that come with in-season practices.

Sam Bradford waded through that mess in 2016 when traded by Philadelphia to Minnesota at the end of the preseason. After winning his first four starts, the Vikings went 3-8 down the stretch. Part of the reason was Minnesota’s lack of a dynamic passing game.

Having the time to spend here during the offseason is just better for everyone, Bradford told Vikings media earlier this month. Our communication is better — just having the time to work through some routes, work through really everything as opposed to what we had to last year and kind of learn everything on the fly.

Everything the Broncos have seen so far this preseason

While Joseph noted (via the team’s website) that the offense left some points out there while Lynch was at the helm, he had the following assessment of Siemian’s play:

Game Kids Peyton Manning Jersey Trevor, he was solid. He was Trevor. He made good decisions. His ball placement was on point tonight. He controlled the huddle. So I was pleased with Trevor.

Everything the Broncos have seen so far this preseason, then, made a solid case for Siemian to start, just as he did in 14 games last season. But you can bet numerous teams around the NFL would love to have a backup like Lynch on hand in case of emergency.

That’s because the Saints already had Mark Ingram, who rushed for over 1,000 yards last year, and had just signed Adrian Peterson in free agency.

Kamara proved early in Sunday’s preseason game against the Chargers, taking their first play from scrimmage to the house for a 50-yard touchdown, that the Saints may have known what they were doing after all.

Kamara will remind many Saints fans of Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush. While he’s built a little more like Bush than Sproles, his route running and rushing style seem to resemble Sproles’.

Kids Cordrea Tankersley Jersey It’s easy to look at the act of typing socks pig police uniform on Amazon and wonder what that does to add accountability, but Kaepernick’s protest goes beyond that. He’s mad. He isn’t asking for peace 鈥?he’s asking for justice. He’s not interested in hearing both sides; he’s choosing one, and he’s not interested in propriety.