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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?

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.

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.

Texans receiver Jaelen Strong suspended for opener

The Texans will be without third-year receiver Jaelen Strong for their regular-season opener against the Jaguars.

Strong, a third-round pick from Arizona State in the 2015 NFL Draft, was suspended one game by the NFL for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Strong had initially appealed the suspension, which was upheld on Thursday.

The suspension stems from a marijuana possession charge in February of 2016. Strong said he is disappointed by the suspension, but that he has matured and learned from his mistake.

Strong will be eligible to play in Houston’s final two preseason games against the Saints and Cowboys. He will then not be allowed at the team’s facility until after the Sept. 10 opener. Strong, who has 28 career receptions for 292 yards and three touchdowns — all coming as a rookie — can return to the team facility on Sept. 11, three days before a Thursday night game against the Bengals.

According to Seahawks beat writer Gregg Ball, Carroll’s assessment that Kaepernick is a starting QB is the exact reason why they didn’t sign him.

Kaepernick’s free agency has been a hot-button issue this offseason as fans and analysts wonder why he’s still without a team. He played respectably last season, and several other quarterbacks with poorer stat lines have found a home since.

The Seahawks have been the only team so far to even give him a workout this year, and heading into training camp, it could end up being too late for Kaepernick this season.seahawks_006

Michael Carter-Williams, Hornets agree to a 1-year, $2.7 million deal, per report

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Michael Carter-Williams and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a one-year deal, according to The Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell. The deal will be worth $2.7 million, per ESPN’s Chris Haynes, and provides the Hornets with a backup to Kemba Walker after presumably losing several guards from last season to free agency.

Instead, Carter will join Sacramento making more money than he likely could have gotten from anyone else, given the Kings’ huge amount of cap space entering this summer.

Carter spent his last three seasons in Memphis after a three-year stint in Dallas. His numbers have understandably declined, but last year was his best as a Grizzly, averaging eight points and nearly two assists per game while hitting 38 percent of his three-pointers. He also played (73) and started (15) more games than he did in the previous two Memphis seasons.
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Many thought that Carter might join a title contender, allowing him to be a bench piece and role player, but Carter instead is joining a Sacramento Kings team that is a mixture of young and old. Earlier this week, the Kings signed Zach Randolph for a two-year deal and George Hill to a three-year deal.

Either way, we can only hope that Carter plays forever.

A month later, several staffers complained to Hayes about the disparities in security enforcement for black and white entertainers. According to the lawsuit, the practices Hayes had encountered were going on long before Hayes started working for at the Atlanta Hawks.

What happens to Isaiah Thomas now that the Celtics won the draft lottery?

Most notably, both Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson were labeled oft-injured after suffering debilitating injuries in New Orleans.

Gordon missed 173 of 394 possible regular season games between 2011 and 2016 with the Pelicans, including injuries to both knees, his shooting wrist, and shoulder. In his first season in Houston, he won Sixth Man of the Year, playing 75 games and averaging 16.2 points on 37 percent three-point shooting.

Anderson underwent season-ending neck surgery in 2013 and missed 37 combined games the following two seasons. He played in 72 games as a stretch-four in Houston, shooting 40 percent from three-point range.
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Reigning All-Star MVP Anthony Davis played 75 games last season, but missed 68 games in his first four years in the NBA. Jrue Holiday suffered a stress fracture in his shin in 2014 and subsequently had a titanium rod implanted from the bottom of his knee to the top of his ankle.

Game Womens Sammy Watkins Jersey The Lynx have not been able to win a regular-season game in Indianapolis since May of 2007. No matter how good their record, the Fever are always a tough matchup for this Minnesota team.

Skylar Diggins-Smith might be the name that pops up, but it was Glory Johnson’s 23 points and 13 rebounds on Sunday that pushed the Dallas Wings to an 85-79 win over the second-best team in the league: the Los Angeles Sparks.

Earlier this season, Thomas said the Celtics could hold off on backing up any trucks if they’re going to sign another max free agent. But after the Gordon Hayward signing and John Wall, Stephen Curry and James Harden received max deals this offseason, Thomas made sure we knew he is ready for his.

76ers fans have big dreams, but that’s fine. Let them live.

This is the fourth of Limited Upside’s 30 team previews leading up to next season. We’re bringing together representatives from all 30 SB Nation team sites and other team-specific experts from the SB Nation/Limited Upside community to gauge the temperature of the fanbase heading into the season.

3’s Company, Tri-State, Ball Hogs, and the Killer 3s didn’t make the playoffs, but all four teams competed against one another at the Key Arena, as well.

These games already took place, but FS1, like every week, will air all four games at 8 p.m. ET on Monday. You can also livestream the action by using the Fox Sports Go app.

Behind Rashad McCants’ 19 points, Trilogy knocked off the Ghost Ballers, 50-39. Al Harrington chipped in with an extra 14 points, but the entire team didn’t shoot well from the field, connecting on 47 percent of its shots.

Game Youth Otis Sistrunk Jersey The Ghost Ballers fought hard in this matchup, but they couldn’t hit shots as well. Even though Ricky Davis and Ivan Johnson combined for 26 points, the team as a whole only made 12 of its 31 shot attempts.

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