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Steelers rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster passes driving test

JuJu Smith-Schuster won’t have to worry about his bike being stolen anymore.

After pedaling to the team’s facility since the offseason, the Steelers wide receiver finally passed his driving test Tuesday morning at Rogers Driving School in Pittsburgh and received his driver’s license.

Despite the massive workload, Bryant sits 21st among wide receivers in fantasy points. He’s averaging a horrific 5.5 yards per target (second worst among wide receivers with at least 50 targets) and has caught 51 percent of his 98 targets (fifth worst). Bryant has dealt with a very tough slate of cornerbacks, and his 6.6 OTD suggests he should have more touchdowns. But with the Chargers and Redskins up next on the schedule, his inefficiencies might not improve anytime soon. He should be downgraded in season-long and faded in DFS against Casey Hayward shadow coverage on Thanksgiving.

“Definitely,” Ajayi said after the game, via SportsDay. “We got it like a mindset kind of like you felt it close to the third, early fourth like we kind of had our way with them. And it was over after that.”

Ajayi, who was traded from Miami to Philadelphia in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick on Oct. 31, finished with 91 yards on seven carries in the victory as the Eagles totaled 215 yards on the ground.

The Eagles trailed 9-7 at halftime but came out of the tunnel for a monstrous second half in which they outscored the Cowboys 30-0, including three touchdown drives of 75 yards or more.

“We kind of were a little bit asleep I’d say in the first half,” Ajayi said. “Woke up in the second and got to our run game and just dominated after that.nationals_006

The Bulldogs have had to work harder in scrimmages than during the performance required to dispatch of rival Florida.

Neal, 30, has seven goals and three assists in nine games for the Knights, a terrific start after a down season overall (23 goals, 14 assists, 41 points, minus-10 in 70 games) in Nashville. He acknowledged the collective chip on his teammates’ shoulders as a motivating factor in their record start.

“There is, for sure. It’s a chance for guys that didn’t get a chance on their former teams to play a bigger role,” he said. “Maybe guys that didn’t have the best season have a chance to turn it around.”

QB Jake Fromm attempted just seven passes, and Georgia averaged 8.3 yards per rushing attempt, winning by five scores. It’s in great shape to enter the stretch run.

If you have a roster spot available for stashing a player, Parsons is immediately intriguing thanks to a huge night from the floor against the Rockets recently. It might have just been an isolated revival game for Parsons, but his pedigree merits our attention.

The Bengals made off well in this deal, getting two high draft picks for a player who was threatening to retire rather than resume his career with them. They had already drafted and played his replacement, Andy Dalton, and were able to turn the picks into cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and tailback Giovani Bernard. The Raiders, meanwhile, went 8-16 in Palmer’s 24 starts over two seasons before trading him to the Arizona Cardinals. While Bengals fans might have chosen Palmer over Dalton for the past seven seasons, Palmer simply wasn’t willing.
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Saban is nothing if not a creature of habit.

Every morning begins the same: a cup of coffee, two Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies and 10 minutes of the Weather Channel before it’s off to work. Saban’s fondness for the soft-baked oatmeal cookies layered with creme is now the stuff of legend. To this day, he keeps a big glass jar full of them in his office. In fact, the Creme Pies turned into something of the go-to gift for the man who has it all.
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Jaguars offensive lineman Cam Robinson, then a top-flight recruit in Louisiana, gave Saban a box when he came to visit him on the recruiting trail. A television reporter once did the same.

“The group text has gotten weird already. A couple things that—” Redick pauses to wave his hand over his perfectly coiffed hair, now featuring several strains of gray “—have kind of gone over my head that I’ve had to Google later. But you know it’s just millennials.” Can he share any of those search keywords? “This stuff is just… NSFW, you know what I mean?”

Then there’s Browns coach Hue Jackson. O’Brien and Pederson had a much more successful track record working with QBs. Jackson got the best out of Andy Dalton, but that’s about it.

O’Brien, far removed from Tom Brady, was simply waiting for the Texans to actually go after a good QB. He still made Brian Hoyer and Ryan Fitzpatrick look better than they should have. Pederson was made to be matched with a passer who shares the many positive attributes of Alex Smith, and there was a plan in place Brandon Thompson Authentic Jersey to pair him with Wentz.

At least Okposo has Matt Moulson in the locker room to help Brad Marchand Authentic Jersey him cope with the post-superstar winger blues. Okposo’s numbers slipped in his first season in Buffalo last season, which was his first season in several years not playing with John Tavares. But he also had some injuries, and the numbers weren’t atrocious. Expecting a modest return to form this season was not out of line.

NFL protests 2017: What’s happening during Week 7?

The Jets, who are five-point underdogs as of Wednesday evening, will be playing their first game this season against an NFC opponent. They are coming off two straight losses to division rivals after holding a 14-point lead in each.

They led 28-14 in Miami this past Sunday going into the fourth quarter, but the Dolphins scored 17 unanswered points to win. Two weeks ago, the Dolphins were down 17-0 in Atlanta before scoring 20 unanswered points in the second half to stun the Falcons.

“When you look at the film, you don’t see them slumping,” Bowles said about the Falcons. “They make a mistake here and there, but they definitely move the football. … We have our work cut out for us.”

The challenge went the Cincinnati Bengals’ way, the Steelers were ruled short on a fourth-down play, and it was a turnover on downs.

But what’s really important is that Big Ben gave us this glorious GIF that is destined to become a meme.

It can be used for just about anything:

For all the fantasy football enthusiasts out there disappointed when a certain player doesn’t touch the football enough, just imagine how the player himself feels.

Bengals running back Joe Mixon was upset after Sunday’s 29-14 loss to the Steelers because he wanted more second-half carries. In fairness, Mixon had a legitimate gripe after not getting a single carry in the second half.blue_jays_048_193a5e481183b2e6-180x180

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.

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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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.

Chauncey Billups knew about Kyrie Irving drama when he turned down Cavs job

When Chauncey Billups turned down the Cavs’ GM job, it came as a bit of a surprise. Who wouldn’t want to be in charge of a team that’s made three straight NBA Finals appearances with the best player in the league? But Billups revealed Tuesday morning that he knew what we all know now.

Witten and Elliott developed a closer relationship as workout partners during offseason practices and have even spoken since the ban was announced. While Witten still holds himself to a high standard when it comes to fighting domestic violence, he is hopeful the experience will help Elliott mature as a player and person.

“There’s a lot of things there that I just don’t know,” Witten said. “I’ve heard what Mr. (Jerry) Jones has said, and I’ve looked at him as a mentor for 14 years, and I still think a lot of things that just don’t know. There’s a recent investigation that was dropped, too, so that’s something where you grab a teammate and you support him in ways. But that doesn’t mean you come off your standard of what you stand for.

“Quite frankly, it’s uncomfortable even having the conversation right now, but you go through it, and (you’re) in a position to be a leader, and you continue to show the way and allow guys to grow, and I know that’s been a tough year on him. I think that his mindset has been such what he’s said, what he’s already released, I think that that’s a pretty good perspective on what he’s trying to do moving forward.”

Although Elliott was never charged in the alleged 2016 assault, he’s had his fair share of other issues off the field. He was cited in April for driving 100 mph in a 70-mph zone, he appeared on video to expose a woman’s breast during a St. Patrick’s Day parade in March, and more recently was accused of punching a nightclub DJ in Dallas, though police suspended that investigation because the accuser was not cooperative.dolphins_122

Breaking down new-look Buccaneers: Jameis Winston bound for big leap (to playoffs?)

What did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do after a 9-7 second season with Jameis Winston as their franchise quarterback? They got more aggressive and got him more weapons.

Promoting offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach did pay off in allowing Winston to settle in and see mild growth in Year 2. But it was clear the Bucs had to improve his supporting cast to expect a big leap from him in 2017.

Here’s a breakdown of all the notable changes on the Bucs’ roster and depth chart, which will allow them to be a legitimate NFC South title contender this season.

Kyle Lowry ended Toronto’s losing streak by scoring 32 points with six assists in a 102-86 win against the Bucks. The Raptors had lost their last five games entering Friday’s contest. They desperately need Demar DeRozan back from his ankle injury to take some pressure off Lowry.

Paul George led the Pacers to a 115-111 overtime win against the Kings by scoring 33 points with four rebounds. This was George’s third straight 30-plus point effort, which is his longest such streak this season.

Jimmy Butler started Friday’s 100-88 loss against the Heat on the bench, and he played like a reserve in 33 minutes of action. The All-Star recorded just three points on 1 of 13 shooting with three turnovers. Something is just not right in Chicago.

Clippers (30-17) at Warriors (39-7) 8:30 p.m. ET — Los Angeles may be distracted by recent Carmelo Anthony trade rumblings, but this is a good opportunity to see how they shake up against the overwhelming favorites in the West. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have really been clicking lately.
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Pelicans already lose new trade acquisition to broken thumb

The Pelicans may end up regretting their recent trade with the Kings.

Not only did New Orleans lose 129-99 against the Rockets Thursday in the NBA’s return to action following the All-Star break, it also lost one of the members of the trade to an injury.

Omri Casspi, who scored 12 points in his Pelicans debut Thursday, unfortunately won’t be playing his second game with the team any time soon. Casspi suffered a broken thumb in the loss, and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to ESPN.

DeMarcus Cousins had a monster night in his Pelicans debut, putting up 27 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, five steals and four blocks. Anthony Davis led the way with 29 points and nine rebounds.

Casspi, however, was the only other player in double-figures on the team. The 6-9 forward also missed a couple weeks in January with a calf injury.

The big difference between James and Harden is obviously the assist numbers, but James wasn’t surrounded with as many sharpshooters in his prime as Harden is right now. Put it this way: Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Lou Williams alone combine for around 30 3-point attempts per game this season. As a team, the Cavaliers attempted no less than 15.7 3-pointers per game and no more than 19.3 3-pointers per game in those four seasons. The most reliable shooters around James during that time were Damon Jones, Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson and Delonte West.

This season has given us some insight into what kind of weapon James becomes in a 3-point happy system. The Cavaliers are second to only the Rockets in 3-point attempts per game, and James is averaging a career-high 8.7 assists per game. But James is also close to setting career-lows in both usage rating and field goal attempts per game. Even though he’s picking teams apart like we’ve never seen before, a 30-10-10 season would probably be in the cards for him had he played in this sort of system earlier in his career.broncos_129