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  • A Sixpack Of The MondaysDaily SlopDatum09.12.2019 07:34
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    Washington senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams said earlier this year that the team needs a quarterback to join Case Keenum and Colt McCoy on the depth chart.Given that view and the uncertainty about Alex Smith‘s future after last season’s leg injury Montez Sweat Jersey , some have wondered if the team might go after a quarterback in the first round of this year’s draft. If they do, Williams suggests it won’t come after a trade up the draft board.Williams held his pre-draft press conference on Monday and said that taking a quarterback is on the table with the No. 15 pick. He also said that the chance of making a trade that pushes them higher than No. 15 is “a lot slimmer” than one that gives them a later selection.If there’s a quarterback the team loves, trading back would seem to be an unlikely development but we’ll likely have to wait until Thursday to find out for sure. The Washington Redskins welcome the newest member of the family, Kelvin Harmon, after making him the 206th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Looks Like Someone Has Redskins Recapsthe 206th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.EDTShareTweetShareShareWashington Redskins Select N.C. State WR Kelvin Harmon In Sixth Round Of 2019 NFL DraftGreg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsThe Redskins take another WR with their only 6th round pick. N.C. State WR Kelvin Harmon was falling and the Redskins jumped at the chance to add him to their roster.Washington Redskins 2019 Draft PicksRound 1(#15): Dwayne Haskins, QB Dwayne Haskins Redskins Jersey , Ohio StateRound 1(#26): Montez Sweat, OLB, Mississippi StateRound 2(#46): Traded to ColtsRound 3(#76): Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio StateRound 3(#96): Traded to the BillsRound 4(#112): Bryce Love, RB , StanfordRound 4(#131): Wes Martin, G, IndianaRound 5(#153): Ross Pierschbacher, C, AlabamaRound 5(#173): Cole Holcomb, ILB Womens Dwayne Haskins Jersey , North CarolinaRound 6(#206): Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. StateRound 7(#227):Round 7(#253):

  • We know it’s a tough place to playDatum09.12.2019 06:56
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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have reiterated repeatedly during an eventful offseason that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger remains the team’s unquestioned leader. They have handed him a new deal to prove it.The Steelers and the two-time Super Bowl winner agreed to terms on a contract extension Wednesday that will keep Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh through the 2021 season. Roethlisberger had been set to enter the final year of a contract he signed in 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed Womens JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey , but Roethlisberger figures to get a significant pay bump over the $12 million he was due (with a $23 million cap hit) in 2019.“It has always been a goal to play my entire career in Pittsburgh,” Roethlisberger said in a statement. “This is home for me and my family, and we love this city. I am as excited to be a Steeler in Year 16 as I was when they drafted me. They will get my absolute best.”The deal gives Pittsburgh some stability going forward after the high-profile departures of wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell. Brown pouted his way into a trade with the Oakland Raiders in March while Bell signed with the New York Jets as a free agent after sitting out all of 2018 when he opted not to sign his franchise tender.Roethlisberger, who turned 37 last month, is coming off the finest statistical season of his 15-year career. His 5,129 yards passing led the NFL and his 34 touchdown passes broke his own franchise mark. Yet his once-solid relationship with Brown appeared to deteriorate during a late slide that culminated in a 9-6-1 finish, a swoon that caused the Steelers to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2013.Brown sat out a crucial Week 17 game against Cincinnati and in the aftermath lashed out on social media, blaming Roethlisberger for having an “owner mentality .”Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert went out of his way to defend the quarterback, saying that in a way, Roethlisberger was dealing with “52 kids” on the roster , a challenge for some of Roethlisberger’s teammates to take on a greater role in the locker room. Not that Roethlisberger minds the responsibility. He has been unapologetic in his approach and unafraid to call out himself and others when the team fails to play to the standard it has set for itself during his largely successful tenure.Roethlisberger flirted with retirement after the 2016 season but has found a renewed sense of energy in his mid-30s. Having an offensive line that has kept him upright has certainly helped. Roethlisberger has been sacked an average of 20½ times over the last four years — compared with an average of 42 times per season between 2006-13 — due in part to stellar play in front of him and an approach predicated on getting the ball out faster while shying away from the “Ben being Ben” stuff that led to a mix of big plays and big mistakes earlier in his career.The announcement of the extension came on the 15th anniversary of the Steelers making Roethlisberger the seventh overall pick in the 2004 draft. After taking over the starting job in Week 2 of the 2004 season following an injury to veteran Tommy Maddox, Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to three Super Bowls, along with seven AFC North titles and 10 total playoff berths.“Ben is one of the most productive quarterbacks in NFL history, and he continued to climb the lists among the all-time passing leaders in the league last season,” team president Art Rooney II said. “But I know Ben’s focus is on only one goal — to bring another Lombardi trophy back to Pittsburgh.”Roethlisberger will lead an offense in the midst of a generational shift at other skill positions. JuJu Smith-Schuster replaces Brown as Pittsburgh’s top receiver and the running back combination of James Conner and Jaylen Samuels combined to put up numbers in 2018 similar to Bell’s at his peak. There is stability, however, along the offensive line. Four of five starters return and there are plenty of potential in-house replacements for right tackle Marcus Gilbert Womens T. J. Watt Jersey , who was traded to Arizona in March.Pittsburgh has toyed with finding Roethlisberger’s eventual successor, drafting Josh Dobbs in the fourth round in 2017 and Mason Rudolph in the third round last year. Dobbs won the backup job last summer over Rudolph and veteran Landry Jones, who was cut on the eve of the 2018 season. Having them in place means the Steelers are likely to avoid drafting a quarterback with one of their 10 selections in the draft that starts Thursday.Inside linebacker, cornerback and wide receiver figure to be Pittsburgh’s biggest needs early.Quarterback, for the 15th straight year, will not. Not with Roethlisberger still very much in charge early into the next decade. DENVER (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers can unnerve plenty of defenses with the NFL’s best pair of pass catchers and the league’s top tight end tandem.Not Denver’s.“We’ve had a tough game every week,” Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. “We haven’t had any easy games. So, this is just another top offense that we get to see, another great challenge and we’re up for it.”The Steelers (7-2-1), bursting with playmakers in wide receivers Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, tight ends Vance McDonald and Jesse James and running back James Connor, are the third consecutive opponent to bring a winning streak of at least five games into their matchup against the Broncos (4-6).The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the last team to face that sort of gantlet, wrapping up an 0-14 season with losses to the Raiders, Steelers and Patriots by an average of 40-10.The Broncos snapped the Chargers‘ six-game roll with a stirring comeback last week capped by Brandon McManus‘ field goal as time expired — one game after his errant kick as time expired allowed the Texans to escape with their sixth straight win.“We’ve seen it all already,” Harris said. “Now, it’s just another challenge JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey White , another great offense, another great quarterback and receivers. We’ve had some success this year playing the top offenses.”In addition to letting Deshaun Watson and the Texans duck out of Denver with a win, the Broncos had their chances against Jared Goff and the Rams and twice against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. They lost those four games by a combined 12 points.“Close calls against really good football teams,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “This is definitely a team that is much better than their record shows. They’re a team that’s kind of sitting there.”Ready to pounce.“They got a big win last week and need to get this win,” Roethlisberger said. “We don’t look at records. We look at going on the road to a tough place to play against a really good football team.”Other subplots in the Steelers’ first trip to Denver since the playoffs following the 2015 season:ORANGE CRUNCHThe Broncos counter Pittsburgh’s dynamite duos with the league’s most prolific pass-rushing pair in Von Miller and rookie Bradley Chubb, both of whom are riding five-game sack streaks.Miller and Chubb have combined for 19 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, 29 QB hits, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.“It’s unbelievable, maybe the best one in the game right now, those two guys,” Roethlisberger said.MAD SCIENCEMiller is coming off his 100th sack and a key interception that was a game-changer and maybe a season-turner, and he certainly has the attention of the Steelers.“I’ve got nothing but crazy respect for him,” Roethlisberger said. “Such a good football player and he really takes pride in his craft. He’s almost scientific about it.”Miller was the MVP of the Pro Bowl last year, where he was coached by Mike Tomlin in the Steelers staff.“I thought he was an alien,” Tomlin said. “He was a special player among a group of special players. He went by me in the fourth quarter and said , ‘Coach, I got this.’ I watched him take over a Pro Bowl and change the climate inside that stadium.”“An alien?” replied Miller. “Like, which one? There’s Martians with the big head or is it like ‘Alien’ the movie?”ROAD WARRIORSThe Steelers are 15-1-1 in their last 17 road games, though the going has typically been difficult in Denver. Pittsburgh has dropped four of its last five visits to the Mile High City, including a pair of playoff setbacks in 2012 and 2016.“” defensive end Cam Heyward said. “I know I’ve never won a game there and I’ve been around a while. It’s one of those places where, no matter how hot you might think you are, things can change in a minute.”JUJU’S MOJOWhile Brown has caught at least one touchdown in eight consecutive games, it’s the development of Smith-Schuster that’s helped keep Pittsburgh’s offense humming even with running back Le’Veon Bell sitting out the season.Smith-Schuster has 64 receptions for 866 yards and has developed a rapport with Roethlisberger that is paying off in the clutch. He caught four passes in Pittsburgh’s final frenetic two drives last week against Jacksonville, including a leaping 35-yard grab that helped set up the winning touchdown.REPLAY OR REDEMPTION“It’s the best of the best,” Harris said of his matchup with Brown, who got the best of him the last time they lined up against each other three years ago.Brown caught 16 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns, snapping Harris’ streak of 35 games without allowing a score.“I didn’t play well that night,” Harris said. “But I’m ready for Sunday.”

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    The Schutt AiR Advantage helmet has gotten plenty of free publicity this week. Too bad they quit making it eight years ago.Agent Drew Rosenhaus tells PFT that Raiders receiver Antonio Brown has located “a few” Schutt AiR Advantage helmets made in 2010. Those helmets will be reconditioned and submitted for approval by the NOCSAE. Because the NOCSAE will not certify helmets that are more than 10 years old Bo Jackson Jersey , Brown will get at least one year of use — and possibly two — out of helmets made in 2010.Rosenhaus said that Brown is still searching for helmets made in 2011, the year the Schutt AiR Advantage was discontinued.As explained earlier today, the AiR Advantage was discontinued in 2009, but it’s possible that “maybe a couple thousand” additional helmets were made after 2009 for certain specific college and professional teams. As of 2011, Schutt stopped making the helmet.The NFL has not affirmatively banned the Schutt AiR Advantage, possibly due to the fact that it was discontinued. That loophole has provided an unlikely ending to an unlikely story, giving Brown a chance to wear his helmet of choice for at least one season with the Raiders, and possibly up to two more. A quick note:For the next 24 hours you will not see any posts on Silver & Black Pride, Twitter, or wherever you’re used to getting news from us. 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    Josh McDaniels and the Denver Broncos in the 2009 NFL Draft. He took a year or so to get going Womens Courtland Sutton Jersey , but first with Tim Tebow and then Peyton Manning, Thomas exploded onto the NFL scene and remained there.He finishes his career in Denver with 665 receptions for 9,055 yards and 60 touchdowns. All marks among the all-time leaders in Broncos history. He went to the Pro Bowl four times in nine seasons.Today, the Broncos traded Thomas to the Houston Texans for a fourth-round pick. As fans, we are taking this moment to share our most favorite Demaryius Thomas moments as a Bronco and thank him for an incredible nine-year career here. We wish you the best, Demaryius!Rumble in MinnesotaThe moment I realized we had a special player in Demaryius Thomas was during the Tim Tebow run in 2011 when they got into a shootout with the Minnesota Vikings. Tebow, flushed out of the pocket doing crazy things, found Thomas open on a freelanced route. What happens next, is Thomas completely embarrassing one defender before powering his way into the end zone for the score. Thomas went on to make plenty more big time plays and is a surefire lock for the Broncos Ring of Fame when he finally does retire. - Tim LynchMaking history with the G.O.A.T.My favorite moment from DT is all the amazing moments he gave us as fans, and the special connection he shared with Peyton Manning during their time together in Denver.Peyton Manning’s first ever touchdown pass for the Denver Broncos was a 71 yard house call to Demaryius Thomas.Peyton Manning’s 7th touchdown pass in a game, tying an NFL record, was to Demaryius Thomas.Peyton Manning’s 54th and 55th touchdowns of the 2013 season, which is an NFL record, were to Demaryius Thomas.Peyton Manning’s 509th touchdown to move past Brett Favre for most all-time was caught by Demaryius Thomas.And my favorite, when Peyton Manning retired, he said this in his farewell speech. “I’ll miss Demaryius Thomas telling me that he loved me and thanking me for coming to Denver after every touchdown I threw to him.”Well from the fans, we love you DT, and thank you for coming to Denver. - Jeff EssaryA championship attitudeI never wanted to trade Demaryius Thomas - not even for a second, despite any of the good “business reasons” we should do so.I am nostalgic for the days when teams had loyalty on both ends of that “business” equation, and I think DT gave the Broncos his best and deserved the right to start and finish his career a Denver Bronco.I don’t want to hear about his “drops.” He had five consecutive seasons of 90+ catches and 1,000 yards. He was one of the few Broncos to keep fighting through the debacle that was SB48. He has 60 received TDs, second in team history. His 36 100-yard games are the best in Broncos history. Getting to 600 catches in 112 games is the fastest in team history. So don’t tell me this guy didn’t produce.And I don’t want to hear that he gave up on this team. While he did benefit from future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, he also put up with Tim Tebow, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Case Keenum without ever complaining. He spent a lot of time this offseason mentoring the guy who will replace him - Courtland Sutton.I loved DT’s quiet demeanor, his positive talk no matter the circumstances, his loyalty to the franchise, Mr. B and his teammates.DT is a pro’s pro, and the Broncos will miss him. I will miss him more. - Laurie Lattimore-VolkmannConsummate teammateFor me it’s not a single moment so much as it’s the player DT chose to be throughout his career in orange & blue. 114 consecutive games started, playoffs included. He was always out there forcing the other team to adjust how they played defense just to deal with him, no matter how tired or banged up he was. When the team fell apart vs the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, DT was the guy out there trying his hardest no matter what. He owns the most productive season ever played by a Denver Broncos receiver, plus two others in the top 5. And throughout all that he was a dependable, solid player and an excellent teammate. No matter the circumstances. Go back to 2018 training camp and you’ll find examples of him coaching up Sutton & Hamilton, doing everything he could to help two young guys succeed even though he fully realized that they were there to do what they did today: to take his job from him. There are plenty of people out there with a bad word to say about DT Womens Von Miller Jersey , but I’m not one of them. He wasn’t, and isn’t, a flawless player, but he was and is an incredible teammate and a quiet, steady leader. The Texans are getting a good one. And with Houston poised to likely win the AFC South this season, I can’t help but be happy for DT on one level, as he’ll get at least one last shot at a bit more NFL postseason glory before he hopefully signs the one-day contract that will put him back in orange & blue for good. - Taylor KotheAll of the aboveThere are so many people in Broncos Country that seemed to turn on Demaryius Thomas with the departure of Peyton Manning. I don’t know that I get it. He has always been one of the leaders on this team. He battled through injuries for much of his time in Denver, and made huge played. He was approaching many of the numbers put up by Rod Smith, and headed toward a spot in the Ring of Fame. I don’t have any one moment that I want to write about. I’d rather just be thankful for the time and effort he gave to the Denver Broncos, the community, and Broncos Country. I wish him well in the future, and I know he always has a place in Broncos Country. - Adam MalnatiBeing a Pat Bowlen BroncoWe remember the 80-yard touchdown catch that sent Broncos Country into delirium. We remember the effort he put forth in Super Bowl XLVIII when he recorded 13 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. DT is one of the greatest Broncos in history, and he’s one of, if not the most, under appreciated and undervalued players in team history. We know the stats (see Laurie’s post above for a refresher). But what I will always appreciate, remember and value the most is that DT is a Pat Bowlen Bronco. What is that? A player who shows up everyday and goes to work. He doesn’t bitch, complain or whine. He doesn’t make excuses. He does his job. At the same point, he does incredible work in the community to not much fan fare. So he not only makes the team/organization better, he makes the community better. That’s a Pat Bowlen Bronco. That’s a member of the organization fans can be proud of. As someone who had the opportunity to cover Thomas, he always had a smile on his face. That’s contagious and not easily replaced in the locker room. I get the move from a business side, but I hate it from fan side. My hope is DT tears it up with the Texans. Thank you, DT. - Ian St. ClairOh and this...Share your favorite DT moment with the Broncos in the comments section below. Missouri head coach Barry Odom talked with Ryan Edwards, Andrew Mason, and Steve Atwater on Orange & Blue 760 on Monday heaping high praise on his former quarterback, Drew Lock, who was selected by..." Denver Broncos PodcastsBarry Odom: Drew Lock kept getting better every year at MissouriNew,55commentsMDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Barry Odom: Drew Lock kept getting better every year at MissouriTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailMissouri head coach Barry Odom talked with Ryan Edwards, Andrew Mason, and Steve Atwater on Orange & Blue 760 on Monday heaping high praise on his former quarterback, Drew Lock, who was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Odom noted that when Missouri fell to 4-4 last season after a gut wrenching loss on the last play of the game for that fourth loss, Lock rallied the team to win out to finish 8-4. It was just the 17th time in school history where they won eight games in a season. After noting Lock had three different coordinators in four years, Odom went on to say that Lock has shown the ability to grow from relying only on arm talent to improving his game in all areas each year in college. He would expect Lock to do the same as a back up to Joe Flacco. Odom believes Lock’s versatility of having played under multiple schemes in his four years in college will allow him to adapt quickly to the NFL. Wrapping things up, Odom talked about Lock being an outstanding leader of his football team. The perception that he wasn’t a vocal leader in college would appear to be a bit overblown.

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    The Redskins added a weapon for new QB Dwayne Haskins yesterday when they drafted his teammate from Ohio State Paul Richardson Jersey , WR Terry McLaurin. They also traded their second third round pick to the Bills to get two 4th round picks.The Redskins have 5 more picks to go today.They have two 5ths, a 6th, and two 7ths to work with. Washington needs a lot of depth, and cheap talent, and they should be able to find both. Enjoy Day 3!DO NOT TIP PICKS IN THE COMMENTS!Day 3: Rounds 4 through 7When: Saturday April 27th at 12 p.m. EasternTime per pick: 5 minutes for rounds 4-6; 4 minutes for round 7TV channels: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN DeportesOnline: WatchESPN, fuboTV (free trial), SiriusXM NFL RadioRedskins draft picks:Washington Redskins 2018 Draft PicksRound 1(#15): Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio StateRound 1(#26): Montez Sweat, OLB, Mississippi StateRound 2(#46): Traded to the Colts for #26Round 3(#76): Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio StateRound 3(#96): Traded to the BillsRound 4(#112): Bryce Love, RB, StanfordRound 4(#131): Wes Martin, G, IndianaRound 5(#153): Ross Pierschbacher, C, AlabamaRound 5(#173): Cole Holcomb, ILB, North CarolinaRound 6(#206): Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. StateRound 7(#227): Jimmy Moreland, CB, James MadisonRound 7(#253):Full 7 round draft orderDO NOT TIP PICKS IN THE COMMENTS!NFL News twitter feed:Tweets from twitter feed:Tweets from“The League Done Messed Up” T-shirtsDO NOT TIP PICKS IN THE COMMENTS! WASHINGTON (AP) — Missed tackles. Missed assignments. Missed communication. All are plausible explanations for what’s gone wrong with the Washington Redskins‘ defense lately.A unit that was a big reason for the team’s strong start to the season is also now a big reason for the Redskins’ rapid descent to 6-6 and a three-game losing streak heading into Sunday’s matchup against the visiting New York Giants.“We’ve just got to get off the field,” Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said. “Got to find a way to get off the field.”Only 12 of the league’s 32 teams have given up more yards per game than the 367.4 the Redskins are allowing this season. That’s bad enough as it is.But narrow the scope to the past five outings Pernell McPhee Jersey , and Washington’s average balloons to more than 420 yards. Over the past three games, Washington’s opponents have averaged 27.3 points.“Defensively, we have to play better. We have to play better. These 430-yard games are too much for the defensive personnel that we do have. We have no excuses there,” coach Jay Gruden said. “So the challenge will be, ‘Hey, if we have to win 7-6, let’s do it.'”To Norman’s point, the third-down conversion numbers are the most staggering of all.For the season, the Redskins are letting foes get the first down 44 percent of the time; only three clubs are worse. Over just the most recent five games, it gets worse, rising to a 54 percent success rate on third downs.It’s probably not a coincidence that Washington is 1-4 in those games, dropping from first place to third in the NFC East.And now comes the challenge of dealing with the Giants and their two offensive stars: rookie running back Saquon Barkley, third in the NFL in rushing yards, and wideout Odell Beckham Jr., who threw one TD pass and caught another last week.“We’ll work on things that maybe have hurt us in the past and we’ve got to work on those and get better at them,” Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said, “and just got to make sure we make tackles in the open field.”Unlike all of the injury issues on offense — Mark Sanchez is Washington’s third starting QB in less than a month, and the team is on to its third pair of starting guards — the defense has been relatively healthy.Plus, it was supposed to be getting help when the Redskins acquired Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at the trade deadline. Things only have been getting worse lately, though.“It’s frustrating,” Norman said, “but we’ll find it.”Notes: LB Ryan Anderson (hamstring) and G Tony Bergstrom (knee, ankle) were ruled out for Sunday, while LB Zach Brown (illness), C Chase Roullier (knee), DL Matt Ioannidis (bruised shin) and WR Josh Doctson (strained hip) were listed as questionable. … With all the injuries along the offensive line, Gruden said the team hadn’t yet decided who will start at the two guard spots and that the team might do some rotating of players during the game.

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    If general manager Kevin Colbert is to be believed Diontae Johnson Jersey Youth , the Steelers star quarterback could play well beyond 2021." to a two-year contract extension the day before the 2019 NFL Draft, many assumed it would be the final deal of his illustrious NFL career. Set to expire at the conclusion of the 2021 season, the relatively short contract is due to end a few months before his 40th birthday on March 2 of that year.But for a league that has players like Tom Brady (41) and Drew Brees (40) still ranked among the best players at the position, it is not that hard to believe that Big Ben would still be able to play beyond his current deal. A scenario that general manager Kevin Colbert could easily envisage happening when appearing as a guest with Mike Florio on a PFT Podcast. For a man who doesn’t need money, Roethlisberger sure accepted a lot of it from the Steelers during his latest negotiation. But despite his flirtation with retirement a few years ago, there could be plenty of incentive to keep playing into his 40’s if the team is still contending and Pittsburgh is willing to pay. With a relatively young supporting cast at the skill positions Justin Layne Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey , the development of players like James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster could make the Steelers a tough team to walk away from, but it seems more likely that the fate of his teammates along the offensive line will dictate his future more. After Ramon Foster (33), Alejandro Villanueva (30) is the next oldest among the starters up front, with Maurkice Pouncey (29) still under 30. Villanueva and Foster are both under contract through 2020, with Pouncey’s deal set to expire the same year as Roethlisberger’s. And while Foster maybe considering retirement at that stage in his career, it is imagined that Pouncey and Villanueva could have some years left in them. Should they end up leaving Pittsburgh when their contract expires too Justin Layne Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey , it would not be a surprise if that was the signal for Big Ben to bow out as well.If Roethlisberger is looking for input from other teammates, Mason Rudolph might have his own suggestions as well. The Pittsburgh Steelers made several acquisitions from minicamp official, and announced how six players were released to make room for those acquisitions."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsLatest NewsSteelers make roster moves official, release six players to create space on offseason rosterNew,41commentsThe Pittsburgh Steelers made several acquisitions from minicamp official, and announced how six players were released to make room for those acquisitions.EDTShareTweetShareShareSteelers make roster moves official Justin Layne Jersey Cheap , release six players to create space on offseason rosterPhilip G. Pavely-USA TODAY SportsThe Pittsburgh Steelers just wrapped up their rookie minicamp, but this minicamp wasn’t just for drafted, or undrafted, rookies, but a try-out for several other players who might have been released from another team and looking for a home.When it comes to the roster, the Steelers had their 91 players Ulysees Gilbert Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey , the extra player being Christian Scotland-Williamson, heading into minicamp, but after camp the team can sign anyone who tried out.The team did just that by signing six new players, five of them who participated in the minicamp. They are:QB Devlin HodgesOT Damian PrinceLB Tuzar SkipperDE Henry MondeauxDT Greg GilmoreThe team also announced the signing of veteran WR Johnny Holton.When you sign six players, you have to get rid of six players to create room on the roster.The team released the following players from their roster:LB Keion AdamsDE Jay HayesDT Chris NelsonOL R.J. Prince, QB Brogan RobackWR Ka’Raun WhiteStay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers as the black-and-gold now prepares for the 2019 regular season and offseason workouts.

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    The first game of preseason was a success for the Raiders Frostee Rucker Jersey , who defeated the visiting Rams 14-3 in what was the final preseason game ever played at the Oakland Coliseum. The Raiders’ offense showed..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesSilver And Black Pride homepageHorizontal - Raiders communityFollow Silver And Black Pride online:Follow Silver And Black Pride on TwitterFollow Silver And Black Pride on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchSilver And Black Pride main menuFanpostsFanshotsRaidersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Raiders dominate Rams backups in 14-3 home preseason winNew,48commentsPDTThe first game of preseason was a success for the Raiders, who defeated the visiting Rams 14-3 in what was the final preseason game ever played at the Oakland Coliseum. The Raiders’ offense showed it could move the ball while the defense played far better than many expected.Oakland gave up a third-down conversion on the first drive on a Blake Bortles pass, and it would have been easy to shake your head and say, “same old Raiders.” But the defense locked down and forced a punt, chasing Bortles all over the field and making him throw two incompletions.The Raiders’ offense got going, with the big play being a 38-yard dart from Mike Glennon to JJ Nelson. The diminutive receiver has been making big plays all camp and he kept it up here, snagging one over the head of a Rams corner who was not turned around. The drive culminated in a seven-yard touchdown run up the gut from Deandre Washington Leon Hall Jersey , and Oakland led 7-0.Los Angeles kept shooting themselves in the foot with penalties and punted again. Near the end of the first quarter, Glennon threw an extremely ill-advised pass which was intercepted by Kevin Peterson. Even though the Rams had great field position, the Raiders’ defense made them punt again after an Arden Key sack.Glennon again led the Raiders down to the red zone with around three minutes left in the first half, but threw another pick to Steven Parker on the 1-yard line which was returned to the 40. The Rams got a field goal out of it, and the score at the half was 7-3.Oakland got the ball to start the second half, and Nathan Peterman was at the helm. He showed off his poise and his wheels with a 50-yard run that brought Oakland into the red zone. He capped off this drive with a short slant pass to Keelan Doss for a touchdown, and Oakland led 14-3. That was the end of the scoring for the game, as the third-stringers couldn’t get much going against one another in the fourth quarter. However Doug Martin Jersey , Mack Brown looked good rushing for Oakland, and had 37 yards on nine carries.The Raiders rushed for 149 yards, much of that coming from Peterman. They passed for 258 yards in total, and held Los Angeles to 190 yards from scrimmage. There’s a lot to build on here. Oakland will take on the Cardinals next Thursday in Glendale. The Raiders today announced that they have signed WR Demornay Pierson-El, who spent the spring 2019 season with the Salt Lake Stallions of the AAF and also spent time in 2018 with Washington and..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesSilver And Black Pride homepageHorizontal - WhiteSilver And Black Pridean Oakland Raiders communityFollow Silver And Black Pride online:Follow Silver And Black Pride on TwitterFollow Silver And Black Pride on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchSilver And Black Pride main menuFanpostsFanshotsRaidersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Raiders bring back WR Demornay Pierson-ElNew,24commentsPDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Raiders bring back WR Demornay Pierson-ElTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Chris Gardner/AAF/ Getty ImagesThe Raiders today announced that they have signed WR Demornay Pierson-El, who spent the spring 2019 season with the Salt Lake Stallions of the AAF and also spent time in 2018 with Washington and the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.During his time with the Stallions, the 5-foot-9 Rashaan Melvin Jersey , 195-pound wide receiver recorded 36 receptions for 414 yards (11.5 avg.) and one touchdown. Pierson-El’s receptions and receiving yards both led the team through the eight games the team played in before the AAF folded.Pierson-El had been signed previously by the Raiders on April 8, but was then waived on April 30 following the NFL Draft. In a corresponding move, the Raiders waived Saeed Blacknall, a 2018 undrafted free agent from Penn State who spent time on the practice squad last season and was a reserve/future signee in January.

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    Former NFL pass rusher DeMarcus Ware has committed $10 Adam Gotsis Jersey ,000 to pay for grave markers for the 23 victims of Sunday’s tornado in Beauregard, Alabama. release Friday afternoon about Ware’s donation, the reports.Ware was born in Lee County and the state honored him three years ago, declaring April 19 as DeMarcus Ware Day.“When I heard the news, I didn’t know where to start; I just knew I had to do something,” Ware said in a news release. “We are coming up on ‘DeMarcus Ware Day’ in the state of Alabama and when that proclamation was declared three years ago, I made a vow to always do my part to protect ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ All things considered, this donation is small in comparison to the devastating feeling of burying a loved one. I look forward to making an even bigger impact in the weeks to come as relief needs continue to be assessed.”The EF4 tornado packed 170 mph winds as it left 70 miles of destruction in its wake. OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For the Raiders, playing out the string of another losing season has become an all-too-regular occurrence in recent years. They are on their way to their 12th season with double-digit losses in the past 16 years.For the Denver Broncos, it’s rather new territory.The Broncos (6-8) head into Monday night’s game at Oakland (3-11) needing to win their final two games to avoid their first back-to-back losing campaigns since 1971-72.Article continues below ...“We want to win. These next two games are important for us to finish the right way,” coach Vance Joseph said. “That part is very important to me. It’s about winning. That’s what it’s about. It’s not about losing Jake Butt Jersey , it’s about winning. That’s very important to our football team and our coaches.”The Broncos have by far the longest streak in the NFL without consecutive losing seasons with New England holding the next longest, having last done it in 1992-93.Denver began the month with playoff aspirations after beating Cincinnati to get to 6-6. But back-to-back losses to San Francisco and Cleveland ended those hopes and had the Broncos looking for other goals.“Me personally, I just want to finish strong,” cornerback Bradley Roby said. “Hopefully get some more turnovers. I only have three so far this year and I just want to make some more. I love to play and I love to make turnovers. That’s my focus, just to have fun.”The Raiders are just hoping to get out of this season without more injuries. A series of injuries to the offensive line has played a big part in Derek Carr getting sacked 47 times — third most in the league. Carr is the first player in four years to get sacked at least three times in seven consecutive games, but remains on pace for his first career 4,000-yard season.“I think he’s hanging in there,” coach Jon Gruden said. “No question, I am sure he is sore. He knows he is carrying us right now on offense. That’s what a franchise quarterback is paid to do.”Here are some other things to watch:GOODBYE OAKLANDThe game could be the final one ever at the Coliseum. The Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas in 2020 but have no lease for next year. Oakland city officials are suing the Raiders over the move and the team has threatened to play somewhere else because of it. Gruden said thinking about the end of the Coliseum almost makes him cry, but he can’t wait to see what the atmosphere will be like Monday night.“I get excited thinking about it,” he said. “Just raging in the Black Hole. Rocking and raging down there after the Steelers game, after a lot of wins over the years. Seeing a lot of the old highlights of the great Raiders teams. I get excited and I get emotional about it. Hopefully Brendan Langley Jersey , we get it all resolved where we can continue to play here.”ROOKIE SENSATIONBroncos running back Phillip Lindsay has been bottled up the last two weeks but he’s 9 rushing yards shy of 1,000 and just became the first offensive undrafted player selected to the Pro Bowl. Lindsay said he never pondered the possibility, suggesting that was a long-term goal of his a few years into his career. Lindsay started out as a special-teamer and didn’t even become Denver’s featured back until midseason, starting the last seven games.“I’m an undrafted free agent. To be able to have 100 yards in a game was great. To get a touchdown, to be able to play at (Mile High Stadium), that’s the stuff right there that I dreamt about,” Lindsay said.ROUGH ROOKIERaiders first-round left tackle Kolton Miller has had a rough rookie year. The 15th overall pick in the draft was hampered by a knee injury he played through earlier in the season and has appeared overmatched against a gantlet of top pass rushers he’s faced in his first NFL season. According to Pro Football Focus, Miller has allowed more sacks (14) and total pressures (59) than any player in the league.It doesn’t figure to get easier this week against Denver’s dynamic duo of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.“He’s had some really good games. He’s had some games where he’s had his eyes opened,” Gruden said. “He’s not the first rookie left tackle that has gone through this. We’d like to see him finish with some authority.”CORNERED AT CORNERBACKThe Broncos signed free agent Craig Mager after putting star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on IR with a broken right leg. Denver also expects to get Brendan Langley and Isaac Yiadom back from concussions and will have Bradley Roby back after he required five stitches last week for a laceration on his chin that he could stick his tongue through.And Jamar Taylor is back. His ejection last weekend left the Broncos with only one healthy cornerback in Tremaine Brock, and Cleveland scored its winning TD with safeties Justin Simmons and Dymonte Harris forced into route coverage in the fourth quarter.

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    RENTON , Wash. (AP) to a former first-round pick to help fill one of the gaps on its revamped defense.The Seahawks and free agent outside linebacker/defensive end Barkevious Mingo reached agreement on a two-year deal on Wednesday at the start of the new NFL league year. According to a person with knowledge of the deal, Mingo’s deal is worth up to $10.1 million and includes $3.2 million in guaranteed money.The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced by the team.It was a rare addition for Seattle on the first day of free agency. The Seahawks have typically waited for the first rush of signings to subside before jumping into the free agent pool. But the addition of Mingo also stopped a wave of departures from the Seahawks on the defensive side, highlighted by the subtractions of cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Michael Bennett in the past week.Mingo, 27 , was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 draft by Cleveland, but after three underwhelming seasons with the Browns has bounced to New England and Indianapolis the past two seasons.Mingo started six games last season for the Colts and finished with a career-high 32 tackles. He’ll likely be in the competition for the strongside linebacker spot in Seattle’s defense playing near the line of scrimmage. Seattle has struggled to find a consistent option for that position since losing Bruce Irvin in free agency after the 2015 season. Seattle used Michael Wilhoite and Terence Garvin as the primary starters at the position last season.— Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb believes he deserves a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So we put the question out to a vote, on Twitter.With nearly 40,000 votes cast during the 24-hour window , 75 percent of those responding disagreed with McNabb.Public opinion doesn’t matter. McNabb’s opinion doesn’t matter. What ultimately matters is whether enough members of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee deem McNabb worthy of enshrinement.And it remains difficult to see McNabb ever getting enough votes to get in, relative to the performances of his peers and the glut of Hall of Fame candidates whose careers have ended (Peyton Manning), whose careers soon will end (Drew Brees, Philip Rivers , Ben Roethlisberger), and whose career has to end at some point, right? (Tom Brady).Other quarterbacks may suffer the same fate in a numbers game featuring a collection of quarterbacks with stellar numbers. Tony Romo and Eli Manning also may have a very hard time getting in.Romo, like McNabb , has no championships to show for his career. Eli has two, but Selection Committee member Charean Williams raised an intriguing point earlier this year on. The late-career struggles of Peyton Manning’s kid brother could actually undermine (and eventually derail) Eli’s shot at enshrinement.

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    Baldwin developed a strong partnership over seven years in the Seahawks offense , but Wilson won’t be able to rely on Baldwin this season as the wideout has retired from the NFL.It’s hard to envision Wilson forging that kind of relationship with rookie wide receiver DK Metcalf right off the bat, but the two players are doing what they can to ensure they’re on the same wavelength come the start of the regular season. Wilson and Metcalf have both posted videos from workouts at UCLA this week with Wilson captioning his “just the beginning” in reference to things to come with the second-round pick.Metcalf’s video shows him running an out and comes with the caption “something besides a go.” That references the concern that Metcalf was a one-trick pony coming out of Ole Miss and, as noted in June Renell Wren Jersey , Wilson said at the end of offseason work that he’d already seen more to the rookie’s game.“Everybody knows about his ability to run and everything else, and jump and catch and all that,” Wilson said. “You guys have been talking about that for months , but I think more than anything else, it’s his brain and how he processes information and how quickly he understands it. He’s really intelligent. He really understands the game really well. He takes coaching really well. He gets extra work. He’s a legit pro wide receiver. He’s everything that everybody was talking about in terms of what he’s capable of and more.”Metcalf’s work also earned positive reviews from Pete Carroll this spring and earning Wilson’s trust this summer should lead to plenty of opportunities for Metcalf in the fall. In the division among Steelers and former Steelers about what kind of leader Ben Roethlisberger is, put center Maurkice Pouncey in the pro-Ben camp.Pouncey T.J. Hockenson Jersey , who has snapped to Roethlisberger for nine seasons, took to Instagram today to stick up for his quarterback.“I’ve been with Ben going on 10 years I swear on my kids he is a true LEADER!” Pouncey wrote. “Sucks to see players who leave and are mad at the organization now try and point fingers like they are perfect! But this is the world we live in now!”Pouncey didn’t call out any of those “players who leave” by name, but he was presumably referring to Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell , as well as former Steelers running back Josh Harris, who created a stir by accusing Roethlisberger of once fumbling on purpose in a game.What’s clear is that Roethlisberger has been a polarizing figure in Pittsburgh, with some teammates loving him and some not thinking much of him. The Steelers seem to be getting rid of the players who don’t like their franchise quarterback.

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    The 49ers also will be without starting left tackle Joe Staley , who is missing his fifth straight game with a broken leg but could be back next week.New England safety Patrick Chung is returning against Cleveland after sitting out last week with heel and chest injuries. The Browns will be without starting safety Damarious Randall, who is out with a hamstring injury.Tampa Bay outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul is back after missing the first six games following an offseason car accident that resulted in a neck injury.Tennessee also will be without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker because of an injured ankle that sidelined him a week ago despite being active.Drew Brees is back for New Orleans while Atlanta’s Matt Ryan will miss a game for the first time in 10 years.The star quarterback of the Saints has missed five games with a right thumb injury that required surgery. New Orleans won all five games without him with Teddy Bridgewater as the starter. The Saints are playing Arizona and rookie No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray at home.Ryan has a sprained right ankle that will end his streak of 154 consecutive regular-season starts. Matt Shaub is starting for the Falcons, who are taking a five-game losing streak into a home game against Seattle. The Saints want to keep quarterback Teddy Bridgewater Dexter Williams Jersey , and Bridgewater’s interest in staying with the Saints apparently hinges on his ability to become the team’s next starting quarterback. Which makes the status of the person determining the starting lineup a major factor.Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the reports that the rumors linking Saints coach Sean Payton to the Cowboys’ job in 2020 have become an issue in Bridgewater’s decision-making process.With Cowboys coach Jason Garrett entering the final year of his contract, with the Cowboys intent on not extending the deal Nick Bosa Jersey , and with a persistent belief that owner Jerry Jones inevitably will try to bring Payton back to the Cowboys, where he served as offensive coordinator before taking the Saints’ job, Bridgewater’s concern seems legitimate L.J. Collier Jersey , if he does indeed hope to become the next New Orleans quarterback.Bridgewater reportedly planned to sign a new contract with the Saints, a team that gave up a third-round pick to get him from the Jets last year. But Bridgewater hasn’t done it, and he possibly will sign with the Dolphins instead.

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    Started from the bottom now we’re here Michael Deiter Jersey ,” he bellows. “Started from the bottom now the whole team here.”While the 2013 Drake tune is a little old to be the team’s anthem, the sentiment of the song couldn’t be more fitting for these Texans.They occupied the basement of the AFC South after opening the season with losses to New England, Tennessee and the New York Giants by a combined 13 points. After falling into such a big hole early, the Texans were written off by many as headed to a lost season.Everyone insists that such a defeatist sentiment never took hold within the team, with the struggles galvanizing them to get on track and prove the doubters wrong.“Don’t quit. Everyone keeps fighting. Everyone keeps believing,” quarterback Deshaun Watson said. “Everyone keeps fighting to the very, very end. That is what we do. Regardless of the situation or the adversity, we are always going to keep fighting. That is how we feel.”Houston is the second team in NFL history to win six in a row after opening 0-3, the first since the Giants in 1970. The winning streak has the Texans in first place in their division and in good position to compete for their third AFC South title in the last four seasons.A big reason for Houston’s turnaround has been the play of Watson and defensive end J.J. Watt. Both have started each game this year after having their 2017 seasons cut short by major injuries. Watson tore a knee ligament in practice after appearing in seven games in 2017. Watt played just eight games in the previous two years because of back surgeries and a broken leg.Watt is tied for third in the NFL with nine sacks and his four forced fumbles are tied for most in the league.“I know he probably doesn’t want to talk about it too much, but I’ve never seen anything like it,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “To come back from what he’s been able to come back from, some really serious injuries, and to be able to play at the level that he’s playing at Daniel Jones Jersey , it just says all you need to know about him and how much he cares about the team and how much he wants to help this organization win.”Watson, the 12th overall pick in last year’s draft, has thrown for 2,389 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions despite being slowed by lung and rib injuries. O’Brien said his diligence in coming to the facility every day after his injury last season to study film and talk to coaches has helped Watson take a step forward this year.“He’s grown a lot,” O’Brien said. “He’s just an awesome guy to work with. He cares about studying, he cares about putting time in to prepare for each game. I think he’s learned a lot about NFL defenses. He’s had a lot thrown at him defensively this year, whether it’s third-down defenses, red-area defenses. He’s improved every week.”Watson has been helped by the stellar play of receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who is No. 3 in the NFL with 894 yards receiving and whose seven touchdowns are tied for second. The Texans hope that new addition Demaryius Thomas, acquired in a trade with Denver last Tuesday, will make more of an impact after the break with some time to learn the offense.Hopkins, who has five touchdowns in the last four games, said despite this strong stretch the Texans are approaching things the same way they did when they were desperate for a victory.“We’ve got the same mentality Dexter Lawrence Jersey , and that’s win,” he said. “That’s why we go to practice and that’s why we wake up every day. It’s the same mentality we had when we were 0-3. Nothing’s changed.”They know that if they let up, their season will end prematurely, just as it did when they went 4-12 in 2017.O’Brien let out a slight chuckle when asked if 0-3 feels like forever ago.“It’s not a really long time ago,” he said. “I think our players understand that, and I think the difference between 0-3 and where we are now is not a big difference. We’re just making some more plays, we’re coaching some things better. I think our guys have to — and they do — understand that every week is going to be difficult.”First up is a trip to Washington on Nov. 18 before a Monday night matchup with Tennessee on Nov. 26 in the first of three straight home games when a win would be key in moving closer to taking their division.“It’s just important to note that we haven’t been blowing anybody out,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “I don’t think we are a complacent group of guys. We’ve been in some fist fights, some real close ballgames, so it’s not like everything is cookie cutter and everything is going all good for us.”“We still have things we can improve on and work on, so I think that’s what’s going to keep us pushing forward.” CHICAGO (AP) — David Montgomery showed all the reasons why he was one of the top running backs in this year’s NFL draft.Patience. Vision. Toughness.A few more carries at the right time, and the Chicago Bears might have won Sunday.Montgomery broke out with a career-high 135 yards rushing in his seventh NFL game, but he only touched the ball once inside the 20 on Chicago’s first three drives to the red zone— part of a day full of curious decisions in a 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.“We were just going with the game Deandre Baker Jersey ,” Montgomery said. “Some games are run. Some games are pass. You just go with what works. The play-calling was awesome today. Everybody did their part. The ball just didn’t roll in our corner.”One week after Chicago managed just 17 yards rushing on a franchise-low seven attempts in a 36-25 loss to New Orleans, Montgomery had 27 of the Bears’ 38 carries. He scored his third career touchdown on a 4-yard run in the third quarter, giving Chicago a 16-7 lead.But the Bears (3-4) were unable to close out the Chargers (3-5), who had dropped three in a row and five of six.Mitchell Trubisky threw an interception and lost a fumble, helping Los Angeles rally. But he scrambled for 11 yards to move the Bears to the Chargers 21 with about 40 seconds left.Rather than try to move closer, coach Matt Nagy had Trubisky take a knee and called his last timeout with 4 seconds left. Eddy Pineiro then missed a 41-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Chargers the dramatic victory.“I have zero thought of running the ball and taking the chance of fumbling the football,” Nagy said. “They know you’re running the football, so you lose 3, 4 yards, so that wasn’t even in our process as coaches to think about that.“We were in field goal range before the scramble, and then we got the scramble, so that didn’t even cross my mind.”Los Angeles played without starting defensive linemen Brandon Mebane and Justin Jones due to injuries Oshane Ximines Jersey , and Chicago looked to take advantage of their absence right from the beginning.Montgomery rushed for 10 yards on the Bears’ first play from scrimmage. He had 12 carries for 85 yards at halftime, including a 55-yarder for the team’s first run of at least 50 yards since Jordan Howard’s 53-yard rush during a 27-24 overtime win at Baltimore on Oct. 15, 2017.“Whenever your opportunity comes you’ve got to try to be ready for it,” said Montgomery, a third-round pick out of Iowa State. “I just tried to make sure I took advantage of every opportunity today.”But Chicago was held to four field-goal tries in its four trips to the red zone in the first half. Pineiro hit the right upright on a 33-yarder in the first quarter, and then connected from 22, 25 and 19 yards.The first three times the Bears drove inside the 20, Montgomery had one carry for a 2-yard loss in the red zone. After his long run in the second quarter, he touched the ball three times inside the 20 and got stuffed on each carry.“It seemed like they made the plays in the red zone and we didn’t,” Trubisky said. “I thought we had a good plan this week to get it in there. They just made plays in the red zone and we weren’t connecting. So credit to them.”

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    DAVIE Drew Lock Jersey , Fla. (AP) — winning the Super Bowl, he paused for several seconds and laughed.“I kissed my wife on the field,” Flores said.Then it was on to the next challenge, and a big one — fixing the Miami Dolphins. Flores, the New England Patriots‘ linebackers coach and defensive play-caller, was hired Monday as Miami’s head coach.He accepted the job hours after helping the Patriots shut down the high-scoring Los Angeles Rams for a 13-3 victory in the title game Sunday night in Atlanta.“It has been a whirlwind 24 hours,” Flores said with a smile at a news conference that drew two dozen cameras.“Looking at this crowd here, you’d think we won the Super Bowl,” Miami owner Stephen Ross said. “I’ve never seen this many people in this room. … To me, you start an organization by signing a great leader. I believe we’ve found that leader.”Flores was the first person the Dolphins interviewed after they fired coach Adam Gase on Dec. 31. They decided on Jan. 11 to offer the job to Flores but had to wait until New England’s season ended to complete an agreement.“I wasn’t in a rush to become a head coach,” said Flores, 37. “I had a good job in New England.”Flores said the job with the Patriots’ longtime AFC East foil was appealing because he shared a vision with general manager Chris Grier on how to build a winner.While preparing for the Super Bowl, Flores also began to hire a Miami staff. The group is expected to include former Colts and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell as assistant head coach, Patriots receivers coach Chad O’Shea as offensive coordinator and Packers assistant Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator.The son of Honduran immigrants, Flores grew up in Brooklyn and has spent his entire coaching career with the Patriots. He joined them in 2004 and became their de facto defensive coordinator a year ago after Matt Patricia left to join the Lions as their head coach.Flores is the ninth former assistant to Bill Belichick to become a head coach.“I think he’ll be awesome ,” Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty said. “But he’s in the division, so I told him he can’t win too many games.”Flores becomes the NFL’s fourth minority head coach for 2019, which is half the total of last season. Diversity advocates have questioned the effectiveness of the Rooney Rule requiring teams to interview at least one minority candidate for any head coach or general manager vacancy.A former Boston College linebacker, Flores also coached offense and special teams with New England. He has a long relationship with Grier, who took charge of football operations in the recent organizational shake-up.Both started as scouts for the Patriots, the Dolphins’ longtime nemeses in the AFC East. Flores will report to Grier under the team’s new, more streamlined leadership structure.Among those attending the news conference were Flores’ wife, Jennifer, their three children and his high school coach. Also on hand was the last quarterback to lead Miami to a Super Bowl, Dan Marino, in 1984, and the last quarterback to help the Dolphins win one, Bob Griese, in 1973.Flores is leaving a team that won its sixth Super Bowl since 2002 to join a franchise that has not won a playoff game since 2000 and plans to rebuild after another dismal season.The Dolphins went 7-9 in 2018 to miss the playoffs for the 15th time in 17 years. They allowed 6,257 yards T.J. Hockenson Jersey , the most in franchise history, and the offense was also among the league’s worst, finishing ranked 31st.One win came at home against New England, when the Dolphins scored a miraculous touchdown with a pass and double lateral on the final play. The Patriots had expected a Hail Mary pass, and second-guessers complained that their secondary included lumbering 6-foot-6 Rob Gronkowski.“My last memory here wasn’t a great one,” Flores said with a chuckle.That improbable finish couldn’t save Gase. Ross fired him, ordered a roster overhaul and acknowledged it may take several seasons to build a winner. The revamp is likely to include the departure of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has been with Miami since 2012 but has never taken a postseason snap.Flores becomes Miami’s 10th head coach since 2004, including three interim coaches. Grier noted that two of Flores’ predecessors, Gase and Tony Sparano, reached the playoffs in their first season before the team backslid, so Miami will try a more patient approach.“We want to build this where it’s long term and you can win for many years, instead of trying to go year to year,” Grier said.Flores is braced for the frustrations that come with rebuilding.“That’s part of leadership — dealing with adversity,” he said. “There’s going to be some pain. There’s pain for every team.”As for his curtailed Super Bowl celebration Justice Hill Jersey , he wasn’t complaining.“No, this is not getting cheated at all,” Flores said. “That was a great experience, but I guess I’ve always been this way — I look forward.” The tripleheader on Thanksgiving isn’t all that tasty, except for the traditional opener at Detroit. The NFC North leader from Minnesota visits Ford Field this year, and carries a two-game edge over the Lions. So this is a particularly huge game for the hosts. ”They’re all big,” coach Jim Caldwell says. ”Every single one of them’s a factor in the grand scheme of things. The most important one is the next one. ”Someone else might have a different philosophy. I don’t believe in functioning that way. My experience has been it can work against you more than it works for you when you start looking at the grand scheme of things. `You can’t act as if one game is going to make a complete difference in the season, because you don’t know what’s going to happen the rest of the season. You have no idea.” Judging by Pro Picks’ struggles last week against the spread, having no idea is a familiar concept. Minnesota, ranked fourth in the AP Pro32, is a two-point favorite over No. 12 Detroit. VIKINGS, 23-20 KNOCKOUT LEAGUE TIP The Jaguars had an easy enough time with the Browns. Do we trust the Bengals to do the same? Why would we when we still have 9-1 PHILADELPHIA available? No. 8 Jacksonville (minus 4) at No. 23 Arizona Jaguars favored on road? You bet. And … BEST BET: JAGUARS, 20-10 No. 16 Los Angeles Chargers (plus 3 1-2) at No. 15 Dallas, Thursday Cowboys are rattled, on and off field. Chargers are dangerous. UPSET SPECIAL: CHARGERS , 23-20 No. 30 New York Giants (plus 7) at No. 27 Washington, Thursday night Redskins are ravaged by injuries, yet still should win close one. REDSKINS 21-17 No. 20 Houston (plus 7) at No. 14 Baltimore, Monday night A lot of points for Ravens to give. Of course, they might get another shutout. RAVENS, 13-10 No. 28 Chicago (plus 12 1-2) at No. 1 Philadelphia Not much ”Roar, Bears, Roar” these days. Try ”Fly, Eagles, Fly.” EAGLES, 27-10 No. 26 Miami (plus 16) at No. 2 New England Patriots coasting toward AFC’s top seed? PATRIOTS, 30-13 No. 19 Green Bay (plus 13 1-2) at No. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers tend to lollygag through these games. STEELERS, 24-13 No. 18 Buffalo (plus 9) at No. 11 Kansas City Jim Kelly at QB next? Doug Flutie? Chiefs need rebound game. CHIEFS, 19-12 No. 5 New Orleans (plus 2 1-2) at No. 6 Los Angeles Rams Huge game in NFC seedings race between surprise division leaders. RAMS, 24-23 No. 25 Tampa Bay (plus 8 1-2) at No. 9 Atlanta Bucs struggle on road Iman Marshall Jersey , though Falcons not that comfy in new digs. FALCONS, 26-16 No. 7 Carolina (minus 4 1-2) at No. 24 New York Jets Panthers need to be careful here with Saints, Vikings on their schedule next. Could be trap game. PANTHERS, 26-20 No. 13 Tennessee (minus 4) at No. 29 Indianapolis Look for bounce back from Marcus Mariota. TITANS, 20-13 No. 10 Seattle (minus 7) at No. 31 San Francisco Like Redskins, Seahawks very banged-up, but good enough to survive this week. SEAHAWKS, 24-14 No. 27 Denver (plus 5) at No. 21 Oakland This looked like a blockbuster when schedule came out. No more. RAIDERS, 23-13 No. 32 Cleveland (plus 8) at No. 22 Cincinnati Bengals thinking wild card. Browns thinking ”when does this end?” BENGALS, 20-13 — 2017 RECORD: Last week: Against spread (6-8). Straight up (8-6) Season Totals: Against spread (73-77-3). Straight up: (96-63) Best Bet: 7-4 against spread, 9-2 straight up. Upset special: 7-4 against spread, 7-4 straight up —

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    Cincinnati Iman Marshall Jersey , in the form of multiple assistant coaches being relieved of their duties. This move implies plenty, and it invites plenty more speculation.Here’s what folks around the league definitely believe: (1) the Bengals know who they want; (2) the person they want isn’t available to be hired yet (because his team is still playing); (3) the person they want has preliminarily indicated he wants the job; and (4) the person they want has indicated that he won’t want those assistant coaches to stick around.There’s nothing else tangible at this point, although there’s an emerging belief that 81-year-old owner Mike Brown has delegated much of the decision-making on this next hire to his daughter, Katie Blackburn, and her husband, Troy. That’s sparking speculation that they indeed have gone out of the building for a new coach, that it likely will be an offensive-minded coach (the opposite of Marvin Lewis), and that it very well could be the next guy from a line of offensive coordinators who have become successful head coaches: Eric Bieniemy of the Chiefs.Bieniemy addressed his situation with reporters on Wednesday.“I’d like to thank coach [Andy] Reid for really trusting me and putting me in this situation to have this opportunity ,” Bieniemy said. “Also, grateful that Clark [Hunt] and Mark [Donovan] would agree to allow me to be the coordinator. I will say this, I’ve said this to a few people that I’ve had the opportunity to speak to. Everyone should be blessed and fortunate to have that opportunity. It gives you the opportunity to see things from a different perspective, but on top of that it’s one of those things that, ‘Hey, you know what, I’ve been working a lot of years to be put in this situation to have this opportunity.�? But that was last week, this is now. Now David Montgomery Jersey , it’s on to the Colts.”Watch the video of Bieniemy’s comments, which as noted by Joe Goodberry of include a smile that potentially gives away Bieniemy’s knowledge that he’s in the process of parlaying his opportunity to be the Kansas City offensive coordinator into a head-coaching job of his own.The Bengals could do a lot worse (and, by considering Hue Jackson for the job, they almost did). Chiefs players have raved about Bieniemy, who succeeded Matt Nagy and Doug Pederson. At a time when Bengals fans aren’t raving about anything relating to their team, Bieniemy could be the key to turning things around. The Falcons feel like they’re deeper at running back than they’ve been for some time and the man on top of that depth chart feels like he’s a stronger player than in the past.Injuries limited Devonta Freeman to just two games last season, but Freeman said in the spring that he’s back to having fun on the field. On Monday, he spent some time discussing how he was able to turn the negative into a positive ahead of his return to action in 2019.“I got stronger from that ,” Freeman said, via the team’s website. “I got closer to God. I learned how to be patient more. I [learned] better people skills. All around the stuff that I couldn’t do, I took advantage of the stuff I could do. I have a greater appreciation for life.”Finding a way to grow during adverse times is a helpful life skill, although Freeman would likely prefer to limit his obstacles to opposing defenses this time around.

  • The New York Giants are parting ways Datum08.11.2019 04:40
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    EAST RUTHERFORD Brian Burns Jersey , N.J. (AP) —with 2015 first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers.Coach Pat Shurmur said Monday the offensive tackle who was the ninth pick overall was going to be cut or traded by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.The move isn’t a surprise for the Giants (1-4). Flowers lost his starting job at right tackle to Chad Wheeler after the second game of the season and the play of the line picked up.Flowers has been a disappointment since being taken out of Miami. He was supposed to be the team’s left tackle for the next decade. His play was so poor New York signed former New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder to a four-year, $62 million contract as a free agent this spring .New general manager Dave Gettleman also decided after last season not to pick up the option on the final year of Flowers’ rookie contract. He is making almost $2.4 million this season.During the offseason, former Giants coach Ben McAdoo criticized Flowers play.Shurmur moved Flowers to right tackle after Solder was signed and said he was getting a fresh start.Flowers was not at the Giants’ practice Monday.“It has run its course,” Shurmur said of the decision to drop Flowers. “We appreciate Ereck’s efforts. We wish him the best. Sometimes a change of scenery is good for a person.”Flowers started 48 regular-season games and one postseason game in three-plus seasons. Christof Innerhofer was again fastest in training Friday for the last World Cup downhill race before the Olympics.

    The Italian, who was also fastest in Thursday’s practice, sped down the 3.3-kilometer (2-mile) Kandahar course in 1 minute , 55.57 seconds to edge Matthias Mayer by 0.63 seconds and Dominik Paris by 0.67.

    ”I am very satisfied with my trainings the past two days and I have generally been feeling very confident on my skis,” Innerhofer said. ”I used every day to train hard.”

    Vincent Kriechmayr was fourth, ahead of Matteo Marsaglia and local favorite Thomas Dressen, who was 0.88 behind Innerhofer.

    Dressen ended Germany’s 13-year wait for a men’s downhill win last Saturday in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

    ”I still do not realize what I have achieved,” Dressen said. ”Knowing that I can be part of the best racers with a perfect run gives me a lot of confidence.”

    Downhill leader Aksel Lund Svindal was 0.90 off the pace in a tie for seventh with Hannes Reichelt and Norwegian teammate Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.

    Svindal Will Grier Jersey , who has two victories this season, has never finished on the podium in seven attempts in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

    ”Hopefully it will work out this year,” the Norwegian said.

    Beat Feuz, who is also challenging for the downhill title, was 24th.

    ”In the end, it is about who wins the small crystal ball – Svindal or I ,” said the Swiss skier, who is only 10 points behind his rival.

    Saturday’s downhill will be followed by a giant slalom on Sunday.

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    Lots of people are betting on them to win the Super Bowl.That puts sports books in an unusual position this year: Desperately rooting against the Browns to win the Super Bowl.If the Browns win the Super Bowl , a lot of bettors will win a lot of money, and a lot of sports books will lose a lot of money. According to ESPN, more Super Bowl bets have been placed on the Browns than on any other team at William Hill sports books in Iowa, Nevada Julian Love Jersey , New Jersey and West Virginia. More Super Bowl bets have also been placed on the Browns than on any other team at MGM sports books in Nevada. And bookmaker PointsBet says it will take a bath if the Browns win it all.“We get absolutely throttled if [the Browns] win the Super Bowl,” Matthew Chaprales, head of content for PointsBet, told ESPN. “It’s the biggest liability on the books since we came online in the U.S. , and, frankly, it’s not even close.”Oddsmakers opened the Browns at 22-1 to win the Super Bowl and now have them at 8-1. That’s a big move in the Browns’ direction, and it’s because the betting public believes. The Titans will be without left tackle Taylor Lewan for the first four games of the 2019 season.Lewan posted a video to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that he was informed by the league a few weeks ago that he failed a test for ostarine Quinnen Williams Jersey , which is banned under the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.In the video, Lewan acknowledges that the NFL’s policy makes him responsible for anything that goes into his body but said he did not knowingly take a supplement containing ostarine. Giants first-round pick Dexter Lawrence had the same explanation after testing positive for ostarine while at Clemson.“I went and did a polygraph test about ostarine and knowingly taking it,” Lewan said. “I passed that test. I’ve never taken anything that would cheat the game.”Lewan said he will release the results of that polygraph test in the coming days, but no result would allow him to avoid the four-game ban that accompanies a failed test. Dennis Kelly and Austin Pasztor are the top backup tackles for the Titans and one of them will likely be filling in for Lewan to open the season.

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    BEREA Shareef Miller Jersey , Ohio (AP) — to Ohio, it didn’t take him long to notice a change.“I feel something in the air,” he said. “Something special that Cleveland hasn’t had for a while.”Beckham has breathed new life into the Browns.The superstar wide receiver held court for nearly 20 minutes Wednesday in his first media availability since Cleveland introduced him to its ravenous fan base in a news conference on April 1. Beckham, whose antics in New York became tabloid fodder for five seasons, spent most of the past eight weeks away from the team getting his body into peak condition and his mind right.The 26-year-old said he’s never felt better.“Mentally, physically, spiritually, I’ve gone to a different place,” he said. “For the people that know me, they know I’m in a place I’ve never been in in my entire life and I’m just happy with where I am at and I’m always going to keep it pushing.”Wearing an orange zip-up jacket with a pulled-up brown hoodie framing his face, Beckham smiled easily and often during his interview session while fenced in by one dozen TV cameras.He feels refreshed and can hardly contain his excitement to be joining an offense that includes quarterback Baker Mayfield and close friend Jarvis Landry.“I’m almost giddy ,” he said. “I feel like a little kid with the excitement that I have, seeing Baker, seeing these guys. We talk a lot about this offense, but this defense is something special and this team is really coming together. But the good part about it is that it’s the beginning of June and we still got a lot of time, we still got a training camp to go through and I feel like this team is going to come together.“But I’m beyond excited about the opportunity I have here to start over, a new team. Obviously, the goal is always going to be the same — to hang banners, that’s what you play this game. We know we got a lot of expectations. We got a lot of work to do and I think we’ll get there.”The Browns are just happy he’s around.They haven’t seen much of the three-time Pro Bowler, who skipped the majority of the team’s voluntary offseason workout program, showing up for just one practice while opting to train on his own in California.Beckham, of course , stayed in the spotlight during his extended absence by chronicling his trips to Coachella, the Met Gala, and Monaco’s Grand Prix with a steady stream of postings on Instagram.It’s how Beckham rolls, and the Browns are quickly learning that his off-field moves will be as scrutinized as any pass patterns.But they were OK with his solo mission, and believe going forward he’ll put the team first. Beckham stayed in touch over the past two months with coach Freddie Kitchens, who isn’t worried about the playmaker being behind.“Odell is a bright guy,” Kitchens said following a workout forced indoors by thunderstorms. “He is smart. It is not like this is the first time he has opened up our (play) book. He has been studying and all that kind of stuff. Odell is making progress just like everybody else. Odell had some bad plays, and he had some good plays. He is going to continue to grow and learn, and that is what everybody else is going to do. Odell doesn’t have a magic wand.“He is going to come out and he is going to work. He is going to work as hard as anybody to get better every day, a little bit better every day.”Beckham learned during his time in New York that everything he says will be dissected, analyzed Devin Bush Jersey , and even twisted. In a recent GQ interview, Beckham said he wanted to bring championships to Cleveland and hoped to turn the Browns “into the new Patriots.”He was criticized for the remark, but it’s not as if he didn’t expect backlash.“I’m not surprised with anything,” he said. “I feel like I could sit in a corner in a room full of people and not try and bother anybody and it would be like, ‘You too good to be out here with the rest of us? It’s just a tough situation for me to be in. Anything that I say I know is going to take off. I’ve gotten used to it.”But Beckham didn’t come to Cleveland to be second-best to anyone.“I didn’t get in this game to get money or anything like that, I got in this game to be a champion. All my life, I’ve never really been a champion,” he said before telling how he lost a title basketball game in sixth grade when his shot at the buzzer was disallowed. “They called it off, they told me it was no good and I remember crying that entire night. I want to win. I want to be a champion.” ASHBURN, Va. (AP)The Cleveland Browns traded their third quarterback of the offseason, sending Kevin Hogan to the Washington Redskins.The teams announced the deal Friday that includes swapping sixth-round picks. Cleveland acquires the 188th pick from Washington for No. 205 , which it previously acquired from New England for cornerback Jason McCourty.Hogan follows Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer out the door in Cleveland. The Browns acquired cornerback Damarious Randall as part of the Kizer trade with Green Bay that included flip-flopping fifth-round picks, and got a 2019 seventh-rounder from Jacksonville for Kessler.Cleveland, which has the first overall pick in the draft, also traded with Buffalo for Tyrod Taylor, the expected starter, and signed veteran Drew Stanton to a two-year deal.The 25-year-old Hogan has thrown for 621 yards, four touchdowns and seven interceptions and rushed for a score in eight games with Cleveland, including one start. The McLean, Virginia, native will compete with established No. 2 QB Colt McCoy to back up recently acquired Alex Smith.—

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    As Colin Kaepernick reminds everyone that he’s still interested in playing professional football Christian Wilkins Jersey , and given the permission granted by the Commander-in-Chief to employ him, will anyone hire Kaepernick?Probably not, but there’s a looming dynamic that could make the NFL’s ongoing cold shoulder to Kaepernick more glaring during the 2019 season. As the waiver-wire dust settles, the XFL will try to persuade some of the available players to commit to the resurrected spring league — and to remove themselves from the mix of the never ending in-season roster churn that will happen in the NFL.At quarterback , that will create a potential problem for the NFL. If teams keep two quarterbacks on the roster, an injury to the starter will create a need for a new backup. And if eight to 16 of the third-string quarterbacks who fail to make an active roster choose to accept jobs with the eight teams of the XFL, they won’t be available to the NFL.That necessarily will bump Kaepernick’s name up the list of available free agents.Of course, the quarterbacks who get in-season offers to join the bottom of a depth chart rarely get much more than the minimum salary based on their level of experience. Kaepernick may want more than that.Then again, no one knows what Kaepernick would actually want because Garrett Bradbury Jersey , for more than two years and counting, no one has offered him a contract worth any amount of money.Given that Kaepernick has spent two full seasons and counting out of football, his path back to the game necessarily will include a willingness to say yes to whatever interest comes his way — and to get the word out now that he’s willing to fly anywhere and everywhere for a visit, a tryout, and if it comes to it a bargain-basement deal aimed at giving him a chance to remind everyone that , yes, he really is good enough.Is it wrong that it got to this point? Absolutely. Is it, as a practical matter, the only way Kaepernick can re-establish himself? Unfortunately, it is. During his rookie season Alexander Mattison Jersey , quarterback Josh Rosen said he “will not run a play on a football field unless I know why we’re running it.”That’s not the main reason why Rosen was traded from the Cardinals to the Dolphins last month, but Rosen’s willingness to ask questions and speak his mind has led to some critical reactions dating back to his time at UCLA. On Thursday, Dolphins offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea said that any questions from Rosen about why the offense is doing something will be met with a more positive response.“It’s important,” O’Shea said, via the . “Players should want to know why. It’s something we encourage , to learn the whys. If they’re not inquisitive about the whys then they’re never really going to conceptually understand the offense. So I think that Josh is highly intelligent, just like Ryan [Fitzpatrick] and Jake [Rudock] are, so having smart guys is a good thing. Those guys aren’t afraid to ask why. And we’re not afraid to answer it.”O’Shea said he was encouraged by the fact that Rosen has “dealt with some adversity” since entering the NFL as “mental toughness” is one of the things the team will be looking for at quarterback. He also praised Fitzpatrick’s leadership and said the eventual starter will get “what they earn” over the next few months.

  • The Chicago Bears were riding highDatum02.11.2019 07:35
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    LAKE FOREST Germaine Pratt Jersey , Ill. (AP) — staring down at the rest of the NFC North for the first time in five years.They’re in more familiar territory. And it’s not a place they want to stay.The Bears look to get back to winning after back-to-back losses when they host the banged-up New York Jets on Sunday.“No one past game dictates our season, no game coming up is going to dictate our season,” quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. “We have the same attitude going every week, and I guess the last couple of weeks because we have been 0-2, I think we’re even hungrier. I know I am just (excited) to get back to work and get back into that win column.”Falling below .500 would be a major letdown considering where the Bears (3-3) were just a few weeks ago.They won three straight and took sole possession of the division lead for the first time since 2013 after four consecutive last-place finishes. But they’ve dropped two in a row since their bye, falling in overtime at Miami and by seven at home to New England last week. The losses left Chicago looking up at Minnesota and Green Bay and tied with Detroit in the NFC North.Trubisky, who passed for six touchdowns against Tampa Bay before the bye, was 26 of 50 for 333 yards against New England. He threw two TDs and two interceptions.The Jets (3-4) are trying to avoid a repeat of last season, when they finished 5-11 for the second year in a row. They were 3-4 a year ago, and they see this game as a measuring stick.It would help if they got more from quarterback Sam Darnold. The No. 3 overall draft pick leads league with 10 interceptions to go with one of NFL’s worst completion percentages (56.1) and passer ratings (74.3). The former USC star got picked off three times last week against Minnesota in his worst game as a pro.“Confidence is fine,” Darnold said. “I’m never really shaken at all, but it’s just an experience that I’ve got to learn from.”Here are some things to know as the Bears and Jets try to get back to winning:FITTING INWith injuries to Quincy Enunwa (sprained ankle) and Terrelle Pryor (groin, released with injury settlement), the Jets were in dire need of depth at wide receiver. They signed former Titans star Rishard Matthews on Tuesday.Matthews had asked to be traded or released by Tennessee because he didn’t like his role in the Titans’ offense. He was released last month, and now could find himself a valuable part of the Jets’ offense Sunday.Matthews has 228 catches for 3,147 yards and 21 touchdowns in six-plus seasons with Tennessee and Miami.DOMINANT ‘D’ TO STRUGGLING ‘D’With 69 points allowed and just one sack over the past two games, the Bears’ defense is taking a beating after dominating the first four weeks.It doesn’t help that outside linebacker Khalil Mack playing through an ankle injury. The two-time All-Pro hasn’t produced a sack since he was hurt against Miami on Oct. 14 after delivering five in the first four games. Chicago has gone from leading the league with 18 to being tied for eighth with 19 in that span, and a defense that ranked among the league’s best is now 12th overall.RED-ZONE WOESThe Jets have been in trouble all season when they’ve reached the opponent’s 20-yard line.New York ranks dead last in the NFL in those situations with touchdowns in just eight of 23 chances, for 34.8 percent. The Jets have 10 field goals from Jason Myers in the red zone, which raises their overall scoring percentage to 78.3 — still 29th in the league.NO RUNNINGThe Bears have issues in the running game even though they rank sixth in the league in rushing. Trubisky has accounted for 245 of their 784 yards, much of that on scrambles rather than designed runs.With 311 yards on 90 attempts, Jordan Howard is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry.CARRYING THE LOADNew York’s Bilal Powell was placed on injured reserve this week with a bulging disk in his neck.That means Isaiah Crowell could see a lot more carries moving forward after splitting time in the backfield with Powell. Crowell has 459 yards and five touchdowns on 81 carries, while Powell ran for 343 yards on 80 attempts.Crowell has been dealing with an ankle injury since running for a franchise-record 219 yards against Denver three weeks ago, so rookie Trenton Cannon might help. Just over 50 years ago , halfway through the history of the NFL, the New York Jets completed one of the most unexpected championship seasons in the history of the sport.A brash quarterback named Joe Namath helped engineer a Super Bowl victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts.That now-famous journey by Broadway Joe and the boys through the AFL that ended in triumph in Miami took a lesser-known detour for the second week of the schedule.Yes, the Jets once landed in Birmingham, Alabama.Their opponent on Sept. 22, 1968, was the Boston Patriots, who moved their home opener more than 1,000 miles south of Fenway Park even though the Red Sox were playing their game that day on the road. The legend has it that AFL leaders steered the Jets-Patriots game there to test Alabama’s taste for a professional team in the heart of college football country, eyeing a potential new home for the fledgling franchise. Legion Field, built in 1927 and often referred to as “The Old Gray Lady,” has been best known for all those Iron Bowl games over the years between Alabama and Auburn. But for this weekend the big draw was on a Sunday afternoon, not a Saturday.The AFL-NFL merger was already in the works, eventually completed after the 1969 season, and every team was facing a requirement of a stadium with at least 50,000 seats. Fenway Park wasn’t nearly big enough, so the Patriots were in a tenuous spot.Just think: Bill Belichick and Tom Brady conceivably could have called Birmingham home during those six Super Bowl title runs.Instead, the Patriots stayed put in Massachusetts for a suburban site in Foxborough. Thus, Legion Field never hosted another major league game. The Jets, featuring Namath, the former Crimson Tide star, were a natural draw as the opponent. They produced a 47-31 victory in front of an announced crowd of 29,192, with one of Namath’s two touchdown passes that afternoon going to eventual fellow Pro Football Hall of Fame member Don Maynard.The story of the league’s first century has been largely set in classic venues like Lambeau Field and the Polo Grounds or a modern-era building such as the Superdome. But the fabric of the league has been sewn together, too, by dozens of off-the-radar sites forever etched in the record books.According to the database compiled by research website Pro Football Reference Renell Wren Jersey , 166 stadiums have hosted at least one regular season or postseason game since the inception of the NFL in 1920. That includes rival leagues — the All-American Football Conference (1946-49) and the American Football League (1960-69) — that were eventually absorbed. One hundred of those venues have hosted 17 games or more.That does not factor in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the NFL where an exhibition game is still annually held around Hall of Fame induction weekend. There are many more of those far-flung locales, from Pendleton, Oregon, to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that have staged preseason contests over the years, and can stake a small claim to the history of the league. Here is a glance at some of the other off-the-main-grid sites of NFL games over the years:TRIANGLE PARK: DAYTON, OHIOThe first game in NFL history took place at Triangle Park in Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 3, 1920, to launch what was originally called the American Professional Football Association. The Triangles beat the Columbus Panhandles 14-0. According to the Dayton Daily News, a total of 4,000 fans paid $1.75 for admission, and the players took home $50.RUBBER BOWL: AKRON, OHIOOne of the numerous Depression-era public works projects to serve as an NFL host, a decrepit version of the Rubber Bowl was demolished in 2018 after 78 years as a source of Rust Belt pride. With a name inspired by the local tire industry, the stadium served as the venue for the only win in Dallas Texans history. This was the 1952 version, a franchise that wound up in Baltimore as the Colts, not the AFL sequel that begat the Kansas City Chiefs.Well, these Texans played the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day in 1952. According to Gil Brandt, the longtime Dallas Cowboys administrator and now an unofficial NFL historian who will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame next week, the pair of high school games played as the supposed undercard drew about 30 ,000 people. The announced crowd for the 27-23 victory by the Texans over the Bears was one zero short: 3,000. The actual attendance was likely less than half of that, and players were ordered into the stands afterward to personally thank the fans for coming. The Texans went 1-11 that year.BROADMOOR STADIUM, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADOTicket sales were difficult during the Depression era, so moving around the country was not uncommon. The first NFL game played in a western state was in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at Broadmoor Stadium between the Cleveland Rams and Philadelphia Eagles to close the 1939 season. The Rams, who moved to Los Angeles seven years later, won 35-13.YALE BOWL, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUTRenovations at Yankee Stadium forced the New York Giants to play the 1973-74 seasons Ivy League-style at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut. Crowds were strong in 1973, but during a 2-12 finish by the Giants in 1974, attendance suffered a steep dropoff.ROGERS CENTRE, TORONTOThe Buffalo Bills staged an ill-fated series of games across the border, playing once per season from 2008-13 at Rogers Centre, the once-space-age stadium built for baseball as the SkyDome just a two-hour drive from the team’s home at New Era Stadium. Attendance was paltry, with the final installment drawing 38,969 on Dec. 1, 2013, for a 34-31 victory by the Atlanta Falcons over the Bills.

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    No , Aaron, this is not clickbait.But, to say what his head coach was not last night after their Canadian adventure, the latest in a string of embarrassments for the NFL when they work in non-NFL buildings at home and abroad.With the team playing on an 80-yard Winnipeg field because no one in the NFL imagined having a hole in the end zone where the CFL goalposts used to be might be a problem, the Packers held out 33 of their players against the Raiders.Raiders coach Jon Gruden said the field wasn’t a problem for him, but Packers coach Matt LaFleur was perhaps trying to be polite to his Canadian hosts.“We made the adjustments we felt were in the best interest of our football team, and we moved forward ,�? LaFleur said, via the team’s official website. “It was a combination of a lot of things I really don’t want to get into right now. It is what it is. They weren’t playing their guys and I just didn’t want to put our guys at risk.”Rodgers was more direct. Via Rob Demovsky of, Rodgers said on the team’s television broadcast that his not playing was not related to the back tightness which caused him to be a healthy scratch last week, saying it was “nothing to do with [his sore] back, it’s more the field conditions that we had tonight.”That means Rodgers will likely go through the preseason without playing a snap, which is better than the alternative they’re considering in Carolina this morning, where Cam Newton was injured in his first preseason game.“I feel confident in our preparation Ben Powers Jersey ,�? LaFleur said. “Hindsight is 20/20. I know we’re going to get second-guessed every which way, but I’m not too worried about it.“I’m concerned about how we go about our business and our mindset in that locker room, and I think our guys are confident.”If only the league could say the same thing, now that Winnipeg has joined Mexico City, Canton, and Dayton, Ohio (where A.J. Green was hurt in a league-arranged Bengals practice on an old college turf) for field-related fiascoes. Getting hit with a hard rubber projectile would certainly put a damper on an evening of entertainment. However , Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was waiting in the wings to lift some spirits.At Monday night’s Game Three of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars, an errant puck cleared the protective glass and caught a young fan seated in the first few rows.Elliott was attending the game as well and came over to find the fan and said hello.

    Elliott took a selfie with the kid and posted it to his instagram stories. The interaction led to a smile and seemed to lessen any pain the puck may have caused. It also may have helped soothe the sting of the outcome as well as the Blues would win the game 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead over Dallas.

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