The game had just hummed along offensive production-wise through the first and into the second quarter. Then Julio Jones happened … twice. Then Devonta Freeman happened … three times. The third Freeman chunk run of the Falcons’ drive was a 5-yard touchdown, aided by a key block from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Freeman preceded it with runs of 15 and nine yards to get Atlanta into the red zone. Before those runs, Jones hauled in catches of 19 and 23 yards. Atlanta’s drive went 71 yards in five plays and took just 1:53 off the clock. It was the first time the Patriots had trailed in a game since Week 12. 7-0, Falcons.
Kirk Cousins’ value to the Redskins will become clearer Wednesday with the arrival of the franchise tag deadline.
Washington can apply its tag to Cousins and still work out a long-term deal, or not. Another option is using the tag and trading its quarterback.
One challenge, according to ESPN, is Cousins will only accept Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys a trade to one team: the 49ers. The report cited an unnamed source.
A deal to San Francisco would reunite Cousins and Kyle Shanahan, and ESPN reported the Redskins might prefer a trade rather than other options available.
Reports say Cousins is expected to be tagged, meaning he’ll make nearly $24 million next season.
NFL scouts and coaches will have to wait a few weeks before seeing D’Onta Foreman go through on-field drills.
The Texas running back will not work out this week at the NFL Combine because of a stress fracture in his foot, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported by Rivals. The Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal decision to hold him out of Friday’s on-field workouts in Indianapolis, including the 40-yard dash, reportedly was precautionary.
After taking what he called a cheap shot in a game against the Eagles last November, Matthews suffered a separated shoulder an AC joint injury. He played in each subsequent game despite not being able to raise his left arm over his head. Matthews, who missed four games earlier in the year because of a hamstring injury, had 24 tackles and five sacks last season, both career lows.
The Packers need Matthews to be healthy this season, especially with bookend pass rusher Nick Perry headed to free agency. McCarthy said Perry “is one of our Cheap Baseball Jerseys guys,” and Packers general manager Ted Thompson said re-signing the team’s free agents is always a priority.
“That’s our intention, and it’s our intention every year,” Thompson said Wednesday. “I stand on this podium, I think, every year and say the same thing. Our best intention will be to sign as many of our own players as we can, and keep it together.”
The NFL keeps refusing to completely get rid of, or even cut back on, the abomination that is the preseason schedule. Even the players and coaches are recognizing the futility Cheap Jerseys Stitched of the games by the way starters are and are not used every week. But the NFL keeps charging for them, and fans keep paying for them in spite of themselves.
Yet somehow, with its change in roster cut-downs this week — eliminating the 75-player date that came a week before the final regular-season 53-player reduction — the NFL managed to make the last two preseason games even more problematic and, likely, dangerous.
In the case of the last preseason week, it’s now either completely unwatchable or must-see TV, depending on whether the viewer is the Roman colosseum gladiator-type.
No rules. Everything goes. Survival of the fittest. Do what it takes to make the roster while competing with 15 more players than in past years.
It’s what the NFL is asking for, and it’s what they’re going to get. Who knows — you can’t put it past them that this is what they wanted, an extra reason to watch a preseason finale that’s Cheap Jerseys PlUS otherwise highlighted by camera shots of starters in team logo sweats joking it up on the sidelines.
Glennon’s signing, much like Trubisky’s status as a high draft pick, is based purely on upside. In that sense, bringing out the best of two unknown quantities would benefit both from the motivation of being pushed by each other. Trubisky knows nothing will be given to him. Glennon needs to have Cheap Jerseys Soccer China that same feeling.
Glennon is 27, the same age Matt Flynn was in 2012 when the Seahawks, after seeing some good flashes from Flynn as the Packers’ backup, gave him a three-year, $26 million deal with $10 million guaranteed. He was presumed to be the starter over Tarvaris Jackson … until Seattle used a third-round pick on Russell Wilson.
Tim Tebow is ready for spring training.
So much so that the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner arrived to the Mets’ minor-league camp on Sunday — one week early — to get a head start on the 2017 baseball season. He’ll participate in the Mets’ STEP Camp for early arrivals, beginning Monday.
Per The Record of Bergen, N.Y., Yankees manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue visited the mound Friday night upon seeing Chapman shake his left arm. But Chapman stayed in the game, and Girardi said afterward that his closer was not experiencing any pain or discomfort.
While an MRI was negative, Yankees GM Brian Cashman anticipates Chapman being sidelined for about a month, the New York Daily News reports.
Chapman’s injury has to be disconcerting to the Yankees, who signed the reliever to a five-year, $86 million contract just over a month ago.
Dellin Betances is expected to take over the closer role in Chapman’s absence.
The Hall of Fame-bound pass rusher began his NFL career with the Panthers in 2002 but has spent the past seven seasons in Chicago (2013-13) and Green Bay (2014-16).
Peppers turned 37 in January and next fall would mark his 16th season in the NFL. He’s hardly over the hill, though, recording 7.5 sacks last season for the Packers. Peppers’ 143.5 sacks are the most among active players and fifth all-time behind Hall of Famers Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Kevin Greene and Chris Doleman.
Carolina re-signed Charles Johnson earlier this week, and Cheap Jerseys Wholesale the veteran defensive lineman said at the time he was trying to lure Peppers back to the fold. It appears he might just get his wish.
Portland Beavers outfielders didn’t want to dive on opening day in 1969.
The Beavers, then the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate, played at Civic Stadium in downtown Portland, Ore. Their ballpark gained national headlines that winter from a significant field announcement.
“The city council yesterday voted unanimously to carpet Portland’s city-owned Civic Stadium with artificial turf,” the Arizona Republic reported. “Councilmen said they hoped the turf would be ready for the opening of the baseball season this spring.”
As a native of Japan, Darvish was required by age 22 to renounce his Iranian citizenship to remain a citizen of Japan, which he did.
According to The Morning News, Darvish currently is in the U.S. and it would appear (key word there, given the early lack of clarity on the order) he wouldn’t be directly affected. Under current interpretations of the order, he might only be affected if he left the United States, in which case he might not be allowed back into the country.
The Rangers play May 26-28 in Toronto. Rangers officials told The Morning News that they intend to double-check to make sure that Darvish isn’t directly affected.
However, because the Rangers pitcher’s Cheap Jerseys Made In USA father, Farsad Darvish, is a native of Iran, he would be banned from traveling to the U.S. for at least 90 days.
Reached this weekend by The Morning News, Yu Darvish wasn’t sure if his father planned to visit in the near future, but he occasionally has come to the U.S. to see his son pitch since he signed with Rangers in 2012.
Spike Lee is calling out NFL teams for not signing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The fact that a quarterback who started in a Super Bowl only four years ago remains unemployed “smells mad fishy” and “stinks to the high heavens,” Lee wrote in an Instagram post, a picture of himself smiling with the 29-year-old quarterback.
The movie director can’t believe not a single one of the NFL’s 32 teams has signed Kaepernick — especially one of his hometown teams in the Big Apple.
“The New York J-E-T-S need A Quarterback. Who Is the J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In,” Lee wrote.
STEELE: Yes, Kaepernick is being blackballed
Hernandez flew back to Seattle on Wednesday morning to meet with team doctors, who made the diagnosis.
Before exiting Tuesday’s game with no outs in the third, Hernandez gave up a run in the first and a three-run homer in the second, a start that made even Tigers players take notice.
“I haven’t seen him like that in forever,” said Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler, who has 84 career at-bats against Hernandez. “Hopefully, he’s healthy. He didn’t look right.”
Hernandez, 31, has enjoyed a career relatively free of arm problems, though a calf strain sidelined him for over six weeks in 2016. As a minor-leaguer in 2005, he missed a month with bursitis in his shoulder, and in 2007, his second full season in the majors, he spent time Cheap Jerseys Custom on the disabled list with inflammation in his elbow.
The people in charge of the Barstool Sports podcast “Pardon My Take” got on an NFL conference call Thursday to ask some important questions.
Barstool Sports crashed the NFL’s conference call Cheap Jerseys 90 and proposed replacing PATs with a greased-up Andy Reid climbing the goal posts.
The conference call was for media members to ask questions about the competition committee and potential upcoming rules changes. The PMT duo of Dan Katz and PFTCommenter asked about removing extra points and also about removing the “Sr.” from players’ jerseys because all it does is promote the fact the player had sex.
Barstool Sports made headlines last month when it was revealed the NFL revoked media credentials to any member of the site after a stunt they pulled a few years ago. The stunt involved them being at the NFL offices demanding Tom Brady not be suspended. They were arrested as a result of the incident.
In November, Bautista rejected a one-year qualifying offer from the Jays worth $17.2 million but didn’t find many suitors since, in part because of his high asking price and the deep power-hitting market. However, the Blue Jays were eager to retain the franchise icon, especially after losing first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.
Bautista, who has hit above .300 only once in his career, played in only 116 games in the final year of a six-year, $78 million contract with the Blue Jays. He hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBIs.
This qualifies as good news these days for the 7-14 San Francisco Giants: Ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner won’t need surgery on his injured shoulder.
Instead he’ll begin rehab work in four or five days on the separated shoulder sustained last Thursday in a dirt-bike accident, manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday.
Nonetheless, Chapman became the first player to be suspended under MLB’s more stringent punishment system for domestic violence offenses, which does not require criminal charges for commissioner Rob Manfred to issue punishment.
Chapman voluntarily accepted the ban and returned to make 20 saves for the Yankees, posting a 2.01 ERA, before he was dealt to Chicago for three prospects. He performed even better for the eventual World Series champions, including pitching the final 1 1/3 innings to close out the Indians in Game 7.
More importantly, Chapman stayed out of trouble, and cashed in as a free agent to return to the Yankees with the richest contract even given to a relief pitcher.
Steinbrenner raves about Chapman every time he’s asked, and he believes Yankees fans feel the same way.
“It’s a lot of money for a reliever,’’ he said. “Obviously, he’s a special player. He’s about as strong a guy as you’ll ever come across.
“He’ll be great. The fans are excited. … They love him. There are so few Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys baseball players that I feel can really get fans to buy a ticket and brings their kids to their game, and he’s one of them.’’
There was little doubt about Rex Ryan’s next career move when the NFL coach-hiring cycle passed without him getting a job, and now the expected has come to fruition.
Ryan has signed on as an analyst for ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” the New York Daily News reported Friday. The full-time gig comes on the heels of Ryan doing a guest spot on the show for its Super Bowl 51 edition last month.
“Rex is a great personality and has a unique perspective,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman told SportsBusiness Journal at the time. “He knows the Patriots really well. He’s raring to go.”
Now Ryan will have the opportunity to share his insights into every team in the NFL, and that could make for decent entertainment.
The 54-year-old has spent the past eight seasons as a head coach in the league with the Jets and Bills after serving as an NFL assistant for a decade before that.
The Daily News reports Ryan is getting a multi-year deal with ESPN, so Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys we’ll see if he ever finds himself back on a sideline.
“But guess what: It’s 2017. You’ve got to start appealing to what appeals to the next generation. So what is viewed as, ‘This is how you’re supposed to play’?”
Leiter’s point holds water. While high school baseball participation rates have steadily been rising and the sport is raking in more money than ever at the major league level, maybe Americans should look to other countries — say, the Dominican Republic — as an example of what’s appealing to the next generation.
Players drafted by one regime sometimes get caught in the wash when a new one arrives. That could very well be the case for Jones, a 2016 fifth-round pick whose skill set as a pocket-passer isn’t an ideal fit for the West Coast-style offensive system being installed by new coordinator Rick Dennison. The Bills also selected another developmental quarterback — Pitt’s Nate Peterman — in Round 5. That move could soon drop Jones to third-string status or off the roster entirely.
NFL Network reported before the draft that Jones was being shopped to other teams. The chances of a divorce increased even more when the Redskins tapped Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine in Round 4. Jones started seven games last year but has battled injuries and was benched midway through the season after too many fumbles.
Deshaun Watson isn’t playing in the Senior Bowl.
The junior quarterback graduated from Clemson in three years, making him eligible to participate in the annual exhibition attended by scouts from every NFL team. Expected by most prognosticators to be taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the two-time Heisman Trophy candidate decided not to play.
Nonetheless, that hasn’t stopped reporters from asking Tigers coach NFL Jerseys Nike Dabo Swinney about the man that led the school to its first national championship in 35 years earlier this month. Swinney has always heaped the high praise upon Watson, but Tuesday he took it to another level. Amid ongoing talk among draft analysts that North Carolina product Mitch Trubisky should be the first signal-caller selected, Swinney compared his guy to an all-time great that wasn’t picked No. 1 overall.