The full KDKA-TV interview of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Anthony Nelson Jersey , coincidentally (or not) timed to land one night before Roethsliberger is due to face reporters for the first time this offseason, has landed. Among other things, Roethlisberger contends that he still considers a former teammate who has criticized Roethlisberger mercilessly in recent months to be a friend.Roethlisberger explained to Bob Pompeani of KDKA-TV that the quarterback has tried on multiple occasions to contact Antonio Brown.“Haven’t heard back,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m sure he’s getting busy with his season, and getting ready as I am with the guys we have here. I really am looking forward to reconnecting with him, talking. Because like I said he’s a good friend of mine. I still call him a good friend. I hope that we can reconnect and I hope that our friendship can continue to grow.”The friendship has done anything but grow in 2019; Brown has systematically obliterated it. And the tipping point apparently came when Roethlisberger called Brown out on a weekly radio show after Pittsburgh’s loss to the Broncos.“It’s a fine line to walk sometimes of giving information out, giving kind of some cool things for the fans to be a part of, and maybe saying too much,” Roethlisberger said of his in-season appearances on 93.7 The Fan. “And I know that I took some heat and deservedly so for some of the comments that I’ve made on that show, especially towards him. And I genuinely feel bad about that and I’m sorry. Did I go too far after that Denver game? Probably.”Roethlisberger arguably went a little too far in trying to explain away his past criticism of Brown, whom Roethlisberger said in late November should have “flattened” his route on a play that resulted in a game-deciding end-zone interception.“I can see where that comment was perceived to be negative towards A.B. but it wasn’t meant that way,” Roethlisberger said. “It was more — just like everything during the season, it’s a compliment to A.B. because he’s doubled every single play. . . . . It’s still so amazing Jeffery Simmons Jersey , is that he was able to do it through all the adversity of double- and triple-teams. And so it was more meant that I should have gone to JuJu [Smith-Schuster] because he was single covered.”Roethlisberger also was asked about the personal impact of widespread criticism, provoked by his good friend, of the quarterback’s leadership skills.“They were hurtful,” Roethlisberger said of the critical remarks, “and it was hurtful to myself. It was hurtful to my family. I always want to get better. I always strive to be the best that I can be. And last year we weren’t good enough. We lost six games, we didn’t make the playoffs. So I need to, as a leader of that football team, because leadership is ultimately about winning football games, and I didn’t a good enough job of being a leader because we didn’t make the playoffs.”A little more leadership may be needed this year, from Roethlisberger and others. That “two face” tweet posted by Brown after excerpts from the Roethlisberger interview emerged on Monday afternoon was “liked” by Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds, who has since “un-liked” Brown’s tweet but also has “liked” tweets criticizing Edmunds for “liking” Brown’s tweet. CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Although C.J. Beathard knew he should slide, the San Francisco 49ers desperately needed a first down in the fourth quarter of a two-point game.So Beathard kept running toward Casey Hayward Nate Davis Jersey , and the Los Angeles Chargers’ Pro Bowl cornerback knocked the wind clean out of the quarterback with a devastating shoulder hit.“Especially in a situation like that, on third down when you’re inches away from converting, it could change the game if we get that first,” Beathard said. “If I could do it again, I’d do the same thing.”Beathard didn’t get that first down. After he caught his breath, the Niners still dropped to 1-3 with a 29-27 loss Sunday.But after the first game of Beathard’s second stint as San Francisco’s accidental starting quarterback, his teammates and coaches were enthusiastically confident in his ability to fill in splendidly for Jimmy Garoppolo this season.“He gave us a chance to win today,” Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He played very tough and made some big plays, especially in situations with guys going in and out. He handled adversity well, and a little chaos with some of the injuries.”Beathard went 23 of 37 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Chargers, capably connecting on a series of big throws — none bigger than an 82-yard touchdown pass to tight end George Kittle late in the third quarter.He also showcased the resilience and toughness of a third-round draft pick trying to seize the chance he’s been given by Garoppolo’s season-ending knee injury .“C.J. has got more grit than anybody that I know,” said Kittle, Beathard’s college teammate at Iowa. “He’s got a severe dad bod. He can run longer than anybody I’ve ever known Tytus Howard Jersey , which is kind of crazy, and he can take any hit. So it’s pretty cool. Don’t know how he does it.”The 49ers lost both of Beathard’s starting offensive tackles to injuries at StubHub Center. Joe Staley didn’t return, while Mike McGlinchey came back in less-than-ideal shape. The Chargers were credited with eight quarterback hits and one sack of Beathard, along with plenty of regular pressure, particularly in the second half.Beathard took it all and came back for more.“Ain’t no room for being sweet, (and) there ain’t nothing sweet about C.J.,” 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster said. “So that’s why we have faith and we believe in C.J. It was really not surprising, but it was surprising because I could see it in his eyes every time he came on the sideline, like, ‘Defense, let’s go. We’ve got your back. We ride with y’all.’ Just him saying that means a lot to me and the defense, because you know where his head is at.”Beathard dropped to 1-5 as an NFL starter with this loss, but his teammates loved his moxie. Hayward’s big hit sent Beathard to the sideline — once he could stand up again — but he returned for the 49ers’ final two offensive series.“I knew I was OK Gary Jennings Jr. Jersey ,” Beathard said dismissively. “I just couldn’t breathe. I got my air knocked out pretty bad, and I was able to come back eventually. I felt fine.”If Beathard had actually got that first down, the 49ers would have had to give the next snap to Nick Mullens, who was promoted last week from the practice squad. Shanahan said the Niners will look at signing another backup quarterback this week.Los Angeles essentially ended the game by forcing Beathard’s second interception with 2:31 to play.Derwin James’ blitz sent the ball out of Beathard’s hands, and it hit center Weston Richburg before the Bolts’ Isaac Rochell grabbed it for an interception.Shanahan said he wished Beathard “would have saw that and got rid of it,” but Beathard said he was trying to get the ball away before the Chargers’ disruptive rookie safety got to him. It was another failed gamble, but the 49ers will accept it if Beathard continues to grow from these painful experiences.“He is going to be a great quarterback in this league,” Niners running back Matt Breida said. “He is a tough competitor, as you can see. He’ll take the ball and run with it, take big hits, and get up and get back in the game. It’s going to be hard to get C.J. out of the game.”
Tony Pollard hopes Ezekiel Elliott returns soon. Until the star running back ends his holdout http://www.texansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kahale-warring-jersey , though, Pollard is the team’s starter at the position.The rookie insists he’s ready for “whatever,” including Elliott remaining away from the team for the start of the season.“I 100 percent believe in myself,” Pollard said, via Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com, “so I feel like if that’s the case, if that happens, then I’ll be ready for it. I’m ready for whatever.”Pollard carried five times for 42 yards in last week’s preseason game against the Rams, including a 14-yard touchdown run. He made owner Jerry Jones briefly (and only jokingly) forget who Elliott is. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett cited Pollard’s poise and his “maturity beyond his years.”The Cowboys, though Cullen Gillaspia Jersey , would rather have Elliott in their backfield with Pollard spelling him. Until then, it’s the Tony Pollard Show.“I see it being hard to beat us, especially when he comes back, and we get everything going,” Pollard said of the Cowboys’ backfield. BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Once Odell Beckham Jr. found his way back 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 Tytus Howard Jersey , 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 Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , 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 http://www.coltsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ben-banogu-jersey , 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, 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 Khari Willis Jersey , 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.”
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich made it perfectly clear to everyone he would be aggressive when the Indianapolis Colts hired him in February.On Sunday Alexander Mattison Jersey , his boldness proved costly.Instead of punting on fourth-and-4 from his own 43-yard line and settling for a tie, Reich called for a short, seemingly safe pass from Andrew Luck to Chester Rogers. But Luck’s pass bounced short, the Texans got a 24-yard completion on the next play and Ka’imi Fairbairn made a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the Houston Texans a 37-34 overtime victory.Nobody in the Colts’ locker room was second-guessing the decision, though.“I loved it,” Luck said. “We had a discussion before the play and I agreed, so it had my stamp of approval. We did not execute well enough. I did not get the ball to Chester to make the play and I’m sick about it. After all the mistakes we made, we still had a chance to make the play and we didn’t get it done.”The Colts (1-3) certainly had chances all afternoon.After a mostly dismal first half, Luck couldn’t convert on a 2-point conversion attempt with 7:41 left in regulation http://www.minnesotavikingsteamonline.com/dru-samia-jersey , on the Hail Mary attempt on the final play of regulation or on a third-down play that forced Indy to settle for a go-ahead field with 6 minutes left in overtime.The defense couldn’t prevent the Texans from setting up a 40-yard field goal with 2:58 left in regulation, a 59-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds of regulation, a 29-yard field goal to tie the score at 34 with 1:50 left in overtime or, of course, the winning kick as time expired.Yes, Reich would have changed one thing if he had to do it over again — he wouldn’t have asked Luck to line up and attempt to draw the Texans (1-3) offside before calling a timeout. He would have gone for it right away.But the failed fourth-down call wasn’t the only problem Sunday.Houston’s first score came on Jadeveon Clowney’s fumble recovery in the end zone when center Ryan Kelly appeared to think Luck was under center rather than in the shotgun, and Fairbairn actually missed the first attempt at the winning kick — but right after Reich called timeout.The Texans (1-3) took advantage of it. But Reich gained the respect of players on both sides for his unconventional move.“I respect their decision to go for the win, not a tie,” Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said. “You play to win Daniel Jones Jersey , you don’t play to tie.”Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri concurred.After becoming the league’s career leader on a 42-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in the first half and giving Indy a 34-31 lead with a 44-yarder in overtime for No. 567, he wanted one more shot to win the milestone game. He never got another chance after the incompletion, spoiling the celebration.“I love the call,” Vinatieri said. “I love the fourth-down call to go for the win, I really do — I love it. We just have to make the play. The teams that win games make those plays.”This season, the Colts have not made those plays.They lost to Cincinnati in the season opener when Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle fumbled as the Colts were driving for a go-ahead score with less than 2 minutes left. They lost last week at Super Bowl champion Philadelphia when Luck was sacked on fourth-and-goal in the final 2 minutes. On Sunday, with their top receiver T.Y. Hilton on the sideline with an injured hamstring, Reich made the call and came up short when the defense allowed Houston to move into scoring position on its fourth consecutive series.But the confidence Reich showed in both his offense and by defense by going for it just might produce some long-term wins.“We are not going to be shy, we aren’t going to be afraid to go for it Quincy Williams II Jersey ,” Kelly said. “I think it just goes to show you he has the trust in the playmakers on this team, and no matter who is in there they need to do their job. I got to give it to him.” A season that started with promise for the Cincinnati Bengals continued its spiral when quarterback Andy Dalton injured his right thumb in a 35-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.Dalton was hurt on his passing hand while trying to recover a shotgun snap that sailed over his head in the third quarter and didn’t return. After the injury, Baker Mayfield threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game to give the Browns a 35-7 lead.The Bengals started the season 4-1, but are 1-5 since and have lost their past three games. Backup Jeff Driskel will start next Sunday against the Broncos if Dalton can’t play.“I know personally what I’ve known all along, and that’s that I can play at this level and give our team a chance to win,” Driskel said.Two other players were hurt for Cincinnati: backup right tackle Jake Fisher, who suffered a back injury, and cornerback Tony McRae, who gave two thumbs up as he was wheeled off the field after a third-quarter concussion.The Chargers‘ high-powered offense suffered a possible setback when running back Melvin Gordon left with a knee injury in the third quarter of Los Angeles‘ blowout victory over Arizona. Gordon came into the game sixth in the league in rushing. Cardinals linebacker Josh Bynes suffered a thumb injury during the second quarter.For the Carolina Panthers Ryquell Armstead Jersey , a quadriceps injury to cornerback David Jackson on the first play from scrimmage ended up playing a role in the Seattle Seahawks’ comeback win. Jackson did not return, and Russell Wilson exploited the Panthers’ secondary on a game-tying touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.Carolina punt returner Damiere Byrd left with an arm injury in the first half and did not return. For Seattle, fullback Tre Madden left in the second half with a shoulder injury.The Ravens lost safety Tony Jefferson to an ankle injury in their victory over the Raiders. Oakland defensive tackle Maurice Hurst left in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury, and defensive end Jacquies Smith left in the first half after hurting an Achilles.New York Giants tight end Evan Engram injured his hamstring in warmups and didn’t play against the Eagles, and wide receiver Quadree Henderson left the loss to Philadelphia with a shoulder injury.Buccaneers offensive tackle Demar Dotson left in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers with knee and hamstring injuries and did not return. Tampa Bay also lost cornerback Carlton Davis II to a knee injury in the third quarter. For San Francisco, safety Jimmie Ward suffered a broken forearm in the first quarter and safety D.J. Reed departed in the second half with a heel injury.Cornerback Lafayette Pitts sustained a head injury while covering a punt in the first quarter for the Buffalo Bills in their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags lost left guard Andrew Norwell when he hurt an ankle in the fourth quarter.Broncos cornerback Tramaine Brock hurt his ribs tackling Pittsburgh’s JuJu Smith-Schuster in the third quarter of Denver’s victory. In the fourth quarter, tight end Jeff Heuerman left with a back injury and linebacker Shaq Barrett departed with a hip injury.The Miami Dolphins lost receiver Danny Amendola to a right knee injury and center Travis Swanson to an ankle injury in the first quarter of their loss to the Colts. Indianapolis running back Marlon Mack entered the concussion protocol in the fourth quarter.
Bill Belichick will add to his long list of accomplishments on Sunday by becoming the first coach in NFL history to coach in 40 postseason games.When the Patriots take the field against the Chargers David Montgomery Jersey , it will be Belichick’s 40th in the postseason (38 with the Patriots and two with the Browns). In second place are Don Shula and Tom Landry, with 36 each. Belichick also has the record for postseason wins, with 28. Landry is second with 20 and Shula is third with 19.Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who will coach his 25th postseason game when the Colts come to Kansas City, will move into sole possession of No. 4 on the career playoff games list. He’s currently tied with Chuck Noll, Mike Holmgren and Joe Gibbs at 24 each. Reid has a career postseason record of 11-13.Chargers coach Anthony Lynn will be coaching in just his second playoff game today. It will be the biggest difference in playoff games (40-2) and playoff wins (28-1) between two playoff coaches in NFL history. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at the top, two more QBs along the way — and a whole lot of guys who like nothing better than putting passers on the ground.That was the look for the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.Arizona defied NFL custom and at least temporarily created a quarterback quandary by selecting Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray to start proceedings in a wet and wild selection show.As thousands of fans withstood rain that began just about when Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke Murray’s name, the Cardinals spent a second straight high pick on a signal caller. Arizona moved up from 15th overall to 10th in 2018 to grab Josh Rosen.NFL teams simply don’t do that, but with a new coach in college-trained Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals made the bold move. At least until they likely move Rosen elsewhere in a trade.“My job is to come in every day, work hard and get better each and every day, do what I can to make this team better,” Murray said. “I’ve known Josh since high school, so me and him are cool. We got along really well, so I’ve always been fond of him. But us being teammates now, I can’t control anything but going in there and working hard.”Resplendent in a pink suit — nothing close to the Cardinals red he will be wearing in Arizona — Murray was a first-round baseball pick by the Oakland A’s. He becomes the 22nd Heisman Trophy winner to go first overall and is the second straight Sooners quarterback to pull it off: Baker Mayfield went to Cleveland in 2018.“BACK TO BACK!!!!! CONGRATS K1!!!! Well deserved my brotha!!!” Mayfield tweeted.As for bypassing baseball, Murray has no qualms about the decision.“I love playing multiple sports. I grew up playing multiple sports,” he said. “I just think there’s no reason to limit yourself to one sport. I love to compete http://www.bearscheapstores.com/riley-ridley-jersey-cheap , so it wasn’t a big deal for me.”With quarterbacks so in demand these days, the Giants might have reached a bit for Duke’s Daniel Jones at the sixth spot, and the Redskins did just the opposite to get Dwayne Haskins. They stayed put at No. 15 and the Ohio State star fell to them.Perhaps serendipitously, he held a bowling party about 30 miles away Thursday night.“I’m just going to work on getting my head in that playbook,” said Haskins, a one-year starter for the Buckeyes. “I’m going to do all I can to get physically and mentally ready for the upcoming season and just motivate my guys that’s coming in with me in this rookie class.”After Murray, though, defense became the order of the night. Of the first 20 picks, 12 were for that side of the ball, all of them pass-rushing threats.Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa went second to San Francisco as expected. The 49ers have used a first-round selection on four defensive linemen in the past five drafts.“I see him as a three-down player,” general manager John Lynch said. “He’s got to come in and do it, but he plays the run well. His best strength is rushing the passer, but he can play all three downs and play in all situations.”Bosa’s older brother, Joey, plays for the Chargers and was the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Their father also played in the NFL.“Good genes, man,” Bosa said with a laugh. “It was just excitement all around. My brother wanted me to go higher than he did (third overall), so just for my dream to come true and my family to be there to watch, it was pretty great.”Bosa is the highest Ohio State draft pick since offensive tackle Orlando Pace went No. 1 to St. Louis in 1997. He missed all but three games last season with a core muscle injury http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/trysten-hill-jersey-cheap , but already had exhibited the kind of playmaking that lifts players to loft status. Such as the second pick in the draft.The Jets, widely speculated to trade the third pick, used it on Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Not even a starter until 2018, he won the Outland Trophy last season and is Alabama’s highest-drafted defensive player since linebacker Cornelius Bennett went No. 2 overall in 1987.More defense with Clemson end Clelin Ferrell going to Oakland and LSU linebacker Devin White to Tampa Bay, both addressing huge needs.The Giants, looking for Eli Manning’s eventual successor, took Jones, the Senior Bowl MVP. Jones generally was not considered a first-round prospect when the college season ended. But he’s been tutored at Duke by David Cutcliffe, who also coached Peyton and Eli Manning in college.“I think it’s a tremendous opportunity to learn for a young quarterback, Jones said of Eli Manning.“He is a guy that’s had a whole lot of success in the NFL and there is a reason for that. I’m looking to understand that and do my best to learn as much as I can from him while he’s in New York.”Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen followed to Jacksonville, then it was Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson to Detroit and Houston DT Ed Oliver to Buffalo.Finally, in the 10th spot, a trade: Pittsburgh sending the 20th spot, the 53rd selection and a third-rounder next year to Denver. The Steelers, with Hall of Famer Joe Greene making the announcement, selected Michigan linebacker Devin Bush — a player apparently coveted by AFC North rival Cincinnati at No. 11.The Bengals grabbed Alabama tackle Jonah Williams instead.Three consecutive picks were dealt later in the round. Denver had gotten No. 20 from the Steelers and took Noah Fant, the second Iowa tight end chosen Thursday night. Green Bay acquired the next pick from Seattle and got Maryland safety Darnell Savage, a somewhat surprising choice. Then the Eagles dealt with Baltimore and probably got a replacement for longtime left tackle Jason Peters with Tytus Howard of Alabama State, the initial non-FBS player chosen.One spot later Connor McGovern Jersey , at No. 24, Oakland used its second pick on Alabama’s Josh Jacobs, the first running back to go. The Raiders‘ third selection was Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abrams.Baltimore’s new GM, Eric DeCosta, made his first choice in charge of the draft Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown, who also wept upon being called.Through its bartering, Seattle had consecutive spots at 29 and 30, selecting TCU’s L.J. Collier — yet another defensive lineman — before sending the 30th to the Giants, who grabbed cornerback DeAndre Baker of Georgia. That gave New York three first-rounders.One team that stuck to the trenches, but on the offensive side, was Atlanta. Desperate for blocking help, the Falcons drafted Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom and Washington tackle Kaleb McGary, who they got by trading back into the opening round to get the Rams’ 31st spot.New England concluded a first round that saw 18 defensive players taken (only three in the secondary) and 14 on offense with receiver N’Keal Harry of Arizona State.Overall, the SEC had nine players, the ACC eight and the Big Ten seven. Clemson, Alabama and Mississippi State had three draftees apiece.
TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays continue to wait for the return of third baseman Josh Donaldson from tightness in his left calf.
He did not play in the opener of the three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Friday night Germaine Pratt Jersey , a 6-5 Toronto win, and he is not expected to play in the second game on Saturday at the Rogers Centre.
The Nationals (37-29) will start right-hander Max Scherzer (10-2, 2.00 ERA), and the Blue Jays (31-38) will start right-hander Marco Estrada (3-5, 4.33).
Scherzer is 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA in eight career starts against the Blue Jays.
A sixth-round draft pick by the Nationals in 2005, Estrada is 2-1 with a 4.34 ERA in six career starts against Washington.
Solarte hit two home runs against the Nationals — a two-run shot and a solo blast — and added a double. He became the ninth Blue Jays batter to hit home runs from each side of the plate in a game. It is the second time in his career that the switch-hitter has homered from each side of the plate in a game. He has 14 homers and 40 RBIs for the season.
By defeating Washington starter Gio Gonzalez, who allowed a season-high five runs in six-plus innings, the Blue Jays ended a streak of 11 straight losses when opposing a left-handed starter. It was the longest such streak in franchise history. Their previous long drought against left-handed starter was eight losses in a row in 1993.
Donaldson was eligible to return from the disabled list a week ago but has not played because he has been unable to run well enough during drills at the Rogers Centre on Thursday, an off-day in the schedule.
“I was here watching him (Thursday) when he was running the bases, and he still couldn’t cut it loose,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “That’s all I’ve got. He’s feeling better, but he’s still a little bit hesitant.”
He has been on the DL since May 29. The Blue Jays are 6-9 in the games he has missed. He probably will need a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Buffalo before returning.
“I think he needs to go down and at least play a game and test it,” Gibbons said. “Game-like conditions. I think that would be smart.”
The Nationals lost first baseman Matt Adams when he took a pitch off his left index finger on a foul bunt attempt in the second inning. He finished the at-bat and struck out. He played in the field in the bottom of the second before being replaced by Mark Reynolds. The finger was swollen and will be re-evaluated Saturday.
“It’s just part of the game Renell Wren Jersey , stuff like this happens,” Adams said. “Come in tomorrow and get some treatment and see how it feels.”
The Nationals did have some good news from the game Friday. Daniel Murphy picked up his first hit of the season, an RBI single in the eighth. It was his third game after being sidelined following right knee surgery.
The Nationals came back Friday with two runs in the eighth after falling behind 6-3 in the seventh and had the potential tying run at third in the ninth.
“I like the way that we didn’t give up, came back, and we had a chance to tie the game at the end,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.
The Lions own the eighth overall pick. They have nine selections overall, including four in the top 111.General Manager Bob Quinn would love even more.“I always like draft picks, so if we could move back a little bit http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-michael-jordan-jersey , a couple spots, and pick up another pick, I think this is a really good, the depth of this draft from the late first to the third, there’s a lot of really good players in there,” Quinn said on Ian Rapoport’s podcast, via Justin Rogers of the . “If I could ever move back a few spots, get a really good player in the first round and add another pick T.J. Hockenson Jersey , I think that’s something that would be great. People out there listening, I’m open for business.”Dave Birkett of the lists cornerback, tight end, receiver, interior offensive line and defensive line as the team’s biggest needs. Lions coach Matt Patricia said last week the team has “a couple of target points,” but added “we’re always just going to try to keep finding good players.”
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Odds are, based on the current strategy shown by Texans’ brass, that stat will only get worse in 2019 due to a tougher schedule. Brian Gaine’s terribly managed offseason, especially related to the offensive line, led to his firing today," />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBattle Red Bloga Houston Texans communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsTexansOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Texans StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Texans NewsYahoo Texans Team PageYahoo Texans ReportYahoo Texans Depth ChartYahoo Texans TransactionsYahoo Texans PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed under:Real, Actual, Thought-Provoking Texans Analysis2019 NFL Draft2019 Houston Texans OffseasonBrian Gaine and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad OffseasonNew,283commentsBrian Gaine’s terribly managed offseason, especially related to the offensive line, led to his firing today, CDTShareTweetShareShareBrian Gaine and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Bradley Roby Jersey , Very Bad OffseasonUltimately, it was plays like this, and an inability to meaningfully address the situation this offseason, is why Brian Gaine was fired.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsI think it’s fair to say that expectations for Brian Gaine heading into the 2019 offseason were fairly high. His 2018 offseason and draft were solid, especially with the resources he had. Heck, even signing Tyrann Mathieu to a one year “show me” deal was a mighty fine move, especially at the price.With a metric kitten-ton of both draft and salary cap capital, the Houston Texans had the resources to be a much improved team in 2019. Instead, it went south pretty quickly, starting with free agency.When the Texans signed Brandon Dunn, I mean Christian Covington, I mean Angelo Blackson to a three-year, $12MM contract, it was a serious head-scratcher. He’s just a body who does nothing to improve the Texans. Sure, this is an “on the edges” kind of signing, not really a team-killer, but to give such a fungible player a contract like this is questionable.Then, we got lucky! Gaine’s apparent free agency strategy seemed to be that he draws a line in the sand for salary; if that line gets crossed, he’s out. This worked out swimmingly for the Texans when the Kansas City Chiefs backed the Brinks truck up for Mathieu, who wasn’t worth the $7MM we paid him in 2018. Despite of himself, Gaine got lucky when Mathieu signed with the Chiefs.March 12th started out well enough. After losing out on Mathieu, Gaine picked up Tashaun Gipson, probably a better player at this stage of their careers, for far less than what Mathieu received.Gipson’s three-year deal was a good move.For me, losing Rodger Saffold to the despised BE-SFs of Methoptamia was the beginning of the end. Saffold’s four-year, $44MM deal would have easily fit within our cap constraints, and as one of the best guards in the NFL, he would have quickly upgraded the offense line AND given a rookie left tackle a great veteran presence. Alas, it seems that Saffold’s salary number crossed Gaine’s line in the sand Tashaun Gipson Jersey , so shrug emoji.Signing both Bradley Roby and Briean Boddy-Calhoun to one-year contracts means you really don’t care, just like you really didn’t care with Mathieu. There were several other CBs to chase, but we settled for a guy who can’t play against WR1s or WR2s and a guy who has been terrible in the slot the past two seasons. If they play well? They’ll chase the money like Mathieu did. I would have taken a shot at Steven Nelson or Jason Verrett to multi-year deals. You gotta take risks to be successful, and neither player would have hamstrung our salary cap.Speaking of, Morris Claiborne is still without a team.Gaine then signed AJ McCarron to back up Deshaun Watson. That’s akin to an Indy driver’s back-up car being a Yugo.All throughout the offseason, Gaine failed to find help for the interior pass rush, probably feeling pretty proud of himself for that sweet Blackson signing. We could have handled Malik Jackson’s (three years, $30MM from the Eagles) or Sheldon Richardon’s (three years, $36MM from the Browns) contracts easily. Or Gerald McCoy’s deal with the Panthers, which broke a particular writer. Ndamukong Suh and Muhammad Wilkerson are both still free agents, at least.We also signed the worst OT in football, Matt Kalil, to a contract.Then, of course, there was the 2019 NFL Draft. In retrospect, it seems like the only film Gaine watched was from the Senior Bowl, as the first three picks—Tytus Howard, Lonnie Johnson, and Max Scharping—all participated. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that Gaine watched any other game tape.The Iggles, of course, jumped ahead of us to grab Andre Dillard. Passing on Jawaan Taylor is also terribly confusing. If you believe that Howard was our first choice all along, I have mountain property to sell you in Conroe. As of now, Howard seems to be a less athletic version of Julie’n Davenport. At best, he’s a major project.Continuing the theme of passivity in the second round, we didn’t move up to take a pro-ready CB (who is apparently already running with the 1s) in Greedy Williams. Instead, we passively waited for Lonnie Johnson, whose tape is simply awful. Look, maybe Williams can’t tackle. Fine. Johnson can apparently neither tackle NOR cover.Max Scharping seems like a fine right tackle prospect Zach Fulton Jersey , but he’s still another project. So, if you’re counting along, the Texans’ offensive line projects include Howard, Davenport, Scharping, and Martinas Rankin. Do you really think Mike Devlin and Bill O’Brien are the best candidates to coach up those guys?To be fair, Kahale Warring looks like a fabulous pick. But taking a fullback who doesn’t know how to play his position in the seventh round is next level stupid. The Texans should have been far more aggressive in moving up to help the team in 2019.Instead, our first three picks in the first two rounds are serious projects. Sure, this might turn out to be the best draft in NFL history EVAR, but all signs currently point to no.Because of the timing of Gaine’s firing, I believe the Texans coaches got together, looked at what they had after OTAs, and panicked. Placing Gaine’s termination on Jadeveon Clowney’s contract situation makes no sense because it’s been like that for a while now. No, this is about the offensive line.Ultimately, Brian Gaine had one job during the 2019 offseason: improve the offensive line and better protect your wunderkind QB. Gaine failed miserably.Instead of signing Saffold (or any other real offensive lineman in free agency), Gaine passed. Instead of being aggressive in the draft to grab Dillard, he got jumped. He panicked by taking Howard. Scharping’s ceiling is pretty middling.Gaine overly focused on offensive line versatility. Look, if you want to have a guy who’s comfortable playing both OT spots and another guy or two who can play all three interior positions, great.However, your starting offensive linemen should not be mixed and matched. This same strategy killed the offensive line early last season, and it’s going to kill us again this year. Versatility does not create cohesion and continuity, two things that greatly helped the offensive lines during the Gary Kubiak years. We still do not have adequate talent on the offensive line to mitigate the risk to Watson, and the risk is amplified by the “versatility” we keep hearing is so prized.In today’s NFL, you win by getting the other team’s QB dirty while keeping your QB clean. This afternoon, Brian Gaine was fired for not doing nearly enough, or really much at all, to better protect Deshaun Watson in 2019. It was undoubtedly the correct move to ax Gaine. 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Right-hander Luis Perdomo (1-2, 8.36 ERA), who has pitched well at Triple-A El Paso after a disastrous April for the Padres, is expected to be added to the 25-man major-league roster in time to duel A’s left-hander Sean Manaea (8-6, 3.38).
Oakland improved to 3-0 in its head-to-head meetings with San Diego this season with a come-from-behind Nick Bosa Jersey , 6-2 victory Tuesday night in the series opener.
Lowrie had the big blow of the game, a three-run double as part of a five-run sixth inning that allowed the A’s to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 5-2 lead.
The big hit came in Lowrie’s return to his natural position, second base, after he had made 14 starts at third base while Matt Chapman was out with a hand injury.
Chapman was reinstated from the disabled list Tuesday and went 0-for-3.
A’s manager Bob Melvin pushed Lowrie for the American League All-Star team even before Tuesday’s heroics, hoping his time at third base caught the eye of those who will be selecting the club’s reserves.
“In those games, you never know where they go, and versatility could play a part,” Melvin said. “So I think the fact he played so well at third base might even increase his chances to make the All-Star team.”
Lowrie is tied for third in the American League in RBIs with 59 and tied for sixth in doubles with 25.
The A’s have been on a roll since, winning 13 of their last 16 games to improve to a season-best-tying eight games over .500 (47-39).
Tuesday’s victory raised their interleague record to 6-2 this season.
Perdomo has faced neither Lowrie nor the A’s in his three-year career.
An eight-game winner in 2017, he began the season in the majors, but couldn’t get into the fifth inning in three of his four April starts before being sent to Triple A.
The 25-year-old seemed to regain his form there, going 6-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 11 starts, earning another shot at the bigs.
Perdomo has pitched in nine interleague games (eight starts) and compiled a 4-2 record and 5.63 ERA.
Manaea, meanwhile, is coming off a brilliant June at the big-league level, going 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in five starts.
He won each of his last three starts to finish the month as one of four American Leaguers to go 3-0 Dre'Mont Jones Jersey , joining Toronto’s J.A. Happ, Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy and Cleveland’s Shane Bieber.
Manaea has never faced the Padres, but does have nine starts of interleague experience, having gone 2-5 with a 4.47 ERA.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley is with a family member in Oakland after undergoing a mental evaluation prompted by a friend’s call to Los Angeles police.Falcons spokesman Brian Cearns told The Associated Press on Wednesday McKinley “is in a good spot” and has been in “constant communication” with the team http://www.ravensfootballauthentics.com/iman-marshall-jersey-authentic , including coach Dan Quinn. Cearns said McKinley is with an uncle in Oakland.TMZ Sports reported Tuesday night that a friend became concerned for McKinley’s well-being and summoned police. No criminal charges were filed. TMZ Sports says McKinley was cooperative when detained by officers.It is not known what prompted McKinley’s friend to call police. Cearns said the situation has been resolved.The Falcons acknowledged the incident on Tuesday night when the team released Quinn’s statement expressing concern.“Any time a situation occurs that is or could be related to mental health issues we take it very seriously,” Quinn said in the statement. “We will do everything we possibly can to support and assist Takk as our players’ mental and physical well-being are always our top priority.”McKinley, who played collegiately at UCLA, was a first-round pick by the Falcons in 2017. He made headlines on draft night with an emotional tribute to the late grandmother who raised him.The 23-year-old McKinley led the Falcons with seven sacks in 2018. He recently wrote on his Twitter account he wasn’t satisfied with his season and promised “Double digit sacks are coming next year!”McKinley has two years, plus a club option, remaining on his four-year, $10.2 million rookie contract he signed in 2017. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets got a big building block for their new-look defense with their first pick in the NFL draft.Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was selected No. 3 overall Thursday night, giving coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams a playmaking pass rusher and run stopper who will be counted on to beef up New York’s defensive line and form disruptive a 1-2 punch with Leonard Williams.“I don’t know what the expectations are what we could do together, but I know that I’m coming in to be a dominant player up front and be a dominant player in general Trace McSorley Jersey ,” Quinnen Williams said during a conference call. “I know, for sure, Leonard Williams is a dominant player all around the board and together we can do anything we work our butts off to (do).”The Jets fielded trade offers from several teams leading up to their selection and general manager Mike Maccagnan made it clear he was open for business. But, New York ultimately stayed put and took a player many considered the best in the draft.“There was never an offer or a deal that we felt good enough to move back from,” Maccagnan said shortly after drafting Quinnen Williams. “Quite frankly, we’re very happy with the player that was available. We thought there was a good chance he would be up there.”The 6-foot-6, 303-pound Williams was a force for the Crimson Tide last season as a nearly unblockable D-lineman who has an intriguing combination of quickness, power and strong hands.Williams wasn’t a starter before last season, but went on to win the Outland Trophy as college football’s best interior lineman. He had eight sacks last season for Alabama, and 19½ tackles for loss — causing many scouts to compare him to Los Angeles Rams All-Pro Aaron Donald.He is Alabama’s highest drafted defensive player since linebacker Cornelius Bennett went No. 2 overall in 1987.“I knew something like this was possible Kyler Murray Jersey , but not this fast,” the 21-year-old Williams said. “It happened very fast, but I’m enjoying every moment, man, every little bit of it.”This marks the third straight year the Jets have seen a highly touted player who many considered the best available “fall” to them. It happened last year when they took quarterback Sam Darnold at No. 3 overall and safety Jamal Adams at No. 6 in 2017.The Jets’ biggest need entering the draft was an edge pass rusher, and while Williams doesn’t necessarily fit that mold, he should make New York’s line even more stout by joining Leonard Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon and Nathan Shepherd, the team’s third-round pick last year.There has been some speculation that the Jets could look to deal Leonard Williams http://www.cardinalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-byron-murphy-jersey , who is entering a contract year, but Maccagnan appeared to quash that talk.“We like Leonard quite a bit,” Maccagnan said. “We actually like the idea of putting all these guys on the field at the same time. We have the ability to, I think in our minds, have a very, very strong defensive front and I’m really excited to see how Gregg Williams can use all those players.”Maccagnan envisions Quinnen Williams being able to complement Leonard Williams by strengthening the middle of the defensive line and taking some pressure off the veteran. There’s also the potential to use the youngster some at nose tackle, at defensive tackle and perhaps even on the end.And, Quinnen Williams is game — and extremely confident.“It is very similar to the things they did at Alabama, but whatever they want me to do, whatever I need to learn Andy Isabella Jersey , I’m coming up and learning because I’m a great learner and I can do it all,” he said. “I can play all five positions, so it doesn’t matter where they put me at or where they place me, I’m going to be able to do it all.”The Jets have selected third overall in the NFL draft just twice previously since the 1970 merger, including last year when they traded up to get Darnold.The other time: 1981, when they took running back Freeman McNeil, the franchise’s second-leading rusher.The Jets are hoping Williams will be a big-time hit, too, and make his impact felt on opposing quarterbacks and running backs.“You combine the technique, you combine the instincts Brian Burns Jersey , you combine the athletic ability,” Maccagnan said, “I think he has the parts and pieces to be a really good player.”NOTES: The Jets have no second-round selections and don’t pick again until the third round (No. 68 overall), but Maccagnan wouldn’t rule out trading into the second. “I think we’ll probably look into it,” he said. “It really depends on how the board unfolds.” … Among the positions the Jets could target Friday night and Saturday: outside linebacker, cornerback, wide receiver and offensive line.
SYDNEY (AP)Defending champions Melbourne scored 24 second-half points to beat the Brisbane Broncos 32-16 in the National Rugby League on Sunday.The Storm moved into fifth place with the win http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-sione-takitaki-jersey , four points behind league-leading Penrith.In the other Sunday match, Cronulla moved into sixth place with a 24-16 win over the Wests Tigers, leaving the Tigers in ninth place. Valentine Holmes scored his 12th try in 13 games for the Sharks.Former San Francisco 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne celebrated his return from a hamstring injury to score two tries and assist on a third in the last-place Parramatta Eels’ 20-14 win over North Queensland. It was Hayne’s first match in six weeks.Third-place South Sydney won its sixth game in a row, beating Gold Coast 19-16 despite a two-try performance from Titans captain Ryan James. Nathan Cleary kicked a final-minute field goal to lead Penrith over Canberra 23-22.The fourth-place New Zealand Warriors beat Manly 34-14 and the Sydney Roosters edged Newcastle 18-16.Second-place St. George Illawarra completes the 14th round on Monday when the Dragons play the Canterbury Bulldogs in Sydney. Josh Rosen got a call from the Arizona draft room a year ago, when he became the 10th pick. Rosen got a call from the Miami draft room this year, when they traded a second-round and fifth-round pick for him.“It felt like I got drafted twice Sheldrick Redwine Jersey ,” Rosen told reporters on Monday, as he was introduced to the South Florida media.Rosen remains as confident as he was in 2018, even if he passed on the opportunity to provide a sound bite regarding the reality that all NFL franchises have now passed on him, at least when it comes to a first-round pick.“I would like to give you the quote you want,” he said with a smile, “but for the most part I’m going day by day.Rosen did acknowledge that he continues to have a major chip on his shoulder.“I don’t think my chip’s gonna grow any more http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-austin-seibert-jersey ,” Rosen said. “I might tip over.”He still believes he’s a franchise-type quarterback in the NFL. And he explained his confidence in simple terms.“I think I’m a good quarterback,” Rosen said, “and I think I’m a good leader.”Arizona opted to put its faith in Kyler Murray, a decision Rosen became aware of when the team called Rosen “a couple of minutes” before the Murray pick happened.Rosen has become a sympathetic figure for many NFL fans, given the manner in which has handled weeks of uncertainty and, ultimately Trysten Hill Jersey , a fire-sale trade out of the desert. He realizes that his image has been altered since entering the NFL, and he attributes the way he used to be regarded as a product of the reality that he “said some things kind of off the cuff about all different kinds of things and people misconstrued them in all different sorts of ways.”He hasn’t said much off the cuff lately, and nothing he has said can be misconstrued. He’s excited to be in Miami, and he plans to get to work in order to prove that he’s the player he believes he is.
TEMPE Julian Love Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald is closing in on another milestone, and it’s an impressive one.The 35-year-old receiver needs to catch just 33 yards worth of passes Sunday at Kansas City to move past Hall of Famer Terrell Owens into second place on the NFL’s all-time yards receiving list.As usual, Fitzgerald brushed aside talk of the milestone in his weekly meeting with the media Thursday.“Honestly, I don’t really think about it,” he said.Modesty aside, there’s no doubt that Fitzgerald is very aware of his place among the greats in the game.Halfway through his 15th season, Fitzgerald has 15,902 yards receiving http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/darius-slayton-jersey , behind Owens’ 15,934 and Jerry Rice’s phenomenal 22,895.Fitzgerald needs 58 catches to pass Tony Gonzalez for second on the NFL career receptions list. Fitzgerald has 1,268 catches to Gonzalez’s 1,325 and Rice’s 1,549.Fitzgerald also is closing in on Rice’s record for receptions with one team. Fitzgerald, who has spent his entire career with the Cardinals, needs 14 receptions to pass the 1 Quinnen Williams Jersey ,281 catches Rice had with the San Francisco 49ers.There are numbers that Fitzgerald will talk about with pride, and that’s what he’s accomplished in the postseason.He has 942 yards receiving in nine postseason games, most of any player in his first nine playoff contests. His three 150-yard playoff receiving games are most in NFL history. His five 100-yard games are tied for third all-time, behind Michael Irvin and Rice. Fitzgerald is tied for third in postseason TD receptions (10), behind John Stallworth and Rice. And Fitzgerald did it in only nine games.Fitzgerald’s performance in Arizona’s surprise run to the Super Bowl in the 2008 season shattered NFL records for yards receiving (546), receptions (30) and touchdowns (7).In Arizona’s divisional game against Green Bay in 2015, Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 176 yards, including the two biggest plays of overtime. He is the only player in NFL history to average at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown in every postseason game.“I think every player wants to be at their best in the biggest moments http://www.newyorkjetsteamonline.com/jachai-polite-jersey ,” Fitzgerald said. “I think my numbers in the playoffs say that I’m a guy who steps up in the bigger moments. I think that’s something you look at the greats in history, the Jerry Rices and the Michael Jordans and the Kobe Bryants, the Reggie Jacksons of the world, those guys , when their teams needed them the most, they were able to find something to make a difference in the games.”But Fitzgerald may never appear in the playoffs again.The Cardinals limp into Kansas City at 2-6 and Fitzgerald repeated Thursday that he hasn’t decided whether this is his last season. It’s hard to imagine him ever playing for another team.Fitzgerald has been conspicuously absent from the statistics as the Arizona offense sputtered through seven games, leading to the firing of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. With Byron Leftwich as the new coordinator, Fitzgerald had his best game of the year in the team’s 18-15 victory over San Francisco two weekends ago Chuma Edoga Jersey , catching eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown, just his second of the season.Notes: S Budda Baker, a critical component of Arizona’s defense, did not practice Thursday due to a foot injury. He was not on the injury report Wednesday. He was the only player who did not practice on Thursday. The Rams have been the last team to start signing their draft picks in recent seasons as they wait for rookies to get oriented to life with the team before officially getting their first NFL contracts out of the way.This year’s wait came to an end on Friday. The Rams announced the signing of three picks, including this year’s first selection.Safety Taylor Rapp was selected in the second round after wrapping up his time at the University of Washington. Rapp recorded 59 tackles, six tackles for loss, five sacks, two interceptions http://www.newyorkjetsteamonline.com/trevon-wesco-jersey , and three fumble recoveries for the Huskies last season and will start his career in a safety group fronted by Eric Weddle and John Johnson.The Rams also signed seventh-round picks Nick Scott and Dakota Allen. Scott started his Penn State career as a running back, but wound up as a safety while Allen was featured on before going on to play linebacker at Texas Tech.The Rams made five other picks and it’s likely they’ll be getting them under contract sooner rather than later.
FLORHAM PARK http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-ryan-finley-jersey , N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets‘ starting QB is TBD for Sunday.Sam Darnold and Josh McCown were both limited at practice for the second straight day, leaving it uncertain who will be under center at Tennessee.Coach Todd Bowles said Thursday that Darnold, McCown and Davis Webb each had snaps and ran the offense during drills.“We’ll see who’s the healthiest,” Bowles said. “All of them are taking reps right now and we’ll make that decision as the week goes.”It would appear the choice will come down to either Darnold or McCown, especially since Webb hasn’t yet taken a regular-season snap in the NFL and was on the practice squad until Darnold was hurt.Darnold has missed the past two games with a strain in his right foot. He showed progress Wednesday by participating in team drills for the first time since being injured against Miami on Nov. 4. Bowles said Darnold had no soreness in the foot Thursday Renell Wren Jersey , and wouldn’t rule out starting the rookie even if he’s limited Friday.“I’ll see how he feels, how it goes and how he looks in practice,” Bowles said, “and I’ll make that determination.”McCown is dealing with a sore hand and back. His right hand was cut when he banged it on a helmet during the Jets’ loss last Sunday to New England. McCown played through it, though http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-michael-jordan-jersey , and could be in line for his third straight start if Darnold isn’t ready to play.Bowles didn’t seem overly concerned about the quarterback situation and whether it puts the Jets in a tough situation by having two of them limited at practice at this point in the practice week.“No,” Bowles said simply, “we’re good.”New York got some positive news on the injury front with wide receiver Robby Anderson (ankle) and running back Trenton Cannon (hamstring) both returning to practice on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday. Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (ankle) had a full practice a day after being limited.Andre Roberts, New York’s primary returner on special teams, was limited with a foot issue — a new injury Thursday.“He was sore T.J. Hockenson Jersey ,” Bowles said. “He was nicked up a little bit, so we kind of held him back some.”On defense, it appears safety Marcus Maye will miss his second straight game with shoulder and thumb injuries. He didn’t practice again Thursday and Bowles acknowledged “it doesn’t look good” for the second-year player’s chances of playing.Linebacker Jordan Jenkins (shoulder) had a full practice a day after being limited. Carlos Hyde is slated to serve as the backup to Damien Williams in the Chiefs backfield, but he’s not unhappy about that arrangement.Hyde signed with the Chiefs after being released by the Jaguars and has spent the offseason learning his role with his new team. That’s involved a lot of work as a pass catcher, which Hyde said is “like a dream come true” because of his affinity for that part of the game.“It’s not just a one-dimensional running back here http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jahlani-tavai-jersey ,” Hyde said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “You do it all. You line up at receiver. You actually run routes. You’re not just a decoy . . . You really get to showcase your ability. I didn’t know they used the running back so much in the passing game until I got here. It put a smile on my face.”Hyde only caught 10 passes while splitting last season between the Browns and Jaguars, but caught 59 passes for the 49ers in 2017 so he’s had some experience to draw on as he tries to make an impact in Kansas City this year.
The Dolphins are the last team standing Shareef Miller Jersey , the only one of the 32 without a head coach. (Although the Bengals can’t yet name Zac Taylor as their head coach with the Rams still in the postseason.)If the Dolphins have closed in on a favorite — Patriots assistant Brian Flores and Cowboys assistant Kris Richard both have been mentioned — they aren’t acting like it. Miami continues to conduct interviews for its vacancy.The team announced Friday that it has completed interviews with two internal candidates — offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and special teams Darren Rizzi (pictured).Loggains, 38, previously served as offensive coordinator for the Titans and Bears and as quarterbacks coach for the Titans, Bears and Browns. He is expected to follow Adam Gase to New York if he doesn’t get the top job in Miami.Rizzi, who has coached in Miami since 2010, has held two head coaching stints at the collegiate level (Rhode Island and New Haven).The Dolphins have interviewed Eric Bieniemy Zach Brown Jersey , Richard, Dennis Allen and Flores, none of whom Miami could hire before their teams are out of the postseason. Allen told reporters in New Orleans on Friday that he has not heard from the Dolphins one way or the other. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston tested his injured throwing shoulder in practice and will start Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter made the announcement Friday after the third-year quarterback worked with the first-team offense for the first time since spraining his right shoulder during last week’s 38-33 loss at Arizona.Winston was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, taking “mental reps” while backup Ryan Fitzpatrick prepared to face the Bills.More Tampa Bay Buccaneers newsBuccaneers make big step forward avoiding 0-2 startBucs’ running game shows signs of life with 2nd-year RB Ronald Jones II leading wayJameis Winston throws 3 INTs, Buccaneers drop season-opener to 49ersBuccaneers edge Browns 13-12 behind K Matt Gay’s game-winnerBruce Arians gets 1st win with Bucs against surprise starter Josh Rosen Devin Bush Jersey , Dolphins“Jameis threw the ball well today,” Koetter said following the team’s hour-long practice at One Buccaneer Place. “Jameis is our starter. He will be out there.”Winston has made 37 consecutive starts after entering the NFL as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft.Fitzpatrick, a 13-year veteran with 116 career starts for six other teams, replaced him against the Cardinals and threw for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions to help the Bucs (2-3) rally from a 31-0 deficit.Winston said Thursday there have been other occasions during “my whole football career” when he’s played through AC joint injuries, “so I’m used to the pain.”He declined to elaborate or compare the latest injury to the others.“Every one is different. I can’t tell you about my injuries eight years ago Diontae Johnson Jersey ,” Winston said. “I can just tell you about this one.”Winston also said he wasn’t concerned about a lack of practice time potentially impacting his preparation for the Bills.“Like I’ve said, this game (has) such a mental part. I’ve been throwing the football practically my whole life, so I know I can throw,” Winston said. “I just think that it’s about recovery right now.“It’s about being consistent in my reads and progressions. That’s the most important thing.”107<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader photo galleryReinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports | Reinhold Matay
DETROIT (6-5) at BALTIMORE (6-5) Sunday http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/kahale-warring-jersey , 1 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE – Ravens by 2 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Detroit 5-5-1, Baltimore 5-5-1 SERIES RECORD – Ravens lead 3-1 LAST MEETING – Ravens beat Lions 18-16, Dec. 16, 2013 LAST WEEK – Lions lost Vikings 30-23; Ravens beat Texans 23-16 AP PRO32 RANKING – Lions No. 12, Ravens No. 14 LIONS OFFENSE – OVERALL (15), RUSH (30), PASS (10). LIONS DEFENSE – OVERALL (26), RUSH (24), PASS (23). RAVENS OFFENSE – OVERALL (31), RUSH (10T), PASS (32). RAVENS DEFENSE – OVERALL (7), RUSH (23), PASS (2). STREAKS http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/bobby-okereke-jersey , STATS AND NOTES – Lions coach Jim Caldwell was Ravens offensive coordinator 2012-13. Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was Ravens secondary coach 2011-13. … Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was Lions coach 2001-02. … Last time Lions played in Baltimore, Ravens amassed 548 yards in 48-3 rout in 2009. … Ravens QB Joe Flacco 2-0 vs Detroit. … Lions OT Rick Wagner played with Baltimore 2013-16. … Lions have won three of four following three-game skid. … Detroit K Matt Prater has kicked seven FGs of at least 50 yards and has 43 for career. …Lions WR Marvin Jones Jr. has eight TD catches, tied for second in NFL. … Lions QB Matthew Stafford has ankle injury but intends to make s 108th consecutive regular-season start Sunday. … Stafford has 33,313 career yards passing, most in NFL history before age 30. … Detroit has seven returns for TDs, tying franchise single-season record. That includes two kickoff returns by Jamal Agnew. … Baltimore strives for first three-game winning streak of season. … Ravens lead NFL in interceptions (18), takeaways (26) and turnover differential (plus-11). … Ravens LB Terrell Suggs had two sacks last week, has 9 + in 15th NFL season. Ranks 18th in NFL history with 124. … … Ravens 15-4 at home vs. NFC since 2008, including 11-1 in November/December. … Flacco has 11 INTs, nine TD passes for NFL’s lowest-ranked passing offense. … Ravens LB C.J. Mosley ranks fifth in NFL with 95 tackles. … K Justin Tucker is 187 for 187 on conversions for career. … P Sam Koch leads NFL with 29 punts inside 20. … Fantasy Tip: Start Ravens defense if your league has that option. If not, Ravens RB Alex Collins brings 4.9 yards per carry average against league’s 24th-ranked rushing defense. — EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants safety and leading tackler Landon Collins is going to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.The Giants said Wednesday that Collins has a partially torn labrum and will need surgery. The team had said earlier Collins would not play Sunday in Washington.The expected recovery time for this type of injury can be anywhere from four to six months.Collins was not in the locker room before the practice to comment.An All-Pro in 2106 and a two-time Pro Bowler, Collins was hurt in Sunday’s overtime win against the Chicago Bears. He left the game late in the first half after assisting on a tackle against halfback Tarik Cohen. He returned at least twice in the second half and has 96 tackles.“Landon displays what he is, he’s a very tough guy http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonline.com/jawaan-taylor-jersey , very good tackler, he’s made a lot of plays for us, especially close to the line of scrimmage,” coach Pat Shurmur said of Collins’ season. “I’ve said it numerous times, in a sport where toughness is required, he’s got a lot of it, so that’s what I appreciate about him.”Collins has led the Giants in tackles in each of his first three seasons. His contract expires after this season. The second-round draft pick in 2015 has started 60 of the team’s 61 regular-season and postseason games. He missed the 2017 season finale after fracturing a forearm.“It (stinks) not having my guy next to me, but it’s a next-man-up league, so that’s what we got to do,” fellow starting safety Curtis Riley said. “It’s going to feel a little funny, but that’s my guy, so I got to do it. We got to do it.”Veteran Michael Thomas and rookie Sean Chandler probably will share Collins’ workload on Sunday.“Obviously we’re going to miss him, but it’s an opportunity for young guys to step up, our new guys to step up http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonline.com/gardner-minshew-ii-jersey ,” said Thomas, who had five tackles Sunday.“You don’t just replace a guy like LC, two-time Pro Bowl player, All-Pro safety. You don’t just replace that, so that’s my brother, we’re going to ride for him.”Chandler, who had one tackle against the Bears, said he would be ready.Chandler was an undrafted free agent out of Temple. He played in the NFLPA bowl game in January and was coached by Thomas, who signed with the Giants as a free agent in the offseason.“He has always tried to give me the inside scoop and way I can do things better,” Chandler said of Thomas. “He has always told me to work hard and he still does that.”
DAVIE T.J. Hockenson Jersey , Fla. (AP) — When Brian Flores was asked how he celebrated 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 Jahlani Tavai Jersey , 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 Will Harris Jersey , 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, 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 Austin Bryant Jersey , 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 Rashan Gary Jersey ,” he said. “There’s going to be some pain. There’s pain for every team.”As for his curtailed Super Bowl celebration, 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 Jacksonville Jaguars are set to hire Terry Robiskie as their new running backs coach, per multiple reports.The Jaguars fired Tyrone Wheatly as the team’s running backs coach at the conclusion of the regular season after Tom Coughlin levied criticism upon Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon for their demeanor during the team’s final game of the year.While Robiskie played running back in college at LSU and in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins, he hasn’t specifically coached the position since serving as an assistant running backs coach for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1985-87. Robiskie has predominantly been a wide receivers coach throughout his career with a pair of stints as an offensive coordinator with the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns. He was also the interim head coach of the Browns in 2004 when Butch Davis was fired midseason.Robiskie spent last season as the receivers coach of the Buffalo Bills.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Not long after Art Modell moved his football team from Cleveland to Baltimore http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/ben-banogu-jersey , a young intern joined the Ravens with hopes of learning enough to fulfill his lifelong quest of becoming an NFL general manager.Eric DeCosta was little more than an errand boy back then. Working at an entry level position, his responsibilities included taking coach Ted Marchibroda’s car for an oil change. It was a task he was more than willing to tackle, in part because he was given $100, purchased the $9.99 special and pocketed the rest of the cash.The most rewarding aspect of the job was working under Ozzie Newsome, then the vice president of player personnel. Newsome, who would ultimately become the first African American general manager in NFL history, was in charge of acquiring talent via the draft and free agency.“In 1996 when I was sitting there in my office — well, I didn’t have an office, I had a card table in the hallway — Ozzie would call me in,” DeCosta recalled.“That was one of the joys in my life, sitting down and watching tape with him. He would show me plays and players, we would talk about techniques.”The 48-year-old DeCosta now resides in a lavish office in the team’s training complex. After working his way up the team’s corporate ladder, he took over for Newsome as Baltimore’s general manager in January and this week, for the first time in franchise history, someone other than Newsome will be in charge of the Ravens draft.DeCosta’s first draft-day decision will come Thursday, when it’s time for Baltimore — barring a trade — to make the No. 22 overall pick.He can’t wait.“I wake up early in the morning thinking about the draft Parris Campbell Jersey ,” said DeCosta, a Massachusetts native. “It’s been like that since I was 10 years old. I used to sit on the couch and read Will McDonough’s column and look at his mock draft in The Boston Globe. I get excited. It gives me a sense of energy, and I’m going to approach this draft as if it’s the most important thing in my life.”Newsome will serve as an adviser to DeCosta, who is thankful to have learned under a man who built two Super Bowl champions by studying countless hours of game film before drafting shrewdly and wisely.“He’s valuable. His wisdom, his expertise, his relationship with certain people in the league and agents is critical to me,” DeCosta said.“We’re so different, but he can look at me and I can look at him and we know what each other is thinking. I can say to him, ‘Ozzie, I’m uncertain about this. I don’t know which way to go. I’m here at the crossroads,’ and he’ll give me an honest opinion. Just like, when he was the GM, I could walk into his office and say, “Ozzie, we shouldn’t do this.’ And he would say, ‘OK.'”The teacher is now assisting his former student Will Harris Jersey , and their chemistry should make it a seamless transition.“I’ve always seen those guys just work well together,” coach John Harbaugh said. “So, to me, it works the same way, except now Eric is in the seat. Eric is the decision-maker, and he’ll be the guy making that final call.”DeCosta was promoted to Ravens’ Midwest area scout in 1998, became director of college scouting in 2003, was named director player personnel in 2008 and ascended to assistant general manager in 2012.As word of DeCosta’s ability leaked outside Baltimore, several teams were interested in interviewing him for the GM job. So in 2007, owner Steve Bisciotti promised DeCosta that he would succeed Newsome when the time was right.After ignoring overtures from several teams, including the New York Jets, Green Bay and Seattle, DeCosta ended up with the only job he really wanted.“Did I have chances? Yeah. Did I have a lot? Yeah. Did I ever really consider it? Not really,” DeCosta said. “Because every time I’d go to bed thinking that maybe I would consider something, I’d wake up and say, ‘What are you http://www.detroitlionsteamonline.com/austin-bryant-jersey , crazy? You know you’re going to have the job someday that you’ve dreamed about, so just wait and make it perfect.'”The wait, in effect, took more than two decades. Those oil changes, that card table that served as his office and his gig as an understudy to Newsome were all part of it, and DeCosta really wouldn’t have it any other way.“Some people would think maybe that I would be embarrassed that I started off as an intern now that I’m a GM, that I want to forget that,” he said.“But to be honest with you, I cherish that, the fact that I could start out as a young person and really had to do a lot of different things. I’m proud of that. I understand what a lot of people do in this organization, because in some instances, I did those jobs.” On a night when the high-powered offense was stuck in neutral, the New Orleans Saints still found a way to grind out a 12-9 win over Carolina behind their ever-improving defense.That could bode well for these Saints (12-2) as they prepare to make a run at the Super Bowl.For years, they’ve relied on star quarterback Drew Brees to score a lot of points, put up big yardage and win games for them. But suddenly the Saints have a defense that is not only keeping them close when the offense sputters, but might be one of the best in the NFL. New Orleans has not allowed more than 17 points in any of its last six games.“That’s what the great teams find a way to do Max Scharping Jersey ,” said Brees, who was limited to 203 yards passing and intercepted once Monday night. “Despite what happens in the first three quarters or maybe the mistakes that were made prior to that, they just make the plays you need to make to win the game.”Brees likes that the Saints have found many different ways to win, even though not all of them have been pretty. The 12 points against the Panthers marked the fewest for New Orleans in a victory since 1998.For most of the season the Saints relied on an electrifying offense, scoring 40 points or more six times. But recently it is the defense that has stepped up to make big plays.“There’s a lot to be said for that �? finding ways to win,” Brees said. “Battle-tested. These last two weeks, we’ve had to win in the fourth quarter, had to come back and win in the fourth quarter. On the road, divisional games, those are going to be hard-fought. Those are going to be tough and the great teams find a way. Our guys believe we’re all going to step up, we’re going to do this together, somebody’s going to make a play.”The Saints didn’t make a lot of plays Monday, but they made enough.There was Eli Apple‘s interception of Cam Newton’s pass in the end zone with 10 seconds left before halftime. There was Von Bell’s strip of wide receiver D.J. Moore on an inside handoff and A.J. Klein‘s recovery, which led to the go-ahead score. There were four players who sacked Newton �? and none were named Cam Jordan. Alvin Kamara had a 50-yard kickoff return.The little plays all add up.“We are playing hard and playing for each other,” Apple said.Unlike some of the NFL’s other top teams �? namely, the Rams and Chiefs �? the Saints found a way to grind it out without their A game on offense this week.It didn’t matter that the offense failed to gain more than 30 yards on seven of its first eight drives. It didn’t matter because New Orleans could count on its defense.Jordan called it the best he’s ever played on.“I believe in us Brian Burns Jersey , game in and game out, first quarter to fourth quarter,” Jordan said. “If it comes down to a crucial play, I believe in us. If we need a turnover, I believe in us.”New Orleans has already wrapped up the NFC South title and can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a victory in either of its last two games, both at home, against Pittsburgh and Carolina.Looking for their second Super Bowl championship in a decade, the well-rounded Saints might just be the favorites heading into the postseason.“We were just trying to stack weeks because you know you want to play your best ball in December,” said Bell, who also had seven tackles and a sack. “That’s what people remember and going into this last stretch we wanted to finish strong.”