Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season is here, and Colin Kaepernick is unemployed. If you’re not sure why (and goodness knows what reason you have for that), then re-read the comments of an unnamed NFL general manager to Sporting News last week.
If you still are not sure after reading that, you don’t really want to know. You’ve told yourself a lie. Or a series of them, much like another group of NFL team executives told other outlets last week, also under cloak of anonymity.
To be fair, the one who spoke to SN told a story that’s equally insulting to our intelligence. It also deals with opinions the league and its teams want to pass off as facts. But they’re what he and his colleagues actually believe. It’s at the core of their collective shutout of Kaepernick.
It will be a while before saying something other than “San Diego Chargers” feels natural; it won’t happen this soon. Saying “the Broncos would be in the Super Bowl hunt if they had a Cheap Jerseys United States quarterback” flows very easily by now, though. It could bite them this early, even at home against a Chargers team hoping for some long-overdue luck on injuries. Philip Rivers deserves the team Trevor Siemien has around him.
This was on course to be the AFC championship game last year until the Chiefs slowed to a crawl against the Steelers at home the week before. Alex Smith is now looking over his shoulder at rookie Pat Mahomes, and it’s not wrong to wonder if Andy Reid will be watching closely how things progress — albeit against a defense that ranked No. 1 last season and likely got stronger. Oh, almost forgot: Tom Brady, a healthy Rob Gronkowski Cheap Jerseys Vip and enough new wideouts to overcome losing Julian Edelman. Patriots, 30-19
For all the promise assigned to rookie running back Joe Mixon, he produced just nine yards on eight carries in his debut. The Bengals’ tailback depth, with Mixon supporting accomplished veterans Cheap Ireland Jerseys Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill, amassed only 75 yards on 21 carries, or 3.6 per rush.
However, the most galling development was the woeful performance of veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, who completed 16 of 31 attempts for 170 yards with four interceptions. He posted a 28.4 passer rating and, by that metric, delivered his worst showing since Nov. 6, 2014, when he passed for 86 yards with three interceptions in a 24-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Former NFL GM Jeff Diamond, a Sporting News contributor, went as far as to write that McDermott and Beane are risking their jobs in overhauling the roster they inherited.
Buffalo on Monday announced the signing of a fourth quarterback, Joe Webb, with whom McDermott and Beane are familiar from their days in Carolina. Webb will back up rookie QB Nathan Peterman, who is slated to start Sunday’s 2017 season opener against the Jets if Tyrod Taylor can’t be cleared in time.
The Bills’ QB issue comes amid the unpopular ousting of players like Cheap Jerseys And Jordans Jonathan Williams, Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby and Reggie Ragland. McDermott on Monday was asked whether he expected Buffalo to have so few holdovers from its 2016 roster.
The Texans were soundly whipped all day by Calais Campbell’s Jaguars, who should have received gift baskets from Houston holdout Duane Brown. The Giants couldn’t keep a depleted Cowboys front off Eli Manning, who’s a mess when he doesn’t trust his protection. The Bengals and Seahawks had as-expected issues at tackle. The Titans’ line, so dominant in the running game in 2016, continues to leak a bit in pass protection. The Packers let Aaron Rodgers get hit a few too many times.
That’s only a partial list, and if your team is on it, it has work to do. It’s not doomed, mind you — it just has work to do. We see offensive lines get better as the season goes on. Seattle’s line always looks awful to start the season. Some years it gets better. Some years (like it did 2016) it never does. With so few reliable lines around the league right now,
Example: Giants fans can moan about their team “not addressing” the line, but Cheap Football Practice Jerseys two of their starters are first-rounders and one is a high second-rounder. Ereck Flowers was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2015 draft. That is addressing the line. If Flowers can’t get better, the Giants should have major problems on offense, and they will, even once Odell Beckham Jr. returns. But players do improve, and problems do get solved. This is a problem a lot of teams have, and the ones that can’t solve it are going to have a hard Cheap Google Jerseys time getting to January.
“The Bears made our day,” Salmons of the Westgate said. “Everything was on Atlanta. For us to have a good day, we had to have the Bears.”
Underdogs cooled off in the late games, with all four favorites covering the spread, capped by the Dallas Cowboys’ 19-3 win over the New York Giants. Roughly two hours before kickoff, the MGM sportsbooks took a six-figure bet on the Cowboys -4. Shortly after, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was ruled out and the point spread shot to Dallas -6 at several sportsbooks.
“The afternoon games did not go as nicely as the morning games,” a manager for Caesars Palace sportsbook told ESPN in an email.
Ten of the 12 games Sunday went under the total.
Roberts personally interviewed Elliott’s former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, by whom the Cowboys running back was accused of domestic violence. Roberts told the NFL about her findings but the league chose not to include them in its final report and suspension letter on Aug. 11, per the Star-Telegram.
Also, a fellow NFL investigator — Lisa Friel, the NFL’s special counsel for investigations, reportedly barred Roberts from attending a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Cheap Cycling Jerseys where Friel recommended a six-game suspension for Elliott to Goodell and other NFL executives.
Roberts’ recommendation of no suspension was essentially ignored and she was not Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys involved in the decision-making of the suspension despite playing a big role in the 13-month investigation.
The only major injury question the Packers had heading into the opener was right tackle Bryan Bulaga who sustained a right ankle injury in practice on Aug. 23. But Bulaga was able to practice Wednesday, in a limited fashion, and all signs suggest he will be good to go against the Seahawks. The Packers had 52 of their 53 players on the practice field. The only one who wasn’t was defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who signed with the Packers on Tuesday and is expected at practice Thursday.
Wide receivers Corey Davis (hamstring) and Eric Decker (ankle) are expected to play against the Raiders after missing most of the preseason. Coach Mike Mularkey said Davis, who said his hamstring is about 90 percent, will be used in “specific situations” rather than receive full reps in his first NFL game. Starting cornerback LeShaun Sims suffered a groin injury that forced him to miss practice Wednesday and leaves his status for Sunday’s game uncertain. Left tackle Taylor Lewan sprained his ankle Wednesday, but he’s expected to go.
That’s ridiculous. And I like this the best [because] you are trying to put the QB down.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas returned to the practice field Wednesday after being held out for several days because of a groin injury he suffered in the Aug. 26 preseason game. Thomas will play in the regular-season opener against the Chargers, and coach Vance Joseph said Thomas “looked great.” Joseph said outside linebacker Cheap Basketball Jerseys Shaquil Barrett, who missed much of the offseason program because of a hip injury, should be ready to play in the opener as well. Barrett’s availability will help the Broncos deal Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys with Shane Ray’s absence. Ray will open the season on injured reserve (wrist) and is not expected to play until Oct. 30 when the Broncos face the Chiefs.
Kyrie Irving may very well want to head back up north, but the fact remains his trade destination is out of his hands. He holds the card of deciding whether or not to re-sign with a team when his contract runs its course in 2019 (or 2020 depending on his option), but the Cavaliers can be very thorough throughout Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China this trade process.
The Knicks don’t have much to offer, and unless they get a third team into the mix, it’s unlikely Irving ends up in New York. For that reason, the Knicks have a 15 percent chance at landing Irving this summer — the same amount as Carmelo Anthony’s trade kicker.
Irving could eventually join the Knicks when his free agency rears around in 2019. But until then, his fate is out of his hands. And when you request a trade with no spades in your hand, you’re almost certain to get cut.
The timing is just off all around. The trade isn’t going to happen this offseason, not when the Grizzlies have to shape out their roster and play games before they can begin to evaluate their direction.
But that also means Gasol, who is 32 years old, will only get older. The Celtics, who are set up to compete right now and into the future, can stand pat and not skip a beat. They may not be as competitive as they’d like against Cleveland, but LeBron James can’t play basketball forever (we think).
Plus, once the Celtics get by the Cavaliers, as Mannix points out, their next step is competing against the Warriors. Gasol isn’t going to help them do that at this age with his lack of mobility.
The next steps for Boston will come organically. They’ll compete for Cheap Jerseys Bike titles because of the talent they draft and their smart moves in free agency. As more time passes, it makes less and less sense to make a trade for Gasol.
The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Summer League championship on Monday, taking down the Portland Trail Blazers in a decisive 110-98 victory for the crown. It was a gratifying end to a pre-preseason that began with back-to-back losses.
With Lonzo Ball out, nursing minor groin and calf injuries for the summer’s final game, Kyle Kuzma stole the show. The Utah product laid claim to the Summer League Finals MVP award, scoring 30 points in 35 minutes on 11-of-16 shooting (6-of-10 on threes) along with 10 rebounds to lead the Lakers to their first-ever summertime championship.
This is the look of a man who was expecting a birthday cake and then realized he got a foam tower covered in candy. Don’t get me wrong, there are some delicious looking things here. Chocolate-dipped fruits, small tarts, what appear to be pretzels. It’s a crowd-pleaser, I understand.
It just doesn’t please the one man that matters.
You study this structure and work out what you CAN eat on it for so long that you miss the fact there are two chefs standing behind it. TWO. 2. It took a team to make this. Two souls full of life experiences and expertise felt this was the best way to honor one of the most important basketball players in your nation’s history.
In Chicago he had a run-in with cake, too, except it was deep-dish pizza — and his take on it was bad.
“I’ve tried it. I’m not a fan of this deep dish pizza. To me, it’s just a cake of melted cheese. I like the thin-crusted pizzas better.”
A cake of melted cheese sounds heavenly. Not sure Cheap Infant Jerseys what the problem is honestly. Have a happy birthday, Pau. Maybe one day you’ll get Cheap Islanders Jerseys the cake you deserve.
Kyrie Irving has recently asked the Cavs for a trade, according to a report that came out Friday afternoon.
The Cavaliers aren’t in the best place heading into the 2017-18 season, and Kyrie Irving knows it.
“It’s fun right now in the East,” said Coach Curt Miller. “There are a lot of young faces in this league that are poised to be the faces of the future, and a lot of those reside in the East. Really excited to be a part of that.”
Finally, Seattle’s sweetheart, Bird, posted 11 assists—meaning she now adds the record for most assists in an all-star game to her already dazzling resume.
While it’s easy to chalk today’s game up to the timeless theme of experience vs. youth, this game represented much more of a passing of the torch and a lens into the future than it did a battle for bragging rights between bitter rivals.
The veterans of the West, undoubtedly, relished the chance Cheap Hats And Jerseys to give their younger counterparts in the East a lesson in the law, but Cheap Hockey Jerseys For Sale it also gave them a rare opportunity to impart the legacy—on and off the basketball court—that they are relying on these next-gen stars to carry on in their absence down the road.
Simmons broke out at the most opportune time for a championship organization last season, averaging 13 points in the second round against the Rockets and 15 points in the conference finals against the Warriors.
Simmons, who will be 28 when the season starts, is older for a third-year guard, but he showed he’s just entering his prime as a slashing guard for the Spurs last season. San Antonio may match any offer sheet he’s signed to, as long as it’s not egregious.
When Caleb Swanigan was growing up, bouncing between Utah and Indiana, he wanted to model his game after players like Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, and Dennis Rodman — players who had the mentality to win every possession and left everything on the floor.
But Portland’s Summer League coach Jim Moran has a different comp in mind for the versatile 6’9” big man with ranging skill sets on both ends: Draymond Green.
No, Swanigan is not the NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year. He’s not the most versatile defender in the history of the NBA, nor is he a game-changing playmaker capable of running an NBA offense on his own.
But what he is is a relentless rebounder with a workhorse motor — “balls to the wall” is what he calls it. It’s how he made a name for himself, averaging more than 12 boards per game to win Big Ten Player of the Year at Purdue last season. And time after time during the Trail Blazers’ matchup against the Spurs on Tuesday, he showed he’s much more than an elite glass cleaner.
It reminds you of The Creation of Adam, and the chaos behind Nerlens Noel is just so typical of a baroque-era painting. I tweeted it, expecting it to amuse maybe 20 people enough for them to “like” it. Instead, as of post time, almost 900 people chose to click that heart.
Clearly, the internet wants more sports photos that look like Cheap Football Practice Jerseys renaissance paintings. I polled SB Nation’s staff, and here’s what we came up with.
SB Nation social producer Mark Hinog suggested Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys John Daly celebrating a win while a streaker does his thing behind him.
Are the Celtics favorites to beat the Cavaliers in a seven-game series? That’s a negative. But the series will be infinitely more competitive than last year’s five-game dispatch of Boston in the conference finals. And if you’re a Cleveland team playing for a championship, the last thing you want to do is spend energy beating a conference foe.
They’re going to need that energy to avoid getting swept by the Warriors, anyway.
Because Ball is the talk of the basketball world. From his quirky jumper to the shoes he wears, everyone eats up Ball content. (Our traffic confirms this). Ball’s second game against the Celtics was the first sellout in Summer League’s history. Plus, he’s a Laker. That sells anywhere.
We still don’t know what the right price is for the Ball family. Maybe Big Baller Brand is still seeking a partnership. Maybe Ball will settle for a bigger endorsement deal. Maybe it’s still $1 billion for the family. It could still be outrageous.
But as this process has continues, Ball’s popularity has only continued to rise. Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas will have to at least take a peak to see if the Ball family’s ask is in the ballpark. It would be irresponsible not to.
Many are overreacting to Ball’s summer league performances, but that actually gives the companies even more reason to invest in Ball. If he drives this much interest Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike during Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China Summer League, the intensity will only increase in the regular season. If the Lakers make the playoffs — a humongous, very unlikely if this year — Staples Center may explode.