Monthly Archive: June 2017

Cardinals are running out of time to win with Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald

The Arizona Cardinals entered the 2016 season with high expectations. Carson Palmer was leading a high-octane offense surrounded by talented weapons, including the ageless Larry Fitzgerald and ascending running back David Johnson. The defense had opportunistic playmakers all over the field, with genuine stars like Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, and Calais Campbell.

Ballard also added a couple more offensive skill players to the mix. A big possession receiver in Kamar Aiken came from Baltimore in free agency. Aiken, who had had 75 catches in 2015, should combine well with the lightning-quick T.Y. Hilton. Fourth-round running back Marlon Mack will bring a speed element to complement the ageless Frank Gore and Robert Turbin in the backfield.

This influx of talent over the past two years has Colts fans optimistic that a hopefully healthy Luck can live up to his status as the highest-paid quarterback; that he can lead the Colts to the division title in the winnable AFC South and then on to Super Bowl contender status.

Luck’s lingering shoulder pain resulted in the January surgery that has him sidelined during OTAs. He is expected back in August, and the good news for Luck is that, for the first time in his career, the Colts will return the same five starting offensive linemen.

It’s readily apparent that the Colts did not provide Luck with enough supporting Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys talent on offense while the defense also was lacking the past two seasons. Former Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys general manager Ryan Grigson knew he had to get Luck better protection, and he drafted four offensive linemen in 2016, three of whom are starters, including No. 1 pick Ryan Kelly, No. 3 Le’Raven Clark and No. 5 Joe Haeg. Along with former first-rounder Anthony Castonzo and second-rounder Jack Mewhort, the Colts’ O-line should be solid if the unit can avoid injury.

NFL free agency: Three possible fits for newly released WR Jeremy Maclin

The Chiefs shockingly released wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on Friday to free up their financial situation.

With a little over three months still remaining before the start of the regular season, and less than two months before NFL teams open training camp, Maclin should have no trouble finding a new team.

The Seahawks have been the only team so far to even give him a workout this year, and heading into training camp, it could end up being too late for Kaepernick this season.

Monroe, of course, is a vocal advocate for the use of medical marijuana as opposed to prescription medication to manage pain in the NFL. He tweeted a message to Oher after he caught wind of the deleted post.

Oher, who has been a no-show at Panthers OTAs this year, is recovering a concussion suffered in Week 3 of the 2016 season. Given complications from his concussion, coupled with reported off-field issues, his playing status for 2017 and beyond remains unclear. Carolina will know more when and if Oher shows up for mandatory minicamp next week.

Monroe in September wrote in a first-person piece that he will not allow his son to play football and “destroy” his brain. In March, he used drug testing at the NFL Combine as an example of what he considers a broken and outdated drug policy in the NFL.

“More steps need to be taken to curb the overuse of opioids in NFL locker rooms,” Monroe said last year in his retirement statement. “I won’t rest until something is done.”

Bradford enjoyed an efficient season as Minnesota’s starter with 20 TDs, five Detroit Tigers Cheap Jerseys interceptions and a league-best 71.6 completion percentage. With Teddy Bridgewater’s status in doubt, Bradford Dallas Cowboys Cheap Jerseys could be the starter again in 2017.

Chiefs release Jeremy Maclin after injury-plagued season

Just two years after signing wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a big free agent contract, the Kansas City Chiefs have made him a cap casualty. Kansas City confirmed on its Twitter page that it released the 29-year-old receiver on Friday.

By designating him a post-June 1 cut, the Chiefs save $10 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap. They also take on $2.4 million in dead money, but that figure would’ve been $7 million had the Chiefs released Maclin before June 1.

But maybe there’s something missing there.

On this week’s Onside Kick Family Hour podcast, retired NFL defensive end Stephen White and I spent some time talking about that piece. Stephen made a good point about the dynamics of an NFL locker room. Tension among the defensive players and offensive players isn’t that unusual. Likewise, it’s not unusual for starting quarterbacks to be treated a little differently than the other players on the team.

I’m not going to recap our entire discussion because you really need to hear Stephen talking about it, especially the part about a similar situation from his playing days.

A defense can pitch a shutdown performance, but if the quarterback and the offense fail to put enough points on the board, it’s all for naught. You can imagine why that might leave players Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys on the defensive side of the ball a little upset with the guys on the other side of the locker room. In fact, you could kinda pick that up in the responses from Seahawks players like Michael Bennett and Sherman himself.

None of this is meant to gloss over the chance we had to peer into Seattle’s locker room. It was fascinating. And there might truly be a level of underlying tension that goes beyond what most teams experience. Pete Carroll has a reputation for bringing in teammates who march to the beat of their own drum and keeping the low simmer from becoming a full boil. (I mean, they won a damn Super Bowl with Percy Harvin in the locker room.)

The Bucs already had a pretty good receiving tight end in Cameron Brate.

A “down” year for Wilson translates into a fifth straight season with 10 or more wins and a career-high 4,219 passing yards. Wilson turns 29 in November, and he’s looking for another Super Bowl appearance.

The most pressure is on left tackle Donovan Smith to better protect Winston’s blind side after a rough 2016. Left guard looks like Kevin Pamphile’s job to lose with holdovers Joe Hawley and Evan Smith as the uninspiring competition. Right tackle Demar Dotson, who turns 32 in October, offers the most experience and stability.

This is a middle-of-pack line at very best, but when you throw in Howard and Brate, there’s a significant boost. Marpet leads a group that remains better in run blocking. Winston was sacked 35 times in Year 2 (once per 17.2 dropbacks) after taking 27 sacks (once per 20.8 dropbacks) as a rookie. Keeping him under 30 again will be a great sign for the type of season he can have.

The Bucs already had a pretty good receiving tight end in Cameron Brate. Howard should be fully expected to be the in-line starter, but Brate won’t be forgotten in frequent double tight end sets, especially in the red zone when it’s time to pound Martin and work the middle with big bodies in the passing game. Koetter can toggle from three wide to two tight and not limit Winston in any way. The Bucs’ quarterback is too loaded to fail.

Winston also has been instrumental in connecting with his relocated Cheap Zach Parise Jerseys anchor up front, center Ali Marpet, by far the best all-around lineman Tampa Bay has in 2017. It’s surprising the Bucs didn’t Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys invest more in changes, either in free agency or the draft, but they do get a key player back from a back injury in former Seahawk J.R. Sweezy, set to solidify right guard.

Ten years after Spygate, Eric Mangini remains hopeful of mended relationship with Bill Belichick

Pegged by New England as the rat who gave up Bill Belichick 10 years ago, Eric Mangini remains hopeful that his relationship with his former mentor and close friend can be restored.

As coach of the Browns in 1995, Belichick gave Mangini his first assistant coaching gig in the NFL, and the two went on to coach together with the Jets and Patriots. Mangini left New England in 2006 to become coach of the Jets, and the following year, Mangini alerted Jets security before the team’s home game against the Pats that the opponent may be illegally videotaping signals.

Schecter’s entrée into the NFL came when she met Bills co-owner Kim Pegula at the league-sponsored Women’s Careers in Football Forum last January in Orlando. Pegula had asked Schecter, an accomplished women’s football player and coach in Great Britain, for a list of female coaching and scouting candidates.

The Bills broke ground last season when they hired Kathryn Smith as a special-teams quality control coach. Smith, though, and other Bills assistants were dismissed once head coach Rex Ryan left the team following the 2016 campaign.

Raised in Ridgefield, Conn., Schecter began playing organized football after moving to Great Britain in 2012 (her mother is British and father American).

She rose quickly through the ranks to become a standout linebacker for the Birmingham Lions of the British American Football League. Schecter’s success led to her branching into coaching Find Cheap Jerseys during her time in the U.K.

Schecter is the fourth woman ever given an NFL coaching opportunity. Jen Welter became the first in 2015 when tapped for an Arizona Cardinals internship. Collette Smith will serve Fc Barcelona Cheap Jerseys as an intern during New York Jets training camp.

Joe Mixon says he’ll train with Adrian Peterson this summer

As Joe Mixon begins his transition from college football to the NFL, the former Oklahoma running back plans to train with one of the best players in Sooners history.

Mixon said Tuesday he will spend about two weeks training with Saints running back Adrian Peterson at Peterson’s O Athletik health club in Houston.

“It’ll be fun,” Mixon told ESPN. “He’s going to push me and I’ll push him.”

Both have also dealt with off-field issues stemming from 2014 incidents. Mixon was suspended the entire 2014 season after punching a woman in the face during an argument at a Norman, Okla., eatery. Peterson was forced to sit out the 2014 NFL season after he was indicted on child abuse charges after using a switch to discipline his then-4-year-old son.

Besides missing several weeks of 49ers OTA sessions, Thomas also won’t be cleared in time to participate in San Francisco’s first two minicamp practices.

The No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, Thomas is trying to compensate for his absence by training on his own and keeping in regular contact with 49ers defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina and the strength and conditioning staff. Thomas said he expects to play end in base downs and slide inside to three-technique for pass-rush situations, although the 49ers also told him to learn the “LEO” position as a weak-side edge rusher “just in case because anything is possible.”

Thomas used some of his time away from the 49ers to hone his craft receiving guidance with one of the NFL’s all-time best pass rushers in Dallas. The recently-retired DeMarcus Ware made such a personal impact during a 90-minute workout and other personal interaction that Thomas changed his 49ers jersey from No. 96 to No. 94 to pay homage to his new mentor.

“It was a really cool experience to learn from him,” Thomas Jerseys For Cheap said. “He taught me some crazy stuff. His technique is amazing. I was trying to take it all in. I’m texting him so hopefully I can do it again sometime.”

NFL fans have questions after Seahawks sign QB who isn’t Colin Kaepernick

The Seahawks worked out a number of quarterbacks in recent weeks, and the most high-profile of them was Colin Kaepernick. Coach Pete Carroll talked him up, but decided to go in a different direction when the team announced the signing of Austin Davis.

If you’re wondering “Who?” you aren’t alone. The 28-year-old quarterback has been a journeyman, bouncing from the Rams, Browns and Broncos in the last three years. He actually received some hype in 2014 as a member of the Rams when he had back-to-back games of 300+ yards and three touchdowns. Outside of that, however, he’s been marginal.

Here are three teams that could use Maclin’s services next season.

Bears — Yes, they signed a plethora of free agents this offseason, including Victor Cruz, Kendall Wright and Markus Wheaton, but the Bears need game changers. Kevin White should be back in the mix, but two years of injuries leaves his career muddled at best.

Last year’s breakout sensation Cameron Meredith is expected to take over departed Alshon Jeffery’s place as the team’s No. 1 receiver. If White is unable to reach his full potential, or gets injured again, Maclin could be a suitable option to line up opposite Meredith, presenting Mike Glennon with an experienced target.

Saints — Maclin would truly be a luxury for Sean Payton’s explosive offense, but a second glance at New Orleans’ depth chart shows this team is dangerously thin at wide receiver.

The Saints signed Ted Ginn Jr. to offset the loss of Brandin Cooks, and Lsu Cheap Jerseys Michael Thomas proved he’s a bona fide No. 1 receiver as a rookie last year, but Willie Snead and Kids Football Jerseys Cheap unproven Brandon Coleman are the other likely receivers to get playing time this season.

Cam Newton’s Panthers teammates hilariously spoof his birthday video

Remember that infamous Instagram video Cam Newton made for his 28th birthday?

Stafford has passed for 4,000 yards or more in each of the last six seasons, and he’s taken the Lions to the playoffs three times in that stretch despite any semblance of a consistent running game. He’s yet another former No. 1 pick looking for that first postseason victory.

Flacco scale: 3.5 Flaccos. Only one other quarterback ranked higher on this list has a losing record as a starter.

Unless you think it’s Matt Barkley or rookie C.J. Beathard, the veteran Hoyer figures to be the starter for first-year coach Kyle Shanahan. Hoyer is 16-15 as a starter with five different NFL teams. This doesn’t feel like a long-term answer.

Flacco scale: One Flacco. He’s met Flacco just one time, a 23-21 loss on a last-second field goal on Sept. 21, 2014.

Like any other rookie, Wentz had an up-and-down first season with the Eagles. He played well at the start and finish, and he should build on that success with the additions Trade Cheap Jerseys of Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith. Wentz should move up this list.

Flacco scale: 1.5 Flaccos. Like Flacco, Wentz is a former FCS stud who is going USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys to improve as a passer in the NFL, especially with the new targets around him.

“Colin’s been a fantastic football player, and he’s going to continue to be,” Carroll said last week. “At this time, we didn’t do anything with it, but we know where he is and who he is and we had a chance to understand him much more so. He’s a starter in this league. And we have a starter. But he’s a starter in this league, and I can’t imagine that someone won’t give him a chance to play.”

HOF GM Bill Polian says Terrell Owens didn’t make teams better

Terrell Owens is one of the most talented receivers to play in the NFL, but putting up historically great numbers didn’t make teams he played for any better according to Bill Polian.

Polian, a Hall of Fame executive, has years of experience dealing with players. But two players he avoided were Owens and his now ESPN co-worker Randy Moss. In an interview with Talk of Fame Sports Network, Polian says he didn’t want either of those guys on his team.

“He’s not there yet,” Lynn said. “But that’s what is encouraging to me. When I look at the tape, I say, ‘Oh my goodness, we can help him get better here and here.’ And he’s already good. But there’s more yards [to be gained].”

Lynn said Gordon displays some similarities to bruising running back Chris Ivory, who has played for the Saints and Jets before joining the Jaguars.

“When he (Gordon) wants to be physical, he can be physical,” Lynn said. “He’s not quite the Chris Ivory. He’s built similar to Chris Ivory. Chris Ivory is more powerful, but Mel’s Cheap Jerseys Elite a powerful man, too. He’s young, and he’s still growing.

“He has quick enough feet to elude. He doesn’t have the speed of a Chris Johnson, but he’s an upright runner that can sidestep and elude. He has good vision, good instincts.”

Gordon projects to be one of the top-5 running backs in fantasy next season after his breakthrough in the offense.

Philip Rivers really struggled with turnovers while Gordon was injured, so Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China Lynn may opt to rely heavily on his third-year star.

Mess from most devastating loss in Falcons history not Kyle Shanahan’s to clean up

Sitting at an interview podium inside the bowels of NRG Stadium, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel looked up and stared emotionless at a television screen showing New England’s Super Bowl 51 postgame celebration.

My question snapped him back to earth: What’s going through your head right now having such a big lead and being unable to finish?

“It hurts, man,” Gabriel said. “It hurts … I’m at a loss for words right now. I can’t believe it.”

He isn’t the only one.

“Those same critics, did they say anything about the wins that the Indianapolis Colts had? You Cheap International Soccer Jerseys want to talk about that too? Because they were getting everybody’s signals,” Sanders said on NFL Network, referring to the 2007 Colts team that went 13-3. “Come on, you don’t walk up to the line and look over here and the man on the sideline giving you the defense that they’ve stolen the plays of. We all knew. L.T. knew. Everybody in the NFL knew. We just didn’t let the fans know. That was real and that was happening in Indy.”

On Wednesday, Tony Dungy responded on Pro Football Talk by saying it’s not cheating, at Cheap Ireland Jerseys least by his definition, and it’s been going on for years.

New York is currently trying to decide whether it is financially wise to keep Marshall. He’s reaching the point in his career where his skills have likely started to diminish; however, he’s still a red-zone threat.

The Jets will have to decide if Marshall is worth the money and if they can provide a quarterback who can make proper use of his remaining talents.