Mike Tomlin: ‘I’m done with’ talking about Le’Veon Bell’s holdout

Le’Veon Bell finished the first game of the NFL regular season with just 47 total yards and no touchdowns, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said this isn’t an indicator of how the running back’s season will go.

The Steelers managed to squeak by the Browns, 21-18, but Bell’s best play of the game was a 10-yard reception from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. On the ground, he ran for just 32 yards on 10 touches.

What this means for the Bears: It’s too early to make any kind of definitive statement, but Cohen’s presence adds a meaningful punch to a backfield that already features 2016 1,300-yard rusher Howard. Cohen’s long run set the stage for a four-yard touchdown plunge from Howard, tying the team’s season opener at 10-all at halftime.

What this means for Tarik Cohen: Cohen has plenty to prove in 2017. Not only is he making the leap from an FCS program to the NFL, but he’s also one of the league’s smallest tailbacks at 5’6. On Sunday, he did the Bears — and alma mater North Carolina A&T — proud.

“I’ve got another decade of varied experience rather than going in there as essentially a person who grew up in coaching and scouting without a lot of experience in other areas,” he said.

Although this may be true, Savage knows the likelihood of getting another GM gig is slim.
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If you are expecting Chris Carson to consistently post starting-caliber fantasy stats at the running back position

you haven’t been watching how poorly the Seattle Seahawks offensive line has been. Carson will likely continue to see the lion’s share of carries — at least until Thomas Rawls demonstrates he can stay healthy and contribute too. Regardless, for this week, it’s perfectly safe to use Carson. -K.D.

Through two games, the Tennessee Titans have allowed 41 fantasy points to opposing running backs. The attractive part of the points allowed is they were primarily achieved through yardage and reception totals as they have only allowed one scrimmage touchdown to opposing backs. As Carson will be the primary runner and will receive a portion of the running back targets, the likelihood for a 15-point game is significant.
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Long appeared on The Ryen Russillo Show on ESPN Radio on Tuesday and talked more about his motivation to fund the scholarships with his game checks.
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With everything that happened over the summer that really shed a negative light on a really good community that we have in Charlottesville, I thought it would be good to kind of put my money where my mouth was and take it out of the check that I get for doing something that I love, he said.

Certainly I’ve been lucky, I’ve made a lot of money in my career, it’s not like I’m playing for, you know, $30 million this year or something. I’m an older guy, I’m not taking a ton of money relative to NFL standards, but any little bit helps in your community and for me we were just trying to turn a negative into a positive.

Following an ugly scene in Charlottesville in August, when a series of white supremacist rallies led to violence in the streets, Long spoke out and called the actions of some of the protestors despicable.

It’s not Cam Newton recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

He’s fine. But neither backup defensive tackles — Vernon Butler (knee) and Kyle Love (ankle) — practiced or played the past month. They were targeted for Week 1 and appear on target, but their presence is key to the four-man rotation at tackle and how the defense sets up everything with its interior push.

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins missed the majority of the preseason and training camp because of a thumb injury but said he is “1,000 percent” ready to go on Sunday against Jacksonville. The Texans do have two injury question marks at backup running back, however. Coach Bill O’Brien said he wasn’t sure if D’Onta Foreman (groin) or Alfred Blue (ankle) would be available for the season opener against the Jaguars. Foreman was a full participant in practice Wednesday, but Blue did not practice.

Not having starting safety Ron Parker against the Patriots would be a major loss, particularly considering the Chiefs won’t have starting cornerback Steven Nelson, who is on injured reserve after having core muscle surgery. Parker isn’t a playmaker like fellow Kansas City defensive backs Eric Berry and Marcus Peters, but don’t let that fool you. He is one of the Chiefs’ most valuable defensive players because he’s so versatile. The Chiefs aren’t afraid to use him in man coverage, as a deep safety, in the box as a run defender or to rush the quarterback. Parker was listed as questionable for the Patriots game on the week’s final injury report.

Derek Barnett, DE | Philadelphia Eagles: The rookie pass-rusher was earning praise in camp for his “motor,” impressing coaches and teammates with how hard he goes on every single play. What remains to be seen is what kind of role the Eagles have for him and how much they’ll be able to just send him after opposing quarterbacks while he refines the rest of his craft. Philly’s defensive line and scheme play to Barnett’s strengths, and he could lead all rookies in sacks if he gets on the field enough.steelers_126

Deshaun Watson replaces Tom Savage at quarterback

Following a brutal first half in which the Houston Texans were booed off the field, Bill O’Brien opted to make a change at quarterback. Tom Savage has been benched, and first round pick Deshaun Watson started the third quarter for Houston.

With Watson at the helm, the Texans capped a 14-play drive with a touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins, who was struggling with Savage. Prior to the touchdown pass, Watson led Houston down the field with efficient passing, although he was aided by a pair of penalties that negated a failed third-down conversion and an interception.

“What you want to do is utilize it and have fun with it.”

It may, however, be difficult convincing offensive coordinator Mike Shula to call plays away from McCaffrey.

“He’s just so fun to watch,” Shula said. “You can do different things Brandon Marshall Jersey with him. He’s so smart, so instinctive.

“It is fun, and you’d like to think that, ‘Yeah, you can be real creative and it’s all about what you’re going to do coaching-wise’. No. You want to get those guys the ball and get them comfortable doing what they do best, and he can do a lot of things really well, and give him a Danny Woodhead Womens Jersey chance to go make somebody miss or run somebody over.”

The Panthers have a potentially tough matchup against the Bills this weekend. Jonathan Stewart, who scored last weekend, isn’t going away, either, so McCaffrey could be a shaky fantasy option this weekend.

The first two are already in the Hall of Fame and the third is certainly on his way.

Womens T.J. Warren Jersey Think about the blocking beauty of Art Monk. Or the blocking tenacity of Cris Carter. Steve Smith was not the biggest receiver, but he was one of the most tenacious blockers.
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The first two are already in the Hall of Fame and the third is certainly on his way. Each made plenty of catches and scored plenty of touchdowns.

But they were respected as much by their peers and by coaches for their passionate blocking in the run game.

Little wonder his team finished near the bottom of the NFL last season in explosive run plays of 10 or more yards.

There is no question that a successful running game begins with a potent offensive line and skilled running backs. But once that back breaks into the secondary, the difference between him going for a contained gain or for huge yards is often determined by if his wide receivers are willing and effective blockers.

He has been sifting through America, through the Jaguars, giving it all a shake and a twirl. His NFL peers notice his resiliency and more.

A very impressive individual, a completely self-made guy, a guy working for a company while in school that he bought as well as owning an NFL team, Giants owner John Mara said. Very engaging, thoughtful, a great contributor to the league. He serves on the Health and Safety Committee, which I am on, and he is an impressive contributor there. He chairs the Business Ventures Committee, very important to the ownership. He’s on the Finance Committee. He’s worked with the television group. That’s a lot of important contributions in five years of ownership.

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins says he’ll play no matter when baby born

There won’t be any decision for Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to make. If his wife goes into labor and the Redskins have a game, Cousins will be playing.

Cousins’ wife, Julie, is due with their first child on Sept. 18 — a day after the Redskins play at the Los Angeles Rams.

The Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 10, but at least in that case he’d be near the hospital and could drive there after the game. But if they play in Los Angeles and she goes into labor, he’ll need to make a cross-country flight to join her.

“He just had surgery last week so it’s slow right now, but the plan with him is that he’d come back at some point during the year,” Telesco told the team’s website Saturday.

Mike Williams was activated from the physically unable to perform list and placed on the Chargers’ active roster to start the season.
Telesco also discussed the decision to remove rookie wide receiver Mike Williams from the physically unable to perform list, saying he was “very encouraged” by the rookie receiver’s progress as he recovers from a herniated disk. Telesco estimated that Williams was “maybe a couple of weeks” away from being able to practice.

Perryman injured his ankle in the Chargers’ preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks. At the time of his injury, the expected timetable for the linebacker’s return was two months.
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I felt helpless as I lay there on the ground handcuffed facing the real-life threat of being killed

This year, however, teams can upgrade from Nike’s Elite 51 uniform template to the Vapor Untouchable template (yes, the names are ridiculous, but try to ignore them), and most have done so. The good news is that the new template is Flywire-free; the bad news is that the new collar has its own mildly annoying Nike branding element: a little triangular badge at the base of the neckline. But that looks way, way better than the Flywire.
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I felt helpless as I lay there on the ground handcuffed facing the real-life threat of being killed, Bennett wrote. All I could think of was ‘I’m going to die for no other reason than I am black and my skin color is somehow a threat.’ My life flashed before my eyes as I thought of my girls. Would I ever play with them again?

Limited Kids Morgan Cox Jersey In addition, the Raiders waived wide receiver Jaydon Mickens from their injured reserve list with an injury settlement and terminated linebacker Jelani Jenkins from injured reserve, freeing the veteran to sign with another team.

As of Monday, the Raiders had not named anyone to the injured reserve list, an indication that injuries to guard Denver Kirkland (lower leg) and safety Keith McGill (broken foot) aren’t serious enough to declare them out for half the season.

Watkins said he hopes to expand to the east coast in the near future while the company looks to break into other leagues like the NBA, MLB and NHL.

We’re going by city and by sports franchise, but our goal is to cover all leagues and all teams, Watkins said.

the NFC East and NFC South are stronger overall divisions than the NFC West

The main reason things have unfolded like this in Baltimore is assuredly the same one that has kept any franchise from offering Kaepernick a job: Fear.

Fear of alienating fans and sponsors who disagree — and I’m putting it mildly — with Kaepernick’s groundbreaking national anthem protest.

And when I say signed, I mean with a strong likelihood of him getting under center during the 2017 campaign. I can’t envision any team being willing to endure all of the scrutiny that would come with acquiring Kaepernick using him as a third-string clipboard holder.

In 2017, the NFC East and NFC South are stronger overall divisions than the NFC West, which gives Seattle the path of least resistance to home-field advantage and its easiest ticket to a third conference title game in five years.
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By all accounts, the Falcons are using that Super Bowl collapse as fuel for 2017. Good idea, because every team in the division has the goods to challenge them just to get out of the NFC South. There could be an immediate payoff for the Panthers’ shakeup. The Buccaneers are poised to break through, or at least poised to face the expectations about breaking through. The Saints are hit-and-miss lately, but it’s never smart to assume they’ll keep missing.
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This is about perceived reputation, of both Burfict and Cincinnati. That’s not fair. If it’s anybody other than Burfict, it’s not a suspension. Sure, Burfict earned that reputation after a three-game suspension resulting from a hit on Antonio Brown in a 2016 AFC wild-card game, but this seems like way too prior history. Given the NFL’s inconsistent history of selective punishment off the field, it only creates a trap.

Lonzo Ball showed he’s more than a passer against the 76ers

Lonzo Ball had himself a game Wednesday against the 76ers. He stuffed the stat sheet with 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, five steals, and two blocks, becoming the first player in Summer League history to put up at least 30 points and 10 assists.

Authentic Youth David Schlemko Jersey These games are exhibitions, but it’s still impressive that Ball was the biggest contributor in his team fighting back from a 14-point deficit. He went from eight first-half points to 36 for the game and turned in a huge second-half performance that included a go-ahead and-1 layup with a few seconds left on the clock.

Ball is the most talked about prospect of this draft class. Even LeBron James showed up to the game to see what all the hype was about.

Kevin Pierre-Louis Authentic Jersey The NFL regular season is almost here, which means it’s time for teams to get their fanbases hyped. One way to do that is to create a new team slogan everyone can rally around. The Patriots created No Days Off during their Super Bowl parade, and now the Colts have created their own for the 2017 season.

There are many definitions of forged and none of them really make sense with this hashtag. The replies to the tweet were all from confused fans wondering what exactly the tweet was trying to convey. So far, it doesn’t look like the Colts have any answers.

The Colts have this tweet pinned to the top of their account, so at least for the moment they are going all-in on this hashtag. Maybe the backlash will get them to rethink whether to keep it in the long run.

Broncos’ Menelik Watson pulls off surprise proposal during Saturday’s game

Menelik Watson took an uneventful preseason game and turned it into the most memorable night of his life.

The Broncos right tackle surprised his girlfriend, Azania Stewart, with an in-game proposal on Saturday during the team’s third exhibition game against the Packers.

“It was her first NFL game,” Watson said, via the team’s website . “She’s about to head back overseas to start her season. She leaves tomorrow. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve been contemplating it. What a perfect time to do it: in our stadium, the first game, in front of a beautiful crowd. I’m not really a public person, but I just thought it would be something special that we could remember forever.”

Hank Aaron has weighed in on the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick, saying the quarterback is “getting a raw deal” from NFL owners.

The Baseball Hall of Famer spoke to Roland Martin of TV One on Wednesday and lamented Kaepernick’s situation.

“If you look at all the quarterbacks in the league right now, you have to say he is one, two, three, four. I don’t think anybody can do the things he could do. I just wish somebody would open up and give him a chance to do his thing,” Aaron said.

Okung fit in with a group of good-but-not-great left tackles who were receiving contracts worth around $11 million a season and $35 million in the first three years. The Chargers made him the highest-paid tackle in the NFL at $13.25 million a year and $39 million in the first three. The Chargers have whiffed on high-priced offensive linemen in recent years and will hope this is not another mistake.seahawks_084