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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.

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.

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

Kings offer Otto Porter Jr. a 4-year, $100 million deal that Wizards plan to match, per report

The Sacramento Kings have offered restricted free agent Otto Porter Jr. a max offer sheet, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes and Marc J. Spears. Porter hasn’t accepted the offer sheet, but he will if the Washington Wizards fail to match it, per report.

However, the Wizards have repeatedly said that they will match any offer sheet that Porter signs this summer. The 24-year-old forward notched career highs with 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 43.4 percent shooting from three last season, clearing the way for Porter and his agent to demand a four-year max deal worth almost $100 million.
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When two-time MVP and two-time NBA champion Stephen Curry entered the league in 2010, he was rated a 69. Sixty-nine! At the end of last season, he was a 94. Rudy Gobert had similar results, entering the league as a raw athlete in 2014 with the tender rating of a 53. Now, the Frenchman’s a perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate who ended the 2016-17 season at an 81 overall.

The list goes on and on. Players get better (or worse) as the season goes on, and their NBA 2K rating fluctuates weekly — sometimes daily — with their play. It’s a vicious cycle for those fringe players who care about their video-game selves, and an even more cruel punishment for the fans who use those players every day.

A. J. Pollock Elite Jersey That said, NBA 2K18 is exactly two months away, and a few notable players discovered their ratings in advance of the drop date. Some of their reactions were priceless:

Even if Utah was able to move Favors without taking salary back, then waive Diaw to create space for Porter’s max contract, the Wizards are expected to match any competing offer. That would leave the Jazz without two key players and on the outside looking in — yet again — for another free agent pursuit.

And if there’s anything worse than losing your star player, it’s losing more in pursuit of another.

In which Suns fans became jealous of The Process

The Process is a concept invented by fans of the Philadelphia 76ers to cope with a half-decade-long rebuild project that, in its early years, prioritized losing over everything else, including player development. While former general manager Sam Hinkie is most closely associated with The Process and the mantra that supports it — Trust the Process — the whole thing is entirely a fan creation.
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How about four wins in five games? San Antonio is 4-1 this month, taking advantage of a soft schedule but also knocking off the 16-10 Washington Mystics. It has been a mix of opportunity and improved play, and much of that stems from increased playing time for Plum.

The Stars are 5-0 when Plum plays 30-plus minutes, and while she missed that number this week, she did receive 25 and 28 minutes in San Antonio’s two games. In a win against Atlanta, Plum scored 10 points and dropped six assists, and in a loss to Chicago, recorded eight points and eight assists. It didn’t have to be fancy — just simple, effective passing like this.

Myles Garrett Limited Jersey The WNBA’s best team is still doing fine — their league-best 21-4 record shows that clearly. But after losing twice in the opening two months of the season, they’ve now dropped two games in a week. Last Sunday, they lost a two-point game against the Indiana Fever, and on Friday, it was a six-point defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Sparks. They still easily have the league’s best record, and with only nine games remaining, they should retain that without any problems. But if you were waiting for the Lynx to show signs of weaknesses, this week brought it.

This good dog just wants to watch the Vikings beat the Bills and maybe take a nap

The Vikings played the Bills on Thursday in their first game of the NFL preseason. Case Keenum looked great, throwing for 121 yards and — check out this good dog watching the game!

This good pup even showed up wearing a team bandana. It doesn’t look too energetic, though. But can you blame this very good dog? It was the fourth quarter by then and Minnesota was already up a touchdown. Who knows how long the family was there before the game. Time to go home and take a nap.

They say don’t read into the preseason too much but we kind of want to this time around. We need more good dogs attending football games throughout the regular season.

Another name to watch is Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith. A highly touted prospect out of Notre Dame, Smith was a potential top-five draft pick before he suffered a devastating knee injury in his team’s bowl game. The Cowboys took him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but he missed his entire rookie year recovering. Now Smith is healthy enough to see some football action, and he’s set to make his debut in this game. If Smith plays up to his potential, he’ll be a big upgrade to a defense that was average at best last season.

“I hope — again I can’t speak, I haven’t really talked to our team about it — I would hope that we don’t have those issues,” Jackson said via Dan Labbe of

The violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., where a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of people, injuring 19 and killing one, highlight the need for thoughtful discourse about race in America. That’s what players are trying to accomplish with the anthem protests, and given the ongoing — and often heated — discussion on this topic, the protests are raising awareness of inequality.