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Chiefs vs. Broncos 2017 game preview: AFC West lead decided on Sunday night

The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos meet in a vital divisional matchup on Sunday night. Head coach Andy Reid has turned the Chiefs around in one season, while Peyton Manning is breaking NFL records in his second year with Denver. This game will answer some of the league’s biggest questions, and give a better sense of where these two teams stand entering the playoffs.

Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense are sustaining numbers that Elite Womens Malcolm Mitchell Jersey seem impossible: First in the NFL in scoring at over 40 points, while averaging 450 yards of offense.

The team’s weakness from a year ago has rectified itself with newfound reliability from running back Knowshon Moreno. He leads the Broncos with 521 yards and eight touchdowns. This has allowed the offense to become more balanced, and more consistent in short-yardage situations.

Jacksonville feels good about their newest head coach, Gus Bradley, even if they’re 1-8 on the season. Bradley is a defensive specialist, and he has portions of the Jags defense performing to expectations. They have the No. 13 pass defense in the NFL, allowing 235.9 yards per game. Unfortunately, that’s coupled with the No. 32 rushing defense, allowing 153.0 rushing yards per game.

Arizona hasn’t been a team that enjoys too many stat advantages over other teams, so the Jaguars don’t have to worry about those stats too much. Arizona has the No. 24 rushing offense in the league at 93.6 yards per game on average, but the No. 19 pass offense. Smart money is on the Jaguars allowing few yards Authentic Anze Kopitar Jersey through the air, but if the Cardinals have a big game running, it could be bad news.

George Mason’s manager somehow spotted a lost contact lens from across the court

Having a stellar vision on the court makes basketball players look magical. A sneaky pass here and there makes them look super human. But then there’s otherworldly vision, one that apparently allows you to find a contact lens.

The interview barely made it past introductions before everything started to crumble. One of his children doesn’t just walk into the room, she struts into the room. Special props here for not yelling “dad” as soon as she entered, but she’s sauntering up like a silent assassin and lingering right behind dad.

Then baby sees an opening and rolls into the room like it’s nothing. Baby gets some surprising speed here, and that’s impressive. A woman tries as hard as she can to get everything under control, but it’s too late. The interview has been interrupted, you can hear BBC producers laughing and — in her attempt to get the kids out of the office — she knocks some books off the table.

Go viral? Yes. Get weird? No. Robert, there is nothing to be embarrassed about. We love you and your children. Don’t feel bad about what happened. Nobody is looking down on you. Just watch out for that baby because that’s a future NASCAR driver in the making.

Seven Golden Eagles had at least five tackles for loss, seven had at least two sacks, and eight defensed at least three passes. That’s some chaos right there.

Of course, there was a down side. While Southern Miss allowed just 144 gains of 10-plus yards (ninth in FBS), they allowed 21 of 40-plus (112th). They were not interested in giving up medium-sized gains — it was all or nothing. That gets you graded pretty highly on the SASM scale.

A reasonable number of these chaos guys are back, and they’ll have company in the form of newcomers.
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John Lynch: Colin Kaepernick left ‘excited’ after visit

Colin Kaepernick has touched base with his employer.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback visited the team’s Santa Clara headquarters on Wednesday, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

“I would characterize it as a really positive discussion … Colin left excited,” new general manager John Lynch told KNBR-AM in San Francisco after the visit.

The meeting comes one day after Lynch told 95.7 The Game that he and first-year coach Kyle Shanahan planned to “communicate” with the 29-year-old signal-caller, saying: “I think that’s very important for both sides. Like everything else, that process is well in the works. We’ll continue to do that and we’ll be very up-front with him, in terms of what we’re thinking and we’ll want to know what he’s thinking, as well.”

Player X Making Strides In Rehab Program is one of the most well-worn offseason tropes in the game. Especially popular is rehab footage of a player — typically in recovery from a lower-body malady of some sort — doing work in the pool. We saw it last month with Cardinals running back David Johnson, who straight-up jumped out of his swimming hole a month after suffering the type of knee injury that would leave you or I on a death bed.

Packers running back Eddie Lacy suffered a season-ending ankle injury in October. It would behoove Lacy, a pending free agent, to send a message to the public (read: potential employers in Green Bay and elsewhere) that indicates he is working his way back toward full health. Throw up the AquaBat Signal!

Last offseason, Lacy was the subject of another popular offseason trope: Player Y In The Best Shape Of His Life. For Lacy, that narrative began when the beefy running back took part in a series of workouts with P90X founder Tony Horton.

Tuesday’s video doesn’t give us much insight into Lacy’s current level of fitness, but let’s go ahead and consider it a positive sign he’s not in the pool with his shirt on.

2015 fantasy football wide receiver bust candidates to consider

Drafting a running back who goes bust is understandable; there are only so many strong running backs in a given season, and you have to take a chance on someone. Injuries or ineffectiveness are endemic to the position. At wide receiver, though, there’s less excuse. The position is the deepest one in fantasy, so picking the wrong one can be even more frustrating; there was another guy right there who did come through.

So below, we’re looking at some guys who are ranked higher than perhaps their 2015 projections might deserve. And when I saw “we,” I mean “I,” as bust candidates are inherently subjective. Still, these are the guys who have me wary entering drafts this season:

Here’s where I will say that I didn’t really think playing outside linebacker catered to his skill set. I still believe playing defensive end in a 4-3, even at a little under 6’2, would’ve been the move for Ingram. But players don’t get to choose which teams draft them or which scheme their team uses. At least at that point, it appeared that Ingram was making the best of it.

Then he tore his ACL in the spring of 2013 during OTAs. Ingram missed valuable and needed technique work before he returned for the last four games that year. I’m not really sure if it was the best idea to play him at that time, but at least Ingram did get some sorely needed reps. He even recorded the second sack of his career in a Week 16 contest against the Raiders.

Ingram took that little bit of momentum into the offseason and once again looked poised to breakout and finally be the dominant pass rusher the Chargers drafted him to be.

DeMarco Murray might get the $8 million he wants

DeMarco Murray is making his decision soon, and some team is probably going to overpay. Reports say he wants $8 million per season, and with the way running back contracts are going thus far into free agency, he might just get it. That’s a lot of money for a running back coming off the first full 16-game season of his career and a workload of 450 touches in the regular season alone.

Running backs have made a surprising Amari Cooper Authentic Jersey amount of money so far in free agency.

Look at the evidence in 28 career games from Thanksgiving week through the end of the season, which equates to 32.1 percent of his career starts since entering the league in 2011:

Newton has a record Andre Holmes Authentic Jersey of 22-6. He is 27-31-1 in all other games.

Newton has a completion percentage of 60.8, compared to a career percentage of 59.2.

Newton has thrown 48 touchdown passes to only 12 interceptions. That’s 37.5 percent of his career TD passes and 16.9 percent of his interceptions.

Newton has averaged 49.9 yards rushing a game compared to 39.9 for his career. He’s scored 18 rushing touchdowns, 38.3 of his total.

The Panthers (4-6) need Newton to continue this trend if they are to continue a push to get into the playoff picture, beginning with Sunday’s game at Oakland (8-2).

At his current rate, he’s headed for the worst season of his career in several key statistics.

Obviously, it’s a more talented group of running backs on the market in 2015. Gore can be productive in an offense that doesn’t need to grind for 30 carries a game, and he has Boom Herron to spell him. Ingram is just coming into his own and is only 25. Those deals make some sense.

Source: Josh Reddick, Astros agree on 4-year, $52 million deal

The Houston Astros and free-agent outfielder Josh Reddick have agreed on a four-year, $52 million contract, a source close to the situation told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The agreement, which is subject to a physical, was first reported by Yahoo! Sports and confirmed by ESPN.

In 155 combined games between the Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Dodgers, Reddick hit .281 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 37 RBIs, while also providing steady defense in right field.

This was McCann’s third season in New York after signing an $85 million, five-year deal as a free agent. The Yankees had a $15 million option for 2019 with no buyout.

“I wanted to catch every day,” he said. “I feel like I still have a lot of good years left.”

McCann likes what he sees in the Astros, praising “a lot of great young pieces.”

“I wanted to be a part of it,” he said.

The 21-year-old Abreu was a combined 3-8 with Brett Favre Authentic Womens Jersey a 3.72 ERA for two teams in Class A. The 20-year-old Guzman was a combined 3-4 with a 4.05 ERA with two rookie-level teams.

The Yankees signed McCann in the winter prior to the 2014 season, with a full no-trade clause. McCann is entering the fourth year of the contract.

The deal includes a vesting option that, in theory, he will now have a better chance of achieving. If McCann has a total of 1,000 plate appearances combined in 2017-18 and he plays 90 games at catcher in 2018, while avoiding the disabled list, he would add another $15 million for 2019.

With the Yankees, it would seem unlikely Brian Robison Authentic Womens Jersey he would reach those goals, unless Sanchez underperformed or were injured. With McCann gone, the Yankees have catchers Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka as possible backups to Sanchez on the 40-man roster.

Robert Quinn rejoins Rams after being discharged from hospital

Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn watched practice in sweatpants and a beanie late Tuesday afternoon, one day after being in the hospital with a non-football-related illness.

Quinn was discharged early on Tuesday Cordy Glenn Authentic Jersey and was at the team facility for morning meetings. Rams coach Jeff Fisher didn’t provide specifics on Quinn’s condition, but said they “got good results back” and that he will be “day-to-day” with regard to playing in Sunday’s home game against the Miami Dolphins.

Bobby Johnson made a pivotal catch for the New York Giants in 1986, when they trailed the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter of Week 12. Quarterback Phil Simms found Johnson on fourth-and-17, putting the Giants within range for Raul Allegre’s game-winning 33-yard field goal.

The 22-20 victory propelled the Giants Corey Graham Authentic Jersey into the postseason and, eventually, to their Super Bowl XXI win over John Elway and the Denver Broncos.

Johnson, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Kansas, recorded 81 catches and 15 touchdowns his first two seasons in New York.

“Bobby was the mystery guy for a long time,” said Bill Parcells, who coached the Giants from 1983 to 1990. “No one really knew about him.”

Johnson might have appeared mysterious on the surface, but, in reality, he was hiding something from his teammates: He was addicted to crack cocaine.

The day’s first meal has proved a crucial building block in what’s become a tight bond between Giants QB Eli Manning and young center Weston Richburg.

“It was just a social gathering one night,” Johnson said of his first encounter with the drug, sometime in the middle of the 1986 season. “We were at my place. Somebody said, ‘Try this.’ I had never tried it before. I thought my will was strong enough just to try it that one time and continue on with my life. But no. That one hit changed my life forever.”

The more Johnson began using, the more he struggled to honor his commitment to football. He began arriving late to meetings and practices and almost missed kickoff for the Giants NFC Championship Game against the Washington Redskins.

Johnson’s erratic behavior was overlooked when the team shared the joy of winning Super Bowl XXI, and of receiving the championship rings.

He tried to explain an 0-10 season.

Flood has that following partly for what he did on the field

Flood played 15 seasons the big leagues, but his greatest impact came away from the field. It’s easy to do, by the way. Despite all of the things father did for baseball, I’m getting a lot of feedback that he’s not going to make it to Cooperstown, but I ‘t believe that, said Flood, one of ‘s five children. uses action as well as words while promoting her late father for the Hall of Fame. Among other things, she has spent the last five years or trying to get Flood elected through a vibrant Facebook fan that has gone from 135 folks before she took the over to more than 2 and counting.

Flood has that following partly for what he did on the field, but mostly for how he never sacrificed his convictions away from it. fact, to supporters of this Martavis Bryant Authentic Womens Jersey magnificent center fielder for the Cardinals during the 1960s with the striking social consciousness, it’s Cooperstown or bust. I believe it’s going to happen due time, continued over the phone from her home Los Angeles. It might not happen lifetime, but I know it eventually happen. Everything I’ve been involved with over the last five years tells me that people recognize his contribution, and they believe he needs to be honored. Yes, Flood does. Even though he died 1997, he still lives ways, exemplified by more than a few things recent years. There was that conference run by the Buck O’Neil Professional Scouts Maurkice Pouncey Authentic Womens Jersey and Coaches Association that spent much of its weekend 2011 honoring Flood’s memory Oakland, his native city. was the keynote speaker, and she received a standing ovation after she urged those present to spread the lessons of her dad to youth. Just last year, Flood was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments the field and at the plate with potent Cardinals teams. He earned seven Gold Glove Awards, three All- Game trips, two World Series rings and enough momentum a daily lineup with Lou, Cepeda and to finish with a lifetime batting average of.293 after 15 seasons.

There also is the Flood-inspired program this weekend Kansas City, where the Negro League Baseball Museum hold a two-day event entitled, A Supreme Decision: The Flood Symposium. Which brings us to the primary reason Flood still lives: Did you what Kershaw got from the Dodgers earlier this year? of today’s deals rival the economies of medium-sized countries, and it all goes back to Flood refusing a trade on Oct. 7, from the Cardinals to the Phillies. His act of unprecedented defiance over the reserve clause, which restricted player movement from team to team, led to the Flood Rule, which allowed those with 10 years of experience to veto trades. Then, after Flood continued his protest over the reserve clause by sitting out the 1970, he played only a few games for the Washington Senators 1971 before retiring to follow his legal fight all the way to the United States Supreme Court. He lost, but he eventually won. 1972, the Supreme Court ruled favor of League Baseball’s attempt to keep the status quo. But three years later, arbitrator’s ruling accomplished what Flood sought from the start by abolishing the reserve clause. Just like that, free agency was born, and were the gigantic salaries for players and the eternal legacy of Flood’s courage. Flood still lives, all right, and he does each of the seven Dodgers players who make $15 million or more this.

Another NFL player is retiring early

LOADHOLT HANGS IT UP: Phil Loadholt is expected to announce his retirement today. The Vikings right tackle is hanging it up at 30. Injuries took a pretty heavy toll on his last two seasons, including a torn Achilles that put him on the shelf for all of 2015.

TRAINING CAMP TIME! Football is back, in practice form. Camps are starting up around the NFL this week. Here’s the schedule.

J.J. WATT PROMISES TO BE BACK SOON: He wrote a note to fans this weekend and posted it on Twitter, promising to be on the field again soon.

MVP ODDS: Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Authentic Thomas Rawls Jersey Cam Newton are the three favorites to win the MVP award this year. Russell Wilson and Tom Brady rounded out the top five list, all QBs.

“I’ve got some news to share with you guys,” Jennings says, smiling. “Football is over. I’m done. No more big hits. No more, ‘Touchdown, Greg Jennings.'”

Jennings clarified that while he is done playing Authentic Tony McDaniel Jersey football, he may not be done with football entirely.

“At least within the lines of a football field, I’m done, and I’m excited to be done,” Jennings said.

Jennings, 32, was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent his first seven years with the Packers and enjoyed success catching passes from Aaron Rodgers. Jennings’ career peak was between 2007-10, when he averaged 69 catches, 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns per season.

In 2013, Jennings signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Vikings, but his production quickly declined. He had 59 catches for 742 yards and six touchdowns in 2014, but Minnesota decided to save the cap hit and released him. Jennings joined the Dolphins on a two-year deal worth $8 million, but he did even less, recording just 19 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins wasted little time cutting Jennings in the offseason.

The decline in productivity and the fact that he remained a free agent since being cut by the Dolphins surely contributed to Jennings’ decision to retire, and he seems pleased with the choice.

CINCY CUTS MAYS: Bengals cut safety Taylor Mays with training camp days away. The Bengals won’t have Mays back for a second tour of duty after the team surprisingly cut him over the weekend. That leaves the team with multiple vacant roster spots entering next week when training camp opens.