Monthly Archives: April 2017

Curtis Samuel is so versatile, ESPN and NFL Network disagreed on his position

Limited Womens Phil Simms Jersey The Carolina Panthers are absolutely loaded up on multi-talented athletes, adding Stanford all-purpose back/return man Christian McCaffrey to ultimate dual-threat QB Cam Newton and then picking Ohio States Curtis Samuel, the guy who does so much stuff, neither NFL draft network listed the same position for him.

Ranking No. 3 on Ohio State in rushing and leading the team in receiving, Samuel raised plenty of questions about how exactly hed be used in the pros.

His combine profile listed him as a WR, he was technically listed as an H-back in college, and he can run back a punt or two if need be.

And on behalf of the five-time world champion Dallas Cowboys, Hall of Fame owner Jerry Jones, Gene Jones and the Jones family, Jason Garrett, all the Cowboys players that played before me, that played with me, and that played after me,Pearson said, with the 60th pick in the second round, the Cowboys select the defensive back from Colorado, Chidobe Awuzie.

Cowboys fans at the draft loved it. Eagles fans did not.
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We cant be certain that the ring Pearson flashed at the crowd at the end of his enthusiastic speech was his Super Bowl XII ring from the Cowboys win following the 1977 season. We do, however, think its a rational guess.

Pearson entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa, and proceeded to have a productive tenure in Dallas. The three-time Pro Bowler finished his Cowboys Ring of Honor career with 489 receptions for 7,822 yards and 48 touchdowns.

Allonzo Trier’s return makes Arizona a national championship contender

Logan Couture Kids Jersey Arizonas national championship aspirations received a big boost on Thursday. Allonzo Trier will return to college for his junior season, according to ESPNs Jeff Goodman. This could be exactly what Sean Miller needs to make his first Final Four since arriving in Tucson. This one is difficult to unpack. Hes a cornerback with top 10 potential, but whew are there concerns. Aside from the fact that he was kind of a one-year wonder at Ohio State, Conley also comes with recent rape accusations. If the Raiders are comfortable with the pick, then it could be a huge coup for the team.

Defensive linemen and pass rushers are always at a premium, so any chance to get one makes sense. Marcus Smith was a swing and a miss, so this is another chance. There are other spots that could use an upgrade, and giving Carson Wentz some help remains a priority, but Barnett makes sense.

Jordan Howard Kids Jersey Another quarterback needy team went up to get their guy, and the Texans went after the winner of the class. Houston needs someone who can come step in and win a Super Bowl with a team ready to compete, and Watsons the guy that makes the most sense for that role.

With no real face of the franchise at quarterback, there was a temptation to take a quarterback, but this was the right pick all along. Garrett proved himself as the best college football player in the nation ¡ª maybe even for the last two years. The Browns made the pick they shouldve made and didnt overthink it. Kudos.

Trading up to get the No. 2 pick cost the Bears a bunch of mid-round selections, but they felt good about taking a quarterback. Its questionable not only because of his lack of experience in college, but also because of the trade that wipes out a lot of value for a team that has much more needs than one. If Trubisky is the player they think he is, it makes sense. Thats a big if.

Nashville has brought some new players to their dance against Chicago.

The Blackhawks and Predators are familiar playoff foes. The pair faced off back in 2015 when the Blackhawks eliminated the Predators en route to another Stanley Cup.

From a 2015 Q&A Clement did with a Jersey paper:

MT: You have a unique name, is there any connection to Allen Iverson?

IC: Yeah, I kinda got named after him. He was big when I was born. My brother said you might as well name him Iverson since he liked him and my dad’s name is Allen.
College sports have had plenty of Shaqs and Kobes come through the recruiting pipeline in the last few years. There has not been a plethora of Iversons.

In addition to having a cool name story, Clement’s a nice get for the Gators. He’s rated as the No. 17 athlete in the 2018 class on the 247Sports Composite and a top-300 player overall. He plays his high school ball at Rancocas Valley.

Florida blog Alligator Army says:

If the Florida Gators have recruited any single position particularly well under Jim McElwain, it is running back. On Thursday, with the commitment of New Jersey athlete Iverson Clement, we got a reminder of that — and a glimpse of what it might be like to pair McElwain’s reputation for producing excellent runners with new running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider’s history of doing the same.

The Gators must now find a prospect named after Theo Ratliff and do their best to recreate the entire 2000 76ers roster in this recruiting class.
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Penguins and Pitt football will honor the late Dan Rooney with helmet decals

Pittsburgh is mourning the loss of Dan Rooney, the Steelers owner who died on Thursday at 84. The Steelers arent alone in their remembrance of Rooney, who later became U.S. ambassador to Ireland under Barack Obama. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Pitts football team have found their ways to pay respects to the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Jimmy Smith Limited Jersey Pitt is doing something similar on Saturday for the football teams spring game. They will also be wearing an emblem to honor Rooney, but theyre opting for the Steelers logo on the right side of their gold helmets.

Rooney changed the NFL in many ways, most notably through the Rooney Rule and the way he negotiated labor deals with players, making sure everyone was heard. At the least, this years defense will be more experienced. The Rams could start as many as eight seniors, and with more help, an aggressive linebacking corps could create havoc.
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CSU ranked 11th in linebacker havoc rate in 2016, a figure that would have meant more if the Rams hadnt also ranked 101st in defensive line havoc and, more importantly, 112th in defensive back havoc.

Of course, CSU arrived at that after a plethora of ups and downs. The defense was awful against Colorado and excellent against UTSA, mediocre for a few weeks in a row but great against Fresno State (even after adjusting for opponent). The awesome CSU offense played with a slow tempo and controlled the ball, which helped to keep some opponent scores pretty low, but when the defense had to step up, it couldnt with regularity.

McKenzie said at the recent NFL owners meetings that he wanted to get Carr’s extension done after the draft

Hunter Henry Womens Jersey Reports late last season had Carr in line for an Andrew Luck-type payday after the Indianapolis Colts’ QB signed a five-year, $123 million extension last summer. Carr said his agent Tim Younger and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie have been in constant communication.

“For me, I understand now that it’s a part of the game,” Carr said. “Forever, I was like, ‘Man, I just want to play ball. I don’t care about that.’ But, now I’m understanding what has to get done, so maybe I should care about it. I just ask questions to Tim and learning about the salary cap and these things and this and that. It’s just a lot of numbers that go over my head.
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“But the communication from both sides has been great. They let me know exactly where they’re at, what they’re trying to do. We let them know where we’re at, what we’re trying to do. So it hasn’t been hard — it’s been easy.”

McKenzie said at the recent NFL owners meetings that he wanted to get Carr’s extension done after the draft. The Raiders have about $27.6 million in salary-cap space.

“We’re a family, so we’re just trying to figure all of that out,” Carr said. “They’ve been talking a little bit to build it, but I’ll let them handle that, and hopefully it just gets done before training camp. Because once football, training camp starts, I won’t even answer my phone if it has to do with that.”

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.

Nobody competes with the NHL in February aside from the NBA

Hold on to your butts, sports fans, because the next time you turn on CBS and expect to hear brilliant insight from Phil Simms, such as, “I know Brock Osweiler is not Tom Brady,” you won’t. You know what you’ll hear instead? Brilliant (or not, there’s no way of knowing yet) insight from Tony Romo.

That’s right: On Tuesday it was announced that the Cowboy’s old quarterback is going to replace Phil Simms as the lead analyst for CBS alongside Jim Nantz.

Way to go, Tony Romo. You just found yourself on the highest rung of a corporate ladder without having to climb a single one. Guess that’s what happens when you’re a football guy who still has decent vertical ups — you jump right to the top.

But why stop there, Tony Romo? Why not infiltrate all of CBS’s programming? Here at SB Nation, James Dator and I took it upon ourselves to imagine the roles you could play on other TV shows. Think about it. Also, you’re welcome.

Team USA’s gold medal run that fell short spectacularly in Vancouver is among my favorite sports-watching memories. I get passionate when Team USA mishandles their roster every year. The Olympics and World Juniors are my favorite events because they show off the best possible players.

But I can’t deny that some of the NHL’s arguments make sense. Nobody competes with the NHL in February aside from the NBA, and those are two different audiences with little crossover. Shutting down for two weeks isn’t great for the sport if players are heading across the globe to play.

Amateurs in the Olympics could be fun. The NHL could be back in the Olympics in 2022. This could be fine. In the meantime, though, we have endure the NHL hitting national headlines for bad reasons again and fret about the future of the sport.

It all sucks. It’s all complicated. It’s all exhausting. Indifference seems so much easier than being a hockey fan.
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The Texans still managed to win the AFC South

Both the Texans and the Broncos have stacked rosters. They have elite defenses and top-tier receivers, but they were hamstrung by mediocre quarterback play last season. The Texans still managed to win the AFC South, and even a playoff game, but need stability under center to compete for a Super Bowl. The Broncos missed the playoffs only one year removed from winning the Super Bowl, and much of their struggles can be attributed to the inconsistent play of Siemian and Lynch last year.

Elite Womens Malcolm Mitchell Jersey There are not many options left, but both teams still have a few options to land a new quarterback.

We have already entered the later stages of free agency, but there are a few intriguing quarterbacks who have yet to find a home. Colin Kaepernick could be the best option on the market, but the main reason he hasn’t been signed yet probably has little to do with football.
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The 2016 national championship is destined to be remembered forever as an all-time classic thanks to its pristine play and sensational finish. History will never look as favorably on its 2017 counterpart. That matters to some people, but none of the parties involved. — Read more from Mike Rutherford

Small forward Justin Jackson, the ACC’s reigning Player of the Year, probably won’t stick around to defend that title. Jackson is widely regarded as a rising first-round pick in June’s draft, and winning the title affords him the chance to leave school at the perfect time. His value isn’t going up if he spends another year in Chapel Hill.

Pitbull, please come to the Final Four to honor Frank Martin

Hello, Dale to you, good sir. We would like to make a modest proposal on behalf of South Carolina basketball head coach Frank Martin: Please come to Arizona to appear during the Final Four.

Frank Martin loves you, Mr. Bull. His appreciation of your music and approach to life has been well-documented over the years, and now his Gamecocks are in the Final Four for the first time in the team’s history. There would be no better occasion than now to surprise him with a visit and perhaps even a song.

We understand your schedule is very busy and that you are set to appear at Wrestlemania on Sunday, but please consider a brief detour the day before to return to the Final Four like 2017 so you can make Frank’s day as memorable as possible. You see, his team embody so many of your life lessons.
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Before the tournament nobody thought they would get this far, but then the world realized that they …

At this moment, McGloin must be considered the favorite in that race.
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As for the Texans, they are simply playing out the string in a highly disappointing season. The real question for Houston is whether it believes enough in Case Keenum to keep him as a franchise quarterback instead of drafting a signal-caller in the first round next May. The answer may be obvious, after Keenum was benched for Matt Schaub.

Bayless Parsley of Battle Red Blog summed up the game grimly:

There is no need to go any further here. Everyone saw what happened. Everyone saw the exchange between Schaub and Andre Johnson on the sideline at the end of the game. The image of Johnson walking into the locker room, alone, his head down as the boos rained on Reliant, is perhaps the saddest moment of the 2017 season.