Wide receiver. This group is a far cry from the one new head coach Sean McVay got to work with in Washington. Tavon Austin isn’t a true No. 1 wideout (even though he’s being paid like one). Neither is free-agent pickup Robert Woods from Buffalo. The Rams also don’t have a first-round pick to spend on the position after trading it to Tennessee last year for the chance to select quarterback Jared Goff.
Quarterback. The 49ers face a franchise-altering decision come draft night — select a QB with the No. 2 overall pick or continue to wait in hopes of acquiring Washington’s Kirk Cousins whether via trade or free agency by the 2018 offseason. In the meantime, journeyman Brian Hoyer is set to handle the starting reigns for his seventh different NFL team.
There was a feeling Thursday night that Yoenis Cespedes may miss some time with an injury, but no one was truly positive.
Well, everyone is positive now.
This comes after the Mets lost their sixth consecutive games and 10 of their last 11. Cespedes is hitting .270 on the season but leading the team in home runs (6), walks (11) and doubles (4). He was second on the team in RBI (10) and base hits (17).
Since coming over to the Mets in a trade from the Tigers, the Cuban Cheap Barcelona Jerseys native 89 home runs and drove in 243 runs in 356 games.
Juan Lagares replaced Cespedes Thursday night, but it’s uncertain if he’ll be the first option in Cespedes’ absence.
A player involved in an active rape investigation: first-round pick. One caught on video punching a woman and breaking bones in her face: second-round pick. One previously charged twice in incidents with his children’s mother, once for throwing her to the ground and once for biting her: fourth-round pick.
One arrested and accused of dragging his girlfriend across the floor a month before the draft: third-round pick. One charged a week before the draft with hitting a woman outside a bar, knocking her tooth out and knocking her unconscious: sixth-round pick.
Those picks, respectively, are Gareon Conley, Joe Mixon, Dede Westbrook, Jourdan Lewis and Caleb Brantley.
It feels like more than a mere coincidence that both Rice and Hardy have been back in the news lately. Rice will be part of a presentation to players and staff this season about social responsibility, according to ESPN, speaking of the repercussions on his life from hitting his then-fiancee in 2014.
Lynch, though, didn’t sound like he was in a hurry to part ways with Bowman. In fact, Lynch offered high praise for how Bowman has handled the rehabilitation process that Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China should also have him medically cleared by training camp.
“He didn’t blink when we drafted Reuben and signed Malcolm,” Lynch said. “Like every other position, we’re going to let competition bring out the best in all of them. I think that will happen with NaVorro. We all know what he’s done in this league.
Just the fact Foster and Bowman should be ready to play — period — is good news amid the gloom-and-doom scenarios as Lynch and Shanahan begin their efforts to rebuild the 49ers.
Just a few years ago, the 49ers, Seahawks and Cardinals (sorry, Rams) battled at the top of the NFL’s best division. The NFC West peaked in 2013, when all three contenders reached at least 10 wins.
Now, based on Bovada.lv’s win totals for the 2017 season, the NFC West is the worst division in pro football.
SN added Bovada’s win totals (as of May 9) of all four teams in each division. The results are group totals to help us rank the league’s divisions and settle the argument before it starts: Which division is the NFL’s toughest?
The league would rather give multiple chances to an unproven or unsuccessful quarterback than a back with too much mileage … and that mileage number gets smaller every year.
And that’s why Fournette and McCaffrey, and Elliott and Bell, and all the other young backs storming the gates, only have a few years of a rosy future to which they can look forward.
They could be the catalysts for major change on the field and in the market … unless they’re not.
The Texans also need the bond Watson can immediately forge with Cheap NBA Basketball Jerseys fellow Clemson product DeAndre Hopkins. Their top wide receiver was underused and inefficient (78 catches, 954 yards, four TDs on 151 targets last season) with Osweiler and Savage after a big season in 2015. That’s unacceptable for a No. 1 with so much talent.
The Texans simply aren’t good enough around QB to dominate the South. Things are progressing in Indianapolis and Tennessee as the health of Luck and Mariota improves. The Colts and Titans have shot up offensively with better lines to match impressive arrays of skill-position players.
The immaculate season of Russell Westbrook is over.
The Houston Rockets, who are excellent, dispatched Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 to move on in the West. Westbrook left this season the way he lived it: scoring like a maniac New York Jets Cheap Jerseys and watching his bench give up a lead. (In Game 5, the Thunder were +12 in Westbrook’s 42 minutes and -18 in the six minutes he sat. OKC lost by six. This was a common thread throughout the series.)
Toronto, down two games to none, is already on the ropes. We can all see that. However, the Raptors can remember that this happened again last year, too, only to bounce back once the series returned to Canada and tie it up at two. That series, even then, never felt all that close. But two wins would make things more competitive, no doubt, to say the least. It’s a good place to start.
To have a chance at it, the Raptors need DeRozan to be so much better, starting immediately. DeRozan had a 33- and 32-point game in the final three of the Bucks series, which proved instrumental, and he wasn’t terrible in Game 1 against Cleveland, even as they swept to a win. On Friday, DeRozan needs to look like an overmatched wing and look like the All-Star starter he was this year.
It’s Toronto’s only small chance at making this series competitive, anyhow. “Hockey men” think that hockey can’t work in the desert. “Hockey men” think that European players are soft. “Hockey men” think that dropping the gloves is a far better way to prove a point to an opponent on the ice than scoring a goal. “Hockey men” think nothing of saying they’d love to punch their own employees because their analysis of a game contradicts everything they think they know.
The Senators and Rangers played in one of the wackiest Stanley Cup playoff games on Saturday. A 6-5 double-overtime tilt ended after New York squandered a pair of leads and Pageau capped off his historic evening with his fourth goal.
Yes, four goals. A hat trick plus some. In a Stanley Cup playoff game. Only 11 players in NHL history have hit that mark in the postseason, with Johan Franzen being the last to do so in 2010.
Those types of games are series-changing statement games. Instead of heading into New York tied 1-1, the Senators have a two-game lead with the potential to do some real damage to the Rangers at home. After being given the short shrift by many for being a boring team, the Senators countered with quite the offensive comeback.
And, while of course it’s nice to write about Henrik Lundqvist and Craig Anderson standing on their head, high-scoring hockey games in the postseason are a nice change of pace. Especially heart-stopping, overtime ones decided by a player’s fourth goal of the game.
The Isles have a lot of upcoming forwards with scoring Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys skills (Josh Ho-Sang, Anthony Beauvillier, Mathew Barzal, Michael Dal Colle, and Kieffer Bellows), but none of them play the power-forward game like Rasmussen. The 6’6, 215-pound center could become a net-front presence on the power play for the Islanders’ skilled forwards to finish plays with.
Outside of Tippett, nobody in the draft owns a shot like Tolvanen. The 18-year-old’s NHL-ready shot netted 30 goals in 52 games in the USHL last year, and he’ll join Boston College as a freshman in 2017-18. Rounding out the other aspects of his game may take time, but you can’t teach innate scoring prowess.
The Jazz started this game down 2-1 in the series to the Clippers and were in a must-win situation before heading back to Los Angeles for Game 5. There was good news for Cheap Dolphins Jerseys the Jazz as Rudy Gobert would be making his return, but before the game, it was also announced that Gordon Hayward was suffering from food poisoning. Hayward tried to play but ultimately left after nine minutes, unable to return.
The one obvious “card” they can play is Jusuf Nurkic, who may finally be available after an injury kept him out of the opening two matchups. Nurkic gives Portland a real center, which will help the makeshift lineups involving Al-Farouq Aminu and Noah Vonleh they’ve been throwing out there.
Still, the Warriors haven’t really got a breakout game from Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson yet, with Curry leading the team in scoring in Game 2 with just 19 points. One of those two going off soon seems inevitable. Draymond Green, meanwhile, had one of the most incredible games you’ll see in the series opener, recording this line: 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocks, three steals on 6-of-10 shooting.
Giles is another player who should be on the radar for any team Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys with multiple first rounders. He was a legend on the AAU circuit who was considered the best player in high school basketball from a young age before repeated knee injuries slowed his rise. He didn’t look like future superstar at Duke as a freshman, but there’s still time if he can get healthy. He’s worth a flyer for a Nets team desperate for star power.
Strange things happen when Lance Stephenson is in a Pacers uniform. The Cavaliers aren’t good right now, and turning it on doesn’t mean going from objectively bad to amazing in a moment’s notice. Cleveland will be better than they have been, but is that enough? It’s enough to beat the weirdo Pacers, but not easily. Cavaliers in seven. A series win with baaaaad omens.
It’s not the best class for interior defensive linemen, so Washington would be lucky to have the chance to take McDowell to upgrade a defense that was below average in almost every major statistical category.
Wistert’s place as a Michigan legend is secure along with his brothers Whitey and Alvin, and the tackle was a six-time All-Pro selection and a key player for the Eagles’ NFL championship teams in 1949 and 1950. Wistert passed away in 2016. Philadelphia retired Wistert’s jersey.
Law enjoyed a career in which he was a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. He finished with 53 career interceptions and seven TDs, with his signature coming on a pick six against Kurt Warner in Super Bowl XXXVI. Law’s numbers appear good enough to get him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
There are a couple of recent prominent examples of college programs hiring high school coaches for on-field roles that come to mind. While he didn’t end up being hired in the end, Michigan wouldn’t have been able to entertain Michael Johnson Sr. in the way it did just a few months ago if the Lakers Cheap Jerseys rule was already in place.
Former Miami coach Al Golden also hired Ice Harris, a South Florida Make Cheap Jerseys Online legend who had led Booker T. Washington high school to three state championships.
Dean Blandino will be leaving the NFL in order to take a job on television, according to reports.
Ogunbowale finished his Badgers career with 319 carries for 1,518 yards (4.8-yard average) and 13 touchdowns, plus 60 receptions for 507 yards and two scores. He displayed explosiveness out of the backfield late in his senior year; he averaged 12.8 yards per catch vs. Iowa and 20.7 yards against Purdue.
His work during the week leading up to the East-West Shrine Game also turned heads.
Ogunbowale projects well as a third-down back initially who can grow into a larger role in the NFL. He showed with the Badgers he can be a good blocker, and if he adds size to his 5-11, 205-pound frame, his role in the league could also expand.
The Cardinals probably will go quarterback in the second round and could go cornerback here, but Howard is just too good to pass up here. He has a skill set like Carolina’s Greg Olsen and adding him would give the Cardinals a potential Pro Bowler and immediate upgrade.
The Packers would consider a corner like Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey, Ohio Kids Football Jerseys Cheap State’s Gareon Conley or LSU’s Tre-Davious White here, but Peppers is a superb athlete Cheap Full Dye Softball Jerseys who would give the Packers a Swiss Army knife. Peppers could be used as a safety, a nickel linebacker, over a slot receiver and as a return specialist. He also would help the Packers overcome the loss of Micah Hyde and might even be an upgrade over Hyde.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested on Sunday night for possession of marijuana after being pulled over for speeding, according to Arrowhead Pride.
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More on the matchup: Although there have been ups and downs for both teams this season, the Saints and Cowboys have positioned themselves well for a strong second-half run and a return to the playoffs. Both teams sit atop their divisions, with the Saints also in contention for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
Dallas and New Orleans are improved defensively from last season, but the offense is the headline act for both teams. Dallas will enter the game fourth in the NFL in scoring, while New Orleans isn’t far behind at No. 7. Drew Brees and Tony Romo will get a lot of the attention on Sunday night, with a good chance of a shootout if the defenses can’t keep up. Either way, the game won’t lack star power, and the winner could have a leg up on potential playoff seeding with head-to-head results being one of the top tiebreakers.
Now, the question is suddenly whether or not Marc Trestman and the Bears can win with Cutler at all. Chicago is 4-4 with Jay Cutler as the starter, and 1-0 with McCown (though, to be fair, that win came against the Packers as they lost Rodgers to a collarbone injury).
Cutler returned last week against the Lions, and the Bears lost, 21-19. Rounding out the AFC South injuries was a broken thumb for Colts offensive lineman Mike McGlynn. While Cheap Nike Jerseys he is expected to get a cast and be listed as day-to-day, a short week for Indianapolis before their Thursday Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa night matchup against the Titans could force the Colts to rely on Joe Reitz or Khaled Holmes to fill in for McGlynn.
Vick nearly lost his job as starter when Nick Foles played like an Oregon QB would against San Western State Tech, but then he played pretty terribly against the Cowboys and suffered a concussion. He was replaced by Matt Barkley, who may or may not be the worst employed quarterback Cheap Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys in the NFL right now. Vick is back to being the unquestioned starter (if healthy,) but it now seems logical that Chip Kelly will draft his franchise quarterback next April.
I’ve heard rumors that there is a guy at Oregon who is pretty good.
We now enter Week 8 of the 2013 NFL season, and … wait. The season is almost halfway over already? Where did the time go? We barely had a chance to say goodbye to our loved ones.
Anyway, there are only 13 games on the schedule this week with six teams on bye. It’s not an inspiring slate of games, to say the least, but we only have so much football left to watch. You never know what you have until it’s gone, unless you’re a Buccaneers fan. Welcome to the Watchability Index (Rating of “1” being the least watchable, and “5” a must-watch game).
Outside of the Saints, the NFC South is a dumpster fire this year, but the Panthers have a chance to turn that around with another win. The Bucs are just hoping to Cheap Patriots Jerseys avoid another MRSA breakout in the locker room at this point. Please don’t ruin Doug Martin, Greg Schiano.