Month: November 2016

The Vikings could also try to restructure Peterson’s contract

Minnesota went 6–9 last season without Peterson, with Matt Asiata leading the team in rushing with 570 yards. The Vikings do have a running back-filled draft coming in April, with Melvin Gordon, Ameer Abdullah, Todd Gurley and other available. Still, it is highly unlikely any of them will play like Peterson now or in the future.

The Vikings could also try to restructure Peterson’s contract. If Minnesota Steve Largent Authentic Womens Jersey lets Peterson walk, he will not find a three-year deal worth $45 million, the remainder of his current deal. Peterson also has incentive to restructure, giving him some more guaranteed money. Currently, Peterson only has $2 million guaranteed remaining to be paid out.

If general manager Rick Spielman does decide to cut bait with Peterson, the Vikings would have approximately $31.1 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap. With no expensive in-house players about to become free agents, Minnesota would be in a position to improve some weaknesses, including its receivers, offensive line and corners.

With hurt feelings involved, the situation becomes increasingly murky. When Peterson was last healthy, he finished with 1,266 rushing yards in 14 games in the 2013 season. In 2012, he earned MVP honors with a monstrous 2,097 yards and a 6.0 yards per carry.

According to Schefter, another official (he calls him League Official 2) noticed that balls were missing and tried to replace them during the game. The soon-to-be fired official (League Official 1) noticed, and tried to put the original balls back in play. Both officials allegedly handed unapproved footballs to McNally to be put in play.

Baalke praised the coaching staff’s effort, standard procedure. However, immediately after that Baalke was asked why the team opted to replace the coaching staff given his praise.

The evidence presented to police reportedly includes a cell phone video that Sapp took of the Steven Hauschka Authentic Womens Jersey 23-year-old performing the initial sex act.

The 23-year-old is reportedly facing a prostitution charge, while the 34-year-old was cited for failing to register as an escort.

The arrest, which was first reported by TMZ, occurred in Phoenix where the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders defensive tackle was on location covering Super Bowl XLIX.

Baltimore needs to get more from its offense down the stretch

Baltimore needs to get more from its offense down the stretch. The Ravens are averaging 18.2 points per game (26th) and rank 30th in efficiency — ahead of only the Los Angeles Rams and Houston Texans.

Their opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, lost Emmanuel Ogbah Womens Jersey wide receiver A.J. Green and running back Giovani Bernard to injuries last week. When targeting Green, Andy Dalton has averaged 10.15 yards per attempt with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

When targeting all other players, Dalton is averaging 7.36 YPA with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. With a loss Sunday, the Bengals would guarantee themselves fewer than nine wins for the first time since 2010.

The Ravens are four-point favorites at home.

Seven teams in the NFL had seven or more wins entering Week 12. Three of them — the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs — are in the AFC West.

Trevor Siemian could use some help from a struggling Broncos running game.

A more productive running game would help quarterback Trevor Siemian. Since Gary Barnidge Womens Jersey suffering a shoulder injury in Week 4, he is completing 56.3 percent of his passes (31st) and averaging 6.34 yards per attempt (30th).

As you can see below, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh — a former NFL player and coach — has nearly triple the number of high-level 2017 prospects that Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer has. (Yes, Ohio State fans, we know many of your best players aren’t draft-eligible yet, and you lost a truckload of talent to the pros last year.)

Michigan junior safety Jabrill Peppers is the highest-ranked prospect in this game (No. 4). Ohio State’s top prospect, according to McShay, is cornerback Marshon Lattimore (No. 8).

Cam Newton statistically gets better as he gets into holiday spirit

Warning to opponents of the Carolina Panthers: Quarterback Cam Newton is in the holiday spirit.

Newton loves the festive mood that Al Davis Authentic Jersey begins at Thanksgiving and runs through the end of the year. Even though he’s a pescetarian, he loves the anticipation of what he’s going to eat over the holidays.

It starts with Yams — heavy with marshmallows.

That makes him smile.

The reigning NFL MVP apparently loves this time of the year Aldon Smith Authentic Jersey on the field, as well. He’s loves eating up opponents in the same way he enjoys gobbling up foods.

Recent history says those deals won’t pan out for the teams. Look at the largest running back contracts handed out last season: Toby Gerhart (three years, $10.5 million), Donald Brown (three years, $10.5 million), Rashad Jennings (four years, $10 million), Chris Johnson (two years, $8 million) and Maurice Jones-Drew (three years, $7.5 million).

Besides Murray, C.J. Spiller and Justin Forsett are still available, and both can probably expect deals on par with last year’s top running back contracts.

Prices for running backs aren’t what they used to be. However, even with a bumper crop of backs available in this year’s draft, teams are still willing to spend big on the position, and they’re willing to pay a premium based on the name.

Roethlisberger is the only quarterback this season to have a game with three touchdown passes on throws of that length. He has two of them. He leads the NFL with 25 completions and 11 touchdowns on 20-plus-yard throws.

Brown has 10 games with multiple touchdown receptions in the past three seasons, the most in the NFL. Only two other players have more than five in that span: Odell Becham Jr. with eight and Antonio Gates with six.

The NBA is a good point of comparison

The NBA is a good point of comparison. Since Christmas Day basketball became a national-TV fixture in 1983, the typical NBA game on the holiday has featured an average Elo of 1569, about 50 Elo points higher than the NFL’s standard Thanksgiving fare.3 Some of that owes to basketball’s built-in advantage as a sport of superstars and more dominant great teams than can be built in the NFL. (The best teams are more Dante Fowler Jr Authentic Jersey reliably great in the NBA than in the NFL.) But even if we account for this by normalizing each sport’s Elo ratings to a common scale, the NBA’s average Christmas-game participants are still about a half-standard deviation better than their Thanksgiving NFL counterparts.

It sold out in 15 minutes.

“México is very divided,” Nahima Choura, a well-known Mexican sports broadcaster for Televisa Deportes, said in Spanish. “You have half the country that loves and adores soccer, and half the country that loves and adores American football. We’ve had very important events, like the World Baseball Classic, Formula One. But the one that has stirred the most emotion, the most curiosity, is this one, from the NFL.”

“People think we’re all just soccer fans,” Eduardo Corrales, a 21-year-old Patriots fan, said in Spanish. “I think this is an opportunity for people in North America to realize that here there are a lot of fans, a lot of people, that would like to see more regular-season Davon House Authentic Jersey NFL games. This is a good opportunity for American football to keep coming, to keep growing. The Mexicans are welcoming them with great pleasure.”

One need not look any further than the jerseys on their backs.

“Doing this show, it’s helped me,” Johnson said in a pretaped interview before the freestyle dance. “I’m actually looking forward to finding that next challenge, finding the next thing that I’m uncomfortable with.”

This was really the first part of Johnson’s second act, a post-football life where he could theoretically do anything. He could go back and finish his education at Georgia Tech. He could go into business. He could work on building his foundation. Or he could find something, as he said, that makes him uncomfortable and go for it.

However, both Mexican fans and journalists watching the contest expressed their concern with how the laser could affect the NFL and other leagues from coming back to the country. Prior to the game, NFL Mexico director Arturo Olivé was clear about things needing to happen flawlessly in order to maintain the attraction. “Everything needs to go off perfectly. The teams need to leave here being very happy about what happened in Mexico,” he said, according to El País.

This was the first NFL regular-season game played in Mexico since the Arizona Cardinals faced off against the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.

The Ravens, who lead the AFC North, play Sunday at the Dallas Cowboys

“We can’t make excuses,” Brown said. “Every guy out there could be a reason we win.”

At least there’s Cleveland, which has given Jack Johnson Authentic Jersey up 560 receiving yards and four touchdowns to Brown in the last four head-to-head matchups.

If Brown sees the end zone for the eighth time this year, is the famous twerk retired?

“You never know,” said Brown, finally starting to perk up. “Stay tuned.”

“So that’s the big thing … trying to get guys to continue to want to keep grinding and get a win.”

Stanton credited former Lions coach Rod Marinelli for keeping the team together.

“It was one of those things that when it got toward the end, we started to address the monkey in the room,” Stanton said, “but initially it was, ‘OK, like we just got to go out and win a football game.’ We were worried about that next week and stuff. It was a true testament to Rod Marinelli, because he was our head coach at the time, and he stayed the course and was unbelievable and stood out there as a leader should and he stood by us and didn’t make any excuses.

“Exactly what you would expect from a guy like that. At the same time, unfortunately when it came down to it, we just couldn’t win a football game.”

That sounds similar to the way the Browns talk about James Wisniewski Authentic Jersey Hue Jackson. To a man, players feel they are well coached and that Jackson is handling himself well. That being said, Browns tackle Joe Thomas admitted that staying positive gets more difficult with each loss.

Everybody on the field saw Theismann sprawled out on the field and knew he was in trouble. I know I started hollering for the doctors to get to him in a hurry to give him some help. Initially, some of the Redskins thought I was taunting after the sack. That obviously wasn’t the case.

Astros acquire Brian McCann in exchange for two minor leaguers

The New York Yankees traded veteran catcher Brian McCann and $11 million to the Houston Astros on Thursday for a pair of young minor league pitchers.

The Yankees signed Brian McCann in the winter before the 2014 season for five years and $75 million, with a full no-trade clause.

Reddick got off to a slow start with the Dodgers following an Aug. 1 trade, but he finished batting .258 with two home runs and Blair Walsh Authentic Womens Jersey nine RBIs in 47 games with his new club. He ended up tied for the major league lead with a .400 batting average in September, going 26-for-65 in 20 games for the Dodgers.

According to FanGraphs, Reddick ranked sixth among major league right fielders with six defensive runs saved.

Mike Trout, who was a unanimous winner Brandon Fusco Authentic Womens Jersey in 2014, becomes the first MVP from a losing team since Alex Rodriguez for Texas in 2003. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
A five-time All-Star, Trout was one of the few bright spots for an Angels team that finished 21 games out of first place in the AL West.

The Los Angeles center fielder led the majors in runs scored (123), walks (116), on-base percentage (.441) and WAR (10.6). He finished second in the AL in OPS (.991) and tied for second in steals (30).

One of the most self-effacing stars in baseball, Charlie Gehringer, is the punch in the Tigers’ attack and he’s being nominated as the most valuable player in the junior league. What has Gehringer got that permits him to be mentioned in the same breath with Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth of the Yanks, and Joe Cronin of the Senators, who have been rated the key men of the American League?

What will Mike Trout accomplish in his career? Very little is off the table. Through age 24, he has the seventh-most home runs ever, with exactly twice as many as Barry Bonds had and 28 more than Hank Aaron did at that age. He’s 13th in hits, with a 400-hit head start on Pete Rose. He’s seventh in runs, 15th in runs batted in, sixth in total bases, fifth in extra-base hits, fourth in times on base. He is building a career that might demolish records and define our memories of an entire generation of baseball.

Johnson worked with Arnold and Witney Carson in a trio salsa

There was a minor slip-up during the dance, though. Johnson said, “Maybe I just got a step ahead of myself probably, yeah.” It was one of the first times this season Johnson had made a mistake during his run to the semifinals. The score of 26 (out of 30) left Arnold in amazement, but Johnson’s annoyed face told the real story.

Johnson worked with Arnold and Colton Schmidt Authentic Jersey Witney Carson in a trio salsa; he performed in a lime green shirt and black pants. At one point in the dance, Johnson leapt over both of them, so it became clear he still has hops.

During his semifinals performance, Johnson discussed why he walked away from the NFL after nine seasons at the age of 30. His explanation was consistent with everything he told ESPN and the Detroit Free Press in June about why he needed to retire.

“With that being said, I will not sit again during the National Anthem because I want to focus my efforts on finding more effective ways to Corbin Bryant Authentic Jersey communicate my message and bring about change by supporting organizations and movements that fight for equal rights for minorities.

“This Sunday, I will be back to standing with my teammates.”

Asked to clarify Evans’ definition of the word “minorities,” the receiver’s agent, Deryk Gilmore, said it includes “people of color, women, LGBT …”

Evans protested the anthem during the Bucs’ annual Salute to Service game that honors active-duty and reserve military, retired and veteran service members. The star wide receiver also posted in an Instagram comment last week that he did not vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said Monday that he was “disappointed” with Evans’ decision to sit because of what the anthem stands for.

“Yeah, I’m disappointed for that,” said Koetter, who has had his team practice lining up for the national anthem before. “I also respect Mike’s freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”

Evans previously has said that he meant no disrespect to the military. Tampa is home to MacDill Air Force Base and 12,000 active service members.

“I don’t want to disrespect the veterans or anything,” Evans said Sunday. “The men and women that served this country — I’m forever indebted to them. But the things that have been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that.”

the Browns continued to dismantle their roster by releasing safety Donte Whitner

In early April, the Browns continued to dismantle their roster by releasing safety Donte Whitner. The veteran took a shot at the club’s new apparent ideology on his way out the door.

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At this point, it’s clear that the Browns are largely opting to stay out of the free agent market, which produces far more busts than bargains. Given the brief shelf life of the average NFL career, most players who hit free agency are getting paid for past performance rather than future production. Last year, for example, only four of the first 86 players selected to the Pro Bowl changed teams the previous offseason — and two of them, LeSean McCoy and Brandon Marshall, were traded.

The suspect, Cardell Hayes, has Michael Jordan Authentic Jersey been arrested and charged with second degree murder, but police said on Sunday that an investigation regarding a motive is still ongoing and it is still unclear if Hayes and Smith previously knew each other. Police also said there was a passenger in the Hummer with Hayes, but he wasn’t involved in the shooting and will not face charges.

Saints head coach Sean Payton was one of many members of the NFL community to mourn Smith on Sunday:

Heavy Hearts w the senseless passing Mike Dunleavy Authentic Jersey of our Team Capt. Will Smith. Pray for his wife’s recovery and their children.

The Smith family also released a brief statement on Sunday morning:

“On behalf of the Smith family, we are thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers. We ask that you continue to respect the family’s privacy as they grieve the loss of a devoted husband, father and friend.”

Smith, 34 years old, was a Saints first-round pick in 2004 after playing college ball at Ohio State. The defensive end was a Pro Bowl starter in 2006 and starred on the Saints’ Super Bowl team in 2009-10. He last played in the NFL in 2012, having suffered a torn ACL in the 2013 preseason and failing to make the regular season roster for the Patriots in 2014.

After another slow start, can Saints finally get over .500 hump?

Talk about a defining moment for the 2016 New Orleans Saints.

They have a chance to get over .500 on Sunday for the first time in nearly three years — and it comes against the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos inside the Superdome.

The Saints (4-4) also have a chance to buck an eerily familiar trend that has haunted them for almost half of the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era.

The Saints started 0-3 this season, the Derek Cox Authentic Jersey fifth time in 10 years that they have started either 0-4 (2007 and 2012), 0-3 (2015 and 2016) or 1-3 (2014). And in all five years, they fought back to .500 by the middle of November. But in the previous four years, the Saints never got past .500. In fact, they lost a home game every single time they had a chance to get above .500. And they finished 7-9 each time.

But Celek made the team and has found a niche on the roster. Although he didn’t get to follow his aspirations of joining the service, he has close friends in the armed forces and said football appeals to him in part because there’s a similar type of bond that forms in a locker room.

“What those guys do is an amazing thing, and I have a lot of respect for them,” Celek said. “What we do in the community is we get to go out and Eric Kendricks Authentic Jersey meet with those guys, try to make their week, make their day, make their year, whatever it is. For me, it feels good doing something like that. I think I like the aspect — like with football you have the team and the locker room, and then in the military it’s like the same atmosphere, you’ve got your buddies, a close-knit group of guys and I’ve always liked that.”

Celek, 28, figures to still have plenty of football in front of him, and he just signed a four-year contract extension with the 49ers in February. Though he said he has given some thought to walking away to enlist in the military, he doesn’t see that in his future right now.

“I always think about doing like the Pat Tillman deal,” Celek said. “But I don’t know. My wife, I always talk about it and she gets pretty upset with me when I mention it. She doesn’t want me to do it, because she worries about me. Right now at this point in my life, probably not.”

In lieu of that, Celek plans to continue to spend time visiting with and supporting the military. And when he’s not doing that, he can always chat with his 85-year old grandfather, who started a general contracting company after his time in the military, still does some carpentry work in the Cincinnati area and is always good for a few stories.

Noah Syndergaard has enjoyed an electric rookie for the New Mets,

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Noah Syndergaard has enjoyed an electric rookie for the New Mets, though they’re still waiting for his success at Citi Field to translate elsewhere. He seeks his first road victory Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Syndergaard is 4 with a 1 his last nine. ‘s 5 win against Washington marked the second straight outing which he fanned nine over eight innings. The two runs he allowed to the Nationals came on solo homers, including one on his fifth pitch, but he retired the next 10 batters and didn’t issue a walk for the second consecutive start. His 5 strikeout-to-walk ratio is the best franchise history among Mets rookies with at least 10 starts.

The second-highest is Gooden’s 3 mark Mel Ott Jersey from 1984. This guy knows what he’s doing out there, manager Collins told MLB’s official website. He’s got a feel for it. Those last two outings were at home, though, where he’s 6 with a 1 eight contests. On the road, he’s 0 with a 4 mark. Citi Field has been one of baseball’s most pitcher-friendly parks this year — the 3 there is second-lowest the majors, narrowly trailing Field. The Rays’ offensive approach could also help Syndergaard’s cause. They’re striking out every 4 plate appearances, and the nine they had Friday’s 4 loss to open this series gives them 79 the last eight. New extended its lead over Washington the NL East to 2 2 with its seventh consecutive win.

The Mets, who have trailed four during their winning streak, went ahead the ninth on Wilmer Flores’ two-out single after Tampa Bay took the lead on Evan Longoria’s eighth-inning home run. Collins’ club allowed fewer than four runs for the ninth time 12 and is seeking a fifth consecutive road win for the first time since July 25, 201Tonight was pure character, he said. I can’t say enough. They know these are big. The Rays had three solo homers with James Loney and Sizemore also going deep. Longoria is batting.467 during a seven-game hitting streak, while Asdrubal Cabrera is 12 for 21 his last five. Another low-scoring game could be order with Karns on the mound for Tampa Bay. He owns a 3 record and 2 his last nine outings and has been particularly tough to hit the last three with opponents are batting.16He struck out seven over 5-3 innings and gave up a two-run homer Tampa Bay’s 5 win against the Chicago White Sox on Monday. This marks Karns’ first appearance against the Mets. He won both previous interleague starts this year, limiting Miami and Philadelphia to one earned run and five hits over 12 innings. Cuddyer could return this weekend for New after going 0 for 3 with an intentional walk a rehab game for Class-A St. Lucie on Friday. He hasn’t played since July 21 due to left knee inflammation and was hitting.193 over his last 19.