Even a diminished Brown would be a considerable upgrade from the disjointed efforts of the team’s Week 1 line.

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Former undrafted free agent Kendall Lamm topped the team’s depth chart at left tackle while Jets releasee Breno Giacomini held down the right, with longtime utility tackle Chris Clark spelling each. Slotting Brown back into the lineup not only gives the team its best pass blocker back, but also allows the players who have been covering for him to return to positions where they’re more comfortable and useful.

The Texans have a win-now defense which they owe a competent counterpart. There’s a quick fix to Houston’s biggest problem, but it won’t be cheap. Paying Duane Brown would add stability to a line that got its quarterback buried under a sea of pass rushers in Week 1. However, it won’t fix a defense that somehow gave up 29 points to Blake Bortles Sunday.

He said he repeatedly asked officers what he had done and they told him to shut up. They eventually released him after confirming his identity but without any legitimate justification for the officers’ abusive conduct.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department tweeted that the incident is under investigation and would be address publicly later Wednesday.

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On choosing to join the Steelers and interest from other teams: Once I got released, my agent hit me up and just let me know the options that I had. There was a lot of teams that were interested, so that was nice. But we talked about Pittsburgh, the interest, how excited they were I was available. It wasn’t too hard of a decision. We had Oakland, the Cowboys and New Orleans. And Miami. It just felt like a fit for me, man.

Are you the type of fan who would throw snowballs at Santa Claus?

I’ve warned Titans fans against overconfidence, simply because Marcus Mariota hasn’t shown he can stay healthy, let alone consistently elevate his team when called upon as a passer. But because Tennessee plays in the AFC South while also drawing games against Cleveland, San Francisco and Denver, the Titans trail only Indianapolis for most games against Tier 4 QBs. They have six. Indy has seven.

The Browns take heat for starting so many different QBs over the years, but the Texans have led the league in that category since Bill O’Brien took over as head coach. Houston has had eight starters over that span, one more than the Browns have had. Deshaun Watson will become the 10th at some point, but when?

If you’re not the type of person to just jump on the Patriots bandwagon, perhaps you’d prefer to go in the opposite direction and root for the team that has beaten the Evil Empire twice in the Super Bowl. That would be the New York Giants.

Are you the type of fan who would throw snowballs at Santa Claus? Or maybe tailgates with Philly cheesesteaks and crab fries sound like they’re up your alley. Check out the Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles fans are passionate, to say the least, and they love to hate the other teams in the NFC East, especially the Cowboys.

The biggest surprise in the Week 1 loss to Philadelphia was Kirk Cousins’ inability to connect with tight end Jordan Reed. He finished with just five catches for 36 yards. Tight ends were supposed to be a key part of the game plan. “I was getting open,” Reed said. “There was a lot of pressure in his face and he wasn’t able to go through all his progressions.”steelers_127

NFL hires 21 full-time game officials to work year-round

Game Scott Simonson Jersey The NFL on Wednesday named the 21 officials it has hired on a full-time basis in an attempt to improve every aspect of NFL officiating.

The most recognizable names on the list are the four referees who have been elevated to full-time employees — Walt Anderson, Jerome Boger, Pete Morelli and Brad Allen — but all seven officiating positions are represented.

The remaining 103 officials who will make up the 2017 roster will continue to work on a part-time basis, but the league believes the year-round duties assigned to the full-timers will help raise the level of officiating throughout the league.
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We believe that we will learn a great deal over the course of this initial year working with the full-time game officials, Alberto Riveron, the league’s new senior vice president of officiating, said in a release. Our collective goal is to make a positive impact on NFL officiating overall.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: His was quite the comeback, as his first pass attempt of the season was a pick-six, returned 82 yards by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel, and he was unable to get anything going while his Lions fell behind by 10 points before he managed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones Jr. more than 26 minutes into the game. Stafford completed three more touchdown passes, however, en route to a 27.1 fantasy point performance, his most since Week 6 of last season and his 11th best in 110 career NFL games.

Jesse James, TE, Steelers: Vance who? Clearly sensing competition for targets following Vance McDonald’s acquisition, James made the most of a sizable opening-week opportunity, reeling in six of his eight targets for 22.1 PPR and 16.1 non-PPR fantasy points. Both were easily career highs, and they greatly increase the chance that he should remain the team’s go-to tight end in the Steelers’ passing game, at least for another week.

The Packers and Steelers in the same division should make for two of the better regular-season games every year

The Dome wasn’t very old, but Falcons owner Arthur Blank wanted a state-of-the-art facility for his NFL and MLS teams and was willing to pitch in a huge amount of money to make it happen. The new building cost about $1.5 billion, with Blank’s group paying for the bulk of it. The city of Atlanta authorized a $200 million contribution of its own.

Just so much grit here. Football has its roots in the blue collar trades around the Great Lakes, and no teams embody that lineage more than the Packers and Steelers. I’m putting the Browns in here too. Even though they’re named after Paul Brown, they really are the story of the Rust Belt in football form. And, yeah, the 49ers are named for a grizzled old prospector with a pick axe, but we have to make some compromises to get these divisions to work.

The Packers and Steelers in the same division should make for two of the better regular-season games every year. I’m sure the 49ers and Browns will be relevant someday too; hang in there! For now, I’d say the Steelers would win out. Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown would just confuse the hell out of Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers when the game actually counted.

Game Mens Carl Banks Jersey Elliott had his appeal heard last week in New York, with three days of testimony lasting 25 hours from Elliott and multiple experts and witnesses, though Thompson was not allowed to be called. It was revealed during the hearing that the league’s lead investigator, Kia Wright Roberts, was not at the meeting in which Goodell and the four advisors concluded Elliott needed to be suspended. Roberts was the only NFL employee to interview Thompson, doing so six times, and she recommended Elliott not be disciplined.

Game Mens Denver Broncos Jersey That is among the reasons the NFLPA has gone to court to continue the fight on Elliott’s behalf, believing the process lacks fundamental fairness. The NFL counters that the Deflategate case involving Tom Brady set the precedent that Goodell has the right to make such decisions.

There are those with more belief in the Jets, though.

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Even at giant odds, bets on the Jets have been few and far between. Since moving the Jets to 1,000-1 to win the Super Bowl in late August, the Westgate had taken just six bets, totaling $55.

Not surprisingly, the Jets have attracted the fewest Super Bowl bets of any team at William Hill’s Nevada sportsbooks, with the largest wager only $120. There have been three $50 bets on the Jets to win the AFC East at William Hill.

Jermey Parnell Authentic Jersey There are those with more belief in the Jets, though.

Earlier in the year, a bettor at sportsbook operator CG Technology put $500 on the Jets to win the Super Bowl, when their odds were only 125-1. That bet would pay $63,000.

Cunningham, part of ABC’s broadcast crew for the game, spoke out about Iowa’s treatment of Beathard in several interviews. He told ESPN’s Mike and Mike on Friday that after seeing Beathard hobbling during the game, I wanted to go get in a fistfight with the coaches over it because they abused that kid, flat-out.

Former football player and ESPN/ABC analyst Ed Cunningham told The New York Times that part of the reason he left his job was his discomfort with the dangers of the sport.

Cunningham, who played offensive line in college and in the NFL, resigned from broadcasting in April after almost 20 years. He told the New York Times last week he was uncomfortable promoting a sport that produced so many serious injuries for players.

Best and worst wide receiver matchups for fantasy football Week 1

By utilizing our play-by-play data, we’re now able to identify where each wide receiver and cornerback lines up on each play. By tracking matchups between the two positions, including potential shadow situations, we can offer the best projections, rankings and fantasy advice each week.

Below are the receivers with the best and worst Week 1 matchups, as well as the corresponding fantasy impact.

Marcus Peters wishes he could’ve had his own Rickey Henderson.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also supported Bennett when he spoke with reporters Wednesday.

“What happened with Michael is a classic illustration of the reality of inequalities that are demonstrated daily,” Carroll said. “May this incident inspire all of us to respond with compassion when inequalities are brought to light and allow us to have the courage to stand for change. We can do better than this.”

In a league where teams don’t play every other club each season, the schedule can determine who makes the playoffs. Here are the hardest (Eagles) and easiest (Patriots) slates, along with the 30 in between.

But late in his senior season, he realized that NFL scouts in town to watch a teammate would sprint over to the special teams area whenever he was punting. He was on the radar, got an agent and an invitation to the postseason NFLPA Bowl, and he thought he had a shot.
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Giants cornerback Eli Apple left Saturday’s game with an ankle injury and did not return.

After the Raiders gave Derek Carr a five-year, $125 million contract in June and the Lions handed Matthew Stafford a five-year contract extension worth a reported $135 million, Rodgers’ new contract would certainly exceed those dollar amounts.

Rodgers’ current contract is a five-year, $110 million deal he signed in 2013. That keeps him under contract through the 2019 season. He’s won two NFL MVP awards and led the Packers to a Super Bowl championship in 2010. Should he win another Super Bowl between now and 2019, he might just end up as the NFL’s first $200 million player.

Colts starting corner Vontae Davis left the team’s game against the Steelers with a groin injury.

Raiders cornerback David Amerson suffered a blow to his head on a tackle, and fullback Jamize Olawale pulled up lame after a run.
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What I hope to see from this is a shift in the conversation to Seth’s black teammates, who realistically have to carry that burden all the time. I am discouraged by this idea that acknowledging and fighting against racism is a distraction that must be stored away in order to be a good football player. I wholeheartedly reject that narrative.
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Black players in the NFL cannot just turn their concern on and off in order to be able to focus more on football. White players shouldn’t, either, Harris DeValve added. Racism is a day-to-day reality, and I hope that, instead of holding Seth up on a pedestal, the response will be to do what he did: listen to the voices of the black people in your life, and choose to support them as they seek to make their voices heard.

Indianapolis has invested heavily in its offensive line in recent drafts

Womens D.J. Fluker Jersey It was tough to see Edelman being carted off the field in Friday night’s third preseason game in Detroit. But regardless of the extent of the injury, it was a blip of a blemish for the reigning champs.

Before Edelman went down on non-contact, the Patriots did see their diminutive dashing pass-catching machine catch all three of his targets for 52 yards as they lit up the Lions early. The production accounted for a good chunk of quarterback Tom Brady’s stellar tuneup first quarter (10-of-11, 157 yards, 2 TDs, perfect 158.3 passer rating).

This position might not the biggest need for Minnesota, and the Vikings might not be the best fit Jefferson. But he’s too talented to slip far past the top 20 picks. Jefferson has a lot to prove this year (and stay healthy), but NFL teams are excited by what 2017 can bring.

Indianapolis has invested heavily in its offensive line in recent drafts, but new GM Chris Ballard will likely only continue that trend in 2018. Price is our top-rated interior lineman and should garner first-round grades by the end of the season.

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Hill should be a nice fit alongside first-round pick De’Aaron Fox

The 16 best teams in Europe — all of whom also play in domestic leagues like the Spanish ACB, Greek Basket League, and France’s Pro A — feature most of the best players in the world not in the NBA. Those stars will have to decide in November and February whether to suit up for the team that pays their salaries or their national teams.
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The 2018 quarterback class features five passers with first-round expectations, including Lamar Jackson, who is not included in this mock draft. Along with the quarterbacks, two running backs look to follow in the shoes of Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette as top-four draft picks.

We used Bovada’s over/under win totals to create the 2018 NFL Draft order, and while we might disagree on some projections, we do agree that the Jets are the leading contenders for the first overall pick.

Matthew Stafford also had a solid night, going 8 for 10 for 84 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Jets. Even second-year Rams quarterback Jared Goff had a nice night, going 16 of 20 for 160 yards and a 23-yard touchdown pass to rookie Cooper Kupp against the Raiders.
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Then there were the Jets quarterbacks, who were unimpressive in the 16-6 loss. Christian Hackenberg got the start and fumbled on New York’s third play and finished just 2 of 6 for 14 yards. Bryce Petty then entered and was 15 of 24 for 160 yards and an interception.

The Steelers and Ravens figure to reinforce the division’s reputation as one of the NFL’s most competitive. The Bengals hope to crash their rivals’ playoff-hopeful party and bounce back from a six-win season after four prior years of double-digit wins. The Browns, of course, just hope to win more than one game. (Complete AFC North predictions)

Eagles WR fined, called out for cheap shot on Packers’ Damarious Randall

In a now-deleted Twitter post on Monday, Eagles reciever Bryce Treggs says he’s starting GoFundMe page to help pay for a $25,000 fine for a illegal hit in an Aug. 10 preseason game against the Packers.

The recipient of Treggs’ block, Green Bay cornerback Damarious Randall, tweeted at Treggs with a similar bold comment.

Treggs attempted to block Randall in the shoulder, but the top of his helmet caught the defensive back in the chin. Treggs, who has caught seven passes for 91 yards in the win over the Packers, says he didn’t mean any harm to Randall.

“As an undrafted guy fighting for a roster spot, you’re always trying to stand out on film. A lot of y’all don’t understand that,” Treggs explained on Twitter Monday. “My assignment was a force block on that play and I was trying to put a physical play on film. Nothing dirty about trying to earn a job.”

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has never been afraid to speak his mind. So when one of the league’s most outspoken individuals has something to say about Colin Kaepernick, you know he’s not going to sugarcoat the topic.

In a startingly candid USA Today interview published Wednesday, Sherman talked about the former 49ers quarterback and his inability to find a role as even a backup QB in the league. Most people suspect Kaepernick’s social-justice activism in kneeling during the national anthem before games last year has made him a pariah around the league, but Sherman was brutally blunt in his take on Kaepernick’s plight.

“What is it about?” Sherman said. “It’s not about football or color. It’s about, ‘Boy, stay in your place.’”seahawks_044