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:

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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.

Travis Kelce ejected after tirade, toss of towel at official

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was alternately apologetic and sarcastic about getting thrown out of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars for strenuously arguing when a defensive pass interference penalty wasn’t called in the end zone on a fourth-quarter pass to him.

The Chiefs’ win Sunday over the Jaguars was D.J. Fluker Jersey hardly the kind of thing expected from a team that fancies itself as a Super Bowl contender.

Kansas City Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin sustained a groin injury in the first quarter against Jacksonville and later was ruled out for the game.

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Marshall said he will stand for the remainder of the season and explained why in a statement on Instagram Sunday.

In his statement, Marshall referenced O’Shaine Evans, an Oakland man shot and killed by San Francisco Police in 2014.

Reports at the time said Evans pointed an unloaded gun at police outside AT&T Park as police were investigating break-ins to cars outside the stadium during San Francisco Giants games.

Since announcing he would take a knee during the anthem, Marshall has donated money for every tackle he makes to organizations that work with youth.

Marshall has also met with the Denver Police Department.

Dez Bryant claims to own over 3,000 pairs of Jordan sneakers

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is one of the elite players at his position in the NFL — something that’s been well-known for a few years now. But one thing that fans may not be aware of is how many pairs of sneakers he has in his household. And not just any type of sneakers — they have to be Jordans.

On Thursday, Bryant told reporters Joe Montana Authentic Womens Jersey that he owns between 3,000 and 3,500 pairs of Jordan sneakers. He’s also a member of Team Jordan, so of course he’s going to promote his brand over the others.

“No, I don’t feel that way,” Wilson said. “I just try to play smart football. I think I’ve said this before, but if I didn’t want to play Chris Conley Authentic Womens Jersey football, if I didn’t want to get hit, I’d be playing tennis. That’s just one of those things — you know you’re going to Josh Mauga Authentic Womens Jersey get hit, and you know you’re going to take some tough hits every once in a while, and you have to hang in there. At the same time, it’s a rough game, and you always want to make a smart decision and get down, get out of bounds.”

Wilson made it clear that he was only giving his perspective and wasn’t familiar with the exact comments made by Newton, who expressed concerns specifically about taking hits when he’s in the pocket and not when he’s on the run.

“I haven’t seen his particular situation,” Wilson said. “Honestly, I try to stay away from watching ESPN and all that, but I know for me — trying to get down, slide, get out of bounds, all of that, because those guys are chasing after you.”

Wilson has drawn one roughing-the-passer Chris Jones Authentic Womens Jersey penalty this season.

Since he became the starter in 2012, the Seahawks have drawn 12 roughing-the-passer penalties, tied for ninth fewest.

Rasheed Wallace caught it too late to get off a shot

Duhon came up with a steal and set up ‘s basket that made it 104 with 7 seconds to play. The Celtics called time but took way too to swing the ball to the opposite side of the court, where Rasheed Wallace caught it too late to get off a shot. With McGrady and Harrington joining Chandler on the injured list, the Knicks had to look deep down the bench for scoring. They found it Barron, a 7-foot center who signed last week from the Development League and was playing his second game with New. He hadn’t started the since making 15 starts for the Miami Heat 2007, but shot 8 of 13 and spent all night chasing down missed shots against Boston’s frustrated front line. Robinson was perhaps the Knicks’ most popular player for the last five years before he was dealt to Boston at the trade deadline.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he still Marcus Gilbert Authentic Womens Jersey considers the 5-foot-9 guard the Celtics’ X-factor heading into the playoffs, but he benched Robinson on after playing him only 9 minutes the previous game. However, he said before the game Robinson would play Tuesday, part because other Boston players wanted to Robinson get. Robinson checked – or tried to, anyway – with about 3? minutes left the first quarter to polite, but hardly enthusiastic applause. He was sent off the court because he was replacing Rajon Rondo, who was shooting a free throw, and had to wait until the next dead ball to officially enter. The Knicks led throughout most of the first quarter and were ahead 27 when it ended. Boston shot 63 percent the second, briefly grabbing the lead late the period before New took a 53 edge into halftime. NOTES: Though Krzyzewski has repeatedly said he’s not interested leaving national champion Duke for the, Knicks coach D’Antoni won’t rule out coaching against him someday. D’Antoni is Krzyzewski’s assistant on the U.S. Olympic team. He’s still only 62 years old.

He’s, I have no idea what he would do, D’Antoni said. Wherever Markus Wheaton Authentic Womens Jersey he goes, I do know that he would be successful, if he’s coaching or running a business or whatever he wants to do. He’s just pretty special. There have been reports this that the New Jersey Nets would pursue Krzyzewski.. Knicks president Walsh said he wasn’t sure if he sign anyone with the Knicks’ available roster spot. The spot opened Monday when the Knicks waived Cuttino Mobley, who retired last because of a heart condition. The Knicks had to waive him before the end of the to save the luxury tax on his salary.

The Eagles blitzed Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford right out of Lincoln Financial Field

Sometimes it’s easy to think of Gibson as a grizzled veteran in spite of the fact the 39th-overall pick in 2011 is just 23. But after hiccups to start his career, the highly touted goalie is now in a position where he has to step up Jeff Carter Authentic Jersey for the Ducks. With backup Jonathan Bernier out with an injury, Gibson has to prove he’s got the goods and consistency to lead a talented team like the Ducks. Gibson started slowly but has gone 3-0-1 in his past four appearances. He’s got to keep performing to keep the doubters at bay.

“We’re disappointed, I’m disappointed in the type of comments,” Pederson said. “I think each individual has to be responsible for their own job, obviously. We’ve Jhonas Enroth Authentic Jersey got to make good, smart choices. Everybody is mad and disappointed and angry after tough losses like we just came through, and cooler heads prevail. We just have to bite our lip sometimes and just suck it up and get to work. And that’s what we’ve got to do this week.”

These days, Romo owns every notable passing record for a franchise with an illustrious quarterback history. He’s 78-49 as starter — though only 2-4 in the playoffs — and has passed for more than 34,000 yards with 247 touchdowns against 117 interceptions. Only two quarterbacks in NFL history have a higher passer rating than his 97.1.

Led by standout defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, the Eagles’ defense is third in points per game, and fifth in both yards per game and passing yards per game. That’s all impressive enough. What was really something, though, was how the Eagles went in on the Minnesota Vikings last week.

The Eagles blitzed Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford right out of Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz went after Bradford with an assortment of zone-blitz packages that worked spectacularly. Philadelphia had six sacks and 12 quarterback hits. In three trips to the red zone, the Vikings totaled zero points. Just a straight-up stomping.

Each week, quarterbacks face potentially painful experiences. But, dang, the Eagles are trying to take things to a nightmare level. However, to hear Dallas head coach Jason Garrett tell it, Prescott has got this.

“It starts with his preparation,” said Garrett, who will talk your ear off about all the positive signs Prescott has displayed since his first day on the team.

“He was always ready. Always was able to handle the offense, call plays, handle himself at the line of scrimmage. That was always very impressive, right from the outset. You could tell he was prepared. You could tell it was important to him.

“And then athletically, he’s impressive. He can throw the ball. He can move around. He made some plays early on that made you feel he could see the game, and be instinctive throwing the ball from the pocket.”

He’s also great in the film room. Against the aggressive Eagles, attention to detail is a must. Although Prescott moves much better Bradford, the rookie must also rely on his smarts to stay upright.

Roger Goodell is using virtual reality to learn about empathy

He once told me: “Some people are afraid in pro football to be independent in their thought process. I am not.”

That meant coaching the scout team, too. Denny, as head coach, did it. Taxing, grimy work. But not beneath him. He wanted his starters to have the best look each week. He wanted to intricately know the bottom end of his roster. What better way to take the high road?

When Denny’s son, Jeremy, was entangled in child pornography and drug charges in the summer of 2010, Denny and I talked about it. It was the Authentic Steven Hauschka Jersey softest I ever heard his voice. Some sentences began to trail off into whispers. But then he perked up.

That happened when he talked about the love he had for his son despite the troubles.

This man of towering pride felt the sting of his family name singed but dug into his reservoir of toughness. He talked about his wife, Marie, and how she Authentic Tani Tupou Jersey supported him and both each other.

He promised to take the high road, stay on it, knuckle his way through. He had spent a lifetime of practicing that art.

His reach back to all coaches and to assist African American coaches in their struggle for college and NFL opportunities is part of his legacy. So is his brilliant offensive mind. So is his leadership and his toughness.

The passionate way Denny coached and lived, though, a drummer at heart and a gritty football coach to the core, resonates. His love for music and his coaching with spice created a tapestry, an arc woven throughout football that endures. He told everyone that he took the high road.

I imagine we can still find him there.

Bell is subject to the same appeals process again in 2016. He later posted on his private Instagram account that he was confident he’d win his appeal.

NFL Insiders Predict: Week 8 upsets, NFC East race, more

Matt Bowen, NFL writer: Packers over Falcons. Green Bay’s secondary will give up plays to Julio Jones, but I like Aaron Rodgers versus the Falcons’ single-high safety defenses. If the Packers continue to operate in the short-to-intermediate passing game, Rodgers can expose the inside throwing windows and move the ball consistently versus Atlanta. Take the C.J. Anderson Jersey three-point spread and the Packers on the road. This could be a shootout.

“The agencies that these officers, these new officers are going to out of police academy, have not progressively kept up with the changes and the culture changes that exist in America today,” Baldwin Sr. said. “And there’s a breakdown of communication. There’s a lack of bridging those gaps and understanding the different cultures that exist and the different mindsets of people that exist today opposed to what they used to be back say even 10 years ago or 20 years ago.

“So that is where we’re running into problems. And I told Doug that I am not an advocate of universal federalization of policing practices. But at the same time, if we continue down this road where we are running into these issues and problems because of the lack of consistent training and comprehensive training, it’s almost to the point now Chris Harris Jr Jersey where we’re going to have to universally initiate some type of training policy that is standard and minimum throughout the country for law enforcement agencies to follow.”

Before the season, sociologist and activist Dr. Harry Edwards met with the Seahawks for a three-hour discussion. One of the things he told the players was the difference between a mob and a movement is the follow-through.

So as Baldwin Jr. and the Seahawks work to get back to the Super Bowl for the third time in four years, the wide receiver remains committed to using his platform for causes that have nothing to do with football.

“Athletes can have a very important role in these discussions because so many people, especially youth, look up to athletes,” Baldwin Sr. said. “And they’re very popular, iconic figures in our communities. So they have a power that most normal people don’t have, and sometimes by possessing that type of power, the power to persuade people to listen, it’s enormous.

“I don’t want my son growing up in an environment where he fears law enforcement. His father is a law enforcement officer. Both of my boys grew up around their father wearing a uniform, representing something good and something to be proud of. And I want him to always look at other officers in the same image that he looks at his father as in that uniform. I think he has taken all this personal because he doesn’t want his brother or his children to grow up in this type of culture. And I think that’s why he’s so passionate about it.”

6 big winners from Thursday’s ‘riveting’ NFL preseason action

1. Matthew Stafford: Maybe Matthew Stafford will be fine without Calvin Johnson after all. He was accurate, made decisions and looked like he won’t miss a beat without Megatron this year.

2. Christine Michael: The summer of Christine Michael continues. The Seahawks’ on again-off again running back had a fantastic game against the Vikings. Could he be the man in the backfield this year?

3. Griffin & Pryor: RG3 and Terrelle Pryor Chris Jones Jersey have a real connection. Pryor followed up his big play effort last week with a beautiful 50-yard touchdown catch from RG3. Griffin looked solid too, throwing another touchdown to Gary Barnidge.

4. Falcons running backs: Atlanta’s running Chuck Howley Jersey game looks on point. Devonta Freeman leads a stacked group of running backs for the Falcons. There was a lot to like about the bunch in Thursday’s preseason win over the Browns, too.

5. Tom Brady’s backup: Jimmy Garoppolo looks like he can win in the NFL. Brady’s backup had a great night and he did it without the Patriots’ top offensive weapons.

6. Jeremy Langford: Jeremy Langford has the Bears No. 1 running back job sewn up. He rushed for 55 yards on eight carries, caught one pass for 8 yards and scored a touchdown. Langford looks like the kind of back who’ll get 25 touches a game, and that’s a good thing.

HARRISON WANTS TO BE ON TV: James Harrison wants his interview with the NFL filmed. In his postgame comments during which he called Commissioner Roger Goodell a “crook,” Steelers linebacker James Harrison made a very good point about his upcoming PED interview. “I wouldn’t have a problem with it being filmed live,” Harrison said. All this is pointing toward a big labor war when it’s time for the next CBA. We discussed that on the podcast this week.

LUXURY STADIUM: The Falcons are teaming with Daktronics, IBM to build a massive video board. And it’s not just one big ol’ video screen, it’s literally thousands.

ROOKIE HEAD COACHES: For Adam Gase and the NFL’s other new head coaches, success starts with changing attitudes. The Dolphins want their new head coach to fix the offense, but for that to happen, he’s got to change the way the team views itself.

BREAKOUT SEASON: Is this the year that Lamar Miller becomes a legit No. 1 running back? Reports out of Houston suggest that Miller could be on the verge of a huge season. The Texans offense is perfect for him.