Month: September 2017

Eric Dickerson signs 1-day contract to retire a member of the Los Angeles Rams

Eric Dickerson signed a one-day contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday to retire with the team. Yes, that Eric Dickerson.

Dickerson played the first four seasons of his career with the Rams, before splitting his 1987 season between the Colts and Rams. He then finished off with four seasons with the Colts, one with the Raiders, and a short stint with the Falcons in 1993. He had his best seasons with the Rams, where he set the rookie record for most yards in a season with 1,808, and most rushing yards in a season overall (2,105) in his second year.

Detroit’s scheme is a much better fit for Washington. I think he will thrive in it. He will have a lot more opportunities to rush the passer for the Lions as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up being the most impactful offseason addition for the Lions this year.

Washington should be able to play multiple positions in Detroit’s 3-4 scheme, but I’m most excited to see him as a left defensive end on early downs. After having to hold the point on double teams and two-gapping guards, jacking up tight ends one-on-one should be a piece of cake for him.

And let’s not forget that Ziggy Ansah should be lining up Cheap Rugby Jerseys opposite of him. Ansah is always going to attract a lot of attention. That means Cheap Spirit Jerseys Washington should see a lot of one-on-one opportunities at defensive end as well.

Khalil Mack had a great season — but he plays one position.

He never got around to being smart. Burfict kept on crushing opposing players and drawing personal fouls every step of the way. Even in practice, Burfict was a problem.

“There were more practice fights in Vontaze’s years than I’ve seen in (current coach) Todd Graham’s entire four years at ASU,” Chris Karpman of Sun Devil Source told the Press Enterprise in January. “I think in the first week after he’d been cleared academically as a freshman, he was in a fight every day of practice that following week.”

Sporting News dubbed Burfict “The Meanest Man in College Football” in 2011, but Erickson was forced to bench the linebacker a few times — sometimes unsuccessfully.

“I know one thing,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley told Sporting News. “Somebody is taking a blow every play (Burfict is) on the field.”

A 15-yard penalty was given to Adam “Pacman” Jones in the chaos that followed, and the Steelers hit a chip shot to win. Burfict was suspended three games for the hit that concussed Brown and knocked him out of the Steelers’ next playoff game.

Collins: Khalil Mack had a great season — but he plays one position. I’m all over the field. And he only had, what, 11 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 1 touchdown? I’m making sacks, tackles for losses, forced fumbles and interceptions.

I had 89 carries for 1,200-plus yards as a senior, but I only played running back that one year. I just played it because my team wanted me to. When I got to high school, I was supposed to be a running back. But Eddie Lacy was our starter [at Louisiana’s Dutchtown High], so I wasn’t touching the ball. If things Texans Cheap Jerseys didn’t work out at Soccer Cheap Jerseys DB, yes, I would’ve been a running back in the NFL.

You might lose in a throw-off against Dan Marino and you might answer some questions wrong

The front seven will feature three new starters: DEs Stacey McGee (92) and Jonathan Allen (95), along with ILB Zach Brown (53). Safety D.J. Swearinger (36) is one potential impact newcomer in the lineup. Offensively, receivers Terrelle Pryor Sr. (11) and Josh Doctson (18) both have talent, but they’re still working on their rapport with Kirk Cousins (8). — John Keim

Four-fifths of the Eagles’ offensive line remains intact, and the newcomer — second-year guard Isaac Seumalo (73) — is highly regarded by the coaching staff. Half of the starting defensive line is different, with defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (93) and defensive end Vinny Curry (75) replacing Bennie Logan and Connor Barwin, who Raiders Cheap Jerseys moved on to different teams this offseason. — Tim McManus

A one-win team should have turnover, and the Browns Wholesale NHL Jerseys have plenty. There will be four new starters on defense, most notably first overall draft pick Myles Garrett (95) at right end. Offensively there will be a new starter at receiver, three new starters on the offensive line, a new tight end and, naturally, a new quarterback. With rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer (7) named the Week 1 starter, the Browns will have their 27th starter since 1999 and their fifth opening-day starter in the past five years. — Pat McManamon

According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the Jets were making calls to potentially trade Richardson. A few days before the 2017 NFL draft, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan told’s Connor Hughes that he wasn’t going to “speculate or comment on anything we’re doing.”

You might lose in a throw-off against Dan Marino and you might answer some questions wrong, but instead of the story making you do the challenge over, it keeps on trucking.

What’s new in the NFC North for 2017

There’s plenty of uni-related news as we move toward the kickoff of the 2017 NFL season. Most notably, a new Nike collar that eliminates the Flywire design has been adopted by 19 of the 22 teams that were still using the old one — we’ll call them the Flyswatter Brigade! Here’s our rundown of what you can expect to see in the NFC North on the gridiron this fall.

The Flyswatting continues in Chicago, where the Bears have upgraded to the new template:

Tom Brady wants to play until he’s 45 years old, but his contract is up in 2019. Brady and the Patriots have reportedly been discussing an extension. If they work something out, Brady may forego the chance to be the league’s highest-paid player, structuring his contract in a more team-friendly way as he’s done in the past.

He’s won five Super Bowls, and even at age 40, has US Cheap Jerseys shown no signs Wholesale Jerseys China of slowing down. Last year he might have won league MVP for the third time if he hadn’t served a four-game suspension to start the season because of Deflategate. Brady finished with 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns, and just two interceptions over 12 games. Brady, perhaps more than any other quarterback, deserves to be the top-paid player in the NFL.

As quarterback contracts continue to trend up, the disparity between the way that position is valued compared to other skill players increases. But the reality is that you can’t win games in the NFL without a competent player behind center. Every single one of these quarterbacks could end up being the league’s highest-paid player — at least until the next guy gets paid.

The Jets cut ties with Marshall and Eric Decker shortly after the 2016 season.

Then the team lost Quincy Enunwa to a season-ending injury and have seen others like Jalin Marshall and Robby Anderson get in trouble.

But the team still has all the pieces that made them a nightmare to deal with last year. The offense is mostly unchanged and the defense added Dontari Poe and Takkarist McKinley. As long as Matt Ryan doesn’t revert to a player more like his 2015 self, they’ll be a problem to deal with.

NFL teams have made 30 trades since Aug. 1, more than twice the average for the same period over the previous five years. Many trades involved minimal compensation for fringe players, but there were also moves that could push contenders such as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks over the top.

The increased activity provides an opportunity to consider six factors that could be enabling an increase in trade activity. I spoke with some NFL executives and heard a number of explanations. Some to consider:

The Seahawks are 3-0 in the preseason heading into Thursday’s showdown with old AFC West rivals. Their running game still has a Cheap Cycling Jerseys lot of question marks — Thomas Rawls and C.J Prosise missed most of the Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China preseason with injuries, while rookie Chris Carson has outplayed Eddie Lacy. Another position battle is the backup QB position spot, with Trevone Boykin and Austin Davis competing for the right to hold Russell Wilson’s clipboard.

The new Atlanta stadium’s 7 wildest features, from the roof to the field

The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta opened on Aug. 26 for a preseason Atlanta Falcons game against the Arizona Cardinals. After that, the stadium’s major debut came with two big college games, Alabama-Florida State and Georgia Tech-Tennessee.

Along with being the home stadium to both the Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United, the new digs will put on the Chick-fil-A Kickoff, the SEC Championship, the HBCU national championship, and the Peach Bowl each season.

One example was Wade having to listen to all the criticism of him during his football career. Athletes have to deal with the ongoing feedback from a fan base every day. The good, the bad and the absolutely terrible can reach and Cheap College Basketball Jerseys affect an athlete with a page view, a tweet, or a radio show.

Losing will inevitably be a byproduct of cutting ties with so many veterans, but the Jets are better set up to be winners in the future.

Is that tanking?

It depends on your definition. If all it takes are moves that push the team toward more losses than wins, then the Jets’ 2017 offseason would certainly seem to qualify. But those moves are about a whole lot more than Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys Darnold or any other top draft pick.

Their odds of repeating as a postseason squad fell after Ryan Tannehill was lost for the year after suffering an ACL injury in practice.

Jones saw 127 targets from Matt Ryan in 2016 and averaged almost 17 yards per grab

Johnson, 45, made his way into the world of wrestling in 1996 — three years after the UFC’s first event. Fourteen years later, he said he would have begun a career in mixed martial arts instead of wrestling had the sport been further along.

“My whole life I’ve been training short-area quickness, speed and explosion,” Anders said. “It all translates into mixed martial arts whether you’re throwing punches on your feet, or kicks, or wrestling. At the same time I was never training kicks or punches so I had to learn how to throw punches properly, and how to kick with proper technique. Now that I’ve got those techniques down, the power and explosion come into play.”

Those skills aren’t useful solely in football and MMA, though. Professional wrestling has also provided a path for the powerful and explosive.

Proven daily fantasy expert Al Zeidenfeld breaks down the top value plays at every position for Week 1 of the NFL season.

Jones saw 127 targets from Matt Ryan in 2016 and averaged almost 17 yards per grab (16.98). Give me Jones’ freakish talent and matchup Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids ability versus a Bears’ secondary that is still trying to build an identity under John Fox. — Matt Bowen

For Cousins, dragging Washington back to the playoffs would be a clear indicator he’s worthy of the expensive long-term Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys contract his franchise has refused him for so long.

How do motions play a part in determining man-to-man or zone?

First, a motion is when a skill player (so not a lineman), starts in one spot, and moves laterally and/or back to a different location. Unlike the CFL, you’re not allowed to go forward in your motion before the snap. Some teams motion a whole bunch; others not often. A WR can motion all the way across the line of scrimmage. A back and/or tight end can motion from outside to the backfield and vice versa.

The motions are a great indictor for man or zone coverage. When a motion occurs, if the defender on that player follows him for the entire motion, it’s man coverage. If the defense just shifts players a bit, it’s zone coverage. And nothing works better for this than an RB or TE motion from inside out.

Cutler knows Miami’s offense from his time working with head coach Adam Gase as his offensive coordinator in Chicago. He looked comfortable and confident, especially on this 72-yard pass to DeVante Parker:

Technically the quarterback situation hasn’t been settled in Miami. Moore is still up for the job in theory. But after the Dolphins paid Cutler $13 million to delay his broadcasting career and return to football, it seemed obvious what direction the team was going to go. Cutler’s performance on Buy Cheap Jerseys Online Thursday solidified it.

It’s preseason, so it doesn’t matter that much. But there were a ton of interceptions on Thursday night. That’s fun for all of us watching, and Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys it’s less fun for the quarterbacks involved.

All of those things are fine for Ball on the court, but it’s an odd look off of it.

Right or wrong, people who watched him last night and people who are waking up to Ball’s performance are talking about how he did it in Nikes.

Lonzo Ball is under a microscope, thanks largely to his outspoken father. People will talk about whatever he says or does, and they’ll always talk about the Big Baller Brand. That can be a great thing — as long as he’s wearing the ZO2.

When he’s not, people will say he made the wrong decision by moving independently instead of with an established brand. And it becomes even more of an issue when he’s wears one of those rival brands. .

Ball will sport the ZO2s again. He’ll have big performances in them on a higher stage. But at least until his next big game, people are going to talk about how he should have signed with Nike.

Greg Monroe is an option there for the Knicks and he’s on an expiring deal. Rose is looking for a solid eight-figure deal at this point, and at the going rate for point guards this offseason, he’s right to do so. The only question for the Bucks is whether he’s worth the hassle in giving up some of their depth moving forward.

The basketball fit in Milwaukee makes no sense. Dellavedova struggled with his health last season, but they’re still paying him and he can be productive when he Cheap Vintage Jerseys plays. Brogdon will be their starter moving forward and is a great fit next to Giannis Antetokounmpo. Rose can’t shoot and would take possessions away from their best player.

This is about money and all parties involved Cheap USA Soccer Jerseys know it. The only question is whether Rose can play his cards right.

Leonsis is probably right — the designated veteran player extension should do its job here.

“Whatever I do, I do it for the city of D.C. I do so much in the community. If it wasn’t for the love of that, I wouldn’t do it. It’s just about sitting back, weighing my options and knowing where I want to be for another 8 to 10 years. Basically for my whole career. That’s all I’m doing.”
So why hasn’t he signed yet? It’s smart for Wall to take his time and make sure the Wizards do productive things in the offseason, like make improvements to the bench and retain Otto Porter. He also made a last-ditch push to recruit Paul George in Washington, but that was always a long shot.

Ultimately, though, the Wizards’ inability to acquire another star to join Wall, Porter, and Bradley Beal shouldn’t any bearing on Wall’s decision. The Wizards had a solid team last year and should have a solid team this year in a weakened Eastern Conference.

Leonsis is probably right — the designated veteran player extension should do its job here. It’s difficult to see Wall passing up being paid handsomely to play in a place he loves to be.

Even though he shot less than 40 percent from the field and from deep, Williams connected on 10 of 11 of his free-throw attempts and snagged six rebounds. It’s nice to see Williams score at will and make opposing defenses look foolish. He’s Cheap Texas Rangers Jerseys only 22 years old, so he’s only going to get better from here.

Jamil Wilson (SF, Clippers)
Wilson did a great job of stuffing the stat sheet in the Clippers’ 100-93 win against the Milwaukee Bucks. He poured in 18 points, eight rebounds, and eight Cheap UK Basketball Jerseys assists. Wilson made 50 percent of his three-point shots and didn’t hesitate to drive to the hoop, too.