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Bills surprisingly release running back Jonathan Williams

Cut day was Saturday in the NFL, but the Bills made another significant cut on Sunday.

The Bills released second-year running back Jonathan Williams in a surprise move first reported by NFL Media. The Bills also announced the release of wide receiver Corey Brown and linebacker Gerald Hodges.

The three players were cut to make room for three players claimed off waivers: linebacker Deon Lacey, tight end Khari Lee and offensive lineman Conor McDermott.

Giants: “Eli Manning and this offense is clueless without Odell Beckham Jr.”

The line remains is awful, and the running game is non-existent. Turns out their passing game can go into the tank, too, with nobody picking up the pieces for OBJ. Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and Shane Vereen flashed only as checkdowns, and Brandon Marshall was checked out for most of the game. It’s all true.

Cowboys: “Doomsday is back with all their defensive changes.”

Eli and his weapons, even without Beckham, were supposed to have success facing a makeshift front and shaky new-look secondary. But Dallas, anchored by Sean Lee and its linebacker corps, was in position to clean up everything short-to-intermediate. The Cowboys are set to be overachievers again but will struggle against better pass protection units that can push the ball downfield.t_rangers_068-115x115

Rookie Dalvin Cook enters Week 1 as the Vikings’ starting rusher after bursting onto the scene in the preseason.

Despite considerable excitement surrounding Jameis Winston, the Bucs’ third-year starter still was only a Tier 3 QB in voting this year. Will he ascend? That question is paramount in part because the Buccaneers play a league-high 10 games against QBs in the top two tiers. How frequently will Winston give Tampa Bay an edge?

When the center points to someone, that’s who the offensive line is working to. Often, the QB will also point to the same player, or someone else if needed, so everyone is on the same page. This lets the defense know which way the center is sliding in pass protection. The defensive line will call stunts/twists AWAY from where the center is sliding because those two offensive linemen are man-to-man. It’s hard to run a stunt with the center sliding your direction.

Wentz followed that up with a pretty 15-yard pass to Jeffery, his other new receiving threat. It looks like Philly’s offseason acquisitions are fitting right in.

“Definitely a lot of pride,” Rhodes said of the one-on-one matchup. “I have to come down with the tackle. When he was here we had a couple of conversations that I told him I’m not going to back down from him. He told me we’re going to see how that ends. We’re definitely going to see how that ends Monday night.”

Though the future Hall of Famer may have the spotlight now, another running back hopes to make headlines in his debut as Peterson’s successor.

Rookie Dalvin Cook enters Week 1 as the Vikings’ starting rusher after bursting onto the scene in the preseason. The similarities between Cook and Peterson have been debated since the ex-Florida State product was drafted in the second round last April.steelers_122

they made a lot of shots and that took us down a little bit

Gortat, who has been so often stuck helplessly flinging a hand up while Thomas launches a 3, knows the team needs to do better than that. But looking at the numbers, he said he is not sure the Celtics can keep making their 3s at the rate they have in the first two games, even when they’re open.

“They made a lot of shots, they made a lot of shots and that took us down a little bit,” Gortat said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the effort, it’s all about the heart, going out there to play for 48 minutes. I truly believe they’re not going to shoot like that for the next four, five games. I can’t believe they will shoot like that. That is kind of crazy.”

He may be right. The Celtics shot 37.3 percent on open or wide-open 3s during the season, but 44.4 percent in two games against the Wizards. In the first game, the Celtics were 10 of 18 on wide-open 3s, but that dropped to 6 of 14 in Game 2. On open 3s, the Celtics were 7 of 15 in Game 1 and 5 of 16 in Game 2. That reflects the Celtics reverting to the mean, but it also reflects the fact that forward Markieff Morris, the Wizards’ best close-out defender, played only 11:20 of Game 1 before going out with an ankle injury.

Trevor Ariza led the Rockets with 23 points as he knocked down five of the team’s 22 3-pointers (postseason franchise-record) and was one of six Houston players in double figures. Clint Capela (20 points, 13 rebounds) and James Harden (20 points, 14 assists) added double-doubles for Houston.

“We lost and they won and they played better,” a frustrated and succinct Popovich told reporters after the game. “We disobeyed a lot of basic basketball rules.”falcons_052

Brandon Marshall says he plans to retire after two more seasons

A 10-game starter for Tennessee in 2014 and 2015, Mettenberger may never take another NFL snap. Claimed off waivers last August from San Diego, Mettenberger didn’t impress enough during an entire season in Pittsburgh to stick on the 2017 roster. He was released Monday after the Steelers invested a fourth-round pick in Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs.

Brandon Marshall has been tormenting cornerbacks in the NFL for over a decade, but defensive backs will be able to rest easy in 2020.

Marshall told ESPN at the NBC4 Health and Fitness expo that he plans to retire after two more NFL seasons.

The 33-year-old wideout signed with the Giants this offseason. He told ESPN that he wants to win a Super Bowl, then go change the world in the mental health space.

Marshall was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Broncos. He has played for Denver, Miami, Chicago and the Jets, and ranks 24th all-time in receiving yards, 23rd in receiving touchdowns and 18th in receptions. He has made six Pro Bowls.

He has also been a long-time advocate of mental health awareness, so his post-career move was to be expected.

The Patriots brought the DH back to their lineup. After dancing around the decision re-sign Hightower, they were wise to reverse course for the disruptive inside linebacker’s services as soon as the Jets came into play as suitors. He was (and is) as indispensable to their defense as safety Devin McCourty.


This isn’t the best year to be in dire need of a quarterback.

The most recent quarterback experiment was Brock Osweiler. He signed a three-year, $72 million contract with $37 million guaranteed in 2016. The Texans managed to unloaded him and his massive cap hit onto the Cleveland Browns, via trade, a year later. They had to sweeten the deal with a second-round pick. Now, they’re left with just Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden on the roster.

Hoping for the best with Savage and Weeden isn’t a viable answer, and there’s not a great fit waiting for them in free agency. If the Texans want to upgrade at quarterback, they’re going to have to do it through the draft.

This isn’t the best year to be in dire need of a quarterback. There are a handful of talented prospects with long-term potential, but there’s not a single player who looks like Game Kids Zach Parise Jersey a surefire, immediate solution capable of taking over in Week 1 and carrying the team’s Super Bowl aspirations.

There aren’t any current models of point guards on good teams who can’t shoot at all. Below-average marksmen like Westbrook or even Dennis Schroder are far ahead of where Fox currently is. Terrible shooters like Elfrid Payton, Rajon Rondo, and Michael Carter-Williams haven’t been successful recently. It’s possible that a non-shooting point guard simply cannot succeed in today’s NBA. It is also possible that the right non-shooting point guard hasn’t come around recently.

At the beginning of his career, Tony Parker couldn’t shoot a lick, yet was an integral part of a championship-level Spurs offense. He was so darn quick and crafty that the Spurs built a Game Kids Spencer Paysinger Jersey team that worked to his strengths and played around his weaknesses. Fox is a better prospect than any recent non-shooting guard and might even be able to get by without a shot.

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The Rams receiving corps is a mixed bag of “what if” players

DeAndre Hopkins – He had one of the biggest games of the season with 238 yards and two scores against the Titans last season. The Texans do not have Andre Johnson anymore, so Cecil Shorts and Jaelen Strong are the biggest threats for targets. Plus, with Arian Foster down with a groin injury, we should see a ton of targets going to Hopkins.

Keenan Allen – He burned a lot of fantasy owners last year after a very impressive 2013. The Chargers won’t have tight end Antonio Gates to start the season due to suspension, so expect Allen to get some extra red-zone targets. He’ll need those after hitting pay dirt just four times last season.

The Rams receiving corps is a mixed bag of “what if” players. Kenny Britt has never lived up to his expectations. He showed promise in 2014, but he isn’t as explosive as he once after suffering multiple injuries over his first six years in the league.

Tavon Austin is still a gadget player. Rams offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti has tried to talk about Austin so far in 2015. Bailey is still a better receiver. Brian Quick is also returning from a major shoulder injury.

Bailey led the Rams receivers in yards after the catch and broken tackles in 2014. He ranked No. 23 in the league in yards after the catch per reception.

According to Pro Football Focus, from Week 12-17 last year, Bailey ranked No. 31 in points per opportunity (carries + routes run). We’re looking at numbers in the WR3 range.

This year, though, the position is much murkier. Will Peyton Manning be back to full strength? How much will a suspension hurt Tom Brady? Is Drew Brees over the hill, or set for a rebound? Heck, who’s the position’s top guy — Rodgers or Andrew Luck?

He’s in a bit of a logjam on the Patriots’ receiver depth chart

Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (4.4 percent). If I had to choose a Jacksonville pass-catcher not named Allen Robinson to have in my fantasy lineup, it would be Lee over Allen Hurns. He has four catches in three straight games and at least four catches in 8-of-10 games this season. He’s a deeper-league add who can be used in PPR leagues. Lee has made significant strides in his third pro season.

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings (49.3 percent). I Brooks Reed Womens Jersey debated whether or not to include McKinnon in this column, as he has had just two games this season with more than four fantasy points but five games this year with double-digit rushes. Just two more teams have a bye left on their schedule, which should help fill lineups out, so McKinnon is only a deeper-league add for someone in need of backfield help.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets (41.1 percent). I don’t have an explanation for Powell’s ownership declining this past week other than the Jets being on a bye. But he’s a steady option that has been in flex consideration for some time in PPR formats. He will continue to have a role alongside Matt Forte in New York and is a smart pickup in leagues with 12 or more team owners.

Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears (41.0 percent). For three more games, the Bears will be without wideout Alshon Jeffery, and their top tight end Zach Miller is now out for the season as well. Meredith hauled in all four of his targets in Week 11 and is the nominal No. 1 pass-catcher in Chicago until Jeffery’s return in Week 15. He should be added in any-size league and is in flex consideration in 12-team-or-larger leagues.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers (17.0 percent). This is a numbers-speak-for-themselves argument: In his five games as a starter, Kaepernick has averaged 18.6 fantasy points per game. The 49ers offense isn’t particularly good, but Kaepernick offers enough fantasy Chris Chester Womens Jersey value as a dual-threat quarterback (he’s already fourth among quarterbacks in rushing yards) to be considered as a streamer for an owner whose normal starter faces a stiff test in a given week. He’s a good depth option to have on the bench or use as a spot-starter.

Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott could help the Cowboys record their ninth straight win Sunday

In their illustrious history, the Dallas Cowboys have never ripped off nine straight wins in the same season.

A victory Sunday against the Ravens, who will be making their first trip to AT&T Stadium, would give the 2016 Cowboys a piece of history.

There is a lot of that going around the Cowboys these days. Elliott needs just 2 yards to break Tony Dorsett’s team rookie record for rushing yards in a season. Prescott already owns the team rookie records for wins, yards and touchdown passes and needs 24 completions to eclipse Troy Aikman’s record of 293.

But the Cowboys aren’t interested Mike Cammalleri Authentic Jersey in history just yet.

“This is not a time to reflect back on anything,” coach Jason Garrett said.

They hope to do that sometime in February.

“Sergey gets to show his abilities and talents and Main Events has the ability to know exactly how to move him perfectly. This is the kind of opportunity that I have been waiting for for a very long time, to prove myself, to prove my staff, to prove my company that we were still there and we could do this and I think we gave Sergey the opportunity to prove what he can do. It was a beautiful thing and meant to be.”

For three years and 18 fights, Klimas brought Kovalev all over the country, paying Patrik Elias Authentic Jersey to put his fights on cards, building his record and hoping to get noticed by a promoter. But they all passed as Kovalev fought on small cards in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, California, Kentucky, Georgia, Illinois, the state of Washington and once in Russia, an ill-fated 2011 bout in which his opponent, Roman Simakov, died from brain injuries suffered in a seventh-round knockout loss.

Kovalev, who routinely declines to speak of the incident, thought about quitting after the fight, but eventually made the decision to go on.

The Cardinals were coming off a 90-win season and a National League Central title in 2014

Mozeliak reached out to Hill immediately after Fernandez’s death, and the two have spoken several times since. Among the insights Mozeliak has shared: Work can be therapeutic.

“You want to be respectful to the parents and siblings and people in that inner circle who are going to grieve for a long time,” Mozeliak said. “But going back to business actually helps with the healing. It’s hard to get your hands around a tragedy when you’re [forcing yourself] not to think about it. When you have something to focus on — like getting Marcus Easley Authentic Jersey the club going again from an organizational standpoint — it makes it a lot easier.”

At the time of Taveras’ death, he was regarded as an elite prospect still trying to get over the hump. Taveras had just hit .239 with a .590 OPS in 80 games as a rookie, and the Cardinals knew he had some maturing to do and adjustments to make Marquise Goodwin Authentic Jersey to take his game to another level.

The Cardinals were coming off a 90-win season and a National League Central title in 2014, and Mozeliak couldn’t afford to stand pat and let things sort themselves out in the spring. So he made a bold offseason move, acquiring right fielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden from the Atlanta Braves for pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins before Thanksgiving. Heyward logged a .293/.359/.439 slash line and won a Gold Glove to help the Cardinals win 100 games in 2015 before leaving to sign a $184 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

“We leaned on our bullpen a lot last year because it was a strength for us, and our starting pitching on the whole wasn’t as strong,” Hill said. “To build that way is another route we can take. Get versatile, multi-inning pieces in the bullpen and try to shorten a game. We’ve seen the trends of late with Kansas City and [Cleveland] in the postseason. We have the pieces in place already, so that might be a way to ease the blow.”

If Hill is looking for a current road map on how to move past Fernandez on and off the field, none exist. The closest comparable came two years ago in St. Louis, when star outfield prospect Oscar Taveras died in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic at age 22.

Taveras’ death marked the third encounter with tragedy for St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak in 20 years with the organization. Mozeliak was assistant GM under Walt Jocketty when veteran starter Darryl Kile died of a heart ailment in 2002, and was in the same role when pitcher Josh Hancock was killed in a car accident in 2007.

“You felt Jose every fifth day on the mound, and the energy he brought. But this was also a young man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He had a pure energy and passion for the game that was infectious. I don’t think you can separate the two.”
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill