HOUSTON — Instead of playing coy Zack Greinke Jersey , which some predicted would be his course of action, did not hesitate in announcing that rookie right-hander Shohei Ohtani would return to the mound for the first time in nearly three months on Sunday.Ohtani (4-1, 3.10 ERA) last pitched for the Angels on June 6 against the Kansas City Royals, working four innings before being sidelined with a grade 2 UCL sprain. The two-way Rookie of the Year candidate returned as a hitter on July 3 and produced a slash line of .261/.333/.555 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs over 44 games entering the four-game series with the Astros.Ohtani underwent injections of platelet-rich plasma and stem cells in his elbow on June 7.Article continues below ...“We’ll obviously monitor that very closely and we’ll have a range, but we’re going to wait and talk internally just to see what he’s going to be able to do and how the game’s going,” Scioscia said of a pitch count for Ohtani. “Naturally there’ll be a range that we’ll want to stay in.“This is going to be fluid. This is going to be directed from a lot of input from our medical staff, from how he’s evaluated after every outing, and we’ll see the frequency that he’s going to get out there.”Rookie right-hander Jaime Barria (8-9 Paul Goldschmidt Jersey , 3.67 ERA) will start the second game of the series for the Angels (65-69). It will mark his 21st start on the season and 10th on the road. Barria was charged with the loss on Aug 25 against the Astros after allowing four earned runs and five hits over three innings, his second-shortest start of 2018. In two starts against Houston this season, Barria is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. He will make his first career appearance at Minute Maid Park.Left-hander Framber Valdez (2-0, 0.96 ERA) will make his second career start and third appearance for the Astros (82-52) on Friday. Valdez allowed one run on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts over five innings against the Angels on Aug. 26 in a 3-1 victory. He made his major league debut five days earlier in relief against the Seattle Mariners, earning the victory after surrendering one unearned run on two hits and one walk over 4 1/3 innings.Astros catcher Brian McCann will start behind the plate on Saturday following reinstatement from the 10-day disabled list. McCann has been sidelined since June 30 (right knee surgery).“We’re going to get him back in the mix right away,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I want to see his agility, I want to see his mobility, I want to see him hit with some leverage on his knee — all things that he’s shown in the minor leagues and he’s telling me that he can do.“His ability behind the plate to run a game http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-patrick-corbin-jersey , to control the pitching staff, the trust of the pitching staff will come back immediately. There will be an immediate, great feeling out of the pitching staff when they throw to him. But I am eager to get him back in the mix because he brings a lot of intangibles, he brings a lot of experience, and he needs to get back in the flow of things having been out so long.” A look at what’s happening around the majors today:BREAK OUT THE BROOMSThe surprising Rays go for their eighth straight victory when they try to become the first team to sweep Boston in a series this season. Tampa Bay is a season-high eight games over .500 at 69-61 and has allowed three or fewer runs in seven consecutive games. All-Star lefty Blake Snell (15-5, 2.07 ERA) pitches against former teammate Nathan Eovaldi (5-5) in the finale of the three-game set. “He really helped me with my work ethic and led by example,” said Snell, who is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts against Boston this year. “He’s very special.”Eovaldi is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts for the major league-leading Red Sox since being acquired from the Rays on July 25. Boston (90-41) has lost five of seven. “We’ve been good on getaway days and day games Randy Johnson Jersey ,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “It would be a good day to put everything together, finish strong and turn the page in this stadium.”HOMER HAPPYKendrys Morales has homered in six consecutive games, tying Jose Cruz Jr. (2001) for the Blue Jays record, heading into their series finale against Philadelphia. Morales, with seven home runs during his streak, matched St. Louis first baseman Matt Carpenter for the longest run in the majors this season. The big league record of eight games in a row with a homer is shared by Dale Long, Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr. The slumping Phillies have lost 17 of their past 21 meetings with Toronto, including six straight north of the border.NEW YORK BAGELSThe last time the Nationals faced Mets left-hander Steven Matz http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-a.-j.-pollock-jersey , they hammered him for seven runs in the first inning on the way to a 25-4 romp. Washington could have used some of those runs the last three games — all shutout losses. The Nationals will try to end their record skid of offensive futility at Citi Field. They haven’t scored since Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off homer Wednesday night. Not since they were the Montreal Expos and were shut out in three straight by the Florida Marlins in 2004 — all three games were played in Puerto Rico — had the franchise been held down like this. The Expos moved to Washington the next season.THEN AND NOWInducted into the Hall of Fame last month, longtime Detroit shortstop Alan Trammell will have his No. 3 retired by the Tigers in a pregame ceremony. After that, touted rookie Michael Kopech takes the mound to make his second major league start for the Chicago White Sox.TRACK RECORDIn four games since he joined the Chicago Cubs in a trade with the Nationals, Daniel Murphy is 7 for 19 (.368) with two homers and five RBIs. He’ll try to go deep in a third straight game for the Cubs, who have 17 homers in their past 10 games. Success at Wrigley Field is nothing new for Murphy, who is batting .407 in 31 career regular-season games there — all but three of them before he joined the Cubs. Chicago is hoping Murphy can recapture the form of his postseason run with the Mets in 2015, when he went 9 for 17 (.529) with four homers in a four-game NLCS sweep of the Cubs.END OF THE ROADGiants catcher Buster Posey will undergo season-ending hip surgery Monday in Colorado, ending what has been a painful and frustrating year for the six-time All-Star. The 31-year-old Posey has been playing in pain and is hitting .284 with only 41 RBIs and five home runs — his fewest since 2011 Yasmany Tomas Jersey , the year before he won the NL MVP award. … Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (bone spurs in both heels) will not play at all this season. Tulowitzki had surgery on both feet at the start of the regular season. The five-time All-Star hasn’t played since July 2017, when he seriously injured his right ankle in a collision at first base.
With their hire of Bruce Arians Buccaneers Ali Marpet Jersey , the Buccaneers have gotten a lot of buzz in the last month. Tampa Bay’s fan base, even if there are still holes on the roster to fill in the coming months. It’s been an exciting time for the franchise, but the hype around Arians might not be enough for everyone to overlook the team’s other issues.On Monday, ESPN.com’s Bill Barnwell projected Vegas win totals for each NFL team in 2019. For the Bucs, he set the over/under at 6.5. He addressed the team’s 3-6 record in one-possession games last year, but did note that Arians had a record of 29-12-1 in such games during his time with the Colts and Cardinals. But here’s where Barnwell has concerns about Tampa Bay in 2019: There are a few things to unpack there. Starting with the Jameis Winston point, I’m not sure “unreliable” is the right word to describe him. Inconsistent? Sure. There have been plenty of inconsistencies in his game, but he took significant steps forward down the stretch of last season. Heading into 2019 with Arians as his coach Cheap Donovan Smith Jersey , Winston should be in a good position to succeed. As far as being “unreliable” off the field? It seems that his issues are behind him. Remember, the incident that caused his three-game suspension this past season happened in 2016. He is now a father and has often stated that he needs to be an example for his son. Overall, Winston feels out of place in terms of the rest of Barnwell’s concerns.The defense is a legitimate concern, even with the addition of new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. The front seven has the potential to be pretty solid, but there is a ton of work to be done in the secondary. Brent Grimes is gone and Vernon Hargreaves III might need to work exclusively in the slot, so Tampa Bay has to fill that other outside corner position. The unit could also use help at safety. The defense is a problem right now, and yes, the rest of the NFC South might be positioned better for postseason runs in 2019. Specifically Peyton Barber Jersey , the Saints and Falcons should both be very good next season. It’s fair to say that the defense and the difficulty of the division should be concerning. But with the talent on offense and some new voices in the locker room, the Bucs should be stronger in year one under Arians. Now, it might not necessarily be time to put deposits down on playoff tickets. The team isn’t quite there yet. But with that being said... Hammer the over. The Buccaneers are home for the second straight game this week and host the division rival Carolina Panthers. After an impressive victory last week against the lowly San Francisco 49ers, Week 13’s matchup against the kittens will be a much tougher task.One of the big stories this week is the matchup between Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans against Carolina’s cornerback James Bradberry. Evans was only able to record one catch for 16 yards on 10 target when Bradberry covered earlier this season. Evans vowed to bounce back in much bigger fashion this week and may have the opportunity to do so as Bradberry has struggled horribly in coverage recently. Tampa Bay’s top wideout most certainly wants to make sure Bradberry’s string of bad games continues.Enjoy each other’s company in Week 12’s Bucs gameday open thread!Week 13 Staff PicksLatest line: - Panthers by 3, over/under: 53.5Gil (7-4): Panthers 30, Bucs 24James (5-6): Bucs 30, Panthers 27Evan (6-5):Bucs 29, Panthers 25Alex (4-7): Bucs 28 Cheap Justin Evans Jersey , Panthers 27Jon (5-6): Panthers 27, Bucs 20Kyle (9-2): Bucs 31, Panthers 28David (5-6): Bucs 35, Panthers 31Bailey (4-7): Panthers 38, Bucs 27Dustin (5-6): Bucs 31, Panthers 28A Twitter List by Bucs_Nation
The victory was Tampa Bay’s second straight over New Orleans and it put Dirk Koetter and his team atop the NFC South standings through one week. Here Womens Bryan Anger Jersey , we’ll look at what else went on in the division during the season’s opening weekend.Carolina Panthers (1-0)The Panthers started their season off on the right foot with a 16-8 home win over the Cowboys. There obviously wasn’t a lot of scoring to go around, with the Carolina defense stifling Dak Prescott and Dallas. The unit allowed just 232 total yards, with the eight points coming on a fourth-quarter touchdown and two-point conversion after the Panthers already had a 16-0 lead. Cam Newton opened the scoring in the second quarter with a four-yard touchdown run before Graham Gano made a 27-yard field goal to go up 10-0. Alex Armah scored on a one-yard touchdown run to pad the lead early in the fourth, but 16 points was more than enough for the defense.Newton was Carolina’s leading rusher, going for 58 yards and a score on 13 carries. He added 161 passing yards on 17-of-26 passing. Luke Kuechly was the game’s leading tackler with 13 (11 solo), while the rest of the defense combined for six sacks. Kawann Short had two, Mario Addison and Wes Horton both had 1 1鈦? and Shaq Thompson had one. Up Next: at Atlanta Falcons (0-1)Atlanta Falcons (0-1)The Falcons opened their season in Philadelphia on Thursday night, falling 18-12 to the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles. It was a low-scoring affair, with former Buc Matt Bryant being the difference in the first half. After Atlanta led 6-3 at halftime on two field goals by Bryant http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/jameis-winston-jersey , Jay Ajayi put the Eagles on top 10-6 early in the third quarter. Tevin Coleman later answered with a nine-yard touchdown run early in the fourth to give the Falcons a 12-10 lead. They held onto that two-point advantage until late, but Ajayi scored again with 2:19 left to give the Eagles an 18-12 lead. Matt Ryan led his offense down the field and inside the 10 of Philly in the game’s final seconds, but the offense stalled out due to some questionable red zone play-calling and a couple of bad throws.Ryan completed just 21 of his 43 passes for 251 yards and tossed one interception. Julio Jones kept Ryan and the offense afloat in the best way he could, catching 10 passes for 169 yards. As if the close loss wasn’t enough, the defense will now be without safety Keanu Neal for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL.Up Next: vs. Carolina Panthers (1-0)New Orleans Saints (0-1)Buccaneer fans know exactly what went on with the Saints on Sunday. New Orleans came out hot offensively, but its defense couldn’t slow down Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay offense. The two teams traded scores early, but a 17-14 lead early in the second quarter was the last lead of the day for the defending division champs. After the Bucs put up 17 straight points, the Saints countered with a touchdown before halftime. But their defense couldn’t hold up in the second half and the offense slowed in the third quarter. Tampa Bay went on another 17-0 run to take a commanding 48-24 lead. Drew Brees tried to lead a big comeback, but fell short in what turned out to be a 48-40 loss.Brees was magnificent on Sunday Authentic Peyton Barber Jersey , throwing for 439 yards and three touchdowns on 37-of-45 passing. Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara were unstoppable in the passing game, with Thomas setting a Saints record for receptions (16) in a 180-yard, one-touchdown day. Kamara scored two touchdowns on the ground, but also caught nine passes for 112 yards and a score.Up Next: vs. Cleveland Browns (0-0-1) When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers basically transitioned to Dirk Koetter from the firing of Lovie Smith, things were supposed to be better. And while it did get better, to some degree — offensively, the team never truly improved. But surprisingly enough keeping many of the coaches from the Lovie-days wasn’t even the biggest mistake(s) he made. In three seasons, Koetter managed to create drama, force people to pull their hair out Authentic Chandler Catanzaro Jersey , and seal his own fate. Here are three of Koetter’s biggest failures in three seasons as head coach of the Bucs.Season 1: Never developed a running gameThis phase of the game hurt many aspects of the Buccaneers potential explosiveness on offense. In 2016, new head coach Dirk Koetter came in and vowed to be a run-first football team. His idea never materialized and in his first year as head coach Tampa Bay averaged 3.6 yards per carry. At the time, Doug Martin was said to be the bell-cow for the offense but averaged 2.9 yards per carry while Jacquizz Rodgers averaged 4.3 and Peyton Barber averaged 4.1. This was the beginning of a stubborn side of Koetter that carried (no pun intended) well into his final season as the Bucs head coach.The offensive line was blamed by many, but ironically enough Rodgers and Barber averaged better numbers than Martin did behind that same line. Koetter’s inability to adjust, see the difference in running backs, and sticking with Martin were the reasons why the Buccaneers running game failed in 2016 and was never ever able to recover throughout his tenure as head coach.Season 2: The poor handling of Winston’s injuryIn 2017, franchise quarterback Jameis Winston missed three games due to an injury to his throwing shoulder. He missed three games (Weeks 10-12) but many felt he should have been benched much sooner for it to heal.There were rumblings that Winston’s shoulder was actually injured during their Week 3 game against Minnesota. Winston struggled throwing the football as normally a plus 60-percent completion rate was barely getting over 50-percent in the following five of six games. It wasn’t until Week 9 against New Orleans where the shoulder was “aggravated” after “initially” injuring it three weeks prior in Arizona.Winston would return and average a 68.7-percent completion percentage in the final five games of the 2017 season. Many feel if the injury was handled differently much sooner the season could have played out differently.Season 3: His loyaltyDirk Koetter made the obvious move of hiring his friend Mike Smith to be defensive coordinator. When he did, Smith vowed during his introductory press conference that his defense would put his players in position to be successful.That clearly never happened.Koetter defended Smith to the death until he was finally left with no choice but to fire Smithfollowing their Week 6 loss to Atlanta this season. Under Smith, the defense finished 23rd in 2016 http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/mike-evans-jersey , 32nd in 2017, and was ranked last in points per game, passing yards per game, and red zone touchdown percentage at the time of his firing. As the offense made mistakes, they were able to overcome them and put points on the board but it was too much for Smith’s defense to overcome their own mistakes. While the firing of Smith was warranted, Koetter waited too long to make the move. And hiring his friend was perhaps the biggest mistake Koetter made as the head coach of Tampa Bay — and the reason why this Buccaneers team didn’t win more than what they potentially could have.
Panthers to post an official injury report http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-jarius-wright-jersey , so they have done that today even though 1) it’s the exact same one they used yesterday, and 2) their practice today was only a walkthrough.Here’s today’s official injury report:Panthers injury reportDid not participate in practiceC Ryan Kalil (ankle)LB David Mayo (knee)WR Torrey Smith (knee)Limited participation in practiceDE Mario Addison (shoulder)CB Captain Munnerlyn (chest)QB Cam Newton (shoulder)TE Greg Olsen (foot)S Eric Reid (shoulder)Full participation in practiceN/AThe Panthers aren’t very concerned with the guys who were limited today since the weather was bad and practice was just a walkthrough. The only cause for concern would be if none of these guys participate tomorrow. With it being a short week, the Panthers are being cautious and giving anyone nursing an injury as much rest as possible. Torrey Smith and Ryan Kalil are in danger of missing Thursday night’s game, but we won’t know more on that until tomorrow or Thursday.Ron Rivera, however, is optimistic that Kalil will suit up.Due to the weather and the fact that they play in two days, the Panthers had a glorified walkthrough at practice today. Wide receiver Torrey Smith (knee) and center Ryan Kalil (ankle) did not participate in today’s practice session Youth Greg Olsen Jersey , so their status for Thursday night in Pittsburgh is definitely up in the air right now.Linebacker Shaq Thompson and safety Eric Reid worked out on the sidelines, so hopefully that’s just the Panthers being cautious due to the short break between games.The Panthers travel to Pittsburgh on Thursday night for a tough road contest against a quality opponent. History isn’t on the Panthers’ side as they have never won in Pittsburgh and are 0-for-5 in their last five games against the Steelers, and 1-5 all-time against them.Hopefully they can turn their fortunes around on Thursday night!Stay tuned for more updates on the injury report. We’ll share any new information whenever it becomes available.Practice StatusDid not participate in practice = 0% of a player’s normal repetitionsLimited participation in practice = Less than 100% of a player’s normal repetitionsFull participation in practice = 100% of a player’s normal repetitionsGame StatusOut = Player will not playDoubtful = Player unlikely to playQuestionable = Uncertain if player will play The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will square off this Sunday in the Panthers first divisional game since facing the Atlanta Falcons in week two. It seems like the NFL was a different world then, as tends to be the case as the season takes shape. Players get injured, teams get hot and cold, and all sorts of small changes add up to larger events. For the Buccaneers, it was a time of great jubilation as Ryan Fitzpatrick Youth Ryan Kalil Jersey , filling in for the suspended Jameis Winston, was leading them to thrilling shootout victories. The fans and media anointed him #FitzMagic and times were good.Well, as he has done many times in his career, Fitzpatrick began to falter. Known for having both times of brilliance and times of utterly loathsome play, he was starting to swing back toward the dark side and the team put Jameis Winston back in as the starter. Now we have come full circle, with Winston’s play declining and Fitzpatrick nearly leading them to a miraculous comeback last week.To that end, the Panthers will prepare to face Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter Color Rush Devin Funchess Jersey , and hopefully force him into the bad habits of turning the ball over a lot that he has been prone to. In the game against the Baltimore Ravens, the secondary was very opportunistic and the defense as a whole was able to pressure the quarterback using some well timed blitz packages. They’ll look to keep the good times rolling this week along with an offense that just put up a season high point total against one of the NFL’s best defenses. Cam Newton and company will get the opportunity to feast on the statistically worst one this week.What we’ll be feasting on however, is one of my favorite desserts. In my family, we call them “magic bars” but this week we’ll have a different name for them...FitzTragic Barssimplyrecipes.comIngredients1 stick unsalted melted butterA bit of extra butter to grease the baking dishOne 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I like to buy whole crackers and crush them myself)1 cup semisweet chocolate chips1 cup peanut butter chips1 cup pecan or walnut pieces1 cup shredded sweetened coconutDirectionsPreheat oven to 350 F. Butter a 9-by-13 baking dish.Combine the melted butter and cracker crumbs in a bowl using your hands until it holds together like a pie crust would.Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and press it into the bottom forming a roughly even layer.Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the crumbs, then spread chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nuts and coconut on top.Bake until the sides are golden brown and begin to separate from the dish Color Rush Taylor Moton Jersey , 30 to 40 minutes. Let them cool completely in the dish and then slice up into pieces that make sense for your occasion.Hopefully these delicious #FitzTragic bars will counteract any lingering magic that Fitzpatrick has to offer, and the Panthers will be able to move to a 6-2 record on the season.KEEP POUNDING.
Field on Monday and will head back home as both the top seed in the National League postseason and the NL Central champions following their 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.MVP candidate Christian Yelich and veterans Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun led the way http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-moss-jersey , each registering RBI singles in the victory, while five Brewers pitchers combined to give up just three hits and one run.Anthony Rizzo's fifth-inning homer was the lone run for Chicago.The Brewers will next play Thursday and await the winner of Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game. That matchup will be between the Cubs and the loser of Monday evening's NL West-deciding game between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers.Brewers in Driver's Seat After Securing Home-Field Advantage in NL PlayoffsThe Brewers have had a magical September, erasing a five-game deficit earlier in the month to emerge as NL Central champions. But more importantly, their path grew easier Monday as they secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason.Lose, and the Brewers would have been facing the dreaded play-in game Tuesday. Had they won that, they'd have a series against the Cubs without home-field advantage.Instead, they get two days off and will host either the Cubs, Dodgers or Rockies at Miller Park come Thursday.Maximiliano Bretos mbretosESPNGood for you Milwaukee, good for you Brewers . Has to feel like a million bucks to celebrate on Wrigley Field.Dan Wolken DanWolkenBrewers have been great down the stretch. Very deserving winner.Avoiding the play-in game was crucial. A team's season can be over in the blink of an eye, lost due to a flukey bounce of the ball or at the hands of a suddenly unhittable pitcher.But the Brewers are also red-hot. Since Sept. 1, they are 20-7, winning eight games in a row and 10 of their last 11. They have a deep bullpen and a fearsome top of the lineup, led by Yelich Bo Jackson Jersey , who might be the best player in baseball this season.All of this is happening ahead of schedule, as Dan O'Donnell of NewsTalk 1130 noted:Dan ODonnell DanODonnellShowTwo years into a 鈥渞ebuild,鈥?the Brewers:-Won 96 games-Won their division -Had the best record in the NL-Secured home field advantage throughout the NL playoffs-Have the MVP frontrunner and serious Manager and Executive of the Year candidatesWhile the pieces are falling into place, none of that matters if the Brewers suddenly start playing poorly. But Milwaukee looks like it could make a World Series run this October.Continued Heroics from Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun Will Be Crucial in PostseasonPerhaps lost amid the magic of Milwaukee's run to the postseason is the fact that the Brewers aren't brimming with postseason experience.Players such as Yelich, Jesus Aguilar, Josh Hader, Jhoulys Chacin and Chase Anderson have never been in the playoffs. Travis Shaw has appeared in one postseason contest.Players like Cain and Braun, however, have danced in October. Cain in particular won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 2015.Both looked the part of wily veterans Monday. Cain's eighth-inning RBI single proved to be the game-winning hit. Two batters later, Braun gave the team some wiggle room with an RBI single of his own.Stephen A Smith stephenasmithBut before that, Lorenzo Cain reminded everyone that he knows a thing or two about championship-caliber play, smacking an RBI single up the middle. Brewers up 2-1.Stephen A Smith stephenasmithRyan Braun....RBI single. And to think, once upon a time Paulo Orlando Jersey , we thought his career was on the verge of being overObviously, the Brewers will only go as far as their top players take them. If Yelich suddenly goes ice-cold and Aguilar goes through a power drought, they'll be in trouble. But they have veterans,including Cain and even MikeMoustakas, who can not only contribute on the field but also guide the younger players behind the scenes.And if they consistently come up as clutch, as they did Monday, the Brewers are going to be difficult to beat.Joe Maddon's Liberal Bullpen Use Could Haunt Cubs in Play-In GameManager Joe Maddon was not shy about utilizing his bullpen Monday, using seven pitchers. It was clear he was going all out to avoid the play-in game, but following the loss, that strategy could come back to bite the team.Of course, all is not lost with Jon Lester on the mound. And Chicago will have a home game against either the Dodgers or Rockies, who will be traveling from Los Angeles overnight. But it isn't the ideal path either.Jon Heyman JonHeymancubs still alive. play for the wild card tomorrow at Wrigley. jon lester, among actives the most successful postseason pitcher http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-danny-duffy-jersey , will start for them.Jeff Passan JeffPassanThe Cubs will play the loser of the Dodgers-Rockies game tomorrow night at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester will start. The winner will advance to face Milwaukee. Its not the worst-case scenario, by any means, but all things considered, its a pretty big kick in the gut for Chicago.If Lester falters, the Cubs could turn to Cole Hamels, with Kyle Hendricks likely to start Thursday should the team advance.Jesse Rogers ESPNChiCubsMaddon clarified. Hamels in pen tomorrow. Hendricks prepping for Thur so not avail but he was today RT ESPNChiCubs: Maddon says Hamels and maybe Hendricks in the pen tomorrowNo doubt, Chicago will be in desperation mode Tuesday. So maybe Maddon's gambit won't matter. If Lester deals鈥攐r if Hamels is called upon and gives his team several strong innings鈥攏obody will remember that Maddon that used six pitchers after taking out Jose Quintana, who gave up six hits but just one run in five innings.But if Lester, Hamels and a potentially taxed bullpen struggle and the Cubs get knocked out of the postseason...Maddon's use of the bullpen will be a talking point in Chicago all winter. A look at what’s happening around the majors today:OPENER FOR THE OPENERThe Brewers will begin their NL Division Series against the Rockies with a bullpen game at Miller Park. Manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday he had not decided on the order of his relievers. The group will almost certainly include All-Star left-hander Josh Hader, though Colorado will have a tough test start to finish — Milwaukee led the majors with a 1.98 bullpen ERA in September.Colorado counters with Antonio Senzatela, a right-hander who is 6-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 23 games, including 13 starts. It will be the postseason debut for the 23-year-old.THE ACE AWAITSThe Braves and Dodgers open their NLDS in Los Angeles, and Atlanta has a chance to jump ahead before facing Clayton Kershaw in Game 2. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided to hold back his ace left-hander and will instead start Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 1. The left-handed Ryu was 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts this season.Mike Foltynewicz is up for the Braves. The hard-throwing right-hander put it all together this season Frank White Jersey , posting career bests with a 2.85 ERA over 183 innings. Atlanta might be without shortstop Dansby Swanson, who appears a long shot to make the team’s roster after partially tearing a ligament in his left hand last month.RIVALRY RENEWEDThe Yankees are headed up to Fenway Park ahead of their AL Division Series opener against the Red Sox on Friday night. It’s the first time New York and Boston will clash in the postseason since the 2004 AL Championship Series. The Yankees beat the Athletics 7-2 Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game to set up the AL East showdown.Boston manager Alex Cora said Wednesday he was still deciding on his bullpen alignment for the ALDS. He has two spots available to righties Joe Kelly, Heath Hembree, Brandon Workman and lefty Bobby Poyner. Relief was the biggest weakness for the team while it won a franchise-record 108 games. The Red Sox had an AL-worst 4.84 ERA in September.TAKE YOUR PICKRajai Davis has his name cemented in October baseball lore, but it might not be on Cleveland’s playoff roster this year. Indians manager Terry Francona has one spot left on his 25-man roster for the AL Division Series against the Houston Astros and it will go to either Davis or utility infielder Erik Gonzalez.“We’re debating the last spot,” Francona said Wednesday. “We’re going back and forth.”The Indians will open the ALDS in Houston on Friday and Francona must submit his roster to Major League Baseball by 10 a.m. that morning for the best-of-five series.SUSPENDEDAddison Russell’s future with the Cubs is in question after Major League Baseball suspended the Chicago shortstop 40 games for violating the league’s domestic violence policy after a series of allegations made by his ex-wife. Russell’s unpaid suspension includes the 11 regular-season games he missed after being placed on administrative leave Sept. 21.Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he’s not sure what the odds are of Russell playing another game for the Cubs.“Domestic violence is everyone’s problem,” he said. “Because of that, we all have an obligation to be part of the solution as well. The discipline in a case like this is part of the solution going forward and so we support Major League Baseball’s decision and we think it’s appropriate. But prevention is also a big part of the solution and maybe a more important solution.”PASSING THE BUCKThe Orioles are beginning a search for a new manager and general manager a day after firing Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette. Baltimore staggered through its worst season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954, losing a franchise-record 115 games. The club wants fresh faces to take over a potentially long rebuilding project. Director of Player Development Brian Graham will handle day-to-day oversight of baseball operations while the Orioles search for Duquette’s successor.
Look http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-vinny-curry-jersey , Alabama running back Josh Jacobs is a heck of a player. He could very well be the No. 1 running back in the 2019 NFL Draft. But at the same time, what are we doing here?and with the No. 5 overall pick, he has the Buccaneers selecting Jacobs. Here’s what Jeremiah had to say about the pick:If this is a projection aimed to bait people into overreacting, then MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. No but seriously, this is silly, right? Tampa Bay does have a need at running back, sure, but I wouldn’t classify it as a need that needs to be filled with a top-five pick in the draft. For one, the Bucs already have a solid back in Peyton Barber. Even if you’re not thrilled with the idea of entering the 2019 season with Barber as the No. 1 guy, both the free agency and draft classes for running backs are plenty deep this year. Not only that http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-ryan-jensen-jersey , but I’m not sure the team is wanting to completely give up on Ronald Jones II just yet. By spending the No. 5 pick on a running back, you’re pretty clearly done with Jones. Signing a veteran to complement Barber and compete with/push Jones would seem to make more sense.Even with all of that aside, the idea of the Bucs spending their top-five pick on someone that isn’t an offensive tackle, defensive end or cornerback just doesn’t feel right. Those needs are much bigger than the one at running back, even with some potential additions in free agency. A number of different guys have been mocked to the Bucs at No. 5 pick so far this month. Here’s where Jeremiah had some of those guys landing:OT Jawaan Taylor— No. 9 (Buffalo Bills)LB Devin White— No. 10 (Denver Broncos)CB Greedy Williams— No. 16 (Carolina Panthers)OL Jonah Williams— No. 18 (Minnesota Vikings)*CB Deandre Baker— No. 23 (Houston Texans)*While Jeremiah has Williams as “a solid offensive tackle prospect,” he thinks he has “All-Pro potential at guard.” The Bucs could undoubtedly use him at either position, considering the state of that unit.Jacobs will surely be a great addition for someone this spring, and if Tampa Bay was one running back away from competing for a Super Bowl, this mock would make a little more sense. But that’s just not where the Bucs are right now. Draft season is in full swing these days, with new mocks being released or updated nearly every day. It’s always an exciting time, though it tends to drag once the draft finally gets closer. The fun part Youth Jameis Winston Jersey , of course, is that it seems like every mock has a different selection in the early stages of the offseason.That brings us to Walter Football’s mock, which was updated Thursday. With the No. 5 overall pick, that mock has the Buccaneers selecting offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor out of the University of Florida. Here’s the explanation:Disregarding the dig at Vita Vea, this pick seems realistic for Tampa Bay, as it would address a big-time area of need. Some mocks have the Bucs going with Alabama tackle Jonah Williams at No. 5, but Taylor is someone to keep an eye on. His blend of size and mobility is surely intriguing for a team that has struggled to field a competent offensive line for a number of years now.Exactly where the former Gator would play seems to be debatable. Walter Football mentions him as an upgrade at left tackle, which would mean the end of Donovan Smith’s time in Tampa (unless he moves to the right side, though that seems unlikely). Luke Easterling of The Draft Wire says Taylor could be an instant starter at right tackle, but could transition to left tackle if he needs to. The guys over at The Draft Network seem split on the issue. Joe Marino thinks Taylor is “extremely comfortable” on the right side and wouldn’t “mess with it,” though he goes on to say the big man could play left tackle and “would probably be fine at guard.” Kyle Crabbs notes Taylor’s positional diversity http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-caleb-benenoch-jersey , but Jon Ledyard says he might project better as a guard because he “doesn’t have the explosiveness or range to stop pure speed.”To me, the fact that there are differing opinions on where Taylor would fill in just serves as a testament to his versatility. The Bucs could use a guy like that, especially considering the only guys that appear to be locked into their spots on the line right now are Ryan Jensen (center) and Ali Marpet (left guard). Though I haven’t extensively looked at Taylor, I’d say he could be a strong option for Tampa Bay.On a different note, I’d say the possibility of trading down is something that can definitely be talked about, especially with how this mock played out. Considering the first four teams picked non-quarterbacks, the Bucs might be sitting in a spot to move down and grab some extra picks if a quarterback-needy team wants to jump up in front of the Giants (who have the No. 6 pick). General manager Jason Licht has shown a tendency to make that exact move, so it’s definitely something to look out for.I know it’s only the first weekend in February, but what are you feeling right now, Bucs fans? Are you taking Jonah Williams or Jawaan Taylor? Someone else? Trading down? Sound off and let us know which way you’d go if you were Licht.
Mike Evans Youth Gerald McCoy Jersey , DeSean Jackson and the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The 18th pick overall in 2017 by the Titans, Jackson celebrated picking off a pass to DeSean Jackson Thursday in a one-on-one drill with a flip. With few people on the far side of the field watching, Jackson made sure to flip again after intercepting a pass intended for Tampa Bay tight end O.J. Howard."Back home, they'd give me a 10," Jackson said. "If I was in the Olympics, I probably wouldn't get a high score I don't think. I didn't stick my landing correctly. I didn't do the right things. I didn't tuck or none of that. Everybody said they were scared when I was in the air. ... I'd have gave me a seven."Titans coach Mike Vrabel has no issue with how Jackson likes to celebrate big plays."If he wants to backflip after he intercepts the ball or bats it down, I'm all for it," Vrabel said.The Buccaneers and Titans wrapped up their second joint practice Thursday in a prelude to their exhibition game Saturday night, and these sessions have provided a good preseason test for a Tennessee secondary that wants to be one of the NFL's best, if not the best http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-vernon-hargreaves-iii-jersey , against a group of wide receivers that helped Tampa Bay rank fourth in the NFL last season in passing offense.Evans and his teammates got the best of the Titans on Wednesday with Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter noting that offense should beat defense in 1-on-1 drills. Koetter thought his receivers came out "smoking" with Evans having a really good practice."They've got good corners, we've got good receivers," Koetter said. "It's fun to watch those guys compete."The Titans bounced back Thursday, setting a tone in 1-on-1s with Malcolm Butler breaking up a pass to DeSean Jackson. That's the drill where Butler's teammate used a tip from fellow cornerback Logan Ryan to watch for a specific move. Jackson turned, got his left hand in tipping the ball to himself for the interception."Kudos to Logan for getting me in position, and I just had to make the play," the Titans cornerback said.The 6-foot-5 Evans gave Tennessee a strong test at 6-foot-5 with at least 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first four seasons. Evans also gave the Titans defensive backs a good review."Oh, I like them," Evans said. "Butler White Adam Humphries Jersey , physical, experienced corner. Adoree Jackson, hell of an athlete, and Logan Ryan he has game. Very experienced, very smart."Adoree Jackson called the joint practices a lot of competition with both teams pitting their first-team units against each other."You're fired up," Jackson said. "You're trying to show out, they're trying to show out. They're trying to expose you, you're trying to expose them, and it's all about getting better. Man, I feel like I sweated more in these joint practices than I did my whole life."Both Vrabel and Koetter made it clear before these practices to avoid fighting Youth Vita Vea Jersey , and they were successful with the exception of back-to-back plays with the Titans' first-team offense on the field.Bucs safety Chris Conte hit Titans running back Dion Lewis hard, prompting pushing and shoving. Vrabel and Titans general manager Jon Robinson both ran in to break it up. On the next play with Derrick Henry running, the Titans and Bucs pushed and shoved each other again.NOTES: Bucs rookie Alex Cappa worked at right guard with the first-team after Caleb Benenoch got a bit banged up in the first team period. Koetter said Bennenoch returned. ... Bucs CB Ryan Smith went inside with trainers, and Koetter did not have an update. ... Titans TE Delanie Walker walked gingerly inside with a team doctor after a catch across the middle.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker The controversy over NFL players protesting during the national anthem isn't going away, despite — or perhaps because of — team owners' efforts to stop players from using the forum to speak out on political causes.The league's attempt to turn responsibility for disciplining protesters over to individual teams backfired Thursday when the Miami Dolphins tried to categorize raising a fist or kneeling during the anthem as "conduct detrimental to the club." That gave them the right to punish a player with a fine or up to a four-game suspension — one game more than Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston got when he was accused of groping an Uber driver.Hours after The Associated Press reported on Miami's rules, the NFL and the players union issued a joint statement saying they were putting any anthem conduct policy on hold to see if they could come up with a compromise. But the owners aren't left with many good ways to defuse the controversy — especially with President Donald Trump fanning the flames by subtweeting Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday: "The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand."Here's a look at some of the options:LEAVE IT TO THE TEAMSThe Plan: The league's solution, which the NFL Players Association challenged, was to allow each team to determine whether to punish its own players for protesting during the anthem. The policy adopted in May subjected clubs to fines and required players to stand if they are on the field during "The Star-Spangled Banner White DeSean Jackson Jersey ," though players could choose to stay in the locker room.This would have given hard-line owners in conservative regions a chance to clamp down while allowing teams in more liberal areas to let their players speak more freely. (Trump called for a season-long suspension for a second violation, a penalty that would violate the collective bargaining agreement.)But the league quickly backed off after the Dolphins' rules leaked.The Winners: None. With players punished in some cities and protesting freely in others, there would always be plenty to complain about for those inclined to do so. And everyone seems inclined to do so these days.The Losers: NFL owners. Any punishment would be destined to divide the locker room and the fandom; should a team actually suspend a significant contributor, it would only be hurting itself. And the guarantee of unequal treatment between and within teams would surely keep the issue in the news for yet another season.GO BACK TO THE OLD WAYThe Plan: Ask players to stand at attention during the national anthem, and hope they do.The Winners: Players, who would retain the ability to call attention to causes they believe in, namely racial inequality and police brutality . And Trump, who gets applause any time he attacks the protesting players as he stumps for Republicans in the November midterm elections.The Losers: NFL owners, or at least those like Houston's Bob McNair who have chafed at the notion of the "inmates running the prison." They would lose control and remain a subject of Trump's ridicule.KEEP PLAYERS IN THE LOCKER ROOM DURING THE ANTHEMThe Plan: Players can't protest during the anthem if they aren't on the field during the anthem. Or so the theory goes. But the demonstrations were never about the anthem itself. They started as a way for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest racial inequality and expanded into a leaguewide us-vs.-them after Trump hollered at one rally: "Get that son of a bitch off the field."The Winners: Fans who were triggered by the sight of players kneeling during the song. And players, who could surely find another forum for their protests.The Losers: NFL owners. The president has already said this isn't patriotic enough for him White Bryan Anger Jersey , so there's little hope of him easing up on his criticism. And it would cost them the connection to the flag and country they have worked hard to cultivate.COMPROMISEThe Plan: Other sports worked with their players so that they didn't have to protest to be heard. Maybe the owners make a donation to the players' pet projects, play a video on the scoreboard, or otherwise give them a forum for their concerns.The Winners: Players. It's not about the protest, it's about the cause.The Losers: NFL owners. Even if they could stomach the loss of control, the political intrusion on the sport is bound to alienate some fans.STOP PLAYING THE ANTHEM BEFORE GAMESThe Plan: Join almost every other country in the world and skip the forced display of patriotism that demands players stand at attention while fans check their phones, finish their hot dogs or visit the bathroom. If teams want to honor the military or local first-responders, let them do so — free from marketing deals.The Winners: Fans who don't consider the anthem an integral part of the sports experience, giving them another 90 seconds to spend in game-day traffic without missing anything.The Losers. NFL owners. Concessionaires. And a whole generation of American Idol also-rans.EDITORS NOTE: Jimmy Golen covers sports and the law for The Associated Press.
We are 58 days away from the beginning of the Carolina Panthers 2018 season. That means today we take a closer look at linebacker Thomas Davis.Thomas Davis Wes Horton Jersey , LinebackerBioHeight: 6’1”Weight: 235 lbsAge: 35College: GeorgiaNFL Experience: 14 yearsThomas Davis has been with the Panthers since they drafted him with the No. 14 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Since entering the league, he has been a three-time Pro Bowler (2015-2017), First-Team All Pro (2015), Second-Team All Pro (2013), and the Walter Payton Man of the Year (2014).Needless to say, Davis is one of the best linebackers in the NFL. This is especially true when you consider that he’s the only player in the history of the league to recover from three ACL injuries and not only continue his career Cheap Luke Kuechly Jersey , but get better. He is the physical embodiment of the ‘Keep Pounding’ slogan that was coined by former Panthers linebacker Sam Mills, and is widely considered as one of the best representatives of the Panthers on and off the field.Davis made waves back in January when he stated that 2018 would be his last season, but later said he was ‘very open to playing beyond 2018’ after he announced that he was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the league’s PED policy.The one benefit for the Panthers regarding Davis’ suspension is that they have a more than capable replacement in Shaq Thompson, and they’ll also have a less worn down Thomas Davis when he’s eligible to return to action in Week 6*. It’s unclear if Thompson will continue to be the starter when Davis returns, but at the very least the Panthers will have a solid rotation between the two players.While 2018 may not be the last year for Davis in the NFL, it could be the last year for him in Carolina Cheap Christian McCaffrey Jersey , provided the Panthers don’t give him a contract extension. If this is indeed his last ride with the Panthers, hopefully they can send him out on top with a Super Bowl victory, as he’s certainly someone who deserves it.*- Davis is suspended for four games, not four weeks. Since the Panthers have a bye in Week 4, they won’t play their fourth game until Week 5.Information from Wikipedia contributed to this story The Panthers at 4-2 sit right about where I thought they would be. Swap the Washington and Philadelphia outcomes and I would be six for six. Many preseason prognosticators were not so optimistic though. Before I go any further I realize there is a lot of football left and I am not trying to jinx the Panthers either, obviously. They still have some very tough games left Cheap Kawann Short Jersey , so I’m certainly not expecting a 10-0 finish either. Lord no.I find it fun to pick the upcoming games now that we know a little more about our opponents, so I thought I would let you join in. My preseason prediction was 11 wins and I’m sticking to that. Yet not all of the predictors were bearish, this one is close to mine. Here’s how I see it playing out. Feel free to share your predictions in the thread.Panthers vs Ravens — Ravens win a close one; Panthers 4-3Panthers vs Buccaneers — Panthers win a shoot out; Panthers 5-3Panthers at Steelers— Panthers get behind early, no comeback this time; Panthers 5-4Panthers at Lions — Panthers rebound just as they did in Philly; Panthers 6-4Panthers vs Seahawks— Panthers start a late season win streak; Panthers 7-4Panthers at Bucs — Winston has a melt down; Panthers 8-4Panthers at Browns— Panthers continue to play well versus failing teams; Panthers 9-4Panthers vs Saints — Panthers finally end the losing streak to the Saints; Panthers 10-4Panthers vs Falcons— Panthers get revenge for week 2 loss; Panthers 11-4Panthers at Saints — Panthers come close but can’t pull the upset; 11-5They win a wildcard slot as the Saints win the division again. I really hate typing that but the Saints look pretty damn good. Tomorrow’s match-up against the Ravens will be a good comparison to how we match up with the Saints. The Saints only managed 21 points against the Ravens defense. It took kicker Justin Tucker’s first ever missed point after in his career for the Ravens to lose by one. I’m not predicting a win versus the Ravens but I would love to be wrong as well. I think the Panthers have gained some confidence over these past couple of games and know they can play with anybody if they simply execute.
The Panthers defense simply cannot seem to stop big plays in 2018 Carolina Panthers Hats , despite arguably having the most talented starting group of cornerbacks to take the field for them in a long time. Donte Jackson has quietly shined for this defense, nabbing four interceptions and generally showing he can step up against starting wide receivers in the NFL. However, he faces a tough test against of of the best speed threats in the league today. With James Bradberry likely to draw Doug Baldwin (if he plays) Sunday, Jackson should see his share of Lockette. Lockette currently has 7 touchdowns, and has finally seemed to step into the role he was drafted for. I expect the team to play a little more man this week after teams have shredded their zone defense, and hopefully take some pressure off an underproductive starting line.Dontari Poe vs. Justin BrittPoe seems to be one of the bigger issues for the defensive line, as they’ve struggled to stop the run in recent weeks. This week, they face a team that WILL commit to running the football, and they could easily pop off 150 yards rushing if this defense can’t figure itself out. Teams are attacking the linebackers when they run the ball, and the defensive line hasn’t been able to clean up for it. That starts up front. If Poe can finally make an impact and control the line of scrimmage, the defensive line could see a bounceback game they desperately need.D.J. Moore vs. Shaquill GriffinMoore had a breakout Sunday against the Lions, catching 7 receptions for 157 yards and the clutch touchdown that put the Panthers in position to win. Between his production over the last several weeks Carolina Panthers Hoodie , Torrey Smith returning from a knee injury, and Devin Funchess’ status in doubt, he should see a healthy share of snaps on Sunday. Shaquill Griffin figures to be the one seeing him the most, and the Panthers will need his explosive talent to score points and move the chains. I personally hope to see both Moore and Curtis Samuel take the field at the same time as often as possible, but Moore being a major factor is basically a sure thing. Moore is playing up to his first round pedigree, and should draw the Seahawks best corner often.Chris Clark vs. Frank Clark/Quinton JeffersonWhile the Panthers offensive line has been a pleasant surprise this season, Chris Clark easily takes the field as the weak link, and team’s have figured that out. I’m not here saying I expect Clark to suddenly be better, but I know the Panthers need to do something to help him. These Seahawks edge rushers will eat him alive as this Seattle coaching staff knows exactly how to get after Cam Newton. Clark cannot be a weak link for this offense to score points, as they will surely need to.Who are you watching, Panthers fans?Panthers at Bills final score: The Panthers come from behind to defeat the Bills 28-23 The Carolina Panthers came back from a 10-point deficit to defeat the Buffalo Bills 28-23 in the team’s first preseason contest of the 2018 season. The Panthers’ first team unit looked impressive in their second drive of the game, marching down the field and putting up a touchdown on the back of Cam Newton’s 6-of-9 passing for 84 yards. Christian McCaffrey also had a good evening Customized Carolina Panthers Jerseys , grabbing two catches for 29 yards and four rushes for 11 yards and a touchdown.While picking up a win is nice, the Panthers have a lot of work to do before the preseason is over, especially on defense. The Bills were able to march down the field at will in some parts of the game, and there is a lot of work to do in the secondary as Kevon Seymour struggled to keep up with Buffalo’s receivers, allowing former Panther Kelvin Benjamin to beat him on a 28-yard touchdown in the first quarter.Benjamin ended the game with four catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.Trending upCam Newton: He started off slow but he’ll be okay, y’all.Taylor Heinicke: He had a good effort tonight, even if it was against backups.Christian McCaffrey: Looks like a focal point of the offense, which is a good thing.D.J. Moore: He has the chance to be really special in this offense. Jermaine Carter: He was flying all over the place and made some nice plays.Trending downKevon Seymour: It was a bad day at the office for Seymour. The No. 2 cornerback spot is definitely up for grabs.Garrett Gilbert: He struggled tonight and will have to fight for the No. 2 quarterback spot after Heinicke’s outing.David Mayo: Missed several tackles and looked lost out there at times.Live updatesFINAL SCORE: Panthers 28 - Bills 234th quarterPanthers recover the onside kick and that should do it.Panthers 28 - Bills 23TOUCHDOWN BILLS: Josh Allen finds Ray-Ray McCloud for the touchdown. The Bills went for two and failed to convert.Panthers 28 - Bills 23WE’RE GONNA WIN THE SUPER BOWL Y’ALLPanthers 28 - Bills 17TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: Heinicke finds Elijah Hood for a very nice 21-yard touchdown! Panthers 28 - Bills 17Panthers benefit from the new helmet rule and pick up an extra 15 yards.Kevon Seymour analysis:Panthers 21 - Bills 17TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: C.J. Anderson rushes up the middle to give the Panthers the lead! Panthers 21 - Bills 17D.J. Moore is gonna be goodCornerback LaDarius Gunter is in the concussion protocol:END OF 3RD QUARTER: Bills 17 - Panthers 143rd quarterJermaine Carter makes a great play by chasing down Josh Allen to force an incomplete pass (that should have been a sack) and a turnover on downs.Jermaine Carter is the first offender of the new helmet rule:The back-up defense hasn’t been very good tonight. #analysisBills 17 - Panthers 14TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: Mose Frazier hauls in a 26-yard pass from Garrett Gilbert for a touchdown! Gano’s extra point is good. Bills 17 - Panthers 14Damian Parms suffered a shoulder injury:D.J. Moore sighting! The rookie grabs his first catch of the night from Garrett Gilbert.Bills get the ball to start the half but the Panthers defense gets it back after a good effort.HALFTIME: Bills 17 - Panthers 72nd quarterIan Thomas almost made a nice catch on the sideline but couldn’t get both feet down before going out of bounds.Hard-hitting analysis for you:Bills 17 - Panthers 7TOUCHDOWN BILLS: Marcus Murphy runs up the middle and the Panthers decide that tackling is overrated. Bills 17 - Panthers 7Current mood: NOT GOODWe have a kick return!Brief sidetrack from the game - folks have Cam’s back in the Cam/KB beef:Bills 10 - Panthers 7FIELD GOAL BILLS: Steven Hauschka drills a 25-yard field goal to put the Bills up 10-7.Current mood . . . 炉\_(銉?_/炉Garrett Gilbert overthrows a WIDE OPEN D.J. Moore. Yikes.END OF 1ST QUARTER: Panthers 7 - Bills 71st quarterShaq Thompson allegedly intercepted a Nathan Peterman pass. It happened during the commercial break so we don’t know for sure, but the Panthers have the ball so it probably did.Panthers 7 - Bills 7TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: Christian McCaffrey up the middle for two yards and a touchdown!Jarius Wright with a nice catch and run to set the Panthers up with first and goal from the two yard line.D.J. Moore’s first catch is ruined by a holding penalty on Devin Funchess.Bills 7 - Panthers 0TOUCHDOWN BILLS: Kelvin Benjamin torches Kevon Seymour for 28 yards and a touchdown. Donte Jackson picks up a pass interference penalty on the first play for the Panthers defense.A nice punt by Michael Palardy and good coverage by the punt unit pins the Bills inside their own 20.Newton’s pass is batted down by Shaq Lawson and the Panthers are forced to punt.Christian McCaffrey fumbles but the Panthers recover to set up 3rd and long.Cam Newton finds Christian McCaffrey for a 17-yard gain on a screen pass for the Panthers’ first first down of the preseason.Panthers receive the opening kickoff.The Panthers are in Buffalo tonight to take on the Bills. Follow along with our live tracker as we update the action!PregameThe Panthers open the preseason on Thursday against the Buffalo Bills. While the starters will see limited action, it’s still a good opportunity to see Panthers football. We can’t really complain about that, can we?We can expect most of the starters to see at least a series or two of action, with the backups handling things the rest of the way. Look for the rookies to get a lot of playing time www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com , notably wide receiver D.J. Moore, as the coaches continue to evaluate how they best fit in the game plan.Here’s all the info you need to keep up with the action as it unfolds.Game day informationWhat: Carolina Panthers at Buffalo BillsWhen: Thursday, August 9 at 7 p.m. ETWhere: New Era Field (Orchard Park, NY)TV: Panthers TV; Mick Mixon, Mike Rucker | NFL Network (replay 8/10 at 10am ET)Radio: 1110 AM WBT (local)Weather: 79掳/66掳 / Partly Cloudy / 13 mph W wind / 20% precip. (Complete forecast)Miscellaneous informationOnline StreamingIf you don't live in the Panthers television market, you can stream all NFL preseason and regular season games on demand if you purchase NFL Game Pass. It's a little pricey at $99, but it also includes access to All-22 film. If you're just desperate to watch the Panthers game there is a 7-day free trial, but sign up at your own risk if you're one of those people who forgets to cancel before the free trial is over.*Note: You cannot watch regular season games live with this option. You have to wait until after the games are over before you can stream them. You can find more information here.TV ReplaysNFL Network will air condensed replays of every preseason game throughout the week. To see when the Panthers’ game will be replayed, you can check NFL Network’s preseason schedule for more information.Roaring Riot Watch PartiesIf you’re unable to watch the game via live tv or streaming, or if you prefer to watch in the company of fellow Panthers fans, check out the Roaring Riot to see if there is a watch party in your area. Membership is not required to get in the door, but if you’re interested in purchasing a membership you can find all the information you need here.UniformsThe Panthers will wear white uniforms for this game.OddsIf you're into that sort of thing Carolina Panthers T-Shirt , you can find info on NFL game odds by clicking here.Panthers 2018 preseason scheduleWeek 1: at Buffalo Bills; Thu, Aug 9, 7 p.m. ET Week 2: vs Miami Dolphins; Fri, Aug 17, 7:30 p.m. ETWeek 3: vs New England Patriots; Fri, Aug 24, 7:30 p.m. ETWeek 4: at Pittsburgh Steelers; Thu, Aug 30, 7:30 p.m. ET
Heading into Week 4 Womens Kenyan Drake Jersey , Miami Dolphins fans seemed to be confident in the direction of the team. In our weekly poll of the fans, 86 percent, the highest number for the season, were confident in the Dolphins. Then, the debacle in Foxboro happened on Sunday, and that number was sure to fall.But it fell like it was time to abandon ship. Only 55 percent of Dolphins fans now say they are confident in the direction of the team. Surprisingly, that 31 percent drop in confidence was not the largest drop in the league this week, where Detroit Lions and New York Jets fans also saw a 31 percent drop in their confidence ratings, the Philadelphia Eagles saw a drop of 32 percent in fan confidence,the New York Giants were down 36 percent in fan confidence, and the Buffalo Bills fans saw their confidence drop 41 percent. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw the largest confidence drop, down 72 percent from last week.Sign up for FanPulse, our weekly Dolphins survey.Around the AFC East, the New England Patriots now have a 73 percent confidence rating from their fans, marking a 42 percent increase from last week - as a result of their win over the Dolphins - the largest gain of the week. The Bills are down to 32 percent of the fans saying they are confident and the Jets are down to 12 percent.Dolphins fans losing confidence after such an embarrassing loss is not really that surprising. The team was beaten in every aspect of the game, with nothing seeming to work - other than a couple of interceptions of Tom Brady. It was so bad that the Dolphins actually pulled their starters about midway through the fourth quarter. Clearly, something went wrong on Sunday and the fan confidence in the team shows that.Will this week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals start to bring back the confidence? 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Charged with the unenviable task of turning around a moribund franchise when he arrived as a first round pick in 2012, his career has not been without its bumps along the way. Heck, prior to the 2012 draft, I wanted Miami to take Brandon Weeden. Weeden, who will be 35 next month, hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2015. Having had to deal with a new offensive coordinator virtually every year until recently, he’s done pretty much everything his team has asked of him Womens Jakeem Grant Jersey , dating back to his years at Texas A&M. It has to have been a strange journey for Tannehill. His college coach, Mike Sherman, who would later become his OC with the Dolphins, saw fit to elevate one Jerrod Johnson to A&M’s starting quarterback, over Tannehill, in 2009. For the record, Johnson has never played in an NFL regular season game, nor even been listed on an NFL team’s 53 man roster. During his early years with the Dolphins, Ryan was known primarily for two things: being the NFL’s most sacked QB and for being the league’s most coddled quarterback. In 2013, the team allowed starting corner Sean Smith, a second round pick in 2009 and reliable starter at the position, to leave in free agency, so that they could sign WR Brian Hartline to a lucrative contract extension. Smith would go on to play five more NFL seasons with Kansas City and Oakland while Hartline would last only two more years in Miami, despite signing a five year deal, with 2.5 million in guaranteed money. Also in 2013, the Dolphins signed former Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace to a five year, sixty million dollar deal. Wallace would last only two years with the Dolphins. In the 2014, ‘15 and ‘16 drafts http://www.thedolphinsfootballauthentic.com/matt-haack-jersey-authentic , the Dolphins became the only team in NFL history to spend a first, a second, three thirds and a fourth round pick on wide receivers in a three year period.Fast forward to the present day. With mostly late round draft picks and relatively inexpensive free agents, the Dolphins suddenly have one of the most feared passing attacks in the league, and Tannehill is obviously a major reason why. Always careful with the football, he has taken his game to a new level thus far this season, which is even more remarkable when you consider that he hadn’t played in a regular season game since December 2016, until three weeks ago. Regardless of the controversy he has been at the center of in Miami in years past, there is little argument as to his value to the Dolphins today. The two best things that have ever happened to him may have been turning thirty, and no longer being viewed as a guy who has to be the savior of the franchise. With an improved defense and running game, Ryan Tannehill is making a very strong case for being the quarterback of this team for the foreseeable future. I’m glad he’s finally having some real success on the field, because, as an all around good guy, he’s someone we should all want to root for. It’s an exciting time to be a Dolphin fan.
Osweiler starting at quarterback after Ryan Tannehill’s shoulder injury worsened during the week. The team had been hopeful that Tannehill would be ready for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears http://www.authenticsmiamidolphins.com/cheap-daniel-kilgore-jersey , but in the morning prior to the game, the coaches made the call that Tannehill would not be ready and Osweiler was elevated to starter. Reports indicated that Tannehill had an AC joint injury, but the team has denied that, saying his shoulder is sore and tightened up, but no further details have been released.“He’s day-to-day,” head coach Adam Gase said on Monday. “Nothing has changed. We’re going to have to wait a couple of days and see if he feels better heading into Wednesday, Thursday.”Gase was then asked if Tannehill would be the starter when he returns. Osweiler, in Tannehill’s absence, was 28-for-44 for 380 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 94.9 passer rating. “Yes, he will be the starter,” Gase answered, laughing as he did. “Yes. Yes. You didn’t think I was going to anticipate that like that?”Tannehill is 85-for-129 on the season, throwing for 972 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. He has a 92.9 passer rating on the season.“It’s just such an unusual situation because last week, we started the week, he was sore, but then it got worse as the week went on,” Gase explained of how the build up to the game. “That’s why we found ourselves in a position we weren’t really thinking we were going to be in. Normally any time he’s been banged up or some kind of injury Youth Reshad Jones Jersey , he’s always progressed positively. That’s why we waited until the last minute and that’s where we are right now. We’ll see how this week goes. I’ll know more when I can see him throw again.”The Dolphins believe Tannehill is still going to play again this season. “I’m not sure [if there is a chance this is a long-term issue for the quarterback],” Gase told the media. “I really don’t know. I don’t know the answer. It’s day to day. It’s really going to be about how he feels. We can be told by doctors and trainers, ‘This is what is going to happen.’ But, he’s been one of those guys that’s been the opposite of what you’re being told. He can say ‘I’m good,’ or ‘I’m not good.’ This was the first time we were being told one thing as far as this is unusual that he’s going the other way and then him actually agreeing that he didn’t feel right. Normally, he’ll try to go opposite of what they tell him.”When a follow up was asked if he was confident that Tannehill would return in 2018, Gase simply replied, “Yes.”At some point, Tannehill will return to the helm of the Dolphins’ offense. It could be this week. It could be in several weeks. At this point, it just does not sound like anyone is quite sure of when it will happen. Tannehill is indefinitely day-to-day. The season is heading in opposite directions for the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, which has brought them closer together in the AFC East standings.The Bills (4-7) have won two games in a row to stoke enthusiasm about their long-term outlook with rookie quarterback Josh Allen, while the Dolphins (5-6) have lost two straight and six of eight to sour their season.Both teams will likely be playoff spectators, as usual, but there will be a stark contrast in moods when the longtime rivals square off Sunday.Here are things to know about the 109th game between the Bills and Dolphins, and the first of two meetings in December:TRENDINGThe Bills have a shot at only their second three-game winning streak since September 2011. They've gained more than 300 yards in each of the past two games after failing to do so in the first six. And they finished strong last week, scoring twice in the fourth quarter to beat Jacksonville 24-21.That made the Bills 2-1 in one-score games. They beat Tennessee 13-12 in Week 5."One of the things that you always want to check off year to year, especially when you first get into the transition of taking over Youth Mike Gesicki Jersey , is that you develop the mindset to win close games," second-year Bills coach Sean McDermott said. "You saw the Tennessee game, you saw this past week's game, and we're there as far as that goes. That's a mindset that's easier said than done."Just ask the Dolphins, who blew a double-digit fourth-quarter lead to lose for the second time this season last week at Indianapolis."We gave it away," running back Frank Gore said. "We should have won that game."To keep their faint playoff hopes alive, the Dolphins need to beat the Bills twice, and then some."For us to control our destiny, we have to win out," running back Kenyan Drake said.MOTIVATEDThe matchup of sub-.500 teams may lack luster, but Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips said he's fired up about it. Released by the Dolphins during Week 5, he said the move to Buffalo turned around his career, and he's eager to settle old scores against Miami."If you watch me play, I don't hold anything back," Phillips said. "I'm an emotional guy, and whatever happens happens. I'm not going to get any flags or anything like that, but I'm going to show my emotions."Phillips will need to get on the field first. In seven games with Buffalo he has played 163 snaps.VERSATILEThe Dolphins are braced for the 6-foot-5 Allen as a multi-purpose threat after he set a Bills record by rushing for 99 yards against Jacksonville."He had a run on a draw where he stiff-arms a defensive end White Danny Amendola Jersey , makes one of the DBs miss and then runs through one of the linebackers, all in 14 yards," Miami coach Adam Gase said. "That athletic ability just surprises people because of his size."Allen's counterpart, 30-year-old Ryan Tannehill, said he couldn't offer any recollections regarding the challenges he faced as a rookie quarterback."That was so long ago, I feel like I'm 90 compared to my rookie year," Tannehill said with a laugh.PICKSA knack for takeaways has been the Dolphins' strength. They rank second in the NFL with 17 interceptions, and cornerback Xavien Howard is tied for second in the league with five. Howard has nine interceptions in his past 16 games, the most of any player over that stretch."If he can get his hands on it, he's catching it," Gase said. "That's really the part you don't see a ton with corners."NEW STARMiami's Leonte Carroo will likely see significant playing time because of injuries to the receiving corps. Carroo, who began the season on the practice squad, said he received almost 300 congratulatory text messages after making a 74-yard touchdown catch against Indianapolis."It was a long wait for family and friends and college buddies to see me go out there and make a play," Carroo said. "A lot of people back home and just everywhere showed me a lot of love."
The Ravens received good news on Saturday morning as offensive lineman Marshal Yanda has been removed from the PUP list as he passed his physical.Yanda suffered a season-ending ankle injury in week two against the Browns last season http://www.baltimoreravensteamauthentic.com/eric-weddle-jersey , but he was not on the PUP list due to that injury. He started training camp on the PUP list due to a shoulder injury. Yanda had offseason surgery on his shoulder, which forced him to miss the first couple of weeks of training camp. He did not return to the field on Saturday as the Ravens will likely ease him into action, but this is indeed a positive development. Yanda will bring stability to the offensive line. He is considered one of the best guards in football right now. Pro Football Focus has consistently graded him in their top 10 of all guards over the past couple of seasons, and that should not change in 2018. When he returns, the offensive line position battles will continue to heat up as James Hurst will be able to compete for the starting right tackle and left guard spots. However Authentic Brandon Carr Jersey , given how well Orlando Brown Jr. has looked in training camp and in the first preseason game, Hurst’s best shot at being a starter is at left guard.It appears there will be a three-man competition for two spots: center and left guard. Alex Lewis, Matt Skura and Hurst will all be under a microscope for the next upcoming month as Baltimore will be deciding who will be the starters. Not to mention Jermaine Eluemunor could factor into that competition. He was extremely impressive during the Hall of Fame Game as he only allowed one pressure, per Pro Football Focus. The Ravens are set to hold joint practices with Los Angeles next week leading up to their preseason game, which should be a good test for Baltimore as the Rams have a stout defensive front. Every week has playoff implications for the Ravens. In Week 12 Womens C.J. Mosley Jersey , Baltimore must handle business against a disappointing Oakland Raiders squad. Below, the Baltimore Beatdown staff details predictions for this afternoon. Sage’s predictions:Michael Crabtree will record his third touchdown of the year.Overall, Crabtree has under performed in his first season with the Ravens. He has had a particularly quiet stretch after his 93-yards receiving against the Tennessee Titans back in October. However, the extra motivation of facing his old squad should propel Crabtree into the end zone today.The Baltimore defense will force two turnovers. One of the bigger surprises this season has been the lack of turnovers generated by the Ravens defense. Baltimore has not had an opponent turn the ball over more than once since the Steelers in Week 4. Today that will change, with the Ravens exploiting a sub par Raiders team. Vasilis’ predictions:The Ravens will rush for more than 200 yards.265 rushing yards in Week 11 boosted the Ravens season average to 110 yards on the ground per game. This figure will continue to improve against Oakland’s 31st ranked run defense. Lamar Jackson will break off a long touchdown scamper in the first quarter Womens Brent Urban Jersey , and Gus Edwards will salt the game away in the second half. Terrell Suggs and Matt Judon will combine for four sacks on Derek Carr.After starting fast, Suggs has not recorded a sack during the last three games. Judon is trending in the opposite direction, providing half of his 2018 sack total in Baltimore’s two most recent contests. Both edge rushers will have their way against the Raiders rookie tackles Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker. Dustin’s predictions:Lamar Jackson will throw for 200+ yards and two touchdowns.The talk of Jackson’s first NFL start has been his insane number of rushing attempts. Look for offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to open up the playbook in his second start. Jackson will prove that he can throw the ball by eclipsing 200 passing yards with two touchdowns through the air. Gus Edwards will break 100 rushing yards, again.The most overshadowed story line of last week’s victory was the performance of undrafted running back Gus Edwards. Edwards was the first 100-yard rusher for Baltimore this season, and he will reach that milestone once again this Sunday. The run game is extremely efficient with Jackson on the field Youth Maxx Williams Jersey , and Edwards’ downhill powerful running style compliments him perfectly.
Bengals last week in Lamar Jackson’s first start. Baltimore now faces the struggling 2-8 Oakland Raiders.With quarterback Joe Flacco set to miss another game http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/nick-boyle-jersey-cheap , Jackson will receive his second start. After facing the 32nd ranked total defense last week, Jackson will now face the 31st. Jackson rushed for 116 yards on 26 carries against Cincinnati while only passing for 150 yards. Expect offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to expand the playbook for Jackson against Oakland. On defense, Baltimore will have to find a way to cover tight end Jared Cook. The Ravens biggest weakness defensively is their inability to cover tight ends, and Cook is one of the best in the league at his position. C.J. Mosley or Tony Jefferson will have to step up to take him away in the passing game. The Ravens pass rush will have to take advantage of the Raiders inexperience at offensive tackle by putting the heat on quarterback Derek Carr as well.Baltimore will remain in possession of the sixth seed in the playoff race by improving to 6-5 with a win over Oakland. Cincinnati Bengals (5-5)After falling to a division rival last week, Cincinnati will face another division rival when the Browns come to town. The Bengals remain in playoff contention despite losing four out of their last five games. Cleveland is fresh off of a bye week after their big win against the Atlanta Falcons, so Cincinnati must remain cautious. The Bengals 32nd ranked defense will be facing the Browns 17th ranked offense led by Baker Mayfield. Mayfield had an impressive three touchdown performance against the Falcons, and rookie running back Nick Chubb has emerged as Cleveland’s go-to guy at the position with 579 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the season.Wide receiver A.J. Green will likely miss another game this Sunday, leaving Tyler Boyd as Andy Dalton’s top target once again. Boyd recorded 71 receiving yards and four catches against the Ravens last week. Establishing the run game is critical for Cincinnati’s offense to find rhythm. Running back Joe Mixon was held to a mere 14 yards on 12 carries against Baltimore. Finding success on the ground will help to slow the Browns pass rush, led by Myles Garrett. Improving to 6-5 keeps the Bengals in the hunt for the sixth seed into the playoffs.Cleveland Browns (3-6-1)After a big win and a bye week, Cleveland will travel to Cincinnati for an AFC North matchup.The Browns are looking to continue their momentum following their upset win over Atlanta. Mayfield had a near flawless performance against the Falcons, throwing for 216 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions. Mayfield can build off of that performance against the Bengals last place defense. Keeping Cincinnati's pass rush at bay will be key to exploiting their 31st ranked secondary. With Green listed as doubtful to play today Authentic Mark Andrews Jersey , Cleveland’s defense must shift their focus to Mixon and Boyd. Although Mixon is coming off of a down game, he has been a major weapon for the Bengals offense on the ground and in the passing game this season. The Browns defense must make Cincinnati one dimensional on offense by containing Mixon. Expect Cleveland to double cover Boyd as well.The Browns have a chance to spoil the Bengals postseason hopes with a win this afternoon.Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2-1)The Steelers are on a six-game winning streak and will look to continue it against the 4-6 Denver Broncos. Pittsburgh fought back against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, and the Steelers were able to find a way to win despite Ben Roethlisberger throwing three interceptions. Pittsburgh will face a less talented defense this week, so Roethlisberger will have the chance for a bounce back performance. Running back James Conner needs to rebound as well after a 25-yard rushing performance in Week 11. The Steelers were gashed on the ground for 179 total rushing yards by Jacksonville. They will face another talented running back this week in Philip Lindsay. Lindsay, an undrafted rookie, has rushed for 670 yards and five touchdowns this season. Stopping the run game will give Pittsburgh’s pass rush the best chance of getting to quarterback Case Keenum and forcing him to make mistakes. Improving to 8-2-1 would all but assure the division title for the Steelers.Ravens DC Don Martindale confirms Brandon Carr will still be a starter Ravens defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale will have a difficult decision to make as star cornerback Jimmy Smith is set to return from his four-game suspension this week. Despite Baltimore having great success through the first four games without Smith, the expectation was that he and Marlon Humphrey would be the starting outside cornerbacks, while Tavon Young would remain in the slot. However, Martindale stated otherwise during his press conference on Thursday.“I’m not going to be the answer to that trivia question,” Martindale said, via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.The ‘trivia question’ Martindale is referring to is regarding who stopped Brandon Carr’s starting streak. Carr has a ten-year streak of consecutive starts in the NFL Tavon Young Jersey , and it appears it will not be broken this week. Carr is coming off of his best performance in Baltimore as he was dominant against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football. He recorded three combined tackles and two pass breakups, including a critical play in the end zone against JuJu Smith-Schuster. If Martindale is not bluffing about Carr starting, it is likely that the Ravens could be exercising caution with Smith, and Humphrey will be starting on the opposite side of the field. Whether Smith starts or not may not be extremely important. Head coach John Harbaugh stated whoever starts is not as prevalent because ‘they are all going to play.’“It’s a good problem to have, the fact that we’ll have another really good player playing corner, and we’ll have the chance to put another guy out there that can cover people,” Harbaugh said. “I think who starts and all that is one thing, but really, they’re all going to play, and they’re going to play a lot, and that’s good for the Ravens.”Baltimore’s secondary is executing at a high level through four games. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging a league-low 69.1 quarterback rating Terrell Suggs Jersey , and the longest play against them — 38 yards — is tied for the lowest in the NFL. As the adage goes, “you can never have too many cornerbacks,” it appears the Ravens are in a much better place now than they were a couple of years ago. Not only did they survive the absence of Jimmy Smith, but they were among the best in the league. “I just think it’s going to be great to have all those guys that are good cover players. It’s tough to complete balls on those guys,” Harbaugh said. “We can play any coverage we want – man, zone, different types of man and zone, pressure – the way we want, and it gives us a lot of options on defense.”
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are desperately in search of the same.The teams appear headed in different directions entering an NFC South showdown Sunday in Charlotte — and quarterback play is a big reason why.Ryan Fitzpatrick replaces Jameis Winston Buccaneers Beau Allen Jersey , who was benched after committing 11 turnovers in his last 3 陆 games for the Buccaneers (3-4). With the former Harvard standout back at the helm, the Bucs are trying to rekindle some of the "Fitzmagic" that helped them to a 2-0 start that included a win over the New Orleans Saints.They've since lost four of their last five."I think Jameis is one of the best quarterbacks in the world and I think he will be back," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. "A lot of teams don't switch because they have an untested backup or they're afraid to put their backup in there — and we don't have either of those. Right now, we just have to stop turning the ball over and so we're going to go with Fitz."Panthers coach Ron Rivera has never benched his franchise quarterback Cam Newton because of his performance.And he's not about to this year.The Panthers (5-2) enter the game looking for their 10th straight home win behind Newton, who is playing his best football since earning league MVP honors in 2015 and leading Carolina to the Super Bowl. Newton has 17 combined touchdowns. He's thrown only four interceptions all season — the same amount Winston threw in last week's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.Rivera said he realizes how lucky he is to have Newton at the helm."It shows you how important it is to have a franchise quarterback and have the position stabilized," Rivera said.PROLIFIC OFFENSEDespite the quarterback change, the Bucs are still first in the NFL in passing and total offense. They've thrown for 2,634 yards — the second-highest total through the first seven games of a season in NFL history behind the 2000 St. Louis Rams (2,637). They have 19 touchdown passes, third-most in the league behind Kansas City (26) and Indianapolis (23).Koetter concedes the Bucs, who are 28th in rushing at 91.3 yards per game Buccaneers Vinny Curry Jersey , have evolved into a pass-first team.Panthers safety Eric Reid said Carolina is preparing the same way regardless of who is under center, noting that both QBs like to throw the ball deep."Their offense runs the same with both guys," Reid said.NEWTON'S SHOULDERRivera didn't appear concerned about Newton's right shoulder, even though the eighth-year QB has been limited in practice the last two weeks. In fact, Newton declined last week to throw a Hail Mary pass just before halftime, telling the coaches he didn't feel comfortable doing that. That might explain, in part, why Newton hasn't attempted many passes down the field this season.However, Koetter said he doesn't see anything wrong with Newton's arm strength."Man if he's got a sore arm, I'd hate to see the real deal," Koetter said. "Cam has always had a cannon. He can stand flat-footed and put that thing on a line. I've been in this division a long time Cheap Vita Vea Jersey , and arm strength is probably about the 159th thing on the list that you'd be worried about with Cam."PROTECTING CAMThe Bucs will make it a priority pressure Newton, but that hasn't proven easy to do this season.Newton has been sacked a league-low 10 times because he's getting the ball out quicker playing in new coordinator Norv Turner's scheme and the patchwork offensive line is "protecting Cam better than he ever has been before," Rivera said.Newton said while a lot of people think Carolina's offensive line is made up of "misfits and undesirables," he added "those guys have been playing lights out."FAST STARTDefensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has a sack in a Bucs franchise-record six consecutive games. With eight of the team's 16 sacks through seven games, he's nearly halfway to the career-best 16 陆 he had for the New York Giants when he was an All-Pro in 2011. Tampa Bay, which acquired Pierre-Paul in an offseason trade, hasn't had a player finish with 10 or more sacks since Simeon Rice in 2005."I am so excited about what Jason's brought to us," defensive coordinator Mark Duffner said. "He practices hard, he prepares hard. This guy is on a mission and it's been beautiful to see and be around."MORE OF MOOREThe Buccaneers can expect to see a heavy dose of speedy rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore. With Torrey Smith out with a knee injury last week against Baltimore, Moore took advantage of his increased playing time and led the Panthers with 90 yards receiving and added 39 yards rushing on two carries. Smith is out this Sunday, too.AP Sports Writer Fred Goodall in Tampa Cheap Gerald McCoy Jersey , Florida, contributed to this report. Broadcast InfoTV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (Field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Was), 81 (TB) | XM: 385 (Was), 226 (TB) Buccaneers Notes鈥?QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 243 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Has 3 games with 4+ TD passes in 2018, most in NFC. In 2 home starts this season, has 813 pass yards (406.5 per game) with 7 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 108.2 rating. Has 721 pass yards (240.3 per game) with 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 113.3 rating in his past 3 meetings. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Was. with 100+ rating. 鈥?RB PEYTON BARBER has 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4. 鈥?WR MIKE EVANS had 8 catches for 164 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 5 games with 150+ rec. yards since 2015, 2nd-most in NFC over span (JULIO JONES). Has 23 receptions for 327 yards (109 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 at home. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES had career-high 8 receptions for 82 yards & 2 TDs, his 1st-career multi-TD game Buccaneers Chandler Catanzaro Jersey , last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ catches. TE O.J. HOWARD had 2 rec. TDs in Week 9, his 2nd-career game with 2+ TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Ties for 3rd among NFL TEs with 5 rec. TDs in 2018. 鈥?LB LAVONTE DAVID had 8 tackles & .5 sack last week. Has 26 tackles, 5 TFL, FF & FR in his past 3 at home. In 3 career meetings, has 36 tackles (12 per game) & 3 TFL. Has 2 FRs & 2 INTs, incl. 20-yard INT-TD, in his past 3 vs. NFC East. DE CARL NASSIB had sack in Week 9. Has 3 sacks in his past 3. DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL ranks 3rd in NFC with 8 sacks.Falcons Notes鈥?QB ALEX SMITH passed for season-high 306 yards & TD last week. In 2 career games vs. TB, has 431 pass yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 114.7 rating & has rush TD. Has 3,290 pass yards (274.2 per game) with 24 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 111.2 rating in his past 12 on road. 鈥?RB ADRIAN PETERSON has 95+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4. In 4 career meetings, has 462 rush yards (115.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs. Aims for 4th in row vs. TB with 120+ rush yards & TD. RB KAPRI BIBBS had rush TD in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC South. 鈥?TE JORDAN REED had career-high 11 receptions for 72 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 7 games with 2+ TD catches since 2015, most by NFL TE over span. WR MAURICE HARRIS set career-highs in receptions (10) & rec. yards (124) last week. WR JOSH DOCTSON had rec. TD in Week 9. 鈥?DL MATT IOANNIDIS had career-high 7 tackles & sack last week. Has 3.5 sacks & 3 TFL in his past 2. Has 3.5 sacks Cheap Mike Evans Jersey , FF & FR in his past 3 on road. LB RYAN KERRIGAN aims for 3rd in row on road & 4th in row overall with sack. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC South. CB QUINTON DUNBAR had INT last week. Has 4 PD & INT in his past 2 on road. CB JOSH NORMAN had 2 INTs, incl. 46-yard INT-TD, & 4 PD in his last game at TB (10/4/15 with Car.). Has 2 FFs & INT in his past 4.Series HistoryLEADER: Series tied, 10-10 STREAKS: Redskins have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 10/25/15: Buccaneers 30 at Redskins 31LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/30/12: Redskins 24, Buccaneers 22
Ah yes http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/lavonte-david-jersey , good ol’ Chicago.going back back to the days when the Bucs and Bears were in the NFC Central division before the 2002 realignment. Though there is plenty of history between the franchises, these two teams don’t know much about each other.That should make for a fun game on Sunday. These five predictions will make it even better. 1. Khalil Mack records a season-high in sacks (Evan)Yea, this sucks. The Bucs were terrible against the Steelers’ pass rush last week and I don’t see it getting any better going on the road during a short week. This isn’t a knock against the Bucs’ offensive line nor the coaching staff, but Mack is on another level when it comes to his skill and athleticism. Tampa Bay had issues with lesser skilled players last week, so why wouldn’t Mack give them trouble?The hope is that when he does eventually get to Fitzpatrick/Winston that he doesn’t hurt one of them nor cause a turnover. Demar Dotson and Donovan Smith will need to be at their best on Sunday. Mack had two sacks against the Cardinals last weekend and I think he improves on that number this week.2. The Bucs hold the Bears to under 300 total yards (Evan)Tampa Bay’s defense has improved each week and this week feels like the perfect opportunity to showcase just that.After the Week 1 shootout with the Saints, they held the Eagles to 21 points and rendered the Steelers scoreless in the second half. They recorded three sacks in each game and are one of the league’s leaders in quarterback pressures.Can Mitchell Trubisky have the game of his life against the Bucs?Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images The Bears aren’t the model of offensive excellence, either. They are near the bottom in terms of passing yards and are solid at running the ball http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/kwon-alexander-jersey , but it’s not enough to displace the passing game woes. There should be seven defenders in the box for most of the game and the Bucs are competent enough at corner to hold their own against the not-so-talented receiving corps of Chicago. The Bears have already been held to under 300 total yards twice against the Packers and the Seahawks. In all, it should be a good day for the defense. 3. Jason Pierre Paul adds another two sacks to his total (Alex)JPP has been the Buccaneers best defensive lineman this season and it really hasn’t been close. Jason Licht sacrificed a third-round pick for him and so far he is getting a massive return. Pierre Paul already has more sacks this season then any other Buccaneer defensive end had last season and he is also second in the league in terms of QB hits with 8. He is noticeable on almost every down, something Buccaneer fans haven’t seen since the days of Simeon Rice. JPP is on his way to a double digit sack total this season. 4. Mike Evans dominates... again (Alex)When the conversation starts on the best receivers in the league, Mike Evans is rarely brought up. There is no question that Evans is at least a top five receiver, but he has been on another level through three games this season and he is coming for that number one spot. He is too big, too quick and has added much needed speed down the field this season. It really doesn’t matter what you do, he is impossible to defend and a nightmare for defenses. Evans, will probably be matched up on Kyle Fuller http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/vernon-hargreaves-iii-jersey , who is the Bears #1 cornerback for most of the game, but I don’t expect it to have much of an effect. Mike Evans stat line: 9 catches, 145 yards, 2 touchdowns 5. Chandler Catanzaro is perfect... AGAIN (Evan)Maaaaan, I’m going out on a limb on this one.Alex was crazy enough to predict that he would hit all of his kicks last week and he did. It will be even harder to do so this week in Chicago, but I think it will be done. A kicker’s mentality can be as frail as Chris Baker, but when they are confident, it’s hard to shake them out of said confidence. Catanzaro does it again this week as the Bucs win by a field goal.Notes and highlights from Buccaneers-Titans preseason Week 2 - The Buccaneers scored the first points of the game when K Chandler Catanzaro connected on a 30-yard field goal to cap a 14-play Womens Gerald McCoy Jersey , 68-yard drive that lasted 5:12. - Catanzaro added a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter, finishing off a six-play, 50-yard drive lasting 4:21. - Tampa Bay’s first touchdown of the game came on an eight-yard pass from QB Jameis Winston to WR Chris Godwin, which ended a seven-play, 91-yard drive that lasted 3:37. The drive was highlighted by a 54-yard reception from WR DeSean Jackson. - In the second quarter, CB M.J. Stewart forced a fumble from Titans WR Devin Ross that was recovered by LB Lavonte David. Stewart also forced a fumble from Titans RB Dion Lewis in the first quarter that went out of bounds. - The fumble recovery was David’s first in the preseason, however, since entering the NFL in 2012 Womens Donovan Smith Jersey , David is tied for the league lead in fumble recoveries, with 11. - Following the fumble recovery, Jameis Winston drove Tampa Bay 51 yards in nine plays, lasting 1:25, culminating in a 21-yard touchdown pass to WR Justin Watson. The touchdown was the first of Watson’s career. Winston now has six career preseason touchdown passes (four in 2016). - Winston finished the game going 13-of-19 for 226 yards and two touchdowns, with a passer rating of 143.8. His 226 passing yards are the most in the preseason by a Buccaneers quarterback since Winston threw for 259 against Cleveland in 2015 (8/26/16). Winston also had multiple touchdown passes in that contest – the only other preseason game he has thrown multiple touchdown passes in. - Chandler Catanzaro made his third field goal of the game in the fourth quarter, a 48-yarder to give Tampa Bay a 23-14 lead. Catanzaro now has five made field goals this preseason. - QB Ryan Griffin connected on a 21-yard touchdown pass to WR Sergio Bailey in the fourth quarter, ending a six-play Womens Adam Humphries Jersey , 76-yard drive lasting 2:26. The touchdown is Bailey’s first career preseason touchdown catch. Griffin now has two touchdown passes this preseason and four in his career (one in 2016, one in 2015 with New Orleans). - The Buccaneers totaled 429 yards of offense in tonight’s game, the most the team has recorded in a preseason game dating back to at least 1999. Tampa Bay’s 365 net passing yards are also the most in a preseason game dating back to at least 1999. - RB Shaun Wilson made his NFL preseason debut in tonight’s game. - The following players made their Buccaneers preseason debut in tonight’s game: CB Amari Coleman, CB De’Vante Harris, DT Drew Iddings, TE Colin Jeterand T Jarron Jones.Courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Department.
We are 6 days away from the beginning of the Carolina Panthers 2018 season. That means today we take a closer look at quarterback Taylor Heinicke.Taylor Heinicke Womens Jarius Wright Jersey , QuarterbackBioHeight: 6’1”Weight: 210 lbsAge: 25College: Old DominionNFL Experience: 3 yearsTaylor Heinicke was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings in 2015 and bounced around a few practice squads before landing in Carolina in April 2018. He has thrown one career pass—a completion for 10 yards as a member of the Texans.Here’s a summary of Heinicke’s college career, from the Panthers’ website:Heinicke came into training camp this year to compete with Garrett Gilbert for the No. 2 quarterback job after the Panthers decided to part ways with veteran signal caller Derek Anderson. When camp started Gilbert was seen by many as the odds-on favorite to win the job http://www.carolinapanthersteamonline.com/daryl-williams-jersey , but Heinicke came in and played well in the preseason—well enough to take the coveted No. 2 quarterback spot on the Panthers roster. Hopefully the only time we see him in action this season is when the Panthers are resting their starters late in a blowout victory, otherwise the Panthers could be in deep trouble if Heinicke has to see significant playing time. Let’s hope we avoid that situation. The Panthers have released their first injury report ahead of Sunday’s game against the Falcons. As expected Youth Ian Thomas Jersey , tight end Greg Olsen didn’t practice as he’s recovering from a broken foot. Curtis Samuel was also out of action today as he recovers from his medical procedure last week.The biggest news today is that starting right guard Trai Turner is listed on the injury report with a concussion. This is decidedly not good considering the Panthers are already thin on the offensive line (both starting tackles are currently on injured reserve). Jourdan Rodrigue has a little more info on Turner being in the concussion protocol:Hopefully it’s just for precautionary reasons and he’ll be ready to go by Sunday.Here’s the full injury report, courtesy of Bryan Strickland:Panthers injury reportDid not participate in practiceRB C.J. Anderson (illness)WR Damiere Byrd (knee)TE Greg Olsen (foot)WR Curtis Samuel (medical illness)G Trai Turner (concussion)Limited participation in practiceDT Vernon Butler (shoulder)S Colin Jones (knee)Full participation in practiceLB Luke Kuechly (knee)S Da’Norris Searcy (chest)Practice StatusDid not participate in practice = 0% of a player’s normal repetitionsLimited participation in practice = Less than 100% of a player’s normal repetitionsFull participation in practice = 100% of a player’s normal repetitionsGame StatusOut = Player will not playDoubtful = Player unlikely to playQuestionable = Uncertain if player will play
You’re probably familiar with the old saying Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey , “If you have two quarterbacks, you actually have none.”The 2018 Carolina Panthers are apparently trying to create a new saying when it comes to the offensive line: “When you have five left guards, cross your fingers and pray one of them can become a legitimate starter.”All-Pro left guard Andrew Norwell used to create gaping holes for his running backs to run through during his time in Charlotte. Norwell’s departure has now created a gaping hole on the offensive line that is yet to be filled. While it is still very early to be projecting depth charts for the upcoming season, several fairly credible websites have done just that. Here is the jumble of confusion that is the Panthers left guard situation: Projected Depth ChartsSourceLG1LG2SourceLG1LG2Five sites are predicting three different starters in Tyler Larsen, Amini Silatolu, and Jeremiah Sirles. Throw in Taylor Moton and Greg Van Roten as LG2 on some depth charts, and the Panthers have up to five players in the mix for the job. The natural question is to ask who should start http://www.carolinapanthersteamonline.com/mario-addison-jersey , and why? Here is some basic information on each of the potential starters:LG Player DataPlayerCareer Starts2016 Off. Snaps2017 Off.聽Snaps2017 PFF Grade2017 PFF RankPlayerCareer Starts2016 Off. Snaps2017 Off.聽Snaps2017 PFF Grade2017 PFF RankMy vote goes for Tyler Larsen. He has been competent over the last two seasons filling in at center for the oft-injured Ryan Kalil. At this point “competent” is probably the best the Panthers can hope for at left guard, and Larsen can be just that. From a long-term perspective, Larsen may be Kalil’s replacement at center after Kalil retires at the end of this season and starting him this season could assist in that important transition. As for LG2 I’d love to see Taylor Moton and Jeremiah Sirles battle it out. Moton has only played 64 offensive snaps in two seasons after being drafted in the second round in 2016. It’s about time the Panthers gave Moton some reps to see if he can live up to the expectations of his lofty draft status. Sirles is new to the Panthers and seems perfectly capable of being a backup if things don’t work out with Moton. I’d put Silatolu and Van Roten clearly behind the other three players mentioned above. Frankly, Silatolu has struggled so much over the years that I was surprised Carolina signed him for the 2018 season. The prospect of him playing meaningful snaps in 2018 is both baffling and terrifying, especially if it comes at Moton’s expense again. Van Roten pretty much is what he is at this point in his career after bouncing around the NFL and CFL since 2012. So, CSR community, who do you think should start at left guard in 2018? Sound off in the poll and comments section below.The Panthers offensive line played great against the Patriots When I wrote earlier in the week about the injury to Matt Kalil being the best worst thing that could happen to the future of the offensive line Authentic Taylor Moton Jersey , I didn’t expect to see the kind of immediate results I saw last night against the New England Patriots. I thought I might get a few glimmers of hope from guys like Taylor Moton, Jeremiah Sirles, Greg Van Roten, and even Blaine Clausell... but I didn’t expect for Cam Newton to walk away without being sacked a single time, and only pressured maybe once or twice.While the New England Patriots might not be a defensive line that causes your average offensive coach to lose a ton of sleep, the same would certainly be said about the Panthers offensive line coming into this contest. You’d expect a guy like Taylor Moton who didn’t get significant minutes last year, and has changed positions three times this preseason alone to have more growing pains... but he didn’t. Moton continued to show excellent technique like he has all preseason. He’s a patient blocker with a very good feel of where he is on the field http://www.carolinapanthersteamonline.com/wes-horton-jersey , he keeps a nice wide sturdy base, and he beats you with leverage and strength. He excels in an area that Matt Kalil has shown to struggle, which is being too upright, or over-committing to the outside speed rush. He showed a lot of people last night his NFL ceiling might be a lot higher than originally expected.Also deserving of praise is Greg Van Roten, yet another guy who didn’t have significant minutes last year but is making the most of his current opportunity. Runs off the left side tonight were very strong with him and Moton leading the way, and while there were a couple minor errors on the handling of some defensive line stunts, i was impressed to see them hold the line without a ton of help from a tight end or fullback (in several cases).Finally Authentic Trai Turner Jersey , we got a short look at Jeremiah Sirles as the right tackle before he left with a pulled hamstring, and then Blaine Clausell who replaced him. While I’d say both of them struggled a bit to find push in the running game, there was even less pressure off the right side in this game than there was the left.The result is, maybe the Panthers line isn’t the nuclear disaster we thought it was. Certainly we can’t afford to lose anyone else, or we’ll be signing guys off the street, but like I said before, we are learning a lot about what our younger guys are capable of. 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Ziggy Hood on a visit to the team’s facilities Womens Bobby McCain Jersey , according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Hood was released by the Washington Redskins two weeks ago and could be seen as rotational help at both defensive end and defensive tackle for the Dolphins, who are still trying to find a run-stuffing, edge-setting defensive end following an injury to William Hayes.Hood, who has primarily played defensive end in a 3-4 formation, was a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. He played five seasons for the Steelers before sending 2014 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, then 2015 with the Chicago Bears, and the last three season with the Redskins. He has appeared in 133 games with 73 starts Womens Danny Amendola Jersey , recording 10 passes defensed, one forced fumble, five fumble recoveries, 229 tackles, and 14 sacks.The Dolphins have been gashed on the ground the last several weeks, including allowing 188 yards to the Houston Texans in Week 8 and 248 yards to the Detroit Lions in Week 7. Adding a player like Hood could give the team a better run-defender option in rotations at both defensive end and defensive tackle.UPDATE: Hood’s agent has announced the Dolphins signed the defensive lineman. The move takes one of the two empty roster spots the Dolphins had after releasing defensive tackle Jamiyus Pittman and safety Maurice Smith on Monday.FanPulse: How Jets and Dolphins fans see Sunday’s game Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week http://www.thedolphinsfootballauthentic.com/davon-godchaux-jersey-authentic , we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Dolphins fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.The Miami Dolphins are coming off a win over the Tennessee Titans and preparing for a Week 2 contest against the New York Jets. With a win, the Dolphins could get out to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2013. The Dolphins are also looking to show that the 2017 season was an aberration from their new norm of being a winning football team under head coach Adam Gase. How confident are Dolphins fans in the team being able to return to winning ways, proving they are headed in the right direction? This week’s FanPulse survey helps us find out.How confident are you in the direction of the team? Last week: 80 percent confidenceThe confidence in the Dolphins’ direction appears to have gone down in this week’s poll, as compared to last week’s 80 percent, but the questions also shifted a little. Last week, there were five options Youth Kenny Stills Jersey , with a “Somewhat” option for both the Confident and Not Confident answers. That made the “Meh” option just 14 percent. Now we see the Meh jump to 27 percent, while the confidence falls to 71 percent. The same can be said of the Not Confidence, where last week it was 7 percent in the combined “Not Very Confident” and “Not At All Confident” categories, but now it is just two percent, with more moving in the Meh category.With a win against the Jets this week, that confidence in the Dolphins should start to climb again. Will we see that win? It looks like Dolphins fans believe we will.Will the Dolphins win or lose in Week 2?Odds: Jets are 2.5-point favoritesGang Green Nation FanPulse: Jets by 5The Phinsider FanPulse: Dolphins by 8It probably should not be a surprise that the predictions for this game broke along team allegiance lines. It could be a little surprising that the Jets fans only think they will win by five, given the demolition of the Detroit Lions we saw from the Jets on Monday Night Football. I predicted the Dolphins by six http://www.thedolphinsfootballauthentic.com/kiko-alonso-jersey-authentic , so there are many Dolphins fans who seem more optimistic than I am right now. I am sure there are plenty that are not seeing even my six-point victory. Sunday needs to hurry up and get here so we can see what actually happens.Other than QB, what is most valuable to an NFL offense? Across all of the SB Nation team sites, this question was asked, with left tackle dominating the answers. Skill positions get all the love, but without a strong left tackle, it is hard to find success. The Dolphins are still dealing with some growing pains from Laremy Tunsil, who is becoming a solid left tackle Womens Vincent Taylor Jersey , but he has not yet reached the potential he has. Coming out of college, he was seen as a Pro Bowl level left tackle, and, after spending his rookie season at left guard, he struggled at times last year, his first season back at left tackle. He has to pick up his play this year to become the dominant player the Dolphins want at the position.
Miami Dolphins a victory with a game-sealing catch.Gore moved past Curtis Martin for fourth on the career rushing list Miami Dolphins Hats , Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes, Kenyan Drake ran for a score and the Dolphins took advantage of several mistakes by Sam Darnold and the New York Jets for a 20-12 victory Sunday.But with the game still hanging in the balance late in the fourth quarter, it was the 35-year-old Gore who reached back into his playmaking past. On third-and-19 and the Dolphins nursing an eight-point lead, Ryan Tannehill threw a short pass to Gore, who got his hands on the ball and zipped up the field for exactly 19 yards before going down."Frank made a heck of a catch there down low," Tannehill said. "I was off-balance and the ball just went straight down on me. Frank did an amazing job of scooping that thing, making the catch and getting the first down."The Dolphins were able to then run out the clock, giving them their first 2-0 start since 2013.Gore earned a game ball from coach Adam Gase for that play as well as his 8-yard run in the third quarter that put him behind only Barry Sanders, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith."It's kind of mind blowing," defensive end Cameron Wake said. "The team as a whole is honored to play with the guy."Gore Miami Dolphins Hoodie , in his first season with the Dolphins and 14th in the NFL, finished with 25 yards on nine carries."It means a lot," he said. "I've been doubted my whole life, coming out of college (at Miami) with the injuries that I had. People were saying I would only be in the league two or three years. I'd be done. I've been blessed to keep going and have success."T.J. McDonald and Xavien Howard each intercepted Darnold, and punter Matt Haack consistently put the Jets (1-1) in lousy field position to start drives.Tannehill finished 17 of 23 for 168 yards and also ran for 44 yards on eight carries for the Dolphins, coming off a win in the longest NFL game since 1970 merger by outlasting Tennessee in 7 hours, 8 minutes last Sunday."What we're doing out there is close to what we're looking to do," Gase said of his team. "We just have to do a few things better."SAM'S STARTAfter a solid NFL debut, the 21-year-old Darnold struggled a bit in this one. He was 25 of 41 for 334 yards and a touchdown with the two INTs in his second NFL start, but struggled to get the offense moving.The Jets will have a short turnaround Cheap Customized Miami Dolphins Jerseys , with New York traveling to winless Cleveland to play Thursday night."Just missed opportunities," Darnold said. "I think that goes for every game where you look at all the plays you wish you could have back. Again, short week, got a game Thursday and we've got to right back to it tonight."Darnold got off to a much better start than in the Jets' opener in Detroit, when his first NFL pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. But on the Jets' second possession in this one, Darnold turned it over when his pass intended for Quincy Enunwa was intercepted by McDonald.Three plays later, Drake took the handoff from Tannehill up the middle for a 6-yard run to give the Dolphins a 7-0 lead.Miami took advantage of another turnover after Darnold completed a 10-yard pass to Robby Anderson, who had the ball knocked out of his hands by Kiko Alonso. Raekwon McMillan recovered for the Dolphins at the Jets 49, giving Miami a short field. Albert Wilson scored on a 29-yard catch to make it 14-0.MORE MISCUESThe Jets made another mistake that had the effect of a turnover when Henry Anderson's sack of Tannehill on third-and-6 was negated by a holding penalty on Morris Claiborne, keeping the Dolphins' drive alive. Two plays later Youth Minkah Fitzpatrick Jersey , Tannehill connected with A.J. Derby for a 19-yard touchdown, although Jason Sanders missed the extra point.New York showed some life starting with a 44-yard completion from Darnold to Terrelle Pryor. On second-and-10 from the 14, Darnold completed a short pass to Chris Herndon, who fumbled, recovered and tried to get into the end zone, but was tackled at the 1 as time expired.Darnold and the Jets answered right back to begin the third quarter with a solid drive capped by a 28-yard touchdown catch by Bilal Powell. Jason Myers missed the extra point, making it 20-6.The Jets, coming off a 48-17 rout of Detroit on Monday night, appeared in great shape when Jordan Jenkins forced and recovered a fumble after a strip-sack of Tannehill gave New York the ball at the Miami 12. But, Darnold's pass to Pryor on the next play was intercepted in the end zone by Howard."We turned the ball over in our red zone Youth Mike Gesicki Jersey ," coach Todd Bowles said. "We had a turnover in their red zone that led to points. We have to make sure we take care of the football."After Avery Williamson recovered a fumbled shotgun snap by Tannehill late in the third quarter, the Jets capped an 11-play drive with a 55-yard field goal by Myers. Myers added a 41-yarder with 5:56 remaining.INJURIESJets TE Neal Sterling left with a concussion early in the second quarter and didn't return.ANTHEMDolphins wide receivers Wilson and Kenny Stills were the only two players to kneel during the national anthem.All of the Jets players linked arms, along with coach Todd Bowles and CEO Christopher Johnson while standing together on the sideline during "The Star-Spangled Banner."UP NEXTDolphins: home vs. Oakland next Sunday.Jets: at Cleveland on Thursday night.Monday Night Football: Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos Live Thread and Game Information Tonight Monday Night Football features the Kansas City Chiefs who will travel to Denver Colorado this evening to take on the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs have not lost any of their first three games and the Broncos enter the week having lost only one of three thus far. Use this thread to discuss this evening game, any of the other NFL action from this past weekend and as always your Miami Dolphins. Please remember that live threads are treated like every other post on the site and that all site rules are still in effect. Additionally remember that there is never any requesting, providing or discussion of any illegal game streams allowed on the Phinsider or any other SBNation site.Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) 1st AFC West @ Denver Broncos (2-1) 2nd AFC WestWhen: 8:15 PM ESTWhere: Broncos Stadium, Denver, ColoradoTV: ESPNOdds: Chiefs -3Over/Under: 53.5
The greatest safety in the history of the NFL is now on track to receive what he’s earned: a gold jacket. Earlier today Authentic Sam Koch Jersey , the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced their official modern-era nomination list, consisting of 102 players.Reed is not the only first-ballot candidate; he is joined by TE Tony Gonzalez, CB Champ Bailey and LB London Fletcher.Though we’ve witnessed first-ballot snubs before, under every timeline possible, Reed still makes it in. This is all a formality.Ed Reed:Awards & AchievementsSuper Bowl Champion (XLVII)9x Pro Bowl (2003,2004, 2006-2012)5x First-team All-Pro (2004, 2006-2008, 2010)3x Second-team All-Pro (2003, 2009, 2011)NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2004)3x NFL interceptions leader (2004,2008, 2010)NFL 2000’s All-Decade TeamCareer statistics:Interceptions: 64 (7th all-time)Interception return yards: 1,590 (1st all-time)Interceptions returned for touchdowns: 7 (tied for 11th all-time)NFL record: Longest interception returned for touchdown: 106 yards (2004)NFL record: Longest interception returned for a touchdown: 107 yards (2008)Tackles: 643Forced Fumbles: 11Passes defended: 141Games Played: 174 (160 with Baltimore, 7 with the Houston Texans Youth Nick Boyle Jersey , 7 with the NY Jets)Playoff Games Played: 15 (All with Baltimore)Why Robert Griffin III will not make the Ravens’ 53-man roster regardless of preseason performance The Baltimore Ravens are set to play in their first of five preseason games on Thursday night, and the quarterbacks are seemingly the headliners of this game. Despite Joe Flacco likely sitting out, many are clamoring to get their first look at rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. Aside from Jackson, Robert Griffin III will also play in his first game as a Raven, which leaves many to question his chances at making the roster.Given Baltimore’s depth at seemingly every other position, the Ravens may not be able to afford to keep a third quarterback on the roster, who would likely be inactive almost every week. Griffin III has reportedly helped Jackson in his development, but that alone is not worthy of a roster spot. With a surplus of cornerbacks, safeties, linebackers and defensive linemen, it would behoove Baltimore to keep an extra player at a different position who can make more of an impact than a third quarterback.“It is going to be all things that anybody can imagine. It’s going to be what is best for our team. How well those guys play and it will be a tough decision. Anytime you keep one player at one position extra, it’s one less player at another position you have to decide to lose,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said about Griffin III’s roster chances. Maxx Williams, Kamalei Correa, Bronson Kaufusi James Hurst Jersey , Zach Sieler, Myles Humphrey, Mark Thompson, Breshad Perriman, Tim White and even Kai Nacua among others are on the roster bubble, and keeping Griffin III over any of those players could possibly hurt the Ravens later in the season. Griffin III’s career has been far from perfect. He had a sensational rookie year, but after the 2012 season, it has been one injury after another. Griffin III eventually wound up out of the league despite receiving several workouts in 2017. If he can prove that he can stay healthy, he may have some trade value, which is the best case scenario for the Ravens. Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson has shown during training camp that he can be a capable backup, and as long as he doesn’t regress during the preseason, Griffin III should be released or traded. Below is a 53-man roster projection without Robert Griffin III, and looking who may be cut if he makes the team could be a concerning development for the Ravens. 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Mosley, Kenny Young, Patrick Onwuasor, and Albert McClellanSafeties (5) - DeShon Elliott, Eric Weddle, Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine Sr. and Chuck ClarkCornerbacks (6) - Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr http://www.ravensfootballauthentics.com/james-hurst-jersey-authentic , Tavon Young, Maurice Canady and Anthony AverettSpecial teams (3) - Sam Koch, Justin Tucker and Morgan CoxNotable omissions: Breshad Perriman, Maxx Williams, Andrew Donnal, Bronson Kaufusi, Bradley Bozeman, Kai Nacua, Kamalei Correa, Zach Sieler and Griffin IIILooking at that roster projection, who should get replaced by Griffin III? The Ravens are too deep to replace him with any of those players listed. Not to mention Maxx Williams could earn a roster spot depending on the health of Andrews. It would be a great story for the Griffin III to make the 53-man roster, but it may not be in Baltimore’s best interest.
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