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With $32M in hand, J.J. Watt sets Friday end to Harvey relief fundraising

Sep
26

Kurt Warner Limited Jersey Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, whose efforts have brought in nearly $33 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, will close his fundraising Friday, he announced via Twitter.

His statement Wednesday read, in part: There are not enough words to thank you all for your generosity. … On Friday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. CT, we will complete the fundraising portion of our efforts to dedicate our time to ensuring every dollar is put to work for the people in the devastated areas in and around Houston.

Watt initially set a goal of raising $200,000 in the wake of Harvey hitting Texas, but it has burgeoned to more than 100 times that, in part because of the viral sensation Watt became in the effort but also thanks to large donations from corporations and individuals.

As we do each week, we recap the week’s winners and losers from a fantasy perspective, complete with applicable game and historical data. Check back after the conclusion of the 1 and 4 p.m. ET (and, when applicable, Sunday Night Football) games for our picks of the week’s best and worst.
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Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Say hello to your leading scorer from Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET game block, as Diggs’ 37.3 PPR fantasy points led the way. Diggs shredded the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense en route to a career-best day in both PPR and non-PPR (29.3) fantasy scoring, showing chemistry with fill-in quarterback Case Keenum that wasn’t at all evident in Week 2. Most remarkably, Diggs’ score could’ve been even greater if not for multiple drops, but this was an extremely encouraging outing for an underrated player who had already shown an outstanding effort working with Sam Bradford in the season opener. Started in just 40.5 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 3, Diggs’ number should rise dramatically in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions.

Here’s everything athletes and teams are doing to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston

Sep
24

Athletes are rising to the occasion in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation of Houston. The city’s emergency response has been overloaded and it’s difficult to get calls through, families remained trapped in their houses, and for others lucky enough to escape, they don’t know what their neighborhoods will look like when they’re able to return.

Authentic Womens Warren Moon Jersey There are a great many charities you can support to help efforts in Houston. We’ve compiled a list of the major national and local organizations leading efforts. In addition, here are what athletes are doing in the area to assist.

Jalen Ramsey Authentic Jersey What if I had told you, after final cutdowns, that your three highest-rated quarterbacks in Week 1 would be Alex Smith, Sam Bradford, and Jared Goff? You would have thought that unlikely, at best, but here we are.

Yes, he has only played one game, but what a performance it was. Pro Football Focus gave Suggs a grade of an 85.3. Many were unsure if T-Sizzle could continue to play at a high level. However, in week one, he answered all of those questions and more.

On Sunday, he’ll get to face the secondary he burned in practice while developing from a first-round pick into a star. Odds are he’ll find some room to fly — New Orleans allowed 341 passing yards in its season opener against the Vikings, and the Patriots are motivated after losing their first game of the seasons.

The ideal game plan included stopping the run and forcing Dak Prescott to beat the No Fly Zone. That is a rare feat, and one he failed to accomplish. Both Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib came away with interceptions. Talib’s was exclamation point filled 103 yard pick six, assuaging any leftover fears of a crazy 4th quarter collapse that almost ruined week one.

Steelers sign DE Stephon Tuitt to new 6-year deal

Sep
20

The Steelers have ensured that a key piece of their defense will stay in Pittsburgh.

The team announced Saturday it has signed defensive end Stephon Tuitt to a new six-year deal that runs through 2022. The contract is worth $61 million, NFL Network reported.

“The more that I have heard, the more I think he has a real chance to have some games knocked off the suspension.”

Since instituting the six-game minimum suspension for domestic violence incidents in 2014, former Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy was suspended 10 games but had his ban reduced to four. Furthermore, Jonathan Dwyer was suspended three games and Derrick Coleman was suspended four. Only Rodney Austin had his six game suspension upheld.

The NFL hasn’t made a habit of suspending players the full six games for the policy it enacted, and it appears Adam Schefter does not believe the league will keep Elliott’s suspension at that number, either.

That’s definitely a worthy reaction after Houston gave up 10 sacks and showed a sputtering running game that didn’t help QBs Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson. But there should also be a lot more concern about a pass rush that has J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus not dropping Blake Bortles once.

Jaguars: “That pass defense is the best in the NFL.”

It was already very good last season. It just added A.J. Bouye and Barry Chruch to flank Jalen Ramsey and Tashaun Gipson in the secondary and Calais Campbell to empower Myles Jack and the entire front seven. It is capable of more dominant days, especially when the offense is so conveniently complementary with Leonard Fournette.3

This game should be a good test of two franchises that are in rebuilding modes.

Sep
20

The Jets hung around in the first half, before a costly muffed punt with under a minute left led to an easy Oakland TD, making it 21-10 at half. The Raiders pulled away in the fourth quarter to fairly easily cover the large spread. Oakland went over the total by itself.

The sportsbooks will surely be happy with this result. Denver dominated the game, scoring a touchdown on its opening drive and leading 21-10 at half and 35-10 after three quarters. With a stingy defense holding Ezekiel Elliott to 8 yards, the spread was never in doubt.

However, each team has some injury issues. San Francisco safety Eric Reid injured his knee and won’t play against the Rams, and linebacker Reuben Foster is not expected to play because of an ankle injury.

Rams tight end Gerald Everett suffered a thigh injury and cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder) did not play against Washington.
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Both teams have first-year head coaches: Sean McVay for the Rams and Kyle Shanahan for the 49ers.

The Rams are 1-1 on the season and the 49ers are 0-2. But both teams are improved from 2016 and have shown growth under their new regimes, especially on offense.

The Giants’ offense could use Beckham after struggling in a 19-3 loss to the Cowboys in Week 1. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall caught one pass (in the final moments) for 10 yards. Quarterback Eli Manning threw for just 33 yards in a first half where the offense produced a grand total of two first downs.

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Bill Belichick offers his explanation on bad offensive line play across the league

Sep
19

With the Patriots preparing for their home game against the Houston Texans, one Houston reporter asked Bill Belichick a question was on offensive line play and how it’s gotten worse of late. Here’s how Belichick answered:

Offensive line is the most fundamental position in the offense. If you can’t block, you can’t do anything in both the run and pass game. At the end of the day, the things that ultimately matter are fundamentals and conditioning, two things the Patriots consistently harp on. Teams usually don’t overcome bad OL play and we’ve seen some very talented OL prospects bust in the NFL because there isn’t enough time for them to practice blocking techniques and they’re thrown right into the fire. Part of that issue comes with the CBA negotiations and how that’s affected the number of padded practices.

What does this mean for the Giants? Just the threat of having Beckham, and his tendency toward explosive plays, on the field should be a boost for a Giants offense that needs one.

New York’s passing game was stagnant without Beckham on the field in Week 1, and the Cowboys managed to hold the Giants to just one field goal. Beckham’s return is James Conner Womens Jersey great news for an offense that looked completely inept without him.

And Beckham has a history of thriving in primetime. Since 2014, Beckham T.J. Ward Youth Jersey ranks third in the NFL in primetime games with 1,221 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, according to Evan Kaplan, a senior research for Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown.

So the Giants should win, then? It’s not that simple. New York’s offensive line was atrocious in Week 1 against the Cowboys. If they can’t give Manning time to throw, it may not help much that Beckham is on the field.

Asked if the process has been unfair to him, Elliot did not want to comment further.

Sep
18

I’ve kind of stopped worrying about it because it’s not in my hands, Elliott said. At this point I’m focused right now on being the running back I need to be for this team to be successful so we can accomplish what we want to, and remaining focused to keep playing at a high level.

Elliott said it’s definitely been a tough last 14 months. At times it’s gotten so hard you start to lose faith.

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Elliott was eligible to play Sunday against the New York Giants, but without Mazzant’s ruling he would have missed the next six games and not been able to return until Nov. 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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The injunction likely means Elliott will be allowed to play the entire season, but the NFL could ask for an expedited hearing of the appeal.

The NFL is following a similar path it took in the 2015 Deflategate case against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady initially won a reprieve in district court, but a higher court affirmed the NFL’s four-game penalty for deflating game balls. That came after the 2015 season, so Brady sat out the first four games of the 2016 season.

After the Cowboys’ 19-3 season-opening win against the Giants, Elliott spoke to reporters for the first time since June and expressed relief that he would get a chance to prove my innocence. He said he was just happy that I’ll get to be with the guys for as long as permitted and not miss time and not having to be away from them.

Ten victories seems like too many for the Bengals based on their overall trajectory.

Sep
13

My projection had them going 8-0 at home, something Cincy last accomplished in 2013. They were only 4-3-1 at home last season. Eight of the projected victories are against teams with unsettled QB situations.

While this is understandable because Wade’s football IQ is extremely suspect, there are certain points in the game where the play call isn’t what’s best for the situation at hand. Say you need to go out of bounds to save clock. The coach might call a play to help you, and he might not.

Unlike Road to Glory mode in the college football editions, Longshot wants you to trust the process and not try to challenge the coach in any way, shape, or form. The only time you can “rebel” against the play call is when you scramble out of the pocket. While I understand that Wade isn’t adept at making reads or remembering plays, it’s kind of frustrating when I can’t even tell Cruise to run a slant route instead of curl, and I’ve been playing with him since I was a kid.

That doesn’t make it an impossibility, and I don’t think anyone played LeGarrette Blount more than I did last season — which seems to fly in the face of this advice, but he was a massive outlier and was priced incorrectly most weeks. If you were to analyze my lineups from week to week in 2016, you would have found a ton of players such as Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson, Melvin Gordon, Devonta Freeman, LeSean McCoy and others of that ilk.

I guess this accentuates why I liked Blount in 2016, but I’m not planning to roster him a bunch in 2017. His role was stable on a top-scoring team, and he was constantly underpriced for a player who could score multiple touchdowns in any week. All of the other names I mentioned above also held a solid market share of red zone targets and carries.
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Randy Moss, Ray Lewis lead stellar list of first-year HOF nominees

Sep
11

Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also part of the 108 early nominees who are eligible for the first time, having been retired for five years when the class is chosen next February, are cornerback Ronde Barber, wideouts Donald Driver and Steve Smith (former Giant, Eagle and Ram), offensive linemen Steve Hutchinson, Matt Birk, and Jeff Saturday, and defensive linemen Richard Seymour and Kyle Vanden Bosch.

Beckham’s injury initially looked serious, but the team announced it was just an ankle Bud Dupree Youth Jersey sprain. “I don’t know, it’s just football I guess, preseason,” Beckham said, via CBS Sports’ Jared Dubin. “I’m not really the judge. It’s just football in my opinion.”

Beckham also said that he’ll “shake it off” and “play football.” But Authentic Tyson Alualu Jersey he sat out the rest of preseason and missed the entire week of practice before Week 1.

Despite being sidelined for practice, Beckham was ruled questionable to play Sunday and was considered to be a game-time decision.

The injury sparked discussion among fans and NFL players alike about the preseason and the risks it carries. Beckham avoided the worst-case scenario, but he’s still working his way back from an unnecessary injury that didn’t need to happen. He’ll have an extra day to heal up with the Giants playing on Monday night next week.

NFL Mexico apologizes for correlating Chiefs win to earthquake

Sep
11

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NFL Mexico has apologized for a tweet that associated the Chiefs’ upset victory over the Patriots on Thursday with the devastating earthquake that hit the country that night.

NFL Mexico apologizes for the unacceptable tweet yesterday, which does not represent the values ??of the league. We reiterate our solidarity with Mexico, the tweet says.

The earthquake, which registered as an 8.2 on the Richter scale, killed at least 58 people and caused buildings to collapse in the southwest region of the country, according to the Washington Post.

The Colts were an absolute mess without Andrew Luck in Week 1, and though the offense’s prospects are bleak as long as he’s out, there was some good news to come out of the game: Jack Doyle’s snap total.

The Colts’ top tight end was on the field for 92 percent (45 of 49) of the team’s offensive snaps. The usage resulted in only two receptions for 41 yards on three targets, but assuming he continues to play such a massive workload once Luck returns, Doyle will be a near-lock for a top-10 fantasy campaign. It will be tempting to drop Doyle, but I advise holding tight until we learn more on Luck’s timetable.

Allen Robinson suffered a torn ACL on Sunday and is out for the rest of the season. The injury opens the door for Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns to step up as the team’s top two receivers. Considering the Jaguars’ weak tight end group, both Lee and Hurns can expect a generous share of the team’s target share. Marcedes Lewis doesn’t sport much upside but was on the field for all 60 of the team’s Week 1 plays.
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He’s a sneaky target in leagues that start two tight ends. Dede Westbrook and Rashad Greene are both on injured reserve, as well, so undrafted free agent Keelan Cole, who played 16 snaps on Sunday, will step in as the team’s No. 3 receiver. He’s worth an add in very deep and dynasty leagues. Lee should now be viewed as a solid flex option, and Hurns should be on benches.

It reached a new high again this March when it was set at $167 million.

Sep
10

For four consecutive seasons, the NFL’s salary cap has jumped by at least $10 million. It reached a new high again this March when it was set at $167 million.

Steve Grogan Elite Jersey But teams aren’t spending it as quickly. According to The Ringer, 13 teams had $5 million in cap space during the 2014 season while the other 19 were close to the spending limit. In 2016, 23 teams had at least $5 million in room.

He is an international businessman, the leader of more than 30,000 employees in more than 60 auto-part plants across the world. He is the Jaguars’ anchor.

But that clear, plastic folder might as well be for Khan an additional finger, an extra eye. He goes, he comes, it goes, it comes with him.

Khan says he has not met that sort of resistance among the other 31 NFL owners. He describes them as welcoming from the start. Though his signature handlebar mustache is so different from them and though the Muslim traditional attire he occasionally wears is so stark from their looks, he has found a comfortable niche among them.
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Mitchell Trubisky, the first passer drafted, wound up as the No. 2-overall pick despite just one season of starting experience under his belt. Patrick Mahomes II, the 10th pick of the draft, threw for nearly 10,000 yards and 77 touchdowns in his final two seasons at Texas Tech, but went 13-17 as his team’s primary QB. Deshaun Watson, the most accomplished of the first-round selections, raised concerns over whether his dynamic scrambling and hot-and-cold decision-making could translate to the next level.