Cruz went down with a torn patellar tendon, ending his season early

Mathews has unsurprisingly struggled with injuries, and in a year with an excellent draft class of running backs, Philly could look for a cheaper option to work alongside Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood.

Kendricks fell out of favor and is too expensive, given how the Eagles avoid using him in their sub-packages or as a blitzer. He played only 26.8 percent of the defensive snaps this past season. If the Eagles designate Kendricks as a post-June 1 release and trade or cut Mathews and Barwin, they would free up $16.8 million in 2017 cap space.

Explore the possibility of re-signing Bennie Logan. The Eagles already are spending a lot on their defensive line. They handed out a massive deal to Fletcher Cox and have Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry locked up on second contracts. Including Barwin, four of the seven largest cap hits on Philadelphia’s balance sheet in 2017 belong to defensive linemen. (The other three are offensive tackles Lane Johnson and Jason Peters and backup quarterback Chase Daniel.)

“In the heat of the battle, they revert to what they know, and that’s the hard thing if they’re not trained through your system,’ he said. “When you play on bad teams you think you have to do something supernatural to make a play happen. No, just do your job. If you do your job and the other 10 guys do their job, you’re going to be OK.”
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Don’t expect the Bengals to deviate from that philosophy this year. Though they might go after a mid-range free agent or two, it’s unlikely they’ll be making a big splash when free agency opens in March.
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Unfortunately, his career took a hard turn south in 2014. During a Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cruz went down with a torn patellar tendon, ending his season early. It’s one of the hardest injuries for an athlete to come back from, although Cruz was nearly set to make his comeback at the start of the 2015 season. However, he picked up a calf injury while rehabbing the knee, and that resulted in him sitting out the entire year once again.

The victory snapped an eight-game winless streak against the Wild in the regular season that dated back to Jan. 2015

¡°I think the Senators are wary about that. You don¡¯t want to see a guy get traded and find his life somewhere else. So everything I understand is that his price is still high, and they¡¯re not treating him as just a regular depth player.¡±

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In terms of production, he has never been able to find his scoring touch. He was never a prolific scorer in Junior, although he did have 76 points in 58 games in his final WHL season, so most people believed he could at least be a 40+ point two-way player. That has not happened though, as he has averaged 17 points per season over the course of 172 games.

Even better for the Blackhawks? The victory snapped an eight-game winless streak against the Wild in the regular season that dated back to Jan. 2015. It also brought them within five points of the Wild at the top of the Central, though with two more games played.

The Wild will have a chance for redemption at the end of the month, but one has to look to this game to see what a potential playoff series between these two Central Division rivals would be like.
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However, Toews was a factor for the Blackhawks all evening, as he nabbed a pair of assists to go along with his game-winner for a three-point evening. The first assist in particular is a beauty that Nick Schmaltz buried to put the Blackhawks up 2-0 in the early stages of the second period.

Minnesota was unable to get past Crawford when it was needed the most, but the Wild were given an assist by the officials on this Zach Parise goal that tied the game 2-2 in the second period.
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The Falcons confirmed on Wednesday that they would not retain defensive coordinator Richard Smith or defensive line coach Bryan Cox

Over the past couple of weeks, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith has used Twitter to show his progress in his return from a serious knee injury and nerve damage.

On Wednesday, Smith showed his change of direction some 13 months after undergoing surgery.

Five of the six head-coaching jobs that were open became finalized between Jan. 9 and Jan. 12. The 49ers felt they had the luxury of waiting until after the Super Bowl to hire a coach, and they targeted the top two assistants available. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels removed his name from consideration and decided to stay with the Patriots for another season. The 49ers then set their sights on Shanahan, who coordinated the offense of the Atlanta Falcons that lost in thrilling fashion to McDaniels’ Patriots in Super Bowl LI.
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That gave Shanahan a great amount of leverage, and he’s taking a six-year guaranteed contract and will get significant personnel power in shaping the roster.

Jalen Ramsey Youth Jersey A lot of love. Whether it was defensive coordinator Matt Patricia saying it to linebacker Dont’a Hightower, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels saying it to Blount, Edelman saying it to Brady, or Bill Belichick telling Brady and Blount, this team says, “I love you” a lot.

The Falcons confirmed on Wednesday that they would not retain defensive coordinator Richard Smith or defensive line coach Bryan Cox. The team said Smith could return in an advisory role but that he’s exploring other options.

Sources told ESPN that Falcons coach Dan Quinn started taking more control of the defensive playcalling during the season, and the Falcons showed improvement late in the season and into the playoffs, but still had some hiccups.

The Ravens have missed the playoffs and had non-winning seasons in three of the four seasons

It carries some truth, in that Curry did submit one of the greatest offensive seasons in league history. But it’s not quite satisfactory as an explanation for why a 28-year-old superstar has dropped more than seven points in player efficiency rating, or why he was shooting less than 30 percent on pull-up 3-pointers, his defining skill. It’s an explanation that would make more sense if the expectations were based on a couple of hot weeks, or maybe even a month. It doesn’t make sense in the context of an entire season. There isn’t such a thing as an 82-game hot streak. Occam’s razor suggests the main reason for Curry’s drop-off was, of course, the transfer of power to Durant.

Kerr had resisted admitting as much. Four days before the Christmas Day game, he slyly answered, “Kevin [Durant],” when asked which Warriors All-Star had to undergo the biggest adjustment this season.

Game Womens Marcus Williams Jersey “We do a lot of stuff off the ball,” Kerr said. “So obviously with KD’s arrival, the dynamics changed a little bit. So, Steph has the ball a little less this year. So does KD.”

The Ravens have missed the playoffs and had non-winning seasons in three of the four seasons since they won Super Bowl XLVII. The last time that happened in Baltimore, coach Brian Billick was fired. Owner Steve Biscotti spared coach John Harbaugh this time around. There is institutional respect for Harbaugh’s work. But the general downward trend leaves outside observers to debate where he is headed: for a Bill Cowher-like second wind or for the end of a highly successful tenure that has run its course.

Game Womens Terrence Brooks Jersey The addition of Greg Roman as a senior offensive assistant/tight ends coach could serve as a balance to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s pass-happy playcalls. (The Ravens led the NFL with 679 pass attempts in 2016, while their 367 carries were the third-fewest.) General manager Ozzie Newsome could also help his defense by adding a pass-rusher, as Terrell Suggs approaches his 35th birthday and Elvis Dumervil (33) faces an uncertain future.

Peyton Manning is the Broncos’ offense at this stage

At what point does a quarterback go from being young and worth developing to being an also-ran? At 27, we may be about to find out with Mallett. He’s battling with Hoyer, a free agent signee who really fell apart as last season progressed. If Mallett can’t hold Hoyer off, is he worth keeping around going forward? Further, it’s hard to get excited about the future in Houston with Hoyer as a starter.

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Player you’ll be buzzing about: DE Malik Jackson — Jackson is in the final year of his rookie contract. He’s set to become a full-time starter this season and will want to show the team he should remain a starter.

What to watch: Peyton Manning is the Broncos’ offense at this stage, and as he gets older all eyes will be on how his throwing arm is holding up in areas like velocity and accuracy. Unfortunately for Manning, the biggest question mark on the team is its offensive line. Four of the five starters from the end of 2014 are gone, and the Broncos will be conducting battles at multiple positions.

Most important position battle: Manning won’t be around forever and the Broncos insist they want to run a more balanced offense. That means they’ll run it more, but will it be C.J. Anderson or Montee Ball carrying the football the most?

Player you’ll be buzzing about: RB Latavius Murray — In his second NFL season, Murray only carried the ball 82 times, but he made the most out of them with two touchdowns and a 5.2 yards per carry average. Although it’s still too early to know what Murray can do as a full-time starter, the Raiders could have a real superstar on their hands.

The NFL’s grittiest offensive role players

Authentic Womens Marcus Stroman Jersey Sure, the quarterback is far and away the most important and high-profile player on a football team, but to put together a consistent winner, you need 11 players on each side functioning as a unit. But teams need more than just those 22 players. They need second and third receivers, a solid left guard, an in-line tight end — in other words, teams need a few out-of-the-spotlight guys who do the dirty work, the special assignments to be successful.

So, who are the league’s best role players?

How will the Rams juggle a young offensive line? St. Louis drafted four offensive linemen this year and used a 2016 pick to select Isaiah Battle in the supplemental draft. The right side of the Rams’ offensive line is being rebuilt. The expecation is that second-round pick Rob Havenstein will be the starter at right tackle and third-round pick Jamon Brown will start at right guard.
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But what happens if they struggle in the preseason? Then draft order goes out the window and fourth-round pick Andrew Donnal or sixth-round pick Cody Wichmann could get a shot. The Rams will also use training camp to begin figuring out who starts at center between Tim Barnes, Barrett Jones and Demetrius Rhaney.

Last season the Browns had the league’s worst run defense, surrendering an average of 141.6 yards per game. In an effort to remedy it, the team drafted Danny Shelton in the first round and signed free agent Randy Starks.

The expectation is that Shelton will settle in as the starter at nose tackle and veteran Desmond Bryant will start at one end spot. That leaves Starks to fight for the starting three-technique end position against John Hughes and Xavier Cooper. The Browns gave Hughes a four-year contract extension and used a third-round pick on Cooper, so clearly they like both.

The Chiefs will add a running back to compete for playing time

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Change is coming to Denver’s offensive line and no position in the starting five is without a question mark. Center Matt Paradis is the only guarantee to return as a starter, but he’s scheduled to have surgery on both hips this offseason. The other four spots could all be in flux, especially at tackle, where Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson both underperformed after the Broncos signed both in free agency last March. Okung has a $1 million option bonus due in March that would kick in the final four years of his contract and guarantee him $21 million, so he’s not expected to receive that bonus. Stephenson, too, will have his 2017 base salary of $4 million guaranteed if he’s on the roster March 13 and beyond, so the Broncos will give a long look to that decision as well. — Jeff Legwold

Jordan Crawford: ‘They really rely on you’

Authentic Eugene Sims Jersey Remember when a young college player dunked on LeBron James during a summer basketball camp in 2009 and Nike confiscated videotapes of the incident, purportedly to keep embarrassing footage of its star pitchman under wraps? That player was Crawford, a sophomore at Xavier University who would go on to be an NBA first-round draft pick a year later. The Detroit native then played four seasons in the NBA, suiting up for the Hawks, Wizards, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.

In 2014, his career path led to China, where he signed with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers for a reported $2 million.

“I was intrigued by, of course, the money, and the span of the season,” Crawford said. “But from a basketball standpoint, I was intrigued because they really rely on you. I wanted to see how good I really was. They want the Americans to be the best players on the floor.”

Crawford played in only five games with Xinjiang, scoring 49 points in his last game before returning to the United States with a severe eye infection. Still, the veteran shooting guard made enough of an impression for Tianjin to bring him in last season, and he rewarded the Gold Lions by leading the league in scoring at 43.1 points per game.

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The two met at a charity event for the Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEED) Project on a snowy night in February 2010. It was NBA All-Star weekend in Dallas. The Senegal-based nonprofit used basketball as a platform to engage youths in academic, athletic and leadership programs.
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Grady took his young son by the hand and drove him home in his patrol car.

“And that’s when he told me all about this Dr. King guy they were all talking about,” Rivers says. “It was the first time I had ever heard of Martin Luther King.”

When Rivers went to Proviso East High School and made the basketball team, his father sat in the front row of the bleachers, his badge gleaming, to remind his son what was expected of him.

“My brother and I loved going to headquarters and seeing the holding cells,” Rivers says. “Sometimes, you’d see people you knew in there.

“My dad always told me, ‘Let me tell you something, son. If you are on the other side of those bars, I’m not doing anything to get you out.'”

Saints vs. Packers 2015 online: Start time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Heading into the final week of the preseason, the starters for the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers will spend most of the Week 4 game on the sidelines. With the Packers hosting the Saints on Thursday, backups and rookies are still fighting for a spot on the final 53-man rosters.

This will be the first time these two teams come together in the preseason since 2004, but it will mark the ninth time they’ll do so. The Saints and Packers met last October, resulting in a Saints blowout win.

The New York Giants had a tenuous safety position heading into Friday’s preseason game, and coming out of it things were even worse. Rookie Landon Collins left the game with an injury, and on Saturday, head coach Tom Coughlin confirmed he has an MCL sprain and will need to miss some time, as reported by It seems like a mild sprain, but it’s possible he won’t play again this preseason.

Then there’s Mykkele Thompson, who left the game with an Achilles injury. Coughlin also confirmed that Thompson’s injury was more serious, and that he’ll miss the entirety of the regular season. New York’s secondary was already a big question mark, and now it’s even worse. In addition to the safeties, cornerbacks Jayron Hosley and Trumaine McBride sustained injuries in the game. Neither injury seems long-term but they could miss some time.

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The Chargers are also 2-2, and will be happy to see Mike Vick at quarterback rather than Roethlisberger

Two of the three losses for the Seahawks came in road games against two teams that are still undefeated, and Seattle has led in the fourth quarter of all five games this year. While that presents some concerns about the team’s ability to close out wins, it also suggests this still a Seahawks team that can compete with the NFL’s elite.
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If Calvin Johnson hadn’t fumbled a foot from the goal line we would be looking at 4 blown leads by the Seattle defense. Something is missing

There are legitimate problems for the Seahawks, who haven’t done a good job protecting Russell Wilson and don’t have the NFL’s top defense for the first time since 2011. Still, two wins is enough to keep the Seahawks in the wild card race in the NFC and there’s plenty of time for the team to battle back to a winning record.

Like the Ravens, it’s difficult to imagine any AFC North team keeping up with the Bengals, and it’s going to be especially tough for the Steelers without Ben Roethlisberger. On Monday night, Michael Vick will have a chance to lead Pittsburgh to an upset win over the San Diego Chargers, but even if he can’t pull it off, the Steelers aren’t toast.

The Chargers are also 2-2, and will be happy to see Mike Vick at quarterback rather than Roethlisberger — they need a win with a game at Lambeau Field coming next. The problem for San Diego is that its run defense is allowing 4.9 yards a carry — 31st in the NFL — and that’s not good when you are about to face a team that has Le’Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams and Vick.

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When San Diego has the ball, its biggest concern will be protecting Philip Rivers. Pittsburgh has been able to get to quarterbacks at a decent clip, but when the pressure isn’t there, the secondary has had problems.