Month: September 2017

Month: September 2017

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PITTSBURGH — Running back Le’Veon Bell jersey did not report to Pittsburgh Steelers jersey training camp with the rest of the team Thursday, leaving his status for the start of the 2017 season uncertain.

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Bell has yet to sign his $12.12 million franchise tender and, as a result, is not subject to fines for his no-show.

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Steelers receiver Antonio Brown jersey reiterated to reporters what he said on social media in a direct cheap jersey message to Bell: The first part of getting better is showing up.

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Cheap Lorenzo Alexander jersey Other players took a softer approach, acknowledging they would like Bell in camp but understand the business side.

“The biggest thing with football, no matter who you are, this thing moves on without you,” guard David DeCastro jersey said. “It’s kind of an unfortunate truth, but it is the way it is. If he’s not here, we’ve got to go.”

Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva jersey, who was also without a contract, reported to camp after the Steelers signed him to a four-year deal Thursday afternoon.

Bell has a precedent to follow: Chiefs safety Eric Berry jersey jersey reported later in August to sign his tender last summer, then had a big year and signed a six-year, $78 million extension this offseason.

Bell, 25, was a second-round pick in 2013. He has been elected to two Pro Bowls and has rushed for 4,045 yards despite missing 17 regular-season games over the course of four seasons.

Center Maurkice Pouncey jersey says Bell is a unique talent who doesn’t need practice every day, but the benefit of reporting is “just to be around the team, so you guys don’t have to ask the same questions every day. He could sit on the sidelines and answer those questions.”

In other Steelers news, wide receiver Martavis Bryant jersey is not eligible to practice because he’s still under conditional reinstatement with the NFL over substance abuse violations.

Bryant has missed 20 games over the past two seasons for drug offenses. In late April, the league made clear he could be with the team on a conditional basis and had hurdles to clear.

A source says Bryant is with the team right now and is working to finalize his reinstatement in the coming days or weeks.

“Upon his conditional reinstatement in April, Martavis Bryant jersey was made aware it was only the beginning of a process toward a return to being a full contributing member of the Pittsburgh Steelers jersey,” general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement.

“We have been informed by the NFL that Martavis is still in the process of being fully reinstated. Until that time, Martavis will be permitted to take part in off-the-field team activities at training camp, but he will not be permitted to practice or play in any games.”

Month: September 2017

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The Tennessee Titans jersey addressed one of their biggest needs on the eve of training camp by agreeing to terms with veteran outside linebacker Erik Walden jersey jersey, his agent, Michael Katz, said.

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Walden, 32, led the Indianapolis Colts jersey with a career-high 11 sacks and three forced fumbles last season. He was a 2008 sixth-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State who visited with the Titans earlier this offseason.

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Titans 2016 second-round pick Kevin Dodd jersey was supposed to be the top outside linebacker off the bench, but he hasn’t practiced this offseason while battling a lingering foot injury. His availability and expected cheap jersey contribution remains an unknown heading training camp.

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Carolina Panthers jersey quarterback Cam Newton jersey jersey doesn’t sound as though he’s fully into the coaching staff’s plan to reduce his role in the running game this season.

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“I don’t understand certain things,” Newton said on Thursday, the first time he’s spoken in depth to reporters since undergoing shoulder surgery in March. “That’s my edge. You going to expect a lion not to roar?”

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Carolina then drafted dual-threat running back Christian McCaffrey jersey with the eighth pick of the draft and added slot receiver/running back Curtis Samuel jersey in the second round to give Newton more options on short passes and check-down throws.

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Wholesale Sean Mannion jersey “In my career, over the whole body of work, the things that have put me at an advantage most times is having that ability to run.”

Newton said he will continue to take what the defense gives him.

“Yeah, do I have weapons? Absolutely,” he said. “But it’s still going to be on me and in me to focus on getting those different outlets the ball the right times and knowing that.”

“As far as designed and called runs? I could care less. I want to win in the worst way. Straight up.”

Newton’s immediate concern is getting his right shoulder ready for Week 1. He underwent surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in March, and Wednesday night was the first time he’s thrown in an organized practice since the last week of the 2016 season.

“It felt great,” Newton said. “I was kind of nervous, though. I ain’t going to lie. Nervous just because of the experience. A couple of months. But excited to say the least. All in all, I felt good.”

As for the evolution of the offense, there will be a concerted effort to get the ball into the hands of playmakers such as McCaffrey and Samuel.

Coaches say quicker cheap jersey passes that can turn into big plays will help reduce the number of hits Newton takes in the pocket.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Newton has been hit or sacked 922 times since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2011. Second during that span is Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson jersey at 615.

Newton also has taken a lot of hits on designed runs and scrambles. His 3,566 yards rushing and 48 rushing touchdowns are the most by a quarterback since 2011.

But Newton’s biggest focus is getting back to winning as the Panthers did during a 2015 season when they went an NFL-best 15-1 and reached the Super Bowl.

He took last season (6-10), which statistically was the worst year of his career, “extremely personal.” He reported to camp at 246 pounds, the lightest he’s been since he was listed at 245 as a rookie.

He’s been in the 260-pound range the past two seasons.

Newton said he didn’t go on the Brady diet that the New England quarterback uses to stay fit.

“I need to go on the Tom Brady jersey jersey record,” he said of the future Hall of Famer. “You know what I’m saying? I took last year personal. I took it extremely personal and I knew that something had to change, and it started with myself.

“I feel as with my impact to that locker room, I wanted people to see this is just not no other year. I didn’t want to speak it. I wanted to action it.”

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LATROBE, Pa. — There will be no holdout for left tackle Alejandro Villanueva jersey, who has signed a four-year extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers jersey, cheap jersey the team announced Thursday.

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Villanueva, 28, wasn’t under contract because he hadn’t signed his exclusive rights tender of $615,000.

Month: September 2017

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Richmond, Virginia — Kirk Cousins jersey’ past will help guide him, once again, during a season in which his long-term status remains uncertain.

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The Washington Redskins jersey quarterback said that’s not just because he played on a one-year deal last season, but because most of his career has had the same feel: a player always having to prove himself.

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“If you win football games, everything else takes care of itself and that’s a beautiful thing. If you do that there is going to be plenty of opportunities down the road. So my focus never really has to change from that standpoint.”

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Teammates aren’t concerning themselves with his situation — corner Josh Norman jersey jersey made a “zero” sign with his fist when asked how much he worries about another player’s contract status. And Cousins said he’s not focused on it either.

“I feel good. I’m ready to go,” Cousins said. “I’ve been feeling good the last several weeks, and we’ve done a good job communicating between myself and the team. We’re all on the same page. We’re all in a good place right now. We’ve got enough to worry about trying to get our offense playing at the level it’s going to need to have a great season so that I can be back in future years.”

The common refrain is that Cousins is betting on himself. But Cousins said it’s not about betting on himself but rather the system: if he works hard and wins, he’ll be rewarded. It also helps that he’ll make $24 million this season.

” As I’ve said many times my wife and I love it here and we’re in a good place,” Cousins said. ” I’m living the dream being a starting quarterback in the NFL. I’ve got my hands full this season with 16 games. I talk about how in the offseason the ball is in the team’s court, as it is, but from Week 1 to Week 17, the ball’s in my court and I’ve got to go play football well, so that’s where my focus is.”

And it’s a focus he’s grown accustomed to having.

“Every year you never had it mapped out,” Cousins said. “So to be in that role now may feel different, but it really doesn’t cheap jersey to me because that’s been my story all along, and I’ve just learned that’s the way life is. Maybe that’s the way the Lord wants it to be for me, and I’m OK with that. It’s a healthy place for me to be. It’s worked in the past and hopefully it can work going forward.”

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MANKATO, Minn. — Nearly 11 months to the day since he sustained a major knee injury in the Minnesota Vikings jersey’ final preseason practice, Teddy Bridgewater jersey jersey still doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared to practice or when he’ll be ready to return to a NFL game. But Bridgewater said he knows it will happen eventually.

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In his first news conference since tearing multiple ligaments and dislocating his left knee last Aug. 30, Bridgewater struck a hopeful tone, saying his doctors haven’t called the injury career-ending and crediting his mother Rose Murphy’s battle with breast cancer for giving him the strength to take on an arduous rehabilitation process.

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“We don’t know when it’s going to happen, but for me, I know that it’s going to happen.”

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Cheap Sean Porter jersey The 24-year-old was able to drop back and throw in individual drills during the Vikings’ June minicamp. He also posted an Instagram picture earlier this month showing him working out without a brace on his left knee.

“I never said what the prognosis was when he got hurt, but it was not good,” Zimmer said. “You never really know, but we kind of knew it was going to be a long process. And for where he’s at right now is really remarkable. It’s a testament to, not only him, but his mom, the way he was brought up, the things he’s doing. I think he’s in a good place right now, and I think he kind of sees the end game now.”

Bridgewater said there was no contact with his knee when the injury happened early in the Vikings’ practice on Aug. 30, but he knew immediately that “something didn’t feel right.” The Vikings’ athletic training staff quickly fitted Bridgewater with an air cast, and he was rushed by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center, since his knee dislocation put him at risk of losing his lower leg.

“I was in the back of the [ambulance,] and [head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman] was back there with me,” Bridgewater said. “We had a conversation, and I’m pretty sure both of us were pretty nervous about that conversation. I’m glad that everyone reacted in a timely manner, and we were able to save my leg, if that’s what you want to call it.”

The Vikings declined Bridgewater’s fifth-year option in May, though his 2017 contract could toll if he spends the entire season on the PUP list. Bridgewater said he understood the team’s logic in making the decision.

“I just want to continue to play football,” Bridgewater said. “It was taken away from me 11 months ago, so to even be having this conversation about continuing to play football, that just continues to motivate me right there.”

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CINCINNATI — An emotional Adam Jones jersey said his motivation is “through the roof” because of the support of Bengals owner Mike Brown jersey. The Bengals cornerback had tears in his eyes as he spoke to reporters about Brown, who publicly stood behind Jones after his January arrest.

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“When you have a guy upstairs that stands up for you, that sticks up for the players — I haven’t been around a guy like that in my lifetime, speaking of Mr. Brown,” Jones said. “So I’m very eager to be the best and make sure our group is the best. As you can see, it’s a little touching for me.”

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“I take all accountability for what I did and my actions and my words. So I accept it, the one-game suspension. I’m ready to move on, man. I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to be part of the 50th season here. I think it’s going to be special.”

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Jones, who will be 34 in September, said he knows his career is winding down, but he would still like to play four more years.

“I feel really good; I feel great. I’m 182 pounds and probably about 3 percent body fat,” Jones said. “So I’m on borrowed time, as I know. But I love playing football and I’m eager for the camp and I’m ready.”

Playing for Mike Brown jersey is one motivator for Jones, but he said he’s always thrived on reading the negative things written about him.

“I’ve always been the one that thrived off the little things, and I’d be sitting here lying to tell you all I didn’t read half of the s— that you all write, and I do because at the end of day I have this thing in the back of my head that tells me to prove every last one of you all wrong. Motivation comes in all different forms of factor. At the end of the day I like winning. I’ve always been like that. I love to compete to prove you guys wrong to make you write something different. Of course the record had a lot to do with it, but you guys have a lot to do with motivation, too.”

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t rule out the Baltimore Ravens jersey signing Colin Kaepernick jersey at some point, though nothing is imminent with the former San Francisco 49ers jersey quarterback.

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The Ravens need another quarterback after they began training camp on Thursday without injured quarterback Joe Flacco jersey jersey, who is expected to miss a week with a back injury. Harbaugh indicated Baltimore is primarily looking for someone to help the team only in the short term.

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Colin Kaepernick jersey earned the praise of Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who called him “a really good player” when discussing potential quarterbacks the team might add. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, FileThe Ravens would probably look at Kaepernick if Flacco is out for an extended period.

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Cheap Marcel Jensen jersey Kaepernick is more than just an arm or training camp body, though, in Harbaugh’s view.

“But he’s not an arm, obviously. He’s an accomplished football player. You always like having good football players.”

Kaepernick has received only one tryout since parting ways with the 49ers, and some say it stems from his kneeling during the national anthem to raise awareness about social injustice.

The Ravens have ties with Kaepernick, who played in San Francisco under Jim Harbaugh. Kaepernick’s offensive coordinator with the 49ers was Greg Roman, who is an assistant with the Ravens.

John Harbaugh has talked to Kaepernick a number of times throughout the summer. The conversations have touched on history and politics, and Harbaugh said there have been some fun debates.

“He’s a great guy and he’s a guy right that’s being talked about,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll just see what happens with that. It would all be speculation right now. I think he’s a really good football player, and as I said at the owners’ meetings, I do believe he’ll be playing in the National Football League this year.”

Safety Eric Weddle jersey, one of the team’s leaders, said the decision on whether to sign Kaepernick is up to Harbaugh and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome jersey.

“I don’t care who they bring in or what they do, if it helps our team, bring them all in,” Weddle said.

Officials with the Ravens say they won’t be without Flacco for too long. Flacco injured his back about a week ago, and it flared up on Wednesday, according to Harbaugh.

“They’re recommending a week of rest. They say it should take care of it,” Harbaugh said. “I guess with the back, you can always say, ‘We’ll see.’ All indications from back specialist and Dr. [John] Carbone is he should be fine in about a week. That’s what we’ll be hoping for and praying for.”

With Flacco out, Ryan Mallett jersey quarterbacked the first-team offense. The only other healthy quarterback on the roster is Dustin Vaughan.

“I think Joe with a week of rest here is not going to hurt our offense,” Harbaugh said. “It might help our offense in terms of developing some of the guys. I would rather go that route than go the other route and push it.”

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DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins jersey center Mike Pouncey jersey jersey admitted Thursday that he had a lot of “dark days” this offseason.

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In addition to rehabbing his surgically-repaired hip, Pouncey also suffered through the passing of former college teammate and close friend Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder charge and committed suicide while in prison on April 19.

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Days before he died, Hernandez had been acquitted cheap jersey of murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012. Pouncey said they discussed that ruling and Hernandez’s plans to fight his conviction in the other case. According to Pouncey, Hernandez was optimistic during their final correspondence.

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Cheap Garrison Sanborn jersey “He was in great spirits in our conversations. I’m still shocked to this day that we’re even at this point.”

Pouncey and his twin brother, Maurkice Pouncey jersey, remained close with Hernandez and his family and attended the funeral. According to Mike Pouncey jersey jersey, the family is doing OK several months after the passing. He said Hernandez’s fiancee and daughter spent time with him in South Florida during the offseason.

“They’re doing really well,” Pouncey said.

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The Seattle Seahawks jersey were one of the only teams in the NFL that aggressively pursued running backs on the free-agent market this offseason.

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The team was linked to Adrian Peterson jersey jersey, Latavius Murray jersey and Jamaal Charles jersey jersey but eventually settled on a one-year deal with Eddie Lacy jersey jersey jersey. What makes Lacy a good fit? The recently released Football Outsiders Almanac offers some insight.

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Eddie Lacy jersey jersey jersey’s power-running style should help the Seahawks’ offense set a physical tone early in games this season. Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY SportsThe numbers indicate that Seattle simply didn’t have confidence in its running game last season. The Seahawks went from running the ball 67 percent of the time in short-yardage situations (fifth) in 2015 to 50 percent (25th) in 2016. They ran the ball just 33 percent of the time in the first halves of games, the third-lowest mark in the NFL.

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Cheap Ibraheim Campbell jersey Some other notes from the Football Outsiders Almanac:

The offensive line numbers were ugly.

The stats back up the eye test here. Left tackle George Fant jersey had a blown block once every 25.5 snaps, which ranked last among the 35 players at his position. Given his inexperience, Fant was put in an impossible situation as a rookie. But he has had one of the most impressive offseasons on the team, according to Seahawks coaches.

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The run defense was phenomenal.

It gets taken for granted at times, but the Seahawks’ run defense was outstanding last season. Per Football Outsiders, it was one of the 12 best performances they’ve ever measured.

Guys like veteran defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin jersey do the dirty work against the run. Linebackers Bobby Wagner jersey and K.J. Wright jersey both had great seasons. And rookie nose tackle Jarran Reed jersey seemed to improve as the season went on.

Often when coach Pete Carroll is asked if his team lacks discipline, he points to its consistently impressive effort against the run.

The offense needs to be better in the red zone.

The Seahawks’ red zone offense ranked 24th, per Football Outsiders. Part of that is connected to the struggles in the run game mentioned above.

The other obvious issue is they need to do a better job of utilizing Jimmy Graham jersey inside the opponents’ 20 — something Carroll has cheap jersey admitted. Graham had 923 receiving yards last year, third best among tight ends. But he had just six catches in the red zone.

Whether the Seahawks can find a way to get more from Graham as they near the end zone remains to be seen. But expect this to be an emphasis during training camp and the preseason.

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