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Would the Vikings move on from a quarterback who finished the season with the NFL’s second-highest Total QBR (69.5) and led them to the NFC Championship Game?


I know the defense,” Williamson told the team’s website of the Jets’ 3-4 defensive alignment. ”

They have great guys up here that can play. This defense is hungry. You have young guys on it who are talented and I feel like I’m going to fit right in. I just have to get in and learn the playbook and get to work.”

The 27-year-old Long was limited to just seven games last season, though, as he dealt with injuries to both legs and needed surgery on his quadriceps tendon. Claiborne rejoins the Jets on a one-year deal worth $7 million, including a $3 million signing bonus. He was the team’s top cornerback last season, but will now combine with Trumaine Johnson, who signed a five-year, $72.5 million deal earlier this week, to form one of the NFL’s most promising secondaries. Pennel, back on a three-year deal worth $12 million, was a key backup for Todd Bowles’ defense last season. He had a career-high 35 tackles in 16 games. Brooks, who saw lots of playing time at safety and on special teams, was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after Week 3 with two interceptions against Miami.

If anything should tell you how desperate teams are for offensive line help — and what little faith they have in their own ability to develop offensive linemen into even swing tackles — it’s this deal.

At the very least, the Vikings don’t value Keenum enough to lock him down with a franchise tag.

Andrew Norwell, G* Headed to: Jacksonville Jaguars | Age: 26 News: Jags make Norwell highest-paid guard DiRocco: Norwell deal shows Jaguars prioritized run game over Allen Robinson Norwell picked a pretty good year to earn his first All-Pro honors.

Keenum still has some intriguing value, but the Garoppolo trade, the Smith trade, Cousins’ and Bradford’s free agency and the depth of first-round QBs take away his shine, especially after his shaky NFC title game. Keenum should be viewed as more of a stopgap in front of a young franchise passer. He also will be on the older side and comes with major inconsistency issues.patriots_016

Nike, Paul George release PlayStation-themed light-up shoes


Paul George’s new shoes will light up the NBA, literally. Nike, in collaboration with George, has revealed PlayStation-themed shoes called the PG2.

“Buttons inside the tongues let you turn the lights on or off. There’s also a pulse mode where the lights flicker and vibrate, supposedly like a PlayStation Dual Shock controller. According to Engadget, the shoe’s batteries aren’t replaceable and have a lifespan of around 150 hours.”

Braun’s first 14 innings at first were action-packed. He ranged over the mound to catch two popups, scooped multiple balls in the dirt, made an adept tag on a pickoff throw from catcher Jett Bandy to nab Rajai Davis, dived to save pitcher Jhoulys Chacin from an error and committed an error with an off-target throw to Chacin. He has tried to avoid mucking up the process by overthinking. After his first game, Braun told Milwaukee beat writers that he would not be providing daily progress reports.

“(Popovich) told me that he thought it was time. I was like, ‘Oh, no problem,'” Parker said (via the San Antonio Express-News). “Just like Manu, just like Pau [Gasol], that day’s going to come. And if Pop sees something that is good for the team, I’ll try to do my best.”

Parker missed the first month of this season as he recovered from a ruptured left quadriceps he suffered in the playoffs last May. He is averaging career lows in points (8.0) and assists (4.0) this season, not surprising given he’s playing a career-low 21.7 minutes per game. His minutes have declined each of the past four seasons.

The veteran said recently he’s still not fully recovered from his injury, saying “I’m just more focused on my leg because I know I [still] have another two months before I feel 100 percent.”

With that in mind, Parker knows he might be of more help to the team off the bench going forward.

Dirk Nowitzki calls workplace misconduct allegations against Mavericks ‘heartbreaking’


“It’s very disappointing,” Dirk Nowitzki said of the SI report of an alleged hostile Mavericks workplace for women. “It’s heartbreaking. I’m glad it’s all coming out.” Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports

The Sports Illustrated story quoted one former female staffer as saying that the team’s actual locker room was a refuge from the locker room culture elsewhere in the organization.

But it was more telling in the sense that he predicted that the team he would be on would win the Super Bowl — and he was right.

After Trey Burton got the football, he threw a perfect pass to Foles. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise, considering Burton played quarterback while at Florida:

It was more than just the touchdown reception, though. Foles’ catch came after the Patriots tried a similar play, and Brady was unable to make the grab:

It’s hard to say whether or not that was intentional, but either way, it certainly sent a message that the Eagles were here. It put them up 22-12, a lead that they would take into halftime.

Owens was never going to be cleared to play in the game. It’s incredible that he even stepped on the field, but the volume in which he played is one of the more impressive parts of the game.

Out of 72 offensive snaps, Owens played in 62 of them. In those 62 snaps that he played, he caught nine passes for 122 yards on 14 targets, the most of any player in the game.

Randall Gay and Asante Samuel both had the opportunity to cover Owens during the game, and couldn’t believe how sharp he was.

The American men were ousted from the tournament on Wednesday, ending an unlikely bid for a medal (before the tournament, the online sportsbook Bovada set Team USA’s odds at 10-1, which put it sixth in the book). After their loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, the players have dispersed. Jordan Greenway, for example, is expected to be in the Boston University lineup on Friday night, when the Terriers play Vermont. U.S. captain Brian Gionta will talk to NHL teams about a contract. (Will he have any takers?)49ers_007

I once thought the hardest thing about adulthood was putting a Weber grill cover back in place. NowIt’s believing anything that comes out of Roger Goodell’s offices.


Last week the NFL changed the start of the Steelers-Chiefs playoff game from early afternoon to deep into prime time, claiming an ice storm was expected during the day in Kansas City.

Minkah Fitzpatrick, FS, Alabama. Fitzpatrick is the perfect free safety for today’s game, and he’s versatile enough to play center field or come down in the box as needed. His coverage abilities are also good enough to try him at cornerback, and whichever teams drafts him should seriously consider going that route.

This past Sunday he opted out: “We all went outside and enjoyed the warm weather.”

Will he come back to the Steelers? He says he is unsure: “The erosion away from them has begun. That’s what happens when you lose respect and trust in something.”

Dave Myhal is never going back. The Youngstown native and Columbus, Ohio, small-businessman said growing up in Youngstown, families were divided between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers: “As one of five boys plus my dad, football Sunday was a 50/50 split in my family, everyone was one or the other and everyone was emotionally invested regardless of their team’s record,” he said.

Myhal continued that tradition with his two sons; all three were avid Steelers fans, until yesterday.

With questions also surrounding Andy Dalton and the direction of an offense loaded with star-studded talent, Lewis has plenty of questions to address as he attempts to orchestrate another team makeover that leads to a dramatic rebound in 2018.

They are 8-6 after a 24-16 victory over the Dolphins. Interestingly, the Bills and Ravens both are 8-6 and the Bills have the sixth seed and Ravens seventh. If both teams win out, though, the Ravens will get the final spot on the common-opponents tiebreaker.

When plays are ruled TDs on the field then overturned, normally it is by a thin margin — such as Michael Thomas’ two scores that were called back. He finished with nine catches for 93 yards and one score (24.3 PPR points), but was just inches from 11-132-3, which would have been good for a blockbuster 42.2-point

O’Brien signed a four-year extension with the team that keeps him under contract through 2022.


Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns: Despite falling to 1-31 in two seasons with the Browns, Jackson will be back with the team in 2018. Despite Hue becoming only the second coach to helm an 0-16 team, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he’s confident in Jackson. “I don’t think Hue has lost [his] magic,” Haslam told NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala.

Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans: “Bill O’Brien has been a tremendous leader for us these last four years and we believe in his vision for the team moving forward,” team owner Bob McNair said in a statement.

Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers are retaining Dirk Koetter for the 2018 season despite missing the playoffs for the 10th straight season. Koetter, who has a 14-18 career record with the team, will get another chance to prove whether or not he is capable of making winners out of the Bucs.

It remains a very good team around the fill-in QB, Nick Foles. But you can’t believe on one hand that Carson Wentz was the NFL’s MVP and then believe on the other hand that his absence due to a torn ACL doesn’t threaten to undo the Eagles’ season. He was the MVP for a reason.

The Rams are 1-2 thus far during their four-game, late-season test against the Vikings, Saints, Eagles and Seahawks (with a victory over a lesser team, the Cardinals, thrown into the mix). That stretch concludes Sunday in Seattle. If the Rams lose to the Seahawks, there will be little choice but to conclude that they aren’t quite ready yet to be on even terms with the NFC’s other top contenders.

One of the attendees, New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, told reporters Thursday it was about “just understanding from both sides. I’m not going to get into details about it. But I thought it was just good for the players in the room to try to pass that on. But it wasn’t like 32 teams and a ton of players. It wasn’t that. It was just something that was kind of thrown together very quickly and try to understand.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined arms with his team’s players and coaches and took a knee before the anthem, then stood for the anthem.chargers_035

Vikings video of ‘Minneapolis Miracle’ will give you goosebumps


The Minnesota Vikings put together an incredible video of the amazing reactions to Sunday’s Minneapolis Miracle. Even those who aren’t fans of the team will find it hard not to get goosebumps when watching the emotional piece.

Larranaga quickly pointed to one stat to explain why: his team’s 26 assists — five more than its previous high — on 34 baskets.

I wish coaching was that easy, because on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, my coaches kept emphasizing to our players: We need more assists, we need more assists, this is how you get them, Larranaga said. And the players listened and executed.

The Hurricanes (14-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) came in averaging 67.8 points and shooting 42 percent in five league games, including just 30 percent from 3-point range to rank 14th in the 15-team conference. They blew past all those marks Sunday, from shooting 60 percent after halftime to making 10 of 19 3s for the game.

While Harrison garnered plenty of support, a number of comments were critical of his gun admiration.

This is not necessary!! one Instagram user wrote. What kind of example you’re setting?!..Smh

Dumbass glorifying guns, another user wrote.

Harrison already had been hated on last month for signing with the Patriots just days after his release from the Steelers, though the decision seems to have paid off considering Pittsburgh was upset by Jacksonville in Sunday’s divisional round game.patriots_146_97c00b5d072ee0ae-180x180

The rule was put into place in 2003.


Has the Rooney Rule made a difference? It’s hard to cite specific examples of when a coach or GM made the most of an interview, because it’s impossible to say if they would’ve received the opportunity otherwise. However, in just a few seasons there was a significant jump in the number of African-American coaches in the NFL.

At the time the rule was put in place, Dungy and Herman Edwards were the only minority coaches in the NFL.

On Sunday, one prominent club official said he’s reached out to owners and some executives in the league in the past few days, just to ask how they think this story—the anthem, and Goodell’s contract—is going to play out. He said he hasn’t gotten one definitive answer. Just guesses. And he said the other interesting thing is there’s no logical candidate who could build a consensus to be the next commissioner if Goodell is ousted. It’s a confusing time, in part because it’s unclear whether Goodell and his administration are going to be able to do enough to make the players actually trust the league.

We have a new columnist at The MMQB. Browns tackle Joe Thomas, who sat for the first time in his 11-year NFL career on Sunday, will be giving us some observations, semi-regularly, between now and the Super Bowl.

Sure, the Falcons have a different color helmet, but you get the gist. The original Falcons uniforms were actually designed as tributes to both Georgia and Georgia Tech. The team eventually removed the gold stripe that referenced the Jackets.

The Falcons unforgettably gave up 31 unanswered points last February to lose, 34-28. Like that same Georgia team, the Dawgs gave up 20 points to Bama in the second half, including Tua Tagovailoa’s 41-yard game winning touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith.

Jon Tayler: Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto awakens in a dark hotel room in Orlando’s Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort, curtains drawn and furniture strewn like boats in a harbor after a hurricane. He bolts upright, his mouth dry. What time is it? He looks around the room, sees scattered trays of congealing room service hamburgers and fries and a stained, dogeared copy of last year’s Baseball Prospectus Annual. Hell, what day is it? He finds his phone next to him, its battery drained to four percent.

Ex-Rams coach Jeff Fisher wants credit for team’s recent success


He is always the locker room with us, practices and games.It’s going to be different for him being that role but I think he’s going to do really well, said.Zach Randolph led the way with 22 points and 13 rebounds as the Grizzlies defeat the 97.

There is also a tongue–cheek Foreword by K, which simply reads, I have nothing more to say.The first is not necessarily the result of the second.some ways I’m still getting over it.Call it a false start.

People are going to say what they want to say,’ he told USA TODAY Sports.Everything is on the platter to say, ‘Go!And teams wait and watch for the next move from the former Heat guard.There is no prediction of the future, especially with sports and players – particularly those who suit up for the Yankees.

Despite the disastrous result, he said he’d try the same thing again.

Carr’s last shot came on a scramble with 39 seconds remaining in the game. He attempted to stretch the ball across the pylon, but fumbled the ball out of the end zone. The Cowboys took possession, and the victory, dropping the Raiders to 6-8.

“We talk about ball security, jumping with two hands, stuff like that … I honestly didn’t think I was going to drop the ball,” Carr said Friday (via “When I took off to jump, in my head I thought it was a touchdown because I knew I had the corner. From a mindset standpoint, looking back, yeah, I want to do something different because we lost. But from making that decision, I always think of it in basketball terms — I’d rather take the last shot and miss it than pass it off and try and do it another way.”

If Carr had played it safe, the Raiders might have reached the end zone on a subsequent play — he’d picked up enough yardage for a first down — or at least had a chance to kick a field goal to tie the score. Then again, hindsight is everything. If Carr scores the touchdown, he’s a hero. He didn’t, which explains why he had to describe his thought process.

Carr said he has no regrets, and he’d try the same thing again … but maybe with more focus on ball security.packers_142_3455c34896b7b7d9-180x180

With Elliott out especially, the Cowboys need much more from the defense than they’re getting.


Last year, with a dominant line and Elliott getting things done on the ground, the Cowboys were able to control the clock and rely on the defense to do just enough. That’s changed. The Chargers had the ball for over 36 minutes in Thursday’s win.

You not be able to post a comment this post.NFL Comparison: Fili Moala, Indianapolis Colts Odrick started 31-of-44 at State, recording 104 tackles with 14 sacks for minus-97 yards, 25 stops for losses totaling 121 yards and five quarterback pressures Caused a fumble, blocked two kicks, recorded a safety and deflected five passes Became the 80th player school history to earn All-American honors , including the 77th since Paterno became the Nittany Lions’ head coach.At Wednesday’s practice, Trotz kept them together, moving Marcus Johansson to the right side of that longtime duo.He has good vision and good hockey sense.It’s a lot of moving parts free agency.You have to love the game to do that and he does it.When he was nine, joined Little League Baseball and made it to the all- team when he was 11 and 12.

On Wednesday, Olsen further defended himself, via the Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person:

“We have scouts at every game across the league. I’m going to have enough trouble on my hands broadcasting a game let alone looking for little nuances on the sideline. I don’t know how much time I’ll have for stealing of secrets,” Olsen said Wednesday.

When the Bruins traded for Horton, the third overall pick the 2003 draft, he was one year older than Landeskog is now and had better numbers up that point his NHL career, including a 30-goal .He often gestures to the painted wall outside the Redskins’ locker room when explaining he has not accomplished what he wants to.So as for career I take Colorado duo.The Boston College recruit is a pure goal-scorer and draws penalties with his skill.After Slavin put a perfectly placed backhander under the bar, he stopped the other 21 shots that came his way through the first two periods .If these claims are easy to find on the interwebs, then YOU find them, since you are the one making the accusation.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s daring Patriots comments just might work


Let’s also understand we’re talking about a coach with great job security — you’re not going to hear Giants coach Ben McAdoo uttering such blasphemous statements. Tomlin has a .655 regular-season winning percentage in his 11 seasons at the helm. He has led the Steelers to a soon-to-be eight playoff appearances and two Super Bowls, including a victory over Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII. The Rooneys have employed just three head coaches over the last 48 years: Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Tomlin. He’s not going anywhere else anytime soon.

Knowing they needed an onside kick recovery regardless, the Patriots took a field goal rather than a fourth-and-goal play from the Dolphins’ 15-yard line. (New England failed to recover the onside kick a couple minutes later.) 27-20, Dolphins

The Ducks defenseman is spreading awareness in honor of friend Rick Rypien. He also dishes on his team’s chances, advanced stats, the Golden Knights, dressing up like a security guard to fool his teammates — and yes, the Superman Punches.

Havelock plays for Morristown Surge of the AIHL, which is a pro roller hockey league. He has captained the team since it started and is consistently one of the best players on the squad.

There were 20 penalties for 239 yards and, while some of those penalties were justified, several were questionable calls that even ESPN’s broadcast team of Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden called out. The Bengals remained an undisciplined group, flagged 13 times for 173 yards. eagles_036_7d21b9ec06d6b23f-180x180