Tyler Eifert is going through yet another offseason rehabbing a significant injury. The Pro Bowl tight end is all too familiar with this situation Geno Atkins Jersey , but there is a wrinkle this time around. This year, he will not be playing for a coach named Marvin Lewis for the first time in his career.“It’s beyond my thought process,” is all he said on the subject of playing for a new coach when recently asked—be it in Cincinnati or elsewhere.“Just have to see how it plays out,” he said, via the team’s website. “I don’t know where I stand. I don’t have any expectations right now. I don’t know if I’m still wanted. Just have to figure that out.” Lewis is someone who would have clearly wanted to keep Eifert around if the 16-year head coach had stuck around for the final year of his contract. Not only did was he the head coach who drafted him in the first round, but he was also in charge when the team signed Eifert back to a one year, incentive-heavy deal last season. “I enjoyed playing for him,” Eifert said of Lewis. “I sent him a text and thanked him for the opportunity to play in the league. I think a lot of guys are sad to see him go. But just like all of us, we don’t know if we’ll be here tomorrow.”What are the odds that Eifert gets re-signed to a similar deal in 2019 to remain in Cincinnati? If it was up to him, he’d return to the Bengals. But, with so many things in flux with the team right now, it’s anybody’s guess if he’s in their offseason plans.That will be up to whoever becomes the new head coach and possibly even the new offensive coordinator, should a change be made at that job as well. The good news is that the Bengals are seeking an offensive-minded guy and signs are pointing to Rams assistant Zac Taylor as the next head coach. “I’d be up to staying here. Yeah. It would have to depend a little bit (on the new offensive coordinator),” Eifert said. “You have to weigh all the factors. (It was different when Lewis was here last year), you knew what you were getting. I would think they would want me back. I would say there is frustration with all my injuries. But I think it’s pretty obvious how the offense runs when I’m in there. Pretty good.”He has been very effective when healthy, including a highly-productive season in 2015 that resulted in a Pro Bowl appearance. Unfortunately, a myriad of injuries have forced him out of 36 games in the last three seasons. Eifert has also been useful when in the lineup from a game plan perspective. Even when the ball doesn’t come his way, defenses have to account for him, which usually frees up A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Co. to make their share of plays.“I don’t get it Womens Andy Dalton Jersey ,” Eifert said. “They say it’s unlucky. But I’m pretty lucky. Just to be here. You have to keep it in perspective. I’m lucky. I’ve been put in some good positions in my life.” His previous injuries are completely rehabbed, he says. Whether it was the ankle issue of 2016, or the back issue of 2017, those shouldn’t be affecting him in the future.“My back was feeling better than it had felt. It was like it was back to normal. It was an every-day thing that I’d have to think about it. That’s just how it was. Every day. But the back was feeling great. I guess something else had to give.”His left ankle is feeling perfect, which is the injury he sustained during the Pro Bowl a few years ago. Undergoing that process helped him with the rehab of his right ankle, which is the one he injured during Week 4 this past season. Of course, with all of the concern about his back and his left ankle, he admits he may not have taken care of that first ankle issue properly.“It’s the same hardware that was in my left ankle. That didn’t have any issues. It’s the same rehab” Eifert said. “I’m a lot more aware how to handle this one. I was just too heavy and didn’t focus enough on my core and worried about my ankle.”With all the care and focus Eifert put into returning for the 2018 season, rest assured he will back and ready for action in 2019. For Eifert, it’s a matter of if he can stay healthy for a club for the duration of a full season. Whether or not he is in Bengals stripes, his new head coach will be happy to have him as a part of the offense. As we know, when he’s out on the field, he’s a game-changer. CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Driskel ran away from Chargers star Joey Bosa, scrambled past a linebacker and dived into the end zone to cap a thrilling effort by the Cincinnati Bengals‘ young quarterback.Except the officials took the touchdown off the board after video review in accordance with this season’s NFL rule that equates a quarterback’s dive with a slide to protect passers.Driskel didn’t realize the rule had changed, and he didn’t want the protection.“No, I was not giving myself up,” Driskel said.The Bengals (5-8) aren’t giving up on their tumultuous season either, and their effort reflected it during their fifth consecutive loss, 26-21 to Los Angeles on Sunday.Cincinnati held the Chargers’ powerful offense to 288 yards and two touchdowns Womens A.J. Green Jersey , keeping it out of the end zone entirely after Los Angeles’ first two drives. The Bengals never led, yet they outgained the Bolts and had two chances to tie the game with 2-point conversions, including a final shot with 1:54 to play.But Cincinnati still had just enough mishaps — some with the rulebook, others with its headsets, still others with aggressive play calling that didn’t quite work out — to fall just short of knocking off one of the NFL’s top teams on the road.Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was sweaty and frustrated after watching his players barely miss out on a win that could have energized them down the stretch. Instead, Cincinnati fell into last place in the AFC North with its seventh loss in eight games, and Lewis’ crew must win out just to finish at .500 after a 4-1 start.“Well, the team needs to win, so that’s the only progress that really counts, is winning,” said Lewis, whose team is on its third losing streak of five games or more during his 16 seasons in charge. “We’ve got guys playing big-time football, and we’ve got to make sure we’re playing it all the time.”Lewis shrugged off the notion of a moral victory with 14 players on injured reserve, but Cincinnati hung with the Chargers without quarterback Andy Dalton, receiver A.J. Green and linebacker Vontaze Burfict, among others.After going 17 of 28 for 170 yards in his second career start, Driskel was frustrated to be denied his third rushing touchdown. On the ensuing fourth-and-inches, guard Alex Redmond committed a false start, forcing Cincinnati to kick a field goal.“The whole philosophy behind it is to continue to give (the quarterback) protection as he slides forward, just like he used to do when he slid feet-first http://www.thebengalslockerroom.com/authentic-jessie-bates-iii-jersey ,” referee John Hussey said.Driskel was disappointed with the ruling, even after a game in which Lewis called his overall play “career changing.”“Obviously that’s within the rulebook, and however that’s interpreted,” Driskel said. “But if that’s how it’s interpreted, I’ve got to find a way to get in there some other way.”Driskel hit John Ross with a TD pass with 20 seconds left in the first half to make it 14-12, and Lewis aggressively called for a 2-point conversion — but it failed when Driskel couldn’t hit Giovani Bernard. That point would have been handy late in the fourth quarter when the Bengals could have trailed by seven instead of eight.The Chargers got the ball to midfield with 1 second left in the first half to attempt a Hail Mary, but Jordan Willis inexplicably jumped offside, allowing Michael Badgley to kick a 59-yard field goal at the gun.“It’s very frustrating,” Bengals safety Jessie Bates said. “It’s as simple as staying onside. It’s what we learned since the first time we played football. It’s disappointing that we keep having the same thing come up. It costs us points as well.”Cincinnati went on fourth-and-1 from its 35 on the opening drive of the second half, but Joe Mixon got stuffed and the Bolts kicked another field goal. Center Billy Price then committed a false start on fourth down in Chargers territory later in the third quarter.Driskel drove the Bengals 79 yards in the waning minutes for Mixon’s TD. They went for two again, and Driskel had time to make a throw — but everyone was covered, and Los Angeles’ Darius Philon sacked him.Cincinnati then botched an onside kick that didn’t even go the required 10 yards, and the Bengals headed home to regroup for their final home game of the season against Oakland.The Bengals even had problems with their communication headsets in the first half. The offense managed to get its plays in by hand, but the defense sometimes had to wing it, according to linebacker Nick Vigil.“That led a little bit to some of our demise, I think,” Lewis said. “The first half was ridiculous. I’ve not been in an NFL game where that’s been an issue like it was today.”
3 positions to watch in Lions-Browns T.J. Hockenson Detroit Lions Jersey , 3 players of interest The Detroit Lions picked up their first win of the preseason in last week’s dress rehearsal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but around this time of the year, the wins don’t matter, the reps do.Things didn’t go so well for the starters on offense or defense last Friday, but some players managed to improve their chances of sticking to the 53-man roster. Hakeem Valles has done essentially everything a player can do to earn a spot on the roster, outplaying every other tight end on the team. Joe Dahl has worked his way into getting reps with the first-team offensive line with T.J. Lang out, proving to be really effective as a run blocker. And if there were a reason for the Lions to keep a fifth receiver, his name is Brandon Powell, housing an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown and hauling in six catches for 45 yards last week alone.Detroit added a couple of players player, Eli Harold via a trade with the San Francisco 49ers and free agent Robert Ayers, who have has yet to receive in-game action this preseason with their his new team, and Thursday is their his first and only chance to do so.Nevin Lawson ain’t it, so who is?While many were concerning themselves with yet another poor performance from Jarrad Davis, there was something far more troubling happening in the Lions’ secondary: Nevin Lawson was getting lit up like that Christmas tree in Batman Returns because, man, did his night in Tampa turn into an absolute disaster.Lawson was targeted nine times against the Buccaneers, allowing eight completions for 87 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Griffin threw that touchdown pass to Freddie Martino on third-and-2 from the Lions’ 19-yard line, and all it took was a stutter step to the inside to get Lawson to bite and lose to the third-string receiver. Not a good showing.So where does this leave the Lions at CB No. 2?Player to watch:Detroit did get a bit of good news on Monday when veteran cornerback Deshawn Shead made his return to practice after missing the last two games. Shead started training camp lining up opposite of Darius Slay, and with Lawson playing about as poorly as one could, Shead and the Lions are in an interesting position. As a veteran returning from injury T.J. Hockenson Jersey 2019 , the team could play it safe with him, limiting his snaps or simply not playing him at all. On the other hand, Shead could get a healthy amount of snaps against the Cleveland Browns. Either way, it’s unlikely this game does much to clear up who will be the Lions No. 2 corner, but it would be nice to see more reps from Shead.And on last Friday, the tight end position grew by oneThrough the first three weeks of the preseason, Detroit’s top three tight ends on the depth chart combined for four receptions and 41 yards.Hakeem Valles, the undrafted free agent from Monmouth, has outpaced the whole bunch, catching seven passes for 69 yards. To sum up his preseason performance through these three games in just one word: nice.From the start of training camp, after the Lions released Eric Ebron—who has gone on to catch nine passes for 70 yards and a touchdown—Detroit assembled a group of tight ends who seemingly could be used effectively in certain situations.Things haven’t worked out that way in the preseason. Luke Willson is dealing with a knee injury after the game against Tampa Bay, Levine Toilolo, who probably fumbled his only reception of the preseason last week, hasn’t done much to impress, and Michael Roberts’ job seems less than secure because of Valles.Player to watch:If Valles manages to have another productive game for a fourth week in a row, the Lions have to keep four tight ends, or cut ties with either Roberts or Toilolo if they can’t afford using four roster spots on the position.Valles has been far and away the team’s best tight end during the preseason, and I can’t imagine how the team could make the decision to move into the regular season with Willson, Toilolo, and Roberts and be cool with it.Linebackers who moonlight as defensive linemenOne of Matt Patricia’s first orders of business was revamping the team’s linebacker depth Color Rush T.J. Hockenson Jersey , which was—and still is—probably the biggest challenge facing the first-year coach. That much has been evident through the first three games of the preseason.Devon Kennard, the Lions’ first “marquee” signing by Detroit this offseason, has proved to be so far so good in what little action we’ve seen of him so far. Kennard’s versatility has lent itself well to Patricia’s system, seeing him play up as a linebacker and also line up along the line as a pass rusher—Kennard has six pressures in 30 pass rush snaps this preseason per Pro Football Focus.Christian Jones, another free agent linebacker picked by Patricia, has shown some good— but also some bad—this preseason, but has primarily played more as a traditional, weakside linebacker.Player to watch:Last week, the Lions moved a conditional seventh-round pick to San Francisco to bring in SAM linebacker Eli Harold, a move to improve a unit that has been less than good.Harold, at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, is very similar in build to Kennard and figures to play a similar role, potentially opposite of Kennard on the edge or as his backup.With only one game to give the Lions some tape on how he can fit into their scheme, Harold should see plenty of snaps in Thursday night’s game against the Browns. This is the final installment of our series covering mental health in the NFL. If you missed them, check out Part 1 and Part 2 here. All this week we have talked about mental health and how..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsBreaking NewsIntroducing the 2019 Detroit Lions Draft Class! 脳NFL NewsMental health in the NFL, Part 3: Eric Hipple’s story and life after footballNew,22commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareMental health in the NFL, Part 3: Eric Hipple’s story and life after footballThis is the final installment of our series covering mental health in the NFL. If you missed them, check out Part 1 and Part 2 here. All this week we have talked about mental health and how current players Cheap T.J. Hockenson Jersey , as well as the NFL Players Association, are handling it in today’s game. But what about the players that have moved on from football? What happens when there is no more team, no more league and the spotlight fades? Former Detroit Lions quarterback Eric Hipple knows the answer to those questions all too well. You may remember Eric Hipple. From 1980 to 1989, he was a quarterback for the Detroit Lions. He was their starter for five of those years. Perhaps his most memorable moment came in his first career start in 1981 when he torched the Bears for four passing touchdowns and another two on the ground on “Monday Night Football.” After Eric retired from football in 1989, he started a business and threw himself into it. That’s when his troubles began.“I started feeling no motivation,” Hipple told me. “I started to not want to go out, I didn’t want to call on people anymore. I felt fatigue and tired and really, just had a loss of pleasure.”At the time, Hipple didn’t know if what he was feeling was because of injury, not having that rush of playing in the league anymore, or simply dealing with the stresses of being a business owner. Eric soon realized that he was living with depression.His business began to fall apart. He struggled to give it the proper attention it needed to succeed. Pressure began to mount, and Eric couldn’t help but feel like he was losing it. One day, everything changed when Eric jumped out of a moving car on his way to the airport in an attempt to take his own life. “My wife was driving me to the airport, and I just kinda thought to myself, ‘I can’t do this,’ and I jumped out of the car. We were going 75 miles per hour when I jumped out and I hit the pavement and took quite a tumble. I didn’t get run over. I was very fortunate that the other cars behind us didn’t hit me. I woke up in the hospital.”Eric didn’t want any help. He, too, was held back by the stigma that, as a man, he shouldn’t show weakness. He felt that because he was a former NFL quarterback and a business owner T.J. Hockenson Jersey Womens , this couldn’t happen to him. Because he refused help and treatment, he says he didn’t learn anything at that time. Because of that, he couldn’t tell that his son Jeff was also suffering with depression. In 2000, Jeff took his own life at the age of 15. Afterwards, Eric’s life spun out of control. He began to turn to alcohol, which led to his arrest in 2002 for a DUI. He served 58 days in jail — 58 days that he said helped change his life. “You reach a point in time where, ‘Where do I see my life going?’” Hipple said. “For 58 days I wasn’t around anybody, but that 58 days of time sitting there gave me a chance to focus on, ‘Do I want my life to continue this way or that way? What is it that you want out of life?’ At that point in time I wanted answers. That’s what I wanted. I wanted answers for what happened to my son Jeff and what happened to me.” That’s when Eric went to the University of Michigan’s Depression Center in 2003 in search of those answers. It was there that Eric was diagnosed with depression. He soon began to learn more about his disorder. He learned that he wasn’t alone, and more importantly, that depression isn’t a death sentence.Eric decided he wanted to help other former players who were having trouble transitioning to normal, everyday life. “When a player leaves the NFL or college, it’s almost like they’re being kicked out or ostracized,” Hipple said. “You lose having your uniform, having your team, and you lose your support system. People see you and they look up to you and all the sudden you’re outside of that and so who are you? That transition piece becomes very important from a psychological point of view. How do you make that transition?”In 2014, Eric began working with Brandon Scott, the Community Relations Manager for the Detroit Lions, to form a group call the Peer Pride. The group’s goal is to help former players get a hold of their mental disorders and transition from the league. “We have eight guys that we’ve trained to be peer outreach captains,” Hipple explained. “We make phone calls with alumni and we try to see where everybody is at. If somebody does need help Da’Shawn Hand Jersey , then we have resources for them. Is it a crisis or stress? We’ve been trained to try and talk someone through it, but we have ways of getting somebody that help, which is a very important piece.”If you’re not a former Detroit Lion, the NFLPA also has programs in place for former NFL players, programs called Your PAF (Professional Athletes Forum)and The Trust. Your PAF is set up almost like a magazine, and is designed to help players with everyday things like relationships, finances, mental health and transitioning from the game to normal life. They also set up symposiums that former and current players can attend to learn more about these subjects. The Trust is much like the Your PAF program, but with a greater emphasis on the business and monetary end of things. I would like to take a moment to thank everyone that made mental health week at Pride of Detroit possible. Thank you to Eli Harold, Eric Hipple, Ricky Jean Francois, Brandon Parker, the NFLPA, and Jeremy Reisman. Thank you to the readers that took time to read these stories as well. Please do all that you can to help those in need. To the those with mental health issues, know you’re not alone. If you need help, don’t be afraid to use one of these outlets.Suicide Prevention Hotline1-800-273-8255National Alliance On Mental Illness1- 800-950-6264U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Crisis Line1-800-273-8255LGBT National Hotline1-888-843-4564Active Minds
It took three rounds — and four picks — but Green Bay finally added a weapon in the 2019 NFL draft for quarterback聽Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ passing game.More Packers NFL Draft coverageGreen Bay Packers 2019 NFL draft capsulesPackers close out 2019 draft Justin McCray Jersey , select LB Summers in seventh roundPackers add CB Hollman, RB Williams in sixth roundPackers address defense in fifth round, select DL Kingsley KekePackers use third-round pick to select TE Jace SternbergerPackers draft versatile OL Elgton Jenkins in second roundPotential Packers Day 2 picks in 2019 NFL draftPackers trade up, draft safety Darnell Savage at No. 21 overallPackers select Rashan Gary with 12th overall pick in 2019 NFL draftFinal Green Bay Packers 2019 mock draft roundupWith the 12th pick of the third round (75th overall), Green Bay opted to select former Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger.Sternberger was named a consensus All-American and to the All-SEC first team after an impressive junior year in 2018. Playing in 13 games, Sternberger caught 48 passes for 832 yards and 10 touchdowns. Sternberger began his collegiate career at Kansas but transferred after his redshirt freshman year in 2016. He caught one pass for five yards for the Jayhawks in 2016.Sternberger joins Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis and Evan Baylis in the Packers鈥?tight-ends room. Signed to a three-year deal worth $30 million last offseason, the veteran Graham had a down year in 2018 and caught 55 passes for 636 yards and tied a career low with two touchdowns.After two days of the NFL draft Preston Smith Jersey , the Packers have selected four players — linebacker Rashan Gary (12th overall), safety Darnell Savage (No. 21), center Elgton Jenkins (second round) and Sternberger.The Packers traded both of their fourth-round picks Thursday night to move up and draft Savage, but they鈥檒l still be busy in Rounds 4-7 on Saturday. Green Bay owns a fifth-round pick (No. 150), two sixth-rounders (No. 185, 194) and a seventh-round pick (No. 226).Day 3 of the NFL draft begins Saturday at 11 a.m. Several former Badgers are confirmed to be coming to Green Bay."Each year, every NFL team gets to invite 30 players to their team facilities for workouts, interviews Ty Summers Jersey 2019 , and medical examinations in advance of the NFL Draft. However, teams are also allowed to bring in an unlimited number of “local prospects,” players who either played college football at nearby universities or who claim their hometowns as being nearby the team facilities.For the Green Bay Packers, the most notable school whose prospects qualify as local players is the one in-state FBS program: the Wisconsin Badgers. This week, several draft-eligible Badgers will be making the short drive to the Northeast to Lambeau Field to meet with the team, reports ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. Demovsky has confirmed the names of three Wisconsin players who will be in attendance in the coming days: fullback Alec Ingold, linebacker Ryan Connelly, and edge rusher Andrew Van Ginkel. Other Badgers may be attending as well Jace Sternberger Green Bay Packer , but have not yet been confirmed. The team also has three offensive linemen likely to be drafted (David Edwards, Michael Dieter, and Beau Benzschawel) and another linebacker (T.J. Edwards), along with a few additional players who could hear their names come off the board in the late rounds (safety D’Cota Dixon and nose tackle Olive Sagapolu).Ingold was a short-yardage and goal-line stud for the Badgers for four years, starting at tailback before moving to fullback and bulking up. In the last few seasons, he developed into an excellent lead-blocker and a good receiver out of the backfield, and he scored a total of 21 touchdowns over his college career.Connelly took over as a starter in 2016, playing a significant role in Wisconsin’s season-opening win over LSU at Lambeau Field. In his final two seasons Jace Sternberger Jersey 2019 , he put up almost identical stat lines, with 88 and 89 total tackles, 11 and 10 tackles for loss, and three sacks plus a forced fumble in each campaign. Connelly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds at the 2019 Combine.A junior college transfer from Iowa Western Community College, Van Ginkel played two seasons in Madison, recording 6.5 sacks in 2017 and 5.5 last year. He also posted a pair of forced fumbles in each season and picked off a pair of passes as a junior, with those two big plays coming in the Big Ten Championship Game and the Orange Bowl. UPDATE: Three more Badgers are confirmed as visitors this week. The Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Olivia Reiner reports that offensive tackle David Edwards, inside linebacker T.J. Edwards Color Rush Jace Sternberger Jersey , and safety D’Cota Dixon are also attending this week’s workouts, along with players from Northern Illinois and Northwestern.
Bleach Social: Where Are You Watching Texans-Bills? I’m happy and I’m sad at the same time. For one Seantrel Henderson Jersey , I’m ecstatic the season is saved. At 2-3 and going up against one of the cupcake teams in the league, Houston should end up 3-3, and then we actually get an exciting important game again, TEXANS-JAGUARS.The AFC South apocalypse. It’s great Houston’s offense is super cool again and Romeo Crennel is back to running interesting blitzes to create interior pressure, and that after four years we are finally seeing J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney hold hands and dismantle offenses, limb by limb Senio Kelemete Jersey , like some Japanese horror story. But, at the same time, I was so ready for the Bill O’Brien era to end. He has wasted enough of everyone’s lives. This team has underperformed compared to its talent level for too long. I’ve had enough of it. Instead, at 2-3 and a possible 3-3, things are interesting, and there’s no way he gets canned. I’ll be watching the reclamation project continue at my house Black Tytus Howard Jersey , on the big stinky couch, with the big girl dog and my brother. I’m going to stay up until four in the morning the night before to get a massive hangover so I can fully enjoy this game. It’s like reading William Faulkner in Mississippi, or The Blood Meridian in West Texas. Anyways, those are my plans. What about you? What do you have going on? Are you going going to be a #witness and see Josh Allen in person? Will you go to church instead? Is there a big menu you are cooking up? Is an outside venue away from the house your final destination? Or are you getting sp00ky?Whatever your plans, let us know in the Comments. If you’re still trying to figure out what you’re going to do, or if you’ll be a stranger in a strange land looking for somewhere to catch the game White Tytus Howard Jersey , pose any queries here; someone might have a suggestion for you. Similarly, if you’ve got a worthy spot staked out somewhere and want to clue fellow Texans fans in to it, please divulge that information in the Comments as well. The Texans can clinch the AFC South and the Bears can clinch the NFC North this weekend. That would complete a worst-to-first transformation for both teams.Houston was tied for last place in its division last year, at 4-12, and Chicago had sole possession of last place in its division last year, at 5-11. Now both teams are poised to finish first.Since the NFL realigned to its current format of eight divisions with four teams each in 2002 Youth Tytus Howard Jersey , teams have gone from worst (or tied for worst) to first 23 times. The Texans and Bears are attempting to become the 24th and 25th teams to do it.That is welcome news in Houston and Chicago. And in New York, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Oakland, Detroit Tytus Howard Jersey 2019 , Atlanta, San Francisco and Arizona, cities where last-place teams this year will hope they can be first-place teams next year.
A few years ago I wrote about why Thomas Davis deserved the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. Now I’m here to write about why he might be the greatest Carolina Panther of all time."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomThe amazing story of Thomas Davis part 2: A fan’s retrospectiveNew Stitched Mario Addison Jersey ,14commentsA few years ago I wrote about why Thomas Davis deserved the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. Now I’m here to write about why he might be the greatest Carolina Panther of all time. ESTShareTweetShareShareThe amazing story of Thomas Davis part 2: A fan’s retrospectiveKim Klement-USA TODAY SportsOh... man. I knew this day would come, but I always hoped it would come off the heels of a Super Bowl victory, or something that truly capped off and encapsulated what Thomas Davis fought so hard to make an incredible career. Instead, it comes on the back of a disappointing 7-9 season where the Panthers started off hot but quickly fizzled out. But Thomas Davis’ career has never been about storybook endings, national media attention, or Hall of Fame accolades. Davis’ career has always about being overlooked, undervalued, or on his last leg. Thomas Davis didn’t just Keep Pounding, he kicked the damn door down.I wrote this about Thomas Davis back in 2013, following a return season where he beat so many odds and managed to return following 3 ACL tears. Hopefully, you read it at the time, but if you didn’t, here are the cliff notes.I didn’t write that because I wanted any kind of attention, or wanted to capitalize on what turned out to be an amazing comeback for Davis, I wrote it because I truly believed Davis deserved the comeback player of the year award. And you know what? This dude deserves comeback player of the century in the NFL.Ever since that season, Thomas Davis has played at an elite level for an outside linebacker in his late 20s-to-early-30s Youth Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey , a time where most linebackers start to fall off. But for Davis, he didn’t just play over his age, he played over his body. He played at a higher level from 2014-2017 than any of us could ever imagine. He became one part of arguably the best linebacker tandem in modern football with Luke Kuechly, and in doing so finally realized some of the accolades he always deserved. Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, All Pro honors, national media attention for the first time in his career. Davis didn’t just return, he ARRIVED.If you handed me a textbook and asked me to look up what “linebacker play” would look like, I’d expect to see a picture (or a gif in the internet age) of Thomas Davis. He tackled the right way, he played coverage better than most in the league. Davis was a force every time he took the field, whether it was a close game, a blowout win, or a blowout loss. I can’t think of many times where I saw Thomas Davis and thought to myself “man, he really didn’t give his all on that play.”Thomas Davis is a player I personally invested in, because as a fan I went through that injury riddled journey, and was rewarded with high level football Stitched Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey , just like he was. Seeing him pick off passes to seal important games or blast a running back in the hole to force a fumble at a crucial moment became all the more special because THOMAS FREAKING DAVIS did it. And it is really a shame he didn’t get a chance to go out on top, because he deserved to just like many of the high level players who came before him. I once said that Thomas Davis symbolized “Keep Pounding”, and that he earned his stripe. Now, I believe Thomas Davis earned himself a damn statue.Davis taught me, personally, not just to Keep Pounding, throughout life and it’s struggles. He taught me that once you’ve gotten yourself out from underneath those struggles, to push yourself even further than simply being past them. We all have our struggles, whether it be work, life, love, family, they all cause us pain and they all can push us down to rock bottom. While the Keep Pounding moniker certainly applies to constantly honing your craft, yourself, and your life, Thomas Davis did it better. He didn’t just Keep Pounding Youth Fozzy Whittaker Jersey , he kept excelling. Davis is a shining example of what a person can accomplish when they apply themselves the same way, with the same intensity, when things are bad, AND when they are good. Davis taught me not to simply accept getting over the hump, but be a better person on the other side once you get there.Don’t thank us fans for everything, Thomas. Thank YOU, for the memories, and the lessons we can learn. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Eric Reid isn’t planning on giving up his fight against racial injustice in America or his battle with the NFL.He just doesn’t know if his protests against injustice will include kneeling for the national anthem . Reid, who signed a one-year contract last week with Carolina, said Monday he is “still considering other ways” to protest and continue to raise awareness.The former Pro Bowl safety did not elaborate on his plans, but did say he will not drop his grievance against the NFL that alleges teams colluded to keep him out of the league because he protested alongside Colin Kaepernick.“Nothing will ever change unless you talk about it . So we’re going to continue to talk about it,” Reid said of his ongoing fight for racial justice with his friend Kaepernick, who remains unsigned. “We’re going to continue to hold America to the standards that it says on paper — that we’re all created equal. Because it’s not that way right now. But we’re going to keep pushing toward that.”Reid said the Panthers didn’t ask him about his protest plans until after he signed.He has spoken with members of the Panthers’ organization about his beliefs on racial injustice , but said he is “still evaluating the scope of our country and will make that decision later.”Panthers coach Ron Rivera reiterated signing Reid was a “football decision.”Rivera, who is Hispanic and was raised in a military family Stitched Fozzy Whittaker Jersey , expressed his views on standing for the national anthem in September of 2017, telling his players “if we’re all going to be united, we need to stand, look at the flag, be at attention, our left hand down at our side and right hand at our heart. We need to look at the flag and listen to the national anthem. We need to think and envision an America that we believe in that is free from injustice, free from bigotry and free from prejudice.”Rivera said Monday that he has spoken with Reid and they had a “nice conversation” and that “I think he has a feel for us and we feel pretty good about it.”Reid said he was surprised when the Panthers called last week, saying he thought it would take much longer to get a second chance at the NFL.He said the San Francisco 49ers also offered him a chance to play last week, but that the Panthers’ offer was better.Reid returned to the field Monday for the first time since Dec. 31, 2017, when he finished the season with the San Francisco 49ers before becoming a free agent. Despite starting 69 games in the NFL, Reid didn’t receive any attention in free agency and filed a grievance in May alleging collusion by NFL teams for not signing him because of his decision to protest racial injustice during the national anthem.Reid would not discuss details of collusion grievance against the NFL because the case is ongoing, but when asked if he will continue to pursue it, he replied, “Without a doubt, yeah.”He is expected to start on Sunday against the New York Giants.Reid knows he will continue to face opposition by standing up to racial injustice Youth Daryl Williams Jersey , not unlike what he and Kaepernick experienced here in Charlotte while playing against the Panthers on Sept. 18, 2016. At that time some fans seated in the lower bowl of the stadium gave Reid and Kaepernick a hard time about their protests — similar to what he heard in other stadiums around the country.“There’s always opposition when you speak on topics like I’m speaking on, but I’m a black man in America,” Reid said. “You can’t tell me what I’ve experienced and what I’ve seen is not true.”That game in 2016 came two days before a black man, Keith Scott, was shot by police in Charlotte, setting off nearly a week of protesting that shut down the city and caused the National Guard to be sent in to help restore order.“You can’t live in your own house in America without getting killed. It’s powerful,” Reid said. “I will keep speaking for my people.”Reid pointed out that 2019 will mark 400 years “since the first slave touched the soil in this country. That’s 400 years of systemic depression, slavery, Jim Crow, new Jim Crow, mass incarceration, you name it.”He added that racial injustice “has been happening since my people have gotten here. So I just felt the need to say something about it.”
An AFC North rival would like to sign the pending FA linebacker"WhitePodcast Film Review Fanposts Fanshots Ravens StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Ravens ReportYahoo Ravens Depth ChartYahoo Ravens TransactionsYahoo Ravens PhotosAbout Odds Community Guidelines StubHub ✕NFL Free AgencyCleveland Browns are the latest franchise to show interest in free agent LB C.J. MosleyNew Youth Sam Koch Jersey ,30commentsAn AFC North rival would like to sign the pending FA linebackerEDTShareTweetShareShareCleveland Browns are the latest franchise to show interest in free agent LB C.J. MosleyTommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsNFL Free Agency is only days away and free agent linebacker C.J. Mosley is courting interest from around the league. The most recent franchise expressing interest in the All-Pro linebacker is an AFC North rival, the Cleveland Browns.According to Spotrac and OverTheCap, the Browns sit with around $68 million in cap space. Far better than the Ravens and their situation, regardless of where the information is coming from:Spotrac: $31.8 MOverTheCap: $26.4 MBrian McFarland: $17.3 MMosley’s been expected to haul in a hefty price tag and the most recent agreed deal of LB Kwon Alexander will only push Mosley’s eventual deal into the stratosphere.Alexander isn’t coming off a huge year, either. He suffered a torn ACL in 2018 and missed the last ten games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, the San Francisco 49ers are dropping a mega-deal for $13.5 million AAV with 50% of the deal guaranteed. This all but spells the end of Mosley re-signing in Baltimore, barring a last-minute agreement. Then again, why would Mosley want to re-sign with the Ravens before testing free agency and hearing the contract offers from around the NFL? ENGLEWOOD Stitched Brandon Williams Jersey , Colo. (AP) — John Elway insists Joe Flacco is at the top of his game at age 34 even though the former Baltimore Ravens quarterback hasn’t thrown a pass in the playoffs since 2015.“Joe is a perfect fit for us,” Elway said at Flacco’s introductory news conference Friday. “He’s played in a lot of big games, he has a lot of good football left in him. At 34, (I) feel like he’s just really coming into his prime.”That echoed comments Elway made Wednesday when he told the NFL Network that Flacco’s “arm strength is still great” and “he’s just going into his prime,” even though the veteran QB was supplanted by rookie Lamar Jackson last season and didn’t play in the Ravens’ wild-card loss to the Chargers.Elway, who sent a fourth-round pick to Baltimore for Flacco in a deal worked out five weeks ago, trusts he’s finally found a worthy successor to Peyton Manning — another Super Bowl winner who came to Denver for the second chapter of his storied career.Flacco said he’d love to reach out to Manning as he tries to follow his lead in Denver.“I am new to this. It’s completely different and obviously I’m going to find my way through it mostly on my own,” Flacco said. “But … it would probably be a huge benefit to talk to somebody like him Youth Brandon Williams Jersey , who has not only gone through it but has been successful.”It also appears Elway is trying hard to sell his latest quarterback acquisition to an antsy and skeptical fan base that has suffered through Mark Sanchez’s flop, Trevor Siemian’s fall, Brock Osweiler’s flounder, Paxton Lynch’s fiasco, Case Keenum’s failure and Chad Kelly’s flameout in the three years since Manning retired.No matter the motivation, Flacco appreciates Elway’s endorsement .“I definitely feel that way,” Flacco said of being in his prime. “So, it feels good to hear somebody say that. I mean Stitched Brent Urban Jersey , shoot, with Tom Brady now quarterbacks are playing until they’re about 60 years old.”Flacco, who’s 7½ years younger than Brady, said he’s healthy and hardy and can’t wait to get going.“I’m as healthy as I can be, as a physical and ready to go as ever,” Flacco said. “So, I’m excited about what lies ahead for me and my future. I’m not putting a number on how much I’ve got left to play. I’m going to play as long as I can and hopefully they’re dragging me out of this building a long time from now.”Flacco, whose last playoff appearance was a 35-31 loss at New England on Jan. 10 Youth Brent Urban Jersey , 2015, has three years and $63 million left on his contract with a 2019 salary of $18.5 million.Flacco missed just six games in his first decade in the NFL and was Baltimore’s starter last season until he injured his right hip in a loss at Pittsburgh on Nov. 4. Jackson took over and went 6-1 to get the Ravens into the playoffs for the first time since the 2014 season.“If I have to reflect back on that time in Baltimore, it was not very fun. It was miserable sitting there on the bench and not being able to contribute, not really feeling like you’re a part of the team,” Flacco said. “But if that’s what it takes to be in this situation right now and be as excited about it as I am and my family is, then that’s what it takes.”The Ravens went 106-72 with Flacco as a starter, including the postseason, where his 10 playoff victories since 2008 rank second behind Brady among active quarterbacks. Nobody has more road playoff wins than Flacco’s seven.“As we recall Stitched Nick Boyle Jersey , there was one four or five years ago that was pretty painful here in Denver,” Elway said of Baltimore’s 38-35 win in double-overtime over the AFC’s top seed on Jan. 12, 2013, “and hopefully we’ll have a lot more of those miracles on our side this time rather than against us.”Flacco heaved a 70-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones in the final minute of regulation when safety Rahim Moore mistimed his jump while going for the interception instead of the tackle. That play represents the Broncos’ Bill Buckner moment and it propelled the Ravens to their second Super Bowl title a month later.Flacco said he’s still driven by his love for the game, not by his disappointing end in Baltimore.“I’m really not trying to think too much about my past and why I’m here,” he said. “I’m really just trying to be excited for the fact that I am here and the offense that we’re getting ready to run and the team we’re getting ready to build.”Notes: The Broncos re-signed TE Jeff Heuerman to a two-year deal worth about $9 million.
After releasing him nearly two years ago Desmond Trufant Jersey 2019 , Dan Quinn has opted to bring back Ra’Shede Hageman. Is the controversial defensive tackle worth taking a second chance on?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Library FalcFans Podcast on The FalcoholicContact The FalcoholicFalcons StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Falcons NewsYahoo Falcons Team PageYahoo Falcons ReportYahoo Falcons Depth ChartYahoo Falcons TransactionsYahoo Falcons PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁旽ow the Ra’Shede Hageman conundrum impacts the FalconsNew,88commentsAfter releasing him nearly two years ago, Dan Quinn has opted to bring back Ra’Shede Hageman. Is the controversial defensive tackle worth taking a second chance on?EDTShareTweetShareShareHow the Ra’Shede Hageman conundrum impacts the FalconsBrett Davis-USA TODAY SportsWhen the Falcons were preparing for what was viewed as their “redemption season” in 2017, Ra’Shede Hageman’s role appeared to be unclear. The signings of Dontari Poe and Jack Crawford made him somewhat expendable. His roster spot wasn’t necessarily at risk, especially coming off his best season in Atlanta. What was uncertain was the role he would play on a suddenly ultra-talented defensive line. That uncertainty changed on September 2nd when Hageman had been placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. After facing domestic violence charges stemming from a March 2016 incident, the league decided to take action. The Falcons took action two days later by waiving Hageman after receiving more details from the criminal investigation. Hageman was one of several key defensive contributors to the Falcons’ Super Bowl run. His emergence played a vital role in stifling the likes of Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers. Despite his impressive progress following two underwhelming seasons, Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff were left with no other choice. They had to cut ties with him.Hageman hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016. While New England and Minnesota showed interest, they opted not to offer him a contract. Hageman suffered another major setback as he got arrested for DUI in June 2018. That resulted in him receiving another suspension, which means he will miss the first two games of the 2019 season. For all his past troubles, the Falcons decided to recently offer him a workout. They signed him to a one-year deal a few days later.Given his draft pedigree and freakish traits, it always seemed likely that Hageman would receive another opportunity. Nobody could have expected the team who cut him nearly two years ago to give him a second chance. It’s a strange move, albeit a relatively low-risk one. Hageman isn’t guaranteed to make the roster, let alone play a major role on the defensive line. This decision appears to be the latest example of Quinn and Dimitroff wanting to give their guys as many opportunities as possible. High round picks such as Peria Jerry, Sean Weatherspoon, Peter Konz, Sam Baker Black Damontae Kazee Jersey , and Vic Beasley are players who have been given (or currently being given in Beasley’s case) ample opportunities to prove their worth. Hageman is the latest player to join the list. Here are the pros and cons of signing the troubled defensive tackle.ProsBetween their recent signings (Adrian Clayborn, Tyeler Davison) and Hageman being given one last opportunity, this move isn’t a major investment. It’s more of an attempt to see if they can add another solution to a problematic area on the roster. The lack of defensive tackle depth was evident last season. Terrell McClain failed to make an impact, while Deadrin Senat faded after a promising start to his rookie season. Clayborn and Davison should provide a much-needed boost on the interior. Clayborn will be strictly used as a pass rusher in Quinn’s nickel package. Based on how he was used in New Orleans, Davison will likely line up alongside Jarrett in the base package.Hageman is capable of being an asset in multiple ways. He can be effective sporadically in base to go along with causing havoc as a pass rusher in nickel. Quinn’s heavy rotational system is at its best when he has a plethora of versatile players at his disposal. That is the biggest reason why Hageman, Clayborn, and Courtney Upshaw thrived in 2016. Each player was used in different roles with Beasley, Dwight Freeney, and Brooks Reed as the primary edge rushers. Hageman doesn’t come across as a versatile player, yet he developed into one when Quinn needed him.For all the questions about his character, Hageman knows this is his last opportunity. He can’t afford another setback. He can’t afford to play with a lack of discipline or effort. To have no margin for error should only add further motivation. There is no denying Hageman’s talent. His raw power and impressive quickness for a player of his size made him an intriguing option. Although he never found the consistency required to become a genuine difference maker, Hageman possessed the talent to make a difference in a rotational role. Poor technique, gap discipline, and off-field problems prevented him from living up to his draft status. Combining his attributes with the right coaching may make him into the disruptive asset he was in late 2016.ConsWhenever someone is involved with something domestic violence related, it’s always going to be a major red flag. Hageman was charged with three misdemeanors in March 2016. Although the domestic violence charges were recently dropped, this isn’t something that will ever be forgotten. It’s well documented that domestic violence is one of the biggest problems in not only the NFL Damontae Kazee Jersey 2019 , but also the entire country. For anyone to be linked with a domestic dispute causes immediate concern.This isn’t the first time Quinn has given a second chance to a troubled player. Jalen Collins had a chance to salvage his career after receiving a second suspension for violating the NFL’s policy for performance enhancing drugs.The former second-round pick proceeded to play badly in the preseason and get suspended yet again. While Collins didn’t get into legal trouble like Hageman, he let down the organization in similar fashion after playing a key role in their Super Bowl run.It should be noted that Hageman was underwhelming for the majority of his career. Teams would specifically target him when they ran the ball. There were noticeable moments of Hageman not playing with much effort. He clashed with the coaching staff at times as well. It became apparent that the possibility of Grady Jarrett and him becoming a terrifying duo wasn’t going to happen. Instead, the coaching staff experimented with him as a strong-side defensive end, before eventually inserting him back inside. If Hageman was unable to establish himself then, what makes you think he can do it at 29 years old following two seasons of being out of the league? Does it make sense to bring back a player with his troubled background, who was arrested less than a year ago? Is it worth giving a second chance to a player who is largely known for underachieving in a multitude of ways? These are the questions that need to be asked.VerdictThe potential reward of signing Hageman certainly outweighs the risk. There is no denying he is capable of making an impact. After being humbled and doing everything he can to prove himself off the field, it’s understandable why Hageman is viewed as a potential asset in Quinn’s eyes. One major question still has to be raised when assessing this decision. How does the same head coach and general manager sign a player, who they gave up on nearly two years ago and who hasn’t played football elsewhere?Regardless of his draft status and commendable work off the field, it remains a strange decision to give a second chance to a player who brought far more negatives than positives to the team. Hageman failed to develop as a once highly touted prospect. His poor attitude as a player and destructive actions as a person isn’t exactly something that warrants a redemption story. Nevertheless, Dimitroff’s persistence and Quinn’s willingness has granted him an opportunity to revive his career. It’s in Hageman’s hands to justify their decision in giving him a second chance when no other team did. The 26-year-old could be a swing tackle option if the Falcons aren’t getting the tackle of their dreams in the draft this year."Earlier this week, when the Falcons added guard Adam Gettis to the roster, I said that I didn’t think they were done tweaking their offensive line. If you needed more evidence, it comes in the form of a recent visit between the Falcons and a tackle Dirk Koetter is very familiar with.That tackle is Leonard Wester, an interesting player for the Falcons to be considering at this stage of the game. Unlike Gettis, who hasn’t played in two seasons, Wester has recent experience with Koetter’s offense Black Brandon Fusco Jersey , including a start last year and a total of 27 games overall with Tampa Bay. He’s relatively light on his feet at 6’6”, 305, and is just 26 years old. If the Falcons do wind up signing him, he would almost certainly contend for the team’s swing tackle role in 2019 against Matt Gono, which might be a clue that the Falcons wouldn’t be chasing one of the top right tackles in this draft class. Wester’s not a great tackle, and neither is Ty Sambrailo, which is why many see the latter as a stopgap signing at best and a well-compensated swing tackle at worst. But he’s young enough and familiar enough with this offense to be useful, and that in itself is noteworthy at a time when the Falcons are expressing interest in or meeting with the likes of Cody Ford, Jawaan Taylor, and Jonah Williams. If the Falcons strike out in the draft, Wester might be a fallback plan. If he’s signed here and now, it’ll be interesting to see whether the Falcons do pursue their long-term option in this class, or whether Jake Matthews, Ty Sambrailo, Wester and perhaps Matt Gono might be the long-term option of the moment.
When the Arizona Cardinals hired Steve Wilks Budda Baker Jersey 2019 , maybe the hire people were most excited about was the Cards bringing on offensive line coach Ray Brown.This season, the Cardinals offensive has been ranked as the worst in the NFL by basically everyone and Brown has caught some heat.Yet, at the end of the season as the Cardinals twist in the wind, there has been a small sliver of excitement.Korey Cunningham has played well, over two games at left tackle.The first game may have been because of the opponent, but last week against a dynamic Chargers pass rush, Cunningham held his own. Facing Melvin Ingram, Cunningham held the Chargers pass rusher in check all day.It begs the question Black Robert Nkemdiche Jersey , is Cunningham Brown’s newest pet project? Moreover, is Cunningham the type of prospect and player that Brown has been effective with throughout his coaching career. Raw, athletic, long, with upside and unteachable tools.Outside of Mason Cole, the rest of the Cardinals starters coming into the year have experience and are what they are. Even the young D.J. Humphries hasn’t risen as much as we had hoped.Yet, Cunningham has been, at least for two games Robert Nkemdiche Jersey 2019 , a small bright spot.Maybe Cunningham is more of what the Cardinals needed along the offensive line.Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks,notes on Josh Rosen’s first starts, final injury reports and more Happy Josh Rosen day one and all.It is time for the Arizona Cardinals new era.The Steve Wilks era has not started off the way we hoped, but now, we are now entering the Steve Wilks and Josh Rosen era.It is a huge game, even if it is only the first start, simply because fans are looking for hope.Hope in the Cardinals direction, hope in a young coach and of course https://www.thecardinalslockerroom.com/authentic-andy-isabella-jersey , hope in Josh Rosen.To help us get ready, let’s take a look around the web at the Arizona Cardinals.Five Things To Watch: #SEAvsAZA look at the top storylines for Sunday's gameYouth Movement Afoot On Cardinals OffenseNotes: No QB or No. 2 CB Decision; Peters, Smith questionablePoised Josh Rosen Ready For First Career Start Against SeahawksCardinals looking for offensive spark from rookie quarterbackThe future is now for the Arizona Cardinals' offenseThe Arizona Cardinals will lean on Josh Rosen. But fellow rookies Christian Kirk, Chase Edmonds and Mason Cole have also been thrown into the fire with him.Steve Keim on Sam Bradford: Cardinals will carry three QBs 'as of now'It's not known who will back up rookie QB Josh Rosen, but as of now, the Arizona Cardinals will continue to carry Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon on the roster, GM Steve Keim said.Double Coverage: Cardinals host Seahawks team that might've found tractionStacy Rost of 710 ESPN Seattle gives the lowdown on the Arizona Cardinals' Week 4 opponent, the division rival Seattle Seahawks.Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks to decide No. 2 cornerback on SaturdayBene Benwikere Black Markus Golden Jersey , who played in the fourth quarter over Jamar Taylor on Sunday, has inserted himself into the No. 2 cornerback battle.Water is wet, and the Cardinals must stop Seahawks QB Russell WilsonAssuming that steady improvement from the Arizona Cardinals' defense will continue in Week 4 might be tenuous considering it's a Russell Wilson-led Seattle Seahawks visiting Sunday.Doug Baldwin to return, K.J. Wright to sit out game vs AZ CardinalsCheck out the final injury report for the Seahawks, the Cardinals' next opponent.QB Josh Rosen wraps up ‘great week of practice’ before 1st NFL startSteve Wilks spoke to his confidence in his rookie QB.AZ Cardinals’ decision on active backup QB will be ‘football decision’GM Steve Keim: "Anything that we do is a football decision and we're not going to get consumed with the money part of it."What are the expectations for Josh Rosen’s rookie season?Josh Rosen will start his first NFL game this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. What can fans expect from the rookie quarterback?Cardinals vs. Seahawks Week 4 preview with Seahawks WireFind out more about the new-look Seahawks defense, their rushing attack and more.Cardinals vs. Seahawks Week 4 predictionsWriters from Cards Wire and Seahawks Wire give their score predictions for the game this weekend between the two rivals.Cardinals vs. Seahawks: 5 key matchups in Week 4 NFC West showdownWhich matchups matter the most?Cardinals vs. Seahawks: Madden predicts 31-21 AZ winJosh Rosen throws two touchdown passes in his first start.Cardinals vs. Seahawks: 4 players on rosters played for other teamThree Cardinals were once Seahawks and one Seahawks player is a former Cardinal.NFL, picks against the spread: 3 Week 4 locks and remaining picksCheck out our picks of the week.
A lot can change in the NFL in just two years. With the constant rise of the salary cap and compensatory picks becoming tradable assets Hardy Nickerson Jersey White , NFL teams have the ability to always be aggressive and never be too damaged for bad investments via free agency or the NFL Draft. It’s still a quarterback-driven industry, but the most prominent contenders like the Rams, Eagles and Saints are constantly evolving their teams in every available facet, even if that means trading away cheap talent or draft picks. The Bengals aren’t on the same level as those franchises, but this isn’t always a bad thing. Plenty of teams that trade away talented players or acquire them are sacrificing high compensation in the hopes of extending a championship window or are just building for one. While the Bengals could still learn to be a little more aggressive in their team-building approach, it’s clear that not much on this roster should be drastically changing by 2020. With that said, let’s observe who ESPN views as a lock to be on the roster in a couple of seasons:The locks are pretty clear as most of them are either rookies Vontaze Burfict Jersey White , productive young players or cornerstones for the franchise. Dunlap and Atkins just received contract extensions this offseason, so we know the franchise is committed to having them retire as Bengals. The only players that should even be considered bubble players at this point are Willis and Jefferson. Jefferson hasn’t even taken a single snap on defense yet despite the linebacker position being decimated by injuries, but he has been solid on special teams. Willis looks to be Michael Johnson’s replacement as a base defensive end, but at least Johnson broke out as a pass-rusher for a few seasons. Willis has yet to do so.The big issue with the listed bubble players is Boyd. This season should cement his status as a lock for years to come, but it’s logical to be cautiously optimistic about that. The only reason Boyd was drafted was so he could compensate for the loss of both Marvin Jones Jr. and Mohamed Sanu following the 2015 season. The sooner the Bengals retain Boyd, the better. Ross really needs to get healthy in order to be bumped up to a lock as well.Andy Dalton is a virtual lock to be here, even though his contract runs out following the 2020 season. Regardless of what happens over the next two years Womens Clark Harris Jersey , there’s very little doubt that Dalton remains in Cincinnati through at least the 2020 season, and it’s likely he gets a long-term extension to remain here for the foreseeable future. Glenn, Boling, Vigil and Kirkpatrick are all veterans who have been productive for Cincinnati, but the Bengals usually have a habit of letting guys walk a season or two before they drop in production rather than waiting a year or two. Vigil is the youngest of that group, so he may be sticking around.Of all the unlikely players to be around in 2020, Bernard is probably the hardest one to swallow. He has been a fan favorite since his rookie year Trey Hopkins Jersey White , even though he’s been overshadowed by both Jeremy Hill and Joe Mixon for most of his career. The Bengals drafted Mark Walton for depth at the running back position, but it’s possible that he could become Bernard’s long-term replacement. Without a doubt, it would be a sad day if Bernard ever lines up in another team’s backfield.Burfict isn’t too surprising to be listed along with Bernard. He is among a group of aging vets who hasn’t produced up to their standards this season, and he is still toeing the line despite multiple warning from the league office. The Bengals need to get more athletic at that position anyway.Which players do you think will be around for 2020? The Eifert family currently has their eyes on the NCAA tournament, but it will be all about the NFL in the fall."Cincy Jungle’s Orange and Black Insider Bengals podcastBengals newsEiferts Enjoying EliteThis NCAA tournament has been some big-time payback for Tyler Eifert, the guy that always scolds his parents when they tell him they get so nervous before he takes the field for the Bengals.New Bengals DE Wynn: ‘I’m a physical guy, I don’t take plays off’CINCINNATI — Kerry Wynn was ready for a fresh start Clayton Fejedelem Jersey White , but his decision to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals was helped by the familiarity he has with new defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo.Bengals defend Bobby Hart re-signing, address potential extension for A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals- ESPNThe Bengals believe Andy Dalton will have a bounceback season and that they’ll get a significant boost from players returning from injury.Week In Review: Blending Past And FutureIn the latest Week In Review, Bengals president Mike Brown discusses the team’s moves in free agency and the latest changes within the organization.:BX: Mike Brown comfortable, optimistic in face of changeTo the outsider and average Bengals fan, change inside the organization doesn’t go far beyond a new head coach and a new slogan.Random newsNFL free-agency tiers: Ranking the best and worst signings and the ones in between – The AthleticFrom smart additions to what-were-they-thinking deals, we take a spin through the action in NFL free agency and assess the signings.Johnny Manziel knocked out of AAF game with concussion – ProFootballTalkJohnny Manziel’s second game in the Alliance of American Football did not last long. NFL draft: CU coach Mel Tucker drops SEC insight, lauds QB Drew LockMel Tucker’s two decades of combined coaching experience between college and pro football gives the new Colorado Buffaloes head man an insider’s perspective for the NFL draft.2019 NFL Mock Draft: Steelers move up Womens Joe Mixon Jersey , Chargers trade out for Josh Rosen, Bucs nab Round 1 pick in Gerald McCoy deal - CBSSports.comJosh Rosen is on the move, as are a couple of NFC East teams, in this first-round projectionSchofield NFL Draft QB breakdown: What are the best play designs for top 4 passers? | Pro Football WeeklyHaskins on drives and crossers, Lock’s growing between-the-numbers prowess, Jones’ quick game ability and the scheme diversity of Murray
Lions vs. Buccaneers report card: A secondary disaster in Tampa Time to hand out grades from the Detroit Lions’ preseason win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s not going to be an easy task Womens Damon Harrison Jersey , since the story from the starters is far different than that of the reserves, but we’re just going to mix it all up and spit out a grade, because that’s what you’re looking for right now.Quarterbacks: A-Matthew Stafford moved the offense consistently, made a few plays with his legs, and would have had a much better statistical output had his receivers not made a few uncharacteristic drops on key plays. He looks ready for the regular season.Surprisingly, the Lions’ backup quarterbacks played fairly well, too. Though they were both aided by a solid second-half running game and neither took any shots downfield, they were both efficient on Friday night and managed the game well. Running backs: A-Lions running backs combined for 116 yards on 27 carries (4.3 YPC). LeGarrette Blount (4.1), Ameer Abdullah (4.3), Kerryon Johnson (6.3) and Theo Riddick (10.0) all rushed efficiently throughout the game and had minimal mistakes. The only reason this isn’t an A is because Theo Riddick dropped a pass and no running back outside of a late appearance from Dwayne Washington was effective in the passing game.Note: If you’re thinking, “Hey, the Lions are looking pretty good so far,” and you want to keep it that way, you should probably stop reading right now. Wide receivers: C-Congratulations to Brandon Powell, whose performances both in special teams and on offense single-handedly pulled this unit up a full letter grade. For the rest of the group, it was an uninspiring day. Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay had bad drops, and the rest of the crew was basically non-factors. The top four receivers combined for this statline:4 catches (12 targets) for 71 yardsThat is just not good enough for a receiving corps that some believe is among the league’s best.Tight ends: C+The Lions lost Luke Willson to a knee injury (severity unknown), but the rest of the unit did okay. Hakeem Valles continues to make a serious run at the final roster. Levine Toilolo made a good play—even though he was fortunate his fumble was not considered a fumble. Michael Roberts even picked up a nice first down. This unit is still a bit underwhelming, but Friday night was a step in the right direction. Offensive line: CThis is a really tough unit to grade, because not only was the story a lot different in the second half, but the run blocking was a lot different than the pass blocking. It’s also tough to judge, because the Lions were shuffling the offensive line all night. Frank Ragnow was in a new position at right guard. Kenny Wiggins, Joe Dahl and Leo Koloamatangi all got some rotational time with the first team. At times, it was ugly. Matthew Stafford was sacked three times, bringing his preseason total to five sacks in eight drives. That’s nowhere near good enough. However, the Lions were able to run the ball consistently throughout the entire game, and especially in the second half. The only place they really struggled: the dang red zone. Defensive line: C-Well Womens Sam Martin Jersey , the Lions notched their first sack of the preseason, but they literally only got one. That being said, I actually thought the Lions went out and created pressure at a pretty solid rate, relatively speaking. Ricky Jean Francois, Devon Kennard and even Ezekiel Ansah were all able to get the Bucs quarterbacks on the move. It’s not where it needs to be, but it was undoubtedly an improvement from performances we’ve seen in the past.The run defense continues to be a problem, and while that may have more to do with the linebackers—we’ll get to that in a minute—the holes created by the first and second string Bucs offensive line (which was shorthanded by injury, mind you) were way bigger than acceptable. Linebackers: D-Oh, Jarrad Davis. What are we going to do with you? The 2017 first-round pick continues to make mental mistake after mental mistake. He put himself in several positions to make a play on Friday night, and nearly biffed them all. He’s having an absolutely awful preseason and we likely won’t see him again until Week 1 against the Jets. I don’t like to get worried over the preseason, but in regards to Davis individually, I am very worried.The rest of the crew was caught taking bad angles, filling wrong gaps and getting exploited in coverage. It was a rough outing.Secondary: FRemember earlier in the week when Football Outsiders’ Scott Kacsmar said that the Lions relied too much on Darius Slay last year and need a No. 2 cornerback to step up? Well, DING DING DING, he was right. Nevin Lawson was absolutely torched all night on Friday in what has to be one of the most embarrassing preseason performances I’ve ever seen.But it wasn’t just him. Tavon Wilson had a setback after a good game last week. Even Darius Slay had a rough go of it on Friday. It would be one thing if the Lions were going up against one of the more prolific pass offenses in the league, but the Bucs aren’t expected to be a very good passing team this year.Special teams: DIf your team gets a 80-yard punt return touchdown, you’d think their overall special teams grade would be through the roof, but when you also cede a 109-yard field goal return touchdown, you get downgraded... severely. Outside of those two plays, it was mostly bad. The Lions’ coverage teams were really poor, and Ryan Santoso missed a fairly easy field goal (didn’t end up counting, but still). Coaching: DOkay, let’s talk about it. Matt Patricia’s performance at the end of the first half was... troubling. Despite having all three timeouts, the Lions ran out the entire clock before getting into field goal range. That turned out to be an okay decision because the Lions didn’t end up converting on third down, but it was still too much wasted time had the Lions been able to move the ball downfield. Also, Patricia curiously took a timeout to attempt the field goal with seven seconds left, instead of three or four. Had the field goal not been returned http://www.lionslockerroom.com/authentic-teez-tabor-jersey , the Bucs could have had time for a Hail Mary. As for the decision to kick, I don’t really care. It’s good practice, and I would hope Patricia wouldn’t have made that choice in the regular season. Matt Prater is good, but he’s also 34 years old and it was not exactly great field conditions to try at 60+ yard field goal.For the rest of the game, the Lions’ starters just didn’t look anywhere near where they need to be to compete against other NFL teams. Obviously they don’t really need to be ready for another couple weeks, but this wasn’t promising. As we near the beginning of NFL free agency, many teams around the league have some big decisions to make. Teams will want to cut some inflated contracts to have more to spend in the coming months. This means that a lot of talent is about to hit the market, and some of that talent could be put to use in Detroit. Here is a quick list of potential cap cuts that the Lions may want to look into:CB Jimmy Smith - Baltimore RavensJimmy Smith has somehow flown under the radar for casual NFL fans the last few years. Smith was one of the best corners in the NFL for the past few seasons, but injuries hampered him and kept him off the field at times. In 2018, Smith was hit with a four-game suspension to start the year, and the team played well without him. Both Brandon Carr and Tavon Young both did okay in his absence though, and the team can save $9 million this offseason by moving on from Smith.The corner is now 30 years old, though, and has only played two 16-game seasons in his eight-year NFL career. He may be expensive, but if he can stay healthy, he and Darius Slay will form one of the best corner duos in the NFL. Other Options:Robert Alford - The Atlanta Falcons can save $9 million and eat less than a million in dead cap if they move on from the corner. He is now 30 years old and Atlanta may want to find a younger option as they rebuild their defense.Chris Harris - The long-time Broncos corner has clearly lost a step but still can be a formidable CB2. Denver can save around $8 million by moving on from the 29 year old, and depending on how many other players hit the market, he may not be as expensive as one may think. A.J. Bouye - Bouye was arguably the best corner in the NFL in 2017 but he took a huge step back this season as the rest of the Jaguars defense did. The corner does not have the athletic profile of an elite corner, but his coverage instincts and football IQ may be better than any other. Jacksonville can save $9 million by moving on as they are under a rebuild of their own, but a heavy $6 million in dead cap could make the Jags reluctant to cut him. Joe Haden - Haden was once a star for the Cleveland Browns. While his time in Cleveland ended with a whimper, he has quietly been a great player for the Pittsburgh Steelers the past few years. He changed the team’s secondary for the better. This offseason the Steelers have a chance to move on and save $10 million, though, which can be huge for a team who may renovate the entire roster this offseason. Logan Ryan - Ryan was a player on the Detroit Lions radar during free agency in 2017. He, instead, joined the Tennessee Titans and was a member of their extremely expensive and underperforming secondary in 2018. While blaming the team’s issues on Ryan would be harsh, the Titans may want to move on from Ryan, save $10 million and find cheaper options in the defensive backfield. LB Sean Lee - Dallas CowboysThe Dallas Cowboys may finally move on from their longtime defensive leader this offseason. Lee’s inability to stay healthy over the year combined with the emergence of the young Leighton Vander Esch as an absolute star may have made Lee expendable at middle linebacker. The linebacker was even a health scratch late in the 2018 season.The Cowboys will save $7 million by moving on from Lee. He may be expensive but Lee’s football IQ Womens Taylor Decker Jersey , leadership and ability to dominate the middle of the field can revolutionize the Lions defense. He could facilitate Jarrad Davis’ development and even let the younger linebacker move to the outside.Other OptionsBobby Wagner - If the Seattle Seahawks do release Bobby Wagner in order to save $12 million this offseason then the spirit of Henry Ford himself should show up at Wagner’s house with a literal boat full of money. Jamie Collins - Collins was once a star of Matt Patricia’s New England Patriots defense. He regressed after being traded to the Cleveland Browns, but did remain a serviceable player. Cleveland is a young team slowly building a championship contender and can save $9 million by moving on from the aging linebacker. Collins has experience in Patricia’s scheme and will bring starting caliber talent to the Lions front seven. Danny Trevathan - Trevathan was an important member of the Chicago Bears incredible 2018 defense, but with so much talent on that side of the ball and the emergence of Roquan Smith, the Bears may want to move on. Chicago can save $6 million by cutting the off-ball linebacker. Trevathan would bring a great veteran presence to the Lions front seven and can do literally anything Detroit could ask him to as a linebacker in this defense. A.J. Klein - Klein is another versatile off-ball linebacker that can bring a lot to the second level of Detroit’s defense. The emergence of Alex Anzalone and the $4 million the Saints can save from moving on from him could leave him searching for work this offseason, though. He also may not be that expensive, and he has the speed and football IQ to play well against both the run and the pass. EDGE Whitney Mercilus - Houston TexansMercilus is a member of the Texans fearsome defensive front, and while he is great in his own right, he is not quite the talent that is J.J. Watt or Jadeveon Clowney. The edge defender has struggled with health over the past few seasons but has been a great complement to the team’s stars. He had four sacks in 2018 and still can contribute at a high level in the league.Houston may need to spend a fortune to hold on to Clowney, though, and the $6 millionthey can save by releasing Mercilus could go towards retaining their star edge rusher. Mercilus would easily be Detroit’s best edge defender, and he, Devon Kennard and Romeo Okwara would form a fearsome pass rushing room for the Lions.Other OptionOlivier Vernon - Vernon was one of the crown jewels of the New York Giants 2016 defensive free agent haul. While he has been an okay player, he definitely has not played well enough to be worth the $19 million cap hit he is owed next season. New York can move on from him as they rebuild their defense and save $11 million in the process. Vernon has potential to be a huge boon for the Lions defense, although he may be pricey.TE Rob Gronkowski - New England PatriotsBob Quinn and the Detroit Lions very clearly have interest in the Patriots star tight end. The Lions apparently wanted to trade for Gronkowski last offseason but could not get a deal done. Gronkowski had a bit of a down year in 2018, and his long injury history could give the Patriots a reason to move on. New England can save nearly $10 million by releasing him this offseason.Detroit got little production from the tight end this season. Gronkowski would be the elite receiving tight end Matthew Stafford desperately needed this year. Signing him would be a risk, though. He will definitely be a huge investment, and his injury history does not speak well for his week-to-week availability. Other OptionJordan Reed - Another oft-injured tight end could potentially hit the market in the coming months. Reed has been a great talent for Washington since the moment he was drafted, but he has not been able to stay on the field. Washington can move on from the receiving tight end for $6 million, and he could be a more affordable option than Gronkowski. RB Chris Thompson - WashingtonWith Theo Riddick possibly out the door this offseason, the Lions will need to find another shifty receiving option out of the backfield. Washington can save $3 million by moving on from Thompson this offseason. While his release seems unlikely, the running back’s long injury history, the return of Derrius Guice and his pass blocking deficiencies could leave him expendable. Washington may undergo a rebuild sometime soon and may want the extra cap space to make a big move this offseason.Thompson is an upgrade from Riddick in almost every facet outside of pass blocking. He is incredible with the ball in his hand and can even reliably run between the tackles. The running back would be a great complement to Kerryon Johnson and could breathe life into a boring, stagnant, offense.