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COLUMBUS Custom Ottawa Senators Jerseys , Ohio (AP) — Columbus coach John Tortorella had trouble explaining how his team could blow a two-goal lead in the third period Saturday night only to come back and win 31 seconds into overtime. Finally, he resorted to quoting Forrest Gump.“It’s a box of chocolates — you just never know what you’re going to get from shift to shift at certain times,” Tortorella said. “I guess that’s just what the game is.” Panarin’s shot from the left circle glanced off the far post and into the net to give the Blue Jackets a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, who had scored a pair of goals in a two-minute span of the third period to erase the deficit and force the extra period.That all came after Cam Atkinson scored two goals in 31 seconds of the second period to give Columbus what looked like a comfortable lead.“I just don’t understand it sometimes,” Tortorella said. “But we found a way to get two points.”Atkinson and Panarin each had two goals and an assist, and Pierre Luc-Dubois had a goal and a pair of assists, including the pass to Panarin low in the circle that set up the overtime goal.Joonas Korpisalo stopped 34 shots and is undefeated in four starts for the Blue Jackets, who won their second straight and ended a three-game winning streak for Buffalo.Jeff Skinner and Jason Pominville each had a goal and an assist, and backup goalie Linus Ullmark — who previously had given up just one goal in two starts this season — had 32 saves for Buffalo. Kyle Okposo got his third goal of the season for Buffalo 1:38 into the game on a 2-on-1 rush. Dubois evened it with a snipe from the middle of the right circle later in the first, with Panarin getting his fourth primary assist in the past two games. Skinner got a fortunate deflection right onto his stick at the bottom of the right circle and slipped the puck between Korpisalo and the near post to get his team-leading sixth goal and make it 2-1 Sabres at the end of the first.Dubois returned the favor to his linemate early in the second with a feed that led to Panarin’s finish from the left circle to tie it again.Atkinson’s pair in the second period gave Columbus a 4-2 lead www.officialflyersproshop.com , but Buffalo got goals in the third from Pominville and then Casey Middelstadt on a power play to even the score and set up Panarin’s overtime heroics.“He’s one of the best players in the league, and it kind of showed in this game,” Ullmark said. “It was a good shot.”Buffalo was trying to win four straight for the first time since 2014. It didn’t happen, but coach Phil Housley was pleased with the effort.“I have to give credit to our guys for finding a way to battle back,” he said. “We would have loved to have won that game in overtime, but getting a point after being two down in the third period says a lot about our group.”NOTES: Atkinson’s fifth and sixth tallies of the season in a 31-second span of the second period broke a franchise record for quickest back-to-back goals…. Sabres F Evan Rodrigues missed the game because he returned to Buffalo for personal reasons. … The Blue Jackets had a three-goal second period for the second straight game and the fifth time this season. … Columbus F Markus Hannikainen replaced Sonny Milano for the second straight game. … Pominville has four goals and four assists in the last four games.UP NEXTBuffalo: Hosts Calgary on Tuesday night.Columbus: Hosts Detroit on Tuesday night. WASHINGTON (AP) James Neal has become a source of leadership and inspiration for the Vegas Golden Knights during their improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final.So, it came as no surprise that the 11-year veteran made a point of seeking out teammate Alex Tuch, a 22-year-old rookie who missed a chance to score the potential tying goal late in Game 2 against the Washington Capitals”I talked with him a little bit today,” Neal said Friday. ”It’s all good. He’ll get a bigger one for us later in the series. He’s been great for us so far, so no reason to think about that anymore. At the end of the day Philadelphia Flyers T-Shirts Authentic , it’s a great save and you move forward.”Braden Holby snuffed the shot with his goalie stick in a 3-2 victory that evened the series heading in Game 3 on Saturday night.Vegas snagged a winner when they selected Neal from Nashville last June in the expansion draft. They got a skilled forward who scored 20 goals in 10 straight seasons (now 11) and a player who turned out to be perfect for a team that had to mesh immediately to be successful.”He’s a natural leader,” Golden Knights right wing Ryan Reaves said. ”He likes leading the boys into battle. When he has something to say he’s going to say it, and people are going to listen.”Neal reached the Stanley Cup Final last year with the Predators, who lost to Pittsburgh. Now here he is again, with another crack at winning it all.”It’s a special team and a special group of guys,” Neal said. ”I’ve been to the finals before, so just try to give them little tips. I try to lead by example, do the right things on the ice. We’ve got a group that responds well.”Neal seriously wants to win, but he isn’t always serious. And that’s the way his teammates like it.”I’m not going to pump his tires too much because I don’t want to hear about it, but he’s definitely one of those guys that keeps it loose Philadelphia Flyers Hoodies Authentic ,” Reaves said. ”You need guys like that around the team. You can’t be 100 percent business-like all the time. You’ve got to have fun.”Vegas goaltender Marc Andre-Fleury is the only other player on the club who’s played in the Stanley Cup Final, so he and Neal have been taking turns doling out advice.”In the locker room he’s a big voice,” Fleury said of Neal. ”He’s been to the finals, so it’s good to have someone else who can share that experience.”Although Neal is a rarity in that he’s been to consecutive Stanley Cup Finals with two different teams, his most emphatic message is: Don’t take this ride for granted.”You see how badly he wants to win,” left wing David Perron said. ”To go through that last year and not come out on top, he’s got a huge chip on his shoulder and really wants to get it this time. He’s talking to guys, telling them you never know if you’re going to get another opportunity, so you’ve got to find a way to bring your best.”Toward that end, the 30-year-old Neal has helped carry the team with his stick. He has five goals and five assists in 17 games during the playoffs Philadelphia Flyers Hats Authentic , including Vegas’ first goal in Game 2 on Wednesday.Asked whether Neal is more valuable as a player or a leader, Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant replied, ”On the ice is the major thing for me. When he scores goals like he did the last game, he makes our job a lot easier as coaches. James has been outstanding for us. He definitely helps our room with the young players, for sure.”Most notably, Tuch.”He’s been a mentor to me. He brought me aside today and told me what I could have done better on that shot but also that I have to move on,” Tuch said. ”Everyone knows how good a hockey player he is. I don’t know if people knew he was that much of a leader. Maybe it was a different vibe in Nashville. But this year he’s been a huge leader for us, one of our (six alternate) captains, and it’s been great.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals

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ST. PAUL Ryan Getzlaf Jersey , Minn. (AP) — A goaltender who was winless in his previous 21 decisions outplayed an All-Star down the stretch Friday night.Cory Schneider got his first win in nearly 14 months when Nico Hischier scored 3:19 into overtime, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a wild 5-4 victory over the slumping Minnesota Wild.Hischier, Marcus Johansson and Kyle Palmieri each had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who won for the second time in eight games. Will Butcher and Ben Lovejoy also scored.“We’ve talked a lot about when things aren’t going well and adversity strikes it’s up to the way we care about each other and tonight showed that,” Palmieri said. “It was our culture coming out and believing in each other.”Schneider had 15 saves in relief of Keith Kinkaid, including three in overtime. He allowed five goals Thursday in Chicago and was 0-17-4 since his last win on Dec. 27, 2017.“Sometimes things happen in a strange way, but I was more excited for our team just to show some mettle and to come back and win a tough game after a tough trip,” Schneider said. “It was nice to see us get rewarded as a group. For anybody who knows me, I’m not overly emotional one way or another. I think everyone else was more excited about it than I was.”In overtime, Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk’s errant pass behind the net was picked off by Palmieri. Dubnyk made a save before Hischier whacked in a loose puck to complete an improbable comeback.Dubnyk Womens Ryan Kesler Jersey , who played in his third All-Star game last month, has allowed 10 goals in the last two games, both losses that included Minnesota blowing a multi-goal lead.“They’re finding their way in. It’s frustrating,” he said. “We probably deserved four points out of the last two games and we only got one. Got to find a way.”Coach Bruce Boudreau was non-committal when asked if Dubnyk will start Sunday against St. Louis.“It’ll be a conversation that the coaches and the goalie coach have tomorrow and the GM and we’ll see what transpires,” Boudreau said. “There’s a couple things. We’re not blind. We saw how they went in, but the other thing that bothers me is we do this all the time, we get them down and you don’t get that killer instinct and you stop playing and you try to defend all the time and it’s a losing way to play.”Playing for the third time in four nights, New Jersey trailed 4-1 late in the second period before Butcher scored off a deflected pass. Palmieri added a power-play goal midway through the third.Lovejoy scored with 2:45 left in regulation when he beat Dubnyk with a low slap shot from the left circle.Mikael Granlund and Brad Hunt each had a goal and assist for Minnesota, which dropped to 1-4-3 in its past eight games. Joel Eriksson Ek and Nick Seeler also scored, and Ryan Suter had two assists.The Wild are clinging to the final playoff wild card in the jumbled Western Conference.Hunt scored a power-play goal and Eriksson Ek turned a gaffe by Kinkaid behind his net into an easy wraparound for a 2-0 lead midway through the first.Johansson converted a one-timer 26 seconds into the second before Seeler and Granlund scored to increase Minnesota’s lead to 4-1 and end Kinkaid’s night with 13 saves.NOTES: New Jersey is 2-18-2 when trailing after the first period. … The Devils placed C Blake Coleman (upper body) on injured reserve and activated LW Miles Wood off IR. Coleman has 18 goals, second-best on the team. … Play was stopped in the first period when Ryan Miller Jersey , prior to a TV timeout, the Wild ice crew opened the Zamboni door thinking Dubnyk held onto the puck after a save during a New Jersey forecheck.UP NEXTDevils: Open a three-game homestand Sunday against Buffalo.Wild: Host St. Louis on Sunday. Shandor Alphonso never envisioned his hockey career taking him to officiating. He didn’t have to look far to see it was possible.As a young, black player, all Alphonso had to do was watch ”Hockey Night in Canada” or the Stanley Cup Final and he saw fellow minority Jay Sharrers working as a linesman.”To be able to see someone who kind of looked like me working at the biggest stage of his job, it was unreal,” Alphonso said.The 34-year-old Alphonso is the NHL’s only African-American official, and Calgary Flames assistant Paul Jerrard is the league’s only black coach. With the sport’s expansion to some nontraditional markets across the United States, there are almost two dozen black players in the NHL, but Sharrers, Alphonso and Jerrard serve as inspiration for more to follow into positions of authority.”I think it’s an evolutionary process,” said Sharrers http://www.coyotesproshop.com/authentic-alex-goligoski-jersey , who recently retired. ”It’s definitely moved slowly, but I think when you just look at the amount of black players that are now in the league and the fact that that has increased, it would stand to reason that hopefully the opportunity for officials would present itself.”Sixty years after Willie O’Ree of the Boston Bruins broke the color barrier as the NHL’s first black player, the league is still taking steps to increase its diversity. Alphonso is an ambassador for the ”Hockey is for Everyone” campaign this month, which is Black History Month.Sharrers acknowledged the expense of playing hockey has been a hurdle for minority children for years, but said he is optimistic that more will not only lace up their skates but move into other roles.”It just stands to reason that that would be a natural progression, that there would more officials of color,” Sharrers said. ”The league has been very proactive since they partnered with Willie and created the diversity taskforce almost 20 years ago to expose and to present to people of color that hockey is a great game and it’s a viable opportunity.”Opportunities have existed for minorities to get into coaching and officiating, though the majority have ended up as goaltending coaches like former NHL goalie Fred Brathwaite. Jerrard played five games in the NHL and then went into coaching, where he’s a visible role model – even if that’s not a role he was looking for.”I’m just another coach who’s trying to do a good job in the league and stay in the league,” said Jerrard Christian Dvorak Jersey , 52, who has been an assistant with the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Flames along with several American Hockey League teams. ”I guess I am now in a little bit of a position of a role model, but my drive to be a role model isn’t due to the color of my skin. It’s just the way I wanted carry myself as a human being, the way I want to be looked at: doing the right thing and working hard.”Jerrard hopes kids seeing minorities on the ice playing or officiating or behind the bench coaching shows that ”if they’re skilled, driven and passionate, there’s an opportunity for them.”That’s what happened for Alphonso, who knew he wasn’t going to make it to the NHL as a player and wanted to stay in the game. He thought to himself, ”If Jay Sharrers can do it, I could do it” and followed him up the ranks.Now Alphonso is the one kids can look up to, and Sharrers – who became the NHL’s first black referee in 2001 – believes his younger counterpart can have an even bigger impact.”Being that his skin is a lot darker than mine and I’m very light-skinned http://www.coyotesproshop.com/authentic-clayton-keller-jersey , it wouldn’t register necessarily with someone unless they knew my background to know that I was a person of color,” Sharrers said. ”I think for him having both parents being black and being much more of a visible minority, if you will, I think that’s definitely a role that he will now assume.”Alphonso welcomes that position and would love to one day meet a fellow official he inspired to go that route.”It’s huge for younger kids to see there are way more things to hockey than just being a hockey player,” Alphonso said. ”That’s hopefully what we can inspire these kids to do and get them more involved with the game down the road.”—

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Josh Rosen back at practice for Arizona Cardinals The first part of the Josh Rosen watch is over Arizona Cardinals Hoodie , as he was back working out with the team during the open portion of Arizona Cardinals practice.On Monday, Josh Rosen banged his throwing hand on the helmet of a defender, jamming his thumb.It kept him out of Wednesday’s practice, but Head Coach Steve Wilks was confident he would be ready to go by Sunday for the Arizona Cardinals tilt versus the Dallas Cowboys, as Wilks talked about the injury yesterday:Yet Youth Customized Arizona Cardinals Jerseys , there was no way of knowing what the progression on the thumb would be.So, the fact that Rosen is back out with the team is good.The bad part is, that at least during the open portion of practice, Rosen was not throwing, so the Cardinals are not completely out of the woods yet in having Rosen back ready for Sunday.It isn’t an issue in the grand scheme of things www.cardinalsauthorizedshops.com , Rosen is clearly going into the 2018 season as the top backup for the Arizona Cardinals, but it is likely the last time Rosen will get live game action against another team until he is called upon in the regular season.That’s why, getting Rosen back for Sunday is important.It will give the Cardinals starting offensive some more work with their future starter.No matter what, let’s hope for quick healing for Rosen. The Cardinals have scored three points. The Broncos offense has scored 14 points. The Broncos defense has scored 14 points.Denver leads 28-3.Denver had its second pick-six of the first quarter off Josh Rosen, with cornerback Chris Harris Jr. intercepting a pass intended for J.J. Nelson. He returned it 53 yards to the end zone.It was Harris’ fourth career touchdown and his first since 2015.Todd Davis had the Broncos’ first pick-six for a touchdown Arizona Cardinals Womens T-Shirt , returning a pass deflected by Derek Wolfe 20 yards for the first points of the game.Rosen went 5-of-10 for 40 yards and the two interceptions in the first quarter.Denver has scored on two of its three offensive possessions, with Emmanuel Sanders throwing a touchdown pass and catching one. His pass to Courtland Sutton covered 28 yards with 8:38 left in the first quarter, while his touchdown catch from Case Keenum went for 64 yards only 20 seconds into the second quarter.

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None of us here are pleased with the situation the Raiders are in right now Authentic Marcus Gilchrist Jersey , and that goes for the players as well. Earlier today, Raiders corner Rashaan Melvin tweeted the following:A few hours later, he followed up with this Tweet:Melvin’s frustration surely lies not only with the team’s performance, but with his playing time as well. He only played seven defensive snaps against Seattle, and fellow corner Gareon Conley played zero. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Daryl Worley got almost all the corner snaps, and we saw how well that worked. Perhaps this was the coaching staff trying to mix things up and see if a new combination would work, but both Melvin and Conley have been pretty good this season and it’s odd that they wouldn’t figure more into the game plan.What’s less apparent here is what Melvin means by not changing his style, and returning to ‘what got him here’. Whatever that was, it made the Raiders step up and pay him a ton of money this offseason as a free agent, so we’d all love to see it if he has some sort of secret kung fu he hasn’t shown off as a Raider to this point.This can go one of two ways. There’s little doubt that many in the Raider locker room are similarly frustrated. The Raiders can either focus and channel this into better play, or they can fracture with bad attitudes, infighting and squabbling and Jon Gruden will completely lose the locker room. Let’s hope for all of our sakes that it’s the former. This is not at all the way the Raiders wanted to end the season. Just last week, they were celebrating probably their best overall performance of the season. It led to there being no Busters named. They brought none of that spirit to Kansas City.It seemed like everything that could go wrong Womens Mike Nugent Jersey , did. Whether it was giving up big touchdown passes, missing easy opportunities, or turning the ball over, the Raiders ranged from spinning their wheels to straight up doing a face plant. The result was the most lopsided loss to the Chiefs in 43 years.BallersDoug MartinStrong finish to the season for Martin, being named Top Baller the last two games. Even while putting the ball on the ground in this one, he still made so many plays it was impossible to deny he was the best thing the Raiders had going for them. The fumble was how his day began. He shook it off and made up for it. The Cheifs didn’t score off the turnover. And when the Raiders got the ball back, Martin got the Raiders moving with a 15-yard run and a 5-yard run on third and two. The next play was the Derek Carr pick six.In the second quarter, the Raiders would drive into Chiefs territory, setting up at the 41-yard-line. Martin saw pressure in the backfield and broke the tackle to pick up seven yards, putting the team in scoring range. The next play Carr would throw his second interception.The next possession was the Raiders’ only scoring drive. It featured several big Martin runs, including four in a row to start the drive. His second run, he killed a guy, blasting him to his back and picking up eight yards. Then runs of 13 and 11. The drive would reach the 32-yard-line with a 50-yard field goal. Martin had 42 yards on six runs. He had 83 yards on 16 carries (5.2 yards per carry) at the half.The first drive of the second half Authentic Jared Cook Jersey , nearly ended with a fumble on a strip sack, but Martin dove on the ball to recover it. He lost a fumble and recovered one. With the game out of hand, he didn’t run much in the second half, finishing with 100 yards on 21 carries (4.8 yards per carry).Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson, Denzelle GoodSomeone had to clear the paths Martin was taking to pick up all those yards and more times than not, it was this interior trio. All three laid key blocks on Martin’s first big run for 15 yards. Hudson and Good blocked for him to pick up 5 yards on third and two. Each of his runs on the scoring drive were made possible by one or more of this trio. Osemele on the first run for four yards, Good on the 8-yard run, Hudson and Good on the 13-yard run, and Osemele and Hudson on the 11-yard run. The one big mistake was Good giving up a half sack. Neither Osemele nor Hudson gave up so any pressure on Carr.Gareon ConleyConley cleared the concussion protocol the day of the game and as has been the case much of this season, he was the best looking corner on the field for the Raiders. He had a pass defended on the first play of the game. Early in the second quarter he had tight coverage to force Pat Mahomes to scramble where he was tackled for a two-yard gain. An interception in the second quarter put the Chiefs in first and goal at the four-yard-line. Aftre a couple stops, the Cheifs were in third and goal from the 2 and Conley came up to assist with the stuff on a shovel to tight end Travis Kelce up the middle. They would go for it on fourth and goal at the one and be stuffed to turn it over on downs.On a deep pass attempt late in the first half, Conley made the leaping interception to keep the Chiefs from building on their 21-3 lead. He would give up just one catch for 9 yards to the odds on MVP Pat Mahomes.Dwayne HarrisAfter the Chiefs’ third touchdown to begin the second quarter http://www.oaklandraidersteamonline.com/gareon-conley-jersey , Harris took the ensuing kickoff, broke three tackles, and picked up 34 yards to set the Raiders up with great field position at the 45. In three plays they were in scoring range, but it ended with an interception.Harris would do it again in the fourth quarter after the next Chiefs’ touchdown. He took the kickoff back 34 yards again to put the Raiders drive start at the 43. Again, the offense couldn’t take advantage of it.In the third quarter, Johnny Townsend sent a punt toward the end zone and there was Harris to down it at the one-yard-line. Once again, he did his part, but the Raiders defense couldn’t take advantage, giving up an 89-yard touchdown pass.Seth Roberts, Jordy NelsonThe longest catch for either of them was a 12-yard catch by Nelson. But neither of them are deep threats. And there really isn’t anyone who would fit that role on this team. They made the catches they needed to make to try and keep possession.That 12-yard pass was his first catch of the day and he would finish with 9 catches for 78 yards. Roberts’ longest catch went for 10 yards on third and ten on their second possession. A few plays later, after an 8-yard catch from Nelson, Roberts laid a big block to spring Martin for five yards on third and two. But alas, the promising drive ended with the pick six.Roberts would add a three-yard catch on third and three in the fourth quarter to finish with 5 catches for 31 yards.Honorable MentionJustin Ellis http://www.oaklandraidersteamonline.com/reggie-nelson-jersey , Johnathan Hankins, Marquel Lee – After the interception return that set the Chiefs up in first and goal at the four-yard-line, these three kept the Chiefs out of the end zone. Even after an offsides penalty by Ellis put them in second and goal from the two, these three kept them from getting in. The three of them stuffed the next run for no gain, Marquel Lee and Conley stuff the inside shovel on third and goal, and Ellis and Hankins stopped the 4th and goal play for a loss and a turnover on downs.Daniel Carlson – He was asked to make one kick and he made it. It was a 50-yarder, which was his third of the season, tying a career-high.Continue to the Busters

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Falcons vs. Buccaneers: What you need to know to watch Week 6 action in the NFC South The Falcons are going to try Youth Alex Mack Jersey , very hard, to thread the needle the rest of the way. That means one of the great runs in franchise history, and it begins with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The Bucs are .500 and have a couple of strong wins this season, but their awful defeat at the hands of the Bears was even worse than Atlanta’s defeat at the hands of the Steelers. That leaves both teams coming off a humiliating loss, but the Bucs also are coming off a bye week. The Falcons’ season either all but officially ends here Youth Calvin Ridley Jersey , or they live to fight another day, and there’s not much more to be said than that. The Bucs aren’t simply going to roll over, no matter how much we might like that. They’re fighting for relevance, they’re fighting to not have to clean house again, and they’re fighting to stay alive in the NFC South in their own right. A team like Tampa Bay has had to absorb years and years of being a punchline Black De'Vondre Campbell Jersey , especially on the other end of some serious ass-kickings from other teams in the division, and this is supposed to be the year when it all comes together. If the Falcons were totally healthy, I’d say they walk away with this one. In their current state, and with their current problems, no outcome would really surprise me. Here’s what you’ll need to know for Sunday afternoon. Falcons vs. Buccaneers infoTime: Sunday Youth Matt Ryan Jersey , October 14, 1 p.m. EST Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GeorgiaTV Channel: FOXStreaming: FuboTVAnnouncers: Thom Brennaman, Chris SpielmanRadio: 92.9 The GameKey Questions: Will the Falcons be able to return to their high-flying ways on offense against a truly awful Buccaneers defense? Will Grady Jarrett be back to help hold a pretty potent Bucs offense in check? Oh god Youth Keanu Neal Jersey , how many points will they score? Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said on Monday that running back Devonta Freeman is likely to miss the team’s Week Seven game against the Giants and it appears that will be the first of many more games that the Falcons will be playing without him.Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Falcons will place Freeman on injured reserve. He’s dealing with foot and groin injuries and also missed three games earlier this year with a knee injury. He ran 14 times for 68 yards and caught five passes for 23 yards in his brief time on the field.Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith will handle the running back duties for the Falcons with Freeman out of the picture. The running back joins safety Ricardo Allen, linebacker Deion Jones, guard Andy Levitre and safety Keanu Neal as starters who have gone on injured reserve since the start of the year.Freeman signed a six-year, $43 million deal in 2017. There’s no cap relief for the Falcons if they move on before the end of the 2019 season.

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GREEN BAY Glover Quin Jersey , Wis. (AP) — Packers receiver Davante Adams is questionable for Green Bay's season finale against the Detroit Lions because of a knee injury.Adams missed the first two days of practice this week, though he did say that he was optimistic that would be able to play. Adams needs to two catches and 134 yards receiving to set single-season franchise marks in each category.Other key players listed as questionable for Green Bay include cornerback Jaire Alexander (groin), left tackle David Bakhtiari (hip) and left guard Lane Taylor (knee). Receiver Randall Cobb (concussion) and linebacker Clay Matthews (back) are expected to play after coming off the injury report.For the Lions, receiver Kenny Golladay is questionable with a chest injury, while running back LeGarrette Blount is questionable with a knee injury. Defensive tackle Damon Harrison is also questionable with an ankle injury.Detroit also put defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson on injured reserve with a knee injury, and picked up defensive end Mitchell Loewen off waivers from the New Orleans Saints.Detroit Lions practice report: Quandre Diggs practices with cast, Ezekiel Ansah returns The Detroit Lions returned to practice on Wednesday http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-ricky-jean-francois-jersey , and they were actually a little more healthy than expected.Most notably, Quandre Diggs, who reportedly broke his hand during Week 4’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, was at practice and appeared to go through all of the individual drills. He did have a cast on his left hand, all but confirming Ian Rapoport’s report that he broke his hand. At this point, the Lions are at least testing out whether Diggs will be able to play with that cast on his hand. Elsewhere along the secondary, Tavon Wilson was present during individual drills. Wilson suffered a back injury against the Cowboys and only played four snaps. His attendance at practice is a good sign he may be ready in time for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers this Sunday.Additionally Cheap Ziggy Ansah Jersey , Wednesday saw the return Ezekiel Ansah. The Lions’ Pro Bowl defensive end has missed three straight games because of a shoulder injury. Puzzlingly, Ansah had been practicing every day, looking like he was on his way to recovery, but he regressed and missed every practice last week. His return on Wednesday is certainly a step in the right direction, but he still has a long way to go to prove he’ll be ready on game day. That being said, there were some curious absences. Running back LeGarrette Blount was not present, nor was linebacker Eli Harold. Neither appeared to leave Sunday’s game with an injury. For Harold http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-devon-kennard-jersey , though, there could be a different possibility. His wife was eight months pregnant when the Lions traded for him last month... so... math would mean his wife is now nine months pregnant... As expected, T.J. Lang was also not at practice. He suffered a concussion on Sunday, and even if he was on track to play this week—which seems highly unlikely—Wednesday would be a pretty early return to the practice field. Full injury reports will be released later on Wednesday.

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Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals route Cowboys Cheap Larry Fitzgerald Jersey , Patrick Peterson shines, D.J. Foster leaves with injury and more Happy Victory Monday everyone, the Arizona Cardinals had a dominant defensive and special teams performance on Sunday Night Football in their 27-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys.There wasn’t much to write home about for the Arizona Cardinals offense, but the defense was special.Let’s get all the news and notes from the Cardinals big win over the Cowboys.Top Takeaway For Cardinals In Dallas? Defense Making PlaysCards force eight turnovers in 27-3 win over CowboysHighlights: Cardinals at CowboysWatch the best highlights from the Preseason Week 3 matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys.Patrick Peterson Preseason Week 3 HighlightsWatch Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson highlights from his Preseason Week 3 performance versus the Dallas Cowboys.Wilks - 'That's The Staple Of Our Defense'Head Coach Steve Wilks meets with the media following the game at Dallas.Peterson - 'A Collective Team Win'CB Patrick Peterson talks to the media after their preseason victory at Dallas.Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson sit out of Sunday's gameWith stars Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson sitting the first series of the Arizona Cardinals preseason game, it appears they won't play against the Cowboys.Cardinals QB Josh Rosen misses preseason game with thumb injuryCardinals' Josh Rosen missed team practice Wednesday due to an injured thumb on his throwing hand and had been day-to-day leading to Sunday.Cardinals running back D.J. Foster injures knee, carted off fieldCardinals' RB D.J. Foster, who has been displaying versatility as a pass-catcher and ball carrier this preseason, will not return Sunday after injuring his knee.Bradford unable to kickstart Cards offense without Fitzgerald, JohnsonArizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford threw his first incompletions of the preseason against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.Peterson gets pick-six, forced fumble to help Cardinals take halftime leadArizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson showed off his new defensive role by forcing two takeaways against the Cowboys on Sunday.By the numbers: Arizona Cardinals' win over the Dallas CowboysWhile the Arizona defense dominated against the Dallas Cowboys, the Cardinals' offense was unable to get going in the third preseason game.Cardinals vs. Cowboys - Game Recap - August 26 http://www.cardinalsfootballauthentics.com/josh-bynes-jersey-authentic , 2018 - ESPNGet a recap of the Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys football game.Cardinals vs. Chargers: No Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson for rest of preseasonThey played in only two games in the preseason.Cardinals vs Cowboys preseason: Patrick Peterson gets pick-6He sat back in zone coverage and jumped the route.Cardinals vs Cowboys: 8 things we learn in 27-3 preseason winThere were lots of takeaways in the win, featuring 8 Cardinals takeaways.Arizona Cardinals running back D.J. Foster injuredThe Arizona Cardinals could be looking for another running back this week if the injury to D.J. Foster turns out to be a serious oneArizona Cardinals defense has a nice night in DallasThe Arizona Cardinals defense was the start of the evening against the Dallas Cowboys, leading them to a victory to go 3-0 in the preseasonDarian Thompson looking to future, but could have impact on the present The NFL is a fickle business, and who you know and who has vouched for you before can go a long ways in helping you stick on a roster.Darian Thompson, the former third round pick for the New York Giants, is a perfect example.The Cardinals recently signed Thompson to a practice squad contract, likely because of defensive backs coach David Merritt’s familiarity with Thompson.Merritt was the DB coach for the Giants when Thompson was drafted and helped him have a nice sophomore campaign in New York.Thompson started all 16 games in 2017, finishing with 75 tackles, six pass deflections, and an interception.This is the type of long vision play that makes sense for a team like the Cardinals.They have three safeties who deserve playing time on the active roster Womens Larry Fitzgerald Jersey , but two of those players, Tre Boston and Antoine Bethea are closer to the end of their time with Arizona than they are the beginning.Boston was a late signing to a one-year contract and Bethea has one year left on his initial three-year deal, but he’ll be 35 next year.So, what do you do?Get a player that could be a potential contributor next year, now and start to see if he is a viable option.If he is, he could even start to see some small playing time down the line in 2018 as he gets back into football shape.If he doesn’t, well you bring someone else in and start over again.It is a process that makes sense, especially at a position where the immediate does not have many questions, but the future does.

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As the trade deadline approached the reports were flying around that Karl Joesph was on the trade block and it looked like the 2016 first round pick could be another causality of Jon Gruden’s fire sale. Through week three Oakland Raiders Hoodie , Joseph saw only 11 defensive snaps.In weeks four through six he was sidelined with an injury.Then came the rumors that after Amari Cooper was dealt to the Cowboys, Karl Joseph was next on the chopping block.Now for the third consecutive game, Joseph has played in 100% of the defensive snaps.Not only is he finally playing but he is playing well. “I thought Karl Joseph had his best game that I’ve seen him play as a Raider,” Jon Gruden said following the Monday night win over the Broncos.The past several weeks Joseph is finally looking like the big time Customized Oakland Raiders Jerseys , tone setting safety they were expecting when they drafted him out of West Virginia.Against the Broncos he was flying all over the field like a heat seeking missile. Joseph finished the game with seven tackles, including a sack.“I think he’s just feeling the defense now,” Gruden continued. “I think he’s learning a new defense. No different than Derek Carr. You talk about Carr learning a new offense. It’s tough on a safety now. He’s got to be the quarterback back there.”Since joining the league in 2016, Joseph has worked under three different defensive coordinators.Comfort and familiarity certainly help any player find success and recently Paul Guenther has been putting Joseph in position to be successful and playing to his strengths.“It’s a transition period for him www.raidersfootballauthentics.com , but he is really accelerated in the last four or five ball games and become a real good player for us,” said Gruden.Here is an example of one of the many big time hits Karl Joseph put on Broncos backs and receivers. For a team desperate for talent and stability in the secondary, the continued development of Joseph is a crucial building block for the defense.Raiders sign DT Connor Flagel, cut T Breno Giacomini Trading Ryan Switzer and signing Jarell Carter was just the start of the Raiders’ moves today Oakland Raiders T-Shirt , as the team has signed former Central Missouri and Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Connor Flagel and cut offensive tackle Breno Giacomini. They have also placed WR Griff Whalen on the reserve/injured list.Giacomini signed with the Raiders this offseason with the expectation of becoming their starter at right tackle, but he was injured a few weeks ago in camp and hasn’t been able to practice or play. With Donald Penn seemingly entrenched at right tackle, Giacomini became expendable for the Raiders.Flagel is a 6’5”, 298-pound defensive lineman who can play inside in a 4-3 or as a 3-4 end. He totaled 111 tackles and 4.5 sacks at Central Missouri in his three years with the program. This is the latest addition at defensive line Oakland Raiders Hats , as the Raiders added DT Gabe Wright following his release from the Dolphins a few weeks ago.If the Raiders make any further moves today, you can read about it here on Silver & Black Pride.

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Damontae Kazee ejected for late helmet-to-helmet hit on Cam Newton Damontae Kazee has been ejected from the Falcons’ Week 2 game against the Panthers after a helmet-to-helmet tackle on Cam Newton early in the second quarter. It’s a move that is difficult to defend in the moment and may result in the second year safety being suspended for at least one game Youth Brian Poole Jersey , though that’s off in the future a bit.If you didn’t see the play, here it is: I think Kazee simply built up a head of steam too late in this play, and when Cam Newton started to slide, he failed to adjust. Regardless of intent—and we’ll be debating that for a while—the result of the play was a helmet-to-helmet hit in a league where helmet-to-helmet hits are being penalized more than ever. It also put Cam Newton in the medical tent, however briefly, and led to the ejection. Just a catastrophically bad play from a player who was very much on the rise for this Atlanta defense, and a mistake the team’s going to pay for in the weeks to come.We’re glad to see Newton’s okay—even if he did lead a touchdown drive after this play—and we’ll hope that Kazee has both a good explanation and the luck to avoid a suspension after this one. With the 2019 NFL season officially over, mock drafts are starting to come in hot and heavy from news sites across the internet. Most seem to have the Falcons taking a defensive tackle with their first round pick—a desire that is shared by many in the fanbase. A few have given the Falcons OT or EDGE help Youth Takkarist McKinley Jersey , which are also two of Atlanta’s biggest needs. Lately, however, we’ve been seeing a new hot pick for the Falcons: LSU CB Greedy Williams.Williams is one of the top CB prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft, and the thought seems to be that he’s simply too good of a value for Atlanta to pass up. That’s the justification given by SB Nation’s own Dan Kadar in his most recent two-round mock. To be completely fair to Dan, he does address the glaring need on the defensive line in round two with the addition of DT Dexter Lawrence—however, that doesn’t excuse what I believe to be faulty reasoning in mocking a CB to the Falcons in the first round.So let’s get right to it and address this thing directly. There are quite a few compelling reasons why the Falcons will not draft a CB in Round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft.There are significantly more important needsThe first and most obvious reason that the Falcons will pass on a CB at pick 14 is the simple truth that the team has glaring needs on both the offensive and defensive lines. RT was an absolute trainwreck for Atlanta in 2018, and getting a new starter there absolutely must happen if we’re going to see any offensive improvement in 2019. The defensive line is also in a state of flux, with Vic Beasley’s future uncertain and the need for impact players at both EDGE and DT.Assuming the Falcons don’t find their RT in free agency—which is pretty likely Youth Calvin Ridley Jersey , seeing as there aren’t many good options there—that player has to come in the first or second round. In a situation like the one presented in Dan’s mock draft, the Falcons would not have addressed RT before the third round. Depending on a third rounder—or even later—to start NFL games at a position like offensive tackle is a recipe for complete disaster.CB isn’t even close to a top need for the Falcons. Which brings me to my next point...The Falcons already drafted Alford’s replacementYou might be thinking that the Falcons have a void to fill on the outside if Alford gets cut—which seems like a certainty for financial and on-field reasons. You’d be right, but the player to fill that void is already on the roster—Isaiah Oliver, 2018’s second round pick.Oliver struggled early in his rookie season, just like most young CBs, but really started to come on towards the end of the year. He’s very talented and has elite length—I had a first round grade on him—and he has the potential to become a shutdown CB on the outside, particularly against some of the bigger WRs in the NFL. Oliver will be counted on to start in 2019 if the team parts ways with Alford, and I think he’ll acquit himself nicely in a larger role.So Womens Robert Alford Jersey , with Atlanta’s two outside starters locked up in Desmond Trufant—whose deal makes him part of the Falcons future for at least the next several seasons—and Isaiah Oliver, where does CB Greedy Williams play? His size and length make him an ideal outside CB, while his poor run support and tackling would make him a liability in the slot. If the Falcons draft Williams with that 14th pick—over potential starters like OT Dalton Risner and DT Christian Wilkins—where exactly is he going to play?Neither Oliver or Trufant are fits to play the slot—which is where the Falcons actually need to invest a pick, probably early on Day 3 or in free agency. So, would Greedy push one of them to the bench? Is Atlanta really going to take a player in the first round so they can bench either their 2018 second rounder or someone they’re paying $10M+? The answer is no.This is a weak CB class, and Greedy Williams is overratedThis CB class is widely viewed by analysts as being pretty weak at the top. For instance, Isaiah Oliver would probably be CB2 or CB3 this year, depending on your rankings. In a weak class Womens Ryan Schraeder Jersey , players that shouldn’t be considered so highly wind up getting pushed up the board. This happens with QBs all the time—and the results for teams that fall for it are usually not great.Let’s just get right to it: Greedy Williams is overrated, and has been all offseason. I get the hype because of his size and ceiling—the splash plays are there, and the upside of a Patrick Peterson type could be in reach. But Greedy is not physical at all and routinely shies away from contact. Does that sound like a fit in Dan Quinn’s defense? It’s not.I think analysts got used to mocking and seeing Greedy mocked in the top-10 or even top-5, which has always been ludicrous. Now that his stock has faltered, the belief is that he’s “good value” at pick 14. That’s simply not true—Greedy’s stock is probably more realistically in the top-20, and it’s simply correcting itself as more people finish their scouting evaluations.If the Falcons were to take a CB in Round 1—which they still shouldn’t do, mind you—Washington’s Byron Murphy makes a lot more sense. Murphy is much more versatile and consistent, and could wind up being either an outside or slot CB. I think his best fit really could be on the inside http://www.falconsfootballauthentics.com/julio-jones-jersey-authentic , where he might have Chris Harris-like upside. That could fill a pretty significant need with Brian Poole’s future uncertain and give Atlanta a potentially dominant trio of CBs for years to come.In conclusion...There are an abundance of reasons why the Falcons won’t be drafting a CB at pick 14—particularly Greedy Williams. Even if their top targets—players like Ed Oliver and Cody Ford—are gone, the better value is still with players like Dalton Risner and Christian Wilkins. Both fill huge needs and both are still “premium” positions. Heck, I’d even say the need at LB is bigger than CB, and I think Quinn would prefer someone like Devin White over Greedy Williams.If you say “well what about BPA and value?”, then I’d reply that “blind BPA drafting is a farce” and that “draft value is completely subjective and made up”. But that’s a topic for another article.What say you, Falcons faithful? Do you see CB as a legitimate, first round option? Or do you think that Atlanta’s other needs and/or current roster construction pretty much take it out of consideration?

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Early struggles defending the run and lack of pass rush for the entire season were two big reasons the Detroit Lions struggled in 2018. While the Lions made eventually strides in fixing the former problem Womens Michael Roberts Jersey , Detroit will undoubtedly look to improve their ability to rush the quarterback this offseason.Dan Kadar of SB Nation did his best to play armchair general manager with his two-round mock draft on Monday. He took an interesting strategy for the Lions: hit the defensive line twice early in the draft.With the eight overall pick, Kadar slotted Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver to the Lions, a pick that seems to be gaining steam. Oliver is an undersized tackle who had a ton of production at Houston. In three seasons, he racked up a total of 53 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. Though undersized, Oliver is expected to have outstanding athletic numbers at the NFL Combine, naturally leading to some admittedly lazy Aaron Donald comparisons.While defensive tackle doesn’t appear to be a huge need, Oliver would be a good addition if they want to stay young and cheap at the position. Damon Harrison Sr. has already crossed over 30 (and may be seeking a new contract), while A’Shawn Robinson will be entering the final year of his rookie deal. But Kadar didn’t stop there. To help out with Detroit’s edge problem—especially with Ezekiel Ansah’s unknown future with the team Womens LeGarrette Blount Jersey , he selected Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson with the Lions’ second-round pick.“Ferguson is an experienced, technically sound pass rusher who will be an effective player in the NFL, even if he never becomes a superstar,” Kadar explained.We’ve talked about Ferguson a couple times here already. The long and short of the former Bulldog is that he set the D-1 record for sacks in college, but is also pretty disciplined in defending the run. However, he did it mostly against inferior competition, and he didn’t make much of an impression at the Senior Bowl this year. The NFL Combine will be huge for him, as questions remain about his athleticism. Going defensive line with the first two picks makes some sense for this franchise. Their overall defense ranked just 27th in DVOA http://www.detroitlionsteamonline.com/matt-prater-jersey , and often improving in the trenches is the quickest way to get that turned around. Detroit still has other big needs elsewhere—tight end and cornerback spring to mind—but this mock makes a lot of sense. What do you think? As the Detroit Lions announced on Friday, the team will face the Chicago Bears without one key piece of their roster on each side of the ball. On offense, starting right guard T.J. Lang will miss his second game of the season, this time with a neck injury. Defensively, the Lions are without All Pro cornerback Darius Slay, who has been dealing with a knee injury since late last week. In better news, however, rookie running back Kerryon Johnson will play despite being labeled as questionable on this week’s injury report with an ankle injury. Additionally Authentic Kerryon Johnson Jersey , Ezekiel Ansah is active for the second straight week. Last week, the Lions Pro Bowl pass rusher only played in 12 snaps, so we’ll see if his playing time gets bumped up against Chicago.Additionally, Bruce Ellington—signed earlier in the week—is a healthy inactive while he gets acclimated to the Lions’ playbook. As for the Bears, as expected Khalil Mack will make his return this week. Mack had 5.0 sacks and four forced fumbles in his first six games with Chicago before an ankle injury held him out of the two most recent Bears games. Here’s a look at each team’s inactives for Week 10.Detroit LionsCB Darius SlayLB Jalen Reeves-MaybinDE Eli HaroldOG T.J. LangOT Andrew DonnalTE Luke WillsonWR Bruce EllingtonChicago BearsTE Dion SimsWR Kevin WhiteWR Javon WimsDL Nick WilliamsLB Kylie FittsDB Marcus CooperOL Rashaad Coward

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