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Defensive lineman Quinton Dial on http://www.cheappatriotssale.com/shop-by-players-donta-hightower-jersey-c-1_18.html Tuesday signed with the Green Bay Packers, as first reported by the Sacramento Bee, joining Ahmad Brooks as former 49ers defenders to land with the Cheese Heads.
Dial was released over the weekend while San Francisco trimmed its roster to 53. The decision was somewhat surprising given Dial’s versatility to play three technique and nose tackle along the interior of the new-look 4-3 defensive front.
But Dial didn’t transition well to first-time coordinator Robert Saleh’s one-gapping scheme. Dial was drafted in 2013 to play defensive http://www.dolphinsjerseyofficial.com/shop-by-players-70-jawuan-james-jersey-c-1_32.html end in a 3-4, where defensive linemen are often responsible for plugging two gaps.
The 49ers’ new front office headed by John Lynch went with youth over experience in just about every key decision while making the last round of cuts. Dial is a good example. The team kept at nose tackle free agent addition Earl Mitchell and sixth-round pick D.J. Jones from Mississippi.
And after placing defensive lineman Ronald Blair on injured reserve Sunday, the 49ers signed former Browns defensive tackle Xavier Cooper, who figures to play behind DeForest Buckner at three technique along the interior.
Dial during his four seasons with the 49ers logged 78 tackles and 4.5 sacks while making 32 starts. He’s known best for his ability to stop the run. He Sam Acho Kids Jersey was a fifth-round pick (157 overall) in 2013 after playing at Alabama.
Chaz Green returned to practice Wednesday, working with the first-team offensive line at left guard.
Green has the inside track to that job, but injury http://www.officialbengalssales.com/shop-by-players-adam-jones-jersey-c-1_3.html concerns have derailed him to this point early on in his career. But he’s the best option if he can stay healthy.
“It’s a big week for me,” Green said. “They want me out there at left guard. I’m trying to go out there and take it one play at a time and just get better.”
Green missed his rookie season with a hip injury in 2015, and then was sidelined after four games, including two starts, last year because of foot and back injuries.
Green has battled multiple injuries leading into this season, too, ranging from a shoulder early in training camp to hydration issues that caused cramps to most recently an ankle injury.
But the Cowboys and Green hope those injuries become a thing of the past.
“Everybody knows the history,” Green said. “So this week is big. Hopefully it’s all behind me this year and I can just keep building off each week.”
If Green struggles staying on the field, the http://www.officialbengalsshop.com/shop-by-players-terrance-mitchell-jersey-c-2_119.html Cowboys would turn to veteran Jonathan Cooper at left guard. They also have reserve interior linemen in Joe Looney and Byron Bell on the 53-man roster.
Since the Steelers have to cut their roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday, I’m not going to bore you with a recap or analysis from Thursday http://www.officialbuccaneersshop.com/shop-by-players-bradley-mcdougald-jersey-c-1_6.html night’s 17-14 win at Carolina to close out the preseason.
I’ll analyze what happened in the game while also telling you who I think will be on the 53-man roster and why.
With that, let’s get into it.
Quarterbacks (3): Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Josh Dobbs: Dobbs played his best game of the preseason against the Panthers, going 16-23 for 212 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for the game-winning score. He won’t push Landry Jones for the No. 2 spot this season, but he showed enough progress in this process to show that he can next year.
Running backs (4): Le’Veon Bell, James Conner, Terrell Watson, Roosevelt Nix: Watson consistently outplayed Knile Davis and Fitzgerald Toussaint in this preseason to the point where somebody will sign him to their 53-man roster if the Steelers try to put him on the practice squad. He’s just better than the other guys. The only question is if the Steelers are comfortable with two young runners behind Bell.
Wide receivers (6): Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, JuJu Smith-Shuster, Eli Rogers, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates. The Steelers expect to hear from the league by Saturday’s 4 p.m. cutdown date whether Bryant will be given the OK for this season and expect that he will. I know Justin Hunter made a bit of a statement in the final preseason game, but it was too little, too late for my liking. Plus, he does nothing on special teams. And if Davis is gone, Coates is your kick returner. He and Heyward-Bey are two of the better gunners on the team on punt coverage, as well. Hunter does none of the things you need a No. 5 or 6 WR to do to have value. A trade possibility? Perhaps they can get a seventh-round pick for him. I’ve liked Marcus Tucker all along and he and Demarcus Ayers can head to the practice squad.
Tight ends (4): Jesse James, Vance McDonald, David Johnson, Xavier Grimble: We saw what a little competition can do to a position. The tight ends had their best game of the preseason against the Panthers. Because McDonald could http://www.officialpanthersstore.com/shop-by-players-robert-mcclain-jersey-c-9_79.html take a week or three to get up to speed in the offense, the Steelers will keep all four. All four can contribute on special teams, anyway.
Offensive line (9): Alejandro Villanueva, Ramon Foster, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Marcus Gilbert, B.J. Finney, Chris Hubbard, Matt Feiler, Jerald Hawkins. Finney is the top backup inside and Hubbard can play all five spots in a pinch. Feiler and Hawkins makes it over Brian Mihalik.
Defensive end (5): Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Javon Hargrave, Tyson Alualu, L.T. Walton: Alualu and Walton both can play inside or out and James Harrison could play end in a pinch. Lavon Hooks would be the next guy in line. And look for the Steelers to make a last-ditch effort to get Tuitt extended before the weekend is over.
Linebackers (9): Bud Dupree, T.J. Watt, James Harrison, Anthony Chickillo and Arthur Moats outside; Ryan Shazier, Vince Williams, Tyler Matakevich and L.J. Fort inside: This is a pretty simple cut with Farrington Huguenin sticking around on the practice squad along with Keith Kelsey. Veteran Steven Johnson is a casualty.
Cornerbacks (6): Artie Burns, Joe Haden, Ross Cockrell, Coty Sensabaugh, Mike Hilton, William Gay: Cam Sutton suffered another hamstring injury Thursday night. He’ll likely head to IR for his rookie season. That saves Cockrell or Sensabaugh a spot on the roster. Haden should be ready to start Week 1 since that game is against Cleveland, his former team. Hilton will be the slot corner with Gay playing inside as well when the team goes dime while also serving as the fourth safety.
Safety (4): Mike Mitchell, Sean Davis, Robert Golden, Jordan Dangerfield: Jordan Dangerfield’s ankle injury Thursday night was serious enough that he went straight to the locker room. That’s not good, especially at a position that was already thin. Don’t be surprised if the Steelers look for some help here. But Gay and Hilton also can play Bishop Sankey Authentic Jersey some safety. This also assumes the team feels Mitchell is ready to go for the opener.
Specialists (3): Chris Boswell, Jordan Berry, Colin Holba: The Holba vs. Kameron Canaday battle was a lot closer than many thought it would be. Holba is a little more accurate, while Canaday snaps with a little more velocity. Both can do the job at the NFL level. Could a trade be a possibility?
Eric Winston is on the market.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Saturday the Cincinnati Bengals are parting ways with the veteran tackle and NFL Players Association http://www.ravensshopsofficial.com/shop-by-players-lorenzo-taliaferro-jersey-c-2_14.html president. Winston, 33, has been with the Bengals since 2014. He appeared in 16 games last year, making two starts.
So goes another veteran from a Bengals offensive line that will look far, far different than it did a year ago. Gone are Winston, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and guard Kevin Zeitler.
Getting rid of Winston puts pressure on 2015 second-round pick Jake Fisher, who the Bengals are hoping can finally anchor the right tackle spot opposite 2015 first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi. With expectations for Cincinnati's offense on the rise for 2017, their offensive line remains a reality check. Will it be good enough to help coordinator Ken Zampese run the type of high-flying, downfield offense he wants to?
Here's a rundown of other notable players who were released or moved by their respective teams on NFL cutdown day:
1. The Seattle Seahawks were very active on cutdown day. The team waived quarterback Trevone Boykin, running back Alex Collins, running back Mike Davis and promising wideout Kasen Williams. They also cut veteran linebacker Mike Morgan, fullback Marcel Reese and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin.
With Boykin out, that leaves Austin Davis as the backup quarterback in Seattle.
2. The Indianapolis Colts traded wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to the New England Patriots for quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
The Colts also have parted ways with linebackers Akeem Ayers and Sean Spence and placed safety Clayton Geathers on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
3. The Carolina Panthers have cut punter Andy Lee and are fielding trade calls for veteran kicker Graham Gano. The Panthers acquired Lee in a trade with Cleveland in 2016 in which they sent the Browns a 2018 fourth-round pick. Carolina also http://www.billsshopofficial.com/shop-by-players-duke-williams-jersey-c-1_19.html cut quarterbacks Joe Webb and Garrett Gilbert.
4.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived running back Jeremy McNichols. The Bucs drafted McNichols in the fifth round in the 2017 draft. The Bucs also waived/injured backup quarterback Sefo Liufau.
5. The Chicago Bears officialyy cut kicker Roberto Aguayo, wide receiver Tanner Gentry and defensive lineman Jaye Howard. Chicago also waived/injured quarterback Connor Shaw.
In an unexpected move, the Bears moved linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee) off of the physically unable to perform list and onto the active toster.
6. The Denver Broncos announced Saturday night that they have agreed to terms with former Texans (and Broncos) quarterback Brock Osweiler on a one-year deal. Osweiler was released by the Browns on Friday after joining the team via trade from Houston in the offseason. Rapoport reported that Osweiler will sign a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, pending a physical. Cleveland will pick up the rest of his guaranted $16 million salary.
Denver also released former Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward. Denver also cut running backs Stevan Ridley and Juwan Thompson.
Broncos EVP and general manager John Elway told reporters that Shane Ray will be placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. The linebacker tore a ligament in his hand in July and originally was looking to return by Week 3. Now, he'll have to wait until Denver's Week 8 Monday night matchup with the division-rival Chiefs.
7. The New York Giants have cut quarterback Josh Johnson, meaning Geno Smith has won the competition to be Eli Manning's backup. Big Blue also released tight end Will Tye and placed linebacker Mark Herzlich on injured reserve.
Plus, more kicker news! The Giants are parting ways with veteran Mike Nugent, per Garafolo.
8. The Houston Texans cut linebacker Sio Moore, kicker Nick Novak and backup quarterback Brandon Weeden. Ka'imi Fairbairn will be Houston's starting kicker.
The Texans also offensive lineman Captain Munnerlyn Womens Jersey David Quessenberry. He fought back to the field after battling cancer. If he clears waivers he can rejoin the team via the practice squad.
9.As anticipated, the Washington Redskins released running back Matt Jones and released safety Will Blackmon. The Redskins also traded tight end Derek Carrier to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round pick.
The Miami Dolphins have made a fully http://www.officialpatriotsonline.com/shop-by-players-andre-tippett-jersey-c-2_3.html expected roster move on Monday, placing injured guard Ted Larsen on injured reserve. The veteran offensive lineman tore his biceps muscle earlier this summer, an injury that is expected to keep Larsen out of action for at least the first few months of the season. In order for the team to place Larsen on injured reserve and have the ability to bring him back later in the year, he had to make the 53-man roster, which was “finalized” on Saturday.
Now that he made the roster, Miami made the move to place him on injured reserve, then bring back another player who is expected to have an important role this year. Sam Young, a sixth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2010, spent last season with the Dolphins, starting one game along with seven other appearances during the year. This summer, he has worked as the team’s swing tackle, playing the reserve role for both right tackle Ja’Wuan James and left tackle Laremy Tunsil.
Young was seen as a surprise release when http://www.authentic49ersshop.com/shop-by-players-antoine-bethea-jersey-c-1_6.html the Dolphins made their roster cuts on Saturday. However, he likely was the safe release, as he would not have to go through the waiver process due to being a veteran of the league, and Miami could inform him that they would re-sign him as soon as the Larsen to IR move was completed.
Young should resume his role as the swing tackle.
Welcome to the Fake Teams’ fantasy football http://www.authenticcowboysstore.com/shop-by-players-barry-church-jersey-c-2_36.html mailbag. This week we’re talking who to start vs. who to sit in Week 1.
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Q: I’ve got Alshon Jeffery currently in my flex but I’m seeing a lot of people question his value vs Josh Norman. My bench: Pierre Garcon, Danny Amendola & Brandon LaFell. Do I start one of these guys or stick it out with Jeffery?
— Tim F.
Right off the bat, bench Jeffery. I do not like him this week vs. Josh Norman, especially since it’ll be his first real game with the Eagles and Carson Wentz. (Side note: I do really like Zach Ertz this week).
As for who to replace him with, I like Pierre Garcon best of those options. I’m trusting the Kyle Shanahan system which gave rise to Garcon’s best statistical season. I think Garcon is going to receive the plenty of targets and will have ample opportunity to make a fantasy impact. Plus, I’m starting him in one of my leagues so let’s hope together he does the trick.
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— Becca G.
Oh hi fiancée, thanks for tuning in. I think your lineup is fine as is. I really like Kareem Hunt but I don’t know if I’m benching either of those three to get him in the lineup. If you were to drop one, I’d say maybe Keenan Allen since he’s going up against the Broncos defense. But that’s a risk you’d have to take. For my own personal ways, I’m staying put.
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And then, starting in 2014, things turned around, and the pitcher with formerly underwhelming results suddenly began to post earned run averages which were superior to his fielding-independent pitching and other similar peripheral statistics.
But in 2017, Lance Lynn has taken the concept of a FIP-beater, a pitcher whose ERA is superior to what his strikeouts, walks, and home runs allowed suggest it should be, to extreme levels which most baseball fans have never seen.
In his start last Saturday against the San Francisco Giants, Lance Lynn threw eight shutout innings in which he allowed just one hit. Conventional wisdom suggests that Lynn had been absolutely dominant, but at one point, Lynn had walked four batters while striking out zero. At that point, Lance Lynn’s FIP on the day stood at 5.02, implying a mediocre-to-bad start rather than one in which he had not allowed a run. While Lynn did rehabilitate his FIP a bit with four strikeouts in his final five batters faced, his decent 3.63 FIP was no http://www.authenticdolphinsjerseys.com/shop-by-players-walt-aikens-jersey-c-1_49.html match for his dominant 0.00 ERA.
This has been the tale of Lance Lynn’s 2017—following what was his 28th start of the season, Lynn’s ERA fell below three, standing at 2.99 on the season, while his FIP is now a much more mediocre 4.71. And while Gio Gonzalez, a Cy Young candidate for the Washington Nationals, and Ervin Santana, a surprising comeback story for the Minnesota Twins, have arguably been bigger national stories for exceeding expectations not only generated by lesser FIPs but also by lesser expectations at this point in their careers, it is Lynn whose -1.73 ERA-FIP differential is the strongest negative differential in baseball among qualified pitchers.
The graduation bug is something every http://www.authenticpackerssale.com/shop-by-players-87-jordy-nelson-jersey-c-1_39.html varsity team has to deal with, and the Hillsborough High School football team is no different. The Raiders lost several key players to graduation, but the luxury they have is not only a strong returning class – especially among its skill position guys -- but one featuring several key players entering their third season as varsity starters. It gives a team that was on the brink last season a leg up in its quest to unseat powerhouse Bridgewater-Raritan in the Delaware Division, as well putting Hillsborough in fantastic shape to make some serious noise in the Central Group IV Tournament after a first-round exit a year ago.
Led by six three-year starters in seniors Jackson Parham, Charles Amankwaa, Jack Edwards, Ryan Wheaton, Tyler Boatwright and JR Metallo, who is two-year starter at linebacker and four-year varsity kicker, the Raiders are focused, as the strong veteran leadership mixes with some promising newcomers, and, by all accounts, the results have shown in camp.
“We have as many good players as I can ever remember us having,” said head coach Kevin Carty Jr., who is beginning his seventh season at the Hillsborough helm. “They’re good kids, they have experience and I’m excited to get started. I have not had a more enjoyable training camp than this one. The guys are really locked in, they know what we want from them, they know how to practice, and they know team stuff so we can build on other things.”
“Last year we thought we should have gone further than we did, so this year, with so many guys returning at the skill positions, we definitely http://www.authenticpatriotsstore.com/shop-by-players-jason-jones-jersey-c-1_23.html think we’re going to go far,” said Parham, whose team finished 6-4 last season, falling at Old Bridge in the opening round of the Central Group V playoffs. “Our confidence is above and beyond right now. We’re trusting in everyone doing their jobs and believing in each other that we’re going to do what we need to do to win the game. Also, just trusting the coaching staff. We have great coaches on the team and they put us in a great position (to succeed) and it’s our job to buy into what they’re saying. And in camp, it’s showing.”
general manager Tom Telesco stood outside http://www.cheapdolphinsonline.com/shop-by-players-kenyan-drake-jersey-c-1_31.html the door of the visiting locker room at Levi’s Stadium and thanked every player and coach after they had completed their final preseason game Thursday night against San Francisco.
It’s a ritual he undertakes after every game — an opportunity to thank the players who just tried to enact his vision on the football field. It was a nice moment, but some heavier drama lay ahead.
Saturday, Telesco will say goodbye to more than 30 of those hands he shook when the Chargers trim their roster to 53.
To project the final roster, consider the puzzle Telesco faces. Filling out a team requires scrutinization of salaries, positional balance, injury recovery times and at dozens of other factors.
Then there’s the issue of the practice squad — a group of 10 players, primarily rookies and undrafted free agents. To sign a player to the practice squad, he must clear waivers, which gives every other team a chance to add him to their 53-man roster first.
And, in an even crueler twist to those players on the bubble, you can make the team Saturday and quickly find yourself waived by Sunday. With more than 1,000 players set to become free agents Saturday, Telesco and his staff will be on the lookout for players who might fit the roster better than the ones who survived final cuts.
Then in Week 2, the Chargers will need to clear a spot when defensive lineman Tenny Palepoi returns from suspension, leading to another cut. And, they’ll http://www.dolphinsjerseyofficial.com/shop-by-players-83-mark-clayton-jersey-c-1_38.html have to do it again when Max Tuerk comes back in Week 5 if they want Tuerk on the active roster.
It’s a puzzle that’s never fully solved, with the pieces constantly changing. And it’s nearly impossible to put it together, but here’s a projected 53-man roster:
Quarterback (3): Philip Rivers, Kellen Clemens, Cardale Jones. Running back (4): Melvin Gordon, Branden Oliver, Austin Ekeler, Kenjon Barner. Fullback (1): Derek Watt. Wide receiver (5): Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, Geremy Davis. Tight end (4): Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry, Sean Culkin, Jeff Cumberland. Offensive line (8): Russell Okung, Matt Slauson, Spencer Pulley, Kenny Wiggins, Joe Barksdale, Chris Hairston, Dan Feeney, Tyreek Burwell.
Redskins' Terrelle Pryor struggling in preseason
Terrelle Pryor made a surprising http://www.newjersey1861.com/paul-perkins-jersey-c-1_38.html move in the offseason, leaving the Browns to sign a one-year deal with the Redskins.
But three preseason games into his career in Washington, Pryor has just two catches for 28 yards. He also has three drops.
Preseason stats mean almost nothing. But he is expected to be a go-to target for Kirk Cousins. Washington’s QB blamed himself for Pryor’s drops after Sunday’s 23-17 win vs. the Bengals.
Pryor has made some impressive plays in training camp, including the one above.
Although he didn’t catch the pass in bounds.
Panthers' Curtis Samuel makes long-awaited preseason debut
Panthers’ rookie Curtis Samuel has had problems staying healthy during training camp. But he finally got to step onto an NFL field for the first time on Thursday.
He caught four passes for 15 yards as he transitions to being a full-time receiver.
Having Samuel in the lineup gives Cam Newton, if http://www.officialpiratessale.com/jungho-kang-jersey-c-1_12.html healthy, a speedy playmaker to complement tall receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess.
Samuel did admit after the game that he has work to do to get his conditioning up to NFL level.
Steelers' Ryan Shazier gets a pick in 2017 preseason debut
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been battling hamstring issues throughout training camp.
But he came back to the field on Saturday vs. the Colts and made an immediate impact with an interception early in the second quarter.
In the last of a six-part fantasy football http://www.officialredsprostore.com/ken-griffey-jersey-c-1_27.html draft preview series, The Post identifies undervalued draft-day bargains. Next week: Fantasy Insanity moves to Saturday for the regular season.
There are some questions you get asked over and over to the point of annoyance: Are we there yet? Did you do the dishes? Why is there a charge from the adult toy store on your credit card?
You hear them so often, they echo in your mind like the chorus to a Rick Astley song, slowly driving you mad. Come fantasy draft season, there is a question that serves as the constant background noise throughout the weeks leading up to the season’s kickoff: Who are your sleepers?
Sleepers used to be those players available deep in drafts who others weren’t familiar with or had forgotten. Now, fantasy advice and information available in abundance from online to radio and TV to your uncle’s weekly Facebook status http://www.officialredssale.com/mat-latos-jersey-c-1_24.html update. Every player is someone’s sleeper, making no player a true sleeper.
It is an outdated moniker the Madman no longer embraces. Instead, we prefer “undervalued.” These are the high-upside guys who could make a splash and cost virtually nothing in draft capital. Same principle, but without insinuation of exclusivity.
Let’s start with running backs. …
Now that we’re done there …
Wait, we didn’t mention anyone, you say? Well, that’s because RBs are in such limited supply, the undervalued guys get eaten up quickly. All you’re left with a backups dependent primarily on an injury to the starter, and forecasting injuries makes predicting the weather look like a sunny proposition. Nope, we skip right to wide receivers.
Curtis Samuel is a receiver by name, but owns a skillset similar to running back and fellow Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey, though Samuel gets none of the love. Samuel has an immediate role to fill after the offseason departure of Ted Ginn. McCaffrey’s role, for fantasy purposes, requires either an injury to starter Randy Johnson Youth Jersey Jonathan Stewart or a dramatic new shift in an offense that hasn’t utilized RBs heavily in the passing game. McCaffrey is being overvalued, but Samuel quite the opposite. A late-round flyer in leagues of 12 or more teams is not a bad idea.
So we are finally here, to the point every NFL http://www.texansprosale.com/nick-novak-jersey-c-1_46.html fan longs for during the needlessly long preseason. Here are 10 questions the Carolina Panthers need to answer for themselves – and their fans – on Opening Day starting at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday in California when they play the San Francisco 49ers.
1. Is Cam Newton’s arm sound?
The surgically repaired shoulder appeared to be OK this week in practice, but Newton has barely taken his golden right arm out for a test drive all through August. I have no doubt he will stay in the game and try to make every throw Sunday. “No limits,” head coach Ron Rivera has decreed. But will Newton’s arm hold up for that – not only Sunday, but for the season? And can he shake off the rust and get the ball out of his hands quickly and effectively enough to avoid the poundings he so often takes?
2. Is the offensive line sturdy?
Nowhere did the Panthers falter more in the drop from 15-1 in 2015 to 6-10 in 2016 than on the O-line, where everything begins on every offensive play. The biggest thing to watch is whether Matt Kalil will get it done at left tackle.
But I also wonder about older brother Ryan. The Pro http://www.cinemakolik.com/christian-mccaffrey-jersey-c-1_2.html Bowl center barely played in the preseason and is essential.
3. Does the defensive backfield still have big issues?
Brian Hoyer is not Drew Brees or Tom Brady, whom the Panthers will face in Weeks 3 and 4, respectively. But he’s not bad, either. In 200 throws with Chicago last season, Hoyer had six TD passes and zero interceptions.
BALTIMORE — “So hopefully, I’ll steal a few http://www.dusenadup.com/scott-simonson-jersey-c-1_15.html more bases for him here down the stretch,” Brett Gardner said Thursday morning. “Just play like my hair’s on fire.”
Then the Yankees’ leadoff hitter went out and put together the sort of day Joe Girardi called “a Stick special.”
If you want to know the impact Gene Michael had on the most storied organization in professional sports, all you needed to do was watch the Yankees’ 9-1 thumping of the Orioles on Thursday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and then listen to them honor their fallen guru. Gardner, the longest-tenured active Yankee, contributed a single, double, two walks — and yes, a stolen base — from the leadoff spot to help the team record its first series victory over the O’s in Baltimore since September 2013.
“I’m sure he would’ve liked that,” Gardner said. “… That’s my job at the top of the lineup: Get on base. Sometimes I do a pretty decent job of that and sometimes I’m inconsistent. So today was a good day.”
It will go down as a very sad day, though, as Michael, who was still an active member of the Yankees’ brain trust, suffered a fatal heart attack in the morning. By 1:39 p.m., when the Orioles’ Kevin Gausman threw the first pitch, a called strike to Gardner, the Yankees’ road grays had been outfitted with black armbands on their left sleeves; I hope they eventually add a “Stick” patch, but this marked a fitting tribute on such short notice.
And then Gardner fouled a pitch off to fall behind, 0-and-2, and fouled two more pitches, and he looked at four straight balls for the earned free pass. One out later, he swiped second on a 2-and-2 pitch to Starlin Castro. The next batter, Didi Gregorius, scored Gardner with a two-out double down the first-base line. Aaron Judge followed with his 39th homer of the season, a 420-foot blast to the bleachers in right-center field.
“That’s what Stick liked. He liked seeing a lot of pitches and then hitting home runs,” Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson said. “That was his recipe for success. That was kind of fitting.”
These Yankees, now 3 ¹/₂ games behind the Red Sox in the American League East race, carry Stick’s imprint, even though he stepped down as general manager over 20 years ago. On-base percentage and the personality to handle New http://www.hl-sapporo.com/andy-lee-jersey-c-1_24.html York remain essential to the Yankees’ success profile. And Michael spent enough time around the team, particularly during spring training, that he knew many of the current players.
“I knew Stick a little bit,” Judge said. “He did absolutely everything for this organization. Every time I saw him, he always had a smile on his face. He always welcomed me and gave me a little tip here and there, things like that. It’s pretty sad news.”
Michael wanted Gardner to “probably run a little more often, steal a few more bases,” the outfielder said, which prompted him to make his pregame pledge. He didn’t steal any more bases for the rest of the day, as the Yankees built up quite a lead, and O’s manager Buck Showalter, who credits Stick for giving him a chance to manage the Yankees 25 years ago, eventually lifted his regulars to concede the loss. Yet with three more times on base, particularly his hustle double in the fourth on a flare to left, he sure looked like a man whose hair — or, in Gardner’s case, his shaved head — was on fire.
“He’s meant so much to this organization,” Girardi said of Michael. “He’s done a great job of scouting players, managing players, acquiring players. Just a sounding board for all of us. We thought about him a lot.”
Stick would’ve loved this one, agreed. What Daeshon Hall Kids Jersey better way to honor his memory than to produce plenty more wins like this one?
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Depending on your personality, you'll have to grab some tissues after you see the Texans' video, or you'll be ready to run through a brick wall.
"This is our city," Texans linebacker Brian Cushing says in the video. "Houston, you have a whole team, you have a whole city behind you, you have a whole world behind you. I just want you to know that we're with you."
Then, coach Bill O'Brien closes the video with the kicker:
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Decisions on placekickers and backup quarterbacks http://www.officialredsprostore.com/billy-hamilton-jersey-c-1_14.html dominated Saturday's round of NFL moves as the league went to one day of cuts.
Lots of established players such as Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali, Minnesota defensive linemen Sharrif Floyd and Datone Jones, New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich and Chicago defensive end Lamarr Houston and wide receiver Cam Meredith wound up on injured reserve.
Out on the street, at least for now, were the likes of safety T.J. Ward, sent packing by Denver; receiver Victor Cruz, released by Chicago; running back C.J. Spiller, out in Kansas City; three-time All-Pro punter Andy Lee, set free by Carolina; WR-KR Josh Huff, gone from Tampa Bay; running back Matt Jones and safety Will Blackmon, gone from Washington; quarterback Kellen Clemens, released by the Chargers; WR Jeremy Kerley, released by San Francisco; guard Alex Boone, out in Minnesota; and players' union president Eric Winston, an offensive lineman let go by Cincinnati.
Among the placekickers winning competitions were Giants rookie Aldrick Rosas over veteran Mike Nugent; Zane Gonzalez, a seventh-round pick, over Cody Parkey in Cleveland; undrafted free agent Younghoe Koo over Josh Lambo with the Chargers; and perhaps seventh-rounder Harrison Butker because Carolina is fielding trade calls for Graham Gano and kept two kickers on the roster.
Geno Smith won the job behind QB Eli Manning with the Giants. Rookie Cooper Rush is the guy behind 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott for the Cowboys because Luke McCown and Kellen Moore were released. Veteran Matt Schaub beat out another vet, Matt Simms, to hold the clipboard in Atlanta. Colt McCoy will be staying with the Redskins to back up Kirk Cousins because Nate Sudfeld was cut.
The Eagles are going with two quarterbacks after releasing Matt McGloin and Dane Evans, even though backup Nick Foles didn't play in the preseason because of an elbow injury.
Derek Anderson will back up Cam Newton in http://www.officialredssale.com/chris-sabo-jersey-c-1_27.html Carolina with Joe Webb being cut.
Anybody up for some trades? How about the archrival Browns and Steelers dealing with each other?
Pittsburgh sent wide receiver Sammie Coates to Cleveland, where the 2015 third-round pick will get a chance to revive his career. The Steelers also sent a seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft to Cleveland in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2018.
Coates caught 22 passes for 446 yards and two touchdowns across two seasons in Pittsburgh. He appeared headed for a breakout year in 2016, making at least one reception of 40 yards or more in each of Pittsburgh's first five games before injuring two fingers following a 139-yard performance against the New York Jets.
Coates was never the same.
New England, minus top wideout Julian Edelman for the season, got 2015 first-round receiver Phillip Dorsett from Indianapolis for third-string QB Jacoby Brissett. The Colts have uncertainty about the health of Andrew Luck (shoulder).
The Patriots also acquired CB Johnson Bademosi from Detroit for an undisclosed pick, and DE Cassius Marsh from Seattle, also for undisclosed draft selections.
Baltimore was busy, getting offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom from Arizona for a conditional seventh-round pick and center Luke Bowanko from Jacksonville for an undisclosed draft pick.
Seattle also added some blocking help when it obtained offensive lineman Isaiah Battle from Kansas City for a conditional pick.
Carolina acquired CB Kevon Seymour from Buffalo for WR Kaelin Clay and a 2019 seventh-round draft pick. Another DB on the move was Bene Benwikere, who went to Dallas for a conditional 2019 sixth-rounder. And the Giants got Jorge Posada Womens Jersey CB Ross Cockrell from Pittsburgh for a conditional 2018 pick.
Tight end Derek Carrier went from the Redskins to the Rams for a 2018 seventh-rounder.
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Born in Philadelphia, she had been a resident of Langhorne, North Cape May and Sun City West, Ariz.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Johnson. She is survived by her children, her son, Barry Johnson and wife, Arlene (Caraccio); her daughter, Kathy Rohrer and husband, Edward Rohrer; six grandchildren, Kate Rohrer (Ryan McLoughlin), Matthew Johnson, Melissa Johnson (Aaron Saliba), Andrew Rohrer, Morgan Johnson, and Kevin Johnson; great grandchildren, Oliver Rohe McLoughlin, Sophia Louise Rohrer and Olivia Grace Saliba. She also is survived by her loving sister, Marjorie Neuber; brothers-in-law, Howard Neuber, Charles Johnson, Robert Johnson, Paul Hedges; and sisters-in-law, Delores Hedges (Johnson), Florence Johnson and Ethel Johnson; along with many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy's life celebration will be held Friday, Oct. 6, at Langhorne Presbyterian Church, Bellevue and Gillam Avenues, where the family will http://www.dusenadup.com/mike-adams-jersey-c-1_37.html be available for greeting at 4:30 p.m. and a service of celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Revolve Church, P.O. Box 1125, North Cape May, NJ 08024 or West Valley Bible Church (Liberty Center), 13939 Grand Ave., Surprise, AZ 85374.
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Didi Gregorius plays with style — from his http://www.hl-sapporo.com/greg-olsen-jersey-c-1_27.html sweet lefty swing to his slick glovework to his rocket throwing arm.
He’s got plenty of style off the field, too.
In fact, there's little doubt in the Yankees shortstop's mind that he's one of the best-dressed players on the team.
“(It’s) me and Castro," Gregorius told the Daily News, referring to his double-play partner, second baseman Starlin Castro. "It’s not flashy stuff, but we like matching. That’s the best part — matching colors. It’s just something different.”
He’s something of an authority on the matter, considering he’s one of the newest faces of Banana Republic. Gregorius, 27, recently launched a partnership with the clothing company and joined its first Men’s Style Council of fashion ambassadors, which also includes Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Portland Trailblazers guard C.J. McCollum and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.
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The Netherlands-born infielder is batting a robust .302 with 19 home runs — one shy of his career-high — and 60 RBI this season, all while regularly hitting in the middle of the Yankees order. His number 18 jersey has become a staple within the Yankee Stadium crowd.
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback http://www.ky-oo32.com/derek-anderson-jersey-c-1_31.html Tony Romo is calling his first game at CBS' No. 1 analyst replacing Phil Simms.
Simms is now on the pregame show, which led to an awkward interview between Simms and Romo on Sunday morning.
Said Simms: "Hey Tony, how are you doing? How does that seat feel?"
Romo: "Hey Phil, great to hear your voice there."
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UPDATE: The early reviews are very good for Romo.
SportsDay's Barry Horn weighd in, writing that, while Romo is very green, Simms simply needed to go.
Happ singled and scored in the first, and Javier http://www.yadeos.com/curtis-samuel-jersey-c-1_20.html Baez hit a leadoff double in the second and came home on Rene Rivera's sacrifice bunt. Jason Heyward singled and was driven in by pitcher Jon Lester's double in the fourth. Baez and Heyward then drove in Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist with back-to-back singles in the fifth.
Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (7-6) lasted just 4 2/3 innings while giving up six runs and 11 hits. Taillon struck out three.
Lester (10-7) worked around traffic in his first four innings but settled down to go six innings with one run and five hits allowed. He struck out five and walked four.
Almora's two-run shot scored Rizzo and came off reliever Angel Sanchez.
Happ also threw out a runner at home from center field. The rookie charged in on Taillon's grounder and cut down Jordy Mercer to end the second inning.
Rookies Josh Bell and Jordan Luplow each had RBIs for the Pirates, who had eight hits but left 11 men on base.
The start of the game was delayed 52 minutes by rain and was played through scattered showers throughout.
The teams split the four-game series in http://www.arimtex.com/jacoby-ellsbury-jersey-c-1_32.html Pittsburgh, with NL Central-leading Chicago taking the overall season series, 10-9.
Cubs: C Willson Contreras made his first rehab appearance since straining his right hamstring. He went 0 for 2 with a strikeout and caught two innings with Class A Myrtle Beach.
Pirates: RHP George Kontos (strained right groin) was activated from the 10-day disabled list. The team expects to activate OF Gregory Polanco (left hamstring strain) and INF/OF Adam Frazier (right hamstring strain) on Friday.
Cubs: John Lackey (11-10, 4.74 ERA) will begin a three-game series with Milwaukee. He's 6-1 with a 3.83 ERA since the All-Star break.
Pirates: Trevor Williams (6-7, 4.14) starts a series in St. Louis. In his last three starts, he's given up just two runs.
We are one week into the college football http://www.newjersey1861.com/michael-strahan-jersey-c-1_51.html season and it feels great. Between UCLA pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the sport, Virginia Tech and Tennessee putting up defensive stands at the last second, and all of the glorious fun that occurred on Saturday, we had a pretty awesome Week 1.
The best part? Week 2 is going to be even better. We have four games with potential playoff consequences, a couple rivalry matchups, and a whole lot of teams getting their first real tests of the season. The first week of the season is for sitting on the couch in a daze and smiling all weekend because football is finally back. The second week is for hunkering down and realizing that this is going to be a long, hard season.
Here are college football’s studs and duds to watch out for on Saturday.
Let’s talk about Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson for a second. Last year’s Heisman winner is an absolute freak of nature and we got him on full display Saturday night against Purdue. With the Cardinals facing a potential disaster in a game they were expected to win easily, Jackson threw for 378 yards and two touchdowns — one of them being the go-ahead score. He also rushed for an additional 107 yards, meaning that he accounted for an absurd 485 yards out of Louisville’s 524 in the entire game. This week, Jackson goes on the road against a North Carolina team which gave up 35 in a loss to California on Saturday. That UNC-Cal game started at 9:00 am PT and the Golden Bears moved the ball at will. It seems fair to say Jackson will be fine.
Dud: South Florida
South Florida came into the year hoping to be the Group of Five’s representative in a New Year’s Six bowl game. Although the Bulls are 2-0, neither win looked good. They struggled through the first half on the road at San Jose State two weeks ago, then came home and let FCS Stony Brook hang with them. Despite this, USF was able to stay in the top 25. That may not be for long. They have their first AAC game this week, traveling to UConn. On paper, this is a game they should win fairly easily, but so were the last two. Consider Charlie Strong’s Bulls to be on upset watch.
The Nittany Lions have yet to beat the Pittsburgh Panthers in the 21st century, mostly because the rivalry was on hiatus from 2001-2015. However, Penn http://www.officialpiratessale.com/starling-marte-jersey-c-1_15.html State dropped a close one in the renewal last year and now the game returns to State College. Expect the nation’s most-dynamic offensive team to have a chip on its shoulder. Pitt struggled to handle FCS Youngstown State last week and transfer quarterback Max Browne didn’t look to be cut from the same cloth as Nathan Peterman. We could see a blowout here as Penn State tries to further assert itself in the national championship conversation.
Dud: Michigan State
Here’s something we learned last week: Western Michigan doesn’t seem to be much worse after the departures of head coach P.J. Fleck and wide receiver Corey Davis. The Broncos gave playoff hopeful USC a game at the L.A. Coliseum and now travel to East Lansing looking for a statement win. Michigan State handled Bowling Green easily in Week 1, but the Spartans still have a long way to go before they hit relevancy again. This is a beatable team, even at home. This could be a close one. Don’t be surprised if Western Michigan replaces USF in the top-25 by the week’s end, with a win.
Stud: Butch Jones, head coach, Tennessee
On Monday night against Georgia Tech, Jones did what he had to do. Only barely — Tennessee needed a stop on a two-point conversion in double overtime — but a win is a win. The embattled head coach will be back on the hot seat at some point this year, but he can rest easy this week. The Vols welcome the Sycamores of Indiana State to Neyland Stadium in a game that should be over in the first half. Perhaps Jones Joe Morgan Youth Jersey can even address the quarterback dilemma by getting redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano some reps without worrying about the game itself. That could buy him goodwill going into a high-stress matchup in the Swamp against the Florida Gators. However, a rivalry loss will likely restart the rumor mill all over again.