Mitchell, a fourth-round pick from Georgia in last year’s NFL Draft, caught six passes for 70 yards. Four of his catches went for first downs, including a 12-yard catch on third-and-11 at the Falcons 26-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. Mitchell’s catch kept New England’s drive alive and the Patriots scored two plays later with an 8-yard pass to Danny Amendola to cut Atlanta’s lead to 28-20.
Just as Chris Hogan did in the AFC championship game with a franchise-record 180 receiving yards, Brady continues to make stars out of players who aren’t household names. White and Mitchell are just the latest.
There are anywhere between 64 and 96 quarterback jobs in the NFL every year, depending on how many teams carry a third quarterback, for whatever reason. Backups get signed for all sorts of reasons, and at all ages. Cook was 23 in that Raiders playoff game, Moore 32 with the Dolphins.
Don’t assume, with all of that, Young has no place in the NFL, even with all the rust he has to scrape off. Or with the very short stays he had in Philadelphia, Green Bay and Cleveland (each stay shorter than the last) from 2011 to ‘14.
Or, most important, with the ugly way his time with the Titans ended in 2010 … after a 30-17 record, a playoff trip and two Pro Bowls in 4 1/2 seasons.
Worth noting, as always: The league kept trusting Jeff Fisher, Young’s coach, right up until last year, when the Rams finally made him pay for his chronic mediocrity and poor judgment.
For Young, if the league lets bygones be bygones all these years later, all he has to do is prove he can help a team as a player. If not, there’s nothing he can do in workouts that will get him a ticket back.
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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there were 24 Super Bowl records broken, and seven more tied. Most of the accomplishments belong to Tom Brady, such as most passes attempted in the game (62). There are some smaller records as well, such as most first downs by both teams combined (54).
Stephanie Druley, ESPN’s senior vice president of events and studio production, said Young continues to make football fans “smarter” with his on-air analysis.
Elite Youth Mitchell Trubisky Jersey “Steve is one of the most respected analysts in football and he remains committed to his job at ESPN. His producers and colleagues have noted his work ethic internally, his level of preparation and the effort he brings each week,” Druley said in a statement to SN. “In addition to analyzing ‘Monday Night Football,’ he watches games, actively participates in production meetings and contributes weekly analysis to our studio shows using a camera that ESPN installed in his office. He is one of the veterans of our analyst team and he’s constantly making fans smarter about the game.”
Here are the 15 greatest Combine performances to date.
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Poe became the No. 11 overall pick for the Chiefs by going crazy big man at the Combine. He and his massive frame (6-4, 346 pounds) recorded a 4.98 40-yard dash and a 29.5-inch vertical to go along with a less surprising 44 bench press reps.
Paea already was an intriguing defensive tackle prospect because of the power he showed with his squatty frame (6-1, 303 pounds) at Oregon State. Then he lived up to being pocket Herculean by throwing up 49 bench press reps.
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One of the best centers of his generation is looking for new employment.
Elite Mens Nick Boyle Jersey The Jets released Nick Mangold on Saturday after 11 seasons of manning the middle of the New York offensive line.
It meant a lot to see all the #74 jerseys in the crowd every Sunday, Mangold wrote. Thank you all for a fantastic 11 years!
Mangold is a seven-time Pro Bowler and a two-time first-team All-Pro. He’s 33, but with his pedigree and reputation as a tough, physical mauler, it’s a safe bet that, if Mangold wants to continue playing, he’ll find plenty of suitors as a free agent.
That moment should come for those of us who sat on barstools and stumped for Montana for so long. You can’t blame us. If you’re in your late 30s or early 40s, you watched Montana, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan and, a little later, Barry Bonds dominate in the four major sports. We’ll argue those guys were the best and that the game was better back then. It’s a generational thing, which isn’t a bad thing. There’s just more to it with Brady.
The entertainment value is part of the equation when you attack Gretzky, Jordan and Bonds on a case-by-case basis. You unlock why Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time.
Elite Kids Stefen Wisniewski Jersey Gretzky doesn’t help. He might never be challenged as the greatest hockey player. There’s not much debate there.
Jones is going to be looking for a massive contract in the realm of $17 million-$19 million a year after his third double-digit sack season. The Cardinals gave up a first-round pick for Jones, and it would be hard to see them allowing him to just walk away after that.
Arizona last used the tag in 2012 on Calais Campbell and got a long-term deal done after that. They have been willing to make a few players the highest paid at their positions, so it would not be surprising if a contract gets done after they apply the tag.
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No, I’m not talking about Bryce Harper’s quote after yesterday’s game when he and Hunter Strickland threw down. I’m talking about the people who simply hate Harper for no apparent reason. Let’s overlook the ridiculousness of Strickland waiting THREE YEARS to exact revenge on Harper, because he’s instantly the bad guy in every situation he’s in.
See, if you read closely, what you’ll find is that Harper being disliked because he’s a great player doesn’t fit in any of those categories. And it doesn’t make sense.
I knew from the first inning on, even tough we got seven, I knew that wasn’t going to be enough, no matter who was pitching,Phillies shortstop Larry Bowa told MLB Network in 2011. That wind was howling out.
Kids Harrison Barnes Jersey Nope, seven definitely wasn’t enough. But neither was 22. Not the best showing for those who toed the rubber on either side.
The totals: 45 runs, 11 homers, 10 doubles, two triples and 27 singles and 15 walks. Time of game: 4 hours, 3 minutes.
Fun note: Despite Kingman’s three homers and Schmidt’s two bombs, it was the Cubs’ Bill Buckner who led both teams with seven RBIs.
Kyle Van Noy Mens Jersey The slugfest proved to be an all-time classic, leading MLB Network to name it the 20th greatest game of all time. The nearly 15,000 on hand that day at Wrigley sure got a treat, even though things ended in disappointment for the Chicago faithful.
We knew it was one of those games that you’d look back on when you’re retired and say, ‘That’s an unbelievable game,’said Bowa, who went 5 for 8 with an RBI that day. … Anytime you get a W, it doesn’t matter if you win 23-22 or 2-1. A win’s a win.
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LeGarrette Blount is no longer a Patriot. The New England tailback agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is worth up to $2.8 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Blount is coming off his finest year as a pro. The seven-year veteran ran for a career-high 1,161 yards and led the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 18. The burly back was a boon for New England in short yardage situations, leading a platoon that featured Dion Lewis and Super Bowl superstar James White.
However, he’s also on the wrong side of 30 and could see his efficiency wind down as he piles up the carries. Blount gained just 3.9 yards per carry last fall, a mark ranked 30th among qualified running backs in 2016. It was his lowest per-carry number since the 2012 season, when he lost his starting role with the Buccaneers to then-rookie Doug Martin.
In that game, Freeman had 75 rushing yards and a touchdown, but offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan didn’t call his number in crunch time when the Falcons were clinging to an eight-point lead and in field-goal range in the fourth quarter. He also had a key missed block against Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower that resulted in a sack and forced fumble on quarterback Matt Ryan.
Freeman said he could watch every play from the Super Bowl 10 times, and even for the good plays, he could identify a way to improve his performance.
“So that’s how you get over that stuff,” Freeman said. “You can’t be mad about it if you just get better. It’s good stuff like that happened, because you always have something to improve on.”
Freeman joins his teammates in trying to put that painful loss behind them. He said the goal is to get right back to Super Bowl LII after the 2017 season. The social media jokes might actually slow down if the Falcons could manage to win that one.
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Two of the Bears’ top three receivers from last season, Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal, are gone. But Chicago overhauled its wide receiver room in free agency, and it added so much depth, it might not miss either departed player.
The key, of course, is health. Kevin White has played just four games in two years since the Bears drafted him seventh overall in 2015, and his status remains a mystery. He in theory would be a perfect outside complement to returning No. 1 wideout Cameron Meredith.
Chicago signed Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, Reuben Randle and Victor Cruz this offseason, and each guy is trying to revive his career on his second NFL team. All four will make it tougher for the likes of Deonte Thompson, Josh Bellamy and Daniel Braverman to earn snaps and/or stick on the roster.
No, the Bills’ new regime has not expressed an obvious, long-term commitment to Taylor. But the 27-year-old QB’s status in Buffalo is clear at least for 2017.
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Dennison, beyond his history working with Taylor as quarterbacks coach in Baltimore, is known for his implementation of West Coast Offense principles — nickel-and-dime passing, routes based on timing, ball control, QB options and field-stretching deep throws. Taylor’s last two coordinators, Greg Roman and Anthony Lynn, utilized similar schemes.
In theory, Taylor’s skill set fits perfectly. He’s able to both burn defenses with shots downfield and keep defenders honest with his feet. Dennison has nine years of NFL offensive coordinator experience, and QBs in those nine years have combined to average 7.2 yards per attempt. Taylor’s career average is 7.4, so don’t expect him to be coached out of his comfort zone.
It’s on Taylor to continue to develop in his third year as a starter, which would have been the case regardless of who was hired to coach him. If he fails to do so, Cardale Jones and rookie Nathan Peterman (and, sure, T.J. Yates, whom Dennison coached in Houston) will be waiting to pounce on a possible opportunity.
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Colin Kaepernick might finally be getting closer to his NFL return. Sort of. The former 49ers starter is one of two quarterbacks working out for the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
A 2015 undrafted free agent out of Iowa State, Irving plays a rotational role on Dallas’ defensive line, with an emphasis on rushing the passer. He logged 489 defensive snaps in 2016, recording four sacks, four forced fumbles, and 17 tackles. In Week 6, Irving was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after getting forcing three fumbles and registering a sack against the Green Bay Packers.
Suspensions are nothing new for the Cowboys, who have seen their defensive line take a big hit in recent years. Randy Gregory, a 2015 second-round pick, got a 10-game suspension in 2016 and is currently serving a full one-year ban after failing multiple drug tests. Demarcus Lawrence took a four-game suspension last year, while linebacker Rolando McClain’s career resurgence was cut short by a one-year suspension handed down last season.
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Game Mens Demar Dotson Jersey The Cowboys finished 12-4 in 2016, yet their defense wasn’t always a strong suit. They managed 36 sacks, a middling 13th-most in the league, while ranking 14th in yards allowed per game. Irving actually had the fourth-most sacks on the team, behind Benson Mayowa (six), Maliek Collins (five), and Tyrone Crawford (4.5).
Elite Kids New York Jets Jersey You can see what the best-case scenario for the Browns is if you look past all those jokes tied to the franchise’s brutal past and the Moneyball and Draft Day memes and GIFs lumped in with the present.
General manager Sashi Brown, chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta and coach Hue Jackson are taking an unconventional approach for sure. That’s magnified after Thursday’s bold NBA-style trade with the Houston Texans for Brock Osweiler that netted a 2018 second-round pick and a 2018 sixth-round pick. There’s an exciting plan in place, but that still needs to include Cleveland’s franchise quarterback.
MLB must stop trying to coast on the very outdated notion that the sport is still America’s pastime and that it will always have a special place in the hearts of sports fans. Not only is this nowhere near true anymore, but baseball has long since failed to consistently capture the nation’s sports consciousness the way it did for much of the 20th century.
American sports have evolved. Entertainment in general has evolved. Baseball must evolve, too.
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If you’re wondering how an eight-man batting order would work, it’s pretty simple. Take a random National League game from last season, Dodgers at Giants on June 10. These were the Giants’ first eight hitters:
The Giants’ starter that night was Johnny Cueto, who batted .114/.137/.114 in 2016. He went 0 for 2 against Clayton Kershaw. Under the no-DH, no-pitcher plan, Cueto and Kershaw would just have to worry about pitching, the same as if they were in the American League right now. In the revised batting order, Span would have followed Parker instead of Cueto.
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Montravius Adams will never forget the night of April 28, 2017.
Anderson, 23, was charged with felony resisting arrest with violence as well as misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer, WINZ-AM reported Sunday.
“I just wanted to welcome him to the team, let him know if he has any questions or needs anything in the next few days, I was here for him,” Manning told the Giants’ website. “He responded to that with, ‘Yes, sir.’ I told him we were off to a bad start. Please do not refer to me as ‘sir.’ I appreciate the manners, but we’re teammates. I was always taught the same thing. Anyone older than me, I have to call them sir. But hopefully, we straightened that out.”
Credit to the 22-year-old Webb for starting the relationship with the maximum level of respect. That’s just how they raise ’em in Prosper, Texas.
Three rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft are complete, but there are stil plenty of talented players on the board as the draft shifts to its third and final day.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick in 2000. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was taken in the fourth round last year. Former Broncos running back Terrell Davis was a sixth-round selection in 1995. The Redskins found receiver Pierre Garcon from Division III Mount Union in the sixth round in 2008. Seattle’s Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman and Redskins cornerback Josh Norman were all fifth-round picks.
GM Ozzie Newsome kept up the massive defensive overhaul theme from last year, especially on the edges for the Ravens’ pass rush and coverage. Baltimore’s defense is bound to trend back toward elite, with an upgrade in run blocking becoming the necessary offensive complement (Siragusa). Getting no wideout anywhere, however, was a bit of a whiff.
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And, oh yeah, there’s the man pushing the buttons and crafting the motivation, manager Joe Maddon. He’s technically under contract through 2019, but that’s just a number. He’ll have a job as this team’s manager as long as he wants to keep the job.
Elite Mens Johnathan Hankins Jersey There’s no way we’re spraying champagne without Joe here, Hoyer says. He brought a culture and a belief that, I think, would have been almost impossible to get from a different personality. He’s the right guy at the right time, and we were really fortunate to get him.
Yeah, the Cubs aren’t going anywhere, folks. The new seasons presents new opportunities.
Once that clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, it’s now 2017, Dempster says. You’re no longer a 2016 team even if you have 90 percent of your team back, it’s not the same team. You have different guys. Each club has to stand on its own merit, its own two feet. Those are the challenges.
Specifically, the biggest challenge just might be replacing leadoff man/center fielder Dexter Fowler. He was such a big part of what the Cubs did on the field, and how they approached the game in the clubhouse. Maddon would famously tell Fowler you go, we go in the dugout before every contest. Fowler signed a five-year deal to join the rival Cardinals in the offseason.
While the First Lady had to leave early for another event, the President said, She came and shook hands with every one of these members of the Cubs organization and told a story about what it meant for her to be able to see them win, because she remembers coming home from school and her dad would be watching the Cubs game and the bond and the family and the meaning the Cubs had for her in terms of connecting with her father. … I almost choked up listening to it, and it spoke to how people feel about this organization.
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