Monthly Archives: June 2017

Former Falcons QB Michael Vick wants to coach in NFL to chase elusive title

Michael Vick was never able to win a Super Bowl in his decorated career, but he hopes to change that in retirement.

The former Falcons quarterback was on Adam Schefter’s “Know Them From Adam” podcast and said he hopes to become a coach one day. The 36-year-old wants to help develop fellow players at his position and hopefully help lead them to the title that eluded him.

“I would love to coach in the National Football League one day. At some point, I’d definitely love to help work with young quarterbacks and develop them and still compete, you know, with the team and with the coaches.

Sports Illustrated and MMQB reporter Andy Benoit sparked outrage among many with a couple of tweets Wednesday morning claiming there are 15 NFL backup quarterbacks better than Kaepernick. Deadspin columnist Drew Magary responded with venom in a column entitled, “The NFL machine has finally beaten Colin Kaepernick.”

“F— you, Andy. … Benoit is clearly an idiot, but what’s dismaying here is that his idiocy is in lockstep with the rest of the NFL,” Magary wrote.

The Bengals drafted Joe Mixon. They just signed him to his rookie NFL contract. Although the backlash over the controversial rookie running back has just begun, there’s only way for the Bengals to tone it down: Don’t shy away from it.

So far, thanks to TMZ, Mixon’s most public appearance of his Cheap Softball Jerseys For Girls first offseason in Cincinnati has been at a Future concert with current teammate Cheap Stitched Jerseys Adam Jones.

A picture with the former “Pacman” may not be the best look, given Jones’ own, different off-field troubles. When the Bengals announced Mixon as their second-round pick, he was naturally, immediately and correctly lumped in with Jones, Vontaze Burfict and others: players who might not have got that opportunity to play with other franchises around the league.

Former Bills WR James Hardy found dead in Indiana river

The body of former Bills wide receiver James Hardy III was discovered Wednesday in a river in Indiana. He was 31.

Fort Wayne NBC first reported Thursday that a water-plant worker noticed a pungent smell coming from a dam and discovered the body trapped in a log jam. The Allen County, Ind., coroner’s office identified Hardy’s body Thursday, though the coroner’s office is still investigating the cause and time of death.

Hardy’s family had reported him missing on May 30, according to TMZ Sports.

We have released wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

“These decisions are never easy, especially with a player like Jeremy who I’ve grown close with on and off the football field over the years,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in the release. “I have a lot of respect for the way he goes about his business and how he handles himself as a professional. I wish him the best of luck moving forward.”

Since Maclin was cut after June 1, the move saves $10 million in cap space. Maclin, in the third year of a five-year deal signed with Kansas City in 2015, was set to make $9.75 million in base salary for the 2017 season, with a $250,000 workout bonus. He was set to make a combined $21.5 million in base salary over the 2018 and ’19 seasons.

In two seasons, Maclin caught 131 passes for 1,624 Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys yards and 10 touchdowns. His 2016 totals (44 receptions, 536 yards and two touchdowns) were all career-lows. He Denver Broncos Cheap Jerseys played in and started 12 games in 2016. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2014, making 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. That came a year after he suffered an ACL tear in 2013, costing him the entire season.

Atlanta had two good cornerbacks in Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford

Marcus Mariota has all the tools to become an elite NFL quarterback, and the Titans gave him some much-needed backup in the draft by adding prolific Western Michigan wideout Corey Davis with the No. 5 overall pick. They also shored up the beleaguered secondary. Free agent acquisitions Logan Ryan and Johnathan Cyprien should make an immediate impact, and Adoree’ Jackson is the kind of rookie the team can build on.

Washington gave up 4.6 yards per rush last season — a mark that ranked 26th in the league. Adding a pair of burly run-stoppers in Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain will improve a unit that has to face Ezekiel Elliott twice a year.

But those players didn’t fit what Quinn was trying to build. That defensive scheme is essentially a 4-3 defense, but with one defensive end, known as a LEO, who typically comes off the snap standing up instead of having a hand on the ground. It also employs a lot of cover 3 zone, which requires not just quality secondary play, but relies on linebackers who can pick up the slack, too.

Atlanta had two good cornerbacks in Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, but it was lacking hard-hitting safeties like Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Also missing was someone who could fill the LEO role, and the speed Quinn covets on that side of the ball wasn’t really on the roster.

When you look at Atlanta’s traditional stats from last season, they’re Cheap China NFL Jerseys not overly impressive. The Falcons finished the year ranked 25th in the league for yards per game, and 27th in the league for scoring.

But if you break it down game by game, you Cheap Discount Jerseys see improvement after the team’s bye in Week 11. The 361.3 yards per game they averaged over those six weeks was only slightly better than the 371.2 yards per game they allowed the rest of the season. The biggest improvement was that Atlanta averaged 20.5 points allowed per game down that stretch, compared with 25.4 per game over the whole year.

NBA Finals 2017: LeSean McCoy has massive bet on Warriors

On the second level, the Bucs stood out against the pass last season. Middle linebacker Kwon Alexander kept up his rookie effectiveness as a full-time starter with 145 tackles, three sacks, seven passes defended, an interception and a forced fumble. From the weak side, Lavonte David was just as active in the rush and coverage with five sacks, four passes defended, an interception and four forced fumbles.

With Baker helping McCoy occupy blockers, the Bucs need Alexander and David to fill more soundly to truly improve vs. the run. Despite the production, tackling was an issue for both stars.

LeSean McCoy placed a huge wager on the Warriors to beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. In fact, it was the biggest bet on the series made at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, ESPN’s David Purdum reported.

Golden State was a -320 favorite when McCoy made his $200,000 wager. That price means if the Warriors win the best-of-seven series, McCoy will profit $62,500.

The Warriors cruised to a 113-91 win in Game 1, but McCoy shouldn’t start spending his winnings just yet. Crazier things happen in sports than the Cavaliers coming back to win this series.

Per sportsrac.com, McCoy’s 2017 salary with the Bills is $8,875,000. Still, a $200,000 loss would be significant.

While this probably won’t be commissioner Roger Goodell’s favorite story to read, NFL players are allowed to bet on other team sports, according to Purdum.

Carr led the revival of the Raiders franchise, and if not for a broken Flyers Cheap Jerseys fibula suffered late last season, Oakland might have made a run in the AFC playoffs. Carr Cheap Zach Parise Wild Jerseys had 28 TDs and six INTs and was a legit MVP candidate at the time.

Former NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino joining Fox Sports

Dean Blandino is indeed leaving the NFL in order to take a job on television, but not at the network where he was expected to land.

The former senior vice president of officiating is joining Fox Sports as a rules analyst for the network’s college football and NFL coverage in 2017, the network announced Tuesday. Blandino will work alongside current NFL and college football rules analyst Mike Pereira.

Kaepernick, who has been on the open market since opting out of his contract on March 3, visited the Seahawks on May 25. He remains unsigned for nearly three months despite undeniable talent.

“Colin’s been a fantastic football player and he’s going to continue to be,” Carroll told reporters following Friday’s organized team activity practice. “At this time, we didn’t do anything with it. We know where he is, who he is and we had a chance to understand him much more so. He’s a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”

Many believe Kaepernick is being black-balled by NFL teams, who presumably Find Cheap Jerseys do not want the distraction of a player whose season-long protest of the national anthem last season became one of the year’s biggest NFL storylines.

Despite a trainwreck of a season that saw the 49ers win just two games, Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for another two Echl Cheap Jerseys scores last year.

Though he posted a respectable passer rating of 90.7, his numbers were overshadowed by his sideline protests of kneeling during the national anthem to shine a light on police brutality in the wake of multiple high-profile shootings of unarmed black men.

While he remains unsigned, Kaepernick has spent his offseason working at several charity events.

Help Colin Kaepernick decide where to donate part of his $1 million pledge

During a postgame news conference in September, Colin Kaepernick pledged to donate $1 million of his salary to various charities.

“I will donate $1 million plus all the proceeds of my jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities — $100,000 a month for 10 months,” he said.

The free agent quarterback is making good on his promise, as he’s already donated $700,000.

While he waits for a job, Colin Kaepernick continues his $1M charity pledge. $700K thru April. He announced the latest orgs benefiting pic.twitter.com/t3eRyoUY09

Kaepernick has a poll on his website, allowing visitors to vote on what areas of social justice he should donate to for the month of June.

As of Tuesday afternoon, education led the voting with 14-percent, following by housing justice (homelessness) with 11-percent.

Rivers is an excellent quarterback, and the numbers back that up. He’s had four straight 4,000-yard seasons and eight for his career. Rivers, however, is 9-23 the last two seasons and hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2013.

Flacco scale: Two Flaccos. Bradford actually had nine more completions of 20 yards or more than Flacco in 2016. Who would’ve guessed that? Recently asked Kids Cheap Jerseys about veteran players not attending the voluntary portions of offseason workouts, Giants coach Ben McAdoo said, “It’s a time to build fundamentals and communication and chemistry and trust. So you want all your players here, especially the great ones. They facilitate a lot of those things for you. We get to Hot Cheap Jerseys coach who’s here. That’s what time of year it is.”

Because of his standing as an NFL great, Beckham has drawn far more media attention for not attending OTA sessions than some of his teammates like defensive end Olivier Vernon.

Michael Oher’s alarming post prompts predictable reaction from Eugene Monroe

When Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher gave the world a glimpse of what concussion recovery in the NFL looks like, it was only a matter of time before retired offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, Oher’s former Ravens teammate, chimed in.

A photo displaying a cluster of prescription pill bottles was posted Thursday night to Oher’s Instagram account. It was quickly deleted, but the internet sees all, and a Twitter user shared the screen shot he captured. The photo’s caption: “All for the brain smh.”

Of course Davis isn’t as sexy of a name as Kaepernick, so there wasn’t much excitement about his signing. Instead of commenting on who the Seahawks did sign, the story instead turned to who wasn’t signed — Kaepernick.

The news shouldn’t be too much of a surprise considering Carroll’s comments last week. He indicated the Seahawks wouldn’t be offering him a contract, but said another team in this league would be lucky to have him.

According to Seahawks beat writer Gregg Ball, Carroll’s assessment that Kaepernick is a starting QB is the exact reason why they didn’t sign him.

Kaepernick’s free agency has been a hot-button issue this offseason as fans and analysts wonder why he’s still without a team. He played respectably last season, and several other quarterbacks with poorer stat lines have found a home since.

It also may not be that way much longer if Collins’ hunch is correct about Beckham and the upcoming minicamp.

Mixon, whose off-field concerns pushed him to the second round of the draft, believes La Galaxy Cheap Jerseys Peterson can again bounce back from injury — just as Peterson did when Lebron James Cheap Jerseys he ran for 2,097 yards in 2012 to be the NFL’s MVP after tearing his ACL late in the 2011 season.

J.J. Watt calls NFL Network’s Top 100 a ‘joke’ after seeing where he’s ranked

J.J. Watt called himself overrated Monday night.

More accurately, Watt said he shouldn’t be No. 35 on NFL Network’s latest ranking of the league’s top 100 players.

Watt, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, missed 13 regular-season games and two playoff games last season because of a back injury that required surgery.

NFL players vote on the Top 100. Seems as though they’re applying the same rigorous standards they use for Pro Bowl voting.

Brees has led the league in passing yards each of the last three seasons and seven times for his career, and the stats keep piling up. We’re not questioning his credentials with this ranking. The Saints, however, have had three straight losing seasons and four in the last five years.

The Bears paid a lot to land Glennon, a backup with the Buccaneers who has a 5-13 record as a starter. First-round pick Mitchell Trubisky also will factor in at quarterback for Chicago.

Flacco scale: 3/4 Flacco. Glennon brings out the best in Flacco, who had five TDs with 13:57 left in the second quarter the last time they faced on Oct. 12, 2014. They meet again in Week 6.

Another former No. 1 pick, who like Mariota, has upside. Winston has tossed 50 TDs in his first two seasons, but that’s come with 33 interceptions. Perhaps a first-round pick like O.J. Howard helps Troy Polamalu Cheap Jerseys cut that number down, but the natural progression is obvious. Winston must guide the Bucs to the postseason.

This is admittedly conservative. You could argue Mariota up this list based on the upside and the fact that he threw for 26 TDs and nine interceptions. Upside is Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys the key word, however. We need to see Mariota take the next step and lead the Titans to the playoffs.

Flacco scale: Three Flaccos. You can argue Mariota over Flacco right now, too. The Week 9 showdown will be interesting.

Joe Mixon will attend Oklahoma’s pro day

Despite not getting invited to the NFL Scouting Combine as a result of fallout from punching a woman in the face in 2014, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon will be able to showcase his talents to pro scouts after all.

Mixon will participate in Oklahoma’s pro day on March 8, just two days after the combine comes to a close, the school confirmed to NFL Network. The workout will emulate the combine, both in timed drills and personal interviews, the latter of which Mixon must ace to get on some teams’ draft boards.

“From 5 until I was done at 33, and I added it up to 297 thousand collisions,” Wycheck, now 45 years old, told Nashville Fox television affiliate WZTV. “I was a linebacker and I was a running back, so I was hitting with my head every single time.

“Of those, 25 were concussions. The blows are irreversible. … Migraine headaches, just being depressed, just not wanting to socialize, sensitivity to light. I go into a room and forget why I went there.”

Originally a sixth-round pick out of Maryland by the Redskins in 1993, Wycheck Cheap Jerseys For Sale signed with the Houston Oilers in 1995 and moved with the team to Tennessee as the Oilers transitioned to the Titans. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for three straight seasons, from 1998-2000 and retired following the 2003 season. He is perhaps best known for throwing the lateral pass in the “Music Cheap Jerseys From China Free Shipping City Miracle” to beat the Bills in the 1999 AFC playoffs.

Wycheck said he is “sure” he has CTE because of “the punishment” he took and his multiple concussions, along with other “dings.”

Eddie Lacy says Packers have been ‘very vocal’ about retaining his services

Eddie Lacy’s Packers career has had its fair share of ups and downs since he was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and it appears there may be more chapters left to write.

The Cardinals had pledged to make the outside linebacker a top priority and followed through Monday when they tagged the Pro Bowler to prevent him from hitting the free-agent market, The MMQB’s Albert Breer first reported.

According to the report, Jones’ tag is expected to Cheap NBA Jerseys be worth roughly $14.6 million. He finished with 11 sacks last year in his first season with the Cardinals.

Jones, who was selected by New England in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, was dealt to Arizona last March for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick in last year’s draft. Jones recorded a career-high 12 1/2 sacks in 2015 to earn his first Pro Bowl berth, but had an off-field incident involving synthetic marijuana that led him to be hospitalized ahead of the Patriots’ playoff game against the Chiefs.

The Panthers followed suit shortly after the Cardinals and applied their franchise tag to defensive tackle Kawann Short. The Pro Bowler’s rookie contract was set to expire in March, but he earned a new deal after leading the team with 11 sacks in 16 starts last season to set a franchise Cheap New York Giants Jerseys record for sacks by a defensive tackle.