Tolzien was so bad that he was pulled for Jacoby Brissett, a quarterback the Colts traded for eight days before, in the fourth quarter. Brissett helped put together the only scoring drive for the Colts, after going 2-of-3 for 51 yards. The drive was capped off by a Marlon Mack touchdown.
Things didn’t get better for the Colts after the game, when Chuck Pagano said that they got their asses kicked by the 49ers!
Mike Glennon, QB, Bears: The Bears gave the 6-foot-6 quarterback a three-year, $45 million contract, with $18.5 million guaranteed, in March. Six weeks later, they selected former North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick of the NFL Draft. The Bears will play Glennon $15 million this year and he probably won’t even start half the games.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins: Cousins has thrown for over 4,100 yards in each of his two full seasons as a starter and the Redskins rewarded him last year by giving him nearly $20 million with a franchise-tag tender. Unable to reach a long-term deal this year, Cousins will again play under the franchise tag and get $23.9 million. That is more than his previous five years combined — all for a quarterback who is 19-21-1 as an NFL starter and lost his only playoff appearance in 2015.
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Dolphins: After tallying 36 sacks and earning four Pro Bowl berths in five seasons with the Lions, Suh has just 11 sacks over the last two seasons, though Cheap Lakers Jerseys he did have a career-high 72 tackles last season. The Dolphins were 8-8 in 2014 and Suh was supposed to be the Cheap Kids Football Jerseys difference-maker to get them over the hump, but he has not had the impact on Miami’s defense the club had hoped.
They need a get-well tuneup for a passing game that still has plenty of upside. The defense once again buys them time to figure it out.
Haven’t teams learned by now not to let Matthew Stafford be trailing going into the fourth quarter at home? Sheesh. But how about that pass defense stepping up?
Terrell Suggs still has plenty of T-Sizzle in him, and it carried over to every level of the defense in the old-school shutout of the Bengals. And, oh yeah, Joe Flacco is back.
Cam Newton was healthy and productive in his debut, but he can be a lot better. The baseline of the team’s running game and defense are good signs for a big rebound season.
Trevor Siemian is much more competent than people think as a starting quarterback, but he needs much more help from his offensive line and running game. The defense has enough chinks to make it vulnerable against the best offensive teams.
They have decided to throw away the early part of their season by not throwing Deshaun Watson into the fire. By the time they catch up, they will be just trying to make the playoffs vs. trying to make noise in them.
There’s some encouragement regarding a big Cam Newton Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys rebound with the new-look offense, but there’s still a big cloud over it. The Cheap Jerseys Youth NFL defense is stacked and talented, and it remains the trustier backbone.
Watson is a better fit on this team, in particular. Houston’s running game was bad in 2016, when it finished 27th in rushing DVOA. Lamar Miller tied his career low with a 4-yard carry average, and he clocked in at 3.8 against the Jaguars. Things can always change, but the Texans don’t have the look of a good running team that can be effective just by having a good ball-security QB. It seems like it’d be useful to have one who can push the ball downfield, and Watson really can.
Maybe he’s not good yet. But Savage definitely isn’t, and Watson’s a giant ball of football fun who’s going to win you lots of games someday. Let’s start now.
Woe is them when they face Brees, a real gunslinger.
On Thursday, Smith saw almost no pass rush; the times he was under pressure, it came from coverage, and he picked the Patriots apart even, as has been the case in recent years, without getting the wide receivers (as traditionally defined) very involved.
The defense forced one turnover, by Kareem Hunt on the Cheap Infant NFL Jerseys Chiefs’ first snap and the first play of his NFL career … and never got another takeaway. On one of their three sacks, Smith tripped over his own feet.
New England’s defenses in recent years has thrived on looking Cheap Jerseys And Hats better on the field than on paper, as opposed to more star-studded units. The current one did not look that way in this opener.
Fans and Chicago media blasted Bears coach John Fox’s use of the rookie quarterback in the 25-0 loss to the Browns. In a column headlined “Can Bears explain why John Fox wasn’t fired for his handling of Mitch Trubisky?” Chicago Tribune writer Steve Rosenbloom questioned why Trubisky dropped back to pass — and got knocked down and then sacked — on the final two plays of a meaningless preseason blowout.
“You know what’s more surprising than No. 2 overall draft choice Mitch Trubisky dropping back to throw two passes at the end of the dumbest practice game ever? The fact that the Bears didn’t immediately fire John Fox for that unnecessary and dangerous bit of nonsense Thursday,” Rosenbloom wrote.
Offseason free-agent acquisition Mike Glennon is still the starter for the Bears heading into Week 1, but Trubisky had impressed enough this preseason to earn the start Thursday. But after he began the game handing the ball off nine straight times on three consecutive three-and-out series, Soldier Field erupted in boos and the Twittersphere ripped Fox’s strategy.
Players who meet certain criteria will still be required to go to the locker room for further testing and diagnosis. The use of the tent will not replace the formal evaluations that take place off the field. Instead, it will create a better environment for doctors to determine whether a player can return to the field or will need further monitoring.
“We will ask that all sideline concussion exams be done in the tent, but if the initial screening suggests a concussion, then the more extensive concussion evaluation will be done in the locker room just as we have previously done,” Sills said.
The pro game isn’t the only place you’ll see these Cheap Football Jerseys tents. The University of Alabama was a pioneer in creating private examination spaces, using Cheap Goalkeeper Jerseys its own tent throughout the 2015 season and even bringing it to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Other schools, including Clemson, Ohio State, and Florida State, soon followed.
The Indianapolis Colts benched starting quarterback Scott Tolzien in favor of Jacoby Brissett in the fourth quarter of their 46-9 loss to the Rams on Sunday.
Tolzien, who has been the Colts’ No. 1 quarterback in Andrew Luck’s absence since April, threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, including one on the Colts’ first offensive series. And he was nearly intercepted a third time, if not for receiver Donte Moncrief getting called for a face mask penalty while breaking up the pass near the Colts’ sideline.
The Vikings, and their stellar defense, will be Green Bay’s main competition in the division. But it’s hard to see Minnesota preventing the Packers from claiming their sixth NFC North title in seven years.
Player to watch: Ty Montgomery, RB, Packers — Montgomery began the 2016 season as a wide receiver, but injuries forced him to play running back. He ran for 457 yards and three touchdowns, with a 5.9 yards-per-carry average. He’s been a full-time running back Cheap China NFL Jerseys through the offseason and training camp, so it will be interesting to see how well he adapts to being Green Bay’s starter.
Impact rookie: Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings — Cook has Cheap College Basketball Jerseys had an impressive preseason, especially with free-agent acquisition Latavius Murray missing time with an injury. The Vikings need a strong running back to ease the pressure off quarterback Sam Bradford if they have any chance of overtaking the Packers.
In addition to Tyrod Taylor being cleared from the concussion protocol, the Bills should get two other offensive starters back for Sunday’s opener: wide receiver Jordan Matthews (chest) and left tackle Cordy Glenn (foot). All three players were full participants in Wednesday’s practice. Sunday will be the first live game action for Matthews since he joined Buffalo via trade on Aug. 11.
While there’s no surefire key to winning, there is certainly a path that has worked for me over the years.
Being contrarian also is key. If you feel that a player is going to be super popular that week, you can choose to avoid (commonly referred to as a “fade”) that player in tournaments because of the volatile nature of the NFL. If a player selected by 40 percent of the lineups in play rolls his ankle, gets a concussion or simply doesn’t produce points that week, you’ve just eliminated 40 percent of the field from the competition by simply avoiding him due to the projected high ownership. Be careful though, because that sword cuts both ways: If the player owned by 40 percent of the field scores Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys 30 DraftKings points, you’ll have to hope to play catch-up at another spot in your lineup.
‘I don’t want to play in tournaments against people with 150 lineups. How can I avoid that?’
The lobby at DraftKings is filled with all different Cheap Baseball Jerseys sorts of contests. Some are single-entry (where every entrant only gets to submit one lineup), three-max or 20-max, and of course there are the ones that allow people to enter 150 lineups. Game selection is a key part of being a successful DFS player, and it really comes down to getting in where you fit in.
Another day of NBA Free Agency has passed us. Traditionally, that’s meant another day of overpaid contracts, superteams forming, and teams foolishly throwing money around to salvage what’s left of a competitive organization.
Not this time. This time, we have teams like Oklahoma City making legitimate power moves. We have Gordon Hayward becoming a heart-breaker as the biggest fish in a free agent pool. We have news reporters nearly facing G-League relegation after a near news mishap, only to be vindicated later.
Most of all, we have the scene shaping for yet another exciting season of NBA basketball. Independence Day came and went, and we’re still here. Here’s a few winners and losers of a festive day in free agency.
This approach has been endorsed by Ball’s father, even if it limits the visibility of the ZO2 Primes. Over the last month, LaVar Ball has maintained that his son could wear whatever shoe he wanted when he takes the court. He reiterated as much over the weekend in an interview with ESPN.
On the surface, that doesn’t make much sense. Why would Ball wear other signature sneakers when he has his own under his family’s independent brand? How can the Ball family possibly convince anyone to drop $495 on a shoe if its primary endorser won’t even wear it.
But there is some logic to the Ball family’s approach, especially if they’re playing the long game.
LaVar Ball has always said his son would be willing to sign with Cheap Ireland Jerseys a larger Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys brand — if the price is right. Prior to the Lakers’ semifinal contest against the Mavericks, Lonzo Ball told ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth that he was looking to start a bidding war between different companies.
Olynyk signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Miami Heat after having his rights renounced by the Celtics when Gordon Hayward announced he would be playing in Boston next season.
Olynyk isn’t a great player, but he was solid last season and is a stretchy big who can do some really nice things on both ends of the court. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs outside of Boston’s read-and-react system, but he’ll be paid nicely to do it.
Over the next four years, the Heat will be paying $102 million to Waiters and Olynyk. They missed out on Hayward and Blake Griffin this season, Kevin Durant last season and LeBron James left them two seasons before that.
The Heat are supposed to be a destination team, but they haven’t attracted any top end talent since Dwyane Wade orchestrated one of the biggest coups in league history by bringing Chris Bosh and James to Miami. Maybe Pat Riley isn’t as magical as we all think he is. His hair is still nice though.
The salary cap has been established as a tick under $99.1 million, and the Timberwolves currently have about $87 million committed in guaranteed salaries this season. That number hinges on a flat payout of $19 million a year over three years for Teague’s new $57 million contract.
But Minnesota could clear room for a Millsap deal in a Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys heartbeat.
The Timberwolves are scheduled to pay Cole Aldrich $7.3 million this season, but his Cheap Football Jerseys contract is non-guaranteed for 2018-19. Minnesota could trade him as an expiring contract to a team with the space to absorb his salary whole, and attach Oklahoma City’s future first-round pick (via Utah: Ricky Rubio trade) as a sweetener for the deal.
Listen, we know it’s tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage, and Vines of dudes getting hit in the beans every day. Trying to find all of it while on your way to work or sitting at your desk just isn’t easy. It’s OK, though. We’re going to do the heavy lifting for you each morning and find the things you need to see from within the SB Nation baseball network, as well as from elsewhere.
Kansas City needs starting pitching, and Toronto might just have a solution for them in Marco Estrada. Estrada hasn’t had a lights-out 2017, and thus the Royals probably won’t need to send back a pile of gold, or prospects worth as much, to get some help on the mound.
The Tigers aren’t stopping their selling with the J.D. Martinez trade. It looks like Justin Wilson is also on the trade block and has up to a dozen teams interested in his services. With that many teams asking about him, this might be one of the most sure-thing trades to expect over the next few weeks. Unless it doesn’t happen, of course.
Mets outfielders will be rotating for playing time until either Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson are traded. To accommodate everyone involved, New York is hoping a trade happens as soon as possible and believes that Martinez finally being moved will help its case as far as interest goes.
Pablo Sandoval’s time with Boston officially ended on Wednesday, and Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys his future is slightly uncertain Wholesale Jerseys as things stand in the league. However, San Francisco could be interested in welcoming him home for another stint by the Bay. Yes, really.
Hello, and welcome to a new series in which we grade trade rumors from around Major League Baseball. The goal isn’t to start ranking the rumormongers by their hits and misses, but to figure out if a rumor makes sense for both teams involved. The more likely a rumor is to make you turn your head like a confused labrador retriever, the more likely it is to deserve a letter grade.
First up, we have a curious one from Bob Nightengale, who comes out of nowhere from the top rope with this one:
There were no rounds, either, no tournament format. Each batter got two chances to hit as many home runs before making five “outs.” That means there were 45 swings in the entire Derby, with five of them leaving the ballpark. Giancarlo Stanton hit 61 home runs in last year’s Derby.
So while there’s a little something missing from this year’s field, it’s still going to be a much, much better Derby than the ones from the past that were besotted with Hall of Famers and members of the 500-homer club. And if this is the trend, I’m all for it. Give me the youngsters who are too young and dumb to know they should be tired. Give me stamina and adrenaline.
Give me large homer fellas with their comically disfigured home runs and general hatred of baseballs.
This field has all that, and the format will make sure they’ll get to show off a lot more than they used to. I’m in. There might not be Cheap Authentic Jerseys a Hall of Famer in the bunch when it’s all said and done, but they’re some of the brightest home run monsters in today’s game.
Ryan Zimmerman is reborn, and his OPS is pushing 1000. Anthony Rendon might be the best hitter on the team. Even Jayson Werth and Michael Taylor Cheap Barcelona Jerseys are hitting a little bit.