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Jets players ‘pissed off’ by Marshawn Lynch’s dance moves

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In case you were wondering if Marshawn Lynch is enjoying his return to the NFL with the Raiders, his dance moves during Oakland’s blowout win over the Jets on Sunday should provide the answer.

While Beast Mode’s apparent joy may bring a smile to the face of NFL fans, it didn’t sit well with Jets players who were on the wrong end of a 45-20 beating.

That irks my ever-living nerves, Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins said after the game (via the New York Daily News). I was out on the field on kickoff return, and I saw that happen, and it just was infuriating. I wanted them to kick the ball short so we could go out and get some more contact because that pisses me off. … That was embarrassing, losing like that, and to have Marshawn dancing like that, a good player, but seeing that happen, that’s infuriating for the whole team. It should infuriate everybody.

It’s just one of those things, when you have a lot of guys in tight quarters and something contagious hits, head coach Dirk Koetter said Friday. This isn’t the first time or the last time something like this [happens]. We have to take certain precautions, and it is what it is. We’ve just got to deal with it.
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Starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander has already been ruled out due to the hamstring injury he suffered last week against the Chicago Bears. Rookie Kendell Beckwith, who started at the strongside linebacker position last week before moving over to the middle, is expected to assume that role again.

Clinton McDonald will step into Baker’s role rather than splitting snaps like they did last week. McDonald started 31 games alongside Gerald McCoy the past three years and played 24 snaps last week.

Cam Newton brought the dab back after declaring it dead.

If Cousins can’t snap out of this early slump, it throws a wrench in that plan and casts a pall over what looked like a rare free agent quarterback opportunity. Washington may save money over the long term by locking him down but could be stuck with a lemon. San Francisco may have to head back to the drawing board with C.J. Beathard — a man who threw for fewer than 150 yards per game as a senior at Iowa — as its passer of the future.

Panic index: Low. Cousins was bad to start 2016, throwing a pair of interceptions in a 19-10 loss to the Giants last fall. He rebounded for a 4,900-yard, 25-touchdown season that forced Washington to lock him down for one more franchise-tagged season.

Lenny Dykstra Game Jersey Trufant stood out on a young defense that harassed Rodgers all night long. His interception put Atlanta in a position to extend its lead to 24-7 just before the half.

Tennessee Titans Elite Jersey I knew they were backed up, so they take shots, and they hadn’t taken one on me yet, Trufant said after the game. So I knew it was coming eventually, so I just turned around. I was I great position, and he threw me the ball.

When play resumed in the third quarter, it took Trufant less than a minute to make another game-changing play. Rodgers threw a backward pass, and Trufant picked it up and ran it into the end zone, giving the Falcons a 31-7 advantage.

Rodgers threw just seven picks through all of last season. But Trufant did exactly what he’s coached to do, and it worked.

The pass was intended for Geronimo Allison, who was just added to the Packers’ active roster this week after serving a one-game suspension. Rodgers let it fly, and whether there was a miscommunication or it was overthrown, Allison was not where he needed to be to make this play.

Trufant was. He tracked the ball right into his hands.

Marshawn Lynch dancing was the best moment from his 1st home game as a Raider

Sunday was Marshawn Lynch’s first home game as an Oakland Raider. He ended up with 12 rushes for 45 yards and a touchdown — and as SB Nation’s Harry Lyles points out, he did all the things that made us fall in love with “Beast Mode” during his time in Seattle.

Including this moment from Sunday’s game, where Lynch took a minute to get hype early in the fourth quarter while the Raiders enjoyed a comfortable lead.

I mean, just look at him.

Elliott was able to remain with the Cowboys and practice until the regular season begins. He was also permitted to play in preseason games.

On Friday, Sept. 8, Judge Amos Mazzant, a federal court judge in Texas, ruled on a motion for a temporary restraining order or an injunction to block Elliott’s suspension until Elliott’s lawsuit against the NFL is completed. Mazzant ruled in Elliott’s favor and issued the injunction.

Mazzant said that he issued the injunction because this is not a matter of guilt or innocent, but whether or not the disciplinary process was applied properly.

“The Court finds, based upon the injunction standard, that Elliott was denied a fundamentally fair hearing by Henderson’s refusal to allow Thompson and Goodell to testify at the arbitration hearing,” Mazzant said in the ruling.

Flash forward to September 17. The Ravens have just finished beating the Browns 24-10. Mizzell is on the Bears and Allen just capped off a breakout performance.

Allen finished the game with 66 yards on 14 carries, both top on the team in Week 2. In addition, Allen had 35 yards on 5 catches, both second on the team, plus a touchdown reception.nike_redskins_416-223x223

Kareem Hunt took a nap in the end zone after scoring his 2nd TD vs. Eagles

Kareem Hunt is having a great start to his NFL career. It’s going so well, he’s even got time to rest.

Hunt scored another touchdown against the Eagles, effectively putting the game to bed. So, he appropriately celebrated the touchdown by sleeping on the football.

The NFL’s investigators were called to testify about the inconsistencies with the evidence and witness statements. Elliott’s representative, Jeffrey Kessler, said he believed it was the Authentic Nene Jersey first time that a report had been filed from an NFL investigation without an investigator’s recommendation for discipline included.

The league leaned heavily on its use of forensic data Justin Hunter Jersey and medical expert evaluation of photographs of Elliott’s accuser’s injuries in its decision to suspend. But Kessler said the forensic evidence was insufficient to fill the credibility gap. The NFLPA brought as a witness a medical expert who Kessler said would testify that you cannot assess the age of bruises from photos, which was an approach the league’s medical experts employed in the investigation.

Included in the league’s report of its findings is the revelation that the woman admitted to discussing the possibility of releasing videos of herself and Elliott having sex, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson. She and a friend spoke via text about using the videos for blackmail or selling them for a profit. The woman told investigators that she did not intend to blackmail Elliott, but this is likely to come up in Elliott’s appeal as well.

Elliott filed a report with the Frisco, Texas Police Department in Sept. 2016 alleging that his accuser had harassed him, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Elliott said she called him more than 50 times over the span of a few hours and had hacked into his email account. That case is no longer active.

Prescott struggled with jitters and inaccuracy in his first NFL game.

Prior to Dallas’ Week 1 matchup vs. New York, the spotlight was on Prescott’s backfield mate Ezekiel Elliott and his ability to play the first game of his second season. On Sunday night, Prescott stole the show in leading the Cowboys to a dominant 19-3 victory. He proved he had learned well from his lowest points in 2016 and is on his way to a much higher level in 2017.
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In Week 1 a year ago, Prescott struggled with jitters and inaccuracy in his first NFL game. He was facing all the Giants’ worthy free-agent additions for the first time in what turned into a frustrating 20-19 career-opening defeat. When he saw them again in the frigid Meadowlands in Week 13 in December, he had his first and only multiple-interception game and was rattled a lot more by pressure in an ugly 10-7 loss.

The Rams expect Donald to play in Sunday’s home game against the Washington Redskins, though the extent is going to be predicated on how he feels going out to practice and getting involved, head coach Sean McVay said while addressing the media late Monday afternoon.

Just getting him back here is the first step, McVay added. Definitely want to try to get him on the field.

McVay informed his players Saturday that Donald would join them at the start of the ensuing week. Donald chose not to attend Sunday’s game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum because McVay said he didn’t want to serve as a distraction to his teammates while they opened their season.
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Donald didn’t formally address the team on Monday. The Rams moved forward with their meetings as if he had been there all along.

There are workhorses, and then there are what Jay Ajayi was in Week 2.

Fresh after the team was off in Week 1, Ajayi was on the field for 94 percent team’s offensive snaps and handled 28 of the team’s 29 carries by a running back. Ajayi was targeted only twice, but he ran a route on 92 percent of Miami’s pass plays. Though this massive workload is obviously unsustainable, it’s very clear that Ajayi is the team’s clear feature back. He’s an elite play against the Jets this week.

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Although an 11.8 point fantasy score might not seem devastating on the surface, Newton’s performance on Sunday represented a second consecutive in which he fell short of expectations. After all, he’s still being started in a significant percentage of ESPN leagues — 71.3 percent, to be exact. In Newton’s two games since recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, he has now scored the 25th- (13.1, Week 1) and 12th-fewest fantasy points in his 95 career NFL starts, continuing to raise the question about his health. Things do get better for Newton in Week 3, as he’ll battle a New Orleans Saints defense that has served up 56.3 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks through two weeks, but he’ll be heavily scrutinized if he can’t reverse his performance facing that matchup.
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LeGarrette Blount, RB, Eagles: Though the Eagles had hinted at a possibly reduced role for him in Week 2, his fantasy managers couldn’t have forecasted he wouldn’t garner a single carry on Sunday. Blount, who was started in 26.3 percent of ESPN leagues, scored only 1 PPR fantasy point, that entirely the result of his one catch. It was his worst performance since 2015 Week 7 (minus-0.3 points in either format), and it’s most disconcerting because it hints at a reduction of his role to only short-yardage and possible goal-line work.
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T.J. Ward says Broncos ‘completely unprofessional’ in his release

Former Broncos safety T.J. Ward was a surprise cut Saturday and had plenty to say about how his former team handled the situation.

“You could have let me know what was going on,” Ward, who signed with the Buccaneers on Sunday, told reporters Monday. “You had a full offseason. I know it’s a business, but when you have good employees, you’re supposed to treat your employees a certain way. And I think they handled it completely unprofessional. That’s just my opinion.”

The Observer reported Alcohol Law Enforcement agent Omar Qureshi was surveiling the Westin Hotel in Uptown Charlotte around 12:15 a.m. Saturday and noticed McGill in the hotel’s valet area with “a small amount” of marijuana. Qureshi told the Observer McGill initially denied having the marijuana, but soon was cooperative.

The Colts waived T.Y. McGill Saturday as they cut their roster to 53 players. McGill, a 6-foot, 299-pound defensive tackle from North Carolina State, was in Charlotte to watch his alma mater play South Carolina at Bank of America Stadium.

Following Saturday’s release by the Colts, McGill was claimed by the Browns Sunday. Undrafted in 2015, McGill was signed by the Seahawks but prior to the 2015 season as part of the final cuts. The Colts claimed him and he played in 12 games as a rookie. McGill appeared in 13 games last season and has 17 career tackles with five sacks.

One would think that a top-10 fantasy quarterback over the past two seasons would be more difficult to track down, but for whatever reason, such is not the case with Taylor. He had a customary effort in Week 1 by the standards he has set over two seasons as a starter: 24 attempts (4.1 fewer than his average in games he has started), 224 passing yards (above his 208.9 average) and 38 rushing yards (just below his 39.6 average). He’s a steady player, and although his forthcoming matchups (Carolina and Denver) are harrowing, he’s a smart quarterback add for someone who wants to play the matchups or is already experiencing cold feet with his or her Week 1 starter.nike_steelers_964

Cameraman at Lions and Cardinals game gets hit in crotch by field goal

Being a cameraman means you have to keep an eye on the action through your lens, so you’re not totally clear about your surroundings. For the most part, you’ll be fine, but every now and then you become part of the action.

During the Lions’ game against the Cardinals, Matt Prater attempted a kick from 58 yards out. He surprisingly made it, and right after the football went through the uprights it hit the cameraman right between the legs.

Tim Hardaway Jr. Womens Jersey He took the hit like a champ, though and kept on filming. You can even see his view of the football at the end of the clip.

Jason Peters Womens Jersey Throughout this piece, I’ll be referencing OTD. OTD stands for opportunity-adjusted touchdowns. It is a statistic that weighs every carry/target and converts the data into one number that indicates a player’s scoring opportunity. For example, if a player has an OTD of 3.0, it means that a league-average player who saw the same number of carries/targets in the same area of the field would have scored three touchdowns.

David Johnson suffered a wrist injury on Sunday and is expected to miss a month or more of action. With Johnson out, look for Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and potentially Elijhaa Penny and newcomer D.J. Foster to form a committee in his place.

On Sunday, Williams played eight snaps, carried the ball five times and was targeted once. Ellington didn’t carry the ball but was targeted on three of his 16 snaps. Considering how Indianapolis was just gashed by the Rams, Williams and Ellington are worth flex consideration this week, but both are risky as the backfield gets sorted out. Whereas Williams, Ellington and Foster are on the small side, Penny is built more like Johnson and worth a flier in deep and dynasty leagues. He’s racked up 49 carries each of the past two preseasons. If Chris Johnson re-signs with the team, he would be the priority add as the likely early-down and goal-line back.

2017 has provided a combination of retreads and draft picks competing mostly for roles with bottom-feeding teams.

Mens Brandon Linder Jersey Miami didn’t hand out a one-year contract worth up to $13 million to have Cutler play backup, and the former Bear didn’t shuck off retirement just to enjoy the South Beach sun. Head coach Adam Gase said as much when he told reporters Cutler didn’t come out of retirement to stand on the sidelines. But the team still hasn’t officially closed the books on its QB race. Technically this is still a competition, but the outcome has already been decided.
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Chicago paid $18 million to give Glennon, a quarterback with 11 regular season passes the past two seasons, a chance to be its starter. He was expected to take the reins in 2017, but the early play of Trubisky may make Glennon a very expensive backup. While the team hasn’t made any official announcements about its depth chart, headlines like these suggest the race is still being run:

Instead, 2017 has provided a combination of retreads and draft picks competing mostly for roles with bottom-feeding teams. Quarterback races for teams like the Bears, Jets, and Browns may simply decide whose resume claims a 4-12 record this fall. The teams with the most to lose — playoff contenders like the Broncos, Texans, and Chiefs — have already inked their depth charts. For now, at least.

Here’s a look at this season’s lackluster quarterback battles and where each team with uncertainty behind center could wind up when the season begins.

That’s a stark contrast when compared to NFL players who have a minimum salary set at $465,000 for the 2017 season.

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DeAndre Hopkins said on Monday, Just seeing the people, hearing the stories — it’s motivating. Hopkins and his teammates started their collective hurricane relief efforts on Sunday. I could have stayed out there all day and did that, Hopkins said.

Even former Texans are making sure Houston knows that they are looked out for. Vince Wilfork played just two seasons with the team, but canceled his retirement celebration in order to help those who need it.

Austen Lane, 29, spent three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars before bouncing between the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears in 2013 and 2014. After five years in the NFL, the 6’6 defensive end retired with 17 career starts and three sacks under his belt, collecting about $2.37 million in earnings along the way.

If they had more of a unified front they could fight for things like a base pay and revenue sharing. Those would certainly be things that would be on the table and are things that could definitely get done if they were to get together.

But some major challenges stand in the way of an MMA union.