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Some players spend a lifetime trying to make it to college, much less the NFL.

“We’ll see,” Jackson said. “I don’t want to make medical decisions. I’m not very good at them. We’ll see where we are as we move through the week.”

Garrett had a foot issue in minicamp, but Jackson said he did not believe the ankle injury was related. Garrett was the first overall pick in this year’s draft.

“He was out there at practice; obviously he didn’t finish practice,” Jackson said. “Let’s just leave it at that. He didn’t finish today, so we’ll see where we are.”

There’s one bit of Pack-related uni news, however: Last season, wide receiver Ty Montgomery spent most of his time lining up in the backfield. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it looked a little weird, because he was wearing No. 88. This year, he’s officially listed as a running back, but he’s keeping No. 88, a move permitted by NFL rules.
There’s also a solid-gray Color Rush design. At first it seemed the Lions wouldn’t be wearing it in 2017 (which would be just as well — it’s a stinker) because they aren’t scheduled for a Thursday night game this season. But it turns out that they’ll wear it for a Saturday afternoon game Dec. 16 against the Bears.

Five years ago, Edwards picked up an American football for the first time at a park at Ballarat University near Melbourne; smaller and less round than an Australian Rules Football ball, Edwards said, “it did feel a little foreign.”

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Jaguars activate CB Jalen Ramsey from PUP list

Second-year Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey was activated Saturday off the physically unable to perform list, the team announced.

Ramsey, a 2016 first-round pick, had two interceptions (one returned for a TD), 55 solo tackles, 14 pass breakups and one forced fumble. He was named to’s 2016 All-Rookie team.

New England’s bye week comes at a convenient time, in the middle of the season and before a tough road game in Denver. Then comes a long road trip to Mexico City and a game against the Raiders, a fellow contender in the AFC. That game against Oakland, given the location and the strength of opponent, might be the toughest game on New England’s schedule. It comes right before the first of two Dolphins games in three weeks.

The final month of the 2017 regular season for the Patriots is a Steelers sandwich with AFC East bread. New England’s final road game of the year, in Pittsburgh and with a late kickoff, could come with massive playoff implications. We certainly are not going to suggest the last two home games of the season, against the Bills and Jets, will carry such weight.

Patriots schedule 2017, record prediction: 12-4
If we’re being honest, every single game on the Patriots’ 2017 schedule is winnable for the best team in the NFL. Considering the impressive offseason moves they made — not including the soon-to-be-completed NFL Draft — another undefeated slate similar to New England’s 2007 season is not a crazy suggestion.

But too many talented, playoff-caliber teams — the Chiefs, Texans, Falcons, Broncos, Raiders and Steelers among them — present traps for the Patriots, whose occasional lapses into complacency would be totally understood. That said, expect the Super Bowl 51 champions to be right back in contention for the Super Bowl 52 crown.


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NBA free agency: Sergio Rodriguez headed back to EuroLeague, reports say

Sergio Rodriguez’s trans-Atlantic basketball career is headed back to the EuroLeague.

The well-traveled guard, who began his NBA career in 2006 with the Trail Blazers and also had stints with the Knicks and Kings, has signed a long-term contract with CSKA Moscow, according to freelance pro basketball reporter David Pick.

NBA free-agent Sergio Rodriguez, former Euroleague MVP, agreed on long-term deal with CSKA Moscow till 2020.

According to CBS Sports, Rodriguez will step in at CSKA Moscow for Milos Teodosic, who will begin his NBA career this season with the Clippers.

He could have two statues and among today’s players is the only one who merits an argument for the NBA’s Mount Rushmore. He delivered two titles in Miami during his four seasons with the Heat, when he won two MVPs, two Finals MVPs and led Miami to four straight Finals appearances.

James also should be cast in bronze for what he did for his home-area Cavaliers, delivering their first ever title in historic fashion during his second tour of duty. At age 22 and in only his second postseason, the Akron native carried the Cavs to their first-ever Finals berth.

He highlighted his return to the Cavs in 2014 by taking the team to its second Finals, in 2015. Then he delivered on his promise to bring Northeast Ohio a pro sports title, its first since the Browns in 1964, when he led the greatest Finals comeback in history after the Cavs trailed the Warriors last June, 3-1.

James is one of only a handful of players to win four MVPs, to go along with three Finals MVPs. He is favored to make it to his seventh straight Finals this June and is fast closing in on being only the seventh player in history to score at least 30,000 points. On the dual statue issue, the only question is do they forgive him in Miami for leaving?steelers_123

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Steve Ballmer lost all control during Game 6

The Clippers were in an elimination Game 6 on the road to the Utah Jazz on Friday night. It wasn’t just any elimination game though, the future of the entire Clippers organization depended on it in a way. The game remained close until late in the fourth when an Austin Rivers three-pointer broke it open putting the Clippers up 91-79 with just over three minutes to go.

The instances before the end of game four where Leonard started a possession on Harden were when the Spurs went with a lineup of Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi and two of their big men, Aldridge, Pau Gasol or David Lee. These were often short stretches in the second or third quarter and this match up was forced by on-court personnel, not an attempt to ice Harden.

The Spurs seem to find more value in having Leonard mobile or entirely swallowing up another Rockets player than stuck to Harden.

The Rockets react to this by leaving Leonard’s man out of the pick-and-roll Game Marshawn Lynch Jersey action and trying to hide them both in the corner as much as possible. And in the instances where Leonard gets switched on to Harden, it’s not an instant solution because the Beard is already moving with a head of steam and denies Leonard the ability to control the possession.

Game four was a problem. Leonard switched on to Harden with six minutes Game Teddy Bridgewater Jersey left in the third quarter and the Spurs down seven. Leonard’s best defensive effort against Harden in these minutes was when Harden attempted to pass from above the foul line.

Leonard’s so smart and so freaking long he anticipates Harden’s decisions and disrupts passes when he picks up his dribble. There’s no space for Harden’s pocket passes or even a split second for Harden to pick up his dribble without a predetermined plan of action.

What happens to Brock Osweiler?

The Browns are toying with the idea of releasing him or trying to trade him, but at $16 million guaranteed for 2017 and an eternally expanding black hole where most team’s quarterback depth charts should be, there’s little risk in keeping Osweiler.

Cleveland appears destined to add a young, developmental passer this offseason, whether that’s a plug-and-play guy like Jimmy Garoppolo or a player they’d find in the draft is still up in the air. Keeping Osweiler would give them an insurance policy — albeit an expensive one — should the team cycle through injured quarterbacks like a broken Rolodex this fall.

If Osweiler gets released, he’ll still have his suitors, though no one will come close to matching the four-year, $72 million deal he got from the Texans. He could assume a backup role with several different teams or push to regain his starting status with a QB-needy team like the Jets, Jaguars, or 49ers.

Osweiler proved he isn’t the answer as a franchise quarterback, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a place in the league.

The reputation strengthened through the decades as Southern Miss’ victims list grew. Archie Manning and No. 4 Ole Miss in 1970. No. 6 Florida State in 1989. No. 13 Alabama in 1990. Mississippi State many, many times. Et cetera.

Southern Miss at its best is a terrifying mix of speed and salt and chips on shoulders. It is a team that won’t win all its games — even in 1954, the team that beat Bama lost to North Texas, Dayton, and Southeastern Louisiana — but can win against any opponent.

As such a foe, the Golden Eagles are graded on curves. We judge them against Conference USA peers, obviously. And they are given an S&P+ rating just like everybody else. But we also grade them on the SASM scale: Salty-Ass Southern Miss.

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Calvin Johnson proved that, yes, he can dance

The former Detroit Lions wide receiver made it all the way to the “Dancing With the Stars” finals Monday evening, and is one of three contestants — along with IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez — to make Tuesday night’s finale, where he will vie for the Mirror Ball Trophy. And considering that Johnson’s sister, Erica, once said he had no rhythm, and his former teammates all said they figured this first venture in retirement wasn’t going to go well, Johnson did what he set out to do and proved them all wrong.

The NFL returned to México over these last few days, scheduling Blake Bortles Authentic Jersey Monday Night Football between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders and organizing a three-day fan fest leading up to it. They love their football here, even if fútbol (soccer) remains the dominant sport. They watch, they cheer, they argue and they poke fun, usually by assigning silly nicknames to the NFL’s greatest players.

Much was made of the security measures being implemented ahead of the Raiders-Texans game in Mexico City, with some comparing the security levels to that of a Super Bowl. Despite that, one fan made his way through countless police checkpoints and metal detectors with the laser pointer, an item often present in other sporting events that Estadio Azteca usually hosts.

It is even common to see vendors selling the pointers mere blocks away from the stadium. In recent years, they’ve become part of the vending landscape prior to a big event. They are on par with scalpers, vendors selling jerseys — both authentic and fake — and those with carts full of street food.

Though Liga MX — Mexico’s top soccer league — and its international governing body, FIFA, expressly Brad Nortman Authentic Jersey forbid fans from interfering from the game, use of the pointers is difficult to enforce at the domestic level. Oft-times in soccer, the devices are directed at opposing goal keepers or the referees.

“There were multiple times when I saw a laser that came from the stands and there were definitely some times it hit me in the eye,” Osweiler told ESPN Mexico’s Luis Miguel Vasavilbaso. “I could not say that made the difference, but definitely having a laser pointing at your eye undoubtedly affects how you play a game.”

Thompson feels he has additional leverage the form of the massive jump the salary cap take next

Six weeks ago, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that restricted free agent Thompson would re-sign a big free agent deal with the Cavaliers. He had just come off a good NBA Finals performance, and on the first day of free agency Stein and Albert Wilson Authentic Womens Jersey Windhorst reported that Thompson and the Cavaliers were nearing a five-year, $80 million deal. And then the two sides stopped talking, and then even though LeBron supposedly wasn’t going to re-sign until Thompson did he went ahead and did, and then all of a sudden the two weren’t a package deal. The same day ‘s agreement with the Cavaliers was reported, Sportsnet’s Grange reported that Thompson was open-minded about signing a short-term deal with the Cavaliers: After that, silence.

For the last month, as the moratorium period Alex Smith Authentic Womens Jersey ended and everybody signed and loose ends got tied up and rosters were settled and League came and went and guys decided to move on to Europe, there was no news about Thompson. This morning, ‘s – Windhorst dropped a column explaining that there is still no deal because this is one of the most complex free agency situations of the last decade. The upshot of his piece is that, compared to a typical restricted free agent, Thompson feels he has additional leverage the form of the massive jump the salary cap take next. Restricted free agents are typically a tough spot. Since their current team has the right to match any contract offer, potential suitors are leery about wasting their time by making offer that is likely to be matched. Teams hold most of the leverage, offering their RFAs smaller contracts than they, and essentially daring them to convince another team to tender a compelling offer. At this point, the Portland Trail Blazers are the only possible big-money alternative for Thompson.

For Thompson to become a restricted free agent the first place, the Cavaliers had to extend him a one-year qualifying offer. Thompson’s case that qualifying offer is for $6 million, a 32 percent increase on his salary last year. Considering the reporting that he was nearing a five-year, $80 million contract last month, a one-year, $6-million contract seems paltry. The threat to accept the one-year qualifying offer usually isn’t taken very seriously. Sure, maybe the Cavaliers offered five-years, $80 million and Thompson wanted something closer to the five-year, $94 million. Is he really going to give up the security of $80 million and risk a career-threatening injury, or just a terrible, to take the $6 million offer and to get a mega contract as unrestricted free agent next? But according to Windhorst’s story, Thompson sees the situation differently. Depending upon where exactly next ‘s salary cap ends up, the contract for Thompson 2016 could prove to be $5 million per year more than a deal now. Over the life of a five-year contract, that adds up to over $25 million more than Thompson could get signing this year, more than making up for a salary of just $6 million this. If you look at the list of 2016 free agents, it’s a pretty garbage bunch. The only players clearly better than Thompson are Durant and Horford, and I could buy arguments for Dwyane, Conley, and Drummond as well.

Brandon Marshall: Byron Maxwell ‘holds every single play’

Four days before his long-awaited return to South Florida, New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall called out Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell, accusing him of foul play.

Marshall still is miffed by Maxwell’s tactics from their 2015 encounter, when Maxwell played for the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I played against him last year and he just Greg Lloyd Authentic Womens Jersey held every single play,” Marshall said Wednesday. “Every single play he held. That was tough.”

After Turner surprised Zimmer on Wednesday morning with his resignation, Turner told ESPN’s Ed Werder, “I think it’s just we have different views on Heath Miller Authentic Womens Jersey where the offense was going.”

Zimmer said later Wednesday that he was “very, very surprised” by the resignation, and called Turner, 64, a “very good friend of mine.”

The resignation seemed to stem from a philosophical difference between Turner and Zimmer. As early as the 2014 off-season, Zimmer had gone to then-Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in order to pick his brain on offense, to be more educated in order to evaluate things for himself.

Zimmer also announced that he had a minor procedure on Tuesday for a torn retina.

Pat Shurmur, who was hired this offseason as the Vikings’ tight ends coach, will be the interim offensive coordinator.

The Vikings lost 20-10 to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Monday night, their second loss after a 5-0 start. They lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 21-10 on Oct. 23.

Pete Carroll agrees to extension with Seahawks through 2019

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has agreed a contract extension through 2019, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Just two days earlier, the team signed general manager John Schneider to a new five-year extension.

Team owner Paul Allen confirm the signing on Tuesday night:

@Seahawks Thrilled to announce we have Authentic Kevin Pierre-Louis Jersey reached an extension with Super Bowl winning coach @PeteCarroll ! #GoHawks

— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) July 27, 2016
Carroll has found plenty of success in his third stint as an NFL head coach, but his contract was set to expire after the 2016 season. With this extension, the Seahawks guarantee Carroll will be around for a few more seasons. Carroll, who is the oldest coach in the league, will turn 65 in September and has been a coach at various levels since the 1970s.

He isn’t a new player, but training camp will Authentic Luke Willson Jersey be important for Chicago’s 2015 first-round pick, Kevin White. He’s a receiving threat that Jay Cutler desperately needs, and he’s one of the biggest names to watch for the Bears after he missed all of his rookie season due to injury.

Cutler and the offense are also adapting to new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, who was hired after Adam Gase accepted the head coaching job with the Dolphins. Loggains was previously the quarterbacks coach with the Bears, so he and Cutler have some existing rapport, which should ease the transition.

The Lions said farewell to wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who retired following the 2015 season. To replace Megatron, they added a number of new faces, including Marvin Jones. Veteran receiver Anquan Boldin is also joining the team on a one-year deal. His presence should help keep the chains moving, but the two of them, along with Golden Tate, have everyone looking at them to carry the offense in Johnson’s place.

Detroit took steps to fix its struggling offensive line this offseason, adding free agent guard Geoff Schwartz and drafting tackle Taylor Decker in the first round of the 2016 draft. Training camp will be an opportunity for this unit to gel and prepare to protect Matthew Stafford this season.

The Lions are dealing with several injuries heading into training camp. Running back Ameer Abdullah should be ready to go at the start of camp after having shoulder surgery following last season. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew landed on the PUP list as he continues to recover from a torn ACL suffered toward the end of last season. Stevan Ridley’s status is unknown heading into camp. An undisclosed injury kept Ridley out of OTAs.

Newly acquired Jared Cook has the potential to be the matchup nightmare the Packers have been looking for at the tight end spot. How soon he gets the chance to find a groove with Aaron Rodgers depends on his recovery from offseason foot surgery.

Green Bay said goodbye to defensive tackle B.J. Raji, who retired following the 2015 season, leaving the team with some uncertainty along the defensive front. Fans will want to watch the way that depth chart begins to take shape during training camp. Rookie Kenny Clark may be able to carve out a starting role or significant snaps at nose tackle.

One of the more interesting NFL storylines of this offseason has been the evolution of running back Eddie Lacy’s physique. Lacy has worked with Tony Horton, the creator of P90X, to slim down and shape up. Jordy Nelson’s return is supposed to help the offense establish the consistency it lacked last season, but he’s already on the PUP with a minor injury to his other knee.

Redskins TE Jordan Reed: Feels ‘back to normal’ after concussion

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed reached this same point a week ago as a limited participant in practice. But he then missed two more days when his concussion symptoms returned.

Reed is confident this time is different.

“I’m feeling 100 percent,” Reed said. “I feel Terrelle Pryor Jersey symptom-free.

Goff still has more waiting to do.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher has stated that he is not ready to make a change at quarterback, even though starter Case Keenum has the NFL’s lowest total QBR and is coming off a four-interception game in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the New York Giants.

Fisher dismissed a report that Goff was a long way Tramon Williams Jersey from being ready to start.

“If he wasn’t making progress,” Fisher said of Goff, “he’d be a No. 3.”

Fisher felt Goff “did a nice job” with additional reps on Wednesday.

“We put him in all different situations,” Fisher said. “He participated in 7-on-7, then we had a red zone move, we had a first-and-10 run-play pass period, then we had a pressure period. He handled everything really well — huddle presence and understanding, snap count, Mike [middle linebacker] IDs. He was going against our defense; he hadn’t gone against our defense in a while.”

Left tackle Trent Williams was limited with a hyperextended knee. Though he still walked with a limp, Williams remained confident he would play Sunday.

Prescott or Wentz? Which rookie QB would teams rather have, based on what they know now?

No one was posing the question in April when the Eagles traded up to select Wentz with the second pick in the 2016 draft, 133 spots before Dallas took Prescott in the fourth round. But with Prescott ranking among the NFL’s top five qualifying QBs in Total QBR, passer rating and completion percentage, an updated assessment is in order.