Le’Veon Bell won’t apologize for patient running: ‘I’m controlling the pace’

Watching Ezekiel Elliott and Le’Veon Bell get after it in Week 10 was a love letter to rock-toting aficionados everywhere. Bell is the smooth, versatile rusher/receiver, while Elliott is wildly explosive through the hole on his way to an MVP campaign (thanks in part to the Steelers’ defense).

But Bell’s rushing style can be difficult to figure Vaughn Martin Authentic Womens Jersey out. Even the men blocking for him find it a unique experience. Bell waits, and waits, and waits some more, slow-cooking his runs until his rushing lanes have the right seasoning.

It’s hard to complain about the results after Bell recently became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 3,000 rushing yards and 1,500 receiving yards.

Le’Veon Bell says he has “perfected” being patient and waiting for his running lanes to develop. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
On short gains, it looks to the common fan like he waited too long. But to Bell, the process is way more complicated than that.

We’re talking third-dimension stuff.

“Some people would think that because it doesn’t look like I’m hitting the hole right now,” said Bell, who has 433 rushing yards on 100 carries and 45 catches for 360 yards through six games this season. “But essentially the hole is still going to be there. I’m just trying to make it bigger.”

Bell explains.

Which wide receivers have the easiest and toughest matchups in Week 11? Check out the downloadable PDF cheat sheet listing every matchup to help with your fantasy football decisions.

Keep that in mind as you set your fantasy lineups this week, and be sure to take advantage Ziggy Ansah Authentic Womens Jersey of our Roster Advisor tool to get an edge on your opponents. And for those taking part in the Eliminator Challenge, you can get an edge here, too, with the Survivor Guide.

Our weekly ESPN Insider cheat sheet provides a rundown of the greatest hits from all of our Insider fantasy football content. In this file, you’ll find answers to the top questions of the week, along with injury updates, matchup advantages and wild-card plays from Eric Karabell, Tristan H. Cockcroft, Matt Bowen, Scott Kacsmar, Mike Clay and Al Zeidenfeld. It’s all the best tips, distilled into one handy file.

Thompson wasn’t alone in rallying around James

As if the Cavs needed reminders of the special player they have in James. On Tuesday, a fan was shown on the Jumbotron holding a sign that read, “I flew in from Taiwan to see LeBron.” Security guards line the tunnel from the locker room out to the court, and they all hold up a single fist when James makes his way through. He’s the only Cavs’ player who elicits that heightened awareness, because, well, he is the man everyone is there to see.

If anything though, James tries to share the shine — whether that be empowering his childhood friends Rich Paul, Maverick Carter and Randy Mims to Authentic Quincy Enunwa Jersey become business partners or spreading the wealth with a simple gesture like putting a pair of Beats headphones in every teammate’s locker before the Toronto game.

“He’s always been like that,” Tristan Thompson told ESPN.com. “He’s all about team and family so you got to be very appreciative and always say ‘thank you’ because I’ve been on other teams where we haven’t got s—, so he always looks out for us and makes sure everyone is well taken care of бн

“I’ve never met a human being at that level that Authentic Robby Anderson Jersey cares so much about others. So Phil Jackson’s got his comments, it is what it is, but бн I’m rolling with him. I’m rolling with ‘Bron.”

Phil Jackson’s comments about the “special treatment” of LeBron James and his “posse” bounced from New York, to Los Angeles, to Cleveland, back to New York again. And James was left sitting in a half-empty locker room at Quicken Loans Arena trying to piece together what just happened.

“What does that mean?” James asked ESPN, referring to Jackson’s assertion that the 14-year veteran receives special treatment. “I want to know what that means, though.”

“I never liked standing out, LeBron James said. “I’m an only child. I always wanted like brothers around me all the way from when I started playing ball.”

James’ coach, Tyronn Lue, had a hard time figuring it out, too. Before the Cavs’ 121-117 win over the Toronto Raptors extended Cleveland’s record to an East-best 9-1 on Tuesday, Lue shot down Jackson’s notion.

“He hasn’t asked for special treatment,” Lue said. “We treat everyone the same around here. Everyone grown men, we treat everyone the same, and LeBron has never come to me and asked for special treatment or to do anything different.”

Lue had no plans to broker a meeting between Jackson and James, even though Lue played for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and won two championships under his tutelage. Lue has repeatedly likened that experience with the Lakers as a “blood transfusion” among all the team members who accomplished it together. Apparently that blood wasn’t so thick between Lue and Jackson, or else he would have easily sorted it out between his former coach and current player.

Thompson wasn’t alone in rallying around James.

Phil Jackson: ‘I’m going to follow the plan, and if it doesn’t work out, it will be evident’

Phil Jackson says he hasn’t voted for a president since 1980. After campaigning vigorously on behalf of losing democrats George McGovern and Jimmy Carter, Jackson determined the political system was flawed, perhaps even broken, so he ceased participating.

He watched last Tuesday’s presidential Sean Weatherspoon Authentic Womens Jersey outcome at the New York abode of his friend and former teammate Bill Bradley, the one-time U.S. senator from New Jersey who ran for president in 2000.

“He has earned the right to be our quarterback,” Romo said in his statement. “As hard as that is for me to say, he’s guided our team to an 8-1 record, and that’s hard to do.

“I think we all know something magical is happening with our team. I’m not going to allow this situation to negatively affect Dak or this football team by becoming a constant distraction. I think Dak knows I have his back and I think that I know Steve Bartkowski Authentic Womens Jersey he has mine.”

Some will criticize Romo for reading a statement; others will criticize him for not taking questions. The reality is he was going to be criticized no matter what he did or said.

The television cameras at Sunday’s game against Baltimore will be trained on him the moment he takes the field. Every time, Prescott makes a play — good or bad — the cameras will focus on his reactions.

Body language experts and lip readers will reap the benefits just in time for Black Friday.

“I feel like we have two battles going on — one is with the man across from you and the second is with the man inside of you,” Romo said. “Once you control the one inside of you, the one across from you doesn’t matter. I think that’s what we’re all trying to do.”

Long did not get up after the play as trainers and doctors rushed onto the field. Chicago’s medical staff eventually put a brace on Long’s right leg before placing him on the cart. Several of Long’s teammates attempted to encourage and console him before he went back to the locker room.

“We ordered out — Greek,” Jackson reveals. The senator and Knicks president did what most American did that night — obsess over the turnout in Broward or Wayne County and try to make sense of one surprise after another. Then, for Jackson, thoughts of his day job intervened: “We had it on for a while, but I wanted to watch the Minnesota-Brooklyn Nets game because we were playing the Nets the next night, so I flipped the channel.

This cannot bode well for Browns quarterback Josh McCown

This is not Joshing: No players with any other first name have created as many headlines as the Joshes.

This cannot bode well for Browns quarterback Josh McCown, Bears guard Josh Sitton, 49ers guard Josh Garnett or Giants quarterback Josh Johnson. And so when someone asks, “What’s going on with Josh?” the inquirer must be more specific. There are a lot of Joshes to track.

There always has been an appreciation for the quarterback draft class of 2004, specifically Eli Manning of the Giants, Philip Rivers of the Jakub Zboril Youth Jersey San Diego Chargers and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ron Wolf, the Hall of Fame general manager associated with restoring the Green Bay Packers’ prominence, saw it coming after he hired McKenzie as a pro personnel assistant in 1994. McKenzie remained with the Packers in the player personnel department until he was selected as the Raiders’ GM in 2012, less than a year after Al Davis died. Wolf recommended McKenzie to Raiders owner Mark Davis without hesitation.

“I thought he was exceptional at what he did — that is, to evaluate talent,” Wolf said. “He had a rare feel for evaluating players properly. He really was a cut above. I think that came from him being a player. He was smart, he was tough, he was strong and he understood the game. I hate to say this, but maybe the best thing for pro football is that he got hurt, couldn’t play anymore, and he went into talent evaluation.”

Wolf was a mainstay in personnel under Davis when Raiders selected McKenzie, a linebacker for the University of Tennessee, in the 10th round of the 1984 NFL draft. That season, he started all 16 games and was named to the all-rookie team after the Raiders went 12-4.

And cornerback Josh Norman was fined $25,000 for criticizing an official and another $10,000 for using an imaginary bow and arrow as a way to celebrate a Jeremy Lauzon Youth Jersey fourth-quarter interception against the Browns.

Rex Ryan reveals what he said to Richard Sherman on the sideline

Richard Sherman was the center of attention during the Seattle Seahawks’ win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night. It wasn’t all positive, though.

In the final seconds of the first half, Sherman hit Bills kicker Dan Carpenter low, but it wasn’t flagged because he was ruled offsides. The Bills were forced to re-kick it twice more, resulting in a missed field goal after a delay of game penalty. The three consecutive plays were certainly controversial, which understandably had everyone on Buffalo’s sideline fuming.

Their frustration didn’t subside as the game Dave Dravecky Jersey went on, either – especially for Rex Ryan.

With the game on the line and the Bills trailing 31-25, Tyrod Taylor scrambled to his left, attempting to buy time to allow his receivers to come open. He unleashed a pass in the direction of Robert Woods in the middle of the end zone, but it was off-target and broken up by Earl Thomas. Game over.

On the near side of the field, Richard Sherman could be seen leveling a Bills receiver. At first glance, it looked as though the hit was blatantly obvious illegal contact. Had it been called, the Bills would have been given 5 yards and an automatic first down, thus extending the game. Only, it wasn’t a flag because Sherman is a defensive savant.

He wasn’t penalized because once the quarterback leaves the pocket, illegal contact against receivers is no longer enforced. That doesn’t mean DBs can grab and hold receivers, preventing them from breaking free, but making contact with them is perfectly legal. Sherman understood that rule – which many cornerbacks probably don’t – and used it to his advantage.

Much will be made about the officials’ missed calls at the end of the first half, and of Sherman’s seemingly illegal play at the end of the game. While the former is debatable, the latter is not. It was a perfectly legal hit, and a brilliant play by one of the Deion Sanders Jersey best cornerbacks in the league.

Have any questions about college hoops? The Bilastrator is here

Seeing the future isn’t trouble-free. It is always a tussle in deciding exactly how much of the future fans truly want to know. And there is certainly apprehension among ESPN suits and editors as to “giving things away” and “taking away the thrill of the chase, the mystery of the unfolding season.” Why would viewers view if they know the outcomes? Well, The Bilastrator cannot keep this season’s bright future to himself. That would be downright egocentric. And, as you should know, there is no person on this planet less egocentric than The Bilastrator.

He made 65 percent of his shots inside the arc as a senior. He can post up like a traditional big man. He can also put the ball on the floor and play in space.

“A motor, somebody who just doesn’t give up on plays,” Adebayo said of his playing style. “It’s just always been me. I’ve just never liked giving up on anything. It’s a bunch of us. We got our dogs on the team. Just like, the other dude in front of you, it’s personal. You take everything personal when you’re on the court.”

Added Kentucky guard Malik Monk: “He’s a dog, too. It’s crazy. Having the presence of Bam down there, knowing if you get beat off the dribble somebody is back there to block it or if you get stuck in the air on offense, you can just throw it up, he’ll Percy Harvin Jersey catch it. Then if he’s posting up, [opponents] can’t help down because if you help down, he’s gonna kick it out and we’ve got shooters. He just spaces the floor way more.”

Kentucky lacked that big-bodied athlete last season. Calipari had Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015 and Julius Randle in 2014. Without a mobile, physical center to stop him, Indiana’s Thomas Bryant scored 19 points (6-for-6 inside the arc) during Indiana’s second-round victory over Kentucky in the NCAA tournament.

That shouldn’t be a problem this season with Adebayo on the roster. The freshman says he admires Randle’s “aggression and passion” and hopes to emulate some of the outstanding bigs Kentucky has produced under Calipari.

“[The Kentucky coaches] really want to see kids succeed,” Adebayo said. “You can’t go wrong with how they do things here. You look on the wall and it’s a lot of [players] that fulfilled their dreams and I’m just trying to be the next.”

Adebayo nursed an ankle injury throughout the summer and only recently returned to practice at full speed. He’s still getting in shape, Calipari said. But Red Bryant Jersey he scored 13 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked a shots in last week’s exhibition win over Clarion.

“Bam is a beast,” Calipari said.

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.

Fantasy football cheat sheet: Start, sit and more tips for Week 8

The NFL really should honor fantasy football owners for our devotion to watching completely awful games all the way to the bitter end just for the love Tie Domi Womens Jersey of box scores. Thursday night’s tilt between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans was basically over halfway through the second quarter and, quite frankly, was a yawner from the get-go.

Fagan, the former assistant U.S. attorney in Missouri, who successfully prosecuted offshore sports gambling website BetOnSports.com a decade ago, said the daily fantasy media explosion highlighted the concerns about any future with widespread legal sports betting.

“Expanded and heavily marketed sports gambling significantly shifts the focus of fans from the athletic contest to the pursuit of personal Tiger Williams Womens Jersey profit,” Fagan told ESPN. “Other non-wager-determinative aspects of sport wind up diminished. This means the increased viewership sought by greed-driven, short-sighted league and network executives will be driven to a marked degree by money fans, not sports fans who will have been converted, in whole or part, to money fans, and this will work a change in life in America.

“Only the gamblers, in the short term, and those profiting off their losses, in the long term, will see this change as a positive one.”

Other experts agree.

With Prescott at the controls, everything has been picture-perfect at One Cowboys Way. But trouble could be around the bend.

Romo returned to the practice field Wednesday for the first time since training camp, although he was not in uniform and continues to rehabilitate from a compression fracture in his back. In the portion of practice open to the media, the four-time Pro Bowler threw some passes during individual drills and did light work.

No one could deny that Romo is much more experienced than Prescott. And way back in 2014, Romo had the greatest year of his career while leading the Cowboys to the NFC East title. He’s also 36. In his last four games including the preseason, Romo has left three times because of significant injuries that sidelined him for long stretches. At 23, Prescott has youth on his side. He stays on the field. And all he does is win, win, win.

The Cowboys have something great going. It starts at quarterback. Altering that isn’t a risk worth taking. All you have to do is review the evidence.

Jason Reid is the senior NFL writer at The Undefeated. He enjoys watching sports, especially any games involving his son and daughter.

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.