Month: September 2017

The next phase of Charles Tillman’s career after football will be the FBI, per report

If you were making a list of careers little kids dream of pursuing when they grow up, both NFL player and FBI agent might make the list. Charles Tillman already accomplished one of those. Now, he’s working on the other.

TIllman, who retired from the NFL following the 2015 season, is currently in training to become an FBI agent, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

And Tillman is getting in just under the wire. Prospective agents must be at least 23 years old to begin training, but they also must be younger than 37. Tillman is 36, with his next birthday coming up in February.

The FBI would not confirm the report.

We don’t speak about personnel matters,” agent Garrett Croon, on behalf of the Chicago bureau, told the Tribune.

Allen dominated the touches in the second half, as Terrance West was reportedly dealing with a soft tissue injury. The USC product took advantage of his opportunity, as he was the biggest key to the Ravens offense against the Browns.

Allen has been shoved into a bigger role in the offense after Danny Woodhead was placed on IR. Woodhead got barely any playing time this season before getting hurt, but for the short while that Woodhead was on the the field, the Ravens offense showed some promise. Allen is now serving as the Ravens top pass catching back, a roll he has done well in thus far.

With Terrance West now dealing with a soft tissue injury, we could see even more of Allen in West’s place. With a Ravens backfield that has been dealing with a ton of injuries (Woodhead, Kenneth Dixon, and West), Buck Allen is finally getting his chance to truly break out.

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Chris Long earned All-American honors at Virginia and had his number retired by the Cavaliers.

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Look, the Saints have been setting records for defensive futility for a while now, but you have to admire them for always trying to find ways to take it to a new level. It’s pretty special to allow 1,025 yards in two games. And when it’s your first two games, you’re basically announcing to the world: NO! No, world, we have not solved our perennial biggest problem, and it doesn’t look as if we ever will. The Saints have finished 7-9 three seasons in a row. They play in a division that includes the past two NFC champs and an up-and-coming Buccaneers team. They have the feeling of a team that’s going to get left out of the party. Which is about the worst thing that can happen to you in New Orleans.

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Neo-Nazis, skinheads, Ku Klux Klan members and other white supremacist groups staged a rally Friday to protest the city of Charlottesville’s plans to remove a Robert E. Lee statue from a park. On Saturday, a 20-year-old man drove his car through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and wounding at least 19 others. Hours later, two Virginia state troopers were killed when the helicopter they were flying in as part of a large-scale police effort at the rally crashed into a wooded area outside the city.

Now with the Philadelphia Eagles, he tweeted his disgust on Saturday for the white supremacist marches.

Insanely frustrating. Evolution will favor the self assured… not man babies with tiki torches or people playing militia

Biggest surprises from Week 1 in the NFL

NFL Nation reporters break down the biggest surprises across the league from Week 1, from the Texans making another change at quarterback to good performances from some unexpected teams, and more.

The biggest surprise from the Titans Week 1 loss was DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry combining for just 69 rushing yards on 18 carries. Tennessee had a top-5 rushing attack in 2016, but they struggled to establish the run against the Raiders.
We’ve got to get better in the run game and set the tone, Murray said. Just got to get more opportunities.

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The Vikings will go with an offensive line of Nick Easton and Joe Berger at guard, rookie center Pat Elflein and tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers. Reiff, who spent his first five seasons with the Lions, and Remmers, who spent the last three seasons with the Panthers, were free-agent signings as the Vikings looked to shore up what was a porous offensive line in 2016. The Vikings have five new starters up front as 2016 starting guard Alex Boone was among Saturday’s cuts.

Joe Flacco is returning from a back injury (most likely), but Baltimore’s offense has been banged up everywhere throughout the preseason. Cincy is hoping Joe Mixon will provide a spark to its backfield in what sets up as a bit of an ugly defensive game. It’s at home in the early window, which means Andy Dalton can do his best work. His connection to A.J. Green is the difference in a field-goal fest. Bengals win 23-19 and cover the spread.

Minnesota’s limited offense gets a break early to explode on New Orleans’ ever-reeling defense. Sam Bradford will get big plays to both Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielien, buoyed by Adrian Peterson replacement Dalvin Cook running and catching well in his NFL debut. As for Peterson, his revenge plans will be foiled, first by not playing much as Drew Brees needs to go pass-happier again, and then by seeing the Vikings hold on late because of Cook. Vikings win 27-24 but fail to cover the spread.

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Relieved I finally get a fair trial’

Elite Andy Dalton Jersey Ezekiel Elliott, fresh off a 104-yard rushing effort Sunday in the Cowboys’ season-opening 19-3 win over the Giants, addressed a different big win: his in court.

Elite Darrius Heyward-Bey Jersey A U.S. District Court judge in Texas on Friday blocked the NFL’s six-game suspension of Elliott stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident in 2016.

Just relieved for the fact that I finally get a fair trial, Elliott told reporters after Sunday’s game. I finally get a chance to prove my innocence and just happy that I’ll get to be with the guys for as long as permitted and not miss time and not having to be away from them.

Carton was released on $500,000 bond after appearing in federal court in Manhattan. He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.

WFAN announced Wednesday night (per the Post) it had suspended Carton indefinitely. The station also announced that former Giants quarterback Phil Simms would fill in for Carton on Thursday. Subsequent fill-in hosts will be announced as needed, the station said.

Esiason, who also serves as an analyst for CBS Sports’ The NFL Today, and Carton, a former New Jersey radio shock jock, have been on the air together at WFAN for 10 years. Early in Wednesday morning’s show, Esiason told listeners Carton had called in sick. After he was informed of his partner’s arrest, Esiason told his audience he was taken aback and surprised by it just like I’m sure everyone else is.

As the country’s first 24-hour all sports radio station, WFAN is the grandaddy of sports talk radio. ESPN recently profiled the legendary sports radio tandem of Mike Francesa and Chris Mad Dog Russo in the 30 for 30 documentary Mike and the Mad Dog.

This article has been updated with additional details, including Carton’s suspension.

Former Packers receiver James Jones retires, will join NFL Network

Former Packers receiver James Jones has announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons.

Jones spent eight of his nine seasons with the Packers, finishing his career with 433 receptions for 5,861 yards and 51 touchdowns.

He was a key member of the 2010 Packers that won Super Bowl XLV. Jones caught 50 passes for 679 touchdowns and five touchdowns that season. He led the NFL with 14 receiving scores in 2014, a season in which he had 64 receptions for 784 yards.

“I have truly been blessed to have worked with such wonderful people throughout my career. I would personally like to thank the entire Packers organization, Packer Nation and particularly Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and Sammy Seal,” Jones said.

Darby was carted off the field with an air cast on his lower leg in the second quarter of the Eagles’ 30-17 victory over Washington. His ankle bent awkwardly as he planted while in coverage, and he immediately went down in pain.

Surgery would have meant that Darby would miss the rest of the season.

The Eagles acquired Darby from the Buffalo Bills in August for receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick.

A 2015 second-round pick out of Florida State, Darby finished second in voting for defensive rookie of the year in 2015 before taking a bit of a step back last season. Asked what he liked about Darby, Eagles executive Howie Roseman pointed to “rare speed” — Darby ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine — as well as his production on the ball. He has only two career interceptions but has 33 pass breakups in 29 games.nike_steelers_957

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Seahawks’ Jeremy Lane ejected for throwing punch vs. Packers, replay shows otherwise

The Seahawks had a pick-six against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers called back Sunday at Lambeau Field for a pair of penalties during the return.

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It appeared Adams took Lane down by the facemask and the defensive back Lane was busted for his response, although replay never showed Lane actually hitting back.

Corey Davis was expected to be limited in his NFL debut, but the fifth-overall pick paced Tennessee with 10 targets. He was on the field for 35 of the team’s 43 pass plays, which was just behind Rishard Matthews (41) and Eric Decker (39). Davis turned the heavy usage into six catches for 69 yards and looked the part on tape. His role is only going to increase as the weeks progress and a Tennessee offense that ranked ninth in the league in touchdowns last year will score more than once most weeks. Davis is quite possibly the league’s next star wide receiver, so try to buy him while he’s still being valued below market.

Game Youth Jimmie Ward Jersey Are you stashing Josh Doctson on your bench? If so, you could not have been pleased with his Week 1 output. Doctson was on the field for 20 snaps, ran 17 routes and was not targeted. Doctson, of course, was the team’s first-round pick in 2016 but missed all but a handful of snaps during his rookie campaign due to an Achilles injury. Doctson’s role figures only to expand in the coming weeks, especially considering Washington’s offensive woes against Philadelphia. Doctson very well could emerge as the team’s top wideout this year and should thus remain on your bench.

the Bears didn’t give him very many touches over the first five games of the season.

When he signed with the Bears in 2015, I’m sure Rodgers was hoping to get more opportunities as a running back and maybe even start there. His time in Chicago didn’t go at all as planned, however.

In his first season in Chicago, the Bears didn’t give him very many touches over the first five games of the season. Then, he landed on IR after breaking his arm in that fifth game. He looked to bounce back last preseason, but then the Bears ultimately released him before the regular season started after talking him up most of last offseason.
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I’m sure his head was spinning at that point. He was two years removed from looking like he was about to really break out. Instead, here he was two years later not even on an active roster for the first week of the season. And that is important because veterans who aren’t on the active roster in Week 1 can be cut at any point after they do sign, and the team won’t owe them the balance of their salary for that season.

There’s a lot of correlation [between football and MMA] because it’s extremely physical, right? It’s physical abuse, said Tareq Azim, founder of Empower Gym. They’re both combat sports. They’re both leverage sports. They’re both speed sports. And they’re both power sports.

Azim was a linebacker at Fresno State, but brought with him a lifetime of training in martial arts. He says his understanding of leverage and hand techniques gave him advantages on the field.
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Now he’s an MMA coach who works with championship-level fighters like Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez, as well as NFL players like Marshawn Lynch and Marcus Peters.

The NFL tweaked its rules for practice squad eligibility this year.

Welcome back to my third year of doing NFL breakout players predictions. I just wanted to go back through the criteria for selection so we can all be on the same page, even though I know half of y’all won’t read it.

Cameron Fleming Youth Jersey To even be considered a guy has to be at least two years removed from playing in college. I won’t pick a rookie before he has played a snap in the NFL, and even if a guy had a strong rookie season that usually just isn’t enough to go on unless he played so well that he already broke out as a rookie.

Justin Blackmon Youth Jersey We all know guys who start slow then come on strong around their third season, and we also know a lot of cats who balled out as a rookie and then fell off. Predicting how a guy will play is hard enough as it is, but I want it to at least be an informed prediction if possible and that usually takes time and (hopefully) game film.

The NFL tweaked its rules for practice squad eligibility this year. In 2014, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to a rule that expanded the practice squad roster limits from eight to 10 players. The rule expired prior to the 2016 league year, but it has been renewed. In addition, last year teams could have two of the 10 practice squad spots filled by players who had two or more years of experience on an NFL roster. This year, that number has been increased to four players.

While many players who spent the preseason with NFL teams are being cut today, the hope remains that they may get signed by another team off of waivers. If players clear waivers, the next best thing is the practice squad, which allows them to continue to develop as players and keep their NFL hopes alive.

It’s still a long shot for these players to carve out successful NFL careers, but landing on a practice squad gives them a shot. Several players have graduated from practice squads to active rosters and made an impact for their teams, including Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

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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Preseason Week 3: Jaguars quarterback situation still not settled

We had the opportunity with the right coverage and perfect play call, Smith said during the Eagles broadcast. I feel great. The chemistry with Carson has been awesome.

Second-year Dolphins receiver Jakeem Grant bounced off two would-be tacklers and then turned on the jets for a 69-yard touchdown in the third quarter of Thursday’s game.

The choice to do so for the latter last year backfired, as kicker Roberto Aguayo had such a poor rookie season and awful training camp that he was recently cut despite the Buccaneers having spent a second-round pick on him.

The biggest head-scratcher with Madden NFL 18 when it comes to clutch players is once again a rookie for Tampa Bay.

Limited Kids George Johnson Jersey Tight end O.J. Howard, taken 19th in the draft, is the only rookie to have received the trait. Howard had big games in the last two college foortball national championships, but again, he has never taken a regular-season snap in the NFL and is being grouped in with the league’s most proven performers.

All the other clutch players have firmly established themselves in the league.

Imagine that. Kaepernick was the one labeled a coward in so many places for so many reasons last season 鈥?including, implausibly, for making it known that he would no longer do the same protest at games next season.

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Meanwhile, those who said the rich, entitled jock really wasn’t sacrificing anything with his kneeling must be aware by now exactly what he sacrificed.