The Baltimore Ravens appear to be in a mixed zone-man coverage

Elite Youth Marquess Wilson Jersey This throw by Palmer from a muddied pocket is impressive as well.

I really like this concept shown below. The Baltimore Ravens appear to be in a mixed zone-man coverage, where on the defensive left, the two corners up toward the line are in man, and the deep safeties and corner to the other side are in zone.

As Brown and Floyd release on the offense right, the defensive backs in coverage stick with their original matchups. As Brown heads upfield and Floyd widens out, he’s got his cornerback on his hip and a lot of green toward the sideline.

Washington wanted the Packers to believe they were running the football to start that drive, so they put an extra offensive linemen, Tom Compton, in the game as a tight end and went with a play action fake to running back Alfred Morris. The fake was so good it got both Packers safeties to bite up on the run leaving absolutely no one covering the deep area of the field.

Womens Chicago White Sox Jersey I can’t be sure if it was Packers safety Morgan Burnett or his amigo on the back end Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or both, who fucked up on that play. What I can tell you is that if Cousins had any time at all to get the ball to Jackson, you could have struck up the band before the ball even left his hand. Hell, I could have made that throw with no pressure and I feel like a senior citizen most days at this point in my life.

Only problem was there wasn’t any time to get a pass off, not even with Washington leaving Compton in to help pass block. Not when the guy they asked Compton to block one-on-one is also the guy who is currently tied with Jared Allen for the lead in career sacks among active players.

Unfortunately for the Steelers, they are hurting bad after a very physical and chippy game against the Bengals. Starting wide receiver Antonio Brown, possibly the best receiver in the league today, took a huge hit from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and was ruled out for Sunday’s game with a concussion.

Winter meetings shopping guide: Let’s make a deal in D.C.

So now that we’ve got that pesky little labor snafu out of the way, let baseball’s real offseason fun begin. And by that, of course, we mean:

Bring on the winter meetings!

They will come roaring at us from the shores of the Potomac River, starting Sunday. And when you consider all the offseason activity that got shoved in the back of the freezer as teams awaited further developments on the labor front, these meetings have a chance to be crazy.

Yanks both rebuilding and reloading this winter. Wait … what?

You know that youth movement in the Bronx that began at the trade deadline? It’s still on. But so is a possible spending spree at the winter meetings.

“If you want a prediction, I would expect a lot of action,” one AL executive said. “I think there’s a lot of stuff out there that people have arranged and want to do and have had a lot of substantive talks about. And they were left like, ‘Once we know all the rules [in the labor deal], let’s get moving on this.'”
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OK, so what happens now that those folks finally know all the rules — or know most of them, anyway? Let the transactions begin. That’s what.

First off, there are many, many free agents left to sign, in a world in which 19 of Keith Law’s top 23 free agents remain on the board. And some of them — say, Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Beltran and Rich Hill, to name three — could go quickly.

But what really will make these winter meetings an awesome Rumor Central attraction is that, for once, those free agents aren’t going to be headliners in this show. It’s going to be a week in which a bunch of five-star, bright-lights players are going to turn up in, like, a dozen trade rumors a day — because, as long as they’re not a closer or a first baseman/DH, they’re potentially much bigger difference-makers than anyone on the free-agent market.

“It’s one of the worst free-agent groups I can remember,” said one longtime NL exec. “So I think people are saying, ‘Let’s go make a trade.'”

And if that’s what they’re saying, it could be one action-packed week. So if anyone needs help out there as they steer their shopping cart through the aisles, we’re here to offer our “expert” assistance — by presenting this handy-dandy buyer’s guide to the winter meetings:

If you’re in the market for starting pitching this winter, you’d better have more than a shopping cart full of baseballs to barter. AP Photo/Morry Gash
Starting pitching

The good news: There are three dozen available free-agent starters. The bad news: Exactly one of them is coming off a season in which he worked more than 100 innings, had an ERA under 3.70 and had an ERA+ more than 23 percent above the league average. That would be Rich Hill, naturally. And even though he’ll turn 37 next March, Hill is poised to sign the contract of a lifetime. (Our prediction: He goes back to the Dodgers.)

Joe Carter Limited Jersey So for teams looking for top-of-the-rotation arms, the only real route is the Trade Rumor section of this market. And luckily for them, there are some intriguing starters on those shelves.

Carroll asked Chancellor to take over as starting safety and as vocal leader of the defense

He never took a play off, even in practice. He jumped over linemen to block extra points. He roamed the field with a physical recklessness that teammates admired and opposing receivers feared. After just one NFL season, Carroll asked Chancellor to take over as starting safety and as vocal leader of the defense. But Chancellor demurred. “I told him I wasn’t ready for that second part,” he says. “I needed to prove myself on the field first and do it by example. You can’t force leadership. It has to be natural.”

For the next several moments, he’s the only guy on the field moving at a rate faster than a dreary jog. One moment everybody’s lying around stretching, and the next this huge person is running as fast as he can for no apparent reason. His head tilted back, his arms pumping, his Doric-column legs churning — it’s like something out of a nature show. After about 30 yards of max effort — he moves faster than you would expect, given the surrounding torpor — Incognito looks over his left shoulder to see a football thrown by quarterback Tyrod Taylor descending into his thick, heavily wrapped hands. He catches it in full stride — “I have great hands,” he says — and decelerates like a downshifting big rig.

It is Chancellor whom teammates credit for uniting the locker room on the way to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. It is Chancellor who now blames himself for disrupting that chemistry last season with his two-game contract holdout, a situation that he says damaged relationships with teammates and compelled him to apologize.

And now, on this Monday night, it is Chancellor who Carroll believes is most capable of igniting the Seahawks for the season’s stretch run — even if he’s still hobbled on the sideline in street clothes, about to miss his fourth consecutive game with a groin injury.

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Why? I’m not even playing, Chancellor thought to himself.

Before he can say anything, though, Carroll says: “Doesn’t matter. They want to hear you anyway.”

Manning has begun his offseason workouts and training regime

Although Manning has not made an official public statement on whether he will retire from the NFL or return to Denver next season, he has already met with team officials and has expressed a desire to suit up again for the Broncos in 2015.

Manning has begun his offseason workouts and training regime, reportedly “with the intent to play,” and indicated a few weeks ago that he is looking forward to working with Gary Kubiak. The new Broncos head coach also is Kam Chancellor Authentic Womens Jersey apparently willing to alter his offensive scheme in order to fit the future Hall of Famer’s strengths.

The key part of Manning’s decision hinges on his health and various medical examinations to determine whether he can make it through the rigors of another NFL season. Manning’s 2015 base salary of $19 million becomes fully guaranteed on March 9, so the team needs an answer from him before that date.

This is not Sapp’s first run-in with the law. In 2010 he was charged with domestic battery for allegedly choking a woman before Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. Those charges were later dropped. Sapp was also arrested in 2014 for alleged domestic battery in Miami.

Here’s Schefter’s convoluted explanation:

According to Schefter, the whole situation was caught on camera, and will be documented in the report from the investigation being conducted into allegations that the Patriots intentionally deflated footballs that were used during the first half of the AFC Championship.

It is unclear whether the official tried to sell the balls after the DeflateGate scandal Kevin Pierre-Louis Authentic Womens Jersey broke open (presumably, the scandal would have made the balls more valuable to potential buyers). Schefter did not indicate any link between the official’s actions and the Patriots’ alleged tampering with footballs.

Thomas Greiss looked good in his one start sandwiched between a bunch of Jaroslav Halak stinkers

Thomas Greiss looked good in his one start sandwiched between a bunch of Jaroslav Halak stinkers. We’re pretty sure you want no part of either of them, but the result from Greiss at least makes us want to get another look at him soon. Halak is a hot mess. Again, the team in front of them is the bigger problem. Only the Coyotes have allowed more shot attempts Kenyan Drake Authentic Womens Jersey per game (Corsi against) this season.

Craig Anderson has a decent shot at a three-win week for the next fantasy period and he’s available in 30 percent of ESPN leagues. The Ottawa Senators just need to get him a little offensive support, which should be a little easier given the schedule that includes the Buffalo Sabres, Flyers and Florida Panthers.

The San Jose Sharks play their first two back-to-back sets of November this weekend and early next week, so we should get a better look at Aaron Dell. If he fairs well this weekend, consider him for a spot start if he draws the Coyotes on Tuesday.

It’s sooner than expected, but don’t be surprised if we see Jack Eichel next week for the Sabres. Get ready to make room to bring him off the injured reserve in your league.

Check on Jonathan Toews’ status through the weekend as he’s questionable for Friday’s game.

If you need a shot in the dark for some offensive help, Marian Gaborik is out there Kiko Alonso Authentic Womens Jersey in 95 percent of leagues and could be back with the Los Angeles Kings this weekend.

We’ve been waiting for a line for the Avalanche to show some chemistry — any chemistry at all — this season. Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Rene Bourque did just that on Wednesday. Let’s see what they do against the Canucks this weekend and consider things from there.

Gotta love Stars coach Lindy Ruff. With Patrick Eaves tearing up the NHL alongside Seguin and Benn, Ruff switched his lines Wednesday coming off a win.

Still looking for more offense from the team’s stars, the Sharks moved Patrick Marleau up from the third line to the top line with Thornton and Joe Pavelski.

Hoyer went on to say that baseball front offices do a good job of looking into their future

“He cut us a break last year, came back to us on a one-year deal,” Hoyer said. “He put his money where his mouth is. It’s a good lesson for everyone. He bet on himself and bet on being involved in something special. Something he can be really proud of.”

Hoyer went on to say that baseball Britton Colquitt Womens Jersey front offices do a good job of looking into their future, as everyone knows years ahead of time when players will become free agents. That works for players, as well — Fowler bet on himself knowing that a weak free-agent class was coming, and he was right.

One longtime agent thinks Fowler will get a minimum of four years and $60 million, while ESPN’s Jim Bowden estimates Fowler cashing in for upward of five years and $80 million. The Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets have shown interest in the 30-year-old, according to league sources.

Should the Cubs do what it takes to keep him? Let’s examine both options.

This year’s free-agent class is light on top-tier talent and depth, but there’s plenty of power to go around, including a few 40-homer guys.

If the Cubs ante up for Fowler, they’ll have to open up space in an outfield with too many bodies, especially with the return of Kyle Schwarber and the emergence of Baez at second base. Jason Heyward has seven years remaining on his deal, Ben Zobrist Cam Johnson Womens Jersey is signed for three more years, while Jorge Soler is also locked up and Almora appears ready for more playing time.

This kind of depth would be a good problem to have, though, and with Fowler in the fold, others would become expendable. Perhaps Almora becomes a centerpiece in a deal for young pitching. Or maybe it’s Baez. At this point, Soler would be a complementary piece, but it’s safe to assume he can be had in the right trade.

A commitment to Fowler would tie up the Cubs’ payroll and bank on him being productive into his mid-30s. The Cubs are already doing that with Zobrist and will eventually do so with Heyward, but outside of the core young players, was there anyone more valuable than Fowler in 2016?

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.”

DeRozan takes a whole lot of shots in general

Back in the early Durant-Westbrook-Harden era, it took the Thunder three years to get from No. 30 to top five in shooting efficiency. They didn’t have a Kobe-esque anchor at the start weighing them down, but if that collection of talent needed that much time to break through, it speaks to how tough the climb is for a young team.

In fact, this is ending now. The Lakers’ next six games are against Devin Mesoraco Authentic Womens Jersey the Spurs, Bulls, Thunder, Warriors twice, and Hawks. It’s been fun, Lil’ Showtime. The future is bright, but it is just that: the future.

DeRozan’s doing the same thing from the 15-to-19-foot range, too. His 3.9 made shots per game from the area is better than 10 entire teams, and his 7.4 attempts leads the next-closest player (Harrison Barnes) by two full attempts per game.

“I think anybody would understand that (posse is an offensive word). Anybody. I don’t think you have to be a rocket scientist or an educated person to understand kind of what that means to us.”

In case you missed it, Jackson sat down with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan and somehow found himself criticizing LeBron’s behavior with the Heat. He called the people around LeBron — his successful business manager, his successful agent — a “posse,” which has certain connotations. A woke GM would stay far away from that word or those similar to it. Jackson is either not woke, or he is oblivious or too old to care. LeBron’s business manager Maverick Carter took public exception to the matter, and LeBron followed suit.

The debate over the word is one thing. I’m liable to offer Jackson the benefit of the doubt as Homer Bailey Authentic Womens Jersey he is actually from the Old West. But to even get yourself into a position where you might fire a completely unnecessary shot across LeBron’s bow? We all know Jackie Mac is a wizard of the highest order, but smarten up, Phil. Try to realize how things sound before they sprint out of your mouth. Isn’t self-awareness supposed to be your whole thing?

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.

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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.”

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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 “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.