Reality for Raiders hits hard as season closes with heartbreak

For some, 2016 couldnt have ended soon enough.

The same now goes for a season that is coming to a heartbreaking conclusion for the Oakland Raiders in 2017.

As the new year began, there was at least hope the Raiders could weather the loss of star quarterback Derek Carr to a broken leg suffered the previous week against Indianapolis.

That backup Matt McGloin would at least be able to serviceably operate an offense that ranked third in scoring under Carr at 27.3 points a game.

That the defense would up its performance after being carried for much of the season by Carr and Co.

That a slumping Denver Broncos squad out of playoff contention and missing two key defensive starters (defensive end Derek Wolfe and strong safety T.J. Ward) would roll over Sunday, allowing Oakland to secure the AFC West title and a first-round playoff bye.

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they want to maintain the defense’s high standards while getting much better on offense

Fournette’s college film is impressive, and he was compared to Adrian Peterson throughout his college career. That’s not the right comparison.

Peterson ran a 4.4 at 217 pounds in the 2007 NFL Combine, which helped launch a career in which he’s rushed for 11,747 yards with the Vikings. He’s one of the most amazing athletes to play the position. Keep in mind Peterson was taken at No. 7 in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Fournette’s 40-time is significant given his size. According to ProFootballReference.com, the fastest 40 by a running back that weighs 240 pounds or more since 2000 is T.J. Duckett (2002) at 4.45. Alabama’s Derrick Henry ran a 4.54 at 247 pounds at the NFL Combine last year.

They need Laquon Treadwell, last year’s first-round pick, to live up to his draft spot in ways he never came close to in a practically invisible rookie season. Both Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer, speaking Thursday, pointed to Treadwell specifically and young wideouts in general as targets of increased organization efforts to develop players better than they had been.

“I feel good about Laquon,” Zimmer said.

They need to figure out which veteran defensive backs they can keep; Terence Newman Cheap Lakers Jerseys and Captain Munnerlyn are free agents, and they have recent draft picks they want (and need) to mature fast.

Overall, they want to maintain the defense’s high standards while Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys getting much better on offense, which is no easy trick: “I just want to be extremely careful that we don’t rob Peter to pay Paul,” Zimmer said.

Joe Thomas offers blunt reaction to Steelers’ release of Justin Gilbert

Following two disappointing seasons in Cleveland, the Browns traded Justin Gilbert to Pittsburgh last September.

The Steelers gave up on the former first-round pick after one season, releasing the cornerback on Monday.

Starks, who turns 31 later this month, fell out of favor with the Packers in 2016, even after starter Eddie Lacy suffered a season-ending injury in Week 6. The 2010 sixth-round draft pick underwent midseason knee surgery and never regained a prominent role in the offense, having also sustained a concussion in car accident Dec. 12 that ended his season.

Converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery instead saw the majority of snaps as the Packers ended the regular season on a six-game winning streak.

Starks finished with only 63 carries, fewest since his rookie season, and scored two touchdowns — both receiving.

With Lacy also set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Starks’ release leaves the Packers with little to speak of in their backfield save for Montgomery, who led the team with 457 rushing yards.

Starks, now healthy, was set to make $3 million in 2017, a Cheap Jordan Jerseys potential Cheap Kids NHL Jerseys contributing factor to his release.

Green Bay releasing James Starks creates $2,868,750 of salary cap space. There’s $750,000 of dead money because of the move.

Browns slash ticket prices after disastrous season

If you really want to see a Browns home game, next season would be a good time to do so.

The team announced Wednesday that it will slash prices for 40 percent of its season tickets in an attempt to pay homage to the brave individuals who stuck by and watched the Browns’ 1-15 season.

New England, perhaps desperate to get back in the game by any means necessary, tried an onside kick after its first touchdown. Atlanta recovered, and thanks in part to an illegal touching penalty on Stephen Gostkowski, it started its next drive at the Patriots’ 41-yard line. It was the first time the Patriots had attempted an onside kick since Week 13 of the 2015 season.

“We are incredibly grateful for the passion and support we receive from our fans Cheap Jerseys Vip and felt it was appropriate to adjust our ticket pricing at this time,” vice president of communications Peter John-Baptiste said in a statement. “We have decreased a significant percentage of ticket prices because it was the right thing to do for our fans.”

Browns tickets, which were already relatively cheap for NFL standards, will be $5 to $15 cheaper per game.

With the focus now on the NFL Draft, Cleveland fans get to enjoy the most exciting Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China part of their season with the No. 1 overall pick.

Aaron Hernandez’s double-murder trial delayed by Boston snowstorm

Severe winter weather will push back jury selection in the double-homicide trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, which was set to begin Monday.

With the Boston metro area bracing for as much as 12 inches of snowfall by Monday afternoon, jury selection in the trial will likely be delayed until Thursday, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office announced.

Lynch told NFL Network’s Michael Silver that his daughter cried when she heard the news.

“I think the toughest one — I haven’t told this yet to the media — all my kids took it really well,” Lynch said. “They were shocked but they took it really well. My 9-year-old started bawling, and she’s not that girl. She’s the one that was always happy. And she was crying, and I said, ‘What’s wrong, Leah? Are you afraid? Is there some nervous anxiety about moving?’ And she said, ‘No daddy,’ and she was sobbing.

“And I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ And she said, ‘The 49ers are horrible.’ So, I said, ‘Well, I Cheap Jerseys Soccer think that’s why they hired your daddy.'”

Young Leah knows her football, because the 2-14 49ers were the NFL’s version of a dumpster fire this season, with holes on both sides of the ball. Lynch and new head coach Kyle Shanahan face an epic task in the Bay Area.

Steelers’ DeAngelo Williams explains his elaborate ‘The Walking Dead’ wedding

Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams appeared on “Talking Dead” Sunday night after the midseason premiere of “The Walking Dead.”

Williams was brought along because he’s a huge fan, and that was evidenced by his crazy wedding in July last year. He and his wife, Risalyn, went all-out on a wedding themed around the zombie show, and it did not disappoint.

But wait — Joe Montana begs to differ. You remember Montana, the quarterback who led the 49ers to four Super Bowl victories in the 1980s. Montana was widely hailed as the NFL’s greatest quarterback before Brady came along.

And in an appearance Friday on the Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” show, Montana said there have been too many great quarterbacks in NFL history, across different eras, to call anyone “the Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys greatest of all time.”

“He’s obviously having this great career, but I just think that it’s hard to put anyone in that bucket,” Montana said, via TMZ. “Even before he got five, you look back at some of the guys that some people don’t even know, Sammy Baugh or Otto Graham … (Graham) won like seven championships.

“They were so far ahead of their time. It’s hard to compare guys from then to now, and how they would compare here and how we would compare back then.”

Broncos decline 4-year, $48M option on LT Russell Okung

The Broncos on Thursday opted not to exercise their four-year, $48 million option on inconsistent left tackle Russell Okung, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported.

In his one season in Denver, Okung was one of several offensive linemen Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys who struggled as the Broncos missed the playoffs the season after winning the Super Bowl.

Darren McFadden could still have a future with the Cowboys.

Despite preparing to hit free agency after missing the majority of last season in Dallas, the veteran running back thinks the team may be interested in keeping him on the roster.

“I kinda get the feel that they wouldn’t mind keeping me,” McFadden told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via The Dallas Morning News. “I was raised in Arkansas. I live here now. Set up my home here in Texas. I’m a Cowboys fan regardless of whether they decide to bring me back or not.”

McFadden, who broke his elbow trying to save his cellphone from dropping in June, was limited to just three regular-season games and one playoff game after healing from surgery.

Simms’ performance against the Broncos was the single-most efficient game in Super Bowl history. He started the game completing his first seven passes, including going 6 for 6 for 69 yards and a touchdown on the Giants’ first drive. After a down second quarter (he only went 5 for 8, the amateur) he followed by completing 10 of 10 passes in the second half for 165 yards and two touchdowns.

He threw three touchdowns to three different receivers, and his 88.0 completion percentage and 150.9 quarterback rating are still-standing Super Bowl records.

Here’s why you’ll see a bunch of cheetah print cleats at the 2017 NFL Combine

NFL prospects who want to own their own private island, will have the rare opportunity, when they attend this week’s NFL Scouting Combine.

Adidas announced Monday that the company will buy a private island for any prospect who can break Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash record.

The price of the private island is also capped at $1,000,000, but that can still buy some nice pieces of earth, as pointed out by ESPN’s Darren Rovell:

Did the Giants have an offense to match their overpowering defense? Well, not in form, but certainly in function. Quarterback Phil Simms threw 311 passes in the 1990 season. Four of them were intercepted. Four! The Giants finished plus-20 on the season in turnover margin, giving up the ball an average of less than once per game and taking it away nearly three times. Yes, it took a wide-right field goal from Buffalo’s Scott Norwood to preserve the Giants’ victory. But hey, they did force him to try it from 47 yards. And they allowed the Bills to possess the ball for less than 20 minutes of the Super Bowl.

Perhaps no legendary quarterback ever produced a more forgotten championship performance than Johnny Unitas with the 1970 Colts — in part because he was unable to finish the game. This was only three years before he made his final start in Pittsburgh on an October afternoon — with Top Cheap Jerseys the Chargers, replaced that day and forevermore by Hall of Famer Dan Fouts — but Johnny U led this team to a season of dominance that included a 68-yard touchdown pass to Ray Perkins that clinched a Super Bowl berth. He threw a 75-yarder early in the Super Bowl, but he left the game with a rib injury and backup Earl Morrall helped guide the Colts to a victory.

2017 NFL Draft: Pro day schedule, by date and by school

Once the NFL Combine has concluded, the next step before the NFL Draft will be each school’s respective pro days.

The Texas pro day on March 28 became especially important after running back D’Onta Foreman pulled out of Combine workouts because of a foot injury.

There will also be high interest in the Oklahoma pro day after running back Joe Mixon was not invited to the Combine. The same goes for other Combine snubs like quarterbacks Chad Kelly of Ole Miss and Zach Terrell of Western Michigan.

I decided to go junior college after the season and played two football seasons there, thankfully had some success, and then I went to Virginia Tech.

It was a long journey, man.

You’re one of six junior quarterbacks who entered 2017 draft. There’s never been more than four in any draft class. After one year at Virginia Tech, what led to your decision to enter the draft this year?

You know, I’ve wanted to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL since I was seven years old, and I thought this was a great opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

I prayed on it a lot, prayed with my mom and my dad, and Cheap NFL Jerseys USA decided this was the best opportunity. So after the season, I thought about it, and that’s what I did. And I’m excited for the challenge.

What was it like to end your regular-season college career against Clemson? That Cheap Baseball Jerseys China was the game fans across the country got to really see you, in prime time.

Inglewood stadium opening delayed by record LA rainfall; Rams, Chargers have to wait until 2020

NFL fans who wanted to marvel at the $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood, Calif., in 2019 will have to wait a little big longer. The stadium, which will serve as the Rams’ and Chargers’ new LA home, will have its opening delayed to the start of the 2020 season after heavy rainfall in California.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the news during a Thursday teleconference (via the Los Angeles Times).

“The continuing rains really knocked us for a loop,” said Bob Aylesworth, principal in charge of the Turner/AECOM Hunt joint venture that is building the stadium (via the LA Times). “It was a very unforgiving two months for the project. And speaking from a building perspective, it really couldn’t have come at a worse time.”

This season was going to be pivotal for coach John Fox and his staff in Chicago regardless of who formed the roster. But general manager Ryan Pace, who like Fox and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is entering his third year with the Bears, gambled his own fate and earned the head-scratcher of the offseason award when he traded a haul of picks to draft Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 overall.

Naturally, given the prestige of the position and an already-chaotic situation, quarterback is where we begin to break down the new-look Bears.

When Sporting News broke down the Bears’ schedule in April, wins were hard to find. That was before a draft that, on the surface and depending on the immediate development of Trubisky, did little to elicit short-term optimism.

Given a roster deep at a few positions but underwhelming as a whole, combined Cheap Jerseys Premier League with a reported disconnect between the coaching staff and management, the Cheap Jerseys Soccer Bears have much to overcome in 2017. If the season is not a relative success, it will force a return to square one at Halas Hall.