Kicker Roberto Aguayo was released by the Bears, who’d claimed him off waivers after he’d been released by the Buccaneers.

So Sunday on ESPN’s “NFL Countdown,” as if a broken jaw is the same as a head cold, Ryan, with malice of forethought — he held up a marshmallow — again cheap-shotted Smith, twice saying he has “a soft chin.”

Yes, nothing funnier than Smith having his jaw broken and career interrupted by a sucker-punch thrown by a teammate. But had Ryan been known as a sportsman, a gentleman instead of a creep, ESPN would’ve had zero interest.

It’s tempting to declare that Aguayo’s NFL story is done, sealing his fate as a second-round draft choice gone terribly wrong. But sometimes NFL kickers are best educated by the school of hard knocks. Maybe Aguayo will get another chance and do better with that opportunity.

Single round of cuts… Teams had to deal with only a single round of roster cuts this year. Roster limits went directly from 90 to 53 players, eliminating the previous in-between reduction to 75 players.

Manning’s retirement appears to be all but a certainty, considering he turns 40 next month and limped through his 18th NFL season with an awful 67.9 passer rating. There is also the specter of a league investigation into allegations he obtained human growth hormone through his wife, which conveniently would go away if Manning hangs up his cleats.

Johnson, meanwhile, reportedly plans to retire this week. The Lions star, a three-time first-team All-Pro selection, is just 30 but is said to be ready to walk away because of nagging injuries to his knees, ankles and hands.

Johnson’s departure would free up an estimated $11.1 million under the salary cap for Detroit. It also would leave a huge void in the Lions’ receiving corps after Johnson had 1,000 or more receiving yards in seven of his nine seasons.

The Packers losing Aaron Rodgers made the NFC North wide open. Their offense is patched together with Case Keenum and Latavius Murray in for Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook, but their defense is a monster.

Remember the protests? Vick went from one of the league’s more popular players to one of the most reviled for his role in a dog-fighting ring that eventually led to a federal prison sentence for the quarterback. Vick missed the 2007 and 2008 seasons before returning with the Eagles, and the protests continued. He has repaired his image, but no star player has ever faced that level of hatred during his playing career.nike-youth-cardinals-047

The 7-1 Eagles began the week as the NFL’s best team.

Falcons: They entered the draft in search of an edge rusher to play opposite of 2016 sacks leader Vic Beasley Jr., and think they found that in UCLA DE Takkarist McKinley in the first round. McKinley had 10 sacks in 2016 season and averaged 1.6 tackles for loss per game.
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They know how to overcome internal turmoil. Their horrendous offensive line aside, good luck finding a roster with better speed, athleticism and talent. Their defense has started to embrace the heavy burden it carries, and their offense makes enough plays, especially late in games, after defenses grow weary of chasing Russell Wilson and trying to cover Doug Baldwin.

Their offensive line is in contention for the worst individual unit in the NFL, and it got worse when center Justin Britt injured his ankle Sunday against the Giants, moving rookie Ethan Pocic into his place.

The last time they started a season 7-1 was in 2004, and they made the Super Bowl that year.

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The Eagles smell blood in the water in the NFC East. Already owning a 2 ? game lead over 4-3 Dallas, which plays the 6-2 Chiefs on Sunday, the Eagles have a chance to blow open the division.

The 1-6 Giants and 3-4 Redskins don’t appear to be a threat.

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At issue with Concussion is whether the film was shaped by direct negotiation with the NFL, an organization known for aggressive image protection, or if the film was tweaked because of the kind of legal concerns that regularly play a part in any release by a major studio.

Landesman told the Times: We’re just being smart because any large Fozzy Whittaker Womens Jersey corporation will design a response to something it considers to be a threat to its existence. We don’t want to give the NFL a toehold to say, ‘They are making it up,’ and damage the credibility of the movie.

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I think this is a good overall wide receiver class, Brandt said. I think there’s a lot of good players in there. The one that a lot of people have ranked first is Williams from Clemson. He reminds you a lot of [Keyshawn] Johnson who was the first overall pick by the Jets some years ago. But there isn’t anybody that really jumps out to me as a guy that’s gonna come in and catch a lot of passes 锟斤拷 as we’ve had by those types of guys in the past 锟斤拷. There’s a lot of [the Cowboys’] Terrance Williams-type receivers, to my feeling, in this draft. And so I think that’s the kind of guy that you have a good chance to get. Terrance Williams is not a bad player.

That said, whatever the reasons, the NFL is experiencing declining viewership dating to last season, and there are some signs of attendance problems early this year.

The case against: They’re the league’s only winless team this season. It’s a front office issue and a coaching issue and a player issue. It’s an everything issue. It’s time to change everything and start over. Isn’t that what 1-24 means? Do you really want to give this regime another chance to botch the quarterback situation?
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NFL ratings continue historic slide with no end in sight

Someone stole an average of 5.8 million viewers from each of the four NFL divisional playoff games last week, statistics released on Wednesday revealed.
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The drop-off, about 16 percent from last year’s second weekend of playoff games, was even steeper than the 9.7 percent decline in TV viewership the NFL experienced during the regular season.
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The Vikings’ Minneapolis comes in at No. 15, while the Jaguars’ Jacksonville ranks way back at No. 47.

There’s also concern about the quality of play in what will be the season’s penultimate games.

NFL loyalists consider Championship Sunday the league’s best day, as it features four teams fighting for the right to play in the Super Bowl.

A look at this year’s teams reveals that, of their four quarterbacks, two opened the season as backups and another spent the preseason on the bench.

The anonymous insider also claimed Watts fat-shamed the same woman he allegedly coached in broadcasting, taking credit for her professional success at the network. The source recalled a conversation in Watts’ office, in which he allegedly asked the female anchor, Who’s responsible for you being the talent that you are? The woman replied it was Watts’ doing, and he later dubbed her the Kim Kardashian of sports. After she left his office, Watts is accused of saying she was initially on the tubby side, and that he told her to lose some weight.

The startling new report detailing the toxic cesspool of NFL Network’s work environment comes on the heels of former network stylist Jami Cantor’s lawsuit, filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, accusing analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor, among others, of sexual misconduct. She also claims Watts, who was named in John Ross Youth jersey the suit, disregarded her complaints of sexual harassment.

Barkley’s 92-yard touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl was another example of his awe-inspiring speed at his size.

And those numbers were with the Eagles holding onto a 24-7 lead: Doug Pederson deserves a ton of credit for putting his foot on the gas and snuffing out any hope of the Vikings coming back, and Foles deserves an equal amount of credit for executing. Philly is built on the offensive and defensive lines; Howie Roseman’s vision for this club resulted in enough depth that the Eagles could sustain a loss of their MVP quarterback (Wentz), top-tier tackle (Jason Peters) and emerging young middle linebacker (Jordan Hicks) and still secure homefield advantage and storm into the Super Bowl.

Fitzpatrick might not be the most refined cornerback to enter the NFL over the past five years, but he’s among the most athletically gifted. He’s as reliable as they come against the run too, which is an often-overlooked aspect of playing cornerback in the NFL. He made his presence felt in every area in an impressive Sugar Bowl outing against Clemson’s multifaceted attack.

He had issues against Washington’s brick wall of a defensive line beyond that, but it’s those type of home runs that separate Barkley from other recent running back prospects. Even on a day when running lanes are hard to come by, he can score from anywhere on the field.

McKinley’s passion was evident during his emotional, profanity-laced on-camera interview with the NFL Network’s Deion Sanders following his selection, as he held a picture of his late grandmother. McKinley immediately apologized for his language and said the league can fine him later. It was a sincere and moving moment, albeit possibly with a PG rating for its expletives. If McKinley brings the same intensity to his pass-rushing efforts, the Falcons’ trade up to get him will be justified.

Buffalo picked up a third-round selection in this draft and a first-rounder next year from the Chiefs to move down, and still ended up with a solid cornerback prospect in White.

akland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is set to start after missing one game with three broken transverse processes (the bony protrusion on vertebrae).

The Rodgers injury wasn’t the only one, with the Packers taking blow after blow. Quinten Rollins, Lane Taylor, Ty Montgomery, Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari all banged up.chargers_043

So much for offensive coaches landing all of the NFL’s head coaching jobs.

The league-wide trend toward hiring offensive coordinators as head coaches was interrupted Wednesday when two defensive coordinators landed jobs. The Denver Broncos hired Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph as their coach. The Buffalo Bills struck a deal with Carolina Panthers defensive boss Sean McDermott as their successor to Rex Ryan.
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Don’t be surprised, however, if he creeps deeper into the draft-world consciousness by snatching passes and showing decent chops as a blocker, as well.

Johnson is one of a handful of non-FBS cornerbacks invited to the Senior Bowl. One of them is likely to step up and become a hot name going into the NFL Scouting Combine next month — Johnson’s my pick to make that move. His speed and fantastic ball skills are easy to see, but he’s a hard hitter, too. Playing with a physical nature against some of the big, strong receivers in Mobile will force teams to consider him in the mid-to-late second round.

What drew the Clippers’ ire was the discrepancy in free throws. The Timberwolves shot 39 free throws, including 16-of-17 in a career-high performance from point guard Jeff Teague, while the Clippers went to the line just 22 times.

Corey Coleman, WR, Browns: Coleman is certainly worth grabbing if he’s available in your league, but he shouldn’t be in Week 11 lineups. First off, Cleveland has a very tough matchup against the Jacksonville secondary, which is among the best in the NFL. Second, it’s Coleman’s first game after missing time with a broken hand, and while the Browns are excited to have him return, it’s probably best to see him get acclimated with the offense before inserting him into fantasy lineups. Coleman is owned in 17.5 percent of ESPN leagues, and while Week 11 doesn’t look very enticing, there are better matchups in the weeks ahead.
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Samaje Perine, RB, Redskins: It’s pretty well known that the only Redskins tailback worth playing in fantasy has been Chris Thompson. With Rob Kelley out with a knee injury, Perine inherits those touches.

When he reaches 30,000 points, James will be the youngest player to do so, but it wasn’t by design.

Some viewers were taken by surprise late Thursday night when NFL Network’s panel of former stars took aim at Kirk Cousins following Washington’s brutal 38-14 loss in Dallas. The team was sloppy in countless ways during the game 锟斤拷 and Cousins cost his team dearly by fumbling the ball on a first-half sack. But Washington’s first turnover, a pass that went off Jamison Crowder’s hands and was intercepted in the end zone, did not appear to be a Cousins error.
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It just went through my hands, Crowder said after the game, when he also said a big part [of the loss] was my fault.

After Christie’s kick, I thought our season was over. But Titans coach Jeff Fisher and special teams coach Alan Lowry called for Home Run Throwback. The kickoff went to Lorenzo Neal, who handed off to Frank Wycheck. He then threw a cross-field lateral (that had to withstand an excruciating replay review to be sure it wasn’t a forward lateral), and Kevin Dyson ran it in for the winning score 锟斤拷 and pandemonium in the stadium similar to the scene Sunday night in Minneapolis.

Vikings execs had to be similarly downtrodden after the Lutz field goal and likely thought their 13-3 season (same record as the 1999 Titans) was history. While Saints coach Sean Payton was taunting the Vikings crowd with a mock Skol clap, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and the team didn’t give up, and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur called Buffalo Right Seven Heaven.

It’s never been a chase, he said. I don’t chase points. I don’t chase anything when it comes to scoring. When I get it, I get it and that’s how I’ve gotten to this point in my career. The disappointing thing is that we lost, so it doesn’t matter.

Host Rich Eisen then argued that Cousins was putting some balls right on the hands of some of his receivers in the first quarter, and also mentioned Crowder’s Mark Gastineau Jersey fumbled punt return.
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I agree with everything that you are saying, Faulk said. But as a quarterback, when those things are happening, you go to your wide receivers. You don’t shake ’em. You pat ’em and let ’em know you have confidence, and let them know, ‘I’m coming back to you.’ And I was standing on the sidelines. I was waiting for that to happen. I never saw him go by his wide receivers and give them a vote of confidence.

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Myke Henry connected on a 3-pointer late in the third quarter — his first NBA points — then added nine more points in the fourth as Memphis erased a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-101 on Monday night.

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Still saddled with one of the league’s worst record, Atlanta (14-32) has won three of its last four, four of six and is .500 over its past 14 games.
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We’ve got to keep it going, said Prince, who matched his scoring output from the last four games combined.

The Hawks began to pull away late in the third quarter, closing with a 13-3 run for a 74-63 lead that was their largest to that point. Dewayne Dedmon knocked down a 3-pointer, Malcolm Delaney converted a four-point play and Schroder scored off a couple of drives.

We’re kind of working our way through it here. We’re not where we’re going to be on Wednesday, Belichick said Monday during a media conference call . We have a lot of work to do. We haven’t seen them in quite a while, but obviously, they’re well coached.

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Mike Mularkey, Titans mutually agree to part ways

The Tennessee Titans are breaking up with Mike Mularkey.

I felt like we needed to go in a different direction and maximize the skill sets of the players on the field, Robinson said. This is an attractive job … we’ll talk to candidates who we believe will move this team forward.

Chalk it up as the final note in a confusing, see-sawing song and dance between Mularkey and the Titans, with the relationship ending hours after reports emerged suggesting the coach was about to receive an extension — and just one week after the franchise strongly backed Mularkey following the win over Kansas City.

Mularkey filed back-to-back 9-7 campaigns, but the hyper-ugly Patriots loss did nothing to help his case.

As for who they’ll be targeting in their head coaching search, look for Robinson to heat-seek an offensive-minded coach who can develop this young roster and unleash Tennessee’s full potential.

Whoever they choose, the Titans aren’t wasting time on getting their search started — they’ve already reached out to the Texans to request an interview with defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, per Rapoport. They’re also interested in talking with Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, according to Rapoport.

The week before President Trump decided to make NFL player protests a federal issue (so to speak), there were players on seven teams who participated in some sort of display during the national anthem.

Defining participated is tricky; do we count the 10 players on the San Francisco 49ers who, according to ESPN’s reporting, supported Eric Reid’s protest by putting their hands on his shoulders? If we do — and, in our analysis below, we did — it gives us 24 players during the second week of the National Football League season. The week prior, it was about the same.
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Brady and Garoppolo had an amicable relationship, but it didn’t go beyond the surface.

Because of his relationship with Brady and the fact that he treated so many other players, Guerrero had nearly unlimited access to the team.
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But Belichick curbed that this year, exiling him from the sideline and locker room. After Belichick spelled that out in an email to Guerrero, several players reported that Guerrero had told them that Belichick had barred him from treating them. Some saw that as an attempt by Brady’s trainer to turn players against Belichick, dividing the team.

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The veteran wasn’t mentoring his potential replacement, which isn’t an especially new phenomenon in the NFL. But did Brady feel more threatened by Garoppolo than just not wanting to spend time giving him pointers on footwork?

Vrabel’s offensive staff will be extremely important, and it’s likely he detailed a solid plan to convince Robinson he could bring in strong coaches to maximize their offensive talent and get the most out of quarterback Marcus Mariota, who took a big step back in his third NFL season.

This was supposed to be the offseason that the Jaguars jettisoned Blake Bortles and found a quarterback that could serve as the final piece of a Super Bowl run, but Bortles’ improved play over the second half of the season and in the playoffs could cause the team to press pause on finding a successor and ride out the final year of his contract.

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