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Darren Sproles could be exception to Pro Football Hall of Fame rule

LaDainian Tomlinson’s 145 career rushing touchdowns rank second all time. His 13,684 career rushing yards rank fifth. He was named first-team All-Pro three times and selected to five Pro Bowls during his 11-year NFL career with the Chargers and Jets.

He has the Lions at 3-1 this season and the only loss was a 30-26 defeat to the Falcons when Stafford appeared to lead another winning drive only to see a Golden Tate touchdown on the final play overturned following a replay review.

Caldwell said Stafford stays “loose and aggressive” during crunch time and his clutch gene also helps Caldwell and his coaching staff remain calm because they’ve “been through it a few times.”

“The big thing is they understand, if we’re close, we’ve got a chance,” Caldwell said. “We’ve done it over time to where guys believe in that whole process. It doesn’t mean we’ll be able to do it every single game – we fell short a couple weeks ago – but, nevertheless, our guys always feel like we have a chance.

“When you’ve been through quite a few of them, I don’t get that nervous in those situations.”

Goff led a comeback from a 24-13 deficit in Sunday’s 35-30 win over the Cowboys. The game-winning moment was a 53-yard touchdown throw in the third quarter, a play on which Goff hit Gurley with a perfect pass in stride. That victory followed a 292-yard, three-touchdown pass performance from Goff in an exciting 41-39 win over the 49ers in Week 3.
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the Broncos led the league in defensive DVOA with a pass defense that was nearly 10 percentage points better than any other team.

Meanwhile, the Texans have released their home uniform schedule. As usual, they’ll wear solid-white for their home opener Sept. 10 against the Jaguars. They’ll also wear their red alternate jerseys on Dec. 10 against the 49ers.

It’s also worth noting that the Texans haven’t yet announced whether they’ll be adding a patch or helmet decal related to Houston’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey, but it seems highly likely that the team, and maybe the entire league, will make some sort of uni-related gesture. Stay tuned.

If you like the new look, enjoy it while you can because team owner Amy Adams Strunk has told reporters that the team will have a new uni design next season.

In fact, sportsbooks have capitalized on the ever-increasing desire for NFL coverage by releasing lines for Week 1 games months in advance. Market-setting sportsbooks like Westgate and Bookmaker opened their numbers way back in April, giving bettors four and a half months to analyze Week 1 lines.

In 2015, the Broncos led the league in defensive DVOA with a pass defense that was nearly 10 percentage points better than any other team. In 2016, the Broncos led the league in defensive DVOA with a pass defense that was nearly 20 percentage points better than any other team. I don’t think it would be safe to project that trend to continue — the Broncos have already lost DeMarcus Ware to retirement, Wade Phillips to the Rams, Shane Ray to injured reserve, and dumped T.J. Ward last week — but they could regress and still project to be the league’s best defense.
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Cowboys’ Jaylon Smith will make NFL debut on Saturday vs. Colts

After a long year on the sidelines, Jaylon Smith will finally make his NFL debut.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed Smith will suit up for Saturday’s preseason game against the Colts, saying he was “very excited.”

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was unaware of Lynch’s intention to sit but said he spoke with the veteran rusher after the game.

“(Lynch) said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,'” Del Rio said. “I said, ‘So you understand how I feel. I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing, and we’ll do ours.’ So that’s a non-issue for me.”

Lynch was not among the players who kneeled during Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial injustice last season, though he did praise the controversial quarterback for taking action.

Given the Broncos’ regular-season schedule for 2017, Denver better get its quarterback situation figured out well before it hosts the Los Angeles Chargers to open the season on a Monday night. Because the remainder of the Broncos’ schedule is tough.

The Broncos will appear on national TV in primetime slots five times in 2017, which means the NFL still considers them the attractive playoff contender they are. But that also means Denver’s quest to return to the playoffs after the Super Bowl hangover that was its 2016 season will not be easy. Here’s a breakdown of the Broncos’ 2017 schedule in its entirety.

He’s the biggest bust in Redskins history as the No. 3 overall pick in 1994, but he struggled most through his final NFL season in 1997. Shuler went 4-5 in his second, final chance with two touchdowns to a whopping 14 interceptions as part of a 46.6 passer rating. It took the Saints about a decade after to find their best-ever QB, Drew Brees.dolphins_027

Richard Jefferson not ready to retire, returning for 17th NBA season

There might be a reason why LeBron James wasn’t actively recruiting players to the Cavaliers. Maybe he knew the Cavs were keeping the gang together.

After re-signing Kyle Korver, the Cavs will also get veteran forward Richard Jefferson back.

He has participated in the Derby twice, in 2013 and ’15 (he finished second in 2015), but has said he won’t participate again in the event until 2018, when the Nationals host the All-Star Game.

With two homers in Sunday’s 7-2 win over the Cardinals, Harper is tied for sixth in the NL with 20.

The five-time All-Star led the NL in fan balloting with more than 4.6 million votes this year.

Though Harper won’t participate, the field was finalized Monday with Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez joining Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, along with Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger, Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon, Mike Moustakas of the Royals, Miami first baseman Justin Bour, and Twins third baseman Miguel Sano.

“I don’t believe reports,” Baker told reporters at the 2015 winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn. “Who knows why? I mean, who’s to say the allegations are true? And who’s to say what you would’ve done or what caused the problem?” (Ed.: The Nationals have tried to acquire Chapman on multiple occasions, either by trade or free-agent signing.)

A DV policy is another necessary, long-overdue idea. But it doesn’t matter whether we’re not actively putting words into action and examining those words, beliefs and traditions, and how we, as Perera pointed out, “pass them down.” If MLB wants to light a path for players’ self-reflect on issues of equality and conduct, it has to commit at a level it has not yet comfortably reached.

Kahrl sees the work as essential, but also observes that changes in the industry stretch beyond players and team personnel.browns_034

Other possibilities for a spot among the protected seeds at this late stage include Notre Dame

The Louisville Cardinals, who fell to Duke in a thriller at the Barclays Center, and Baylor Bears, stunned by the Kansas State Wildcats in the nightcap in Kansas City, join Florida State and Arizona as threes. The Florida Gators, Butler Bulldogs, Purdue Boilermakers, and West Virginia Mountaineers comprise the four line, with only the Bulldogs sitting Friday from that quartet.

9, the Cincinnati Bearcats, and SMU Mustangs out of the American, the Big Ten’s Minnesota Golden Gophers and an Iowa State Cyclones squad that suddenly has a great shot to win the Big 12 tourney.

Bids by Conference: ACC (10); Big East and Big Ten (7); Big 12 (6); SEC (5); Pac-12 (4); American, Atlantic 10 and West Coast (2); 23 single-bid conferences

Thanks to Thursday wins, the Michigan State Spartans, Northwestern Wildcats, Seton Hall Pirates, and Xavier Musketeers can breathe a whole lot easier heading into the weekend. On the other hand, the Marquette Golden Eagles, Providence Friars, and USC Trojans have a long weekend’s wait ahead of them after tasting conference quarterfinal defeat.

Kansas State and the Vanderbilt Commodores cannot feel safe yet, particularly a Wildcat team that’s handing the Selection Committee a poor nonconference schedule (227th compared to Vanderbilt’s No. 1). While the Commodores should be in even with a loss to the Florida Gators in tonight’s SEC Tournament quarterfinals, a win over the West Virginia Mountaineers tonight in Kansas City might not be enough to lock up a bid for the K-State.

Fantasy football sleeper running backs in 2015

The old saying goes that you can’t win your league in the first round, but you can lose it. Here, we’re focusing on the first part of that saying. It means that you’ll take an expected guy early in the draft, and get fine production out of him, but so will everyone else.

It’s later in the draft — eying up-and-comers and returning veterans and guys in new situations — where you really make your bones. The first rounds are crucial, but the later rounds are the most important.

Drew Brees, Saints
Brees put up his worst fantasy production since 2010 last year. Now, that does not mean he was bad — he still finished sixth at the position, still averaged 18.1 fantasy points a game — but it is true nonetheless. He lost Brandin Cooks, Mark Ingram and Jimmy Graham for multiple games, had a terrible defense, and wasn’t his usual self in home games compared to past years. Some are calling for a bounce-back, and honestly, talent-wise that’s on the table. Remember, though, that the Saints traded for Max Unger and signed C.J. Spiller in the offseason.

Graham and Kenny Stills are gone, but the team retained Ingram and Khiry Robinson. The Saints might be surprisingly run-heavy in 2015. Combine that with the worries about Brees’ production from last year, and I know I wouldn’t want him as my starter.

In 2008, his team, the Parramatta Eels, were one of the worst in the league. The following year, in 2009, the Eels were still — surprise, surprise — awful. That is, until Hayne barreled through with an astonishing string of seven Man of the Match performances. As a result, Hayne was awarded Fullback of the Year. Additionally, he was crowned the best and fairest player, winning the Dally M Medal.

Hayne tied for the medal again in 2014 after another stellar season.

Washington kept ahead with a win over the Chicago Bears

In the early games, there was plenty to talk about. The Seattle Seahawks improved to 8-5, strengthening their hold on a wild card spot and keeping the Cardinals honest in the still open NFC West race. Seattle has now won four consecutive games. In the NFC East division, Washington kept ahead with a win over the Chicago Bears, but the Philadelphia Eagles kept pace with them by downing the Buffalo Bills.

Consequently, the Bills and Bears both took hits to their playoff chances with the losses. The Falcons,Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts also took a hit to their playoff hopes in the early slate of games. Indianapolis lost the lead in the AFC South, though they could get it back if the Houston Texans lose on Sunday night.

His first arrest came in Jan. 2012 when he was charged with driving under the influence, but he escaped suspension. Five months later, he was allegedly stabbed while trying to break up a fight at his apartment. The ensuing investigation led to felony charges against Smith for illegal possession of an assault weapon, though they were later reduced.

In Sept. 2013, he was involved in a single car accident that led to DUI and possession of marijuana charges. He missed five games that season after checking himself into a rehab facility.

The following April, he was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly telling a TSA agent he was carrying a bomb. Those charges were later dropped, but Smith still wound up suspended for nine games of the 2014 season.

Fewer than four months later, he was arrested for hit-and-run, DUI, and vandalism charges after a car accident. The 49ers released him the following day.

He signed with the Raiders before the start of the season. He recorded 3.5 sacks in nine games before the league issued its judgment on Smith’s latest arrest and suspended him for a full calendar year.

Smith applied for reinstatement on Nov. 17, 366 days after the NFL issued his suspension, thanks to the leap year. He’ll have to wait a little while longer for Goodell to clear him for a return.

The Raiders will have a lot of options on defense with this pick

New Orleans Saints: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
There’s going to be some questions Nkemdiche will have to answer about his off-field actions, but at 12 he’s too talented to pass up. Nkemdiche has the size and athleticism to play Elite Youth Marcus Cooper Jersey inside or out and that versatility is what the Saints need.

Atlanta Falcons: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
This scenario is ideal for Atlanta. Jack could slip a little in the draft because he’s currently rehabbing from injury. For Atlanta he could be a force. He’s an ultra-athletic linebacker with range to make plays all over the field. He’s not a high-level pass rusher, but that may be his only flaw.

While Coughlin remains in limbo, the Eagles already have decided that they’ll have a new coach in 2016. The team fired Chip Kelly on Wednesday and promoted offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to be the interim head coach for their season finale against the Giants on Sunday.

Kelly authored back-to-back Game Kids Ryan Strome Jersey 10-win seasons and a playoff berth in his first season, but the team collapsed in 2015, going 6-9. His 26 wins were tied for the third-most by an Eagles coach in his first three seasons, but his failures as a personnel director proved to be his downfall. Nearly all of the moves he made this offseason backfired, and the team badly regressed on both sides of the ball this year.

In addition to the coaching storylines, this game has significant implications for the 2016 schedules of both teams. The winner will secure second place in the division and the loser will drop to third. Second place means a home game against the Atlanta Falcons and a road game versus the Seattle Seahawks. Third place means a home game against either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or New Orleans Saints, and a trip to London to play the St. Louis Rams.

Nearly all of the experts are picking the Giants to end their season on a high note by beating the Eagles. The CBS Sports panel is 6-2 in favor of New York, while seven of the eight guys here at SB Nation are also picking the G-men.

Diamondbacks hire former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire as bench coach

Ron Gardenhire will be the bench coach for new Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo.

Gardenhire, 59, managed the Minnesota Twins for 13 seasons and gives Lovullo an extremely experienced right-hand man.

With 13 seasons as Twins manager under his belt, Ron Gardenhire takes his talents to the Diamondbacks, as their bench coach.

If baseball players could be replicated in laboratories, Bryant would be the prototype. His swing is effortless, his power undeniable, and his baserunning is off the charts. If he settled on one position there’s no telling what he could become on defense; that he can play all over the field makes him even more special.

“It was good for me to move around,” he explained. “I was a little nervous playing out in the outfield. Ultimately it allowed me to separate the game into defense and offense.”

“I don’t want to be that person people Cordarrelle Patterson Authentic Womens Jersey look at, too cocky, or anything like that,” Bryant said.

Bryant likes to think “good guys finish first.” Next comes marriage — the gifts are already arriving at his parents’ house in suburban Las Vegas, but these are from fans Bryant has never met.

Undoubtedly Cubs enthusiasts would say he already has. He was a human highlight reel in 2016, and of his many signature games, his best came on June 27 against the Cincinnati Reds. He went 5-for-5 with three home runs and two doubles. It was the first of his two five-hit games in 2016 to go along with a four-hit, six-RBI affair earlier in the year against the Reds. His second five-hit game came in August against the Milwaukee Brewers and featured two home runs and a double. Those performances solidified his MVP candidacy and helped the Cubs to a runaway division title.

“You want to continue to get better,” he said. “Win more World Series.”

Already determined to get back Cris Carter Authentic Womens Jersey to work, Bryant accepted the MVP award sitting in his dad’s hitting cage where he spent hours last winter preparing for his run to history. Is there any doubt the face of the Chicago Cubs will put the work in again? You can count on it.

“I’m kind of getting bored sitting around here,” Bryant said.

How a former Giants WR got his Super Bowl ring back after pawning it for drugs

He could have pounded the table in anger, but that would make him unhinged. He could have criticized the players and coaches, but that would be turning on his own choices. He could have backed the approach and choices, but then he’s the object of ridicule.

“I know Rob’s history,” Brockers said. “I Duke Williams Authentic Jersey know about the tumor and stuff, so I was really scared that something came back or whatever, and wanted to pray for him and let him know that everything was going to be OK. But at the same time, I just didn’t know enough to understand the situation. It was good to just see him this morning and talk to him.”

Quinn, the 14th overall pick out of North Carolina in 2011, racked up 40 sacks from 2012 to ’14, third most in the NFL during that time. The 26-year-old played in eight games last season before ultimately undergoing back surgery and has played in seven of the Rams’ nine games this year, compiling two sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass deflections.

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With his ring finally back on his finger, Johnson could not hold in his emotions any longer. He sat down, bent over and started sobbing. After drying his eyes, he then had an important phone call to make.

“I just told Coach thank you. A thousand times. Amongst all the tears, and my runny nose,” Johnson said.

Parcells’ message to Johnson was a little more like tough love.

“He was like, ‘Put it on; don’t ever take it off!'” Johnson said with a laugh. “‘Don’t lose it again.’ Speaking to me like a father. Which was awesome. You have to respect that. He did everything he could to get it back. I didn’t think it was going to actually happen.”

“He was an important part of the group, and both Lee and I felt the same way,” Parcells said. “He deserves to share in that with everybody. That’s the only symbol that could represent his participation. So it was nice to get it back to him.”

Johnson has never met Lee Einsidler but is hoping to set up a meeting with him soon to express his gratitude.

“I never thought this would happen,” Johnson said. “God is good. Coach is good. I don’t even know Lee. But I love him. This means the world to me.

“I have come a long way. I have come full circle.”