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Seahawks could trade Jimmy Graham for Texans’ Duane Brown, report says

Could Duane Brown stay in Seattle following Sunday’s game?
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The Texans offensive tackle is being targeted by the Seahawks and the team may be willing to part ways Fletcher Cox Womens Jersey with tight end Jimmy Graham for salary-cap reasons to make it happen, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

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Marshawn Lynch practices with old high school during suspension

Thomas injured his left triceps during a Duke Johnson Jr. 3-yard run late in the third quarter. Thomas laid on the turf while holding his left elbow and later left the game. Moments later, the Browns tweeted that their star left tackle wouldn’t return due to a tricep injury. Spencer Drango filled in for Thomas.

Unfortunately for the Browns, Thomas will not play another snap this season — which is unfortunate because he has represented continuity for the Browns since his rookie year in 2007.

What does this mean for the Browns?

“I don’t really know what it was. I know that he loves football and he’s a football junkie. I wouldn’t expect anything different. We’re excited to go put on a good showing with Buffalo and meet up with him after that.”

The Falcons had a chance to get a little bit of redemption from the humiliating Super Bowl LI loss to the Patriots. Instead, they just created opportunities for a whole new genre of jokes about the team after losing to New England 23-7.

The first quarter saw both teams go scoreless, but the Patriots started rolling in the second quarter. New England took a 17-0 lead into the half. Blocked field goals, dropped passes, and costly penalties kept the Falcons from getting on the board at all until the fourth quarter.

Bowen: Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions. Stafford was noticeably banged up heading into the bye week, and his top target, Golden Tate, is unlikely to dress with an injury. On top of that, the Steelers’ defense has quietly been one of the league’s best in fantasy scoring versus quarterbacks. As we head into Week 8, Pittsburgh ranks second overall, allowing only 9.9 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.

Patriots’ first TD vs. Falcons was exactly the same play the Chiefs ran earlier this season

Howard set career highs across the board, including snap share (70 percent), target share (20 percent) and pass routes (20). Teammate Cameron Brate remains the team’s top receiving tight end (he had nine targets on Sunday), though Brate has been on the field for only 60 percent of the team’s pass plays. Howard’s role figures to expand as the season goes on, but with Brate, Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson in the mix, the rookie is very doubtful to enter the TE1 mix this season. Howard has run a route on only 38 percent of the team’s pass plays this season.
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Yes, you can drop Marcus Mariota this week. The third-year quarterback and popular 2018 breakout pick has been a disappointment this season. He was limited to 203 passing yards and no touchdowns at Cleveland on Sunday and hasn’t posted a fantasy week better than 13th since Week 1. C.J. Fiedorowicz Authentic Jersey

Chris Hogan had an unusual route to the NFL. He played just one season of college football, for one thing. He played four years of lacrosse at Penn State.

He used his Sunday Night Football intro as a nod to his lacrosse days.

Hogan’s not the only player to have some fun with his Sunday Night Football intro. Aaron Rodgers has repped his junior college, Butte Community College, and Martellus Bennett said last year that he hails from the Imagination Agency, which is his company for creative pursuits.

Hogan was an all-conference player for Penn State. And even though lacrosse is very different from football, Hogan’s college coach said he played the sport like a football player.

Limited Forrest Lamp Jersey He was very physical and he was such an athlete, Glenn Thiel said, via the Boston Globe. Physically, he could just overwhelm lacrosse players.”

Hogan’s lacrosse background is serving him well in the NFL.

The most glaring problem for the Patriots is their front seven.

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It’s telling when a team has to lean on three- and four-man rushes to pressure an opposing quarterback. That’s exactly what the Patriots did, acknowledging schematically that they don’t have the players to get after the passer.
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Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston was pressured on just 15 percent of his dropbacks. Unfortunately for the Bucs, a little pressure was enough.

He only saw pressure four times in the first three quarters, but failed to complete five deep attempts.

The 0-6 Giants? It’s got a nice little ring to it. Get used to it, because it’s a near certainty with Eli Manning and Co. headed to Denver this week to take on a good and well-rested Broncos team. Oooof. That’s the Sunday night game too.

Asked if he understood what the issues were that concerned the players, Goodell listed criminal justice reform, bail reform and mandatory sentencing as some of those issues. He also talked about what the league can do to impact equality issues, whether that be educational or economic.

We’re not afraid of the tough conversations, Goodell said. That Geoff Swaim Womens Jersey is what we are having with our players. That’s what we had [Tuesday] to makes sure we understand one another and understand where they are coming from. Out of those discussions, they understand that the owners and the NFL really do care about their issues and what we can do to make their communities better. That is what dialogue is all about, listening and understanding so we can get that kind of understanding between different parties.
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Before the season even started, Fournette said the NFL was a lot slower than I really thought. THE NFL! SLOW!

NFL power rankings 2017: Tracking where teams are entering Week 5

The NFL wrapped up Week 4 with a great battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington. The Chiefs secured the win and moved to 4-0, the last unbeaten team left in the NFL. Naturally, they’re the top-ranked team across the board in this week’s power rankings.

SB Nation released its Hope Rankings heading into Week 5. This isn’t a power rankings list. Instead, this list tells you which team SB Nation thinks has the most hope heading into Week 5. The Houston Texans are the No. 1 team on this week’s Hope Rankings. They defeated the Tennessee Titans, 57-14, in Week 4 — and rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 283 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Rookie safety Jabrill Peppers showed up on the injury report with a toe issue. Coach Hue Jackson said he has been dealing with it for a while, and it kept him out of practice on Wednesday. Peppers’ availability could come down to a Friday or game-day decision. — Pat McManamon
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Limited Youth Brent Urban Jersey The biggest issue is still right tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), who did not practice Wednesday and has been out for much of the past month. As one of the game’s best right tackles, Gilbert affects much of the what the offense wants to do schematically. Four other starters sat out Wednesday: center Maurkice Pouncey (chest), offensive guard Ramon Foster (back), defensive end Stephon Tuitt (back) and linebacker Vince Williams. None of those injuries is considered major, but missed game action is possible. — Jeremy Fowler

The Seahawks have been particularly vocal about social activism

The league, owners and players are trying to find common ground on how to highlight social issues in the wake of kneeling protests during the national anthem that have roiled the NFL this season, in part because of comments by President Donald Trump.

Interestingly, the player at the center of the protest firestorm, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, was invited to the meeting but wasn’t present, one of the players who attended, the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins, told Sporting News’ Alex Marvez, adding that very little time was spent on the anthem during the meeting.

On Winston’s first series Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, he took a jarring hit from linebacker Chandler Jones and fell hard on his right shoulder. He attempted to play through it but was replaced by backup Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second quarter. Fitzpatrick will get the majority of reps this week.

“Jameis is as tough as they come, but we’ll be able to see at some point this week how it’s affecting his velocity,” Koetter said. “That was the thing yesterday, when Jameis said he needed to come out — Jameis loves to compete and loves to play — but he just felt like he couldn’t drive the ball down the field like he needed to. We’ll just have to see how his days, how his recovery and how his treatment goes.”

“It was so frustrating,” Thomas told PFT Live in August. “It was extremely annoying. The rule doesn’t make sense. I really hope they take it out for other athletes that have to go through it, especially those who weren’t draft picks because that hurts them even more, they can’t even show off at OTAs. So that hurts them even more. So I really hope they take this rule away and just let the guys go.”

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Can you look at my treasures, Daddy? says my daughter. Assembled on the table are two acorns, a penny flattened by a hand press, and several rocks sized perfectly for a child’s palm. Eric Ebron drops a pass in the end zone.

A.J. Green hauls in a 77-yard bomb for a touchdown in the Cincinnati rain. Green may be the odd Hall of Fame receiver who is somehow underappreciated his entire career. He’s not as electric as Odell Beckham, not as physically dominating as Julio Jones, less elusive than Antonio Brown. But he’s perfect! He’s fast and graceful and has amazing hands (he’s a skilled juggler), and his only sin is playing in a small market for one of the most underwhelming teams in the NFL.

A shotgun snap flies past Philip Rivers. He flails to push the ball out of end zone and oh my god it’s beautiful. It’s like the Zion National Park of Rivers flailing.

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Elite Mens Andre Ethier Jersey With Bradford under center, the Vikings opened the season with a 29-19 win over the Saints in which he threw three touchdown and no interceptions. But he looked like a shell of himself against the Bears when he got sacked four times in the first half, including a safety when he held the ball for more than five seconds in his own end zone.

Sometimes it’s fair to wonder how the Ravens have won three games.

Elite Womens Borje Salming Jersey They lost nine players for the season between June 1 and the end of the preseason, including running back Kenneth Davis and tight end Crockett Gillmore. Since the season began, they have placed All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda, defensive end Brent Urban and running back Danny Woodhead on injured reserve. Quarterback Joe Flacco missed the preseason because of a back injury, and nose tackle Brandon Williams has played in only two games.

It’s fair to wonder if injuries and departures along the offensive line have been particularly damaging. In addition to losing Yanda, the Ravens were hit by John Urschel’s summer retirement and Alex Lewis’ summer surgery. Urschel and Lewis combined to start 11 games last season and would have provided important depth.

In a 27-24 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bears, the Ravens failed to score an offensive touchdown. Overall, their offense is averaging 15.3 points per game, third-lowest in the NFL.

We believe everyone should stand for the national anthem, Goodell said. That’s an important part of our policy. It’s also an important part of our game that we all take great pride in. And it’s also important for us to honor our flag and our country, and we think our fans expect us to do that.

Owners met with players here Tuesday. Goodell and owners said the league is focused on supporting players’ community activism efforts.
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Listen, I know that our position is not the most popular position in the world, Mara said. Most of the fans that have written to me, the overwhelming majority of them, believe that we should be ordering the players to stand for the anthem. That’s just not a position that I’m in favor of. And I think almost every other owner in the NFL feels the same way.

Brady was asked how he can hold up taking those hits.

I think that’s part of the conditioning that you do in the offseason, to prepare yourself for taking hits, he said. Some of those sacks, I’ve been holding on to the ball too long and I have to get rid of it. I think that’s decision-making.

Prior to Thursday’s game against the Buccaneers, Brady had absorbed seven hits in a loss to the Panthers on Oct. 1. Two of those were sacks by Julius Peppers, and one of them seemed to affect Brady’s left shoulder, but he played through it and his level of participation in practice after the game wasn’t affected.

Then in the win over the Buccaneers, Brady was sacked by nose tackle Clinton McDonald in the first quarter and was in obvious pain before rising to his feet.

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Kluber’s long- and short-term r茅sum茅 suggests he’s not an opponent that anyone would relish facing in a win-or-go-home game. He led MLB starters this year in WHIP (0.87), ERA (2.25), quality start percentage (76 percent), strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.36-to-1) and OPS against (5.56), and he applied a one-man full-court press in August and September to overtake Boston’s Chris Sale in the AL Cy Young Award race.

When Cleveland manager Terry Francona strayed from convention and started Trevor Bauer in the division series opener, he gave the Indians a cushion at the back end with the knowledge that Kluber would be pitching on full rest in Games 2 and 5. But Kluber threw a glitch into the game plan when bombed in his first start at Progressive Field on Friday. He failed to develop any kind of rhythm on the mound, threw an uncharacteristically low 45 strikes among his 76 pitches and lasted a mere 2 2/3 innings in a game Cleveland rallied to win 9-8.

The Browns chose Wynn 16 spots ahead of Tom Brady in the 2000 draft.

And because of that, there’s another great joy to the postseason, a subtle one that I didn’t notice I was enjoying until a few days ago but that has been quietly making many of these innings even more entertaining than they already are: Pitch counts matter again.

Back when “Moneyball” came out, one of the hot takeaways was that there’s something glorious and underdog-ish about a lineup that makes a pitcher work. “When a team wades into the opponent’s bullpen in the first game of a series, it feasts, in Games 2 and 3, on pitching that is not merely inferior but exhausted. ‘Baseball is a war of attrition,’ Billy Beane was fond of saying, ‘and what’s being attrited is pitchers’ arms.'”

What happened? The Butch Davis regime that arrived following the 2000 season traded Wynn and running back Travis Prentice to Minnesota for draft picks. Wynn spent two seasons with the Vikings before playing four more in the Canadian Football League.

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