Last season, the Minnesota Vikings lost the NFC Championship Game, falling a win shy of becoming the first team to play a Super Bowl on its home field.
Now the Falcons have that opportunity, with Super Bowl LIII set to be staged in Atlanta’s sparkling Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Bengals made the postseason for five consecutive years from 2011 to 2015, and there is a sense of urgency from ownership on down to not just get back to the playoffs but break the longest winless playoff drought in the NFL.
The team believes Andy Dalton can return to the MVP-caliber form he showed in 2015. Since that season, which was cut short because of a broken thumb, the 30-year-old has seen a regression in passer rating, yards per attempt, completion percentage and touchdown and interception percentages.
Demand for Barkley’s jersey started immediately after his name was called in the NFL Draft and hasn’t slowed down: More Barkley jerseys sold on draft night than any other player since Fanatics began tracking the information for the NFL’s official online shop, per an ESPN report.
In New York, you walk around and people know you, Barkley said recently. It is not like, ‘Wow they know me, I have fame,’ but it is like people notice you and what you are doing.
I have not played a down of football yet so I am just handling myself. That is credit to my mother and father and my family and how they raised me. Hopefully I could continue to do the right things.
Barkley is wearing No. 26 with the Giants, just as he did at Penn State.
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Bills WR Austin Proehl, a former Panthers ball boy, didn’t think anyone could match Cam Newton’s arm strength, until Proehl saw Bills QB Josh Allen.
Jets K Cairo Santos has weighed in on the World Cup.
The Patriots Alumni Association recently hosted more than 200 local kids for a Football for You clinic.
Harrison knows catching Barkley will be the hardest part.
The guy’s explosive, Harrison said. You can see how they’ll use him in the offense, which will be to our benefit.
A two-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection, the 25-year-old Beckham has made nice with new coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman, attending some optional organized team activities in the spring. He also took part in positional drills at this past week’s mandatory minicamp, though he was held out of 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 team drills. He was cleared to practice fully.
It’s like any relationship, we constantly communicate, Shurmur said previously. We’ve spoken on the phone, we text. It’s like any relationship, we’re very honest and open with one another and we communicate frequently.
Beckham is entering the final year of his five-year rookie contract, and is scheduled to make $8.45 million this season. He is seeking a long-term extension that would make him the highest-paid receiver in the league. Steelers wideout Antonio Brown owns that title now, making $17 million per year.
Beckham was in good spirits on Saturday, arriving shortly after the camp began, and addressed the 550 or so campers twice — after he arrived and at the day’s conclusion. He engaged the kids in drills and one-on-one competition, posing for photos and making a few of his trademark one-handed catches.
Henry played 40 percent as Murray’s backup. Henry likely gets more this season, with Lewis staying close to what he had last season, per Wolfe. The Titans expect them to work together, sharing the load, not competing for playing time. Both will play. Both will get touches. They’ll work together fine, Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. I think they both have shown they don’t have to be the guy to get 30 carries. Those 30-carry-a-game guys, I don’t think they exist anymore.
It was nice to sneak one out of there. I could walk away and say I got another one under my belt, Boone said. I was kinda digging that a little bit. Then Marcus (Thames) jumps in behind me and hits one 20 feet further.
Bengals first-round pick Billy Price‘s workload was limited during the team’s offseason program, but it looks like it is all systems go for the center at training camp.
Price partially tore his pectoral muscle while doing the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine in March, which led to surgery a few days later and questions about whether it would impact his landing spot in the draft. Word that Price should be ready for camp all but put an end to those and the Bengals made him the 21st overall pick in April in hopes of hearing exactly what Price tweeted on Monday.
The regime of Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo handpicked Webb in the third round of the 2017 draft and they are both gone. It might be overstating things to insist the new regime of Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur is completely bullish on Webb, but there is no doubt there is intrigue, just as there is no doubt Webb is doing everything he possibly can to show he is next in line.
Miami made Gesicki the 42nd overall choice.
He was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at Penn State, where he caught 129 passes for 1,481 yards and 15 touchdowns. Gesicki finished his collegiate career with at least one reception in 27 consecutive games.
His 129 receptions, 15 receiving touchdowns and 1,481 receiving yards were the most in school history for a tight end and ranked ninth, ninth and 17th, respectively, in those statistical categories by any player in school history. As a senior in 2017, Gesicki was a second-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honoree.
Winfrey also touched on the controversy surrounding Brady’s relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a firestorm ignited by a lightning-rod ESPN article that came out during the 2017 season and suggested the two men were on the outs. As he did at the time, Brady denied there were any ill feelings between him and his coach.
I mean, I love him, Brady said. I love that he’s an incredible coach, mentor for me, and he’s pushed me in a lot of ways. Like everything, we don’t agree on absolutely everything, but that’s relationships.
There will likely be two places in New Jersey — not just one — accepting legal sports bets starting Thursday, NJ Advance Media has learned.
The Borgata, Atlantic City’s top-performing casino, is planning to open its sports wagering parlor Thursday morning, pending approval from the state, a spokeswoman for the gambling hall told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday.
The casino would launch at about 11 a.m., spokeswoman Liza Constandino said.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia threw out an interesting idea this week: Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.
This is not to say the Phillies won’t look to upgrade their offensive output at third base in July if they can manage to right their ship this month and stay relevant in the playoff chase. They have an obligation to improve if they think they can make the postseason now. But Mike Moustakas, a rental player without Machado’s price tag of prospects, might fit the team’s plan better.
Moustakas, 29, entered play on June 12 with 13 HR and 42 RBI. The veteran slugger signed a one-year, $6.5M deal with the Royals before the season. The deal comes with a $15M mutual option for 2019. If Machado arrives in the offseason, the Phillies could decline the option for the cost of $1M.
Since the start of 2012, Moustakas has averaged 26 HR per 162 games played.
You know, their bodies are obviously the biggest thing for them, but there is a mental part of this that they need to keep up with and stay on top of, Patricia said. Review the material, hopefully have some questions when we get back to training camp that they’re asking and we can answer for them and keeping the process rolling.
The Lions wrap up their OTAs this week and will be back on the practice field the final week of July, with the rookies returning a week earlier. The team opens its preseason slate Aug. 10 against the Oakland Raiders, and are holding a pair of joint practices with the Raiders in the days leading up to the matchup.
The team also has joint practices lined up with the New York Giants the following week, at the Lions’ practice facility in Allen Park.
Dwight Clark, the 49ers receiver who died on Monday at age 61, will always be remembered for making The Catch, a leaping grab over Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls that propelled San Francisco to the Super Bowl. And even though Walls was beaten on the play, he remembers Clark fondly.
While Earl Thomas and Frank Clark have stayed away from voluntary practices as they get set to enter the final years of their contracts, Brown has been at OTAs working with new offensive line coach Mike Solari. The Seahawks are trying to revitalize a running game that was abysmal in 2017 and the success of the offensive line will be a vitally important part of that pursuit.
That’s been the big gamble for most Bill Belichick lieutenants who strike out on their own. Belichick’s ways work only because they work. If pushing players too hard doesn’t translate to victories, the person doing the pushing quickly will be pushed out.
Still, if Monarrez was looking for an edgy opinion during the slow months, he should have at least added the caveat that, no matter his methods, Patricia will never lose his players if he wins games.
The first players to take a knee during the national anthem did so to bring attention to two issues — police misconduct and social inequality, McCaskey said, via J.J. Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago. There are legitimate issues that deserve discussion and action. As a country, we can do better. It’s part of the founding fathers’ charge to us to form a more perfect union. Commissioner [Roger] Goodell said it very well, and it bears repeating — it was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case.
Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham didn’t realize why he was suddenly a big deal.
And that might be the best part of a story that was already very good.
Gresham became a viral sensation last week when he helped fellow airline passenger by paying a $50 baggage fee when her credit card didn’t work. But he didn’t realize he was viral until a Cardinals staffer mentioned it to him, since he doesn’t have a social media presence.
He was like ‘Yo, you’re a viral sensation,’ Gresham said, via Katherine Fitzgerald of the Arizona Republic. And I was like ‘For what? I didn’t get arrested or nothing.’
Here’s a fun question: Is Matthew Stafford a superstar? For years, the Lions quarterback seemed to exist just below that special tier of quarterbacks, the one that was reserved for the likes of Brady, Rodgers, Brees, etc. He was a franchise quarterback, sure, but would Stafford ever actually take his game to the next level? Well, it took eight years, but Stafford reached a career zenith in 2017, piling up the yardage and the touchdowns while cutting down on the turnovers that had been his undoing in the past. The partnership with Jim Bob Cooter has done wonders for Stafford’s career, and the Lions made the supremely wise decision to retain their offensive coordinator after firing head coach Jim Caldwell. We consider Stafford a belated addition to the Superstar Club… and we expect him to stay there.
Following Wednesday’s loss, in which he earned a triple-double, James compared facing the Warriors to what NFL teams go through when playing against Bill Belichick and the dynastic New England Patriots.
The margin of error is very low. It’s almost like playing the Patriots: you just can’t have mistakes, they’re not going to beat themselves, James said, via NBA TV.
As he continued, James’ assessment could work as well to describe the Patriots as it does the Warriors:
When you’re able to force a miscue on them you have to be able to capitalize, he said. And then you have to be so in-tuned and razor sharp and focused in every single possession. You can’t have miscommunication, you can’t have lulls, you can’t have ‘my faults’ or ‘my bads’ and things like that because they are going to make you pay.
James, an avid football fan, hit the nail on the head.
With a hole in their rotation and their bats suddenly silent, the Red Sox got a lift from Steven Wright, who could play a key role going forward.
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Bryant has a seven-game hitting streak and is 13 of 31 in that span. But Maddon decided to put him in a different seat for the day because he hadn’t been driving the ball with his usual force.
What I did see was a different (more upright) stance at the plate, approach at the plate, Maddon said. That’s what I did see. I thought he looked really comfortable on defense. … And that might have been the residue of the at-bats.
Bryant said he wasn’t too surprised when he got the text from Maddon in the morning. After all, his manager likes to shuffle the lineup.
The Patriots added several veterans at receiver this offseason, but they have had precious little time to develop chemistry with Tom Brady.
Williams, who attended Arizona State University, has hit a bump in the road recently after a six-start April in which he made five quality starts, won four, and did not give up more than two earned runs in any of the six. Since then, he has given up four or more earned runs in five of his six starts with one victory and a 6.06 ERA. He is 0-1 with an 8.50 ERA in his last four starts since a 7-0 victory over the White Sox on May 15.
Williams made two strong starts against Arizona last season, his only two career appearances against the Diamondbacks. He gave only one fun in five innings in a win at Chase Field and one run in six 11 innings in a no-decision at home.Now what for Earl Thomas, Seahawks?
To avoid the embarrassment of a winless homestand, the slumping New York Mets needed to beat the top team in baseball with its best pitcher on the mound.
That’s exactly what they did.
Seth Lugo tossed six dominant innings in a stellar spot start, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Mets blanked the New York Yankees 2-0 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game skid.
Rockies manager Bud Black spoke afterward about how Shaw’s mechanics were better and the hits he gave up after that strange play must have had eyes. But Shaw was in no mood to excuse his meltdown.
I mean, the hits were whatever. I field that, throw to second, we turn the double play, I strike out the next guy, the inning’s over. Nothing else happens after that, Shaw said. It’s obviously the bobble and the throwaway.
All those hits that barely eluded the Rockies? That’s baseball, said shortstop Trevor Story, whose night included two homers and a defensive gem that were rendered mere footnotes in Colorado’s sixth straight loss at home and seventh consecutive defeat to the Diamondbacks at Coors Field dating to last June 21.
Silvino Bracho (2-0) threw a pair of 1-2-3 innings and struck out four in relief of starter Matt Koch, who gave up three homers, including Story’s 13th and 14th and one to DJ LeMahieu, his sixth.
They’ve wasted the last few years of Eli’s career, they’ve wasted his prime, O’Hara told NJ.com. It’s been hard to sit and watch that happen. I’m glad to see that they found a way to correct it, but Eli can still play the game.
Former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said O’Hara was right.
I agree with him, Tuck said of O’Hara’s opinion. We all know what Eli can do when he is healthy and when he has comparable athletes around him. I don’t think he had those. Anything other than that, you are just lying to yourself.
Of course, Manning himself has not played well in recent years, and he deserves plenty of the blame for the Giants’ struggles as well. Even if his teammates like him well enough that they won’t say so.
When the roster for the Yankees ‘ Old-Timers’ Day was announced last week, former catcher Jim Leyritz was not on the list.
So the 1996 World Series hero turned to social media to rip the team’s front office for his exclusion, specifically president Randy Levine and senior VP of marketing Debbie Tymon.
And Leyritz liked a tweet that said : The only slider Levine has hit is of the cheeseburger variety. If the guy (wasn’t) literally in bed (with) ownership for decades, the team would take a pulse from the fan base on what we thought of Randy Levine. Results. (Wouldn’t). Be. Positive.
Just last week, we saw Chargers tight end Hunter Henry and Eagles linebacker Paul Worrilow suffer torn ACLs that will almost certainly cost them all of the 2018 season. That’s a fate Dunlap will not allow to happen in a voluntary OTA session.
It will be interesting to see what approach Dunlap takes for the mandatory minicamp in June. He obviously doesn’t want to risk injury, so perhaps the Bengals will allow him to attend but stay on the sideline and avoid injury risks.
It is real easy for the guy who was made the highest paid receiver in the NFL following the 2016 season and then got his deal restructured again this offseason to have his 2018 salary fully guaranteed, tell the guy who is looking for a longterm deal to show up. I mean, Bell has been arguably the best running back in the league for the last few seasons, but I get the hesitation to give him a lucrative contract over an extended period of time. It just doesn’t work to pay running backs huge contracts in the NFL anymore. He has also had trouble with the law as well as suspensions from the league.
The Patriots signed punter Corey Bojorquez after he tried out at the team’s rookie minicamp over the weekend, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.
The team had to make a corresponding move to get him on the roster.
It’s no secret that Bill Belichick likes left-footed punters, and Bojorquez is one, just like incumbent punter Ryan Allen. Bojorquez also has experience as a holder.
Thank you to the Parker Police and South Metro Fire Rescue in Parker for getting to me asap, attending all my needs and transporting me to the hospital safely. Thank you to the doctors at Parker Adventist for treating me as a first class patient also. I’m very grateful and humbled to be alive. My family and I thanks everyone who has prayed for me over the last few days. My thoughts and prayers are with the other victims and I hope they all are safe and doing well.”
Henderson told Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver that he feels sore, but it’s comparable to the soreness he feels after a hard-fought game.
According to 9 News, the driver of the other car was Rainbow Sunset Espinoza, a 37-year-old woman who is facing 11 charges: stealing a vehicle, driving recklessly, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, evading police, failing to turn on her headlights, driving a car without plates, driving while her license was revoked, running red lights, criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.
Henderson was one of four people injured, but all of them have now been released from the hospital.
I cannot express how humbled and honored that I am to be mentioned in the same sentence as Walter Payton. A man who did everything right not only on the field but also off of it.
You may have noticed, if you’ve been on the internet at all in the past three days, that everyone is talking about only one thing. That one thing is actually a question: Laurel or Yanny? The debate is tearing America apart at the seams and dividing the country. It all started earlier this week when someone posted a pronunciation of the word Laurel from Vocabulary.com. What happened next was total chaos. Looking for a hot new podcast that’s your home for all things NFL ? Look no further. The Pick Six Podcast with Will Brinson has you covered every weekday morning with new episodes around 30 minutes each.
Although that clip clearly says Laurel, apparently there are people out there who hear Yanny, so that’s where we are right now.
The debate got so big that even NFL teams started arguing about it. Take the Panthers for instance — they couldn’t seem to agree on what exactly they were hearing.
Poor NFL Films. Things got so confusing that they had to change their address out of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.