The Broncos have also been pleased with the progress of the three backs who finished the season on injured reserve — C.J. Anderson, Kapri Bibbs and fullback Andy Janovich. Anderson has said he expects to be “better than ever” in his recovery from surgery just before Halloween.
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It’s all on the same to-do list, McCoy said, and no one will be exempt from the repairs.

“There [are] a number of things that, I think when you look at the offensive line, it’s not just them,” McCoy said. “It is everybody. That has got to be the emphasis with our whole entire team. We’ve all got to look at ourselves first, and we’ve all got to say, ‘OK, how are we going to get better? What really is good enough as an offense?’ We’re going to push the limit every day … I will say this, Jeff Davidson and John will make them play better, and they will play better next year.”

Meanwhile, Jermaine Kearse’s third-down numbers were among the worst in the league this season. Among 144 qualifying players, Kearse had the worst catch rate (26.3 percent) in the NFL on third down. Wilson targeted Kearse less (on 12.3 percent of his routes) on third down than the other players, and the pair struggled to connect all season long. It’s worth noting that in the previous four years, Kearse caught 56.3 percent of his third-down targets and converted 45.8 percent of his targets into first downs. The Seahawks have to hope he can bounce back in 2017.
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Seattle has several areas to hone in on to improve its third-down efficiency next season. The offensive line has to be better — both in protection and on short-yardage runs. A healthier Wilson will make a difference. And the coaches have to make sure they have the right personnel on the field.

When the Seahawks return to practice in a couple months, Pete Carroll and the coaches will emphasize third-down improvement as much as ever.

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Limited Womens Paul Coffey Jersey News broke this evening that Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch has died.

Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, co-founder of Little Caesars, has died at age 87, the Ilitch organization has confirmed.

The Ilitch family says it will have a private funeral for Mike Ilitch, and a public event is still being planned.

Ilitch was a massively influential player in the sports history of Detroit and it¡¯s safe to say that without him, most of us wouldn¡¯t be Red Wings fans today. Our condolences go out to the Ilitch family on Mike¡¯s passing.

When coach fired in season, almost 100% of time new coach says “we are going to be in better shape, or play at higher pace”..

… exactly. There¡¯s not much that can be changed in-season, so this is the standard post-firing line. And, really, how much better could the Bruins be implementing their system? They¡¯re suppressing and creating better than any team in the league. Pucks just aren¡¯t going in.

How much can philosophy or new voices make a bounce go their way more often?

So, it¡¯s hard to buy the voice thing Sweeney is selling. It¡¯s easier to buy the underlying message he was dealing under the table: Claude didn¡¯t like the roster he was given.

Zadorov was asked by The Denver Post after the game about the hit and had some interesting things to say about Trouba jumping him. Here¡¯s his take on the hit:

Zadorov said of the hit itself: ¡°I saw him with his head down and I just tried to put on the brakes and tried to step up. I think I caught him cleanly. Good thing he didn¡¯t get injured. I don¡¯t want to see him injured, but it¡¯s a hockey play.¡±
While confirming that Scheifele was okay after the game, Jets coach Paul Maurice said that he wasn¡¯t convinced the hit was legal.

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For an NFL team that’s looking for an up-and-coming playcaller to be its next head coach, the 500-point offense is the gold standard.

Those offenses are coveted, celebrated and chronicled. Those teams are framed as groundbreaking and ahead of the curve, as the ones that have cracked the code.

And then they almost never win the Super Bowl.

The 2016 Atlanta Falcons were the 19th team in the Super Bowl era to finish a season with 500-plus points on offense. Yet with their historical, confounding collapse in Super Bowl LI on Sunday, the Falcons became the 15th team to score 500 points in a season yet not win the Super Bowl.

Even as the league continues to tip the rulebook toward offense, most of the highest-scoring teams in league history continue to conclude their seasons devoid of the Lombardi trophy. In fact, seven of the teams to finish a season with at least 500 points didn’t even make it to the league’s title game. The 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 St. Louis Rams and 2009 New Orleans Saints are the only teams to score 500 points in a season and go on to win the Super Bowl.

“The Brady 6” became noteworthy because of Brady’s Super Bowl success.

Game Kids Reto Berra Jersey One day, perhaps “The Prescott 7” — Jared Goff (No. 1, Rams), Carson Wentz (No. 2, Eagles), Lynch (No. 26, Broncos), Christian Hackenberg (No. 51, Jets), Jacoby Brissett (No. 91, Patriots), Cody Kessler (No. 93, Browns) and Cook (No. 100, Raiders) — will be as noteworthy.

Game Darren Daulton Jersey Being selected with the 135th pick, “just allowed the chip to grow,” Prescott said. “It’s hard for me to say there’s 134 people better than me in this [draft]. It’s hard for me to say seven other quarterbacks that are better than me. So you just sit down, watch that, expecting to go a lot higher than I did, which allowed the chip on my shoulder to grow. I go out there each and every day remembering that, trying to prove my worth in practice, in the weight room and in the games on Sunday.”

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The Jets had four quarterbacks on their roster last season, and it’s quite possible that none of them has a future with the team. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith are pending free agents. Bryce Petty was awful (19.4 QBR) in a four-game audition. Christian Hackenberg received so little practice time that it’s difficult to know anything about him in an NFL context. The Jets found that they weren’t nearly as close to competing as they thought they were after a 10-6 season in 2015. It’s going to be tough to do much about that this offseason. The Jets are projected to be more than $8 million over the 2017 salary-cap limit, the worst projected situation in the entire league.

They should be able to find a blue-chip player with the No. 6 overall pick in the draft. Who knows? The Jets wouldn’t be the first team to pull a decent starting quarterback from nowhere. (They did so just two years ago with Fitzpatrick.) They could upgrade their draft assets or possibly get a good player in return if they trade defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.

“This is bulls—!” Cousins yells at Salvatore. “They don’t want to listen!”

“Take a deep breath!”

“No, you take a deep breath!”
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Elite Kids Shane Ray Jersey A source who attended the session says 14-year veteran Matt Barnes has been the teammate this season most likely to talk Cousins down from the ledge — but today, in this conference room, nobody intervenes. This one is just too loaded.

Of all the issues that have plagued Cousins over his career, his relationship with officials is among the most exasperating — to Cousins, to his coaches, to the NBA. Since he entered the league in 2010, Cousins has amassed 107 technical fouls, 24 more than Russell Westbrook, who ranks second. Last year Cousins was the only player suspended for eclipsing the threshold of 16 technicals in a season.

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When training camp opens for the NFC East at the end of July, there are plenty of questions that will need to be answered.

How will the Dallas Cowboys look without DeMarco Murray handling the brunt of the load? How will the Philadelphia Eagles deal with adding Murray to the fold along with everybody else after a crazy offseason of wheeling and dealing? Will Robert Griffin III finally return to form after a pair of ugly seasons?

The Cowboys enter the season as the favorite in the NFC East, but winning back-to-back titles in the division hasn’t been easy. The Eagles reigned over the division for four straight years from 2001-04, and since then, no team has been able to repeat as champion.

In the last four years, each of the four teams have had a turn atop the NFC East and there are three teams hungry to dethrone the Cowboys and recapture the division title.

He began to fine-tune his new style as soon as 2013, when, before the draft, he and longtime trainer Pete Bommarito looked to drop weight to enhance his quickness. Bommarito was wowed the moment Bell caught passes in running-back-vs.-safety drills. His hands and body-contortion abilities could make him an elite receiver if he had focused on that position full time.

The NFL was fine with Bell at 230. But he could maintain his strength at a lighter, more explosive weight. “Power back was the label. But we knew — and he knew — he was more than that,” Bommarito says. “The great ones are psychologically tough enough to trust the knee and do everything I asked. He just goes. My biggest issue is holding him back.”

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Nowitzki hailed from W¨¹rzburg, Germany, a town of about 125,000 people that didn¡¯t include many black or African residents. The racial differences never mattered to Nowitzki, as he quickly became smitten with ¡°Jess¡± after they met.

¡°What made her so special? What made me fall in love with her? First of all, she¡¯s got to be attractive. That¡¯s obviously part of it,¡± Nowitzki said with a big smile. ¡°And I think we just clicked intellectually. She likes art, she likes sports. Her brothers both played soccer, they were professional.

¡°She grew up around sports. We both love tennis and we love to travel. We both love kids and family.¡±

“Usually streets named after civil rights leaders are in rough neighborhoods,” Austin says. “It stinks. It would be nice to have a Martin Luther King Street in Beverly Hills.”

His father chuckles upon hearing this.
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“Austin’s right,” Doc says. “We’re not there yet.” “The election broke my heart, but not because the person I wanted to win didn’t win. I can get over the person I supported not winning. But I don’t ever like it when there are racial overtones to anything. For a lot of people — women, minorities, poverty-stricken people — we hear ‘Make America great again.’ Make America great — I’m all for that. It’s the ‘again’ part that scares me.”
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THE CLIPPERS PLAY the Oklahoma City Thunder on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Glenn “Doc” Rivers will address his team before they take the floor. He’s not yet sure what he will say.

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The Philadelphia Eagles might not be signing Sam Bradford to a long-term contract extension any time soon. According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL media, the Bradford plans to play out the final year of his rookie contract in 2015. More from Rapoport:

“Was asked about Sam Bradford¡¯s contract on NFL Total Access: I¡¯m told he plans to play it out this year on the final year of his deal. For Sam Bradford, not signing an extension now may allow him to maximize his value. He takes that over more security long-term.”

Bradford is scheduled to make nearly $13 million in 2015. None of his salary is currently guaranteed, though that will change if/when he’s on the Week 1 regular season roster.

It’s clear Bradford is ready to bank on himself, similar to how Jeremy Maclin did last season before cashing in on a big contract in free agency this offseason.

Details about what actually happened are scarce, though the jail report cites charges including “malicious intent, stabbing, cutting and wounding,” according to Audra Martin of WKRN in Nashville. The incident is still being investigated.

Authentic Kids Kelvin Herrera Jersey In a statement, the Titans said, “We are aware of the situation and are continuing to gather more facts.”

Limited Kids Jaye Howard Jersey Hunter, 24, was a second-round pick by the Titans in 2013 and has caught 46 passes for 852 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons. He was expected to compete for a starting role in training camp. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said that “At some point, you either get it or you won’t be in this league anymore,” when talking about Hunter’s on-field production recently, according to The Tennessean.

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Game Chicago Cubs Jersey ESPN’s Brad Gilbert is a basketball junkie/Warriors addict who, even with the Australian Open taking over his life, hit me up on Twitter the other day with an interesting comparison while watching the Blazers. Are Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, BG wondered aloud, destined for the same breakup we saw with Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis because they’re too small together? You can safely assume rival front offices are crossing their fingers and hoping that the Blazers inevitably reach the seemingly hard-to-envision point that they feel the need to shake things up. McCollum, mind you, is getting so good that the whole discussion is only getting more complicated; C.J.’s eight consecutive games with at least 25 points is Portland’s longest such streak since Clyde Drexler’s nine-gamer way back in 1987-88.

As you’d expect, McDaniels said all the right things publicly about how he appreciated the Niners for considering him.
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“I was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag [Marathe] and Brian [Hampton] and people that came for the 49ers organization,” McDaniels told New England media. “They did a great job with their presentation. Again, humbled to be included in that process. At this time, it’s just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year’s playoffs and finish out the year, however it turns out.”

But it’s also reasonable to conclude that McDaniels had at least some reservations about the 49ers job given his past interest in becoming a head coach again.

Which leads us back to Shanahan. It was already pretty much a given that York and the Niners would have to concede a lucrative, long-term contract to whoever they hire as head coach. No strong candidate would walk into this situation after the events of the past few years without plenty of built-in security. Likewise, there are some concessions the Niners might have to make in terms of personnel control, or at least in terms of making sure Shanahan has a general manager he feels comfortable with.

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Defensive end Willie Young had a career year tackling quarterbacks in 2014, getting 10 sacks after signing with the Chicago Bears. Young had flashed before — not surprising when you consider that he’s tall, long, athletic and surprisingly powerful for a man his size — but he only had six sacks combined in his four-year stint with the Detroit Lions. Until last season, he had never put all of his physical gifts together to the point where he was dominant.

You might be wondering how in the hell a dude who touched dougle-digit sacks last season be a breakout player this season. Well, I’m glad you asked.

What follows is just one man’s opinion, but let’s take a look at some of the possible sleepers among quarterbacks for the season. Some of these guys are borderline starters who could become sure things, and some are guys who are likely to go undrafted but might find themselves with some relevance.

Here we go:

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First off, we never know any football player is going to be healthy, but if there’s anyone we can count on to be on the field, it’s Manning, who still hasn’t missed a game since becoming the Giants’ starter in 2004. Just being on the field isn’t everything, of course, but it counts a lot. Meanwhile, Manning might actually have the best assortment of weapons of any quarterback in the league this year. Odell Beckham Jr.

Second-year players White and Janis have come a long way since their rookie endeavors, and will be asked to play much larger roles early this season. White has 12 receptions this preseason for 111 yards, with 89 of those coming in Week 3. Janis has already impressed as a deep threat with a total of eight receptions for 128 yards, 72 of those against the Eagles.

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger walked with no noticeable limp three days after injuring his right foot in Sunday’s AFC wild-card game.
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“Good, thank you,” Roethlisberger said from his locker when asked about the foot Wednesday in preparing for a matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional playoff.

Roethlisberger was off Wednesday but is expected to get a full practice workload Thursday and Friday. Coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers would monitor Roethlisberger’s foot closely, but he doesn’t anticipate any setbacks.

Ben Roethlisberger is not limping and is on pace to play this week.
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Roethlisberger got hurt on a passing play with 4:30 left and the Steelers holding a 30-12 lead over the Miami Dolphins. During his weekly news conference Tuesday, Tomlin took responsibility for calling the passing play in a three-score game.

When Tafoya was finished, Tirico explained that when Chiefs general manager John Dorsey chose Hill, he had to have anticipated a backlash in Kansas City, where linebacker Jovan Belcher had murdered the mother of his child, Kasandra Perkins, in 2012 before committing suicide. Collinsworth pointed out that Hill’s selection might have caused some distress for Perkins’ family. “As an organization, they obviously put him through every program you can imagine, and it’s still ongoing,” Collinsworth said. “But it obviously gets into those fine lines of second chances versus maybe you don’t deserve a second chance sometimes. But they took a chance.”

As Collinsworth spoke, he sounded calm and prepared, but the juxtaposition of images and words was undeniably jarring — a breathtaking display of the human body’s potential followed by a reminder of its terrifying capacity for misuse. When Hill appeared on screen again, it occurred to me that millions of people were asking themselves whether the Chiefs had made a grievous error. They would continue to do so as he bloomed into a bona fide star, sparking the Chiefs to the second seed in the playoffs.

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