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The Bills do not have a first-round pick in this year’s draft

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Behind All-Pro Richard Sherman and Lane, only Byron Maxwell and Tharold Simon are left as viable options. Maxwell could depart in free agency, while Simon struggled in limited duty. The situation could prompt Seattle to take a corner early in the draft or acquire one via free agency in March.

The San Francisco 49ers Luke Willson Authentic Womens Jersey are in the process of negotiating terms of new contracts for running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Michael Crabtree, head coach Jim Tomsula confirmed with the media on Thursday via ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez.

The Bills do not have a first-round pick in this year’s draft, but there are some second-tier quarterback prospects that Buffalo might be able to grab in the later rounds. Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson put on an impressive performance at Senior Bowl practices, and UCLA’s Brett Hundley and Baylor’s Bryce Petty are also considered in the mix.

The woman said she was collecting her belongings when Sapp grabbed her by the arms and threw her into the hallway, the force of which knocked both women down, according to the report.

“I do what I do, but that doesn’t give him the right to put his hands on me,” the Mark Glowinski Authentic Womens Jersey 23-year-old told police.

“I’ve played against Richie Incognito and I know he’s an outstanding player,” Ryan said. “We felt good about him moving forward … and conducting himself in a way that’s a good teammate.”

Incognito recently met face-to-face with several members of the Bills organization, including Ryan, Terry and Kim Pegula. He offered candid remarks about how he is a better person now and has learned from his past mistakes.

The former Pro Bowler sat out all of last season following his suspension by the Dolphins in November 2013, but is expected to be a key part of the Bills’ offensive line next season. He is under contract with the Bills on a one-year deal for $2.25 million, according to ESPN.

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The Lightning, Flyers and Nashville Predators should all be at the top of your list of targets

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So who do you want? The Lightning, Flyers and Nashville Predators should all be at the top of your list of targets. All three teams are top-10 for both power-play opportunities and power-play percentage this season and were top-11 for power-play chances last season (the Predators were 11th, missing the top 10 by two chances).

Personnel-wise, this means Jordan Phillips Authentic Womens Jersey considering Nikita Nesterov, Valtteri Filppula or Jonathan Drouin in some leagues. All three appear to be staples of the man advantage in the absence of Steven Stamkos for the Bolts. In fact, Nesterov leads all Tampa Bay skaters in power-play ice time since Stamkos was injured. In deeper leagues, Vladislav Namestnikov and Brayden Point could also get consideration, as both have been playing plenty of minutes on the man advantage of late. Point has three power-play points in five games since the Stamkos injury.

For the Flyers, they really have only one power-play unit. Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn and Shayne Gostisbehere all play virtually double the power-play minutes of anybody else on the team. Consider this a warning to anyone getting off the Schenn train prematurely — his usage is far too positive for him not to be a locked-in fantasy asset. He’ll come around.

With the Predators, there is absolutely no reason Mike Fisher shouldn’t be owned in all but the deepest of leagues at this point. He’s nowhere close to that threshold at only 18 percent ownership.

It’s part of the reason the Blue Jackets have the most efficient power play in the NHL right now, but sit only ninth for power-play goals. They just haven’t had that many chances.

Cody Eakin skated with the stars on the top line, but the trio finished pointless Kenny Stills Authentic Womens Jersey and minus-5. Eaves owners better hope he gets back with the top line soon, because he won’t fare as well on the second line.

The question, however, is whether a serious Cup contender such as Tampa Bay would actually deal Bishop before March 1 or just keep him and all hands on deck for a championship run and let the chips fall where they might after the season.

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Roundtable — What a 26th roster spot means for MLB

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Active rosters in Major League Baseball have been set at 25 players since the end of the Wilson administration (Woodrow, not Willie). But with the collective bargaining agreement set to expire on Dec. 1, there have been talks about potentially adding a 26th player to the active roster.

Is this a good idea? What would be Cameron Erving Womens Jersey a good way to use the new extra spot? Would there be any drawbacks?

We asked three of our writers these questions about adding a 26th player, and they answered.

1. Do you think adding a 26th roster spot is a good idea?

Bradford Doolittle: I love it, though I have to admit that the knee-jerk source of that feeling is the idea that the switch will be tied to stricter September roster limits in the CBA talks. But even if you remove that factor, the 26th spot should help improve strategic options and offense off the bench. Sure, some teams will simply add another situational reliever. Some teams aren’t very imaginative.

Sam Miller: In April 2003, a few months after David Ortiz was released by the Minnesota Twins and picked up by the Boston Red Sox, he went 0-for-6 in his first game of the season. Playing only part-time, he went hitless in four of his first five starts, and through six weeks of the season he was hitting .208/.310/.347. As a DH. In a hitter’s park, on a big-market team, while fighting for playing time, at age 27.

Maybe the Boston front office was absolutely in love with him and would have let him slump Carl Nassib Womens Jersey for months until he figured it out, but knowing just those details — a not-very-young DH who wasn’t hitting and had just been released by another team — it’s easy to speculate that we came just that close to David Ortiz not having any sort of career with the Red Sox, or with anybody else. Baseball would be far worse off if that had happened.

There are 750 players on active major league rosters every day, and about 6,000 playing in affiliated ball broadly, and yet there’s still a permanent roster crunch across the sport. Players who are good enough to play in the majors get overlooked, buried, go undrafted, end up in independent leagues. We know the near-misses, because they didn’t, ultimately, miss.

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Laser pointers are Mexico’s unwanted annoyance at sporting events

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Although it was played more than 2,000 miles away from their usual home base, the Oakland Raiders enjoyed a healthy majority of the crowd support at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for Monday Night Football, giving them a true home-field advantage in their eventual 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans.

The pro-Raiders crowd mostly displayed the cheers and encouragement Brandon Allen Authentic Jersey the NFL has come to expect, save for a green laser pointer that followed Houston QB Brock Osweiler for much of the night.

And during the broadcast, the laser was also mentioned, and viewers were informed that NFL security had been looking for the culprit throughout the game. However, the fan was not found, and the incidents persisted until the end. Osweiler refused to credit the fan as a definitive reason why Houston dropped the game, but per ESPN’s Sarah Barshop, he said that “having a laser zoomed in on your eyeball definitely affects how you play.”

México is said to have an NFL fan base of about 23 million, the largest outside of the United States and a number that is the combined populations of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston and San Jose. A sold-out crowd of 76,743 attended the Raiders’ 27-20 win at Azteca Stadium on Monday, and attendance would have been higher if not for recent renovations.

The two highest attendances for NFL games occurred for games played in Azteca in 1994 and ’98, with Brandon Linder Authentic Jersey crowds of 112,376 and 106,424, respectively — and that was preseason.

Millions watched Monday’s contest — the first in Mexico City since 2005, when a Sunday night game between the Cardinals and 49ers drew 103,467 — from the comfort of their own homes. And in the days leading up to it, the fan fest was held in the sprawling Chapultepec Park. Fans ran the 40-yard dash, returned punts, tried on NFL uniforms, snapped pictures of Super Bowl rings and posed with the Lombardi Trophy. Every station had long lines throughout.

The freestyle displayed just how far Johnson has come during this season of the show. In a medley that included the Jackson 5 and “Hey, Mr. Postman,” Johnson and Arnold had several lifts and different types of dances. There were two treadmills involved, and Johnson threw Arnold over his head to other dancers while on a 23rd Street New York City subway set.

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The Magic badly need a trade or two, as do the Kings

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What’s interesting to me is when a generation of players begin their ascent and this feels like a movement: Dame Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, GIannis, AD, KAT. These guys are moving up in the world, either from All-Star to STAR levels, or from intriguing to realized potential. We’re always talking about transition years, but this feels like we’re in the middle of a sizable shift in terms of how we evaluate the next generation of players.

ZILLER: It is, and it’s something Jay Bruce Authentic Womens Jersey we’ve discussed leading up to the season. It’s happening! Yet there’s really not that sort of changing of the guard at the team level. That will happen later.

I’m going to force you into a conversation you’ll probably hate. Who needs to make a trade, or alternately, who needs to be traded for the good of them and us all?

FLANNERY: Yeah, I hate this conversation. But I also understand it’s what makes the NBA world go round so fine, I’ll play along. Let’s assume that Anthony Davis is off the table because that’s everyone default answer and the Pelicans would be mad to even consider the idea. Boogie Cousins is always the other answer to this question because come on; if any franchise/player situation needed a reboot it’s that one.

So, deep dramatic breath here, I think Paul George needs a new home and I think the Pacers should examine the possibility. I don’t know where they’re going and they’ll probably get better as the season goes along, but to what end? PG has two years left after this one on his deal so his value will never be higher. I know all the reasons why a team in Indiana’s position should never do this, and I usually agree with them, but … they could probably have every asset from every team that has them. You’d have to think about it, right?

ZILLER: Oh Flanns, you’re blatantly trying to get Paul George to Boston so you can watch him and talk to him after every Celtics home game. Shame!

I’m actually not convinced there’s an imperative to consider moving him now. As opposed to Boogie and even John Wall, PG-13 has had success in Indiana. There’s like nothing to keep Cousins and Wall in Sacramento and D.C. respectively when their contracts Joe Morgan Authentic Womens Jersey are up.

The Magic badly need a trade or two, as do the Kings. These rosters are just too big-heavy and guard-deficient. While Boston is dealing with injury and while Danny Ainge is never hasty, you wonder if Boston is going to be more active than usual over the next three months.

That’s right, only three months until the trade deadline. The future waits on no one!

FLANNERY: Hey, I root for my interests first and the story second. And you drew me into this conversation, so let me turn the tables here. Are you ready to move on from the Boogie era? Really, really ready?

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Answering Week 11’s biggest fantasy football questions

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NFL Nation reporters answer the biggest fantasy questions posed by ESPN fantasy football analyst Mike Clay.

With one game and a bye under his belt, will receiver Percy Harvin see a major uptick in usage this week?

It might not be a major uptick, but offensive coordinator Josh Wilson Authentic Womens Jersey Anthony Lynn said this week that Harvin is likely to start Sunday’s game in Cincinnati. Lynn stressed, however, that Harvin’s snaps will still be somewhat limited because the Bills want to ease him into action after a year away from the game. Harvin said he expects to be “full go,” but I would expect his usage to be somewhere around 50-60 percent of the offensive snaps.

Thanks to its available cap space, Utah has the right via the renegotiation-and-extension formula Oklahoma City used on Westbrook to tack that $13 million-plus onto to Hill’s current $8 million salary. In addition to raising his standard of living for this season, such an offer also would be a springboard into an extension that takes effect next summer with a starting salary in excess of $22.5 million.

?Which is precisely where the intrigue would begin to bubble if Utah elects to go that route.

Is a deal starting in that range rich enough to convince Hill, given his well-chronicled fondness for his situation in Utah, to sign off on the extension and forgo his turn on the open market? And what would it mean for Favors’ future if that’s indeed the route Utah chooses?

Two excellent questions.

November has been quite the month for the 3-pointer.

If it’s not big men Brook Lopez and Marc Gasol wowing us with long-ball prowess they Kevin Ogletree Authentic Womens Jersey never previously felt sufficiently liberated to put on display, it’s Curry throwing in 13 3s in a game against poor New Orleans to set a new single-game league record.

It’s worth remembering, on this ultra-nostalgic Son of Weekend Dime Friday, that the NBA instituted the 3-point line starting with the 1979-80 season and went nearly a decade and more than 9,000 games before a team sank as many as 13 3s on one night before Sacramento did it on Feb. 9, 1989.

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Jackson said he regularly meets with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony to strengthen their relationship as executive and player

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Carter oversees the entertainment aspects of James’ off-court interests; Paul represents James as his agent and runs the Klutch Sports Group, which counts many other NBA players as clients; and Randy Mims is the executive administrator of player programs Authentic Nick Folk Jersey and logistics for the Cavs.

“We see the success that we have, but then there is always someone that lets you know still how far we still have to go as African-Americans,” James said.

“But it won’t stop us from doing what we need to do as a group,” he added. “We’re not going to let Phil Jackson’s comments stop us from doing what we need to do. It just gives us extra motivation. But it’s still sad.”

James said he didn’t think Jackson would use the Authentic Nick Mangold Jersey term “posse” to describe a powerful sports figure who isn’t African-American.

Lue had no plans to broker a meeting between Jackson and James, even though Lue played for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and won two championships under his tutelage. Lue has repeatedly likened that experience with the Lakers as a “blood transfusion” among all the team members who accomplished it together. Apparently that blood wasn’t so thick between Lue and Jackson, or else he would have easily sorted it out between his former coach and current player.

Thompson wasn’t alone in rallying around James.

“Come on,” Lue said. “We know he’s one of the all-time greatest players, and right now, he’s the best player in the game. We know that and we acknowledge that, but LeBron doesn’t want special treatment. It’s really a big thing when you’re a leader and you want to stand in instead of stand out all the time. There’s times where we have to come in together as a group, not who is the best player or worst player, but a team, one through 15, you have to be a tight-knit group, and LeBron understands that. He doesn’t want that kind of treatment.”

He wants to feel like a part of the team. A gregarious, generous leader on the team who can switch between self-deprecating Fredo impressions to singing the lyrics to The Weeknd’s “Starboy” without a hint of irony. Because that’s authentic. That’s LeBron James. It’s not whatever or whoever Phil Jackson thinks he is.

“That’s all I’ve ever done, since I was a kid,” James told “That’s all I’ve ever done. I’ve put a lot of work into my craft and I’m blessed and naturally gifted, and I put a lot of work into it on top of that. But as far as when it comes to a team, I like being a part of a team. … I’m an only child. I never liked being alone. I never liked standing out. …

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Way too early look at 2017 draft leads to ‘That’s so Browns’ moment

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The Cleveland Browns might well have the top pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and they (still) need a franchise quarterback.

“This is as bad a quarterback class as I can remember,” ESPN’s Todd McShay wrote in a recent Insider analysis.Insider

There’s more.

“As it stands now, I don’t see a single Taylor Gabriel Authentic Womens Jersey franchise savior in the group. That has to concern teams like the Browns, Bears, 49ers and Jets, who could all be in the market for a quarterback in the first round,” McShay wrote.

It almost rolls off the tongue: That’s Tevin Coleman Authentic Womens Jersey just so Browns.

The Vikings had reasons, professional and financial, to stick by Walsh as long as they did. After a subpar final season at Georgia, he wowed special teams coordinator Mike Priefer with a sharp workout before the 2012 draft, and his leg — along with both of Adrian Peterson’s — became the chief reasons a limited Vikings team was able to go 10-6 and reach the 2012 playoffs. Walsh drilled all 10 of his field goals from 50 yards or more that season and his booming kickoffs were such a constant that the Vikings could stay on top of the field position battle at the Metrodome. He was deadly accurate, sharp-minded and able to rise to the moment — he bookended the Vikings’ regular season with game-winning kicks against Jacksonville and Green Bay and found himself in the Pro Bowl that year.

Even after Walsh missed nine field goals in 2014, there was yet no reason to doubt he would snap out of it, especially once the Vikings moved back indoors in 2016. The team made him one of the league’s highest-paid kickers with a four-year, $13 million extension at the beginning of last year’s training camp, and still had enough confidence in his physical abilities to bet he’d come back strong from the playoff miss this year.

His physical abilities, though, have never been the issue. Whatever happened to Walsh over the last two years, it had become eminently clear he wasn’t going to find the answer in Minnesota. The Vikings, who have just over $900,000 of salary cap space, will have to work out a deal for Kai Forbath under those constraints while Walsh still takes up $1.778 million of cap room this year. The Vikings still owe him $1.5 million in signing bonus cash next spring, and they’ll have to count the remaining $1,65 million of bonus prorations against their 2017 cap.

It’s a costly switch, and one the Vikings hoped they didn’t have to make, but it was the necessary move. The Vikings can get a fresh start with Forbath, while Walsh can hope to catch on with a new team and exit the labyrinth of confidence issues that had ensnared him in Minnesota.

All this should be kept in perspective, though. A year ago at this time there were very few people who knew of Carson Wentz, much less touted him as the second overall pick. The thinking at the combine in February was that there was no quarterback worthy of a being taken in the top 10.

Jared Goff and Wentz wound up going one-two. ?McShay did say there was one player who could be an exception to his rankings: Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina. In his analysis, McShay wrote that because Trubisky emerged this season after hardly playing prior, he had not done as much study of him as he’d like. Once he does, he’ll update and Trubisky “could be moving up my board soon.”

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Tom Brady has thrown 12 touchdowns with no interceptions

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Tom Brady has thrown 12 touchdowns with no interceptions and has a total QBR of 92.9 so far this season. AP Photo/Adrian Kraus
Barry Bonds won the National League MVP award in 2004 at 40 years, 71 days old. New York Giants quarterback Charlie Conerly was the oldest player to win the NFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award in 1959 — the league’s MVP award didn’t start until 1961 — when Jimmy Hayes Youth Jersey he was 38 years, 85 days old. Former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning became the oldest player ever to win the NFL’s MVP award in 2013, when he was 37 years, 280 days old.

But now Brady is vying to beat Manning, again, and do something no other NFL player has done before — and might never again. No one this old has been this good. It is why when Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly visited ESPN headquarters last week, he called Brady “the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.” Kelly said there wasn’t even a question about it. Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, they were great — but Brady, in Kelly’s opinion, is at an all-time level.

McKenzie spent his first two years in Oakland with few draft picks and a bloated payroll that led to massive salary-cap cuts of established players Loui Eriksson Youth Jersey who were on the down side, before he pounced on Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr in the second round of the 2014 draft. McKenzie also scored big that year in the first round when he took University of Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack.

“Reggie found the quarterback, he found a dynamic pass-rusher and he is using all the tools available to build through the draft, free agency, the trade market if necessary,” Wolf said. “Just look at the offensive line. It’s one of the best in football. He’s used free agency and the draft to build it pretty quickly. If you don’t have five of those guys up front, your quarterback won’t have a chance to display those skills.

“The exciting part is that Reggie has built a strong personnel department, and because of his own skills, what he is doing is very sustainable. He weathered the storm of those first two years. I’m just delighted for him. It’s exciting. It’s exciting for the Raiders. It’s exciting for the NFL.”

Age looks good on Tom Brady

Now that his bye week is over and his second-half run is about to commence, Brady is taking dead aim at the rest of the league — and history.

At 39 years, 151 days old on the final day of the regular season, the New England Patriots quarterback will be vying to become the second-oldest MVP winner in any of the four major sports and the oldest ever in football.

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Here’s why Richard Sherman wasn’t flagged for leveling a Bills WR on the final play

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is one of the smartest players on the field at just about any given moment. He’s fully aware of the NFL rulebook at all times and understands the line between defensive holding, illegal contact and just downright great coverage (usually).

His knowledge of the game showed up on the Buffalo Bills’ final play Monday night on fourth-and-goal from the 15-yard line despite many blaming the officials for missing a presumably blatant call.

After Sherman’s interception, Ryan had some words with the Seahawks’ star cornerback along the sideline. It was unclear what he said initially, but he tried to clarify after the loss.

“He’s mean-mugging like Denard Span Jersey he’s always doing and whatever,” Ryan told reporters after the game. “Guy’s a great player, but he does, you know. I guess it wasn’t as bad as I thought, I thought he roughed our kicker. It was a ridiculous play, no question. Then he’s over on the sideline basically taunting us, so I had some words. I think I said ‘You’re too good a player to act like an ass.’ I think that’s what I said.”

Sherman didn’t say anything back to Ryan as evidenced by the video, which he reiterated to reporters in the locker room later on. He took a jab at the Bills in the process.

“I didn’t hear what he said. I’m sure he said something, you’d have to ask him. I didn’t hear him,” Sherman said. “Our stadium is too loud, and they were going crazy right there. I didn’t say anything, I just looked at him.”

There were several controversial plays and missed calls by the officials in last night’s game, most notably at the end of the first half. NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino admitted that Sherman should have been flagged for unnecessary roughness after hitting Carpenter low, but that doesn’t change the outcome for the Bills.

Had Carpenter not been forced to come out of the game for a play, which later resulted in a delay of game, the Bills likely would have made the Gaylord Perry Jersey field goal and saved themselves three points, possibly allowing them to kick a game-tying field goal in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

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