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Odell Beckham Jr. changes explanation for odd TD celebration

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The Eagles will file away Odell Beckham Jr.’s odd touchdown celebration on Sunday, said coach Doug Pederson, who called the Giants wide receiver’s simulation of a dog urinating on the field unfortunate.
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Beckham pretended to walk like a dog after the score and simulated urinating on the field. He said after the game there were no regrets and didn’t mention anything about a connection to President Donald Trump’s recent comments about NFL players.

If the 14-member committee unanimously votes in support of Smith, the job will be his to keep unopposed. The union would then renegotiate his current contract, which expires next March. If the majority of the committe, or seven to 13 members, vote in favor of Smith, his future would then be decided by a vote of each team’s player union representatives. If Smith passes by at least a two-thirds margin, he would again remain in his position without a challenger.

But if six or fewer members of the selection committee vote in favor of Smith, the job will be declared open and other candidates can apply. The committee would select between two and four candidates with a union vote to be held in March.

The Post reported that Smith met with the committee Friday. Smith, who has been the executive director since 2009 and was reelected in 2012 and 2015, now has two weeks to inform the union if he wants to remain in his current position. Player voting on Smith’s future is expected to occur Oct. 15.

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A power struggled emerged between owner Dan Snyder and Shanahan.

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The negative narrative Griffin refers to includes a mess that started to boil after his knee injury in their playoff loss against Seattle in January 2013.

Chaz Green Jersey Snyder was stepping on Shanahan’s toes, and wanted Griffin to play less zone-read, and more in the pocket as a passer. It created a rift that was could not be mended.

The Undefeated’s Jason Reid documented a moment Griffin and Shanahan had in February 2013, where Griffin essentially tried calling the shots:

The Patriots obviously entered the season as the favorites to win the division, and the conference, and everything else, just like every other season. But it’s the Dolphins, who are in a bit of a weird spot after getting a Week 1 bye because of devastation from Hurricane Irma, at No. 1.

In January, Sports Illustrated quoted an anonymous ACC coach as saying, Jackson has no shot at playing quarterback in the NFL. None. He can’t make the throws and can’t read coverages. Jackson later suspected Wake Forest of making the comment, which Deacs head coach Dave Clawson denied.

Being a quality NFL starting QB is hard. Will Jackson do it? No one knows for sure.
I do know he’s had a far more impressive college career so far than any of this class’ other quarterbacks. That’s about all I’m equipped to judge players by.

There’s also an elephant in the room. Every year, at least one black QB prospect is put through a different kind of narrative than his counterparts. But the traditional argument when it comes to black QBs who can run — we’re often told they have strong arms and quick feet but make mistakes — applies far more aptly to the white Allen, who’s thrown seven INTs in his only two games against Power 5 opponents, than it would to Jackson, who’s succeeded despite a terrible offensive line.

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Raiders center Rodney Hudson knocked down the same Titans defender TWICE on the same play

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Disrespectful Blocks of the Week are back! Finally, the regular season is here, and we got some great ones for you this week.

Let’s start on Thursday night with Chiefs center Mitch Morse. Mitch started as a rookie and has slowly grown into a reliable part of that offensive line. Blocks like this, however, will make him a Pro Bowler.

First play of the game is a mid zone to the right, and he hits the hip of the three technique, then climbs to the linebacker and gets him on the ground. The body control is excellent!

And even though Seattle finally got into the end zone on a 9-yard Wilson pass to Paul Richardson, Blair Walsh missed the extra point.

Seattle couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively, and it looked hapless for the second week in a row. The one bright spot offensively was running back Chris Carson. He racked up 93 yards on the ground. Carson was especially effective late in the game when the 49ers defense was wearing down.

Still, despite the pressure Wilson was under and how inaccurate he was throughout the game, Pete Carroll stuck with the pass. Wilson threw the ball 39 times, and the Seahawks didn’t shift to a hurry-up offense until the fourth quarter.

The 49ers didn’t look much better offensively. Brian Hoyer finished with just 99 passing yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. Carlos Hyde did all he could, with 124 yards on 15 carries. But it wasn’t enough for the Niners to prevail.

Through two weeks of the season, one thing is for certain: The NFC West is shaping up to be one of the league’s weaker divisions.nike_redskins_2572-223x223

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Rex Burkhead had the most recent touchdown for the Patriots and Bengals

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Rex Burkhead scored his first touchdown with the New England Patriots on Sunday against the Saints. It was a beautifully laid-out pass by Tom Brady, giving the Patriots a 6-0 lead.

It’s great that Burkhead in finally on the board in his new home, but what’s even more interesting is what the score means:

Burkhead had a great game that afternoon in Cincinnati, too. He had 27 carries Authentic Carl Davis Jersey for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals’ 27-10 win against the Ravens.

The first two weeks have been a disaster for the Bengals. After Terrance West Womens Jersey closing last season with an easy win over the Ravens, they opened 2017 with a 20-0 loss against them.

Then, Thursday night, they lost 13-9 to the Texans, making it two games without a score.

Congrats to Burkhead. If the NFL would have ended in that moment, you’d have the last touchdown for two NFL franchises.

Dak’s ability to gain trust from his teammates and lead them to success is a unique trait that very few people have. He has earned the trust and respect from everybody on the roster from his second-year mate Ezekiel Elliott, to the offensive line, to the future Hall of Famer Jason Witten. Dak commands a huddle like very few do.

He also has a work ethic that is second-to-none. Jerry Jones compared his quarterback’s work ethic to that of Peyton Manning.

“Everything we have seen, Dak has those kinds of qualities that when you think of Peyton Manning, you think of how he really developed his skills, how hard he worked at it and how he really left nothing that he was aware of, how he addressed every nuance of his game and that’s my picture of Peyton and I know it to be accurate.

“I think that might be Dak’s finest quality, his ability to look for every way he can to get better and continue to do it, so I think there will be really dramatic improvement.”

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Stern said he was not prepared to offer a specific point at which kids shouldn’t play

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Manning finished 8-for-22 for 59 yards, with Jeremy Shockey (three catches for 26 yards) and Plaxico Burress (two for 14) as his top targets. His Miami counterpart, Cleo Lemon, whose NFL career included only eight starts, was marginally better, completing 17 of 30 passes for 149 yards and a score.

Limited Womens Larry Robinson Jersey It was a rainy, nasty day, and the field was not equipped for 300-pound men, Manning said. We dug it up. It was a mud-fest. It was a good day to run the football, which we did well, but low scoring.

The study is believed to be the first to show an association between early exposure to tackle football and long-term brain issues in a group of athletes who didn’t go on to play in the NFL. The research examined 214 former players — 146 of whom didn’t play beyond college — with an average current age of 51. The researchers said they set 12 as the threshold age because the brain undergoes a key period of development and maturation between the ages of 10-12 in males.

Elite Mens Tyrone Crawford Jersey Stern said he was not prepared to offer a specific point at which kids shouldn’t play (I don’t know if there’s a magic age, he said), but he did caution against reading the findings to suggest the brain was safe if kids waited until 12 to begin participating in tackle football. In a news release, Stern said that more research on this topic is needed before any recommendations on policy or rule changes can be made.

Overall, we found the younger that kids started to play, the worse the risk, he said. … Having them exposed to so much repetitive head impact during these critical periods, I just don’t understand how we can keep doing that.

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Chidobe Awuzie not a cowboy when it comes to attention to detail

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NFL coaches are known to be sticklers for details, and the importance of finishing plays, and as he finds his way in the Dallas Cowboys lineup, 22-year-old Nigerian-American Chidobe Awuzie is already showing that attention to detail all coaches love.

After the Cowboys’ Sunday night 19-3 victory over the New York Giants, league debutant Awuzie noted such a detail, albeit a negative one, telling KweseESPN: I missed a tackle on kickoff.

That one kind of hurt me. I’d been running down there trying to make a play and I ended up missing it. In practice I was making that play, so it’s just a learning step and the next game hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to make that play again.

Elite Youth Cody Wichmann Jersey Instead of drafting an early-round quarterback to compete for the job in 2016, the Jags selected Brandon Allen in the sixth round and passed on DeShone Kizer in the second round despite interest. Now Jacksonville is once again set to suffer through poor quarterback play on a roster that otherwise could be a dangerous playoff team.

Elite Youth Martin Maldonado Jersey The Rams aren’t quite that stocked with talent, but with the additions of Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Andrew Whitworth, and with Todd Gurley set for a rebound season, Los Angeles’ offense should be able to make substantial strides this season.

If Goff can’t begin to show signs he can lead a team stocked with quality offensive weapons, it’s not too early for the Rams to start thinking about alternatives. Tempting options like Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo might come from free agency. The same goes for the likes of Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Goff is the future of the Rams for now, but he was not new coach Sean McVay’s pick, and general manager Les Snead needs a strong season this year or he may be out as the leader of the team’s personnel. Whether Goff is the next Smith, the next Bortles or the star QB the Rams hoped he would be, he needs to start revealing who he is this season.

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Browns DT T.Y. McGill charged with drug possession in Charlotte

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New Browns defensive tackle T.Y. McGill was charged with drug possession late Friday night in Charlotte.

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Tuesday with the Charlotte Observer that the 24-year-old McGill was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Ward was part of the Broncos’ vaunted ‘No Fly Zone’ secondary for the last three years and Denver to a Super Bowl 50 win. The Broncos have had the NFL’s top passing defense each of the last two seasons.

His teammates were not happy when they found out he was released in favor of giving recent draft picks more playing time, and he was far from guarded when he spoke to the media in Tampa when he was introduced as a member of the Buccaneeers.

“It’s unfortunate the way they handled that situation,” he said. “But it is what it is. And they got live with it. I got to live with it. And we’ll see what happens. But I’m going to make sure that I land on my feet. That’s just me. And whatever happens to them, happens to them. That’s on them.”

The second-year pro had another notable season-opening performance, as he went over 300 passing yards and showed that his ability to evade pressure and create plays is going to be nightmarish for defenses. If you were patient at quarterback in your draft, have a bit of discomfort after Week 1 with your signal-caller, or are willing to roster two passers and play the matchups each week, Wentz has plenty of value.

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Browns’ Hue Jackson calls out Kenny Britt for dropped pass

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Kenny Britt is a seasoned receiver, which is why Browns coach Hue Jackson is very unhappy he dropped a crucial pass in the fourth quarter of Cleveland’s 21-18 loss to the Steelers.

Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer threw a perfect ball to Britt roughly 20 yards downfield on second-and-19, but Britt botched the catch. For Jackson, that mistake was far too costly.

“Obviously, Kenny dropped the ball in the middle of the field, and
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“He did some things very well, made a couple really good audibles. He’s making good reads. It’s just about getting comfortable and getting his rhythm.”

The team had been cautious with Newton throughout the offseason after he went under the knife in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, limiting him to throw two passes in the preseason and listing him as questionable on the injury report. Still, he prevailed and finished 14 of 25 for 171 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in the Panthers’ 23-3 win over the 49ers.

However, Newton will need to get his accuracy under control before Week 2. He was off-target on a number of throws, including a wide-open toss to tight end Ed Dickson in the first half, and was 5-for-16 passing early in the game before going a perfect 3-for-3 to finish the first
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The Panthers are scheduled to host the Bills for their home opener Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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Elliott took part in Tuesday’s meetings and walk-through at the Cowboys’ practice facility

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Weirdly enough, the Chiefs actually started life in Dallas as an AFL team called the Texans. Life on the prairie is a bigger circle than anywhere else, I guess. The Bills don’t have any roots in Texas, but they do have an AFL lineage. And I’m sure Buffalo Bill Cody took his Wild West show to Texas a few times, thus perpetuating the Western mythology.

This would be one of the more competitive divisions in this landscape, except for the Bills. I think Kansas City is the most talented team here, but it’s probably close enough with the Cowboys that it might come down to the finer points of coaching, in which case Andy Reid would be forced to think about the clock, and, welp. However, don’t sleep on Houston’s defense to ruin things for either Dallas or the team that used to be in Dallas.

Elliott took part in Tuesday’s meetings and walk-through at the Cowboys’ practice facility, The Star, in Frisco, Texas, before heading to Paul Brown District Court, roughly 50 minutes away, in time for the hearing. He is expected to be at the Cowboys’ full-pads practice Wednesday.

On Aug. 11, the NFL announced a six-game suspension for Elliott because of a violation of the personal conduct policy, citing persuasive evidence that Elliott committed physical abuse against Tiffany Thompson, a former girlfriend, at least three times in July 2016.

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Watt announced the drive has raised more than $12 million in donations.

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McCoy’s workload is expected to increase this season after the Bills declined to match the New England Patriots’ restricted free-agent offer this offseason for Mike Gillislee, who served as McCoy’s backup last year. Buffalo also released running back Jonathan Williams on Sunday, leaving veteran Mike Tolbert as their main backup to McCoy.

“I’m a player,” McCoy said. “I like to play. I like to compete. And guys on other teams, I’m sure the Jets, they’ll tell you that, that I like to compete. I’m always up for a challenge. I am human. I think football, guys they get tired, they come out. Like I said before, that’s what building a whole roster is all about.”

On Thursday afternoon, Watt announced the drive has raised more than $12 million in donations. He passed the $13 million mark on Thursday night before hitting $15 million on Friday and passing $17 million on Saturday.

ESPN says the company launched on Wednesday, but only features three teams. According to their website, they have jerseys for the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions.

Fans can get a variety of players’ jerseys, which include Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson, Eric Ebron, Ziggy Ansah, Golden Tate, Matthew Stafford, Jarrad Davis, Marvin Jones and Theo Riddick.

The Lions jerseys also come in the Honolulu Blue home jersey, white away and silver color rush. Plus, some players have the throwback Honolulu blue retired jersey like Sanders.t_rangers_016-115x115

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