Tom Brady’s relationship with and feelings about Donald Trump have been a source of speculation since before the 2016 presidential election.
With Trump at the forefront of the conversation around the NFL on Sunday after his criticism of the league’s players the previous two days, Brady weighed in via Instagram by expressing fellowship with his fellow players.
The Patriots will be perhaps the most closely watched team during Sunday’s national anthems. They were the first championship team to visit the Trump White House and owner Robert Kraft is a friend of the president’s — though he did issue a statement earlier Sunday expressing his disappointment in Trump’s recent comments.
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Julius Peppers, Panthers defensive end: “I want to get one thing clear and I want to let you guys know that this wasn’t about disrespecting the military, the flag, police, first responders, none of that. It wasn’t about that. It was about me making a decision as a man on my two feet, and I wasn’t going to ask somebody else to do anything with me.
I just thought it was appropriate to stay in because we know what went on this week with the comments that were made by the president. I felt like he attacked our brothers, my brothers in the league, so I felt that it was appropriate to stand up with them and stay in the locker room.” Peppers was the only Panther who stayed in the locker room for the anthem.
Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones had himself a day on Sunday. Jones’ performance was indicative of the kinds of things this guy can do when he decides he just isn’t going to let anybody block him. Three sacks, two of them where he also caused a fumble, a game-changing interception, and a couple of other plays that ultimately didn’t count because of penalties. These are the kinds of days Pro Bowlers and All-Pros have, and Jones, who is only in his second year, keeps progressing like this he will certainly attain those kinds of honors one day soon.
Jones is a guy I’m very familiar with; I did an NFL draft breakdown of him when he was coming out of Mississippi State a couple of years ago. What I saw back then was a guy who was very talented and who had very good technique, but who was also just a tad bit lazy.
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For the second week in a row, Italian Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio impressed many members of the Shoe Crew by making his only attempt of the day and nailing six PATs in Oakland’s easy win over the Jets.
Manti Te’o Game Jersey The veteran coach isn’t the only man slated for an awkward reunion this weekend. The second Sunday of the 2017 season will pair up traded players with the teams that moved them, free agents with the clubs who allowed them to walk away, and spurned franchises with the assistant coaches who left for greener pastures.
It took another Taylor scramble before Buffalo finally called its second timeout, setting up fourth-and-11 at the 33 and a desperate heave near the end zone that bounced off Jones’ hands.
The Cincinnati Bengals are facing one of the better defenses in the NFL in the Houston Texans — that includes studs like J.J. Watt.
Late in the first half, Bengals offensive lineman Jake Fisher tripped Watt after getting beat by him to block him from Andy Dalton.
That’s not legal, but no penalty was called on the play. Fisher and the Bengals should have been penalized 10 yards for the infraction. Instead, the Bengals got a field goal to cut their deficit to 10-6 going into halftime.
If you’re going to get away with that type of stuff, you might as well try it against this particular defensive line. It wreaks havoc on NFL quarterbacks.
“However, in the Commissioner’s judgment, there has been no persuasive evidence presented on your behalf with respect to how (the accuser’s) obvious injuries were incurred other than conjecture based on the presence of some of her bruising, which pre-dates your arrival in Columbus on July 16, 2016,” the letter read.
In another incident reviewed by the NFL, Elliott was caught on video lifting up a woman’s top in public at a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Elliott was not charged or arrested, and the league said it wasn’t a factor in Elliott’s suspension. The NFL did, however, say in its letter to Elliott that the behavior was “inappropriate and disturbing, and reflected a lack of respect for women.”
Elliott’s accuser also filed an incident report against Elliott for simple battery with the Aventura (Fla.) Police Department in Feb. 2016. That case was suspended, and Elliott was not charged. The league did not consider that case in its investigation because it happened before he was in the NFL.
Why did Elliott get a six-game suspension when other players didn’t?
Six games is the baseline punishment for first-time offenders who commit domestic violence. This standard was established after the league botched its handling of the Rice situation.
He’s been an every-down player and on the other end of a massive 30 percent of Blake Bortles’ throws this season. Lee has only seven receptions for 76 yards to show for the big workload, but it’s fair to expect better efficiency considering that he caught 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 2 target last season. Lee is a fringe flex play against Baltimore’s tough secondary this week, but he will be a more viable play against easy and moderate defenses.
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C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: There’s the C.J. Anderson we saw during the final eight weeks of 2014! Anderson’s 27.4 non-PPR fantasy points represented his second-best single-game score (28.7, 2014 Week 17), and his 30.4 PPR fantasy points were best among running backs through Sunday’s 4 p.m. ET games and his third-best single-game effort. He was started in 64.9 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 2, but with his tallying 45 carries to Jamaal Charles’ 19 in the season’s first two weeks, Anderson is likely to see that number increase come Week 3.
Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers: For the second consecutive week, he managed a top-eight score at his position in PPR formats, posting 29.0 PPR fantasy points after managing 19.3 in the opener. The 29.0 are his second-best single-game total in his 23 career NFL games, trailing only his 30.3 in 2016 Week 15, and they gave him a running back-leading 114.3 non-PPR and 142.3 PPR fantasy points in the past six regular-season weeks (since 2016 Week 14). Montgomery, started in 85.6 percent of ESPN leagues, has been reaping the benefits of a much larger role than expected, giving him a good chance at RB1 production in 2017.
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Right on schedule, the NFL hinted at that in its reaction to Friday’s injunction: We will review the decision in greater detail and discuss next steps with counsel, both in the district court and federal court of appeals.
Peterson ended up suspended. So did Brady. Rice won in arbitration, but he never played another game.
Some day, if precedent holds, Elliott will have to serve his time. No one knows when it will happen. Just no time soon.
But along the way, the shield gets coated with a fresh coat of tarnish. The NFL celebrates a win, then wonders why everyone except them looks at it like a loss.
Is the world ready for Matthew Stafford to jump ahead of Aaron Rodgers? Probably not. It doesn’t even look normal in print. But the NFC North title is within reach, and the Packers have to prove they’re up to defending it … even with one of the best quarterbacks of his generation.
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Authentic Kids Will Tye Jersey Same with DeShone Kizer in Cleveland, where Hue Jackson is somehow able to scheme open guys like Ricardo Louis and Seth DeValve, and Kizer seems tough and mature enough to handle his growing pains. Is he an accurate enough thrower to succeed? Maybe, maybe not. But it’ll be fun to find out.
There might not be a team more built for this season than Arizona, which has one of the league’s oldest rosters and didn’t expect the down year it had in 2016.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was spotted going after a defender’s knees in Sunday’s win over the Browns.
That defender was Browns defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah, who was perplexed as to why Big Ben was diving for his ankles. Not only did Roethlisberger go after him, but he then latched on to Ogbah’s foot and wouldn’t let go until the referee pulled him off.
Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was controversially tossed during an interception return for touchdown, a play which was called back due to two penalties. As the Seahawks were heading toward the end zone, Davante Adams and Lane got tangled up, and the refs believed Lane threw a punch, although replay showed otherwise.
Once the drama settled, both teams were locked in a hard-fought defensive battle.
While Rodgers struggled at times, running back Ty Montgomery really had a hard time finding room. The converted wide receiver finished with just 54 yards and a touchdown off of 19 carries, but he proved a valuable asset late in the game.
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The Packers scored all 17 of their points in the second half. The Seahawks had a 3-0 lead at halftime, but were again unable to generate much offense in the second half as the offensive line struggled to create a push.
Minnesota is 14-6 SU and 15-5 ATS in its last 20 games at home per the OddsShark NFL Database. Adrian Peterson will be in uniform this Monday night, but for the first time in his professional career, it won’t be in a Vikings jersey. The Vikings have moved on from the veteran in favor of rookie Dalvin Cook, and they’ll be tasked with defending Peterson in the Saints backfield this week.
In the later game, the Denver Broncos are 3.5-point favorites at home against the Los Angeles Chargers. Denver has dominated this series in recent years with a 10-2 SU and 7-5 ATS record in its last 12 games against the Chargers.
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Orlando Scandrick suffered a broken left hand in Sunday’s 19-3 win against the New York Giants, but Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team is optimistic that the cornerback can return “sooner rather than later.”
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten collected another franchise record on Sunday, when he passed Hall of Fame wideout Michael Irvin as the team’s all-time leader in receiving yards.
Rodgers knows the refs should throw a flag because there were 12 Seahawks on the field when he takes the snap. So even though Seattle is trying to double-cover Nelson, it won’t matter. It’s a no-risk play, because the Packers can decline the penalty if the play works, and accept it and get a do-over if it doesn’t.
This isn’t new for Rodgers and the Packers offense. Last season, Rodgers was able to catch opposing defenses with too many men on the field seven times. Green Bay has even challenged plays when the officials didn’t catch the 12 men on the field for their opponents, and they’ve won those challenges.
The Packers run an up-tempo offense, which makes it tough for defenses to make substitutions in time. But if you’re going up against Rodgers and you’re subbing out, you’d better hustle, or he’ll take advantage.
David Johnson’s X-rays may have come back negative, but he’s not in the clear yet.
The Cardinals running back is expected to miss significant time with an injured wrist, according to NFL.com.
Bruce Arians said Johnson is getting a second opinion, but the injury — called a dislocated wrist by Arians — is significant enough that Johnson will be missing time and placed on injured reserve. Surgery is a possibility, according to some reports.
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The actual investigation was undertaken by several people. The league had multiple investigators talk to witnesses and work through the evidence.
A panel of independent advisors interviewed Elliott and evaluated the findings of the investigation. Those four people were Harvey, former player and Hall of Famer Kenneth Houston, Women of Color Network CEO Tonya Lovelace, and former United States Attorney and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White. White was also instrumental in the Saints’ Bountygate investigation.
I didn’t even know there was a video, Martellus said. I had to walk out of meetings because I broke down crying, just thinking about what could have happened, what could have been. It was just so close. You never know these days.
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Foster is dealing with a troublesome shoulder injury, but he’ll be playing in this game. The first-round rookie linebacker won a starting job right out of the gate, which is a promising sign for his NFL career. He’ll be counted on to make plays and step up in a 49ers defense that was disastrous last season.
The Vikings drafted Cook in the second round and initially were going to pair him with free agent signee Latavius Murray, but Murray was slow to recover from ankle surgery and Cook took the starting job by the horns. He’s been tremendous in the preseason so far, showing burst and decisive vision as an every-down runner. The Vikings just might make a seamless transition from the Adrian Peterson era.
Trubisky has been excellent this preseason, but Glennon is still penciled in as the starter. Still, Trubisky continues to show that he’s got the talent to be the Bears’ franchise quarterback of the future.
This is a perfectly placed pass to wide receiver Tanner Gentry, who’s able to beat coverage and get into the end zone. Not bad for a couple of rookies.
There have been a few interceptions returned for touchdowns this preseason, but Burfict ran this one he snagged from Kirk Cousins back for 62 yards, and it was glorious:
The only thing better than Burfict’s interception and touchdown was his unique celebration:
In a statement released through the school, Ferentz said the health and safety of Iowa’s players is his top priority and that he defers to Iowa’s medical staff in determining whether players can participate in games and remain on the field. Ferentz also referenced his three sons who played college football, one of whom, Brian, is the team’s offensive coordinator.
Comments made by a retiring sports broadcaster about the coaching staff subjecting a player to possible long-term health-related issues because we allowed him to play in the Outback Bowl were surprising and offensive to our coaching staff, the player and his parents, Ferentz said. We do not allow a student-athlete to play unless he is medically cleared — that is my commitment to the players and their parents.
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